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Ticket news:
Arsenal
(a) / Liverpool (a) SOLD OUT
Swansea (h) / Cardiff (h) Public sale
 
Premier League
Swansea City
(h)

This afternoon sees the Swans migrate to Tyneside for a 3pm kick-off, with tickets still on public sale.

NUFC box office Easter opening hours:  

Saturday: 9am-3pm
(Box Office located in Milburn Stand near SBR statue)

Sunday: closed

Easter Monday: closed

City's three season sojourn in the Premier League is still under threat - although a second successive win at SJP would strengthen their hand considerably.

And were that to happen, then Alan Pardew would acquire another unwanted record for his expanding collection; namely that of the first United manager to lose five successive Premier League fixtures. 

At present he shares the four defeat total with Kenny Dalglish (1997/98), Graeme Souness (2004/05) & Kevin Keegan (2007/08) and himself (2012/13). That most recent one - in November 2012 - saw the fourth loss racked up at Stoke following defeat at Southampton and ended with a 3-0 home victory over Wigan.   

(We also lost four on the bounce in both 2007/08 & 2008/09 seasons under multiple "managers"). 

United last lost five league games in succession during March and April 1992, when Kevin Keegan's attempts to stave off relegation to the third tier faltered - only for that 1-0 home win over Pompey to end the sequence.

And in terms of top flight seasons, 1986/87 saw us reel off six First Division defeats in a row around the festive season under the guidance of Willie McFaul. 

This is the end, my friend.... well sort of.

The final-ever edition of The Mag will be on sale from street sellers around SJP on Saturday, as well as from local newsagents.

After 25 years, commercial pressures mean that issue 289 will be the last paper copy and the fanzine is continuing online only.  

The final issue is also on sale
here for just £3 with free postage in the UK

Squad:
Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are on course to return, but Moussa Sissoko is still out. Having been seen catching a flight out of Newcastle on Thursday, Hatem Ben Arfa won't be involved - officially due to an injury.

Steven Taylor is expected to be OK after leaving the field against Stoke but a hamstring problem is predicted to sideline Davide Santon for the remainder of the season.

News on the fitness of Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux is awaited.


Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle not to score @ 5/2

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


SCFC: The Jacks will come to Gallowgate minus Chico Flores, who is suspended following his red card during Sunday's 0-1 home defeat by Chelsea. Striker Michu meanwhile continues to struggle with an ankle problem.

Visiting boss Garry Monk goes looking for the first away win - and clean sheet - of his managerial career so far, having taken just two points from a possible 15, as a result of drawing at Stoke and Arsenal.

Beaten at Liverpool, Everton and Hull under Monk, their trio of away wins came in the first half of the season under previous Michael Laudrup - at West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Fulham. 

On the road this season, City have scored as many as Newcastle (26) but conceded three fewer (16 vs 19).  
  
Referee: Chris Foy - fourth appointment this season involving Newcastle, following a 1-0 home win over Fulham, 1-0 win at Spurs and 0-0 draw at Norwich.

The Back Page Easter Opening Hours:

Sat: 9am - 3pm, 5pm - 6pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm
Mon: 10.30am - 4.30pm

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
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Foot+ (France)
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Fox Sports Plus (Australia) (red button)
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NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
QQ Sports Live (China)
Setanta Sports 1 (Ireland)
Sky Mexico
SuperSport Select 2 (Africa)
TV3+ (Denmark) +HD

UK Radio:
None

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Metro:
No scheduled engineering work today



The MJS emporium in Birtley will be open as follows over the holiday weekend - click on the logo for more details:

Sat: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sun & Mon: Closed

Stats:

The Magpies go into this game without a goal in their last 360 minutes of play - and just one in in 540 minutes of the artless slop that passes for football round our way.

And the sad truth of our form in 2014 is that in seven games we've scored just twice at home - and the mackems managed three in their single visit to SJP.       

With two
home games to play, United have managed to score just 19 times in the Premier League at SJP to date - with five of them in one game, against Stoke City.

Just 8 of the 19 have come in the first half of games, while the "end" split is 16/3 in favour of the Gallowgate, with Leazes End spectators seeing just Yohan Cabaye's shot against Liverpool, a Yoan Gouffran back header against West Brom and Loic Remy's Boxing Day opener against the Potters - seven home games ago. 

