Newcastle 1980/81 - Season Diary


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Please nore this diary is work in progress - last update 03/06/21

June


03/06 - Residents of Kelso Gardens in Denton Burn are furious with the manner in which United have installed an all-weather pitch on their training ground. Contractors damaged a fence and left a mound of mud. They complained to the council who knew nothing about it as the club had not requested planning permission.


07/06 - It is reported that United have bid £500,000 for Norwich striker Justin Fashanu. It is also rumoured that at least two directors want rid of McGarry.


09/06 - The NSA formally open their Number 9 bar, Jackie Milburn performs the honours and he is joined by Albert Stubbins, Len White and ?????.


11/06 - Bristol Rovers have had a bid for Tommy Cassidy accepted.


13/06 - The Newcastle fan who threw the petrol bomb at the West Ham supporters is jailed for three years. One young fan required hospital treatment for burns to his legs, others suffered minor burns and damage to their clothing.


18/06 - Norwich have made a formal complaint to the League accusing United of approaching one of their players (Fashanu) through the press. Newcastle deny the allegation and confirm they will respond.


23/06 - Following his recent scouting trip McGarry wants to sign two Finnish players, schemer Zeppo Pyykko and Centre-back Leo Houtsonan.


July


04/07 Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Hulme and Jackie Milburn are among those given honorary freedom of the City. The United supporting cleric is delighted to get Jackie’s autograph which he has “waited thirty years for”.


07/07 - John Brownlie is not keen on a £100,000 move to Jack Charlton's Sheffield Wednesday. Bill McGarry says the bid is far too low and also admits the club does have enough funds to go for top players like £750,000 Mick Robinson.


08/07 - AT LAST! RAY ENDS THE HUNT - After protracted negotiations centre-forward Ray Clarke (27) signs from Brighton for £180,000. United will be his eighth club but he hopes they will be his last. McGarry says “Ray is my sort of player, a real grafter who likes to get in the box. I’m sure he’ll score his share of goals”.


11/07 - United pull out of a deal with Brighton for Welsh cap Peter Sayer after he fails his medical.


14/07 - Newcastle reveal their plans for the redevelopment of the ground to the City Council. The club want 15 years to finish the scheme, but the Council want the work to be completed before then. Residents in Denton Burn who are already unhappy that the club have built an all-weather pitch on their training ground (without planning permission) are even more incensed about the plans to install floodlights.


14/07 - Pre-season training commences.


15/07 - Nine years and ten months after joining the club Tommy Cassiddy departs for Burnley in a £38,000 move.


16/07 - Sunderland reject United's £75,000 offer for - in dispute - goalkeeper Barry Siddall; they want £200,000


19/07 - UNITED GET TEENAGE STRIKER - Teenager Chris Waddle signs from Tow Law after having trials for Sunderland. United failed in an attempt to sign him last season, but he was now free to go as his contract had expired.


20/07 - The United party fly to Sweden for a ten-day tour. A 15-strong squad includes Finnish international Leo Houtsonan, a sweeper who has impressed boss Bill McGarry.


21/07 - United start their tour with a 0-0 draw with Solvesberg. It is a physical game which McGarry hails as a “perfect work-out”. Carr, Brownlie, Houtsonan, Boam, Davies, Cartwright, Wharton, Hibbitt, Shinton, Clarke, and Rafferty start and all subs get used: Kelly, Ferguson, Carney, Shoulder and Montgomerie.


21/07 - Coach Dave Woodfield quits to pursue his business interests.


22/07 - STAR DEAL - A Sponsorship deal is announced with Scottish and Newcastle Breweries worth around £100,000 to the club during the next two years. As part of the deal an electronic scoreboard will be installed at the Gallowgate End which will be “the most sophisticated on any sports ground in Britain”. In return United will wear the 'Blue Star' on their shirts whenever possible. It is the first time that the club shirt has had a commercial symbol on it.


22/07 - The Magpies beat Oskarshams 3-0.


24/07 - A jaded United draw 1-1 with Trelleborg, Shinton scoring. Shoulder and Brownlie are missing due to injury.


25/07 - United hold talks with the Council and it is revealed that the cost of the ground redevelopment will be between £9.5m and £10.5m. In 1971 the Council gave United 10 years to redevelop the ground and they say they are are willing to give the club another 10 years. But with the club currently operating at a loss they would have to fund the work from the Development Association and feel they will need 15 years.


28/07 - Cartwright, Rafferty and Montgomerie are on target in a convincing victory over Tormelilla.


29/07 - United return from their pre-season tour. Moves to sign Houtsonan are underway with McGarry saying “he is better than anyone else we have in that position".


30/07 - A petition signed by 230 residents of the Gretna Gardens area in Fenham is presented to the Council in protest against the “appalling behaviour” of the club in installing a practice pitch and their plans to install floodlights.


31/07 - A new family seating area is launched at the front of the East Stand and admission prices are increased by a massive average of 17%.


August


01/08 - A broken bone in his foot will mean that Shoulder will be out at the start of the season


04/08 - McGarry is expected to make firm bids for at least two players this week, he wants a goalkeeper and a goal-scoring midfielder


NO JOY FOR DRAB UNITED - A poor game in which United miss a host of chances highlights the need for new faces.

Hearts - Tynecastle - 3,334

Carr (Hardwick), Brownlie, Davies, Cartwright, Boam, Carney, Kelly, Wharton, Rafferty, Clarke, Shinton (Nicholson), Hibbitt

36m - Hearts offside attempt goes awry and SHINTON chips Brough (1-0).

Half-time: Hearts 0 Newcastle 1

56m - ROBERTSON looks clearly offside but the goal stands (1-1).

Full-time: Hearts 1 Newcastle 1


05/08 John Brownlie suffered a medial ligament injury during the match and could be out for most of the season.


