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Another Hazard
halts United


Newcastle  0  Borussia Mönchengladbach  1


Newcastle's pre-season came to a close at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon but the woodwork and the brother of Chelsea's Eden Hazard, denied Steve McClaren's side victory.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko both hit the goalframe in the second period with the goal gaping but there were some promising displays to give United fans a bit of hope for the new season.

New signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba had their moments and although Mitrovic should have buried his late chance, the striker had another half hour of pitch time.

ast season's third-placed Bundesliga finishers got their goal in the 66th minute when Rolando Aarons lost possession and although Steven Taylor had the chance to clear, the ball fell to Thorgan Hazard who side-footed past Tim Krul from the edge of the box.

Sissoko had crashed an effort off the Gallowgate bar just after the break when he did well to control a through ball but placed his effort past the 'keeper and off the woodwork with Papiss Cisse scuffing the rebound.

Wijnaldum had seen a first half backheel saved and Mike Williamson went close with a header but long shots from Gabriel Obertan and Massadio Haidara were United's best efforts in the opening half.

But there should have been an equaliser near the end for Mitrovic on his first home appearance when Siem de Jong laid the ball back but the Serbian thumped his shot off the upright with the 'keeper only a spectator.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat (Mbemba 62), Williamson, Taylor, Haidara, Anita (De Jong 75), Colback, Sissoko (Perez 81), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Aarons 62), Cisse (Mitrovic 62).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Ferguson, Lascelles, Bigirimana,  Kemen, Abeid, Gouffran.

Booked: Taylor.

BMG: Sommer, Jantschke (Brouwers 76), Christensen, Schulz (Nordtveit 76), Wendt (Dominguez 61), Traore (Ritter 84), Xhaka (Korb 76), Dahoud (Johnson 61), Herrmann (Drmic 61), Stindl, Raffael (Hazard 61).

Subs n/u: Sippel, Hrgota.

Goal: Hazard 66.


Referee: Jon Moss (W.Yorkshire) born mackemland.

Crowd: 21,088. If you're wondering why a number of Liverpool fans were in attendance, it's part of a long-standing alliance between them and BMG fans that dates back to their frequent European meetings in the 1970's.

BMG followers have made annual trips to Anfield for many years and made a £70,000 contribution to a collection for the Hillsborough families back in 1991, a gesture that earned them massive respect on merseyside.

Reds fans have also journeyed to Germany on a regular basis to watch BMG and enjoy a few steins together - an alliance that's set to continue on Tyneside today.

Having worn one-off "members" kits for pre-season home games in the last two seasons, United donned their new second kit (below) for this fixture: 

It's back to the future United:

The first match home programme of the new season gives a flavour of the cover art theme, namely a re-imagining of the artwork from previous season issues.

We kick off by turning the clock back forty years to the pre-season preparations for 1975-76, when a short lived Anglo Scottish Cup tournament saw home games against the mackems and the smoggies played.

El Diablo himself, Gordon Lee, leers out of the Tyne Bridge on both issues, while opposition bosses Bob Stokoe and Jack Charlton are superimposed on some inferior structures. It's a health and safety nightmare.

20,088 suffered a 0-2 derby loss, with 11,624 turning out three days later for a 2-2 draw with Boro, our goals coming from Terry Hibbitt and Alan Gowling.

More live TV games - 
BT play their joker

Friday brought confirmation of three further United fixture switches for live TV, including our 730 mile round trip to Bournemouth - helpfully now brought forward to Saturday lunchtime to inconvenience away supporters still further. At least it isn't on the Monday night I suppose....

Sun 18.10.2015
Norwich City (h) 4pm, Sky Sports
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon, Sky Sports
Sat 07.11.2015 AFC Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT

Selections have now been made up to and including Sunday November 29th, meaning that seven of our opening fourteen games have been moved for TV (the season opener against Southampton was moved to due their Europa League participation but isn't televised).

