Thursday October 8th, 2015

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Ticket news:

Norwich (h) Public sale now
mackems (a) ST holder sale now (
Stoke (h) Public sale now (online)

Premier League:
TV: four in a row 

The next set of live TV games has been announced and the vultures are circling round United, with their first four games in December all switched for transmission:

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) 4pm Sky
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm Sky
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) 5.30pm BT

The Premier League have announced changes up to Sunday January 3rd 2016, meaning that the next two Newcastle games after the above remain unaltered:

Mon 28.12.2015 West Brom (a) 3pm
Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a) 3pm

Premier League:
mackems (a) tickets 

Tickets for our trip to the dark place next month are now on sale to ST holders with 70 loyalty points.

Prices: 39 adults, 26 aged 65 and over, 15 U16s.

As in previous seasons, bus travel is available from NUFC at a cost of 4* for a return ticket (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am, kick-off Noon). Bus tickets bookable online from NUFC box office.

*NUFC fund buses with all monies raised donated to charity - the charge is made in order to gauge more accurately the number of buses required.

It's that Mag again 

In-form striker Adam Armstrong carried on where he left off for Coventry on Thursday, netting the opening goal in a 2-0 victory for England U19s.

The Magpies youngster netted from close range midway through the second half for his goal first at this level.

Other youth call-ups:

Adam Armstrong / Freddie Woodman
(England U19s):
Thu 08.10.2015 Macedonia (a) ECQ won 2-0
Both players were in the starting XI on a wet afternoon in Skopje, Freddie keeping a clean sheet and completing 90 minutes while Arma netted on 67 minutes and was substituted soon after.
Sat 10.10.2015 Finland (n) Skopje ECQ
Tue 13.10.2015 Italy (n) Skopje ECQ
(European Championship qualifiers)

Alex Gilliead
(England U20s):
Wed 07.10.2015 Netherlands (n) FR Won 3-1
Alex started and was replaced in the 72nd minute.
Sat 10.10.2015 Turkey (n) Ulm FR 
Tue 13.10.2015 Germany (h) Heidenheim FR
(Mercedes Benz Elite Cup, Germany)

Kyle Cameron
(Scotland U19s)
Tue 06.10.2015 Mexico (n) FR won 3-1
Kyle played the full game in Aspach.
Fri 09.10.2015 USA (n) Stuttgart FR
Mon 12.10.2015 Germany (a) Stuttgart FR

Paul Woolston (England U17s)
Wed 07.10.2015 DR Congo (h) FR won 8-0
Paul was an unused sub at St.Georges Park
Sun 11.10.2015 Chile (a) Rancagua FR
Sat 17.10.2015 Guinea (n) Coquimbo WCF
Tue 20.10.2015 Brazil (n) La Serena WCF 
Fri 23.10.2015 South Korea (n) Coquimbo WCF

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Knee bother for Daryl 

The Dutch FA announced on Tuesday that Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat had withdrawn from their squad ahead of two European Championship qualifiers.

The full back suffered a knee injury in Saturday's loss to Manchester City and the Magpies confirm that he is returning to Tyneside for treatment - although they stress it's a precaution and Janmaat hasn't yet been ruled out of the Norwich game on Sunday week.  

Janmaat's return means that Steve McClaren has five first team squad members on international duty - three with Holland and one each with France and Serbia. 

There was no place for Cheick Tiote in the latest Ivory Coast squad, Papiss Cisse was similarly overlooked by Senegal, DR Congo omitted Chancel Mbemba and there was no Ireland recall for Rob Elliot.

International call-ups:

Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum
Sat 10.10.2015 Kazakhstan (a) ECQ
Tue 13.10.2015 Czech Republic (h) ECQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)
Thu 08.10.2015 Armenia (h) FR Won 4-0
Moussa joined from the bench in the 77th minute as France won 7-0. Ex-Mag Yohan Cabaye got the second.
Sun 11.10.2015 Denmark (a) Copenhagen FR

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia)
Thu 08.10.2015 Albania (a) ECQ Won 2-0
A full game and a booking for Mitrovic.
Sun 11.10.2015 Portugal (h) Belgrade ECQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland)
Thu 08.10.2015 Greece (h) ECQ Won 3-1
Fergie remained on the bench as the Northern Irish qualified.
Sun 11.10.2015 Finland (a) ECQ


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Premier League:
Indecent exposure

Manchester City  6  Newcastle  1

Match report 

When Harry met Hardy:
Philosophy football #2


Following the success of Michael Walker's recent talk at the Lit & Phil with Harry Pearson, it's the turn of fellow author Martin Hardy to appear at the same venue.

