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Although United have a number of penalty appeals waved away it is a comprehensive defeat with even the consolation goal coming from the heel of a Rover. Mitten pulls no punches: "players not doing their stuff will be dropped, internationals included: our performance was shockingly irresolute".

D1: Blackburn - 52,497

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, Curry, Hale, Mitchell B

Scorers: Whelan og - Vernon, Johnston (2), Dobing, Douglas (pen)

Blackburn were promoted from Division 2 last season. Stokoe (damaged knee muscles) and White (foot injury) are unavailable and are replaced by Scott and Curry.

02m - Dobing pulls the ball back from the by-line and VERNON hits a low shot past Mitchell (0-1).

42m - JOHNSTON scores easily (0-2).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Blackburn 2

49m - A three-man move starting from the Blackburn area ends with DOBING outpacing Scott and coolly slipping the ball through (0-3).

50m - Douglas pulls the ball back from the bye-line and JOHNSTON completely fools Mitchell by flicking the ball in with his back foot from a couple of yards (0-4)

54m - Mitchell's corner is punched into the air by Leyland, WHELAN tries to head clear but only succeeds in heading into his own net (1-4).

Dobing nets and the referee points to the centre, but the linesman has his flag up and the effort is disallowed.

84m - Scott trips Johnston and DOUGLAS scores the penalty (1-5).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Blackburn 5

Position: 19th

An immaculate performance from Mitchell cannot prevent a pacey Blackpool side from registering a deserved victory.

D1: Blackpool (6th) - 25,531

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Bell, Hughes, Franks, Wilson, Eastham, Wright

Scorers: Gregson, Durie, Charnley

Despite conceding five in the opener it is the attack that is changed with Curry, Mitchell and Hale all dropped and Franks, Wilson and Wright (the latter two making their debuts) coming in.

35m - Inside-left Durie has to go off for treatment.

40m - Part-timer GREGSON runs through and brilliantly lashes a cross-shot into the net (0-1).

Half-time: Blackpool 1 Newcastle 0

Durie comes back on but is clearly hampered by his injury.

73m - Despite his handicap DURIE lobs the ball over Mitchell from 15 yards (0-2).

76m - CHARNLEY scores from 12 yards (0-3).

Full-time: Blackpool 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 20th

After a tame and shabby first-half from both sides United could easily have scored six against a very poor Everton side. The home fans resort to slow handclaps and hurl abuse at the director's box.

30/08 - D1: Everton (20th) - 36.602

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Bell, Hughes, Davies, Wright, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: McGuigan, Wright

The forward line is rejigged again with Davies and McGuigan coming in for Wilson and Franks.

Half-time: Everton 0 Newcastle 0

48m - Davies sets up the unmarked MCGUIGAN to score from five yards (1-0).

69m - WRIGHT scores a second (2-0).

Full-time: Everton 0 Newcastle 2

Position: 16th

The Tangerines are missing three key players (including Matthews), but they defend well and United cannot find a way through until 17 minutes from time. Newcastle had eighty percent of the game, but once again lacked power up front.

D1: Blackpool (4th) - 44,979

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Davies, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: White

Stokoe and White both return from injury to make their first appearances of the season.

United dominate and Len White has two goals disallowed for offside.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Blackpool 0

73m - At the end of an excellent move McGuigan crosses for WHITE to head home from close range (1-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Blackpool 0

Position: 12th

Despite wasting two penalties United's non-stop exhilarating soccer (particularly after the break) has the home side tottering. After the game United travel to Brighton where they will spend four-days in special training prior to the Chelsea game.

D1: Tottenham (20th) - 41,805

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Davies, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: White (2), McGuigan - Medwin

United are awarded a penalty but McGuigan misses the target.

MEDWIN puts the home side ahead (0-1).

Newcastle get a second penalty but White's shot hits an upright. Undeterred Newcastle start to take control of the game.

Half-time: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

46m - WHITE casually heads McGuigan's cross past Hollowbread (1-1) and United start to attack at will.

68m - A long ball finds MCGUIGAN who nets brilliantly from an acute angle (2-1).

80m - WHITE brilliantly lobs home (3-1).

Full-time: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 3

Position: 10th

United deserved a point from a thrilling goal-laden match which they led 5-3 with 21 minutes left.

D1: Chelsea (12th) - 46,601

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Davies, White, Wright, McGuigan

Scorers: Wright (2), White, Franks, Davies - Brabook, Greaves (2), Nicholas, Tindall (2)

Franks and Wright replace the injured Scoular (pulled muscle) and Eastham (knee ligaments).

21m - Greaves cross is palmed out by Mitchell only for BRABROOK to ram the ball home from 10 yards (0-1).

32m - WRIGHT dribbles through and nets from 12 yards (1-1).

37m - WHITE heads in from close range (2-1).

41m - GREAVES turns inside McMichael and hammers home from 12 yards (2-2).

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 2

46m - Mortimere's header hits the underside of the bar and GREAVES is on hand to put The Pensioners ahead (2-3).

49m - Davies squares the ball to WRIGHT to finish from 8 yards (3-3).

54m - FRANKS lashes in from 30-yards with the keeper unsighted (4-3).

57m - Hughes has to go off and United are down to ten men.

63m - DAVIES dribbles and feints and slides the ball between the 'keeper's legs (5-3).

69m - NICHOLAS latches on to a loose ball and - from 12 yards out - drives the ball home. (5-4).

71m - Mitchell throws the ball out to Stokoe but he is not looking and TINDALL nips in and hammers the ball over Mitchell (5-5).

75m - Hughes returns to the fray.

84m - From an acute angle TINDALL heads in just below the angle (5-6).

Full-time: Chelsea 6 Newcastle 5

Position: 13th

An excellent all-round team performance that has the visitors rocking and - with better finishing - United would have won. Before the game starts McKeag addresses the crowd regarding the pitch encroachments. As soon as he starts speaking there are ironical cheers and as he continues the slow hand claps and boos start. At half-time the Manchester United mascot has apple cores, ice-cream wrappers and red grit thrown at him. And at the end the youngsters and teddy boys once again swarm onto the pitch. The Board announces that the Boy's Gates will be closed until further notice.

