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NUFC 1892/93 - Season Diary


06/05 - It is revealed that Newcastle West End players Whitton (goalkeeper) and Jeffrey (back) have moved to Newcastle East End and there are strong rumours that West End may be disbanded.

09/05 - At a meeting of the directorate of East End they unanimously agree to accept West End's offer of taking over the lease of St. James' Park which has some 11-12 years left to run. They deem that with the field having a much more central position than their current ground in Heaton the gates are bound to be very large. They also advise that they have applied to join the Football League and have approached a number of players who are leading exponents of the game.

13/05 - The last two seasons have been anything but prosperous for Messrs Neasham and Black, who have done everything in their powers for success but have had the worst of luck. And they have announced their intention to sever their connection with the West End club.

13/05 - East End have applied for a place in the League and a number of leading exponents of the game have been approached.

H Jeffery

16/05 - It is confirmed that West End players Whitton, Collins and Jeffrey have all signed on for East End - the amalgamation of the opponents had given satisfaction to supporters of the game in the district.

26/05 - At the Cleveland Football Association AGM Vice-president MR. H. Walker inquires whether East End have applied for admission to the Association as he understands that they wish to join. The secretary states that no such application has been received.

30/05 - During the last few day's attempts have been made to form another professional club in Newcastle. Five well-known gentlemen are prepared to guarantee a substantial sum for this purpose providing a central field can be rented. This is likely to be an issue; the proprietors of the Jesmond grounds were approached but they wanted an absurd £500 per annum.

In celebration of their title victory in 1891/92 the Football League AGM is held in Fawcett Street, Sunderland. There are five vacancies in Division 1 (West Brom invited without election as they won the Cup) . Turnbull makes the application for East End. Fifty votes are cast in total and Newcastle East End get one. They are invited to apply for the newly formed Second Division, but turn down the opportunity.

The AGM of the Northern League is held in Stockton. Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool have all sent letters declining to join due to travelling costs. Applications from Bishop Auckland and Darlington St. Augustine' s are turned down. Therefore as Sunderland Albion and West End have been disbanded the League will be reduced by two to only seven teams next season.

02/06 - Several well-known gentlemen have taken up a large number of shares in East End which will provide a great financial help to the club.

06/06 - East End have offered to pay the famed Celtic £80 if they play at St. James' in September. The directorate are hoping to bring all the leading teams to Tyneside.

13/06 - Celtic have accepted United's offer and will meet East End on September 3rd.

16/06 - The Annual Meeting of East End is held and the report and balance-sheet is presented. A loss of £50 was made which is attributed to the unsuitable position of the ground and the lack of public support. They are confident that this will be rectified now that they are based in central-Newcastle. The club are making strong efforts to arrange friendlies against first-class Scottish and English teams as they believe they will be attractions to the public. The signings of Whitton, Jeffrey and Collins are confirmed as is the capture of Keir. A new centre-forward and half-back are still being sought. Secretary Goulding is the recipient of a gold pencil-case.

M Keir

20/06: The Retained List is released: Scott, Miller, Watson, Creilly, McKane, Reay, Crate, Thompson, Sorley Wallace and Barker. Whitton, Jeffrey, Collins and Keir signed.


T Rodger

01/07 - Rodger, the Saints left-half has gone to Newcastle, but not as a pro.

18/07 - East End intend to make things "hum" this season. They did well last year and should accomplish great things with the strengthened squad.

29/07 - The Celtic team will be entertained to dinner when they visit.


01/08 - A Scottish club is endeavouring to prevent one of East End's Scottish captures from fulfilling his engagement with the East Enders.

02/08 - The players commence practice in the evening and there is a large attendance of the public. The Committee have secured all the men they require for next season and are looking forward to a very successful time. A limited amount of Season Tickets are to be made available.

08/08 - The players are training every night before a crowd of supporters and all goes merrily; seventeen men have been engaged in total. Three players have been captured from Scotland. Kirkland (Duntocher Harp), Keir (Dalmuir Thistle) and Graham (Lanemark). Graham played a season with Preston North End and is expected to turn out "good goods".

