NUFC 1961/62- Season Summary


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newcastle 1961/62

Newcastle did not make a great start to life in the Second Division and manager Mitten (who had never had full boadroom support because of the ongoing feud between directors McKeag and Seymour) was sacked whilst his main supporter McKeag was out the country. Trainer Norman Smith reluctantly took over until the end of the season.

Results deteriorated further and at the end of January United were just above the relegation positions; but a run of six wins in the last ten games enabled them to pull clear of trouble in what was a remarkably tight final table.

A humiliating home defeat to Fourth Division Peterborough brought an immediate end to any FA Cup ambitions and they also lost at Gallowgate in the first hurdle of the League Cup; Sheffield United being the victors.

Money was very tight so there were few signings although a record fee was paid to bring in Barrie Thomas from Scunthorpe.

Despite the lower League status and the poor form, attendances - boosted by the return of the Tyne-Wear derbies - held up remarkably well.

On a brighter note there was some hope of a better future with the Juniors winning the FA Youth Cup for the first time.

A testimonial for Bobby Mitchell attracted a crowd of 40,993.

Chairman W Hurford
Manager C Mitten, N Smith
Trainer N Smith
Captain B McKinney
Top Scorer I Allchurch (11)

Competitions


League Division 2

19/8/61 H Leyton Orient D 0 - 0 14
23/8/61 H Walsall W 1 - 0 6
26/8/61 A Preston W 1 - 0 3
29/8/61 A Walsall L 0 - 1 5
02/9/61 H Plymouth L 0 - 2 11
09/9/61 A Huddersfield L 1 - 2 18
16/9/61 H Swansea D 2 - 2 17
20/9/61 H Liverpool L 1 - 2 18
23/9/61 A Southampton L 0 - 1 20
30/9/61 H Luton W 4 - 1 18
04/10/61 A Liverpool L 0 - 2 18
07/10/61 H Charlton W 4 - 1 17
14/10/61 A Bury W 7 - 2 14
21/10/61 H Brighton and Hove Albion W 5 - 0 12
27/10/61 A Scunthorpe Utd L 2 - 3 12
04/11/61 H Norwich D 0 - 0 14
11/11/61 A Rotherham Utd D 0 - 0 13
18/11/61 H Bristol W 5 - 2 9
25/11/61 A Stoke L 1 - 3 11
02/12/61 H Sunderland D 2 - 2 13
16/12/61 A Leyton Orient L 0 - 2 14
23/12/61 H Preston L 0 - 2 17
26/12/61 H Middlesbrough L 3 - 4 18
13/1/62 A Plymouth D 1 - 1 18
20/1/62 H Huddersfield D 1 - 1 18
27/1/62 A Leeds Utd W 1 - 0 14
02/2/62 A Swansea L 2 - 3 15
10/2/62 H Southampton W 3 - 2 15
17/2/62 A Luton L 0 - 1 15
24/2/62 A Charlton D 1 - 1 15
03/3/62 H Bury L 1 - 2 15
07/3/62 A Middlesbrough L 0 - 3 15
10/3/62 A Brighton and Hove Albion W 4 - 0 14
17/3/62 H Scunthorpe Utd W 2 - 1 14
24/3/62 A Norwich D 0 - 0 13
31/3/62 H Rotherham Utd W 1 - 0 12
07/4/62 A Bristol L 1 - 2 14
14/4/62 H Stoke W 2 - 0 15
20/4/62 H Derby W 3 - 0 11
21/4/62 A Sunderland L 0 - 3 11
23/4/62 A Derby W 2 - 1 9
28/4/62 H Leeds Utd L 0 - 3 11

Although United finished in the top half of the table (just) they lost more games than they won and their overall points total was not much better than last season (when they were relegated). Newcastle were only 6 points ahead of the relegation positions and - in what was a remarkably tight finish - they were the top team in a group of eight that finished on 39 points.

