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Old boy:
Ex-Magpie has 
brain surgery   

From the BBC, Saturday:

Former Liverpool and Newcastle defender Jose Enrique is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour.

The 32-year-old Spaniard, who retired last September because of a persistent knee injury, said: "It has been the toughest few weeks of my life.

"Within the space of one month I have found out the news that I have a rare brain tumour and had surgery to have it removed.

"I am now in recovery and so thankful. Life is too precious."

Enrique, who had been working as an agent since retiring, told Spanish newspaper Marca how he started to suffer headaches following a meeting with Brighton boss - and his former Newcastle boss - Chris Hughton.

"I arrived at the hotel and thought that they were migraines. During the night I had a brutal headache and by the next morning my vision started to blur. Then I started to see double."

Enrique was admitted to hospital in London for neurological tests, before returning to Spain and having the tumour removed in Valencia.

"I was told that I might stay blind, but then I regained my vision and even the doctors were surprised.

Enrique said he faces 35 sessions of radiotherapy.

"There are only four machines in Europe," he said. "My options are to go to Zurich or Paris.

"It will take about a month and a half, but that is not important. I want to get well.

"All this makes me value life more. Football players live in a bubble - it's an unreal life. You lose yourself and think you're invincible."

World Cup:
Heads you lose

A small piece of history was made in Kaliningrad on Friday, as Aleksandar Mitrovic became only the seventh Magpie to net at the World Cup Finals.

Mitro took just five minutes to add his name to the list alongside Jorge Robledo, Ivor Broadis, Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer, Craig Moore and Moussa Sissoko.

Heading home expertly to put his side ahead against Switzerland (and delight those who took Coral's enhanced price of 10/1 for doing so), the striker had a lively first half and led the line well for his country.

Missing the target with another header early in the second half, Mitro then saw his side concede almost immediately before being denied a clear penalty when two defenders held him down in the box.

Despite his efforts at both ends of the field though, he and Serbia ended up empty-handed after the Swiss conjured up a 91st minute goal to win 2-1.

Elsewhere in Group E on Friday, Brazil boosted their fortunes by beating Costa Rica 2-0, ending the day top of the group and eliminating their opponents.

Over in Group E meanwhile, Nigeria overcame Iceland by the same margin - an outcome that gave boosted Argentina's fading hopes of qualification.

Day 10 in Russia began with England's Group G rivals Belgium soundly defeating Tunisia 5-2 before the attention switched to Group F and South Korea versus Mexico in Rostov at 4pm followed by Germany against Sweden in Sochi later on.

Our betting partner Coral have another new customer offer, this time for England versus Panama on Sunday.

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The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle city centre have every World Cup game live on their big screen TVs and will be running special food & drink promotions for all England games.

You'll find The Ware Rooms located at 17 Carliol Square, NE1 6UQ - five minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro stations.

Sunday's specials: half price pints during the game, £1.50 bottles of Kronenbourg and Woodpecker, pizza and a pint for £7, Nachos for £3, bacon baps and hot dogs for £1.50 and the Two Dine for a Tenner offer (including a drink each)

Thurs 14th June
A
Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia, Moscow (Luz)

Fri 15th June
A
Egypt 0-1 Uruguay, Yekaterinburg
B Morocco 0-1 Iran, St. Petersburg
B Portugal 3-3 Spain, Sochi

Sat 16th June
C
France 2-1 Australia, Kazan
D Argentina 1-1 Iceland, Moscow (Otk)
C Peru 0-1 Denmark, Saransk
D Croatia 2-0 Nigeria, Kaliningrad

Sun 17th June
E
Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia, Samara
F Germany 0-1 Mexico, Moscow (Luz)
E Brazil 1-1 Switzerland, Rostov

Mon 18th June
F
Sweden 1-0 South Korea, Nizhny
G Belgium 3-0 Panama, Sochi
G Tunisia 1-2 England, Volgograd

Tues 19th June
H Colombia 1-2 Japan, Saransk
H Poland 1-2 Senegal, Moscow (Otk)
A Russia 3-1 Egypt, St. Petersburg

