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Steward blocks from Hutchinson

Gallagher is moved to inside-right to accommodate Hutchinson but Hughie is still the centre of attraction with a brilliant performance and a typical hat-trick. After an even first period first period, United score just before half-time and dominate after the break.

Man. United - SJP - 45,000

Burns, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Gallacher, Hutchison, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher (3), McDonald - Spence

37m - McKenzie plays GALLACHER in with an adroit pass and his shot is too hard and quick for Steward (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Man. United 0

48m - Urwin and McDonald work the ball to GALLACHER. It appears impossible to score, but somehow he gets a spin on the ball which allows him to hook it through an avenue of players (2-0).

67m - Urwin passes to MCDONALD to volley in at great pace (3-0).

78m - A mix-up in the United defence allows an unmarked SPENCE to score whilst Maitland lies knocked-out on the turf (3-1).

89m - Steward can only tip a corner to GALLACHER who - with great skill - half-hooks the ball in from close range (4-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Man. United 1

Position: 1st

Gallacher is superb once more and all five forwards score as United play amazingly good football, particularly in the second-half. The game is often more robust than necessary.

D1: Blackburn (12th) - SJP - 40,000

Burns, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher, Lang, McDonald, Richardson, Urwin - Keating

Debutant JR Richardson replaces the injured Hutchinson.

07m - Gallacher pushes the ball to the edge of the box and RICHARDSON gets there just before the defence to score with a great cross drive (1-0).

13m - KEATING scores from twenty-yards (1-1).

Hill's free-kick is headed just under the bar by MCDONALD (2-1).

Campbell drives against the post for Rovers.

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Blackburn 1

60m - Keating is carried off.

66m - GALLACHER's shot deflects off Jones' foot and screws past deceived 'keeper Crawford (3-1).

76m - LANG cuts inside and hits a great out-swinger (4-1).

88m - Gallacher sets up URWIN to smack the ball into the roof of the net (5-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Blackburn 1

Position: 2nd

Newly promoted Grimsby have started in fine form and are well worth their thumping victory in broiling hot weather. Gallacher is subdued by youngster Swaby and misses a penalty.

Grimsby (6th) - Blundell Park - 22,000

Burns, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Robson, Coglin (pen), Priestly, Swaby.

12m - Coleman crosses to ROBSON to walk the ball in (0-1).

Coleman breaks through and Hill unceremoniously drops him. COGLIN scores the penalty (0-2).

Jacobsen is injured in a collision with Urwin and departs.

Priestly grasses McDonald but Gallacher shoots his penalty wide.

Half-time: Grimsby 2 Newcastle 0

There is a melee following a corner which ends in PRIESTLY hitting a fine long shot (0-3).

Burns is unsighted as SWABY hits a hard rising drive (0-4).

Full-time: Grimsby 4 Newcastle 0

Position: 9th

On another oppressive day United start impressively and take an early lead, but once the Londoners equalise United crumble far too easily against their direct methods. Gallacher was annoyed by an early decision and spent most of the match arguing instead of trying to win the match.

West Ham (11th) - Boleyn Ground - 20,000

Fidler, Maitland, Nevin, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Urwin, McCurley, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher - Yews (2), Ball (2), Watson

Debutant Fidler replaces Burns who was injured at Grimsby and Nevin replaces Thomson who had a bit of a nightmare in the same game.

02m - A free-kick is played to GALLACHER who scores with an excellent left-footed volley (1-0).

23m - YEWS hits a brilliant left-footed shot (1-1).

45m - Fidler fists out and with Maitland knocked out BALL scores (1-2).

Half-time: West Ham 2 Newcastle 1

BALL scores at the end of a clever movement (1-3).

Fidler attempts to turn YEWS' centre over the bar but only succeeds on pushing it into the back of the net (1-4).

Fidler is out-of-position and WATSON takes advantage (1-5).

Full-time: West Ham 5 Newcastle 1

Position: 7th

The weather is dull and it is a poor game in which both sides play below their normal standards. United are inept upfront and Leicester lead until the last twenty minutes when Gallacher scores twice; the second just before time.

Leicester (12th) - SJP - 30,000

Fidler, Maitland, Nevin, Mackenzie, Harris, McCurley, Urwin, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher 2 (1 pen) - Hine

Richardson is recalled in place of Hill with McCurley dropping back into the half-back line.

HINE finishes smartly to give the visitors a deserved lead (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Leicester 1

70m - GALLACHER scores from a penalty (1-1).

88m - GALLACHER gains possession in the middle of the park, swerves past an opponent and hits a shot of such power that it is in the net before the keeper has time to react (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Leicester 1

Position: 7th

United concede three times in seven first-half minutes. Gallacher pulls one back and United dominate after the break for thirty minutes before conceding again.

Blackburn (16th) - Ewood Park - 29,000

Fidler, Maitland, Nevin, Mathison, Harris, McCurley, Boyd, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher, O'Dowd og - Groves, Crompton, Bruton (2)

Mathison replaces Mackenzie (who injured his leg in the last game) and Boyd comes in for Urwin.

18m - With the defence in a tangle the ball falls at GROVES' feet and he drives the ball home (0-1).

20m - CROMPTON finishes off another Blackburn rush (0-2).

25m - BRUTON scores after a great solo run (0-3).

Rankin and McCurley have a disagreement, but they shake hands after the referee gives them a talking to.

