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Nottingham Forest 2 Newcastle 1
Dirty Rotten Scoundrel
Referee Steve Martin took centre
stage in a distinctly unfunny comedy with his pathetic performance for the
Sky cameras at The City Ground on Friday night.
During an incredible 19 minutes of first half action, the bungling whistler
awarded two penalties to the home side, dismissed two Newcastle players and
disallowed a perfectly good Newcastle goal - having ignored our earlier spot
kick claim for an obvious obstruction.
Despite the best efforts of Martin though, nine man United left the field with
a 1-0 lead after Matt Ritchie slotted home - thanks in no small part to Karl
Darlow making penalty stops before and after that goal.
Sadly though the loss of Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett ultimately allowed
Forest to claim what was an undeserved and unconvincing victory - six yard box
scrambles on 52 and 86 minutes ending with Darlow beaten - fellow former
Forest favourite Jamaal Lascelles getting the final touch for the winner.
The opening 30 minutes gave little hint of the madness that lay in store, as
Newcastle dominated possession with some measured and purposeful play and
looked significantly slicker than against Blackburn.
Ciaran Clark was held back right in front of goal by a defender whose clear
foul went unpunished before referee Martin took centre stage with his
The man-in-the-middle was following play and had his back to a flare-up between Shelvey
and home captain Henri Lansbury as both went to ground on the edge of
However, the linesman in front of the Main Stand had a view and waved his flag; Shelvey soon on his way to the dressing room after a straight red card - which
combined with the possible outcome of his FA hearing could see him out of
action until well into 2017.
The Newcastle midfielder was undoubtedly in the wrong, but Lansbury's actions
were pivotal in the decision-making process - initiating contact with Shelvey
before dramatically rolling around following minimal contact in response -
this was no re-run of Shearer versus Lennon....
Enter Karl Darlow, who guessed right and blocked Nicklas Bendtner's tame spot
kick amid great celebrations in the away section at that end.
Referee Martin's next trick was to deny Clark a goal when he headed home a
free kick, somehow being penalised for ignoring the blatant shirt-grabbing of
Matthew Cash to reach ball and score. Incredible.
Into first half added time and
Martin still had one more trick up his sleeve before the intermission,
consigning Dummett to an early bath after he collided with Lansbury in the box
- the Forest man waiting for a semblance of contact before
It was a clear goal-scoring opportunity but under this season's regulations
that does not necessarily mean a straight red card - Martin presumably
determining that our left-back made no attempt to play the ball and
deliberately halted the already stationary Forest man.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
(Sky Sports later reported a
claim that the United defence were distracted by a phantom half-time whistle from the
away section. It's audible on the TV replays, which also show home coaches
getting up out of their dugout seats at that point. Sadly that wasn't to be
the only Toon own goal of the evening).
A second penalty was awarded by the whistler, who seemed intent on claiming
pole position in the ever lengthening list of idiotic officials we've endured
in Championship games this season.
Forest changed their taker and Lansbury himself took responsibility - only for
Darlow to dive the opposite way this time to deny him and then prove equal to
a second shot that came his way. Cue fan delirium.
In between the madness, ten-man United took the lead as
Ritchie lashed home a deflected left wing centre from Isaac Hayden for his
fifth goal in our colours.
That advantage only lasted for seven second half minutes though, Bendtner
poking the ball home to end a goalmouth scramble during which Darlow had made
another excellent instinctive stop to no avail.
United's nine men pressed as best they could, earned a few set pieces and
saw their eagerness pass up the chance of a few others, but no real chance came.
Forest meanwhile huffed and puffed but all too often relied on unscientific
lumped balls into the area - a tactic that betrayed their evident lack of
Just when it seemed as if a famous point was within Newcastle's grasp though,
a final sting in the tail came when Apostolos Vellios flicked the ball on in
That evaded Assombalonga but not our captain, who could only
help the bouncing ball over the line to give his former side a third
successive league victory.