Amended fixture list:

Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) 1.30pm no TV
Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) 3pm no TV
Sat 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm BT 
Sat 29.08.2015
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm BT 

Mon 14.09.2015
West Ham (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) 3pm no TV
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm Sky

Sat 03.10.2015
Manchester City (a) no TV
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm Sky
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon Sky

Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City (h) 3pm no TV

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
Sat 21.11.2015 Leicester City (h) no TV
Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) no TV

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Match report

Loan lads 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City)
Friday evening saw the Bluebirds face Premier League opposition in the shape of Bournemouth at what used to be Dean Court.

City won 3-2 with Sammy completing 90 minutes.

Adam Armstrong ( Coventry City) 
Arma is expected to make his Sky Blue bow on Saturday when Tony Mowbray's side face Oxford United at the Liberty Way home of non-league Nuneaton.

Freddie Woodman ( Crawley Town)
Non-league opposition for Crawley's final kickabout on Saturday, when they visit Whitehawk FC.

I wanna be in 
that number



Friday saw United confirm first team squad numbers for the following 35 players next season. 

There are five new boys: Georginio Wijnaldum takes 5, Jamaal Lascelles will wear 15, Chancel Mbemba inherits 18 from Jonas Gutierrez, Karl Darlow will sport 26 and Aleksander Mitrovic opts for 45.

Existing players changing places include Paul Dummett (from 36 to 3), Jack Colback (from 14 to 4) Gabriel Obertan (25 to 14) and Sylvain Marveaux (reinstated to the list and handed the vacant 31 place).

Of the three players out on loan, Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman retain their numbers but Sammy Ameobi loses his - although he's the only one of the trio away on a season-long deal:

1. Tim Krul
2. Fabricio Coloccini
3. Paul Dummett
4. Jack Colback
5. Georginio Wijnaldum
6. Mike Williamson
7. Moussa Sissoko
8. Vurnon Anita
9. Papiss Cisse
10. Siem de Jong
11. Yoan Gouffran
14. Gabriel Obertan
15. Jamaal Lascelles
16. Rolando Aarons
17. Ayoze Perez
18. Chancel Mbemba
19. Massadio Haidara
20. Remy Cabella
21. Rob Elliot
22. Daryl Janmaat
23. Haris Vuckic
24. Cheick Tiote
26. Karl Darlow
27. Steven Taylor
29. Emmanuel Riviere
30. Mehdi Abeid
31. Sylvain Marveaux
32. Adam Armstrong
33. Curtis Good
34. Shane Ferguson
35. Gael Bigirimana
37. Lubomir Satka
40. Olivier Kemen
41. Freddie Woodman
45. Aleksandar Mitrovic

Woodman update:
Parding of the ways


Almost eight months after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace, Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has secured his release in order to join the Eagles.

The London-born 43 year-old ends a stint at SJP that began in December 2010 when he arrived from Charlton Athletic at Pardew's direction to succeed Paul Barron.

An announcement regarding his successor is awaited, with Simon Smith linked with a return to the club he worked for under both Ruud Gullit and Bobby Robson.

Having served Steve McClaren at Derby County last season, Eric Steele had been also mentioned as a candidate in the event that Woodman left. 

However, the 61 year old Tynesider embarked on a new role at the FA this week, working with England's youth team goalkeepers - a role Simon Smith had fulfilled.   

Cobbler in tryout
Magpies agree IT trial


Some weeks after his name first entered the frame, Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney has been given the opportunity to win a move to the Magpies.

The 19 year-old made a senior debut for his hometown team in an FA Cup tie against Bradford City in November 2012 and has played 60 first team games for the League Two Cobblers (29 starts), scoring 11 goals.

Toney is on Tyneside and joined in training with Peter Beardsley's development squad on Friday - with the expectation being that he'll feature in a behind closed doors kickabout against Gateshead on Sunday.

A deal that could eventually be worth £500K has been mentioned for a player that United have tracked since last October at least, when a Cobblers fan site reported that a Magpies scout was present at Northampton's game against Burton Albion to watch Toney.

