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Wigan (h) Public sale now
Burton (h) Public sale now
Sheff Wed (a) ST holder sale now (
Leeds (h)
Ipswich (a) ST holder sale now (
Preston (h) Member sale now
Team prediction: win Platinum Club tickets

Our betting partners Coral have donated a pair of Platinum Club tickets for Newcastle's home game against Burton Albion at St. James' Park on Wednesday week, April 5th (7.45pm kick-off).

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email us at before Midnight on Friday (March 31st) with your prediction for Newcastle's starting XI against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

There's nothing more to it than that - no obligation to place a bet, sign up to anything and we won't share any details so you'll not receive any spam emails. 

The email subject is Burton. One entry per person please, the competition is open to everyone and the prize consists of two match tickets only as specified - any other expenses are your own concern. 

NB: Should nobody correctly guess the team or any single person get close then, the tickets will go to a randomly-drawn entrant. The winner will be informed by email on Saturday night (1st). 




Reserve friendly:
Town v Toon


Northern League Division Two side Hebburn Town are to face a Newcastle United XI next month, as the local non-leaguers continue their efforts to remain afloat despite difficult financial conditions. 

The friendly is scheduled for Tuesday April 18th at the Hebburn Sports & Social Ground at 7.30pm.

Match admission will be Town's normal prices of just £5 adults, £3 for concessions and £1 bairns, payable on the gate. The postcode is NE31 1UN and nearest Metro station is Hebburn.

(There's also an advance ticket option for £12 that includes match admission and entry to a post-match talk-in event at the ground featuring Peter Beardsley. We'll confirm here when those tickets go on sale).

United's most recent visit to Victoria Road West came back in July 2003, when a youthful Magpies XI were 6-2 winners. Marc Walton and Carl Finnigan weighed in with a hat-trick apiece against a Town defence that included former red and whiter Gary Bennett.  

Cardiff shift

Newcastle's trip to Cardiff - our penultimate game of the season - has been rescheduled from Saturday 29th April to Friday 28th April with a 7.45pm kick-off for live TV coverage by Sky Sports.

That means that United must play on Monday night and Friday night that week at the behest of Sky, but a rather more favourable TV alteration sees rivals Brighton enjoy an extended break between games.   

The Seagulls travel to Norwich on Friday April 21st, but don't then return to action until they host Bristol City in a teatime kick-off on Saturday April 29th.

Remaining NUFC games:

Sat 01.04.2017 Wigan Athletic (h) (3pm)
Wed 05.04.2017 Burton Albion (h) (7.45pm)
Sat 08.04.2017 Sheff Wednesday (a) (5.30pm) Sky
Fri 14.04.2017 Leeds United (h) (7.45pm) Sky
Mon 17.04.2017 Ipswich Town (a) (3pm)
Mon 24.04.2017 Preston (h) (7.45pm) Sky
Fri 28.04.2017 Cardiff City (a) (7.45pm) Sky
Sun 07.05.2017 Barnsley (h) (Noon)

Remaining Brighton games:

Sat 01.04.2017 Blackburn Rovers (h) (3pm)
Tue 04.04.2017:
Birmingham City (h) (7.45pm)
Fri 07.04.2017 QPR (a) (7.45pm) Sky
Fri 14.04.2017 Wolves (a) (5pm) Sky
Mon 17.04.2017 Wigan Athletic (h) (3pm)
Fri 21.04.2017 Norwich City (a) (7.45pm) Sky
Sat 29.04.2017 Bristol City (h) (5.30pm) Sky
Sun 07.05.2017 Aston Villa (a) (Noon)

Loan lads:
Ivan at the double


Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Ivan started the game against Bradford in League One on Sunday. He scored after just three minutes before the Bantams hit back with two quick goals.


Toney got his second just after the break to make it 2-2 and Scunthorpe went on to win it 3-2 before the striker was subbed in the 87th minute - and was later awarded the man of the match trinket.