So not a vintage week for Rafa and his side: six
points dropped, an EFL Trophy exit and two suspensions.
And for Shelvey it's been a wretched few days, his penalty miss on Tuesday and
tonight's avoidable and costly sending off add to his charge of misconduct.
As his former boss Brendan
Rogers once said of him, "you have all the tools, son"
- he just needs to
avoid being the biggest spanner in our particular box.
There have been positive elements evident in all three of the defeats suffered
in the last seven days, both in terms of our approach and some of our
At times however we've shown ill-discipline and a lack of composure that has
come back to bite us on the backside. Over-celebration of Diame's goal at Hull
by the players is one example, our disgraceful no-show for the subsequent
penalty shootout another.
The mentality isn't there yet. A collective mindset that needs to be both
methodical and detached - albeit under the most demanding of circumstances
when attention-seeking clowns with whistles appear.
Despite the chants from our own supporters, nothing has been achieved yet,
nothing won. Losing these three games isn't the end of the world, in the same
way that winning nine on the spin wasn't a reason to become overly excited and
get carried away.
PS - a few words about substitute, Momo Diame who ambled around aimlessly
and almost avoided the ball - arguably costing us
the second Forest goal.
What on earth did he think he
was put on to do other than run his b*llocks off for only 15 or so minutes
and throw himself into challenges? Credit to colleague DeAndre Yedlin, who told him
in no uncertain terms.
And similarly, the futility of Aleksandar Mitrovic was never more evident
than when he took to the field in the final minutes - failing to shift his
carcass for a slightly misplaced pass, then seconds later imploring away
fans on to greater efforts before a free kick.
Full report to follow.
Team: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey,
Ritchie, Gouffran (Diame 77), Perez (Anita 46), Gayle (Mitrovic 87).
Subs n/u: Sels, Mbemba, Tiote, Atsu.
Booked: Darlow, Yedlin, Gouffran.
Sent off: Shelvey(33), Dummett(45+2)
Goal: Ritchie 45.
NFFC: Stojkovic, Mills, Perquis, Mancienne (Assombalonga 45), Cash,
Lansbury, Kasami, Lam (Carayol 65), Lichaj, Osborn, Bendtner (Vellios 79).
Subs n/u: Henderson, Grant, Vaughan, Hobbs
Booked: Mancienne, Lansbury.
Goals: Bendtner (52), OG (Lascelles) 86
Crowd: 21,317 including a sold-out 2,002 away fans.
The laughable home support were as embarrassing as
their team, celebrating like the European Cup had returned to the City
Ground rather than limping to a lucky three points against nine men
via an own goal.
NB: that doesn't include the steady stream of alleged home supporters who
sloped off before the end. Why?
Referee: Steve Martin (Staffordshire). Just like his namesake, a
complete and utter comedian.
Martin joins Trelford Mills, Brian Coddington and Uriah Rennie in our
refereeing hall of shame - really, he was that bad.
PS: After receiving some abusive tweets intended for the English Steve
Martin, the American Steve Martin commented on Friday evening that:
"Evidently, there's someone who's a bad referee with my name, and
now there are thousands of English who won't go see my films anymore."
against us. You could see in the game we have a lot of things we can complain
about. But I was really surprised with (Henri) Lansbury.
"The way he was acting, twice with the penalties and also with Jonjo
Shelvey, but maybe he's proud of himself.
"If the referee cannot see that
Lansbury was kicking Jonjo before, I will not defend Jonjo as he made a
mistake, but (Lansbury) was kicking him before from behind. Sometimes
the FA take action also on the players that are over-reacting, so (maybe
that will happen here).
"(With Dummett's sending off)
it was very clear the number 10 (Lansbury) was waiting for him. So maybe
again the FA can analyse this and see the behaviour of the Number 10.
"I will not ask for anything. If they (the FA) want to do something, fine.
If they do not, it is up to them.
"I haven't spoken to the referee, I don't need to do it, I've seen the
images and it's obvious and clear to me.