D1: Man. United (6th) - 60,670

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, White, Wright, Davies, Mitchell

Scorers: Davies - Charlton

Scoular returns and Mitchell replaces McGuigan as the forward line is reshuffled. Hughes plays despite breaking his nose against Chelsea.

United are on top but are thwarted.

28m - Scoular lobs the ball into the area and DAVIES flicks the ball past Gregg with his head (1-0).

31m - A quick break and slack marking allows CHARLTON to equalise with an opportunistic effort (1-1) and the visitors have a spell in charge.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Man. United 1

The Magpies - roared on by the huge crowd - create chance after chance, but a mixture of erratic shooting and desperate defence keeps them out.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Man. United 1

Position: 13th

Although United are enthusiastic and enterprising they are beaten by Chelsea's more technical approach. There is no invasion at the end of the game and the club state that the Boy’s Gate's will be re-opened for the next game.

D1: Chelsea (8th) - 50,283

Mitchell S, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Franks, White, Davies, Wright

Scorers: White - Harrison, Mortimere

05m - Chelsea's 17-year-old debutant Mick Harrison hits a free-kick from a very acute angle and the ball hits the inside of the post.

15m - HARRISON hits another free-kick from a similar position and this time the ball flashes along the bar and goes into the far top corner (0-1).

Newcastle attack strongly for the rest of the half and WHITE brilliantly flicks a high ball into the net (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea re-take the lead when MORTIMERE eludes Bell before hitting a ground shot past Mitchell (1-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

Position: 14th

Wolves do most of the attacking, but whereas they waste numerous chances, Newcastle are more lethal and the home manager Stan Cullis admits: "Newcastle played grand football. They won well". It is Wolves' first home defeat.

D1: Wolves (2nd) - 39,130

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Bottom, White, Davies, Evans

Scorers: White (2), Bottom - Broadbent

Keeper Mitchell is dropped and teenager Brian Harvey makes his debut. Scoular is out (pulled muscle in his thigh still causing problems) and Wright is also injured. Bottom comes in for his first game of the season and Evans also plays his first game for the first team.

04m - Wolves start strongly and Stokoe has to clear off the line.

07m - In their first attack United take the lead when teenage keeper Finlayson cannot hold onto Hughes' shot and WHITE scrambles the ball home (1-0).

29m - Wolves search for an equaliser but waste chances and BOTTOM scores with an unstoppable drive from 25-yards (2-0).

41m - The home side do most of the attacking again and BROADBENT heads in from a corner (2-1).

Half-time: Wolves 1 Newcastle 2

69m - United are playing some brilliant football and WHITE bursts through the middle and beats the advancing keeper after holding off a couple of challenges (3-1).

Full-time: Wolves 1 Newcastle 3

Position: 12th

Pompey have to play for ten men for 75 minutes but they are the better side and United are indebted to Harvey for a superb display in goal.

D1: Portsmouth (15th) - 42,302

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Bottom, White, Davies, Evans

Scorers: Bottom (2 - 1 pen)

01m - Bottom incredibly misses the target from a yard out.

13m - Portsmouth forward Harris injures knee ligaments in a collision with Harvey and has to retire.

18m - BOTTOM makes amends by scoring from the spot (1-0).

Despite their numerical advantage United are poor and Harvey keeps them ahead with some excellent keeping.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Portsmouth 0

Pompey are still the better side but Harvey is having a superb home debut.

80m - Davies heads down a McMichael cross and despite offside claims BOTTOM's half-volley is allowed to stand.

Cutler heads against the United bar.

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Portsmouth 0

Position: 10th

Before the game, rumours that the Brazilian tourists have been ordered home by the country's FA are refuted. The match sees the short passing South Americas completely swept aside with White and Bottom both scoring five goals.

Fr: Bela Vista (H) - 25,395

Harvey, McKinney (Whitehead), Ferguson, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Bottom, White, Davies, Evans (Mitchell)

Scorers: White (5), Bottom (5), Evans, Davies, - Murtle

The Brazilians attract a good crowd to St. James' even though they were thrashed 5-0 by Birmingham in their first tour game.

02m - Hughes speeds past his opponent and sets up WHITE (1-0) .

20m - WHITE (2-0)

30m - WHITE (3-0)

EVANS (4-0).

41m - MURTLE pulls one back from a penalty (4-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 4 Bela Vista 1

Mitchell and Whitehead come on for the second half.

48m - DAVIES (5-1).

50m - BOTTOM bangs in Mitchell's square pass (6-1).

51m - BOTTOM rams home a penalty after White is felled (7-1).

54m - BOTTOM'S 35-yard shot squeezes in by the post (8-1).

57m - BOTTOM converts an easy chance for his fourth goal in seven minutes (9-1).

59m - WHITE scores from 25-yards (10-1).

65m - Mitchell sets up BOTTOM for his fifth (11-1).

78m - WHITE picks up a perfect pass from Davies, rounds the keeper and smashes the ball into the net to tie the personal goal scoring duel once more (12-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 12 Bela Vista 1

Although Villa have not won at home since the end of August and United make more chances, their finishing is poor.

D1: Aston Villa (21st) - 30,000

Harvey, McKinney, Ferguson, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Bottom, White, Davies, Mitchell B

Scorers: White - Barrett (2)

McKinney comes in for Keith (playing for Ireland) and although United would not release McMichael he has a knock and is replaced by Ferguson.

United create and spurn a number of chances with Bottom and White the main culprits.

35m - Debutant BARRETT neatly heads home Smith's centre (0-1).

Half-time: Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 0

53m - Harvey plays a short goal-kick to Stokoe who attempts to return the ball to the keeper, but it is intercepted by Hitchins and although he is challenged the ball deflects to BARRETT who runs into the empty net (0-2).

66m - WHITE leaves two defenders sprawling before beating Sims from ten yards (1-2).

