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Over to you, Brighton
Cardiff City 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle finished their season
on the road with a record 14th away victory to put the pressure on Brighton
for the Championship title.
Fabulous strikes from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden in the second half
secured the points for Rafa's side as they moved a point behind Brighton who
play at teatime on Saturday.
After a fairly lethargic first half, Atsu chipped in a nonchalant free-kick
from the edge of the box to break the deadlock and ten minutes later Hayden
rifled in a 25-yard effort to make the points safe.
Christian Atsu - over
The promotion party
atmosphere was taken down to South Wales as over 4,000 away followers
continued the celebrations in fine fashion and the team and manager took the
plaudits at the end.
There could have been more goals for both sides as Cardiff wasted some good
chances and United were denied two clear penalties, while Jazz Richards was
lucky to stay on the pitch after a reckless challenge on Atsu.
Brighton take on Bristol City at the Amex Stadium at 5.30pm live on Sky,
knowing that victory will secure the title for Chris Hughton's Seagulls. Any
other result will take it to the final game of the season.
Full match report to follow.
Team: Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba,
Clark, Dummett, Atsu, Hayden, Diame, Colback (Shelvey 73), Perez (Sterry
90), Murphy (Mitrovic 66).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Haidara, Lazaar, Gouffran.
Goals: Atsu 55, Hayden 65.
McGregor, Richards, Morrison, Manga, Bennett, Whittingham (Pilkington 64),
Halford (Ralls 63), Gunnarsson, Hoilett, Zohore, K.Harris (Noone 24).
Subs n/u: Peltier, Connolly, Lambert, Murphy.
Crowd: 23,153 including 4,262 away fans officially. It was the
Bluebirds' biggest crowd of the season by 377.
The final away game of the season took us past the
half million mark to 511,581 - an average of 22,243.
Depending on Aston Villa's crowd at Blackburn (Saturday) and the
attendance for Wigan v Leeds (next Sunday), we could finish top of the away
totals. Villa's needs to be more than 16,097 while Leeds would have
to draw over 18,969.
Blackburn's average home attendance is
12,270 and Wigan's
11,560. Blackburn's biggest is 18,524 (v Newcastle) and Wigan's 15,117 (v Preston).
It will be close.
Obviously, Villa and Leeds have totals that include a 50,000+ attendance at
St. James' Park while ours doesn't! Our trip to Villa Park was watched by
32,062 with 36,002 at our visit to Elland Road.
Referee: Graham Scott - second
Newcastle game of the season for this Oxfordshire-based whistler, after the
2-0 victory away at Leeds back in November.
From the Howard Webb school of non-decision making.
This victory set a new club record of
league victories in a season and set a new points total on the road of 46
That's now 97 goals for the season in the league and cup with one
Cardiff became the eighth side that we've beaten home and away this
season, the others being; Brentford, Brighton, Burton, Derby, Preston,
Rotherham and Wigan.
Barnsley could be still become the ninth.
NUFC v Warnock teams on the road:
2016/17 Cardiff City won 2-0
2014/15 Crystal Palace won 3-2 (LC)
2011/12 QPR drew 0-0
2009/10 QPR won 1-0
2009/10 Crystal Palace won 2-0
2006/07 Sheffield United won 2-1
1992/93 Notts County won 2-0
1990/91 Notts County lost 0-3
The season-ending away game hasn't traditionally been a happy hunting
ground for us, with maximum points taken just seven times in the last
Cardiff (a) won 2-0
QPR (a) won 2-1
2009/10 QPR (a) won 1-0
Grimsby Town (a) won 2-0
Leicester City (a) won 2-1
1987/88 Portsmouth (a) won 2-1
1981/82 Crystal Palace (a) won 2-1
Magpies @ Bluebirds - last 10 (competitive):
2016/17 won 2-0 Atsu, Hayden
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy 2
2009/10 won 1-0 Coloccini
1983/84 won 2-0 Keegan, Beardsley
1981/82 won 4-0 Varadi 3, Davies(pen)
1980/81 lost 0-1
1979/80 drew 1-1 Shinton
1978/79 lost 1-2 Connolly
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
1963/64 drew 2-2 Cummings, McGarry(pen)
Latest Championship result/fixtures:
Cardiff City 0-2 Newcastle United
Barnsley v Burton Albion (3pm)
Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa (3pm)
Derby County v Wolves (3pm)
Fulham v Brentford (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Leeds United v Norwich City (3pm)
Preston North End v Rotherham United (3pm)
QPR v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Reading v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City (5.30pm) Sky
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Matt Ritchie will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect
after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.
