brought news of some changing circumstances for a trio of former Magpies:
Nile Ranger appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in London in connection
with an online banking fraud, receiving an eight month custodial sentence.
Sam Allardyce quit his position as Crystal Palace manager, saying that "I
have no ambitions to take another job." Can you put that in writing?
Joey Barton was formally released by current club Burnley, in the wake of
his 18 month ban from all football activities for betting rule breaches.
Hard on the heels
of his well-received play Hadaway Harry, the latest offering from local
writer Ed Waugh recounts the incredible story of the North East's first music
hall superstar, Ned Corvan.
Born in 1827, Corvan grew up on Tyneside and found fame as a professional
singer-songwriter and comic starring in music hall variety shows of the
Mr Corvan's Music Hall premieres this Thursday at Durham's Gala Theatre*, touring until June 10th and
calling at New Hartley, South Shields, sunderland*, Whitley Bay*, Hartlepool,
Stanley, Berwick and Gateshead* (*Extra matinee shows).
We had a pair of tickets for the Sage shows up for
grabs - and asked which former Newcastle footballer was honoured with a blue
plaque in the city during 2013, as Ned Corvan was in recent weeks.
The answer we sought was Colin Veitch and from correct answers Andy
McCabe was selected as our winner - thanks to everyone who entered.
Before what is
anticipated to be a busy close season of transfer activity, here's a recap on
Newcastle's current squad - limited to anyone still on the books who has
played a competitive senior game for us:
Contract expiring imminently (5):
Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka.
Jesus Gamez, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul,
Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy.
Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame.
Adam Armstrong, Karl Darlow, Siem De Jong, Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles,
Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Emmanuel Riviere, Jamie Sterry.
Rolando Aarons, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Achraf
Lazaar, Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels, Jonjo Shelvey,
Dan Barlaser (signed in 2015)
Paul Dummett (signed in 2016 tbc)
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (signed in 2016)
Stuart Findlay (signed in 2016)
Callum Roberts (signed in 2015)
Ivan Toney (signed in 2015)
Christian Atsu - status tbc
Florian Thauvin - status tbc
Non-first team (3):
Tom Heardman (2017 tbc)
Alex Gilliead (2018)
Freddie Woodman (2020)
confirmation that the mackems were once again in the market for a new
manager, following the resignation of David Moyes.
The 54 year-old Scot flees the dark place after ten months of purgatory -
refusing compensation in his haste to depart, rather than wait to be sacked.
Surely there is now only one man for the red and white hot seat, having been
out of a job since his previous club Crystal Palace jettisoned him last
December and appointed Big Sham in his place....
Step forward (with a little dance)...Alan Pardew
the success of "Touching Distance" and "Tunnel of
Love", local writer Martin Hardy returns with his third
Newcastle United book on June 5th.
Written with the co-operation of Rafa Benitez,
"Rafa's Way" departs from the usual bland 'story of a season'
format to chronicle the revival of a club on and off the field during our
Championship gap year.
The book also features exclusive interviews with Matt Ritchie, Jamaal
Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Rob Elliot.
Author-signed copies are available to pre-order now online
here for £19.99 including UK p & p (delivery charges apply to
Young Lions held
Having kicked off their their
World Cup campaign with a 3-0 success over Argentina Saturday, England U20s
had to be content with a 1-1 draw against Guinea in their second group game on
Armstrong retained his place in the starting lineup and completed 81
Freddie Woodman dropped down to the bench in Jeonju.
Paul Simpson's side remain top of Group A ahead of the Argentina versus South
Korea game later today, with England's third group game against the hosts South Korea
in Suwon on Friday
The 24 team tournament then runs through to the final on Sunday June 11th.
PS: England U17s were beaten in the UEFA U17
European Championship Final in Croatia on Friday.
With Newcastle defender Lewis Gibson retaining his starting place, the
young Lions looked on course to claim the title when leading Spain 2-1 in
However their opponents levelled during six additional minutes and the tie
then went straight to penalties.
Sadly England lost 1-4 in the shootout, with Gibson not called into action to
take a kick.
Toon pair sit it out
confirmed their squad selection for their World Cup Qualifier against England
at Hampden Park next month - and as expected, Newcastle duo Matt Ritchie and
Grant Hanley miss out through injury.
Midfielder Ritchie missed the last two games of the season after undergoing a
hernia operation, while defender Hanley didn't play again after the loss at
Ipswich due to an unspecified ailment.
