Newcastle 1988/89 - Season Summary


NUFC 1988/89 Squad
Division 120thChairmanG McKeag
FA CupR3 ManagerW McFaul, C Suggett, J Smith
League CupR2CoachJ Pickering, B Saxton
Attendance 22,907CaptainD Beasant, K Sansom
Top ScorerMirandinha (11)
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This was a disastrous season for the club, but United's downfall was put into perspective by the horrific scenes at Hillsborough and the emotional farewell for Jackie Milburn. It was a season when tangible hope turned to real despair.

There was a mixture of optimism and fear before the start of the new season. McFaul had - on paper - signed a quartet of decent looking players: Dave Beasant, Andy Thorn, John Hendrie and John Robertson. However we had not only sold Gascoigne but, arguably more importantly, we had also lost Paul Goddard.

It only took a matter of seconds at Goodison Park for the United fans to find out which emotion would dominate. Thousands had travelled to Goodison Park in celebratory mood, but United became badly unstuck against the Toffees.

Although there had been insufficient time for the new players to be assimilated McFaul was sacked after a poor start. Without a succession plan in place United floundered around for six weeks and plunged to the foot of the table.

The United heirarchy's embarrasment was finally ended when they persuaded the experienced Jim Smith to take charge. With two thirds of the season left and - on paper - a reasonable side, there was every reason to believe that the situation could be rectified.

An upturn in form followed Smith's arrival, but it did not last and he decided to embark on a major mid-season rebuilding programme. As a result a grand total of 35 players were used during the campaign. His plan failed and United were relegated having spent the whole of the season in the bottom four.

The average crowd actually rose but the disenchantment with the Board was getting into full swing with "Sack the Board" becoming the most popular chant and sit down protests becoming a regular occurrence. The supporters gained a new mouthpiece as "The Mag" appeared on the streets for the first time.

However there was a different aspect to the protests this time as a group of high powered and influential business men led by John Hall formed the Magpie Group with the publicised aim of democratising the club. It was to be the start of a massive battle of power with new Chairman Gordon McKeag.


Competitions


League Division 1

27/8/88 A Everton L 0 - 4
03/9/88 H Tottenham D 2 - 2
10/9/88 A Derby L 0 - 2
17/9/88 H Norwich L 0 - 2
24/9/88 A Charlton D 2 - 2
01/10/88 A Liverpool W 2 - 1
08/10/88 H Coventry L 0 - 3
22/10/88 A WHU L 0 - 2
26/10/88 H Middlesbrough W 3 - 0
29/10/88 H Nottm F L 0 - 1
05/11/88 A QPR L 0 - 3
12/11/88 H Arsenal L 0 - 1
19/11/88 A Millwall L 0 - 4
27/11/88 H Manchester Utd D 0 - 0
03/12/88 A Luton D 0 - 0
10/12/88 H Wimbledon W 2 - 1
17/12/88 H Southampton D 3 - 3
26/12/88 A Sheff Wed W 2 - 1
31/12/88 A Tottenham L 0 - 2
02/1/89 H Derby L 0 - 1
14/1/89 A Aston Villa L 1 - 3
21/1/89 H Charlton L 0 - 2
04/2/89 H Liverpool D 2 - 2
11/2/89 A Coventry W 2 - 1
26/2/89 A Middlesbrough D 1 - 1
11/3/89 H QPR L 1 - 2
15/3/89 A Nottm F D 1 - 1
22/3/89 H Everton W 2 - 0
25/3/89 A Norwich W 2 - 0
27/3/89 H Sheff Wed L 1 - 3
01/4/89 A Southampton L 0 - 1
08/4/89 H Aston Villa L 1 - 2
15/4/89 A Arsenal L 0 - 1
22/4/89 H Luton D 0 - 0
29/4/89 A Wimbledon L 0 - 4
03/5/89 H WHU L 1 - 2
06/5/89 H Millwall D 1 - 1
13/5/89 A Manchester Utd L 0 - 2

Four defeats in the first seven games resulted in McFaul being sacked and the failure to land a new permanent manager brought another five defeats which saw the Magpies plummet to the bottom of the table.

Jim Smith was appointed and two wins and two draws in his first four games suggested better times ahead, but four defeats followed.