It was alleged the Newcastle United player used abusive and/or insulting words
towards a match official in or around the tunnel area following the conclusion
of the game against Leeds United on 14th April 2017.
Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing he was also fined
It's reported that the incident took place in the player's tunnel
immediately after full time. The suspension means that Ritchie's season is
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"There is an
investigation about something that happened four or five years ago. I will not
talk about the investigation.
"What we did was train as usual, a normal session. Today I talked with
Lee about pre-season. We are trying to do football business in the same way.
"A friend was telling me that we were
lucky that we were promoted already, so I will take the positive. The positive
thing is that we have done our job, and we enjoyed that for a couple of days.
"We have to be really proud of what we did, wait, and just do what we
have to do, concentrate on football.
"If you are asking if he (Ashley)
has congratulated me, yes, and we will discuss the future of the club, the
future of myself and everything. We will do it in the professional way that I
like to do things.
"I will have the meeting with him in,
I don't know, days or maybe a week, or something like this.
"I am quite confident everything will be fine (in the future), but
my focus is on the remaining games.
"I need to talk with Mike and it
depends on how things are going whether I am optimistic. At the moment, I am
"We have been fighting hard to go back to the Premier League and we will
do our best to be sure we have a competitive team and that we can challenge
Update: French news outlets reported on Thursday morning
that former Magpie Sylvain Marveaux was one of those detained in
midfielder joined Newcastle on a
Bosman free from Rennes during July 2011, leaving for fellow French side
Guingamp on a loan deal exactly three years later.
Returning to Tyneside in the summer of 2015, Marveaux saw out the final season
of his deal at Gallowgate before becoming a free agent and then moving
permanently to French side FC Lorient.
The other three people arrested in France on Wednesday are reported to be
Update: The Sun newspaper claims that the 2011 signing of Demba Ba by
Newcastle led to the establishment of an HMRC investigation in 2016 that
ultimately prompted Wednesday's activities.
They also go on to highlight an alleged dispute that involved the signing of
Henri Saivet by Newcastle in 2016 - with the player changing agents before he
swapped Bordeaux for Tyneside.
Saivet's former agent alleges that his client made that change following
contact with Graham Carr and that Lee Charnley was also contacted over the
Less than 36 hours after sealing promotion to the Premier League,
Newcastle United made headlines of a different kind after early morning
raids by HMRC staff across Tyneside on Wednesday:
Here's a summary of the day's events:
6.30am HMRC entered offices at St. James' Park and Darsley Park to
search for and take documents and items related to their ongoing
NUFC MD Lee Charnley was arrested by HMRC officials at his Gosforth home,
which was also searched.
HMRC statement released:
"HMRC has arrested
several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected
£5 million income tax and National Insurance fraud. One hundred and eighty
HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today.
"Investigators have searched a number
of premises in the north east and south east of England and arrested the men
and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile
"The French authorities are assisting
the UK investigation, have made several arrests and several locations have
been searched in France.
"This criminal investigation sends a
clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to
face the consequences.
"As this is an ongoing investigation,
HMRC is unable to provide further detail at this time.”
Sky Sports News reported Charnley had been arrested as part of a police investigation into a suspected £5m income tax and
National Insurance fraud.
They later tweeted:
We're told today's HMRC raids focus on player transfers between UK &
France; image rights, benefits and agent payments.
It emerged that no other
arrests were made in the UK, and that West Ham's London Stadium and Rush Green
Training Ground were also raided.
A visit to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home was made by HMRC for make a
request for information to be provided on a voluntary basis.
Both the Metropolitan Police and Northumbria Police confirmed that they
weren't involved in the raids.
