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Robins rock Brighton

Brighton  0  Bristol City  1


Newcastle's Championship title challenge goes down to the last day after Bristol City shocked the Seagulls with a single goal victory at the Amex Stadium.

And that means if United can beat Barnsley next Sunday then only a Brighton win at Villa Park can stop the Magpies taking the title.

In fact, bettering Brighton's result against Villa will see Rafa' side pinch the title after it looked certain to end up on the South Coast.

Josh Brownhill's 43rd minute header was enough to win the game for the Robins and secure their Championship status but Chris Hughton's side rarely looked like breaking down the visitors.

On a night when opera singers and poets had been brought in to help the celebrations, it all fell flat for Albion, although they were still able to take the applause on a lap of honour to mark their promotion.

Current Championship table - top 7:

P Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Brighton 45 +34 92
2 Newcastle 45 +42 91
3 Reading 45 +2 82
4 Sheffield Wed 45 +16 81
5 Huddersfield 45 +1 81
6 Fulham 45 +27 77
7 Leeds 45 +14 74

Latest Championship results:

Fri 28.04.2017:
Cardiff City 0-2 Newcastle United

Sat 29.04.2017:

Barnsley 1-1 Burton Albion
Birmingham City 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Aston Villa
Derby County 3-1 Wolves
Fulham 1-1 Brentford
Ipswich Town 0-1 Sheff Wednesday
Leeds United 3-3 Norwich City
Preston North End 1-1 Rotherham United
QPR 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Reading 1-0 Wigan Athletic
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Bristol City

Over to you, Brighton

Cardiff City  0  Newcastle  2


Record breakers


Match footage is online here

Newcastle finished their season on the road at Cardiff on Friday night with a record 14th away win, putting the pressure on Brighton for the Championship title.

Fabulous strikes from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden in the second half secured the points for Rafa's side as they moved a point behind Chris Hughton's side, who host Bristol City at teatime on Saturday.

After a fairly lethargic first half in which neither side was....taxed.... Atsu chipped in a nonchalant free-kick from the edge of the box to break the deadlock and ten minutes later Hayden rifled home a 25-yard effort to make the points safe.


Christian Atsu - over the wall


The promotion party atmosphere was taken down to South Wales as over 4,000 away followers continued the celebrations in fine fashion, gleefully reminding a global TV audience that "sunlun's going down and the mags are going up." 

The team and manager took the plaudits at the end, Rafa indicating that the players warranted praise when songs were sung in his honour.

There could have been more goals for both sides, City wasting some good chances and United denied two clear penalties, while Jazz Richards was lucky to remain on the pitch after a reckless challenge on Atsu.

Brighton take on Bristol City at the Amex Stadium at 5.30pm (live on Sky) knowing that victory will secure the title for Chris Hughton's Seagulls. 

Any other result will take it to the final game of the season when we entertain Barnsley and Brighton are away at Aston Villa.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett, Atsu, Hayden, Diame, Colback (Shelvey 73), Perez (Sterry 90), Murphy (Mitrovic 66).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Haidara, Lazaar, Gouffran.

Atsu 55, Hayden 65.

McGregor, Richards, Morrison, Manga, Bennett, Whittingham (Pilkington 64), Halford (Ralls 63), Gunnarsson, Hoilett, Zohore, K.Harris (Noone 24).
Subs n/u: Peltier, Connolly, Lambert, Murphy.


Crowd: 23,153 including 4,262 away fans officially. It was the Bluebirds' biggest crowd of the season by 377 but despite that, not enough were present to justify opening the top tier of the Ninian Stand - added since United's last visit here.

The final away game of the season took us past the half million mark to 511,581 - an average of 22,243.

Aston Villa's crowd at Blackburn was 21,884 and means they finish top of the away totals with 517,368.

Obviously, Villa's total includes a 50,024 attendance at St. James' Park while our trip to Villa Park was watched by 32,062.

Referee: Graham Scott - second Newcastle game of the season for this Oxfordshire-based whistler, after the 2-0 victory away at Leeds back in November.

From the Howard Webb school of non-decision making.