The event is on Wednesday October 21st and admission is free, but places need to be pre-booked, either in person at the venue on Westgate Road, on 0191 232 0192 or online here

Start time is 7pm prompt and there is a bottle bar. Central station metro is adjacent, but remember it's closed from 8pm on weekday nights for renovation. 

The main topic of conversation will be Martin's book "Touching Distance", detailing the highs and lows of United's 1995/96 season - although the state of the Geordie Nation in 2015 will doubtless be mentioned...

If you can't make it to the Lit & Phil, author signed copies of "Touching Distance" are available to buy online here for 18.99, including free UK delivery.

Local clubs for local people:
Non League Day looms 

This coming Saturday (10th) sees the staging of the sixth Non-League Day - an annual celebration of grass roots football across the country, with the aim of attracting new supporters to watch their local team.

In this region you'll find a good choice of games on offer, notably a cracking FA Cup tie in prospect at Hillheads between Whitley Bay and Chorley.

Admission to the Northern League First Division game between North Shields and Dunston is just 1 for current NUFC season ticket holders, while Gateshead have reduced prices for their meeting with Cheltenham Town at the International Stadium to 10 for adults, 5 concessions and just 1 for U16s. 

All of the following games have 3pm starts and for the Northern League, directions appear on their informative website online here

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round:

Whitley Bay v Chorley


National League:
Gateshead v Cheltenham Town

Evostik League:
Blyth Spartans v Sutton Coldfield Town

Northern League Division 1:
Ashington v Shildon
Bedlington Terriers v Seaham Red Star
Consett v West Auckland Town
Durham City v Newton Aycliffe
Guisborough Town v Sunderland RCA
Morpeth Town v Jarrow Roofing BCA
Newcastle Benfield v Penrith
North Shields v Dunston UTS
Washington v Norton & Stockton Ancients
West Allotment Celtic v Bishop Auckland

Northern League Division 2:
Billingham Town v Hebburn Town
Crook Town v Stokesley Sports Club
Darlington RA v Brandon United
Easington Colliery v Chester-Le-Street
Northallerton Town v Billingham Synthonia
Ryhope CW v Heaton Stannington
South Shields v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Thornaby v Esh Winning
Tow Law Town v Team Northumbria
Whickham v Birtley Town
Willington v Alnwick Town

And not forgetting the Northern Alliance

Loan lads:
The Borrowers 


Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):
International duty means Adam won't feature in Saturday's League One trip to Fleetwood Town. 


Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town): 
The goalkeeper will miss Saturday's home game against Leyton Orient in League Two while he's with England.

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):

Failing to earn a recall to the French national team means that Cabella is in line to feature in a home friendly on Friday against Ligue 2 side Nimes. 

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
A call-up to the Northern Ireland squad means that Fergie didn't feature in Tuesday's Johnstones Paint Trophy tie at home to Northampton Town.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):
Injury meant that Vuckic missed a fifth successive game for the Latics as they faced Walsall in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night. 

Macaulay Gillesphey/Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United)
An England call-up for Alex means he'll be absent on Saturday, but Macaulay is available when Morecambe visit Brunton Park in League Two.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Preston North End (a) Championship, Saturday October 17th.

Ben Smith (Bristol City U18s) 

Back to the future 


Chris Waddle, the ZX Spectrum, Manic Miner, Daley Thompson's Olympics, Rocky Sharpe & The Replays - just a few memorable sights and sounds from 1982. 

