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Ticket news:
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JC a Tricky Tree

Confirmation came on Friday that Jack Colback had made a permanent departure from SJP, agreeing a season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest for the final year of his Magpies contract.  

The 28 year-old midfielder initially made a temporary switch to the City Ground in January and made 16 appearances for the Championship side.

Signing a five year deal in July 2014 following the expiry of his contract with the mackems, Colback made the last of his 102 league and cup appearances (94 starts) at home to Barnsley during May 2017.

Beginning last season in the senior squad, he wasn't sighted again after the friendly against Mainz amid claims of a training ground clash with Rafa Benitez - losing his squad number, training with the reserves and finding himself omitted from the team photograph.

It's reported that the player has agreed an outline deal for Forest to sign him permanently next summer.

Trophy hopes go West

Newcastle U18s  0  Bolton U18s  3

Wanderers lift the cup

Having made it to the final of the Endorsed Cup after beating Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Friday, United's youngsters returned from Cornwall empty-handed.

Their final opponents Bolton had beaten the event hosts 4-1 on Friday and the Trotters took up where they left off in Saturday's final, quickly opening the scoring.  

Ireland youth international Luca Connel had the ball in the net after just three minutes and although there was no further scoring before the break, Wanderers hit the post and kept Magpies 'keeper Will Brown busy. 

Any hopes of United mounting a second half fightback were quickly extinguished when a Bolton defender headed home a 47th minute corner and Ronan Darcy rounded off the victory with an 87th minute drive.

Wanderers - who also had a goal chalked off when leading 2-0 - deserved their victory and looked the physically stronger of the two sides. 

Saturday had begun with Mousehole overcoming Huddersfield 2-0 in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

A losing start in the new change kit

Team: Brown, Ebanks, Swailes (Gamblin 68), Gamblin (White 46), Scott (Brannen 46), Reed, Young, Rounsfell (Scott 68), Joyce, Anderson (Allen 46), Cole (Anderson 68).  

Newcastle U18s  3  Huddersfield U18s  0

Friday saw a youthful Newcastle Academy side continue their pre-season preparations with victory against the Terriers in the unfamiliar location of west Cornwall.

Along with Huddersfield and Bolton Wanderers, the Magpies were invited to the inaugural staging of the four-team Endorsed Cup event - also featuring South West Peninsular League side Mousehole AFC.

Two games were played on Friday at Mousehole's
Trungle Parc ground - three miles west of Penzance. 

First up were United, who deservedly claimed a place in Saturday's Final (2pm), before Bolton won 4-1 against a combined Mousehole youth & senior XI.

In front of a small crowd, Newcastle didn't have things their own way in the opening stages of the game, but struck first in the 12th minute when striker Tom Cole neatly shot home from the left side of the area.

Cole then had another effort ruled out for offside before coming close to his and United's second on 41 minutes - seizing on a botched goalkeeping clearance but failing to force the ball past the Town custodian.  

The black and whites deservedly doubled their lead three minutes before the break, a good team move ending with Joe White taking a return pass from Jack Young before placing the ball low past the 'keeper.

And they could have gone in at half time three goals to the good, Cole putting his shot agonisingly wide of the target after further muddled Town defending.

That third goal duly arrived 11 minutes after the restart, when Jack Young netted direct from a free-kick. 

Town struck the United woodwork almost immediately, but barely threatened thereafter and seemed more concerned with keeping the score down - substitute Elliot Anderson a constant threat and Young receiving deserved applause when replaced late on. 

Team: Brown (Thompson 65), Oliver (Rounsfell 46), Scott (Gamblin 65), Allen (Reed 65), Swailes, Gamblin (Brannen 46), Reed (Anderson 46), Young (Joyce 83), Cole (White 65), White (Ebanks 46), Joyce (Oliver 65).

(Rolling subs as above, 16 players used in total)

PS: Although Newcastle have previously visited the Devonian trio of Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City for first team fixtures, we're unaware of them ever playing in Cornwall at any level before.

Braga (a) ticket info

United confirm that there will be no advance sale of tickets for the pre-season friendly against Sporting Braga on Wednesday 1st August (kick-off 7.30pm).

Priced at €7.50 with no concessions, they will only be available from the box office at Estadio Municipal de Braga on the day of the game.

