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Aston Villa U21s 1 Newcastle U21s 2
goal in each half for Adam Armstrong was enough to give Newcastle's
second string their first win in twelve league and cup games on Monday night
at Villa Park.
The Geordie youngster took his goal tally at this level to nine in eleven
starts this season and provide a timely reminder of his scoring prowess
ahead of this Saturday's Premier League game against Swansea City.
Joining Arma in the starting lineup were Siem De Jong and Facundo Ferreyra,
who had each managed 45 minutes for the reserves last week after recovering
The pair both played for over an hour here and should now come into
consideration for first team duty: the Dutchman made the last of his three
senior appearances way back in August, while the on-loan Argentinean is yet
to feature competitively at all for the Magpies.
The Villans U21 side shipped five goals without reply at St. James' Park earlier
season, but had won
their most recent three games without conceding.
The better chances fell to Newcastle in the opening period however, with
Facundo Ferreyra striking a post after 18 minutes and Olivier Kemen doing
likewise three minutes later.
However the home side went ahead just after the half hour mark when Jerell
Sellars centred for Harry McKirdy to beat United goalkeeper Paul Woolston.
That lead lasted just four minutes though before Adam Armstrong
turned and cracked home a fine shot for his eighth goal of the season at
Into the second half and Ferreyra again tested the Villa Park woodwork
before Armstrong grabbed his second of the evening in the 63rd
Woolston, Sterry, Laidler, Kemen, Williams, Satka, Barlaser, Ferreyra (Heardman
81), Armstrong (Roberts 89), De Jong (Gilliead 72), Smith.
Subs n/u: Gillesphey, Pearson,
Villa: Steer, Leggett, Senderos, Toner, Cissokho, Mason, Cowans,
McKirdy (Green 64), Calder, Sellars, Hepburn-Murphy
Subs n/u: Watkins, Webb, Hale, Suliman.
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Following social media claims that Newcastle City Council had issued a crowd
figure of 30,075 for Sunday's home game, attempts to get confirmation from
them resulted in a flat denial that any such figure had been released.
Boycott: hit for six
Newcastle 1 Spurs 3
became the latest side to humiliate Newcastle on the field as they strolled to
victory on Sunday, extending the club's losing sequence to six games that
mirrors our previous worst run in the Premier League.
Twelve months on from reaching that unwanted record under Alan Pardew's
command, his successor John Carver was equally powerless to prevent a
wholesale surrender from a disheartened and disjointed group of players -
calling them a team would be grossly inaccurate.
This latest setback took place against a backdrop of supporter unrest that was
planned in advance of our latest derby defeat, but gained added impetus as the
financial results of the club were delivered and yet another demoralising
defeat was recorded at Anfield.
Rather than the protests inside the ground that made a for a poisonous
atmosphere against Cardiff City a year ago though, the call to boycott the
game was heeded by a cross section of fans including season ticket holders
prepared to leave empty seats already paid for.
Hundreds of fans assembled outside the Gallowgate End before and after
Sunday's game to call for the owner's departure, but thousands more stayed
away entirely - opting to watch it on live TV at home or in pubs, or do
something completely different instead.
That left the game to be played with around 10,000 empty seats scattered
across all four sides of the stadium, although an official attendance of
47,427 was announced - that figure based on match tickets sold.
As a result, the subdued and
subversive St. James' Park had all the atmosphere and anticipation of a
pre-season friendly and United's performance did little to stir those who had
ignored the boycott from their slumbers.
The season's lowest crowd at St.James' Park was still the weekend's highest
domestic league attendance, but the absence of passion, commitment or interest
was surely unsurpassed anywhere - even the 1,351 at Accrington.
Missing from his seat - although presumably not joining the boycott - was owner Mike Ashley,
with the club's PR guru Keith Bishop present alongside MD Lee Charnley.
The visiting team enjoyed a comfortable afternoon in the sunshine and did just
enough to collect their first win in three games, although the glaring
opportunity to improve their goal difference in the second half was
For United there were a handful of decent displays from a side showing
worrying signs of rigor mortis. Goalscorer Jack Colback refuses to lie down and roll over,
although his clear frustration with the failings of those around him resulted
in his twelfth yellow card of the season.
