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Saturday 21st October
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Ticket news:
Crystal Palace (h)
Burnley (a)
Bournemouth (h) Public sale now
Man United (a)
West Brom (a) ST holder sale now (25 pts)

Premier League:
Crystal Palace

Newcastle return to SJP on Saturday looking to make it three games without defeat in the Premier League - and extend their unbeaten home run to four.

Kick-off against the PL's basement side is at an old-fashioned 3pm and the game is a sell out.

Betting - in association with Coral:  

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

Coral also have a new bespoke betting offer, allowing punters to request their own bets via twitter.

Tweet @Coral with the hashtag #YourCall and they will reply with the odds when the bet has been added.

The Eagles have failed to score away from Selhurst Park since a 2-1 victory at Anfield in April - losing six successive games on the road since then (two last season and four this time around). That goal drought currently stands at 556 minutes.

Newcastle to win to nil @ 11/5
Newcastle to win @ 19/20
Newcastle half time/Newcastle full time @ 9/4
Matt Ritchie to provide 1+ assist @ 7/4
Joselu to score in a Newcastle win @ 5/2
Newcastle to come from behind to win @ 11/1
Newcastle to score in both halves @ 11/5

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

Thanks to Coral, we had tickets for this game to give away, asking what was significant about the three home scorers against Palace in August 2014.

Most of you knew that Daryl Janmaat, Rolando Aarons and Mike Williamson all scored first competitive goals for NUFC that afternoon.

The pair of tickets went to Peter Scott from Low Fell. Thanks to everyone who entered, in record numbers.

NUFC: Dwight Gayle misses out against his former employers with a calf issue. Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain unavailable - although the latter has returned to training.

Isaac Hayden is a yellow card away from reaching five and a one match ban.

The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle continue their popular discount offer of 20% off your food and drink bill on NUFC home matchdays.

The offer applies before and after the game - to claim your 20% discount, just show your season ticket card or paper ticket for the match when ordering. 

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

Parking: Northumbria University offer weekend car parking to the public for £4 all day (or £1 per hour). 500 spaces are available at Lipman and City Campus East: book online here or turn up to pay & display.


CPFC: Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham both remain sidelined. The game could see first returns to Gallowgate for Andros Townsend and Yohan Cabaye along with fellow SJP old boy Patrick van Aanholt. 

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson was at St. Mary's on Sunday to watch Newcastle draw with Southampton, 24 hours after his Palace side collected their first points of the season, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Asked about Saturday's visit to Tyneside, Roy said:

"It’s always a chore or a challenge going up there however well they are playing."

Hodgson @ SJP as a manager:

1997/98 Newcastle 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
1998/99 Newcastle 1-1 Blackburn (Lost on pens)
2007/08 Newcastle 2-0 Fulham
2008/09 Newcastle 0-1 Fulham
2010/11 Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool
2010/11 Newcastle 3-3 West Bromwich Albion

Pizza Express in Dean Street are offering anyone with a valid match ticket a 30% reduction on their total food bill. Only one match ticket is required for a full table to qualify - open from 11.30am.


Referee: Stuart Attwell. A swift return to SJP for the whistler from Warwickshire having been in the middle for Stoke's visit last month. He took charge of us just once last season, the 1-2 loss at Sheffield Wednesday.

Attwell's last Premier League game saw him show six yellow cards, including two for ex-Mag Andy Carroll as he was sent off for West Ham at Burnley.  

Travel: No scheduled Metro disruptions on Saturday (NB: buses replace trains between Haymarket, Regent Centre and Four Lane Ends until 6pm on Sunday).

Roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle, with barriers closed at these junctions:

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

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period, additionally closing from 2pm.

There's a Newcastle United Food Bank collection at the stall on Strawberry Place. If you aren't able to bring items, cash collection tins are available and donations are most welcome. Donate in other ways here

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 1
beIN Sports MAX 1 +HD (Turkey)
beIN Sports 4 Thailand
beIN Sports Connect (NZ)
beIN Sports MENA HD 9
Canal+ Sport Online (Poland)
DIRECTV Sports Caribbean
Flow Sports App
Hotstar (India)
LeTV Sports Hong Kong
mio Stadiium 104 HD (Singapore)
NBC Sports (USA)
Optus Sport (Australia)
QQ Sports Live (China)
SKY NET Sports 3
SKY Planeta Futbol
SportsNet 1 aka TSN (Canada)
SPOTV2 (South Korea)
SportsNavi Live (Japan)
SPS HD (Mongolia)
SuperSport 2 Africa
SuperSport 6 +HD (Za)