Young Lion
Watts maintains 
full power

Newcastle midfielder/forward, Kelland Watts, has received a first international call-up, to the England squad for the U19 European Championship finals.

The annual eight team tournament is currently taking place in Finland and runs through to Sunday July 29th.

The Young Lions are the reigning champions and began their defence successfully, coming from behind to beat Turkey 3-2 in Seinajoki on Tuesday.

Our man played the full 90 minutes on the right hand side of a midfield three.

Friday then saw England draw 1-1 with Ukraine with Kelland starting and deployed in the middle of a back five before bbeing substituted in the 84th minute.

Qualification now depends on England's final game against France in Vaasa on Monday.

Group A comprises Finland, Italy, Norway and Portugal.

Mission impossible:
Can't pay, won't pay

About the only thing he will be signing....

An interview conducted by the Chronicle with Rafa Benitez during United's Irish training camp gives some insight into the frustrations of the manager, as he enters the final year of his current contract:   

"(we need to) see if we can find some players at the right price. It is not ideal but we will try to manage the best way possible. 

"I was expecting maybe something different but we will manage what it going on and try to be sure that we bring the best players possible with the conditions we have, and try to improve the squad.

"I hope I can still strengthen the squad. I have been trying hard for two months to be sure we have players to bring on loan.

"If you don’t act quickly then you lose the opportunity, and the next player is more difficult, and the next maybe doesn’t have the same quality.

"I have to just concentrate on bringing the best players for the squad.

"I don’t do the numbers. I don’t control the numbers. I know my numbers, but it is not my job to do accounts. The owner decides the money available and that is it.

"Mike said ‘every last penny’ was available in the Press. I don’t do the numbers, so I don’t know exactly what it means.

"We are fine in terms of profit. Maybe you have to ask this question to Lee Charnley. He has the numbers.

"I am trying to do my best in these conditions, that’s what I can say.

"We were talking about the situation at this time. After, we were talking about numbers and the possibility of an extension.

"But I don’t think an extension is an excuse for anything. If you sign a one-year extension, what does that mean for the players you sign on a five-year contract? It’s nothing. It’s not an issue.

"A lot of clubs have managers, they finish a contract but still they improve the squad to be sure they are better. Historically, you see the spending of different clubs and this one. I don’t think it’s an issue.

"But I am trying to bring the best players for the club. But we have a scouting department and everybody is working together.

"Still, I don’t think it’s an issue with my contract. 

"I told Mike and Lee and Justin. They know that, if we do the right things, then I am keen to stay here for five years or whatever.

"But they have to do things in the way that, for me as a football professional, there is a way to do things and we have to be sure that we do that.

"If you want to sign an extension for a lot of years, the main thing and the first one has to be the Academy, for example.

"Then all these things, you have everything in place – I am really pleased with the fans, the city, the atmosphere at the games, the staff are professionals, everyone.

"We have all the potential to grow and to be a top side, a proper top side.

"I need to talk with Lee [about when talks will resume]. The last conversation was: ‘Oh, we can talk.’

"But I think it is more important to be sure that we do the right things now and then after we have plenty of time to talk about that.

"Again I would say that my contract is not an issue. 

"I am doing my best and a lot of managers, they finish a contract and still the clubs are investing and trying to improve the squad.

"Forget about [if I will get more money if I sign a new contract]. We have to concentrate on keeping the same atmosphere that we had last year, a team that really cares and worked really hard. And then trying to improve the squad, bring in more players and have more competition.

"I read your newspapers and I know that the fans are clever; our fans, they understand the situation.

"Everybody is expecting that if we can compete, can be stronger, then Rafa will be pleased and then is happy here. I don’t think that the fans don’t know the situation.

“I will try to do my best and then hopefully, in a few weeks, things can be better and then we can keep talking. I think they understand clearly the situation.

“We will see at the end of the window how well we did. We are working to add players to improve the squad.

“Every manager wants something more. I am happy with the three players we have signed.

“We have more or less a similar team to what we had last year. Now we have to keep growing and improving.

“I have tried to do my best - but we will see later on.

Given the impasse between the manager and owner over a contract extension in return for more transfer funds, the prospect of Rafa being able to refine this squad to his desired level is receding day by day - which must increase our chances of relegation.

It's unwise to form any opinion based on pre-season games, but it's fair to say that events on the field at present aren't our biggest concern. Far from breaking transfer records, we're now seemingly incapable of actually signing anyone permanently for a fee.