Reliving their lost youth, our sponsors MJS have one of the new recreated ZX Spectrum computers up for grabs in a free-to-enter competition (if the 2015 Sinclair revival is news to you, find full details online here)

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Premier League:
Norwich City (h)

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Sunday week (October 18th) when the Canaries visit SJP for a 4pm kick-off. Tickets are now on public sale (online).

The visitors have announced discounted prices for away tickets of 10 for adults and just 1 for bairns - rather than a reciprocal pricing initiative though, this just appears to be them spending their Away Fan fund. 

Steve McClaren's side will be attempting to win a first PL game of the season at the ninth attempt, having taken maximum points from just one of the last nineteen. 

From a possible 81 points in 2015 we took just 16.

NUFC: Steven Taylor remains sidelined, while updates on the fitness of Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Karl Darlow, Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan and Emmanuel Riviere are awaited.

It's claimed that both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara could be available to face the Canaries, while Colback's return to action would see him resume just one booking away from a one match ban.

Punts: Latest offers for new punters are online here

NCFC: Gary Hooper may return after injury but Youssouf Mulumbu is still out. Former Magpie defender Sebastien Bassong is an ever-present this season but has yet to win a game at his former SJP home (2 draws, 1 loss).

City boss Alex Neil is just 34 years old and played for SPFL side Hamilton Academical on New Years Day this year, just days before taking the Norwich job.

The Scottish-born midfielder played in England for both Mansfield Town and Barnsley - coming off the bench for the Tykes at Oakwell in October 2001 as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle in a League Cup tie.

This season the Canaries have won on the road at the mackems (3-1), drawn at Liverpool (1-1) and West Ham (2-2) and lost at Southampton (0-3).

Four home games have brought one victory - 3-1 over Bournemouth - a 1-1 draw with Stoke and defeats by Palace (1-3) and Leicester (1-2).

Russell Martin and Nathan Redmond have scored three goals each while 8.5m striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been banished to Spaniards Real Betis. 

Norwich have 11 players away on international duty ahead of their visit to Tyneside.



Failing to win any of our opening four home games (two draws, two defeats) represents United's worst league start at SJP since the 1991/92 season. Following four draws and one defeat, the sequence was broken at the sixth time of asking with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Newcastle have collected just 11 points from a possible 42 at Gallowgate in 2015 (5 draws, 2 wins, 7 losses). 

Magpies versus Canaries - post WWII:

2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-2
1987/88 lost 1-3 Gazza
1986/87 won 4-1 Goddard, Gazza, McDonald, Jackson
1984/85 drew 1-1 Waddle
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Mills
1977/78 drew 2-2 Burns, Kennedy
1976/77 won 5-1 T.Craig, Gowling, Oates, McCaffery 2
1975/76 won 5-2 Gowling 2, Macdonald 2, OG
1973/74 drew 0-0
1972/73 won 3-1 Tudor 2, Guthrie
1964/65 won 2-0 Cummings, Robson
1963/64 won 2-0 Cummings, Iley
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell, Thomas
1961/62 drew 0-0

Full record v Norwich:



Pub Watch: Fitzgeralds, 60 Grey Street, NE1 6AF


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



Metro: no scheduled disruptions.

Bus: Both the X50 Soccerbus and the Q3 service will operate, the X50 to and from the Metro Centre and the Q3 linking the Park & Ride facility at the Great Park.

Find more information on both routes online here

Offering matchday travel to NUFC season ticket holders, Magpie Mover tickets remain available details here

UK Radio:
to follow

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 17.10.2015:

Spurs v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Aston Villa (3pm)
Crystal Palace v West Ham (3pm)
Everton v Manchester United (3pm)
Manchester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Southampton v Leicester City (3pm
West Bromwich Albion v mackems (3pm)
Watford v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 18.10.2015:

Newcastle v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 19.10.2015:

Swansea City v Stoke City (8pm) Sky

Ultimate Record PDF

The 2014/15 season PDF update for Paul Joannou's excellent "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" is now available free of charge to book purchasers.

If you haven't received a copy - or are after previous season PDFs - email with your requirements.

PS: "The Ultimate Record" book is a complete sell out, but copies of Paul's sister publication "Ultimate Who's Who" are available, including an autographed edition. 

