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Ticket news:
Rotherham (h) Public sale now
QPR (h) Public sale now
Derby County (h) Public sale now (online)
Wolves (a) ST holder sale (
25 points)

FA Cup:
Matt finish adds gloss


Newcastle  3  Birmingham City  1


Match highlights online here

Newcastle ended a five year wait for an FA Cup victory on Wednesday night, as a much-changed line-up saw off Birmingham City at the second attempt.

Two ahead at the interval thanks to Matt Ritchie's penalty and Yoan Gouffran's effort, an apparently routine success became a shade more doubtful following a City goal from a rare forward move.

However the returning Jonjo Shelvey rounded off a classy display to provide Ritchie with an unmissable opportunity to seal the tie and set up a visit to League One Oxford United in the Fourth Round.

Shelvey's enforced five game absence had exposed our lack of midfield creativity, but a timely trio of telling passes led to three goals and a first FA Cup success since Blackburn Rovers lost here in 2012. 

A combination of injuries, international commitments and the unavailability of players due to loan deals present and past saw Rafa Benitez raid the club's Development side for a trio of debutants.    

Stuart Findlay, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Dan Barlaser played for the U23s at Gallowgate against Aston Villa in December in front of barely 500 fans, little knowing that they'd be back at the same venue just weeks later to entertain a crowd of almost 35,000. 

The trio all had their moments, central defender Findlay the most experienced after spending last season in the Kilmarnock first team and adjusting quickest to his surroundings.

Occupying a central midfield berth, Barlaser won't forget his 20th birthday in a hurry as he also played the full 90 minutes while El-Mhanni was given the outside left role and showed no lack of adventure.

They were among six changes to the selection held 1-1 at St. Andrews, Gouffran playing as the lone forward and Daryl Murphy part of a strong bench including Rob Elliot for the first time since March.   

Shelvey's first piece of magic set Gouffran away on nine minutes, only to be upended by City goalkeeper Adam Legzdins for an obvious penalty. Legzdins was booked and Matt Ritchie sent his spot kick straight down the middle into the Leazes net.

Gouffran came close to a second when cannoning Achraf Lazaar's left wing centre off the near post, but the Frenchman's sixth goal of the season arrived just after the half hour; flicking up Shelvey's low free-kick and turned before firing home from 14 yards.

Ritchie was unlucky to see his effort hit the inside of the post and Barlaser scuffed the rebound wide near the end of a totally one-sided half, when the visitors allowed Newcastle infinite time and space to retain possession and dictate the pace of the game.

Referee Lee Probert ignored an obvious handball after the break when Legzdins raced out of his box and blocked Ritchie's lob and Gianfranco Zola's side took that as their cue to make a game of it, having introduced first-choice striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.

He caused Findlay and Grant Hanley some problems but it was David Cotterill who took advantage when United failed to clear, firing past Matz Sels.

Jutkiewicz then went close twice and United introduced Ayoze Perez, Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback in an attempt to regain the initiative, the tiring Cheick Tiote warmly applauded as he left the field on what may be his final appearance at SJP.  

Halfway through four minutes of added time, Shelvey and Perez combined down the left for the latter to reach the byline, pulling the ball back for Ritchie to turn home from three yards and confirm victory.

A non-televised maiden visit to Oxford's Kassam Stadium now lies ahead in the Fourth Round, a tie confirmed as 3pm on Saturday 28th January. 

Full match report to follow.  


Team: Sels, Yedlin (Hayden 74), Hanley, Findlay, Lazaar, Ritchie, Shelvey, Tiote (Colback 81), Barlaser, El-Mhanni (Perez 69), Gouffran.
Subs n/u: Elliot, Dummett, Lascelles, Murphy.

Booked: Tiote.

Goals: Ritchie 9(pen), 90+2, Gouffran 34.


BCFC: Legzdins, Cogley, Grounds, Shotton, Robinson, Davis (Brown 63), Cotterill, Kieftenbeld (Fabbrini 79), Solomon-Otabor (Jutkiewicz 63), Tesche, Adams.
Subs n/u: Kuszczak, Gleeson, Spector, Morrison.

