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 New Years Day matches brought welcome relief for a Newcastle with 1;0
victory at Stoke, lifting them away from the relegation zone. They
continued to be never be too far away from the drop zone throughout
the month, and news of the collapse of the sale led to disgruntlement
among fans. Luton Town were their opponents in the 3rd
Round of the FA Cup. A win saw them progress with Freddie
Woodman gaining his senior competitive debut. They then faced
Chelsea away in Round 4 and predictably that is it for another year.
On the pitch the club rounded off January at home to Burnley and
another two pints dropped as they drew after dominating the game. So
the crawl to safety continues.

On the new player front many reserve / fringe players went out on loan;
while it was a long wait before the arrival of 'Kenedy' on loan from Chelsea. Then as
the deadline time drew near the club finally announced the arrival of of Leicester City's Islam
Slimani on loan and before the transfer window shut, and also goalkeeper Martin Dubravka
from Sparta Prague. Many fringe players also went out on loan. The new
'signings' will be added to the toon tracker database next month.

This months new addition to the websites database is a full player profile
of William Allardes who played for Newcastle Rangers during
their very first season of existence. Finally January also ended with
the sad news that the last surviving member Of the 1950's cup winning
sides, Vic Keeble died aged 87. A full obituary will appear on the website next month.

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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