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More Metro misery
fans heading to Gallowgate on Saturday:
The scheduled metro closure between Tynemouth and Byker has been extended
and there will now be no service between Tynemouth and St James
in both directions all day.
Replacement bus service 900 will operate between all affected stations but
leave extra time for your journey or find an alternative route if possible.
Another scheduled Metro closure on Sunday May 13th will also affect fans going
to and from the Chelsea home game, with no metro service between Monkseaton and St James in either
direction all day.
details of both closures are online here
Unstuck by Toffees
and Theo again
1 Newcastle 0
Newcastle's winning run came to an end in familiar fashion at Goodison Park on Monday
night and once again Theo Walcott found the back of our net as he grabbed the only
goal of what was a poor game.
marked his 100th game in charge by unfortunately replicating the scoreline of
his maiden outing at Leicester City - also on a Monday night.
However the black and whites did have some chances
near the end to pinch a point, substitute Dwight Gayle going close deep into
But it was a disappointing display from United, Islam
Slimani's first start failing to provide him with a goal,
although a simple pass from Ayoze Perez pass could have done just that in the 38th minute.
Kenedy had blocked a Jordan Pickford clearance but Perez's ball to an
unmarked Slimani was wayward and our best chance of the half went begging.
Cenk Tosun and Phil Jagielka had close range efforts off target in a first
45 minutes of few clear chances.
The winner came six minutes after the break when Yannick Bolasie's
high cross to the far post wasn't dealt with twice by DeAndre Yedlin and
Walcott was able to waltz inside before driving it into the roof of
That followed a Perez chance when he was put through on the left side of the
box only to take an extra touch and snatch at his shot that flew off target.
Gayle replaced Slimani just after the hour and within a minute the
substitute volleyed narrowly over when Jamaal Lascelles headed a Jonjo
Shelvey corner into the six yard box.
Perez flicked a header on target from Kenedy's cross and Matt Ritchie
put a free-kick just over the bar after Gayle was brought down near the
edge of the penalty area.
Michael Keane was lucky just to receive a yellow for the foul and then
should have had another booking for tripping Gayle down the right wing. That
was shortly after hopeless referee Bobby Madley failed to award a spot-kick for a
But in the sixth minute of added time Gayle was inches away from meeting a
cross from the right but Seamus Coleman made a vital headed clearance to
seal the win for his side.
The defeat left Newcastle in tenth spot and still not quite mathematically
safe, with but genuine hope of achieving a first top half finish since 2014.
Full match report to follow.
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune,
Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 79), Diame, Shelvey (Merino 83), Kenedy, Perez, Slimani
Subs n/u: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden.
EFC: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines,
Schneiderlin (Davies 52),
Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Tosun (Niasse
85), Bolasie (Calvert-Lewin
Subs n/u: Robles, Martina, Baningime, Mori.
Goals: Walcott 51.
Crowd: 39,061, including a not sold-out
away allocation of 3,000 who gave former mackem 'keeper Pickford and ex-mackem
boss Sam Allardyce constant barracking. The custodian responded with an
added time "shush".
The departure of the red and whites to League One was inevitably
celebrated - mercifully leaving no room for tedious extracts from the
merseyside songbook and mentions of stereos, signing on and feeding scousers.
Given the antiquity of the away stand and the small catering facilities
therein, the issue of free refreshment vouchers to Toon fans to compensate for
moving the game was always likely to be problematic - and so it proved,
Toffees staff totally unprepared and initially refusing to accept said
After the game Rafa said:
"We didn't take our chances and that is the difference when you have
Walcott or Rooney or players on these wages that can make a difference.
"We did really well to be here to play against this team. To expect that we
have to beat them easily is impossible.
"They have very good players and they can make the difference. We battled
and we fought until the end so we had the chance to draw, but we lost
against a good team and that's it.
"The difference is they have players with experience in the Premier League.
I don't know how much they have spent this year, but it is very simple.
"To come here and expect we have to better than them because we were doing
well is not easy. Normally if you go away against these kind of players and
these kind of teams, it is not easy to get anything.
"We are really strong. To stay in the Premier League was the target and we
are really pleased with that.
"We will try to do better if we can but today, we knew it would be a
difficult game against a very good team, but still we had our chances and
now we have to be ready for the next one."
Madley - first Toon game this season for the West Yorkshire-based official and
hopefully the last. Ever.
Madley remains infamous for awarding a penalty against us and dismissing
Fabricio Coloccini at the mackems in October 2015 - the red card later
Two and a half years on he's no better, making a series of incorrect calls
when free kicks and yellow cards were apparently inevitable and also joining
many other refs in ducking out from awarding an old-fashioned drop ball.
