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NUFC 1969/70 - Season Diary


08/07 - Alan Foggon has signed his new improved contract.

17/07 - Following the club's statement that they would completely rebuild the ground at their own expense if they were given a long-term lease, Council leader Alderman Grey states that the club will need to supply detailed plans of the proposals.

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28/07 - Newcastle break their transfer record to sign the hugely talented but inconsistent midfielder Jimmy Smith (22) from Aberdeen. Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester City have all shown an interest in the player but it is Newcastle - with the Fairs Cup money burning a hole in their pocket (and the taxman waiting to pounce) - who have made the decisive move. Smith was born in Glasgow and is 5' 11". He has played 140 times for Aberdeen, scoring 37 goals. He first caught Harvey's eye when he played for (and scored) for Scotland U23 against England at St. James' Park in 1967.

30/07 - Fr: Newcastle 1 Hearts 0 - A very low-key friendly; Harvey insists that "all it wants is a bit of oil on"

31/07 - The club's ground redevelopment proposals are considered by the Conservative Group at the Council. Although they are broadly supportive of the stadium changes proposed, they regard the club's timescale of 15-25 years as "ridiculous". The scheme has four phases. Phase 1: New stand on Leazes Terrace Side with additional seating. Phase 1b: New Supporters Club built on stilts above the Barrack Rd. Car Park. Phase 2: New or enlarged West Stand. Phase 3: New cantilever roof for Leazes End.

01/08 - United director William McKeag states that the club are "perfectly prepared" to negotiate over the length of the rebuilding scheme. The Council have agreed to put their own super-stadium plans into cold-storage, but have not agreed to give United the 99-year lease that they have requested.


02/08 - Fr: Hull 1 Newcastle 0 - Newcastle knock the ball around comfortably in the first-half without creating much and Hull take the lead just after the break. There is no real response from United until the very end.

03/08 - Harvey is broke but happy; for the time being at least. "I'm happy with the first-team pool, but anything can happen to change that".

Centre-half Derek Craig (17) signs professional terms. He was born in Ryton and is 6'. He joined from Clara Vale Juniors as a junior in June 1968.

05/08 - Fr: Hibs 0 Newcastle 0 - Jimmy Smith makes his first appearance, but he is well off the pace and United struggle without the dash and thunder of the injured Robson.

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06/08 - Reserve centre-half Graham Winstanley (21) joins Carlisle in a £7,000 deal. Born in Croxdale he signed professional in December 1965 and has made 7 (2) appearances. A mainstay of the reserve side but his first-team chances have been limited.

09/08 - D1: West Ham 1 Newcastle 0 - There is no place for record signing Jimmy Smith with Harvey suggesting he needs some time to adjust to the pace of English football. United put in a decent defensive performance, but when Craig has to depart injured, Hurst scores before they have time to re-organise. Although United fight back well they lack the killer punch.

13/08 - D1: Newcastle 3 Sheff. Wed. 1 - With the attack displaying its Fairs Cup power and pace United dominate the match and even the temporary withdrawal of Davies just before the break with a cut head does not disrupt their flow.

15/08 - Newcastle-born Manchester City defender George Heslop requires treatment for a cut hand following an incident outside a Newcastle discotheque.

16/08 - D1: Newcastle 1 Man City 0 - It is a tough and tight game; City attack vigorously after United take an early lead and the Magpies have to defend grimly for most of the match. Visiting winger Summerbee is full of praise: "Newcastle are second only to Leeds in terms of hardness, but they play it fair".

20/08 - D1: Sheff. Wed. 1 Newcastle 0 - The Owls have only won twice this year and lost all three games so far this season, but despite dominating after the break, Newcastle are faint-hearted upfront.

22/08 - Eric Ross (23) moves to Northampton for £15,000. Despite being capped by Northern Ireland last year he has struggled to get into the first-team and has decided to try his luck in the lower leagues.

