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Saturday 29th October
Kick-off 3.00pm
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EFL Cup Fourth Round
St. James' Park
Tuesday 25th October

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Ticket news:
Cardiff (h) Public sale now
Leeds United (a) ST holder sale (
Blackburn Rovers (h) Member sale now

EFL Cup:
Tigers task

Wednesday night's EFL Cup draw handed Newcastle a trip to Premier League side Hull City on or around Tuesday November 29th:

Quarter Final Draw:

Arsenal v Southampton
Hull City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Leeds United
Manchester United v West Ham United

And although that pairing ended a run of five home ties in the competition for United, it sends them to a venue where they're yet to lose in four competitive visits:

Toon @ KCOM Stadium:

2014/15 won 3-0 Cabella, Ameobi, Gouffran
2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)

(We also won 4-0 there in a friendly back in 2003 but were beaten 0-1 in another kickabout during 2007).

The tie will come between a home Championship game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 26th and a Friday night visit to Nottingham Forest on December 2nd.

The Tigers meanwhile will host us between a Saturday Premier League home fixture against West Bromwich Albion and a trip to Boro the following Monday.  

We've met Hull once before in the League Cup, when goals from Des Hamilton and Ian Rush saw us advance 2-0 at Gallowgate in October 1997.

Mike Phelan's side (with ex-Magpie Neil McDonald now assisting him) got to this point via away wins at Exeter City (3-1), Stoke City and Bristol City (both 2-1).

The tie sees Momo Diame returning to the club he left in August, where he should get a reasonable reception - by virtue of scoring the goal that got them promoted.

Diame's final competitive game for City saw him net in a 1-0 play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley back in May.

Fellow Magpie Isaac Hayden also spent last season on loan at City, while former Toon reserve Greg Olley has made one appearance for Hull so far this season.

This will be our eighth Quarter Final appearance and aside from beating Notts County en route to Wembley back in December 1975, we've always bowed out: 

League Cup Quarter Final Record:

1974/75 Chester City (h) drew 0-0
1974/75 Chester City (a) lost 0-1 (replay)
1975/76 Notts County (h) won 1-0
1995/96 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
1997/98 Liverpool (h) lost 0-2
2001/02 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Chelsea (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Spurs (a) lost 0-4

PS: No current Magpie has ever scored for us in a League Cup Quarter Final tie - the only goal we've managed to date was a Notts County own goal.

Fourth Round results:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Arsenal 2-0
Bristol City 1-2 Hull City
Leeds United 2-2 Norwich City (3-2 on pens)
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
Newcastle United 6-0 Preston North End

Wed 26.10.2016:
Manchester United
1-0 Manchester City
Southampton 1-0 mackems
West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea

Hat giveaway

Local merchandisers Spirit of 69 have expanded their range of headwear for the Mag about town, this time harking back to United's 1980s grey away kits. 

"The Pedro" is available now online here priced at 22.50 including UK delivery and we have one up for grabs in another free-to-enter reader competition.

To be in with a chance of winning, identify who is sporting our change kit for a game at Southampton back in August 1985.

Email your entry to with a subject of Hat by 9pm on Wednesday November 2nd.

One entry per person please, open to UK & overseas entrants.

Leeds (a) tickets

Tickets for Newcastle's trip to Elland Road next month are now on sale to season ticket holders, with an initial threshold of 100 points.

An allocation of 2,764 tickets has been obtained, with adult prices 37 - our costliest away ticket in the Championship this season so far.

Since our last visit to Leeds, away fans have relocated to the southernmost end of the John Charles (West) Stand - to the bottom right of the above photo.

Newcastle exhibition

Newcastle  6  Preston North End  0

Watch the goals online here

Match report


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Preston North End (a)


Saturday sees United face Preston for the second time in five days, as Rafa's side bid for a sixth successive league victory - and their third in a row on the road. 