United go all out for another but Villa hang on.

Full-time: Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 1

Position: 12th

Allchurch scores two clinical goals in an impressive debut and although White also nets after one of his trademark dribbles it is poor performance from the disjointed Magpies.

D1: Leicester (14th) - 46,686 -

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan

Scorers: Allchurch (2), White - Kelly (pen)

Eastham returns from injury and Allchurch makes his debut; Keith and McMichael return at full-back.

08m - Against the run of play United take the lead from a free-kick just outside the area. With everyone expecting a cross ALLCHURCH smacks a rising shot across the keeper (1-0).

21m - The visitors are still doing most of the attacking and after McMichael stops Willis' shot on the line with his hand, KELLY converts the resultant penalty (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Leicester 1

Play becomes more even and robust after the break and it is anyone's game.

73m - Hughes hits a low cross and ALLCHURCH scores with a crisp side-footer (2-1).

78m - WHITE scores one of the best goals seen at St James' for many a day. He picks the ball up in midfield, dribbles past four defenders and hits a cracking drive past the keeper (3-1).

Just before the end McDonald nets for Leicester but although the referee initially gives a goal a linesman has raised his flag for offside.

United annoy the crowd in the latter stages by constantly passing back to Harvey.

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Leicester 1

Position: 10th

Len White nets a hat-trick in a superb team performance and brilliant victory at the home of the League leaders with United now being talked of as genuine title contenders.

D1: Preston (1st) - 25,525 - (7th)

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Hale, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: White (3), Franks - Hatsell, Finney (2)

Hale comes in for Allchurch who is on international duty.

United survive an early onslaught and start to play some excellent football.

27m - WHITE races on to a through ball from McGuigan and beats Else with a fast, oblique shot (1-0).

35m - Hale finds WHITE who uses his dribbling skills to find himself space and scores again (2-0).

Half-time: Preston 0 Newcastle 2

Keith had totally mastered Finney in the first forty-five and Preston switch him to centre-forward which gives the home side new impetus.

56m - HATSELL completely deceives Harvey with a great shot (2-1). Preston are attacking strongly but United's defence is holding out.

70m - A long pass from McGuigan sets WHITE off on the chase and as the defence hesitates - waiting for Else to clear - he completes his hat-trick (3-1).

72m - FINNEY pulls one back (3-2).

77m - FINNEY scores a delightful goal to equalise (3-3).

83m - A hard centre flashes across the goal and FRANKS sticks out his right foot and scores with a remarkable hooked shot (4-3).

Full-time: Preston 3 Newcastle 4

Position: 7th

The German part-timers play some decent football, but United are always in control.

Fr: TSV Munich - 20,120

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan

Scorers: Hughes, Allchurch, Eastham

07m - United set off like a bomb and HUGHES nets the rebound after his first effort is blocked by the pivot (1-0).

28m - Eastham kills the ball expertly to set up ALLCHURCH who smashes the ball into the net from 25 yards (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 TSV Munich 0

65m - Keith clearly blocks a Munich free-kick with his hand but the official does not give a penalty.

88m - McGuigan's shot is blocked by the keeper but EASTHAM pounces (3-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 TSV Munich 0

The Welsh FA have given United permission to present Allchurch with his 36th Welsh cap and McKeag performs the duty just before the game. It is an exhilarating, open and attacking performance from United. They take gambles at the back but their fluent and rhythmic teamwork is a joy to behold. It is exhibition stuff at times as they totally outclass City.

D1: Man. City (19th) - 54,837

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan

Scorers: Eastham, White (2), McGuigan - Hannah

08m - United start well and after a good move EASTHAM rounds Lievers and shoots past Trautmann from almost on the touchline (1-0).

11m - A mis-kick by Sears allows WHITE in and he calmly draws Trautmann from his goal before slotting home (2-0).

White has a great chance but is too casual and Ewing clears off the line.

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Man. City 0

53m - Eastham sets up MCGUIGAN who, from an acute angle, hits a fierce cross-shot in off the underside off the crossbar (3-0).

73m - A brilliant pass by Hughes sets WHITE away and he smashes the ball in (4-0).

78m - Allchurch is brought down in the area but McMichael misses the target with the penalty.

90m - Former United star HANNAH breaks though United's back line and gets a consolation (4-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Man. City 1

Position: 7th

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A huge crowd turns out to see United take on the leaders at Highbury. It is a disappointing performance but United nearly snatch a draw when they have the Gunners reeling in the last fifteen minutes.

D1: Arsenal (1st) - 62,801

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan

Scorers: Allchurch (pen), McGuigan - Groves, Henderson (2)

06m - The Gunners start well and GROVES heads in Henderson's cross with Harvey rooted to the spot (0-1).

United battle keenly but Arsenal are a class above and United can make no headway against their solid defence. However thay also defend well and do not concede again.

Half-time: Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0

51m - HENDERSON cracks the ball in from the inside-left position (0-2).

86m - Eastham is spent sprawling in the area and a penalty is awarded. Whilst Eastham is getting treatment Arsenal keeper Kelsey wanders over to Allchurch (his Welsh international colleague) who is preparing to take the spot-kick. He says that he will bet him a half-crown that he does not score. Allchurch accepts the bet and confidently nets (1-2).

88m - With United committed to attack HENDERSON scores after a breakaway; the players are furious as they claim two other Arsenal players were offside (1-3).

90m - MCGUIGAN pulls one back (2-3).

Full-time: Arsenal 3 Newcastle 2

Position: 7th

A poor quality game in which both sides disappoint. It is a nervy victory which could have been easier if Allchurch had not become the latest player to miss from the spot.

D1: Luton (4th) - 53,488

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan

Scorers: White

16m - WHITE plays an excellent 1-2 with Allchurch then nods the ball high and wide of Baynham (1-0).

43m - A penalty is awarded for a foul on Eastham but Allchurch shoots straight at the keeper.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Luton 0

The Magpies dominate the play but fail to find another goal.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Luton 0

Position: 7th

The home side have gone six games without a win but United are poor and concede with 11 minutes to go. Len White hits a penalty yards over the bar as United miss from the spot for the fifth time out of six.

