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Millers ground down

Newcastle  4  Rotherham United  0

Watch the goals online here

Newcastle returned to the top of the Championship after an apparently comfortable win over bottom side Rotherham at St. James' Park on Saturday.

Goals from Daryl Murphy, Matt Ritchie (2) and Ayoze Perez saw United replace Brighton in pole position, after they'd gone two points ahead thanks a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

However, the Millers were in the game until the very final seconds of the first half when Murphy blasted home at the Gallowgate End, Karl Darlow somehow managing to deny the visitors on 38 minutes.

The Magpies goalkeeper looked set to slide out of his area in possession and let go of the ball, leaving the lurking Anthony Forde an apparent open goal.

Darlow may have clipped Forde's ankle and a superb tackle from DeAndre Yedlin halted the visiting player, but Jerry Yates then looked a certain scorer - before Darlow recovered to make an incredible block, despite being sent flying by colleague Ciaran Clark en route.

Having managed just single point on their travels all season, Rotherham soon rued that miss as the hosts got an effort on target and opened the scoring.

Forward duo Murphy and Perez had both put earlier chances over the crossbar, but the Irish international claimed his third goal in as many games three minutes into added time to the audible relief of the crowd.

Man-to-man marked by the Millers, Jonjo Shelvey's main threat in the opening half had come from dead balls (aside from one turn and shot in the box) and another delivery provided the breakthrough.

Sending a free kick from inside his own half to DeAndre Yedlin on the right hand side of the opposition box, the full back's first-time centre gave Murphy the chance to stick out a leg, swivel and shoot home.     

The victory was then sealed within five minutes of the second half, Yoan Gouffran's grass cutter pushed out by debutant 'keeper Richard O'Donnell to give Ritchie the easiest of finishes. 

Another assist from Yedlin saw him pull back the ball from the byline for Perez to end an eleven game barren run with his seventh of the campaign. 

Opening up a two goal margin then saw the return of Sammy Ameobi to a Newcastle side for the first time since May 2015. Warmly welcomed, he looked rather sturdier than before and provided some excitement down the right without any actual end product.

That like a new signing phrase wasn't actually used, but perhaps he can be compared to Fabrice Pancrate, who appeared during our last Championship season purely to make the numbers up.

Further home goals looked inevitable and the fourth duly appeared via a counter-attack, Shelvey sliding a pass through that Ritchie dispatched with ease.

On the bench following Jack Colback's illness, FA Cup debutant Dan Barlaser was denied his league bow when Jamie Sterry had a first outing since returning from loan at Coventry City, replacing Yedlin. 

Team: Darlow, Yedlin (Sterry 79), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Gouffran (Ameobi 63), Perez, Murphy (Lazaar 74).
Subs n/u: Barlaser, Hanley, Haidara, Sels.

Goals: Murphy 45+3, Ritchie 49,77, Perez 59.

RUFC: O'Donnell, Fisher, Wood, Belaid, Mattock, Smallwood, Forde (Kelly 86), Vaulks, Adeyemi, Taylor (Allan 74), Yates (Ward 60).
Subs n/u: Wilson, Warren, Bilboe.


Booked: Smallwood.

Crowd: 52,208. Just 20 shy of the highest of the season against Forest.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson - first NUFC game for the Lancashire-based whistler.

After the game Rafa said:


"We scored the first goal at the right time and then got the second at a good time too. We had a lot of chances, it was a comfortable win in the end.

"Credit to them, they were working hard and in the first half they made it difficult to play against.

"It was a frustrating first half, though I don't think they created too much.

"We needed to win, we did it, we scored four goals, got a clean sheet, three points so it was job done. It was a good day. We are going in the right direction.

About Shelvey:


"We knew he was a very good player. He approaches the game with confidence. He has so much in his game, he brings the best out of other players. All the top midfielders in this division score goals and he is doing that. He is very important for us."

Millers boss Paul Warne said:

"I thought it was a penalty. If Fordey had gone down he might have got it, but he was too honest and stayed on his feet.

"We limited them to very few chances in the first half, I thought the way we set up was working a treat. We went to toe-to-toe with them.

"My conversation at half-time was a lot more different to what I wanted to have and it was a psychological hit for the lads.

"They started the second half well and then the game was away from us. But I don't think our season will be decided on this game. They have got class and quality all over the pitch, they will be a Premier League club again next season.

"I am disappointed with how things went after the second goal, but I am not going to take anything away from them, I know what the result is."



Matt Ritchie's
second brace of the week boosted his seasonal total to 10 (six Championship, two FA Cup, two EFL Cup). Five of those were penalties (three Championship, one each in the two Cup competitions). 

Ritchie's most prolific club season was 2014/15, when he scored 15 times, all in the Championship. 

It's now three goals in as many games for Daryl Murphy, who netted for the first time at SJP.

Ayoze Perez scored his 20th Newcastle goal in all competitions in what was his 101st game (65 starts).

Sammy Ameobi made his 68th senior appearance in a Newcastle shirt some 20 months after his 67th - as a substitute against QPR at Loftus Road in May 2015.

There were just two survivors from the side that day on the field in 2017: Perez and Paul Dummett.

In the intervening period he's played 63 times during loan spells at Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers.

Jamie Sterry made his second United appearance of the season and his third in total; each in a different competition (Premier League, EFL Cup, Championship).

