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Saturday 18th March
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Ticket news:
Wigan (h) Public sale now
Burton (h) Public sale now
Sheff Wed (a) ST holder sale now (
Leeds (h)
Ipswich (a) ST holder sale now (

Latest international selections involving Magpies:

Matt Ritchie (Scotland):
22.03.2017 Canada (h) drew 1-1 FR
The Magpies winger wasn't in the 20 man matchday squad named by Gordon Strachan - reason unknown.

26.03.2017 Slovenia (h) Hampden WCQ

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Georgia (a) Tbilisi WCQ

Matz Sels (Belgium):
25.03.2017 Greece (h) Brussels WCQ
28.03.2017 Russia (a) Sochi FR

Chancel Mbemba
(DR Congo):
Kenya (a) Nairobi FR

Freddie Woodman/Adam Armstrong 
(England U20)
Portugal (n) Saint-Brieuc FR

25.03.2017 France (a) Saint-Brieuc  FR
Senegal (n) Ploufragan Ville FR

Lewis Gibson
(England U17):
Czech Republic (n) Bijeljina ECQ

25.03.2017 Slovenia (n) Bijeljina ECQ
Bosnia & Herz (a) Bijeljina ECQ

Florian Thauvin (France):
25.03.2017 Luxembourg (a) WCQ
Spain (h) Paris FR

Henri Saivet (Senegal):
Nigeria (n) Barnet FC FR
Ivory Coast (n) Paris FR

Injuries saw Grant Hanley (Scotland), Daryl Murphy, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark (Ireland) withdraw from their respective squads, while Tim Krul was in the preliminary Netherlands squad but then dropped.

Hat giveaway:
Compo winner


Local merchandisers Spirit of 69 return with another bespoke offering, this time paying tribute to a very short-lived alternative Newcastle kit of the 1990s.

A colour clash with Sheffield Wednesday meant that The Magpies wore all-green for visits to Hillsborough during both the 1993/94 and 1994/95 season. 

"The Cole" bobble hat is available online here for £22.50 excluding VAT and we had one up for grabs in a free-to-enter reader competition, asking which Northern Ireland international debuted when United donned green away at Hillsborough in 1995.  

Most folks correctly deduced it was Keith Gillespie - aside from an Aaron Hughes faction - and from the entries received, the one from Adam Killen up in Dunfermline was selected as the winner.

Haris going Dutch

It's reported that Newcastle's Haris Vuckic is to go on trial with Dutch top flight side FC Twente, as his time on Tyneside draws to a close.

The 24 year-old Slovenian will become a free agent this summer and made the last of his 18 senior team appearances for the Magpies against Leicester City back in January 2015. 

Loan spells at Cardiff City, Rotherham United, Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Bradford City have all failed to result in finding a permanent new club.   

Question Time II


Following the success of the first night, Gallowgate Flags are holding a second fundraising NUFC quiz at NINE Bar this coming Friday night

The last remaining tickets are on sale now @ £10 per person (plus booking fee) online here. All proceeds go towards paying for future designs and displays at St. James' Park.

Thanks to the generosity of the club and various local businesses, another excellent selection of prizes are up for grabs including tickets, signed shirts etc.

Royal appointment

Newcastle's reward for disposing of the Premier League Cup holders West Ham last weekend is a Quarter Final tie at home to Reading.

The tie will take place at Whitley Park on Monday April 3rd with a 1pm kick-off and a result must be achieved on the day, via extra time and penalties if required.

Quarter Final Draw:

Liverpool v Norwich City
Newcastle v Reading
Portsmouth v Colchester United
Swansea City v Brighton 

Loan update:
Thauvin confirms permanent move

Any lingering uncertainty over the contractual status of Florian Thauvin looks to have been cleared up by interviews the midfielder has given in recent days.

On a season-long loan to former club Olympique Marseille, Thauvin confirms that he's made enough appearances to automatically alter the deal into a permanent transfer for an agreed amount. 