05/08 Dutch free-agent Kasma Koenan arrives on Tyneside for a trial. He is the captain of the Dutch U21 Team and although he has an offer from a Dutch club he is keen to come to England to broaden his experience. McGarry is also interested in West Brom winger Johnstone and Man. City reserve keeper Keith Macrea.


06/08 - United target Willie Johnstone moves to Rangers.


08/08 - THEY’RE AFTER MY BLOOD! - McGarry admits: “I’m under pressure and two directors are after my blood. I don’t worry about the directors who don’t like me. I’m not a likeable guy because I do the job in my own fashion”.


Newcastle match their First Division opponents in a low-key friendly. Triallist Koenan impresses.

Carr, Kelly, Davies, Cartwright, Boam, Carney, Rafferty, Shinton, Clarke, Wharton, Koenen

Scorers: Davies (pen), Graham (2)

22m - Clarke is fouled and DAVIES scores the penalty (1-0).

32m - GRAHAM (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Leeds 1

59m- GRAHAM after a deflection from Walker leaves Carr stranded (1-2).

74m - RAFFERTY (2-2).

90m Rafferty hits the post.

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Leeds 2


09/08 - McGarry scouts Peterborough's link-man Billy Kellock, who scored 23 goals last term, for the third time.


11/08 - Free agent Koenan impressed McFaul during the match and United agree to pay out £80,000 for his services.

13/08 - the signing of Koenan is completed with the international clearance papers coming through.


15/08 - Former player Tommy Cassidy blasts McGarry’s for being “thirty years out-of-date” and reveals how he had grown to hate training, claiming that others felt the same way. McGarry calls his critics a disgrace and says that he’s “not paid to be popular” continuing to confirm he will continue doing things his way and that he “does not feel nervous about my position in any way”.


United give a characterless and uninspiring display and the match is dominated by Jackie Charlton's newly promoted club. Kevin Carr's acrobatics keep them in the game but after Steve Carney is sent off on the hour the Owls score twice. Both managers critise the Carney dismissal; "if that was a sending off offence I'm my aunt's uncle and we'll change our name to 'handbags United’” says McGarry. Even the referee Ken Walmsley thinks the decision is unfair and "has nothing but sympathy for the lad". He blames the fact that the disciplinary rules are now too rigid.

Sheff Wed - Hillsborough - 26,164

Carr, Kelly, Davies, Cartwright, Boam, Carney, Rafferty, Shinton, Clarke, Wharton, Koenen

Scorers: McCulloch, Taylor

Koenen gets the nod ahead of Hibbltt and makes his debut along with Ray Clarke. Five months after being advised to retire by a specialist Peter Kelly is giving it another go.

Half-time: Sheff. Wed. 0 Newcastle 0

60m - Steve Carney is sent off for a second bookable offence.

67m - MCCULLOCH easily beats Boam to run in and head Wednesday in front (0-1).

76m - TAYLOR scores with a twenty-yard half-volley (0-2).

Full-time: Sheff. Wed. 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 21st


16/08 - BLOOD, SWEAT AND FEAR - six thousand travelled to Yorkshire There is serious crowd trouble before, during and after the game. Forty are arrested (nearly all United supporters) and fourteen police (including a WPC) are injured. The United fans were held back at the end of the game with police guarding the exits. and a significant number were “going wild”, kicking, hurling abuse and throwing coins. Some tried to storm the gates and when the gates were opened the crowd surged forward leading to a number of the police injuries. The travel organiser for the Supporters Club, Trevor Dobson, blames insufficient policing but accepts that a growing “idiot element” among the fan-base is giving United fans one of the worst reputations in the country. A senior police officer slams the “deplorable scenes of damage and disorder”.


8/08 - Two United fans are jailed and many more are fined as the behaviour of the United supporters is slammed by both the FA and the Football League who warn that further action will be taken if the trouble is repeated. In addition, five fans are held in custody with others bailed with orders to report to police on Saturday afternoons.


SHOULDER IS UNITED HERO - In driving rain United are indebted to Carr who is once again at his best to thwart a County side prompted expertly by the veteran Don Masson. The attendance is a post-war low for a season-opener.

Notts. County (6th) - SJP - 17,272

Carr, Kelly, Davies, Shoulder, Boam, Barton, Rafferty, Shinton (Cartwright), Clarke, Wharton, Koenen

Scorers: Shoulder - Masson

Shoulder has recovered from a broken toe and returns in place of Cartwright. Barton comes in for the suspended Carney.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Notts. County 0

52m - MASSON cooly takes the ball around Carr before slotting home. (0-1).

72m - Peter Kelly makes good progress down the wing before expertly chipping to SHOULDER who nips in to head home (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Notts. County 1

Position: 21st


21/08 - Hibbit is "annoyed" about being excluded from the team.


THE AWFUL TRUTH - A criminally inept performance in which Brian Kidd scores a twenty-minute hat-trick. Bolton control the game throughout and after the second goal the United supporters sit down in protest for the rest of the game. United hit bottom spot and although McGarry claims that all that is lacking is confidence, he is under serious pressure. .

Bolton (20th) - Burnden Park - 11,835

Carr, Kelly, Davies, Shoulder, Boam, Barton, Rafferty, Shinton, Clarke, Wharton, Koenen (Cartwright)

Scorers: Kidd (3), Whatmore

Alan Gowling hits the bar.

29m - Carr is penalised for taking too many steps and from the free-kick Cantello lays the ball to KIDD who blasts the ball through the disintegrating wall (0-1).

33m - KIDD Ames sure Burke’s shot goes in (0-2).

Half-time: Bolton 2 Newcastle 0

48m - KIDD swivels to score (0-3).

80m - WHATMORE beats Carr from the edge of the box (0-4).