Booked: Legzdins, Shotton, Grounds.

Goal: Cotterill 71.

Crowd: 34,896 - largest FA Cup attendance at SJP since 35,108 saw Stoke City beaten 4-1 back in January 2008.

Third Round replays:

Tue 17.01.2017:
AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Sutton United
Barnsley 1-2 Blackpool
Burnley 2-0 mackems
Crystal Palace 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Fleetwood Town 0-1 Bristol City
Lincoln City 1-0 Ipswich Town

Wed 18.01.2017:
Newcastle 3-1 Birmingham
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Liverpool
Southampton 1-0 Norwich City

Fourth Round draw:

Spurs v Wycombe Wanderers
Derby County v Leicester City
Oxford United v Newcastle
Sutton United v Leeds United
Liverpool v Wolves
Southampton v Arsenal
Lincoln City v Brighton
Chelsea v Brentford
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Millwall v Watford
Rochdale v Huddersfield Town
Burnley v Bristol City
Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool
Fulham v Hull City
smoggies v Accrington Stanley
Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Ties to be played over the weekend of Jan 28th.

Referee: Lee Probert - second NUFC appointment of the season following the 2-1 victory at Burton.


"I don't like to lie and I will say we will try to use the squad and go as far as we can, but using the squad because we know that we have so many games in the league that it's important to have everyone ready and choose the best players for every game without taking risks.

We will try to win against Oxford if we can do it. It is a tough competition in England, it is always difficult. 

"We will try to go through. When you play against any team in this stage of the competition at home, it has to be difficult.

"I said in the press conference before the game our fans have been amazing in the whole season. (In) the replay of the FA Cup to have 35,000 means how good they are and how important it is for them. 

"We will try to give them something. My idea is to try and win every game, it does not matter which competition.”

On the returning Shelvey, who was made Captain:

"It is always important to have numbers in terms of players but especially someone like him who has quality and can pass the ball and make the others play.

"It is a big boost for us to see Jonjo dictating the tempo of the game. He was training really well. He needed to play for his match fitness. He will show in the next games how important he is.”


Matt Ritchie
became the first Newcastle player to convert from the penalty spot in an FA Cup tie since Alan Shearer in 2003 (Wolves away). He's now scored eight times in all competitions this season.

Yoan Gouffran netted his eighteenth goal for the club and sixth of the season. His best tally was seven, set in the 2013/14 campaign.

There were senior debuts for Stuart Findlay, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Dan Barlaser, while Jonjo Shelvey made his FA Cup bow for the Magpies.

Second time lucky? Last 10 FAC home replays:

Rotherham United won 2-0*
1995/96 Chelsea drew 2-2 (lost 2-4 on pens)
1996/97 Charlton Athletic won 2-1
1997/98 Stevenage Borough won 2-1*
1999/00 Spurs won 6-1
2006/07 Birmingham City lost 1-5
2007/08 Stoke City won 4-1
2008/09 Hull City lost 0-1
2009/10 Plymouth Argyle won 3-0
Birmingham City won 3-1

(All Third Round replays except * Fourth)

Blues in Toon - last 10:

Won 3-1 Ritchie 2, Gouffran (FA Cup)
2016/17 Won 4-0 Gayle 3, Gouffran
2010/11 Won 2-1 Ameobi(pen), S.Taylor
2007/08 Won 2-1 Martins(pen), Beye
2006/07 Lost 1-5 Milner (FA Cup)
2005/06 Won 1-0 Emre
2004/05 Won 2-1 Ameobi, Bowyer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
2002/03 Won 1-0 Viana
1992/93 Drew 2-2 Cole, Lee

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Derby date set

The mackems have announced that their FA Youth Cup Fifth Round home tie against Newcastle will go ahead on Wednesday January 25th.

Rather than the stadium of plight though, the tie is scheduled for the Eppleton Colliery Welfare ground (aka the Hetton Centre) in Hetton-le-Hole.

Kick-off is at 7pm and admission £3 adults and £1 concessions on the gate. Postcode is DH5 9NE.