D1: Birmingham (19th) - 28,720

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan

Scorers: Larkin

United are poor in the first period and are lucky to be on level terms at half-time.

Half-time: Birmingham 0 Newcastle 0

53m - A push on McGuigan earns United a penalty. White appears unbalanced when he connects and he strikes the ball high and wide.

79m - Taylor sends in a corner and LARKIN brilliantly strikes a hooked volley which flashes into the net (0-1).

Full-time: Birmingham 1 Newcastle 0

Position: 8th

The Swedes from Gothenberg (who have just been promoted to the top League) play some attractive football and defend well for almost an hour but United are eventually too powerful for them.

Fr: Orgryte - 18,356

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White (Curry), Allchurch, McGuigan (Mitten)

Scorers: Allchurch (2), Eastham, White, Curry - Simonsson, Johansson B

02m - SIMONSSON finishes off a clever move (0-1).


07m - ALLCHURCH scores an excellent goal with a low shot from 18-yards (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Orgryte 1

The manager's son John (17) comes on a half-time for his first game for the seniors.

Mitten sets up EASTHAM to score with a first-time shot (2-1).

56m - WHITE scores from close range after a pass from Mitten (3-1).

62m - And Mitten sets up ALLCHURCH for his second (4-1).

64m - JOHANSSON pulls one back (4-2).

78m - CURRY nets the goal of the night with a superb 15-yard volley (5-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Orgryte 2

Allchurch scores early but United are behind after 15 minutes in an action packed game. The visitors are down to ten men for half the game but defend superbly. United are unlucky to see the ball strike wood twice but 17-year-old Mitten misses a penalty (sixth miss in eight attempts from the spot this season).

D1: West Brom. (5th) - 51,636

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Mitten

Scorers: Allchurch - Kevan, Robson

Mitten is rewarded for his promising play in the friendly by taking over from McGuigan who has been struggling to retain his early season form since his operation. Before the game Mitten decides that if a penalty is given Eastham, Hughes or his son John should take it.

05m - ALLCHURCH gives United an early lead (1-0).

09m - LEVAN lashes the ball in from an acute angle (1-1).

15m - Franks only half clears and ROBSON scores for The Throstles (1-2).

United attack strongly but luck is not with them. They have a goal chalked off for a marginal offside and twice hit the woodwork. White also misses a great opportunity when he stops because he thinks he is offside. West Brom also have a goal chalked off for a narrow decision.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 West Brom 2

46m - Dudley suffers an injury and has to retire.

61m - White is felled in the area and Stokoe chooses 17-year-old debutant Mitten to take the spot kick; his neck high shot is fielded easily by Potter.

Newcastle dominate - particularly in the last twenty minutes - but the ten-men defend very bravely.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 West Brom 2

Position: 9th

Leeds signed Don Revie yesterday and he inspires them to victory. lt is an excellent game which the home side deserve to win after an excellent second-half performance. A large contingent of supporters travel down.

D1: Leeds (19th) - 23,500

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Mitten

Scorers: Allchurch (2) - Scott og, Crowe, Overfield

Scoular has fully recovered from his achilles injury and returns to the side but Stokoe is out.

29m - Following a brilliant pass from Eastham, ALLCHURCH scores (1-0).

Half-time: Leeds 0 Newcastle 1

50m - With Harvey hesitating SCOTT lunges at a low corner but can only divert it into his own net (1-1).

56m - Revie plays in CROWE to score with a low shot (1-2).

80m - A long centre is nodded in at the far post by OVERFIELD (1-3).

83m - White draws the defence to him and then lays off to ALLCHURCH who scores his second (2-3).

Full-time: Leeds 3 Newcastle 2

Position: 11th

The Bucharest XI is made up of players from the four Division 1 clubs based in Bucharest; all 17 players have represented their country. It is an entertaining game in which both sides played some excellent football, although there are also many ill-tempered episodes. The recalled Mitchell sets up all four goals.

Fr: Bucharest XI - 20,862

Mitchell, McKinney, McMichael, Scoular, Scott (Stokoe), Bell, Hughes (Taylor), Eastham (Curry), White, Allchurch, Mitchell

Scorers: Hughes, Eastham, Curry, Allchurch - Eftimie

United had some tough games on their summer tour so a difficult match is expected.

Harvey and Keith are both out injured (and replaced by Mitchell and McKinney) and Bobby Mitchell is recalled in place of Mitten.

The visitors make but miss three glorious chances.

25m - HUGHES gives United the lead (1-0).

40m - In a crowded area EASTHAM turns cleverly and shoots just inside the post (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Bucharest XI 0

United make three substitutions at the break.

46m - EFTIMIE scores with a fine shot from 12 yards (2-1).

52m - Mitchell's centre is deftly headed home by CURRY (3-1).

56m - ALLCHURCH hits a 25-yard screamer which flies in just under the bar (4-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Bucharest XI 1

Newcastle's superior finishing and Burnley's lack of luck (they hit the woodwork three times) result in a flattering score line for Newcastle.

D1: Burnley (13th) - 42,561

Mitchell S, McKinney, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Mitchell B

Scorers: Bell (pen), White, Allchurch (2), Eastham - Pointer (2)

03m - United are awarded a penalty for a foul on White. BELL hits it hard and straight down the middle (1-0).

26m-WHITE (2-0).

33m - ALLCHURCH after an electric run and cross from Hughes (3-0).

44m - POINTER (3-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 3 Burnley 1

53m - ALLCHURCH (4-1).

58m - POINTER side-foots home (4-2).

75m - Following an excellent move EASTHAM hits a brilliant cross-shot volley on the turn (5-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 5 Burnley 2

Position: 10th

Bob Stokoe magnificently subdues Lofthouse and Newcastle counter-attack with great speed and effectiveness in a thrilling games. They lead through White's skilful goal until five minutes from time.

