Henry NEWTON

Henry Newton - Derby County - Biography of his football career at The Baseball Ground.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 22 November 1974

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Friday, 18 February 1944
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Nottingham, England.
  • CLUBS
  • Derby County
    • Club Career Dates
      1973-1977
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 29th September 1973 in a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur (Aged: 29)
    • Club Career
      111 League apps (+6 as sub), 5 goals
  • Everton FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1970-1973
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th October 1970 in a 4-0 defeat at Arsenal (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      76 League apps (+0 as sub), 5 goals
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Henry NEWTON - Derby County - Biography of his football career at The Baseball Ground.

 Henry Newton is pictured above playing for Derby at The Baseball Ground - as the mud indicates.

Twenty-nine year old Henry Newton signed for Derby County in September 1973. He was Brian Clough's last signing as the "Rams"manager, Everton being paid £100000 for the services of the midfielder who had already tallied over 350 appearances for the Merseyside club and Nottingham Forest. The furore that surrounded Clough's unexpected resignation the following month eventually subsided when Dave Mackay was appointed manager. Although Newton initially retained his place in the side, Mackay's signing of fellow Scot Bruce Rioch in February 1974 restricted his appearances for the remainder of the 1973/74 season. He netted his only goal of the campaign in a 1-1 draw at Southampton, County eventually finished in third place in the First Division table, albeit fourteen points behind the emphatic champions Leeds United. Henry regained his place early in the 1974/75 season and went on to make thirty-five league appearances. His performances alongside those of Rioch and Archie Gemmill were the fulcrum for Derby's second championship sucess in four seasons.

 

The trio were an almost perfect combination; Gemmill's endless running and Rioch's attacking attributes were balanced by Newton's competetive nature and uncanny ability to do the simple things very well. Henry also netted a trio of important goals, scoring in consecutive victories against Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolverhampton. The following season Newton played in thirty-three games and scored his only goal of the campaign in a 3-2 home sucess against Middlesborough. He also played in both of County's epic European Cup games against Real Madrid, although his contribution in the second fixture in Spain, when the "Rams" exited the competition on a 6-5 aggregate, was restricted by injury. Henry's last game for the club was in the 1976/77 season; a 0-0 draw against Arsenal at Highbury. In all competitions he made 156 appearances, including seven as a substitute. On leaving the Baseball Ground he played briefly for Walsall before injury forced his retirement from the game. (Mike Cockayne)

 

After leaving Derby Henry played 16 games for Walsall before retiring.