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Reserve home double

Following defeats at Wolves and Fulham, Newcastle's U23s will look for a return to winning ways as they play back-to-back home games in the coming days.

Friday afternoon (1pm) sees them in Central League Cup action against Hartlepool United at the Little Benton Academy base. Admission is free.   

Both sides are playing the second game of four in a mini-league, 'Pools defeating Bradford City 5-0 while Newcastle lost 0-2 at home to Sheffield United. 

Monday night then sees the first reserve game this season at St. James' Park, with Middlesbrough the opposition in a league game. That's a 7pm start, with the East Stand open for spectators.

Gallowgate was anything but a happy hunting ground last season for Peter Beardsley's side, who lost all but one of their five outings there.

Preston North End (a)


Saturday sees United face Preston for the second time in five days, as Rafa's side bid for a sixth successive league victory - and their third in a row on the road. 

Kick-off is at an old-fashioned 3pm.

Where: Deepdale PR1 6RU (23,408)
Nearest railway station: Preston (1.8 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 275 miles

The 5,600 travelling supporters are housed behind the goal at the north end of the ground in the Bill Shankly Kop (formerly the Fulwood End aka Spion Kop). 

When: A damp and chilly Monday night in November 2009 saw Kevin Nolan maintain his scoring knack to help United to a 1-0 win they just about deserved.

This our first Saturday visit there since a 0-2 loss during our promotion season of 1964/65.



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Daryl Murphy, Jesus Gamez, Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons and Massadio Haidara are in varying stages of recovery from ailments while Rob Elliot was pictured in full training earlier this week.

Cheick Tiote remains with the squad but hasn't been included in the last six squad.
Jack Colback is a doubt after taking a blow in the face against PNE on Tuesday night that required hospital checks.

Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are all one caution away from suspension.

PNEFC: Alex Baptiste and Marnick Vermijl are both available after being cup-tied, while Jermaine Beckford and Aidan McGeady could both return after injury.

Alan Browne is banned following his red card at SJP.

Although a much-changed PNE side were beaten out of sight in the EFL Cup, their recent league form is strong, unbeaten in six Championship outings during which they've claimed the scalps of Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and Norwich City.

Since opening the season with a trio of home league losses, North End have won four on the bounce at Deepdale - conceding just one goal in the process. 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh - a nice short journey for the whistler whose day job is as a referee development officer at the Manchester FA. This is his second toon appointment this season after the 1-1 draw at Villa.


Overseas TV:
 None (tbc)

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle (available worldwide via NUFC TV club subscription service).


Magpies @ Deepdale - Post WW2:

2009/10 won 1-0 Nolan
1980/81 won 3-2 Rafferty, Shinton 2
1979/80 lost 0-1
1978/79 drew 0-0
1964/65 lost 0-2
1963/64 lost 0-3
1962/63 lost 1-2 Hale
1961/62 won 1-0 Woods
1960/61 won 3-2 White 3
1959/60 won 2-1 Eastham, OG
1958/59 won 4-3 Franks, White 3
1957/58 lost 1-2 White
1956/57 lost 0-1
1955/56 lost 3-4 Hannah, White 2
1954/55 drew 3-3 Hannah, Milburn, White
1953/54 drew 2-2 Keeble, Milburn
1952/53 lost 1-2 Brander
1951/52 won 2-1 G.Robledo 2
1948/49 lost 1-2 Taylor

Latest Championship Fixtures:

Fri 28.10.2016:
QPR v Brentford (7.45pm)

Sat 29.10.2016:

Barnsley v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton and Hove Albion v Norwich City (3pm)
Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (3pm)
Fulham v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Rotherham United (3pm)
Leeds United v Burton Albion (3pm)
Reading v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Wolves (5.30pm)

Sun 30.10.2016:
Birmingham City v Aston Villa (Noon)

Newcastle exhibition

Newcastle  6  Preston North End  0

Watch the goals online here

Match report


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EFL Cup:
Tigers task

Wednesday night's EFL Cup draw handed Newcastle a trip to Premier League side Hull City on or around Tuesday November 29th:

Quarter Final Draw:

Arsenal v Southampton
Hull City v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Leeds United
Manchester United v West Ham United

And although that pairing ended a run of five home ties in the competition for United, it sends them to a venue where they're yet to lose in four competitive visits:

Toon @ KCOM Stadium:

2014/15 won 3-0 Cabella, Ameobi, Gouffran
2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)

(We also won 4-0 there in a friendly back in 2003 but were beaten 0-1 in another kickabout during 2007).