Arrival #3:
Defender joins - official


NUFC email sent to fans on Thursday:

Newcastle United have announced the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba after the club received a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for the player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The deal is subject to Mbemba receiving the appropriate visa.

Mbemba becomes Newcastle United's third signing of the summer, after completing the switch from Anderlecht. The 20-year-old DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.

Mbemba is now required to apply for his visa overseas, with the hope that he is then able to return to join his new teammates in Newcastle midweek.

The fee is reportedly around £7m.

Book out now:
Touching distance 

Available now is "Touching Distance" - a new book from local football writer Martin Hardy that recounts and reflects on the epic 1995/96 season when we were "so close".

Interviewing major figures including Kevin Keegan, Sir John Hall and Les Ferdinand and unearthing some new tales in the process, Touching Distance costs £18.99 and author signed copies are available to order online here post free in the UK. 

If you're heading to the SJP open day on Tuesday (4th), then Martin will be signing books on the third floor of Fenwicks from 12.30pm, in the company of ex-Magpies Terry McDermott, John Beresford and Steve Howey.

The author will also be signing copies at Waterstones by Greys Monument before the Southampton home game, between Noon and 1pm on Sunday August 9th.

Two launch events are to be staged as follows:

Thu 13.08.2015 Benedictine Club, Cramlington
Fri 14.08.2015 42nd Street, Whitley Bay 

Both are in a talk-in format with former Magpie Keith Gillespie and the author. Admission £10 including a pie and pea supper, tickets from the venue or 

Milk Cup:
Chile too hot for bairns

United lost 0-2 to O'Higgins in Friday's Globe Final at Coleraine Showgrounds, the Chilean youngsters scoring twice in the final five minutes of the tie. 

Having failed to finish in the top four of the Milk Cup competition, Newcastle qualified for the second level event (the Globe) for teams finishing between fifth and eighth position after three group stage games.

And a 5-1 victory over California-based Strikers FC on Thursday put them into the final of the competition on Friday against O'Higgins on Friday afternoon.

Leading the way against Strikers with another man of he match display was Mackenzie Heaney, who netted a hat trick to go with Ben Pollock and Callum Smith goals.

(Note that the bureaucracy of the Milk Cup event means that Heaney has been referred to by his previous surname of MacCubbin during this tournament)

Six points from the group stages came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Japanese side Higashi Fukuoka at Ballymoney, with Ben Pollock and Mackenzie Heaney netting.

Following a 1-3 loss to Ghanaian outfit Right to Dream in Ballymena (Heaney on target), the Young Magpies picked up another three points with a 4-0 victory over County Tyrone at Limavady, Ben Pollock, Brandon Williams, Owen Gallacher and Lewis McNall on target.


Harker, Marrs, Aziakonou, Le.Gibson, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Aplin, Gallacher, Spooner, Lowther, Heaney, Long, C.Smith, McNall, Donaghey, Williams.

Club confirm open day

There's a public training session and associated activities at SJP this coming Tuesday (August 4th) from 9am.

Entry to the East Stand is free and here's the schedule:

9am: Fanzone and East Stand open
10am to 10.30am: NUFC Foundation training session
10.45am to 12.15pm: First team training session
12.15pm to 12.30pm: Penalty kicks/crossbar challenge
1.45pm: Competition winners' signing session
2pm: Fanzone closes

due to the location of the fanzone for this event outside the Gallowgate end, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm that day.

Old boys:
Loft gets new Perch


Championship side Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of former Magpie James Perch from Wigan Athletic. The 29 year-old defender has signed a three year contract with the West London club.

PS: Among the more obscure old boy moves we've noted this summer, DR Congo-born defender Patrick Nzuzi has departed from Irish League Limerick to join Sligo Rovers. 

Stuck in the slow Lane

Sheffield United  2  Newcastle 

Goals online here

Match report

Train offer launched

Virgin Trains East Coast
have come up with a brand new initiative aimed at getting Magpies season ticket holders and members to and from away matches in the London area at reduced prices using their services.

