NUFC 1963/64- Season Summary
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.
|Captain||D Keith, S Anderson|
|Top Scorer||B Thomas (21)|
League Division 2
|24/8/63||H||Derby||W||3 - 1||3|
|26/8/63||A||Middlesbrough||L||0 - 3||5|
|31/8/63||A||Plymouth||W||4 - 3||11|
|04/9/63||H||Middlesbrough||W||2 - 0||7|
|07/9/63||H||Charlton||W||5 - 0||4|
|11/9/63||H||Southampton||D||2 - 2||4|
|14/9/63||A||Grimsby||L||1 - 2||5|
|18/9/63||A||Southampton||L||0 - 2||9|
|21/9/63||H||Preston||L||2 - 4||11|
|28/9/63||A||Leyton Orient||L||0 - 1||13|
|02/10/63||H||Portsmouth||W||1 - 0||13|
|05/10/63||H||Swansea||W||4 - 1||7|
|09/10/63||A||Sunderland||L||1 - 2||8|
|19/10/63||A||Portsmouth||L||2 - 5||10|
|26/10/63||H||Northampton||L||2 - 3||12|
|02/11/63||A||Norwich||L||1 - 3||15|
|09/11/63||H||Cardiff||L||0 - 4||18|
|16/11/63||A||Swindon||D||0 - 0||17|
|23/11/63||H||Man City||W||3 - 1||15|
|30/11/63||A||Bury||W||2 - 1||13|
|07/12/63||H||Scunthorpe Utd||W||3 - 1||10|
|14/12/63||A||Derby||W||2 - 1||10|
|21/12/63||H||Plymouth||D||1 - 1||10|
|26/12/63||H||Huddersfield||W||2 - 0||9|
|28/12/63||A||Huddersfield||L||0 - 3||10|
|11/1/64||A||Charlton||W||2 - 1||8|
|18/1/64||H||Grimsby||W||4 - 0||6|
|01/2/64||A||Preston||L||0 - 3||7|
|08/2/64||H||Leyton Orient||W||3 - 0||5|
|22/2/64||A||Rotherham Utd||W||3 - 2||6|
|29/2/64||H||Swindon||W||4 - 1||5|
|07/3/64||A||Northampton||D||2 - 2||6|
|14/3/64||H||Sunderland||W||1 - 0||5|
|17/3/64||A||Swansea||W||1 - 0||5|
|20/3/64||A||Cardiff||D||2 - 2||5|
|27/3/64||H||Leeds Utd||L||0 - 1||5|
|30/3/64||A||Leeds Utd||L||1 - 2||5|
|04/4/64||A||Man City||L||1 - 3||6|
|08/4/64||H||Rotherham Utd||W||5 - 2||5|
|11/4/64||H||Bury||L||0 - 4||6|
|18/4/64||A||Scunthorpe Utd||L||0 - 2||7|
|25/4/64||H||Norwich||W||2 - 0||8|
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.
|R3||04/1/64||H||Bedford||L||1 - 2|
The Magpies suffered another Cup humiliation as they were beaten at home by Southern League Bedford Town.
|R2||25/9/63||H||Preston||W||3 - 0|
|R3||06/11/63||A||Bournemouth||L||1 - 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.
|Burton Alwyn||06/1963||Norwich City||£37,500|
|Kirkman Alan||09/1963||Rotherham United||£12,300|
|Hockey Trevor||11/1963||Nottm F||£25,000|
|Garrow Herbert||06/1963||Horden CW||Free|
|Mcmichael Alf||06/1963||South Shields||Free|
|Mitchell Stewart||06/1963||Third Lanark||£2,500|
|Watkin George||07/1963||Kings Lynn||Free|
|Tuohy Liam||08/1963||Shamrock R||Free|
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
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
1960/61 1961/62 1962/63 1963/64 1964/65 1965/66 1966/67 1967/68 1968/69 1969/70