The tie will come between a home Championship game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 26th and a Friday night visit to Nottingham Forest on December 2nd.

The Tigers meanwhile will host us between a Saturday Premier League home fixture against West Bromwich Albion and a trip to Boro the following Monday.  

We've met Hull once before in the League Cup, when goals from Des Hamilton and Ian Rush saw us advance 2-0 at Gallowgate in October 1997.

Mike Phelan's side (with ex-Magpie Neil McDonald now assisting him) got to this point via away wins at Exeter City (3-1), Stoke City and Bristol City (both 2-1).

The tie sees Momo Diame returning to the club he left in August, where he should get a reasonable reception - by virtue of scoring the goal that got them promoted.

Diame's final competitive game for City saw him net in a 1-0 play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley back in May.

Fellow Magpie Isaac Hayden also spent last season on loan at City, while former Toon reserve Greg Olley has made one appearance for Hull so far this season.

This will be our eighth Quarter Final appearance and aside from beating Notts County en route to Wembley back in December 1975, we've always bowed out: 

League Cup Quarter Final Record:

1974/75 Chester City (h) drew 0-0
1974/75 Chester City (a) lost 0-1 (replay)
1975/76 Notts County (h) won 1-0
1995/96 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
1997/98 Liverpool (h) lost 0-2
2001/02 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Chelsea (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Spurs (a) lost 0-4

PS: No current Magpie has ever scored for us in a League Cup Quarter Final tie - the only goal we've managed to date was a Notts County own goal.

Fourth Round results:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Arsenal 2-0
Bristol City 1-2 Hull City
Leeds United 2-2 Norwich City (3-2 on pens)
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
Newcastle United 6-0 Preston North End

Wed 26.10.2016:
Manchester United
1-0 Manchester City
Southampton 1-0 mackems
West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea

Leeds (a) tickets

Tickets for Newcastle's trip to Elland Road next month are now on sale to season ticket holders, with an initial threshold of 100 points.

An allocation of 2,764 tickets has been obtained, with adult prices 37 - our costliest away ticket in the Championship this season so far.

Since our last visit to Leeds, away fans have relocated to the southernmost end of the John Charles (West) Stand - to the bottom right of the above photo.

Loan lad:
Super sub!

Having completed 90 minutes of a 4-0 league win over Grasshopper on Sunday, on-loan Magpie
Kevin Mbabu was on the bench for BSC Young Boys on Wednesday, as they faced the same opposition in a Cup tie.

Introduced as a 75th minute substitute with his side 3-0 ahead, he took just two minutes to grab his first senior career goal thanks to a close range volley.

Watch Kevin's goal online here

BSC eventually ran out 5-0 winners to confirm their place in the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Other loans:

Kyle Cameron
(Newport County)
County played their rescheduled home game with Barnet on Tuesday, drawing 2-2 at Rodney Parade. Kyle completed the full 90 minutes.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
A 2-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday included a first goal of 2015 (when he was with Bordeaux) for midfielder Saivet.

See Saivet's strike here

In the starting XI, he collected a first half booking before breaking the deadlock four minutes into the second period and being replaced after 87 minutes.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
It finished scoreless in Paris on Sunday between third placed PSG and OM (who are eleventh) in Ligue 1. Thauvin completed the full game and faced old boy Hatem Ben Arfa when he arrived for the hosts as an 80th minute substitute.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
scored twice from the spot but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-4 at home to former club Northampton in League One on Saturday.

Watch his goals online here

scored twice from the spot but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-4 at home to former club Northampton in League One on Saturday.

Watch his goals online here

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
After sitting out Tuesday's visit of his parent club to Oakwell, the striker returned with the opener in a 2-0 win at Brentford in the Championship on Saturday.

Watch his goal online here

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Haris watched from the bench as the Bantams shared six goals with Sheffield United at Valley Parade in League One on Saturday.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
There was another full 90 minutes for Jamie as City beat Rochdale 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena in League One on Saturday.

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Alex played the full game as the Hatters drew 1-1 at home to Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 2-1 victory at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday.

Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United)
There was no place in the squad for
striker Tom as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at home by Leyton Orient in League Two on Saturday.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
A calf injury meant that Siem wasn't involved as PSV defeated Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 on Saturday.

