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EFL Cup Fourth Round
St. James' Park
Tuesday 25th October

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Newcastle  6  Preston North End  0

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Despite seven changes to the line-up that beat Ipswich Town on Saturday, a rampant Newcastle side scored six goals without reply for the second time this season as they reached the last eight of the EFL Cup. 

A staggering 49,042 crowd at St. James' Park saw the Magpies record their sixth successive victory in all competitions on Tuesday night - leaving ten-man PNE reeling ahead of Saturday's Championship re-match. 

Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez were both omitted from Rafa's starting selection, but stand-ins Aleksandar Mitrovic and Momo Diame both bagged braces - the latter scoring his first goals in a black and white shirt. 

Matt Ritchie fired another from the spot and Ayoze Perez added to Saturday's pair as United also hit the goalframe three times and missed an open goal on a night when they could well have hit double figures.

The visitors hardly helped their cause when Alan Browne received a straight red for recklessly catching Jack Colback with his arm - the United player hospitalised for tests after taking a blow in the face.  

At that stage it was just 1-0 when Mitrovic marked a rare start by heading home an inch-perfect Ritchie free-kick at the Leazes End after 19 minutes.

Diame then opened his account by drilling in a low shot from 25 yards before somehow contriving to take a Mitrovic pass and slice wide with the goal gaping.

Ritchie won a 53rd minute spot kick and despite Mitrovic pleading to take it, the designated penalty taker hid the ball up his shirt before lashing it into the roof of the Gallowgate goal to kill the tie.

At that point the disconsolate Mitrovic looked close to tears but soon perked up and netted his second of the night. Waltzing through the visiting defence in an echo of Peter Beardsley at Portsmouth in 1983, he finished in style before being booked for peeling off his shirt.  

Further goals seemed inevitable and Christian Atsu tested the woodwork with both a curling shot and a header - Isaac Hayden having earlier rattled a post.

Mitrovic failed to complete the hat-trick he craved - heading an opportunity narrowly wide - but Diame struck again from distance for 5-0, before substitute Perez hit home a half-cleared corner in added time to round off what was an absolute rout.

Playing with ten men for over an hour inevitably made this a damage limitation exercise for Simon Grayson's side, but to say that the dismissal was crucial to the outcome is to underplay the exhilarating quality and tempo of United. That was very evident at 11 v 11. 

Having barely dirtied them all game, Matz Sels threw his gloves into the crowd, while the SJP PA played "Freed from Desire" (aka "Mitro's on fire") leaving both the Gallowgate End and our Serbian jumping for joy.

Also in Wednesday's Quarter Final draw are Arsenal, Leeds, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester City or United, West Ham or Chelsea and Southampton or the mackems.

Our tie comes between a Saturday home game against Blackburn Rovers on November 26th and a Friday night visit to Nottingham Forest on December 2nd. A sixth successive home draw would be rather handy - and bring a new competition record 50,000+ SJP crowd.

NUFC: Sels, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hanley, Dummett (Anita 57), Ritchie (Perez 74), Hayden, Colback (Shelvey 31), Atsu, Diame, Mitrovic.
Subs n/u: Clark, Gayle, Gouffran, Darlow.

Booked: Mitrovic.

Goals: Mitrovic 19,55, Diame 38,87, Ritchie 53pen, Perez 90+1.

PNEFC: Lindegaard, Wright, Davies (Gallagher 46), Huntington, Humphrey, Browne, Pringle (Clarke 46), Grimshaw, Spurr, Doyle, Makienok (Johnson 62).
Subs n/u: Beckford, Maxwell, Hugill, Robinson.

Sent off: Browne 27 (violent conduct)

Doyle, Wright.

Crowd: 49,042 - just 860 short of the highest ever in this competition at St. James' Park. The visitors came with around 1,500 fans housed in the usual bit of L7.

Top six League Cup crowds @ SJP:

1975/76 Spurs 49,902
2016/17 Preston North End 49,042
West Bromwich Albion 46,932
2004/05 Norwich City 42,153
2000/01 Bradford City 41,847
2004/05 Chelsea 38,055

This was the largest crowd we've played a League Cup tie in front of since the 60,004 present at the Emirates for a 0-2 defeat by Arsenal in September 2007.