Wed 20th June
B Portugal 1-0 Morocco, Moscow (Luz)
A Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia, Rostov
B Iran 0-1 Spain, Kazan


 
Group A W D L F A Pts GD
Russia 2 0 0 8 1 6 +7
Uruguay 2 0 0 2 0 6 +2
Egypt 0 0 2 1 4 0 -3
Saudi Arabia 0 0 2 0 6 0 -6

 
Group B W D L F A Pts GD
Spain 1 1 0 4 3 4 +1
Portugal 1 1 0 4 3 4 +1
Iran 1 0 1 1 1 3 -
Morocco 0 0 2 0 2 0 -2

Thu 21st June
C Denmark 1-1 Australia, Samara
C France 1-0 Peru, Yekaterinburg
D Argentina 0-3 Croatia, Nizhny

 
 
Group C W D L F A Pts GD
France 2 0 0 3 1 6 +2
Denmark 1 1 0 2 1 4 +1
Australia 0 1 1 2 3 1 -1
Peru 0 0 2 0 2 0 -2

Fri 22nd June
E Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica, St. Petersburg
D
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland, Volgograd
E Serbia 1-2 Switzerland, Kaliningrad

 
Group D W D L F A Pts GD
Croatia 2 0 0 5 0 6 +5
Nigeria 1 0 1 2 2 3 -
Iceland 0 1 1 1 3 1 -2
Argentina 0 1 1 1 4 1 -3

 
Group E W D L F A Pts GD
Brazil 1 1 0 3 1 4 +2
Switzerland 1 1 0 3 2 4 +1
Serbia 1 0 1 2 2 3 -
Costa Rica 0 0 2 0 3 0 -3

Sat 23rd June
G Belgium 5-2 Tunisia
F South Korea v Mexico,
ITV 4pm, Rostov
F Germany v Sweden,
ITV 7pm, Sochi

 
Group F W D L F A Pts GD
Sweden 1 0 0 1 0 3 +1
Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 3 +1
Germany 0 0 1 0 1 0 -1
South Korea 0 0 1 0 1 0 -1

 
Group G W D L F A Pts GD
Belgium 2 0 0 8 2 6 +6
England 1 0 0 2 1 3 +1
Panama 0 0 1 0 3 0 -3
Tunisia 0 0 2 3 7 0 -4

United's sole current representative in Russia is Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic, with Matz Sels not surviving to the last 23 for the Belgians.

The former Magpie count is also singular - France's Florian Thauvin - James Troisi, Kevin Mbabu, James Milner, Fraser Forster, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko all omitted from their respective squads.

Nobby Solano is present as Peru assistant boss, Jon Dahl Tomasson as Denmark's number two and the Senegal backroom staff includes Lamine Diatta.

For the terminally obsessed, the Belgian goalkeeping coach Marc Ziegler played for us on trial in 1999.

Jong-un = Wrong-un
:
Pyongyang, twinned 
with Shirebrook?


Andy Milne / @rockandrollmag

From The Guardian, Friday:

Times article comparing Mike Ashley to Kim Jong-un was fair, Ipso rules

Sports Direct boss complained to press regulator over comment likening him to North Korea leader

Mike Ashley, the boss of Sports Direct, can be legitimately compared to the despotic North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the British press regulator has ruled.

The sportswear tycoon had complained to the press regulator Ipso after an article in the Times suggested he shared many characteristics with the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Ashley, who has faced years of criticism over working conditions at his business after the Guardian went undercover at Sports Direct’s main warehouse, argued the comparison was unfair because he was not “responsible for extensive humanitarian crimes, and for extreme social and political suppression”.

The accusations were made in a comment piece that appeared in the Times business section in September 2017. 

The article included suggestions that Ashley was a “supreme leader”, that he was “in charge of what many regard as a rogue institution”, that his “inner circle is packed with family members and toadies”, that he “routinely flouts the norms of good behaviour and sticks two fingers up at his critics”, and that he was a “relative lightweight, but has run circles around his much more powerful enemies”.

The article went on to state: “Apart from that, and a common rotundity, there is no similarity between Mike Ashley and Kim Jong-un.”

