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Ticket news:
mackems (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (a) Member sale now (restricted view)
Spurs (h) Public sale now (online)
Swansea (h) Member sale now

Premier League:
Derby duty for Dean


The next set of Premier League referee appointments have been announced and Wirral-based whistler Mike Dean will oversee Sunday's visit to the dark place.

He's no stranger to this fixture, having refereed the corresponding fixture at SJP back in March 2012. That ended 1-1 with the mackems down to nine men, after Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Clattermole both saw red.

This will be Dean's fourth game in charge of United this season, following on from the scoreless draw at Aston Villa when Mike Williamson was dismissed and the single goal loss at West Ham when Moussa Sissoko sent off.

And Dean's most recent appointment was the 3-3 home draw with Burnley on New Years Day.

Prudent and measured*


* that's the accounts, not the team's playing style....

From the official club website, Monday:

Newcastle United Football Company Limited has today (Monday, 30th March) confirmed continued financial progress as it filed its annual accounts for the year ending June 2014.

The Club has recorded strong results, with the growth in commercial revenue playing a greater role in delivering a record £18.7million profit after tax, up from £9.9million in 2013.

The results signal the fourth consecutive year of recorded profit for the football club.

Operational losses of £0.6million in 2013 have been turned into an operating profit of £4.7million as the Club continues to outperform UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Club's turnover rose to £129.7million, up from £95.9million the previous year. Matchday revenue, which includes ticket sales and hospitality, dropped slightly to £25.9million, down from £27.8million in 2013, when the Club hosted seven additional home games as a result of its participation in the UEFA Europa League.

Season ticket renewal figures held steady, as did average Premier League attendances, which were 50,395 compared to 50,517 the previous season.

Media rights revenues accounted for £78.3million of turnover, a 53.3 per cent increase on the previous year. This reflected the new Barclays Premier League broadcasting rights deal as well as the Club's improved league position of tenth in 2013/14, compared to 16th the season before.

Most significantly, the Club reported strong commercial revenue growth delivering £25.6million in 2014, up from £17.1million in 2013. This 49.7 per cent increase was largely the result of two lucrative new deals with the Club's principal sponsors, Wonga and Puma.

The Club's debt continues to remain static at £129million in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley. None of the debt has been repaid to Mr Ashley nor has the owner taken any other monies from the Club.

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said: "I am pleased to report a positive set of results which confirms the healthy financial position the Club now finds itself in and is a reflection of the prudent and measured manner in which we operate.

"The Club benefits from a supportive owner and is financially stable. This gives us a strong platform from which to grow, both on and off the pitch, a result of which means, as we move forward, we are able to net spend on the playing squad and invest in other areas of the business
(other than the training ground revamp, it's hard to know what those other areas are)

"The most pleasing aspect in this set of accounts has been the growth in our commercial revenue and it has been our strongest year yet in that respect.

"With our commitment to keeping ticket prices affordable for our supporters growing our commercial income has been crucial. The deals we struck with our two main sponsors, Wonga and Puma, together with a stronger focus on our commercial operations, have helped us achieve this growth.

"We believe financial stability will deliver positive on-field results for the Club."

While growth may have been achieved, the rumoured withdrawal of Wonga as a main sponsor leaves a big question mark over sustaining it via an equivalent deal with an other.  

Given that the fan forum is the only form of contact - other than authorised statements made via the Chronicle, hopefully the next meeting will see a request to explain what "stronger focus on our commercial operations" is... 

From The Telegraph, Monday:

Newcastle United have announced record post-tax profits of £18.7m for the last financial year, but have failed to explain why there has also apparently been a rise of £25m in operating costs.

Newcastle’s turnover leapt from £95.9m in 2013 to £129.7m in 2014, an increase of £33.8m on the previous set of accounts. The reported increase in profits, though, was just £8.8m, rising from £9.9m in 2013.

According to the figures released, Newcastle’s unexplained costs are around £25m – a figure calculated when the £8.8m rise in profits is subtracted from the £33.8m increase in turnover.