Individual bookings attract a 10% discount, while groups of three or more qualify for 25% off. And rather than waiting for confirmation of match dates - and watching cheaper advance tickets sell out - free rebooking of tickets is now possible if a game is rescheduled for TV.

In line with the current NUFC away ticketing policy, this offer is open only to those who qualify for away tickets (ie not the general public) and the scheme is partly motivated by a desire to address behaviour on trains, so there's what amounts to a code of conduct included. 

Further details and bookings are open now here:


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St. James' Park
Sunday 9th August
Kick-off 1.30pm

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Borussia  M'gladbach 1

St. James' Park
Saturday 1st August
Match report to follow's
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Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2015/16:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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

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

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 also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

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

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

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

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sat 08.08.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ 
Clayton Wood Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.08.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ 
New Bucks Head, Telford, 3pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Visitors have taken 1,646 seats.
NB: no metros between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08 and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run.

W/C Mon 10.08.2015
Capital One Cup Second Round draw involving NUFC.

Sat 15.08.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Mon 17.08.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @ 
Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 12.45pm. Premier League.  SOLD OUT. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 24.08.2015
U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 25/Wed 26.08.2015 Team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Capital One Cup Second Round. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer talk-in @ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston. In aid of Wallsend Boys Club. £30 including supper. No children allowed. Orders and further details:

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm 
Sat 29.08.2015
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Future live TV picks should appear thus:

Oct/Nov: By the end of July
Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

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

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

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

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

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


International Magpies
National Service
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

What's this all about then? Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
1st August

Born Or Died:

1892 Robert McIntosh born, Dundee. (1920-24)

Midfielder signed by Newcastle from his hometown club Dundee ahead of the 1920/21 season, at a cost of £1,250.

Making his first team debut in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in September 1920, Robert's first season at SJP saw him make 33 league appearances as United finished fifth in the top flight.

His first United goal came in a Tyne -wear derby game at SJP in November 1921, earning his side a point in a 2-2 draw.

Losing his regular place in the side to Tim Curry in October 1923, McIntosh made only occasional appearances that season and played no part in the club's successful FA Cup run.  

Having failed to feature for the first team the following season, he joined Stockport County for £500 in October 1924.

1974 Dennis Lawrence born, Morvant, Trinidad & Tobago. (2000)

Giant defender who impressed Sir Bobby Robson when he faced United in an end-of- season friendly in Trinidad in May 2000.

Lawrence had an unsuccessful trial at SJP some four months later, before returning to his club, Defence Force in Jamaica.

He did subsequently appear in the Football League for Wrexham, Swansea City, and Crewe Alexandra (the latter on loan).

Returning to his native Trinidad in 2009 with 
San Juan Jabloteh, Lawrence resurfaced at former club Wrexham in March 2010 but after training with them opted to retire.

Gaining his UEFA "B" licence, Dennis was reunited with ex-Jacks team mate Roberto Martinez on the Wigan Athletic coaching staff, following him on to Everton in 2013. 

1978 Steven Paris
born, Uphall, Scotland.

Schoolboy international goalkeeper who had been on the books of Rangers before linking up with Newcastle's Academy in 1995.

Failing to make the breakthrough at SJP, Steven returned to his native Scotland and joined Hamilton Academical in Summer 1996.

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1959 Edinburgh Select (a)
McGuigan, White, Eastham
scorers tbc 
Another United visit for this annual pre-season charity fixture, played this year at Easter Road.

1970 Dundee United (a)

Smith, Davies
Following the two-legged Fairs Cup tie of Sept/Oct 1969, the Terrors became frequent friendly foes.

A meeting in February 1970 at SJP followed, while this Tannadice game was restaged on Tyneside just four days later. 

1977 SC Telstar (Holland) (a)

Mickelsen(25), Jonker(70)
Crowd tbc
United's pre-season programme kicked off with defeat in the Dutch town of Velsen, despite Mickey Burns taking John Bird's pass and grabbing the opening goal via a post.

