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Aston Villa (a) SOLD OUT
Spurs (h)


Premier League:
Aston Villa (a)

United round off their away campaign by attempting to end a winless run of ten fixtures away from home that stretches back to Spurs last December.

Kick-off for this non-televised game is at 3pm and all 3,000 away tickets have been sold. Despite the fact that there will thousands of unoccupied seats, no extra places were made available for away fans.


For anyone looking to watch the game in Newcastle, The City Vaults are advertising live coverage in the company of special guest Tino Asprilla. Free entry.

Villa come into the game having lost their last eleven league games, a run which matches their worst-ever sequence between March and May 1963. 

The Magpies haven't lost to Villa since a 0-1 reverse at Villa Park in April 2011. Since then we've won five and drawn the other four meetings.

Disgruntled Villans have announced a pre-game march and demonstration outside the Trinity Road Stand, while those not boycotting the game urged to join protests inside the ground. 

That is claimed to involve releasing balloons and beach balls in the 74th minute. Hopefully the latter won't end up on the pitch and affect Rafa's side - unlike his visit to the mackems in 2009 when Liverpool boss....      


Coral have an enhanced offer of 8/1 on a Magpies win for new customers online here with a 5 maximum stake, winnings paid out as free bets and a 5 free bet if the game doesn't end in an away victory. (current normal odds on NUFC winning are 8/13).



Villa's Premier League home record after 18 games reads won two, drawn four and lost 12, with their results as follows:

Won 1-0 (once) Won 2-0 (once)
Drew 0-0 (once) Drew 1-1 (twice)
Drew 2-2 (once) Lost 0-1 (thrice)
Lost 0-2 (twice) Lost 1-2 (twice)
Lost 1-3 (once) Lost 2-3 (once)
Lost 0-4 (once) Lost 2-4 (once)
Lost 0-6 (once)

Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 11/2
Newcastle to win 2-0 @ 13/2
Newcastle to win 2-1 @ 7/1
Newcastle to win 3-1 @ 12/1
Match to end in a 0-0 draw @ 10/1
Match to end in a 1-1 draw @ 13/2

Villa's record of scoring 14 and conceding 35 is unsurprisingly the worst in the league and they've conceded during the last minute of the first half in three of their last four home games. 

Those 14 goals have come over ten games, meaning that they've failed to score on eight occasions. Coral price United at 13/8 to win to nil and 6/5 to keep a clean sheet (although we've not managed that in any of our last thirteen league and cup away games).

The away side have been winning at both HT and FT in each of Villa's last six home games. Coral rate that at 29/20 to happen again on Saturday and price Newcastle at 23/20 to enjoy a half time lead.

Newcastle's last 10 away wins:

2015/16 Spurs won 2-1
2015/16 Bournemouth won 1-0
2014/15 Hull won 3-0
2014/15 West Brom won 2-0
2014/15 Spurs won 2-1
2013/14 Hull won 4-1
2013/14 West Ham won 3-1
2013/14 Palace won 3-0
2013/14 Manchester United won 1-0
2013/14 Spurs won 1-0

Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld Pts GD
11 Everton 35 44 +6
12 Watford 35 44  -6 
13 Swansea 36 43 -13
14 West Brom 36 41 -14
15 Bournemouth 36 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 33 -25
18 mackems 35 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 31 -26
20 Aston Villa 36 16 -45

Remaining fixtures:

Sat 07.05.2016 Aston Villa (a) (3pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Spurs (h) (3pm)

Sat 07.05.2016 Chelsea (h) (3pm)
Wed 11.05.2016 Everton (h) (7.45pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Watford (a) (3pm)

Sat 07.05.2016 Man United (h) (12.45pm) BT
Wed 11.05.2016 Watford (h) 7.45pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Everton (a) (3pm)

NUFC: Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara and Fabricio Coloccini remain out, but Daryl Janmaat is available again as is current choice Vurnon Anita. 

Karl Darlow returns to his first club, having played for Villa as a schoolboy but be discarded at the age of sixteen.

AVFC: Aly Cissokho is suspended while fellow defender Jores Okore has asked not to be selected, Jordan Amavi is out and Kieran Richardson, Jordan Veretout and Rudy Gestede are all doubtful.