The simple act of awarding a foul seemed to be beyond him, with one obvious
assault on Florian Lejeune not punished and then a failure to blow for two
separate Everton fouls resulting in the Kenedy booking.
Things became farcical in the 87th minute, when he failed to penalise a
Jagielka handball in the box but quickly before repeatedly mouthing "I'm
sorry" at the Newcastle players who berated him - while presumably
getting confirmation of the offence in his lughole.
Rafa Benitez took charge of
Newcastle for the 100th competitive fixture since arriving in March 2016.
Sadly though he was unable to add to his tally of 48 victories or 21 draws,
this his 31st defeat.
With two games still to play away from Gallowgate, Newcastle's current tally
of 16 points on the road is already superior to that gained in eight of their
19 Premier League seasons comprising of 38 games.
It's now five games since United last netted against Everton and 482
minutes since Jack Colback beat Joel Robles during a 3-2 win at SJP in
While attention inevitably focused on whether Wayne Rooney would add to his 15
career goals against Newcastle, another repeat offender did the damage.
Theo Walcott found the Magpies net for the seventh time, the first six
of which came for Arsenal. The last one of those had come back in December
United's wait for a top-flight point on a Monday may have been ended by
success at Stoke on the first day of 2018, but that was an afternoon kick-off.
In terms of Monday nights, it's now nine successive defeats in the
Dec 2012 Wigan (h) won 3-0
Dec 2012 Fulham (a) lost 1-2
Aug 2013 Man City (a) lost 0-4
Sep 2013 Everton (a) lost 2-3
Apr 2014 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
Sep 2014 Stoke City (a) lost 0-1
Apr 2015 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
Sep 2015 West Ham (a) lost 0-2
Mar 2016 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
Apr 2018 Everton (a) lost 0-1
(NB: we did win on a Monday night last season in the Championship, beating
Aston Villa 2-0 at SJP).
Toon at Goodison - Premier League era:
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Lost 0-3
2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer 2 pens
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Spurs
Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United
Burnley 1-2 Chelsea
Leicester City 0-0 Southampton
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
Stoke City 1-1 Burnley
Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City
Everton 1-0 Newcastle
Update: Aarons entered a guilty plea to the
lesser charge of affray on Tuesday and was given bail. Sentencing will take
place on May 22nd.
a 1-3 defeat at Genoa on Monday made relegation from
Serie A increasingly likely
for Hellas Verona, with loan signing Rolando Aarons nowhere to be seen.
The Hellas website confirmed that the winger was back in England "for
personal reasons", but in reality he was appearing at Newcastle Crown
Court on Tuesday to answer a charge of violent disorder.
Aarons was one of six men charged with that offence following an alleged brawl
in Livellos back in 2016.
The 22 year-old moved to the Serie A side on loan in January but struggled to make any
impact and to date has played just eight times without finding the net.
Promotion from League One was confirmed for Tony Mowbray's side on Tuesday
following a 1-0 win at Doncaster Rovers. Arma played for 79 minutes.
A 3-0 home success over Barnsley in the Championship on Tuesday night was
achieved with Colback remaining unused on the subs bench.
City's recent renaissance continued with a 2-0 home success over MK Dons in
League One on Tuesday. Gilliead kept his place in the side and was replaced in
the 92nd minute.
mackems (h) Championship, Friday.
Hearts (h) Scottish Premiership, Friday.
MK Dons (a) League One, Saturday.
Shrewsbury Town (h) League One, Saturday.
Crawley Town (a) League Two, Saturday.
Hibernian (a) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.
(Queen of the South)
Brechin City (a) Scottish Championship, Saturday.
Gencerbirligi (h) Super Lig, Saturday.
Sporting Charleroi (h) Belgian League playoffs, Sunday.
Relegation from Serie A looks increasingly likely for Verona, who lost
1-3 at Genoa on Monday night.
The winger wasn't involved, having returned to England "for personal
reasons" - namely a court appearance.
Newcastle U23s 1 Fulham U23s 1
U23s were denied a third successive league victory by a late equaliser in
their final Premier League 2 Division Two game of the season on Monday.
Their opponents on the Academy pitches at Little Benton were a Fulham side
needing three points to retain any hope of a promotion playoff place.
Thomas Allan was a late replacement for Luke Charman in the starting line-up
and it was the young striker who
almost gave United the lead in the ninth minute, a low centre from Callum
Roberts left flashing across the six yard box just
evading Allan at the far post.
