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St. James' Park
Sunday 13th May
The Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle
games attended by
NUFC.com in 2017/18:
The 2018/19 Premier League season sees Swansea City,
Stoke City and
West Bromwich Albion all dropping out, replaced by
Cardiff City and Fulham after the Cottagers beat Aston Villa 1-0 in
the Championship playoff Final at Wembley
Mitrovic played the last game of his loan spell at Fulham and went
close to scoring with a couple of headers but a Tom Cairney goal in the
first half was enough to defeat Steve Bruce's Villans.
The Londoners managed to hold on despite being a man short after Dennis Odoi
was sent off for his second yellow card in the 70th minute, with Mitro also
getting involved in a melee with Jack Grealish and others.
After the game the Serbian spoke on the pitch:
"Unbelievable, a dream come true. We have brought this club back to where
it should be and we're very proud.
"I'm so tired right now, like never in my life, I swear. I can't feel my
Mitro now heads to the World Cup with Serbia without a goal in his
last four club appearances. However, his dozen strikes for Fulham should
ensure that they at least attempt to make the loan move permanent - boosting
United's transfer "war chest".
The prospect of an additional trip to the capital next season meanwhile is
worth it just to see Villa enduring their third successive season out of the
Despite having sealed our title success in 2017 with a last minute leveller
against Brighton, there are
few tears on Tyneside for the Villans who revelled in our relegations.
Another Championship campaign should see them closing sections of the ground
again, to the consternation of bonkers owner Tony Xai.
As the song goes, "you laughed at us when we went down, who the ****
is laughing now?"
& the gaffer
Ham & pease pudding stotties not
One bloke from Barcelona and one
from Madrid met in Newcastle recently: see
the interview online here
Latest international call-ups:
Adam Armstrong, Freddie
(England U21s @ Toulon Tournament)
Sat 26.05.2018 China (n) won 2-1 FR
England got off to a winning start in Aubagne with both Magpies in the
starting XI and playing for the full game.
Appearing for the first time at this level, Arma provided the pass for Tammy
Abraham's 89th minute winner.
Wed 29.05.2018 Mexico (n) Salon FR
Fri 01.06.2018 Qatar (n) FR
(Tournament continues until Sat 09.06.2018)
Adam Wilson (England U18s
@ Panda Cup)
Wed 23.05.2018 Uruguay (n) drew 2-2 FR
England were held in Chengdu, with midfielder Adam coming off the subs bench
in the closing stages.
Fri 25.05.2018 China lost 0-1 (a) FR
The Magpie remained on the bench in Chengdu.
Sun 27.05.2018 Hungary (n) Chengdu FR
Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo)
Sun 27.05.2018 Nigeria (a) Port Harcourt FR
Martin Dubravka (Slovakia)
Thu 31.05.2018 Netherlands (h) Trnava FR
Mon 04.06.2018 Morocco (n) Geneva FR
Matz Sels (Belgium)
Sat 02.06.2018 Portugal (h) Brussels FR
Mon 04.06.2018 Chile (n) Graz FR
Rob Elliot (Ireland) not selected
( Scotland) injured
(USA) not selected
(Achraf Lazaar wasn't in contention for selection by Morocco, while Mo Diame
previously made himself unavailable for selection by Senegal. Neither Jonjo Shelvey nor Jamaal Lascelles made
23-man England squad or the
five named reserves).
Sels - not cells:
a go' hero?
Some unsurprising comments and
some rather less predictable ones from Newcastle United MD Lee Charnley,
interviewed by Martin Hardy for The Independent (NB: no mention of HMRC.....)
The full club accounts have now been released and rather than subjecting you
to our ill-informed views, we're indebted to lecturer Kieran Maguire
aka @PriceofFootball for his dissection online
An alternative view meanwhile comes from the Swiss Ramble blogger, who
hasn't updated his website but gives an overview in a series of tweets online
initial summary is online here
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Magpies XI are set to make a rare visit to Cornwall during July, as one of
four sides playing in a youth tournament to be staged in the Penzance area.
The Endorsed Cup pits Academy sides from United, Huddersfield Town and
Bolton Wanderers against a side representing Mousehole AFC.
South West Peninsular League side Mousehole are hosting the two day event
at their Trungle Parc stadium - situated about three miles west of Penzance.
And Mousehole will kick off proceedings
against Huddersfield at 5.30pm on Friday July 20th, before Newcastle
facing the Trotters immediately after.
Saturday July 21st then sees the two losing sides meet at 1pm followed
by the final at 4pm.
United have previously faced Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City
in Devon, we're unaware of them ever playing in Cornwall).
