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Everton (h), Burnley (h) Public sale now
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Never mind the baubles, here's the
2014 Advent Calendar
  Day 21

Premier League:
Black Sunday

Newcastle  0  mackems  1

The 151st Tyne-wear derby ended in similar fashion to the previous three with defeat for United, leaving Alan Pardew with a unique and undesirable record of four straight derby defeats.

A 90th minute goal from Adam Johnson settled this scrappy contest when the visitors broke from a Newcastle corner as the black and whites pushed for a winner.

Seconds earlier Moussa Sissoko fired a 25-yarder that seemed destined for the top corner until Costel Pantilimon tipped the ball over the bar but it was Sissoko who was then dispossessed as the resultant corner was cleared.

There were chances to halt the counter-attack but the ball was eventually squared to Johnson who took a touch and thumped the ball past Jak Alnwick.

It was probably rough justice on United who had enjoyed the majority of the possession and chances, although Gus Poyet's side had missed the clearest openings in a competitive but poor first half.

Connor Wickham headed wide from close range and Steven Fletcher volleyed against the Leazes End bar while Sissoko had shot straight at Pantilimon and then Ayoze Perez curled one narrowly wide before the break.

The other notable events in the first period were the bookings dished out by referee Anthony Taylor. The first was shown to Sebastian Coates - a late replacement for Anthony Reveillere who was injured in the warm-up - who tripped Daryl Janmaat.

However, Paul Dummett wasted the free-kick after Jack Colback touched the ball to the defender but his left-footed shot flew over the Gallowgate bar.

First in the book for United was Fabricio Coloccini for a brainless knee in Fletcher's back and Cheick Tiote was finally cautioned for a series of fouls, meaning he is suspended for the trip to Old Trafford on Friday.

Colback was shown a yellow for a late challenge on Jordi Gomez and the final caution of the half went to Wickham who looked to deliberately target Alnwick's injured shoulder as he barged the 'keeper over.

Steven Taylor clattered into the post as he made sure that Fletcher didn't get on the end of a cross to the far post and had to be stitched off the pitch and in his absence Gomez sliced wide when he seemed certain to score.

Lee Cattermole was the first booking of the second half, miraculously lasting 55 minutes before picking up his eighth booking of the season and minutes later Pardew put on Adam Armstrong for Yoan Gouffran.

Perez tested Pantilimon with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box but the 6'8" stopper was able to divert the ball over the bar.

John O'Shea chopped down Sissoko to become the next to be carded and then Papiss Cisse replaced Tiote as Pardew went in search of a winner but Johnson almost scored at the other end, steering his shot wide.

Remy Cabella replaced Sammy Ameobi with minutes remaining as United continued to push forward but following Sissoko's late piledriver Johnson delivered his sucker punch to steal the points once again.

There were five minutes of added time for a dramatic late equaliser but Sebastian Larsson and Gomez were closest to grabbing a second goal.

So, not for the first time Newcastle United's Christmas present to their fans is unadulterated misery after a miserable week of three disastrous defeats.

The defeat left The Magpies in ninth, four points clear of the mackems who moved up to 14th.

Next up is a trip to in-form Manchester United on Boxing Day. Bah bloody humbug....

Full match report to follow.  

Team: Alnwick, Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett, Tiote (
Cisse 75), Colback, Ameobi (Cabella 89), Sissoko, Gouffran (Armstrong 59), Perez.
Subs n/u: Williamson, Haidara, Riviere, Woodman.

Booked: Coloccini, Tiote, Colback, Dummett.

SMB: Pantilimon, Vergini, O'Shea, Brown,
Coates, Cattermole (Bridcutt 70), Johnson, Larsson (Rodwell 90+4), Gomez, Wickham (Buckley 81), Fletcher.
Subs n/u: Altidore, Alvarez, Mannone.

Booked: Coates, Wickham, O'Shea. Cattermole.

Goal: Johnson 90.

Crowd: 52,315. Highest of the season. The visiting supporters joined in with the home fans to applaud as the clock ticked round to 17 minutes. By 5.30pm on Sunday the Police reported 17 arrests for a variety of public order offences.


