NUFC 1949/50 - Diary

NUFC 1949/50 Squad


01/06 - Newcastle beat the Alberta All Stars 15-2. The Canadian team consists of players from Edmonton and Calgary.

04/06 - The British Colombia All Stars are beaten 5-2. The crowd of 8,185 is the largest ever attendance in thirty years at the ground.

04/06 - Director Westwood claims that the $4 per day allowance is causing discontentment amongst the players and he sympathises. "I would not like to visit America on an allowance like that and expect to enjoy myself, even to a limited degree" A sandwich costs $1.5.

05/06 - United rattle in 10 more goals against Washington State who get 1 in reply.

07/06 - United face British Colombia All Stars again, winning 8-1 on this occasion.

11/06 - United's request to enter their Third team in the North-Eastern league is rejected. Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Gateshead and Hartlepool all play their Reserve sides but United's reserves now play in the Central League.

15/06 - Newcastle beat a Swedish Select XI 4-0 in Toronto in what is judged to have been the best soccer game ever seen in Canada. A record crowd of 24,300 witness the match.

19/06 - United take on Swedes Kamraterna immediately after a Scottish FA team takes on a USA XI. Milburn puts United ahead just before the break and United go on to win 3-0.

24/06 - The team has covered over 16,000 miles on their 6-week tour including 20 days travelling in trains. The last match was cancelled due to the staleness and fatigue of the players. The Canadian hospitality was “wonderful" but their teams’ football was “disappointing".

26/06 - The United party sets sail for home on the Empress of France.


02/07 - The 20,000 ton liner docks in Liverpool 24-hours behind schedule. The delay was caused because they had been hit by a freak Atlantic storm. The captain admitted that "we've never seen such a storm before". United skipper Harvey laughs it off but admits "I think everyone in the team was sick" They are greeted by the Liverpool Chairman.

09/07 - Newcastle are still hopeful of signing outside-right George Smith from Hibernian.


13/08 - The final practice game takes place. The players involved are: Black and Whites (League team): Fairbrother, Cowell, Batty, Smith, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Lowrie, Mitchell. Whites (Reserves): Garbutt, Graham, Corbett, Robledo E, Frazer, Stobbart, Harbertson (former North Shields winger), Thompson, Graver, Taylor, Stevenson.

13/08 - Seymour and another United director watch George Smith in the match against Falkirk, but are unsuccessful in their attempts to discuss a transfer with Chairman Harry Swan.

There is huge interest in the opening game against Champions Portsmouth (who won 5-0 at St. James' last season) and queues start forming six hours before kick-off. In heatwave conditions a flaky and too individualistic United are comprehensively beaten.

St James’ Park - 54,258 - Portsmouth

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Lowrie, Mitchell

Scorers: Robledo G - Phillips, Clarke, Harris

Harvey, Graham and Cowell are out injured; Lowrie is preferred to Taylor.

09m - PHILLIPS beats a couple of defenders then slams a good low shot past Fairbrother [0-1].

40m - Fairbrother scoops out a shot from Phillips only for CLARKE to rush in [0-2].

Half-Time: Newcastle 0 Portsmouth 2

51m - Phillips storms down the right and as Fairbrother advances he beats him before laying the ball across to HARRIS to tap home at the far post [0-3].

70m - Milburn flicks on Walker's cross and ROBLEDO holds off a challenge to prod home [1-3].

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Portsmouth 3

Position: 15th

United are brilliant in the first half-hour, but although they take the lead they spurn a host of chances including three alarming misses. Let off the hook, the Toffeemen grab an equaliser and go on to win.

Goodson Park - 49,504 - Everton (9th)

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Lowrie, Mitchell

Scorers: Lowrie - McIntosh, Wainwright.

LOWRIE cleverly flicks Batty's free-kick out of the reach of Burnett [1-0].

Eglington mulls his shot but MCINTOSH is on hand [1-1].

Half-time: Everton 1 Newcastle 1

65m - Corr's shot hits Dodgin on the arm and although it seems accidental a penalty is given which WAINWRIGHT dispatches [1-2].

Full-time: Everton 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 22nd

Another hot day and once again Newcastle overplay the home side for thirty minutes before succumbing to defeat. United deservedly lead at the break, but Billy Wright inspires a revival from the Wolves. Lowrie is sent-off.

Molineux - 50,922 - Wolves (2nd)

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Lowrie, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn - Pye, Forbes

39m - Mitchell's lob is only partially cleared and MILBURN pivots before crashing the ball into the net [1-0].

Half-time: Wolves 0 Newcastle 1

59m - Mullen hits a hard cross which PYE superbly heads in at the far post [1-1].

68m - FORBES scores a gem of a goal from close range [1-2].

76m - Lowrie - who's been having one of his best games for United - is sent-off for pushing Smyth in the face.

Full-time: Wolves 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 22nd

30/08 - Lowrie is not included in the First Team or the Reserves with an official stating "we have nothing to add to the team selection".

Although inferior in craft, United’s more direct approach and greater fighting spirit gains the first points of the season. Part of the blame also lies with Everton goalkeeper Burnett who was at least partially to blame for all of the goals.

St James’ Park - 42,689 - Everton (3rd)

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Taylor, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn, Mitchell, Robledo, Walker

Taylor is recalled in place of Lowrie.

ROBLEDO catches Burnett in two minds and he heads home [1-0].

42m - MILBURN scores with a swirling lob from the left-wing [2-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Everton 0

50m - Burnett can only help WALKER’s centre into the net [3-0].

63m - Burnett comes out to clear allowing Walker to set up MITCHELL for the easiest of chances [4-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Everton 0

Position: 17th

01/09 - It is rumoured that Lowrie will be transfer-listed.


