NUFC 1904/05- Season Summary
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
|Top Scorer||J Howie (17)|
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.
|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.
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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
Howie  was top-scorer followed by Appleyard , Orr , Rutherford  and Veitch .
|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|
|Raine James||07/1904||Sheff. United|
|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|
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