BEFORE THEY WERE UNITED- PART 1 

STANLEY CRICKET CLUB (1880 To 1882)
 
The very earliest origins of Newcastle United football date back to 1881 when the Stanley Cricket of the St. Peter’s area of South Byker; decided to form a football club. The local Cricket Club from this East Newcastle area were formed in 1880 & named after a local street ‘Stanley Street’. Next to the street was grassland, which became the clubs very first ‘ground’. Their earliest known cricket matches took place as that summers’ season drew to a close. Unfortunately only scores & no team line ups are known from the 3 cricket matches so far uncovered & they are detailed below:    
 
STANLEY CRICKET CLUB : 1ST. TEAM

SUMMER 1880

SEP.14th.1880, ROYAL OAK (AWAY), Lost: 19 Runs To 3. Friendly.

SEP.22nd.1880, BEAUMONT (AWAY At St. Anthony’s, Walker). Won: 42 Runs To 31. Friendly.

SEP.28th.1880, ROYAL OAK  (AWAY), Draw: 78 Runs To 44 for 3 Wickets. Friendly.
 
 
It was during the following summer that the Stanley Cricket Club decided to also become a football club, like a number of other clubs in the area. The clubs cricket action during the summer 1881 included a match with another newly formed local club called Rosewood. This club also developed a football team, which was short lived as it amalgamated with the Newcastle East End. Stanley continued to play their home cricket matches at the South Byker Ground, which was likely the Stanley Street pitch, which would be where their first every football took placed in October that year. In the cricket team line ups that summer, many of the clubs future football players could be seen including founder members John Armstrong, William Coulson & William Black. Full details from all known matches and teams are outlined below:
 
 
STANLEY CRICKET CLUB : 1ST. TEAM 

SUMMER 1881

MAY 7th.1881, WOODBINE (HOME), Won: (Score not known). Friendly
‘The Result was an easy victory for the Stanley Club of South Byker’.     

JUN.21st.1881, FRIENDS JUNIORS (AWAY), Lost: 54 Runs To 90. Friendly

LATE JUN.1881, ST. ANTHONY’S  ROYAL TYRO (HOME), Lost: 62 Runs To 83. Friendly
 
JUL.23rd.1881, GATESHEAD WANDERERS (HOME). Lost: 26 Runs To 122. Friendly (Return Match).
‘Anderson’s Bowling for Gateshead was very effective, taking 8 wickets for the cost of only 5 runs’.
This is the earliest known sporting team line up involving the Stanley club.  
BATTING ORDER:
STANLEY: W.A.COULSON (2), W.BLACK (8), S.WILKINSON (0), W.FINLAY (0), W.PURVIS (0), J.ARMSTRONG (0), J.BELL (0), J.FENWICK (1), J.FOSTER (0), G.YOUNG (4), M.DOUGLAS (0).       Extras- 11.
W.COULSON Bowled out 2 Wickets, J.BELL Bowled out 2 Wickets & W.PURVIS Caught 3 Wickets.
GATESHEAD WAN: J.SCOPE (18), E.CHATT (36), G.BROWN (0), W.ANDERSON (15), R.LAING (3), J.RUMSEY (22), T.CHATT (7), W.LAIDLER (0), F.PARKINSON (6 not out), E.WINTER (0), T.BROWN (15). Extras- 0.   
 
JUL.30th.1881, ROSEWOOD (HOME), Won: 82 Runs To 57. Friendly, against the club which would later amalgamate with East End.  
BATTING ORDER:
STANLEY: W.A.COULSON (10), S.SHEEL (1), W.FINDLAY (26), W.BLACK (7), R.FOSTER (1), J.FENWICK (2), J.ARMSTRONG (5), J.YOUNG (11),  J.SIMPSON (1), G. McKENZIE (1), W.CHADWICK (1 not out) Extras- 16.
W.A.COULSON Bowled out 6 Wickets & S.SHEEL Bowled out 3 Wickets. 
ROSEWOOD: G.T.COWEN (1), T.MIDDLESMISS (18), W.HUTCHINSON (0), W.BLAKEY (2), F.WARREN (6), W.SMITH (0), W.PEACOCK (2), T.WATSON (1), W.MOORE (5), R.BEWICK (2), R.FINDLAY (0 not out) Extras- 19
W.SMITH Bowled out 5 Wickets, T.MIDDLESMISS Bowled out 3 wickets & G.T.COWEN Bowled out 2 Wickets.   
 
AUG.6th.1881, ST.ANTHONY’S ROYAL TYRO (AWAY), Won: 67 Runs To 58. Friendly
BATTING ORDER:
STANLEY: W.A.COULSON (33), S.SHEEL (9), J.BELL (3), T.WILKINSON (5), W.FINDLAY (4), W.BLACK (0), J.FENWICK (2), J.ARMSTRONG (4), R.FOSTER (0), J.YOUNG (2 not out), J.SIMPSON (0) Extras- 5.
T.WILKINSON Bowled out 4 Wickets & W.A.COULSON Bowled Out 4 wickets
ROYAL TYRO: W.CRAVEN (13), W.MARSHALL (1), C.MASTON (0), J.WARD (12), J.STEWART (0), T.ARMSTRONG (0), J.FAIRLAMB (0), H.RAMSAY (1), J.BARNES (11), W.TAIT (0), J.BRUMEL(0 not out).
Extras-20. 
 
