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Ticket news:

Gateshead (a) on public sale now

Sacramento (a) SOLD OUT

 

2015/16:
Familiar faces


Wednesday saw the official start of pre-season training for United - although some of those players involved in post-season international fixtures have had their return date delayed.

 

Among those pictured in club publicity photos were Vurnon Anita, Rolando Aarons, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere.

 

"New boy" Jamaal Lascelles was also in evidence along with Sylvain Marveaux, who will doubtless be spoken of "like a new signing" by the start of next month.....

 

With Sammy Ameobi's contractual status unclear, the Magpies have 40 contracted players, 23 of whom appeared for them in the Premier League last season.

Squad arranged by date of contract expiration:

2016 (11):
Mehdi Abeid, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Alex Gilliead, Sylvain Marveaux, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson

2017 (8):
Rolando Aarons*, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Papiss Cisse, Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran, Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote

2018 (2): Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara

2019 (1):
Moussa Sissoko

2020 (3): Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong, Daryl Janmaat

Undisclosed (last contract signed date in brackets) (15): Adam Armstrong (2014), Dan Barlaser (2015), Jack Colback (2014), Karl Darlow (2014), Macaulay Gillesphey (2015), Tom Heardman (2015), Olivier Kemen (2014), Jamaal Lascelles (2014), Ayoze Perez (2014), Emmanuel Riviere (2014), Callum Roberts (2015), Lubo Satka (2014), Liam Smith (2015), Jamie Sterry (2015), Freddie Woodman (2014)

*disputed, with some reports claiming 2016.

 

2015/16:
Heed tickets on sale


United play a warm-up game ahead of their three match tour of the USA when they make the short trip over the Tyne to face Gateshead on Friday July 10th (8pm).

 

Tickets are on public sale now from NUFC with all four sides of the International Stadium opening. Home supporters will occupy the main (West) Stand with Magpies followers allocated the remainder. Gateshead confirm they'll be selling only to their own fans.

 

Prices are in line with GFC league fixtures (but there is no discount for NUFC season ticket holders) and are £15 adults, £10 over 60s, £8 students / 16 & 17 year olds and £3 for accompanied U15s.

 

Purchase online from NUFC, by phone or from the SJP Box Office in the club shop between 10am and 5pm weekdays. Box office open to personal callers only 9am-4pm Sat. 

 

The venue is a regular haunt for our U21s but this visit will be the first time that Newcastle's senior side have faced the Tynesiders since a 4-0 win in 1995 in front of a record attendance of 11,750.

A strong XI featuring Alan Shearer travelled to Gateshead back in August 2002 under the guidance of reserve team coach Tommy Craig, recording an 8-0 victory. 

Steve McClaren's first game in charge is against ex-Boro colleague Malcolm Crosby, who is now managing the National League Tynesiders. McClaren appointed Crosby as reserve team boss at the Riverside Stadium in 2004.

 

2015/16:
Cathro: confirmation 

and comments

 

 

Ahead of his unveiling as Steve McClaren's assistant this week, Ian Cathro has outlined his reasons for taking on the post during an interview with BBC Sport:

"It's a forward step to a different type of football. Not stronger or weaker, different.

"I wanted a fresh challenge and didn't want to just sit it out over there and wait for the right manager's job to come up.

"To come into British football as a manager with no experience of working with English-speaking players is perhaps not advisable anyway so this makes perfect sense.

"Steve (McClaren) coming in has brought a freshness and enthusiasm to get the club back to where it should be and serve the love that exists for it. I'm convinced that it's a club willing to grow and would be comfortable higher in the league. It's now ready to do that.

Asked about leaving a club competing in the Champions League for one struggling to avoid relegation:

"I'm completely comfortable with it. I'm going to watch Valencia in the Champions League and in La Liga and enjoy them playing in wonderful games in great stadiums.

"But I've no fear of missing out because the intention is to go to that level again. If that was with Newcastle, that would be perfect, but if not I'll certainly be back working abroad in the next five to 10 years."

The 28 year-old Scot who has previously held posts at Dundee United, the SFA, Portuguese side Rio Ave left Spanish club Valencia in May as he considered a solo managerial role (speaking to Rangers about their vacancy) and be nearer to his family on Tayside.

