NUFC 1952/53 - Season Summary


NUFC 1952-53 Squad
Division 116th ManagerS Seymour
FA CupR4 TrainerN Smith
Attendance 44,521 CaptainJ Harvey
ChairmanR Rutherford Top ScorerG Robledo (18)

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newcastle 1952/53 programme

During the close season United undertook an arduous tour of South Africa in which they played 16 matches in 70 days and travelled thousands of miles. They arrived back a mere four weeks before the start of the season. Many questioned the wisdom of the excursion and the team's performances during the season bore them out.

They got off to a bad start in the League but recovered towards the end of the year and climbed into mid-table. Unfortunately the New Year saw a disastrous run in which they lost six, drew four and won none. It left them looking anxiously at the bottom of the table. In the end they finished only two points above a relegation position in a very tight finish.

It was a particularly bad year for Milburn who missed a lot of the season through cartilage trouble and at one point he was so despondent he slapped in a transfer request.

After setting a new record of sixteen unbeaten games in the FA Cup when they beat Swansea they were surprisingly knocked out by mid-table Second Division side Rotherham.

Two other notable events were the first floodlit game held at SJP (a friendly against Celtic) and Newcastle's participation in the Coronation Cup to celebrate the throning of Queen Elizabeth.


League

23/8/52 A Sheff Wed D 2 - 2
27/8/52 A WBA L 0 - 1
30/8/52 H Tottenham D 1 - 1
06/9/52 A Burnley L 1 - 2
10/9/52 H Sunderland D 2 - 2
13/9/52 H Preston W 4 - 3
17/9/52 A Sunderland W 2 - 0
20/9/52 A Stoke L 0 - 1
27/9/52 H Man City W 2 - 0
04/10/52 A Liverpool L 3 - 5
11/10/52 A Wolves L 0 - 2
18/10/52 H Charlton W 3 - 2
25/10/52 A Arsenal L 0 - 3
01/11/52 H Derby W 1 - 0
08/11/52 A Blackpool W 2 - 0
15/11/52 H Chelsea W 2 - 1
22/11/52 A Manchester Utd D 2 - 2
29/11/52 H Portsmouth W 1 - 0
06/12/52 A Bolton L 2 - 4
13/12/52 H Aston Villa W 2 - 1
20/12/52 H Sheff Wed L 1 - 5
25/12/52 H Cardiff W 3 - 0
27/12/52 A Cardiff D 0 - 0
01/1/53 H WBA L 3 - 5
03/1/53 A Tottenham L 2 - 3
17/1/53 H Burnley D 0 - 0
24/1/53 A Preston L 1 - 2
07/2/53 H Stoke L 1 - 2
14/2/53 A Man City L 1 - 2
21/2/53 H Liverpool L 1 - 2
28/2/53 H Wolves D 1 - 1
07/3/53 A Charlton D 0 - 0
14/3/53 H Arsenal D 2 - 2
21/3/53 A Derby W 2 - 0
28/3/53 H Blackpool L 0 - 1
03/4/53 H Middlesbrough W 1 - 0
04/4/53 A Chelsea W 2 - 1
06/4/53 A Middlesbrough L 1 - 2
11/4/53 H Manchester Utd L 1 - 2
18/4/53 A Portsmouth L 1 - 5
25/4/53 H Bolton L 2 - 3
01/5/53 A Aston Villa W 1 - 0

FA Cup

R3 14/1/53 H Swansea W 3 - 0
R4 31/1/53 H Rotherham Utd L 1 - 3



Players


Squad

Player A G
Batty R 12
Black N 1
Brander G 5 2
Brennan F 40 1
Cahill T 3
Casey T 35
Cowell B 39
Crowe C 23
Davies R 22 6
Duncan J 1
Foulkes B 18 2
Hannah G 24 4
Harvey J 20 1
Keeble V 20 10
Keery S 1
McMichael A 35
Milburn J 16 5
Mitchell B 38 11
Mulgrew T 14
Prior K 2 1
Robinson B 5
Robledo E 2
Robledo G 26 18
Simpson R 40
Stokoe B 19
Walker T 30 2
White L 3
Woollard A 1

Team

Total Number of Games: 44

Total Number of Players Used: 27

(Figure in brackets = total players used in that position)

01: (2) Simpson

02: (3) Cowell

03: (3) McMichael

04: (4) Casey or Stokoe > Harvey

05: (3) Brennan

06: (2) Crowe or Casey

07: (3) Walker > Foulkes

08: (5) Davies or Mulgrew

09: (5) Milburn or Robledo or Keeble

10: (7) Hannah or Robledo

11: (3) Mitchell


Toon In

Name Date Club Fee
Casey Thomas 08/1952 Bournmouth £7,000
Robinson Robert 08/1952 Sunderland £2,500
Waugh Kenneth 08/1952 Internal £10
Cooper Joseph 09/1952 Winlaton Mill £2,000
Tait Alex 09/1952 Internal
Mulgrew Thomas 10/1952 Northampton £9,000
Keery Stanley 11/1952 Shrewsbury £8,250
Taylor John 11/1952 Internal
Woolard Arnold 12/1952 Peterborough £5,000
White Len 02/1953 Rotheram United £12,500
T Casey
T Mulgrew
L White

Toon Oot

Name Date Club Fee
Fairbrother John 06/1952 Peterborough (p/m)
Paterson Thomas 07/1952 Watford £750
Smith Thomas 08/1952 Annfield Plain
Robledo George 05/1953 Colo-Colo £15,000 (jd)
Robledo Edward 05/1953 Colo-Colo (jd)