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Ticket news:
Crystal Palace (h) Public sale now
Southampton (a) member sale now

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (h)

Update: Tickets remain available for Saturday's game, with an additional area of Leazes Level 7 now on sale to Newcastle fans, due to Palace only taking 1,600 tickets.

Releasing that extra section means anyone struggling to purchase multiple seats together previously should now be able to do so.

Buy tickets online
here and collect the from SJP on Saturday or else the Box Office will be open from 9am. However there will be no pay turnstiles for this game.

The Magpies return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, when Crystal Palace are the visitors to SJP.

Kick-off is at

Wednesday saw the Eagles confirm the reappointment of Neil Warnock as their manager and he'll be in charge for the game on Tyneside.

Warnock's previous time in charge was between October 2007 and March 2010, seeing Palace beaten 2-0 home and away by Newcastle during the 2009/10 season.

Squad: Mike Williamson is available after serving the one game suspension for his red card at Villa in the midweek Capital One Cup victory at Gillingham.

Rolando Aarons and Jack Colback are available, but neither Cheick Tiote or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will feature in the final game before the transfer window shuts.

Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse remain out.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 4/
Newcastle to win to nil @ 15/8
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 6/5

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of
writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

CPFC: Joe Ledley and Scott Dann are both doubtful but Wilfried Zaha has returned on loan from Old Trafford.

The Eagles won 3-0 at Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday thanks to a first half Dwight Gayle hat trick.

Palace remain pointless following their opening two Premier League games; a 1-2 loss at Arsenal and a 1-3 home defeat by West Ham.

The last Palace player to find the net against Newcastle was Lee Bradbury during an FA Cup tie at SJP back in January 1999 - although his side went on to lose 1-2.

Since then they've failed to score in seven league and cup meetings with the Magpies.

Mike Jones - a first return to SJP for the Chester-based whistler since he
infamously disallowed Cheick Tiote's wonder "goal" against Manchester City back in January.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
Canal+ Multideporte 1
Canal+ Yomvi + HD (Spain)
NBC Sports Live (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sportsnet (Canada)
Stod 2 Sport 4
SuperSport 5 Africa

UK Radio:
Live commentary on Absolute Radio

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Eagles @ Magpies - all time:

2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse
2009/10 Won 2-0 og(Derry), Ranger
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC)
1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer
1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie
1987/88 Won 1-0 Gascoigne (FAC)
1983/84 Won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan, Ryan
1982/83 Won 1-0 Waddle
1981/82 Drew 0-0
1978/79 Won 1-0 Shoulder
1972/73 Won 2-0 Hibbitt, Nattrass
1971/72 lost 1-2 Dyson
1970/71 Won 2-0 Robson 2
1969/70 Drew 0-0
1964/65 Won 2-0 Suddick, McGarry
1946/47 Won 6-2 Bentley, Pearson, Shackleton 2, Stobbart, Wayman(FAC)
1919/20 Won 2-0 Dixon, Hall (FAC)
1906/07 Lost 0-1 (FAC)

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 30.08.2014:
Burnley v Manchester United (12.45pm) BT
Manchester City v Stoke City
QPR v mackems
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
West Ham v Southampton
Everton v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 31.08.2014:
Aston Villa v Hull City (1.30pm) 
Spurs v Liverpool (1.30pm) Sky
Leicester City v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets are available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy, Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here

Capital One Cup:
The mild bunch

Gillingham  0  Newcastle  1


Match action

Match report


Signing on again:
The Entertainer

After selling out last month, a further quantity of replica 1983/84 season toon shirts have now been signed by Kevin Keegan and are available to buy online here.

Framed shirts as pictured above cost £219.99 including carriage to UK addresses. Each one comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and photo of KK signing it.

For more details and  overseas shipping please email:

Old boys:
Sunday fundraiser 

If you're at a loose end this coming Sunday, there's a charity kickabout featuring a few familiar faces at the home of Northern League side Dunston UTS.

Former Magpies Tino Asprilla, Steve Howey, Jamie McClen, Alan O'Brien, John Anderson, Billy Askew, Alan Shoulder and Stuart Elliott will line up against Dunston's FA Vase winning side 

Kickoff is at 2pm and admission is £1 for adults and 50p for bairns. Funds raised will benefit two local youngsters: 
3 year-old Amber - who suffers from cerebral palsy - and 5 year-old Neve, who is battling cancer. 

