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Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
Amex Stadium
Sunday 24th September
Kick-off 4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports
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Saturday 16th September
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The Never-Ending Tour

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Ticket news:
Brighton (a)
Liverpool (h)
Southampton (a) Public sale now
Crystal Palace (h) Member sale now
Burnley (a) ST holder sale now
25 points

Brighton (a)

United's third successive Sunday away game of the season takes them on a 692 mile round trip to the South Coast for a 4pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports.  

United have sold their full 2,500 ticket allocation for this visit to the Amex Stadium.


Matchday betting is here (mobile)
& here (desktop)

Coral price a Magpies victory @
9/5 and a repeat of our only previous success at the Amex (2-1 back in February) comes in @ 10/1.  

Jamaal Lascelles to score the last goal in the game for the third successive weekend gets you 22/1.

Coral's new punter offer now includes 30 in free football bets for a 10 initial stake online here

NUFC: Aleksandar Mitrovic serves the last of his three match ban and Paul Dummett remains out injured.

After five Premier League fixtures, Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden both have three bookings - which means that they are two away from an automatic one game suspension. In order to avoid that fate, they can be booked just once more between now and December's visit to Arsenal.

FC: Beram Kayal and Steve Sidwell are out, while Glenn Murray and Izzy Brown are both doubtful.

Following the completion of a permanent move, Tim Krul is eligible to play for Brighton against United.

Albion's maiden Premier League campaign has seen them endure back to back 0-2 losses (at home to Manchester City and at Leicester), draw 0-0 at Watford and beat West Brom 3-1 at the Amex.

Friday night saw them lose 1-2 at Bournemouth and there was quick return there in the League Cup on Tuesday, exiting the competition 1-0 in extra time.

That second visit to Dean Court saw Chris Hughton refashion his team, making ten changes.

Andre Marriner - a quick return to Magpies action for the West Midlander, who took charge of our opening weekend home defeat by Spurs - correctly dismissing Jonjo Shelvey for his utter stupidity.

Marriner's contributions varied across the 2015/16 season: red carding Aleksandar Mitrovic in a 0-1 home defeat by Arsenal, returning for our 2-0 win over Liverpool and then reffing two away games: a 1-2 loss at Watford and the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports.

If you aren't travelling to Sussex, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle have the game on their big screen TVs with various food and drink promotions.

Once again, all pints are half price during the game.

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

Overseas TV: To follow


UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Travel 1: If your journey involves using the Metro, be aware that there's no service between Shiremoor and South Gosforth on Saturday or Sunday. The usual service 900 replacement bus calls at all stations.

Travel 2: Albion's travel advice is online here with details of free matchday travel for ticketholders - including away supporters.  

Travel 3: Buses will replace trains all day between Brighton and Littlehampton.


The Magpies will be bidding to win successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since November 2014 when good ol' Pards presided over our 2-1 win at Spurs and 2-0 success at West Brom. 

Competitive visits to the Seagulls - all time:

2016/17 won 2-1 Diame, Perez
2012/13 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2011/12 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1991/92 drew 2-2 G.Peacock, Kelly
1990/91 lost 2-4 Quinn, Brock
1989/90 won 3-0 Quinn 3
1983/84 won 1-0 Waddle
1982/83 drew 1-1 McDermott (FAC)
1978/79 lost 0-2
1961/62 won 4-0 Allchurch, Thomas, 
Kerray, Suddick

Full record v Brighton:

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 23.09.2017:
West Ham v Spurs (12.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Everton v Bournemouth (3pm)
Manchester City v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Southampton v Manchester United (3pm)
Stoke City v Chelsea (3pm)
Swansea City v Watford (3pm)
Leicester City v Liverpool (5.30pm) BT

Sun 24.09.2017:
Brighton v Newcastle (4pm) Sky

Mon 25.09.2017:
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky


Tim bomb?

Following a competitive debut in Tuesday's League Cup defeat at Bournemouth, Newcastle's Tim Krul has now converted his season-long loan deal at Brighton into a permanent move.