 

Cathro's arrival ends a quest that saw Steve Round, Bolo Zenden and Phil Neville all reportedly reject approaches to join the Magpies - with Neville now expected to replace Cathro at Valencia.

The name of Paul Simpson continues to circulate as another possible arrival on the Gallowgate staff, with McClaren's former number two now shown at the door by Derby, along with goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and U21 coaching duo Steve Taylor and Lee Glover.

 

Also surplus to requirements at the Rams is strength and conditioning coach Alessandro Schoenmaker, who also worked for McClaren in both of his spells at FC Twente, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.

 

Having allowed fitness coach Dave Billows to leave SJP just 12 months after replacing Faye Downey, that's an area that the Magpies need to recruit in, amid more speculation that ex-Magpie fitness/motivational coach Steve Black will be offered an as-yet unspecified role by McClaren.

 

Extension:
Come in number 3

 

The Shields Gazette report that Newcastle's Welsh international defender Paul Dummett is set to land an improved contract replacing his current deal that runs through to 2017. 

 

The 23 year-old Tynesider is also predicted to trade in his 36 squad number for a more prestigious berth, with the number 3 shirt vacated by Davide Santon on the cards.

 

Since making his senior bow against Brighton in  January 2013, Dummy has made 51 appearances (41 starts) in all competitions for United, scoring twice.

 

Giveaway:
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Their retro clobber range here is an ideal antidote to contemporary designs and perfect for malcontents like us clinging to the belief we play in black and white stripes.

 

To be in with a chance of winning a shirt voucher, just email us here with the answer to this question, which was inspired by H2O's German suppliers, Grohe.

Which defender whose surname includes the letters that make up grohe was signed from FC Sion by Newcastle United in 1994?


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2015/16:
Here we go again


2015-16 fixture list

The Premier League have announced the dates when live TV selections will be revealed by Sky Sports and BT Sport (see below) with the opening choices already overdue.

Broadcast selection announcement dates:

August/September: on or before June 24th (?)
October/November: July 6th
December: September 17th
January: October 19th
February: November 17th
March: January 5th
April: February 3rd
May: March 23rd

Newcastle's 2015/16 Premier League season will begin at home to Southampton and mirrors last season by also ending at Gallowgate, with Spurs rounding things off.

That opener gives incoming boss Steve McClaren an opportunity to emulate his predecessor Alan Pardew in getting off to a winning start at home, with his side overcoming Liverpool at SJP back in December 2010.

Europa League qualification for the Saints though will result in our opening fixture being rescheduled, Ronald Koeman's side playing the second leg of a Third Round Qualifying tie on Thursday August 6th. 

Similarly, our visit to White Hart Lane on December 12th will be altered as Spurs have a Europa League Group Stage tie on the previous Thursday.

Manchester United's Champions League campaign will begin at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage and our visit there in August comes between that two-legged tie. 

The derby games see us on the road in late October before hosting the unwashed in mid March, while the Premier League have shown mercy on away trekkers by scheduling our longer trips on weekends - although the TV companies may have different ideas....

Our top-flight debut at Bournemouth comes on the first weekend of November, although
the longest road trek we face remains that to Swansea, with the 706 miles to the Liberty and back 12 miles longer than to the Cherries.

Our final scheduled league visit to West Ham's Boleyn Ground before they relocate to the Olympic Stadium comes during September, while United's Boxing Day fixture is at home for only the third time in 14 seasons.

And the final trip of the season sees Newcastle heading for Aston Villa - hopefully in happier circumstances than that fateful visit to Villa Park in May 2009.... 


 

Old boys:
Ex Mags relocate

 

Close season moves include:

 

Demba Ba ( Shanghai Shenhua)

Mark Bertram (Whitley Bay)

Sylvain Distin (Bournemouth)

JJ Hooper (Inverness Caledonian Thistle - trial)

James Marwood (Gateshead)

James Milner (Liverpool)

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
Ben Tozer (Yeovil Town)

Marc Walton (Bedlington Terriers) 

 

Academy:
Milk Cup draw made

 

Newcastle's Academy youngsters will compete in the annual Northern Ireland Milk Cup tournament for the fourth successive year and have now learnt their three group stage opponents.

 

Contesting the U17 Premier Section, United will face Higashi Fukuoka (Japan), Tyrone (Northern Ireland) and Right to Dream (Ghana) with venues and dates tbc.