Kick-off is at an old-fashioned 3pm.

Where: Deepdale PR1 6RU (23,408)
Nearest railway station: Preston (1.8 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 275 miles

The 5,600 travelling supporters are housed behind the goal at the north end of the ground in the Bill Shankly Kop (formerly the Fulwood End aka Spion Kop). 

When: A damp and chilly Monday night in November 2009 saw Kevin Nolan maintain his scoring knack to help United to a 1-0 win they just about deserved.

This our first Saturday visit there since a 0-2 loss during our promotion season of 1964/65.



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Daryl Murphy, Jesus Gamez, Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons and Massadio Haidara are in varying stages of recovery from ailments while Rob Elliot was pictured in full training earlier this week.

Cheick Tiote remains with the squad but hasn't been included in the last six squad.
Jack Colback is a doubt after taking a blow in the face against PNE on Tuesday night that required hospital checks.

Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are all one caution away from suspension.

PNEFC: Alex Baptiste and Marnick Vermijl are both available for this game after being cup-tied. Alan Browne begins his ban following a red card at SJP.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh - a nice short journey for the whistler whose day job is as a referee development officer at the Manchester FA. This is his second toon appointment this season after the 1-1 draw at Villa.


Overseas TV:
 None (tbc)

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle (available worldwide via NUFC TV club subscription service).


Magpies @ Deepdale - Post WW2:

2009/10 won 1-0 Nolan
1980/81 won 3-2 Rafferty, Shinton 2
1979/80 lost 0-1
1978/79 drew 0-0
1964/65 lost 0-2
1963/64 lost 0-3
1962/63 lost 1-2 Hale
1961/62 won 1-0 Woods
1960/61 won 3-2 White 3
1959/60 won 2-1 Eastham, OG
1958/59 won 4-3 Franks, White 3
1957/58 lost 1-2 White
1956/57 lost 0-1
1955/56 lost 3-4 Hannah, White 2
1954/55 drew 3-3 Hannah, Milburn, White
1953/54 drew 2-2 Keeble, Milburn
1952/53 lost 1-2 Brander
1951/52 won 2-1 G.Robledo 2
1948/49 lost 1-2 Taylor

Upcoming Championship Fixtures:

Fri 28.10.2016:
QPR v Brentford (7.45pm)

Sat 29.10.2016:

Barnsley v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton and Hove Albion v Norwich City (3pm)
Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (3pm)
Fulham v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Rotherham United (3pm)
Leeds United v Burton Albion (3pm)
Reading v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Wolves (5.30pm)

Sun 30.10.2016:
Birmingham City v Aston Villa (Noon)

Loan lad:
Super sub!

Having completed 90 minutes of a 4-0 league win over Grasshopper on Sunday, on-loan Magpie
Kevin Mbabu was on the bench for BSC Young Boys on Wednesday, as they faced the same opposition in a Cup tie.

Introduced as a 75th minute substitute with his side 3-0 ahead, he took just two minutes to grab his first senior career goal thanks to a close range volley.

Watch Kevin's goal online here

BSC eventually ran out 5-0 winners to confirm their place in the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Other loans:

Kyle Cameron
(Newport County)
County played their rescheduled home game with Barnet on Tuesday, drawing 2-2 at Rodney Parade. Kyle completed the full 90 minutes.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
A 2-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday included a first goal of 2015 (when he was with Bordeaux) for midfielder Saivet.

See Saivet's strike here

In the starting XI, he collected a first half booking before breaking the deadlock four minutes into the second period and being replaced after 87 minutes.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
It finished scoreless in Paris on Sunday between third placed PSG and OM (who are eleventh) in Ligue 1. Thauvin completed the full game and faced old boy Hatem Ben Arfa when he arrived for the hosts as an 80th minute substitute.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
scored twice from the spot but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-4 at home to former club Northampton in League One on Saturday.

