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St. James' Park
Saturday 31st March
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Sunday 18th March
Match report to follow

The Never-Ending Tour

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

Call-ups: Slimani away

International duty for our lot as follows:


Islam Slimani (Algeria)
Thu 22.03.2018
Iran (h) Rades FR
Tue 27.03.2018 Costa Rica (n) Nice  FR

Having trained with United in Spain but not featured in Sunday's game, the on-loan striker has now linked up with his national team at their base near Algiers. 

Algerian coach Rabah Madjer said on Tuesday:

"Islam trains normally, but if there is a risk, if he can not play, we will preserve it for his interest and the interest of his club."

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia)
Thu 22.03.2018
UAE (n) Bangkok FR
Sun 25.03.2018
Thailand/Gabon (n) Bangkok FR

Henri Saivet (Senegal)

Thu 22.03.2018
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


Mikel Merino (Spain U21s)
Thu 22.03.2018
Northern Ireland (a) Portadown EC
Tue 27.03.2018 Estonia (h) Ponferrada EC

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

Premier League:
Wembley wait

No new date has yet been announced for Newcastle's outstanding Premier League fixture against Spurs at Wembley - despite optimistic noises that one would follow on Monday this week (19th).

Tottenham's progress in the FA Cup saw the fixture postponed and they now also have to rearrange their
trip to Brighton after making it to the Semi-Finals.

Tottenham's fixture list currently looks like this:

Sun 01.04.2018
Chelsea (a)
Sat 07.04.2018 Stoke City (a)
Sat 14.04.2018 Manchester City (h)
Sat 21.04.2018 (or 22) Manchester United (h) FAC
Mon 30.04.2018
Watford (h)
Sat 05.05.2018 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Sun 13.05.2018 Leicester City (h)

?? ??.??.2018 Newcastle (h)
?? ??.??.2018 Brighton (a)

PS: Speaking of the FA Cup, Manchester United and Chelsea's progress into the semis has no direct bearing on us, but Southampton's presence in the last four may be more significant.

The relegation-haunted Saints face Chelsea over the weekend of April 20th, meaning that a new date will need to be found for their postponed Premier League trip to Leicester City. Every little helps. 

Barton giveaway

Former Magpie Joey Barton is heading to Tyneside later this month, concluding his "No Nonsense" series of talk-ins with a night at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston 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 have a pair of tickets for the night up for grabs, along with two autographed copies of Barton's recent autobiography, "No Nonsense".

To be in with a chance of winning a prize, simply tell us which club Joey was playing for when this picture was taken during the 2012/13 season: 

Email your answer to by 5pm on Wednesday 21st March. Subject: Joey. No age limit, open to UK addresses only, one entry each please.

(Please indicate on your entry if you'd prefer to win the tickets or a book - or
you're happy with either.)

Stiffs resume

Weather permitting, Wednesday will hopefully see Newcastle's U23 side play their first Premier League 2 Division Two game for a month, when Stoke City are the visitors to Tyneside.

It's a 7pm kick-off at the Northumberland FA HQ of Whitley Park and the usual admission arrangements apply: free to season ticket holders and members or else £3 adults and £1 concessions at the gate.

Although they've won their most recent three outings in cup competitions, Ben Dawson's side have been beaten in each of their last four league games - suffering a 1-5 loss to Southampton at Whitley Park last time out.

Our first meeting with Stoke opened up the season and saw the Magpies win by the odd goal in seven at their adopted home of St. George's Park. 

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.

Rugby Union:
£10 tickets - last lot  

Update: the final batch of £10 adult Gallowgate End tickets for this Saturday's Falcons rugby match are now on sale from the Falcons (
here or via 0871 226 6060) and NUFC (here or 0844 372 1892). 

Over 23,000 tickets have now been sold for the Arriva Premiership rugby match between Newcastle Falcons and Northampton at SJP this Saturday (March 24th).

(NB: All p
rices increase by £5 on on match day). 