The Dutch international goalkeeper is out of contract at SJP next summer and has now put pen to paper on a 12 month deal with the Sussex club.

That means that he's now free to face United in the Premier League on Sunday, should he be selected.

No explanation has been forthcoming as to the precise timing of this move - and why it couldn't have been concluded after Sunday's game.

Salford lads club....

Saturday sees Newcastle's U18s attempt to register their first competitive win of the season, when they make the trip to the red half of Manchester.

Due to pitch relaying at the Carrington Academy, this game takes place at Manchester United's traditional training ground, The Cliff.

Superseded by Carrington in 2000, the club retain ownership of the venue on the edge of Salford and play occasional youth team games there.    

Kick-off is 11am and entry to the public is free.

Dave Watson's teenagers have drawn both their games away from Tyneside thus far, against the mackems and Liverpool. 

However they've endured a trio of defeats on home soil, beaten in the league by Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion and in the cup by Brighton.

The Red Devils recovered from losing their opener to the Baggies to see off Stoke and Derby, before recovering from a 0-3 deficit at half time in the Cup last week to beat Arsenal 4-3 at The Cliff.

Last season's meetings with Manchester United are best glossed over: 4-0 losses both home and away.

TV repeat

Newcastle's U23 side are in action at St. James' Park again on Monday night, when Wolves provide the opposition in a Premier League 2 game.

Kick-off is at 7pm and as was the case for the 2-2 draw with Norwich City there a fortnight ago, the club's official website be streaming it live for free.

Al bobble giveaway

The nights are cutting in again - high time for some fine bespoke headwear to keep the cold out.

The Tyneside-based Spirit of 69 are now punting their wares under the label of Football Bobbles here and have restocked their popular Shearer bobble hat.

These can be ordered here or if you feel lucky, we h
ave one up for grabs in a free-to-enter giveaway.

We just need you to identify this ex-Magpie, whose eight competitive senior NUFC appearances between 2004 and 2006 came in the same side as Wor Al.

Email answer to (subject: Hat).

Closing date is Monday September 25th @ 7pm - one entry per person please. Entries welcome from across the planet.

October events

Gavin Peacock
returns to the region on Monday October 9th when he'll be at NINE Bar to help raise funds for the Newcastle United Food Bank.

Different packages are available from 30 to 55 online here

Bob Moncur will be helping to raise funds for Whitley Bay Football Club on Thursday October 26th at the Seahorse Bar adjacent to Hillheads Park.

Tickets including a hot buffet cost 10 and are on sale now from the venue.  

Loan lads
New boss for Sels 

Matz Sels
A narrow 1-0 win at second tier Westerlo in the Belgian Cup on Wednesday was achieved with Sels remaining unused on the bench 

The game was the first played by Anderlecht  since dismissing Manager Rene Weiler 48 hours earlier. A replacement is sought, with Weiler's former coaches assuming interim charge of first team matters.

Achraf Lazaar
It's now five Serie A games played this season and five defeats for the promoted side, whose latest reverse came on Wednesday when they were pummeled 0-4 at home by AS Roma. 

Achraaf kept his place in the side after Sunday's 0-6 drubbing by Napoli and was withdrawn just after the hour mark with his side three goals adrift. 

Tim Krul
24 hours before his move to the Seagulls was made permanent, Tim debuted in Tuesday's League Cup visit to Bournemouth. He conceded the only goal of the tie in 30 minutes of extra time as the Cherries won 1-0.


Adam Armstrong (Bolton Wanderers)
Also knocked out the competition on Tuesday were Bolton, beaten 0-3 at West Ham. Adam came off the bench with 10 minutes remaining, at which point the Championship's bottom side were trailing 0-2. 

Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic)
A 1-0 home win over Northampton Town on Tuesday night saw the Latics climb to second in League Two - Ivan arriving as a 74th minute substitute against his former side. 

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
Northampton Town (a) League One, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff
Bristol Rovers (a) League One, Saturday.

Callum Williams
Maidstone United (a) National League, Saturday.

