On this day (May 3) in 1930, Newcastle United avoided relegation after beating West Ham United at St James’ Park. The Magpies enjoyed a 1-0 win over the Hammers, courtesy of Joe Devine in front of more than 39,000 supporters, but it was also a memorable game due to Hughie Gallagher never making an appearance for United again.
Andy Cunningham, who replaced Frank Watt as manager in 1930, started Albert McInroy, Joe Richardson, Dave Fairhurst, Joe Harris, Roddie Mackenzie, Jack Hill, Tommy Lang, Gallagher, Duncan Hutchinson, Devine and Tom McDonald against West Ham.
Devine was the difference as Newcastle finished 19th in the First Division with 37 points. Burnley and Everton weren’t so fortunate, however. Cunningham pulled off a great escape in his first season and would go on to win the 1932 FA Cup in his five-year stint before being succeeded by Tom Mather.