44m - GALLACHER speeds away to score a lovely goal (1-3).

Half-time: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 1

United dominate for thirty minutes, but cannot score. Gallacher comes closest when he hits the framework.

BRUTON scores after a sudden breakaway (1-4).

O'DOWD puts through his own net in an attempt to foil Boyd (2-4).

Full-time: Blackburn 4 Newcastle 2

Position: 9th

Birmingham thoroughly deserve to win and they pulverise United in the last thirty minutes.

Birmingham (5th) - St. Andrews - 35,000

Fidler, Maitland, Nevin, Harris, Hill, McCurley, Urwin, Boyd, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Lang - Bradford (3), Curtis, Crosbie

Hill and Urwin (damaged heel) both return.

01m - BRADFORD heads in a Firth cross (0-1) and the home side play with a rare spirit.

16m - The keeper has LANG's shot covered but it deflects off Randle and goes in, some reports credit the goal to the defender (1-1).

27m - CURTIS beats the defence single-handedly and his shot beats Fidler all the way (1-2).

Half-time: Birmingham 2 Newcastle 1

58m - Bradford gets through and even though Hill holds him back so ferociously that his jersey is torn he still manages to score. But the referee has already blown for a free-kick; a decision which causes much resentment amongst the home crowd.

59m - Not to be denied, BRADFORD races onto a Hicks cross (1-3).

82m - It is a hat-trick for BRADFORD as he blasts home (1-4).

85m - CROSBIE heads in from a corner (1-5).

Full-time: Birmingham 5 Newcastle 1

Position: 13th

The superior team at all points, United delight their supporters. Well-balanced, with the forwards, inspired by Gallacher, demonstrating excellent combination; it is a well-deserved victory and the margin in their favour in no-way exaggerates their superiority.

Huddersfield (12th) - SJP - 30,000

Fidler, Maitland, Thomson, Mathison, Wood, Harris, Urwin, Chalmers, Gallacher, McCurley, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher (2), Chalmers,, McCurley, Urwin – Dent, Davies

Thomson is recalled and Chalmers makes his first start of the season; Wood comes in for (the injured) Hill.

14m - GALLACHER nets with a brilliant effort (1-0).

30m - MCCURLEY scrambles the ball through (2-0)

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Huddersfield 0

47m - DENT (2-1).

54m - GALLACHER heads through (3-1).

56m - DAVIES (3-2)

URWIN (4-2)

83m - CHALMERS (5-2)

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Huddersfield 2

Position: 12th

Although it is an undistinguished game both sides have lots of chances. United are totally reliant on Gallacher and although he is excellent, he can't find a goal that counts. United have three offside goals disallowed and when Gallacher's effort is incorrectly disallowed it causes much amusement amongst the home supporters.

Sheff. Utd. (20th) - Bramall Lane - - 20,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mathison, Wood, Harris, Urwin, Chalmers, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Phillipson

The weather is not as hot as it has been but the ground is still hard and there is a troublesome wind. McInroy makes his debut and McDonald returns for McCurley who has influenza.

23m - Tunstall centres and as McInroy advances PHILLIPSON cleverly heads the ball past him (0-1).

Gallacher bursts through but the referee pulls him back for a free-kick in his favour; the fiery Scot picks up the ball and angrily flings it back to where the infringement took place.

Wharton's poor punch goes to Mathison who is unlucky to see his shot rebound off the underside of the bar onto the line before it is cleared.

Half-time: Sheff. Utd. 1 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Sheff. Utd. 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 15th

Burnley control the first-half and McInroy has to be at his best. After the break, United totally dominate and with Hill and Gallacher outstanding they go on to secure a narrow victory. Gallacher misses a penalty, deliberately.

Burnley (18th) - SJP - 30,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mathison, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Chalmers, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Chalmers, Gallacher - Wallace

17m - WALLACE (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Burnley 1

62m - CHALMERS (1-1).

75m GALLACHER scores a goal which brings the house down. Due to the hampering attentions of Waterfield, Gallacher has the irreducible minimum of space in which to work his foot magic, but he pushes the ball through in a space seemingly little more than its circumference (2-1).

United are awarded a highly questionable penalty and taker Gallacher magnanimously sends the ball high over the bar. He is immediately surrounded by Burnley players who manifest their appreciation of his "failure" in no uncertain fashion, much to his embarrassment.

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Burnley 1

Position: 14th

Wood comes a cropper as Hill heads away

Although Sunderland are one off the bottom, the Roker Park attendance record is broken. They witness a poor quality, but incident-packed and often ill-tempered victory in which players are bowled over without ceremony, often going down in pairs. The ball is in the net five times (Sunderland 3, Newcastle 2), with four of the efforts disallowed.

Sunderland (21st) - Roker Park - 58,519 or 58,175?

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Chalmers, Gallacher, McCurley, Lang

Scorers: Gunson

McKenzie returns from injury and McCurley returns after illness.

13m - GUNSON scores cleverly with a fast, oblique shot (0-1).

Half-time: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0

McKenzie's knee is suffering under the strain forcing United to reorganise.

A lot of feeling creeps into the game and several players are talked to by the official.

Full-time: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 18th

United have the wind behind them in the first-half, but with Gallacher being badly missed they fail to take advantage and succumb to their first home defeat of the season.