United's next chance came in the 23rd minute when a Roberts free-kick just
outside the box struck the defensive wall and Macaulay Gillesphey
headed it back in for Stefan O'Connor to loop his header just wide.
Ten minutes later Fulham had the ball in the net but Elijam Adebayo's effort
was ruled out as Cameron Thompson had run the ball out before crossing.
The Cottagers came close to a breakthrough just on half time,
Gillesphey hacking Jaydn Mundle-Smith’s shot clear of the six yard box as Sonny Hilton
Both sides were affected by the blustery conditions on an exposed pitch and
although resuming with the wind in their favour, Newcastle still made little
However the deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute when a Fulham error
allowed Allen and Adam Wilson sight of goal.
The latter had an effort blocked by the goalkeeper but substitute Dan Ward followed up to hammer home the opener.
That looked like the clincher but the visitors pushed on strongly in the
closing stages and equalised during the second minute of five added on - Tayo
Edun beating Nathan Harker with a low shot from the edge of the area that
went through a crowd of players.
Despite being forced to settle for a point, the black and whites managed to
move up a place in the final league table - finishing tenth in a twelve team
league with 21 points (six wins and three draws).
That's a noticeable decline from last season, when a third place finish (and
eventual playoff final defeat) brought them 37 points via 11 wins and four
Soberingly, seven of the nine teams above them this season came from current
Blackburn Rovers gain promotion as champions, with Aston Villa, Brighton, Boro
and Reading involved in playoffs for the second spot in Division One.
Dropping into Division Two - and facing Newcastle next season - will be
Manchester United and the mackems.
Team: Harker, Bailey, Gillesphey, O'Connor, Yarney, Good, Roberts (El-Mhanni
81), Hunter (Ward 63), Allan, Barlaser, Wilson.
Subs n/u: Sangare, Huuhtanen.
FFC: Norman, Sessegnon, Mundle-Smith (De-Havilland 46), Edln,
Davies, Atkinson, Hilton, Harris, Adebayo, Thompson, Thorsteinsson.
Subs n/u: Schwarzer, Davis, Santos-Clase.
The U23s will now conclude their season by bidding to regain ownership of the Northumberland
Senior Cup Final trophy they last held in 2014.
Their opponents at SJP on Wednesday May
2nd will be a Morpeth Town side assured of promotion from the Northern League and
still in contention for the title.
The tie will kick off at 7.30pm and admission is £7 adults and £3 concessions, payable at East Stand
turnstiles. Season tickets and memberships won't be valid - it's an "all
the gloat comes in:
Our red and white chums will be playing third tier football next season for
the second time in their history, after a trademark implosion on Saturday.
1-0 up against fellow relegation strugglers Burton Albion at the renamed
Bungalow of Light, former mackem Darren Bent equalised in the 86th minute.
Had that been the final score then both sides would have had a stay of
execution, but the Brewers hadn't finished and Liam Boyce conjured up a 92nd
minute winner for wearside-born Nigel Clough's side.
And in yet another twist, their second successive demotion was only confirmed
after referee Darren England initially allowed a 96th minute equaliser -
before changing his mind and ruling it out for handball.
Burton still have to host Bolton Wanderers, meaning that one of them must
reach 41 points and so the defeat condemns the unwashed to League One, where
trips to Doncaster, Fleetwood and Accrington await.
It's less than 24 months since Fat Sam did his best silverback impression on
the pitch at the SoS after beating Everton to relegate us. Who would have
believed that we would be two tiers above them so soon?! What goes around,
Netflix anticipate record subscriptions in NE postcodes for their documentary
about the mackems, while our only regret is that they've gone too early, thus
depriving Aleksandar Mitrovic of the chance to put them down live on Sky Sports this Friday night.
A suitably named ale
- brewed in Burton....
Stoke City U18s 2
Newcastle U18s 0
Newcastle's U18 side
ended their away league fixture programme on Saturday morning by losing to the Potters
Clayton Wood home.
Having conceded ten goals in their last two games on the road, Dave Watson's
side were quickly behind as James Jennings struck after just six minutes of
City then doubled their advantage through Joel Mvovi's 21st minute effort
before Magpies 'keeper Dan Langley blocked another effort from Jennings with
A fractious finale saw no less than five bookings and a straight red shown to
Stoke's Lewis Macari (grandson of Lou) for his challenge on Oliver Walters in
the fifth minute of added time.
Team: Langley, Joyce, Walters, Longstaff, Cass, McEntee, Kasinga,
Young, Sorensen, Watts, Cole.