It remains to be seen whether their Northumberland Senior Cup tie at North Shields on the same night will be rescheduled, but United did field different starting XIs in the last round of the two competitions.
FAYC Fifth Round:

Manchester City v Southampton
Chelsea v Sheff Wednesday
Aston Villa v Broxbourne Borough
mackems v Newcastle United
Spurs v Norwich City
Stoke City v Brighton
smoggies v Leicester City
reston North End v AFC Wimbledon

Boat people


Local playwright Ed Waugh returns to the stage with his tale of famed Geordie oarsman Harry Clasper in February, with a limited run at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle city centre (pictured above).

"Hadaway Harry" is performed on Friday February 24th and Saturday February 25th, with a matinee on the second day (although that will clash with the Bristol City home game). Bookings & info online here

We have a pair of tickets for the Friday show and to be in with a chance of winning them, just tell us which famous Tyneside anthem was first aired during a benefit for Clasper in 1862.  

Email your answer to (subject: Harry). Closing date is Tue
Jan 24th @ 2pm.

Thanks to our sponsors Brinkburn Street Brewery, we have an additional prize for the winning entrant - in the form of a dozen bottles of Canny Sculler Ale, brewed to commemorate the exploits of Harry and other noted local rowers including James Renforth.

PS: For anyone in the London area, there are three performances of the play at London Rowing Club on the banks of the Thames in Putney (SW15 1LB). 

These are on February 17th/18th - details here

African update

African Nations Cup Finals, Gabon:


With Christian Atsu clad in squad number 7 and in the starting line-up, Ghana beat Uganda 1-0 on Tuesday. The winger completed the full game.


DR Congo opened up their campaign against Morocco in Oyem with a 1-0 win, Chancel Mbemba (wearing 22) playing the full game.


On-loan midfielder Henri Saivet (wearing number 22) was a 72nd arrival during Senegal's 2-0 victory over Tunisia, but Mo Diame (squad number 12) remained unused on the bench in Franceville. 

A: Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, B.Faso
B: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal 
C: Ivory Coast, Togo, DR Congo, Morocco 
D: Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Mali 

15.01.2017 Tunisia 0-2 Senegal
16.01.2017 DR Congo 1-0 Morocco
17.01.2017 Ghana 1-0 Uganda
19.01.2017 Senegal v Zimbabwe
20.01.2017 Ivory Coast V DR Congo
21.01.2017 Ghana v Mali
23.01.2017 Senegal v Algeria
24.01.2017 Togo v DR Congo
25.01.2017 Egypt v Ghana

28/29.01.2017 Quarter Finals
01/02.02.2017 Semi Finals
04.02.2017 3rd/4th play-off
05.02.2017 Final

Loan lads:

Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
A 4-1 success at Skelmersdale United on Tuesday maintained Blyth's place at the top of the Northern Premier League - and to complete a good night, nearest challengers Buxton lost 1-3 at home.

Woolly kept his place between the posts.

Adam Armstrong ( Barnsley) 
Returning to the starting lineup on Tuesday night for the visit of Blackpool to Oakwell in an FA Cup Third Round replay. Replaced after 76 minutes, Arma watched as the Seasiders won 2-1 in extra time, scoring the winning goal in the 121st minute. 

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
The Dutch side recommenced their Eredivisie season with a 2-0 home win over Rotterdam Excelsior on Saturday. Siem replaced his brother on 85 minutes.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
The Bantams were beaten 0-1 at Shrewsbury Town in League One on Saturday, with Alex debuting from the bench after 76 minutes.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
A winning start for Ivan in League One on Saturday against his former club Northampton Town. Toney appeared as an 80th minute substitute as the Iron won 2-1 on the road.  

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macca completed the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 home draw with Morecambe in League Two on Saturday.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Thauvin played 89 minutes of a 1-4 home defeat by AS Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
A 1-1 draw at Granada on Sunday saw Riviere appear as a 69th minute substitute. He's yet to score for his current side, who remain bottom of the table. 

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
On a mid-season break, Young Boys are at training camp in Spain, where they lost 1-2 to Hannover on Sunday. Kevin played the second 45 minutes. 

Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts, 
Freddie Woodman
Hamilton Academical (h) Scottish Cup, Sat Jan 21st

Tim Krul
An idle weekend for Tim as Ajax return
ed to league action against PEC Zwolle. The goalkeeper wasn't named in a 21 man matchday squad and also didn't feature for the reserves on Friday night.

Lubo Satka (DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
The Slovak Superleague side
have confirmed the arrival of Magpies defender on loan. Their league season doesn't resume until mid-February.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
(African Nations Cup duty with Senegal in Gabon)

Swans flying


Swansea City U23s  3  Newcastle U23s  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report

Old boy in 
at Spirerites

Managerless League One side Chesterfield have filled their vacancy with the appointment of ex Newcastle reserve defender, Gary Caldwell

The 34 year-old former Scotland international has been out of the game since losing his job as Wigan boss back in October - having led the Latics to the League One title the previous season.

More TV meddling 

Following confirmation from Sky that our visit to Huddersfield Town will be televised live at 5.30pm on Saturday March 4th, two further Championship switches have been revealed - neither involving us.

That same weekend now begins with a Friday night visit to Birmingham for Leeds. Meanwhile, the weekend of March 17th/18th already had Bristol City's home game with Huddersfield on Friday night, with Brighton's trip to Leeds now in a Saturday teatime slot.

That latter change leaves the possibility of a Saturday lunchtime, Sunday or even a Monday slot for our trip to Birmingham City that weekend, although the latter hasn't been regularly used this season. 

Confirmation of Premier League live games on that weekend is still awaited, so there's no clues there. 

It's still feasible that our trip to Reading could be on Sky (although the day and start time could remain unaltered), while the home game with Fulham that's scheduled for Saturday 11th March remains at risk - with no live Championship games scheduled then as yet, presumably due to a clash with the FA Cup.  

Back on top

London Irish

Brentford  1  Newcastle  2

Watch the goals online here


Match report

Home discomforts 

Newcastle U18s  1  Derby County  4



Despite an improved second half showing, fourteen minutes of defensive madness before the break ensured that Newcastle lost their fifth successive home league game at Little Benton on Saturday. 
Scoreless after 13 minutes, an awful pass from a defender gave
Jahvan Davidson-Miller a simple finish, before an identical rick from Magpies 'keeper Ben Smith two minutes later was punished in similar fashion by Micah Edwards.  

The Rams made it 3-0 a minute later when Cameron Cresswell spectacularly volleyed in after a corner, before further defensive generosity on 27 minutes saw Jayden Mitchell-Lawson find the net with ease.

It took 43 minutes for United to test Derby custodian Matt Yates but the second period at least saw the home side up their efforts and dominate the game.

The home side reduced the arrears on 67 minutes when a shot from Kelland Watts was deflected by substitute 'keeper Joe Fryatt.

An unlikely comeback was never on the cards though and the Rams completed an away treble in the region after previous victories on wearside and Teesside.

There was a return to action for Magpies defender Gideon Adu-Peprah, who has missed most of the season with a toe injury.

New faces at this level meanwhile were Isaac Gamblin and Jack Robson, both debuting competitively for the  U18 side. 

Team: Smith, Spooner, Aplin (Aziakonou 67), M.Longstaff, Kitchen (Gamblin 67), Adu-Peprah, Lowther, Watts, McNall, Allan, Sangare (Robson 67). Sub n/u: Huuhtanen

Rotherham United (h)

Saturday sees the Millers make their first appearance at Gallowgate since an FA Cup tie back in February 1993. Kick-off is at an old-fashioned 3pm.

Tickets are on public sale now, with the visitors taking their full allowable allocation of 3,200.

To follow

To follow

RUFC: The Millers head to Gallowgate six points adrift at the bottom of the table despite ending a three match unbeaten run by beating Norwich City 2-1 at New York Stadium on Saturday.

Paul Warne's side have a full week in which to prepare for their visit to Tyneside as they aim to improve on a record of 12 defeats from 13 away games - the sole exception to that a 2-2 draw at Ipswich in October.

Jeremy Simpson - first NUFC game for the Lancashire-based whistler.