From the Football London website, which is owned by Mirror Group
It has emerged in France that
Marseille are at the centre of a criminal investigation and some senior
directors have been charged, with some 800 bank accounts and 110 companies
French news site RMC claimed that Marseille denied any involvement in the
investigations - other news outlets in France reported that the club refused
to comment on the claims.
There was speculation that the French
investigation involved former Marseille directors and the French Justice
Ministry then announced that 10 raids had taken place and four arrests had
"The British authorities suspect secret payments may have been made to
benefit certain players, their agents or third parties, allowing them to avoid
paying tax on the income, or making social security payments."
Sky Sports News reported Charnley had been released by HMRC
officials. The Mail tweeted that:
Lee Charnley released without charge by HMRC. He was not formally questioned
and will return to work tomorrow.
Newcastle United can confirm that a member of its staff has this
morning been assisting HMRC with their inquiries. The Club will be making no further comment at this time.
Daily Mirror report:
Toon owner Mike Ashley only
found out from the TV news, according to the club’s chief scout Graham Carr,
dad of comedian Jimmy (it's actually Alan...)
He said: “Mike wouldn’t know what was going on in the office. He’d
probably know the gross figures and all that, and how much is paid to agents.
"But he would probably leave Lee
Charnley to run the club which he’s done very well. It’s a sad day for
Newcastle, a real bolt out of the blue. It’s a bit of a shocker.”
Carr, 72, admitted he expected to be
questioned but insisted he had nothing to hide.
posted during the course of the day:
Never dull round here eh?
Confirmation of the link between the French and English authorities would seem
to confirm that the alleged offences concern the sale or purchase of players
from that country, playing for clubs in that country - or represented by
That would lead to scrutiny of a significant number of transfers involving
current and former Newcastle players including the likes of Romain Amalfitano,
Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Remy Cabella, Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran,
Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Gabriel Obertan, Loic
Remy, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Moussa Sissoko, Florian Thauvin and
Inevitably, this news has led to speculation over a possible points
deduction and/or transfer embargo affecting NUFC if financial impropriety is
That cannot be ruled out, but given the complex nature of what is being
investigated and the time for any case to come to court, it would seem
unlikely that anything could affect our return to the top flight.
What happens after that though is another matter - and while this remains a
tax issue, it's plausible that the outcome could trigger action from the
This isn't the first time that SJP has been visited unexpectedly by
HMRC officials, with enquiries related to former midfielder Amdy Faye seeing
club offices of United, Rangers, Portsmouth raided in July 2007.
PS: From the "you really couldn't make this stuff up"
department, on the very day that St. James' Park was raided by HMRC, a
public seminar by The Chartered Institute of Taxation was hosted
footage is online here
Spartans lifted the Northumberland Senior Cup at St. James' Park on
Wednesday night - but only after surviving a late North Shields comeback.
Managed by former Magpie Alun Armstrong, Blyth dominated the first half and
deservedly went in 2-0 ahead thanks to Luke Armstrong's brace.
Cup holders Shields then managed to prevent the Northern Premier League
champions from scoring a seemingly inevitable third goal - and grabbed one
themselves through Dean Holmes on 85 minutes.
Blyth looked to have put the outcome beyond doubt when Ryan Hutchinson struck
in the final seconds of normal time, only for Gareth Bainbridge to net in the
first of four additional minutes.
However there was no further scoring and Blyth lifted the trophy in front of a
crowd of 1,968, on-loan Newcastle goalkeeper Paul Woolston rounding off a
decent season at Croft Park with a winner's medal.
The FA confirmed on Wednesday that former Magpie midfielder Joey Barton
had been banned from all football activity for 18 months and fined £30,000.
It follows his admission of guilt to betting charges arising from 1,260 wagers
placed on football matches between 2006 and 2016.
Barton responded via his own website online
here and included details of bets placed in matches involving
teams he was playing for at the time.
That also involves NUFC and bets were placed by Barton on our games as follows
(note that he only played in one of these games, versus Stevenage).