Thanks to the Falcons we had a match hospitality package to give away and asked where the first Premiership meeting between these two sides was staged earlier this season.

Among those correctly answering that it was Franklin's Garden's was P. Potts from Northumberland.

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.

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.

Loan lads

Aleksandar Mitrovic
The Serbian's scoring touch deserted him against QPR on Saturday in the Championship, as Fulham were held 2-2 at home after leading 2-0 after 45 minutes.

Mitro played the full 90 minutes and was booked.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
And also seeing yellow - for the fourth time in seven games - was Jack Colback, who played the entirety of a 0-0 draw at Sheffield United in the Championship on Saturday.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)
Snow and ice rendered the stands and areas around Priestfield dangerous on Saturday, meaning that Blackburn's League One visit to Gillingham had to be postponed.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
A 1-2 home loss to Shrewsbury Town in League One on Saturday did little to further Ivan's cause, as he disrupted his own side's taking of a penalty kick.

With the Iron 1-0 up Toney was fouled in the box and argued with nominated spot kicker Josh Morris that he should be given the job. Morris won the disagreement - but then missed his kick - and the Shrews then turned things round, with Toney conceding the spot kick from which his former side won the game. 

Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
It ended 1-1 at Bloomfield Road against Southend United in League One on Saturday, Lobby completing the opening 78 minutes and coming mighty close to ending his recent barren spell.

Rattling the Shrimpers' crossbar in the opening 60 seconds of the game, he was then denied by an excellent stop from Mark Oxley on 48 minutes.

Dan Barlaser, Jamie Sterry
(Crewe Alexandra) 
The Railwaymen were beaten 1-2 at home by Coventry City in League Two on Saturday. Jamie completed the full game but Dan languished on the bench unused yet again.

Lewis McNall
, Callum Williams (Gateshead) 
An eventful afternoon in Kent ended with the Tynesiders losing 2-3 at Bromley in the first leg of their FA Trophy Semi Final on Saturday.

Lewis remained on the bench while Callum wasn't named in the squad, having featured for Newcastle U23s against Bournemouth 24 hours earlier.

The second leg is the International Stadium this coming Saturday (3pm).

Freddie Woodman
A clean sheet for Freddie as Dundee were beaten 1-0 at Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Stuart Findlay
Killie recovered from their midweek Scottish FA Cup exit to maintain their excellent league form, beating Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday. Stuart completed the full game.

Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South)
Defender Kyle played the full 90 but was unable to prevent promotion-chasing St. Mirren winning 3-1 at Palmerston Park in the Scottish Championship on Saturday.

Henri Saivet
It ended 1-0 to Bursaspor in the Super Lig on Saturday, with Henri back in the starting line-up. He played the full game.

Rolando Aarons
(Hellas Verona)
Rolando was on the bench for Verona's home game against Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday. He came on ten minutes after the break with Verona 0-3 down but couldn't prevent Atalanta finishing with five without reply.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Bradford's rotten run continued on Monday, as they were beaten 0-2 at Doncaster Rovers in League One. 

Alex played for the first 59 minutes before being replaced, putting his best chance wide of the target.

Matz Sels
Achieving a second place finish behind Club Brugge in the regular segment of the Belgian League season, Anderlecht now move on to a six team playoff that decides the destination of the title.

That commences with a home meeting against Gent on Sunday April 1st.

Cherries lost

Newcastle U23s  3  Bournemouth U23s  2

Match report

PLC last 16 ties:

16.03.2018 Newcastle 3-2 Bournemouth
Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
16.03.2018 Southampton 0-4 Leicester City
17.03.2018 Brighton 3-0
21.03.2018 Wolves v Exeter City
Boro v Liverpool
27.03.2018 Sheffield United v Derby County
Swansea City v Bristol City

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.

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 17.03.2018:

Bournemouth 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Crystal Palace
Stoke City 1-2 Everton
Liverpool 5-0 Watford

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


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

Wed 21.03.2018 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

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, public sale dates tbc (if any). 

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.