"It is important to have players pushing and trying to show they can do well. We have three or four players who have not been playing too many games. They come in and they play at this level, it can only be positive for the team and the future.

I’m really pleased to see Mitrovic, Diame, Atsu, or even Yedlin. There were a lot of positives.

"I was surprised to see so many fans, but it is not a surprise in this case because they are coming and supporting the team and getting behind the team from the beginning.

"I’m really pleased to see so many fans, and really pleased also because we played well. We scored goals and they will enjoy this for two or three days.

"The difference between the Premier League and the Championship is clear, but can we win this competition? 

"It is the cup, so I will never say never. Let’s wait to see what the draw brings us in the next round.

"I have to concentrate just on Preston on Saturday, wait and see what happens in the draw and after, maybe I can answer those questions.


"They will try to amend the situation, they will try to change things, we will be playing away, so it will be totally different.

"It's another competition, so we have to enjoy it. Normally I say one or two days and after, concentrate on the next game. It will be tough, for sure."

PNE boss Simon Grayson said: 

"It was a horrible night.

"When you give exceptional players time and room, you make it a long, long evening. It went from bad to worse with the sending off. This time last year, their manager was at Real Madrid, they are a fantastic side.”

Asked if Saturday's league game would be different:


"It better be. I'm not going through that again on Saturday. This is a big arena, it's a big pitch - they make it big - it will be different on Saturday.

"I'm not going to make promises that it's going to be a different scoreline, but I'd like to think that it will be.

"We could have played our strongest team from Saturday and still been beaten tonight. The league is our priority, but we are hugely disappointed."

EFL Cup - Fourth Round ties:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Arsenal 2-0
Bristol City 1-2 Hull City
Leeds United 2-2 Norwich City (3-2 on pens)
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
Newcastle United 6-0 Preston North End

Wed 26.10.2016:
Manchester United v Manchester City Sky
Southampton v mackems
West Ham United v Chelsea

Referee: Andrew Madley - second visit to SJP this season for the whistler from West Yorkshire, following the 4-1 Championship victory over Reading.

It's a year to the day since Andy's brother Bobby wrongly dismissed Fabricio Coloccini and awarded the mackems a penalty in the wear-Tyne derby.


Our biggest victory in this competition since the 7-1 success at Notts County in October 1993 was also equal to United's most emphatic home victory: 6-0 beatings of Southport in September 1975 and Doncaster Rovers in October 1974

It's also the first time United have kept three successive League Cup clean sheets for 42 years.

Aleksander Mitrovic
has started just three games this season: a 2-0 home win over Cheltenham Town, a 6-0 victory at QPR and this 6-0 demolition of PNE at SJP.

We've reached this stage of the League Cup on 18 occasions in 57 seasons - advancing eight times and exiting on ten occasions:

Fulham (h) won 3-0
1975/76 QPR (a) won 3-1
1976/77 Manchester United (a) lost 2-7
1994/95 Manchester City (a) drew 1-1
1994/95 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
1995/96 Liverpool (a) won 1-0
1996/97 smoggies (a) lost 1-3
1997/98 Derby County (a) won 1-0
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (lost on pens) 2000/01 Birmingham City (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Ipswich Town (h) won 4-1
2004/05 Chelsea (h) lost 0-2 (AET)
2005/06 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Watford (a) drew 2-2 (won on pens)
2010/11 Arsenal (a) lost 0-4 
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (a) lost 3-4
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2014/15 Manchester City (a) won 2-0
Preston (h) won 6-0

PNE @ NUFC - last ten:

2016/17 won 6-0 Mitrovic 2, Diame, Ritchie(pen)
2009/10 won 3-0 Lovenkrands, Nolan, R.Taylor
1986/87 won 2-0 Roeder, Goddard (FAC)
1980/81 won 2-0 Harford 2
1979/80 drew 0-0
1978/79 won 4-3 Connolly, Withe, Shoulder, Barton
1964/65 won 5-2 McGarry 2, Cummings, Hilley, OG
1963/64 won 3-0 McGarry, Thomas, Burton (LC)
lost 2-4 Kirkman, Burton
1962/63 drew 2-2 Suddick, Hughes 


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Unlikely lad:
Mac's back

Having left his managerial post at Blackpool following their demotion to League Two last May, former Magpie Neil McDonald has a new job in the Premier League.