Full-time: Bolton 4 Newcastle 0

Position: 22nd


About 1,500 fans made the trip and although 9 fans ended up in cells the police said they had “no complaints” about the United fans.


27/08 - John Connolly is given a free transfer. McGarry says “the players are good enough to sort things out”.


REPRIEVE - BUT UNITED SHAKY - Fourth Division Bury are managed by former United captain Jim Iley and include former players Pat Howard and Keith Kennedy in the side. United - who are taunted by the paltry home crowd - struggle to overcome the Lancastrians who attack with venom. Iley offers a damning appraisal of the team: "I could have cried when I saw the size of the crowd. Newcastle's standards have slipped so badly in the last few years.... this place used to be alive and now it's dead".

Bury (D4 - 16th) - SJP - 9,073

Carr, Kelly, Davies, Barton, Boam, Leaver (Cartwright), Koenen, Hibbitt, Shoulder, Rafferty, Nicholson

Scorers: Rafferty (2), Shoulder (pen) - Butler, Johnson.

25m - United start badly, but RAFFERTY scores with a belter into the roof of the net (1-0).

31m - United fail to clear a corner and BUTLER or BAXTER rams the ball home (1-1).

41m Shoulder hits an upright.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Bury 1

47m - Rafferty is fouled in the box and SHOULDER sends the keeper the wrong way from the penalty (2-1).

55m - former United player Keith Kennedy crosses to JOHNSON who bullets in a header (2-2).

66m - RAFFERTY heads home (3-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Bury 2


29/08 -MCGARRY OUT - HARVEY IN - After almost three years in charge Bill McGarry departs by “mutual agreement”, although few doubt he has been sacked. He accepts the decision but suggests it is "premature" with the season just having started. "I thought we had cracked it, but I got a bit too smug". He cites his failure to replace Assistant Manager Peter Morris (when he left to take charge of Peterborough) as a crucial factor. McGarry claims that: “I have been more attached to this club than any other". United have won only two League games in the last eight months. Joe Harvey (now 62) is put in temporary charge.

Dave Smith, David Pleat, lan Greaves (who declares his interest), Jimmy Frizzell, Bob Moncur and Arthur Cox all get a mention as potential successors. More hopeful possibilities are the big three, Robson, Clough and McMenemy.

Harvey suggests that United need to sign a star like Supermac to re-energise the side. But McGarry suggests that this will not be possible; "there will never be any money to spend here. Newcastle don't own their ground, therefore don't have the collateral".


29/08 United plans to install floodlights at their Benton training ground are thrown out by the council due to complaints from local residents.


LUCK AND COURAGE - Another poor performance in which the Hatters take an early lead and could easily have scored more before United pull themselves back into the game. Harvey tells the directors to get a new manager in quickly and states three new players are required.

Luton (6th) - SJP - 13,175

Hardwick, Carney, Davies, Walker, Boam, Barton (Wharton), Shoulder, Nicholson, Rafferty, Hibbitt, Koenen

Scorers: Hibbitt, Koenen - Stein

Carr and Kelly are out injured.

08m - STEIN scores with a simple chance from close-range (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Luton 1

60m - HIBBITT scores from close in after a couple of lucky rebounds (1-1).

72m Luton are down to ten men when KOENEN sends in a hard drive (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Luton 1

Position: 21st


Barton is likely to be out for a couple of months after damaging ankle ligaments .


31/08 - Chairman Rutherford states that the club are looking for a young manager, but one with a reasonable amount of experience. experience. David Pleat (Luton), Arthur Cox (Chesterfield) and Jimmy Frizzel (Oldham) are all mentioned, but the early favourite is former skipper Bob Moncur (Hearts) who has said many times in the past that he would love the job.


September


01/09 - Sunderland arrange a news conference attended by manager Ken Knighton and his assistant Frank Clark. Clark reveals that he was approached by an intermediary on Friday about the possibility of becoming Newcastle manager. But although he was “flattered” and “gave it serious thought” he is committed to his role on Wearside. Knighton is annoyed that a direct approach was made to Clark, but doesn't want to pursue the matter. Bob Moncur says that he has not been approached by the club while Bury boss and ex United skipper Jim Iley says he would love the position. Thirty-year-old Yugoslavian goalkeeper Ratko Svilar starts a week’s trial.


02/09 - John Connolly agrees to join Hibs.


PATHETIC, NEWCASTLE - Bury have lost 4 of their 5 games this season and Harvey tells the players "you are playing for your pride." Debutant Bradley scores the only goal of the game after half an hour, Newcastle failing to score even with 30 minutes extra time being available. As a result United are out on the "away goals" rule. It is a shocking performance in which the Magpies hardly create a decent opportunity.

Bury (D4 - 18th) - Gigg Lane - 4,348

Hardwick, Carney, Davies, Walker,Boam, Wharton (Mitchell), Shoulder, Shinton, Rafferty, Hibbitt, Koenen

31m - A corner is flicked on to BRADLEY who heads past Hardwick (0-1).

Half-time: Bury 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Bury 1 Newcastle 0

Extra-time: Bury 1 Newcastle 0


03/09 - Bookies favourite Bobby Moncur states that he will be staying in Scotland. The board meet in the evening and it is believed that they have set their sights on Chesterfield manager - and former Sunderland coach - Arthur Cox. Joe Harvey reveals that United are in discussions with someone “who is a big name in football” and goes on to say that whoever is appointed "will have to have a big heart and broad shoulders". Ratko Svilar breaks his toe in training and Harvey suggests he is unlikely to get another trial.


