Tuesday September 1st, 2015

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Ticket news:

West Ham (a) SOLD OUT
Watford (h) Public sale now (online)
Sheff Wed (h) ST Holders now

Cisse doubts persist


Having completed a century of league games for United on Saturday, fresh doubts have emerged over whether Papiss Cisse will be around to make his 101st.

Asked by reporters whether he would still be at the club when the current transfer window closes at 6pm tonight, the man from Senegal replied:

"I donít know. Seriously, I donít know. I donít like to speak about it.  always want to play. Iím always ready to play. 

"If the manager gives me the chance to play, I will play. I work very hard on the training pitch every day, but I donít know if Iíve done something wrong. 

"The decision is for the gaffer to make and I accept that, but itís very hard for me.Ē

Cisse's Mr 15% Madou Diene commented meanwhile:

"If the right offer comes I will ask Papiss to consider it. Nobody wants to be at a club where you don't feel wanted.

"There has been no offer from Galatasaray yet, it is only talk in the media. But there has been nothing concrete.

"Perhaps if there was it would be considered because at Papiss' age he wants to play regular football. No matter which team he plays for he needs service because he will score goals.

"During his time at Newcastle, he's never had proper service which makes his goal tally even more remarkable.

"As long as Papiss is here he will score goals. He can't do that if he's sitting on the bench."

30 year-old Cisse is under contract at SJP until 2017 and it's claimed by a number of papers that he is currently available for a £6m transfer fee.

There has been a reluctance to sanction a move to another Premier League club, with claims of interest from clubs in Turkey, China and the Middle East doing the rounds for the last 18 months.

Ironically, the antics of Aleksandar Mitrovic against Arsenal had given Cisse a route back into the starting eleven for our next three games (pending appeal). 

With Emmanuel Riviere still sidelined by injury and Adam Armstrong farmed out on loan, Cisse's departure would leave United with only Ayoze Perez as striking cover - replicating the situation last season that almost cost us dear when our number nine sat out sixteen PL games for a variety of reasons.

Kemen home, Newcastle....


Olivier Kemen has signed for Ligue 1 side Lyon and was presented as their player on Monday evening, ahead of the earlier closing of their transfer window.

The 19 year-old midfielder failed to make a first team appearance for United, although he did feature in the senior squad last season under John Carver.

No mention of the fee paid has appeared yet, with the length of the player's existing deal at SJP also never publicly disclosed.

joined United from French side Metz for an undisclosed compensation fee in Summer of 2013.

Representing France at U16 and U17 level before becoming a Magpie, his first experience of English football came in a reserve friendly at Workington.

Making his competitive bow for the club in a 2-4 U21 league loss at Reading during August 2013, Kemen appeared in a handful of reserve games that season.

A regular starter for the U18s, Olivier also became an online cause celebre for a few days in March 2014 when his "hand of God" goal against Chelsea in an FA Youth Cup tie at SJP was viewed across the planet.

Again with the U21s last season, Kemen netted fine efforts against Wolves and Blackburn Rovers. However he missed the chance to impress new boss Steve McClaren on United's USA tour, captaining France U19s in the European Championship Finals instead.

And the genesis of his move to Lyon seems to have come then, with a series of good displays seeing him receive positive coverage in France - and two of his regular U19 colleagues already with Olympique.

Kemen's departure comes soon after Mehdi Abeid exited from the club - another low cost purchase by United of a Frenchman that failed to come off. 

Premier League:
Sunk by A. Marriner

Newcastle  0  Arsenal


Match report

Last weekend's Premier League results:

Sat 29.08.2015:
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 2-2 mackems
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Spurs 0-0 Everton

Sun 30.08.2015:
Southampton 3-0 Norwich City
Swansea 2-1 Manchester United

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Old boy network:
Spiderman in Spain

Linked with clubs in his native Argentina plus Brazil and Italy, former Magpie Jonas Gutierrez has turned up in Spain after agreeing a deal with Deportivo La Coruna.

Coincidentally, that's the same club that United bought his Gallowgate pal Fabricio Coloccini from in 2008.

It's not Ian Bogey...:
Golf giveaway

Our latest competition is a little bit different, with a free four-ball golf match up for grabs to readers courtesy of Tyneside-based ITC Service Ltd. 