Rail engineering work in the Durham area from Noon on Saturday until Noon on Sunday means that Virgin East Coast services are diverted via an alternative route. Other services will run to/from Darlington, with bus replacements to/from Durham and Newcastle. 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Digi Sport 1 (Slovakia) +HD
Eleven Extra HD (Poland)
Nova Sport (Bulgaria) +HD
Sportdigital TV (Austria) +HD
SportKlub 2 (Serbia) +HD
TV3 Sport 1 (Denmark) +HD
Viaplay (Denmark/Sweden)

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website now has free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street gives a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or Rotherham match ticket. No reservations needed.


Millers in Toon - all-time:  

1992/93 won 2-0 Kelly, Clark (FAC)
1982/83 won 4-0 McDermott, Varadi, Wharton, KK
1981/82 drew 1-1 Shinton
1964/65 won 3-1 Suddick, Iley, McGarry 
1963/64 won 5-2 Thomas 3, Anderson, McGarry
1962/63 won 4-1 Hale 2, Tuohy, Kerray
1961/62 won 1-0 Thomas
1952/53 lost 1-3 Keeble (FAC)

Upcoming fixtures: 

Fri 20.01.2017:

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

Sat 21.01.2017:
QPR v Fulham (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Preston North End (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City (3pm)
Cardiff City v Burton Albion (3pm)
Derby County v Reading (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town (3pm)
Norwich City v Wolves (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Bristol City (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Brentford (3pm)
Barnsley v Leeds United (5.30pm)

Tue 24.01.2017:
Brighton v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Reading v Fulham (8pm)

Wed 25.01.2017:
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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 closed.

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 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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 same time.

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

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

*NUFC have announced that their members only away ticket policy will be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Fri 20.01.2017 U23s v Swansea City (a) @ Landore, 2pm. Premier League Cup. Note amended kick-off time.

Sat 21.01.2017 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Melwood, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.01.2017 Rotherham United (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now

Wed 25.01.2017 U18s v mackems (a) @ Eppleton CW, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fifth Round.

Wed 25.01.2017 U23s v North Shields (a) @ Daren Persson Stadium, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final.

Sat 28.01.2017 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Football Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 28.01.2017 Oxford United (a)
@ Kassam Stadium, 3pm. FA Cup 4th Round.
Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 30.01.2017 U23s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Tue 31.01.2017 Transfer window closes @ 11pm.

Wed 01.02.2017 QPR (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 04.02.2017 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. 

Sat 04.02.2017 Derby County (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now, Thu 19.01.2017 (in person / by phone).

Mon 06.02.2017 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Aggborough, Kidderminster, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Sat 11.02.2017 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 5.30pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 25 points. £30 adults, £15 65 and over / U21s, £12 U17s, £10 U12s. Allocation: 2,500. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 13.02.2017 U23s v Bristol City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup. 

Tue 14.02.2017 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Tue 14.02.2017 Norwich City (a)
@ Carrow Road, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 18.02.2017 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 20.02.2017 tbc U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm tbc. Premier League 2.

Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

NB: this will be rescheduled to a new date if
NUFC reach the FA Cup Fifth Round.

Tue 21.02.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Tue 25.02.2017 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 25.02.2017 Bristol City (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 27.02.2017 U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup. 

Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield Town (a) @ John Smiths Stadium, 5,30pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 07.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Wed 01.02.2017
QPR (h) 7.45pm
Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) 5.30pm
Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) 8pm+
Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield (a) 5.30pm

+ Dependent on NUFC not being in FA Cup Fifth Round action that weekend.

FA Cup:

R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final:

25.01.2017 North Shields v Newcastle Utd
22.02.2017 Blyth Town v Blyth Spartans 

Talk-ins etc:

Fri 24.02.2017 John Beresford
(and Gavin Webster) @ Teams Social Club, Gateshead. £15 including pie & peas, all funds raised go to help athletes from the Northern Region to the Special Olympics in August.

Tickets from: Danielle (0191 4332313), Brian (07788 652046), Les (07974 308162).