A huge crowd attends and ambulance men have to treat a few minor casualties caused by the heat and crush. It is an often ragged, but enjoyable game, where top-performer Milburn grabs a hat-trick.

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Taylor, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn 3 (1 pen) - Lowe, Ford

04m - Fairbrother tips Gibson's header onto the bar and although LOWE's follow-up header is charged down he forces the ball home at the second-attempt [0-1].

33m - Robledo heads on Walkers corner-kick to MILBURN who heads home beautifully [1-1].

42m - Martin inexplicably handles in the area and although Rutherford falls on MILBURN's penalty it eludes him [2-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 1

46m - After only 15 seconds MILBURN lets fly from twenty-yards and the surprised Rutherford fails to stop the bouncing ball [3-1].

53m - From five-yards out FORD smacks in a spectacular half-volley from a high centre from Goffin [3-2].

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Aston Villa 2

Attendance: 57,669

Position: 13th

03/09 - Newcastle accept a bid of £10,000 for Lowrie from Bristol City. His wife is a Bristol girl so It could be a good move for all parties. He will travel down to Bristol on Thursday.

United fail to score for the first time, but return from Bloomfield Road with a point.

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Taylor, Mitchell

Half-time: Blackpool 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Blackpool 0 Newcastle 0

Attendance: 25,000

Position: 13th

07/09 - Rutherford, Seymour and Martin all take-in the Inter-League match between Scotland and Ireland at Ibrox Park. United are one of a number of clubs interested in Irish League players Alf McMichael (left-back) and George Hannah (inside-forward). The Scots win 8-1.

G Lowrie

08/09 - After long discussions Lowrie agrees to move to Bristol City. The fee - in excess of £10,000 - is a record for a Bristol club. He joined United in March 1948 for £18,500 and scored 5 goals in 12 games.

08/09 - There are rumours that United have had a £35,000 bid for George Smith turned down by Hibernians, but this is angrily refuted by Chairman Rutherford. "It's ridiculous. Never at any time have we made an offer for Smith and it is about time these stories that we are prepared to pay such vast sums for any player were scotched".

G Hannah

A McMichael

09/09 - Newcastle pay a joint fee of £22,000 to Linfield for Alf McMichael and George Hannah. McMichael was formerly an amateur at Cliftonville and turned pro when he signed for Linfield three years ago. He soon established himself in the first team and has won several Inter-League honours. Hannah was born in Liverpool and was an amateur at Everton. He joined the army during the War and played for Linfield. The match against the Scottish League was his first Inter-League honour.

Slow and cumbersome United are outplayed in the first forty-five and could easily have trailed by more than 3 goals. They are much improved after the break and in a ding-dong battle both sides score thrice.

Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Taylor, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn 2, Mitchell - O'Linn (2), Lumley (3), Revell

19m - Brennan and Craig block Fairbrother’s view and O'LINN's excellent shot opens the scoring [0-1].

23m - Vaughan heads down a corner and as the defence hesitates LUMLEY pounces [0-2].

37m - The defence is static again as LUMLEY heads in Fell's cross [0-3].

Half-time: Charlton 3 Newcastle 0

48m - REVELL is given time and space to shoot past the advancing Fairbrother [0-4].

54m - MILBURN hooks in following a good move [1-4].

55m - Fairbrother saves a twenty-yarder from Fell, but LUMLEY hooks in the rebound [1-5].

57m - MITCHELL smacks Milburn's cross into the roof of the net [2-5].

73m - Charlton goalkeeper Bartram runs out to claim a loose ball but Taylor gets there first. He passes to Mitchell who sets up MILBURN to score in the empty net [3-5].

80m - O’LINN lets fly with a superb shot from thirty-yards which has Fairbrother's pawing feebly at thin air [3-6].

Full-time: Charlton 6 Newcastle 3

Attendance: 42,000

Position: 16th

16/09 - United have banned players from signing autographs on the pitch before the game and during the interval. The number of spectators (mostly boys) running onto the pitch is an increasing problem for a number of clubs and against Villa the situation was so bad the start of the second-half was delayed.

Debutants McMichael and Hannah struggle with the pace of the game at times, but Brennan and Milburn are magnificent in a great battle.

Garbutt, Graham, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Hannah, Milburn, Robledo, Walker - Turnbell, Clarke

Martin makes drastic changes: McMichael and Hannah make their debuts, Harvey makes his first appearance and Garbutt (Fairbrother has an ankle injury) and Graham are drafted in.

04m - MILBURN [1-0].

18m - TURNBELL [1-1].

32m - ROBLEDO [2-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Man. City 1

63m - HANNAH darts in to convert Milburn's square pass [3-1].

71m - CLARKE [3-2].

79m ~ Milburn beats three men in a surging run before teeing up WALKER for an open-goal [4-2].

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Man. City 2

Attendance: 58,142

Position: 16th

19/09 - Ernie Taylor (who was dropped for Saturday's game) and Norman Dodgin have submitted transfer-requests which are to be considered by the Board.

19/09 - George Martin and Sten Seymour travel to Leicester to watch their home game with Chesterfield. They have talks with Leicester officials with regard to their clever inside-right, Don Revie, who asked for a transfer last week. A number of clubs have shown an interest but Newcastle is thought to be his most likely destination.

United take the lead but weakness in the half-back line allows the home side to come back and win. Only profligate finishing and a fine performance from Garbutt keeps the scoring down.

Garbutt, Graham, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Dodgin, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell.

Scorers: Milburn (pen) - Thomas, Jezzard

24m - Bacuzzi uses his hands to save a Milburn shot and MILBURN 's penalty is a beauty [1-0].

Half-time: Fulham 0 Newcastle 1

60m - Garbutt blocks Rowley's effort at point-blank range only for THOMAS to calmly roll the ball into the empty net [1-1].

