NUFC 1989/90 - Season Summary


NUFC 1989/90 Squad

Division 23rdChairmanG McKeag
FA CupR5 ManagerJ Smith
League CupR3CoachB Saxton
Attendance 22,033Captaintbc, R Aitken
Top ScorerM Quinn (34)
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With a massive share war behind the scenes and fans being urged to boycott the matches it seemed unlikely that United could bounce straight back.

But Jim Smith's summer overhaul proved more successful with Micky Quinn and Mark McGhee forming a new front two and the experienced "Budgie" Burridge taking over in goal.

When Quinn bagged four in an opening day victory over Leeds the fans at last had something to smile about again and United got off to a strong start. And when December turned into a disaster and United lost 4-1 at home to Wolves on New Year's Day Smith reacted by signing Scotland captain Roy Aitken from Celtic.

It was an inspired signing and United got themselves into a promotion place only to slump at the very end leaving them in the play-offs with neighbours Sunderland as the opposition.

When Newcastle returned from Roker Park with a 0-0 draw United looked odds on favourites to get to the play-off final. But Sunderland won 2-0 0n Tyneside and a pitch invasion simply added to the despair. Tyneside was initially cheered by Sunderland's defeat in the play-off final by Swindon only for them to get promoted anyway due to the Wiltshire club's previous financial irregularities.

The share war continued as the Magpie Group attempted to wrestle control from the present incumbents, but McKeag hung on grimly and eventually a truce was achieved. Hall was given a seat on the Board and a Public Share Issue was to be raised as soon as possible.


Competitions



League Division 2
19/8/89 H Leeds Utd W 5-2
26/8/89 A Leicester D 2-2
02/9/89 H Oldham W 2-1
09/9/89 A AFC Bournemouth L 1-2
13/9/89 A Oxford Utd L 1-2
16/9/89 H Portsmouth W 1-0
24/9/89 A Sunderland D 0-0
27/9/89 H Watford W 2-1
30/9/89 A Hull W 3-1
07/10/89 A Ipswich L 1-2
14/10/89 H Bradford W 1-0
18/10/89 H Blackburn W 2-1
21/10/89 A Brighton and Hove Albion W 3-0
28/10/89 H Port Vale D 2-2
01/11/89 A WBA W 5-1
04/11/89 H Middlesbrough D 2-2
11/11/89 A WHU D 0-0
18/11/89 A Barnsley D 1-1
25/11/89 H Sheffield Utd W 2-0
02/12/89 A Leeds Utd L 0-1
09/12/89 H Oxford Utd L 2-3
26/12/89 A Stoke L 1-2
30/12/89 A Swindon D 1-1
01/1/90 H Wolves L 1-4
13/1/90 H Leicester W 5-4
20/1/90 A Oldham D 1-1
04/2/90 H Sunderland D 1-1
10/2/90 A Portsmouth D 1-1
24/2/90 A Sheffield Utd D 1-1
28/2/90 H AFC Bournemouth W 3-0
03/3/90 H Barnsley W 4-1
07/3/90 H Hull W 2-0
10/3/90 A Watford D 0-0
17/3/90 H Ipswich W 2-1
21/3/90 A Bradford L 2-3
24/3/90 A Blackburn L 0-2
31/3/90 H Brighton and Hove Albion W 2-0
03/4/90 H Plymouth W 3-1
07/4/90 A Port Vale W 2-1
11/4/90 H WBA W 2-1
14/4/90 A Wolves W 1-0
16/4/90 H Stoke W 3-0
21/4/90 A Plymouth D 1-1
25/4/90 H Swindon D 0-0
28/4/90 H WHU W 2-1
05/5/90 A Middlesbrough L 1-4
Play Offs
13/5/90 A Sunderland D 0-0
16/5/90 H Sunderland L 0-2

After only 3 defeats in the first 19 games the Magpies were handily placed in 3rd at the end of November.

But only 1 win in the next 9 matches culminating in a 4-1 defeat at home to Wolves on New Years day had the mood turning ugly again. Smith responded by signing Scotland captain Roy Aitken from Celtic.

It was an inspired signing and only 3 of the last 22 games ended in defeat. However United only won 1 of their last 4 games and ended in 3rd which meant they had to go into the play-offs where they would meet 6th place Sunderland who had finished six points behind them.

John Burridge saved a penalty as Newcastle drew 0-0 at Roker Park only for the Wearsiders to win 2-0 at St. Janes'.

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FA Cup
FAC 06/1/90 A Hull W 1-0
FAC 27/1/90 A Reading D 3-3
FAC 31/1/90 H Reading W 4-1
FAC 18/2/90 H Manchester Utd L 2-3

League Cup
LC 19/9/89 A Reading L 1-3
LC 04/10/89 H Reading W 4-0
LC 25/10/89 H WBA L 0-1
Squad
Player A S G
Aitken, R 27 0 1
Anderson, J 33 8 4
Askew, B 6 0
Bradshaw, D 11 4
Brazil, G 5 14 3
Brock, K 50 1 3
Burridge, J 36 0
Dillon, K 49 2
Fereday, W 23 5
Gallacher, J 26 7 7
Kelly, Gary 5 0
Kristensen, B 32 8 3
McGhee, M 55 0 25
O'Brien, L 17 7 3
Quinn, M 53 0 34
Ranson, R 39 0
Robinson, D 0 2 1
Scott, K 51 0 4
Stimson, M 44 2 1
Sweeney, P 17 6
Thorn, A 12 0 2
Wright, T 14 0
Team

Total Games: 55

Total Number of Players Used: 24

01: (3) Burridge/Wright

02: (4) Anderson/Ranson > Scott

03: (3) Stimson

04: (4) Dillon > Aitken

05: (2) Scott > Anderson

06: (5) Thorn > Kristensen > Ranson

07: (5) Gallacher > Brock

08: (5) Brock > Dillon

09: (2) Quinn

10: (1) McGhee

11: (7) Fereday > O'Brien > Kristensen


Transfers


Toon In
SurnameDateFromFee
Fereday Wayne 06/89 QPR £400,000
Gallagher John 06/89 Falkirk £100,000
Stimson Mark 06/89 Tottenham £150,000
Dillon Kevin 07/89 Portsmouth Free
Mcghee Mark 07/89 Aberdeen £200,000
Quinn Micky 08/89 Portsmouth £680,000
Bradshaw Darren 09/89 York City £10,000
Burridge John 10/89 Southampton £25,000
Clark Lee 12/89 Professional
Howey Steve 12/89 Professional
Aitken Roy 01/90 Celtic £500,000
Askew Billy 03/90 Hull City £150,000
Appleby Mattie 05/90 Professional

M McGhee

M Quinn

R Aitken


Toon Oot
NameDateToFee
Hendrie John 06/89 Leeds Utd £600,000
Mccreery Dave 06/89 Sundsvaal
Sansom Kenny 06/89 QPR £340,000
Pingel Frank 07/89 Brondby £200,000
Roeder Glenn 07/89 Watford Free
Mcdonald Rob 08/89 Besiktas £60,000
O'Neill Michael 08/89 Dundee Utd £350,000
Kelly Gary 11/89 Bury £75,000
Thorn Andy 12/89 C Palace £650,000
Lormor Anthony 01/90 Lincoln City £25,000

Drop Oot
NameDateToClub
Gourlay Archie Morton
Kelly Gary10/8910/89Bury
Mirandinha Francisco07/89 06/90Palmeiras