UTS Stadium is on Wellington Road, NE11 9JL.

Euro exchanges

Contrasting fortunes for Hull City and Spurs in their Europa League Qualifying Round ties on Thursday night should now mean that confirmed match dates and KO times for two Newcastle games will now follow.

The Tigers were beaten on away goals by Belgian side Lokeren, meaning that their visit to St. James' Park on Saturday September 20th at 3pm goes ahead as scheduled.

However victory for Spurs over AEL Limassol means that they qualify for the Europa League Group Stage and will be in action on Thursday October 23rd.

That entitles them to ask the Premier League for their next domestic game to be delayed by a day, meaning that our visit to White Hart Lane would be altered to Sunday October 26th, KO tbc.  

Stiffs collar Colliers

Ashington  1  Newcastle XI  5

Having recorded a 5-2 victory in the league on Monday, United's second string continued their goalscoring form against Northern League opposition on Thursday.

Showing six changes from the lineup that beat Reading, a 500+ crowd saw a side with no first team experience take an eighth minute lead through Jonathyn Quinn

The Ashington-born forward finished with a low 12 yard strike after a corner and within two minutes, Colliers 'keeper Chris Bannon was fetching the ball out of his net again after Alex Gilliead shot into the bottom corner.

Ashington soon replied though, with former Magpie Marc Walton volleying past Freddie Woodman into the roof of the net for the Northern League side.

The two-goal cushion was soon restored though, as a suicidal backpass gave Tom Heardman the opportunity to roll the ball into an empty net in the 18th minute.

It was 4-1 on the hour when a pull back from the right hand side of the box by Gilliead left centre forward Heardman with a routine finish for his second

In the 83rd minute Liam Smith rode two tackles on the left hand side of the box and crossed for Quinn to guide
his header past Ashington's substitute 'keeper.

PS: Some excited youngsters at Woodhorn Lane believed that England's Jack Colback was playing - until their autograph-hunting efforts ended abruptly after news broke that it was actually ginger-haired Liam Gibson...

Team: Woodman, Olley, Gibson, Satka (Drennan 62), McKinnon, Gillesphey (Cameron 46), Gilliead, Quinn, Heardman, Smith, Roberts.
Subs n/u: Barlaser, Pearson, Williams.

Crowd: 529 including Paul Dummett. No horses tonight.


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Lions call for Colback

Thursday saw England manager Roy Hodgson name his squad for two international matches next month - and include uncapped Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback.

Hodgson was at Villa Park last Saturday to see the 24 year-old deliver another solid performance and has selected him for a home friendly against Norway and a Euro 2016 Qualifying tie away to Switzerland in Basel.

Colback joins former Magpies James Milner and Fraser Forster in the England squad having only one previous international callup to his name - a substitute outing against Italy in 2009 for the U20 side.

Moving on to England U21s and Nottingham Forest's on-loan Magpie Jamaal Lascelles has been selected for European Championship qualifiers in Lithuania & Moldova.

And Rolando Aarons has earned England recognition for the first time, with a call to the U20 side for a kickabout against Romania at Telford on Friday September 5th.

That's the same night as Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman are in line to represent England U18s against the Dutch at Bury's Gigg Lane.

Meanwhile, Paul Dummett has earned a belated callup from Wales for their Euro 2016 qualifier - taking the place of the indisposed James Collins in Chris Coleman's squad.

The Magpies defender collected his first senior cap for Wales when appearing from the bench during a friendly international against Holland back in June.

There's also a first U21 selection for Ayoze Perez, who hasn't represented Spain at any international level. 

Senior Callups:

Jack Colback (England):
Wed 03.09.2014 Norway (h) Wembley FR
Mon 08.09.2014 Switzerland (a) Basel ECQ

Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands):
Thu 04.09.2014 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 09.09.2014 Czech Republic (a) Prague ECQ

Paul Dummett (Wales):
09.2014 Andorra (a) ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Wed 03.09.2014 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Georgia (a) Tbilisi ECQ 

Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 04.09.2014 Spain (h) Paris FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Serbia (a) Belgrade FR

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Sun 07.09.2014 Hungary (a) Budapest ECQ


Ayoze Perez (Spain U21s):

Thu 04.09.2014 Hungary (a) Felscut ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Austria (h) Puertollano ECQ

Jamaal Lascelles (England U21s):
Fri 05.09.2014 Lithuania (a) Kaunas ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Moldova (a) Tiraspol ECQ

Rolando Aarons (England 20s):
Fri 05.09.2014 Romania (h) Telford FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U18s): 
Fri 05.09.2014 Holland (a) Bury FR

Capital One Cup:
Eagles trip for Toon

Update: No confirmation tie date for Palace yet but Sky overlooked us in favour of Liverpool v smoggies on Tuesday 23rd and Spurs v Forest on Wednesday 24th. 

