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Ticket news:
Birmingham City (h) Public sale now
Wigan (a) Public sale now
Burton (a)
Sheff Wed (h) Public sale now
Forest (h) Public sale now
Blackburn (a)


Never mind the baubles, here's the
2016 Advent Calendar
  Day 9

City date set 

Confirmation that Newcastle's FA Cup Third Round tie away to fellow Championship side Birmingham City  will go ahead on Saturday January 7th 2017 at 3pm.

In the event of a draw, the date for the replay on Tyneside has also been confirmed as Wednesday January 18th at 7.45pm

United's most recent FA Cup meeting with City came during the 2006/07 season, a 2-2 away draw against Steve Bruce's side resulting in a home replay that we contrived to lose 1-5. 

Our visit to St. Andrew's comes a couple of months before the league game in March, with the first Championship meeting on Tyneside this Saturday.

We've not lost any of our last six away games against City, but if United are to progress at the first attempt they'll need to end a run of twelve successive failures to win an FA Cup tie away from SJP since 2006.

Comedy turn:
Cheat set to prosper

a more advanced position?


The FA revoke two red cards given to Newcastle players who tangled with Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury on December 2nd, a clear admission that his actions duped match officials.

Thursday: The EFL announce their Championship Player of the Month nominations for November, with Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury included for:

"...taking full advantage of his more advanced position - an assured and consistent driving force for Forest."

Well you can't argue that he's not consistent - let's just see whether he drives to Tyneside on December 30th, or gets waylaid en route by injury/suspension...

Sombrero magico:
Winter issue

Coming soon to a football ground near you, the latest creation from Tyneside-based merchandiser Spirit of 69 is the Urraca (Spanish for Magpie, apparently).

A 21st century take on half & half hats that exhibit affiliation to NUFC and Brazil/Celtic/Rangers etc. it's their tribute to a certain current Toon manager. 

The Urraca costs £25 - order online here
along with other Sprit items including the Fairs Cup bobble hat - with £5 donated to Prostate Cancer UK for each one of the latter sold.

We've obtained a Urraca for a competition and to be in with a chance of winning, email your answer to this question to (subject: hat).

Which future Newcastle United defender made a first appearance at SJP in the colours of Villarreal during the 2006/07 season?

Closing date is
Dec 14th @ 7.45pm
Birmingham City (h)

The Magpies return to Championship action on Saturday, when they face Birmingham in a 3pm kick-off. Limited tickets remain and City sold their entire 3,100 allocation meaning that another 51,000+ crowd will be in attendance.

Holding a one point lead over Brighton, table topping Newcastle could start this game in second spot as a consequence of the Seagulls playing Leeds United at home on Friday night.

NUFC: Other than Jesus Gamez and Rolando Aarons, United look to have a full squad at their disposal - although Rob Elliot hasn't yet played this season at any level and Massadio Haidara has just one reserve outing to his name since returning from injury.

Both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett will be available for selection after their red cards in the defeat to Nottingham Forest were rescinded.

Matchday betting is online here

David Davis and Jonathan Spector are both suspended and Paul Caddis and Rhoys Wiggins out through injury while Jacques Maghoma is doubtful.

Andy Davies - second NUFC game, following an uneventful night in the first....our 6-0 win at QPR.


 No scheduled closures this weekend

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street runs again this Saturday, giving a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or Birmingham match ticket. 

The offer runs all day - no reservations are needed.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.

The official NUFC website now has
free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries.


Blues in Toon - last 20:

2010/11: Won 2-1 Ameobi(pen), S.Taylor
2007/08: Won 2-1 Martins(pen), Beye
2006/07: Lost 1-5 Milner (FAC)
2005/06: Won 1-0 Emre
2004/05: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Bowyer
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Viana
1992/93: Drew 2-2 Cole, Lee
1985/86: Won 4-1 Beardsley 2, Anderson, Whitehurst
1979/80: Drew 0-0
1977/78: Drew 1-1 Nattrass
1976/77: Won 3-2 Burns 2, T.Craig
1975/76: Won 4-0 Macdonald 2, Gowling, Burns
1974/75: Lost 1-2 Macdonald
1974/75: Drew 1-1 Macdonald (Texaco Cup)
1973/74: Won 3-1 Tudor 2, Clark (Texaco Cup)
1973/74: Lost 0-1 (League Cup)
1973/74: Drew 1-1 Robson
1972/73: Won 3-0 Macdonald, Howard, Gibb
1960/61: Drew 2-2 Mitchell, Scanlon

