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Remy at it again 

Midfielder Remy Cabella grabbed his fourth Ligue 1 goal of the season on Sunday to bring Olympique Marseille level at home to Paris Saint Germain.

The 25 year-old struck a low effort from outside the box that eluded 'keeper Kevin Trapp. However the league leaders retook the lead after the break and recorded a 2-1 victory in the South of France.  

Watch Cabella's goal online here

Premier League:
Serb settles nerves

Newcastle  1  West
Brom  0

Newcastle climbed out of the bottom three after a nervy but priceless home win on Saturday afternoon - thanks to an all-too-rare Aleksandar Mitrovic goal.

The Serbian notched his fifth of the season just after the half hour mark of a game that United dominated from start to finish but just couldn't make safe.

Mitrovic ran on to Jonjo Shelvey's pass and tucked a shot past Ben Foster at the Leazes End, soon after Cheick Tiote saw a rasper chalked off in similar fashion to his effort against Manchester City in 2014.

Under pressure to provide both a display and result following Wednesday's capitulation at Everton, Steve McClaren was forced into reshaping his defence by Paul Dummett and Chancel Mbemba's absence plus a one match ban for Jamaal Lascelles.

With Jack Colback also unavailable, Rolando Aarons retained his place at left back and there was first outing for Steven Taylor since back in August.

In truth though, almost any defensive line-up would have been untroubled by an abysmal Albion display similar to our own toothless showing at Goodison.  

Bizarrely touted for the Newcastle job by a national newspaper this week, the negative tactics of Tony Pulis in playing Victor Anichebe as a lone forward prompted the travelling support to give their own verdict: "sh*t football my lord, sh*t football"... 

The half time introduction of a portly Saido Berahino made no difference, raising questions as to whether this really was the same bloke we bid ££££ for just last week.  

However, the Albion striker almost made his mark at St. James' Park in the closing moments, ghosting into a shooting position inside the area as fellow substitute Salomon Rondon advanced down the right flank. 

Thankfully though, his poor pass to Berahino was intercepted by Daryl Janmaat, ending any faint hopes Albion had of sneaking an underserved point and ensuring under-used Rob Elliot kept a clean sheet.

United looked lively from the off in similar fashion to their last home game against West Ham, barely a minute played when Gini Wijnaldum chested the ball down in the box almost creating a shooting chance.

Home debutant Townsend had a curling shot saved soon later, before a golden chance for Mitrovic to open the scoring went begging when he blasted a snap shot off Foster from barely a yard away.

Jonjo Shelvey's effort from distance was saved by Foster before Janmaat's blocked shot fell into the path of Tiote - who let fly from outside the box so quickly that none of the crowd had time to encourage him. 

That flew past Foster and saw the delighted Ivorian celebrate in front of the home dugout - only for it quickly to become apparent that protests from the visiting players saw referee Lee Mason consult the linesman patrolling the East Stand touchline.

After a short pause, Tiote's "goal" was duly disallowed due to the presence of Mitrovic in the box, standing well offside and in the eyeline of the goalkeeper.

Minutes later United went ahead when Shelvey's perfect ball saw Mitrovic through on goal and when Foster charged out, the striker stroked the ball home to relieve the pressure on him and his colleagues.

Townsend almost capped an industrious home debut with a second half goal, but his curling shot hit the Gallowgate goalpost and rebounded to safety.

Wijnaldum headed over the bar, Mitrovic found Foster with a header when unmarked and he, Moussa Sissoko and Shelvey all went close but couldn't score that vital second goal to relieve the increasing tension. 

An anxious added six minutes was endured (in part due to the continued time-wasting of Elliot) before the whistle blew and United recorded back-to-back home wins for the first time since December 2014.

Warming up on the touchline to no avail was new boy Saydou Doumbia, who had expected to come on but saw Ayoze Perez preferred as United failed to add to their single goal advantage.

Also named on the bench for the first time due to the unavailability of a dozen players were U21 trio Dan Barlaser, Callum Williams and Liam Gibson - whose call-ups came too late to be included in the squad printed in the matchday programme.

Messrs Tayor, Tiote, Aarons Janmaat, Mitrovic and Townsend all put in decent shifts in a much-improved all-round display. That upturn was was aided by Albions' lack of fight, save for the habitual nastiness of abused ex-mackems James McLean and Craig Gardner plus pantomime villain, Jonas Olsson.

If the race to survive comes down to goal difference and we perish, this game will be exhibit A in terms of missed chances, but a much-needed semblance of home form is emerging - three wins, two draws and just one loss in our last six. Lord knows we need it. 