The 50 year-old Tynesider has been confirmed as an assistant to Hull City boss Mike Phelan, returning to a number two role after similar previous stints at Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Lincoln City, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

PS: Another former SJP favourite found himself in an assistant role on Tuesday, when Wolves ended their 87 day association with Manager Walter Zenga.

The Molineux club have turned to his number two Rob Edwards as interim boss - with Scott Sellars stepping up from U23 coach to assist him in first team matters. 

Unlikely lad:
Gary goes

Ex-Newcastle player Gary Caldwell lost his job as the Wigan Athletic manager on Tuesday, paying the price for just two Championship victories so far in fourteen attempts.

Taking charge in April 2015 following his retirement from playing, 34 year-old Caldwell led Wigan to the League One title last season.

Tractor Boys ploughed

Newcastle  3  Ipswich Town  0

Watch the goals online here

Match report


National service 
for youngsters

Lewis Gibson (England U17):
Tue 25.10.2016
Azerbaijan (n) won 2-0 ECQ
Lewis played the full 90 minutes in Buftea.

Thu 27.10.2016 Romania (a) ECQ
Sun 30.10.2016 Austria (n) ECQ

Owen Gallacher (Scotland U19):
Tue 25.10.2016 Liechtenstein (n) won 1-0 ECQ
Owen's participation is tbc.

Thu 27.10.2016 Andorra (n) ECQ
Sun 30.10.2016 Israel (n) ECQ

Cottagers on top  

Fulham U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report is online here

Toon tome:
Tunnel vision



Author Martin Hardy has followed up his well-received first book, "Touching Distance" (revisiting Newcastle Unit's 1995/96 season) with a newly-released sequel. 

"Tunnel of Love" takes up the story ahead of the 1996/97 season, chronicling life at SJP over the next thirteen seasons - recounting what were an incredible sequence of events via his own press box view and interviews with most of the major figures involved. 

Buy author-signed copies online here for £18.99 in hardback and if you missed out on "Touching Distance" buy both for £30 - both offers include UK delivery.

Overseas orders can be made, with books dispatched to 15 countries so far. Please email for details of postal costs before placing an order.

Author-signed copies of "Tunnel..." are on sale from MJS Computers at 30 Merton Way in Ponteland and the Post Office at 44 Earsdon Road, West Monkseaton.

Martin will be at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle as part of the Books on Tyne festival next month. Tickets are free for that event on Monday November 21st at 6pm, but must be reserved in advance via 0191 232 0192. Further details online here

Magpies fail 
Citizen test


Newcastle U18s  1  Manchester City U18s  2

A hard-won three points for Manchester City at Little Benton on Saturday morning sent them to the top of the table - but Newcastle's youngsters almost claimed a point after the visitors had their 'keeper sent off.

Without a win over City in the last seven attempts, United struggled to make any impact in the opening exchanges and could have been behind before Nathan Harker fumbled a 27th minute corner to present striker Joe Hardy with a simple header from close range.

Hardy then doubled the lead four minutes later when heading in Luke Bolton's cross from the right, but just four minutes later Newcastle were handed the chance to get a foothold in the game from the penalty spot.

Jeremie Frimpong was penalised for a foul on Callum Smith but Mackenzie Heaney's low and weak spot kick was smothered by City stopper Arijanet Muric.

Seven minutes after the break Owen Gallacher left his foot in when challenging the 'keeper and was booked, while Muric was shown a straight red for spitting.

Rather than making his way off the field though, Muric tumbled over outside the area and received treatment on a leg injury before being stretchered off.

Substitute 'keeper Pawel Sokol came on in place of an outfield player and within seconds was retrieving the ball from the back of his net as Heaney squirmed into the box and shot home to half the deficit.

Gallacher then rather foolishly challenged Sokol for another 50/50 ball two minutes later as temperatures rose further and although spoken to by the referee there was no second yellow for the young Magpie.

Harker atoned for his earlier error by winning a one on one with Ian Carlo Poueda on 72 minutes following a City breakaway, but United just couldn't turn their belated dominance of possession into an equaliser - despite nine minutes of added time.

