NUFC 1904/05- Season Summary


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Middlesbrough v Newcastle

In their twelfth year of existence Newcastle United won the League and reached the FA Cup Final for the first time.

Although the title was in the balance until the last game, The Magpies won more games, scored more goals and conceded less than any other team in the Division.

It was a very settled side with only 21 players being used and a cohort of only 14 who played regularly.

In the FA Cup United needed five games to get past Southern League sides Plymouth Argyle And Tottenham Hotspur, but they made it all the way through to the Final to play Aston Villa.

Although Villa had already got four League titles and three Cup wins behind them United had beaten them home and away in the league. An early Hampton goal settled a very disappointing contest.

New arrivals included Irish international full-back Bill McCracken whose arrival brought accusations of mis-doings.

During the run in to the end of the season United released five players to play in the England verses Scotland international. It could have been a very costly decision as the weakened side lost to Blackburn Rovers

Chairman J Cameron
Secretary F Watt
Trainer J McPherson
Captain A Aitken
Top Scorer J Howie (17)
Newcastle v Blackburn

Competitions


League Division 1

3/9/04 H W Arsenal W 3 - 0
10/9/04 A Derby D 1 - 1
17/9/04 H Everton W 3 - 2
24/9/04 A Small Heath L 1 - 2
1/10/04 H Man City W 2 - 0
8/10/04 A Notts W 3 - 0
15/10/04 H Sheffield Utd D 1 - 1
22/10/04 A Stoke L 0 - 1
29/10/04 A Preston L 0 - 1
5/11/04 H Middlesbrough W 3 - 0
12/11/04 A Wolves W 3 - 1
19/11/04 H Bury W 3 - 1
26/11/04 A Aston Villa W 1 - 0
3/12/04 H Blackburn W 1 - 0
10/12/04 A Nottm F W 3 - 1
17/12/04 H Sheff Wed W 6 - 2
24/12/04 A Sunderland L 1 - 3
31/12/04 A W Arsenal W 2 - 0
2/1/05 H Notts W 1 - 0
7/1/05 H Derby W 2 - 0
14/1/05 A Everton L 1 - 2
21/1/05 H Small Heath L 0 - 1
28/1/05 A Man City L 2 - 3
11/2/05 A Sheffield Utd W 3 - 1
25/2/05 H Preston W 1 - 0
11/3/05 H Wolves W 3 - 0
18/3/05 A Bury W 4 - 2
1/4/05 A Blackburn L 0 - 2
5/4/05 H Aston Villa W 2 - 0
8/4/05 H Nottm F W 5 - 1
21/4/05 H Stoke W 4 - 1
22/4/05 H Sunderland L 1 - 3
26/4/05 A Sheff Wed W 3 - 1
29/4/05 A Middlesbrough W 3 - 0

It took until the final day of the season but United won the League in impressive style. They scored more and conceded less than any other team.

They only failed to score in 3 games all season and their goals-per-game average of 2.1 is one of the Magpies' best top-flight averages. As a result, they won an additional 5 games over the previous campaign (4 less draws and 1 less loss).

In the first couple of months they followed the usual pattern of winning at home but losing away, but then they won ten games out of eleven (including a record run of seven wins in a row) to go top.

Three consecutive defeats including losses against rivals Everton and Manchester City caused concern but Newcastle bounced back to win 9 of their last 11 games.


FA Cup

R1 4/2/05 H Plymouth (SL) D 1 - 1
R1r 8/2/05 A Plymouth (SL) D 1 - 1
R1r2 13/2/05 N Plymouth (SL) W 2 - 0
R2 18/2/05 A Tottenham (SL) D 1 - 1
R2r 22/2/05 H Tottenham (SL) W 4 - 0
QF 4/3/05 A Bolton (D2-1st) W 2 - 0
SF 25/3/05 N Sheff Wed (D1-10th) W 1 - 0
Fin 15/4/05 N Aston Villa (D1-6th) L 0 - 2

R1 - United needed two replays to eliminate Southern League side Plymouth.

R2 -And another replay against Tottenham from the same League.

QF - A tough draw followed against Second Division leaders Bolton . Both United's goals came whilst Wanderers 'keeper Davies was off the field receiving treatment and then United lost Orr with a broken collar-bone.

SF - The Wednesday were beaten by skill, resource and coolness and United could have scored more with a bit more luck.

Fin - In their first visit to the famous Sydenham enclosure United were probaly overawed by the occasion and left their form at home.


Players


Squad

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Player A G
Aitken A 36 2
Appleyard B 33 15
Carr J 35
Crumley B 1
Gardner Al 40 1
Gosnell A 33 6
Graham S 4
Howie J 39 17
Innerd W 1
Lawrence J 37
McClarence J 8 4
McCombie A 39
McCracken B 13
McIntyre E 2
McWilliam P 34 4
Orr R 26 14
Rutherford J 36 10
Templeton B 10
Thompson G 1
Veitch C 28 10
Watts C 4
Wills T 2
own goals 1

Team


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Player Stats.

Total number of games: 35

Total number of players used: 23

Figure in brackets denotes number of players used in position.

01: (3) Lawrence

02: (2) McCracken > McCombie

03: (4) McCombie > Carr

04: (4) Gardner AI?

05: (2) Veitch or Aitken

06: (4) McWilliam

07: (5) Rutherford

08: (3) Howie

09: (3) Appleyard

10: (5) OrrorVeitch

11: (2) Templeton > Gosnell

Top Scorers

Howie [17] was top-scorer followed by Appleyard [15], Orr [14], Rutherford [10] and Veitch [10].

Toon In

Name Date Club Fee
Lawrence James 07/1904 Glasgow Perthshire
Raine James 08/1904 Sheff. United
Kirkaldy James 11/1904 Northern Temperance
Blake Sydney 01/1905 Whitley Athletic
Whitson Thomas 02/1905 Walker Parish £65
Bolton Hugh 05/1905 Port Glasgow Ath.
Findlay John 05/1905 Nitshill Utd
Hardinge Harold 05/1905 Maidstone Utd

Toon Out

Name Date Club Fee
Bennie Robert cs/1904 Retired
Agnew William 06/1904 Middlesbrough £150
Raine James 07/1904 Sheff. United
Benson Robert 09/1904 Southampton £150
Mccoll Robert 09/1904 Rangers
Templeton Robert 12/1904 Arsenal £375
Littlefair James 09/1904 Burradon Athletic
Birnie Edward 05/1905 C Palace
Thompson George 05/1905 C Palace £50
Innerd Wilfred 05/1905 C Palace
Graham Samuel 05/1905 Norwich City
Stenhouse Henry 05/1905 Ashington

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