See Ivan's brace online here

Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
A goal in second half added time ensured that the green and whites beat Rushall Olympic 2-1 at Croft Park in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.

Wooly played the full game for Blyth, who are now three wins away from lifting the championship.

Ben Smith (Spennymoor Town)
It finished 1-1 against Halesown Town at Brewery Field in the Northern Premier League on Saturday, with goalkeeper Ben omitted from the matchday party.

Oliver Long (Whitley Bay)
The Seahorses continued their recent good form by winning 1-0 at Dunston UTS in the Northern League on Saturday - but Olly wasn't involved.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay was missing from the matchday squad again as Carlisle lost at 0-2 home to Crewe Alexandra in League Two on Saturday - their seventh successive game without scoring a single goal.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
It's now confirmed that the midfielder has torn a hamstring which will sideline him for some time. 

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) 
Sheffield Wednesday (h) Championship, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts
Freddie Woodman
Inverness CT, Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Tim Krul (AZ Alkmaar)
Groningen (h) Eredivisie, Saturday.

Siem De Jong
(PSV Eindhoven)
Sparta Rotterdam (a) Eredivisie, Saturday.

Emmanuel Riviere
(Real Osasuna)
Athletic Bilbao (h) Primera Liga, Saturday. 

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Dijon (h) Ligue 1, Saturday.

Kevin Mbabu
(BSC Young Boys)
Vaduz (h) Swiss Super League, Sunday.

Lubo Satka
(DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
Slovan Bratislava (h) Saturday April 8th 

Henri Saivet
(AS Saint-Etienne)
Nantes (h) Ligue 1, Sunday April 9th

Arma at it again

Latest international selections involving Magpies:

Freddie Woodman/Adam Armstrong 
(England U20)
France (a) won 1-0 FR
It was Arma's turn to be named in the side, with Woodman on the bench. And the Magpies forward maintained his international scoring form, striking the only goal of the game in the 77th minute.

Senegal (n) Ploufragan Ville FR

Matt Ritchie
22.03.2017 Canada (h) drew 1-1 FR
The Magpies winger wasn't in the 20 man matchday squad named by Gordon Strachan but joined training the following day.

26.03.2017 Slovenia (h) won 1-0 WCQ
Ritchie was back in the squad for the victory over Slovenia at Hampden but remained on the bench.

Chancel Mbemba
(DR Congo):
Kenya (a) lost 1-2 FR
Mbemba played the full game in Nairobi as DR Congo lost to Kenya.

Lewis Gibson
(England U17):
Slovenia (n) won 4-0 ECQ
Lewis was in the starting line-up for this victory.

Bosnia & Herz (a) Bijeljina ECQ

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
Georgia (a) won 3-1 WCQ
Mitrovic scored a cracker in Tbilisi as Serbia went top of Group D - his fourth strike in five qualifying games.

Mitro started, scored in the 64th minute and was subbed seven minutes later. Dusan Tadic played the ball up to our man and he turned superbly before whipping a 20-yard effort past the 'keeper to put the Serbs 2-1 up.

See Mitro's goal online here

Henri Saivet (Senegal):
Nigeria (n) drew 1-1 FR
The rather bizarre venue of Barnet's Hive Stadium played host to this kickabout on Thursday night, for which midfielder Saivet was an unused substitute. 

Ivory Coast (n) 1-1 abandoned FR
The friendly in Paris was abandoned after 88 minutes with the score 1-1 when fans invaded the pitch. Saivet started the game and was still on the field when the ref called an end to proceedings.

Matz Sels
25.03.2017 Greece (h) drew 1-1 WCQ
Sels was named on the bench for this one and remained there as it finished 1-1 in Brussels despite the visitors ending the game with nine men.

Russia (a) Sochi FR

Florian Thauvin (France):
25.03.2017 Luxembourg (a) won 3-1 WCQ
Thauvin was one of the unused substitutes at the Stade Josy Barthel.