AUG.7th.1881, WOODBINE (HOME), Won: 58 Runs To 53. Friendly. ‘The home team were victorious’.
The Woodbine side included future Stanley footballers John Speight, John Hobson, J.Dixon & Walter Chadwick.
BATTING ORDER:
STANLEY: W.A.COULSON (5), J.BELL (3), J.KELLY (0), W.BLACK (26), W.FINDLAY (5), J.ARMSTRONG (7), S.SHEEL (1), J.FENWICK (3), J.YOUNG (2 not out), R.FOSTER (2), J.SIMPSON (2). Extras- 2.
W.A.COULSON Bowled Out 4 Wickets, W.FINDLAY Bowled Out 2 Wickets & J.KELLY Bowled Out 1 wicket.
WOODBINE: J.HOBSON (1), WIDDEN (10), W.BAKER (0), T.INGO (0), A.LINDSAY (0), J.SPEIGHT (0), W.CHADWICK (2), R.TEMPLE (15), J.DIXON (10 not out), F.WARREN (1), T.WATSON (6). Extras- 8.
W.BAKER Bowled out 3 Wickets, F.WARREN Bowled out 2 wickets & J.HOBSON Bowled out 1 Wicket.  
 
The Summer of 1882 would be the last for the Stanley Club on the cricket field. The clubs priority now seems to have been association rules football & it was at the start of the next season that they would change their name to East End. A list of their planned cricket fixtures was published in the local press & included two 2Nd Team matches. However, it seems most likely that they did not place & only 2 results, with no further line ups for the side are known from that summer & these are detailed below:  
 
STANLEY CRICKET CLUB : 1ST. TEAM

SUMMER 1882

MAY 6th.1882, BEAUMONT STREET (AWAY on Nuns Moor). Lost: 18 Runs To 44. Friendly

MAY 13th.1882, WOODBINE (HOME?), Lost: 47 Runs To 56
Friendly, which was possibly the last cricket match played while the club was named Stanley.  
 
It would not be until the summer of  1887, before the club participated in the sport of cricket again. Details of East Ends Cricket have been compiled & will be detailed in a future ‘Before They Were United’ section. 
 

STANLEY CRICKET CLUB

Player Roll of Honour
(Including known other football & cricket clubs)

The Only Known Season = Summer 1881. Total Runs, Wickets &  Appearances

ARMSTRONG JOHN   4 Apps  (Runs 16). STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM). WOODBINE CC.

BELL, JAMES,  2 Apps   (6 Runs) (2 Wickets). STANLEY / EAST END FC (2ND.TEAM). HEATON CC. HEATON FC. JESMOND FC.
WHITBURN CC. WHITBURN FC. SUNDERLAND FC. SUNDERLAND CC. SUNDERLAND AAC.
(*Durham County Cricketer Trialist)

BLACK, WILLIAM    4 Apps   (41 Runs).  STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM),

CHADWICK, WALTER R.  1 App.   (1 Not out). STANLEY / EAST END FC (2ND.TEAM), CHEVIOT FC. HEATON CC. HEATON FC.
NORTH EASTERN FC.

COULSON, WILLIAM ARMSTRONG. 4 Apps.   (50 Runs) (16 Wickets). STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM),

DOUGLAS, M. 1 App.   (0 Runs)

FENWICK, JOSEPH  4 Apps.  (8 Runs). STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM), GUILD OF ST. JOHN’S CC.
(*Northumberland FA. County Trialist)

FINDLAY, WILLIAM  4 Apps.  (35 Runs) (2 Wickets). STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM), WOODBINE CC. ST. LUKE’S CC. HENRY ARMSTRONG CC. ST. PETER’S FC.  (*Northumberland FA. County Trialist).

FOSTER, J.  1 App.   (0 Runs)

FOSTER, R.  2 Apps.  (3 Runs)

KELLY, J.  1 App.   (0 Runs)

McKENZIE, GEORGE  1 App.   (1 Run). STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM), WOODBINE CC. HEATON FC.
NEWCASTLE RANGERS FC. ST. SILAS FC.

PURVIS, WILLIAM. 1 App.   (0 Runs)

SHEEL, S.  3 App.   (11 Runs) (3 Wickets).

SIMPSON, JOSEPH 3 Apps.   (3 Runs) . STANLEY / EAST END FC (1ST.TEAM), HEATON FC. NORTH EASTERN FC.

WILKINSON, T. or S.  2 Apps.   (5 Runs) (4 Wickets).

YOUNG, J.  4 Apps.   (19 Runs). 

As the reader can see, many of those original cricketers went on to feature during the clubs earliest football history; including influential founder members John Armstrong & William Fin(d)lay. In total 17 different cricketers are listed.
M.Douglas, R.Foster, J.Foster, J.Kelly, W.Purvis, S.Sheel T. or S.Wilkinson & J.Young did not seem to feature for any other clubs playing either football or cricket. 
 
Those identified in the 1881 Census Information:
 
JOHN ARMSTRONG (Aged 18) 135 Harbottle Street, Byker. Ships Joiner. B. Sunderland.
*1871 Census- Stanley Street, Byker, *1891 Census- 135 Harbottle Street, Byker).
Other Clubs: Woodbine CC & Stanley / East End AFC.
Honours:
Northumberland FA County Trial Match App. 1884.
Northumberland Senior Cup Final Winner: 1885.
Northumberland & Durham Challenge Cup Runner Up: 1885.
Northumberland FA Charity Shield Winner: 1885. Town Moor Temperance Festival Senior Competition Final Runner Up: 1884.   

JAMES BELL  (Aged 18), 150 Shields Rd. Byker. Clerk. B. Stannington, Northumberland.
Honours (Cricket): 
Durham County Cricket Club & Ground 1 App: JUL.12th.1893 v Consett & District XI. Score 71 to 55, Won by 16 Runs. (J.Bell- 4Runs). 
Durham County Colts/Trial Match 1App: MAY 24th.1911 T.A.Bulmer’s Durham Colts XI v T.Kinch’s Durham Colts.  Score- 186 to 107, Won by 79 Runs (J.Bell- 6 Runs).    

WILLIAM HARDY BLACK (Aged 17)  43 Conyers Road, Byker. Riveter. B. Newcastle. ???

