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Wednesday 28th September

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Ticket news:
Rotherham (a)
Brentford (h) Public sale now
Barnsley (a) Member sale now
Ipswich (h) Public sale now (online)
Preston (h) (EFL Cup) ST holder sale now
Preston (a) ST holder sale now (
50 pts) 

Wagers day:
Lucky punts

Congratulations to the seven Coral punters who successfully predicted that amazing 4-3 scoreline.

For everyone else whose correct score bet failed, your consolation £10 bet must be placed by 23.59 tonight.

Dwight's magic


Newcastle  4  Norwich City  3
Match footage is online here

Magpies number 9 Dwight Gayle netted a hat-trick as Newcastle scored twice in added time, turning defeat into victory on a staggering night at St. James' Park.

After suffering a late set-back at Villa Park five days earlier, United staged a late, late show of their own to stun a Norwich side seemingly heading for top spot.

Apparently heading for a 1-3 loss that would see them languishing in ninth place, the Magpies instead ended the evening third - a point behind the Canaries and three off current Championship leaders Huddersfield.


Yoan Gouffran
scored in the fifth minute of added time
to apparently
salvage a point but then came Gayle's incredible winner to send SJP absolutely wild.

It would have been an astonishing ending to any game but to turn the table
s on
a City side victorious in their previous four outings has the feel of a pivotal moment in this season for Rafa Benitez and his players. 

Enjoying a level of domination that even eclipsed the opening exchanges of the recent 6-0 victory at QPR, United could have been five goals to the good before Dwight Gayle broke the deadlock after 24 minutes. 

The former Palace striker had three unsuccessful efforts in just six minutes - two saved by Michael McGovern - before Matt Ritchie hit the crossbar and Jonjo Shelvey drove just wide of the Gallowgate goal.

Without a goal in three starts, Gayle got his reward by poking home at the near post after Ritchie centred from the right with the outside of his left foot.

A City defence including ex-Magpie Sebastien Bassong continually looked all at sea, but some neat and tidy forays upfield by the visitors hinted that the recent tradition of goals in this fixture might just continue.

Despite that though, Norwich had mostly been kept at arms' length and Karl Darlow hadn't been tested on his recall to the side until seconds before the break.

At that point Yoan Gouffran made a risky challenge to halt the progress of Robbie Brady and
Graham Dorrans sent Darlow the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

orse was soon to follow after the break though, with striker Cameron Jerome curling home a fine shot over Darlow to put the visitors ahead.

And if that wasn't bad enough Norwich got a third
another break, Jacob Murphy's 25 yard shot taking a deflection that wrong-footed Darlow.

Unbelievably that was enough to send some alleged home fans heading to the exits with over 20 minutes remaining - but United instantly replied through Gayle, who did brilliantly to bring down
a superb 60-yard ball from Shelvey before slotting it past McGovern.

It was game on at 3-2, with the below-par Momo Diame and Jack Colback replaced by
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Isaac Hayden, but again the Serb seemed more intent on wrestling than playing and was almost instantly booked for some needless shoving. 

Dorrans saw an effort blocked at the visitors looked to seal victory, before what looked like being our major opportunity went begging after 79 minutes - Gayle's rising near-post volley touched away by McGovern.

Mitrovic headed wide as the 90 minutes approached and a third home
of the season loomed - along with inevitable scrutiny of the tactics, personnel and substitutions that had been deployed by Rafa here.

Christian Atsu arrived in place of Dummett as the last throw of the dice, while an improvised clearance from last man back Ciaran Clark to rob substitute Nelson Oliveira maintained ever-dwindling hopes of a point.

Some ridiculous time-wasting antics by City had led to six minutes of added time being allotted but five of those had gone before Gouffran managed to get his head on DeAndre Yedlin's cross for an unlikely leveller.

More drama was to follow though and within a minute Gayle sent St. James' into raptures as Shelvey's long forward punt was knocked down by Mitrovic for Gayle, who chested the ball down and found the back of the Leazes net from just inside the Norwich box.

Pick one from your own personal memory bank: Alan Shearer's treble in the epic 4-3 win over Leicester in February 1997, Mark McGhee's late winner in a 5-4 against the Foxes in January 1990 or Kenny Wharton forcing the ball over the same goal line to see off Fulham 3-2 back in November 1983.

Just like Tiote v Arsenal, that's why you never leave.

