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Huddersfield Town  1  Newcastle  0

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will need to have another look down the back of his sofa for some cash to back manager Rafa Benitez or he is set to lose hundreds of millions of his beloved pounds.

This side, as it stands, will be relegated back to the Championship unless two or three quality players are brought in before the transfer deadline closes.

No 70% discount deals from the bargain bucket or loans but genuine Premier League pedigree players that can help Benitez do his job and establish the club back in the top flight.

Anything else makes no financial sense.

This is obvious to anyone NOW - don't look back after relegation and say to Sky "with the benefit of hindsight".

United were outplayed and beaten by a Huddersfield Town side that has been strengthened in the right places from the play-off winners by a smart manager backed by the owner.

Not because Town's Chairman has the wealth of a small country but because he is smart enough to realise when investment pays off. Just like when Ashley managed to find £200m to back a building development in his beloved Chelsea.

Is Terriers' owner Dean Hoyle richer, smarter or just a better businessman than Ashley? Probably all three. He made his millions in bloody greeting cards.... But more important, he's a Huddersfield lad through and through. He understands. He gets it. He doesn't need hindsight.

A mistake from Jonjo Shelvey's replacement, Mikel Merino, gifted Aaron Mooy the chance to curl the winner in the 50th minute and all of our summer signings struggled, although Joselu did OK on his debut after replacing the ineffective Dwight Gayle.

But it could have been a different story had Craig Pawson waved his red card again. He sent off two Chelsea players last week and should have been brandishing it again to Steve Mounie for a stamp on Isaac Hayden that was worse than Shelvey's against Spurs.

The only difference was that Mounie was cleverer and more sneaky but significantly more vicious.

And Pawson again failed to favour Rafa's side when he waved play-on following a handball in the area that was remarkably similar to one given against Chancel Mbemba by Mike Dean against Manchester United in our relegation season.

Matt Ritchie came inches away from opening the scoring in the 17th minute with a fine snapshot that Jonas Lossl tipped around the post.

But the defensive performance from United deserved to be punished and it was five minutes after the break when Mooy picked up the ball and Merino's weak attempt to stop him allowed the Australian to take a wall-pass and beat Rob Elliot with a curling effort.

The Magpies still had chances to get back and Javier Manquillo should have done better with a cross straight to the 'keeper after getting behind the Town defence.

Joselu then found space in the box but hit a weak shot that was easily saved. Ayoze Perez fired over the bar from close range and substitute Jacob Murphy had an effort blocked as the home side hung on for the win.

We started last season with two defeats and finished top of the league so in that respect it's early to press the panic button.

But this is a different ball game entirely. There are only 36 games left now to gain 40 points against 19 other sides that look better equipped and in better spirits - how we've managed to become so negative again so quickly is something only the owner can explain.

He failed miserably to do so when speaking to "Craigy" last week.

No history rewrites, no hiding behind hindsight when going against the patently obvious and no more, no-money bullsh*t. You didn't do your due diligence. Get over it and keep your promises to Rafa - he's our only chance of keeping this club United.

The defeat meant we joined Bournemouth, Brighton, Palace and West Ham as pointless after two games. The first three are also scoreless while West Ham have two goals but are bottom having conceded seven. We play them next in the league.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Atsu, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Ritchie, Gayle (Joselu 52), Perez (Murphy 80).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Aarons, Mitrovic, Saivet.

Booked: Ritchie, Hayden, Joselu, Lascelles.

HTFC: Lossl, Smith, Zanika, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Billing, Kachunga (Palmer 72), Ince (Hefele 90+2), Van La Parra (Quaner 69), Mounie.
Subs n/u: Coleman, Lolley, Malone, Williams.

Booked: Billing, Palmer, Mounie.

Goal: Mooy 50.

Crowd: 24,128 - a league record for the stadium that included 2,340 away fans. 

Town published a crowd of 24,129 for an FA Cup tie against Manchester City in February of this year.

Among former Terriers players present for their big day was ex-Magpie captain Peter Jackson.

Referee: Craig Pawson, who didn't have far to travel from his home near Sheffield.

The Sheffield Wednesday fan began the season by dismissing two Chelsea players during Burnley's 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Pawson took a break from Premier League duty back in February to preside over our 1-0 Championship success at Wolves - his first game involving Newcastle since the single goal defeat at Leicester in March 2016 on the night that Rafa Benitez first took charge of us.

United have no points from a possible six in a Premier League season for the first time since 1999/00, when a 0-1 home loss to Aston Villa came ahead of a 1-3 loss away to Spurs.

Two defeats without scoring is the worst start to any Newcastle season since the 1981/82 campaign, when a 0-1 home defeat by Watford was followed by a 0-3 reverse at QPR in Division Two. 

The only other season we matched that "feat" was in 1937/38 when we were also in the second tier. In other words, United have never started a top-flight season by losing twice without finding the net. 

There were competitive debuts in a Newcastle shirt for Jacob Murphy and Joselu, while Mo Diame made his top-flight bow for the club. That trio extends the total of players representing us in the PL to 218

Rafa Benitez is still searching for a maiden away win in the top flight as Newcastle boss, having drawn two and lost the other four games on the road including the tail end of the 2015/16 season.

