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Saturday 31st March
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Ticket news:
Huddersfield (h)
Leicester (a)
Arsenal (h) member sale now
Everton (a) ST holder sale now (
15 points)

Fixture change:
Everton (a) moved, Spurs (a) still tbc

Despite appearing to be a "safe" fixture and one for which tickets have been on sale for some time, Thursday saw the Premier League decree that our visit to Goodison Park has been moved for live TV.

Rather than Saturday 21st April at 3pm, the Magpies must travel to now face the Toffees on Monday 23rd April with an 8pm kick-off on Sky Sports.

NUFC statement:

"Supporters who have purchased tickets but are unable to attend on the new date should contact the box office with the key, relevant details to help identify the sale, and they will be given a full refund."

The rationale for the move is that the original live PL game that Monday was Arsenal versus West Ham, but the possible involvement of the Gunners in the Europa League Semi-Finals has seen that moved to Sunday.

Routinely shafted by the football authorities over the scheduling of games, this one shows a great level of contempt for travelling fans than usual - with around 3,000 Toon followers having made plans based on the PL's own published listing of live games. 

Needless to say there's no return train service to the North East at that time on a Monday night and a significant proportion of ticket holders will now face a difficult or impossible task in attending on a Monday, given such trifles as work, college, school etc.

A refund on tickets may well be available, but the silence over bookings made for travel, hotels and all the other associated costs is of course deafening.

And given previous followings when we've played at Goodison on a Monday night, taking both tiers of the away section as we had just won't be necessary.  

And to add insult to injury, a PL meeting at which Football Supporters Federation and NUFC Supporters Trust members were present took place in London on Tuesday - when such a move was never mentioned.

Regarding the unscheduled visit to Wembley to face Spurs in the PL, the same press release continues:

Meanwhile, the Premier League will confirm a new date for the Magpies' game at Tottenham Hotspur as part of May's broadcast selections, which will be announced in early April.  

(Those selections are now due on Tue 3rd April)

This means our trip to Wembley will take place at some point between Tuesday 1st May and Thursday 10th May - with our visit to Watford on or about Saturday May 5th still to be confirmed.

Ahead of further rescheduling, Spurs' last few fixtures are as follows:

Mon 30.04.2018 Watford (h)
Sat 05.05.2018 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Sun 13.05.2018 Leicester City (h)


International duty for our lot as follows:


Islam Slimani (Algeria)
Thu 22.03.2018
Tanzania (h) won 4-1
The striker played no part in a friendly win in Algiers.

Tue 27.03.2018
Iran (n) Graz FR

Mikel Merino (Spain U21s)
Thu 22.03.2018
Northern Ireland (a) won 5-3
An entertaining European Championship qualifier at Portadown saw Merino in the starting line-up and contribute one superb goal assist.

Tue 27.03.2018
Estonia (h) Ponferrada EC

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia)
Thu 22.03.2018
UAE (n) won 2-1
Meanwhile in Bangkok, goalkeeper Dubravka appeared for Slovakia as they won their opening Kings Cup tie.

Sun 25.03.2018
Thailand/Gabon (n) Bangkok FR

Henri Saivet (Senegal)

Fri 23.03.2018
Uzbekistan (n) venue tbc FR
Mon 26.03.2018 Bosnia & Herz (n) Le Havre FR

Matt Ritchie (Scotland)
Fri 23.03.2018
Costa Rica (h) Hampden FR
Tue 27.03.2018
Hungary (a) Budapest FR

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia)
Fri 23.03.2018
Morocco (n) Torino FR
Tue 27.03.2018
Nigeria (n) Barnet FR

Ciaran Clark/Rob Elliot (Ireland)
Fri 23.03.2018 Turkey (a) Antalya FR

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo)
Mon 26.03.2018 Tanzania (a) Dar-Es-Salaam FR

DeAndre Yedlin (USA)
Tue 27.03.2018
Paraguay (h) Cary FR

Otto Huuhtanen (Finland U18s)
Fri 23.03.2018 Cyprus (a) Nicosia FR
Sun 25.03.2018 Cyprus (a)  Nicosia FR

Freddie Woodman (England U21s)
Sat 24.03.2018 Romania (h) Molineux FR
Tue 27.03.2018 Ukraine (h) Bramall Lane EC

Adam Wilson (England U18s)
Wed 21.03.2018 Qatar (h) won 4-0 
The Magpie midfielder was included in the starting XI for his international debut in this St. George's Park friendly.