Thu 02.03.2017 Malcolm Macdonald, Olivier Bernard (and Gavin Webster) @ North Shields FC. £10 including pie & peas.

Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner @ Village Hotel, North Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance. £50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

Saturday 20th May 2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21st May 2017:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international break:
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Guardian's coverage of the African Nations Cup got off to a comedic start on Sunday:

Senegal make another change with Newcastle striker Saivet replacing Ndiaye

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

On This Day in History
18th January

Born Or Died:

1954 Jeff Clarke born, Hemsworth, Pontefract. (1982-87 player, 1988-96 coach)

Central defender who joined the Magpies on a free transfer from the mackems, having begun his playing career at Manchester City.

Making his debut alongside fellow new boy Kevin Keegan (and the returning John Craggs) in a memorable home win over QPR, Jeff's first United goal came the following month in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at SJP.

Sustaining a serious leg injury at Barnsley a year later caused Jeff to be missing from the promotion-winning side until the following February, when he made a brief comeback.

Missing from the United side who began life back in the top flight under Jack Charlton, Jeff was loaned to Brighton and Hove Albion and played four games back in Division Two.

By October 1984 though he was back on Tyneside and in the first team, becoming a regular starter again that season and keeping his place in the 1985/86 campaign.

Featuring less often in the 1986/87 season, Jeff made his final Magpies apperance in a 3-1 defeat at Wimbledon in February 1987.   

After brief spells in Turkey with Ankargucu and locally with Darlington and Whitley Bay, Jeff returned to SJP in 1988, initially working as the club's Community Officer.

He subsequently joined the United backroom staff and became reserve team manager, later joining a PFA scheme to study for physiotherapy qualifications. 

Leaving United in 1996 to take on a physio role at the mackems and then subsequently with Leeds United, he moved on to Dundee United in 2003.

1961 Peter Beardsley MBE born, Longbenton (1983-87 & 1993-97)

Spotted playing local youth football, "Pedro" had unsuccessful trials at Gillingham, Cambridge United, Burnley and Newcastle.

However, former Magpies captain Bob Moncur talked the 18 year-old into playing for his Carlisle reserve side at Newcastle Blue Star.

Beardsley scored and quickly agreed terms with the Brunton Park club, where he continued to earn rave reviews.

A move to Vancouver Whitecaps in the North American Soccer League came in 1981, with a return two years later to join Arthur Cox’s Magpies after a brief one-game flirtation with Manchester United.

Promotion was duly achieved but Cox's replacement by Jack Charlton saw things gradually start to unravel for Beardsley.

The departure of Chris Waddle to Spurs came at the end of a season in which Charlton had shown his true colours by signing burly forwards Tony Cunningham & George Reilly.

Partial respite came with the appointment of Willie McFaul, but despite the emergence of young talent such as Paul Gascoigne, Ian Bogie and Paul Stephenson the club continued to muddle along in mid-table.

That perceived lack of ambition saw Beardsley depart in July 1987, Liverpool paying a record £1.9m for him and United only then investing in a squad overhaul.

Unexpectedly sold to Everton in 1991, two seasons at Goodison Park followed before Kevin Keegan brought him back to SJP.

Forming the supply line for the prolific Andy Cole when he wasn’t scoring sensational goals himself, he was a prime mover in establishing United back in the top-flight.

Although many of his goals are captured on tape for posterity, for those who saw him play, certain memories are embedded: his chip over Joe Corrigan in May 1984 or a hat  hat trick against the mackems in Jan 1985.

Or from his second spell; astounding strikes at Spurs, Palace and Forest and a solo scampering effort at the Leazes End against Villa - all equally magical.

A testimonial game at St.James’ Park in 1999 saw his boyhood favourites Celtic come to town, two years after leaving United to wind down his twenty year career at Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Fulham, Hartlepool United and Doncaster Rovers.

And internationally Beardsley amassed a total of 59 England caps, netting nine times.

Maintaining an association with United since his retirement, Beardsley has at various times been involved in off-field PR and coaching at youth team level.  

2010 found him managing United's reserves, with a fleeting spell as caretaker boss after the departure of Chris Hughton and before the installation of Alan Pardew - however he didn't take charge of the team for a game.

