NUFC History - 1940s

Season Reviews

Seasons - 1945/46-1949/50 In the immediate post war years United rocketed back into the big time on the back of booming attendances and record incursions into the transfer market. But matters were far from straightforward on Tyneside as many players were becoming increasingly unhappy with their pay and conditions

You Won't be Satisfied [1946/47] When the League resumed after the war United were hot favourites to regain their top flight status at the first attempt. With a squad flowing over with talent and pockets full of cash they were the Chelski of the day. They finished ten points short; what could have gone wrong?

The Players

Keeping the Faith [1940's] In the immediate post war years United generall had three goalkeepers at the club; as a result a number of different custodians got a chance in the team. The main man, though was glove clad Jack Fairbrother for whom United paid a record fee.

Rock of Gibraltar - Frank Brennan is a geordie legend. It wasn't only opposing attackers who failed to get past him; anything vaguely edible was given equally short shrift. The crowd loved him and his opponents admired him; but the directors still threw him out with the garbage when they believed he was past his sell-by date

Charlie Crowe - Jackie Milburn and Charlie Crowe attended the same trial match, joined the club at the same and both left 14 years later. But whereas Jackie is known the World over Charlie is relatively unknown even amongst the Toon Army. In this article we celebrate the career of one of Tyneside's unsung heros.

Joe Harvey - Joe Harvey served United as captain (longest serving), trainer and manager (longest serving). As Captain he led United to promotion and two FA Cup victories making him the most successful captain too. Not the greatest of players but with leadership skills that were second to none. This article looks at Harvey's playing career

The Squads