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23/08 - D1: Leeds 1 Newcastle 1 - Leeds are unbeaten in 32 home games in the League and in the first-half they display their usual authority, control the match and take the lead. But after the break United start to match their opponents for both skill and application and get a deserved equaliser. It is a pulsating match which always carries an undercurrent of violence with the biggest flashpoint coming when Foggon raises a foot in a challenge on Sprake which leads to him being surrounded by angry men in white. A number of the travelling support are ejected during the game.

27/08 - D1: Man. United. 0 Newcastle 0 - A superb defensive performance sees United keep the game goalless at Old Trafford.

30/08 - D1: Newcastle 3 Arsenal 1 - The first thirty minutes are more than comfortable for the Gunners, but once Newcastle equalise they take control and tear Arsenal apart in the second-half. The programme includes a statement advising that the Boys Gate will be closed for the game against Derby due to the continued pitch encroachments by youngsters, however it doesn’t stop a number of them coming on after Newcastle equalise.

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31/08 - A London man is jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to stealing three paintings from United director R. Rutherford's home in Cleadon.


02/09 - LC R2: Sheff. United 2 Newcastle 0 - Jimmy Smith is handed his first start against Division 2 pace-setters Sheffield United. It is a dreadful performance with the Magpies resorting to desperate, thoughtless and rough play.

03/09 - Centre-Half Bob Noble is suspended for 14 days and fined £20 by the FA Disciplinary Committee after his sending off against Evenwood.

06/09 - D1: Ipswich 2 Newcastle 0 - Bottom-placed Ipswich have failed to score at home so far, but sloppy defending gifts the home side two goals in the first twenty minutes.

06/09 - A crowd of over 8,000 turn up to see Smith play brilliantly for the reserves. It is the highest Central League attendance for fifteen years.

13/09 - D1: Newcastle 0 Derby 1 - Smith makes his long awaited full League debut against newly promoted Derby County. The Rams go to the top of the League having ended United's unbeaten home run which has stretched back for 26 matches. County are in control for most of the game with their combination of fast open attacking and strong, resilient defence.


13/09 - After the game an estimated two thousand United fans battle with the visiting supporters. A large group attack the Derby Supporters’ coaches at the Gallowgate Bus Station. Pebbles, coins and half-bricks are thrown and windows on two (out of four) of the coaches are smashed. Every policeman available - along with five dogs - is sent to the scene but with both sets of fans sporting the same colours they find it difficult to stop the violence. A number of people are given on-the-spot treatment for minor injuries but no arrests are made.

15/09 - FC R1 L1: Dundee United 1 Newcastle 2 - Davies is in barnstorming form against struggling Dundee United, scoring with two trademark headers and hitting the bar with another couple. The score in no way reflects the Magpies superiority. Dundee United's manager says Davies is "the greatest I've ever seen" (in the air) and Harvey claims when he is in this sort of mood "he's a forward-line on his own". United coaches are attacked by Scottish hooligans.

17/09 - D1: Newcastle 1 Everton 2 - Everton return to the top of the table with a deserved win on Tyneside as Husband gets a brace with two typically opportunist goals. United only really threaten for a short period after Elliot's equaliser. Once again there is significant trouble. With the Boys’ Gates closed again, youngsters try to climb over the walls. Extra police are drafted in for the game, but although they clear the area trouble continues in town. Two Everton coaches are severely damaged, shop and car windows are smashed, scooters are stolen and lots of fights break out.

20/09 - D1: Southampton 1 Newcastle 1 - Not a classic by any means, but with Wyn Davies giving former Gallowgater John McGrath a torrid time United are well worth a point at The Dell with Robson scoring his first goal of the season. Harvey declares that “Southampton were so bad and we had so much of the game we should have had a hatful"

27/09 - D1: Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 - The first-half is very poor and although United take the lead the goal inspires the visitors and they are clearly the better side; the only surprise is that it takes them so long to score. Joe Harvey describes the game as a "stinker".

