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Premier League
Amex Stadium
Sunday 24th September
Kick-off 4.00pm
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Ticket news:
Brighton (a)
Liverpool (h)
Southampton (a) Public sale now
Crystal Palace (h) Member sale now
Burnley (a) ST holder sale now
50 points

'Keeper development

Following a competitive debut in Tuesday's League Cup defeat at Bournemouth, Newcastle's Tim Krul has now converted his season-long loan deal at Brighton into a permanent move.

The Dutch international goalkeeper is out of contract at SJP next summer and has now put pen to paper on a 12 month deal with the Sussex club.

That means that he's now free to face United in the Premier League on Sunday, should he be selected.

No explanation has been forthcoming as to the precise timing of this move - and why it couldn't have been concluded after Sunday's game.

Welcome back....


The next talk-in guest at NINE Bar is ex-Newcastle United midfielder Terry McDermott, who will be in attendance on Thursday night (Sep 21st).

Tickets are £5 or £15 for VIP entry and can be purchased from the venue or via 0191 201 8688.

PS: Advance notice of a couple of other events:

Gavin Peacock returns to the region on Monday October 9th when he'll be at NINE Bar to help raise funds for the Newcastle United Food Bank.

Different packages are available from £30 to £55 online here

Bob Moncur will be helping to raise funds for Whitley Bay Football Club on Thursday October 26th at the Seahorse Bar adjacent to Hillheads Park.

Tickets including a hot buffet cost £10 and on sale now from the venue.  

Loan lads

Tim Krul
24 hours before his move to the Seagulls was made permanent, Tim debuted in Tuesday's League Cup visit to Bournemouth. He conceded the only goal of the tie in 30 minutes of extra time as the Cherries won 1-0.


Adam Armstrong (Bolton Wanderers)
Also knocked out the competition on Tuesday were Bolton, beaten 0-3 at West Ham. Adam came off the bench with 10 minutes remaining, at which point the Championship's bottom side were trailing 0-2. 

Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic)
A 1-0 home win over Northampton Town on Tuesday night saw the Latics climb to second in League Two - Ivan arriving as a 74th minute substitute against his former side. 

Matz Sels
Next up for the reigning Belgian champions is a Cup tie away to second tier Westerlo on Wednesday. 

Achraf Lazaar
It's now five Serie A games played this season and five defeats for the promoted side, whose latest reverse came on Wednesday when they were pummeled 0-4 at home by AS Roma. 

Achraaf kept his place in the side after Sunday's 0-6 drubbing by Napoli and was withdrawn just after the hour mark with his side three goals adrift. 

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Northampton Town (a) League One, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff
Bristol Rovers (a) League One, Saturday.

Callum Williams
Maidstone United (a) National League, Saturday.

Stuart Findlay
Dundee (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Brighton (a)

United's third successive Sunday away game of the season takes them on a 692 mile round trip to the South Coast for a 4pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports.  

United have sold their full 2,500 ticket allocation for this visit to the Amex Stadium.


Matchday betting is here (mobile)
& here (desktop)

Coral price a Magpies victory @
9/5 and a repeat of our only previous success at the Amex (2-1 back in February) comes in @ 10/1.  

Jamaal Lascelles to score the last goal in the game for the third successive weekend gets you 22/1.

Coral's new punter offer now includes £30 in free football bets for a £10 initial stake online here

NUFC: Aleksandar Mitrovic serves the last of his three match ban and Paul Dummett remains out injured.

After five Premier League fixtures, Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden both have three bookings - which means that they are two away from an automatic one game suspension. In order to avoid that fate, they can be booked just once more between now and December's visit to Arsenal.

FC: Beram Kayal and Steve Sidwell are out, while Glenn Murray and Izzy Brown are both doubtful.

Following the completion of a permanent move, Tim Krul is eligible to play for Brighton against United.

Albion's maiden Premier League campaign has seen them endure back to back 0-2 losses (at home to Manchester City and at Leicester), draw 0-0 at Watford and beat West Brom 3-1 at the Amex.

