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Ticket news: NUFC confirm new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.



Forthcoming national service for current Magpies:

Paul Dummett (Wales):
Fri 12.06.2015 Belgium (h) ECQ (Cardiff)

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015
Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015
Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)

Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015
USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)

Rolando Aarons (England U20s):
Thu 28.05.2015
Morocco (n)
Sat 30.05.2015 Ivory Coast (n)
Wed 03.06.2015 Mexico (n) 
Fri 05.06.2015 China (n)
( Toulon Tournament)

Freddie Woodman/Adam Armstrong (England U18): Mon 08.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki
Wed 10.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki

Premier League:
VA Day (Victory 
over Anyone)

Newcastle  2  West Ham  0

Match report is online here

remier League final table - bottom six:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
15 Newcastle  38  -23  39
16 mackems  38  -22  38
17 Aston Villa  38  -26  38
18 Hull City 38  -18  35
19 Burnley  38  -25  33
20 QPR  38  -31  30

Last day Premier League results:

Sun 24.05.2015: 
Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley
Chelsea 3-1 mackems
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City
Everton 0-1 Spurs
Hull City 0-0 Manchester United
Leicester City 5-1 QPR
Manchester City 2-0 Southampton
Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham
Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool


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Mac sacked 

From the official Derby County website, Monday:

Derby County have terminated the contract of Head Coach Steve McClaren with immediate effect.

The decision follows a thorough review of the 2014/15 season by the club’s Board of Directors.

The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.

The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.

The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Steve McClaren well for the future and thank him for his work throughout his tenure, which included a Play-Off Final appearance in 2014.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.

Reporting the story, Sky Sports claim that Derby are looking to appoint Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement - a man also previously linked to Newcastle.

Ex-Middlesbrough and England boss McClaren was heavily linked with the Newcastle job after the Alan Pardew's exit at the turn of the year - doing himself few favours with Rams fans and directors by fudging the question of whether he saw his future on Tyneside.

It's claimed McClaren refused an offer to take over from John Carver for the final three games of the season - a decision that didn't endear him to Newcastle. Whether his new-found free agent/compensation free status alters that situation remains to be seen.

PS: If McClaren does become Newcastle manager, then it's a fair bet that the man granted an audience on Sunday with Mike Ashley will be announcing the news.

The website of the PR company who may or may not now represent Sky Sports reporter David Craig list his achievements in breaking stories, many of which feature McClaren - including his sacking as England boss and arrivals at Twente and Wolfsburg.

Toon teens in twin
trophy triumph


There was double silverware success for Newcastle's youngsters in France over the weekend - but before anyone asks, that won't be the trigger for owner Mike Ashley to put the club on the market.... 

Monday saw United win the Tournoi International de Football U17 in the town of Saint-Andre-Lez-Lille.

After 0-0 draws with both FC Copenhagen and Dynamo Moscow on Saturday, the young Magpies beat FC Porto 1-0 in Sunday's quarter final, Callum Smith netting.

That set up a semi-final tie on Monday against Racing Club Lens and Newcastle won 3-0, thanks to a brace from Jamie Holmes and one from Lewis McNall.
FC Bruges beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the other semi-final to face United and the 40 minute game ended 2-2. That meant that a penalty shootout was required, with Newcastle eventually running out 5-4 winners.

Squad: Ben Pollock, Jamie Holmes, Owen Bailey, Yannick Azoakonou, Callum Smith, Ben Kitchen, Mackenzie Heaney, Shane Donaghey, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Nathan Harker, Kurtis Russell, Kieran Olsen, Oliver Long, Kelland Watts, Cameron Armstrong, Jai Grant.

Newcastle's U14/15 squad also returned from France with silverware on Monday, winning the Neuville Tournament thanks to a 1-0 final victory over Swiss side Servette. 

The toon bairns won six out of their seven games and drew the other when needing only a point to progress into the Quarter Finals.

Southern nights 

Update: QPR, Burnley and Hull City have been relegated from the Premier League to be replaced next season by Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City.

And that means that fans driving to all 19 away games next season from SJP will see their round trip mileage increase by 904 miles, from 6,615 to 7,519 miles.

Norwich scored twice in the first half to overcome Boro 2-0 at Wembley on Monday, the Canaries including ex-Magpie Sebastien Bassong in their side. Fellow old boy Jonathan Woodgate remained on the bench for Boro.  

The Cherries are making their Premier League debut and will become the 46th different club we've faced in that competition, with Goldsands Stadium aka Dean Court the 53rd different PL venue to have accommodated us.