Former Magpie Charles N'Zogbia hasn't featured since November 2015 and isn't under consideration, while striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has lost the club captaincy for his off-field high jinks but could be recalled.

Referee: Robert Madley - a third appointment of the season for the whistler from West Yorkshire, following the 0-3 derby loss and 1-3 defeat at Southampton.

His only other games in charge of us came last season; a 3-2 victory away at Crystal Palace in the League Cup and a 1-2 home loss to Southampton.

Somewhat remarkably, Madley has handled a trio of Villa games so far this season and they've avoided defeat in all of them.

They were a 1-0 home win over Birmingham City in the League Cup plus two Premier League fixtures: a 2-2 home draw with the mackems and a scoreless draw away at West Bromwich Albion.

Travel: No scheduled disruptions 

UK Radio:
Live on Absolute Radio

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

For anyone looking to watch the game in Newcastle, The City Vaults are advertising live coverage in the company of special guest Tino Asprilla. Free entry.

Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2
beIN Sports Espana + HD
beIN Sports MENA 11 EN HD
beIN Sports 2 HD (Philippines)
Canal+ Futbol +HD
CTH Stadium 5 HD
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Foxtel Play (Australia)
GO Sports 5 (Malta)
mio Stadium 105
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Setanta Sports 1 (ROI) +HD
Sky HD (Mexico)
Ssports (China)
Stod 3
SuperSport 6 (Za)


Villa Park has proved something of happy hunting ground for Andros Townsend, who finished on the winning side in three of his four visits and has scored twice there, once for QPR and the other for Spurs.

Toon @ Villa Park - Premier League era:

2014/15 drew 0-0
2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole

Only once in 21 seasons of Premier League football have we won our final away game - that solitary success was at QPR in May 2013, a 2-1 victory.

Final away game results - Premier League:

2014/15 lost 1-2 at QPR
2013/14 lost 1-2 at Liverpool
2012/13 won 2-1 at QPR
2011/12 lost 1-3 at Everton
2010/11 drew 2-2 at Chelsea
2008/09 lost 0-1 at Aston Villa
2007/08 lost 1-3 at Everton
2006/07 drew 1-1 at Watford
2005/06 drew 0-0 at Birmingham
2004/05 lost 0-2 at Everton
2003/04 drew 1-1 at Liverpool
2002/03 drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion
2001/02 lost 1-3 at Southampton
2000/01 lost 0-3 at Liverpool
1999/00 drew 0-0 at Derby
1998/99 lost 0-2 at Leicester
1997/98 lost 0-1 at Blackburn
1996/97 drew 0-0 at Manchester United
1995/96 drew 1-1 at Forest
1994/95 lost 0-1 at Blackburn
1993/94 lost 0-2 at Sheffield United

Remaining PL fixtures:

Sat 07.05.2016:
Norwich City v Manchester United (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Newcastle (3pm)
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Stoke City (3pm)
Liverpool v Watford (3pm)
mackems v Chelsea (3pm)
West Ham v Swansea City (3pm)
Leicester City v Everton (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 08.05.2016:
Spurs v Southampton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester City v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Tue 10.05.2016:
West Ham v Manchester United (7.45pm) Sky

Wed 11.05.2016:
Norwich City v Watford (7.45pm)
mackems v Everton (7.45pm)
Liverpool v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

Sun 15.05.2016: (TV picks tbc but KO's fixed)
Arsenal v Aston Villa (3pm)
Chelsea v Leicester City (3pm)
Everton v Norwich City (3pm)
Manchester United v Bournemouth (3pm)
Newcastle v Spurs (3pm)
Southampton v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Stoke City v West Ham (3pm)
Swansea v Manchester City (3pm)
Watford v mackems (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (3pm)

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Target acquired:
Halfway the lad

Thursday saw Mark Allison continue his charity run from Portugal to Turkey, successfully completing 36.6 miles on the fifth of his scheduled 100 day quest.

And at some point on the road to Porto, donations to the Run Geordie Run appeal smashed through the 250K point - a truly magnificent achievement.

Mark's response to hearing the news was as follows: 

"I don't have enough words to express my gratitude - I'll get round to thanking everyone but in the meantime THANK YOU."

