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Aston Villa U21s  1  Newcastle U21s  2

A goal in each half for Adam Armstrong was enough to give Newcastle's second string their first win in twelve league and cup games on Monday night at Villa Park. 

The Geordie youngster took his goal tally at this level to nine in eleven starts this season and provide a timely reminder of his scoring prowess ahead of this Saturday's Premier League game against Swansea City.

Joining Arma in the starting lineup were Siem De Jong and Facundo Ferreyra, who had each managed 45 minutes for the reserves last week after recovering from injury.

The pair both played for over an hour here and should now come into consideration for first team duty: the Dutchman made the last of his three senior appearances way back in August, while the on-loan Argentinean is yet to feature competitively at all for the Magpies.

The Villans U21 side shipped five goals without reply at St. James' Park earlier this season, but had won their most recent three games without conceding.

The better chances fell to Newcastle in the opening period however, with Facundo Ferreyra striking a post after 18 minutes and Olivier Kemen doing likewise three minutes later.

However the home side went ahead just after the half hour mark when Jerell Sellars centred for Harry McKirdy to beat United goalkeeper Paul Woolston.

That lead lasted just four minutes though before Adam Armstrong turned and cracked home a fine shot for his eighth goal of the season at this level.

Into the second half and Ferreyra again tested the Villa Park woodwork before Armstrong grabbed his second of the evening in the 63rd minute.

Team: Woolston, Sterry, Laidler, Kemen, Williams, Satka, Barlaser, Ferreyra (Heardman 81), Armstrong (Roberts 89), De Jong (Gilliead 72), Smith. 
Subs n/u:
Gillesphey, Pearson, 

Villa: Steer, Leggett, Senderos, Toner, Cissokho, Mason, Cowans, McKirdy (Green 64), Calder, Sellars, Hepburn-Murphy
Subs n/u: Watkins, Webb, Hale, Suliman.

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Premier League:
Boycott: hit for six

Newcastle  1  Spurs  3


Spurs became the latest side to humiliate Newcastle on the field as they strolled to victory on Sunday, extending the club's losing sequence to six games that mirrors our previous worst run in the Premier League.

Twelve months on from reaching that unwanted record under Alan Pardew's command, his successor John Carver was equally powerless to prevent a wholesale surrender from a disheartened and disjointed group of players - calling them a team would be grossly inaccurate.  

This latest setback took place against a backdrop of supporter unrest that was planned in advance of our latest derby defeat, but gained added impetus as the financial results of the club were delivered and yet another demoralising defeat was recorded at Anfield.

Rather than the protests inside the ground that made a for a poisonous atmosphere against Cardiff City a year ago though, the call to boycott the game was heeded by a cross section of fans including season ticket holders prepared to leave empty seats already paid for.

Hundreds of fans assembled outside the Gallowgate End before and after Sunday's game to call for the owner's departure, but thousands more stayed away entirely - opting to watch it on live TV at home or in pubs, or do something completely different instead.
That left the game to be played with around 10,000 empty seats scattered across all four sides of the stadium, although an official attendance of 47,427 was announced - that figure based on match tickets sold. 

As a result, the subdued and subversive St. James' Park had all the atmosphere and anticipation of a pre-season friendly and United's performance did little to stir those who had ignored the boycott from their slumbers.

The season's lowest crowd at St.James' Park was still the weekend's highest domestic league attendance, but the absence of passion, commitment or interest was surely unsurpassed anywhere - even the 1,351 at Accrington.

Missing from his seat - although presumably not joining the boycott - was owner Mike Ashley, with the club's PR guru Keith Bishop present alongside MD Lee Charnley.

The visiting team enjoyed a comfortable afternoon in the sunshine and did just enough to collect their first win in three games, although the glaring opportunity to improve their goal difference in the second half was missed. 

For United there were a handful of decent displays from a side showing worrying signs of rigor mortis. Goalscorer Jack Colback refuses to lie down and roll over, although his clear frustration with the failings of those around him resulted in his twelfth yellow card of the season.

Lacking support and seemingly perceived as a diver by the refereeing community, Ayoze Perez continues to show flashes of promise up front and there was a welcome return of captain Fabricio Coloccini to the defence.

That allowed Daryl Janmaat to resume right back duties in a back four that looked a little less brittle and again featured Vurnon Anita in the left back role.

