In addition to the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Finals, it's
reported that St. James' Park is to host a third rugby union fixture
The England national team will visit Tyneside to play one of four
friendlies during August and September 2019, ahead of the World Cup in
Japan the following month.
England's opposition at Gallowgate has now been confirmed as their Six
Nations rivals Italy.
England finally got their
World Cup campaign underway with a memorable late winner against Tunisia in
Volgograd, as captain Harry Kane scored twice in a 2-1 victory on Monday
The England game followed the other Group G match, which saw Belgium beat Panama
in Sochi in the 4pm start. Earlier in the day Sweden beat South Korea 1-0
largely thanks to a VAR-given penalty in
their first Group F game in Nizhny.
Today's games see the conclusion of the first round of games with Group H
teams making their tournament bows. Japan beat 2-1 Colombia in the 1pm
kick-off in Saransk and Senegal beat Poland by the same score in Moscow.
The evening match saw the hosts defeat Egypt 3-1 in their second Group A
game in St. Petersburg, which virtually assures the home nation will
The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square will
be running their matchday offers and they have
every World Cup game live on their big screen TVs.
at 17 Carliol Square, NE1 6UQ - five minutes walk from both Monument and
Manors Metro stations.
We'll be trying to watch proceedings through black and white eyes but
that's going to be pretty difficult with only Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic
in the Finals squads, Matz Sels not making the last 23 for Belgium.
The ex-Mag count is also only one - France's Florian Thauvin - James
Troisi, Kevin Mbabu, James Milner, Fraser Forster, Mathieu Debuchy and
Moussa Sissoko all not making their country's squads, although the French
pair are on standby. Nobby Solano is there as Peru's
Assistant Manager and Jon Dahl Tomasson as Denmark's Assistant
Thurs 14th June
Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia, Moscow (Luz)
Fri 15th June
Egypt 0-1 Uruguay, Yekaterinburg
Morocco 0-1 Iran, St.
Portugal 3-3 Spain,
Sat 16th June
France 2-1 Australia, Kazan
Argentina 1-1 Iceland,
Peru 0-1 Denmark, Saransk
Croatia 2-0 Nigeria,
Sun 17th June
Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia,
Germany 0-1 Mexico,
Brazil 1-1 Switzerland, Rostov
Mon 18th June
Sweden 1-0 South Korea, Nizhny
Belgium 3-0 Panama, Sochi
Tunisia 1-2 England,
Tues 19th June
Colombia 1-2 Japan, Saransk
Poland 1-2 Senegal,
Russia 3-1 Egypt,
Wed 20th June
B Portugal v Morocco, 1pm
A Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, 4pm
B Iran v Spain, 7pm
Newcastle will again be
represented in the Checkatrade trophy by an under-21 side after entering the
An invitation was sent out by the EFL to a number of Premier League and
Championship under-21 sides to play against League and League Two sides and
United have confirmed participation.
Last season they played at Oldham Athletic, Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra
but failed to qualify from their group after one win (at Crewe) and two
While uncertainty over the future of U23 head
coach Peter Beardsley remains, one departure from the club’s development
squad staff has been confirmed.
U23 goalkeeping coach Chris Terpcou is leaving United, after accepting a
post working for ex-Magpie Andy Woodman at Arsenal’s youth academy.
The 49 year-old Australian moved to Tyneside in 2004 and has worked with the
club’s youngsters since them - briefly helping the seniors in 2010 before
the arrival of Woodman.
The Chronicle carried the story over the weekend and the club’s first team
goalkeeping coach Simon Smith then confirmed it via social media.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has been working with schoolboys at
the academy, while fellow old boy Tony Caig deputised for Terpcou at an U23
game towards the end of last season.
National League side Barrow
AFC have announced a pre-season friendly against Newcastle United U23s.
A Magpies XI are scheduled to visit Holker Street (known as the Furness
Building Society Stadium for sponsorship purposes) on Monday July 16th
Official confirmation has now come from NUFC of this game but the rest of
the U23s pre-season programme is still awaited.
With Russia 2018 underway, author Simon Hart's latest book "World in Motion"
is a celebration of 1990's epic tournament in Italy.
