NUFC 1903/04- Season Summary


Squad
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United had a revamped attack; Templeton and Appleyard had been signed at the end of the previous campaign and they were joined by Howie. As a result seventeen more goals were scored than in the last campaign.

Consequently, their away performances improved considerably although they were still not good enough to challenge at the top of the table. However, a run of six wins in the last nine matches (including three in a row away from home) led to a 4th place finish.

United had plenty of money in the bank and broke the World transfer record to bring in right-full-back Andy McCombie from Sunderland for £700.

The Magpies beat Bury home and away in the League, but lost against the Cup holders in the FA Cup First Round.

Following last season's success the players now met regularly to discuss tactics and the growing Scottish influence led to United starting to play a short-passing game.

At the end of the season United embarked on their first continental tour when they played a number of games in Copenhagen.

Chairman J Telford
Secretary F Watt
Trainer J McPherson
Captain A Aitken
Top Scorer B Appleyard (16)

Competitions


League Division 1

2/9/03 H Aston Villa D 1 - 1
5/9/03 A WBA W 2 - 1
12/9/03 H Small Heath W 3 - 1
19/9/03 A Everton L 1 - 4
26/9/03 H Stoke W 1 - 0
3/10/03 A Derby W 3 - 1
10/10/03 H Man City W 1 - 0
17/10/03 A Notts L 2 - 3
24/10/03 H Sheffield Utd L 0 - 1
31/10/03 H Wolves W 3 - 0
7/11/03 A Aston Villa L 1 - 3
14/11/03 H Middlesbrough W 2 - 1
21/11/03 A Liverpool L 0 - 1
28/11/03 H Bury W 3 - 2
5/12/03 A Blackburn L 0 - 4
12/12/03 H Nottm F W 3 - 1
19/12/03 A Sheff Wed D 1 - 1
25/12/03 A Sheffield Utd D 2 - 2
26/12/03 H Sunderland L 1 - 3
1/1/04 A Sunderland D 1 - 1
2/1/04 H WBA W 1 - 0
9/1/04 A Small Heath L 0 - 3
16/1/04 H Everton W 1 - 0
23/1/04 A Stoke W 3 - 2
30/1/04 H Derby D 0 - 0
13/2/04 H Notts W 4 - 1
27/2/04 A Wolves L 2 - 3
12/3/04 A Middlesbrough W 3 - 1
19/3/04 H Liverpool D 1 - 1
26/3/04 A Bury W 3 - 0
1/4/04 A Man City W 3 - 1
2/4/04 H Blackburn W 2 - 1
9/4/04 A Nottm F L 0 - 1
16/4/04 H Sheff Wed W 4 - 0
H A Tot
PT PG 1.6 0.9 1.2
GF PG 1.8 1.6 1.7
GA PG 0.8 1.9 1.3

A much improved league campaign brought a 4th placed finish.

United's results improved both at home and (particularly) away from Tyneside and the new attack scored 17 more goals on their travels than in 1902/03.

United once again started the season strongly and they were in 2nd after winning 5 of the first 7 games. And although they could not maintain that form they remained in the top 7 the whole campaign.

A strong run towards the end took then back to 2nd with 3 games remaining, before they fell back to 4th.


FA Cup

R1 6/2/04 A Bury (D1: 13th) L 1 - 2

R1 - Cup-holders Bury are victorious in a splendidly contested game played on a heavy, greasy ground.


Players


Squad

Player A G
Agnew W 9
Aitken A 33
Appleyard B 32 16
Bennie R 1
Birnie E 2
Carr J 21
Gardner Al 35
Howie J 30 14
Kingsley M 16
McColl B 25 6
McCombie A 6
McIntyre E 1
McWilliam P 5
Orr R 13 11
Roberts R 1
Rutherford J 34 7
Templeton B 32 4
Thompson G 1
Tildesley J 17
Turner A 1
Veitch C 34 1
Watts C 19
Wills T 17

Team

Total number of games: 35

Total number of players used: 23

Figure in brackets denotes number of players used in position.

01: (2) Kingsley

02: (5) Aitken > Tildesley

03: (4) Agnew > Wilts

04: (1) Gardner Al?

05: (3) Veitch > Aitken

06: (4) Carr > Aitken > Veitch

07: (4) Rutherford

08: (4) Howie

09: (4) Appleyard

10: (4) McColl

11: (3) Templeton

Top Scorers

Goals were flowing much more freely and Appleyard [16], Howie [14] and Orr [11] scored two-thirds of the goals. Orr's return was particularly impressive as he only played in 13 games.

Toon In

Surname Date From Fee
Liddell Robert 10/1903 Westwood £10
Raine James 11/1903 Scotswood
Wills Thomas 11/1903 Ayr
Mcclarence Joseph 02/1904 Wallsend Park Villa £20
Mccombie Andrew 02/1904 Sunderland £700
Gosnell Albert 05/1904 Chatham £10
Mccracken William 05/1904 Belfast Distillery £50

Toon Out

Name Date To Fee
Stewart William cs/1903 Released
Caie Alex 05/1903 Brentford £0
Watson John 05/1903 Brentford
Graham John 08/1903 Bradford City
Wilson William 08/1903 Bradford City £50
Richardson Ord --/1904 Released
Turner Arthur 02/1904 Tottenham £150
Roberts Richard 04/1904 Middlesbrough £450
Bamlett Thomas 05/1904 West Ham
Kingsley Matthew 05/1904 West Ham £50

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