Anthony Taylor - second appointment this season to date for the Mancunian whistler, after the 2-1 victory at Spurs. His sole wearside posting was a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Latest Premier League fixture/results:

Sat 20.12.2014:
Man City 3-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United
Hull City v Swansea City
QPR 3-2 West Bromwich Albion
Southampton 3-0 Everton
Spurs 2-1 Burnley
West Ham 2-0 Leicester City

Sun 21.12.2014:
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

Mon 22.12.2014:

Stoke City v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced at 20 (21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here


Black & white Friday:
That's your lot

Thanks to everyone who flooded our inbox with entries for our "Black and White Friday" quiz. We asked you to identify the Newcastle player in
a photograph and virtually everyone knew it was Laurent Robert (apart from those who answered Andy O'Brien and Hatem Ben Arfa....)

The winner of the iPad mini provided by MJS Computers was Matt Hynd and the following people are battling to claim one of our other ten prizes:

Dave Chalcraft
Mo Chizary
Kris Garthwaite
Paddy Graham
Chris Jordan
Joe McDermott 
Fiona Monteith-Preston
Sam Mullen
Mark Simblet
Andrew Taggart

(Scented candles went to Jacqueline Butterwick)

Trotters toppled

Bolton U18s  0  Newcastle U18s  1

A week on from their FA Youth Cup success, Dave Watson's U18s had another away trek on Saturday, facing their Bolton Wanderers counterparts.

United were looking to avenge a 1-3 home loss at Little Benton in September and went ahead just before half time at an overcast and blustery Lostock Academy.

Jamie Cobain's low centre from the right flank was helped on by a colleague for Jamie Holmes to flick home from close range at the back post.

Sean Longstaff had a decent chance to double United's lead on 58 minutes but although successfully chipping the advancing Trotters 'keeper, his effort dropped just wide.

Bolton mustered a handful of shots in their search for an equaliser but failed to test Brendan Pearson, as the Magpies completed their 2014 campaign with a win. 

Team (tbc): Pearson, Cobain, Laidler, Hunter, Newberry, Cameron (Pollock 46), Ward (Suddick 63), Drennan, Charman, Longstaff, Holmes (Johnson 80). Sub n/u: Heaney.

The Gift: 
Last minute  .com

For anyone still after a copy of Paul Joannou's fine new book "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who", deliveries will take place in the following postcode areas on Monday and Tuesday: 

NE12, NE22, NE23, NE25, NE26, NE27, NE28, NE29, NE30, NE61

If you want to be included, email

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Capital One Cup:
Capital None

Spurs  4  Newcastle  0


White Hart Lane, Wednesday, 8pm

If you were affected by turnstile closures before kick-off and consequent congestion problems at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, make your views known in writing to:


Match report

Capital One Cup Quarter-finals:

Derby County 1-3 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
Spurs 4-0

(Liverpool drew Chelsea, Spurs drew Sheffield United in the two-legged Semi Finals)

Back Page hours

Holiday opening hours for the Back Page shop on St.Andrews Street will be as follows:

Sun 21st 10am-1.30pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm
Mon 22nd, Tue 23rd 9am-7pm
Wed 24th 9am-3pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day Closed
Sat 27th 9am-5.30pm
Sun 28th 11am-4pm and 6pm-7pm
Mon 29th, Tue 30th 9.30am-5.30pm
Wed 31st 9.30am-4pm
Thur 1st 11am-3pm and 5pm-6pm


Premier League:
Gogglebox: 3 changes

The latest round of TV alterations sees two selections for Newcastle - but movement of a third fixture that renders pre-booked travel plans worthless once again:


Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) (2.05pm) Sky
Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) 5.30pm) Sky

That Stoke alteration unfortunately means that United's visit to Selhurst Park on Tuesday 10th February will now be played 24 hours later as follows: 

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) (8pm) not on TV

BT Sport haven't selected any NUFC games this time round and the new list covers to Sunday March 1st.

That means the visit of Aston Villa to SJP stays as a 3pm kickoff on Saturday February 28th and by implication, the Manchester United home game the following Wednesday (March 4th) should also remain unaltered.

FA Cup:
FA Cup ticket details

Tickets for United's forthcoming FA Cup Third Round tie at Leicester City are now on sale to ST holders with a zero points requirement (member sale from Mon 22nd).

Prices: Adults 13, Over 65s 8, U18s 5, U12s 2. 