Lacking support and seemingly perceived as a diver by the refereeing
community, Ayoze Perez
continues to show flashes of promise up front and there was a welcome return
of captain Fabricio Coloccini to the defence.
That allowed Daryl Janmaat to resume right back duties in a back four that
looked a little less brittle and again featured Vurnon Anita in the left back
Ryan Taylor moved up into midfield with Moussa Sissoko banned, while Yoan
Gouffran was included at the expense of Gabriel Obertan in the only other
starting XI change.
Absent from the squad completely (although he later confirmed his availability
on social media) was Jonas Gutierrez, with youngsters Olivier Kemen, Jamie
Sterry and Adam Armstrong bulking out the subs bench.
However, the majority of the Magpies on display were short on confidence,
ability and application and this squad of players is simply not good enough
for this division.
If not this year, then relegation in 2016 looks a good bet at the current rate
of decline. It's hard to think of a side who possess less physical presence
and at times, Spurs were able to mark up at set pieces by merely standing in
front of their opponents and blocking out their view.
You'd also have to go a long way to encounter players who less uncomfortable
in possession than this lot, are woefully short of pace and lack the
intelligence to make runs or pick out the movement of their colleagues.
After a mundane opening half hour when Perez and Remy Cabella got on the end
of low crosses to have shots of a fairly unthreatening nature, the visitors
had the opening goal handed to them on a plate.
Gouffran had the chance to charge forward and set up an attack but was caught in
possession in his own half. That sent Nacer Chadli off towards the Gallowgate
goal unopposed before dispatching a shot past Tim Krul who again looked too easily
Carver made a double change at the break, with the unfortunate Mehdi Abeid
making way for Obertan and Gouffran thankfully replaced by Sammy
And as had been the case at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, United
found an equaliser within a minute of the restart.
A mazy run from Perez on the right hand side of the box set up Janmaat who
looked a certain scorer, but as his shot was blocked Colback arrived to thump
the ball in at the Gallowgate End.
Sadly that proved to be only a fleeting relief for those present of a home
persuasion and Spurs
were back in front within ten minutes.
Christian Eriksen's free-kick from the
left eluded everyone and drifted inside the far post with Krul once more
embarrassed. Nabil Bentaleb may have got a slight touch but not one that
diverted the flight of the ball.
That saw some fans to abandon their seats as another lost cause loomed and
others gradually drifted away as further feckless attempts at creating a goal
failed to do so - Obertan and Ameobi unable to supply any form of service from
the wings and Cabella equally slipshod.
With Newcastle unwilling or unable to build up a head of steam and threaten a
second equaliser, Spurs should have increased their lead long before Harry Kane was
gifted an added time breakaway strike.
And so ended another dispiriting display that still leaves United searching
for the points that would secure their Premier League status and all that
lovely lucre. As the performance proved, football just doesn't come into it
anymore and the indifference is infectious.
Rather than rebellion though, the over-riding feeling is one of worrying
indifference, of people falling out of love with their club and just quietly
voting with their feet. Counting the number of ashleyout.com banners doesn't
reflect the depth of disaffection that is felt round these parts and the
disinterest that has bred due to on-field neglect.
Looking across the almost eerily silent ground, it felt like the clocks had
been turned back to when we played out meaningless end of season games in
front of pitiful gatherings, hardly any of whom owned season tickets.
Even the modest and justified expectations of our fans, nothing more than
putting a team on the field fit for purpose and making a genuine effort to win
the game, have proved to be unrealistic.
Despite the desperate loss of form, it would still take an outlandish series
of results to see at least four teams sitting below us get past and consign us
to the drop.
That's of no comfort though when looking ahead to the remaining five games of
another desperate season - and for an increasing number of fans, far further
From hotbed to death bed, you've got to hand it to Mike.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Anita (Armstrong 75), Abeid
(Obertan 46), R.Taylor, Colback, Gouffran (Ameobi 46), Perez, Cabella.
Subs n/u: Riviere, Kemen, Woodman, Sterry.
Booked: Colback, Cabella.
Goal: Colback 46.
THFC: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 82), Paulinho (Mason
88), Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli (Dembele 78), Kane.
Subs n/u: Soldado, Yedlin, Townsend, Friedel.
