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Number 9 dream dies:
"The lack of hope"

Newcastle United 2015, as viewed by Alan Shearer when speaking to the Daily Telegraph as part of a Barclays Bank / Premier League promotion:

"There is no excitement, no anticipation. It takes its toll, even on the most loyal fans in the country. Fans want to dream their team can be successful, whether that's in a domestic cup competition or in Europe.

"Newcastle fans at the minute are showing why they are some of the best around, because they can't dream. 

"They've been told the cups aren't a priority, that finishing 10th in the Premier League is more important.

"Over the last few years, they've been knocked out of the cup competitions early and they've been happy to do that, year after year.

"When you look at the teams that are left in the FA Cup this year, but also the year before when Hull got to the final and Wigan Athletic before that.

"Bradford, Reading ,West Brom, Blackburn and Villa are in the quarter-finals this year and Newcastle are out. They must look at it now and think 'God, why not us'.

"That's the most disappointing thing. That's where we are now with Newcastle. They told us the league is the main priority and the cups aren't a priority.

But that's what fans dream of, a trip to Wembley, of playing in Europe. Newcastle can't win the Premier League.

"I think they are going at the moment because that's what they always do. It's what their parents did, it's what they want to do with their kids. It's the way they've always spent their weekends.

"They save their money up all week so they can go to the football match at the weekend. It's a cultural thing. They want to go and they want to be entertained, but they aren't at the moment.

"I think there are a lot of people thinking about giving up their season tickets. I can only talk about my own experience, but I've got friends who have paid for a box at St James' Park for years and they are talking about giving it up.

"Unless the club are going to bring in a load of exciting players in the summer, which is highly unlikely when you look at the way it's been run, then I think people might look at giving up. I can only tell you what my mates are thinking about doing because of the lack of hope at the minute.

"I'd dearly love us to have a cup run, I'd dearly love us to get to Wembley again, I'd much rather that than just finish in mid-table year after year.

"It's not going to happen because we've played a weakened team in every cup game. They've been playing weakened teams in cup competitions since 2007."

Tom Maley's Shearer statue is set to be finished later this year, with the nine foot high likeness cast in bronze to be sited at a location yet to be announced in Newcastle. 

Funding for the statue to be finally completed has come from former NUFC Chairman Freddy Shepherd - it's a fair bet that it won't be erected directly outside SJP....

Non League:
Robins march on

The region's last remaining representatives in the FA Vase are North Shields, and they notched up an impressive 2-0 win at Southern Counties East League side, Erith & Belvedere on Saturday to reach the Semi-Finals.

Monday's draw paired them in a two-legged tie with either Highworth Town (near Swindon) or Tadcaster Albion, who meet this coming Saturday in their replay.

That means the Robins have avoided the long haul down to AFC St Austell in Cornwall, who host either Shaw Lane or Glossop in the first leg of their semi-final.

Those ties are scheduled for Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th March, with the prize of a trip to Wembley Stadium in the Final on Saturday May 9th.

Quarter Finals:

Sat 28.02.2015:
AFC St Austell 3-2 Ascot United
Erith & Belvedere 0-2 North Shields
Highworth Town 1-1 Tadcaster Albion*

Sun 01.03.2015 (3pm):
Shaw Lane Aquaforce 2-2 Glossop North End*

* replays scheduled for Saturday 07.03.2015

Capital gains 
for old boy

Former Newcastle striker Loic Remy left Wembley with a Capital One Cup winner's medal on Sunday - although he had nothing to do with Chelsea's 2-0 win over Spurs.

The 28 year-old Frenchman was an unused substitute for Jose Mourinho's side and appeared just twice in previous rounds of the competition, scoreless outings against Bolton Wanderers and Derby County totalling 99 minutes. 

Remy's "feat" isn't unique though, James Milner picking up a gong for sitting on his backside last year as Manchester City beat the mackems. Habib Beye also got a loser's medal for occupying Aston Villa's bench in 2010.

Premier League:
PC picks up points

Newcastle  1  Aston Villa  0


Papiss Cisse scored another crucial goal as John Carver's side brushed off last week's thrashing at the Etihad to claim a win that plunged Aston Villa further into the relegation mire at St. James' Park on Saturday.

Cisse's strike towards the end of the first half secured the points on an afternoon where neither side excelled but both created - and wasted - numerous good chances.

The win pushed United firmly into mid-table and further away from relegation trouble as Premier League security was all but achieved. They now sit on 35 points - one more than the miserable total that saw them rightly relegated six years ago.

It's a different story for Tim Sherwood's Villa side though, who remain second from bottom and winless in the league for a dozen games stretching back to last year.