09/08 New- signing Kirkland (Duntocher Harp) arrives on Tyneside where he joins the other Scottish imports: Keir (Dalmuir Thistle) and Graham (Lanemark).

12/08 - Secretary Goulding states that the demand for Season Tickets has been much larger than anticipated and he confidently states "there is no doubt, no shadow of doubt" that the public interest in football is on the increase here.

15/08 - Graham is showing exceedingly good form in the practices and is definitely the best capture made.

19/08 - The East End fixture card is to hand.

22/08 - Miller has met with an accident during practices. He has broken a bone in his foot and will not be able to play for some time.

23/08 - Crowds continue to attend in numbers, there were some 3,000 here tonight. The players look to be in good shape; there "are no flies on them".


03/09 - Fr: East End 0 Celtic 1 - The visitors name the lady correctly and take advantage of the hill and a gusty wind. They take the lead with an illegal goal (the referee admitting his mistake after the match) and defend very well after half-time. The gate receipts amount to £147. Goal nets are used for the first time on the ground.

07/09 - Fr: East End 2 Sunderland 2 - United have to play the first-half into the sun and a strong wind and after being pegged back twice it is all-square at the interval. The Magpies do all the pressing in the second-half, but suffer from faulty shooting.

09/09 - The Celtic players and officials have complained about the treatment meted out by the referee and spectators in the games against Newcastle and Sunderland. The referees are accused of coaching the players and showing expressions of sympathy. The “Bould Celts” also visited Pink Lane whilst in Newcastle, but were not much taken by it.

09/09 - All the Season Tickets have now been disposed of and there will be no more issued. When East End offered Celtic £80 they had not realised they were going to "tour" the region.

10/09 - Fr: East End 4 Middlesbrough Ironopolis 1 - It is a one-sided game throughout. In the first half East End have the wind and sun in their faces, but lead 2-0 at the break. They score twice more with the Nops gaining a consolation just on time. Whitton is clever as usual.

11/09 - Kirkland, who arrived from Duntocher Harp (Glasgow), has been tried and found wanting and has returned home again. He is hardly the class of player required.

17/09 - Fr: Middlesbrough Ironopolis 1 East End 2 - Many supporters of the Newcastle team travel down and witness a splendid match.

24/09 - NL: Sheff. Utd. 5 East End 1 - East End are well on top in the first-half and after launching assault after assault on the Sheffield citadel they lead at the break. But in the second-half they go to pieces although In mitigation they had a lot of hard luck. Crate and Sorley are hurt and hard-working halfback Creilly injures his knee in the first-half and is carried off after a clash of heads with an opponent in the second. He was attended to by a doctor who said genial Bobby will be out for a month.

30/09 - Celtic offered East End a £50 guarantee and half any gate over £100 to play in Glasgow on 8th October; however, they are otherwise engaged.


01/10 - W. Lindsay has left Ardenlea for Newcastle; the Scots are not sorry over their loss.

01/10 - NL: East End 3 Middlesbrough 1 - The game was not due to be played until November 5th but as both teams were free they decided to bring forward the match. It is a poor game in which neither side impresses although both keepers are splendid

03/10 - Willie Graham is a capital half-back and is the brother of Johnnie Graham who played for Preston North End. Willie also spent some time at Preston.

07/10 - Although there have been rumours of new men arriving, Golding says there is no truth in them whatsoever.

06/10 - Fr: Stockton 3 East End 1 - Sorley is back. Half-Back Kirkland is given a trial in the game but he isn’t of much service. Thompson has to retire.

Thompson will be out for a while as his bad leg, which caused him much anxiety last year, is again troubling him.

08/10 - Fr: Middlesbrough 0 East End 1 - East End do most of the pressing in the first half and open the scoring, but after the turn around Middlesbrough are generally on the offensive with United defending well and attacking in quick rushes. The homesters are unlucky to hit the bar but cannot find a way through.

