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Sunday 7th May
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The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2016/17:







Old boys:
Taxi for..... 

Tuesday afternoon brought news of some changing circumstances for a trio of former Magpies:

Nile Ranger appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in London in connection with an online banking fraud, receiving an eight month custodial sentence.

Sam Allardyce quit his position as Crystal Palace manager, saying that "I have no ambitions to take another job." Can you put that in writing?

Joey Barton
was formally released by current club Burnley, in the wake of his 18 month ban from all football activities for betting rule breaches.

Sage giveaway 


Hard on the heels of his well-received play Hadaway Harry, the latest offering from local writer Ed Waugh recounts the incredible story of the North East's first music hall superstar, Ned Corvan.

Born in 1827, Corvan grew up on Tyneside and found fame as a professional singer-songwriter and comic starring in music hall variety shows of the era. 

Mr Corvan's Music Hall premieres this Thursday at Durham's Gala Theatre*, touring until June 10th and calling at New Hartley, South Shields, sunderland*, Whitley Bay*, Hartlepool, Stanley, Berwick and Gateshead* (*Extra matinee shows).

Bookings/information online here

We had a pair of tickets for the Sage shows up for grabs - and asked which former Newcastle footballer was honoured with a blue plaque in the city during 2013, as Ned Corvan was in recent weeks.

The answer we sought was Colin Veitch and from correct answers Andy McCabe was selected as our winner - thanks to everyone who entered.


Before what is anticipated to be a busy close season of transfer activity, here's a recap on Newcastle's current squad - limited to anyone still on the books who has played a competitive senior game for us:

Contract expiring imminently (5):
Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka.

2018 (6):
Jesus Gamez, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, 
Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy.

2019 (2):
Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame.

2020 (9):
Adam Armstrong, Karl Darlow, Siem De Jong, Rob Elliot, Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Emmanuel Riviere, Jamie Sterry.

2021 (12):
Rolando Aarons, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Achraf Lazaar, Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels, Jonjo Shelvey, DeAndre Yedlin.

Undisclosed (6):
Dan Barlaser (signed in 2015)
Paul Dummett (signed in 2016 tbc)
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (signed in 2016)
Stuart Findlay (signed in 2016)
Callum Roberts (signed in 2015)
Ivan Toney (signed in 2015)

Misc (2):
Christian Atsu - status tbc
Florian Thauvin - status tbc

Non-first team (3):
Tom Heardman (2017 tbc)
Alex Gilliead (2018)
Freddie Woodman (2020)

Summer action:
Lunatic sought 

Monday brought confirmation that the mackems were once again in the market for a new sucker manager, following the resignation of David Moyes.

The 54 year-old Scot flees the dark place after ten months of purgatory - refusing compensation in his haste to depart, rather than wait to be sacked.

Surely there is now only one man for the red and white hot seat, having been out of a job since his previous club Crystal Palace jettisoned him last December and appointed Big Sham in his place....

Step forward (with a little dance)...Alan Pardew


Happy ending!:
D-Day approaches


Following the success of "Touching Distance" and "Tunnel of Love", local writer Martin Hardy returns with his third Newcastle United book on June 5th.

Written with the co-operation of Rafa Benitez, "Rafa's Way" departs from the usual bland 'story of a season' format to chronicle the revival of a club on and off the field during our Championship gap year. 

The book also features exclusive interviews with Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles,  Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Rob Elliot.

Author-signed copies are available to pre-order now online here for £19.99 including UK p & p (delivery charges apply to overseas orders).

Young Lions held

Having kicked off their their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 success over Argentina Saturday, England U20s had to be content with a 1-1 draw against Guinea in their second group game on Tuesday.

Adam Armstrong retained his place in the starting lineup and completed 81 minutes, while Freddie Woodman dropped down to the bench in Jeonju.

Paul Simpson's side remain top of Group A ahead of the Argentina versus South Korea game later today, with England's third group game against the hosts South Korea in Suwon on Friday

The 24 team tournament then runs through to the final on Sunday June 11th.