Watch his goals online here

scored twice from the spot but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-4 at home to former club Northampton in League One on Saturday.

Watch his goals online here

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
After sitting out Tuesday's visit of his parent club to Oakwell, the striker returned with the opener in a 2-0 win at Brentford in the Championship on Saturday.

Watch his goal online here

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Haris watched from the bench as the Bantams shared six goals with Sheffield United at Valley Parade in League One on Saturday.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
There was another full 90 minutes for Jamie as City beat Rochdale 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena in League One on Saturday.

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Alex played the full game as the Hatters drew 1-1 at home to Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 2-1 victory at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday.

Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United)
There was no place in the squad for
striker Tom as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at home by Leyton Orient in League Two on Saturday.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
A calf injury meant that Siem wasn't involved as PSV defeated Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 on Saturday.

Also missing from a midweek 1-3 cup defeat by the same side, an MRI scan found nothing untoward and he's now resumed training ahead of a league trip to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Manu's Spanish nightmare shows no sign of easing, with no goals in six appearances since joining Osasuna and now a straight red card in a 1-2 home defeat by Real Betis on Friday.

Arriving as a 58th minute substitute, Riviere reacted badly to a foul by Darko Brasanac and was sent off after 87 minutes.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Sammy played 90 minutes for the Trotters on Monday, as they won 2-0 at Bury in League One - their first league victory at Gigg Lane since 1929.


Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Game tbc

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Game tbc

Senior Cup update

All five First Round ties in the 2016/17 Northumberland Senior Cup were settled within 90 minutes this week as follows:

Tue 25.10.2016:

Alnwick Town 2-4 Heaton Stannington
Ashington 1-2 Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town 3-2 Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield 0-2 Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic 0-2 Team Northumbria

The five victorious sides go into the Quarter Final draw, where they join Newcastle United Reserves, Blyth Spartans and the current cup holders North Shields.

Coverage of that draw is on Wednesday's edition of Football Matters at 9.30pm on the Made in Tyne & Wear TV channel (Sky 117).

Unlikely lads
Two in - one out

Having left his managerial post at Blackpool following their demotion to League Two last May, former Magpie Neil McDonald has a new job in the Premier League.

The 50 year-old Tynesider has been confirmed as an assistant to Hull City boss Mike Phelan, returning to a number two role after similar previous stints at Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Lincoln City, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

Another former SJP favourite found himself in an assistant role on Tuesday, when Wolves ended their 87 day association with Manager Walter Zenga.

The Molineux club have turned to his number two Rob Edwards as interim boss - with Scott Sellars stepping up from U23 coach to assist him in first team matters. 

Leaving his job as Wigan boss on Tuesday though was old boy Gary Caldwell paying the price for just two Championship victories so far in fourteen attempts.

Taking charge in April 2015 following his retirement from playing, 34 year-old Caldwell led Wigan to the League One title last season.

National service 
for youngsters

Lewis Gibson (England U17):
Tue 25.10.2016
Azerbaijan (n) won 2-0 ECQ
Lewis played the full 90 minutes in Buftea.
Thu 27.10.2016 Romania (a) won 3-0 ECQ
Another full shift and clean sheet for Gibson in Buftea.

Sun 30.10.2016 Austria (n) ECQ

Owen Gallacher (Scotland U19):
Tue 25.10.2016 Liechtenstein (n) won 1-0 ECQ
Owen's participation is tbc.
Thu 27.10.2016 Andorra (n) won 1-0 ECQ
Owen's participation is tbc.

Sun 30.10.2016 Israel (n) ECQ

Cottagers on top  

Fulham U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report is online here

Tractor Boys ploughed

Newcastle  3  Ipswich Town  0

Watch the goals online here

Match report


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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.

*NUFC have announced that their members only away ticket policy will be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Fri 28.10.2016 U23s v Hartlepool United (h) @ NUFC Academy, 1pm. Central League Cup.