United now haven't won a Premier League game away from SJP since a 2-1 success against Spurs at White Hart Lane back in December 2015 - a run of 12 games (ten defeats and two draws). 

Huddersfield Town became the 47th different club that United have come up against in the PL, while The John Smiths Stadium is the 54th different venue.

Our opening Premier League away fixture of the season has resulted in twelve defeats, six draws and five victories as follows (final league position in brackets).

1993/94 Coventry City lost 1-2 (3rd)
1994/95 Leicester City won 3-1 (6th)
1995/96 Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 (2nd)
1996/97 Everton lost 0-2 (2nd)
1997/98 West Ham won 1-0 (13th)
1998/99 Chelsea drew 1-1 (13th)
1999/00 Spurs lost 1-3 (11th)
2000/01 Manchester United lost 0-2 (11th)
2001/02 Chelsea drew 1-1 (4th)
2002/03 Manchester City lost 0-1 (3rd)
2003/04 Leeds United drew 2-2 (5th)
2004/05 smoggies drew 2-2 (14th)
2005/06 Arsenal lost 0-2 (7th)
2006/07 Aston Villa lost 0-2 (13th)
2007/08 Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 (12th)
2008/09 Manchester United drew 1-1 (18th)
2010/11 Manchester United lost 0-3 (12th)
2011/12 mackems won 1-0 (5th)
2012/13 Chelsea lost 0-2 (16th)
2013/14 Manchester City lost 0-4 (10th)
2014/15 Aston Villa drew 0-0 (15th)
2015/16 Swansea City lost 0-2 (18th)
2017/18 Huddersfield Town lost 0-2 (??)

Failing to find the net at Fulham in the first game of our 2016/17 Championship season means that the last time we scored a goal in our opening away game was Ryan Taylor's "over the wall" one at the mackems in 2011.

Terriers tests - last 10 away games:

2017/18 lost 0-1
won 3-1 Ritchie, Murphy, Gayle

drew 2-2 Beardsley, Mills
1971/72 drew 0-0
1970/71 drew 1-1 Smith
1964/65 won 1-0 McGarry
1963/64 lost 0-3
1962/63 lost 1-2 Penman
1961/62 lost 1-2 White
1955/56 won 6-2 Keeble 4, Crowe, White


"You cannot make too many mistakes in the Premier League. We made one mistake, gave Mooy too much time on the ball and we conceded.

"You have to take your chances. We tried to create more chances after the Matt Ritchie effort. The reaction from the team was good to going behind.

"We are at the beginning and we have to keep going. The only way to improve is to train harder.

"I'm obviously disappointed. We have some little problems in defence, with not too many players, and we have to manage.

"They did well for a while, and we conceded because we gave them too much time on the ball. After that we were quite positive, but it's a learning process for us.

"It is a learning process for us, and hopefully we can learn quickly. That is how it is at the moment. Maybe it is too soon for us. It will take some time for sure.

"I am sure we will improve. We will need time, but I am sure we can improve.

"We started the game controlling things a little bit when they were pressing, But it doesn’t matter if you are well organised, pressing and working very hard – you have to score goals. 

"You cannot concede if you want to get results in the Premier League, or any division, but especially when you are playing in the top division.

"There is nothing to say about transfers at the moment, there is no news. I haven’t seen the latest names (linked with Newcastle) - we have to wait. 

"Obviously, we are working behind the scenes trying to do things, but I do not know what our position is at the moment.

"We will see what happens, it's still 11 days, but I don't see an easy window yet."

Latest Premier League results/fixture:

Sat 19.08.2017:
Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United
Bournemouth 0-2 Watford
Burnley 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Southampton 3-2 West Ham
Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal

Sun 20.08.2017:
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle
Spurs 1-2 Chelsea

Mon 21.08.2017:
Manchester City v Everton (8pm) Sky

Loan lads on target


Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
It's now two goals for Lobby in as many games for the Tangerines as they drew 3-3 at Doncaster Rovers in League One on Saturday. 

He shot home a glorious first equaliser and played the full game as Blackpool came from behind three times.

See Lobby's goal online

Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic)
Ivan scored after eight minutes to give Wigan the lead at Oldham Athletic in League One on Saturday. It was 2-0 not long after and it stayed like that with Toney making way for Will Grigg in the 71st minute. 

See Ivan's goal online here

Adam Armstrong (Bolton Wanderers)
Adam started the game but was sacrificed at half-time with the Trotters 0-2 down. It finished 1-2 after Bolton scored a late goal.

Callum Williams
Gateshead were back on home territory and posted another 3-0 victory, Macclesfield Town going the same way as Torquay did last week. Callum wasn't in the squad, nursing an injury picked up against Wrexham.

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
Alex was an unused substitute as the Bantams lost at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon, the only goal of the game coming just after half-time.

Tom Heardman (Bury) 
Tom wasn't in the squad for the 2-3 home loss to Bristol Rovers in League One on Saturday and is yet to make his competitive senior debut for the Shakers.

Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
It's now back to back losses for Anderlecht, who have won just once in their opening four games as they attempt to retain their Belgian First Division crown.

Sunday saw them beaten 2-3 at home by Sint-Truiden, with Sels playing the full game - beaten three times by efforts from within his six yard box.

Derby day draw

mackem U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  1


Beaten 1-2 at home by Manchester City last weekend, Newcastle's U18 side got their first point of the season when they made the short journey to Whitburn.

However, only a dubious late goal denied them all three points on a windy wearside as their winning run against the mackems came to an end.

A goalless first half saw United dominate possession but were slightly fortunate to still be level at the interval.

Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka had hit the bar from long range for the home side in the ninth minute and Lee Connelly shot wide of an empty net in seven minutes later, after 'keeper Otto Huuhtanen went walkabout.

Adam Wilson thought he had put Newcastle ahead on 25 minutes following a strong run by Thomas Allan, only for Anthony Patterson to dive full length and deny him.

But the young Magpies went ahead four minutes after the break when an accurate forward ball by Kelland Watts found Elias Sorensen on the left edge of the box and he squared it for Matty Longstaff to finish with a low shot from six yards.

Allan had a couple of chances to double the lead, the first coming in the 77th minute but after rounding the 'keeper he hesitated from shooting and a defender got back on the line, allowing Patterson to dive and dispossess the United forward.

And then ten minutes from time Allan attempted to lob Patterson who did brilliantly to palm the ball away.

The unwashed got their equaliser in the 88th minute when a suspiciously looking offside Connelly slipped the ball under Huuhtanen after Watts mistimed a header.

Team: Huuhtanen, Allen, Aplin, Longstaff, Cass, Watts, Wilson, Goodridge, Sorensen (Robson 60), Allan, Kasinga (Young 74).
Subs n/u: Gamblin, Langley, Joyce.

Booked: Kasinga, Aplin.

Run the Race:
Beautiful Vision


Supporting his efforts for the Useful Vision charity in 2017, Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run has some brand-new T-shirts on sale, designed by one of the children who stand to benefit from the proceeds.  

They cost £12 with every last penny going direct to the charity. Find details of the ordering process along with information about Useful Vision online here

Signed shirt offer

In addition to the 10% discount offered to readers our sponsors MJS Computers have a 2017/18 season Newcastle United home shirt autographed by Rafa Benitez up for grabs in a prize draw.

Anyone having an Apple, iPad, iPhone or laptop repair carried out by
MJS until 3pm on Saturday September 16th and quoting will be entered, with one winner selected at random on that date.

NB: callouts excluded, only repairs at MJS Computers, 30 Merton Way, Ponteland, Northumberland NE20 9PS will count. One entry to the draw per item repaired. 

Nottingham Forest (h)

The Magpies begin their League Cup campaign with a home tie on Wednesday evening against a Forest side managed by Mark Warburton.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and the tie must be concluded on the night via extra time or penalties if required. 

Tickets are on public sale now - lower sections of the ground only - priced at £10 adults & £5 concessions. These double to £20 & £10 on the day of the game.

Whichever side wins through will take their place in the Third Round draw, which at the behest of cup sponsors Carabao will be conducted in Beijing on Thursday. 

NUFC: Jonjo Shelvey remains suspended (2 of 3), while Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune are both injured. It's uncertain whether DeAndre Yedlin will be fit enough to feature against Forest.

Betting: Coral's new punter offer now includes £30 in free football bets for a £10 initial stake
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There's a quick return to his former club for striker Daryl Murphy.

Ahead of their trip to SJP, Forest beat the smoggies 2-1 at home in the Championship on Saturday - a second league victory in three games so far this season.

To qualify for the Second Round, Forest saw off Shrewsbury Town 2-1 at the City Ground.

Darren England from Barnsley - taking charge of his first game involving NUFC.

The 31 year-old made his Football League debut during 2015 and took charge of a Championship game for the first time in March of this year.

This will be the first time that he's refereed a game involving a top flight side but SJP isn't the biggest venue of his career - having overseen May's League Two playoff final at Wembley.

Pizza Express in Dean Street are once again offering anyone with a valid match ticket a 30% reduction on their total bill on Wednesday. Only one match ticket is required for a full table to qualify - open from 11.30am.

UK TV: No UK live coverage. Channel 5 have a 90 minute highlights show at 10pm on Wednesday.

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Travel: Don't forget that the Metro is still off in both directions between Shiremoor and South Gosforth. The usual 900 bus replacement service is in operation.


Forest lost 1-3 at SJP in the league in December, having beaten United 2-1 by the banks of the Trent earlier the same month.

The two sides last met in this competition back in 2011, Newcastle winning away by the odd goal in seven.

Also paired together in 1974/75, a 1-1 draw at the City Ground was followed by a replay on Tyneside that the Magpies emphatically won 3-0.

