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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JULY 2018 - REVIEW

July saw the resumption of pre season training and the start of the friendly programme.

This months sees the commencement of an overhaul of the Toon Tracker Indexes and Current Players Sections over
the next month. There is also the addition of new signing Ki Soung Yueng. The club made another two signings near the end of the month; Swiss
international Fabian Schar & trialist Rosaire Longelo. The former players details will be added next month. The
following youngsters were also see involved in pre season action Elliot Anderson, Lewis Brannen, Tai Ebanks,
Joseph Oliver, Joshua Scott, Joe White. Joshua Harrison & Thompson.

Sadly there was the news at the beginning of the month, that ex player George Watkins had died.

GEORGE WATKIN- OBITUARY

DIED: JUL.2nd 2018, Co. DURHAM (Aged 74)
DOB: APR.14th.1944, CHOPWELL, near GATESHEAD
HEIGHT; 6ft ROLE: FORWARD

CAREER

CHOPWELL FC; NUFC JUNIOR SEP.1960, Then PRO- APR.1962 To JUL. 1963, with signing fee £25),
KINGS LYNN (FREE TRANSFER JUL.1963 To 1964), CAMBRIDGE CITY (Up to MAY 1964),
CHESTERFIELD (transfer fee- £250; JUL.1964 to JUN.1965),
GATESHEAD (FREE TRANSFER JUN.1965 To 1966). SWALWELL FC & Local non league football, Retired.

HONOURS

FA YOUTH CUP FINAL WINNER 1962 (NUFC)
(APR.24th 1962 & MAY 2nd 1962 FA YOUTH CUP WINNER; 2-1 ON AGGREGATE v WOLVES)

NUFC; 1st TEAM PLAYING RECORD; 1 LEAGUE APP; 0 GOALS;
DEC.1st 1962 v BURY, Draw 0;0, Centre Forward

Occupation; NCB SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, CONSETT.

From playing football locally as a youth for his home village Chopwell, George Watkin was signed as a
junior for Newcastle. He quickly established himself as a forward in the clubs junior side and was signed as a professional for £25 in
April 1962. During that season Newcastle's Youth team reached the final the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history, with future players Bob Moncur, David Craig, Alan Suddick & Les O'Neil also in the side. The cup run began in style on September 25th
with the 1st Round hammering of Seaton Deleval 14;0, with George netting twice. They knocked out Wallsend Corinthians in the
next round ^ George bagged another 2 goals. Then after knocking out Sunderland & Manchester United they faced North Shields in
Quarter Final. They won 2;1 & he was again on the score sheet. The semifinal saw them face Portsmouth & they won 4;3 over two
legs thanks to an 85th. minute winner by George. The final over two legs against Wolves, ended in a 1;l draw away, then in the
2nd leg at St. James Park on May 2nd the side were triumphant, in a 1;0 victory with Moncur getting the vital goal.

It was during the 1962-63 season that George made his senior debut. This was on December 1st
in a goalless draw with Bury. In July 1963 he was transferred to Kings Lynn having sustained a bad injury. However after moving onto
Cambridge City; George was signed by Chesterfield in July 1964 for £250. After a season with them, he returned north to sign for
Gateshead. This would be his last professional club, dropping into non league local football playing for Swalwell a number of other
clubs. Post football, George became employed as a scientific officer with the NCB; continuing to lived in the Derwentside area of Co.
Durham. Unfortunately George battled with Parkinson's Disease for many years and sadly he passed away on Jul.2nd 2018 aged 74.







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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