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
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APRIL  2018 UPDATE

Newcastle continued their winning form and continued to move up and into the top half the
table after a big wins over Leicester and Arsenal. However, the
winning streak ended towards the end of the month with back to back
defeats to Everton & West Brom. The under 23's & 18's
completed their league fixtures low down in their respective league
tables. Full details of the clubs match records at all three levels
will be published soon in an end of season review.

The end of last month saw the debut of loan signing Islam Slimani as a sub.
His Toon Tracker details are now added to the database. The Toon
Tracker database gets a mini revision, with both Mark Boyd &
Chris Moore switching from current ex non first team players
to current ex players as they are now managers or coaches. One new
name appears in the under 18's at the end of the month making his
debut; Kain Reed; who now gets added to the current non
first team database.

The other new inclusion to the websites database this month is the addition of Stan
Mortensen Testimonial
at Blackpool, which took place in 1969.
Finally;sadly, there is an obituary to ex Newcastle player Roy
Bentley who died on April 20th aged 93.

ROY THOMAS FRANK BENTLEY – OBITUARY

ROLE: FORWARD ( INSIDE RIGHT)
HEIGHT; 5.10
DIED: APR.20th 2018 (Aged 93), READING.
DOB; MAY17TH. 1924, SHIREHAMPTON, BRISTOL

CAREER
AS PLAYER:

PORTWAY BOYS SECONDARY SCHOOL, BRISTOL ROVERS (AMATEUR 1937-38)
BRISTOLCITY (AMATEUR 1938-46), GATESHEAD (WAR GUEST 1945-1946)
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £8,500 JUN.14TH.1946 To JAN.1948),
CHELSEA (TRANSFER FEE- £12,500 JANUARY 1948 To SEP.1956)
FULHAM (TRANSFER FEE- £8,800 SEP.1956 To JUN.1961)
QUEENS PARK RANGERS (JUN.1961 To JAN.1963)

MANAGEMENT:

READING (MANAGER JAN.1st 1963 To FEB.1st 1969, BRADFORD CITY (SCOUT MAR.1969)
SWANSEA TOWN (MANAGER APR.7th 1969 To OCT.16th 1972)
THATCHAM TOWN (MANAGER),
READING (SECRETARY 1977 To FEB.1984),
ALDERSHOT (SECRETARY JAN.1985 To 1986)

NUFC; 1st TEAM PLAYING HISTORY
LEAGUE 48 APPS, 22 GOALS. FA CUP 6 APPS, 3 GOALS
TOTAL APPS; 54, 25 GOALS


HONOURS
ENGLAND; FULL INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES: 12, 9 GOALS:-
MAY 13th 1949 v SWEDEN, Won 3;1.
APR.15th 1950 v SCOTLAND,Won 1;0, 1 GOAL
MAY 14th 1950 v PORTUGAL, Won 5;3, World Cup
MAY 18th 1950 v BELGIUM, Won 4;1, 1 GOAL
JUN.25th 1950 v CHILE, Won 2;0, World Cup
JUN.29th 1952 v U SA, Lost 0;1. World Cup
NOV.12th.1952, WALES, Won 5;2, 1 GOAL
NOV.26th 1952 v BELGIUM, Won 5;0
NOV.10th 1954 v WALES,Won 3;2, 3 GOALS
DEC.1st 1954 v WEST GERMANY, Won 3;1, 1 GOAL
MAY 18th 1955 v SPAIN,Draw 1;1, 1 GOAL
MAY 22nd 1955 v PORTUGAL,Lost 1;3, 1 GOAL
ENGLAND 'B'; REPRESENTATIVE APPEARANCES 
MAY 18th 1949 v HOLLAND 'A', Won 4;1
JAN.18th 1950 v SWITZERLAND- Won 5;0 (SUB- ½ Time) (The 1st
ever substitute in an England match.
ENGLAND TRIAL MATCH APPEARANCE; NOV.25th 1954 v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
FA XI TOURING XI: MAY 14th 1953 v ARGENTINA, Lost 1;3.
ENGLISH LEAGUE: 3 REPRESENTATIVE APPS


MILITARY SERVICE WWII- ROYAL NAVY.

Bristol area born Roy Bentley joined Bristol Rovers as a an amateur after
leaving school at Portway. As World War II approached he signed for
Bristol City as amateur. However but with the suspension of football
in 1939 he failed to break into first team & during the war,
while serving with Royal Navy, he found himself guesting' in war time
league football for Gateshead as the war ended. During the 1845-46
season he did featured for Bristol City 6 FA Cup matches, scoring 1
goal. Normal full fixture football returned in the 1946-47 &
Newcastle signed him up in the summer prior to this for £8500. He
made his Newcastle senior debut on August 31st in 4;1
victory over Millwall bagging himself 2 goals. These would be the
first 22 league goals in 46 . That season ran until June & he
bagged most of his goals that season while Newcastle; hitting two hat
tricks in the process. Surprisingly he did not score in the clubs
record breaking 13;0 hammering of Newport County. His final league
goal at Newcastle was scored the following season, on September 3rd
1947 in a 3;2 defeat to Chesterfield, with his final appearance being
on November 8th in a 2;0 defeat to Nottingham Forest. As
for cup action he was in the 1946-47 side which reached the semi
finals, scoring 3 goals on the way. In a controversial match much
favoured Newcastle crashed to a 4;0 defeat to Charlton Athletic on
March 27th 1947; amid behind the scenes discontent over
wages. In January 1948 he was transferred to Chelsea for £12 500,
beginning the greatest part of his career where he would remain at
Stafford Bridge until 1956. He would make 324 league appearances
scoring 130 goals. His success there would also launch his
International career, gaining his first England cap on May 13th
1949 v Sweden. Just days later he also got selected for the first of
2 England 'B'; appearances. On April 15th he scored his
first goal for England verses Scotland & in total he would gain
12 senior caps, scoring 9 goals. The last of these, was a goal in his
final appearance in an England shirt on May 22nd 1955
against Portugal. He was in the 1950 World Cup squad which progressed
until they were knocked by underdogs USA in June. A high point for
him was hitting a hat trick in a 3;2 victory over Wales in 1954.

In September 1956, Roy was transferred to nearby Fulham for £8000,
where would remain until 1961, making a further 142 league
appearances, scoring another 23 league goals. Roy Bentley remained in
London to play for final professional club, signing for QPR. Although
his goal scoring seems to have dried up, he still he went to make a
further 45 league appearances, bringing his league total to 559, with
many more cup appearances. This an impressive total of 637
competitive appearances; scoring 203 goals. In January 1963 he
retired from playing. However, went straight into management taking
on the role at Reading where he would remain until 1969. A brief
period scouting followed & then a stint as a manager of Swansea
until October 1972. A period managing non leaguer Thetford followed &
then in 1977 he returned to Reading once again; but this time as
secretary; remaining there until February 1984. His final secretary
role followed at Aldershot which ended in 1986, bringing the curtain
down a many years involved in the game. After retiring he was often
a guest at Chelsea & Reading, where he resided from 2014, until
he sadly died in April 2018 aged 93.








Guest Player 1915-16
  • T BROWELL


  • 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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