"We did really well, we were doing
what we had to do but it's a big difference when you have 45 minutes numerical
inferiority it's not easy.
"We can also talk about the goal that
was disallowed or the penalty that was not given.
“The first goal (from Forest's
Nicklas Bendtner) was also maybe offside. We can talk about so many things,
but that is not going to change the score at the end.
"We just have to praise the players
for the effort and the work they were doing, and make sure that we do not make
these silly mistakes in the future.”
The last Newcastle goalkeeper to save two penalty kicks during the same
competitive match (excluding shootouts) that we can recall was Gary Kelly.
Preston-born Kelly was 21 when he denied Chelsea's Kevin Wilson and Mickey
Hazard during a 3-1 home victory back in February 1988.
The Magpies ended a game with nine men for the first time since a 0-3
loss at Leicester City in the Premier League back in May 2015 - Mike
Williamson (62) and Daryl Janmaat (90+1) both seeing red.
Tonight was reminiscent of our April 1992 game along the other end of the
A52 at Derby County's Baseball Ground, when Kevin Brock and Kevin Scott's
dismissal reduced United to nine men before half time.
That did descend further into farce when United went down to eight men
following Liam O'Brien's sending off on 72 minutes as United were beaten
Since losing 1-2 here in May 1987 (and then invading the pitch after full
time), none of our subsequent eleven visits have been 3pm Saturday kick-offs.
Forest v United - last 20:
2016/17 lost 1-2 Ritchie
2011/12 won 4-3(aet) (CC) Lovenkrands
2009/10 lost 0-1
1998/99 won 2-1 Shearer, Hamann
1996/97 drew 0-0
1995/96 lost 5-6 Ferdinand 2, Guinan,
Barton, KK (FR)
1995/96 drew 1-1 Beardsley
1994/95 drew 0-0
1991/92 lost 1-2 (ZDS) Scott
1990/91 lost 0-3 (FAC)
1988/89 drew 1-1 Brock
1987/88 won 2-0 Gascoigne, Mirandinha
1986/87 lost 1-2 Gascoigne
1985/86 won 2-1 Beardsley 2
1984/85 drew 0-0
1984/85 drew 1-1 (FAC) Megson
1977/78 lost 0-2
1974/75 drew 1-1 (LC) Macdonald
1971/72 lost 0-1
1970/71 lost 1-2 Robson
QPR 1-2 Wolves
Birmingham City 0-3 Barnsley
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Huddersfield Town
Bristol City 2-0 Ipswich Town
Burton Albion 2-1 Rotherham United
Cardiff City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham 5-0 Reading
Norwich City 5-0 Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Preston North End
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Derby County
Leeds United 2-0 Aston Villa
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Southampton U23s 3 Newcastle U23s 0
United's second string saw their five match unbeaten run in all competitions
ended on Friday, as they were beaten for the first time in the Premier League
The Magpies fell behind after 26 minutes when Marcus Barnes was left alone to
head in a corner kick and more slack marking allowed him to repeat the feat
seconds before the half time interval.
Newcastle's best scoring chance of the game came early in the second period
when Liam Gibson's centre from the left was met by defender Curtis Good. Sadly
though his header was cleared off the goal line.
The Saints then wrapped up victory thanks to a 78th minute penalty conversion
from Olufela Olomola after Good had impeded Lloyd Isgrove.
Peter Beardsley welcomed back midfielder Callum Smith after recovering from an
injury sustained in pre-season while on loan at Blackpool, while there was a
first U23 start for striker Tom Heardman since his ill-starred temporary stint
with Hartlepool United.
Woodman, Williams (Newberry 73), Gibson, Hunter, Good, Findlay, Roberts,
Barlaser, Heardman, Ward (El-Mhanni 65), Smith (Wilson 58).
Lewis, Bakary, Wood, Slattery, Cook, Jones, Olomola, Little (Willard 73),
Barnes (Johnson 78), O'Connor, Isgrove.
Vokins, Parkes, Rowthorn.