D1: Bolton (3rd) - 23,020

Mitchell S, Whitehead, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Mitchell B

Scorers: White - Stevens

With Keith still out and McKinney playing for the Army in France, Whitehead gets only his second first-team call-up.

25m - A brilliant pass from Mitchell finds WHITE who uses the outside of his boot to expertly place a sliced effort out of Hopkinson's reach (1-0).

Mitchell and Hughes come close but The Wanderers gradually assume control.

Half-time: Bolton 0 Newcastle 1

85m - From a corner the ball loops into the air off Lofthouse and STEVENS heads in from close range (1-1).

Full-time: Bolton 1 Newcastle 1

Position: 10th

A shockingly poor performance and a hat-trick from Johnstone sees the Magpies well beaten. It is the worst performance of the season so far.

20/12 - D1: Blackburn (7th) - 25,100

Mitchell S, Whitehead, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Mitchell B

Scorers: Johnstone (3)

03m - Centre-forward JOHNSTONE glides a header in from close range (0-1).

20m - The home side are well on top and JOHNSTONE's hefty left foot shot doubles their advantage (0-2),

Half-time: Blackburn 2 Newcastle 0

United counter-attack more effectively; Hughes hits the bar with a long cross-shot and White lifts a sitter over the bar.

85m - JOHNSTONE completes his hat-trick when he takes a pass in his stride and smashes the call past Mitchell (0-3).

Full-time: Blackburn 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 11th

Curry gives United an early lead but Forest equalise soon after - and after the break the Magpies are a complete shambles.

D1: Nottm. Forest (9th) - 49,447

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Curry, McGuigan

Scorers: Curry - Dwight, Imlach, Wilson

Harvey and Keith return from injury and McGuigan is recalled in place of Mitchell.

02m - CURRY converts Eastham's chipped cross (1-0).

10m - DWIGHT equalises (1-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Nottm. Forest 1

63m - United are playing without cohesion and it is no surprise when (after they are caught in possession) IMLACH shoots past the advancing Harvey (1-2).

65m - WILSON whacks the ball into the roof of the net (1-3).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Nottm. Forest 3

Position: 14th

Despite an improved performance United concede three goals in 18 minutes. Mitten - who has previously called for professional officials - is furious with the performance of the referee after a number of controversial decisions.

D1: Nottm. Forest (8th) - 39,907

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, McGuigan, Evans

Scorers: Imlach (2), Wilson

32m - IMLACH looks suspiciously offside but his headed goal stands (0-1).

37m - IMLACH lustily smacks in a second (0-2).

Half-time: Nottm. Forest 2 Newcastle 0

48m - WILSON tussles with Stokoe who goes down. The linesman raises his flag and all the players stop except the forward who runs through and chips Harvey. The United players are furious but the goal is given.

Full-time: Nottm. Forest 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 15th

United master the difficult conditions to totally outplay their visitors in the best home performance of the season thus far. White and Allchurch both score twice.

D1: Everton (13th) - 42,475

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Franks, Hughes, Allchurch, White, McGuigan, Eastham

Scorers: White (2), Allchurch (2)

Franks replaces the injured Bell and Allchurch returns. Eastham becomes the latest player to be tried out at outside-left.

The surface is hard and slippy, but whereas the Everton players struggle, United cope magnificently. It is one-way traffic

22m - A bout of head play ends with WHITE hitting a dropping ball first time past a surprised Dunlop (1-0).

27m - White centres and Allchurch heads in a great goal (2-0).

28m - Eastham plays through to WHITE who races past a couple of defenders and hits a terrific left foot shot into the net (3-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 3 Everton 0

United continue to dominate the play and ALLCHURCH shoots in off an upright (4-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 4 Everton 0

Position: 12th

Although White and Allchurch both hit the bar, White gets the only goal in a very poor performance against struggling Spurs.

D1: Tottenham (20th) - 32,503

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Scott, Hughes, Allchurch, White, McGuigan, Eastham

Scoular is ruled out with pulled thigh muscle and is replaced by Scott.

Scorers: White - Dunmore (2)

25m - DUNMORE's shot deflects in off Keith (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Tottenham 1

46m - Within 8 seconds of the restart DUNMORE adds a second (0-2).

WHITE (1-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2

Position: 12th

The pitch is in a bit of a state with a thick layer of slimy mud atop a hard underlay. Chelsea's young side play a devastatingly effective counter-attacking game which brings them 4 goals in the first 48 minutes. Eastham pulls one back and roared on by the crowd, United fight like tigers but they are out the Cup at the first hurdle. McKeag admits that "we were beaten to blazes by an infinitely better team who played football to match the conditions".

FA R3: Chelsea - 57,038 or 56,160?

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, McGuigan, Eastham

Scorers: Eastham - Mortimere, Greaves, Gibbs, Brabrook

Scoular returns and Taylor (playing for the first time since October 1956) replaces Hughes.

04m - MORTIMORE scores from 18-yards after McMichael had headed out Block's centre (0-1).

06m - GREAVES races onto a through ball and shoots low (0-2).

United try and get back and White sends against the bar.

31m - A long ball into the area finds GIBB and he nets with a fine shot (0-3).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3


48m - An excellent move is finished by BRABROOK (0-4).

62m - EASTHAM cleverly pulls down a Scoular cross and shoots across the keeper (1-4).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Chelsea 4

With both sides out of the Cup, United fly to Liverpool to take on the Second Division side in a friendly.

Fr: Liverpool - 18,449

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, Scott

Scorers: White, Allchurch - Morris, tbc

McGuigan is not fit to play and half-back Malcolm Scott is a surprise pick at outside-left.

05m - Harvey gets his fingertips to the ball but cannot stop MORRIS' shot (0-1).

15m - WHITE scores an excellent equaliser (1-1).

33m - ALLCHURCH scores from almost on the line (2-1).


Half-time: Liverpool 1 Newcastle 2

58m - MORRIS shoots just inside the far upright (2-2).

85m - Wheeler's shot hits the underside of the bar but although the ball appears to bounce behind the line the referee does not give a goal.