Watch ESPN Brazil

UK Radio:
tbc (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle/London


Eagles @ Magpies - all time:

2015/16 Won 1-0 Townsend
2014/15 Drew 3-3 Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson
2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse
2009/10 Won 2-0 og(Derry), Ranger
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC)
1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer
1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie
1987/88 Won 1-0 Gascoigne (FAC)
1983/84 Won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan, Ryan
1982/83 Won 1-0 Waddle
1981/82 Drew 0-0
1978/79 Won 1-0 Shoulder
1972/73 Won 2-0 Hibbitt, Nattrass
1971/72 lost 1-2 Dyson
1970/71 Won 2-0 Robson 2
1969/70 Drew 0-0
1964/65 Won 2-0 Suddick, McGarry
1946/47 Won 6-2 Bentley, Pearson, Shackleton 2, Stobbart, Wayman(FAC)
1919/20 Won 2-0 Dixon, Hall (FAC)
1906/07 Lost 0-1 (FAC)

Full record v Palace:


Latest Premier League result/fixtures:

Fri 20.10.2017:
West Ham 0-3 Brighton and Hove Albion

Sat 21.10.2017:

Chelsea v Watford (12.30pm) Sky
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United (3pm)
Manchester City v Burnley (3pm)
Newcastle v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Stoke City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Swansea City v Leicester City (3pm)
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion (5.30pm) BT

Sun 22.10.2017:
Everton v Arsenal (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Liverpool (4pm) Sky

MJS Computers continue their 20% discount on iPad and iPhone repairs in October - find them at 30 Merton Way Ponteland NE20 9PS or here

Black Country action 

Wolves U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  2

It's now nine U18 games this season without a single victory for Dave Watson's young Magpies - a record that looks even worse when adding in the two losses they suffered at the end of the previous campaign. 

United travelled to the Compton Park home of Wolves seeking a fourth successive U18 victory against the hosts, but fell behind to Josh Hesson's header in the fourteenth minute.

A defensive mix-up by Wolves on 25 minutes then allowed striker Thomas Allan to bag his third goal of the season, Kurtis Russell bringing a noteworthy save from home 'keeper Rory Brown moments later.

Brown was powerless to stop Mace Goodridge from firing United ahead early in the second period and Deece Kasinga then rattled the crossbar as the visitors looked to press home their advantage.

That miss proved costly when Wolves made it 2-2 after 65 minutes, Owen Otasowie bundling the ball home from close range.  

Into the closing stages and it was the home side's turn to hit the goal frame, Enzo Sauvage's effort rebounding to fellow substitute Callum Thompson, whose effort was off-target.    

Wolves striker Owen Samuels then struck Otto Huuhtanen's post with four minutes remaining, but neither side could find a winning goal - Newcastle drawing their fourth away game of the season.

Team: Huuhtanen, Allen, Wilson, Young, McEntee, Watts, Russell, Goodridge, Sorensen, Allen, Kasinga (Cole 83). Subs n/u: Langley, Gamblin, Joyce. 

Booked: McEntee

Goals: Allan 25, Goodridge 46


Banner Tyne?:
Flag giveaway

Our latest giveaway is something slightly different, testing your originality and/or imagination rather than knowledge of Newcastle United trivia! 

Based in Morpeth, The Flagman has been providing bespoke flags, banners and bunting for over 20 years, providing the backdrop to countless sports events in addition to commercial usage across the planet.  

They've agreed to produce a 6 ft x 3 ft flag or banner completely free of charge for the reader that submits the best design or idea. The only limitation apart from your own imagination is that it must be NUFC-related.

The winning design will appear on a flag which is twin needle hemmed and sleeved to fit a flagpole - which is also included in the prize.

Send your sketches or ideas to in whatever format works best.
Closing date is Sunday October 22nd @ 7pm - one entry per person please. 

Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world but prize delivery must be made to a UK address.

Contact The Flagman on 01670 503503 or here

Moncs at the Bay 

Tickets remain on sale for this Thursday's talk-in with former Magpie Bobby Moncur at the Seahorse Bar in Whitley Bay - adjacent to Bay's Hillheads Park home.