70m - Stevens centres and JEZZARD scores with a neat header [1-2].

Full-time: Fulham 2 Newcastle 1

Attendance: 40,000

Position: 17th

25/09 - It is revealed that Dodgin played on in yesterday's match without knowing he had a broken rib.

29/09 - Transfer requests from Sibley (who has wanted a move for some time), Stobbart and Taylor have all been granted.


A much improved performance with United displaying the enterprise and fighting spirit of the promotion season. They employ go-ahead tactics, quick into the tackle and finding their men with accurate long passes. There are several hurly-burly incidents as the tackles fly in.

Garbutt, Cowell, Batty, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Thompson, Milburn, Houghton, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton 2, Milburn, Thompson - Bowyer

McMichael and Graham are rested (Cowell and Batty replacing), Hannah and Robledo are dropped (Thompson and Houghton drafted in) and Crowe comes in for the injured Dodgin.

17m - Rather than letting the ball out for a goal-kick McCue attempts to clear and only succeeds in setting up Walker who crosses to HOUGHTON to hit the ball first-time [1-0].

20m - MILBURN brilliantly controls the ball with the sole of his boot and then finishes with power and skill; his hard, low shot going just inside the upright [2-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Stoke 0

A centre from Walker bounces along the top of the crossbar before going out of play.

69m - Mitchell's shot is blocked. Walker slams the rebound against the bar and HOUGHTON nets [3-0].

82m - Herod catches an in-swinging corner from Walker but he is over-balanced and drops the ball at the feet of THOMPSON [4-0].

85m - BOWYER scores from close-in [4-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Stoke 1

Attendance: 49,903

Position: 13th

G Stobbart

06/10 - George Stobbart (26) signs for Luton for £11,000.

United have an enthusiastic following at Turf Moor and they witness a dashing thriller. Newcastle give a thoroughbred exhibition of high-speed accuracy in the first-half but Burnley gradually get back into the match and the game ends with a storming finish after Burnley pull one back with five minutes left.

Garbutt, Cowell, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Thompson, Milburn, Houghton, Mitchell

Scorers: Harvey, Walker - Attewell (pen)

McMichael returns in place of Batty but there is no place for the fit-again Fairbrother.

37m - Mitchell's corner is headed in by WALKER [1-0].

Half-time: Burnley 0 Newcastle 1

46m - Mitchell's corner is cleared to HARVEY who - from 25-yards out - smashes a brilliant half-volley into the roof of the net [2-0].

Walker shoots against the bar.

85m - Crowe is on his knees when he tries to head away Bray's shot and the ball inadvertently hits him on the arm. ATTEWELL scores from the spot [2-1] to set up a storming finish.

Full-time: Burnley 1 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 37,319

Position: 9th

Despite taking a 2-0 lead and playing against ten men for all the second-half, United's shooting lets them down and they have to settle for a share of the derby day spoils.

Garbutt, Cowell, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Thompson, Robledo G, Houghton, Mitchell

Scorers: Robledo, Walker - Wright, Davis

With Milburn away on international duty Robledo is recalled.

27m - ROBLEDO heads in Walker's cross [1-0].

32m - A Sunderland corner is cleared by McMichael and Mitchell sets off on a 60-yard run before crossing for WALKER to hit a half-volley just under the bar [2-0].

44m - WRIGHT’s header deflects off Brennan leaving Garbutt stranded [2-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Sunderland 1

Wright - who was injured in the first-half does not re-appear.

60m - DAVIS back-heels the ball towards goal and although it is cleared the referee judges that the ball has crossed the line. The United players are furious [2-2].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Sunderland 2

Attendance: 57,999

Position: 10th

15/10 - Milburn scores a hat-trick and sets up another in England's victory over Wales.

17/10 - Milburn was injured in the international and an x-ray reveals a damaged bone in his right wrist.

21/10 - Newcastle announce a profit of £49,765 for the year ending 31st July. This is only slightly less than Spurs' record all-time profit and is up from £24,744 in the previous year.

25/10 - A further x-ray reveals that Milburn has fractured his wrist and is likely to be out for about six weeks.

Liverpool are unbeaten for 12 games. It is one of the best League games since the War; a thrilling match in which both sides could have easily doubled their score. United play an inspired, aggressive game and miss three excellent chances when they are 2-1 ahead. Liverpool's attacking is breathless in the last 30 minutes.

Garbutt, Cowell, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Thompson, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Mitchell, Thompson - Liddell, Barron

With Houghton under treatment for an ankle injury Hannah is recalled.

06m - Payne centres and LIDDELL knees the ball home [0-1].

17m - Following a grand movement, Robledo centres and MITCHELL scores [1-1].

Mitchell bangs in Walker's cross but it is disallowed because the winger shouted "right" as the cross came over.

28m - Mitchell dribbles past five Liverpool men and slips the ball to THOMPSON whose mis-hit shot deceives Sidlow [2-1].

Payne heads against an upright.

Half-time: Liverpool 1 Newcastle 2

A Baron free-kick hits an upright and bounces straight to Garbutt.

69m - A quick throw-in catches Newcastle napping and Liddell squares to BARON who taps in [2-2].

Full-time: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 48,967

Position: 11th

Newcastle's fighting spirit and speed fails to put Arsenal's first-class soccer out of it's stride. Despite conceding an early goal Newcastle attack consistently in the first-half but a mixture of bad shooting and bad luck lets them down and two goals in seven minutes after the break ends their hopes of a comeback.

Garbutt, Cowell, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Thompson, Robledo G, Houghton, Mitchell

Scorers: Roper (3)

09m - Garbutt lets a soft shot rebound off his chest and ROPER strolls up to score [0-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

62m - ROPER's low shot goes in off a post [0-2].