Wednesday's Capital One Cup Third Round draw handed Newcastle an unwelcome midweek visit to Selhurst Park for a meeting with Crystal Palace.

After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, that adds another 595 miles for those on the road from Tyneside -  and to make matters worse, the league visit to Palace next February is also on a midweek night.

Third Round ties are played in the week commencing Monday September 22nd, between our Premier League home game with Hull City (on Saturday 20th) and Stoke City away (on Monday 29th).

Five of the 16 ties pit top-flight sides against each other and scheduling may prove to be tricky, with six home draws for teams in the Metropolitan Police area (Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs, Palace and Leyton Orient). 

If you're looking for positives, United will go to Selhurst in search of a fifth successive win over Palace there. Less comfortingly though, we've lost 17 of our 26 League Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides since 1993 and won only one of the last eight (Chelsea away in 2010).

Third Round Draw:

Arsenal v Southampton
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City

United and Palace will meet for the first time in the league this season at SJP on Saturday, with the return game at Selhurst Park scheduled for February next year.

We've faced Alan Pardew's former club six times in the FA Cup (all at SJP, with Newcastle winning five and losing one) but this is the first time the Magpies and Eagles have met in this competition. 

However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a League Cup tie involving United, when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round tie back in 1993. 

Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Toon teen Czechs in

Magpies goalkeeper Paul Woolston debuted for England's U17 side against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, but was unable to keep a clean sheet in a 1-1 draw.

The friendly was staged at Kidderminster's Aggborough Stadium and Wooly will hope for some further pitch time when the young Lions face Portugal at Chesterfield on Friday and Italy at Burton on Sunday.

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

A 2-0 win at fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night put Forest into the Third Round of the Capital One Cup and made it six games without defeat since Stuart Pearce took over at the City Ground.

Goalkeeper Darlow posted his fourth clean sheet in those six games, while defender Lascelles played 90 minutes against the Terriers - his first competitive action this season after recently recovering from a knee problem. 

Next game: Sheffield Wednesday (a) Championship, Saturday.

Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
A 0-0 home draw with Chesterfield on Saturday was achieved with the striker getting off the bench for the final ten minutes of play in the League One fixture.

Next game: Leyton Orient (h) League One, Saturday

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Following a trio of substitute outings, there was a first start for the winger in Saturday's Ligue 1 home meeting with Olympique Marseille. Marveaux completed the full 90 minutes but his side were beaten 0-1. 

Next game: Lorient (a) Ligue 1, Saturday

Unlikely Lad
Old boy turns Posh

Former Newcastle reserve player Marcus Maddison has moved from Gateshead for a club record, undisclosed "six figure fee" to League One side Peterborough United.

The 20 year-old winger/attacking midfielder failed to break into the senior squad at SJP and was released in 2013, but has since begun to realise his potential over the Tyne at the International Stadium.

Netting 14 goals last season as Gateshead narrowly failed to achieve promotion to the Football League, Maddison already had four to his name this time round and has signed a four year contract at London Road.  

Afternoon delight

Newcastle U21s  5  Reading U21s  2

Match report

Premier League:
Finishers apply within

Aston Villa  0  Newcastle  0

Match report


In (9):
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow.

06.06.2014 Striker Ayoze Perez (20) CD Tenerife.
09.06.2014 Midfielder Jack Colback (24) unattached.
01.07.2014 Midfielder Siem De Jong (25) Ajax. 
13.07.2014 Midfielder Remy Cabella (24) Montpellier.
16.07.2014 Striker Emmanuel Riviere (24) Monaco.
17.07.2014 Full back Daryl Janmaat (24) Feyenoord.
02.08.2014 Striker Facundo Ferreyra (23) Shaktar. 
09.08.2014 Defender Jamaal Lascelles (20) Nottm For. 
09.08.2014 Keeper Karl Darlow (23) Nottm For.
(both loaned back to Nottingham Forest).

