BEFORE THEY WERE UNITED- EAST END'S FIRST SEASON


NEWCASTLE EAST END
 
1882-83 SEASON
 
Early October 1882, the Stanley club held a meeting locally, & it was here that they decided to change the clubs name to Newcastle East End. There had been growing confusion with a number of other sides from Co. Durham called Stanley, in particularly Stanley Albion & Stanley Nops. They  would rapidly develop to represent the East of the City & in direct contrast in the West of city grew another side, Newcastle West End. They would become great rivals as the decade progressed. Initially they were referred to as East End (Late Stanley) which helped show the club had not folded, especially with a number of the original Stanley players having formed their own club Heaton Association. The amalgamation with Rosewood bolstered the number of players of the club & the club began to field a second eleven again from January 1883. During this season the side continued to play on the field near Stanley Street, in the St. Peter’s area of South Byker; before they made the first of several moves as the club developed & grew. This chapter will focus purely on the clubs activities during the 1882-83 & includes the sides first competitive cup game. Full team line ups & officials are included where known, from the scant information that has come to light.
 
At this point in the development of North Eastern football the local football association was the Northumberland & Durham FA; who the club became affiliated with. The clubs other 8 first team games continued to be friendly matches, with league football still many seasons away. There was also a annual summer event on Tyneside called the Town Moor Temperance Festival. Back then it was more that just showground rides & also consisted of many races & sporting competitions. Summer 1883 saw Newcastle enter the football competition for the first time in June. This game & a junior side entry’s involvement are both recorded here as is the clubs end of season annual meeting in late April 1883.
 
It is worth noting that nationally the rules were still developing & the game was very different from today. The introduction of both the cross bar & a net were still to come; hence the occurrence of disputed goals; especially in bad light. In match summary’s all disputed goals are put in brackets. There was no offside rule yet & two umpires to officiate, one from each club. One rule which would carry on for sometime was a players ability to ‘barge’ the goalkeeper into the goal to score.
 
1882-83 SEASON REVIEW
 
EAST END: 1ST. TEAM
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The articles on the Stanley, Heaton & Rosewood clubs already contain census information on may of the players. New 1881 census information, however has been found on the following…
 
EAST END 1ST TEAM;
 

OCT.7th.1882, At Home, v HAMSTERLEY RANGERS. Won 1:0. Scorer: J.GARDNER.
The club were referred to as a ‘young association side’ for this first game under their new name East End. This friendly game was noted as a well contested one, with the winning goal being put through the posts cleverly by Gardner. Coulson was the sides captain for that game & some of the others. (The first name of J. Gardner is likely James but this remains to be confirmed).
EAST END: J.SPEIGHT, J.DIXON, W.BLACK, J.ARMSTRONG, J.GARDNER, W.A.COULSON (Capt), W.FINDLAY, J.P.COOK, J.FENWICK, A.MARR, R.FINDLAY.
HAMSTERLEY: G.WEEDY, NUGENT, W.HEPPLE, W.COOK, HERRON, HUMES, STUBBS, BROWN, T.BILCLIFFE or BIBCLOUGH, JAMESON, W.GRAHAM.

NOV.11th.1882, Away v HAMSTERLEY RANGERS, Lost 0:4. Scorers not known.
East End played a return friendly fixture with Hamsterley Rangers, but this time they lost 4:0. Unfortunately no other details from the game are known. New names Miller & Murray appear in this game only for East End.
EAST END: J.SPEIGHT, W.BLACK, R.MURRAY, J.ARMSTRONG, J.GARDNER, W.A. COULSON,  W.FINDLAY, J.P.COOK, MILLER, J.FENWICK, R.LIGHTFOOT.
HAMSTERLEY: GEORGE WEEDY, MARTEN, NUGENT, WILLIAM HEPPLE, A. HUMES, M.NEEDHAM, W.COOK, H.STOBBS, T.BILCLIFFE or BIBCLOUGH, WILLIAM GRAHAM, JOHN RICHARDSON.
 
NOV.25th.1882, At Home v BIRTLEY, Won 2:1 (Disputed Goal). Scorers not known. 
East End returned to winning ways for their third friendly match. It was noted that the goal scored by Birtley was a disputed one.
The match was played 10 a side.
EAST END: J.SPEIGHT, W.BLACK, HUDSPETH, A.MANN, J.ARMSTRONG, W.FINDLAY, W.A.COULSON, J.P.COOK, R.FILDLAY, J.FENWICK.
BIRTLEY: S.GREENWELL, JOYCE, A.STANDLEY, C.LONSDALE, INNES, J.CURRY, JAMES WHITE, SURTEES, T.WATSON, MANN.
 
