Newcastle United 1957/58 Summary


NUFC 1957/58 Squad
Division 119th ManagerS Seymour
FA CupR4 TrainerN Smith
Attendance 36,246 CaptainB Stokoe
ChairmanW Taylor > W McKeag Top ScorerL White (25)


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In The summer of 1957 William McKeag replaced Wilf Taylor as Chairman the club; a move which was to tear the club apart. McKeag believed that a full-time manager was required but was convinced no one would come whilst Seymour was still around.

During the season he branded Seymour as a "traitor" for refusing to step down and put a "gagging" order on all the other directors.

Turmoil in the boardroom was mirrored on the pitch where United spent the season battling against the drop.

They eventually finished in 19th on the same points as Sunderland , avoiding relegation on goal average only. In contrast to the previous year it was a disastrous home record (only 6 wins) that threatened their top flight status.

The team was regularly chopped and changed and many of the players became increasingly incensed by the directors' team selection policies.

For the third season running they suffered an end of season collapse; winning only one of their last eight. They became heavily reliant on Len White's goalscoring prowess although Arthur Bottom also assisted admirably with seven goals in only eight games after he was signed from York.

A 6-1 thrashing of Plymouth in the FA Cup Third Round was followed by a disastrous home defeat by Scunthorpe United of the Third Division North.

At the end of the season McKeag got his way and appointed controversial Mansfield manager Charlie Mitten on a twelve month contract. Seymour was not happy and publicly stated his objections whenever possible.


League
D1 24 / 8 / 57 A WBA L 1 - 2
D1 31 / 8 / 57 H Tottenham W 3 - 1
D1 04 / 9 / 57 A Sheff Wed L 0 - 1
D1 07 / 9 / 57 A Birmingham W 4 - 1
D1 11 / 9 / 57 H Portsmouth W 2 - 0
D1 14 / 9 / 57 H Chelsea L 1 - 3
D1 18 / 9 / 57 A Portsmouth D 2 - 2
D1 21 / 9 / 57 A Sunderland L 0 - 2
D1 25 / 9 / 57 H Sheff Wed D 0 - 0
D1 28 / 9 / 57 A Burnley W 2 - 0
D1 05 / 10 / 57 H Preston L 0 - 2
D1 12 / 10 / 57 H Everton L 2 - 3
D1 19 / 10 / 57 A Aston Villa L 3 - 4
D1 26 / 10 / 57 H Wolves D 1 - 1
D1 02 / 11 / 57 A Leicester L 1 - 2
D1 09 / 11 / 57 H Blackpool L 1 - 2
D1 16 / 11 / 57 A Luton W 3 - 0
D1 23 / 11 / 57 H Manchester Utd L 1 - 2
D1 30 / 11 / 57 A Arsenal W 3 - 2
D1 07 / 12 / 57 H Bolton L 1 - 2
D1 14 / 12 / 57 A Leeds Utd L 0 - 3
D1 21 / 12 / 57 H WBA W 3 - 0
D1 25 / 12 / 57 H Nottm F L 1 - 4
D1 26 / 12 / 57 A Nottm F W 3 - 2
D1 28 / 12 / 57 A Tottenham D 3 - 3
D1 11 / 1 / 58 H Birmingham L 1 - 2
D1 18 / 1 / 58 A Chelsea L 1 - 2
D1 01 / 2 / 58 H Sunderland D 2 - 2
D1 22 / 2 / 58 A Everton W 2 - 1
D1 01 / 3 / 58 H Aston Villa L 2 - 4
D1 08 / 3 / 58 A Wolves L 1 - 3
D1 15 / 3 / 58 H Leicester W 5 - 3
D1 19 / 3 / 58 A Preston L 1 - 2
D1 29 / 3 / 58 H Luton W 3 - 2
D1 05 / 4 / 58 A Blackpool L 2 - 3
D1 07 / 4 / 58 A Man City L 1 - 2
D1 12 / 4 / 58 H Arsenal D 3 - 3
D1 14 / 4 / 58 H Man City W 4 - 1
D1 19 / 4 / 58 A Bolton D 1 - 1
D1 23 / 4 / 58 A Manchester Utd D 1 - 1
D1 26 / 4 / 58 H Leeds Utd L 1 - 2
D1 28 / 4 / 58 H Burnley L 1 - 3
W D L F A Pts
01 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 8 6 103 47 64
02 Preston North End 26 7 9 100 51 59
03 Tottenham Hotspur 21 9 12 93 77 51
04 West Bromwich Albion 18 14 10 92 70 50
05 Manchester City 22 5 15 104 100 49
06 Burnley 21 5 16 80 74 47
07 Blackpool 19 6 17 80 67 44
08 Luton Town 19 6 17 69 63 44
09 Manchester United[a] 16 11 15 85 75 43
10 Nottingham Forest 16 10 16 69 63 42
11 Chelsea 15 12 15 83 79 42
12 Arsenal 16 7 19 73 85 39
13 Birmingham City 14 11 17 76 89 39
14 Aston Villa 16 7 19 73 86 39
15 Bolton Wanderers 14 10 18 65 87 38
16 Everton 13 11 18 65 75 37
17 Leeds United 14 9 19 51 63 37
18 Leicester City 14 5 23 91 112 33
19 Newcastle United 12 8 22 73 81 32
20 Portsmouth 12 8 22 73 88 32
21 Sunderland 10 12 20 54 97 32
22 Sheffield Wednesday 12 7 23 69 92 31


FA Cup
FAC 04 / 1 / 58 A Plymouth W 6 - 1
FAC 25 / 1 / 58 H Scunthorpe Utd L 1 - 3



Players


Squad
Player A G
Batty R 14 1
Bell J 4 1
Bottom A 8 7
Casey T 12 1
Cooper J 1
Curry B 23 11
Davies R 22 5
Eastham G 31 5
Franks A 35 2
Hale K 3
Harker Cs 1
Hill J 11 2
Hughes G 26 2
Keeble V 6 1
Keith D 27
McKinney B 10
McMichael A 37
Mitchell B 38 13
Mitchell S 7
Nesbitt J 3
Paterson B 3 1
Punton B 5
Scott M 1
Scoular J 43
Simpson R 36
Stokoe B 36 1
Tait Alex 8 1
White L 32 25
Whitehead B 1
Own goals 1
Team

Total Number of Games: 44

Total Number of Players Used: 29

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

01: (3) Simpson

02: (4) Keith

03: (2) McMichael

04: (2) Secular

05: (5) Stokoe

06: (3) Franks

07: (4) Hill > Hughes

08: (6) Davies or Eastham

09: (3) White

10: (7) Curry or Eastham

11: (2) Mitchell


Toon In
Hill James 07/57 Linfield part-exchange
Malcolm Walter 11/57 Dalkeith Th £800
Bottom Arthur 02/58 York City £4,500
Wilson Carl 02/58 Professional
A Bottom
J Hill

J Wilson


Toon Out
Milburn Jackie 06/57 Linfield Cash Exchange
Hannah George 09/57 Lincoln City £5,000
Keeble Vic 10/57 West Ham £10,000
Batty Ron 03/58 Gateshead £510
J Milburn
G Hannah
V Keeble

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