Newcastle United 1919/20 - Season Summary


Division 18thChairmanJ Oliver
FA CupR2 SecretaryF Watt
Attendance38.000Trainer J McPherson
CaptainM McCrackenTop ScorerA Smailes (10)

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When the League resumed some familiar faces returned in defence such as Lawrence, Hudspeth, Low and McCracken but elsewhere in the side there were lots of new names

With the club being "mothballed" during the War and money tight United turned to the non-Leagues to restock the team and as a result a number of local players got a chance at the big time.

Attendances boomed all over the country and Newcastle's average was 4,000 up on the previous best.

After an indifferent start United hit a purple patch and six consecutive victories took them into top spot by mid November Then the goals dried up and the Magpies finished in a disappointing 8th position.

In the FA Cup United lost at home to Second Division Huddersfield.


Competitions



Division 1

League Division 1 was extended to 22 teams for the first time and a new way of arranging the fixtures was used which saw the home and away fixtures between opposing teams being played in quick succession.

Their vastly experienced defence was still doing the business (only 39 goals conceded was the best in the division and the second best ever in the history of the League). But United were still suffering from the same forward failings that had hampered them before the Great War and they scored the second least (44 goals).

United made a slow start but a six-game winning run took them into top-spot by early November. Two defeats by Sunderland precipitated less impressive form but they were still in 3rd as 1920 commenced.

ln the New Year the goals dried-up significantly with United failing to score in 13 of the 20 matches played. Only six matches were won and United fell to 8th.

30/8/19 A Arsenal W 1-0
03/9/19 H WBA L 0-2
06/9/19 H Arsenal W 3-1
08/9/19 A WBA L 0-3
13/9/19 A Chelsea D 0-0
20/9/19 H Chelsea W 3-0
24/9/19 H Derby D 0-0
27/9/19 A Liverpool D 1-1
04/10/19 H Liverpool W 3-0
11/10/19 A Bradford PA W 1-0
18/10/19 H Bradford PA W 4-0
25/10/19 A Preston W 3-2
01/11/19 H Preston W 1-0
08/11/19 A Middlesbrough W 1-0
22/11/19 A Sunderland L 0-2
29/11/19 H Sunderland L 2-3
03/12/19 H Middlesbrough D 0-0
06/12/19 A Sheffield Utd L 1-2
13/12/19 H Sheffield Utd W 2-1
20/12/19 A Manchester Utd L 1-2
26/12/19 H Burnley D 0-0
27/12/19 H Manchester Utd W 2-1
01/1/20 H Aston Villa W 2-0
03/1/20 H Oldham L 0-1
17/1/20 A Oldham L 0-1
24/1/20 A Everton L 0-4
07/2/20 A Bradford L 0-1
11/2/20 H Everton W 3-0
14/2/20 H Bradford L 0-1
21/2/20 A Bolton W 3-0
28/2/20 H Bolton L 0-1
06/3/20 H Blackburn D 0-0
13/3/20 A Blackburn L 0-2
20/3/20 H Notts W 2-1
22/3/20 A Sheff Wed W 1-0
27/3/20 A Notts D 0-0
02/4/20 A Burnley L 0-1
03/4/20 H Sheff Wed D 1-1
05/4/20 A Aston Villa L 0-4
17/4/20 H Man City W 3-0
24/4/20 A Man City D 0-0
01/5/20 A Derby L 0-1
W D L F A Pts
01 West Bromwich Albion 28 4 10 104 47 60
02 Burnley 21 9 12 65 59 51
03 Chelsea 22 5 15 56 51 49
04 Liverpool 19 10 13 59 44 48
05 Sunderland 22 4 16 72 59 48
06 Bolton Wanderers 19 9 14 72 65 47
07 Manchester City 18 9 15 71 62 45
08 Newcastle United 17 9 16 44 39 43
09 Aston Villa 18 6 18 75 73 42
10 Arsenal 15 12 15 56 58 42
11 Bradford Park Avenue 15 12 15 60 63 42
12 Manchester United 13 14 15 54 50 40
13 Middlesbrough 15 10 17 61 65 40
14 Sheffield United 16 8 18 59 69 40
15 Bradford City 14 11 17 54 63 39
16 Everton 12 14 16 69 68 38
17 Oldham Athletic 15 8 19 49 52 38
18 Derby County 13 12 17 47 57 38
19 Preston North End 14 10 18 57 73 38
20 Blackburn Rovers 13 11 18 64 77 37
21 Notts County 12 12 18 56 74 36
22 The Wednesday 7 9 26 28 64 23

FA Cup
FAC 10/1/20 H Crystal Palace W 2-0
FAC 31/1/20 H Huddersfield L 0-1


Players



Squad
Player A G
Bertram, W 3
Best, J 2
Booth, C 15 4
Bradley, B 22
Cooper, E 11
Curry, T 39
Dixon, E 23 6
Finlay, J 37
Hagan, A 3 1
Hall, T 14 2
Hampson, B 12
Henderson, J 6 1
Hewison, R 3
Hibbert, B 26 9
Hudspeth, F 41 1
King, J 9
Lawrence, J 21
Low, W 40
McCracken, B 35
Mellor, B 1
Mooney, E 9
Phillipson, T 10 3
Pyke, G 3
Rainnie, A 1
Ramsay, A 34 2
Robinson, R 29 4
Smailes, A 23 10
Swan, C 3
Wake, H 2
Wilson, J 7 2
own goals 1
Team

Total number of games: 44

Total number of players used: 30

01: Lawrence or Bradley

02: McCracken

03: Hudspeth

04: Curry

05: Low

06: Finlay

07: Robinson > Cooper

08: Dixon > King.

09: Hibbert > Smailes

10: Booth or Hall

11: Ramsay

Top scorers were: Smailes (10), Hibbert (9) and Dixon (6).


Players


Toon In
Smailes Andrew 10/1919 Blyth Spartans £300
Best Jeremiah 12/1919 Mickley £100
Phillipson Thomas 12/1919 Scotswood £500
Reed F /1919 Local Non-L
Bertram William 4/1920 Durham City £150
Aitken William 5/1920 Rangers £2,500
Harris Neil 5/1920 Partick Th £3,300
Mitchell Thomas 5/1920 Spennymoor Utd £100
Seymour Gs 5/1920 Morton £2,500
Ward E 5/1920 Blyth Spartans £300
T Phillipson
A Smailes
N Harris

Toon Oot
NameDateToFee
Higgins Alex 8/1919 Kilmarnock
Little Richard 8/1919 Hamilton £100
Soulsby John 8/1919 Blyth Spartans
Wilson Gw 9/1919 Raith Rovers
Whitson Anthony 10/1919
Hay James cs/1919 Ayr Utd
Grey Thomas /1919
Reed F /1919 Wba
Spink James /1919 Hartlepool
King John 2/1920 Dykehead
Hall Thomas 5/1920 Gillingham
Hewison Robert 5/1920 Northampton £250
Hibbert William 5/1920 Bradford City £700
Wilson Jt 5/1920 Leadgate Park

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