Also missing from a midweek 1-3 cup defeat by the same side, an MRI scan found nothing untoward and he's now resumed training ahead of a league trip to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Manu's Spanish nightmare shows no sign of easing, with no goals in six appearances since joining Osasuna and now a straight red card in a 1-2 home defeat by Real Betis on Friday.

Arriving as a 58th minute substitute, Riviere reacted badly to a foul by Darko Brasanac and was sent off after 87 minutes.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Sammy played 90 minutes for the Trotters on Monday, as they won 2-0 at Bury in League One - their first league victory at Gigg Lane since 1929.


Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Game tbc

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Game tbc

Senior Cup update

All five First Round ties in the 2016/17 Northumberland Senior Cup were settled within 90 minutes this week as follows:

Tue 25.10.2016:

Alnwick Town 2-4 Heaton Stannington
Ashington 1-2 Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town 3-2 Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield 0-2 Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic 0-2 Team Northumbria

The five victorious sides go into the Quarter Final draw, where they join Newcastle United Reserves, Blyth Spartans and the current cup holders North Shields.

Coverage of that draw is on Wednesday's edition of Football Matters at 9.30pm on the Made in Tyne & Wear TV channel (Sky 117).

Unlikely lads
Two in - one out

Having left his managerial post at Blackpool following their demotion to League Two last May, former Magpie Neil McDonald has a new job in the Premier League.

The 50 year-old Tynesider has been confirmed as an assistant to Hull City boss Mike Phelan, returning to a number two role after similar previous stints at Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Lincoln City, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

Another former SJP favourite found himself in an assistant role on Tuesday, when Wolves ended their 87 day association with Manager Walter Zenga.

The Molineux club have turned to his number two Rob Edwards as interim boss - with Scott Sellars stepping up from U23 coach to assist him in first team matters. 

Leaving his job as Wigan boss on Tuesday though was old boy Gary Caldwell paying the price for just two Championship victories so far in fourteen attempts.

Taking charge in April 2015 following his retirement from playing, 34 year-old Caldwell led Wigan to the League One title last season.

National service 
for youngsters

Lewis Gibson (England U17):
Tue 25.10.2016
Azerbaijan (n) won 2-0 ECQ
Gibson completed the full 90 minutes in Buftea.
Thu 27.10.2016 Romania (a) won 3-0 ECQ
Another full shift and clean sheet for Lewis in Buftea.

Sun 30.10.2016 Austria (n) ECQ

Owen Gallacher (Scotland U19):
Tue 25.10.2016 Liechtenstein (n) won 1-0 ECQ
Owen's participation is tbc.
Thu 27.10.2016 Andorra (n) won 1-0 ECQ
Owen's participation is tbc.

Sun 30.10.2016 Israel (n) ECQ

Cottagers on top  

Fulham U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report is online here

Tractor Boys ploughed

Newcastle  3  Ipswich Town  0

Watch the goals online here

Match report


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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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.

*NUFC have announced that their members only away ticket policy will be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Fri 28.10.2016 U23s v Hartlepool United (h) @ NUFC Academy, 1pm. Central League Cup.

Sat 29.10.2016 Preston North End (a) @ Deepdale, 3pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 5,600.

Mon 31.10.2016 U23s v smoggies (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 04.11.2016 U23s v Bristol City (a) @ venue tbc, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
Note new date.

Sat 05.11.2016 U18s v Stoke City (a)
@ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 05.11.2016 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Sat 12.11.2016 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 12.11.2016 Martin Hardy "Tunnel of Love" book launch event - details tbc.

Sat 19.11.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) @ Elland Road, 1.15pm. Championship. ST  holder sale now, 100 points. 37 adults, 25 aged 60/disabled/ 16 to 22 years, U16s 18, U11s 9. U16s must be accompanied. Allocation: 2,764. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 21.11.2016 Martin Hardy discusses the writing of "Tunnel of Love" @ Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Tickets free but must be pre-booked via 0191 232 0192.

Mon 21.11.2016 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 26.11.2016 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.11.2016 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale Mon 31.10.2016 (online), Mon 07.11.2016 (in person / by phone).

Mon 28.11.2016 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Date tbc.11.2016 Hull City (a) @ KCOM Stadium, KO tbc. EFL Cup Quarter Final.

Fri 02.12.2016 U23s v Southampton (a) @ Marchwood, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

Fri 02.12.2016 Nottingham Forest (a) @ City Ground, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 03.12.2016 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 05.12.2016 FA Cup Third Round draw. Time tbc. Involves NUFC.

