Newcastle United 1955/56 Summary


Squad
Division 111th ManagerS Seymour
FA CupQF TrainerN Smith
Attendance 37,666 CaptainJ Scoular
ChairmanD Livingstone > S Seymour Top ScorerV Keeble (29)


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newcastle 1955/56 programme

An inconsistent season in the League where United threatened neither top nor bottom and ended with a disappointing run of only one win in the last ten games and a final position of 11th.

The highlight of the season was a Xmas double over Sunderland with The Magpies beating Sunderland 6-1 at Roker Park on Boxing Day and following up with a 3-1 victory the following day.

The Wearsiders would gain their revenge in the FA Cup where they shocked the SJP crowd by winning 2-0 in the 6th Round.

The most exciting Cup match was the Third Round tie at Craven Cottage. United were winning 3-0 before The Cottagers romped into a 4-3 lead only for United to bounce back and snatch a memorable 5-4 victory.

Two United stars professional careers ended in widely different circumstances. Bobby Cowell never recovered from an injury sustained during United's pre-season tour and was forced to retire. In a rare show of generosity he was paid full wages until the end of the season and was awarded a testimonial.

In contrast Frank Brennan was relegated to the Third Team and "offered" a wage cut from his £15 p/w max to £8 p/w. He initially refused, then relented and then moved on to South Shields. His plight was unsuccessfully championed by the Players Union.

Behind the scenes "manager" Duggie Livingstone got the message that he was not wanted and resigned and coach Joe Harvey also moved on to take over as manager of Barrow.

As the season drifted away so did the fans and the average attendance fell below 40,000 (37,666) for the first time since before the War.


League

20/8/55 H Sheffield Utd W 4 - 2
24/8/55 H Birmingham D 2 - 2
27/8/55 A Preston L 3 - 4
31/8/55 A Birmingham L 1 - 3
03/9/55 H Burnley W 3 - 1
07/9/55 A WBA D 1 - 1
10/9/55 A Luton L 2 - 4
17/9/55 H Charlton W 4 - 1
24/9/55 A Tottenham L 1 - 3
01/10/55 H Everton L 1 - 2
08/10/55 H Portsmouth W 2 - 1
15/10/55 A Arsenal L 0 - 1
22/10/55 H Wolves W 3 - 1
29/10/55 A Aston Villa L 0 - 3
05/11/55 H Blackpool L 1 - 2
12/11/55 A Huddersfield W 6 - 2
19/11/55 H Cardiff W 4 - 0
26/11/55 A Man City W 2 - 1
03/12/55 H Bolton W 3 - 0
10/12/55 A Chelsea L 1 - 2
17/12/55 A Sheffield Utd L 1 - 2
24/12/55 H Preston W 5 - 0
26/12/55 A Sunderland W 6 - 1
27/12/55 H Sunderland W 3 - 1
31/12/55 A Burnley L 1 - 3
02/1/56 H WBA L 0 - 3
14/1/56 H Luton W 4 - 0
21/1/56 A Charlton W 2 - 0
04/2/56 H Tottenham L 1 - 2
11/2/56 A Everton D 0 - 0
22/2/56 A Portsmouth W 2 - 0
25/2/56 H Arsenal W 2 - 0
07/3/56 A Cardiff D 1 - 1
10/3/56 H Aston Villa L 2 - 3
17/3/56 A Blackpool L 1 - 5
24/3/56 H Huddersfield D 1 - 1
30/3/56 A Manchester Utd L 2 - 5
31/3/56 A Wolves L 1 - 2
02/4/56 H Manchester Utd D 0 - 0
07/4/56 H Man City W 3 - 1
14/4/56 A Bolton L 2 - 3
21/4/56 H Chelsea D 1 - 1


FA Cup

R3 07/1/56 A Sheff Wed W 3 - 1
R4 28/1/56 A Fulham W 5 - 4
R5 18/2/56 H Stoke W 2 - 1
QF 03/3/56 H Sunderland L 0 - 2



Players


Squad

Player A G
Batty R 24
Brennan F 10
Casey T 27 2
Crowe C 18 2
Curry B 23 9
Davies R 40 9
Ferguson B 1
Hannah G 15 3
Keeble V 36 29
Keery S 2
Lackenby G 15
McMichael A 37
Milburn J 42 21
Mitchell B 33 6
Monkhouse A 4 1
Paterson B 19 1
Punton B 7
Scoular J 32 1
Simpson R 41
Stokoe B 31 2
Tait Alex 8 1
Taylor H 1
Thompson J 5
Waugh K 7
White L 21 7
Woollard A 7
Own goals 1

Team

Total Number of Games: 46

Total Number of Players Used: 26

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

01: (2) Simpson

02: (5) Batty or Lackenby

03: (3) McMichael

04: (6) Secular or Stokoe

05: (5) Stokoe > Paterson

06: (3) Casey or Crowe

07: (4) Milburn or White

08: (4) Davies

09: (3) Keeble

10: (4) Hannah > Curry

11: (4) Mitchell


Toon In

Nesbitt John 12/1955 South Shields £10
Evans Reginald 03/1956 P/T Professional £25
Eastham George 05/1956 Ards £9,000
Mckinney William 05/1956 Wallsend St Lukes £50

Toon Out

Greener Ronald 06/1955 Darlington Free
Broadis Ivor 07/1955 Carlisle £3,500
Cahill Thomas 08/1955 Barrow Free
Brennan Frank 003/1956 North Shields Free