69m - ROPER volleys home [0-3].

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 3

Attendance: 54,670

Position: 14th

31/10 - More injury problems for United as Mitchell has a cracked rib and it likely to be out for three weeks.

02/11 - Milburn and the Board decide to go against doctor's orders and he will play (albeit on the right-wing) at Bolton. He will wear a light plastic cast rather than a plaster.

02/11 - The Board refuse Graham's transfer request.

Leslie Downs (18) signs from Dawdon CW as an amateur. He is 5' 10" and weighs almost 12 stone. His kicking is not confined to one foot.


Milburn wears a plastic casing on his injured arm; the referee ignoring Bolton manager Walter Rowley's complaint that it could be dangerous for his players. United deserve a point in a fast and fluctuating game played out on a treacherous surface.

Garbutt, Graham, McMichael, Houghton, Smith, Crowe, Milburn, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Walker

Scorers: Milburn, Taylor - Howe, Lofthouse

Harvey and Milburn are both suffering from flu and are replaced by Houghton and Smith.

01m - Garbutt allows HOWE's downward header to squirm under his body [0-1].

09m - TAYLOR scores a lovely equaliser after a good move [1-1].

Half-time: Bolton 1 Newcastle 1

67m - MILBURN swivels to score a brilliant goal [2-1] .

68m - LOFTHOUSE converts McShane's cross from close in [2-2].

Full-time: Bolton 2 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 35,000

Position: 13th

The drastically reduced attendance is a result of the atrocious weather (wet and windy) which sees gates down all over the country. Before the game the Groundsmen are kept busy trying to remove the surplus water from inside the goal areas. The visitors have not scored for six games and are very moderate opposition.

Garbutt, Graham, McMichael, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Sibley, Taylor, Milburn, Robledo G, Walker

Scorers: Robledo 2, Harris (og) or Walker - Slater

Newcastle have the wind and rain behind them in the first-half.

18m - Goalkeeper Merrick is favourite to get the ball but Harris intercepts waywardly allowing ROBLEDO to nip in [1-0].

26m - ROBLEDO rounds Duckhouse and nets with a fine shot [2-0].

37m - SLATER gets there just before Brennan [2-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Birmingham 1

77m - Harris deflects Walker's cross into his own net [3-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Birmingham 1

Attendance: 30,113

Position: 10th

13/11 - Chairman George Rutherford is seriously ill in a Nursing Home.

14/11 -The AGM is held and it is revealed that although the close-season tour only earned a profit of £106 the club brought back $22,000.

Fog causes the game to be abandoned after 75m with United trailing.

Scorers: Powell

39m - POWELL [0-1]

Half-time: Derby 1 Newcastle 0

67m - The game is stopped for five minutes to see if the fog clears. It doesn’t, but the referee opts to continue anyway.

75m - The referee disallows a Newcastle goal which the Newcastle players are adamant was legal and seconds later he decides to abandon the game.

Attendance: 29,973

19/11 - Harvey - who has been on the sick list for a number of weeks - enters a nursing home. He will remain there for some time for observation purposes to ascertain the cause of his prolonged illness.

Torrential rain commenced during the night and has not cleared and as a result of the slippery ground mistakes are common. But with Milburn in top form the Magpies win at a canter.

Garbutt, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan; Crowe, Walker, Houghton, Milburn, Robledo G, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton, Milburn 2, Robledo, Walker

02m - Milburn sets away and lays off to WALKER to shoot in off the far post [1-0].

07m - Walker's fast low centre is hit into the roof of the net by MILBURN [2-0].

18m - WALSH is played through and he beats the advancing Fairbrother [2-1].

26m - Mitchell beats half a dozen men in a brilliant dribble and taps the ball to HOUGHTON to score from close-range [3-1].

40m - Milburn races down the right and crosses for ROBLEDO [4-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 4 West Brom 1

83m - MILBURN runs 40-yards at top speed and both he and the Albion goalkeeper are floored when they collide; but United's centre manages to hook the ball in whilst still sprawling in the mud [5-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 5 West Brom 1.

Attendance: 32,415

Position: 9th


United have two "good goals" controversially disallowed as they gain a merited draw in a thrilling game on an Old Trafford mud-bath.

Garbutt, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Houghton, Milburn, Robledo G, Mitchell

Scorers: Walker - Mitten

15m - WALKER races down the right-wing and shoots low into the net for a wonderful goal [1-0].

36m - MITTEN’s free-kick sails in before Garbutt moves [1-1].

Half-time: Man. Utd. 1 Newcastle 1

65m - Milburn lays the ball back to Walker from the touch line and the winger scores; however the referee controversially gives offside against Taylor.

81m - Mitchell challenges goalkeeper Wood and Houghton nets after he lost possession. The referee claims that Wood was impeded and Mitchell also handled.

Full-time: Man. Utd. 1 Newcastle 1

Attendance: 38,000

Position: 10th

Dr. R Rutherford

07/12 - Newcastle Chairman George Rutherford passes away. He has been connected with the club for quarter of a century and joined the Board 20 years ago. He became Chairman ten years ago and has also served on the management Committee of the English League (for whom he was Vice-president) and on the council of the F.A.

M McNeil

07/12 - Seymour completes the £7,500 signing of Hibernians centre-half Matt McNeill (22) after several days of negotiations. He is 6' 2" and 12st 8lb and Seymour confidently declares "I think I have seen another Jack Hill in the making". He turned professional when he joined Hibs in 1946.

08/12 - Roy Dodds (18) signs from Scremersten VFC where he has played for three years. He is due to start his two years National Service with the RAF very soon.