There was still time for Darlow to deny Jonny Howson in the 99th minute before card-happy referee Peter Bankes ended an enthralling encounter that may just have changed the course of the Championship season.

The Canaries' rotten run on Tyneside continues, losing each of their last six visits and conceding 16 goals in doing so, with ten coming in the last two games.

However defeat for Alex Neil's side tonight was totally
unthinkable until Gouffran and Gayle's fabulous finale. 

Glorious, unexpected, ridiculous, Newcastle United. 

doubleplusgood, as Geordie Orwell would have said

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett (Atsu, 90+2), Shelvey, Colback (Hayden 71), Ritchie, Gouffran, Diame (Mitrovic 71), Gayle.
Subs n/u: Sels, Mbemba, Lazaar, Perez.

Booked: Colback, Ritchie, Dummett, Mitrovic, Lascelles 

Goals: Gayle 24,71,90+6, Gouffran 90+5.

NCFC: McGovern, Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Olsson, Tettey, Dorrans, Jacob Murphy (Bennett 79), Howson, Brady, Jerome (Oliveira 86).
Subs n/u: Naismith, Hoolahan, Josh Murphy, Thompson.

Booked: Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Olsson, Jerome.

Goals: Dorrans 44pen, Jerome 52, Murphy 69.

Crowd: 48,236.

If anyone misplaced some keys in the Gallowgate West Corner with a McEwans Lager blue away strip key ring, they have been handed in to a club steward.

Referee: Peter Bankes - first senior game involving Newcastle for the whistler from Merseyside. 


I did a little fist pump. Normally I am calm.

"To feel the fans here when you are scoring goals and winning the game was amazing. I think that we deserved to win.

"In the first half we deserved to be ahead easily against a good team. The second half was incredible at 3-1 down.

"We didn’t start well in the second half after one or two mistakes but still the team reacted and pushing.

"They played five at the back and we dropped off a little bit. Then we were in attack.

"And for all the bad luck in the first half we had good luck in the second half. In the end we deserved to win.

"I said the other day that against Aston Villa, he (Gayle) had one or two clear chances and things could have been different,

"Every striker will have those situations, and I will always try to give confidence to a striker as long as he continues working. 

"It is not just about scoring goals. He has been working hard – he had chances in the first half – and then his goals came in the second half. I’m really pleased for him, and really pleased for the team.

"You never know how important this could be. 

"It is still early, but if you win and you win in this way, it is a boost for everyone. It is a boost for the players and the fans. 

"You have to give credit for the players because their work rate and spirit – everything you are looking for – you could see. You could see all of those things.”


Dwight Gayle's fourth senior career hat-trick was his first in a Newcastle shirt and the first by a Magpie since Gini Wijnaldum's treble against Norwich City at SJP in September 2015. 

The last Newcastle player to score three goals in a Championship game was Kevin Nolan against Ipswich Town at Portman Road in September 2009.

Gayle now has seven goals from eight Championship starts for the Magpies.

Magpies versus Canaries - post WWII:

2016/17 won 4-3 Gayle 3, Gouffran
2015/16 won 6-2 Wijnaldum 4, Perez, Mitrovic
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-2
1987/88 lost 1-3 Gazza
1986/87 won 4-1 Goddard, Gazza, McDonald, Jackson
1984/85 drew 1-1 Waddle
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Mills
1977/78 drew 2-2 Burns, Kennedy
1976/77 won 5-1 T.Craig, Gowling, Oates, McCaffery 2
1975/76 won 5-2 Gowling 2, Macdonald 2, OG
1973/74 drew 0-0
1972/73 won 3-1 Tudor 2, Guthrie
1964/65 won 2-0 Cummings, Robson
1963/64 won 2-0 Cummings, Iley
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell, Thomas
1961/62 drew 0-0

Tuesday's Championship results:

Barnsley 1-1 Aston Villa
Birmingham City 2-2 Preston North End
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford 4-1 Reading
Bristol City 1-0 Leeds United
Burton Albion 1-1 QPR
Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Rotherham United
Ipswich Town 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Fulham
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Wolves

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It's coming home.... roost. 

After one game in charge, Sam Allardyce has been relieved of his position as England manager "by mutual consent" following revelations about him published in Tuesday's edition of the Telegraph newspaper.

Elsewhere, Derby County suspended their manager Nigel Pearson on Tuesday amid reports of a falling out between him and the Rams Chairman. Amazingly, the Rams are reportedly considering Steve McClaren as a replacement.