Sat 29.10.2016 Preston North End (a) @ Deepdale, 3pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 5,600.

Mon 31.10.2016 U23s v smoggies (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 04.11.2016 U23s v Bristol City (a) @ venue tbc, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
Note new date.

Sat 05.11.2016 U18s v Stoke City (a)
@ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 05.11.2016 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Sat 12.11.2016 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 12.11.2016 Martin Hardy "Tunnel of Love" book launch event - details tbc.

Sat 19.11.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) @ Elland Road, 1.15pm. Championship. ST  holder sale now, 100 points. 37 adults, 25 aged 60/disabled/ 16 to 22 years, U16s 18, U11s 9. U16s must be accompanied. Allocation: 2,764. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 21.11.2016 Martin Hardy discusses the writing of "Tunnel of Love" @ Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Tickets free but must be pre-booked via 0191 232 0192.

Mon 21.11.2016 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 26.11.2016 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.11.2016 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale Mon 31.10.2016 (online), Mon 07.11.2016 (in person / by phone).

Mon 28.11.2016 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Date tbc.11.2016 Hull City (a) @ KCOM Stadium, KO tbc. EFL Cup Quarter Final.

Fri 02.12.2016 U23s v Southampton (a) @ Marchwood, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

Fri 02.12.2016 Nottingham Forest (a) @ City Ground, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 03.12.2016 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 05.12.2016 FA Cup Third Round draw. Time tbc. Involves NUFC.

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:

Sun 20.11.2016
Leeds United (a) 1.15pm
Fri 02.12.2016 Forest (a) 7.45pm
Wed 14.12.2016 Wigan Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wed (h) 7.45pm
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3pm

(Live games selected up to and including Mon 02.01.2017).

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Round dates:

w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

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 breaks:
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Nations Cup Finals (Gabon):
14.01.2017 to 05.02.2017,
in Libreville, France Ville, Oyem-Bitam and Port-Gentil. 

A: Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, B.Faso
B: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal 
C: Ivory Coast, Togo, DR Congo, Morocco 
D: Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Mali 

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Telegraph's sports desk may well be terrified, but Mitro wasn't quite that incendiary against PNE:

(John B, Ross W and others)

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

On This Day in History
27th October

Born Or Died:

1942 Death of Jack Dowsey, 37.

1947 Dennis Martin born, Edinburgh.

Winger signed from Kettering Town by West Bromwich Albion, later joining an upwardly mobile Carlisle United - where he scored their last goal in Division One.

Martin arrived on Tyneside in October 1977 at a cost of 40K - one of the few moves soon-to-be-ex-boss Richard Dinnis was able to make in the transfer market.

A goal on his debut at Manchester United couldn't prevent his new side from losing 3-2 and his first home start against Bristol City saw another goal in a 1-1 draw.

However with the team anchored to the bottom of the league, Martin dropped out of the picture after Christmas and by March 1978 had been left for Mansfield Town.

Finishing his playing career at Kettering via a spell out in Denmark with Fremad Amager (near Copenhagen). He then settled in Northamptonshire, working in insurance.

1962 Death of Willie Bertram, 64.

1972 Lee Clark born, Wallsend.
(1988-97 & 2005-06, Coach 2006-07)

A product of Wallsend Boys Club, midfielder Lee captained England at schoolboy and youth level, netting a hat trick for the former in a 4-1 win over Italy at Wembley Stadium in May 1988. 

Making his reserve team bow aged 15, Clark was handed a senior debut by United boss Jim Smith at Bristol City in September 1990, scoring his first goal at Wolves two months later.

Regularly watched by a Liverpool scout in his early games, Clark blossomed as one of a crop of Tynesiders fielded by manager Ossie Ardiles during his brief SJP reign.

The first of Lee's 11 England U21 caps came against Czechoslovakia in May 1992 alongside future Magpie colleagues Andy Cole and Paul Kitson.

