Spurs (a) /
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member sale now
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ST holder sale now (zero points)
Fan Forum #5 minutes
Monday saw the fifth meeting of the fan forum run by NUFC, what they
"term an opportunity for members to quiz the club on any issues on
behalf of all supporters, as well as being the club's opportunity to redress
the balance with facts. All questions and answers are published on the club's
website for the wider fan base". minutes
are available online here
A few things that caught our eye:
Ambitions for the current season:
"The club's minimum target this season is to finish in the top
ten of the Premier League."
Whether that tenth place is the trigger for staff bonuses to be paid this
season wasn't elaborated upon. Striker arrival in next transfer window:
"....additional attacking players had been pursued. The club are
continuing to look at potential targets but stressed no guarantee could be
made in reference to January."
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa situation:
"The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties. There is the
possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan
period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him*.
"The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a
replacement defender in the summer. Because the deal with AS Roma took longer
than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible.
"The club's view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave
was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term
view, the club let him leave."
* reported as £6.7m by Sky Sports in January 2013
That appears to back up the one in / one out line that was peddled by the club
in the closing days of the last transfer window - what does occur to us was
that the "replacement transfer" that couldn't be completed was
actually a permanent switch for Jamaal Lascelles from Forest, which could only
then be concluded as a loan leading to a future transfer.
Recall rumours for the Nottingham Forest loanees:
the club are
delighted to have secured both Jamaal (Lascelles) and Karl Darlow and
while they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that
they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the
The question of why Lascelles was part of the Premier League squad list
NUFC submitted in September (but Darlow wasn't) didn't then get asked by
Regarding the story about Lascelles and the fact that the club confirmed it
was wrong, it's yet to be seen whether the media outlets who published that
would be subject to a ban. If they consider it "patently untrue"
then they'll be out, or if "incorrect information" then they'll stay
Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (i):
Asked how NUFC communicated information on this:
The club used social media and club website, sent emails to broadcasters
and journalists and gave face-to-face updates to reporters and TV/radio
personnel, while stewards around the stadium used loud hailers to
communicate with fans.
There's a danger here that the club are relying on social media to get
messages out, regardless of whether fans use those networks - or could even
connect to them.
Our reading of the "loudhailer" comment is that there's no PA
system around external areas of SJP - in contrast to other Premier League
stadia (eg Old Trafford, Anfield), where announcements are regularly made on
That begs the question of how emergency situations would be dealt with if
turnstiles were already open and fans were leaving and arriving at the same
time. Those inside the ground would hear the PA, but those outside wouldn't be
Given the large number of spectators unfamiliar with SJP who will attend both
rugby events in 2015, it's surely worth reviewing all possible communication
Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (ii):
When asked about fans adversely affected by the late finish to the game
because of booked trains, the club responded by saying that:
Those supporters are asked to write to the club's Box Office (St. James'
Park, Newcastle, NE1 4ST) so that the club can assess complaints on a
(We're aware of some of who left the game early because of service specific
ticket bookings and others who stayed and were charged additional fares on
later trains. Anyone who used public transport other than the train ie coach
services or flights may also wish to write to the club).
Proud sponsors of
Off to see
The palatial splendour of Upton Park:
yours for £43
While travelling toon fans have seen price reductions for six Premier League
games this season due to reciprocal pricing agreements and the Away Fan Fund,
the stark reality of admission costs will soon be reinforced.
In return for an average view and facilities reminiscent of a cattle mart in a
tube station, West Ham are now selling tickets for our visit next month to
their own fans in an equivalent area for £43 - mirroring the cost to
That puts them top of the rip-off chart thus far, but with many other pricier
outfits yet to show their hand:
Prices paid/confirmed so far this season:
£43 West Ham
£41 Aston Villa £31 Spurs * £25 Southampton, Swansea City £20 Everton, Stoke City £15 West Bromwich Albion
Looking at the other games, indications are that we'll pay the following (with
slightly cheaper ones at some venues, ie lower tier at Chelsea):
Manchester City £51
Manchester United £46
Crystal Palace £32
tbc (last season price in brackets):
Hull City (£30)
Leicester City (n/a) (mackems paying £35 next month, which makes them Cat B.