The Telegraph promise more disclosures in the coming days, with much speculation surrounding their tease concerning "at least six English managers" allegedly involved in rule breaches. This could get messy.... 

"The Season Ticket"
- first reviews in

Based on Jonathan Tulloch's award-winning book of the same name, a theatrical production of "The Season Ticket" is currently being staged in Newcastle - and initial performances have been very well received:

"Incredible. Wonderful performances, beautifully directed, with a fantastic script! Go see!"

"absolutely brilliant, went last night, laughed & cried, get yourself along"

"Best play I have seen. Recommend to anyone - Fantastic"

The story of penniless Toon fans Gerry and Sewell and their attempts to find the money to watch the black and whites was filmed as "Purely Belter" in 2000 and now returns, adapted and updated for the stage.

Starring Will Graham and Niek
Versteeg, "The Season Ticket" runs through to Saturday week, October 8th at Northern Stage in the Haymarket.

Adult tickets cost from £15.50-£26, with U21s and students £13. Bookings online here

Due to customer demand, Northern Stage have now confirmed accessible performances as follows:

Thu 06.10.2016 Captioned (7.30pm)
Fri 07.10.2016 British Sign Language (7.30pm)
Sat 07.10.2016 Touch Tour (12.30pm)
Sun 08.10.2016 Audio Described (2pm)

Venue a

For anyone not going to Rotherham meanwhile, there's a matinee performance at 2pm this coming Saturday (1st) and on Saturday 8th October (also 2pm).

Northern Stage are also running an early evening performance this coming Tuesday, curtain up 6pm

PS: After leaving Newcastle, "The Season Ticket" moves on to Winchester, York and Dundee.

Loan lads:
Tom gets on

Tom Heardman
(Hartlepool United)
A debut in senior football came on Tuesday evening, as Tom arrived as an 84th minute substitute in a 1-1 draw with Luton Town in League Two.

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Alex played the first 79 minutes of a 1-1 draw away at Hartlepool United in League Two on Tuesda
y, with the Hatters levelling from a free kick awarded for a foul on him.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
A dismissal during Town's 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday means that striker Ivan
sat out Tuesday's League One home game against Peterborough United. That game ended 1-1.

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
Arma arrived from the bench in the 67th minute as the Tykes found a late equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa in the Championship on Tuesday. 

Sammy Ameobi
(Bolton Wanderers)
Arriving from the bench for the final 27 minutes, Sammy was unable to prevent the Trotters tumbling to a 0-1 defeat at Rochdale in League One on Tuesday.

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Vuckic started for the Bantams on Tuesday night, completing 64 minutes of a 2-1 home victory over Fleetwood Town in League One.

Kyle Cameron (Newport County)
The Scottish U21 international defender played the full game as Newport lost 0-1 at Grimsby Town in League Two on Tuesday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
A 2-2 draw at Doncaster Rovers in League Two on Tuesday night means that the Cumbrians have lost just once in 13 league and cup games this season - and that was on penalties to Championship side Derby County.

Macaulay played the full 90 minutes at the Keepmoat.  

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
A 2-2 draw away to Russian side Rostov in the Champions League on Wednesday evening saw Siem appear as a 73rd minute replacement for PSV. His brother Luuk scored once.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
A 2-2 home draw with AFC Wimbledon in League One on Wednesday saw defender Sterry return to the Sky Blue starting lineup and complete 90 minutes.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
A possible Europa League bow is in the offing for Kevin this week, with Young Boys travelling to Kazakhstan for Thursday's game against Astana.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Las Palmas (h) Primera Division, Saturday.

Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille)
Angers (a) Ligue 1, Sunday.

Paul Woolston (Darlington 1883)
Brackley Town (a) National League North 08.10.2016


Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Game tbc

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Game tbc

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
Game tbc


Lewis Gibson (England U17s):
Croatia Cup:
Wed 28.09.2016 Croatia (a) Pula FR
Fri 30.09.2016 Greece (n) Novigrad FR
Mon 03.10.2016 Germany (n) Pula FR


Vurnon Anita (Netherlands):
07.10.2016 Belarus (h) WCQ
10.10.2016 France (h) WCQ

Ciaran Clark, Daryl Murphy (Ireland):

06.10.2016 Georgia (h) WCQ
09.10.2016 Moldova (a) WCQ

Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie (Scotland):
08.10.2016 Lithuania (h) WCQ
11.10.2016 Slovakia (a) WCQ

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U21):
05.10.2016 Iceland (a) ECQ
11.10.2016 Macedonia (a) ECQ

There's a maiden U21 call-up reserve defender
Kyle Cameron, who is selected for two Euro qualifiers.