Stuart Findlay
Dundee (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Honours even - just

Brighton & HA U23s  0  Newcastle U23s  0

Match report is online here

Premier League:
Head for heights!

Newcastle  2  Stoke City


Match report


MJS winner/offer

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent MJS promotion to win a 2017/18 replica NUFC shirt signed by Rafa Benitez - the winner was randomly selected as Steve Blair from Cramlington.

PS: Newcastle's recent good run has prompted some unexpected generosity from MJS - who are upping their reader discount on iPad & iPhone repairs to 20% for the rest of September.

Smiling faces 

Amateur film maker and Toon fan Craig Crouchman was selected by a well-known lager brand to make a short film about an aspect of his "club". 

You'll find his effort online here

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A 1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

United obtained a 12 month exemption on logistical grounds to the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 23.09.2017 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ The Cliff Training Ground, 1pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section. Note change of venue.

Sun 24.09.2017 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
@ Amex Stadium, 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,500. 

Mon 25.09.2017 U23s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Fri 29.09.2017 U23s v Burnley (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup Group D.

Sat 30.09.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 01.10.2017 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT.

Tue 03.10.2017 U23s v Port Vale (a) @ Vale Park, 7.45pm. CheckaTrade Trophy.

Sat 14.10.2017 U18s v smoggies (a) @ Hurworth, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sun 15.10.2017 Southampton (a)
@ St. Mary's, 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Public sale now. 20 adults /over-65s/18-21 year olds, 18 U18s, 12 U11s. Allocation: TBC. 

Mon 16.10.2017 U23s v Southampton (a) @ St. Mary's, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Fri 20.10.2017 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 21.10.2017 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sat 21.10.2017
Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Tue 24.10.2017 U23s v Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup.

Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 8pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. ST holder sale now, 25 points. 30 adults, 20 over 65s /U22s, 15 U18s. Allocation: TBC. 

Mon 30.10.2017 U23s v Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Live TV games:

Sun 24.09.2017
Brighton (a) 4pm
Sun 01.10.2017 Liverpool (h) 4.30pm
Sun 15.10.2017 Southampton (a) 4pm
Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) 8pm
Sat 18.11.2017 Man United (a) 5.30pm*

All on Sky except * on BT. 

Sky Sports (126 games)
BT Sports (42 games)

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Thu 12.10.2017
Dec & January
Tue 12.12.2017 February
Thu 25.01.2018 March
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw will be on or around Mon 04.12.2017.

R3 06.01.2017
R4 27.01.2017
R5 17.02.2017
R6 17.03.2017
SF 21.04.2017
Sat 19.05.2017

Checkatrade Trophy:
United U23s are in Group D and play three away ties against EFL first teams:

Tue 29.08.2017 Crewe 1-2 NUFC
Tue 03.10.2017
Port Vale (a) 7.45pm
Tue 07.11.2017 Oldham (a) 7.30pm

R2: w/c 04.12.2017
R3: w/c 08.01.2018
QF: w/c 22.01.2018
SF: w/c 26.02.2018
F: Sun 08.04.2018 (Wembley)

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D:

Fri 29.09.2017 Burnley (h) 1pm
Mon 04.12.2017 Colchester (a) 7pm 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley (a) 2pm 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea (h) 1pm 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm
date tbc Swansea (a)

Premier League International Cup:
United U23s are in Group A: 

Tue 24.10.2017 Sparta Prague (h) 7pm
Wed 15.11.2017 Liverpool (a) 7pm
Tue 12.12.2017 PSV (h) 7pm

Subsequent round dates tbc

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United U23s enter in the Quarter Finals.

First Round
06.12.2017 Quarter Final
07.02.2018 Semi Final
??.??.2018 Final

U18 Premier League Cup:
United U18s are in Group B:

Sat 16.09.2017 NUFC 2 Brighton 3
Sat 04.11.2017 Blackburn (a) 12.30pm
Sat 02.12.2017
Chelsea (a) 

FA Youth Cup:
United U18s enter at the Third Round stage, to be played on or before 16.12.2017.

