Southampton (h) Public sale now
Swansea City (a) SOLD OUT
Man United (a) SOLD OUT
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Newcastle's pre-season came to a close at St.
James' Park on Saturday afternoon
but the woodwork and the brother of Chelsea's Eden Hazard, denied Steve
McClaren's side victory.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko both hit the goalframe in the second
period with the goal gaping but there were some promising displays to give
United fans a bit of hope for the new season.
New signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba had their moments and
although Mitrovic should have buried his late chance, the striker had
another half hour of pitch time.
Last season's third-placed
finishers got their goal in the 66th minute when Rolando Aarons lost
possession and although Steven Taylor had the chance to clear, the ball
fell to Thorgan Hazard who side-footed past Tim Krul from the edge of the
Sissoko had crashed an effort off the Gallowgate bar just after the break
when he did well to control a through ball but placed his effort past the
'keeper and off the woodwork with Papiss Cisse scuffing the rebound.
Wijnaldum had seen a first half backheel saved and Mike Williamson went
close with a header but long shots from Gabriel Obertan and Massadio Haidara
were United's best efforts in the opening half.
But there should have been an equaliser near the end for Mitrovic on his
first home appearance when Siem de Jong laid the ball back but the Serbian
thumped his shot off the upright with the 'keeper only a spectator.
Full match report to follow.
Team: Krul, Janmaat (Mbemba
62), Williamson, Taylor, Haidara, Anita (De Jong 75), Colback, Sissoko
(Perez 81), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Aarons 62), Cisse (Mitrovic 62).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Ferguson, Lascelles, Bigirimana, Kemen, Abeid,
BMG: Sommer, Jantschke (Brouwers 76), Christensen, Schulz (Nordtveit
76), Wendt (Dominguez 61), Traore (Ritter 84), Xhaka (Korb 76),
Dahoud (Johnson 61), Herrmann (Drmic 61), Stindl, Raffael (Hazard 61).
Subs n/u: Sippel, Hrgota.
Goal: Hazard 66.
Referee: Jon Moss (W.Yorkshire) born
Crowd: 21,088. If you're wondering why a number of Liverpool
fans were in attendance, it's part of a long-standing
alliance between them and BMG fans that dates back to their frequent European
meetings in the 1970's.
BMG followers have made annual trips to Anfield for many years and made a
£70,000 contribution to a collection for the Hillsborough families back in
1991, a gesture that earned them massive respect on merseyside.
Reds fans have also journeyed to Germany on a regular basis to watch BMG and
enjoy a few steins together - an alliance that's set to continue on Tyneside
Having worn one-off "members" kits for pre-season home games in the
last two seasons, United donned their new second kit
(below) for this fixture:
It's back to the future United:
first match home programme of the new season gives a flavour of the cover art
theme, namely a re-imagining of the artwork from previous season issues.
We kick off by turning the clock back forty years to the pre-season
preparations for 1975-76, when a short lived Anglo Scottish Cup tournament saw
home games against the mackems and the smoggies played.
Diablo himself, Gordon Lee, leers out of the Tyne Bridge on both issues, while
opposition bosses Bob Stokoe and Jack Charlton are superimposed on some inferior structures.
It's a health and safety nightmare.
20,088 suffered a 0-2 derby loss, with 11,624 turning out three days later for
a 2-2 draw with Boro, our goals coming from Terry Hibbitt and Alan Gowling.
live TV games -
BT play their joker
brought confirmation of three further United fixture switches for live TV,
including our 730 mile round trip to Bournemouth - helpfully now brought
forward to Saturday lunchtime to inconvenience away supporters still further.
At least it isn't on the Monday night I suppose....
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm, Sky Sports
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon, Sky Sports
Sat 07.11.2015 AFC Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
Selections have now been made up to and including Sunday November 29th,
meaning that seven of our opening fourteen games have been moved for TV (the
season opener against Southampton was moved to due their Europa League
participation but isn't televised).
