NUFC 1960/61- Season Summary


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newcastle 1960/61

An often entertaining, but ultimately catastrophic season which ended in relegation in an avalanche of goals. Although Newcastle scored 86 times they only kept a clean-sheet three times and conceded more than in any other season; a whopping 109 goals.

As Mitten searched vainly for the right formula spending was heavy and youngsters were thrown into the side resulting in more players (34) being used than ever before.

United reached the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup where they were beaten by the incumbent Division 2 Champions, Sheffield United. This was also the first year of the League Cup and Newcastle's inaugural match in the competion saw them soundly beaten by Division 3 strugglers Colchester.

The club's problems actually started before the season started when inside-forward George Eastham refused to re-sign thereby challenging the "retain and transfer" system. He effectively went on strike until the club reluctantly allowed him to move to Arsenal.

The average attendance dipped below 30,000 for the first time since the War.

Chairman W Hurford
Manager C Mitten
Trainer N Smith
Captain B Stokoe, I Allchurch, B McKinney
Top Scorer L White (29)
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Competitions


League Division 1

20/8/60 A Preston W 3 - 2 5
24/8/60 H Fulham W 7 - 2 4
27/8/60 H Burnley L 0 - 1 6
31/8/60 A Fulham L 3 - 4 8
03/9/60 A Nottm F W 2 - 0 7
05/9/60 A WBA L 0 - 6 10
10/9/60 H Man City L 1 - 3 13
14/9/60 H WBA W 3 - 2 11
17/9/60 A Arsenal L 0 - 5 12
24/9/60 H Leicester L 1 - 3 15
01/10/60 H Cardiff W 5 - 0 14
08/10/60 A Aston Villa L 0 - 2 15
15/10/60 H Wolves D 4 - 4 14
22/10/60 A Manchester Utd L 2 - 3 16
29/10/60 H Tottenham L 3 - 4 17
05/11/60 A Chelsea L 2 - 4 18
12/11/60 H Blackpool W 4 - 3 15
19/11/60 A Everton L 0 - 5 16
26/11/60 H Blackburn W 3 - 1 14
03/12/60 A Bolton L 1 - 2 16
10/12/60 H WHU D 5 - 5 16
17/12/60 H Preston D 0 - 0 16
24/12/60 H Birmingham D 2 - 2 16
26/12/60 A Birmingham L 1 - 2 18
31/12/60 A Burnley L 3 - 5 18
14/1/61 H Nottm F D 2 - 2 19
21/1/61 A Man City D 3 - 3 20
04/2/61 H Arsenal D 3 - 3 20
11/2/61 A Leicester L 3 - 5 20
22/2/61 A Cardiff L 2 - 3 20
25/2/61 H Aston Villa W 2 - 1 20
08/3/61 A Wolves L 1 - 2 20
11/3/61 H Manchester Utd D 1 - 1 20
22/3/61 A Tottenham W 2 - 1 20
25/3/61 H Chelsea L 1 - 6 20
31/3/61 H Sheff Wed L 0 - 1 22
01/4/61 A WHU D 1 - 1 21
03/4/61 A Sheff Wed D 1 - 1 20
08/4/61 H Everton L 0 - 4 20
15/4/61 A Blackpool L 1 - 2 21
22/4/61 H Bolton W 4 - 1 21
29/4/61 A Blackburn W 4 - 2 21

Although United scored 86 goals they conceded 109 (worst ever total) with the number of goals conceded at home (49) and away (60) being the worst ever too. It really was a crazy season in which the average number of goals per game was 4.64.

After the first 4 months of the season Newcastle were in 14th. Their home form was reasonable, but after winning 2 of the first 3 away games they had lost every one after that.

From the start of December until the 25th of February they failed to win a single game and dropped to 20th (one place above the relegation spots).

A shock 2-1 victory at leaders Tottenham in mid-March raised hopes that United could survive, but in the next game they lost 6-1 at home to Chelsea which heralded the start of another winless run.

0n April 15th United travelled to relegation rivals Blackpool who were one point behind with a game in hand. Preston also had a game in hand and were below Newcastle on goal average. Blackpool won 2-1.

Preston and Blackpool both drew their games in hand so United were bottom coming in to the penultimate Saturday. Although they beat Bolton 4-1 and Preston lost, Blackpool won at Birmingham. With 1 game left The Tangerines were 2 points ahead of Newcastle and had a much superior goal difference which meant that United were effectively down.


FA Cup

R3 07/1/61 H Fulham W 5 - 0
R4 01/2/61 H Stockport W 4 - 0
R5 18/2/61 H Stoke W 3 - 1
QF 04/3/61 H Sheffield Utd L 1 - 3

The Magpies were drawn at home in each round. United thrashed Fulham 5-0 in the 3rd Round (there were 21 goals in the 3 games between the teams that season with the League games ending 7-2 and 3-4) and then comfortably beat Fourth Division Stockport. Two Second Division sides followed. Strugglers Stoke were seen off, but Billy Russell scored a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes for pace-setters Sheffield United (who would be promoted).


League Cup

R1 10/10/60 A Colchester L 1 - 4

Newcastle embarrassed themselves in a 4-1 defeat against a side that were struggling at the wrong end of Division 3 and would be relegated.


Players


Toon In

Surname Date From Fee
Butler Joseph 09/1960 Internal
Scanlon Albert 11/1960 Man Utd £17,500
Clish Colin 01/1961 Internal
Mcgrath John 02/1961 Bury £24,000 + B Stokoe
Harrower James 03/1961 Liverpool £15,000
Hollins Dave 03/1961 Brighton £11,000

Toon Out


Name Date To Fee
Tait Alex 06/1960 Bristol City £5,000
Taylor John 06/1960 Chelmsford C
Malcolm Walter 07/1960 Raith Rovers £500
Simpson Ronald 10/1960 Hibernians £2,100
Eastham George 11/1960 Arsenal £47,500
Scoular Jimmy 01/1961 Bradford Park Avenue £1,300
Gilfillan Robert 01/1961 St Johnstone £4,000
Stokoe Bob 02/1961 Bury Cash Exchange

Squad

Player A G
Allchurch I 41 10
Bell J 30 1
Dalton, G 5
Ferguson B 1
Garrow, H 3
Gibson, J 1 1
Gilfillan B 2 2
Harrower, J 3
Harvey B 27
Heslop G 8
Hodgson, K 7
Hollins, D 9
Hughes G 34 8
Keith D 31 1
Luke G 4 2
Marshall T 2 1
McGrath, J 13
McGuigan J 18 6
McKinney B 25 2
McMichael A 36
Mitchell B 15 6
Mitchell S 8
Mitten J 2
Neale, D 43 10
Scanlon, A 25 6
Scott M 1
Scoular J 9
Stokoe B 19 1
Thompson, B 8
Tuohy, L 12 4
White L 38 29
Wilson, J 3
Woods, C 26 9
Wright B 8
own goals 1

Team

Total number of games: 47

Total number of players used: 34

Figure in brackets indicates number of players used in that position.

01: (4) Harvey > Hollins

02: (3) Keith or McKinney.

03: (4) McMichael

04: (3) Scoular > Neale

05: (4) Stokoe > McGrath

06: (6) Neale > Bell

07: (4) Hughes

08: (5) Allchurch or Woods

09: (4) White > McGuigan

10: (6) Allchurch or Mitchell or McGuigan

11: (5) Tuohy > Scanlon

Top scorers: White (29), Allchurch (10) and Neale (10).