Our lowest seasonal total in the Premier League to date is 22 (reached in 1997/98 and 2006/07), while last season and the 2008/09 relegation campaign saw 24 netted. 

PL home scoring record to date 2013/14:
West Ham 0-0  
Fulham   1-0 Ben Arfa 86 
Hull City   2-3 Remy 10,44 
Liverpool   2-2 Cabaye 23, Dummett 56 
Chelsea  2-0 Gouffran 68, Remy 89 
Norwich City   2-1 Remy 2, Gouffran 38 
West Brom   2-1 Gouffran 36 Sissoko 57 
Southampton   1-1 Gouffran 27   
Stoke City  5-1 Remy 44,56 Gouffran 48 
Cabaye 66 Cisse 80pen 
Arsenal  0-1  
Man City 0-2  
mackems 0-3  
Spurs 0-4  
Aston Villa 1-0 Remy 90+2 
Crystal Palace   1-0 Cisse 90+4 
Everton 0-3  
Man United 0-4  


Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12
drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)

All time record v Swansea:



Remaining Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)

Sat 19.04.2014:
Spurs v Fulham (12.45pm) BT 
Aston Villa v Southampton
Cardiff City v Stoke City
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v mackems (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 20.04.2014:
Norwich City v Liverpool (Noon) Sky
Hull City v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky
Everton v Manchester United (4.10pm) Sky

Mon 21.04.2014:
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky

Sat 26.04.2014:
Southampton v Everton (12.45pm) BT
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Spurs
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham
Manchester United v Norwich City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 27.04.2014:
mackems v Cardiff (Noon) Sky
Liverpool v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Man City (4.10pm) Sky

Sat 03.05.2014:
West Ham v Spurs (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Hull City
Manchester United v mackems
Stoke City v Fulham 
Swansea City v Southampton
Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 04.05.2014:
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 05.05.2014:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Tue 06.05.2014:
Manchester United v Hull City (7.45pm)

Wed 07.05.2014:
Manchester City v Aston Villa (7.45pm) Sky
mackems v West Bromwich Albion (7.45pm) 

Sun 11.05.2014 (TV picks yet tbc):
Cardiff City v Chelsea
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Hull City  v Everton
Manchester City v West Ham
Norwich City  v Arsenal
Southampton v Manchester United
mackems v Swansea City
Spurs v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

Book:
Ultimate who's who: deadline approaching


Of a similar size and weight to 2011's Ultimate Record, "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" is a completely separate, newly -compiled book from club historian Paul Joannou to be published in November.    

Boasting over 1,800 profiles and photos of Toon players and officials, the last date for subscriber copies to be ordered is now only weeks away - place your order online here 

Subscriber copies are individually numbered, feature a personalised certificate mounted within the book, and allow the name of the purchaser to appear on a roll of honour that is reproduced in every copy of the book.

Advance purchase price of £30 is the same as the cover price but subscribers get their copy hand-delivered or posted to them at any address in the UK for no extra charge (overseas orders welcome, shipping at cost).


Non-League #1

'Heed remain 
in the frame

A 2-2 draw against Southport in front of a crowd of 2,121 at the International Stadium on Friday made it ten games without defeat for Conference side Gateshead.

The Tynesiders remain fifth in the table and occupy the final playoff position, but a 1-0 home victory by their nearest rivals Braintree leaves the pressure firmly on, ahead of their final two scheduled fixtures.

Remaining GFC fixtures:

Mon 21.04.2014 Macclesfield Town (a) (3pm)
Sat 26.04.2014 Cambridge United (h) (5.30pm)

Sides finishing second to fifth will meet in two-legged semi-finals staged on Wed 30.04.2014 /Thu 01.05.2014 and Sun 04.05.2014. That will then decide the two sides who play at Wembley on Sunday May 18th to decide which club joins champions Luton Town in going up.

Non-League #2

At the Hop



Aside from the latest episode of torture at SJP, there's a wealth of football action across the region this weekend - including another Northern League groundhopper event.

For the uninitiated, part of the Northern League's 125th anniversary celebrations has seen staggered kickoffs at various games, allowing fans to watch two...or more.

The last - and maddest - of these events is the Easter Hop and although the organised travel is all booked out, there's nothing to stop anyone turning up and paying on the gate (around £4-£6 per game).

