Saturday December 16th, 2017

    Last update 12:25 GMT

      Your genial hosts: Niall and Biffa

FREEPHONE: 0800 316 1144

Next Match

Premier League
Emirates Stadium
Saturday 16th December
Kick-off 3.00pm
Last Match

Newcastle 0
Everton 1
Premier League
St. James' Park
Wednesday 13th December
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2017/18:



Ticket news:
Brighton (h) & Stoke City (a) Public sale now
Arsenal (a) & West Ham (a)
Man City (h)
Luton (h) Public sale now
Swansea (h) Member sale now
Man City (a) ST holder sale now (
60 pts)


Never mind the baubles, here's the
2017 Advent Calendar
  Day 16

Premier League:
Arsenal (a) 

The Magpies return to London this afternoon for a 3pm start against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

United have sold their full 2,900 ticket allocation.

Update: Virgin Trains East Coast confirm that there will be no alcohol restrictions before or after this game, following positive reports about on-train behaviour when Newcastle played at Chelsea.

NUFC: Jonjo Shelvey will be missing for this and the visit to West Ham, following his second red card of the season during the home loss to Everton. 

Coral match betting here (mobile) & here (desktop)

Coral rate an away win at no less than 11/1, with 5/1 the draw - and a 0-0 stalemate @ 20/1. You'll also find a multiplicity of #your call bets listed.

Coral's new punter offer now includes 30 in free football bets for a 10 initial stake
online here

AFC: Theo Walcott misses out. 

The Gunners are without a victory in their last three PL outings, losing 1-3 at home to Manchester United before drawing 1-1 at Southampton and 0-0 away to West Ham.

Referee: Stuart Atwell - third posting of the season already for the Warwickshire-based whistler, following the home victories over Stoke and Crystal Palace. 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 

Astro SuperSport 3
beIN Sports MENA HD11
Canal+ Sport 2 Afrique
Canal+ Sport 2 Poland
DAZN Europe / Japan
ESPN Play Sur / Sur
ESPN+ Brazil
Flow Sports
Futbol 1 (Ukraine)
K+PM (Vietnam)
LeTV Sports Hong Kong
mio Stadium 103 HD
Movistar Futbol +HD
NBC Sports Ntwk (USA)
NOW 621 Hong Kong

Optus Sport (Australia)

S Sport (Turkey) +HD
SFR Sport 1 HD (France)
SKY NET Sports 5Sky Planeta Football (Mex)
SportsNet 3/4 (Canada)
SPS HD (Mongolia)
S Sport +HD (Turkey)
Star Sports Select HD2
SuperSport Select 2 Go
SuperSport 5 Africa
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV2 Sumo
TV3 MAX (Denmark) +HD
TV6 Sweden +HD
Viaplay (Den/Fin/Swe)

Viasat Sport Premium

UK Radio: Live on talkSPORT 2 (DAB/online)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Travel 1: No scheduled tube closures  

Travel 2: No scheduled East Coast train work


Magpies @ Gunners - Premier League years:

2015/16: Lost 0-1
2014/15: Lost 1-4 Perez
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 3-7 Ba 2, Marveaux
2011/12: Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2010/11: Won 1-0 Carroll
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2007/08: Lost 0-2 (LC)
2006/07: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 2-3 Robert, Bernard
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien, Shearer, Robert
2000/01: Lost 0-5
1999/00: Drew 0-0
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 1-3 Barton
1996/97: Won 1-0 Elliott
1995/96: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-2 og(Keown), Beardsley, Fox
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Beardsley

Full record v Arsenal:

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 16.12.2017:
Leicester City v Crystal Palace (12.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Newcastle (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley (3pm)
Chelsea v Southampton (3pm)
Stoke City v West Ham (3pm)
Watford v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Man City v Spurs (5.30pm) BT

Sun 17.12.2017:

West Brom v Manchester United (2.15pm) Sky
Bournemouth v Liverpool (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 18.12.2017:
Everton v Swansea City (8pm) Sky

Signature editions:
Last orders 

There's still time to bag author-signed copies of Martin Hardy's three books, "Touching Distance", "Tunnel of Love" and "Rafa's Way" online here at less than High Street/Amazon prices.