This victory set a new all-time club record of 14 away league victories in a season and set a new points total on the road of 46 points. Tonight's outcome meant that the achievement of 13 wins set by Kevin Keegan's side back in 1992/93 was eclipsed.

That's now 97 goals for the season in the league (82) and cups (15) with one game remaining.

Cardiff became the eighth side that we've beaten home and away this season, following Brentford, Brighton, Burton, Derby, Preston, Rotherham and Wigan. Barnsley could be still become the ninth.

NUFC v Warnock teams on the road:

2016/17 Cardiff City won 2-0
2014/15 Crystal Palace won 3-2 (LC)
2011/12 QPR drew 0-0
QPR won 1-0
Crystal Palace won 2-0
2006/07 Sheffield United won 2-1
1992/93 Notts County won 2-0
1990/91 Notts County lost 0-3

The season-ending away game hasn't traditionally been a happy hunting ground for us, with maximum points taken just seven times in the last 40 years:

Cardiff City (a) won 2-0
2012/13 QPR (a) won 2-1
2009/10 QPR (a) won 1-0
Grimsby Town (a) won 2-0
Leicester City (a) won 2-1
1987/88 Portsmouth (a) won 2-1
1981/82 Crystal Palace (a) won 2-1

Magpies @ Bluebirds - last 10 (competitive):

2016/17 won 2-0 Atsu, Hayden
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy 2
2009/10 won 1-0 Coloccini
1983/84 won 2-0 Keegan, Beardsley
1981/82 won 4-0 Varadi 3, Davies(pen)
1980/81 lost 0-1
1979/80 drew 1-1 Shinton
1978/79 lost 1-2 Connolly
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
1963/64 drew 2-2 Cummings, McGarry(pen)

Allan McGregor returned between the posts for City - the Scot is currently on loan from Hull City and has now conceded eleven goals in his five competitive games against Newcastle, the trio of away games ending 2-0, 3-0 and 4-1 in our favour (the latter two at Hull). 


"I’m really pleased, because I think the players were doing so well all season, especially away, that it was a pity not to have broken the record before.

"To do it today after the promotion and be closer to Brighton is quite positive for everyone.

"After promotion we gave them a day off. During the week they were training well. I think they were quite focused. You could see, especially in the second half, that we played very good football.

"Something that they
(Brighton) have is experience. 

"We did our job - we’re happy with that. Also, when you play away, always it’s good for your fans if you can win, and especially if it’s a long, long trip.

"I think that the fans were delighted and hopefully they can go back even happier."

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Cheesey chips down
for mackems

There will be no Tyne-wear derby next season after they inevitably tumbled down to the Championship following a 0-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

Coupled with Hull's draw at Southampton, that left the mackems 13 points adrift with four games to play and condemns them to another demotion from the top tier. 

Arch rivals


"Tell me ma, me ma...." confirmation is forthcoming from Spurs that construction of their new stadium at White Hart Lane means Premier League home fixtures will be played at Wembley in the 2017/18 season.

Newcastle's last visit to the National Stadium came in the FA Cup back in April 2000, before the venue was overhauled and the Twin Towers demolished. 

Foxy laddies

Leicester U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  3

United's U18s returned to action when they beat their Leicester City counterparts 3-1 on Saturday.

Details to follow.

The young Magpies then conclude their season with back to back home games at Little Benton against Wolves (Saturday May 6th, 11am) and Swansea City (Saturday May 13th, 11am). 

Loan lads:

Lubo Satka (DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
A 1-0 home win over Senica in the Slovakian Super League on Thursday saw Satka complete another 90 minute shift. His side remain back in sixth place.

Tim Krul (AZ Alkmaar)
There's the chance of some silverware for Tim on Sunday, when AZ face Vitesse Arnhem in the final of the KNVB Cup. The venue is Feyenoord's ground.

Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts

Freddie Woodman
Hamilton Academical (a) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Henri Saivet
(AS Saint-Etienne)
Guingamp (a) Ligue 1, Saturday.

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) 
Burton Albion (h) Championship, Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Newport County (h) League Two, Saturday. 

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
No game this weekend.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
St Gallen (a) Swiss Super League, Sunday.

Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille)
Caen (a) Ligue 1, Sunday.

Emmanuel Riviere
(Real Osasuna)
Deportivo La Coruna (h) Primera Liga, Sunday.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Coventry City (h) League One, Sunday.

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
The midfielder remains out with a torn hamstring.

Matt finish

From NUFC, Thursday:

Matt Ritchie will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.

It was alleged the Newcastle United player used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official in or around the tunnel area following the conclusion of the game against Leeds United on 14th April 2017.

Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing he was also fined £5,000.

It's reported that the incident took place in the player's tunnel immediately after full time. The suspension means that Ritchie's season is over.

Magic (Gaffer's) hat


Back in stock now is Spirit of 69's El Jefe hat - a celebration of a certain Spaniard and his efforts to restore respectability to the Magpies.

The Tyneside-based merchandiser have them in four sizes online here for £16 plus delivery and we have one up for grabs in a free-to-enter giveaway. 

Just tell us which team Newcastle beat to give Rafa his first success as our manager last year. Email your answer to (subject: Hat).

Closing date is Thu May 4th @ 6pm - one per person please. Entries welcome from across the planet.

Business as usual:
Rafa: Thursday

"There is an investigation about something that happened four or five years ago. I will not talk about the investigation.

"What we did was train as usual, a normal session. Today I talked with Lee about pre-season. We are trying to do football business in the same way.

"A friend was telling me that we were lucky that we were promoted already, so I will take the positive. The positive thing is that we have done our job, and we enjoyed that for a couple of days.

"We have to be really proud of what we did, wait, and just do what we have to do, concentrate on football.

"If you are asking if he (Ashley) has congratulated me, yes, and we will discuss the future of the club, the future of myself and everything. We will do it in the professional way that I like to do things.

"I will have the meeting with him in, I don't know, days or maybe a week, or something like this.

"I am quite confident everything will be fine
(in the future), but my focus is on the remaining games.

"I need to talk with Mike and it depends on how things are going whether I am optimistic. At the moment, I am quite happy.

"We have been fighting hard to go back to the Premier League and we will do our best to be sure we have a competitive team and that we can challenge for whatever."
Tax Mags:

Update: French news outlets reported on Thursday morning that former Magpie Sylvain Marveaux was one of those detained in France.

midfielder joined Newcastle on a Bosman free from Rennes during July 2011, leaving for fellow French side Guingamp on a loan deal exactly three years later. 

Returning to Tyneside in the summer of 2015, Marveaux saw out the final season of his deal at Gallowgate before becoming a free agent and then moving permanently to French side FC Lorient.

The other three people arrested in France on Wednesday are reported to be football agents.

Update: The Sun newspaper claims that the 2011 signing of Demba Ba by Newcastle led to the establishment of an HMRC investigation in 2016 that ultimately prompted Wednesday's activities.

They also go on to highlight an alleged dispute that involved the signing of Henri Saivet by Newcastle in 2016 - with the player changing agents before he swapped Bordeaux for Tyneside.

Saivet's former agent alleges that his client made that change following contact with Graham Carr and that Lee Charnley was also contacted over the situation.   

Less than 36 hours after sealing promotion to the Premier League, Newcastle United made headlines of a different kind after early morning raids by HMRC staff across Tyneside on Wednesday:

Here's a summary of the day's events:

HMRC entered offices at St. James' Park and Darsley Park to search for and take documents and items related to their ongoing investigation. 

NUFC MD Lee Charnley was arrested by HMRC officials at his Gosforth home, which was also searched.

HMRC statement released:

"HMRC has arrested several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected £5 million income tax and National Insurance fraud. One hundred and eighty HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today.

"Investigators have searched a number of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.

"The French authorities are assisting the UK investigation, have made several arrests and several locations have been searched in France.

"This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences.

"As this is an ongoing investigation, HMRC is unable to provide further detail at this time.”

Sky Sports News reported Charnley had been arrested 
as part of a police investigation into a suspected £5m income tax and National Insurance fraud. 

They later tweeted:

We're told today's HMRC raids focus on player transfers between UK & France; image rights, benefits and agent payments.