Having witnessed our demotion with glee at Villa Park back in May 2009, the boot was firmly on the other foot for the travelling support on Saturday - with the loudest shout of the day from home fans a late chorus of "you're not laughing any more" as Level 7 emptied.

Some gallows humour from the Villans was also evident, with another attack petering out in the closing stages prompting a chorus of, "that's why we're going down"

The bedsheets displayed by the Villa contingent this time round called for the departure of owner Randy Lerner and supported returning Magpie Jonas Gutierrez. Mentions of messiahs were in distinctly short supply.....

Coming into this game with just a solitary win from seven Premier League games in 2015, John Carver made four changes to the starting lineup - one forced on him.

Jack Colback's suspension resulted in a first start for Mehdi Abeid since December while Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez all dropped to the bench as Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi and Emmanuel Riviere returned - the latter partnering Cisse for the first time.

The lowest scorers in the division, Villa's inability to convert in front of goal was evident when their first half superiority failed to see them net, Gaby Agbonlahor found netting after 15 minutes but rightly flagged offside.

At the other end, a rare excursion into the Villa area saw Janmaat's cross from the right finding Cisse, only for his chest down to allow Alan Hutton to intervene.

Continuing to look the more dangerous, Villa's pressure created another chance that saw Benteke produce a spectacular overhead kick that Tim Krul parried.

But against the run of play, another Janmaat cross from right reached an unmarked Cisse and after trapping the ball on his thigh, beat Brad Guzan from eight yards at the Leazes End to break the deadlock on 37 minutes.

Cisse ran to the Newcastle bench to celebrate with Jonas Gutierrez - back in the squad for the first time since 2013 - and there had been a great ovation for the Argentinean when he was sent out to warm up in the 18th minute.

Riviere missed a good chance to double the lead and break his Premier League scoring duck three minutes before half time, rising unchallenged to meet Ameobi's accurate corner from the left but heading wide.

Cisse went close to grabbing another when he headed narrowly wide from a 58th minute free-kick, but Villa should have levelled just four minutes later when Tom Cleverley was put through by a Benteke flick-on.

However the on-loan Red Devil continued his scoreless run when shooting towards Krul, who still blocked well.

United left back Massadio Haidara was stretchered off on the hour with what looked like a bad knee injury - yet another defensive headache following the loss of Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett to injury and the banishing of Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Italy.

Fit-again Ryan Taylor appeared in his place amid warm applause, but once again the ground was eerily silent for significant parts of the game.

Sammy Ameobi played in Moussa Sissoko but Guzan saved and then Gabriel Obertan should have done better when he broke clear but dwelt on the ball and was denied in similar circumstances to his miss here against Stoke.

Ex-Magpie Charles N'Zogbia came on from the bench to a chorus of boos and within a minute Benteke converted a cross but was rightly flagged offside once again - Fabricio Coloccini making a timely clearance from within his own six yard box earlier in the move. 

Taylor then had the perfect opportunity to get a decisive second with a free-kick from just outside the box but Guzan saved low down at the expense of a corner. 

Newly-arrived substitute Ayoze Perez then instinctively headed against the post, as Guzan inadvertently helped Ameobi's flag kick to the back post with his fingertips.

Villa pressed for a late equaliser and Coloccini was well placed to block Ashley Westwood's shot but the visitors failed to threaten Krul's goal, as a generous six minutes of time was added on by referee Lee Mason.

United played that and the final 10 minutes with an ailing Gouffran after he was introduced as our final change but quickly picked up an injury that restricted his movement (some people may not have noticed any difference....)

And with only a few seconds remaining, a poor clearing header from Coloccini landed invitingly at N'Zogbia's feet. Thankfully though he ballooned his effort over the bar before Mason blew for full time amid general relief.

The win left Newcastle firmly in 11th spot, four points behind Stoke and five points clear of Crystal Palace.

Far from being the hoped-for statement of intent and resounding success against a side hopelessly out of form, this was a gritty but grim struggle when isolated pieces of skill were almost instantly followed by avoidable lapses.

Time after time Newcastle looked certain to catch the opposition on the break via sweeping counter-attacks, but singularly failed to test Guzan with accurate shots. 

If we're to achieve back to back victories by beating the Red Devils here on Wednesday night, then far greater decisiveness in front of goal is essential - regardless of whether a re-modelled defence can hold out.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara (R.Taylor 61), Obertan (Gouffran 78), Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi, Riviere (Perez 73), Cisse.
Subs n/u: Woodman, Anita, Gutierrez, Armstrong.

Booked: Williamson.

Goal: Cisse 37.