Booked: Lamela, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Vertonghen.
Goals: Chadli 30, Eriksen 53, Kane 90+1.
Crowd: 47,427 tickets sold, including 2,800 away fans.
It's debatable whether the actual number of people in the ground was less than
the 41,053 figure published for a 1-2 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers on a
Wednesday night in November 2010 - the smallest PL crowd at SJP since the
ground capacity passed 50,000 in 2000.
Friend - a second Toon outing this season for the Leicestershire-based
official, following the 1-1 home draw with Stoke City in February.
"It (the supporter boycott) was possibly not
helpful, but they are entitled to do what they want.
"I don't think that has affected what
has gone on on the pitch. The players are all professional and once they cross
the white line it shouldn't affect them.
"There are no excuses. We lost
because we weren't good enough.
"It's not getting any easier, but
this job is never easy. I'm disappointed and angry and have lots of different
emotions going through my head. The bottom line is it's another defeat and not
"We are in amongst it. We have sides
like Leicester who are winning games and we aren't winning. We have to find a
way to find some points.
"This is the most difficult situation
I've ever been in, but I'm a fighter and I'm not going to shirk anything.
"We will take the stick and the
responsibility because that's the type of person I am. I'm not going to give
up on it and I have enough experience to deal with the situation.
"Weíve had good conversation
with all the staff. Hopefully I can find a solution. Thereís nobody going to
land from Mars with a spaceship-load of players. I said to the guys in the
dressing room that we have to deal with it and sort out the situation.
"Itís a huge kick in the teeth at
home. You have to look over your shoulder to see whatís going on. The one
thing about my team is they keep going, but sometimes they might not be good
"Itís disappointing but itís my job to find a solution.Ē
Regarding the absent Jonas Gutierrez - reportedly axed from the squad
following a disagreement with Carver:
"(It was a) selection (decision), yes, (we have)
a pool of 18 players. I have my reasons for that and I donít want to talk
about Gutierrez anymore.Ē
John Carver became the second Newcastle manager to preside over six
successive Premier League defeats, emulating Alan Pardew's feat of
exactly a year ago.
Defeat by Swansea on Saturday would be the first time that the Magpies had
lost seven league games in a row since 1977, when the inept Richard
Dinnis oversaw ten successive losses between August and October.
Jack Colback scored his fourth goal of the season for the club, all of
which have come on home territory. That makes him United's third top scorer
this season, with Ayoze Perez (5) and Papiss Cisse (11) ahead of him.
Spurs in Toon: Premier League Era:
2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1
Carver in charge: Played 15, Lost 10, Drawn 3,
Won 2 (scored 12, conceded 27)
Premier League - bottom ten:
Latest Premier League results:
Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
Everton 1-0 Burnley
Leicester City 2-0 Swansea City
Stoke City 2-1 Southampton
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham
Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris
Vuckic scored again
- the eighth of his loan spell - as Rangers won 3-1 at
- the eighth of his loan spell - as Rangers won 3-1 at
Dumbarton in the SPFL Championship on Saturday. He was subbed in the 86th
Rangers face Falkirk at Ibrox on Saturday and then travel to champions Hearts
on Saturday May 2nd. Having now secured a playoff spot, those games begin on
Monday then saw Rangers U20s win 1-0 at Celtic, with Mbabu and Ferguson both
in the starting XI. Kevin completed the full 90 while Ferguson played for 66
minutes - his first action since September 2014.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest had to settle for a 3-3 draw after leading
Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Saturday.
Forest visit Ipswich Town on Saturday and end their season at home to Cardiff
City on Saturday May 2nd.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Marveaux came on in the 76th minute of the 1-1
draw at home to Evian TG in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Guingamp's season runs until May 22nd.
Gunners shot down!
Newcastle U18s 6 Arsenal U18s 0
United's youngsters went goal crazy at Little Benton on Saturday, serving up
their most convincing performance in living memory and full value for an
Leading the way with his first hat trick at this level was Jamie Holmes, who
doubled his goal tally for the season in 20 first half minutes. Luke Charman,
Jamie Cobain and Kyle Cameron also struck as the youngsters racked up their
most resounding victory since May 2013.