Ryan Taylor moved up into midfield with Moussa Sissoko banned, while Yoan Gouffran was included at the expense of Gabriel Obertan in the only other starting XI change.

Absent from the squad completely (although he later confirmed his availability on social media) was Jonas Gutierrez, with youngsters Olivier Kemen, Jamie Sterry and Adam Armstrong bulking out the subs bench.

However, the majority of the Magpies on display were short on confidence, ability and application and this squad of players is simply not good enough for this division. 

If not this year, then relegation in 2016 looks a good bet at the current rate of decline. It's hard to think of a side who possess less physical presence and at times, Spurs were able to mark up at set pieces by merely standing in front of their opponents and blocking out their view.

You'd also have to go a long way to encounter players who less uncomfortable in possession than this lot, are woefully short of pace and lack the intelligence to make runs or pick out the movement of their colleagues.

After a mundane opening half hour when Perez and Remy Cabella got on the end of low crosses to have shots of a fairly unthreatening nature, the visitors had the opening goal handed to them on a plate.

Yoan Gouffran had the chance to charge forward and set up an attack but was caught in possession in his own half. That sent Nacer Chadli off towards the Gallowgate goal unopposed before dispatching a shot past Tim Krul who again looked too easily beaten.

Carver made a double change at the break, with the unfortunate Mehdi Abeid making way for Obertan and Gouffran thankfully replaced by Sammy Ameobi.

And as had been the case at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, United found an equaliser within a minute of the restart. 

A mazy run from Perez on the right hand side of the box set up Janmaat who looked a certain scorer, but as his shot was blocked Colback arrived to thump the ball in at the Gallowgate End.

Sadly that proved to be only a fleeting relief for those present of a home persuasion and Spurs were back in front within ten minutes.

Christian Eriksen's free-kick from the left eluded everyone and drifted inside the far post with Krul once more embarrassed. Nabil Bentaleb may have got a slight touch but not one that diverted the flight of the ball.

That saw some fans to abandon their seats as another lost cause loomed and others gradually drifted away as further feckless attempts at creating a goal failed to do so - Obertan and Ameobi unable to supply any form of service from the wings and Cabella equally slipshod.

With Newcastle unwilling or unable to build up a head of steam and threaten a second equaliser, Spurs should have increased their lead long before Harry Kane was gifted an added time breakaway strike.

And so ended another dispiriting display that still leaves United searching for the points that would secure their Premier League status and all that lovely lucre. As the performance proved, football just doesn't come into it anymore and the indifference is infectious.

Rather than rebellion though, the over-riding feeling is one of worrying indifference, of people falling out of love with their club and just quietly voting with their feet. Counting the number of banners doesn't reflect the depth of disaffection that is felt round these parts and the disinterest that has bred due to on-field neglect.

Looking across the almost eerily silent ground, it felt like the clocks had been turned back to when we played out meaningless end of season games in front of pitiful gatherings, hardly any of whom owned season tickets. 

Even the modest and justified expectations of our fans, nothing more than putting a team on the field fit for purpose and making a genuine effort to win the game, have proved to be unrealistic.

Despite the desperate loss of form, it would still take an outlandish series of results to see at least four teams sitting below us get past and consign us to the drop.

That's of no comfort though when looking ahead to the remaining five games of another desperate season - and for an increasing number of fans, far further than that.

From hotbed to death bed, you've got to hand it to Mike.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Anita (Armstrong 75), Abeid (Obertan 46), R.Taylor, Colback, Gouffran (Ameobi 46), Perez, Cabella.
Subs n/u: Riviere, Kemen, Woodman, Sterry.

Booked: Colback, Cabella.

Goal: Colback 46.

THFC: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82), Paulinho (Mason 88), Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli (Dembele 78), Kane.
Subs n/u: Soldado, Yedlin, Townsend, Friedel.

Booked: Lamela, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Vertonghen.

Goals: Chadli 30, Eriksen 53, Kane 90+1.

Crowd: 47,427 tickets sold, including 2,800 away fans.

It's debatable whether the actual number of people in the ground was less than the 41,053 figure published for a 1-2 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers on a Wednesday night in November 2010 - the smallest PL crowd at SJP since the ground capacity passed 50,000 in 2000.