Bolton (17th) - SJP- 30,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, McCurley, Boyd, Chalmers, Hutchison, McDonald, Urwin

Scorers: McDonald (2) - Blackmore (2), Gibson

Gallacher is playing for Scotland at Cardiff so Hutchinson (now recovered from injury) returns.

02m - A poor clearance from Gill allows MCDONALD to give United a great start (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Bolton 0

59m - BLACKMORE nets with a rather soft free-kick from the edge of the penalty-line (1-1).

74m - McInroy's attempted clearance is poor and BLACKMORE takes advantage (1-2).


84m - United's players protest furiously when GIBSON scores from what seems to be an offside position, but the referee states that the pass to him deflected off a defender (2-3).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Bolton 3

Position: 19th

Although Gallacher and Hill are outstanding in what is a classic game full of enterprising football and wonderful goals, it is another defeat.

Everton (14th) - Goodison Park - 30,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mathison, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Hutchison, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher (2) - Martin (2), White, Deans, Critchley

17m - GALLACHER controls Lang's centre and whips it into the net before the ball touches the ground (1-0).

27m - MARTIN cleverly hooks in a centre from Critchley (1-1).

41m - MARTIN's header deflects in off Maitland taking it out of McInroy's reach (1-2).

Half-time: Everton 2 Newcastle 1

The players do not leave the field as the light is so bad.

52m - WHITE heads in (1-3).

61m - DEANS brilliantly glances in a header from a very acute angle (1-4).

76m - CRITCHLEY - like a streak of lighting - cuts in towards goal, dribbles past McInroy, and nets easily. (1-5).

80m - GALLACHER scores with another remarkable shot. The speed, with which he accepts the forward pass and shoots, so astonishes Davies that he allows the ball to slip through his hands and legs (2-5).

Full-time: Everton 5 Newcastle 2

Position: 19th

Wednesday are much too good for United who are dispirited and disorganised by the end of the game. It is a game where there was far too much "man" and too little of the ball by both sides. Needless to say Hughie was in the thick of the action and was spoken to on more than one occasion.

Sheff. Wed (4th) - SJP - 30,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, McCurley, Urwin, Hutchison, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: McDonald - Allen (2), Rimmer

Wednesday have the best away record in the league. In an interesting contrast all Sheffield's team are English whilst United have eight Scots.

28m - From a corner RIMMER heads in just inside the post (0-1).

29m - Strange draws the entire defence towards him and then passes to ALLEN to put the ball into the empty net (0-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Sheff. Wed 2

57m - ALLEN's shot is straight at McInroy but he lets the ball slip through his arms and legs (0-3).

59m - Seed's shot hits the top of the bar.

70m - Allen is carried off with a bad injury, but returns after ten minutes.

81m - MCDONALD's low fast shot goes just inside the post (1-3).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Sheff. Wed 3

Position: 20th

Second-placed City generally overplay the Tynesiders in what could easily have been a much heavier defeat. This fifth reverse in a row sees Newcastle drop into the relegation positions.

Man. City (2nd) - Maine Road - 30,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Hill, Wood, Harris, Boyd, Hutchison, Gallacher, Chalmers, Urwin

Scorers: Marshall, Brook, Tait

25m - McInroy dives full-length to save from Brook but the ball rebounds to MARSHALL who scores easily (0-1).

42m - Toseland crosses for BROOK to net (0-2).

Half-time: Man. City 2 Newcastle 0

TAIT (0-3).

Full-time: Man. City 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 21st

Gilfillan saves a shot from Boyd

In heavy rain the Magpies are indebted once more to Hughie who performs sensationally and scores all the goals in United's first win since mid-October. His outwitting of defenders at close-quarters and marvellous trick of hooking the ball through the smallest possible openings has Portsmouth manager Jack Tinn calling him "the greatest forward I have seen".

Portsmouth (16th) - SJP - 15,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mathison, Hill, Harris, Boyd, Richardson JR, Gallacher, Chalmers, Urwin

Thompson, Wood and Hutchinson are dropped.

Scorers: Gallacher (4) - Easson

13m - GALLACHER scores with a very clever effort (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Portsmouth 0

49m - A brilliant shot from GALLACHER (2-0).

58m - EASSON takes advantage of a defensive lapse (2-1).

67m - Mathison departs injured.


88m - GALLACHER's long-range shot is blocked by Gilfillan, but the Scot is onto the rebound in a flash (4-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Portsmouth 1

Position: 20th

In a match broadcast on the radio United finally win on the road after eight successive defeats. The conditions are not conducive to scientific football, but it is a thrilling game in which Hill and McInroy are superb.

Arsenal (7th) - Highbury - 25,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Boyd, Chalmers, Gallacher, McCurley, Urwin

Scorers: Weaver

Weaver makes his debut (replacing the injured Mathison) and McCurley comes in for Richardson who is on the sick list.

The home side have the advantage of the wind and rain behind them and have United penned back for long periods.

Half-time: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0

The wind has dropped and the rain has died off.

60m - Baker is injured and is lame for the rest of the game.

88m - WEAVER feigns to pass and then sends in a long, low shot which deflects off a defender and wrong-foots the keeper (1-0).

Full-time: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 1

Position: 19th

A mix-up in the Villa goalmouth

Despite a difficult high wind, third-placed Villa and United play a remarkably good game, this is particularly true of the second-half in which thrills abound.

