NUFC 1938/39 Diary

Summary Squad


03/05 - Former United player Stan Seymour may become a director of the club when the annual meeting is held next month. Before a former player can be elected he must secure reinstatement from the Football Association under Rule 37 and Mr Seymour has already sent in his application. The club has also sent a letter to support the application, and if the Football Association agrees, Mr. Seymour will be their official nominee for a seat on the board.

03/05 - At a special meeting of the Newcastle United directors tonight it is announced that twelve players have been placed on the open to transfer list. They are: Tapken (goalkeeper); Forster (full-back); Imrie and Leighton (half-backs) and Rogers, Coyde, Livingstone, McGarry, Docking, Sanderson, Dryden and Shiel (forwards).

The following 22 players have been offered terms for next season: Swinburne. McPhillips (goalkeepers); Richardson, Fairhurst, Ancell. Law, Holliday (full-backs); Gordon, Carver, Denmark, Garnham, Grundy, White, Woodburn (half-backs); Park. Pears, Bowden, Stubbins, Cairns, Isaac, Pearson, Mooney (forwards).

05/05 - Harry Bedford, has resigned his post as coach to Newcastle United. He is back at his home in Derby. He only joined last year, but has left as the club told him that they cannot afford to pay him during the summer.

07/05 - Lost 1-4 at Luton N survive by decimal points. Swansea and Sheff Wed won NF and Barnsley drew 2-21ost

09/05 - Tapken and Rogers (originally on transfer list) and Law and Mooney all accept terms for re-engagement. McPhillips now on TL. CF Brown and I-F Dobson sign pro forms.

09/05 - It is reported that footage of the replayed 1911 CF has been acquired by the National Film Library.

11/05 - United sign wing half back John Douglas Wright from Southend in exchange for William Leighton plus a fee. Wright whose father played for Bolton and whose brother is at Reading is 20-years-old, 6' and 11st 71b. He can play on either flank and his form last season attracted the attention of a lot of top clubs.

13/05 - Mather says "we had to unload some players in order to make room others more likely to bring the team up to standard".

13/05 - Trainer James McPherson, who followed in the footsteps of his famous trainer father, JQ McPherson, resigns. He moved to Newcastle from Kilmarnock 36 years ago with his father, and following his playing days had training experience in Holland, Germany, and Norway. He had charge of international teams at home and abroad, and in his second season as trainer to United he prepared the team that beat Arsenal 2-0 in the 1932 F.A. Cup Final.

Stanley Docking

19/05 - Tranmere pay their highest fee ever for reserve inside forward Stanley Docking. Docking, who is 23, has been with Newcastle for three seasons and played 11 games last season.

30/05 - Mr G. Rutherford, director of Newcastle United, is elected to the League Management Committee in succession to the late Mr. Phil Bach.


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03/06 - Inside-right Archibald Livingstone moves to Bury for £500. In 3 seasons at the club he made 33 appearances and scored 5 goals.

Harry Clifton
Harry Clifton

07/06 - Inside-right Harry Clifton signs from Chesterfield for £8,500; it is the highest fee that they have ever received, Clifton was leading scorer in Division 2 last season and scored 30 in all games and recently accompanied the England team on their German tour. Several First Division clubs were interested in him. Manager Mather had been told by the directors that an inside forward must be secured before the start of the season. An idol at Chesterfield, Harry is a workmanlike, constructive inside-forward. He is remarkably keen-witted and self-assured and his gift of repartee has to be heard to be appreciated.

08/06 - Gateshead sign Hughie Gallacher.

10/06 – United complete negotiations with Grimsby for the signing of Charles Craven (inside left) but Manchester United are also interested. It will be left to the player to decide which side he joins.

11/06 - Craven is signed by Manchester United for £8,000.

11/06 - The asking price for Bill Imrie has been reduced from £2,500 to £1,500.

20/06 – The annual report and balance sheet is published. A profit of £2,144 was made leaving a total credit balance £5,479. The chairman states it is regrettable to report the most unsatisfactory playing season in the history of the club despite the continued but unavailing efforts to strengthen the team. The directors extend their congratulations to their vice chairman (Mr G. F. Rutherford) on his election to the Football League Management Committee. Messrs W. McKeag and G. Stanley Seymour have been nominated for the Board. Reference is also made to the resignation in August of last year of Mr T. Oliver, which was accepted.

23/06 - Norman Smith, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town right half, is appointed trainer-coach to Newcastle United.

27/06 – United have been in negotiations for some time to sign Nottingham Forest's Irish international centre-forward Martin, but the talks have broken down.

B Imrie

29/06 – Bill Imrie moves to Swansea. He joined United in March 1934 as United attempted to (unsuccessfully) stave off relegation. He took over as captain and became a popular figure on Tyneside. A tall, robust and skilful player, but has an inclination to go upfield and lose position. He made 128 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

29/06 – The AGM is held and an explanation of the club’s poor display last season is provided. Mr George Rutherford. A small profit was made, but only because of incoming transfer fees; they would have preferred to have seen a big loss and got players needed. The main feature was a lengthy and highly critical address by shareholder Mr W McKeag; some excertpts follow "There can no doubt that the playing experiences of last season can only be described as utterly and complete deplorable. Surely at no time in the whole life of the club has there been such a monotonous succession of poor displays on the field, of miserable ineptitude fumbling and foozing, and lack of cohesion and concerted action.”


Ralph Birkett
Ralph Birkett

31/07 - United sign Middlesbrough outside-right Ralph Birkett. He joined Middlesbrough from Arsenal in 1935 and was capped for England against Ireland in 1936. He is a progressive and goal scoring wingman, but was afflicted by a series of leg injuries last season and lost his place to Milne. The fee is believed to be between £40-50,000.


02/08 - The Newcastle players report back for pre-season training at Cowgate. New trainer Norman Smith has his own ideas and is a firm believer in teamwork as the secret of success; something that was badly missing during the last campaign.

11/08 - The players take part in a bowls match at Summerhill Green, Winchester Terrace.

12/08 - A meeting takes place in Newcastle to discuss Sunderland director John Cochrane's proposal to form a midweek League for the leading clubs in the North East. Officials from Sunderland, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepools, Carlisle and South Shields attend; Middlesbrough and Newcastle have already turned down the idea.

12/08 - Stan Seymour and Tom Mather travel to Scotland to take in the game between Hearts and Third Lanark at Cathkin Park and to hold talks with Third Lanark regarding right-full-back Carabine. United are believed to have offered £6,500, but the Scots want £10,000. Another director - Bennie - is at Firhill Park to see Thistle’s McKennan but the Scots do not wish to sell.