DEC.23rd.1882, At Home v ALL SAINTS. Won 4 (1 disputed) : 0. Scorers not known.
Sadly the scorers & team line ups are not known from this biggest friendly victory of the season for East End.
It was noted in the local press that ‘ the game was played in very good spirit’ & that it was felt both clubs could develop in really good ones. Team Line Ups not known.
 
JAN.1st.1883, Away v NORTH EASTERN, Lost 1:2. Scorers not known.
This New Year’s Day fixture was noted as being ‘a well fought victory for North Eastern’ & was played in front of a large crowd of spectators. The opponents ground was at nearby Heaton, directly next to where East End’s future main home from the middle of decade would be. The known very similar line up to their first game sees Wilson as the only change, with omission of Fenwick.
EAST END: J.SPEIGHT, J.DIXON, W.BLACK, J.GARDNER, J.ARMSTRONG, A.MARR, W.FINDLAY, W.WILSON, W.A.COULSON, R.FINDLAY, J.P.COOK.  
N.EASTERN: J.DARRELL, J.OLIVER, W.HALL, T.J.PRINGLE, R.M.BELLWOOD, W.WOODS, RICE, J.OLIVER, J.SIMPSON, R.A.FORSYTH, McPHERSON.
 
*JAN.13th.1883, At Home v ELSWICK LEATHER WORKS, Lost 1:2 (Half Time 1:1). Scorers not known.
Northumberland & Durham FA. Senior Cup 1st. Round
. The clubs very first cup tie encounter saw them paired with the much more established Leather Works side which had been formed in 1880. Although they held them to a draw at half time; in the second half Elswick came out on top scoring the winner ‘making them masters of the match’ in a game played with great determination. Thus the clubs involvement in cup action was brief; in what was then the main senior competition.  The line up that played included another new name Lightfoot from Rosewood & also the return of Fenwick to the team. Making way from the line up were Dixon & Marr. The former became a Heaton player & played against East End in their next game.  
EAST END: J.SPEIGHT, J.FENWICK, R.LIGHTFOOT, J.GARDNER, A.MARR, J.ARMSTRONG, R.FINDLAY, W.WILSON, W.FINDLAY, W.A.COULSON (Capt), J.P.COOK. 
ELW: J.BRAZENDALE, J.JOHNSON, CHAS.WHITCOMBE (Capt), J.CHERRY, J.OMAN, F.ROBERTSON, R.ROBSON, W.HARRIS, J.LOWREY, J.DOBSON, R.BAILIFF.     
 
FEB,10th.1883, Away v HEATON ASSOCIATION. Draw 0:0 (Half Time 0:0).
This friendly saw the match have a referee  named in the local press, Mr. Crawford of Newcastle Rangers. It is not known which of the brothers this was, David or Robert? East End travelled to the short distance to Heaton’s ground in what was very much a ‘local derby’, & ended with neither side being able to score. As the reader will see the Heaton line included a number of the break away Stanley players. East End now had W. Findlay as their team captain. The influence of the Rosewood amalgamation now sees first team debuts for Charles Hiscock & John Rowlands. There is also a new goalkeeper in Hudspeth & the inclusion of William Gardner (possibly related to J. Gardner?).    
EAST END: HUDSPETH, W.BLACK, W.GARDNER, J.GARDNER, C.HISCOCK, J.ARMSTRONG, W.FINDLAY(Capt), J.BROUGHTON, R.FINDLAY, J.P.COOK, J.ROWLANDS. 
HEATON: JOHN T.HOBSON, JOHN DIXON, THOMAS WATSON, JAMES BELL, BEN B.THOMPSON, T.MELVIN, JAMES HENDRY, ROBERT P.TEMPLE, THOMAS LIDDLE, WILLIAM A.BETNELL, J.WOOD.
 
MAR.17th.1883 Away, TYNE ASSOCIATION, Lost 0:8. Scorers: M.FENWICK (2), J.BURNETT (2), N.HERDMAN, N.PATTINSON, MESSENT, Other not known. At that time two clubs dominated football on Tyneside, Tyne & Newcastle Rangers. East End found out the gulf between themselves & the more established Tyne Association who inflicted the biggest defeat in the clubs short history. This friendly was also noted as being played on a very slippery pitch covered in frost & snow.
EAST END: ‘ Local Newspapers stated  ‘Names not supplied.
TYNE: N.G.P.HERDMAN, J.S.WATSON, J.S.P.SAMBORNE, E.A.SIMPSON, M.FENWICK, J.W.BURNETT, F.D.MARSON, F.E.MESSENT, E.LIDDLELL, P.G.MESSENT, N.P.PATTINSON. 

