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Sunday 7th May
The Never-Ending Tour
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NUFC.com in 2016/17:
If news outlets in Ghana are to be believed, new permanent signing Christian
Atsu has become the latest Magpie to undergo surgery.
The winger was omitted from the Ghana squad for a trio of games next month -
with claims following that Atsu was unavailable for selection after having had
an operation to rectify a leg problem.
That unspecified procedure is claimed to have a four week recovery cycle.
Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie both had hernia repairs before the end of
the season, while Jamie Sterry underwent groin surgery earlier this
Having concluded a permanent deal with Chelsea for Christian Atsu, it's now
claimed that Newcastle are seeking another loan signing from Stamford
The player in question is 19 year-old striker Tammy Abraham, who
scored 26 goals in all competitions during a loan spell at Bristol City last
The Telegraph report that both Newcastle and Brighton have been
given permission to consult with Abraham and his advisors over a season-long
United - and Brighton - have also been credited with an interest in
securing a loan deal for 21 year-old Chelsea forward Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Confirmation came from
NUFC on Wednesday that they had completed a permanent deal for Christian
Atsu - their first piece of business ahead of next season.
The 25 year-old Ghanaian international winger spent the 2016/17 campaign on loan at
United from Chelsea and has now signed a four year deal for an officially
undisclosed fee - said to be just over £6m.
The Welsh squad for next month's World Cup Qualifier against Serbia has been
named - with Newcastle's Paul Dummett not among those selected.
That means the Magpies defender isn't in line to face club colleague
Aleksandar Mitrovic in Belgrade.
United have confirmed that full back Jamie Sterry had an operation on
his groin earlier this week - and will be sidelined for the start of
It's the second time that the 21 year-old Tynesider has gone under the knife
this year for a similar condition, the club reporting in March that he had
undergone a "minor" procedure on his groin.
Sterry recovered from that sufficiently to make a fleeting appearance from the
subs bench away at Cardiff in late April, but wasn't in the squad for the
season-closer against Barnsley.
Royals v Terriers
Newcastle's league opponents next season will be finally determined this
coming Monday, when the Championship playoff Final is held at Wembley.
Reading and Huddersfield Town go head to head for a Premier League place,
in a 3pm kick-off that is live on Sky Sports.
The Royals are bidding for a top-flight return following four seasons in the
Championship, while the Terriers have never played in the Premier League.
Their most recent season in the top-flight was 1971/72.
Paddy Power have an enhanced for new sign-ups of 12/1 on a Reading victory within 90 minutes.
Find that online
here (£10 max bet, t & c apply).
Krul (AZ Alkmaar)
The season goes on for the Newcastle goalkeeper, with AZ involved in
Eredivisie playoffs for a place in next season's Europa League.
Following a two-legged 8-2 aggregate victory over Groningen (4-1 in each
game) with Tim between the posts home and away, his side now face Utrecht in
the playoff final.
The first leg is in Alkmaar on Thursday night, with the return on Sunday
(DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda)
Ružomberok (a) Slovakian Super League, Saturday.
(BSC Young Boys)
Assured of second place,
Young Boys have two games remaining - a trip to Thun on Sunday and a home
fixture against Lausanne on Friday week, June 2nd.
back in Govan
Recently overlooked for a first team coaching role at Rangers, ex-Ger and
Magpie Peter Lovenkrands has returned to Ibrox in a part-time capacity.
The former Danish international has agreed to work with Academy youngsters in
what will be his first coaching role since retiring from playing in 2014.
National League South
side Whitehawk FC have confirmed the departure of their manager Andy
Woodman - the former Newcastle United coach.
The Brighton-based non-leaguers appointed Woodman back in February and he
successfully led the side away from a relegation position.
His exit has increased speculation that Alan Pardew is close to making a
managerial return and will recruit Woodman to his backroom staff once again.
The duo worked together at West Ham, Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, in
addition to their time at SJP.
Woodman's son Freddie remains on Newcastle's books after a season-long loan
spell at Kilmarnock. The 20 year-old goalkeeper is under contract until 2020.
brought news of some changing circumstances for a trio of former Magpies:
Nile Ranger appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in London in connection
with an online banking fraud, receiving an eight month custodial sentence.
Sam Allardyce quit his position as Crystal Palace manager, saying that "I
have no ambitions to take another job." Can you put that in writing?
Joey Barton was formally released by current club Burnley, in the wake of
his 18 month ban from all football activities for betting rule breaches.
midfielder Matty Pattison has left Blyth Spartans in favour of Northern
League Division One Champions and FA Vase winners, South Shields.
