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St. James' Park
Saturday 27th August

Kick-off 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Last Match
Newcastle 2
Cheltenham Town 0
EFL Cup Second Round
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Tuesday 23rd August

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The Never-Ending Tour

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Martin Hardy's excellent "Touching Distance" book is now in paperback.

Order from the publisher for just 8.99 including UK postage here




Ticket news:
Brighton (h) Public sale now
Derby (a)

QPR (a) ST holder sale now (0 pts)
Wolves (h) Member sale now

Full back commits

Another day, another contract announcement - this time a new four year deal for Jamie Sterry.

The 20 year-old Tynesider is a product of United's Academy and signed a first professional contract in March 2015 before making his senior debut from the bench against Spurs at Gallowgate back in May.

Right back Sterry then completed 90 minutes against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. He follows Rolando Aarons, Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong in committing his future to United.

Brighton (h)

Saturday sees the Seagulls heading to Tyneside for a 5.30pm kick-off that's televised live on Sky TV.

Tickets remain on public sale, with the visitors taking 2,250 places of which an unspecified number are still available.

NUFC: After suffering head injuries that required them to leave the field on Tuesday, both Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic will sit out this game on medical advice.

Rolando Aarons meanwhile faces at least eight weeks out after scans confirmed that he suffered a fractured metatarsal against Cheltenham Town.

However it's expected that Ayoze Perez will be available to play - with or without his bandage.


Coral rate a home victory at 5/4 but new punters can benefit from an enhanced price of 8/1 (5 maximum stake) with a 5 consolation bet if United fall short.   

Coral's exclusive offer is online here

In the absence of Mitrovic and Gayle the goalscoring burden will fall on Ayoze Perez, with Momo Diame and Matt Ritchie also hopefully wearing their shooting boots against Albion. Here are some selected odds:

Diame first scorer @ 9/1
Ritchie anytime scorer @ 14/5
Perez to score in a 1-0 win @ 22/1

Coral match odds are online here

If you fancy something slightly different, Coral's latest Football Jackpot accumulator offers up to 100K for predicting the outcome of 15 chosen games across the weekend (including NUFC versus Brighton).

Football Jackpot is online here

BHAFC: The Seagulls have injury problems of their own, with a shortage of defensive options and no imminent breakthrough in the transfer market. 

Liam Rosenior is injured Uwe Huenemeier played for the first time in 2016 in Tuesday's EFL Cup win at Oxford - midfielder Rohan Ince deputising in central defence. 

Making a return to their former home are managerial duo Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, plus winger Kazenga LuaLua - who scored his first senior goal for almost 12 months in midweek.

This will be the third time that Hughton has taken a seat in the away dugout since leaving in December 2010. Returning with Norwich City for a 0-1 defeat during September 2012, his Canaries side were then defeated 1-2 on Tyneside just over a year later.

The Seagulls come to SJP unbeaten in six league and cup games so far this season, drawing 0-0 at Derby before recording successive 3-0 home wins over Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United.

While we were winning at Bristol City on Saturday, Brighton shared four goals at Reading.

Recent toon transfer target Anthony Knockeart has netted in each of his last three games, while Glenn Murray has also scored three times this season since rejoining the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth. 

Albion's EFL Cup campaign meanwhile began with a 4-0 home win over Colchester United and continued by beating Oxford United 4-2 on the road.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) officiating in the Championship since back in January 2005, when he debuted by overseeing Brighton beat Watford.

His only previous competitive game involving us was a 0-2 loss at Peterborough United in the 2009/10 League Cup including a red card for Danny Guthrie.

However, we did encounter Stroud last month, when he took charge of our friendly victory at Southend.



There are no trains this Saturday, Sunday and Monday between Benton and Monkseaton in both directions
. Replacement bus service number 900 runs between Four Lane Ends and Monkseaton.

Trains will arrive and leave Benton from platform one; at Monkseaton trains will use platform two. Services are scheduled resume on Tuesday 30 August.