After pleading guilty to a charge
of affray, Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons received a 10 month
suspended sentence with 100 hours community service at Newcastle Crown Court
The offence took place inside city centre bar Livellos back in October
2016, Aarons reportedly punching and head butting another man during a mass
Among several others convicted was Aarons' mother, who received a 28 week
sentence suspended for 12 months, with a two month curfew.
Informed sources in Belgium report
that a deal is in the offing for Anderlecht to re-sign goalkeeper Matz Sels
from Newcastle, with an unspecified transfer fee agreed and the player willing
to take a wage cut.
The 26 year-old custodian spent last season on loan with Anderlecht and is in
the preliminary squad for Belgium at the World Cup.
A £5m signing from Gent on a five year deal ahead of the 2016/17 season, Sels
made just 14 senior starts for United and soon fell from favour, ending his
first season playing for Newcastle's reserve side before a loan deal to
Anderlecht was sealed in June 2017.
Whether the imminent departure of Sels prompts a permanent deal for Martin
Dubravka remains to be seen, but the Sparta Prague 'keeper gave little away
when speaking after a charity game in his native Slovakia earlier this week.
PS: Despite being repeated verbatim by various outlets, we understand that stories linking fellow Anderlecht old boy Chancel Mbemba with a return
are incorrect - with recent claims
of interest from Celtic in the central defender also dismissed.
Following their failure to reach
the League Two playoff finals, a squad cull at Notts County by manager Kevin
Nolan has resulted in 11 departures, including fellow SJP old boys Shola Ameobi
and Alan Smith.
35 year-old Nolan has opted to release 36 year-old Ameobi and 37
year-old Smith, in addition to former Newcastle reserve goalkeeper Adam
Unlikely lads - close season movements:
Sam Allardyce sacked as Everton manager
Shola Ameobi released by Notts County
Hatem Ben Arfa left Paris SG tbc
Adam Collin released by Notts County
Facundo Ferreyra left Shaktar Donetsk
Jamie Holmes released by South Shields
Stephen Ireland left Stoke City tbc
Alan Irvine sacked as West Ham coach
Brian Kerr resigned as Albion Rovers manager
Alex Nicholson released by South Shields
James Perch released by QPR
Marcus Maddison transfer-listed by Peterborough
Stuart Pearce sacked as West Ham coach
Alan Smith released by Notts County
Steven Taylor transfer-listed by Peterborough
Ben Tozer left Newport County
Mike Williamson released by Oxford United
New clubs for old boys:
Steve McClaren now QPR manager
Chris Moore now manager of Consett
Mark Stimson now manager of Waltham Abbey
Ben Tozer now at Cheltenham Town
We received some nice feedback
from three recent NUFC.com reader competition winners as follows:
Thanks to Coral, Simon Greaves took
part in a fan game on the pitch at SJP on Monday:
"Just wanted to thank you again for the chance to have such an incredible
day that will stay with me forever. Didn't disgrace myself and even played a
key role in setting up our second goal in a 3-3 draw!
"PS: I bumped into this lad who was
(Dyer had just played in a game for a Barclays XI)
Also playing courtesy of Coral was Paul Ginsberg, who called it "an
unforgettable day - wonderful to finally achieve a boyhood dream of running
out at St. James Park in black and white".
And thanks to the RFL, Keith Gunning was at SJP on Saturday and
Sunday for the Magic Weekend rugby:
"Just to say thanks again for the
tickets...I've never seen rugby league live before - the last time I can
remember watching it was on Grandstand in the 1970's, with Eddie Waring
We've got various other things to give away over the coming weeks
including beer, books and anything else that we can blag on your behalf....
U21s have made a successful return to the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament
after a one year absence, lifting the trophy for the second time.
Magpies hero was Callum Roberts, whose golden goal was enough to
overcome Rangers in the final after 20 minutes of play failed to break the
Callum's winning goal here
saw the sides reduced by a player to four-a-side, Newcastle defender Owen Bailey
gloves as "rush" 'keeper, with Nathan Harker making way.
Two minutes later, a patient build up ended with Victor Fernandez centring for
Roberts to side-foot his fifth goal of the tournament, before setting
off on a victory lap of the field, pursued by his team mates.
Newcastle captain Owen Bailey then followed in the footsteps of James Tavernier by lifting the
trophy United last won in 2012.
Saturday had seen Ben Dawson's side make it into the Quarter Finals following
a win and two draws, and they advanced into the last four by beating Japanese side Kashima
Antlers 7-6 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Spot kick successes came from Bailey, Fernandez, Barlaser, Roberts, Charman,
Watts and Longstaff, with Harker saving an Antlers penalty.