Spain (h) Paris FR

Injuries saw Grant Hanley (Scotland), Daryl Murphy, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark (Ireland) withdraw from their respective squads, while Tim Krul was in the preliminary Netherlands squad but then dropped.
Wigan Athletic (h)

The Magpies return to home league action when they host the Latics on Saturday. It's a 3pm kick-off and tickets are on public sale now.

There will be another NUFC Foodbanks collection, on Strawberry Place opposite the club shop from 1pm.

Betting: To follow

NUFC: There's some optimism that Isaac Hayden may return to the squad, but DeAndre Yedlin remains out along with long-term absentee Rolando Aarons.

There are doubts about Daryl Murphy, Ciaran Clark, Grant Hanley and Rob Elliot after the quartet all withdrew from international duty with injuries.

Paul Dummett is playing on despite a heel problem that has required pain-killing injections and saw him omitted from the latest Welsh squad. 

Matt Ritchie meanwhile didn't kick a ball while with Scotland, not featuring in the friendly against Canada and watching the defeat of Slovenia from the bench.

Ghana don't have any matches in this international break, meaning that Christian Atsu isn't playing. And while Senegal have a couple of friendlies, Mo Diame won't feature - having confirmed his retirement.

WAFC: Will Grigg has a knee injury.

Attempting to avoid a return to League One at the first time of asking, Wigan have put coach Graham Barrow in charge for the rest of the season. 

That follows the sacking of Gary Caldwell in October and the more recent exit of his replacement, Warren Joyce.

The Latics have enjoyed better fortunes away from home this season, winning at Cardiff, Huddersfield, Wolves, Burton and Birmingham. They also drew at Leeds, Brentford, Barnsley and Derby.

Referee: David Coote - third time round for this Nottinghamshire-based whistler, who previously took charge of our home defeat by Blackburn Rovers and the FA Cup loss at Oxford United. 

No scheduled Metro disruptions


Overseas TV:

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)


Latics in Toon - all time:

Won 3-0 Ba 2, Bigirimana
Won 1-0 Cabaye
Drew 2-2 Sh.Ameobi, Coloccini
Drew 2-2 Owen, Martins
Won 1-0 Owen
Won 2-1 Parker, Sh.Ameobi
Won 3-1 Shearer 2, Bramble
Drew 2-2 Broadis, Milburn (FAC)

Full record v Wigan Athletic:


Current Championship table - top 7:

P Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Newcastle 38 +38 78
2 Brighton 38 +30 77
3 Huddersfield 37 +4 71
4 Leeds 38 +16 69
5 Reading 38 +2 67
6 Sheffield Wed 38 +9 62
7 Fulham 38 +19 61

Latest fixtures:

Fri 31.03.2017:
Derby County v QPR (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 01.04.2017:
Barnsley v Sheff Wednesday (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Norwich City (3pm)
Brentford v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Burton Albion (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (3pm)
Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Preston North End v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Rotherham United v Fulham (3pm)
Wolves v Cardiff City (3pm)
Reading v Leeds United (5.30pm) Sky

Owls allocation increased

Following representations to both South Yorkshire Police and the relevant Safety Advisory Group, Newcastle's allocation for next month's trip to Sheffield Wednesday has been increased.

The original 2,350 places have been boosted by additional 750 for a revised total of 3,100 tickets - although that's still less than the highest away allocation at Hillsborough this season (both Aston Villa and Leeds received over 4,000 last August).

Those 3,100 seats are in the upper tier of the West (Leppings Lane) Stand, with the lower section now on sale to home supporters (stringent purchase history rules are in operation to prevent away infiltration). 

Our last competitive visit to the stadium in December 2009 saw 5,300 fans accommodated in that end.

Junior showtime

Approaching his 50th birthday, long-suffering Newcastle fan Shaun Smith decided to extend his ground-hopping habit by setting himself the task of visiting all 22 Scottish Junior Cup winning clubs.

The tartan equivalent of the FA Vase/Trophy, the competition has been in existence since 1887 and remains keenly contested - known to some as "the Holy Grail of Scottish Football".

