Arsenal (h) Member sale now (last few)
Newcastle conclude their season with a 4pm kick-off at St. James' Park
on Sunday, secure in the knowledge that Premier League football will again be
played on Tyneside next season. The game is live on Sky Sports 1.
successive season and extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to ten
NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued for the 2013/14
season, meaning that the current ones become obsolete after Sunday's game.
If Alan Pardew's side are to banish painful memories of successive 0-3 and 0-6
home defeats however, they'll have to send the Gunners away empty-handed for
the first time in seven League and Cup visits.
And there's the little matter of ending a six season run of failing to round
off their home league programme with a win, since a Titus Bramble strike saw
off Chelsea in 2006.
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Bromwich Albion drew 3-3
2009/10 Ipswich Town drew 2-2
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn Rovers lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
Arsenal arrive seeking the three points that will cement their Champions League
qualification for a sixteenth
NB: there is a scenario which could require Arsenal and Chelsea to meet
in an additional playoff match at Villa Park on May 26th to decide who finishes
in third place and enters the Champions League at a later stage.
That's never happened before, but the official Premier League site
recounts that it was planned for in May 1996 when ourselves and Manchester
United were both possible champions details/1996
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Squad: Tim Krul will be absent due to injury, while Rob Elliot is
suspended following his dismissal at Loftus Road.
Cheick Tiote and
Steven Taylor are available for selection but there are doubts over Davide
Santon Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko and Shola Ameobi isn't
expected to be involved.
Long-term absentees Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic remain out but Shane
Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are available following the expiration of their
AFC: Olivier Giroud is available following suspension but Mikel
Arteta is doubtful after sustaining a calf injury during the 4-1 home win over
Wigan on Tuesday.
The Gunners arrive on Tyneside with the best defensive record on the road
in the Premier League this season, having conceded only 14 goals in their 18
away fixtures. That includes eight clean sheets - we've managed two.
Arsenal will be looking to record their tenth away win of the season in the
Premier League and their fifth in succession, after maximum returns from visits
to Swansea, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and QPR.
Paddy Power match betting is online here
Selected PP Match odds:
Newcastle to win @ 5/1
Papiss Cisse first goalscorer @ 8/1
Newcastle to score no goals @ 6/4
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to
fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).
PP Money Back Special:
If Theo Walcott scores
the last goal
of the game, losing
first goalscorer, last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast single bets will
be refunded (conditions
Premier League final day fixtures:
Sun 19.05.2013: (all games 4pm KO)
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v QPR
Manchester City v Norwich City
Newcastle v Arsenal
Southampton v Stoke City
Swansea City v Fulham
Spurs v mackems
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
West Ham v Reading
Wigan v Aston Villa
The current Premier League table is
Howard Webb (Sheffield).
Fifth toon game of the season for the
man in the middle with the MBE, after Manchester United home (lost 0-3), Stoke
City away (lost 1-2), Chelsea home (won 3-2) and most recently the 0-3 home
Webb has also presided over four Arsenal games; a 2-0 win at Liverpool, 5-2
home success over Spurs, 2-2 draw at Swansea and a 2-0 victory at West Brom,
dismissing Per Mertesacker at the Hawthorns.
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Buses replace Metro services in both directions between Gateshead
Stadium and Brockley Whins / Hebburn until 12.30pm on Sunday.
Train: Early morning service alterations to some Trans Pennine services
due to engineering work between Stalybridge and Leeds.
Park & Ride: in association with Altoonative
South of the Tyne - from Metrocentre coach park:
(Operated by Go North East)
Red-liveried Soccerbuses run regularly starting / finishing on
Barrack Road (opposite Milburn Stand). Free parking and Magpie Mover
ticket holders travel free, fares: £1 each way (50p for U14s). More
North of the Tyne - from Newcastle Great Park:
(Operated by Arriva).
Green-liveried X40 Great Park Sage Express buses run regularly calling
at The Brandling Arms, Regent Centre and starting / finishing at Haymarket Bus
Free parking at Great Park and Magpie Mover ticket holders travel free, fares:
£1 each way (50p for U14s) upon production of match ticket. More
Copies of the
souvenir programme from the recent Bobby Robson Celebration evening are still available
to buy from
the Back Page shop, Newcastle Arms pub, NUFC club shop at SJP and Evening Chronicle front office.
The price is a donation of your own choice, shared between the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation & the Alan Shearer Foundation.
Thanks to all who have made generous contributions so far.