10/10 - Scott (last year's first-choice 'keeper) and Barker (forward) are released.

15/10 - Fr: East End 7 South of Ayrshire 0 - The crowd are very disappointed that J Graham, who promised to be captain - did not travel down. With Wallace and Collins in rare form the Magpies are never distressed and play in a happy-go-lucky style.

17/10 - The proceeds of the game against Queen of the South Wanderers (on October 29th) will be handed over to the local infirmary.

21/10 - Matt Scott has been signed by Sunderland where he will be understudy to Doig.

21/10 - The match with South of Ayrshire was a financial failure, but United have offered Hearts £50 to come to Tyneside.

22/10 - Fr: East End 2 Hearts 0 - Newcastle paid a £50 guarantee to bring Hearts to Tyneside and there are upwards of 3,000 in attendance. Although the Scots had promised to send their best eleven, this is clearly not the case.

28/10 - Tomorrow's match against Queen of the South Wanderers has been cancelled as the Scots have another match to play. Newcastle will play Mossend Swifts instead, a team which is a shadow of its former self.

29/10 - Fr: East End 4 Mossend Swifts 1 - A match of the tamest description - East End never distress themselves and indulged in lots of gallery play. Sorley scores all four and the home side also have 3 goals disallowed for offside.


04/11 - Attendances at recent matches at St. James' have not met expectations; a lot of the old West End supporters seem to be staying away. They should let bygones be bygones and support their local club.

05/11 - Fr: East End 2 Sheffield United 2 - East End are late onto the field and when they appear several of their intimate friends failed to recognise them; they had all combed their hair and are photographed. Sheffield are missing a number of players through injury. There are about 4,000 spectators and it is a lively game full of fast and often rough play. The visitors have the advantage of the incline in the first period and lead 2-1 at the interval, but East End have nearly all the best of the second-half.

12/11 - NL: East End 5 Darlington 0 - The Darlingtonians get severely whacked.

East End have been invited by The Wednesday to play the Blades at Sheffield on December 25th. They have received a splendid guarantee.

East End are putting in extra training for their match against Ironopolis who are undefeated this season.

19/11 - NL: Middlesbrough Ironopolis 3 East End 2

21/11 -The directorate are in dispute with Heart of Midlothian over the guarantee for their recent match. East End had agreed to pay £50 on the understanding they would bring their full team. In the event the Maroons only had five first-teamers due to the Glasgow v Edinburgh match. As a result, Newcastle only gave them £30 and are refusing to pay anymore.

26/11 - NL: Darlington 0 East End 7 - East End had the ball in the net thirteen times but six were penalised for offside.


02/12 - McKane is at present lying seriously ill with inflammation of the kidneys.

02/12 - East End treasurer Mr. J. Peel is to leave the "canny toon" to take up residence in London. He has been associated with the club for many years and is very popular amongst its followers. He will be the recipient of a testimonial which will be presented at a smoking concert.

02/12 - A meeting is to be held in Newcastle next week to discuss the affairs of the club. The main topic on the agenda will be the name of the club with many followers of the game in the vicinity calling for a more representative name.

03/12 - NL: East End 5 Stockton 1 - The weather is of a vile description but it is a fast game. Despite playing up the hill United are 2-0 up within 10 minutes before Stockton pull one back. In the second-half the East Enders are considerably handicapped by Thompson being hurt and therefore practically useless.

05/12 - The special club meeting is to be held on Friday, The directors are open to suggestions and hope to have a crowded meeting.

09/12 - The special meeting is held in the Bath Lane Lecture Hall, Corporation Street, Newcastle, for the purpose of taking into consideration the advisability of changing the name of the organisation which lately took possession of the ground at St. James's Park, Leazes, Newcastle, formerly held by the now defunct West End Club.