Ameobi and Sterry's appearance increased the total of players we've fielded in the Championship to 28 - compared to 33 in our last season here (2009/10).

United recorded a second league double of the season, having won 1-0 at New York Stadium in October. Their other one to date was v Brentford.

After 27 league games, the Magpies have scored 54 times - compared to 43 in the same number of games back in the 2009/10 season. Our goal difference of +33 is nine better than nearest rivals Brighton.

We've netted 30 goals in 13 home league games: 12 in the first half and 18 after the interval. Today was only the fourth clean sheet at SJP in 13 attempts. 

Today was the 19th successive game
at SJP in all competitions to have had a decisive outcome: since playing a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in April, Newcastle have won 15 games and lost four.

Millers in Toon - all-time:  

won 4-0 Murphy, Ritchie 2, Perez
1992/93 won 2-0 Kelly, Clark (FAC)
1982/83 won 4-0 McDermott, Varadi, Wharton, KK
1981/82 drew 1-1 Shinton
1964/65 won 3-1 Suddick, Iley, McGarry 
1963/64 won 5-2 Thomas 3, Anderson, McGarry
1962/63 won 4-1 Hale 2, Tuohy, Kerray
1961/62 won 1-0 Thomas
1952/53 lost 1-3 Keeble (FAC)

Latest results/fixtures: 

Fri 20.01.2017:

Brighton 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Sat 21.01.2017:
QPR 1-1 Fulham
Aston Villa 2-2 Preston North End
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City
Cardiff City 1-0 Burton Albion
Derby County 3-2 Reading
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Ipswich Town
Norwich City 3-1 Wolves
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Bristol City
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Brentford
Barnsley 3-2 Leeds United

Tue 24.01.2017:
Brighton v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Reading v Fulham (8pm)

Wed 25.01.2017:
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)

Sat 28.01.2017:
Norwich City v Birmingham City (3pm)
Preston North End v Ipswich Town (3pm)
QPR v Burton Albion (3pm)
Reading v Cardiff City (3pm)
Rotherham United v Barnsley (3pm)


Unlikely lad:
Winning start 
for Team GB

Magpies old boy Gary Brazil enjoyed a winning start to his latest temporary stint in charge of Nottingham Forest on Saturday, following last week's sacking of Head Coach Philippe Montanier.

Forest hadn't won a game since their home victory over Newcastle in December, but that sequence was halted at the ninth time of asking thanks to 1-0 win over Bristol City at the City Ground.

The winning goal came from midfielder Ben Osborn, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle this month. The possibility of that happening seemed to particularly rile Forest fans in a pre-game demo.  


Brazil's coaching career took him to Forest in 2012 when he joined their Academy staff and he's been there ever since, stepping up to take charge of the first team for nine games in the 2014/15 season.

Unlikely lad:
Tractor boys try Tayls

Back in England after a stint with MLS side Portland Timbers, former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor will spend next week on trial with Ipswich Town.

The Championship side are looking for cut-price additions to their squad and free agent Taylor - who turns 31 on Monday could fit the bill.  

Robins rescheduled

Newcastle's Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final tie at North Shields will now be played on Thursday February 9th with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The original date of Wednesday 25th January was scrapped due to a clash with United's FA Youth Cup derby match on the same night.

Blyth Town entertain neighbours Blyth Spartans in the other Semi-Final tie on Wednesday February 22nd.

Late Reds reverse

Liverpool U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  0

Beginning their 2017 league schedule with a 1-4 home loss to Derby County last weekend, Newcastle's U18s had the sizeable task of containing a Liverpool side unbeaten in their previous ten games on Saturday.

And a young lineup came close to succeeding after a battling display, only for Reds substitute Okera Simmonds to make an 81st minute breakthrough.

There was a first competitive start at this level for United's young Finnish goalkeeper Otto Huutnanen.

Team: Huuhtanen, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Bailey, Lowther, McNall, C.Smith, Watts, M.Longstaff, Aplin, Allan (Robson 70).
Subs n/u: Sangare, Marrs, Spooner.

Derby date set

Newcastle's FA Youth Cup Fifth Round home tie against the mackems will go ahead this coming Wednesday night, January 25th.

Rather than the stadium of plight though, the tie is scheduled for the Eppleton Colliery Welfare ground (aka the Hetton Centre) in Hetton-le-Hole.

Kick-off is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if required.

Admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions on the gate. Postcode is DH5 9NE.

The most recent Youth Cup derby game went the way of Newcastle on wearside in 2015, 120 minutes failing to bring a goal for either side before the Magpies triumphed 3-1 in a penalty shootout.

United won the first U18 Premier League meeting of the two sides 1-0 this season at Whitburn, with the return scheduled for the middle of next month.

FAYC Fifth Round
- other ties:

Mon 23.01.2017:
Chelsea v Sheff
ield Wednesday

Tue 24.01.2017:
Spurs v Norwich City

Wed 01.02.2017:
reston North End v AFC Wimbledon

Fri 03.02.2017:
smoggies v Leicester City
Stoke City v Brighton

Sat 04.02.2017:
Aston Villa v Broxbourne Borough

Date tbc:
Manchester City v Southampton

Boat people


Local playwright Ed Waugh returns to the stage with his tale of famed Geordie oarsman Harry Clasper in February, with a limited run at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle city centre (pictured above).