Gunners in Toon - Premiership years:
2011/12: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Drew 4-4 Barton 2, Best, Tiote
2010/11: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Martins
2007/08: Drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2006/07: Drew 0-0
2005/06: Won 1-0 Solano
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Robert
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Robert (FAC)
2001/02: Lost 0-2
2000/01: Drew 0-0
1999/00: Won 4-2 Speed 2, Shearer, Griffin
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1995/96: Won 2-0 Ginola, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 1-0 Beardsley
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley
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Ahead of the final game of the season, Alan
Pardew has gone on the record regarding the future of a quartet of his current
first team squad:
Fabricio Coloccini (183 games):
"For me as a manager, he is a fantastic captain, who has been very
important in this last period in particular.
"When he did not play in those couple of games against Sunderland and
Liverpool, I thought we really lacked a bit of leadership on the pitch.
"For all the other players' strengths, he has got that experience that you
need. And that’s told in the games against West Ham and QPR massively. He has
been a big, big difference to the team.
"I think his situation is something that for me is hard to discuss because
it was a personal issue and it still is. Therefore it is difficult for me to
comment on Colo’s actual feelings of wanting to return home.
"We have some fantastic young players at this club and this year is going
to serve them well, particularly those we bought in the January window.
"We have got a lot of young players with potential now and we need a
little bit of guidance around them to help them and particularly Coloccini. His
position will be quite critical really. If there is a situation where he is not
here next year then we replace that.
"Like all clubs, we will be sitting down, discussing plans for next year.
The plans will include pre-season, recruitment and mistakes made this year and
Shola Ameobi (368 games):
"Shola has a year left and I have already spoken to him, perhaps being
here next year or what do you want to do? He is a little bit undecided about
what he wants to do. With Shola too, we could lose two or three experienced
players this summer.”
Danny Simpson (138 games):
"Danny has played his last game for
us. His contract is up and I think we would have renewed it by now. He has been
terrific for me as the manager and I think there are two emotions with Danny.
"One is that he has been a great
player for me, even at this late stage when he got called up against West Ham
he was absolutely terrific and he has always given me everything. I know he
will find a Premier League club but it will not be this one.
"I think it was fairly obvious that we
were not able to do a financial deal. It all needs to line up. It is not about
bad relationships or anything like that. I have a strong personal relationship
with Danny - I think he is a terrific lad and any Premier League club that
takes him, will have signed a terrific player."
Steve Harper (198 games):
"I spoke to him and he definitely
wants to play one more year or two more years. I think that he should. He
definitely has the ability to do that and he can show that on Sunday, but for
us it will be his last game.”
In addition, the future of various other squad members is open to question.
Dan Gosling and Gabriel Obertan are the most likely to be moved on, while what
lies in store for fringe players Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Shane
Ferguson, James Tavernier and Paul Dummett.
store for Toon trio
Young Magpie Adam
faces a busy summer
following his inclusion in the England U20 squad, hard on the the heels of
international selection at U19 level.
Selected for U19 European Championship qualifying duty in Belgium next week,
the striker is also named in a 35 man group for the U20 World Cup Finals in
They take place in late June and early July and fellow Magpie Gael
Bigirimana is also named in an England squad for the first time - until now
it was unclear as to who the Burundian player would choose to represent.
Both players will discover whether they've made the final selection when it is
revealed on Friday June 7th.
Fri 24.05.2013 England v Georgia (Bornem)
Sun 26.05.2013 Belgium v England (Geel)
Wed 29.05.2013 England v Scotland (Westerlo)
And were England to win that that mini tournament, they would appear at the European U19 Championship finals in Lithuania
in and around the last two weeks of July.
Sun 23.06.2013 England v Iraq (Antalya)
Wed 26.06.2013 Chile v England (Antalya)
Sat 29.06.2013 England v Egypt (Bursa)
Also warming up for the U20 World Cup is Newcastle defender Curtis Good,
whose Australian side are preparing in Europe with the following friendlies:
Fri 24.05.2013 Netherlands v
Fri 31.05.2013 Germany v Australia (location tbc)
Sat 22.06.2013 Colombia v Australia (Trabzon)
Tue 25.06.2013 Australia v El Salvador (Rize)
Fri 28.06.2013 Turkey v Australia (Trabzon)
international football grinds on through the close season and the French squad
to play two friendlies in South America next month includes toon duo Yohan
Cabaye and Matheiu Debuchy:
Wed 05.06.2013 Uruguay v
Sun 09.06.2013 Brazil V France (Porto Alegre)
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast have selected Cheick Tiote for their World Cup
Qualifying double header next month:
Sat 08.06.2013 Gambia v Ivory Coast (Bakau)
Sun 16.06.2013 Tanzania v Ivory Coast (Dar Es Salaam)
(Ivory Coast also play two friendlies against Nigeria in late June and early
July, but if previous selection policy is any guide, will only choose
African-based players for those).