Full record v Birmingham:

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This weekend's Championship fixtures:

Fri 09.12.2016:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leeds United (7.45pm)

Sat 10.12.2016:
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Barnsley v Norwich City (3pm)
Brentford v Burton Albion (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Bristol City (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Cardiff City (3pm)
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday (3pm)
Rotherham United v QPR (3pm)
Wolves v Fulham (3pm)
Preston North End v Blackburn Rovers (5.30pm)

Sun 11.12.2016:
Derby County v Nottingham Forest (Noon) 

Highwaymen held up 

Morpeth Town  2  Newcastle U23s  3 


A late Dan Ward strike saved Newcastle's blushes and gave them a place in the Semi-Finals of this season's Northumberland Senior Cup on Wednesday night.

However their Northern League hosts pushed them all the way and looked the more likely winners for much of the second half, after recovering from falling two goals behind within the first 20 minutes of the tie.

On a remarkably mild night at Craik Park, United's Callum Roberts gave his side a slightly fortunate 14th minute lead, sweeping over a cross from the left flank that ended up in the opposite side of the goal.

And when Liam Gibson set up Tom Heardman to prod the ball into the roof of the net from close range just five minutes later, a routine win looked on the cards.

However Morpeth were undaunted and after former Magpie Ben Sayer had two shots on goal in quick succession, Gibson's timely clearance from within his own six yard box kept the hosts at arm's length.

Nicky Gray's side gained a foothold in the tie in the final seconds of normal time, United old boy Matty Grieve heading Liam Davison's cross beyond Freddie Woodman.

The reigning FA Vase holders were level six minutes after the restart, Liam Henderson reaching a strong cross that the Newcastle defence had given up on, returning it for Davison to head down and in. 

Striker Davison then came close to putting Morpeth ahead for the first time, first shooting narrowly wide before Woodman's noteworthy block denied him after the move of the match on 67 minutes.  

Little had been seen of United as an attacking unit after the break, only the darting runs of Roberts causing the home defence any concern.

However it was midfielder Dan Ward whose trickery saw him wriggle through the Highwaymen's defence before shooting beyond Karl Dryden on 76 minutes.

The visitors successfully held on to avoid extra time and penalties, Joe Walton heading Morpeth's best chance wide of Woodman but also past his post. 

Newcastle join current holders North Shields, Blyth Town and Blyth Spartans in the last four. The draw will be televised on Made in Tyne and Wear's Football Matters show on Wednesday December (21st). 

Woodman, Barlaser, Li.Gibson, Hunter, Williams, Findlay, Holmes (El-Mhanni 77), Ward, Heardman, Roberts, L.Smith (Charman) 
Subs n/u:
Good, Huuhtanen.

MTFC: Dryden, Forster, Turner, Sayer (Doninger 81), Grieve, Reid, Taylor, Graydon, Davison, Henderson, Walton (Robinson 81). 
Subs n/u:
Chilton, Anderson, Hall

Booked: Walton, Forster  

Referee: Paul Brown

Crowd: 345

Book winner etc. 

Author-signed copies of Martin Hardy's latest book "Tunnel of Love"
can be ordered online here post free in the UK for £18.99, or £25 including a paperback of Martin's previous book, "Touching Distance".

You'll also find author-signed copies of "Tunnel..." at
MJS Computers at 30 Merton Way, Ponteland and the Post Office, 44 Earsdon Road, West Monkseaton.

Martin will be signing books at Tynemouth Metro Station on Sunday 11th & Sunday 18th December.  

PS: Wednesday's twitter giveaway for a signed copy of "Tunnel...." was won by Martin McElhone.

