NUFC - 1970/71 Squad
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lam McFaul (26) [48/0 - 0]
Had another sound season and only missed 1 game, although he admitted at one stage that the lack of goals was making him more nervous as he knew that one slip at the back could cost them the game. There was no repeat of his penalty heroics in the Fairs Cup as he failed to stop any of Pesci's efforts in the shoot-out.
Martin Burleigh (19) [1/0 - 0]
Following the sale of George Hope, Burleigh become McFaul's deputy. Made his debut in the 3-0 defeat at Elland Road on Boxing Day.
David Craig (26) [38/0 - 1]
Had another excellent season despite missing most of the last two months through injury.
Frank Clark (26) [37/0 - 0]
After a cartilage injury at the end of 1969/70 Clark spent the summer regaining his fitness before again succumbing on the eve of the new campaign, was injured again at the start of 1971.
John Craggs (21) [11/0 - 0]
Stepped in at right-back when Craig was ruled out in March but he rated the Irishman as the best right-back in Britain and admitted that he had always known that he would have to move on to get regular football. "Now I've got to do something about it" he said at the end of the season. Joined Middlesbrough at the start of 1971/72.
Ron Guthrie (26) [13/1 - 0]
Got a couple of good runs in the side when Clark was out and he was getting some rave reviews but a hamstring injury ruled him out of the latter stages. Harvey commiserated with his plight: "every time he seems ready for a run in the side he gets injured or something, if he had a clear run he is good enough to become an England player". Guthrie had been looking for a move in November (when there were some clubs sniffing around) but nothing materialised and he decided to stay and fight for his place.
Bobby Moncur (25) [48/0 - 3]
The captain hardly missed a game and was rewarded for some excellent displays for Scotland by being handed the captaincy of his country too.
John McNamee (29) [30/0 - 1]
Despite no longer being a first choice Ollie Burton's regular injury problems meant he got plenty of opportunities.
Ollie Burton (28)[17/1 - 0]
Had another season blighted by injury as he struggled to shake off the effects of a knee injury picked up on their North Atlantic tour and an ankle injury.
lrving Nattrass (18) [1/3 - 0]
Had only just signed professional during the summer but was rewarded for some excellent displays with the juniors and reserves by being called into first team action. He received ravereports for his cultured displays and Harvey believed he could go "right to the top". Skipper Moncur compared him with the classy Colin Todd.
Tommy Gibb (25) [49/0 - 2]
Played in every game to keep up his record of not missing a game since August 1968. Some of the crowd never appreciated his style and he got so much abuse that Frank Clark criticised the fans publicly. In the home game against Stoke Gibb "gestured" to the crowd and he even asked to be excused from playing in home games although he only actually missed the Sunderland friendly.
Jim Smith (23) [28/0 - 3]
After starting in the first half dozen games Smith was dropped after the defeat at Bristol Rovers. United's frustrated coach - Dave Smith - knows he can destroy teams when he is in the mood and points to the tour game against Eintract Frankfurt: "if he could recapture that form he would be priceless". Returned to the side in the New Year and his commitment level seemed higher than usual and many thought that the penny had finally dropped that he had to contribute more to the overall play. But Smith himself was adamant that "all the talk about change is wrong. I can't change". He also contested the idea that he needed to change." I don't believe my style is out-of-date. I might be different from most midfield players but I can compete with them on my own terms".
David Young (25) - [28/1 - 2]
Was now a key man in the first-team pool - appearing in roughly half the games - although he hardly ever played in his established position. A central defender by trade but he was used to stiffen up the midfield. Harvey also employed him as a man-marker at times; a job in which he excelled against Mazzola in the matches against Inter.
Preben Arentoft (27) [18/0 - 0]
United accepted a £25,000 offer from Portsmouth for the Dane during the summer but he turned them down. Recalled to the first team when Jimmy Smith was out of favour, but made his last appearance for the club in the defeat at Nottm. Forest in January.
Dave Elliot (25) [1/0 - 0]
Out of favour and on the transfer list, Elliot made his last appearance for the club in the home draw with Ipswich November, it was not publicly known that he suffered from epilepsy and it is thought that the club may have wanted to sell him for that reason. He moved to Southend in January.
Tommy Cassidy (18) [3/1 - 0]
Attacking midfielder signed from Glentoran in October for £25,000. Made his debut in the goalless draw with Ipswich and admitted that he was quite glad to be taken off with the crowd generating an antagonistic atmosphere. Signed with the view to using him as a striker but it became clear during the season that he was more suited to a midfield role. He was a surprise addition to the Northern Ireland squad for the Home Internationals and made his debut against England. This was a great confidence boost for him as he admitted that "lack of confidence has been my trouble since I left Glentoran".
Wyn Davies (28) [41/0 - 6]
Once again brilliant in Europe, but only scored 2 goals in 37 domestic matches. However this was partly explained because ne was being asked to move across the line more upfront to leave space for others to run into. Rumours persisted that United were ready to cash in on Davies before his market value dropped too much. After getting injured in March he struggled to get back into the side and he indicated he wanted to leave. He was sold to Man City just before the 1971/72 season.
Bryan Robson (24) [36/0 - 10]
Despite the fact that he struggled to score regularly and joined West Ham in , Robson still ended up as top scorer with a mere 10 goals. Pop caused a sensation when he called a personal press conference and labelled the club as "unprofessional".
Keith Dyson (20) [39/1 - 7]
Turned out at outside-right and inside-right in the first half of the season and then was used as a centre-forward in the last ten games when Davies was injured. Retained the Number 9 shirt even after Davies was fit gain but struggled to regain his goal scoring form of the previous campaign.
Alan Foggon (20) [14/2 - 4]
Started the season at outside-left but lost his place after the first couple of games. Returned on the opposite flank for another short spell i n the side in March (after Robson's departure). Unhappy with second string football he moved to Middlesbrough before the beginning of 1971/72.
David Ford ( ) [15/2 - 2] - Outside Left
Returned from injury and played at outside-left from October to December but the 3-0 defeat at Leeds proved to be his last game. He moved to Sheffield United in January along with 'keeper John Hope in the exchange deal that brought John Tudor to Tyneside.
John Tudor (24) [16/0 - 5]
Signed from Sheffield United in January 1971 as Harvey looked to replace the unhappy Robson. Scored regularly after six initial blanks.
lan Mitchell (24) [3/2 - 1]
lnside forward signed in July from Dundee for £50,000. Had an excellent reputation in Scotland, but struggled to adjust to the pace and physicality of the English League and was too often on the treatment table.
Stewart Barrowclough (18) [2/1 - 1] - Outsideright
Signed in July from Barnsley (£23,500) after only making a handful of appearances for the Tykes. Outside-right Barrowclough was given a couple of opportunities; scoring once (on his debut). Spent most of the season in the reserves and - suffering from homesickness - he put in a transfer request at one point.
Gordon Hindson [2/0 - 1]
Outside-left who made his home debut in the draw with Nottm. Forest. He scored in the next game (Blackpool at home) but Harvey was highly annoyed with the team's performance in that game and Hindson was dropped and would not get another chance during the campaign.