THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

FA Cup third round

HullvNewcastle906 January ~ A nicely worked strike from Newcastle’s Liam O’Brien on a typically muddy January pitch was the sole goal of this all-second division tie, but the Magpies went on to fall in the fifth round at home to eventual winners, Manchester United. They’d already won at Boothferry Park this season in the league, 3-1, and went on to complete the set with a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park. United finished third, but failed in the play-offs, while Hull settled for mid-table after a poor start.

I tell you all this to avoid talking about the programme, which is duller than Hull on a winter’s night. It’s no understatement to say that the most diverting article is a list of the game’s co-sponsors attending the game, which includes “Mr Reg Anderson and party from Cloverleaf Accountancy Services, Pocklington, and Mr Michael Juggins and party from Humberside Aggregates and Excavations Ltd.” If you put on your best Philip Larkin voice, there’s just a hint of poetry to these lines.

The only other item worth mentioning (unless you count forward Leigh Jenkinson’s professed pre-match meal of “chicken omelette”) is on page 13 – ten answers to a quiz for which there are no questions. Perhaps fans were supposed to make them up for their own amusement. Answer two is “Chilean”, the question likely being: “Name one kind of takeaway you just can’t get in the Greater Hull region.” Answer nine, “Southend United and Chesterfield”, was presumably prompted by the challenge to “name two teams you’d be even more miserable supporting than Hull City”. And finally, the question to answer ten, “Turkey”, was obviously, “What does Leigh Jenkinson have in his pre-match omelette on Boxing Day?”

Result Hull 0 Newcastle 1 (O’Brien)
Crowd 10,743
Hull Hesford, Brown, Jacobs, Jobson, Terry, De Mange, Askew, Payton, Swan (sub Whitehurst), Roberts (sub Jenkinson), Doyle
Newcastle Burridge, Anderson, Stimpson, Dillon, Scott, Kristensen, Fereday, Brock, Quinn, McGhee, O’Brien

Ian Plenderleith

Ian Plenderleith's "Rock n Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League" is out now, published by Icon Books

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