Hull City (a) buy from HCFC on matchday
Porto (a) ST public sale now
Braga (a) buy from Braga on matchday
Augsburg (h) public sale now
2018/19 ST new applications now open
Confirmation came on Friday that Jack Colback had made a permanent
departure from SJP, agreeing a season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest
for the final year of his Magpies contract.
The 28 year-old midfielder initially made a temporary switch to the City Ground
in January and made 16 appearances for the Championship side.
Signing a five year deal in July 2014 following the expiry of his contract
with the mackems, Colback made the last of his 102 league and cup
appearances (94 starts) at home to Barnsley during May 2017.
Beginning last season in the senior squad, he wasn't sighted again after the
friendly against Mainz amid claims of a training ground clash with Rafa
Benitez - losing his squad number, training with the reserves and finding
himself omitted from the team photograph.
It's reported that the player has agreed an outline deal for Forest to sign
him permanently next summer.
hopes go West
Newcastle U18s 0 Bolton U18s 3
Wanderers lift the cup
Having made it to the final of the Endorsed
Cup after beating Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Friday, United's youngsters
returned from Cornwall empty-handed.
Their final opponents Bolton had beaten the event hosts 4-1 on Friday and the
Trotters took up where they left off in Saturday's final, quickly opening the
Ireland youth international Luca Connel had the ball in the net after just
three minutes and although there was no further scoring before the break,
Wanderers hit the post and kept Magpies 'keeper Will Brown busy.
Any hopes of United mounting a second half fightback were quickly extinguished
when a Bolton defender headed home a 47th minute corner and Ronan Darcy
rounded off the victory with an 87th minute drive.
Wanderers - who also had a goal chalked off when leading 2-0 - deserved their
victory and looked the physically stronger of the two sides.
Saturday had begun with Mousehole overcoming Huddersfield 2-0 in the 3rd/4th place playoff.
A losing start in the new change kit
Team: Brown, Ebanks, Swailes (Gamblin 68), Gamblin (White 46), Scott (Brannen
46), Reed, Young, Rounsfell (Scott 68), Joyce, Anderson (Allen 46), Cole
Newcastle U18s 3 Huddersfield U18s 0
Friday saw a youthful Newcastle Academy side continue their pre-season
preparations with victory against the Terriers in the unfamiliar location of
Along with Huddersfield and Bolton Wanderers, the Magpies were invited to the
inaugural staging of the four-team Endorsed Cup event - also featuring South West Peninsular League side
Two games were played on Friday at Mousehole's
Trungle Parc ground - three miles west of Penzance.
First up were United, who deservedly claimed a place in Saturday's Final
(2pm), before Bolton won 4-1 against a combined Mousehole youth & senior XI.
In front of a small crowd, Newcastle didn't have things their own way in the
opening stages of the game, but struck first in the 12th minute when striker
Tom Cole neatly shot home from the left side of the area.
Cole then had another effort ruled out for offside before coming close to his
and United's second on 41 minutes - seizing on a botched goalkeeping clearance
but failing to force the ball past the Town custodian.
The black and whites deservedly doubled their lead three minutes before the break,
a good team move ending with Joe White taking a return pass from Jack Young
before placing the ball low past the 'keeper.
And they could have gone in at half time three goals to the good, Cole putting
his shot agonisingly wide of the target after further muddled Town defending.
That third goal duly arrived 11 minutes after the restart, when Jack Young
netted direct from a free-kick.
Town struck the United woodwork almost immediately, but barely threatened
thereafter and seemed more concerned with keeping the score down - substitute
Elliot Anderson a constant threat and Young receiving deserved applause when
replaced late on.
Team: Brown (Thompson 65), Oliver (Rounsfell 46), Scott (Gamblin 65),
Allen (Reed 65), Swailes, Gamblin (Brannen 46), Reed (Anderson 46), Young
(Joyce 83), Cole (White 65), White (Ebanks 46), Joyce (Oliver 65).
(Rolling subs as above, 16 players used in total)
Although Newcastle have previously visited the Devonian trio of Torquay United, Plymouth
Argyle and Exeter City for first team fixtures, we're unaware of them ever
playing in Cornwall at any level before.
that there will be no advance sale of tickets for
the pre-season friendly against Sporting Braga on Wednesday 1st August (kick-off
Priced at €7.50 with no concessions, they will only be available from the box office at Estadio Municipal de Braga
on the day of the game.
Kelland Watts, has received a first international call-up, to the
England squad for the U19 European Championship finals.