Sat 21.04.2018 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 3pm. Premier League. 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"

Fri 06.04.2018:
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
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
20th March

Born Or Died:

1942 Ronald Wyn Davies born, Caenarfon, Wales. (1966-71)

The "Mighty Wyn" is forever associated with our Fairs Cup adventures, helping United to trophy success in 1969 and scoring ten goals in our three seasons of participation.

His early career was spent playing part-time with Deiniiolen and Llanberis and working as a slate miner in the latter town. 

Joining Caernarfon Town, Davies then signed for Wrexham in 1960. A £20K move to Bolton Wanderers followed two years later and the first of 34 full Welsh caps came in 1964 - against England at Wembley Stadium.

Having proved a dangerous opponent in games against the Trotters, Joe Harvey convinced Davies to join Newcastle in 1966, his £80K fee breaking our transfer record.

Moving on in 1971 to Manchester City, he also featured for Manchester United, Blackpool, Stockport County and Crewe before a knee problem curtailed his career.

Playing his final games for Bangor City, Davies later famously became a baker for Warburtons in Bolton and remained in the area following his retirement.

Wyn had a number of special guest outings during half time in Bolton versus Newcastle games in the Premier League era - receiving a far more vocal reception from the away support than Reebok regulars. 


1959 Dave Beasant born, Willesden, London. (1988-89)

Goalkeeper tempted from Wimbledon to join Willie McFaul's new-look United at a cost of £850K, having just helped the Dons to Wembley FA Cup success against Liverpool.

However his debut at Goodison Park - along with Andy Thorn, John Robertson and John Hendrie - ended in a 0-4 defeat that United never really recovered from that season.

Willie McFaul gave way to Jim Smith and by January 1989, Beasant was on his way back to London, joining Chelsea for £725K.

Four years at Stamford Bridge saw him earn his fair share of uncomplimentary headlines after some erratic displays, but also receive international recognition with England. It has also to be recorded that Dave was sidelined for a spell after dropping a glass jar of salad cream on his foot.....

After loan spells with Grimsby Town and Wolves, Beasant joined Southampton in 1993, remaining there until 1997.

His next stop was Nottingham Forest, after which he seemingly tried to emulate John Burridge's "have gloves, will travel" with appearances for Portsmouth, Tottenham, Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Brighton -  playing for the Seagulls aged 44.

One final transfer took him to Fulham and although Dave never played a competitive game for them, he was named as an unused substitute in both League Cup & Premiership games during 2003.

Joining the Cottagers coaching staff - as well as assisting his old Wombles pal Lawrie Sanchez as Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach - Beasant was swiftly rehired by incoming Cottagers boss Chris Coleman within hours of following Sanchez out.

January 2008 then saw Dave unveiled as "International Consultant and Talent Evaluator" of Charleston-based USA soccer side, West Virginia Chaos.

Later assisting fellow former Magpie Mark McGhee at Bristol Rovers, Beasant also worked at Glenn Hoddle's youth Academy and also had an involvement with agents.

As a one-off in 2013, he donned the gloves to play for Southern League side North Greenford United - also regularly turning out for vintage Chelsea and England XI's.

2014 found him coaching goalkeepers at Stevenage, registered as a player aged 55 and named on the bench for a League Two visit to Carlisle in October 2014 - some 12 years after his final senior appearance.

Stepping into the breach following injury to his goalkeeping son Sam, Beasant wasn't required to play and thus missed the chance to become the oldest professional player in English league history.

1975 Silvio Maric born, Zagreb, Croatia.

Attacking midfielder signed from Croatia Zagreb for £3.65m where he'd played in the same side as Mark Viduka against United in the Champions League back in 1997.

Making his debut on a heavy SJP pitch as Everton were beaten 4-1 in the FA Cup Quarter Final, initial claims that his fitness wasn't great were accepted.

However it soon became clear that Maric was ill-suited to Premiership football and although he professed himself happy to play in any role, was uncomfortable on the left wing and preferred to be deployed behind a front duo.