United have emerged unscathed from their last sixteen Second Round ties (six on a two-legged basis) and last lost in this round to the smoggies back in 1990:

1990/91 Middlesbrough lost 1-2 (on agg)
1991/92 Crewe Alexandra won 5-3 (on agg)
1992/93 Middlesbrough won 3-1 (on agg)
1993/94 Notts County won 11-2 (on agg)
1994/95 Barnsley won 3-1 (on agg)
1995/96 Bristol City won 8-1 (on agg)
2000/01 Leyton Orient won 3-1 (on agg)
2001/02 Brentford (h) won 4-1
2007/08 Barnsley (h) won 2-0
2008/09 Coventry City (a) won 3-2
2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3
2010/11 Accrington Stanley (a) won 3-2
2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1
2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0
2014/15 Gillingham (a) won 1-0
2015/16 Northampton Town (h) won 4-1
2016/17 Cheltenham Town (h) won 2-0

Second Round ties:

Tue 22.08.2017:
Accrington Stanley v West Brom
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Barnsley v Derby County or Grimsby*
Birmingham City v Bournemouth

Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnet
Cardiff City v Burton Albion
Carlisle v mackems
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town
Doncaster Rovers v Hull City
Fulham v Bristol Rovers
Leeds United v Newport County
smoggies v Scunthorpe United
MK Dons v Swansea City
Norwich City v Charlton Athletic 
QPR v Brentford
Reading v Millwall
Sheffield United v Leicester City Sky
Watford v Bristol City

Wed 23.08.2017: 

Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Cheltenham Town v West Ham Sky
Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Southampton v Wolves
Stoke City v Rochdale

* the abandoned First Round tie between Grimsby Town and Derby County will be played on Tue 22.08.2017.

Black Country 

West Brom U23s  0  Newcastle U23s  4

Having beaten Stoke City 4-3 on the road a week earlier, Newcastle U23s maintained their prolific away form with another notable success on Friday night.  

The game was played at the Hawthorns and Peter Beardsley's side found the surroundings to their liking, netting three times in a nine minute first half spell.

Kyle Cameron struck first on fourteen minutes, playing a 1-2 with Callum Smith before curling in a great effort from the left hand side of the box.

Cameron then turned provider six minutes later, sending over an excellent cross from the United left for Luke Charman to coolly beat Baggies 'keeper Alex Palmer. 

And it was 3-0 midway through the first half when Callum Smith's centre reached Craig Spooner, who smashed his shot home for a first goal at this level.

The interval was reached without any further scoring as Albion tried without success to reduce the arrears - intermittent showers giving way to heavy rainfall.

With Stefan O'Connor and Owen Bailey on for fellow defenders Curtis Good and and Jamie Sterry, United almost grabbed a fourth goal after 52 minutes.

However Charman's flicked header just missed the angle of the bar and post, after Dan Barlaser lifted his free kick goalwards.

The Newcastle goal was threatened on 64 minutes as Kyle Edwards made his way forward and created a chance with a mazy run - only to curl his side-footed effort narrowly wide of the target.

The blue-clad Magpies did make it four though with 15 minutes remaining, when another Barlaser free kick was played into the Albion box from the left and headed in by Owen Bailey for his first competitive reserve goal.

Team: Harker, Sterry (Bailey 46), Cameron, Hunter, Yarney, Good (O'Connor 46), Spooner, Barlaser, Charman (Gallacher 77), L.Smith, C.Smith.
Subs n/u: Woolston tbc, Sangare.

(The teamsheet listed Paul Woolston as starting, but Nathan Harker played the full 90 minutes). 

WBA: Palmer, Soleman, Melbourne (McCourt 65), Chambers, O'Shea, Jameson, Clayton-Phillips (Azaz 55), Bradley (Ferguson 75), Morton, Roberts, Edwards. 
Subs n/u:
Pierce, Przybeck.

Booked: Bradley, Edwards.

Referee: Peter Wright.

Crowd: 224.

Toon duo recalled

A 39 man preliminary squad for World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia has been announced by Ireland, with Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark included.

The Magpies pair last featured for Ireland back in 2016 - Rob's appearance against Slovakia in March curtailed when he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Clark meanwhile played in a 1-0 victory against Austria in Vienna last November but sat out a qualifier against Wales in March due to injury.

PS: Former Magpie Daryl Murphy is also in the squad.

Unlikely lads:

Old boys on the move: 

Gideon Adu-Peprah Cambridge United (trial)
Sam Allardyce left Crystal Palace
Sammy Ameobi
Bolton Wanderers
Vurnon Anita
Leeds United
Sebastien Bassong
Birmingham City (trial)
Gael Bigirimana
Kevin Bond Birmingham City C
Lee Bowyer
Charlton Athletic AM
Titus Bramble
Stowmarket Town
Tony Caig
Bury GC
Ian Cathro
left Hearts
Adam Campbell
Ryan Donaldson
Hartlepool United