Park & Ride etc: 2016/17 Soccerbus services

Live on Sky Sports

If you're off to see the Tall Ships event in Blyth on Saturday, The Waterloo pub will be showing our match Brighton live on Sky Sports. It's in the town centre at 17 Bondicar Terrace, NE24 2JW.

Channel 5's Championship highlights show airs at 9pm on Saturday, with a repeat at 10.30am on Sunday.

Overseas TV: 
beIN Sports Connect Australia
beIN Sports Connect USA / fuboTV
beIN Sports 13 Middle East
beIN Sports MAX 10 (France)
Digi Sport 2 (Cz)
Eleven Sports Singapore
EuroSport 1 Russia
Nova Sport Bulgaria
sportdigital (Austria/Germany/Swiss)
SportKlub HD Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Although we've twice visited the Amex Stadium for FA Cup ties in recent seasons, this will be the first time Albion have played at SJP since they won 1-0 back in March 1992 to dent our hopes of avoiding demotion to the third tier of English football. 

Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)

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This weekend's Championship fixtures:

Fri 26.08.2016:
Burton Albion v Derby County (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 27.08.2016:
Barnsley v Rotherham United (3pm)
Birmingham City v Norwich City (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Fulham (3pm)
Brentford v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Bristol City v Aston Villa (3pm
Cardiff City v Reading (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Wolves (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Preston North End (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v QPR (3pm)

Seaside specials

If you're planning a visit to the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth from Friday until Monday, sponsors Brinkburn Street Brewery
will be selling bottled beers - including limited edition brews Sailing to Philadelphia Pale Ale & Mason-Dixon Line IPA. 

Both commemorate the Cockfield-born 18th century surveyor Jeremiah Dixon, co-creator of what was named the Mason-Dixon line in the USA.

Please don't 
take me home


That's the message from Gallowgate Flags, who are staging another pre-game display from 5pm in the Gallowgate End this coming Saturday.

Around 10% of the 80 flags that were removed after the Huddersfield were returned, but they stress that all flags are to be left in the ground for future use.

To be involved, email - (if you did so before the Huddersfield game then you should now have received an email).

Remember that these are club-sanctioned but 100% fan-funded, with 7,000 raised by public donation to date. Get more info/donate online here

Flags will be only displayed before the game and won't now be left on seats beforehand - full details of the plans for Saturday are available by emailing above.

Shirt countdown

There's still time to take advantage of the massive 20% off Apple iPad, iPhone and laptop repairs that 
MJS Computers Limited in Ponteland are offering readers during August. 

And in addition to that discount, readers taking up the offer have the chance to win a 2016/17 NUFC home shirt autographed by Rafa Benitez in a free draw.

That draw will be made on Wednesday evening and we'll announce the winner on Thursday. The shop is open as follows between now and then:

Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Bank Holiday Monday
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm

Callouts are excluded from this promotion, only repairs at 30 Merton Way, Ponteland, NE20 9PS count. One entry to the signed shirt draw will be made for each item repaired. MJS website is online here

Bairns up against it

After a win and a draw in their opening two fixtures, United's U18 side are in home action on Saturday, hosting Blackburn Rovers at Little Benton (Noon).

The Rovers youngsters have enjoyed themselves on Tyneside in recent seasons, recording 2-0, 2-0 and 1-0 victories in their last three visits.

Villans visit

Newcastle reserves play their third successive away game in Premier League 2 on Bank Holiday Monday, facing Aston Villa in a 3pm kick-off at Villa Park.

Peter Beardsley's side kicked off with a 3-0 win at Norwich before losing 1-3 to West Ham. Villa meanwhile are winless in their two outings to date, beaten 0-1 by Wolves and drawing 1-1 with Brighton.

The home side confirm that the Trinity Road Stand will be open, with admission by ticket only (2 adults, 1 juniors) - which need to be purchased from a kiosk outside that stand, near the McGregor statue.  