The tie is on Saturday 3rd January at 3pm and isn't on live TV. With both sides in Premier League action just 48 hours earlier, attempts to delay the tie by 24 hours failed due to a clash with a Leicester Tigers rugby match at nearby Welford Road on the Sunday.

Premier League:
Burnley (h) plan 
your journey

All is quiet on New Years Day - especially when it comes to using public transport. With Newcastle playing their first January 1st home game since 2007, remember that no bus, local train, metro or ferry services will run across the region on that day. 

The only exceptions to that are
long distance train services operated by East Coast, Trans Pennine and Cross Country that will connect Newcastle to Chester-le-Street, Durham, Darlington and Berwick (plus other stations further afield).

There's also a limited service connecting Morpeth but Northern Rail services aren't operating, meaning that Cramlington station is shut and there's nothing on the Tyne Valley line or via the coast to Hartlepool.    

The X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city will both operate
timetables here

Riverside date set

Newcastle's U18 side will play their Fourth Round FA Youth Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Thursday 8th January at the Riverside Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7pm and the tie must be settled on the night, via extra time and penalties if necessary.

Both sides won away in the Third Round last weekend, the smoggies notching up a 4-3 success at Southend while Newcastle ran out 3-1 winners at Millwall.

The last Tees-Tyne meeting in this competition came back in February 2004, when Boro struck a last minute winner to win a Fifth Round tie 2-1.

Boro won the first U18 league meeting of the current season 1-0 and the two sides are due to play the return game at Little Benton on Saturday January 17th.

Brother beyond:
Kick it in / Kick it out

While Newcastle were exiting from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, one of our biggest flops of modern times was helping himself to a 41 minute hat trick that retained his latest side's place on top of their league.

Luuk de Jong's
treble earned PSV Eindhoven a 4-3 win over Feyenoord and took him up to double figures for the season in the Eredivisie, with a quartet of Europa League strikes boosting his goal total to fourteen.
goals here

Luuk's brother Siem meanwhile continues his comeback from injury after having played just twice in the Premier League since joining the Magpies.  

Along with Sammy Ameobi, the elder of the two de Jong brothers was recently interviewed by locally-based charity Show Racism The Red Card on the subject of discrimination in sport and society.
interviews here

On-loan Magpie bailed

From the Derby Evening Telegraph, Wednesday:

Nottingham Forest star Jamaal Lascelles has appeared in court charged with assault in a Derby nightclub.

The England Under-21 defender, who lives in Oakwood, is charged with assaulting a man, occasioning actual bodily harm, in Lola Lo, in Victoria Street, on April 23.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court today for a preliminary hearing. In court, prosecutor Sarah Slater said: "I have been told this will be a definite trial."

Lascelles was released on bail and told to next appear at Derby Crown Court on March 11. A trial date was set for the week beginning April 27.

January departure?

Following this weekend's set of games, the Italian Serie A will take a break until the first week of January - by which time a deal taking Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to AS Roma could to be in place.    

Sent out on a season-long loan by United, the 25 year- old has been a success at the Stadio Olimpico, making 16 appearances as Roma rose to second in the table and qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Unhappy at his treatment in England, Yanga-Mbiwa has publicly praised his new surroundings and is happy to remain in Italy - no doubt boosted by an international recall to the French national side recently.

Italian media sources claim that a transfer fee of 7m has been agreed (1.5m of which was paid for the loan) and the only doubt seems to be whether Roma will wait until the conclusion of the season or act in January.   

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of 8.4m. 

Second string held

Bedlington Terriers  3  Newcastle XI  3 

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to competitive action on  Monday when they host West Ham in an U21 Premier League Cup tie at Whitley Park.

That has a 1pm kick-off and will be played to a finish, with extra time and penalties if required. ST holders / members gain free entrance or pay on the gate.

PS: The Derby County U21 Premier League away game on Monday January 5th 2015, that has been rescheduled to Tuesday April 28th and will now take place at the iPro Stadium (aka Pride Park) not Alfreton Town FC. 


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SFA go after Ashley 

Update: Friday saw confirmation that the new CEO of Rangers is none other than Derek Llambias, a month after he became a non-executive director of the Ibrox club.