The venue is the championship course at the acclaimed Ramside Hall Golf Club just off the A1 near Durham and the prize is to be taken during September.  

To be in with a chance of winning just identify the SJP old boy pictured below, hopefully contemplating a golf shot rather than taking a swing at a team mate....


Please email your answer to by Noon on Wednesday September 9th. One entry per person please, prize consists of golf as described - bar bills, travelling expenses, daft trousers etc. excluded. 

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National service

Youth international callups involving NUFC players: 

Mackenzie Heaney (U17s):
Wed 26.08.2015
Italy (h) Telford FR won 3-0
Mackenzie played the full 90 minutes.

Fri 28.08.2015 Turkey (h) Walsall FR won 2-1
Starting the game on the bench, Heaney arrived as a 55th minute substitute with England 2-1 ahead - which was the final score. 

Sun 30.08.2015 Portugal (h) Burton FR lost 3-7
Another 90 minute shift for Heaney brought him a goal, finishing off a 14th minute counter attack from a Portugal corner with a close-range finish to put the Young Lions 2-1 ahead.

England hosted this four team friendly event as a warm-up for the European Championship qualifying tournament in Portugal in late September - the first step on the road to the finals in Azerbaijan next May.

Alex Gilliead (U20s):

Mon 07.09.2015 Czech Republic (h) Shrewsbury FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (U19s):
Fri 04.09.2015 Germany (a) Bergisch Gladbach FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Croatia (a) Zagreb FR

Paul Woolston ( U18s):

Thu 03.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR
Sat 05.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR

Other youth callups:

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U19):

Wed 02.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR
Fri 04.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR

More helping 
hands for Heed 

A third young Newcastle goalkeeper has left the club on loan, with Brendan Pearson following Freddie Woodman and Paul Woolston out of Gallowgate.

18 year-old Pearson has made the short trip over the Tyne to Gateshead as cover for Woolston, who is currently on loan to the Tynesiders but soon to be absent due to England international commitments.

Pearson moves to the International Stadium on a 28 day youth loan. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A second start in OM colours for Remy came on Friday night in a 0-2 loss away to Guingamp in Ligue 1. He lasted 77 minutes before being replaced. 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Ameobi came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining as Cardiff won 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Injury meant that Fergie was again missing from the matchday squad as Millwall lost 0-2 at home to Chesterfield in League One on Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town):
Another clean sheet for Freddie as it finished goalless at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two on Saturday.

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Goalkeeper Brendan was an unused substitute as the Heed won 2-0 at home to Lincoln City in the National League on Monday.

Paul Woolston (Gateshead):
Ahead of linking up with England U18s, goalkeeper Wooly was an unused substitute for Saturday's 2-0 away win at Guiseley.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):

Arma played the full game but didn't add to his goals tally as the Sky Blues drew 2-2 at home to Southend United in League One on Monday evening.


Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, 
Georginio Wijnaldum
Thu 03.09.2015 Iceland (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Sun 06.09.2015 Turkey (a) Konya ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Gibraltar (n) Faro ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Georgia (h) Dublin ECQ

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo):
Sun 06.09.2015 C.A.R. (a) Bangui ACNQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Faroe Islands (a) Torshavn ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Hungary (h) Belfast ECQ

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
Fri 04.09.2015
Armenia (h) Novi Sad ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Fri 04.09.2015
Portugal (a) Lisbon FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

PS: There was no place for Papiss Cisse in the Senegal squad for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia, Paul Dummett was excluded from the Welsh selection to face Cyprus and Israel and Cheick Tiote missed out Ivory Coast's meeting with Sierra Leone.

Back to the future


Following confirmation that away ticket prices for this season's Premier League meetings between Newcastle and West Ham have been pegged at £25 for adults, another reciprocal pricing deal has been announced.

Toon fans visiting Watford in January will also now be charged £25 for admission - with Hornets followers paying the same at Gallowgate in September.

That £25 charge is identical to what Toon followers paid for our last top-flight game at Vicarage Road - back in May 2007.

(Away concessions for both games will cost £17.50 for over-65s, £15 for 16-19s and £10 for U16s.)

Capital One Cup:
Flor he's a jolly 
good fellow!