Sun 07.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sun 20.11.2016
Leeds United (a) 1.15pm
Fri 02.12.2016 Forest (a) 7.45pm
Wed 14.12.2016 Wigan Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wed (h) 7.45pm
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3pm

(Live games selected up to and including Mon 02.01.2017).

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Round dates:

w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

Saturday 20th May 2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21st May 2017:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international breaks:
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Nations Cup Finals (Gabon):
14.01.2017 to 05.02.2017,
in Libreville, France Ville, Oyem-Bitam and Port-Gentil. 

A: Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, B.Faso
B: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal 
C: Ivory Coast, Togo, DR Congo, Morocco 
D: Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Mali 

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

The Telegraph's sports desk may well be terrified, but Mitro wasn't quite that incendiary against PNE:

(John B, Ross W and others)

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

On This Day in History
28th October

Born Or Died:

1920 Dick Burke born, Ashton, Manchester. (1946-47)

Defender signed from Blackpool in December 1946, having joined the Seasiders from Droylesden in 1939 but losing a significant chunk of his career to World War II.

Dick actually played against Blackpool as a war guest of Liverpool, netting during a 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road in April 1946.

An occasional starter at right back for United, Burke debuted in a 3-2 home win over Plymouth Argyle within days of his arrival on Tyneside. 

Losing his place to Bobby Cowell, Dick moved on to Carlisle United in August 1947 and later played for his hometown club Ashton United, He passed away in 2004. 

1970 Death of Harry Ware, 59.

1980 Alan Smith, born Rothwell.

Although signed as a forward player and scoring in a pre-season home win over Sampdoria, the 2009 vintage Alan Smith is a deep-lying midfielder and club captain.

A controversial move Leeds United to Manchester United in 2004 was followed by career-threatening injuries at Old Trafford, which restricted his outing for Fergie's side.

Arriving at SJP for 6m, Smith's first season saw him a regular choice under Sam Allardyce but used more as a sub by Kevin Keegan - despite adding little to the side.

A pre-season Achilles injury then ruled him out of action until early 2009, by which time KK had departed and Joe Kinnear had both come and gone from the manager's office.

Making his comeback in the reserves, Smith played in central midfield and remained there when returning to the first team - with messrs Nolan, Barton & Guthrie all missing.

Dropping down a league saw Smith linked with a number of Premier League clubs - most notably Everton - but he opted to remain at United and the absence of Nicky Butt from the season opener at West Brom saw Smudger take the armband.

And after playing his part in promotion Smith was in the starting XI as his side returned to the top flight with defeat at his former home of Old Trafford.

He appeared a dozen more times until sustaining an ankle injury in the 1-1 wear-Tyne game that ruled him out for the rest of the season although he was allowed on as a substitute for a "farewell" appearance in the home game to West Brom.

At the time United were coasting at 3-1 up but eventually drew 3-3 costing them three league places and over 1m in prize money.

Two more brief appearances the following season eventually saw him move to MK Dons on loan and the move was made permanent ahead of the 2012/13 season.

Summer 2014 then saw Smith agree a dual coaching/playing role at Notts County.

Lge FAC LC Tot
A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
65 10   4     4 1   73 11

1984(?!) Obafemi Martins born, Lagos, Nigeria. (2006-09)

Striker purchased from Inter Milan at a cost of over 10m to succeed Alan Shearer in the United number nine shirt.

And although he scored some spectacular goals - notably one howitzer-like strike in a 3-2 win at Spurs in January 2007 - far too often he was missing in action or just AWOL.

89 starts (plus 15 sub outings) in all competitions brought the diminutive Nigerian 35 goals - the first in a 2-0 win at West Ham early in the 2006/07 season.

That first season ended though with Martins wandering round Watford in his flip flops, having declared himself unfit to play in the final game of the season - shortly after learning that caretaker boss Nigel Pearson intended to name him on the bench.

International wrangles, unexpected trips back to his former Milan home and some niggling injuries and ailments all got in the way of his playing at times - while he was also quite partial to the Tyneside nightlife.

The final weeks of what was to become our relegation season saw a typical mixture of the good and bad from Oba - scoring at home to the smoggies and hitting the post on that fateful day against Fulham, but also declaring a mysterious groin injury on the day of the Stoke away game, to the obvious annoyance of United boss, Alan Shearer.