Armstrong at it again

Saturday saw further international fixtures, with Adam Armstrong in goal-scoring form again and grabbing his second and third goals against the Swiss this week.

Adam captained England for the first time, firing home a first-half brace at Walsall including a spectacular free-kick, before being replaced in the 50th minute. 

Armstrong later confirmed that he'd originally been due to come off at half time but won a brief stay of execution to see if he could complete his hat trick.

He also revealed that he'd sought advice on improving his game from England striker Wayne Rooney when the pair came face to face last week at St.George's Park.

The 18 year-old Tynesider has now scored 18 goals in just 24 appearances at youth international level (NB: the FA make it 19 in 24 but their stats don't reflect that). 

Elsewhere Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat watched from the bench as the Dutch drew with Turkey, while Freddie Woodman and Olivier Kemen featured at U19 level for England and France respectively.

Sunday then saw France victorious against Denmark without calling on Moussa Sissoko, meaning that he should be OK to captain United in Sunday's derby.

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 26.03.2015
Brazil (h) lost 1-3
Sissoko started the game and was replaced in the 74th minute with the score at 1-3 in the Stade De France.
Sun 29.03.2015 Denmark (h) won 2-0 
No call from the bench for Moussa in St Etienne.

Tim Krul, Daryl
Janmaat (Netherlands):
Sat 28.03.2015
Turkey (h) drew 1-1
Both players were unused substitutes in Amsterdam.
Tue 31.03.2014 Spain (h) Amsterdam FR

Freddie Woodman (England U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Denmark (n) won 3-2

Woodman remained on the bench in Bayeux.
Sat 28.03.2015 Azerbaijan (n) won 1-0
Freddie played the full 90 minutes in Bayeux.
Tue 31.03.2015 France (a) Saint-Lo ECQ

Olivier Kemen (France U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Azerbaijan (h) won 2-0

Kemen captained the side and played the full game as they scored twice in the second period in Saint-Lo.
Sat 28.03.2015 Denmark (h) won 2-0
Kemen played the full game as the French recorded another 2-0 win, this time in Flers.
Tue 31.03.2015 England (h) Saint-Lo ECQ


Michael Newberry (Northern Ireland U19):

Thu 26.03.2015 Netherlands (a) FR 1-1
Defender Michael featured against the Dutch.
Sat 28.03.2015 AZ Alkmaar (a) FR 0-6
News is awaited of Newberry's participation.

Adam Armstrong (England U18):
Thu 26.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 1-0
Arma scored the only goal and played the full game as England won at St. George's Park.
Sat 28.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 6-1
Arma bagged another couple as England ran riot at Walsall's Bescot Stadium. He captained the side before being subbed five minutes into the second half.

Red Devil's in the detail:
Not just about 
spending money


Comments by Adam Armstrong concerning his meeting with Wayne Rooney give an insight into the preparation levels that are now the norm at Manchester United. 

The Magpies youngster said of Rooney: 

"I played against him at Old Trafford, and he said he liked the way that I always got across the defenders.

"He said that the Manchester United team had watched me in the clips before the game - that was a massive confidence booster for me to have someone like that say that."

The game Arma refers to is our 1-3 loss at Old Trafford on Boxing Day 2014, when Armstrong was handed his first Premier League start at the age of 17. Despite making only sporadic appearances before that though, the opposition players were briefed on his attributes.  

Speaking to Henry Winter for The Telegraph recently, Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal revealed those preparations:

"The preparation starts with the scout, Paul Brand, who is analysing the opponent, who selects all the images with Marcel Bout, the (opposition) scout. Marcel Bout is always going (to watch the opposition) two weeks in front of the game, because then we are playing the same circumstances, at home or away.

"Then Ryan Giggs is making a presentation for the players out of the images that Marcel Bout and Paul Brand have selected. Then we make a game-plan because of the analysis. Then we discuss the game-plan.

"The next day we have to present it to the players. Giggs is doing that. So, another meeting with the players. They have to look. We explain. Then we go and train the game-plan 11 against 11. Ryan Giggs is coaching the opponent. He has analysed them.

