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Ticket news:
mackems (a) SOLD OUT
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Spurs (h) Public sale now (online)
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Armstrong at it again

Saturday saw further international fixtures, with Adam Armstrong in goal-scoring form again and grabbing his second and third goals against the Swiss this week.

Adam captained England for the first time, firing home a first-half brace at Walsall including a spectacular free-kick, before being replaced in the 50th minute. 

Armstrong later confirmed that he'd originally been due to come off at half time but won a brief stay of execution to see if he could complete his hat trick.

He also revealed that he'd sought advice on improving his game from England striker Wayne Rooney when the pair came face to face last week at St.George's Park.

The 18 year-old Tynesider has now scored 18 goals in just 24 appearances at youth international level (NB: the FA make it 19 in 24 but their stats don't reflect that). 

Elsewhere Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat watched from the bench as the Dutch drew with Turkey, while Freddie Woodman and Olivier Kemen featured at U19 level for England and France respectively.

Sunday then saw France victorious against Denmark without calling on Moussa Sissoko, meaning that he should be fighting fit for Sunday's derby meeting.

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 26.03.2015
Brazil (h) lost 1-3
Sissoko started the game and was replaced in the 74th minute with the score at 1-3 in the Stade De France.
Sun 29.03.2015 Denmark (h) won 2-0 
No call from the bench for Moussa in St Etienne.

Tim Krul, Daryl
Janmaat (Netherlands):
Sat 28.03.2015
Turkey (h) drew 1-1
Both players were unused substitutes in Amsterdam.
Tue 31.03.2014 Spain (h) Amsterdam FR

Freddie Woodman (England U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Denmark (n) won 3-2

Woodman remained on the bench in Bayeux.
Sat 28.03.2015 Azerbaijan (n) won 1-0
Freddie played the full 90 minutes in Bayeux.
Tue 31.03.2015 France (a) Saint-Lo ECQ

Olivier Kemen (France U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Azerbaijan (h) won 2-0

Kemen captained the side and played the full game as they scored twice in the second period in Saint-Lo.
Sat 28.03.2015 Denmark (h) won 2-0
Kemen played the full game as the French recorded another 2-0 win, this time in Flers.
Tue 31.03.2015 England (h) Saint-Lo ECQ


Michael Newberry (Northern Ireland U19):

Thu 26.03.2015 Netherlands (a) FR 1-1
Defender Michael featured against the Dutch.
Sat 28.03.2015 AZ Alkmaar (a) FR 0-6
News is awaited of Newberry's participation.

Adam Armstrong (England U18):
Thu 26.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 1-0
Arma scored the only goal and played the full game as England won at St. George's Park.
Sat 28.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 6-1
Arma bagged another couple as England ran riot at Walsall's Bescot Stadium. He captained the side before being subbed five minutes into the second half.

Old boy:
Discarded defender receives country call

Having regained the ability to play regular first team football at club level since rejoining Inter Milan, the rehabilitation of Davide Santon has continued with a recall to the Italian national side.

The 24 year-old full back  has been drafted in to the squad for Tuesday's meeting with England in Turin following a number of withdrawals from the squad.

Santon won the last of his eight senior caps against the Netherlands back in February 2013.

Home comforts at last

Newcastle U18s  2  Bolton U18s  1

Newcastle's youngsters won their first playoff game at the third attempt on Saturday at a very breezy Little Benton - ending a run of five home defeats stretching back to last year.

Fresh from his success with England's U17s, goalkeeper Paul Woolston was called into action early in the contest to save with his feet when Tyrell Palmer ran onto Danny McKenna's through ball.

United had a great chance to take the lead after 19 minutes when Jamie Cobain put in Luke Charman who was inexplicably hauled down by Tyler Garratt in the box.

However, Kyle Cameron's weak left-footed spot-kick was easily saved by Trotters 'keeper George Dorrington. 

Top scorer Sean Longstaff put United ahead in the first minute of added time at the end of the first period after being played in by Charman. The advancing 'keeper got a touch but couldn't prevent the ball going in.