Newcastle  4  Northampton Town  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report is online here

Premier League:
West Ham (a) 

Newcastle return to action on Monday week (September 14th) in what is their final scheduled appearance at the Boleyn Ground before the Hammers relocate to their new home at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Our very first visit to Upton Park was for an FA Cup tie during February 1909 that ended in a 0-0 draw.

Kickoff is at 8pm and all away end tickets are sold.


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NUFC: To follow. 


Magpies @ Upton Park: Premier Years:

2014/15: Lost 0-1
2013/14: Won 3-1 Cabaye 2, Remy
2012/13: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Won 2-1 Nolan, Carroll
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Owen
2007/08: Drew 2-2 Martins, Geremi
2006/07: Won 2-0 Duff, Martins
2005/06: Won 4-2 Owen 3, Shearer
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Bellamy, Jenas
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-1
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Won 1-0 Barnes
1996/97: Drew 0-0
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-1 Lee, Mathie, OG
1993/94: Won 4-2 Cole, Lee 2, Mathie

Former Magpie Andy Carroll is predicted to make his latest comeback from injury in this game.

Four games into their Premier League season after a six game Europa League campaign and the Hammers have recorded two clean sheets and collected six points.

That they came from a 2-0 win at Arsenal and a 3-0 success at Liverpool, while their two home games were both lost (1-2 to Leicester and 3-4 to Bournemouth) is one of the more unexpected stories of 2015/16 so far. 

Referee: tbc

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 12.09.2015:
Everton v Chelsea (12.45pm)
Arsenal v Stoke City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (3pm)
Norwich City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Watford v Swansea City (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton (3pm)
Manchester United v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 13.09.2015:

mackems v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky
Leicester City v Aston Villa (4pm) Sky

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

Capital One Cup:
on Wednesday

Newcastle's reward for overcoming League Two Northampton Town 4-1 in the Capital One Cup Second Round is another home tie, this time against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

That will take place on Wednesday September 23rd @ 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes extra time and penalties if required. 

The Owls beat Mansfield Town and Oxford United at Hillsborough to reach Round Three and the tie sets up a return to SJP for ex-Magpie player and manager Glenn Roeder, now Wednesday's Director of Football.

Like Northampton, Newcastle have never previously faced Wednesday in this competition but the sides are no strangers in the FA Cup, with United winning all but one of the five ties - the last back in 1981.

A second half strike from Ayoze Perez separated the two sides in our most recent match-up - a friendly fixture in the Steel City back in July 2014.

And a Shola Ameobi effort gave us a 1-0 home win in August 2009 on Wednesday's most recent visit to Tyneside - a Championship encounter.

Our last exit from the competition at the hands of a lower league side came back in October 2003, when West Bromwich Albion recorded a 2-1 victory on Tyneside in a Third Round tie.

Since then our hopes of silverware have been dashed by teams in the same division as us - with a 2009/10 exit coming from fellow Championship side Peterborough. 

Third Round ties are played in the week commencing Monday September 21st, meaning that Saturday home Premier League games against Watford and Chelsea will bookend the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Third Round ties:

Tue 22.09.2015:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Fulham v Stoke City
Hull City v Swansea City
Leicester City v West Ham
smoggies v Wolves
Preston North End v Bournemouth
Reading v Everton
mackems v Manchester City

Wed 23.09.2015:
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
MK Dons v Southampton
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Spurs v Arsenal
Walsall v Chelsea

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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


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

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 N
ewcastle 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

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Sat 05.09.2015 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Fri 11.09.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.09.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky.

Sat 19.09.2015 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Thu 03.09.2015 (in person / by phone)

Mon 21.09.2015
U21s v West Ham (a) @ Rush Green, Romford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 23.09.2015 Sheffield Wednesday (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. ST Holders to apply now for their own seat £15 adults, £5 concessions. Members sale Thu 03.09.2015. General sale Sat 05.09.2015.

Sat 26.09.2015
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ LFC Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky.

Mon 28.09.2015
U21s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015
U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.


Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer
@ Dunston Lancastrian Suite. £30 including supper. Contact:
(Event is in aid of Wallsend Boys Club and adults only - strictly no children allowed). 

Thu 17.09.2015 Football writers Michael Walker & Harry Pearson in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry. 

