Newcastle United - 1972/73 - Diary



NUFC Review 1972/73 NUFC Squad 1972/73

June


Having netted a hat-trick in the first game of the Far East tour Tudor gets a brace against a Thailand Select XI to salvage a 2-2 draw after United fell two goals behind.

Thailand Select -Bangkok - 8,000

Scorers: Tudor (2) - tbc

TBC (0-1).

TBC (0-2).

Half-time: Thailand Select 2 Newcastle 0

65m - TUDOR (1-2).

71m - TUDOR (2-2).

Full-time: Thailand Select 2 Newcastle 2


In Hong Kong the Magpies lead Brazilians Santos 2-1 at the break, but as they tire in the 85 degree heat Pele scores an incredible fifteen-minute hat-trick

Santos - Hong Kong National Stadium

Scorers: Green, Tudor - Pele (3), Alecindo

20m - TUDOR (1-0).

ALCINDO (1-1).

a 35-yard rocket from GREEN (2-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Santos 1

PELE (2-2).

PELE (2-3).

PELE (2-4).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Santos 4


07/06 - Following intensive training to build-up his legs Jimmy Smith is now one hundred percent fit.


TUDOR MAKES TALLY SEVEN - Tudor scores his seventh goal of the tour to earn a draw.

Javanan - Teheran

Scorers: Tudor - tbc

11m - tbc (0-1).

20m - TUDOR (1-1).

Half-time: Javanan 1 Newcastle 1

Full-time: Javanan 1 Newcastle 1


16/06 - Young Goalkeeper Eric Steele (18) signs his first professional contract. Last season, whilst still at school, he played several games for the Reserves as an amateur. He also represented England U-19 schoolboys.


Paul Cannell signs professional forms.


21/06 - Released youngster David Embleton signs for Bury.


July


03/07 - Transfer-listed Tommy Cassidy starts pre-season training a couple of weeks early to shed some weight and ensure he is in the best possible condition for next season in the hope of changing Harvey’s mind.


17/07 - The first official day of training is held and the team photo-call takes place.


22/07 - Nattrass strains his thigh and will be out at the start of the season.


24/07 - Cardiff have agreed a £30,000 fee for Guthrie, but the player is still thinking over the move. He is due a £3,000 ten-year service bonus next July.


25/07 - Macdonald is one of the players fined (£25) and warned by the FA Disciplinary Committee after he was booked three times last year.


26/07 - Harvey is left disappointed after Ron Guthrie turns down a move to Cardiff.


THIS WAS NO TEST, NEWCASTLE - Macdonald and Tudor both score hat-tricks in what is far too easy a match to represent a good work-out. Macdonald starts the scoring after only five seconds, almost certainly the fastest goal in the club's history. There is some trouble on the terraces.

St. Johnstone - Muirton Park - 4,600

McFaul, Craig (Young), Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough (Reid), Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt (Smith)

Scorers: Macdonald (3), Tudor (3), Hibbitt - Whitelaw, Pearson, Hall

01m - Tudor lays the ball to MACDONALD from the kick-off and he whacks it straight in (1-0).

14m - HIBBITT beats Robertson with an angled drive (2-0).

20m - WHITELAW pulls one back (2-1).

31m - MACDONALD rounds the keeper and slots home (3-1).

35m - TUDOR heads in a Barrowclough cross (4-1).

Half-time: St Johnstone 1 Newcastle 4

The Scots make five changes at the break.

53m - TUDOR walks the ball in after he was set up by Macdonald (5-2). United make three changes.

83m - MACDONALD heads against the post then taps in when the ball rebounds back to him (6-2).

87m - Aitken's shot comes back off the bar and HALL scores (6-3).

89m - Macdonald sets up TUDOR for his hat-trick (7-3).

Full-time: St Johnstone 3 Newcastle 7


PARTICK PEGGED BACK TWICE BY UNITED - Gibb is made captain against his former team and scores in a rollicking match which gives the fans full value for money.

Partick Thistle - Firhill - 7,012

McFaul, Craig (Young), Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Smith (Reid), Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald, Gibb - McQuade, Glavin

33m - MCQUADE heads in from Glavin's centre (0-1).

44m - MACDONALD header after Green's shot is deflected by Clark (1-1).

Half-time: Partick Thistle 1 Newcastle 1

52m - GLAVIN pounces on a loose ball (1-2).

55m - A well-placed drive from GIBB (2-2).


August


02/08 - Following the lead of other clubs, United are building bar facilities into the new East Stand and have applied for a liquor license. The old ground lease forbade the sale of alcohol.


UNITED IN STORM - An Ill-disciplined game, played more like a cup-tie, in which Morton are the better team and should have won.

Morton - Cappielow Park

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Smith, Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Howard - Gillies

Half-time: Morton 0 Newcastle 0

60m - GILLIES fires over McFaul's head (0-1).

82m - HOWARD scores from a Clark free-kick (1-1).

Full-time: Morton 1 Newcastle 1


GREEN LIGHTS UP UNITED START - United start really well and score twice in the first twelve minutes, but they concede almost immediately and Wolves are the stronger eleven in the second-half.

Wolves - SJP - 33,790

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Green, Tudor - Kindon

10m - A clearance falls to GREEN and he sidesteps Bailey before hitting a brilliant rising 20-yarder across Parkes (1-0).

12m - Clark's cross is headed out straight to TUDOR to head in (2-0).

17m - Hibbitt is caught in possession and Eastoe sets KINDON away to hit an angled shot past McFaul (2-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Wolves 1

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Wolves 1

Position: 2nd


BIRMINGHAM BLAST SINKS UNITED - Green inspires a come- back from two goals down against the newcomers to make it all square at the interval. Then United faced wave after wave of attacking in the second-half which eventually breaches their defensive dam in the last ten minutes. United play in their all-red change kit.

Birmingham (15th) - St. Andrews - 35,831

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald, Barrowclough - McFaul (og), Hope, Latchford

18m - MCFAUL completely misjudges Taylor’s inswinging corner and only succeeds in punching it into his own net (0-1).

26m - HOPE blasts home from a short free-kick (0-2).

32m - Green carves out an opening to give BARROWCLOUGH a simple finish (1-2).

Green sets MACDONALD away and he evades Hynd before finishing superbly (2-2).

Half-time: Birmingham 2 Newcastle 2

81m - LATCHFORD almost rips the roof off the net (2-3).

Full-time: Birmingham 3 Newcastle 2

Position: 9th


17/08 - The Magpies' qualification for the Texaco Cup is confirmed.


Newcastle are still struggling to find their rhythm, but their defensive strategy blunts the Blades in the first half before they counter-attack in devastating fashion in the second. More than fifty fans are arrested after the game (the majority from the North-East) plus another twenty-two juveniles. United play in their all-blue change kit.

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Sheff. United (14th) - Bramall Lane - 23,078

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Young, Barrowclough (Cowan), Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald, Tudor - Salmons

Young replaces the injured Moncur.