WALTER RACE BROWN CHADWICK (Aged 15), 76 Langhorn Street, Byker. Junior Solicitors Clerk. B. Wakefield, S. Yorkshire. (Son of William & Mary Jane)
*1911 Census- (Aged 44) 305 Alice St; South Shields. Dock Clerk. (Married to Daisy)
DOB; NOV.13TH.1865, Wakefield, S.Yorkshire. (Son of William & Mary Jane)
(Baptism-FEB.4th.1866, All Saints Church Wakefield. DIED; DEC.1933, Tynemouth (Aged- 68).  

WILLIAM ARMSTRONG COULSON (Aged 18) 12 Raby Street, Byker. Assistant Teacher at Public School. B. Newcastle.

JOSEPH FENWICK (Aged 17), 42-44 Chapel Street, Byker. Occupation: Coppersmith. B. Newcastle. *1891 Census (Aged 25); 217 Raby Street, Byker. Occupation- Coppersmith
DOB; JAN/MAR.Q- 1864, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
DIED; JAN.12th.1928 (Aged 64), 2 LILBURN ROAD,WALKER, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Other Clubs: STANLEY CC (SUMMER 1881), STANLEY FC / EAST END FC (1882 To 1887)
GUILD OF ST. JOHN’S CC (1886)
Honours:
Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: OCT.6th.1883,
‘Town Colts XI’ v Tyne Association. Lost 1:3.  
NORTHUMBERLAND SENIOR CUP FINAL WINNER 1885 (EAST END)
NORTHUMBERLAND FA CHARITY SHIELD FINALWINNER 1885, 1886 (EAST END)
NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM FA’S CHALLENGE CUP RUNNER UP 1885 (EAST END)
 
WILLIAM G. FINLAY (Aged 17), 11 Belvedere Street, Byker. Clerk. B. Scotland.
*1871 Census (Aged 5) 179 West Street, Aberdeen, Scotland. Scholar (son of Robert & Margaret & Brother of Robert). *1891 Census: (Aged 27), 5 Hotspur Street, Newcastle. Brewers Agent.
*1901 Census (Aged 36) 10 Cardigan St Heaton. Brewers Agent (married to Margaret) 
DOB; APR.1ST.1864, Aberdeen, Scotland. DIED; MAR.1924, Tynemouth (Aged 60)
Other Clubs: Woodbine CC. Guild of St. John CC. St. Lukes CC. Henry Armstrong CC. Honours: Honours; Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: SEP.22nd.1883,
‘Colts B’ v ‘Colts A’ Lost 0:2.    
 
GEORGE McKENZIE: (Aged 17) 101 Norfolk Rd, Byker. Corn Merchants Clerk. B. South Shields (Son of Thomas & Pricilla) *1891 Census (Aged 27), 23 Langhorn St, Heaton, Traveller- (Married to Margaret) DOB; JUL/SEP.1863, South Shields. Other Clubs: Stanley FC, Heaton FC, Newcastle Rangers FC, St. Silas FC
 
JOSEPH PATTISON HETHERINGTON SIMPSON
(Aged 20) All Saints Parish, Newcastle. Telegraph Clerk, Goods Railway.(Son of Mary)
DOB; APR/JUN.Q-1860, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.DIED; MAY 9th.1886, Newcastle. 

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BEFORE THEY WERE UNITED-  PART 2

 
STANLEY FOOTBALL CLUB.
 
On November 15th. 1881 an historic meeting took place which would lead to the birth of our club. The meeting of the Stanley Cricket Club took place on this date at a Mr. Allen’s on Shields Road, Byker. It was at this meeting that the club decided to form an association football club & to also play their matches on the Stanley Street ground which was little more than roped off field. The ground was often referred to as their South Byker or St. Peter’s Ground. 
 
The club wasted no time in organising their first ever football match & it took within two weeks on November 26th.1881. The game was a low key occasion at the time, but is now obviously of great historic importance & was against the second team of the more established local side Elswick Leather Works, with our Stanley side coming out on top, winning 5:0. Below are details of this match & the other games played by the club that season. It is worth noting that the club were very much in their infancy that season & all matches were ‘friendly challenge matches’ against local opposition. The club would be renamed as East End before they would play their first competitive cup game. The Stanley sides’ captain was William Armstrong Coulson, who got himself on the score sheet in that very first game. Founding member John Armstrong also played.          

STANLEY 1ST TEAM
 
NOV.26th.1881 (At Home) v ELSWICK LEATHER WORKS 2nd. XI, Won 5:0.
Scorers: GEORGE McKENZIE, J.DIXON (2), WILLIAM A.COULSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY.
Team: THOMAS S.PHALP, JOHN T.HOBSON, J. GARDNER, A.MARR, JOHN ARMSTRONG, J.P.COOK, ROBERT FINDLAY, WILLIAM.A.COULSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, GEORGE McKENZIE, J.DIXON.
ELSWICK L.W: J.THOMPSON, C.STRETTON, J.WHITTAKER, P.BLAIDS, T.THOMPSON, W.DAVISON, M.SCOTT, W.GIBSON (Capt), T.MEWSE, T.ROBINSON, W.SUTHERLAND.
The Tyneside Daily Echo recorded the following information. “The first half was of a give & take description, but in the second half the Stanley team had the wind in their favour. They won a pleasant game by five goals to nil”. The first goal came out of a scrimmage & was put through the posts by McKenzie. Their other goals then came in quick succession. As the reader can see 4 of the side are known to have played for the clubs cricket team. Robert Findlay was a cricketer with a local side called Rosewood who formed a football club & soon amalgamated with East End. Robert & William were young brothers whom are found in the 1881 census residing in nearby Belverdere Street, working as local clerks. Both later played cricket for the Henry Armstrong side. Gardner would soon be one of the plays to leave to form the Heaton club as was Hobson. Both also made guest appearances for Newcastle Rangers. As did McKenzie is another player who would move on soon. Cook remained connected with club for a number of years & later played for St. Silas FC. Hobson also later played for North Eastern & St. Silas.   
  