Gateshead FC
are offering discounts to current NUFC season ticket holders 10 entry for National League home games (rather than the usual 15).

16 & 17 year old admission 5, U16s 3.

Next four GFC home games:

Sat 30.09.2017 Boreham Wood 3pm
Sat 07.10.2017 Bromley 3pm
Sat 28.10.2017 Dover Athletic 3pm
Sat 18.11.2017 Tranmere Rovers 3pm

Magpie Movers are now on sale to NUFC ST holders, allowing use of public transport across the city three hours before and three hours after competitive NUFC home games.

After being 20 for three seasons, Movers now cost 30 online or 31 by post

Live music @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018 when Ed Sheeran headlines all three nights.

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (exact dates tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international breaks:

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

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

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

On This Day in History
22nd September

Born Or Died:

1878 Peter McWilliam born, Inveravon, Scotland. (1902-11)

Left half acquired from Inverness Thistle, who appeared for United during their Edwardian run of success, winning Division One titles in 1905, 1906 & 1908.

FA Cup Final appearances in 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910 also followed - although he earned a winners medal only at the fourth attempt, against Barnsley.

Peter received his first Scotland cap in 1905, captaining his country on the occasion of his eighth and final appearance six years later.

A knee ligament injury curtailed his playing career in 1911 and a year later he was appointed as the manager of Tottenham, where he remained in post for fifteen years.

Later taking over at Middlesbrough, Peter was to return for a second stint in charge of Spurs - via a spell as chief scout of their North London rivals, Arsenal.

Retiring in 1942, McWilliam settled in Redcar and passed away in 1951.

1933 Dave Smith born, Dundee, Scotland.

As a player, Dave appeared for Burnley, Brighton and Bristol City before opting to pursue a career in coaching.

His first appointment took him to Libya, before a rather less exotic stint at Sheffield Wednesday led to Smith's arrival at SJP in June 1967, assisting manager Joe Harvey. 

Dave coached United during their victorious Fairs Cup run of 1969/69 and is pictured above with the trophy. 

Leaving SJP to become reserve team boss at Arsenal, he sampled management for the first time in 1974 with Mansfield Town and led the Stags to successive promotions.

Later postings at Southend United and Plymouth also saw him secure promotions before he was persuaded to take over at his hometown club Dundee in 1988.

That didn't work out though and within a year Dave had returned to England as boss of Torquay United for a three year spell.

He then established youth football training schools in the Plymouth area and in a nod to what he acknowledges to be the highlight of his career, called the honours he hands out to top students, "Magpie Awards."

1936 Robert Whitehead born, Ashington.

Right back who joined United from Fatfield in December 1954 but had to wait for a senior debut until September 1957, deputising for Dick Keith in a 2-0 win at Burnley.

Not called upon again for over a year, Bobby made occasional first team starts thereafter but played mostly at reserve level, save for a run of games in the 1959/60 season.

Going on loan to Cambridge City during the 1960/61 season, Whitehead moved on to Darlington for 600 in August 1962. 

Retiring due to injury in 1964, he later lived in his native Northumberland.

1952 Ray Xuereb born, Marsa, Malta.

Striker who debuted as a 16 year old for Floriana and enjoyed a successful 13 year spell with the Maltese club. 

Ray came to the attention of United in 1977 after leading his side to the championship, finishing top scorer in the league and winning the accolade of Maltese footballer of the year.

Xuereb netted during a 1-1 draw against the Magpies in a post-season friendly game in Malta and then agreed to a trial in England the following season.

Appearing for Newcastle's reserve side, Xuereb returned to Malta without agreeing any deal, apparently having failed to settle in England (a previous trial at QPR is claimed to have ended for the same reason). 

Playing on for Floriana until 1982, Ray later appeared for Hamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur and Naxxar again. 

Serving a one year ban for signing up to an abortive breakaway league, he remained there for one further year before ending his career at Qrendi in the 1995/96 season.

Beginning a coaching career in 1987, Ray later guided Maltese youngsters at both academy and national team level in addition to spells as first team boss of Sirens FC.  