PS: confirmation that Papiss Cisse has been included in the Senegal
squad for their qualifiers against Angola and Liberia is awaited, while there's
also the possibility that Fabricio Coloccini could be involved when Argentina
face Colombia and Ecuador in June.
Dummett / Conor Newton (St. Mirren):
Sat 18.05.2013 Kilmarnock (a) SPL
Mehdi Abeid (St.Johnstone):
Sun 19.05.2013 Motherwell (h) SPL
Images of United's 2013/14 away strip were published by the club on
Wednesday, confirming that the shirt design below is that which is now on sale:
Some associated comments from the manufacturer and sponsor about looking
forward to the deal commencing next Monday (May 20th) indicate that
Newcastle will face Arsenal on Sunday clad in their current Virgin-branded home
kit - not this new one, as rumoured elsewhere.
The new issue of The Mag, still trying to make sense of Newcastle United is
now on sale in Tyneside newsagents.
Copies can also be bought online (only £3) in The
Mag Shop, with subscriptions from £23 also available. Visit the main
Mag website here
PS: To celebrate the opening of the NE4 Cafe & Bar
in Downing Plaza (among the new buildings on the old Brewery site adjacent to
SJP), this edition of the Mag includes food and drink discount vouchers for
Consett 0 Newcastle Res XI 6
action is online here
(NB: Inman scored the third, caption is incorrect)
and bairns update
The inaugural season of Premier League U18 and U21 competitions is building
to a climax, with the teams contesting both national finals now confirmed.
Starting with the U18s, Newcastle were pipped to the Group Two title by Aston
Villa in the very last game, denying the Magpies a derby eliminator to decide
which side advanced to the playoff semi-finals.
The Group One winning mackems duly overcame Villa 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1
draw at Whitburn, only to then lose 3-4 away at Elite Group winners Fulham.
The Cottagers now face Reading in the national final at Craven Cottage this
Sunday, the Royals having made it through courtesy of a 4-0 win over Everton.
Turning to the U21 title and after United's hopes were ended in penalty defeat
at Everton in the Group Winner eliminator, the Toffees went down 2-3 to Elite
Group winners Spurs at White Hart Lane on Monday night.
With Manchester United hitting three goals without reply to eliminate Liverpool
in their semi-final, the Red Devils now face Spurs in the Final at Old Trafford
Whese keys are these?
If anyone out there has mislaid any keys while visiting St. James' Park during
this season, a sizeable haul has been accumulated by the club's lost property
And in addition to door keys etc. a quantity of keyless car ignition fobs have
also been found. Get more details from 0191 201 8634 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Carry on Dick
Confirmation of Ryan
Taylor's return to the USA for knee surgery at the hands of Doctor
Richard Steadman extends a link between United and the clinic in Vail,
It was back in January 2000 that Steadman's name and reputation first became
known to Newcastle fans, when he was entrusted with the task of repairing the
damaged knee of a certain Alan Shearer.
And since then, Steadman and his team have successfully performed corrective
procedures on Craig Bellamy (both knees), Michael Owen (knee), Shola Ameobi
(hip) and most recently, Sylvain Marveaux (hip and groin).
QPR 1 Newcastle 2
report is online here
A group of Newcastle fans have gained
permission from the club for a plaque commemorating Joe Harvey to be
displayed at the Gallowgate End of St.James' Park - and two associated
fund-raisers have now been confirmed.
Members of The Fairs Club have co-ordinated efforts for an overdue
recognition of the man who served United as both a player and manager and
organised two talk-ins.
The first event is on Thursday June 20th, when local journalist John Gibson
will host an evening at The Barking Dog in Wallsend featuring former
players Vic Keeble, Dave Hilley, John McNamee, Keith Dyson and Ron McGarry.
Thursday July 11th then sees a massing of ex-Magpies at the High Howden Social
Club, Wallsend. John Gibson will again act as MC and among those already confirmed
are Stan Anderson, Tommy Robson, Jim Iley and Frank Clark.
