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The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
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The final batch of author-signed copies
are now available here for just £16 
inc. UK postage (overseas at cost)


Ticket news:
Man City (a)
Chelsea (a) ST holder sale now (
0 points)
Burnley (h) Public sale now
Palace (a)

He said she said

The Times has interviewed Amanda Staveley, who claims to have "made three offers to purchase Ashley's controlling interest in Newcastle" before mid-November last year.

She's also quoted as saying that:

"I'm very much still interested in buying Newcastle and our bid remains on the table.....Rafa is doing an incredible job, we want Rafa to be part of this project."

Full text of interview is online here

Sky also have some additional PCP quotes
here plus a furer quote from an Ashley source responding to the Times interview:

"We are not aware of any bid that doesn't contain relegation clauses and we are not considering any further talks with PCP Capital Partners.

"Our sole focus is to support Rafa Benitez in the current transfer market with all the resources at our disposal."

This week's pantomime began with tabloid claims of an improved bid to buy Newcastle United by PCP in recent days - something which Staveley herself contradicted when speaking to The Times

That brought a response from the Ashley camp to
Sky Sports News: 

"It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table or even under discussion with Amanda Staveley and PCP.

The same source also said that attempts to make progress had been:

"exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time"

The Guardian's David Conn researched PCP: 

Read that article online here

This is a follow-up to Conn's story that a source of funding for Staveley's bid was now unavailable.

Read that article online here

Similar misgivings were also expressed in The Mail by Martin Samuel:

Read that online here

So what does it all mean? God knows frankly, but anyone seeking positives regarding a takeover will be looking in vain through anything published this week - Staveley going public presumably a reflection that her NDA now has only historical significance.  

What's not in dispute is that we now are over halfway though the window with no sign of reinforcements, we face the League leaders next and with 15 games left we're three points above a relegation place.

That's enough for us to be worried about.

Cup stuff II


United's U18s are in FA Youth Cup Fourth Round action on Friday night against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park with a 7pm kick-off.

The winners will travel to Norwich City in the Fifth Round, after the Canaries saw off Derby County.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, an outcome must be achieved on Friday night, via 30 minutes additional time or a penalty shootout.

is £10 for adults, £1 concessions and the main stand will be open.

Dave Watson's youngsters have won their last nine away ties in this competition, not losing on the road since a 0-3 defeat by Arsenal at Barnet in 2012.

And they are boosted by finally breaking their duck in league matches this season in style last Saturday, a 5-2 victory at Manchester City the first time they've lost at home since 2015.

Premier League:
Manchester City (a) 

Newcastle attempt to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games on Saturday, when they travel to the Etihad Stadium for a 5.30pm kick-off. 

An unlikely three points for Rafa's side would be their third successive away win in the PL, something not achieved by the Magpies since December 2001.

A defeat wouldn't quite end our title hopes but we'd be 42 points behind City with 14 games remaining and a goal difference deficit of at least 62....

United have sold their full ticket allocation (exact quantity still tbc).

Jesus Gamez, Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all back in training following injury, but only the Serb has a chance of making this game.

Betting - in association with Coral:  

Match betting here (mobile) & here (desktop)

Newcastle are 22/1 to win this game - that's not an enhanced offer, just the "normal" price.....

In fairness though, if you're looking at that, then Newcastle to win to nil is as sensible @ 50/1

Time of 1st Man City Goal in the game:

1-10mins @ 13/4 
11-20 @ 18/5
21-30 @ 9/2 
31-40 @ 11/2
41-50 @ 7/1 
51-60 @ 11/1
61-70 @ 14/1 
71-80 @ 20/1
81-FT @ 33/1 
No MCFC Goal @ 22/1

Coral's new punter offer
now includes £30 in free football bets for a £10 initial stake online here

Paddy Power meanwhile have a "money back" offer on selected bets if Manchester City win, available to both new and existing punters:

find that online here

Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus and Fabian Delph all miss out.

City had a rare free week ahead of our visit, having won ten of their 11 PL home games so far this season. Their only dropped points at the Etihad came when they were held 1-1 by Everton back in August.

The last team to beat City on their own ground in the PL were Chelsea, 3-1 winners in December 2016.

Sunday saw Pep Guardiola's side beaten for the first time in the PL this season, losing 3-4 to Liverpool at Anfield and ending a 30 game unbeaten run that stretched back to April 2017. 

Paul Tierney - second Toon game of the season for the Lancashire-based official, following November's 0-1 home defeat by Bournemouth.