Dismay over our lack of ambition and the deliberate avoidance of a plan to grow the club and actually compete is matched only by the fact that no credible bidder has materialised after a decade of this farce.

Unless there's a radical rethink from Shirebrook, it's difficult to see anything other than Rafa remaining in post until his contract concludes in June - doing his level best to keep the club in the top flight, before putting his glasses in his pocket and walking away.

What has to be questioned though is just why Rafa has gone on the record again - and was allowed to do so - in the knowledge that his latest quotes would stir up fans and Ashley accomplices alike. 

Seeking a confrontation, playing to the gallery or simply reaching the end of his tether - take your pick.  

We concluded the final report of last season by penning the following - and not a single letter of it is obsolete: 

Sadly, it wouldn't be Newcastle United without a close season polluted by scare stories and doubts over our future direction and personnel. 

To move past that sideshow quickly and concentrate on the real business of improving the squad would be a welcome bonus - anything else risks diluting our progress and losing our momentum. 

Screw this up and it looks like sabotage.  

Checkatrade draw

Newcastle's U21s will enter the Checkatrade Trophy for a second successive season, as one of 16 invited teams from the Premier League and Championship.

Each invited team joins three League One and Two sides in a group of four, playing three fixtures - all of which are away from home.

Wednesday's regional draw saw Newcastle paired with League One Doncaster Rovers and League Two duo Grimsby Town and Notts County in Group G - the latter under the stewardship of Kevin Nolan.

The Magpies failed to progress from the First Round last season, winning at Crewe Alexandra but then losing at both Port Vale and Oldham Athletic. 

2018/19 First Round match dates:

Match Date 1: Wed 05.09.2018
Match Date 2: Wed 10.10.2018
Match Date 3: Wed 14.11.2018

(match order yet tbc)

PS: United didn't appear inthe draw for this season's Premier League International Cup take place - with 24 U23 teams involved from across Europe and the UK.

The Magpies made it through to the semi-finals of last season's competition, but have presumably opted out due to a reduction in their squad headcount.

Saints seen off

St. Patrick's Athletic  0  Newcastle  2

Newcastle began their pre-season fixtures with a comfortable victory
over League of Ireland side St. Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park on Tuesday.

20 of the 27 players who had participated in United's training camp at nearby Carton House got some pitch time on a fine night in the suburbs of Dublin.

While three of our five goalkeepers were idle though, fitness concerns kept Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Jacob Murphy sidelined - although the trio were present and didn't look to have any obvious ailments.

A low-key opening to the game saw Joselu curl a shot narrowly wide after seven minutes but neither side mustered much in the way of an attacking threat until the 41st minute, when Sean Longstaff broke the deadlock.

The midfielder marked his senior debut for the club by rifling home a left-footed 14 yard shot via the post following Matt Ritchie's dinked cross from the right.

See Lobby's goal online here (via youtube)

Winless in their last seven league games, the hosts came close to levelling before the break when newly arrived substitute Simon Madden colliding with Karl Darlow as he tried in vain to guide the ball goalwards.

Rookie duo Longstaff and Josef Yarney were joined by nine half time replacements and a more energetic 45 minutes ensued, Jonjo Shelvey to the fore as the black and whites belatedly found their shooting boots.

Dwight Gayle went close with an effort that shaved the post - the striker claiming a corner in vain after he had been picked out by Shelvey.

St. Pat's - featuring ex-Magpie reserve Lee Desmond - struggled with the pace of Christian Atsu in what was his comeback game since undergoing knee surgery.

The Ghanaian twice saw goalbound shots blocked, goalkeeper Barry Murphy denied Adam Armstrong and Dwight Gayle and DeAndre Yedlin both sent efforts whistling narrowly over the crossbar.

A low-key return for Kenedy then became rather more noticeable with 11 minutes remaining, as he forced his way into a shooting position before leaving the goal frame shaking after striking it with a howitzer.

The Brazilian looked set to mark his second spell at the club with a goal, when former Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner fouled Gayle in the box on 86 minutes and a penalty was awarded.

Expecting to take the spot kick, it soon became evident that Atsu had other ideas and held on to the ball while arguing his case - even concealing it up his shirt. 

He got his way and duly sent a left footed shot down the middle of the goal as Murphy dived out of the way, giving the scoreline a slightly more respectable look.