AVFC: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton (Bacuna 82), Sinclair (N'Zogbia 66), Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Agbonlahor (Weimann 73), Benteke.
Subs n/u: Given, Sanchez, Gil, Grealish.

Booked: Hutton, Lowton, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Clarke.

Crowd: 51,573 including Mike Ashley and around 2,000 travelling supporters.

Mason - fourth Toon posting of the season for the Lancashire-based whistler, following the 2-2 draw at Swansea, 1-4 loss at Arsenal and 0-1 FA Cup reverse at Leicester.

John Carver:

"We got a battling response. It wasn't scintillating football but it was two nervous sides. Villa are fighting for survival and we were trying to get off that 32-point mark because people are talking about our season fizzling out.

"What you saw wasn't a great passing or team performance, but it was a battling performance. I'm not bothered if it's an ugly win – and it was – because people doubted us after last week. 

"Today is proof that we've got a group in the dressing room who are honest and hard working and even when they're not playing well they'll still give their all.

"I was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I felt it was important to get the three points.

“We talked about getting the ball in the wide areas and  putting the ball in the box because it’s no good  Papiss (Cisse) being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet. He's about getting into the box and putting the ball in the back of the net, and he did that.

“What was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn't put the ball in the box enough, and it just shows you - you put it in the box and he will score a goal for you. Thankfully, he did.

“Unfortunately, because of what happened to Sadio (Haidara), I had to put Ryan on at left-back. I had to make a decision – he (Jonas Gutierrez) is getting closer, he is getting fitter, he is getting stronger, so the time will eventually come, especially if we keep losing bodies.”

“It's his knee (Haidara). He's got an ongoing issue with it, but it's not too serious, so we will see what he's like. Hopefully, he should be available for Wednesday.

"The one thing I will say is we did actually show that professionalism that we didn't show against Stoke City when we conceded the late goal, so maybe the guys have learned from it.

"Let's not hide the fact that today has not been a classic, has it? It's not been a proper classic.

"But I'll tell you what, the thing that's pleased me is we have kept a clean sheet, we have had players who have put their bodies on the line - and I have to mention Fabricio Coloccini in particular.

"His block towards the end of the game was outstanding. That's as good as scoring a goal at the other end."

On goalscorer Cisse:

"His goal ratio is fantastic - but we have got to provide him with the service. If we don't provide him with the service, then he won't score goals, so I need to make sure that the team provides him with service because he is valuable to us.

"This season, he has probably scored more scruffy goals than he ever has, but I am not bothered because he is actually scoring goals. That's why it was important to keep him here and that's why it was important to get him in the team and put him in the right area."


The Magpies kept only a second clean sheet in their last seventeen league and cup fixtures - and a first one on home soil in seven attempts.

Papiss Cisse has now scored 11 goals in the Premier League this season (from a total of 32) and is within sight of his previous best haul of 13 (in season 2011/12).

United's number notched his 34th Premier League goal for the club, taking him into seventh spot in club's scoring list for that competition, level with Rob Lee. The next name on that list is Nolberto Solano, with 37.

Ryan Taylor
a fifth senior appearance this season in all competitions, and has now completed a total of 180 minutes. United have failed to concede a single goal while he's been on the field.

Newcastle's sixth Premier League home victory of the season means that they've surpassed their worst seasonal total in the competition (five in 2007/08) 

The Magpies managed to be winning a Premier League home game at half time and also at full time for the first occasion this season.

PL home games 2014/15: 
(half time score in brackets)

Manchester City lost 0-2 (0-1)
Crystal Palace drew 3-3 (1-1)
Hull City drew 2-2 (0-0)
Leicester City won 1-0 (0-0)
Liverpool won 1-0 (0-0)
QPR won 1-0 (0-0)
Chelsea won 2-1 (0-0)
mackems lost 0-1 (0-0)
Everton won 3-2 (1-1)
Burnley drew 3-3 (2-1)
Southampton lost 1-2 (1-1)
Stoke City drew 1-1 (0-0)
Aston Villa won 1-0 (1-0)

Scoring 19 goals in 13 Premier League home games (six in the first half, 13 in the second) so far this season, the end split is 11 at the Gallowgate, 8 at the Leazes.

United's lowest home scoring total in an entire Premier League season is 22 (1997/98 and 2006/07).  