"Hadaway Harry" is performed on Friday February 24th and Saturday February 25th, with a matinee on the second day (although that will clash with the Bristol City home game). Bookings & info online here

We have a pair of tickets for the Friday show and to be in with a chance of winning them, just tell us which famous Tyneside anthem was first aired during a benefit for Clasper in 1862.  

Email your answer to (subject: Harry). Closing date is Tue
Jan 24th @ 2pm.

Thanks to our sponsors Brinkburn Street Brewery, we have an additional prize for the winning entrant - in the form of a dozen bottles of Canny Sculler Ale, brewed to commemorate the exploits of Harry and other noted local rowers including James Renforth.

PS: For anyone in the London area, there are three performances of the play at London Rowing Club on the banks of the Thames in Putney (SW15 1LB). 

These are on February 17th/18th - details here

Jacks high

Swansea U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Beaten 1-3 there in the league on Monday, Newcastle U23s returned to Swansea on Friday for a Premier League Cup tie at City's Landore Training Ground.

An early clash of heads between United's Jack Hunter and Tom Dyson saw the latter replaced, but visiting midfielder Hunter was OK to continue. 

After netting here on Monday, Tom Heardman turned provider as United went ahead after 15 minutes, Adam Wilson taking a pass and firing home his first-ever reserve goal from the edge of the box.  

Heardman then missed the chance to double the lead just after the half hour, taking down Dan Ward's left wing cross but shooting wide with the goal gaping.

However United went in at half time with the lead thanks to a crucial interception from Callum Williams, who beat Adnan Maric to a dangerous low centre.  

Into the second half, and Wilson came close to his and Newcastle's second on the hour but the ball was scrambled clear.

That lead was wiped out on 61 minutes though, as Jordan Garrick advanced down the left before sending over a cross that Biabi dispatched past Ben Smith.

The Swans then went ahead six minutes later, when Aaron Lewis found space on the right flank. His ball into the box was deflected on to the far post and dropped nicely for Maric to scoop home. 

Attempting to restore parity, Heardman saw his 74th minute effort turned round the post by Lewis Thomas and the Magpies striker then fired wide after Jamie Holmes set him up in the closing stages. 

However a much-altered City side held on to record their second win of the week against Newcastle - and a tenth successive victory in all competitions.

Team: B.Smith, Cass, Williams, Good, Newberry, Hunter, Ward (M.Longstaff 79), Holmes, L.Smith (Allan 79) Wilson, Heardman. Subs n/u: Spooner, Sorensen. 

There was a first outing at reserve team level for 19 year-old 'keeper Ben Smith.

SCFC: Thomas, Lewis, Plezier, Evans, Cooper, Rodon (Reid 63), Garrick, King, Biabi, Dyson (Maric 6), Cullen. 
Subs n/u:
Holland, Zabret, Reid, Jones.

Booked: Cooper, Plezier

Referee: Simon Barrow

Crowd: approx 120 (free admission)

So far in this competition, United have drawn with Swansea on Tyneside, won away to Bristol City and lost at Southampton. Home games against the latter two sides are currently scheduled for next month.

Target hit:

Massive thanks to everyone who stumped up to buy Gallowgate Flags T-shirts - their latest fundraising target has now been reached and a crowd surfer banner with the following design is on order:


The last few T-shirts are still available online here

Loan lads:

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) 
Adam played his part in the 3-2 win over Yorkshire rivals Leeds at Oakwell in the Championship on Saturday. He started the game, was booked and was only subbed in the 94th minute.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Alex stayed on the bench as the Bantams drew 1-1 at home to Millwall in League One on Saturday.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Ivan had an idle weekend after the game at Charlton Athletic in League One on Saturday was postponed.  

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as they drew 1-1 at Accrington Stanley in League Two on Saturday.

Freddie Woodman, Callum Roberts, Sean Longstaff (Kilmarnock)
All three started and only Roberts was subbed - in the 64th minute - but Killie exited from the Scottish Cup as Hamilton Academical netted a penalty in the 92nd minute for the only goal of the tie at Rugby Park.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
A 4-3 home victory over Heerenveen in the Eredivisie on Sunday saw Siem arrive from the bench after 77 minutes with the score 2-2. Our man provided an assist for his side's third goal.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
A 1-3 loss away to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday saw Thauvin play 89 minutes.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
The alleged striker was a 71st minute arrival from the bench on Sunday, as Osasuna lost 3-4 at home to Sevilla in the Primera Division. He was booked.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Currently on their mid-season break, there was yet another friendly match for Young Boys in midweek - a 2-0 victory over German side Wurzburg Kickers at a venue on the Spanish mainland near Gibraltar.

Mbabu played for the opening 45 minutes. 


Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
A 7-1 success at Mickleover on Saturday maintained Blyth's place at the top of the Northern Premier League.
Woolly continued between the posts.

Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Ajax won 1-0 at Utrecht on Sunday but Tim wasn't anywhere near the matchday squad.

Lubo Satka (DAC 1904 DunajskŠ Streda) 
The Slovak Superleague side
have confirmed the arrival of Magpies defender on loan. Their league season doesn't resume until mid-February.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
(African Nations Cup duty with Senegal in Gabon)
AFCON latest

African Nations Cup Finals, Gabon:


Christian Atsu
played the full game in Port Gentil, as Ghana beat Mali with a 21st minute goal from former mackem Asamoah Gyan.