Fitness concerns also forced Hanley to withdraw from Scotland's squad for
their most recent internationals back in March.
Ireland (Rob Elliot, Daryl Murphy):
Thu 01.06.2017 Austria (h) WCQ
Uruguay (h) FR
Mexico (n) FR
A knee problem sees Ciaran Clark omitted.
Serbia (Aleksandar Mitrovic):
Wales (h) WCQ
Czech Rep (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017 Estonia (a) WCQ
Sat 03.06.2017 Botswana (h) FR
Thu 08.06.2017 Congo (h) AFCON
Thu 08.06.2017 Ethiopia (h) AFCON
Sun 04.06.2017 Venezuela (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017 Trin & Tob (h) WCQ
Mon 12.06.2017 Mexico (a) WCQ
Sat 01.07.2017 Ghana (h) FR
Sat 08.07.2017 Panama (h) CONCA
Thu 13.07.2017 Martinique (h) CONCA
Sun 16.07.2017 Nicaragua (h) CONCA
Sun 11.06.2017 Serbia (a) WCQ
Northern League success
The North East's stranglehold on the FA
Vase was maintained at Wembley on Sunday, as South Shields beat Cleethorpes
Town 4-0 - the eighth time in nine seasons that a Northern League side has won
A trio of former Newcastle reserves started for the Mariners - Alex Nicholson,
Darren Lough and Carl Finnigan - and it was the latter who broke the deadlock
from the penalty spot just on half time.
A fourth black and white old boy - Michael Richardson - then arrived as a
second half substitute, as Shields finished with a flourish by scoring three
goals in the final ten minutes of the second half.
NL @ Wembley:
2008/09 Whitley Bay 2–0 Glossop North End
2009/10 Whitley Bay 6–1 Wroxham
2010/11 Whitley Bay 3–2 Coalville
2011/12 Dunston UTS 2–0 West Auckland Town
2012/13 Spennymoor Town 2–1 Tunbridge Wells
2013/14 Sholing 1–0 West Auckland Town
2014/15 North Shields 2–1 Glossop North End 2015/16 Morpeth
Town 4–1 Hereford
2016/17 South Shields 4-0 Cleethorpes Town
and Sunday saw St. James' Park play host to the Rugby League Magic Weekend
for the third successive year, with six league games
featuring all twelve Super League sides staged.
And the highest Sunday turnout on
Tyneside was enough to push the aggregate attendance for the three years to
The annual event is expected to leave Tyneside in 2018 for a venue tbc, with
the next rugby fixtures at SJP scheduled to be two club Union finals in 2019.
2017 Magic scores:
Widnes Vikings 12-34 Wakefield Trinity
Hull FC 0-45 St. Helens
Wigan Warriors 24-24 Warrington Wolves
Catalans Dragons 10-18 Huddersfield Giants
Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers 29-18 Leeds Rhinos
67,841 (40,871 Sat / 26,970 Sun)
2016 crowd: 68,276
(39,331 Sat / 28,945 Sun)
65,407 (35,361 Sat / 30,046 Sun
Latest fixtures for United's loan players:
(DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda)
Friday night action for
DAC, who drew 1-1 at Tatran Presov in the Slovakian Super League. Lubo was
again absent from the squad - reason unknown.
The Bantams lost 0-1 against Millwall in the League One playoff final at
Saturday, with Alex among the unused Bradford substitutes.
Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts (Kilmarnock)
There was a losing conclusion to the loan spells of the duo on Saturday, as
Killie lost 1-2 at home to Ross County in the
Sean played the full 90 while Callum remained on the bench.
Emmanuel Riviere (Real
With their relegation from the Primera Liga confirmed, Osasuna ended their season
with a 0-5 loss at Sevilla
Riviere was absent - playing
the last of his 15 games for them back in early February and faiing to score
or even finish on the winning side in any of them.
Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
Saivet's spell at Les Verts ended with a 1-3 defeat at AS Nancy on Saturday,
with his final outing from the bench as a 72nd minute substitute.
Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
A 1-0 home win over Bastia on Saturday confirmed a fifth place finish for OM in Ligue
1. Voted player of the season, Thauvin completed the full 90 minutes.
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Sunday saw second-placed BSC win their home game against Champions Basel 2-1,
with Mbabu completing all 90 minutes. The Basel goal came from Magpie loan
flop Seydou Doumbia - his seventeenth this season.