Former favourites (and veterans) Hughie Gallacher and Albert Mclnroy are in the Gateshead team beaten by United in what is one of many games played across the country in aid of the Jubilee Benevolent Fund.

Fr: Gateshead - 30,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Clifton, Pearson.

Scorers: Birkett, Cairns - Smith

04m - BIRKETT heads into an open goal after the Gateshead defence is well beaten [1-0].

SMITH equalises with a grand oblique shot [1-1] and the rest of the half is evenly contested.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Gateshead 1

The teams continue to be on a par but CAIRNS grabs a second late on [2-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Gateshead 1

William Scott

27/08 - United great Colin Veitch dies in Switzerland after a short illness.

Despite last season’s near disaster the 38,000 attendance is the second best in the country. Before the game the crowd stands bareheaded in memory of Veitch. Mather admits that he "was relieved by the final whistle" as United successfully withstand a late barrage from their visitors who were unlucky not to get a draw.

D2: Plymouth - 38,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Bowden, Cairns, Clifton, Mooney.

Scorers: Clifton, Birkett - Lane

Wright, Birkett and Clifton all make their debuts.

05m - CLIFTON gives United an early lead [1-0] and for the first twenty minutes United are well on top with the right-flank of Birkett and Bowden causing the visitors lots of problems.

Swinburne fails to hold Fletcher's swift shot and LANE equalises [1-1].

Almost immediately BIRKETT works his way from the wing, evading numerous challenges before finishing well [2-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Plymouth 1

Plymouth are the more progressive side and in the last fifteen minutes they make a concerted effort to equalise. The closest they come is when Hullett beats Swinburne buts hit the post.

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Plymouth 1

Position: 3rd

30/08 - Newcastle receive a wire informing them that Veitch has been cremated in Switzerland.

D2: Luton [21st] - 17,689

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Cairns, Park, Clifton, Mooney.

Scorers: Clifton - Gordon og, Stevenson

Park comes in for the injured Bowden.

Half-time: Luton 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Luton 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 13th


The defences prevail against the attackers with both sides also guilty of passing up decent opportunities.

D2: Sheff. Utd [9th] - 30,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Park, Clifton, Mooney.

The home side monopolise the pay for the first twenty minutes but are weak in front of goal. Newcastle start to get a foothold but the defences are prevailing.

Half-time: Sheff. Utd 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Sheff. Utd 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 13th

The club officially deny that they are interested in Stanley Mathews who has requested a transfer.

Everything goes wrong against the Throstles. Park is carried off after only 18 minutes and just after the break the concussed Swinburne has to go off too with the already limping Clifton having to take over in goal. The visitors earn the applause of the home crowd for their plucky display.

D2: West Brom [9th] - 17,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Park, Clifton, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney, Stubbins – Burgin, Heasalgrave (2), Jones (2).

Early on MOONEY opens the scoring with a shot all along the ground [1-0].

Four minutes later BURGIN screws in a clever equaliser [1-1].

18m - Park has to be helped off after suffering a deep cut at the back of the knee.

39m - United's ten men are competing well but HEASALGRAVE heads in [1-2].

43m - Burgin's centre strikes Ancell on the back and lands perfectly for HEASALGRAVE [1-3].


44m - STUBBINS pulls one back [2-3].

Half-time: West Brom 3 Newcastle 2

46m - JONES' shot hits the inside of the upright before it is collected by Swinburne, but the officials rule the ball had crossed the line before the custodian retrieved it [2-4].

47m - It is apparent that Swinburne is suffering from concussion and he too has to retire leaving United to play with only nine men for the last 43 minutes. Clifton who has been limping quite badly himself has to take over in goal.

68m - JONES scores a fifth [2-5].

Full-time: West Brom 5 Newcastle 2

Position: 15th

A great first-half sees United beat the table-toppers.

D2: Burnley [1st] - 30,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Bowden, Stubbins, Cairns – Hornby, TBC

Cairns and Bowden are back to replace the injured Park and Clifton.

04m - BOWDEN sets United on their way with a header [1-0] and they play with splendid enthusiasm.

25m - HORNBY equalises in simple fashion [1-1].

29m - STUBBINS restores the lead [2-1].

Soon after CAIRNS adds a third [3-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 3 Burnley 1

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Full-time: Newcastle 3 Burnley 2

Position: 12th

William Scott

12/09 - Newcastle sign Aberdeen's reserve centre-forward William Scott after he impressed United officials in the reserve game last Saturday. He is a native of Aberdeen and is 21-years-old, 5' 9" and 12 stone. He joined the club from junior football in 1935 and has made 28 first-team appearances and scored 7 goals. The fee is believed to be in the region of £3,500.

Cairns scores four as United completely outclass The Throstles. The scoreline could have been even more emphatic if keeper Adams (who saved a Mooney penalty) had not played so brilliantly.

D2: West Brom [7th] - 31,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns (4), Stubbins - Jones

Newcastle storm the Albion goal at the start and keeper Adams is performing brilliantly.

15m - CAIRNS breaks the deadlock [1-0].

Newcastle are dominating with their clever football and determination. They are helped by the fact that left-half McNab suffers a strain which hinders him for the rest of the game.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 West Brom 0

51m - JONES scores a shock equaliser [1-1].

United up the pressure and CAIRNS puts them ahead again [2-1].


CAIRNS [4-1].


CAIRNS [5-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 5 West Brom 1

Position: 6th

14/09 - Colin Veitch's ashes are scattered in the garden of Remembrance at Newcastle Crematorium. The Clarion Choir sing his favourite song "The Long Day Closes". Veitch had been associated with the choir for over twenty years and many of them are in tears.

United are unlucky not to get a draw as their craft matches Tottenham's speed, but despite having the greater of the play and being more thrustful in attack United are beaten by a penalty.

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D2: Tottenham [9th] - 40,531

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Whatley (pen)

It's a well-contested first-half and Hooper does well to stop a terrific Stubbins shot.

42m - WHATLEY scores from the spot [0-1].

Half-time: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0


Both sides create numerous chances after the break; Morrison misses an open goal for the Londoners and Sproston clears a United effort off the line with Hopper beaten.

Full-time: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th

Gordon breaks his leg after only ten minutes, but despite being a man down (and two-men down for a short period), United deservedly win through a Cairns goal just before half-time.

D2: Southampton [20th] - 35,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns

10m - United's injury jinx strikes again as Gordon breaks his leg.

Denmark is also missing for a while getting treatment but Newcastle are the better side and just before the interval CAIRNS scores with the ball taking a slight deflection off a Southampton defender [1-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Southampton 0

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Southampton 0

Position: 7th


The Magpies' offside game catches The Bantams on numerous occasions but when MacDonald beats it he can simply walk the ball into the net.