04/09 - COX RETURNS IN TRIUMPH - Former Sunderland coach and current Chesterfield manager Arthur Cox is confirmed as the new United manager although the Chesterfield Board still need to sanction the deal. He has been at Chesterfield for four seasons and has a reputation for having an insatiable appetite for work, being firm but fair with players and being an excellent wheeler dealer in the transfer market. Harvey certainly believes the club have made a sound decision. "The fans will love him eventually", he is "passionate about his football" and "if he achieves what I did in the sixties by getting us promotion then I will kiss his feet". "This is one of the top six jobs in the country," Arthur states boldly, "there's plenty to be done, but with the help of people like Joe Harvey I know I can do it. I want to see fans queueing around St. James' Park again - and they will be". He will officially take over on Monday.


05/09 Chesterfield sanction Cox's move after agreeing a compensation deal with Newcastle. Chesterfield captain Bill Green is sorry to see Cox go and has a warning for the players. "He will put a bomb under a few people at St James'. The lads in our dressing room always reckoned he was sacked by the gestapo for being too tough".


05/09 Leeds United, looking for a replacement for Jimmy Adamson, made an approach at director level for Cox, but he had already agreed to join Newcastle.


Newcastle 2 Cardiff 1 - In his last game as caretaker manager Harvey secures another home win. Both United's goals have an element of controversy about them and it is a very nervy second-half display.

Cardiff (11th) - SJP - 15,787

Hardwick, Carney, Davies, Walker, Boam, Mltchell, Shoulder, Rafferty, Clarke, Hlbbltt, Koenen

Scorers: Clarke, Shoulder (pen) - Kitchen

Shinton is dropped and Clarke is recalled.

05m - Bishop shoots against an upright.

19m - CLARKE heads in from Hibbitt’s well-flighted free-kick (1-0).

32m - The referee gives a “soft” penalty for a challenge on Hibbitt and SHOULDER scores (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Cardiff 0

46m - KITCHEN n arrows the margin with a slow motion heade (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Cardiff 1

Position: 14th


11/09 - Cox tries to take some of the pressure off the players: "no player will be judged by one performance. All I ask of them is that they play for their pride and that of the fans".


United play reasonably well in the first period and take the lead, but after QPR equalise they start to struggle and are put under intense pressure. However Hibbitt grabs an unlikely winner. Cox is full of praise for the couple of hundred travelling fans - "they made more noise than the home crowd". It is United's first win away from home for ten months.

HIGHLIGHTS

QPR (15th) - Loftus Road - 10,865

27m - BOAM heads home (1-0).

Half-time: QPR 0 Newcastle 1

55m - HAZELL (1-1).

HIBBITT (who Is just about to be subbed) notches the winner after a misunderstanding In the home defence (2-1).

Full-time: QPR 1 Newcastle 2

Position: 8th


15/09 - In an article in the Daily Express Brian Clough slams United's appointment of Cox whom he implies will be a "yes man" due to his relative inexperience. "It is yet another example of how the tightly closed shop boardroom at St James' Park is prepared to gamble, no matter what the circumstances, to retain their suffocating stranglehold". He argues that "if they had been at all serious in their intent to get things right" they would have tried for one of the big-name locally born managers citing himself, Bob Paisley, Lawrie McMenemy and Bobby Robson. He concedes it would have been difficult to get any of them but criticises them for not even trying. "I wish Arthur Cox every success in a most difficult quest. Only time will tell if he is capable of working miracles. I just hope that Cox can prove himself to be a man with a back that is broad enough, a heart that is strong enough and a knowledge which is great enough to stand the inevitable strain". John Brownlie - who has had his leg in plaster since the start of the season - is due to start light training next week


16/09 - Cox pins Clough's article on the dressing room wall and hits back. He states he is not hurt by Clough’s opinions, but takes exception to any suggestion that he will not be in charge. He vows to make Clough "eat his words".


19/09 - Cox wants the team "to have the sort of spirit that has always existed down coal mines, where a mate always looks after a mate no matter what the circumstances".


In the programme Cox promises that "I will never give you less than one hundred per cent in effort and commitment" and says "I am very proud to be your manager. I hope one that one day you will be just as proud of me". Unfortunately United are desperate in the first half and despite great support from the terraces they cannot add a finish to their decent approach play in the second period. Oldham manager Frizzel comments "I wish we had a crowd like that. I was never worried until they got behind the team and tried to win the match for them". The stars of the game are the Norwegian band. Cox pays tribute to the Newcastle's fans and states "It's our responsibility to give them more to shout about."

Oldham (5th) - SJP - 19,786

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Oldham 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Oldham 0

Position: 9th


United put in a laboured performance against their equally goal-shy hosts and Cox admits that "there is an awful lot of hard work to do yet before anyone at this club can even start to think in promotion terms".

Bristol Rovers (21st) - Eastville - 5,171

Carr (who has recovered from his thigh strain) returns due to Hardwlck badly wrenching his knee in training and Kelly makes a welcome return in place of the shingles afflicted Mitchell.

Half-time: Bristol Rovers 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Bristol Rovers 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 8th


29/09 - Basil Hayward is "amicably" relieved of his duties as Chief Scout and will not be replaced; Joe Harvey is assisting Cox with scouting duties.


October


United record a third "all-blanker" in a row in a game in which the players clearly show more fighting spirit, but precious little else. Sixty arrests are made, mainly for threatening behaviour and drunkenness.

West Ham (2nd) - SJP - 24,866

Carr Kelly, Davies, Walker, Boam, Mitchell, Shoulder, Hibbitt, Shinton, Rafferty, Koenen

Shinton replaces the dropped Clarke

Half-time: Newcastle 0 West Ham 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 West Ham 0

Position: 10th


Shinton scores twice as the return of long term absentee Mick Martin to the side inspires United to victory in the torrential rain at Preston. Cox is “still not happy”.

Preston (18th) - Deepdale - 5,301

Carr, Kelly, Davles, Walker, Boam, Mltchell, Shoulder, Martin, Shlnton, Rafferty, Hibbitt

Scorers: Shinton (2), Rafferty - Coleman, Bruce

Mick Martin replaces Koenen who drops to the bench.

