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York City  2  Newcastle  1


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A player known only as Trialist A ensured that Magpies boss Steve McClaren endured a miserable night back home in his birthplace on Wednesday. 

The Minstermen took two first half opportunities handed to them by poor defending to net and although birthday boy Ayoze Perez halved the deficit, another forgettable display saw United beaten by the League Two side.

With one eye on Saturday's friendly against Borussia MŲnchengladbach, a side showing ten changes from Sunday's draw at Sheffield United lined up - including Serbian striker Aleksander Mitrovic for the first time.   

Clad in black and white and kicking off in a downpour, Newcastle almost took the lead within a minute, Perez winning possession before setting up Siem De Jong to force a save from City goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

However York struck first when they cleared a Magpies corner in the 16th minute and Luke Summerfield got beyond Jamaal Lascelles to centre from the City right.

His deep cross ended up at the far post and was met first time by the incoming Anthony Straker, who made sufficient contact with the ball to loop it over Karl Darlow and home into an empty net.  

If there was an element of good fortune about York's opener though, their second goal was deliberate and deserved - City number 22 leaving Lascelles for dead before curling his shot home from the edge of the box.

It's reported that the City trialist is Reece Thompson, a 21 year-old forward released by Lincoln City who has since played for Retford United and Frickley Athletic.

His goal came on 20 minutes but aside from a couple of centres that Mitrovic didn't quite connect with, our attacking prowess was glimpsed only briefly before the half time interval.

Both main chances fell to Aarons, who tried to reprise his bicycle kick effort against Portland on 39 minutes but failed to meet it with sufficient power. And the same player grazed the crossbar with a header from a Mehdi Abeid corner moments before the whistle, which was greeted with booing from the away support.

Newcastle made one change at the break with Rob Elliot getting his first pitch time of pre-season and the action was soon down at the other end, Flinders getting a glove on an effort from Yoan Gouffran.  

Olivier Kemen was then introduced in place of cramp victim Aarons for his first club duty of the season, with Mitrovic managing 70 minutes before departing, having dragged one shot across goal and headed another wide.

With no first teamers named on the bench and the U21 squad away in Holland, his replacement was 17 year-old winger Lewis Suddick, the Tyneside-born grandson of former Magpie favourite Alan Suddick (our only unused substitute was 17 year-old striker Louis Johnson).  

United got one back in the 75th minute when Mehdi Abeid swung over yet another corner and this time Ayoze Perez fired in from close range at the back post to mark his 22nd birthday. The home side had made no less than eight substitutions shortly before conceding the goal.

However an equaliser seldom looked likely despite the inroads that Shane Ferguson continued to make down the right flank, De Jong shooting narrowly wide and a late headed attempt from Lascelles bouncing over the bar. 

Like the defeat at Portland, it's difficult to see what the point of this was, with the result and display unimportant in the grand scheme of things and the night of value only as a public training session - with bodies running around to help get Mitrovic and De Jong etc. up to speed.

Lack of intensity can be explained to a certain extent, but an inability to get on the end of crosses and a clear reluctance to try and hit the target hint at more inherent problems. Perez ran himself ragged here, few others did.

If nothing else though, Steve McClaren had another 90 minutes in which to assess parts of his squad and try to work out how and if they fit together - a task currently akin to doing a jigsaw without the picture on the lid.

Given the unease that Lubo Satka exhibited here, it would appear that a loan stint in the Football League may be beyond him, while it's fair to say that neither Lascelles nor Darlow are making themselves undroppable as yet.

We may have written off the likes of Ferguson and Bigirimana before, but tonight could have been a last hurrah for them and Elliot, none of whom look to have anywhere to go but out. Premier League? no way.

The continuing absence of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote meanwhile means that the team for opening day begins to pick itself. That means the likes of Vurnon Anita, Massadio Haidara and Mike Williamson being included regardless of their form.

As an exercise in lowering expectations, that's on a par with witnessing this non-event. Whether Saturday will prove to be any better with a stronger side may well depend on how bothered the visitors are - although one tends not to get jet lag when coming from Germany... 