Cat A is £40).
PS: Both Burnley and Liverpool have classified their home games against
Newcastle higher than their meeting with the mackems. That means that we can
expect to pay £5 more at Turf Moor and up to £9 more at Anfield.
Wednesday saw NUFC season ticket holder Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run
announce the route of his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to
Running to raise funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation, Mark intends to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days during 2016.
His planned route will include Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.
And if that wasn't enough, Mark also announced plans for further runs in 2018,
2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining
13,642 miles of his 20,000 mile lap of the planet. Mental.
RGR v the World to date:
2007 874 miles in GB (£34,108) 2011 3,100 miles in USA (£105,322) 2013 2,384 miles in OZ (£55,126)
Jonas Gutierrez, the current status of the eleven senior players reportedly unavailable is as
Samuel Ameobi: (injury tbc) now available tbc Paul Dummett: (injury tbc) now available tbc
Emmanuel Riviere: (injury tbc) now available tbc Cheick Tiote: (calf) now available tbc Mike Williamson: (injury tbc) now available tbc
Ryan Taylor: (knee) Late October/early November
Rolando Aarons: (hamstring) early November Siem De Jong: (leg) late December/early January
Adam Campbell: (hernia) no return date Curtis Good: (hip) no return date Davide Santon: (knee) no return date
The last public mention of Santon came in mid-August, when Alan Pardew
confirmed a specialist had recently examined his problematic knee and revised
the target date to resume training from September to November.
Update: Scotland U16s have selected United youngster Owen Gallacher
for their Victory Shield opener.
The striking son of former Magpie John Gallacher is in the squad for the game
against Northern Ireland at St Mirren on Friday week, October 31st. The tie is
live on Sky.
Two young Magpies are away on international duty this week as follows:
Kyle Cameron (Scotland U18s):
Tue 21.10.2014 Czech Republic (a) Hradec Králové FR
The Newcastle defender started on the bench and was introduced into the action
around the hour, providing an assist in a 2-0 victory for the Scots.
Thu 23.10.2014 Czech Republic (a) Hradec Králové FR
Paul Woolston (England U17s): Sat 25.10.2014 Cyprus (a) Paphos ECQ Mon 27.10.2014 Macedonia (n) Paphos ECQ Thu 30.10.2014 France (n) Paphos ECQ
the 1990s, journalist Michael Walker has spent far too much time in press
boxes and on terraces reporting on the fortunes of the North East's "big
three" and many other clubs across the region. The fruits of his not
inconsiderable labours are now available as "Up There".
Described by the publishers as "part social-history, part
travelogue", it tries to give the importance of football in these
parts some sort of rational context and answer that one giant question - why
do we keeping f*cking up?
Dipping into his own back pages to build a
narrative ,the author also sought out a number of football personalities with
a tale to tell, ranging from Stan Anderson to John Hall, Howard Kendall to
Alan Kennedy and Rob Lee.
Highlighting the vast collection of silverware amassed by home-grown managers
and players and examining how that talent dried up, "Up There"
transcends club rivalries and aims for the bigger picture - entries in the
index for Tony Blair and Ernest Bevin sit next to Peter Beardsley.
Having said that though, a healthy proportion of the book is devoted to
Gallowgate matters, with some particularly strong coverage of events involving
messrs Hall, Ashley, Keegan and press bans etc. that debunk a few myths. "Up There" is available from all good bookshops now and can
be ordered direct from the publishers here.
Michael will also be signing copies in Newcastle late next month (details tbc)
accompanied by former Magpie Rob Lee.
be in with a chance of winning a
copy, just email us herewith your answer to this question:
promotion in 1984, the-then Newcastle manager attempted to sign Steve Bruce,
Mark Hateley and Kevin Sheedy, but was blocked by the club's board and
resigned. Who was that manager?
The closing date is SatOct 25th
@ 9pm, subject
is: Up. No purchase
necessary, no age restriction and entries welcome from anywhere in the world,
although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only.
Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified.
Issue 115 of True Faith is now available in digital-only format. Click
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lads: The borrowers
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A night to forget for the defender, who completed the full 90 minutes of a
1-7 home hammering by Bayern Munich
in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Usual rules applied for manager Stuart Pearce at Watford in the Championship on
Tuesday, with goalkeeper Darlow starting and defender Lascelles on the bench.