Mr Alexander Turnbull presides, and there is a very large attendance of those interested in Association football present. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, expresses his satisfaction at witnessing such a magnificent gathering present on such a stormy evening, and thinks that it augurs well for the future of Association football in Newcastle.

In referring to the object of the meeting, he states that at the time the negotiations were in progress between the representatives of the West End and East End Football Clubs for the transference of the ground, it was tacitly understood between them that the name of the club should be altered, and the time had now arrived when some general and representative name should be chosen. (Hear, hear, and applause.)

He is sure that the shareholders do not look forward to any profit, their only object being to see the game played in Newcastle as it ought to be played (Hear, hear.) Their sole object is to bring together a team to hold their own against any team in any other part of the country. (Hear, hear, and applause.) This object can only be obtained by the entire and unanimous support of all parts of Newcastle. (Hear, hear.)

In considering the proposed alteration of the name of the club several have been suggested. The first is "Newcastle" - (a voice: “Right ") - the next is "Newcastle Central," whilst others believe it should be "Newcastle City," others the "City of Newcastle," and others "Newcastle United." (Hear, hear, and applause.)

It had, however, been decided to leave the selection of the name to the meeting, and in doing so he states he is confident from the attention they have given to his remarks that everything will pass off harmoniously and quietly to the end.

Councillor Henderson, an old supporter of the West End Club, who describes Association football as one of the most manly sports that it was possible for Englishmen to take part in, says the attendance there that evening proves that so far as Newcastle is concerned, football is not losing its influence amongst the people. (Applause.) Football is one of the best exercises that their youths can indulge in.

He believes that the motive of the East End directorate in taking possession of the ground was to place before them the highest possible standard of football and, therefore, they are deserving of the support of all lovers of Association football in Newcastle and district. (Hear, hear, and applause.)

He knows from the internal working of the West End club that the reason it went down was that it did not receive their support at the right time, and that was the beginning of the downward career which ended in entire failure. If there is any good to result from that meeting the people of Newcastle will have to give their unanimous support to the directorate to enable them to maintain a satisfactory team. (Hear, hear.)

In conclusion, Councillor Henderson says whoever has the management of the team will have to see to it that the football field is not turned into a pugilistic arena, for this sort of thing has had the effect of disgusting many people who take an interest the game.

The Chairman then invites any one in the body of the hall who thinks it advisable that the name of the club should be altered to move a resolution to that effect, which is moved, seconded, and carried with only three dissentients.

In like manner three propositions are moved and seconded that the name of the club should be altered to the "Newcastle United," "Newcastle," and "Newcastle City" respectively; and on a vote being taken the preponderance is in favour of the club being called the "Newcastle United." Eventually the latter name is submitted to the meeting by the chairman as a substantive motion, when it is carried practically unanimously.

The Chairman says immediate steps will be taken to have the name altered at once by placing the matter before the council of the English Football Association at their meeting on Monday night first. After the transaction of other routine business, the meeting is brought to a close with the usual vote of thanks to the chairman.

10/12 - NL: East End 1 Middlesbrough Ironopolis 2 - The game is played in a snowstorm and the ground is decidedly unfit for a true exposition of the game; both teams protest about it being counted as a League fixture. The match is played at a furious rate throughout, the Nops go 2-0 up and East End pull one back after a fierce struggle. The players and spectators are anything but satisfied with the way the referee performs his duties and several of his absurd decisions arouse the hilarity of the crowd. Despite the weather the "gate" reached £50 and it is hoped that the local public is finally starting to support the club.

16/12 - Creilly has an injury to his leg.

17/12 - NL: Stockton 2 East End 5 - The Stocktonians had great faith in their abilities, but the Tynesiders fairly beat them at all points. The homesters are handicapped by the fact that half-back Willocks has to retire early on, throwing them totally out of gear.

19/12 Middlesbrough have offered £20 to The Novocastrians to forfeit home advantage in the Cup tie.