Team: Darlow (Elliot 46), Bigirimana, Satka, Lascelles, Ferguson, Abeid, Gouffran, Aarons (Kemen 58), De Jong, Perez, Mitrovic (Suddick 70).
Sub n/u: Johnson.

YCFC: Flinders, McCoy, Lowe, Winfield, McCombe, Straker, Berrett, Summerfield, Penn (Platt 54), Oliver, Trialist A. (Player B, Swan, Nolan, Ilesanmi, Meikle, Godfrey, Carson and Rzonca came on in place of eight players tbc on 65 minutes)
Sub n/u: Ingham

Crowd: 5,406 including 2,048 away followers.

Fabricio Coloccini was spotted watching the game but there was no sign of goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, leaving Messrs Darlow and Elliot to warm each other up.

It later emerged that Freddie Woodman (see below) was making his debut elsewhere on loan to Crawley Town.

Steve McClaren:

It was a good work-out - this was always going to be a physical game. We had youngsters playing but I was pleased with what I saw in the middle. 

"We played good football and had good endeavour and attitude. It is pre-season. We want to win but we were beaten in both boxes and failed to defend well. We failed to score from numerous attempts.

"We want to see him out on the field and we have to get to that situation soon. Colo has done very well in training. He has a little niggle but we want to see him playing because he is the captain and he plays a vital role. We hope that is sooner rather than later.

"Iíve heard speculation (about Colo leaving). Iíve come in and said to Lee (Charnley) and the board, myself included, that I would like to see him in training and Iíd like to see him play.

"I havenít done that yet so I canít make a decision on the future at the present moment. We just need to get him on the field.

"It was good to see Mitrovic playing, he has not trained for a couple of weeks and needs minutes. You could see from his movement and runs he is a good player. He has been training back in Belgium.

"Yet because of the ongoing saga of his transfer he has missed some days. We only expected one half from him but he wanted more.

"It shows his enthusiasm on the field so we are pleased to get him on. He has only had 24 hours, trained then played.

"He is a good lad and he had a smile on his face - once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil.

"Itís difficult to say (if we are ready) because itís been a short pre-season.

"There have been 11 days in the States and a lot of travelling. We are still trying to catch our legs and get the jet-lag out of us.

"We are more or less there. Saturday is an important game. Every team is the same, they are wondering Ďare we ready?í

"I am looking at performances not results and we have had minutes on the pitch Ė maybe not enough work, we seem to have lost a week Ė but I am pleased with the workouts with Sheffield United and York then Gladbach on Saturday, which will be even harder.Ē

City boss Russ Willcox:

"I said from day one that itís not about results but when you do things right thatís what happens and Iím delighted with the whole squad.

"We had to weather the storm for periods of that game and Newcastle certainly showed their quality, so Iím really pleased with the shift we put in.

"Iím very happy with the whole squad, it was important to get them all out there tonight so I stick with the decision

"I know it will have been questioned, especially as we had the lead but thereís a real sense of team spirit here and the players showed that tonight.Ē

"We will take this as a very positive base, things we have worked on in training worked tonight so Iím really pleased."

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Second kit confirmed

Photos that did the rounds in May when our latest home kit was launched suggested that United's change clobber was a two-tone grey affair with blue details - and the club have now confirmed that it is correct.

There's no official release date as yet for this kit but it will be worn for the first time by NUFC on Saturday in their home friendly against Gladbach.

Fred the Red

Following Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman has become the third Newcastle player to depart for a loan spell in the Football League.

The 18 year-old goalkeeper has joined League Two club Crawley Town until January and made his debut for them in a 3-0 victory at Nuneaton Town on Wednesday night.

England youth international Woodman has featured for United's first team in pre-season and got as far as the bench in the Premier League last season - although he awaits his competitive debut in senior club football.

Woodman - who was loaned to Hartlepool United last season with playing for them - had been linked with a temporary switch to a number of clubs this season, notably Oxford United.