Good Friday:
North Shields 3-0 West Allotment Celtic
Whitley Bay 2-1 Newcastle Benfield
Ashington 7-3 Crook Town

Easter Saturday:
Jarrow Roofing BCA v Heaton Stannington 11am (D2)
Washington v Seaham Red Star 2:15pm (D2)
Birtley Town v Chester-le-Street 6pm (D2)

Easter Sunday:
Consett v Durham City Noon (D1)
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Whickham 3pm (D2)

Easter Monday:
Bishop Auckland v Crook Town 12 noon (D1)
Spennymoor Town v Team Northumbria 3pm (D1)
Newton Aycliffe v Shildon 6pm (D1)

Details of the other Northern League games over the weekend, directions and other information is
here


Strike threat
:
Capital woes predicted 

Our season may have gone down the tubes....but it remains to be seen whether Toon fans will be able to follow suit after our forthcoming game at Arsenal.

That's because the RMT trade union have now announced a two day strike by London Underground staff, beginning on Monday April 28th at 9pm - midway through United's Premier League visit to the Emirates Stadium. 

A recent strike call was ultimately called off, while a reduced service continued on some lines during previous industrial action. If this strike does go ahead however, beware that parts of the network usually begin to close down ahead of the actual declared start time - meaning that journeys to the stadium may well be affected.   

Compo:
Alan Shearer giveaway

Former Magpie Alan Shearer is the special guest at a talk-in event in South Shields next month - and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs in a free competition.

The club's record goalscorer appears at Hedworth Hall on Thursday May 8th from 7pm and tickets are on sale now.
These are priced at £30 entry only, £50 standard and £100 VIP (£70 VIP tickets are sold out). 

Bookings can be made
online here or direct from the venue (which avoids the online booking fee).



To be in with a chance of winning two standard tickets, simply
email us to say where the above photo of Al and his fellow BBC pundit Robbie Savage was taken.

The closing date is Fri April 24th @ 5pm and the subject is: Al. Those who choose their own subject line will be disqualified (except for the HM Forces email restriction that we're aware of).

There's no age restriction and readers are free to enter regardless of where they are on the planet. One entry per person please, no purchase necessary. Prize consists of two admission tickets to the event including food - any other costs (drinks, travel etc.) are excluded.  

PS: tickets are also on sale now for this year's Black & White Reunion event, at Dunston's Lancastrian Suite.

Defenders are on the menu this time round and appearing will be: John Anderson, Olivier Bernard, John Beresford, John Carver, Frank Clark, David Craig, Pat Howard, Steve Howey, Peter Jackson, Irving Nattrass & Darren Peacock.

John Gibson will be hosting the event and local comic Gavin Webster will also appear. Telling jokes, obviously. 

Following the success of the 2013 reunion, this year's event will be staged on a Sunday lunchtime once again, kicking off at Noon on Sunday 18th May.

Tickets are £20 for entry only and £35 for VIP places - the latter including lunch - and The Stroke Association stand to benefit from funds raised. 

Bookings can be made online here or via Premier Sports on 0191 280 5603.

Senior Cup
Spartans at the double

Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans face the task of playing on successive days next week, having failed in an attempt to get one of the games altered.

Closing their home programme with the visit of Whitby Town to Croft Park for a 3pm start on Easter Monday, Blyth are then in action the following night in the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Their opponents at Gallowgate in a 7pm KO on Tuesday are Newcastle Reserves
and the final will be played to a finish - via extra time and penalties if required.

Admission can be gained by paying at the East Stand turnstiles - £6 adults, £3 concessions. NB: NUFC season ticket holders and members do not receive free entry.

Since lifting the trophy after beating Blue Star in 1994, Spartans have lost nine times in the final - six of them against Newcastle - the most recent coming in 2011.  

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Loan lads:
Abeid scores again 

Trailing 0-1 after the first leg in Crete, a 3-0 home win by Panathinaikos on Wednesday was enough to see off OFI and ensure a place in this season's Greek Cup Final.

The Athens side took just 20 minutes of the second leg to cancel out OFI's lead, with on-loan Magpie Mehdi Abeid bagging his eight goal in all competitions for the Greens.

Watch Mehdi's goal online here

Mehdi and his current team mates will now face PAOK in the final at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on Saturday week (April 26th).