Friday night saw them lose 1-2 at Bournemouth and there was quick return there in the League Cup on Tuesday, exiting the competition 1-0 in extra time.

That second visit to Dean Court saw Chris Hughton refashion his team, making ten changes.

Andre Marriner - a quick return to Magpies action for the West Midlander, who took charge of our opening weekend home defeat by Spurs - correctly dismissing Jonjo Shelvey for his utter stupidity.

Marriner's contributions varied across the 2015/16 season: red carding Aleksandar Mitrovic in a 0-1 home defeat by Arsenal, returning for our 2-0 win over Liverpool and then reffing two away games: a 1-2 loss at Watford and the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports.

If you aren't travelling to Sussex, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle have the game on their big screen TVs with various food and drink promotions.

Once again, all pints are half price during the game.

The Ware Rooms are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.

Overseas TV: To follow


UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Travel 1: If your journey involves using the Metro, be aware that there's no service between Shiremoor and South Gosforth on Saturday or Sunday. The usual service 900 replacement bus calls at all stations.

Travel 2: Albion's travel advice is online here with details of free matchday travel for ticketholders - including away supporters.  

Travel 3: Buses will replace trains all day between Brighton and Littlehampton.


The Magpies will be bidding to win successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since November 2014 when good ol' Pards presided over our 2-1 win at Spurs and 2-0 success at West Brom. 

Competitive visits to the Seagulls - all time:

2016/17 won 2-1 Diame, Perez
2012/13 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2011/12 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1991/92 drew 2-2 G.Peacock, Kelly
1990/91 lost 2-4 Quinn, Brock
1989/90 won 3-0 Quinn 3
1983/84 won 1-0 Waddle
1982/83 drew 1-1 McDermott (FAC)
1978/79 lost 0-2
1961/62 won 4-0 Allchurch, Thomas, 
Kerray, Suddick

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 23.09.2017:
West Ham v Spurs (12.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Everton v Bournemouth (3pm)
Manchester City v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Southampton v Manchester United (3pm)
Stoke City v Chelsea (3pm)
Swansea City v Watford (3pm)
Leicester City v Liverpool (5.30pm) BT

Sun 24.09.2017:
Brighton v Newcastle (4pm) Sky

Mon 25.09.2017:
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky


Honours even - just

Brighton & HA U23s  0  Newcastle U23s  0

Match report is online here

Premier League:
Head for heights!

Newcastle  2  Stoke City


Match report


Al bobble giveaway

The nights are cutting in again - high time for some fine bespoke headwear to keep the cold out.

The Tyneside-based Spirit of 69 are now punting their wares under the label of Football Bobbles here and have restocked their popular Shearer bobble hat.

These can be ordered here or if you feel lucky, we h
ave one up for grabs in a free-to-enter giveaway.

We just need you to identify this ex-Magpie, whose eight competitive senior NUFC appearances between 2004 and 2006 came in the same side as Wor Al.

Email answer to (subject: Hat).

Closing date is Monday September 25th @ 7pm - one entry per person please. Entries welcome from across the planet.

MJS winner/offer

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent MJS promotion to win a 2017/18 replica NUFC shirt signed by Rafa Benitez - the winner was randomly selected as Steve Blair from Cramlington.

PS: Newcastle's recent good run has prompted some unexpected generosity from MJS - who are upping their reader discount on iPad & iPhone repairs to 20% for the rest of September.

Seagulls feast 
on scraps

Newcastle U18s  2  Brighton U18s  3


United's youngsters began their U18 Premier League Cup group stage campaign with defeat at a damp Whitley Park on Saturday morning.

Trailing 0-2 just before the half hour, Dave Watson's side did reduce the arrears through Oisin McEntee, only for Albion to restore a goal advantage midway through the second period.

And although substitute Thomas Cole made it 2-3 moments from full time, the black and whites were unable to force an equaliser in five added minutes. 