They struggled to adapt to the lower league and they dropped to 20th after losing at Southampton on September 23rd. They won the next 3 games, but Seymour and his allies sacked Mitten after the second game in the run (a 7-2 victory at Bury) anyway.

Trainer Norman Smith took charge but there was no change in fortunes with United struggling to win games. With 10 games to go they were in 15th.

Fears of a second successive relegation led to United splashing out on centre-forward Thomas and wingers Day and Fell. These lifted the side and 6 of the last 10 games were won.

There were early exits in both Cups including a hugely embarassing defeat by Fourth Division Peterborough in the FA Cup.


FA Cup

R3 06/01/62 H Peterborough Utd L 0 - 1

Newcastle suffered a humiliating defeat to Fourth Division Peterborough who had only been elected to the Football League in the summer.


League Cup

R1 13/09/61 H Scunthorpe W 2 - 0
R2 02/10/61 A Sheffield Utd D 2 - 2
R2r 11/10/61 H Sheffield Utd L 0 - 2

The Magpies beat Second division Scunthorpe to record their first win in the League Cup but Sheffield United (who had knocked United out of the FA Cup last season) won on Tyneside after a draw at Brammal Lane.


Players


Toon In

Surname Date From Fee
Leek Kenneth 06/1961 Leicester £25,000
Suddick Alan 10/1961 Internal
O'Neil Les 11/1961 Blyth Spartans £200
Thomas Barrie 01/1962 Scunthorpe £45,000
Kerray James 02/1962 Huddersfield £10,000 + L White
Day William 03/1962 Middlesbrough £12,000
Fell James 03/1962 Everton £3,000
Craig David 04/1962 Internal
Markie John 04/1962 Bathgate St Marys £3,000 + G Heslop
Moncur Bob 04/1962 Internal
Watkin George 04/1962 Chopwell £25

Toon Out


Name Date To Fee
Harvey Brian 06/1961 Cambridge City
Marshall Terence 06/1961 Released
Mitchell Bobby 06/1961 Berwick Rangers
Gibson James 07/1961 Cambridge
Mitten John 09/1961 Leicester
Scott Me 10/1961 Darlington £2,200
Leek Kenneth 11/1961 Birmingham £23,000
Hodgson Kenneth 12/1961 Scunthorpe £3,000
Harrower James 01/1962 Falkirk £3,115
Mcguigan John 01/1962 Scunthorpe Exchange
Scanlon Albert 02/1962 Lincoln City £2,000
White Len 02/1962 Huddersfield Part Exchange
Heslop George 03/1962 Everton Part Exchange

Squad

Player A G
Allchurch I 43 11
Bell J 19
Clish, C 3
Dalton, G 27
Day, B 9 1
Fell, J 11 1
Ferguson B 6
Hale, K 14 8
Harrower, J 3
Heslop G 15
Hollins, D 46
Hughes G 11 1
Keith D 30
Kerray, J 15 2
Leek, K 14 6
McGrath, J 10
McGuigan J 14 6
McKinney B 16 1
McMichael A 37
Neale, D 17 2
Scanlon, A 2
Suddick, A 14 3
Thomas, B 18 10
Thompson, B 21
Tuohy, L 27 4
Turner, D 1
White L 19 6
Wilson, B 1
Wilson, J 10 2
Woods, C 4 1
Wright B 29 1
own goals 2

Team

Total number of games: 46

Total number of players used: 31

01: (1) Hollins

02: (2) Keith or McKinney.

03: (3) McMichael

04: (4) Neale > Wright

05: (3) McGrath or Heslop > Thompson

06: (3) Dalton or Bell

07: (6) Hughes or Suddick > Day

08: (5) Allchurch or Hale > Kerray

09: (4) Leek or White > Thomas

10: (6) Allchurch or McGuigan

11: (5) Tuohy > Fell

Top scorers: Allchurch (11), Thomas (10) and Hale (8).


1960s Seasons


1960/61 1961/62 1962/63 1963/64 1964/65 1965/66 1966/67 1967/68 1968/69 1969/70