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Ticket news:

Burnley (a) Member sale now
Chelsea (h) Public sale now
West Ham (a) & Arsenal (a) SOLD OUT
Spurs (a)
& Man U (a) SOLD OUT

Premier League:
West Ham (a)

The Magpies attempt to secure a seventh successive victory in all competitions on Saturday, when they head down Green Street to the Boleyn Ground for a 3pm KO.

3-1 winners there back in January, Alan Pardew's side have only lost once in their last eight visits to E13.
Our full allocation of around 3,000 have been sold, with adults paying the scandalous price of 43.

Travel: following confirmation that the usual alcohol ban on East Coast trains after Saturday's game was in force - but that the dry train restrictions extended to services before the game, East Coast made this statement:


"Restrictions on the sale or consumption of alcohol on East Coast services related to sporting events are considered on a case-by-case basis: there is no fixed policy regarding any club's fixtures.

"In making our decision on this, we take into account past events around each sporting fixture, and advice from the British Transport Police. As always, our first priority is to ensure that everyone travelling has a safe and comfortable journey."


In other words, the specific circumstances of Saturday's game between teams who had recent off-field "issues" (pre-season in Germany) have caused the ban and it isn't a wider policy affecting all our games in London.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 5/2
Newcastle to win to nil @ 11/2
game to end in a 0-0 draw @ 17/2

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

Squad: The Shields Gazette reported on Thursday that Tim Krul had received an unspecified injury during training and that Rob Elliot was on standby to replace him.

Alan Pardew update, Thursday:

"(Fabricio) Coloccini, (Cheick) Tiote, Steven Taylor and (Emmanuel) Riviere are back on the training pitch. Rolando (Aarons) should be around for next week.

"We expect Ryan Taylor to be back training in three to four weeks. Its not as bad as we first feared.

Weve had a terrible run of injuries but have kept the winning run going, and that is testament to the squad.

That leaves Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Davide Santon unavailble, while Siem de Jong is now training but still some time away from first team contention.

WHUFC: The Hammers have injury doubts over Stewart Downing, Diafra Sakho, Alex Song and Enner Valencia. 

Striker Modibo Maiga - once hotly pursued by Newcastle - has been loaned back to former club Metz, while Ravel Morrison is on temporary detachment at Cardiff City.

Ex-Magpies Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan both completed the full 90 minutes of Saturday's 1-2 defeat at Everton. 

The former is without a goal in eight PL outings since registering during a victory at the mackems in March, while the latter has made 18 PL appearances since last scoring, during a home win over Southampton back in February 2014.

Beginning the season with home defeats by Spurs (0-1) and Southampton, Big Fat Sam's side then won three on the bounce against Liverpool (3-1), QPR (2-0) and Manchester City (2-1) before being held 0-0 by Villa.

Referee: Mike Dean. This will be the Wirral whistler's second game of the season after the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa when he sent off Mike Williamson for two bookable offences and showed four more yellows to home players.

Travel: no relevant scheduled disruptions to Underground and Overground services. TfL website online here

UK TV: none

Overseas TV: tbc

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League fixtures
(3pm unless specified): 

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal (12.45pm) Sky
Burnley v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Stoke City
Manchester United v Hull City
QPR v Leicester City
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
mackems v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 30.11.2014:
Southampton v Man City (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Everton (4pm) Sky


Magpies @ Upton Park: Premier Years:

Won 3-1 Cabaye 2, Remy
2012/13: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Won 2-1 Nolan, Carroll
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Owen
2007/08: Drew 2-2 Martins, Geremi
2006/07: Won 2-0 Duff, Martins
2005/06: Won 4-2 Owen 3, Shearer
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Bellamy, Jenas
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-1
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Won 1-0 Barnes
1996/97: Drew 0-0
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-1 Lee, Mathie, OG
1993/94: Won 4-2 Cole, Lee 2, Mathie

Talk-in comp:
Sir Les giveaway 

Returning to SJP on Saturday as QPR's current Director of Football, Les Ferdinand will have Newcastle on his mind again next March when he appears at a talk-in. 

