NUFC 1931/32- Season Summary


NUFC 1931/32 Squad

Key Stats

Division 111th ManagerA Cunningham
FA CupWon TrainerJ McPherson (jnr.)
Attendance 30,367 CaptainJ Nelson
ChairmanJ Lunn Top ScorerJ Boyd (23)

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The glory days returned to Tyneside as United beat League Champions Arsenal 2-1 in controversial fashion in the FA Cup Final. It became known as the "over the line" final as the ball seemed to be out of play before Richardson crossed for Allen to score the equaliser.

An estimated 250,000 people thronged the streets in dangerous and chaotic scenes when the heros returned home. Highlights from British Pathe

Prior to the season Jack Allen had been signed from Sheffield Wednesday as United continued to search for a new Number 9 and inside forward Harry McMenemy moved down from Scotland.

A significant improvement in home form made for a much better League campaign. United gradually impoved after a poor start and reached 3rd before slipping back down the table as the Cup run progressed.

The average League attendance rose by over 15%.


Competitions


League Division 1

29/8/31 H Liverpool L 0-1
02/9/31 A Birmingham L 1-4
05/9/31 A Grimsby W 2-1
12/9/31 H Chelsea W 4-1
19/9/31 A WHU L 1-2
26/9/31 H Sheff Wed W 4-1
03/10/31 A Bolton L 1-2
10/10/31 H Middlesbrough W 3-1
17/10/31 A Blackburn W 3-0
24/10/31 H Man City W 2-1
31/10/31 A Everton L 1-8
07/11/31 H Arsenal W 3-2
14/11/31 A Derby D 1-1
21/11/31 H WBA W 5-1
28/11/31 A Sunderland W 4-1
05/12/31 H Portsmouth D 0-0
12/12/31 A Blackpool L 1-3
19/12/31 H Sheffield Utd W 5-3
25/12/31 H Huddersfield W 2-1
26/12/31 A Huddersfield W 2-1
28/12/31 A Aston Villa L 0-3
01/1/32 H Aston Villa W 3-1
02/1/32 A Liverpool L 2-4
16/1/32 H Grimsby W 2-0
30/1/32 H WHU D 2-2
06/2/32 A Sheff Wed L 0-2
17/2/32 H Bolton W 3-1
20/2/32 A Middlesbrough L 1-2
02/3/32 H Blackburn W 5-3
05/3/32 A Man City L 1-5
19/3/32 A Arsenal L 0-1
25/3/32 H Leicester W 3-2
26/3/32 H Derby D 3-3
29/3/32 A Leicester L 2-4
02/4/32 A WBA L 1-2
09/4/32 H Sunderland L 1-2
14/4/32 A Chelsea L 1-4
16/4/32 A Portsmouth L 0-6
27/4/32 H Blackpool D 2-2
30/4/32 A Sheffield Utd W 3-0
04/5/32 H Everton D 0-0
07/5/32 H Birmingham L 0-3

At the start of the campaign the team once again struggled to find any consistency; winning and losing in almost equal measure; the worst day being an 8-1 reverse (United's joint worst away defeat) at Goodison Park after trailing 6-0 at half-time (worst ever half-time deficit).

Towards Christmas they gradually improved and by New Year they were up the 3rd place and challenging for the Championship.

As they became embroiled in their ultimately successful Cup run they seemed to take their eye off the ball; especially after the semi-final victory over Chelsea. As a result they finished in a disappointing 11th place.


FA Cup

R3 09/1/32 A Blackpool D 1-1
R3r 13/1/32 H Blackpool W 1-0
R4 23/1/32 H Southport D 1-1
R4r 26/1/32 A Southport D 1-1
R4r2 01/2/32 N Southport W 9-0
R5 13/2/32 H Leicester W 3-1
QF 27/2/32 H Watford W 5-0
SF 12/3/32 N Chelsea W 2-1
Fin 23/4/32 N Arsenal W 2-1

The Gunners were clear favourites and took the lead after only 12 minutes.

Undaunted, The Magpies fought back and just before half-time scored a controversial equaliser when summer signing Jack Allen scored from a Richardson cross. The question was had the ball crossed the line before United's inside forward passed it?

In the second half United took control of the game and Allen scored a brilliant second in the 72nd minute to win the day.



Players


Squad

Player A G
Allen J 37 19
Bedford H 7 5
Bell D 3
Betton A 1
Boyd J 46 23
Burns M 4
Cape J 9 7
Davidson D 50
Fairhurst D 48
Feeney W 4 1
Ford J 1
Hutchison D 1 1
Lang T 51 15
MacKenzie R 39 1
Mathison G 3
McBain T 1
McInroy A 47
McMenemy H 38 7
Naylor J 8
Nelson J 49
Richardson JR 45 15
Richardson J 2
Starling R 15 2
Thomson B 3
Weaver S 49 8
own goals 1

Team

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Total Number of games: nn

Total Number of players used: 25

01: McInroy

02: Nelson

03: Fairhurst

04: MacKenzie

05: Davidson

06: Weaver

07: Boyd

08: Richardson JR

09: Allen

10: McMenemy

11: Lang

Toon In

Name Date Age Club Fee
Allen Jack 06/31 28 Sheff Wed £3,500
Mcmenemy Harry 07/31 19 Strathclyde Jnrs. £475
Gallantree William 09/31 17 Professional £20
Leighton William 02/32 16 Professional £25
Heward Harold 03/32 21 Professional £20
Mcbain Thomas 02/32 29 Wifflet Emerald £45
Hughes John 05/32 tbc Tanfield Lea £20

J Allen

H McMenemy

After the heavy expenditure of recent years United were much more cautious with only one costlty purchase. Burnopfield born John (k/a Jack) Allen becoming the latest attempt at finding a new centre-forward. Although he struggled at first he would become United's Cup hero.

Of the other signings all but McBain (another centre-forward) were youngsters.


Toon Oot

Name Date Age Club Fee
Chalmers William 06/31 26 Grimsby £1,000
Harris Joseph 06/31 35 York City Free
Hill John 06/31 34 Bradford City £600
Bedford Harry 01/32 32 Sunderland £3,000
Hutchinson Duncan 03/32 29 Derby £3,100 (JD)

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Strange but Toon


The home game against Portsmouth in December has gone down in the record books as the only competitive game in which there was no corner kicks although there is some doubt whether this was really the case.