Referee: Kevin Friend - a second Toon outing this season for the Leicestershire-based official, following the 1-1 home draw with Stoke City in February.

John Carver:

It (the supporter boycott) was possibly not helpful, but they are entitled to do what they want.

"I don't think that has affected what has gone on on the pitch. The players are all professional and once they cross the white line it shouldn't affect them.

"There are no excuses. We lost because we weren't good enough.

"It's not getting any easier, but this job is never easy. I'm disappointed and angry and have lots of different emotions going through my head. The bottom line is it's another defeat and not good enough.

"We are in amongst it. We have sides like Leicester who are winning games and we aren't winning. We have to find a way to find some points.

"This is the most difficult situation I've ever been in, but I'm a fighter and I'm not going to shirk anything.

"We will take the stick and the responsibility because that's the type of person I am. I'm not going to give up on it and I have enough experience to deal with the situation.

"Weíve had good conversation with all the staff. Hopefully I can find a solution. Thereís nobody going to land from Mars with a spaceship-load of players. I said to the guys in the dressing room that we have to deal with it and sort out the situation.

"Itís a huge kick in the teeth at home. You have to look over your shoulder to see whatís going on. The one thing about my team is they keep going, but sometimes they might not be good enough.

"Itís disappointing but itís my job to find a solution.Ē

Regarding the absent Jonas Gutierrez - reportedly axed from the squad following a disagreement with Carver:

"(It was a) selection (decision), yes, (we have) a pool of 18 players. I have my reasons for that and I donít want to talk about Gutierrez anymore.Ē


John Carver became the second Newcastle manager to preside over six successive Premier League defeats, emulating Alan Pardew's feat of exactly a year ago.

Defeat by Swansea on Saturday would be the first time that the Magpies had lost seven league games in a row since 1977, when the inept Richard Dinnis oversaw ten successive losses between August and October.  

Jack Colback scored his fourth goal of the season for the club, all of which have come on home territory. That makes him United's third top scorer this season, with Ayoze Perez (5) and Papiss Cisse (11) ahead of him.

Spurs in Toon: Premier League Era:

2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

Carver in charge: Played 15, Lost 10, Drawn 3, Won 2 (scored 12, conceded 27)

Premier League - bottom ten:


Pos Team Pld GD Pts
11 Crystal Palace  33  -3  42
12 Everton  33  -2  41
13 West Brom  33  -14  36
14 Newcastle  33  -20  35
15 Aston Villa  33  -21  32
16 mackems  32  -23  29
17 Hull City 32  -16  28
18 Leicester City 32  -17  28
19 QPR  33  -21  26
20 Burnley  33  -25  26

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 18.04.2015:
Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
Everton 1-0 Burnley
Leicester City 2-0 Swansea City
Stoke City 2-1 Southampton
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Sun 19.04.2015:
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham

The Borrowers:
Fergie comeback

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Vuckic scored again
- the eighth of his loan spell - as Rangers won 3-1 at - the eighth of his loan spell - as Rangers won 3-1 at Dumbarton in the SPFL Championship on Saturday. He was subbed in the 86th minute.

Rangers face Falkirk at Ibrox on Saturday and then travel to champions Hearts on Saturday May 2nd. Having now secured a playoff spot, those games begin on May 6th.

Monday then saw Rangers U20s win 1-0 at Celtic, with Mbabu and Ferguson both in the starting XI. Kevin completed the full 90 while Ferguson played for 66 minutes - his first action since September 2014.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest had to settle for a 3-3 draw after leading twice at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Saturday.

Forest visit Ipswich Town on Saturday and end their season at home to Cardiff City on Saturday May 2nd.  

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Marveaux came on in the 76th minute of the 1-1 draw at home to Evian TG in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Guingamp's season runs until May 22nd.

Gunners shot down!

Newcastle U18s  6  Arsenal U18s  0

United's youngsters went goal crazy at Little Benton on Saturday, serving up their most convincing performance in living memory and full value for an eye-catching win. 

Leading the way with his first hat trick at this level was Jamie Holmes, who doubled his goal tally for the season in 20 first half minutes. Luke Charman, Jamie Cobain and Kyle Cameron also struck as the youngsters racked up their most resounding victory since May 2013.