Friday March 27th sees the former Magpie favourite in conversation at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston and tickets are on sale now here, priced at 40 and 60. 

e have a pair of VIP seats up for grabs, and to be in with a chance of winning them, email us here with the answer to the following question:

The image above was taken in October 1995 as United crushed JFK's Wimbledon 6-1. Sir Les scored three times but we'd like you to tell us who was keeping goal for the Wombles by the time he completed his hat trick.    

Closing date is Sat Nov 29th @ 3pm, subject: Les. No purchase necessary. Prize is of tickets only. No transport, refreshments, bribes etc. will be paid. Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 

PS: MJK Sports also have further stocks of replica 1984 Newcastle shirts signed by Kevin Keegan and available both framed and unframed. Find more details here

Quinn recalled 

Jonathyn Quinn has been recalled by Newcastle from his loan spell at Blyth Spartans.

The reserve forward had remained on the bench for Blyth's 3-2 victory over Kings Lynn at the weekend.

Quinn made eight appearances and scored twice for Spartans during his loan spell, but won't now get the opportunity to face his club colleague Adam Campbell when Blyth travel to Hartlepool United in the FA Cup.

Cal of duty 2

Newcastle U21s  2  Crewe Alexandra U21s  1
(after extra-time)


Match report

Premier League:
Masters of six

Newcastle  1  QPR  0

Match report

There's still the chance to win a pair of sought-after VIP tickets for the derby match at SJP online here

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 22.11.2014:
Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Everton 2-1 West Ham
Leicester City 0-0 mackems
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City
Stoke City 1-2 Burnley
Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

Sun 23.11.2014:
Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool
Hull 1-2 Spurs

Mon 24.11.2014:

Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton

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 here

Toon tome:
Who's Who on sale


Online orders for club historian Paul Joannou's latest book can now be made direct from the publisher online here

Books cost 32.50 and various payment methods are available for anyone unwilling to pay online, while the publishers are attempting to offset the considerable postage charge by offering limited drop offs and pick ups wherever possible - more details are on the site.  

Alternatively, The Back Page shop on St.Andrews Street, Waterstones by the Monument and in the Metro Centre and The Evening Chronicle all now have copies in stock.

Appeal - the publishers are struggling to contact these subscribers, please can anyone who knows these people ask that they email

Nicola Atkinson, West Midlands
Deborah Brown, location tbc
Gordon Young, Wallsend


If you're at a loose end on Wednesday December 10th, the Heaton History Group have two special guests to speak about local football.

The Grounsell Park home of Heaton Stannington will see Kevin Mochrie deliver a talk on the history of "The Stan", while Paul Brown will cover the formative years of Newcastle United.

Paul is the author of the book "All with Smiling Faces" that covers the period 1881 to 1910 more details here

Admission is just 2 and start time is 7pm. To reserve places email or telephone 0191 215 0821 or 07763 985686. Grounsell Park can be found on Newton Road, High Heaton, NE7 7HP details

Where's Walid?:
Relatively speaking

Following the recent arrival of Samuel Perez - brother of Ayoze - at Blyth Spartans, the brother of another current Magpie has joined one of our local non-league sides.

The player is question is Mehdi Abeid, whose younger brother Walid is now on the books of Northern League First Division side Durham City.

Following receipt of his international clearance, the 21 year-old winger debuted from the bench during a 1-2 home defeat by Billingham Synthonia on Saturday.    

Following Medhi from his native France where he'd played for St. Etienne at youth level, Walid spent part of the 2011/12 season with Fulham before being released. 

Appearing on trial for Boro reserves in a friendly against Synners in July 2012, Walid also played for Newcastle's second string in a behind closed doors game later that year but wasn't retained. 

PS: Another SJP sibling was in action for his current club on Sunday, Luuk De Jong netting for PSV Eindhoven during a 1-1 draw at Groningen - his ninth goal in all competitions this season. Yes, that Luuk De Jong.

Things were rather less clever for Shola Ameobi though, who made an eighth unsuccessful attempt to finish on the winning side for Turkish side Gazientep BB on Sunday.

The third Ameobi brother, Tomi has been appearing for Canadian side Edmonton FC in the NASL and netted four times in the Fall season that ended earlier this month.