Dutch exodus continues

Thursday saw United confirm Tim Krul's departure to Ajax on a season-long loan deal - after extending his St. James' Park contract by 12 months until Summer 2018. 

Krul moves to the Amsterdam ArenA following Jasper Cillessen's sale to Barcelona, although he's still to make a playing return from the knee injury that has sidelined him since October 2015.

Joining United in 2005 from Dutch side Den Haag, a senior debut came in a UEFA Cup tie at Palermo the following November before a loan move to Falkirk.

Close to signing for Feyenoord in 2008, Krul remained on Tyneside but was loaned to Carlisle United before a domestic bow for Newcastle came from the bench during the opening game of the 2009/10 season.

Taking over as the club's first-choice custodian, his 185th and most recent appearance in our colours was a 1-6 defeat at Manchester ten months ago. 

With Matz Sels, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot all at SJP and Freddie Woodman now on a long-term deal, it remains to be seen whether Krul has played his last game for Newcastle. 

If nothing else though, signing the contract extension means that the 28 year-old retains some value and won't be a free agent at the end of his loan.

It will be interesting to see though whether he can feature regularly in the Eredivisie this season, with recent seasons at United blighted by injuries that sadly appear to have left their mark on the player.   

Krul becomes the third Dutch international to leave Gallowgate this week following on from Siem De Jong and Daryl Janmaat, leaving just Vurnon Anita here.

Transfer tally:

Outbound (14): Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella, Andros Townsend, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Gini Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul.

Inbound (9):  Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin.

Arma stopping 
down the local


Newcastle confirmed on Thursday evening that Adam Armstrong had agreed a new four year contract to remain a Magpie until 2020.  

The England U20 international striker follows Freddie Woodman and Rolando Aarons in signing extensions at the club this month. 

19 year-old Armstrong has been with United for a decade and played the first of his 21 senior games (four starts) in March 2014, days before putting pen to paper on his maiden professional deal.


Moussa Sissoko (France)
Thu 01.09.2016 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Belarus (a) Borisov WCQ

Paul Dummett (Wales)
Mon 05.09.2016 Moldova (h) Cardiff City WCQ

Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley (Scotland)
Sun 04.09.2016 Malta (a) Valletta WCQ


Ciaran Clark (Ireland)
Wed 31.08.2016 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Mon 05.09.2016 Serbia (a) Belgrade WCQ

(Whether Aleksandar Mitrovic is available for the Serbs after his recent concussion
isn't yet known).

Isaac Hayden (England U21)
Tue 06.09.2016 Norway (h) Colchester ECQ

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U20) Sun 04.09.2016 Brazil (h) Kidderminster FR

(There's also a prior BCD game between the two sides at St. Georges Park on a day TBC)

It's....Wolves (h)

United pulled out a fourth consecutive home tie in Wednesday's EFL Cup Third Round draw, being paired with fellow Championship side Wolves.

Ties take place during the week commencing Monday September 19th, meaning that the men from Molineux must visit Tyneside twice in rapid succession - facing us at SJP in a league game on Saturday 17th.

Although we've drawn Wolves six time previously in cup competitions (meeting a total of nine times), all of those meetings came in the FA Cup.

EFL Cup Third Round:

Tue 20.09.2016:
Leicester City v Chelsea Sky

Wed 21.09.2016:
Northampton Town v Manchester United Sky

Date tbc:
Bournemouth v Preston North End
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Derby County v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Fulham v Bristol City
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United v Wolves
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
QPR v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Hull City
Swansea City v Manchester City
Spurs v Gillingham
West Ham v Accrington Stanley

Over here

Newcastle's ninth senior signing of the summer was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, with 23 year-old US international right back DeAndre Yedlin joining from Spurs for a claimed 5m.

Yedlin watched United progress in the EFL Cup from the SJP Directors' Box (below) on Tuesday, before completing the formalities of a five year contract.