Travel: engineering work means Trans-Pennine train services to and from Manchester are disrupted and aren't running to timetable.

More details of that online here

UK TV: Live on BT Sports

If you
aren't going to the Etihad, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle are showing the game on their big screen TVs.

Once again, all pints are half price during the game and there will be some other food & drink promotions.

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

Overseas TV: 


6 Eren (Denmark) HD
Astro SuperSport 3
beIN Sports MENA 4K HD
beIN Sports MENA HD 2/11
beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
beIN Sports 1 NZ
beIN Sports Thailand
Belarus 5
BES TV China
Canal+ Sport 2 Afrique
Canal+ Sport 2 HD Poland
Cosmote Sport 1 HD
Cytavision Sports 2 +HD
DAZN Europe
DAZN Japan
Diema Sport 2 (Bulgaria)
Digi Sport 1 (Cz)
Digi Sport 1 (Svk)
Digiturk Play (Turkey)
ESPN Brazil
Eurosport Player Denmark
Eurosport 1 Romania
Flow Sports App
Futbol 2 (Ukraine)
GO Sports 2 (Malta)
Idman TV
K+PM (Vietnam)
LeTV Sports 1 HD
MATCH! Futbol 1
mio stadium 102/108
Movistar futbol (Spain)
NBC Sports Live (USA)
NOW 621 Hong Kong
Optus Sport (Australia)
Play Sports 1 (Belgium)
PPTV Sport China
QQ Sports Live (China)
S Sport (Turkey)
Setanta Kazakhstan
SFR Sport 1 HD (France) 
Sky HD (Mexico)
Sky NET Sports HD
Sky NET Sports 6 HD
Sky Planeta Futbol
Sky Sport 3 HD Italy
Sky Sport Mix (Italy)
Spiler TV (Hungary)
Sport 1 Israel
Sport 24 at sea
Sport TV3 (Portugal)
SportKlub 1 Croatia
SportKlub 1 Mont
SportKlub 1 Serbia
SportKlub 1 Slovenia
SportsNavi Live (Japan)
Sportsnet 4/5 (Canada)
SPS HD (Mongolia)
Ssports Live (China)
Star Sports Select HD1
SuperSport 3 Africa
SuperSport MaXimo 1
TeleClub Sport PPV +HD
TV2Sumo (Norway)
TV2 Sport Premium HD
Viaplay (Den/Fin/Swe)
Viasat Finland
Viasat Sport Baltic
Viasat Sport Premium
Viasat Ultra HD
Voosport World 1 (Bel)
Viasat Sport Premium
Watch ESPN Brazil
Ziggo Sport 14 (NL)
Ziggo Sport Select (NL)


UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


a 1-0
home win in September 2005, Newcastle have failed to beat City in 20 PL meetings: losing seventeen and drawing the other three.

Magpies @ Etihad:

2015/16 Lost 1-6 Mitrovic
2014/15 Lost 0-5
2014/15 Won 2-0 Aarons, Sissoko (LC)
2013/14 Lost 0-4
2012/13 Lost 0-4
2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2005/06 Lost 0-3
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2003/04 Lost 0-1

Full record v Manchester City:

Game number 177 against City puts them just two behind our most played opponents in league and cup, Arsenal. Also up there are Liverpool (172), Everton (169), Aston Villa (163) and Manchester United (162).

Our next goal against the league leaders would be our 253rd, which would take them level with Aston Villa as the team we've netted against the most. Next up are Everton (247), Arsenal (240) and Manchester United (232).

Only three teams have found the back of our net more times than the Citizens; Manchester United (314), Liverpool (298) and Arsenal (265). Close behind are Everton (254) and Spurs (251).

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Saturday 20.01.2018:
Brighton v Chelsea (12.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Burnley v Manchester United (3pm)
Everton v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Leicester City v Watford (3pm)
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
West Ham v Bournemouth (3pm)
Man City v Newcastle (5.30pm) BT

Sun 21.01.2018:
Southampton v Spurs (4pm) Sky

Mon 22.01.2018:
Swansea City v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Clarets clattered 
in the clarts!

Burnley U23s  0  Newcastle U23s  4

Match report

'Pools update

Fan-led efforts to ensure the survival of National League club Hartlepool United continue, with the welcome news that Saturday's home game with Wrexham is now sold out

That will bring in much-needed revenue to stave off the threat of administration and reach the sum of £200K that is required immediately to settle staff wages, other bills and an HMRC tax liability.