DEC.10th.1881 v NORTH EASTERN 2ND. XI (Away At Heaton),
Won 3 (1 Disputed Goal): 1.   Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: J.DIXON, JOHN T.HOBSON, J. GARDNER, THOMAS S.PHALP, JOHN ARMSTRONG, J.P.COOK, JOSEPH FENWICK, WILLIAM A.COULSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, GEORGE McKENZIE, ROBERT FINDLAY.
N.EASTERN: HOGG, STEWART, GREEN, HEMINGWAY, WILSON, WOODS, M.CHARLTON, PURVIS, TAYLOR, PENMAN, DARRELL.
Disputed goals, during those very earliest days of association football, were goals where the teams & umpires could not agree whether the goal should count or be disallowed. For this game it appears that goalkeeper Thomas Phalp & J.Dixon swapped roles. Joseph Fenwick, who was also a cricketer with the club, played his first game. J.Dixon had originally been a Woodbine (Of Heaton) Cricketer. Fenwick is found in the 1881 census as a 17 year old coppersmith residing in nearby Chapel Street, Byker. He later played cricket for local side Guild of St. John. 
 
DEC.24th.1881 v NEWCASTLE FA. 2ND. XI. Draw 0:0 (Venue not known).
TEAM: J.DIXON, J. GARDINER, WHITE, THOMAS A.PHALP, A.MARR, J.P.COOK, ROBERT FINDLAY, W.A.COULSON, JOHN T.HOBSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, J.T.SIMMS.
NEWCASTLE FA; WILLIAM SCOTT, E.MORDUE, M.CHARLTON, J.KENNY, P.H.BELL, J.BURNIP, J.PURVIS, W.PETERS, A.PETERS, A.ELLIOT, J.ROWELL...
This line up saw the only appearance of the clubs second team player J.T. Simms. The player with surname White looks to have been either a local Heaton Cricket Club player J.White. Less likely is that it could have been the Newcastle Rangers & future East End player Alec. H. White. Phalp was now more regularly seen that season as half back & the 1881 census shows that was a 19 year old clerk who resided in Heaton Terrace, Byker. He was another player who turned out for the Woodbine Cricket Club. Marr also turned out for Elswick Leather Works & the Brunswick Cricket Club. J.T. Simms was a second team player given a run out in the first team. He would later play for Heaton, West End & Elswick Rangers.
 
JAN.21st.1882 (Away) v ELSWICK LEATHER WORKS 2ND. XI, Won 2:0.
TEAM: JOHN T.HOBSON, WILLIAM BLACK, JOSEPH FENWICK, JOHN ARMSTRONG, J.P.COOK, JOSEPH SIMPSON, WILLIAM A.COULSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, GEORGE McKENZIE, ROBERT FINDLAY
.
(Only 10 names Listed).
It was noted that although being less musclar than their stronger opponents, Stanley showed superior dribbling & passing skills & they got another victory against the Elswick side. More members of the cricket team featured in this game; namely William Black & Joseph Simpson. Simpson was another of the players who would soon be playing for Heaton. He later also turned out for North Eastern. George McKenzie was a regular forward in the side who would soon join the ranks at Heaton & made a guest appearance for Newcastle Rangers. He later played for St. Silas. 
 
FEB.4th.1882 v NEWCASTLE FA. XI, Won 7 (2 Disputed Goals) : 0.
(Venue not known). Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: J.DIXON, JOHN T.HOBSON, WILLIAM BLACK, A.MARR, JOHN ARMSTRONG, WILLIAM FINDLAY, GEORGE McKENZIE, ROBERT FINDLAY
.
Only 8 players were listed in the press & the Newcastle FA. side were noted as playing 2 players short. After the game The Newcastle FA. side wrote in the local press stating that the 2 disputed goals should be discounted; because for one, hands were used & the other was clearly offside.
 
FEB.11th.1882 (Away) v DERWENT ROVERS, Lost 2:3.
 
MAR.11th.1882 (At Home) v NEWCASTLE RANGERS 2ND. XI, Won 2(1):1(0).   
Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: JOHN T.HOBSON, J.DIXON, WILLIAM BLACK, JOHN ARMSTRONG, A.MARR, J.P.COOK, JOSEPH SIMPSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, WILLIAM A.COULSON, GEORGE McKENZIE, ROBERT FINDLAY
.
RANGERS; J.NAITH, THOMAS MORPETH, GEORGE CARR, JOSEPH THOMPSON, W.OLIVER, W.T.ATKIN, ALEXANDER NORRIS, J.ATKIN, JAMES PHILLIPS, (Only 9 players named). ..
It appears Hobson now took a turn in goal against a strong Newcastle Rangers side. It was reported that to claim the victory they played exceedingly well, with goals coming in the first ten minutes & another in the second half; before Rangers got one three minutes before time.
 
MAR.18th.1882 (At Home) v BURNOPFIELD, Won 2:0.
 Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: JOHN T.HOBSON, J.DIXON, WILLIAM BLACK, JOHN ARMSTRONG, A.MARR, THOMAS WATSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, JOSEPH FENWICK, ROBERT FINDLAY, GEORGE McKENZIE, WILLIAM A.COULSON
.
Stanley won this pleasant & well contested game 2:0 at their South Byker ground. The line up featured Tom Watson, in the first of two appearances that season. He would later become the clubs influential secretary who then went on rivals West End & then onto managing Sunderland & Liverpool. He was also seen playing for the second team & was noted as a Woodbine & then Rosewood cricketer.    
 
MAR.25th.1882 (At Home) v DERWENT ROVERS, Lost 0:2.
TEAM: JOHN T.HOBSON, J.DIXON, WILLIAM BLACK, A.MARR, JOHN ARMSTRONG, JOSEPH SIMPSON, JOSEPH FENWICK, FINDLAY, WILLIAM A.COULSON, GEORGE McKENZIE, JAMES HENRY
.
This game saw a debut for Henry who went to play for ‘break-away’ club Heaton Association & at County level for Northumberland. Only the surname is given for Findlay, however it is more likely to be William as he was more often seen listed in the local press in that order.  
 
