Date: 17th October 2007 at 3:04pm
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Rotherham Vitals stats master, Zipadeedoodah, has been finding out about the first games that people went to – here is the information he found out for nearlyataff;

Taff, as we affectionally call him on Vital, tells us that the first football match he ever went to was Newcastle United v Manchester United in 1970. He says his dad was a Toon Army supporter and took him.

Saturday April 4th 1970 (Week after Easter)

Newcastle 5 Manchester United 1 gate….42,550….2-0 half time

Goals Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson 3 (2 pens), Wyn Davies, Jim Smith for Newcastle.

Bobby Charlton for Man Utd

Newcastle United
1. Iam McFaul
2. John Craggs
3. Ron Guthrie
4. Tommy Gibb
5. Ollie Burton
6. Bobby Moncur
7. Bryan Robson
8. Jim Smith
9. Wyn Davies
10 Keith Dyson
11.Alan Foggon
12 Ben Arentoft…..Keeper McFaul went off injured and Moncur went in goal when Arentoft came on.

Man Utd
1. Alex Stepney
2. John Fitzpatrick
3. Tony Dunne
4. Pat Crerand
5. Steve James
6. David Sadler
7. Willie Morgan
8. Alan Gowling
9. Bobby Charlton
10.Nobby Stiles
11.John Aston
12.Carlo Sartori came on for Aston.

In their next games..Newcastle won 4-0 at home to Coventry.
While Man Utd had George Best back and beat WBA 7-0 at Old Trafford.

As a footnote, Taff has told us that he remembers the game wasn’t long after his 8th birthday and his dad took him to his home town to introduce him to the joys of football – he takes up the story ‘I remember going up on the train and then meeting my dads mates in a pub in Newcastle and being treated to good old pie peas and mint sauce in the pub with a drink of pop, then it was off to the ground and being passed down to the front of the Gallowgate End to sit on the wall and stay there till the end of the game when all the dads collected the kids from the front. Then it was back home on the train. This became a regular thing every home game at St James Park until I started to watch the Millers much to my dads disgust.Now its home and away with the Millers every week with my lad.’

Here’s the results from that day Taff.
The greatest goal that I have ever seen (live or on telly)was scored on this day also.
Eddie Gray’s run from the corner flag past 168 defenders at Elland Road against Burnley, while Albert Johannson lay in the middle of the area admiring it.
He scored both that day, the other was a run of the mill 30 yarder…lol

Saturday 4th April 1970
English Division One
Arsenal 2-1 West Ham Utd
Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham H
Coventry City 0-3 Stoke City
Derby Co 2-0 Wolverhampton W
Ipswich Town 2-0 Southampton
Leeds Utd 2-1 Burnley
Manchester City 0-1 Sunderland
Newcastle Utd 5-1 Manchester Utd
Sheffield Wed 0-1 Everton
West Brom Alb 4-0 Nottingham For

English Division Two
Birmingham City 2-4 Hull City
Blackburn Rov 0-2 Huddersfield T
Blackpool 1-1 Queen’s Park Rgs
Bolton Wan 0-0 Carlisle Utd
Bristol City 0-1 Sheffield Utd
Leicester City 1-0 Aston Villa
Middlesbrough 2-1 Cardiff City
Millwall 3-1 Swindon Town
Oxford Utd 1-1 Charlton Ath
Portsmouth 1-4 Norwich City
Watford 0-0 Preston NE

English Division Three
Bournemouth 2-0 Bury
Doncaster Rov 2-1 Shrewsbury Town
Gillingham 0-2 Stockport Co
Halifax Town 0-0 Luton Town
Leyton Orient 2-0 Barrow
Mansfield Town 2-0 Rotherham Utd
Plymouth Argyle 2-2 Bristol Rov
Reading 6-2 Barnsley
Rochdale 2-1 Brighton & HA
Walsall 2-0 Bradford City

English Division Four
Bradford Park Av 0-5 Sc**thorpe Utd
Brentford 2-0 Chester City
Chesterfield 4-2 Aldershot
Exeter City 2-1 York City
Grimsby Town 2-2 Southend Utd
Newport Co 2-1 Darlington
Notts Co 0-1 Crewe Alexandra
Oldham Ath 0-2 Northampton Town
Peterborough Utd 1-1 Colchester Utd
Port Vale 0-0 Lincoln City
Swansea City 3-0 Hartlepool Utd
Wrexham 4-1 Workington

Scottish Division One
Aberdeen 0-1 Hearts
Airdrie 3-0 Dunfermline Ath
Celtic 6-1 Motherwell
Dundee 0-2 St Johnstone
Hibernian 3-1 Dundee Utd
Kilmarnock 2-2 Rangers
Morton 1-0 Clyde
Partick Thistle 0-0 St Mirren
Raith Rov 1-1 Ayr Utd

Scottish Division Two
Arbroath 1-0 Alloa Ath
Clydebank 1-1 Brechin City
Cowdenbeath 0-0 Queen o’ South
East Stirling 1-0 Forfar Ath
Hamilton Acad 3-2 East Fife
Montrose 1-0 Albion Rov
Queen’s Park 0-2 Dumbarton
Stenhousemuir 2-2 Stirling Alb
Stranraer 3-3 Berwick Rgs

Division 1 League table…..2 teams went down in those days

1 Everton 41…. 65
2 Leeds Utd 40…. 57
3 Derby Co 41…. 52
4 Chelsea 39…. 51
5 Liverpool 40…. 49
6 Newcastle Utd 41…. 45
7 Coventry City 39…. 45
8 Stoke City 40…. 43
9 Arsenal 41…. 42
10 Manchester Utd 39…. 42
11 Wolverhampton W 41…. 40
12 Tottenham H 40…. 39
13 Manchester City 38…. 38
14 West Brom Alb 40…. 37
15 Burnley 41…. 37
16 West Ham Utd 42…. 36
17 Nottingham For 40…. 36
18 Ipswich Town 40…. 29
19 Southampton 40…. 27
20 Crystal Palace 41…. 25
21 Sunderland 40…. 25
22 Sheffield Wed 40…. 24
2 points for a win
Goal Average applies when teams are level on points