Saturday February 6th, 2016

last update 18:06 GMT

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The Never-Ending Tour

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Ticket news:

Chelsea (a) SOLD OUT
Stoke (a) ST holder sale now (
0 points)
Leicester (a)
 ST holder sale now (0 points)

Premier League:
Serb settles nerves

Newcastle  1  West
Brom  0

Newcastle climbed out of the bottom three with a nervy but priceless victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to a rare Aleksandar Mitrovic goal at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Serbian tucked the ball past Ben Foster just after the half hour and minutes after Cheick Tiote had an effort disallowed, just like he had against Manchester City two season ago.

Steve McClaren's side dominated the game in every area against an abysmal Albion side and they should have had a hatful.

As it was, United had transfer target Saido Berahino and his fellow substitute Salomon Rondon for letting them off the hook in the final minutes when they should have claimed an underserved equaliser.

Steven Taylor made his first appearance since August and showed great commitment alongside Fabricio Coloccini while Rolando Aarons filled in at left back again.

In truth, any defensive line-up would have been untroubled by an incredibly negative Tony Pulis side and Rob Elliot had one of his quietest days in a Newcastle shirt.

Full match report to follow.


Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons, Townsend (Perez 88), Shelvey (Saivet 90), Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Gibson, Williams, Barlaser, Doumbia.

Mitrovic 32.

WBAFC: Foster, Olsson, Chester, Yacob, Gardner (Pritchard 46), Anichebe (Rondon 74), McClean, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Sandro (Berahino 46).
Subs n/u: Myhill, Pocognoli, Lambert, Sessegnon

Booked: McAuley, Olsson, Chester.


Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld GD Pts
11 Stoke 25   -7  33
12 Crystal Palace 25 -4 32
13 Chelsea 24 -2 29
14 West Brom 25 -9 29
15 Bournemouth 24 -10 28
16 Swansea 25 -9 27
17 Newcastle 25 -18 24
18 Norwich 25 -20 23
19 mackems 25 -19 20
20 Aston Villa 25 -20 16

Lee Mason - The Lancashire lad has presided over two 1-0 away wins involving us so far this time round; our single goal success at Bournemouth and Everton's late sickener at Gallowgate.


Baggies in Toon - Premier League:

2015/16 won 1-0 Mitrovic
2014/15 drew 1-1 Perez
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2

Latest Premier League results/fixtures:  

Sat 06.02.2016:
Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City
Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City
Liverpool 2-2 mackems
Newcastle 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 0-3 Everton
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Spurs 1-0 Watford
Southampton 1-0L West Ham

Sun 07.02.2016:

Bournemouth v Arsenal (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Manchester United (4pm) Sky


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Youngsters come unstuck

Newcastle U18s  0  Everton U18s  8 (EIGHT)


Newcastle's U18 side returned to home action for the first time in 2016 on Saturday afternoon - but were soon trailing at a damp Little Benton.

Just seven minutes were on the clock when home defender Owen Bailey tripped visiting striker Shayne Lavery outside the box and was shown a red card.

And from the resultant free kick, Anthony Evans curled a right footed effort over the wall and into the corner of Ben Smith's goal to put the Toffees ahead.

Inevitably the visitors pressed on in search of further goals and after missing numerous chances, doubling their lead in the 43rd minute when Evans turned provider for Lavery to lob the advancing Smith.

The visitors went goal crazy after the break. Spencer Myers made it 0-3 after 63 minutes from close range and the fourth followed two minutes later when Lavery grabbed his second.

Morgan Feeney got the fifth in the 76th minute from a corner and Lavery completed his hat-trick by firing home via a post in the 83rd minute.

Evans completed his treble, sweeping the ball in with four minutes remaining to make it 0-7 and the scoring was complete in added time with Evans grabbing his fourth.

Team: B.Smith, Todd, Le.Gibson (Aziakonou 75), Donaghey, Pollock, Bailey, Spooner (Long 84), Aplin, Allan, Owusu, Lowther (Kitchen 46).
Subs n/u:
Johnson, Harker.

Booked: Aplin.

A new name for United is striker Dave Owusu - further details tbc.

The leagues reform for a playoff competition later this month, when the two 12 team divisions combine into three eight team leagues made up of the 1st-4th, 5-8th & 9-12th place finishers in each division. 

Each club then plays the other seven teams in their new league once - home or away. As things stand, Newcastle can look forward to games against Derby County, Stoke City, Manchester United, Brighton, Norwich City, Southampton and Swansea City.

