NUFC 1913/14 - Season Summary


NUFC 1913/14 Squad

Key Stats

Division 111thChairmanG Archibald
FA CupR1 SecretaryF Watt
Attendance27,000Trainer J McPherson
CaptainB McCrackenTop ScorerA Shepherd (10)

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1913/14 saw a continuance of United's attacking problems as they only managed to score 39 goals, less than any other team in the League.

Money continued to be thrown at the problem with more big money forward purchases: Thomas Hall (£425), John King (£600), Angus Douglas (£1,100) and Edward Cooper (£1,300) but none would score on a regular basis.

Thankfully the defence was still holding up well and three more draws than in the previous campaign provided a slightly improved position of 11th.

The situation had looked much worse at the turn of the year when they failed to score in five out of six games and plummeted into 19th.

In desperation the not fully fit Albert Shepherd was drafted back in and his 10 goals in the New Year were the main reason why The Magpies only lost three more times and climbed to safety.

The FA Cup proved a disaster as Sheffield United won 5-0 at SJP in the First Round although there were mitigating circumstances.


Competitions



Division 1

1/9/13 A Blackburn L 0 - 3
6/9/13 A Sunderland W 2 - 1
13/9/13 H Everton L 0 - 1
20/9/13 A WBA D 1 - 1
27/9/13 H Sheff Wed W 3 - 1
4/10/13 A Bolton L 1 - 3
11/10/13 H Chelsea W 1 - 0
18/10/13 A Oldham L 0 - 3
25/10/13 H Manchester Utd L 0 - 1
1/11/13 A Burnley L 0 - 1
8/11/13 H Preston W 2 - 0
15/11/13 H Tottenham W 2 - 0
22/11/13 A Liverpool D 0 - 0
29/11/13 H Aston Villa D 2 - 2
6/12/13 A Middlesbrough L 0 - 3
13/12/13 H Sheffield Utd W 2 - 1
20/12/13 A Derby L 0 - 2
25/12/13 H Bradford D 0 - 0
26/12/13 A Bradford L 0 - 2
27/12/13 H Sunderland W 2 - 1
1/1/14 H Man City L 0 - 1
3/1/14 A Everton L 0 - 2
17/1/14 H WBA D 3 - 3
24/1/14 A Sheff Wed D 0 - 0
7/2/14 H Bolton W 4 - 3
14/2/14 A Chelsea W 1 - 0
21/2/14 H Oldham D 0 - 0
28/2/14 A Manchester Utd D 2 - 2
14/3/14 A Preston L 1 - 4
18/3/14 H Burnley W 3 - 1
21/3/14 A Tottenham D 0 - 0
1/4/14 H Liverpool L 1 - 2
4/4/14 A Aston Villa W 3 - 1
10/4/14 H Blackburn D 0 - 0
11/4/14 H Middlesbrough W 1 - 0
13/4/14 A Man City W 1 - 0
18/4/14 A Sheffield Utd L 0 - 2
25/4/14 H Derby D 1 - 1

United finished in 11th with a slightly better record than in their previous campaign. The main issue was a lack of goals; the total of 39 was the lowest in the club's history up to that point.

Up until mid-January Newcastle really struggled for goals; failing to find the net in half the games. Their away form, in particular, was dire as they won only 1 and lost 8 in 12 games.

When United lost 1-0 at Goodison Park on January 3rd it was their 5th blank in the last 6 games and they dropped into a relegation position.

Shepherd had never regained full fitness, but he was brought back to lead the line. In his first game back he scored in a 3-3 draw with West Bromwich and his presence provided the catalyst for the goals to start flowing again; with Albert himself helping himself to 10.

The revival in away form that this produced was enough for the club to pull-away from trouble.

FA Cup

R1 10/1/14 H Sheffield Utd L 0 - 5

Sheffield United won 5-0 at SJP in the First Round which still stands as the worst ever home defeat in the Cup although there were mitigating circumstances. The Magpies finished with only 8 fit men and without a recognised 'keeper



Players



Squad

Player A G
Cooper, E 14
Dixon, E 1
Douglas, A 23
Finlay, J 21 1
Goodwill, T 19 2
Grey, T 1
Hall, T 20 6
Hampson, B 10
Hardy, S 3 1
Hay, J 34
Hewison, R 20
Hibbert, B 36 6
Higgins, S 1
Hudspeth, F 37 4
King, J 15 1
Lawrence, J 21
Low, W 35 2
Lowes, T 2
McCracken, B 21
McDonald, J 12 2
Mellor, B 16
Shepherd, A 20 10
Spink, J 5
Veitch, C 6
Whitson, T 6
Wilson, G 28 4
Wilson, J 2

Team

Total number of games: 39

Total number of players used: 27

01: Lawrence > Mellor

02: McCracken or Hampson

03: Hudspeth

04: Hay > Hewison

05: Low

06: Finlay or Hay

07: Douglas or Cooper

08: King or Hibbert

09: Hall > Shepherd

10: Wilson or Hibbert

ll: Goodwill or McDonald

Top scorers were: Shepherd (10), Hall (6) and Hibbert (6).


Players


Toon In

King John 06/1913 Partick Th £600
Douglas Angus 10/1913 Chelsea £1,100
Booth Curtis 11/1913 Wallsend Elm Villa £15
Dixon Edward 12/1913 Barrington Albion £5
Hampson William 01/1914 Norwich City £1,250
Mellor William 01/1914 Norwich City £765
Bradley William 04/1914 Portsmouth £300
Pailor Robert 05/1914 Wba £1,550
Soulsby John 05/1914 Rodsley

Toon Oot

NameDateToFee
Mctavish John 6/1913 Partick Th £500
Stewart James 9/1913 Rangers £600
Rutherford John 10/1913 Arsenal £800

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