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Cont. from pg 15 That day would see both Gallacher and McDonald register hat-tricks in what was ONE OF THE FIRST victory. It an impressive 8-1 PLAYERS TO was only the DON A time this NOT ONLY second BLACK & WHITE JERSEY, BUT ALSO particular feat had been THE FAMED NUMBERbrief achieved in United’s NINE, WAS TO BE THE WEE being in history, the previous SCOTSMAN HIMSELF,Division the opening, Second HUGHIE GALLACHER. against campaign, of 1893-94, The diminutive (Wallace Woolwich Arsenaladdition to the United frontline arrived on in a and Thompson the scorers Tyneside from Scottish side 6-0 win). Airdrieonians in separate spells Two 1925. By the time he left five toe championship season, during years later the £6500 fee paidOctoberbe an absolute bargain as would 30th to December 25th the striker matches) he was known to (eight did what and March 5th to do best, tear apart matches), would April 5th (six the opposition. see Gallacher’s time with the Gallacher net ten times over Magpies would see him top the each. The second of those scoring charts in each of thosesee him scoring sequences would five seasons, eventually amassing an net the only goal in the Tyneincrediblederby, at home, in174 of Wear 143 goals in just front appearances, including nettingof his what was a seasonal high on debut and the start of every season. 67,211 spectators. The debut, against of those on For all Everton goalDecember 12th, would see ‘wee scoring exploits though the Hughie’ net a brace in a match that Scotsman would be seen to would finish level at 3-3 (Stan manage just three goals in the Seymour would score the other). He final six matches of the season, would finish the ‘season’ with 25 United claiming the title by five goals in just 22 games. points from second-placed Huddersfield. THE NUMBER Although that season would Including the title success see Gallacher’s only debut double on Gallacher would be seen flowed and, Tyneside, the goals still to score seventhe remaining three seasons he over times in his first four matches, and seventeen in the first eleven of would open each campaign with a his United career. The Scotsman goal, or three. However , the running the English defencescould highest league position that ragged in every way. during his remaining be registered time atWithin hiswas to haul for the the club, early be ninth, in club there would netting with aon 1928, Gallacher be a hat-trick hatChristmas Day as the Magpies fellon trick against Huddersfield, going to a crushing 6-3 defeat wasMerseyside to score 21 times. It on to be his to Liverpool. He followed that treble only treble of a season that would up with ajust two braces, atDay at to also see brace on Boxing home home against the sameas United Sheffield Wednesday side. As the goal thriller, and edged a sevenNew Year dawned, January 2nd would see the number again on New Year’s Eve, again nine put visiting Bolton to theat over Huddersfield, this time sword, scoring four times as United notched home but losing 3-2. up a 5-1United though was fast first win. The reminder of his season would see United’s newof becoming reliant on the goals goalmachine carry on in the same vein as Gallacher and he would account for there a third (24 doubles against West near were to be of 70) during the Ham, Leicester and Bury in the of 1928-29 season, close to half (34 league hiswell as Aberdare Athletic in 71) in as final season when on the FA Cup on January 19th. league duty. Again though Hughie The 23rd, 24th and 25th goals would score in each of the season’s of what was a prolific start to his openers, the first in a 1-1 draw career not only in United colours, but when at home to Cardiff and a hatEnglish football as a whole, came on trick in a 4-1 home win over the final day of the season. May 1st Manchester United. 9 S The latter wouldn’t be the first treble he would Gallacher’s new employers would see score against Manchester sides. tenth the 1928-29 campaign claim aDuringplaced finish courtesy of Gallacher win over relegated a 3-2 homewould hit both Manchester City (away City. The frontman and Manchester on November 10th)would Manchester United (home side as score all three for the home on February 9th) for three. The win over the they finished with an impressive Red Devils avenged a best return since ninety goals (their 5-0 rout from earlier in the the third of the same score. 1906), season with which would be a century A further highlightrelegated conceded by their for Gallacher visitors. during his spell with the Magpies seasonal best intake black & A would see him the a brace, including a penalty, in what was a white of United would be registered derby thriller season for the club, in his first full at St. James’ Park, United claiming a 4-3 victory in their 1926-27, as the Magpies claimed front of a 66,275 crowd. fourth (and last), League During his for in a black & Championship. Notspellthe first time white shirt the Magpies would net in English football, Gallacher would more than the goals, None however race out of 400blocks. Gallacher would weigh in with 143 as this including would be as prolificof them,opener on his final match for the wee when, on August 29th, the club, scoring the only would smash all four in West Scotsmangoal in a 1-0 win against a 4-0 home rout of Astonclub has front Ham. His tally for the Villa in only of 36,000 spectators. been surpassed by three other players, It was itself considering of impressive in