It emerged that no other arrests were made in the UK, and that West Ham's London Stadium and Rush Green Training Ground were also raided.

A visit to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home was made by HMRC for make a request for information to be provided on a voluntary basis.

Both the Metropolitan Police and Northumbria Police confirmed that they weren't involved in the raids.

2pm From the Football London website, which is owned by Mirror Group Newspapers:

It has emerged in France that Marseille are at the centre of a criminal investigation and some senior directors have been charged, with some 800 bank accounts and 110 companies being examined.

French news site RMC claimed that Marseille denied any involvement in the investigations - other news outlets in France reported that the club refused to comment on the claims.

There was speculation that the French investigation involved former Marseille directors and the French Justice Ministry then announced that 10 raids had taken place and four arrests had been made:

"The British authorities suspect secret payments may have been made to benefit certain players, their agents or third parties, allowing them to avoid paying tax on the income, or making social security payments."

6.10pm Sky Sports News reported Charnley had been released by HMRC officials. The Mail tweeted that:

Lee Charnley released without charge by HMRC. He was not formally questioned and will return to work tomorrow.

6.20pm NUFC statement released:

Newcastle United can confirm that a member of its staff has this morning been assisting HMRC with their inquiries. The Club will be making no further comment at this time.

Daily Mirror report:

Toon owner Mike Ashley only found out from the TV news, according to the club’s chief scout Graham Carr, dad of comedian Jimmy (it's actually Alan...)

He said: “Mike wouldn’t know what was going on in the office. He’d probably know the gross figures and all that, and how much is paid to agents.

"But he would probably leave Lee Charnley to run the club which he’s done very well. It’s a sad day for Newcastle, a real bolt out of the blue. It’s a bit of a shocker.”

Carr, 72, admitted he expected to be questioned but insisted he had nothing to hide.

Our comments posted during the course of the day:

Never dull round here eh?

Confirmation of the link between the French and English authorities would seem to confirm that the alleged offences concern the sale or purchase of players from that country, playing for clubs in that country - or represented by French-based agents.

That would lead to scrutiny of a significant number of transfers involving current and former Newcastle players including the likes of Romain Amalfitano, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Remy Cabella, Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Gabriel Obertan, Loic Remy, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Moussa Sissoko, Florian Thauvin and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Inevitably, this news has led to speculation over a possible points deduction and/or transfer embargo affecting NUFC if financial impropriety is proven.

That cannot be ruled out, but given the complex nature of what is being investigated and the time for any case to come to court, it would seem unlikely that anything could affect our return to the top flight. 

What happens after that though is another matter - and while this remains a tax issue, it's plausible that the outcome could trigger action from the football authorities.

This isn't the first time that SJP has been visited unexpectedly by HMRC officials, with enquiries related to former midfielder Amdy Faye seeing club offices of United, Rangers, Portsmouth raided in July 2007.

PS: From the "you really couldn't make this stuff up" department, on the very day that St. James' Park was raided by HMRC, a public seminar by The Chartered Institute of Taxation was hosted there.

Spartans conquer 

Match footage is online here

Blyth Spartans
lifted the Northumberland Senior Cup at St. James' Park on Wednesday night - but only after surviving a late North Shields comeback.

Managed by former Magpie Alun Armstrong, Blyth dominated the first half and deservedly went in 2-0 ahead thanks to Luke Armstrong's brace.

Cup holders Shields then managed to prevent the Northern Premier League champions from scoring a seemingly inevitable third goal - and grabbed one themselves through Dean Holmes on 85 minutes.

Blyth looked to have put the outcome beyond doubt when Ryan Hutchinson struck in the final seconds of normal time, only for Gareth Bainbridge to net in the first of four additional minutes.

However there was no further scoring and Blyth lifted the trophy in front of a crowd of 1,968, on-loan Newcastle goalkeeper Paul Woolston rounding off a decent season at Croft Park with a winner's medal.  

Mug punter

The FA confirmed on Wednesday that former Magpie midfielder Joey Barton had been banned from all football activity for 18 months and fined £30,000.

