NUFC 1962/63- Season Summary

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newcastle 1962/63

During the summer the club appointed former captain and trainer Joe Harvey as manager and although he was delighted to get the job he found the club in "a terrible state". A decade or so ago they had been the richest club in the country, now the club was £100,000 in debt.

Despite the perilous position Harvey was given money to spend. Forwards Dave Hilley and Ron McGarry boosted the side's firepower and Jim Iley - who took over as captain - was the leader and director of play that Harvey needed on the pitch.

He also inherited a crop of exciting youngsters who had just won the FA Youth Cup.

After a disappointing start, the team - supplemented by the new signings - gradually got their act together and started to climb the table. After the Easter matches they were in 4th place and had an outside chance of promotion. however results fell away in the last few weeks.

United were thrashed 5-0 by fellow Division 2 club Norwich in the FA Cup Fourth Round and they once again lost at the first attempt in the League Cup, losing to Division 1 strugglers Orient.

Renewed hope brought thousands more fans back and the average climbed back up to 31,625.

Veteran trainer Norman Smith retired in November with Jimmy Greenhalgh (trainer of Lincoln City Reserves) taking over.

Chairman W Hurford
Manager J Harvey
Trainer N Smith, J Greenhalgh
Captain D Keith
Top Scorer J Fell, B Thomas (16)


League Division 2

18/8/62ACardiff D4 - 412
22/8/62AMiddlesbroughL2 - 415
25/8/62HPortsmouthD1 - 115
29/8/62HMiddlesbroughW6 - 110
01/9/62APrestonL1 - 212
04/9/62AScunthorpe UtdL1 - 213
08/9/62HPlymouth W3 - 113
12/9/62HDerby D0 - 012
15/9/62AGrimsby W1 - 010
19/9/62ADerby W1 - 08
22/9/62HNorwich W2 - 15
29/9/62AWalsallW6 - 02
06/10/62AStoke L1 - 38
13/10/62HSunderlandD1 - 17
20/10/62ALeeds UtdL0 - 17
27/10/62HSwansea W6 - 07
03/11/62AChelseaL2 - 47
10/11/62HLuton W3 - 17
17/11/62ASouthamptonL0 - 38
24/11/62HScunthorpe UtdD1 - 18
01/12/62ABuryD0 - 08
08/12/62HRotherham UtdW4 - 17
15/12/62HCardiff W2 - 15
22/12/62APortsmouthL1 - 37
19/1/63APlymouth W2 - 06
02/3/63ASunderlandD0 - 06
09/3/63HLeeds UtdD1 - 18
16/3/63ASwansea L0 - 110
23/3/63HChelseaW2 - 09
27/3/63HGrimsby D0 - 06
30/3/63ALuton W3 - 24
03/4/63HCharlton W3 - 24
06/4/63HSouthamptonW4 - 14
12/4/63HHuddersfield D1 - 14
16/4/63AHuddersfield L1 - 25
20/4/63HBuryL1 - 38
23/4/63ACharlton W2 - 15
27/4/63ARotherham UtdL1 - 37
01/5/63HStoke W5 - 26
04/5/63ANorwich W2 - 15
08/5/63HWalsallL0 - 26
11/5/63HPrestonD2 - 27

United's form at both home and away showed signs of improvement and they finished in 7th place. They were unbeaten at home until mid-April, but lost 2 of the last 4 games at Gallowgate.

After a slow start the signing of Jim lley kick-started the season and after a 6-0 win at Walsall at the end of September the Magpies were in 2nd place and being talked of as genuine promotion candidates.

They had already won 3 away games up to this point, but they would only win 4 more all season and this was not promotion form.

After being stranded in mid-table for four months, a run of 4 wins and a draw saw United climb back up to 4th with 8 games left to play. But they could not maintain that form and dropped back.

FA Cup

R307/3/63ABradford W6 - 1
R413/3/63ANorwich L0 - 5

United (after 12 postponements) thrashed Fourth Division strugglers Bradford, but were themselves hit-for-five by fellow Second Divisioners Norwich.

League Cup

R226/9/62HLeyton OrientD1 - 1
R2r01/10/62ALeyton OrientL2 - 4

Newcastle's poor League Cup form continued. They were held to a draw by First Division strugglers Leyton Orient before losing in the replay at Brisbane Road.


Toon In

Surname Date From Fee
Hilley Dave08/1962Third Lanark £40,000
Iley James09/1962Nottm F £17,000
Clark Frank11/1962Crook Town £200
Robson Bryan11/1962Clara Vale Jnrs £75
Mcgarry Ron12/1962Bolton £17,500
Penman William04/1963Rangers £11,500
Walker Len05/1963Spennymoor Utd £250

Toon Out

Name Date To Fee
Wilson William06/1962 Released
Bell Jackie07/1962Norwich City£8,725
Wilson James07/1962Morton£1,800
Allchurch Ivor08/1962Cardiff City£15,000
Whitehead Robert08/1962Darlington£60
Ferguson Robert10/1962Derby£4,000
Woods Charlie11/1962Bournmouth£5,000
Hale Kenneth12/1962Coventry£10,000
Day William04/1963Peterborough£6,000
Kerray James04/1963Dunfermiline£3,000
Wright Brian05/1963Peterborough£7,500


Player A G
Clish, C19
Dalton, G211
Day, B5
Fell, J4216
Ferguson B2
Garrow, H1
Hale, K126
Hilley, D467
Hollins, D43
Hughes G83
Iley, J38
Keith D34
Kerray, J258
McGarry, R208
McGrath, J161
McKinney B124
McMichael A12
Mitchell, S2
Moncur, B3
Neale, D38
Penman, W63
Suddick, A3211
Thomas, B2616
Thompson, B30
Tuohy, L31
Turner, D1
Watkin, G1
Wright B8
own goals3


Total number of games: 46

Total number of players used: 31

Figure in brackets indicates number of players who played in that position/shirt in total.

01: (3) Hollins

02: (2) Keith or McKinney.

03: (5) McMichael > Clish > Dalton

04: (4) Neale

05: (3) Thompson > McGrath

06: (2) Dalton > Iley

07: (6) Hilley or Suddick

08: (6) Hilley or Suddick

09: (5) Thomas > McGarry

10: (6) Kerray > Penman

11: (2) Fell

1960s Seasons

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