The player made just one senior appearance for Spurs after arriving from Seattle Sounders in 2014 but played 25 times for the mackems while on loan there last season, including both derby matches. He's made 39 appearances for his country. 

Confirmation of his squad number is awaited.

Road trip for DJ

Widely tipped to be among the first players to depart following our relegation but featuring in the opening two Championship games, Daryl Janmaat's time at Newcastle has now come to an end.

The 27 year-old full back was linked with a move to Watford in July but looked to have held on for other offers - with the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli and West Ham credited with interest in signing him.

With just a week to go before the transfer window closes though, Janmaat has now succumbed to the bright lights of Hertfordshire and a 7.5m switch to Vicarage Road was finalised on Wednesday.

Like the decision Andros Townsend made to sign for Crystal Palace, we're bemused by exactly what the player thinks they are gaining by going there - aside from a nice little earner for them and their agent. 

If nothing else, Janmaat hasn't been bleating about wanting to move in public and played on through our pre-season and the first two competitive games.  

Along with Gini Wijnaldum though, failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals meant there was nothing stopping him from starting pre-season with his colleagues.

(Selhurst Park 2016/17 capacity 25,465 + Watford 2016/17 capacity 21,438 = 46,903. Attendance at Janmaat's final game NUFC v Huddersfield? 52,079)

The Dutch international moved to United from Feyenoord ahead of the 2014/15 season for a rumoured 5m, replacing Mathieu Debuchy.

77 outings in all competitions followed, with three of his four goals coming in the Premier League - including our last one in that competition against Spurs.

Dismissals at Swansea and Leicester were both deserved and while Mike Williamson was criticised by interim boss John Carver for his red card against the Foxes in the same game, our view of Janmaat's was that the full back got himself sent off. 

Our 0-3 defeat at Southampton last April also won't count among his best moments in a Newcastle shirt - letting the Saints in to score and then claiming it was because of injury, before damaging a hand punching something inanimate in the dressing room.

Whatever the circumstances of his injury, Janmaat missed the next six games before returning for the season closer - by which time we'd been relegated.

'Nam victory secured


Newcastle  2  Cheltenham Town  0


Match footage is online here

Match report

Old boy:
Gulag Mag

Ex-Magpie Gabriel Obertan has found himself a new club, signing a two year deal with Russian Premier League side Anji Makhachkala.

The 27 year-old Frenchman ended his five year stint with United in the summer when his contract expired and has now signed for the side he faced during our 2012/13 Europa League campaign. 


Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Lorient (h) Ligue 1, Friday

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Gillingham (h) League One, Saturday

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Barnet (a) League Two, Saturday

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Cheltenham Town, League Two, Saturday

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Grasshopper (a) Super League, Sunday 

Siem De Jong
(PSV Eindhoven)
FC Groningen (h) Eredivisie, Sunday

Tim Krul (Ajax)
Go Ahead Eagles (a) Eredivisie, Sunday

Henri Saivet (St. Etienne)
Toulouse (h) Ligue 1, Sunday

Claret & Blue Monday

West Ham Res  3  Newcastle Res  1

Match footage is online here

Match report

Gayle four-ce!

Bristol City 0  Newcastle  1

Watch Gayle's goal online here

Match report

Derby County (a)

Following the international break, Newcastle return to Championship action on Saturday September 10th, heading to the iPro Arena for a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Magpies have sold their 3,200 allocation. 

To follow

Where: iPro Stadium DE24 8XL (33,597)
Nearest railway station: Derby (0.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 335 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow.

Former Newcastle coach and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson is in charge of the home side.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

QPR (a)

Newcastle's second away game in four days takes them to West London on Tuesday September 13th for a 7.45pm kick-off at Loftus Road.

The Magpies have been allocated 1,800 places. 