And although their hopes of winning the league title are long since over, third-place Panathinaikos are already assured of a place in the end of season playoffs, where the second Champions League spot is decided from the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth.

Current Toon loans:

James Tavernier/Haris Vuckic (Rotherham United)
A remarkable game at Molineux on Friday saw Wolves record a 6-4 win over the Millers. Both on-loan Magpies began the game, with Haris replaced on 69 minutes.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City)
Nottingham Forest (a) Championship, Saturday.

Conor Newton
/ Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
Hibernian (h) SPFL, Saturday.

Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
Liverpool (h) Premier League, Sunday. 

Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
A 2-2 home draw with Metz in Ligue 2 on Monday featured the United winger for the first 77 minutes. 

Curtis Good (Dundee United) (injured)
After recovering from a hip problem sustained during his senior international debut for Australia, Curtis is due to resume training on Tayside next week and could be in contention for a squad place when Motherwell visit Tannadice in the SPFL on Saturday week (April 26th).

There's the prospect of another cup final appearance to add to the defender's CV, following an outing for Bradford City against Swansea City in the 2013 League Cup Final.

The Tangerines will face St.Johnstone in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday May 17th, staged this season at Celtic Park due to rebuilding work at Hampden Park.

Internationals
Another cap for Alex

Fresh from scoring twice in United's U18 league victory over Chelsea on Saturday, Toon midfielder Alex Gilliead won his second England U18 cap on Wednesday night.

Alex started for the young Lions in a friendly against Germany at Rotherham United's New York Stadium and although his side were trailing 0-1 when he was replaced after 66 minutes, England eventually ran out 2-1 victors.

U18s
Tom topples Tees teens



Newcastle U18s  3  Middlesbrough U18s  2

A second half brace from striker Tom Heardman took him into double figures for the season on Tuesday, as United edged a well-contested Tyne-tees derby fixture.

Having beaten Chelsea 3-2 at Little Benton on Saturday, Dave Watson's youngsters went into this rearranged game looking for a fifth successive win on their own ground - and an eighth home victory in nine outings this year.    

And they got off to a decent start when a low shot from Ben Drennan from the edge of the box seemed to catch out visiting goalkeeper Joe Fryer after 18 minutes.

Boro almost hit back from the kickoff as striker Jordan Jowers exploited some confusion in the United area and shot against the goal frame from a narrow angle. 

The equaliser wasn't long in arriving though and when Jowers was challenged in the box by Ryan McKinnon midway through the first half, referee James Simpson pointed to the spot - and Joe Wheatley converted.

In glorious conditions, Newcastle regained the lead barely two minutes into the second half when Tom Heardman netted from 18 yards - Fryer again less than impressive.

Ten minutes later Heardman struck again, after substitute Liam Gibson wormed his way to the byline and pulled the ball across the six yard box for the 18 year-old striker to force past Fryer and a couple of covering defenders.

That never looked likely to be the end of the scoring though and Boro reduced the arrears on 67 minutes, Lee Hetherington beating Freddie Woodman from close in.

A Boro equaliser seemed inevitable as the visitors began to dominate possession, but some poor shooting and an instinctive stop from Woodman in the final seconds of normal time ensured that United held on for the win.

There were first starts at this level for Jack Hunter and Luke Charman, while Macaulay Gillesphey made his comeback following ankle ligament problems.

Team: Woodman, Newberry, Cameron, Hunter, McKinnon, Gillesphey, Kerridge, Drennan (Gibson 50), Heardman, Charman, Laidler.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Tatters, Trodd, Suddick.

U21s
City stiffs stalemate



Newcastle U21s  0  Manchester City U21s  0

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to action on Tuesday when Blyth Spartans at SJP in the final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup.

Premier League
Fluke goal - but
defeat no accident


Stoke City  1  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

2014/15
German trip latest



Kick-off times have now been confirmed for the Schalke 04 tournament involving United in August as follows:

Sat Aug 2nd 3pm CET and 5pm CET
Sun Aug 3rd 3pm CET and 5pm CET

NB:
On the basis that any drawn game in the tournament proceeds to a penalty shootout after 90 minutes, that second kick-off time may be pushed back slightly.

(CET is one hour ahead of UK time)

The Bundesliga club have now placed tickets on public sale to all fans without any specific segregation details, but confirmation is awaited as to whether NUFC will receive an allocation to sell direct to their fans.
 
