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Vitesse Arnhem 2
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Newcastle successfully completed their five game pre-season schedule on
Saturday, overcoming Dutch opposition at St. James' Park to make it eleven
games unbeaten for Rafa Benitez and his side.
However it wasn't all plain sailing for United despite scoring three goals in
twenty first half minutes, as Vitesse exposed some defensive jitters and
scored twice from set-pieces following the interval.
their new second choice blue and orange strip at a sparsely-occupied SJP,
United attacked the Leazes End and went ahead midway through the first half.
Isaac Hayden's attempted pass to Jack Colback across the edge of the area was
taken up by Daryl Janmaat and he swapped passes with Vurnon Anita before
looping a centre towards the far post.
The cross was too strong for Dwight Gayle but fell to Matt Ritchie, whose low
shot across the six yard box was unwittingly deflected in off Kelvin Leerdam.
That goal was a reward for a bright opening during which Ritchie saw a free
kick saved and Ayoze Perez direct a header straight at 'keeper Eloy Room.
A second arrived on 36 minutes, when Gayle's run down the right flank ended
with him finding Janmaat as the Dutchman headed infield.
The right back threaded a neat pass into the box for Perez to swivel and
create a shooting chance and although a defender took the ball off his toes,
it dropped for Gayle to take a touch and drive
United's third stemmed from a corner that was cleared to Anita and played down
the left flank to Perez. With time to size up his options, the Spaniard
flipped over a centre to the back post that Colback headed in from the edge
of the six yard box.
The Dutch side gained a foothold in the game six minutes into the
second period when their on-loan Chelsea player Nathan had a simple finish
after a corner was flicked on at the front post.
Just after the hour Vitesse struck again, this time from the right wing when a
free kick wasn't cleared and eventually fell for Gurham Kashia to hammer
That prompted the first of eight changes for United, which inevitably
disrupted their flow and saw Arnhem enjoy a brief period of dominance when
they could even have conjured up an unlikely equaliser.
The closing stages did produce a few half-chances for Newcastle to cement
their victory, but Room's best save was to prevent another OG and a couple of
efforts from Aleksander Mitrovic were easily dealt with.
United held on for the victory and Rafa will have been boosted by positive
contributions from new arrivals Ritchie and Hayden, plus some astute
contributions from Anita.
A slight injury meant that Chancel Mbemba wasn't involved as a precaution,
while pre-season has now concluded without Siem De Jong kicking a ball.
Cheick Tiote and Florian Thauvin were on the bench but not used - the
expectation being that they'll follow Moussa Sissoko down Barrack Road in the
coming days. The chances of the latter reprising Damien Duff's Hawthorns cameo
in the 2009 opener next week at Craven Cottage don't look great.
Those likely departures maintain an air of uncertainty as to quite what
strength we'll possess once the window shuts, Janmaat's apparent return to the
fold looking like a boost - assuming he's here by
Benitez still has work
to do on his final formation and get his new-look defence to act in unison, but as he said recently, the
XI for Fulham is already in his mind and likely to be close to the one that
More pre-seasons than we care to recall have made us oblivious to the ups and
downs of friendlies and attempts to correlate their results with the real stuff are
doomed to failure - even more so since the artificial obstacle of the transfer window
Regardless of the opposition though, the records will show we won four games and drew one, scoring
17 goals with 13 different players on target. The four goals conceded all came
from or after set pieces.
Looking back over the last Championship season in 2009, our verdict after six
pre-season games was summed up as "unconvincing" and
At this point back then, optimism was in short supply and what
anticipation there was for the Championship season was largely as a
distraction from the ongoing off-field pantomime.
Indeed, it took a Shola Ameobi hat trick against
the second game to put an end to our self-pity and move forward to the task
Seven years on, the mood is utterly different; the relegation issue
instantly processed and filed. We also possess a manager who
commands respect from his employers and opponents...and doesn't have a job
title including the word "interim".