The South African-born player is now 30 and exited Gallowgate in 2008,
appearing for Norwich City and various clubs in his home country before
arriving at Gateshead during 2014.
Switching to Croft Park two years later, Matty joins the Mariners on a two
year deal as they prepare for the Northern Premier League Division One
Hard on the heels
of his well-received play Hadaway Harry, the latest offering from local
writer Ed Waugh recounts the incredible story of the North East's first music
hall superstar, Ned Corvan.
Born in 1827, Corvan grew up on Tyneside and found fame as a professional
singer-songwriter and comic starring in music hall variety shows of the
Mr Corvan's Music Hall premieres
tonight (May 25th) Durham's Gala Theatre*, touring until June 10th and
calling at New Hartley, South Shields, sunderland*, Whitley Bay*, Hartlepool,
Stanley, Berwick and Gateshead* (*Extra matinee shows).
We had a pair of tickets for the Sage shows up for
grabs - and asked which former Newcastle footballer was honoured with a blue
plaque in the city during 2013, as Ned Corvan was in recent weeks.
The answer we sought was Colin Veitch and from correct answers Andy
McCabe was selected as our winner - thanks to everyone who entered.
Before what is
anticipated to be a busy close season of transfer activity, here's a recap on
Newcastle's current squad - limited to anyone still on the books who has
played a competitive senior game for us:
Contract expiring imminently (5):
Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka.
Jesus Gamez, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy.
Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame.
Adam Armstrong, Karl Darlow, Siem De Jong, Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles,
Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Emmanuel Riviere, Jamie Sterry.
Christian Atsu, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Achraf
Lazaar, Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels, Jonjo Shelvey,
Dan Barlaser (signed in 2015)
Paul Dummett (signed in 2016 tbc)
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (signed in 2016)
Stuart Findlay (signed in 2016)
Callum Roberts (signed in 2015)
Ivan Toney (signed in 2015)
Florian Thauvin - status tbc
Non-first team (3):
Tom Heardman (2017 tbc)
Alex Gilliead (2018)
Freddie Woodman (2020)
the success of "Touching Distance" and "Tunnel of
Love", local writer Martin Hardy returns with his third
Newcastle United book on June 5th.
Written with the co-operation of Rafa Benitez,
"Rafa's Way" departs from the usual bland 'story of a season'
format to chronicle the revival of a club on and off the field during our
Championship gap year.
The book also features exclusive interviews with Matt Ritchie, Jamaal
Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Rob Elliot.
Author-signed copies are available to pre-order now online
here for £19.99 including UK p & p (delivery charges apply to
Young Lions held
Having kicked off their their
World Cup campaign with a 3-0 success over Argentina Saturday, England U20s
had to be content with a 1-1 draw against Guinea in their second group game on
Armstrong retained his place in the starting lineup and completed 81
Freddie Woodman dropped down to the bench in Jeonju.
Paul Simpson's side sit second in Group A on four points, two behind hosts
South Korea. First plays second in Suwon on Friday, with England assured of
progression if they can avoid defeat.
The 24 team tournament then runs through to the final on Sunday June 11th.
Toon pair sit it out
confirmed their squad selection for their World Cup Qualifier against England
at Hampden Park next month - and as expected, Newcastle duo Matt Ritchie and
Grant Hanley miss out through injury.
Midfielder Ritchie missed the last two games of the season after undergoing a
hernia operation, while defender Hanley didn't play again after the loss at
Ipswich due to an unspecified ailment.
Fitness concerns also forced Hanley to withdraw from Scotland's squad for internationals back in March.
Ireland (Rob Elliot, Daryl Murphy):
Thu 01.06.2017 Austria (h) Dublin WCQ
Uruguay (h) Dublin FR
Mexico (n) New Jersey FR
A knee problem sees Ciaran Clark omitted.
Serbia (Aleksandar Mitrovic):
Wales (h) Belgrade WCQ
USA (DeAndre Yedlin):
Sun 04.06.2017 Venezuela (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017 Trin & Tob (h) WCQ
Mon 12.06.2017 Mexico (a) WCQ
Sat 01.07.2017 Ghana (h) FR
Sat 08.07.2017 Panama (h) CONCA
Thu 13.07.2017 Martinique (h) CONCA
Sun 16.07.2017 Nicaragua (h) CONCA
Czech Rep (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017 Estonia (a) WCQ
(squad announcement tbc)
Sat 03.06.2017 Botswana (h) FR
Mon 05.06.2017 Raja de Casablanca (h) FR
Thu 08.06.2017 Congo (h) AFCON
Update: Northern League First Division side Whitley Bay report
that they will host a pre-season game against a Newcastle XI on a date tbc.