Admission is £10 including a hot buffet. proceeds go towards WBFC's supporters club, who offer essential financial assistance to the Northern League side.

Advance sales are from the venue or at the door on the night and it's a 7.30pm start. MC for the night is the Chronicle's Lee Ryder.

Dan deal 

Newcastle have agreed a new two year contract keeping central midfielder Dan Barlaser at the club until 2019.

The Gateshead-born player was spotted playing for Swalwell Juniors and made his U18 bow in 2012 - debuting for the club's reserve side two years later.

Selected for first team duty in January of this year, Barlaser completed all 90 minutes of a 3-1 FA Cup victory over Birmingham City at Gallowgate and retained his place for the 0-3 defeat at Oxford.

This season then saw Dan selected for United's home League Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, featuring for 70 minutes of the 2-3 loss.

Loan lads:
Hornets agree 
to discount 

Newcastle and Watford have announced a reciprocal pricing deal to benefit away fans attending the two Premier League meetings of the clubs this season.

That means Hornets fans trekking to Tyneside next month and Magpies followers travelling to Vicarage Road in May will now pay £25 for adults, £17 for concessions £17 and £11 for juniors.

Similar deals have been done in recent seasons with West Bromwich Albion and Toon fans will pay £25 at The Hawthorns next month - although there's no announcement of whether that's a reciprocal deal.

Loan lads:

Adam Armstrong
(Bolton Wanderers)
Having won their first Championship game of the season at the twelfth time of asking last week, the Trotters will hope for another home success on Saturday when they host QPR.

Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
Charlton Athletic (h) League One, Saturday.

Ivan Toney
(Wigan Athletic)
Blackpool (a) League One, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff
Wigan Athletic (h) League One, Saturday

Callum Williams
Eastleigh (a) National League, Saturday.

Achraf Lazaar
Fiorentina (h) Serie A, Sunday.

Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
There was a return to the starting XI for Sels as Anderlecht hosted PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Beaten for the first time after three minutes, Matz ended up conceding four times without reply. 

It remains to be seen whether Sels is retained for Sunday's Belgian League home game with Genk.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock)
Rangers (a) Scottish Premiership, Wednesday. 

Sunk by subs

Newcastle U23s  0  Blackburn Rovers U23s  2

Newcastle's second
Premier League 2 game of the week saw them beaten again, this time by Blackburn Rovers at Whitley Park on Friday night.

United got off to bright start and Callum Smith grazed the bar in the tenth minute before hitting a first time effort too high five minutes later.

Rolando Aarons then eluded three challenges down the right and jinked into the area only put his shot across the face of the Rovers goal in the 18th minute.

But it was the visitors who took a 32nd minute lead in fortunate circumstances, substitute Connor Thomson crossing from the right and the ball taking a massive deflection to loop over goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and drop inside the far post.

Rovers should have doubled their lead two minutes after the break but with the goal at his mercy, Stefan Mols could only strike the ball against a defender.

Aarons galloped forward again in the 51st minute but could only shoot wide as United continued to give visiting goalkeeper Charlie Albinson an easy night. 

Rovers then sealed the victory with nine minutes of normal time left, substitute Callum Wright hitting a peach of a drive that gave Woodman no chance.

Six minutes of added time was played but there was little danger of United getting on the scoresheet, late replacement Mackenzie Heaney working an opening but seeing his shot flash harmlessly wide. 

Team: Woodman, Sterry, Cameron, Colback (Yarney 75), O'Connor, Gillesphey, C.Smith, Barlaser, Heardman (Sangare 72), McNall, Aarons (Heaney 82).
Subs n/u: Harker, Bailey.

Booked: Heardman, Gillesphey.

BRFC: Albinson, Doyle, Hart, Grayson (Thomson 22), Platt, Wharton (Wright 75), Travis, Harper, Nuttall, Mols, Rankin-Costello (Butterworth 88).
Subs n/u: Dillon, Mansell.

Booked: Mols, Rankin-Costello.

Referee: Ryan Johnson

Crowd: not given but only around 250

Peter Beardsley's side are now winless in their last seven competitive games, drawing one and losing three of their four home games so far.

PS: The reserves return to action at Whitley Park on Tuesday, hosting Czech side Sparta Prague in a Premier League International Cup fixture (7pm).