"Albert Stuivenberg has to coach my team. Then we practise different patterns. We film the training session. 

"The next meeting is the ‘unit meeting’: we do defenders, midfielders and forwards. Albert has selected the images of the training but also former matches that explains more of our game-plan.”

"The set-plays: also 25 minutes. Also a meeting. Also I’m checking. Frans Hoek, the goalkeeper trainer, is doing that. Then we pick up the players who have to cover
(mark) the players. 25 minutes.

"In the hotel we have a meeting – again - to give consciousness
(understanding) to what we have to do. 

"Then we have individual meetings. I especially have individual meetings with the players, in the hotel or in my office here. Not with every player - it depends on how they train, how they perform.

"Then the match is coming. I don’t say anything, only one sentence before the match. Then half-time I say what we have to change, or what we have to improve, or I don’t say anything because it was very good. It happens. The day after the match, Albert Stuivenberg has to select video clips again of the match. Then we evaluate the match. I go through the match with Albert.

"Then we have the evaluation
(which is) more long because there are more themes but the analysis is 20 minutes, 25 minutes sometimes. Again a meeting with the players. The staff have to work very hard. The players too. They are not used to that. Most players are intuitive. I want it more with consciousness (awareness) that they are thinking, that they can make decisions on the pitch. They have to think for the team.

"I want my players thinking, reading the game, so they know why they have to change the shape because of something. I want to train my players so that they can make decisions themselves as a team. Otherwise they have to wait until half-time and then maybe we can change something. In a lot of matches that is too late.

"We think that our philosophy can win the game. In England, they are not used to that. That’s why it is taking much more time here."

"Old boy":
Discarded defender receives country call

Having regained the ability to play regular first team football at club level since rejoining Inter Milan, the rehabilitation of Davide Santon has continued with a recall to the Italian national side.

The 24 year-old full back  has been drafted in to the squad for Tuesday's meeting with England in Turin following a number of withdrawals due to injury.

Santon won the last of his eight senior caps against the Netherlands back in February 2013.

Fourth go at Sevens

United have confirmed their participation at the annual Hong Kong Citibank Soccer Sevens event, staged this year between Friday 29th May and Sunday 31st May.

Winning the trophy at their first attempt back in 2012, Peter Beardsley's side were runners-up in 2013 and beaten semi-finalists last year.

Toon pair in 
Rovers tryout

Following confirmation that no new contract offer will be made to him at SJP, Magpies reserve striker Jonathyn Quinn has turned up on trial at Doncaster Rovers.

The 19 year-old didn't have far to travel though for his Rovers debut, playing 90 minutes of a 2-3 reserve defeat by Gateshead at the International Stadium last week. 

Also appearing for Donny in the same game was fellow forward Joe Kerridge, also been released by United.

Home comforts at last

Newcastle U18s  2  Bolton U18s  1

Newcastle's youngsters won their first playoff game at the third attempt on Saturday at a very breezy Little Benton - ending a run of five home defeats stretching back to last year.

Fresh from his success with England's U17s, goalkeeper Paul Woolston was called into action early in the contest to save with his feet when Tyrell Palmer ran onto Danny McKenna's through ball.

United had a great chance to take the lead after 19 minutes when Jamie Cobain put in Luke Charman who was inexplicably hauled down by Tyler Garratt in the box.

However, Kyle Cameron's weak left-footed spot-kick was easily saved by Trotters 'keeper George Dorrington. 

Top scorer Sean Longstaff put United ahead in the first minute of added time at the end of the first period after being played in by Charman. The advancing 'keeper got a touch but couldn't prevent the ball going in.

The Trotters levelled on 53 minutes when Palmer crossed from the right and McKenna unleashed an explosive volley that hit a defender on the line as it flew in.

But back came the young Magpies and regained the lead in the 79th minute when Ben Pollock side-footed into the roof of the net for his first goal at this level, evading a packed defence after a ball from the right reached him.

