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Match Report : 10/12/1892 v Middlesbrough Ironopolis
Newcastle United   1 0

Scorer(s): Harry Reay

Middlesbrough Ironopolis   2 1
Scorer(s): McReddie, McArthur
Date: Saturday, December 10th, 1892
Competition: Northern League
Season: 1892-93
Venue: St James's Park
Attendance: 3,000
First Half
Second Half

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First Game Under New Name of Newcastle United

On a cold and wintery afternoon, with the St James's Park pitch having a covering of snow, Newcastle played their first game under their new name of "Newcastle United". It was quite fitting that the game should be played at home but it certainly did not produce the result that was wanted by most present!

First Half

In the first half Newcastle were playing downhill1 and they had the better of the game, and they had quite a few decent shots on goal, only to find that the 'Nops keeper was in great form as he had been in their first game as well. Their defender, Elliott was said to be playing out of his skin as well. For almost all of the half Newcastle were on top but could not find a way through. Then towards the end of the half disaster struck when the 'Nops had a good bit of play that saw their forwards break out and McReddie scored. As it was the only goal of the half Newcastle were gutted to be going in 1-0 down.

Second Half

The start of the second half saw the 'Nops pulling out all the stops in an effort to increase their lead. Sure enough they got their second through McArthur2. This realy miffed Newcastle and they went on the charge. Their half-backs started to get more and more into the game. This brought its reward when Reay scored to get one back. With the 'bit between their teeth' now Newcastle piled on the pressure searching for the equaliser, but once again the stout defending and goalkeeping by Ironopolis kept them out so the game ended 2-1 and all their efforts were wasted.



  1. St. James's Park 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!
  2. There are a few references to Ironopolis's second goal being also scored by McReddie, however the concensus points towards it being scored by McArthur.

London Evening Standard, 1892, The Northern League, London Evening Standard. Monday, December 12, 1892. [p7f], London, England

Manchester Courier, 1892, Northern League, Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser. Monday, December 12, 1892. [p3c], Manchester, England

Northern Echo, 1892, Newcastle East End v Ironopolis, The Northern Echo. Monday, December 12, 1892. [p4e], Darlington, England

Shields Gazette, 1892, East End v Ironopolis, The Shields Daily Gazette and Shipping Telegraph. Monday, December 12, 1892. [p3e], Newcastle, England

York Herald, 1892, Northern League Newcastle East End v Ironopolis, York Herald. Monday, December 12, 1892. [p8e], York, England