Book out this week:
Touching distance 

Today (Thursday) sees the publication of "Touching Distance" - a new book from local football writer Martin Hardy that recounts and reflects on the epic 1995/96 season when we were "so close".

Interviewing major figures including Kevin Keegan, Sir John Hall and Les Ferdinand and unearthing some new tales in the process, Touching Distance costs £18.99 and author signed copies are available to order online here post free in the UK. 

Signings will be staged in the region as follows:

Thu 13.08.2015 Benedictine Club, Cramlington
Fri 14.08.2015 42nd Street, Whitley Bay 

Both launch events are talk-in format with former Magpie Keith Gillespie and the author. Admission is £10 - for further information contact the author details here

PS: Martin will also be signing copies at Waterstones by Greys Monument before the Southampton home game, between Noon and 1pm on Sunday August 9th.

Milk Cup:
California dreaming

United failed qualify for the Milk Cup semi-finals, but instead are into the last four of the Globe (see info below). They'll now meet Strikers FC from California at 5pm on Thursday in Broughshane, Ballymena.

Newcastle's U17 side are making their fourth successive appearance at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, kicking off with a 2-0 victory over Japanese side Higashi Fukuoka at Ballymoney's Riada Stadium on Monday. Goalscorers were Ben Pollock and Mackenzie Heaney.

Tuesday saw the Magpies get the chance to avenge last week's Gothia Cup exit at the hands of Right To Dream, when they faced them at the Showgrounds in Ballymena.

However the Ghanaian side again proved too strong for United, losing 1-3 - details to follow. 

The Young Magpies then wrapped up their Premier Section group stage campaign against County Tyrone at Scroggy Road in Limavady on Wednesday, winning 4-0 thanks to goals from Ben Pollock, Brandon Williams, Owen Gallacher and Lewis McNall.


Harker, Marrs, Aziakonou, Le.Gibson, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Aplin, Gallacher, Spooner, Lowther, Heaney, Long, C.Smith, McNall, Donaghey, Williams.

The competition then continues on Thursday and Friday with various competitions involving all 22 sides competing in our section, meaning every side plays five matches. 

The Milk Cup involves teams placed 1 to 4
The Globe involves teams placed 5 to 8
The Vase involves teams placed 9 to 12
The Bowl involves teams placed 13 to 16
The Salver involves teams placed 17 to 22*

(*played on a league basis)

Tour concludes 


Wed: AZ  2  Newcastle U21s  1

Wednesday afternoon saw United complete their four game pre-season tour of Holland by playing on a training pitch adjacent to Alkmaar's main stadium.

Goals from Denni Avdic and Levi Garcia won it for AZ, dividing an equalising effort from Sean Longstaff (tbc).

Starting XI: Pearson, Mbabu, Laidler, Ward, Williams, Cameron, Cobain, Longstaff, Barlaser, Cooks, Smith.

Booked: Barlaser.

Sun: Ajax  7  Newcastle U21s  3

After two wins in their opening games, Sunday proved to be a rather different matter against Ajax on training pitches adjacent to their Amsterdam ArenA.

2-0 ahead through Danny Bakker and Hendricks, United halved the arrears through Haris Vuckic before Donny van de Beek added two more for the Dutch side - one either side of the half time interval.

Further home goals from Cerny, Bakker again and Zakaria El Azzouzi saw Ajax lead 7-1 after 75 minutes, before they slackened off and allowed the Magpies to score twice more through Vuckic and Jamie Cobain.

Team: Pearson, Mbabu (Cameron 75), Laidler, Hunter, Williams, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Smith (Ward 75), Longstaff (Cobain 75), Barlaser, Vuckic.

Thu: Jong Utrecht  1  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report

Tue: Jong Vitesse  3  Newcastle U21s  4

Match report

Stuck in the slow Lane

Sheffield United  2  Newcastle 


Watch the goals online here

Match report

Sky Blues call AA


Update: Adam Armstrong's loan move to Coventry City was confirmed by NUFC on Tuesday evening and he'll be there until January 2016. However he's not involved in tonight's friendly at Cambridge although he is present. 