Rangers and Mike Ashley were both issued with notices by the Compliance Officer of the Scottish FA on Monday, concerning alleged breaches of three disciplinary rules related to the issues of dual club ownership:

Details online here

It's reported that Ashley faces a 10K fine if a rule breach is proven, while the Govan club could be hit with both financial penalties and expulsion from the Scottish Cup.

New year break 
for Abeid

The first of three anticipated call-ups of Newcastle players for next year's African Nations Cup Finals has materialised, with Mehdi Abeid selected by Algeria.

French-born Abeid is yet to make his debut for Algeria after injuring a toe in training after his maiden senior callup and could miss up to six weeks of club football.

Algeria begin their campaign in Equatorial Guinea against South Africa on January 19th, face Ghana four days later and a then Senegal side that's expected to include club colleague Papiss Cisse on the 27th.   

The finals conclude on February 8th, with United's third representative likely to be Cheick Tiote for Ivory Coast.

Premier League:
Matters arising

Monday saw the draws for the Champions League and Europa League take place, with some consequences for Newcastle coming from the Premier League selections. 

Manchester City were drawn out with Barcelona and will host the Catalan side at the Etihad on Tuesday February 24th. Our Premier League visit there is now confirmed as a 5.30pm KO on Saturday February 21st for live TV.

Moving on to the Europa League and Everton have been paired with Young Boys in the last 32, with the second leg played on merseyside.

Progress for the Toffees in that tie would see them in Round of 16 action on Thursday March 12th and 19th - and mean that our scheduled trip to Goodison Park on Saturday March 14th would be altered from that day, whether or not selected for live TV transmission. 

(A similar situation would await us in April should Spurs make it through to the Europa League Quarter Finals).

PS: Advance notice that our scheduled trip to Anfield on Saturday 11th April coincides with the staging of the Grand National at nearby Aintree racecourse.

Historically, Liverpool tend not to play home games when the race is run and with it getting underway at 4.15pm then a 3pm kickoff would seem unlikely that day - regardless of whether the TV companies select it.

The borrowers:
Loan lads

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A 0-0 home draw with AC Milan on Saturday keeps Roma second in Serie A behind Juventus. Mapou played the full 90 minutes.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
A 1-1 home draw with Leeds United in the Championship on Saturday saw Darlow play the full game and Lascelles remain on the bench.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger has now missed six games in all competitions for his adopted side due to a hamstring injury.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Unwanted by HCFC or NUFC, his future is uncertain.

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Next Match

Manchester United
Premier League

Old Trafford
Friday 26th December
Kick-off 1.30pm
Live on BT Sports

Last Match

Newcastle 0
mackems 1
Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 21st December
Match report to follow's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

Online Box Office is available here

SJP season ticket info 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. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Mon 22.12.2014 U21s v West Ham (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. Live on BT.

Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) @ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Sat 03.01.2015 Leicester City (a)
@ King Power Stadium, 3pm. FA Cup Third Round.
ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Mon 22.12.2014. Adults 13, Over 65s 8, U18s 5, U12s 2. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 08.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a)
@ Riverside Stadium, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fourth Round.

Sat 10.01.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.01.2015 Chelsea (a)
@ Stamford Bridge, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now (0 points). Upper tier: 55 adults, 23.50 concessions. Lower tier: 52 adults, 23.50 concessions. Allocation tbc.

Mon 12.01.2015 U21s v Bolton Wanderers (h) @ Whitley Park. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (h) @ Little Benton,11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale from Tue 23.12.2014. Live on Sky Sports.

FA Cup: 

Second Round restaged tie:

Fri 02.01.2015:
MK Dons v Chesterfield

Third Round ties:

Fri 02.01.2015:
Cardiff City v Colchester United BBC2W

Sat 03.01.2015:
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Brentford v Brighton and Hove Albion
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Derby County v Southport
Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City
Fulham v Wolves
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Millwall v Bradford City
Preston North End v Norwich City
Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United v team tbc*
Tranmere Rovers v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Gateshead

* winner of restaged Second Round tie between MK Dons and Chesterfield.