APR.1st.1882 (At Home) v BURNOPFIELD 2ND. XI, Won 2(0):0(0).
Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: JOHN T.HOBSON, J.DIXON, WILLIAM BLACK, JOHN ARMSTRONG, A.MARR, THOMAS WATSON, WILLIAM FINDLAY, JOSEPH FENWICK, ROBERT FINDLAY, GEORGE McKENZIE, WILLIAM A.COULSON
.
Playing up the slope in the first half, the home team were unable to score. In the second half Stanley showed their superiority and won by two goals to nil in a ‘thoroughly well contested game’.          
 
APR.8th.1882 (Away) v BURNOPFIELD, Lost: 0:2. Scorers Not Known.
TEAM: J.DIXON, MILLER, WILLIAM BLACK, JOHN ARMSTRONG, THOMAS S.PHALP, J.P.COOK, JOSEPH SIMPSON, J. GARDNER, JOSEPH FENWICK, WILLIAM A.COULSON, FINDLAY. Umpire; J.P.COOK?.
 The score from this last match of the seasons’ ‘very pleasant game’ is not known.
A new face in the line up as a defender is Miller. Nothing is known of this player. It is not known which of the Findlay brothers featured in this match, but it could well be Robert as he more often featured as the name listed in the line up, in the local press.
 
The game on April 8th was not only the last known game of that season, but also the clubs last game under the name Stanley. Much confusion had begun to arise & before a ball was kicked the following season the club decided to rename itself Newcastle East End. The other clubs which played at the time calling themselves by the same name were Stanley Association (County Durham), Stanley Nops & Stanley Albion. 
In Total that season the Stanley club is known to have played in 11 matches of which they Won 7, Drew 1 & Lost 3 matches. The Stanley clubs goal tally that season was 25 goals (Including disputed goals) & they conceded 9.         
 
1ST. TEAM: PLAYER (KNOWN) APPEARANCE INFORMATION
 
NAME.                              POSITION     KNOWN APPEARANCES & GOALS.
ARMSTRONG, JOHN.     Half Back.                            9                              0
BLACK, WILLIAM.         Full Back.                                7                              0
COOK, JOHN P.               Half Back.                            6                              0
COULSON, WILLIAM ARMSTRONG. Forward.        9                              1
DIXON, JOHN                 Forward, Full Back + Goalkeeper 9                 2
FENWICK, JOSEPH.       Full Back.                            6                              0
*FIN(D)LAY, ROBERT.   Forward & Half Back.        8                              0
*FIN(D)LAY, WILLIAM. Forward.                                 8                              1
(* + 2 Appearances where the surname Findlay has no initial for his first name).
GARDNER, JAMES?      Full Back.                             4                              0
HEN(D)RY, JAMES.       Forward.                               1                              0  
HOBSON, JOHN T.       Goalkeeper & Full Back.    9                              0
MARR, ALEXANDER  Half Back.                                7                              0
McKENZIE, GEORGE.  Forward.                                8                              1
MILLER                          Full Back.                               1                              0
PHALP, THOMAS SHAW.Goalkeeper & Half Back 4                              0
SIMMS, J. T.                   Forward.                                 1                              0
SIMPSON, JOSEPH.      Forward.                               5                              0
WATSON, THOMAS.   Half Back.                                2                              0
WHITE                            Full Back.                               1                              0
 
1881 Census Information; 
 
JOHN ARMSTRONG:
(Aged 18), 135 Harbottle Street, Byker. Ships Joiner, B. Sunderland.

*1871 Census (Aged 8) Stanley Street, Byker, *1891 Census- 135 Harbottle Street, Byker). Other Clubs: Woodbine CC. ? Honours:
Northumberland FA County Trial Match App. 1884.
Northumberland Senior Cup Final Winner: 1885.
Northumberland & Durham Challenge Cup Runner Up: 1885.
Northumberland FA Charity Shield Winner: 1885.
Town Moor Temperance Festival Senior Competition Final Runner Up: 1884.   
DOB: Approx: 1863, Sunderland
 
WILLIAM HARDY BLACK: (Aged 17), 43 Conyers Rd, Byker. Riveter,
B. Newcastle. (1891 Census Aged 27- 15 Hedlam Street, Byker- Riveter).
Also Stanley Cricket Club member. 
DOB: APR/JUN Q: 1863, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
DIED: MAY 6th.1932, 11 Robinson St, Byker, Newcastle.
 
JOHN PRYOR COOK: (Aged 17), South View West, Heaton. Occupation: Surveyors Clerk, B. Newcastle. (1891 Census- Aged 25, 66 Wandsworth Road, Heaton. Clerk. East End Club Secretary: 1884. East End Cricket Club (1886-1892). Other Clubs: St. Silas FC (1886-87); Addison FC, Newcastle Bowls Club (1885), Armstrong Bowls Club (1890). 
DOB; OCT/DEC.Q-1863, Newcastle. DIED: FEB.7th.1904, Newcastle
 
WILLIAM ARMSTRONG COULSON: (Aged 18), 12 Raby Street, Byker. Assistant Teacher at Public School. B. Newcastle (Sep. Quarter 1862). (1891 Census- 2 –4 Fell Street, Byker. Occupation: School Master). Also a member of East End Cricket Club (1887-88). Awarded a Gold Scarf Pin in 1883 for his dedication to the East End. (W.Coulson featured for for Walker Bowls Club in the summer of 1893)
DOB; AUG.1862, Byker, Newcastle.
DIED; FEB.7th.1948, Stamford, Near Rennington, Northumberland 
 
JOHN DIXON: (Aged 18). 69 Grafton Street, Byker. Surveyor. B. Newcastle.
(Joint Most Likely)
Or
JOHN DIXON: (Aged 21- Step Son). (Joint Most Likely)
32 Parker Street, Byker. Print Compositor. B. Newcastle.
*(Club Records Indicate this is the player)
(Or less Likely- Georgraphically) JOHN DIXON: (Aged 18), 47 Falconer Street, East All Saints Parish. Solicitors Clerk. B. Newcastle    
(Or Even Less Likely-Too Young) JOHN DIXON: (Aged 12), 1 Heaton Terrace, Byker. Scholar. B. South Shields.
Other Clubs: Woodbine / Heaton CC. Heaton FC.
Honours: Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: SEP.22nd.1883,
‘Colts B’ v ‘Colts A’, Won 2:0.   
 