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

Mo Diame: 0+0=0 minutes
Henri Saivet: 18+90=108 minutes
Chancel Mbemba: 90+90=180 minutes
Christian Atsu: 90+90=180 minutes

15.01.2017 Tunisia 0-2 Senegal
16.01.2017 DR Congo 1-0 Morocco
17.01.2017 Ghana 1-0 Uganda
19.01.2017 Senegal 2-0 Zimbabwe
20.01.2017 Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo
21.01.2017 Ghana 1-0 Mali
23.01.2017 Senegal v Algeria
24.01.2017 Togo v DR Congo
25.01.2017 Egypt v Ghana

28.01.2017 Quarter Finals
29.01.2017 Quarter Finals
01/02.02.2017 Semi Finals
04.02.2017 3rd/4th play-off
05.02.2017 Final

More fixture insanity

From NUFC, Thursday:

Newcastle Unitedís Sky Bet Championship trip to Brighton and Hove Albion has been rescheduled for Tuesday 28th February (7.45pm kick-off).

The original fixture at the Amex Stadium was scheduled for Saturday 28th January but was postponed due to a clash with Emirates FA Cup fourth round ties.

The new fixture date will see Magpies supporters facing three away games in just seven days, with the long midweek journey to Brighton closely followed by trips to Huddersfield Town and Reading.

Should either Brighton or Newcastle reach the Emirates FA Cup fifth round and be taken to a replay, the league match at the Amex Stadium will again be rescheduled at much shorter notice.

For this reason, Newcastle United made a submission for alternative dates to be considered later in the season, however this was rejected by the EFL and Brighton and Hove Albion.

So having done this to Newcastle fans once for the Brentford game, the EFL and Sky have played their joker again - showing a complete disregard for the logistical and financial issues that away fans face.

If Newcastle beat Oxford then they'll be in Fifth Round action over the weekend of February 18th, meaning that the Villa home game already moved by Sky to Monday February 20th will also be rescheduled.

Brighton travel to National League side Lincoln City in the Fourth Round, the Imps progressing by beating Championship side Ipswich Town at Sincil Bank.  

Sky's piecemeal announcement of live TV games in the Championship means that three of United's games during March could yet be televised.

The trip to Birmingham scheduled for 3pm on Saturday March 18th remains a possibility for Sky's Saturday lunchtime, Sunday or even Monday slots - although the latter hasn't been regularly used this season. 

Confirmation of Premier League live games on that weekend is still awaited, so there's no clues there. 

It's still feasible that our trip to Reading could be on Sky (although the day and start time could remain unaltered), while the home game with Fulham that's scheduled for Saturday 11th March remains at risk - with no live Championship games scheduled then as yet, presumably due to a clash with the FA Cup.  

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FA Cup:
Oxford United (a)


Away section @ the Kassam


Newcastle's first FA Cup Fourth Round fixture since 2012 sees them visit League One Oxford United this coming Saturday at 3pm. It's not on TV.

Tickets are on sale to season ticket holders, with the loyalty point threshold now 80. An allocation of around 1,800 seats in the North Stand is confirmed. 

Should the tie end in a draw, then they'll meet again at SJP on February 7th or 8th (unlike the previous round, no precise date has been announced).

Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Sterry are cup-tied but Aleksandar Mitrovic could be available after injury and Jack Colback should resume following sickness. 

Vurnon Anita and Rolando Aarons remain out, while Jesus Gamez has returned to training but is lacking match fitness. Massadio Haidara is anticipated to remain in the squad while it remains to be seen whether Cheick Tiote is still a Newcastle player. 

Betting: to follow

UFC: Christian Ribeiro and Sam Long are injured.

This will be
Oxford's fifth game in the FA Cup this season, beginning with a 0-5 win at Merstham in Round One followed by a 0-0 draw at Macclesfield.

Winning the replay 3-0 at the Kassam, the U's then indulged in a spot of giant-killing in the Third Round - overcoming Championship side Rotherham United 3-2 at New York Stadium. 

Michael Appleton's side moved up one place to 12th in League One on Saturday thanks to an eye-catching 0-4 victory at Rochdale. They will now host Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday.

Referee: tbc

Some scheduled engineering work between London Paddington and Oxford will see an amended timetable in place on Saturday.

Stadium postcode:

The Kassam Stadium is around four miles from the centre of Oxford and there are around 2,000 free parking spaces in the vicinity - although these are expected to quickly fill up on Saturday.

Oxford Bus route 3A links the city centre to the ground and route city5 runs to and from the railway station and Blackbird Leys (5 mins from the ground).

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

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

(BBC Radio Oxford is also covering the tie)


Our most recent visit to the University City was for the 1992/93 promotion season when Kevin Keegan's side were beaten 2-4 at the Manor Ground, winning the return game on Tyneside the following May.

Since then the Manor has been flattened and the U's have played at the three-sided, 12,500 capacity Kassam since 2001.

Visits to Oxford are seldom comfortable though and we've failed to win any of our last four games there. The last five fixtures (all league) between the clubs have produced 27 goals; 2-1, 2-4, 2-5, 4-3 & 2-2.

This will be the first time the two clubs have met in this competition, but they clashed in the League Cup during both the 1983/84 and 1985/86 campaigns.  

Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has reason to recall his visit to the Kassam, playing his final game for Swansea there in a 2-3 FA Cup Third Round upset a year ago - and finding himself barracked by some of the 1,500 travelling supporters.