D2: Coventry [16th] - 18,774

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: MacDonald

Woodburn comes in for Gordon. Before the match commences the Bishop of Coventry leads a short service of Thanksgiving for peace for the players and spectators.

It is end-to-end but the home side are continually getting caught offside by United's defence.

18m - MACDONALD (set free by Barratt) evades the offside trap and can simply walk the ball into the net [0-1].

Coventry are in the ascendancy now but United fight back as the half comes to an end.

Half-time: Coventry 1 Newcastle 0

Both sides attack at will and there are many narrow escapes.

Full-time: Coventry 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th

01/10 - New signing Scott becomes the latest broken leg victim during the Central league match. He has just returned from a two-week layoff due to a severe kick on his ankle.

07/10 - United are after a young goalkeeper and they are believed to be interested in Jack Fairbrother of Preston.

D2: Nottm. Forest [12th] - 31,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns (3), Birkett

Half-time: Newcastle 4 Nottm. Forest 0

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Nottm. Forest 0

Position: 7th

A total of £18 12s and 4d has been raised for the Northumberland FA Benevolent Fund (for injured players) from the practice games of numerous clubs. Newcastle's contribution was £6 10s.

Cairns scores three more as United - who are much the better all round team - make light work of bottom placed Tranmere. He is the top scorer in the country.

D2: Tranmere [22nd] - 33,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney (2), Cairns (3) - Buckley

06m - MOONEY slams the ball past the wall from a free-kick just outside the area [1-0] and for the next twenty minutes United are all over the visitors and are unlucky not to score more.

BUCKLEY scores a surprise equaliser [1-1].


Half-time: Newcastle 3 Tranmere 1

Newcastle continue to dominate and although Lewis plays well in goal there are a number of narrow escapes.

64m - CAIRNS heads home [4-1].

CAIRNS [5-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Tranmere 1

Position: 3rd

21/10 - Newcastle have not given up on signing Grimsby custodian Tweedy even though their enquiries have had a cool reception so far.

United have only won once at Upton Park since the War and they have to settle for a draw in an entertaining game in which both sides defend magnificently.

D2: West Ham [12th] - 23,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns - Ancell og

15m - Although Swinburne gets his hand to Fenton's cross he only succeeds in pushing it on to ANCELL's head and the ball rebounds into the net [0-1].

Both sides are going for goal but the defences stand firm.

Half-time: West Ham 1 Newcastle 0

West Ham keeper Conway comes out to deal with a long ball from Woodburn but his attempted clearance lands at Stubbins' feet and he unselfishly sets up CAIRNS who scores despite the presence of two defenders on the line [1-1].

Full-time: West Ham 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 3rd

26/10 - Rowlands Gill inside-left Frederick Austin Drake signs professional forms.

The Football league sanction a benefit for Tapken.

Newcastle have more of the play but the visitors have more shots on goal; with minutes remaining a brilliant run from Denmark sets up Cairns to head in the winner. Straight after the game Denmark is sent home to bed with a fever brought on by tonsillitis. The win takes Newcastle into second place, a couple of points behind Fulham.

D2: Bradford [9th] - 40,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns

The visitors take the game to Newcastle and create some good chances, but towards the interval United become more thrustful and Stubbins forces two excellent saves out of Parr.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Bradford 0

Newcastle do most of the attacking but Bradford are dangerous on the break and possibly have the better chances. Richardson is lucky that the referee misses him handle the ball in the area.

88m - Denmark picks up the ball on the edge of United's penalty area and goes off on one of the most spectacular runs seen at St James' for many a season. He evades tackle after tackle until he is twenty yards from goal. Hallard tries to clear into touch but the ball goes straight to Mooney who centres and as seven players go for the ball CAIRNS heads in [1-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Bradford 0

Position: 2nd


01/11 - Newcastle continue their squad strengthening by buying Leeds' reserve centre-half Dominic Kelly. He has been at Leeds three years but only made five appearances last season and Holley has kept him out the side this campaign. He is 21-years-old, just over six-foot-tall and weighs 13 stone.

02/11 - Wright is selected for the England side to take on Norway at St. James' next week. Although it is not uncommon for a "home" player to be included, the half-back's play this season has been worthy of an international call-up. Bowden is selected as a reserve.

03/11 - The Magpies swoop for another young half-back as 21-years-old George Bradley joins from Rotherham United. He joined Rotherham from a local junior club last year and has been attracting the interest of a number of clubs.

05/11 - Having failed to persuade Grimsby to part with their first-choice custodian Tweedy, United agree to sign their reserve Clarence "Cam" Theaker. United were desperate to have him play in the Central League today so Grimsby manager Charlie Spencer agreed to drive up last night. They did not arrive until 2am this morning and the signing was not completed until 3am. The delay was caused because Spencer initially could not find Theaker and then – after they had set off - the keeper realised he had forgotten his boots. His footwear was at Grimsby's ground and - with no keys – the dynamic duo had to scale the gates and then force the lock to get into the training headquarters.

A first home defeat for Wednesday and a first victory on the road for United. There is little to choose between the sides for most of the game but Cairns scores twice in as many minutes during a short period of United dominance after the break.

Sheff. Wed. [8th] - 25,358

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns (2)

Bowden has one brilliant shot but the defences are on top.

Half-time: Sheff. Wed. 0 Newcastle 0

55m - United are attacking concertedly and CAIRNS heads a grand goal from a Birkett centre [1-0].

56m - CAIRNS repeats the trick off a Mooney centre [2-0].

Full-time: Sheff. Wed. 0 Newcastle 2

Position: 2nd

08/11 - The Norwegian national team and almost two hundred supporters arrive in England and do some preparation work at Whitley Bay. The England team are based at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth and take part in a short practice game at North Shields' Appleby Park. The public are allowed in to watch and there is some good natured banter between players and spectators.

09/11 - The English team are far too good for the amateurs from Norway and win with four first-half goals.

The biggest crowd of the day sees United deservedly beat the leaders and take over at the top of the table.

D2: Fulham [1st] - 63,962

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Woodburn, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Bowden, Birkett - Rooke (pen)

All players wear black armlets in respect of the recently deceased FA Chairman, Mr Pickford.

It is a closely fought game, but it is noticeable that United are shooting on sight.

29m - BOWDEN has a couple of excellent efforts saved before opening the scoring following a corner [1-0].

42m - BIRKETT scrambles in a second [2-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Fulham 0

The visitors are hampered by an injury to Keeping who is sent to limp around at outside-right. United pen Fulham back for long periods but keeper Turner is in splendid form.