The visitors twice profited from slack defending to forge ahead, Danny Cashman shooting past Nathan Harker after just four minutes.

Striker Cashman then repeated the feat in the 27th minute, at which point Newcastle were yet to mount their first attack of the contest.

That did bring about a goal when it came though, Adam Wilson's corner nodded back across goal for Irish youngster McEntee to force in from close range.

A livelier second half display by United saw them strike the crossbar and have an effort cleared off the line - although Elias Sorensen paid the price in the latter move for choosing precision rather than power.

Brighton had hit the woodwork when a Columbus Ibeh effort was deflected off a defender, re-establishing their two goal lead on 68 minutes as Cashman nipped in to complete his hat-trick from point-blank range - their third goal from just four efforts on target.

That looked to have sealed United's fate, but Cole netted a rebound from Sorensen's 87th minute strike to make it 2-3.

A couple of half chances came and went for the home side, but Albion almost made it 4-2 when substitute Isaac Hutchinson's 90th minute effort clipped a post.  

Team: Harker, Cass, Aplin, Young, McEntee, Watts, Wilson (Russell 85), Goodridge, Sorensen, Allan, Kasinga (Cole 44). Subs n/u: Gamblin, Huuhtanen, Barrett.

Booked: Cole, Aplin

The Magpies now face away fixtures against Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea in their group - those two sides playing out a 1-1 in their opener on Saturday.

Old boy:
Brassy celebrates 
landmark in style

While Newcastle United were beating Stoke City 2-1 at a packed Gallowgate on Saturday, just 149 hardy souls were in attendance a few miles away to see an ex-Magpie help his current side emulate that score.    

Striker Paul Brayson marked the occasion of his 40th birthday by scoring the winner for Newcastle Benfield, as they beat Ashton United in an FA Cup Qualifier.

"Brassy" played just two competitive senior games for Newcastle between 1995 and 1997, going on to serve Swansea City, Reading, Cardiff City and Cheltenham Town in the Football League, scoring 38 times.

Moving into the non-league game shortly turning 27 in 2004,
Paul continued to net regularly in the colours of Northwich Victoria, Gateshead, York City, Newcastle Blue Star, Durham City, Blyth Spartans, Harrogate Town and Bedlington Terriers.

Moving to Benfield in 2014, he remains just as prolific and Saturday's winner brought up another milestone for their player/manager - his 150th Benfield goal. 

Old boy:
Caldwell gets 
the boot

A 1-2 home loss to Accrington Stanley in League Two on Saturday proved enough for Chesterfield to relieve Gary Caldwell of his managerial responsibilities.

The 35 year-old former Newcastle reserve defender had only been at the ProAct Stadium since January 2017 and had kept his job despite failing to avoid relegation from League One. 

However Gary paid the price for just one win in ten league and cup fixtures this season.   

Lascelles extension talks confirmed 

Speaking at Friday's press conference, Rafa Benitez confirmed press speculation that a new contract for Magpies defender Jamaal Lascelles is in the offing. 

The 23 year-old native of Derby joined United back in August 2014 from Nottingham Forest, before returning to the City Ground on a season-long loan.

Lascelles signed what was termed a "long-term deal" of undisclosed duration when arriving along with 'keeper Karl Darlow in a claimed £7m joint deal.

That's claimed to have been a six year agreement, meaning that he's tied to SJP until 2020 at present. 

A new five year deal superseding that is reportedly in the offing, meaning he'll join Florian Lejeune in being under contract until 2022.   

It's good to talk 

From The Shields Gazette, Wednesday:

Newcastle Unitedís bonus dispute was settled by a phone call between Mike Ashley and Jamaal Lascelles.

The clubís players had been unhappy with the Premier League bonus scheme offered by the club.

Newcastle had offered the squad a pot of £1million for finishing 17th. Unitedís players, however, wanted a bonus sheet more in line with those at rival clubs.