Wolves U18s 1 Newcastle U18s 2
Returning to action after last week's game at Everton fell victim to fog, Newcastle's U18 side
went in at the interval trailing to a 40th minute strike from Austin Sannels
at Wolverhampton's Jack Hayward Centre.
They turned it round after the break thanks to goals from Kieren Aplin
with a 63rd minute header and a Mace Goodridge shot four minutes
The Magpies team line-up is tbc but there was a competitive debut for striker
Momo Sangare following receipt of his international clearance.
The first meeting of the two sides this season ended with a decisive 4-1
victory for United on Tyneside.
Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and
"Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home
shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available for
Each unframed shirt comes with a COA (certificate of
authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost £69.99.
Please note that framed shirts are now completely sold out.
Prices include UK P&P, with a four day turnaround.
NUFC abuse claims:
Northumbria Police confirmed on
Thursday that they have now launched Operation Tide to investigate
claims of historical child sex abuse at Newcastle United, after receiving
Detective chief inspector Shelley
"We have launched an operation into complaints of non-recent child
abuse at Newcastle United in the 1980s and 90s.
These are some extremely serious reports
of abuse and will be investigated with the highest of priority by the
"I have also met with Newcastle United officials who confirmed their full
support and commitment to assisting the investigation in any way possible.”
Chronicle quoted former club Chairman Freddy Shepherd, who denied any
knowledge of abuse and called the developments "very upsetting".
BBC Look North interviewed Sir John Hall and he expressed similar sentiments.
Two former Newcastle players have waived their right to anonymity, telling
their stories in The Guardian and on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire
Thursday's edition saw ex-Magpie reserve David Eatock describe his
experience at the hands of convicted abuser, George Ormond online
Further claims from former Newcastle player Derek Bell also
appeared on the same day online
carried a harrowing interview with Bell, who recounted abuse by Ormond
at a Tyneside boys club before joining United online
Claims of abuse by an un-named former Newcastle player appeared in the
Guardian last Thursday's. It appears that the player quoted in that article
was neither Bell nor Eatock.
Come in number 27
Newcastle will take their place in
this Monday's FA Cup Third Round draw, having been allocated ball 27. The draw
is live on BBC2 and BT Sport at 7.10pm and ties are scheduled for the weekend
of January 7th 2017.
Third Round Proper draw numbers:
|1 AFC Bournemouth
3 Aston Villa
5 Birmingham City
6 Blackburn Rovers
9 Bristol City
11 Burton Albion
12 Cardiff City
14 Crystal Palace
24 Manchester City
25 Manchester United
27 Newcastle United
29 Nottingham Forest
34 Sheffield Wednesday
36 Stoke City
38 Swansea City
41 West Brom
42 West Ham
45 Curzon Ashton/Wombles 46 Chesterfield/Wycombe
47 Millwall/Braintree Town
48 Macclesfield or Oxford
49 Bolton/Sheffield United
52 Notts County/ Pborough
54 Port Vale/Hartlepool
55 Bristol Rovers/Barrow
58 Luton/Solihull Moors
60 Eastleigh/FC Halifax
62 Charlton/MK Dons
Blackburn (a) update
Tickets for United's visit to Ewood Park on January 2nd are now on sale
to season ticket holders with a zero loyalty point threshold.
Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that the whole of the Darwen End (pictured
above) has been allocated to away supporters - some 7,000 places*.
While we've had some sizeable allocations at Ewood Park in recent seasons, our
last following of that magnitude was for an FA Cup tie in January 2000.
* a capacity of 8.000 for that end is claimed by a number of online stadium
guides, but the largest allocation given to any away side in the last two
seasons appears to be marginally under 7,000.
NUFC are yet to specify the size of their allocation.
Dumb and Humber
1 Newcastle 1 (AET)
lost 1-3 on penalties)
footage is online here
As part of their efforts to raise funds for further flag displays at games, Gallowgate
Flags will stage a Newcastle United Quiz at NINE Bar next week.