Out (7): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.

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Next Match

Crystal Palace
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 30th August
Kick-off 3.00pm

Last Match

Gillingham 0
Newcastle 1
Capital One Cup
2nd Round

Tuesday 26th August
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

New season opening Hours: TBC

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

2013/14 ST holders who have renewed with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.

New ST cards have only been issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or moving seats - if you haven't got yours, get in touch with the club asap.

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also 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's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Sat 30.08.2014 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.08.2014 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 01.09.2014
Transfer window closes.

Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinn talk-in @ The Alberta Social Club, Jarrow. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824 663867.

Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. £25 adults, £5 U22s and over 65s.  Member sale now. 

Sat 13.09.2014 U18s v Bolton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 15.09.2014 U21s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Fri 19.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Borehamwood, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

20.09.2014 U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 29.09.2014
Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

Gateshead FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.

On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5. 

home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Sat 30.08.2014
Tue 09.09.2014 AFC Telford (7.45pm)
Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford
Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Group D qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 Botswana v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
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
29th August

Born Or Died:

1929 Brian Powton born, Newcastle.
Goalkeeper who failed to make the grade at United, moving on to Preston North End, Hartlepools and North Shields.

1963 Tommy Wright
born, Belfast. 
(1988-93 & 1999) 

"The Barman" arrived on Tyneside from his hometown club Linfield in the same manner as his manager Willie McFaul had done some 22 years previously.

Seeing off the challenges of Dave Beasant, John Burridge and Gary Kelly to claim a regular starting place, Wright was a popular 'keeper who posted some fine displays - notably a miracle save away to Bristol Rovers and defying Bournemouth on one leg in the FA Cup.

Losing his place through injury to Pavel Srnicek in 1991 had seen him briefly loaned to Hull City, but it was the arrival of Mike Hooper from Liverpool that ended his first stint on Tyneside.

A move to First Division Nottingham Forest in September 1993 followed three League appearances for United and he was part of the City Ground's promotion side.

Loaned out to Reading in 1996, Wright saw a loan spell at Manchester City turned into a permanent deal the following year.

1999 saw Tommy win the last of his 31 international caps and go out on loan to Wrexham, before a call from Ruud Gullit saw him heading back temporarily to Gallowgate following a goalkeeping crisis.

He added three more appearances to his Toon tally (including a second debut in the mackem monsoon game) - each of them for different bosses - the second a 1-5 loss at Old Trafford under caretaker Steve Clarke and the last being the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea that began the Sir Bobby Robson era.

With his month's loan then up and with John Karelse having arrived just before Gullit left, Wright returned to Maine Road.

September 2000 saw him between the posts as Newcastle won 1-0 at City - what proved to be his final game for them.

A loan stint at Bolton then followed before he became a free agent in 2001, signing for Ballymena United back in Northern Ireland.

A move into coaching saw him training 'keepers with the national side and also Linfield, before taking charge of Limavady.

After a second spell at Ballymena, he was headhunted by Norwich City in 2008, joining Paul Stephenson and Lee Clark in Glenn Roeder's backroom team at Carrow Road.

Following Roeder's removal, Tommy became goalkeeping coach for Shamrock Rovers before returning to management with Lisburn Distillery in Northern Ireland.

Resigning in November 2011, Wright became assistant to his former Manchester City and Northern Ireland team mate, Steve Lomas, at SPL side St. Johnstone.

And when Lomas quit Perth to take over at Millwall in June 2013, Tommy was appointed  manager of the Saints.

Tommy was involved in a touchline fracas with Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara and was banned but then found himself in hospital with stomach pains.

He returned to guide them to a top-six finish before leading his team to the first major trophy in the Saints' 130 year history - a Scottish Cup win over Dundee United.

That also secured a Europa League spot and although they were knocked out at the second time of asking, Wright had done enough to earn a new three year deal. 

1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson born, Copenhagen, Denmark. (1997-98) 

Beginning his playing career with Danish side Køge, striker Jon Dahl was playing for Dutch side Heerenveen when United paid £2.5m for his services ahead of the 1997/98 season. 

