Newcastle 1985/86 - Season Summary

NUFC 1985/86 Squad
Division 111thChairmanS Seymour
FA CupR3 ManagerW McFaul
League CupR3Coach
Attendance 23,434CaptainG Roeder
Top ScorerP Beardsley (19)

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Manager Jackie Charlton sensationally walked out a week before the first game after a few thousand disgruntled fans barracked him during a pre-season friendly.

Coach Iam McFaul was installed as caretaker boss and - with the help of the inspirational Beardsley and the erratic brilliance of Gascoigne - he managed to steady the ship and as a result was offered a contract to the end of the season.

McFaul brought in some more of the Youth Cup winning side with Paul Stephenson and Joe Allon both managing spells in the side.

He also sold a number of Charlton's signings although it is arguable whether the replacements he brought in were any better.

United were relegation favourites at the start of the season so an 11th place finish was more than most would have expected.

The Magpies made their usual early cup exits to Oxford (who went on to win the League Cup) and Brighton (who reached the FA Cup Final).


League Division 1
17/8/85 A Southampton D 1-1
21/8/85 H Luton D 2-2
24/8/85 H Liverpool W 1-0
26/8/85 A Coventry W 2-1
31/8/85 H QPR W 3-1
04/9/85 A Manchester Utd L 0-3
07/9/85 A Tottenham L 1-5
14/9/85 H WBA W 4-1
21/9/85 H Oxford Utd W 3-0
28/9/85 A Arsenal D 0-0
05/10/85 H WHU L 1-2
12/10/85 A Ipswich D 2-2
19/10/85 H Nottm F L 0-3
26/10/85 A Aston Villa W 2-1
02/11/85 H Watford D 1-1
09/11/85 A Birmingham W 1-0
16/11/85 H Chelsea L 1-3
23/11/85 A Man City L 0-1
30/11/85 H Leicester W 2-1
07/12/85 A Luton L 0-2
14/12/85 H Southampton W 2-1
21/12/85 A Liverpool D 1-1
26/12/85 A Sheff Wed D 2-2
01/1/86 H Everton D 2-2
11/1/86 A WBA D 1-1
18/1/86 A QPR L 1-3
01/2/86 H Coventry W 3-2
08/2/86 A Nottm F W 2-1
01/3/86 H Arsenal W 1-0
15/3/86 H Ipswich W 3-1
19/3/86 A Oxford Utd W 2-1
22/3/86 H Tottenham D 2-2
29/3/86 A Everton L 0-1
31/3/86 H Sheff Wed W 4-1
05/4/86 A Watford L 1-4
09/4/86 H Aston Villa D 2-2
12/4/86 H Birmingham W 4-1
16/4/86 H Manchester Utd L 2-4
19/4/86 A Chelsea D 1-1
21/4/86 A WHU L 1-8
26/4/86 H Man City W 3-1
03/5/86 A Leicester L 0-2

United's form improved both home and away in comparison to 1984/85 and a highly satisfactory 11th placed finish was the result of scoring more goals (they only failed to score in 7 games) and winning 4 more games.

The Magpies made a really promising start and were in 4th place after the first 2 months. And although they couldn't maintain that standard they were 11th at the end of 1985.

A run of 5 successive victories in February and March virtually banished any fears of relegation and despite being inconsistent from then on they were well-worth their top-half finish.

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FA Cup
R3 04/1/86 H Brighton and Hove Albion L 0-2

League Cup
R2 L1 25/9/85 H Barnsley D 0-0
R2 L2 07/10/85 A Barnsley D 1-1
R3 30/10/85 A Oxford Utd L 1-3


Player A S G
Allon, J 3 0 1
Anderson, J 41 0 3
Bailey, J 29 0
Beardsley, P 45 0 19
Clarke, J 45 0 3
Cunningham, T 12 7 3
Davies, A 16 1 1
Gascoigne, P 32 3 9
Haddock, P 8 0
Hedworth, C 4 0
McCreery, D 42 2
McDonald, N 26 5 4
McKellar, D 10 0
McKinnon, R 1 0
Megson, G 3 3
Reilly, G 19 0 7
Roeder, G 46 0 6
Stephenson, P 23 0 1
Stewart, I 29 3 2
Thomas, M 36 0
Wharton, K 15 0 2
Whitehurst, B 21 0 7
own goals 1

