1989–90 Newcastle United F.C. season

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

(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
GKEngland John Burridge 28040203020390
GKRepublic of Ireland Gary Kelly 400010000050
GKNorthern Ireland Tommy Wright 14000000000140
DFScotland Roy Aitken 44040303020560
DFRepublic of Ireland John Anderson 29 (8)010100 (1)02033 (9)0
DFEngland Darren Bradshaw 9 (3)01 (1)000101012 (4)0
DFDenmark Bjørn Kristensen 25 (8)03020302035 (8)0
DFEngland Ray Ranson 33030203010420
DFEngland Kevin Scott 42040302020530
DFEngland Mark Stimson 35 (2)04030102045 (2)0
DFScotland Paul Sweeney 14 (5)020103 (2)00019 (6)0
DFEngland Andy Thorn 10000200000120
MFEngland Billy Askew 400000002060
MFEngland Kevin Brock 43 (1)02030202052 (1)0
MFEngland Kevin Dillon 4303 (1)030300 (1)052 (2)0
MFEngland Wayne Fereday 21 (4)0101 (1)01 (2)00024 (7)0
MFScotland John Gallacher 21 (7)02030300029 (7)0
MFRepublic of Ireland Liam O'Brien 14 (5)02010300 (2)020 (7)0
FWEngland Gary Brazil 4 (12)00 (1)01 (1)00 (1)0005 (15)0
FWScotland Mark McGhee 46040303020580
FWEngland Micky Quinn 45040202020550
FWEngland David Robinson 0 (1)00 (1)00000000 (2)0

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager England Jim Smith
Assistant Manager England Bobby Saxton


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