Smith's attempt to drastically remodel the side failed and United's League record during 1989 was 3 wins, 5 draws and 11 defeats resulted in relegation. During the whole campaign the highest position attained had been 17th


FA Cup

R3 07/1/89 H Watford D 0 - 0
R3r 10/1/89 A Watford D 2 - 2
R3r2 16/1/89 H Watford D 0 - 0
R3r3 18/1/89 A Watford L 0 - 1

League Cup

R2 L1 27/9/88 A Sheffield Utd L 0 - 3
R2 L2 12/10/88 H Sheffield Utd W 2 - 0

Players

Squad

Player A S G
Anderson, J 23 0 1
Beasant, D 24 0
Bogie, I 4 6
Brazil, G 3 4
Brock, K 25 0 3
Cornwell, J 9 1
Craig, A 0 1
Gourlay, A 0 1
Hendrie, J 40 0 5
Howey, S 0 1
Jackson, D 15 2 2
Jackson, P 1 0
Kelly, Gary 9 0
Kristensen, B 4 1
Lormor, A 3 0 1
McCreery, D 40 0
McDonald, R 7 7 1
Mirandinha 26 7 11
O'Brien, L 21 3 4
O'Neill, M 20 11 3
Payne, L 6 1
Pingel, F 13 1 1
Ranson, R 17 1 1
Robertson, J 7 7
Robinson, D 0 1
Roche, D 0 2
Roeder, G 21 0
Sansom, K 24 0
Scott, K 35 0
Stephenson, P 8 1
Sweeney, P 6 2
Thorn, A 28 0 1
Tinnion, B 14 1 1
Wharton, K 20 4
Wright, T 11 0
own goals 1

Team

Total Games: 44

Total Number of Players Used: 35

01: (3) Beasant > Kelly

02: (5) Anderson > Ranson

03: (4) Tinnion > Sansom

04: (2) McCreery

05: (5) Scott

06: (4) Thorn > Roeder

07: (7) Hendrie

08: (15) Bogie/Hendrie > Pingel

09: (10) Mirandinha

10: (6) Jackson D/ O'Neill > O'Brien

11: (8) Robertson > Payne > Brock


Transfers


Toon In

SurnameDateFromFee
Beasant Dave 06/88 Wimbledon £850,000
Hendrie John 06/88 Bradford City £500,000
Robinson Dave 06/88 Internal Free
Roche David 08/88 Professional
Thorn Andy 08/88 Wimbledon £850,000
Payne Lee 09/88 Barnet £25,000
Mcdonald Rob 11/88 PSV Eindhoven £150,000
O'Brien Liam 11/88 Man Utd £300,000
Brock Kevin 12/88 QPR £300,000
Ranson Ray 12/88 Birmingham £175,000
Sansom Kenny 12/88 Arsenal £300,000
Pingel Frank 01/89 Aarhus £260,000
Brazil Gary 02/89 Preston £250,000
Kristensen Bjorn 03/89 Aarhus £260,000
Sweeney Paul 03/89 Raith Rovers £100,000

D Beasant

A Thorn

K Sansom


Toon Oot

NameDateToFee
Thomas Andy 06/88 Bradford City £80,000
Gascoigne Paul 07/88 Tottenham £2.65m
Goddard Paul 07/88 Derby £425,000
Mcdonald Neil 08/88 Everton £525,000
Bailey John 09/88 Bristol City Free
Jackson Peter 09/88 Bradford City £290,000
Jackson Darren 11/88 Dundee Utd £200,000
Stephenson Paul 11/88 Millwall £300,000
Thomas Martin 11/88 Birmingham Free
Cornwell John 12/88 Swindon £50,000
Robertson John 12/88 Hearts £750,000
Beasant Dave 01/89 Chelsea £725,000
Craig Albert 01/89 Dundee Free
Bogie Ian 02/89 Preston c-ex
Payne Lee 03/89 Reading £30,000
Tinnion Brian 03/89 Bradford City £150,000
Wharton Kenny 05/89 Retired (inj.) Free
Roeder Glenn 05/89 Released

Drop Oot
NameDateToClub
Craig Albert Northampton
Craig Albert12/88 12/88Dundee
Kelly Gary Blackpool
Lormor Anthony Norwich
Thomas Martin10/88 10/88Birmingham