The Trotters levelled in the 53rd minute when Palmer crossed from the right and McKenna unleashed an explosive volley that hit a defender on the line as it flew in.

But back came the young Magpies and regained the lead in the 79th minute when Ben Pollock side-footed into the roof of the net for his first goal at this level, evading a packed defence after a ball from the right reached him.

Woolston, Cobain, Trodd (Drennan 69), Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Suddick (Storey 84), Ward, Charman (Johnson 75), Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Harker, Heaney.

Booked: Holmes.


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Howard's way #4


Regular readers may recall that we've featured the work of crime novelist Howard Linskey previously, as the long-suffering Toon fan and sympathiser has built up his reputation in literary circles.


Now freshly signed to Penguin Books, Linskey's fourth and latest  book "No Name Lane" is out now and moves the action on from Tyneside to include County Durham.


A new cast of characters has been assembled and once again Howard has gone through the back pages of his younger days to appropriate Magpie-related surnames including Carney and Bradshaw.


Howard will be signing copies of "No Name Lane" at Waterstones in Newcastle city centre between 5pm and 6pm on Friday April 10th, but ahead of that we have some signed copies to give away to you lot.

To be in with a chance of winning one, just email us here with the answer to the following question:

The reference to Carney in Howard's new book is in tribute to the sadly deceased Newcastle defender Steve Carney. Which famous non-league side did United acquire Steve from?

Closing date
Tue Mar 31st @ 5.30pm, subject: Lane. No purchase necessary. Prize will be delivered free to any UK address. No age limit or location restriction but free delivery applies to the UK only. Those who choose their own subject line will be disqualified. 


Premier League:
mackems (a)


Sunday sees United attempt to end a six game winless run in Tyne-wear derby fixtures. when they make the short journey to the stadium of plight.

Kickoff is at 4pm and the away allocation is sold out. Away section turnstiles open at 2.30pm.

NUFC are again running buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. Bus tickets need to be pre-booked.

The 152nd competitive meeting of the sides comes with Newcastle having won 53, drawn 49 and lost 49. The mackems have scored one more goal (223 v 222).

to follow. Mehdi Abeid may return to the squad.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good, Rolando Aarons.

Suspended (and knackered): Papiss Cisse (3 of 7)

Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini (2 of 3)

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @

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

SAFC: to follow. Lee Clattermole will be available after suspension.

Taking charge of the mackems will be Dick Advocaat, who in his first period as manager of PSV Eindhoven faced Newcastle in the 1997/98 Champions League.

Then as now, United had contrived to leave themselves with few options up front and lost 0-1 in Holland before succumbing 0-2 on Tyneside.


Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (tbc)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Magpies @ monkwearmouth:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Debuchy
2012/13 drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12 won 1-0 R.Taylor
2010/11 drew 1-1 Nolan
2008/09 lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 drew 1-1 Milner
2005/06 won 4-1 Chopra, Shearer(pen), N'Zogbia, Luque
2002/03 won 1-0 Solano
2001/02 won 1-0 Dabizas
2000/01 drew 1-1 A.O'Brien
1999/00 drew 2-2 Domi, Helder

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 04.04.2015:
Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v QPR
Chelsea v Stoke City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 05.04.2015:
Burnley v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.04.2015:
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Tue 07.04.2015:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)

Contract verdicts
United youngsters 

learn their fate

Confirmation of the players that Newcastle have chosen to sign up and discard from their academy/development squads has now been received as follows:


Professional contracts (4): Tom Heardman, Macaulay Gillesphey, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry.


Released (8): James Atkinson, Ben Drennan, Andy Hall, Joe Kerridge, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Jordan Storey.


Scholar extension (3rd year) (6): Kyle Cameron, Jamie Cobain, Liam Gibson, Adam Laidler, Brendan Pearson, Callum Williams.


Scholar (1st year) (10): Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Shane Donaghy, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Craig Spooner, Callum Smith.


