|Top Scorer||A Shepherd (33)|
For the fifth time in seven seasons United reached the FA Cup Final and for the fourth time they lost at the Palace; this time their conquerors were Bradford.
The Bantams had entered the League in the same year that United reached their first Final and were promoted in 1907/08. Early in the season United had thrashed them 6-1 at home, but a couple of weeks before their Palace showdown Bradford won the return 1-0.
An eighth place finish in the League was the worst for eight years. The team just couldn't put together a consistent set of results; failing to win more than two games in a row all season. As a result they rarely looked capable of challenging for the Championship.
Shepherd was still scoring regularly and finished as the League's top scorer but as in the previous campaign there were not enough goals coming from other members of the team.
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United finished in a disappointing 8th; which was the lowest finish since 1902/03. They never won or lost more than two games in a row and were in upper-mid-table for virtually the whole campaign.
They were let down by their home form where they only won 8 games, the lowest number in the club's history up to that point.
United suffered serious blows when they lost stars Shepherd and McWilliam before the Final. The match itself was dire; with both teams failing to cope with the windy conditions. Newcastle were the better team, but failed to take any of the few decent chances they created.
In the replay The Novocastrians opened brightly and rained shots in on the Bradford citadel. But after 15 minutes an innocuous lobbed ball got caught in the wind causing confusion in the United defence. Lawrence failed to collect allowing Spiers to score in City's first meaningful attack.
Despite the fact that United continued to dominate possession, Bradford defended in numbers and United could not find a way through.
Total number of games: 46
Total number of players used: 27
Figure in brackets relates to the number of players used in that position
03: Whitson or Hudspeth
06: McWilliam or Finlay
07: Rutherford or Duncan
08: Higgins or Stewart
10: Stewart or Randall
11: Wilson or Anderson
Top scorers: Shepherd (33), Stewart (13) and Higgins (9).
|Lowes Thomas||09/1910||Wallsend Park Villa||£25|
|Fleming James||04/1911||Edinburgh St Bernards||£250|
|Thompson H||10/1910||C Palace|
|Ridley James||02/1911||Nottm F||£150|