The ultimate goal of Run Geordie Run is to complete a 20,000 mile route across the globe and raise 500K for good causes.
Please donate online here and monitor Mark's progress online here

Web exclusive
: offer 
If anyone missed out on Paul Joannou's excellent "Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who" book, the last remaining copies are now available direct from the publisher for just 20 including local delivery*.

Biographies of over 1,800 players and officials are contained in this definitive 400 page hardback volume.


Thanks to everyone who has taken advantage of this exclusive offer so far - we'll be delivering copies in the following areas this Monday (May 9th), email if you want to be included:

Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Killingworth, Morpeth, North Shields, Pegswood, Seaton Delaval, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay.

(* delivery costs elsewhere in the UK and overseas vary, drop us a line via the above for a quote).   

PS: If anyone in the above-named areas wants an author signed copy of Martin Hardy's "Touching Distance" book dropping off, we'll do that for 15. Email the same address as above to arrange. 

Dummy extension
Local media reports claim that a new contract has been with Magpies full back Paul Dummett, whose current deal was set to expire in 2017.

The 24 year-old Tynesider has been with the club since the age of nine and made a competitive senior debut in January 2012 after previous loan spells at both Gateshead and St. Mirren.

Returning from injury for the closing weeks of last season as United avoided relegation, Dummy's most recent comeback has coincided with our current four match unbeaten run.

Scoring three goals to date in 73 first team outings (63 starts), Welsh international Dummett has a slim chance of sneaking into their Euro 2016 squad. 

Duo depart

Thursday saw Newcastle confirm the departure of midfield pair Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan by mutual consent ahead of the expiration of their contracts this summer.

Both become free agents after their five years at the club comes to an end  - both acquired ahead of the 2011/12 season when Alan Pardew was in post (with Obertan's arrival a direct result of the manager's lobbying to be given some say in player recruitment).

Obertan amassed 77 appearances in all competitions (48 starts) and found the net three times: away to Blackburn Rovers in February 2012, in a Europa League home tie against Bruges the following October and the winner against Leicester at SJP in October 2014.

Marveaux's contribution was even more fitful, making the last of his 57 appearances (28 starts) against Everton in March 2014. His two goals came in the closing weeks of 2012 - at home to Maritmo in the Europa League and during a 3-7 defeat at Arsenal. 

To put those figures into some sort of context, we will have played 223 competitive games during their time at the club by the end of the current campaign. 

Cup classic


Watch the Shields goals online here


2,421 fans were treated to 90 minutes of pulsating cup football at St. James' Park on Wednesday night, as the 2016 Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup went the way of North Shields.

Taking an early lead against the reigning champions Blyth Spartans, the Robins trailed 1-2 at half time before a stirring revival after the break saw them regain the lead to the delight of their followers.

Evostik Northern Premier League side Blyth duly levelled the scores at 3-3 and the tie looked set for extra time - until Shields produced a 93rd minute winner to lift the cup for the first time since 1991.  

(Thanks to @CJCPhotoUK for the image)

Premier League:
Glad all over!

Newcastle  1  Crystal Palace  0

Match report

The Borrowers:
Loan lads 
Latest temporary postings for our mob: 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Birmingham City (h), Championship, Saturday

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):

Wigan Athletic (a) League One, Sunday

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

Oldham Athletic (a) League One, Sunday

Liam Smith (Blackpool):
Peterborough United (a) League One, Sunday

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 
Barnsley (h) League One, Sunday

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

Notts County (a) League Two, Saturday

Kyle Cameron, Lubo Satka (York City):
Morecambe (a) League Two, Saturday

Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille): 
Next game: Reims (h) Ligue 1, Saturday.

Saints in Toon 

Dave Watson's U18 side conclude their season with a home fixture against Southampton on Saturday morning. Kickoff at Little Benton is 11am. 

The young Magpies have won just one of their last eleven games and face a Saints side who have been beaten 0-1 in their most recent trio of outings.

Hillsborough - a view 


Away end at White Hart Lane, Spurs v NUFC 1987 

Following the conclusion of the inquest, here's one Newcastle fan's perspective on the tragic events at the Leppings Lane End in 1989 read online here

exit for old boys 
After a disappointing season that ended with a ninth place finish, National League side Gateshead have culled their squad and released ten players.