The behind-the-scenes row was threatening to impact morale at the club, and Ashley and captain Lascelles Ė spoke late last week (before the win at Swansea).

The new bonus structure will see the squad share a pot of £4m if the club finishes a place above the relegation zone, rising by £1m per place.

Lascelles and his squad are understood to be happy that the matter has been settled.

PS: It's also reported that Ashley made a verbal offer to Lascelles of an additional £20m bonus payment to the squad in event of their winning the FA Cup - not bad for a bloke who recently claimed to have no cash, only wallpaper....

Smiling faces 

Amateur film maker and Toon fan Craig Crouchman was selected by a well-known lager brand to make a short film about an aspect of his "club". 

You'll find his effort online here

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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.

United obtained a 12 month exemption on logistical grounds to the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 23.09.2017 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ The Cliff Training Ground, 1pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section. Note change of venue.

Sun 24.09.2017 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
@ Amex Stadium, 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,500. 

Mon 25.09.2017 U23s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Fri 29.09.2017 U23s v Burnley (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup Group D.

Sat 30.09.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 01.10.2017 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT.

Tue 03.10.2017 U23s v Port Vale (a) @ Vale Park, 7.45pm. CheckaTrade Trophy.

Sat 14.10.2017 U18s v smoggies (a) @ Hurworth, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 15.10.2017 Southampton (a)
@ St. Mary's, 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Public sale now. £20 adults /over-65s/18-21 year olds, £18 U18s, £12 U11s. Allocation: TBC. 

Mon 16.10.2017 U23s v Southampton (a) @ St. Mary's, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Fri 20.10.2017 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 21.10.2017 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sat 21.10.2017
Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Tue 24.10.2017 U23s v Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup.

Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 8pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. ST holder sale now, 50 points. £30 adults, £20 over 65s /U22s, £15 U18s. Allocation: TBC. 

Mon 30.10.2017 U23s v Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Live TV games:

Sun 24.09.2017
Brighton (a) 4pm
Sun 01.10.2017 Liverpool (h) 4.30pm
Sun 15.10.2017 Southampton (a) 4pm
Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) 8pm
Sat 18.11.2017 Man United (a) 5.30pm*

All on Sky except * on BT. 

Sky Sports (126 games)
BT Sports (42 games)

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Thu 12.10.2017
Dec & January
Tue 12.12.2017 February
Thu 25.01.2018 March
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw will be on or around Mon 04.12.2017.

R3 06.01.2017
R4 27.01.2017
R5 17.02.2017
R6 17.03.2017
SF 21.04.2017
Sat 19.05.2017

Checkatrade Trophy:
United U23s are in Group D and play three away ties against EFL first teams:

Tue 29.08.2017 Crewe 1-2 NUFC
Tue 03.10.2017
Port Vale (a) 7.45pm
Tue 07.11.2017 Oldham (a) 7.30pm

R2: w/c 04.12.2017
R3: w/c 08.01.2018
QF: w/c 22.01.2018
SF: w/c 26.02.2018
F: Sun 08.04.2018 (Wembley)

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D:

Fri 29.09.2017 Burnley (h) 1pm
Mon 04.12.2017 Colchester (a) 7pm 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley (a) 2pm 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea (h) 1pm 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm
date tbc Swansea (a)

Premier League International Cup:
United U23s are in Group A: 

Tue 24.10.2017 Sparta Prague (h) 7pm
Wed 15.11.2017 Liverpool (a) 7pm
Tue 12.12.2017 PSV (h) 7pm

Subsequent round dates tbc

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United U23s enter in the Quarter Finals.

First Round
06.12.2017 Quarter Final
07.02.2018 Semi Final
??.??.2018 Final

U18 Premier League Cup:
United U18s are in Group B:

Sat 16.09.2017 NUFC 2 Brighton 3
Sat 04.11.2017 Blackburn (a) 12.30pm
Sat 02.12.2017
Chelsea (a) 

FA Youth Cup:
United U18s enter at the Third Round stage, to be played on or before 16.12.2017.