Amended fixture list:
Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) 1.30pm no TV
Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) 3pm no TV
22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm BT
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm BT
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) 3pm no TV
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) no TV
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm Sky
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon Sky
Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City
(h) 3pm no TV
07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
21.11.2015 Leicester City (h) no TV
Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) no TV
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Ameobi (Cardiff City)
Friday evening saw the Bluebirds face Premier League opposition in the shape
of Bournemouth at what used to be Dean Court.
City won 3-2 with Sammy completing 90 minutes.
Adam Armstrong ( Coventry City)
Arma is expected to make his Sky Blue bow on Saturday when Tony Mowbray's side
face Oxford United at the Liberty Way home of non-league Nuneaton.
Woodman ( Crawley Town)
Non-league opposition for Crawley's final kickabout on Saturday, when they
visit Whitehawk FC.
I wanna be in
saw United confirm first team squad numbers for the following 35 players next
There are five new boys: Georginio Wijnaldum takes 5, Jamaal Lascelles
will wear 15, Chancel Mbemba inherits 18 from Jonas Gutierrez,
Karl Darlow will sport 26 and Aleksander Mitrovic opts for 45.
Existing players changing places include Paul Dummett (from 36 to 3),
Jack Colback (from 14 to 4) Gabriel Obertan (25 to 14) and
Sylvain Marveaux (reinstated to the list and handed the vacant 31
Of the three players out on loan, Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman retain
their numbers but Sammy Ameobi loses his - although he's the only one of the
trio away on a season-long deal:
1. Tim Krul
2. Fabricio Coloccini
3. Paul Dummett
4. Jack Colback
5. Georginio Wijnaldum
6. Mike Williamson
7. Moussa Sissoko
8. Vurnon Anita
9. Papiss Cisse
10. Siem de Jong
11. Yoan Gouffran
14. Gabriel Obertan
15. Jamaal Lascelles
16. Rolando Aarons
17. Ayoze Perez
18. Chancel Mbemba
19. Massadio Haidara
20. Remy Cabella
21. Rob Elliot
22. Daryl Janmaat
23. Haris Vuckic
24. Cheick Tiote
26. Karl Darlow
27. Steven Taylor
29. Emmanuel Riviere
30. Mehdi Abeid
31. Sylvain Marveaux
32. Adam Armstrong
33. Curtis Good
34. Shane Ferguson
35. Gael Bigirimana
37. Lubomir Satka
40. Olivier Kemen
41. Freddie Woodman
45. Aleksandar Mitrovic
of the ways
eight months after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace, Newcastle goalkeeping
coach Andy Woodman has secured his release in order to join the Eagles.
The London-born 43 year-old ends a stint at SJP that began in December 2010
when he arrived from Charlton Athletic at Pardew's direction to succeed Paul
An announcement regarding his successor is awaited, with Simon Smith linked
with a return to the club he worked for under both Ruud Gullit and Bobby
Having served Steve McClaren at Derby County last season, Eric Steele had been
also mentioned as a candidate in the event that Woodman left.
However, the 61 year old Tynesider embarked on a new role at the FA this week,
working with England's youth team goalkeepers - a role Simon Smith had
agree IT trial
Some weeks after his name first entered the frame, Northampton Town striker Ivan
Toney has been given the opportunity to win a move to the Magpies.
The 19 year-old made a senior debut for his hometown team in an FA Cup tie
against Bradford City in November 2012 and has played 60 first team games
for the League Two Cobblers (29 starts), scoring 11 goals.
Toney is on Tyneside and joined in training with Peter Beardsley's
development squad on Friday - with the expectation being that he'll feature
in a behind closed doors kickabout against Gateshead on Sunday.
A deal that could eventually be worth £500K has been mentioned for a player
that United have tracked since last October at least, when a Cobblers fan
site reported that a Magpies scout was present at Northampton's game against
Burton Albion to watch Toney.
joins - official
NUFC email sent to fans on
Newcastle United have announced the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel
Mbemba after the club received a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for the
player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The deal is subject to Mbemba
receiving the appropriate visa.