Find more details online here

Mansell motors on

Newcastle U18s  0  Blackburn U18s  2

As they did on two occasions last season, Blackburn's U18s profited from their visit to Tyneside - returning to Lancashire with all three points and a clean sheet.

Looking to record their fourth successive victory on the road, the Ewood youngsters were indebted to in-form Lewis Mansell - who scored both goals to take his seasonal tally up to ten.     

After a scoreless first half the Rovers striker shot his side ahead from the penalty spot, before making sure of the win eight minutes from the end of normal time.

Dave Watson's side by contrast have conceded thirteen goals in their last four outings and are bottom of the table with just one win in eight attempts this season.

The Magpies were once again without Mackenzie Heaney due to international commitments with England, while Jack Hunter was forced off the field due to injury.

Team: Pearson, Trodd, Adu-Peprah, Hunter (Charman 18), Pollock, Newberry, Gallacher (Lowther 86), Suddick, McNall (Long 80) Longstaff, Smith. Subs n/u: Harker, Aziakonou.

Premier League:
Potters reduced

A further reciprocal ticket pricing agreement has been confirmed for this season, Stoke City announcing that last season's agreement with Newcastle will continue.

That sees adult ticket prices reduced to 20 (
10 for over 65s and 5 for U17s) for Potters fans at SJP next month and Magpies followers heading to the Britannia next March.

Similar deals for West Ham (25) and Watford (25) have already been announced this season, with a 10 reduction on adult ticket prices for Toon supporters at Bournemouth in November (making them 23). 

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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.



Sat 10.10.2015 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Football Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

16.10.2015 U21s v Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.10.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ 
Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky.

Sat 24.10.2015 U18s v Derby County (h) @ 
Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, Noon. Premier League. ST holder sale now (70 loyalty points). 39 adults, 26 65 and over, 15 U16s. Live on Sky.

Bus travel from NUFC 4 return ticket (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am, kick-off Noon). All monies raised are donated to charity - a charge is levied to gauge more accurately the number of buses required).

Mon 26.10.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Moor Lane, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online).

Mon 02.11.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Albion training ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) @ Vitality Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on BT Sport.

Talk-ins / appearances:

Wed 21.10.2015 Football writers Martin Hardy & Harry Pearson
in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry - limited numbers. Book in person or reserve them on 0191 232 0192 or online here. Please note 7pm prompt start.

Sat 31.10.2015 Rob Lee
@ Back Page shop, St.Andrews Street, Newcastle. Signing copies of Touching Distance along with book author Martin Hardy. Time tbc.

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

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC.
15 including pie & peas + drink. Contact Martin on: 07748 470530.

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

Northumberland Senior Cup  
First Round draw:

Tue 06.10.2015: 
Ashington 5-3 Newcastle Benfield
Whitley Bay 1-0 Team Northumbria

Wed 07.10.2015: 
Bedlington Terriers 5-2 Alnwick Town
Heaton Stannington 2-1 WA Celtic

(Newcastle U21s enter at the Second Round stage, along with Morpeth Town, North Shields and cup holders Blyth Spartans. Second Round ties are pencilled in to be played in w/c 23.11.2015).

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm
Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) 5.30pm

Selections made up to Sun 03.01.2016.

Radio coverage:

mackems (h) talkSPORT

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs until 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 S.Africa 34-16 Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

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 future match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
8th October

Born Or Died:

1896 Alf Maitland born, Leith, Scotland.

Full back who built his reputation with South Shields between 1919 and 1924 - where controversy first surrounded him.

Alf claimed that he'd been offered 20 by Fulham to throw a crucial promotion game in 1922, with an FA commission later banning the Cottager in question for life.

Appearing for the Football League select XI, Alf was sold by cash-strapped Shields to the smoggies in 1924. However he lasted just over a year on Teesside before leaving after an argument with club officials.

Making a 1,000 switch to Newcastle, Alf debuted in a 1-0 away win against Everton on Xmas Day 1924 and appeared for the Magpies at both left and right back.  