Tickets for the June event are £10 and £20 for July. For further details and
bookings, please contact Bill Bruce on 0775 3573613 or email@example.com
PS: various items of memorabilia have been donated by former players to
be sold off as part of the fundraising effort for the plaque. Stay tuned for
details of these.
Following online speculation that United could spend part of their next pre-season programme in the USA,
further claims of games in South Africa have appeared.
Briefing journalists about the visit of Liverpool to Cape Town later this month, City of Cape Town tourism spokesman Grant Pascoe confirmed that Newcastle and
Everton both remain possible pre-season visitors:
"Both teams are very keen on coming out - Newcastle are first concentrating on avoiding relegation, but have
indicated that they will make the trip, while Everton were out here last week
to inspect the venue and facilities and they were very impressed."
Pascoe was quoted last month as saying that provisional plans were in place for
United to play Ajax Cape Town and Everton between July 20th and 27th.
There's been no official confirmation from any of the clubs, but a recent news report
has claimed that Everton officials are planning to visit South Africa and assess what
facilities would be made available to them. Whether their managerial change
will be a factor is unknown.
Ajax Cape Town play their home games at the 55,000 capacity Cape Town Stadium
that was constructed for the 2010 World Cup and staged eight fixtures.
While United continue to offer cut-price season
ticket options for home games, travelling toon fans have once again encountered
hefty price rises this season.
The price of following Newcastle to all 19 Premier League away games this
season was £754 (excluding booking fees), which compares to £686 in
the 2011/12 season.
And while some clubs such as Wigan (£25) and Stoke City (£30) pegged their
prices, others imposed scandalously large increases, notably Manchester City
(up £11 to £49) and West Bromwich Albion (up £10 to £39).
Perhaps the worst value though in the league remains the breathtaking £45 that
Norwich City have charged since their promotion in 2011 for some of their worst
And away from the Premier League, let's not forget the criminally over-priced
League Cup fixture at Old Trafford when fans were charged £45 on a night when
other all Premier League ties slashed admission
The Europa League also wasn't immune to dodgy pricing tactics, with those who
made the trip to Moscow paying more than six times what locals were charged
(NB: UEFA are currently investigating a complaint about that).
The Football Supporters Federation have taken up the cause of away
supporters and are currently hosting a petition aimed at introducing a £20
ticket price cap.
While that sounds unrealistic at first glance, the FSF position is that the
enhanced overseas TV contracts agreed are a reflection of the importance of
full stadia and atmosphere - and by pricing away fans out of the equation, the
clubs risk damaging their "product".
Equally pertinent is the admission by certain Premier League clubs that only a
small percentage of their revenue streams are from the match ticket sales.
Like us, the FSF are concerned that away fans are in danger of becoming extinct
- not just due to ticket prices but also the rising cost of transport,
restrictive club sales policies and the mangling of the fixture list for TV.
Their campaign is an attempt to try and redress the balance.
To add your name to the "Twenty's Plenty" petition please
click here. You'll find further details of this campaign and the work
of the FSF
Ultimate Record update
Anyone who purchased the Newcastle United Ultimate Record book may be interested to know that
the author prepared an update of the 2011/12 season stats in the same format to slip inside your existing copy.
This is still available free of charge as a downloadable PDF file by emailing
Next Match |
St. James' Park
Sunday 19th May
Live on Sky
Queens Park Rangers 1
Sunday 12th May
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2012/13:
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The SJP Box Office is located upstairs in the club shop (underneath the Gallowgate End
stand) and open as follows:
The Matchday Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, a short distance up
the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of
the Gallowgate End Stand, above Shearers.
SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).
* 0044 870 1892 from overseas
Online Box Office is available here
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.
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.
Details of pricing/availability of 2013/14 season tickets can be found online here
SJP Stadium seating plan is online here
2012/13 season capacity of SJP: 52,404
is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan,aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
City Centre map (PDF)
Sun 19.05.2013 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale
now. Live on Sky Sports.
Mon 20.05.2013 Talk-in featuring Steve Harper @ Station Pub, Killingworth, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (inc. pie & peas) from the venue and
Colin Dunn on 07760 758058. Joint fund Raiser for Toma Fund / Killingworth FC.
Sat 25.05.2013 Res v various (n) @ Hong Kong FC. Hong Kong Citibank Soccer 7s.
NUFC v KH Select 3.57pm, NUFC v HKFA4 5.39pm, NUFC v Leicester C 7.38pm.