See Atsu's goal online here (via youtube)

The Magpies now return to Tyneside to continue their preparations ahead of Tuesday's trip to Championship side Hull City -  by which time there will be barely a fortnight until the transfer window closes.

Team 1st half: Darlow, Manquillo, Lejeune, Yarney, Aarons, Ritchie, Diame, Longstaff, Fernandez, Perez, Joselu.
Team 2nd half: Sels, Yedlin, Clark, Yarney, Roberts, Shelvey, Atsu, Longstaff, Armstrong, Kenedy, Gayle.
Sub n/u:

Goals: Longstaff 41, Atsu 86pen.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ki Sung-yueng were allowed additional time off after playing the World Cup, while Chancel Mbemba was omitted ahead of his expected departure. Isaac Hayden was released from the squad after submitting a transfer request. 

SPAFC: B.Clarke (Murphy 46), Barker (Madden 44), Bermingham (Desmond 67), Toner, Desmond (Leahy 46), Clifford (R.Brennan 46), K.Brennan (Kelly 46), Keegan (Lennon 46), Markey (C.Byrne 46), D.Clarke (Doona 46), T.Byrne (Turner 46).
Sub n/u:

Booked: Doona.

Crowd: Reported as "almost 5,000" and not too far away from the current claimed capacity of 5,340.

All four sides of Richmond Park were in use for this game, Newcastle fans occupying a partially covered terrace behind one goal and a thinner standing area running along half of the touchline.

On the fourth anniversary of the MH17 atrocity, there was applause from the away contingent on the 17th minute, remembering John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

Referee: Rob Rogers


Midfielder Sean Longstaff and defender Josef Yarney had first senior outings for the club, while there was a second appearance for Victor Fernandez, who debuted in our friendly with Royal Antwerp in Spain last March.

The only outfield player at Carton House who wasn't mentioned as being injured but didn't play was Jamie Sterry - reason unknown.

The Dubliners: modern era Magpies visits:

2018/19 St. Patrick's Athletic won 2-0
2016/17 Bohemian won 6-0
2009/10 Shamrock Rovers won 3-0
2005/06 Bray Wanderers won 7-1
1998/99 Bohemian drew 1-1
1998/99 Bray Wanderers won 6-0
1997/98 PSV Eindhoven won 3-2*
1997/98 Derry City won 2-0*
1977/78 Bohemian drew 0-0 (UEFA Cup)

* Dublin Tournament @ Lansdowne Road

Sounds familiar
Another repeat 
of Bargain Hunt....

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rafa Benitez gave a measured response to questions about recruitment - but provided little cause for optimism among those who expected the club's transfer record to be broken:  

"Unfortunately it's what we have to do (work on a limited budget). We have to wheel and deal, that is the way for us. And then we try to continue doing the right things.

"The fans need to understand these players here are giving everything, so we have to support them. We cannot say 'oh he is not good enough' because, sometimes, you cannot sign the players you want but the players that are good for you and the squad.

"We are trying to sign a characteristic of players, it's not just names, big names, because they will be too expensive for us, but we are trying to sign players that can do a job for the team.

"As soon as the price goes a little bit higher, I know that we cannot buy them, so we have to be realistic with our budget, and then maybe sell some players and buy some players."

Asked if he needs to sell to buy: 

"Yeah, maybe. I think it's normal for us now to think it will be like that.

"We have some enquiries about some of our players and Lee Charnley is working on that. We will see if we have any news in the next few days. Obviously we need to move players if we want to have money to spend on players.

"We have to adapt. That is the situation. Are we happy with that? Obviously not 100 per cent, but we will try to do our best to be sure the team is strong enough and we can compete in the Premier League."

On Matt Ritchie's future:

"We are in the same position as we were last year. He's our player, we're happy with him and we don't want to sell him.

"To do a move, too many things has to happen at the same time. I was talking with him this morning, I don't see any change with the situation."

On Isaac Hayden's future:

"We will try to help him because he said he has personal problems, try to help in the best way possible. 

"At the same time I have to protect the team and the club. We will see if we can find the best solution possible but we want to keep him because he's an important player for us".

Asked about signing a striker:

"I'm quite confident, but it's a question of when. We're working on that."

Benitez gave no further details, but it's reported that United are attempting to sign Salomon Rondon from relegated West Bromwich Albion.