Subs n/u: Brown, Swailes, L.Gamblin, Rounsfell.
Booked: Cole, Walters
The curtain comes down on Newcastle's campaign with this Friday's rearranged home
fixture against Boro - which is a 11am kick-off at Little
Benton (not 1pm as was previously announced by the Premier League).
The death of former Newcastle
United striker Roy Bentley
was confirmed on Friday, a month before what would have been his 94th
The Bristolian began his career as a centre half with Bristol Rovers, Bristol
City and Liverpool but had converted to a striker by the time he moved to
Tyneside in June 1946.
An immediate hit at SJP with 25 goals in 54 league and cup appearances, he
left abruptly during January 1948 and joined Chelsea for a £12,500 fee.
Capped by England, Roy was a prolific scorer for the Blues and his eventual
total of 150 strikes puts him fifth in their all-time scorers list, behind
Didier Drogba, Kerry Dixon, Bobby Tambling and Frank Lampard.
Leaving a year later and playing for Fulham and QPR, Bentley later managed
both Reading and Swansea.
May 2011 found him receiving warm applause from both Chelsea and Newcastle
fans when introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd before the teams met.
A quartet of former
Magpies are heading to Newcastle City Hall next month for a special talk-in
event on the final weekend of the season.
Boasting a combined tally of over 1,200 games for the club plus 241
international caps, Keith Gillespie, Shay Given and Rob Lee will be in
conversation with MC John Beresford on Friday May 11th.
Three categories of tickets are on sale here
for this Legends event, with entry from £35.50, a £55.50 Gold option
including entry and signed copy of Shay Given's book and a £69.50 VIP option
including entry, a Given book and a pre-show meet & greet with the lads.
Thanks to promoters Floodlight Entertainment, we had a pair of VIP
tickets to give away and asked which much-travelled Magpies defender is behind Shay at White Hart Lane
was of course Peter Ramage and from the correct entries received, Scott
Elliot from Consett was selected as the winner. Thanks to all who
Newcastle U23s 2 Aston Villa U23s 0
Newcastle 2 Arsenal
return to HK:
a one year absence, a Newcastle U21 squad will return to Hong Kong next month
to compete in the annual Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament.
The Magpies brought home the trophy at the first time of asking back in 2012
and this year will be the sixth time that they've participated in the event,
staged between May 18th and 20th.
Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley will once again stage the tournament
and United have been drawn in Group C along with the hosts HKFC, Glasgow
Rangers and Australian side Newcastle Jets.
Also featuring in the 16 team event are teams from West Ham, Aston Villa,
Brighton and Leicester City.
PS: There's also a Masters event, with the region represented by a
Wallsend Boys Club squad featuring various former Magpies including Michael
Following the success of
previous gatherings of former Magpies, the 2018 Toon Legends Club Dinner
at the Village Hotel on Saturday May 12th
Guest speaker is Rob Lee and in attendance will be:
Tommy Cassidy, Frank Clark, John Cowan, Tommy Craig, John Craggs, George
Dalton, Keith Dyson, Ray Ellison, Bert Garrow, Chris Guthrie, Ron Guthrie,
Gordon Hindson, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Keith Kennedy, Ron McGarry, Jon
McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Jimmy Smith, Graham
Winstanley and Charlie Woods.
There's also a reunion of the 1969
international youth cup winning team with the following also present:
Bob Agar, Dave Clarke, Chris Coppen, David Crane, Ian Crumplin, David
Embleton, Stuart Fellows, Terry Harrison, Kenny Heslop, Ian Hopkinson, Terry
Johnson, David Lawson, Paddy Lowery, Artie Lumsden, Colin Mather, Les O'Neill,
Jimmy Sutton, David Tolson, Ian Watts & coach Keith
Tickets are £50 including
a three course meal (£450 for a table of 10). Details from Daniel on 07786
The Village Hotel is just off the A19 at West Allotment, close to Silverlink /
The "other" boys of 1969 (pictured above) lifted silverware at the
De Kuip home of Feyenoord after beating Arsenal 2-0 in the final.
Their route to the final included wins over Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles,
Belgians Beerschott and a draw against a Spurs side featuring a certain Graeme
Saturday sees Newcastle
host a Baggies side who will be relegated from the Premier League if they fail
to win at St. James' Park.
