1989–90 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
1989-90 season
Chairman Scotland John Conwell from 5 June
Manager Jim Smith
Stadium St James' Park
Division Two 3rd
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Full Members Cup Northern Area Semi-Final
Top goalscorer League: Quinn (32)
All: Quinn (34)
Highest home attendance 32,216
(vs. Sunderland)
Lowest home attendance 6,167
(vs. Oldham Athletic)
Average home league attendance 21,579
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1989-90 season, Newcastle United participated in the Football League Division Two. After the disappointment of the previous seasons relegation manager Jim Smith again dabbled in the transfer market shipping out the likes of captain Kenny Sansom, former captain Glenn Roeder, Dane Frank Pingel, Rob MacDonald and promising youngsters Michael O'Neill and Darren Jackson. With a host of new signings including former player Mark McGhee the team started the season with an emphatic 5-2 win over Leeds United at St. James Park that saw another new signing Micky Quinn score a hatrick. After an initial promising start, the team struggled until Smith signed Scotland skipper Roy Aitken who instilled much needed steel into a lightweight midfield of ball players Brock, Dillon and Gallagher. The team regained its momentum and returned to the top of the table only to be toppled at the death by Leeds and Sheffield United, and were left to compete in the promotion play-offs, which saw them lose to local rivals Sunderland in the semi-final. It was a disappointing end to a season that also saw unrest from the fans and talk of take overs, events that would repeat itself over and over again for more than the next two decades.

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup ZDS Cup Playoffs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England John Burridge 28 0 4 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 39 0
GK Republic of Ireland Gary Kelly 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
GK Northern Ireland Tommy Wright 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
DF Scotland Roy Aitken 44 0 4 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 56 0
DF Republic of Ireland John Anderson 29 (8) 0 1 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 2 0 33 (9) 0
DF England Darren Bradshaw 9 (3) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 12 (4) 0
DF Denmark Bjørn Kristensen 25 (8) 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 35 (8) 0
DF England Ray Ranson 33 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 42 0
DF England Kevin Scott 42 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 53 0
DF England Mark Stimson 35 (2) 0 4 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 45 (2) 0
DF Scotland Paul Sweeney 14 (5) 0 2 0 1 0 3 (2) 0 0 0 19 (6) 0
DF England Andy Thorn 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
MF England Billy Askew 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
MF England Kevin Brock 43 (1) 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 52 (1) 0
MF England Kevin Dillon 43 0 3 (1) 0 3 0 3 0 0 (1) 0 52 (2) 0
MF England Wayne Fereday 21 (4) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0 24 (7) 0
MF Scotland John Gallacher 21 (7) 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 29 (7) 0
MF Republic of Ireland Liam O'Brien 14 (5) 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 (2) 0 20 (7) 0
FW England Gary Brazil 4 (12) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 5 (15) 0
FW Scotland Mark McGhee 46 0 4 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 58 0
FW England Micky Quinn 45 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 55 0
FW England David Robinson 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager England Jim Smith
Assistant Manager England Bobby Saxton
Goalkeeping Coach England Andy Woodman
Development Coach England Nigel Pearson
Chief scout Scotland Steve Clarke

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

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