It follows his admission of guilt to betting charges arising from 1,260 wagers placed on football matches between 2006 and 2016.

Barton responded via his own website online here and included details of bets placed in matches involving teams he was playing for at the time.

That also involves NUFC and bets were placed by Barton on our games as follows (note that he only played in one of these games, versus Stevenage).

NUFC to win:
2008/09 Spurs (h) LC (lost 1-2)
2008/09 mackems (h) PL x 2 (drew 1-1)
2008/09 Hull City (a) PL x 2 (drew 1-1)
2009/10 Nottingham Forest (a) Ch'ship (lost 0-1)
2009/10 Derby County (h) Ch'ship (drew 0-0)
2010/11 Stevenage (a) FA Cup x 2 (lost 1-3)

NUFC to lose:
2008/09 PSV (h) Friendly x 9 (drew 2-2)
2008/09 Manchester United (a) PL (drew 1-1)
2008/09 Chelsea (a) PL (drew 0-0)
2010/11 Chelsea (h) PL x 2 (drew 1-1)
2010/11 Arsenal Reserves (h) (won 2-1)  

22 of his 23 bets involving NUFC were unsuccessful and the £2,484 he wagered brought back just £435. 

If Joey is looking for a new career direction, becoming an expert tipster would seem to be a long shot....

Move on up 

Newcastle  4  Preston North End  1

Match footage is online here

Match report is online here

Cottagers date set

Monday evening saw the final round of matches played in the Premier League 2 competition, with Newcastle already assured of a promotion playoff place after defeating Boro in their last game the previous week.

A three point haul confirmed a third-place finish for Peter Beardsley's side and home advantage in a one-off semi-final, against fourth-placed Fulham.

That will take place at SJP on Monday May 8th with a 7pm kickoff and a result must be achieved on the night via extra-time and then penalties if needed.

With Swansea City taking the automatic promotion place after topping the table, Wolves and West Ham play in the other semi-final, also on May 8th.

Victory for Newcastle over Fulham would see them at home in the final if West Ham won their semi-final, or travelling to Molineux if Wolves won. 

The Cottagers were our most recent home league opponents, goals from Tom Heardman (2) and Victor Fernandez helping United to a 2-1 success at Whitley Park earlier this month.

Barnsley (h)

United conclude a successful one season stay in the Championship by facing the Tykes at SJP in a noon kick-off on Sunday week (May 7th).

The game is a sell-out, with hopes that the visitors would decline some of their allocation that could be sold to home fans now apparently dashed. 

Betting: To follow

Matt Ritchie will miss out as he serves the second of a two match ban.

On-loan Magpie Adam Armstrong is ineligible to play against his parent club while Marc Roberts will miss out due to injury.


UK TV: None (tbc)

Overseas TV: tbc (if any)

UK Radio: tbc (if any)

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)



Championship fixtures - final day:

Sun 07.05.2017:
Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion (Noon)
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers (Noon)
Bristol City v Birmingham City (Noon)
Burton Albion v Reading (Noon)
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City (Noon)
Newcastle United v Barnsley (Noon)
Norwich City v QPR (Noon)
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town (Noon)
Rotherham United v Derby County (Noon)
Sheff Wednesday v Fulham (Noon)
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United (Noon)
Wolves v Preston North End (Noon)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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 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.


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 29.04.2017 U18s v Leicester City (a) @ LCFC Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.05.2017 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Note new date.

Sun 07.05.2017 Barnsley (h) @ SJP, Noon. Championship. SOLD OUT.

Mon 08.05.2017 U23s v Fulham (a) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 playoff semi-final.

Sat 13.05.2017 U18s v Swansea City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 03.07.2017 Pre-season training starts.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

2017/18 season start/end dates:
PL 12.08.2017 to 13.05.2018

2017/18 season fixture dates:

League Cup Final 25.02.2018
FA Cup Final date tbc

Talk-ins etc:

Fri 12.05.2017 John Anderson and Mick Lowes
@ Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue, Jesmond. £12.50 online here

Sat 20.05.2017 John Beresford, Ruel Fox, Keith Gillespie, Steve Howey @ Dolphin Centre, Darlington. £30 to £60 
online here

Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner @ Village Hotel, North Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance. £50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

Saturday 20.05.2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21.05.2017:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be staged at SJP on successive days.

