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10 Things About Newcastle United
Bill Appleyard, a United favourite in the century’s first decade, had plied his trade as a fisherman, acquiring the nicknames of ‘Cockles’ and ‘Muscles’, the latter more appropriate given his physique. He also had an aptitude for other ball games as he won the footballer’s billiards championship.
Hughie Gallagher, one of Toon goalscoring records holder has the distinction of having scored the fastest 100 goals for Newcastle. He only needed three and half season to complete the feat between 1925 and 1927, in which he also recorded five hat-tricks.
Alf McMichael, the club ‘Mr. Reliable’ holdings Newcastle record for the fastest ever own-goal. He puts the ball into his own net against West Bromwhich Albion with only 32 seconds after the kick-off.
In United’s 1947-1948 promotion season, the St. James’ Park was packed at the averaging crowds of 56,299 per-game. The top of all is 60,000, happening five times. The record stood until 1967-1968 season.
The Unluckiest player who miss out on the glory days at St. James’ Park was striker Imre Varadi. He has scored over 40 goals for United in two seasons, but Arthur Cox transferring him to Sheffield Wednesday in August 1983.
In 1950-1951 when Newcastle’s all talented team won the FA Cup, only can scores 8 times from their 11 league games. 3 goals of them are coming in one match.
Malcolm Macdonald one of the deadly finisher in the league scores 27 goals in the League and Cups. But, do you know that he has ten straight league games without scoring.
Ex-United Manager Jack Charlton is not the only Newcastle’s supremo who later managed the Republic of Ireland. Duggie Livingston, United’s manager between 1954-1956, filled the post before arriving to Tyneside.
The Club longest servers have spent more than 40 years at St. James’ Park. Joe Richardson, Andy McCombie and Benny Craig all joining the club as trainer. Stan Seymour, completed nearly 50 years and Alex Mutch, who took up trainer’s position in the early 1920’s, retired in the mid of 1980’s.
In the year of 1893, Newcastle started the league game against Middlesbrough with only 10 men. The season game ended with only 8 men players, due to injuries. No wonder, the injury cursed has been started for hundreds years until now.
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