The Times argued these observations were fair comment with “adequate factual basis”.

Sports Direct made a legal complaint to the newspaper in October before following it up with a complaint to Ipso earlier this year.

Following an investigation Ipso concluded it was “clearly a polemical comparison” which was a “matter of comment and interpretation” and the Times had been able to show it was made “on an adequate factual basis”.

“The article did not suggest that the complainant and Kim Jong-un were directly equivalent, deserving of similar moral condemnation,” said Ipso. “The newspaper was able to show that the comment had been based on an adequate factual basis, and there was no failure to take care not to publish inaccurate or misleading information in making the comparison.”

Ipso did, however, conclude that the Times had included a significant inaccuracy in the article with its claim that Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse was “found by parliament” to have been run like “Victorian warehouse” and that it had “gulag conditions”. 

These claims were actually made by a representative of the Unite union who was giving evidence to a select committee, rather than by MPs themselves.

Ipso ruled that the piece should be updated online to reflect the correct information.

Update:
Clark injury revealed

Mail newspaper, Friday:

Newcastle United star Ciaran Clark sported a busted lip after being pictured for the first time since he was attacked in a Magaluf bar.

The clean cut 28-year-old was seen with an ugly facial scar following the brawl at Crystal's Bar in the resort on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca.

He was photographed with his busted lip in La Sala, Marbella, after flying to the resort from Magaluf.

Reports yesterday claimed the defender was punched in the face, but witnesses today say he was actually glassed.

Clark was allegedly confronting a group of men who were trying to flirt with his girlfriend.

Bar staff said that Clark's girlfriend was seen shouting at a group of men who were harassing her.

They say that when the Newcastle defender got involved he was struck in the face with the bottle.

The Premier League star is said to have been injured after stepping in to help his friend.

Initial reports were that Harrow-born Clark had been knocked unconscious with a punch to the face.

Police confirmed he had suffered a lip injury, but said they could not confirm he had been knocked out and revealed he had gone to hospital himself in a taxi while his friend was taken away by ambulance.

A spokesman for Calvia Town Hall, which covers the Magaluf area, confirmed: 'Local police arrested a 32-year-old British man on suspicion of two assaults.

'He was handed over to the Civil Guard the same night so he could be taken to court.'

Update:
Former boss gives evidence in court

The trial of ex-youth coach George Ormond - who denies 38 charges of sexual abuse against players between 1973 and 1998 - is now in its fifth week.

Some of the allegations made relate to a time when Ormond volunteered at Newcastle's Academy, something that saw John Carver giving evidence.

Known as a former Newcastle first team boss and coach, Carver previously held a senior role at the club's academy and spoke about that time.

Also giving evidence was former United player and physio Paul Ferris, who confirmed that allegations about Ormond had been made by Derek Bell and several other un-named ex Academy players.

U21s:
Checkatrade re-listing

Following their first appearance in the competition last season, a Newcastle U21 side will again feature in the Checkatrade Trophy during 2018/19.

The Magpies are one of 16 invited sides from the top two divisions, whose reserve sides will compete against the 48 clubs from Leagues One and Two - including one in red and white not too far away.....

United's inaugural season in what began life as the Associate Member's Cup during 1983 saw them fail to progress from a group including Oldham Athletic, Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra.

As was the case last season, all of Newcastle's group stage ties will be played away from home, while rule changes mean only two over 21 players to have made more than 40 first-team appearances can be named.

2018/19:
Bluebirds date set

National League side Barrow AFC have announced a pre-season friendly against Newcastle United U23s.

A Magpies XI will visit Holker Street (known as the Furness Building Society Stadium for sponsorship purposes) on Monday July 16th at 7.45pm.

This remains the only U23 pre-season fixture to be confirmed by United to date.


2018/19:
Home start

Find Newcastle's 2018/19 fixtures online here

There's a certain sense of deja vu about United's first fixture of the forthcoming season, with a repeat of the 2017/18 opener seeing Spurs visit St. James' Park.

The Cockerels won 2-0 that day and also triumphed on their very first Premier League trip to Tyneside, winning 1-0 back in August 1993.