Old boy framed:
Bez @ The Bay

Former Magpie John Beresford will be joined by local writer Martin Hardy for a talk-in at Whitley Lodge Snooker Club on Thursday 22nd December.

Tickets are just £5 (including hot food) and available from the venue on Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay NE26 3HL - either in person or via 0191 2511997.

Flying the flag:
Plate day

On the 800th anniversary of their establishment, the Freemen and Mayor of Newcastle were honoured on Tuesday by the christening of a Virgin Trains electric locomotive.

A class 91 engine used on the East Coast route now bears the name "Lord Mayor of Newcastle", with  current incumbent Councillor Hazel Stephenson performing the unveiling at Central Station.

Framing the nameplate are graphics depicting major Tyneside structures, with a certain football ground rightfully included in a prominent position:

Festive season 


Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and "Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available for home delivery

Each unframed shirt comes with a COA (certificate of authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost £69.99. Please note that framed shirts are now completely sold out.

Prices include UK P&P, with a four day turnaround.

Appeals succeed 

From the FA, Tuesday:

Both Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their suspensions withdrawn with immediate effect after their wrongful dismissal claims were successful following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

The Newcastle United pair were dismissed for violent conduct and denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity respectively during the game against Nottingham Forest on 2nd December 2016.

Presumably Steve Martin's head is now on a stick outside Professional Game Match Officials HQ...

PS: Sadly, the FA haven't ruled that the game is to be replayed at the neutral venue of Goodison Park.

Two more for TV

Newcastle have been selected for two live TV games in the Championship next February as follows: 

Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) 5.30pm
Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) 8pm*

*The Villa game falls on FA Cup Fifth Round weekend, meaning progress to that point for either team would see a further new date required. For info, the Villans are away to Spurs in Round Three.

That leaves the following games unaltered:

Sat 04.02.2017 Derby County (h)
Tue 14.02.2017 Norwich City (a)
Sat 25.02.2017 Bristol City (h) 

Speaking of rescheduling games, Monday's FA Cup Third Round draw begins to clarify the picture for United's January schedule - although not much...

Our visit to Brentford is currently a Sky live game on Monday January 16th, but wouldn't be played if either ourselves or the Bees were in Third Round replay action that week (they entertain non-league opponents in shape of Eastleigh or FC Halifax). 

NB: We're unable to confirm or deny the rumour doing the rounds that were the Brentford game to move from Monday 16th it wouldn't go back to Saturday 14th as previously announced and would be played later in the season on a date yet to be agreed).

The second game affected by the FA Cup is our league trip to Brighton on Saturday January 28th - which is also Fourth Round weekend.

Regardless of our success or otherwise against Birmingham City, it's reasonable to assume that our visit to the Amex will be rescheduled,  given that Brighton's Third Round draw handed them home advantage against either MK Dons or Charlton. 

Loan lads:
Saivet spot kick
miss not costly


Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
Despite the on-loan Magpie missing a 54th minute penalty, Saint-Etienne beat Anderlecht 3-2 away in the Europa League. The French side will take their place in Monday's draw for the last 32.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Rested for the Europa League home game against Astana, Kevin watched his colleagues score three times without reply in with the BSC supporters. 

The Swiss side exited the competition after ending up with an identical record to Olympiakos in the group stage. However, the Greek side progressed thanks to a better head-to-head record against the Swiss.


Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Dijon (h) Ligue 1

Tim Krul (Ajax) 
PSV II (h) Eerste Divisie


Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
A 64 minute stint helped the Bantams to a 1-0 home victory over Cambridge United in a Checkatrade Trophy tie on Wednesday night. 

Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
With Wooly between the posts, Blyth forced a 2-2 draw at Altrincham on Tuesday in the FA Trophy.

The two sides will meet again at Croft Park on Saturday, with the prize of a home tie against Macclesfield Town in the First Round Proper.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
PSV concluded their unsuccessful Champions League campaign with a 0-0 home draw against Rostov on Tuesday. Siem came off the bench on 62 minutes. 