United have decided to introduce a two-year rota plan for the position of Chairman, a policy operated by a number of clubs. Mr JW Lee is promoted following the death of Mr Rutherford. Aston Villa have refused to bring forward the kick-off of the match on New Years Eve. United had requested that the match started 15 minutes earlier so they could catch the train back to Newcastle. They will now have to travel back on New Year's Day.

Although Newcastle fall considerably below their recent standards it is an entertaining game which is deservedly drawn. The visitors play the better football and dominate the first-half but having decided to defend their lead United do most of the shooting. It is a tough old day for Dodgin who is twice hit in the face by the ball and doubled up by another ball to the body.

Garbutt, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Houghton, Milburn, Robledo G, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn, Mitchell - Billington (2)

13m - Campbell passes to BILLINGTON whose hard shot goes in off an upright [0-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1

64m - Walker's neat back-heel sets up MILBURN to score from a few yards out [1-1].

79m - BILLINGTON flashes a great drive just under the bar [1-2].

81m - Robledo's thirty-yard pass is superbly controlled by MITCHELL and driven hard and true into the far corner; a superb goal [2-2].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 2

Attendance: 43,329

Position: 10th

13/12 - With United due to meet the victors in the next round the team take in Oldham's victory over Crewe at Boundary Park.

A punishing and (at times) ragged battle which is very heated at times. Both Dodgin and Graham are "roasted" by the crowd and spoken to be the referee following some rugged challenges. A strong end-to-end wind and poor refereeing does not help. After conceding an early goal United dominate the first-period (against the elements) but their play lacks poise and the increasingly fractious game peters out.

Garbutt, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Houghton, Milburn, Robledo G, Mitchell

Scorers: Clarke

03m - A long ball from back Hindmarch bounces in the area. Rather than tip it over the bar Garbutt opts to push it upwards and when it comes back down Froggatt gets his head to it. The ball goes across goal and Graham attempts to clear but he only succeeds in playing the ball against CLARKE’s legs and it rebounds into the net. [0-1].

Half-time: Portsmouth 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Portsmouth 1 Newcastle 0

Attendance: 30,455

Position: 13th

Milburn had his wrist plaster removed recently but he fell heavily on the same wrist during Saturday's match. Thankfully an x-ray reveals no further break.

It is a very ordinary game with the Wolves proving to be a very tame bunch. “Lightweights" Hannah and Taylor are both recalled and they are the top performers

Garbutt, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan, Crowe, Milburn, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Taylor, McLean og

Walker is unwell so Milburn moves to the wing and Robledo moves to the centre. Inside-forwards Hannah and Taylor both return.

21m - Milburn heads the ball to Robledo who from a very sharp angle hits a shot across goal. MCLEAN tries to clear it before it crosses the line but only succeeds in whacking the ball into the roof of the net with terrific force. [1-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Wolves 0

75m - Milburn finds TAYLOR on the 18-yard line and he flashes in a great shot just under the bar [2-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Wolves 0

Attendance: 56,485

Position: 11th

A poor game full of glaring errors.

Garbutt, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan, Crowe, Milburn, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: McCrae

MCCRAE smashes in an angle drive which Garbutt scarcely sees [0-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Middlesbrough 1

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Middlesbrough 1

Attendance: 61,184

Position: 13th

A record gate at Ayresome park as the Teessiders more methodical approach secures a Christmas double over United.

Fairbrother, Graham, Batty, Dodgin, Brennan, Crowe, Milburn, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: McKennan

Half-time: Middlesbrough 0 Newcastle 0

77m - Linacre's in-swinging corner is headed home by MCKENNAN [0-1].

Full-time: Middlesbrough 1 Newcastle 0

Attendance: 53,802 or 53,596

Position: 15th

A grim battle which becomes increasingly ragged as the game goes on. Villa do three-quarters of the attacking but their "storming tactics" are too crude to conquer United's determined defence.

Fairbrother, Graham, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Robledo E, Sibley, Robledo G, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Hannah

Ted Robledo makes his debut as a replacement for Crowe who has a knee injury.

36m - Milburn passes to HANNAH who - despite having two backs on him - gets a foot into the picture and hoists the ball past Rutherford [1-0].

Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 1

Full-time: Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 1

Attendance: 40,000

Position: 12th


Some four thousand United fans - sporting rosettes, scarves and giant rattles - travel to Lancashire. United are two-ahead within six minutes and although the home side are on top for the next hour they are eventually punished by Milburn's pace.

Fairbrother, Graham, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: McCormack og, Milburn (3), Walker (2), Mitchell - Spurdle (2)

02m - Houghton's centre is sliced into his own net by MCCORMACK [1-0].

06m - MILBURN gets away and rounds the pivot and goalkeeper before netting [2-0].

10m - Batty fails to clear a centre adequately and SPURDLE pulls one back [2-1].

26m - Milburn tees up WALKER [3-1].

Half-time: Oldham 1 Newcastle 3

49m - SPURDLE drives home from a Jessop pass [3-2].

61m - Following good work from Milburn, MITCHELL scores at the far post [4-2].

72m - Mitchell's long pass sets up MILBURN to score into an unguarded net [5-2],

74m - A huge clearance from Brennan and MILBURN is through again [6-2].

83m - From a brilliant pass from Mitchell, WALKER scores from 15-yards [7-2].

Full-time; Oldham 2 Newcastle 7

Attendance: 41,706

10/01 - The Board accept Norman Dodgin’s transfer request. He started the season at left-half but got Injured allowing Crowe to establish himself. After returning from injury he deputised for Harvey at right-half but was dropped after the Christmas games against Middlesbrough.

12/01 - Middlesbrough Inside-forward McKennan is suspended for a week and fined £15 for his behaviour during the Tees-Tyne derby.

A drab game In which United never really get going and Fairbrother has to be at his best to prevent Charlton from scoring. The Charlton defence is weak but the United forward-line is well off-form; although three efforts are cleared off the line.