23/12 - The English Association have agreed to the proposed renaming of the East End club, and that henceforth it will be known as Newcastle United. It is understood that Newcastle have refused Middlesbrough’s offer.

23/12 - For the friendly match against Middlesbrough, East End are going to try Smellie (who has played in the reserve team for some time with success) at centre-forward and have a new outside-left. Regular centre Thompson is still laid up with his knee.

23/12 - Substantial guarantees have been promised to Glasgow Rangers, Everton and the Corinthians and it is hoped the Newcastle public will roll up in numbers to make the games a financial success.

24/12 - Fr: East End 2 Middlesbrough 1 - The ground is as hard as iron and therefore the play is unreliable. East End take it very easy and do not distress themselves because of the important match at Sheffield. Although they have rather the best of the business, they have to wait until just before the break to open the scoring. Both sides net in the second-half and although there are lots of chances each custodian plays very well. A trial was given to Mclntosh of Dundee who did fairly well despite struggling to stay on his feet.

26/12 - The Scottish Referee states that the club will assume their new moniker for the first time when they play the Corinthians which conflicts with reports in other papers.

T Crate

26/12 - Tom Crate has been suspended for one month for playing in Scotland during the close-season.

26/12 - Fr: The Wednesday 1 East End 0 - Despite a heavy fog there is a good attendance and the match is a financial success.

30/12 - Both Ironopolis and Stockton have made efforts to sign Graham and Reay.

31/12 - Fr: Newcastle 8 Corinthians 1 - "Pa" Jackson had promised to send a strong team to Tyneside and no more popular team could have been secured as opposition than the famous Corinthians. However, their best team are playing Bolton Wanderers and it is their understudies who show up. in a game singularly free from fouls and ??? Newcastle could have scored a lot more and once it became clear that it is a very weak team that has been sent, the spectators are not over pleased.


Newcastle have had several offers to play away, but only have a couple of available dates.

02/01 - Fr: Newcastle 4 Everton 2 - Everton include the former West End man Kelso. It is bitterly cold and the ground is very heavy due to a fall of snow just before the game. Newcastle opt to play down the hill in the first-half and secure a three-goal lead which proves decisive. A large number of boys are allowed to stand on forms in front of the press box partially blocking the view and with their shouting and swearing made it difficult for the press men to do their job. £79 was taken at the gate which is the best since the Celtic game.

03/01 - Fr: Newcastle 4 Rangers 0 - The Scottish league leaders fulfil the last of their holiday fixtures. Although the ground is still covered in snow the weather is fine and there is a good attendance. Heavy snow starts to fall at the start of the second period which greatly affects the game and makes it impossible to see across the pitch. Newcastle score twice in each half.

05/01 - A testimonial in the shape of a diamond ring, a purse of gold and an illuminated address is presented to treasurer John Peel at a smoking concert at the Assembly Rooms on Chillingham Road in Heaton. He is moving to London and deserves his bumper send-off.

07/01 - Fr: Newcastle 3 Bolton 1 - The Trotters arrive almost half an hour late so the kick-off is delayed. The ground is covered in four inches of snow which impacts upon the numbers attending and makes play very difficult.

09/05 - Popular forward "Wee Wallace" hurt his knee early in the Grimsby match but would not leave the field.

12/01 - Popular back Jimmy Miller is married on Monday to a Newcastle lassie.

13/01 - Newcastle sign on Mclntosh (following his trial). He originates from the Dundee district and played for Sheffield United last season. He is a good man. When they tried to register him with the League the club received a reply stating that they "did not know Newcastle United" and asked to which Association they were affiliated to.

14/01 - NL: Newcastle 1 Sheffield United 1 - The field has been well rolled and is in excellent condition, but it is cold and fine and as a result the ground is hard and slippy which prevents good play. United win the toss and start down the hill with the wind at their backs. lt is mostly United with Sorley and Wallace's smart dodging tactics troubling the Yorkshiremen, but their backs and half-backs are in splendid form. Play becomes rough and Mr. Campbell calls the players together to caution them. In the second half the players are struggling to keep their feet with the homesters facing a fierce blizzard.