Thu 01.10.2015 John Beresford (with MC John Gibson) @ Leam Lane Social Club. £10 including pie & peas. Contact: 07800 770411 (for Felling Magpies)

Fr 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Future live TV picks should appear thus:

Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

Radio Commentary:

Talk Sport:
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Discount admission schemes for NUFC season ticket holders at both Gateshead FC and Darlington FC won't apply in 2015/16.

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Update: Mark has some new T-shirts designs available
online here  

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
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
1st September

Born Or Died:

1894 Tom Curry born, South Shields.

Defender who made his United league debut in a 1-0 victory at Arsenal the day before his 25th birthday. 

That was on the opening day of the 1919/20 season, although Tom had moved to the club before the outbreak of WW1, serving with The Royal Engineers during the hostilities.

Exiting SJP in favour of Stockport County in 1929, Curry retired within a year and joined the staff at Carlisle United as their trainer.

Five years later he took up a similar post with Manchester United and assisted Matt Busby when he took charge of the Great Britain football side at the 1948 London Olympics.

Sadly Tom perished in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. His body was later returned to Manchester for cremation in the city.

1954 Glenn Keeley born, Barking. 

Central defender Glenn began his career as an apprentice at Ipswich Town and was handed a first team debut in 1972 by manager Bobby Robson. 

A £70K transfer brought him to Tyneside in the summer of 1974, as Joe Harvey looked to bolster his defence following the loss of Bobby Moncur to the mackems.

And Keeley promptly faced Moncur and his red and whites in a Texaco Cup tie at Roker Park in August of that year, losing 1-2.

The possessor of the longest neck ever seen at SJP (excluding Jack Charlton), Glenn's time in toon wasn't particularly memorable, falling from favour after some error-strewn displays and a calamitous own goal away to Middlesbrough early in 1976.

However he did return to the side to net at the right end with a fine header in the League Cup semi-final victory over Spurs at Gallowgate. 

Appearing in the Wembley final defeat by Manchester City in that competition, Glenn's last game came in the Anglo-Scottish Cup away at Hull City in August 1976, before joining Blackburn Rovers in a £70K move.

Spending over a decade at Ewood Park, Keeley played 370 times for Rovers but is recalled more for a single game in the colours of Everton during November 1982.

Taken on loan with a view to a permanent transfer by his former Rovers boss Howard Kendall, he debuted against Liverpool at Goodison and contrived to be sent off as the Toffees were thrashed 0-5.

Remaining a Rover until 1987 when moving on to Oldham Athletic, Glenn joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in September 1988 after a loan spell at Colchester.

Signing for non-league Chorley the following February, Keeley coached at neighbouring Colne and played on for the North West Counties side until his late forties.

Gaining a degree in Sports Rehabilitation, he coached the Blackburn ladies side and also had a stint on the backroom staff at the Rovers Academy. 

Later serving as Football Development Officer for the English Federation of Disability Sport, Glenn was also involved with both able-bodied and disabled community football programmes in Bolton.

1962 Ruud Gullit born, Amsterdam.
(1998-99 "Manager")

It all made some sort of curious sense: a bold attempt by Freddy Shepherd to return to the exciting days of Kevin Keegan, after the misadventure that was Kenny Dalglish.

In a glittering playing career, the midfielder appeared for Haarlem, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Sampdoria and Chelsea - as well as winning 66 caps for Holland.

Having managed Chelsea to FA Cup final success and sixth place in the Premier League, Gullit had fallen out with Stamford Bridge Supremo Ken Bates and lost his job in February 1998.

When Dalglish walked the plank at SJP after just two games, Gullit was persuaded to take his place and infamously promised to bring "Sexy Football" to Gallowgate.

Although he did oversee a run to the FA Cup Final for a second successive season, Ruud couldn't improve on Dalglish's league record, registering another thirteenth place finish. 

After a ludicrously hectic (nine game) pre- season campaign that saw Gullit play twice (at Reading, pictured above, and Stoke) in an attempt to educate his squad, he would remain in charge for just five games.

Without a win and facing the mackems at SJP, Gullit angered fans ahead of kickoff by appearing to downplay the importance of the game, compared to the Milan derby.

However, his cardinal error was to relegate Alan Shearer (and Duncan Ferguson) to the bench, watch his side turn a 1-0 lead into a 1-2 loss in monsoon conditions - and then blame his two big-name strikers.