Impressing in pre-season and scoring four goals in friendlies - including a cracker away at Birmingham City, Tomasson debuted  in the home season opener against Sheffield Wednesday, along with fellow new boys Shay Given, Stuart Pearce, Alessandro Pistone and Temuri Ketsbaia.

The Dane had two efforts chalked off and then miscued at the Gallowgate End in front of 'keeper Kevin Pressman
. Fortunately Tino Asprilla was on hand to net the winner in a 2-1 success, but that miss seemed to set the tone for Tomasson on Tyneside.

With Alan Shearer out injured after a pre -season mishap at Goodison, Tomasson would be fielded as United's main attacker at times by Kenny Dalglish - something which he just wasn't physically ready for.

Unable to score, by November he'd been credited with a goal by United in a home game against Leicester, although the ball did little more than brush off him en route to the goal following Des Hamilton's shot. 

He did truly find the net in his own right later that month at Derby in the League Cup (inflicting a first competitive defeat on the Rams at their new Pride Park Stadium) and in a victory away at Crystal Palace. 

A fourth and final goal would come his way the following January in a defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday, but the damage was done; both in his mind and in the opinion of many Toon fans - one popular jibe being that "we'd left the mascot on the pitch".

United recouped their £2.5m fee in June 1998, when Tomasson returned to the Netherlands with Feyenoord - and from then on, his career was in the ascendancy.

Winning the title in his first season, Jon Dahl scored the winning goal in the 2002 UEFA Cup final for Feyenoord and then won the Champions League and a Serie A crown after moving on to AC Milan.

The Dane then switched to Bundesliga side Stuttgart and had a stint in Spain with Villarreal before rejoining Feyenoord in 2008.

August 2008 saw him reach a century of international caps for Denmark, appearing in Copenhagen as they lost 0-3 to Spain.

However, the planned celebrations at the game were cancelled as a mark of respect following a plane crash in Madrid.

Tomasson ultimately bowed out of the international scene in June 2010, earning his 112th cap and scoring his 52nd goal for Denmark as they lost 3-1 to Japan in a World Cup Final tie played in Rustenberg.

He retired from club football at the end of the 2010/11 season, having spent a good deal of that campaign in the Feyenoord treatment room. 

Tomasson then joined the backroom staff at city neighbours Excelsior and was appointed head coach in June 2013.

Moving on to Roda JC in January 2014, a nightmarish time at the Dutch side then saw him sacked by May - less than six months into a three and a half year contract.  

The highlight of Tomasson's career remains his rejecting a move to the mackems in favour of Newcastle - famously captured on the unwittingly hilarious documentary "Premier Passions"....

1976 Stephen Carr born, Dublin, Ireland.

Bobby Robson's final signing for the club was a highly-rated right back from Spurs who came across from Ireland as a youngster.

However a serious knee injury disrupted Carr's career at both club and international level and it was definitely a case of damaged goods by the time he became a Mag in 2004 - some two years after first being linked.

His only goal for Newcastle came in a rare success at Southampton in only his seventh outing for the Magpies - and it was a fairly even descent downhill thereafter.

Knee, stomach and hernia problems saw him sidelined at SJP, while when he was on the field his lack of pace was an embarrassment.

Our own personal point of no return came in Lisbon, when we slipped out of the UEFA Cup on a night when Carr was anything but the composed, experienced international that his CV suggested.

There again, playing in a defence including Babayaro (see below) and Bramble would probably see a decent lawyer have any charges dismissed on the grounds of diminished responsibility....

Carr's departure from SJP at the end of the 2007/08 looked to be the end of him as a player, with rumours of new clubs and trials coming to nothing, aside from a brief spell training with Leicester City.

After announcing his retirement in December 2008 though, Carr reversed his decision just two months later, joining Birmingham City. 

Thirteen appearances for the Blues helped them to promotion and Carr signed a new two year deal at the Premier League side. 

Despite captaining the side to League Cup final success at Wembley (his second winner's medal in that competition after securing one for Spurs in 1999), Carr was unable to prevent relegation for the Blues.

He signed a one-year deal with Birmingham after Lee Clark became manager but a thigh injury saw him sidelined in 2012/13 and knee surgery saw Carr to retire in May 2013.

Clark had hoped to persuade Carr to stay on as a coach but he and his family moved to Spain to pursue business interests.