Expressing some concerns about the playing strength is understandable, but
has to be put in the context of what we'll come up against.
There was enough pace, poise and talent on show today to suggest we'll be a
threat to every team in the division. It's now a question of adding more quality,
options and goal threat to get this right first time.
Sels, Janmaat (Sterry 73), Dummett, Lascelles, Hanley (Gamez 62), Hayden (Saivet
73), Colback (Shelvey 62), Anita (Gouffran 73), Perez (Armstrong 62), Gayle
(Mitrovic 73), Ritchie (Aarons 62).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Tiote, Thauvin.
Goals: OG(Leerdam) (22), Gayle (41), Colback (41)
Vitesse: Room, Leerdam (Lelieveld 71), Kashia, Kruiswijk, Ota,
Nakamba, Baker, Vako (Foor 46), Rashica, Zhang (Van Wolfswinkel 62), Nathan
(Van Bergen 71)
Subs n/u: Van Der Werff, Dauda, Osman, Kotte, Tornes, Houwen, Koryan,
Goals: Nathan (51), Kashia (61)
Referee: Sebastien Stockbridge.
Aside from seasons when Intertoto Cup ties were played instead of
friendlies, United last completed a pre-season without defeat in 1995/96.
KK's side beat Hartlepool, Rushden, Gateshead, Hearts and Spurs, playing a
draw with Celtic.
"I was really
pleased with the first half and pleased with some of the chances that we
“I was a little disappointed with the
two goals we conceded but in pre-season you have to adjust things.
“You have to change players, systems and
teams around and the mistakes we did make, I hope we won’t concede when the
real season starts.
“I was really pleased with the goals we
scored and the way we played.
“I think the team was doing well and
Gayle and Ritchie have quality too. We have seen a lot of good things - even
in the second half.
“I don’t want to say negative things
about the second half. I just think that knew that they were 3-0 down and they
would keep pushing and pushing. That’s the reason why it was harder.
“We still had other good chances and I
think both teams did well. There were mistakes but we can change them in time.
always think as a manager that you can improve. I think we are close but we
have room for improvement and I think we will do that.”
"I can’t complain about anything.
"You always have clubs asking about
your players’ futures. They need to train and do well but I am feeling very
“We are still working behind the scenes
to do some deals. I am happy but I still think we have to balance the team a
“We have 46 games in the Championship
but we have to make sure we approach every game the right way until the end.
“We know some players will leave and we
have to replace them.”
“We don’t talk about names. The
players that are here now, some know we are already working.
“Everything is clear. There are players
who aren’t here, like Moussa, so we will have to wait. He will start with us
until we have any other news.”
Crowd: 19,200 including around 150 Arnhem fans present, housed in the
North East Corner.
Home followers in the Gallowgate End made a couple of attempts at emulating
that slow clap from Iceland fans at Euro 2016. Thankfully they failed....
There was a one (young) man pitch invasion after the final whistle while the
players were applauding the crowd, with Lascelles approaching the steward
who became involved to defuse the situation.
NUFC home pre-season friendlies - last
2016/17 Vitesse Arnhem won 3-2
2015/16 Monchengladbach lost 0-1
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 SC Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656*
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 23,078
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 34,016
2007/08 Celtic won 4-1 30,225
2006/07 Villarreal drew 2-2 20,144
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven lost 2-3 20,175
*abandoned after 63 mins
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City 1 NUFC Res 1
the first team were in action at Gallowgate on Saturday, United's reserve side
maintained their own unbeaten pre-season run at Bootham Crescent.
Aidan Kennedy gave the National League Minstermen a ninth minute lead but
Magpies defender Stuart Findlay levelled from a Callum Roberts corner three
minutes into the second half.
Harker, Mbabu, Williams, Findlay, Cameron, Barlaser, Bigirimana, Gilliead
(Holmes 74), Vuckic (Longstaff 86), Roberts (Ben El-Mhanni 71) Toney.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Broccoli, Newberry.