ROOKE scores a penalty [2-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Fulham 1

Position: 1st

16/11 - With right full back Joe Richardson having picked up an injury against Fulham the directors are frantically trying to sign a new back in time for Saturday's game at Blackburn. Bids for Clarke of Manchester City and Griffiths of Manchester United are both knocked back.

17/11 – Newcastle sign Huddersfield full-back Benny Craig after protracted negotiations. Craig is a native of Leadgate and was a former pit lad and he joined Huddersfield from Eden Colliery in 1934. He is 22-years-old, 5' 8" and 11 stone and played 26 games last season. He has made only one appearance this season but he is a stylish, daring player with a marked positional instinct and tackling which does not lack bite. He will not link up with the rest of the team until the match on Saturday.

United have lost their last five games at Ewood Park and with Clarke netting a hat-trick they are soundly beaten again in what is a tough debut for Craig.

D2: Blackburn [4th] – 21,300

Swinburne, Craig, Ancell, Bradley, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Clarke (3)

New signing Benny Craig takes the place of the injured Richardson.

07m - CLARKE converts Waddle's centre [0-1].

Newcastle are making sharp thrusts but Blackburn are having most of the play and CLARKE scores a second [0-2].


The Lancastrians are in total control and CLARKE completes his hat-trick [0-3].

Half-time: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 0

Bradley and Wright swop sides but although United do most of the attacking they cannot breakthrough the home sides solid defence.

Full-time: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 2nd

22/11 - George Craig, Ivan Simpson and their mother (Mary Ellen Craig) of Westgate Road are remanded in custody. The men are charged with breaking in and entering Tom Mather's house on Kenton Road (Gosforth) last Friday and stealing clothes and football medals to the value of £58 10s. Their mother is charged with receiving stolen goods.

United are pegged back twice as they are held by a Millwall side which plays with a level of speed and craft that unsettles the Magpies.

D2: Millwall [6th] - 37,000

Swinburne, Craig, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney, Clifton - Fisher (2)

Newcastle are the more thrustful side in the first half hour and they take the lead when MOONEY crashes a free-kick into the net from just outside the area [1-0].

United slacken off and FISHER equalises [1-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Millwall 1

69m - CLIFTON beats Pearson at the second attempt [2-1].

Millwall - who have never given up - equalise again; FISHER once more the scorer [2-2]

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Millwall 2

Position: 3rd

27/11 - The directors send a squad of nineteen players to Cleveleys to recuperate from the strenuous set of games that they have just played and in preparation for the arduous Christmas schedule.

28/11 - Arthur Mann, Wallsend St. Luke's inside-right, signs amateur forms for Newcastle, he is 18-years-old, 5' 9" and 10st 7lb.

29/11 - At the Moot Hall Police Court the mother and sons charged with the robbery at Mather's house are refused bail and remanded in custody for another week. Detective Eckford states that they have recovered £100 of stolen property at their house on Westgate Road.


After a poor start City are playing as well as any team in the division and they are far too good for United who have Swinburne to thank for keeping the score down to four.

D2: Man. City [14th] - 45,000

Swinburne, Fairhurst, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Clifton, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns - Milsom (2), Herd (2)

City are coping better with the heavy ball and United have no answer to their quick-fire raids.

32m - Doherty sets up MILSOM [0-1].

45m - CAIRNS equalises [1-1].

Half-time: Man. City 1 Newcastle 1

City continue to be the more methodical side and MILSOM scores again [1-2].

United try and get back into the game but their shooting is wayward although Cairns is unlucky to see an effort hit an upright.

HERD scores with a tremendous drive [1-3].

Another superb drive from HERD [1-4].

Full-time: Man. City 4 Newcastle 1

Position: 5th

07/12 - Following "incidents" at the Bradford home game the FA order Newcastle to post warning notices around the ground and in the next four home programmes. The spectator who caused the trouble at that match is to be refused admission to the ground for the rest of the season.

Struggling Bury have lost seven of their nine away matches so far and Mooney and Clifton both net hat-tricks as United saunter home.

D2: Bury [17th] - 28,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney (3 - 1 pen), Clifton (3)

Richardson is back from injury and Bowden is recalled too.

10m - MOONEY [1-0].

27m - MOONEY scores from the spot after Clifton is fouled [2-0].

CLIFTON [3-0].

Bury's Livingstone is injured and is moved to outside-left.

Half-time: Newcastle 3 Bury 0

48m - CLIFTON with a clever goal [4-0].

60m - CLIFTON [5-0].

MOONEY [6-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 6 Bury 0

Position: 5th

12/12 - It is revealed that the recently deceased Father Adrian English - Superior of Dominican House Cambridge - was invited to sign professional forms with Newcastle when he was seventeen.

13/12 - The grandstand at Swansea's Vetch Field is damaged by fire; United are due there on Saturday and it is not known whether this will have any impact on the game.

D2: Swansea [21st] - 15,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Rogers, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Clifton

CLIFTON scores early on [1-0].

Half-time: Swansea 0 Newcastle 1

Full-time: Swansea 0 Newcastle 1

Position: 4th

18/12 - The Newcastle party travel down to Plymouth where they will spend the majority of their time recuperating. Their main pursuits will be walking, golf and resting and they also plan to take in a visit to Devon County Billiard Club.

21/12 - Manchester United are after a new goalkeeper following Breen's mishap and they have agreed terms with Newcastle for the purchase of Tapken. However, although Tapken is keen on the move, there is a hitch because the player is not happy with the amount of benefit payment the club are offering; claiming that he was promised more.

22/12 - Tapken agrees to move to Manchester United with the fee believed to be £850. A native of Wallsend he joined in 1933 and has made 107 appearances.

Swinburne under challenge

Mooney gives United the lead after only three minutes and although the home side hold the balance of play they cannot break United's resistance.

D2: Plymouth [14th] - 17,861

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Rogers, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney

03m - MOONEY scores with a great shot [1-0].

The home side are doing most of the attacking but the Newcastle defence is very strong and Swinburne is rarely troubled.

Half-time: Plymouth 0 Newcastle 1

Plymouth continue to press and Dougan hits the top of the bar but Swinburne and the defence perform admirably.

Full-time: Plymouth 0 Newcastle 1

Position: 2nd

26/12 - United make the long trek to Norwich but heavy snowfall causes the match to be postponed half an hour before kick-off.

Mooney and Clifton both score twice against struggling Norwich but the visitors played well apart from their shooting and did not deserve to lose so heavily.

D2: Norwich [21st] - 46,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Rogers, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney (2 pens), Clifton (2)

Norwich start well and give United numerous problems with their fast, open football.

23m - Ancell lofts a free-kick into the goalmouth and Halliday is judged to have pushed Clifton as they challenge for the ball. MOONEY hits the penalty into the roof of the net [1-0].