Shaun's excursions over the border have now been documented in a new book, available from the Back Page and online in book & digital form via Amazon

Thanks to the author we have a signed copy to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, answer this question by emailing before Noon on Thu March 30th, subject Book

This Fairs Cup winner played for Scottish Junior side Bathgate Thistle, later joining United from Partick Thistle during 1968. Name him.  


One entry per person please, the competition is open to UK and overseas entrants. Shaun's blog is here

Web winners

Thanks to everyone who showed an interest in the special offer from our sponsors, Begin Digital.

The Gateshead-based web design company have undertaken to build websites for two readers to showcase their work - and have now confirmed the selection as follows: 

CentrAle is a craft beer bottle shop, opening soon in a unit within Newcastle Central Station, offering the widest possible selection of locally-produced brews.

They exist currently on twitter @Centr_Ale

Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear is a sporting club for people with disabilities in the Gateshead areas, recently gaining some valuable publicity by enlisting the help of Kevin Keegan.

Find them on twitter @SOGTW

Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals for websites - there were a great variety of projects, but the standard was uniformly excellent.

Founded by two NUFC fans, Begin Digital specialise in creating professional websites at an affordable price of £499 helping small businesses to get online or revamp an existing web presence to reach more customers.


Royal appointment

Newcastle's reward for disposing of the Premier League Cup holders West Ham is a Quarter Final tie at home to Reading.

The tie is at Whitley Park on Monday April 3rd with a 1pm kick-off and a result must be achieved on the day, via extra time and penalties if required.

All four ties take place on the same day.

Quarter Final Draw:

Newcastle v Reading (1pm)
Swansea City v Brighton (2pm)
Liverpool v Norwich City (7pm)
Portsmouth v Colchester United (7pm)

s latest

Whether you're going to home or away games, if part of your journey is by train, then various weekend alterations for engineering work may derail you:

Sat 1st Wigan Athletic (h) 3pm
Amended timetable York-Newcastle

Sat 8th Sheffield Wednesday (a) 5.30pm
Buses replace trains York-Darlington from 8pm.

Fri 14th Leeds United (h) 7.45pm
No issues 

Mon 17th Ipswich Town (a) 3pm
Liverpool Street Station closed all weekend, suggested alternative route: Central Line tube to Newbury Park, bus to Ingatestone, train to Ipswich.


Sun 7th Barnsley (h) Noon
Buses replace trains York-Darlington until 10am.
An amended Trans Pennine timetable will apply.
Buses replace trains Hexham-Newcastle all day.

Find details of all the above
online here


End games

Following the visit of Wigan Athletic to SJP on April 1st, the Championship fixtures look like this:

Tue 04.04.2017:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)
Barnsley v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Brentford v Leeds United (7.45pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City (7.45pm)
Derby County v Fulham (7.45pm)
Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic (7.45pm)
Preston North End v Bristol City (7.45pm)
Rotherham United v Sheff Wednesday (7.45pm) Sky
Wolves v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)
Reading v Blackburn Rovers (8pm)

Wed 05.04.2017:
Huddersfield Town v Norwich City (7.45pm) Sky
Newcastle United v Burton Albion (7.45pm)

Fri 07.04.2017:
QPR v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 08.04.2017:
Birmingham City v Derby County (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley (3pm)
Bristol City v Wolves (3pm)
Burton Albion v Aston Villa (3pm)
Cardiff City v Brentford (3pm)
Fulham v Ipswich Town (3pm)
Leeds United v Preston North End (3pm)
Norwich City v Reading (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United (3pm)
Sheff Wednesday v Newcastle United (5.30pm) Sky

Thu 13.04.2017:
Wigan Athletic v Barnsley (7.45pm)

Fri 14.04.2017:
Brentford v Derby County (3pm)
Bristol City v QPR (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Preston North End (3pm)
Norwich City v Fulham (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Rotherham United v Birmingham City (3pm)
Sheff Wednesday v Cardiff City (3pm)
Wolves v Brighton & Hove Albion (5pm) Sky
Burton Albion v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)
Newcastle United v Leeds United (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 15.04.2017:
Aston Villa v Reading (3pm)