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Friday's Brighton Argus newspaper reported interest from United in
signing Albion's right winger Anthony Knockeart, with an undisclosed
bid claimed to be around £8m rejected in recent days.
24 year-old Knockeart joined the Seagulls in January 2016, scoring five goals
in 18 Championship starts. He's under contract at the Amex until 2019.
Previously with Leicester City, the Frenchman ended a three year stint with
the Foxes in 2015 when he left under freedom of contract to join Standard
back at Brunton
Newcastle reserve defender Macaulay Gillesphey has returned to
League Two side Carlisle United on loan, following a successful spell there
20 year-old Gillesphey made 27 appearances in all competitions for the
Cumbrians last season and has agreed a switch until early January 2017.
The news is less positive on fellow loan player Liam Smith however, who
picked up a foot injury during a pre-season game for his new club Crewe
Scans showed no broken bones, but the 20 year-old midfielder has returned to
the Magpies for treatment and is set to miss Crewe's season opener against
Stevenage this coming Saturday.
Press release from NUFC, Thursday:
Newcastle United have confirmed details of how season ticket holders will
receive discounts after the club reduced all season ticket prices at St.
James' Park by 10% for 2016/17.
The club has written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates
of its ticketing system are now complete and has thanked them for their
patience while waiting for payment information.
From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a
lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of
their season ticket.
The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details
of how this payment will be made very shortly.
Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see
lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total
final saving of 10%.
Tiote departure delay
Update: a rejected
bid of £800K is being claimed.
Despite being absent from the
Newcastle squad at Southend United on Tuesday, the departure of midfielder Cheick Tiote
remains in some doubt.
The Ivorian has one year left on his deal and has reportedly been in
negotiations with Al Jazira, who participate in the Arabian
However Sky report that the Abu Dhabi-based club's valuation of Tiote is some
way off United's and the player is now back in training at Darsley Park.
Sky Sports also report that Lazio's bid to sign Florian Thauvin has
been rejected. The possibility of another loan move to Olympique Marseille
with a subsequent purchase option remains on the table.
PS: Ahead of a scheduled return to training on Monday (when the first
team are put through their paces at the SJP open day), transfer links to
malcontented Moussa Sissoko haven't yet translated into bids.
That leaves the fate of Sammy Ameobi (in training but not involved in
any senior or reserve pre-season games) and Remy Cabella (in pre-season
with Marseille but not yet confirmed as a permanent signing) to be revealed.
Mark Allison aka Run
Geordie Run returned to the North East on Thursday, after successfully
completing the 2016 leg of his global charity challenge.
An 83 day route through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria,
Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia added a magnificent 2,633 miles to his
Fundraising for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's
Foundation, with donations totaling over £42.5K raised from Mark's latest leg -
boosting the figure raised since 2007 to over £255K.
If you'd like donate, please do so online
(Old) spice boy
what can reasonably be called an Indian summer with Northern Ireland at Euro
2016, Aaron Hughes has extended his club career by signing for Kerala
Blasters in the Indian Premier League
Spending last season in Australia with Melbourne City, Aaron is the third
ex-Magpie to join the Blasters after Michael Chopra in 2014 and Peter Ramage
Thai aye man
Ex-United striker Xisco is on the
move again, joining Muangthong United in
Thailand. The 30 year-old left Cordoba in his native Spain after they missed
out on promotion to the top flight, but wasn't fit enough to debut in a 3-2
win over Buriram United last week.
PS: An announcement is expected soon from MLS side Portland Timbers,
confirming that they have reached agreement to sign old boy Steven Taylor.
The 30 year-old is now a free agent after his contract expired and had
received contracts offers from various clubs including Glasgow Rangers.
Matz Sels 24 year-old Belgian international 'keeper
signed from KAA Gent on a
five year deal for approx £5m, the costliest custodian in our history.