The danger though remains that we allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security and stroll out at Stamford Bridge next Saturday believing the hype.

This wasn't a complete performance, just an improved one aided by the bloody awful opposition. Hanging on for a win in the 96th minute shouldn't be cause for much celebration - only relief.  

The win took United to 17th, swapping places with a Norwich side who lost their fifth successive league game when going down at Aston Villa.

The Canaries join Villa and the mackems in the drop zone, while we gained ground on a Swansea side who drew -  but are now unbeaten in four games - and Bournemouth, beaten 0-2 by Arsenal on Sunday.

Tumbling towards the trapdoor though are West Brom themselves, without a win in five league games and a banana skin of an FA Cup tie at Peterborough to face. 

The more the merrier - and that includes England's manager in waiting at Palace, now winless in eight. 

Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld GD Pts
11 Stoke 25   -7  33
12 Crystal Palace 25 -4 32
13 Chelsea 25 -2 30
14 West Brom 25 -9 29
15 Bournemouth 25 -12 28
16 Swansea 25 -9 27
17 Newcastle 25 -18 24
18 Norwich 25 -20 23
19 mackems 25 -19 20
20 Aston Villa 25 -20 16

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons, Townsend (Perez 88), Shelvey (Saivet 90), Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Gibson, Williams, Barlaser, Doumbia.

Mitrovic 32.

WBAFC: Foster, Olsson, Chester, Yacob, Gardner (Pritchard 46), Anichebe (Rondon 74), McClean, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Sandro (Berahino 46).
Subs n/u: Myhill, Pocognoli, Lambert, Sessegnon.

Booked: McAuley, Olsson, Chester.

including 1,250 boing-less Baggies.

Sadly missing from his seat in the East Stand after passing away on Friday was Murray Thompson, a staunch Magpie follower across eight decades since his first visit to SJP in the 1940s.

A season ticket holder, Murray was also a regular in the Labour Club before and after home matches. Our condolences go to son Neale, family and friends. 

After the game McClaren said:


"The first five minutes today, you could see we were really up for this game. For 95 minutes we were relentless in attack, and we should have scored more.

"As a manager you do worry as the game goes on, but you just have to sit down and pray it's just your day.

"Townsend will get better and better, the fitter he gets. When he picks up the ball he's so dangerous. He is so positive and deserved a goal. That was good, and we had a number of heroes today.

"We knew that if we won today we'd be out of the bottom three. Now we'll get players fit over the next few weeks, and I hope we'll get better, stronger, as the season concludes.

"The players have been great - good, attacking football. We've shown what this team is capable of doing, and it's all about doing that consistently.

"It will feel better tomorrow. It’s more relief because the last 10 minutes, you always worry when it's 1-0.

"We said at half-time we needed a second goal and when it doesn't come, you always worry.

"But we created enough – it shouldn't have been close in the last 10 minutes. It was, we kept our nerve and held on, and I think we deserved the three points.


"It was a great reaction from the team and just what we needed.

"People over-react a lot. I would say four or five times I have genuinely come in after and been honest and said, 'That’s unacceptable and not good enough'.

"The other times, and especially here, we have played good football, attacking football, the crowd has been fantastic and they have been great atmospheres and great games. We have got to continue that. 

"We have got to improve our away form and show that kind of character away from home, be tough to beat, keep clean sheets, but playing the attacking football that we do.

On the returning Steven Taylor:

“He’s had one game at sunderland (a behind closed doors kickabout), 60, 70 minutes – and I am so pleased we got him 60, 70 minutes at sunderland, I will reiterate that.

“Players got minutes and if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have been able to perform like that.

"He’s been excellent in training, he got through the cramp in the last 15 minutes and we will strap him up and get him out there again.

"The heroes today were the likes of Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Rolando Aarons, who we threw in really and were probably not ready, but they got through it.”

Tony Pulis:

“The crowd were absolutely wonderful for them, that really pushed them on, but we just weren’t at the race right from the beginning.

“I think they’ve got good players - you look at what they’ve recruited and what they’ve brought in, I think they’re good players.

“It’s just they most probably need the same as everybody else in this league - they need a bit of luck and things to go for you.

“They didn’t need it (today) because they were better than us.

“I’ve been at the club for just over a year now and that’s most probably the most-disappointing away performance we’ve had.

“The best way of describing it is that we were in a boxing match and we shadow-boxed for 90-odd minutes.

“We never got close to them. Newcastle were just better all over the pitch, it was just the last 10 minutes really we got up the pitch and created opportunities, and even then we don’t make the goalkeeper make saves."