NUFC to win:
2008/09 Spurs (h) LC (lost 1-2)
2008/09 mackems (h) PL x 2 (drew 1-1)
2008/09 Hull City (a) PL x 2 (drew 1-1)
2009/10 Nottingham Forest (a) Ch'ship (lost 0-1)
2009/10 Derby County (h) Ch'ship (drew 0-0)
2010/11 Stevenage (a) FA Cup x 2 (lost 1-3)
NUFC to lose:
2008/09 PSV (h) Friendly x 9 (drew 2-2)
2008/09 Manchester United (a) PL (drew 1-1)
2008/09 Chelsea (a) PL (drew 0-0)
2010/11 Chelsea (h) PL x 2 (drew 1-1)
2010/11 Arsenal Reserves (h) (won 2-1)
22 of his 23 bets involving NUFC were unsuccessful and the £2,484 he wagered
brought back just £435.
If Joey is looking for a new career direction, becoming an expert tipster
would seem to be a long shot....
Move on up
Newcastle 4 Preston North End 1
footage is online here
report is online here
Monday evening saw the final round of matches played in the Premier League 2
competition, with Newcastle already assured of a promotion playoff place after
defeating Boro in their last game on Friday.
A three point haul confirmed a third-place finish for Peter Beardsley's
side and home advantage in a one-off semi-final,
against fourth-placed Fulham.
That will take place at SJP on Monday May 8th with a 7pm
kickoff and a result must be achieved on the night via extra-time and then penalties if
With Swansea City taking the automatic promotion place after topping the table,
Wolves and West Ham play in the other semi-final, also on May 8th.
Victory for Newcastle over Fulham would see them at home in the final if West
Ham won their semi-final, or travelling to Molineux if Wolves won.
The Cottagers were our most recent home league opponents, goals from Tom
Heardman (2) and Victor Fernandez helping United to a 2-1 success at Whitley
Park earlier this month.
Postponed on Saturday due to sickness at the Academy, Newcastle's U18 Merit
Group home game against Wolves has been rescheduled.
The game will now be played on Saturday May 6th with an 11am
kick-off at Little Benton.
United's U18s return to action this coming Saturday, when they are away to
Leicester City (11am).
Having picked up a Northern Premier League champions
medal last week, Wooly added a Northumberland Senior
Cup winner's one to his collection at SJP on Wednesday night.
It finished Blyth Spartans 3 North Shields 2.
Even without our hero in the matchday squad, the bottom placed-side
lost 1-7 at the league leaders
Barcelona in the Primera Liga on Wednesday night.
(DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda)
Senica (h) Slovakian SuperLeague, Thursday.
There's the chance of some silverware for Tim on Sunday, when AZ face Vitesse
Arnhem in the final of the KNVB Cup. The venue is Feyenoord's ground.
Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts,
Hamilton Academical (a) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.
Guingamp (a) Ligue 1, Saturday.
Burton Albion (h) Championship, Saturday.
Newport County (h) League Two, Saturday.
Siem De Jong
No game this weekend.
(BSC Young Boys)
St Gallen (a) Swiss Super League, Sunday.
Caen (a) Ligue 1, Sunday.
Coventry City (h) League One, Sunday.
The midfielder remains out with a torn hamstring.
United conclude a successful one season stay in the Championship by facing the
Tykes at SJP in a noon kick-off on Sunday week (May 7th).
The game is a sell-out, with hopes that the visitors would decline some of
their allocation that could be sold to home fans now apparently dashed.
Betting: To follow
NUFC: Matt Ritchie will miss
out as he serves the second of a two match ban.
Magpie Adam Armstrong is ineligible to play against his parent club while Marc
Roberts will miss out due to injury.
UK TV: None (tbc)
TV: tbc (if any)
UK Radio: tbc (if any)
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle
fixtures - final day:
Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion (Noon)
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers (Noon)
Bristol City v Birmingham City (Noon)
Burton Albion v Reading (Noon)
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City (Noon)
Newcastle United v Barnsley (Noon)
Norwich City v QPR (Noon)
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town (Noon)
Rotherham United v Derby County (Noon)
Sheff Wednesday v Fulham (Noon)
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United (Noon)
Wolves v Preston North End (Noon)
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir
Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the
back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.