That's on Tuesday December 6th, when a variety of excellent prizes will
be up for grabs. It's a 7.30pm start, up to four players per team are
permitted and admission is £5 per person (plus a 90p booking fee).
Tickets can be ordered online
This week's temp action:
started the goalless draw as
OM visited Saint-Etienne on Wednesday in a Ligue 1 contest. He was
replaced in the 76th minute.
Henri started the game as Marseille and Thauvin were
in town for the Ligue 1 fixture on Wednesday. He was replaced six minutes
earlier than Thauvin in the scoreless draw.
There was Copa Del Rey action for the beleaguered club on
Wednesday but the misery continued with an away defeat against Granada.
Riviere played the first 68 minutes of a 0-1 reverse.
Game number four in the Ajax second team on Friday evening saw Tim
complete another 90 minutes in a 3-1 victory away to Cambuur.
The green and whites are at home this Saturday to Buxton in the Northern
Birmingham City (a) Championship, Saturday.
Plymouth Argyle (a) FA Cup, Saturday
Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Rochdale (h) FA Cup, Saturday.
Solihull Moors (h) FA Cup, Saturday.
Fleetwood Town (h) FA Cup, Saturday.
(BSC Young Boys)
BSC entertain runaway Swiss Super League leaders FC Basel on Saturday night.
De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
Roda JC (a) Eredivisie, Saturday.
PSV then conclude their unsuccessful Champions League on Tuesday night at home
to FC Rostov.
Sheffield United (h) FA Cup, Sunday.
Jamie Sterry (Coventry
Cambridge United (a) FA Cup, Sunday.
Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
A free weekend for the Bantams following their FA Cup First Round
defeat by Accrington Stanley. They resume on Wednesday in a Checkatrade Trophy
tie at home to Cambridge United. That'll be a gripper.
Mulgrew a Dobbin doppelganger
Newcastle 0 Blackburn Rovers 1
footage is online here
Juanito for the future
Local youth side Westmoor Juniors had an unexpected guest in the shape of
Juanito for their training session on Wednesday night:
website huelva24.com report that Newcastle have concluded an agreement
with third tier club Recreativo de Huelva to sign one of their teenagers.
The player in question is a 17 year-old striker Juan Jesús Núñez Cumbrera, also known as Juanito.
No fee has been specified for the youngster, who is anticipated to join
United's development squad.
Assuming the report is accurate, Juanito will become our latest overseas
recruit at youth level, following the arrival of Danish forward Elias Sorensen
and Finnish goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen.
The Magpies have also now belatedly received international clearance for youngster Mo Sangare, who agreed terms earlier this season following a trial.
The African-born but British-based attacker was previously with Accrington Stanley, Burnley
and Bournemouth and had been due to debut at U18 level on Saturday, before fog saw
the game postponed.
the BBC, Monday:
Newcastle United midfielder Jack
Colback has been fined £25,000 after accepting a Football Association
misconduct charge related to betting.
He broke FA Rule E8 by placing a bet on a
fixture that took place on 16 March*.
It was not related to a game involving the
27-year-old's own club.
FA rules prohibit people involved in the
sport from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any match or competition
that takes place anywhere in the world.
*Unless Colback was tempted by the Accrington Stanley versus Wycombe
Wanderers game, it's a fair bet that he gambled on Champions League games:
Bayern Munich playing Juventus and Barcelona entertaining Arsenal that
Former Magpie Dan Gosling admitted a number of similar offences back in 2014,
receiving a £30K fine.
Birmingham City (h)
The Magpies return
to Championship action on Saturday, when they face Birmingham in and old-
fashioned 3pm kick-off. Limited tickets remain.
The visitors have sold their entire 3,100 allocation.
NUFC: To follow
Betting: To follow
BCFC: To follow
Metro: No scheduled closures this weekend
matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street runs again this
Saturday, giving a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one
diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or Birmingham match ticket.
The offer runs all day - no reservations are needed.