Author-signed copies of Michael Walker's fine new book about Irish football "Green Shoots" are also available. Email for more details.

If you'd rather buy them in person and benefit from some exclusive deals, the less-than-dynamic duo will make one final appearance at Tynemouth Station Market this coming Sunday from 9.30am-3.30pm.


Having seen hopes raised on Wednesday that a deal to buy Newcastle United by Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners company was imminent, subsequent updates have proved rather less encouraging.

Neither side has commented publicly - but we're told that what looks like a final offer from PCP of around 300m is yet to receive a response from MASH - the company which Mike Ashley owns NUFC through.  

Pantomime continues 

February's Premier League fixture alterations for live TV will now appear next week, following "difficulties" selecting which fixtures are to be shown.

A decision had been due on Tuesday, but for a third successive month the PL missed their own deadline - once again delaying football supporters awaiting the news before booking trains, leave etc aka real life. 

This time it's claimed that the League Cup Final in late February is partly to blame, with the finalists not yet known until the semi-finals this coming Tuesday.  

On the basis that the semi-final dates were known at the start of the season though, the PL's timetable for informing fans looks to have been nonsense from the start - another example of them paying lip service. 

A trio of NUFC fixtures are "at risk" this time round:

Crystal Palace (a) currently Sat 03.02.2018
Manchester United (h) currently Sat 10.02.2018
Bournemouth (a) currently Sat 24.02.2018 

Premier League:

Newcastle  0
  Everton  1

Match report online here

Latest Premier League results:

Tue 12.12.2017:
Burnley 1-0 Stoke City
Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
Huddersfield Town 1-3 Chelsea

Wed 13.12.2017:
Newcastle 0-1 Everton
Southampton 1-4 Leicester City
Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City
Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth
Spurs 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Double helping 

Running into form in recent weeks, Newcastle's U23 side will round off their 2017 fixture programme with two home fixtures next week. 

Stoke City provide the opposition in a Premier League 2 game on Monday (7pm), with the first meeting of the sides ending in a 4-3 victory for the Magpies.  

Thursday then sees Peter Beardsley's side back at Whitley Park for a Northumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final tie against Northern League Blyth AFC

That one has a 7.30pm start and an "all pay" game, with season tickets and memberships not valid.

The winners of the tie will take the last semi-final place, joining defending champions Blyth Spartans, Morpeth Town and Newcastle Benfield.

PS: A revised date for United's outstanding Premier League International Cup tie against PSV Eindhoven has been announced, with the Dutch side visiting Tyneside on Wednesday January 24th 2018. 

Venue and kick-off time remain unchanged - 7pm at the Northumberland FA's Whitley Park HQ.

Trebles all round:
Magic darts

The PDC World Championship is now underway at Alexandra Palace, as 72 darts players get whittled down to the final pair who will meet on January 1st.

Paddy Power are offering a risk free 20 bet for new sign-ups on this event (or anything else covered by their sportsbook) find that online here

Current outright odds:

Michael van Gerwen 4/6
Gary Anderson 13/2
Phil Taylor 10/1
Peter Wright 12/1
Rob Cross 16/1

(a van Gerwen / Taylor final is rated @ 4/1)

Loan lads:

Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic)
AFC Wimbledon (a) League One, Saturday.

Callum Williams (Gateshead)
There's a break from National League duty for Steve Watson's side on Saturday, as they host Guiseley at the International Stadium in the FA Trophy.

Adam Armstrong
(Bolton Wanderers)
Burton Albion (h) Championship, Saturday.

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
Southend United (a) League One, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff
Shrewsbury Town (a) League One, Saturday.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock)
Motherwell (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
Club Brugge (a) Belgian League, Sunday.

Achraf Lazaar
SPAL (h) Serie A, Sunday.