Part of United's 1992/93 promotion winning side, Clark was a valuable squad member in the Premier League, although a perceived lack of scoring prowess saw him unkindly christened "jigsaw" in the United dressing room (ie goes to pieces in the box).

And although he scored the first goal of Kenny Dalglish's toon tenure (during an FA Cup replay win over Charlton at SJP), Clark wasn't favoured by the Scot and joined the mackems that summer, becoming their record signing at a cost of 2.75m.  

Helping the mackems return to the top flight in his second season there, Lee's trip to support Newcastle at Wembley Stadium in May 1999 proved to be memorable - and not for the result, a 0-2 loss for the Magpies.

Donning a T shirt emblazoned with the motto "sad mackem b*stards" and then posing for photos made a return to wearside unwise and he joined Fulham in a 3m deal.

In almost six years as a Cottager, Clark was a popular figure on and off the field, but was afflicted with Achilles injuries in both legs, which restricted his availability.

Released by Fulham in 2005, Lee was then spotted at Newcastle's pre-season training sessions, later rejoining the Magpies on a month-to-month contract. 

Early season injury problems saw him back in the side and he even added one more goal to his Toon tally - a late equaliser at home to the smoggies that kept Graeme Souness in post for a few more weeks.    

His last Newcastle appearance - and in his career - came from the bench in the closing stages of a 1-0 home win over Chelsea during May 2006.

Remaining at the club as part of Glenn Roeder's coaching staff, Clark replaced Tommy Craig as reserve boss when Roeder was appointed permanently.

Retaining that role under successor Sam Allardyce, Clark was reunited with Glenn Roeder in November 2007, becoming his assistant at Norwich City.

After just over a year at Carrow Road however, Clark became a manager in his own right with Huddersfield Town - enlisting Terry McDermott to assist him.

2009 saw him send out the Terriers to face Newcastle in a home friendly, just weeks before the two sides met again at SJP in the League Cup - something that obviously gave him great pride, although he attempted to downplay the occasion in his press call.

The 2010/11 season saw Clark guide Town to third place in the league and victory over Bournemouth to reach the play-off final, losing 0-3 to Peterborough at Old Trafford.

However, he continued their unbeaten league record into the following campaign and celebrated his 39th birthday in the week that the Terriers reached the 40-game mark.

That run eventually spanned 43 games but the Terriers hierarchy were nervous about another promotion campaign faltering, after Clark had convinced them not to sell top scorer Jordan Rhodes.

A dispute with his Chairman saw Lee lose his job in February 2012 but he was soon back in the game when succeeding Chris Hughton at Birmingham City when he joined Norwich.

Bringing in familiar faces Terry McDermott, Steve Watson and Derek Fazackerley to assist him at St. Andrews, Lee persuaded Peter Lovenkrands to join City following his release by Newcastle that summer.

Adding SJP old boy Darren Ambrose, Clark then returned to his former club to loan Shane Ferguson in February 2013, City ultimately ending up in 12th position.

Fergie then returned to City the following season as Lee survived Birmingham's poorest start to a season in 25 years.

City avoided relegation in dramatic fashion but Clark was sacked in October 2014 with Blues once again in relegation trouble.

Amid general surprise, he then swapped one disaster area for another, taking charge of Championship crisis club, Blackpool.

That ended in an inevitable relegation for the Seasiders and Clark's departure from Bloomfield Road in May 2015.

He was appointed Kilmarnock manager in February 2016 and led them to play-off success over Falkirk, preserving their SPL status.

1982 Carl Heiniger born, Belfast

Midfielder who appeared for Newcastle's academy and reserve sides, having started his career as a junior at Manchester United.

After an unsuccessful trial with Bradford City, Carl enrolled as a student at Bath University and played for Team Bath, scoring a fine goal in a televised FA Cup tie against Mansfield Town.