PS: England U17s were beaten in the UEFA U17 European Championship Final in Croatia on Friday.

With Newcastle defender Lewis Gibson retaining his starting place, the young Lions looked on course to claim the title when leading Spain 2-1 in added time.

However their opponents levelled during six additional minutes and the tie then went straight to penalties.

Sadly England lost 1-4 in the shootout, with Gibson not called into action to take a kick.  

Summer action:
Toon pair sit it out

Scotland have confirmed their squad selection for their World Cup Qualifier against England at Hampden Park next month - and as expected, Newcastle duo Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley miss out through injury.

Midfielder Ritchie missed the last two games of the season after undergoing a hernia operation, while defender Hanley didn't play again after the loss at Ipswich due to an unspecified ailment.

Fitness concerns also forced Hanley to withdraw from Scotland's squad for their most recent internationals back in March.


Ireland (Rob Elliot, Daryl Murphy):
Thu 01.06.2017 
Austria (h) WCQ
Sun 04.06.2017
Uruguay (h) FR
Sun 11.06.2017
Mexico (n) FR

A knee problem sees Ciaran Clark omitted. 

Serbia (Aleksandar Mitrovic):
Sun 11.06.2017
Wales (h) WCQ

Callups tbc:

Mon 05.06.2017
Czech Rep (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017
Estonia (a) WCQ

DR Congo:
Sat 03.06.2017
Botswana (h) FR
Thu 08.06.2017
Congo (h) AFCON

Thu 08.06.2017
Ethiopia (h) AFCON


Sun 04.06.2017 Venezuela (h) FR
Fri 09.06.2017 Trin & Tob (h) WCQ
Mon 12.06.2017 Mexico (a) WCQ
Sat 01.07.2017 Ghana (h) FR
Sat 08.07.2017 Panama (h) CONCA
Thu 13.07.2017 Martinique (h) CONCA
Sun 16.07.2017 Nicaragua (h) CONCA

Sun 11.06.2017
Serbia (a) WCQ

Another Northern League success 

The North East's stranglehold on the FA Vase was maintained at Wembley on Sunday, as South Shields beat Cleethorpes Town 4-0 - the eighth time in nine seasons that a Northern League side has won it.

A trio of former Newcastle reserves started for the Mariners - Alex Nicholson, Darren Lough and Carl Finnigan - and it was the latter who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot just on half time.

A fourth black and white old boy - Michael Richardson - then arrived as a second half substitute, as Shields finished with a flourish by scoring three goals in the final ten minutes of the second half.

NL @ Wembley:

2008/09 Whitley Bay 2–0 Glossop North End
2009/10 Whitley Bay 6–1 Wroxham
2010/11 Whitley Bay 3–2 Coalville
2011/12 Dunston UTS 2–0 West Auckland Town
2012/13 Spennymoor Town 2–1 Tunbridge Wells
2013/14 Sholing 1–0 West Auckland Town
2014/15 North Shields 2–1 Glossop North End 2015/16 Morpeth Town 4–1 Hereford
2016/17 South Shields 4-0 Cleethorpes Town

Hooter sounds:
Three and out 

Saturday and Sunday saw St. James' Park play host to the Rugby League Magic Weekend for the third successive year, with six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides staged. 

And the highest Sunday turnout on Tyneside was enough to push the aggregate attendance for the three years to 201,524.

The annual event is expected to leave Tyneside in 2018 for a venue tbc, with the next rugby fixtures at SJP scheduled to be two club Union finals in 2019.

2017 Magic scores:

Sat 20.05.2017:
Widnes Vikings 12-34 Wakefield Trinity
Hull FC 0-45 St. Helens 
Wigan Warriors 24-24 Warrington Wolves

Sun 21.05.2017:
Catalans Dragons 10-18 Huddersfield Giants 
Leigh Centurions 22-36 Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers 29-18 Leeds Rhinos

2015 crowd:
67,841 (40,871 Sat / 26,970 Sun)
2016 crowd:
68,276 (39,331 Sat / 28,945 Sun)
2017 crowd:
65,407 (35,361 Sat / 30,046 Sun 

Loan lads:

Latest fixtures for United's loan players:

Lubo Satka
(DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
Friday night action for
DAC, who drew 1-1 at Tatran Presov in the Slovakian Super League. Lubo was again absent from the squad - reason unknown.