Sixteen teams participate in four groups:
A: Man City, mackems, S'pore CC, Yau Yee
B: NUFC, Leicester City,HKFA4, HK Select
C: Rangers, HKFA1, HKFA Dragons, HKFC
D: Aston Villa. HKFA2, HKFA3, Kowloon CC
(The top four finishers in the Hong Kong league will take the HKFA1-4 slots).
Sun 26.05.2013 Hong Kong Citibank Soccer 7's Tournament concludes.
Thu 06.06.2013 Talk-in featuring Tommy Cassidy @ Seahorse Pub, Hillheads Park, Whitley Bay, 8pm.
Tickets £5 (inc. pie & peas) from the venue and 07761 976892.
Fri 05.07.2013 Talk-in featuring Steve Howey @ Wallsend Labour Club,
7pm. Tickets £10 (inc. pie & peas) from the venue and Rob Dunn on 07538 291227.
Note change of date/venue.
Sun 07.07.2013 Family Fun Day featuring Malcolm Macdonald @ Fire Station
pub, Whitley Bay. Free admission.
Puma's first 2013/14 kit was the away one, which launched on Thursday May 16th.
The home kit is scheduled for a mid-August launch, with the third kit a month later.
Northern Ireland Milk Cup:
The Magpies are one of 20 clubs competing for the Premier U17 title between July 28th and August 2nd.
They will play in Group Four with Liverpool, County Armagh and O'Higgins of Chile. KO times and venues are
tbc, with the Final staged in Ballymena.
The Premier League season gets underway on the weekend of August 17th, with the fixtures released at 9am on Wed June 19th.
League Cup Round Dates:
1st Round w/c 05.08.2013
2nd Round w/c 26.08.2013
3rd Round w/c 23.09.2013
4th Round w/c 28.10.2013
QF w/c 16.12.2013
SF(1L) w/c 06.01.2014
SF(2L) w/c 20.01.2014
Final Sun 02.03.2014
FA Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/e of 04.01.2014
4th Round w/e of 25.01.2014
5th Round w/e of 15.02.2014
6th Round w/e of 08.03.2014
SF Sat 12.04.2013/Sun 13.04.2013
Final Sat 17.05.2014
The third edition of Biffa's Newcastle Miscellany remains available, featuring a wealth of Toon facts, stats and anecdotes.
Pay £9.99 in shops or get it online here for the discount price of £5.99
plus £2.49 UK p&p with promotion code NUFC. It's also available as an ebook online here
Rugby Union World Cup:
The 20 team event runs between September 18th and October 31st 2015, with three games scheduled to be played at
Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland
International Magpies |
National Service |
Future international dates: |
07.09.2013 / 11.09.2013 Internationals
12.10.2013 / 16.10.2013 Internationals
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Gayle born, Toxteth, Liverpool. (1982-83)
An injury to Kevin Keegan in
November 1982 prompted United to enter the loan market and sign Liverpool
reserve midfielder Gayle.
Making his first Magpies appearance in a midweek home friendly against Dynamo
Kiev, Gayle then debuted in a 2-0 victory over Cambridge United the following
Showing flashes of good form, Gayle's month long loan was then extended and he
found the net in successive games against Derby and Grimsby over the festive
The return of Keegan to the side then saw Howard return to Anfield, where he'd
been on the books since 1974 but played only
five first team games for the Reds.
That had included a European
Cup semi final against Bayern Munich when he came on for the
injured Kenny Dalglish and tormented the Germans with his pace.
The 1979/80 season saw him on loan at Fulham and he departed from Liverpool in
the summer of 1983, joining Birmingham.
Moving on to the mackems in 1984,
Howard was dismissed on his return
to SJP with the red and whites on on
New Years Day 1985.
Later transfers took him to the Dallas Sidekicks (USA) and Stoke
City, before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 1987.
Six seasons at Ewood Park included a rare run of goalscoring in 1988/89,
when he managed a career best total of nineteen.
Folllowing Gayle's departure in 1992, he played for Halifax Town
and Accrington Stanley before hanging up his boots.
The former England U21 international then returned to his native
Toxteth and became involved as a coach at the Stanley House Youth Football Club.
As part of his work for the Show Racism the Red Card initiative,
Howard has said of his playing career that:
"When I played for Newcastle & Sunderland, the fans
were great, both on and off the pitch. But when I was an
opposition player at St. James’s park, I was spat at, there were
monkey noises, and all sorts of racist abuse. It wasn’t
pleasant, but sadly it was something I had become used to. "
Wrightson born, Walker.