SJP Box Office phone: 0844
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
Online Box Office is here
SJP seating plan is here
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am -
with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the
Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST
holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added
annually by NUFC to each ST).
A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all
competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the
same fee on home ticket sales.
Heading to the Toon?
Sat 29.04.2017 U18s v Leicester City (a) @ LCFC Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 06.05.2017 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Note new date.
Sun 07.05.2017 Barnsley (h)
@ SJP, Noon. Championship. SOLD OUT.
Mon 08.05.2017 U23s v Fulham (a) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2
Sat 13.05.2017 U18s v Swansea City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Mon 03.07.2017 Pre-season training starts.
NUFC UK live TV coverage:
2017/18 season start/end dates:
PL 12.08.2017 to 13.05.2018
2017/18 season fixture dates:
League Cup Final 25.02.2018
FA Cup Final date tbc
Fri 12.05.2017 John Anderson and Mick Lowes
@ Newcastle Cricket
Club, Osborne Avenue, Jesmond. £12.50 online
Sat 20.05.2017 John Beresford, Ruel Fox, Keith Gillespie, Steve
Howey @ Dolphin Centre, Darlington. £30 to £60
Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner @ Village Hotel, North
Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance.
£50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.
Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)
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:
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
This one is just so wrong on every level as the Beeb surpass themselves:
Thanks to the dozens of you that spotted it.
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1907 James Murray Boyd born, Glasgow.
Outside right Jimmy began his career with Petershill Juniors on
his native Clydeside before signing for Edinburgh St.Bernards.
Signing for the Magpies in 1925, Boyd made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw at
Cardiff City in September 1926 - playing just twice that season as United won
First establishing himself during the 1928/29 campaign, Jimmy's most prolific
season was to be in 1931/32, when he appeared in all nine FA Cup ties the club
played including the Final victory over Arsenal.
Capped once by Scotland (versus Northern Ireland in 1933), he served United as
club captain and signed off in a 4-2 home win over Oldham in December 1934.
Making a £1,000 switch to Derby County in May 1935, he played alongside Hughie
Gallacher for the Rams but was at the Baseball Ground for barely a year before
moving on to sign for Bury.
Later moves took him to Dundee and Grimsby Town, while he appeared for both
Clapton Orient and Brighton in wartime football.
Post-war Jimmy scouted for both Newcastle and Boro. He passed away in March
1917 John Douglas Wright born, Rochford, Essex.
Wing half who joined Southend United after impressing in the
colours of Chelmsford City.
Duggie made a £3,250 move to SJP ahead of the 1938/39 season and debuted in a
2-1 home win over Plymouth Argyle that August.
What proved to be his sole full England cap then arrived three months later, as
Norway were beaten 4-0 at Gallowgate.
Wounded on army service in WW2, Wright returned to the Magpies XI once league
football restarted and featured in the 13-0 win over Newport County in October
following their return to Division One in 1948, he then enjoyed a successful six year spell
at Lincoln City.
Returning to the North East with Blyth Spartans, Duggie served as player,
manager and secretary at Croft Park and also worked at Blyth Power Station. He
died in 1992.
1932 Death of John Auld, 70.
1955 Ralph Callachan born, Edinburgh.
A product of the Tynecastle Boys Club, midfielder Ralph made
his Hearts debut in April 1974, just days before turning 19.
February 1977 saw him move to SJP in a £70K transfer - eight months after
finishing up as a loser in the Scottish FA Cup final.
However his stay on Tyneside was brief and he didn't get off to the best of
starts with his new manager Richard Dinnis - who had no prior knowledge of
Callachan's arrival (the deal was done by club Directors).
Debuting in the UEFA Cup away to Dublin side Bohemians, the home leg of that
tie proved to be the only time that Callachan was victorious in a Newcastle
shirt and his final game came in a 0-3 loss at Leicester City that coincided
with his 23rd birthday.
Following United's relegation, Ralph began pre-season in the reserve side and
scored in a kickabout at Berwick Rangers before returning to Edinburgh in late
This time he signed for boyhood favourites Hibernian in a part-exchange deal
that saw defender John Brownlie heading to SJP.