26 year-old Scottish international left winger bought for £12m from
Bournemouth on a five year contract. Formerly with Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge,
Notts County, Swindon Town.
fleet-footed 25 year-old forward who arrived on a five year deal from Crystal
Palace for £10m. Also played at Arsenal, Stansted, Dagenham
and Redbridge, Bishop's
Stortford and Peterborough.
Jesus Games turned down the chance to rejoin his former club Malaga
from Atletico Madrid when Rafa Benitez made his interest known. The 31
year-old Spanish-born right back signed a two year deal.
Isaac Hayden arrived from Arsenal on a permanent deal, the Essex-born
21 year-old defender/midfielder agreeing a five year contract. He helped Hull
City achieve PL promotion last season while on loan.
Grant Hanley defected from fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers to
United, becoming the second Scottish international in the squad with
The 24 year-old hails from Dumfries and previously played for Crewe Alexandra.
Sylvain Marveaux Contract expired
Gabriel Obertan Contract expired
Steven Taylor Contract expired
Joined Crystal Palace for £13m after the Eagles triggered a
release clause inserted into his deal when arriving from Spurs in January.
Coloccini Negotiated an early release from his contract in order to return
to Argentina and join former club San Lorenzo.
Papiss Cisse Moved into the final season of his deal and agreed a
transfer to Chinese Super League club
Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.
Gini Wijnaldum followed in the boot steps of Didi Hamann, Andy Carroll
and Jose Enrique by making a switch to Liverpool. Just 12 months into a five
year contract, he moved to Anfield for a claimed £25m.
boys with new clubs:
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris SG)
Leon Best (West Bromwich Albion - trial)
Jamie Cobain (Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin (Notts County)
Mark Cook (Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah (Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
David Edgar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Lewis Guy (Annan Athletic)
Aaron Hughes (Kerala Blasters)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen)
Charles N'Zogbia (mackems - trial)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial)
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Nile Ranger (Southend United)
Louis Storey (South Shields)
Ryan Taylor (Rotherham United - trial)
Ryan Taylor (Wigan Athletic - trial)
Ben Tozer (Newport County)
Jake Trodd (Newcastle Benfield)
Xisco (Muangthong United)
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Patrick Kluivert (PSG D of F)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
Paul Stephenson (Kilmarnock C)
Steve Watson (Macclesfield Town AM)
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
Online Box Office is here
SJP seating plan is here
Of interest to those who are awaiting the promised refund / direct debit change following
price reductions is the following:
Following the 10% discount, existing season ticket holders who have paid up
front in full will soon be receiving details of refunds, while existing season
ticket holders on the club's Direct Debit scheme will be notified of
reductions in their payments shortly.
Existing season ticket holders are
reminded to retain last season's entry card. New season ticket holders and
supporters who have moved seats or changed concession bands will receive a new
card by Thursday 4th August.
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am -
with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the
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
travel is the public face
of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
Heading to the Toon?
SJP open training session. Full details tbc, free admission.
NUFC second and third kits go on sale.
Mon 01.08.2016 Res v Ashington (a)
@ Woodhorn Lane, 7.30pm.
adults, £2 concessions. Pay at the gate.
05.08.2016 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7.45pm. Championship. Live
on Sky Sports.
SOLD OUT (allocation: 2,750)
Sat 13.08.2016 U18s v
Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 13.08.2016 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship.
Public sale now (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).
Mon 15.08.2016 Res v
Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Centre, KO tbc. Premier League 2.
NB: venue switch from home
Wed 17.08.2016 Reading (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public
sale now (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).
20.08.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ WBA Training Ground, KO
tbc. U18 Premier League.
Sat 20.08.2016 Bristol City (a)
@ Ashton Gate, 3pm. Championship. ST holder
sale now (25 points), 0 from Mon
£30 adults, £27 over-65s/U25s, £15 U19s, £10 for U12s. Allocation:
Mon 22.08.2016 Res v
West Ham (a) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Premier League 2.
Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team
v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.
Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here
(Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation.
Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).
