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SEASON Players: Wilson, Maitland, Gillespie, MacKenzie, Park, Harris, Urwin, McKay, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour, Wood, Boyd, Chalmers, Evans, Hudspeth, Lang, Flannigan, Curry, Thomson, McCurley, Hill, Wilkinson, Burns, Gibson, Carlton, Mathison, Cunningham, Fairhurst. Division: First Division. Last season was a major dropoff from the season before, when we won the league, and sadly, this season turned out to be much of the same, as United continued to lose players from their titlewinning side of two years previous and as a result

their performance suffered. United finished with 44 points from 42 games (one point more than last season) and ended up in 10th place (one place lower than last season).TheWednesday won the league with 52 points, some 8 ahead of the black & whites. After this season, The Wednesday would change their club name to the club now obviously known as Sheffield Wednesday. Manager: The Directors Committee continued to select the Match-day XI.

Trainer/Coach: It had been a long time coming, but James McPherson finally stepped aside this season. Last year, he took up the reigns with Andy McCombie, and this

year McCombie took the job on full-time. Highest Attendance: St. James’ highest gate of the season was a whopping 65,838 who flocked to NE1 in March to see us play the old enemy in Sunderland. They saw a hell of a game, as United ran out 4-3 winners in no small thanks to Hughie Gallacher, who grabbed a brace. This gate topped last season’s highest gate by around 15,000. A huge improvement, despite our mediocre season. Lowest Attendance: An end of season clash down in Bolton saw our lowest gate of the season, and the attendance barely reached five figures, 10,463 getting in to see United lose 1-0 on the road to a Bolton side who would finish four points and four places behind us come season’s end. In NE1, our lowest gate was still a canny 17,587 as we beat Sheffield United on a cold January afternoon. Average Attendance: Given

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the fact we only had one cup game this season, an away defeat to third division south side Swindon Town (to put into perspective that was the same level as South Shields played this season), our average gate total remained the same when including cups - 31,667 over 23 home league games. This average was up by about 1,000 over the previous season. Biggest Win: A mid-table, mediocre season it might have been, but the results varied wildly, and the best in got for the Magpies this year was an incredible 5-0 home victory over Manchester United in February. As always, Hughie Gallacher was the star of the show, knocking in a hat-trick past the Red Devils. Lang and Urwin were the other scorers on a fantastic day for United. WorstDefeat:The5-0home victory over Manchester United in February was a fantastic day to savour, but if anything, it was just revenge. In the first game between the two sides, in late September,

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