The 28 year-old Venezuelan reportedly has a £16.5m release clause, but it's claimed that United are looking to sign him on an initial loan deal - paying the Baggies the same £4m fee as has gone to Chelsea for Kenedy.

Unsurprisingly, that's not gone down well with the Baggies - who are only interested in a sale, report the Express & Star newspaper.

mackem man sent
racist Toney tweet

From the BBC:

A man has been given a 12-month community order for racially aggravated harassment after sending an abusive tweet to Newcastle striker Ivan Toney.

Calvin White, 25, of Hollycarrside Road, s*nderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £170 costs.

The tweet was posted while 22-year-old Toney was on loan with then-League One club Wigan Athletic in December 2017.

Wigan immediately notified Twitter and police upon seeing the post.

A Kick It Out statement said: 

"We applaud Wigan Athletic for notifying both Twitter and the police. Discriminatory abuse is no less unacceptable when it is carried out on social media, and this shows that however and wherever this occurs there is no hiding place.

"However, it also proves that there is still a lot of work to be done in and around the game to tackle discrimination and educate offenders."


United have announced live coverage of the friendly matches against St. Patrick's Athletic, Hull City, Porto and Braga via the official website. 

A one-off payment of £4.95 covers the quartet. 

Kit confirmation

The Magpies have now confirmed the design of their third kit for this season, officially described by Puma as "a light shade of blue dubbed ‘blue caraçao’ with navy blue and white accents."

The home kit goes on sale from July 26th, with the second and third kits following on August 4th - all attractively priced at £64.99 for adult shirts.

Compare that to £54.99 from Mike's emporium for the new Puma Arsenal home shirt......

Barrow boys beaten

Barrow  2  Newcastle U23s  3

Match report is online here

Old boys:

Close season relocations:

Demba Ba
signed for Shanghai Shenhua (China)
Yohan Cabaye signed for Al Nasr (UAE)
Kyle Cameron
signed for Torquay United
Ian Cathro
appointed Wolves C
Adam Collin
signed for Carlisle United
Paul Farman
signed for Stevenage
Facundo Ferreyra
signed for Benfica (Portugal)
Stuart Findlay
signed for Kilmarnock (Scotland)
Isaac Gamblin
signed for Washington
Macaulay Gillesphey
signed for Carlisle United
Alex Gilliead
signed for Shrewsbury Town
Shay Given
appointed Derby County GC
Curtis Good
on trial at Blackpool
Mace Goodridge
signed for Burnley
Jonas Gutierrez
signed for Defensa Y Justica (Arg)  
Massadio Haidara
signed for RC Lens (France)
Mackenzie Heaney
signed for Newcastle Benfield
Jeff Henderson
signed for Morpeth Town
Jamie Holmes
signed for Blyth Spartans
Jack Hunter
signed for Gateshead
Brad Inman
signed for Rochdale
Joe Kerridge
signed for Heaton Stannington
Dennis Knight signed for Newcastle Benfield
Mike Mahoney
appointed Bristol Manor Farm GC
Steve McClaren appointed QPR manager
Neil McDonald appointed Swindon Town Coach
Patrick McLaughlin
signed for Hartlepool United
Chris Moore
appointed Consett manager
Callum Morris signed for Ross County (Scotland)
Michael Newberry
signed for Vikingur (Iceland)
Alex Nicholson
signed for Blyth Spartans
Greg Olley signed for Gateshead
Scott Parker
appointed Fulham Coach
James Perch
on trial at Wigan Athletic
Loic Remy signed for Lille
Jack Robson
enrolled at Saginaw Valley SU (USA)
Davide Santon
signed for AS Roma (Italy)
Callum Smith
signed for Hull City
Mark Stimson
appointed Waltham Abbey manager
Louis Storey signed for Hebburn Town
Steven Taylor
signed for Wellington Phoenix (NZ)
Kris Thackray
signed for Spennymoor Town
Ben Tozer signed for Cheltenham Town
Callum Williams signed for Spennymoor Town

Paul Woolston on trial at West Ham United

Coming events

Some dates for your diary later in 2018:

Sun 05.08.2018 Free guided walk. Meet at Chinese Arch, Stowell Street, Newcastle 2.30pm.

Local writer Ed Waugh conducts a tour of the city's Victorian music hall heyday, taking in venues that hosted popular performers such as Joe Wilson, Ned Corvan and Geordie Ridley. 