Loan lads:
Loan lad buries 

Blue Brazil

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Introduced from the bench in the 69th minute of a home game against Cowdenbeath in the SPFL Championship on Saturday, Haris boosted his Gers tally to five by netting in both the 88th and 91st minutes.


Jak Alnwick (Bradford City)
The goalkeeper was an unused substitute as City beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at home in League One on Saturday.

Adam Campbell (Gateshead)
Campbell remained sidelined with ankle trouble as the Tynesiders were beaten 2-3 by Eastleigh at the International Stadium on Saturday.


Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game:
Wolves (h) Championship, Friday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: Olympique Lyonnais (h) Ligue 1, Sat 4th.


Non League:
Robins off to Wembley

Northern League side North Shields won their FA Vase semi-final second leg 2-0 on Saturday to complete a 3-0 aggregate success and seal a trip to Wembley Stadium.


In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,500 at Daren Persson Stadium, the Robins were frustrated by Hellenic Premier League side Highworth town until Gareth Bainbridge and Dean Holmes struck well into the second half.

Shields will now visit the national stadium for the second time in their history and will come up against Glossop North End in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday May 9th.


The Derbyshire-based side who lost to Whitley Bay in the 2009 Vase Final were beaten 0-1 at home by St Austell, but still advanced thanks to their 2-0 first leg victory.

Highlights are online here.

PS: In a momentous week for Shields, the first edition of a new magazine created by Robins followers is on sale.

Harvest From The Deep describes itself as focusing on "football at all levels, fashion, music and anything driving or inspiring the working class."

Toon-related content in Issue 1 includes interviews with former Magpies David Kelly and Michael Bridges plus an extract from the forthcoming book "Touching Distance" - an in-depth account of United's 1995-96 season.

Some bloke named Graham Fenton also contributes while some words of wisdom from NSAFC president Malcolm Macdonald are included.

Copies can be ordered now online here at a cost of £5 plus £2 postage. Profits from sales of HFTD are donated to the testicular cancer charity


Fans call for fair share

Thursday saw the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) stage a protest outside the London venue where representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs gathered.

Demonstrating under the motto ‘Share the Wealth’, the protests are aimed at ending unfair practices concerning away ticket pricing and policies, building on the work already done over reciprocal pricing and subsidies.

Copies of this letter were distributed to all clubs present including Newcastle United and added their name to other websites, fanzines, supporter trusts and individual football fans wishing to be represented:

The Premier League has been a phenomenal success story. It is one of the world’s most competitive leagues, with some of the greatest footballing talent in the world playing largely in front of packed crowds generating a vibrant atmosphere. As fans, we appreciate that, and clearly so do the broadcasters, and their audiences of millions domestically and around the world.

As a result, the Premier League’s new TV deal is worth an extraordinary £5.14bn for domestic rights alone – the equivalent of £46 for every ticket sold for every Premier League game.

It is our belief that away supporters make a particular contribution to the spectacle that is Premier League football which has proved so attractive to broadcasters. Away fans generate much of the atmosphere, often sparking the home support into life. They are among the most loyal of supporters, often travelling long distances at difficult times while generally being regular home fans and consumers of merchandise and TV packages too.

Over recent years however there has been a general decline in the numbers of away supporters, and this has much to do with the high price of tickets. This is why the Football Supporters’ Federation has campaigned around the idea of “Twenty’s Plenty”, seeking a maximum ticket price for away fans of £20 a game. We estimate the cost of this to be around £20million a season across the league – a modest figure in the context of the new TV deal.

We welcome the current Away Fans’ Initiative, which has demonstrated that it is possible for clubs to decide to act collectively in the interests of fans, while retaining enough flexibility in implementation at club level. Our general view is that the main focus of this initiative should be in reducing ticket prices for away fans, as irrespective of how they’ve travelled, the one thing every away fan has in common is the purchase of a ticket.

We therefore call for:

An Away Fans Initiative Mark 2, with £1m per club per season set aside primarily to subsidise ticket prices for their away fans

A structured engagement with supporters at every club to consult on how to spend this money

An end to the application of match categorisation to away fans – all away fans to pay Category C match prices

No reduction in away ticket allocations or relocation of away fans to inferior accommodation.