APR.7th.1883, At Home, NEWTON, Lost 0:2. Scorers not known. (also Reported as Won 1:0).
This final friendly challenge match saw a further defeat & a more experimental line up with Speight now playing out field & Hudspeth continuing in goal. Unfortunately it is not known which of the Gardner’s it was that played & the new name in the line up masking his debut is Riley as a half back.
EAST END: HUDSPETH, W.GARDNER, W.BLACK, J.ARMSTRONG, J.ROWLANDS, RILEY, W.FINDLAY, J.SPEIGHT, R.FINDLAY, W.WILSON, J.P.COOK.
NEWTON: STOKOE, BRAYLEY, HARRISON, H.STEVENSON, ELLIOTT, ROGERS, WEIR, R.STEVENSON, SYMM, R.E.STEPHENSON, PIGG.
 
On April 28th. 1883 the East End Football Club held an Annual General Meeting. The venue was Mr. Greenwell’s Refreshment Rooms in Heaton Park, were they had a ‘sumptuous supper’. It was recorded by the treasurer that ‘the club was in a flourishing state’. The evening was well attended with club members ‘turning up in force & the evening ended with songs, readings & speeches.
 
Over a months later, with the cricket season in full flow, the club participated in the Town Moor’s Festival…
 
JUN.8th.1883, Away v BEDLINGTON BURDON, Lost 0:2, Town Moor Temperance Festival Senior Competition 1st. Round.
Scorers not known. Once again the club exited a cup competition, albeit a more friendly one, at the first hurdle. This game brought a belated finale to their season. There was no cricket involvement by the club either that summer or for the next few & it seems the change of name also saw a temporary end to the clubs cricketing activities.          
 
The 1st. Team season tally from these matches is Cup Matches:  Played 1, Lost 1. Goals- F. 1;   A 2.
Friendly Matches (Including Town Moor Festival in June)- Played- 9, Won 3, Drew 1, Lost 5.  #Goals F 8;  A 17.
#Goals Totals included disputed goals.     
 
EAST END 2nd. TEAM
 
With the amalgamation with the Rosewood club in late December 1882, came the re-emergence of a second team, now that East End once more had sufficient personal to do so. Their matches began in January 1883 & were against others local clubs second elevens or junior sides. Five games have been identified, culminating with a match against the fledgling West End clubs first team. To date three full second team line ups have been found. Three of the matches were friendly challenge matches, while the other two were the clubs involvement in the Northumberland & Durham Junior Competition, which break away rivals Heaton won fielding their first team. Eligibility was stated that players must be under the age of 17 years & 12 months.   
 
JAN.13th.1883, Away v NORTH EASTERN 2nd. Lost 1:2. Scorers not known.
Not surprisingly, the first East End second team line up appears very similar to that of the Rosewood side, but with Broughton taking up the role of goalkeeper in this first second team match.  
EAST EN D 2nd: J.BROUGHTON, D.WARREN, W.GARDNER, C.WALKER, C,HISCOCK, R.WATSON, J.WILSON, J. or T.LLEWELYN, G.WARREN, G.MCFARLANE, J.ROWLANDS.
N.EASTERN: BELLWOOD, W.HALL, J.HOPE, DOWNS, LANCASTER, SHAW, GRICE, MACPHERSON (capt), PIGG, WOOD (only 10 names listed).          
 
JAN.20th.1883, At Home v NEWCASTLE FA. JUNIORS, Won 4:1, Scorers not known.
EAST END 2nd: J.WILSON, R.LIGHTFOOT, W.GARDNER, C.WALKER, HEWITT, J.ARMSTRONG, J.BROUGHTON, J. or T.LLEWELYN, C.HISCOCK, J.ROWLANDS, G.MCFARLANE.
 
FEB.4th.1883 v NEWCASTLE FA. JUNIORS, Won 2:1, Northumberland & Durham Junior Challenge Cup 1st. Round.
Scorers not known. A cup victory for the club; albeit at second team level, with Broughton & Rowlands being noted as having played well. Surprisingly one of the Findlay brothers played & new played called Dean at half back is seen.
EAST END 2nd: C.GRAY, R.LIGHTFOOT, J.WILSON, C.WALKER, HEWITT, DEAN, J.BROUGHTON, J. or T.LLEWELYN, C.HISCOCK, J.ROWLANDS, FINDLAY.
 