Woolston, Cobain, Trodd (Drennan 69), Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Suddick (Storey 84), Ward, Charman (Johnson 75), Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Harker, Heaney.

Booked: Holmes.


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Howard's way #4

Regular readers may recall that we've featured the work of crime novelist Howard Linskey previously, as the long-suffering Toon fan and sympathiser has built up his reputation in literary circles.


Now freshly signed to Penguin Books, Linskey's fourth and latest  book "No Name Lane" is out now and moves the action on from Tyneside to include County Durham.


A new cast of characters has been assembled and once again Howard has gone through the back pages of his younger days to appropriate Magpie-related surnames including Carney and Bradshaw.


Howard will be signing copies of "No Name Lane" at Waterstones in Newcastle city centre between 5pm and 6pm on Friday April 10th, but ahead of that we have some signed copies to give away to you lot.

To be in with a chance of winning one, just email us here with the answer to the following question:

The reference to Carney in Howard's new book is in tribute to the sadly deceased Newcastle defender Steve Carney. Which famous non-league side did United acquire Steve from?

Closing date
Tue Mar 31st @ 5.30pm, subject: Lane. No purchase necessary. Prize will be delivered free to any UK address. No age limit or location restriction but free delivery applies to the UK only. Those who choose their own subject line will be disqualified. 


Premier League:
mackems (a)


Sunday sees United attempt to end a six game winless run in Tyne-wear derby fixtures. when they make the short journey to the stadium of plight.

Kick-off is at 4pm and the away allocation is sold out. Away section turnstiles open at 2.30pm.

NUFC are again running buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. Bus tickets need to be pre-booked.

The 152nd competitive meeting of the sides comes with Newcastle having won 53, drawn 49 and lost 49. The mackems have scored one more goal (223 v 222).

Mehdi Abeid and Rolando Aarons may return.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good.

Suspended (and knackered): Papiss Cisse (3 of 7)

Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini (2 of 3)

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds). 

SAFC: Lee Clattermole will be available after suspension.

Taking charge of the mackems is Dick Advocaat, who in his first period as manager of PSV Eindhoven faced Newcastle in the 1997/98 Champions League.

Then as now, United had contrived to leave themselves with few options up front and lost 0-1 in Holland before succumbing 0-2 on Tyneside.

Mike Dean


Special Northern Rail train departs Central to St Peter's at 3.02pm, returning from St Peter's at 6.42pm.

Special Metro services depart Central to St Peter's at 2.39pm and 2.46pm, returning from St. Peter's at 6.27pm and 6.35pm.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Magpies @ monkwearmouth:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Debuchy
2012/13 drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12 won 1-0 R.Taylor
2010/11 drew 1-1 Nolan
2008/09 lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 drew 1-1 Milner
2005/06 won 4-1 Chopra, Shearer(pen), N'Zogbia, Luque
2002/03 won 1-0 Solano
2001/02 won 1-0 Dabizas
2000/01 drew 1-1 A.O'Brien
1999/00 drew 2-2 Domi, Helder

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 04.04.2015:
Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v QPR
Chelsea v Stoke City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 05.04.2015:
Burnley v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.04.2015:
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Tue 07.04.2015:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)

Old boy
Thames path for ex-Mag

Transfer deadline day saw former Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie complete a loan move from Reading to Championship rivals Fulham. 

The 27 year-old left Gallowgate when his contract expired in 2012 for fellow Premier League side Reading, but has endured relegation at the Royals and spells in and out of the team under the management of Brian McDermott, Nigel Adkins and Steve Clarke.

Guthrie - who will become a free agent at the end of the season - is in line to make his Fulham debut on Friday when Brentford visit Craven Cottage.

Contract verdicts
United youngsters 

learn their fate

Confirmation of the players that Newcastle have chosen to sign up and discard from their academy/development squads has now been received as follows:


Professional contracts (4): Tom Heardman, Macaulay Gillesphey, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry.


Released (8): James Atkinson, Ben Drennan, Andy Hall, Joe Kerridge, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Jordan Storey.