The 19 year-old native of Hexham is currently on loan at League Two side Newport County following a similar temporary posting to York City last season.

Scotland cannot qualify for the finals in 2017 and have selected a host of new players including Kyle, fellow Magpie Stuart Findlay among those making way.

Possible call-ups for games including:

England U20s:
05.10.2016 Netherlands (h) Oldham FR
07.10.2016 Germany (h) Huddersfield FR
10.10.2016 USA (h) Rochdale FR

06.10.2016 Moldova (a) WCQ
09.10.2016 Austria (h) WCQ

06.10.2016 Austria (a) WCQ
09.10.2016 Georgia (h) WCQ

06.10.2016 Cuba (a) FR
12.10.2016 New Zealand (h) FR

07.10.2016 Bosnia (h) WCQ
10.10.2016 Gibraltar (a) WCQ

07.10.2016 Uganda (h) WCQ

DR Congo:
08.10.2016 Libya (h) WCQ


08.10.2016 Gabon (a) WCQ

08.10.2016 Cape Verde (h) WCQ

England U21:

08.10.2016 Malta (h) ECQ
11.10.2016 Slovenia (a) ECQ



Newcastle U23s  3  Swansea U23s  2
Match report

Our defence is terrified

Aston Villa  1  Newcastle  1

Match action is online here

Match report

Old boys return:

Tickets remain on sale for "The Entertainers" reunion match at Kingston Park next month, marking 20 years since our glorious 5-0 win over Manchester United.

Non-playing duo Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand will manage a side of SJP old boys against a Manchester Select at Kingston Park with kick-off at 1.30pm on Sunday October 7th.

Back in black and white once again will be Asprilla, Beardsley, Beresford, Bernard, Clark, Dabizas, Fox, Harper, Howey, Ketsbaia, Kilcine, Lee, D.Peacock, P.Robinson, Sellars, Thompson and Watson with two special guests: Milan Srnicek (Pavel's brother) and Nick Emmerson (Tino's interpreter in the 1990s).

Standing tickets are on sale at £10 (£5 concessions) with seating available at £20 & £10 online here or 0871 226 6060. Premium options via 0191 214 2892.

The game is preceded by a dinner at SJP on Saturday night, which acts as a fundraiser for Sport Newcastle. Tickets for this are still available online here

Unbeaten run ends


Derby U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  1

Enjoying their best start to a season since 2004, Newcastle's table-topping U18s headed to Derby on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run to six.

And they got off to the perfect start at Moor Lane when Rams defender Jaydan Thorne left his 'keeper helpless with a backpass after just 71 seconds.

The Rams equalised five minutes after the break when Jayden Bogle took advantage of the blustery conditions to curl in a wind-assisted effort from distance.

But the game ended as it started with a self-inflicted error, this time it was the visitors with a misplaced backpass seized upon by Cameron Cresswell who shot home to deservedly claim the points for Derby.

Danish youngster Elias Sørensen debuted in right midfield but Dave Watson's side were without striker Lewis McNall, who faces an extended period on the sidelines following a training ground injury.

PS: A 4-0 win on wearside for Manchester City on Saturday was enough to see them replace Newcastle at the top of the league table.

The Merseyside U18 derby meanwhile saw our next opponents Liverpool beaten 1-4 at home by Everton.

Team: Harker, Spooner, Cass, Longstaff, Bailey, Kitchen, Sorensen, Lowther (Goodridge 73), Gallacher (Allen 73), Heaney, Smith.
Subs n/u: Marrs, Wilson, Robson.

I got stripes:
Hat giveaway

Now that the dark nights are upon us again, Tyneside -based merchandisers Spirit of 69 have new stocks of their Fairs Cup bobble hat available, priced £22.50.

We've purloined one of said items for a free to enter competition and simply want you to tell us which of the following sides didn't oppose United in a Fairs Cup tie:

Sporting Lisbon, Rangers, AC Milan, Porto

Email answer to (subject:

Closing date is Fri Sep 30th @ 9pm
Hats etc. can be ordered online here

EFL Cup:
More home comforts 

The EFL Fourth Round draw handed United their fifth successive home draw in the competition with fellow Championship side Preston North End bound for SJP days before we travel to Deepdale in the league.