Premier League:
Ref watch

Yuletide appointments now confirmed as follows: 

Sat 23.12.2017 West Ham (a) Lee Mason

Wed 27.12.2017
Man City (h) Andre Marriner

Sat 30.12.2017 Brighton  (h) Anthony Taylor

Mon 01.01.2018 Stoke City (a) Chris Kavanagh

Premier League:
For Fox sake

Newcastle  2  Leicester City  3

Match report online here

Old boy:
Over the Bengal wall 

It's not just Mike Ashley that's keen on an Indian, with news that Ryan Taylor has joined Indian Super League club ATK, aka Atletico De Kolkata.

Now 33, Taylor hasn't played competitively yet this season after leaving Port Vale in May - having had a trial with MLS side Chicago Fire earlier in the year.

Ryan becomes the fourth ex-Magpie to feature in the IPL, following Michael Chopra, Peter Ramage and Aaron Hughes - who all played for Kerala Blasters.

Baggies b

Newcastle U23s  2  West Brom U23s  0


Newcastle U23s  2  West Brom U23s  0

Match report online here

Seagulls, now Eagles

Newcastle U18s were rewarded for their stunning 5-0 victory at Brighton with an away tie against Crystal Palace in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup.

While the Magpies were running riot at the Amex, the Eagles were drawing 2-2 at Mansfield Town before progressing thanks to a 6-5 penalty shootout win.

Fourth Round ties are to be played by January 20th.

Hatters tie not on TV 

Newcastle's FA Cup Third Round tie against Luton Town isn't among the games selected for live TV and will be on Saturday January 6th, kick-off 3pm.

Tickets are now on sale to ST holders and members, with public sale from this coming Friday (15th).

NB: as has become common practice for home cup ties,prices will increase on matchday, rising to 20 adults and 10 concessions.

(Luton took an initial 3,000 places in the usual L7 away area, with more available subject to demand) 

United were handed their first Third Round tie in four seasons and face the current League Two leaders, who won 5-0 at Gateshead in the Second Round.

This is the fourth time that the two clubs have been drawn together in this competition, with Newcastle the home side on every occasion.

United's most recent meeting with the Hatters came in the Fourth Round of the same competition in January 1994 - Peter Beardsley's equaliser at SJP earning a replay at Kenilworth Road that Newcastle lost 0-2.

Previous to that, there was a 2-1 Fourth Round win for United during January 1981 when goals from Ray Clarke and Mick Martin settled it.

The first FA Cup meeting went the way of Town in February 1973, the visitors leaving Tyneside with a 2-0 Fourth Round scalp.  

There'll be one very interested spectator at SJP on January 6th - former Magpie Robert Lee's two sons Elliott and Oliver play for Luton and both netted against Gateshead. 

FA Cup Third Round TV games:

Fri 05.01.2018:
Liverpool v Everton (7.55pm) BBC1

Sat 06.01.2018:
Fleetwood v Leicester City (12:45pm) BBC1  
Norwich City v Chelsea (5.30pm) BT 

Sunday 7 January 2018
Newport County v Leeds United (Noon) BBC Wales
Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United (2pm) BBC1
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (4pm) BT

Monday 8 January 2018
Brighton v Crystal Palace (7.45pm) BT

Other 3rd Round ties:

Ipswich Town v Sheffield United
Watford v Bristol City
Birmingham City v Burton Albion
Aston Villa v Peterborough United
Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic
Coventry City v Stoke City
Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town v Bradford City
Brentford v Notts County
QPR v MK Dons
Manchester United v Derby County
Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion
Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
Spurs v AFC Wimbledon
smoggies v mackems
Blackburn Rovers v Hull City
Cardiff City v Mansfield Town
Manchester City v Burnley
Wolves v Swansea City
Stevenage v Reading
Newcastle United v Luton Town
Millwall v Barnsley
Fulham v Southampton
Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End
Gillingham / Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday


Jennings Ford Direct
Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

United obtained a one season exemption on logistical grounds from the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 16.12.2017 Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,900.