29/09 - The council agree to drop their plans for a multi-sports stadium and will support United's plan to build a £2.6 million stadium for the club only. Alderman Grey (Council leader and Chair of the Planning Committee) states that "there is now an air of genuine agreement between us". United chairman Westwood is "now looking forward to giving the supporters the best kind of facilities". However the Council want the work to be completed in a more realistic timescale than the club's 15-25-year development timeframe.


01/10 - FC R1 L2: Newcastle 1 Dundee United 0 (agg 3-1) - Hundreds of extra police are drafted in to police the game. The Scots play the more skilful and determined football and Newcastle only really come good in the last ten minutes when Dyson scores.

02/10 - United are drawn against Porto in the Fairs Cup. There are some concerns as when Cardiff played their last year the game was very ugly and the Welshman's players and officials were beaten up by the Portuguese police.

04/10 - D1: Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 3 - Harvey has stated that Smith will be given an extended run in the side and a brilliant first-half performance by the mercurial Scot sets the Magpies on their way to a convincing victory in which they play with professionalism and maturity.

08/10 - D1: Man. City 2 Newcastle 1 - United go on the defensive at Maine Road but their approach is undone when Lee scores from the spot with two minutes left on the clock.

09/10 - The council has agreed its requirements for the St James's improvement plan. They want better floodlights, more car-parking and better pedestrian access. They also provide the club with details of the proposed Western Motorway.

11/10 - D1: Newcastle 1 Liverpool 0 - Liverpool have come for a draw and despite almost constant United attacking a combination of effective defence and brave goalkeeping by Lawrence keeps them out until Foggon scores. Liverpool make concerted efforts to equalise but McFaul pulls off some excellent saves.

15/10 - English clubs may boycott the European Fairs Cup if the competition is taken over by UEFA. The FA are supporting the move but have not consulted the clubs and Newcastle Chairman Lord Westwood has proposed a resolution (to be discussed at a Football League EGM in November) to boycott the competition. There is concern that the FA is trying to usurp the Football League and that this is just the start of their encroachment.

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Geoff Allen had a cartilage operation five weeks ago and after making a speedy recovery has re-commenced first-team training. His last attempt at a comeback (in April) lasted only three minutes therefore he knows he cannot get carried away. "We'll have to wait and see what happens, but failure is a word that just doesn't come into my book at the moment".

18/10 - D1: Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1 - United's defence keeps Spurs at bay in the first-half, but after the break Greaves scores twice to put Tottenham in control.

25/10 - D1: Newcastle 0 Chelsea 1 - Despite facing a strong wind, United successfully keep the score goalless in the first-half. But they are abysmal in the second forty-five and Osgood calmly side-foots home. "We had far too many slap-happy operators" suggests Harvey in what is the worst performance of the season so far.

30/10 - Robson has been advised that he needs an operation on his troublesome knee but he is going to wait until the end of the season to have it.

31/10 - Southampton make an approach for Guthrie and Sinclair and United are willing to sell both of them.


01/11 - D1: Burnley 0 Newcastle 1 - United are content to sit-back in the first-half and Burnley struggle to create any decent chances. After the break the defence retains its magnificent solidity whilst United become more dangerous with lightning counter-attacks, from one of which they score. Burnley hit the woodwork twice in a storming finish to the match.

02/11 - Bobby Moncur is called up for the Scotland squad for the World Cup Qualifier against Austria. Meanwhile Celtic are said to be interested in taking Jimmy Smith back to Scotland.

05/11 - The fight over St James' appears to be over at last. Former Mayor, Alderman Hadwin's motion for the Council to continue with their own super-stadium plans is defeated by 27 votes to 24. The margin would have been more decisive if the vote had not been taken before some of the Tory councillors had arrived. "We had a golden opportunity to assist the City, the Region and the North East," laments Hadwin "if we had only grasped it, but it has now gone". Alderman Grey sympathises but states that they cannot afford to lose the club from the City and believes there is a "new spirit of co-operation." The agreed timescale for completion is ten years.

07/11 - The Football League EGM is held and Lord Westwood's resolution is withdrawn and replaced by a less confrontational one.