The tournament opening ceremony is in Coleraine on Sunday July 26th and games begin the following day, running through to the finals on Friday 31st.

 

Play:
One man went to row 

 

 

Just before all that round ball nonsense begins again, local playwright Ed Waugh's tale of Victorian sporting excellence is to be performed across the region. 

As Ed explains: "This is a brilliant story of a true working class hero.

"Harry Clasper was raised in Jarrow and later, as a Durham miner in Hetton le Hole, was involved in the Great Strike of 1831, before becoming a professional rower.

"Set against the background of the industrial revolution and the development of great cities like Newcastle, Harry's is a story of the underdog fighting against all the odds to become a world champion.

"The region can proudly boast sporting greats and world champions like Brendan Foster, Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn, Steve Cram and Glenn McCrory but Harry Clasper was arguably the greatest of them all.

"Sadly being a working class athlete in the Victorian era, his story was never documented. This is a small contribution to once again celebrating the achievement of a Geordie sporting hero."


Tickets for each performance are just £10 and you can see it at South Shields Marine Trust Boathouse (June 29th, 30th, July 1st), North Shields Low Light (July 4th, 5th), Newcastle Discovery Museum (July 7th, 8th, 9th) and Jarrow Bede's World (July 10th, 11th).  

(Performances at Durham Gala Theatre are sold out)

2015/16:
Magpies in the pink



 

This is United's 2015/16 third shirt, first sighted on kit provider Puma's USA website and billed as a "Newcastle Cup replica jersey". 

The full colour ensemble is officially "peacoat, bright plasma* and white" which is identical to the Puma evoPOWER 1.2 football boot unveiled in January. 

 

*pink to you and me.

2015/16:
Pre-season 

 

Having played eight games in preparation for each of the last three seasons, Newcastle have confirmed that their warm-up this time round consists of seven fixtures - two on Tyneside, two in Yorkshire and three in the USA.

Fri 10.07.2015 Gateshead (a) 8pm
Tickets on sale now - all ticket match.


Tue 14.07.2015 Club Atlas (Mexico) (n) 8pm



This game will be staged at Miller Park in Milwaukee, home to Major League Baseball side Milwaukee Brewers. 

This has a grass pitch, although that part of it will be temporary turf due to the shape of a baseball field.

The same venue hosted a game between Swansea City and Mexican side Chivas in 2014. That ended in a 1-1 draw watched by a crowd of 31,237 - around 10,000 below capacity for MLB matches.

Toon Army America suggest NUFC fans buy in section 234 (235 now sold out) which are not currently available to book online. To buy in this area, contact Kelvin at the Brewers on 414.902.4658. $25 plus booking fees. 

Miller Park seating plan

 

Buy tickets online here (not section 234)


Sat 18.07.2015 Sacramento Republic (a) 8pm



The Magpies move on to Bonney Field Stadium in the Californian city of Sacramento. Opened in 2014, the purpose-built soccer ground has an 11,000 capacity and a grass pitch.

Earlier in the week, the same venue will host two games involving the mackems - Sacramentro facing the red and whites
on Tuesday July 14th and Dick dastard and his boys taking on Mexican side Pachuca on Friday 17th.

This game is now a sell out

 

Bonney Field seating plan


Tue 21.07.2015 Portland Timbers 2 (a) 7.30pm

 

United's tour concludes in the Oregon city of Portland at Providence Park. This 20,000 seat venue was rebuilt in time for the Timbers to make their MLS debut in 2011 and has an artificial pitch, laid with the field turf product.

Portland Timbers do compete in the MLS, but despite claims to the contrary, Newcastle will face their B team.

Our visit comes between MLS games on July 18th and 25th and Portland have indicated that they will draft some senior players in to what is otherwise an U23 side.

We've received the following clarification of ticketing arrangements and pricing policy from Timbers:

This match is priced like a standard MLS match and is a part of the Timbers season ticket package so 15,000+ seats are will be occupied by season ticket holders.

The remaining 5,000 seats are on sale across the stadium from $18 (plus booking fees) but there are very few at that entry level price. 

Sections 122 and 223 are for NUFC fans and the usual booking fees will be waived for seats bought here. That makes tickets a flat rate of $37 (223) & $46 (122). 