Thu 06.09.2018 to Sat 15.09.2018 various venues.

Ed Waugh's latest play, "The Great Joe Wilson" will be performed at Darlington, Whitley Bay, Gateshead, Stanley and South Shields more details here

Thu 06.09.2018 John Beresford talk-in, @ Hillheads, Whitley Bay FC. £10 from the Seahorse Bar or WBFC club shop on home matchdays.

Fri 07.09.2018
Kevin Keegan talk-in at Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, in aid of Beacon Hill School. Bookings via 0191 234 1666 or

Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club North Shields. Recalling the 1969 semi-final against Rangers, along with players from both sides. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985 198222.


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

The new ticket website is now live and existing users need to re-register. Do that online here and read their FAQs here.

The season ticket renewal procedure is explained here - renew online here.

NUFC confirm that new ST cards will be issued for the 2018/19 season.

Magpie Movers
are on sale now to 2018/19 ST holders here, priced £30 (no discounts).

The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.

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 begin at 10am. If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also happen then.

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).

The three-season Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Mon 23.07 U18s v County Down (N.Ireland) @ Ballymena Showgrounds, 7.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 24.07 U18s v Deportes Iqique (Chile)
@ Radia Stad, Ballymoney, 5pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 24.07.2018 Hull City (a) @ KCOM Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. Ticket sale from away bar @ KCOM Stadium on matchday, next to turnstiles 1-5. Adults £9 and £7.50 (two sections). No concessions. Allocation: 2,500.

Wed 25.07 U18s v Ichifuna (Japan) @ The Warren, Portstewart, 3pm. NI Super Cup.

Thu 26.07.2018
new NUFC home kit goes on sale.

Thu 26.07 U18s v team tbc
@ venue tbc, KO tbc. NI Super Cup.

Fri 27.07 U18s v team tbc
@ venue tbc, KO tbc. NI Super Cup.

Sat 28.07.2018 FC Porto (Portugal) (a) @ Dragao Stadium, Porto, 7.30pm local time. Friendly. Public sale now, £22, no concessions. Allocation: 1,000.

Mon 30.07.2018 U23s v Rangers (a) @  venue tbc. 2pm. Friendly.

Wed 01.08.2018 Sporting Braga (Portugal) (a)
@ Municipal Stadium, Braga. 7.30pm time. Friendly. Tickets available from the Braga stadium box office on the day of the game.

Fri 03.08.2018 new NUFC second and third kits go on sale.

Sat 04.08.2018
FC Augsburg (Germany) (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Public sale now £10 adults, £5 concessions (£1 booking fee per ticket for non ST holders). Lower  Bowl on sale. Matchday prices increase to £20 adults, £10 concessions. 

Thu 09.08.2018 Transfer window closes.

Sat 11.08.2018 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 12.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 18.08.2018
Cardiff City (a) @ Cardiff City Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Tue 07.08.2018
October & November
Fri 12.10.2018 December & January
Wed 12.12.2018 February
Fri 25.01.2019 March
Fri 22.02.2019 April
Fri 05.04.2019 May

NUFC Live on TV:

Spurs (h) 12.30pm
18.08.2018 Cardiff (a) 12.30pm
Sun 26
.08.2018 Chelsea (h) 4pm
01.09.2018 Man City (a) 5.30pm*

All on Sky except *BT

(TV picks up to 01.10.2018 announced)

League Cup (aka Carabao Cup):
United enter in Round 2 - draw date tbc.

R2 Tue 28/Wed 29.08.2019
R3 Tue 25/Wed 26.09.2019
R4 Tue 30/Wed 31.10.2019
R5 Tue 18/Wed 19.12.2019
SF1 Tue 08/Wed 09.01.2019
SF2 Tue 22/Wed 23.01.2019
F Sun 24.02.2019

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

R3 Sat 05.01.2019
R4 Sat 26.01.2019
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
Sat 18.05.2019

Checkatrade Trophy:
United enter in the First Round and were drawn in Group G along with Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Notts County. 

All our games are away from home, with confirmation of the game order across the following match dates awaited:

MD1 Wed 05.09.2018
MD2 Wed 10.10.2018
MD3 Wed 14.11.2018

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

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018 reader Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run is now in the Ukraine, having progressed through Serbia and Romania on the latest segment of his global quest.