Local ties for 
local people 

Monday saw the draw for the last 32 of the FA Vase take place, and six of the eight remaining Northern League sides came out of the hat together as follows:


Whitley Bay v Dunston UTS
Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Shildon
AFC Darwen or Chadderton v Newcastle Benfield
Seaham Red Star v North Shields
Consett v Marske United

Ties are scheduled to be played on Sat Dec 6th.

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Devils at the double

Manchester United U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  0

A goal in each half from Marcus Rashford condemned Newcastle's youngsters to defeat on a damp Friday evening at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground.

The Manchester-born striker turned 17 last month and shot his side ahead on 39 minutes his 20 yard effort looking to deceive visiting 'keeper Paul Woolston.  

Rashford then doubled his side's lead six minutes before full time, converting a free kick with a low shot from outside the area. 

That completed a league double over the Magpies for the Red Devils, following their 3-2 win on Tyneside in August.

Team: Woolston, Cobain, Newberry, Cameron, Laidler, Storey (Hunter 65), Drennan, Longstaff, Ward (Suddick 81), Johnson (Charman 65), Heaney. Subs n/u: Pearson, Pollock.

The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
An eighth Tigers outing for Hatem on Sunday but he's still to finish on the winning side after Hull lost 1-2 at home to Spurs in the Premier League.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger played all 90 minutes of a 0-1 home defeat by Rennes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest won 3-0 away at Wolves in the Championship on Saturday. Lascelles picked up his second yellow card of the season.

Adam Campbell (Hartlepool United)
Campbell came on in the 67th minute for his debut as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at home to York City in League Two on Saturday.

Tom Heardman (Gateshead)

Heardman started but was substituted after 51 minutes of a dramatic 2-2 draw at Torquay United in the Conference on Saturday. 

Three goals were scored in the final few minutes as the Tynesiders came from behind to lead before Torquay's late leveller.

Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
Quinn remained on the bench as Spartans beat Kings Lynn Town 3-2 at Croft Park in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.

He has now been recalled by NUFC.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
The defender sustained a hamstring problem while on international duty and is expected to be out until early December.


Premier passions:
Common ground

A pre-arranged meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland followers at a neutral location on Wednesday night resulted in no arrests or injuries, with only an outbreak of common sense to report.  

No bus convoys or special metros were scheduled and the police helicopter was conspicuous by its absence, as fan groups from NUFC and SAFC gathered in Gateshead to discuss the upcoming derby match on December 21st.

Having inadvertently united both sides of the Tyne/Wear divide by advocating a so-called "bubble match" last January, Northumbria Police presided over this joint meeting of two groups who previously met separately. 

Both groups were established in 2014 following an invitation from the police to interested parties, with informal gatherings taking place where both sides can communicate directly on whatever matters arise. 

So far this has included discussion on derby match policing policy, the issue of peaceful protest by fan groups inside and outside SJP, concerns over pyro devices and ongoing dialogue regarding away travel. 

Wednesday's meeting saw unanimous agreement to work together under the slogan of "a Derby to be proud of", highlighting positive aspects of the rivalry and building on the thawing in relationships following the MH17 tragedy.  

There's an open invitation to anyone wishing to attend future fan group/police meetings, with supporters aged between 16 and 25 particularly under-represented. 

Meetings take place quarterly on weekday evenings at a location in Newcastle. Email here to get involved.

(For the avoidance of doubt, these meetings aren't related to Newcastle United's fans forum initiative).

PS: a warts-and-all reminder of derby day has been captured in a short film that can be viewed here 

Wall art:
A room with a view

Following the positive feedback when we gave away a couple of prototypes last month, Tyneside-based firm Aurora now proudly present a range of unique acrylic artworks based on an aerial view of St.James' Park.


Exclusive to, these are available either as an A3 size single image piece or four separate A4 pieces that combine to create a single image.

Featuring polished edge panels with no visible fixings create a three dimensional effect that one of our competition winners termed, "absolutely stunning"


See more illustrations and details here (pdf)

A3 works cost 40 and the A4 ensemble is 70 and for orders made before Christmas, buy both for 95. Prices don't include delivery but can be shipped at cost or collected free of charge from the factory in NE23.