Order tickets online here (promo code: MAGPIES)

Tickets are sold and emailed as PDFs to be printed at home - online registration required to purchase.

Providence Park seating plan

Providence Park virtual seat viewer


Queries?
 
Contact Pat Rice at 503.553.5442 or price@timbers.com

Sun 26.07.2015 Sheffield United (a) 1pm
A second Steel City outing in as many seasons, but after visiting Wednesday in July 2014, Newcastle will take on rivals United this time for Chris Morgan's Testimonial.

Our last visit to Bramall Lane came in the Championship "gap year", when a 1-0 win was recorded in November 2009 thanks to an own goal from.....Chris Morgan.

Now 37, Morgan is on the Blades backroom staff after playing his last senior game in 2010, coinciding with the arrival of John Carver as a coach - a connection that reportedly resulted in our agreeing to play this game.

Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.

Wed 29.07.2015
York City (a) 7.45pm
Although United we've visited Bootham Crescent for various reserve games in recent years, this will be the first time that the League Two Minstermen have faced the Magpies since a kickabout back in August 1992.

Ticket prices will be £12 adults, £6 concessions. Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.

NB: the mackems are playing a friendly at Doncaster Rovers on the same night as we visit York, which should make for an "interesting" evening on the trains.

Sat 01.08.2015
Borussia Mönchengladbach (h) 3pm
A week before the season starts, United play their sole home pre-season game and will doubtless give the latest NUFC members kit its first - and last - airing.

Although we came up against Schalke 04 last August in Germany, this game will be the first time that Bundesliga opposition have visited Tyneside since Bayern Munich played out a 2-2 draw back in August 2003. 

Our most recent dealings with Gladbach came last season when we took Luuk De Jong on loan. He's since moved on to PSV Eindhoven and rediscovered his goal touch.

Gladbach coach Lucien Favre was previously in charge of Hertha Berlin and led them to a 1-0 win over United in August 2008 during a tournament staged in Majorca. 

A third-place finish in last season's Bundesliga means that our visitors have qualified for the Group Stages of the Champions League and won't begin that until September.

Domestically, Gladbach will be a week behind us in terms of preparation, with their league season not kicking off until the weekend of August 15th.

Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.


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Season 2015/16


The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

 

2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

Online Box Office is available here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?

 

 

 


Newcastle City guide, maps etc

Fixtures:


Tue 07.07.2015 U18s v Corby Town (h) 
@ Little Benton, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Fri 10.07.2015 Gateshead (a) @ International Stadium, 8pm. Friendly. 
Public sale from NUFC now for North, South, East Stands. £
15 adults, £10 over 60s, £8 students / 16 & 17 year olds and £3 for accompanied U15s.


Sun 12.07.2015 to Sat 18.07.2015 U18s (n) Gothia Cup, Sweden (NUFC group includes IFK Göteborg (Swe) IF Brommapojkarna (Swe), ACBB Paris (Fra)

Tue 14.07.2015 Club Atlas (Mexico) (n) @ Miller Park, Milwaukee, 8pm local time (2am Wed 15.07 BST) Friendly. Public ticket sale now from host venue.

Sat 18.07.2015 Sacramento Republic FC (USA) (a) @ Bonney Field, Sacramento, 8pm local time (4am Sun 19.07 BST). Friendly. SOLD OUT.

Tue 21.07.2015 U21s v Whitley Bay (h) 
@ Darsley Park tbc, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Tue 21.07.2015 Portland Timbers 2 (USA) (a) @ Providence Park, Portland, 7.30pm local time (3.30am Wed 22.07 BST). Friendly. Public ticket sale now from home club.

Sun 26.07.2015 Sheffield United (a) @ Bramall Lane, 1pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015  U18s v various teams (n) Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Wed 29.07.2015 York City (a) @ Bootham Crescent, 7.45pm, Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 01.08.2015
Borussia Mönchengladbach (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. 
Ticket details tbc.

Sat 08.08.2015
Southampton (h) @ SJP, Premier League. 
Ticket details tbc. 
NB: Europa League participation for Southampton will see this game rescheduled to Sun 09.08.2015 tbc.

There's no metro service between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08 and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run calling at all affected stations.


NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Tue 01.09.2015
Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Capital One Cup Round dates:

2nd:
w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1:
w/c 04.01.2016
SF2:
w/c 25.01.2016
F:
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd:
w/e of 09.01.2016
4th:
w/e of 30.01.2016
5th:
w/e of 20.02.2016
6th:
w/e of 12.03.2016
SF:
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F:
Sat 21.05.2016

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

Costing £20*, a Magpie Mover allows free travel on public transport in Tyne and wear for three hours before and three hours after each NUFC first team home game.

(Even without any home cup ties, getting to and from 19 Premier League home games by public transport would cost over £87 buying an all zones Day Saver Ticket).

Buy Magpie Movers online here

Applications made by July 31st will be posted in time for Southampton (h).

* Postal sales are available for £21. print form here


Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
None
 
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
None

Talk-ins:

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

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

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

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

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

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

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

  

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2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
 
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On This Day in History
2nd July


Born Or Died:

1920 Laurie Nevins born Gateshead. (1940-47)

Left winger who appeared for the Magpies in wartime football and also played as a guest for Middlesbrough. 

Serving in the Royal Navy as a submariner, Laurie later played league football for Brighton & Hove Albion & Hartlepools United.

1939 Gordon Marshall born, Farnham, Surrey. (1963-68)

Despite hailing from the South East of England, Gordon was brought up in the Edinburgh area and played locally for Balgreen Rovers and Dalkeith Thistle.

Signing for Heart of Midlothian in 1956, he won a Scottish League title medal while at Tynecastle - along with two League Cup winners medals and another loser's gong.

Having appeared for England at U23 level, Gordon moved to SJP ahead of the 1963/64 season at a cost of £18,500 debuting in an opening day home win over Derby County.

Replacing Dave Hollins between the posts - although the Welshman returned for a spell in the autumn of 1963 - Marshall became an integral part of the club's resurgence.

Playing all 42 league games of the 1964/65 promotion season, Gordon remained in the side until dislodged by Iam McFaul in 1968.

Transferred to Nottingham Forest, he was to return to Scotland after a year at the City Ground, signing for Hibernian. 

Later moves took him to Celtic, Aberdeen and Arbroath and Gordon then ran a newsagents and barbers shop in Edinburgh while playing and managing non-league side Newtongrange Star.

His son, Gordon junior, was also a 'keeper and made over 650 appearances in the Scottish Leagues for a various clubs and had a brief loan spell at Stoke City. 

Gordon senior's other son was defender Scott, who played for Arsenal, Brentford and Southampton - with his only senior Gunners goal coming against Newcastle at Highbury in March 1996.

1959 Francisco Ernami Lima de Silva born, Fortaleza, Brazil.(1987-90)

Known to all and sundry as Mirandinha, United paid Palmeiras £575,000 for their striker in August 1987 - who became the first Brazilian to appear in English football.

Mira had played for Brazil during their tour of the UK earlier that year, with Magpies boss Willie McFaul watching him against Scotland and England - and seeing him score against the latter at Wembley.

Paraded on the SJP pitch before the first home game of the season, the prospect of his debut attracted thousands of toon fans to Norwich on a midweek evening - quite why they wore sombreros though has never been adequately explained....

Mira's first goals for the club came in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and he finished that first season as second-top scorer with 12 in all competitions; one behind Michael O'Neill.

However the injury niggles that dogged him continued into the next season and his penalty conversion and celebration in front of the Kop in a rare Anfield victory wasn't enough to keep McFaul in a job.

Openly criticised by incoming manager Jim Smith, a belated resurgence in March 1989 saw Mira score in three successive games, but relegation still followed that season.

What proved to be his final outing for the club came as a substitute at SJP against Luton Town in late April - when he was unable to break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw that was enough to confirm our demotion.

Appearing among fans in the Milburn Stand during the final home game of that season against Millwall, Mira was warmly applauded and distracted many from seeing a fine goal from John Anderson fly into the net.

Sending word from Brazil that he wouldn't be returning to SJP despite having a year left on his contract, Mira rejoined Palmeiras on a loan deal which became a free transfer deal the following year.

Later moves then saw him join Belenenses (Portugal), Corinthians (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil) Shimizu S Pulse (Japan), Bellmare Hiratsuka (Japan) and finally Fortaleza in Brazil, where he finally retired in 1995.