Playing 36 times during United's 1926/27 Championship-winning campaign, Maitland's final game for the club came against Everton in May 1930, after which a difference of opinion with the SJP board saw him depart.

Alf later appeared for Jarrow, Northfleet and Salisbury City - serving as player/boss of the latter between 1933 and 1935. 

Working as a publican in North Shields at one point, Maitland later settled in Leicester and his death was recorded there in 1982.


1908 Death of Jimmy Stott, 37. (1895-99)


1965 Death of Jimmy Nelson, 64. (1930-35)


1990 Karl Darlow
born Northampton

Goalkeeper signed from Championship side Nottingham Forest in August 2014 along with defender Jamaal Lascelles - the pair then immediately returning to the City Ground on season-long loans.

Karl made his senior debut for Forest in May 2011, having moved to the City Ground five years earlier following his release from Aston Villa's Academy. 

Loaned to Conference side Newport County in the 2011/12 season, he later spent time with Walsall before returning to Forest in January 2013 taking over as first choice custodian from Lee Camp.

Forest were alerted to Darlow's potential by Eric Steele - at that time Villa's goalkeeping coach and a Geordie who began his career at Newcastle, but never graduated to the first team before moving on. Steele later worked for Steve McClaren at Derby County.

And there's also a Magpie connection within the Darlow family, with Karl the grandson of ex-Newcastle forward Ken Leek who passed away in 2007 at the age of 72.    

Following the expiration of their Forest loans, Lascelles and Darlow joined pre-season training at United and both debuted in a 1-0 pre-season win at Gateshead in July 2015.

Darlow made his debut in the Capital One Cup victory over Northampton at SJP, only being beaten from the penalty spot as United won 4-1.

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
            1           1

1996 Andy Hall born, Gateshead 

Academy striker who enjoyed a memorable introduction to the club's U18 side, scoring in the first minute of his debut against Aston Villa at Little Benton in March 2013.

Adding a second in that game as United won 4-3 (Adam Armstrong also bagging a brace), Andy however failed to find the net in any of his 15 other subsequent appearances.

Promoted to the reserves for a 0-3 friendly loss at Hamilton Academical in July 2013, he also featured in a second string defeat at Consett four months later but failed to play a competitive game for the U21s.    

Released by United in 2015, Hall had a short trial with Barnsley before enrolling at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA to play for their Pioneers side.

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What Else?

1898 Burnley (a)
Division One 
Toman 2

1900 Dundee (a)
MacFarlane 2, Burgess
Scorer tbc 

1904 Notts County (a)
Division One 
Howie, Rutherford 2 

1910 Notts County (h)
Division One 
Shepherd, Higgins 
Debut for Bob Hewison at right half.

1921 Chelsea (a)
Division One 

1927 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
Gallacher, McKay 

1932 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
Oswald, Dunne, Gooney

1938 Nottingham Forest (h)
Division Two 
Birkett, Cairns 3 

1949 Burnley (a)
Division One 
Harvey, Walker 
1955 Portsmouth (h) 2-1
Division One 
1960 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Wylie, Crowe
1966 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Boot, og(Clark)
Defeat at Highbury saw our winless run extended to eight games.

1968 Nottingham Forest (a) 4-2 (2-0)
Division One 
Davies(82), Dyson(38), Foggon(89), Robson(44)

Played at nearby Meadow Lane due to fire damage at the City Ground. 

The win was achieved at great cost to Geoff Allen, the winger sustaining the cruciate injury that curtailed his playing career and cost him a possible Fairs Cup winners medal.

1969 Manchester City (a) 1-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Young, Lee
Pop's eighth goal of the season wasn't enough to take a point at Maine Road.

1973 Doncaster Rovers (h) 6-0 (2-0)
League Cup 2nd Round 
Robson 2, Macdonald 3, Clark 
The meagre crowd went crazy when the flying pig aka Frank Clark hit a shot which bounced past the despairing grasp of the Rovers goalkeeper. 

An impromptu pitch invasion to celebrate this unheralded event took place, and the first person to reach Frank was.....his brother in law.

