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The Never-Ending Tour

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Atsu op claim 

If news outlets in Ghana are to be believed, new permanent signing Christian Atsu has become the latest Magpie to undergo surgery. 

The winger was omitted from the Ghana squad for a trio of games next month - with claims following that Atsu was unavailable for selection after having had an operation to rectify a leg problem.

That unspecified procedure is claimed to have a four week recovery cycle.

Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie both had hernia repairs before the end of the season, while Jamie Sterry underwent groin surgery earlier this week. 

Temps sought 

Having concluded a permanent deal with Chelsea for Christian Atsu, it's now claimed that Newcastle are seeking another loan signing from Stamford Bridge. 

The player in question is 19 year-old striker Tammy Abraham, who scored 26 goals in all competitions during a loan spell at Bristol City last season.

The Telegraph report that both Newcastle and Brighton have been given permission to consult with Abraham and his advisors over a season-long loan agreement.

United - and Brighton - have also been credited with an interest in securing a loan deal for 21 year-old Chelsea forward Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

First signing 

Confirmation came from NUFC on Wednesday that they had completed a permanent deal for Christian Atsu - their first piece of business ahead of next season.

The 25 year-old Ghanaian international winger spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan at United from Chelsea and has now signed a four year deal for an officially undisclosed fee - said to be just over £6m.

No country clash 

The Welsh squad for next month's World Cup Qualifier against Serbia has been named - with Newcastle's Paul Dummett not among those selected. 

That means the Magpies defender isn't in line to face club colleague Aleksandar Mitrovic in Belgrade. 

Sterry surgery 

United have confirmed that full back Jamie Sterry had an operation on his groin earlier this week - and will be sidelined for the start of pre-season training. 

It's the second time that the 21 year-old Tynesider has gone under the knife this year for a similar condition, the club reporting in March that he had undergone a "minor" procedure on his groin.

Sterry recovered from that sufficiently to make a fleeting appearance from the subs bench away at Cardiff in late April, but wasn't in the squad for the season-closer against Barnsley. 

Royals v Terriers 

Newcastle's league opponents next season will be finally determined this coming Monday, when the Championship playoff Final is held at Wembley.

Reading and Huddersfield Town go head to head for a Premier League place, in a 3pm kick-off that is live on Sky Sports.

The Royals are bidding for a top-flight return following four seasons in the Championship, while the Terriers have never played in the Premier League. Their most recent season in the top-flight was 1971/72.

Paddy Power have an enhanced for new sign-ups of 12/1 on a Reading victory within 90 minutes. Find that online here (£10 max bet, t & c apply).

Loan lads:
Krul in playoffs

Tim Krul (AZ Alkmaar)
The season goes on for the Newcastle goalkeeper, with AZ involved in Eredivisie playoffs for a place in next season's Europa League.

Following a two-legged 8-2 aggregate victory over Groningen (4-1 in each game) with Tim between the posts home and away, his side now face Utrecht in the playoff final.

The first leg is in Alkmaar on Thursday night, with the return on Sunday morning.

Lubo Satka
(DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
Ružomberok (a)
Slovakian Super League, Saturday.

Kevin Mbabu
(BSC Young Boys)
Assured of second place, Young Boys have two games remaining - a trip to Thun on Sunday and a home fixture against Lausanne on Friday week, June 2nd.

Old boy:
back in Govan 

Recently overlooked for a first team coaching role at Rangers, ex-Ger and Magpie Peter Lovenkrands has returned to Ibrox in a part-time capacity.

The former Danish international has agreed to work with Academy youngsters in what will be his first coaching role since retiring from playing in 2014.

Old boy:
Woodman exits 

National League South side Whitehawk FC have confirmed the departure of their manager Andy Woodman - the former Newcastle United coach.

The Brighton-based non-leaguers appointed Woodman back in February and he successfully led the side away from a relegation position. 

His exit has increased speculation that Alan Pardew is close to making a managerial return and will recruit Woodman to his backroom staff once again. The duo worked together at West Ham, Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, in addition to their time at SJP.

Woodman's son Freddie remains on Newcastle's books after a season-long loan spell at Kilmarnock. The 20 year-old goalkeeper is under contract until 2020.

Old boys:
Taxi for..... 

Tuesday afternoon brought news of some changing circumstances for a trio of former Magpies:

Nile Ranger appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in London in connection with an online banking fraud, receiving an eight month custodial sentence.

Sam Allardyce quit his position as Crystal Palace manager, saying that "I have no ambitions to take another job." Can you put that in writing?

Joey Barton
was formally released by current club Burnley, in the wake of his 18 month ban from all football activities for betting rule breaches.

