On This Day In 1960: Newcastle Rack Up Big Numbers With 5-5 Draw Against West Ham

Martin Cloake

10th, December 2015



Newcastle team circa 1960, including Bob Stokoe (back, 3rd left) Ivor Allchurch (front, 2nd left) Len White (front row (c) and Joe Harvey (front, 2nd right) (Photo by Getty Images)

It wasn’t the biggest crowd ever at St James’s Park. In fact, just 20,106 turned up on this chill December day in 1960 to witness a 5-5 draw during a season in which the Toon racked up some big, big numbers.

The visitors were West Ham and the 10 goals the teams shared were scored by nine different players.

For the Magpies, Jackie Bell, John McGuigan, Bobby Mitchell and Len White (2) got their names on the scoresheet. For the Irons, a certain John Bond, John Dick, Malcolm Musgrove and Dave Dunmore all notched.

West Ham also benifited from an own goal, but the culprit’s name seems not to have been preserved for posterity’s sake. Lucky escape!

Newcastle were never far from troubling the scoresheet that season. Throughout the 1960/61 campaign, the team scored a very healthy 86 goals.

Unfortunately, however, they also conceded a club record 109 and were relegated from the First Division.

Swings and roundabouts, and all that!

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  1. Robin says:

    I was in the Leazes End at that game but left with 10 minutes to go with the score 2-5. However the cheers that I heard as I reached the Gallowgate end encouraged me to re-enter the ground there to witness the last two goals!

  2. Mick says:

    As a Hammers fan I was watching out reserved that day. The last score we had heard there was 2-5
    To our horror when we heard the results on Sports Report it was a draw !

  3. Alan Duncan says:

    The player pictured front, second from the right is the great Bobby Mitchell not Joe Harvey, who had long since left Newcastle.

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