While confirmation of Newcastle's senior team programme ahead of the 2017/18
season is awaited, United's second string have been announced as one of four
teams playing in a tournament at Whitby.
The venue is Whitby Town's Turnbull Ground between Thursday July 27th and
Saturday 29th and in addition to ourselves and the Northern Premier League
hosts, U23 sides from Glasgow Celtic and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar will also be
Newcastle will play Celtic on the Thursday night (7.45pm), with Whitby facing
AZ 24 hours later.
Saturday then sees the two losing sides meet in a 1.30pm start ahead of the
final at 5.30pm that day.
Tickets for each game are £10
adults, £6 concessions and £3 children and available online
In classic local newspaper style, the Whitby rag chose to illustrate their
piece with photos of Matt Ritchie and Brendan Rodgers - two people who will
almost certainly not be at the Turnbull Ground in late July....
looking for new clubs include:
Joey Barton (Burnley)
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)
Leon Best (Ipswich Town)
Adam Campbell (Notts County)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers)
JJ Hooper (Port Vale)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Conor Newton (Cambridge United)
Gabriel Obertan (Wigan Athletic)
Remi Streete (Port Vale)
Mike Williamson (Wolves)
Notts County have offered new contracts to Shola
Ameobi and Alan Smith, while Port Vale are in negotiations with Ryan Taylor.
home kit will go on sale from June 15th and in keeping with
agreed guidelines, junior sizes will be advert-free.
Next season's home shorts will remain all black, with the hoopy socks replaced
by another retro design of all black with a white turnover. Thankfully shirt
numbers will be red, allowing them to be....read.
owned gambling company FUN88 have replaced previous sponsor
kit Wonga on a three season deal.
This isn't their first foray into Premier League shirt sponsorship,
Burnley wearing kits featuring a FUN88
logo during the 2014/15 season.
Confirming the news, the SBC website added:
In celebration of signing the partnership, Newcastle United will be
launching three new social media channels in Asia – WeChat, Weibo &
Dongqiudi – targeting the Premier League’s biggest international fanbase
in China with all the latest club news and exclusive content.
The FUN88 brand is a stable mate of 12BET, whose logo was carried on Hull
City's shirts during their 2014/15 top-flight campaign.
More recently, FUN88 signed with Spurs before the season just ended as their
betting partner in Asia & Latin America.
Related brands TLC Bet and BETEAST have signed up with Premier League clubs as
shirt sponsors at West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively.
And TLC made Asia region betting partnerships with West Brom, Southampton,
smoggies and mackems.
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).
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.
Heading to the Toon?
Wed 14.06.2017 PL fixture release.
Mon 03.07.2017 Pre-season training.
Thu 27.07.2017 U23s v Celtic (n) @
Turnbull Ground, Whitby, 7.45pm. Whitby Town Challenge Cup 2017.
Sat 29.07.2017 U23s v Whitby Town or AZ Alkmaar (n) @
Turnbull Ground, Whitby, 1.30pm or 5.30pm. Whitby Town Challenge Cup
Sat 12.08.2017 PL opening fixtures.
Sun 13.05.2018 PL closing fixtures.
League Cup Final 25.02.2018
FA Cup Final ??.??.2018
Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner
@ Village Hotel, North
Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance.
£50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.
European Champions Cup and Challenge
Cup rugby union Finals will be staged at SJP on successive days.
International Magpies |
National Service |
2017/18 international breaks:
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
From Sky Sports:
That title of course
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
born, Choppington, Northumberland
Inside right who joined United
from local side Barrington Albion at a cost of £5 in February 1914, debuting
for the first team in a 1-2 home defeat by Liverpool that April.
After just one further appearance (at home to Bradford a year later), league
football was suspended and Ed (also known as Stan) served with the Army Engineers Corps.
Playing for United in the Northern Victory League of 1918/19, Dixon soon found a starting berth once Division One resumed the following
season - hitting his first goals with a hat trick at home to Chelsea.
Gradually falling from favour, Ed's final senior
outing for Newcastle came in a 1-0 win at Oldham on New Years Day 1924.
And within three months he was back in Lancashire, after Blackburn Rovers paid £1,100
for his services.
Nominated as a reserve for both England and the Football League Select, Dixon
ended his career at Hull City - playing on past his retirement in 1930 for East
Settling in Hull and working as a cinema manager, he later returned to his
native Northumberland. He died in August 1979.
of Dave Willis, 67.