Half-time: Sheff. United 0 Newcastle 0

48m - Hibbitt slips the ball through to MACDONALD at inside-left and he leaves two defenders in his wake before hammering in a low shot (1-0).

61m - SALMONS’ low shot from 25-yards goes past McFaul's outstretched hands (1-1).

70m - TUDOR nods in from two yards after Macdonald heads back Hibbitt's in-swinging comer (2-1).

Full-time: Sheff. United 1 Newcastle 2

Position: 9th


21/08 - Fifty fans appear in a special Court in Sheffield. Charges range from assault on police to wilful damage, disorderly behaviour and drunkenness. Most get fines, but four are sent to detention centres for three months.


21/08 - Although Newcastle Supporters Club Chairman Bill McEwan is appalled by Saturday's trouble he states that they will not change their policy with regards to the time buses depart at away games. The club took five coaches to Sheffield of which three stayed until after 11pm.


MAC ON MARK, THEN UNITED LOSE GRIP - After starting purposefully and taking the lead through Macdonald the Magpies lose their way and Albion deserve the draw.

West Brom. (21st) - SJP - 29,695

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Cowan, Howard, Young, Smith, Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald - Brown A

Cowan (making his first start for two years) and Smith come in for the injured Gibb and Barrowclough.

18m - When Tudor heads against an upright, MACDONALD is on the rebound in a flash (1-0).

After Suggett robs a dithering Smith West Brom are on the attack and Ally BROWN heads in powerfully after McFaul saves Gould’s header (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 West Brom 1

Full-time: Newcastle 1 West Brom 1

Position: 9th


With Green adding to the injury woes Reid is drafted in. He and Cowan struggle and Ipswich dominate before the break, scoring twice. They are well in control until United start to play in the last twenty minutes. Although Macdonald pulls one back and United put on late pressure, Ipswich hold on to win.

Ipswich (7th) - SJP - 24,601

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Cowan, Howard, Young, Smith, Reid (Cassidy), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald - Lambert, Viljoen

22m - LAMBERT (0-1)

VILJOEN (0-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Ipswich 2

82m - MACDONALD scores with a typical left-foot drive (1-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Ipswich 2

Position: 10th


28/08 - TOP UNITED SCOUT DEMOTED - Part-time Chief Scout Temple Lisle says he is “very disappointed” to be relieved of his position after 16 years. He has been told he can remain a scout for the club.


29/08 - On a trip to Lambton Safari Park in County Durham with his family a baboon rips off part of the vinyl roof of Supermac’s Ford Granada.


NEWCASTLE FALL FOR THE OLD ONE-TWO - Although United’s graft and hard-running keeps them in the game, the Londoner’s craft and culture eventually wins the day.

Tottenham (6th) - SJP - 27,912

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Cowan (Nattrass), Howard, Young, Barrowclough, Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt.

Scorers: Kinnear

Green is fit again and Barrowclough is recalled in place of Smith.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Spurs 0

46m - KINNEAR plays a one-two with Perryman then blasts the ball into the net (0-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Spurs 1

Position: 13th


31/08 - Gibb’s thigh strain rules him out for another month.


September


BRAVE UNITED STRUCK DOWN - United play quite well but are just edged out in a rough match which sees both Green and Nattrass retiring injured. "lt never rains but it pours" - laments Harvey - "these latest setbacks are just too much."

C. Palace (12th) - Selhurst Park - 21,749

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass (Cowan), Howard, Young, Barrowclough, Green, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt.

Scorers: Tudor - Kellard (pen), Wallace

37m - Young hauls down Wallace and KELLARD is successful from the resultant penalty (0-1). Newcastle protest that he kicked the ball twice but the ref waves them away.

43m - TUDOR slides in the equaliser after great work from Hibbitt and Macdonald (1-1).

Half-time: C Palace 1 Newcastle 1

WALLACE cannons in a first-timer for Palace (1-2).

After a clash with Blyth, Tony Green is carried off on a stretcher with what appears to be a knee ligament injury.

Full-time: C Palace 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 15th


03/09 - NEW GREEN BLOW FOR UNITED - It is believed Tony Green has damaged ligaments in his right knee and his whole leg has been put into plaster for a month.


UNITED KILL CUP JINX - United score twice in the first ten minutes, but to their credit the Division Three side pull one back and dominate after the break until they are hit on the counter.

Port Vale (D3:5th) - Vale Park - 10,370

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Young, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor (Cowan), Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald, Barrowclough, Craig - Summerscales

Moncur is fit again, Smith replaces Tony Green and Young moves into midfield as Nattrass is also injured now.

08m - MACDONALD streaks through and rounds Boswell before slamming the ball home (1-0).

10m - Tudor sets up BARROWCLOUGH for an easy finish (2-0).

Defender SUMMERSCALES drives a hard ball past McFaul (2-1).

Half-time: Port Vale 1 Newcastle 2

76m - after a counter-attack CRAIG scores with a long-range effort.

Full-time: Port Vale 1 Newcastle 3


07/09 - Although United’s injury problems are mounting up Westwood admits that money is tight and “until we offload some of the transfer-listed men we have there is no question of us spending a lot of money.”


CRAIG CRACKER HAS BARNETT BLUSHING - A battling performance from United as they topple the unbeaten League leaders in an entertaining game.

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Arsenal (1st) - SJP - 23,878

McFaul, Craig, Clark. Young, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald, Craig - Kennedy

38m - MACDONALD sticks out a foot to divert a wayward Young shot in (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 0

53m - KENNEDY controls the ball expertly on his chest before slipping the ball past McFaul (1-1).

78m - Craig's 25-yarder is hard, but straight and although 'keeper Barnett gets both hands to the ball it slips through and nestles in the net (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1

Position:13th


UNITED HELD BUT THEIR SPIRIT IS PROOF! - In the Texaco Cup, Newcastle offer stubborn resistance as the Scottish part-timers give their all,

Ayr - Somerset Park - 8,500

McFaul, Craig, Clark. Young, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Half-time: Ayr 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Ayr 0 Newcastle 0


14/09 - Some fans are concerned that Tony Green’s career might be over, but he is “certain I will be back”.


MAC THE KNIFE SHREDS THE SKY BLUES - Supermac scores the "perfect" hat-trick - right, left and head, his first in the League since his home debut.

Coventry (14th) - Highfield Road - 17,592

McFaul, Craig, Clark. Young, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald (3)

27m - MACDONALD blasts the ball in off the underside of the bar (1-0).

43m - MACDONALD gets up off the floor to lash the second into the top of the net (2-0).

Half-time: Coventry 0 Newcastle 2

61m - MACDONALD's shot hits an upright, but he heads in the rebound (3-0).

