The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Neil Fissler

THE Texaco Cup has be­come an af­ter thought in foot­ball his­tory, but its sig­nif­i­cance shouldn’t re­ally be for­got­ten.

It was the first time that foot­ball had dipped its toe in com­mer­cial­ism as Texaco put up £100,000 to help pro­mote their pur­chase of the Re­gent fill­ing sta­tion chain.

Wolves were the first win­ners in 1971, fol­lowed by Derby County, Ip­swich Town and then, in 1973, New­cas­tle United.

The sea­son be­fore, the Mag­pies had won the An­glo Ital­ian Cup, beat­ing Fiorentina, but by the time they re­tained their crown the com­pe­ti­tion was dy­ing on its feet.

Joe Har­vey’s side came through a re­gion­alised pre­sea­son sec­tion be­fore beat­ing Aberdeen 4-3 on ag­gre­gate in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Birm­ing­ham City were brushed aside 5-2 over two legs in the semi-fi­nals.

Southamp­ton, who had shocked Rangers at Ibrox, awaited in the fi­nal.

Irv­ing Nat­trass says there was some­thing spe­cial about cups for New­cas­tle. He lost the FA Cup Fi­nal in 1974 and League Cup Fi­nal two sea­sons later.

“It was one of our rare suc­cesses,” said Nat­trass. “Our team was ca­pa­ble of ei­ther get­ting knocked out in the first round or get­ting all the way to the fi­nal.

“We were ba­si­cally an at­tack­ing side, ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­body and ev­ery­body.

“Es­pe­cially in that Texaco Cup and also the An­glo-Ital­ian Cup when the lesser sides were in. It was a good pe­riod.

“Even now, you ask any New­cas­tle sup­porter if they could win any com­pe­ti­tion what would it be and they would tell you it’s the FA Cup.”

Southamp­ton ap­peared to have one hand on the tro­phy af­ter Eng­land striker Mike Chan­non scored the only goal in the first leg at The Dell.

Two weeks later in the North­East, John Tu­dor sent the tie into ex­tra time be­fore Southamp­ton’s Jim Steele was sent off for a foul.

It al­lowed New­cas­tle to wrap up the win with fur­ther goals from Alex Bruce and Paul Can­nell. Nat­trass’ stand-out mem­ory was a clash he had with Peter Os­good.

“A 1-0 lead go­ing to St Jame’s Park in De­cem­ber when it was cold was never go­ing to be enough,” he said. “South­ern teams never liked com­ing up here in the bleak win­ter.

“From mem­ory, we were miss­ing a few play­ers, but we were still able to put out a very, good strong side

“Os­good was play­ing for Southamp­ton at the time and we had an al­ter­ca­tion af­ter he said I was try­ing to kick him.

“They were get­ting beaten 3-0 at the time and I caught him purely by ac­ci­dent. He took it a bit per­son­ally, and ac­cused me of try­ing to go over the top, which I’d never do.

“They weren’t play­ing par­tic­u­larly well at the time but I never did any­thing wrong..”

1. Keith Rob­son: Striker who be­came a ma­chin­ist with Im­press Metal Pack­age and then went to work at Nor­wich Air­port as an apron hand. He also works in hos­pi­tal­ity at Car­row Road.

2. Den­nis Laughton: Cen­tre-half who ran a ho­tel in the Whit­ley Bay area and then went to work for UK Planet. 3. Alex Bruce: Striker who went into the leisure ser­vices in­dus­try and worked his way up to be­come Di­rec­tor Of Leisure for South Rib­ble Bor­ough Coun­cil un­til re­tir­ing.

4. Ian McFaul: The North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper man­aged New­cas­tle, Col­eraine and Guam. He has also scouted for a num­ber of clubs.

5. Jimmy Smith: Mid­fielder who ran a tro­phy busi­ness in New­cas­tle with team­mate John Cowan and went on to be a taxi driver

6. Tommy Gibb: Mid­fielder who re­turned to his na­tive West Loth­ian to be­come a pub­li­can and then worked as a lorry driver in the haulage in­dus­try. 7. Pat Howard: Cen­tre-half who worked for the PFA as a com­mu­nity of­fi­cer around Manch­ester and was a foot­ball de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for Sal­ford City Coun­cil be­fore re­tir­ing 8. Terry McDer­mott: The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder has held a num­ber of man­age­ment posts and now works on match days at Liver­pool. 9. Glenn Kee­ley: Cen­tral de­fender who be­came a sports lec­turer at Traf­ford Col­lege, a foot­ball de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for Bolton Coun­cil and then for Serco. 10. Dave Crosson: Right-back who set­tled in Aus­tralia, where he be­came a busi­ness­man in Coolan­gatta on Queens­land’s Gold Coast. 11. Alan Kennedy: The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional left-back be­came a foot­ball coach and then worked in the me­dia on Mersey­side. 12. Tommy Cas­sidy: Mid­fielder who has man­aged a host of NonLeague clubs in the North East and has run a newsagent’s, a tro­phy busi­ness and worked in the lo­cal me­dia. 13. David Craig: Right-back who went into coach­ing with Carlisle, re­turn­ing to New­cas­tle where he be­came a milk­man, newsagent and care worker. FRONT ROW 14. Micky Burns: Joined the coach­ing staff at Mid­dles­brough be­fore go­ing to work for the PFA as an ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, prior to re­tir­ing in 2004. 15. Ste­wart Bar­row­clough: An Eng­land Un­der-23 winger who ran the fam­ily fruit and florist busi­ness in home town Barns­ley, then worked as a glass tech­ni­cian. 16. Terry Hib­bitt: Mid­fielder who man­aged Gateshead, ran a milk round, a newsagent’s shop and a pub in Northum­ber­land. He died from can­cer in Au­gust 1994, aged just 46. 17. Frank Clark: De­fender who man­aged Ori­ent, Not­ting­ham For­est and Manch­ester City. He has also been For­est chair­man, for a while, and worked for the League Man­agers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. 18. John Tu­dor: Striker who be­came a pub­li­can in Der­byshire and Northum­ber­land be­fore mov­ing to the United States, where he coached in Min­nesota. 19. Irv­ing Nat­trass: The mid­fielder built up a suc­cess­ful chain of ladies clothes shops and now lives in Whit­ley Bay, work­ing for Low Cost Parcels. 20. Mal­colm McDon­ald: The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional striker went on to man­age Ful­ham and Hud­der­s­field. He has also run pubs and worked in the North-East me­dia. NOT PIC­TURED Paul Can­nell: Striker who later worked for a brew­ery and ran a pub­lish­ing com­pany be­fore go­ing into pub man­age­ment in New­cas­tle. Ray Hud­son: Mid­fielder who set­tled in the United States, coach­ing Mi­ami Fu­sion and DC United, but now works in the me­dia.

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