Kyle Cameron (Newport County)
Injury kept the defender out of Newport's 0-2 home loss to Stevenage in League Two on Tuesday.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
Injury means that the defender is back on Tyneside and didn't feature in a Checkatrade Trophy
home fixture against Crawley Town on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Barcelona (h) Saturday

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
Norwich City (h) Championship, Saturday

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Luton Town (a) League Two, Saturday

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Carlisle United (h) League Two, Saturday

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Millwall (a) League One, Saturday

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Gillingham (h) League One, Monday

Fratton test looms


Newcastle will begin their FA Youth Cup campaign with an away tie against Portsmouth at Fratton Park this coming Friday with a 7pm kick-off.

That game must be played to a finish on the night, with extra time and/or penalties if required.

As a consequence, Saturday's scheduled Tyne-wear U18 derby will now be played on February 14th. 

This will be the third time that Pompey and Newcastle have met in the FA Youth Cup, following a 0-1 loss in Hampshire in the first leg of the 1961/62 semi-final.

That was cancelled out by a 4-2 home win en route to winning the cup, while United returned to Fratton Park in 2003 to record a 2-1 Third Round victory before exiting to the smoggies at the Fifth Round stage.

Super Tuesday:
Cash for questions 

A massive thank you to everyone who organised, contributed and participated in the quiz night at NINE Bar on Tuesday in aid of Gallowgate Flags.

Over £1,700 was raised for future flag projects to help build the atmosphere at home games, Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett both in attendance to give out prizes and meet fans. 

Tyneside to Tynecastle:
Jambos get Cathro 

NUFC press release, Monday:

Newcastle United have this evening confirmed that assistant coach Ian Cathro will be leaving the club to become head coach at Scottish side Hearts.

Cathro arrived at St. James' Park from Valencia in the summer of 2015, and was part of the coaching teams of both Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez during his time on Tyneside.

United manager Benitez said: "I would like to wish Ian the very best success with his first head coach role. When a coach has the opportunity and the desire to progress his career in management, it is always very important to allow them the freedom to move on and develop themselves.

"We all send Ian our good luck for his future and thank him for his good work for Newcastle United. We will not be appointing a replacement to Ian in the immediate future. We will take some time now to decide what is best for us, our team, coaching staff and the club."

The move sees 30 year-old Cathro team up again with former Dundee United coaching colleague Craig Levein, now Director of Football at the Edinburgh club.

The Jerk

Nottingham Forest  2  Newcastle  1

Match report

Wigan Athletic (a)


The Magpies and the Latics meet for the very first time in a League match outside the top flight, when Rafa takes his side there on Wednesday evening.

Kick-off in this Sky-televised Championship game is at 7.45pm and tickets are still on public sale from NUFC. 

Hopefully managing not to cause a diplomatic incident involving an adjacent local league football pitch this time round, we're in our usual North Stand haunt - with a maximum of 4,800 places available.

DW Stadium WN5 0UH (25,023)
Nearest railway station: North Western (1.2 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 311 miles

Betting: To follow

Team: To follow

The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle will be showing tonight's game on their big screen TVs with various food and drink promotions.

Selected bottled beers are £1.50 and all pints (including four local craft beers) are half price. 

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


Mags @ Latics:

2012/13 lost 1-2 Santon
2011/12 lost 0-4
2010/11 won 1-0 Sh.Ameobi
2008/09 lost 1-2 Guthrie
2007/08 lost 0-1
2006/07 lost 0-1
2005/06 lost 0-1 (LC)
2005/06 lost 0-1
1953/54 won 3-2 (FA) Broadis, Keeble, White*

(* at Springfield Park; all others at JJB/DW Stadium)

Full record v Wigan:

WAFC: To follow

Referee: tbc

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio: tbc

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.

The official NUFC website now has
free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries.