The annual eight team tournament is currently taking place in Finland and
runs through to Sunday July 29th.
The Young Lions are the reigning champions and began their defence
successfully, coming from behind to beat Turkey 3-2 in Seinajoki on Tuesday.
Our man played the full 90 minutes on the right hand side of a midfield
Friday then saw England draw 1-1 with Ukraine with Kelland starting and
deployed in the middle of a back five before bbeing substituted in the 84th
Qualification now depends on England's final game against France in Vaasa on Monday.
Group A comprises Finland, Italy, Norway and Portugal.
About the only thing
he will be signing....
An interview conducted by the Chronicle with
Rafa Benitez during United's Irish training camp gives some insight into the
frustrations of the manager, as he enters the final year of his current
"(we need to) see if we can find some players at the right
price. It is not ideal but we will try to manage the best way possible.
"I was expecting maybe something different but we will manage what it
going on and try to be sure that we bring the best players possible with the
conditions we have, and try to improve the squad.
"I hope I can still strengthen the
squad. I have been trying hard for two months to be sure we have players to
bring on loan.
"If you don’t act quickly then you lose the opportunity, and the next
player is more difficult, and the next maybe doesn’t have the same quality.
"I have to just concentrate on
bringing the best players for the squad.
"I don’t do the numbers. I don’t
control the numbers. I know my numbers, but it is not my job to do accounts.
The owner decides the money available and that is it.
"Mike said ‘every last penny’ was
available in the Press. I don’t do the numbers, so I don’t know exactly
what it means.
"We are fine in terms of profit.
Maybe you have to ask this question to Lee Charnley. He has the numbers.
"I am trying to do my best in these
conditions, that’s what I can say.
"We were talking about the situation
at this time. After, we were talking about numbers and the possibility of an
"But I don’t think an extension is
an excuse for anything. If you sign a one-year extension, what does that mean
for the players you sign on a five-year contract? It’s nothing. It’s not
"A lot of clubs have managers, they
finish a contract but still they improve the squad to be sure they are better.
Historically, you see the spending of different clubs and this one. I don’t
think it’s an issue.
"But I am trying to bring the best
players for the club. But we have a scouting department and everybody is
"Still, I don’t think it’s an
issue with my contract.
"I told Mike and Lee and Justin. They know that, if we do the right
things, then I am keen to stay here for five years or whatever.
"But they have to do things in the
way that, for me as a football professional, there is a way to do things and
we have to be sure that we do that.
"If you want to sign an extension for
a lot of years, the main thing and the first one has to be the Academy, for
"Then all these things, you have
everything in place – I am really pleased with the fans, the city, the
atmosphere at the games, the staff are professionals, everyone.
"We have all the potential to grow
and to be a top side, a proper top side.
"I need to talk with Lee [about when
talks will resume]. The last conversation was: ‘Oh, we can talk.’
"But I think it is more important to
be sure that we do the right things now and then after we have plenty of time
to talk about that.
"Again I would say that my contract
is not an issue.
"I am doing my best and a lot of
managers, they finish a contract and still the clubs are investing and trying
to improve the squad.
"Forget about [if I will get more
money if I sign a new contract]. We have to concentrate on keeping the same
atmosphere that we had last year, a team that really cares and worked really
hard. And then trying to improve the squad, bring in more players and have
"I read your newspapers and I know
that the fans are clever; our fans, they understand the situation.
"Everybody is expecting that if we
can compete, can be stronger, then Rafa will be pleased and then is happy
here. I don’t think that the fans don’t know the situation.
“I will try to do my best and then
hopefully, in a few weeks, things can be better and then we can keep talking.
I think they understand clearly the situation.
“We will see at the end of the window
how well we did. We are working to add players to improve the squad.
“Every manager wants something more. I am happy with the three players we
“We have more or less a similar team to
what we had last year. Now we have to keep growing and improving.
“I have tried to do my best - but we
will see later on.
Given the impasse between the manager and owner over a contract extension in
return for more transfer funds, the prospect of Rafa being able to refine this
squad to his desired level is receding day by day - which must increase our
chances of relegation.
It's unwise to form any opinion based on pre-season games, but it's fair to
say that events on the field at present aren't our biggest concern. Far from
breaking transfer records, we're now seemingly incapable of actually signing
anyone permanently for a fee.
Dismay over our lack of ambition and the deliberate avoidance of a plan to
grow the club and actually compete is matched only by the fact that no
credible bidder has materialised after a decade of this farce.