(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon
NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
05.08.2016 Fulham (a) 7.45pm
Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016
Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
From the EF: The next selections are due for consideration early next month with an
announcement set for just after the opening weekend of the season (Aug 6).
League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):
United have a bye to
R1 w/c 08.08.2016
R2 w/c 22.08.2016
R3 w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc
F Sat 27.05.2017
United have declined an invitation to enter a team in the 2016/17 EFL
Metro line closures 2016: Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016
From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways.
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What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1944 Tommy Robson
Winger who began his playing
career with Redheugh Boys club and was working in a garage as a school leaver
when a chance meeting with former Magpie Jimmy Scoular led to a trial at
That was in 1959, but no contract offer was forthcoming from United boss
Charlie Mitten and Tommy ended up joining Northampton Town two years
Chelsea paid £30,000 for him in November 1965 but opportunities were limited
at Stamford Bridge and Robson jumped at the chance to join Newcastle in late 1966.
Arriving at SJP at the same time as John McNamee and Dave Elliot, Robson helped United
climb away from the foot of Division One, although his debut resulted in a 0-4
loss at Spurs on the last day of 1966.
Finishing second top scorer behind Wyn Davies the following season with 11
goals, Tommy picked up a foot injury early the following season and saw rookie
Geoff Allen replace him to good effect as United made their entrance in the
The Magpies made a £7,000 profit when Tommy joined Peterborough in October
1968 and 111 goals in 482 games made him an idol of Posh supporters.
Moving on to Nuneaton Borough, Tommy also played for Stamford, Northampton Town
and Chatteris before returned to London Road as a youth coach in 1986.
Acting as a match day host for Posh and local radio pundit in the Peterborough
area, Tommy suffered a heart attack in 2012 but recovered and returned to
Tyneside for an ex-players reunion in July 2013.
1959 Peter Manners born,
Midfielder who came through United's youth ranks and made his senior debut
in a home win over Bristol Rovers in May 1979.
Keeping his place for the final game of the season at Gallowgate against
Brighton days later, Peter failed to break back into the senior side and left
in December 1979.
Manners spent a year in Hong Kong with Seiko Sports before returning to the
North East, where he played for Blyth Spartans, Bedlington Terriers and Seaton
1966 Rob McKinnon born,
Left back "Rab" began
his career with East Kilbride Youth Club and Rutherglen Glencairn on his native
Clydeside, before moving to SJP in 1985.
However he'd feature just once for the Newcastle first team, in a 1-5 drubbing
away at Spurs in September 1985, when deputising for the injured Kenny Wharton.
Released in the summer of 1986, McKinnon went on to have a successful career in
the game, initially with Hartlepool United (which included a brief non-playing
loan spell at Manchester United).
Returning to Scotland with Motherwell in 1991, McKinnon won the first of three
full Scottish international caps in a World Cup Qualifier against Malta two
1997 saw him join Dutch side FC Twente on a Bosman free before returning to
Scotland with Heart of Midlothian.
Winding down his career with loan spells at Hartlepool and Carlisle, Rab also
played for Clydebank and later served as player/coach of junior side Bellshill
With spells as a players agent and radio pundit, he also continues to work in
the family business - commercial vehicle dealership McKinnon & Forbes in
1981 Titus Bramble
Titus was an
England U21 international when Sir Bobby Robson persuaded United to bring him
from Ipswich Town
to Tyneside at a cost of £4.5m in July 2002.
First sighted in a pre-season friendly in Holland against minnows UDI '19 Beter
Bed, Bramble's competitive debut came in a 1-0 Champions League victory over
Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo.
He partnered Nicos Dabizas in central defence that night and would gone on to
play alongside Steve Caldwell, Jonathan Woodgate, Aaron Hughesm Andy
O'Brien, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Craig Moore, Peter Ramage and Steven Taylor
during his five seasons in a Newcastle shirt.
Regardless of his partner though, Bramble was never able to show the
concentration and consistency that could have seen him force his way into the
full England squad.
