Newcastle United 1956/57 Summary


NUFC 1956/57 Squad
Division 117th ManagerS Seymour
FA CupR4 TrainerN Smith
Attendance 35,302 CaptainJ Scoular
ChairmanW Taylor Top ScorerR Davies (13)


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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
18/8/56 H Portsmouth W 2-1
22/8/56 A Cardiff L 2-5
25/8/56 A Sunderland W 2-1
29/8/56 H Cardiff W 1-0
01/9/56 A Sheff Wed L 0-4
05/9/56 A Birmingham L 1-6
08/9/56 H Manchester Utd D 1-1
15/9/56 A Arsenal W 1-0
22/9/56 H Burnley D 1-1
29/9/56 A Preston L 0-1
06/10/56 H Luton D 2-2
13/10/56 A Aston Villa L 1-3
20/10/56 H Man City L 0-3
27/10/56 A Charlton D 1-1
03/11/56 H Leeds Utd L 2-3
10/11/56 A Tottenham L 1-3
17/11/56 H Everton D 0-0
24/11/56 A Blackpool W 3-2
01/12/56 H Wolves W 2-1
08/12/56 A Bolton L 1-3
15/12/56 A Portsmouth D 2-2
22/12/56 H Sunderland W 6-2
25/12/56 A WBA L 0-1
26/12/56 H WBA W 5-2
29/12/56 H Sheff Wed L 1-2
01/1/57 H Birmingham W 3-2
12/1/57 A Manchester Utd L 1-6
19/1/57 H Arsenal W 3-1
02/2/57 A Burnley L 2-3
09/2/57 H Preston L 1-2
16/2/57 A Luton L 1-4
23/2/57 H Charlton W 3-1
02/3/57 A Man City W 2-1
09/3/57 H Bolton W 4-0
16/3/57 A Leeds Utd D 0-0
23/3/57 H Tottenham D 2-2
30/3/57 A Everton L 1-2
06/4/57 H Blackpool W 2-1
13/4/57 A Wolves L 0-2
19/4/57 H Chelsea L 1-2
20/4/57 H Aston Villa L 1-2
22/4/57 A Chelsea L 2-6
W D L F A Pts
01 Manchester United 28 8 6 103 54 64
02 Tottenham Hotspur 22 12 8 104 56 56
03 Preston North End 23 10 9 84 56 56
04 Blackpool 22 9 11 93 65 53
05 Arsenal 21 8 13 85 69 50
06 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 8 14 94 70 48
07 Burnley 18 10 14 56 50 46
08 Leeds United 15 14 13 72 63 44
09 Bolton Wanderers 16 12 14 65 65 44
10 Aston Villa 14 15 13 65 55 43
11 West Bromwich Albion 14 14 14 59 61 42
12 Birmingham City 15 9 18 69 69 39
13 Chelsea 13 13 16 73 73 39
14 Sheffield Wednesday 16 6 20 82 88 38
15 Everton 14 10 18 61 79 38
16 Luton Town 14 9 19 58 76 37
17 Newcastle United 14 8 20 67 87 36
18 Manchester City 13 9 20 78 88 35
19 Portsmouth 10 13 19 62 92 33
20 Sunderland 12 8 22 67 88 32
21 Cardiff City 10 9 23 53 88 29
22 Charlton Athletic 9 4 29 62 120 22


FA Cup
R3 05/1/57 H Man City D 1-1
R3r 09/1/57 A Man City W 5-4
R4 26/1/57 A Millwall L 1-2



Players


Squad
Player A G
Batty R 27
Casey T 29 7
Cooper J 1
Crowe C 11 1
Curry B 21 5
Davies R 29 13
Eastham G 18 2
Franks A 7
Hannah G 15 2
Hughes G 2
Keeble V 14 4
Keery S 8
Keith D 36
Lackenby G 2
McMichael A 25
Milburn J 33 12
Mitchell B 26 2
Mitchell S 7
Paterson B 1
Prior Ken 2
Punton B 12 1
Redhead B 1
Scott M 3
Scoular J 36 3
Simpson R 38
Stokoe B 41
Tait Alex 13 7
Taylor H 4 1
White L 33 13
own goal 1
Team

Total Number of Games: 45

Total Number of Players Used: 29

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

01 : (2) Simpson

02: (3) Keith

03: (2) McMichael or Batty

04: (3) Secular

05: (3) Stokoe

06: (5) Crowe > Casey

07: (5) Milburn or White

08: (5) Davies or Eastham

09: (5) Keeble or Tait

10: (8) Hannah > Curry > Eastham

11: (4) Mitchell or Punton


Toon In
Name Date Club Fee
Prior Ken 07/56 Millwall £1,250
Hughes Gordon 08/56 Tow Law Town £30
Keith Dick 09/56 Linfield £9,000
Wright Brian 09/56 Professional Free
Bell Jackie 10/56 Evenwood Town £10
Hale Kenneth 10/56 Professional
Thompson William 01/57 Professional Free
G Hughes
D Keith
K Prior

Toon Out
Name Date Club Fee
Cowell Robert cs/56 Retired Injured
Monkhouse Alan 06/56 York City £4,000
Woolard Arnold 06/56 Bournmouth £2,500
Cummings Robert 11/56 Ashington Free
Lackenby George 12/56 Exeter £1,500
Waugh Kenneth 12/56 Hartlepool £680
Prior Ken 01/57 Berwick Free
Crowe Charlie 02/57 Mansfield Free
Keery Stanley 05/57 Mansfield £2,500
Thompson John 05/57 Lincoln City £2,500

B Cowell

C Crowe

A Monkhouse


1950s Seasons


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