NUFC 1964/65- Season Summary
The Magpies deservedly finish as champions after leading the table, for all but a couple of weeks, from mid-December. They failed to score in only 4 League games and kept a clean sheet in 15.
It was a team built on hard work and commitment with the excellent half-back line of Anderson, McGrath and lley at its fulcrum. Such was the consistency of the side that only 20 players were used in total (the fewest ever utilised in a season).
For once the immediate Cup exits seemed to be a blessing in disguise; Division 2 strugglers Swansea seeing United off in the FA cup and First Division Blackpool beating them in the League Cup.
The average attendance was the best for five years. Match of the Day hit the airwaves and United made their first appearance in the defeat at Orient in February.
|Chairman||W Hurford, L Westwood|
|Top Scorer||R McGarry (16)|
|24/8/64||H||Charlton||D||1 - 1||10|
|29/8/64||H||Southampton||W||2 - 1||9|
|01/9/64||A||Charlton||W||1 - 0||4|
|05/9/64||A||Huddersfield||W||1 - 0||4|
|08/9/64||A||Northampton||L||0 - 1||5|
|12/9/64||H||Coventry||W||2 - 0||4|
|16/9/64||H||Plymouth||W||2 - 1||3|
|19/9/64||A||Cardiff||D||1 - 1||1|
|26/9/64||H||Preston||W||5 - 2||1|
|30/9/64||A||Plymouth||L||1 - 2||1|
|03/10/64||A||Ipswich||L||1 - 3||3|
|10/10/64||H||Leyton Orient||W||5 - 0||2|
|14/10/64||A||Man City||L||0 - 3||3|
|17/10/64||A||Bury||W||2 - 1||3|
|24/10/64||H||Crystal Palace||W||2 - 0||2|
|31/10/64||A||Norwich||D||1 - 1||2|
|07/11/64||H||Rotherham Utd||W||3 - 1||2|
|14/11/64||A||Swansea||L||1 - 3||2|
|21/11/64||H||Derby||D||2 - 2||2|
|28/11/64||A||Swindon||W||6 - 1||2|
|05/12/64||H||Portsmouth||W||3 - 0||2|
|12/12/64||H||Northampton||W||5 - 0||1|
|19/12/64||A||Southampton||W||1 - 0||1|
|26/12/64||A||Middlesbrough||W||2 - 0||1|
|28/12/64||H||Middlesbrough||W||2 - 1||1|
|02/1/65||H||Huddersfield||W||2 - 1||1|
|16/1/65||A||Coventry||L||4 - 5||1|
|23/1/65||H||Cardiff||W||2 - 0||1|
|06/2/65||A||Preston||L||0 - 2||1|
|13/2/65||H||Ipswich||D||2 - 2||1|
|20/2/65||A||Leyton Orient||L||1 - 2||1|
|27/2/65||H||Bury||L||2 - 3||2|
|06/3/65||A||Portsmouth||W||2 - 1||2|
|13/3/65||H||Norwich||W||2 - 0||1|
|20/3/65||A||Rotherham Utd||D||1 - 1||1|
|27/3/65||H||Swansea||W||3 - 1||1|
|03/4/65||A||Derby||W||3 - 0||1|
|10/4/65||H||Swindon||W||1 - 0||1|
|16/4/65||H||Bolton||W||2 - 0||1|
|17/4/65||A||Crystal Palace||D||1 - 1||1|
|19/4/65||A||Bolton||D||1 - 1||1|
|24/4/65||H||Man City||D||0 - 0||1|
After four seasons in Division 2 United were back in the big-time; they were in the promotion spots throughout the vast majority of the season and deservedly won the Second Division Championship.
United started strongly; they were becoming harder to beat and only lost 5 of the first 19 games. But they needed to win more games.
A 6-1 victory at Swindon at the end of November was the confidence-boost they needed and it was the start of a run of 7 straight wins (equalling the club record set in 1909).
There was a wobble during February when they only got 1 point out of a possible 12; the last game being a controversial home defeat by Bury who scored a winner in the 11th minute of injury time.
United bounced back to win 6 out of the next 7; United securing promotion with a 2-0 win over Bolton (the 3rd placed club) on April 16th.
|R3||09/1/65||A||Swansea||L||0 - 1|
R3 - Division 2 strugglers Swansea beat United in hard and thrilling game.
|R2||23/9/64||A||Blackpool||L||0 - 3|
R2 - Although Newcastle battled bravely, First Division Blackpool were too fast in thought and action and only Marshall's heroics saved United from a heavier defeat.
Total number of games: 44
Total number of players used: 20
01: (1) Marshall
02: (2) Craig
03: (1) Clark
04: (2) Anderson
05: (1) McGrath
06: (2) lley or Moncur
07: (3) Robson or Hockey
09: (3) Thomas > Cummings or McGarry
10: (5) Penman or lley
11: ( 4) Hockey > Taylor > Suddick > Knox
1960/61 1961/62 1962/63 1963/64 1964/65 1965/66 1966/67 1967/68 1968/69 1969/70