NUFC 1963/64- Season Summary

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newcastle 1963/64

The squad was further supplemented during the summer with the arrival of Ollie Burton, Gordon Marshall and Colin Taylor and hopes were high for the new season.

A good start suggested the optimism was not misplaced but this was followed by a disastrous run which resulted in United tumbling down to 18th by November.

Harvey was already developing an innate ability to sign a player who could lift the side and the shock signing of Stan Anderson from promotion rivals Sunderland raised the bar on this occasion. Since May Harvey had spent a huge £124,000 on six players.

Anderson helped inspire a change of fortunes that put United on the fringes of the promotion pack before a poor finish extinguished their hopes.

The Cups proved disastrous as United first lost to Third Division Bournmouth in the League Cup and then were humiliatingly beaten at home in the FA Cup by Bedford Town of the Southern League.

Chairman W Hurford
Manager J Harvey
Trainer J Greenhalgh
Captain D Keith, S Anderson
Top Scorer B Thomas (21)


League Division 2

24/8/63HDerby W3 - 13
26/8/63AMiddlesbroughL0 - 35
31/8/63APlymouth W4 - 311
04/9/63HMiddlesbroughW2 - 07
07/9/63HCharlton W5 - 04
11/9/63HSouthamptonD2 - 24
14/9/63AGrimsby L1 - 25
18/9/63ASouthamptonL0 - 29
21/9/63HPrestonL2 - 411
28/9/63ALeyton OrientL0 - 113
02/10/63HPortsmouthW1 - 013
05/10/63HSwansea W4 - 17
09/10/63ASunderlandL1 - 28
19/10/63APortsmouthL2 - 510
26/10/63HNorthampton L2 - 312
02/11/63ANorwich L1 - 315
09/11/63HCardiff L0 - 418
16/11/63ASwindon D0 - 017
23/11/63HMan CityW3 - 115
30/11/63ABuryW2 - 113
07/12/63HScunthorpe UtdW3 - 110
14/12/63ADerby W2 - 110
21/12/63HPlymouth D1 - 110
26/12/63HHuddersfield W2 - 09
28/12/63AHuddersfield L0 - 310
11/1/64ACharlton W2 - 18
18/1/64HGrimsby W4 - 06
01/2/64APrestonL0 - 37
08/2/64HLeyton OrientW3 - 05
22/2/64ARotherham UtdW3 - 26
29/2/64HSwindon W4 - 15
07/3/64ANorthampton D2 - 26
14/3/64HSunderlandW1 - 05
17/3/64ASwansea W1 - 05
20/3/64ACardiff D2 - 25
27/3/64HLeeds UtdL0 - 15
30/3/64ALeeds UtdL1 - 25
04/4/64AMan CityL1 - 36
08/4/64HRotherham UtdW5 - 25
11/4/64HBuryL0 - 46
18/4/64AScunthorpe UtdL0 - 27
25/4/64HNorwich W2 - 08

Hopes had been high for promotion but United's chances were wrecked by two losing-streaks and they finished in 8th. Consequently, although they won more games than in 1962-63 they also lost more too (particularly at home).

United made a good start, winning 4 of the first 5 games. But in the two-month period from mid-September to mid-November they lost 9 out of 11 games. Although a lot of the games were away from home the run included defeats on Tyneside against Preston, Northampton and Cardiff. United were 18th.

Harvey then signed Stan Anderson from Sunderland, making him skipper. His arrival brought a remarkable change in form. Following a draw at Swindon United won 12 and lost 2 of the next 17 games. They were now 5th, but they were 8 points behind the promotion places with only 7 games left to play and a double-defeat by Leeds and losses to Manchester City, Bury and Scunthorpe brought a dismal end to the season.

FA Cup

R304/1/64HBedford L1 - 2

The Magpies suffered another Cup humiliation as they were beaten at home by Southern League Bedford Town.

League Cup

R225/9/63HPrestonW3 - 0
R306/11/63ABournemouth L1 - 2

0n the prior Saturday Newcastle had lost 4-2 at home to Preston in Division 2, but they turned the tables on them in the League Cup. Third/Fourth Division Bournemouth ousted United.


Toon In

Surname Date From Fee
Burton Alwyn06/1963Norwich City £37,500
Marshall Gordon06/1963Hearts £18,500
Taylor Colin06/1963Walsall £20,000
Guthrie Ron07/1963Professional £100
Kirkman Alan09/1963Rotherham United £12,300
Cummings Bobby10/1963Aberdeen £5,000
Anderson Stanley11/1963Sunderland £19,000
Hockey Trevor11/1963Nottm F £25,000
Allen Geoff04/1964Professional

Toon Out

Name Date To Fee
Garrow Herbert06/1963Horden CWFree
Mcmichael Alf06/1963South ShieldsFree
Mitchell Stewart06/1963Third Lanark£2,500
Fell James07/1963Walsall£5,000
Watkin George07/1963Kings LynnFree
Hughes Gordon08/1963Derby£12,000
Neale Duncan08/1963Plymouth£12,000
Tuohy Liam08/1963Shamrock RFree
Clish Colin12/1963Rotherham£5,000
Kirkman Alan12/1963Scunthorpe£10,000
Turner David12/1963Brighton£4,500
Keith Dick02/1964Bournemouth£3,300
Markie John05/1964FalkirkFree


Player A G
Allen, G1
Anderson, S255
Burton, O193
Butler, J4
Clark, F2
Clish, C1
Craig, D14
Cummings, B165
Dalton, G401
Hilley, D406
Hockey, T13
Hollins, D10
Iley, J453
Keith D8
Kirkman, A51
Markie, J2
Marshall, G35
McGarry, R3312
McGrath, J41
McKinney B181
Moncur, B3
O'Neil, L1
Penman, W248
Suddick, A347
Taylor, C265
Thomas, B2721
Thompson, B5
Turner, D1
Walker, L2
own goals1

Total number of games: 45

Total number of players used: 29

01: (2) Marshall or Hollins

02: (5) McKinney > Craig

03: (3) Dalton

04: (5) Burton > Anderson

05: (4) McGrath

06:(2) Iley

07: (4) Hilley or Hockey or Suddick

08: (5) McGarry or Hilley or Suddick

09: (3) Thomas or Cummings

10: (7) Penman or McGarry

11: (4) Taylor or Suddick

1960s Seasons

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