Newcastle 1986/87 - Season Summary


NUFC 1986/87 Squad
Division 117thChairmanS Seymour
FA CupR5 ManagerW McFaul
League CupR2Coach
Attendance 24,750CaptainG Roeder
Top ScorerP Goddard (13)

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But for the goalscoring of Goddard this season would have ended in relegation. Mcfaul had bought well to bring Paul Goddard and Peter Jackson in but with Gascoigne a long-term absentee United (even with Beardsley) struggled badly.

A disastrous run of nine defeats and a draw in ten games from December to February saw United plummet into bottom spot.

A 2-1 home victory over Aston Villa stopped the rot and the return of Gascoigne and a record breaking run of scoring from Goddard resulted in six wins and three draws which pulled United clear of the drop zone.

We progressed to the 5th Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1980/81 where we were beaten by Tottenham. Bradford City were the latest Division 2 side to knock us out of the League Cup.

Despite the relief of survival the season ended on a low as Peter Beardsley followed Waddle out the door.


Competitions



League Division 1
23/8/86 H Liverpool L 0-2
25/8/86 A Tottenham D 1-1
30/8/86 A Luton D 0-0
03/9/86 H QPR L 0-2
06/9/86 H Sheff Wed L 2-3
13/9/86 A Coventry L 0-3
20/9/86 H Wimbledon W 1-0
27/9/86 A Norwich L 0-2
04/10/86 A Southampton L 1-4
11/10/86 H Man City W 3-1
18/10/86 H Arsenal L 1-2
25/10/86 A Aston Villa L 0-2
01/11/86 H Oxford Utd D 0-0
08/11/86 A Leicester D 1-1
15/11/86 H Watford D 2-2
22/11/86 A Chelsea W 3-1
30/11/86 H WHU W 4-0
06/12/86 A Charlton D 1-1
13/12/86 H Nottm F W 3-2
21/12/86 A Sheff Wed L 0-2
26/12/86 H Everton L 0-4
27/12/86 A Watford L 0-1
01/1/87 A Manchester Utd L 1-4
03/1/87 H Coventry L 1-2
24/1/87 A Liverpool L 0-2
07/2/87 H Luton D 2-2
14/2/87 A QPR L 1-2
28/2/87 A Wimbledon L 1-3
07/3/87 H Aston Villa W 2-1
21/3/87 A Man City D 0-0
25/3/87 H Tottenham D 1-1
28/3/87 H Southampton W 2-0
04/4/87 H Leicester W 2-0
08/4/87 H Norwich W 4-1
11/4/87 A Oxford Utd D 1-1
14/4/87 A Arsenal W 1-0
18/4/87 H Manchester Utd W 2-1
20/4/87 A Everton L 0-3
25/4/87 H Chelsea W 1-0
02/5/87 A WHU D 1-1
04/5/87 H Charlton L 0-3
09/5/87 A Nottm F L 1-2

After five years of progress in terms of the position attained United narrowly averted relegation with an impressive revival in the last quarter of the season.

United were bottom of the table after failing to win any of the first 6 games and they were still there in mid-November after having only won 2 out of 15,

The signing of Paul Goddard inspired a mini four-game recovery, but it was followed by a disastrous run of 8 defeats and a draw which left the Magpies marooned at the bottom - 5 points from safety - at the end of February.

Just as all hope looked lost, the return of Gascoigne from injury and a seven-consecutive-game scoring run from Goddard brought 6 wins and 3 draws in the next 9 matches. United had climbed to 16th and opened up a 9-point gap over 20th placed Charlton. Although there were 5 games and there was still work to do to be mathematically safe Newcastle eventually finished 5 points above the relegation zone.


FA Cup
R3 21/1/87 H Northampton W 2-1
R4 31/1/87 H Preston W 2-0
R5 21/2/87 A Tottenham L 0-1

League Cup
R2 L1 23/9/86 A Bradford L 0-2
R2 L2 08/10/86 H Bradford W 1-0

Players


Squad

Player A S G
Allon, J 6 0 1
Anderson, J 35 0 1
Bailey, J 9 0
Beardsley, P 36 0 5
Bogie, I 1 0
Clarke, J 7 0
Craig, A 6 1
Cunningham, T 15 4 2
Davies, A 6 1
Gascoigne, P 23 3 5
Goddard, P 29 0 13
Jackson, D 18 7 3
Jackson, P 34 0 1
Kelly, Gary 4 0
McCreery, D 35 0
McDonald, N 44 1 7
Nesbit, T 1 2
Roeder, G 42 0 3
Scott, K 4 0 1
Stephenson, P 26 0
Stewart, I 11 7 1
Thomas, A 27 4 7
Thomas, M 43 0
Tinnion, B 3 0
Wharton, K 40 1 2
Whitehurst, B 9 1
Wrightson, J 3 1

Team

Total Games: 47

Total Number of Players Used: 27

01 :(2) Thomas

02: (3) Anderson > McDonald

03: (3) Bailey > Wharton

04: (8) McCreery

05: (5) Clarke > Jackson P

06: (5) Roeder

07: (5) McDonald > Stephenson

08: (6) Gascoigne > Thomas > Gascoigne

09: (6) Whitehurst > Goddard

10: (5) Beardsley

11: (9) Stewart > Jackson D > Anderson


Players


Toon In

SurnameDateFromFee
Thomas Andy 09/86 Oxford £100,000
Jackson Darren 10/86 Meadowbank Th. £240,000
Jackson Peter 10/86 Bradford City £250,000
Goddard Paul 11/86 West Ham £415,000
Craig Albert 02/87 Hamilton £100,000

P Goddard

D Jackson

P Jackson


Toon Oot

NameDateToFee
Haddock Peter 07/86 Leeds Utd £45,000
Hedworth Chris 08/86 Barnsley Free
Mckinnon Rob 08/86 Hartlepool Free
Ferris Paul 09/86 Gateshead Free
Whitehurst Billy 10/86 Oxford £187,500

Drop Oot
NameDateToClub
Davies Alan Carlisle