PS: to all those asking, we have no information as yet whether other NUFC pre-season games will be scheduled in or around Germany before or after this tournament.

Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.
Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League opening fixtures.



In addition to the Bundesliga hosts and ourselves, West Ham and Spanish Primera Division side Malaga are also now confirmed for the tournament in the German city of Gelsenkirchen (a twin town of Newcastle since 1948). 

The games will be in stark contrast to United's last two games on German soil in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in deepest Bavaria....

Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the 1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke) has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to 54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down position. 

Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on penalties by a Portugal side featuring old boy Hugo Viana.    

United's last meeting with Schalke 04 came back in May 1960 when Charlie Mitten's side won 3-0 in Germany during a post-season tour that also saw kickabouts played in Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain. 

The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his Schalke deal was cancelled.

PS: There's an interesting article about Schalke, Lovenkrands, Freddy Shepherd & NUFC online here


Old boy
History maker Harps

Despite conceding three goals, former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper enjoyed a successful day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, as his Hull City side beat Sheffield United 5-3 in their FA Cup Semi Final.

The Tigers will make their first-ever appearance in the FA Cup Final on Saturday May 17th against Arsenal - a serious kidney injury sustained by first-choice custodian Allan McGregor giving Harper an unexpected second chance of glory in this competition, following his losing experience with the Magpies in the 1999 Final. 

Sunday also brought a sniff of cup glory for another ex Toon 'keeper, with Tommy Wright overseeing the first Scottish Cup semi-final success that his St.Johnstone side have enjoyed in their history.

The Perth side will face a Dundee United side including fellow SJP old boy Darren Jackson on their coaching staff in the final at Celtic Park on Saturday May 17th.  

2014/15
Kiwi
claims emerge

Reports emanating from New Zealand in recent days suggest that Newcastle are among a handful of Premier League sides under consideration to participate in a pre-season tournament later this year.

Ourselves, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with a proposed series of games involving Wellington Phoenix (who actually play in Australia's A League) at their 34,500 Westpac stadium. 

The option of Auckland's 25,000 North Harbour Stadium hosting games has also been mooted, but like previous reports of United heading to South Africa, the club haven't given any hint that future plans for friendlies involve them going further than mainland Europe.

United have previously visited New Zealand, playing a series of four matches against the national side in May 1985 in Christchurch, Wellington, Napier and Auckland.


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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2013/14


The ticket office has now re-opened on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 11am-5pm

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 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

Details of 2014/15 season ticket sales/ prices can be found online here


On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

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.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)

Show Racism the Red Card have a free download of the NUFC team photo in both PDF and jpeg formats online here

Fixtures:

Sat 19.04.2014 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 

Tue 22.04.2014 U21s v Blyth Spartans @ SJP, 7pm. Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Fri 25.04.2014 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ Darsley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note further new date, venue change and that game is now BCD.

Sat 26.04.2014 U18s v Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Centre, NR4 7TS. 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 1,800.  Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 03.05.2014 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 03.05.2014 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.Public sale now. 

Sun 11.05.2014 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800 tbc.

Guidance from LFC:

Included in the allocation are a number of tickets marked 'restricted view' and 'severely restricted view'.

Seats classed as restricted view on Row 1 is due to personnel movement. Seats classed as restricted view on other rows is due to stanchions supporting the Upper Tier, which impair the view of either goal.

Any seats classed as severely restricted view is due to supporters standing up and down and, in the event of this happening during the game, the supporters on Rows 34 and 35 have a very limited view of the goals due to overhang of the upper tier roof.

In purchasing a 'restricted view' or 'severely restricted view' ticket, you are accepting this view and there can be no ticket exchanges or refunds under any circumstances.

Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @ Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Fri 23.05.2014 to Sun 25.05,2014 Hong Kong Soccer 7s featuring NUFC.
Group A: NUFC, Guangzhou Evergrande, HKFA U23, Hong Kong FC. 
Group B: Chelsea, mackems, Kitchee, HKFC Captain's Select.
Group C: Manchester City, Rangers, HKFA team tbc, Singapore Cricket Club.
Group D: Leicester City, Aston Villa, HKFA U21s, Yau Yee League Select.

Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.