Scholar extension (3rd year) (6): Kyle Cameron, Jamie Cobain, Liam Gibson, Adam Laidler, Brendan Pearson, Callum Williams.


Scholar (1st year) (10): Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Shane Donaghy, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Craig Spooner, Callum Smith.


The Borrowers:
Loan lad buries 

Blue Brazil

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Introduced from the bench in the 69th minute of a home game against Cowdenbeath in the SPFL Championship on Saturday, Haris boosted his tally to five by netting in both the 88th and 91st minutes. It finished 4-1 to Rangers.
Next game: Hearts (h) SPFL Championship, Sunday.


Jak Alnwick (Bradford City)
Next game: Chesterfield (h) League One, Tuesday

Adam Campbell (Gateshead)
Next game: Dartford (a) Conference, Tuesday


Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game:
Wolves (h) Championship, Friday

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: Olympique Lyonnais (h) Ligue 1, Saturday


Non League:
Robins off to Wembley

Northern League side North Shields won their FA Vase semi-final second leg 2-0 on Saturday to complete a 3-0 aggregate success and seal a trip to Wembley Stadium.


In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,500 at Daren Persson Stadium, the Robins were frustrated by the wind and Hellenic Premier League side Highworth town until Gareth Bainbridge and Dean Holmes struck in the second half.

Highlights are online here.

Shields will now visit the national stadium for the second time in their history and will come up against Glossop North End in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday May 9th.


The Derbyshire-based side who lost to Whitley Bay in the 2009 Vase Final were beaten 0-1 at home by St Austell, but still advanced thanks to their 2-0 first leg victory.

Fans call for fair share

Thursday saw the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) stage a protest outside the London venue where representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs gathered.

Demonstrating under the motto ‘Share the Wealth’, the protests are aimed at ending unfair practices concerning away ticket pricing and policies, building on the work already done over reciprocal pricing and subsidies.

Copies of this letter were distributed to all clubs present including Newcastle United and added their name to other websites, fanzines, supporter trusts and individual football fans wishing to be represented:

The Premier League has been a phenomenal success story. It is one of the world’s most competitive leagues, with some of the greatest footballing talent in the world playing largely in front of packed crowds generating a vibrant atmosphere. As fans, we appreciate that, and clearly so do the broadcasters, and their audiences of millions domestically and around the world.

As a result, the Premier League’s new TV deal is worth an extraordinary £5.14bn for domestic rights alone – the equivalent of £46 for every ticket sold for every Premier League game.

It is our belief that away supporters make a particular contribution to the spectacle that is Premier League football which has proved so attractive to broadcasters. Away fans generate much of the atmosphere, often sparking the home support into life. They are among the most loyal of supporters, often travelling long distances at difficult times while generally being regular home fans and consumers of merchandise and TV packages too.

Over recent years however there has been a general decline in the numbers of away supporters, and this has much to do with the high price of tickets. This is why the Football Supporters’ Federation has campaigned around the idea of “Twenty’s Plenty”, seeking a maximum ticket price for away fans of £20 a game. We estimate the cost of this to be around £20m a season across the league – a modest figure in the context of the new TV deal.

We welcome the current Away Fans’ Initiative, which has demonstrated that it is possible for clubs to decide to act collectively in the interests of fans, while retaining enough flexibility in implementation at club level. Our general view is that the main focus of this initiative should be in reducing ticket prices for away fans, as irrespective of how they’ve travelled, the one thing every away fan has in common is the purchase of a ticket.

We therefore call for:

An Away Fans Initiative Mark 2, with £1m per club per season set aside primarily to subsidise ticket prices for their away fans

A structured engagement with supporters at every club to consult on how to spend this money

An end to the application of match categorisation to away fans – all away fans to pay Category C prices

No reduction in away ticket allocations or relocation of away fans to inferior accommodation.

FSF Chief Executive - and NUFC fan Kevin Miles said:

"During the past 20 years, football has been flooded with money, delivering huge reward for owners, agents, and players. This time we want to see fans benefit, too.