Total Games: 46

Total Number of Players Used: 22

01: (2) - Thomas > McKellar

02: (5) - Anderson

03: (5) - Wharton> Bailey

04: (4) - Gascoigne > Davies > McCreery

05: (2) - Clarke

06: (1) - Roeder

07: (5) - McDonald > Stephenson

08: (9) - McCreery > Gascoigne

09: (4) - Reilly > Whitehurst

10: (2) - Beardsley

11: (5) - Stewart


Toon In
Davies Alan 07/85 Man Utd £50,000
Stewart Ian 08/85 QPR £150,000
Bailey John 10/85 Everton £80,000
Bogie Ian 12/85 Professional
Whitehurst Billy 12/85 Hull City £232,500
Stephenson Paul 01/86 Professional
Nesbit Tony 02/86 Professional
Tinnion Brian 02/86 Professional
Wrightson Jeff 05/86 Professional

J Bailey: 29 - 0

I Stewart: 11/7 - 1

B Whitehurst

Jackie Charlton's failure to sign Eric Gates from Ipswich and the fact he signed for Sunderland was one of the triggers for the abuse he received in the pre-season friendly and his subsequent resignation.

A deal that Charlton did set up for QPR winger Ian Stewart was followed through after his departure, but he failed to impress.

McFaul brought in the experienced left-back John Bailey and spent over a quarter of a million on Hull centre-forward Billy Whitehurst. He was certainly a physical presence, but not the most skilful player.

Toon Oot
Brown Malcolm 06/85 Huddersfield £45,000
Carney Steve 07/85 Darlington Free
Carr Kevin 07/85 Carlisle Free
Waddle Chris 07/85 Tottenham £590,000
Heard Pat 08/85 Middlesbrough £10,000
Saunders Wes 11/85 Carlisle £20,000
Reilly George 12/85 WBA £150,000
Megson Gary 01/86 Sheff Wed £65,000

C Waddle

G Megson

G Reilly

United received a record fee for Waddle, but there was no way that was going to appease the angry faithful. The United supporters had turned against the player himself, giving him a new nickname of "Judas" but also blamed the Board and Charlton.

Three Charlton signings made an early exit: Heard, Reilly and Megson.

Drop In
Mckellar Dave 02/86 05/86

Drop Oot
Haddock Petercs/85 cs/85 Dunedin City
Davies Alan Charlton
Haddock Peter Burnley
Saunders Wes08/85 10/85 Carlisle
Megson Gary12/85 12/85 Sheff. Wed.


Low Life

The death of a supporter at the game between Birmingham and Leeds was simply a precursor to the horrendous scenes witnessed at Valley Parade and then Heysel. The future of the game was in serious jeopardy and the position of the football supporter was at it's lowest ebb.

The seven foot six inch wire fences at St James' were pulled down for Bruce Springsteen's concert at St. James' and with the Bradford Fire fresh in everyone's mind (the death toll would have been much worse if the fans had not been able to escape onto the pitch) there were suggestions that they should be kept down. In the end they were put back up again.

Prime-Minister Margaret Thatcher was determined to clamp down on the trouble makers and there were suggestions of identity cards being introduced. The Popplewell Report (commissioned as a result of the Bradford Fire) was also published

Sooner than you Think

Some of the small, but loyal band of followers who turned up for the pre-season friendly against Sheffield United made their feelings quite clear.

"Charlton must go", "We hate Charlton" and "Sack Jack" were some of the pithy opinions provided leaving Charlton (in Seymour's words) "hurt and visibly upset".

Even in United's colourful history the fans have rarely had such a dramatic impact.

Train Long-suffering

McFaul did away with Charlton's safety first tactics, especially at home and the crowd responded to his bravery with their encouragement if not always with their presence. The average attendance actually fell by 2,500 to 23,307.

People Ain't No Good

The fans had a decent share of their hate figures to bait at St. James' and as usual they tended to score. There were visits from Kenny Burns, David Speedie (scored Chelsea's first goal), Terry Fenwick (QPR - booked for "running and signalling to the crowd" after he had scored) and Waddle (scored for Spurs).

Waddle probably got the most stick, but he claimed that the fans hadn't bothered him. "I'm a Geordie and always will be" explained the Heworth born Sunderland supporter.

Trelford Mills was also back for the visit of Watford and he endeared himself to the faithful even more by controversially disallowing a last minute Reilly goal that would have secured a victory.