08/11 - D1: Newcastle 3 Sunderland 0 - The Wearsiders are at the foot of the table. A strong wind and Sunderland's early exuberance makes for a scrappy but even first forty-five and United have to wait until just before the break to take the lead. They are largely in control after that although there is some bad feeling during the game. notably when Davies makes a crude and unnecessary challenge on Montgomery. The Welshman is surrounded by several Sunderland players and appears to exchange blows with Heslop.

12/11 - Test: Sunderland 4 Newcastle 2 - Len Ashurst testimonial

13/11 - Newcastle fans win the John White Best Behaved Supporters (Division 1) award for the period up to October 15th.

15/11 - D1: Newcastle 3 Nottm. Forest 1 - Despite scoring early, complacency allows Forest to equalise. But once United regain the lead they are well in control. It is a comfortable win against a very weak Forest side.

18/11 - FC R2 L1: Porto 0 Newcastle 0 - Harvey is delighted with the "magnificent display of professional football" of his patched up team in securing a draw in a damp squib of a game.

22/11 - D1: Coventry 1 Newcastle 0 - Without Dyson and Davies Newcastle's attack has no punch and after the first 20 minutes the game is dominated by the Sky Blues who are unlucky to hit the woodwork three times. Hundreds of United fans spend the evening drinking in Coventry and there are a number of calls for assistance from publicans.

25/11 - Porto manager Elek Schwartz brands Newcastle's defensive display in Portugal "a disgrace".

26/11 - FC R2 L2: Newcastle 1 Porto 0 - Two inches of snow on the ground and a biting wind make for very difficult playing conditions. Plucky Porto play bravely, but United are tighter in defence and faster in the tackle and command the game. However, they fail to take full advantage of the speedy wing play of Scott and Foggon and have to rely on a single Scott goal mid-way through the first-half.

27/11 - Barcelona and Ajax were potential opponents, but United are drawn against Southampton in the Fairs Cup Third Round and Harvey admits "I didn't think this possible". Joe believed that clubs from the same country could not be drawn against each other until the Quarter-Final

28/11 - Tomorrow's match with West Brom is postponed due to snow.


United's yearly accounts show a £42,968 loss. They made £88,874 from the Fairs Cup but this was more than offset by the Smith fee. Outgoings included £14,539 on architect's fees.

06/12 - D1: Stoke 0 Newcastle 1 - Stoke are unbeaten at home this season and it is easy to see why as some of their attacking football is a delight to watch. But United’s brilliant defence is brave and defiant. As the game wears on the home side and their supporters become increasingly frustrated and with five minutes left Robson grabs an unlikely winner.

07/12 - In a match played at Horden in aid of the Blackhall Coach Disaster a combined Newcastle/Sunderland side draws 5-5 with a Great Britain Select XI. The side is Montgomery (S), Craig, Clark, Todd (S), Heslop (S), Gibb, Scott, Smith, Harris (S), Sinclair and Foggon.

08/12 - Harvey and Seymour travel to Burnley and agree terms to sign midfielder Doug Collins.

09/12 - Collins travels up to Tyneside but Burnley block his 5% share and he refuses to sign.

13/12 - D1: Derby 2 Newcastle 0 - Moncur marshals another superb defensive performance from the red-shirted Magpies and Derby appear to be running out of ideas but as full-time approaches the Rams score twice in quick succession.

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16/12 - Jackie Sinclair (26) moves to Sheffield Wednesday in a straight player-exchange for David Ford. He joined from Leicester in December 1967 for a near-record fee having scored 53 goals in 113 games for the Filbert Street outfit. However, he has never really fulfilled his potential during his two years on Tyneside and has made only 18 (4) appearances and scored 8 goals.

17/12 - FC R3 L1: Newcastle 0 Southampton 0 - Southampton are on the defensive for the vast majority of the match and often have nine or ten men around their goal. They defend doggedly and courageously and The Magpies cannot find a way to score. It is the first time that United have failed to net in a home tie and Harvey admits that the pressure of needing to score had got to the players.

