NUFC 1967/68 - Season Summary
United made great strides particularly at home where they were unbeaten before losing their last two games. Their away form remained poor with only a single victory.
The Magpies reached 5th by mid-January and stayed there for a couple of months before a disappointing finish saw them slide down to 10th.
They fell at the first hurdle in both Cups: losing at home to Carlisle (FA Cup) and away to Fourth Division Lincoln (League Cup).
Despite the mid-table finish a series of fortunate events saw United qualify for the Fairs Cup.
Newcastle recorded a couple of excellent friendly victories over European Champions Celtic but the Glaswegian supporters who travelled to Newcastle caused lots of damage in the city-centre.
|Top Scorer||W Davies (12)|
League Division 1
|19/8/67||H||Southampton||W||3 - 0|
|23/8/67||A||Chelsea||D||1 - 1|
|26/8/67||A||Liverpool||L||0 - 6|
|30/8/67||H||Chelsea||W||5 - 1||6|
|02/9/67||H||Stoke||D||1 - 1||7|
|06/9/67||A||Man City||L||0 - 2||10|
|09/9/67||A||Nottm F||L||0 - 4||13|
|16/9/67||H||Coventry||W||3 - 2||13|
|23/9/67||A||Sheffield Utd||L||1 - 2||13|
|30/9/67||H||Arsenal||W||2 - 1||13|
|07/10/67||A||Wolves||D||2 - 2||13|
|14/10/67||H||Fulham||W||2 - 1||10|
|25/10/67||A||Leeds Utd||L||0 - 2||11|
|28/10/67||H||Everton||W||1 - 0||11|
|04/11/67||A||Leicester||D||2 - 2||11|
|11/11/67||H||WHU||W||1 - 0||9|
|18/11/67||A||Burnley||L||0 - 2||12|
|25/11/67||H||Sheff Wed||W||4 - 0||9|
|02/12/67||A||Tottenham||D||1 - 1||8|
|09/12/67||H||Manchester Utd||D||2 - 2||8|
|16/12/67||A||Southampton||D||0 - 0||6|
|23/12/67||H||Liverpool||D||1 - 1||6|
|26/12/67||H||Sunderland||W||2 - 1||6|
|30/12/67||A||Sunderland||D||3 - 3||6|
|06/1/68||A||Stoke||L||1 - 2||7|
|13/1/68||H||Nottm F||D||0 - 0||6|
|20/1/68||A||Coventry||W||4 - 1||5|
|03/2/68||H||Sheffield Utd||W||1 - 0||5|
|10/2/68||A||Arsenal||D||0 - 0||5|
|24/2/68||H||Wolves||W||2 - 0||5|
|02/3/68||A||Sheff Wed||D||1 - 1||5|
|16/3/68||H||Leeds Utd||D||1 - 1||5|
|23/3/68||A||Everton||L||0 - 1||5|
|03/4/68||H||Leicester||D||0 - 0||6|
|06/4/68||A||WHU||L||0 - 5||7|
|12/4/68||H||WBA||D||2 - 2||7|
|13/4/68||H||Burnley||W||1 - 0||7|
|15/4/68||A||WBA||L||0 - 2||8|
|20/4/68||A||Fulham||L||0 - 2||9|
|27/4/68||H||Tottenham||L||1 - 3||10|
|04/5/68||A||Manchester Utd||L||0 - 6||10|
|11/5/68||H||Man City||L||3 - 4||10|
United became a much harder side to beat and lost 7 less games than in 1966/67. It was their home form which improved most markedly and they were unbeaten at St. James' before losing the last two games.
After a slow start United's form gradually began to improve and they gradually climbed the table. At the end of February, they were in 5th having lost only 2 of their last 17 games.
Unfortunately the goals dried up in the last 12 games and they hit a bad patch (won 1, drew 4, lost 7) which ended with them losing their last 5 games.
|R3||27/1/68||H||Carlisle Utd (D2 - 10th)||L||0 - 1|
R3 - Burton had his penalty saved as an uninspiring United slipped out of the Cup at the first hurdle.
|R2||13/9/67||A||Lincoln (D4 - 4th)||L||1 - 2|
R2 - Another disgraceful Cup performance against lower league opponents and Lincoln coach Bert Loxley slammed United. “I was surprised how easy we overran Newcastle. They showed nothing and we paralysed them”.
|Ross Eric||8 / 1967||Glentoran||£5,250|
|Scott Jim||8 / 1967||Hibernians||£35,000|
|Foggon Alan||11 / 1967||Professional|
|Sinclair Jackie||12 / 1967||Leicester||£67,500|
|Alderson Stuart||6 / 1967||York City|
|Dalton George||6 / 1967||Brighton|
|Thompson W||6 / 1967||Rotherham||£25,000|
|Hilley Dave||12 / 1967||Nottm F||£25,000|
|Noble Peter||1 / 1968||Swindon||£8,000|
|Mcgrath John||2 / 1968||Southampton||£30,000|
Total number of games: 44
Total number of players used: 23
Figure in brackets indicates number of players who played in that position/shirt in total.
01: (2) Marshall
02: (2) Burton
03: (3) Clark
04: (4) Elliott
05: (3) McNamee
06: (2) Moncur
07: (4) Scott > Sinclair
08: (5) Bennett > Scott
09: (2) Davies
10:(4) Hilley > lley
11: (2) Robson T
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