That mirrors the arrangement that took Remy Cabella back to OM on an initial loan last season, before his permanent return was confirmed in the summer. 

It's claimed that Newcastle will receive around £9.5m back for a player that they allegedly paid £15m for - and whose form back in France has been rewarded by an international callup.

Web winners

Thanks to everyone who showed an interest in the special offer from our sponsors, Begin Digital.

The Gateshead-based web design company have undertaken to build websites for two readers to showcase their work - and have now confirmed the selection as follows: 

CentrAle is a craft beer bottle shop, opening soon in a unit within Newcastle Central Station, offering the widest possible selection of locally-produced brews.

They exist currently on twitter @Centr_Ale

Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear is a sporting club for people with disabilities in the Gateshead areas, recently gaining some valuable publicity by enlisting the help of Kevin Keegan.

Find them on twitter @SOGTW

Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals for websites - there were a great variety of projects, but the standard was uniformly excellent.

Founded by two NUFC fans, Begin Digital specialise in creating professional websites at an affordable price of £499 helping small businesses to get online or revamp an existing web presence to reach more customers.


Point gained?

Birmingham City  0  Newcastle  0

Match action is online here

Match report here

Sammy's late show

Newcastle U23s  3  West Ham United  U23s  2

Match action is online here

Match report here

Throstles setback

West Brom U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  0

Newcastle's second Merit Group game ended in defeat at Albion's training ground on Friday, after second half goals from Callum Morton and Nick Clayton-Phillips.

The playoffs resume after a break with a tricky trip to Southampton for Dave Watson's side on April 1st.

Harker, Spooner, Kitchen, Lowther (Allan 57), Aziakonou, Gallacher, Gamblin, Sangare (Robson 30), Sorensen, Watts, Heaney.
Subs n/u: Brown, Young

Loan lads:

Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
The Northern Premier League leaders drew 2-2 with their nearest rivals Nantwich Town on Tuesday evening to preserve their ten point advantage.

Wooly played the full 90 at the Weaver Stadium. 

Ben Smith (Spennymoor Town)
A 3-2 home victory over Matlock Town on Tuesday night maintains hopes of a Northern Premier League playoff spot for the Moors. Ben was on the bench.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
Another game and another goal for Siem on Saturday, his 50th minute strike the difference between the two sides at Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.

See his fourth - and best - in last three games here

Siem played all 90 minutes - after managing 88 minutes a week earlier and 75 in the previous game.

Emmanuel Riviere
(Real Osasuna)
Languishing on the bench once again, Riviere watched as his current side were beaten 0-2 at Real Betis in the Primera Division on Saturday. 

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Following a callup to the French squad, Thauvin played the full 90 minutes from OM at Lille in Ligue 1 on Friday but couldn't extend his recent goalscoring streak. It ended scoreless at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Oliver Long (Whitley Bay)
Bay didn't have a competitive first team game last weekend, returning to action at Dunston UTS in the Northern League this coming Saturday.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
It's now confirmed that the midfielder has torn a hamstring which will sideline him for some time. In Alex's absence, City beat Swindon Town 2-1 at home in League One on Saturday.

Ivan Toney
(Scunthorpe United)
Ivan joined the action from the bench after 62 minutes but couldn't prevent the Iron slipping to a 1-2 defeat at Oxford in League Two on Saturday. 

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macca was missing again as the Cumbrians made it six games without a goal on Saturday, beaten 0-2 away to Mansfield Town in League Two.

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) 
The Tykes were beaten 0-2 at Carrow Road by Alan Irvine's Norwich City in the Championship on Saturday - Arma started and was withdrawn on 56 minutes.

Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts
Freddie Woodman
A 1-1 home draw with Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday saw Freddie complete the game, Sean play for the opening 72 minutes and Callum remain on the bench as an unused sub.