Fri 23.03.2018 Argentina (h) St. George's Park FR
Mon 26.03.2018 Belarus (h)
St. George's Park FR


Newcastle U23s  0  Stoke City U23s  2

A second half brace from substitute Jordan Greenidge was enough to consign Newcastle to a fifth successive defeat in Premier League 2 on Wednesday evening.

The London-born teenager struck after 67 and 93 minutes at a damp, windy and almost deserted Whitley Park, but the visitors should have wrapped the points up earlier against a toothless and tepid home side.

What proved to be a rare effort on target by United saw winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni evade two defenders and make it into the box in the tenth minute, only to then shoot straight at goalkeeper Daniel Gyollai.

Home custodian Nathan Harker tipped away Jacob Twyford's 26th minute shot, before Oliver Shenton bundled the ball home from City's next attack, only to be penalised for a debatable offside.

Both sides made changes shortly after the hour mark in an attempt to break the deadlock, but it was Stoke's that paid instant dividends. 

Harker saved with his feet to deny Krisztofer Szereto, but when the ball broke free in the box again, it was Greenidge who stabbed it home for the opener. 

Some belated pressure from the black and whites did at least result in a series of corners in the closing stages, but an equaliser never looked to be forthcoming.

Four minutes of added time saw Stoke attempting to keep possession but when the ball was played across Harker's six yard box, his miskick gave Greenidge the opportunity to force home his and City's second.  

This victory for the Potters leaves them tenth in the twelve team Second Division, six points ahead of Newcastle - although we have two games in hand.

Only West Bromwich Albion lie beneath us, two wins from 18 games helping them stumble to 9 points.

Opening up the season with back to back wins including a 4-3 success against Stoke, United have won just two of their subsequent 15 league outings. With six left to play, our chief comfort is that there's no relegation.

Team: Harker, Kitchen, Williams, O'Connor (Yarney 31), Gillesphey, Bailey, El-Mhanni (Spooner 72), Sangare, Charman, Bartlett (Gallacher 66), Fernandez.
Subs n/u:
Langley, Spooner, M.Longstaff.

SCFC: Gyollai, Edwards, McJannet, Sorenson, Banks, Forrester, Pemberton (Hill 83), Shenton, Campbell (Greenidge 66), Twyford, Szereto.
Subs n/u: Wara, Allen, Butler.

Booked: Banks.

Crowd: 120.

PS: New dates are still awaited for the postponed U23 league games against Aston Villa (h) and Blackburn Rovers (a). There's also no word yet on where and when United's home Premier League International Cup Semi-Final against Porto will go ahead.

PPS: The Magpies learned the identity of their last eight opponents in the Premier League Cup on Thursday, when the draw was made as follows:

Sheffield United or Derby County v Newcastle
Leicester City v Wolves
Swansea City or Bristol City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa

Ties are due to be played between April 6th and 9th and Newcastle's opponents will be confirmed when the Blades host the Rams at Stocksbridge Park Steels on the evening of Tuesday March 27th.

Barton winners

Former Magpie Joey Barton is heading to Tyneside  to conclude his "No Nonsense" series of talk-ins at Dunston Lancastrian Suite on Thursday March 29th.

Tickets are on sale now at the flat rate of just £20 (+£2 bf)
online here and there's no food, no VIPs or any of the other usual twaddle, just the lad on stage. 

Thanks to the organisers we had a pair of tickets for the night up for grabs, along with two autographed copies of Barton's autobiography, "No Nonsense".

We asked which club Joey was playing for when this picture was taken during the 2012/13 season and virtually everyone knew it was Olympique Marseille.

The tickets were won by Carl Moscardini while signed books will go out to Kevin Hewitt and Ian Telford

Thanks to all who entered.