Referee: Lee Mason - The Lancashire lad had presided over two 1-0 away wins involving us this season; our single goal success at Bournemouth and Everton's late sickener at Gallowgate.

This time it was a single goal home success.


Steven Taylor
could have been excused for feeling out of place, with only three of the starting XI for his previous appearance (away to Manchester United in August) surviving in today's lineup.

They were messrs Coloccini, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, while Tiote, Aarons and Perez featured in both games and Darlow was an unused substitute each time.

Falling by the wayside though were Krul, Haidara, Mbemba, Colback, Anita, Obertan, Thauvin, Cisse, Williamson and De Jong. 

Today's appearance meant that United's number 27 has appeared for the Magpies in thirteen successive calendar years since his debut in March 2004.

Rob Elliot
collected a first clean sheet in ten league and cup outings, since a 2-0 home victory over Liverpool back in November.

West Brom failed to net at SJP for the first time in eight games and only the second time in their last sixteen visits to Gallowgate in all competitions.  

Baggies in Toon - Premier League:

2015/16 won 1-0 Mitrovic
2014/15 drew 1-1 Perez
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2

Latest Premier League results:  

Sat 06.02.2016:
Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City
Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City
Liverpool 2-2 mackems
Newcastle 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 0-3 Everton
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Spurs 1-0 Watford
Southampton 1-0 West Ham

Sun 07.02.2016:

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United


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Newcastle U18s  0  Everton U18s  8 (EIGHT)


Newcastle U18s returned to home action for the first time in 2016 on Saturday - and ended up on the wrong end of their heaviest defeat in seventeen seasons of Premier Youth League participation.

Just seven minutes were on the clock at a damp Little Benton when United defender Owen Bailey tripped visiting striker Shayne Lavery outside the box and received a straight red card.

And from the resultant free kick, Anthony Evans curled a right footed effort over the wall and into the corner of Ben Smith's goal to put the Toffees ahead.

Inevitably the visitors pressed on in search of further goals and after missing numerous chances, doubling their lead in the 43rd minute when Evans turned provider for Lavery to lob the advancing Smith.

The visitors went goal crazy after the break. Spencer Myers made it 0-3 after 63 minutes from close range and the fourth followed two minutes later when Lavery grabbed his second.

Morgan Feeney got the fifth in the 76th minute from a corner and Lavery completed his hat-trick by firing home via a post in the 83rd minute.

Evans swept the ball in with four minutes remaining and the scoring was rounded off in added time when Evans completed his treble to make it 0-8.

There's not much respite for Dave Watson's lads though, hosting league leaders Manchester City at Little Benton next Saturday. The first meeting of the sides this season ended 6-1 to City. 

Team: B.Smith, Todd, Le.Gibson (Aziakonou 75), Donaghey, Pollock, Bailey, Spooner (Long 84), Aplin, Allan, Owusu, Lowther (Kitchen 46).
Subs n/u:
Johnson, Harker.

Booked: Aplin.

Sent off: Bailey

A new name for United was Dave Owusu - claimed to be a trialist from the London area. We think he's a striker who played for the Loughborough University side and has also been at non-league Merstham.

Heaviest U18 defeats:

2000/01 Boro (h) lost 1-7
2002/03 Derby County (a) lost 0-6
2012/13 Manchester United (h) lost 1-7
2012/13 mackems (h) lost 1-6
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-6
2015/16 Manchester City (a) lost 1-6
2015/16 Everton (h) lost 0-8 

The leagues reform for a playoff competition later this month, when the two 12 team divisions combine into three eight team leagues made up of the 1st-4th, 5-8th & 9-12th place finishers in each division. 

Each club then plays the other seven teams in their new league once - home or away. As things stand, Newcastle can look forward to games against Derby County, Stoke City, Manchester United, Brighton, Norwich City, Southampton and Swansea City.

United's remaining regular games are as follows:

Sat 13.02.2016 Manchester City (h) 11am
Tue 16.02.2016 U18s v mackems (a) 1pm


Defender blow 

Newcastle's enforced 18 day idleness after their next two games may actually be well-timed, with news on Friday that Chancel Mbemba is set to be missing with an ankle problem for at least a month.  

The DR Congo international was forced off the field before half time at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, with confirmation coming afterwards that he'd been struggling with the injury in the run up to the game. 

It's reported that Mbemba will travel to Belgium next week for a second opinion on the severity of his ailment, while Paul Dummett also misses out on Saturday with a hamstring problem.

Love it!

Receiving an early 65th birthday present from author Martin Hardy is one Joseph Kevin Keegan, now the proud owner of a copy of "Touching Distance."     

