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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NOVEMBER 2018 REVIEW

The month of November brought a first win at last, beating Watford 1;0. This was followed
by a battling performances to beat Bournemouth and then Burnley as the side draw clear of the relegation zone.

New additions to the website this month are Petter Augustsson; a trial goalkeeper from the 1990's, who was missed by the Toon
Tracker ex trialist radar & is now added. There is also another Testimonial added that of the famous winger Sam Weaver. 

Oliver Bernard has taken on the managers role at Durham City; thus his toon tracker profile is now moved to that section.
Finally, Jim Iley died in November aged 82. Below is an obituary to him.

JIM ILEY OBITUARY

ROLE: DEFENDER, HEIGHT: 5. 11.
DIED; NOV. 17th 2018, (Aged 82), BOLTON, LANCASHIRE?
DOB; DEC.15th 1935, SOUTH KIRKBY, YORKSHIRE.

CAREER
AS PLAYER:

MOORTHORPE ST JOSEPHS BOYS CLUB, PONTEFRACT FC (YOUTH),
SHEFFIELD UNITED (AMATEUR; MAR.1951, ,PRO DEC.1952 To AUG.1957),
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (TRANSFER FEE- £16 000 AUG.1957 To JUL.1959),
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (TRANSFER FEE- £16 000 JUL.1959 To SEP.1962),
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £17 000- SEP. 6TH1962 To JAN.1969).
PETERBOROUGH UNITED (PLAYER/MANAGER JAN.1st 1969 To SEP.15TH.1972- RETIRED).

NON PLAYER ROLES;
CAMBRIDGE UNITED (SCOUT OCT.1972+), BARNSLEY (MANAGER APR.1st 1973 To APR.14th 1978)
BLACKBURN ROVERS (MANAGER- APR. 14TH1978 FOR 172 DAYS; SACKED NOV.1st 1979),
LUTON TOWN (SCOUT OCT.1979+), BURY (MANAGER- JUL.11th 1980 To FEB.15th 1984)
EXETER CITY (MANAGER- JUN.1984 To APR.1985), CHARLTON ATHLETIC (SCOUT
1985+), LUTON TOWN (SCOUT)

NUFC: 1ST TEAM PLAYING RECORD
TOTAL APPS: 243 (+6), 227 (+5) LEAGUE; 16 GOALS, 15 LEAGUE.


DEBUT; SEP.8th 1962, PLYMOUTH ARGYLE, Won 3;1.
LAST APP; SEP.25th 1962, SOUTHAMPTON, Lost 1;3, League Cup 3rd Rd.

HONOURS

ENGLAND; UNDER 23'S APPEARANCE;
APR.23rd 1958 v WALES, Lost 1;2. Left Back
ENGLISH LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE APPEARANCES- 2
APR.25th 1956 v IRISH LEAGUE, Lost 2;5.
FA XI; APPEARANCE
MAY 2nd 1962 v NOTTS. CO, Won 3;1; 1 GOAL
ENGLISH LEAGUE DIVISION TWO 1ST / CHAMPIONS 1964-65 (NUFC)

Yorkshire born Jim Iley, was took on from Pontract FC by Sheffield United as an
amateur in 1951. Despite still working at Frickley Colliery, he soon
excelled and gained a professional contract, remaining with 'the
blades' until August 1957; having made 112 competitive appearances
for them (99 League); scoring 13 goals (7 League). He then signed for
Tottenham Hospur for a fee of £16000. His career was shorter here,
transferring to Notts. Forest for the same fee two years later. He
scored once for Spurs in 57 (53 League) ,matches. He clocked up
another 103 appearances at Forest (93 league), scoring 4 goals. Joe
Harvey acquired his services in September 1962 for £17 000, as
Newcastle began to build a side to push for promotion. Jim's debut
for Newcastle was on September 8th
in a 3;1 victory over Plymouth Argyle. Iley quickly made the left
half position his own and by then end of his first season season he
had racked up 35 league matches, with side finishing the season in
7th place. 1963-64 saw a similiar finish, completinm the league programme
8th and Jim played in every Newcastle league and cup match that season;
scoring his first goal for them. This was a penalty in a 3;2 defeat
to Northampton on October 26th. The following season saw success with Newcastle winning the
Division Two leagyue title. Jim was once again in the thick of the
action. He remained on Tyneside as the side initially battled to
survive in the first division & waas regular right choice in the
starting elevmn up to the 1968-69 season.He briefly featured in the
clubs first ever European competition v Feyenoord. After being an
used sub in the 1st Rd 1st Leg he cam on as a sub in the 2nd
Leg which thery lost 2;0. Jim Iley's last Newcastle game was on
September 25th in 4;1 League Cup defeat to Southampton. In total Jim made a
tremendous 249 competitive appearances for Newcastle, scoring 16
goals. During the late 1950's he was capped for England at Under 23's
level. The game was on April 23rd
1958 losing 2;1 to Wales. He was also selected to play in the
Football League XI on two occasions & also an FA XI game.

In January 1969 Jim Iley was transfer to Peterborough United as a Player
/ Manager. His last club before hanging up his boots as a player.
After his debut on January 11th when they lost 4;2 toNewport, he would go on to appear in 72 (+4 sub)
matches, 68 in the league, hitting another 5 goals. He left
Peterborough in Septemberr 1972 & after scouting at Cambridge, he
took on the role of manager at Barnsley in April 1973. From this post
he moved on to manager Blackburn Rovers. He remained in the role
there only until November, and was sacked. Undeterred, in July 1980
he was took on at Bury as their manager & remained there for 4
years. A high point for the side was to knock Newcastle out of the
League Cup over two legs in 1980. From June 1984 he was at Exeter
City and this would be the last club he would manage, He left at the
end of the 1984-85 season. His involvement
in football continued as scout for both Charlton & Luton. In his
later years Jim resided ion Boilton, and came along to both Fairs Cup
squad & Divisioon Two anniversary reunion dinners at
Newcastle,along with many other 60's players from those campaigns he played alongside. Sadly Jim
Iley passed away on November 17th 2018, aged 82.









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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