With relegation confirmed and departure from SJP seemingly inevitable, Martins had a hernia op and the media began to speculate on his next club. Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, Spurs, the mackems, Stoke City, Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Lyon and Seville all linked.

With no deal in sight though and pre-season training underway, Martins appeared for 45 minutes of the infamous 1-6 friendly loss at Leyton Orient - 24 hours after news broke of strong transfer interest from Wolfsburg.

The following Wednesday saw Newcastle face Leeds United in a kickabout at SJP, with Martins absent and confirmed to be in negotiations with the Bundesliga club.

A deal claimed to be both 9m and 10m in the press was then quickly concluded and the player netted against Cologne when appearing for his debut from the bench.

By November he was crocked again though and appeared only intermittently through the rest of the season, scoring his final Wolfsburg goal against Rubin Kazan in a Champions League tie in March 2010.

With new Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren apparently happy to see him depart, the Russian side then successfully bid for Martins four months later after he had played his part in a thoroughly rotten World Cup Final campaign for Nigeria.

But he unexpectedly popped back up on the radar when joining Birmingham City on loan in January 2011 and scored the winning goal in the Carling Cup Final against Arsenal.

In September 2012 Martins signed a two year deal with La Liga side Levante after securing his release from Rubin, marking his debut in Spain with the winner against Real Sociedad. 

Within six months though he'd been lured to the USA, joining MLS side Seattle Sounders and scoring eight times in his first season.

A second campaign at Seattle harvested 17 goals and a lucrative new three year deal - not bad for a 29 year-old and even better for a thirty something...

Martins continued his goal form at the Sounders and grabbed his 40th in their colours on the eve of whatever birthday he celebrated in October 2015.

1997 Lewis Suddick born, Newcastle

Academy midfielder (who also featured at full back) and grandson of former Magpies favourite Alan Suddick, Lewis was in the 2013 Milk Cup squad and agreed a scholarship the following year.

Returning to Northern Ireland for the 2014 Milk Cup event and also participating in the Gothia Cup for United, he celebrated his 17th birthday having still to debut for the club's U18 side in league competition.

However, Lewis was blooded at U21 level when a young Magpies XI faced Northern League side Consett in a friendly match in October 2014 - aged just 16.

A competitive debut for Peter Beardsley's side then came in a 1-3 loss to Morpeth Town in the Northumberland Senior Cup six months - unfortunately turning the ball past his own goalkeeper to register an own goal.

July 2015 then saw an unexpected senior bow for Suddick, coming off the bench for the closing 20 minutes of a 1-2 friendly defeat at League Two York City.

He was injured and underwent an operation in January 2016 and was released at the end of the season before flying to the States to play for Butler Mens Soccer in Indianapolis.

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1893 Small Heath (h)
Division Two 
Mobley, Wheldon
A debut for locally-born William Simm, at outside right. This match, against the future Birmingham City was to be his only senior appearance.

1899 Wolves (h)
Division One
Debut of Colin Veitch, a versatile player who appeared on 322 occasions for United and was later involved with the club, first as coach to the juniors and subsequently as a journalist covering United.

1905 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
1-0,2-0,3-1), McWilliam(4-1)

1911 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 
Hibbert, Higgins 

1922 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Aitken, J. Low 
After a 1-1 draw against the Gunners at SJP the previous Saturday, United claimed the points at Highbury - a second win at the stadium in what was their fourth visit.

1933 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
Oakton, Gallacher
Former favourite Hughie Gallacher found the net to extend United's winless run away from home to ten league matches. 

1939 York City (h)
Howe 5, Westwood 3, Clifton
Scorers tbc
Eight of United's goals came in the second half.

1944 Leeds United (h)
Wayman 2
Hindle, Mahon, Short, Ainsley

1950 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
Milburn, G.Robledo 3 
Mortensen (9), og(Harvey)
Ahead early on courtesy of Magpies wartime guest player Stanley Mortensen, United rallied with George Robledo in sparkling form.

By the time the Seasiders scored again, after a mix-up between Joe Harvey and 'keeper Jack Fairbrother, the win was assured. 

1953 South Africa XI (h)
Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell
scorer tbc 
The Magpies ended a run of six successive home league defeats in this midweek, floodlit friendly match.

1959 York City (a)
White 3, Allchurch 2, Eastham, Mitchell, Gilfillan
Addison, Patterson
A midweek visit to Bootham Crescent to inaugurate City's recently-installed floodlights.