There's still time order an author-signed copy of Martin's excellent chronicle of United's 1995/96 season for the special price of £15 post free in the UK.

Order online here or email for other payment methods. Overseas delivery can also be arranged at cost.

Potters head to Toon 

Next up for United's U21s on Monday night is a home game against a Stoke City side who beat them 0-3 before Christmas in a game staged at Macclesfield.

Note that this game now goes ahead at St. James' Park, not Whitley Park as previously advertised.

Kick-off remains 7pm and the game is open to the public, with access available to the East Stand. Season ticket holders and members get in free, otherwise it's £3 adults and £1 concessions.

PS: Swansea City have confirmed a change of venue for their U21 home game against United in April. 

Previously scheduled for their Landore training ground, this will now be staged at the Liberty Stadium on Monday April 4th with a 7pm kickoff.

Loan lads:
Gilly goal glee! 

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

Alex celebrated signing his new two year contract at Newcastle by netting the second goal of a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon. 

The fourth goal of a loan spell at the League Two Cumbrians came on his 22nd appearance, starting before being subbed in the 78th minute.

Macaulay came off the bench to replace the injured Michael Raynes after 16 minutes at Brunton Park. 

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

A 1-1 draw at Port Vale in League One on Sunday saw Arma complete 90 minutes without finding the net, but there was no place in the squad at all for Bigi.

Remy Cabella/Florian Thauvin 
(Olympique Marseille): 
Despite Cabella netting a fine goal, Ligue 1 leaders PSG won 2-1 at Marseille on Sunday. Remy completed the full 90 minutes but Thauvin was suspended after his midweek red card.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Sammy started and was subbed in the 78th minute of a goalless home draw with MK Dons in the  Championship on Saturday.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 

Haris remained on the bench as the Latics won 2-0 at Sheffield United in League One on Saturday.

Kyle Cameron
, Lubo Satka (York City):
A 0-2 loss at Northampton Town in League Two on Saturday saw Kyle play the full game and Lubo come off the bench on 58 minutes for his City debut. 

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Brendan looked on from the bench as the 'Heed saw off AFC Fylde 1-0 at home to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy on Saturday. 

Cup stuff

Saturday saw two local sides continue their challenge for national non-league silverware - but a third fell by the wayside in heart-breaking circumstances.

Beginning with the FA Trophy and a 1-0 home win for Gateshead over AFC Fylde gave the Tynesiders a place in Monday's Quarter Final draw - although just three of the eight Third Round ties are resolved.   

FA Trophy - Third Round:

Dover Athletic 2-2 Guiseley
Gateshead 1-0 AFC Fylde
Grimsby Town 3-0 Havant & Waterlooville
FC Halifax Town P-P Chester
Nantwich Town P-P Stourbridge
Sutton United 0-0 Bognor Regis Town
Torquay United P-P Macclesfield Town
Woking 1-0 Oxford City

All replays and postponed games are scheduled to be played on Tue Feb 9th.

Quarter Final ties are scheduled for Sat Feb 27th.

Moving on to the FA Vase and while Morpeth Town progressed to the last eight of the competition after winning 2-1 at Berkhamsted, Dunston UTS weren't quite so fortunate. 

2-0 up at home in a replay, they had a man sent off during a second half in which they conceded twice - losing 2-3 after scoring an own goal in added time.     

FA Vase - Quarter Final:
(ties to be played on Sat Feb 20)

Hereford v Camberley Town
Salisbury v Ashford United
Morpeth Town v Bristol Manor Farm
Ipswich Wanderers or Bowes & Pitsea v Kidlington
(Ipswich v Bowes now Feb 9th)

Both finals are scheduled to be played at Wembley Stadium on the same day - Sunday May 22nd.  

Premier League:
Travel sickness 
now an epidemic

Everton  3  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

PL update 

Newcastle's 25 man squad for the remainder of the current season has been published and shows four changes from that submitted last September:

Doumbia, Saivet, Shelvey, Townsend

Out: Bigirimana, Good, Thauvin, Williamson

Anita, Cisse, Colback, Coloccini, Darlow, De Jong, Dummett, Elliot, Gouffran, Haidara, Janmaat, Krul, Lascelles, Marveaux, Obertan, Perez, Riviere, Sissoko, Taylor, Tiote, Wijnaldum.

In addition to the 25 names, an unlimited number of players born after Jan 1st 1994 can also feature in Premier League games. United have submitted a list with 49 names, including the following who have featured in first team squads this season:  

Aarons, Armstrong, Barlaser, Gibson, Mbabu, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Roberts, Satka, Sterry, Toney, Williams, Woodman.