Ticket giveaway

Thanks to our betting partner Coral, we have a pair of tickets for Newcastle's home game against Burnley on Wednesday 31st January to give away.

In order to be in with a chance of winning them, just tell us which of the following three Newcastle United players didn't also play for Burnley in their career:

Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle

Email your answer to by Noon on Monday 22nd January. Subject: Tickets

The prize consists only of two match tickets in a home area of SJP. No purchase/signup necessary, no details of entrants will be passed on to anyone.


Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)
Fleetwood Town (a) League One, Saturday. 

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

Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
AFC Wimbledon (a) League One, Saturday.

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City) 
Bristol Rovers (a) League One, Saturday.

Achraf Lazaar
Bologna (a) Serie A, Sunday.

Matz Sels
Genk (a), Belgian League, Sunday. 

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) 
Ross County (h) Scottish FA Cup, Saturday.

Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South)
Partick Thistle (h) Scottish FA Cup, Saturday.

Chelsea (a)

Wednesday evening saw Newcastle belatedly learn the identity of their FA Cup Fourth Round opponents, when Chelsea overcame Norwich City in their replay.

The Championship side played their part in a marathon Third Round tie at Stamford Bridge that was 1-1 at full time and after extra time - by which time Chelsea had been reduced to nine men.

However Antonio Conte's men then won the penalty shootout 5-3 and will now face Newcastle live on
BT Sport at 1.30pm on Sunday January 28th.

Tickets are on sale now season ticket holders (0 points required) priced £30 adults, £15 U20s and Over 65s.

United took an allocation of 3,000 tickets despite being entitled to more - it's reported that Chelsea's selling policy to away clubs means either that amount or the full 6,000 have to be taken - no figure in between is permissible.

FA Cup Fourth Round draw:

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Peterborough United v Leicester City
Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City
Notts County v Swansea City
Yeovil Town v Manchester United
Sheffield Wednesday v Reading
Cardiff City v Manchester City
MK Dons v Coventry City
Millwall v Rochdale
Southampton v Watford
smoggies v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wigan Athletic v West Ham
Hull City v Nottingham Forest
Newport County v Spurs
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Preston North End

An away tie does nothing to boost our hopes of making it into the Fifth Round for the first time since Mike Ashley purchased the club.

We haven't won away from St. James' Park in this competition for 12 years, when Graeme Souness was in charge and Alan Shearer was in the team:

2016/17 R4 Oxford United lost 0-3
2016/17 R3 Birmingham City drew 1-1
2015/16 R3 Watford lost 0-1
2014/15 R3 Leicester City lost 0-1
2012/13 R3 Brighton and Hove Albion lost 0-2
2011/12 R4 Brighton and Hove Albion lost 0-1
2010/11 R3 Stevenage lost 1-3
2009/10 R3 Plymouth Argyle drew 0-0
2009/10 R4 West Bromwich Albion lost 2-4
2008/09 R3 Hull City drew 0-0
2007/08 R3 Stoke City drew 0-0
2007/08 R4 Arsenal lost 0-3
2006/07 R3 Birmingham City drew 2-2
2005/06 R6 Chelsea lost 0-1
2005/06 R4 Cheltenham Town won 2-0

NUFC Last 10 FAC R4 ties:

2016/17 Oxford United (a) lost 0-3
2011/12 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2009/10 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 2-4
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Cheltenham Town (a) won 2-0
2004/05 Coventry City (h) won 3-1
2003/04 Liverpool (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Peterborough United (a) won 4-2
1999/00 Sheffield United (h) won 4-1
1998/99 Bradford City (h) won 3-0

NUFC v CFC FA Cup history:

2005/06 lost 0-1 (a)
2004/05 won 1-0 (h)
1999/00 lost 1-2 (n)
1995/96 drew 2-2 (h) (lost on pens)
1995/96 drew 1-1 (a)
1958/59 lost 1-4 (h)
1949/50 lost 0-3 (a)
1931/32 won 2-1 (n)
1914/15 lost 0-1 (h)
1914/15 drew 1-1 (a)
1910/11 won 3-0 (n)

Dennis at it again

Having allowed themselves once again to be the PR mouthpiece for Mike Ashley, Sky Sports excelled themselves again by inviting Dennis Wise to add his expert opinions to Wednesday's "debate" programme.

Sadly though his contribution was both rambling and incoherent, making his actual presence "debatable"
see that online here

Whatever he gets paid it's a waste of wonga, unless he was deliberately trying to muddy the waters...