A graduate of Wallsend Boys Club,
Jeff was part of Newcastle's 1985 FA Youth Cup -winning side along
with the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Ian Bogie and Kevin Scott.
A senior debut came at SJP on Boxing Day 1986 in place of the
absent David McCreery. Unfortunately that was a 0-4 beating by Everton and
United also lost the other three games that season Jeff played in.
After the Everton
game, boss Willie McFaul admitted that Jeff wasn't ready
for the first team and that his selection had been a mistake.
Hardly a confidence booster...
Released in the summer of 1987, former Magpie John McGrath recruited Jeff for
his Preston North End side, where his team mates included Sam Allardyce. Ian
Bogie would later follow him to Deepdale.
During a five year stint at PNE, Wrightson scored from the halfway line in a
League Cup tie at Scarborough and was with the club when they to Whitley Bay in
an FA Cup tie (although he didn't play at Hillheads).
Following trials at Yeovil Town, Blackpool & Darlington, Jeff signed for Gateshead
in 1992, becoming firm favourite and making over 200 appearances in a five year
period for the Tynesiders.
After later spells at Spennymoor United, Blyth
Spartans and Walker Central, Jeff began coaching under Central boss and former
PNE colleague, Ian Bogie.
duo then joined Gateshead in April 2007, guiding the Tynesiders
to successive promotions and a place in the Conference.
Jeff confirmed his
departure due to his work commitments at a furniture company in 2010, the non-leaguers having opted to
go full-time from the following season.
Jeff's son Kieron followed in his father's footsteps, appearing at
academy and reserve level for Newcastle between 2006 and 2009. He later joined
Gateshead on trial before moving on to play for various non-league sides in the
Death of Norman Smith, 80. Former
manager Smith collapsed after visiting SJP.
1909 West Bromwich
Shepherd 2, Anderson
1913 Danish XI (a) Scorer tbc
1924 Real Sociedad (a)
Unknown Scorers (if any)
1927 Dutch Olympic XI (a)
After losing their first friendly match against the
Netherlands in Amsterdam, United fared better second time
around in Rotterdam.
Maitland, Hudspeth, McKenzie, Spencer, Harris, Low, McKay,
Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.
1940 Bristol Rovers (h)
1943 Roker Park was hit during a bombing raid,
presumably by the Germans.....
1950 Jackie Milburn became the first England player to
be substituted when he went off injured in a 4-1 victory
over Belgium in Brussels. Former Magpie Roy Bentley
1961 Only a win would have retained Wales' interest
in World Cup qualification, but a 1-1 against the
Spaniards in Madrid was still a creditable result.
United's Ivor Allchurch scored the Welsh goal.
1970 Vancouver Spartans (Canada) (a)
Robson 2, Dyson, Young
Newcastle's end of season tour of North America
continued with a fixture against the side who were later
rebranded as the Whitecaps.
1974 Magpies striker Malcolm Macdonald replaced the
ineffective Frank Worthington as England crashed
2-0 at Hampden Park to a Scotland side which included the
outstanding Kenny Dalglish.
1982 Hartlepool United (a)
Varadi 5, Wharton
1983 Select XI Malaya (a)
Keegan 3, Carney, Varadi
The opening game in an eight date tour that took
United to Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.
1985 New Zealand FA (a)
The first of four
friendlies against the "All Whites" saw United
visit the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Christchurch.
In goal for the home side was one Richard Wilson, who
presumably "didn't believe it" when John
Anderson put the Magpies ahead.
Thomas, Anderson, Clarke, Roeder, Wharton (Saunders),
McCreery, Heard (Brown), Haddock, Gascoigne, McDonald,
2000 FL Allstars (a)
The first of United's two end
-of-season games in the West Indies saw them play at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Barton (Caldwell G 49 mins), Griffin, McClen,
Caldwell S, Howey (Goma 45 mins), Lee (Kerr 70 mins),
Gavilan, Gallacher, Robinson (Green 70 mins), Solano. Subs
n/u: Domi, Simon Smith.
2006 Nobby Solano followed in the footsteps of
fellow Magpies Nicos Dabizas, Andy Griffin & Stuart Pearce by walking relatively
unscathed from a serious car crash.
Nobby was taken to hospital in Lima, but only
suffered a minor injury to the part of his body least used on the pitch -
He blamed himself
and jet-lag for the accident when he said afterwards:
"Thank God I'm fine. It was because of driving fast. I hit the pavement and lost control of
the car. I think I've felt the time changing between England and Peru."
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