Newcastle 1930/31 - Season Summary


NUFC 1930/31 Squad

Key Stats

Division 117th ManagerA Cunningham
FA CupR4 TrainerJ McPherson (jnr.)
Attendance 27,118 CaptainJ Hill
ChairmanJ Lunn Top ScorerD Hutchinson (14)

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The management had tired of Hughie Gallagher's on and off-field misdemeanours and had sold him to Chelsea for a record fee at the end of the 1929/30 season. It was a move which not only infuriated the Gallowgate faithful, but also represented a huge risk; Gallacher had finished top scorer in all his seasons at the club and their play revolved around him.

United invested heavily as Cunningham sought to reshape the team and there were significant changes in personnel. Between May and December the Magpies paid out an incredible amount, almost £25,000.

New centre-forward Duncan Lindsay scored 6 times in the first 8 games, but he couldn't maintain that goalscoring form and was replaced by Duncan Hutchinson who would finish as top scorer despite only scoring 14 goals.

It was another disappointing season where United occasionally won in style, but usually lost and often decisively. And the 17th placed finish represented only a marginal improvement on last season's near disaster.

Gallagher's return with Chelsea (in United's first home game) drew the biggest crowd in the club history. The exact attendance is unknown, but is usually quoted as 68,386 with thousands more locked outside.

In the FA Cup United slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Leeds in the Fourth Round.


League Division 1

30/8/30 A Sheff Wed L 1-2
03/9/30 H Chelsea W 1-0
06/9/30 H Grimsby L 1-2
10/9/30 A Birmingham D 1-1
13/9/30 A Manchester Utd W 7-4
17/9/30 H Birmingham D 2-2
20/9/30 H WHU W 4-2
27/9/30 A Bolton W 3-0
04/10/30 H Liverpool L 0-4
11/10/30 A Middlesbrough L 1-3
18/10/30 H Derby L 2-5
25/10/30 A Sheffield Utd L 1-3
01/11/30 H Leeds Utd W 4-1
08/11/30 A Blackpool D 0-0
15/11/30 H Portsmouth L 4-7
22/11/30 A Sunderland L 0-5
29/11/30 H Blackburn L 2-3
06/12/30 A Man City L 0-2
13/12/30 H Leicester W 5-2
20/12/30 A Arsenal W 2-1
26/12/30 A Huddersfield W 3-0
27/12/30 H Sheff Wed L 1-2
01/1/31 H Aston Villa W 2-0
03/1/31 A Grimsby D 2-2
17/1/31 H Manchester Utd W 4-3
26/1/31 A WHU L 2-3
31/1/31 H Bolton W 4-0
07/2/31 A Liverpool L 2-4
14/2/31 H Middlesbrough L 0-5
21/2/31 A Derby W 5-1
28/2/31 H Sheffield Utd W 1-0
07/3/31 A Leeds Utd L 0-1
14/3/31 H Blackpool L 0-2
21/3/31 A Portsmouth W 2-1
28/3/31 H Sunderland W 2-0
03/4/31 H Huddersfield D 1-1
04/4/31 A Blackburn L 0-1
07/4/31 A Aston Villa L 3-4
11/4/31 H Man City L 0-1
18/4/31 A Leicester L 1-3
25/4/31 H Arsenal L 1-3
02/5/31 A Chelsea D 1-1

United started well enough with four wins in their first eight games including a 7-4 win at bottom placed Man United.

Newcastle then hit a disastrous spell of eight defeats in ten games that saw them plummet from 6th to 18th. The run included a 7-4 home defeat against Portsmouth and a 5-0 thrashing at Roker Park.

Andy Cunningham rang the changes which helped United regain some of their early season form, but performances remained erratic as when a 5-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough was followed by a 5-1 win away at Derby

Gradually they clambered back up to 11th before 6 wins and 2 draws in the last 8 matches sent them tumbling back down to 17th.


FA Cup

R3 10/1/31 H Nottm F W 4-0
R4 24/1/31 A Leeds Utd L 1-4

Squad

Player A G
Bedford H 25 13
Betton A 1
Boyd J 25 9
Burns M 15
Cape J 15 7
Chalmers W 6
Davidson D 26
Devine J 6 3
Fairhurst D 34
Harris J 6
Hill J 15
Hutchison D 27 14
Keen E 1
Lang T 12 4
Lindsay D 19 12
MacKenzie R 19 1
Mathison G 2
McDonald T 3
McInroy A 29
Naylor J 24
Nelson J 25
Park O 2
Richardson JR 12 4
Richardson J 12
Robinson J 1
Starling R 38 6
Thomson B 16
Weaver S 36 1
Wilkinson J 32 7
own goals 2

Team

Total Number of games: nn

Total Number of players used: nn

01: McInroy

02: Nelson/Richardson

03: Fairhurst

04: Naylor

05: Hill >

06: Weaver

07: Cape > Boyd

08: Richardson JR > Bedford

09: Lindsay > Hutchinson

10: Starling

11: Wilkinson > Lang

Toon In

Name Date Age Club Fee
McPhillips William 07/30 20 Musselburgh Bruntonians
Naylor Jimmy 07/30 29 Huddersfield £4,000
Nelson James 08/30 29 Cardiff City £7,000
Bedford Harry 12/30 31 Derby County £4,000
Feeney Wilfred 12/30 20 Whitby Utd £25
Betton Alec 01/31 27 Scarborough £500
Robinson James 01/31 29 Scarborough £300
Ford Joseph 05/31 20 Rosewell Rosedale £40

H Bedford

J Nelson

Although United had already spent the Gallacher money by the end of May they kept on spending.

Cunningham went for quality and experience bringing in Scottish international right-back James Nelson, England international Harry Bedford and England triallist James Naylor.

United also brought in a number of non-league players to strengthen the squad including a couple of centre-halves from Scarborough after the Midland League side's FA Cup exp;oits that season.


Toon Oot

Name Date Age Club Fee
Fidler Albert 08/30 23 Walker Celtic
Mccurley John 08/30 24 East Fife
Wilson Joseph 08/30 19 Southend £500
Scott George 09/30 26 Crawcrook Albion
Keen Errington 12/30 20 Derby Exchange
Devine Joseph 02/31 25 Sunderland £2,597
Lindsay Duncan 05/31 28 Bury £525
Mcdonald Thomas 05/31 35 York City Free
Park Oswald 05/31 26 Northampton Free
Robinson James 05/31 29Released

Most of the players who left before or during the season were reserves although it was a suprise to see Joe Devine leave within a year of joining after he played such an important role in saving United from relegation in the previous campaign.

At the end of the season centre-forward Duncan Lindsay departed after only one year at the club and Thomas Mcdonald departed after providing the Magpies with ten years brilliant service. He had played 367 games and scored 113 goals.