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NUFC 1898/99-Squad

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A Aitken: 28-4
T Birnie: 1-0
J Campbell: 2 -0
T Ghee: 34-0
J Harvey: 3-1
S Higgins: 19-2
J Jackson: 32-0
M Kingsley: 36-0
B Lindsay: 30-1
J Lockey: 1-0
S MacFarlane: 21-5
A Mowatt: 1-0
T Niblo: 10-0
J Ostler: 27-0
J Peddie: 31-20
R Reid: 4-1
J Rogers: 29-8
W Smith: 5-0
J Stevenson: 26-7
J Stott: 30-0
W Wardrope: 26-2
KEY: [Appearances-Goals] [Age at 31/12/98] [Positions Played]


Matt Kingsley [36] [23] [1]

Had attracted the interest of a number clubs so United's signing of him during the summer was seen as something of a coup. He had an excellent season and was United's only ever present. Fisting and kicking further than any other keeper in the League a great help to the team. Scored in the friendly against Brampton (as did every other player).


William Lindsay [30-1] [26] [2]

Solid and reliable he played in all but a handful of games and captained the side when Ostler was not available. Scored a remarkable goal from 12-yards inside his own half in the home game against Burnley; his first goal for the club.

James Jackson [32] [23] [3]

Was in fine form during the season but was sold to Arsenal at the end of the campaign.

James Lockey [1] [23] [2]

Played in the third game of the season but never featured again and went on loan to Grimsby in February until the end of the season.


Thomas Ghee [34] [25] [4]

Only missed a couple of games. Withdrawals saw him drafted into the Anglo-Scots side for the trial match in March.

John Ostler [27] [25] [5, 6]

Captain of the side, he once again formed a formidable half-back line with Ghee and Stott.

James Stott [30] [28] [6, 5]

Was given a benefit match against Derby.

William Higgins [19-2] [29] [5, 3, 9, 2]

Experienced player signed from during the summer. A centre-half by trade but he also turned out in the back line and even at centre-forward.


Jock Peddie [31-20] [21] [9, 11,7, 8, 10]

Proved he could score at the top level, finishing as the third top scorer. Usually appeared at centre-forward but played in all five forward positions during the season. Played in the Scottish trial match in March but had a disappointing game. Missed a number of the games at the end of the season due to an attack of influenza/quinsy.

Joseph Rogers [29-8] [24] [7]

Joined from Grimsby Town during the summer and retained the outside-right berth for most of the season. Found the net on a regular basis and finished as second top scorer.

Andrew Aitken [28-4] [25] [8, 10, 6, 2, 4, 5, 9]

Appeared in seven different positions during the season. Had a short loan period at Kilmarnock where he helped them out in the Scottish Cup games.

James Stevenson [26-7] [21] [8]

Signed from Derby in October for £225 having established himself as one of the best inside-forwards in the game at Derby. Played in every game following his arrival even though he struggled to find his form.

William Wardrope [26-2] [22] [11, 10, 7]

Continued to be the mainstay at outside-left. A disappointing goal return, but had to play alongside a number of different players.

Alec Macfarlane [21-5] [20] [9, 10, 7]

Signed from in Airdrieonians in October for £30 and although he showed promise his goal return was disappointing.

Thomas Niblo [10] [21 ] [11, 10]

Played in the last 7 games of the season.

William Smith [5] [25] [10]

Played in 5 of the first 7 games but never featured again.

William Reid [4-1] [22] [10]

Signed on loan from Kilmarnock in mid-March after some hugely impressive form North of the Border. Scored on his debut and had a short run in the side but did not greatly impress.

John Harvey [3 -1] [31] [8, 7]

Veteran attacker Harvey only got a handful of games at the start of the campaign and retired in the summer.

John Campbell [2] [28] [8,9]

Only played in the first two games of the season and was forced out of the club after he was effectively sacked after being appointed manager of the Darnell Hotel Public House. The club's rules forbidding players from holding berths in the liquor traffic.

Edward Birnie [1] [20]

Signed from Sunderland Seaburn during the summer he made his debut and only appearance of the season as centre-forward in the third match of the season having impressed in the friendly game against Grimsby a couple of days earlier.

Arthur Mowatt [1] [23] [7]

Joined from Hebburn Argyle in May where he was a very popular player. He played in the home game against Sheffield Wednesday on 17th December.