Premier League:
Another TV trio

Confirmation of the Premier League live TV games in December has now finally appeared and three more Newcastle games are affected as follows: 

Sat 02.12.2017 Chelsea (a) 12.30pm (Sky)
Sat 09.12.2017 Leicester City (h) 5.30pm (BT)
Wed 13.12.2017 Everton (h) 7.45pm no TV
Sat 16.12.2017 Arsenal (a) 3pm no TV
Sat 23.12.2017 West Ham United (a) 3pm no TV
Wed 27.12.2017 Man City (h) 7.45pm (Sky)

Sky's Christmas Eve live TV game plan has been dropped - with no games on December 24th.

Live games have been announced only up until and including Thursday December 28th* - meaning that Newcastle's home game against Brighton scheduled for Saturday December 30th at 3pm remains subject to possible alteration.

Live selections for that weekend and January 2018 will be confirmed on or by Friday October 27th - with BT Sport showing Manchester United v Southampton at 5.30pm on the 30th and Crystal Palace v Manchester City at Noon on the 31st. 

It's presumed that Sky will show live PL games on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st, while our trip to Stoke City on January 1st is also in danger of being rescheduled - the Potters not on TV in December. 

Newcastle will finally get to play an away game with a 3pm Saturday kick-off when they travel to Arsenal in December- at the ninth time of asking.

Sale talk continues:
Feeding frenzy continues 

Live updates from this dynamic situation

Further words on Thursday from Andrew Henderson, lawyer working for NUFC attempting to find a buyer:

"Since Monday, a number of additional parties have come forward which we believe to be credible.

"We are also continuing to engage with a number of parties with whom we had entered into negotiations prior to Monday’s announcement.”

Those "negotiations prior to Monday's announcement" are believed to have been with Amanda Staveley of PCP Capital Partners - although reports of them signing a non-disclosure agreement are disputed.

Media claims that this is the fifth such NDA in place should also be treated with extreme caution - along with repeated but unsubstantiated mentions of meetings meetings and due diligence fantasies.   

The following statement was released via NUFC at 5pm on Monday - and unlike the 2009 version, doesn't encourage prospective purchasers to apply by email:

"As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St. James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions.

As one of the Premier League's oldest and best supported football clubs - and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world - Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.

To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.

To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.

A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions."


A formal announcement of what has unofficially been known for some considerable time is of some interest - but perhaps more significantly, invalidates all recent claims of takeover bids and ongoing interest.

Quite simply were Amanda Staveley, those mysterious Chinese bidders or anyone else to have had a genuine interest in the club, this statement wouldn't exist.

That it does is confirmation that an awful lot of speculation masquerading as knowledge has been foisted on Newcastle supporters in recent weeks.

Sky carried an interview with a lawyer working on behalf of the club, but rather than Justin Barnes it's someone called Andrew Henderson see online here:

"Our intentions are to see if the club can be bought by new ownership by potentially Christmas.

"That would allow seriously interested parties to put themselves forward. It would allow a diligence period to carry on then hopefully by Christmas a sale could conclude.

"Assuming the right person can be found to take the club forward it’ll be about how payments are structured, how much would be payable on day one and how much would be payable further down the line.

“There is a real genuine desire from our point of view to put the club in the best possible position going forward.

"If that means additional funds being available in the short-term we would seek to accommodate that.”

PS: Our position on any takeover has never altered - we'll only believe that it's a reality when a deal is signed, sealed and delivered. Until then.... 

Mike Ashley quote August 13th 2017:

"I don't think you'll find many people out there who will actually stand up and do it (buy the club). So I think myself and the Newcastle fans are going to be together for a good while longer!"

Magic Weekend #4:
Scrumming home Newcastle.....

Following three successful previous events watched by a combined attendance of over 200,000, the annual Rugby League Magic Weekend will be staged at St. James' Park for a fourth successive year in 2018.

Six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides will take place over two days as follows:

2018 fixtures:

Sat 19.05.2018:
Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (5.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)

Sun 20.05.2018:
Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)

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 

Tickets are now on sale, with day entry from £25 for adults (concessions £12.50). Weekend tickets are start at £40 adults (£20 concessions) online here

Premier League:
Saints and sinners

Southampton  2  Newcastle  2

Match report

All Saints night

Southampton U23s  6  Newcastle U23s  2

Match report

World Cup stuff etc.

