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Ticket news: To follow


2016/17
:
Belgian confirmation


 

Official confirmation arrived on Saturday of a fourth pre-season fixture, away to Belgian side Sporting Lokeren on Saturday July 23rd (4.30pm local time).

Ticket details are awaited.

United previously visited Lokeren for an Intertoto Cup tie back in July 2001, running out 4-0 winners at the Daknam Stadium  before beating Sporting 1-0 on Tyneside a week later.  

The hosts are in the top flight of Belgian football and finished eleventh last season. Their current manager Georges Leekens was in charge of Club Brugge the last time we visited Belgium, back in November 2012.

No strangers to the venue are our trio of ex-Belgian League players, with Cheick Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic all playing there - Mitro netting for Anderlecht in his last two visits.

First team pre-season:

Sat 09.07.2016- Fri 15.07.2016 
Irish training camp

Sat 16.07.2016 Bohemian FC (a) 2pm

Wed 20.07.2016 Doncaster Rovers (a) 7.45pm

Sat 23.07.2016
Lokeren (a) 4.30pm (local)

Date tbc opposition (a) unconfirmed (Burnley was mentioned but they already have a game on 26.07)

Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) 3pm

Internationals:
Euro 2016 latest


Knockout stage:


Sat 25.06.2016:
Switzerland 1-1 Poland (4-5 pens)
Wales v Northern Ireland (5pm)
Croatia v Portugal (8pm)

Coral's new punter offer for Saturday is a tempting 10/1 on Gareth Bale to score in 90 minutes against Northern Ireland (£5 maximum stake) plus a £5 free bet if he doesn't find the net. Get that online here

And they choose Wales v Northern Ireland for their "J'adore le score" offer, giving new and existing customers the chance to predict the score - and receive a £10 free bet if unsuccessful online here


Paddy Power
offer new sign-ups 8/1 on Croatia beating Portugal (£10 maximum stake) online here

Sun 26.06.2016:
France v Ireland (2pm)
Germany v Slovakia (5pm)
Hungary v Belgium (8pm)

Mon 27.06.2016:
Italy v Spain (5pm)
England v Iceland (8pm)

Coral
price each of the remaining nations to win Euro 2016 to existing customers and new-signups (the latter get £20 free bets if staking £5 online here):

Ex-Magpie involvement in Euro 2016:
England: Fraser Forster, James Milner
France: Yohan Cabaye
Hungary: Tamas Kadar
Ireland: Shay Given
Northern Ireland: Shane Ferguson, Aaron Hughes
(old boy Michael O'Neill is in charge of NI)



Watch Euro 2016 games on the box while supping some cracking brews at The Bodega on Westgate Road, next to the Tyne Theatre in the city centre. 

If you're tweetish find them at: @TheBodega_SJF

Find further details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here


Unlikely lad
:
Killy claim Cobain 


Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has returned to former club Newcastle to sign reserve full back Jamie Cobain, following his release by the Magpies.  

The 19 year-old wearsider made his Academy bow in
March 2013, alongside the likes of Freddie Woodman, Adam Armstrong and Rolando Aarons, but injury delayed a competitive U21 debut for two years.

Making nine reserve appearances last season, Jamie also spent some time on loan to Sheffield United, featuring for their second string.


Cobain becomes the second fringe player shown the door by United this summer to find a new club, with fellow defender Ben Pollock now at Hartlepool.

2016/17:
Fulham (a) Friday    




Newcastle will kick off their Championship season on Friday August 5th against Fulham at Craven Cottage, live on Sky TV with a 7.45pm kickoff.

2016/17 fixtures

The Cottagers finished fifth bottom last season but will seek their sixth successive home victory over United.

The Magpies meanwhile haven't won their opening league game since a 2-1 home success over Spurs kicked off the 2012/13 campaign. They will run out against Fulham looking to extend their six game unbeaten end to last season.

Only the first weekend of live games are announced at this stage, with details of second weekend selections promised in the coming days and alterations up until September 24th published before the end of July.