Position: 11th


NEWCASTLE'S POWER AND GLORY - The Cup holders are relentlessly chased, challenged and eventually outplayed in an emotionally draining match. It is 2-2 after only eight minutes and then on the hour Macdonald finishes off a superb team move which is judged as one of the best goals of the season in Division 1.

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Leeds (3rd) - SJP - 38,964

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Young, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald (Hodgson), Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Smith, Tudor, Macdonald - Clarke, Jones

Moncur (ankle) is ruled out so Young moves to centre-back with Gibb returning in midfield.

01m - SMITH'S great cross-shot goes in off the far post (1-0).

02m - CLARKE with a fierce twenty-yarder (1-1).

07m - TUDOR with a courageous diving header (2-1).

08m - JONES intercepts a loose back pass from Young and nets (2-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Leeds 2

60m - MACDONALD finishes off an excellent team move (3-2).

69m. - Macdonald has to be carried off after a collision with Cherry.

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Leeds 2

Position: 9th


25/09 - MAC IN PLASTER - Macdonald’s left knee buckled during the match and there are fears that there could be ligament damage, his leg has been put in plaster. Depending on the extent of the injury United could be forced to buy.


JOKER SMITH HAS LAST LAUGH WITH CUP ACE - Although United miss loads of chances, they still score twice to win on aggregate. Young debutant Cannell missed a great chance and was substituted.

Ayr - SJP - 14,550

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Young, Barrowclough, Smith, Cannell (Hodgson), Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Smith, Tudor

31m - SMITH drags it wide of the keeper and nets from the narrowest of angles (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Ayr 0

86m - TUDOR (2-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Ayr 0


BRAVE UNITED GO DOWN - The Magpies have not won at Goodison Park for sixteen games. It is a brave performance full of combat and adventure in which they match Everton's short passing game with an effective counter attacking approach. Hibbitt and Tudor miss gilt-edge chances at 1-1 and Everton score twice in the last seven minutes.

Everton (4th) - Goodison Park - 33,028

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Young, Barrowclough, Smith, Tudor, Hodgson, Hibbitt (Reid)

Scorers: Barrowclough - Connolly, Royle, Johnson

Midfielder Gordon Hodgson comes in for Macdonald.

08m - CONNOLLY with a precise shot into the far corner (0-1).

Sergeant unadvisedly tries to dribble past Tudor on the edge of the area; he loses the ball and Tudor lays it off to BARROWCLOUGH who shoots under Lawson's body (1-1).

Half-time: Everton 1 Newcastle 1

83m - McFaul is baulked by Kendall and ROYLE heads in (1-2). United's players are furious but the goal is allowed to stand.

JOHNSON is unattended as he heads home from a free-kick (1-3).

Full-time: Everton 3 Newcastle 1

Position: 12th


October


03/10 - GREEN NEWS DELIGHTS HARVEY - After having the cast removed from his right leg yesterday Green starts light training.


NEWCASTLE GET THE SHOCK TREATMENT - Second Division Blackpool are managed by ex-United skipper Bob Stokoe (who won four times at St James' with Bury in the sixties) and include former favourites Keith Dyson and Alan Suddick. United are so pitiful that the crowd jeer throughout.

Blackpool (D2:10th) - SJP- 19,810

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Young, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Tudor, Gibb, Hibbitt

Scorers: Parker, Barton, Suddick

20m - McFaul cannot hold onto Burns’ shot and PARKER capitalises (0-1).

32m - Clark heads against his own bar.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Blackpool 1

10m - A cracker from BARTON (0-2).

SUDDICK (0-3).

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Blackpool 3


TUDOR RESTORES NEWCASTLE'S PRIDE - Although Tudor grabs a brace it is Jimmy Smith who is the star of the show. Harvey says: “Jinky is now beginning to look like the kind of player we always knew he could be. And what a marvellous player he is - both to watch and play alongside”.

McFaul, Craig, Guthrie, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Tudor, Hodgson, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor (2), Guthrie - Cross

Norwich (10th) - SJP - 18,103

Norwich were promoted last season. Guthrie comes in for the injured Clark and Hodgson is recalled in place of Young.

24m - Canaries 'keeper Keelan makes four superb saves before CROSS gives them a shock lead from a sharp angle (0-1).

29m - TUDOR replies after Gibb's shot is parried (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Norwich 1

52m - Gibb fools the defence by stepping over Guthrie's cross and TUDOR blasts home (2-1).

75m - GUTHRIE (3-1)

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Norwich 1

Position: 11th


09/10 - The friendly due to be played against Luton on October 30th has had to be postponed because of fixture congestion. It was arranged as part of the Macdonald deal and is likely to be played later in the season.


HURST HALTS BRAVE UNITED - Stoke score twice in the last 13 minutes to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Stoke (21st) - Victoria Ground - 16,609

McFaul, Craig, Guthrie, Gibb, Howard, Clark, Barrowclough, Smith, Tudor, Hodgson, Hibbitt

Scorers: Hurst, Robertson

Clark is back but Moncur's ankle flares up again which results in him being rushed to hospital rather than playing.

Half-time: Stoke 0 Newcastle 0

77m - HURST with an easy finish after Greenhoff miscues (0-1).

89m - ROBERTSON blasts home after a 70-yard run (0-2).

Full-time: Stoke 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 12th


SUPER TUDOR STRIKES GOLD FOR NEWCASTLE - Twenty minutes before the start of the game hundreds of young thugs. including girls, swarm onto the pitch from the Leazes End. They run around the pitch, and then invade the Gallowgate End, where the Manchester fans are housed. The police are hopelessly outnumbered and virtually powerless and there is a series of pitched battles. The arrival of three police dogs brings an end to the trouble. Superstar singer Dionne Warwick is in the stands but there is very little entertainment in a mundane match which only comes to life after Tudor’s brilliant goal. Hibbitt scores a second before Charlton pulls one back to set up a nervy finale.

Man. United (20th) - SJP - 38,214

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Tudor, Hodgson, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor, Hibbitt - Charlton

Moncur is back.

HaIf-time: Newcastle 0 Man. United 0

67m - Brilliant header from TUDOR from Hibbitt’s pinpoint cross (1-0).

77m - Gibb’s cross eludes a forest of defenders and HIBBITT takes advantage (2-0)

86m - CHARLTON with a superb half-volley (2-1) .

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Man. United 1

Position: 11th


22/10 - UNITED CHIEF LASHES OUT AT SOCCER HOOLIGANS - Chairman Lord Westwood says: “I’m appalled, but what can you do about it? This hooliganism just seems to be part and parcel of the times”.


HIBBITT KEEPS UNITED'S TEXACO HOPES ALIVE - With United trailing by two goals Hibbitt superbly chips in from thirty-yards to narrow the deficit.

West Brom. (14th) - Hawthorns - 7,927

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough (Young), Smith, Tudor, Hodgson, Hibbitt

Scorers: Hibbitt - T Brown (2 - 1 pen)

10m - McFaul is barged by Tony Brown and the Irishman pushes him in the chest. His theatrical reaction results in Clive Thomas awarding a penalty which BROWN converts (0-1).