Aston Villa (3rd) - SJP - 35,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Wilson, Weaver, Boyd, Chalmers, Gallacher, McCurley, Urwin

Scorers: Gallacher (pen), Weaver - Chester, Brown or Maitland og

Hill picked up a thigh injury at Highbury and Wilson is handed his debut in his stead. United have a strong wind behind them in the first period.

05m - WEAVER dribbles to the edge of the area and then takes a shot which takes Olney by surprise (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0

48m - CHESTER equalises with as good a raking shot as you are likely to see (1-1).

50m - The referee controversially awards a penalty when Talbot challenges GALLACHER who scores from the kick (2-1).

64m - McInroy goes to his knees to gather a BROWN shoot but it goes over his head (2-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 2

Position: 19th

Normal service returns away from home as United lose despite playing their part in a splendid tussle. As the interval approaches a certain amount of feeling creeps into the game particularly when Hart is floored by a foot in the face. And after the break there are disgraceful proceedings in what is thought to be the most notorious game for unseemly incidents that has been witnessed in the top division for many seasons. Amongst the many incidents two players stand up to each other in approved fighting attitude and Chalmers and Maitland have to step in to stop McCurley coming to blows with a home player.

Leeds (6th) - Elland Road- 12,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Boyd, Chalmers, Gallacher, McCurley, Urwin

Scorers: Gallacher (2) - Longden (2), Jennings (2), Wainscoat

03m - WAINSCOAT heads in Turnbull's centre (0-1).

22m- LONGDEN with a nice shot (0-2).

40m - GALLACHER scores with a characteristic individual effort (1-2).

42m - JENNINGS (1-3).

Half-time: Leeds 3 Newcastle 1

48m- LONGDEN (1-4).

49m - GALLACHER scores in inimitable fashion with a long dash down the field right through the opposition (2-4).

76m - JENNINGS (2-5).

Full-time: Leeds 5 Newcastle 2

Position: 20th

United attack constantly before the break without reward and then, hampered by an injury to Hill, concede three goals in fourteen second-half minutes. They pull two back to set up a storming finish, but an equaliser cannot be found. United are guilty of persisting with short-passing which didn't work against Derby's "packing system" in defence.

Derby (4th) - SJP - 20,000

Burns, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Boyd, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McCurley, Chalmers, Lang

Scorers: Chalmers, Hill – Bedford (2), Crooks

McInroy, McCurley and Urwin are dropped.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Derby 0

48m - After a defensive mix-up BEDFORD shoots high into the empty net (0-1).

60m - Mee centres to the far post and CROOKS runs in to beat Burns (0-2).

62m - Burns leaves his charge to try and intercept a centre but BEDFORD gets there first (0-3).

73m - HILL cleverly heads home a corner (1-3).

74m - CHALMERS runs in to head in Boyd's free-kick (2-3).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Derby 3

Position: 20th

Despite heavy rain in the first period which precludes against quality football the game has a good many thrills.

Middlesbrough (5th) - 40,000

Burns, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Hutchison, Chalmers, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Chalmers, Gallacher, Weaver - Bruce, Pease

BRUCE hits a speculative but fast shot from long-distance (0-1).

44m - WEAVER nets with a great ground shot from 30-yards (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Middlesbrough 1

53m - CHALMERS hooks through from Hutchinson's corner-kick (2-1).

75m - PEASE (2-2).

82m - Following a scramble GALLACHER nets which incenses the visitors who believe he was offside (3-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 2

Position: 20th

A thrilling draw which pulsates with incidents.

Middlesbrough (6th) - Ayresome Park - 45,000

Burns, Maitland, Nevin, Mathison, Hill, Harris, Urwin, Chalmers, Hutchison, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Scott, Hutchison - Bruce (pen), Camsell

Gallacher is out with a knee injury so Hutchinson leads the line.

23m - BRUCE scores a penalty with a low shot following Hill's foul on McKay (0-1)

Chalmers hits the inside of an upright with a great shot.

Half-time: Middlesbrough 1 Newcastle 0

SCOTT rams in a beautiful oblique shot (1-1).

CAMSELL heads in from a corner-kick (1-2).

Scott's cross causes confusion and HUTCHINSON nets (2-2).

Full-time: Middlesbrough 2 Newcastle 2

Position: 19th

In atrocious conditions Newcastle are jaded and Manchester are dashing in a first period which sees United concede five goals. After the break (with the pitch a quagmire) the match is scrappy and drab. The referee is very unsympathetic to the conditions and whistles freely. At one stage Gallacher has to depart the field to change his kit.

Man. United (15th) - Old Trafford - 10,000

Burns, Fairhurst, Nevin, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Hutchison, Chalmers, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Boyle (2 1p), Rowley, McLachlan, Spence

06m - ROWLEY scores after a mud medley under the bar in which Burns repels three strikes before he is finally beaten (0-1).

28m - BOYLE hits a twice-taken free-kick through a crowd of players (0-2).

Shortly afterwards MCLACHLAN traps and sweeps the ball in in one movement (0-3).

Two minutes later Hill is harshly penalised and a penalty is awarded which BOYLE converts (0-4).

SPENCE scores after a melee (0-5).

