Newcastle United 1937/38 Season Summary


Division 219thChairmanJ Lunn
FA CupR3 ManagerT Mather
Attendance21,276TrainerH Bedford, A McCombie
CaptainJ CarverTop ScorerB Imrie/J Park (9)

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This has gone down in the record books as United's worst ever season; but it could easily have been much worse. They just survived relegation to the Third Division North by 1/10 of a goal but gained a significant bit of luck when the game against Stockport was abandoned because of bad light with only 13 minutes left and the score at 2-2.

When the game was replayed United won and that "additional" point meant that Barnsley were relegated along with bottom placed Stockport.

The club was at one of the many crossroads it has reached in it's history. Fans were deserting the club in alarming numbers, debts were spiralling and shareholders were rebelling.

The club returned to a former player to try and turn them around. They approached Stan Seymour and after turning down the managers job he agreed to join the Board.


Competitions



League Division 2
28/8/37 A Manchester Utd L 0-3
01/9/37 H Barnsley L 0-1
04/9/37 H Sheffield Utd W 6-0
06/9/37 A Barnsley L 0-3
11/9/37 A Tottenham D 2-2
15/9/37 H Luton L 1-3
18/9/37 H Burnley D 2-2
25/9/37 A Bury D 1-1
02/10/37 H Coventry L 1-2
09/10/37 A Nottm F D 0-0
16/10/37 A Aston Villa L 0-2
23/10/37 H Bradford PA W 3-0
30/10/37 A WHU L 0-1
06/11/37 H Southampton W 3-0
13/11/37 A Blackburn L 1-2
20/11/37 H Plymouth W 3-1
27/11/37 A Fulham W 2-1
04/12/37 H Sheff Wed W 1-0
18/12/37 H Swansea W 1-0
25/12/37 H Stockport D 0-0
01/1/38 H Manchester Utd D 2-2
15/1/38 A Sheffield Utd L 0-4
29/1/38 A Burnley L 1-2
02/2/38 H Tottenham W 1-0
05/2/38 H Bury W 1-0
12/2/38 A Coventry L 0-1
19/2/38 H Nottm F W 3-1
26/2/38 H Aston Villa W 2-0
02/3/38 A Stockport W 3-1
05/3/38 A Bradford PA L 0-2
12/3/38 H WHU D 2-2
19/3/38 A Southampton L 0-1
26/3/38 H Blackburn W 2-0
02/4/38 A Plymouth L 1-2
09/4/38 H Fulham L 1-2
15/4/38 H Norwich L 0-1
16/4/38 A Sheff Wed L 0-3
18/4/38 A Norwich D 1-1
23/4/38 H Chesterfield W 3-1
25/4/38 A Chesterfield L 0-2
30/4/38 A Swansea L 0-2
07/5/38 A Luton L 1-4

The season could not have started much worse as United won only one of their first eleven games and by the end of October were in 20th place. However that one victory - a 6-0 thrashing of Sheffield United - would vitally shore up United's goal difference.

Slightly improved form saw them slowly but not so surely climb the table and by the beginning of March they'd reached the heady heights of tenth.

A significant factor in the turnaround was the arrival in November of Ray Bowden who cost £5,000 from Arsenal. However he was one of a number of players who spent a number of weeks on the treatment table and his absence during most of April almost proved crucial.

Just as important was the shock sale of centre-forward Jack Smith to Man United. His goals had been crucial to United over the last few seasons and Billy Cairns struggled to make up for his loss.

The Novacastrians ended the season disastrously with two wins, one draw and nine defeats. At the end Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley all had 38 points but it was The Tykes who would go down.

The final game had seen United crushed 4-1 at Luton; it was an inauspicious day for a debut for a young lad from Wallsend called Albert Stubbins.


FA Cup
R3 08/1/38 A WBA L 0-1


Players



Squad
Player App Gls
Ancell B 30
Bowden R 21 4
Cairns B 16 4
Carver J 28
Connelly E 7
Denmark J 17
Docking S 12 1
Fairhurst D 18
Garnham A 6
Gordon J 40 1
Grundy A 1
Imrie B 38 9
Leighton B 1
Livingstone A 13 3
McPhillips B 8
Mooney T 17 5
Park J 37 9
Pearson T 42 4
Richardson JR 15 4
Richardson Joe 36
Rogers E 14
Shiel J 1
Smith J 19 7
Stubbins A 1
Swinburne T 25
Tapken N 10
Team

Total Number of games: 43

Total Number of players used: 26

01: Tapken > Swinburne > McPhillips

02: Richardson J

03: Ancell

04: Gordon

05: Carver > Denmark

06: Imrie

07: Park

08: Livingstone > Richardson/Bowden

09: Smith > Cairns

10: Docking/Bowden

11: Pearson



Toon In
Name Date Age Club Fee
Denmark James 06/37 24 Third Lanark £2,550
Bowden Edwin 11/37 28 Arsenal £5,000
Wright Doug 05/38 21 Southend

J Denmark

R Bowden

D Wright


Toon Out
Date Name To Fee
Davidson David 06/37 Hartlepool £50
Johnson Henry 06/37 Port Vale
Mcmenemy Harry 07/37 Dundee £1,200
Smith Jack 02/38 Man Utd £6,500
Connelly Edward 03/38 Luton £2,100
Richardson James 03/38 Millwall
Docking Stanley 05/38 Tranmere £1,100
Leighton William 05/38 Southend £1,000
Shiel J 05/38 North Shields £0

J Smith

E Connelly

S Docking



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