Two games in and new boss Arthur Cox is yet to taste defeat. A trip to Bristol Rovers' Eastville and then a home clash with pace-setters West Ham will test the mettle of his new troops....
Bristol R (a) Sat Sep 27th 1980
The only acknowledgement that we even turned up for this game in the West Ham programme comes in the Supporters Club section: "Support at Bristol Rovers last week was very good....". Perhaps less is more when contemplating the finer points of this goalless encounter....
"Newcastle drew 0-0 at Bristol R." Three days later I went to the dentist and had six teeth extracted. Surprisingly no comparisons were drawn between that experience and any of the previous home games.
Journal Merit Marks: Carr 7, Kelly 6, Davies 6, Walker 6, Boam 8, Carney 6, Shoulder 6, Rafferty 8, Clarke 6, Hibbitt 6, Koenen 6.
Stuart Boam makes a prodigious leap up the table with his 8 but everyone is averaging under 7 which is depressing...:
West Ham (h) Sat Oct 4th 1980
A strong Hammers side visited Gallowgate boasting some familiar names: Brooking, Devonshire, Pike, Stewart, Lampard, Bonds and their recent record signing, Paul Goddard were all in the Irons' ranks. West Ham were riding high in the table and were in the middle of an unbeaten streak that included UEFA Cup Winners' cup ties, following their Wembley win the previous May. Against all odds we managed to hold them to a goalless draw and matched them in most departments, particularly the non-scoring department.
"Then we went to match. Match was
v West Ham. It was quite a good match but 0-0. Newcastle
are 10th. Then came home from match."
Journal Merit Marks: Carr 8, Kelly 8, Davies 6, Walker 6, Boam 7, Mitchell 6, Shoulder 6, Rafferty 7, Shinton 7, Hibbitt 7, Koenen 6.
Unsurprisingly it's busy goalkeeper, Kevin Carr, who makes the magic 7 average while Bobby Shinton leaves David Barton on his own at the bottom:
Next time - Will United ever score again? Glamorous trips to Preston's Deepdale and Bristol City's Ashton Gate await....