Half-time: Man. United 5 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Man. United 5 Newcastle 0

Position: 20th

Although the going is heavy the sides still manage to play some clever football in an entertaining friendly. The crowd also enjoy the unorthodox custodianship of amateur keeper Baker (38-years-old and well-sized) who also astonishes the crowd with the length of his kicks. The attendance is hampered by the rain and counter-attractions.

Corinthians - SJP - 3,000

advertised: McInroy, Richardson, Fairhurst, Mathison, Wilson, Keen, Boyd, Richardson JR, Hutchison, McCurley, Lang

Scorers: Hutchinson (2), McCurley, Richardson - Ashton (2), Hegan, Creek

22m - MCCURLEY hooks the ball in (1-0).

HUTCHINSON pulls a shot across (2-0).

A couple of minutes later RICHARDSON's hard shot goes in off the underside of the bar (3-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 3 Corinthians 0

49m - ASHTON scores a fine goal (3-1).

HEGAN runs onto the ball and shoots first-time (3-2).

United's defenders are claiming offside but CREEK equalises in the closing minutes (3-3).

From a narrow angle HUTCHINSON nets with great force (4-3).

ASHTON looks well offside when he beats the advancing McInroy (4-4).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Corinthians 4

Cunningham makes his first start of the season and he dominates the game against the wooden-spoonists despite their very robust play. The first period is very poor from an attacking perspective but United dominate after the break.

Grimsby (22nd) - SJP - 20,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Hutchison, Cunningham, Gallacher, McCurley, Scott

Scorers: Gallacher, Hutchison, Scott - Coleman

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Grimsby 0

48m - A deft pass from Cunningham sets up HUTCHINSON whose shot from near the touchline goes in off the far post (1-0).

70m - Cunningham is the provider again for SCOTT who beats three defenders in amazingly cool fashion before smashing the ball into the far corner (2-0).

76m - With a backward twist of his head GALLACHER heads in from a corner (3-0).

82m - A defensive lapse lets in COLEMAN to score from close-quarters.

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Grimsby 1

Position: 20th

Urwin shoots, but Farmery will block

On a snowbound pitch United are sensationally held to a draw by Division 3 York who defend superbly in a very cleanly contested game. Newcastle once again make the mistake of sticking to close methods in attack.

York (D3N:8th) - SJP - 38,674

McInroy, Fairhurst, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Urwin, Cunningham, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Gallacher - Gardner

Heavy snow is falling as the game commences.

43m - Keeper Farmery seems to have Weaver's cross covered but GALLACHER throws himself forward to head home (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 York 0

61m - After sustained attacking from United, GARDNER scores a surprise equaliser when a hefty clearance from York back Thompson rebounds to him off Fairhurst (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 York 1

There are unprecedented scenes at Fulfordgate where many thousands are locked out when the gates are closed an hour before kick-off. The York side - which cost less than £100 in total - are unbeaten since mid-October and United have to come from behind in another tough game,

York (D3N:8th) - 12,583

McInroy, Fairhurst, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Weaver, Hutchison, Cunningham, Gallacher, Chalmers, Scott

Scorers: Gallacher, Hutchison - Evans

28m - EVANS turns in a centre (0-1).

36m - GALLACHER cleverly heads in a free-kick (1-1).

Half-time: York 1 Newcastle 1

Chalmers shot hits the angle.

Gallacher is fouled but Farmery blocks his cannonball penalty and saves again from the Scot's follow-up effort.

Gallagher dribbles through and then sets up HUTCHINSON (2-1).

Full-time: York 1 Newcastle 2

Another disastrous performance in which the defence is riddled with a lack of understanding. United are 3-0 down after only seventeen minutes and Leicester could easily have scored more goals. United are out-paced and out-generalled for the most part.

Leicester (13th) - Filbert St. - 15,000

McInroy, Fairhurst, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Weaver, Cape, Hutchison, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Hutchison - Chandler (3), Hine (2), Langford

Cape makes his debut.

05m - CHANDLER is given plenty of time to take deliberate aim and shoot just inside the post (0-1).

A few minutes later HINE heads through from a flag-kick (0-2).

17m - Adcock goes on a solo dribble which takes him the length of the pitch and sets up CHANDLER whose cross-shot swerves in (0-3).

Half-time: Leicester 3 Newcastle 0

When Chandler loses control of the ball HINE nips in to give McInroy no chance (0-4).

Six minutes later a glorious dribble by Barry sets up CHANDLER to net with ease (0-5).

With what is the best goal of the game HUTCHINSON hits a first-time shot from 18-yards (1-5).

87m - Adcock puts in LANGFORD (1-6).

Full-time: Leicester 6 Newcastle 1

Position: 21st

McInroy claims a Clapton centre

Teenager Richardson is the star with an excellent hat-trick in an incident-packed tie. The game lacks quality and is often crude; captain Hill is barracked during the game.

Clapton Orient (D3S:14th) - SJP - 48,141

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Weaver, Hutchison, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Richardson (3) - Mills

06m - Scott centres and RICHARDSON heads in coolly and cleverly (1-0).

39m - A corner is only partially cleared allowing MILLS to equalise (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Clapton Orient 1

RICHARDSON's effort deflects in off Grimsdell (2-1).