Among those leaving the International Stadium are ex Magpies Matty Pattison, James Marwood and Craig Baxter. Midfielder Paddy McLaughlin has however been offered new terms by the Tynesiders. 

PS: Northern League side Consett confirm that former Magpies Academy coach Willie Donachie is to be their first team coach next season.

Premier League:
Spurs (h) 

The Magpies wrap up their season on Sunday week, May 15th when they face Spurs in a 3pm kickoff.

NUFC confirm that there will be no public ticket sale for this game and only members with a previous purchase history will be allowed to buy. 

NB: season ticket holders are classified as members and can purchase two additional tickets each. 

United have lost just one of eight home fixtures in 2016 (won four, drawn three).

NUFC: To follow.

Punts: Coral continue to offer new signups 20 in free bets once a 5 bet is placed online here

Dele Alli is suspended and will be joined in the naughty corner by fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele.

With two games to play, Mauricio Pochettino's side  are assured of second or third spot and Champions League qualification, with nearest challengers Manchester City and Arsenal still to play each other. 

The team from White Hart Lane also have a vastly superior goal difference to those sides, another sizeable factor in their quest to finish above their North London rivals for the first time since 1995.

That particular contest could be settled on Sunday, with Spurs up first against the Saints before the Gunners
get underway at the Etihad.

While Spurs cannot now emulate their 1961 title success, the opportunity remains to finish as runner's up for the first time since 1963. This is already their best Premier League season, beating 2010's fourth.

Referee: tbc

Metro: No scheduled disruptions to service.


Spurs in Toon: PL Era:

2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

Closing home game results - PL era:

2014/15 West Ham won 2-0
2013/14 Cardiff City won 3-0
2012/13 Arsenal lost 0-1
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Brom drew 3-3
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 Chelsea drew 1-1
2003/04 Wolves drew 1-1
2002/03 Birmingham City won 1-0
2001/02 West Ham won 3-1
2000/01 Aston Villa won 3-0
1999/00 Arsenal won 4-2
1998/99 Blackburn drew 1-1
1997/98 Chelsea won 3-1
1996/97 Nottingham Forest won 5-0
1995/96 Spurs drew 1-1
1994/95 Crystal Palace won 3-2
1993/94 Arsenal won 2-0

UK Radio: tbc 

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

e (as yet)

Overseas TV:
To follow

Pub Watch: Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge NE1 6BX

Lauded by CAMRA locally and nationally, the Bacchus is a blue chip entry in Sir John Fitzgerald's portfolio and a long standing pre and post-match venue.

Along with a formidable range of cask ales, you'll find an excellent selection of bottled beers
, with OTB (on the bar) updates via their twitter @Bacchus48

Find further details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here

Mags make HK return

Newcastle's U21s will once again feature in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament later this month - their fifth successive visit to the annual event. 

United have been drawn in Group A with Aston Villa and local sides Hong Kong FC and Kitchee, with matches staged between May 20th and 22nd.

Aside from Villa, Leicester City, Stoke City and West Ham will also contest the sixteen team competition - with the Potters coached by ex-Mag Glyn Hodges.

United's squad is as follows:
Nathan Harker, Michael Newberry, Liam Gibson, Jack Hunter, Callum Williams, Dan Ward, Owen Gallagher, Sean Longstaff, Luke Charman, Dan Barlaser.

Barlaser and Williams took part in the 2015 event.

PS: Wallsend Boys Club will again represent the region in the Masters section of the Tournament - one of eight sides composed of players aged 35 and over. 



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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here 

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A 1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here


Sat 07.05.2016 U18s v Southampton (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Merit Group.

Sat 07.05.2016 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000.

Sun 15.05.2016 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Wed 15.06.2016
PL fixtures published @ 9am.

Wed 22.06.2016
Championship fixtures published @ 9am.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

NUFC Live on BT Sport:

Selections made up to Sun 08.05.2016.

Premier League starts on Sat 13.08.2016
Football League starts on Sat 06.08.201

Metro line closures 2016:

Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016 From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways. 

Talk-ins, etc:

Thu 26.05.2016 Paul Gascoigne @ Sage Hall One, Gateshead. Tickets 10, 25, 40 from 0191 446 4661. In aid of Percy Hedley Foundation. 