Team: Harker, Spooner, Wilson, M.Longstaff, Cass, Kitchen, Gallacher (Allan 75), Lowther, Sorensen, Heaney, C.Smith.
Subs: B.Smith, Long, Aziakonou.

Booked: Gallacher, C.Smith, Wilson.

Loan lads:

Kyle Cameron (Newport County)
County played their rescheduled home game with Barnet on Tuesday, drawing 2-2 at Rodney Parade. Kyle completed the full 90 minutes.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
A 2-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday included a first goal of 2015 (when he was with Bordeaux for midfielder Saivet.

See Saivet's strike here

In the starting XI, he collected a first half booking before breaking the deadlock four minutes into the second period and being replaced after 87 minutes.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
There was a rare 90 minute outing for Kevin on Sunday as Young Boys scored four times without replay against
Grasshopper in the Swiss Super League.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
It finished scoreless in Paris on Sunday between third placed PSG and OM (who are eleventh) in Ligue 1. Thauvin completed the full game and faced old boy Hatem Ben Arfa when he arrived for the hosts as an 80th minute substitute.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
scored twice from the spot but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-4 at home to former club Northampton in League One on Saturday.

Watch his goals online here

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
After sitting out Tuesday's visit of his parent club to Oakwell, the striker returned with the opener in a 2-0 win at Brentford in the Championship on Saturday.

Watch his goal online here

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Haris watched from the bench as the Bantams shared six goals with Sheffield United at Valley Parade in League One on Saturday.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
There was another full 90 minutes for Jamie as City beat Rochdale 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena in League One on Saturday.

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Alex played the full game as the Hatters drew 1-1 at home to Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 2-1 victory at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday.

Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United)
There was no place in the squad for
striker Tom as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at home by
Leyton Orient in League Two on Saturday.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
Having played the entirety of a 1-4 defeat away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek, Siem wasn't involved in the matchday squad as PSV defeated Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 on Saturday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Manu's Spanish nightmare shows no sign of easing, with no goals in six appearances since joining Osasuna and now a straight red card in a 1-2 home defeat by Real Betis on Friday.

Arriving as a 58th minute substitute, Riviere reacted badly to a foul by Darko Brasanac and was sent off after 87 minutes.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Sammy played 90 minutes for the Trotters on Monday, as they won 2-0 at Bury in League One - their first league victory at Gigg Lane since 1929.


Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Game tbc

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Game tbc

Old boy:
Valiants take Taylor


Update: Taylor scored from the spot on his debut as Port Vale came from two down to salvage a point in League One against Oxford United on Saturday.

Port Vale's former Magpie contingent has been boosted by the news that that League One side have signed Ryan Taylor on a short-term contract.

The 32 year-old has been without a club since his deal with Hull City expired last season and made his most recent competitive senior appearance in April 2016.

Taylor joins Vale after unsuccessful trials at Rotherham United and Wigan. Already at the Burslem-based club are ex-Newcastle pair Jak Alnwick and Remi Streete. 

The East isn't black & white:
Chinese whispers 


Claims that Newcastle have rejected a bid to buy the club from a consortium of Chinese investors appeared in Thursday's Telegraph newspaper - but without any indication of just when it allegedly happened.

Their take on it is that the club's relegation led to a "widespread assumption abroad" that Mike Ashley was "looking to sell" for "a bargain price". Quite who would have thought that likely is open to question....    

Similar speculation about a Chinese bid to buy the mackems has done the rounds in recent days, but like this alleged Toon interest lacks any substance. 

Full force Gayle!

Barnsley  0  Newcastle  2

Watch the goals online here

Match report

Preston North End (a)


Saturday sees United face Preston for the second time in five days, as Rafa's side bid for a sixth successive league victory - and their third in a row on the road. 

Kick-off is at an old-fashioned 3pm.

Where: Deepdale PR1 6RU (23,408)
Nearest railway station: Preston (1.8 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 275 miles

The 5,600 travelling supporters are housed behind the goal at the north end of the ground in the Bill Shankly Kop (formerly the Fulwood End aka Spion Kop). 

When: A damp and chilly Monday night in November 2009 saw Kevin Nolan maintain his scoring knack to help United to a 1-0 win they just about deserved.

Our last four visits to Deepdale all came on weeknights, with this the first Saturday game there since a 0-2 loss during our promotion season of 1964/65.