The Coventry Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that a loan deal taking Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong to Coventry City next season is close to being concluded.

18 year-old England youth international Armstrong is set to make his first appearance for Tony Mowbray's League One side in a friendly against Oxford United on Saturday.

The Sky Blues begin their competitive games on Saturday August 8th when Wigan Athletic visit the Ricoh Arena, with a Capital One Cup trip to Rochdale and a visit to Millwall quickly following on (it's unclear whether Arma's loan terms would allow him to become cup-tied).  



Or if the thought of advertising Wonga across your chest is too awful to contemplate, this may be more for you:

Using the motto "be alternative be united", a group of fans have come up with this unofficial take on the iconic black and white striped shirt - complete with a Magpie caricature and the insignia from the city coat of arms.

More details


Club confirm open day

There's a public training session and associated activities at SJP this coming Tuesday, August 4th from 9am.

Entry to the East Stand is free and here's the schedule:

9am: Fanzone and East Stand open
10am to 10.30am: NUFC Foundation training session
10.45am to 12.15pm: First team training session
12.15pm to 12.30pm: Penalty kicks/crossbar challenge
1.45pm: Competition winners' signing session
2pm: Fanzone closes

due to the location of the fanzone for this event outside the Gallowgate end, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm that day.

Carver - I'll be back


Having watched his former side in action on Sunday for the first time since leaving his post last season, former Newcastle boss John Carver came over all Arnold Schwarzenegger when speaking to the Telegraph:

"The best coach in the Premier League comment is something that has stuck. When I went on holiday and somebody shouted ĎBest coach in the Premier Leagueí I had just lost my job, but I waved and laughed. I know Iím going to get that from now on for a while and if thatís the worst stick I get, then Iíll accept it.

"I had to try everything I could. I brought in a motivational speaker, the guy from the Newcastle basketball team. I tried all the different team bonding things and I actually went to see someone myself, a psychologist, and this person was making me feel so important.

"I had never done it in my life before, never. I knew the person quite well. I went to him just after the Leicester game Ė probably the lowest time of my spell in charge.

"I had good people around me but I felt like I needed something different. We had a number of conversations which will not be repeated and I will never tell anybody who it was, but it put me in this positive frame of mind about how we could achieve the goal.

"Everybody outside Newcastle wanted us to be the big club that went down and I had to find a way of keeping a clear head. I only said I was the best coach in the Premier League to find a way for the players and myself to believe we could get over the line. If Iím asking the players to believe in themselves, then I had to show I believed in myself. If we hadnít been in the situation we were in, I would have never said it. It helped me achieve what I wanted to do, which was to get the team over the line.

ďThe players didnít know. I had two or three sessions, two or three hours a time. We had a whiteboard and talked through one or two things, and made a few notes. 

"The information I got was so valuable, if youíre a head coach or a manager, you would be mad not to use somebody like this for the club.Ē

"I thought he
(Mike Williamson) meant it (the red card at Leicester). I donít know why he would do it. It was just my thought, ĎHeís meant thatí. Iíve told him that. Iíve said it to his face. I donít want to go into what he said.

"Do you know what? Ninety-nine per cent of managers would love to do it. It was for a reaction. I wouldnít have done it, but I needed a reaction, I needed something to stimulate the group of players.

ďI embarrassed Mike Williamson and I embarrassed myself, but I still believe I did it for the right reasons and I embarrassed him into performing the next time he played. I apologised to Mike for going public. I had to go and find him to go through it.

ďI was at the football club when Ruud Gullit left Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson out of the derby game and Shearer was in at 8am to see Ruud. Duncan was in even earlier. Thatís the difference.

"But Mike was fine and after the two-match suspension, he actually played well.

"I have to tell the truth. As a manager, you are damned if you do and damned if you donít. If you give a load of spin then people donít believe you and if youíre honest, you get battered for it.