23 of the 32 countries who will participate in the 2018 World Cup Finals have now been confirmed as follows:

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay.

That means that only one current Magpie is in line to feature at the Finals, namely Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia (on-loan goalkeeper Matz Sels regularly appears in the Belgian squad but is yet to play for them).

The final nine places are still to be determined via a two-legged play-off, with four European nations advancing from the following play-off games: 

Thu 09.11.2017:
Northern Ireland v Switzerland 
Croatia v Greece

Fri 10.11.2017:
Sweden v Italy

Sat 11.11.2017:
Denmark v Ireland

Sun 12.11.2017:
Switzerland v Northern Ireland
Greece v Croatia

Mon 13.11.2017:
Italy v Sweden

Tue 14.11.2017:
Ireland v Denmark

Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark should be in line for selection for Ireland.

Elsewhere, Peru and New Zealand will do battle over two legs for a place, as will Honduras and Australia.

The final three Final places come from Africa - whose five places are given to the five group stage winners, removing the need for any play-offs.

Egypt and Nigeria are already confirmed as group winners with one game left, ties played between November 10th and 14th then deciding the final trio.

Chancel Mbemba's DR Congo sit second in their group, trailing Tunisia by three points. For our man to make it to Russia, DR Congo need to beat Guinea at home on Saturday November 11th and hope for an unexpected defeat for Tunisia at home to Libya at the same time. 

Morocco and Ivory Coast meet in what is a winner takes all game, forgotten man Achraaf Lazaar not having responded to overtures from the former, although yet to confirm his international retirement.

The remaining group is wide open; all four teams still in with the chance of qualifying by virtue of the fact two of them have two games left. Current leaders Senegal remain clear favourites, with Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa not yet out of the picture.

Looking forward to an extended end-of-season break after failing to qualify are DeAndre Yedlin (USA), Christian Atsu (Ghana) Matt Ritchie (Scotland).

The 32 qualifying teams learn their fate when World Cup Final groups are drawn on December 1st, with the tournament running from June 14th to July 15th 2018.

PS: Freddie Woodman of England and Mikel Merino of Spain are engaged in qualifying for the 2019 U21 European Championship Finals in Italy & San Marino:

Spain U21s:
08.11.2017 Iceland (h) (Murcia)
13.11.2017 Slovakia (h) (Cartagena)
22.03.2018 Northern Ireland (a)
27.03.2018 Estonia (h)
06.09.2018 Albania (h)
11.09.2018 Northern Ireland (h)
11.10.2018 Albania (a)
16.10.2018 Iceland (a)

England U21s:
10.11.2017 Ukraine (a) (Kiev)
27.03.2018 Ukraine (h)
06.09.2018 Netherlands (h)
11.09.2018 Latvia (a)
11.10.2018 Andorra (h)
16.10.2018 Scotland (a)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

United obtained a one season exemption on logistical grounds from the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

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

The following junctions will be closed:

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

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

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 21.10.2017 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

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

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

Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 8pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,500. 

Sat 04.11.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League Cup Group B.

Sat 04.11.2017
Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Tue 07.11.2017 U23s v Oldham Athletic (a) @ Boundary Park, 7.30pm. CheckaTrade Trophy Group D.

Sat 11.11.2017 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Wed 15.11.2017 U23s v Liverpool (h) @ Prenton Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup.

Sat 18.11.2017 U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sat 18.11.2017 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 5.30pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. SOLD OUT. Allocation: TBC. 

Mon 20.11.2017 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Fri 24.11.2017
U23s v Fulham (h) @ Motspur Park, 2pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 25.11.2017 U18s v Derby County (h)
@ Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sat 25.11.2017
Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.

Tue 28.11.2017 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 25 points. £25 adults, £12 U17s, £24 60 and over, £20 NUS card /  U22s. Allocation: 2,600. 

Wed 29.11.2017 U23s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup.