That had remained unchanged at full time, by which time the score was 2-2.
Remie Streete (Port Vale) Another unused substitute selection for the defender on Tuesday night, as Scunthorpe United
shared four goals at Vale Park in a League One fixture. Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United) The final game
of Freddie's month-long loan saw him remain on the bench as 'Pools were beaten
1-3 at Accrington Stanley in League
Two on Tuesday.
Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
A first start in green and white for striker Quinn came against Skelmersdale United
at Croft Park in a Northern Premier League game on Tuesday. Jonny's second Blyth goal put his side ahead
on 34 minutes but the visitors levelled in the 79th minute and it ended up 1-1.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp) Next game: Dinamo Minsk (a) Europa League, Thursday.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Liverpool (a) Premier League, Saturday.
coming Sunday sees the Magpies play the first of six Premier League
games in London this season, as they head to White Hart Lane for a 1.30pm
The game isn't live on UK TV, with the rescheduling to compensate for the home
side playing Asteras Tripolis at home in the Europa League on Thursday night.
United have sold their 2,200 allocation and the usual dry
train alcohol restrictions will apply on the return journey from Kings Cross
to Newcastle, beginning with the 16.45 departure until the end of service and
also including the two Grand Central departures to the dark place.
that tributes will be paid on Sunday to their former player and
manager Bill Nicholson, who passed away aged 85 almost exactly ten years
Nicholson also played for Newcastle as a wartime guest while serving in the
Durham Light Infantry, appearing for the Magpies 19 times between April 1943
and April 1944.
Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell remain
out, but Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett,Mike Williamson
Emmanuel Riviere and Sammy Ameobi should all be available
Newcastle to win @ 4/1 Game to end scoreless @10/1 Gabriel Obertan to score in a 1-0 win @ 100/1
quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation -
click on the link above to display current live odds). THFC: Federico Fazio is suspended after marking his
Premier League debut with a red card during Saturday's 1-4 defeat at
Recording home wins over QPR (4-0) and Southampton (1-0), Spurs were beaten at
White Hart Lane by both West Brom (0-1) and Liverpool (0-3) and come into
Sunday's game with just one PL win in six games.
Taylor - first time in charge of Newcastle this season, with his only
appointment in the 2013/14 campaign the FA Cup defeat by Cardiff City.
trains until 09.50am on the line between Enfield and Bethnal Green that
includes White Hart Lane Station - if you're using that route, check to make sure the work hasn't over-run:
Engineering work at Victoria Underground Station also means that sections of
the District and Circle Lines are closed all weekend.
UK TV: None
Digi Sport 1 (Svk) +HD
Fox Sports 2 (Oz) (delay)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
QQ Sports China
SuperSport 3 Africa
TSN 2 (Canada)
TV3 Sport 2 (Den)
ViaPlay (Denmark) +HD
ViaPlay (Sweden) +HD
UK Radio:Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Other Premier League fixtures(3pm
Sat25.10.2014: West Ham v Manchester City
Liverpool v Hull City
Southampton v Stoke City
mackems v Arsenal
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Leicester City (5.30pm) Sky
Sun 26.10.2014: Burnley v Everton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Chelsea (4pm) Sky
Mon 27.10.2014: QPR v Aston Villa (8pm) Sky
Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy 2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran 2011/12: Lost 0-5 2010/11: Lost 0-2 2008/09: Lost 0-1 2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins 2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt 2005/06: Lost 0-2 2004/05: Lost 0-1 2003/04: Lost 0-1 2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas 2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy 2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer 1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC) 1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano 1998/99: Lost 0-2 1997/98: Lost 0-2 1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2 1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola 1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR) 1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2 1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2
2014/15 season Magpie
Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced
at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after
competitive home first team games. Order online
One Cup: Manchester City (a)
Wednesday week sees Newcastle on the road to the Etihad
Stadium for a Fourth Round Capital One Cup tie against the current holders,
Kickoff is at 7.45pm and the Magpies have sold their full allocation -
total tbc. As
usual in this competition, the tie must conclude on the night - via extra time
and penalty kicks if required.