20/12 - D1: Newcastle 4 Ipswich 0 - The pitch is covered in snow and this holds up the ball in a tepid first-half. After the break United play a quicker, shorter-passing game which is better suited to the conditions and coast home.

26/12 - D1: Newcastle 2 Leeds 1 - Second-placed Leeds are undefeated in their last eighteen League games and have only lost three times in a season and a half. Newcastle are brilliant in the first forty-five and go two goals ahead. Leeds pull one back after the break but United hold on for a superb victory in front of the delirious Boxing Day crowd. Five players are booked by the substitute referee Quinn and Harvey says that he will report his handling of the game.

27/12 - D1: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 0 - United's defensive "Iron Curtain" smothers and suffocates the Arsenal attack at Highbury. The Gunners fail to make many clear cut chances although a George pile-driver clips the outside of the post. The Magpies are happy to sit back with Dyson being asked to forage upfront on his own.


03/01 - FA R3: Southampton 3 Newcastle 0 - Far too many players have an off-day and Newcastle are well beaten in the end.

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08/01 - Alan Duffy (20) joins Brighton for £8,000. The little striker represented England at youth and schoolboy level, joined United as an amateur In 1963 and signed professional in March 1967. He has made 2 (2) appearances.

14/01 - FC R3 L2: Southampton 1 Newcastle 1 (agg 1-1) - The Saints are the better side and deservedly go ahead in the first-half. United ride their luck; the officials miss Clark handle on the goal-line and then Southampton hit the bar. Then with six minutes left a Robson equaliser takes Newcastle through on the away goals rule.

17/01 - D1: Wolves 1 Newcastle 1 - United, uncharacteristically, take the game to fifth-place Wolves with a brilliant display of positive, attacking football in the first-half, but despite their dominance they only score once and Wolves equalise just before the break. Smith plays well and Harvey says: "it has taken some time but he is now learning to be a competitor. He had a great game".

24/01 - D1: Everton 0 Newcastle 0 - Everton are second having won 13 out of 14 at home, but United's blanket defence frustrates them with the player's stubbornness and willingness to run and cover for the full ninety minutes proving highly effective.

26/01 - Crystal Palace are in talks over the possible signing of Jim Scott.

29/01 - Newcastle draw Belgian side Anderlecht in the Fairs Cup Quarter-Final.

31/01 - D1: Newcastle 0 Crystal Palace 0 - Struggling Palace give United some of their own treatment by adopting an unadventurous policy which results in a desperately dull game and another goalless draw. Palace leave only one man upfront and that is defender Hynd. Newcastle's functional through-the-middle football is unadventurous in the extreme; Ford suffers an ankle injury.


06/02 - D1: Newcastle 1 West Brom 0 - The first ever Friday evening match at SJP. A number of lower league clubs have begun to play matches on a Friday evening in an effort to boost attendances but the League has banned this practice for 1969/70 unless there are ""exceptional circumstances". In this case Sunderland are due to play Everton at home on Saturday.

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08/02 - Crystal Palace sign Jim Scott (29) for £20,000. He joined United from Hibernians in August 1967 and has made 92 (6) appearances and scored 6 goals. He has been used on the wing and in midfield.

11/02 - Wyn Davies loses his appeal against the booking he received for his challenge on Sunderland 'keeper Montgomery during the derby win in November,but Moncur wins his appeal against the booking he received against Leeds on Boxing Day.

11/02 - D1: Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 - United meet Southampton for the fifth time and it is a fascinating tactical battle in which United gradually attain control.

13/02 - Saturday's game against West Ham is postponed.

16/02 - D1: Liverpool 0 Newcastle 0 - The Anfield pitch is covered in snow but after some initial problems both teams adapt well. It is one-way traffic for virtually the whole game with Liverpool attacking with pace and skill and United - and Moncur in particular - defending superbly. Liverpool come close on numerous occasions, particularly when Guthrie clears off the line and when Callaghan hits the bar.