Mon 17.04.2017:
Fulham v Aston Villa (2.45pm) Sky
Barnsley v Brentford (3pm)
Birmingham City v Burton Albion (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Newcastle United (3pm)
Leeds United v Wolves (3pm)
Preston North End v Norwich City (3pm)
QPR v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Reading v Rotherham United (3pm)
Derby County v Huddersfield Town (5pm) Sky

Fri 21.04.2017:
Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 22.04.2017:

Brentford v QPR (3pm)
Bristol City v Barnsley (3pm)
Burton Albion v Leeds United (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Fulham (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Reading (3pm)
Rotherham United v Ipswich Town (3pm)
Sheff Wednesday v Derby County (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Cardiff City (3pm)
Wolves v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)

Sun 23.04.2017:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City (Noon)

Mon 24.04.2017:
Newcastle United v Preston North End (7.45pm) Sky

Tue 25.04.2017:
Wolves v Huddersfield Town (7.45pm)

Fri 28.04.2017:
Cardiff City v Newcastle United (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 29.04.2017:

Barnsley v Burton Albion (3pm)
Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa (3pm)
Derby County v Wolves (3pm)
Fulham v Brentford (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Leeds United v Norwich City (3pm)
Preston North End v Rotherham United (3pm)
QPR v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Reading v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 07.05.2017:
Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion (Noon)
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers (Noon)
Bristol City v Birmingham City (Noon)
Burton Albion v Reading (Noon)
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City (Noon)
Newcastle United v Barnsley (Noon)
Norwich City v QPR (Noon)
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town (Noon)
Rotherham United v Derby County (Noon)
Sheff Wednesday v Fulham (Noon)
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United (Noon)
Wolves v Preston North End (Noon)

Burton Albion (h)

The Brewers make their first-ever visit to Gallowgate for a Championship game on Wednesday April 5th.

It's a 7.45pm start. Tickets are on public sale now.

Betting: To follow

NUFC: To follow

BAFC: Albion remain in danger of returning to the third tier after their maiden season in the Championship and move on to Newcastle after a game at Huddersfield the previous Saturday.

Their two away wins were achieved at Rotherham and QPR, but before their most recent 3-5 defeat at Brentford they took points from successive draws at Derby, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Referee: Keith Stroud - coming to us from Hampshire and making a third appearance at Gallowgate so far this season. His previous two both ended in home victories (Brighton 2-0, Forest 3-1) and both visiting sides ending the game with just ten men. 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

Stats: Although Burton Albion have never visited SJP before, the now-defunct sides Burton Swifts and Burton Wanderers both played here previously:

1897/98 Newcastle 3-1 Burton Swifts
1896/97 Newcastle 3-0 Burton Wanderers
1896/97 Newcastle 2-1 Burton Swifts
1895/96 Newcastle 4 -0 Burton Wanderers
1895/96 Newcastle 5-0 Burton Swifts
1894/95 Newcastle 3-1 Burton Wanderers
1894/95 Newcastle 6-3 Burton Swifts
1893/94 Newcastle 4-1 Burton Swifts


Full record v Burton Albion:



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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.


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 01.04.2017 U18s v Southampton (a) @ Marchwood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.04.2017 Wigan Athletic (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Mon 03.04.2017 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup.

Wed 05.04.2017 Burton Albion (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Sat 08.04.2017 U18s v Brighton and Hove Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.04.2017 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 5.30pm. Championship. ST holder now, 50 points. £42 adults, £32 over 65s / U21s, £15 U17s, £10 U11s, £5 U5s. Allocation: 3,100. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 10.04.2017 U23s v Fulham (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 14.04.2017 Leeds United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 17.04.2017 Ipswich Town (a)
@ Portman Road, 3pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 10 points. £37.50 adults, £25 OAPs, £24 young adults, £11.50 bairns. Allocation: tbc.