To follow

Where: Loftus Road W12 7PJ (18,360)
Nearest railway station: Shepherds Bush (1 mile)
Nearest tube station: White City (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 566 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow

QPRFC: Managing the R's is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while Les Ferdinand has the Director of Football role and James Perch remains on the playing staff.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

From NUFC:

"Newcastle United have written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates of its ticketing system are now complete.

"From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of their season ticket.

"The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details of how this payment will be made very shortly.

"Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total final saving of 10%.

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 would 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

Sat 27.08.2016 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sat 27.08.2016 Brighton (h)
@ SJP, 5.30pm. Championship. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports. NB: No metro service between Benton and Monkseaton.

Mon 29.08.2016 Res v Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League 2.
NB: New kick-off time.

Sat 10.09.2016 U18s v mackems (a)
@ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a)
@ iPro Stadium, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 3,200)

Mon 12.09.2016 Res v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 13.09.2016 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 7.45pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale (if any) Tue 30.08.2016. Prices: 34 & 29 adults, 24 & 20 over-60s / 18-21s, 17 & 14 U18s. U8s free entry when bought with 29 adult seat. Allocation: 1,800 (approx 550 are restricted view and carry a slightly reduced price.) 

Sat 17.09.2016 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.09.2016 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale from Mon 29.08.2016 (online), Mon 05.09.2016 (by phone/in person).

Mon 19.09.2016 Res v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2.

w/c Mon 19.09.2016 Wolves (h)
@ SJP, KO tbc. EFL Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 24.09.2016 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 26.09.2016 Res v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Wed 28.09.2016 Norwich City (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

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

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from 10 adults & 5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sat 27.08.2016
Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sat 26.11.2016)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

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

United declined an invitation to enter a team in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town v Heaton Stannington
Ashington v Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Metro line closures 2016:

Central Metro station will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday as follows:

03.09.2016 & 04.09.2016 (no NUFC game)
17.09.2016 & 18.09.2016 (Wolves h)
23.09.2016 & 24.09.2016 (Villa a)
01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
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
26th August

Born Or Died:

1884 William Hampson born, Radcliffe, Manchester. (1914-27)

Defender signed from Norwich City who featured for the Magpies before and after the break in league football due to WW1.

Part of Newcastle's 1924 FA Cup winning side, Billy made two appearances in the title- winning season of 1926/27, later moving on to South Shields.

A managerial career began at Carlisle in 1930, with a later stint in charge of Ashington before serving 12 years at Leeds United up to 1947 - after which Hampson was appointed their chief scout.

Billy died in Congleton, Cheshire in 1966. 

1893 George Pyke born, Gateshead.

Centre forward signed by Newcastle for the princely sum of 20 from Rutherford College in the city.

Joining the 17th Service (Football) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, George saw action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, resuming his playing career thereafter.

Making his first team debut in 1919, he failed to find the net in three games that season, but scored twice in a 3-0 victory at Sheffield United in his first outing of the next season.

Only one more goal followed though, as he failed to dislodge Neil Harris from the number nine shirt and moved on to Blyth Spartans ahead of the 1922/23 season.

George passed away in March 1977 at the age of 83.

1910 Thomas Wilfred Feeney born, Grangetown, Middlesbrough. (1930-32)

Inside left who was playing for Whitby United when Newcastle signed him as cover midway through the 1930/31 season.

Making his debut in a 2-2 home draw with West Ham in January 1932, Feeney's only toon goal was in a 1-2 loss at hometown club Middlesbrough the following month.

Joining Notts County in the summer of 1932, Wilf later played for Lincoln City, Stockport County, Halifax and Chester, ending his playing career in 1939 at Darlington.

Feeney died in 1973 on Teesside.

1938 Bryan Harvey born, Stepney.

Goalkeeper signed from Wisbech Town and given his chance within a month of signing, in place of Stewart Mitchell - who himself was deputising for Newcastle's first-choice custodian Ronnie Simpson.