1978 Celestine Boyd Jonto Hycieth Babayaro born, Kaduna, Nigeria. (2005-07)

Two rotten full-backs sharing the same birthday (see above)....

The annoying thing with Baba is that he was obviously talented but seemingly chose to keep it as far from the playing surface as he could and was perpetually injured.

One note of credit - he played for us the day after hearing his brother had died.

His only goal for the club came against Coventry in the FA Cup at St. James', celebrated with a LuaLua-type hand spring.

Arriving from Chelsea for £1m in January 2005 -  a deal that Souness later distanced himself from - former Olympian Babayaro survived at SJP until he was shown the door in Dec 2007.

A move to MLS side LA Galaxy in 2008 proved to be short-lived, coach Ruud Gullit declining to offer him a contract after he played just 45 minutes of a friendly.

And following a bout of malaria, Babayaro had a brief flirtation with Pompey ahead of the 2008/09 season before again being released - although he did manage to get a free trip back to Nigeria with 'Arry's mob touring his home country.

Babayaro officially announced his retirement in July 2010 and by February 2011 had been declared bankrupt.

1990 Patrick Van Aanholt born,
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

United dipped into the loan market early in 2010, recruiting Chelsea's Dutch U19 international to fill a vacancy at left back caused by injury to Jose Enrique. 

Van Aanholt had caught Chris Hughton's eye when playing against the Magpies a month earlier on loan at Coventry City - which had crucially given him experience of playing Championship football.

Debuting in United's 0-0 draw at Leicester City, he quickly settled in and deservedly took the applause of the Newcastle fans after his seventh and final game for the club, away at Watford.

Signed from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Patrick had got as far as the Chelsea first team bench before his Magpies posting and following his return to Stamford Bridge from SJP, made two substitute appearances in the Premier League.

He then linked up with Leicester City for a further loan period in January 2011, having scored against Newcastle for Chelsea in our Carling Cup success at Stamford Bridge earlier in the same season.

Loaned to Wigan Athletic on a season-long deal in August 2011, Patrick returned to Chelsea after just four appearances and was then farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012. 

Further loan deals were then agreed to keep the player at Vitesse for the following two seasons.

He came back to Stamford Bridge and in July 2014 signed for the mackems for a reported fee of £1.5m.

1996 Death of Jimmy Gordon, 80.


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1923 Blackburn Rovers (h) 
Division One 
Seymour, Harris 

1925 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Cowan 2 
J.Smith, D.Jack
Debuts at right back for Bert Chandler and centre half for Ossie Park.

1927 South Shields (a) 
McDonald, Lang, McKay
Scorers tbc 
At Wallsend.

1928 Burnley (h) 
Division One 
Chalmers 2 
Beel 3, Bruton 2, Page 2
A traumatic debut for centre half Ed Wood, as Burnley centre forward George Beel escaped from him three times to score.

1931 Liverpool (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Gallacher's striking replacement Jack Allen, who missed a penalty.

1936 Barnsley (h) 
Division Two 
Debuts for Bobby Ancell, Jesse Carver and Ehud Rogers, better known as 'Tim'.

1942 Bradford Park Avenue
T.Walker, Carr, Shackleton, R.G.Walker

1951 Bolton Wanderers (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Debut for Ronnie Simpson, in goal.
1953 Manchester United (a) 1-1
Division One 

1956 Cardiff City (h) 1-0
Division One 
1959 Manchester United (a) 2-3 (1-3)
Division One 
Allchurch, White
Viollet 2, Charlton 


1960 Barcelona (Spain) (h) 
Tuohy, Allchurch, Woods
Kocsis 3, scorer tbc 
A game of two distinct parts as United raced to a 3-0 lead only for Barcelona to up the pace and score four, three from the Hungarian Kocsis.

1961 Walsall (a)
Division Two 
Having beaten the Saddlers at SJP just days before, the tables were turned on our first Post-War trip to Fellows Park. 

1962 Middlesbrough (h)
Division Two 
Thomas 3, Hilley, Hale 2
Making his debut for the Teessiders was goalkeeper Arthur Lightening - the scoreline would suggest that his reactions didn't live up to his name....

1964 Southampton (h)
Division Two 
Thomas, Hilley 
Having started the season with a home draw against Charlton, United recorded the first win of what would be a successful promotion season.