Back at Hampden again in 1979, he once again collected a runners up gong and
completed a full set of Edinburgh league clubs with a move to Meadowbank in
Ralph then briefly featured for Morton before becoming Berwick Rangers player
boss between 1990 and 1992, still turning out for the Borderers at the age of
After running a pub in Musselburgh near Edinburgh, Ralph later worked as a taxi
driver in the city.
1993 Aaron Spear born, Plymouth.
Sought-after attacking midfielder signed
from Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed fee, during the time that Dennis Wise
was in charge of our youth recruitment.
Appearing initially for the U16 side, Aaron's first game at U18 level came in
October 2008, coming off the bench in a home victory over Barnsley.
His second string debut was then as a substitute in a home win over the
smoggies at Whitley Park in February 2009.
Aaron gave a glimpse of his promise when scoring a well-taken goal for the
Reserves against Rotherham in October that year.
However, the following season saw him restricted to youth team duty, during
which he was dismissed against Liverpool.
Media stories that Spear had failed to settle in the area appeared before his
release in June 2011, after which he moved to the IBV club in Iceland.
Scoring five goals in his first season, an unsuccessful trial at Bundesliga
side Stuttgart followed, before signing an extended deal with IBV in late 2011.
Loaned out to lower league side Víkingur Reykjavík the following year, Spear
played for Devon-based Elburton Villa during the close season before returning
to Iceland with IBV in February 2013.
Heading back to England for a second spell at Elburton, 2014 then found
Aaron linking up with Icelandic side BÍ/Bolungarvik.
Spear next tried his luck in Sweden, signing for the Gällivare/Malmbergets FF
club in March 2015.
1893 Preston North End
Sorley 2, Collins 2, Crate
Derby County (h) 4-1 (3-1)
Aitken, Stevenson, Wardrope, Peddie
1901 Glasgow Rangers
F.Speedie 2, RG.Campbell(pen)
This match was held to raise money for the families of
the 25 victims of the Ibrox Stadium disaster some weeks
Inside forward Finlay Speedie netted a brace and would
become a Magpie in 1906.
1902 Glasgow Rangers
Peddie 2, McColl 2, Orr
This kickabout reportedly took place at Central Park
1903 Glasgow Rangers
Another Ibrox Disaster Fund benefit match, held at
Cathkin Park, home of Third Lanark.
1905 Middlesbrough (a)
Orr(5), Rutherford(52), Appleyard(53)
This victory gave United their first league title,
rivals Everton having already finished their programme one
point ahead. Ironically Everton should have clinched it,
but were forced to replay their game against Arsenal which
had been abandoned with Everton 3-1 ahead. Arsenal won the
1907 Fulham (h)
1908 Manchester United
1910 24 hours
after capturing the FA Cup in a replay at Goodison Park,
the victorious United team returned to Tyneside and were
led from the Central Station by the pipe band of the
Northumberland Veterinary Association, no less.
1911 Manchester City
Metcalf, Willis, McCracken(pen)
Wynn 2, Ross
Last match of the season for United.
1912 Aberdeen (a)
1922 Manchester City
Hagan 2, McDonald 3
Only appearance between the posts for third choice
goalkeeper John Archibald, who subsequently departed for
Grimsby in search of regular first team football, before
returning to his native Scotland.
1925 Hibernian (a)
Ritchie, Dunn, Love
A Wednesday evening visit to Easter Road saw the
Magpies field a side that included Bill Bradley, Alf
Maitland, Roddie Mackenzie, William Cowan, William Gibson,
Bert Keating, Tom Macdonald and goalscorer James Low.
1933 Derby County (a)
Duncan 2, Randall
1939 Luton Town (h)
Pearson (pen), Clifton
United ended the season with a first win in nine games
to end up in mid-table, having dropped out of the
promotion stakes after
an inconsistent post-Christmas run.
Milburn, Walker 2
United successfully contained the goal threat of former centre forward, Roy Bentley.
1956 Atletico Madrid
Birmingham City (h)
The season ended with a mid-table finish, as we made
it six games without defeat.