Full-time: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 2

United are undeservedly 4-1 behind after only 34 minutes, but they stage a brilliant second-half comeback to square a thrilling game.

D1: Man. United (4th) - 48,477

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: Allchurch, White (2), McGuigan - Charlton (pen), Quixall, Scanlon, Violett

McGuigan returns and Scott drops back to replace Stokoe.

06m - Keith is adjudged to have fouled Scanlon in the area and CHARLTON smashes an unstoppable penalty high and wide of Harvey (0-1).

15m - White hits an upright with a crisp first-time shot.

26m - QUIXALL plays a 1-2 with Charlton and scores (0-2).

30m - ALLCHURCH hits a fine low shot from 15 yards (1-2).

32m - Charlton sets up SCANLON who also scores with a low shot from 15 yards (1-3).

34m - VIOLETT nets from close in (1-4).

Half-time: Man. United 4 Newcastle 1

69m - Allchurch sends in a long through ball and WHITE dives to head the ball home (2-4).

70m - Taylor centres, Allchurch deftly nods the ball down and WHITE scores from 8 yards (3-4).

77m - From a free-kick three yards outside the box; Scoular lays it to MCGUIGAN who lashes the ball home from 12 yards (4-4).

Full-time: Man. United 4 Newcastle 4

Position: 13th

United are brilliant in the first half against the Championship chasers and deservedly lead; but Wolves score 3 times in 16 minutes to turn the game around. The crowd are not happy with Wolves captain Billy Wright, nor with some of the referee's decisions.

D1: Wolves (2nd) - 42,377

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: Eastham (2 pens), White - Murray, Mason, Lill (2)

Newcastle attack from the off and challenges on both White and Taylor could - and perhaps should - have led to penalties.

09m - Wright keeps out White's shot with his hand and EASTHAM scores from the spot (1-0). Finlayson makes three spectacular saves as United continue to dominate.

MURRAY taps in an equaliser (1-1).

26m - WHITE heads United back in front (2-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Wolves 1

47m - Young outside-right Lill crosses from the bye-line for MASON (2-2).

53m - LILL puts the visitors in front (2-3).

63m - LILL scores again from 12-yards (2-4).

74m - Slater's push on Taylor gives EASTHAM another penalty opportunity (3-4). Despite some desperate attacking an equaliser cannot be found.

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Wolves 4

Position: 15th

The visitors are the Austrian Champions and have reached the Quarter-Finals of the European Cup.

Fr: Vienna SC - 25,370

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: McGuigan - tbc

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Vienna SC 0

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Vienna SC 1

After weeks without precipitation heavy rain turns the pitch into a veritable quagmire and the game borders on the farcical at times. United are much superior, but have to wait until ten minutes from time to find a winner.

D1: Aston Villa (21st) - 20,182

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, McGuigan

Scorers: Taylor

Peat was liberally worked into the pitch during the frosts but after a number of dry weeks, heavy rain has left puddles all over the pitch.

16m - McGuigan is carried off on stretcher with a badly wrenched ankle.

32m - McGuigan returns, but is limping quite badly.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0

80m - McGuigan puts over a lot of decent crosses despite his handicap and from one of them TAYLOR angles a ball across the keeper form the far post (1-0).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0

Position: 13th

Milburn leads the Linfield attack and scores from a penalty.

Fr: Linfield (A) - 12,000

Harvey/Simpson, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, Evans plus Gibson

Scorers: Allchurch, Taylor, White - Milburn (pen), tbc, tbc

Half-time: Linfield 1 Newcastle 2

Full-time: Linfield 3 Newcastle 3

A very drab game played on a hard, rutted pitch in a high wind. A good goal from Eastham is a rare moment of quality although the desperate home side are unlucky to hit the woodwork 4 times and have 2 strong penalty appeals turned down. In the second-half Mitten gets into an argument with a linesman over coaching from the touchline and the referee comes across to warn him over his conduct prompting a wry smile.

D1: Leicester (20th) 24,362)

Harvey, McKinney, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, Evans

Scorers: Eastham

68m - EASTHAM intercepts a pass in his own half, swaps passes with White and then lifts the ball over the keeper as he comes out (1-0).

Half-time: Leicester 0 Newcastle 1

Full-time: Leicester 0 Newcastle 1

Position: 12th

Newcastle's full side is beaten by a team of ex-professionals in a match held in aid of Northumberland County Cricket Club.

Fr: All Stars XI -15,662

Scorers: Allchurch (2) - tbc

Keith has suffered a recurrence of his ankle problem and is replaced by Whitehead.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 All Stars XI1

Full-time: Newcastle 2 All Stars XI 4

Preston have not won for 6 games and (due to injuries and illness) they make eight changes to their side. It is another stale performance and the Magpies are deservedly beaten.

D1: Preston (9th) - 31,962

Harvey, Whitehead, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, Mitchell R

Scorers: White - Lambert, Alston

06m - Allchurch smashes a shot against an upright.

12m - Harvey drops a high cross and LAMBERT gets there just before Whitehead can clear although some reporters thought the defender sliced the ball into his own net (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Preston 1

57m - Scoular clears off the line.

66m - ALSTON heads in a Taylor free-kick (0-2).

70m - Taylor's short, sharp cross is nodded home by WHITE (1-2).

78m - McMichael clears off the line.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Preston 2

Position: 12th

Curry scores a hat-trick in a comprehensive victory over bottom placed Portsmouth who look certain to be relegated now. Curry says the "last thing I want is to leave Newcastle".

D1: Portsmouth (22nd) -19,404

Harvey, Whitehead, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Allchurch, Curry, Eastham, White

Scorers: Curry (3), Eastham, Taylor - Saunders,

Portsmouth have not won since the end of November. Curry comes in at centre-forward with White moving to outside-left. Those moves were predictable but no-one expected Scoular to move to centre-half and Mitchell to drop back to left-half. Scott is in Birmingham playing for the RAF against the Army.

18m - Eastham plays in CURRY who swerves past Brown and flicks the ball into the empty net (1-0).