27m - Ally Brown’s low cross is converted by Tony BROWN (0-2).

Half-time: West Brom. 2 Newcastle 0

64m - HIBBITT superbly chips the keeper from thirty yards out (1-2).

Full-time: West Brom. 2 Newcastle 1


BIRTHDAY TREAT FOR UNITED - High flying Chelsea have injury problems of their own and are struggling to break down the resolute Magpies until Hodgson's unlucky own-goal, then Smith equalises nine minutes from time.

Chelsea (3rd) - Stamford Bridge - 35,273

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Tudor, Hodgson (Cassidy), Hibbitt

Scorers: Smith - Hodgson (og)

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0

63m - HODGSON inadvertently deflects McCreadie's cross into his own net (0-1).

81m - SMITH shoots into the roof of the net after great work by birthday boy Barrowclough (1-1).

Full-time: Chelsea 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 10th


November


TWO GOAL TUDOR STEALS GLORY - Tudor scores twice in the last half hour to overturn Albion's lead.

West Brom (16th) - Hawthorns - 14,379

McFaul, Craig, Guthrie, Gibb, Clark, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Smith, Tudor (2) - Suggett, Gould

Macdonald returns from injury; the banned Howard is replaced by Guthrie.

19m - SMITH scores in off the post (1-0).

21m - Mcfaul fails to hold SUGGETT’s 25-yard shot (1-1).

Half-time: West Brom 1 Newcastle 1

63m - GOULD shoves the ball home off the far post (1-2).

69m - TUDOR with a looping header (2-2).

87m - TUDOR converts a low Barrowclough centre (3-2).

Full-time: West Brom 2 Newcastle 3

Position: 9th


08/11 - Macdonald misses out on the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Wales with Ramsay saying it would be too risky with him having just returned from injury.


HIBBITT THE HERO AS UNITED STORM HOME - Frank Clark is handed a £5,000 loyalty bonus before the game. As the Magpies seem to be slipping out the competition they score twice in ten minutes to go through.

West Brom (18th) - SJP - 20,420

McFaul, Craig, Guthrie, Gibb, Clark, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Gibb, Tudor, Hibbitt - Hartford

20m - HARTFORD with a finely struck shot (0-1).

27m - Latchford can’t hold Smith’s 25-yarder and TUDOR cashes in from a very tight angle (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 West Brom 1

GIBB lashes home Macdonald’s low cross (2-1).

HIBBITT’s cross sails over Latchford (3-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 West Brom 1


NEWCASTLE FLASH GOALS WARNING - Despite a difficult swirling wind United's potent mix of skill and aggression overwhelms Birmingham. Harvey proclaims: "we're not afraid of anyone now, we've been playing some brilliant stuff this season and we'll continue to surprise people, we have been underrated in the past. Nobody has given us credit, not even when we won the Fairs Cup. This team is the best I've had...it's a joy to watch them play".

Birmingham (18th) - SJP - 14,379

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb (Nattrass), Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Gibb, Howard, Macdonald

01m - GIBB opens the scoring within a minute (1-0), but injures himself in the process and soon has to be subbed.

45m - HOWARD hits a hard drive through a ruck of players (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Birmingham 0

81m - Unmarked at the far-post, MACDONALD heads home (3-0)

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Birmingham 0

Position: 6th


15/11 - After a successful month’s loan, Keith Kennedy moves to Fourth Division Bury for £3,000.


16/11 - LEADING SURGEON TO SEE GREEN - With Tony Green still suffering pain in his knee United have asked leading orthopaedic surgeon Keith Barnes, who operated successfully on Green a few years ago, to examine him.


17/11 - Chris Guthrie agrees to join Southend who he turned down a couple of weeks ago. The fee is £10,000.


17/11 - United face Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow and Harvey says “I’m confident we can give Liverpool, as big as they are, a good game”. Kevin Keegan will be one of their team, but today he releases a record entitled “It ain’t easy”.


NEWCASTLE DOWN - BUT NOT OUT - True to Harvey's words, United are prepared to take the fight to leaders Liverpool, but gift the Scousers victory with a couple of comedic goals.

Liverpool (1st) - Anfield - 46,153

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor, Macdonald - Cormack, Lindsay, Toshack

Nattrass replaces Gibb.

CORMACK's cross is left by both McFaul and Clark before it nestles in the net (0-1).

TUDOR heads a great equaliser (1-1).

McFaul carries the ball out of his area and LINDSAY blasts home from the subsequent free-kick (1-2).

Half-time: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1

With Howard having to replace one of his boots the man he is marking, TOSHACK takes advantage (1-3).

MACDONALD applies the finishing touch to a low cross from Barrowclough (2-3).

Full-time: Liverpool 3 Newcastle 2

Position: 8th


21/11 - GREEN NEEDS AN OPERATION - Surgeon Keith Barnes has advised the club that the cartilage in Green’s right knee needs to be operated on.


21/11 - Stewart Barrowclough joins Macdonald in the England-U23 squad for the match against Wales.


23/11 - Saturday’s match with Leicester is called off due to the mystery bug which is rampaging through the Foxes.


29/11 - MAC’S GRAND SLAM - Macdonald scores an eighteen minute hat-trick as England U23 beat their Welsh counterparts 3-0. Barrowclough wins his first cap.


December


NEWCASTLE'S LATE SHOW - There is terrific entertainment on show from both sides at Upton Park in a game in which the goals are separated by only 16 seconds. Harvey believes that: “the team I have got now is as good as the one which enjoyed the glory years in the early fifties”.

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West Ham (8th) - Upton Park - 23,785

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Craig - Brooking

Half-time: West Ham 0 Newcastle 0

83m - BROOKING cracks a shot wide of McFaul (0-1).

84m - Within seconds of the restart CRAIG scores from long range for the third time in three months (1-1).

Full-time: West Ham 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 8th


04/12 - John Cowan is told he can leave and joins Guthrie, Cassidy and Young on the list.


04/12 - At the AGM the club announce a profit of £10,000 on last season, but Chairman Westwood admits that the 99-year ground lease is still unsigned due to a disagreement over the wording of one of the clauses. Gordon McKeag’s appointment to the Board is confirmed and Westwood and Braithwaite are re-elected as Frank McArdle fails in his attempt to get a seat. The Chairman also defends the much-maligned Texaco Cup, saying it brought in more than £26,000 last season.


08/12 - Tony Green is released from the Wigan hospital where he has been having treatment and Joe Harvey brings him back to Tyneside. The Scot is hoping to play competitive football again in about a month.