And for every blockbuster tackle or moment of skill, the inevitable "Titus
moment" was lurking around the corner - often with appalling consequences
Allowing his contract to run out, Bramble joined Wigan in June 2007, gifting
United a winner on his first return to Gallowgate three months
Almost inevitably though he made a scoring visit to Tyneside with
Wigan in November 2008 - notching a last minute effort to earn his side a point
in a 2-2
Inspired by some elements of the media, there has been something of a revision
of history recently about Bramble being the victim of poor treatment by
In the summer of 2010, Bramble's Latics ex-boss, Steve Bruce, made a surprise decision
to sign Titus for the mackems - a move that tickled many Toon fans.
And his sending off in the 5-1 humiliation of the mackems at SJP in October 2010 was the
cherry on a rather massive cake....
Another dismissal in May 2012 though came as something of a relief to Titus,
when he walked free from Teesside Crown Court.
That came after Bramble was found not guilty of two sexual assault charges that
were alleged to have taken place on the same night out in Yarm a year earlier.
Released by the mackems in summer 2013, Bramble was linked with moves to sides
in both Turkey and Serbia.
Sighted at West Ham and Ipswich Town, he played as a trialist in friendly games for both
clubs ahead of the 2013/14 season but a reported knee problem sidelined
He was subsequently reported to be coaching youngsters at Portman Road.
Michael McCrudden born, Derry, Northern Ireland.
SJP in 2007 with his fellow Northern Ireland youth internationals Partrick
McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson, Michael appeared in midfield and attack during
his time with United.
Making his reserve team debut at Bolton in September 2008, Michael however
failed to establish himself at that level and injury would also limit his U18
Released by Newcastle at the end of the 2009/10 season, he joined Derry City
and later moved on to city rivals Institute.
Following their relegation in 2015, Michael made the switch to Ballinamallard.
Death of Sir Bobby Robson.
As a footballer, Bobby appeared
for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and England before ending his career with
His managerial career then began back at Craven Cottage before a successful
stint at Ipswich Town, which led to his appointment as England boss.
Returning to club management, Bobby then enjoyed success in the Netherlands (PSV),
Portugal (Sporting Lisbon and Porto) and Spain (Barcelona).
Having failed to convince him to break his contract at Barcelona and become
United boss in 1997, the Magpies had rather more success two years later, by
which time Bobby had returned to Eindhoven.
Installed in succession to Ruud Gullit, Bobby's home debut as Newcastle manager
promptly saw his new side beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, with Alan Shearer
netting five of those.
After successive 11th place finishes, Robson then steered United to 4th, 3rd
and 5th place. In 188 Premier League games, his side registered 83 wins, 51
draws and 54 losses.
And in the cups, Sir Bobby managed semi final appearances in both FA Cup and
UEFA Cup competitions.
However his most memorable cup campaign was to be in the Champions League in
2002/03, when United played fourteen games - their longest-ever European
A qualifier in Sarajevo, success in Rotterdam and Leverkusen, a fighting draw
in Milan and an emotional return to the Nou Camp were all epic trips. And at
home, beating Juventus and Dynamo Kiev were also highlights.
In truth, the 2003/04 season ended on a low note with UEFA Cup elimination to
Marseilles in the semi-final and then a home draw with Wolves that saw most of
the SJP crowd fail to stick around for the post-match parade - a vote of no
confidence in the manager that many folk failed to recall in later years.
And although draws at Southampton and Liverpool saw the club scrape back into
Europe, the damage was done.
Robson took his side to Thailand and Hong Kong in pre-season, but after two
draws and two losses in the Premier League he was relieved of his duties and
exited from the training ground, golf putter in hand.
After losing 4-2 at Aston Villa in what was to be his final game, we wrote
The ninety minutes had encapsulated the previous five years of Sir Bobby's
reign: initial difficulties overcome, the promise of something magical but
ultimately heartache and disappointment with the fates always seeming to
conspire against us.