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: None
UK Radio: None
Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
The official NUFC website has been relaunched in beta version at https://beta.nufc.co.uk
and has free worldwide streaming of match commentaries.
(No commentary will be available via nufc.co.uk)
Blues in Toon - last 20:
2010/11: Won 2-1 Ameobi(pen), S.Taylor
2007/08: Won 2-1 Martins(pen), Beye
2006/07: Lost 1-5 Milner (FAC)
2005/06: Won 1-0 Emre
2004/05: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Bowyer
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Viana
1992/93: Drew 2-2 Cole, Lee
1985/86: Won 4-1 Beardsley 2, Anderson, Whitehurst
1979/80: Drew 0-0
1977/78: Drew 1-1 Nattrass
1976/77: Won 3-2 Burns 2, T.Craig
1975/76: Won 4-0 Macdonald 2, Gowling, Burns
1974/75: Lost 1-2 Macdonald
1974/75: Drew 1-1 Macdonald (Texaco Cup)
1973/74: Won 3-1 Tudor 2, Clark (Texaco Cup)
1973/74: Lost 0-1 (League Cup)
1973/74: Drew 1-1 Robson
1972/73: Won 3-0 Macdonald, Howard, Gibb
1960/61: Drew 2-2 Mitchell, Scanlon
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
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
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
Heading to the Toon?
Mon 05.12.2016 FA
Cup Third Round draw staged, 7.10pm live on BBC2 and BT Sport. Involves NUFC.
Wed 07.12.2016 U23s v Morpeth Town (a) @ Craik Park, 7.30pm.
Northumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final.
Fri 09.12.2016 U18s v Portsmouth (a) @ Fratton Park, 7pm. FA
Youth Cup Third Round.
Sat 10.12.2016 Birmingham City (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.
Mon 12.12.2016 U23s v Aston Villa (h) @ St. James' Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.
Wed 14.12.2016 Wigan Athletic (a)
@ DW Stadium, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale
£22 OAPs, £20 U18s, £10 U11s. Allocation:
Live on Sky Sports.
Fri 16.12.2016 U23s v Stoke City (a) @ Harrison Park, Leek,
7pm. Premier League 2.
17.12.2016 Burton Albion (a)
@ Pirelli Stadium,3pm. Championship. SOLD
Tue 20.12.2016 U23s v
Rotherham United (a) @ Roundwood Pavilion, Parkgate, 1pm. Central
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.
Live on Sky Sports.
Day public transport:
Some bus services will operate before
the game, with most finishing by 7pm and only a small number running
after the game - check with local operators for full details.
X50 'Soccer Bus' to and from the
Metro Centre will run before and after the game.
Metros will run before and after the game.
There are no local or national rail services.
Fri 30.12.2016 Nottingham Forest (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a)
@ Ewood Park, 3pm. Championship. ST holder sale
now, 0 points.
£30 adults, £tbc
other groups. Allocation:
Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).
(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon
NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Wigan Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wed (h) 7.45pm
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3pm
Mon 16.01.2017 Brentford (a)* 7.45pm
Wed 01.02.2017 QPR (h) 7.45pm
*Dependent on neither side being in FA
Cup Third Round replay action that week. If either side are, then the
game reverts to a non-televised 3pm KO on Sat 14.01.2017.
(Live games selected up to and
including Thu 02.02.2017).
United enter in Round 3.
F Sat 27.05.2017
Northumberland Senior Cup:
Blyth Spartans 11-1 Bedlington
North Shields 3-0 Heaton Stannington
Team Northumbria 1-2 Blyth Town
07.12.2016 Morpeth Town v NUFC U23s
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 break:
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... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1899 Charles William Spencer born, Washington, County
Picked up by United from local
league football, half back Charlie was converted to a centre back at Gallowgate
(although he'd actually begun his career as a goalkeeper).
Making his debut in a 2-1 home victory over Bolton in March 1922, the only goal
of his Magpies career arrived against Stoke City at SJP just over a year later.