UNITED TAUGHT POINTED LESSON - Supermac misses five presentable chances as United make a host of opportunities, but fail to score against the ultra-defensive Saints. Although United are unlucky, hitting the post twice and having three efforts are cleared off the line, their play becomes increasingly ragged as their frustration grows. Harvey says “I must get more players now. The need for them is urgent, very urgent”. He wants a commanding central-defender, an attacker and a midfielder. He is also angry that the game was frequently interrupted by a “phantom whistler” in the Leazes End. After numerous loudspeaker appeals failed to stop him he was finally silenced when the referee threatened to take the players off.

Southampton (12th) - SJP - 20,436

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Southampton 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Southampton 0

Position: 8th


12/12 - Tommy Gibb needs a cartilage operation on his knee.


NEWCASTLE MATCH DERBY’S POWER - The clinging mud of The Baseball Ground doesn't stop the two sides serving up a fiercely-fought and action-packed thriller. Derby manager Brian Clough says “all 22 players deserve medals for that show”.

Derby (7th) - Baseball Ground - 28,826

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor - Davies

37m - A superb TUDOR header puts United ahead (1-0).

Half-time: Derby 0 Newcastle 1

58m - DAVIES gets the final touch to a Gemmil shot (1-1).

Full-time: Derby 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 8th


NEWCASTLE EDGE INTO THE TOP SIX - Chairman Westwood calls it "floodlight robbery" after United win despite being outplayed for most of the match.

Man. City (12th) - SJP - 28,274

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald (pen), Barrowclough - Mellor

MELLOR scores from an incredible angle to give City the lead (0-1).

36m - Doyle inexplicably fists the ball away to concede a penalty which results in him exchanging blows with teammate Towers. MACDONALD strokes in the penalty (1-1).

Bell hits the bar for City.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Man. City 1

50m - Macdonald crosses for BARROWCLOUGH (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Man. City 1

Position: 6th


DOUBLE PENALTY PUTS UNITED ON THE SPOT - An excellent game in which the Magpies play some wonderful attacking football is marred by a controversial twice-taken penalty which has Harvey fuming: "I don't know how referees can sleep at night when they give decisions like this."

Leeds (3rd) - Elland Road - 45,486

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Jordan

Half-time: Leeds 0 Newcastle 0

46m - Leeds are awarded a penalty for a foul. Giles’ spot-kick is saved by McFaul and the referee is content to continue, but the linesman claims McFaul moved too early. Giles’ retake is also saved, but JORDAN reacts quickest to score (0-1).

Full-time: Leeds 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th


LOOK OUT LEICESTER - a commanding performance means Newcastle are now fifth and Harvey is looking forward to a realistic challenge for a European spot.

Sheff. United (19th) - SJP - 28,620

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor, Nattrass, Macdonald, Craig - Dearden

Tudor is made captain for the day against his old side.

05m - Badger clears Craig's shot off the line but TUDOR pounces (1-0).

11m - NATTRASS scores from 20 yards (2-0).

13m - DEARDEN pulls one back (2-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Sheff. U 1

54m - MACDONALD climbs above the Sheffield defence to head home (3-1).

CRAIG, running deep from his own half, plays a 1-2 with Macdonald and slots home (4-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Sheff. U 1

Position: 5th


January


WORTHINGTON EXTRA UPSETS UNITED - United make a great start and should have gone on to win, but they are denied by Shilton’s heroics and a disputed late goal.

Leicester (17th) - SJP - 30,686

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor, Smith - Birchenall, Worthington

10m - Clever work by Smith sets up TUDOR who clips the ball over Shilton’s head (1-0)

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Leicester 0

48m - BIRCHENALL cracks home smartly (1-1).

75m - SMITH heads Howard’s deep cross in at the far post (2-1).

87m - WORTHINGTON equalises leaving United, who believe the ball was handled in the build up, furious (2-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Leicester 2

Position: 5th


04/01 - Harvey agrees to sell David Young and Ron Guthrie to Sunderland in a joint deal for a knock-down fee of £35,000. Guthrie has the flu at the moment so his move will be delayed.



WE WERE ROBBED CLAIM UNITED - Bogey side Ipswich are too strong for a below par United side who never really get going. United have three “goals” disallowed for offside and although two of the decisions appear correct the third is much more dubious.

Ipswich (4th) - Portman Road - 19,609

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Whymark

Viljoen crosses and WHYMARK heads over the stranded McFaul (0-1).

Half-time: Ipswich 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Ipswich 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 6th


09/01 - Ron Guthrie completes his move to Sunderland.


09/01 - Alex Reid has returned from his loan spell with Morton.


UNITED'S POWER KILLS OFF JINX - Bournemouth are top of the Third Division and after last season's Hereford debacle there are fears of another upset. Bournemouth and England mascot Tim Bailey is at the game. Although United attack well, there are some nervy moments in defence. "I believe the psychological barrier has been broken" says a relieved Harvey.

Bournemouth (D3:1st) - SJP - 33,930

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald, Cave og

Tudor believes he has scored when his header appears to cross the line before it is cleared but the referee waves play on.

MACDONALD heads in (1-0).

Ninety seconds later CAVE accidentally finishes off a Nattrass drive (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 0

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 0


16/01 - Macdonald is called up for the World Cup qualifier against Wales.


17/01 - Barrowclough breaks his hand in training.


18/01 - Barrowclough’s injury earns Cassidy a reprieve, but Burkinshaw demands that he shaves his bushy beard off.


UNITED: THE KID GLOVE KILLERS - Smith is superb and United should have won by a lot more against the struggling Londoners, erratic finishing letting them down.

C. Palace (21st) - SJP - 33,930

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Cassidy, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Hibbitt, Nattrass

32m - HIBBITT scores with a low drive from the edge of the box (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0

50m - Macdonald's shot is blocked on the line and NATTRASS follows up (2-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Crystal Palace 0

Position: 5th


24/01 - Macdonald is left on the bench as England struggle to a 1-1 draw with Wales at Wembley.


26/01 - Joe Harvey tells his players (with regards to the game at Highbury): “We can beat them. Get out there and show London what you can do. Show them that the North-East has a team as good as anything they’ve got”


POINT LOST BUT JOE IS SO PROUD - A thrillingly competitive game at muddy Highbury where comeback kings Arsenal score twice in the last twenty minutes to salvage a draw. Prior to that United had played superbly. The game gets quite feisty towards the end with Jimmy Smith and Peter Storey exchanging blows and Charlie George attempting to throttle David Craig, all of them staying on.

Arsenal (2nd) - Highbury - 37,906

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Cassidy, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Smith, Macdonald - Kennedy. Ball

27m - With Jimmy SMITH in brilliant form, Newcastle are excellent and it is he who loops a header in from Hibbitt's cross (1-0).

Half-time: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 1

46m - MACDONALD also uses his head (2-0).

69m - As United continue to take the game to the Gunners Macdonald heads against the bar.

71m - KENNEDY pulls one back (2-1).