"Iíve seen a lot of things at Newcastle and one of the biggest things is the fans have always demanded honesty from the manager. If the manager doesnít speak in an honest and open way, they slaughter him and that was in my head.

"Next time it happens it will hurt me but I will keep quiet with a heavy heart. When youíve had a battering like Iíve had and if Iím going to be successful, then I have to adapt.

"Itís amazing how quickly your reputation can be tarnished. The biggest thing is me being able to get in a room with an owner or a chairman and convince them I am the right person for the job by showing them what my preparation is, how I work with the players, what Iím about, what my personality is all about and for them to find out a bit more about be as the person, rather than the perception.

"If I didnít have any confidence in what I was trying to do, then I would probably settle for being a coach or in the background. But I do. I do have the confidence. 

"I donít want to take the easy way out and be somebodyís assistant unless I have to. I want to get into a football club and build a football club.

"Iíve got a point to prove, to myself and to the fans of Newcastle. Not all of them because the majority have been very, very good, but to the people who were critical. Iím a winner, Iím not a quitter. 

"Why canít, in the future, I go away, be successful and return to Newcastle as manager under different circumstances? Iíve been back to the football club a few times and it would be a great story to do so again.Ē

Saints (h) - Magpie
Mover deadline looms

Magpie Mover - the annual discount travel scheme for Newcastle United season ticket holders - is now open for bookings again, with the price held from last season.

And applications received by this Friday, July 31st will be posted in time for the first home game of the season, when Southampton visit SJP on Sunday August 9th.

£20* gets you free travel on public transport in Tyne and wear for three hours before and three hours after each first team home game in the 2015/16 season.

Even without any home cup ties, travelling to and from 19 Premier League home games by public transport would cost over £87 buying an all zones Day Saver Ticket.

Buy Magpie Movers online here

(*Postal sales are available for £21 print form here)

Magpie Mover provider Network One ran a competition recently open to supporters who took advantage of the early bird Magpie Movers early, with three bicycles up for grabs. 

he winners of those were Stephen OíBrien, Alison Mounsey and Marion Lee. 

Please be aware that Magpie Mover tickets are valid for competitive first team home games only, therefore cannot be used on Saturday for the Gladbach hame.

Tour concludes 


Wed: AZ  2  Newcastle U21s  1

Wednesday afternoon saw United complete their four game pre-season tour of Holland by playing on a training pitch adjacent to Alkmaar's main stadium.

Goals from Denni Avdic and Levi Garcia won it for AZ, dividing an effort from Sean Longstaff (tbc).

Starting XI: Pearson, Mbabu, Laidler, Ward, Williams, Cameron, Cobain, Longstaff, Barlaser, Cooks, Smith.

Booked: Barlaser.

Sun: Ajax  7  Newcastle U21s  3

After two wins in their opening games, Sunday proved to be a rather different matter against Ajax on training pitches adjacent to their Amsterdam ArenA.

2-0 ahead through Danny Bakker and Hendricks, United halved the arrears through Haris Vuckic before Donny van de Beek added two more for the Dutch side - one either side of the half time interval.

Further home goals from Cerny, Bakker again and Zakaria El Azzouzi saw Ajax lead 7-1 after 75 minutes, before they slackened off and allowed the Magpies to score twice more through Vuckic and Jamie Cobain.

Team: Pearson, Mbabu (Cameron 75), Laidler, Hunter, Williams, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Smith (Ward 75), Longstaff (Cobain 75), Barlaser, Vuckic.

Thu: Jong Utrecht  1  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report

Tue: Jong Vitesse  3  Newcastle U21s  4

Match report

Gladbach (h) 


United wind up their pre-season programme with the only  home first team friendly on Saturday (3pm) when they face Bundesliga opposition for the first time since a 3-1 win away to Schalke 04 almost exactly a year ago.

In terms of German opponents on Tyneside, last season's third-placed finishers will be the first to visit Gallowgate since 2003, when just over 32,000 fans saw two Alan Shearer goals earn a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich.  