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To follow

Alex Baptiste and Marnick Vermijl were both cup-tied on Tuesday but available for this game, while Alan Browne will begin his suspension following his red card at Gallowgate.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh - a nice short journey for the whistler whose day job is as a referee development officer at the Manchester FA. This is his second toon appointment this season after the 1-1 draw at Villa.


Overseas TV:
 None (tbc)

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle (available worldwide via NUFC TV club subscription service).


Magpies @ Deepdale - Post WW2:

2009/10 won 1-0 Nolan
1980/81 won 3-2 Rafferty, Shinton 2
1979/80 lost 0-1
1978/79 drew 0-0
1964/65 lost 0-2
1963/64 lost 0-3
1962/63 lost 1-2 Hale
1961/62 won 1-0 Woods
1960/61 won 3-2 White 3
1959/60 won 2-1 Eastham, OG
1958/59 won 4-3 Franks, White 3
1957/58 lost 1-2 White
1956/57 lost 0-1
1955/56 lost 3-4 Hannah, White 2
1954/55 drew 3-3 Hannah, Milburn, White
1953/54 drew 2-2 Keeble, Milburn
1952/53 lost 1-2 Brander
1951/52 won 2-1 G.Robledo 2
1948/49 lost 1-2 Taylor

Upcoming Championship Fixtures:

Fri 28.10.2016:
QPR v Brentford (7.45pm)

Sat 29.10.2016:

Barnsley v Bristol City (3pm)
Brighton and Hove Albion v Norwich City (3pm)
Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (3pm)
Fulham v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Rotherham United (3pm)
Leeds United v Burton Albion (3pm)
Reading v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Wolves (5.30pm)

Sun 30.10.2016:
Birmingham City v Aston Villa (Noon)


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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

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

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

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

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

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


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Fri 28.10.2016 U23s v Hartlepool United (h) @ NUFC Academy, 1pm. Central League Cup.

Sat 29.10.2016 Preston North End (a) @ Deepdale, 3pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 5,600.

Mon 31.10.2016 U23s v smoggies (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 04.11.2016 U23s v Bristol City (a) @ venue tbc, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
Note new date.

Sat 05.11.2016 U18s v Stoke City (a)
@ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 05.11.2016 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Sat 12.11.2016 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 19.11.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) @ Elland Road, 1.15pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 21.11.2016 Martin Hardy discusses the writing of "Tunnel of Love" @ Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Tickets free but must be pre-booked via 0191 232 0192.

Mon 21.11.2016 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 26.11.2016 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.11.2016 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale Mon 31.10.2016 (online), Mon 07.11.2016 (in person / by phone).

Mon 28.11.2016 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Date tbc.11.2016 team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, ko tbc. EFL Cup Quarter Final.

Mon 05.12.2016 FA Cup Third Round draw. Time tbc. Involves NUFC.

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sun 20.11.2016
Leeds United (a) 1.15pm
Fri 02.12.2016 Forest (a) 7.45pm
Wed 14.12.2016 Wigan Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wed (h) 7.45pm
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3pm

(Live games selected up to and including Mon 02.01.2017).

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Round dates:

w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town 2-4 Heaton Stannington
Ashington 1-2 Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

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

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


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international breaks:
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Nations Cup Finals (Gabon):
14.01.2017 to 05.02.2017,
in Libreville, France Ville, Oyem-Bitam and Port-Gentil. 

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

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
25th October

Born Or Died:

1940 Walter Grant Malcolm born, Musselburgh, Scotland. (1957-60)

Outside right signed from Dalkeith Thistle for £800 who had appeared at schoolboy level for his country when a pupil at Musselburgh Grammar School. 

Appearing on both flanks for United's reserve side, Grant had his sole senior outing for the club in a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest in October 1959.

Within 15 minutes of his debut however, Grant sustained an injury to his right ankle and although he played on, was unable to show SJP fans his full potential.

Grant later returned to his native Scotland, joining Raith Rovers ahead of the 1960//61 season. He later appeared for Airdrieonians.

1944 Graham Carr born, Corbridge

The son of former Newcastle reserve Wilf Carr, Graham was playing centre half for South Northumberland Boys when he caught the eye of United scout Temple Lisle.