A move to German side Hessen Kassel didn't work out and after a trial with Darlington, Heiny embarked on a grand tour of Northern non-league clubs, including:

Bishop Auckland, Durham City, Seaham Red Star, Newcastle Benfield, Newcastle Blue Star, Workington, Barrow, Lancaster City, Gateshead, York City, Whitby Town, Team Northumbria, Dunston Fed, Consett, Nissan,  Morpeth Town and Durham City.

1986 Matty Pattison born, Johannesburg, South Africa. (2004-08)

Midfielder who joined Newcastle's Academy at the age of 14 and impressed at youth an reserve level, despite a lack of pace. 

His first team debut came in as sub in a pre -season friendly at Celtic in 2004, with our squad weakened by an eye infection - just days before, he'd been on the bench for the reserves at Shildon.

However he then suffered a cruciate injury in training and missed most of that season, before returning to fitness - and then falling victim to the same injury in a youth game.

Another period of rehab followed before he made his senior competitive debut at home to Everton as a late sub, in February 2006.

The United manager in charge that day was Glenn Roeder, and after being appointed as Norwich City manager, he returned to SJP and took 'Patter' on loan in December 2007.

A move to Carrow Road was made permanent the following year and became a Canaries regular, scoring his first senior goal against Nottingham Forest in November 2008.

Matty had made the headlines earlier that year when arrested for drink driving, reportedly waking up after a heavy night and believing he was late for training, jumping into his car while still over the limit.

Unfortunately it was Sunday morning - and although City weren't training, the Norfolk Constabulary were on duty and spotted the player driving erratically.

August 2009 saw the player leave Norwich, moving to Mamelodi Sundowns in his native South Africa, for an undisclosed fee.

When questioned about the move, Matty admitted that he was motivated by the chance of being selected for South African World Cup squad and believed he'd stand a better chance as a home-based player.

However, that failed to happen and despite one international call-up - against Swaziland in January 2010 - Pattison failed to make it into his nation's Finals squad.

By early 2012 Matty was looking for a new club and was reported to be on trial with Dynamo Moscow before turning up at Leeds United and netting during a practice game against Newcastle Reserves.

No contract offer was forthcoming at Elland Road however and after a further stint at Hibernian, Pattison returned to South Africa and subsequently appeared for both Santos and Bidvest Wits.

A further attempt at restarting his career in England then saw Matty appear for MK Dons on trial in 2014. That didn't work out but by October he'd teamed up with former SJP colleagues Adam Bartlett, Craig Baxter, Carl Finnigan and Lewis Guy at Gateshead. 

Failing to inspire a promotion push from the Tynesiders, Pattison left the International Stadium in the summer of 2016 and was signed by Blyth Spartans.


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What Else?

1894 Manchester City (h)
Division Two 
Dickson, Thompson 3, Graham 
Sharples 2, Finnerhan, McReddie

1900 Notts County (h)
Division One 
MacFarlane, A.Gardner 

1906 Preston North End (h)
Division One 
Brown, Howie 

1919 Alnwick Ex Servicemans XI (a)
Hall 5, Hibbert 2, Carr
Scorer tbc
Crowd tbc 

1923 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Seymour, 2, Hampson(pen) 
J.Carr, Cochrane

1928 Sunderland (a)
Division One 
Boyd(20), MacKenzie(48) 
McKay(12,82), Halliday(15,80), Hargreaves(25)
Jack Hill made his United debut, having turned down a move to his first opponents.

1934 Port Vale (a)
Division Two 
Murray, Smith 2 

1945 Blackpool (a)


1951 Portsmouth (a)
Division One 
Reid 2, Phillips 
Newcastle's winless run at Fratton Park continued, but they would return there in the FA Cup the following March and record a memorable 4-2 victory. 

1954 Hibernian (a)
United became the first English side to play under the new Easter Road floodlights.

1956 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One 
Charlton handed a debut to 18 year old Brian Kinsey at outside left, who struggled initially but would go on to become a cornerstone of the Addicks side.