Old boy:
Mariner Matty 

Former Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison has left Blyth Spartans in favour of Northern League Division One Champions and FA Vase winners, South Shields.

The South African-born player is now 30 and exited Gallowgate in 2008, appearing for Norwich City and various clubs in his home country before arriving at Gateshead during 2014.

Switching to Croft Park two years later, Matty joins the Mariners on a two year deal as they prepare for the Northern Premier League Division One North. 

Ned winner 


Hard on the heels of his well-received play Hadaway Harry, the latest offering from local writer Ed Waugh recounts the incredible story of the North East's first music hall superstar, Ned Corvan.

Born in 1827, Corvan grew up on Tyneside and found fame as a professional singer-songwriter and comic starring in music hall variety shows of the era. 

Mr Corvan's Music Hall premieres tonight (May 25th) Durham's Gala Theatre*, touring until June 10th and calling at New Hartley, South Shields, sunderland*, Whitley Bay*, Hartlepool, Stanley, Berwick and Gateshead* (*Extra matinee shows).

Bookings/information online here

We had a pair of tickets for the Sage shows up for grabs - and asked which former Newcastle footballer was honoured with a blue plaque in the city during 2013, as Ned Corvan was in recent weeks.

The answer we sought was Colin Veitch and from correct answers Andy McCabe was selected as our winner - thanks to everyone who entered.


Before what is anticipated to be a busy close season of transfer activity, here's a recap on Newcastle's current squad - limited to anyone still on the books who has played a competitive senior game for us:

Contract expiring imminently (5):
Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka.

2018 (6):
Jesus Gamez, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy.

2019 (2):
Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame.

2020 (9):
Adam Armstrong, Karl Darlow, Siem De Jong, Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Emmanuel Riviere, Jamie Sterry.

2021 (13):
Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Achraf Lazaar, Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels, Jonjo Shelvey, DeAndre Yedlin.

Undisclosed (6):
Dan Barlaser (signed in 2015)
Paul Dummett (signed in 2016 tbc)
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (signed in 2016)
Stuart Findlay (signed in 2016)
Callum Roberts (signed in 2015)
Ivan Toney (signed in 2015)

Misc (1):
Florian Thauvin - status tbc

Non-first team (3):
Tom Heardman (2017 tbc)
Alex Gilliead (2018)
Freddie Woodman (2020)

Happy ending!:
D-Day approaches


Following the success of "Touching Distance" and "Tunnel of Love", local writer Martin Hardy returns with his third Newcastle United book on June 5th.

Written with the co-operation of Rafa Benitez, "Rafa's Way" departs from the usual bland 'story of a season' format to chronicle the revival of a club on and off the field during our Championship gap year. 

The book also features exclusive interviews with Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles,  Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Rob Elliot.

Author-signed copies are available to pre-order now online here for £19.99 including UK p & p (delivery charges apply to overseas orders).

Young Lions held

Having kicked off their their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 success over Argentina Saturday, England U20s had to be content with a 1-1 draw against Guinea in their second group game on Tuesday.

Adam Armstrong retained his place in the starting lineup and completed 81 minutes, while Freddie Woodman dropped down to the bench in Jeonju.

Paul Simpson's side sit second in Group A on four points, two behind hosts South Korea. First plays second in Suwon on Friday, with England assured of progression if they can avoid defeat.

The 24 team tournament then runs through to the final on Sunday June 11th.

Summer action:
Toon pair sit it out

Scotland have confirmed their squad selection for their World Cup Qualifier against England at Hampden Park next month - and as expected, Newcastle duo Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley miss out through injury.

Midfielder Ritchie missed the last two games of the season after undergoing a hernia operation, while defender Hanley didn't play again after the loss at Ipswich due to an unspecified ailment.

Fitness concerns also forced Hanley to withdraw from Scotland's squad for internationals back in March.


Ireland (Rob Elliot, Daryl Murphy):
Thu 01.06.2017 
Austria (h) Dublin WCQ
Sun 04.06.2017
Uruguay (h) Dublin FR
Sun 11.06.2017
Mexico (n) New Jersey FR

A knee problem sees Ciaran Clark omitted. 

Serbia (Aleksandar Mitrovic):
Sun 11.06.2017
Wales (h) Belgrade WCQ

USA (DeAndre Yedlin):

Sun 04.06.2017 Venezuela (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017 Trin & Tob (h) WCQ
Mon 12.06.2017 Mexico (a) WCQ
Sat 01.07.2017 Ghana (h) FR
Sat 08.07.2017 Panama (h) CONCA
Thu 13.07.2017 Martinique (h) CONCA
Sun 16.07.2017 Nicaragua (h) CONCA

Callups tbc:

Mon 05.06.2017
Czech Rep (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017
Estonia (a) WCQ
(squad announcement tbc)

DR Congo:
Sat 03.06.2017
Botswana (h) FR
Mon 05.06.2017
Raja de Casablanca (h) FR
Thu 08.06.2017
Congo (h) AFCON

First friendly 

Update: Northern League First Division side Whitley Bay report that they will host a pre-season game against a Newcastle XI on a date tbc. 