And fellow Newcastle player Matt Ritchie also found himself the unwanted centre of attention at the same venue back in March 2012.

Playing for local rivals Swindon Town, Ritchie was cautioned by referee Graham Salisbury after kicking out at a ball boy he believed to be time-wasting. 

The ball boy was actually an Oxford United youth player who subsequently featured in the first team.

However there's no prospect of a reunion on Saturday week - he now plays for a club in Norway.....

Magpies @ Oxford - all-time:

1992/93 lost 2-4 O'Brien, Clark
1991/92 lost 2-5 Scott, Peacock
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 lost 1-2 Quinn
1987/88 won 3-1 McDonald, O'Neill, Mirandinha
1986/87 drew 1-1 Goddard
1985/86 won 2-1 Gascoigne, Beardsley
1985/86 lost 1-3 Cunningham (LC)
1983/84 lost 1-2 Keegan (LC)

Full record v Oxford:


Fourth Round:

Fri 27.01.2017:
Derby County v Leicester City (7.55pm) BBC

Sat 28.01.2017:
Liverpool v Wolves (12.30pm) BT
Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool (3pm)
Burnley v Bristol City (3pm)
Chelsea v Brentford (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City 
Fulham v Hull City (3pm)
Lincoln City v Brighton (3pm)
smoggies v Accrington Stanley (3pm)
Oxford United v Newcastle (3pm)
Rochdale v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Spurs v Wycombe Wanderers (3pm)
Southampton v Arsenal (5.30pm) BT

Sunday 29.01.2017:
Millwall v Watford (Noon) BBC
Sutton United v Leeds United (2pm) BT
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic (4pm) BBC

FA Cup:
Matt finish adds gloss


Newcastle  3  Birmingham City  1


Match highlights online here

Match report


Swans flying

Swansea City U23s  3  Newcastle U23s  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report

QPR (h)

United return to Championship action on Wednesday week (February 1st), when Ian Holloway brings his QPR side to Tyneside for a Sky televised 7.45pm kick-off.

Tickets for this game are now on general sale.

Betting: to follow

NUFC: to follow

QPR: to follow


to follow

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: TV3 Sport 1 (more to follow)

UK Radio: None

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

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street gives a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or match ticket. No reservations needed.

The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle will be showing this game on their big screen TVs with various food and drink promotions.

Selected bottled beers are £1.50 and all pints (including four local craft beers) are half price. 

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

Stats: to follow

Upcoming fixtures: 

Tue 31.01.2017:
Barnsley v Wolves (7.45pm)
Birmingham City v Reading (7.45pm)
Brentford v Aston Villa (7.45pm)
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)
Cardiff City v Preston North End (7.45pm)
Ipswich Town v Derby County (7.45pm)
Nottingham Forest v Rotherham United (7.45pm)

Wed 01.02.2017:
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United (7.45pm)
Burton Albion v Fulham (7.45pm)

Thu 02.02.2017:
Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm)

Derby County (h)

Saturday week (February 4th) sees a first return for Steve McClaren to Tyneside since his departure from the "hot seat" last March.

Kick-off against the Rams is at 3pm and tickets are on public sale now.

Betting: to follow

NUFC: to follow

DCFC: to follow


to follow

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: tbc (if any)

UK Radio: None

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

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street gives a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or match ticket. No reservations needed.

Stats: to follow

Upcoming fixtures: 

Fri 03.02.2017:
Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

Sat 04.02.2017:
Barnsley v Preston North End (3pm)
Birmingham City v Fulham (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v QPR (3pm)
Bristol City v Rotherham United (3pm)
Burton Albion v Wolves (3pm)
Cardiff City v Norwich City (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Reading (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (5.30pm)

Sun 05.02.2017:
Huddersfield Town v Leeds United (Noon)
Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)

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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

Wed 25.01.2017 U18s v mackems (a) @ Eppleton CW, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fifth Round.

Sat 28.01.2017 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Football Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 28.01.2017 Oxford United (a)
@ Kassam Stadium, 3pm. FA Cup 4th Round.
ST holder sale now, 80 points. £21 adults, £15 over-65s, £14 18-21 and full-time students, £12 13-18, £8 U13s, £5 U7s. Allocation: 1,800

Mon 30.01.2017 U23s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Tue 31.01.2017 Transfer window closes @ 11pm.

Wed 01.02.2017 QPR (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 04.02.2017 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. 

Sat 04.02.2017 Derby County (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Mon 06.02.2017 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Aggborough, Kidderminster, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Thu 09.02.2017 U23s v North Shields (a) @ Daren Persson Stadium, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final. 

Sat 11.02.2017 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 5.30pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £15 65 and over / U21s, £12 U17s, £10 U12s. Allocation: 2,500. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 13.02.2017 U23s v Bristol City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup. 

Tue 14.02.2017 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Tue 14.02.2017 Norwich City (a)
@ Carrow Road, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 18.02.2017 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 20.02.2017 tbc U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm tbc. Premier League 2.

Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

NB: this will be rescheduled to a new date if
NUFC reach the FA Cup Fifth Round.

Tue 21.02.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 25.02.2017 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 25.02.2017 Bristol City (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 27.02.2017 U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup. 

Tue 28.02.2017 Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7.45pm. Championship. Details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

NB: this will be rescheduled to a new date if either NUFC or Brighton are involved in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay.

Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield Town (a) @ John Smiths Stadium, 5,30pm. 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:

Wed 01.02.2017
QPR (h) 7.45pm
Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) 5.30pm
Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) 8pm+
Tue 28.02.2017 Brighton (a) 7.45pm*
Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield (a) 5.30pm

+ Dependent on NUFC not being in FA Cup Fifth Round action that weekend.

* Dependent on NUFC or Brighton not being in FA Cup Fifth Round replay action that midweek.

FA Cup:

R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final:

North Shields v Newcastle Utd
22.02.2017 Blyth Town v Blyth Spartans 

Talk-ins etc:

Sun 19.02.2017 David Kelly, John Anderson
(with Gavin Webster) @ Tyneside Irish Centre, £5.50 advance, £7 on door. Presented by Show Racism The Red Card, advance tickets online here

Fri 24.02.2017 John Beresford
(and Gavin Webster) @ Teams Social Club, Gateshead. £15 including pie & peas, all funds raised go to help athletes from the Northern Region to the Special Olympics in August.

Tickets from: Danielle (0191 4332313), Brian (07788 652046), Les (07974 308162).

Thu 02.03.2017 Malcolm Macdonald, Olivier Bernard (and Gavin Webster) @ North Shields FC. £10 including pie & peas.

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

2016/17 international break:
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

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

From Sky Sports:

That's how influential Dwight Gayle is, starring in the FA Cup win over Birmingham despite being omitted from the squad....

(Spotted by David Scorer, David Walsh, John Humphey and others)

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

On This Day in History
23rd January

Born Or Died:

1901 Jerry Best born, Mickley, Northumberland. (1919-20) 

Outside left who joined the Magpies from Mickley Colliery Welfare in December 1919 (having guested for Huddersfield Town during WW1). By the following July though Jerry had joined Leeds United for £100.

Another quick change of clubs though then saw Best head for North America, where he would appear for Providence Clamdiggers, New Bedford Whalers (twice), Fall River Marksmen and Pawtucket Rangers. 

Returning to England in 1931, Best appeared for Clapham Orient, Darlington and Hull City, ending his days with non-league Hexham. 
His death was recorded in 1975.

1907 Ron Williams born, Llansamlet, Wales. (1933-35) 

Welsh international forward who was signed from Swansea Town for £1,500, scoring on his debut in a 3-2 away win at Aston Villa in November 1933.

Departing for Chester City following United's demotion to Division Two, Ron would later return to both Swansea and Chester, ending his career with Lovells Athletic and Milford Haven.

A keen cricketer and bowls player, Williams served as a policeman during WW2 and later worked as a civil servant in Swansea. His death was recorded in 1987.

1917 Bob Fraser born, Glasgow.

Defender signed by United from Hibernian after beginning his career at Glaswegian side Ashfield Juniors.

Bob made his Magpies debut in a 3-0 home victory on New Years Day 1947 but was forced into retirement by injury. He later acted as a scout for Newcastle.

1985 Dylan Hughes born, Vancouver, Canada (2001)

Highly-rated young forward who played for our academy side but opted to return to Canada due to homesickness.

Dylan later reappeared in Europe with German sides Kaiserslauten and Jahn Regensburg before moving to the Netherlands, where he played for RKC Waalwijk and VVV Venlo.

Having played as a youth international for both Canada and Wales, Hughes signed for Rhyl in 2008, with younger brother Kevin.

However, that failed to work out and Dylan is then believed to have returned to Canada.

1986 Steven Taylor
born, Greenwich. (2000-16).

London-born but quickly returning with his Geordie parents to Tyneside, Steven was just 14 when debuting for Newcastleís U17 side against Birmingham City in August 2000.

Appointed England U16 captain the following year, his league bow came in the colours of Wycombe Wanderers in December 2003 - a six game loan spell at Adams Park seeing him play under his hero, Tony Adams.

March 2004 saw Taylor's Newcastle debut, replacing Andy O'Brien during a 3-0 away win against Real Mallorca in the UEFA Cup.

A first Magpies start came three days later at the Reebok against Bolton Wanderers in the Premiership, albeit in an unfamiliar right back position.

April 2005 saw Steven red-carded during the infamous Bowyer/Dyer onfield grapple during a home game against Aston Villa, Taylor walking for a handball to prevent a goal - although his awful attempt at feigning injury was worthy of a red card on its own.

Another UEFA Cup tie against Spanish opposition saw Steve score his first senior goal. That came at SJP against Celta Vigo in November 2006 and he celebrated by running the length of the field - prompting team mates to nickname him "Forrest Gump".

Having made his England U21 debut in February 2004, Steven's first senior England call-up came in August 2007 - although he remained on the bench as Germany beat England 2-1 at Wembley.    

Taylorís first taste of club captaincy came when he led Newcastle in a Carling Cup tie at Peterborough United in September 2009. However, he sustained a knee injury in a home game against West Bromwich Albion the following January, missing the rest of United's Championship-winning campaign.

And his comeback in pre-season would be halted by a shoulder injury incurred at Carlisle which would keep him out until November 2010 - by which time he'd put an end to constant speculation over his future by signing a new contract until June 2016.

Taylor started the 2011/12 season in fine form alongside Fabricio Coloccini, only for a serious Achilles injury in the home defeat to Chelsea ended his season in December.

Returning to action in pre-season ahead of the 2012/13 campaign, Steven played the same number of games (15) as the previous season before again succumbing to injury - this time a hamstring problem.

