Newcastle 1991/92 - Season Summary


NUFC 1991/92 Squad
Div 220th ChairmanG Forbes, J Hall
FA CupR3 ManagerO Ardilles > K Keegan
League CupR3 CoachT Galvin > D Fazackerly
Attendance21,024 CaptainK Scott
Top ScorerG Peacock (21)

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newcastle 1991/92 programme

United entered their centenary season with renewed hope, but little tangible to base it on. It almost ended in disaster but Kevin Keegan saved the day; just.

The season started badly with only one win recorded in the first eleven league games. Ossie's young charges were playing entertaining open football, but they were shipping far too many goals.

The initial optimism that saw 22,700 turn up for the first game of the season soon evaporated and attendances had slipped back towards the 15,000 mark. The club was losing money just as quickly and this led to more boadroom changes.

John and Douglas Hall, Freddie Shepherd and Derek McVickers replaced Gordon McKeag and Russell Cushing. Just before Christmas Hall replaced Forbes as Chairman and pledged his support to Ardilles.

The New Year was heralded with an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Southend and was followed a month later by a 5-2 thrashing at Oxford. Inbetween those games United lost 4-3 at home to Charlton after leading 3-0 with half an hour left. Ossie's "safe as houses" job was in ruins.

Sensationally and riskily, Freddie's Fletcher and Shepherd along with Douglas Hall persuaded Keegan (who had had no involvement with the professional game since retiring almost eight years earlier) to take on the challenge of keeping United up.

A record of 5/2/2 in his first nine games saw a gradual climb up the table but Keegan had to be persuaded to return after he walked out when the money he had been "promised" for transfers failed to materialise.

But just as the club seemed to have turned the corner a 6-2 defeat at Wolves precipitated a five game losing run that saw United tumble back down into the relegation places.

There were two games left: at home to Jim Smith's Portsmouth and away to promotion hopefuls Leicester. The tension at SJP was almost unbearable for the home game against Pompey, but the outpouring of relief was immense when David Kelly grabbed the winner five minutes from the end.

Another win was still required to be mathematically certain and it was another emotionally charged atmosphere at Filbert Street. Results elsewhere were going United's way, but Leicester's late equaliser created pandemonium which turned ugly when Steve Walsh put through his own net to restore United's lead.

The cups seemed almost incidental: Peterborough knocked the Magpies out of the League Cup and Bournemouth beat them on penalties in the FA Cup. United were also beaten on penalties by Tranmere in the Zenith Data Systems Cup after a crazy 6-6 draw.



Matches

D2 18/8/91 A Charlton L 1 - 2
D2 24/8/91 H Watford D 2 - 2
D2 27/8/91 A Middlesbrough L 0 - 3
D2 31/8/91 A Bristol W 2 - 1
D2 04/9/91 H Plymouth D 2 - 2
D2 07/9/91 A Tranmere L 2 - 3
D2 14/9/91 H Wolves L 1 - 2
D2 17/9/91 H Ipswich D 1 - 1
D2 21/9/91 A Millwall L 1 - 2
LC 24/9/91 A Crewe W 4 - 3
D2 28/9/91 H Derby D 2 - 2
ZDS 01/10/91 A Tranmere L 6 - 6
D2 05/10/91 A Portsmouth L 1 - 3
LC 09/10/91 H Crewe W 1 - 0
D2 12/10/91 H Leicester W 2 - 0
D2 19/10/91 H Oxford Utd W 4 - 3
D2 26/10/91 A Bristol D 1 - 1
LC 29/10/91 A Peterborough Utd L 0 - 1
D2 02/11/91 A Swindon L 1 - 2
D2 06/11/91 H Cambridge Utd D 1 - 1
D2 09/11/91 H Grimsby W 2 - 0
D2 17/11/91 A Sunderland D 1 - 1
D2 20/11/91 H Southend Utd W 3 - 2
D2 23/11/91 H Blackburn D 0 - 0
D2 30/11/91 A Barnsley L 0 - 3
D2 07/12/91 H Port Vale D 2 - 2
D2 14/12/91 A Brighton D 2 - 2
D2 20/12/91 A Plymouth L 0 - 2
D2 26/12/91 H Middlesbrough L 0 - 1
D2 28/12/91 H Bristol W 2 - 1
D2 01/1/92 A Southend Utd L 0 - 4
FAC 04/1/92 A AFC Bournemouth D 0 - 0
D2 11/1/92 A Watford D 2 - 2
D2 18/1/92 H Charlton L 3 - 4
FAC 22/1/92 H AFC Bournemouth D 2 - 2
D2 01/2/92 A Oxford Utd L 2 - 5
D2 08/2/92 H Bristol W 3 - 0
D2 15/2/92 A Blackburn L 1 - 3
D2 22/2/92 H Barnsley D 1 - 1
D2 29/2/92 A Port Vale W 1 - 0
D2 07/3/92 H Brighton L 0 - 1
D2 10/3/92 A Cambridge Utd W 2 - 0
D2 14/3/92 H Swindon W 3 - 1
D2 21/3/92 A Grimsby D 1 - 1
D2 29/3/92 H Sunderland W 1 - 0
D2 31/3/92 A Wolves L 2 - 6
D2 04/4/92 H Tranmere L 2 - 3
D2 11/4/92 A Ipswich L 2 - 3
D2 18/4/92 H Millwall L 0 - 1
D2 20/4/92 A Derby L 1 - 4
D2 25/4/92 H Portsmouth W 1 - 0
D2 02/5/92 A Leicester W 2 - 1