Fairbrother, Graham, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Robledo

Half-Time: Newcastle 0 Charlton 0

64m - Walker's cross is headed down and in by ROBLEDO [1-0].

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Charlton 0

Attendance: 48,557

Position: 12th

16/01 - Seymour and Martin have been on the road fruitlessly scouting for six days. Seymour states that they have "not met a club willing to part with any players".

Tickets go on sale for the Cup match at Stamford Bridge and some fans start queuing before 5am (many of them women deputising for their husbands) and the tickets sell-out within twenty minutes of the box-office opening.

Ernie Taylor once again requests - and is granted - to be made available for transfer. He made a request earlier in the season and although it was initially granted injuries to Mitchell and Milburn led to the Board changing its mind.

After fifty minutes of dull, tedious football Hannah brings a splash of colour to the game and opens the scoring. The skill level does not increase but City equalise in a hectic finish. The home side are all nerves and hastiness whilst a half-steam United seem to have their minds on next week's Cup tie.

Fairbrother, Graham, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Robledo G, Graver, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Hannah - Clarke

Milburn picked up an ankle injury against Charlton allowing Andy Graver to make his debut two years after he was signed from Willington Colliery.

The ground is hard and slippery and City centre-forward Turnbull suffers an early injury which leads to him being put on the wing.

Half-time: Man. City 0 Newcastle 0

After eluding three opponents Hannah plays a long pass to Mitchell and by the time he crosses HANNAH has arrived in the area and heads the ball beautifully just inside the angle [1-0].

80m - Sproston is carried-off.

88m - From a free-kick CLARKE challenges Fairbrother and gets his head to the ball [1-1].

Full-time: Man. City 1 Newcastle 1

Attendance: 42,986

Position: 11th

The Newcastle players have protested to the Board that a £5 fine imposed on Ernie Taylor for failing to turn up for a reserve fixture is too severe. On the occasion in question Taylor had not initially been selected to play for any of the three teams but was called up at the last minute. Taylor has stated that he could not play due to a family illness.

Eleven special trains carry 8,000 Newcastle and Sunderland (for their game at Tottenham) supporters and they arrive in London waving rattles and singing lustily. In all 30,000 fans from the North East travel to the Smoke. The home forwards give a superlative, sure-footed display and win comfortably against a pathetic Newcastle.

Fairbrother, Graham, Batty, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Robledo G, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Billington (2), Campbell

13m - Fairbrother cannot hold BILLINGTON's 25-yard swerving drive [0-1].

26m - BILLINGTON [0-2].

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0

85m - Bentley's long ball through the middle finds CAMPBELL who shrugs off Brennan to shoot home [0-3].

Full-time: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

Attendance: 64,446

30/01 - England "B" will meet their Dutch counterparts at St James' on the 22nd February, Milburn is selected and Fairbrother is a reserve.


A much-changed side beats Fulham, but the visitors could easily have taken both points. They miss numerous chances in the first-half and are then undone by three players getting injured and becoming passengers.

Fairbrother, Graham, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Dodgin, Milburn, Thompson, Robledo G, Hannah, Walker

Scorers: Hannah, Robledo, Thompson - Thomas

The Board decide on a major overhaul with Batty, Houghton, Crowe and Mitchell all losing their place. There is also a welcome return for captain Harvey after a succession of ailments.

09m - Fulham centre-forward Arthur Rowley has to leave the field for treatment. He returns as a winger but is a passenger.

37m - Fairbrother blocks from THOMAS, but he scores from the rebound [0-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Fulham 1

53m - Robledo heads down for THOMPSON to score [1-1].

59m - Taylor is injured and he also returns as a wing passenger.

60m - Jezzard is injured leaving Fulham with eight fit men.

75m - Dodgin plays a high ball into the area, Beasley mis-kicks and ROBLEDO scores [2-1].

90m - HANNAH hits a great shot from 25-yards [3-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Fulham 1

Attendance: 41,120

Position: 10th

Two pieces of characteristic opportunism from Milburn win the game in the last fifteen minutes.

Scorers: Taylor, Milburn (2) - Woodward (2)

There is a strong wind towards the Gallowgate which is to Middlesbrough's advantage in the first-half.

10m - Linacre's cross to the far-post is half-volleyed home by WOODWARD [0-1].

39m - WOODWARD takes a cross and beats Fairbrother from 12-yards [0-2].

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Middlesbrough 2

TAYLOR scores at the second attempt [1-2].

Woodward amazingly hits the bar from 5-yards.

75m - Hodgson hits his goal-kick straight to Milburn (who is 20-yards out) and he smacks the ball in off the post [2-2].

Hannah plays in MILBURN who hits the roof of the net from 20-yards [3-2].

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 2


15/02 - An x-ray shows that Jackie Milburn has fractured a toe in training and is likely to be out for a month.

The football is not of a very high class but United (who twice hit the woodwork) are unlucky to lose. Highlight of the day comes when a dog runs on the pitch and evades all attempts at capture before running off the field of his own accord.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Oscroft

The side is revamped again with Cowell, Corbett, Crowe, Taylor and Mitchell all recalled.

Hannah's shot is pushed onto an upright by Wilkinson.

Half-time: Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

Walker's shot strikes a post.

85m - Fairbrother palms out Malkin's out-swinging corner but OSCROFT shoots into the roof of the net [0-1].

Full-time: Stoke 1 Newcastle 0

Attendance: 28,000

Position: 12th

21/02 - Wednesday manager Eric Taylor has not given up on Robledo and returns to Newcastle. It is believed he is prepared to take George's brother Ted too who will also be allowed to carry on with his University studies.

21/02 - Houghton has submitted a transfer request but the Board refuse to allow him to leave.