Joining the Magpies as a schoolboy, Graham played alongside the likes of David Craig, Bob Moncur and Alan Suddick but failed to win a professional contract and left SJP in 1962.

Turning out for Wallsend-based Corinthian Juniors, Carr accepted a contract from Northampton Town and won England Youth honours while at the County Ground. 

Breaking into the first team during the closing weeks of the 1964/65 season, both United and the Cobblers won promotion and Carr featured when the two sides met at SJP early in the following campaign.

Joining York City in 1968, Carr later went to Bradford Park Avenue before moving on to Altrincham and Telford United. 

An FA Trophy winner with Telford in 1971, Carr played for Poole Town before joining Dartford - finishing on the losing side for them in the 1974 Trophy Final.

After a stint with Tonbridge, a move to Weymouth following in 1976, during which his son, TV presenter Alan Carr was born. 

Appointed caretaker boss in early 1977, Graham's managerial career then took him on to Dartford and Nuneaton Borough.

Returning to Northampton in 1985, Carr steered them to the Fourth Division title in 1987 before exiting again in 1990.

A fleeting spell in charge of Blackpool was followed by spells with Maidstone United,
Kettering Town, Weymouth and finally Dagenham & Redbridge until 1996.

Scouting for Gordon Strachan's Coventry City, Graham later worked for Spurs and Manchester City - serving both Kevin Keegan and Sven Goran Eriksson at the latter.

Reunited with Eriksson at Notts County in 2009, Carr had left his post by early 2010 when Newcastle boss Chris Hughton (who had worked with him at Spurs) sounded him out over a scouting role at Gallowgate.

Carr's scouting success saw him awarded an eight year contract in June 2012, after the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Sylvain Marveaux were signed on the strength of his reports.

Less thrillingly, he also oversaw the loan transfer of goal-shy striker Luuk De Jong in the January 2014 transfer window.  

Rock the Carrs Bar....Carr opens a lounge  
named after him at Northampton Town

1950 Mick Mahoney born, Bristol.

The "super goalie" began his career with Bristol City before switching to Torquay from where he was signed up by Newcastle as a successor to Iam McFaul in the green jersey.

Making his debut in 1-0 home defeat to Everton in April 1975, Mick was between the posts for United's League Cup Final defeat by Manchester City in February 1976.

The relegation season of 1977/78 saw him share goalkeeping duties with Kevin Carr and Steve Hardwick, with his final outing coming in the early weeks of the following season.

Declared surplus to requirements by manager Bill McGarry (who preferred Hardwick), Mick then emigrated to the USA where he joined the Chicago Sting in a £40K deal - United making a £15 profit.

Moving to California Surf in 1979, he played in both outdoor and indoor leagues - with the same side as fellow former Magpie Graham Oates for a time.

Moving on to the Los Angeles Lazers in 1982, he retired as a player four years later and then coached at the Lazers.

Mick later joined the staff at San Bernadino and worked as a truck driver.

1958 Leo Houtsonen born, Pieksämäki, Finland (1980)

Defensive midfielder who began his career with Finnish side Kuopion Palloseura in 1975, twice leaving for Oulon Palloseura (in 1978 and 1982) only to return in 1981 and 1984. 

1980 found him at Norwich City for a brief trial period, before linking up with Newcastle during their pre-season tour of Sweden. 

Days after his United trial ended, Houtsonen (along with former Magpie Keith Armstrong) was in the OPS side who held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the home leg of European Cup tie. They lost 1-10 at Anfield.... 

Internationally, he represented Finland between 1978 and 1986 and after ending his playing days, enjoyed a successful career as a venture capitalist.

1974 Paulo Baier
born, Ijui, Brazil.

Midfielder who had a trial at United in 2000 during Sir Bobby Robson's reign. but was soon returning to his club, Vasco de Gama.

Baier played for a host of clubs in his home land, including: Vasco da Gama, São Luiz , Criciúma, Botafogo, Atlético, América, Goiás, Pelotas, Palmeiras, Recife & Paranaense.

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1893 Everton (h)
Thompson 2, Sorley, Graham
Scorers tbc 

1902 Derby County (a)
Division One 

1905 Darlington (a)
Orr 3, Howie 2, Appleyard, Gosnell 
Scorers tbc 

1911 sunderland (h)
Hospital Cup Match.