Villans @ SJP - Premier League Years:

2014/15: Won 1-0 Cisse
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Ben Arfa
2011/12: Won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2010/11: Won 6-0 Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3
2008/09: Won 2-0 Martins 2
2007/08: Drew 0-0
2006/07: Won 3-1 Milner, Dyer, Sibierski
2005/06: Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2004/05: Lost 0-3
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Solano
2001/02: Won 3-0 Bellamy 2, Shearer
2000/01: Won 3-1 Glass, Cort, OG
2000/01: Drew 1-1 Solano (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Won 2-1 Shearer, Ketsbaia
1997/98: Won 1-0 Beresford
1996/97: Won 4-3 Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Howey
1995/96: Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 3-1 Venison, Beardsley 2
1993/94: Won 5-1 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 28.02.2015:
West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace
Burnley 0-1 Swansea City
Manchester United 2-0 mackems
Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Southampton

Sun 01.03.2015:
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City
Arsenal 2-0 Everton

Reds revenge

Liverpool U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  3


Having lost all five of their U18 Premier League games in 2015, Newcastle ended that sequence with a deserved victory at Kirkby Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Sean Longstaff scored twice in the first half before Stefan Broccoli added United's third, after the Reds had pulled one back through Corey Whelan.

Longstaff put United ahead in the 28th minute when head headed home a fine Mackenzie Heaney cross from the left and his second came in seven minutes before the interval, bundling the ball in after Louis Johnson's initial shot had been parried by home goalkeeper Andy Firth.

Whelan reduced the arrears when he turned the ball past Brendan Pearson on 58 minutes, but three minutes later Broccoli eventually drove home after United contrived to strike both posts during a goalmouth scramble.

Team: Pearson, Cobain, Newbury, Cameron, Laidler, Broccoli (Drennan 69), Hunter, Suddick, Longstaff, Heaney (Holmes 69), Johnson.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Pollock, Storrey.

United conclude the main part of their U18 league season with the visit of Blackburn Rovers to Little Benton on Saturday at 12.30pm.

After that point, the young Magpies will participate in the end-of-season playoffs, with the first game against an opponent to be confirmed on Saturday March 14th.

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Senior Cup Final @ SJP

Although Newcastle reserves won't be taking part after their elimination at the semi-final stage, this season's Northumberland Senior Cup Final will once again be staged at St.James' Park.

Morpeth Town and Blyth Spartans will do battle at Gallowgate on Monday April 27th. Kickoff is 7.30pm.

Loan lads:
The Borrowers

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest won 3-0 at Reading in the Championship on Saturday - Darlow posting his first clean sheet in four appearances.

Adam Campbell
Campbell appeared from the bench in the 76th minute, but was unable to prevent a 0-1 home loss to Bristol Rovers in the Conference on Saturday. 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
A month since concluding their mass loan to Scotland and Haris Vuckic is the still only one of the Govan five to have played regularly for the 'Gers.

Ferguson and Mbabu are still recovering from long-term injuries and Bigirimana is sidelined with an unspecified issue, while Streete crocked himself on his debut.

Vuckic made his fourth appearance on Friday night, playing 76 minutes of a 1-1 draw away to Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.

Davide Santon (Inter Milan)
The on-loan defender played his part in helping Inter reach the last sixteen of the Europa League at the expense of Celtic on Thursday night.

Having drawn 3-3 in Glasgow a week earlier, the second leg remained scoreless until the 88th minute when Santon provided the pass from which Fredy Guarin scored the only goal of the evening.

(Also in the last sixteen are AS Roma, who won 2-1 on a stormy night in Rotterdam to eliminate Feyenoord 3-2 on aggregate. Ex-Magpie Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played).

Santon's loan move to Inter was accompanied by Italian press claims that, like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and AS Roma, playing a specified number of games would result in the transfer becoming permanent for an agreed price.

That fee is claimed to be £2.8m and the trigger is ten starts - although it's unclear whether that refers to Serie A games only, or all competitions.

Santon @ Inter 2014/15:  

04.02.2015 Napoli (a) Italian Cup (started)
08.02.2015 Palermo (h) Serie A (started)
15.02.2015 Atalanta (a) Serie A (started)
19.02.2015 Celtic (a) Europa League (started)
23.02.2015 Calgiari (a) Serie A (started)
Celtic (h) Europa League (started)
01.03.2015 Fiorentina (h) Serie A (started)

Santon kept his place for the visit of Fiorentina to the San Siro in Serie A on Sunday, being replaced after 78 minutes of what ended up as a 0-1 home reverse.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The on-loan winger was missing from the squad for a second successive game as Guingamp lost 0-1 at Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Toon talk-ins :
Speakers' Corner

There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as follows:

(All events have an official start time of 7.30pm)

Fri 13.03.2015 Keith Gillespie / Jim Pearson
@ Ponteland Memorial Hall, Darras Road, NE20 9NX
£20 (including pie & peas) via 07814 736865

Thu 19.03.2015 Steve Harper note date change
@ Dunston UTS clubhouse, Wellington Road, NE11 9JL
£10 (including pie & peas) via 07724 392049

Fri 27.03.2015 Les Ferdinand
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR 
£40 & £35 (including meal) via 07414 960956 or here 

NB: Our recent competition to win a signed replica Sir Les shirt was won by
David Vose from North Tyneside.  