On the front foot from the very first whistle, the Magpies had the ball in the Arsenal box after barely ten seconds - keeping the visitors penned back in their own half for the opening quarter of an hour.

That early domination wasn't turned into goals, although Ryan Huddart made a noteworthy double stop in the third minute to deny Lewis Suddick and Dan Ward.
Newcastle took the lead after 20 minutes when some good link-up play between Jamie Cobain and Sean Longstaff played in Holmes who shot home.

The second arrived on 38 minutes as Kyle Cameron's deep cross from the left was played back across goal by Lewis Suddick for Luke Charman to knock home.

It was 3-0 a minute later when the visitors bungled their kick-off and United hit them on the counter attack, Holmes striding into the box and firing into the net.

And the fourth came just seconds later, Holmes completing his hat-trick after the linesman signalled that his shot had crossed the line after crashing off the underside of the bar.

Jamie Cobain lashed in the fifth in the 52nd minute after big penalty claims for handball were turned down by the referee who gave the goal instead.

The Gunners had scored nine goals across their last three away games while also conceding seven and they did have their chances in this game, Reiss Nelson striking the woodwork with a 71st minute free kick.

But the half dozen was complete in the 74th minute as Mackenzie Heaney's free-kick from the right hand side of the box was touched in by captain Cameron.

There was a first outing at U18 level for substitute Lewis McNall, while Owen Bailey also came off the bench for his home debut and second appearance of the season. 

Team: Pearson, Cobain (Bailey 83), Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Suddick (McNall 75), Ward (Heaney 59), Charman, Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Lowther.

Unlikely lad:
Roeder joins Owls

Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have unveiled a new management structure that includes Glenn Roeder in a Director of Football-type role.

The 59 year-old former Newcastle player and manager becomes part of a three man committee taking charge of team affairs at Hillsborough, alongside current head coach Stuart Gray and ex-Hull City Chairman Adam Pearson.

Roeder has been out of football management since leaving his post as Norwich City boss back in January 2009. He subsequently scouted for both Aston Villa and Millwall and worked as an advisor to Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan.

Top of the flops
Luuk who's a
league winner 

A 4-1 victory over Heerenveen on Saturday confirmed PSV Eindhoven as Dutch Eredivise champions - and saw their star striker Luuk De Jong add to his goal haul.

The former Magpie loan flop struck twice to take his seasonal league total to 19 (25 in all competitions) and with three more games remaining that may yet increase.

De Jong - whose domestic form resulted in a recall to the Dutch side - joined PSV from Borussia Monchengladbach at a cost of £4m after 671 minutes in a Toon shirt spread across 12 appearances failed to bring a single goal.


Local interest:
Tayls aids Robins

Having done so on all three occasions when Whitley Bay made it to Wembley for the FA Vase, Magpies defender Steven Taylor is again subsiding travel and hotel costs for another local side, this time North Shields.

The Robins will travel to the capital for their final on May 9th in the team coach that Newcastle don't own, but routinely hire for Premier League games. 

Funds are set aside by the FA for travel and an overnight stay, but Tayls has contributed the additional cash that allows Shields to stay on for a second night and return on Sunday - hopefully with the silverware....

Local interest:

A 5-1 win at Witton Albion on Saturday keeps hopes alive that Blyth Spartans force their way into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League promotion playoffs.

With just two games of the regular league season to play, Blyth sit sixth in the table, needing to break into the top five in order to participate in the playoffs - but crucially having a game in hand at second-bottom side Trafford.

Victory there on Tuesday would take the playoff race down to the final day of the season on Saturday, when Blyth host Marine and rivals Ilkeston are at Nantwich.

That Blyth game is a 3pm kickoff at Croft Park and a collection will be taken for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of the late Steve Carney.

Pos Team Played GD Pts
1 FC United 44 41 89
2 Workington 45 23 87
3 Curzon Ashton 45 33 82
4 Ashton United 44 21 81
5 Ilkeston  45 23 80
6 Blyth Spartans 44 28 76

Top six - remaining fixtures:

Tue 21.04.2015:
Ashton United v Witton Albion
FC United v Stourbridge
Trafford v Blyth Spartans

Sat 25.04.2015:
Ashton United v Rushall Olympic
Blyth Spartans v Marine
Frickley Athletic v Curzon Ashton
Nantwich Town v Ilkeston
Workington v FC United

(The playoffs in this division begin on Tuesday April 28th, when the second place team host the fith and the third host the fourth. The winners of those two games then meet on Saturday May 2nd to decide which club joins the champions in gaining promotion to Conference North).