Only the lower sections of the stadium will be open and tickets are on public sale now priced at £15 adults and £5 for concessions, online, in person from the SJP box office in the club shop and by phone.

NUFC: to follow

BMG: Gladbach's domestic season league begins on August 15th with a visit to Borussia Dortmund but the DFB Cup sees them entertain St Pauli on August 10th. 

Their visit to Gallowgate will end a six game pre-season that has seen them play two home games, bookending a trio of low-key fixtures on local grounds in Germany.

Drawing 0-0 with Hamburg at home, Gladbach then lost 4-5 on penalties before playing out a 1-1 draw with Swansea City and a 2-2 stalemate against Rennes. 

A 2-1 defeat of Standard Liege was then followed by a return to their own Borussia Park last Friday for another 2-1 victory, this time over Portuguese outfit Porto.

Their Swiss-born coach Lucien Favre was in charge of Hertha Berlin in 2008 when they beat United 1-0 in a pre-season game staged in Palma, Majorca.

Last season's top scorer Raffael remains in the squad, but fellow forward Max Kruse has gone to Wolfsburg. Swiss -born Josip Drmic arrived from Bayer Leverkusen, while Chelsea sold them Thorgan Hazard - brother of Eden.

Our most recent dealings with Gladbach came when we took Luuk De Jong on loan in January 2014. He's since joined PSV Eindhoven and rediscovered his goal touch.

Ewood opportunity 
for old boy

Ex-Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie is on trial at Championship side Blackburn Rovers, as he attempts to find himself a new club. 

The 28 year-old is a free agent following the expiration of his three year deal with Reading last month and failed to win a deal at Fulham following his loan stint there in the latter part of last season.

PS: Hull City have confirmed the signing of Ryan Taylor following a successful trial period, reuniting the Magpies old boy with his boss at Wigan, Steve Bruce. Taylor has agreed a 12 month contract at the KC Stadium.

Visa wait for Mbemba



Update: NUFC email sent to fans on Sunday:

Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the Club and undergone his medical.

The documentation in relation to the Club's application for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE), required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22 July).

Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the Club's application until Thursday of next week (30 July). The FA advised the Club they were not able to convene a Panel any sooner.

The Club will provide an update for supporters at the earliest opportunity following the conclusion of the Panel hearing.

The fee is reportedly around £7m.

Earlier: A third close season acquisition now just awaits confirmation, with Chancel Mbemba set to follow club colleague Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to SJP.

Central defender Mbemba flew into Tyneside on Thursday to complete the formalities of his deal and has gone on the record to confirm his future is in black and white.

Newspaper reports in Belgium have claimed that United saw off both Atletico Madrid and their upcoming friendly opponents, Borussia Munchengladbach to clinch a deal, after triggering a reported £7.5m release clause.

DR Congo international Mbemba made his senior debut in Belgium back in 2013 and according to Anderlecht's own website will celebrate his 21st birthday next month.

However, his age has previously been called into question, with clubs he played for in his home country registering him with a birth date of 1988.

And to further confuse matters, the Kinshasha-born player appeared on an international registration form for African Nations Cup duty with a 1991 birth date! He himself allegedly thinks he was born in 1990....

Should Mbemba end up at SJP, that "21 or 28" ditty that was composed for Obafemi Martins may need to be dusted off - and given an extended remix.... 

As well as Oba, the situation is reminiscent of our dealings with players from DR Congo in the past, with doubts over the details of both Lomana LuaLua and Calvin Zola - the latter requiring Home Office intervention.

Train offer launched

Virgin Trains East Coast
have come up with a brand new initiative aimed at getting Magpies season ticket holders and members to and from away matches in the London area at reduced prices using their services.

Individual bookings attract a 10% discount, while groups of three or more qualify for 25% off. And rather than waiting for confirmation of match dates - and watching cheaper advance tickets sell out - free rebooking of tickets is now possible if a game is rescheduled for TV.