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
The Bantams lost 0-1 against Millwall in the League One playoff final at Wembley on Saturday, with Alex among the unused Bradford substitutes.

Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts (Kilmarnock)
There was a losing conclusion to the loan spells of the duo on Saturday, as Killie lost 1-2 at home to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

Sean played the full 90 while Callum remained on the bench.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
With their relegation from the Primera Liga confirmed, Osasuna ended their season with a 0-5 loss at Sevilla on Saturday. 

Riviere was absent - playing the last of his 15 games for them back in early February and faiing to score or even finish on the winning side in any of them.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
Saivet's spell at Les Verts ended with a 1-3 defeat at AS Nancy on Saturday, with his final outing from the bench as a 72nd minute substitute.

Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille)
A 1-0 home win over Bastia on Saturday confirmed a fifth place finish for OM in Ligue 1. Voted player of the season, Thauvin completed the full 90 minutes. 

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Sunday saw second-placed BSC win their home game against Champions Basel 2-1, with Mbabu completing all 90 minutes. The Basel goal came from Magpie loan flop Seydou Doumbia - his seventeenth this season.

Young Boys have two games remaining - beginning with a trip to Thun on Sunday. Mbabu's season then ends on Friday June 2nd at home to Lausanne.

First friendly 

While confirmation of Newcastle's senior team programme ahead of the 2017/18 season is awaited, United's second string have been announced as one of four teams playing in a tournament at Whitby.

The venue is Whitby Town's Turnbull Ground between Thursday July 27th and Saturday 29th and in addition to ourselves and the Northern Premier League hosts, U23 sides from Glasgow Celtic and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar will also be participating.

Newcastle will play Celtic on the Thursday night (7.45pm), with Whitby facing AZ 24 hours later.

Saturday then sees the two losing sides meet in a 1.30pm start ahead of the final at 5.30pm that day.

Tickets for each game are £10 adults, £6 concessions and £3 children and available online here now

In classic local newspaper style, the Whitby rag chose to illustrate their piece with photos of Matt Ritchie and Brendan Rodgers - two people who will almost certainly not be at the Turnbull Ground in late July....


Former Magpies looking for new clubs include:

Joey Barton (Burnley)
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)
Leon Best (Ipswich Town)
Adam Campbell
(Notts County)
Ryan Donaldson
(Plymouth Argyle)
Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) tbc
JJ Hooper (Port Vale)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Conor Newton (Cambridge United)
Gabriel Obertan
Remi Streete
(Port Vale)
Mike Williamson (Wolves)

Notts County have offered new contracts to Shola Ameobi and Alan Smith, while Port Vale are in negotiations with Ryan Taylor.

Royals v Terriers 

The two teams that will go head to head at Wembley Stadium this coming Monday, May 29th for a Premier League place have now been decided.

Following Reading's 2-1 aggregate victory over Fulham on Tuesday, Huddersfield Town won the all-Yorkshire contest against Sheffield Wednesday in dramatic style 24 hours later. 

Scoreless in the first leg, it finished 1-1 at Hillsborough and after 30 minutes of extra time failed to produce a winner, the Terriers triumphed 4-3 in the shootout.

Old boy:
Irish rover

Ex-Magpie Neil McDonald is back in football, taking charge at League of Ireland side Limerick ahead of Friday's home game against league leaders Dundalk.

The 51 year-old has been managing and coaching for almost 20 years, since joining the Preston North End backroom team as his playing career wound down.

Working as a number two at Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace, McDonald's first taste of managing arrived during 2006 at Carlisle United.