NB: Original sales of tickets were at £32.50 adults, £23 OAPs, £22 young adults, £11.50 bairns.

Tue 18.04.2017 U23s v Hebburn Town (a) @ Victoria Road West, Heburn, 7.30pm. Friendly.

Sat 22.04.2017 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 24.04.2017 U23s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Riverside, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 24.04.2017 Preston North End (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale Thu 30.03.2017 (online), Fri 07.04.2017 ( in person / by phone). Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 28.04.2017 Cardiff City (a)
@ Cardiff City Stadium, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

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:
Sat 08.04.2017 Sheff Wed (a) 5.30pm
Fri 14.04.2017 Leeds United (h) 7.45pm
Mon 24.04.2017 Preston NE (h) 7.45pm
Fri 28.04.2017
Cardiff City (a) 7.45pm

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Wed 26.04.2017 Blyth Spartans v North Shields @ SJP, 7.30pm.

2017/18 season start/end dates:
PL 12.08.2017 to 13.05.2018
EFL 04.08.2017 to 05.05.2018

2017/18 season fixture dates:
EFL 21.06.2017

League Cup Final 25.02.2018
FA Cup Final date tbc

Talk-ins etc:

Thu 30.03.2017 Keith Gillespie
@ Hedworth Hall, South Shields. £15 inc. curry, tickets from venue or 0191 456 3112.

Fri 07.04.2017 Steve Harper (and Mick Lowes) Ponteland CIU, Merton Way, benefit for Ponteland Cricket Club. Tickets £20 inc. pie & peas. Tickets: Chris on 07814 736865. 
Note change of venue.

Fri 21.04.2017 Steve Harper
@ Assembly Rooms, Newcastle. Benefit for Teenage Cancer Trust. £30 (£90 VIP) from 07891 967469.

Thu 27.04.2017 Alan Shearer @ Hedworth Hall, South Shields. £50 inc. meal, tickets from venue or 0191 456 3112.

Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner @ Village Hotel, North Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance. £50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.

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

2017/18 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 28.08-05.09.2017
Mon-Tue 02.10-10.10.2017
Mon-Tue 06.11-14.11.2017
Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

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
28th March

Born Or Died:

1952 Death of Andy McCombie, 75.

1986 Ben Webster born, Alnwick

Midfielder who appeared for United at both  academy and reserve levels, earning England caps at both U16 and U17 level.

Following his release in 2005, Ben had trials at Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Crewe and
Rochester Rhinos in the USA  before signing for Swedish club Vasteras SK.

Homesickness prompted a return after two years, a trial at Scottish side St.Johnstone coming to nothing. Signing for Newcastle Blue Star, Ben then faced the Magpies in a 2007 pre-season friendly at Kingston Park, by which time he was playing at right back.

He later trained with Berwick Rangers and was playing for Alnwick Town when the offer of a two year contract with Finnish side MyPa 47 came in 2009.

He then surfaced at Belgium side
Charleroi before appearing for Rajpracha in Thailand.


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1902 Grimsby Town (a)
Division One
32pts, 3rd 
Gardner, Ronaldson, Long
The Magpies were well beaten on what was their first-ever visit to Blundell Park.

1903 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
22pts, 15th 
McColl 2 

1908 Fulham (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Appleyard(31), Gardner(
3-0), Howie(35,5-0), Rutherford(4-0,6-0
FA Cup semi final time at Anfield, and an easy victory for United, despite being without Peter McWilliam.

1914 Glasgow Rangers (h)

1921 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division One 
44pts, 3rd 

1925 Birmingham (a)
Division One 
46pts, 2nd 
scorer tbc 

1931 Sunderland (h)
Division One 
34pts, 11th 
A hat trick of sorts for United's Harry Bedford, who netted twice and accidentally broke the jaw of mackem Alex Hastings. 

Bedford subsequently moved to Roker Park before returning to SJP in a coaching role just before the Second World War.