United's remaining regular games are as follows:

Sat 13.02.2016 Manchester City (h) 11am
Tue 16.02.2016 U18s v mackems (a) 1pm


Defender blow 

Newcastle's enforced 18 day idleness after their next two games may actually be well-timed, with news on Friday that Chancel Mbemba is set to be missing with an ankle problem for at least a month.  

The DR Congo international was forced off the field before half time at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, with confirmation coming afterwards that he'd been struggling with the injury in the run up to the game. 

It's reported that Mbemba will travel to Belgium next week for a second opinion on the severity of his ailment, while Paul Dummett also misses out on Saturday with a hamstring problem.

Love it!

Receiving an early 65th birthday present from author Martin Hardy is one Joseph Kevin Keegan, now the proud owner of a copy of "Touching Distance."     

There's still time order an author-signed copy of Martin's excellent chronicle of United's 1995/96 season for the special price of 15 post free in the UK.

Order online here or email for other payment methods. Overseas delivery can also be arranged at cost.

Second string switch 

Confirmation that United's U21 home league game against Stoke City on Monday evening will now be played at St. James' Park, not Whitley Park as previously advertised.

Kick-off remains 7pm and the game is open to the public, with access available to the East Stand. Season ticket holders and members get in free, otherwise it's 3 adults and 1 concessions.

Premier League:
Travel sickness 
now an epidemic

Everton  3  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

Loan lads:
The Borrowers 
Remy Cabella/Florian Thauvin 
(Olympique Marseille): 
A red card within ten minutes of his second debut for OM means that he's suspended when leaders PSG travel to Marseille on Sunday.

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
AFC Fylde (h) FA Trophy, Saturday. 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
MK Dons (h) Championship, Saturday.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 

Sheffield United (a) League One, Saturday.

Kyle Cameron
, Lubo Satka (York City):
Northampton Town (a) League Two, Saturday.

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

Accrington Stanley (h) League Two, Saturday.

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

Port Vale (a) League One, Sunday.

PL update 

Newcastle's 25 man squad for the remainder of the current season has been published and shows four changes from that submitted last September:

Doumbia, Saivet, Shelvey, Townsend

Out: Bigirimana, Good, Thauvin, Williamson

Anita, Cisse, Colback, Coloccini, Darlow, De Jong, Dummett, Elliot, Gouffran, Haidara, Janmaat, Krul, Lascelles, Marveaux, Obertan, Perez, Riviere, Sissoko, Taylor, Tiote, Wijnaldum.

In addition to the 25 names, an unlimited number of players born after Jan 1st 1994 can also feature in Premier League games. United have submitted a list with 49 names, including the following who have featured in first team squads this season:  

Aarons, Armstrong, Barlaser, Gibson, Mbabu, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Roberts, Satka, Sterry, Toney, Williams, Woodman.

That leaves the following players still contracted to United but not eligible to play in any circumstances:

Ameobi, Bigirimana, Cabella, Good, Thauvin, Vuckic.


Planning for England's Euro 2016 campaign continues and there are further indications that Roy Hodgson's team will play a warm-up game in the North East.

Seeking to emulate the tournament conditions they'll experience in France, England are looking at a trio of home friendlies: one game in the North East, one in the North West and then one at Wembley.

It's now claimed that either Newcastle or the mackems will host Australia on or around May 27th, with the Telegraph tipping wearside as the more likely venue. 

England's most recent visits to Gallowgate came in the 2004/05 season, when they defeated Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly and Azerbaijan 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier.


Still time for Tiote

Want-away midfielder
Cheick Tiote remains at SJP after his failed move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua last month - but there's still time for a revived deal to go through.

That's because the transfer window for the Chinese Super League remains open until late February.

The 29 year-old Ivorian is under contract at SJP until 2017.

Cabella claims

Reports in France on Monday claimed that Olympique Marseille had completed the necessary paperwork to convert Remy Cabella's loan move from Newcastle into a permanent transfer.

However there's been no formal confirmation from either club as yet over the current status of the 25 year-old midfielder who has made 26 appearances in all competitions for OM to date, scoring four times. 

Vase/Trophy update

Local interest in both national non-league cup competitions remains, with Gateshead in the last sixteen of the FA Trophy and Morpeth Town and Dunston UTS in the FA Vase Quarter Final draw.

Both finals are scheduled to be played at Wembley Stadium on the same day - Sunday May 22nd.  