A late sub appearance in our FA Cup Semi Final win over Spurs was followed by an equally low impact appearance in the final against Manchester United at Wembley.

Silvio's second season saw him instantly fall out with new manager Bobby Robson, failing to attend a team meeting and being left back in England as the squad flew to Sofia. 

Maric continued to test Robson's patience, but was to finally break his scoring duck later that season, in the UEFA Cup.

Injuries to Temuri Ketsbaia and Duncan Ferguson plus the ineligibility of new boy Kevin Gallacher saw Robson turn to Maric to partner Alan Shearer in Zurich - and the Croat duly netted in a 2-1 success.  

Following that up with another goal in the home leg, Maric soon faded from the scene again and angered Robson further by trying to set up a loan move back to Zagreb.

Reserve team diehards were treated to an 11 minute treble against Bedlington Terriers in the closing weeks of the 1999/00 season, but that was too little, too late.

Failing to turn up at the airport for an end-of -season tour to the Caribbean saw him branded "a disgrace" by Robson, who managed to claw back £2m from Porto, something we called "the footballing equivalent of turning water into wine." 

After a similarly ill-starred sojourn in Portugal, Maric returned to Croatia Zagreb but was soon on the move again, signing for Greek side Panathinaikos.

Returning to Croatia Zagreb for the 2005/06 season, Silvio then opted to hang up his boots and now appears as a TV pundit in his homeland.


What Else?

1897 Gainsborough Trinity (h)
Division Two
P25, 29pts, 4th/16 
1-1), Scott(1-2

1907 sunderland (a)
Division One
P31, 44pts, 1st/20 
Hogg(77), Holley(85)
A Tyne-Wear derby may not be the best time to make a Toon debut, especially if you hail from Boldon. Such a fate befell goalkeeper Billy Kelsey, who didn't disgrace himself. 

However, in his next game he conceded four first half goals at Liverpool and was soon on his way back to non-league football.

1909 Sheffield United (h)
Division One
P29, 44pts, 1st/20 
Willis(2), Stewart(27), Duncan(30),

1915 Bradford (h)
Division One
P28, 23pts, 16th/20 

1920 Notts County (h)
Division One
P34, 36pts, 7th/22 

1926 Bury (h)
Division One
P33, 34pts, 9th/22 
Gallacher(28,46), McDonald(32), Clark(53)

1937 Doncaster Rovers (a)
Division Two
P35, 38pts, 8th/22 
McMenemy(2), Imrie(49) 

1948 Doncaster Rovers (h)
Division Two 
P33, 42pts, 3rd/22
1954 Sheffield United (h) 4-1 (1-1)
Division One
P36, 30pts, 17th/22 
Milburn, Monkhouse 3 
1964 Cardiff City (a)
Division Two
P35, 41pts, 5th/22 
Cummings, McGarry(pen) 
Allchurch, M.Charles
1965 Rotherham United (a)
Division Two
P35, 46pts, 1st/22 
Albert Bennett netted against his future employers.
1971 Southampton (h) 2-2 (1-0)
Division One
P33, 31pts, 13th/22 
McGrath(78), Gabriel(81)
John McGrath scored against his old side.

1976 Manchester United (h) 3-4 (3-2)
Division One
P33, 32pts, 15th/22 
Burns(23), Macdonald(27), Gowling(40)
Pearson(13,58), og(Bird)(15), og(Howard)(49)
Substitute Graham Oates made his first team debut as Newcastle managed to gift the visitors the victory when Bird and Howard both scored own goals.

1982 Oldham Athletic (h)
Division Two
P30, 48pts, 6th/22 
Mills(13), Brownlie(38)
A rare goal for Scot John Brownlie - one of only three during his spell on Tyneside.

The Latics were reduced to ten men in the 63rd minute when Paul Futcher received a second booking of the game for a comment directed at a linesman. 

1982 The Reserves travelled to Goodison Park and lost 0-2.

1985 Leicester City (h)
Division One
P31, 37pts, 15th/22 
Banks(2,67), Lineker(35), Smith(87)
The memory often plays tricks, but this remains the most one-sided of games - in our favour. Cue recollections of City breaking five times, with Gary Lineker bagging a hat-trick and hitting the post.... 