Norwich fight back and Ancell has to make a superb headed clearance facing his own goal.

41m - Cairns' shot is pushed out by custodian Hall but CLIFTON dashes in the head through [2-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Norwich 0

For twenty minutes Norwich are again on top and are unlucky not to score.

70m - Clifton is fouled in the area (or Mackrell handles) and MOONEY scores from the spot again [3-0].

Rogers and Cairns combine to set up the uncovered CLIFTON who scores from close quarters [4-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Norwich 0

Position: 2nd

30/12 - Clifton collapses in the dressing room after training. It is believed it is a muscular problem brought on by the extreme cold weather during the game at Plymouth. The directors have decided against going away for special training for the FA Cup match with Brentford as promotion is the priority.

Sheffield united have an excellent away record and although neither side scores it is a thrilling game played on a frozen hard ground.

31/12 - D2: Sheff. Utd. [3rd] - 47,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Rogers, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Sheffield United have the same points as Newcastle and have won over half their away matches.

The straw was swept off the pitch in the morning and with the sun shining the ground is very soft in places. And to make matters worse the ground starts to harden again in other parts when the sun goes down.

The visitors adapt better to the conditions and are the better side for the first twenty-five minutes. A Hampson pile driver luckily strikes Swinburne on the leg.

Newcastle have chances too; Bowden and Cairns in particular hitting fine shots.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Sheff. Utd 0

The end-to-end play continues although Newcastle are the most thrustful side now.

When United get a free-kick, six opposition players link in front of the taker Mooney. His shot lifts and strikes one of them on the head knocking him out.

In the last fifteen minutes United throw off their restraint and storm the visitors goal, but Sheffield defend resolutely.

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Sheff. Utd 0

Position: 2nd


The Magpies lose for the first time at home in a shock defeat. Both teams play with a rare enthusiasm despite the very heavy ground, but United struggle to impose themselves and have to play half the game with ten men after Denmark fractures an eye bone.

D2: Chesterfield [12th] - 34,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Wright, Rogers, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Kidd

After the thaw and heavy rain the ground has inches of mud down the middle of the field.


Chesterfield come close when Denmark's pass back to Swinburne gets stuck in the mud and Milligan dashes in to shoot against an upright.

Just before half-time Denmark collides with a colleague and has to be assisted from the field with what looks like a bad eye injury.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Chesterfield 0

KIDD takes a free-kick from about almost forty yards out. The sphere barely lifts off the ground, but as Swinburne comes out to meet the ball it bounces a couple of yards in front of him and skids at great speed into the net [0-1].

Ten-man United try desperately hard to fight back but cannot score.

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Chesterfield 1

Position: 3rd

04/01 - Reserve left-full-back Hepplewhite moves to Horden Colliery Welfare.

05/01 - At the Northumberland Quarterly Sessions the men charged with breaking into Tom Mather's house are found guilty. George Craig (who has a long record of offences) is sentenced to three years penal servitude and Ivan Simpson to eighteen months hard labour. Their mother - Mary Ellen Craig - is found not guilty of receiving stolen goods.

06/01 - United play Brentford tomorrow and in a novel approach the United players are allowed to spend the night in London as they wish although Norman Smith has made it clear they must respect training rules.

The ground is so muddy that the goalmouths have been covered in peat. The Londoners start well but United take the lead just before the break and this has a demoralising effect upon them.

FA R3: Brentford [D1] - 27,551

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Birkett, Clifton, Scott, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Clifton, Mooney

Cairns is sensationally dropped and replaced by Scott who makes his debut and Birkett returns in place of Rogers. Gordon and Carver replace the injured Garnham and Denmark.

Once again the pitch is in a terrible state and the ground is so heavy that

Both sides soon switch from short to long passing and the Londoners are the better side for much of the first period.

But just before the break Mooney crosses on the run and CLIFTON hits a first time shot [1-0].

Half-time: Brentford 0 Newcastle 1

The goal seems to demoralise the home team and United take the initiative.

55m - MOONEY breaks from half-way and as James dithers on the goal-line United's outside-left barges him over and finishes with a shot which goes in off a post [2-0]. he Magpies are firmly in control until the end.

Full-time: Brentford 0 Newcastle 2

D2: Burnley [13th] - 11,098

Swinburne, Fairhurst, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Birkett, Clifton, Scott, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Billingham, Dryden

The directors decide to stick with the same eleven but Richardson is not fit and is replaced by Fairhurst.

17m - Carver blocks Brocklebank's shot but BILLINGHAM follows up to score from a narrow angle [0-1].

Newcastle's play is fast and clever but they fail to take any of the opportunities that they create.

Half-time: Burnley 1 Newcastle 0

Brentford are on top now and Swinburne has to make a number of saves.

59m - Billingham sets up DRYDEN who nets with a first time shot into the corner [0-2].

Full-time: Burnley 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 3rd

17/01 - The Newcastle party make the long trip to Porthcawl to prepare for the Cup game. They set off from Newcastle on The Silver Jubilee and The Great Western Railway Company have kindly agreed to make an unscheduled stop at the tiny wayside station of Pyle to cut 90 minutes off the journey.

18/01 - The weather in South Wales is awful so United do their training at an indoor roller skating rink. The players change at the hotel and then run through the driving rain to the rink. Manager Mather is not too bothered about the arrangements as this week is mainly about "rest and relaxation". They are also offered honorary membership of two golf clubs and attend a dance in the evening.

19/01 - United do light training on the beach in the morning followed by a game of golf after lunch.

20/01 - The agenda today is a couple of leisurely walks.

United have three "goals" ruled out for offside in a hard fought encounter against their Third Division adversaries who played some excellent football against the faster paced magpies.

FA R4: Cardiff - 42,060

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Birkett, Clifton, Scott, Bowden, Mooney.

The director's drop another selection surprise by dropping Swinburne and handing Theaker his debut.

The Welshmen are the most aggressive side for much of the first-half but struggle to make clear cut chances

Newcastle overcome their unsteadiness and start to call the pace; Mooney having a goal disallowed for offside.

Half-time: Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0

Cardiff are on top again and the United goal has a couple of amazing escapes.

As the game draws to a close United go all out for victory and have two further efforts ruled out for offside. One in particular proves controversial as the referee initially allows Clifton's header before disallowing it on advice from the linesman.

Full-time: Cardiff 0 Newcastle 0

23/01 - The United party travels from Porthcawl to Hexham Hydro where they will remain until Wednesday morning.