23/02 - Robledo telephones Wednesday manager Eric Taylor to tell him he wants to stay at Newcastle.

United are very poor and have Brennan and Fairbrother to thank for them not getting defeated. Burnley take most of the football honours but are also guilty of some astonishing misses. A whirlwind blizzard after the break covers the pitch with snow in a matter of minutes.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Robledo G, Houghton, Hannah, Mitchell

Houghton, who has been denied a transfer is given a chance at centre-forward with Taylor out.

An unbelievable miss by Burnley. Spencer lobs Fairbrother and although he gets his fingertips to the ball it carries on towards goal. Right on the line Morris is on hand to make sure but there is a backspin on the ball and it gets caught between his legs. There is a melee and Spencer shoots for goal only for the unfortunate Morris to get in the way.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 0

Attendance: 30,032

Position: 12th

28/02 - Barnsley have enquired upon the fee for Taylor and it is thought they have been quoted £20,000. They will discuss this at their Board meeting tonight but is likely to be too much for them.


A League record attendance at Roker Park with many more locked out. It is a most enjoyable game in which the play is fast, alternating and sporting. Despite this referee Holt wants to exert strict control and administers a number of lectures including one to Shackleton who has his name taken for some retort.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Houghton, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton, Taylor - Shackleton, Broadis

Robledo is dropped and replaced by Taylor. Harvey wins the toss and opts to have the wind behind.

11m - HOUGHTON cuts inside and beats Mapson [1-0].

27m - SHACKLETON's 20-yard effort goes in off the underside of the bar [1-1].

30m - Mapson comes a long way to take Harvey's cross and he drops the ball allowing TAYLOR to net [2-1].

Half-time: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 2

52m - With Brennan and Fairbrother hesitating BROADIS races forward to score from close-in [2-2].

Full-time: Sunderland 2 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 68,004

Position: 11th

The Board hold a "hush-hush" meeting (without the manager or any other officials) to discuss United's poor form and to find a way to restore confidence amongst the players and the - increasingly critical - fans. It is thought that they were ready to discuss "new appointments", but the performance and result at Roker Park seems to have raised spirits and nothing concrete comes of the meeting.

Newcastle take advantage of the wind at their backs in the first half and do just enough to win with Taylor - who demonstrates some remarkable tricks - the top performer.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Houghton, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Mitchell, Corbett (pen) - Stamps

The Rams play into the teeth of a strong wind.

18m - Walker’s low flag~kick is completely missed by Houghton but MITCHELL drives it high into the net [1-0].

33m - The ball is passed back to Derby goalkeeper Townsend who fumbles it and when Houghton nips in the errant custodian brings him down by his legs in rugby style. CORBETT slams home the penalty. [2-0].

Musson's shot hits the bar and goes over.

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Derby 0

77m -STAMPS runs onto a header by Morris and bangs the ball home [2-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Derby 1

Attendance: 40,784

Position: 10th

It is another windy day and the ball proves difficult to control. Despite the conditions both teams offer grand entertainment and United come from behind to earn a draw.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Houghton, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton - Walsh

42m - Allen’s free kick is headed down by Lee and WALSH nips in between Fairbrother and Brennan to crash the ball into the net [0-1].

Half-time: West Brom. 1 Newcastle 0

Barlow heads against the bar and when Walsh follows-up his shot hits Barlow.

A free-kick leads to a goalmouth scramble which ends with HOUGHTON turning and jabbing the ball home [1-1].

Full-time: West Brom. 1 Newcastle 1

Attendance: 33,469

Position: 10th

United beat the Wanderers in a game in which the football is fitful and boisterous

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Houghton, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton, Mitchell, Taylor - Moir

03m - Crowe completely misses his clearance and MOIR swoops [0-1].

15m - MITCHELL races onto Corbett's long-ball [1-1].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Bolton 1

67m - HANNAH hooks the ball against the underside of the bar and HOUGHTON nods home the rebound [2-1].

87m - TAYLOR shoots in off an upright [3-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Bolton 1

Attendance: 33,752

Position: 9th

Both sides play the best football possible in difficult conditions; a liberally sanded concrete-hard ground and a light-as-a-feather ball.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton - Morris

17m - Musson perfectly places a 40-yard free kick to the far-Post where MORRIS scores with a diving header [0-1].

Half-time: Derby 1 Newcastle 0

60m - Walker's out-swinging corner is cracked into the net first-time by HANNAH [1-1].

Full-time: Derby 1 Newcastle 1

Attendance: 16,029

Position: 9th


Struggling Birmingham's play is riddled with tension and it is a fairly comfortable victory.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Taylor, Walker

Half-time: Birmingham 0 Newcastle 0

53m - Following a good move Taylor finds WALKER who scores from the inside-left position [1-0].

Milburn flicks the ball inside to TAYLOR who hits a first-time shot into the corner of the net [2-0].

Full-time: Birmingham 0 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 30,000

Position: 8th

The combination of a strong wind, hard pitch and light ball does not make for a good game but both sides manage to play some clever football.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Hannah, MitchelL

36m - Milburn seems to score a good goal, but after consulting with his linesman, the referee disallows it.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Huddersfield 0

McKenna cuts inside and crashes a shot against the bar.

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Huddersfield 0

Attendance: 33,752

Position: 8th

Despite losing goalkeeper Jack Fairbrother half-way through the second-half United coast home against the visitors who had to play with ten men after losing Stubbins within the first half-hour.

Fairbrother, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Houghton, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Hannah, Mitchell 2, Taylor, Walker - Fagan

The Pudlians have to make five changes due to injury whilst Houghton replaces Crowe (who has an ankle injury).

Newcastle win the toss and sensibly decide to play with the half-gale behind them.

06m - MITCHELL's shot swerves out of Minskill's reach [1-0].