45m - Eastham, White and Allchurch are mesmerising the home defence and it is no surprise when EASTHAM scores with the last kick (2-0).

Half-time: Portsmouth 0 Newcastle 2

77m - There are three unmarked United forwards waiting for White's cross and TAYLOR taps the ball home almost apologetically (3-0).

Franks plays a lovely through ball to CURRY who races clear and slashes the ball past Brown (4-0).

83m - SAUNDERS heads in a Gunter free-kick (4-1).

90m - CURRY heads in Franks' cross at the far post (5-1).

Full-time: Portsmouth 1 Newcastle 5

Position: 12th

City have not won at home since the start of the year but with outside-left Sambrook giving Whitehead a torrid time the Magpies are well beaten.

14/03 - D1: Man. City (19th) - 25,417

Harvey, Whitehead, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, Curry, Eastham, White

Scorers: Eastham - Hayes (2), Sambrook (2), Barnes (pen).

28m - HAYES (0-1).

31m - Brilliant reply from WHITE (1-1) and United take the initiative.

42m - SAMBROOK cuts in to score (1-2).

Half-time: Man. City 2 Newcastle 1

53m - There are three defenders in attendance but they can't stop HAYES (1-3).

White is injured in a challenge with the keeper and is a passenger.

81m - Whitehead fouls Hannah and BARNES converts the penalty (1-4).

SAMBROOK nets with a long, low drive (1-5).

Full-time: Man. City 5 Newcastle 1

Position: 13th

Curry scores an early goal and an injury to full-back Willis reduces Arsenal to ten fit men after little over half an hour. Both sides miss countless chances but there is no more scoring.

D1: Arsenal (3rd) - 32,774

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Scott, Hughes, Allchurch, Curry, Eastham, Taylor

Scorers: Curry

Keith returns from injury and Hughes comes in for his first game since. Taylor (who got married during the week) replaces the unfit White.

12m - Allchurch's strong shot is parried by Standen but CURRY races in and scores from a few yards out (1-0).

Allchurch hits the bar with a powerful header.

36m - Arsenal right-back Willis suffers an injury and is a virtual passenger.

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 0

Despite the injury to Willis (who is now at outside-left) the visitors battle gamely in an even half.

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 0

Position: 13th

D1: West Ham (A) - Lost 0-3 (0-2) - 35,000 -

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Hughes, Allchurch, Marshall, Eastham, Taylor

Scorers: Dick, Musgrove, Obeney

With Scott and Curry joining the lengthy injury list Marshall is handed his debut; Mitchell comes back in at left-half again.

16m - A long clearance from the keeper comes through to DICK who hits a low shot from 18-yards (0-1).

35m - MUSGROVE heads in a deep cross at the far post (0-2).

Half-time: West Ham 2 Newcastle 0

50m - OBENEY hits a controversial third with a suspicion of hand-ball and of Harvey being obstructed (0-3)

Full-time: West Ham 3 Newcastle 0

Position: 13th

Feeble United recover from going 2-0 behind but the Hatters score twice in the last twenty minutes in what is a poor game. Seymour and Taylor watch the Tees-Wear derby and it is rumoured that they may be considering a bid for Brian Clough.

D1: Luton (18th) - 20,878

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Hughes, Allchurch, Marshall, Eastham, Taylor

Scorers: Allchurch, Hughes - tbc, tbc, Brown, Gregory

30m - After a clash of heads Luton's McNally retires for treatment.

tbc (0-1).

tbc (0-2).

45m - ALLCHURCH hammers the ball in (1-2).

Half-time: Luton 2 Newcastle 1

47m - Mitchell lays the ball to HUGHES who hits a tremendous 25-yard shot into the roof of the net (2-2).

70m - Bingham centres and BROWN heads home (2-3).

83m - A Brown centre presents GREGORY with an easy header (2-4).

Full-time: Luton 4 Newcastle 2

Position: 14th

A rip-roaring display from United in which Taylor, Keith (with his first goal for the club?) and Allchurch all score.

30/03 - D1: West Ham (4th) - 20,911

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Allchurch, Gibson, Eastham, McGuigan.

McGuigan returns and Gibson makes his debut.

Scorers: Taylor, Keith, Allchurch - Obeney

05m - TAYLOR hits a "Milburn-like" angled drive into the roof of the net from 15-yards (1-0).

27m - KEITH flicks the ball over the keeper and hammers the ball into the net from almost on the goal-line (2-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 2 West Ham 0

85m - Taylor's perfect through ball finds ALLCHURCH who steers the ball past the advancing keeper (3-0).

90+4m - OBENEY taps in a low cross (3-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 West Ham 1

Position: 12th

Despite their lack of preparation the visitors show some flashes of good football but they are generally given the run-around in what is perhaps the best friendly so far. Due to the delayed kick-off many supporters left at half-time.

Fr: Halmstads - 10,696

Scorers: Taylor, Eastham, Gibson

22m - Scott centres and TAYLOR forces the ball home after a goalmouth scramble (1-0).

41m - EASTHAM scores from an excellent Scott pass (2-0).

45m - Martison gets clean through but with only Harvey to beat he hits an upright.

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Halmstads 0

52m - TBC (2-1).

63m - GIBSON shows good anticipation to intercept a back-pass to score (3-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 3 Halmstads 1

Despite a sodden pitch it is a very entertaining game. Curry scores twice in the first 21 minutes before Albion battle back.

D1: West Brom. (8th) - 22,000

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Eastham, Curry, Hale, Scott.

Scorers: Curry (2) - Kevan (2)

14m - Scott chips in a short corner, Hale heads it on and CURRY flies in to head the ball just under the bar (1-0).

21m - Hale’s fast cross has the keeper scrambling and CURRY rams the ball home (2-0).

27m - West Brom centre-half Kennedy has to go off with a head injury.

45m - KEVAN scores with a glorious 35-yard shot (2-1).