80m - BALL equalises when McFaul opts to punch a cross and makes a mess of it (2-2). United are adamant that Ball uses his hand to score, but their protests fall on deaf ears.

Full-time: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 2

Position: 6th


February


02/02 - The new East Stand will be partially opened (housing 1,500) for tomorrow's Cup Tie.


SO BAD UNITED - There is no doubt that Second Division Luton are dangerous opponents as they have already recorded nine away victories this season (the best record in the Football League). United are clueless with nobody prepared to take responsibility. The players are booed off. The barracking continues during the second forty-five as United never look like scoring. Thousands leave early and Harvey admits: "There are no excuses, we were just so bad it wasn't true".

Luton (D2:6th) - SJP - 42,276

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hodgson (Reid)

Scorers: Aston (2)

Hodgson steps in for the suspended Hibbitt.

28m - Newcastle look comfortable at the start, but ASTON puts Luton ahead (0-1).

45m - ASTON (0-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Luton 2

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Luton 2


05/02 - Harvey hit’s back at criticism of the players for a lack of effort “I won’t entertain talk like that….to say that some players were not trying is ridiculous”.


LETHARGIC NEWCASTLE STAY IN SHADOWS - United seem to be suffering from post-Luton shock as they lumber through another poor performance and the players are once more booed off at the end. Harvey lashes out at the "pathetic performance" of Tudor and Macdonald specifically criticising their "lack of running”.

Coventry (12th) - SJP - 23,051

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Reid

Scorers: Barrowclough - Stein

Reid replaces Hodgson.

23m - A sliced clearance from Nattrass gifts the ball to STEIN who volleys home (0-1).

24m - Glazier can only push Nattrass’ hard driven cross out to BARROWCLOUGH (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Coventry 1

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Coventry 1

Position: 5th


12/02 - HARVEY LANDS £20,000 STARLET - United sign midfielder Terry McDermott (21) from Fourth Division Bury for £20,000. The deal will be completed tomorrow when he has his medical. Harvey says: “I think he will be a star in the future, but we are not going to rush him”.


13/02 - Barrowclough scores the winner for Young England against Scotland.


13/02 - Alex Reid admits he would leave if it gave him the opportunity to play regularly. A possible permanent move to Morton fell through as they could not afford him.


15/02 - Tony Green is informed by his specialist that he is recovering well, but there are some minor complications preventing him from resuming full training. After a heart-to-heart with Joe Harvey, reserve ‘keeper Martin Burleigh decides to stay.


HERO HIBBITT - With Smith a virtual passenger after hurting his knee early on United struggle. It is not a classic by any means as the game is bogged down in the Molineux mud most of the time. Both Hibbitt brothers score for their respective teams.

Wolves (11th) - Molineux - 22,147

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith (Reid), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Hibbitt T - Hibbitt K

Hibbitt returns.

22m - Terry's brother Kenny HIBBITT is unmarked when he volleys home (0-1).

Half-time: Wolves 1 Newcastle 0

56m - HIBBITT's 18-yard shot deflects off Jefferson and loops over Parkes' head (1-1).

Full-time: Wolves 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 6th


19/02 - A loan move to Luton falls through for Martin Burleigh.


20/02 - An angry Ray Ellison asks for a transfer after being included and then excluded from the squad travelling to Rome.


22/02 - United have reportedly agreed terms with Bolton for centre-half Paul Jones. But Harvey will almost certainly need to sell before he can afford the £100,000 fee.


TUDOR’S GOAL SCORCHER SETS ROME ALIGHT - Roma are the holders of the Anglo-Italian Cup. United dominate throughout and could easily have trebled their tally.

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Roma - 8,000

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Reid, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor (2)

Reid comes in for Smith whose knee injury has become infected.

28m - Macdonald sets off on a great run and lays the ball back to TUDOR for an easy chance (1-0).

Half-time: Roma 0 Newcastle 1

76m - Macdonald intercepts a dreadful back pass and although the keeper blocks his progress the ball rebounds to TUDOR (2-0).

Full-time: Roma 0 Newcastle 2


MAC STORMS BACK - Another man of the match performance from Hibbitt and a return to form for Macdonald secures a deserved victory at Carrow Road.

Norwich (19th) - Carrow Road - 26,411

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Reid, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald

24m - Hibbitt slots a great pass into the inside-left position and MACDONALD accelerates past two defenders before shooting past the advancing 'keeper Keelan (1-0).

Half-time: Norwich 0 Newcastle 1

Full-time: Norwich 0 Newcastle 1

Position: 5th


27/02 - Irving Nattrass gets his first call-up for the England-U23 squad, joining Barrowclough for the game against Czechoslovakia on March 7th.


27/02 - Long-term injury victims Tommy Gibb and Tony Green make their comeback for the reserves against Coventry. “I believe Tony has lost nothing, he’ll be back challenging for a first-team place in next to no time” says Harvey.


EUROPE HERE WE COME! - A wrenched thigh muscle for McFaul gives Burleigh a chance and although he does not have much to do he plays with confidence. County play most of the football, but they are undone by United's more direct approach. "I believe we are now the best attacking side in the First Division" beams Harvey.

Derby (6th) - SJP - 34,286

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald. Tudor

Burleigh replaces McFaul and Smith returns.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Derby 0

MACDONALD heads in a Hibbitt comer off the underside of the bar (1-0).

86m - TUDOR nods in at the near post (2-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Derby 0

Position: 5th


March



01/03 - Ray Ellison becomes the third United player to sign for Sunderland in the last couple of months.


UNITED HIT BY DUBLIN INJURIES - In a drab and disappointing game United lose four players through injury: Moncur, Smith, Hibbitt, and substitute Kennedy.

League of Ireland - Dublin - 6,000

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur (Hodgson 37), Green, Smith (Robson 45), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt (Kennedy 45)

Half-time: League of Ireland 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: League of Ireland 0 Newcastle 0


MACS MAGIC HAS THE LAST LAUGH - An interesting rather than exciting game. The Potters have two “goals” disallowed. Macdonald misses two good chances and also has an effort disallowed, but scores the winner with five minutes left. Jimmy Smith's performance is described by David Alexander in the Sunday Sun as varying from "brilliant to slapstick".

Stoke (18th) - SJP - 24,020

Burleigh, Craig, Kennedy, Nattrass, Howard, Clark, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald

With Moncur (knee) out Clark moves to centre-half and Alan Kennedy makes his debut.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Stoke 0

85m - MACDONALD controls Barrowclough's cross on his chest and drives home left-footed (1-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Stoke 0

Position: 5th


12/03 - Bobby Moncur admits to being “shocked and hurt” by a report that Newcastle were considering selling him, but Harvey let’s him know there is no truth in the rumours.


MAC TO THE RESCUE - An equaliser from Macdonald twenty minutes from time keeps the Magpies' Texaco Cup hopes alive.