24/01 Despite objections from the police, Newcastle magistrates grant an application for a two-hour extension of the licensing hours (from 4pm to 6pm) for tomorrow's afternoon cup tie. The application from Mr. Forster argues that with a large crowd expected "it is desirable in the interests of good order that the crowds be off the streets as quickly as possible, tbc NEC 24/01

24/01 - The overnight train contains 210 Cardiff supporters and scores more are travelling by road.

United score three times in the last eight minutes to break the stubborn resistance of the Welshmen who have given them two tough games. Mather admits "you gave us a real shock and I have not had such a big fright this season"

FA R4r: Cardiff - 44,649

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Park, Clifton, Scott, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Mooney, Park, Gordon, Clifton - Pugh

Park is preferred to Birkett in what is the only change to the team.

United take the game to their visitors and Park has a decent penalty shout turned down.

28m - Clifton heads the ball across and MOONEY dashes in and hits a left foot screamer which is as fiery as his red hair [1-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Cardiff 0

62m - United are well on top however when Wright makes a mess of a back pass PUGH nips in to equalise [1-1].

82m - Mooney crosses and with the Cardiff defenders caught off guard PARK dashes in hits a terrific drive into the net [2-1].

85m - GORDON brilliantly dribbles through and scores with a cross-shot [3-1].

90m - CLIFTON takes a flying leap and heads the ball into the net in spectacular fashion [4-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Cardiff 1

27/01 - Club officials dispose of the 4,000 reserved seats - for the Fourth Round Tie with Preston - in only forty-five minutes. Some 2,000 postal applications (many from Scotland) have to be returned.

The wing men excel but the inside and centre-forward make little headway against an experimental Southampton defence. It was a hard fought game in which United played well but disappointed upfront.

D2: Southampton [18th] - 13,000

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Birkett, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney.

Cairns and Birkett are recalled.

Half-time: Southampton 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Southampton 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 5th


01/02 - The United directorate gave permission for collections to be made on behalf of the JS Relief Fund at the match against Cardiff but a paltry £9 14s was raised. Apparently the organisers had recruited 25 unemployed men from Bishopgate House and they arrived at St James' at 1pm. However, they were not allowed inside the ground - as they had expected - and were only given permission to collect in the car park. They then asked if they could come into the ground at half-time but were once again refused admission.

The disallowed goal

United are thrashed at home by their promotion rivals but they have to play two-thirds of the game with ten men after Bowden fractures his cheekbone. The referee is also knocked out during the game as the ball hits him in the jaw; although United continue their attack and score the goal is disallowed.

D2: Coventry [3rd] - 45,000

Theaker, Fairhurst, Ancell, Gordon, Kelly, Wright, Park, Stubbins, Clifton, Bowden, Mooney.

Scorers: Crawley (2), Davidson, Taylor

Fairhurst and Kelly (making his debut) replace the injured Richardson and Carver. The attack is re-organised with Clifton being tried in the centre and Park and Stubbins replacing Birkett and Cairns. There is an artic snap in the air but the pitch is quite soft having been covered by straw.

Newcastle make most of the early play but cannot find a way through.

Half-way through the half Bowden's fast ball hits the referee on the jaw and the official falls to the ground. United continue with the attack and Stubbins nets the ball. However, once the referee recovers he restarts with a drop ball which arouses a protest from the crowd. As he had blown his whistle as he had fallen and the senior linesman had followed suit this is the correct decision.

32m - The visitors start to assert themselves and CRAWLEY scores [0-1].

A couple of minutes later United's injury jinx strikes again as later Bowden is kicked in the face and forced to retire.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Coventry 1

Despite being a man down The Magpies force the play for ten minutes and are unlucky not to score.

69m - DAVIDSON scores with a lightning drive [0-2].

77m - TAYLOR cleverly beats a couple of men before netting [0-3].

90m - CRAWLEY scores his second from a Taylor centre [0-4].

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Coventry 4

Position: 7th

06/02 - United are not going away for special training for the Cup match on Saturday although they will have a golfing trip to Alnmouth on Wednesday if the weather is favourable.

10/02 - A huge crowd is expected for tomorrow's game and every vehicle of the Newcastle Transport undertaking, Northern Genera Transport Company and United Auto Services will be in service. LNER will also be running extra relief trains from all over the North.

11/02 - Thousands of Preston supporters arrive by train, motor coach and private car. One of the first to arrive is Britain's championship hitch-hiker Thomas Davis who has not missed a Preston match in years. The journey took him ten hours and the ex-Tynesider immediately went to see Tom Mather to get a ticket (he has never been refused at any ground).

Newcastle give the cup-holders a tough game but eventually lose out in a game where all three foals are of the soft variety.

FA R5: Preston - 62,327

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Clifton, Mooney.

Scorers: Cairns – Beattie, Mutch

Preston are the Cup holders. Richardson and carver have recovered from injury and cairns and Birkett are recalled.

13m - The game starts at a fast pace and BEATTIE heads in after his first header rebounds back to him off the crossbar.

32m - Mooney sends in a cleverly placed free-kick, CAIRNS heads towards goal and although Holdcroft has it covered he lets the ball slip through his grasp [1-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Preston 1

Theaker palms out a centre but only succeeds in sending the ball straight to MUTCH who slams it low and true to its billet.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Preston 2

Mooney misses a penalty as United are deservedly beaten by struggling Nottingham.

D2: Nottm. Forest [20th] - 7,000

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Stubbins, Cairns, Clifton, Mooney.

Scorers: Fryer, Crawshaw

Denmark has recovered from his fractured cheekbone and replaces Carver.

Forest start well and Ancell almost scores an own goal when he passes back to Theaker - who has already advanced from his goal - and misses the goal by inches.


25m - FRYER is just outside the penalty area as he drives a wonderful shot just inside the angle of post and crossbar [0-1].

Half-time: Nottm. Forest 1 Newcastle 0

56m - CRASHAW scores a second [0-2]

Mooney at some point misses a penalty altogether.

Full-time: Nottm. Forest 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 7th

United on the attack

The Magpies score three times in ten first-half minutes to comfortably see off the dismal wooden spoonists.

D2: Tranmere [22nd] - 9,000

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Park, Clifton, Cairns, Stubbins, Pearson

Scorers: Clifton, Gordon, Stubbins

The forward line is completely revamped for the visit to Prenton Park to take on the wooden spoonists.

There is a constant drizzle which leaves the ground slippy and the ball greasy. United's first-time passing methods are more suited to the conditions.

22m - Stubbins and CLIFTON combine well before the latter named hits an unstoppable shot from close in [1-0].

27m - The home defenders make a mess of clearing Park's centre and GORDON drives in a powerful low shot [2-0].

32m - STUBBINS makes it three in ten minutes when Lewis can only punch Park's corner straight to him and he drives low into the gaping goal [3-0].