It's an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff and a sell-out.
match betting will appear here
WBAFC: To follow
Overseas TV: To
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
There will be no metro service between Tynemouth and
St James in either
direction all day (extended from the original Tynemouth to Byker
Replacement bus 900 operates between affected
around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final
whistle, with barriers closed at these junctions:
Strawberry Place/Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place/Barrack Road
Strawberry Place/St James Street
Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period, additionally
closing from 12.30pm.
Pizza Express on Dean
Street are offering anyone with a
valid match ticket a 30% reduction on their total food bill
before and after the game. Only
one match ticket is required for a full table to qualify.
Baggies in Toon -
2015/16 won 1-0 Mitrovic
2014/15 drew 1-1 Perez
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2
Premier League fixtures:
Liverpool v Stoke City (12.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Leicester City (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Everton (3pm)
Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Southampton v Bournemouth (3pm)
Swansea City v Chelsea (5.30pm) BT
West Ham v Manchester City (2.15pm) Sky
Manchester United v Arsenal (4.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Watford (8pm) Sky
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir
Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the
back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.
SJP Box Office phone: 0844
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
Online Box Office is here
SJP seating plan is here
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am -
with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the
Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST
holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added
annually by NUFC to each ST).
A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all
competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the
same fee on home ticket sales.
Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side
of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.
The following junctions will be closed:
Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St. James' Street
Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and
additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.
Heading to the Toon?
Fri 27.04.2018 U18s v Middlesbrough (h) @ Little Benton,
Premier U18 League.
NB: New date and KO time.
Sat 28.04.2018 West Bromwich Albion (h) @ SJP,
3pm. Premier League. Very limited availability. NB: Metro
closure between St James and Tynemouth all day.
Wed 02.05.2018 U23s v Morpeth Town (h)
@ SJP, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup
Sat 05.05.2018 Watford (a) @ Vicarage Road, 3pm. Premier League.
ST holder sale now, 70 points. £25 adults,
£17 NUS / over 65s, £11 U18s. Allocation 2,000.
Wed 09.05.2018 Spurs (a) @ Wembley Stadium, 8pm. Premier League.
NB: New date and KO time. ST holder sale
now, 80 points. £30 adults,
£19 over 65s, £17 U18s. Allocation 3,132.
Sun 13.05.2018 Chelsea (h) @ SJP,
3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. NB: Metro closure between Monkseaton and St. James all day.
Live TV game:
Season 2018/19 dates:
Sat 09.06.2018 Transfer window opens
Thu 14.06.2018 PL fixture release @ 9am
Thu 09.08.2018 Transfer window closes
Sat 11.08.2018 Premier League kicks off (theoretically that could
be Fri 10.08)
The three-season PL £30 away ticket scheme concludes at the end of the
FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £10
entry for National League home games (usually £15).
16 & 17 year
old admission is £5, U16s £3.
Newcastle Benfield FC offer a discount to current NUFC season
ticket holders of £4 entry to Northern League home games (usually £6).
Concessions £3, kids free.
Sat 12.05.2018 Toon Legends Dinner @ Village Hotel,
Newcastle. Rob Lee plus 30 other former NUFC players. Tickets £50
(£450 table of 10). Daniel 07786 244178.
Run Geordie Run resumes his lap of the planet on June
4th, with the fifth of eight planned segments taking him from Belgrade to
Mark's 2,900 mile route is scheduled to take 100 days and he's running for
St. Benedicts Hospice more
Other events @ SJP:
Rugby League Magic Weekend 2018:
Day tickets from £25 (£12.50). Weekend tickets from £40 adults (£20)
Toronto v Toulouse (12.45pm)
Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (5.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)
Salford v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)
08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018 Ed Sheeran in
concert, with support from Anne-Marie and Jamie Lawson.
??.05.2019 European Champions Cup
International Magpies |
National Service |
World Cup Finals:
Thu 14.06.2018-Sun 15.07.2018
A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
2018/19 international breaks:
Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1929 David Boyle born,
forward who failed to make a senior appearance at SJP, moving on to Berwick
Rangers, Barnsley, Crewe and Chesterfield.
A spell at Bradford City between 1956 and 1960 saw him play alongside future Magpie Trevor Hockey, before
Ending his career at Bacup Borough, David worked at Allied Bakeries in
In later life, he became a highly-rated crown green bowls player until illness
forced him to retire. He passed away in November 2009.
Stuart Pearce born, Hammersmith, London.
England international penalty misser & taker, fully-qualified spark, punk
fan, Pizza Hut advert star and belatedly, a Magpie.
Beginning in non-league with Wealdstone, Pearce first faced United when
playing at Coventry City, before a 12 year association with Nottingham Forest
raise his profile.