A quick check of the next programme reveals partial amnesia - Banks (2), Smith and Lineker got their goals but consensus was definitely that we should have won 4-1 not them....

1991 United's home league meeting with Oxford United was abandoned after heavy rain flooded the SJP pitch and made play impossible - although pools of standing water before kickoff made the decision to even start the match controversial.

Referee John Kirkby bowed to the inevitable and halted proceedings at half time, when Newcastle were leading thanks to a 34th minute goal from Mick Quinn, witnessed by just 9,658 supporters.

Team: Burridge, Watson, Stimson, Aitken, Scott, Kristensen, Dillon, Peacock, Quinn, McGhee, Brock. Subs: O'Brien, Hunt.

Youtube footage is online here

1993 Notts County (h)
Division One
P36, 74pts, 1st/24 
Lee(32), Kelly(53,62), Cole(70) 
The first goal of the 68 that Andy Cole was to notch in a black and white shirt topped off this game, scored at the Gallowgate end.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 West Ham (a)
P30, 38pts, 12th/20 
Di Canio(17),
Former Magpie striker Paul Kitson could have had a hat trick, as Paulo Di Canio played in a free role and tormented the Toon at Upton Park.

SJP old boy Shaka Hislop made decent stops from Alan Shearer and Nobby Solano but otherwise had little to do between the posts for 'Arry Redknapp's 'ammers.

2001 Newcastle Reserves went down 1-0 to their Aston Villa counterparts at Kingston Park, with Stephen Glass appearing in an unfamiliar left back role.

Our imported triumvirate of Diego Gavilan, Pedro Dimas and Pablo Bonvin contributed little, while sub Lomana LuaLua was in no mood to pass the ball when he appeared. match report

2002 The visit of Manchester City's second string to Kingston Park saw United reserves record an easy 2-0 victory thanks to Lomana LuaLua's double strike, but at some cost. 

Both Kieron Dyer and Shola Ameobi left the field within the first half hour of the game - the latter suffered self-inflicted ligament damage when tussling with Tyrone Mears. match report

2003 Despite fielding an attack which included Cort, Ameobi and LuaLua at various times, the reserves were unable to register a shot worthy of the name in a thoroughly dismal 0-0 draw at Kingston Park against Sheffield Wednesday. match report

2004 Charlton Athletic (h)
P29, 45pts, 5th/20
Shearer(1,77), Jenas(35)
Alan Shearer's 77th minute penalty was saved but he tucked in the rebound to secure the points. match report

2006 Middlesbrough Reserves' title challenge was dealt a big blow by Tommy Craig's side, as our season-long unbeaten run at Kingston Park was extended with a 3-0 victory.

Daryl Smylie, Matty Pattison and Michael Terrell netted - the latter with his first touch after arriving from subs bench. match report

2010 Bristol City (a)
P37, 77pts, 1st/24
Gutierrez(71), Carroll(75)
Nyatanga(10), Maynard(44)
Andy Carroll scored for the fourth consecutive away game to salvage a point at Ashton Gate, after United had been two goals down at half-time.

And as he had at Swansea and the smoggies, Carroll supplied a late leveller that stretched our unbeaten run to eight games. match report

2012 A 2-4 home loss to Chelsea at Whitley Park made it six league games without victory for Wilie Donachie's reserve side.

The visitors including two-goal Romelu Lukaku and deserved the win, but United contributed to an entertaining game and netted through Ryan Donaldson and Jeff Henderson, creating several other chances. match report

2016 sunderland (h)
Premier League
P30, 25pts, 19th/20

A late Aleksandar Mitrovic header gave manager Rafa Benitez a point from his first home game in charge - and avoided a seventh straight derby loss for United.

And there could have even been a winning goal for the black and whites, who poured forward in the final minutes - only to lose momentum when Mitrovic was led from the field with suspected concussion. match report