FA Trophy - Third Round:
(ties to be played on Sat Feb 6):

Dover Athletic v Guiseley
Gateshead v AFC Fylde
Grimsby Town v Havant & Waterlooville
FC Halifax Town v Chester
Nantwich Town v Stourbridge
Sutton United v Bognor Regis Town
Torquay United v Truro City
Woking v Oxford City

FA Vase - Quarter Final:
(ties to be played on Sat Feb 20)

Hartley Wintney or Hereford v Camberley Town
Salisbury v Ashford United or Dunston UTS
Berkhamsted or Morpeth Town v Bristol Manor Farm
Ipswich Wanderers or Bowes & Pitsea v Kidlington

Dunston's replay is today and the other three outstanding ties are also scheduled for then.

Premier League:
Chelsea (a) 

Newcastle's final trek to London this season sees them heading to Stamford Bridge on Saturday week (13th) for a 5.30pm kickoff that's live on Sky Sports.

All away section tickets have been sold.

NUFC: Jamaal Lascelles is available after suspension.


New PP punters qualify for 30 in free bets when registering and placing a bet of at least 10 here

Paddy Power 
price Newcastle @ 7/1 for the win. 

CFC: to follow 

Referee: tbc

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Local Radio: 
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

UK Radio: 
Live on talkSPORT 

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: 
to follow

Latest Premier League games:

Sat 13.02.2016:
mackems v Manchester United (12.45pm)
Bournemouth v Stoke City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Watford (3pm)
Everton v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Norwich City v West Ham (3pm)
Swansea City v Southampton (3pm)
Chelsea v Newcastle (5.30pm)

Sun 14.02.2016:
Arsenal v Leicester City (Noon)
Aston Villa v Liverpool (2.05pm)
Manchester City v Spurs (4.15pm)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

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 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.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here


Mon 08.02.2016 U21s v Stoke City (h)@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note new venue.

Sat 13.02.2016 U18s v Manchester City (h)@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note new date.  

Sat 13.02.2016 Chelsea (a)
 @ Stamford Bridge, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Live on Sky.

Tue 16.02.2016 U18s v mackems (a)@ academy of plight, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note further new date.  

Mon 22.02.2016 U21s v Fulham (h)@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 27.02.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 1.

Mon 29.02.2016 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Pre-booked home ST holders only are permitted access.

Wed 02.03.2016 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 7.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Adults 20, OAPs 10, U17s 5.

Fri 04.03.2016 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 05.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 2.

Sat 05.03.2016 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Fri 11.03.2016 U21s v West Ham (h)
 @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?)
@ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 3.

Mon 14.03.2016 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Fri 12.02.2016 (if any). Adults 35,
65 and over, 18-21s 31, 12-17s 25, 8-11s 9, U8s 7.
Live on Sky.

Metro line closures 2016:

1. From Tynemouth to Shiremoor both ways from Sat 19.03.2016 to Sat 02.04.2016 (including NUFC v SAFC on Sun 20.03). 

Replacement bus services will operate.

2. Section of track tbc both ways from Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just 3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 13.02.2016
West Auckland Town (3pm)
Wed 17.02.2016 Norton (7.30pm)
Sat 27.02.2016 Shildon (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Sat 14.05.2016 Toon Legends Night @ Village Hotel, North Tyneside. Featuring former players from the 1950s to the 1980s tbc. Four course meal + entertainment, tickets 45 (400 for a table of 10. 
Bookings via 07753 573613.

FA Cup:

Newcastle are without a game when the Fifth Round (20.02.2016) is staged.

Leicester's Third Round exit means that our visit there on 14.03.2016 can go ahead but it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be in Semi Final action on 23.04.2016.

The final is on
Sat 21.05.2016.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11.2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015: 

Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Heaton Stannington

Tue 09.02.2016:
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town

Wed 10.02.2016:

North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sat 13.02.2016 
Chelsea (a) 5.30pm
Mon 14.03.2016: Leicester City (a) 8pm
Sun 20.03.2016: mackems (h) 1.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:

Selections made up to Sun 20.03.2016.

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.
25 adults (12.50 concs) per day, 40 adults (20 concs) weekend.

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in May.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation  and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.  


International Magpies
National Service

Mackenzie Heaney (England U17):

Algarve Tournament:
Fri 05.02.2016 Portugal (a) drew 1-1 
Heaney came off the bench in the closing stages of a 1-1 draw with the tournament hosts in Parchal.