Following a brief spell in Sweden, he then returned to work as assistant manager at Lincoln City, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers - the latter reunited with his former Trotters boss Sam Allardyce.

That association continued when the duo took charge of West Ham in 2011, leaving in 2015 to become the new manager of Blackpool in succession to Lee Clark.

After a season at Bloomfield Road, McDonald exited - returning in October 2016 to work for then-Hull City boss Mike Phelan until his sacking in January.  

McDonald's first game in charge didn't go to plan though, reigning champions Dundalk scoring three times without reply after Limerick had their 'keeper dismissed in the opening 20 minutes.

Kit confirmation


After the above image starting doing the rounds via social media on Monday morning, NUFC confirmed the design and sponsor details were indeed correct via their own promotional film online here

Next season's home shorts will remain all black, with the hoopy socks replaced by another retro design of all black with a white turnover. Thankfully shirt numbers will be red, allowing them to

The new home kit will go on sale from June 15th and in keeping with agreed guidelines, junior sizes will be advert-free.

Sponsor confirmation


Far-East owned gambling company FUN88 have replaced United's previous sponsor kit Wonga on a three season deal.

This isn't their first foray into Premier League shirt sponsorship, with Burnley advertising them in the 2014/15 season and wearing kits with their logo at Gallowgate in January 2015 as shown above.

Confirming the news, the SBC website added:

In celebration of signing the partnership, Newcastle United will be launching three new social media channels in Asia – WeChat, Weibo & Dongqiudi – targeting the Premier League’s biggest international fanbase in China with all the latest club news and exclusive content.

The FUN88 brand is a stable mate of 12BET, whose logo was carried on Hull City's shirts during their 2014/15 top-flight campaign.

More recently, FUN88 signed with Spurs before the season just ended as their betting partner in Asia & Latin America. 

Related brands TLC Bet and BETEAST have signed up with Premier League clubs as shirt sponsors at West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City respectively.

And TLC made Asia region betting partnerships with West Brom, Southampton, smoggies and mackems. 

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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.


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Wed 14.06.2017 PL fixture release.

Mon 03.07.2017
Pre-season training.

Thu 27.07.2017 U23s v Celtic (n) @ Turnbull Ground, Whitby, 7.45pm. Whitby Town Challenge Cup 2017.

Sat 29.07.2017 U23s v Whitby Town or AZ Alkmaar (n) @ Turnbull Ground, Whitby, 1.30pm or 5.30pm. Whitby Town Challenge Cup 2017.

Sat 12.08.2017 PL opening fixtures.

Sun 13.05.2018 PL closing fixtures.

League Cup Final 25.02.2018

FA Cup Final

Talk-ins etc:

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.

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be staged at SJP on successive days.

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...

From Sky Sports:

That title of course being "chokers"....


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

On This Day in History
24th May

Born Or Died:

1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman born, 
Duluth, Minnesota, USA. (1984)

Made one appearance at SJP in July 1984, entertaining a large crowd, but left under freedom of contract.

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What Else?

1924 Barcelona (Spain) (a)
Keating, Hudspeth (pen)
Crowd tbc

United's post-season tour of Spain concluded with the first of two friendly meetings in as many days with Barca at their Camp de Les Corts home.

Team: Fraser, Russell, Hudspeth, Mooney, Spencer, Gibson, Mitchell, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, Seymour.

1927 Ajax Amsterdam (Holland) (a)
McDonald 2, Seymour 

The fourth of United's six Dutch post-season fixtures saw them face Ajax in their De Meer Stadium.

Some contemporary reports credit McDonald with a hat trick.

1946 BK Kenty (Sweden) (a)
A post-season tour of Scandinavia that had started with a brace of wins in Norway ended with third of a trio of losses in Sweden.

1947 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
48pts, 5th
Tommy Ward put the Owls in front, but George Hair's first league goal ensured that the points were shared at Hillsborough.