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.
25 adults (12.50 concs) per day, 40 adults (20 concs) weekend.

Geordie in Europe!

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run is now in Portugal, en route to Turkey on the 2016 segment of a planned global charity trek.

A 3,400 mile route via Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece will take him to Istanbul on Monday August 8th.

Mark is raising funds for The Children's Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have seen good causes benefit by 249K.

Finishing the fourth part of his challenge will take him past the halfway point in a 20,000 mile route that encompasses 24 countries across four continents.

Donations can be made online here and Mark's progress monitored online here


International Magpies
National Service
Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

What's this all about then?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
6th May

Born Or Died:

1953 Graeme Souness born, Edinburgh.
(Mgr 2004-06)

Not missed....

Having served Spurs, the smoggies, Liverpool, Sampdoria and Rangers as a player, Souness then managed at Ibrox and Anfield before moving on to Galatasaray. 

A return to these shores came in 1996 with Southampton, although he just managed just one season at the Saints before moving overseas again, with Torino and Benfica.

March 2000 saw him take over at Blackburn, where he steered them back to the Premier  League and saw Rovers win the League Cup. 

Newcastle turned to him to fill the void left by Bobby Robson's enforced departure in September 2004, Souness watching his former side lose 3-0 to his future one from an Executive Box at SJP before taking over.

His first season saw Newcastle progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Quarter Finals of the UEFA, but defeats in both to Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon within four days were major setbacks.

Craig Bellamy returned from his Celtic loan and was sold on to Blackburn before the start of the next season - having fallen out with Souness over his place in the side and other disciplinary-related transgressions.

His influence was brought to bear on other transfers, with Patrick Kluivert, Aaron Hughes, Andy O'Brien, Laurent Robert and Jermaine Jenas also departing.

Loan deals also saw James Milner and Nicky Butt depart as Emre, Craig Moore, Albert Luque, Michael Owen and Nobby Solano were added to January buys Amdy Faye, Celestine Babayaro & Jean-Alain Boumsong.

By February 2006 though, Souness was gone - a defeat at Manchester City leaving United in 15th spot and with fan unrest increasing since a particularly gutless League Cup defeat against a second-choice Wigan side.

While the fitness of Owen and Luque made his job more difficult, Souness was ultimately betrayed by many of those who he'd brought in to the SJP dressing room.  

Since then he's failed to reappear anywhere other than on our TV screens, despite being regularly linked with possible managerial returns by both pundits and bookmakers.

Death of Steve Carney, aged 55.


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1922 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
46pts, 7th
The final game of the season ended in defeat after four straight wins had taken United up the table.

1933 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
49pts, 5th
Upton, Reid
The end of the season as United finished behind West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Champions Arsenal.

1939 Barnsley (a)
Asquith 3, Steele 
United provided the opposition in a benefit match for Barnsley's prolific forward Beaumont Asquith, who netted a first half hat trick.

1939 Greenock Morton (a)
7-2 (3-2)

Brown 3, Stubbins 2, Mooney 2
Hodge, McEwan

On the same day as United lost at Oakwell, another Magpies XI were in action on the banks of the Clyde at Cappielow.

1944 Darlington (h)
Scorer tbc
Darlington's goal in normal time meant it was 3-3 on aggregate in this Tyne-Tees Cup Final. Extra-time was played until Milburn's 147th minute goal won the Cup.
1950 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
50pts, 5th
Milburn 2, Taylor 
The season ended on something of a high as United won six of their last eight games to finish just three points behind Champions Portsmouth.

1956 Frankfurt C XI (Germany) (a)
Keeble, Davies
Pfaff (56) 

1959 Drumcondra (a)
White 4, Allchurch, Mitten
Watson (49), OG(McMichael), Eglington  
United boss Charlie Mitten netted against the now- defunct Drums, who hailed from the North Side of Dublin and played at Tolka Park.

1960 Southend United (a)
McGuigan, White 2, Allchurch, Hughes,OG(Willliamson)
Corthine 2, Dicks (others tbc)

Newcastle debuted at Roots Hall in a testimonial game for Shrimpers trio Sam McCrory, Sandy Anderson and Arthur Williamson.