05m - Rafferty shoots against an upright and Shinton’s follow-up is wastefully wide.

Elliot hits an upright for Preston.

28m Shoulder's shot is blocked but he recovers to tee up RAFFERTY (1-0).

32m - Rafferty unselfishly sets up SHINTON (2-0).

Half-time: Preston 0 Newcastle 2.

48m COLEMAN scrambles the ball home at the far-post (1-2).

62m - United make a mess of the offside-trap allowing former United player Alex BRUCE to equalise (2-2).

83m Carr’s long clearance is flicked on by Rafferty and hits SHINTON thus wrong-footing Tunks (3-2).

Full-time: Preston 2 Newcastle 3

Position: 7th


09/10 - Both Cox and Harvey are continually scouting with their latest targets including St. Johnstone's 18-year-old striker Ally McCoist and Morton's John McNeil.


Cox suffers his first reverse when United concede twice In the last 20 minutes against the struggling home side.

Bristol City (21st) - Ashton Gate - 10,539

Carr, Kelly, Davles, Martin, Boam, Mltchell/Shoulder (Cartwrlght), Wharton, Shlnton, Rafferty, Hlbbitt

Scorers: Ritchie (2)

Half-time: Bristol City 0 Newcastle 0

70m - RITCHIE runs twenty yards to crash In a header which skims off Boam’s head and goes In off the underside of the bar (0-1).

90m - RITCHIE adds a second with a penalty (0-2).

Full-time: Bristol City 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th


16/10 - Cox misses out on Andy Ritchie of Manchester United who moves to Brighton. Although Newcastle are deep in the red they are allegedly prepared to spend big for a quality player and Cox is said to be interested in his former Chesterfield players Alan Birch and Danny Wilson.


The fans had been very supportive since Cox's appointment but slow handclaps and chants of "what a load of rubbish" reverberate around the stadium again as United are destroyed by Chris Waddle's Newcastle supporting cousin Alan. An unhappy Arthur warns the players; "I will give Individuals the chance to redeem themselves, but If they can't, they can have no comeback at all. They can move on".

Swansea (5th) - SJP - 16,278

Carr, Kelly, Davies, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shoulder, Wharton, Shinton, Rafferty, Hibbitt

Scorers: Rafferty - Atlee, Waddle

A low cross is converted by ATLEE (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Swansea 1

WADDLE has a simple tap-in at the near post from another cross along the deck (0-2).

90m - RAFFERTY scrambles a consolation after Wharton's shot is parried (1-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Swansea 2

Position: 10th


21/10 - Teenagers Chris Waddle (19) and Chris Wlthe (18) are included In the squad for the match with Shrewsbury. Waddle has been impressing in the reserves and has scored 9 times in the last 10 games. Withe is the younger brother of former player Peter and only signed professional forms a couple of weeks ago.


Shoulder, Kelly and Davies all get the chop and Cox hands debuts to Waddle and Withe. It is a dismal wet and foggy night and the football is often as bleak as the weather. Cox says of Waddle: "he was competent....but I'm sure he is capable of far more".

Shrewsbury (20th) - SJP - 11,985

Carr, Carney, Withe C, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Waddle, Rafferty, Hibbitt

Scorers: Shinton

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Shrewsbury 0

46m - SHINTON scrambles in after The Shews failed to clear a corner (1-0).

Atkins hits a post for the Visitors.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Shrewsbury 0

Position: 7th


Central defender Bruce Halliday (19) is the latest youngster to be handed a debut. "If he has a weakness then so far I haven't spotted what it is" says Cox. Unfortunately the Match of the Day cameras are there to see United's inexperienced back four ripped to shreds in what is the heaviest defeat since 1967. It is believed that there is money to spend and Cox says "I won't panic. There will be new faces at St. James' in time, but my time".

HIGHLIGHTS

Chelsea (5th) - Stamford Bridge - 22,916

Carr, Carney, Withe C, Martin, Boam, Halliday, Shinton, Cartwright, Waddle (Koenen), Rafferty, Wharton

Scorers: Lee (3), Fillery, Walker, Chivers

Half-time: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Chelsea 6 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th


28/10 - Cox steps up his player search and declares "I'm only interested in quality". With (allegedly) half a million to spend Cox is said to be interested in strikers Mick Harford (Lincoln), Gerry Armstrong (Watford) and Peter Beardsley (Carlisle).


30/10 - Cox signs Middlesbrough's reserve left-back Peter Johnson for £60,000. Not the quality of player expected, but Cox explains his decision: "He's young, he's hungry and he's got lots of potential". He is 22 and has played 42 times for Middlesbrough.


November


Only five players keep their place in the team and Johnson performs well on his debut. United (with a strong wind behind them) start well and score twice but concede just before half-time. The setback knocks them completely out their stride and they struggle badly in the second period.

Watford (13th) - SJP - 14,590

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin,Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Clarke, Shoulder, Hibbitt

Scorers: Hibbitt, Shinton - Poskett

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Watford 1

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Watford 1

Position: 8th


03/11 - Cox talks home truths about Bobby Shinton. "He thinks he worked hard against Watford on Saturday. Well I think he is capable of working a lot harder than that and he should have doubled the amount of goals against his name".


04/11 - Brian Watson resigns as Carlisle scout and shortly afterwards becomes Newcastle’s Youth Development Officer.


Newcastle are deservedly beaten at Cambridge where they lack ruthlessness upfront and (as Cox suggests) "ran about like ants in the sun instead of trying to control the game".

Cambridge (14th) - Abbey Stadium - 5,684

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Clarke, Shoulder, Hibbitt

Scorers: Shinton - Gibbins, Sprlggs

16m - GIBBINS heads the home side in front (0-1).