1974 Queens Park Rangers (a) 4-0 (3-0)
League Cup 3rd Round 
,48), Tudor(8)
An easy victory, once Mac got the opening goal of his hat trick in the first 13 seconds.

Rangers were in some disarray after the departure of manager Gordon Jago, with his assistant, ex-United player Stan Anderson in temporary charge.

1977 Derby County (h)
Division One 
Hughes(46), McFarland(75)
Debut for John Blackley, who had a reasonable game but still couldn't prevent a win for Tommy Docherty's men, thanks to goals from Billy Hughes and Roy McFarland.

1983 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division Two 
A wet day at SJP captured by "Match of the Day" cameras, as two second half headers from left wing crosses won a game United looked like losing. 

Clouds of steam rising from a soaked, celebrating open Gallowgate End remains a vivid image from this one.
Youtube footage (first half)
Youtube footage (second half)
(thanks to sparko1978)

08/10/19851985 Barnsley (a)
aet 1-1 (1-0)
(1-1 on aggregate, won on away goals)
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg
Following a goalless first leg on Tyneside, former Tykes forward Tony Cunningham put us ahead after just 42 seconds.

However, no further goals came despite our overwhelming share of possession and Allan Clarke's side were given a route back into the tie when Glenn Roeder was penalised for a foul on Steve Agnew.

Stuart Gray beat Martin Thomas from the spot and a home lineup including future United Academy coach Joe Joyce held out until extra time before exiting on away goals.

1986 Bradford City (h)
(1-2 on aggregate)
League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg 
A Glenn Roeder goal wasn't enough to prevent the Bantams strutting into the next round. 

This game marked the end of striker Billy Whitehurst's United career as he responded to jeers from home fans when being subbed with a hand gesture that Willie McFaul took exception to. Within days he had been sold to Oxford United.
Youtube footage is online here

1988 Coventry City (h)
Division One 
Regis(14), Speedie(35), Gynn(45+1)
Classic Newcastle - one week on from an improbable 2-1 win at Liverpool, United crumbled spectacularly on Tyneside.

A defence marshalled by future Magpie Brian Kilcline did their job as the Sky Blues ran out victorious for the fourth time in six SJP visits. 

1997 Paul Brayson scored the only goal of the game as the reserves beat Bury at Gigg Lane.

2003 Newcastle's Pontins League reserve side finally managed to claim a win at the fifth attempt, 3-1 at Doncaster Rovers.

With over 20m-worth of transfers in the Toon team, despite no less than seven of our starting XI having come through the ranks, United dominated proceedings without ever threatening an avalanche of goals.

Goals from Lomana LuaLua (2) and Nolberto Solano ultimately decided the match in what was to be our final visit to Belle Vue. match report

2005 Glenn Roeder's Academy side suffered a surprise defeat on wearyside as local hostilities got underway for the season.

Kevin Davison got the only goal after 20 minutes for the home side, while our youngsters created just one header from Paul Huntington that was easily saved.

2006 Another year, another edition of "The Match" at SJP - and what proved to be the third and final staging of the Sky TV fixture.

Goals from Toon old boys Ian Rush (17 mins) and Chris Waddle (57 mins) saw the alleged celebs side suffer a third successive defeat in front of an officially-claimed 52,000 crowd. 

Legends team 2006: Andy Goram, Denis Irwin, Colin Hendry, Des Walker, Nigel Winterburn, Chris Waddle, David Batty, Gary McAllister, Paul Merson, Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley (Paul Gascoigne 76). Bruce Grobbelaar, Trevor Steven, Viv Anderson and Ally McCoist also came off the bench. Manager: Peter Reid.

2007 Having appeared for 45 minutes away to Man City, United's Joey Barton continued his comeback from injury with a runout at Kingston Park against Wigan Reserves.

And the midfielder opened the scoring before leaving the field on 65 minutes - by which time we were three ahead after Frank Danquah and Matty Pattison also netted. match report

Newcastle reserves registered a first win in four games at Villa Park, ending Aston Villa's unbeaten start to the season in the process. 

Second half strikes from Adam Campbell and Mehdi Abeid wrapped up the points, but the victory was overshadowed by injuries to both Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic. match report