"More a suicide note than a team sheet" was one local reporter's verdict on that decision, but had United claimed the three points then the course of club history could have been very different, with the number nine exiting and Gullit remaining in power.

Without a win in twelve games and with a host of expensive acquisitions failing to earn their keep (especially Marcelino & Maric), Gullit stood aside three days later - leaving his assistant Steve Clarke as caretaker.

In a rambling resignation speech online here
in which he even thanked his favourite local eating places, Gullit commented that:

"The moment I came to Newcastle the journalists asked me if I understood how big the job was and I thought I knew, now I know what they really meant by that".

Retreating to a media punditry role, it was to be almost five years before he made a managerial return, overseeing Feyenoord's unremarkable 2004/05 campaign before quitting.

Later hosting his own chat show on Dutch TV, Ruud's next managerial misadventure was a 10 month spell at MLS side LA Galaxy that ended in August 2008. 

He then lasted barely five months in charge of Russian side Terek Grozny before his sacking in June 2011. 

A common sight on TV screens putting the footballing world to rights, Gullit also had an involvement with the Dutch FA - but only as a bid ambassador for their World Cup hosting bids, far removed from a coaching role....

His most recent punditry saw him sat next to Alan Shearer on the BBC's sofa during their World Cup coverage and they teamed the pair up again on Match of the Day.

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What Else?

1894 Darwen (a) 
Division Two 
McKennie, A.King 2, Townley
Undistinguished debuts for T.Cambell - who didn't even stick around long enough to tell anyone his Christian name - Tom Rendell and Jock Smith.

1896 Hibernian (h) 

1897 sunderland (h) 
Leslie, Morgan 2

1898 sunderland (h) 

1900 Nottingham Forest (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Charles Burgess, a Scottish defender who was an early victim of the SJP boo boys during his 31 game tenure on Tyneside. 

He then signed for Portsmouth - about as far away as he could get from Gallowgate.

1902 Glasgow Rangers (h) 
Rutherford, Orr, McColl
Scorer tbc

1904 Paris Athletic (a) 
Appleyard 5, Howie 2, Orr 2, Templeton, Rutherford 
Forty eight hours before the start of the new league season, United faced continental opposition in the French Capital.

1906 Sunderland (h) 
Division One 
Appleyard(27), Rutherford(77,82), Howie(87)

1909 Bolton Wanderers (h) 
Division One 
Debut for centre half Wilfred Lawson.

1910 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
Holley(32), Coleman(87) 

1913 Blackburn Rovers (a) 
Division One 
Chapman, Latheron 2
John King moved from his native Scotland and played the first of 61 senior games for United.

1920 Everton (a) 
Division One 
Kirsopp 2, Crossley
William Kirsopp's opener came straight from the kickoff, before another blow for United came when Tom Curry was unable to continue after sustaining an injury.

The ten-man Magpies levelled through Neil Harris at the start of the second half but Everton regained the lead through Charlie Crossley within five minutes, making sure of the points when Kirsopp added a third.

1923 Arsenal (h) 
Division One 

1924 Blackburn Rovers (a) 
Division One 

1926 Burnley (h) 
Division One 
Hudspeth (pen) 
Beel 3, Bruton, Page

1928 Sheffield United (a) 1-3 (0-0)
Division One 
Johnson 3

1934 Brentford (h) 
Division Two 
Gallantree, Kelly 
Muttitt(18,60,89), Holliday(48), Hopkins(88)

1934 The Reserves played at West Bromwich Albion.

1937 Barnsley (h) 
Division Two 
The first of centre half Jimmy Denmark's 54 appearances at Gallowgate, following his arrival from Scottish side Third Lanark.

1945 Sheffield United (a) 0-3 (0-0)
og(Corbett), Knott, Nightingale
Stoke City player Bert Knott guested for the Blades and netted on his debut.
1948 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
Gibson, Milburn, Thompson 
Walker(pen), Jones

1951 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 7-2 (4-1)
Division One 
Mitchell(4,42), Walker(8), G.Robledo(17,75,80), Taylor(90)
Scarth(45), Bennett(47)
An amazing demolition of the league champions, achieved without the sidelined Milburn.

