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 further extension of 'Social Lockdown' and the suspension of all football in the UK throughout
April; takes out the following arranged 1st Team fixtures; Apr.3rd Bournemouth, 9th West Ham, 17th
Man. City, 24th Watford
. For the first time since World War I, there will be no football to
report throughout a whole month.

The Premier League table stands at: P29, W9, D8, L12, F25, A41, POINTS; 35. POS; 13th

Other sports on 'shut down; mean that the Grand National & the Oxford &
Cambridge Boat Race will not happen. The spread of infection unfolding around the world and in Britain
continue is the major concern and the advice we all have to adhere appears to be the way to beat it, self isolation for all but
essential workers.

Further Under 23's fixtures affected & cancelled due to coronavirus are;

6/4; Under 23's v Stoke City (Away) ; 17/4; Under 23's v Norwich City (Away)

NFA Senior Cup Final at Blyth Spartans (22/4) ; & 25/4; Under 23's  v Everton (Home).

Their league table stands at; PL2 Div. 2: P18, W8, D1, L9, F29, A32, POINTS; 25. POS; 6th

Under 18's season now also remaining frozen with the last and only game

'v' Wolves (Away) 18/4 also cancelled. Their league table as it stands is;-

Barclays Under 18's PL (North); P16, W4, D3, L9, F23, A38, POINTS; 16, POS; 10th

*MAY 1st; Decision made to conclude season forthwith for Under 23's & Under 18's sides. 

With the lock down now extended into May; decisions will need to made if 1st team football can recommence and take place. With the Premier League looking to be the most likely to recommence at some future point (likely Behind Closed Doors). 

On a positive ? Note, the month saw increasing seemingly true press reports of how a deal
between Mike Ashley and a Saudi Arabian backed Consortium had been
reached and the sale would be announced early May... Watch this space.

This month the website updates are as follows; Ex player Jimmy Gordon's Testimonial in
May 1981; following his successful time as Nottingham Forest
coach. There is also updated additional information added to the testimonial article on wear time guest Stan Mortensen.

This months review; on checking my historical records; is the briefest since World War 1
shut down football in 1917. Below is the very limited news on an ex Newcastle player or manager/coach.

Michael O'Neil
resigned as manager of the Northern Ireland National Team to
focus on his other role as manager of Stoke City; with provisional
plans being made to try to restart the season in the coming months.

With the announcement in France & the Netherlands that the seasons remaining fixtures
will now not be played and no relegations will take place; came the
news that Den Haag would thus be saved from relegation and that the
contact of manager Alan Pardew would be ended by mutual
consent. Den Haag in what loos be classed as a voided season; were
2nd bottom when the fixtures were halted in March.

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.

Community Web Kit provided free by BT