Sun 27.07.2014 to Fri 01.08.2014 Northern Ireland Milk Cup featuring NUFC.

Sat 02.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.

Sun 03.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.

Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League kicks off.



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:
Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a) 8pm 

 

 


NUFC Live on BT:
None currently scheduled  

  


To mark the Northern League's 125th anniversary, SJP will host their League Cup Final on Tue 06.05.2014 (KO tbc)

Northern League Cup Quarter Finals:

18.03.2014 Marske United 4-1 Guisborough
19.03.2014 Brandon 0-2 Whitehaven
08.04.2014 Whitley Bay 3-2 B.Auckland
15.04.2014 Tow Law Town 1-3 Ashington

Semi Final draw:

21.04.2014 Whitehaven v Whitley Bay
21.04.2014
Ashington v Marske United

Live Music @ SJP:

Sat 31.05.2014
Kings of Leon + White Lies + further support act still tbc. Tickets remain on public sale
here

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

RUWC match ticket sales in five batches:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages

Now: Hospitality Packages

05.2014/06.2014 via Rugby Clubs

To members of rugby clubs in England

09.2014 General sale
 
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left

  

International Magpies
National Service
 
Future international dates:

09.05.2014 to 21.05.2014 UEFA U17 Final tournament (Malta) 

Group A: England, Holland, Turkey, Malta
Group B: Scotland, Germany, Portugal,  Switzerland.

Friendlies:

26.05.2014 Australia v S'Africa (Sydney)
27.05.2014
France v Norway (Paris) 
28.05.2014
Scotland v Nigeria (Fulham)
30.05.2014
Bosnia v Ivory Coast (tbc) 

01.06.2014
France v Paraguay (Nice) 
03.06.2014
Greece v Nigeria (Chester) 
04.06.2014
Argentina v T & T (Rosario) 
04.06.2014 El Salvador v I'Coast (Frisco) 
06.06.2014
Croatia v Australia (tbc)
07.06.2014
Arg v Slovenia (Buenos Aires)
07.06.2014 USA v Nigeria (Jacksonville)
08.06.2014
France v Jamaica (Lille)

12.06.2014-13.07.2014
WCF (
Brazil)

A:
Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon
B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
D: Uruguay, England, Costa Rica, Italy
E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
G: Germany, Ghana, Portugal, USA
H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea

(Nations in bold expected to have NUFC involvement in their squads)

The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
7-09.09.2014
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
 
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On This Day in History
19th April


Born Or Died:

1944 Ron Guthrie born, Burradon.
(1963-73)

Spotted playing for New Hartley Juniors, Ron was converted from a left winger to a left back after injuring a cartilage while turning out for Newcastle reserves. 

Making his first team debut in August 1966 in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, he was never a regular starter, with Frank Clark first-choice number three at SJP.

Occasionally deployed as a sweeper, Ron also suffered recurring injury problems but was involved in the successful Fairs Cup campaign of 1968/69 as a substitute.

An injury to David Craig in the home tie against Real Zaragoza saw Guthrie get his chance, with Clark moving to right back.

Unfortunately his season then came to a premature end after another cartilage injury, sustained against Arsenal.

There was to be a happy ending though, when Joe Harvey presented Ron with a Fairs Cup winner's miniature trophy before the start of the next season - the club having acquired extra ones for the substitutes.

That season saw Guthrie feature against both Porto and Anderlecht in the Fairs Cup 

Unfortunately Ron then went over to the dark side in January 1973 and appeared for the red and whites in the FA Cup final.

He later played in South Africa, before returning to the region and joining Blyth Spartans. Involved in their memorable FA Cup run of 1978, Ron appeared at a packed SJP against Wrexham in February 1978 as they bowed out at the Fifth Round stage.

Away from football, Ron had a milk business with fellow ex-Magpie David Craig and also worked as a delivery driver for Fenwick. 

1989 Death of George Mathison, 79.
(1926-33)

1995 Kevin Mbabu born, Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland. (2013-present)

Signed from Swiss club Servette in the final days of the January 2013 transfer window, this defender had previously undergone a successful trial with the Magpies.

Earning praise when playing for the Swiss U19 side during a European Championship qualifying tounament in Scotland during 2012, Mbabu also spent time training with both Manchester United and Arsenal.  

Making a single senior team appearance at Servette, Kevin's competitive debut for Newcastle came in a 2-1 reserve team victory away to Stoke City in April 2013.