1954 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 
Hannah, Scoular 
Nicholls 2, Allen, Ryan
1956 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 
Division One 
Broadbent, Shiner, Quixall, Finney

1962 Preston North End (a) 1-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
D.Wilson, Alston
Barely 72 hours after beating Boro 6-1 on Tyneside, United suffered their first Deepdale defeat in five visits. 

1964 Charlton Athletic (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A goalscoring debut for Pop Robson, who made sporadic first team appearances until establishing himself fully in the 1968/69 season.

1965 West Bromwich Albion (a) 2-1 (1-0)
Division One 
Hilley(5), McGarry(85) 
A first victory back in the top flight was achieved at the fourth time of asking - just a week after losing 1-0 to the Baggies on Tyneside.

1971 Leeds United (a) 
Division One 
Charlton(3), Lorimer(45), Giles(pen)(59), Madeley
(4-0), Yorath(5-0) 
The disturbances that followed referee Ray Tinkler's refusal to rule out an obviously offside goal from West Bromwich Albion the previous April saw Elland Road closed for a quartet of home league games as punishment.

However the switch to Hillsborough for this midweek game made little difference to Don Revie's side, who exploited the gaps in our defence caused by the absent Ollie Burton.

His replacement, John McNamee played what proved to be his final game for The Magpies. 

1973 Arsenal (h) 
Division One 
Injury deprived Joe Harvey of both Malcolm Macdonald and John Tudor, with the number nine shirt being worn by Tommy Cassidy.

Meanwhile the reserve side were on the road, beaten 2-3 by Manchester City at Maine Road, despite a brace from George Hope.

1976 Gillingham (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round 
Cannell(40), Cassidy(84), 
Debut for reserve striker Alan Guy and a competitive debut for Newcastle at Priestfield.

1979 Chelsea (h) 
Division Two 
Withe 2
Winning debut for Stuart Boam, newly arrived from Middlesbrough shortly after the crocked Irving Nattrass had gone the opposite way - one of Bill McGarry's better pieces of business.

1982 Blackburn Rovers (a) 2-1 (2-0)
Division Two 
Keegan(26), Martin(35)
After the great emotion of Kevin Keegan's United debut the previous Saturday, the bandwagon kept rolling at Ewood Park. There was a debut for John Anderson, on as substitute.

1984 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
United stood proudly at the top of Division One for the first time since September 1950 after this fine win.
Youtube footage is online here

1987 Norwich City (a) 
Division One 
Mirandinha's debut, in doubt up to kick off, tempted thousands of United fans to Norfolk on a weekday night, complete with Brazilian shirts and for some never to be explained reason, sombreros.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Blackburn Rovers (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A last gasp winner for Jim Smith's side, with virtually the only chance they created in the whole game. 

Howard Gayle - once on loan at SJP - missed a host of chances for the home side, to the great amusement of the travelling support.

1993 Red Star Belgrade striker Dragan Lukic was on trial at United, but after injuring himself in training, returned home without ever playing for the club. 

A friendly arranged for him went ahead regardless, Alex Mathie scored three in a 
6-1 beating of Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue.

1996 Keith Gillespie appeared for Northern Ireland as they lost 1-0 at home to Ukraine in a match at Windsor Park, Belfast. Chris Holland featured for the England U21 team as they recorded a 2-0 away win against Moldova and Tino Asprilla scored three of Columbia's goals as they hammered Chile 4-1.

1999 The Reserves played at Boro's Riverside and thumped them 4-1, thanks to goals from Brian Kerr(2), Des Hamilton and Paul Robinson. 

Former Magpie reserve Alun Armstrong got a consolation goal for the Smoggies.

2000 A sheet metal worker from Newcastle's grandson was born. In other words, Alan Shearer's third born was a baby boy. The lad had barely got his first nappy on and bookmakers were laying odds (ludicrously short) that he would play for England....

2001 A good night's work for Shay Given, who was between the posts for Ireland as they beat the Dutch 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier staged in Dublin.

Future Magpie Damien Duff was in the side, while Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien won his third full cap, appearing as a sub.

2003 The Reserves lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Kingston Park. Darren Ambrose scored after the break after Balaban and Davis gave Villa a 2-0 half-time lead. Steve Harper left the field with what looked like a hamstring injury on the day after the transfer deadline. match report

2004 Peter Ramage gave Tommy Craig's second string a winning start to the Premier Reserve League North campaign with a 68th minute winner against Everton.