He made way for Willie Donachie as second string manager in 2011 before being given the role of Football Development Manager.

Retaining the role of U21 coach at the club, Beardsley briefly assisted interim boss John Carver in early 2015 following the departure of Alan Pardew. 

1981 Death of Duggie Livingstone, 82. Former manager. (1954-56)

1992 Samuel Adjei born, Eksjö, Sweden.

Fleet-footed winger signed from Jönköpings Södra IF in January 2009, who made his Magpies bow for the U18 side in a 0-3 home loss to Leeds United two months later.

Samuel was handed a reserve debut days later against Hull City at North Ferriby and a first taste of senior team football came in our pre-season friendly at Huddersfield Town the following July.

The 2009/10 season saw Adjei a regular U18 starter netting at SJP in an FA Youth Cup win over Crystal Palace. The former Swedish youth international also played six times for the reserves.

However, injury meant that Samuel missed the opening weeks of the 2010/11 season, returning for the U18s in late September.

Season 2011/12 saw Adjei return to reserve action but after just four appearances and a brief loan spell at Hartlepool (just one game before a hamstring injury) he was released by the club in Summer 2012.

Adjei subsequently returned to his native Sweden and former club
Jönköpings Södra IF during January 2013.

After making just two appearances though due to further fitness problems, Samuel left in November 2014.

1997 Dan Barlaser born, Gateshead.

Winger who arrived at United after scouts spotted his potential with Swalwell Juniors, making his U18 bow in a 0-4 home loss to Spurs at Little Benton in August 2012.

Scoring his first goal at that level for the club in the next home game against Stoke City, Dan accepted an international callup from Turkey U16s (where his father was born) and his debut came in a friendly away to Italy that October.

Making the step up to U17 level after helping Turkey to Montaigu Cup success in France during April 2013, Barlaser also featured in United's Milk Cup campaign.   

His first U21 appearance for Newcastle was as a second half substitute in a 1-4 defeat at Spurs during January 2014 and a maiden goal was scored at home to Brighton the following October.

Switching allegiance to England, June 2015 saw Dan feature in two U18s friendlies against Russia along with fellow Magpies Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman.

2014 Death of Andy Graver, 86. (1947-50)


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1896 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division Two 
McKay, Stott, Miller 

1902 Everton (h)
Division One 

1908 Bristol City (h)
Division One 
McClarence, Soye 

1913 Chelsea (a)
Division One 

1919 Scotswood (a)
Donnelly, Tulthorpe, Brown
scorers tbc

1930 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
Chandler 3, Hine 2, Langford
Jackie Cape made his debut at outside right.

1936 Manchester United (a)
Division Two 
Mutch 2, Rowley
1947 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division Two 
1958 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
1964 Grimsby Town (h) 4-0 
Division Two 
Thomas 2,
Anderson 2 
1969 Arsenal (h) 
Division One 
Davies, Robson 
Arsenal's consolation came from Bobby Gould.

1975 Manchester 
City (a)
Division One 
Hammond(6), Tueart (37pen,50,83), Bell(88) 
Having lost 2-5 at home to Spurs a week earlier, goalkeeper Iam McFaul had to pick the ball out of his net on another five occasions at Maine Road.

A scintillating second half display from City included Denis Tueart's first treble for the club but Newcastle boss Joe Harvey was incensed by the home side's roughhouse tactics that went unchecked by referee Ron Challis - culminating in Rodney Marsh punching Micky Burns without sanction.

1982 Colchester United (a)
(aet) 2-2 (2-1)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 
13), Saunders(43), Brownlie(94), Varadi(114)
Cook(45), Allison(67pen,116pen) 
An absolute battle at Layer Road, with spectacular goals from Waddle, Saunders and Brownlie and United 'keeper Kevin Carr conceding two penalties. 

Many away fans attempted to keep track of the tie via a local radio commentator who gave the impression of never having seen a football before, never mind a microphone. 

Both Saunders and Brownlie had failed to score a competitive goal for United before; in the latter's' case after nearly 100 games.