Young Boys have two games remaining - beginning with a trip to Thun on Sunday.
Mbabu's season then ends on Friday June 2nd at home to Lausanne.
While confirmation of Newcastle's senior team programme ahead of the 2017/18
season is awaited, United's second string have been announced as one of four
teams playing in a tournament at Whitby.
The venue is Whitby Town's Turnbull Ground between Thursday July 27th and
Saturday 29th and in addition to ourselves and the Northern Premier League
hosts, U23 sides from Glasgow Celtic and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar will also be
Newcastle will play Celtic on the Thursday night (7.45pm), with Whitby facing
AZ 24 hours later.
Saturday then sees the two losing sides meet in a 1.30pm start ahead of the
final at 5.30pm that day.
Tickets for each game are £10
adults, £6 concessions and £3 children and available online
In classic local newspaper style, the Whitby rag chose to illustrate their
piece with photos of Matt Ritchie and Brendan Rodgers - two people who will
almost certainly not be at the Turnbull Ground in late July....
looking for new clubs include:
Joey Barton (Burnley)
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)
Leon Best (Ipswich Town)
Adam Campbell (Notts County)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) tbc
JJ Hooper (Port Vale)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Conor Newton (Cambridge United)
Gabriel Obertan (Wigan)
Remi Streete (Port Vale)
Mike Williamson (Wolves)
Notts County have offered new contracts to Shola
Ameobi and Alan Smith, while Port Vale are in negotiations with Ryan Taylor.
Royals v Terriers
The two teams that will go head to head at Wembley Stadium this coming Monday, May 29th
for a Premier League place have now been decided.
Following Reading's 2-1 aggregate victory over Fulham on Tuesday, Huddersfield
Town won the all-Yorkshire contest against Sheffield Wednesday in dramatic
style 24 hours later.
Scoreless in the first leg, it finished 1-1 at Hillsborough and after 30
minutes of extra time failed to produce a winner, the Terriers triumphed 4-3
in the shootout.
Ex-Magpie Neil McDonald is back in football, taking charge at League of
Ireland side Limerick ahead of Friday's home game against league leaders
The 51 year-old has been managing and coaching for almost 20 years, since
joining the Preston North End backroom team as his playing career wound down.
Working as a number two at Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace, McDonald's
first taste of managing arrived during 2006 at Carlisle United.
Following a brief spell in Sweden, he then returned to work as assistant
manager at Lincoln City, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers - the latter
reunited with his former Trotters boss Sam Allardyce.
That association continued when the duo took charge of West Ham in 2011,
leaving in 2015 to become the new manager of Blackpool in succession to Lee
After a season at Bloomfield Road, McDonald exited - returning in October 2016
to work for then-Hull City boss Mike Phelan until his sacking in
McDonald's first game in charge didn't go to plan though, reigning champions
Dundalk scoring three times without reply after Limerick had their 'keeper
dismissed in the opening 20 minutes.
the above image starting doing the rounds via social media on Monday morning,
confirmed the design and sponsor details were indeed correct via their own
promotional film online
Next season's home shorts will remain all black, with the hoopy socks replaced
by another retro design of all black with a white turnover. Thankfully shirt
numbers will be red, allowing them to be....read.
The new home kit will go on sale from June 15th and in keeping with
agreed guidelines, junior sizes will be advert-free.
owned gambling company FUN88 have replaced United's previous sponsor
kit Wonga on a three season deal.
This isn't their first foray into Premier League shirt sponsorship, with
Burnley advertising them in the 2014/15 season and wearing kits with their
logo at Gallowgate in January 2015 as shown above.
Confirming the news, the SBC website added:
In celebration of signing the partnership, Newcastle United will be
launching three new social media channels in Asia – WeChat, Weibo &
Dongqiudi – targeting the Premier League’s biggest international fanbase
in China with all the latest club news and exclusive content.
The FUN88 brand is a stable mate of 12BET, whose logo was carried on Hull
City's shirts during their 2014/15 top-flight campaign.
More recently, FUN88 signed with Spurs before the season just ended as their
betting partner in Asia & Latin America.
Related brands TLC Bet and BETEAST have signed up with Premier League clubs as
shirt sponsors at West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively.
And TLC made Asia region betting partnerships with West Brom, Southampton,
smoggies and mackems.