FSF Chief Executive - and NUFC fan Kevin Miles said:

"During the past 20 years, football has been flooded with money, delivering huge reward for owners, agents, and players.

"This time we want to see fans benefit, too.

"This colossal TV deal gives clubs a tremendous opportunity to give something back. They can easily afford to drop ticket prices and make football affordable for all."

FSF article by Kevin is online here

Midfielder blighted:
Gael blown out

The strange case of Gael Bigirimana continues to unravel, with the midfielder now admitted that he was medically unfit to play when he joined Rangers on loan due to what is described as a "mystery illness."


That undisclosed condition didn't prevent Bigi playing for Newcastle's U21s earlier this season - although his last senior competitive United appearance came in August 2013 and he hasn't kicked a ball at first team level since the friendly visit to Sheffield Wednesday last July.


However a different set of medical regulations enforced by the Scottish football authorities mean that he's barred from playing for Rangers. The lack of a recall clause in what classified as an overseas loan in effect sidelines Bigi until next season, when the 21 year-old will have two years left on his contract at Gallowgate.


Confirming that situation, a Rangers spokesman cited confidentiality issues in not divulging the exact nature of his ailment, but made no comment on press claims that no medical examination of Bigirimana took place ahead of his loan move to Ibrox - as was also the case with Haris Vuckic, Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson.


The Daily Record asserts that the Ibrox club are paying £1K a week to loan Bigi with the same also due for each of his four Magpie colleagues - a combined bill of £65K.


Clarets prevail

Burnley U21s  4   Newcastle U21s  1

With no competitive game last week, United's second string played a behind closed doors friendly at Burnley's training ground on Tuesday afternoon.


Peter Beardsley's side took an early lead through Alex Gilliead but the Clarets hit back with goals from Ntumba Massanka, Jamie Frost and Kevin Ly before half time.


Massanka then added his second of the game after the break, as Burnley replicated the scoreline that Newcastle had recorded against them on Tyneside back in October.

Premier League:
Signs of life from 
the bare bones

Newcastle  1  Arsenal  2


Match report

Charity auction
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

(Copies of the Who's Who are remain on sale from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, the Evening Chronicle and
local branches of Waterstones bookshop. They can be ordered direct from the publisher here)

Toon talk-ins:
Speakers' Corner

There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as follows:

Thu 09.04.2015 Chris Waddle
@ Hedworth Hall, South Shields NE33 4EA
£25 (inc. meal) via 0191 456 3112

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Tue 21.04.2015 Stuart Pearce
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£30 or £50 (both inc. buffet) via 07951 462431  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (inc. four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following (final selections to follow in April):

Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.

29.04.2015 John Beresford (& Eric Gates)
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT

£15 (£100 for table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN 
£15 (inc. Buffet) via Rob on 07538 291227

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Next Match

mackems (a)
Premier League

Stadium of plight
Sunday 5th April
Kick-off 4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Last Match

Newcastle 1
Arsenal 2
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 21st March
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

Online Box Office is available 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. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

NUFC will again run buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. 

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 11.04.2015 U18s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 4.

Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now (restricted view). £47 adults, £34.50 over-65s and £15 U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 15.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (H)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 18.04.2015 U18s v Arsenal (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 5.

Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online). Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.04.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ iPro Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.

ateshead FC
are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10

Upcoming home league games:

Mon 06.04.2015 Altrincham (3pm)
Sat 18.04.2015 Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.

Upcoming home League game

Sat 04.04.2015
Droylesden (3pm

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

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
2014/15 match dates:
Fri-Tue 27-31.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

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
29th March

Born Or Died:

1957 Ian Davies born, Nailsea, Bristol. (1979-82) 

Left-back signed from Norwich City for £175K before the 1979/80 season, having begun his career at Clevedon Juniors - a feeder club for the Canaries in the South West of England. 

Representing Somerset at cricket during his teenage years, Davies opted for football and was recruited to try and stiffen our defence, along with Middlesbrough's Stuart Boam.