While confirmation of Newcastle's senior team programme ahead of the 2017/18 season is awaited, United's second string have been announced as one of four teams playing in a tournament at Whitby.

The venue is Whitby Town's Turnbull Ground between Thursday July 27th and Saturday 29th and in addition to ourselves and the Northern Premier League hosts, U23 sides from Glasgow Celtic and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar will also be participating.

Newcastle will play Celtic on the Thursday night (7.45pm), with Whitby facing AZ 24 hours later.

Saturday then sees the two losing sides meet in a 1.30pm start ahead of the final at 5.30pm that day.

Tickets for each game are £10 adults, £6 concessions and £3 children and available online here now

In classic local newspaper style, the Whitby rag chose to illustrate their piece with photos of Matt Ritchie and Brendan Rodgers - two people who will almost certainly not be at the Turnbull Ground in late July....


Former Magpies looking for new clubs include:

Joey Barton (Burnley)
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)
Leon Best (Ipswich Town)
Adam Campbell
(Notts County)
Ryan Donaldson
(Plymouth Argyle)
Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers)
JJ Hooper (Port Vale)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Conor Newton (Cambridge United)
Gabriel Obertan
(Wigan Athletic)
Remi Streete
(Port Vale)
Mike Williamson (Wolves)

Notts County have offered new contracts to Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith, while Port Vale are in negotiations with Ryan Taylor.

Kit confirmation


United's new home kit will go on sale from June 15th and in keeping with agreed guidelines, junior sizes will be advert-free.

Next season's home shorts will remain all black, with the hoopy socks replaced by another retro design of all black with a white turnover. Thankfully shirt numbers will be red, allowing them to

Far-East owned gambling company FUN88 have replaced previous sponsor kit Wonga on a three season deal.

This isn't their first foray into Premier League shirt sponsorship, Burnley wearing kits featuring a FUN88 logo during the 2014/15 season.

Confirming the news, the SBC website added:

In celebration of signing the partnership, Newcastle United will be launching three new social media channels in Asia – WeChat, Weibo & Dongqiudi – targeting the Premier League’s biggest international fanbase in China with all the latest club news and exclusive content.

The FUN88 brand is a stable mate of 12BET, whose logo was carried on Hull City's shirts during their 2014/15 top-flight campaign.

More recently, FUN88 signed with Spurs before the season just ended as their betting partner in Asia & Latin America. 

Related brands TLC Bet and BETEAST have signed up with Premier League clubs as shirt sponsors at West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively.

And TLC made Asia region betting partnerships with West Brom, Southampton, smoggies and mackems. 

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

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

Wed 14.06.2017 PL fixture release.

Mon 03.07.2017
Pre-season training.

Thu 27.07.2017 U23s v Celtic (n) @ Turnbull Ground, Whitby, 7.45pm. Whitby Town Challenge Cup 2017.

Sat 29.07.2017 U23s v Whitby Town or AZ Alkmaar (n) @ Turnbull Ground, Whitby, 1.30pm or 5.30pm. Whitby Town Challenge Cup 2017.

Sat 12.08.2017 PL opening fixtures.

Sun 13.05.2018 PL closing fixtures.

League Cup Final 25.02.2018

FA Cup Final

Talk-ins etc:

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.

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...

From Sky Sports:

That title of course being "chokers"....


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

On This Day in History
26th May

Born Or Died:

1894 Edward Stanley Dixon born, Choppington, Northumberland

Inside right who joined United from local side Barrington Albion at a cost of £5 in February 1914, debuting for the first team in a 1-2 home defeat by Liverpool that April.

After just one further appearance (at home to Bradford a year later), league football was suspended and Ed (also known as Stan) served with the Army Engineers Corps.

Playing for United in the Northern Victory League of 1918/19, Dixon soon found a starting berth once Division One resumed the following season - hitting his first goals with a hat trick at home to Chelsea.

Gradually falling from favour, Ed's final senior outing for Newcastle came in a 1-0 win at Oldham on New Years Day 1924.

And within three months he was back in Lancashire, after Blackburn Rovers paid £1,100 for his services.

Nominated as a reserve for both England and the Football League Select, Dixon ended his career at Hull City - playing on past his retirement in 1930 for East Riding Amateurs.

Settling in Hull and working as a cinema manager, he later returned to his native Northumberland. He died in August 1979.  

