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No Senior Cup shock

Newcastle Res  4  Blyth Spartans  0

Peter Beardsley's U21 side regained the Northumberland Senior Cup at a misty St.James' Park on Tuesday night - and extended Blyth's miserable run in the competition.

It's now 20 years since Spartans last held the trophy and this latest defeat was the tenth occasion since that 1994 success that they've ended up as the losing finalists.

The Northern Premier League side held the hosts at bay in the opening half hour thanks to a string of noteworthy stops by visiting goalkeeper Conor Grant.

Conceding a corner when blocking Gael Bigirimana's shot, Grant parried another effort from the same player after that flag kick, but was helpless to prevent Lubo Satka netting the rebound from close range on 36 minutes. 

Grant was soon back in action when denying Greg Olley with a header, ensuring that the non-league outfit went in for their half time cuppa only one goal behind.

The second period was soon disrupted after an innocuous -looking tackle involving Jamie Sterry, who stayed down in obvious distress. The young Magpie received treatment before departing on a stretcher with a leg injury.   

United extended their lead in the 54th minute when Greg Olley pushed through centre midfield before playing the ball out to full back Callum Williams, by now operating on the right following the enforced departure of Sterry.

With time to play a low centre across the box, Williams picked out Michael Richardson, who stroked the ball in at the Gallowgate End. And when Jonathyn Quinn beat the offside trap to made it 3-0 in the 70th minute, the yellow-clad visitors were faced with an uphill task. 

Richardson soon had the ball in the Blyth net again only to be ruled offside as United's superior fitness began to tell and the control and trickery of substitute Rolando Aarons caused Tom Wade's side additional headaches.  

The young winger made and missed one chance of his own - crucially losing possession when bearing down on goal - but spearheaded the rapid counter-attack that ended in Gael Bigirimana netting after 80 minutes. 

Blyth continued to press in search of the goal that their travelling support urged, but the nearest they came to denying home 'keeper Jonathan Mitchell a clean sheet was when ex-Boro junior Arran Wearmouth rattled the Leazes End crossbar from distance.

With the rain beginning to fall, competition sponsor Kenny Beattie presented captain Michael Richardson with the trophy; the fourteenth title Newcastle have won since their return to the competition in the 1980s - and the seventh time that they've beaten Blyth to do so.

Sadly the result tonight was made even more predictable by Blyth's league commitments: while United had eight days to prepare for this fixture, the Spartan part-timers were tasked with playing three times in just six days.

A 1-5 loss at Flyde on Wednesday was followed by a hard-fought 2-3 defeat at Worksop on Saturday, before Whitby scored seven goals without reply against a much-changed Blyth XI at Croft Park on Easter Monday. 

Unsuccessful attempts were made to alter both league and Senior Cup by Blyth, with fan anger focused on the Northumberland FA for failing to find a new date for the Gallowgate showpiece, despite United's first team not playing there until Saturday week.  

United's second string now complete their league season behind closed doors on Friday at the training ground, when Arsenal provide the opposition.

Team: Mitchell, Sterry (Gibson 51), Williams, Kemen, Satka, Mbabu, Olley, Bigirimana, Quinn (Gilliead 71), Richardson, Barlaser (Aarons 58).
Subs n/u: Woodman, Gillesphey.

Booked: Kemen

Blyth: Grant, Purewal, Watson, Buddle, Parker, Wade (Cummings 56), Hooks (Wearmouth 65), Robinson, Horner, Maguire (Kendrick 81), Dale. Subs n/u: Mullen, Davis.

Crowd: 1,234 including Alan Pardew, Adam Armstrong and Paul Dummett. That compares favourably to the 739 who attended NUFC v Team Northumbria here in 2012 and reinforces the good support that the Spartans retain. 

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SJP finalists decided

Rounding off the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Northern League, St.James' Park will host the League Cup Final between Whitley Bay and Marske United.

The Northern League First Division duo secured their places in the semi-final ties played on Easter Monday, Whitley winning 3-2 away at Whitehaven and Marske recording a 4-1 success at Ashington.

Those two sides now meet at Gallowgate on Tuesday May 6th with a 7.30pm kickoff (tbc)

NUST meeting

Newcastle United Supporters' Trust press release:

NUST is holding a public meeting to discuss Mike Ashley's planned sale of the lease on land adjacent to the Gallowgate End at St James' Park. 

This will take place on Thursday 1st May in The Lecture Room of the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle , NE1 1SE (near the Central Station) and will commence at 7.30pm and finish no later than 9.00pm.

We are concerned that future development of this land, potentially unsympathetic to the future expansion of St James' Park may act to inhibit the future growth under future ownership arrangements. 

The Trust board has been pursuing a number of courses of action and would welcome the opportunity to share this information and take questions regarding the sale of the lease of the land from Trust members and other supporters who may wish to attend.

So far the Trust has made a Freedom of Information Act application to discover the identity of potential developers in order to open dialogue and explain our position.

Unfortunately, Mike Ashley's employees at Newcastle United have so far declined to answer any of the media's questions on the subject so we are unable to outline any safe-guards the club has put in place to safe-guard the club's future growth potential and indeed the destination and use of any monies raised from the sale of a club asset. 

As an associated matter, the Trust is in the process of applying to have St James' Park registered as an Asset of Community Value and Kevin Rye of Supporters Direct will attend as a guest speaker.

The Trust also makes an invitation to those supporters with expertise in Planning to join a working group to support the Trust to develop its position regarding future development.

PS: NUST are organising a comedy night at the Stand club on High Bridge with proceeds going to fund free football coaching courses for local school children. 

Gavin Webster, John Scott, Lee Kyle and Seymour Mace will provide the gags on Monday 19th May from 8.30pm and tickets cost just £10 online here

Alan Shearer giveaway

Former Magpie Alan Shearer is the special guest at a talk-in event in South Shields next month - and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs in a free competition.

The club's record goalscorer appears at Hedworth Hall on Thursday May 8th from 7pm and tickets are on sale now.
These are priced at £30 entry only, £50 standard and £100 VIP (£70 VIP tickets are sold out). 

Bookings can be made
online here or direct from the venue (which avoids the online booking fee).

To be in with a chance of winning two standard tickets, simply
email us to say where the above photo of Al and his fellow BBC pundit Robbie Savage was taken.

The closing date is Fri April 24th @ 5pm and the subject is: Al. Those who choose their own subject line will be disqualified (except for the HM Forces email restriction that we're aware of).

There's no age restriction and readers are free to enter regardless of where they are on the planet. One entry per person please, no purchase necessary. Prize consists of two admission tickets to the event including food - any other costs (drinks, travel etc.) are excluded.  

PS: tickets are also on sale now for this year's Black & White Reunion event, at Dunston's Lancastrian Suite.

Defenders are on the menu this time round and appearing will be: John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, John Beresford, John Carver, Frank Clark, David Craig, Pat Howard, Steve Howey, Peter Jackson, Irving Nattrass & Darren Peacock.

John Gibson will be hosting the event and local comic Gavin Webster will also appear. Telling jokes, obviously. 

Following the success of the 2013 reunion, this year's event will be staged on a Sunday lunchtime once again, kicking off at Noon on Sunday 18th May.

Tickets are £20 for entry only and £35 for VIP places - the latter including lunch - and The Stroke Association stand to benefit from funds raised. 

Bookings can be made online here or via Premier Sports on 0191 280 5603.

Premier League
Record breaker

Newcastle  1  Swansea City

"Of course I haven't lost the dressing room 
- it's down there, first on the right...."

Match report is online here

Premier League results:

Sat 19.04.2014:
Spurs 3-1 Fulham
Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton
Cardiff City 1-1 Stoke City
West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 1-2 mackems

Sun 20.04.2014:
Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool
Hull City 0-3 Arsenal
Everton 2-0 Manchester United

Mon 21.04.2014:
Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Old boy celebrates 
treble achievement 

A 16 minute appearance from the bench was enough to earn former Magpie Yohan Cabaye the first silverware of his Paris Saint Germain career on Saturday.

The French international midfielder was introduced during the second half of the League Cup Final between PSG and Lyon, with his side 2-1 ahead in the Stade de France. 

And that's how it stayed, meaning that Cabaye completes a clean sweep of domestic honours, having appeared for Lille in their 2011 French Cup Final success and also helped his side win Ligue 1 that same season.

Saturday was the 17th game he's played for PSG.


Ultimate who's who: deadline approaching

Of a similar size and weight to 2011's Ultimate Record, "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" is a completely separate, newly -compiled book from club historian Paul Joannou to be published in November.    

Boasting over 1,800 profiles and photos of Toon players and officials, the last date for subscriber copies to be ordered is now only weeks away - place your order online here 

Subscriber copies are individually numbered, feature a personalised certificate mounted within the book, and allow the name of the purchaser to appear on a roll of honour that is reproduced in every copy of the book.

Advance purchase price of £30 is the same as the cover price but subscribers get their copy hand-delivered or posted to them at any address in the UK for no extra charge (overseas orders welcome, shipping at cost).

Premier League:
Clarets follow Foxes

Easter Monday saw the second side to attain promotion from the Championship confirmed, with Burnley joining Leicester City in next season's top-flight.

The Clarets have only played in the Premier League once before - going the opposite way to Newcastle in 2009 - and secured their place thanks to a 2-0 victory over Watford at Turf Moor.

Joining the celebrations was Burnley's ex-Magpie David Edgar, who has featured in the side recently, but spent Monday on the substitute's bench. 

Non-League #1
'Heed remain 
in the frame

A 2-0 victory at Macclesfield Town on Easter Monday leaves Conference side Gateshead within touching distance of a place in the promotion play-offs

The Tynesiders are fifth and in the final playoff position ahead of their final game of the season, when Cambridge United visit the International Stadium on Saturday. 

Avoiding defeat then against the U's will ensure that Gateshead will compete in the playoffs, even if their nearest challengers Braintree Town beat Grimsby Town. 

In common with all other Conference games that day, kickoff is set for 5.30pm and another good crowd is expected. SJP season ticket holders can again take advantage of a £5 saving on the £14 adult price. 

On production of their NUFC ST card, fans pay just £9 for adult entry, while the deal offering all accompanied U16s entry (not just ST holders) for £2 remains in force.

Over 60s are admitted for £9, while 16/17 year olds and Students can gain entry for £7.

The sides finishing second to fifth meet in two-legged semi-finals staged on Wed 30.04.2014 /Thu 01.05.2014 and Sun 04.05.2014. That will then determine which two sides meet at Wembley on Sunday May 18th to decide who joins champions Luton Town in being promoted.

Loan lads:
Abeid scores again 

Trailing 0-1 after the first leg in Crete, a 3-0 home win by Panathinaikos on Wednesday was enough to see off OFI and ensure a place in this season's Greek Cup Final.

The Athens side took just 20 minutes of the second leg to cancel out OFI's lead, with on-loan Magpie Mehdi Abeid bagging his eight goal in all competitions for the Greens.

Watch Mehdi's goal online here

Mehdi and his current team mates face PAOK in the final at the Olympic Stadium in Athens this coming Saturday.

And after that, Panathinaikos will embark on an end of season mini league, where the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth do battle to decide who joins champions Olympiakos in the Champions League.

A frantic schedule means that each side must play six games in just 18 days, Panathinaikos facing this task: 

Tue 29.04.2014 Atromitos (a)
Sat 03.05.2014 PAOK (h)
Tue 06.05.2014 Asteras Tripolis (a)
Sat 10.05.2014 Asteras Tripolis (h)
Tue 13.05.2014 Atromitos (h)
Fri 16.05.2014 PAOK (a)

Other current Toon loans:

James Tavernier/Haris Vuckic (Rotherham United)
A 1-0 home win over Port Vale on Easter Monday saw both Toon players start and Tav completed the full 90 minutes. Vuckic was withdrawn at half time.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City)
Fergie didn't feature in the Easter Monday home 2-4 defeat to Blackburn Rovers that leaves Lee Clark's side just above the Championship relegation zone.

Conor Newton
/ Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
A morale-boosting 2-0 home win over Hibernian in the SPFL on Saturday was achieved thanks to another 90 minute shift from Conor Newton and an unused sub role for Adam Campbell.

Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
The winger began on the bench for City as they came up against Liverpool at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Sunday. 

Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
A 1-2 loss at AS Nancy in Ligue 2 on Friday saw the United winger complete the full game. 

Curtis Good (Dundee United) (injured)
After recovering from a hip problem sustained during his senior international debut for Australia, Curtis is due to resume training on Tayside next week and could be in contention for a squad place when Motherwell visit Tannadice in the SPFL on Saturday.

There's the prospect of another cup final appearance to add to the defender's CV, following an outing for Bradford City against Swansea City in the 2013 League Cup Final.

The Tangerines will face St.Johnstone in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday May 17th, staged this season at Celtic Park due to rebuilding work at Hampden Park.

Premier League
Arsenal (a)

Assuming he's not been kidnapped or deported before then, Alan Pardew returns to the Newcastle dugout after his ban when United side visit the Emirates on Monday.

Kickoff in this Sky Sports-televised game is at 8pm and all 1,800 away tickets are, United subsidising the cost by £10 per adult ticket from their away fan fund.

The Magpies go to a ground where they conceded seven goals last season looking to end a run of five successive Premier League defeats - the club's worst run since a six game losing streak in December 1986 and January 1987.   

Moussa Sissoko may return after injury, but Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse won't play again this season.

The current whereabouts, mood and fitness of Hatem Ben Arfa remain undisclosed.  

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle to win @ 13/2

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

AFC: Kieran Gibbs, Serge Gnabry, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott remain on the sick list.

The Gunners have been beaten just once on home soil this season, losing 1-3 to Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the season back in August.

Since then they've drawn five and won 11 at the Emirates, conceding just eleven goals in the process - sharing that lowest total in the division with Chelsea.

Neil Swabrick - fourth appointment of the season involving United, following the 0-2 home loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace and 0-4 defeat by Spurs at SJP. 


The RMT trade union have announced a two day strike by London Underground staff, beginning on Monday at 9pm - midway through our visit to the Emirates Stadium. 

A recent strike call was ultimately called off, while a reduced service continued on some lines during previous industrial action. If this strike does go ahead however, beware that parts of the network usually begin to close down ahead of the actual declared start time - meaning that journeys to the stadium may well be affected.   

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 1.

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Magpies @ Gunners - Premier years

2012/13: Lost 3-7 Ba 2, Marveaux
2011/12: Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2010/11: Won 1-0 Carroll
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2007/08: Lost 0-2 (LC)
2006/07: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 2-3 Robert, Bernard
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien, Shearer, Robert
2000/01: Lost 0-5
1999/00: Drew 0-0
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 1-3 Barton
1996/97: Won 1-0 Elliott
1995/96: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-2 Keown og, Beardsley, Fox
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Beardsley

(@ Highbury until 2005-06 season, Emirates thereafter)

All time record v Arsenal:

Remaining Premier League fixtures:

Sat 26.04.2014:

Southampton v Everton (12.45pm) BT
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Spurs
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham
Manchester United v Norwich City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 27.04.2014:
mackems v Cardiff (Noon) Sky
Liverpool v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Man City (4.10pm) Sky

Sat 03.05.2014:
West Ham v Spurs (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Hull City
Manchester United v mackems
Stoke City v Fulham 
Swansea City v Southampton
Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 04.05.2014:
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 05.05.2014:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Tue 06.05.2014:
Manchester United v Hull City (7.45pm)

Wed 07.05.2014:
Manchester City v Aston Villa (7.45pm) Sky
mackems v West Bromwich Albion (7.45pm) 

Sun 11.05.2014 (TV picks yet tbc):
Cardiff City v Chelsea
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Hull City v Everton
Manchester City v West Ham
Norwich City  v Arsenal
Southampton v Manchester United
mackems v Swansea City
Spurs v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

German trip latest

Kick-off times have now been confirmed for the Schalke 04 tournament involving United in August as follows:

Sat Aug 2nd 3pm CET and 5pm CET
Sun Aug 3rd 3pm CET and 5pm CET

On the basis that any drawn game in the tournament proceeds to a penalty shootout after 90 minutes, that second kick-off time may be pushed back slightly.

(CET is one hour ahead of UK time)

The Bundesliga club have now placed tickets on public sale to all fans without any specific segregation details, but confirmation is awaited as to whether NUFC will receive an allocation to sell direct to their fans.
PS: to all those asking, we have no information as yet whether other NUFC pre-season games will be scheduled in or around Germany before or after this tournament.

Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.
Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League opening fixtures.

In addition to the Bundesliga hosts and ourselves, West Ham and Spanish Primera Division side Malaga are also now confirmed for the tournament in the German city of Gelsenkirchen (a twin town of Newcastle since 1948). 

The games will be in stark contrast to United's last two games on German soil in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in deepest Bavaria....

Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the 1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke) has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to 54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down position. 

Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on penalties by a Portugal side featuring old boy Hugo Viana.    

United's last meeting with Schalke 04 came back in May 1960 when Charlie Mitten's side won 3-0 in Germany during a post-season tour that also saw kickabouts played in Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain. 

The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his Schalke deal was cancelled.

PS: There's an interesting article about Schalke, Lovenkrands, Freddy Shepherd & NUFC online here

claims emerge

Reports emanating from New Zealand in recent days suggest that Newcastle are among a handful of Premier League sides under consideration to participate in a pre-season tournament later this year.

Ourselves, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with a proposed series of games involving Wellington Phoenix (who actually play in Australia's A League) at their 34,500 Westpac stadium. 

The option of Auckland's 25,000 North Harbour Stadium hosting games has also been mooted, but like previous reports of United heading to South Africa, the club haven't given any hint that future plans for friendlies involve them going further than mainland Europe.

United have previously visited New Zealand, playing a series of four matches against the national side in May 1985 in Christchurch, Wellington, Napier and Auckland.

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Next Match

Premier League

Emirates Stadium
Monday 28th April
Kick-off 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 19th April
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2013/14:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2013/14

The ticket office has now re-opened on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 11am-5pm

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 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

Details of 2014/15 season ticket sales/ prices can be found online here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

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.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)

Show Racism the Red Card have a free download of the NUFC team photo in both PDF and jpeg formats online here


Fri 25.04.2014 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ Darsley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note further new date, venue change and that game is now BCD.

Sat 26.04.2014 U18s v Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Centre, NR4 7TS. 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 1,800.  Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 03.05.2014 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 03.05.2014 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.Public sale now. 

Sun 11.05.2014 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800 tbc.

Guidance from LFC:

Included in the allocation are a number of tickets marked 'restricted view' and 'severely restricted view'.

Seats classed as restricted view on Row 1 is due to personnel movement. Seats classed as restricted view on other rows is due to stanchions supporting the Upper Tier, which impair the view of either goal.

Any seats classed as severely restricted view is due to supporters standing up and down and, in the event of this happening during the game, the supporters on Rows 34 and 35 have a very limited view of the goals due to overhang of the upper tier roof.

In purchasing a 'restricted view' or 'severely restricted view' ticket, you are accepting this view and there can be no ticket exchanges or refunds under any circumstances.

Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @ Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Fri 23.05.2014 to Sun 25.05,2014 Hong Kong Soccer 7s featuring NUFC.
Group A: NUFC, Guangzhou Evergrande, HKFA U23, Hong Kong FC. 
Group B: Chelsea, mackems, Kitchee, HKFC Captain's Select.
Group C: Manchester City, Rangers, HKFA team tbc, Singapore Cricket Club.
Group D: Leicester City, Aston Villa, HKFA U21s, Yau Yee League Select.

Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.

Sun 27.07.2014 to Fri 01.08.2014 Northern Ireland Milk Cup featuring NUFC.

Sat 02.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.

Sun 03.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.

Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League kicks off.

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:
Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a) 8pm 



NUFC Live on BT:
None currently scheduled  


Live Music @ SJP:

Sat 31.05.2014
Kings of Leon + White Lies + further support act still tbc. Tickets remain on public sale

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

RUWC match ticket sales in five batches:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages

Now: Hospitality Packages

05.2014/06.2014 via Rugby Clubs

To members of rugby clubs in England

09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
Future international dates:

09.05.2014 to 21.05.2014 UEFA U17 Final tournament (Malta) 

Group A: England, Holland, Turkey, Malta
Group B: Scotland, Germany, Portugal,  Switzerland.

Fri 09.05.2014 Malta (a) (Ta’Qali)
Mon 12.05.2014 Turkey (n)  Gozo)
Thu 15.05.2014 Holland (n) (Paola)

Fri 09.05.2014 Portugal (n) (Xewkija)
Mon 12.05.2014 Germany (n) (Paola)
Thu 15.05.2014 Switzerland (n) (Paolo)

Sun 18.05.2014 Semi Finals
Wed 21.05.2014 Final

(all above games live on Eurosport)


26.05.2014 Australia v S'Africa (Sydney)
France v Norway (Paris) 
Scotland v Nigeria (Fulham)
Bosnia v Ivory Coast (tbc) 

France v Paraguay (Nice) 
Greece v Nigeria (Chester) 
Argentina v T & T (Rosario) 
04.06.2014 El Salvador v I'Coast (Frisco) 
Croatia v Australia (tbc)
Arg v Slovenia (Buenos Aires)
07.06.2014 USA v Nigeria (Jacksonville)
France v Jamaica (Lille)


Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon
B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
D: Uruguay, England, Costa Rica, Italy
E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
G: Germany, Ghana, Portugal, USA
H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea

(Nations in bold expected to have NUFC involvement in their squads)

The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)

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
23rd April

Born Or Died:

1901 Albert McInroy born, Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire. (1929-34)

Goalkeeper who celebrated his 31st birthday at Wembley Stadium, as part of the Newcastle side that beat Arsenal 2-1 in the 1932 FA Cup Final.

Although appearing briefly for Preston North End as an amateur outfield player, Albert was on the books at Roker Park when he made his professional debut early in the 1923/24 season, between the posts.

Winning one England cap (versus Northern Ireland at Anfield in October 1926), a move to Tyneside in October 1929 came at a cost of £2,750 to the Magpies.

Following an absence through injury during the 1933-34 season, Albert lost form when recalled and following relegation, quarrelled with the SJP board over monies due and left the club in the summer of 1934.

Returning to the mackems - although he didn't make a first team appearance in 11 months back on wearside - Albert then joined Leeds United in 1935

Returning to the North East two years later, he played for Gateshead until 1940 and turned out for Stockton during wartime.

Later working as a publican in Newcastle, Gateshead and Houghton-le-Spring, Albert passed away in 1985.

1924 Frank Brennan born, Annathill, Scotland. (1946-56)

Signed from Airdrie for £7,000 in July 1946, centre half Frank opted to join Newcastle despite offers from both Preston North End and the mackems. 

Debuting in United's first post-war Football League game (a 4-1 victory at Millwall in August 1946), Brennan went on to become a cornerstone of the Newcastle United side that returned to the First Division in 1948 and won the FA Cup in 1951 and 1952.

A Colossus of a man (nicknamed "The Rock of Tyneside"), this Scottish international stood at 6ft 3in in his size 12 boots and had a fighting weight of 13 and a half stone.

Omitted from the 1955 Cup Final side as an alleged punishment for opening a sports shop in the city to rival Chairman Stan Seymour's, Frank was transfer-listed over a wage dispute, which outraged fans.

Playing his final game in January 1956, Frank joined North Shields in a player/coach role and remained there until 1962.

Coaching in Singapore and Trinidad for the British Council, Brennan returned to Appleby Park in 1967 and managed Shields to FA Amateur Cup success two years later. 

Following an unsuccessful stint as Darlington Manager in 1971 and some time coaching South Shields, he concentrated on his business and lived in Whitley Bay. 

Frank passed away in March 1997 and some nine years after his death was nominated by United for the FA Cup Team of Heroes, to celebrate 125 years of the competition.

His name also lives on in a trophy award annually by Sport Newcastle to unsung heroes of sport in the region.

1976 Darren Huckerby born, Nottingham. (1995-96)

Winger whose major contribution to history was the friendly match arranged as part of the £450K transfer that brought him from Lincoln City to SJP back in November 1995.

Injury denied Huck the chance to play in that game, but new boy Alan Shearer featured and scored his first goal for the club in July 1996 at a packed Sincil Bank.

By then he had already made what proved to be his sole league appearance for United, coming off the bench to replace Paul Kitson in a home win over Bolton in January 1996.

That came three days after his senior debut - also as a substitute - in an FA Cup replay defeat on penalties at SJP to Chelsea.

Returning to fitness in the early weeks of the 1996/97 season, Darren was unable to get near the first team and was loaned to Millwall for two months, scoring three times and posting a succession of good displays.

Newly-installed Coventry City boss Gordon Strachan bid £1m for him and Huck headed for Highfield Road in November 1996. His first City goal came on his fourth outing - inevitably at home to Newcastle.

The 1999/00 season began with Huck joining Leeds in a £400K deal but by the end of 2000, he'd moved on to Manchester City.

Promotion to the Premiership followed in 2001/02 and Darren City against us again in what was to be our final fixture at Maine Road - a 0-1 reverse.

By then he was being managed once again by Kevin Keegan, who loaned him out to Nottingham Forest in February 2003.

The next season saw Huck borrowed by Norwich City and he found life at Carrow Road to his liking, with a permanent £750K deal agreed in December 2003.

He helped the Canaries to promotion and managed another goal against us, albeit in a League Cup defeat by Newcastle at SJP.

The man nicknamed Forrest Gump since his time at Coventry finally ended his stint in Norfolk in 2008 and moved to the USA with San Jose Earthquakes.

However, a hip problem forced him to hang up his boots following surgery in 2009, since when he's set up his own PR company and become involved in a charitable foundation.

"Let's be hucking you!"

1977 Death of Matthew McNeil, 49.

1986 Steven Istead born, South Shields. (2002)

Winger who featured fleetingly at Academy level for the Magpies before opting to join Hartlepool United during 2002.

A first team debut for 'Pools came at the age of just 16, but "Icy" failed to hold down a regular starting place - making 74 sub appearances but just seven senior starts.

Leaving Victoria Park in 2006, Steven had spells as both Gateshead and Consett before moving to Peterhead and a reunion with ex-'Pools manager Neale Cooper.

Returning to England with Ilkeston Town, Istead later represented Mansfield Town, Alfreton Town, Eastwood Town and Buxton.


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1894 Willington (a)
Law, Unknown Scorer

1898 Stoke (a)
League Test 
Debut for James Lockey at right back in this test match to decide promotion and relegation issues.

1902 Middlesbrough (h)
Rutherford, Orr
The first of a number of charity matches United took part in to raise funds to benefit the Ibrox Disaster Fund.

1904 sunderland (a)
Hogg 2, Bridgett

1907 Leith (a)
scorer tbc
At the time of this fixture, the home side were playing in the Scottish Second Division.

1910 Barnsley (n)
FA Cup Final 
The fourth trip to The Crystal Palace and at last the jinx was cracked, if not broken entirely.

Trailing at half time to Harry Tuffnell's shot, United's Albert Shepherd saw his effort disallowed before Jackie Rutherford's late header forced a replay at Goodison Park.

1921 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
47pts, 5th

1927 West Ham United (a)
Division One 
54pts, 1st
This point confirmed that the league championship was on its way to SJP for the fourth time, even though two games still remained to be played.

1928 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
39pts, 10th

1932 Arsenal (n)
FA Cup Final 
Wembley success again, in what became known as the "Over The Line" final, after the was alleged to have gone out of play as Jimmy Richardson centred for Jack Allen to score Newcastle's equaliser.
Youtube footage is online here

1938 Chesterfield (h)
Division Two 
36pts, 14th
Mooney 2, Park 

1949 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
51pts, 2nd
1952 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
43pts, 9th
Ryan, Nicholls, Allen, Lee 
1955 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
40pts, 11th
1958 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
32pts, 18th
1960 Nottingham Forest (a)
Division One 
44pts, 7th
Vowden, Gray, Quigley
Debut for Brian Wright, at right half.
1962 Derby County (a) 2-1 
Division Two 
39pts, 15th
Allchurch, Thomas 
1963 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division Two 
42pts, 7th
Suddick, McKinney 
1966 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
34pts, 14th
Jones 2

1975 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
39pts, 13th
Bruce, Macdonald, T.Craig

United found their "Range" against the Gunners, but that's just the way it is.....

1977 Queens Park Rangers (a) 2-1 (0-1)
Division One 
47pts, 4th
Barrowclough, Nattrass
United extended their unbeaten run to eleven games and despite then losing their final three matches of the season, a fifth place finish was enough to clinch a UEFA Cup spot. 

1983 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division Two 
60pts, 5th
McDermott(48), Varadi(67,85), Wharton(16)
After hitting four without reply against Rotherham at SJP just four days previously, The Magpies made it four wins on the spin - but only after letting the visitors back into the game at 2-2.

1984 Carlisle United (h)
Division Two 
73pts, 3rd
Waddle, Beardsley2, Keegan2
Vandals broke into the ground before this bank holiday game and sprayed slogans on the pitch related to an ongoing criminal trial. 

A claim of broken glass also having been scattered was found to be false and after the offending slogans had been painted out, the match went ahead as scheduled. 

Kevin Carr saved a penalty and also the follow-up shot with Keegan heading United's fourth as play rapidly switched to the other end of the field.
Youtube footage is online here

1988 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One 
47pts, 10th
Crooks 2
BBC's bizarre pundit, Garth Crooks got both goals at Selhurst Park, with future Magpie Rob Lee also featuring for the Addicks.

1994 Oldham Athletic (h)
Premier League 
71pts, 3rd
Fox(19), Beardsley(57), Lee(63)
Jobson(43), Sharpe(58) 
A slightly mad afternoon at SJP against Joe Royle's relegation-bound Latics, in a game Magpies boss Kevin Keegan later called "a video nasty".

2000 Leeds United (h)
44pts, 12th
After hitting the post through Kieron Dyer within seconds of the first whistle, Newcastle mounted a fine comeback after two early setbacks. 

Ian Harte cracked a second half penalty wide of Shay Given's goal, but that would have an undeserved winner for a Leeds side including future Magpies Michael Bridges, Lee Bowyer and birthday (old) boy Darren Huckerby. 

Alan Smith meanwhile was the bench, James Milner in the juniors, Jonathan Woodgate was injured and Mark Viduka months away from limping into Elland Road from Celtic. match report

2002 Blackburn Rovers (a)
68pts, 4th
Goals from old boys Keith Gillespie and Andy Cole had threatened to scupper our Champions League hopes, but Alan Shearer was on hand to mark another Ewood return with a brace.

And despite the best efforts of referee Uriah Rennie, the point gained guaranteed a top four finish for Newcastle with two games still to play - ensuring a Champions League place. match report

2003 A 3-1 victory over Blyth Spartans at Croft Park put Newcastle's reserve side into the Northumberland Senior Cup Final. The goals came from Lewis Guy, Calvin Zola and Martin Brittain in front of a crowd of 523. match report

2008 Newcastle Reserves were taken to extra time and penalties by Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup final at SJP, before eventually claiming the trophy.

The game was goalless after 90 minutes but after Blyth grabbed a 95th minute lead, Kazenga LuaLua levelled for United with a cracking shot from well outside the box. 

Mark Doninger then claimed the vital spot kick as the Magpies won the shootout 4-3. match report

2009 The reserves made it ten games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Altrincham. Frank Danquah scored. match report

2011 Blackpool (a)
Premier League
41pts, 9th

This stalemate at Bloomfield Road against the soon-to-be relegated Seasiders was ultimately enough to confirm our own top flight survival.

Ahead through a Peter Lovenkrands strike, we then let Blackpool back into the game when Jose Enrique cleared a DJ Campbell flick - but did so from behind the goal line. match report

United reserves won for the first time in eleven games as Yven Moyo and a Mehdi Abeid penalty conversion gave them a 2-1 success over Liverpool at Kirkby Academy. match report

Newcastle returned to Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium after a 20 year gap, playing in a friendly match to commemorate the U's centenary.

Peter Beardsley managed the visitors and played for both sides as Newcastle XI won 2-1 thanks to goals from Romain Amalfitano and James Tavernier. match report


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