United have failed
to beat City in
league and cup
games and lost the
last 11 meetings. The last Magpies scorer was Demba Ba at SJP in
2012, 489 minutes ago.
We exited from this competition
at the same point last season when losing 2-0 to City in extra time at SJP.
Our first cup tie at the Etihad Stadium
provides a further opportunity to record a maiden victory at that venue - over
a decade after our first visit in May 2004.
Our ten visits there ended in two draws and eight defeats and we've only held
the lead twice, repelling City for 40 minutes following Alan Shearer's 9th
minute opener in February 2005 and defending a 29th minute strike from Obafemi
Martins for nine minutes in September 2007.
The Quarter Final draw will take
place live on Sky Sports on Wednesday night, following their coverage of our
tie. Those ties will be played in w/c Monday 15.12.2014. Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell remain
sidelined through injury.
Paddy Power match betting will follow here
MCFC: to follow
Referee: Stuart Attwell -
Warwickshire-based whistler who was once the bright hope of the Select Group of
Referees and the youngest person to take charge of a Premier League game.
We first encountered him competitively on Boxing Day 2009 when he officiated
our 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 26. A trio of Premier League away games then
followed: a 1-1 draw at Wolves in August 2010 when he booked a dozen players, a
0-0 draw at Blackburn in February 2011 and a 0-1
loss at Villa two months later.
Attwell was demoted to the Football League list in early 2012 and hasn't
UK TV: Live on Sky Sports
Overseas TV: beIN Sports (France)
Setanta Sports Australia
Sport TV1 (Portugal)
SuperSport 3 Africa TV10 Sweden
UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Other Capital One
Cup Fourth Round ties:
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Derby County
Liverpool v Swansea City
MK Dons v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Sky
Stoke City v Southampton
Spurs v Brighton and Hove Albion
will be our 136th game in this competition since it was founded in 1960. To
date we've recorded 62 wins, lost on 55 occasions and drawn 18. Conceding 186
goals, we've scored 216.
Victory for Alan Pardew's side would put them into the Quarter Finals of the
competition for the seventh time in the 44 years they've entered, and the first
time since a single goal home defeat to Chelsea in December 2006.
v United - Cup Record:
2013/14 lost 0-1 (h) LC
2001/02 won 1-0 (h) FAC Solano 1994/95 won 3-1 (h) FAC Gillespie 2, Beresford 1994/95 lost 0-2 (h) LC 1994/95 drew 1-1 (a) LC Jeffrey 1976/77 lost 1-3 (h) FAC Gowling 1975/76 lost 1-2 (n) LC Gowling 1974/75 won 2-0 (a) FAC Nulty, Burns 1968/69 lost 0-2 (a) FAC 1968/69 drew 0-0 (h) FAC 1956/57 won 5-4 (a) FAC White 2, Curry, Tait, Casey 1954/55 won 3-1 (n) FAC Hannah, Milburn, Mitchell 1923/24 won 2-0 (n) FAC Harris 2
League Cup Top Scorers
- current NUFC players:
3: Ryan Taylor
2: Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere 1: Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran
City v United - PL era:
2013/14 Lost 0-4 2012/13 Lost 0-4 2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling 2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez 2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll 2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins 2006/07 Drew 0-0 2005/06 Lost 0-3 2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer 2003/04 Lost 0-1 2002/03 Lost 0-1 2000/01 Won 1-0 Shearer 1995/96 Drew 3-3 Albert 2, Asprilla 1994/95 Drew 0-0 1993/94 Lost 1-2 Sellars* 1993/94 Drew 1-1 Jeffrey (LC)
(games before 2003/04 at Maine Road)
Sheedy's happy homecoming
Newcastle U18s 1
Everton U18s 4
Having guided his side to a 5-2
victory on Tyneside back in February, former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Sheedy
returned on Saturday to claim another three points.
His former Goodison colleague Dave Watson had overseen a recent resurgence by
the Magpies that saw them beat Derby County and draw with high-flying Manchester City,
but that came to an abrupt end at Little Benton.
