Date: Saturday, 28th April 1962.

Venue: St Jamesí Park, Newcastle.

Competition: Second Division.

Score: Newcastle United 0 Leeds United 3

Scorers: Newcastle United: Nil. Leeds United: Johanneson, McAdams Keith (og).

Attendance: 21,708.

Teams:

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, Johanneson.

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 relegation.

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.

 

Teams:

 

LUFC1961-62:

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,

Don Revie.

Middle Row: Billy Bremner, Gerry Francis, Derek Mayers, Eric Smith, Tom Hallett, Terry Carling,

Albert Johanneson, Willie Bell.

Front Row: Norman Hunter, Terry Casey, Grenville Hair, Alf Jones, Hugh Ryden, John McCole,

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.

 

Players:

 

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 Fell