Mon 18.12.2017 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Thu 21.12.2017 U23s v Blyth AFC (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final.
Note new date.

Sat 23.12.2017 West Ham (a) @ London Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000.

Wed 27.12.2017
Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Live on Sky. SOLD OUT.

Sat 30.12.2017 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 01.01.2018 Stoke City (a) @ bet365 Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 06.01.2018
Luton Town (h) @ SJP, 3pm. FA Cup Third Round. Public sale now. 10 adults, 5 concessions rising to 20 & 10 on day of game.

Mon 08.01.2018 U23s v smoggies (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 13.01.2018 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Academy, 1pm. Premier U18 League.

Sat 13.01.2018 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Thu 21.12.2017 (online), Thu 28.12.2017 (in person/by phone).

Sun 14.01.2018 U23s v Norwich City (a) @ Carrow Road, 2pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Thu 18.01.2018 U23s v Burnley (a) @ Edgeley Park, Stockport, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 20.01.2018 U23s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 20.01.2018 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 60 points. 30 adults, 20 18-21 year olds/over 65s, 15 U18s. U16s/U21s/over 65s. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT.

Live TV games:

Wed 27.12.2017 Man City (h) 7.45pm Sky
Sat 20.01.2018 Man City (a) 5.30pm BT

Sky Sports: 126 PL games in 2017/18
BT Sports: 42 PL games in 2017/18

Live PL games up to and including Wed 31.01.2018 have been announced.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Tue 12.12.2017
Thu 25.01.2018 March
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw will be on or around Mon 04.12.2017.

R3 06.01.2017
R4 27.01.2017
R5 17.02.2017
R6 17.03.2017
SF 21.04.2017
Sat 19.05.2017

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D and play six fixtures, three home and three away:

Fri 29.09.2017 NUFC 3-4 Burnley
Wed 29.11.2017 NUFC 6-3 Swansea
Mon 04.12.2017
Colchester 1-2 NUFC 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley (a) 2pm 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea (a) 1pm 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm

Subsequent round dates are tbc)

Premier League International Cup:
United U23s are in Group A: 

Tue 24.10.2017 NUFC 2-1 Sparta Prague
Fri 10.11.2017 Liverpool 2-1 NUFC
date tbc PSV (h)

(Subsequent round dates are tbc)

FA Youth Cup:

R3 Thu 07.12.2017 Brighton 0-5 NUFC

R4 ??.??.2018 Crystal Palace (a)

Gateshead FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of 10 entry for National League home games (usually 15).
16 & 17 year old admission is 5, U16s 3.

Next four GFC home league games:

Tue 26.12.2017 Hartlepool United 3pm
Sat 30.12.2017 Wrexham 3pm
Sat 06.01.2018 Sutton United 3pm
Sat 27.01.2018 Maidstone United 3pm

Following three successful previous events watched by a combined attendance of over 200,000, the annual Rugby League Magic Weekend will be staged at St. James' Park for a fourth successive year in 2018.

Six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides will take place over two days:

Other events @ SJP:

Aviva Premiership:

Sat 24.03.2018:
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints (5.30pm) tickets from 10 adults here

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2018:

Day tickets from 25 (12.50). Weekend tickets from 40 adults (20) here

Sat 19.05.2018:
Toronto v Toulouse (12.45pm)

Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (5.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)

Sun 20.05.2018:
Salford v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)

Ed Sheeran plays three sold out nights @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018. 

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (dates tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

World Cup Finals 


A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

Friday's DevonLive makes the bold prediction of an Arsenal win and a draw for Newcastle for our visit to the Emirates the following day.

Thanks to JohnG for the spot.

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

On This Day in History
16th December

Born Or Died:

1880 William Agnew born, New Cumnock, Scotland. (1902-04)

Defender who featured also for our wearside and teesside rivals, sandwiched by a return to his native Kilmarnock during which he was capped three times at international level.

