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


A ‘Party Time’; The final Weekend of the Championship; with Newcastle ending the season at home to Barnsley. A win was needed and they did just that in style; 3;0. trailing to Brighton prior to the game. Brighton looked to have the championship title in the bag but in their game v Aston Villa, Villa scored a late equaliser & on exactly 100 goals and 94points, to lift the trophy for title & the ‘Rafalution’ for the season was complete. 
This months big addition to the website; is a round up of the season with a full 2016-17 SEASON REVIEW.  St. James Park also hosted the Magic Weekend of Rugby League for third year in a row.
There are also 2 new brief Toon Tracker profiles to add; of recent youth goalkeeper Will Brown & recent trialist Romarno Simpson.  An ex player ‘reunion match has led to a number of ex players coming out of retirement to take part that are not currently on the Toon Tracker database & now added.  They are Rob McKinnon, Gareth McNary, Darren Melville, Tony Hayton, Brian Kilford, Peter Harbach, Chris Teasdale, Paul Watson & also Steve Warwick (who comes out of the retired category).   
Sadly, there is an ex player who has passed away this month;  Peter Noble aged 72 and his obituary can bee seen below.
DIED: MAY 6th.2017, BURNLEY, LANCS. (Aged 72)
CONSETT (1963 To NOV.1964), NUFC (TRANSFER FEE_ £1000; NOV.1964 To JAN.1968).
SWINDON TOWN (TRANSFER FEE- £8 000 JAN.1968 To JUN.1973- Total League Apps: 214, 62 Goals)
BURNLEY (TRANSFER FEE- £40 000;- JUN.1973 To JAN.1980 Total League Apps; 243, 63 Goals).
BLACKPOOL (TRANSFER FEE- £25000;- JAN.1980 To MAY 1983; Total League Apps: 97, 14 Goals).RETIRED.
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total / League Apps; 22 (+3 Sub); 7 League Goals
*DEBUT- SEP.25TH.1965 v CHELSEA, Draw 1;1.

Peter Noble’s football talent was spotted while as an amateur for local side Consett. Newcastle bought him for £1000 in November 1964. At the start of his second season at the club Peter broke into the newly promoted first team & featured in a 1;1 draw with Chelsea; on September 25th 1965. This would be the first of 22 (+3) league appearances. The first of 7 club goals came on September 24th  1966 in a 1;1 draw Fulham. The club narrowly avoided relegation and lost their final game of that season 6;1 to West Brom; with Noble scoring the last of his first team goals. Season 67-68 saw him only make one further appearance for Newcastle; in a 2;1 defeat to Sheffield United on September 23rd 1967. In January 1968 he transferred to Swindon Town for a fee of £8000. He had tremendous season for them in 1968-69, assisting promotion from League Division III and reaching the final of the League Cup, despite injuring his shoulder in the semi final. They won the final March 15th against Arsenal 3;1 after extra time. He played at inside left. A further success for Swindon that season, was in winning the Anglo Italian Cup Final. The following year they reached the final again, but this time they lost out; with Noble once again in the side. By the end of the 1972-73 season Peter Noble had made 214 league appearances for Swindon, scoring 62 goals. In June 1973 Burnley paid £40000 for his services. They had a great FA Cup run during the 73-74 and reached the semi finals; only to be beaten 2;0by his old side Newcastle. They went one better in the Texaco Cup and reached the final to face Newcastle. They lost 2;1, with Noble playing in a more defensive role. In total Noble would play in 243 league games for Burnley & scored 63 goals including a hat trick in the 1974-75 season in a 4;1 win over Newcastle. Peter’s final league club was Blackpool; whom signed him in January 1980 for £25 000. He hung up his boots at the end of the 1982-83 season having made a further 97 league appearances; scoring 14 goals. After football Peter had a sports shop in Burnley and also ran a market stall. At a special presentation dinner, Burnley honoured him in 2006, where he was ‘declared’ a Burnley FC football legend. In recent years, he was in not so good health and on May 6th 2017 he died aged 72.    

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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