A succession of injuries disrupted his first full season as a Magpie however, with both hamstring and ankle problems meaning that his club U21 outings were only occasional.   


 

  
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1902 Nottingham Forest (h)
3-0 
(1-0)
Division One 
Roberts, Rutherford 2 
12,000

1913 Manchester United (a)
0-3 
(0-1)
Division One 
Hunter 2, West
10,000

1924 Chelsea (a)
0-1 
(0-1)
Division One 
Armstrong
30,000

1927 Huddersfield Town (a)
0-1 
(0-0)
Division One 
Brown
44,636

1930 Leeds United (h)
2-1 
(1-0)
Division One 
Gallacher 2
Keetley 
30,000

1935 Bury (a)
2-0 
(2-0)
Division Two 
Bott, Murray 
17,000

1937 Ipswich Town (a)
4-1 
(1-0)
Friendly
Docking(29), Pearson(63), Smith(52,76)
Edwards (87) 
10,527
A challenge match between the Southern League champions and a Magpies side who had just missed out on promotion to Division One.

Bill Imrie twisted an ankle at Portman Road and was forced out of the following Saturday's season-closing home win over Bradford City.

Team: Tapken, Richardson, Fairhurst, Gordon, Carver, Imrie, Rogers, Smith, Cairns, Livingstone, Pearson. 

1941 Preston North End (a) 0-2 (0-0)
Wartime
Scorers tbc
23,000
Defeat in the first leg of this Football League War Cup Semi-Final tie proved to be decisive, with the sides drawing 0-0 a week later at SJP. 

1946 Manchester United (h)
Wartime 1-0
(0-0)
Pearson
47,493
Stan Pearson had guested for the Magpies in earlier seasons of wartime competition, but the forward was back with his own side to register the only goal of this War League North game. 

1947 Leicester City (h)
1-1 
(0-0)
Division Two 
Wayman 
og(Corbett)
36,739 
The only senior appearance of Ron Anderson, in goal. Fellow debutant Andy Donaldson replaced George Stobbart in the forward line.

1952 Derby County (a) 3-1 (0-0)
Division One 
Harvey, Keeble, Prior 
Parry
18,940

1954 An amazing crowd of 56,008 packed St.James' Park to witness Bishop Auckland and Crook Town contest a replay of the FA Amateur Cup Final. 

The game ended 2-2, as it had done at Wembley in the first game and was ultimately settled three days later at Ayresome Park, Crook winning 1-0. 

1956 Barrow (a)
4-3 
(1-1)
Friendly 
White 3, Curry
Armstrong, Gordon, Scoular 
7,098
United provided the opposition in a testimonial match at Holker Street for Bluebirds stalwarts Billy Gordon & Billy Buchanan. Barrow were managed at the time by a certain Joe Harvey.

1957 Chelsea (h)
1-2 
(0-2)
Division One 
White(47) 
Stubbs(20), Saunders(30)
30,708

 
 

1958 Bolton Wanderers (a)
1-1 
(0-0)
Division One 
White 
Lofthouse
19,284
Nat Lofthouse was on target for the home side at Burnden Park.
 
 
1965 Bolton Wanderers (a)
1-1 
(0-1)
Division Two 
Cummings 
Butler
15,762
Already promoted, a goal from Trotter Dennis Butler put United's championship celebrations on temporary hold.

1969 West Bromwich Albion (a) 1-5 (1-2)
Division One 
Robson 
Kaye, Hartford, Brown(pen), C.Clark, Astle
22,481
The Baggies made it four league wins in just eight days after beating Wolves, West Ham and Manchester City.

Despite this reverse however, United would end the season in ninth position - a point and a place better than Albion. 

1972 Leeds United (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division One 
Macdonald(81) 
42,164
A first loss for Leeds in four games would prove costly, as Derby County won the League by a single point to deny Don Revie's side a domestic double.

1975 Stoke City (a)
0-0 
(0-0)
Division One 
32,302
Newcastle's miserable winless run was extended to nine games - although relegation wasn't a realistic worry. The Potters would finish fifth.


1976 Sheffield United (a)
0-1 
(0-1)
Division One 
Guthrie
18,906 
David McLean made his debut, in midfield at Bramall Lane while former Magpie Chris Guthrie scored for The Blades.