Mbemba becomes Newcastle United's third
signing of the summer, after completing the switch from Anderlecht. The
20-year-old DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on
Mbemba is now required to apply for his
visa overseas, with the hope that he is then able to return to join his new
teammates in Newcastle midweek.
The fee is reportedly around £7m.
too hot for bairns
Available now is "Touching Distance" - a new
book from local football writer Martin Hardy that recounts and
reflects on the epic 1995/96 season when we were "so close".
Interviewing major figures including Kevin Keegan, Sir John Hall and Les
Ferdinand and unearthing some new tales in the process, Touching
Distance costs £18.99
and author signed copies are available to order online
here post free in the UK.
If you're heading to the SJP open day on Tuesday (4th), then Martin will be
signing books on the third floor of Fenwicks from 12.30pm, in
the company of ex-Magpies Terry McDermott, John Beresford and Steve
The author will also be signing copies at Waterstones by Greys
Monument before the Southampton home game, between Noon and 1pm on
Sunday August 9th.
Two launch events are to be staged as follows:
Thu 13.08.2015 Benedictine Club, Cramlington
Fri 14.08.2015 42nd Street, Whitley Bay
Both are in a talk-in format with former Magpie Keith Gillespie
and the author. Admission £10 including a pie and pea supper, tickets from
the venue or
United lost 0-2 to O'Higgins in Friday's Globe Final at Coleraine
Showgrounds, the Chilean youngsters scoring twice in the final five minutes of
Having failed to finish in the top four of the Milk Cup competition,
Newcastle qualified for the second level event (the Globe) for teams finishing
between fifth and eighth position after three group stage games.
And a 5-1 victory over California-based Strikers FC on Thursday put them into
the final of the competition on Friday against O'Higgins on Friday afternoon.
Leading the way against Strikers with another man of he match display was
Mackenzie Heaney, who netted a hat trick to go with Ben Pollock and Callum
(Note that the bureaucracy of the Milk Cup event means that Heaney has been referred
to by his previous surname of MacCubbin during this tournament)
Six points from the group stages came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Japanese side Higashi Fukuoka at
Ballymoney, with Ben Pollock and Mackenzie Heaney netting.
Following a 1-3 loss to Ghanaian outfit Right to Dream in Ballymena (Heaney on
target), the Young Magpies picked up another three points with a 4-0
victory over County Tyrone
at Limavady, Ben
Pollock, Brandon Williams, Owen Gallacher and Lewis McNall on target.
Harker, Marrs, Aziakonou, Le.Gibson, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen,
Aplin, Gallacher, Spooner, Lowther, Heaney, Long, C.Smith, McNall, Donaghey,
confirm open day
There's a public training session and associated
activities at SJP this coming Tuesday (August 4th) from 9am.
Entry to the East Stand is free and here's the schedule:
9am: Fanzone and East Stand open
10am to 10.30am: NUFC Foundation training session
10.45am to 12.15pm: First team training session
12.15pm to 12.30pm: Penalty kicks/crossbar challenge
1.45pm: Competition winners' signing session
2pm: Fanzone closes
NB: due to the location of the fanzone for this event outside the
Gallowgate end, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm
gets new Perch
side Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of former Magpie James
Perch from Wigan Athletic. The 29 year-old defender has signed a three
year contract with the West London club.
PS: Among the more obscure old boy moves we've noted this summer, DR
Congo-born defender Patrick Nzuzi has departed from Irish League
Limerick to join Sligo Rovers.
Stuck in the slow Lane
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Goals online here
Trains East Coast have come up with a brand new initiative aimed at
getting Magpies season ticket holders and members to and from away matches in
the London area at reduced prices using their services.
Individual bookings attract a 10% discount, while groups of three or more
qualify for 25% off. And rather than waiting for confirmation of match dates -
and watching cheaper advance tickets sell out - free rebooking of tickets is
now possible if a game is rescheduled for TV.