Half-time: Cambridge 1 Newcastle 0

53m - SHINTON equalises (1-1).

60m - SPRIGGS scores from twenty yards (1-2).

Full-time: Cambridge 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 9th


United get a deserved point against the nervy League leaders after a battling display in which both sides are guilty of squandering good chances.

Notts County (1st) - Meadow Lane - 8,093

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Clarke, Shoulder, Hibbitt

Half-time: Notts County 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Notts County 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th


Sheff. Wed. (4th) - SJP - 19,145

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Clarke, Shoulder, Hibbitt

Scorers: Shinton

31m - SHINTON (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Sheff. Wed. 0

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Sheff. Wed. 0

Position: 9th


Wrexham (18th) - SJP - 15,941

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Clarke, Shoulder, Hibbitt

Scorers: McNeil

MCNEIL (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Wrexham 1

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Wrexham 1

Position: 10th


25/11 - Cox makes a £350,000 joint bid for two of his former players (Danny Wilson and Alan Birch), but Chesterfield turn the offer down.


Peter Kelly is out of action with a broken wrist, another unlucky injury for the Scot.


28/11 - With Cox wanting to boost his spending power, Ray Clarke, lan Davies, Colin Suggett (who is helping out with coaching the Juniors, but is still registered as a player) and Brian Ferguson are all transfer listed.


A mistake by Boam gifts the home side an equaliser just before the end. Cox is buoyed by the fact that it is "the best we have played all season," but annoyed with the late leveller.

Orient (6th) - 5,800

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Rafferty, Shoulder, Koenen

Scorers: Shinton - Taylor

Rafferty replaces the transfer-listed Clarke in attack and Koenan comes in for the injured Hibbitt.

Half-time: Orient 0 Newcastle 0

58m - Wharton expertly sets up SHINTON (1-0).

84m - A poor Stuart Boam back-pass allows Parsons in and although his cross-cum-shot hits the bar TAYLOR converts the rebound (1-1).

Full-time: Orient 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 10th


December


06/12 - United’s new £65,000 scoreboard was due to have its grand unveiling today and Cox said "I hope we can light It up with a few goals"; but the game is cancelled due to the freezing conditions. Cox takes the opportunity to watch Peter Beardsley score twice In Carlisle's 4-0 win over Colchester.


10/12 - Billy Rafferty - who cost £170,000 when he was signed 18 months ago - is sold to Portsmouth for £80,000.


11/12 - Cox bids for Lincoln City centre-forward Mick Harford.


12/12: Chris Withe is in hospital for a knee operation.


A drubbing for United at the Vetch Field. "I don't think we played too badly" is Cox's unexpected response to a result which leaves United only two points above the drop zone.

HIGHLIGHTS

Swansea (4th) - Vetch Field - 11,672

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Wharton, Cartwright, Shoulder, Koenen (Nicholson)

Scorers: James L, James R (2), Charles

Half-time: Swansea 3 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Swansea 4 Newcastle 0

Position: 14th


16/12 - Reserve midfielder Brian Ferguson signs for Hull City on a free transfer.


18/12 - United pay out a record fee of £250,000 for Bedllngton born West Brom midfielder John Trewlck. Cox still wants "an old-fashioned centre-forward" and rumoured targets are Alan Waddle (Swansea), Ray Hankin (Vancouver Whltecaps) and Mlck Harford (Lincoln).


18/12 - Former United chairman Lord Westwood steps down from his position as vice-chairman although he remains a director and club president. Stan Seymour junior replaces him.


Trewick makes his debut and Chris Waddle is given the chance to lead the line against the team one off the bottom. But it is quite obvious that the attack is too lightweight .

Bristol City (21st) - SJP - 14,131

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Trewick, Waddle, Shoulder, Wharton

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Bristol City 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Bristol City 0

Position: 13th


23/12 - United sign Lincoln City forward Mick Harford for £150,000 - a record fee for a Fourth Division player. Harford has scored 15 times In 21 games so far in 1980/81. Cox admits "he's a nasty so and so.... I'm going to have to tame him".


Debutant Harford replaces the dropped Shoulder. Both sides lack the killer punch despite playing some reasonable football although the home side are unlucky to hit the bar and have a goal chalked off for a marginal offside.

Grimsby (11th) - Blundell Park - 17,623

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell, Shinton, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle

Half-time: Grimsby 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Grimsby 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 14th


United never recover from conceding an own goal within 2 minutes and are beaten wirh embarrassing ease.

Derby (7th) - SJP - 20,886

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell (Hibbitt), Shinton, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Boam (og), McFarland

02m - BOAM heads into his own net (0-1).

Mitchell tears his ankle ligaments.

29m - MCFARLAND (0-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Derby 2

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Derby 2

Position: 16th


January


Waddle is the star of the show scoring his first two senior goals. Wednesday manager Jackie Charlton is - as ever - gracious in defeat "lucky b******s, they'll never get away with that again". Cox on the other hand said, "I though we just about snatched it, you couldn't question anybody's effort and honesty out there and I think we deserved to win."

Sheff. Wed. (D2 - 6th) - SJP - 22,458

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Mitchell (Hibbitt), Shinton, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Waddle (2)

WADDLE hits a perfectly stuck low angled drive (1-0).

Martin’s free-kick is headed home by WADDLE(2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Sheff. Wed. 1

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Sheff. Wed. 1


06/01 - Newcastle defied FA rules by wearing their (sponsored) Blue Star shirts (and were later fined £1,000 for doing so).


07/01 - Pop Robson (now 35) could be returning to St James' Park according to the local press, however Cox will not be drawn on the speculation.


Bad finishing - especially by Shlnton on his return to his former club - proves to be United’s downfall again. They have now gone five games without scoring a goal In the League and have the worst scoring record In all four divisions. Mick Martin says, "Don't put the blame on the strikers, we've all got to accept responsibility."