Dennis of course is a former NUFC employee and has "previous" with Ashley and takeovers, as the Mail reported back in September 2008:

For a man desperate to sell his football club, Mike Ashley seems to be going about it in a funny way.

The Newcastle United owner is in Dubai with chairman Derek Llambias, executive director Dennis Wise and head of recruitment Tony Jimenez, in an effort to secure a buyer.

But attempts to double his money with an asking price of £481m have been rejected. Yesterday there were allegations that Ashley snubbed a meeting with a Dubai consortium and caused offence by drinking in public during Ramadan.

A photograph of Ashley allegedly drinking cocktails appeared on the Arabian Business website, with the claim that he had opted to head for the bar rather than a meeting with potential buyers.

Associates of Ashley deny this but it was reported that the billionaire businessman refused to go to the meeting when he discovered they were prepared to offer only £200m. Ashley had asked for more than double that in documents handed to representatives of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

A Dubai group indicated they would offer considerably less but a meeting was nevertheless set up at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. While Ashley's camp claim Jimenez attended as Newcastle's representative, Arabian Business described Ashley's decision to go drinking with Wise and Llambias as a snub.

Premier League:
Two points dropped

Newcastle  1 
Swansea City  1

Match report is online here




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.

United obtained a one season exemption on logistical grounds from the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

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

Fri 19.01.2018 U18s v Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fourth Round. £5 adults, £1 U18s in advance, matchday admission £10. Blocks G & H of the Main Stand will open, tickets can be ordered in person from Selhurst Park, via 08712 000 071 or online here

Sat 20.01.2018 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT.

Wed 24.01.2018 U23s v PSV Eindhoven (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup.

Sun 28.01.2018 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 1.30pm. FA Cup Fourth Round. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £15 U20s / over 65s. Allocation: 3,000. Live on BT.

Mon 29.01.2018 U23s v Brighton and Hove Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Wed 31.01.2018 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 

Sat 03.02.2018 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Albion Training Ground (not Academy), 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sun 04.02.2018 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 2.15pm. Premier League. Live on Sky. SOLD OUT. £20 OAPs/ 18-21s, £16 U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 05.02.2018 U23s v Wolves (a) @ New Bucks Head, Telford, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 10.02.2018 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. Premier U18 League.

Sun 11.02.2018
Manchester United (h) @ SJP, 2.15pm. Premier League. Live on Sky. Member sale from Wed 24.01.2018.

Mon 12.02.2018 U23s v Swansea City (a) @ Landore Training Ground, 1.30pm. Premier League Cup.

Fri 16.02.2018 U23s v Newcastle Benfield (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final.

Live TV games:

Sat 20.01.2018 Man City (a) 5.30pm BT
Sun 28.01.2018 NCFC/CFC (a) 1.30pmBT
Sun 04.02.2018
Palace (a) 2.15pm Sky
Sun 11.02.2018
Man Utd (h) 2.15pm Sky

Live PL games up to and including Wed 28.02.2018 have been announced.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Thu 25.01.2018
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

FA Cup:
R3 06.01.2017 NUFC 3-1 Luton Town 
R4 29.01.2017 Chelsea v NUFC
R5 17.02.2017
R6 17.03.2017
SF 21.04.2017
Sat 19.05.2017

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D and play six fixtures, three home and three away:

Fri 29.09.2017 NUFC 3-4 Burnley
Wed 29.11.2017 NUFC 6-3 Swansea
Mon 04.12.2017
Colchester 1-2 NUFC 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley 0-4 NUFC 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea (a) 1pm 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm

Subsequent round dates are tbc)

Premier League International Cup:
United U23s are in Group A: 

Tue 24.10.2017 NUFC 2-1 Sparta Prague
Fri 10.11.2017 Liverpool 2-1 NUFC
Wed 24.01.2018 PSV (h) 7pm

(Subsequent round dates are tbc)

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Semi-Final draw: 

31.01.2018 Morpeth Town v Blyth Spartans
16.02.2018 NUFC U21s v Ncle Benfield

FA Youth Cup:

R3 Thu 07.12.2017 Brighton 0-5 NUFC

R4 Fri 19.01.2018 Crystal Palace (a) 7pm

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.

Following three successful previous events watched by a combined attendance of over 200,000, the annual Rugby League Magic Weekend will be staged at St. James' Park for a fourth successive year in 2018.