1936 Sheffield United (h)
Division Two 
34pts, 10th 
Connelly, J.Smith, Weaver 

1942 Sheffield United (h)

Rickett 3, Machent 2, Young(pen)
Some sources have Stubbins' goal in the second half.

1953 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
31pts, 14th 
Newcastle old boy Ernie Taylor marked his return to SJP by scoring the winning goal for the Tangerines.  

1959 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
33pts, 14th 
Allchurch, Hughes 
Brown 2, Gregory, Pacey
Just 24 hours after losing 0-3 at West Ham, United were beaten again in this Easter Saturday fixture.

1964 The FA Amateur Cup Semi-final between Barnet and Crook Town was played at SJP in front of 10,000 fans.

Ex-Magpie youngster Jimmy Goodfellow scored twice for Crook in a 2-1 success. Tony Harding netted for the Bees.

1970 Nottingham Forest (a) 2-2 (2-2)
Division One 
43pts, 6th 
Dyson (2), Robson (17)
Hilley (8), Lyons (12) 
Former Magpie Dave Hilley scored against his old side.

1979 Wrexham (h)
(abandoned after 45 minutes, rain)
Division Two 
27pts, 16th 
A game forever remembered by those present (including your correspondent), for the sight of Wrexham keeper Dai Davies having the wind blow his goal-kick out for a corner....

1981 Chelsea (h)
Division Two 
35pts, 12th 
Revenge for defender Bruce Halliday, who had made his debut in a 0-6 pasting earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge. The only senior goal of his Magpies career was a header at the Gallowgate End.

1984 Leeds United (h)
Division Two 
63pts, 3rd 
Visiting right back Denis Irwin was credited with the only goal as Newcastle kept up their promotion bid with this vital midweek victory.

1987 Southampton (h)
Division One 
30pts, 21st 
Goddard(23), Gascoigne(60)
Willie McFaul's side kept up their improved form, with Paul Goddard scoring for the second time in four days. He would go on to net in seven successive games to steer United away from the relegation zone.

1993 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
75pts, 1st 
Cole(60), Lee(62)
Saville(32), Rodgerson(38) 
A stormy Sunday at SJP, as Andy Saville and Ian Rodgerson put the Blues two ahead, much to the delight of their owner David Sullivan in the director's box. 

Two quick goals sent home fans into raptures and one in particular confirmed the score to Mr Sullivan in a rather forceful manner - for which he temporarily lost his season ticket.

1994 Newcastle reserves lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City, with central defender Brian Reid playing for the opening 45 minutes. 

Reid made a loan move until the end of the season, but then returned to his parent club Glasgow Rangers without ever making it into the Magpies first team.

1998 Southampton (a)
Premier League 
35pts, 15th 
Le Tissier(85pen)
Just a week before their FA Cup Semi final meeting with Sheffield United, United lost the services of Robert Lee with a hamstring injury picked up after putting his side ahead.

Stuart Pearce diverted a cross beyond Shay Given before a late goalmouth scramble saw referee Graham Barber penalise Newcastle for handball, with you know who scoring the pen.

David Batty's absence through suspension saw manager Kenny Dalglish utilise Nicos Dabizas as a holding midfielder at the Dell.

2004 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Premier League
45pts, 5th 
Less than 72 hours after their UEFA Cup victory away to Real Mallorca, a lethargic Newcastle slipped to defeat at the Reebok Stadium.

Steven Taylor made his league debut at right back and was out-muscled by Henrik Pedersen, with the Dane later admitting that the effort he looped over Shay Given and into the net was meant as a cross. match report

2006 United's reserve side ended their away campaign with a 0-3 loss to title-chasing Aston Villa at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.

Albert Luque lasted just 13 minutes before limping out of the action with an ankle problem - clashing with coach Tommy Craig on the touchline after being replaced. match report

2007 Lee Clark's second string won a first league game since October thanks to a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United.

Andy Carroll (2) and Mark Doninger found the net at Chesterfield's Saltergate home. match report