Among the scorers for the Minstermen was a young Colin Addison, who would go on to become player-manager of Hereford United - featuring in our infamous 1972 FA Cup loss. 

1967 Everton (h)
Division One 
With Ollie Burton having been dismissed earlier, United were handed the chance to win the game in the last minute, when Toffees goalkeeper Gordon West decked Albert Bennett with a punch.

West was sent off and in the absence of Pop Robson, Jim Iley was entrusted with spot kick duties, firing home past stand-in Sandy Brown at the second attempt.

1971 Joe Harvey bought the special talent of Tony Green from Blackpool, with Keith Dyson heading to Bloomfield Road in part exchange.

1972 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
United fans were greeted by the sight of eight foot security fences - recently installed round the Stamford Bridge pitch.

1976 Defender Martin Gorry arrived at SJP in a 50,000 move from Barnsley but failed to make the grade with United.

1978 Cardiff City (h)
Division Two 
Withe(9), Robinson(66), Connolly(78) 
A diving header from Peter Withe was then added to by winger Stuart Robinson - whose innocuous left wing lob that bobbled into the net after Bluebirds 'keeper Ron Healey lost his balance. 

1980 Arthur Cox signed left back Peter Johnson in a 60,000 transfer from Boro.

However after a bright start against Watford, Harrogate-born Johnson faded quickly and injuries had restricted him to just 20 first team appearances when released in 1983.

Johnson went on to play for Exeter City and Peterborough United, later coaching junior players at Southend United.

1981 Fulham (a)
(1-4 on aggregate)
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg 
Lewington(29pen), Coney(74)
Having won the first leg 2-1 at SJP, the Third Division side - managed by old boy Malcolm Macdonald - completed the job at Craven Cottage. 

1987 Wimbledon (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Fashanu(34), Gibson(90)
A poor night at Plough Lane saw United miss a host of chances before Terry Gibson won it for the home side in the last minute.

Bobby Gould's Dons would blight Newcastle this season, winning at SJP in both the FA Cup and First Division, with the league meeting in SW19 an awful 0-0 stalemate.
Youtube footage is online here (part I)
Youtube footage is online here (part II)

1989 Port Vale (h)
Division Two 
McGhee(10), Quinn(55) 
Earle(83), Futcher(90)
Slack defending saw victory against the Valiants tossed away, despite United's first goal being allowed to stand when Mark McGhee clearly handled the ball. 
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Chelsea (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Sinclair(58), Harford(82)
A first goal for United by Rob Lee but old boy Mick Harford netted the Chelsea winner. 

Old boy Joe Allon was never called upon as a home substitute, while injury victim David Kelly received a great reception from the large travelling support standing on the open terrace as he limped past.

2000 West Ham (a)
Our winless London run was extended to 20 games, after old boys Stuart Pearce and Shaka Hislop shut up shop for the Hammers.

Bobby Robson handed midfielder Clarence Acuna a first outing, with Rob Lee dropping back to sweeper to compensate. match report

2002 Tommy Craig's Reserve side recorded a first home win of the season, overcoming previously unbeaten league leaders Aston Villa 3-2 at Gateshead Stadium.

Ahead through an own goal, Villa netted twice before Michael Chopra levelled the contest on the stroke of half time. Diego Gavilan then won it after the break. match report

2006 Charlton Athletic (h) 0-0

Iain Dowie's Addicks side made it to SJP for this teatime TV KO - but only after a morning jog round the city had left them hopelessly lost and forced to book a  fleet of taxis to return to the team hotel. match report

2008 West Bromwich Albion (h) 2-1 (2-0)
Premier League
Barton(9pen), Martins(42)
Goals from Joey Barton and birthday boy Obafemi Martins ultimately proved enough to give Joe Kinnear his first win as manager - and only United's second victory in ten league games. match report

2012 West Bromwich Albion (h) 2-1 (1-0)
Premier League
Ba(35), Cisse(90+3)

On a day when a point was on the cards despite a poor display, a late piece of outrageous fortune gave United a first league win in four games.

Deep into the three minutes of added time, Sammy Ameobi's shot deflected wickedly off the back of fellow substitute Papiss Cisse and into the net at the Gallowgate End. match report

2013 Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to holding a forged driving licence.

Tiote admitted paying 12,800 for a fake Belgian licence before trying to swap it for a UK one. He received a seven month sentence suspended for 18 months and was ordered to do 180 hours community service.