Live TV games:

Mon 30.10.2017 Burnley (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 18.11.2017 Man United (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 02.12.2017 Chelsea (a) 12.30pm Sky
Sat 09.12.2017 Leicester (h) 5.30pm BT
Wed 27.12.2017 Man City (h) 7.45pm Sky

Sky Sports will show 126 PL games
BT Sports will show 42 PL games

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 27.10.2017
late Dec & Jan
Tue 12.12.2017
Thu 25.01.2018 March
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

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

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

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

Tue 29.08.2017 Crewe 1-2 NUFC
Tue 03.10.2017
Port Vale 1-0 NUFC
Tue 07.11.2017 Oldham (a) 7.30pm

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

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D:

Fri 29.09.2017 NUFC 3-4 Burnley
Wed 29.11.2017 Swansea (h) 1pm
Mon 04.12.2017
Colchester (a) 7pm 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley (a) 2pm 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea (a) 1pm 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm

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

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

Subsequent round dates tbc

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United U21s enter in the Quarter Finals, along with defending Champions Blyth Spartans and Morpeth Town.

First Round:

Wed 08.11.2017 Blyth AFC v Ashington
Wed 08.11.2017 N.Shields v Whitley Bay
TBA Newcastle Benfield v Alnwick Town
TBA Team North v Heaton Stannington
TBA West Allotment Celtic v Bedlington

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

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

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

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

Gateshead FC
offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £10 entry for National League home games (usually £15).
16 & 17 year old admission is £5, U16s £3.

Next four GFC home games:

Sat 28.10.2017 Dover Athletic 3pm
Sat 18.11.2017 Tranmere Rovers 3pm
Tue 21.11.2017 Barrow 7.45pm
Sat 09.12.2017 Woking 3pm

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

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

Talk-ins etc.

Thu 26.10.2017 Bob Moncur @ Seahorse Bar, Hillheads (Whitley Bay FC Fundraiser) £10 entry from venue.

Thu 26.10.2017 Shay Given @ NINE Bar
£5 entry (£15 VIP) from venue

Thu 09.11.2017 Mick Quinn @ NINE Bar

Thu 16.11.2017 Steve Harper @ Grey Street Hotel
, Newcastle (with Steve Harmison & Glenn McCrory) PROPS North East fundraiser £25 entry

Thu 06.12.2017 Peter Beardsley & Gazza
@ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston here

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

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


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 06.11-14.11.2017
Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

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

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
21st October

Born Or Died:

1959 Kevin Sheedy born, Builth Wells, Wales. (1992-93)

Almost a forgotten man as far as his SJP career is concerned, but compared to some of the misfits he replaced (eg Terry Wilson) this free transfer was a wise move by KK. 

Having made his debut as a teenager for Hereford, Sheedy joined Liverpool in 1978, but made only five first team appearances in four years before moving across Stanley Park to Everton (the Reds had earlier tried to get him to join both Blackpool and Derby rather than the Toffees).

A tribunal set the fee at £100K and Kevin went on to win two Championships and a European Cup Winners Cup medal, although injury saw him miss out on an FA Cup Final success.

While a youngster at Edgar Street, Sheedy opted to play internationally for the Republic of Ireland rather than his native Wales.

That decision (based on the probability of appearing in the finals of major tournaments) was vindicated when Kevin made his full Eire debut in 1983 - and went on to win 46 caps.

Included in a record of 46 caps and nine goals in a decade of service were appearances at the 1988 European Championships and 1990 World Cup - the latter seeing him score against England. 

Four months short of ten years at Goodison came to an end when Kevin Keegan came calling, with Sheedy passing up the chance of a testimonial in order to move to SJP. 

Sheedy's debut came in a 1-1 home draw against Barnsley in February 1992 and he played 13 times as United successfully avoided relegation. His first goal for the club came in a 1-1 at Grimsby Town.

Things were much improved in the following season, with Sheedy scoring in away wins at Bristol Rovers, Peterborough and Notts County as United rose to the top of the table, en route to being crowned champions.

His final game came in a 3-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers in February 1993, after which new signing Scott Sellars took over down the left.

Leaving Newcastle, a free transfer took Sheedy to Blackpool before hanging up his boots at the end of the 1993/94 season.

Subsequent coaching roles at Blackburn Rovers and Tranmere Rovers were then followed by a stint at Hartlepool United as number two to Mike Newell.

Returning to Everton as an Academy coach in 2006, Kevin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2012 but quickly returned to his post as Toffees U18 team manager following treatment.


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What Else?

1893 Ardwick (a)
Division Two 
Wallace, Crate, og
Yates, Morris 
There was a debut for John Patten, at outside right in our first ever meeting with Ardwick, later re-christened Manchester City.

On the same day meanwhile, Berwick Rangers made their first visit to SJP to face United's 'A' team in a friendly match.