Wrexham (13th) - Racecourse Ground - 6,437

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Halliday, Shinton, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle

Half-time: Wrexham 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Wrexham 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 15th


12/01 - Terry Hibbitt undergoes a cartilage operation to rectify trouble when he twisted his knee in the Wembley five a side championships during November.


16/01 - Former United manager, Duggie Livingstone, passes away.


United bag a League goal at last as Mick Harford scores his first for the Club and United's first in 491 minutes of League football. Cox says, "We battled and battled, but we did it with composure. We've got it all to do again next week." Carr saves a penalty.

Luton (13th) - Kenilworth Road - 10,774

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Halliday, Shinton, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Harford

9m - HARFORD (1-0).

Half-time: Luton 0 Newcastle 1

Full-time: Luton 0 Newcastle 1

Position: 13th


20/01 - United announce a complete overhaul of scouting staff sacking all of their scouts outside the North East area. Newcastle will now concentrate on looking for local talent.


Luton manager David Pleat is full of praise for the "passion" of the United players and the fervour of the crowd, Cox offers his normal unique take on the match; "they came at us like Red Indians In the second half but we refused to surrender", And describing the frantic defending towards the end Cox claims that United "were clearing the ball so high It was coming down with altitude poisoning on It".

Luton (D2 - 7th) - SJP - 29,211

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Halliday, Shinton, Trewick, Clarke, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Clarke, Martin - Ingram

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Luton 0

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Luton 1


Cox rewards Clarke's efforts In the Luton cup game by retaining him In the side suggesting that he could stay If he continued to perform well. Chairman Bob Rutherford in one of his rare interviews says, he is "absolutely delighted" with Arthur Cox.

Bolton (14th) - SJP - 19,143

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin, Boam, Halliday, Shinton, Trewick, Clarke, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Clarke, Martin - Bennett

45m - CLARKE drills in from an acute angle in injury time (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Bolton 0

BENNETT (1-1).

MARTIN seizes on a loose ball and drives through before dispatching a crisp shot (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Bolton 1

Position: 13th


31/01 - Joe Harvey Is Joined by Sunderland's chief scout In the crowd to watch Peter Beardsley turn in an excellent performance for Carlisle against Colchester. It Is likely that one or both of them will make a move soon.


February


07/02 - After four wins and a draw Cox wins the Division 2 Manager of the Month award for January. ,"The award is an honour for the Club, players and supporters. Everyone at the Club has worked hard"


QPR outplay a nervy United but Waddle's first goal In the League secures an unlikely victory. Martin suffers a knee injury.

QPR (8th) - SJP - 20,404

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Martin (Harford), Boam, Halliday, Shinton, Trewick, Clarke, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Waddle

Half-time: Newcastle 0 QPR 0

WADDLE scores with a looping header after QPR fall to clear a long free-klck from Halllday (1-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 QPR 0

Position: 13th


10/02 Frans Koenan suffers knee llgament damage; he could be out for the rest of the season.


13/02 - At his pre-Cup press conference Cox declares that he "would back It (the side) against any other In the country". On the basis that It Is 36,000 strong.


Third Division Exeter City arrive at SJP on the back of a 0-5 hammering at Portsmouth, but they put up a spirited performance and deservedly equalise just before the end. Now United face the 370 mile joumey to the other St James' Park. Cox says, "The trip doesn't worry us at all."

Exeter (D3 - 9th) - SJP - 36,984

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Walker, Boam, Halliday, Shinton (Shoulder), Trewick, Clarke, Wharton, Waddle

Scorers: Shoulder - Roberts

Walker is drafted in for MARTIN (knee)

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Exeter 0

57m - SHOULDER (1-0).

85m - ROBERTS scores a flukey equaliser (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Exeter 1


16/02 - Shinton damage knee ligaments in the game on Saturday; an injury which brings a premature end to his season.


United put in a disastrous performance in front of the Sportsnight cameras and are 3-0 down at the interval, the first goal coming direct from a corner. Exeter's coach says, "Newcastle United are not the Newcastle United of old, and after Saturday’s game my players believed me."

Exeter (D3 - 10th) - SJP - 4,348

Carr, Carney, Johnson, Walker, Boam, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Clarke, Wharton (Brownlie), Waddle

Scorers: Hatch, Pearson, Rogers P, Rogers M

14m - HATCH’s inswinging corner deceives Carr and the ball rebounds off his shoulder and the post before crossing the line (0-1).

20m - PEARSON (0-2).

42m - P ROGERS with a side-footer (0-3).

Half-time: Exeter 3 Newcastle 0

87m - M ROGERS (0-4).

Full-time: Exeter 4 Newcastle 0


19/02 - Respected journalist David Miller lambasts the club in his newspaper column. "Newcastle are little short of a music hall joke" and "are an insult to the most loyal supporters in English football". Not the team but "the Board of Directors which over twenty years or so has allowed this great club to rot".


It Is a desperately poor game against bottom of the table Rovers. Randall executes two amazing misses whilst Wharton and Shoulder both fail when one-on-one against the 'keeper. Cox refuses to be downbeat and claims his side are still in the promotion hunt. But he admits "this team Is very much In the Infancy stage. I am putting together a team that will take us back in time". Bristol player-manager Terry Cooper: "Newcastle is a tragedy. I remember it on big match days not so long ago, yet when I came here before the match this morning it was a graveyard. The atmosphere’s gone".

Bristol Rovers (22nd) - SJP - 14,364

Carr, Brownlie, Johnson, Carney, Boam, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle

Ray Clarke and Nigel Walker are dropped.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Bristol Rovers 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Bristol Rovers 0

Position: 13th


Struggling Cardiff have lost their last four games, but Newcastle fail to register a shot on target after the break. Cox admits: "We never really threatened their goal".