Gateshead FC
are offering discounts to current NUFC season ticket holders £10 entry for National League home games (rather than the usual £15).

16 & 17 year old admission £5, U16s £3.

Next four GFC home games:

Sat 30.09.2017 Boreham Wood 3pm
Sat 07.10.2017 Bromley 3pm
Sat 28.10.2017 Dover Athletic 3pm
Sat 18.11.2017 Tranmere Rovers 3pm

Magpie Movers are now on sale to NUFC ST holders, allowing use of public transport across the city three hours before and three hours after competitive NUFC home games.

After being £20 for three seasons, Movers now cost £30 online or £31 by post

Live music @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018 when Ed Sheeran headlines all three nights.

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (exact dates tbc)


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...

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

On This Day in History
20th September

Born Or Died:

1910 Joe Ford born, Edinburgh.

Diminutive forward who joined United from Scottish minnows Rosewell Rosedale (now playing as Whitehill Welfare) in May 1931.

A regular scorer at reserve team level for the Magpies, Ford netted both goals in a senior side friendly success against Hearts back in his native Edinburgh.

That was in September 1931 and the following January his chance came when selected in place of fellow Scot Duncan Hutchison for a home game with Grimsby.

However, Ford sustained a double leg break in a collision with the Mariners 'keeper during the game and would never get another first team opportunity at Gallowgate. 

Returning to Scotland with Partick Thistle, Ford later played for Leith Athletic, Gala and another Edinburgh side, Benford.

Serving in the Royal Navy during World War II, Joe worked in the brewing industry and passed away in April 1951 - a victim of TB.

1927 William Ronald Anderson born, Ponteland.(1946-48)

Goalkeeper who joined United in October 1946 from Throckley Colliery, where he had worked as a miner and turned out for their Welfare side.

Bill's sole senior outing as a Magpie came when deputising for Jack Fairbrother in a 1-1 home draw with Leicester City in April 1947.

Later appearing for Annfield Plain, he later lived in Peterlee. His death was reported in 1995.


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1902 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
3-0) Rutherford(52) 
The Magpies made it maximum points after three games of the season - and were yet to concede a goal.

That would all change a week later though, with a 1-6 loss at West Bromwich Albion.

1911 Norwich City (a)
Hospital Cup


NUFC: Lawrence, McCracken, Whitson, Veitch, Low, Carr, Willis, Stewart, Shepherd, Randell, Ridley.
NCFC: Beale, Kirkman, Mackenzie, Wilkinson, Wolstenholme, Chick, Jobling, Ingham, Makin, Whiteside, Levi  

Ref: G.L.Miller.

Thanks to Newcastle John for details of this otherwise unknown game.

1913 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 
Hudspeth (
An injury to the referee saw his replacement by a linesman and United salvaged a point when the stand-in official awarded a penalty kick for a foul of Hibbert, Frank Hudspeth obliging from the spot.

1919 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
One week after the sides drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge, United prevailed at SJP thanks to the only hat-trick of striker Ed Dixon's Tyneside career.

Chelsea's Bob Whittingham struck a post with his penalty kick when the score was 2-0.

1922 Glasgow Rangers (h)
1-1,2-1,3-1), McDonald (4-1)(pen) 
A Wednesday evening game at Gallowgate saw Neil Harris bag a treble against a side he'd guested for some six years earlier.

Bill McCracken featured for the home side and "was given a rousing welcome" by Newcastle fans following his dismissal at Sheffield United the previous Saturday. 

1924 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
1-2), Roberts(65) 

1926 Cardiff City (a)
Division One 
United handed a debut to outside right Jimmy Boyd at Ninian Park and went ahead through Tommy Urwin. 

That lead was short-lived though, as Davies pushed forward straight from the restart before crossing for Smith to net without a Newcastle player touching the ball.