79m - A rocket-like shot from RICHARDSON gives Wood no chance (3-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Clapton Orient 1

In a hard-fought game which is not free from roughness United are well beaten and slump to the bottom of the table. Their first-half display is deplorable; with United barely getting out of their own half for a thirty-minute period, the home side could easily have scored half a dozen. A good deal of feeling creeps into the game and Gallacher and Goodall get involved in a hacking match at one point with Hughie coming off the worse. With twenty minutes left it looks all Lombard Street to a china orange of the game being drawn but Mangnall scores twice.

Huddersfield (9th) - Leeds Road - 15,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Davidson, Harris, Hutchison, Richardson JR, Gallacher, Devine, Scott

Scorers: Mangnall (2)

Davidson and Devine both make their debuts

Half-time: Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 0

75m - McInroy saves Jackson's shot but MANGNALL nets promptly (0-1).

80m - Confusion reigns in the United defence and MANGNALL takes McInroy by surprise when he shoots (0-2).

Full-time: Huddersfield 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 22nd

The players wear black armlets and the flag is at half-mast in memory of Mr Crawford. Both sides go at it hammer and tongs at the start but United's play is anxious and soon becomes disjointed and eventually they degenerate into a team of individual units. Once again United's defending is abject with the half-back line (as has often been the case) struggling in particular.

Sheff. Utd. (14th) - SJP - 35,000

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Davidson, Weaver, Hutchison, Cunningham, Gallacher, Devine, Lang

Scorers: Hutchison, Gallacher, Devine - Dunne (3), Tunstall, Gillespie

10m - McInroy misjudges Tunstall's centre and although it might have gone in anyway DUNNE heads it in from a yard out to make sure (0-1).

11m - HUTCHINSON taps in from close range (1-1).

Dunne heads against the bar.

31m - TUNSTALL finds the billet with a daisy-cutter (1-2).

43m - GALLACHER heads in Lang's free-kick (2-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Sheff. Utd. 2

51m - McInroy can only punch a centre to GILLESPIE who shoots home despite Maitland’s best efforts on the line (2-3).

60m McInroy saves from DUNNE but the ball goes back to him to tap in (2-4).

72m - The referee awards a penalty for a foul on Hutchinson but Cunningham's tame effort is saved.

87m - DUNNE completes his hat-trick with a brilliant flying header (2-5).

88m - DEVINE scrambles the ball in from close-range (3-5).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Sheff. Utd. 5

Position: 22nd

McInroy claims a Clapton centre

More than 3,000 Brightonians travel to Newcastle; mainly on five special trains. The Mayor and other leading citizens are amongst them. Third-Division (South) Brighton have already knocked out two Division 1 clubs in Portsmouth and Grimsby. However, the visitors disappoint and they simply cannot cope with the irrepressible Gallacher whose brilliance and opportunism carries the Magpies though.

Brighton (D3S:3rd) - SJP - 56,469

McInroy, Richardson J, Thomson, Mathison, Harris, Weaver, Boyd, Cunningham, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher (3)

Maitland has pulled a thigh muscle and Joe Richardson is handed his first start in a much changed side.

21m - A corner-kick produces a goalmouth scramble and - despite the fact he is virtually sitting on the ground - GALLACHER astonishes the crowd by hooking the ball home (1-0).

35m - GALLACHER picks up the ball half-way between the midfield and penalty lines, sets off on a delightful dribble through the Albion lines and beats Webb with a swift low shot from an acute angle (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Brighton 0

Weaver fails to take advantage of a foul on Gallacher as he drives his penalty wide of the goal.

75m - Lang and GALLACHER exchange headers and the latter scores with a header from a seemingly impossible position on the goal-line (3-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Brighton 0

A deserved victory in every respect with every member of the team concentrating fully and giving their all for ninety minutes. The first-half is fairly even, but United take control after the break; youngster Richardson shows incredible confidence.

Sunderland (20th) - SJP - 60,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Thomson, Mathison, Harris, Weaver, Boyd, Devine, Hutchison, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Boyd, Hutchison, Lang

Gallacher has opted to play for Scotland against Ireland so Hutchinson leads the attack.

25m - HUTCHINSON heads home from a corner-kick (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Sunderland 0

60m - LANG (2-0).

63m - BOYD (3-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Sunderland 0

Position: 21st

A hot shot from Gallacher

Hull deservedly force a replay in a fierce cup-tie during which tempers fray and there are a number of nasty incidents. United opt to play Hutchinson at centre-forward and it is only when (in the last 20 minutes) he and Gallacher swop places that any concerted pressure is exerted.

Hull (D2:14th) - SJP - 63,486

McInroy, Richardson J, Thomson, Mathison, Harris, Weaver, Boyd, Gallacher, Hutchison, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Lang - Alexander

Newcastle prepared during the week at Scarborough. Hutchinson retains the centre-forward position with Gallacher asked to play at inside-right. The ground is fairly hard and it is slippery underfoot.

26m - Boyd centres from the goal-line and LANG throws himself with a flying leap to head into the far corner of the goal (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Hull 0

Lang and Walsh come to blows but the referee is following the ball and misses it.

57m - McInroy mistakenly advances and ALEXANDER heads in Duncan's centre (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Hull 1

Hull reach the FA Cup Semi-Final for the first time. United are guilty of some poor finishing, but are also denied by a simply amazing display from custodian Gibson. Before and during the game ambulances have to deal with many supporters suffering from the pressure within the stands. At the end thousands of fans rush on to the pitch and Gordon is carried shoulder high. Gallacher describes the keeper as a "superman" and Cunningham replies to local reporters by simply saying “we lost, you have a very good keeper".