1961 Scunthorpe United (a)
Division Two 
Allchurch, Suddick 
Thomas 2, Brownsword(pen)
Future Magpie Barrie Thomas scored net twice in what was the first league meeting of the two sides - and United's debut at the old Showground (kicking off at 6.45pm on a Friday to boost the crowd).

By the time of the return game on Tyneside some five months later, Thomas was in the Newcastle lineup - and scored.

1962 Swansea Town (h)
Division Two 
Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og 
A third six-goal return for United in sixteen games, after putting half a dozen past the Boro on Tyneside and repeating the feat against Walsall at Fellows Park.

1965 A Newcastle Select XI won 6-2 at Roker Park in  Brian Clough's Testimonial match.

31,000 fans raised 10K for Clough, who sustained a career- ending knee injury in a collision with Bury's former United 'keeper Chris Harker in 1962.

Current Magpies Ollie Burton and Jim Iley were on target, along with guest quartet Ian St.John, Tony Hateley, Colin Dobson and old boy George Eastham.

Clough himself scored both home goals, while Arsenal's George Armstrong played for United.  

Team: Marshall, D.Craig, Clark Burton, Thompson, Iley Armstrong, St.John, Hateley, Eastham, Dobson.

1966 Wyn Davies signed for Newcastle in an 80,000 move from Bolton Wanderers and went straight into the first team for a Tyne -Wear derby within forty eight hours.

1973 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2-0 (0-0)
Division One 
Barrowclough, Gibb 
Midfielder Tommy Gibb marked his return to the Newcastle first team with a goal - and would also find the net in the following two games.

1976 Manchester United (a) 2-7 (1-3)
League Cup 4th Round 
Nattrass(17), Burns(80),
Houston(6), Hill(13,53,67), Pearson(35), Nicholl(47), Coppell(56) 
Altogether now "We hate Man U, 'cos they beat us 7-2." 

1979 Cambridge United (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division Two 
Withe(29), Shoulder(41)
Debut for Billy Rafferty. Programmes that season had a scratch the player's head competition on the front which no-one ever seemed to win....

1982 Leeds United (h)
aet 1-2 (1-1)
(2-4 on aggregate)
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg
og(Saunders)(33), Worthington(71), Butterworth(112), Connor(120)
Highlights of this game were famously shown on the BBC "Sportsnight" that night minus a "missing goal" that the cameras failed to capture while showing a replay of a previous effort.

Newcastle led 2-0 on aggregate when Jeff Clarke scored in the second minute but Leeds scored twice in the 90 minutes to level on aggregate and then twice more in extra-time.
Youtube footage is online here - Part I
Youtube footage is online here - Part II

1984 Watford (a)
Division One 
Beardsley(55), Wharton(70), McDonald(6)
Sinnott(62), Sterling(65), Blissett(87)
After a 5-5 draw at QPR in their previous venture south a month earlier, United shared the points in Hertfordshire.

That was due in part to a penalty save from Kevin Carr, who foiled Nigel Callaghan.

Striker George Reilly was in the Hornets side for this game, but had moved to Newcastle by the time the teams met later in the season.
Youtube footage is here (2 goals only)

1990 West Bromwich Albion (h) 1-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Jim Smith gave a debut to Matty Appleby but United's winless run was extended to four games, after Colin Anderson's equaliser earned Brian Talbot's Baggies a point.

By the time the sides met at the Hawthorns the following May, both had new managers - Ardiles for United, Bobby Gould for Albion. 
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Wimbledon (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Barton(23), Holdsworth(28)
A tie more notable for the non-appearance of Andy Cole than a predictable defeat. 

Lee Clark also missed out after being dropped to the reserves following his weekend bust-up with boss Kevin Keegan at the Dell. Warren Barton netted for the Dons at Selhurst Park.
Youtube footage is online here

1998 Tranmere Rovers (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Dalglish younger (Paul) scored his first Newcastle goal, with senior (Kenny) an onlooker on a damp night at Prenton Park.

