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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 doesnít matter if you are well organised, pressing and working very hard Ė 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 havenít 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
20th August

Born Or Died:

1936 Death of William Agnew, 55.

1990 Death of Bill Curry, 54.


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1920 Blaydon-born Ray Robinson left United to join rivals Sunderland, after losing his place in the first Newcastle team.

1938 Gateshead (h) 
Cairns, Birkett
scorer tbc 



1949 Portsmouth (h)
Division One 
Harris, Clarke, Phillips 
Any travelling fans from Hampshire who missed this one would have been kept waiting until November 2007 for another Pompey victory on Tyneside.

1955 Sheffield United (h) 
Division One 
Davies 2, Hannah, Keeble
Waldock, Ringstead
The win was achieved without Bobby Cowell - injured in a post-season friendly - and subsequently forced into retirement.

1960 Preston North End (a) 3-2 (1-1)
Division One 
White 3
Sneddon 2 

Liam Tuohy debuted at outside left, having recently joined in a £9,500 deal from Irish side Shamrock Rovers.

1966 Aston Villa (a) 
Division One
An injury to first-choice left back Frank Clark saw Joe Harvey hand a league debut to Ron Guthrie.

1969 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One
Winger Jimmy Smith made his first appearance when coming off the bench to replace Benny Arentoft.

1975 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
The visitors enjoyed a half time lead thanks to an Alan Gowling own goal, but total domination from United thereafter could only produce an equaliser when Macdonald's shot went in off 'Boro's ex-Mag John Craggs.

1977 Leeds United (h) 
Division One 
Burns(9), Kennedy(25,90)
Hankin(21), Lorimer(49pen) 
After this opening day win, Dickie Dinnis led his side to eleven consecutive losses.

1980 Notts County (h) 
Division Two 
Following an opening day defeat at Hillsborough, United salvaged a point at Gallowgate the following Wednesday night. 

Recalled here

1983 League of Ireland (h) 3-0

Keegan(12), Waddle(50,56)
The opening home game of the season gave supporters a chance to watch football through a security fence for the first time, this measure having been erected in the summer. Chris Waddle's two second half goals were both from close-in - a header and a toe-poke on the line.

1984 Gateshead (a)
Waddle(47), Ryan(80) Beardsley(
United crossed the Tyne to provide opposition in a joint Testimonial for Bob Topping and former Magpie favourite Terry Hibbitt.

Guesting for Gateshead was Terry's brother Kenny, who got on the scoresheet.

1991 United midfielder Billy Askew appeared before magistrates, charged with a public order offence after police had been called to a disturbance in Chester-le-Street town centre. He was fined.

1994 16 year old Paul Brayson scored eight goals, as Newcastle Juniors overcame their Hartlepool counterparts 10-1 at Durham University. 'Pools had taken the lead!

1997 After a one-season absence, Newcastle returned to the Pontins Reserve league, albeit in the Third Division. Their opening fixture was an uninspiring 0-0 stalemate against Hull at Boothferry Park.

1997 International call-ups saw Magpies new boys Jon Dahl Tomasson in World Cup Qualifying action for Denmark (lost 0-3 in Sarajevo to Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Shay Given for Ireland (0-0 at home to Lithuania).

18 year-old Bjarni Gudjonsson stole the show however, netting his first senior goal on his second appearance for Iceland - as they won against Liechenstein. 

2000 Manchester United (a) 0-2 (0-1)

Johnsen(19), Cole(68)
Future and former Magpies were on target for the home side at Old Trafford. match report

2001 United's U19s recorded a 9-1 friendly win at Ponteland. Michael Chopra and Richard Offiong both got hat-tricks, with Joe Kendrick and Chris Moore also scoring. 

The other youngster on target was Peter Pan himself, Peter Beardsley....

2002 The Reserves entertained their Middlesbrough counterparts at Gateshead International Stadium and took a 2-1 lead after Joseph Job gave Boro an early lead. 

Christian Bassedas equalised before Shola Ameobi put us in front only for Job to get his second in the last minute to make it 2-2. match report

2003 Two goals from striker Calvin Zola helped us to a fine 4-2 win against Everton Reserves at Southport's Haig Avenue.

Wayne Rooney equalised Zola's first but a second for Zola restored United's lead and Michael Chopra then raced into the box and slotted home to make it 3-1.

But back came the Toffees and Rooney again converted a fantastic effort, before Phil Cave topped a fine night for United with an even more spectacular 35 yard lob. match report

2005 West Ham (h)

(later rescinded)


Having returned from Highbury pointless but with some positives taken from a battling display, Newcastle once again revealed themselves to be incapable of playing offensively on their own ground.

Despite finishing a man short, Alan Pardew's Hammers side were rarely troubled by the home side, for whom midfielder Lee Clark made a second senior debut. match report

2006 News reports claimed that Obafemi Martins was on Tyneside for transfer talks, with Italian sources suggesting that a deal between with Inter Milan had been struck, valuing the striker at Ä16m (£10.9m).

Meanwhile Inter gave the reason for the striker's non-appearance at their Spanish pre-season training camp as 'flu - although that may have been flew....

2009 Everton seemed certain to sign Magpies defender Steven Taylor, according to Sky's "well-placed sources". Well-placed up their own jacksies as it turned out....

2011 mackems (a)
Premier League
Bardsley(89 - second yellow)

Ryan Taylor rifled home a stunning free-kick (over the wall) to give United three fantastic points - despite the best efforts of "England's" Howard Webb.

The much-praised whistler missed a blatant handball by Sebastian Larsson from an early Joey Barton header that should have been punished with a penalty and a red card.

Tempers spilled over at times and there were players from both sides lucky to stay on the pitch but mackem pair Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley could have ended up in jail with some of their assaults.

Webb finally lost patience with the latter in the dying minutes and issued a second yellow card to round off yet another memorable trip to the dark place. match report

2012 Alan Pardew was charged by the FA with misconduct, following his shove of the linesman during the home match with Spurs.

2013 Manchester City (a)
Premier League

Silva(6), Aguero(22), Toure(50), Nasri(75)

A miserable Monday at the Etihad, as United offered little in their opening game of the season - save for the brainless antics of Steven Taylor who was deservedly dismissed.

Yohan Cabaye didn't feature as his alleged move to Arsenal loomed closer, while a lack of inbound transfer activity saw away fans urge their side to "spend some f*cking money", as Paul Dummett debuted. match report