And in addition to their league aspirations, Spartans also have the little matter of a Northumberland Senior Cup Final at St. James' Park on Monday April 27th (7.30pm).

Northern League side Morpeth Town stand between Blyth and what would be their first county cup success since 1994, although the Croft Park side have subsequently qualified for ten finals - and lost the lot.

Local interest:
Northern League: 
down to three

This season's Northern League First Division title is still up for grabs after Saturday's fixtures - but is now down to a three horse race.

That's because previous leaders Guisborough Town ended their fixture programme with defeat at Morpeth Town - as Marske United won their penultimate game to take over at the top of the league.

Shildon also remain in the hunt after improving their goal difference at relegated Celtic Nation, but North Shields suffered a body blow when conceding four second half goals without reply at Dunston.

The Robins now face seeing their hopes ended without kicking a ball, with Marske concluding their games by hosting Celtic Nation on Tuesday.

The expected home victory there would leave Shildon needing to win all three of their remaining fixtures to clinch the title by a single point. 

Sat 18.04.2015:
Celtic Nation 0-6 Shildon 
Dunston 4-0 North Shields
Marske United 5-3 Bishop Auckland
Morpeth Town 4-3 Guisborough Town

Pos Team Played GD Pts
1 Marske United  41  56  87
2 Guisborough Town  42  51  86
3 Shildon  39  56  82
4 North Shields  39  38  79

Top four - remaining fixtures:

Tue 21.04.2015:
Marske v Celtic Nation
Sunderland RCA v Shildon

Wed 22.04.2015:

North Shields v Morpeth Town

Sat 25.04.2015:
Shildon v Durham City
Sunderland RCA v North Shields

Tue 28.04.2015:
Celtic Nation v North Shields

Wed 29.04.2015:
Bedlington Terriers v Shildon

PS: Although it has no bearing on events at either end of the table, the stats from next Saturday's Penrith versus Newcastle Benfield game may be worthy of note.

Benfield's final game of the season sees their striker Paul Brayson going in search of the strike that will complete a half century of goals - not bad for a 37 year-old! 

The former Magpie has notched up 42 goals in the league to date, plus another seven in various cup competitions.

Premier League
Anfield: red mist descends yet again

Liverpool  2  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

1964/65 get together

Half a century after their Second Division Championship success, members of the Newcastle United squad from the 1964/65 season will gather to celebrate the achievement at a special dinner this Friday night.

The Village Hotel at West Allotment (off the A19 to the north of the Tyne Tunnel) will host captain Stan Anderson and over 20 other ex-Magpies on Friday April 24th - 50 years to the day since that successful season ended.

A four course meal will be served, after-dinner speaker duties handled by Gordon Banks and Mick Monroe will be cracking the gags (hopefully). The last remaining tickets are available for £50
each via 07753 573613  

The guest list: Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, Bob Moncur, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchel, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.

Charity auction:
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

Premier League:
Swansea City (h)

Saturday sees the Magpies welcome Swansea City to SJP for an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff.

Tickets are on public sale now.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @

Moussa Sissoko (second of two) and Papiss Cisse (sixth of seven) are both banned. Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Massadio Haidara, and Rolando Aarons remain unavailable, but there's a possibility that Siem De Jong and Paul Dummett could return to the squad. 

SCFC: Defender Neil Taylor is suspended, Kyle Naughton and Bafetimbi Gomis sidelined through injury.

With five games to play, the Swans currently sit eighth in the table with 47 points - a tally that matches their best ever return as a Premier League club.

On the road this season, Garry Monk has seen his side win at Manchester United (2-1), Hull City, Southampton, Burnley and Aston Villa (all 1-0).

Draws were registered at the mackems and Everton (both 0-0) and Palace (1-1) while defeats came when visiting Chelsea (2-4), Stoke and Manchester City (both 1-2), West Ham (1-3), Liverpool (1-4), West Brom (0-2), Spurs (2-3) and Leicester City (0-2).

Referee: Neil Swarbrick - second NUFC appointment this season, following on from the 2-2 home draw with Hull City back in September. 


Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Sh.Ameobi
2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified) 

Sat 25.04.2015:
Southampton v Spurs (12.45pm)
Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Hull City
QPR v West Ham
Stoke City v mackems
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
Manchester City v Aston Villa Sky

Sun 26.04.2015:

Everton v Manchester United (1.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

Tue 28.04.2015:
Hull City v Liverpool (7.45pm)

Wed 29.04.2015:
Leicester City v Chelsea (7.45pm) Sky

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

Online Box Office is available 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. 

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Alfreton Town FC, 3pm. U21 Premier League. Note further KO and venue change.

Sat 02.05.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 6.

Sat 02.05.2015 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League.  ST holder sale now (zero points) £35 adults, £31 over-65s/U22s, £22 U18s, £9 U12s, £7 U8s. Live on BT Sports.

Tue 05.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Note date change.

Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.Public sale now (online), Mon 27.04.2015 (in person/by phone).

NB: engineering work on the QE11 Metro Bridge over the Tyne means that there's no service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all weekend - replacement buses will run.  

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, U21 Premier League.

Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. 

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 02.05.2015
Leicester (a) @ 12.45pm

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.



Thu 23.04.2015 Tommy Cassidy (& John Gibson) @ Dunston UTS FC. £10 (inc pie & peas) via Malcolm on 0772 439 2049.  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50 (inc four course meal) via 07753 573613

Wed 29.04.2015 John Beresford
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT. £15 (£100 table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek, Mick Quinn & Terry McDermott @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £45 & £25 via here (Dunston UTS FC Benefit)

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11
9JR. £40 & £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN. £15 via Rob on 07538 291227

Rugby League: 

Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
Paul Woolston (England U17) tbc

European Championships in Bulgaria from 06.05.2015 to 22.05.2015. England are in Group D and play games on 07.05.2015, 10.05.2015 and 13.05.2015 against Italy, Republic of Ireland and Netherlands (match order yet to be confirmed).

2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
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
21st April

Born Or Died:

1963 Death of Jackie "Jock" Rutherford, 78. (1902-13)

Percy-Main born England International who won three Championships and one FA Cup winner's medal for Newcastle.

Nicknamed "The Newcastle Flyer", Jackie died in Neasden, North London where he'd settled after ending his playing career with Arsenal and then Clapton Orient. 


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1894 Sunderland (h)
Quinn, Crate, Cambell, Willis

1900 Stoke (h)
Division One 
34pts, 6th
Peddie, Alec Gardner 
Jones 2

1905 Stoke (h)
Division One 
44pts, 2nd
Orr 2, McCIarence, Howie 

1906 Everton (n) 0-1 (0-0)
FA Cup Final 
United were defeated at the Crystal Palace for the second time in as many years, Alex "Sandy" Young scoring the vital goal.

Despite the result however, both teams still dined together the following evening.

The Yorkshire Post newspaper commented that, "There were times when, to the onlooker, the men from Tyneside seemed to be suffering from incipient paralysis."

Unfortunately that wouldn't be the last time that our cup final displays were eligible for such a description....

1920 Middlesbrough (a)
Jennings 2
North East Counties Cup match.

1923 Stoke (h)
Division One 
45pts, 4th

1924 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
44pts, 9th
Capewell, York, Walker 3, og(Hunter)
Not a great end to the league campaign but this was a dress rehearsal for the following week's FA Cup final between the two clubs, and while Villa were at full strength, United fielded nine reserves. 

The Magpies were subsequently fined for fielding a weakened team and ironically, first choice custodian Sandy Mutch was injured in this match and missed the final.

1928 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
38pts, 12th

1930 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
35pts, 18th


1934 Wolves (h)
Division One 
34pts, 20th
Williams(20), J.R.Richardson(27), Imrie(25,31,59pen) 

1951 Manchester United (h)
Division One 
45pts, 5th
Rowley, Pearson

1956 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
41pts, 11th
Any early finish to the season. Jackie Milburn's last minute equaliser gave United their 41st point, finishing 11th in Division One.