Sun 04.01.2014:
Arsenal v Hull City BBC
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Chelsea v Watford
Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace BT
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
QPR v Sheffield United
Southampton v Ipswich Town
Stoke City v Wrexham
mackems v Leeds United
Yeovil Town v Manchester United BT

Mon 05.01.2015:
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool BBC
Burnley v Spurs

Tue 06.01.2015:
Everton v West Ham BT

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup: 

Fourth Round draw:

Arsenal or Reading v Royston Town
Blackpool v Birmingham City
Burnley v Cardiff City
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Chesterfield
Liverpool v Derby County
Manchester City v Coventry City
Manchester United v Hull City
Mansfield Town v Stoke City
Middlesbrough v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood Town v Ipswich Town
Swansea City v Doncaster Rovers
Spurs v Wolves

FA Youth Cup Third Round tie:

Arsenal v Reading (19.12)

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

4th Round
by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup:

Round of 16:
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Bolton v Reading (22.12)
Derby County v mackems
Huddersfield v Charlton or Brighton
Boro v Stoke City (05.01)
Newcastle v West Ham (22.12)
Southampton v Norwich City
Watford v Leicester City (06.01)

Round of 32:
Charlton Athletic or Brighton (22.12)

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup:

The semi-finals will be played in February 2015 and contested by Newcastle United U21s, Blyth Spartans, Morpeth Town and Whitley Bay. Draw date tbc.

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.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm
Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) (2.05pm) 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm)
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Fri 26.12.2014
Manchester United (a) 3pm
Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.03.2015)

Gateshead FC are offering a 5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is 10

home League games

Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)
Wed 07.01.2015 Woking (7.45pm)
Sat 24.01.2015
Welling United (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for 6 - a saving of 3.

Upcoming home League games

Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm)
Sat 03.01.2015 Brighouse Town (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

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
From UEFA: international matches will take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as scheduled in Equatorial Guinea.



A: E. Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 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
21st December

Born Or Died:

1935 Death of Ted Birnie, 57. 

1946 Mickey Burns born, Preston.

Right-sided winger/striker who joined Blackpool from non-league Skelmersdale United in 1969, scoring on his debut.

After five years at Bloomfield Road he was signed by Joe Harvey and scored his first goals for Newcastle in a pre-season Texaco Cup tie away to Carlisle.

His league debut came in a 3-2 home win against Coventry City in August 1974 and Burns would appear for United regularly over the next four seasons - including the 1976 League Cup Final loss to Manchester City.

Scoring 15 of United's 42 goals in the relegation season of 1977/78, Burns was then declared surplus to requirements and sold to Cardiff City.

Following a brief spell at Ninian Park, Mickey returned to the North East to sign for the Smoggies and later joined the coaching staff at Ayresome Park.

Burns then remained in the game, working for the Professional Footballers Association as head of vocational & educational services. 

He also played a part in helping his former United strike colleague Malcolm Macdonald undergo the operation that repaired his damaged knee - paid for by the PFA.


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What Else?

1895 Rotherham Town (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope 2, McKay, Lennox 2, Stott 

1907 Sunderland (a)
Division One 
Rutherford(4), Veitch(9), Wilson(24,89) 
Hogg(7), Bridgett(29)

1912 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Hudspeth (pen) 
Hampton, Bache, Wallace

1929 Derby County (h)
Division One 
Chalmers, Hill 
Bedford 2, Crooks

1946 Chesterfield (h)
Division Two 
Wayman 2 
A good win against fellow promotion hopefuls, who had been solid in defence all season.

1957 West Bromwich Albion (h) 3-0 (0-0)
Division One 
Davies, White 2 
A second half revival saw United lifted two places up to 18th spot in the table.

Len White's double took him to five strikes for the season, but he would hit form in the year and grab 25 in total.

1963 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Division Two 
A sixth goal in as many games for Barrie Thomas was enough for United to take a point against The Pilgrims.

1968 Queens Park Rangers (a) 1-1 (1-0)
Division One 
United's Loftus Road debut ended all square, after the first-ever meeting of the sides at SJP two months earlier had resulted in a 3-2 home success. 

1974 Leeds United (h) 3-0 (0-0)
Division One 
Tudor, Kennedy, Howard 

1985 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Denied a penalty by an offside flag when Gazza was scythed down by Mark Lawrenson, an elongated clearance upfield midway through the first half by John Bailey set Peter Bearsley away to lob Bruce Grobbelaar and net via a post.