Half-time: West Brom 1 Newcastle 2

67m - Burnside's shot deflects of Scoular's head to KEVAN who scores from point-blank range (2-2),

United hang on - including three goal line clearances - despite a lot of pressure from the home side.

Full-time: West Brom 2 Newcastle 2

Position: 13th

United are very poor and the visitors go 2-0 up just after the break. Allchurch pulls one back and Curry scores an equaliser in the final seconds.

D1: Leeds (17th) -19,321 -

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Hale Curry, Allchurch, Scott.

Scorers: Allchurch, Curry - Revie, Peyton

Allchurch is back, Eastham is out with flu.

23m - REVIE scores with a clever lob high into the net as Leeds dominate the first half (0-1).

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Leeds 1

46m - Revie flicks on to PEYTON who shoots wide of Harvey (0-2).

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Leeds 2


With Scoular controlling Lofthouse it was a much improved performance particularly in first-half. "We are used to playing on grass" - claims wisecracking Bolton manager Bill Ridding. At one stage spectators in the Leazes End pelt the penalty area with dirt, cartons and small stones; keeper Hopkinson complains to the referee who speaks to the policemen behind the goal.

D1: Bolton (4th) - 17,451

Harvey, Whitehead, Scott, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Hale, Curry, Eastham, McGuigan.

Keith, McMichael and Allchurch are all playing in the Ireland v Wales international.

Scorers: Curry, Taylor

14m - Hale excellent cross which CURRY nods home (1-0).

35m - TAYLOR scores with a crisp shot from 15-yards which Higgins can only help into the net (2-0)

Half-time: Newcastle 2 Bolton 0

Full-time: Newcastle 2 Bolton 0

Position: 14th

Torrential rain turns the pitch into a quagmire but both sides perform admirably in an entertaining tussle.

D1: Burnley (5th) -15,430

Harvey, Whitehead, Scott, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Allchurch, Curry, Eastham, McGuigan.

Scorers: Allchurch, Curry - Pilkington, tbc

01m - PILKINGTON beats Whitehead and shoots past Harvey (0-1) and with both United's young full-backs struggling the home side are well on top.

14m - Eastham dribbles through and sets up ALLCHURCH to drive past Blacklaw (1-1) and the game becomes more even.

Half-time: Burnley 1 Newcastle 1

During the break three United supporters are lifted over the barrier by half a dozen policeman and escorted away. It is not clear what happened but the excitable shuffle which occurred suggested fisticuffs had taken place.

74m - CURRY brilliantly heads home from a Mitchell free-kick (2-1).

76m - (2-2).

Full-time: Burnley 2 Newcastle 2

Position: 12th

A pretty decent game even though it was the last match of the season and nothing depended on it. Allchurch volleyed home after only a few minutes and Birmingham deservedly equalised after the break.

29/04 - D1: Birmingham (9th) - 19,766

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor, Allchurch, Curry, Eastham, McGuigan.

Scorers: Allchurch - Hooper

04 - ALLCHURCH moves on to a bouncing ball and volleys in from 15 yards (1-0).

Half-time: Newcastle 1 Birmingham 0

69m - HOOPER runs on to a through ball and shoots hard into the net from 12 yards (1-1).

Full-time: Newcastle 1 Birmingham 1

Position: 11th

Fr: Brighton - 6,682

Scorers: Hughes - tbc

Half-time: Brighton 0 Newcastle 0

Full-time: Brighton 1 Newcastle 1

After a very casual start from United both sides contribute to a very entertaining testimonial.

Test: Peterborough - 11,000

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Bell, Hughes, Allchurch, Curry, Eastham, Mitchell B.

Scorers: Eastham (2), Curry (2), Mitchell - Hails, Rayner (2)

United start very casually and HAILS scores (0-1)

15m - RAYNER (0-2).

United start to turn on the style and both EASTHAM and CURRY score twice (4-2)

44m - RAYNER (4-3).

Half-time: Peterborough 3 Newcastle 4

47m - MITCHELL (5-3).

Full-time: Peterborough 3 Newcastle 5

United take on last season's League of Ireland champions (who also have three guest players) on a bumpy pitch. After a drab first-half there is a goal frenzy after the break.

Fr: Drumcondra - 7,000

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Scoular, Bell, Taylor, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Curry (Mitten C)

Scorers: White (4), Mitten C, Allchurch - Watson, Emerson, Eglington,

33m - Eastham's shot is parried and WHITE forces the ball home (1-0).

Half-time: Drumcondra XI 0 Newcastle 1

49m - WATSON equalises (1-1)

61m - EMERSON's shot deflects in off McMichael's head (1-2).

67m - WHITE dribble past a couple of defenders and nets (2-2).

68m - Allchurch's shot hits an upright and Manager MITTEN pushes the ball home (3-2).

71m - Harvey misjudges a cross from EGLINGTON which sails into the corner of the net (3-3).

81m - ALLCHURCH scores from outside the penalty area (4-3).

83m - WHITE from 10 yards (5-3).

WHITE (6-3).


Full-time: Drumcondra XI 3 Newcastle 6

A benefit game for John Coughlan played at Mardyke, Cork. Although they give their hosts a couple of goals head start United give a delightful display of football.

Fr: Evergreen United Select - 5,000

Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Bell, Scoular, Mitchell B, Taylor (Hale), Eastham, Fitzgerald (White), Allchurch, Curry (Mitten C)

Scorers: White, Allchurch (2), Eastham - Morley (pen), Brown

Newcastle give a trial to Waterford's John Fitzgerald.

McCarthy is fouled and MORLEY scores from the penalty (0-1).

Half-time: Evergreen United 1 Newcastle 0

United make three changes at the break.

BROWN heads in (0-2).

WHITE scores with a grounder (1-2).

ALLCHURCH scores twice (3-2).

EASTHAM nets after a clever dribble (4-2).

Full-time: Evergreen United 2 Newcastle 4

Fr: Glentoran - 7,500

Scorers: White, Eastham (2) - tbc

Half-time: Glentoran 1 Newcastle 2

Full-time: Glentoran 3 Newcastle 3