Cardiff (20th) - Ninian Park - 4,235

Carr, Brownlie, Johnson, Cartwright, Boam, Halliday, Davies, Trewick, Harford, Wharton (Walker), Waddle

Scorers: Kitchen

42m - A long pass splits the United defence and KITCHEN slots past the advancing Carr (0-1).

Half-time: Cardiff 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Cardiff 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 13th


Oldham manager Frlzzell's damning verdict sums up the game: "we didn't lose because they were so bad". It Is a turgid game with United failing to muster a shot on target until ten minutes from time and even that effort was blocked before it reached its goal.

Oldham (20th) - Boundary Park - 5,887

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Boam, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle (Carney)

Scorers:

Half-time: Oldham 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Oldham 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 13th


March


Alan Ball (now 35) resigns as player-manager of Blackpool and Cox makes it clear that he would be happy to have him playing on Tyneslde; the States is a much more likely destination however.


01/03 - United are linked with Sunderland strikers Alan Brown and Gary Rowell.


West Ham (1st) - Upton Park - 26,274

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Waddle (Carney)

Scorers: Cross

Long term injury victim Barton returns to the side in place of the suspended Boam

Half-time: West Ham 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time: West Ham 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 14th

10/03 - It is announced that Lord Westwood, Bob Rutherford and David Salkeld are all to resign from the board next Monday after the club's bank's request that each director should pay £16,000 to ease the club's financial position. Westwood (who is 73) states that he is "too old to take on that sort of mountainous problem." Stan Seymour junior takes over as Chairman. Sir George Bowman and Peter.??????


10/03 - Fulham chairman Ernie Clay declares that he would "crawl all the way to the North East to take over the club" and also claims he would pay off the club's £500,000 debt, Stan Seymour says the club "wouldn't entertain such thoughts".


The attendance takes another dip as supporters continue to vote with their feet; United just about deserve their victory over the struggling Lancastrians.

Preston (18th) - SJP - 12,015

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Harford (2)

HARFORD (1-0)

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Preston 0

HARFORD (2-0)

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Preston 0

Position: 12th


Stan Seymour outlines the new policy for the future. “Never again will we buy old players. We are where we are because of our dealings in the transfer market We're finished with buying players who are 31, 32 and 33. We want players with a future... we must put our faith in youth and we must utilise local talent. We will do everything we can for our fans and for the Club. We want to be big again. But I have to use the word eventually because our job is to get us out of our current mess and that means steady progress rather than spectacular."


The struggling Shrews graft overcomes the Magpies craft.

Shrewsbury (20th) - Gay Meadow - 4,975

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton (Carney), Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Turner

Half-time: Shrewsbury 0 Newcastle 0

TURNER (0-1).

Full-time: Shrewsbury 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 13th


Bruce Halliday notches his first goal for the club to help wipe out some of the memories from his disastrous debut at Stamford Bridge. Cox Is delighted with the "maximum effort" from the team.

Chelsea (5th) - SJP - 17,297

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin (Carney), Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Halliday

32m - HALLIDAY (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

Position: 12th


30/03 - Both Peter Beardsley and his manager Bob Stokoe defend his decision to move to the USA to play for Vancouver Whltecaps. Stokoe states that not one English club made a concrete bid. Cox disapproves; "when you have talent you don't need to chase cash".


03/04 - Rather than the standard summer break the players will be allowed five full weeks off, taken at any time, but on a rota. And in the remaining weeks they will have to attend training twice a week. Cox wants to keep fitness levels up and for the players to work hard on improving their technique.


A terrible game in which the ball is in the air more than on the ground and the frustration amongst the players is reflected on the terraces where fighting breaks out.

Watford (14th) - Vicarage Road - 10,986

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers:

Half-time: Watford 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Watford 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 13th


The lowest home crowd so far turns up to watch United struggle to beat humble Cambridge; the only bright spot being a cracker of a goal from Shoulder.

Cambridge (11th) - SJP - 11,013

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Shoulder, Turner (og) - Goldsmith

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Cambridge 1

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Cambridge 1

Position: 12th


Blackburn (11th) - SJP - 13,128

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers:

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Blackburn 0

Full-time: Newcastle 0 Blackburn 0

Position: 12th


Veteren defender Roy McFarland had no problem holding United's blunt attack at bay and defensive errors cost United.

Derby (11th) - Baseball Ground - 14,139

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Wilson, McFarland

Half-time: Derby 2 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Derby 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 12th


The visitors dominate the first half and deservedly go ahead on the stroke of half-time. United improve after the break but spurn a number of opportunities before Shoulder grabs an equaliser 13 minutes before the end.

Blackburn (11th) - SJP - 13,170

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Shoulder - Ford

44m - FORD (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Grimsby 1

77m - SHOULDER (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Grimsby 1

Position: 12th


Promotion hopefuls Blackburn could easily have doubled their score as they outplay United who are shocking; they are disorganised at the back and show an embarrassing lack of penetration upfront. Most of the travelling fans miss the majority of the game because of freak snowstorms crossing the Pennines.

Blackburn (11th) - Ewood Park - 10,609

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Lowey (pen), Burke, Speight

Half-time: Blackburn 2 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 12th


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Orient - SJP - 11,639

Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Martin, Barton, Halliday, Shoulder, Trewick, Harford, Wharton, Walker

Scorers: Walker, Harford, Trewick - Mayo

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Orient 0

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Orient 1

Position: 12th


02/05 - Frans Koenen is transfer listed and may well return to Holland. Arthur Cox is back on the trail of Barnsley striker Ronnie Glavin.

05/05 - Terry Hibbit and Peter Kelly (for the second time) are both advised to quit the game by specialists.