Goalscoring hasn't been a problem for the Toffees and after missing a
number of good opportunities, Calum Dyson netted after 15 minutes and Nathan
Holland doubled their lead with a 28th minute penalty.
Harry Charsley then made it 3-0 just before the hour mark with an
eye-catching solo effort before Dyson claimed his second of the afternoon
moments later as the Toffees recorded a fifth successive league victory.
United's only response came in the closing seconds when Joe Kerridge flighted
home a fine free kick to claim his first goal of the campaign.
St.Andrews on Monday that Birmingham City had parted company with manager Lee
Clark following a poor start to the season.
The Blues sit fourth bottom of the Championship after recording just two wins
plus five draws in their dozen league games so far this time round - having
flirted with relegation until the final moments of last season.
Following Clark out of the door is fellow former Magpie Steve Watson,
with SJP old boys Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley having
left back in February.
Unaffected by the managerial change so far though is another ex-Magpie, City's
U21 coach Alan Thompson.
From the NUST, Thursday:
Newcastle United Supporters Trust can confirm that its application to have St
James' Park listed as an Asset of Community Value has been successful.
The introduction of the Localism Act 2011 provided an opportunity for football
fans to protect their stadiums and have them classified as an 'asset for the
Following successful high profile applications to protect grounds such as Old
Trafford and Anfield, amongst many others, NUST, supported by national fans
organisation Supporters Direct, submitted an application to have St James'
Park listed as an ACV.
We are pleased to report the application has been approved, recognising St
James' Park and the history surrounding it, as an asset to its community.
With a Newcastle City Council spokesman saying: "We confirm that
Newcastle City Council has determined that St James' Park is an Asset of
Community Value. "
The listing is five years and also includes a right to bid should St.James'
Park be put up for sale. A right to bid can be lodged by the group concerned
within six weeks, with finance secured in a period of up to four-and-a-half
It means St.James' Park can't be sold without the local community being told
about it, and them being given the opportunity to bid for it themselves.
One of the positives we've always had as Newcastle fans is that whoever owns
the club doesn't also own the land, with the Freemen of the City retaining the
title of the land.
So making St.James' Park an 'Asset Of Community Value' is at the moment mainly
symbolic, though as football fans you never know what is around the corner and
one day the Freemen may change their position, for whatever reasons.
The Trust's highlighting of concerns over the selling of a lease on land
opposite the stadium is a case in point, in terms of looking at our club on a
In March this year it emerged that Newcastle United had placed the lease on a
1.62acre plot of land on Strawberry Place, next to St James' Park, up for
If the lease is sold the land could be developed into hotel and/or student
accommodation. This patch of land currently allows for the future possibility
of expanding St.James' Park at the Gallowgate End.
However, if the land was developed then it would remove all realistic
possibility of expanding the stadium capacity, no matter what potential
changes of circumstances in the future.
Reporting of the above has tended to focus on the NUST action being an
attempt to spike Mike Ashley's guns, but as they themselves have pointed out
it's an attempt to safeguard the future of our home - regardless of what
happens in the SJP boardroom or the Civic Centre.
To clarify though, the actual name of St.James' Park is not a tangible asset
of value and therefore any move to rename it wouldn't be covered by the
Take one iconic aerial photo of
St. James' Park unadorned by commercial branding....and cut it up into four
pieces. That's the slightly unlikely premise of a Tyneside-based company who
have produced this stunning glass effect
acrylic wall art image of the stadium in full colour.
Each A4-sized quarter has polished edges,
doesn't require framing and is
supplied with wall mounting. In addition to
the four-piece edition pictured above, the same SJP image is also available in
a single piece A3 size edition.
These unique items will be on sale soon via
NUFC.com, but while final preparations are concluded,
we hadone of each to give away in a free-to-enter
we hadone of each to give away in a free-to-enter
asked the following question hoping for answers of The Popular Side or
something of that ilk, but a few respondents seemed to have some geographic
Known as the East Stand since opening for business back in 1973, what
was the standing terrace that previously
occupied that side of
St. James' Park usually known as?
Winners were chosen randomly as follows:
Neil Hindson, Washington (A3)
Scott and Ruth Robinson, Bristol (A4)
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.
NUFC's members only away ticket policy is
still in force, with
only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
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
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages Now: English rugby club members
11.2014 / 12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis.