We did beat them here 2-1 on the opening day of the 2012/13 campaign, but Spurs also left with the points from our opening home game of 2004/05, winning 1-0. 

In addition to Spurs, no less than four of last season's top six will face the Magpies in their opening half dozen games, Chelsea and Arsenal heading to Tyneside while we're off to Manchester City. 

With Gallowgate otherwise engaged in rugby union action on the closing weekend of the season, United conclude hostilities at Fulham on Sunday May 12th.

Unlikely lads:
Old boys, new clubs




Beginning our updates of ex-Magpies on the move during this close season, here's alleged striker Facundo Ferreyra following his transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk to Portuguese side Benfica. 

The 27 year-old native of Argentina put pen to paper on a four year deal at the real Stadium of Light after his contract at the Ukrainian champions expired.

Failing to make a single competitive appearance in his time on Tyneside, "Chucky" scored 29 club goals last season including three in the Champions League.

One day the truth about him and NUFC will emerge.   

Sam Allardyce sacked as Everton manager
Shola Ameobi
released by Notts County
Demba Ba
signed for Shanghai Shenhua (China)
Hatem Ben Arfa released by Paris SG
Adam Collin released by Notts County
Paul Farman
signed for Stevenage
Facundo Ferreyra
signed for Benfica (Portugal)
Macaulay Gillesphey
signed for Carlisle United
Mackenzie Heaney
signed for Newcastle Benfield
Jeff Henderson
signed for Morpeth Town
Jamie Holmes
signed for Blyth Spartans
Stephen Ireland
left Stoke City
Alan Irvine sacked as West Ham coach
Brian Kerr
resigned as Albion Rovers manager
Tim Krul released by Brighton & Hove Albion
Kazenga LuaLua
released by the mackems
Marcus Maddison
transfer-listed by Peterborough
Obafemi Martins released by Shanghai Shenhua
Mike Mahoney
appointed Bristol Manor Farm GC
Callum Morris signed for Ross County (Scotland)
Steve McClaren
appointed QPR manager
Chris Moore appointed Consett manager
Michael Newberry signed for Vikingur (Iceland)
Alex Nicholson
signed or Blyth Spartans
Greg Olley released by Hull City
Stuart Pearce
sacked as West Ham coach
James Perch
released by QPR
Jack Robson
enrolled at Saginaw Valley SU (USA)
Alan Smith
released by Notts County
Mark Stimson
appointed Waltham Abbey manager
Louis Storey signed for Hebburn Town
Steven Taylor
transfer-listed by Peterborough
Ben Tozer signed for Cheltenham Town
Mike Williamson released by Oxford United 

Union #3:
Swing low...down Barrack Road

In addition to hosting European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Finals next year, a third rugby union fixture is to set be played at St. James' Park.  

The England national team will visit Tyneside to play one of four friendlies in August and September 2019, ahead of the World Cup in Japan the following month.

And England's opposition at Gallowgate has now been confirmed as their Six Nations rivals Italy.

Points decision:
FAO: NUFC away 
match attendees


Update: NUFC have now clarified the situation and confirmed that away loyalty points will remain live, have been transferred by them over to their new ticketing system and will continue to be available to those renewing for 2018/19.

The June 30th deadline (below) refers to the re-registering process. Failure to complete this by then means that fans won’t be able to confirm their supporter number by looking on the old ticketing system.

Earlier: If you have an account with NUFC and buy match tickets from them (specifically away games), you should have received an email regarding changes to their online presence during the close season.

In brief, a new ticket website has been created and migration of fan accounts from one to the other is required - with a vital part of the process needing to be completed by fans themselves, not the club.

If you haven't received the email - and it seems a good many didn't - then the text follows. 

From NUFC, May 2018:

We’re delighted to announce that our new and improved ticketing site, BOOK.NUFC.CO.UK is currently in its initial launch phase. This phase is designed to allow supporters to re-register in order to link their old accounts up to a new single account.