16/01 - Newcastle have not paid the promised £50 guarantee to the Corinthians because they did not send their best team as agreed. "Pa" Jackson is threatening to sue the Newcastle Committee.

16/01 - The English Association have agreed to the transfer of Mclntosh and he is now available to play in competitive matches. A number of clubs are after Reay, but he does not thirst for greater footballing glory and is quite content on Tyneside.

16/01 - James Miller is married in Heaton and has recovered from injury; every member of the Newcastle team is in the best health and spirits.

21/01 - Miller has to be attended to by a doctor before the match as he has been suffering from the after-effects of a kick.

21/01 - FA R1: Newcastle 2 Middlesbrough 3 - Middlesbrough are a very sturdy lot and have been in great form recently. The day is fine and there is little. wind but the ground is very hard and greasy. Newcastle grievously disappoint their supporters as they throw away a two-goal lead when their play falls off lamentably in the second-half. Middlesbrough are the best team on the day, quick on the ball, shot and defended well and kept their feet better.

23/01 - The Newcastle Leader reports that: "Ugly rumours are afloat and if true they must do great harm to the game here. Evidently there is something wrong, for the chairman of the directors, Mr Alec Turnbull, and the hon. secretary to the company, MR. W. H. Golding, have both resigned”.

24/01 - The directors meet at the Viaduct Inn in Byker where chairman Turnbull and secretary Golding officially tender their resignations. There is a long discussion and eventually it is prevailed upon them both to continue until next Tuesday when they will resume their discussions. The general feeling is that they should induce the men to reconsider.

25/01 - The committee of the Newcastle Club state that they are doing their utmost to ascertain the truth of the allegations which have been made that several of the United players sold last Saturday's cup-tie with Middlesbrough. It is understood that several days before the game certain information was communicated to the chairman and secretary of the club based on which they at once took steps to test the truth of the statements. The allegations were so serious that it was thought by these officials to be perfectly impossible that they could be true. Certain of the team, however, were in consequence carefully watched on Saturday, and the result of their play was not satisfactory. At the conclusion of the match it was found that out of 140 studs upon the players' boots considerably 131 had fallen off during the game, although they had been only put on the previous day. We understand the committee are doing their utmost to probe the matter to the bottom, and it is to be hoped, for the honour not only of the players nor of the club, but for the honour of the game, that such charges may be proved false. As an interim measure they have discharged the trainer, suspended one player and discharged one player who was not in the team that day.

25/01 - Graham - one of the best half-backs the club has ever had has been elected captain for the future. Newcastle followers are wroth at the conduct of the suspended men.

28/01 - Secretary Golding has not changed his mind about resigning and this is his last day of official duties, United have lost one of their ablest and most enthusiastic workers.

28/01 - Fr: Stockton 3 Newcastle 2 -


02/02 - All the directors meet at the Viaduct Hotel in Byker and the allegations made against some of the players are thoroughly gone into. It is stated that before the game was played secretary Golding received three letters from a person resident on Teesside in which the writer alleged that some of the Newcastle men were betting on Middlesbrough winning the tie. And he also alleged that a prominent supporter of the Middlesbrough club was involved in the transactions. A letter was read out from a solicitor requesting the name of the correspondent so that legal proceedings might be brought against him, therefore the committee, who believe there is every probability that the matter will be settled in the law courts, will conduct a thorough investigation of their own. After a long discussion the Chairman withdrew his resignation; however Secretary Mr. Golding felt that he could not continue. After strong pressure from the committee he agreed to swop jobs with Mr Dixon (who is the secretary of the "A" Team) until the matter is resolved. The committee also wish it to be publicly stated that there is no ground whatsoever in the rumour that the club will break up. Finally they confirm that back Miller (who Middlesbrough had been hoping to sign) has signed on for Newcastle for next season.