Orders/enquiries via 0191 2146474 or email here

PS: Aurora are also licenced to reproduce works by local artist John Coatsworth and have pieces featuring the SJP-themed painting, Going to the Match here (pdf)


Premier League:
Burnley (a) 

Tuesday sees United heading to Lancashire for a 7.45pm kickoff at Turf Moor. Tickets for the visitors section remain on sale to NUFC members and ST holders.

Paddy Power match betting will appear here

Squad: To follow.

BFC: To follow.

Phil Dowd

UK TV: none

Overseas TV:

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League fixture
(7.45pm unless specified): 

Leicester City v Liverpool
Manchester United v Stoke City
Swansea City v QPR 
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (8pm)
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham (8pm)

Wed 03.12.2014:
Arsenal v Southampton BT
Chelsea v Spurs
Everton v Hull Goodison Park
mackems v Man City


The Magpies will be making competitive return to Turf Moor after a 31 year absence, when they lost 0-1 in a Second Division contest watched by 13,900 fans.

Our most recent visit came during July 2000, when a 1-0 friendly victory was achieved thanks to Carl Cort's first half header. A crowd of 11,441 witnessed that one. 

Burnley will become the 45th club we've faced in the PL, and Turf Moor the 52nd venue to have hosted games.

Opened in 1883 (making only Stamford Bridge and SJP older than it among current Premier League stadia), Newcastle have been frequent visitors since suffering a 3-0 defeat on their competitive debut there in 1897.

Their official capacity this season is 21,401.

Magpies @ Turf Moor - post-WW2:

1982/83 lost 0-1
1979/80 lost 2-3
1978/79 lost 0-1
1975/76 won 1-0
1974/75 lost 1-4
1970/71 drew 1-1
1969/70 won 1-0
1968/69 lost 0-1
1967/68 lost 0-2
1966/67 won 2-0
1965/66 lost 0-1
1960/61 lost 3-5
1959/60 lost 1-2
1958/59 drew 2-2
1957/58 won 2-0
1956/57 lost 2-3
1955/56 lost 1-3
1954/55 won 1-0
1953/54 drew 1-1 (FAC)
1953/54 won 2-1
1952/53 lost 1-2
1951/52 lost 1-2
1950/51 drew 1-1
1949/50 won 2-1
1948/49 won 3-0
1947/48 lost 0-3

Old boy:
Richardson reappears

Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans confirm that ex-Newcastle midfielder Michael Richardson has now signed on the dotted line at Croft Park. 

Now 22, Michael was released by United last season having got as far as the first team bench during four years at SJP, but failing to make a competitive debut.

A succession of loans saw him appear for Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley, making a combined total of 24 appearances and finding the net once. 

Richardson joins fellow former Magpie Alex Nicholson at Croft Park and was an unused substitute on Saturday as Kings Lynn were beaten 3-2 at Croft Park.

The clash

A cynical decision by the host club has left Toon fans unable to attend the FA Youth Cup Third Round tie against Millwall next month.

The Lions rejected pleas from United for an early kick-off at the Den and the game will go ahead with a 3pm kick-off on
Saturday 13th December.

With the possibility of extra time and penalties - not to mention the difficulties of getting across London - that precludes anyone from seeing the tie and also attending United's Premier League visit to Arsenal at 5.30pm.

The tie sees Newcastle's youngsters making the first visit at any level by the club to Millwall's current home in South Bermondsey since it was opened back in 1993.

Tickets will be available on the day as follows:

Barry Kitchener Stand (5 adults, 1 U16s)
Executive Lounge (10 adults, 5 U16s)

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Saturday 29th November
Kick-off 3.00pm

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Queens Park Rangers 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 22nd November
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



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.

New season opening Hours: TBC

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 season ticket info is here

A 12 game part season ticket starting with the visit of the mackems on December 21st is now on sale until Sun 7th December (which means that the mackem tickets will go on member sale after that date).

Prices are from 322 adults, 158 bairns and 189 for 18-21 year olds and students, and 297 for OAPs. A limited amount of family enclosure tickets are also available.

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. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sat 29.11.2014 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 01.12.2014 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Pay on the gate, 4 adults, 2 concs, U16s free.

Tue 02.12.2014 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 7.45pm, Premier League. Member sale now. 40 adults, 25 over-65s / 18s-21s, 18 U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 06.12.2014 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on BT.

