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NUFC 1893/94-Squad

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J Barr: 1-0
T Bartlett: 1-0
J Bowman: 1-0
T Crate: 1-0
R Crielly: 30-1
T Gilhespy: 4-0
W Graham: 30-5
J Inglis: 3-0
H Jeffery: 27-3
M Keir: 1-0
J Laverick: 3-0
J Law: 10-2
W Lowery: 28-0
J McKane: 30-0
J Miller: 9-0
J Patten: 1-0
C Quinn: 25-5
A Ramsay: 1-0
T Rogers: 18-0
I Ryder: 1-0
J Ryder: 1-0
W Simm: 1-0
J Sorley: 1 -10
W Thompson: 28-10
J Wallace: 27-17
R Willis: 16-5


Andrew Ramsay [1-0] kept goal in United's first ever match but was one of the players who left after refusing to take a drop in wages.

Joseph Ryder [1-0] replaced the departed Ramsay for the match at Burton; one of only 2 appearances for the club.

W. Lowery [28-0] took over for the rest of the season and by all accounts was in excellent form. He even saved two penalties.


Harry Jeffrey [27-3] only missed three games and scored his three goals in consecutive games including United's first ever penalty in League football. A cool customer equally adept with his head and his feet he had a reputation for "beautiful long shots".

James Miller [9-0] partnered Jeffrey for the first nine matches before being suspended because he couldn't be bothered to turn up for training.

Tom Rogers [18-0] took over from his disgraced fellow countryman for the rest of the season.

J Laverick [3-0] deputised on a couple of occasions.

Half Backs

Robert Crielly [30-1] was a fierce barnetted Scot who had a temperament to match. Crielly was an ever present although he occasional turned out as a back and once on the right wing.

William Graham [30-5] was United's captain and played in every game that season. A very popular and respected player he also became "mine host" at a local hostelry during the season. If Crate didn't score United's first goal then he probably did.

Joseph McKane [30-0] was the third member of United's ever present Scottish half-back line.

JW Barr's [1-0] only game for the club was the defeat at Burton Swifts


Tom Crate [30-13] was used right across the front line and also made a handful of appearances at half-back. Played in every game and scored United's first ever League goal (possibly). He played with "swiftness" and unflagging energy.

Jock Sorley [1-1] was a prolific scorer, but he wasn't prepared to take a drop in wages and moved on to Middlesbrough after the first game.

William Thompson [28-12] was a small but fast and tricky centre-forward renowned for the accuracy of his shooting; he averaged a goal every two games during his stay on Tyneside. Northumberland born he missed only a couple of games and scored United's first League hat-trick in the home win over Arsenal beating Wallace by a couple of minutes.

Joseph Wallace [27-17] was United's top scorer that season playing either as an outside or inside left.

Robert Willis [16-5] was an amatuer who arrived from renowned local side Shankhouse as United searched for a successor to Sorley. Scored on his debut and never looked back.

J Bowman [1-0] signed just before the season started his one and only game for the club was the inaugural fixture at Plumstead.

Toby Gilhespy [4-0] got four outings but would never play in the first team again.

Thomas Bartlett [3-3] made all his trio of appearances during this season. Scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Lincoln City.

John Inglis [3-0] arrived in October or trial from Dalmuir Thistle and played three games at outside left but was not retained.

M Keir [1-0] was taken on trial along with Inglis but only got one game, the 1-3 defeat at Notts County. In some sources he is credited with United's goal but was also held responsible for County's third.

John Law [10-2] was another Scottish import and arrived in November and made all his ten appearances during this season.

John Patten [1-0] made his only senior outing for the club in the victory at Ardwick.

C Quinn [25-5] was used chiefly on the right but also appeared on the left and inside this was to be the only season that the local lad was to be a regular member of the side. A smart player who dodged well and had a decent shot.

Isaac Ryder [1-0] was another local who was a one game wonder. His only game was the 6-0 drubbing of Arsenal but his performance was described as "not too good".

Ditto William Simm [1-0] who only made the card for the home defeat by Small Heath; he was one of seven players tried at outside right.