1913 Manchester United (h)
Division One 

1919 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
Hibbert, Ramsay 2 
Roberts 2

1924 Cardiff City (h)
Division One 
L.Davies 2

1930 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
H.Johnson, Dunne 2
An awful run of form by the Magpies saw them lose for the fourth successive time - defeat at Bramall Lane meaning that they had conceded 15 goals in that run.

1941 sunderland (h)

1947 Southampton (h)
Division Two 
Milburn(30), Pearson(75), Stobbart(32), Walker(53,83)
After netting five times the previous weekend at Bury, the Magpies maintained their form in front of goal against the Saints.

1952 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Roper 2, Lishman
A fourth successive away loss was to be the last of five first team outings for United's stand -in 'keeper Bobby Robinson. 

1958 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Eastham, McGuigan, White 2 
After scoring a hat trick in a 4-3 victory at Preston the previous Saturday, Len White grabbed another brace to make it 14 goals in as many league games.

Magpies old boy George Hannah scored his first goal for the visitors on his return to SJP. Signing for Lincoln City in 1957, the forward had made the switch to Maine Road just weeks earlier. 

1961 sunderland (h)
White 2 
Newcastle dropped ten of the team who had beaten Brighton at SJP the previous weekend - only Dick Keith remaining.

However, Middlesbrough went on to win the "Cock of The North" three team tournament. 

1967 Leeds United (a)
Division One 
Lorimer, Johanneson
Fortess Elland Road claimed another victim, in a season when Leeds lost once there - beaten in their final home league game by Liverpool. 

1969 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
United's indifferent home form continued, with success for a similarly inconsistent Blue side making it just one win in five league outings at Gallowgate.

1972 West Bromwich Albion (a) 1-2 (0-2)
Texaco Cup 
2nd Round, 1st Leg 
A small Hawthorns crowd saw their side take an early lead when Bobby Gould won a penalty despite having fouled Magpies 'keeper Willie McFaul.

Tony Brown then extended Albion's lead before Terry Hibbitt reduced the arrears from distance.

1975 Stoke City (a)
Division One 
With Gordon Lee's side looking set to lose a seventh away game in succession, Alan Gowling won United a point with a late leveller at the Victoria Ground. 

1980 Chelsea (a)
Division Two 
Lee(15,46,86), Fillery(34), Walker(43), Chivers(51)
A traumatic first team debut for defender Bruce Halliday, while Chris Withe and Chris Waddle were playing only their second games, after midweek debuts in a home won against Shrewsbury Town.

The whole sorry spectacle was captured by the BBC Match of the Day cameras, while much attention was drawn to the astronomical cost of the top category of seating in the East Stand - a whole £9. Remembered here.

1986 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Defender Peter Jackson made his United debut, 48 hours after completing a £250K transfer from Bradford City.

Jacko had an eventful first outing alongside Glenn Roeder in our defence, needing three stitches in a head wound after a first half clash with Villa striker Garry Thompson.

Midfielder Steve Hodge scored both goals but within days had moved from Villa to Spurs and faced us in both league and FA Cup games the following February. 

1989 West Bromwich Albion (h) 0-1 (0-1)
League Cup 3rd Round
A first half goal from defender Chris Whyte ended United's run of seven successive home wins in all competitions.

1995 Stoke City (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Beardsley(30,39), Ferdinand(52), Peacock(73) 
Our final visit to the Victoria Ground before closure saw a century-old club record of scoring in eight consecutive games equalled by Les Ferdinand. 

Stoke had Ian Clarkson dismissed for bundling Ginola over, while the locals took defeat badly with serious outbreaks of trouble to follow the pre-match skirmishes.

1997 Blackburn Rovers (h) 1-1 (1-0)
Premier League 
Injuries saw Kenny Dalglish use winger Keith Gillespie as makeshift centre forward and he volleyed United ahead with a fine effort that gave Tim Flowers no chance.

Rovers gained a point though when a shot from Chris Sutton beat Pavel Srnicek with the aid of a deflection, while Des Hamilton twice denied the visitors with goal line clearances. 

Future Magpies Damien Duff and Kevin Gallacher appeared for Roy Hodgson's side.