Almost an ever-present under Bill McGarry, Davies saw off the challenge of new signing Peter Johnson to keep the number 3 shirt when Arthur Cox took charge. 

However, he subsequently lost out to Wes Saunders and was allowed to move on from Gallowgate to Manchester City, just weeks before the first arrival of Kevin Keegan. 

After just seven appearances at Maine Road though, Davies was shipped out on loan to Bury, Brentford and Cambridge United.

A permanent move to Carlisle United came in 1984, followed by stints with Exeter City, Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Swansea City - the latter move reuniting him with boss John Bond, who had given him his league debut at Carrow Road and later took him to Manchester City.

However, Ian's career ended prematurely at the age of 30 while at the Vetch, sustaining a badly broken leg at Doncaster Rovers.

A former Welsh U21 international, Davies had a subsequent spell with Gloucester City and later worked as a lorry driver.


1957 Death of Tom Mather, 68. 
Former manager. (1935-39)

Tom is recalled in the Potteries as the man who discovered a 14 year-old Stanley Matthews and signed for Stoke City on his fifteenth birthday, allowing him to train with the players while earning £1 a week working in the offices at the Victoria Ground.

It has been claimed that Mather tried to entice Matthews to join him on Tyneside.

1969 Steve Guppy born, Winchester.

Bouncing back from the disappointment of failing to make a first team appearance during his time as a young professional at Southampton, winger Guppy moved on to Wycombe Wanderers, at the time managed by an up and coming Martin O'Neill.

Helping the Chairboys to FA Trophy success and the Conference League title in 1993, Guppy was then ever present as Wycombe gained a second successive promotion before Newcastle successfully bid £150K for him on the eve of the 1994/95 season.

After an encouraging start when appearing as a sub in the pre-season tournament at Ibrox just days later however, Guppy found himself unable to break into the first team.  

His sole competitive appearance in our colours came as sub in a 2-0 home League Cup win over Manchester United in late October, our seventeenth game in all competitions without defeat.

Frustrated at his inactivity, Guppy joined Port Vale in November 1994, moving on to Leicester City in March 1997, Martin O'Neill persuading the Foxes to pay £850K for him.

A belated top-flight debut came just weeks before his 28th birthday and Kevin Keegan awarded him one England cap in October 1999, against Belgium at the mackems. 

Following O'Neill to Celtic in August 2001, Guppy later appeared for Leicester again, Leeds United, Stoke City and Wycombe again before a 2005 switch to the USA, with MLS side DC United.

A return to the UK came a year later with Conference side Stevenage Borough, Guppy won an FA Trophy medal and by 2007 was training with Aston Villa at the invitation of Martin O'Neill while he sought a new club.

Back in the USA in a player/coach role with Rochester Rhinos, Guppy hung up his boots at the age of 39 and joined the coaching staff at Colorado Rapids.

A further reunion with O'Neill followed in March 2012, with a part-time coaching role at the mackems. Just over a year later though, Steve lost his job following the arrival of Paolo Di Canio.

The appointment of O'Neill as joint boss of Ireland later that year then inevitably saw Guppy appear on his backroom staff again.


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What Else?

1907 Stoke (h)
Division One 
Debut for Glaswegian goalkeeper Tom Sinclair.

1913 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division One 
Higgins 2, Hibbert 

1915 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Hall, King 
Miller(80), Pagnam(82)

1919 Middlesbrough (h)
Wartime (Northern Victory League)

1924 Manchester City (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Harris 2 
This tie was staged at St.Andrews, Birmingham and saw Billy Meredith play his final game for City at the age of 49 years and 245 days.

However a goal in each half from Scottish international forward Neil Harris clinched United's first trip to the Empire Stadium. 

1930 Portsmouth (a)
Division One 
J.Smith, Easson

1932 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
Allen, Weaver (pen) 
Ritchie, Hine 3
Foxes goal machine Ernie Hine netted a hat trick as United were beaten at Filbert Street.