Rugby Union:
Falcons: beat the rise 

Over 25,000 tickets have now been sold for the Aviva Premiership rugby match between Newcastle Falcons and Northampton at SJP this Saturday (March 24th).

Tickets remain now on sale from the Falcons (
here or via 0871 226 6060) and NUFC (here or 0844 372 1892) but all prices will increase by £5 on on match day.

Up for the Cup:
Tynesiders still 
on Trophy trail

With no Premier League games scheduled this coming weekend, National League side Gateshead are hoping for additional support in their bid to reach Wembley.   

Steve Watson's side trail 2-3 going into the second leg of their FA Trophy Semi-Final against Bromley but may have a slight advantage with no midweek game, while their opponents will face Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

Kick-off at the International Stadium is at 3pm and admission is by paying at the gate: £15 adults, £8 concessions, £5 students and £3 for U16s (the NUFC season ticket discount only applies to league games).

A £25 family ticket (2 adults, 2 bairns) is available and the winners of the tie will face either Brackley Town or Wealdstone at Wembley on Sunday May 20th.

Loan lads

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Rochdale (h) League One, Saturday. 

Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
MK Dons
(a) League One, Saturday. 

Dan Barlaser, Jamie Sterry (Crewe Alexandra) 
Newport County (a) League Two, Saturday.

Lewis McNall
Trailing 2-3 after the away leg of their FA Trophy Semi-Final, the Tynesiders attempt to make it to Wembley at the International Stadium on Saturday.

Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South)
Livingston (h) Scottish Championship, Saturday.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)
Bradford City (h) Thursday March 29th.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Blackburn Rovers (a) Thursday March 29th.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)
Norwich City (a) Championship, Friday March 30th.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Millwall (a) Championship, Friday March 30th.

Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen)
St. Johnstone (h) Scottish Prem, Saturday March 31st.

Stuart Findlay
Hamilton (h) Scottish Prem, Saturday March 31st.

Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona)
Inter Milan (a) Serie A, Saturday March 31st.

Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
Gent (h) Belgian League, Sunday April 1st.

Henri Saivet (Sivasspor)
Konyaspor (a) Super Lig, Sunday April 8th.

Honours even in a
game of three halves

Newcastle XI  1  Antwerp  1

Match report

Crossbar capers:
Toon fan's SoS celebration 

Half-time at the mackems' latest demise on Saturday saw a Newcastle fan hit the bar in a crossbar challenge before running off around the pitch celebrating with a trademark Alan Shearer salute.

Wearing a Newcastle shirt, our hero then nutmegged a steward before making his way to the touchline for a celebratory embrace.

(He's since been identified as 34 year-old Kenny Ashton from Boldon Colliery)

See the Sky Sports footage here and see how the Preston support watched it here.

Kenny was one of a number of fans that had just  completed a nine day walk from Bournemouth to raise over £12,000 for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Mersey beat

Everton U18s  7  Newcastle U18s  0

Goals are online here - unfortunately

Bidding for a sixth successive league win in 2018, Newcastle's U18 side ended up on the wrong end of their heaviest loss of the season against Everton at their Finch Farm base on Saturday afternoon.

The young Toffees struck first in the fourth minute when Mackenzie Hunt converted a rebound from a shot that Magpies 'keeper Will Brown couldn't hold.

Two more goals in four minutes then ended the game as a contest, Ellis Simms netting following a fortunate deflection on 25 minutes before Korede Adedoyin hit the first of his four just before the half hour.

Nigerian-born striker Adedoyin made it 4-0 within a minute of the interval, completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute and then conjured up a stunning solo effort in the 81st minute for 6-0.

But Everton weren't finished and two minutes later Tom Scully's long-range free kick ended up in the visitor's net, rounding off a forgettable return to his old club for Newcastle coach Dave Watson.

Team: Brown, Cass, Kasinga, Barrett, Longstaff, I.Gamblin, Young, Cole (Joyce 64), L.Gamblin, Russell (Robson 46), Sorensen (Allan 46).
Subs n/u: Marshall, Rounsfell.