Six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides will take place over two days:

Other events @ SJP:

Aviva Premiership:

Sat 24.03.2018:
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints (5.30pm) tickets from £10 adults 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)

Ed Sheeran plays three sold out nights @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018. 

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (dates tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international breaks:

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

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

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

On This Day in History
19th January

Born Or Died:

1942 Ken Hodgson born, Fenham.

Outside right who came through United's N's nursery (youth) side, making his senior debut in a 2-2  draw with Nottingham Forest at SJP in January 1961.

However his efforts were unable to prevent Newcastle from losing their top-flight status that summer and Ken moved to Scunthorpe in December 1961 as part of the deal that brought Barrie Thomas to Tyneside. 

He later appeared for both AFC Bournemouth and Colchester United and non-league sides Poole Town and Christchurch Priory.

After a stint coaching in New Zealand, Ken returned to his native Tyneside and worked with a company who distributed hearing aids.

He passed away in October 2007.

1945 Bobby Moncur born, Perth, Scotland.

No major cup tie featuring United is complete without quotes from "Moncs" pleading for the current wearer of the armband to succeed him as last Captain to lift a trophy for the club.

Since that “balmy, balmy” night in Budapest when Bobby accepted the Fairs Cup from Sir Stanley Rous though, nobody has emulated that achievement – and only Alan Gowling joining him in the list of Final goalscorers.

The son of a policeman (who played centre half for the force), Perth-born Moncur came to the attention of Newcastle in 1960 as a 15 year-old playing for Scotland Schoolboys.

After summer trials that year with Preston Wolves and Manchester United, Moncur turned down them all to sign for Newcastle.

Initially an inside left, Moncur scored four times against West Wylam when guesting for the junior side and signed amateur forms before agreeing an apprentice contract for Charlie Mitten’s squad in October 1960.

After rising through the junior and reserve sides and captaining United to FA Youth Cup success in 1962, Moncur signed a pro deal and made his debut as an 18 year-old away to Luton Town in March 1963.

By then he was playing in Joe Harvey’s side and had moved back into defence with some success, covering for injuries in the reserve side earlier that year.

However, Moncur only featured sporadically for the first team, filling in at various times across the field. And such was his frustration at failing to gain a regular spot in the side that he asked to move on in 1967.

Norwich City and Brighton and Hove Albion showed interest, but a move to the Canaries stalled when they were unwilling to meet Newcastle’s £25,000 asking price.

After an average start to the 1967/68 season, Moncur won a place in defence and impressed so much that he became an ever -present, taking the captaincy from Frank Clark winning his first Scotland Cap. 

The following season saw those famous Fairs Cup exploits enhance Moncur’s reputation – although few could have predicted his first senior goals for the club would be a two- legged hat trick in the final.

Bob’s final Newcastle game came at Wembley against Liverpool in the 1974 FA Cup Final, before two years at Roker Park.

Coaching and management jobs at Carlisle (where he signed a young Peter Beardsley), Hearts, Plymouth Argyle, Whitley Bay and Hartlepool United followed, before he ceased to be actively involved in the game in 1989.

Moncur pursued various sporting activities including working at squash and golf clubs and also skippering ocean-going yachts.  

Successfully battling colon cancer following  diagnosis in 2007, Bob became a Freeman of the Borough of Gateshead two years later. 

Maintaining an involvement with United through corporate matchday hosting and an ambassadorial role at St. James' Park, June 2015 saw him appointed as a club Director.


What Else?

1895 Sunderland (h)
Campbell(15), Gillespie(30), Wilson(43), McCreadie(1-4pen)
United lost Harry Jeffrey when it was 0-2 but it was agreed they could use Beattie as a substitute. And it was Beattie who "saved" a Hyslop shot to concede the second half penalty. Visiting defender Donald Gow failed a fitness test so ran the line instead.

1901 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 

1907 Everton (a)
Division One 
,49), Sharp(70)
A Sandy Young brace either side of half-time helped the home side to victory, but United would claim the title by six points from the third-placed Toffees.
1910 Stoke (h)
FA Cup 1st Round Replay
Higgins(17), Howie(78) 

1924 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Division One 
Poynton(4), Elkes(75)

1929 Bury (a)
Division One 
Debut for George Mathison, at right half.

1935 Fulham (h)
Division Two 
Debut for Stan Docking at inside left.

1946 Having drawn 0-0 a week earlier on Tyneside, Newcastle Reserves and Derby County met again at the Baseball Ground.

The visitors recorded a 4-3 win - Andy Donaldson leading the way with two goals. The others came from Bridgett and Rushton.