1999 Derby County (h)
og(Eranio)(41), Shearer(52)
A Monday night TV game and a comfortable win for United, after Silvio Maric touched on Nolberto Solano's cross and Stefano Eranio helpfully knocked it home.

The Peruvian then centred again and with the Croatian well-placed to shoot, Alan Shearer's well-timed run saw him arrive to fire home.

However the injury woes of Bobby Robson's side showed no sign of ending, as he was able to field Marcelino, Sandro Pistone and Duncan Ferguson but lost both Warren Barton and Kieron Dyer during the game. match report

2001 A 2-1 win for the Reserves at Sheffield Wednesday with Shola Ameobi scoring twice. match report

2003 Portsmouth (h) 

Speed(17), Shearer(28pen), Ameobi(61)
A fourth successive league victory for United could have been by a more emphatic margin, with old boy Shaka Hislop having a busy afternoon on his return to Tyneside. match report

2005 A strong Newcastle Academy side were in friendly action, running out convincing 7-0 winners on a damp night in County Durham.

Postponed from pre-season, United beat Northern League side Esh Winning in front of around 140 fans at West Terrace.

Kris Gate (3), Marc Walton (2), Liam Atkin and Nicky Deverdics completed the scoring while appearing as a substitute was Egyptian youngster Mohammed Al Gabbas.

One of the winners of the Arab SoccaStars talent show, his prize was a year at United's Academy. However, this proved to be his sole public appearance.

2006 Portsmouth (h)
Carling Cup 3rd Round
Rossi(48), Solano(53,90)

This was played in an SJP monsoon but appropriately named referee A.Marriner, allowed it to go ahead.

Given a starting berth for the first time, on-loan striker Guiseppe Rossi repaid his selection with a finely-taken goal and a lively display to help ease us into the Fourth Round.

Glenn Roeder's reward for winning this tie was a Fourth Round trip to his former club Watford. match report

2007 United broke new ground when facing Liverpool reserves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium of Warrington Wolves - Lee Clark's side losing 1-3 with Jonny Godsmark on target. match report

2008 mackems (a)
Premier League

Cisse(20), Richardson(75)
United's proud unbeaten record on wearside was ended after 12 games, or 28 years & 6 months. This was also their first top-flight reverse there since March 1967.

Ameobi's header in from Geremi's free kick had raised hopes of leaving here with a second successive draw, but Richardson's deadly free kick flew past Shay Given to deservedly win it for Roy Keane's side. 

However, that conversion surely couldn't have come as a shock to anyone - Match of the Day having highlighted him hitting the woodwork once and seeing another one wrongly ruled out at Fulham the previous weekend.

And if anyone missed that, the cover photo of the match programme for this game also featured a photo of the latter effort. D'Oh! match report

2010 From the BBC:

Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has admitted assaulting a man in a nightclub.

At Newcastle Crown Court the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault and was fined £1,000. He was also ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.

The court heard he threw his drink over Michael Cook in Newcastle nightclub Blu Bambu in December.

Carroll said his glass accidentally slipped out of his hand and caused a cut to Mr Cook's eyebrow. He was also ordered to pay court costs of nearly £1,500.

Carroll had earlier denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm - a charge which was dropped when he pleaded guilty to the lesser offence.

2012 Club Brugge (Belgium)
(h) 1-0
Europa League GSM 3


A moment of magic from Sammy Ameobi set up
Gabriel Obertan to net his first goal of the season and fire United three points clear in their group.

The Belgian League leaders threatened a late equaliser but duly became the fifth side from that country to be defeated on Tyneside. match report

2015 mackems (a)
Premier League
Coloccini(45+1-professional foul)(later rescinded)
Johnson(45+3pen), Jones(65), Fletcher(86)

Another new mackem manager used the wear-Tyne derby to register their first victory as United were again on the wrong side of a 0-3 defeat that simply defied logic and belief.

The fact that it was former boss Sam Allardyce, made it even more galling but r
eferee Bobby Madley's staggering decision to send off Fabricio Coloccini and award a penalty in first half stoppage completely changed the course of the game. 

The dismissal was of course later rescinded, while t
he spot-kick was converted by soon-to-be convicted paedophile, Adam Johnson, still allowed to play by a club that already had in its possession overwhelming evidence that would eventually see him jailed. match report