Debuting in a 3-1 home win over Wolves, Bryan retained his place in the side until the closing weeks of the 1960/61 season, when new signing Dave Hollins took over but couldn't prevent relegation. 

Bryan moved on and signed for Cambridge City before returning to league football with Blackpool and later, Northampton Town.

Saving six penalties in season 1964/65 (two in the same game) Harvey helped the Cobblers gain promotion to Division One, along with Newcastle.

Later struggling with injury (breaking two fingers), Harvey exited the County Ground in 1968 in favour of Kettering Town.

Worked at a chemical factory after ending his playing days, Bryan remained living in Northampton and died in April 2006.


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1922 Everton (h) 
Division One
McDonald 2 
39-year-old Sandy Mutch made his debut on the first day of the season, and shared goalkeeping duties with Bill Bradley as United eventually finished fourth in Division One.

1933 Portsmouth (h) 
Division One 
Allen, Lang 
Weddle, Rutherford

1939 Millwall (a) 
Division Two 
Brolly, Richardson 2
This was the first of only three games played in the 1939/40 season, after which league football was cancelled due to a rather bigger European fixture.

1944 Gateshead (a)

Stubbins, Carr
J.Callendar 2

1950 Everton (h) 
Division One 
Future Toffees boss Harry Catterick was on target for the visitors as United were held 1-1 at home for the second time in four days.

1953 Liverpool (a) 
Division One 
Davies, Hannah
Baron 2 
Inside forward Kevin Baron hit both goals for the home side, who included future boss Bob Paisley in their XI.

1959 Birmingham City (a)
Division One 
Eastham 2 (2pens), White
Stubbs, Gordon, Orritt, Hooper(pen) 
Three ahead at the break, City made it 4-0 before George Eastham netted two quick penalties. Len White further reduced the arrears, but United couldn't find an equaliser.

1961 Preston North End (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two 
United's extended their unbeaten start to the season to three games - and three clean sheets for 'keeper Dave Hollins.

1963 Middlesbrough (a) 0-3 (0-3)
Division Two 
Gibson, Kaye 2
An Arthur Kaye brace and one from Ian Gibson accounted for the Magpies at Ayresome Park.

1967 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Hateley(8,47,75), Hughes(30), Hunt(41,87)
This comprehensive clumping at Anfield saw both Emlyn Hughes and Tony Hateley score their first Liverpool goals - the latter going on to claim a treble.

1970 Nottingham Forest (h) 1-1 (0-1)
Division One 
The eighth and last goal of John McNamee's time in a black and white shirt earned Joe Harvey's side a point against a Forest side who were managed by Matt Gillies.

1972 lpswich Town (h)
Division One 
Lambert(23), Viljoen(36)
Despite a fourth goal in as many games for Malcolm Macdonald, United were beaten on home soil by Bobby Robson's side for the second time in just five months.

1978 Luton Town (h)
Division Two 
A debut for new 200K signing Peter Withe coincided with Newcastle's first win of the season - at the third attempt.

1985 Coventry City (a) 2-1 (0-0)
Division One 
Reilly(87), Stewart(90)
The late show, Highfield Road style as Terry Gibson's effort for the Sky Blues provoked George Reilly into an equaliser, before Ian Stewart found a late winner. 

The West Midlands Constabulary were in fine form, ejecting numerous travelling fans for the heinous crime of not wearing shirts.

1989 Leicester City (a) 
Division Two 
Quinn(39), Gallacher(55) 
McAllister(27), Spearing(60)

After United's eye-catching 5-2 open day win over Leeds, both scorers were on the mark again at Filbert Street.

Magpies boss Jim Smith handed a debut to Mark Stimson, who appeared at left back in place of Paul Sweeney.

2000 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Speed(9), Cordone(66)
After a midweek win over Derby at the rebuilt SJP, George Graham's Cockerels were next to succumb. 