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches 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
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
2014/15 match dates :
From The Telegraph's report of the home win over
"The corner has yet to be fully turned, but this was a start for a
Newcastle side who lost Papiss Cissé to a calf problem in the warm-up.
Well, he'd been found by the time we kicked off, although his team mate
Cheick Tiote was incapacitated.....
The Independent meanwhile reveal their own revolutionary new time concept
in their reporting of the same game: At three o’clock, the streets and pubs around St James’ Park were
flooded with fans. The ground, however, stood empty. The screen was eventually
fixed. The ground filled and despite everything Newcastle managed to get the
match started within 10 minutes of its scheduled kick-off.
A 3pm kickoff started at 4pm.
What's this all about then? Click here
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1911 Harry Ware
Inside right who followed Tom Mather - his boss at
Stoke City - to Gallowgate and marked his debut against Fulham with a
goal at SJP in September 1935.
Sold to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 1937, he quickly moved on to
Norwich City and later played for Northwich Victoria - becoming
manager at the Drill Field after World War II.
Harry also coached the Dutch side Haarlem before returning to England,
joining the staff at Port Vale.
After a stint as Crewe Alexandra manager, Ware renewed his
association with Stoke City, serving the Potters as trainer, reserve coach and scout. He died in October 1970.
1980 Ian Martin
in Northern Ireland but emigrating with his family to Western
Australia at the age of just one, goalkeeper Ian learnt his trade at the John Curtin
College and played for Joondalup City
Returning to his birthplace aged 15, Ian was called up to the Northern
Ireland U16 side and coached by former Magpies 'keeper and manager
Appearing in the European Championships, Martin also featured in the
Milk Cup tournament and was between the posts as his side were beaten
1-7 by Newcastle.
Returning to Australia while searching for a club in England, a trial
with Darlington came to nothing when Quakers boss and former Northern
Ireland custodian Jim Platt was sacked, but the offer of a tryout with
Newcastle led to Ian securing a two year YTS deal.
Capped by Northern Ireland at youth level
during his time at SJP and named on the bench by Ruud Gullit for a
first team friendly at Reading in 1999, Ian was part of a player clearout instigated by Sir Bobby Robson
in May 2000, at the end of
his first season.
Returning to Northern Ireland
and signing for hometown club Coleraine, Ian later played for
Australian side Adelaide City Force
but returned to England in 2004 with Conference side Leigh - where he
deputised for ex-Toon 'keeper, injured Gary Kelly.
1981 Mark Boyd
born, Carlisle (1996-2002)
midfielder who joined Newcastle as a fourteen year old schoolboy and
handed a three-year professional deal on his 17th birthday by
then-boss Kenny Dalglish amid interest from Manchester United.
Described by Sir Bobby Robson as the most naturally gifted player in
the club when he succeeded Ruud Gullit, Mark had fitness issues and
ultimately failed to make the grade, exiting SJP in summer 2002.
On the recommendation of Sir Bobby, "Skip" landed a two-year
deal with Port Vale (after an unsuccessful trial at Carlisle).
Later returning to Brunton Park, Boyd also went on to play for Gretna,
Macclesfield Town, Shamrock Rovers (trial), Scarborough (trial),
Stockport County (trial), Accrington Stanley, Southport and Sligo
Joining Barrow in 2008, Mark was part of the side who won the FA
Trophy at Wembley in 2010, exiting Holker Street a year later.
Moving to Droylsden, Boyd then played the final part of the 2010/11
season for his local league side Harraby before agreeing a one year
deal with Workington, where he was reunited with former Newcastle
reserve colleagues Kevin Gall and Stuart Green.
After two seasons at Workington, Skip opted to join Carlisle-based Northern League side Celtic Nation in June 2013.
Helping them to a second placed finish in his first season, Boyd then found himself acting as player/manager
in August 2014 following the club's shock sale and a player exodus
that followed the resignation of boss Willie McStay.
1993 Gael Bigirimana born Bujumbura,
who moved from Burundi to England (via a spell in Uganda) as a youngster and
settled with his family in the Coventry area.