1980 Swansea City (h)
1-3 
(1-1)
Division Two 
Shoulder(pen) 
Giles 2, Stevenson
14,314
Our goal was scored by former Blyth Spartan Alan Shoulder. Another former Croft Park player, Peter Cartwright is the diminutive figure on the programme cover.

1986 Chelsea (a)
1-1 
(1-1)
Division One 
Anderson(44)
Nevin(22)
18,970
Pat Nevin netted for the Blues.
 
1988 Watford (a)
1-1 
(0-1)
Division One 
Anderson
Jackett 
12,075
Hometown Hornet boy Kenny Jackett was on target for Watford.
 

1996 A lorry carrying 4,000 new United away shirts was hijacked by three men, who were apprehended soon after.

1997 Derby County (h)
3-1 
(1-1)
Premier League 
Elliott(12), Ferdinand(52), Shearer(75) 
Sturridge(1)
36,553

Jim Smith's Rams arrived clad in a dreadful maroon change kit and with top-flight status secured, striker Dean Sturridge raced through and beat Shaka Hislop after just 34 seconds.

United though ultimately won this with something to spare - and both David Ginola and Peter Beardsley unused on the bench - as twin strikers Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer got to work, aided by a deep-lying Tino Asprilla. 



Our loose-limbed Colombian 
takes on the Rams defence


2003 Fulham (a)
1-2
(1-0)
Premiership
Shearer(39)
Legwinski(69), Clark(86)
Griffin(63 - second yellow)
17,900
United took the lead at the Cottagers' temporary home of Loftus Road, thanks to a fine Alan Shearer header.

However, the points were thrown away in no small part to Andy Griffin's dismissal for a reckless lunge which earned him a second booking from Dermot Gallacher.

The referee also played his part by ignoring a blatant penalty claim, when Craig Bellamy was clearly impeded in the first half.

Legwinski equalised with a stunning long range effort before former (and future) Magpie Lee Clark netted a late winner - the second season that he'd scored in this fixture. 
NUFC.com match report

2006 The reserves preserved their unbeaten season-long run at Kingston Park, coming from behind to overcome Wigan's second string 2-1 thanks to a brace from Carl Finnigan.
NUFC.com match report

2007 Eighteen year-old striking prospect Andy Carroll signed a new contract with the club taking him through to 2011.

2009 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Premier League
Bent(24)
35,850
Future Cockerel Sebastien Bassong cut out a pass, but the loose ball ran to Darren Bent - who beat Steve Harper at the second attempt.

That increased the pressure on Alan Shearer in his third game as manager, but with a trio of home games remaining, relegation remained a possibility rather than an inevitability.  
NUFC.com match report


2010 Plymouth Argyle (a)
2-0
(2-0)
Championship
Carroll(20), Routledge(28)
13,111
Despite having their game moved back to the Monday night for TV and with the volcanic ash cloud wrecking travel plans for both fans and players, United
still clinched the Championship title with this victory at Home Park.

The 2-0 scoreline, yellow shirts and reaction of the crowd were all reminiscent of Blundell Park in 1993 as delirious Toon fans celebrated with the players on the pitch.

For David Kelly, this time read Wayne Routledge who rounded the keeper and squeezed the ball inside the post as he struggled to keep his feet, to make it 2-0 after Andy Carroll had given us the lead with a towering header.

NUFC.com match report

2011 Manchester United (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Premier League
49,025

Newcastle held out for a heartening point on a night that loan signing Stephen Ireland made a belated debut - 11 weeks after arriving.

However, he was unable to coax anything close to a goal threat out of our blunt front pair of Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi.

Local anti-hero Michael Owen was introduced from the bench to a wall of booing but thankfully the nightmare scenario of him scoring didn't come to pass and after one major scare, the Magpies held on to claim a much-prized point. 

That heart-stopping moment came in time added on, as Hernandez went to ground under challenge from former Red Devil Danny Simpson and referee Lee Probert looked for one awful moment to have indicated a spot kick.

However, it rapidly became evident that he'd actually penalised the visiting player for diving and showed him a yellow card.

NUFC.com match report


2013
The reserves extended their unbeaten run to nine games after a resounding 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at St. James' Park that featured a Gabriel Obertan hat trick.
NUFC.com match report

 

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