1930 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
Starling(7), Cape(15), OG(Cox)(51), Wilkinson(77)
Earle(35), Watson(2-2)
Two ahead early on, Newcastle were pegged back before the break when Stan Earle and Vic Watson both beat Albert McInroy.

Jack Wilkinson's shot soon after the restart was deflected into his own net by Billy Cox to restore the home side's lead. 

West Ham's hopes of a comeback were much reduced when Watson limped off after 55 minutes, Wilkinson scoring a fourth goal to wrap up victory for the Magpies. 

1941 Huddersfield Town (h)
1-0,2-0), Price(3-1)

1947 Leeds United (h)
Division Two 
Hair, Shackleton 2, Stobbart 
Wakefield, Cochrane
Relegated Leeds had started life in the second tier in good form, but were rapidly fading by the time of this defeat. 

Leeds including Con Martin in their lineup and he reportedly collapsed in the team bath with an abdominal problem. His son Mick later played for the black and whites.

1948 A 5-1 victory for the Football League  against their Irish counterparts at Anfield included a hat trick for Newcastle's Jackie Milburn, while his former SJP colleague Len Shackleton also helped himself to one.

1952 Stoke City (a) 0-1 (0-0)
Division One 

1958 Wolves (a)
Division One 
Bottom, White 2 
There was a winning start to a brief Newcastle career for Reg Evans, while goalkeeper Bryan Harvey also made his first appearance.

1961 Liverpool (h)
Division Two 
Milne(10), og(Heslop)(43)
Future Newcastle Director of Football Gordon Milne scored the first goal of his Anfield career, while only a penalty save from Dave Hollins to deny Kevin Lewis prevented defeat by a greater margin.

1969 Southampton (a) 
Division One 
Future Magpie Mick Channon netted for the Saints on what was the first of three visits United made to the Dell this season, (League, FA Cup & Fairs Cup).

1975 Wolves (h)
Division One 
Gowling(10,60,80), Tudor(55), Cassidy(87) 
Just ten days after helping himself to a four goal haul against Southport, striker Alan Gowling's next appearance at Gallowgate saw him in prolific form once more, beating visiting custodian Gary Pierce on three occasions. 

1980 Oldham Athletic (h)
Division Two 
A familiar story for this season - a goalless draw and a particularly inept performance. The manager? Arthur Cox....

1986 Wimbledon (h)
Division One 
Gary Kelly made his debut in goal while Andy Thomas took his place in midfield for the first time.

1987 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Nicol(20,47,70), Aldridge(37)
Steve Nicol grabbed a hat trick in this one-sided game, with Neil McDonald claiming a consolation effort from the spot after Mirandinha was felled in the box.

The visiting line-up included Barry Venison, John Barnes and Peter Beardsley - the latter making his first return to SJP since joining the Reds two months earlier. 
Youtube footage is online here

1997 West Ham United (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Premier League
Three days after the epic 3-2 home win over Barcelona, a fine shot from John Barnes gave him his first Toon goal.

That was especially sweet for the veteran, who was booed by home fans after choosing to join Newcastle some weeks earlier, rather than become a Hammer.

For much of the afternoon though, visiting goalkeeper Shay Given was all that stood between the home side an three points  

A wedding prevented one half of attending, with the groom a big Hammers fan. Suffice it to say that regular updates from a pocket radio punctuated proceedings... 

2000 Leyton Orient (h) 
League Cup 2nd Round, 
1st Leg 
Cort(34), Speed(77)
United bounced back from their usual reverse at Southampton to overcome League Two opposition. New signing Lomana LuaLua watched on from the Milburn Stand, having scored a hat trick for his former side Colchester United in the previous round. match report

2003 Bolton Wanderers (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Bobby Robson fielded his  strongest XI at a soggy SJP, desperate to prevent a fourth successive home loss and third blank score sheet. 

The former was avoided but unfortunately the latter was not, as a first Premiership victory eluded United yet again.