United are now in control and the home crowd becomes rather sarcastic.

Half-time: Tranmere 0 Newcastle 3

Newcastle ease through the half although their combination wanes with players starting to play too individualistically.

Full-time: Tranmere 0 Newcastle 3

Position: 7th

It is a colourless display from United and a game which falls well below expectations. With calmer finishing United would have won by many more.

D2: West Ham [12th] - 30,000

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Park, Clifton, Cairns, Stubbins, Pearson

Scorers: Pearson (pen), Cairns

29m - PEARSON scores from the spot [1-0] and the visitors start to fade badly.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 West Ham 0

57m - CAIRNS scores with a great shot [2-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 West Ham 0

Position: 5th


01/03 - Newcastle agree terms with New Brighton for the signing of centre-forward Arthur Frost who joined the Third division club from the army. Mather watched him on Saturday when he scored twice and made one against Rochdale.

United concede early and lose Clifton for half an hour and despite dominating the play for long periods poor finishing lets them down.

D2: Tottenham [11th] - 18,500

Theaker, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Park, Clifton, Cairns, Stubbins, Pearson

Scorers: Hall

05m - HALL heads through.

14m - Clifton is stretchered off after a collision with home custodian Hooper. It is feared he has broken his leg.

Half-time: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Clifton returns (he had just jarred his knee); Hall is also lame for the visitors.

Tottenham are content to sit back and defend their lead but it is bad finishing from United that really ensures the score remains the same.

Full-time: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 5th

Newcastle sign Arthur Frost after a meeting in a Liverpool hotel. He has scored 18 goals this season. He is believed to have cost a four figure fee with United also believed to have offered New Brighton one of their young reserve players.

03/03 - Swinburne was involved in a motor accident on 12th of November in which a man was injured and later dies. At an inquest at Houghton-le-Spring Swinburne he is exonerated from any blame.

Both sides play well despite the slippery conditions underfoot. Bradford make most chances but United hit the woodwork twice and Wright scores the winner.

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D2: Bradford [15th] - 10,148

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Woodburn, Park, Scott, Cairns, Wright, Mooney

Scorers: Wright

The directors make big changes with Clifton injured and Theaker, Denmark, Stubbins and Pearson all dropped.

Bradford City are the better side but are guilty of missing some decent chances.

Half-time: Bradford City 0 Newcastle 0.

A long clearance by Swinburne is picked up by Cairns who plays in WRIGHT who has no difficulty in beating Farr [1-0].

Full-time: Bradford City 0 Newcastle 1.

Position: 4th

08/03 - Tommy Pearson - who has struggled to get into the first eleven this season - asks for a transfer. Seymour says "the club will be reluctant to part with such clever a winger, but if the player is dissatisfied it is better that no obstruction be placed in his way".

United are level on points with The Owls so it is a crucial battle. Wednesday are the better side and deservedly take the lead. But Scott equalises after the break and with only three minutes left debutant Frost scores the winner after the keeper slides over the line in a desperate attempt to save. United are now in a promotion spot.

D2: Sheff. Wed. [3rd] - 29,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Park, Scott, Frost, Clifton, Mooney

Scorers: Frost, Scott

New-signing Frost is handed his debut.

The Owls are the better side and deservedly take the lead through a splendid header from Walter MILLERSHIP

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Sheff Wed 1

Wednesday are still the better side but SCOTT scores with a lightning header from Park's cross [1-1].

87m - Mooney centres and FROST neatly turns the ball towards goal. Keeper Smith falls on the ball but slides over the line [2-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Sheff Wed 1

Position: 2nd

11/03 - Directors Seymour and Bennie watch the match between Third Lanark and Arbroath where they watched the away side's Carabine and Gould but despite lengthy discussions the Scots refused to sell either player.

16/03 - It is transfer deadline day and United are believed to be prepared to sell Clifton or Cairns. Sunderland bid unsuccessfully for Cairns last week and have also been put off Clifton by the price. Leicester are also believed to want Clifton.

Second bottom Norwich are the better side in the first period and take the lead, but Clifton equalises just after the break.

D2: Norwich [21st] - 7,700


Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Park, Scott, Frost, Clifton, Mooney

Scorers: Clifton

Norwich make a shaky start but then gain control.

18m - Friar's corner is converted by FURNESS [0-1].

Half-time: Norwich 1 Newcastle 0.

47m - CLIFTON scores from a Mooney centre [1-1].

Position: 2nd

16/03 - After the match Seymour meets with Leicester manager Frank Womack and some directors and they reach an agreement for the sale of Clifton. However, the player "has no desire to leave Newcastle" and turns down the move.


United hand on to second place but there are only 4 points separating them from 10th placed Tottenham and they have played more games than any of their promotion rivals.

D2: Fulham [7th] - 20,000

Swinburne, Richardson, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Park, Clifton, Cairns, Bowden, Mooney

Scorers: Clifton - Woodward

Cairns and Bowden are recalled.

Newcastle attack well but their shooting is poor.

Half-time: Fulham 0 Newcastle 0.

56m - WOODWARD picks up a loose ball and opens the scoring [0-1].

57m - CLIFTON is on Park's centre in a flash and scores with a well-aimed shot [1-1].

Full-time: Fulham 1 Newcastle 1.

Position: 2nd

The Magpies make a great start against the leaders and are 2-0 ahead after only six minutes; however, mistakes allow Rovers to pull level before the break. United are one point ahead of third placed Wednesday but The Owls have three games in hand.

D2: Blackburn [1st] - 42,000

Swinburne, Craig, Ancell, Gordon, Carver, Wright, Park, Clifton, Scott, Bowden, Mooney

Scorers: Clifton, Scott - Weddle, Rodgers

Craig comes in for Richardson (groin injury) and Scott replaces Cairns. The game is broadcast on the radio.

United start very aggressively and have the Blackburn defence all over the place.

Clifton jumps over the ball and SCOTT scores [1-0].

06m - CLIFTON adds a second [2-0].

19m - WEDDLE's header goes in off an upright [2-1].

43m - Swinburne is caught out of position and RODGERS heads the equaliser [2-2].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Blackburn 2

Rovers defend well and keep United at bay.

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Blackburn 2

Position: 2nd


29/03 - United had offered amateur Alan Gilholme professional forms but he has turned them down. Having matriculated he has obtained a position in an insurance office and his employers would prefer that he remains an amateur.


30/03 - The club declare that they have earmarked E20,000 to spend on new players if they achieve promotion. Divider

Bowden becomes the fourth player to be used at centre-forward in the last four games. United once again struggle and have to come from behind with Cairns grabbing the equaliser. Sheffield Wednesday win and move above United; as The Owls still have three games in hand they are looking clear favourites to grab the second promotion slot.