Hull (D2:14th) - 32,930

McInroy, Maitland, Thomson, Mackenzie, Hill, Weaver, Hutchison, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Howieson

Newcastle make six changes.

Half-time: Hull 0 Newcastle 0

46m - HOWIESON hits a hard chest-high drive from thirty yards and although McInroy has it covered he fumbles it and the ball goes into the net (0-1).

Full-time: Hull 1 Newcastle 0

A bad game of numerous missed chances between two admirably weak sides; many view it as one of the worst games seen at St James' for a very long time. Gallacher is the difference between the two struggling sides.

Everton (19th) - SJP - 44,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Maitland, Mathison, Harris, Weaver, Boyd, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott

Scorers: Gallacher

Thomson and Hutchinson both picked up injuries at Hull and there are other changes as United try and beat the fatigue brought on by the Cup ties.

21m - GALLACHER picks up the ball just in the Everton half and swerves delightfully through the Everton defence with Williams hanging on to him like the Old Man of the Sea. It seems impossible for Hughie to find room for a shot but with the help of a deflection off Williams he smacks the ball over Sagar’s shoulder. It is a goal that only Gallacher could have obtained as he single-handedly threw down the gage to the whole Everton defence and triumphed (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Everton 0

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Everton 0

Position: 22nd

Hill is back to his best against his former club and United, playing fast and clever football, are superior in every phase of the game. It is a well-deserved victory.

Burnley (17th) - Turf Moor - 10,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Cape, Devine, Lang

01m - CAPE cleverly heads in from a corner (1-0).

36m - DEVINE side-steps a defender then bamboozles 'keeper Somerville before nonchalantly walking the ball into the back of the net (2-0).

Half-time: Burnley 0 Newcastle 2

50m - LANG's cross-shot goes in off the far post (3-0).

Full-time: Burnley 0 Newcastle 3

Position: 21st

United's mini-revival comes to an end at snowy Sheffield. United face a mini-blizzard in the first-half and they are overwhelmed with their short-passing and lightweight team being ill-suited to the wintry conditions. United only come into the game in the last half-hour when Wednesday ease up.

Sheffield W (2nd) - Hillsborough - 10,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Devine, Weaver - Rimmer (2), Allen, Burgess

There is about 2" of snow and the lines are being cleared right up to kick-off. United are facing a mini-blizzard.

20m - RIMMER's powerful centre slips through McInroy’s hands onto the post and seems to spin over the line. Although McInroy claws it out the well-positioned official gives a goal despite United's vehement protests (0-1).

35m - RIMMER hits a beautiful left-footed shot which goes just under the angle (0-2).

45m - ALLEN scores from short-range (0-3).

Half-time: Sheffield W 3 Newcastle 0

United started to lose their tempers in the first-half and Weaver and Hooper have a tiff which requires the referee's intervention.

56m - BURGESS beats three defenders to score a great goal (4-0).

67m - MCDONALD drives the ball home from a corner (1-4).

75m - DEVINE goes on a sinuous run and finishes well (2-4).

Full-time: Sheffield W 4 Newcastle 2

Position: 21st

Busby gives City the lead

Hard, robust football is the order of the day as the two struggling sides put on a poor display. United come from two-goals down, but although they totally dominate after the break they cannot find a winner. Newcastle have neither the craft or the method of the old team. However, they are also unlucky in that the referee refuses a couple of strong penalty appeals.

Man. City (3rd) - SJP - 30,000

McInroy, Fairhurst, Thomson, Harris, Hill, Weaver, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Devine, Gallacher - Busby, Tait

United are facing a bright sun and a stiff breeze.

14m - BUSBY's shot glances in off Hill (0-1).

27m - TAIT is left unmarked (0-2).

43m - After an exciting dust-up around City's citadel DEVINE nets (1-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Man. City 2

47m - GALLACHER runs through to score (2-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Man. City 2

Position: 20th

Despite having the advantage of a strong wind in the first-half and attacking with great determination United cannot find the net and it is the home side who score before adding a second after the break. Teams know that if they stop Gallacher they stop United; the team is built around and too reliant upon him.

Portsmouth (13th) - Fratton Park - 18,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mathison, Hill, Harris, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Smith, Easson

Thomson is dropped after a poor performance in the last game.

15m - McInroy fists out a shot from Forward but SMITH, running at full tilt, hits a really magnificent shot off the base of the bar (0-1).

Half-time: Portsmouth 1 Newcastle 0

Gallagher hits an out-swerving shot which Gilfillan palms onto an upright and the ball takes an extraordinary spinning circuit across the goal and past the other upright.

77m - EASSON heads in (0-2).

Full-time: Portsmouth 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 20th

Although Birmingham have a considerably weakened team out United need a scrambled effort from Devine just before the end to earn a point.

Birmingham (13th) - SJP - 30,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mathison, Hill, Wood, Cape, Devine, Boyd, Chalmers, Lang

Scorers: Devine

With Gallacher absent and Hutchinson suffering from a muscle wrench in his back Boyd is asked to lead the line. Chalmers comes in for the dropped McDonald.

Horseman hits the outside of the upright with a fast shot on the run.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Birmingham 0

46m - MORRELL heads through following a corner (0-1).