Seydou Doumbia
AS Roma to Sporting Lisbon (loan)
Shay Given training with Macclesfield Town
Yoan Gouffran Goztepe Izmir
Stuart Green
Cleator Moor Celtic M
Jonas Gutierrez
Des Hamilton
Eccleshill United AM
Jamie Holmes
South Shields
JJ Hooper
Grimsby Town
Brad Inman
Peterborough United to Rochdale (loan)
Darren Jackson Scotland U19 AC
Peter Lovenkrands
Rangers YC
Lomana LuaLua
South Shields (trial)
Ryan McGorrigan
Blyth Town
Daryl Murphy
Nottingham Forest
Conor Newton Hartlepool United
Gabriel Obertan
Levski Sofia
Alan O'Brien
Chippenham Town
Scott Parker
Spurs Academy C
Matty Pattison
South Shields
Nile Ranger Southend United to HMP venue TBC
John Robertson Inverness CT M
Lubo Satka
DAC 1904
Steven Taylor
Doncaster Rovers (trial)
Steven Taylor
Peterborough United
Haris Vuckic
FC Twente
Mike Williamson
Oxford United
Andy Woodman
left Whitehawk

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

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.

United obtained a 12 month exemption on logistical grounds to the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Wed 23.08.2017 Nottingham Forest (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. League Cup Second Round. Public sale now.  Advance sales: £10 adults, £5 concessions. Matchday sales: £20 adults, £10 concessions. Lower bowl only available initially.

Fri 25.08.2017 U18s v Liverpool (a)
@ LFC Academy, Kirkby. 7pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Fri 25.08.2017 U23s v Middesbrough (a) @ Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 26.08.2017
West Ham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Tue 29.08.2017 U23s v Crewe Alexandra (a) @ Gresty Road, 7.30pm. Checkatrade Trophy tie.

Thu 31.08.2017 Transfer Deadline @ 11pm.

Sat 09.09.2017 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 10.09.2017 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Public sale now. £30 adults, £17.50 over 60s, U16s, NUS. Allocation: tbc. 

Mon 11.09.2017 U23s v Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 16.09.2017 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Mon 18.09.2017 U23s v Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Crawley Town FC, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 23.09.2017 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington. 1pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 24.09.2017 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
@ Amex Stadium, 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Member sale now. £30 adults, £23 OAPs / U21s, £15 U18s. Allocation: tbc. 

Mon 25.09.2017 U23s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 30.09.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 01.10.2017 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details tbc.

Live TV games:

Sun 10.09.2017
Swansea City (a) 4pm
Sun 24.09.2017 Brighton (a) 4pm
Sun 01.10.2017 Liverpool (h) 4.30pm
Sun 15.10.2017 Southampton (a) 4pm
Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) 8pm
Sat 18.11.2017 Man United (a) 5.30pm*

All on Sky except * on BT. 

Sky Sports (126 games)
BT Sports (42 games)

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Thu 12.10.2017
Dec & January
Tue 12.12.2017 February
Thu 25.01.2018 March
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

League Cup (aka Carabao Cup):
United have a bye to Round 2.

R2 w/c 21.08.2017
R3 w/c 18.09.2017
R4 w/c 23.10.2017
R5 w/c 18.12.2017
SF1 w/c 08.01.2017
SF2 w/c 22.01.2017
F Sun 25.02.2018

FA Cup:

United enter in Round 3 - draw will be on or around Mon 04.12.2017.

R3 06.01.2017
R4 27.01.2017
R5 17.02.2017
R6 17.03.2017
SF 21.04.2017
Sat 19.05.2017

Checkatrade Trophy:
United U23s are in Group D and will play three away ties against EFL first teams:

Tue 29.08.2017
Crewe (a) 7.30pm
Tue 03.10.2017 Port Vale (a) 7.45pm
Tue 07.11.2017 Oldham (a) 7.30pm

R2: w/c 04.12.2017
R3: w/c 08.01.2018
QF: w/c 22.01.2018
SF: w/c 26.02.2018
F: Sun 08.04.2018 (Wembley)

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D and will play six ties - facing Swansea City, Burnley and Colchester United both home and away.

Dates and venues of all six ties are tbc.

Premier League International Cup:
United U23s are in Group A and will play three ties as follows: 

Tue 24.10.2017 Sparta Prague (h) 7pm
Wed 15.11.2017 Liverpool (a) 7pm
Tue 12.12.2017 PSV (h) 7pm

Subsequent round dates tbc

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United U23s enter in the Quarter Finals.

First Round
06.12.2017 Quarter Final
07.02.2018 Semi Final
??.??.2018 Final

U18 Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group B and will play three ties against Blackburn Rovers, Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea.

Dates and venues of all three ties are tbc, but ties are scheduled to be staged on:


FA Youth Cup:
United U18s enter at the Third Round stage, to be played on or before 16.12.2017.

Gateshead FC
are offering discounts to current NUFC season ticket holders £10 entry for National League home games (rather than the usual £15).

16 & 17 year old admission £5, U16s £3.

Next four GFC home games:

Mon 28.08.2017 Halifax Town 3pm
Tue 12.09.2017 Chester 7.45pm
Sat 16.09.2017 Aldershot 3pm
Sat 30.09.2017 Boreham Wood 3pm

Metro engineering works:

Sat 12.08.2017 to Sat 02.09.2017:
No trains will run in either direction between South Gosforth and Shiremoor

Replacement buses will operate

Magpie Movers are now on sale to NUFC ST holders, allowing use of public transport across the city three hours before and three hours after competitive NUFC home games.