A mindless red card in the opening game of the 2013/14 season at Manchester City was followed by an injury and he remained out of the first team picture until the following January until returning to the side after injury and suspension to colleagues. 

The 2014/15 campaign began with Taylor once again out of favour, but his return to the side in place of Mike Williamson coincided with a run of victories.

Taylor's season was cut short when he ruptured his Achilles tendon after scoring in the home 3-3 draw with Burnley on the first day of 2015.

Fit again the following season, Taylor was soon sidelined with a hamstring injury that required surgery and ruled him out until the following February.

Featuring only sporadically under incoming manager Rafa Benitez, the offer of a one year "pay as you play" contract extension wasn't accepted and a low-key final outing came in the season-closing 5-1 win over Spurs after relegation was confirmed.

Amid rumours of interest from clubs in various countries, the free agent defender signed for MLS side Portland Timbers in the USA.

After just nine MLS outings (and one goal - against Seattle) Taylor and the Timbers went their separate ways in December 2016.

Returning to the UK in search of a club, he spent his 31st birthday beginning a trial with Championship side Ipswich Town.

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
192 15 13 10   1 10 1   26 6 1 238 22 15

1986 Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz born Valencia, Spain (2007-11)

Left back who was a £6m signing from Villarreal in August 2007, having appeared at SJP a year after he'd featured here for the Spanish side in a 3-3 pre-season draw.

An U21 international, Jose began at Spanish side Levante, before arriving at Villarreal in 2006 via a loan spell at Celta Vigo.

Debuting in a Carling Cup tie against Barnsley at SJP, but he struggled for both form and fitness in his first two seasons at SJP - with manager Joe Kinnear preferring to play "Charles Insomnia" at left back.  

The hospitalisation of JFK in February 2009 proved to be a turning point for Enrique at SJP, marking a improvement in his form and seeing him ultimately choose to remain at the club, despite numerous claims that he was set for an exit back to Spain.   

A series of man of the match awards followed Newcastleís demotion to the Championship, while December 2009 saw Enrique respond to further transfer speculation - this time to the mackems - by telling reporters:

"I donít care about Sunderland. Even if the newspapers said Chelsea, I wouldnít care. I worry for my team Ė I love the city, I love the club and I donít care about signing for another team.

"I donít read the papers because I donít understand English that well! Some players were joking with me about what it said."

Scoring the first goal of his United career with a fine individual effort at home to Nottingham Forest in March 2010, Enrique was a mainstay of the Newcastle side on their return to the top flight.

And his 25th birthday arrived amid media speculation of transfer interest from various significant clubs, with United attempting to tie him down to a new, improved, deal.

He stayed at SJP, but only until the summer of 2011 when he followed Andy Carroll to Anfield for a claimed £5m, just as the final year of his contract commenced.

And within a year Jose had a winner's medal for his collection, appearing for Liverpool in their Carling Cup Final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

His return to Gallowgate in April 2012 though was an afternoon to forget, as Liverpool lost 0-2 and ended up a man short - with Jose acting as a stand-in goalkeeper!

Fitness issues saw Jose become a forgotten man at Anfield and he turned down the chance of a return to SJP in January 2016 - becoming a free agent that summer. 


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1897 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division Two 
Aitken, Auld 

1904 Stoke (a)
Division One 
McColl, Appleyard 2 
Capes, Holford(pen)

1909 Notts County (a)
Division One 
Amazingly, United forward Albert Shepherd had agreed prior to the game that he would leave the pitch early to catch a train - had he completed a hat trick. 

He duly hit four and then exited after 80 minutes. However, some reports have it that Shepherd's fourth came on the stroke of full-time.

1915 Bradford City (a)
Division One 

1926 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
McDonald, Hudspeth (pen) 
York, Walker

1932 Southport (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 

1937 Blackpool (h)
Division Two 
Hill 2

1943 Leeds United (h)

English, Mullen 2, Carr, Stubbins 3,
Mortensen 2
A War Cup tie was to be the sole guest appearance for United by Stan Mortensen - who marked the occasion with a brace.

1954 Preston North End (h) 0-4 (0-2)
Division One 
Foster, Wayman 2, Baxter
Among the goalscorers for the visitors was former Magpies centre forward, Charlie Wayman.

1960 Leicester City (h)
Division One 
Walsh, McDonald
This defeat made it 18 games since a clean sheet for Manager Charlie Mitten's inconsistent United side.

1965 Cardiff City (h)
Division Two 
Hilley, Anderson 
After a new year wobble of defeats at Swansea in the FA Cup (0-1) & Coventry in the league (4-5), United found some home comforts.

1971 Sunderland (h)
Willie McFaul saved a penalty at the Gallowgate End from Gordon Harris, as FA Cup exits for both sides saw them fill an otherwise free weekend with a kickabout.

1978 Midfielder Tommy Craig left United as the internal divisions at Gallowgate grew wider, joining Aston Villa for £270,000.

1982 Grimsby Town (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Kilmore(65), Drinkell(78) 
Mariner Phil Crosby netted a late consolation for the Magpies in this hugely disappointing encounter. 

Bearded Mariners goalkeeper Nigel Batch kept out countless efforts from Chris Waddle and Imre Varadi, the latter hitting the bar during a frantic finale. 

There was some consolation for fans of Punk band Stiff Little Fingers who played a blinder at the City Hall later that evening. Lead singer and Toon fan, Jake Burns, offered his sympathies for our cup exit.