That brought about a meeting with Leicester City in the semi-final and after another close
encounter the young Magpies prevailed, Callum Roberts scoring a golden
goal to win 4-3 and seal a place in the Final against a Rangers side they'd
already drawn with.
Results - Saturday (seven minutes each way):
Hong Kong FC drew 1-1 Roberts
Newcastle Jets won 3-1 Roberts 2, Longstaff
Glasgow Rangers drew 0-0
Results - Sunday (ten minutes each way)
Kashima Antlers drew 0-0 (won 7-6 pens)
Leicester City won 4-3 Fernandez 2, Longstaff, Roberts
Rangers won 1-0 Roberts
Squad: Owen Bailey, Dan Barlaser, Tyrique Bartlett, Lewis Cass, Luke Charman,
Victor Fernandez, Nathan Harker, Matty Longstaff, Callum Roberts, Kelland
PS: While the tournament was in progress, news spread that both Matty
Longstaff and Lewis Cass had agreed their first professional contracts at NUFC.
Friday brought unconfirmed reports from Ireland that Newcastle are pencilled
in to face St. Patrick's Athletic in a pre-season kickabout.
United are expected to hold a training camp for the third successive season at
Carton House near Dublin, a venue
Newcastle first visited back in 2009.
That year ended with a friendly against Shamrock Rovers, while the 2016 camp
culminated in Rafa's squad facing Bohemians.
However, last year's visit to Carton House was followed by a meeting with Hearts
League of Ireland side play at the 5,300 capacity Richmond Park in the Dublin
suburb of Inchicore.
Season 2018/19 dates:
Thu 14.06.2018 Premier League fixtures @ 9am
Pre-season training begins
??.07.2018 First live TV fixture announcement*
Thu 09.08.2018 Transfer window closes
Sat 11.08.2018 Premier League begins
(theoretically that could
be Fri 10.08)
(* last season was on Thu 06.07.2017)
PS: The 2018/19 season will be the third and final one covered by
the current £30 ceiling on away ticket prices in the Premier
These two designs are currently doing the rounds, claming to be leaked version
of next seasons' kits:
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
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
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).
Heading to the Toon?
Season 2018/19 dates:
Thu 14.06.2018 PL fixture release @ 9am
Thu 09.08.2018 Transfer window closes
Sat 11.08.2018 Premier League kicks off (theoretically that could
be Fri 10.08)
The three-season PL £30 away ticket scheme concludes at the end of the
Run Geordie Run resumes his lap of the planet on June
4th, with the fifth of eight planned segments taking him from Belgrade to
Mark's 2,900 mile route is scheduled to take 100 days and he's running for
St. Benedicts Hospice more
Other events @ SJP:
08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018 Ed Sheeran, with support from Anne-Marie and Jamie Lawson.
10.05.2019 European Champions Cup
Ticket sales online
Prices: Champions Cup final:
Premium: £120 (U16s £120)
Cat 1: £90 (U16s £90)
Cat 2: £75 (U16s £75)
Cat 3: £60 (U16s £25)
Cat 4: £45 (U16s £25)
Cat 5: £35 (U16s £15)
Cat 6: £20 (U16s £10)
Cat 1: £45 (U16s £45)
Cat 2: £30 (U16s £15)
Cat 3: £20 (U16s £10)
Cat 4: £15 (U16s £5)
International Magpies |
National Service |
World Cup Finals:
Thu 14.06.2018-Sun 15.07.2018
A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
2018/19 international breaks:
Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1929 Ellis Reginald Davies born, Cymmer, Wales. (1951-58)
forward who began his career at Cwm Athletic before joining
Southampton as an amateur - having opted to give up a promising
career as a choir Soprano.
After completing his national service with the Army Medical Corps, Reg signed for Southend United
ahead of the 1949/49 season. A £9,000 deal then saw him switch to
Tyneside in April 1951.
Making a goalscoring debut against Wolves at SJP in October 1951
Davies went to hit 50 goals in 170 games. However he wasn't
selected for the 1952 FA Cup Final side (being the 12th man in
pre-sub days) and a bout of tonsilitis robbed him of a place in
the Wembley lineup in 1955.
Capped six times by Wales - all coming while a Magpie - Reg first
represented his country against Scotland in 1953.
Moving on to Swansea Town in 1958 in part -exchange for Ivor
Allchurch, he later signed for Carlisle and Merthyr Tydfil, before
serving as player-manager of Kings Lynn.
Reg subsequently emigrated to Australia and coached Bayswater
United and Ascot, playing on until his 50th birthday in
He remained in Western Australia to his death, in February 2009.