MAR.3rd.1883 v ELSWICK LEATHER WORKS JUNIORS, Won – Score not known. Northumberland & Durham FA. Junior Challenge Cup 2nd. Round. However, there was controversy  as result was disputed by the Elswick side who argued one of the East End players was over 18. At the end of March the Northumberland & Durham FA met to consider this matter & unanimously decided to award the tie to Elswick Leather Works; who then progressed to the final. Unfortunately the line up from the match is not known.  
 
MAR.24th. or 31st.1883, WEST END 1st. TEAM, Won 3:0. Scorers not known. East End were noted as winning easily. 
Two dates are given in the local press for this match & it is not known which is the correct one; unless the sides played each other twice on two consecutive Saturdays in a row with identical score lines. 
 
East End 2nd Team Season Tally. Played 2 Cup, Won 1, Lost 1 (After Appeal), Known Goals- F 2: A 1.  
Friendly Matches: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, F 5;  A 3.
 
During that summers Town Moor Temperance Festival, East End entered a ‘Junior’ side into the Junior Competition. They featured in at least 3 matches, which culminated in a cup final win. The results were as follows (Unfortunately no line ups are known).
 
JUN.23rd.1883 v JESMOND JUNIORS, Won Score not known. 1st. Round.
 
JUN.28th.1883 v HEBBURN JUNIORS, Won 2:1. Semi Final.
 
JUN.29th/30th. v MARLBOROUGH JUNIORS, Won 1:0. Final.
 
SEASON 1882-83
 
EAST END 1ST. TEAM-  PLAYER ROLE OF HONOUR
(Based on 1 Cup & 4 Friendly Known Line Ups, with only 1 goal scorer known).
 
Name                                            Cup Apps:   Friendly Apps.   Known Goals      Position
1. ARMSTRONG, JOHN.                  1                       6                      -                  HALF BACK                                 
2. BLACK, WILLIAM                       0                       6                      -                  FULL BACK
3. BROUGHTON, JOHN.                  0                       1                      -                  FORWARD
4. COOK, JOHN P.                            1                       6                      -                  FORWARD
5. COULSON, WILLIAM A.            1                       4                      -                  HALF BACK & FORWARD (Captain)
6. DIXON, JOHN                              0                       2                      -                  FULL BACK
7. FENWICK, JOSEPH                     1                      3                       -                 FULL BACK & FORWARD.
8. FIN(D)LAY, ROBERT                 1                      5                       -                 FORWARD
8. FIN(D)LAY, WILLIAM               1                      6                       -                 FORWARD (Captain once).
9. GARDNER, JAMES                     1                      4                       1                HALF BACK
10. GARDNER, WILLIAM              0                      2 (one unconfirmed)          FULL BACK.
11. HISCOCK, CHARLES               0                      1                       -                 HALF BACK
12. HUDSPETH                                0                      3                       -                GOALKEEPER & FULL BACK
13. LIGHTFOOT, ROBERT            1                      1                       -                 FULL BACK.
14. MARR (MANN?), ALEXANDER 1                  3                      -                 HALF BACK & FORWARD.
15. MILLER                                      0                      1                      -                 FORWARD. (Stanley- Full Back)
16. MURRAY, R.                              0                      1                      -                 FULL BACK (Stanley 2nd XI Half Back)
17. RILEY                                         0                      1                      -                 HALF BACK
18. ROWLANDS, JOHN                  0                      2                     -                 HALF BACK & FORWARD.       
19. SPEIGHT, JOHN                        1                      4                     -                 GOALKEEPER
20. WILSON, W.                              1                      2                     -                  FORWARD
 
EAST END 2nd. TEAM- PLAYER ROLE OF HONOUR
(Based on 1 Cup & 2 Friendly Known Line Ups, with no goal scorers known).
 
1. ARMSTRONG, JOHN               0                       1                     -                   HALF BACK
2. BROUGHTON, JOHN               1                       2                     -                  GOALKEEPER & FORWARD
3. DEAN                                         0                       1                     -                  HALF BACK
4. FIN(D)LAY                                0                       1                     -                  FORWARD
5. GARDNER, WILLIAM             0                       2                     -                  FULL BACK
6. GRAY, CHARLES                    1                       2                     -                  GOALKEEPER
7. HEWITT                                    0                       1                     -                  HALF BACK
8. HISCOCK, CHARLES              1                       2                    -                   HALF BACK & FORWARD
9. LIGHTFOOT, ROBERT            1                      1                     -                  FULL BACK
10. LLEWELYN, J. or T.               1                      2                     -                  FORWARD
11. MACFARLANE, G.                0                       2                     -                  FORWARD
12. ROWLANDS, JOHN               1                      2                     -                  FORWARD
13. WALKER, C.                           1                      2                     -                  HALF BACK
14. WARREN, D.                          0                      1                     -                  FULL BACK.
15. WARREN, G.                          0                      1                     -                  FORWARD
16. WATSON, R.                          0                      1                     -                  HALF BACK
17. WILSON, J.                             1                      1                     -                  FULL BACK & FORWARD                              
 
Additional 1881 Census Player Information.