Bryson gave the Borderers a half time lead, but goals from Quinn (penalty), Howe and Gillespie after the break secured victory for the Magpies.

1899 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 

1905 Bury (h)
Division One
Orr, Appleyard, Veitch 
The only appearance of Darlington-born 'keeper Tom Rowlandson.

1911 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
Hay, Stewart 2, Wilson 
Latheron, Davies
Debut for Billy Hibbert.

1922 Arsenal (h)
Division One 

1933 Sunderland (h)
Division One 

1939 Hartlepools United (a)

Pearson(pen), Meek

1944 Leeds United (a)

Coyne 2

1950 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
G.Robledo, Taylor 
With Trotters manager Walter Rowley resigning days before this game, United took full advantage - collecting two points that put them joint-top of Division One with Arsenal.

1950 United's reserve side gained a 1-0 win over Barnsley at SJP, with Northern Irish teenager Jimmy Coulter marking his debut by scoring the winner.

1958 TSV Munich (Germany) (h) 3-0 (2-0)
Allchurch, Eastham, Hughes 
The second of four home friendlies against continental opposition that United played within a three month period.

These were staged under floodlights by the club and broke the tradition of midweek kickabouts against Scottish opposition.

1961 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 5-0 (2-0)
Division Two 
Tuohy, Leek 3, Hale 
After scoring twice in a 7-2 win at Bury, Ken Leek went one better against Albion, who wore an all-white strip.

1963 Alf McMichael's XI 
(h) 4-5
Kirkman(2), Cummings(31), Taylor(43,79)  
Melia(30) Milburn(32,60), Bingham(73,80)
A testimonial for the long- serving defender saw former Newcastle junior Bobby Cummings lead the United attack in the absence of the injured Ron McGarry, his goal helping to clinch a return move to SJP from Aberdeen.

Former Magpie Jackie Milburn scored twice for the International All-Stars, with SJP old boy Bobby Mitchell also featuring alongside Alf McMichael and Dick Keith.

Team: Hollins, McKinney, Dalton, Markie, McGrath, Iley, Suddick, Hilley, Cummings, Kirkman, Taylor.

1970 Pecsi Dozsa (Hungary) (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Fairs Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg
What was to be United's final -ever home Fairs Cup tie saw Wyn Davies net twice with headers and Bob Moncur hit the woodwork.

The Mighty Wyn also struck the crossbar and had a goal dubiously ruled out as he went in search of his hat trick. 

Various penalty appeals were also ignored by the German referee, including a foul on Tommy Gibb that Magpies boss Joe Harvey called "the worst penalty decision I have ever seen."

1972 Manchester United 
(h) 2-1
Division One 
Tudor(68), Hibbitt(76)
Victory against Matt Busby's side was achieved without the injured Malcolm Macdonald - John Tudor wearing the number nine shirt and Gordon Hodgson making one of only eight league starts for the Magpies.

1975 SK Brann (Norway) (a)
scorer tbc 
Supermac put United ahead early in this midweek kickabout in Bergen, only for the home side to equalise in the closing stages.

1978 Charlton Athletic (a) 1-4 (1-1)
Division Two
Flanagan(31pen), Robinson(73,84), Gritt (87)
United went ahead at the Valley through Nigel Walker before conceding a spot kick that Lawrie Madden sent into space.

Fellow Addick Mike Flanagan did rather better though when another penalty was awarded soon after, beating Steve Hardwick with ease.

1989 Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 3-0 (1-0)
Division Two 
Mick Quinn made it fourteen goals in just thirteen league starts thanks to a second hat trick for his new club.

This proved to be our final victory at the Seagull's former Goldstone Ground home.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Wimbledon (h)
Premier League 
Howey(31), Ferdinand(35,41,63), Clark(59), Albert(84)
In-form striker Les Ferdinand netted for the seventh successive game as the Dons fell apart and 'keeper Paul Heald was dismissed. 

To the cheers of the SJP crowd, Vinnie Jones took over in between the posts, conceding three but making two noteworthy stops.
Youtube footage is online here

Newcastle gave a week's trial to Torquay's young striker Rodney Jack, who eventually moved to Crewe 18 months later after being linked with a host of clubs.