Kevin Mbabu
(BSC Young Boys)
Our man played the full 90 minutes of a 2-0 victory on the road against Lugano in the Swiss Super League on Sunday, collecting a yellow card for his troubles.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
The midfielder kept his place in the starting XI for Sunday's Ligue 1 visit to Dijon, playing the first 64 minutes of his side's 1-0 victory.

Lubo Satka (DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
Lubo was in the starting selection for DAC as they drew 0-0 at home to local rivals Spartak Trnava in a Slovakian Superleague fixture on Saturday. 

Tim Krul
(AZ Alkmaar)
Sunday brought a morale-boosting clean sheet for Krul, as AZ scored four goals without reply at home to ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie.

Wigan Athletic (h)

The Magpies return to home league action when they host the Latics on Saturday week, April 1st. It's a 3pm kick-off and tickets are on public sale now.

There will be another NUFC Foodbanks collection, on Strawberry Place opposite the club shop from 1pm.

Betting: To follow

NUFC: There's some optimism that Isaac Hayden may return to the squad, but DeAndre Yedlin remains out along with long-term absentee Rolando Aarons.

There are doubts about Daryl Murphy, Ciaran Clark, Grant Hanley and Rob Elliot after the quartet all withdrew from international duty with injuries.

Paul Dummett is playing on despite a heel problem that has required pain-killing injections and saw him omitted from the latest Welsh squad. 

Ghana don't have any matches in this international break, meaning that Christian Atsu isn't playing. And while Senegal have a couple of friendlies, Mo Diame won't feature - having confirmed his retirement.

WAFC: Will Grigg has a knee injury.

Attempting to avoid a return to League One at the first time of asking, Wigan have put coach Graham Barrow in charge for the rest of the season. 

That follows the sacking of Gary Caldwell in October and the more recent exit of his replacement, Warren Joyce.

The Latics have enjoyed better fortunes away from home this season, winning at Cardiff, Huddersfield, Wolves, Burton, Wolves and Birmingham. They also drew at Leeds, Brentford, Barnsley and Derby.

Referee: tbc 

No scheduled Metro disruptions


Overseas TV:

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)


Latics in Toon -all time:

Won 3-0 Ba 2, Bigirimana
Won 1-0 Cabaye
Drew 2-2 Sh.Ameobi, Coloccini
Drew 2-2 Owen, Martins
Won 1-0 Owen
Won 2-1 Parker, Sh.Ameobi
Won 3-1 Shearer 2, Bramble
Drew 2-2 Broadis, Milburn (FAC)

Full record v Wigan Athletic:


Current Championship table - top 7:

P Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Newcastle 38 +38 78
2 Brighton 38 +30 77
3 Huddersfield 37 +4 71
4 Leeds 38 +16 69
5 Reading 38 +2 67
6 Sheffield Wed 38 +9 62
7 Fulham 38 +19 61

Latest fixtures:

Fri 31.03.2017:
Derby County v QPR (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 01.04.2017:
Barnsley v Sheff Wednesday (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Norwich City (3pm)
Brentford v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Burton Albion (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (3pm)
Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Preston North End v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Rotherham United v Fulham (3pm)
Wolves v Cardiff City (3pm)
Reading v Leeds United (5.30pm) Sky

s latest

Whether you're going to home or away games, if part of your journey is by train, then various weekend alterations for engineering work may derail you:

Sat 1st Wigan Athletic (h) 3pm
Amended timetable York-Newcastle

Sat 8th Sheffield Wednesday (a) 5.30pm
Buses replace trains York-Darlington from 8pm.

Fri 14th Leeds United (h) 7.45pm
No issues 

Mon 17th Ipswich Town (a) 3pm
Liverpool Street Station closed all weekend, suggested alternative route: Central Line tube to Newbury Park, bus to Ingatestone, train to Ipswich.

Sat 29th tbc Cardiff City (a) 3pm tbc
Amended timetable Paddington-Cardiff Central.
Buses replace trains York-Darlington from 8pm.


