NUFC 1981/82 - Season Summary

NUFC 1981/82 Squad
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newcastle 1981/82 programme

1981/82 saw occasional flickers of life but the club was taking some reviving and by the end of the season United were still in need of resuscitation.

There were more goals (only 5 goalless draws and 14 blanks in all) and United were even in with a shout of promotion at Easter. But a disastrous end of season saw them tumbling back into mid-table obscurity.

Hope came in the form of the emergence of Chris Waddle and the arrival of Imre Varadi. With Rafferty and Harford gone the speedy Yugoslav moved in at Number 9. A slow start (no goals in seven) brought fears of another dud, but a hat-trick at Ninian Park proved a turning point

Alan Brown arrived on loan from Sunderland and 3 goals in his first 2 home matches made him an instant hero. But money was tight and he couldn't be signed permanently so Cox took David Mills on loan until the end of the season.

With things gradually looking up a crowd of 26,994 turned up to see United beat Chelsea 1-0 at the end of March. A week later another one goal victory at Charlton saw The Magpies reach fourth. But just as it looked as if the corner had been turned United lost six of the next seven games and plummeted down the table.

Grimsby and Fulham provided the usual early cup exits.

The supporters were clearly yet to be convinced. The average attendance crept up to 17,736 and whenever there was a glimmer of hope four or five thousand disaffected fans would return, but the end of season collapse saw the attendance for the Wrexham home match dip below 10,000


Chairman S Seymour
Manager A Cox
Coach T Cavanagh
Captain M Martin
Top Scorer I Varadi (20)


Matches

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29/8/81 D2 H Watford L 0-1
05/9/81 D2 A Queens Park Rangers L 0-3
12/9/81 D2 H Cambridge United W 1-0
19/9/81 D2 A Norwich City L 1-2
23/9/81 D2 H Shrewsbury Town W 2-0
26/9/81 D2 H Orient W 1-0
29/9/81 D2 A Bolton Wanderers L 0-1
03/10/81 D2 A Cardiff City W 4-0
07/10/81 LC H Fulham L 1-2
10/10/81 D2 H Derby County W 3-0
17/10/81 D2 A Barnsley L 0-1
24/10/81 D2 H Rotherham United D 1-1
27/10/81 LC A Fulham L 0-2
31/10/81 D2 A Oldham Athletic L 1-3
07/11/81 D2 A Chelsea L 1-2
14/11/81 D2 H Charlton Athletic W 4-1
21/11/81 D2 H Luton Town W 3-2
24/11/81 D2 A Orient L 0-1
28/11/81 D2 A Grimsby Town D 1-1
05/12/81 D2 H Blackburn Rovers D 0-0
04/1/82 FAC H Colchester United D 1-1
16/1/82 D2 A Watford W 3-2
18/1/82 FAC A Colchester United W 4-3
23/1/82 FAC H Grimsby Town L 1-2
30/1/82 D2 H Norwich City W 2-1
03/2/82 D2 H Bolton Wanderers W 2-0
06/2/82 D2 A Cambridge United L 0-1
13/2/82 D2 H Cardiff City W 2-1
20/2/82 D2 A Shrewsbury Town D 0-0
24/2/82 D2 H Sheffield Wednesday W 1-0
27/2/82 D2 A Derby County D 2-2
02/3/82 D2 A Leicester City L 0-3
06/3/82 D2 H Barnsley W 1-0
13/3/82 D2 A Rotherham United D 0-0
20/3/82 D2 H Oldham Athletic W 2-0
27/3/82 D2 H Chelsea W 1-0
31/3/82 D2 H Crystal Palace D 0-0
03/4/82 D2 A Charlton Athletic W 1-0
06/4/82 D2 A Wrexham L 2-4
10/4/82 D2 H Leicester City D 0-0
12/4/82 D2 A Sheffield Wednesday L 1-2
17/4/82 D2 A Luton Town L 2-3
24/4/82 D2 H Grimsby Town L 0-1
01/5/82 D2 A Blackburn Rovers L 1-4
05/5/82 D2 H Queens Park Rangers L 0-4
08/5/82 D2 H Wrexham W 4-2
15/5/82 D2 A Crystal Palace W 2-1

League Division 2


Squad

Player A S G
Barton D 22 0 2
Bell, D 2 0
Brown, A 5 0 3
Brownlie J 43 0 3
Carney S 30 1
Carr K 47 0
Cartwright P 16 1
Davies I 15 0 2
Ferris, P 0 2
Haddock, P 31 2
Halliday, B 15 0
Martin M 42 2
Mills, D 23 0 4
Pugh, K 0 1
Saunders, W 32 0 1
Shinton B 10 2 2
Shoulder A 4 9
Todd, K 3 2 2
Trewick, J 45 0 6
Varadi, I 47 0 20
Waddle, C 47 0 8
Walker, N 5 0
Wharton, K 33 5 5
own goals 1

Players


Toon In

SurnameDateFromFee
Saunders Wes 06 / 1981 Professional
Todd Kevin 08 / 1981 Professional
Varadi Imre 08 / 1981 Everton £125,000
Bell Derek 12 / 1981 Internal Free
Hedworth Chris 01 / 1982 Professional

Toon Oot

NameDateToFee
Kelly Peter 06 / 1981 Retired
Koenen Frank 06 / 1981 De Treffers
Sugget Colin 06 / 1981 Retired
Boam Stuart 07 / 1981 Mansfield Free
Clarke Ray 08 / 1981 Retired
Harford Michael 08 / 1981 Bristol City £160,000
Mitchell Ken 08 / 1981 Darlington Free
Nicholson Gary 08 / 1981 Mansfield £25,000
Shinton Bobby 03 / 1982 Millwall Free
Walker Nigel 05 / 1982 San Diego Free

Drop In

NameDateToFrom
Mills David 01 / 1982 05 / 1982 Sheff Wed

Drop Oot

NameDateToFrom
Walker Nigel Plymouth