The opening weekend sees Sky games on Friday (7.45pm) and Sunday (Noon & 4.30pm) but the latter is due to the absence of Premier League games. 

Last season saw one Championship game on Sundays and one on Saturday lunchtimes, but the revised Premier League rights package for 2016/17 may see that alter - Sky gaining Friday night and Saturday lunchtime slots but BT taking Saturday teatime (the rationale is that Sky will show Championship games then in competition to BT).

Sky confirm they'll show 112 EFL games during the main season, of which 92 are in the Championship (unchanged from 2015/16).

Away travellers face midweek trips to QPR, Barnsley, Wigan, Norwich and Reading, while United's visit to Ipswich falls on Easter Monday.

Four of our home games have midweek slots, but Newcastle have maintained their tradition of a Wednesday night slot for them. 

Aleksandar Mitrovic will sit out our opening four Championship games due to suspension, becoming available for our EFL Cup Second Round tie.



The Cottagers finished fifth bottom last season but will seek their sixth successive home victory over United.

The Magpies meanwhile haven't won their opening league game since a 2-1 home success over Spurs kicked off the 2012/13 campaign. They will run out against Fulham looking to extend their six game unbeaten end to last season.

Only the first weekend of live games are announced at this stage, with details of second weekend selections promised in the coming days and alterations up until September 24th published before the end of July.

The opening weekend sees Sky games on Friday (7.45pm) and Sunday (Noon & 4.30pm) but the latter is due to the absence of Premier League games. 

Last season saw one Championship game on Sundays and one on Saturday lunchtimes, but the revised Premier League rights package for 2016/17 may see that alter - Sky gaining Friday night and Saturday lunchtime slots but BT taking Saturday teatime (the rationale is that Sky will show Championship games then in competition to BT).

Sky confirm they'll show 112 EFL games during the main season, of which 92 are in the Championship (unchanged from 2015/16).

Away travellers face midweek trips to QPR, Barnsley, Wigan, Norwich and Reading, while United's visit to Ipswich falls on Easter Monday.

Four of our home games have midweek slots, but Newcastle have maintained their tradition of a Wednesday night slot for them. 

Aleksandar Mitrovic will sit out our opening four Championship games due to suspension, becoming available for our EFL Cup Second Round tie.

Update:
Radio activity




Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle on Wednesday, Magpies boss Rafa Benitez revealed that "three or four signings" are in place, although no precise timescale for their arrival has been confirmed. 

The expression "over the line" wasn't aired...

Listen online here

BBC Radio Newcastle retain broadcast rights this season and will provide live commentary from all 46 games. They're on twitter here & facebook
here 

Worthy cause:
Ando Q & A


Ex-Magpie defender and BBC Radio Newcastle match summariser John Anderson is the special guest at a talk-in event in Gateshead early next month.

Ando will be appearing at Teams & District Social Club on Friday July 8th and tickets are on sale now priced at £15 including comedian and a pie & pea supper. 

The evening is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Gateshead, a sporting club and registered charity for people with learning disabilities

Tickets can be booked via Danielle Appleby on 0191 433 2712 or danielleappleby@gateshead.gov.uk


Venue: Teams & District Social Club, Derwentwater Road, Gateshead NE8 2SJ

2016/17:
League Cup: 
bye confirmed


Despite their demotion to the Championship, United have avoided a place in the First Round of the League Cup - a round they last entered back in 1992.

35 ties will be played between 70 Football League  clubs in w/c August 8th, but in order to accommodate the Premier League sides competing in Europe, both ourselves and Norwich City have received byes.  

The Magpies will enter the competition - now known as the EFL Cup - at the Second Round stage and play a tie in the week commencing August 22nd. 

 


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U21s:
Back to Bootham




12 months on from playing a first team friendly there, Newcastle's second string will return to Bootham Crescent next month to face York City.  