1999 Bristol City (a)

Robinson, Coppinger, Beharall
scorers tbc
A Magpies XI provided the opposition in this reserve team kickabout at Ashton Gate, with spectators urged to turn up in Halloween Fancy Dress...trick or treat?

2001 Everton (a)

Bellamy(19), Solano(49), Acuna(86)

A third away win in just five Premier League games for Sir Bobby's side, who moved up to sixth spot as a result.

Former Magpie Pistone was in the Toffees starting XI, with Walter Smith turning to subs Duncan Ferguson and Paul Gascoigne in a vain attempt to find a breakthrough. match report

2004 Norwich City (h)
League Cup 3rd Round

Jenas(2), Ameobi(42pen)

Goals from Jermaine Jenas 
& Shola Ameobi secured our passage into Round Four of the Carling Cup at a blustery SJP.

Former Magpie Darren Huckerby netted from the spot after the break but a defence featuring debutant Ronny Johnsen at the age of 35 years and 4 months held firm. match report

2007 Reading (a)
Premier League
Kitson(53), Long(84)

After the positive feeling that had been engendered by the midweek 3-1 home victory over Spurs, United failed to build on that result against the Royals, who had shown some recent vulnerability.

This was the game when the relationship between boss Sam Allardyce and Toon fans irretrievably broke down. match report

2008 Two quick goals from youngster Sammy Ameobi helped the reserves win 2-1 at Hartlepool in the Central League Cup. match report

2009 NUFC club statement:

Newcastle United are delighted to announce that Chris Hughton has been named the permanent manager of the Club, his contract will run until the end of the 2010/11 season.

Derek Llambias, Managing Director of Newcastle United, said: 

"We are delighted that Chris has accepted the post of full time manager. He has done a terrific job this season and we wish him every success for the rest of this season and beyond. He will continue to receive our full backing and support."

And Chris Hughton added:

"It is a very proud day for me to be named as the manager of this magnificent football club. I thank Mike and Derek for their support and will be doing everything in my power to get the Club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

"Having the unequivocal backing of the players has helped me enormously and I would also like to thank Colin Calderwood, Paul Barron and the rest of the backroom staff who have never been anything but tremendously supportive to me this season."

The statement continued:

"At the same time the Club has confirmed that it has been withdrawn from sale and is no longer on the market."

2010 Arsenal (h)
Carling Cup Fourth Round

og(Krul)(45), Walcott(53,88), Bendtner(83)

The Gunners ended our League Cup hopes for another season at SJP, as they continued their 100% run against us in this competition, registering both a fourth victory and fourth clean sheet with this success. match report

Following the game, the club released this unambiguous statement:

"Chris (Hughton) is our manager, and he'll remain our manager, and we will renegotiate his contract at the end of the year."

We're not sure which year they were referring to, but it all ended for Chris less than six weeks later, following a 1-3 loss at West Brom.

2013 mackems (a)
Premier League
Fletcher(5), Borini(84)

A stuttering display from his side saw Alan Pardew become the first Newcastle manager since Joe Harvey in 1967 to endure back to back Tyne-wear derby defeats.

Steven Fletcher headed home after an early corner wasn't dealt with, but after Mathieu Debuchy levelled with his first goal for the club, disaster seemed to have been averted.

However a
disputed free kick on the halfway line proved to our undoing, future Magpie Jack Colback involved in the move that saw loan striker Fabio Borini smash the ball past Tim Krul to give Gus Poyet his first win. match report

2014 Three mad minutes saw the reserves lose their seasonal unbeaten record at Hartlepool's Victoria Park.

Leading 1-0 through Adam Campbell, United conceded two late goals to nominal home side Middlesbrough - the win taking the Teessiders top of the table ahead of us. match report