1958 The Reserves travelled to Goodison Park and lost by a solitary goal.
1962 sunderland (a) 0-3 
Division Two
37pts, 15th
Herd(19,82), McPheat(76)
1969 Wolves (h)
Division One 
41pts, 10th
Davies, Robson 2, Sinclair

1973 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
44pts, 6th
A rare dent in Liverpool's championship season, as United hit back after going behind to a Keegan header. Tudor nodded an equaliser, and then capitalised on a Tommy Smith mistake in the box to hit the winner.

1977 Future Magpiese manager Jack Charlton quit as Middlesbrough boss after just less than four years in charge at Ayresome Park.

1979 Fulham (h)
Division Two 
35pts, 12th
The unlucky John Brownlie broke his collarbone and was stretchered off as his colleagues failed to break the deadlock.

1986 West Ham United (a) 1-8 (0-4)
Division One 
60pts, 10th
Martin(3,64,84pen), Stewart(11), Orr(35), og(Roeder)(43), Goddard(81) McAvennie(83) 

A memorable midweek visit to Upton Park saw Newcastle field Martin Thomas in goal, despite missing the 1-1 draw at Chelsea the previous weekend due to a shoulder injury.

Thomas was pushed into service after his understudy Dave McKellar sustained a hip injury at Stamford Bridge but conceded four times in the first half - including a farcical own goal from his own skipper, Glenn Roeder. 

Chris Hedworth appeared between the posts for the second half, but the Magpies defender then damaged his collarbone and gave way to Peter Beardsley after conceding twice.

With Hedworth returning as an outfield player but soon forced off, Newcastle managed a consolation as Billy Whitehurst made it 5-1.

Future Magpie Paul Goddard then scored with his first touch before defender Alvin Martin immortalised himself in football quiz question history by netting a hat trick - and scoring one against each of the three different Magpies 'keepers.

His third and West Ham's eighth came via the penalty spot after a Roeder handball, with normal spot kick taker Ray Stewart initially lining up the kick, only for the crowd to make their preference for Martin known. 
Youtube footage is online here

Peter Beardsley tosses his 
way into the record books..

1990 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
76pts, 3rd
After six successive victories this was a reasonable point, but made a play-off spot look more likely than automatic promotion. 

Fighting broke out between opposing fans in a surprisingly hostile atmosphere inside Home Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

1999 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-1 (1-0)
43pts, 11th
A second Alan Shearer penalty in successive games put Newcastle ahead at Hillsborough - although the award looked fortunate, with Rob Lee going to ground under the lightest of contacts from Owls 'keeper Pavel Snricek.

Danny Wilson's side collected a point though when Philip Scott scored the only goal of his brief playing career for Wednesday. 

2001 mackems (a)
43pts, 13th
Andy O'Brien ingratiated himself with toon fans in the best way possible by putting the ball in the mackems' net. That effort secured a welcome point and extended our unbeaten run on wearside to eight games. match report

Who put the ball in the mackems' net?
The one with the big hooter....

2003 Aston Villa (h) 
62pts, 4th
Not a great day at the office for United as they failed to build on Nobby Solano's first half free-kick. Makeshift centre back Dion Dublin then ambled forward for a corner and headed the equaliser unchallenged. match report

2004 Chris Eagles scored twice for Manchester United's Reserves at Moss Lane, Altrincham with Andy Ferrell getting a late reply for Newcastle in the 1-2 defeat. match report

2006 The Premier League gave Newcastle permission for Glenn Roeder to continue in his temporary position as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

It had been thought that the game against West Bromwich Albion would have been his last - the trip to Birmingham City and visit of Chelsea coming outside the declared 12 week maximum dispensation for a boss who lacked the Pro Licence qualification.

However, the club announced that their request for an extension had been granted.

2007 United's U18s lost their four-game winning run and a chance of making the end-of-season playoffs, after a 3-4 loss to  Liverpool at their Melwood training ground.

Three down at half time, the young Magpies, recovered to level by the hour through Callum Little and a Ryan Donaldson brace.

Charlie Barnett then scored the decisive goal via a cruel deflection. The Liverpool midfielder would soon find himself at SJP, appearing for United's first team the following pre-season while on a short trial.

2012 Stoke City (h)
Premier League
62pts, 4th
Cabaye(14,57), Cisse(18)
Papiss Cisse scored for the sixth successive game, as his side made it half a dozen wins on the bounce and retained their unlikely bid for a Champions League place by ascending to fourth spot. match report

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