JOSEPH FENWICK (Aged 17), 42-44 Chapel Street, Byker. Occupation: Coppersmith. B. Newcastle. *1891 Census (Aged 25); 217 Raby Street, Byker. Occupation- Coppersmith
DOB; JAN/MAR.Q- 1864, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
DIED; JAN.12th.1928 (Aged 64), 2 LILBURN ROAD,WALKER, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Other Clubs: STANLEY CC (SUMMER 1881), STANLEY FC / EAST END FC (1882 To 1887) GUILD OF ST. JOHN’S CC (1886)
Honours:
Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: OCT.6th.1883,
‘Town Colts XI’ v Tyne Association. Lost 1:3.  
NORTHUMBERLAND SENIOR CUP FINAL WINNER 1885 (EAST END)
NORTHUMBERLAND FA CHARITY SHIELD FINALWINNER 1885, 1886 (EAST END)
NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM FA’S CHALLENGE CUP RUNNER UP 1885
 
ROBERT FINLAY: (Aged 15), 11 Belvedere Street, Byker. Clerk. B. Scotland.
(Aged 15- Son of Robert & Margare) *1891 Census: (Aged 25), 47 Addison Street, Byker. Fitter.  *1871 Census (Aged 5) 179 West Street, Aberdeen, Scotland. Scholar (Brother of William). *1911 Census (Aged 47) 13 Markham St, Grangetown,  Scotland. Photographer. DOB; DEC.18TH.1866, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland. (Query Berwick?) DIED; APR/JUN.1915 (Aged 49?), Scotland  
Other Clubs: Rosewood CC (1882), Guild of St. John CC. Honours: Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: SEP.22nd.1883, ‘Colts B’ v ‘Colts A’ Lost 0:2. 
 
WILLIAM G. FINLAY: (Aged 17), 11 Belvedere Street, Byker. Clerk. B. Scotland.
*1871 Census (Aged 5) 179 West Street, Aberdeen, Scotland. Scholar (son of Robert & Margaret & Brother of William).*1891 Census: (Aged 27), 5 Hotspur Street, Newcastle. Brewers Agent. *1901 Census (Aged 36) 10 Cardigan St Heaton. Brewers Agent (married to Margaret) . DOB; APR.1ST.1864, Aberdeen, Scotland. DIED; MAR.1924, Tynemouth (Aged 60)
Other Clubs: Woodbine CC. Guild of St. John CC. St. Lukes CC. Henry Armstrong CC. St. Peter’S FC.
Honours: Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: SEP.22nd.1883,
‘Colts B’ v ‘Colts A’ Lost 0:2.    
 
JAMES H. GARDNER
DOB: APPROX: 1866, Leeds,Yorkshire
(Aged 15) At Molyneux Street, Byker. B. Leeds                                                   
Other Clubs: Heaton Association (1883-86), Newcastle Rangers (Guest 1883-84)
 
JAMES HEN(D)RY         
Other Clubs: Heaton FC (1882-86), St. Silas FC (1886-87), North Eastern FC (1886). Honours: Northumberland & Durham FA. 2nd, Team Competition Final Winner 1882-83 (Heaton 1st). Northumberland County Trial Match 1: SEP.22nd.1883 ‘Colts A’ v ‘Colts B’ Won 2:0. Northumberland County Trial Match 2: Newcastle & Central District XI App, MAR.15th.1884 v ‘Northern District XI’ Won 6:0,1 Goal.
             
JOHN THOMAS HOBSON: (Aged 14), 2 West View, Heaton. Plumber.
B. Satley, Co. Durham. *1891 Census: (Aged 24) 52 Mowbray Street, Byker. Plumbing Sanitary Engineer. (Lived next door to Alec H. White)
Other Clubs: Woodbine CC. Newcastle Rangers (Guest/Sub). North Eastern. St. Silas FC (1886-87). East End CC.
DOB; Approx; 1867, Satley, Lanchester, Co. Durham.
DIED; FEB.27th1930, Heaton, Newcastle
 
ALEXANDER MARR: 10 Richmond Street, All Saints. School Master. ?
DOB; NOV.28th.1865, Newcastle.
 
GEORGE McKENZIE: (Aged 17) 101 Norfolk Rd, Byker. Corn Merchants Clerk. B. South Shields (Son of Thomas & Pricilla) *1891 Census (Aged 27), 23 Langhorn St, Heaton, Traveller- (Married to Margaret)
DOB; JUL/SEP.1863, South Shields.
Other Clubs: Stanley CC, Heaton FC, Newcastle Rangers FC, St. Silas FC.
 
THOMAS SHAW PHALP: (Aged 19), 4 Heaton Terrace, Byker. Clerk.
B. Byker, Newcastle. Other Clubs: Woodbine CC. Heaton FC.*1891 Census (Aged 29- Married) 25 Warkworth St, Byker. Chemical Clerk & House Agent
DOB; NOV.1861, Byker. Christened- DEC.8th.1861 All Saints- Newcastle.
DIED; SEP.5th.1943 (Aged 81), Newcastle. Buried; St. Andrews Cemetery, Jesmond.  
 
