Newcastle United 1895/96 - Season Summary


NUFC 1895/96 Squad
Division 25thChairmanJ Cameron
FA CupR2 Secretary > F Watt
Attendance7,300TrainerW Bayles, J Pears, H Kirk
CaptainB FoyersTop ScorerW Wardrope (20)

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After the disastrous end to the previous season the playing staff was completely revamped with only four players (Graham, Mcdermidd, Thompson and Ward) surviving the cull. The directors spent their limited funds wisely as they recruited men such as Wardrope, Foyers, Aitken and Stott.

However the most important new arrival was that of new secretary Frank G Watt. Known as "The Guv'nor" his impetus would transform United from a struggling Second Division side into the best club in the land.

United were forced - much to their chagrin - to play through five FA Cup qualifying rounds before they reached the First Round proper. Once again they were beaten at the Second Round stage by a First Division club; this time it was Bury.

Better form on the itch was matched by better crowds off it. There was a 50% increase in the average and a new record crowd of 14,250 watched the cup match against The Shakers.


Competitions



Division 2
7/9/95 H Loughborough W 3-0
14/9/95 A Liverpool L 1-5 8
21/9/95 H Notts W 5-1 7
28/9/95 A Rotherham D 1-1 7
5/10/95 H Liverpool W 1-0 7
19/10/95 A Newton Heath L 1-2 8
26/10/95 H Newton Heath W 2-1 6
9/11/95 A Darwen D 4-4 6
16/11/95 H Darwen W 7-2 6
7/12/95 A Burton S L 1-3 8
21/12/95 H Rotherham W 6-1 8
25/12/95 H Crewe W 6-0 6
26/12/95 A Grimsby L 1-2 8
28/12/95 A Lincoln L 0-4 8
1/1/96 H Leicester Fosse W 1-0 7
2/1/96 H Lincoln W 5-0 5
4/1/96 A Man City L 2-5 7
11/1/96 H Grimsby L 1-5 7
18/1/96 H W Arsenal W 3-1 6
25/1/96 A Crewe L 0-3 6
8/2/96 H Burton W W 4-0 6
22/2/96 A Burton W W 3-0 4
7/3/96 A Loughborough L 0-1 6
14/3/96 A Notts W 1-0 5
21/3/96 H Man City W 4-1 5
3/4/96 H Burs. Port Vale W 4-2 5
4/4/96 H Burton S W 5-0 5
6/4/96 A W Arsenal L 1-2 5
7/4/96 A Leicester Fosse L 0-2 5
20/4/96 A Burs. Port Vale L 0-2 5
W D L F A Pts
01 Liverpool 22 2 6 106 32 46[a]
02 Manchester City 21 4 5 63 38 46
03 Grimsby Town 20 2 8 82 38 42
04 Burton Wanderers 19 4 7 69 40 42
05 Newcastle United 16 2 12 73 50 34
06 Newton Heath 15 3 12 66 57 33
07 Woolwich Arsenal 14 4 12 58 42 32
08 Leicester Fosse 14 4 12 57 44 32
09 Darwen 12 6 12 72 67 30
10 Notts County 12 2 16 57 54 26
11 Burton Swifts 10 4 16 39 69 24
12 Loughborough 9 5 16 40 66 23
13 Lincoln City 9 4 17 53 75 22
14 Burslem Port Vale 7 4 19 43 78 18
15 Rotherham Town 7 3 20 34 97 17
16 Crewe Alexandra 5 3 22 30 95 13
FA Cup
FAC 12/10/95 A West Hartlepool W 8-0
FAC 2/11/95 H Middlesbrough W 4-1
FAC 23/11/95 H Rendel W 5-0
FAC 16/12/95 H Tow Law W 4-0
R1 1/2/96 A Chesterfield W 4-0
R2 15/2/96 H Bury L 1-3

Management

At the AGM in July Mr Golding submitted the annual report where the club reported a profit of just over £100. He talked of "bright prospects" and stated that at the end of the previous season the club had sent out a circular "to those who were desirious of seeing a first-class team".

As a result a meeting scheme was formulated and £220 had been subscribed as share capital through the efforts of the special committee which was formed at that meeting.

All the directors were re-elected except Mr Young who was replaced by Mr Black.

F Watt

In December Dundee secretary Frank Watt joined United in the same capacity. Watt had an excellent reputation and had only joined Dundee a few months earlier.