Rammy's header from a Martin Brittain corner was cleared off the line but the centre-back crashed the rebound in from close range. match report

Not much else happened on September 1st but that allowed us to reflect on a quite incredible August:

01 Bobby unhappy about Shepherd quotes in media that this was his final season
02 Bernard confirms contract stalemate
03 Bowyer ill, joins Given, O'Brien, Ambrose, Woodgate, Jenas and Taylor on sidelines
04 Lost
1-2 at Celtic: Shearer subbed and academy players on bench. Dressing room arguments involving Dyer & Shearer
05 Training ground closed due to eye infection - players told to train on their own in local parks
06 Reserves off, training suspended
07 Training suspended
08 Robson confirms Shearer Celtic bid
09 Robert joins sick list / reserves off
10 Bramble injury requires scan
11 Boro game call-off plea rejected by PL
12 Injury and illness mean Elliott gets recall to first XI despite being transfer-listed  
13 Dyer bust up with Bobby over right wing
14 Concede last minute goal: Boro (a) 2-2
15 Bobby denies any problem with Dyer
16 Shearer linked with Man Utd move
17 Dyer agent rubbishes talk of rift
18 Dyer booed at SJP playing for England / reserves off
19 Dyer publishes unconvincing apology
20 Woodgate signs for Real Madrid
21 Onfield disarray: Spurs (h) lost 0-1
22 Sunday papers: Freddy says we have a defender lined up / Bobby says he has no idea who we could sign.
23 Defenders needed: Rooney bid made
24 NUFC Rooney deal conspiracy statement 
25 Blow 2 goal lead: Norwich (h) drew 2-2
26 Bobby reacts to Bellamy outburst
27 Shearer / Dyer dropped for Villa (a)
28 Onfield disarray: Villa (a) lost 2-4
29 Bookies cut odds on Bobby sacking
30 Bobby sacked
31 No movement in or out before the transfer deadline

2005 After the transfer window closed our movements were something like this:


2006 In the early hours of Friday September 1st, Newcastle made their third signing as the transfer window closed. Along with Giuseppe Rossi (loan) and Antoine Sibierski, free agent Olivier Bernard returned to Tyneside.

However, the French left-back who had been released by Rangers was completely unfit for purpose and failed to make a single first team appearance in his second spell at the club.

2007 Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League

With just three minutes to play and our scoreless home league run standing at the 647 minute mark, another blank return loomed for United.

Enter our old pal Titus Bramble, whose shabby clearance out of defence fell to former colleague Steven Taylor.

The ball ended up with Oba Martins out on the right flank and he
powered forward before crossing for Michael Owen to head home at the near post. Thank you and goodnight. match report

2008 "Striker" Xisco arrived from Deportivo La Coruna and midfielder Nacho Gonzalez from Valencia as the Milner transfer money failed to bring in Keegan's promised "wow" signings.

Xisco signed a five year deal, while Nacho joined on a season-long loan.

Meanwhile, Joey Barton stayed put as his rumoured moves to Aston Villa or Portsmouth came to nothing. Similarly, Alan Smith's supposed move to Goodison never materialised.

A new and improved three-year deal was apparently offered to Michael Owen, contradicting press claims that it was only an extra year with reduced wages.

2009 The transfer window closed at 5pm with Newcastle confirming only that they had re-signed free agent Peter Lovenkrands on a three-year contract.

And despite numerous scare stories, there were no further first team squad departures, with messrs Carroll, Nolan, Barton, Geremi, Coloccini, Gutierrez,  Butt, Krul, Enrique & Steven Taylor all staying put.

010 United named their Premier League playing squad for rest of 2010, coming in two names under the 25 permitted as follows: 

Ameobi, Barton, Ben Arfa, Best, Campbell, Coloccini, Enrique, Forster, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Harper, Krul, Lovenkrands, Nolan, Perch, Routledge, Simpson, Smith, R.Taylor, S.Taylor, Tiote, Williamson, Xisco.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season. The Italian side stated that a £1m loan fee would be paid and the option of a permanent move at a cost of £5.5m.

Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa was pictured by Sky cameras arriving on Humberside to conclude a loan deal to Hull City that was eventually completed in the small hours.