20/02 - Fr: Dundee U 2 Newcastle 3 -

25/02 - D1: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0 - Newcastle once again surrender midfield and rely on the defence to hold the fort. With Moncur in brilliant form once more the tactics secure another draw despite ceaseless raids from the third-placed home side. The Magpies have now gone nine games unbeaten in the League and have only conceded four goals in the last eight games.

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28/02 - D1: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2 - Within ten minutes United concede a disastrous own goal when Thompson stretches out a leg (as Jimmy Pearce shapes to shoot) and - although he only toe-pokes it - the ball goes through McFaul's hands and legs. The setback seems to infuse the team with a sloppiness and indecision from which they cannot recover.


02/03 - D1: Newcastle 4 West Ham 1 - England manager Sir Alf Ramsey is one of the spectators in what is a breathtaking performance by United in which they could have easily doubled their goal tally. United dominate after taking an early lead and although the Hammers score against the run of play Newcastle reassert their authority. The Magpies climb to 5th although they and Arsenal have played more games (35) than any other team.

06/03 - Tomorrow's game against Coventry is postponed.

11/03 - FC R4 L1: Anderlecht 2 Newcastle 0 - Anderlecht include four players who played for Belgium against England a couple of weeks ago and also have Dutch international Mulder and Swedish international Nordahl. Newcastle are lucky to escape with a two goal defeat in Brussels as Mulder destroys United in a performance that coach Smith describes as their worst for 18 months. Only an inspired display from McFaul prevents a rout. An undaunted Harvey declares: "now we shall see how big these Belgian hearts are on Tyneside next Wednesday".

14/03 - D1: West Brom 2 Newcastle 2 - Although Newcastle play very well and are the better side they have to settle for a point. They are unlucky in that the officials fail to see Astle clearly handle the ball in the build-up to the second West Brom goal.

18/03 - FC R4 L2: Newcastle 3 Anderlecht 1 (agg 3-3) - After their mauling in the first leg few people give United a chance of Fairs Cup progression. But with a strong wind behind them Robson scores twice in the first twenty minutes and when Dyson makes it 3-0 six minutes from time the Magpies are on their way to the semi-finals. But four minutes later the Belgians pull one back and the Magpies are out on the away goals rule. Harvey concedes that the players lost concentration after their third goal believing they had won. Meanwhile, the victorious Anderlecht party are none too happy with Newcastle's approach accusing them of "brutality".

21/03 - D1: Newcastle 3 Stoke 1 - Stoke are one of United's rivals for a place in next year's Fairs Cup. Robson is excellent; scoring twice and setting up Davies for the third.

Frank Clark has a cartilage operation and is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

A massive police operation will see hundreds of extra police drafted in for Saturday's derby game.

27/03 - D1: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 - lt is the 100th Tyne Wear derby and Sunderland are in bottom place and in grave danger of relegation. Only a world class performance from Sunderland custodian Montgomery prevents a United victory. Wyn Davies has a goal chalked off after he shoulder charges Montgomery into the net. He claims it was a legitimate challenge, but referee Fussey says he disallowed it because Davies barged into his chest. This was not the case, but he did charge him when he was airborne so the goal should not have been allowed anyway.

28/03 - D1: Nottm. Forest 2 Newcastle 2 - A frantic start brings four goals in the first twenty minutes and United's record of having never conceded more than two in a League match all season is in severe jeopardy. With the pitch muddy and heavy there is no way that the game can continue at such a frenetic pace and it gradually peters out. With all the three remaining games at home Harvey is confident that "we can still make Europe again next season".

30/03 - D1: Newcastle 0 Burnley 1 - United lack flair and drive and Moncur scores an own-goal in a very disappointing defeat. Harvey remains upbeat about qualifying for Europe claiming: "We're not out of it yet".

31/3 - Keith Dyson is included in the provisional 14-man squad for the England U23 match against Bulgaria on April 8th.

31/3 After almost twelve months of fruitless scouting Harvey admits "we have got money to spend, but there just isn't anyone available". He is believed to want a couple of forwards.