Internationally, he won the first of his 44 senior caps for Malta against Sweden in a World Cup qualifier during 1972.

1957 Steve Carney born, Wallsend.

Defender who began his career at Dudley Juniors, having trials for West Bromwich Albion before joining North Shields in 1975.

Moving on to Blyth Spartans two years later, Steve featured in
their memorable FA Cup run in the 1977/78 season, scoring a vital goal at Stoke City in Fourth Round.

Sent off at Wrexham in the next round, Carney was available for the replay and played in the defeat on a memorable night at a sold-out St.James' Park.

Steve later followed fellow Spartan Alan Shoulder to United, signing for 1,000 in October 1979 and debuting in a 2-0 home win over Fulham two months later.

His uncompromising tackling became a feature of his regular first team displays at both full back and central defence, with occasional forays into midfield.

Part of the 1983/84 promotion-winning side, 
Carney marked Newcastle's return to the top flight with his only senior goal for the club in an opening day win at Leicester City.

However he soon lost his place in the side and was loaned to Carlisle United before joining Darlington in July 1985, following his release by the Magpies.

Following spells at Rochdale and Hartlepool United Steve returned to Croft Park in 1987 via Tow Law Town, serving Blyth well for a further four years.

Involved with the family babywear clothing business, Carney turned down the chance o manage Blyth, but did later assist his brother Rob at Newcastle Blue Star.

Later entering the property trade, Steve returned to SJP in 2003 as he and the other boys of 1978 were presented to the crowd. 

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he died in May 2013 at the tragically early age of 55.


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What Else?

1894 Notts County (h)
Division Two 
Thompson, Willis 
Daft, Chadburn
Local lad Dick Hedley (parents can be cruel) got his first run out, at outside right.

1900 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 

1906 Woolwich Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Kyle 2

1923 Cardiff City (h)
Division One 

1928 Leicester City (h)
Division One 

1934 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
Boyd, Leach, Smith 
A debut goal for centre forward Jack Smith, whose goalscoring record of 73 goals in 112 senior appearances is often overshadowed by memories of the Gallacher and Milburn eras before and after.

1934 While Jack Smith was beginning his league career for United, a former favourite Hughie Gallacher was appearing at Roker Park for his latest club Derby County. 

In a stormy encounter watched by 30,000, Derby triumphed 4-1 thanks to a Jack Bowers treble. Gallacher was dismissed shortly after half time.

1945 Stoke City (h)
Hair, Wayman, 
Stubbins 5, Clifton 2
Albert Stubbins added another five goals to what would become a fearsome total of 231 strikes in wartime football for the Magpies.

1951 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One 
Vaughan 2, Evans
1956 Burnley (h)
Division One 
1962 Norwich City (h) 2-1
Division Two 
Fell(pen), Thomas 

1965 Peterborough United (h) 3-4 (1-3) 
League Cup 2nd Round
Bennett(25), Iley(54), Hilley (79) 
Beesley(7), Conmy(26,69),
A typical week in the history of Newcastle: beat league leaders Burnley on a Saturday, lose to Division Three Posh on Wednesday. 

The visitors recorded their first-ever League Cup win in this competition after five successive exits at the first time of asking - and would progress to the last four of the competition.

1973 Coventry City (a)
Division One 
Tudor, Macdonald 
Alderson, Stein


1976 Stoke City (h)
League Cup 3rd Round
Nattrass(17), T.Craig(32pen), Burns(82)
Victory the Potters lined up a trip to Manchester United in the next round - a tie we'd infamously lose 2-7....

1979 Wrexham (h)
Division Two 
The breakthrough came when a push on John Brownlie by Joey Jones was punished with a spot kick that Alan Shoulder converted (his sixth penalty of the season), to put us on top of Division Two.

1984 Queens Park Rangers (a) 5-5 (4-0)
Division One 
McDonald(3), Waddle(17,25,41), Wharton(84)
Gregory(74), Wicks(86), Micklewhite(90)
Wow. 4-0 up at half time, United were lucky to hang on for a point as they capitulated in the last quarter of a momentous encounter. 