Read his blog here and
monitor his progress towards Kiev here. This madness is to fundraise for St. Benedicts Hospice and any donations are most welcome here

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 £5, U16s £3.

Next three GFC home games:

Tue 07.09.2018
Salford City 7.45pm
Sat 11.09.2018
Dover Athletic 3pm
Tue 14.09.2018
Boreham Wood 7.45pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019
Champions Cup Final
11.05.2019 Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Prices: Champions Cup final:
Premium: £120 (U16s £120)
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On This Day in History
21st July

Born Or Died:

1888 William Gibson born, Larkhall, Scotland. (1923-29)

A member of the 1924 FA Cup winning side, left half Willie had moved from Ayr United the previous October for £2,500, debuting in a 2-1 victory at Preston a month later.

Gibson was instrumental in the club's First Division title triumph in the 1926/27 season, making 32 starts. One of his shirts from that season is on display in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park.

Playing his final senior game in March 1929, Willie then retiring and joined Birmingham City as their trainer. He later returned to Tyneside and worked as a baker.

1943 John Evens Wright Sinclair born, Culross, Scotland. (1967-69)

Known to all and sundry as "Jackie", the diminutive wide man had begun his career in the black and white of Dunfermline Athletic before moving on to Leicester City in 1965.

Winning one Scotland cap during his time at Filbert Street, Jackie moved to SJP for a fee of £67,500 and debuted in a 0-0 home draw with Nottingham Forest in January 1968.

His first goal for United came in a 4-1 victory at Coventry the following week, but the one he'll be remembered for came at SJP in the Fairs Cup Semi-Final against Rangers.

Leading 1-0 through Jim Scott, Sinclair's strike sealed a 2-0 aggregate success over the Ibrox side and caused their followers to invade the Gallowgate pitch in an attempt to have the tie abandoned.

Jackie retained his place in the side for both legs of the final victory over Ujpest Dozsa, but appeared only as an unused substitute the following year in the same competition.

Struggling for his place in the United first XI following the emergence of Alan Foggon, Sinclair moved on to Sheffield Wednesday in December 1969, David Ford coming in the opposite direction, in exchange.

A loan spell at Chesterfield in the 1972/73 season was followed by a brief spell out in South Africa with Durban.

Jackie then returned to his native Fife and rejoined Dunfermline. Playing his final league games in the colours of Stenhousemuir, he later worked for the Coal Board and more recently was a golf club steward.

Living in Dollar, he was back on Tyneside in June 2009 as part of the Fairs Cup 40th anniversary celebrations - but uniquely for that side, he'd played in the competition before joining United (for Dunfermline).

March 2010 saw Jackie confirm that he was battling stomach cancer and receiving treatment in a Falkirk hospital, with former team mate Jim Scott on hand to provide support and encouragement.

To make matters worse, Jackie's wife Lynne was diagnosed with the same dreadful disease, for the third time in six years.

Confirming the news, Jackie said:

"None of us are invincible - that's what all this underlines. I may have been a footballer, as fit as that makes you, but cancer is no respecter of people or professions.

"I know what I'm facing and I want the Newcastle fans to know, not because I'm chasing sympathy but because they have always been so great to me. Cancer is a fact of life. It won't just go away because I want it to, so it's no good denying it."

Sadly, Jackie lost his battle against the disease in September 2010.

1987 Mohamed El-Gabbas born, Port Said, Egypt. (2005)

One of our more exotic signings, Mohamed won an Academy place at Newcastle along with two other youngsters in a SoccaStars Tournament staged in various Arab nations.

Algerian Suddouk Al Haj won the event but was unable to gain a work permit, leaving Al Gabbas and Abdul Rahman Al Bukhari from Saudi Arabia in 2005.

Striker Gabbas played in a friendly at Esh Winning in October of that year and he and Bukhari were introduced to the SJP crowd before the Arsenal game two months later.

Nothing more was heard of either at United, 
Gabbas returning to his former club El Masry in Port Said. By 2009 He was also playing for the Egyptian national side. 

Joining Belgium side Lierse in 2009, he moved on to Swindon Town on a short-term deal four years later and played 10 senior games in 2013/14 season without scoring.

Later signing for French side Arles, a return to Egypt came with Cairo-based Wadi Degla during 2014. And by 2016 Gabbas was back in Europe, rejoining Lierse.