Cherries lost

Newcastle U23s  3  Bournemouth U23s  2

Match report

Harker rewarded

Newcastle have added another professional to their ranks, with confirmation that 19 year-old goalkeeper Nathan Harker has signed a two year deal.

Northampton born and spotted playing for Cramlington Juniors, Nathan was awarded a scholarship in 2015, having debuted for the U18s in a 2-3 home defeat to Middlesbrough during January of that year.

Spending a brief period on loan at Gateshead in the 2015/16 season, his reserve team bow came in a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in March 2016. 

Confirmation of his first professional contract came as he was with the first team at a training camp in Spain and he played 45 minutes of Sunday's unique 135 minute kickabout against Royal Antwerp.

Nathan joins fellow U23 squad players Luke Charman, Callum Roberts and Dan Barlaser in signing new pro contracts at Gallowgate as a host of their former colleagues prepare to move on.

Defenders Kyle Cameron, Stuart Findlay, Curtis Good, Ben Kitchen and Michael Newberry, midfielders Mackenzie Heaney and Jack Hunter plus striker Tom Heardman will all become free agents this summer. 

The Chronicle report that Heaney is the subject of interest from Championship side Norwich City and has already spent on trial with the Canaries.

However, the contractual situations of Liam Gibson, Macaulay Gillesphey, Alex Gilliead, Brendan Pearson, Liam Smith, Dan Ward and Paul Woolston are tbc.

Sky Sports News have reported that 15 "youth team players" are to be released by NUFC, but named only one - Yasin El-Mhanni. 

MJS update

Our long-term sponsors MJS Computers have given up their shop in Ponteland and returned to Birtley - a short distance away from their original premises.

You’ll now find them in the Pine Tree centre (Komatsu building, DH3 2TD) opposite Birtley Baths.

They will continue to offer an over-the-counter service there, repairing iPhones, iPads, Apple Macs, Laptops and PCs. more details here

Opening hours:

Mon 9am-5pm
Tue 9am-5pm
Wed 10am-2pm
Thu 9am-5pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat closed
Sun closed

Sunday service:
Programme fair

After an absence of several years, a new programme fair has been arranged on Tyneside later this month. 

The Great North East Football Programme and
Memorabilia Fair
is this coming Sunday, 25th March 2018 between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Venue is the Tynemouth District Scout HQ at 31-35 Norfolk Street, North Shields, NE30 1BD (next door to the Bell & Bucket pub and near to North Shields Metro, with street parking available nearby).

Programmes, books, tickets, badges, pennants and other items will be available - not just NUFC-related.

Enquiries to: Ian (07546 863395), Matt (07718 223807) or via email:

Premier League:
Huddersfield Town (h)

Saturday week, March 31st, sees the Terriers pay their first top-flight visit to Gallowgate since August 1971, in old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.

Premier League table - bottom half:

Pos Team P GD Pts
11 Watford 31 -16 36
12 Brighton 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle 30 -10 32
14 Swansea 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield 31 -27 31
16 Palace 31 -18 30
17 West Ham 30 -21 30
18 Southampton 30 -15 28
19 Stoke 31 -29 27
20 West Brom 31 -25 20

NUFC: To follow

To follow

Travel: tbc



Overseas TV: To follow


UK Radio: TBC (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle continue their popular discount offer of 20% off all food and drinks on NUFC home matchdays.

The offer applies before and after the game - to claim your 20% discount, just show your season ticket card or paper ticket for the match when ordering. 

The Ware Rooms are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.

Roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle, with barriers closed at these junctions:

Strawberry Place/Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place/Barrack Road
Strawberry Place/St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period, additionally closing from 2pm.

Pizza Express in Dean Street are offering anyone with a valid match ticket a 30% reduction on their total food bill. Only one match ticket is required for a full table to qualify - open from 11.30am.