International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 28.08-05.09.2017
Mon-Tue 02.10-10.10.2017
Mon-Tue 06.11-14.11.2017
Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

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

This one is just so wrong on every level as the Beeb surpass themselves:

Thanks to the dozens of you that spotted it.

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

On This Day in History
29th April

Born Or Died:

1907 James Murray Boyd born, Glasgow.

Outside right Jimmy began his career with Petershill Juniors on his native Clydeside before signing for Edinburgh St.Bernards.

Signing for the Magpies in 1925, Boyd made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw at Cardiff City in September 1926 - playing just twice that season as United won the Championship.

First establishing himself during the 1928/29 campaign, Jimmy's most prolific season was to be in 1931/32, when he appeared in all nine FA Cup ties the club played including the Final victory over Arsenal.    

Capped once by Scotland (versus Northern Ireland in 1933), he served United as club captain and signed off in a 4-2 home win over Oldham in December 1934.

Making a £1,000 switch to Derby County in May 1935, he played alongside Hughie Gallacher for the Rams but was at the Baseball Ground for barely a year before moving on to sign for Bury. 

Later moves took him to Dundee and Grimsby Town, while he appeared for both Clapton Orient and Brighton in wartime football.

Post-war Jimmy scouted for both Newcastle and Boro. He passed away in March 1991.

1917 John Douglas Wright born, Rochford, Essex. (1938-48)

Wing half who joined Southend United after impressing in the colours of Chelmsford City.

Duggie made a £3,250 move to SJP ahead of the 1938/39 season and debuted in a 2-1 home win over Plymouth Argyle that August.  

What proved to be his sole full England cap then arrived three months later, as Norway were beaten 4-0 at Gallowgate.

Wounded on army service in WW2, Wright returned to the Magpies XI once league football restarted and featured in the 13-0 win over Newport County in October 1946. 

Leaving United following their return to Division One in 1948, he then enjoyed a successful six year spell at Lincoln City.

Returning to the North East with Blyth Spartans, Duggie served as player, manager and secretary at Croft Park and also worked at Blyth Power Station. He died in 1992.

1932 Death of John Auld, 70.

1955 Ralph Callachan born, Edinburgh.

A product of the Tynecastle Boys Club, midfielder Ralph made his Hearts debut in April 1974, just days before turning 19.

February 1977 saw him move to SJP in a £70K transfer - eight months after finishing up as a loser in the Scottish FA Cup final.

However his stay on Tyneside was brief and he didn't get off to the best of starts with his new manager Richard Dinnis - who had no prior knowledge of Callachan's arrival (the deal was done by club Directors).

Debuting in the UEFA Cup away to Dublin side Bohemians, the home leg of that tie proved to be the only time that Callachan was victorious in a Newcastle shirt and his final game came in a 0-3 loss at Leicester City that coincided with his 23rd birthday.

Following United's relegation, Ralph began pre-season in the reserve side and scored in a kickabout at Berwick Rangers before returning to Edinburgh in late August 1978.

This time he signed for boyhood favourites Hibernian in a part-exchange deal that saw defender John Brownlie heading to SJP.

Back at Hampden again in 1979, he once again collected a runners up gong and completed a full set of Edinburgh league clubs with a move to Meadowbank in 1986.

Ralph then briefly featured for Morton before becoming Berwick Rangers player boss between 1990 and 1992, still turning out for the Borderers at the age of 36.

After running a pub in Musselburgh near Edinburgh, Ralph later worked as a taxi driver in the city.   

1993 Aaron Spear born, Plymouth.

Sought-after attacking midfielder signed from Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed fee, during the time that Dennis Wise was in charge of our youth recruitment.

Appearing initially for the U16 side, Aaron's first game at U18 level came in October 2008, coming off the bench in a home victory over Barnsley. 

His second string debut was then as a substitute in a home win over the smoggies at Whitley Park in February 2009.