Death of Stan Docking, 25.
Tragically Stan succumbed to a heart attack
while on leave from the RAF at his home in
Paul Gascoigne born, Dunston.
13th 1985 to September 22nd 2004, "Gazza" enjoyed a playing career
that saw him make over 450 club appearances and score in excess of 100
Beginning his career at Newcastle United as a substitute at home to QPR, he moved on
to Spurs, Lazio (Italy), Rangers (Scotland), Boro, Everton, Burnley, Gansu Tianma (China)
and Boston United - his final game a League Cup tie against Fulham
at York Street.
What's happened to him since has been frequently newsworthy and often tragic -
recounted with glee by tabloids and TV alike. Excuse us if we don't follow
Rejected by Bobby Robson's Ipswich Town as a youngster, Gascoigne's
performances for Redheugh Boys Club resulted in his joining United on schoolboy
forms in 1980.
Appearing as a ballboy, he later became Kevin Keegan's boot boy and signed as
an apprentice at SJP on his 16th birthday.
The Gazza nickname was first coined by Magpies youth coach Colin Suggett and
the midfielder caught the eye in the FA Youth Cup during the 1983-84 season.
Following the arrival of Jack Charlton as manager, a slimmer Gascoigne then led
the juniors to FA Youth Cup success, scoring nine times in the competition.
By the time Watford were beaten in a two- legged final, Gazza had made his
debut at both reserve and first team level - and was then offered a two-year
professional deal just before his 18th birthday.
His first senior start came at Southampton on the opening day of the 1985-86
season, by which time former coach Willie McFaul had succeeded Charlton.
And Paul's debut goal wasn't long in coming - a solo effort that beat Steve
Hardwick in the Leazes End net to round off a 3-0 win against Oxford United in
From then on until his departure for White Hart Lane at a cost of £2.65m after
the 1987/88 season, Gascoigne entertained Newcastle fans in unprecedented
Be it wonderful dribbling skills, great scoring technique, bouts of daftness,
the infamous Vinnie Jones knacker clincher or sendings off, there was plenty to
England also came along - with an U21 call-up - and by 1988, with local heroes
Waddle and Beardsley both departed and United mostly in mid-table, offers from
a number of other clubs arrived.
Turning down Manchester United in favour of Spurs, Gazza played what proved to
be his last Newcastle game against West Ham at SJP in May 1988, scoring in a
By the time of Newcastle's next home game the following August, he emerged
from the away dressing room clad in an all- yellow kit for his Spurs debut - to
be greeted by fans on the Gallowgate flinging Mars bars at him.
Less than a fortnight later Gazza made his full England debut, against
1969 Forty-eight hours
before the home leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final
against Ujpesti Dozsa, the press reported that match tickets issued to players were on sale at
inflated prices from a Tyneside grocers.
In the event the touts struggled to punt their wares and
were left with fistfuls of unsold tickets when the game
Spartans (Canada) (a)
game of United's six date North American tour saw Phil
McGovern net for the first time in the senior side.
NUFC.com reader Seymour attended and recalls that it
was played in front of a capacity crowd at the Swanguard Stadium.
His post-match bonus came when half a dozen Newcastle players
took advantage of an offer of hospitality - from his
Cue appearances of Moncur,
Robson, Young, Craggs, Dyson etc. round his house for a
celebratory sherry or five.
1972 Team mates
Bobby Moncur and Malcolm Macdonald were on opposite sides
as England met Scotland at Hampden Park. Little Alan Ball
scored the only goal of a rough match.
1982 A rather one-sided game that hardly lived up
to its friendly billing, as the Republic of Ireland lost
0-7 to the home side Brazil in front of 72,000 fans in
Newcastle's Mick Martin was joined in the side by John
Anderson of Preston, who within three months had moved to
SJP on a free
2000 Alan Shearer
set up Michael Owen at Wembley as England took the lead
against Brazil. Franca equalised for the visitors shortly
afterwards. Kevin Keegan was Manager for this Euro2000 warm-up game.
Asprilla fired two gunshots into the air - apparently
blanks - while jokingly urging his Universidad de Chile
team mates to try harder during a training session.
Club President, Rene Orozco, confirmed the incident, but said, "It was just a joke, there were blank
shots and it was not a real pistol."
2004 A 1-0 home victory for the Republic of
Ireland against Romania featured United duo Andy O'Brien
and Shay Given.
2009 Talks with Alan Shearer failed to reach any
agreement after marathon discussions at Darsley Park and
the position of manager remained vacant.
Meanwhile, Freddy Shepherd was rumoured to be heading a
consortium of new investors interested in buying out Mike