In line with the current NUFC away ticketing policy, this offer is open only
to those who qualify for away tickets (ie not the general public) and the
scheme is partly motivated by a desire to address behaviour on trains, so
there's what amounts to a code of conduct included.
Further details and bookings are open now here:
is very much uncharted territory and inevitably there will be issues that come
to light now that the website is live. As one of the parties who put this
together, we have a vested interest in seeing it work as well as possible, so
any feedback (positive or negative) to Biffa
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Sunday 9th August
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Saturday 1st August
Match report to follow
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2015/16:
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop,
under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of
the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.
Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up
the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.
SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).
* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas
2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale,
with availability in all areas of SJP.
NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next
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 also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is
added annually by NUFC to each ST).
A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit.
In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.
NUFC's members only away ticket policy is
still in force, with
only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets.
the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend
games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.
Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?
City guide, maps etc
U18s v Stoke
Clayton Wood Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 08.08.2015 U21s v Wolves (a)
New Bucks Head, Telford, 3pm. U21 Premier League.
Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Public
Visitors have taken 1,646 seats.
NB: no metros between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08
and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run.
W/C Mon 10.08.2015
Capital One Cup Second Round draw involving NUFC.
Sat 15.08.2015 U18s v West Bromwich
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.
Mon 17.08.2015 U21s v
Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sat 22.08.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @
Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.
22.08.2015 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 12.45pm. Premier League.
SOLD OUT. Live
on BT Sport.
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (a)
@ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League.
Tue 25/Wed 26.08.2015 Team tbc (?)
@ venue tbc, KO tbc. Capital One Cup
29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details
Live on BT Sport.
Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.
Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer talk-in @ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston. In aid
of Wallsend Boys Club. £30 including supper. No children allowed. Orders and further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital One Cup Round dates:
2nd: w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1: w/c 04.01.2016
SF2: w/c 25.01.2016
F: Sun 28.02.2016
FA Cup Round dates:
3rd: w/e of 09.01.2016
4th: w/e of 30.01.2016
5th: w/e of 20.02.2016
6th: w/e of 12.03.2016
SF: Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F: Sat 21.05.2016
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm
Future live TV picks
should appear thus:
Oct/Nov: By the end of July
Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016
World Cup @ SJP:
The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:
Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland
Mark Allison aka
Run Geordie Run
will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul
- in 2016.
Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.
Mark is also planning further runs in 2018,
2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining
13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.
International Magpies |
National Service |
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
|On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1892 Robert McIntosh born,
Midfielder signed by Newcastle from his
hometown club Dundee ahead of the 1920/21 season, at a cost of £1,250.
Making his first team debut in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in September
1920, Robert's first season at SJP saw him make 33 league appearances as United
finished fifth in the top flight.
His first United goal came in a Tyne -wear derby game at SJP in November 1921,
earning his side a point in a 2-2 draw.
Losing his regular place in the side to Tim Curry in October 1923, McIntosh
made only occasional appearances that season and played no part in the club's
successful FA Cup run.
Having failed to feature for the first team the following season, he joined
Stockport County for £500 in October 1924.
1974 Dennis Lawrence born,
Morvant, Trinidad & Tobago. (2000)
Giant defender who impressed Sir
Bobby Robson when he faced United in an end-of- season friendly in Trinidad in
Lawrence had an unsuccessful trial at SJP some four months later, before
returning to his club, Defence Force in Jamaica.
He did subsequently appear in the Football League for Wrexham, Swansea City,
and Crewe Alexandra (the latter on loan).
Returning to his native Trinidad in 2009 with
San Juan Jabloteh, Lawrence resurfaced at former club Wrexham in March 2010 but
after training with them opted to retire.
Gaining his UEFA "B" licence, Dennis was reunited with ex-Jacks team mate Roberto
Martinez on the Wigan Athletic coaching staff, following him on to Everton in
1978 Steven Paris born, Uphall, Scotland.
Schoolboy international goalkeeper who had been on the books of Rangers before
linking up with Newcastle's Academy in 1995.