1999 FC Zurich (Switzerland) (a)
UEFA Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg  
Maric(51), Shearer(60)
Victory on our competitive debut in Switzerland included Silvio Maric's first ever goal for the goal and what proved to be the final senior outing for Carl Serrant before injury forced him to retire. match report.

2000 Everton (h)

United's possession was not converted into clear cut chances as the Toffees made us pay with a swift counter -attack prompted by a cheeky back heel from old boy Paul Gascoigne. 

Kevin Campbell converted, having already missed a similar and far easier chance. match report.

2001 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-2 (0-2)

og(Speed)(8), Poyet(20)

Sir Bobby Robson's ongoing paranoia over Gustavo Poyet saw him resort to a central defensive trio, with Aaron Hughes shackling the dangerous Uruguayan.

However, Poyet was in plenty of space when he headed home a Darren Anderton cross at the Leazes End.

Before that, Anderton was initially credited with the opener, although his aimless centre was going nowhere until it struck Gary Speed and was deflected past Shay Given.

The PL Dubious Goals Panel later agreed and credited Speed with the own goal. match report.

2003 Fulham (a) 

Robert(16), Shearer(51pen,56)
Clark(6), Saha(8)

The kick-off at Fulham's temporary Loftus Road home was delayed for over 30 minutes due to a bomb scare, caused by a suspiciously parked car in a nearby street.

On the pitch though, the main threat to us came in the shape of old boys Magpies Lee Clark and Louis Saha, both soon on target.

With Craig Bellamy in the USA for surgery,  Shola Ameobi partnered Alan Shearer up front and that pair quickly set up Laurent Robert to blast the ball past Edwin Van der Sar.

Shearer then levelled from spot after another Toon old boy, Alain Goma, had fouled Shola.

Our number nine then grabbed a spectacular and unlikely winner as United got their second away win in four days - following victory at the smoggies. match report

2004 Craig Bellamy issued a public apology after TV cameras caught him badmouthing about manager Graeme Souness following his substitution in a 1-1 draw at The Valley the previous Sunday:

"My outburst wasn't really aimed at the manager on Sunday but more at the situation.

"Call me old fashioned if you want, but my view when a player is substituted is that he has been ineffective, and I didn't feel I was ineffective against Charlton Athletic.

"I know I will never get a better club than Newcastle United. There is no other club I want to play for and it would be a dream for me stay here for the rest of my career."

"I haven't any problems with what the manager is trying to do."

2004 Panionios (Greece) (a)
UEFA Cup Group Game 1

Just when a poor first UEFA Cup group game seemed to be heading for a stalemate, substitute Shola Ameobi won a late penalty to give us three precious points in Athens.

Minutes earlier Shola had tumbled in the box in fairly unconvincing fashion and his spot kick pleas were rightly waved away. 

However, the Italian referee gave the decision second time round and Alan Shearer bagged a 21st European goal for the club. match report

Joey Barton played himself back into the first team picture in front of a watching Joe Kinnear, as the reserves beat Boro 4-1 at Billingham Synthonia's Central Avenue. match report

Following the award of £2m to Kevin Keegan earlier in the month by a Premier League Tribunal, the former United boss won another financial battle, with confirmation that his legal costs (plus interest) must also be met by Newcastle United.

No amount was given, but if the two parties were unable to agree, the tribunal had the power to impose their own figure. Some newspaper sources claimed that the figure could even be as high as £1.5m.

The latest judgment included the following phrase:

"The Club should pay Mr Keegan’s costs on an indemnity basis given the manner in which it conducted this litigation: its defence on the primary liability issue was, in our view, wholly without merit and it chose to make entirely unfounded allegations against Mr Keegan."

2010 Press reports confirmed that Magpies striker Andy Carroll's Range Rover had been torched as it stood outside Kevin Nolan's Darras Hall home the previous night.

Living with team mate Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions for an ongoing court case for assault, Carroll had recently bought the car after signing a new contract.

The police appealed appealed for information about the fire and some graffiti that had been written on the adjacent garage door. 

2012 mackems (a)
Premier League

Tiote(25-violent conduct)
Only an unlucky late own goal denied United the win, despite playing with ten men for 65 minutes after Cheick Tiote was shown a straight red for a studs-up challenge. 

A resolute display spearheaded by Fabricio Coloccini looked to have been enough, but he'd been forced off through injury by the time a hopeful free kick glanced off Demba Ba's chin and left Tim Krul helpess. match report