We've played PNE once before in the League Cup, beating them 3-0 on Tyneside way back in 1963 - having played them in the league five days before.

Our most recent cup meeting was a 2-0 home victory in the FA Cup at Gallowgate in January 1987.

The tie will played on Tuesday 25th October 2016, between a Saturday home game against Ipswich Town (22nd) and a visit to Deepdale on Saturday 29th.

United confirm that the two tier pricing policy they adopted against Wolves in the last round continues for this game - with the advance ticket prices £10 & £3 again, but on the day admission rising to £20 & £10.

Tue 25.10.2016:
Arsenal v Reading
Bristol City v Hull City
Leeds United v Norwich City
Liverpool v Spurs
Newcastle United v Preston North End

Wed 26.10.2016:
Manchester United v Manchester City
Southampton v mackems
West Ham United v Chelsea

Rotherham United (a)


United make their first appearance at New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon, when they face the Millers in an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.

All 2,500 away section tickets have been sold, with the host club advising that at full time, home fans will be directed towards Don Street whilst away supporters will exit via New York Way leading to Main Street. That arrangement will apply for at least 20 minutes.

If you're off to South Yorkshire by train, be aware that Central Metro station is closed from 8pm Friday until Monday AM for scheduled maintenance.

New York Stadium S60 1AH (12,021)
Nearest station: Rotherham Central (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 257 miles

The New York Stadium (named after the area it was built in) opened for business in 2012 - ending a four season tenancy at the Don Valley Athletics Stadium.

That came about when disputes with their landlord prompted the Millers to leave Millmoor - which rather oddly remains intact (but unused) only a short distance away from the new one.

Betting: To follow

To follow

RUFC: To follow. 

Ahead of hosting us, Alan Stubbs saw his side beaten 1-2 at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

Avoiding relegation last season under the guidance of Neil Warnock, the Millers have won just once so far this time round, defeating Brentford 1-0 at home.

Other opposition sides haven't found goals hard to come by at New York Stadium, with Wolves, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest all drawing 2-2 and Cardiff winning 2-1. Morecambe also won 5-4 there in the EFL Cup.

Our most recent visit to Rotherham was for a rather feisty FA Cup tie that ended 1-1 in January 1993. Newcastle won the replay 2-0.

tbc - but will be from the Premier League group of referees.


Overseas TV: 
Arena Sport 1 +HD
beIN Sports 3 Australia
Sportdigital TV +HD
SportKlub (Cro/Ser/Slo)
Ten 3 (India/Nepal/Pakistan/Sri Lanka)

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Mags @ Millers - all-time:

drew 1-1 Lee (FAC)
1982/83 won 5-1 Keegan 4, Todd
1981/82 drew 0-0
1964/65 drew 1-1 Penman
1963/64 won 3-2 Penman, Suddick 2
1962/63 lost 1-3 McGrath
1961/62 drew 0-0

(All games staged at Millmoor)

Upcoming Championship Fixtures:

Sat 01.10.2016:

Fulham v QPR (12.45pm)
Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Brentford v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Bristol City v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Burton Albion v Cardiff City (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leeds United v Barnsley (3pm)
Preston North End v Aston Villa (3pm)
Reading v Derby County (3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)
Wolves v Norwich City (5.30pm)

PDF update released

For anyone who owns a copy of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record", the latest seasonal update for 2015/16 is now available as a PDF free of charge.

If you'd like one or have mislaid any previous PDFs, just email and they'll be sent out for you to download and print off if desired. 

PS: the last copies of sister publication, "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" are now available for the special price of just £17.50 including UK delivery. 

For further details please email with your postcode (overseas orders are possible - delivery charged at cost - email with your location for quote).

Jennings Ford Direct
Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

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

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

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


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Fri 30.09.2016 U23s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 01.10.2016 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.10.2016 Rotherham United (a)
@ New York Stadium, 3pm. Championship.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,500. 

Fri 14.10.2016 U23s v Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 15.10.2016 U18s v smoggies (a) @ Hurworth, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.10.2016 Brentford (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Tue 18.10.2016 Barnsley (a)
@ Oakwell, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale now, zero points. £30 adults, £22 over-65s/ 18-21s, £10 U17s, £5 U12s. Allocation: 5,500.