Failing to make the breakthrough at SJP, Steven returned to his native Scotland
and joined Hamilton Academical in Summer 1996.
Edinburgh Select (a)|
McGuigan, White, Eastham
Another United visit for
this annual pre-season charity fixture, played this year
at Easter Road.
Dundee United (a)
Following the two-legged Fairs Cup tie of Sept/Oct
1969, the Terrors became frequent friendly foes.
A meeting in February 1970 at SJP followed, while this
Tannadice game was restaged on Tyneside just four days
1977 SC Telstar
United's pre-season programme kicked off with defeat in
the Dutch town of Velsen, despite Mickey Burns taking John
Bird's pass and grabbing the opening goal via a post.
Mahoney, Gorry, Kennedy, Cassidy, Bird (Callachan),
McCaffery, Barrowclough, Blackhall (Oates) Burns (Cannell),
Torquay United (a)
Shoulder, Walker, Mitchell
The Magpies paid their first- ever visit to Plainmoor
on this Wednesday evening.
Wigan Athletic (a)
McDonald 2, Beardsley, Roeder
Third and final match United played in the Isle of Man
Cup, held in Castletown.
1987 Brondby IF
Jensen(40)(pen), Neilsen 68
United's pre-season preparations began in the town of
Glostrup, near to Copenhagen.
In the home ranks was highly-rated youngster Brian Laudrup,
whose elder brother Michael had just completed a move to
M.Thomas, McDonald, Bailey (Tinnion), Anderson
(Stephenson), P.Jackson, Roeder, Hodges, Gascogne,
Goddard, Wharton, D.Jackson (A.Thomas).
Katrineholm (Sweden) (a)
Mirandinha, Hendrie, Robertson, O'Neill
A small crowd turned up to see new arrivals Andy Thorn
and John Hendrie make their Magpies debut on a bumpy pitch.
1989 Mjallby AIF (Sweden) (a)
Quinn, McGhee, Brazil
Oadby Town (a)
OG(Kirby), Gallacher, O'Brien
The black & white "bar code" strip
made its debut in this Leicestershire town, in a match
arranged by Magpies director and Oadby President Peter
After the match, Newcastle manager Jim Smith performed the
opening ceremony on a new clubhouse at Invicta Park.
York City (a)
Sheedy (17), Peacock (46), Carr (79)
continued their pre-season preparations by easing to
victory in this Saturday afternoon kickabout at Bootham
United visited the Racecourse Ground to form the
opposition in Dixie McNeil's testimonial.
Some sources credited Peter Beardsley's goal as an OG
after it was deflected in by Barry Hunter - a former
Magpies trainee who later found his way to the Racecourse
(Hooper 46), Neilson, Beresford, Lee, Venison, Peacock,
Fox, Jeffrey (Holland 70), Beardsley, Mathie.
S-League All Stars (a) 5-0 (2-0)
Ferdinand(7), Ginola(25pen,73), Kitson(72,88)
The second game of United's tour of the Far East was
staged in front of a capacity crowd at Singapore's
New £15m signing Alan Shearer had linked up with the tour
party and watched from the subs bench, but didn't appear
in the game.
David Batty managed to get himself booked in what was a
combative kickabout at times, while manager Kevin Keegan
removed Tino Asprilla at half time after the Colombian had
been guilty of a trio of bad fouls.
Barton, Beresford, Peacock (Howey 67), Batty (Lee 46),
Albert (Elliott 57), Clark (Watson 67), Gillespie (Beardsley
57), Ferdinand, Asprilla (Kitson 46), Ginola. Sub n/u:
Benfica (Portugal) (n) 0-0 (0-0)
Day one of the JD Sports tournament held at the Riverside
Stadium saw the Magpies beaten on penalties after a drab
Graeme Souness's Benfica side won 4-3 in the shootout,
Steve Watson, Stuart Pearce and Temuri Ketsbaia on target
before Gary Speed and Ralf Keidel missed from the spot.