1949 Ontario All Stars (Canada) (a) 8-2 (1-2)
Milburn 4, Mitchell 2, G.Robledo, Taylor
Davidson, Wallace 
The second date of United's post season ten game tour of North America saw them christen the new municipal sports field at Toronto's Westend Lake Shore.

1952 Natal (a)
Davies 3, Mitchell (pen)
Game three of United's mammoth sixteen date tour of Southern Africa brought them to Durban's Kingsmead ground.

1958 Dinamo Bucharest (Romania) (a)
Eastham, Scoular
Scorers tbc
Crowd tbc

1970 Seattle Seatac (U.S.A.) (a)
Young, Craig
Scorer tbc
The first time that a United first team XI ever won on an artificial pitch, despite Seattle making innumerable substitutions and using upwards of twenty players. Their goalkeeper also wore glasses on the field.

1977 Everton (a)
Division One 
49pts, 5th
Dobson(6), McKenzie(8)
An unusually late end to the season (a month later than the previous year) but the defeat didn't matter - Newcastle's UEFA qualification was already secure.

1986 Peter Beardsley appeared from the subs bench in place of Gary Lineker as England won 1-0 against Canada in a friendly match staged in Burnaby, British Columbia.

1997 Magpies midfielder Robert Lee netted for England as South Africa were defeated 2-1 in an International held in the unfamiliar surroundings of Manchester's Old Trafford.

2000 Referee Uriah Rennie was demoted from his Premiership duties after his baffling red card for Alan Shearer and various other blunders during the season. 

Completely missing Matt Elliott's attempted decapitation of Liverpool's Michael Owen at Leicester didn't help his cause much....

2001 Shola Ameobi made his first start for England U21s against Mexico at Leicester City's Filbert Street, but was unable to find the net in a 3-0 win. 

Future club team mate Titus Bramble also appeared. 
The agent of Ipswich Town defender Titus Bramble was doing his best to talk up a move to SJP for his client who was nursing an injury at the time. It later transpired that the club were more than happy to listen....

2006 Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given earned up another Republic of Ireland cap as his side lost 1-0 at home to Chile.

He was joined on the field by Chelsea's Damien Duff, who within two months had become a club colleague of Shay's at SJP.

2006 Michael Owen started his first game of the year when he captained England B at the Madejski Stadium in Reading against Belarus.

Owen was partnered up front by beanpole Peter Crouch in a little and large combination which had almost a foot difference in height.

The Newcastle man played for an hour before being subbed, but the visitors ran out 2-1 winners despite having a man sent off.

2009 Aston Villa (a)
Premier League
34pts, 18th
Edgar(90-second yellow)
Newcastle were just one goal and one point away from survival, but to see the way they whimpered out of the Premier League at Villa Park, you'd never have guessed it.

In a second half that simply defied belief, home 'keeper Brad Friedel didn't have a single save to make as Alan Shearer's side gave a clueless, heartless and shambolic display.

To claim that the killer blow - a deflection via Damien Duff - was unlucky would be to ignore 94 minutes of utter tripe that quite rightly resulted in relegation.

However, it was incredibly fitting that United ultimately shot themselves in the foot to deliver that final blow, the fact that it came via one of several misfiring superstars summed up an entire season of own goals.

Manchester United and Chelsea beat Hull and the mackems respectively, meaning we only needed to draw, but it never looked likely as Villa could have cruised to a larger victory - had they bothered to get out of second gear. match report

2015 West Ham United (h)
Premier League

Sissoko(54), Gutierrez(85)

Jonas Gutierrez made one and scored one as United maintained Premier League status on an emotional day at St. James' Park.

Sam Allardyce's Hammers proved to be the perfect opposition, with both he and former Magpie Kevin Nolan about to take their leave and as uninterested as their colleagues (Andy Carroll was injured just for a change).

Two second half goals ensured survival to the delight of interim manager John Carver, although Hull City's inability to score against Manchester United meant that the score on Tyneside was actually irrelevant.

Owner Mike Ashley made an unexpected live TV appearance before the game, confirming that the club wasn't for sale at any price - regardless of whether it was relegated. match report