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Millers ground down
Newcastle 4 Rotherham
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
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
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.
Crowd: 52,208. Just 20 shy of the highest of the season against
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
"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
"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
"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."
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,
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
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.
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
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
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)
Brighton 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
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
Brighton v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Reading v Fulham (8pm)
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)
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)
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
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.
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.
Newcastle's Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final tie at North
Shields will now be played on Thursday February 9th with a
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.
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:
Chelsea v Sheffield
Spurs v Norwich City
Preston North End
v AFC Wimbledon
smoggies v Leicester City
Stoke City v Brighton
Aston Villa v Broxbourne Borough
Manchester City v Southampton
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
These are on February 17th/18th - details
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
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,
There was a first outing at reserve team level for 19 year-old 'keeper Ben
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
A 1-3 loss away to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday saw Thauvin play 89 minutes.
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.
(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
Mbabu played for the opening 45 minutes.
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.
Ajax won 1-0 at Utrecht on Sunday but Tim wasn't anywhere near the
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
Nations Cup duty with Senegal
African Nations Cup Finals,
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
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
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
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
sponsors of NUFC.com
Away section @ the Kassam
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.
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).
Ameobi and Jamie Sterry are cup-tied but Aleksandar Mitrovic could be
available after injury and Jack Colback should resume following
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
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.
Some scheduled engineering work between London Paddington and Oxford will see
an amended timetable in place on Saturday.
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
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
(BBC Radio Oxford is also covering the tie)
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
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
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
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:
Derby County v Leicester City (7.55pm) BBC
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
Millwall v Watford (Noon) BBC
Sutton United v Leeds United (2pm) BT
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic (4pm) BBC
Matt finish adds gloss
Newcastle 3 Birmingham
Match highlights online here
City U23s 3
Newcastle U23s 1
footage is online here
return to Championship action on Wednesday week (February 1st), when Ian
Holloway brings his QPR side to Tyneside for a Sky televised 7.45pm
Tickets for this game are now on general sale.
NUFC: to follow
QPR: 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
(The official NUFC website now has free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle
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.
Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle will be showing this game on
their big screen TVs with various food and drink promotions.
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
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)
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United (7.45pm)
Burton Albion v Fulham (7.45pm)
Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm)
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.
NUFC: to follow
DCFC: to follow
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: tbc (if any)
UK Radio: None
Local Radio: Live on BBC
(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
Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)
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)
Huddersfield Town v Leeds United (Noon)
Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
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
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
Heading to the Toon?
Wed 25.01.2017 U18s v mackems (a) @ Eppleton CW, 7pm. FA Youth Cup
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
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
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.
11.02.2017 Wolves (a)
@ Molineux, 5.30pm. Championship. ST holder
sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £15 65 and over / U21s, £12 U17s,
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.
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.
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.
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.
04.03.2017 Huddersfield Town (a)
@ John Smiths Stadium, 5,30pm. Championship. Ticket
details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.
Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).
(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon
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
Dependent on NUFC or Brighton not being in FA Cup Fifth Round replay
action that midweek.
F Sat 27.05.2017
Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final:
North Shields v Newcastle Utd
Town v Blyth Spartans
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
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
Tickets from: Danielle (0191 4332313), Brian (07788 652046), Les (07974
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:
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
From Sky Sports:
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?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1901 Jerry Best
born, Mickley, Northumberland. (1919-20)
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
His death was recorded in 1975.
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.
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.
Dylan Hughes born, Vancouver, Canada
Highly-rated young forward who played for our
academy side but opted to return to Canada due to
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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.
1897 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
1904 Stoke (a)
McColl, Appleyard 2
1909 Notts County (a)
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)
1926 Aston Villa (h)
McDonald, Hudspeth (pen)
1932 Southport (h)
FA Cup 4th Round
1937 Blackpool (h)
1943 Leeds United (h)
English, Mullen 2, Carr, Stubbins 3,
A War Cup tie was to be the sole guest appearance for United by Stan
Mortensen - who marked the occasion with a brace.
Preston North End (h) 0-4 (0-2)
Foster, Wayman 2, Baxter
Among the goalscorers for the visitors was former
Magpies centre forward, Charlie Wayman.
Leicester City (h)
This defeat made it 18 games since a clean sheet
for Manager Charlie Mitten's inconsistent United side.
Cardiff City (h)
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.
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
Grimsby Town (h)
FA Cup 4th Round
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
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.
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-0 (1-0)
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
footage is online here (part I)
Youtube footage is online here (part II)
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.
footage is online here
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
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.
footage is online here
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
Assistant boss Steve Clarke appeared in place of Ruud Gullit to tell reports
"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
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.
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
Bellamy never played for the club
again and was packed off on loan to Celtic.
NUFC.com 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
However, striker Carl Finnigan had other ideas, striking his third
goal in successive games at Kingston Park to force a 2-2
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.
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.
NUFC.com 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)
FA Cup 4th Round
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
NUFC.com match report
2013 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.
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