Having provided the opposition for his City Ground testimonial in May 1996,
Newcastle signed the defender the following year and Psycho proved to be
probably the most effective (& popular) of Kenny's Dad's Army.
24 hours after moving to SJP on a free transfer from Forest, 35 year-old Pearce
in the number 3 shirt in a 3-2 pre-season win at Birmingham City.
His only competitive strike was a free-kick
against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, although he did
belt one home in a pre-season home game against Juventus.
A Cup Final appearance against Arsenal followed but his time on Tyneside drew
to a close after Gullit's appointment as Manager.
Pearce continued playing in the top flight with West Ham, but suffered two
broken legs within six months, which sidelined him for most of the 1999/00
However, that same season saw him reverse his international retirement at the
request of Kevin Keegan - then England boss -, two further caps boosting his
total to 78 (although none came while at SJP).
Pearce followed KK to Manchester City in 2001, playing one final season as
captain and helping them achieve promotion to the top flight.
Concentrating on coaching, Pearce assisted Keegan and succeeded him as full-time
City boss in
March 2005, initially as caretaker.
However, a run of poor form coupled with the sale of the club saw him replaced
in 2007 by Sven, allowing Pearce to switch his part-time England U21 coaching
position to a full-time role.
Taking over from Fabio Capello as England first
team boss on a temporary basis in the
build-up to Euro 2012, combining this with
his U21 role and management of Team GB
ahead, of the 2012 Olympics.
However, after a poor showing at the UEFA
U21 Championships in Israel when England
lost all of their group matches, his contract
It was announced in April 2014 that Pearce would
take over as new boss of Nottingham Forest
on July 1st, after having previously
declined the position.
After a bright start at the City Ground however things rapidly went downhill
and he was removed from his position in February 2015, turning down the chance
to become Forest's Director of Football.
He then pursued a media punditry career on both TV and radio before making a
low-level, part-time return to coaching at Portsmouth during the latter part
And by November of that year he'd been confirmed as assistant to the incoming
West Ham United boss, David Moyes.
While at SJP he had a narrow escape from a road accident in August 1998, when a
seven tonne council
dustcart rolled over on top of his car near Nottingham.
Thankfully he scrambled from the wreckage of his
flattened Rover totally unscathed.
PS: Pearce has admitted that one of his
proudest moments came in the summer of 1996
- when he introduced the Sex Pistols live on
stage at London's Finsbury Park.
Lionel Perez born, Bagnoles-sur-Ceze, France.
Goalkeeper who never dirtied a Newcastle shirt
in anger, although he was an unused Premier League substitute numerous times after his baffling free transfer from the mackems in 1998
- another stunning Dalglish acquisition.
Highlights (not in
his hair) included a penalty saves in a
pre-season tournament on smogside and
his transfer away from Tyneside, after a
loan spell at Scunthorpe.
However, Lionel's finest moment remains the Wembley playoff final appearance
against Charlton - for the mackems - when he conceded 11 goals (including
After being released by United after 21 wasted months, Perez joined Cambridge United - where he'd been on loan.
We can confirm however that he failed to hand in his Newcastle subs coat and
could often be seen doing a spot of gardening clad in it (our spies are
became something of a cult figure (yes, cult) at the Abbey
Stadium, later playing for Enfield and then Chelmsford before
signing for Stevenage Borough.
Following a broken leg he retired and joined the
coaching staff at Broadhall Way, which saw him back in the
news in 2006.
During a stormy game against Northampton Town, TV cameras
caught Perez poking Cobblers coach Dave Watson in both
eyes - for which he was banned from the touchline, fined
and handed a 100 hour community service order by
He exited Broadhall Way soon after that and returned to
his native France, where he coached at FC Chusclan Laudun
1999 Lewis McNall born, Newcastle.
Striker who attended Emmanuel College in Gateshead (for whom he
played rugby), accepting a scholarship with United in 2015.
Handed an U18 debut from the bench against Arsenal at Little Benton during
April 2015, Lewis then grabbed a 16 minute hat trick against Manchester United
at the same venue the following September (a certain Marcus Rashford netting
for the visitors).
Scoring for the U21s in a friendly against Ashington that November, a competitive bow at that level
came days later against
West Bromwich Albion at Whitley Park.
And the first of two reserve league goals in his maiden season came early in
the new year at the same venue, against Derby.
The 2016/17 season was a frustrating one for Lewis, injury restricting his
pitch time at reserve level - although his liking for the FA Youth Cup remained, bagging six goals across four
ties after hitting two in 2015/16.