The Magpies have made three previous competitive visits to this part of Dorset and are yet to return victorious. 

A 1-2 loss in the League Cup in November 1963 saw Ron McGarry convert a penalty, while Mick Quinn netted in another 1-2 defeat, this time in the old Second Division during September 1989.

And most recently, a gallant display by crocked 'keeper Tommy Wright helped his side to a 0-0 draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 1992, although United went on to lose the replay at SJP in a penalty shootout.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued to supporters ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Having retained top-flight status on the last day of the season, Newcastle's 2015/16 campaign will start to take shape on Wednesday June 17th when the Premier  League fixture list is published.
The Premier League begins on Saturday August 8th and the date for the final weekend is yet to be confirmed.

Here's Johnny:
Drive by hooting 

John Carver, he's never off duty
online here

The Borrowers:
Nearing the money shot 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Rangers face Motherwell for a place in next seasons' top flight at Ibrox on Thursday and Fir Park on Sunday.

Don't forget that promotion for Rangers would see the loan fee payable to Newcastle increase by £500K.

Thursday saw Kevin Mbabu play the second 45 minutes for Rangers U20s in the Scottish FA Youth Cup Final at Hampden. However he was unable to prevent a 2-5 defeat at the hands of deadly rivals, Celtic. 

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
A calf strain saw the midfielder miss his side's season closing 1-2 defeat at St. Etienne on Saturday night.

Marveaux ends his year at Guingamp having made 33 appearances in all competitions and scored three times.

Thames oil slick

The Selhurst special one has granted ESPN an audience - here's what they asked and he answered:

ESPN: How do you rate your season with both Newcastle and Palace?

AP: I think it is my best season as a manager. I say that because I've had two such different challenges over the course of this campaign. At Newcastle, I had a team at the bottom of the table with a crowd that was very angry at what had gone on at the club for a period of time. I suspect it will be difficult for me to top this season in the future.

(We were tenth on the day that Pardew left)

ESPN: What emotions will you feel if Newcastle are relegated from the Premier League on Sunday?

AP: I want them to stay up, of course I do. They are my players, my staff, a club that means a lot to me and always will. I hope they get the win they need and then they won't have to worry about any other result.

ESPN: Does it frustrate you that your five years at Newcastle are remembered by some for the wrong reasons?

AP: Amid all the negativity at Newcastle, we achieved some great things. Finishing fifth in the Premier League with a great team was a fine effort and we also got to the quarter finals of the Europa League and nearly got past a Benfica side that went to the final. They were great days, great nights at St James' Park and I remember them with affection. Maybe they are forgotten too quickly

(let's recall also your fine efforts in finishing 12th, 16th and 10th and losing four out of five FA Cup ties)

ESPN: You still appear to have great affection for Newcastle despite the campaign by fans to get you out of the club. Is that fair to say?

AP: I didn't listen to half of the criticism I received. I just didn't let it enter my brain. It affects people around me, but it was my job to see through that. When you are in charge of a top club, where expectations are high you have to deal with that. 

I look at Rafa Benitez in his time at Liverpool, he had difficult periods and the same goes for Brendan Rodgers in the same job now. 

These difficult periods come and you have to accept that. I did as well as I could at Newcastle.

(Ah yes, the unrealistic expectations of NUFC fans - how dare we expect a team - and a club - to actually try? And as for comparisons with Liverpool, just laughable, we have more in common with Tranmere.....)

ESPN: Was there ever a time at Newcastle when you doubted yourself as a manager?

AP: No. If I doubted myself, we would never have gone on the run we did shortly before I left. You always have to have faith in your own abilities and that has to be evident to your players.

ESPN: What did you learn from what appeared to be a traumatic experience at Newcastle?

AP: It helped me to grow as a manager because there were a lot of games at Newcastle when I was the dominant force, the focus of attention. You don't have that kind of focus at a lot of clubs, so I learned how to ram that home. I also developed a habit of beating the top teams at Newcastle and thankfully, that has continued at Palace.

ESPN: Have you been given the credit you deserve over the course of your management career?

AP: That is for other people to say. All I can point to are the facts. If we win on Sunday, I will have collected 57 points from 37 games this season. That is a hell of a return over the two clubs given the resources I was working with. During my 18 games at Palace, we are the sixth best team in the league. The facts speak for themselves.

ESPN: Where do you want to take Crystal Palace during your time as the club's manager?