Sun 7th Barnsley (h) Noon
Buses replace trains York-Darlington until 10am.
An amended Trans Pennine timetable will apply.
Buses replace trains Hexham-Newcastle all day.

Find details of all the above
online here


End games

Following the visit of Wigan Athletic to SJP on April 1st, the Championship fixtures look like this:

Tue 04.04.2017:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)
Barnsley v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Brentford v Leeds United (7.45pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City (7.45pm)
Derby County v Fulham (7.45pm)
Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic (7.45pm)
Preston North End v Bristol City (7.45pm)
Rotherham United v Sheff Wednesday (7.45pm) Sky
Wolves v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)
Reading v Blackburn Rovers (8pm)

Wed 05.04.2017:
Huddersfield Town v Norwich City (7.45pm) Sky
Newcastle United v Burton Albion (7.45pm)

Fri 07.04.2017:
QPR v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 08.04.2017:
Birmingham City v Derby County (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley (3pm)
Bristol City v Wolves (3pm)
Burton Albion v Aston Villa (3pm)
Cardiff City v Brentford (3pm)
Fulham v Ipswich Town (3pm)
Leeds United v Preston North End (3pm)
Norwich City v Reading (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United (3pm)
Sheff Wednesday v Newcastle United (5.30pm) Sky

Thu 13.04.2017:
Wigan Athletic v Barnsley (7.45pm)

Fri 14.04.2017:
Brentford v Derby County (3pm)
Bristol City v QPR (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Preston North End (3pm)
Norwich City v Fulham (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Rotherham United v Birmingham City (3pm)
Sheff Wednesday v Cardiff City (3pm)
Wolves v Brighton & Hove Albion (5pm)
Burton Albion v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)
Newcastle United v Leeds United (7.45pm)

Sat 15.04.2017:
Aston Villa v Reading (3pm)

Mon 17.04.2017:
Fulham v Aston Villa (2.45pm) Sky
Barnsley v Brentford (3pm)
Birmingham City v Burton Albion (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Newcastle United (3pm)
Leeds United v Wolves (3pm)
Preston North End v Norwich City (3pm)
QPR v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Reading v Rotherham United (3pm)
Derby County v Huddersfield Town (5pm) Sky

Fri 21.04.2017:
Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 22.04.2017:

Brentford v QPR (3pm)
Bristol City v Barnsley (3pm)
Burton Albion v Leeds United (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Fulham (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Reading (3pm)
Rotherham United v Ipswich Town (3pm)
Sheff Wednesday v Derby County (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Cardiff City (3pm)
Wolves v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)

Sun 23.04.2017:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City (Noon)

Mon 24.04.2017:
Newcastle United v Preston North End (7.45pm) Sky

Tue 25.04.2017:
Wolves v Huddersfield Town (7.45pm)

Sat 29.04.2017 - TV picks awaited:
Barnsley v Burton Albion (3pm)
Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City (3pm)
Cardiff City v Newcastle United (3pm)
Derby County v Wolves (3pm)
Fulham v Brentford (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Leeds United v Norwich City (3pm)
Preston North End v Rotherham United (3pm)
QPR v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Reading v Wigan Athletic (3pm)

Sun 07.05.2017:
Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion (Noon)
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers (Noon)
Bristol City v Birmingham City (Noon)
Burton Albion v Reading (Noon)
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City (Noon)
Newcastle United v Barnsley (Noon)
Norwich City v QPR (Noon)
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town (Noon)
Rotherham United v Derby County (Noon)
Sheff Wednesday v Fulham (Noon)
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United (Noon)
Wolves v Preston North End (Noon)

Burton Albion (h)

The Brewers make their first-ever visit to Gallowgate for a Championship game on Wednesday April 5th.

It's a 7.45pm start. Tickets are on public sale now.