That leaves the following players still contracted to United but not eligible to play in any circumstances:

Ameobi, Bigirimana, Cabella, Good, Thauvin, Vuckic.


Planning for England's Euro 2016 campaign continues and there are further indications that Roy Hodgson's team will play a warm-up game in the North East.

Seeking to emulate the tournament conditions they'll experience in France, England are looking at a trio of home friendlies: one game in the North East, one in the North West and then one at Wembley.

It's now claimed that either Newcastle or the mackems will host Australia on or around May 27th, with the Telegraph tipping wearside as the more likely venue. 

England's most recent visits to Gallowgate came in the 2004/05 season, when they defeated Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly and Azerbaijan 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier.


Still time to 
Cheick out

Cheick Tiote remains at SJP after his failed move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua last month - but there's still time for a revived deal to go through.

That's because the transfer window for the Chinese Super League remains open until late February.

The 29 year-old Ivorian is under contract at SJP until 2017 and made a successful return to the side in Saturday's 1-0 home victory over West Brom.

Cabella claims

Reports in France on Monday claimed that Olympique Marseille had completed the necessary paperwork to convert Remy Cabella's loan move from Newcastle into a permanent transfer.

However there's been no formal confirmation from either club as yet over the current status of the 25 year-old midfielder who has made 26 appearances in all competitions for OM to date, scoring four times. 

Premier League:
Chelsea (a) 

Newcastle's final trek to London this season sees them heading to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for a 5.30pm kickoff that's live on Sky Sports.

All away section tickets have been sold.

NUFC: Jamaal Lascelles is available after suspension.


New PP punters qualify for £30 in free bets when registering and placing a bet of at least £10 here

Paddy Power 
price Newcastle @ 7/1 for the win. 

CFC: The Blues lost the services of Kurt Zouma during Sunday's 1-1 home draw with Manchester United, the French defender departing on a stretcher. 



Toon @ Stamford Bridge: Premier League era:

2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2011/12: Won 2-0 Cisse 2
2010/11: Drew 2-2 Gutierrez, S.Taylor
2010/11: Won 4-3 Ranger, R.Taylor, Ameobi 2 (LC)
2008/09: Drew 0-0
2007/08: Lost 1-2 Butt
2006/07: Lost 0-1
2005/06: Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2005/06: Lost 0-3
2004/05: Lost 0-4
2003/04: Lost 0-5
2002/03: Lost 0-3
2001/02: Lost 0-1 (LC)
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Acuna
2000/01: Lost 1-3 Bassedas
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Andersson
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Shearer
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ferdinand (FAC)
1995/96: Lost 0-1
1994/95: Drew 1-1 Hottiger
1993/94: Lost 0-1

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Latest Premier League games:

Sat 13.02.2016:
mackems v Manchester United (12.45pm)
Bournemouth v Stoke City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Watford (3pm)
Everton v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Norwich City v West Ham (3pm)
Swansea City v Southampton (3pm)
Chelsea v Newcastle (5.30pm)

Sun 14.02.2016:
Arsenal v Leicester City (Noon)
Aston Villa v Liverpool (2.05pm)
Manchester City v Spurs (4.15pm)

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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


Mon 08.02.2016 U21s v Stoke City (h)@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note new venue.

Sat 13.02.2016 U18s v Manchester City (h)@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note new date.  

Sat 13.02.2016 Chelsea (a)
 @ Stamford Bridge, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Live on Sky.

Tue 16.02.2016 U18s v mackems (a)@ academy of plight, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note further new date.  

Mon 22.02.2016 U21s v Fulham (h)@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 27.02.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 1.

Mon 29.02.2016 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Pre-booked home ST holders only are permitted access.

Wed 02.03.2016 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 7.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Adults £20, OAPs £10, U17s £5.

Fri 04.03.2016 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 05.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 2.

Sat 05.03.2016 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Fri 11.03.2016 U21s v West Ham (h)
 @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?)
@ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 3.

Mon 14.03.2016 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Fri 12.02.2016 (if any). Adults £35,
65 and over, 18-21s £31, 12-17s £25, 8-11s £9, U8s £7.
Live on Sky.

Sat 19.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 4.  

Sun 20.03.2016 ,mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.
Live on Sky.

Metro line closures 2016:

1. From Tynemouth to Shiremoor both ways from Sat 19.03.2016 to Sat 02.04.2016 (including NUFC v SAFC on Sun 20.03). 

Replacement bus services will operate.