Unless there's a radical rethink from Shirebrook, it's difficult to see
anything other than Rafa remaining in post until his contract concludes in
June - doing his level best to keep the club in the top flight, before putting
his glasses in his pocket and walking away.
What has to be questioned though is just why Rafa has gone on the record again
- and was allowed to do so - in the knowledge that his latest quotes would
stir up fans and Ashley accomplices alike.
Seeking a confrontation, playing to the gallery or simply reaching the end of
his tether - take your pick.
We concluded the final report of last season by penning the following - and
not a single letter of it is obsolete:
Sadly, it wouldn't be Newcastle United without a close season polluted by
scare stories and doubts over our future direction and personnel.
To move past that sideshow quickly and concentrate on the real business of
improving the squad would be a welcome bonus - anything else risks diluting
our progress and losing our momentum.
Screw this up and it looks like sabotage.
Newcastle's U21s will enter the Checkatrade
Trophy for a second successive season, as one of 16 invited teams from the
Premier League and Championship.
Each invited team joins three League One and Two sides in a group of four,
playing three fixtures - all of which are away from home.
Wednesday's regional draw saw Newcastle paired with League One Doncaster
Rovers and League Two duo Grimsby Town and Notts County in
Group G - the latter under the stewardship of Kevin Nolan.
The Magpies failed to progress from the First Round last season, winning at
Crewe Alexandra but then losing at both Port Vale and Oldham Athletic.
2018/19 First Round match dates:
Match Date 1: Wed 05.09.2018
Match Date 2: Wed 10.10.2018
Match Date 3: Wed 14.11.2018
(match order yet tbc)
PS: United didn't appear inthe draw for this season's Premier League
International Cup take place - with 24 U23 teams involved from across Europe
and the UK.
The Magpies made it through to the
semi-finals of last season's competition, but have presumably opted out due to a reduction in their squad headcount.
St. Patrick's Athletic 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle began their pre-season fixtures with a comfortable victory
over League of Ireland side St. Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park on Tuesday.
20 of the 27 players who had participated in United's training camp at nearby
Carton House got some pitch time on a fine night in the suburbs of Dublin.
While three of our five goalkeepers were idle though, fitness concerns kept
Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Jacob Murphy sidelined - although the trio
were present and didn't look to have any obvious ailments.
A low-key opening to the game saw Joselu curl a shot narrowly wide after seven
minutes but neither side mustered much in the way of an
attacking threat until the 41st minute, when Sean Longstaff broke the
The midfielder marked his senior debut for the club by rifling home a
left-footed 14 yard shot via the post following Matt Ritchie's dinked cross
from the right.
Lobby's goal online here (via youtube)
in their last seven league games, the hosts came close to levelling before the
break when newly arrived substitute Simon Madden colliding with Karl Darlow as
he tried in vain to guide the ball goalwards.
Rookie duo Longstaff and Josef Yarney were joined by nine half time
replacements and a more energetic 45 minutes ensued, Jonjo Shelvey to the fore
as the black and whites belatedly found their shooting boots.
Dwight Gayle went close with an effort that shaved the post - the striker
claiming a corner in vain after he had been picked out by Shelvey.
St. Pat's - featuring ex-Magpie reserve Lee Desmond - struggled with the pace
of Christian Atsu in what was his comeback game since undergoing knee surgery.
The Ghanaian twice saw goalbound shots blocked, goalkeeper Barry Murphy denied
Adam Armstrong and Dwight Gayle and DeAndre Yedlin both sent efforts whistling
narrowly over the crossbar.
A low-key return for Kenedy then became rather more noticeable with 11 minutes
remaining, as he forced his way into a shooting position before leaving the
goal frame shaking after striking it with a howitzer.
The Brazilian looked set to mark his second spell at the club with a goal,
when former Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner fouled Gayle in the box on 86
minutes and a penalty was awarded.
Expecting to take the spot kick, it soon became evident that Atsu had other
ideas and held on to the ball while arguing his case - even concealing it up
He got his way and duly sent a left footed shot down the middle of the goal as
Murphy dived out of the way, giving the scoreline a slightly more respectable
Atsu's goal online here (via youtube)
The Magpies now return to Tyneside to continue their preparations
ahead of Tuesday's trip to Championship side Hull City - by which time
there will be barely a fortnight until the transfer window closes.