Agnew later played for Falkirk and East Stirlingshire and had a stint on the staff at Third Lanark. He died in 1936. 

1907 George Nevin born, Lintz Colliery, Durham. 

Left back who signed for Newcastle United in 1925 but failed to break into the first team and returned to local football.

A second stint at Gallowgate from 1928 proved to be more successful and he managed half a dozen outings before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday in 1930.

Again though Nevin struggled to hold down a place and he joined Manchester United, only to later return to Hillsborough. 

Finally getting a run of games for Burnley, George joined Lincoln City in 1937 and was on the books of Rochdale when league football was suspended early in the 1939/40 season due to the onset of WW2.

After retiring from football, Nevin settled in the Sheffield area, passing away in 1973. 

1929 Ivor Allchurch MBE born, Swansea.

Our record signing when joining for 28,000 from Swansea Town in October 1958, Ivor was a crowd favourite in the four seasons he played at SJP - even if United suffered the agony of relegation in 1961.

Appearing in the 1958 World Cup Finals for Wales prior to his arrival at Gallowgate, his 68 caps was a record haul at the time and led to his nickname of "The Golden Boy of Welsh football".

United succeeded where Wolves had failed with a 28,000 bid and Ivor's debut came in a 3-1 home victory over Leicester City in October 1958, scoring twice.

Although well regarded by Newcastle fans, Allchurch played for the club during a low point in their history and relegation came at the end of the 1960/61 season.

Leaving United for Cardiff City in August 1962, Ivor was awarded the MBE four years later, by which time he'd returned to play for his hometown club once again.

Moving on to Worcester City in 1968, Ivor also played for Bishoptown, Haverford West and Pontardawe Athletic and was still turning out on his 50th birthday.

Ivor passed away in 1997 and a statue in his honour was unveiled outside Swansea City's Liberty Stadium in 2005 - with a contribution to the costs of construction forthcoming from Newcastle United.

1944 John Markie born, Bo'ness, Scotland. (1962-64)

Right half who signed for Newcastle at the age of 15, having appeared for Scotland Schoolboys. 

John was part of United's 1962 FA Youth Cup winning squad but made only two first team starts, both during the 1963-64 season and both ending in defeats.

Following the arrival of Stan Anderson, Markie left on a free transfer, signing for Falkirk, serving the Bairns for over a decade and setting their appearance record. 

A switch to Clyde in 1976 was followed by a brief spell at Stenhousemuir that was curtailed by a leg injury sustained while playing against Queens Park at Hampden.

Following that Markie joined the Dundee coaching staff and coached various junior football sides in Tayside, later scouting for Arbroath.

Away from football, John worked in the petro -chemicals industry at Grangemouth.

1962 Andy Thomas born, Eynesham, Oxfordshire. (1986-88)  

Midfielder signed from Oxford United after impressed in games against us - notably a League Cup tie at The Manor Ground in October 1985 when he netted twice.

Loaned out to both Fulham and Derby County during his time at Oxford, Andy debuted for the Magpies in a 1-0 home victory over Wimbledon in October 1986.

He's remembered for a brief golden spell in front of goal soon after moving to SJP, scoring twice in successive games against Chelsea, West Ham United and Everton - the latter in a Full Members Cup tie.

However his second season at SJP was dogged by injury and Thomas played only four times in the league - what proved to be his final outing coming away at Portsmouth in May 1988.

Thomas moved on to Bradford City ahead of the 1988/89 season and later played for Plymouth Argyle.

A switch to non-league Thame United and then Oxford City then saw him take over as manager of the latter, guided them to the 1995 FA Vase final. He later took charge of Brackley Town - another side whose home ground is named St.James Park.

1977 Sylvain Distin born, Bagnolet, France. (2001-02)

Arriving on on Tyneside on loan from Paris St. Germain with a fine reputation and a Champions League pedigree, centre half Distin debuted in the 89th minute of an eventful 4-3 home victory over Manchester United during September 2001 - although he never actually touched the ball.