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (including four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following (final selections to follow in April):

Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.

Premier League:
Manchester United (h)

A second home game in five days sees the Magpies entertain the Red Devils this coming Wednesday. 

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and remain tickets are on sale to members, although the cheapest adult ticket of £42 is unsurprisingly driving some fans to the nearest TV.

The winner of the altoonative travel VIP ticket giveaway for this match was Joe Harland from Washington.

The Magpies are bidding to notch up what would be only a second league home victory over Manchester United in their last eleven meetings (8 losses, 2 draws, 1 win).

Louis Van Gaal makes a third competitive visit to SJP as a manager, having first seen his Barcelona side memorably beaten 3-2 at SJP in September 1997. He then returned in March 2007 to oversee a 2-4 defeat for AZ Alkmaar.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 3/1

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds). 

Squad: Injury sidelines Siem De Jong, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote. Jack Colback completes his two match suspension after reaching ten bookings.

Remy Cabella and Rolando Aarons are also unavailable while it remains to be seen whether Massadio Haidara recovers from a knee problem that saw him stretchered off during Saturday's victory over Aston Villa.

MUFC: Robin Van Persie will be absent due to an ankle problem, meaning that the Dutchman won't have an opportunity to add to his eight career goals against us (six for Arsenal). 

Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Victor Valdes are doubts.

On the road in the Premier League this season, they've won at Arsenal (2-1), Southampton (2-1) and QPR (2-0), drawn at the mackems (1-1), Burnley (0-0), West Brom (2-2), Villa (1-1), Spurs (0-0), Stoke (1-1) and West Ham (1-1). A trio of losses came at Leicester (3-5), Man City (0-1) and Southampton (0-1).

Referee: Anthony Taylor - from Manchester (now listed in Professional Game Board publicity as Cheshire). This is his third game in charge of Newcastle this season. following the 2-1 win at Spurs and 0-1 home derby home loss.


Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

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Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, OG (Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG (Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(7.45pm unless specified)

Tue 03.03.2015:
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion BT
Hull City v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace

Wed 04.03.2015:
Manchester City v Leicester City
QPR v Arsenal 
Stoke City v Everton 
Spurs v Swansea City
West Ham v Chelsea
Liverpool v Burnley (8pm)

Sat 07.03.2015:
QPR v Spurs (3pm)

Old boy:
Shola: badges, but 
no retirement plan

Following his competitive senior debut for Crystal Palace in the closing stages of Saturday's home defeat by Arsenal, former Magpie Shola Ameobi has been talking to the South London Press:

"I certainly believe I have got enough quality to play for another two or three years in the Premier League. I'll be working hard to try and do that (he's 34 in October).

"I'm doing my coaching badges at the moment in case I do go down that route but I want to play at the highest level for as long as I possibly can. If that is Palace then great. I'm not thinking about hanging my boots up any time soon.

"Going out to Turkey was an experience that just didn't work out in terms of the football or my family settling. It was a case of getting back to what I know. Fortunately the manager got the job an at opportune time for me - the rest is history.

"We don't regret the move abroad. Unless you try it you never know and would be thinking whether we should have given it a go. We've learned from that and moved on.

"I've got two young kids, a daughter and a son, and family is the most important thing. My daughter has started school and, with me coming in here initially short term, I didn't want her moving around from school to school or town to town. It's a case of them staying up in Newcastle and me going up there when I've got days off.

"I had a few clubs in the Premier League and Championship that were interested in me. And abroad too - Stateside. But after being in Turkey for six months I wanted to get back into a more comfortable scenario. I'm really glad at the decision I took.

"I don't let anything ruffle me and that's a trait that I've inherited from my father - he's exactly the same.

"It's about putting everything into perspective. Football is something that is our life but sometimes people take it out of perspective.

"I try and view life - not just football - in a calm and calculated way to best achieve what I want to achieve.

"There certainly will be testing times. There have been over the years at Newcastle. That has helped me build that calmness - because you do have those moments in the North-East.

"You have to be able to rise up to the occasion and be calm and collected."

"Essentially Newcastle is a one-club town. Everyone is so passionate about the club and you get times when things aren't going right and the pressure intensifies.

"But coming down here has pressures of its own. The way Alan (Pardew) dealt with the situation at Newcastle and never let it affect him will definitely stand him in good stead for the future.