81m - DEVINE scores after a goalmouth scramble (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Birmingham 1

Position: 20th

Despite Gallacher's appearance United's forward play leaves much to be desired and they are indebted once more to Devine who scores another late equaliser. Arsenal are hampered by the loss of their keeper for the last twenty minutes, but the increasingly nervy Novocastrians can only beat his replacement once.

Arsenal (16th) - SJP - 30,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Devine - Halliday

04m - Although Hulme nets the goal is disallowed following a linesman's intervention.

07m - The Metropolitans take the lead through HALLIDAY (0-1).

Lang nets but the goal is disallowed as the ball glanced off the offside Gallacher.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

70m - Arsenal custodian Lewis is injured and has to leave the field with Johnstone taking over in goal. Williams is a limper too.

85m - John makes a very moderate attempt at a clearance and DEVINE scores (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 1

Position: 20th

A hard and poor game played in heavy rain. Gallacher heads United in front and then misses a penalty before the homesters equalise.

Bolton (12th) - Burnden Park - 6,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Boyd, Richardson JR, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher - Milsom

Half-time: Bolton 0 Newcastle 0

GALLACHER header (1-0).

Gallacher is felled by Haworth; he takes the penalty himself and misses the target.

MILSOM heads an equaliser (1-1).

Full-time: Bolton 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 20th

Newcastle strive desperately hard and match the home side in many departments however they are outpointed by Villa whose forward work is much superior. United edge the first-half in what is a fine exhibition of football, but it is Villa who score twice after the break as the increasingly rattled Magpies give away a lot of free-kicks.

Aston Villa (4th) - Villa Park - 35,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Boyd, Richardson JR, Gallacher, Devine, Lang

Scorers: Houghton, Brown

Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0

46m - HOUGHTON hits a fast shot into the top corner (0-1).

58m - BROWN breaks through and scores with a well-paced drive (0-2).

Full-time: Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0

Position: 20th

Liverpool's Lucas tries a trick kick

United win their first game for a month and it is a thoroughly deserved victory. It is very important, particularly as fellow strugglers Everton, Grimsby and Manchester United all win too. Newcastle are still only one point above the relegation positions.

Liverpool (8th)- SJP - 40,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mackenzie, Hill, Weaver, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher, Hill, Weaver - Smith

08m - With wind advantage United dominate in the first-half and HILL scores from a free-kick (1-0).

SMITH equalises from a breakaway (1-1).

WEAVER - who has been limping since the 10th minute - puts United back ahead (2-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Liverpool 1

49m - GALLACHER (3-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Liverpool 1

Position: 20th

McDonald relieves in clever fashion

Leeds fail to take advantage of a great wind in their favour in the first-half and Newcastle - who show the better fighting spirit - deservedly win. Hill gives a towering performance. With three games left the Magpies remain one point above the relegation zone and are still in deep trouble.

Leeds (5th) - SJP - 40,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Gallacher (2) - Keetley

13m - Devine sends GALLACHER through who beats both backs and his shot deflects off Menzies to leave Johnson puzzled (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Leeds 0

58m - KEETLEY equalises with a grand shot (1-1).

67m – GALLACHER’s uncanny positional play and superb control of Devine's through ball give him the opportunity to slot home (2-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Leeds 1

Position: 19th

Liverpool's legendary 'keeper Elisha Scott makes his first appearance for some time but he suffers a bad injury in a collision with Devine. It is a close game and the Magpies are happy to settle for a point. United are now 2 points ahead of Grimsby but they have a game in hand.

Liverpool (10th) - Anfield - 40,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Harris, Hill, McDonald, Cape, Devine, Gallacher, McCurley, Lang

Gunson hits the angle with a centre which McInroy chooses not to try and intercept.

Liverpool 'keeper Scott takes a heavy knock in a challenge with Devine and the United player rushes across to the spectators to get an overcoat to place under the Irishman.

Half-time: Liverpool 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Liverpool 0 Newcastle 0

Position: 18th

Heavy rain (accompanied by thunder and lightning) throughout the game results in farcical conditions; the ground is in a shocking condition and there are lakes of water in various parts of the field. The conditions render United's intricate playing style impossible and they stand accused of failing to adapt. Newcastle are one of six clubs still in danger.

Derby (2nd) - Baseball Ground - 10,093

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Harris, Hill, McDonald, Boyd, Devine, Gallacher, McCurley, Lang

Scorers: Devine - Robson (2), Ruddy

04m - With Derby's defence standing still expecting offside to be given DEVINE races through to beat debutant Kirby (1-0).

19m - With rain falling heavily ROBSON heads in smartly (1-1). The game starts to become farcical as the surface water build up; several misses cause much amusement.

Half-time: Derby 1 Newcastle 1

72m - ROBSON (1-2).

RUDDY (1-3).

Full-time: Derby 3 Newcastle 1

Position: 19th

It is a really poor game but the single goal from Devine, with only 16 minutes remaining, is priceless as it secures safety. A draw would not have been enough as the three teams below United all won in comprehensive fashion: Sheffield United (5-1), Burnley (6-2) and Everton (4-1).

West Ham - SJP - 50,000

McInroy, Richardson J, Fairhurst, Mackenzie, Hill, Harris, Hutchison, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang

Scorers: Devine

Half-time: Newcastle 0 West Ham 0

74m - DEVINE (1-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 West Ham 0

Position: 19th