Mitchell born, S*nderland.
Although most frequently used in
defence, Kenny appeared in both attack and midfield during his time at SJP -
and was also back-up 'keeper for the reserve side.
Debuting in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City in February 1977, Mitchell
eventually exited in the summer of 1981, as manager Arthur Cox overhauled his
first team squad.
While at Gallowgate he had a loan spell in Scotland with Morton, while also
playing one summer in the USA for Tulsa Roughnecks.
A move to Darlington saw him play a season at Feethams before embarking on a
career in the non-league with Workington, Seaham Red Star, Gateshead, Newcastle
Blue Star, North Shields and back to Red Star again.
Kenny also played out in Finland for Kuusysi Lahti in 1984 and four years later
was a losing finalist in the 1988 FA Sunday Cup Final with Wearsiders Humbledon
& Plains Farm, along with fellow ex-Mag Kevin Todd.
He also coached the Plains Farm U18 side.
1906 German Sport XI
Orr, Carr, Gardner 2
Played in Prague.
1927 Dutch Olympic XI
van de Broek 2
United's Dutch tour moved on to Eindhoven, with the
home goals coming from NAC Breda's van de
Maitland, Hudspeth, Curry, Spencer, Harris, Low, McKay,
Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.
1929 CSK Bratislava (a)
West Ham United (h)
Hall, Wood, Bainbridge
Newcastle wrapped up their home league programme by
losing to another London club, having previously gifted
wins to both Millwall and Fulham.
RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) (a) 6-0 (2-0)
Milburn 2, Taylor 2, G.Robledo, og(Matthys)
This Challenge Match between the Cup holders and
Belgian Champions was staged at the Heysel Stadium in
Bradford City (a)
Burns(22,38), Callachan(63), Barrowclough(66)
Spark(46), Watson(58), Martinez(78)
Testimonial Match for Bantams veteran Ian Cooper who
had clocked up 15 years of service at Valley Parade.
1985 Fiji FA (a)Vosuga(10), Waqan(0-2), Work(0-3)
4,800 (local reports claim 7,000)
After four games in New Zealand, United's tour moved on to Fiji for two further friendlies -
the first of which was staged at Prince Charles Park in the town of Nadi.
Lautoka midfielder Kelemedi ‘Cheetah’ Vosuga opened
the scoring, with Nadi forward Rusiate Waqan doubling the
lead. Striker Sam Work of Lautoka then netted for Billy
Singh's men after the break - who also had a fourth strike
Peter Beardsley unsuccessfully encouraged star man Vosuga
to visit Tyneside for a trial but he failed to take up the
offer and later played club football in both Australia and
midfielder Kevin Sheedy won what turned out to be the
penultimate senior cap of his international career, as the
Republic of Ireland beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup
Qualifier at Lansdowne Road.
1996 Wembley joy for Bradford City, as they beat
Notts County in the playoffs to make into the second tier
of domestic football.
Their opening goal in a 2-0 win was especially memorable,
as the scorer beat four players before blasting home one
of the memorable efforts under the Twin Towers. His
name? Des Hamilton....
2001 Peter Beardsley became a full-time employee of
Newcastle United for the third time after accepting a post
in the United Youth Academy working with Kenny Wharton and
Director Alan Irvine.
Beardsley had already
been working with the Academy youngsters for three months
on a part-time basis as a striking coach.
2004 Portsmouth completed the free transfer signing
of defender Andy Griffin, who had let his contract run
down at SJP.
positive press comments, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp
passed up the chance to sign former Magpie Titus Bramble
on a free transfer.
Other clubs linked with the former Ipswich Town defender
Bramble included Fulham, Celtic and Birmingham City.
Wigan were nowhere to be seen at this stage.
Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien won his fifth full cap for
the Republic of Ireland - and made his first start - in a
1-1 draw against Bolivia in a friendly staged in Boston,
Within weeks the out-of-favour O'Brien had left SJP to
join Scottish side Hibernian.
2009 24 hours after MD Derek
Llambias went public with his thoughts, Magpies owner Mike
Ashley issued his own statement:
"Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier
League has been a catastrophe for us all.
"I fully accept that mistakes were made during this
and previous seasons and I am very sorry for that.
"I would like to say sorry to our magnificent
supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and
away, up and down the country and who have given the team
amazing backing throughout.
"And I would also say sorry to all of the Club's
hard-working staff, who have gone about their jobs all
"Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was
the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all
they could to try and keep us up in the short space of
time they had.
"Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can
take this Club forward again."