The National League side entertain Newcastle on Saturday July 30th at 3pm - the same day and time that our first team are in friendly action at SJP. 

Tickets are priced at £12 adults & £6 concessions - the same as for last season's first team encounter.

Three other pre-season games for Peter Beardsley's side have already been announced as follows:

Sun 10.07.2016 Bradford Park Avenue (a) (3pm)

Sat 23.07.2016: Corby Town (a) (3.30pm)

Sun 24.07.2016: PSV Eindhoven (n*) (Noon) 
(*at Corby) 

2016/17:
On the road again   


Our rundown of what lies ahead next season for those embarking on our 23 away treks has now concluded - but every entry is here in case you missed any: 

Teams A-H

Teams I-W
 


2016/17:
Chuckle brothers 
on tour - update    




Although there's no formal confirmation from either club as yet, newspapers reported on Monday that Remy Cabella's permanent £7.3m transfer to Olympique Marseille had now gone through. 

The 26 year-old joined United from Montpelier in July 2014 at a claimed cost of £10m but spent the whole of last season on loan at Marseille as part of the deal in which Florian Thauvin became a Magpie.

By January of this year Thauvin had also been loaned back to OM and it's claimed that a further 12 month temporary switch to the Stade Velodrome will follow soon - in the absence of any club prepared to spend anything in the region of the £14m+ we wasted....

Although Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux are both gone, our French contingent is still sizeable with Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere and Massadio Haidara still on the books. 

2016/17:
Squad


Ahead of the new season, Newcastle currently have 42 registered professionals as follows:

Goalkeepers (4):

Darlow, Elliot, Krul, Woodman


Defenders (11):
Coloccini, Dummett, Gillesphey, Good, Haidara, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbabu, Mbemba, Satka, Sterry

Midfielders (16):

Aarons, Ameobi, Anita, Barlaser, Bigirimana, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran, Saivet, Shelvey, Sissoko, Smith, Thauvin, Tiote, Townsend, Wijnaldum

Strikers (11):
Armstrong, Cisse, De Jong, Gilliead, Heardman, Perez, Mitrovic, Riviere, Roberts, Toney, Vuckic

2016/17:
Singers - update 
 
Fan-led moves to create an unofficial singing section in the Strawberry Corner next season have resulted in all available season tickets there selling out - although further seats in that area may be up for grabs after the final date for renewals of June 30th has passed.   

For those still looking to relocate or house themselves among livelier neighbours though, like-minded fans are now massing in adjacent lower Gallowgate areas. 

The process of moving seats is simple, with ST holders able to do so by emailing
boxoffice@nufc.co.uk,  telephoning them 0844 372 1892 or visiting them. 

For anyone doing the latter, the match day box office in the Milburn Stand is currently open from 10am-5pm weekdays and Saturday 9am-4pm.

Season ticket sales for unoccupied seats have now commenced, with the deadline for existing ST holders to renew set as Thursday June 30th.

The club have announced a 10% price reduction across the board for season tickets and the new prices will come into effect immediately for those renewing or buying for the first time.

PS: If you're staying in the same seats for 2016/17 then your existing season ticket cards will be used. New cards will only be issued to supporters moving seats / price categories (i.e. junior becoming adult).


2016/17:
Kit claims 


Having opted not to debut next season's ensemble in the final game of last season, official confirmation of what kit designs Puma will provide for their seventh campaign as official NUFC supplier is awaited. 

These claims are currently circulating
online here

Old boys:
Unlikely lads 
 
Old boys with new clubs:

Joey Barton (Glasgow Rangers)
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Jamie Cobain
(Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin
(Notts County)
Mark Cook
(Dunston UTS)
Nicky Deverdics
(Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen) 
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool United)

Coaches etc:

John Carver
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17


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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

 

Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

2015/16 season ticket cards will be used again for 2016/17. New cards will only be issued for ST holders moving seats or changing price categories.

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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide
here

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here


Fixtures:

Tue 28.06.2016 Players return for pre-season training.