34 more appearances followed, during which the left-footer displayed good aerial skill and a fair turn of pace for a big man.

However, Distin appeared to possess all the attributes a professional footballer needed, apart from any shred of loyalty or devotion to the cause. 

Rejecting a move to Bolton Wanderers before following Laurent Robert from Paris to Tyneside, it was thought Newcastle had first choice on a permanent move, only for the player to stall on signing - allegedly due to the size of his wage packet.

That prompted press speculation that he was being hawked to the highest bidder and as the season drew to a close, claims were made that among others, Bolton (again) and Blackburn Rover were in contention.

Ultimately though, Distin joined Kevin Keegan's newly-promoted Manchester City side, claiming that the fans only knew one side of the story and Newcastle were at fault for failing to concluding negotiations to his satisfaction. 

That deal was to have ramifications for United, with Sir Bobby Robson pushing through the signing of Titus Bramble from Ipswich Town to boost his defence. 

Distin's home debut the following season came against Newcastle - although he didn't have much defending to do on a day when his former side were woeful.

The ex-Magpie endured 90 minutes of sustained abuse from the travelling contingent at Maine Road that day - one greedy basket we think they shouted.

Distin exited Manchester City in similarly bad grace after running his deal down in order to join Portsmouth in May 2007. 

Winning the FA Cup with Pompey in his first season, he joined Everton in a 5m deal ahead of the 2009/10 campaign and spent six years at Goodison Park.

Making a free transfer move to Premier League newcomers Bournemouth during July 2015, what proved to be his 17th and last game for the Cherries came in the final minutes a 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Gallowgate the following March.

The conclusion of that season then saw Sylvain released.

1997 Louis Johnson born, Middlesbrough (2014-16)

Striker who was handed his U18 debut for United during a 2-1 home win over Bolton during February 2014, agreeing a youth scholarship that summer.

A regular for the juniors during the following season, Louis was named on the  bench for a first team friendly at York City in July 2015 - but wasn't called upon.

Appearing for the U18s that season but failing to feature for the U21s, Johnson was released by United in 2016.

He later appeared at Northern League side Thornaby.


Search for Jennings Ford Direct cars for less at Jennings Motor Group
Used KA Used Fiesta
Used B-Max Used Focus
Used S-Max Used Mondeo
Used Galaxy Used Ranger
Used Kuga Used Transit
Used Transit Connect Used Custom
Ford Parts Contract Hire
All Ford Direct cars come with a 2 year unlimited mileage Warranty and 2 years RAC Cover 0845 020 5918

What Else?

1893 Small Heath (a)
Division Two 
1-0), Crate(2-0),

Debut for locally-born Bobby Willis, at inside right.

1895 Tow Law Town (h)
FA Cup Qualifier 
Stott(30), Lennox(65),Thompson(3-0), Wardrope(4-0)

1899 Stoke (a)
Division One 
Higgins(81), A.Gardner(89)  
Turner(25), Higginson(53)

1905 Stoke (a)
Division One 

1908 Middlesbrough (a)
Stewart, Liddell (pen)
Another fundraiser, this time for the Medical Charities Fund.

1911 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
Higgins(5), Hibbert(28), Rutherford(45),
McCracken(65pen), Stewart(72), Hay(82)
Hampton(38), Bache(43)
Sandy Higgins twisted his knee in scoring the opener, leaving United a man short for the remaining 85 minutes. The injury sidelined Higgins for over four months.

1922 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 

1933 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
J.R.Richardson, Weaver (pen) 
McArdle, Sale (pen)

1944 Huddersfield Town (h)
scorers tbc

1950 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
Hannah, Mitchell, G.Robledo 
The Magpies remained in third place after completing the double over the Potters.

1961 Leyton 0rient (a)
Division Two 
White, Elwood
United caught the Os in the middle of a nine-game run of league victories as they secured promotion to Division One.

1967 Southampton (a)
Division One 
A third successive draw put Joe Harvey's men up to sixth spot in the table, but also extended their winless run away from Tyneside to fifteen league games.