1941 Middlesbrough (h)
Birkett, Duns, Gilholme

1947 Charlton Athletic (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Welsh 2, Hurst, Dawson
Internal divisions wrecked preparations for this vital game, staged at the Elland Road home of Leeds United. 

Charlie Wayman was dropped and both Joe Harvey and Len Shackleton were in dispute with the club, although they played.

The Addicks however were intent on going one step further than the previous season, when they were the beaten finalists. Their South Shields born goalkeeper Sam Bartam would go on to help them achieve that feat. 
Newsreel footage online here

1948 Barnsley (a)
Division Two 


1950 Derby County (a)
Division One 
Joe Harvey proved to be a vital component of the United side at the Baseball Ground, as they ground out a point.

1952 Blackburn Rovers (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Despite a forgettable display at Hillsborough, United survived late pressure to ensure a replay at Elland Road.
1958 Luton Town (h) 3-2 
Division One 
Davies(5), Bottom(23), White(63)
Whitby(31), Turner(65)
1969 Coventry City (h) 2-0 
Division One 
Robson(pen), McNamee 
1975 Leeds United (a) 1-1 
Division One 

1978 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Bird, Kennedy
Palmer 2 
The covered Leazes terrace that had been home to thousands of United fans was closed after this game. 

The financial health of the club was such that the replacement stand never got any further than a few walls in the fifteen years before SJP was revamped under the Halls. 

1980 Bristol Rovers (h) 3-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Withe 2, Cassidy

1986 Everton (a)
Division One 
Future Magpies youth coach Kevin Richardson scored the only goal at Goodison Park, with future Toffee Peter Beardsley missing a late penalty for United.

1992 mackems (h)
Division Two 
What the scorer and future mackem called "a spawny goal" settled this derby played on a Sunday because of the fear of crowd disturbance. 

Mick Quinn claimed a second goal after Anton Rogan appeared to clear from well behind the goal line but the referee disagreed.

1994 Norwich City (h)
Premier League 
Cole(45), Lee(50), Beardsley(70)
Record signing Darren Peacock's Magpies debut was made easier by the late withdrawal of Canaries striker Chris Sutton.

1999 United's reserve side were held 2-2 at home by York City. Paddy Kelly and Paul Robinson netted for the Magpies.

2002 Everton (h)
Shearer(13), Cort(15), O'Brien(59), Solano(71,73),


A very Good Friday, despite the Magpies falling behind to an early goal from old boy Duncan Ferguson. Alessandro Pistone and Steve Watson also featured for the Toffees. match report

2003 A 4-0 victory for Wales over Azerbaijan at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium included goals from United pair Craig Bellamy and Gary Speed - the former after just 13 seconds.

2005 United boss Bobby Robson pronounced himself mystified by media reports that he had received job offers from both the Iran and Bahrain national sides.

2010 Nottingham Forest (h) 2-0 (0-0)
Ameobi(71), Enrique(90+1)

Two late goals preserved our season-long unbeaten home record and opened up a thirteen point gap on Forest.

After Shola had come off the bench to put United ahead, he then set up Jose Enrique to net his first goal for the club on his 88th appearance. Promotion was imminent. match report

United's Reserves ended their home league programme for the season on a winning note beating Everton 2-1, although yet again the fixture was staged behind closed doors.

Ryan Donaldson and Phil Airey were on target for the home side with Conor McAleny scoring for the Toffees, all inside the first half hour. match report

2014 Southampton (a) 
Premier League
Rodriguez(45+1,89), Lambert(49), Lallana(70)
The three game stadium ban imposed for Alan Pardew's touchline tussle with Hull City's David Meyler expired in time for the Newcastle boss to return to one of his former clubs - albeit in the seats near to owner Mike Ashley. 

However, Pardew's current side were absolutely pummelled by the Saints, who made and missed ten chances before going ahead in the final seconds of the first half.

An apparent on-field mutiny was then ended by Pardew opting to withdraw Hatem Ben Arfa for the second half, but only goalkeeper Rob Elliot prevented a defeat of mammoth proportions. match report


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