In line with the current NUFC away ticketing policy, this offer is open only to those who qualify for away tickets (ie not the general public) and the scheme is partly motivated by a desire to address behaviour on trains, so there's what amounts to a code of conduct included. 

Further details and bookings are open now here:


This is very much uncharted territory and inevitably there will be issues that come to light now that the website is live. As one of the parties who put this together, we have a vested interest in seeing it work as well as possible, so any feedback (positive or negative) to Biffa is welcome.

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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 Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

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Thu 30.07.2015 U18s v Strikers FC (USA) @ Broughshane, Ballymena, 5pm. Milk Cup.

Fri 31.07.2015 U18s v team tbc. 
Milk Cup.

Fri 31.07.2015 Magpie Mover applications made by today will be posted in time for Southampton (h).

Sat 01.08.2015 Borussia MŲnchengladbach (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly.
Public sale now (lower bowl only open). £15 adults, £5 concessions.

Sat 08.08.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ 
Clayton Wood Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.08.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ 
New Bucks Head, Telford, 3pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Visitors have taken 1,646 seats.
NB: no metros between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08 and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run.

W/C Mon 10.08.2015
Capital One Cup Second Round draw involving NUFC.

Sat 15.08.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.Member sale now. £35 adults, £17.50 over-60s, students and U16s.

Mon 17.08.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (h)Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 U18s v Wolves (a)
Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 12.45pm. Premier League.  Member sale now. £45 adults, £35.75 18-20 yr olds, £26.50 over-65s, 16-17 year olds, £18 U16s. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 24.08.2015 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 25/Wed 26.08.2015 Team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Capital One Cup Second Round.
Ticket details tbc.

Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer talk-in @ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston. In aid of Wallsend Boys Club. £30 including supper. No children allowed. Orders and further details:

Tickets also on sale from The Monkseaton Arms and The Chillingham Arms now.

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm 
Sat 29.08.2015
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm

Selections made up to and including Mon 28.09.2015.
Subsequent live TV picks are scheduled to appear as follows:

Oct/Nov: By the end of July
Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

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

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

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
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
30th July

Born Or Died:

1932 Alexander Gaskell born, Leigh, Manchester. (1953-54)

Centre forward Alec began his career at local Lancashire side Hindsford before attracting the attention of Manchester United - although he was never to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils.

Moving on to Southport in 1951, Gaskell's form brought First Division scouts to Haig Avenue and Newcastle bid £5,000 in October 1953 to secure his services. 

Featuring for United's first team just once -  a 2-3 home defeat by Middlesbrough on Boxing Day 1953 - Alec moved on to Mansfield Town the following season, staying at Field Mill until joining Grantham Town in summer 1956.

Making a fleeting return to the Football League a year later with Tranmere Rovers, later stints with Rhyl, Wigan Rovers, Mossley and Winsford United then followed.

Gaskell retired from playing in 1962 after sustaining a broken wrist at Winsford and later worked for a cable manufacturer in his native Lancashire.

Alec's death was reported in March 2014.


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What Else?

1969 Hearts (h)
B.Robson (38) 
Pop Robson's spot kick success was followed just four minutes later by a penalty award to the Jambos. Thankfully Magpies' keeper Iam McFaul saved Ernie Winchester's effort.

1971 Saint-Etienne (France) (a)
scorers tbc 
Joe Harvey's side began their pre-season preparations with a visit to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Recent signing Malcolm Macdonald marked his debut with a goal.

1978 Saetila (Sweden) (a)
Connolly, Kennedy, Walker
scorers tbc 
1985 Blackburn Rovers (a)
scorers tbc 
Isle of Man Cup match, held in Ramsey. 
1986 Isle of Man XI (a) 5-1 
Stewart, Beardsley, Allon 2, Ferris
scorer tbc 

1989 Rydobruk (Sweden) (a)

1991 With the first team away on another tour of obscure Swedish clubs, a side of unwanted senior players and juniors beat Alnwick Town 7-2, at their St.James' Park. 