Team 1st half: Darlow,
Manquillo, Lejeune, Yarney, Aarons, Ritchie, Diame, Longstaff, Fernandez,
Team 2nd half: Sels, Yedlin, Clark, Yarney, Roberts, Shelvey, Atsu,
Longstaff, Armstrong, Kenedy, Gayle.
Sub n/u: Dubravka.
Goals: Longstaff 41, Atsu 86pen.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ki
Sung-yueng were allowed additional time off after playing the World Cup, while
Chancel Mbemba was omitted ahead of his expected departure. Isaac Hayden was
released from the
squad after submitting a transfer request.
B.Clarke (Murphy 46), Barker (Madden 44), Bermingham (Desmond 67), Toner,
Desmond (Leahy 46), Clifford (R.Brennan 46), K.Brennan (Kelly 46), Keegan
(Lennon 46), Markey (C.Byrne 46), D.Clarke (Doona 46), T.Byrne (Turner 46).
Crowd: Reported as "almost 5,000" and not too far away from
the current claimed capacity of 5,340.
All four sides of Richmond Park were in use for this game, Newcastle fans
occupying a partially covered terrace behind one goal and a thinner standing
area running along half of the touchline.
On the fourth anniversary of the MH17 atrocity, there was applause from the
away contingent on the 17th minute, remembering John Alder and Liam Sweeney.
Referee: Rob Rogers
Midfielder Sean Longstaff and defender Josef Yarney had
first senior outings for the club, while there was a second appearance for Victor
Fernandez, who debuted in our friendly with Royal Antwerp in
Spain last March.
The only outfield player at Carton House who wasn't mentioned as being
injured but didn't play was Jamie Sterry - reason unknown.
The Dubliners: modern era Magpies visits:
2018/19 St. Patrick's Athletic won 2-0
2016/17 Bohemian won 6-0
2009/10 Shamrock Rovers won 3-0
2005/06 Bray Wanderers won 7-1
1998/99 Bohemian drew 1-1
1998/99 Bray Wanderers won 6-0
1997/98 PSV Eindhoven won 3-2*
1997/98 Derry City won 2-0*
1977/78 Bohemian drew 0-0 (UEFA Cup)
* Dublin Tournament @ Lansdowne Road
of Bargain Hunt....
Speaking to reporters on
Tuesday, Rafa Benitez gave a measured response to questions about
recruitment - but provided little cause for optimism among those who
expected the club's transfer record to be broken:
"Unfortunately it's what we have to
do (work on a limited budget). We have to wheel and deal, that is the
way for us. And then we try to continue doing the right things.
"The fans need to understand these players here are giving everything, so
we have to support them. We cannot say 'oh he is not good enough' because,
sometimes, you cannot sign the players you want but the players that are good
for you and the squad.
"We are trying to sign a
characteristic of players, it's not just names, big names, because they will
be too expensive for us, but we are trying to sign players that can do a job
for the team.
"As soon as the price goes a little
bit higher, I know that we cannot buy them, so we have to be realistic with
our budget, and then maybe sell some players and buy some players."
Asked if he needs to sell to buy:
"Yeah, maybe. I think it's normal for us now to think it will be like
"We have some enquiries about some of our players and Lee Charnley is
working on that. We will see if we have any news in the next few days.
Obviously we need to move players if we want to have money to spend on
"We have to adapt. That is the
situation. Are we happy with that? Obviously not 100 per cent, but we will try
to do our best to be sure the team is strong enough and we can compete in the
On Matt Ritchie's future:
"We are in the same position as we were last year. He's our player, we're
happy with him and we don't want to sell him.
"To do a move, too many things has to
happen at the same time. I was talking with him this morning, I don't see any
change with the situation."
On Isaac Hayden's future:
"We will try to help him because he said he has personal problems, try to
help in the best way possible.
"At the same time I have to protect the team and the club. We will see if
we can find the best solution possible but we want to keep him because he's an
important player for us".
Asked about signing a striker:
"I'm quite confident, but it's a question of when. We're working on
Benitez gave no further details, but it's reported that United are
attempting to sign Salomon Rondon from relegated West Bromwich Albion.
The 28 year-old Venezuelan reportedly has a £16.5m release clause, but it's
claimed that United are looking to sign him on an initial loan deal - paying
the Baggies the same £4m fee as has gone to Chelsea for Kenedy.
Unsurprisingly, that's not gone down well with the Baggies - who are only
interested in a sale, report the Express & Star newspaper.
racist Toney tweet
From the BBC:
has been given a 12-month community order for racially aggravated harassment
after sending an abusive tweet to Newcastle striker Ivan Toney.
