Huddersfield (h) Public sale now (online)
Reading (h) Public sale now (online)
Bristol City (a) ST holder sale now (25 points)
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on Newcastle winning promotion from the Championship this coming season.
The maximum stake is £5 and should Rafa's side fail in their quest, your
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Coral now have their match markets for our opener at Fulham online with the
following catching our eye:
NUFC to win 1-0 @ 13/2
NUFC to win to nil @ 12/5
HT draw, FT NUFC win @ 9/4
1-1 draw FT @ 11/2
NUFC to come from behind and win 10/1
Press release from NUFC, Thursday:
Newcastle United have confirmed details of how season ticket holders will
receive discounts after the club reduced all season ticket prices at St.
James' Park by 10% for 2016/17.
The club has written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates
of its ticketing system are now complete and has thanked them for their
patience while waiting for payment information.
From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a
lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of
their season ticket.
The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details
of how this payment will be made very shortly.
Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see
lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total
final saving of 10%.
Tiote departure delay
Despite being absent from the
Newcastle squad at Southend United on Tuesday, the departure of midfielder Cheick Tiote
remains in some doubt.
The Ivorian has one year left on his deal and has reportedly been in
negotiations with Al Jazira, who participate in the Arabian
However Sky report that the Abu Dhabi-based club's valuation of Tiote is some
way off United's and the player is now back in training at Darsley Park.
Sky Sports also report that Lazio's bid to sign Florian Thauvin has
been rejected. The possibility of another loan move to Olympique Marseille
with a subsequent purchase option remains on the table.
PS: Ahead of a scheduled return to training on Monday (when the first
team are put through their paces at the SJP open day), transfer links to
malcontented Moussa Sissoko haven't yet translated into bids.
That leaves the fate of Sammy Ameobi (in training but not involved in
any senior or reserve pre-season games) and Remy Cabella (in pre-season
with Marseille but not yet confirmed as a permanent signing) to be revealed.
Newcastle will attempt to complete an unbeaten five game pre-season
programme on Saturday, when Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem visit
Tickets remain on public sale and the Box Office will be open from 9am on
Saturday (collection windows are open from 10am).
Pay turnstiles will be in
operation as follows:
Leazes West Corner L2 - 13 & 14
Leazes West Corner L4 - 9/10 & 15/16
Leazes Middle, N/L2M & N - 17 & 18
Leazes Middle, N/L2R & S - 31 & 32
Leazes Upper, L4T-L4X, 19,20,21,29,30
Gallowgate Upper, R-V, 60,61,62,63,66
Gallowgate West Corner, B,C,D, 68, 69 & 70
Leazes East Corner, B,C, 33 & 34
North East Corner
If you're using the Metro, a major line closure means a bus replacement
service operates in both directions between Benton and Monkseaton until August
Staying with public transport, don't forget that Magpie Mover travel tickets
are not valid for friendly matches.
A match programme has been produced (£3) but live commentary won't be
available on Radio Newcastle - audio coverage is exclusive to the official
Team: Yet to kick a ball this pre-season are Massadio Haidara,
Emmanuel Riviere, Siem De Jong, Tim Krul and Rob Elliot while Matt Ritchie has
missed the last two games. Jesus Gamez returns from suspension.
Vitesse: The club with a formal link to Chelsea that sees regular
loan arrivals from Stamford Bridge have signed a trio of free transfers so far
Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda arrived from Hearts for a second spell at
Vitesse, midfielder Navarone Foor was formerly with Dutch rivals NEC and
defender Kosuke Ota came from his nativeToyko.
Arnhem finished ninth in the league last season and kick off the new
campaign away to Willem II a week after this first-ever visit to Tyneside.
Pre-season kickabouts have so far seen them come up against Rubin
Kazan (won 2-1), West Bromwich Albion (lost 1-2) and Porto (lost 1-2).
NUFC home pre-season friendlies - last
2015/16 Monchengladbach lost 0-1
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 SC Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656*
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 23,078
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 34,016
2007/08 Celtic won 4-1 30,225
2006/07 Villarreal drew 2-2 20,144
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven lost 2-3 20,175
2005/06 Yeading won 5-0 6,151
*abandoned after 63 mins
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York City (a)
the first team are in action at Gallowgate on Saturday, United's reserve side
face National League side York City at their Bootham Crescent
Kickoff is at 3pm and there are no advance ticket sales, with admission
payable on the gate for £12 adults, £6 concessions.