Kenny Wharton scored at both ends while England manager Bobby Robson was present and noted the form of Chris Waddle on the Loftus Road plastic.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 West Ham United (h)
Division Two 
Having got off the mark for the season with a brace at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, Mark McGhee found the target once again.

1992 Robert Lee signed for 700,000 from Charlton Athletic, rejecting overtures from ex boss Lennie Lawrence at Middlesbrough. Keegan famously convinced Lee that Newcastle was nearer his Essex home than Teesside - at least in transport terms.... 

22/09/19931993 Notts County (h)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg 
Cole(30,54,63), Bracewell(72)
The Pies took an early lead when Pavel Srnicek fumbled an indirect free kick from Mark Draper into his own net, but this inspired United and Andy Cole in particular, against his home town team.

1997 The reserves won 1-0 away at Wigan's Spingfield Park, thanks to a late winner from David Eatock (a striker acquired from nearby non-league side Chorley).

Included in United'ss line-up were on-trial duo Massimo Oddo from AC Milan and Australian Carlos Gonzales from Sydney United.

The Italian defender wasn't retained - but would go on to win 34 caps for his country and a World Cup winners medal in 2006 - while the Aussie would soon retreat back down under in a huff.

2003 Michael Chopra got the vital goal that beat Manchester City's Reserves 1-0 at Hyde United's Ewen Fields. Chops struck two minutes into the second half, lashing the ball in off the bar in front of the watching City boss Kevin Keegan. match report

2006 United's Celestine Babayaro accepted a charge violent conduct from the FA over an incident with Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt at Anfield two days previous.

Referee Mark Halsey failed to see anything untoward during the game, but video evidence subsequently showed the Nigerian striking the Dutchman in the face while the pair jostled in advance of a first half corner.

Babayaro was banned for three games, but the chances of him making that many appearances in succession without developing some sort of 'injury' were pretty slim anyway....

2008 The Reserves lost 0-3 at home to Sheffield United's second string. Tormentor-in-chief for the Blades was former Magpie Keith Gillespie, who scored twice and eclipsed a young toon side that included reserve debutant Brad Inman. match report

2009 Peterborough United (a) 0-2 (0-2)
Carling Cup Third Round
Mackail-Smith(20), Williams(31)
Chris Hughton opted to field a weakened side at London Road, making ten changes and handing debuts to defensive duo Ben Tozer and James Tavernier.

With Haris Vuckic and Ryan Donaldson also making their first senior starts, the Magpies struggled and were deservedly two behind at half time.

ly, Hughton left on Danny Guthrie - who had already been booked - and then made a triple switch on the hour, bringing on messrs Nolan, Geremi and Smith.  

Guthrie was then sent off and with Joey Barton unfit, the bizarre triple switch thankfully didn't result in any injuries to our depleted resources. match report

2010 Chelsea (a)
Carling Cup Third Round
Ranger(27), R.Taylor(32), Ameobi(49,90)
Van Aanholt(6), Anelka(70,87pen)
Shola Ameobi's headed winner in the final seconds capped an incredible night, as Newcastle ended a winless run at Stamford Bridge that stretched back to November 1986

Ex-Magpies loan defender Patrick Van Aanholt had put the home side ahead on a night when 36 year-old Sol Campbell made his first team debut for Newcastle. match report

2013 The mackems sacked slack-jawed, trouser-dirtier Paolo Di Canio.
Reacting to the news on twitter, ex-Mag, Joey Barton said:

"Di Canio said to be devastated on having to leave the cultural utopia that is 5under1and to go back home to Rome..."

2014 Remie Streete's headed brace secured a 2-1 win for the U21s over Arsenal as they leap frogged the Gunners into pole position. 

Streete's match-winning display at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park came in front of representatives from League One Port Vale and he joined them on loan soon after. match report

2016 The reserves made a losing start to their Central League Cup group stage campaign on at a sun-drenched Little Benton as Sheffield United left with a 2-0 victory.