2. Section of track tbc both ways from Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just £3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 13.02.2016
West Auckland Town (3pm)
Wed 17.02.2016 Norton (7.30pm)
Sat 27.02.2016 Shildon (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Sat 14.05.2016 Toon Legends Night @ Village Hotel, North Tyneside. Featuring former players from the 1950s to the 1980s tbc. Four course meal + entertainment, tickets £45 (£400 for a table of 10. 
Bookings via 07753 573613.

FA Cup:

Newcastle are without a game when the Fifth Round (20.02.2016) is staged.

Leicester's Third Round exit means that our visit there on 14.03.2016 can go ahead but it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be in Semi Final action on 23.04.2016.

The final is on
Sat 21.05.2016.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11.2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015: 

Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Heaton Stannington

Tue 09.02.2016:
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town

Wed 10.02.2016:

North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sat 13.02.2016 
Chelsea (a) 5.30pm
Mon 14.03.2016: Leicester City (a) 8pm
Sun 20.03.2016: mackems (h) 1.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:

Selections made up to Sun 20.03.2016.

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in May.

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

Mackenzie Heaney (England U17):

Algarve Tournament:
Fri 05.02.2016 Portugal (a) drew 1-1 
Heaney came off the bench in the closing stages of a draw against the tournament hosts in Parchal.

Sun 07.02.2016 Germany (n) drew 2-2
Mackenzie was in England's starting XI 
Lagos and completed the full game in Lagos.

Tue 09.02.2016 Netherlands (n) Parchal

2015/16 future match dates: 

Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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...

The Birmingham Mail managed to credit one of our injured players in their match report of the WBA game - that's some combination!

"Townsend struck a post after twisting and turning past Craig Dawson while Sissokho fired wide after a fine combination with Vernon Anita."


And The Sunday Sun were also seeing ghosts, with a former Newcastle defender haunting the substitute's bench:

(Johnny H)

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

On This Day in History
8th February

Born Or Died:

1909 Samuel Weaver born, Pilsley, Derbyshire. (1929-36)

Left half who began his playing career with Pilsley Red Rose and Sutton Town before moving to Hull City in March 1928.

Transferred to SJP in November 1929 at a cost of £2,500, Weaver enjoyed a scoring debut for the Magpies, netting the only the goal of a win against Arsenal at Highbury.

Winning three England caps while at United, the highpoint of Sam's time in a black and white shirt was the 1932 FA Cup Final success at Wembley against the Gunners.

Finishing top scorer with 14 league goals in 1933/34, Weaver remained at Gallowgate following the club's demotion to Division Two, but after two unsuccessful promotion efforts he was sold to Chelsea for £4,166. 

Guesting in wartime for Southampton, Fulham, Notts County, Derby County, West Ham, Mansfield Town, Wrexham and Leeds United, Sammy signed for Stockport County in December 1945.

Following his playing retirement in 1947, 
Weaver returned to Leeds as assistant trainer, later moving on to Millwall.

Joining Mansfield Town in 1955, a quarter of a century of serving The Stags followed in managerial, coaching and scouting roles.

Noted for being an early practitioner of the long throw, Weaver had played county cricket for Somerset before WW2 and was Derbyshire CCC masseur for many years. 

Passing away in April 1985 at Basford in, Nottinghamshire, his ashes were scattered 
on the pitch at Mansfield's Field Mill ground.

1911 James Robert Richardson born, Ashington. (1928-34 & 1937-38)

Signed from Blyth Spartans for £200 in April 1928, inside-right Jimmy made a scoring debut for United in a 5-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers in September 1929.  

Richardson wasn't to become a regular starter until the 1931/32 season, when he was ever-present in our FA Cup campaign, netting a hat trick against Southport.

And that culminated with his appearing at Wembley against Arsenal and crossing for Jack Allen to score the winner in a 2-1 victory - the infamous "over the line" goal.

Capped twice by England while a Magpie, Huddersfield Town paid £4,000 for him in October 1934 following United's relegation.

He returned from the Terriers to SJP three years later and scored four times in 14 games before departing once more, this time signing for Millwall in March 1938.

War time football found Jimmy appearing in the colours of Fulham, Aldershot, Charlton and Leyton Orient and remained at the O's as player/trainer post-war.

Serving as Orient trainer from 1951 to 1955, Richardson then returned to Millwall in a similar role before ill-health forced him to leave in 1957.

Living in Bexley, he died in August 1964.

1919 David Stewart Hamilton born, Carlisle. (1939-46)

Outside right signed from Scottish junior side Shawfield in May 1939 who played in two matches of the abortive 1939/40 season, scoring in our 8-1 home defeat of Swansea Town in September 1939.

Appearing for United in the early weeks of wartime football leagues, Dave served with the Black Watch and was among thousands of troops rescued from Dunkirk in 1940.  

