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Newcastle United Harry Watson

My First Match

I was only 9 years old, but my father let me go to the match because I was going with my friend and his 18 year old brother.

It was Wednesday evening 2/5/1962 at St. James’ Park. Newcastle United Juniors were host to Wolves Juniors. It was the second leg of the FA Youth Cup. The first Leg ended in a draw at Wolves.

I stood in the Leazes End and shouted myself hoarse. I was standing just left of the goal approximately ½ way up the Terraces. I was well kitted out for a cold night. I was wearing a black Duffel coat, a black and white scarf and bobble hat to match.

Newcastle beat Wolves 1-0 and the goal scorer was a young Scottish lad called Bob Moncur, who played Inside-Left that night. There were two other young Newcastle lads playing who went on to stardom, Alan Suddick and Dave Craig.

What a great night that was. I remember talking non-stop about it with my parents when I got home.

I still have the match programme; 3d it cost then!

Just recently, 51 years after that great victory, I had the occasion to be at a business meeting with Bob Moncur and I reminded him of that game. He was quite surprised when I took the programme out of my pocket and asked him to sign it for me, which he did, of course.

It is true what they say, ‘All good things come to those that wait’.

Harry Watson

 

 

Newcastle United Foundation have a heritage project for fans of all ages called Toon Times.

Toon Times will culminate with a major Newcastle United exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, although in the lead up to this event Toon Times wishes to reach out to all Newcastle United fans across the North East and further afield to get involved and share their memories, experiences, photos and memorabilia what people have collected over the years.

We are supporting the project by helping to collect NUFC memories online - fans can share their memories on the Replay Football website, simply select the Toon Times tag when submitting yours.

For more info contact the Toon Times Heritage Project Coordinator, Newcastle United Foundation, gavin.ferry@nufc.co.uk

 

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