After being £20 for three seasons, Movers now cost £30 online or £31 by post

Live music @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018 when Ed Sheeran headlines all three nights.

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (exact dates tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

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...

Saturday's Sun claimed we were at home to Huddersfield in a 5.30pm kick-off on BT Sports, rather than away to the Terriers on Sunday in the 1.30pm kick-off on Sky....

(Dave Elder)

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

On This Day in History
21st August

Born Or Died:

1908 Johnny Dryden born, Broomhill.

Outside left signed by Newcastle for £175 from Ashington in September 1932, debuting in a 0-3 home FA Cup loss to Leeds United the following January.

With first team opportunities limited due to the form of Tommy Pearson, May 1934 saw Dryden move on to Exeter City.

Later transfers then saw him appear in the colours of Sheffield United, Bristol City, Burnley and Peterborough United.

Living back in his native Northumberland, Jack passed away in September 1975.

1940 Jimmy Scott born, Falkirk, Scotland.

Right winger whose part in Magpies history is assured, for his exploits in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup campaign of 1968/69.

Joining Falkirk from Denny Rovers, Jim never made a senior appearance for his hometown side before moving on to Bo'ness United and then Hibernian.

In almost a decade at Easter Road, Scott appeared in the Fairs Cup and was called up once for Scotland, against Holland in 1966.

Joe Harvey paid £37,500 to bring Jim to SJP in 1967 and 48 hours after turning 27, he celebrated by scoring on his debut against Southampton at St.James' Park. 

A year later, Scott netted United's first goal in Europe, against Feyenoord and followed it up with three more strikes in that campaign - one in Lisbon, one at home to Rangers in the riot game and one in the final first leg against the Hungarians of Ujpest Dozsa.

Jim also found the net the following season against Porto, before moving on to Crystal Palace in February 1970.

Two years later he returned to Scotland with Falkirk, retiring in February 1974, by which time he'd joined Hamilton Accies.

In later years Jim worked at Aitkens bar in his hometown and greeted many Toon fans who made pilgrimages to meet him and view his Fairs Cup winning shirt on the pub wall.

2009 saw Jim back at SJP with his former United colleagues for the 40th anniversary celebrations of their European success.

1959 Keith Mulgrove born, Haltwhistle. (1977-78)  

Full back who came through the junior ranks at Gallowgate but had to trek to Brighton's Goldstone Ground to make his lone senior appearance, replacing Colin Suggett during a 0-2 defeat in December 1978.

Moving on to play for Barrow, Keith later became a postman in the Tyne Valley. 

1962 Nigel Pearson born, Nottingham.
(2006-08 Coach, Ctkr Mgr)

As a player, Nigel was a no-nonsense centre half for Heanor Town, Shrewsbury Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough before becoming Carlisle boss in 1998.

Coaching at both Stoke City and West Brom, Pearson was appointed as Glenn Roeder's number two in October 2006, following the dismissal of former assistant Kevin Bond.

Taking caretaker charge of the last game of that season at Watford following Roeder's exit, Pearson remained at SJP under Sam Allardyce - once again taking caretaker charge when another vacancy appeared.

Two games under his charge saw Newcastle beaten 6-0 at Old Trafford before a 4-1 home win over Stoke in the FA Cup on the night Kevin Keegan returned to the club.

Pearson duly departed from SJP within a few weeks and after a brief spell in charge at Southampton, was appointed Leicester City boss in June 2008.

Under his guidance, the Foxes secured promotion from League One and Pearson found himself up against Newcastle in the Championship, before making a switch to newly-relegated Hull City in summer 2010.

Despite a reasonable record at the KC Stadium though, he resigned for "personal reasons" in November 2011. A return to Leicester City then quickly followed - after Milan Mandaric had sold the Foxes to new owners.

Promotion was achieved with comparative ease in the 2013/14 season and Pearson signed a new contract as his side returned to the top flight.

The Foxes seemed destined for a swift return to the Championship but Pearson managed to guide them to safety with seven wins out of the last nine games at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Media claims of his sacking in February 2015 were premature, but following some tetchy exchanges with pressmen Nigel exited in late June - the emergence of a sex tape featuring his son (a City player) filmed during Leicester's club tour of Thailand seemingly the final straw.

Linked with a variety of vacant jobs from that point onwards, May 2016 found Nigel interviewed by newly-relegated Aston Villa over their position, only to then appear as Derby County's new manager.

However, that proved to be fairly disastrous and following disputes with the club he exited during October 2016.

1992 Haris Vučkić born, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2009-17)

16 year-old forward signed from Slovenian side NK Domzale for an undisclosed fee in 2009, debuting within hours for the U18s in an FA Youth Cup loss at Manchester City.

Two weeks on and Haris was back in the North West with Newcastle, scoring the winner against Blackburn Rovers reserves within three minutes of arriving as a sub.