08m - Walker's oblique shot hits the upright but HANNAH screws in the rebound from an equally acute angle [2-0].

Stubbins is carried off suffering from concussion leaving Liverpool with ten men.

29m - Fairbrother only succeeds in patting Liddell's shot-cum-centre into the path of FAGAN who scores from four-yards [2-1].

45m - Milburn hits the bar with a terrific shot from a narrow angle.

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Liverpool 1

48m - TAYLOR swaps passes with Walker and beats Minskill all the way [3-1].

Milburn hits an upright with an 18-yard shot.

66m - Fairbrother collides with Liddell and has to leave the field with his arm in a sling. Houghton takes over in goal.

78m - MITCHELL [4-1].

WALKER [5-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Liverpool 1

Attendance: 48,639

Position: 7th

United come from behind to take both points. The game is played at Elland Road because Huddersfield's ground was closed due to fire damage.

Lowery, Crowe, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Houghton, Sibley, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Houghton, Robledo - Metcalfe

03m - METCALFE hits a powerful low shot [0-1].

half-time: Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0

HOUGHTON scores after smart play from Taylor [1-1].

Hepplewhite stumbles allowing ROBLEDO in [2-1].

Full-time: Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 37,700

Position: 7th

A first senior hat-trick for youngster Peter Goring in the first 48 minutes kills off United's hopes.

Lowery, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Houghton, Walker, Taylor, Robledo G, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Hannah, Robledo - Goring (3)

01m - Macaulay's square cross is hit accurately into the net by GORING [0-1].

20m- GORING scores with a low, hard, first-time shot.

Half-time: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

48m - GORING picks up the ball just outside the penalty area and bangs in a fast lob.

Full-time: Arsenal 4 Newcastle 2

Attendance: 55,000

Position: 8th

19/04 - There are strong rumours circulating that Milburn is on his way to Derby. It is alleged that although he has not asked to be listed he would "rather like a move".

26/04 - Harvey (who is captain) and Milburn play for the English League against the Irish League at Windsor Park. Jackie's cousin Stan also plays. Milburn scores all three goals in a 3-1 victory.

Milburn and Walker get the goals, but it is a superb display of goalkeeping from Lowery that secures the victory.

Lowery, Cowell, Corbett, Harvey, Brennan, Houghton, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn, Walker - tbc

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Man. Utd. 0

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Man. Utd. 1

Attendance: 52,203

Position: 7th

The visiting Scots play the superior football. Their centre-forward Gerrie wants to come to England and Newcastle have first-refusal.

Lowery, Cowell, Corbett, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Robledo, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Taylor, Walker - Gerrie, Ewen (2 - 1 pen)

The Scots facing driving rain and sleet in the first period.

32m - TAYLOR gives Brawn no chance with a knee-high shot [1-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Dundee 0

Centre-forward GERRIE equalises with a hard, low shot [1-1].

76m - Crowe handles in the box and EWEN scores from the penalty [1-2].

WALKER capitalises on a poor back-pass from Follon [2-2].

81m - Gunn's cross is converted by EWEN [2-3].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Dundee 3

Attendance: 16,000

Jackie Milburn scores all three goals as the Football League beat the Irish League 3-0 in Belfast.

>A game of comedy, thrills, mystery and drama provides excwllent entertainment. United exhibit superior control of the wet ball and produce a dazzling display of attacking football with Walker at the fore.

Lowery, Cowell, McMichael, Houghton, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Robledo G, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn, Walker (2)

Hannah strained a back muscle in the friendly and is replaced by Robledo.

WALKER [1-0].

20m - WALKER [2-0].

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 2

BILLINGTON's 40-yard free-kick is a masterpiece of accuracy and goes through a crowd of players giving Lowery no chance [2-1].

83m - MILBURN heads home [3-1].

Full-time: Chelsea 1 Newcastle 3

Attendance: 24,667

Position: 6th


04/05 - A weekend newspaper report claimed that Brennan has asked for a transfer but both the player and manager Martin deny that this is the case. It is alleged that Newcastle had made £50,000 available to sign George Aitken and Alan Brown (East Fife) and Syd Gerrie (Dundee) but the clubs were not willing to sell.

05/05 - United list 14 players including Dodgin, Fraser, Smith and Sibley.

In the last game man-of-the-match Taylor inspires United to an easy victory. The result takes Newcastle to their highest position of the season, fifth

Lowery, Cowell, McMichael, Harvey, Brennan, Houghton, Walker, Taylor, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell

Scorers: Milburn 2, Taylor

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Blackpool 0

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Blackpool 0

Attendance: 35,274

Position: 5th

08/05 - Newcastle have turned down an offer to go to Germany to play a Select XI at Gelsenkirchen as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations. They have decided the trip is not practicable. They have also turned down a number of other offers including one from Turkey.

A friendly in aid of Ashington YMCA Building Club is played at Portland Park in Ashington. Mitchell scores twice in a half-hearted victory over the Scottish Division 2 side.

Scorers: Mitchell (2) - Laird

Benny Craig plays at left-back for the Scots.

MITCHELL heads in Walker's centre [1-0].

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Ayr 0

LAIRD equalises [1-1].

Walker centres and MITCHELL scores [2-1].

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Ayr 1

Attendance: 10,000

15/05 - Newcastle sign inside-forward Bobby Ayre (18) from Berwick Rangers Juveniles. A grocer, he has played-for England in Army cadet matches and has represented Northumberland.

18/05 - Milburn plays for England against Belgium but is injured after 15 minutes.

23/05 - Joe Steele moves to Bury. The reserve outside-left played 25 games in the Central League last season, scoring 6 goals.

29/05 - Tommy Walker wins the 100-yards handicap which nets him £50 at the Northumberland British Legion Sports at Wooler.