1970 On the eve of United's Fairs Cup encounter with Southampton, Joe Harvey signed David Ford from Sheffield Wednesday in an exchange deal with Jackie Sinclair. 

However Ford was ineligible for the tie due to the 48 hour eligibility rule.

1972 Derby County (a)
Division One 

1975 United's Tommy Craig captained the Scotland U23 side to a 4-0 victory over Romania at Falkirk's Brockville ground. Craig hit the fourth goal from the penalty spot.

1978 Fulham (a)
Division Two 
Connolly, Withe, Shoulder 
The home side's effort came from former United striker Chris Guthrie.

1990 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
A Sunday Noon start, as Argyle opted to rent their car park out for a Christmas shoppers park & ride facility. 

A rotten 90 minutes was scant reward for the intrepid travellers who spent most of the weekend getting to and from the game, but Gavin Peacock's last minute goal provided a measure of warped justice.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Cesena (Italy) (h)
Anglo Italian 
Hubner(2), Pazzaglia(71) 
A meaningless match for already eliminated United, during which they experimented with a 3-4-3 formation, Alan Neilson, Steve Howey and Matty Appleby forming the rearguard. 

The Italians wore gloves and should have lost when they conceded a last minute penalty. However, Gavin Peacock contrived to miss it, and thus fail to complete his hat trick.

1995 Everton (h)
Premier League 
Ten man United held out for an hour after John Beresford had been dismissed for hauling down Anderi Kanchelskis.

1998 United's reserve side beat Stockport County 2-0 at the Ewen Fields ground of Hyde United, thanks to goals from Paul Dalglish and Jamie McClen.

The win was achieved under the influence of John Barnes, who coached and coaxed his young charges from a midfield berth. 

2000 Bradford City (h)
Speed(14), Dyer(70)
Ahead thanks to a grand volley from Gary Speed, Kieron Dyer then produced a classic second as he ran at the Bantams back line before a tidy finish. 

The visitors got one back late on, but United deservedly held out for the win - thanks in part to some of Alan Shearer's trademark corner flag excursions. match report

2000 Our U18 side exited the FA Youth Cup at the Third Round stage, beaten by Crystal Palace.

After a 2-2 draw at SJP, the replay was staged at the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium, not Selhurst Park.

And it was the young Eagles who showed United a clean pair of heels, running out 4-1 winners - a Michael Chopra penalty our reply.

2004 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
UEFA Cup Group Game 4
We lost our 100% record in the fourth and final UEFA Cup group stage game, but gathered the point required to confirm us as group winners.

However, it was a night that won't live long in the memory of those present, with perhaps only first-team debutant Lewis Guy or the goalscorer Craig Bellamy remembering it with any fondness. match report

2006 Watford (h)
Glenn Roeder celebrated victory over the side that he'd previously managed and played for, but his Magpies made heavy weather of seeing off the bottom-placed side.

After a tepid first 45, Obafemi Martins got on the end of a James Milner cross to powerfully head his side ahead.

However, the Hornets levelled when Algerian international winger Hameur Bouazza netted from close range following a corner.

Fit-again duo Damien Duff and Scott Parker came off the bench and the Republic of Ireland wide man set up Oba to lash home the winner. match report

Newcastle's reserves returned to action on at Altrincham's Moss Lane after a gap of a month since their last competitive outing - and promptly suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, going down 1-5 to Manchester United's second string. match report
In the absence of a competitive game, the U21s visited Northern League Bedlington Terriers for a friendly and shared six goals - United's quota coming via an own goal, Jamie Holmes and Jonathyn Quinn. match report

2015 Newcastle's U18s made it into Round Four of the FA Youth Cup - but only after surviving a mini-scare at Northern Premier League side Ilkeston.

United were 3-0 up at the break (
Lewis McNall,
Mackenzie Heaney 2) only for Town substitute Roy Lee to scored twice within four minutes to give Dave Watson's side a nervous final quarter.