From Gazza's tears to Jack Charlton's Irish penalty shootout success via Toto
Schillaci, Roger Milla and cheating South Americans, it's all covered.
Thanks to publishers De Coubertin we had a couple of copies to give away and
asked the following
Simon Hart's book takes its title from the England/ New Order 1990 World Cup
record. Which future Magpie showcased his rapping 'talent' on that tune?
The answer was of course, John Barnes
and the competition winners
are Mick Maher and Alex Stokoe.
Buy World In Motion online
here from the publisher.
Friendly fixture confirmed: Braga (a)
Newcastle's final friendly fixture has been announced and it is a visit to
Portuguese Primeira side S.C. Braga on Wednesday August 1st. Kick-off
will be 7.30pm (local and BST).
This will be the third time we have faced Braga in friendly action recently
following a 2-1 victory in the Algarve during July 2012 and a 1-1 draw at
Gallowgate in August 2013.
Their stadium is pretty unique, having been carved out of the granite of a
former quarry in 2003, before featuring in Euro 2004:
And you thought SJP was built on a hill....
at home again
Newcastle's 2018/19 Premier League starts the same way last season did - a
home game against Tottenham Hotspur, with Chelsea and Arsenal next up at St.
A 0-2 defeat to Spurs also saw Jonjo Shelvey red-carded and Florian Lejeune
crocked thanks to a Harry Kane lunge with Dele Alli the playmaker and
pantomime villain for the visitors.
Our first away game is a trip to Wales and newly promoted Cardiff City
before visiting Manchester City as we play four of last season's top six in
the first five fixtures.
The season will end at Fulham's Craven Cottage while Boxing Day sees us
visit Anfield, hosting Manchester United on New Year's Day with a trip to
Watford in between.
Fixtures are listed below as Saturday 3pm, unless stated but we're not
expecting many of them to remain that way....
Initial live TV selections won't be revealed
until a date yet to be confirmed in July. Last year it was July 6th. Here are
the spurious dates being given by the Premier League, all to be taken with
bucket-loads of salt:
After the penultimate game
11.08.2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
18.08.2018 Cardiff City (a)
25.08.2018 Chelsea (h)
01.09.2018 Manchester City (a)
15.09.2018 Arsenal (h)
22.09.2018 Crystal Palace (a)
29.09.2018 Leicester City (h)
06.10.2018 Manchester United (a)
20.10.2018 Brighton (h)
27.10.2018 Southampton (a)
03.11.2018 Watford (h)
10.11.2018 Bournemouth (h)
24.11.2018 Burnley (a)
01.12.2018 West Ham United (h)
Wed 05.12.2018 Everton (a) (19.45)
08.12.2018 Wolverhampton (h)
15.12.2018 Huddersfield Town (a)
22.12.2018 Fulham (h)
Wed 26.12.2018 Liverpool (a)
29.12.2018 Watford (a)
Tue 01.01.2019 Manchester United (h)
12.01.2019 Chelsea (a)
19.01.2019 Cardiff City (h)
Wed 30.01.2019 Manchester City (h)
02.02.2019 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
09.02.2019 Wolverhampton (a)
23.02.2019 Huddersfield Town (h)
Wed 27.02.2019 Burnley (h) (19.45)
02.03.2019 West Ham United (a)
09.03.2019 Everton (h)
16.03.2019 Bournemouth (a)
30.03.2019 Arsenal (a)
06.04.2019 Crystal Palace (h)
13.04.2019 Leicester City (a)
20.04.2019 Southampton (h)
27.04.2019 Brighton (a)
04.05.2019 Liverpool (h)
Sun 12.05.2019 Fulham (a)
Ahead of the new
campaign, United have played a total of 882 Premier League games against 48
different clubs on 57 different grounds - including St. James' Park.
Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are all back in the Premier League at stadiums
we've already visited. However, you may want to add the rebuilt White Hart
Lane as a new venue - assuming it is ready for our visit in February 2019! - given that it has
largely been constructed adjacent to the old ground.