Terriers in Toon - last ten:

2016/17 lost 1-2 Gayle
2009/10 won 4-3 Guthrie, Geremi, Ameobi, Nolan (LC)
1983/84 won 5-2 Waddle 2, McDermott, KK, Beardo
1971/72 drew 0-0
1970/71 won 2-0 Dyson, Robson
1964/65 won 2-1 McGarry 2
1963/64 won 2-0 Thomas, Hilley
1963/64 won 5-1 Taylor 3, Hilley, McGarry (FR)
1962/63 drew 1-1 McGarry
1961/62 drew 1-1 Wilson

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 31.03.2018:
Crystal Palace
v Liverpool (12.30pm) Sky
v Leicester City (3pm)
chester United v Swansea City (3pm)
v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Watford v Bournemouth
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley
West Ham v Southampt
on (3pm)
Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm) BT

Sun 01.04.2018:
Arsenal v Stoke City (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Spurs (4pm) Sky


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

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

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 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.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St. James' Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 31.03.2018 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 31.03.2018 Huddersfield Town (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Tue 03.04.2018 U23s v Boro (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 07.04.2018 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 07.04.2018
Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,200.

Tue 10.04.2018 U18s v Boro (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 14.04.2018 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood, 1pm. Premier U18 League.

Sun 15.04.2018
Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky. Member sale now. 

Mon 16.04.2018 U23s v Reading (a) @ Adams Park, Wycombe 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 21.04.2018 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Mon 23.04.2018 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 8pm. Premier League. NB: New date and KO time. ST holder sale now, 15 points. £30 adults, £23 over 65s, £18 U18s. Allocation: 2,900 (upper tier sold first).

Mon 23.04.2018 U23s v Fulham (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 28.04.2018 West Bromwich Albion (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale from Tue 03.04.2018. 

Live TV game:

Sun 15.04.2018 Arsenal (h) 1.30pm Sky

Live PL games up to and including Mon 30.04.2018 have been announced.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Tue 03.04.2018:
May 5th/6th
Tue 08.05.2018: May 13th

Season 2018/19 dates:

Fri 09.06.2018
Transfer window opens
Thu 09.08.2018
Transfer window closes 04.08.2018 Championship kicks off
Sat 11.08.2018
Premier League kicks off (theoretically that could be Fri 10.08)

Premier League International Cup:
??.??.2018 Porto (h)

Other tie:
??.??.2018 Arsenal v Villarreal

Premier League Cup:
QF: ??.??.2018
team tbc

Northumberland Senior Cup :
F: 02.05.2018 Morpeth Town (h) 7.30pm

Gateshead FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £10 entry for National League home games (usually £15).
16 & 17 year old admission is £5, U16s £3.

Newcastle Benfield FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £4 entry to Northern League home games (usually £6). Concessions £3, kids free.

One man and his buggy: Run Geordie Run resumes his lap of the planet on June 4th, with the fifth of eight planned segments taking him from Belgrade to Astana.

Mark's 2,900 mile route is scheduled to take 100 days and he's running for St. Benedicts Hospice more details here

Other events @ SJP:

Aviva Premiership:

Sat 24.03.2018:
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints (5.30pm) tickets here

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2018:

Day tickets from £25 (£12.50). Weekend tickets from £40 adults (£20) here

Sat 19.05.2018:
Toronto v Toulouse (12.45pm)

Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (5.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)

Sun 20.05.2018:
Salford v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)

Live music:

Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018
and Sun 10.06.2018 Ed Sheeran in concert. 

Rugby Union:

European Champions Cup Final
??.05.2019 Challenge Cup Final


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international dates:

Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

World Cup Finals 


A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
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On This Day in History
23rd March

Born Or Died:

1911 Joe Wilson born, High Spen, Durham.

Inside right who was recruited from local football and marked his Newcastle debut with a goal in a 6-2 home victory over Hull City on Christmas Day 1934.

Moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion for a £450 fee in May 1936, Joe was to remain at the Goldstone Ground for the remainder of his working life.

Appearing for the Seagulls during the war (with guest outings for Aldershot, Reading and Spurs), Wilson also served as an army physical training instructor.

Playing on until 1947, Joe subsequently acted as Brighton trainer, caretaker boss and chief scout - with a testimonial match played in his honour in November 1961. 

Joe's death was recorded in 1984 - ten years after his retirement.