"This colossal TV deal gives clubs a tremendous opportunity to give something back. They can easily afford to drop ticket prices and make football affordable for all."

Midfielder blighted:
Gael blown out

The strange case of Gael Bigirimana continues to unravel, with the midfielder now admitted that he was medically unfit to play when he joined Rangers on loan due to what is described as a "mystery illness."


That undisclosed condition didn't prevent Bigi playing for Newcastle's U21s earlier this season - although his last senior competitive United appearance came in August 2013 and he hasn't kicked a ball at first team level since the friendly visit to Sheffield Wednesday last July.


However a different set of medical regulations enforced by the Scottish football authorities mean that he's barred from playing for Rangers. The lack of a recall clause in what classified as an overseas loan in effect sidelines Bigi until next season, when the 21 year-old will have two years left on his contract at Gallowgate.


Confirming that situation, a Rangers spokesman cited confidentiality issues in not divulging the exact nature of his ailment, but made no comment on press claims that no medical examination of Bigirimana took place ahead of his loan move to Ibrox - as was also the case with Haris Vuckic, Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson.


The Daily Record asserts that the Ibrox club are paying £1K a week to loan Bigi with the same also due for each of his four Magpie colleagues - a combined bill of £65K.


Clarets prevail

Burnley U21s  4   Newcastle U21s  1


With no competitive game last week, United's second string played a behind closed doors friendly at Burnley's training ground on Tuesday afternoon.


Peter Beardsley's side took an early lead through Alex Gilliead but the Clarets hit back with goals from Ntumba Massanka, Jamie Frost and Kevin Ly before half time.


Massanka then added his second of the game after the break, as Burnley replicated the scoreline that Newcastle had recorded against them on Tyneside back in October.

Charity auction:
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

(Copies of the Who's Who are remain on sale from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, the Evening Chronicle and
local branches of Waterstones bookshop. They can be ordered direct from the publisher here)

Toon talk-ins:
Speakers' Corner

Former Magpies involved at upcoming talk-in events:

Thu 09.04.2015 Chris Waddle
@ Hedworth Hall, South Shields NE33 4EA
£25 (inc. meal) via 0191 456 3112

Sat 11.04.2015 Keith Gillespie
@ Percy Main Cricket Club, North Shields, NE29 6HS
£10 via 07949 334699.

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Tue 21.04.2015 Stuart Pearce
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£30 or £50 (both inc. buffet) via 07951 462431  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (inc. four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events are the following (final lineups tbc): Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright, David Young.

29.04.2015 John Beresford (& Eric Gates)
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT

£15 (£100 for table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN 
£15 (inc. Buffet) via Rob on 07538 291227

Premier League:
Liverpool (a)

The Magpies travel to Anfield on Monday April 13th to face Liverpool in an 8pm kickoff.

to follow.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good.

Suspended: Papiss Cisse (4/ 7), Fabricio Coloccini (3/3)

Paddy Power match betting to follow 

LFC: Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are both banned.


Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (tbc)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

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

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

NUFC will again run buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. 

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 11.04.2015 U18s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 4.

Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now (restricted view). £47 adults, £34.50 over-65s and £15 U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 15.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 18.04.2015 U18s v Arsenal (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 5.

Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), date tbc (in person/by phone) Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.04.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Wed 01.04.2015 (online), Wed 08.04.2015 (in person/by phone).

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ iPro Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 02.05.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 6.

Sat 02.05.2015 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.  Ticket details tbc. NB: fixture may be rescheduled for TV.

Mon 04.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. NB: fixture may be rescheduled for TV.

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, U21 Premier League.

Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. NB: fixture may be rescheduled for TV.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. 

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.

ateshead FC
are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10

Upcoming home league games:

Mon 06.04.2015 Altrincham (3pm)
Sat 18.04.2015 Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.