Ipswich (4th) - SJP - 22,531

Burleigh. Craig, Kennedy, Nattrass, Howard, Clark, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald - Whymark

05m - Johnson crosses for WHYMARK to score from close in (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Ipswich 1

69m - MACDONALD swivels to blast in a loose ball (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Ipswich 1


HOLTON SENT OFF IN NEAR-RIOT - Although Newcastle are shabby and off-key, Man United use brutal tactics with Holton and James hammering Macdonald and Tudor at every available opportunity. Just before time Holton head-butts Macdonald on the back of the head, knocking him out cold. Chaotic scenes ensue with Burkinshaw confronting Red Devils manager Docherty and (the previously subbed) Jimmy Smith joining the players on the pitch as they square up to each other. After the match. Terry McDermott makes his debut as a second half replacement for Smith. After the game players and officials criticise the “incitement to violence” coming from the home dug out and Macdonald blasts their rough and crude play.

Man. United (20th) - Old Trafford - 48,426

Burleigh, Craig, Kennedy, Nattrass, Howard, Clark, Barrowclough, Smith (Mcdermott), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Nattrass - Holton, Martin - tbc

44m - HOLTON puts the home side ahead (0-1).

Half-time: Man. United 1 Newcastle 0

53m - MARTIN hits a twenty-yard snap shot that takes Burleigh by surprise (0-2).

56m - NATTRASS hammers in a low shot to give The Magpies hope (1-2) but they cannot find an equaliser.

88m - Holton is sent-off.

Full-time: Man. United 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 5th


UNITED MARCH ON, BUT MAC IS SENT OFF - Although it is one-way traffic throughout the Magpies only get one goal for their efforts. Macdonald is sent off along with Bologna’s Lancini just before the end.

Bologna - SJP - 15,220

Burleigh, Nattrass, Kennedy, Gibb, Howard, Clark, Barrowclough, Smith (Mcdermott), Macdonald (SO), Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Gibb

Gibb comes in for Nattrass.

GIBB cleverly screws the ball through a ruck of defenders from just outside the area (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Bologna 0

88m - Macdonald and Lancini are sent off after Macdonald intervenes between the Italian and Hibbitt.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Bologna 0


23/03 - Tony Green has another minor manipulative operation performed once more by Keith Barnes. He had adhesions behind his knee removed that were restricting his mobility.


NEWCASTLE EASE OFF - Prime Minister Ted Heath is in the crowd to watch the game, but he cannot have been impressed by a match in which United demonstrate a woeful lack of ideas.

Chelsea (12th) - SJP - 24,663

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Mcdermott, Tudor, Robson, Hibbitt

Scorers: Barrowclough - Howard og

Moncur and Nattrass are back, but with Smith (suspended) and Macdonald (damaged knee ligaments) are both out, McDermott and Robson (both making their full debuts) are drafted in.

31m - Harris inexplicably handles and BARROWCLOUGH converts the penalty (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

55m - HOWARD deflects Garner's shot past Burleigh (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 1

Position: 5th


28/03 - Green emerges unscathed from a reserve match against Sheffield Wednesday.


29/03 - Green manages to train, the first time this has been possible after playing in a match.


30/03 - Martin Burleigh, a keen weight lifter and body builder has shed half a stone this week in an effort to retain his place. He now weighs thirteen stone, his “fighting weight”.


EUROPE BECKONS AS RESERVES DO JOE PROUD - A stubborn performance from United in which Burleigh, in particular, impresses with his confident handing.

Leicester (13th) - Filbert Street - 18,712

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Mcdermott, Tudor, Robson, Hibbitt

Before the game Burkinshaw sets a target (for Europe) of ten points from the last seven games.

Half-time: Leicester 0 Newcastle 0

75m - Tudor's downward header is brilliantly saved by Shilton.

Full-time: Leicester 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 5th


April



UNITED LEAD BIG PARADE - after a listless and goalless first-half United take command after the break. Tony Green makes a very welcome return as a sub fifteen minutes from the end.

Como - 3,000

Scorers: Moncur, Tudor

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Mcdermott (Green), Tudor, Smith (Gibb), Hibbitt

Half-time: Como 0 Newcastle 0

73m - Smith crosses and MONCUR hits an angled drive across the keeper (1-0).

88m - TUDOR converts a Barrowclough cross (2-0).

Full-time: Como 0 Newcastle 2


UNITED'S HOPES HIT - Ted MacDougal wins the battle of the Supermac's hands down as United are beaten at home in the League for the first time in over seven months.

West Ham (7th) - SJP - 24,075

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Nattrass, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor - McDougal (2)

There is a gale-force wind blowing from goal to goal and United have it at their backs.

08m - TUDOR scores after a great through ball from Nattrass (1-0).

17m - But it is the visitors who adapt better to the conditions and MCDOUGALL equalises with a dinked shot (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 West Ham 1

47m - Brooking crosses low and MCDOUGALL scores with a diving header (1-2).

Position: 6th


TEXACO DRIVE RUNS OUT OF GAS - United are seemingly happy to sit-back and concede possession, but the pressure finally tells five minutes into extra time.

Ipswich (4th) - Portman Road - 18,627

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Mcdermott, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers:

Gibb and McDermott replace the tested Nattrass and Smith.

Half-time: Ipswich 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Ipswich 0 Newcastle 0

95m - Hamilton with a superbly struck shot from twelve-yards (0-1)

Extra-time: Ipswich 1 Newcastle 0


11/04 - Green completes another reserve game.


12/04 - NOW MAC MUST EXPLAIN - F.A. - A special FA Committee has been set up to investigate the comments made by Macdonald after the match at Old Trafford. They have asked him to provide his version of events with particular reference to one particular newspaper report. Based on his response they will decide whether or not to charge him with bringing the game into disrepute. United’s centre-forward has also upset Sunderland manager Bob Stoke by saying he wanted them to lose to Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi-final to boost United’s chances of getting into Europe.


WE WERE ROBBED MOANS HARVEY - United are well on top for most of the game and should have returned to Tyneside with both points. The Saints equaliser comes from a free-kick and is highly controversial. It is a dubious award and Southampton get two goes at taking it, Harvey describes the decisions as “diabolical”.

Southampton (10th) - The Dell - 14,785

Burleigh, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Mcdermott (Nattrass), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Barrowclough - Gilchrist

The Magpies are on top but Macdonald misses two excellent chances.

Half-time: Southampton 0 Newcastle 0

BARROWCLOUGH lashes into the roof of the net (1-0).

77m - Clark gives away a needless free-kick which Paine messes up. But the referee says he wasn't ready and orders the kick to be retaken. Second time around, Paine delivers an excellent cross for GILCHRIST to head in (1-1).

Full-time: Southampton 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 7th


13/04 - A scan reveals that Burleigh fractured his left index finger in the match yesterday and will be out for the rest of the season. He was in agony for the last thirty minutes.