1949 Death of Dave Willis, 67.

1957 Kenny Mitchell born, S*nderland.

Although most frequently used in defence, Kenny appeared in both attack and midfield during his time at SJP - and was also back-up 'keeper for the reserve side. 

Debuting in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City in February 1977, Mitchell eventually exited in the summer of 1981, as manager Arthur Cox overhauled his first team squad.

While at Gallowgate he had a loan spell in Scotland with Morton, while also playing one summer in the USA for Tulsa Roughnecks.

A move to Darlington saw him play a season at Feethams before embarking on a career in the non-league with Workington, Seaham Red Star, Gateshead, Newcastle Blue Star, North Shields and back to Red Star again.

Kenny also played out in Finland for Kuusysi Lahti in 1984 and four years later was a losing finalist in the 1988 FA Sunday Cup Final with Wearsiders Humbledon & Plains Farm, along with fellow ex-Mag Kevin Todd.

He also coached the Plains Farm U18 side.


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What Else?

1906 German Sport XI (a)
Orr, Carr, Gardner 2
scorer tbc 
Played in Prague.

1927 Dutch Olympic XI (a)
Gallacher 4
van de Broek 2 
crowd tbc 
United's Dutch tour moved on to Eindhoven, with the home goals coming from NAC Breda's van de Brock.  

Team: Wilson, Maitland, Hudspeth, Curry, Spencer, Harris, Low, McKay, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.

1929 CSK Bratislava (a)
scorers tbc

1947 West Ham United (h)
Division Two 
Milburn, Shackleton 
Hall, Wood, Bainbridge
Newcastle wrapped up their home league programme by losing to another London club, having previously gifted wins to both Millwall and Fulham.

1951 RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) (a) 6-0 (2-0)
Milburn 2, Taylor 2, G.Robledo, og(Matthys)
crowd tbc 

This Challenge Match between the Cup holders and Belgian Champions was staged at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

1977 Bradford City (a)
Burns(22,38), Callachan(63), Barrowclough(66)
Spark(46), Watson(58), Martinez(78) 
Testimonial Match for Bantams veteran Ian Cooper who had clocked up 15 years of service at Valley Parade.

1985 Fiji FA (a)
Vosuga(10), Waqan(0-2), Work(0-3)
4,800 (local reports claim 7,000)
After four games in New Zealand, United's tour moved on to Fiji for two further friendlies - the first of which was staged at Prince Charles Park in the town of Nadi.

Lautoka midfielder Kelemedi ‘Cheetah’ Vosuga opened the scoring, with Nadi forward Rusiate Waqan doubling the lead. Striker Sam Work of Lautoka then netted for Billy Singh's men after the break - who also had a fourth strike ruled out.

Peter Beardsley unsuccessfully encouraged star man Vosuga to visit Tyneside for a trial but he failed to take up the offer and later played club football in both Australia and New Zealand.  

1992 Newcastle midfielder Kevin Sheedy won what turned out to be the penultimate senior cap of his international career, as the Republic of Ireland beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier at Lansdowne Road. 

1996 Wembley joy for Bradford City, as they beat Notts County in the playoffs to make into the second tier of domestic football. 

Their opening goal in a 2-0 win was especially memorable, as the scorer beat four players before blasting home one of the memorable efforts under the Twin Towers. His name? Des Hamilton....

2001 Peter Beardsley became a full-time employee of Newcastle United for the third time after accepting a post in the United Youth Academy working with Kenny Wharton and Director Alan Irvine. 

Beardsley had already been working with the Academy youngsters for three months on a part-time basis as a striking coach.

2004 Portsmouth completed the free transfer signing of defender Andy Griffin, who had let his contract run down at SJP.

2007 Despite positive press comments, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp passed up the chance to sign former Magpie Titus Bramble on a free transfer.

Other clubs linked with the former Ipswich Town defender Bramble included Fulham, Celtic and Birmingham City
. Wigan were nowhere to be seen at this stage.

2007 Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien won his fifth full cap for the Republic of Ireland - and made his first start - in a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in a friendly staged in Boston, USA.

Within weeks the out-of-favour O'Brien had left SJP to join Scottish side Hibernian.

2009 24 hours after MD Derek Llambias went public with his thoughts, Magpies owner Mike Ashley issued his own statement:

"Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier League has been a catastrophe for us all.

"I fully accept that mistakes were made during this and previous seasons and I am very sorry for that.

"I would like to say sorry to our magnificent supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and away, up and down the country and who have given the team amazing backing throughout.

"And I would also say sorry to all of the Club's hard-working staff, who have gone about their jobs all year long.

"Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all they could to try and keep us up in the short space of time they had.

"Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can take this Club forward again."