JOHN ARMSTRONG: (Aged 18), 135 Harbottle Street, Byker. Ship Joiner, B. Sunderland. Other Clubs: Woodbine CC.
 
WILLIAM HARDY BLACK: (Aged 17), 43 Conyers Rd, Byker. Riveter, B. Newcastle.
 
JOHN BROUGHTON: (Aged 16), Byker Bank. Brass Finisher. B. Pontefract, S. Yorkshire
 
JOHN P. COOK: (Aged 17), South View West, Heaton. Surveyors Clerk, B. Newcastle. Other Clubs: St. Silas FC.
 
WILLIAM ARMSTRONG COULSON: (Aged 18), 12 Raby Street, Byker. Assistant Teacher at Public School. B. Newcastle.
 
JOHN DIXON: (Aged 18). 69 Grafton Street, Byker. Surveyor. B. Newcastle.
Or JOHN DIXON: (Aged 21- Step Son). 32 Parker Street, Byker. Compositor. B. Newcastle.
Or JOHN DIXON: (Aged 18), 47 Falconer Street, Byker. Solicitors Clerk. B. Newcastle    
Or 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. Coppersmith. B. Newcastle.  Other Clubs: Guild of St. John CC.
Honours: Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: OCT.6th.1883, ‘Town Colts XI’ v Tyne Association. Lost 1:3.  
 
ROBERT FINLAY: (Aged 15), 11 Belvedere Street, Byker. Clerk. B. Scotland. Other Clubs: Guild of St. John CC.
Honours: Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: SEP.22nd.1883, ‘Colts B’ v ‘Colts A’ Lost 0:2. 
 
WILLIAM FINLAY: (Aged 17), 11 Belvedere Street, Byker. Clerk. B. Scotland.
Other Clubs: Woodbine CC. Guild of St. John CC. St. Lukes CC. Henry Armstrong CC.
Honours: Northumberland FA. County Trial Match: SEP.22nd.1883,‘Colts B’ v ‘Colts A’ Lost 0:2.    
 
WILLIAM M. GARDNER (Aged 20), 13 Addison Road, South Byker. Engine Fitter. B. Newcastle.
 
JOHN G. HUDSPETH (Aged 13), Telegraph Messenger, 15 Chatham Place, All Saints, Newcastle. B. Newcastle.
Or
JOHN A.R. HUDSPETH (Aged 21), 7 Union Street, All Saints Newcastle. Assistant School Master. B. Newcastle
 
ROBERT LIGHTFOOT: (Aged 14). Cumberland Arms, 30 Byker Buildings. Scholar. B. Newcastle.  
 
GEORGE MCFARLANE (Aged 17?), 13 ST. Annes Terrace, All Saints Newcastle. Fitter. B. Newcastle. 
 
ALEXANDER MARR (Aged 15), 10 Richmond Street, All Saints Newcastle. Monitor School Master. B. Newcastle. ?? 
 
JOHN ROWLANDS: (Aged 17- Lodger), 99 Parker Street, South Byker. Factory Boiler Heater. B. Newcastle.
 
JOHN SPEIGHT (Aged 14), 66 Mewle?? Street, Gateshead. Messenger. B. Gateshead.  
 
JOHN WILSON: (Aged 20). 242 Conyers Rd. Byker. Moulder. B. Newcastle.
 
There is no 1881 census information showing anyone called Charles Hiscock residing in the North East of England. For this age group the only entries are from the Dorset & Hampshire areas.    
 
EAST END 2nd. TEAM:
 
JAMES E. DEAN (Aged 15), 5/6 Alice Place, All Saints, Newcastle. Scholar. B. Newcastle.
 
CHARLES GRAY (Aged 16). 51 Burton Street, Byker. Shop Assistant. B. Byker, Newcastle.  
 
JAMES W. HEWITT (Aged 12), 71 Cook Street, Byker. Scholar. B. Newcastle.
 
JOSEPH LLEWELLYN (Aged 13) 8 Ford Court, Byker (brother of George – See Rosewood). Errand Boy. B. Newcastle. ??
 
GEORGE WARREN (Aged 20), St. Lawrence Bottle Works, All Saints. Bottle Maker. B. Bill Quay. Co. Durham.   
 
JOHN WILSON: (Aged 20). 242 Conyers Rd. Byker. Moulder. B. Newcastle
 


 




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