1897/98 Season - Review

NUFC Season 1897/98

Manager committee
Lge Pos D2 - 2nd
FA Cup 2nd
Lge Cup
Attendance 11,905
Top Scorer Peddie [19]

At the fifth time of asking Newcastle finally acheived promotion to Division 1. They chased eventual champions Burnley all the way with new signing Peddie rattling in the goals but eventually had to settle for 2nd place.

At that time promotion was not automatic and Burnley and United had to take part in a series of test matches with the two bottom clubs in Division 1: Stoke and Blackburn.

A goalless last match between Burnley and Stoke meant they finished top and acheived First Division status but the match was a farce with the teams deliberately playing for the draw that suited them both. There was a huge outcry and as a result the top division was extended by two and all four teams ended up in the First.

United also had to enter the Qualifying Rounds of the FA Cup for the one and only time playing three games before they recorded an excellent win away to First Division Preston. But there was a shock in store in the 2nd Round as Newcastle were beaten by non-league oufit Southampton St Marys.