1930 Len White born, Skellow, Yorkshire.

Newcastle’s failure to appear in a third successive FA Cup Final in 1953 had one silver lining, with the signing of Len White just days after he had inspired the Millers to a 3-1 Fourth Round victory at Gallowgate.

The 22 year-old Yorkshireman cost £12,500 and spent the early part of his career in a black and white shirt operating on the right flank, while still working at Burradon Colliery.

However White’s reputation as one of the best uncapped players of the era was built on his performances for Newcastle at centre forward after the departures of Jackie Milburn and Vic Keeble.

A run of stylish free-scoring displays made White a genuine crowd favourite, although inconsistency elsewhere in the side often meant that his efforts up front were nullified by defensive lapses.

White’s sole honour was to be a 1955 FA Cup Winner’s medal – a game in which he delivered the corner for Jackie Milburn to head home in the opening seconds.

Untimely cup exits at the hands of the likes of Millwall and Scunthorpe United were to follow in subsequent seasons though, while his haul of 22 goals in 30 league games was enough only to see the club narrowly avoid relegation in 1958.

Had White played for a London club an England call-up would have been likely. As it was though, his appearance for a Football League XI in November 1958 gave a hint of what his country missed.

Playing against an Irish League side at Anfield, White scored three goals in eight second half minutes during a 5-2 victory.

However like Tony Green a decade later, injury was overshadow White’s career.

A challenge by Tottenham’s Dave Mackay at White Hart Lane in March 1961 took the gloss off a 2-1 victory against the team who would complete a League and Cup double within weeks.

Sidelined for six months with ruptured ankle ligaments, by the time White returned to the Magpies line-up they were in Division Two and manager Charlie Mitten was about to be jettisoned, as his side struggled to mount a promotion bid.

It was evident that the injury had robbed White of pace and with early 1962 seeing Newcastle languishing in eighteenth and on a run of one win in twelve games and bundled out of the FA Cup by Peterborough, changes were inevitable.

A deal was struck with Huddersfield Town to sign their Scottish forward Jimmy Kerray in February of that year, White returning to his native Yorkshire as part of the transfer and the Terriers also receiving £10,000.

After being belatedly rewarded for his efforts for the club with a testimonial in 1989 (held at Whitley Bay after Newcastle scandalously refused to take part)

Len passed away in June 1994, a victim of cancer.

1938 Ken Wimshurst born, South Shields (1957-58)

Midfielder who played for his hometown club South Shields before joining United in 1957.

Appearing at reserve level, Ken moved over the Tyne to Gateshead a year later and was also on the books at Wolves for a time.

Signing for Southampton in 1961, Wimshurst enjoyed six seasons at The Dell before agreeing a £15,000 switch to Bristol City.

Remaining on the coaching staff at Ashton Gate following his playing retirement in 1972, Ken finally left in 1981 and subsequently held backroom posts at Dundee and Southampton. 

1993 Andy Mogwo born, Congo.

Well-built defensive midfielder who joined United from Montague Boys club and made a competitive debut for the club's U18s against Watford in August 2009.

Andy's first reserve runout came against Bedlington Terriers in a Northumberland Senior Cup victory in February 2011 and within weeks he'd converted his first ever goal - for our U18s against Wolves.

Released at the end of the season, an unsuccessful trial at West Bromwich Albion was followed by stints at non-league sides Blyth Spartans, Seaton Delaval Amateurs, West Auckland and Ponteland United.

Reportedly signing for Sussex-based side Lewes after his former Magpies colleague Kazenga LuaLua moved to nearby Brighton, Andy later turned up on trial with Conference side Bishops Stortford.

Returning to the North East, he appeared for Bedlington Terriers, Durham City and Bishop Auckland, avoiding a prison term for assault when handed a suspended sentence in 2014.

By 2016 Andy was back at Durham.

1993 Curtis Good born, Melbourne, Australia. (2012-present)

Defender signed for an undisclosed fee from Australian side Melbourne Heart in the summer of 2012, following a successful trial.

An Australian youth international, Curtis had caught the eye during his maiden season of A League soccer for Melbourne and debuted for United in a pre-season reserve team friendly at Gateshead.