A subsequent advisory role with the Republic of Ireland proved to be Sir
Bobby's final job and he became a regular spectator at both SJP and the stadium
of plight, not to mention Durham cricket club.
Failing health and a recurrence of the cancer that he'd successfully fought
previously began to take their toll, but he devoted the final years of his life
to charitable works - notably the massively successful foundation established
in his name to raise funds for cancer research.
Sir Bobby passed away just days after what was his final SJP appearance at a
charity match staged in his honour and following that announcement, the Leazes
End of the ground became a shrine to his life - with flags, shirts, scarves and
Subsequent tributes included a bust sculpted by Tom Maley and exhibited in
Old Milburn reception at SJP and a memorial garden created just off Gallowgate.
May 2012 then saw Sir Bobby's family unveil a statue of him at the South West
corner of the stadium - close to the spot where he was first introduced to
supporters as the Magpies boss back in 1999.
And the fifth anniversary of his passing in 2014 saw Sir Bobby's widow Lady
Elsie confirm that an incredible £7.3m had been raised by the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation to aid cancer research and treatment.
Partick Thistle (a)|
After victory at St. Johnstone two days earlier,
United's three game tour of Scotland continued with this Firhill
stalemate. Ex-Jag Tommy Gibb was made captain for that and
crashed home a 20-yard equaliser.
IF Rimbo (Sweden) (a) 6-2 (1-1)
pre-season tour of Sweden moved on to a small town near
Stockholm, where Andy Hunt and Mick Quinn both found
conditions to their liking.
Berwick Rangers (a)
Cole(2), Papavasiliou(57pen), Mathie(80)
A routine victory over the part-timers from the banks
of the Tweed, on a day when the biggest hazard proved to
be the wind blowing across Shielfield Park and scattered
the contents of the surrounding speedway track into
1999 Bochum (Germany)
A thoroughly underwhelming pre-season ended in defeat
at this German Second Division team. Nice beer though....
Striker Carl Cort made it three goals in two games as
he headed the only goal at Turf Moor in the continued
absence of Alan Shearer.
NUFC.com match report.
Nottingham Forest (a) 1-3 (1-1)
cracking goal from Hugo Viana but on a sunny night by the
Trent there was little else for the away fans to cheer.
Future Magpie loanee Marlon Harewood was in the home side,
but failed to make any real impact. Meanwhile Forest old
boy Jermaine Jenas appeared as a United substitute.
Butt made his Magpies bow as a half-time substitute
but by then his new colleagues had blown the Ibrox chaps
away with a three-goal first half onslaught, silencing the
Peter Lovenkrands and some guy named Boumsong were both in
the Rangers starting XI - one would later return to SJP in
a value for money deal, the other wouldn't....
Marseille and Monaco were all (incredibly) linked with
defender Jean-Alain Boumsong. Meanwhile, the link with Sol
speculation had us interested in: Jefferson Farfan,
Jonathan Woodgate, Wayne Bridge, Miroslav Klose, Jermain
Defoe and Juventus's Croatian defender Robert Kovac.
As Kieron Dyer was poised to leave the club, news broke
that his car and house had been attacked by angry
Newcastle fans after the Juventus friendly.
reports in Manchester suggested that Alan Smith was being
lined-up as a replacement. Scapegoat, presumably.
The death of Sir Bobby Robson was
announced. He was 76. A statement released on behalf of
his family read:
"It is with great
sadness that it has been announced today that Sir Bobby
Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with
"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in
County Durham with his wife and family beside him.
funeral will be private and for family members only. A
thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby's life
will be held at a later date for his many friends and
"Lady Robson and
the family would very much appreciate it if their privacy
could be respected at this difficult time."
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (h)
Second half goals from Ryan Taylor and Leon
Best helped United to recover from a 0-2 half-time deficit
against Dutch opposition.
On the first anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson's passing,
both sides joined fans in a minute's applause before
kick-off, as Newcastle debuted their new Puma home kit.