Marking his return to fitness with two goals against Burnley U23s in September
14 minute treble in the Senior Cup against Blyth AFC early the following year
was followed by a loan move to Gateshead.
Netting for the Tynesiders after just three minutes of his National League
debut, Lewis had scored twice in 11 outings when a knee injury brought his
season to a premature end during April 2018.
1897 Glasgow Rangers
Connell, Lennox, Smellie
1899 Hibernian (h)
McGuigan, scorer tbc
1901 sunderland (h)
P33, 37pts, 7th/18
Two points that took the mackems two points clear at
the top but Liverpool would win their last two games to
clinch the title.
1906 Stoke (h)
P35, 39pts, 7th/20
Howie(35), J.Rutherford(50,53), Orr(4-0), Veitch(5-0)
Three days after their FA Cup Final defeat by Everton,
United returned to winning ways in the league.
150 officers & crew from the Japanese battleship
"Kashima" (newly built on the Tyne at Armstrong
Whitworths of Elswick) were special guests and watched from the Centre
They returned for the next home game, and saw
United score another three goals.
1907 Glasgow Rangers
24 hours after a 0-1 defeat to Leith in Edinburgh,
recently-crowned league champions Newcastle lost at Ibrox.
Sinclair, McCracken, Carr, Liddell, Speedie, Jobey,
Rutherford, Howie, Appleyard, Orr, Gosnell.
1909 Blackburn Rovers
P36, 53pts, 1st/20
1915 Notts County (a)
P37, 30pts, 15th/20
Newcastle's final away trip of the season saw them
make it ten league trips away from St James' Park without
a victory since a 4-2 Boxing Day success on wearside.
1920 Manchester City
P41, 43pts, 7th/22
1926 Everton (a)
P41, 40pts, 10th/22
A second successive hat trick for Dixie Dean,
following his triple salvo in a 3-3 draw on Tyneside the
To complete United's misery, Frank Hudspeth blasted a late
penalty kick high over the bar.
1937 Bradford City (h)
17-year-old Arnold Grundy got one of only two Toon starts
in this win, at left half. The season ended with a run of
five wins and United finishing a respectable fourth.
By contrast, defeat for the Bantams meant that their
relegation to the Third Division (North) was confirmed.
1948 Tottenham Hotspur
(a) 1-1 (0-1)
P41, 54pts, 2nd/22
This point confirmed United's return to the First
Division, in second place behind Birmingham City.
John Jordan missed a penalty for the hosts, while
Newcastle goalscorer Joe Sibley had guested for Spurs in
miles away at Wembley Stadium that same afternoon, Manchester United beat Blackpool
4-2 to win the FA Cup final.
1954 Chelsea (a)
United ended the season with a victory at Stamford
Bridge - their first away success since beating the
smoggies at Ayresome Park on Christmas Day 1953.
time guest was US evangelical preacher Billy Graham, who
took time off from a series of public speaking engagements
at Haringay to speak to the crowd.
action from 1954
1962 Bobby Moncur
signed full professional forms for Newcastle, during the
short managerial reign of Norman Smith.
1963 Newcastle Reserves were beaten 0-2 at SJP in the Central League
by their Bolton Wanderers counterparts.
That avenged a Magpies win over the Trotters by the same
margin at Burnden Park just a month previously in the same
1965 Manchester City
After the excitement of the previous home game
when promotion was won, almost 25,000 less home fans
saw a memorable season conclude.
Newcastle duly became Second Division champions but that
was only confirmed by Northampton Town drawing 1-1 at home
to Portsmouth later the same day and finishing one point
behind the Magpies.
In reality the silverware was always heading to Tyneside,
with the Cobblers needing to not only beat Pompey but also
overturn an inferior goal difference of 20.
That did mean that no public presentation of the trophy
took place and it belatedly came to Tyneside on May 29th,
when chairman Lord Westwood, manager Joe Harvey and
captain Stan Anderson received it at the Football League
annual meeting in London, returning to the north east by
1971 West Ham United
P40, 39pts, 11th/22
John Tudor stuck out a foot to prod home Tommy Gibb's
cross at the Leazes End, before Harry Redknapp's run took
him into the box and he laid the pass on for Geoff Hurst
to finish from close range.
This game marked the first return of Bryan "Pop"
Robson to Tyneside since what was a controversial
£120,000 departure to the Hammers just two months
His every move was booed by unforgiving home fans and he
missed a late chance to win the game for his new side.
footage is online here
1974 Burnley (h)
Texaco Cup success came against the Clarets in extra
time of this one-legged final.
Captain Bobby Moncur volleyed home Jimmy
Smith's cross to win it, before accepting the
silverware from Sir Alf
Future Magpie Geoff Nulty appeared for Burnley as did Ray
Hankin - who would later join the backroom staff at
1976 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
A decent end to the season, although progress in
both domestic cup competitions had detracted from United's
Grimsby Town (h)
United were in the midst of a disastrous sequence that
saw them drop to ninth.
Six defeats and a draw ensured a mediocre finishing position, while worse was to
follow, with four-goal stuffings at the hands of Blackburn
and QPR in the next two games.
1991 West Ham United
P42, 57pts, 12th/24
Our unbeaten run was extended to five games as the
influence of recently-appointed boss Ossie Ardiles began to be
Even the staunchly southern "Daily Mail"
was moved to comment that the game was a "classic
exposition of footballing skills."
Gavin Peacock gave the Magpies a half time lead but
future assistant boss Iain Dowie for a Hammers side
including Chris Hughton.
footage is online here
1996 A young Red Devils reserve side that had
already won the Pontins League Division One title
beat Jeff Clarke's second string 0-2.
The game was played at Bury's Gigg Lane ground.
1999 Wimbledon (a)
P35, 44pts, 12/20
Alan Shearer netted for a fourth successive game but
United's winless run following FA Cup Semi Final success
was extended to three games after this tepid encounter at
Some geezer called Kinnear was in charge of the Wombles
and got his boat race on the programme cover. Gertcha.
2001 The Reserves
ended their season in style with a 5-1 win at Bradford
City. Lomana LuaLua, Diego Gavilan(2), Colin McMenamin and
Stuart Green were all on target.
Newcastle debutant Darren Ambrose netted for the reserves just before the half
hour against Manchester United at SJP.
Colin Heath then levelled for the visitors, before injuries to Stephen Brennan
and Carl Cort then left the Magpies down to ten men midway through the second
Heath then rapidly capitalised on his side's numerical advantage to net what
turned out to be the winner in front of 3,000 fans.
2004 A winning goal in
second half added time gave our reserves a 2-1 success in a rescheduled fixture away to the smoggies second string at
Lewis Guy and Matty Pattison netted.
2005 Manchester United (a)
P33, 38pts, 14th/20
A breathtaking strike from
Wayne Rooney saved a mediocre Manchester United
from their first home defeat of the season as a patched-up Toon side threatened a major shock.
Darren Ambrose had given us a
deserved lead at half-time with a well-taken goal after 27
minutes, seizing on a poor clearance from 'keeper Tim Howard.
Rooney was about to substituted
with almost an hour gone following a dead leg in the first half,
but when Peter Ramage headed infield, Rooney hit a stunning
volley that flew past Given into the top corner.
Even then we looked like
holding out for a point, which was the least a spirited display deserved, but Wes Brown beat a static Shola Ameobi to
head the winner from a corner.
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proved to be lucky thirteen for Tommy Craig and his young Magpies as they extended their season-long
unbeaten record on home territory, beating Bolton Reserves by a
solitary Carl Finnigan goal.
Having put a spoke in the wheel of both Manchester United and the Smoggies,
the reserves were unable to withstand the
challenge of Bolton, who claimed the title after a deserved 3-1
victory at Leyland.
David Edgar headed home a late consolation from a James Troisi
Ipswich Town (h)
P45, 99pts, 1st/24
Despite a late and ludicrously offside goal,
to make it through the whole season unbeaten on
with Roy Keane's
Tractor Boys unable to spoil the Championship party.
twice came from behind to prevent United notching up
their 30th win of the season and breaking the 100 point barrier.
Preston North End
P44, 88pts, 2nd/24
Perez (7,67), Atsu(45), Ritchie(65pen)
completed the task of achieving a Premier League return
at the first time of asking after a convincing victory,
completing a seasonal treble over Preston.
Ahead through Ayoze Perez, the celebrations were
put on hold when PNE levelled through Jordan Hugill soon after, only for Christian Atsu
to restore the lead by half time.
A handball on the goal line by Paul Gallagher to deny Isaac
Hayden then led to a red card and a penalty Matt Ritchie
in-swinging corner then rebounded off the far post and was deflected in via the shoulder of
Perez to make it 4-1.
Satisfaction rather than euphoria was the order of the day at full time and while the players were applauded as they saluted the fans, the
biggest cheers were reserved for Rafa Benitez as he took to the field to
acknowledge the backing he'd received.
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