Blackburn Rovers (a)
Allchurch, McGuigan 2, Neale
A fine away win to close the season but United were
Back at Gallowgate meanwhile, Ashington and Whitley
Bay played out a 1-1 draw in the Northumberland Senior Cup
The Seahorses took an early lead through Walton, only for
the Colliers to quickly level thanks to Edwards.
Whitley Bay ran out 4-2 winners in the replay staged at
Blyth's Croft Park.
This victory pretty much secured our First Division
status. Just as well - we lost the last two games but so
did Aston Villa and we would finish 20th.
Leicester City (a)
Goodwin(8), Davies(56), Salmons(79)
A dispirited United bade farewell to the top
flight, having already been relegated along with City.
Fifteen fans were hospitalised as violence flared
following a pitch invasion during the game by Newcastle
Wise(25pen), Miller(73), Jones(80), Cotterill(84)
A one-sided encounter at Plough Lane on what
proved to be our final visit to that ground - with us
losing three and drawing the other of our four games.
1989 Meanwhile at SJP, Newcastle's second string
collected their first Northumberland Senior Cup for over
half a century, beating North Shields 5-1.
983 fans saw goals from Michael Parkinson, Steve Howey
(2), David Roche and Tony Lormor, Thompson replying for
1994 Another of Keegan's less successful signings
Peter Cormack - son of the former Liverpool star - was
farmed out to Brighton on trial with a view to a permanent
However, no deal was forthcoming at the Goldstone Ground
and Cormack junior returned to his native Scotland with
He subsequently appeared for Raith Rovers, Stirling
Albion, Clydebank, Ross County, Stenhousemuir, Albion
Rovers, Bo'ness United and Arbroath.
Manchester City (a)
Newcastle fans were housed in a section of the new
Kippax Stand at Maine Road - which was only in a partially
finished state due to non-payment of bills by City -
according to local gossip.
Magpies goalkeeping coach John Burridge was on loan to the
home club and replaced the injured Tony Coton for the
Leeds United (a)
Keith Gillespie's early header settled this nervous
Monday night encounter in front of the Sky cameras at
However, the real
headlines were made in the post-match interview by Kevin
Keegan, which culminated in his infamous 'Love it, just
love it' comments directed at Alex Ferguson.
What is often forgotten though is the source of KK's
anger: Fergie's claim that Nottingham Forest would lie
down for United at the City Ground three nights later, due
to Keegan agreeing to take part with his side in a
testimonial match for Stuart Pearce.
footage is online here
Leicester City (a)
Neil Lennon, who had been fined for making obscene
gestures at United fans in the corresponding fixture the
previous season, inexplicably found his face coming into
contact with the boot of a Mr. A. Shearer of Gosforth.
Former United winger Steve Guppy played for the Foxes and
justified Kevin Keegan's decision to sell him by being
constantly outwitted by his marker, Warren Barton.
Coventry City (h)
Diego Gavilan became the first Paraguayan to score in
the Premier League.
Newcastle blew their reserve title hopes at Elland Road
after conceding the only goal of the game within two
Ryan McGuffie was beaten by Harpal Singh on the left and
when his low cross was missed by both Adam Collin and
Peter Ramage, Jamie McMaster was on hand to convert from
Our front pairing of Carl Cort and Michael Chopra failed
to test Paul Robinson in the home goal, meaning that we
were pipped to the title by Manchester United.
NUFC.com match report
Birmingham City (a)
made it six games unbeaten and the draw condemned Steve Bruce's
Blues to relegation, but it also effectively torpedoed our hopes
of UEFA Cup qualification.
The point briefly moved us up to sixth spot, only to drop
back down a place within hours when Blackburn won 2-0 away
Michael Owen made his comeback from the foot injury that
had sidelined him since the last day of 2005, but was
nowhere near fit.
Newcastle brought their reserve league season to a
disappointing conclusion, losing 1-5 to Liverpool at their
temporary home of Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium. Haris Vuckic netted for United.
2013 Aston Villa thumped the mackems 6-1 at Villa
Park, moving above United to leave Alan Pardew's side one
place above the drop zone with just three games remaining.