Recovering from a broken leg sustained during a match, Hamilton made occasional appearances for United and also guested for Southampton, Fulham and QPR.

Scoring on his final outing for the Magpies - a 1-3 Football League North loss at Preston in March 1946 - Dave joined Southend United two months later in a £100 transfer.

After just four matches in Division Three South though, Hamilton was released by the Shrimpers in the summer of 1947.     

1963 Death of Frank Hudspeth, 72.

1969 Terry Wilson born, Broxburn, Scotland. (1992)

On-loan from Nottingham Forest midfielder Terry celebrated his 23rd birthday playing his second game on loan for us as a Keegan -inspired Newcastle beat Bristol City 3-0 at St.James' Park (see below).

However, he wasn't retained and after returning to the City Ground and appearing in central defence, a serious knee injury caused him to be released in 1993.

Playing for non-league Gresley Rovers and then Whitburn Juniors back in his native Scotland, Wilson subsequently relocated to the USA as a youth soccer coach.

1975 Clarence Williams Acuña Donoso born, Rancagua, Chile. (2000-03)

The man called "a monster" by then-boss Bobby Robson had a mixed time at SJP, scoring some vital goals and gave some steady performances in central midfield.

Beginning his career at the O'Higgins club in his native Chile, he moved on to Universidad and was capped by his country - appearing in the 1998 World Cup Finals.

Acuna's arrival on trial at SJP in September 2000 was slightly controversial, given that he'd just served a four month ban after testing positive for a banned substance in a World Cup qualifier against Peru.

A £960,000 transfer was swiftly concluded and Clarence debuted in a 0-1 defeat at West Ham in late October.

That made him the first Chilean to appear for us since the Robledos in the 1950s and he netted for the first time with a headed winner at home to Leeds on Boxing Day.

Spookily scoring in the same (44th) minute in the return match at Elland Road, he then continued his Yorkshire vendetta with an equaliser at Bradford City in March 2001.

Beginning the following season with a point saving effort at Chelsea, Clarence also scored in wins at both Everton and Spurs - although he appeared less frequently for the first team, slipping down the pecking order as the likes of Jermaine Jenas arrived

Acuna ended a nine month wait for a senior start with a fine display in a home win over Liverpool on New Years Day - a game in which United were without messrs Dyer, Speed and Solano.

However, he bore the brunt of the fallout that followed our FA Cup defeat at Wolves in the very next game, ending that season out of favour and having never featured in United's fourteen European ties. 

Summer 2003 saw him linked with moves to Leeds United, Sporting Lisbon and various South American clubs, as Sir Bobby Robson  added Lee Bowyer to his midfield roster.

After a couple of third team games (for the club's short-lived Pontins League side, rather than the Premier Reserve League second string), Clarence was released from his contract in October 2003.

Press claims at the time had it that he would return home and be with his sick mother, but in the event he signed for Argentinean club Rosario Central.

Winning the last of his 61 caps for Chile in 2004, Clarence returned home the following year and joined Palestino. Two spells at, Union Espanola would then follow, sandwiching a spell at Concepcion.

2010 saw Acuna reportedly join yet another Chilean club, La Serena before finally hanging up his boots soon after.

He quickly reappeared at the O'Higgins club in Chile in a technical director role that lasted until his resignation in June 2014.  

PS: We couldn't pass up the chance to recall Acuna's brush with the law while a Magpie. Convicted of drink-driving, he was stopped while driving his car somewhat erratically - dressed as Captain Hook... 

1998 Jamie Holmes born, Newcastle (2014-present)

Striker who agreed a two year scholarship deal with United ahead of the 2014/15 season, debuting for the U18s in a 1-2 derby loss at Whitburn in August 2015.

Jamie netted in successive games against Stoke and Bolton four months later and made his U21 bow in a Northumberland Senior Cup tie against Morpeth Town in February 2015. 

Plundering a 20 minute treble during a 6-0 victory over Arsenal at Little Benton two months later, a stress fracture sustained in pre-season then sadly sidelined him.

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What Else?

1896 Burton Wanderers (h)
Division Two
Lennox 2, Graham 2
United took a 1-0 lead in this game opposed by only eight players, this after holding up the kick-off some for 45 minutes. Eventually the other three players appeared, and conceded another three goals.

1902 Arctic conditions forced the postponement of the eagerly awaited United v Sunderland FA Cup 3rd Round Cup second round tie.

1905 Plymouth Argyle (a)
FA Cup 1st Round 


1908 Manchester United (a)
Division One


1911 Northampton (h)
FA Cup 2nd Round Replay 

Although the first tie had been staged at SJP, this replay was also staged there at the request of the Cobblers.