Betting: To follow

NUFC: To follow

BAFC: Albion remain in danger of returning to the third tier after their maiden season in the Championship and move on to Newcastle after a game at Huddersfield the previous Saturday.

Their two away wins were achieved at Rotherham and QPR, but before their most recent 3-5 defeat at Brentford they took points from successive draws at Derby, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Referee: tbc 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

Stats: Although Burton Albion have never visited SJP before, the now-defunct sides Burton Swifts and Burton Wanderers both played here previously:

1897/98 Newcastle 3-1 Burton Swifts
1896/97 Newcastle 3-0 Burton Wanderers
1896/97 Newcastle 2-1 Burton Swifts
1895/96 Newcastle 4 -0 Burton Wanderers
1895/96 Newcastle 5-0 Burton Swifts
1894/95 Newcastle 3-1 Burton Wanderers
1894/95 Newcastle 6-3 Burton Swifts
1893/94 Newcastle 4-1 Burton Swifts


Full record v Burton Albion:



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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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 closed.

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 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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 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?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 01.04.2017 U18s v Southampton (a) @ Marchwood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.04.2017 Wigan Athletic (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Mon 03.04.2017 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup.

Wed 05.04.2017 Burton Albion (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Sat 08.04.2017 U18s v Brighton and Hove Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.04.2017 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 5.30pm. Championship. ST holder now (100 points). £42 adults, £32 over 65s / U21s, £15 U17s, £10 U11s, £5 U5s. Allocation: 2,350 (tbc whether more will be granted). Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 10.04.2017 U23s v Fulham (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 14.04.2017 Leeds United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 17.04.2017 Ipswich Town (a)
@ Portman Road, 3pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 50 points. £37.50 adults, £25 OAPs, £24 young adults, £11.50 bairns. Allocation: tbc.

NB: Original sales of tickets were at £32.50 adults, £23 OAPs, £22 young adults, £11.50 bairns.

Sat 22.04.2017 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 24.04.2017 U23s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Riverside, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 24.04.2017 Preston North End (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale from Thu 24.03.2017. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 07.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sat 08.04.2017 Sheff Wed (a) 5.30pm
Fri 14.04.2017 Leeds United (h) 7.45pm
Mon 24.04.2017 Preston NE (h) 7.45pm

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Wed 26.04.2017 Blyth Spartans v North Shields @ SJP, 7.30pm.

2017/18 season start/end dates:
PL 12.08.2017 to 13.05.2018
EFL 04.08.2017 to 05.05.2018

2017/18 season fixture dates:
EFL 21.06.2017

League Cup Final 25.02.2018
FA Cup Final date tbc

Talk-ins etc:

Thu 23.03.2017 Mick Quinn
@ Bowburn Hall Hotel, in aid of Butterwick Hospice. £35 inc. meal. Tickets from 0191 377 0311.

Thu 23.03.2017 John Beresford, Steve Howey
@ Rutherford AFC, £25 inc. meal. Tickets from Sara on 0191 460 1868.

Fri 24.03.2017 Gallowgate Flags Quiz Night @ NINE Bar, SJP, 7pm. Tickets £10 per person (+ booking fee) online here

Thu 30.03.2017 Keith Gillespie @ Hedworth Hall, South Shields. £15 inc. curry, tickets from venue or 0191 456 3112.

Fri 07.04.2017 Steve Harper (and Mick Lowes) Ponteland CIU, Merton Way, benefit for Ponteland Cricket Club. Tickets £20 inc. pie & peas. Tickets: Chris on 07814 736865. 
Note change of venue.

Fri 21.04.2017 Steve Harper
@ Assembly Rooms, Newcastle. Benefit for Teenage Cancer Trust. £30 (£90 VIP) from 07891 967469.

Thu 27.04.2017 Alan Shearer @ Hedworth Hall, South Shields. £50 inc. meal, tickets from venue or 0191 456 3112.

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.