Team: Mahoney, Gorry, Kennedy, Cassidy, Bird (Callachan), McCaffery, Barrowclough, Blackhall (Oates) Burns (Cannell), Gowling, T.Craig.

1979 Torquay United (a)

Shoulder, Walker, Mitchell
scorers tbc 
The Magpies paid their first- ever visit to Plainmoor on this Wednesday evening.

1985 Wigan Athletic (a)

McDonald 2, Beardsley, Roeder
scorer tbc 
Third and final match United played in the Isle of Man Cup, held in Castletown.

1987 Brondby IF (Denmark) (a)

Goddard 78
Jensen(40)(pen), Neilsen 68

United's pre-season preparations began in the town of Glostrup, near to Copenhagen.

In the home ranks was highly-rated youngster Brian Laudrup, whose elder brother Michael had just completed a move to Juventus.

Team: M.Thomas, McDonald, Bailey (Tinnion), Anderson (Stephenson), P.Jackson, Roeder, Hodges, Gascogne, Goddard, Wharton, D.Jackson (A.Thomas).

1988 Katrineholm (Sweden) (a)
Mirandinha, Hendrie, Robertson, O'Neill 
A small crowd turned up to see new arrivals Andy Thorn and John Hendrie make their Magpies debut on a bumpy pitch.

1989 Mjallby AIF (Sweden) (a)

Quinn, McGhee, Brazil 

1990 Oadby Town (a)
OG(Kirby), Gallacher, O'Brien 
The black & white "bar code" strip made its debut in this Leicestershire town, in a match arranged by Magpies director and Oadby President Peter Mallinger. 

After the match, Newcastle manager Jim Smith performed the opening ceremony on a new clubhouse at Invicta Park.

1992 York City (a)
Sheedy (17), Peacock (46), Carr (79)
Tilley (63) 
The Magpies continued their pre-season preparations by easing to victory in this Saturday afternoon kickabout at Bootham Crescent. 

1994 Wrexham (a)
Beardsley(73), Mathie(35,89)

United visited the Racecourse Ground to form the opposition in Dixie McNeil's testimonial.

Some sources credited Peter Beardsley's goal as an OG after it was deflected in by Barry Hunter - a former Magpies trainee who later found his way to the Racecourse Ground.

NUFC: Srnicek (Hooper 46), Neilson, Beresford, Lee, Venison, Peacock, Fox, Jeffrey (Holland 70), Beardsley, Mathie. Elliott.   

1996 S-League All Stars (a) 5-0 (2-0)

Ferdinand(7), Ginola(25pen,73), Kitson(72,88)

The second game of United's tour of the Far East was staged in front of a capacity crowd at Singapore's National Stadium.

New £15m signing Alan Shearer had linked up with the tour party and watched from the subs bench, but didn't appear in the game.

David Batty managed to get himself booked in what was a combative kickabout at times, while manager Kevin Keegan removed Tino Asprilla at half time after the Colombian had been guilty of a trio of bad fouls.

NUFC: Hislop, Barton, Beresford, Peacock (Howey 67), Batty (Lee 46), Albert (Elliott 57), Clark (Watson 67), Gillespie (Beardsley 57), Ferdinand, Asprilla (Kitson 46), Ginola. Sub n/u: Watson.

1998 Benfica (Portugal) (n) 0-0 (0-0)
Day one of the JD Sports tournament held at the Riverside Stadium saw the Magpies beaten on penalties after a drab 90 minutes.

Graeme Souness's Benfica side won 4-3 in the shootout, Steve Watson, Stuart Pearce and Temuri Ketsbaia on target before Gary Speed and Ralf Keidel missed from the spot.

NUFC: Given, Charvet, Pearce, Watson, Dabizas, Hamilton (Keidel 80), Barnes (Brady 59), Ketsbaia, Andersson, Serrant, Speed.  
Subs n/u: Harper, Kelly, Elliott.