On the front foot from the very first whistle, the Magpies had the ball in the
Arsenal box after barely ten seconds - keeping the visitors penned back in
their own half for the opening quarter of an hour.
That early domination wasn't turned into goals, although Ryan Huddart made a
noteworthy double stop in the third minute to deny Lewis Suddick and Dan Ward.
Newcastle took the lead after 20 minutes when some good link-up play between
Jamie Cobain and Sean Longstaff played in Holmes who shot home.
The second arrived on 38 minutes as Kyle Cameron's deep cross from the left
was played back across goal by Lewis Suddick for Luke Charman to knock
It was 3-0 a minute later when the visitors bungled their kick-off and United
hit them on the counter attack, Holmes striding into the box and firing
into the net.
And the fourth came just seconds later, Holmes completing his
hat-trick after the linesman signalled that his shot had crossed the line
after crashing off the underside of the bar.
Jamie Cobain lashed in the fifth in the 52nd minute after big penalty
claims for handball were turned down by the referee who gave the goal instead.
The Gunners had scored nine goals across their last three away games while
also conceding seven and they did have their chances in this game, Reiss
Nelson striking the woodwork with a 71st minute free kick.
But the half dozen was complete in the 74th minute as Mackenzie Heaney's free-kick
from the right hand side of the box was touched in by captain Cameron.
There was a first outing at U18 level for substitute Lewis McNall, while Owen
Bailey also came off the bench for his home debut and second appearance of the
Team: Pearson, Cobain (Bailey 83), Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Suddick (McNall
75), Ward (Heaney 59), Charman, Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Lowther.
Roeder joins Owls
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have unveiled a new management structure
that includes Glenn Roeder in a Director of Football-type role.
The 59 year-old former Newcastle player and manager becomes part of a three
man committee taking charge of team affairs at Hillsborough, alongside current
head coach Stuart Gray and ex-Hull City Chairman Adam Pearson.
Roeder has been out of football management since leaving his post as Norwich
City boss back in January 2009. He subsequently scouted for both Aston Villa
and Millwall and worked as an advisor to Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan.
of the flops:
Luuk who's a
A 4-1 victory over
Heerenveen on Saturday confirmed PSV Eindhoven as Dutch Eredivise
champions - and saw their star striker Luuk De Jong add to his goal
The former Magpie loan flop struck twice to take his seasonal league total
to 19 (25 in all competitions) and with three more games remaining that may
De Jong - whose domestic form resulted in a recall to the Dutch side -
joined PSV from Borussia Monchengladbach at a cost of £4m after 671 minutes
in a Toon shirt spread across 12 appearances failed to bring a single goal.
Tayls aids Robins
Having done so on all three occasions when Whitley Bay made it to Wembley for
the FA Vase, Magpies defender Steven Taylor is again subsiding travel
and hotel costs for another local side, this time North Shields.
The Robins will travel to the capital for their final on May 9th in the team
coach that Newcastle don't own, but routinely hire for Premier League
Funds are set aside by the FA for travel and an overnight stay, but Tayls has
contributed the additional cash that allows Shields to stay on for a second
night and return on Sunday - hopefully with the silverware....
A 5-1 win at Witton Albion on Saturday keeps hopes alive that Blyth
Spartans force their way into the Evo-Stik
Northern Premier League promotion playoffs.
With just two games of the regular league season to play, Blyth sit sixth in
the table, needing to break into the top five in order to participate in the
playoffs - but crucially having a game in hand at second-bottom side Trafford.
Victory there on Tuesday would take the playoff race down to the final day of
the season on Saturday, when Blyth host Marine and rivals Ilkeston are at
That Blyth game is a 3pm kickoff at Croft Park and a collection will be
taken for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, in memory of the late Steve
Top six - remaining fixtures:
Ashton United v Witton Albion
FC United v Stourbridge
Trafford v Blyth Spartans
Ashton United v Rushall Olympic
Blyth Spartans v Marine
Frickley Athletic v Curzon Ashton
Nantwich Town v Ilkeston
Workington v FC United
(The playoffs in this division begin on Tuesday April 28th, when the second
place team host the fith and the third host the fourth. The winners of those
two games then meet on Saturday May 2nd to decide which club joins the
champions in gaining promotion to Conference North).