Fri 01.07.2016 Last day for renewals of any 2015/16 season tickets.

Sun 10.07.2016: U21s v Bradford Park Avenue (a) @ Horsfall Stadium, 3pm. Friendly.

Sat 16.07.2016 Bohemian (Ireland) (a) Dalymount Park, Dublin, 2pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Wed 20.07.2016 Doncaster Rovers (a) Keepmoat Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 23.07.2016 Sporting Lokeren (a) Daknam Stadium, 4.30pm local time. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.


Sat 23.07.2016 U21s v Corby Town (a)
@ Steel Park, Corby, 3.30pm. Friendly.

Sun 24.07.2016 U21s v PSV Eindhoven (n)
@ Steel Park, Corby. Noon. Friendly.

Mon 25.07.2016 U18s v Fermanagh (n) @ Ballymena, 7.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 26.07.2016 U18s v Right to Dream (n) @ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm. NI Super Cup.

Wed 27.07.2016 U18s v Tyrone (n) @ The Warren, Portstewart, 3.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Thu 28.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kickoff tbc. NI Super Cup.

Fri 29.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kickoff tbc. NI Super Cup.

Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 30.07.2016 U21s v York City (a) @ Bootham Crescent 3pm. Friendly.

Mon 01.08.2016 - Fri 05.08.2016
U16s v Charlton Athletic, Seattle Sounders (USA), Friendly Academy (Zimbabwe). Youdan Trophy, Sheffield (games 30 mins x 2).

Fri 05.08.2016 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7,45pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. 

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

Sat 06.05.2017
Championship season ends (all games kickoff at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Fri 05.08.2016 Fulham (a) 7.45pm

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):
United have a bye to Round 2.

R1 w/c 08.08.2016
R2 w/c 22.08.2016
R3 w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
F
Sat 27.05.2017.

Metro line closures 2016:

Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016 From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways. 

Geordie in Europe!

Having conquered Portugal, Spain and France Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run is en route to Turkey on the 2016 part of his planned global charity trek.

A 3,400 mile route via Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece will take him to Istanbul on Monday August 8th.

Mark is raising funds for The Children's Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have seen good causes benefit by £250K.

Finishing the fourth part of his challenge will take him past the halfway point in a 20,000 mile route that encompasses 24 countries across four continents.

Donations can be made online here and Mark's progress monitored online here


 

International Magpies
National Service
2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
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
25th June


Born Or Died:

1930 Vic Keeble born, Colchester.
(1952-57) 

First spotted playing for hometown club Colchester United by former Magpie Bill McCracken, Vic moved to SJP in February 1952 at a cost of £15,000, Blackpool among the other sides bidding for his services.  

Making his debut in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea shortly after arriving, Keeble failed to score in his five United appearances that season.

Jackie Milburn's move from centre forward to outside right made him a more regular starter from the 1954-55 season onwards.

And it was during that campaign that Keeble scored the goals that took United back to Wembley for a third time in five seasons, grabbing five in the competition - including goals in both semi-finals ties against York.

Averaging more than a goal every other game during his time at SJP, Vic followed Jackie Milburn out of the door in 1957 as the Wembley squad broke up,

West Ham paid £10K for his services and he maintained his scoring form, netting 45 goals in 76 league appearances for the Hammers and helping them gain promotion to Division One in his first season at the Boleyn Ground.

A back injury eventually forced him into retirement in 1960 and he worked in clerical roles for both Colchester United and Chelmsford City thereafter, also having a stint as a sports reporter.

2013 found Vic back in the region for some talk-in appearances, during which time he visited Jackie Milburn's widow Laura and was shown Keeble Way - a street named after him in North Seaton (near Ashington).

And the following year Keeble (left) joined with Bob Moncur to perform unveiling duties for a fan-funded plaque commemorating the late Joe Harvey at the Gallowgate End.

The man nicknamed "The Camel" later spoke about Newcastle's FA Cup preparations:

"Before every big game, we would be taken away to the seaside. It was usually Blackpool and thereíd be a golf course and a swimming pool.

