|Lge Pos||D2 - 4th|
|Top Scorer||J Wallace |
In their first season in the Football League Newcastle finished in a highly creditable fourth place just three points behind the play-off spots. Their success was almost entirely down to their home form.
This was not altogether surprising as they were favoured at SJ through their knowledge of the steeply dipping terrain, but were severely hampered on their travels by nearly always having to travel down on the morning of the match.
A loss of a number of key players plus a proliferation of away games in the first part of the season (only three at home out of the first ten) left United struggling at the bottom. But after losing six of their first nine matches they only lost once more all season.
In the FA Cup United met two sides from the First Division at SJP; on both occasions turning down generous offers to switch venues. A tremendous victory over Sheffield United followed by a creditable performance against Bolton certainly helped raise the club's profile.
Although United performed admirably on the field they had major problems off it. The crowds were simply not coming in in sufficient numbers to cover the expenses. A number of friendlies were arranged to generate more cash and directors often had to dip into their own pockets, but United still finished the season owing money to a number of clubs.
The below 5,000 average gate was a great disappointment to the committee and they made their feelings known in public; but there were signs (the FA Cup games and the Good Friday match against Crewe) that a latent potential was there.