Aaron gave a glimpse of his promise when scoring a well-taken goal for the Reserves against Rotherham in October that year.

However, the following season saw him restricted to youth team duty, during which he was dismissed against Liverpool. 

Media stories that Spear had failed to settle in the area appeared before his release in June 2011, after which he moved to the IBV club in Iceland.

Scoring five goals in his first season, an unsuccessful trial at Bundesliga side Stuttgart followed, before signing an extended deal with IBV in late 2011.

Loaned out to lower league side Víkingur Reykjavík the following year, Spear played for Devon-based Elburton Villa during the close season before returning to Iceland with IBV in February 2013.

Heading back to England for a second spell at Elburton, 2014 then found Aaron linking up with Icelandic side BÍ/Bolungarvik.

Spear next tried his luck in Sweden, signing for the Gällivare/Malmbergets FF club in March 2015.

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1893 Preston North End (h)
Sorley 2, Collins 2, Crate 

1899 Derby County (h) 4-1 (3-1)
Aitken, Stevenson, Wardrope, Peddie 
scorer tbc

1901 Glasgow Rangers (a)
F.Speedie 2, RG.Campbell(pen) 
This match was held to raise money for the families of the 25 victims of the Ibrox Stadium disaster some weeks earlier.

Inside forward Finlay Speedie netted a brace and would become a Magpie in 1906.

1902 Glasgow Rangers (a)
Peddie 2, McColl 2, Orr 
This kickabout reportedly took place at Central Park in Aberdeen. 

1903 Glasgow Rangers (a)
Rutherford, Templeton 
A.Smith, RC.Hamilton
Another Ibrox Disaster Fund benefit match, held at Cathkin Park, home of Third Lanark.

1905 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One 
48pts, 1st
Orr(5), Rutherford(52), Appleyard(53)
This victory gave United their first league title, rivals Everton having already finished their programme one point ahead. Ironically Everton should have clinched it, but were forced to replay their game against Arsenal which had been abandoned with Everton 3-1 ahead. Arsenal won the restaged game.

1907 Fulham (h)
Scorer tbc

1908 Manchester United (a)
Scorers tbc 

1910 24 hours after capturing the FA Cup in a replay at Goodison Park, the victorious United team returned to Tyneside and were led from the Central Station by the pipe band of the Northumberland Veterinary Association, no less.

1911 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
40pts, 8th
Metcalf, Willis, McCracken(pen) 
Wynn 2, Ross
Last match of the season for United.

1912 Aberdeen (a)
Hudspeth (pen) 

1922 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
46pts, 5th
Hagan 2, McDonald 3 
Only appearance between the posts for third choice goalkeeper John Archibald, who subsequently departed for Grimsby in search of regular first team football, before returning to his native Scotland.

1925 Hibernian (a)
Ritchie, Dunn, Love 
A Wednesday evening visit to Easter Road saw the Magpies field a side that included Bill Bradley, Alf Maitland, Roddie Mackenzie, William Cowan, William Gibson, Bert Keating, Tom Macdonald and goalscorer James Low.

1933 Derby County (a)
Division One 
49pts, 5th
Allen, J.R.Richardson 
Duncan 2, Randall

1939 Luton Town (h)
Division Two 
46pts, 9th
Pearson (pen), Clifton 
United ended the season with a first win in nine games to end up in mid-table, having dropped out of the promotion stakes after 
an inconsistent post-Christmas run. 

1950 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
48pts, 6th
Milburn, Walker 2 
United successfully contained the goal threat of former centre forward, Roy Bentley.

1956 Atletico Madrid (Spain) (a)
Scorers tbc

1959 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
41pts, 11th
The season ended with a mid-table finish, as we made it six games without defeat.

1961 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
32pts, 21st
Allchurch, McGuigan 2, Neale 
Pickering, MacLeod
A fine away win to close the season but United were already relegated.

1961 Back at Gallowgate meanwhile, Ashington and Whitley Bay played out a 1-1 draw in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

The Seahorses took an early lead through Walton, only for the Colliers to quickly level thanks to Edwards.

Whitley Bay ran out 4-2 winners in the replay staged at Blyth's Croft Park.