Mon 08.12.2014 FA Cup Third Round draw live on BBC2, 7pm.
Involves NUFC. 

Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 2,000.  Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 15.12.2014 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note KO alteration.

Wed 17.12.2014 Spurs (a)
@ White Hart Lane, 7.45pm, Capital One Cup Quarter Final. SOLD OUT. Allocation 4,200.

Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. Live on BT.

Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) @ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.

Capital One Cup Quarter-finals:

Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Tue 16.12.2014 Sheff United v Soton
Wed 17.12.2014
B'mouth v Liverpool Sky
Wed 17.12.2014 Tottenham v Newcastle

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

QF w/c 15.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League -
Round of 32 ties:

Ipswich Town 0-1 Southampton
Boro 1-0 Hull City
Newcastle 2-1 Crewe Alexandra
Reading 3-0
Watford 3-2 Gillingham
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Derby County 
West Ham 1-1
Millwall (8-7 on pens)
Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa

Friday 05.12.2014:
Manchester City v mackems

Mon 08.12.2014:
Sheffield United v Stoke City

Tue 09.12.2014:
Leicester City v Leeds United

Fri 12.12.2014:
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

date tbc:
Charlton Athletic v Brighton
Fulham v Norwich City
Huddersfield Town v Everton

(Blackburn Rovers received a bye)

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Second Round ties:

Whitley Bay 6-4 Alnwick Town (aet)
Morpeth Town 3-2 WA Celtic (aet)
Blyth Spartans 3-0 Ashington

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sat 13.12.2014
Arsenal (a) 5.30pm
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm
Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 06.12.2014
Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm
Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.02.2015)

Gateshead FC are offering a 5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is 10

home League games

Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)
Sun 04.01.2015 Wrexham (3pm)
Sat 24.01.2015 Welling United (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for 6 - a saving of 3.

Upcoming home League games

Sat 29.11.2014 Lancaster City (3pm)
Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm)
Sat 03.01.2015 Brighouse Town (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (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

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Fri 28.11.2014 USA (a) FR
Sun 30.11.2014 Brazil (n) FR
Tue 02.12.2014 Australia (n) FR

(Nike Cup in Sarasota, FL, USA)

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 Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as scheduled in Equatorial Guinea.

Participants: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia. 

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

Take 2....

The Daily Mail seemed to think we beat QPR 2-1 on Saturday.

Thanks to Michael Scott for the spot.

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

On This Day in History
27th November

Born Or Died:

1965 Scott Sellars born, Sheffield.

A well-liked figure during his time at SJP, "Scoot" began his career with Leeds United before moving on to Blackburn Rovers.

Signed during March 1993 for 700K, Sellars debuted alongside fellow new arrival Mark Robinson in a 2-2 home draw with Charlton Athletic later that month.

Scoring his first Newcastle goal during a 6-0 demolition of Barnsley at Gallowgate, Scott then netted a memorable free kick to beat the mackems and virtually seal promotion.

Missing the opening months of the following season due to a bout of pleurist, Sellars enjoyed a good run in the first team until further fitness problems saw him sidelined for a ten month period from November 1994.

With David Ginola coming to prominence, Sellars was declared surplus to requirements and sold to Bolton Wanderers in December 1995 - United making 500K profit.

Sellars later served Huddersfield Town and Danish club Aarhus, turning down the chance of a return to the UK in 2001 with Northampton Town before subsequently joining Mansfield Town.

A trial at non-league Kettering Town followed before returned to Field Mill and helping to coaching youngsters at the Stags - being recruited by Sheffield United in a similar role during 2003.

A spell as assistant to Chesterfield manager Lee Richardson - a former team mate from his Blackburn days - followed, before 2009 saw Sellars added to the coaching staff at Manchester City's youth Academy.

Subsequently heading up City's youth operations, Scott returned to SJP in September 2013 as part of the Newcastle United Legends side who gathered to face AC Milan Glorie in Steve Harper's farewell.

Ending his time at Manchester City in 2014, Sellars was soon snapped up by Wolves to coach their U21 side. 

1969 David John Robinson born, Walkergate. (1986-92)

Striker who came through the junior ranks at SJP to appear for the reserves, with periodic call-ups to the first team - although he was never to start a competitive senior match.