Sun 07.02.2016 Germany (n) Lagos
Tue 09.02.2016 Netherlands (n) Parchal

2015/16 future match dates: 

Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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

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

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

On This Day in History
6th February

Born Or Died:

1903 John Robert Clark born, Newburn. (1923-28)

Bob was acquired from local football and made a scoring debut, netting in a 1-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town in April 1923.

Partnering Hughie Gallacher for United, Bob helped United to Championship success in the 1926/27 season, scored four goals in his seventeen league appearances.

Moving on to Liverpool at a cost of 3,000 in January 1928, Clark later appeared for Nottingham Forest before returning to the North East in 1932, serving North Shields both as a player and coach.

Bob died in 1977, having returned to live in Newburn.  

1958 Death of Tom Curry, 63. (1912-29)  
A victim of the Munich air disaster.


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What Else?

1897 Manchester City (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope 2, Aitken 

1904 Bury (a)
FA Cup 1st Round 
Plant, Sagar

1909 Blackpool (h)
FA Cup 2nd Round 
Howie, Rutherford 

1915 Swansea Town (a)
FA Cup 2nd Round Replay
King, Pailor 

1924 Derby County (h)
FA Cup 2nd Round First Replay
Harris, Cowan 
Galloway, og(Mooney)

1926 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
Cowan, Gallacher 2, Seymour 

1932 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 
scorers tbc

1937 Bury (h)
Division Two 
Graham, Whitfield(pen), Matthews

1952 West Bromwich Albion triumphed 2-0 at Gallowgate, in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Gateshead, in front of 39,287 fans. 

Such was the interest in the tie that it had been switched across the Tyne from Gateshead's Redheugh Park home.

Heed v Baggies @ SJP

1954 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-3 (0-0)
Division One 
Walters, Robb 2

1958 The Munich Air Disaster, which claimed the lives of 23 people, including former Magpie legend Tom Curry, who by then was coaching the Busby Babes. 

Outside left Albert Scanlon, escaped with a broken leg but lay unconscious in hospital for five days. He joined Newcastle in November 1960 for a fee of 18,000.

1960 Burnley (a)
Division One 
Pointer, Robson
1965 Preston North End (a)
Division Two 
Godfrey 2
1970 West Bromwich Albion (h) 1-0 
Division One 
1971 Chelsea (h)
Division One 

1978 Wrexham (a) 
FA Cup 4th Round Replay 
McNeil(2,84), Shinton(41), Cartwright(86)
Having held Division One United 2-2 at SJP, the Third Division side delighted a packed Racecourse Ground in this delayed replay - with Dixie McNeil gabbing a brace and future Magpie Bobby Shinton also on target.

The victory set up a tie with non-league Blyth Spartans that would ultimately be settled in a replay back at a packed Gallowgate.
Youtube footage is online here

1982 Cambridge United (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Our winless run at the Abbey Stadium moved on to four games, with future Magpie George Reilly in the U's XI.

1988 Wimbledon (a)
Division One 
This otherwise unremarkable match is remembered for a Monte Fresco photograph of Womble Vinnie Jones tightly marking Paul Gascoigne - by grabbing hold of his testicles.

1997 Paul Kitson joined West Ham United at a cost of 2.3m, forming a striking partnership with the considerably more expensive John Hartson.

1998 Gary Speed joined Newcastle for the then outrageous sum of 5.5m, after a "reluctant" Everton manager Howard Kendall had held out as United's offers increased. 

1999 Leeds United (a)
Warren Barton, Gary Speed, Laurent Charvet, Didi Hamann and Louis Saha were all booked as United held out for an unlikely victory. 

The goal was a fantastic move from the halfway line where several one-twos resulted in Nobby Solano taking the ball off Temuri Ketsbaia's toes to fire home.

2007 Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins was nowhere to be seen in the Nigeria starting line-up or among their seven named subs as  Nigeria lost 1-4 to Ghana in a friendly staged at Brentford's Griffin Park ground.

2013 Magpies on international duty included a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam between
Tim Krul's Holland and Davide Santon's Italy. Both played the full game, with Santon gaining an eighth cap and first since joining United. 

There was pitch time for Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko (France v Germany), Shane Ferguson (Malta v Northern Ireland) and Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina v Sweden).

2014 Newcastle confirmed the resignation of U21 coach Willie Donachie, shortly after news broke of his suspension by the club.

That move followed reports of an incident in the Newcastle dressing room following the reserve derby loss three days earlier.

It was claimed that Donachie and defender Remie Streete were involved in an altercation broken up by other players. 

A tackle by Streete led to the award of a penalty from which the mackems scored the opening goal in a 2-0 home win.