The new platform will allow fans to easily buy tickets from phones, tablets and desktop computers, but you’ll need to re-register for full access. There will be plenty of time to re-register ahead of season tickets, match tickets and memberships going on sale for our 2018-19 season. Thank you for your support!

Will the new site remember my existing account?
Once you've completed the registration form and logged in to the new site you’ll have the option to link to your existing ticketing account using your supporter number. You must do this if you want to retain your purchase history and loyalty points.

Where can I find my supporter number?
You can find your supporter number on your season ticket card. We will also be keeping our previous ticket site live at tickets.nufc.co.uk until 30th June, to allow supporters to login and find their Supporter Number.

Please note that this site will be available purely for reference and any changes you make to your account via the old site will not be automatically transferred to the new one.

We’ve prepared some Registration FAQs to help you create your account, link your supporter number and set up friends and family but if you need further assistance please contact the Box Office on 0844 372 1892 or email with your query.

*Call cost 7p per minute plus your access charge.

To Re-register click here

Departure:
Gunners capture Chris

While uncertainty over the future of U23 head coach Peter Beardsley remains, one departure from the club’s development squad staff has been confirmed.

U23 goalkeeping coach Chris Terpcou is leaving United, after accepting a post working for ex-Magpie Andy Woodman at Arsenal’s youth academy.

The 49 year-old Australian moved to Tyneside in 2004 and has worked with the club’s youngsters since them - helping the seniors in 2010 after the appointment of Alan Pardew before Woodman's recuirtment.

The Chronicle carried the story over the weekend and the club’s first team goalkeeping coach Simon Smith then confirmed it via social media.

Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has been working with schoolboys at the club's academy, while fellow former Magpie custodian Tony Caig deputised for Terpcou at an U23 game late last season.

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

 
NUFC have announced a new season ticket renewal procedure, explained online here and with an online renewal facility here.

The deadline for 2018/19 ST renewals is Wednesday June 27th. New applications can be made from Wednesday July 4th.

NB: ST holders on long-term price deals don't need to take any further action.


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).

The three-season Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide
here

NE guide here

Mon 02.07.2018 Pre-season training begins at Darsley Park (BCD).

Wed 11.07.2018 squad travel to Dublin for pre-season training at Carton House (BCD).

Mon 16.07.2018 U23s v Barrow AFC @  Holker Street, 7.45pm. Friendly.

Tue 17.07.2018 St. Patrick's Athletic (Ireland) (a) @ Richmond Park, Dublin, 7.45pm. Friendly. €15 adults, €10 OAPs/ students, €5 U12s. Buy e-tickets from home club online here (no NUFC sale).

Fri 20.07.2018 U18s v Bolton Wanderers (n) Trungle Parc, Mousehole, Cornwall, 7pm.
Endorsed Cup - NUFC participation tbc.

Sat 21.07.2018 U18s v Mousehole AFC or Huddersfield Town (n) Trungle Parc, Mousehole, Cornwall, 11am or 2pm.
Endorsed Cup - NUFC participation tbc.

Mon 23.07 U18s v County Down (N.Ireland) @ Ballymena Showgrounds, 7.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 24.07 U18s v Deportes Iqique (Chile)
@ Radia Stad, Ballymoney, 5pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 24.07.2018 Hull City (a) @ KCOM Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Wed 25.07 U18s v Ichifuna (Japan) @ The Warren, Portstewart, 3pm. NI Super Cup.

Thu 26.07 U18s v team tbc
@ venue tbc, KO tbc. NI Super Cup.

Thu 26.07 U18s v team tbc
@ venue tbc, KO tbc. NI Super Cup.

Sat 28.07.2018 FC Porto (Portugal) (a) @ Dragao Stadium, Porto, 7.30pm local time. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Wed 01.08.2018 Sporting Braga (a)
@ Municipal Stadium, Braga. 7.30pm time. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 04.08.2018
FC Augsburg (Germany) (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.


Thu 09.08.2018 Transfer window closes.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

NB:
these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 06.07.2018
August & September
Tue 07.08.2018
October & November
Fri 12.10.2018 December & January
Wed 12.12.2018 February
Fri 25.01.2019 March
Fri 22.02.2019 April
Fri 05.04.2019 May

League Cup (aka Carabao Cup):
United enter in Round 2 - draw date tbc.