What Else?

2000 24 hours before their first game in the USA against DC United, United were training at the sports ground of the American University on Massachusetts Avenue.

2001 Sporting Lokeren 
(Belgium) (h) 
Intertoto Cup Third Round Second Leg
(Won 5-0 on aggregate)

After a 4-0 romp in the first leg, United eased into the next round at SJP thanks to Craig Bellamy's first goal for the club on his home debut - a deflection from a Nolberto Solano header. 

The Belgians finished with ten men after Mrzlecki was red-carded for a second bookable offence - a deliberate handball. match report

2003 Reserve striker Lewis Guy continued his prolific scoring run with four goals in a 7-1 win over West Allotment Celtic.

That made it six for the youngster in pre- season after a brace at Berwick Rangers. 
Peter Ramage, Chris Carr and Ben Webster also netted at Whitley Park. match report

2004 comings and goings at SJP, with striker Patrick Kluivert's free transfer arrival from Barcelona finally confirmed. 

Departing were Gary Speed - whose move to Bolton Wanderers was concluded - and fellow midfielder Hugo Viana, off to Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan.

Meanwhile, there was a 3-1 success against Queen of The South for Tommy Craig's reserve side at the third attempt, following draws in their last two pre-season visits to Dumfries.

Scott Marshall and Lewis Guy efforts sandwiched a Doonhamers own goal. match report

2006 Projected new signing Damien Duff was on Tyneside for a medical as wrangling over his fee continued between Newcastle and Chelsea. Agreement ultimately came at around the £5m mark.

2007 Carlisle United (a)

bby Solano's fine late strike saved a damp day in Cumbria from being a total washout for the large travelling support - although not everyone saw it, with trouble in the town before, during and after the match.

just his second United outing, Joey Barton broke a bone in his foot and would miss the first two months of the season. match report

2008 Adam Sadler's reserve side played out a 1-1 draw at the International Stadium against Ian Bogie's Gateshead. Defender Darren Lough scored the goal. match report

2009 Huddersfield Town (a) 1-0 (0-0)

United made their first team debut at The Galpharm Stadium, with the main action of a scoreless first half coming after the whistle had blown.

Habib Beye tangled with a Terriers player as the teams left the pitch, with coaches, players and even the police intervening as the confrontation continued.

And after Kevin Nolan's winner, the closing stages saw a further flare-up as Fabricio Coloccini and Lee Novak clashed on the field - the former Gateshead striker later requiring stitches on a facial wound. match report

"We can't swap shirts, will punches do?"

2011 Having completed their journey across the North Sea by DFDS to the port of Ijmuiden, Peter Beardsley's Reserve squad began a three-game tour of Holland against amateur side HVV Hollandia.

Excluded from the first team tour over a US visa issue Joey Barton put United 1-0 up before missing the chance to make it 2-2 from the penalty spot.

Ryan Donaldson later levelled though and the game ended all square at 2-2. match report

2012 Fenerbahce (Turkey) (n)


Game three of the European tour saw the action switch from Germany to Austria in faintly farcical circumstances. 

Concerns over the behaviour of Turkish football fans after previous incidents saw the German FA refuse to sanction a venue in that country, before an attempt to stage the game in Hungary was then also ruled out.

That left a remote location in Austria to host the game, which was in some doubt before kickoff due to a sodden pitch!

Substitute Mehdi Abeid grabbed what looked like a winning goal, only to see a last minute equaliser deny Alan Pardew's side a second successive friendly victory. match report

2015 Serbian international centre forward Aleksandar Mitrovic became United's second close season acquisition, joining from Anderlecht for a claimed £13m.

2015 Portland Timbers 2 (USA) (a) 3-4 (1-3)
Wijnaldum(7), Aarons(75,76)
Safiu(13), Manning(23), Peay(30), Besler(70)
The artificial pitch at the Providence Stadium of Portland Timbers saw Steve McClaren opt not to risk the fitness of any defenders, meaning that our back four consisted of Rolando Aarons, Lubo Satka, Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana.

Despite taking an early lead, United were then led a merry dance by the Timbers reserve XI, with only a quick-fire brace from Aarons in the second half giving the score a hint of respectability. match report

2016 United concluded their sixth close season signing, paying Blackburn Rovers £5.5m for central defender and captain Grant Hanley.