"There wasnít a great deal known about diet in those days so we just ate normally, which included a breakfast of bacon and eggs. Nobody ever wondered about counting calories or carbohydrates.

"The only thing I remember the club insisting was that we all drank this foul cocktail of wine, sherry and a raw egg. We all had to force it down because for some reason they thought it did us good!

"We were all on £14 to £16 a week and we didnít get a bonus until we actually won The Final. And that was just an extra 25 quid!"



  

  
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What Else?

1950 Newcastle's George Robledo (pictured) hit the bar as his Chile side faced England in the first game of their World Cup campaign. 

England won 2-0 in Rio De Janeiro, with Robledo's United colleague Jackie Milburn watching from the sidelines and ex-Magpie Roy Bentley in the starting XI.


1952 Orange Free State (a)
3-0
(2-0)
Friendly 
Foulkes 2, Mitchell
Crowd tbc
United had reached Bloemfontein in their South African marathon.

1992 Rumours of a return to Gallowgate were dashed as Chris Waddle signed for Sheffield Wednesday in a £1m deal.

2000 Kieron Dyer made the front page of the News of the World after his Ayia Napa holiday video fell into the wrong hands. 

Rio Ferdinand & Frank Lampard (jnr we hasten to add) had the other starring "parts"....

2001 Craig Bellamy signed for a reported fee of £6m - £500k less than Coventry City paid Norwich City for him a year earlier.

2007 Ageing rocker Rod Stewart brought his band to Tyneside, as the SJP pitch again hosted live music on a temporary stage.

Around 20,000 fans turned out on a damp night to hear gravel-voiced renditions of:

You Wear It Well, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Forever Young, Reason To Believe, Infatuation, (I Know) I'm Losing You, Father & Son, Have I Told You Lately...,This Old Heart Of Mine, Having A Party, Piece Of My Heart, Hot Legs, I Donít Want To Talk About It, Dirty Old Town, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Youíre In My Heart (The Final Acclaim), Tonightís The Night (Gonna Be Alright), Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Fooled Around And fell In Love, Young Turks/Do Ya Think Iím Sexy?, Sailing, Itís A Heartache, Baby Jane, Maggie May and,Twistiní The Night Away. Support came from The Pretenders.

  

2007 Newcastle accepted an offer of £10m  for Michael Owen. Compensation that is....

Chairman Freddy Shepherd secured a deal with FIFA and the FA to compensate United for the injury sustained to Owen in the 2006 World Cup.

However, the figure of £10m seemed to be a little fanciful with salary payments for two years (?) plus compensation from both governing bodies and costly and lengthy treatment in America, all included in the claim.

2008 Pre-season friendlies against Hartlepool, Doncaster Rovers, Hertha Berlin and Mallorca were confirmed by Kevin Keegan's United along with a home warm-up against Valencia.

2009 Newspaper reports had led to renewed optimism that the SJP log jam was set to clear and new owners would be announced - along with a permanent managerial appointment. 

However, talk of an early conclusion to the sale was premature and that the claims of Alan Shearer meeting Ashley etc. were false. 

Pre-season training would begin in less than a week with Chris Hughton at the helm.

2013 Midfielders Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano and Dan Gosling all looked likely departures from Gallowgate - but the trio would end up making only temporary exits. 

Gosling returned to make ten more first team appearances after a spell at Blackpool, while Abeid and Amalfitano had season-long loans at Panathinaikos and Dijon, respectively.

2014 In Brazil, an uneventful scoreless draw in Rio between Ecuador and France confirmed qualification for Didier Deschamps' side, who would face Shola Ameobi's Nigeria next.

Moussa Sissoko played the full game but Mathieu Debuchy was rested on the same night that his pal and ex-Mag, Yohan Cabaye was suspended. Old boy, Loic Remy, dirtied his boots for the first time in the tournament, arriving as a 79th minute substitute.