On this day (April 30) in 1927, Newcastle United won the First Division title after beating Sheffield Wednesday. The Magpies enjoyed a 2-1 win over the Owls in front of more than 28,000 supporters at St James’ Park, courtesy of a brace from Hughie Gallacher.
Frank Watt started Willie Wilson, Frank Hudspeth, Alf Maitland, Tom Curry, Roddie MacKenzie, Charlie Spencer, Stan Seymour, Tom Urwin, Gallacher, Bob Clark and Tom McDonald against Wednesday and finally won a domestic crown after an 18-year wait.
Newcastle finished top of the First Division with 56 points from 42 games, five points above Huddersfield Town. The Toon Army had a shaky end to the season, dropping points in five of their last 10 games, but they did enough to keep a sizable distance from the Terriers.
It was the fourth First Division title of Watt’s 37-year reign in charge and the 10th piece of silverware. He presided over 1264 games, winning 575, before leaving Newcastle in 1929. Watt was replaced by Andy Cunningham (January 1930 – May 1935) who won the 1932 FA Cup during his five-year stint.