R2 Wed 29.08.2019
R3 Wed 26.09.2019
R4 Wed 31.10.2019
R5 Wed 19.12.2019
SF1 Wed 09.01.2019
SF2 Wed 23.01.2019
F Sun 24.02.2019

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 Sat 05.01.2019
R4 Sat 26.01.2019
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
F
Sat 18.05.2019

Checkatrade Trophy:
United enter in First Round (regionalised group of four) draw in July - date tbc.

MD1 Wed 05.09.2018
MD2 Wed 10.10.2018
MD3 Wed 14.11.2018

FA Youth Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019
Champions Cup Final
Sat
11.05.2019 Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Prices: Champions Cup final:
Premium: £120 (U16s £120)
Cat 1: £90 (U16s £90)
Cat 2: £75 (U16s £75)
Cat 3: £60 (U16s £25)
Cat 4: £45 (U16s £25)
Cat 5: £35 (U16s £15)
Cat 6: £20 (U16s £10)

Prices: Challenge Cup final
Cat 1: £45 (U16s £45)
Cat 2: £30 (U16s £15)
Cat 3: £20 (U16s £10)
Cat 4: £15 (U16s £5)

??.08.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.


 

International Magpies
National Service

World Cup Finals: 

ends on Sun 15.07.2018

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
 
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...




The Chronicle
manage to get two Coxy's into one sentence in claiming Sir Bobby's first match as manager was a 5-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The 8-0 victory was Bobby's third, following a defeat at Chelsea and 2-0 win in Sofia.

Thanks to Kevin Randall for that spot.

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

On This Day in History
23rd June


Born Or Died:

1917 Dominic Kelly born, Sandbach, Cheshire. (1938-46)

Centre half who moved began his playing career at Sandbach Ramblers before joining Leeds United at the age of 18. 

Struggling to get into the first XI at Elland Road with just four appearances (all made during the 1937-38 season), Dom joined Newcastle in November 1938 for £1,165. 

What proved to Kelly's sole senior game as a Magpie came in a 0-4 home loss to Coventry City in February 1939, with the outbreak of World War II halting his playing career.

Serving in the British Army, Kelly toured the Middle East in a military football team named the Wanderers alongside fellow Magpie Ted Swinburne and the likes of Tom Finney.

Sustaining a ligament injury, Dominic later joining the police force on Tyneside and switched from football to cricket.

A batsman for local league side for Benwell and the police team, he also represented Northumberland in the 1948 Minor Counties Championship.

Reportedly dismissed from the police in 1957 after a theft charge was proven against him, Kelly's death was recorded in Croydon during 1982.

1923 Robert Robinson born, Newbiggin. (1952-54)

Goalkeeper who had been on the books of Burnley as an amateur, but returned from Turf Moor to play for his hometown side. 

Signed by the mackems in February 1947, Bobby made a £2,500 switch to SJP just before the 1952/53 season got underway. 

The first of five senior appearances for Newcastle came in a 1-2 loss at Burnley in within weeks of arriving, as Robinson deputised for first-choice Ronnie Simpson.

Released by United in 1954, Bobby was later landlord of the Queens Head pub in his hometown and died in 1975.

1935 Keith Burkinshaw born, Higham, Yorkshire. (Coach 1968-75)

Beginning as a part-timer with Denaby United while working at the Dodworth pit nearby, Keith played for Wolves, Liverpool, Workington and Scunthorpe United. 

Briefly taking caretaker charge of the latter after retiring in 1968, Burky then coached in Zambia before Joe Harvey recruited him to work alongside coach Dave Smith at SJP.

Keith later succeeded Smith as United first team coach and was alongside Harvey as the club lost the 1974 FA Cup Final.

Following Harvey out of Gallowgate in 1975, Burkinshaw went on to become the Spurs manager in 1976, a year after moving to White Hart Lane as assistant to Terry Neill.

He remained in the post until 1984 and left having experienced relegation, promotion, two FA Cup Final victories and a UEFA Cup final success against Anderlecht - in what proved to be his last game in charge.