Other midweek Championship fixtures:

Tue 13.12.2016:
Birmingham City v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm)
Bristol City v Brentford (7.45pm)
Burton Albion v Huddersfield Town (7.45pm)
Cardiff City v Wolves (7.45pm)
Fulham v Rotherham United (7.45pm)
Leeds United v Reading (7.45pm)
Norwich City v Aston Villa (7.45pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley (7.45pm)

Wednesday 14th December 2016
Nottingham Forest v Preston North End (7.45pm)
QPR v Derby County (7.45pm)


Burton Albion (a)

Newcastle break new ground on Saturday week, December 16th, when they play a first competitive game against Burton Albion and pay their first-ever senior visit to the Pirelli Stadium.*

Kick-off is at 3pm and United's 1,600 allocation of terrace and stand tickets is sold out. 

* The stadium was used to stage a reserve game against Aston Villa back in November 2013. 

Where: Pirelli Stadium DE13 0AR (6,912)
Nearest railway station: Burton-on-Trent (1.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 343 miles

Founded in 1950, Albion were admitted to the Football League in 2010 and gained successive promotions in the last two seasons. 

Their ground opened in 2005 to replace the adjacent Eton Park, which was demolished to build houses on.

Newcastle previously faced both Burton Swifts and Burton Wanderers in Football League matches in the 1890s, incurring their record loss of 0-9 on a visit to Wanderers back in April 1895.

That defeat took place at the Derby Turn ground, which no longer exists but occupied a site between Derby Road and the main railway line. This is on the route from the station to the current ground, with a Londis shop and office buildings now built close by.  

(The Swifts used to play at Peel Croft nearer to the centre of Burton and this is still in existence as the home of Burton Rugby Club).

Betting: To follow

Team: To follow

Stats:  To follow

To follow

Referee: tbc


Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio: tbc

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.

The official NUFC website now has
free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries.

Championship fixtures:
To follow

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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.

*NUFC have announced that their members only away ticket policy will be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Fri 09.12.2016 U18s v Portsmouth (a) @ Fratton Park, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Sat 10.12.2016 Birmingham City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Mon 12.12.2016 U23s v Aston Villa (h) @ St. James' Park, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Wed 14.12.2016 Wigan Athletic (a)
@ DW Stadium, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.
£25 adults, £22 OAPs, £20 U18s, £10 U11s. Allocation: 4,800. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 16.12.2016 U23s v Stoke City (a)
@ Harrison Park, Leek,  7pm. Premier League 2. 

Sat 17.12.2016 Burton Albion (a) @ Pirelli Stadium,3pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 1,600.

Tue 20.12.2016 U23s v Rotherham United (a) @ Roundwood Pavilion, Parkgate, 1pm. Central League Cup. 

Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.
Live on Sky Sports.

Boxing Day public transport:

Some bus services will operate before the game, with most finishing by 7pm and only a small number running after the game - check with local operators for full details.

X50 'Soccer Bus' to and from the Metro Centre will run before and after the game.

Metros will run before and after the game. 

There are no local or national rail services.

Fri 30.12.2016 Nottingham Forest (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Ewood Park, 3pm. Championship. SOLD OUT.
Allocation: 6,850. 

Sat 07.01.2017 Birmingham City (a) @ St. Andrews, 3pm. FA Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc.

Sun 07.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Wed 14.12.2016
Wigan Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wed (h) 7.45pm
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3pm
Mon 16.01.2017 Brentford (a)* 7.45pm
Wed 01.02.2017 QPR (h) 7.45pm
Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) 5.30pm
Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) 8pm+

*Dependent on neither side being in FA Cup Third Round replay action that week. 

Dependent on neither side being in FA Cup Fifth Round action that weekend.

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 26.02.2017).

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

Saturday 20th May 2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21st May 2017:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international break:
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Nations Cup Finals (Gabon):
14.01.2017 to 05.02.2017,
in Libreville, France Ville, Oyem-Bitam and Port-Gentil. 

A: Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, B.Faso
B: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal 
C: Ivory Coast, Togo, DR Congo, Morocco 
D: Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Mali 

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

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

On This Day in History
9th December

Born Or Died:

1916 Eddie Connelly born, Dumbarton.

Left winger who made a goalscoring debut in a 2-0 FA victory at Walsall in January 1936.

Failing to become a first team regular, Eddie joined Luton Town, with a further move taking him on to West Bromwich Albion just before the outbreak of WW2.