Charvet, Pearce, Watson, Dabizas, Hamilton (Keidel 80),
Barnes (Brady 59), Ketsbaia, Andersson, Serrant, Speed.
Subs n/u: Harper, Kelly, Elliott.
In the other game,
Italians Empoli beat the smogs 1-0 to leave the following
day's Tyne -Tees derby as the 3rd/4th playoff match.
Georgian Temuri Ketsbaia reminded the watching Bobby
Robson of his qualities with two goals and a
string-pulling midfield display in a pre-season game at
Ahead through Shola Ameobi, the Borderers got back into the game after
the break and at one stage it was 2-3, before a quick fire
double from James Coppinger rounded off a 5-2 success in
front of 2,015
Bordering on the
Riviera in Berwick
1860 Munich (Germany) (h)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd Leg
Speed(5), LuaLua(80), Solano(89pen)
After a fine 3-2 victory in the Olympic Stadium,
United finished the job against the Germans and qualified
for the Intertoto Cup Final on a 6-3 aggregate.
Your correspondents will forever remember this game for a
bizarre pre-match meeting with a certain Mr Shepherd.
On the field, new signing Laurent Robert was paraded, but took no part in the game.
So when was the last time
Newcastle scored nine goals in an evening.... and lost?
There were contrasting
fortunes for United's two teams in simultaneous
action. In the 7.15pm kick off they ran out 6-0 winners
against Hartlepool. Half an hour later at Hillsborough Sir
Bobby Robson looked on as his side squandered a
comfortable 3-1 lead.
competitive encounter at Hillsborough saw United throw
away a 3-1 lead in little more than ten minutes during the
second half to lose 4-3.
Ex-Brentford man Lloyd Owusu gave the Owls an early
lead but Dyer equalised and then Ameobi and LuaLua put
United 3-1 ahead after the break.
Back came Wednesday though, with goals from Smith, Armstrong and future Mag
Shefki Kuqi giving the home
NUFC.com match report
Meanwhile, another United
side were filling their boots at Victoria Park, Hartlepool.
Alan Shearer grabbed an 18-minute hat-trick after Bellamy
had got an early opener.
The scoring continued after the break with Solano and
Speed soon making it 6-0 before Newcaatle eased off.
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
hours after an decent display against Rangers,
Newcastle served up a simply awful 90 minutes against Sir
Bobby Robson's former side - who weren't much better.
The goal that divided the teams and saw Sporting repeat
their 1992 SJP pre-season tournament success came on 33
minutes when Chilean midfielder Rodrigo Tello's sweet
shot eluded Harper in the Gallowgate goal.
Patrick Kluivert's much-anticipated debut came on the hour
when he replaced Alan Shearer, but neither the Dutchman
nor any of his colleagues looked remotely inspired in what
was an instantly forgettable afternoon.
Sporting would make two further returns to Tyneside that
season in the UEFA Cup, with United winning the Quarter
Final first leg after drawing the earlier Group stage tie.
draw for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round paired us
with the Latvian league leaders FK Ventspils.
demands saw the
away leg switched to the Skonto Stadium, Riga, rather
than their own home ground - saving team, fans and telly
technicians a three
hour trek from the Latvian capital to the coastal town.
Hull City (a)
The floodwaters had receded from Hull, but provided
the travelling fans with material for their repertoire on
a night when there was precious little else for them to
Such was the youth and inexperience of the side that Sam
Allardyce was forced to field due to injuries that
goalkeeper Steve Harper remarked that he felt like "their
Hertha Berlin (Germany) (n)
Jonas Gutierrez made his Magpies debut in the stadium he
had called home until just a few weeks previously.
A poor performance from Kevin Keegan's side in the
first of two matches to be played at Palma's ONO Stadium in
the Mallorca Cup.
second string kicked off their
preparations for the season by with a 4-1 win over Conference Premier side Gateshead at the International Stadium.
Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton and Marcus
Maddison netted in front of 1,274 fans, while new defensive arrival Curtis
Good made his Magpies bow.
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