NUFC have announced a new season ticket renewal procedure. They have made a
online here and you can go ahead and renew
The deadline for renewal is Wednesday June 27th and new season ticket applications can
then be made from Wednesday July 4th.
NB: Fans who are on long-term price deals do not need to take any
Newcastle’s squad rebuilding is set to gain momentum in the coming days,
with the conclusion of two outbound deals.
Central defender Chancel Mbemba could find himself facing the Magpies
in pre-season, with Porto looking favourites to complete a deal to buy him.
A return to former club Anderlecht had been widely predicted, but Portuguese
media sources are reporting that the DR Congo international is instead set
to join Porto.
O Jogo assert that the Portuguese club have outbid Anderlecht and an
unnamed Italian side to sign a player they first enquired about before he
moved to Tyneside in 2015.
Meanwhile, Belgian news outlets claim that Anderlecht will have more success
in completing the permanent transfer of Matz Sels.
The 26 year-old United goalkeeper spent last season on loan at the Brussels
side and a deal is now said to be in place for an unspecified fee - subject
to final agreement on personal terms.
However, by Thursday it seemed as if that deal was now off with no agreement
on price, according to Belgian newspapers.
Update: NUFC have now
clarified the situation and confirmed that away loyalty points will remain
live, have been transferred by them over to their new ticketing system and
will continue to be available to those renewing for 2018/19.
The June 30th deadline (below) refers to the re-registering process. Failure
to complete this by then means that fans won’t be able to confirm their
supporter number by looking on the old ticketing system.
Earlier: If you have an account with NUFC
and buy match tickets from them (specifically for away games), you should have
received an email regarding important changes to their online presence during
the close season.
In brief, a new ticket website has been created and migration of fan
accounts from one to the other is required - with a vital part of the
process needing to be completed by fans themselves, not the club.
If you haven't received the email - and it seems a worrying number of you haven't -
then the text follows. Pay special attention to the red/underlined sentence:
From NUFC, May 2018:
We’re delighted to announce that our new and improved ticketing site,
BOOK.NUFC.CO.UK is currently in its initial launch phase. This phase is
designed to allow supporters to re-register in order to link their old
accounts up to a new single account.
The new platform will allow fans to easily
buy tickets from phones, tablets and desktop computers, but you’ll need
to re-register for full access. There will be plenty of time to
re-register ahead of season tickets, match tickets and memberships going on
sale for our 2018-19 season. Thank you for your support!
Will the new site remember my existing
Once you've completed the registration form and logged in to the new site you’ll
have the option to link to your existing ticketing account using your
supporter number. You must do this if you want to
retain your purchase history and loyalty points.
Where can I find my supporter number?
You can find your supporter number on your season ticket card. We will also be
keeping our previous ticket site live at tickets.nufc.co.uk until 30th June,
to allow supporters to login and find their Supporter Number.
Please note that this site will be
available purely for reference and any changes you make to your account via
the old site will not be automatically transferred to the new one.
We’ve prepared some Registration
FAQs to help you create your account, link your supporter number and
set up friends and family but if you need further assistance please contact
the Box Office on 0844 372 1892 or email with your query.
*Call cost 7p per minute plus your access
Re-register click here
NUFC.com reader Mark Allison aka Run
Geordie Run is now in Romania on the latest leg of his global trek
You can keep track of his progress towards
the Kazakhstan capital of Astana - a
distance of 2,900 miles to be run in 100 days via GPS online
He's running for
St. Benedicts Hospice
United's retained list
was published on Friday and provides official confirmation that five players
with competitive senior team experience are leaving the club.
Along with Massadio Haidara, Jesus Gamez and Curtis Good, the decision has
been made to axe Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay - both of whom were
selected for FA Cup fixtures in the 2016/17 season.
It's the end of the road for the ex-England youth international Mackenzie
Heaney, while striker Tom Heardman is also released.
club is Owen Gallacher, the son of former Magpie John, along with a host of
other U23 regulars last season - meaning that our development XI for 2018/19
will have a radically different appearance.
Senior (3): Haidara, Gamez, Good.