Marking his competitive U21 bow with a goal in a 6-4 home win over Spurs, Good was loaned out to League Two side Bradford City in November 2012.

Nine games for The Bantams (eight starts) in central defence and at left back saw Curtis gain feature in no less than four different competitions (League Two, Football League Trophy, FA Cup and League Cup)

Watched by Alan Pardew as he helped City eliminate Aston Villa en route to the League Cup Final, a 45 minute outing at Wembley against victors Swansea City then saw him return to SJP with a runners-up medal.

Beginning the following season back in the Newcastle reserve side, a first team debut came in the League Cup at Morecambe, playing all 90 minutes of a 2-0 victory in August 2013. 

Following his return from injury, the last day of January 2014 saw Good agree a loan to SPFL side Dundee United and he scored his first senior goal against Kilmarnock at Tannadice in only his third outing.

Curtis became the fourth Magpie of the Premier League era to gain a full cap for Australia in March 2014, when included in the starting XI for a 3-4 friendly loss to Ecuador staged at Millwall's New Den.

Sadly though a hip injury sustained in that game prompted curtailed his time on Tayside.

And the 2014/15 campaign proved to be almost completely barren for the luckless defender - managing just two U21 starts before a recurrence of the hip problem.

February 2015 found Good at the Colorado clinic of surgeon Richard Steadman, following Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy and Shola Ameobi by going under the knife to save his career.

After playing 45 minutes against Gateshead in United's opening first team friendly of the 2015/16 season though, Curtis found himself sidelined yet again after picking up an injury while training on the club's USA tour.

Returning to U21 action during March 2016, Good's second senior outing for Newcastle arrived almost three and a half years after the first - at Oxford United in an awful 0-3 FA Cup Round Four loss in January 2017.

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What Else?

1894 Crewe Alexandra (h)
Division Two
P26, 33pts, 4th/15 
Unknown Scorer(1-1), Jeffery(2-1)
An eventful game for Harry Jeffery who missed a penalty before his shot was "battled through in a scrummage" to level. He then scored the winner with a magnificent shot.

1895 Notts County (a)
Division Two 
P26, 25pts, 10th/16
Bruce(0-1), Bull(1-2)
County's Donnelly broke his leg in the 20th minute.

1901 Everton (h) 2-1 (1-0)
1-0), Peddie(2-1)
This kickabout between two top-flight sides went the way of United, who also completed a domestic double over the Toffees.

Team: Kingsley, Burgess, G.Gardiner, Ghee, Aitken, Carr, Peddie, A.Gardiner , McFarlane, Heywood, Niblo.

1907 Liverpool (a)
Division One
P32, 44pts, 1st/20 
), Raybould(36)

1908 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One
P31, 38pts, 2nd/20 

1909 Bradford City (a)
Division One
P30, 46pts, 1st/20 
Allan(9), Stewart(75) 
Debut for Charles Randall, at inside left.

1912 Notts County (a)
Division One
P31, 36pts, 3rd/20 
Finlay(6,90), Peart(80), Wilson(83) 

1929 Manchester City (h)
Division One
P35, 35pts, 10th/22 
Gallacher(1pen,90pen), Urwin(47), Lang(77)

1935 Newcastle reserves lost 1-2 in a Central League game at Goodison Park - Bill Hullett netting twice for the Toffees and Harris replying.

Both sides finished a man short after a 75th minute clash saw White of Everton and Smith of Newcastle dismissed.

1935 Sheffield United (h)
Division Two
P35, 42pts, 6th/22 
Weaver 2 (1pen), McMenemy, Bott 

1946 Preston North End (h)
War League 
Milburn, og(Williams) 
Scorer tbc


1951 sunderland (h)
Division One
P31, 40pts, 4th/22 
Harvey(4), Milburn(84) 
T.Wright(20), Ford(61)
An estimated 20,000 fans were locked out and were kept informed by a match commentary given via the PA system by United Director William McKeag. 

1957 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-2 (2-2)
Division One
P36, 34pts, 11th/22 
Davies, Milburn 
Medwin, Stokes


1957 Alex Tait got the only goal of the game as Newcastle Reserves beat Leeds 1-0 in a Central League fixture at Elland Road.



