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Match Report : 30/09/1893 v Woolwich Arsenal
Newcastle United   6 2

Scorer(s):     J Wallace 3 3,  W.K Thompson 3 3

Woolwich Arsenal   0 0
Competition: Division 2
Season: 1893-94
Venue: St James's Park
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Mr Chalmers (Middlesbrough)
First Half
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Goal
1-0Joseph Wallace. Wallace scored with a shot from out on the left wing.
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Goal
Second Half
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Goal
3-0Joseph Wallace. Wallace thumped a shot on the underside of the bar and the keeper got to it and parried it out. There followed a row as to whether the ball had crossed the line or not but the referee had no doubt and the goal stood.
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Goal
4-0Willie Thompson. Thompson went on a run at the Arsenal defence and finished it off with a powerful shot that gave the keeper no chance.
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Goal
5-0Willie Thompson. Thompson again did some good work around the penalty area and crashing into the box he screwed a shot that again gave the keeper no chance.
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Goal
6-0Joseph Wallace. In one of a series of constant attacks on the Arsenal goal Wallace scored to bring up the half-dozen and complete his hat-trick also.

toon1892 comment...

United Outgun the Arsenal with double hat-tricks

This was the first "official FA League" game to be played at St James's Park. Depending upon which report you read the crowd was anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000.

There had been "frequent" rain showers prior to the match and the ground was quoted as being "softened". There were further rain showers throughout the game.

First Half

Thompson kicked-off for Newcastle who were playing uphill1. Going onto the attack straight away it was only "a few minutes" before they went ahead with a goal from Wallace who scored with a shot from out on the left wing. Keeping up the pressure, the Arsenal could do nothing "against the rushes" of Newcastle. It was after a few of these attacks that Thompson scored United's second goal. Shortly after, in a rare opportunity to attack, Arsenal had a chance and "got hands dangerously close", but eventually nothing came out of it. Jeffrey had the crowd cheering with some excellent "feeding work", and Crate, aftor making a good run, almost scored a third. Arsenal's keeper, Williams, was then left limping after a collisions with Quinn but recovered quickly as moments later he pulled out a great save from a snap shot. Some of the Arsenal began to use their weight now, of which it was said "they had superiority", but the referee was quick and alert to this and he "promptly allowed fouls". With no further score being added the first half ended two-nil to Newcastle.

Second Half

Arsenal started the second half much better than they had played in all of the first half and caused some concern in and around the Newcastle penalty box. It was not long however before Newcastle regained their dominance. Williams was forced to conceed a free-kick in a dangerous position and when Arsenal failed to clear it the ball "continued bobbing" about close to their posts and it took Williams to do some "smart work" to eventually get it clear. At one point it looked like Williams and Thompson "showed a little desire" to deal with each other instead of rather than the ball! Crate only just missed scoring with great shot, an shortly after this there was controversy when Wallace scored with a shot just under the bar but the 'keeper threw it back out which led to a row as to whether it had crossed the line or not. The referee however had no doubt at all and the goal stood. With Newcastle's 'keeper being nothing more than a "passive spectator" an their backs "scarcely ever required" in their own half of the pitch there wasz only one team in it. Newcastle's fourth goal came after a good run by Thompson an his shot gave Williams no chance, and now both he and Wallace were looking to see who would be the first player to score a hat-trick for 'United'.

Williams was made to make a fair few saves, but it was not long before he was "nonplussed" by Thompson, who "screwed in" the fifth goal and wrote himself into the history books as being the first hat-trick scorer for 'Newcastle United'. The game had long been over as a 'contest' and it descended into attack after attack on the Arsenal goal and it was from one of these that "Wallace made up the half dozen". That meant he also had scored a hat-trick, so the game goes down further in history as being the first one where 'United' scored a double hat-trick. Still Newcastle attacked and "numerous shots" where stopped by Williams, but it was clear that his team-mates were "played out" long before the end.

Notes

  1. The St. James's Park pitch had a very bad slope in those days! It was measured at 18 feet from goal to goal - meaning the goal-line at the Gallowgate end was 18 feet below the one at the Leazes end!
References

Anon, 1893, Football, Brief Results, Northern Echo, Monday October 02, 1893, Darlington, England,

Anon, 1893, Notes on Sport, Birmingham Daily Post, Monday, October 02, 1893, Birmingham, England,

Anon, 1893, Saturday's Football, Glasgow Herald, Monday, October 02, 1893, Glasgow, Scotland,

LMA, (ud), Manager Profiles : Arsenal, League Managers Association, LMA, http://www.leaguemanagers.com/managers/?club_id=46207, [Accessed: 29/08/2016],