AP: There is a chance here in the next couple of years to have a real go at getting ourselves into a semifinal or a final of a cup competition and maybe even win a cup, that would be fantastic. We could get into Europe as well, of course we could.

Work up a song and dance routine Alan and you'll win the bloody Eurovision Song Contest - perhaps a rewrite of the Cliff Richard ditty, "(Self) Congratulations"? Trying telling those Newcastle fans who witnessed the capitulations to Stevenage, Brighton (twice) and Cardiff just what your definition of "a real go" is.....

ESPN: You were critical of the Europa League competition during your time at Newcastle, so would you want to be in that again with Palace?

AP: I would not want to be the Europa League in the current format, that's for sure. Thursday night games are difficult to contend with given the level of physicality we deal with in the Premier League. We struggled with it at Newcastle and we were not alone in that among the English clubs. Until that issue is addressed, no Premier League team wants to be in the Europa League. That's the reality, even if some don't want to admit it.

ESPN: Looking to this summer's transfer market, what teams do you see Palace competing with to sign players?

AP: Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton and maybe even Spurs. While we cannot compete with some of those clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they are also in the market for. If we could add that kind of quality of player to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.

ESPN: There has been a lot of talk about agents and the tactics they use in recent days following Raheem Sterling's fallout with Liverpool. How do you deal with agents?

AP: I always ask two questions when we are closing in on a deal: What currency are we dealing in and how many people are expecting to get paid as part of this transfer? I have had situations in the past when you are close to signing a player and the money involved switches from euros to pounds to dollars. It is a difficult process, but one we have to work with.

What tripe is this? The nearest you came to closing in on a deal was getting a phone call to say it had or hadn't happened - part of the reason you left NUFC.

ESPN: If you fall out with an agent, can you just cross them off your list and vow never to work with them again?

AP: Not really. If you've had a bad experience with an agent, you have to move past it. You are bound to want a player at some stage who is represented by this guy and you will have to try to work around the personality of the agent. You tend to work out what makes them tick, what they respond to. You have to have tactical plans to get a deal over the line. 

It had to be there, the phrase that pays - only in its abbreviated form, lacking the preface "we just couldn't get it....."

I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be fully involved in transfers, that's for sure.

At last, something we can agree on. 

Prince in Toon
 - group offer

Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event next month - and there's a special bonus offer now available to readers.

The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.

Tickets cost £20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for £200 will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin Keegan.

More details and bookings can be made online here (booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956 in office hours will avoid booking fees. 


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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

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

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. 

Group A features NUFC, Leicester City, BC Rangers (HK), Singapore Cricket Club.

Squad: Bartlett*, Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Gilliead, Barlaser Gillesphey, Smith, Hunter (former United youth team 'keeper Adam Bartlett is now on the Academy staff).

2015/16 season:

(First team pre-season fixtures tbc)

Tue 07.07.2015 U21s v Corby Town (h) 
@ Little Benton, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Sat 18.07.2015 U21s v Whitley Bay (h) 
@ Darsley Park, ko tbc. Friendly. BCD tbc.

PL fixture release on Wed 17.06.2015

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

PL starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

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Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

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NUFC Live on BT Sport:



Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £25 via here (Dunston FC Benefit)

Thu 04.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @
42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW. 
£5 via 07814 717161.

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD.
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, 
9JR. £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, 
NE28 0PN. £15 via Rob on 07538 291227

Rugby League: 

Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)


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

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

On This Day in History
26th May

Born Or Died:

1894 Edward Stanley Dixon born, Choppington, Northumberland

Inside right who joined United from local side Barrington Albion at a cost of £5 in February 1914, debuting for the first team in a 1-2 home defeat by Liverpool that April.

After just one further appearance (at home to Bradford a year later), league football was suspended and Ed (also known as Stan) served with the Army Engineers Corps.

Playing for United in the Northern Victory League of 1918/19, Dixon soon found a starting berth once Division One resumed the following season - hitting his first goals with a hat trick at home to Chelsea.

Gradually falling from favour, Ed's final senior outing for Newcastle came in a 1-0 win at Oldham on New Years Day 1924.

And within three months he was back in Lancashire, after Blackburn Rovers paid £1,100 for his services.

Nominated as a reserve for both England and the Football League Select, Dixon ended his career at Hull City - playing on past his retirement in 1930 for East Riding Amateurs.

Settling in Hull and working as a cinema manager, he later returned to his native Northumberland. He died in August 1979.

1949 Death of Dave Willis, 67.

1957 Kenny Mitchell born, S*nderland.

Although most frequently used in defence, Kenny appeared in both attack and midfield during his time at SJP - and was also back-up 'keeper for the reserve side. 