JOHN THOMAS SIMMS (Aged 17) 138 Clifford St, Byker. Pattern Maker (Son of John & Elizabeth) (John F- spell error). *1891 Census (Aged 27) 125 Albion Row, Byker. Post Master. .B. Seaham
*1911 Census (Aged 47) 13 Bothal St, Byker. Pattern Maker (Married to Mary)
DOB; OCT/DEC.1863, Seaham Harbour, Easington District, Co. Durham.
DIED; APR/JUN.Q-1946, Newcastle
 
JOSEPH PATTISON HETHERINGTON SIMPSON
(Aged 20) All Saints Parish, Newcastle. Telegraph Clerk, Goods Railway.
(Son of Mary).B. Berwick
DOB; APR/JUN.Q-1860, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.
DIED; MAY 9th.1886, Newcastle. 
 
THOMAS H. WATSON: (Aged 16), 88 Elizabeth Street, Byker. Engine Fitter.
B. Newcastle.  Other Clubs: Heaton FC. Woodbine / Heaton CC. Rosewood CC.
DOB; OCT/DEC.Q- 1866,Newcastle
 
STANLEY FC SECOND TEAM
 
Amazingly for a football club as small as Stanley was; they not only fielded a first team that season, as they also had a second team. The side was first seen in action on January 21st. 1882. Watson was noted as the sides Captain. A number of team line ups have come to light but as yet, the goal scorers from all of their games are not known.  
 
JAN.21st.1882 (At Home) v TYNE PILGRIMS (JUNIORS), Lost 0:1.
Scorer: W.A.MURAS.
TEAM: J.DIXON, J. GARDNER, BAINBRIDGE, JAMES GLADSTONE, THOMAS S.PHALP, T.WATSON, ROBERT COULSON, JOHN SPEIGHT, WALTER R. CHADWICK, J.T.SIMMS, W.H.WHITTON.
TYNE: F.VINCER, ROUND, MARSHALL, BERKLEY, WILLIAMS, REED, HAIG, W.A.MURAS, W.LAING (Capt), WOOD, CARMICHAEL.
The winning goal for the Tyne side was kicked through by Muras in a game which saw Whitten, Gardner, Phalp & Watson show best for the losing side. There remains confusion over the spelling of the outside forward Whitten or Whiddon. He was one of the clubs players who would leave to form Heaton Association. Gladstone can be found in the 1881 census as a 16 year old stationers clerk, born in Walton, Northumberland & living in Elizabeth Street, Byker. He later featured for both North Eastern & St. Silas. Chadwick was a solicitors clerk from Heaton, who originated from Wakefield. He too would later play for the Heaton, Addison, North Eastern & Cheviot clubs. Full Back Bainbridge was possibly W. Bainbridge the Heaton Cricketer from 1880.     
 
FEB.4th.1882 (Away) v NORTH EASTERN JUNIORS, Draw 1:1.
Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: THOMAS S.PHALP, J. GARDNER, W.MURAS (SUBSITUTE), JAMES GLADSTONE, ROBERT COULSON, T.WATSON, ROBERT LIGHTFOOT, JOHN SPEIGHT, WALTER R. CHADWICK, J.T. SIMMS. W.H.WHIDDON
.
This association football match was very exciting and saw each side score one goal each; thus the game ended in a tie. Muras, the scorer against them in the previous stepped into the side as a substitute replacement for this game & the following one. He later became Jesmond 3rd. Teams goalkeeper & was a cricketer with the North Eastern club. Lightfoot is found in the 1881 census as a pub landlord’s son residing in the Cumberland Arms in Byker. Robert Coulson later captained the Argyle local side & then played for North Eastern Juniors.  
 
FEB.18th.1882 (At Home) v MARLBOROUGH. Won 3:1.
Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: THOMAS S.PHALP, J. GARDNER, T.WATSON, W.MURAS (SUB), T.BLACKETT, ROBERT COULSON, ROBERT LIGHTFOOT, JOHN SPEIGHT, WALTER R. CHADWICK, JAMES GLADSTONE, J.T. SIMMS
.
It was reported that these two young association sides met at South Byker & that Stanley won 3:1 after a pleasant game. Unfortunately a strong wind prevented good play. A rare appearance was made by T.Blackett; who later played cricket for local side St. Luke’s.
 
FEB.25th.1882 (Away At Heaton) v NORTH EASTERN JUNIORS, Draw 2:2.
Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: JOHN T.HOBSON, T.WATSON, THOMAS S.PHALP, R.MURRAY, JAMES GLADSTONE, J.T.SIMMS, W.H.WHIDDEN, JOHN SPEIGHT, WALTER CHADWICK, ROBERT COULSON, ROBERT LIGHTFOOT
. This game would be the only appearance for a half back called R. Murray.
 
MAR.4th.1882 (Away? At North Byker) v NEWCASTLE RANGERS JUNIORS. Won 2 (1 Disputed Goal) :0. Scorers: Not Known.
The Rangers junior side was also referred to as their 3rd. Team.
 
MAR.11th.1882 (Away) v NEWCASTLE FA. JUNIORS, Lost 1:2.
Scorers: Not Known.
 
MAR.18th.1882 (Away) v MARLBOROUGH, Won 2:0. Scorers: Not Known.
TEAM: J.SPEIGHT, HAY, THOMAS LIDDLE, W.H.WHIDDEN, ROBERT COULSON, WALTER R.CHADWICK, T.WATSON, A.MARR, J.T.SIMMS, JAMES GLADSTONE, T.BLACKETT.
Full Back Hay made his only appearance in this game alongside another new defender Thomas Liddle. Some reports give the spelling of his surname as Liddell. He later played for Rosewood, Heaton & West End. Forward Speight, switched from forward to goalkeeper for this game. He also played for the Rosewood club.  
 
In Total there were 7 known second team matches played by the Stanley club that season. Of these they won 3, Drew 2 & Lost 2; scoring 11 goals in total, to 8 against.
For the record below are the appearance records.
 
