NUFC 1981/82 - Season SummaryNUFC 1981/82 Squad
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
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League Division 2
|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|
|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|
|Mills David||01 / 1982||05 / 1982||Sheff Wed|