Upcoming home League game

Sat 04.04.2015
Droylesden (3pm

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
2014/15 match dates:
Fri-Tue 27-31.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
31st March

Born Or Died:

1873 Dave Gardner born, Glasgow.

Scottish international left back signed from Third Lanark who debuted for United in a season-opening 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion in September 1899.

Subsequent moves took him to Grimsby Town and West Ham, before a switch to Croydon Common in 1907 where he later became manager and trainer.

After WW1 Dave became Leicester City trainer, serving the Foxes until his death in 1931 - at a club golf day in Derbyshire. 

1933 Death of Jock Finlay, 40.

1973 Tommy Heron born, Newcastle.

Midfielder/full back who appeared for United at youth and reserve team level. 

Joining the Magpies after leaving Burnside High School in Wallsend on 1989, Tommy's seven goals at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland that year gave him a share of the Golden Boot award.

However, he failed to follow in the footsteps of contemporaries such as Alan Thompson and Lee Makel and left St. James' Park after failing to win a senior deal.

Death of Tot Smith, 70.


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1893 Blyth (a)
Reay 2, Sorley(pen)
scorers tbc
Played at Blagdon Terrace.

1894 Middlesbrough Ironopolis (h)
Crate, Wallace, Law 

1897 Sunderland (h)
Lennox 2, Aitken, Thompson 2(1pen)
Campbell, Morgan 

1899 Everton (h)
Rogers, Aitken(pen)
A Good Friday fixture gap saw this friendly arranged, with Proudfoot putting Everton ahead from distance before Joe Rogers levelled amid strong offside appeals.

In front of a small crowd undeterred by the "rain falling without intermission", Rogers had the ball in the net again but this time was adjudged to have been offside.

United won it from the penalty spot when Andy Aitken beat goalkeeper Muir following Blythe's foul on the lively Rogers.  

Team: Kingsley, Lindsay, Crooke, Ghee, Veitch, Stott, Rogers, Harvey, Reid, Aitken, Wardrope.

1900 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
og(Livesey), Murray, Stevenson, Henderson
There was a debut goal for George Mole on what proved to be his only senior appearance for United.

1902 Sunderland (a)
Division One 

1906 Woolwich Arsenal (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Veitch, Howie 
Held at the Victoria Ground, Stoke.

Semi-final action

1909 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 

1923 Huddersfield Town (a)
Division One 
Brown, W.H.Smith

1928 Burnley (a)
Division One 
Beel 2, Hill, Bruton, Page
Only appearance of Stan Barber, at left half.

1928 While United were going down 5-1 at Turf Moor, Hughie Gallacher was part of the Scotland team who inflicted the same score on England at Wembley. 

Although he failed to score, he played in his part in a wonderful team performance by the team dubbed "the Wembley Wizards."

1934 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
Allen, Pearson
Maw, Lochhead, Paterson

1945 Darlington (a)
Wayman, Carr 2
Newcastle completed a 5-1 aggregate victory over the Quakers in this War Cup tie, with guest playing Eddie Carr contributing a brace.

1951 Fulham (a)
Division One 
1956 Wolves (a)
Division One 
Mullen, Murray

1961 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 0-1 (0-0)
Division One 
Bobby Craig's goal won it for the Owls as relegation for the Magpies began to look like a formality with six games still to play.

1962 Rotherham United (h)
Division Two 
This victory saw fears of demotion to Division Three recede for the Magpies.


1965 6,600 fans were at SJP to see an England Youth XI play out a 1-1 draw with their Scotland counterparts.

Hibernian's Jimmy O'Rourke netted for the Scots, with Sheffield United's Alan Woodward replying.


1973 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
United's hopes of qualifying for Europe took a knock after a third game without a win, although they stayed fifth. 


1975 Queens Park Rangers (h) 2-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Tudor, Macdonald,
Francis(pen), Gillard
A third game of the season against the R's, who had a different manager on each occasion. Dave Sexton's side earned a point through defender Ian Gillard after Tudor and Supermac overturned a 0-1 interval deficit.