1967 Southampton (h)
Division One 
33pts, 19th
Davies(52), Noble(76),
This victory pretty much secured our First Division status. Just as well - we lost the last two games but so did Aston Villa and we would finish 20th.

1978 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
Goodwin(8), Davies(56), Salmons(79) 
A dispirited United bade farewell to the top flight, having already been relegated along with City.

Fifteen fans were hospitalised as violence flared following a pitch invasion during the game by Newcastle followers.

1989 Wimbledon (a)
Division One 
30pts, 19th
Wise(25pen), Miller(73), Jones(80), Cotterill(84)
A one-sided encounter at Plough Lane on what proved to be our final visit to that ground - with us losing three and drawing the other of our four games.

1989 Meanwhile at SJP, Newcastle's second string collected their first Northumberland Senior Cup for over half a century, beating North Shields 5-1.

983 fans saw goals from Michael Parkinson, Steve Howey (2), David Roche and Tony Lormor, Thompson replying for the Robins.

1994 Another of Keegan's less successful signings Peter Cormack - son of the former Liverpool star - was farmed out to Brighton on trial with a view to a permanent transfer.

However, no deal was forthcoming at the Goldstone Ground and Cormack junior returned to his native Scotland with Greenock Morton.

He subsequently appeared for Raith Rovers, Stirling Albion, Clydebank, Ross County, Stenhousemuir, Albion Rovers, Bo'ness United and Arbroath.

1995 Manchester City (a)
Premier League 
68pts, 5th
Newcastle fans were housed in a section of the new Kippax Stand at Maine Road - which was only in a partially finished state due to non-payment of bills by City - according to local gossip. 

Magpies goalkeeping coach John Burridge was on loan to the home club and replaced the injured Tony Coton for the second half.

1996 Leeds United (a)
Premier League 
76pts, 2nd
Keith Gillespie's early header settled this nervous Monday night encounter in front of the Sky cameras at Elland Road.

However, the real headlines were made in the post-match interview by Kevin Keegan, which culminated in his infamous 'Love it, just love it' comments directed at Alex Ferguson.

What is often forgotten though is the source of KK's anger: Fergie's claim that Nottingham Forest would lie down for United at the City Ground three nights later, due to Keegan agreeing to take part with his side in a testimonial match for Stuart Pearce.
Youtube footage is online here

1998 Leicester City (a)
Premier League 
41pts, 15th
Neil Lennon, who had been fined for making obscene gestures at United fans in the corresponding fixture the previous season, inexplicably found his face coming into contact with the boot of a Mr. A. Shearer of Gosforth. 

Former United winger Steve Guppy played for the Foxes and justified Kevin Keegan's decision to sell him by being constantly outwitted by his marker, Warren Barton.

2000 Coventry City (h)
47pts, 12th
Shearer(78pen), Gavilan(84)
Diego Gavilan became the first Paraguayan to score in the Premier League. match report 

2002 Newcastle blew their reserve title hopes at Elland Road after conceding the only goal of the game within two minutes.

Magpies defender
Ryan McGuffie was beaten by Harpal Singh on the left and when his low cross was missed by both Adam Collin and Peter Ramage, Jamie McMaster was on hand to convert from close range.

Our front pairing of Carl Cort and Michael Chopra failed to test Paul Robinson in the home goal, meaning that we were pipped to the title by Manchester United. match report

2006 Birmingham City (a)
55pts, 7th
United made it six games  unbeaten and the draw condemned Steve Bruce's Blues to relegation, but it also effectively torpedoed our hopes of UEFA Cup qualification.

The point briefly moved us up to sixth spot, only to drop back down a place within hours when Blackburn won 2-0 away to Charlton.

Michael Owen made his comeback from the foot injury that had sidelined him since the last day of 2005, but was nowhere near fit. match report

2009 Newcastle brought their reserve league season to a disappointing conclusion, losing 1-5 to Liverpool at their temporary home of Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium. Haris Vuckic netted for United. match report

Aston Villa thumped the mackems 6-1 at Villa Park, moving above United to leave Alan Pardew's side one place above the drop zone with just three games remaining.