Bill McCracken

Date of birth29 January 1883
Place of birthBelfast
NationalityIrish
PositionFull back

With Newcastle United, 1st Division Champion 1905, 1907, 1909, FA Cup winner 1910, FA Cup runner-up 1908, 1911. Bill is arguably one of the best full-backs ever to play the game. His tactical awareness and understanding with Frank Hudspeth saw them perfect the offside trap to force a change in the rules in 1925. If not always appreciated elsewhere, the Newcastle captain was adored on Tyneside during his 19-year career at St James' Park.

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1901-02 Ireland British Championships 2
1901-02 Irish League Inter League 1
1902-03 Ireland British Championships 1
1902-03 Irish League Inter League 2
1903-04 Ireland British Championships 3
1
1903-04 Irish League Inter League 2
1
1904-05 Ireland British Championships 3
1904-05 Newcastle United League Division One 13
1905-06 Newcastle United League Division One 20
1906-07 Ireland British Championships 1
1906-07 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
1906-07 Newcastle United League Division One 22
1
1907-08 Newcastle United FA Cup 6
1907-08 Newcastle United League Division One 21
1908-09 Newcastle United FA Charity Shield 1
1908-09 Newcastle United FA Cup 6
1908-09 Newcastle United League Division One 30
1
1909-10 Newcastle United FA Cup 7
1
1909-10 Newcastle United League Division One 29
1910-11 Newcastle United FA Cup 8
1910-11 Newcastle United League Division One 30
1
1911-12 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
1911-12 Newcastle United League Division One 34
3
1912-13 Newcastle United FA Cup 8
1912-13 Newcastle United League Division One 27
1913-14 Newcastle United FA Cup 1
1913-14 Newcastle United League Division One 20
1914-15 Newcastle United FA Cup 7
1
1914-15 Newcastle United League Division One 29
1919-20 Ireland British Championships 1
1919-20 Newcastle United FA Cup 2
1919-20 Newcastle United League Division One 33
1920-21 Newcastle United FA Cup 4
1920-21 Newcastle United League Division One 30
1921-22 Ireland British Championships 3
1921-22 Newcastle United FA Cup 2
1921-22 Newcastle United League Division One 26
1922-23 Ireland British Championships 1
1922-23 Newcastle United FA Cup 2
1922-23 Newcastle United League Division One 13


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
22 Feb 1902 Wales v Ireland W 0-3 British Championships
22 Mar 1902 Ireland v England L 0-1 British Championships
14 Feb 1903 England v Ireland L 4-0 British Championships
12 Mar 1904 Ireland v England L 1-3 British Championships
21 Mar 1904 Wales v Ireland W 0-1 British Championships
26 Mar 1904 Ireland v Scotland D 1-1 British Championships
25 Feb 1905 England v Ireland D 1-1 British Championships
18 Mar 1905 Scotland v Ireland L 4-0 British Championships
08 Apr 1905 Ireland v Wales D 2-2 British Championships
16 Feb 1907 England v Ireland L 1-0 British Championships
25 Oct 1919 Ireland v England D 1-1 British Championships
22 Oct 1921 Ireland v England D 1-1 British Championships
04 Mar 1922 Scotland v Ireland L 2-1 British Championships
01 Apr 1922 Ireland v Wales D 1-1 British Championships
03 Mar 1923 Ireland v Scotland L 0-1 British Championships


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1918-19 England War Charity Match 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
12 Oct 1918 Ireland v England D 0-0 WAR CHARITY MATCH


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.