Welcome to the 'nufctheyworethenewcastleshirt' website.

Newcastle's football modern history as it occurs month by month & sections delve into the past history of our glorious football club.
Information will as factually correct as possible, coming from a small team of enthusiasts. This site, which began as a 'pilot', has been  developed by a small number of dedicated amateur local football historians. The aim of the site is to take research on the club and the many many players to a new and more comprehensive level. To detail seasons activities from the very earliest beginnings, through to the modern day. To look at the grounds colourful history. To compile in depth player profiles on players of all levels & finally to provide a monthly news bulletin on each months additions; also giving the reader a run down of club and play & ex player happenings from the previous. At present this site is limited in size and is a taster to see if sufficient interest can be gained to develop it further. More information on the current content and proposed developments can be found in the 'About us' section.

'Going live' for the first time with the website, articles of research this very first month will include : A review of the the first season of football activity during the war years of World War I, the 1915-16 season. A look at the 'Before United' days back to how it all began, with forming of the Stanley Cricket Club, in the Byker area of the city & all the current information known on the club. There is also an article on the very first football club to make St. James Park's their home; Newcastle Rangers. 

The very first updates in June 2011, to the Player Profile sections were; from the Edwardian era, Wilf Innerd, World War II 'Guest' Alec Lockie, & recent squad player Wesley Ngo Baheng; as well ex reserve Michael McCrudden & ex trial player Chistian Mouritsen. Details on the research articles which follow are published on the website & can be found along with news happenings in each subequent Monthly Review. We hope the reader appreciates the research time & meticulous rechecking of information that has gone into producing these articles & every attempt has been made to the best of our knowledge to make them error free. Apologies if there are any minor mistakes & we welcome comments from felllow minded individuals or an ex player who is interested in 'telling their story' in profile form.      

J.Tinniswood, with assistance by J.Allan, July 9th. 2011


The long awaited next signed arrived early in the month with arrival of Florian Lejeune from Eibar. In the middle of the month the club signed Jacob Murphy from Norwich. Next through the door soon after was Javier Manquillo.  The Toon Tracker profiles can now be found added to the website. Two trialists were also brought in. The club had a further look at Josef Yarney & also recently released Arsenal fringe player; Stefan O’Connor; signing both. The latter now also gets added into the websites players. Their was also the arrival of season long loan of Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the month. (His profile will appear next month). There were also youngsters Thomas Cole, Deese Kasinga, Oisin McEntee, Sam Joyce, Max Allen, Jude Swails & Kyle Soper in the NI Super Cup making their bows; pre season. The ex Player Toon Tracker database also saw 2 more retired players ‘put on the shirt’ once more for the Pavel Cup. Namely Paul Gascoigne & Derek Bell. There profiles too are now added.
July was successful month of pre season friendly matches at all three levels of first team, under 23’s & under 18’s. The seniors remained unbeaten throughout July, until they travelled to Germany. while the Unde23’s defeated AZ in the final of the Whitby Town Challenge Cup & the youngsters got 4th  place on the Premier Section of the NI Super Cup. Finally, The addition to the websites database this month, to complement the season review is a ‘2016-17 Review of the other goings on at St. James Park’.


Guest Player 1915-16

  • Leazes Terrace mid 1850's

  • Alec Lockie

  • Oscar Fox

  • Jack Shiel

Stanley Cricket & Football Club
Reid's Map 1879, showing Stanley Street, South Byker.

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