Calvin White, 25, of Hollycarrside Road, s*nderland, pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £170 costs.
The tweet was posted while 22-year-old Toney was on loan with then-League
One club Wigan Athletic in December 2017.
Wigan immediately notified Twitter and police upon seeing the post.
A Kick It Out statement said:
"We applaud Wigan Athletic for notifying both
Twitter and the police. Discriminatory abuse is no less unacceptable when it
is carried out on social media, and this shows that however and wherever
this occurs there is no hiding place.
"However, it also proves that there is still a lot of work to be done in and
around the game to tackle discrimination and educate offenders."
United have announced live
coverage of the friendly matches against St. Patrick's Athletic, Hull
City, Porto and Braga via the official website.
A one-off payment of £4.95 covers the quartet.
The Magpies have now confirmed the design of their third kit for this
season, officially described by Puma as "a light shade of blue dubbed
‘blue caraçao’ with navy blue and white accents."
The home kit goes on sale from July 26th, with the second and third kits
following on August 4th - all attractively priced at £64.99 for adult
Compare that to £54.99 from Mike's emporium for the new Puma Arsenal home
Barrow 2 Newcastle U23s 3
report is online here
Close season relocations:
signed for Shanghai Shenhua (China)
Yohan Cabaye signed for Al Nasr (UAE)
Kyle Cameron signed for Torquay United
Ian Cathro appointed Wolves C
Adam Collin signed for Carlisle United
Paul Farman signed for Stevenage
Facundo Ferreyra signed for Benfica (Portugal)
Stuart Findlay signed for Kilmarnock (Scotland)
Isaac Gamblin signed for Washington
Macaulay Gillesphey signed for Carlisle United
Alex Gilliead signed for Shrewsbury Town
Shay Given appointed Derby County GC
Curtis Good on trial at Blackpool
Mace Goodridge signed for Burnley
Jonas Gutierrez signed for Defensa Y Justica (Arg)
Massadio Haidara signed for RC Lens (France)
Mackenzie Heaney signed for Newcastle Benfield
Jeff Henderson signed for Morpeth Town
Jamie Holmes signed for Blyth Spartans
Jack Hunter signed for Gateshead
Brad Inman signed for Rochdale
Joe Kerridge signed for Heaton Stannington
Dennis Knight signed for Newcastle Benfield
Mike Mahoney appointed Bristol Manor Farm GC
Steve McClaren appointed QPR manager
Neil McDonald appointed Swindon Town Coach
Patrick McLaughlin signed for Hartlepool United
Chris Moore appointed Consett manager
Callum Morris signed for Ross County (Scotland)
Michael Newberry signed for Vikingur (Iceland)
Alex Nicholson signed for Blyth Spartans
Greg Olley signed for Gateshead
Scott Parker appointed Fulham Coach
James Perch on trial at Wigan Athletic
Loic Remy signed for Lille
Jack Robson enrolled at Saginaw Valley SU (USA)
Davide Santon signed for AS Roma (Italy)
Callum Smith signed for Hull City
Mark Stimson appointed Waltham Abbey manager
Louis Storey signed for Hebburn Town
Steven Taylor signed for Wellington Phoenix (NZ)
Kris Thackray signed for Spennymoor Town
Ben Tozer signed for Cheltenham Town
Callum Williams signed for Spennymoor Town
Paul Woolston on trial at West Ham United
Some dates for your diary
later in 2018:
Sun 05.08.2018 Free guided walk. Meet at
Chinese Arch, Stowell Street, Newcastle 2.30pm.
Local writer Ed Waugh conducts a tour of the city's Victorian music hall
heyday, taking in venues that hosted popular performers such as Joe Wilson,
Ned Corvan and Geordie Ridley.
Thu 06.09.2018 to Sat 15.09.2018 various venues.
Ed Waugh's latest play, "The Great Joe Wilson" will be
performed at Darlington, Whitley Bay, Gateshead, Stanley and South Shields more
Thu 06.09.2018 John Beresford talk-in, @ Hillheads, Whitley Bay
FC. £10 from the Seahorse Bar or WBFC club shop on home matchdays.
Kevin Keegan talk-in
at Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, in aid of Beacon Hill School. Bookings via
0191 234 1666 or email@example.com
Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club
North Shields. Recalling the 1969 semi-final against Rangers, along with
players from both sides. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985 198222.