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

Saturday 20th May 2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21st May 2017:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international break:
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

2017/18 international breaks:
Mon-Tue 28.08-05.09.2017
Mon-Tue 02.10-10.10.2017
Mon-Tue 06.11-14.11.2017
Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

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
22nd March

Born Or Died:

1897 Peter Mooney born, Walker.

Christened Edward but known as Peter, Mooney's midfield talents were noted with Walker Celtic and he moved to SJP at the start of the 1919/20 season, appearing for United's junior side, the Swifts.

Debuting in an FA Cup loss to Huddersfield Town at SJP in January 1920, Mooney was in and around the first team until 1927 - appearing in United's FA Cup Final victory over Aston Villa in 1924.

But after playing in the first three games for the Championship-winning side of 1926/27, Mooney was never selected again and sold to Hull City the following summer.

That wasn't a success and he moved on to join Scunthorpe the following year, later returning to his first club Walker Celtic and other non-league sides in the North East.

A steward in a Washington social club in later life, Mooney is a distant relative of Jimmy Nail.

1925 Andy Donaldson born, Newcastle.

Centre forward who made his first senior appearance in wartime football during the wartime league season of 1943/44.

However he had to wait until a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at SJP in April 1947/48 for his competitive club debut.

The following season saw Andy feature just five times in the first team and score one - away at Leicester - as United finished second in the league and were promoted.

He did win a league title that season though, netting 33 goals as Newcastle's reserve side won the Central League.

That put him into the first team for the following season, but after scoring five times in 13 games, Andy lost his starting place and was sold in January 1949 - as George Robledo arrived from Barnsley.

Donaldson became Middlesbrough's first five figure signing, moving for £17,500. However he wasn't a success at Ayresome Park - not helped by breaking his ankle at the start of the 1949/50 season.

Moving on to non-league Peterborough, he rediscovered his goalscoring touch and had two good seasons at London Road.

Joining Exeter City in 1953 - for whom former SJP colleague Norman Dodgin was player/boss - Andy returned to the Posh two years later and played on until illness forced his retirement in 1958.

A beneficiary when Newcastle faced Posh at London Road the following April in a friendly to raise funds for the PFA, Donaldson later worked at the local Hotpoint factory in the die cast department. He died in June 1987.

1991 Death of Jimmy Boyd, 83.

1995 Isaac Hayden born, Chelmsford.

Ahead of their return to the Championship in the 2016/17 season, United's recruitment drive included the acquisition of Arsenal's 21 year-old defensive midfielder.

Playing for Brentwood Juniors and Southend United as a youngster, Hayden came through the ranks at the Gunners and made his senior debut in September 2013.

Making just one more appearance a year later, Isaac joined Championship side Hull City on a season-long loan during July 2015 and played his part in helping the Tigers gain promotion (although he didn't feature in their Wembley playoff final success).

First sighted in a Newcastle shirt during a pre-season victory over Bohemians in July 2016, a competitive debut then followed in the season-opening defeat at Fulham.

Scoring his first competitive goal for the club against Reading in August of that year, Hayden was a regular starter for United until injury sidelined him in February 2017.

Internationally, he represented England at U16, U17, U18, U19 & U20 levels, with U21 recognition following against Bosnia at Walsall during October 2016.

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
23 4 1 1 2   2           26 6 1


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What Else?

1902 Liverpool (a)
Division One 

1913 Derby County (a)
Division One 
Hudspeth (pen) 
Leonard, Barnes

1920 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 

1924 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 

1930 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Devine, Gallacher 
Tait, Busby

1947 Fulham (h)
Division Two 
Stevens 2, McGibbon
1952 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
1-0), Stubbins(53,60)
"Stubbins goals sink United" was the Pink headline.

1961 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Allchurch(64), Scanlon(79) 
Jimmy Harrower's United debut was overshadowed by the penalty save pulled off by fellow newcomer Dave Hollins. 

However the pivotal moment of this game  - and in some ways the whole season - was a disgraceful and unpenalised assault on United's Len White by Dave Mackay.