1986 Queens Park Rangers (a) 1-3 (0-2)
Division One 
Fenwick(31,80pen), Robinson(43) 
Another fruitless afternoon on the Loftus Road plastic, with future Magpies coach Paul Barron in goal for Rangers.

1988 Queen Of The South (a) 4-0 (2-0)
Goddard(22,37), Lormor(59), P.Jackson(79)
A Monday evening jaunt to Palmerston Park gave the Magpies some match practice ahead of the visit of Spurs to SJP the following weekend.

Willie McFaul's side hadn't been in action over the previous weekend due to being the "odd team out" in the 21 team First Division. 

1989 Watford (a)
(aet) 0-0 (0-0)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
Third Replay 
Fourth time unlucky as Glenn Roeder diverted a shot past the helpless Tommy Wright to win it for Watford deep into extra time.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division Two 
Clark(24), Hunt(31), Brock(34)
Barness(36), Walsh(73,76), og(O'Brien)(89)
Even by our lowly standards this was a kick in the plums, as Newcastle somehow contrived to turn a 3-0 lead into a defeat - Liam O'Brien diverting a shot from a certain Alan Pardew into the Gallowgate End net to hand the Addicks all three points. 

This proved to be the last home league game in charge for Ossie Ardiles.

Youtube footage is online here

1995 Blackburn Rovers (a) 2-1 (0-0)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
Hottiger(58), Clark(85)
To beat the would-be Champions on their own patch after the trauma of selling Andy Cole to Man United was a seminal moment for Kevin Keegan. 

The away fans celebrated in the Darwen End long after the final whistle, calling for KK who was being interviewed by Sky in the tunnel. 

For some unknown reason though he failed to reappear - strange, given that he'd had to stand on the steps at SJP defending his actions to angry fans a few days earlier.
Youtube footage is online here

1997 Southampton (a) 
Premier League 
Ferdinand(14), Clark(82)
Maddison(88), Le Tissier(89)

Peter Beardsley led out the team on his 36th birthday, but going two up with only eight minutes remaining simply inspired the Saints, and Maddison pulled one back straight away. 

A last minute equaliser from Le Tissier spoiled Kenny Dalglish’s first Premier League game in charge and continued to taunt us all by being included in the BBC “Match of the Day” opening titles the following year.

2003 Manchester City (h)

Shearer(1), Bellamy(64)

Alan Shearer had barely put down his Goal of the Month award for December 2002 - the Everton howitzer - before he was at it again.

City 'keeper Carlo Nash made a hash of his clearance and hit Al, who tucked the ball into the empty Leazes net after just 10.25 seconds - a fraction outside the PL record. match report

2005 A deeply disappointing FA Youth Cup defeat for United came at Watford's Vicarage Road in the Fourth Round. Andrew Chapman's 27th minute shot won it for the Hornets.

2006 The young Magpies won their FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a fine solo effort from Aussie youngster James Troisi.

Ahead after five minutes through Andy Carroll, the Owls levelled after half time before Troisi marked his comeback from injury by beating four defenders and netting from close range to make it 2-1.

2010 West Bromwich Albion (h) 2-2 (1-1)
Guthrie(25), Lovenkrands(54)
Olsson(13), Bednar(46)

United made it 14 games unbeaten after twice coming from behind against their promotion rivals, but it remained one win in five league games for Chris Hughton's side.

Peter Lovenkrands played despite the loss of his father and the Dane headed a second equaliser after the break. 

Danny Guthrie's fine free-kick had got us back on terms only for sloppy defending to twice allow the Baggies to take the lead. match report

2011 Winger Wayne Routledge rejoined QPR on a loan deal until the end of the season while John Carver returned to St. James' Park as Alan Pardew's assistant manager.

2012 Brighton beat Wrexham in a penalty shootout to set up a Fourth Round FA Cup tie against Newcastle at the Amex Stadium.

2014 West Ham United (a)
Premier League
Cabaye(16,90+5), Remy(33)
United halted a run of four defeats with a fourth win on the spin in London. 

Yohan Cabaye took centre stage, scoring twice and engineering our victory with a masterly midfield performance in what proved to be his last game. match report