Sat 22.10.2016 U18s v Manchester City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.10.2016 Ipswich Town (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now (online), Mon 03.10.2016 (in person/by phone).

Mon 24.10.2016 U23s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 25.10.2016 Preston North End (h) @ SJP, KO tbc. EFL Cup Fourth Round. ST holder sale now, ST holder additional seats/ members Fri 30.09.2016. £10 & £3 advance sale; £20 & £10 matchday sale. 

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

Sat 29.10.2016 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.10.2016 Preston North End (a) @ Deepdale, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, 50 points. £24 adults, £16 over-65s/ 18-21s, £8 U17s, £2 U8s. Allocation: tbc.

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

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sat 24.09.2016
Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Mon 28.11.2016 - December and January selections will be announced on a date tbc in early October)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Round dates:

w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

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

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town v Heaton Stannington
Ashington v Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Metro line closures 2016:

Central Metro station will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday as follows:

01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 

In addition, buses replace Metros between
Four Lane Ends and North Shields in both directions on 08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016.


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international breaks:
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Nations Cup Finals:
The 16 team event in Gabon take places between 14.01.2017 and 05.02.2017, with the draw on 19.10.2016:

Teams: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Christian Atsu (Ghana), Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo), Momo Diame (Senegal) and Achraf Lazaar (Morocco) are in line for callups.

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On This Day in History
29th September

Born Or Died:

1910 Joseph William Wilson born, West Butsfield, Durham. (1927-30)

Centre half who made his sole senior start for the Magpies in a 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa in December 1929.

Joe then moved on to Southend United and also appeared for Brentford and Reading before the outbreak of WW2.

The wartime leagues then saw him turn out for York City, before ending his playing career at the age of 37 at Barnsley.

Returning to the North East as Blyth Spartans player boss in 1948, Wilson later served on the staff at Consett and found employment at the town's steel plant.

Wilson -whose son Carl also made one appearance for Newcastle - died in 1996.

1979 Jamie Burt born, Ashington.

One of two brothers who at junior and reserve level for United (David being the other), striker Jamie was once part of the same England schoolboy side as a certain Michael Owen.

Failing to win a professional deal at SJP, Jamie moved on to
Carlisle United, Scarborough, Whitby Town, Blyth Spartans, Chesterfield, Carlisle United again (loan), Scarborough and Whitby Town. 

Later playing Sunday football for Blyth Joiners Arms and Blyth Sports & Social, he also had a spell with Northern League Bedlington Terriers.

1996 Joe Kerridge
born, Newcastle.

Forward associated with Newcastle since the age of eight who also played for Leam Rangers and began a two year scholarship with the Magpies in June 2013. 

Joe made his bow for the U18 side in a season-opening 0-3 loss at Aston Villa in August 2013, shortly after playing in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup for United.

Featuring for the U18s over the following two seasons, Kerridge didn't make the step up to the reserve side and was released at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Spending time on trial at Doncaster Rovers, he began the following season at wearside League side Harton & Westoe CW.

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1894 Leicester Fosse (h)
Division Two 
Thompson 2 

1900 Everton (h)
Division One 
Gardner won and scored the spot kick that decided this game, the linesman indicating that Everton's Abbott was guilty of an illegal intervention during the first half.

United's unbeaten start to the season was lengthened to five games thanks to this win. The Magpies would finish sixth, a point and a place better off than the Toffees.

1906 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
Appleyard, Gosnell, Kirkcaldy, Speedie 2 
Two goals for debutant Finlay Speedie.

1923 Cardiff City (a)
Division One 

1928 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
Rawlings 2, Hanson, Johnston, Spence

1934 Norwich City (h)
Division Two 
Lang, OG
The Magpies and The Canaries met competitively for the very first time, after City had gained promotion from the Third Division South the previous season.

1945 Stoke City (a)
War League

Basnett 2
1951 Fulham (h)
Division One 
1956 Preston North End (a)
Division One 

1958 Newcastle reserves were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton in Central League fixture at Goodison Park.

Jimmy Scoular appeared as part of his recuperation from injury and was fielded in an unfamiliar right back slot.

1962 Walsall (a)
Division Two 
Fell(3), Suddick(7), Kerray(38), Hilley(65),
United's biggest away win in 35 years came at Fellows Park and propelled them from tenth to fifth in the table. The Saddlers would gain their revenge on Tyneside however, winning 2-0 at SJP.