And in addition to their league aspirations, Spartans also have the little
matter of a Northumberland Senior Cup Final at St. James' Park on Monday
April 27th (7.30pm).
Northern League side Morpeth Town stand between Blyth and what would be their
first county cup success since 1994, although the Croft Park side have
subsequently qualified for ten finals - and lost the lot.
down to three
This season's Northern League First Division title is still up for grabs after
Saturday's fixtures - but is now down to a three horse race.
That's because previous leaders Guisborough Town ended their fixture programme
with defeat at Morpeth Town - as Marske United won their penultimate game to
take over at the top of the league.
Shildon also remain in the hunt after improving their goal difference at
relegated Celtic Nation, but North Shields suffered a body blow when conceding
four second half goals without reply at Dunston.
The Robins now face seeing their hopes ended without kicking a ball, with
Marske concluding their games by hosting Celtic Nation on Tuesday.
The expected home victory there would leave Shildon needing to win all three
of their remaining fixtures to clinch the title by a single point.
Celtic Nation 0-6 Shildon
Dunston 4-0 North Shields
Marske United 5-3 Bishop Auckland
Morpeth Town 4-3 Guisborough Town
Top four - remaining fixtures:
Marske v Celtic Nation
Sunderland RCA v Shildon
North Shields v Morpeth Town
Shildon v Durham City
Sunderland RCA v North Shields
Celtic Nation v North Shields
Bedlington Terriers v Shildon
PS: Although it
has no bearing on events at either end of the table, the stats from next Saturday's
Penrith versus Newcastle Benfield game may be worthy of note.
Benfield's final game of the season sees their striker Paul Brayson
going in search of the strike that will complete a half century of goals - not
bad for a 37 year-old!
The former Magpie has notched up 42 goals in the league to date, plus another
seven in various cup competitions.
Anfield: red mist descends yet again
Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0
report is online here
1964/65 get together
Half a century
after their Second Division Championship success, members of the Newcastle
United squad from the 1964/65 season will gather to celebrate the
achievement at a special dinner this Friday night.
The Village Hotel at West Allotment (off the A19 to the north of the Tyne
Tunnel) will host captain Stan Anderson and over 20 other ex-Magpies on Friday
April 24th - 50 years to the day since that successful season ended.
A four course meal will be served, after-dinner speaker duties handled by
Gordon Banks and Mick Monroe will be cracking the gags (hopefully). The last
remaining tickets are available for £50
each via 07753 573613
The guest list: Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke,
Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bert Garrow, Ron
Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill
McKinney, Bob Moncur, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchel, Duncan Neale, Willie
Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.
the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia
collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with
all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his
subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has
been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.
If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777)
by Thursday 30th April.
Swansea City (h)
Saturday sees the Magpies welcome Swansea City to SJP for
an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff.
Tickets are on public sale now.
Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
(second of two) and Papiss Cisse (sixth of seven) are both banned. Steven
Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Massadio Haidara, and Rolando Aarons remain
unavailable, but there's a possibility that Siem De Jong and Paul Dummett could return to the
Defender Neil Taylor is suspended, Kyle Naughton and Bafetimbi Gomis sidelined through injury.
With five games to play, the Swans currently sit eighth in the table with 47
points - a tally that matches their best ever return as a Premier League club.
On the road this season, Garry Monk has seen his side win at Manchester United
(2-1), Hull City, Southampton, Burnley and Aston Villa (all 1-0).
Draws were registered at the mackems and Everton (both 0-0) and Palace (1-1)
while defeats came when visiting Chelsea (2-4), Stoke and Manchester City (both
1-2), West Ham (1-3), Liverpool (1-4), West Brom (0-2), Spurs (2-3) and
Leicester City (0-2).
Swarbrick - second NUFC appointment this season, following on from the 2-2
home draw with Hull City back in September.
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: to follow
UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Swans @ SJP - all-time:
2013/14 lost 1-2 Sh.Ameobi
2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)
Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)
Southampton v Spurs (12.45pm)
Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Hull City
QPR v West Ham
Stoke City v mackems
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
Manchester City v Aston Villa Sky
Everton v Manchester United (1.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Chelsea (4pm) Sky
Hull City v Liverpool (7.45pm)
Leicester City v Chelsea (7.45pm) Sky