04/04 - D1: Newcastle 5 Man. United 1 - A wind impacted and often comical win over a disjointed Manchester United. Robson scores a hat-trick (including two penalties in three minutes) and Moncur ends up in goal after McFaul suffers concussion after a late challenge by Fitzpatrick. The incident provokes a melee in the United goal with Fitzpatrick against the back of the net and the referee gamely holding back five Black and Whites who want a quiet word with him. Man United keeper Stepney plays most of the game concussed after he is injured by Davies when he scores United's second.

14/04 - D1: Newcastle 4 Coventry 0 - In their final match United re-emerge as credible Fairs Cup qualification candidates with a commanding performance against one of their rivals.

16/04 -Joe Harvey (who wants two forwards) had been interested in signing Manchester United striker Don Givens, but he has moved to Luton.

17/04 - A seventeen-year-old police cadet is in court charged with wilful damage. He had bragged to a couple of other recruits that he had thrown a brick through the window of one of the Derby Supporters' coaches during the trouble after the game.

18/04 - In the Home Internationals Bobby Moncur makes his debut for Scotland and opposes team-mate David Craig. United's skipper gets rave reviews with manager Brown stating: "his qualities of leadership could make him one of Scotland's greatest players".

21/04 - David Craig is the winner of the Journal's Merit Marks award for 1969/70.

22/04 - United reserve John Cowan comes on for the last 13 minutes for Northern Ireland during their match with England.

24/04 - Iam McFaul makes his first start for Northern Ireland. He has been sub on 15 occasions and came on once against England in 1966.

29/04 - Manchester City win the Cup Winners Cup which should open the door into the Fairs Cup competition for Newcastle. However, this year's Fairs Cup winners - Arsenal - are going to press their claims as holders of the Cup.


01/05 - Youngsters Phil McGovern, Terry Johnson and Gordon Hindson are included in the 16-man squad for the tour of North America and Canada. John McNamee, Wyn Davies, David Ford and Frank Clark will not be fit to travel.

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02/05 - Ben Arentoft has not been able to agree personal terms with Portsmouth although discussions are ongoing. Arentoft's go-go style is ideally suited for away games in Europe where he can sit on the opposing sides danger man, but also burst forward when the opportunity arises. His stock at Gallowgate slumped dramatically towards the end of the season, but Harvey stresses that he is welcome to stay and take up the two-year option on his contract: "I can always use him here - he can always do a job for us".

02/05 - Fr: Newcastle 0 Aberdeen 1 - A friendly match played as part of the Jimmy Smith transfer deal. The Magpies are undone by some slack finishing and an excellent performance from The Dons keeper Bobby Clark.

07/05 - It is officially announced that Newcastle will take part in next year's Fairs Cup competition.

08/05 - Fr: Chicago 0 Newcastle 5 - United take control from the start and almost toy with the opposition in a very comfortable victory. Robson gets a hat-trick and Dyson registers a brace.

10/05 - Fr: Victoria Royals 0 Newcastle 3 - Another very easy win for United.

16/05 - Fr: Victoria Royals 1 Newcastle 2 - The Canadians are by no means outclassed and after taking the lead could have scored more before United turned the game around.

18/05 - Fr: Vancouver Spartans 3 Newcastle 4 - A ding-dong struggle in which United take a two-goal lead then concede three before bouncing back to win.

24/05 - Fr: Seattle Tacoma 1 Newcastle 2 - A fifth successive tour victory.

27/05 - Fr: Vancouver Spartans 0 Newcastle 3 - The Magpies record a much more comfortable victory over the Spartans this time.

29/05 - Centre-backs Moncur and Burton are allowed home as they had pre-arranged holidays which were booked prior to the tour being arranged.

29/05 - Newcastle supporters win the Division 1 Best Behaved Supporters award.

29/05 - Crystal Palace are interested in transfer-listed Dave Elliot

30/05 - Fr: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Newcastle 4 - Jimmy Smith is superb as United score three goals in fourteen first-half minutes to enable them to hammer the Germans