John Anderson then denied Ian Rush with a fine goal line clearance before Steve Nicol fired past Martin Thomas to level the scores.

And despite Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish bringing himself off the bench, Liverpool couldn't find a winner and were given a few anxious moments by Gazza and fellow rookie Paul Stephenson. 

1986 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-2 (0-2)
Division One 
Chapman, Bradshaw
This reverse marked the beginning of a run of six successive league losses that made relegation a genuine possibility. 

More frantic transfer action at SJP as Jim Smith brought in a new full back pairing; Ray Ranson arriving from Birmingham City and Kenny Sansom waddling up from Arsenal.

1989 Newcastle's junior side advanced to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup after beating Tranmere Rovers in a Second Round replay.

Scorers for Colin Suggett's United side at Prenton Park were David Cleary, Lee Clark and Steve Howey. Newcastle would return to Merseyside in the next round, at Liverpool.

1994 Manchester City (h)
League Cup 4th Round Replay
Rosler(11), Walsh(80)
After an entertaining 1-1 draw at Maine Road, little went right for Newcastle in the second meeting, with City becoming the first visiting side to win at SJP all season. 

1997 Manchester United (h) 0-1 (0-0)
Premier League 
Former hero Andy Cole scored his first goal at SJP since leaving, evading marker Darren Peacock before heading home a David Beckham centre.

Newcastle did have their chances though, with Peter Schmeichel brilliantly denying both John Barnes and Stuart Pearce, before Asprilla wasted a chance deep into added time.

Pearce had earlier intervened to foil a one man pitch invasion by a home fan, who looked destined for a one to one with Mr Cole.

2002 Fulham (h)
Solano(8), Bellamy(70)

The SJP fans claimed an assist for the opening goal, after their booing of Alain Goma caused the toon old boy to fluff his backpass to van der Sar.

One mishit clearance later and Nobby Solano had neatly chested the ball down and sent it flying back over the 'keeper's head for 1-0. 

Alan Shearer then blasted his penalty over the bar as the Cottagers were reduced to ten men following Wome's lunge on Andy Griffin.

Craig Bellamy then gave the score a more accurate reflection of the afternoon after some neat work by Kieron Dyer.

Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson singled out the midfield stamina of Gary Speed, saying after the win that he, "is fitter than ever, better than ever and older than ever. He is an absolute marvel."

Bobby on Shearer's blast over the bar: "we've got some builders in to repair the Stand!" match report

2004 Two weeks after recording our best win of the season with a 3-0 home success over Middlesbrough, our reserve side also won the return fixture 2-0 at Central Avenue, home of Northern League side Billingham Synthonia.

Striker Guy Bates scored in both halves for Tommy Craig's side. match report

2005 It was "Kris miss time" for the Reserves as Magpies defender Kris Gate rattled the Leeds crossbar four minutes from the end. 

The game at the South Leeds Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw, thanks to Michael Chopra's shot and a Carl Finnigan effort that struck an opponent and was registered as an OG. match report

2008 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Premier League
N'Zogbia(12), Duff(90)

Joe Kinnear's side made it two wins in a week and six games unbeaten, thanks to a late winner from sub Damien Duff.

The Irishman had been on the field barely three minutes when he played a one/two with Mark Viduka and calmly shot past Gomes at the Leazes End. Duff then proved his fitness by leaping the advertising hoarding to join supporters in celebration - receiving a booking. match report

2011 West Bromwich (h)
Premier League

Odemwingie(20), McAuley(44), Scharner(85)
Demba Ba supplied a well-taken brace for the second time in a fortnight, but again ended up on the losing side as our winless run lengthened to six matches at St. James' Park.

Without the banned Yohan Cabaye and with Dan Gosling also suspended, Alan Pardew opted to hand Haris Vuckic his first top-flight start and leave Hatem Ben Arfa and Mehdi Abeid in reserve on the substitutes' bench. match report

2013 Crystal Palace (a)
Premier League
Cabaye(25), og(Gabbidon)(39), Ben Arfa(86pen)
A sixth win in eight league games consolidated sixth spot and saw us move onto the shoulders of the European place contenders.

At a soggy and windswept Selhurst Park, United got their fifth successive win at Palace's ground and it became three out of three wins without conceding a goal in the "Brazil" away kit. match report

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