United featuring substitute James Coppinger for the final 11 minutes of this game, which proved to be the sum total of his senior competitive career at the club. match report 

2001 mackems (h) 
Alan Shearer made his comeback from injury as a second half sub on a day when Peter Reid's side somehow escaped with a point, despite being almost totally outplayed. Chief culprit for United was Nolberto Solano, who missed four noteworthy opportunities. match report

2003 It was a case of red shirts and red faces for Newcastle reserves, who wore an unfamiliar red & black combination as they went down 3-1 at Hartlepool United.

Made up of the away shorts and socks plus plus the home side's away top (above), this was at the request of the referee, in view of the fact him and his officials wore black - the same colour as Newcastle's change kit.

Carl Cort got our goal but by then we were already 3-0 behind, thanks to strikes from David Foley and Jermaine Easter (2). match report

2004 A young United reserve side hit double figures in a pre-season friendly against West Allotment Celtic, scoring five in both halves.

Kris Gate, Lewis Guy (2), Martin Brittain and Guy Bates netted before the interval. Guy grabbing three more in the second half, along with Danny Howe and Darryl Smylie goals.

2005 Albert Luque Martos became a Magpie, as the club took their summer transfer spending over the 20m mark.

The Barcelona-born 27 year-old signed a five year deal with the Magpies. The fee quoted by various media sources was around 14m / 9.5m, although it turned out to be an incredible 11.4m.

Two years later and the Spaniard slunk out of the backdoor to Ajax for next to nothing - a damning indictment of the Shepherd/ Souness transfer era.

2007 Middlesbrough (a) 2-2 (1-1)
Premier League

N'Zogbia(22), Viduka(77)
Mido(28), Arca(80)

Sam Allardyce's Magpies preserved their unbeaten start to the season but were twice pegged back and lost Stephen Carr to injury within five minutes.

Fellow defender Peter Ramage then limped off after the interval, on a day when owner Mike Ashley appeared for the first time clad in a black and white shirt - in the Directors box.

The scorer of Boro's opener also received some barracking from the away fans, which gave certain journalists ammunition to label them as "Islamophobic" and urge anyone who would listen that "something must be done." match report

2008 Coventry City (a)
3-2 (aet), 2-2
Carling Cup Second Round
N'Zogbia(21), Milner(38), Owen(97)
Morrison(45+1), Dann(90+4)
A debut for Sebastien Bassong and a first outing to the Ricoh Arena ended with Michael Owen's extra-time winner - although storm clouds were beginning to gather...

United's first two goals looked like own goals but were credited to two Magpies who would be on their way.

N'Zogbia would leave for Wigan in the January 2009 transfer window, citing JFK's infamous "insomnia" mispronunciation of his name as the final straw.

The departure of Milner to Aston Villa was rather more rapid, with Martin O'Neill in the stands watching the winger in what proved to be his final game in a Newcastle shirt.

United boss Kevin Keegan was advised after the final whistle that Villa's 12m offer had been accepted - and conducted post-match interviews with a disconsolate expression on his face. Within a week he himself had gone. match report

2009 Huddersfield Town (h) 4-3 (1-2)
Carling Cup 2nd Round
Guthrie(36), Geremi(48), Ameobi(64pen), Nolan(84)
Robinson(37,39pen), Rhodes(47)

An entertaining night at SJP saw Newcastle retain their undefeated record for the season, coming from behind to beat Lee Clark's Terriers. match report

2011 QPR concluded the free transfer signing of United midfielder Joey Barton, who moved to Loftus Road on a four year deal.

With his registration not concluded in time to face Wigan, he was set to debut at Loftus Road on Monday September 12th - against Newcastle, live on Sky. Fancy that.

2014 Gillingham (a)
Capital One Cup 2nd Round
Our first visit to Priestfield since 1976 ended well, with
a no-frills win courtesy of an own goal.

Ex-mackem defender, John Egan, deflected a Gabriel Obertan cross past his own 'keeper to settle a tie that we rarely looked in any danger of not winning in 90 minutes. match report