Peter Beardsley's side have won their four friendlies to date,
scoring a dozen goals and conceding just one.
This fixture gives them the chance to go one better than their senior
colleagues, who were beaten 1-2 at Bootham Crescent a year ago when the
Minstermen were still in the Football League.
Magpies defensive duo Kyle Cameron and Lubo Satka both spent time on loan at
York last season.
PS: Recent Newcastle trialist Tyler Harvey has changed clubs
once again after a brief stint with the mackems failed to bring him a contract
offer. The 21 year-old has signed a one year deal at Wrexham.
Mark Allison aka Run
Geordie Run returned to the North East on Thursday, after successfully
completing the 2016 leg of his global charity challenge.
An 83 day route through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria,
Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia added a magnificent 2,633 miles to his
Fundraising for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's
Foundation, with donations totaling over £42.5K raised from Mark's latest leg -
boosting the figure raised since 2007 to over £255K.
If you'd like donate, please do so online
Spot kick heartache
Academy squad are currently making their annual visit to Northern Ireland for
the Milk Cup youth event (now re-christened as SuperCupNI):
Thu 28.07.2016 Lusaka Academy (n) drew 1-1
Facing Zambian opposition in Ballymoney, in-form Lewis McNall was on
target yet again but with this being a knockout game, it had to be resolved on
Sadly United lost 4-5 in the shootout, with McNall, Longstaff, Gibson and
Wilson on target but Heaney seeing his spot kick saved.
Team: Freeman, Aplin, Cass, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson, Heaney,
Goodridge, McNall, Allan (Robson), Gallacher (Wilson).
Subs n/u: tbc
Fri 29.07.2016 Ichifuna (n)
United round off their week with a 3th/4th place Globe playoff match against a
Japanese side that they beat 2-0 back in the 2014 tournament.
Wed 27.07.2016 Vendee (n) won 3-0
McNall, Wilson, Heaney
Victory confirmed a place in the last four of the Globe section of the
competition - one below the Cup that was contested by the four sides with 100%
Team: Freeman, Aziakonou, Aplin, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson,
Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Allan, Gallacher.
Subs: (usage tbc) Long, Watts, Brown, Cass, Wilson, Robson, Gamblin.
Tue 26.07.2016 Right to Dream (n) drew 3-3
Gallacher 2, McNall 1
Team: Freeman, Cass, Aplin, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson, Heaney,
Goodridge, McNall, Allan, Gallacher.
Subs: (usage tbc) Aziakonou, Long, Watts, Brown, Wilson, Robson,
Mon 25.07.2016 Fermanagh (n) won 2-1
Team: Freeman, Aziakanou, Aplin,
Bailey, Gibson, Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Long, Gallacher.
Subs (usage tbc): Watts, Brown, Allan, Cass, Wilson, Robson, Gamblin.
|1 Charlie Freeman
2 Yannick Aziakonou
3 Kieren Aplin
4 Matthew Longstaff
5 Owen Bailey
6 Lewis Gibson
7 Mackenzie Heaney
8 Mace Goodridge
9 Lewis McNall
|10 Oliver Long
11 Owen Gallacher
12 Kelland Watts
13 Will Brown
14 Thomas Allan
15 Lewis Cass
16 Adam Wilson
17 Jack Robson
18 Isaac Gamblin
Kelly hat giveaway
sold out earlier in the year (when right minded people should really have been
buying woolly hats), Tyneside-based merchandiser Spirit of 69 have replenished
stocks of their "David Kelly" bucket hat.
Available in various sizes online
here for £21.50, we have one up for
grabs in a free-to-enter giveaway.
Simply identify a former Magpie striking colleague of Ned from the following
Signed from non-league side Kettering Town
Scored 13 times in 51 games under 3 managers
Left for West Brom and ended his days at Charlton
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date is Sun July 31st @ 9pm - one per person please. Entries
welcome from across the planet.
(Old) spice boy
what can reasonably be called an Indian summer with Northern Ireland at Euro
2016, Aaron Hughes has extended his club career by signing for Kerala
Blasters in the Indian Premier League
Spending last season in Australia with Melbourne City, Aaron is the third
ex-Magpie to join the Blasters after Michael Chopra in 2014 and Peter Ramage
Thai aye man
Ex-United striker Xisco is on the
move again, joining Muangthong United in
Thailand. The 30 year-old left Cordoba in his native Spain after they missed
out on promotion to the top flight, but wasn't fit enough to debut in a 3-2
win over Buriram United on Sunday.