1988 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Division One 
The start of a brief Magpies career for substitute striker Anth Lormor, on a day when Gazza made an impression on the opposition - and signed for them six months later.   
Youtube footage is online here (part I)
Youtube footage is online here (part II)

1990 Middlesbrough (a)
Zenith Data Systems Cup 
A poor game at Ayresome Park saw Boro seal a place in the ZDS Northern area final, where they would overcome Aston Villa to set up their first Wembley tie.

United returned here four months later to lose 1-4 in the league, consigning themselves to a promotion playoff against the mackems and ensuring the home side avoided relegation. 
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Rotherham United (a) 1-1 (1-0)
FA Cup 4th Round 
United fans fought with locals on the Tivoli end in this cup tie, played in front of Millmoor's first full house since 1971. 

The Millers sought to cash in by increasing ticket prices for the away fans, but the Magpies refused to pass on the extra £2.50 to their fans and reported them to the FA. 

Nigel Johnson equalised with his knee as Dean Barrick's indirect free kick rebounded off Pavel Srnicek's post, while veteran former Magpie Tony Cunningham led the line for the Millers.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 Bradford City (h) 
FA Cup 4th Round 
Hamann(33), Shearer(52), Ketsbaia(86) 
An uncomfortable opening half hour at the hands of the lower league Bantams was ended when Didi Hamann forced the ball in after Temuri Ketsbaia's effort was blocked.

Robbie Blake then missed a good chance to level for City early in the second half before Shearer pounced to double the lead. 

The two scorers then combined late on for Georgian Ketsbaia to supply a third.  

Assistant boss Steve Clarke appeared in place of Ruud Gullit to tell reports that:

"The scoreline flattered us a little bit. We had our fair share of luck. Bradford had quite a few chances when the scores were level. If they had taken one of them it might have been a different story.

"Alan Shearer got one chance in the match and went through and stuck it in the net - that's the difference between the two divisions."

2003 Another bleak game at Gateshead Stadium as United lost 1-2 to Blackburn's second string on a Thursday afternoon. 

Corradi Grabbi scored twice in the first half for future Magpie coach Alan Murray's side while Diego Gavilan replied.

Steve Harper was sent off by referee Nigel Miller for kicking Ciaran Donnelly as he cleared the ball upfield and the ref awarded Rovers a spot-kick. Substitute 'keeper Adam Bartlett  failed to keep out Grabbi's penalty. match report

2005 Arsenal (a)

Things had been very quiet. Too quiet....but thanks to Craig Bellamy's now legendary gob, United were needlessly thrust into the headlines once again, giving  Sky and the red-tops more meaty storylines to feast on.

After being told that he would be playing on the right wing at Highbury, Bellamy reeled off a string of expletives and almost instantly developed a hamstring injury.

According to Souness, it seemed as if this had miraculously cleared up by the Saturday as Bellamy appeared to be trying to avoid a Dyer-like backlash from fans and press alike.

Bellamy however wasn't picked and he and Souness then gave contradictory post-match interviews in the stadium, making us the Premiership's favourite laughing stock again.

The situation was exacerbated further on Sunday evening as Sky revealed (with great relish) that their source close to the club confirmed that Bellamy had planned to feign injury before Thursday's training session - something Souness later confirmed.

Bellamy never played for the club again and was packed off on loan to Celtic. match report

2006 With barely a minute of the reserve game against Everton remaining, Newcastle's unbeaten home record for the season looked to have ended at the eighth attempt.

However, striker Carl Finnigan had other ideas, striking his third goal in successive games at Kingston Park to force a 2-2 draw.

United had trailed for the fourth home game in a row, as Victor Anichebe took advantage of defensive lapses and netted twice. 

However, midfielder Matty Pattison then struck from distance before half time to set up an interesting second half. match report

2007 United's Reserve side earned a well -deserved point against more experienced opponents at Wigan's Robin Park.

Trailing to a first half header from Swedish midfielder Andreas Johansson, Newcastle got back on to level terms thanks to debutant striker Jonny Godsmark after the break. match report

2009 Joe Kinnear made his first signing as manager, bringing Dane Peter Lovenkrands to SJP for the rest of the current season.

After securing his release from previous club Schalke 04, the 28 year-old forward had been training with United for two weeks before agreeing terms - signing on a free (from Germany), as the song goes....

2010 West Bromwich Albion (a) 2-4 (0-2)
FA Cup 4th Round
Olsson(17), Dorrans(31pen,72pen), Thomas(76)
A remarkable display from referee James Linnington decided this tie. He couldn't have been more of a homer had he christened his offspring Bart, Lisa and Maggie... match report

Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran officially became a Newcastle player - the club's third capture of the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old arrived at Darsley Park after a undisclosed fee claimed to be around £2.1m was agreed with the French Ligue 1 side. 

Gouffran was in the final six months of his contract at the Stade Chaban Delmas and put pen to paper on a four and a half year deal.

2016 Watford (a)
Premier League

Ighalo(46), Cathcart(58)

United lost to Watford for the third time in a season amid baffling team selections, tactics and woeful finishing.

And although Steve McClaren moaned about an offside opener straight after the interval, United got what they deserved as the Hornets stung the Magpies again.

A late header from Jamaal Lascelles gave some hope of a fightback but some good heading opportunities were embarrassingly fluffed as three more points slipped away. match report