His military service included stints in the war leagues with both Dunfermline and Luton, while a second spell at the Hatters followed the restoration of League football. 

Also appearing for Leyton Orient and Brighton & Hove Albion, Eddie settled in Luton upon his retirement in 1950. 

He died in 1990.

1961 Peter Haddock born, Newcastle. 

Undervalued central defender and occasional left back who suffered with injuries and was eventually forced into retirement by arthritis at the age of 30.

Loaned out to both Dunedin City in New Zealand and Burnley during his time at SJP, "fish cake" moved to Leeds in 1986 at a cost of £45K. 

He retired while on the books at Elland Road at the age of 30, having made almost 150 appearances before failing to recover from an injury sustained against Manchester United.

Haddock also scored the only goal of his senior career whilst at Elland Road - in a home win over Swindon in November 1987.

Granted a testimonial by Leeds (against Bradford City in March 1994), Peter was later involved in a trophies business locally and ran a sandwich shop in Cramlington, later working for Parcelforce in Blyth.

Former Magpies coach John Carver is Peter's brother-in-law and sought advice from the Elland Road old boy before accepting a coaching job at Leeds in 2005.

1970 Craig Chapman born Teesside.

Left back who appeared for both United's junior and reserve sides, but wasn't offered a professional deal.

Craig's time at SJP was dogged by ill-fortune, as he fought back twice from suffering a broken leg.

1984 Adam Collin born, Penrith (2000-04)

Goalkeeper who came through United's Academy and debuted for the reserve side during the 2001/02 campaign.

Entering the final season of his contract in 2003/04 a brief loan spell with Oldham Athletic followed without a senior outing.

Searching for a new club in 2004, Adam joined Workington following an unsuccessful trial at Doncaster Rovers, eventually realising his ambition of playing league football with Carlisle United in 2009. 

Moving on to Rotherham United in 2013, Collin played three game on loan for Aberdeen in early 2016 before becoming a free agent that summer and then joining Notts County.

1997 Luke Charman
born, Durham

Forward who plumped for Newcastle after also appearing on trial for the mackems in summer 2012. 

Handed his U18 debut as a substitute in a 0-1 loss at Arsenal in April 2014, Luke scored his first goal at that level against Stoke City the following August.

Moving up to the U21 side for the first time against Brighton and Hove Albion in March 2016, Charman netted twice in four appearances and did enough to earn a new 12 month contract at the club.

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1892 At a meeting in Bath Lane Hall, it was agreed that the club be renamed Newcastle United from the former East End. Suggestions for City and Rangers were not taken up.

1893 Notts County (h)
Division Two 
Wallace 2, Thompson 
Debut for locally born inside left Thomas "Knocker" Barker.

1899 Dundee (h)
Peddie, Stevenson
scorers tbc

1905 Notts County (h)
Division One 
1-0), J.Rutherford(49), Veitch(3-0
Colin Veitch followed up his penalty saved by County 'keeper Reilly to put United 3-0 up.

1911 Liverpool (a)
Division One 

1922 Liverpool (h)
Division One 

1925 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
Mordue, Cowan, Hudspeth(pen) 
A debut goal for Tom Mordue.

1933 Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
Barraclough, Lowton

1939 Hull City (h)
Cairns, Clifton, Duns

1944 Hartlepools United (h)
Stubbins 2, Milburn

1950 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One
Despite going ahead through Tommy Walker after only fifteen seconds, the points were shared.

1963 Dunfermline Athletic (a) 0-2 (0-2)
Scorers tbc 
The Magpies lost this midweek testimonial, held at East End Park in aid of ex-Pars pair Jackie Williamson & Willie Cunningham.

1967 Manchester United (h) 2-2 (0-0)
Division One 
Iley, T.Robson 
Kidd, Dunne (89)
Snow on the Gallowgate pitch couldn't prevent Newcastle from extending a year-long unbeaten home record, but that was of little value at the time....

2-0 ahead, the visitors reduced the deficit through Brian Kidd but we looked like holding on until  what proved to be a pivotal period in the career of 'keeper Gordon Marshall. 