Turning up unannounced at Coventry City's training ground to request a
trial when aged 11, he was reportedly sent away - only to be called
back by a member of the coaching staff when they saw how fast he could
Returning the following day for a trial - when he admitted lying about having any playing kit or boots - Bigi made an immediate
impression and signed schoolboy forms.
Later entering Coventry's youth academy, Gael signed a professional
contract in the summer of 2011 and was handed his first team debut by Toon
old boy Andy Thorn in the season opener against Leicester City.
Making 28 appearances in all
competitions for the Championship side, news of United's interest in Bigi emerged
in May 2012, when a bid
said to be between £500K and £1m was made, although the final deal was officially for an undisclosed
It had been speculated that Bigi could be loaned out but after featuring in pre-season
first team games, Alan Pardew opted to retain him and a senior debut followed
in the 1-1 draw against Atromitos in Athens.
Gael went on to make 25 first team appearances that season, scored once with a spectacular
effort in a home win over Wigan in the Premier League.
play international football for England, Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo June 2013
saw Gael included in the England squad for the U20 World Cup in
After featuring in a friendly against Uruguay, his participation in
the tournament was limited to an 89th minute substitute appearance
against Iraq, England soon heading home after failing to win any of
their three group games.
Beginning his second season as a Magpie, Bigi's fleeting international
bow meant that he was given extended time off and didn't link up with
the first team in pre-season.
First sighted when taking the captain's armband for the U21 season
opener at Reading, Gael confidently netted from the penalty spot and
then notched a fine long range effort at West Bromwich Albion in
the same competition.
What proved to be Bigirimana's sole senior action of the 2013/14
season was a Capital One Cup game at Morecambe, with injury limiting
his availability and seeing possible loan deals abandoned as a
Despite appearing in first team friendlies at Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday,
Bigi has only featured for the reserves so far this season.
1898 Bury (a)
Division One Rogers
1904 Stoke (a)
Division One Hall
1910 Liverpool (h)
Higgins(17), Shepherd(27,3-0,4-1,5-1), Stewart(6-1)
1921 Preston North End
Division One Roberts, Quinn
1924 South Shields (h)
2,000 Ingham Cup Final 1st leg.
1927 Sheffield United
Division One Gallacher
1932 West Bromwich
Division One Cape, McMenemy, J.R.Richardson
1938 West Ham United
Division Two Cairns
1949 Liverpool (a)
Division One Mitchell, Thompson
48,987 Referee Reg Mortimer was at the centre of controversy,
disallowing what would have been a winning goal by Bobby
Mitchell due to ungentlemanly conduct.
Mitch was heard to shout "right" just before
netting and although the Newcastle player argued that his
call was to a colleague and no home player was close to
him, the official ruled that his intent was to mislead an
Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One Davies, Keeble, Monkhouse
34,575 Good second half displays from reserve wing duo Alec
Tait and Bill Punton helped United to victory. Ken Waugh
made his senior home debut, in defence.
1956 British Olympic
XI (h) 5-0
Friendly Curry 5
8,860 Ahead of the Olympic Games in Melbourne the following
month, a representative XI
came to SJP for this midweek floodlit
And after notching a hat trick in a 3-1 reserve win at
Blackburn the previous Saturday, Bill Curry supplied
another goal-laden display.
That earned him a first team recall for the following
weekend and he didn't disappoint, scoring in a 1-1 draw at
Manchester United (a) 2-3
Division One Hughes, Stokoe(pen)
Dawson, Stiles, Setters
37,516 The small Old Trafford crowd was a reflection of the fact
that both United's were in the bottom half of the league.
Elsewhere, the second Division match at the Valley
finished 6-6 with Brian Clough netting a hat trick for the
1960 A fifteen
year old Bob Moncur signed apprentice professional forms
Division One Moir 2, Skirton 2,
21,202 Unbelievably, this was the only home league game that the Seasiders won all
season. Future Bloomfield Road hero Alan Suddick was in the Newcastle side but
had joined the Tangerines within two months.
1973 Birmingham City (a)
2nd Round, 1st Leg Maconald(48pen)
12,429 David Crosson made his senior debut for United, who were grateful to David
Craig for a goal line clearance that took them back to Tyneside on level terms
for the second leg.