1967 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
33pts, 19th
Davies(40), Noble(56) 
og(McNamee)(25), Stringfellow(31), Sharkey(65,84)
United perished in the Filbert Street mud bath but Aston Villa's defeat meant the Magpies were safe from demotion with one game left.

1976 Fredrikstad (Norway) (a)
Burns, Gowling, Nattrass, Kennedy 
Scorers tbc
The second game in United's two-match mini tour for the first team came 24 hours after beating IK Start in Kristiansand.

Roger Jones save a penalty at 2-0 and United netted twice more before the Norwegians hit back with two goals of their own in the final five minutes.

Gordon Lee opted to field a front three of Alan Gowling, Malcolm Macdonald and young forward Alan Guy.

1985 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-3 (1-1)
Division One 
51pts, 13th
Leworthy(38), Hoddle(69), Crook(77)
Chris Waddle made his final home appearance as a United player against the side he'd already agreed to join.

He came close to a farewell goal for the Magpies, but was denied by an offside flag having fired the ball past Ray Clemence. 
Youtube footage is online here

1989 Millwall (h)
Division One 
31pts, 20th
An already-relegated United entertained The Lions at a sunny SJP, as the sparse crowd were treated to a pair of cracking goals. 

Teddy Sheringham swiveled and volleyed a pile driver past Tommy Wright to put the visitors ahead. Many United fans then missed John Anderson's raker as it coincided with the appearance of Mirandinha among the fans in the Milburn stand, amid loud cheers.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 United sent a team to the Welfare Ground at Evenwood to face a non-league select XI. 

The game was a benefit for ex-Magpie Jackie Bell whose playing career was curtailed by the onset of diabetes.

Evenwood-born Jackie passed away within a year of this game, at the age of just 51.

1993 Oxford United (h)
Division Two 
93pts, 1st
Clark(70), Cole(78) 
48 hours after securing the title and promotion away at Grimsby, a rare Thursday night league fixture saw United win their game in hand.
Youtube footage is online here 

1997 West Ham United (a) 0-0 (0-0) 
Premier League 
64pts, 4th
Three days after winning at Highbury, United were back in the capital to be held by Harry Redknapp's relegation- haunted Hammers.

This was a rearranged game after the original fixture had been postponed shortly before kick-off due to heavy rain.  

2000 Derby County (a)
49pts, 12th
An incident-free snooze in the Pride Park sun saw Jim Smith's Rams collect the point which confirmed their Premier League survival. match report

Dean Sturridge "gets to grips"
with Warren Barton

2003 The reserves ended their league season with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at Kingston Park. Bradley Orr scored for United. match report

2004 Marseille (France) (a) 0-2 (0-1)
(0-2 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup Semi Final
2nd Leg
With everything to play for after a scoreless first leg on Tyneside, Didier Drogba broke Newcastle hearts with a goal in each half at a packed Stade Velodrome. 

A non-challenge from Hugo Viana allowed the home side to counter attack, Matthieu Flamini
supplying Drogba to shoot past Shay Given after shrugging off Aaron Hughes. 

United attempted to get back into the tie and had their moments after the break, with Lee Bowyer carelessly shooting wide and penalty claims when Shola Ameobi was impeed.

Slack marking from a free kick near the end settled it though, with Given then blocking another effort as Drogba went for a treble.

Future Magpie Habib Beye appeared for l'OM and also started in the final, but finished on the losing side as Valencia triumphed 2-0 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. match report

Youtube footage is online here

2012 Manchester City (h)
Premier League
65pts, 5th
Two goals from Yaya Toure settled this nervy live TV encounter but Newcastle pushed would-be Champions Manchester City all the way, in front of a record crowd at the rebuilt St. James' Park. match report

The day's only Premier League game saw Stoke City draw 1-1 on wearyside, a scoreline that resulted in the mackems sneaking two places up the table and dropping us back one place into 17th. 


Pos Team Played Points GD
11 Stoke City 36 41 -10
12 Fulham 36 40 -11
13 Aston Villa 36 40 -21
14 Southampton  36 39 -11
15 mackems 36 38 -12
16 Norwich City 36 38 -22
17 Newcastle 36 38 -23
18 Wigan 35 35 -22
19 Reading (R) 36 28 -26
20 QPR (R) 36 25 -28