1970 Blackpool (h) 
Division One 
Craven 2 
Stewart Barrowclough made his debut on the day Gordon Hindson scored his only first team goal for the Magpies.

1973 Southampton (h)
Division One 
Mick Channon beat Iam McFaul from the spot after Bobby Moncur on a midweek night at SJP when United were without both Macdonald and Tudor.

1978 Watford (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round 
Blissett 2 
New boy Jim Pearson found the net for the second successive match, but our first-ever league visit to Vicarage Road still ended in defeat.

1979 mackems (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg
Davies(76), Cartwright(83) 
Rostron(19), Robson(73pen) 
The man pictured with the kipper tie is Alan Brown (see 1983 below) and when he tumbled under a challenge from Steve Hardwick in the United box, things began to look very bleak.

Toon old boy Pop Robson dispatched the spot kick to put the mackems two ahead, but the remainder of the game belonged to United, who produced a stirring comeback.

A first goal for the club from Ian Davies was then followed by a fine header from the diminutive Peter Cartwight, who was then only denied a late winner by Barry Siddall.

1980 It's goodbye to Bill McGarry as he is dismissed, victim of a dismal run that saw United bottom of Division Two and out of the League Cup to lower league opposition.

1981 Watford (h) 
Division Two 
Imre Varadi debuted but was unable to inspire Newcastle, despite Luther Blissett's 74th minute dismissal for kicking Kenny Wharton.

Graham Taylor's Hornets held on to collect the three points for a win - a new innovation.  

1983 Shrewsbury Town (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Shrews scorer was Alan Brown, briefly a Newcastle player when on loan from the mackems.

1987 Nottingham Forest (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Future Magpies Stuart Pearce and Franz Carr were in the Forest side, while the deal to sign Mirandinha wasn't done in time for the Brazilian to make his debut in this game.  

1988 Wimbledon (h)
Mercantile Credit Trophy
Michael O'Neill's goal won this Quarter Final tie and set up a semi-final at Manchester United in this one-off event dreamed up to celebrate the Football League's Centenary.

1992 West Ham United (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division One 
Peacock(44), Kelly(45) 
Julian Dicks was dismissed after attempting to launch Franz Carr into the benches in front of the East Stand. 

An interested spectator was striker Kennet Andersson who had attracted the interest of Keegan. However, the move broke down when his club Mechelen refused to allow him to play for United on a trial basis.

1993 Blackburn Rovers (h) 
Premier League 
Cole opened the scoring in this Sunday afternoon Sky game but Alan Shearer equalised for Rovers on his return from injury.

1996 In the absence of a reserve team, United played a behind closed doors friendly in Edinburgh against Hearts. Lee Clark and Peter Beardsley scored in a 2-2 draw.

2000 The Reserves drew 2-2 with Manchester City at Hyde United's Ewen Fields.

Paul Dickov put City ahead after 15 seconds but David McMahon scored either side of the break to put United ahead. Taylor then scored for City late on to tie the scores. match report

2005 Transfer target Michael Owen travelled to the North East for a meeting with United officials in rural Northumberland. holding face-to-face talks with Freddy Shepherd, Graeme Souness and Alan Shearer.

However, he had already met Liverpool officials, including manager Rafa Benitez. Crucially though, there was no word from Madrid of an accepted bid from Anfield.

2006 Newcastle's second string began the new league season by extending their unbeaten run at Kingston Park to 15 matches - but should have claimed all three points.

James Vaughan gave Everton the lead to mark his comeback after a year out with a serious knee injury that required a Steadman repair.

Goals from Chris Shanks and Kris Gate then put United ahead before a melee in the home box saw Connor win a penalty, going down under challenge from David Edgar.

Amid strong protests,
Mark Hughes sent Tim Krul the wrong way to level the scores up and give ex-Toon Academy boss Alan Irvine a point on his return to his former employers. match report

2007 Barnsley (h)
Carling Cup Second Round
Owen(57), Martins(86)
Defender Jose Enrique  debuted as Michael Owen scored his first club goal since December 2005. Obafemi Martins then sealed the win just three minutes after appearing off the bench. match report

Hopes that Newcastle would secure the services of a third international in a week receded when Spurs striker Robbie Keane ducked out of a loan move to SJP.

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