Robbo's debut came at the age of 18, when he replaced John Robertson in a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal in November 1988.   

Robinson's lone strike came against Reading at SJP in an FA Cup in January 1990 on his first outing of the season - leaving him some way short of Mick Quinn and Mark McGhee, who grabbed 34 and 25 goals respectively that season.

After a spell on loan at Peterborough United in 1991, the Wallsend Boys Club graduate was released by Newcastle, moved on to Reading and subsequently Blackpool.

Moving into non-league circles at Gateshead and Bishop Auckland, David spent time on trial with Lincoln City and later added both Cambridge United and Berwick Rangers to his CV before finishing up at Whitley Bay.

An reader reports that Robbo later turned out in the Tyneside Sunday League for Heaton Hussar.

1983 Aaron Labonte born, Middlesbrough. (2000-03)

Academy defender who failed to make the transition to reserve team level and was released in 2003.

Trials at Livingston, Hartlepool United and Sheffield Wednesday (appearing for the Owls second string against Newcastle) followed, before Aaron did enough to win a permanent deal with Dunfermline Athletic.

Debuting against Rangers in the SPL during September 2003, Labonte went on to make 90 appearances at East End Park between 2003 and 2007.

Labonte ended his first season at the Pars with a Scottish FA Cup loser's medal, beaten 1-3 by Celtic at Hampden Park.

However he wasn't selected when the two sides met again in the 2007 final and went out on to Irish side Finn Harps in 2008.

That transfer was then made permanent when his Dunfermline deal expired in May 2008 but he's not been heard of since leaving the Donegal side a year later.

2011 Death of Gary Speed, 42.

The peace of a Sunday morning was shattered when the Football Association of Wales announced the death of their national team Manager, sending the football world into a genuine state of shock.

A Cheshire police spokesman then said:

"At 7.08am this morning, Sunday 27 November, police were informed of an incident at Aldford Road, Huntington. 

"Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and next of kin have been informed." 

Further quotes confirmed that the man was found hanged and identification confirmed that it was Gary Speed.

Universally admired across football, the Welsh international midfielder played 285 time for the Magpies between February 1998 and May 2004, scoring 40 goals. 

Gary was part of the side beaten at Wembley in 1998 and 1999 FA Cup Finals as well as the 2000 semi-final there. 

Awarded the MBE in June 2010, Speed completed the London Marathon that year to help raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, commenting then that: 

"The best years I had there (at SJP) were with Sir Bobby Robson. He was a lovely man."

And exactly nine years before his death, Speed was part of the Newcastle side who were in Champions League action against Inter Milan at SJP.

Speaking fondly of his time on Tyneside despite departing for Bolton in a move seen as premature in some quarters, Gary's professionalism, dignity and intelligence made him one of football's good guys. 

The previous Saturday had seen him appear as a guest on BBC's "Football Focus" show in the company of Alan Shearer.

Needless to say, his passing was a massive shock, still bordering on the unbelievable. In short, someone who graced the black and white shirt and is sadly missed. RIP.

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1897 Small Heath (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope, Peddie, Campbell 2 

1909 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Shepherd, Howie 

1920 Liverpool (a)
Division One 

1926 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Division One 
Gallacher 3 

1937 Fulham (a)
Division Two 
Park, Smith

1943 Darlington (h)
Stubbins 2, R.Donaldson, Taylor
scorers tbc

1948 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Hair, Milburn 
Doherty 3
1954 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Curry, White 
Watson, Burrell
1957 Hearts (h)
White, Eastham 

1965 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
Thompson(16), Iley(40) 
Woodward(66pen), Jones(90), T.Wagstaff(90+3)
The Magpies were good value for their half time lead on a frozen Bramall Lane pitch, with Dave Hilley setting up both goals.

Ron McGarry's needless handball after the hour mark gave the Blades a foothold in the game, but at the end of normal time Newcastle still led and many home fans had left in disgust.

Enter Mick Jones, who blasted past visiting 'keeper Gordon Marshall from 18 yards. And with almost the last kick of the game, Tony Wagstaff broke away and won it.  

1971 Stoke City (a)
Division One 
Macdonald 2, D.Craig 
Ritchie, Conroy 2
With 20 minutes left to play at the Victoria Ground, United were 3-1 down before Supermac netted his second of the match and David Craig then claimed a point with one of his infrequent strikes. 