1964 Future United boss Bill McGarry left Watford to become the new Ipswich Town manager, succeeding Jackie Milburn.

1973 Queens Park Rangers (h) 2-3 (0-2)
Division One 
Thomas(1), Francis(3), Leach(78)

The red-clad R's raced into a two goal lead, the second one credited to Gerry Francis although it rebounded back off the Gallowgate goal frame and into the net via the back of the unwitting Iam McFaul.

Malcolm Macdonald shot weakly against the post at the other end from the penalty spot in the first half, before a late revival inspired by two Terry Hibbitt crosses allowed John Tudor to net a brace.
Youtube footage is online here

29/09/1979 1979 Birmingham City (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 


1979 While the first team ground out a point at St.Andrews, Blyth Spartans central defender Steve Carney debuted for the reserves at SJP against Coventry City. The late Gary Walton's goal won it for United. 

After completing his three match trial, Carney was offered a contract which he accepted.

1980 United's reserves won 4-2 at Derby County thanks to goals from Gary Nicholson (2), Kenny Wharton and an OG.

Future Rams boss Arthur Cox was at the Baseball Ground to monitor the progress of returning injury victim Mick Martin.

1981 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Another defeat at Burnden Park - a venue United had failed to win at since back in the 1959/60 season.

1984 West Ham United (h) 1-1 (1-0)
Division One 
Debut for Pat Heard.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Bristol City 
(a) 0-1
Division Two 
Picking up an injury in the pre-match warm up at Ashton Gate, John Gallacher hobbled around briefly, before giving way to debutant Lee Clark.

The 17 year-old midfielder had featured at junior and reserve level but didn't look out of place on his senior bow.

This match marked the only start that Neil Simpson made for Newcastle, lasting precisely 36 minutes. Neither he nor Gallacher played for the Magpies again.

1992 24 hours after the removal of one ex-Magpie from Brunton Park, enter another, as David McCreery replaced Aidan McCaffery as Carlisle United manager.

1998 Press reports had Newcastle linked with a move for Ipswich Town's Kieron Dyer, while Everton were said to be looking at Steve Watson. Meanwhile, the United squad flew out to Belgrade for the second leg of their Cup-Winners Cup encounter with Partizan, holding a 2-1 advantage.

2003 Bradley Orr scored a spectacular winner as the reserves beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2 at the Lancashire FA ground in Leyland.

Shola Ameobi and an own goal put United ahead, only for the Trotters to level thanks to a brace from Brazilian Jardel.

Bolton's Jermaine Johnson was then dismissed for lashing out at Hugo Viana and United's extra man advantage told when Orr's 20 yard stunner flew into the top corner. match report

2006 The club form of Newcastle captain Scott Parker earned him a recall to the England squad, after a two year absence.

Parker was selected for a pair of European Championship qualifying games against Macedonia and Croatia.

2007 Manchester City (a)
Premier League
Petrov(38), Mpenza(47), Elano(87)

A Saturday lunchtime start at the CoM Stadium saw Geremi play in Obafemi Martins for a fine opener, but our chances of going second in the table didn't last long after that.

As Sam Allardyce later said "we committed defensive suicide" as Sven's City side quickly got our measure and exposed us down both flanks before rounding things off with a perfect free kick conversion. match report

2008 A controversial injury-time penalty from Mark Doninger gave the Reserves their first win of the season, as they beat Blackburn Rovers Reserves 2-1 at Whitley Park. match report

2012 Reading (a)
Premier League
Kebe(58), Hunt(62)
United left the Madesjki with a point, thanks to Demba Ba's controversial brace.

His opener was a glorious volley but number two saw Ba connect with a Shane Ferguson cross from close range with final contact coming via his hand. Referee Andre Marriner ignored protests and let the goal stand.

James Tavernier made a Premier League debut but there old boy Danny Guthrie failed to appear for the Royals - tweeting that he played too much football to fit into his new side's direct style of play.... match report

2014 Stoke City (a)
Premier League
United extended their winless start to the Premier League season on a wet Monday in Staffordshire.

Mike Ashley was present and looked less than impressed, while the militant mood of some away fans meant that the lower section of seating was kept clear to reduce the chance of anyone "interacting" with under-fire boss Alan Pardew as he made for the tunnel. match report