Capped twice by England in 1924 and 1925, Spencer made 34 league appearances in
United's 1926/27 championship-winning season but exited the club in the summer
of 1928, joining Manchester United for £3,250.
After departing Old Trafford in in 1930, Spencer later served as player/manager
of both Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Wigan Athletic, before taking charge of
Grimsby Town between 1937 and 1951.
After a brief spell with Hastings United, Charlie took over at York City in
November 1953. However he passed away barely three months into his tenure at
1900 Christopher Swan born, Byker.
Inside forward who joined United after WW1 but struggled to hold down a
first team place following his debut in a 0-1 reverse at Burnley in April 1920.
Departing for Stockport County on a free transfer, Chris later appeared for
Hull City and Crystal Palace before ending his playing days with Scarborough in
Swan's death was recorded in Bournemouth, in 1979.
1943 Les O'Neill born, East Hartford.
pitman who began his playing career with New Hartley Juniors and joined
United from Blyth
Les was a regular in the Magpies reserve side but made just one first senior
appearance - a 5-2 loss at
Portsmouth in October 1963.
Suffering a career-threatening
injury that sidelined him for almost a year, Les left for Darlington in search of first team
football and later joined Bradford City.
However it was a five year spell with Carlisle United that brought O'Neill to
prominence, his goals helping the Cumbrians gain promotion to Division One in
Les then scored at Stamford Bridge and Ayresome Park
(twice) in Carlisle's opening two top-flight fixtures the following
A knee injury curtailed his career although he
later turned out for Queen of the South.
Following his retirement from playing, Les became a milkman in Carlisle,
returning to Brunton Park as a coach and also enjoying spells in charge
of Penrith and Workington.
In 1991 former Carlisle team mate John Gorman recruited Les to his
backroom staff at Swindon and he remained there until sacked in 1998
from the post of chief scout.
Les then scouted for Blackpool before linking up once again with John
Gorman to oversee scouting duties for Wycombe Wanderers.
Les later frequented the pro-celebrity golf circuit in Spain,
along with fellow former Magpies Chris Waddle and Billy Rafferty - plus Stan
Boardman. Calm down.
1962 Kevin Richardson born, Newcastle
As a youngster, Kevin played for Montagu Boys Club in the West
end of Newcastle but left as a teenager to join Everton.
The midfielder would enjoy a twenty year career with the Toffees, Watford,
Arsenal, Real Sociedad (Spain), Aston Villa, Coventry City, Southampton,
Barnsley and Blackpool - and also won a single senior England cap.
Backroom roles at the mackems (twice), Stockport County and Darlington followed
before Kevin joined the Newcastle Academy coaching staff on a full time basis
in 2011 - having worked with younger age groups since 2009.
Overseeing the U16 side, Richardson moved up to coach the U18s in early 2015 -
after Dave Watson was promoted into the first team setup under Head Coach John
Watson subsequently returned to his U18 role, with Kevin assisting him.
1897 Gainsborough Trinity (a)
Campbell, Harvey, Ostler
One of only two visits to The Northolme for United, as Gainsborough
enjoyed a two season spell in league football.
1909 Liverpool (a)
Shepherd 4, Howie
Stewart(2), Parkinson 2, Orr 2, Goddard
Unbelievably, United were 5-2 ahead at half time, but wilted under
tremendous pressure, as former United player Ronald Orr hit two goals
and Goddard headed a late winner for the home side.
1920 Aston Villa (h)
One of only two runouts for reserve outside right, Andrew Gray.
1926 West Ham United (h)
1937 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
1943 Middlesbrough (a)
1948 Manchester United (a)
With Old Trafford still unable to host games due to wartime bomb
damage, this fixture was played at Maine Road.
The crowd for this game remained a record high for a league fixture
involving Newcastle until 2006, when 75,664 fans saw the same two teams
do battle - at Old Trafford.
Sheffield Wednesday (a)
1971 Chelsea (h)
1974 Chester (h)
League Cup 5th
Debut at right back for Peter Kelly.