1977 Chelsea (h)
Division One Burns(1)
23,683 A sixth league goal of the season from Mickey Burns
(we'd only managed 12 in total) gave Richard Dinnis' side
their first league win in ten outings.
Shrewsbury Town (h)
Division Two Shinton(46)
11,985 A damp Wednesday night saw over 4,000 fans stay
away from Gallowgate after United's home defeat to Swansea
City the previous weekend.
Those who did turn out saw senior debuts for Chris Waddle
in attack and Chris Withe at left back - both youngsters
who had shown good form in the reserve team.
It wasn't pretty, but Waddle showed glimpses of
his skills. Remembered here.
West Ham United (a)
Division One Dickens, Stewart(pen)
17,765 Having overseen a League Cup home win over
Sheffield United - although the Magpies went out
on aggregate - caretaker boss Collin Suggett
couldn't repeat the trick in his first league game
The home side included future Newcastle striking
hero David Kelly in their lineup.
Premier League Watson(35), Cole(37)
34,369 With the score at 0-0, Owls boss Trevor Francis was forced
to make a change, when David Hirst limped off in favour of
makeshift striker Chris Bart-Williams.
And things got no better for Wednesday - in a lurid yellow
and purple kit - when United took the lead just over ten
minutes later, Steve Watson winning the contest with
Philippe Albert over who supplied the final touch.
Andy Cole quickly got on the end of a Scott Sellars cross
to beat Kevin Pressman again and although future Owl
Pavel Srnicek gifted Ian Taylor a goal, United
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (a) 0-1
Champions League Jonk(38)
29,200 Wim Jonk's goal divided the sides as an
inexplicably negative United performance failed to conjure
up an attack worthy of the name, never mind a threat to
the PSV 'keeper.
The most potent attack of the
game came as a group of Ajax fans attempted to infiltrate
the home end and were forcibly ejected.
2003 Two games on
the same day for our different Reserve sides. In the
Premier Reserve League North, United came from behind to
beat the mackems 3-1 at New Ferens Park, Michael Chopra,
and Badley Orr the scorers. NUFC.com
Meanwhile in the Pontins
League. a younger side came from two goals down to beat
Boston United Reserves 3-2, Lewis Guy, Martin Brittain and
Ben Webster scoring second half goals. NUFC.com match
2005 Our academy
side were in action away at Thorp Arch against league
leaders Leeds, with the home side looking for a
fifth consecutive victory.
They did it with ease by
4-1, although Mark Doninger's effort had briefly got us
back on terms in the first half.
2006 Middlesbrough (a)
30,060 United's third successive league
defeat was a tale of missed chances, with James Milner,
Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins all equally wasteful.
Boro's Nigerian forward Yakubu was rather less profligate
in a late corner to give Boro their second win over us in
eleven Premiership Riverside meetings.
NUFC.com match report
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3-1 (1-0)
Premier League Martins(45), Cacapa(51), Milner(73)
For the third year running
Spurs left SJP on the end of a 3-1 spanking, this defeat
hastening the end of Martin Jol's
White Hart Lane reign.
Obafemi Martins got another against
his favourite opposition, Cacapa opened his account and James Milner
notched his first club goal of the season - and our 500th home strike in the
Joey Barton made a belated competitive debut after recovering from a broken
Chris Hughton watched on from the away dugout - within four months he'd be
back at SJP as part of Kevin Keegan's Magpies staff. NUFC.com match report
Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League Cabaye(81)
48,321 With time
running out and little sign of a the deadlock being
broken, United substitute Sylvain Marveaux laid the ball back for
Yohan Cabaye to side foot home his first goal for the
club, a sweet curler at the Gallowgate End.
The three points maintained fourth place for Alan Pardew's
side, who extended their unbeaten start to the season in
all competitions to eleven games. NUFC.com match report
2012 Newcastle reserves
topped the league after thrashing Stoke City 5-1 at Whitley Park,
identity of one of the goalscorers was the source of much attention.
Spanish misfit Xisco rattled in a 29 minute treble, his
first club goals since a reserve game in 2009. James
Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid completed the rout as United
repeated their winning scoreline from the Britannia
Stadium the previous month.
NUFC.com match report