What seemed to be a speculative cross from Red Devils left back Tony Dunne attacking the Gallowgate end on 89 minutes somehow caught Marshall out as he watched the ball apparently loop out for a goal kick, only to then agonisingly drop over his head and into the unguarded net.

That proved to be Marshall's undoing and he would soon be replaced between the posts by Iam McFaul.

1970 Newcastle agreed a £45,000 fee with Burnley for midfielder Doug Collins and he made his way to SJP to complete the formalities of the transfer. 

However, the deal was never actually completed after Burnley refused to pay the player his share of the proceeds.

Collins later had a brief spell with the mackems.

1972 Southampton (h)
Division One 
Saints stalemate at a three -sided SJP, with the new East Stand rising on the site of the Popular Side. 

1978 Stoke City (h)
Division Two 
Connolly(67), Withe(75) 
Bill McGarry handed a debut to 25 year-old striker and former pitman Alan Shoulder, who had moved from Blyth Spartans after coming to prominence in their FA Cup run the previous season

1986 A Magpies side were at GMEX in Manchester to take part in the annual Guinness Soccer Six Tournament.

Manchester United beat Watford on penalties in the final - by which time our under-performing lot were either halfway back across the M62 - or "refuelling" in the bar.... 
Youtube footage is online here

1989 Oxford United (h)
Division Two 
Stimson(35), Quinn(88pen)
Evans(21), Phillips(46pen), Simpson(73)
Mick Quinn grabbed his 20th goal of the season but little else went right for the Toon - future Magpies coach Paul Simpson scoring the winner at the Gallowgate End after a free kick was touched to him.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Chelsea (a)
Premier League 
United made a substitution as Chelsea shaped to take a free kick - the injured Shaka Hislop going off. 

Unfortunately his replacement Pavel Srnicek’s first job was to pick the ball out of the net, as Dan Petrescu duly converted.

1996 Nottingham Forest (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Premier League 
Frank Clark's Forest couldn't find the target against his old club in this Monday evening televised Trent encounter 4,000 away fans turned out.

1999 AS Roma (Italy) (h) 0-0 (0-0)
(0-1 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 3rd Round
Second Leg 
A European exit as the 1-0 deficit from the first leg in the Stadio Olimpico ultimately proved enough for the visitors to sneak through.

In the face of some bare-faced spoiling tactics, United gave it their best efforts in the closing stages, but the equaliser that would have brought extra time never arrived. match report

2000 Arsenal (a)
Henry(13), Parlour(16,86,90), Kanu(52)
Ray Parlour completed his hat -trick with the last kick of a dispiriting Highbury day.

A crestfallen Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson told reporters:

"We were just smashed. Simple as that. After Arsenal's first goal went in it was just a matter of damage limitation. I felt like taking a dose of Night Nurse and looking for a taxi." match report

2001 Ipswich Town (a)

A happy return to Portman Road for Sir Bobby and Kieron Dyer. Old boy Alun Armstrong appeared for the home side. match report

2006 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Martins(31,90+3), Taylor(35)
This deserved victory made it three straight league wins and eight unbeaten for United.

Two goals in five first-half minutes (including Taylor's first for the club) put United on the road to victory and when Stephane Henchoz was red-carded on 40 minutes for bringing down Martins, it looked all over.

However, a spectacular goal from former Toon-target Morten Gamst Pedersen made it a nervy second half until Martins wrapped up the points in injury time.

Glenn Roeder handed a debut to teenage defender Paul Huntington from the bench in the closing stages of the game. match report

A brace from Kazenga LuaLua helped Newcastle's U18s progress in the FA Youth Cup, beating Oldham Athletic 2-1 in a Third Round tie. 1,161 fans were present at SJP.

2009 Coventry City (a)
Ameobi(45), Ranger(82)
United went seven points clear at the top of the Championship thanks to Shola Ameobi and a first senior strike for Nile Ranger at the Ricoh Arena.

Shola turned and fired home in first half added time and some solid defending and excellent goalkeeping saw United hold that lead until substitute Ranger forced home a Jose Enrique cross near the end. match report