1976 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
T.Craig(pen), Gowling
og(Oates)(5), Cherry, Harris 
Graham Oates made his home debut and within five minutes had beaten Newcastle 'keeper Mick Mahoney with an over-hit back pass.

1979 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division Two 
Withe, Shoulder(pen), Nattrass 
Newcastle tasted success on what was their first visit to Boundary Park since 1950.

1982 Crystal Palace (h)
Division Two 
A disappointing result kept United in sixth, but a run of six defeats in seven games ensured a mid-table finish for Cox's Keeganless side. 

1984 Swansea City (h)
Division Two 
Wharton(75), Beardsley(88) 
A win which earned Arthur Cox March manager of the month came after stubborn resistance from the Swans was eventually broken down.

1986 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
Stephenson(10), Gascoigne(35),

A memorable afternoon in the Easter Monday sunshine for Newcastle, with Paul Stephenson netting his first senior goal before crossing for Gazza to head past 'keeper Martin Hodge.

Peter Beardsley crashed home a third at the Gallowgate End before Billy Whitehurst made it four seconds after the restart - having seen an earlier effort harshly disallowed.

1990 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 2-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
Gallacher, Quinn
Following losses at Bradford and Blackburn, United got back to winning ways - and fourth spot in the table.

However it was a long time in coming against the Seagulls, with the home side hitting the woodwork three times. Substitute John Gallacher finally came off the bench to break the deadlock, before Mick Quinn weighed in with a header - his 31st of the season.

1992 Wolves (a)
Division Two 
Quinn(13), Peacock(72)
Mutch(5,10,84), Bennett (25), Cook(48), Bull(87)  
Manager Kevin Keegan showed more fight than his players, being reported to the FA after he berated the linesman for not signalling the fifth Wolves goal offside. Steve Bull only managed one.

1998 Wimbledon (a)
Premier League 
Magpies boss Kenny Daglish made six changes from the side beaten at Southampton, but saw his side extend their winless league run to seven.

Relegation-haunted United rose one place in the table to 15th, ahead of their FA Cup Semi Final against Sheffield United five days later. 

2001 Bradford City (a)
Premier League
Cort(25), Acuña(77)
Wetherall(8), Blake(10pen)
Trailing to two early goals United fought back with a Carl Cort effort before Acuña levelled. Defender Andy O'Brien made his Magpies debut against the club who had just sold him for £2m. match report.

2005 A 1-1 at Moss Lane, Altrincham against Manchester United reserves extended our winless run to nine games. Former mackem David Bellion gave the Reds the lead with a penalty only for Charles N'Zogbia to level. match report

2005 Alan Shearer announced that he had postponed his retirement for another season and would hang up his boots in May 2006.

2006 Newcastle confirmed that midfielder Scott Parker was suffering from glandular fever, after undergoing medical checks.

Manager Glenn Roeder admitted that it would be "difficult" for Parker to play again that season. It was - and he didn't....

2007 Manchester City (h) 0-1 (0-0)

Four league games without a goal and just one point from twelve, plus an UEFA Cup exit meant that mass indifference was the order of the day on Tyneside - although people still attended. 

This game will be remembered as the day that manager Glenn Roeder finally lost the SJP crowd - some weeks after the same thing seemingly happened to his players. match report

2008 A season's best crowd of almost 3,000 fans saw a hard-fought finale to our reserve league season at SJP as Manchester United were held 1-1.

A fine goal on his comeback from Emre gave us a point after the visitors went ahead in the first minute. However both sides were later reduced to ten men, Manchester U's Richard Eckersley shown a straight red after chopping down Kazenga LuaLua in full flight.

The fallout from that saw Newcastle's Wesley Ngo Baheng collect a second yellow card much to his dismay - apparently for an over-zealous attempt to retrieve the ball, during some mass pushing and shoving. match report

2009 SkySportsNews aired unconfirmed reports that Alan Shearer had been appointed as Magpies first team manager for the final eight games of the season.

Proximity to April 1st caused initial scepticism but Sky soon asserted that Shearer would be presented to the media two days later, with other outlets supplying confirmation.


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