Departing after quarrels with the Spurs board, Keith took charge of the Bahrain national side and then coached Sporting Lisbon before returning to England in 1988 as the manager of Gillingham.

Scouting for Glenn Hoddle's Swindon Town side, Burkinshaw was then persuaded to join West Bromwich Albion as assistant to Ossie Ardiles (a player he'd signed whilst Spurs boss back in 1978.)

Succeeding Ossie at The Hawthorns in 1993, Keith lasted just one season and later took up a Director of Football role at Aberdeen.

Working alongside fellow ex-Mag Frank Clark for the League Managers Association, he also scouted for Stoke City.    

In 2005 Keith resurfaced as assistant to Aidy Boothroyd at Watford, giving up the post two years later for family reasons.
 

What Else?

1982 SJP hosted its first live music venture (apart from numerous brass & military bands and horrible infants with kazoos) when the Rolling Stones "Tattoo You" tour hit town.
 

Mick Jagger, complete 
with Newcastle scarf

A stage was set up in the Leazes goalmouth and fans were allowed to stand on the pitch for the princely sum of £10 (£8.50 advance.)

On a wet Tyneside night, support acts were George Thorogood and the Destroyers and the J.Geils Band. Mick and the boys then entered and played:

Under My Thumb / When The Whip Comes Down / Let’s Spend The Night Together / Shattered / Neighbours / Black Limousine / Just My Imagination / Twenty Flight Rock / Going To A Go Go / Chantilly Lace / Let Me Go / Time Is On My Side / Beast Of Burden / You Can’t Always Get What You Want / Little T & A / Tumbling Dice / She’s So Cold / Hang Fire / Miss You / Honky Tonk Women / Brown Sugar / Start Me Up / Jumping Jack Flash / Satisfaction.


backstage pass, SJP 23.06.82


ticket, SJP 23.06.82

Youtube footage is online here

1998
United got the go-ahead to increase the capacity of SJP to over 51,000, after John Prescott ruled against a public enquiry.

2001 Striker Craig Bellamy looked increasingly likely to be making a switch from Coventry City to SJP, in a deal worth over £6m. 

At the time it looked like Gordon Strachan's side had done well to claw back most of the £6.5m he cost them from Norwich City

2003
West Ham were happy to let Freddie Kanoute leave Upton Park if Newcastle gave them Carl Cort plus £4m. Meanwhile, Nobby Solano was linked with a move to Celtic.

2004 United were strongly linked with a move for Benfica's right-back Luis Miguel.

2007 Newcastle's Board of Directors were asked for their resignation as Mike Ashley's St James' Park revolution gathered pace.

This was bad news for; Bruce Shepherd (brother of Freddy), Timothy Revill, Douglas Hall and Allison Antonopoulos (Dougie's sister).

At this point, Chairman Freddy Shepherd still looked to be staying in some capacity.

Meanwhile, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins were both being continuously linked with moves away from Tyneside.

2008 Speaking from the Spanish resort of Marbella, where he had been using the facilities of the local football club, Shay Given dismissed reports of a move to Arsenal:

"I've been with Newcastle since 1997 and I'll soon be getting a Geordie twang. It's a great football club with fantastic fans, so I have no reason to leave.

"I have three years left on my contract and I am very settled in the North East. I see myself staying at Newcastle for the rest of my career.

2011 Northampton Town completed a free move for defender Ben Tozer, following his release by United, 12 months before his contract expired.

In one of his last acts as Newcastle boss, Sam Allardyce sanctioned a £1m move for Ben from Swindon Town in January 2008.

2013 Director of F***all, Joe Kinnear, did himself no favours whatsoever with an attack on Alan Shearer, using the Sunday Times to embarrass the club still further.

2014 Day 12 of the World Cup in Brazil saw Tim Krul again a spectator as his colleagues topped Group B with a 2-0 win over Chile. 

Meanwhile, ex-Magpie James Troisi appeared from the bench for the Socceroos as Spain thumped Australia 3-0 but both sides were already on their way home.