03/02 - "Mclntosh" who was taken on a few weeks ago by United has left town. It is believed his real name is Duncan and he played for a Sheffield team last season.

04/02 - Fr: Newcastle 3 Stockton 1n- Newcastle have the best of matters throughout most of the game with the visitors’ goal being severely assailed.

06/02 - It is reported that the disagreeable business in connection with the club has been resolved satisfactorily.

08/02 - The suspensions of John Fitzgerald (of the "A" Team) and Rendel player S Wood by the Northumberland FA are endorsed by the FA. They are suspended until the 6th March after exchanging blows in a recent Northumberland Cup Tie.

10/02 - Peter Watson, late of Newcastle, has joined Rotherham Town.

11/02 - NL: Middlesbrough 4 Newcastle 0 - United are very late arriving and the match kicks off forty-five minutes later than advertised. United only have ten men because McKane missed the train. Despite this they play a rattling good game in the first-half and it is goalless at the break. On resumption the play waxes exceedingly rough and the homesters score thrice in quick succession. Jeffrey picks up a bad injury.

13/02 - A Splendid photograph of the team from photographer Mr R Barrass of Westgate Road is available for purchase.

15/02 - Fr: Bedlington Wednesday 1 Newcastle 9 - The game is being played in an effort to give a stimulus to football in the colliery district. Although outclassed, the homesters played a very hard game.

17/02 - A statement has been circulated by the club confirming that "although the executive feel the Cup-Tie defeat very keenly they have satisfied themselves that no suspicions rest upon any of the players”.

18/02 - Fr: Newcastle 3 Notts County 2 - lt is a capital game in which all the goals come before the break. United are on top for most of the second half and the visitors are beaten on their merits with visiting custodian Toone saving some hot shots in his well-known style. Rodgers plays a capital game and is a good man to have in case of an emergency.

All the Newcastle players have been attending directly to their training for the match against the League Champions on Saturday.

20/02 - Joe McKane has been given a weeks suspension and fined 2 weeks wages.

25/02 - Fr: Newcastle 1 Sunderland 6 - The weather is dull and cold and the turf is very greasy. Newcastle call the lady correctly and opt to play up the hill. Despite being a man short for most of the match Sunderland are much cleverer than their hosts and show excellent combination despite the slippery turf.


01/03 - There was great disappointment that former Newcastle custodian Matt Scott did not appear for Sunderland as expected, unfortunately he is lying dangerously ill at his residence in George’s Road Newcastle.

03/03 - Fans of Newcastle will be delighted to hear that Willie Graham has agreed to stay on for another season. He is one of the best centre half-backs to be found at present.

04/03 - Fr: Newcastle 3 Stoke 4 - A capital struggle and a keenly contested game from start to finish. Wallace made it 3-1 to United just after the break, but Stoke subsequently got the best of matters. Rowley and Clare both had a grand game and were repeatedly cheered. Ryder proved no efficient substitute for Whitton who has been decidedly off-colour in the last few weeks.

10/03 - Wee Wallace is set to return home to Newmilns.

11/03 - Fr: Newcastle 6 Annbank 1 - Only a small company witnesses a one-sided game against the Ayrshire champions, Reay scores five and has another two points disallowed for offside. A strong high wind spoils the play.

18/03 - Fr: Newcastle 3 Derby 1 - Although the first-half is quite even, United dominate after the break and deserve their victory, They show good combination and there is a “go” in their work which is absent from the County men.

21/03 - An important meeting of the Management Committee is held in which several important resolutions are passed, of which more anon.

25/03 - There are rumours that United are attempting to persuade Blyth goalkeeper Lowery to “walk into their parlour”.

25/03 - Fr: Newcastle 4 Nottingham Forest 1 - From the start to the finish United have the measure of the visitors, outplaying them in every division. Towards the end of the game some little unpleasantness drafts into the game and after inside-forward Higgins’ departure the crowd take up the quarrel and several of the Foresters have to be escorted from the field by the police.