Ross(24), Macdonald(28,63,88), Stapleton(45+3)
A hat trick for Supermac against his former side on a frosty Highbury
The highlight was a
much-repeated power header to finally kill the game off at 5-3, after a
Magpie comeback was underway.
1982 Charlton Athletic (a)
Without both Kevin Keegan and Imre Varadi (who had scored 16 of
United's 25 league goals to date), Arthur Cox's side struggled at The
Liverpool loanee Howard Gayle moved out of midfield and into the number nine
shirt, while there was a first outing of the season for winger Paul Ferris.
The Addicks were inspired by big money signing Allan Simonsen, who
scored a fine second goal.
footage is online here
1988 At last a new manager, as
Jim Smith agreed to leave QPR for Tyneside - ending a three month search
for a successor to the sacked Willie McFaul.
The Bald Eagle too charge for the first time six days
later, against Wimbledon at SJP.
Tottenham Hotspur (a)
A league debut for Mike Jeffrey, as two pieces of Beardsley genius won it.
After being pegged back by a Nicky Barmby penalty, Mike Hooper made a crucial stop
and Beardsley then jinked past three defenders to wallop home a
memorable winner in the last seconds at White Hart Lane.
footage is online here
Aston Villa (a)
Wind, rain, snow and hail made for miserable afternoon at Villa
Park, with the onfield fare doing little to raise the temperature among
Duncan Ferguson was to change all that however, getting on the end
of a cross from Temuri Ketsbaia and out-muscling future Toon assistant
boss Colin Calderwood to head in.
Completing a trio of future Magpie coaches, Alan Thompson appeared
as a home sub and was then subbed himself, while Steve Stone sat
shivering on the bench all game.
2000 A desperate 1-2 home defeat at
Kingston Park by Bradford City's Reserves. United led early on through a Shola Ameobi header but Giuseppe Lo Piccolo equalised on the
half hour and Robbie Blake got an late winner courtesy of Ryan
McGuffie's suicidal backpass.
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recorded their best win of the season and a fourth consecutive
win, as a young Lincoln City were efficiently disposed of 6-0 at
Striker Lewis Guy
(2), midfielder Andy Ferrell (2), Robbie Elliott and an OG
found the net.
Lampard(63), Drogba(69), Robben(89), Kezman(90pen)
Four second half goals made it a
miserable day in South West London as defensive frailties once again undermined a promising first half
display from Graeme Souness's side.
clangers from Laurent Robert, Ronny Johnsen, Titus Bramble and
Shay Given made a difficult job mission
impossible, leaving United with just four points from their last six
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2005 The draw for the Third
Round of the FA Cup handed The Magpies a home tie against League Two
strugglers Mansfield Town.
Ball number 27 was selected from the pot by Chelsea old boy Peter Osgood,
while former mackem 'keeper (and Magpies coach) Jimmy Montgomery selected the Stags.
2006 Playing their final home league game of
the year, Newcastle reserves were beaten 3-1 at Kingston Park by
Middlesbrough -their first home defeat since April 2005.
After ten wins and eight draws, the table- topping Teessiders finally
ended Lee Clark's side's run, despite United scoring first - thanks to
a Carl Finnigan penalty.
handed their first FA Cup Third Round home tie since since 2006 when paired with fellow Premier League side Blackburn Rovers
in the draw.
The two sides had already met in cup competition, Blackburn winning
a Carling Cup tie 4-3 at Ewood Park two months earlier.
Swansea City (a)Dyer(45+1), og(Debuchy)(66), Shelvey(81)
Our four-match winning run came to an abrupt halt, as just about everything went wrong in front of the BT Sport cameras.
The three-goal deficit was harsh on United as a combination of non-decisions
from referee, Howard Webb and some bad luck undid the Magpies but form also
deserted the visitors.
Webb avoided penalising Jonjo Shelvey for an intended head
butt on Mathieu Debuchy and also overlooked three spot
kick claims, but it was also a night to forget for Tim Krul who could look back at all three
home goals with a sense of regret.