Bobby Robson romanticists may be interested to know the point still left us in the relegation zone in 18th, with only Middlesbrough and Wolves below us.... match report

2005 Glenn Roeder was an interested spectator as a Newcastle Academy XI left Chester-le-Street's Moor Park with a narrow 1-0 win in an U18 friendly match.

Staged ahead of Chester's FA Youth Cup tie against Farsley Celtic, United helped the non-league youths gain some experience of playing under floodlights.

Having taken the lead when Marc Walton profited from a goalkeeping error to walk the ball into the net from close range, Newcastle somehow held out for the rest of the game in the face of fierce pressure.

2006 Liverpool (a)
Kuyt(29), Alonso(79)
Steve Harper's return to top flight action will live with him for the rest of his life after Xabi Alonso thumped the ball over his head from 60 yards in front of The Kop.

Harper slipped as he back-pedalled to catch the long range missile and as he grasped at thin air, the ball sailed past his left hand and over the line.

But it wasn't just a tale of Alonso's spectacular strike, four decent penalty claims were all denied by referee, Mark Halsey - three of which were ours.

Halsey also missed Celestine Babayaro's assault on Dirk Kuyt but video evidence later saw the FA charge the Newcastle defender, who copped a three match ban. match report

2008 West Ham United (a) 1-3 (0-2)
Premier League
Di Michele(8,37),

Newcastle were very much second best against an ordinary Hammers side that simply cruised into a 3-0 lead.

Both sides were in some disarray, following manager departures and takeover talk. Xisco kept his place for the visitors, while this was to be the second and final outing for Uruguayan loan midfielder Nacho Gonzalez. match report

2011 Newcastle's second string made their bow at the B2net Stadium of Chesterfield in an afternoon friendly, impeccably timed to allow those fans daft enough to watch it to attend en route to the City Ground.

The Spireites took advantage of an early penalty miss by Sam Adjei and went ahead when goalkeeper Ole Soderberg could only help a Scott Boden header into the net, following a left wing cross.

United were level before half time, thanks to a shot from midfielder Yven Moyo. match report

2011 Nottingham Forest (a) 4-3aet 2-2 (1-0)
Carling Cup 3rd Round
Lovenkrands(39,60pen), Simpson(93), Coloccini(120)
Findley(46), Derbyshire(66), Tudgay(114)
With Rob Elliot and Mehdi Abeid making their senior debuts, United scraped through thanks to a header from Fabricio Coloccini in the final seconds of added time. 

It was the fourth and final time that the Magpies had been in front in the tie, having let Forest back into the game twice in normal time and once in the extra half hour.

Thankfully though, a penalty shootout was avoided and Steve McClaren's Championship strugglers bowed out as we made it seven games unbeaten in all competitions. match report

2012 Maritimo (Portugal)(a)
Europa League GSM1
Newcastle's Europa League Group Stage campaign got off to a goalless start on the island of Madeira as both side fired blanks in the Estadio Dos Barreiros.

The Magpies hit the goal frame three times while a goal line clearance and some excellent saves from Rob Elliot kept a clean sheet at the other end. match report

2014 Hull City (h)
Premier League
Jelavic(48), Diame(68)
United failed to win in the Premier League at the fifth time of asking, but Papiss Cisse's late brace turned boos to cheers.

The striker came off the bench for his first appearance of the season, but there was as much happening off the field as on it.

Having departed for Hull on loan days earlier, Hatem Ben Arfa watched from the stand while organised fan protests against Alan Pardew continued.

Home players meanwhile wore training tops in tribute to cancer victim Jonas Gutierrez, Cisse unveiling a T-shirt with the motto "always looking forward Jonas" after netting. match report

2016 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
League Cup

Ritchie(29), Gouffran(31)

United returned to winning ways, gaining swift revenge for their league defeat to Wolves by beating them in the EFL Cup at Gallowgate.

Strikes from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran in three first half minutes won the tie and although more goals seemed likely, two proved enough to keep the visitors at bay and secure progress into Round Four. match report