Premiership

Squad

Total Games: 52

Total Goals: 79

Player A S G
Appleby M 20 3
Bodin P 6 0
Bradshaw D 21 2
Brock K 34 4 4
Carr F 13 3 2
Clark L 31 4 6
Elliott R 11 0
Fashanu J 0 1
Garland P 0 2
Gourlay A 0 1
Howey S 14 12 2
Hunt A 27 6 12
Kelly D 26 0 11
Kilcline B 12 0
Kristensen B 1 1
Maguire G 3 0
Makel L 6 4 1
McDonough D 2 1
Neilson A 18 0 1
O'Brien L 46 0 4
Peacock G 51 0 21
Quinn M 19 4 10
Ranson R 5 1
Robinson D 0 3
Roche D 21 8
Scott K 50 0 1
Sheedy K 13 0 1
Srnicek P 16 0
Stimson M 25 1
Thompson A 13 2
Walker A 3 0
Watson S 25 5 1
Wilson T 2 0
Wright T 36 0
own goals 2

Players


Toon In

SurnameDateFromFee
Harper Steve 12/1991 Seaham Red Star Free
Kelly David 12/1991 Leicester £250,000
Kilcline Brian 03/92 Oldham £250,000
Sheedy Kevin 02/92 Everton Free
Garland Peter 03/92 Tottenham £35,000
Mcdonaugh Darren 03/92 Luton £90,000
Watson John 04/92 Wallsend Boys Club Free

D Kelly

B Kilcline

K Sheedy


Toon Oot

NameDateToFee
Aitken Roy 08/91 St Mirren £150,000
Burridge John 08/91 Hibernians Free
Dillon Kevin 08/91 Reading Free
Simpson Neil 08/91 Motherwell Free
Sloan Scott 11/91 Falkirk £50,000
Anderson John 01/92 Retired (inj)
Robinson Dave 03/92 Reading Free
Gourlay Archie 04/92 Motherwell Free

R Aitken

J Anderson

J Burridge


Drop In

NameClubFromTo
Walker Andy 09/91 09/91 Celtic
Maguire Gavin 10/91 10/91 Portsmouth
Fashanu Justin 10/91 10/91 Unattached (trial)
Bodin Paul 12/91 01/92 C Palace
Wilson Terry 01/92 02/92 Nottm F
Kilcline Brian 02/92 02/92 Oldham

Drop Oot

NameClubFromTo
Askew BillyGateshead
Askew BillyShrewsbury
Gourlay Archie Gateshead 07/91 03/92
Burridge John Hartlepool07/91 07/91