28/03 - Sorley, who has signed on for next season, gets married to a Newcastle girl.

31/03 - Fr: Blyth 2 Newcastle 3


01/04 - Fr: Newcastle 5 London Casuals 0 - The well-known London amateur team are embarking on an Easter Tour and this is their first game. United start against the incline and both sides play lovely football albeit a bit slow at times in the first-half. There is no score at the interval, but the Newcastle men carry all before them in the second half.

03/04 - Fr: Stockton 3 Newcastle 3 - The weather is splendid and both sides show good combination, particularly in the five-goal first half. After the break the attacks of both teams have less sting but the homesters grab an equaliser.

08/04 - Fr: Newcastle 0 Liverpool 0 - lt is the first time that Newcastle have played the Liverpool team. Ralph Carr (the well-known sculler) is well received as he kicks off for Newcastle. lt is a very even first-half with Liverpudlian custodian McQueen making a couple of excellent saves. Newcastle press hard in the second period but Liverpool defend magnificently even though they lose McBride to injury. United are unlucky not to win but Liverpool deserve praise for their magnificent defensive work.

12/04 - Fr: Newcastle 0 Sunderland 4 - Newcastle take on Sunderland for the third time this season, the game having been arranged solely at the request of the Newcastle players who were dissatisfied at their last defeat against their illustrious neighbours and they mean to do their utmost to place a win to their credit. The game kicks off at 6.15pm (which seems a bit late) and city councillor James Routledge (a keen enthusiast of the game) does the honours. The cream of the votaries of the code give an excellent exhibition which is warmly appreciated by the spectators.

15/04 - Fr: Newcastle 7 West Bromwich Albion 2 - The visitors have the best of the matters before the break when they had the advantage of the hill and a strong wind, but United carry all before them after the break.

17/04 - Fr: Everton 5 Newcastle 2

19/04 - Harry Reay is transferred to Everton and will leave Newcastle for Lancashire tomorrow. He was a great favourite and his rich Northumbrian burr will be missed.

19/04 - United are due to play Stockton in the evening, but due to a misunderstanding the visitors do not show up.

22/04 - Fr: Newcastle 5 Accrington XI 0 - The Accrington first-team are engaged in a League Test Match so it is the Reds’ second XI which comes to Tyneside.

26/04 - Fr: Newcastle 1 Middlesbrough Ironopolis 0 - There is a thorough struggle for supremacy throughout the match against the Nops and Collins converts the successful point.

27/04 - Newcastle “A” team play a Benefit match against Willington for Joe Ryder who broke his collar-bone in two places some time since, when playing for the “A” Team against the visitors.

28/04 -Test: District XI 3 Newcastle 5 - A testimonial for former East End player Alec McCurdie.

Collins has received many tempting offers from leading clubs.

29/04 - Fr: Newcastle 5 Preston North End 0 - Newcastle dominate the game against the Lancastrians who appear fagged out. With the wind and sun in their favour United build a commanding lead by the interval.


02/05 - Clever forward and captain Collins has transferred to Notts Forest.

05/05 - Newcastle have secured the services of Goalkeeper Ramsay, who joined Stockton from Dundee East End last season. Wallace, who had intended to return to Ayrshire, is to stay in the City and play for United when required. The Committee expect to secure several well-known players to fill the vacancies in the team.

15/05 - There has been some talk of the winding up of the club due to the disappointing attendances of last season. However more optimistic councils have prevailed and a meeting of the shareholders and season ticket holders will be held this Thursday.

18/05 - The meeting is held at the Northumberland Hall on Low Friar street and admission is via season-ticket or notice of the meeting. No boys are allowed admission. The club is about £200 to the bad and the principle objective is to induce the followers of the club to speculate their money so that a first-rate team can be assembled for next season. To this end the Committee plan to issue a new allotment of ten shilling shares and a special committee will be formed to try and attract new investors.

26/05 - At the League AGM Newcastle are elected to the Second Division.