By the time White recovered from a broken leg the following August, his side were in Division Two following relegation - despite Len's 29 goal haul before injury. Spurs meanwhile won a League and Cup double.

1969 sunderland (h)
Division One 
Future Newcastle player, coach and caretaker manager Colin Suggett netted for the visitors.

1975 Derby County (h)
Division One 
Nish(15), Rioch(87)
The damage was inflicted by the Rams in the shape of David Nish and Bruce Rioch.

1980 Cardiff City (a)
Division Two 
A point at Ninian Park left United in seventh spot, just two points off a promotion place. However they would decline to finish ninth after winning just once more in their remaining eight league games.

1986 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division One 
Whitehurst(16), Anderson(67) 
Hoddle(4), Waddle(48
Chris Waddle made his first return to Tyneside and put the visitors 2-1 ahead, Hoddle having hit an early free kick.

1989 Everton (h)
Division One 
Mirandinha(20), O'Brien(53) 
On a snowy and blustery night at SJP, the visitors never looked likely to go home with anything other than a cold. Former and future Mags Neil McDonald, Paul Bracewell and Kevin Sheedy were in the Toffees team.
Youtube footage is onlne here

1995 Southampton (a)
Premier League 
Heaney(86), Watson(89), Shipperley(90)
One nil up at the Dell with three minutes left, the roof fell in, as Heaney, Watson and Shipperley all waltzed through to score.
Youtube footage is online here

2003 Blackburn Rovers (h) 

Solano(24), Robert(61), Jenas(85), og(Gresko)(89), Bellamy(90)

United went goal crazy as they avenged a 5-2 reversal earlier in the season at Ewood Park, although the final score was a touch misleading, in that three of the five were scored in the last five minutes. 

A nice kick-in-the-teeth for those who insist on shuffling out of the ground early.... match report 

2004 The Reserves avenge a 3-1 loss at St. Andrews by beating Birmingham's second string by the same score at their temporary home of Durham City FC's Archibald Stadium.

Goals from Martin Brittain, Matty Pattison and Carl Finnigan helped a young Magpies side to a deserved victory. match report

2006 Chelsea (a)
FA Cup 6th Round

Our second FA Cup meeting with Chelsea in as many seasons was again settled by a fourth minute goal - this time scored by the Blues.

John Terry's volley ended dreams that Alan Shearer would close out his Newcastle career at Wembley in the final and match or better Jackie Milburn's club FA Cup goal record.

A 90th minute run by Shaun Wright-Phillips led to the dismissal of Robbie Elliott for a second yellow, although yet again a home player tumbled over with the slightest contact and fooled local official Steve Bennett. match report

2008 Fulham (h)
Premier League
Viduka(6), Owen(82)
A first victory for Kevin Keegan's side at the tenth attempt saw United move up a place into 13th.

Fulham lost for the first time in four visits to SJP, with former Magpie Aaron Hughes conceding the free kick which led to our second goal. Geremi claimed two assists. match report

2010 United defender Steven Taylor was hospitalised with a suspected broken jaw after a reported training ground bust-up with the club's leading goalscorer Andy Carroll.

It was rumoured that Carroll had damaged his hand in the incident and wouldn't feature in our game at Doncaster the following night. 

In the event he played and scored at the Keepmoat - rather uncharacteristically clad in a pair of gloves, that may or may not have hidden some scrapes on his knuckles...

2014 Crystal Palace (h)
Premier League

A second successive 1-0 home win thanks to an added-time goal lifted United to the dizzy heights of eighth position.

Loic Remy's 92nd minute winner had seen off Aston Villa, but it was even deeper into added time when Papiss Cisse headed home Hatem Ben Arfa's cross.

And in addition to thanking the Frenchman, Cisse could also express his gratitude to the tactics of Tony Pulis, whose Eagles side had wasted time right from the first whistle. match report