Debuting in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City in February 1977, Mitchell eventually exited in the summer of 1981, as manager Arthur Cox overhauled his first team squad.

While at Gallowgate he had a loan spell in Scotland with Morton, while also playing one summer in the USA for Tulsa Roughnecks.

A move to Darlington saw him play a season at Feethams before embarking on a career in the non-league with Workington, Seaham Red Star, Gateshead, Newcastle Blue Star, North Shields and back to Red Star again.

Kenny also played out in Finland for Kuusysi Lahti in 1984 and four years later was a losing finalist in the 1988 FA Sunday Cup Final with Wearsiders Humbledon & Plains Farm, along with fellow ex-Mag Kevin Todd.

He also coached the Plains Farm U18 side.


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1906 German Sport XI (a)
Orr, Carr, Gardner 2
scorer tbc 
Played in Prague.

1927 Dutch Olympic XI (a)
Gallacher 4
van de Broek 2 
crowd tbc 
United's Dutch tour moved on to Eindhoven, with the home goals coming from NAC Breda's van de Brock.  

Team: Wilson, Maitland, Hudspeth, Curry, Spencer, Harris, Low, McKay, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.

1929 CSK Bratislava (a)
scorers tbc

1947 West Ham United (h)
Division Two 
Milburn, Shackleton 
Hall, Wood, Bainbridge
Newcastle wrapped up their home league programme by losing to another London club, having previously gifted wins to both Millwall and Fulham.

1951 RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) (a) 6-0 (2-0)
Milburn 2, Taylor 2, G.Robledo, og(Matthys)
crowd tbc 

This Challenge Match between the Cup holders and Belgian Champions was staged at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

1977 Bradford City (a)
Burns 2, Callachan, Barrowclough
Spark, scorers tbc 
Testimonial Match for Bantams veteran Ian Cooper who had clocked up 15 years of service at Valley Parade.

1985 Fiji FA (a)
Vosuga(10), Waqan, Work
4,800 (local reports claim 7,000)
After four games in New Zealand, United's tour moved on to Fiji for two further friendlies - the first of which was staged at Prince Charles Park in the town of Nadi.

Lautoka midfielder Kelemedi ‘Cheetah’ Vosuga opened the scoring, with Nadi forward Rusiate Waqan doubling the lead. Striker Sam Work of Lautoka then netted for Billy Singh's men after the break - who also had a fourth strike ruled out.

Peter Beardsley unsuccessfully encouraged star man Vosuga to visit Tyneside for a trial but he failed to take up the offer and later played club football in both Australia and New Zealand.  

1992 Newcastle midfielder Kevin Sheedy won what turned out to be the penultimate senior cap of his international career, as the Republic of Ireland beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier at Lansdowne Road. 

1996 Wembley joy for Bradford City, as they beat Notts County in the playoffs to make into the second tier of domestic football. 

Their opening goal in a 2-0 win was especially memorable, as the scorer beat four players before blasting home one of the memorable efforts under the Twin Towers. His name? Des Hamilton....

2001 Peter Beardsley became a full-time employee of Newcastle United for the third time after accepting a post in the United Youth Academy working with Kenny Wharton and Director Alan Irvine. 

Beardsley had already been working with the Academy youngsters for three months on a part-time basis as a striking coach.

2004 Portsmouth completed the free transfer signing of defender Andy Griffin, who had let his contract run down at SJP.

2007 Despite positive press comments, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp passed up the chance to sign former Magpie Titus Bramble on a free transfer.

Other clubs linked with the former Ipswich Town defender Bramble included Fulham, Celtic and Birmingham City
. Wigan were nowhere to be seen at this stage.

2007 Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien won his fifth full cap for the Republic of Ireland - and made his first start - in a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in a friendly staged in Boston, USA.

Within weeks the out-of-favour O'Brien had left SJP to join Scottish side Hibernian.

2009 24 hours after MD Derek Llambias went public with his thoughts, Magpies owner Mike Ashley issued his own statement:

"Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier League has been a catastrophe for us all.

"I fully accept that mistakes were made during this and previous seasons and I am very sorry for that.

"I would like to say sorry to our magnificent supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and away, up and down the country and who have given the team amazing backing throughout.

"And I would also say sorry to all of the Club's hard-working staff, who have gone about their jobs all year long.

"Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all they could to try and keep us up in the short space of time they had.

"Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can take this Club forward again."


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