In the other game, Italians Empoli beat the smogs 1-0 to leave the following day's Tyne -Tees derby as the 3rd/4th playoff match. 

2000 Georgian Temuri Ketsbaia reminded the watching Bobby Robson of his qualities with two goals and a string-pulling midfield display in a pre-season game at Berwick Rangers.

Ahead through Shola Ameobi, the Borderers got back into the game after the break and at one stage it was 2-3, before a quick fire double from James Coppinger rounded off a 5-2 success in front of 2,015 fans. match report

Bordering on the Riviera in Berwick

2001 1860 Munich (Germany) (h)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd Leg 
Speed(5), LuaLua(80), Solano(89pen)
After a fine 3-2 victory in the Olympic Stadium, United finished the job against the Germans and qualified for the Intertoto Cup Final on a 6-3 aggregate. 

Your correspondents will forever remember this game for a bizarre pre-match meeting with a certain Mr Shepherd.

On the field, new signing Laurent Robert was paraded, but took no part in the game. match report

 Hartlepool (a) 
 Sheff Wed (a) 


So when was the last time Newcastle scored nine goals in an evening.... and lost?

There were contrasting fortunes for United's  two teams in simultaneous action. In the 7.15pm kick off they ran out 6-0 winners against Hartlepool. Half an hour later at Hillsborough Sir Bobby Robson looked on as his side squandered a comfortable 3-1 lead.

A competitive encounter at Hillsborough saw United throw away a 3-1 lead in little more than ten minutes during the second half to lose 4-3. 

Ex-Brentford man Lloyd Owusu gave the Owls an early lead but Dyer equalised and then Ameobi and LuaLua put United 3-1 ahead after the break. 

Back came Wednesday though, with goals from Smith, Armstrong and future Mag Shefki Kuqi giving the home side victory. match report

Meanwhile, another United side were filling their boots at Victoria Park, Hartlepool. Alan Shearer grabbed an 18-minute hat-trick after Bellamy had got an early opener. 

The scoring continued after the break with Solano and Speed soon making it 6-0 before Newcaatle eased off. match report

2004 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)

24 hours after an decent display against Rangers, Newcastle served up a simply awful 90 minutes against Sir Bobby Robson's former side - who weren't much better.

The goal that divided the teams and saw Sporting repeat their 1992 SJP pre-season tournament success came on 33 minutes when Chilean midfielder Rodrigo Tello's sweet shot eluded Harper in the Gallowgate goal.

Patrick Kluivert's much-anticipated debut came on the hour when he replaced Alan Shearer, but neither the Dutchman nor any of his colleagues looked remotely inspired in what was an instantly forgettable afternoon.

Sporting would make two further returns to Tyneside that season in the UEFA Cup, with United winning the Quarter Final first leg after drawing the earlier Group stage tie. match report

2006 The draw for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round paired us with the Latvian league leaders FK Ventspils.

TV demands saw the away leg switched to the Skonto Stadium, Riga, rather than their own home ground - saving team, fans and telly technicians a three hour trek from the Latvian capital to the coastal town.

2007 Hull City (a)
The floodwaters had receded from Hull, but provided the travelling fans with material for their repertoire on a night when there was precious little else for them to applaud.

Such was the youth and inexperience of the side that Sam Allardyce was forced to field due to injuries that goalkeeper Steve Harper remarked that he felt like "their Grandad". match report

2008 Hertha Berlin (Germany) (n)
A poor performance from Kevin Keegan's side in the first of two matches to be played at Palma's ONO Stadium in the Mallorca Cup.

Jonas Gutierrez made his Magpies debut in the stadium he had called home until just a few weeks previously. match report

2012 Newcastle's second string kicked off their preparations for the season by with a 4-1 win over Conference Premier side Gateshead at the International Stadium. 

Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton and Marcus Maddison netted in front of 1,274 fans,  while new defensive arrival Curtis Good made his Magpies bow. match report