PS: An announcement is expected soon from MLS side Portland Timbers,
confirming that they have reached agreement to sign old boy Steven Taylor.
The 30 year-old is now a free agent after his contract expired and had
received contracts offers from various clubs including Glasgow Rangers.
Confirmation of the Premier League and Championship sides participating in
the re-launched EFL Trophy has finally appeared - and Newcastle aren't
The Magpies were one of 16 Category One Academies invited to enter an U23 team
to play alongside 48 League One and Two sides, but have declined to
participate - unlike the smoggies and mackems.
United have outlined their reasons as follows:
The Club was initially informed by the
Premier League that it was not going to be invited to compete in the
Accordingly, the Club started to make
plans with regard to the development squad for the coming season. These plans
included the intention to loan out some of the players who are currently part
of the under-23 squad, rather than allowing them to compete in the Premier
Changes to the loan system, which come
into effect this season, mean all loans must now be completed on a
window-to-window basis, with emergency and youth loans no longer permissible.
These regulations are a contributory factor to the Club's decision.
Though Newcastle United did subsequently
receive an invite to compete in the EFL Trophy, the Club feels their younger
players would be better served by going out on loan and gaining experience
over an extended period in a first team environment.
In its former guise as the Johnstones Paint Trophy, a Barnsley side including
Magpie loan forward Ivan Toney collected the silverware at Wembley last
Southend United 0 Newcastle 2
footage is online here
KSC Lokeren 0 Newcastle
footage is online here
Steel silverware for second string!
PSV Eindhoven XI 0 Newcastle
match action is online here
Cup trophy presentation
Match details online
Matz Sels 24 year-old Belgian international 'keeper
signed from KAA Gent on a
five year deal for approx £5m, the costliest custodian in our history.
26 year-old Scottish international left winger bought for £12m from
Bournemouth on a five year contract. Formerly with Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge,
Notts County, Swindon Town.
fleet-footed 25 year-old forward who arrived on a five year deal from Crystal
Palace for £10m. Also played at Arsenal, Stansted, Dagenham
and Redbridge, Bishop's
Stortford and Peterborough.
Jesus Games turned down the chance to rejoin his former club Malaga
from Atletico Madrid when Rafa Benitez made his interest known. The 31
year-old Spanish-born right back signed a two year deal.
Isaac Hayden arrived from Arsenal on a permanent deal, the Essex-born
21 year-old defender/midfielder agreeing a five year contract. He helped Hull
City achieve PL promotion last season while on loan.
Grant Hanley defected from fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers to
United, becoming the second Scottish international in the squad with
The 24 year-old hails from Dumfries and previously played for Crewe Alexandra.
Sylvain Marveaux Contract expired
Gabriel Obertan Contract expired
Steven Taylor Contract expired
Joined Crystal Palace for £13m after the Eagles triggered a
release clause inserted into his deal when arriving from Spurs in January.
Coloccini Negotiated an early release from his contract in order to return
to Argentina and join former club San Lorenzo.
Papiss Cisse Moved into the final season of his deal and agreed a
transfer to Chinese Super League club
Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.
Gini Wijnaldum followed in the boot steps of Didi Hamann, Andy Carroll
and Jose Enrique by making a switch to Liverpool. Just 12 months into a five
year contract, he moved to Anfield for a claimed £25m.
boys with new clubs:
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris SG)
Jamie Cobain (Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin (Notts County)
Mark Cook (Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah (Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
David Edgar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Lewis Guy (Annan Athletic)
Aaron Hughes (Kerala Blasters)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen)
Charles N'Zogbia (mackems - trial)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial)
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Nile Ranger (Southend United)
Louis Storey (South Shields)
Ryan Taylor (Rotherham United - trial)
Ryan Taylor (Wigan Athletic - trial)
Ben Tozer (Newport County)
Jake Trodd (Newcastle Benfield)
Xisco (Muangthong United)
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Patrick Kluivert (PSG D of F)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
Paul Stephenson (Kilmarnock C)
Steve Watson (Macclesfield Town AM)