Date: Saturday, 28th April 1962.
Venue: St Jamesí
United 0 Leeds United 3
United: Nil. Leeds United: Johanneson,
McAdams Keith (og).
Newcastle United: Hollins;
Keith, Clish; Wright, Thompson, Turner; Day, Kerray, Thomas, Allchurch, Fell.
Leeds United: Younger; Hair, Mason; Goodwin,
Charlton, Smith; Bremner, Collins, McAdams, Bell,
Referee: Mr J.Kelly (Chorley)
During the early part of
1961-62, United, under new manager Don Revie, looked
to have booked a one-way ticket to Division Three. His side seemed unable to
shake the nasty habit of giving away sloppy goals and they looked certainties
for relegation until a late season run of eight games without defeat gave them
some breathing space.
It was dire football that
they played and their impressive undefeated run of eight games comprised two
wins, both at home, by narrow margins, and six draws. Three 1-1 and three 0-0,
showed they ground out results with the accent on defence.
On the last Saturday of the
season United travelled to St Jamesí Park Newcastle,
still needing a precious point which would keep them up and send Bristol Rovers
to the Third Division along with Brighton. There was nothing at stake for Newcastle, who were
in mid-table, safe and disinterested in any thoughts of promotion or
Facing a stiff Tyneside wind, Leeds controlled the ball skillfully on a hard
surface and made a mockery of their lowly League placing. In pint-sized Bobby
Collins, a vastly experienced player who Revie
recruited from Everton, Leeds
had a natural leader in midfield. Defender Willie Bell played his heart out in
the unaccustomed position of inside left and Albert Johanneson
ran the Magpies ragged with his blistering speed and delicate ball control.
Scottish youngster, Billy Bremner, whose performances had attracted scouts from
bigger clubs to Elland Road, came close to scoring early on,
but after thirty-seven minutes Johanneson smashed the
ball in via the underside of the crossbar, from a Billy McAdams cross. McAdams,
a big strong Irishman, then hit a post with a header but had better luck. In
the sixty-fifth minute when he rose to head in Johannesonís
cross after goalkeeper Dave Hollins had fumbled.
Ten minutes later Leedsí passage to safety was guaranteed
when Bremnerís centre was was
deflected into the net by the Newcastle right-back Bobby Keith.
Although the Newcastle forwards included the mercurial Ivor Allchurch and deadly scorer
Barrie Thomas, they were unable to penetrate the United defence
and Leeds were able to head south with both
points and safety from relegation assured.
Back Row: Syd Owen,
Les Cocker, John Hawksby, Alan Humphreys, John Kilford, Jack Charlton,
Eric Thompson, Mike Addy,
Gary Sprake, Peter Metcalf, Paul Reaney,
Rod Johnson, Bob English,
Middle Row: Billy Bremner,
Gerry Francis, Derek Mayers, Eric Smith, Tom Hallett, Terry Carling,
Front Row: Norman Hunter, Terry Casey, Grenville Hair, Alf Jones, Hugh Ryden,
Bobby Cameron, Colin Grainger, Noel Peyton,
Peter McConnell, Terry Cooper.
Newcastle United 1961-62:
Back Row: Bill McKinney, Bobby Moncur, David Hollins, Mel Scott,
Alan Suddick, Brian Ferguson.
Front Row: Dave Hilley,
Duncan Neale, Barrie Thomas, James Kerray, Jimmy Fell.
Leeds goal-scorer Billy McAdams††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Leeds goal-scorer Albert Johanneson††††† ††††††Newcastle Unitedís
mercurial Ivor Allchurch
Newcastle United danger-man Centre-Forward Barrie Thomas††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dick Keith own
goal-scorer††††††††† Newcastle Left-Winger Jimmy