The move only came about after much pressure from the Newcastle officials.

In October United were fined 10 shillings for failing to send in results within the prescribed four days and fined 1 guinea for non-payment of subscriptions.



Players



Squad
Player A G
Adams, G 1 13
Aitken, A 32
Carr, J 1
Collins, J 30 10
Foyers, R 30
Graham, W 36 3
Henderson, J 35
Lennox, M 26 13
Logan, J 9 8
McDermidd, R 36 1
McDonald, J 6 2
McKay, W 21 7
Miller, W 31 1
Quinn, C 1
Reid, O 2
Stott, J 36 6
Thompson, W 23 10
Warburton, J 3
Ward, W 1
Wardrope, W 36 20
own goals 4
unknown 1
Team

01: (2) Henderson

02: (1) McDermidd

03: (3) Foyers

04: (5) Miller

05: (3) Graham

06: (2) Stott

07: (4) Lennox

08: (3) McKay > Collins

09: (5) Logan > Thompson or McKay

10: (4) Aitken

11: (3) Wardrope

Toon In
Aitken A 06/1895 Ayr Parkhouse
Mckay W 06/1895 Rangers
Miller W 06/1895 Kilmarnock
Lockey J 07/1895 Willington Ath
Stott J 08/1895 Grimsby £15
Wardrope W 08/1895 Linthouse
Quinn C 08/1895
Logan J 09/1895 Dundee
Lennox M 10/1895 Glasgow Perthshire
Mcdonald J 10/1895 Glasgow Ashfield
Reid 12/1895 Rotheram United
Haynes Or Hynd /1895 Local Non-L
Adams G 02/1896 Kilmarnock
Smelie R 05/1896 Nottm F
Watts C 05/1896 Burton Wanderers
White J 05/1896 Clyde
A Aitken
J Stott
W Wardrope

Toon Oot
NameDateToFee
Cambell T --/1895 Released
Crate T --/1895 Hebburn Argyle
Donaldson --/1895 ??
Haynes Or Hynd --/1895 ??
Jeffrey H --/1895 Ret. Inj.
Lowery W --/1895 Local Non-L
Ryder J --/1895 Hebburn Argyle
Warburton J --/1895 Hebburn Argyle
Willis R --/1895 Shankhouse
Rendell T cs/1895 Shankhouse
Wallace J cs/1895
O'Brien P 06/1895 Hebburn Argyle
Dickson C 07/1895 Loughborough
Creilly R 08/1895 Hebburn Argyle
Mcnee J 10/1895 Gateshead Ner
Mckane J 11/1895
Milne W 11/1895 Sunderland
Logan J 01/1896 £10
Henderson J 05/1896
T Crate
R Crielly
J Wallace

Fans

The aveage home League attendance showed a massive percentage increase of about 40%. And the record attendance figure was also broken when 14,250 turned up for the 2nd Round FA Cup Tie against Bury.

For the Bury game the entrances were opened two hours before kick off and the stands and the cinder banks soon filled. The ground was full with thirty minutes still to go and venturesome fans mounted railings around the ground.

When United played Grimsby at home the weather was most favourable and there were many fans without wraps of any sort. They crowded the embankments around the barriers and some perched themselves on top of the palisading on the Park Side.

The crowd was becoming ever more vocal. When Newcastle entered the arena for a big game there was often a lusty and prolonged cheer and goals often led to a perfect frenzy of delight. Repeated cries of "Play Up United!" could be heard.

Loud and persistent groans would meet goals by the opposition and when Grimsby adopted tactics of continually kicking the ball out to waste time it called forth a good deal of remark from the home crowd.

The referee was often a target and when the match official tried to start the Bury game early numerous watches were forked out and the referee was loudly reminded that the eventful minute had not arrived.

And unpopular decisions resulted in "unsportsmanlike" carping which occasionally beat the reporter's comprehension.


Strange But Toon

C Quinn

In December United winger Charles Quinn was sentenced to three months imprisonment/hard labour after he was found guilty of assault. He and another man had persuaded a woman named Mary Taylor to join them in a pub. She didn't want a drink and left but Quinn followed her out. An altercation followed and Quinn struck her. She tried to fend him off with her umbrella but he grabbed it off her and knocked her to the ground. As a result of the incident her nose was broken in several places. Not surprisigly he would never play for the club again.



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