1946 Huddersfield Town 
(h) 4-1
Stubbins 3, Milburn


1952 Burnley (a)
Division One 
Morris(11), Cummings(?-2)
United's three match unbeaten run at Turf Moor came to a juddering halt.

1957 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
?-?), Curry(?-?)
A week after going down 1-6 at Old Trafford, Newcastle faced the Gunners with four changes in their side - and it worked. Sullivan saved Casey's penalty three minutes after the break but it didn't stop United going on to end Arsenal's unbeaten run of 11 games.

1959 Chelsea (h)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
Mortimore(4), Greaves(5), Gibbs(32), Brabrook(48)
Four months after beating United in the league, Chelsea were again in lethal form and quickly into their stride, going two ahead within the first five minutes. 

1963 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
McGarry(42), Thomas(
Home Park continued to be a happy hunting ground for the Magpies, winning there for the third time in four visits - and drawing the other. It was the first home defeat of the season for Argyle.

1974 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
The Hammers were proving to be something of a bogey side to Newcastle, this game a third draw in four visits to SJP - and the East Londoners had won the other meeting. 

1980 Orient (h)
Division Two 
Barton(69), Connolly(86)
The two points gained from this victory put United back on top of Division Two but a steady decline and loss of form in front of goal saw them dwindle away to ninth by the end of the season.

1985 United's home game with Leicester fell victim to heavy snowfalls on Tyneside, and Jack Charlton and the team jetted off to Spain for a few days.

1991 Millwall (a)
Division Two 
The usual warm welcome at Cold Blow Lane, but a fine defensive display from United brought a vital win. 

On-trial striker Dave Mitchell was missing due to injury and never got another chance to win a contract. He later joined Millwall.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Former Newcastle striker Peter Withe was sacked as manager of Wimbledon, after only 105 days in charge. His replacement was a geezer called Joe Kinnear....

2002 Leicester City (a)

Our final visit to Filbert Street was a game of few chances, with Dave Bassett's Foxes as toothless as Sir Bobby's side. match report

2004 Fulham (h) 
O'Brien(4), Speed(41), Robert(54)

A comfortable win over the Saha-less Cottagers sent United up to fifth in the Premiership - their highest position of the season.

The unlikely right boot of Andy O'Brien got United off to a great start, spinning on a loose ball in the six yard box from a Laurent Robert corner in the fourth minute. 

Gary Speed then headed home a Nobby Solano corner, before the win was secured early in the second half by Laurent Robert.

The Frenchman started and finished a flowing move involving Speed, Jermaine Jenas and Solano - beating Edwin Van der Sar with a strange reverse overhead-kick. match report

2008 Bolton Wanderers (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Premier League
After the emotion of Kevin Keegan's return during the Stoke FA Cup replay, the new Toon boss was given some idea of the task ahead after this disappointing stalemate against Gary Megson's Trotters.

Shola Ameobi played his first game in almost four months and although lacking fitness, put in a full shift alongside Michael Owen.

There was a Premier League debut from the bench for reserve winger Kazenga LuaLua, while future Magpies midfield duo Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan both appeared for the visitors, along with old boy Andy O'Brien.

PS: KK's press conference saw him refer to one person as: "fantastic....he's incredible, he's got no ego". That person? Mike Ashley. match report

Newcastle met Celtic in a behind closed doors reserve team kickabout for the third time that season - and fifth in 18 months.

And thanks to second half goals from Sammy Ameobi and Brad Inman, the Magpies finally managed to get one over on the hoops, following three defeats and a draw.

Goals from Michael Hoganson and Dennis Knight saw United earn a home tie with QPR in the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup - but only after surviving a late scare as Watford threatened a comeback. However, the young Magpies held out to win 2-1 in front of 889 frozen souls at SJP.

2013 Reading (h)
Premier League

Le Fondre(71,77)
Seeking a first win in six games, United led at half time but scored just once against a poor Royals side. 

Failing to extend that lead, James Perch's arrival from the bench just after the hour signalled our intention to hold on to the 1-0 lead - with disastrous consequences.

Adam Le Fondre replaced ex-Magpie Danny Guthrie and scored with his first two touches, Alan Pardew fanning flames of resentment with comments about crowd negativity. 

More tellingly, the reaction of Mike Ashley was to authorise a transfer spree bringing five players in during the following days - having left SJP with his side 1-0 up and reacting with fury when hearing the final score. match report