1974 Southampton (a) 
Texaco Cup Final, First Leg 
United left The Dell one goal in arrears ahead of the second leg, after future Magpie Mick Channon beat Tony Bell. 

1976 Queen's Park
Rangers (h) 2-0
Division One 
Burns, Cannell 
Attacking the Leazes End, a committed first half display from Newcastle made sure of the points, with Paul Cannell heading in the opener.

Alan Gowling then centred for Mickey Burns to double the lead and Gowling also came close to getting on the scoresheet, heading against the Rangers crossbar. 

1982 Cambridge United (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division Two 
Martin(23), McDermott(35)
Making his Newcastle debut was Howard Gayle, a young midfielder loaned from Liverpool. 

Terry McDermott scored his first goal for United since his return to the club and Mick Martin got a rare goal as his shot from 12 yards was fumbled by the 'keeper.

Watching in the stands were the Dynamo Kiev side that Newcastle had beaten in a friendly at SJP few days earlier.

1988 Manchester United (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One 
A tedious Sunday afternoon, when Newcastle never looked in danger of breaking their four match scoring drought in this televised game and their visitors were equally inept.
Youtube footage is online here

1989 After a year in the manager's chair at The Victoria Ground, Bobby Moncur resigned as Manager of struggling Hartlepool United.

1993 Arsenal (a)
Premier League 
Wright(16), Smith(60) 
United were undone by set piece goals from Ian Wright and Alan Smith, with Steve Bould making a nuisance of himself at the near post on each occasion. 

Peter Beardsley got one back in front of the travelling army of away fans congregated at the Clock End, but no equaliser followed.

"This was the first time that Kevin Keegan's policy of not having worked on certain tactical things before a match caught up with us. 

"They caught us out quickly and we were chasing the game after that, and they did us again with the same trick because we couldn't get it sorted while the game was going on."

Shame they didn't talk about it at half time...
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Middlesbrough (a) 
League Cup 4th Round
Whyte(27), Beck(61), Ravanelli(89) 
Our second-ever visit to the Riverside ended in our first defeat there, despite Alan Shearer netting for the sixth game in a row.

2001 Ipswich Town (h)
Worthington Cup 4th Round
Robert(18), Ameobi(26), Shearer(37,40)
Alan Shearer's second wasn't a classic as he took Nobby Solano's pass and turned the ball into the Leazes goal from six yards. 

However, the significance of the goal was that he completed a century of strikes for the club in all competitions - becoming only the ninth player to have achieved that feat.

Afterwards, Shearer commented:

"Jackie Milburn scored over 200 so I can scratch that. I don't think I'll catch him though hopefully there's a few more." match report

Ton up for Al 

2002 Inter Milan (Italy) (h) 1-4 (0-3)
Champions League 
Group match 7

Almeyda(35), Crespo(45), Recoba(81)

Behind almost immediately, defeat seemed inevitable when Craig Bellamy was sent off after just six minutes for lashing out at ex-Toffee Marco Materazzi, 

Although the ten men performed well, Hector Cuper's side (who included future Mag Emre) had the game wrapped up by half time. match report

2003 Basel (Switzerland) (h) 1-0 (1-0)
(4-2 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 2nd Round
2nd leg
Once Smiljanic had turned a Robert corner into his own goal in the early stages, the tie was as good as won - our 3-2 first leg advantage meaning the visitors needed to score three times. match report

A fairly full house for the Basel home leg

2005 Everton (a)
Everton caught us napping seconds after the break when Joseph Yobo rose to meet a corner to head the only goal of the game.

By that point we should have been ahead and the home side down to ten men, when James McFadden clearly stopped Shola Ameobi's goalbound effort with his arm.

Incredibly, however, both referee Howard Webb and his linesman missed the incident. match report

2008 Newcastle "Manager" Joe Kinnear was charged with improper conduct.

The charge related to comments made in media interviews about referee Martin Atkinson following United's match against Fulham earlier in the month.

JFK labelled the referee at Craven Cottage as "Mickey Mouse" - a comment he was asked to explain by the FA 48 hours after the game.


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