By the end of that season he'd added two more goals to his reserve tally and also appeared in the Senior Cup Final win over Ashington. A youth tournament in Italy then saw Vuckic in prolific scoring form.

Netting four times for the reserves in pre- season games,
Haris was promoted to the first team for visit of Huddersfield Town in the League Cup that August and made two further appearances in the Championship.

Two months later however, he sustained an ankle injury while on international duty and was sidelined until April 2010.

Marking a return to reserve team football with a goal against Huddersfield Town, Haris ended the season with a brief cameo in United's final Championship game, at QPR.

Featuring in first team friendlies ahead of the 2010/11 season, Vuckic played in three League Cup ties before further ankle trouble led to a further six month absence. 

Signing a new five and a half year deal in early 2011, Alan Pardew then included him in a senior pre-season tour of the USA. 

Netting against Columbus Crew and then at Leeds, Haris went on to make five further first team appearances for United but was again sidelined after dislocating a finger against Fulham at SJP a month later.

Joining Championship side Cardiff City on loan in February 2012, Vuckic played five times for the Bluebirds and scored once before injury saw him return to Tyneside.

Preparations for the 2012/13 season then saw Haris feature in all eight of Newcastle's pre-season friendlies, scoring in a penalty shootout against Olympiakos in Portugal and during a victory at Hartlepool.

However, he failed to make the squad for United's season opener against Spurs and instead netted once as the reserves beat the Cockerels 6-4 on the same day.

Coming off the bench to score his first senior goal in a Europa League tie at home to Atromitos, a knee injury sustained in a reserve game at Aston Villa in October 2012 yet again ended his season prematurely.

Back to fitness ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, Vuckic marked his return by scoring after just eight minutes of his comeback in a friendly at Motherwell.

Training with Bradford City ahead of a possible loan move, instead a switch to League One side Rotherham United along with James Tavernier followed.

Managing four goals in 26 league and cup games as the Millers gained promotion, Haris frustratingly spent much of his time on the bench but did feature in a Wembley playoff final success over Leyton Orient.

Inheriting Shola Ameobi's 23 squad number ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, Haris played in six of United's eight pre-season games but stayed firmly on the fringes of the squad with his future uncertain.

A first Premier League outing since 2011 came in the final minutes of a 1-3 loss at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, before a much altered lineup for a 0-1 FA Cup defeat at Leicester saw him start

One of five players loaned to Rangers in February 2015, he scored nine times in 24 league and cup games but failed to help them win promotion to the SPL.

Returning to United, Haris began the next season back in the U21 side and scored in their opening league game before departing on a season-long loan to Wigan Athletic.

And although he collected a League One Championship medal with the Latics, Vuckic was never a regular starter and found the net on just two occasions.

Back at SJP for the 2016/17 season - the final one of his contract - Haris was loaned to Bradford City for half a season before returning to Tyneside and making a handful of reserve team appearances.

Linking up with FC Twente for a brief trial, he then signed a permanent contract with the Dutch side once becoming a free agent.

A Slovenian U17 international when moving to United, selections at U19 and U21 level soon followed, with a first full cap coming against Scotland in February 2012 - two years after his initial call-up.


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What Else?

1948 Everton (a)
Division One 
Walker(16), Lowrie(18,62)
Heavy rain and high rains greeted what the Evening Express called "a strong contingent of Geordie supporters" at a memorable season-opener.  

Colin Gibson debuted as United played their first top flight match since 1934.

1954 Arsenal (a) 
Division One 
Davies, R.Mitchell 2
United began the season with their first victory at Highbury in five visits.
Newsreel footage is online here

1965 Nottingham Forest (h) 2-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
Suddick, McGarry
scorers tbc 
Newcastle named their first substitute for a league game, but Albert Bennett wasn't called on. Elsewhere in the league, the first substitute to be used was Keith Peacock (Gavin's dad) for his club Charlton, away at Bolton.

1968 Chelsea (h) 
Division One 
Gibb(48), Robson(55,79)
Tambling(11), Birchenall(29)
Those United fans who hadn't journeyed to Hillsborough or Turf Moor got their chance to assess Joe Harvey's latest purchase on his home debut. 

Tommy Gibb didn't let them down with a 25 yard drive which began a fight back from a 2-0 deficit, caused by Bobby Tambling and Alan Birchenall.

Harvey later said, "That was the lifeblood of soccer, that was entertainment. It had everything - a brilliant second half show that matched anything I have known."

1971 Liverpool (h) 
Division One 

Macdonald (26pen,44,67

Hughes(11), Keegan(75)

A stunning home debut for Joe Harvey's new acquisition from Luton gave Supermac instant hero status. John Toshack had a goal mysteriously disallowed and Tommy Smith a penalty saved by Iam McFaul that would have given the visitors a half-time lead. 

But United went up the other end and Macdonald got his second. The hat-trick was complete after the break and Supermac left the field concussed after colliding with Ray Clemence, almost grabbing a late fourth.
Youtube footage is online here

1974 Sheffield United (h) 2-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Macdonald(52), Burns(58) 
Eddy(36pen), Speight(88)
In only his second league game for the Magpies, Glen Keeley was the villain of the piece when his foul on Steve Cammack allowed Keith Eddy to convert a first half penalty.