Trying his luck as a coach in Brazil with CENE and Rio Negra, Mira also took charge of the Al-Ahly side in Egypt for a time and coached in Saudi Arabia and at the Kedah FA club in Malaysia. 

2009 then saw him back in Brazil, taking over as the coach of Fortaleza - and telling journalists that he was scouting for his old club at the request of Dennis Wise.

In later years he became stadium manager of the Castelão stadium in Fortaleza and found himself in demand for interviews as the 2014 World Cup approached.

As the terrace song of the era had it, he wasn't from Argentina - but he wasn't f***in' brill either. 

One of the greediest players to wear our colours, his continual pouting and the filthy looks he engendered from alleged strike partner Paul Goddard were often worth the admission fee alone.

Moments of high comedy on and off the pitch also followed as a result of Mira's relationship with team mate Gazza, with the pair once coming to blows in mid-match.

Gazza also "helped" the Brazilian to expand his English vocabulary, resulting in many situations when Mira would innocently unleash a stream of obscenities at fans, journalists and local residents alike...

And players of that era recall going to his house for a party on a sunny day, only to find the host wrapped in warm clothing and with his central heating turned up to max!

However, his greatest moment was probably after the final whistle sounded on a 1-3 home defeat by Wimbledon, when he snuck up behind Wombles 'keeper Dave Beasant, kicked him up the arse and then ran off. 

And if anyone ever gets the chance to snatch a few words with Jim Smith, ask him about Mira and the £17k loan for the pig farm....then stand well back and watch that vein on his head start pumping furiously.

He must have loved him deep down though - bringing Mira's son Ernandes da Silva (also a striker) to Fratton Park on trial while Pompey assistant boss in November 2002.

Interviewed later, Mira claimed that he'd turned down the chance of a return to SJP when Kevin Keegan took over in 1992 - a decision he subsequently regretted. 

"When I look back at my career, Newcastle was my best experience."


 

  
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1950 Newcastle's Jackie Milburn made his World Cup Finals debut for England, against Spain in Rio De Janeiro.

Spain won with the only goal in a tight match, with Milburn unluckily seeing a goal chalked off.

1952 Border Province (a)
10-0
(5-0)
Friendly
G.Robledo 7, Davies, Foulkes, Crowe (pen) 
4,000

1954 England bowed out at the quarter final stage of the 1954 World Cup losing 4-2 to Uruguay in Basle. It was to be the final time United's Ivor Broadis played for his country.

2001 Mick Wadsworth departed from SJP to take up the offer of Assistant to new Saints Stuart Gray. Did he jump or was he pushed? Who knows, but his influence on negative team tactics and poor foreign signings had attracted criticism from fans and the media. 

Bobby was furious that his right hand man had gone and lambasted news reporters in a fiery press call, but few others shed a tear. 

2008 United's first major summer signing was Real Mallorca's Argentinean winger Jonas Gutierrez, aka "Spiderman".

The winger signed a five year deal, but the move prompted a court action by his former club - who failed to agree with the player deeming himself a free agent.

That case was heard in a Palma court in April 2009, with the presiding judge deciding that United had to pay £5m for the player - divided between Real Mallorca and Velez Sarsfield, who owned 50% of Gutierrez.

2011 Newcastle were waiting for a response to their offer for Paris St.Germain forward Mevlut Erding, as the 24 year-old began pre-season training with his club.

2013 The unexpected return of JFK to NUFC as Director of F***all brought more untruths and exagerrations from the man himself:

"Every top club in the land has got one (a director of football). We haven’t – that’s the difference. The manager can’t do everything.

"I’m probably the only football manager to be a director of football. I don’t know any other ex-managers who have (Dennis Wise? David Pleat? Kenny Dalglish?)

"I’ve been a manager for 35 years. I’ve been Manager of the Year. I’ve won every award there is in football as a player
(excluding mere trinkets like a domestic league championship or any individual awards...)

"I think all those qualities put me head and shoulders above every other director of football. 

"Some directors of football have never played the game - I’m lending my experience as a manager for all those years - 10 years at Wimbledon+, two years at Nottingham Forest
#, two years winning promotion at Luton and, of course, almost two years at Newcastle*.

+ in reality, 7 years and 2 months 
# in reality, 10 months
*in reality, 137 days

"I would still be there had it (the heart attack) not occurred.”