1913 Bradford City (a)
Division One
O'Rourke 2
Debut for South Hetton-born Tom Hughes at inside left. Sadly after only one game for the first team he joined the army and was killed in France.

1919 Middlesbrough (a)
Wartime (Northern Victory League)
Elliott 2, Forshaw

1922 Birmingham (h)
Division One

1930 Sheffield United (h)
Division One
Devine, Gallacher, Hutchinson
Dunne 3, Tunstall, Gillespie

1936 Burnley (h)
Division Two
Debuts for William Forster at right back and Dave Smith at outside right.

1947 Leicester City (h)
FA Cup 5th Round
Len Shackleton exchanged passes with Charlie Wayman before poking his side ahead on a snow-covered pitch.

The Foxes however earned a replay when centre forward George Dewis headed home a corner at the Gallowgate End.
Youtube footage is online here

1958 The home game against Burnley was postponed and was eventually played on April 28th, United ending the season with a 1-3 defeat.

1964 Leyton 0rient (h)
Division One
Cummings, Penman, McKinney 
A dispiriting day for the O's for whom England amateur international goalkeeper Mike Pinner was in fine form. 

McKinney's goal came from a header after he had been injured and pushed forward into the centre forward position.

1975 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
Despite the presence of ex- Hatter Supermac, our first visit to Kenilworth Road since 1963 proved to be pointless.
Youtube footage is online here

1986 Nottingham Forest (a) 2-1 (0-0)
Division One

Two from Peter Beardsley and a match to remember for striker Tony Cunningham, as he chased a hopeful through ball and ran straight into the railings at the Trent End of the City Ground. The railings were able to continue after treatment.

1992 Bristol City (h)
Second Division 
Kelly(53,61), O'Brien(55)

A momentous day for the club as Kevin Keegan took over as manager to lead his new charges to victory, backed by a crowd that had virtually doubled from the previous home league game. 

On-loan Terry Wilson celebrated his 23rd birthday in a state of shock, having made his debut in the previous week’s slaughter at Oxford under the guidance of Ossie Ardiles.

Sadly for him Keegan didn’t rate Wilson and he was packed off back to Forest, where he was later forced to into retirement through injury.
Youtube footage is online here

Dunfermline Athletic confirmed that they were interested in signing Peter Beardsley as a player/coach. He didn't fancy it, appar

2005 Newcastle Reserves' unbeaten run came to an end at the City Ground, despite taking the lead against Nottingham Forest Reserves.

Martin Brittain put United in front five minutes before the break but Forest sub Jonathan Wilmet equalised before Eugen Bopp popped up with the winner. match report

2009 United issued this statement after the 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion:

"Joe Kinnear was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning after complaining of high blood pressure.

"He underwent a series of tests during the day and the subsequent results have shown he is okay.

"As a precaution, Joe will remain in hospital for observation for a couple of days and will then be discharged."

2010 From the BBC: Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has been charged with assault following a fight at a nightclub.

A man suffered minor head injuries during the incident at Blu Bambu in Newcastle's Bigg Market area on 7 December.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged. Mr Carroll, 21, of Prestwick, Northumberland, will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 25 February.

Cheick Tiote made his sixteenth senior appearance for the Ivory Coast, as they faced African rivals Mali in a kickabout.

Our man came through unscathed and finished on the winning side in what was a low-key affair played in the French city of Valence, settled by an early goal.

In Italy meanwhile, United Academy defender
Jamie Smith played the full 90 minutes for Ireland U17s but finished on the losing side, going down 0-1 in Casarano.

After scoring five in each of the two meetings earlier in the season, Newcastle Reserves added another three without reply to their tally against a mediocre Stoke side at a windy Darsley Park. match report

2014 Chelsea (a)
Premier League
Hazard (27,34,63pen)
A second successive 0-3 defeat after the previous weeks' derby disaster saw Davide Santon appear in an unfamiliar midfield role and Luuk De Jong make a first start for United.

However, Alan Pardew's side had no answer to the talent of Belgian maestro Eden Hazard - with the disinterested Hatem Ben Arfa making way for Dan Gosling. Away tickets? £55.

2015 Stoke City (h)
Premier League

John Carver's call to make Gallowgate a fortress fell on deaf ears as his side stuttered to a point despite going ahead - lacking both organisation and apparently belief in their ability to see the game out. 

It was just one win in five home games for United, who went ahead through Jack Colback only to concede a headed equaliser to City substitute Peter Crouch in the very last seconds of normal time. match report