D2: Millwall [14th] - 26,000

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Park, Clifton, Bowden, Cairns, Mooney

Scorers: Cairns - Richardson

Denmark, Theaker and Cairns are recalled for the trip to The Den. Bowden becomes the fourth player to be tried at centre-forward in the last four games.

05m - Chiverton is lucky to see his mis-placed back pass hit a post.

42m - RICHARDSON head in [0-1].

Half-time: Millwall 1 Newcastle 0.

CAIRNS equalises [1-1].

Full-time: Millwall 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 3rd


Chesterfield are still in a chance of promotion themselves and the match attracts a record attendance at Saltergate. Before the game one of the home club's directors makes an appeal to the crowd to sign up for National Service. In a thrilling first period the home side score twice and with both sides tiring in the warm sun there is no way back for The Magpies. United lack method and their marksmanship is only occasionally impressive.

D2: Chesterfield [5th] - 30,968

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Park, Clifton, Bowden, Cairns, Mooney

Scorers: Milligan (2)

04m - Theaker is charged by Lyon but the referee rules that the ball did not cross the line. Newcastle are on top but guilty of over-elaboration.

22m - MILLIGAN is sent through and hits the ball home [0-1].

24m - Hughes' cross is headed through by MILLIGAN [0-2].

Half-time: Chesterfield 2 Newcastle 0.

Play slows in the warm weather and the home side ease through the game.

Full-time: Chesterfield 2 Newcastle 0.

Position: 5th

07/04 - Fifty Norwegian fans come across to Tyneside on the Vega to see the home match against Manchester City. More were due to come but there have been lots of cancellations due to the deteriorating situation in Europe.

Although United attack determinedly they are let down by weak finishing and City - who play the better football - deservedly win. The Magpies drop to 7th and all hope of promotion is gone.

D2: Man. City [9th] - 23,000

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Clifton, Bowden, Cairns, Stubbins, Mooney


Stubbins replaces Park as the forward line is rejigged once more.

37m - DOHERTY [0-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Man. City 1

HEALE [0-2]

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Man. City 2

Position: 6th

United announce their retained list. Carver, Rogers, Garnham, Dobson, White, Isaac, Drake and Brown are all to be released; the former three are the only ones to have seen first-team action.

After a bright start by United the Shakers take control and the lead; Ancell's free-kick earns a point with 12 minutes left.

D2: Bury [15th] - 6,000

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Pears, Denmark, Wright, Pearson, Clifton, Frost, Stubbins, Mooney

Scorers: Ancell - Roberts

Pears makes his debut and Pearson and Frost are recalled.

12m - Hulbert's low, hard centre is smacked in by ROBERTS [0-1]. Bury are well on top and make Newcastle look slow and cumbersome.

Half-time: Bury 1 Newcastle 0

78m - ANCELL scores from a free-kick [1-1].

Position: 9th

20/04 - Jesse Carver moves to Bury. He requested a transfer earlier in the season due to his wife's poor health.

With the aid of a strong wind in the first half United attack strongly but their finishing leaves a lot to be desired. With the sides reversed Swansea (who are not yet safe from relegation) come more into the game and pick up two valuable points.

D2: Swansea [19th] - 14,000

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Pears, Denmark, Wright, Pearson, Stubbins, Frost, Clifton, Mooney

Scorers: Clifton - Richardson, Meer

Swansea are still in danger of relegation.

Newcastle have a strong wind behind them, but although they pen Swansea back for long periods they are guilty of missing numerous chances.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Swansea 0


63m - CLIFTON [1-1].

MEER [1-2].

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Swansea 2

Position: 9th

The visitors still have an outside chance of promotion and both teams play open tactics. United win their first game since mid-March.

D2: Luton [4th] - 10,341

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Gordon, Denmark, Wright, Birkett, Scott, Frost, Clifton, Pearson

Scorers: Clifton, Pearson (pen)

Luton still have an outside chance of promotion and both sides play open tactics.

40m - CLIFTON heads through [1-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Luton 0

PEARSON [2-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Luton 0

Position: 9th

The game is a benefit for centre-half Wass but his game starts badly when - within minutes of the start - he misjudges the strength of the wind and his attempted back-pass ends up as a goal.

Ben: York 1 Newcastle 3 -

Scorers: Wass og, Cairns, Isaac - Milner

04m - Wass misjudges the strength of the wind and the keeper cannot reach his back pass [1-0].

CAIRNS [2-0]

MILNER [2-1]

Half-time: York 1 Newcastle 2

ISAAC [3-1]

Full-time: York 1 Newcastle 3

05/05 - T/E Rogers joins Swansea. He came to Newcastle in June 1936. Capped as a Welsh amateur international.

Barnsley finished as champions of the Northern Section of Division 3. It is a benefit for Asquith and he scores a first-half hat-trick.

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Garnham, Denmark, Pears, Litchfield, Clifton, Frost, Cairns, Pearson.

Scorers: Clifton - Asquith (3), Steele

02m - ASQUITH runs between two defenders and coolly heads home [0-1]

14m - ASQUITH cracks the ball home high into the net [0-2].

Pearson sets up CLIFTON to screw the ball home [1-2].

20m - STEELE heads in [1-3].

34m - ASQUITH completes his hat-trick with a well-placed header [1-4].

Half-time: Barnsley 4 Newcastle 1

A fairly even second period brings no further goals.

Full-time: Barnsley 4 Newcastle

Former Grimsby and United star "Tich" Appleyard kicks-off the Hospital Cup game at Blundell Park. Both sides give it a go and Newcastle lead 2-1 at the break but the home side fight back to win.

Ben: Grimsby 3 Newcastle 2

Theaker, Craig, Ancell, Henderson, Denmark, Garnham, Pears, Clifton, Frost, Cairns, Preston?.

Scorers: Pearson, Cairns - Beattie, Crack, Glover.

06m - Tweedy saves a lightning shot only for PEARSON to race in and convert [1-0].

09m - Crack hits the bar with a corner and when United fail to clear BEATTIE scores [1-1].

The home side are temporarily down to ten men; and whilst they are CAIRNS scores [2-1].

Half-time: Grimsby 1 Newcastle 2

61m - CRACK takes a corner which Theaker can only palm into the net [2-2].

62m - GLOVER [2-3]

Half-time: Grimsby 3 Newcastle 2

18/05 - Derby agree terms with United for the purchase of Cairns, however the player turns down the move. United are also believed to be prepared to sell Clifton.

??/05 - Isaac moves to Brighton.

30/05 - United sign outside-right David Hamilton of Swawfield Juniors.