And after his side had fought back to take the lead, Keeley's late rick presented the ball to Micky Speight and he shot past Willie McFaul to ensure the points were shared.

1976 Derby County (h) 
Division One 
Hudson(7), T.Craig (pen78)
Nish(18), George(51) 
Fun and games on the first day of a new season as United took an early lead when Rocky Hudson latched on to Alan Gowling's header and shot home.

The Rams recovered to lead 2-1 through David Nish and Charlie George before Colin Todd gave away a penalty for pulling down Gowling in the area.

Tommy Craig converted and the Rams lost the plot, George dismissed for lashing out at John Bird and Archie Gemmill earning a booking for kicking Irving Nattrass.

Loutish Leighton James was also lucky to stay on the field and was lectured by a Police Sergeant in the tunnel after full time! 

1978 Peter Withe joined United in a £200K transfer from Nottingham Forest.

Despite failing to add to his Championship medal at Forest (and the  European Cup later at Aston Villa) though, the scouser was a worthy wearer of the number nine shirt at SJP and the best header of the ball we had until Sir Les strode into Toon.

1979 Preston North End (a) 0-1 (0-0)
Division Two 
The opening away game of the season and a late spot kick conversion by scouser Eric Potts made sure United left Deepdale pointless. 

The brief trend for issuing tabloid newspapers instead of a match programme resulted in a rather raggy effort for this game.

1982 Maritimo (Portugal (a) 
The second and final match of Newcastle's pre-season visit to the island of Madeira was a 3rd/4th place playoff in a four team event.

With manager Arthur Cox back in England as the signing of Kevin Keegan was completed, coach Tommy Cavanagh took charge of the Magpies. 

1985 Luton Town (h) 2-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Nwajiobi(33), Harford(48)
The turning point in this game proved to be a penalty save by Martin Thomas from Gary Parker that stopped the Hatters from going into a 3-0 lead.

Peter Beardsley and Glenn Roeder then beat Andy Dibble in the Town goal to earn a share of the points on a night when winger Ian Stewart made his Magpies debut.

1993 Manchester United (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Premier League 
Cole (70)
Giggs (40) 
After Ryan Giggs had scored for the home side, our first ever point in the Premier League was secured by a neat finish from Andy Cole at the Stretford End.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Leicester City (a)
Premier League 
Cole(51), Beardsley(58), Elliott(75)
Debuts for Philippe Albert and Marc Hottiger live on Sky. Shortly after saving a penalty, Pavel Srnicek was sent off after tripping Joachim and was replaced by the lumbering Mike Hooper. Peter Beardsley was led from the field after smashing his cheekbone again.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Wimbledon (h)
Premier League 
Batty, Shearer 
A wonderful lofted shot from David Batty and a trademark free kick from Alan Shearer gave him his first goal for Newcastle, although he had netted from the penalty spot in a pre-season kickabout against Lincoln City.

1999 Wimbledon (h)
Speed(7), Domi(28), Solano(46pen)
Hughes(44), Ainsworth(68,90)

Rob Lee (out of favour) and Alan Shearer (suspended) looked on as future Magpie Carl Cort appeared for the Wombles and Ruud Gullit's side let in two late goals to heap more pressure on him. match report

2000 Jamie Coppinger and Shola Ameobi scored the goals at Kingston Park as United's reserves drew 2-2 with Boro.

2001 Troyes (France) (h) 
Intertoto Cup Final 2nd leg
Solano(2), Ameobi(65), Speed(70pen), Elliott(90)
Leroy(25), Gousse(28), Boutal(47,61)
An incredible night on Tyneside. Nobby Solano scored early on but two goals in three first half minutes for the French side left us in trouble. It seemed all over when Boutal scored twice to make it 1-4 with less than half an hour to go. 

Shola Ameobi reduced the arrears and then won a penalty which Gary Speed just about converted. Robbie Elliott's last minute header then put United on the brink, but a dramatic injury-time winner never came and Troyes held on to claim a UEFA Cup spot. match report

Youtube footage is online here

2004 Tottenham Hotspur  (h) 0-1 (0-0)

A fitting end to an awful week as our unbeaten home record for the whole of 2004 was surrendered to a side who had been humped 4-0 at SJP the previous December.

Kieron Dyer's substitute appearance was greeted with sporadic boos but most fans were more worried about the plight of team than Dyer, as United toiled to equalise Timothée Atouba's solo strike. match report

2006 The Belgravia Group confirmed that it was looking at the possibility of acquiring Newcastle United Plc, following press speculation that the Jersey-based investment firm was on the verge of making a bid.

2009 The deadline came and went with no announcement from NUFC about local man Barry Moat taking over the club. A revised deadline of Monday 24th August was then supposed to see United make a formal utterance, but the bid died a death.

Midfielder Mehdi Abeid completed a permanent move to Greek side Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee.