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Ticket news:
(a) / Liverpool (a) SOLD OUT
Swansea (h) / Cardiff (h) Public sale
Strike threat
Capital woes expected 

Our season may have gone down the tubes....but it remains to be seen whether Toon fans will be able to follow suit after our forthcoming game at Arsenal.

That's because the RMT trade union have now announced a two day strike by London Underground staff, beginning on Monday April 28th at 9pm - midway through United's Premier League 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.   

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
Swansea City

Saturday sees the Swans migrate to Tyneside for an old fashioned 3pm kick-off, with tickets still on public sale.

NUFC box office Easter opening hours:  

Good Friday: 10am-5pm
(Box Office located upstairs in SJP club shop)

Saturday: 9am-3pm
(Box Office located in Milburn Stand near SBR statue)

Sunday: closed

Easter Monday: closed

City's three season sojourn in the Premier League is still under threat - although a second successive win at SJP would strengthen their hand considerably.

And were that to happen, then Alan Pardew would acquire another unwanted record for his expanding collection; namely that of the first United manager to lose five successive Premier League fixtures. 

At present he shares the four defeat total with Kenny Dalglish (1997/98), Graeme Souness (2004/05) & Kevin Keegan (2007/08) and himself (2012/13). That most recent one - in November 2012 - saw the fourth loss racked up at Stoke following defeat at Southampton and ended with a 3-0 home victory over Wigan.   

(We also lost four on the bounce in both 2007/08 & 2008/09 seasons under multiple "managers"). 

United last lost five league games in succession during March and April 1992, when Kevin Keegan's attempts to stave off relegation to the third tier faltered - only for that 1-0 home win over Pompey to end the sequence.

And in terms of top flight seasons, 1986/87 saw us reel off six First Division defeats in a row around the festive season under the guidance of Willie McFaul. 

This is the end, my friend.... well sort of.

The final-ever edition of The Mag will be on sale from street sellers around SJP on Saturday, as well as from local newsagents.

After 25 years, commercial pressures mean that issue 289 will be the last paper copy and the fanzine is continuing online only.  

The final issue is also on sale
here for just 3 with free postage in the UK

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are on course to return, but Moussa Sissoko is still out. Steven Taylor is expected to be OK after leaving the field against Stoke, while Davide Santon comes back into contention.

News on the fitness of Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux is awaited.

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle not to score @ 5/2

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

SCFC: The Jacks will come to Gallowgate minus Chico Flores, who is suspended following his red card during Sunday's 0-1 home defeat by Chelsea. Striker Michu meanwhile continues to struggle with an ankle problem.

Visiting boss Garry Monk goes looking for the first away win - and clean sheet - of his managerial career so far, having taken just two points from a possible 15, as a result of drawing at Stoke and Arsenal.

Beaten at Liverpool, Everton and Hull under Monk, their trio of away wins came in the first half of the season under previous Michael Laudrup - at West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Fulham. 

On the road this season, City have scored as many as Newcastle (26) but conceded three fewer (16 vs 19).  
Referee: Chris Foy - fourth appointment this season involving Newcastle, following a 1-0 home win over Fulham, 1-0 win at Spurs and 0-0 draw at Norwich.


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The Magpies go into this game without a goal in their last 360 minutes of play - and just one in in 540 minutes of the artless slop that passes for football round our way.

And the sad truth of our form in 2014 is that in seven games we've scored just twice at home - and the mackems managed three in their single visit to SJP.       

With two
home games to play, United have managed to score just 19 times in the Premier League at SJP to date - with five of them in one game, against Stoke City.

Just 8 of the 19 have come in the first half of games, while the "end" split is 16/3 in favour of the Gallowgate, with Leazes End spectators seeing just Yohan Cabaye's shot against Liverpool, a Yoan Gouffran back header against West Brom and Loic Remy's Boxing Day opener against the Potters - seven home games ago. 

Our lowest seasonal total in the Premier League to date is 22 (reached in 1997/98 and 2006/07), while last season and the 2008/09 relegation campaign saw 24 netted. 

PL home scoring record to date 2013/14:
West Ham 0-0  
Fulham   1-0 Ben Arfa 86 
Hull City   2-3 Remy 10,44 
Liverpool   2-2 Cabaye 23, Dummett 56 
Chelsea  2-0 Gouffran 68, Remy 89 
Norwich City   2-1 Remy 2, Gouffran 38 
West Brom   2-1 Gouffran 36 Sissoko 57 
Southampton   1-1 Gouffran 27   
Stoke City  5-1 Remy 44,56 Gouffran 48 
Cabaye 66 Cisse 80pen 
Arsenal  0-1  
Man City 0-2  
mackems 0-3  
Spurs 0-4  
Aston Villa 1-0 Remy 90+2 
Crystal Palace   1-0 Cisse 90+4 
Everton 0-3  
Man United 0-4  

Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)

All time record v Swansea:

Remaining Premier League fixtures/results:
(3pm unless specified)

Tue 15.04.2014:
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham 

Wed 16.04.2014:
Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 2-2 mackems

Sat 19.04.2014:
Spurs v Fulham (12.45pm) BT 
Aston Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke Cardiff City
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v mackems (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 20.04.2014:
Norwich City v Liverpool (Noon) Sky
Hull City v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky
Everton v Manchester United (4.10pm) Sky

Mon 21.04.2014:
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky

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

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Non-League #1
Tynesiders hoping 
for a good Friday

Conference side Gateshead play the penultimate home game of the regular league season on Friday afternoon, as they look to move another step towards a promotion playoff slot and the dream of a Wembley visit.

A nine game unbeaten run has left the Tynesiders fifth in the table and occupying the final playoff position with a three point advantage over their nearest rivals and just three games remaining.  

Southport provide the opposition at the International Stadium in a 3pm kickoff and a good crowd is expected - not least with SJP season ticket holders able to take advantage of a 5 saving on the 14 adult entry 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.

Home fans will be housed in the Tyne & Wear (main) Stand and turnstiles at both ends will open from 2pm.

In addition to the regular car parks there will be some additional capacity on the bottom field near the North  (Tyne) End of the ground.

Remaining GFC fixtures:

Fri 18.04.2014 Southport (h) (3pm)
Mon 21.04.2014
Macclesfield Town (a) (3pm)
Sat 26.04.2014 Cambridge United (h) (5.30pm)

Sides finishing second to fifth will meet in two-legged semi-finalsstaged on Wed 30.04.2014 /Thu 01.05.2014 and Sun 04.05.2014. That will then decide the two sides who play at Wembley on Sunday May 18th to decide which club joins champions Luton Town in going up.

Non-League #2

At the Hop

Aside from the latest episode of torture at SJP, there's a wealth of football action across the region this weekend - including another Northern League groundhopper event.

For the uninitiated, part of the Northern League's 125th anniversary celebrations has seen staggered kickoffs at various games, allowing fans to watch two...or more.

The last - and maddest - of these events is the Easter Hop and although the organised travel is all booked out, there's nothing to stop anyone turning up and paying on the gate (around 4-6 per game).

There are some Thursday night games, but the hop kicks off at North Shields on Friday at 11am, when the top two sides in the Second Division meet - champions Shields receiving their silverware at full time. 
Good Friday:
North Shields v West Allotment Celtic 11am (D2)
Whitley Bay v Newcastle Benfield 2:30pm (D1)
Ashington v Crook Town 6:30pm (D1)

Easter Saturday:
Jarrow Roofing BCA v Heaton Stannington 11am (D2)
Washington v Seaham Red Star 2:15pm (D2)
Birtley Town v Chester-le-Street 6pm (D2)

Easter Sunday:
Consett v Durham City Noon (D1)
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Whickham 3pm (D2)

Easter Monday:
Bishop Auckland v Crook Town 12 noon (D1)
Spennymoor Town v Team Northumbria 3pm (D1)
Newton Aycliffe v Shildon 6pm (D1)

For details of the other Northern League games over the weekend, directions and other info
check online here

Senior Cup
Spartans at the double

Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans face the task of playing on successive days next week, having failed in an attempt to get one of the games altered.

Closing their home programme with the visit of Whitby Town to Croft Park for a 3pm start on Easter Monday, Blyth are then in action the following night in the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Their opponents at Gallowgate in a 7pm KO on Tuesday are Newcastle Reserves
and the final will be played to a finish - via extra time and penalties if required.

Admission can be gained by paying at the East Stand turnstiles - 6 adults, 3 concessions. NB: NUFC season ticket holders and members do not receive free entry.

Since lifting the trophy after beating Blue Star in 1994, Spartans have lost nine times in the final - six of them against Newcastle - the most recent coming in 2011.  

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 will learn the identity of their final opponents later on Wednesday when the other semi-final concludes, current holders Olympiakos taking a 2-1 lead to PAOK. 

And although their hopes of winning the league title are long since over, third-place Panathinaikos are already assured of a place in the end of season playoffs, where the second Champions League spot is decided from the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth.

Current Toon loans:

James Tavernier/Haris Vuckic (Rotherham United)
Wolves (a) League One, Friday.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City)
Nottingham Forest (a) Championship, Saturday.

Conor Newton
/ Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
Hibernian (h) SPFL, Saturday.

Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
Liverpool (h) Premier League, Sunday. 

Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
A 2-2 home draw with Metz in Ligue 2 on Monday featured the United winger for the first 77 minutes. 

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 week (April 26th).

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.

Another cap for Alex

Fresh from scoring twice in United's U18 league victory over Chelsea on Saturday, Toon midfielder Alex Gilliead won his second England U18 cap on Wednesday night.

Alex started for the young Lions in a friendly against Germany at Rotherham United's New York Stadium and although his side were trailing 0-1 when he was replaced after 66 minutes, England eventually ran out 2-1 victors.

Tom topples Tees teens

Newcastle U18s  3  Middlesbrough U18s  2

A second half brace from striker Tom Heardman took him into double figures for the season on Tuesday, as United edged a well-contested Tyne-tees derby fixture.

Having beaten Chelsea 3-2 at Little Benton on Saturday, Dave Watson's youngsters went into this rearranged game looking for a fifth successive win on their own ground - and an eighth home victory in nine outings this year.    

And they got off to a decent start when a low shot from Ben Drennan from the edge of the box seemed to catch out visiting goalkeeper Joe Fryer after 18 minutes.

Boro almost hit back from the kickoff as striker Jordan Jowers exploited some confusion in the United area and shot against the goal frame from a narrow angle. 

The equaliser wasn't long in arriving though and when Jowers was challenged in the box by Ryan McKinnon midway through the first half, referee James Simpson pointed to the spot - and Joe Wheatley converted.

In glorious conditions, Newcastle regained the lead barely two minutes into the second half when Tom Heardman netted from 18 yards - Fryer again less than impressive.

Ten minutes later Heardman struck again, after substitute Liam Gibson wormed his way to the byline and pulled the ball across the six yard box for the 18 year-old striker to force past Fryer and a couple of covering defenders.

That never looked likely to be the end of the scoring though and Boro reduced the arrears on 67 minutes, Lee Hetherington beating Freddie Woodman from close in.

A Boro equaliser seemed inevitable as the visitors began to dominate possession, but some poor shooting and an instinctive stop from Woodman in the final seconds of normal time ensured that United held on for the win.

There were first starts at this level for Jack Hunter and Luke Charman, while Macaulay Gillesphey made his comeback following ankle ligament problems.

Team: Woodman, Newberry, Cameron, Hunter, McKinnon, Gillesphey, Kerridge, Drennan (Gibson 50), Heardman, Charman, Laidler.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Tatters, Trodd, Suddick.

City stiffs stalemate

Newcastle U21s  0  Manchester City U21s  0

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to action on Tuesday when Blyth Spartans at SJP in the final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup.

Premier League
Fluke goal - but
defeat no accident

Stoke City  1  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

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.

Old boy
History maker Harps

Despite conceding three goals, former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper enjoyed a successful day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, as his Hull City side beat Sheffield United 5-3 in their FA Cup Semi Final.

The Tigers will make their first-ever appearance in the FA Cup Final on Saturday May 17th against Arsenal - a serious kidney injury sustained by first-choice custodian Allan McGregor giving Harper an unexpected second chance of glory in this competition, following his losing experience with the Magpies in the 1999 Final. 

Sunday also brought a sniff of cup glory for another ex Toon 'keeper, with Tommy Wright overseeing the first Scottish Cup semi-final success that his St.Johnstone side have enjoyed in their history.

The Perth side will face a Dundee United side including fellow SJP old boy Darren Jackson on their coaching staff in the final at Celtic Park on Saturday May 17th.  

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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


Sat 19.04.2014 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 

Tue 22.04.2014 U21s v Blyth Spartans @ SJP, 7pm. Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

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  


To mark the Northern League's 125th anniversary, SJP will host their League Cup Final on Tue 06.05.2014 (KO tbc)

Northern League Cup Quarter Finals:

18.03.2014 Marske United 4-1 Guisborough
19.03.2014 Brandon 0-2 Whitehaven
08.04.2014 Whitley Bay 3-2 B.Auckland
15.04.2014 Tow Law Town 1-3 Ashington

Semi Final draw:

21.04.2014 Whitehaven v Whitley Bay
Ashington v Marske United

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
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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.


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

On This Day in History
17th April

Born Or Died:

1961 Ray Montgomerie born, Irvine, Scotland. (1979-81)

Defender who switched from local side Saltcoats Victoria to United in 1979 and appeared for the reserve side and featured in the senior team's pre season tour of Sweden a year later, scoring once.

Failing to force his way into first team contention and admitting to a degree of home sickness, Ray was released in 1981 and returned to Scotland with Dumbarton.

Seven seasons later he moved on to Kilmarnock in 1988 and enjoyed over a decade at Rugby Park, playing over 300 games and coming close to international selection for Scotland (included in a B team preliminary squad at one point). 

Captaining the side to Scottish Cup Final success against Falkirk at Ibrox in 1997, Monty was awarded a testimonial against Celtic the following year.

He retired from playing after a final season with Partick Thistle in 2000 and returned to Killie in 2001 as their commerical manager, having rejected the chance to join the Firhill coaching staff.

Continuing to serve Saltcoats as manager (later Chairman) Monty successfully completed a Lands End to John O'Groats charity cycle ride during 2009.

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1893 Everton (a)
Collins, Crate
Gordon 3, Hartley, Milward
Crowd tbc

1897 Hearts (h)
Blyth, Aitken 2 

1899 Hibernian (a)
McGuigan 2 

1900 Coventry City (a)
Peddie 2, Rogers 2, Kingsley(pen)

1901 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
37pts, 6th
Heywood, MacFarlane, A.Gardner 

1908 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division One 
42pts, 2nd
Speedie 2 

1909 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
51pts, 1st
Hilsdon 2, Humphreys

1915 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
30pts, 15th 
Higgins, Hibbert 

1920 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
42pts, 7th
Phillipson 2, og 
Debuts for Willie Bertram and Harry Wake.

1922 Bradford City (a)
Division One
42pts, 8th 
Harris, J.Low, Smailes 
Logan, Winn

1926 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One
40pts, 9th 
Loughlin, Urwin, Hudspeth (pen) 

1933 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
47pts, 4th
J.R.Richardson 2, Weaver (pen) 

1937 Swansea Town (a)
Division Two 
47pts, 5th
Rogers, Smith 

1948 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 4-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
53pts, 2nd
Harvey, Stobbart,
Houghton 2 
Witcomb(pen), Marriott
Promotion was virtually assured with this victory, thanks to two late goals from Frank Houghton who was injured in the process. Jack Marriott and Doug Witcomb netted for the Owls. 

1954 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
36pts, 16th
Davies 3, Hannah, White 
Milton, Holton
Gunners goalkeeper Con Sullivan had a busy debut, as Reg Davies scored the first and only hat trick of his United career.


Having already beaten Seaton Delaval, Corinthians, the mackems, Manchester United, North Shields and Portsmouth, Newcastle's youngsters faced Wolves in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup at Molineux.

In front of 13,916 fans, John Galley put the home side ahead, only for Clive Chapman to level and set up a decisive second leg at Gallowgate. 

United were captained by Bob Moncur, while among the young Wolves was Peter Knowles, future mackem manager Ken Knighton and Tyneside-born goalkeeper Jim Barron.

1965 Crystal Palace (a)
Division Two 
55pts, 1st
Having clinched promotion at SJP against Bolton Wanders the previous day, eight of that starting XI were in action once again. 

Ollie Burton, Alan Suddick and and Trevor Hockey replaced Stan Anderson, Pop Robson and Tommy Knox at Selhurst Park.

1971 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
38pts, 11th
Charlie George kept the Gunners on course for a League and Cup double.

1974 Norwich City (a)
Division One 
36pts, 14th
Just 48 hours after a goalless draw at SJP, the Magpies shared the points with the Canaries again.

1976 Burnley (h)
Division One 
37pts, 14th
The final appearance of Malcolm Macdonald at SJP for Newcastle was not a memorable one. Old warhorse Peter Noble returned and scored the only goal for the Clarets with a header.

1978 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
21pts, 21st
Cowans, Gray
Thirty years to the day that promotion was gained, this defeat ensured United would be returning to Division Two.

1982 Luton Town (a)
Division Two 
56pts, 7th
Mills, Trewick(pen) 
Stein 3(2pens)
Dubious decisions cost United at Kenilworth Road, with ITV's Shoot giving a preview of the future "trial by TV" that would become the norm by rerunning controversial incidents. 
Youtube footage is online here

1985 Coventry City (h)
Division One 
45pts, 12th
Behind within two minutes of kick-off in this midweek encounter, Tony Cunningham then limped off midway through the first half for United.

George Reilly and Peter Beardsley kept the pressure up all night, but the equaliser never came as future Magpie Stuart Pearce and the rest of the Sky Blue defence held firm.

1991 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two 
The Owls had their minds firmly set on wearing in new boots for a Wembley League Cup Final appearance five days later.

Ossie Ardiles handed Pavel Srnicek a debut - the 'keeper having been signed by Jim Smith but never appearing during his time in charge.

1993 Millwall (a)
Division One 
Clark(65), Cole(73) 
Trailing at half time, two goals in eight second half minutes gave United a vital win in their penultimate away game - their 12th of the campaign.  

There was pre-match crowd trouble outside the Den and an uneasy atmosphere all afternoon, with away fans locked in the terrace at half time for their own safety, without access to any facilities. 

Just like old times at SJP then....
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Leeds United (h)
Premier League 
McCallister(25pen), Yeboah(31)
Within moments of Robbie Elliott scoring with a great shot at the Leazes End, he had departed on a stretcher. Leeds won it thanks to a penalty from Gary McAllister and an unchallenged run from Tony Yeboah.

1996 Southampton (h)
Premier League 
The normally reliable Peter Beardsley missed a penalty when faced with the sight of Dave Beasant, but a nervous United held on for the win. 

The returning Barry Venison led out the Saints and was warmly welcomed.

1999 Everton (h)
Campbell(1,44), Gemmill(88)
Alan Shearer missed a penalty facing Thomas Myhre, but kept his nerve to score when a second spot kick was awarded. 

By then, however, United were behind to a Kevin Campbell brace, and further misery followed with a late beauty from Gemmill. It wasn't a debut that defender David Beharall will look back on with any great fondness...

2002 The second string's title hopes faded at Villa Park as Villan misfit, Bosko Balaban, got the only goal of the game. match report

2005 Manchester United (n) 1-4 (0-2)
FA Cup semi-final

(at Cardiff)
van Nistelrooy(19,58), Scholes(45), 

Unfortunately the performance on the pitch was a pale shadow of the one in the stands as once more we were let down by those carrying our hopes and dreams.

Chief culprit was Red Devils double agent, Nicky Butt, who was man of the match for the Mancs, gifting possession on numerous occasions. His parting shot was to heartily congratulate his old team mates before scampering off down the tunnel.

Laurent Robert, who had been dropped for the UEFA Cup quarter-final in Lisbon for a public slagging of Graeme Souness, produced a pitiful performance and Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were suspended following their brawl.

Two cup exits and two 1-4 defeats in a week then as we imploded in a catastrophic fashion. Typical.

Nevertheless, the fans did themselves proud with a staggering level of support before, during and after the game putting the trophy-laden Mancs to shame. The "your support is flippin' trite" (or similar) chant got its first airing which now seems to be in every club's repertoire.

Although defeat seemed inevitable there was a feeling of defiance amongst the Toon fans - not that it made things any more tolerable... match report

2006 mackems (a)
Chopra(60), Shearer(61pen), 
N'Zogbia(66), Luque(87)
Newcastle secured their biggest away victory against the mackems since 1955, on what was a momentous afternoon for the club.

Deservedly behind at the break, the arrival of Michael Chopra for Lee Clark proved to be the turning point and within seconds, Chops had got us back on terms with his first touch.

A minute later, scorer Hoyte dragged Charles N'Zogbia to the ground and referee Chris Foy rightly pointed to the spot.

That allowed Alan Shearer signed off his derby career with a penalty to wipe out the memory of the one he missed at St. James' and the game was turned on its head.

N'Zogbia waltzed through the home rearguard and shot past Kelvin Davis for 3-1, before Shearer limped off after an accidental clash with Julio Arca left him with a career-ending knee injury.

His replacement Albert Luque then netted his first senior goal for the club to round off an incredible game and leave Glenn Roeder's side in seventh after four successive victories. match report

Alan Shearer 206 (ret'd hurt)

2007 Shola Ameobi made a goalscoring return for United Reserves, but it was strike partner Andy Carroll who grabbed the headlines against the smoggies at the Riverside.

18 year-old Carroll g
rabbed a hat trick in 15 first half minutes as United romped to a 5-1 victory. Jonny Godsmark scored the other. match report


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