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Last day drama -1903

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On Saturday April 18th 1903 (which was FA Cup Final day) The Wednesday completed their League campaign with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Owlerton (goals from Andy Wilson, Fred Spikesley and Ambrose Langley).
Sunderland, in second place , just one point behind, had a game in hand.
The following Saturday Sunderland traveled the 20 km to play their local rivals Newcastle United at St James' Park. A win would see them retain the League title (they had won 4 previous titles in total; Aston Villa held the record with 5).
Newcastle went ahead in the 48th minute- a short range effort from Robert Smyth McColl. 
In the latter stages of the game, pressing for the  equalizer, Sunderland changed formation to 1-4-5 (Rhodes 'joining the halves'). Under the rules of the day  this led to  a lot of off sides- much to the anger of the Newcastle fans.

Newcastle United


Sunderland

Charlie Watts

GK

Ned Doig

Andy Aitken

RB

Jimmy Watson

William Agnew

LB

Ephraim 'Dusty' Rhodes

Peter McWilliam

RH

Billy Farquhar

Colin Veitch

CH

Alex Barrie

Jack Carr

LH

Dicky Jackson

Archie Turner

OR

Billy Hogg

Alec Gardner

IR

Robbie Robinson

Bob McColl

CF

Jimmy Millar

Bill Appleyard

IL

Joe Hewitt

Bobby Templeton

OL

Arthur Bridgett


'Toffee Bob' McColl was the founder of a chain of corner shops that can still be seen to this day.



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