U23 (18): Aziakonou, Cameron, Ben El-Mhanni, Findlay, Gallacher,
Gillesphey, Heaney, Heardman, Hunter, Kitchen, Newberry, Pearson, C.Smith, L.Smith, Spooner, Ward, Williams, Woolston.
U18 (4): Aplin, I.Gamblin, Goodridge, Robson, Russell.
U18 (6): Allan,
Reed, Rounsfell, Swailes,
Walters, Watts, Wilson.
U23 (3): Charman, Gilliead, Roberts.
Squad contract expirations (updated and excluding those players mentioned
2019 (6) Bailey, Barlaser, Colback, Diame,
2020 (10) Armstrong,
Elliot, Harker, Joselu, Manquillo, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Sterry, Woodman.
2021 (12) Aarons, Atsu, Clark, Gayle, Hayden,
Lazaar, Perez, Ritchie, Saivet, Sels, Shelvey, Yedlin.
2022 (4) Dubravka, Dummett, Lejeune, Merino.
2023 (1) Lascelles.
tbc (4) Fernandez, Murphy, O'Connor, Yarney.
(a) on sale
Tickets for Newcastle's openinghttp://media.paddypower.com/redirect.aspx?pid=10057257&bid=7044St.
Patrick's Athletic at their 5,300 capacity home of Richmond Park are now
on sale for both home and away supporters from the hosts.
Both home and away tickets are priced at €15 adults, €10 OAPs/students
and €5 U12s and are delivered as e-tickets. They are available to buy online
NUFC will NOT be selling tickets to travelling
supporters for this game.
United have announced four first team friendlies so far, but the missing one
scheduled for Wednesday August 1st (away from home) remains unconfirmed:
Tue 17.07.2018 St. Patrick's Athletic
Tue 24.07.2018 Hull City (a)
Sat 28.07.2018 FC Porto (a)
Wed 01.08.2018 Braga (a) 7.30pm
Sat 04.08.2018 FC Augsburg (h) 3pm
Season 2018/19 dates:
Thu 14.06.2018 Premier League fixtures @ 9am
Pre-season training begins
Fri 06.07.2018 First live TV fixture announcement*
Thu 09.08.2018 Transfer window closes
Sat 11.08.2018 Premier League begins
(theoretically that could
be Fri 10.08)
(* last season was on Thu 06.07.2017)
has arrived that Newcastle have now completed the permanent
signing of loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague.
The 29 year-old Slovakian international made an instant impression following
his arrival on loan in January, playing 12 times in the Premier League.
Dubravka has signed a four year deal for an undisclosed fee that was agreed
when he made the initial loan move, estimated to be £4m-£5m.
Unlikely lads - close season movements:
Sam Allardyce sacked as Everton manager
Shola Ameobi released by Notts County
Hatem Ben Arfa left Paris SG tbc
Adam Collin released by Notts County
Facundo Ferreyra left Shaktar Donetsk
Jamie Holmes released by South Shields
Stephen Ireland left Stoke City tbc
Alan Irvine sacked as West Ham coach
Brian Kerr resigned as Albion Rovers manager
Tim Krul released by Brighton & Hove Albion
Kazenga LuaLua released by the mackems
Alex Nicholson released by South Shields
James Perch released by QPR
Marcus Maddison transfer-listed by Peterborough
Obafemi Martins released by Shanghai Shenhua
Stuart Pearce sacked as West Ham coach
Alan Smith released by Notts County
Steven Taylor transfer-listed by Peterborough
Ben Tozer left Newport County
Mike Williamson released by Oxford United
New clubs for old boys:
Demba Ba now at Shanghai Shenhua
Mike Mahoney now GC at Bristol Manor Farm
Steve McClaren now QPR manager
Mackenzie Heaney now Newcastle Benfield
Jamie Holmes now at Blyth Spartans
Chris Moore now manager of Consett
Alex Nicholson now at Blyth Spartans
Mark Stimson now manager of Waltham Abbey
Louis Storey now at Hebburn Town
Ben Tozer now at Cheltenham Town
Further analysis of the 2016/17 club accounts has been published online by
True Faith as follows:
Faith part I
Faith part II
NUFC summary online here