"My mantra has always been that as long as you learn, whatever you go through, it will put you in a better stead next time.

"The thing I like about Alan is that he is a strong person and he believes in the way he wants to play the game. It suited me.

"He gives confidence in abundance to players and I can already see that at Palace in the short period I have been here. He is someone I really admire.

"I'm a big believer in having the right attitude and saying what you think. The relationship I had with Alan meant we were honest with each other. There is a respect there.

"Football is all about confidence and having the right mentality. Then you go out, do the best you can and hopefully your qualities shine through.

"We've got the quality not to even be in a relegation fight at the end of the season."

Premier League:
City take pity on toothless Toon

Manchester City  5  Newcastle  0

Match report
Second string suffer added time agony

Wolves U21s  2  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report is online here


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Premier League:
Everton (a)


Thursday saw Everton complete a 7-2 aggregate victory over Young Boys Berne, confirming a place in the Europa League Round of Sixteen for Roberto Martinez & Co. 

Friday's draw paired the Toffees with Dynamo Kiev, with the first leg at Goodison Park on Thursday March 12th.

And that means that our visit to Everton will take place on Sunday March 15th with a 4pm kickoff

Squad: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote remain out but Jack Colback will be available again after completing his suspension. 

Paddy Power match betting will appear here

EFC: Leighton Baines is doubtful with a knee problem.


Travel: to follow


Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Toon at Goodison - Premier League era:

2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer 2 pens
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm kickoff unless specified)

Sat 07.03/2015:
QPR v Spurs

Sat 14.03.2015:

Crystal Palace v QPR (12.45pm)
Arsenal v West Ham
Leicester City v Hull City
mackems v Aston Villa 
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Burnley v Manchester City (5.30pm)

Sun 15.03.2015:

Chelsea v Southampton (1.30pm)
Manchester United v Spurs (4pm)

Mon 16.03.2015:
Swansea City v Liverpool (8pm)

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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 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. 

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT.

Sat 07.03.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.
Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 14.03.2015 U18s v team tbc . U18 Premier League playoffs.

Sun 15.03.2015 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 4pm, Premier League. ST Holder sale now (zero points), member sale from Thu 05.03.2015. Adults £20, over 65s £15, U16s £10.

Mon 16.03.2015 U21s v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 21.03.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.

Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a)
@ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

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 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Wed 04.03.2015
Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.

ateshead 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

Tue 03.03.2015 Wrexham (7.45pm)
Tue 10.03.2015 Welling United (7.45pm)
Sat 14.03.2015 Macclesfield Town (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

Wed 11.03.2015 Lancaster City (7.45pm)
Sat 14.03.2015
Northwich Vics (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 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?
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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
2nd March

Born Or Died:

1897 John Henry Hill born, Hetton-Le-Hole. (1928-31)

Centre half who had begun his career with Durham City before moving on to play for Plymouth Argyle and Burnley.

Jack was a current England international when Newcastle paid £8,100 to bring him from Turf Moor early in the 1928/29 season.

He added four more caps to his tally while at Newcastle but his time at SJP ended abruptly after a dispute with the club's Directors.

Transferred to Bradford City in the summer of 1931, he was soon on the move again to Hull City - later serving as manager and scout.

His final involvement with football came on the commercial side with Scarborough after which he retired, moving to the Clydeside town of Helensburgh. He died in 1972. 

1901 James Naylor born, High Crompton, Lancashire. (1930-32)

A £4,000 signing from Huddersfield Town in the summer of 1930, right half Jimmy was part of the Terriers side who lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final earlier that year.

Debuting in a 2-1 opening day defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, he was initially preferred to Roddie Mackenzie but ultimately failed to dislodge the Magpies veteran.

Joining Manchester City in October 1932, he soon returned to first club Oldham Athletic on loan. Later spells came with Macclesfield Town, Nelson and Wigan Athletic.

Jimmy passed away in August 1983.

1913 John Kelly born, Hetton-le-Hole.

Prolific reserve team forward who arrived at SJP from Burnley in an exchange deal and briefly graduated to the Magpie's first XI. 

Jack's only senior goal came in a 2-5 home loss to Brentford in September 1934 and he moved to Leeds United in a £1,150 deal in February 1935.

Later playing for Birmingham City, Kelly was on the books of Bury during the abortive 1939/40 season that was abandoned due to the outbreak of war. He died in 2000.

1945 David Ford born, Sheffield.

Winger who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday and moved to Tyneside in December 1969, Jackie Sinclair going to Hillsborough in a part-exchange deal.

Capped twice at England U23 level (one of which came against Scotland at SJP in 1967), David made a scoring debut for the Magpies in a 4-0 home win over Ipswich.