2ND. TEAM: PLAYER (KNOWN) APPEARANCES

NAME.                                   POSITION.                                      APPEARANCES
BLACKETT, THOMAS?      Half Back & Forward.                         2                      
BAINBRIDGE, W.                Full Back.                                             1
CHADWICK, WALTER R.  Forward & Half Back.                         5
COULSON, ROBERT           Forward.                                            5
DIXON, JOHN                              Goalkeeper                                 1
GARDNER, JAMES?            Full Back & Half Back.                     4
GLADSTONE, JAMES.        Full Back, Half Back & Forward.     5
LIDDLE (LIDDELL), THOMAS.  Full Back.                                    1
LIGHTFOOT, ROBERT.      Forward.                                              3
MARR, ALEXANDER          Forward.                                               1
MURAS, WILLIAM A?         Substitute Half Back.                          2
MURRAY, R.                        Half Back.                                             1
PHALP, THOMAS SHAW.  Goalkeeper, Full Back & Half Back 4 
SIMMS, J. T.                          Forward.                                              5                                              
SPEIGHT, JOHN                   Forward & Goalkeeper                    5
WATSON, THOMAS H.      Full Back, Half Back & Forward        5
WHEDDA(O)N, W.H.          Half Back & Forward.                         4
(WHILDON?)
  
Additional 1881 Census & Geneology Information
 
WILLIAM A. BAINBRIDGE
(Aged 21) Benson Terrace, Byker, Newcastle
Engineer Store Keeper. B. Newcastle. (Son of John & Ann, brother of Edith)
 
THOMAS BLACKETT: (Aged 15). 23 Bulmer Street, St. Andrews Newcastle. Errand Boy. B. Newcastle. Other Clubs; St. Luke’s CC (Early 1880’s)
 
WALTER RACE BROWN CHADWICK (Aged 15), 76 Langhorn Street, Byker. Junior Solicitors Clerk. B. Wakefield, S. Yorkshire. (Son of William & Mary Jane)
*1891 Census (Aged 25) 9 Hotspur St, Byker,. *1911 Census- (Aged 44) 305 Alice St; South Shields. Dock Clerk. (Married to Daisy). DOB; NOV.13TH.1865, Wakefield, S.Yorkshire. (Son of William & Mary Jane)- (Baptism-FEB.4th.1866, All Saints Church Wakefield. DIED; DEC.1933, Tynemouth (Aged- 68). 
Also member of Stanley Cricket Club & later East End FC. Other Clubs: Heaton FC. Heaton CC. North Eastern FC. Addison FC. Cheviot FC.
Honours: City of Newcastle XI Representative App: 1885.
City of Newcastle Cricket XI Representative App: 1886.
Northumberland FA 2nd Team Medal Competition Final Runner Up: 1884
 
ROBERT R. COULSON: (Aged 13) 12 Raby Street, Byker. Occupation: Errand Boy. B. Newcastle.*1891 Census- 148 Albion Row, Byker, Occupation Clerk. Other Clubs: Argyle FC. (Capt). North Eastern FC Juniors. Postal Telegraph CC (1886) (Younger brother of William A. Coulson).
DOB: OCT/DEC.Q- 1868, Newcastle.
 
JAMES GLA(e)DSTONE: (Aged 16). 10 Elizabeth Street, Byker. Stationers Clerk.
B. Walton (near Morpeth), Northumberland. *1891 Census (Aged 26) 10 Elizabeth Street, Byker. Occupation- Clerk. Other Clubs; Heaton FC (capt). Heaton CC. Rosewood FC. Cheviot FC. All Saints FC (SUB). North Eastern FC. St. Silas FC (1886-87). & St. Silas CC. Gateshead NER. Newcastle Wednesday FC.
 
THOMAS T. LIDDLE: (Aged 15). 11 Addison Rd. Byker. Glass Manufacturers Clerk. B. Gateshead. 1891: Shareholder of Ouseburn Glass Works.   
Other Clubs: Heaton FC. East End CC. Jesmond ABC.  
 
ROBERT LIGHTFOOT: (Aged 14). Cumberland Arms, 30 Byker Buildings. Scholar. B. Newcastle. 1891 Census (Aged 24): 1 James Place, Byker. Occupation- Iron Moulder. Other Clubs: Rosewood FC. West End FC.
DOB: APR.2nd.1867, Newcastle. Died: FEB.17th.1932, Newcastle (Aged 74).
 
WILLIAM MURAS: (Aged 15). 24 Buxton Street, All Saints area, Newcastle. Ticket Writer. DOB; JAN.1866? Newcastle Christened: All Saints: FEB.4th.1866, Newcastle Upon Tyne (son of William (Senior) & Ellen).
W.MURAS was a forward for Tyne Association’s Junior side called Tyne Pilgrims & scored against Stanley in their 2:1 defeat to them on Jan.21st.1882. During the 1883-84 season he featured for Jesmond as their 3rd. Teams goalkeeper. Muras later became an East End FC committee member. 
 
JOHN SPEIGHT; (Aged 14) 66 Monk St; Gateshead. Messenger.
*1891 Census (Aged 25) 34 Denmark St; Newcastle. House Painter (Married to Mary). *1911 Census (Aged 46) 17 Morley St; Byker. Ship Painter
DOB; APR/JUN. Q 1866, Gateshead. DIED; DEC.1945 (Aged 79), Gateshead.     
 
THOMAS H. WATSON (Aged 16). 88 Elizabeth Street, Byker. Engine Fitter.
B. Newcastle. Other Clubs: Stanley CC. Heaton / Woodbine CC. Rosewood CC. Heaton FC. DOB; OCT/DEC.Q- 1866, Newcastle
 
WILLIAM H. WHIDDO(E)N (Aged 15), 26 Addison Road, Byker. Office Errand Boy. B. Salcombe, Devon (Son of George W. & Sarah).
DOB: APPROX: 1866, Salcombe, Devon.





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