NUFC 1903/04- Season Summary
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.
|Top Scorer||B Appleyard (16)|
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|
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.
|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.
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
Goals were flowing much more freely and Appleyard , Howie  and Orr  scored two-thirds of the goals. Orr's return was particularly impressive as he only played in 13 games.
|Mcclarence Joseph||02/1904||Wallsend Park Villa||£20|
|Mccracken William||05/1904||Belfast Distillery||£50|
|Graham John||08/1903||Bradford City|
|Wilson William||08/1903||Bradford City||£50|
|Bamlett Thomas||05/1904||West Ham|
|Kingsley Matthew||05/1904||West Ham||£50|
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