However, he faced competition for the number 11 shirt from Alan Foggon and David Young and left after barely a year.

Another part-exchange deal took him from SJP to Bramall Lane (along with goalkeeper John Hope) in January 1971 and brought striker John Tudor to Gallowgate.

David moved on to Halifax Town in 1973 and following his retirement worked as a plumber in the Sheffield area.

1947 Alex Reid born, Glasgow.

On the books at Ibrox, although he only appeared twice for the Rangers first team, winger Alex made his name at Dundee United and appeared against Newcastle when the two sides met in the 1969/70 Fairs Cup.

Arriving at SJP in October 1971 with Ian Mitchell going to Tannadice in exchange, Alex made his Magpies debut soon after in a 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest.

Never a regular starter, Reid faded out of the first team picture in the 1972/73 season and was moved on to Greenock Morton for a fee of £20K in October 1973.

A return to Dundee United came in 1975 but he was soon on the move again, joining Ayr United. However a knee injury caused him to retire just a few months later, in 1977. 

Reid later emigrated to Canada where he settled in the Vancouver area. It was reported in 1998 that he took his own life.

1979 Damien Duff born, Ballyboden, Republic of Ireland. (2006-09)

Republic of Ireland international winger who was brought over to England as a teenager by Blackburn Rovers, debuting in May 1997.

Winning a League Cup winners medal in 2001, Duff left Ewood Park for Chelsea at a cost of £17m in the summer of 2003 - a year after grabbing the headlines for his displays in the World Cup Finals for Ireland.

However, his time at Stamford Bridge was affected by injury - although that didn't stop him scoring against us twice and collecting two Premiership winners' medals.

Declared surplus to requirements, a decent- looking £5m deal was agreed and he moved to SJP in July 2006, amid claims that both Spurs and Liverpool had tabled bids. 

Duff's first appearance came in a home friendly against PSV Eindhoven and his full United debut then followed in an Intertoto Cup against Ventspils played in Riga.

And when he scored his first goal in a win at West Ham soon after, the future looking bright for him and United.

A damaged cartilage away at Arsenal in November sidelined Damien for a month however, and he then missed another six weeks after just a single comeback game.

Returning to the side in late January 2007, Duff showed little as Glenn Roeder's side under-performed in the League and exited the UEFA Cup at the hands of AZ Alkmaar.

An innocuous-looking knock during a defeat at Portsmouth that April then kept him out of action for eight months - although many of those present had initially believed that he was just looking to come off the field. 

Duff's comeback coinciding with the final weeks of the Allardyce regime - with only his second toon goal against Stoke City at SJP on the night of Kevin Keegan's return.

Duff reached the end of that season without further major incident, but playing at a much reduced pace that brought criticism of his fitness from some quarters.

The benefits of a full pre-season became apparent though in July 2008, when he hit a hat trick in a pre-season win at Hartlepool and generally looked leaner and sharper.

Again though injury struck and he missed a month after taking a whack on the knee in the home win over Bolton - only our second competitive fixture of the season.

By the time he returned to the action, Kevin Keegan had made way for Chris Hughton and within a couple of games Joe Kinnear had turned up - Duff netting in front of the new United boss in a 2-2 draw at Everton.

Further goals followed in victories against Spurs and West Brom - before injury again put him out of the side in February 2009.

Returning for the final weeks of the season, Duff played in all eight of the games Alan Shearer managed the club in, a number of those as an emergency left back.

However, his chief contribution during that time was to unwittingly deflect Gareth Barry's shot off his heel and past Steve Harper in the final game of the season at Aston Villa - sealing our relegation fate.

Duff then went on the record to claim that he was prepared to play in the Championship for Newcastle, as he had done following his relegation with Blackburn in 1998.

However, after just one game - during which he scored our first goal outside the top flight since Andy Cole - he signed for Fulham in a deal reported as being worth £2.5m.

While Michael Owen was rightly pilloried for not pulling his weight at SJP, seeing Duff cavorting round like a spring lamb and scoring goals for fun at The Cottagers sticks in the throat of this Toon fan.

However, his departure and the consequent reduction in the wage bill/fee collected did allow Chris Hughton to retain other high earners in his squad, to good effect.

Inevitably he scored the only goal of the game at Craven Cottage in 2010/11 when he faced his former employers, away fans' boos once again a precursor to the strike.

Winning the penalty that led to Fulham's equaliser in January 2012 - a game they went on to win 5-2 - December 2012 then saw yet another example of Toon fans abusing Duff and being instantly repaid, when he floated over the free kick from which the Cottagers netted the winner.