MAINE ROAD BLOCK - Although there is nothing between the teams in the first-half City score on the stroke of half-time. Rodney Marsh scores a brilliant second just after the hour mark and the home side never look like relinquishing control.

Man. City (11th) - Maine Road - 25,156

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb (Nattrass), Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Mcdermott, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Booth, Marsh

McFaul returns to the side

united cannot break through a resolute City defence.

44m - A fine header from BOOTH (0-1).

Half-Time: Man. City 1 Newcastle 0

66m - MARSH out-shimmies United’s defence then scores a with a brilliant strike (0-2).

Full-time: Man. City 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 7th


It is wet, windy and slippery and McDermott comes of age with a brilliant performance against his home town club but there are heroes all over the pitch as United beat the leaders. Trouble rages before and during the match, fourteen fans are arrested and there are a number of injuries including a policeman who is kicked in the face in the Leazes End.

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Liverpool (1st) - SJP - 36,810

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor (2) - Keegan

Smith for Gibb.

24m - KEEGAN (0-1).

43m - TUDOR heads an equaliser (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1

66m - With Tommy smith struggling to retain his footing TUDOR can tap in a low cross at the far post (2-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Liverpool 1

Position: 6th


REFEREE BOOKS SIX AS UNITED STRUGGLE - The Magpies create most of the chances on offer in what is a game of few genuine thrills. A lot of petty fouls also disrupts the flow. United still have a chance of qualifying for Europe.

Everton (17th) - SJP - 23,410

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Everton 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Everton 0

Position: 6th


UNITED PAY PENALTY - Newcastle build a two goal cushion in the first half, but after the break they fail to concentrate on retaining possession and allow the home side back into the game. After the game Harvey says: “I have never felt as sick as I did when the referee awarded Spurs that penalty. I just got out of my seat and walked away.” United are still in a Euro place, but Derby have two games in hand and can overtake them.

Tottenham (8th) - White Hart Lane - 21,721

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor, Mcdermott - Chivers (2), Peters

21m - United are excellent and when Jennings fails to hold a Macdonald shot, TUDOR is there to dispatch the ball into the net (1-0).

Macdonald hits the post from a free-kick and Gilzean hits the underside of the bar. Europe is still possible, but Derby, who have two games to play, can overtake them.

39m - MCDERMOTT scores with a half-volley (2-0).

Half-time: Tottenham 0 Newcastle 2

58m - Moncur handles to give away a needless free-kick which is played to CHIVERS who heads in (2-1).

75m - PETERS lashes the ball in from fifteen yards (2-2).

87m - Referee Kirkpatrick, who is some way from the action, controversially awards Spurs a penalty after the barest of contacts between Clark and Gilzean and CHIVERS completes the home side's comeback.

Position: 6th


May


FOUR SENT OFF IN SIX GOAL BRAWL - The Anglo-Italian competition lives down to its reputation once more as an initially entertaining game eventually becomes a farce in which punches are being traded almost as regularly as passes. Both sides have two sent off and lots of other Italians are booked for outrageous challenges. In terms of the football it is a very one-sided affair.

Torino - SJP - 9,580

McFaul, Craig (SO), Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Smith (SO), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Tudor, Macdonald, Smith, Massiello (og), Hibbitt - Toschi

22m - Newcastle could easily have scored four before TUDOR heads them in front.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Torino 0

46m - MACDONALD hurtles full-length to head home (2-0).

47m - TOSCHI catches McFaul off his line (2-1).

49m - Tudor smashes McDermott’s shot against a post and Smith nets from the rebound (3-1).

57m - MASSIELLO boots the ball past his own keeper (4-1).

70m - Smith and Maniello are dismissed for aiming kicks at each other after a running battle.

HIBBITT runs from half-way to beat the ‘keeper (5-1).

86m - Craig and Cereser are sent-off for fighting.

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Torino 1


04/05 - Derby’s victory against Wolves takes them above Newcastle thereby ending the European dream.


UNITED SET FOR ITALY - BUT WHAT A BORE - A hard, bumpy surface does not help, but neither does the performance of both sides as they bore the pants off the meagre crowd.

C Palace - Selhurst Park - 12,001

McFaul, Nattrass, Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough, Gibb, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Banned Craig and Smith are replaced by Nattrass and Gibb.

Half-time: Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0


ROKER CUP HEROS GO FOR A BURTON - Ollie Burton gets an excellent send off after ten years loyal service in a highly competitive, but sportsmanlike friendly.

Sunderland - SJP - 35,873

Burleigh, Nattrass, Clark, Mcdermott, Howard, Moncur, Cassidy, Smith, Tudor, Hibbitt, Barrowclough. Subs: Green, Gibb, Robson

Scorers: Cassidy, Tudor - Guthrie

35m Smith chips the ball over the defence and CASSIDY lifts it over Montgomery (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Sunderland 0

TUDOR superbly heads in Hibbitt’s cross (2-0).

GUTHRIE finishes off a well-worked move (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Sunderland 1


16/05 - John Cowan is released, but after an energetic performance against Sunderland Cassidy is reprieved and taken off the list.


NEWCASTLE SWEEP INTO ANGLO FINAL - Macdonald blasts a glorious hat-trick as United thrash relegated Palace.

C. Palace - SJP - 12,510

McFaul, Craig, Clark, McDermott, Howard, Moncur, Barrowclough (Cassidy), Smith (Gibb), Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt

Scorers: Macdonald (3), Barrowclough, Gibb - Cannon

19m - BARROWCLOUGH convert’s Macdonald’s cross (1-0).

35m - When Hammond fumbles a corner MACDONALD smashes the loose ball high into the net (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Crystal Palace 0

McDermott set up GIBB who smashes the ball home (3-0).

79m - MACDONALD races on to a through ball (4-0).

CANNON (4-1).

MACDONALD rises well to head in Hibbitt’s cross (5-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Crystal Palace 1


31/05 - As United set off for Rome Harvey tells them: “Don’t retaliate, don’t lose your tempers. We have had enough trouble already. I want no trouble this time”.


UNITED PULL OFF THE ITALIAN JOB - Despite the evening kick-off it is humid and steamy and much of the game is played at walking-pace. United outplay and then out-last the Italians to deservedly win the competition. They only ever looked in danger in the last eleven minutes after Fiorentina scored.

Fiorentina - Stadio Comunale - 45,000

McFaul, Craig, Clark, McDermott, Howard, Moncur, Cassidy, Smith, Tudor, Gibb, Hibbitt

Scorers: Superchi (og), Craig - Clerici

Clerici rocks the bar with a superb drive.

34m - SUPERCHI completely misreads a cross from Gibb and punches it into his own net (1-0).

Half-time: Fiorentina 0 Newcastle 1

54m - CRAIG scores with a swerving shot after a mazy dribble (2-0).

78m - Fiorentina respond and after a series of corners CLERICI nets from close range (2-1).

Full-time: Fiorentina 1 Newcastle 2