1963 Chelsea (h)
Division Two
P29, 32pts, 9th/22 
Thomas(5), Fell(90)

1968 Everton (a) 
Division One
P33, 37pts, 5th/22 
A disappointing end to United's unbeaten run of seven league games came at Goodison Park - despite the 47th minute dismissal of Alan Ball for the Toffees.

1974 Leicester City (h) 1-1 (1-1)
Division One
P32, 32pts, 13th/22 
1977 Coventry City (h) 1-0 
Division One
P31, 37pts, 4th/22 

1985 Ipswich Town (a)
Division One
P32, 38pts, 14th/22 
United's second trip of the season to Portman Road was a re-run of the League Cup tie - Neil McDonald putting the visitors ahead, only for Eric Gates to equalise. Town were managed by former Magpie Bobby Ferguson.   

1991 Portsmouth (a)
Division Two
P34, 48pts, 11th/24 
Two poor teams clashed at Fratton Park and much-maligned midfielder Kevin Brock scooped in the only goal for United.

When he was substituted late in the game, as the "Pink" reported, "Some United fans sitting in the stands passed comments to Brock and the visiting player shouted back at them." The paper failed to record what was shouted at Brock, but it wasn't very complimentary....
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Watford (a) 
Division One
P37, 74pts, 1st/24 
The only goal of the game was a scrappy effort from Paul Furlong as Andy Cole endured a frustrating night.

1994 Ipswich Town (h)
Premier League
P33, 60pts, 3rd/22 
Sellars(37), Cole(73) 
Debut for promising young midfielder Chris Holland, who set up both goals with crosses from the right flank.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Meanwhile, at Roker Park 16 year-old goalkeeper Adam Wheeler had a baptism of fire as the reserves lost 0-3. Wheeler was on trial following his release by Manchester United.

1995 Jimmy Crawford signed from Irish club Bohemians, at a cost of £75,000. He was the FAI Young Player of the Year in 1994.

1995 It was a case of one in one out, as the hugely disappointing Jason Drysdale joined Swindon Town on transfer deadline day.

1996 Arsenal (a)
Premier League
P30, 64pts, 2nd/20 
Marshall(3), Wright(17)
An out-of-sorts United lost top spot in the league as they went down to Bruce Rioch's Gunners at Highbury.

1997 Wimbledon (a)
Premier League 
P30, 52pts, 4th/20
An otherwise forgettable afternoon at Selhurst Park was memorable for a fine Tino free kick conversion.  

1998 In the wake of a second Sunday of News of the World allegations about them, Freddy Shepherd "resigned" as Chairman and Douglas Hall as a director of the football club, while still maintaining their controlling interest. In other words, the resignations were just a sham, aimed at placating the masses....

2001 Colin McMenamin and Mark Boyd scored the goals at Somerset Park as a Magpies Reserve XI beat Ayr United 2-1 in a testimonial match for long-serving Honest Man, John "Snakey" Traynor. match report.

2002 Arsenal (a)
FA Cup Quarter-final replay
Pires(2), Bergkamp(9), Campbell(50)

It was game over after just ten minutes with United conceding twice to Pires and Bergkamp. Future Magpie Sol Campbell added a third shortly after the break, as cup dreams were dashed for yet another year. match report

Despite taking an early lead through Liam Atking, a young Newcastle reserve side were beaten 1-2 by their Leeds counterparts at the Belle Vue home of Wakefield Wildcats. match report

2010 Doncaster Rovers (a) 1-0 (0-0)
P38, 80pts, 1st/24

Andy Carroll made the headlines again for all the right reasons, scoring the winner at the Keepmoat Stadium to give United a five point lead at the top of the Championship.

Carroll's knockout blow came just before the hour of a hard-fought contest after good work from Wayne Routledge and the big striker fired past 'keeper Neil Sullivan to score in his fifth consecutive away game. match report

2016 United U21s went into uncharted territory when they met Brighton and Hove Albion at their occasional home of Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium. They returned with a point thanks to a Callum Roberts effort in a 1-1 draw. match report