You'd think we'd learn, wouldn't you?

Duff finally exited from Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League in the 2013/14 season and agreed a one year deal to play for Australian side Melbourne City. 


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1895 East Stirlingshire (h)
Dickson 2, Thompson 2, Smith, Milne

1899 Brampton Welfare (a)
(scorers in order): Niblo, Lindsay, Harvey, MacFarlane, Stott, Higgins, Stevenson, Peddie, Harvey, Kingsley,  Ghee, Ostler
Milburn, Mark
Every member of the Newcastle team got on the scoresheet including goalkeeper Matt Kingsley. The home side scored their two goals to make it 9-1 and 10-2. 

1901 Notts County (a)
Division One 
Gee, Morris, Warner

1907 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
Gosnell, Howie 
Dawson 2

1912 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 0-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Glennon, Wright



1932 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
Allen 2, Boyd, Lang, J.R.Richardson 
Cunliffe, J.Bruton, Talbot

1935 Manchester United (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two 


1938 Stockport County (a)
Division Two 
Bowden 2, Park 
United's first (and only) visit to Edgeley Park so far ended in victory thanks in part to a Ray Bowden brace.

1946 Everton (a)
War League 
Scorers tbc


1955 Nottingham Forest (h)
aet 1-1 
FA Cup 5th Round Second Replay
1957 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
Mitchell, White 

1959 All Stars XI (h)
Allchurch 2 
A football match played in aid of a cricket club, as this floodlit friendly raised funds for Northumberland CCC.

The all-stars lineup included ex-SJP heroes Frank Brennan & Jackie Milburn, United boss Charlie Mitten and various other former stars from other clubs including Sam Bartram (Charlton), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United) and Wally Barnes (Arsenal). 

1963 Sunderland (a)
Division Two 
A slight improvement in the sub-zero temperatures allowed the first game at Roker Park since Boxing Day to staged, with pneumatic drills and braziers used in an attempt to break up the bone hard pitch. 

United 'keeper Dave Hollins was the hero of the day with a fine display to repel the dominant home side, including a 39th minute penalty save to deny Stan Anderson.

1968 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 
Owls striker Jack Whitham netted, but  a point was enough to keep us in fifth spot - our highest placing of the season.
1970 West Ham (h) 4-1 
Division One 
Davies(8), Robson(40),
Dyson(74), Foggon(88) Eustace(28)
Peter Eustace with the solitary reply for the visitors.
1974 Leeds United (a)
Division One 

1977 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
Burns, Oates, McCaffery 

1982 Leicester City (a)
Division Two 
Lineker(42,78), Young(44)
A week after being held to a 2-2 at the Baseball Ground by Derby, we returned to the East Midlands to be given the runaround by a young striker named Gary Lineker. 

1985 Watford (h)
Division One 
Cunningham, Reilly, Megson 

1991 Leicester City (h)
Division Two 
McGhee, Sloan
The only goal striker Scott Sloan managed for the club came in this game, as we returned to winning ways after successive scoreless draws at SJP.

A large chorus of boos filled the air deep into the second half, when the Foxes caretaker boss left the bench to retrieve the ball. His name? Gordon Lee.

1999 Unloved gallic goalkeeper Lionel Perez returned from a brief stint Lyon without signing for the French club, unfortunately. 

2000 The Save our Seats campaign lost their court case against the club. Fans had been removed from their seats to make way for corporate clients, despite paying £500 for a bond that allegedly reserved their seat for 10 years. 

The final judgment confirmed that the small print of the bond agreement had allowed the club to do what the hell they liked.

2002 Arsenal (h)
Bergkamp(11), Campbell(41)
Gunners striker Dennis Bergkamp opened the scoring with what was hailed at the time as a wonder-goal. 

However, he subsequently admitted what some suspected at the time - namely that the initial turn that left Nicos Dabizas nonplussed had been a tad fortunate. match report
2004 Manager Bobby Robson was in defiant mood at the press call before the following day's UEFA Cup second leg tie at home to Valerenga (we'd drawn 1-1 in Oslo).

"We're in it together, from the chairman all the way down, to try to win this match tomorrow night.

"It won't be easy - you're not playing 11 dustbins out there, you're playing 11 athletes who can run and fight and challenge.

"Their fitness surprised me, but they've trained and they've rested. We've played games and they haven't."

2013 Swansea City (a)
Premier League
Another outing for our cursed maroon change kit saw United beaten for the first time at the Liberty Stadium.

Fresh from winning the League Cup final, City completed a double over United thanks to a rare shot on target, while home
'keeper Michel Vorm denied both Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko and saw numerous other efforts fly past his goal. match report 

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