Roy Aitken was on the scoresheet, while Mark Stimson, Neil Simpson and Billy Askew also appeared for the visitors.

That quarter had been told their first team careers were over at United, and were all keeping fit while searching for new clubs.

1996 Thailand XI (a)
Asprilla, Lee 64
United began a three match tour of Asia with victory in Bangkok, but as much attention was devoted to the aftershocks from news of the signing of centre forward Alan Shearer.

NUFC: Srnicek, Howey, D.Peacock, Albert, Watson Ginola, Lee, Batty, Beardsley, Asprilla, Ferdinand.

Ahead of the game, a statesman-like Kevin Keegan had commented:

"This signing is for the people of Newcastle. It just shows you the ambition of Newcastle United. We are the biggest thinking team in Europe now.

"We're not the biggest, most successful team, but we're the biggest thinking club and we have tremendous support from above which allows me to buy players.

"Alan will not be joining us here. Tell the Thai team they just have to worry about Ferdinand, Beardsley and Asprilla.

"I have signed Alan to play alongside Les Ferdinand and I am convinced they will be the most potent strike force anywhere. I see the signing of Alan Shearer as just reward for our fans.

"Like everyone else, I am ecstatic with this signing - I think it shows our ambition. Now we have signed the best for the best."

1997 Bradford City (a)
Asprilla(7), Beardsley(27), Watson(39)
A game arranged as part of the deal that brought the midfield talents of Des Hamilton from the Bantams to the Magpies. 

Disco Des led the visitors onto the pitch, or so he thought. However, as he strode forward the rest of the team stopped, leav
ing him to run out at Valley Parade alone.

2000 Silvio Maric inspired his side to a 1-0 win over the mackems. Unfortunately it came a year too late - Maric had already left SJP and was playing for Porto at the time....

2003 A Newcastle XI won 6-2 at Hebburn, thanks to hat-tricks for Carl Finnigan - who lived yards from Hebburn's Victoria Road West ground - and for Marc Walton. 

Hebburn had a certain Gary Bennett playing for them, while United's new Academy chief Brian Eastick was in charge of the Magpies. match report.

2004 It looked less and less likely that United defender Jonathan Woodgate would be available when we opened our Premiership campaign in his home town, Middlesbrough. 

The central defender was sent for a scan to try and identify the cause of his latest problem, apparently sustained in training.

2006 Sol Campbell was heavily linked with a move to the North-East after his contract at Arsenal had expired. However, the central defender ended up at Portsmouth.

Four years later Campbell would complete a move to Tyneside after a brief stint with Notts County and a return to Arsenal for the second half of the 2009/10 season.

2010 Newly-appointed reserve coaching duo Peter Beardsley and Steve Stone eased into their new roles with a debut victory at the International Stadium against Gateshead.

First half goals from
Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic and an OG from Callum Morris completed the scoring, with the third goal cruel luck indeed for the on-trial defender who had been released by us at the end of 2009/10. match report

2011 Peter Beardsley marked the first anniversary of his taking charge of United's reserves with a 4-2 win over Northern League champions Spennymoor Town.

Doubles from Brad Inman and Nile Ranger saw an orange-clad United triumph at a sunny Brewery Field in front of over 1,100 fans. match report

2013 St. Mirren (a)
Cisse(19), Debuchy(26)

Scotland, Portugal, Portugal, England, Scotland - United's meandering pre-season tour saw them debut in Paisley against the SPL side.

Papiss Cisse played for the first time since the furore over his wearing W*nga-branded kit arose, and soon opened the scoring.

Mathieu Debuchy then added a second, with former Saints loan duo Paul Dummett and Conor Newton also getting some pitch time. match report

2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-0 (0-0)

Back from New Zealand and preparing for Germany,
United visited Hillsborough to face the Championship Owls on a fine night in South Yorkshire.

Gabriel Obertan teed up Ayoze Perez for the only goal of the game, with Alan Pardew blooding youngster Alex Gilliead from the subs bench in the closing stages. match report