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Ticket news:
Stoke City (h) Public sale now
Crystal Palace (a) Member sale now
Man City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Aston Villa (h) Public sale now (online only)

Premier League:
Carver's chargers
trounce toothless Tigers

 


The team and fans celebrate the victory

 

Hull City  0  Newcastle  3

 

John Carver celebrated his appointment as Head Coach until the end of the season with his first win in charge of his beloved team, at a Wintry KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Remy Cabella netted his first goal for the club and Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran got their second goals of the season as United cruised to a comfortable victory to pile more pressure on Steve Bruce's relegation candidates.

It was The Magpies' first clean sheet in the Premier League since the home win over QPR back in November and although Steve Bruce's hapless Tigers seemed incapable of scoring, there were slices of luck and some good officiating to thank for the blank.

Linesman Darren Cann spotted a handball from Ahmed Elmohamady that looked to bring the home side level in first half added time and happily the cheating ex-mackem was booked before deflecting the third goal past his own 'keeper.

The first two goals were perfectly clean strikes from Cabella and Ameobi that flew past Allan McGregor but the defending for all three goals was poor as our scorers were allowed too much time and space to get their shots in.

Cabella was gifted the ball by Andrew Robertson but he still had a lot to do before hitting a swerving effort from the edge of the box after Tim Krul had kept it scoreless with a save from Curtis Davies' header.

The 'keeper managed to tip the ball onto Fabricio Coloccini's chest and a prone Mike Williamson did well to get his knee to the ball as Nikica Jelavic seemed certain to fire in the rebound.

Ameobi's strike came just five minutes after the break and it came from out of the blue when he was invited to shoot from distance, his 30-yarder flashing past a flat-footed McGregor.

Coloccini almost sliced an amazing own goal but Vurnon Anita cleared off his line and Krul saved his captain after a woefully short backpass almost let City back in.

Jelavic failed to convert from a yard out as a Krul save fell at the striker's feet but Gouffran sealed the victory just six minutes after replacing the excellent Cabella.

Gouffran cut inside from the right and skipped past some half-hearted challenges before his shot hit Elmohamady and wrong-footed McGregor.

Ayoze Perez, also on-form, made way for Papiss Cisse - back from African Nations duty - and Mehdi Abeid replaced Ameobi in added time as United saw out the remainder of the game with some ease.

The win took United back into the top half of the table ahead of the 3pm kick-offs and left the Tigers in the bottom three. Stoke's 3-1 win over QPR put us back down to 11th although a two-goal defeat for Swansea at Southampton will see us back in the top ten.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Cabella (Gouffran 72), Sissoko, Ameobi (Abeid 90+2), Perez (Cisse 82). 
Subs n/u: Santon, Obertan, Riviere, Alnwick.

Booked: Anita.
 
Goals: Cabella 40, Ameobi 50, Gouffran 78.

HCFC: McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Brady 71), Ramirez, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler (Aluko 56), Hernandez (Ince 67), Jelavic.
Subs n/u: Bruce, McShane, Harper, Quinn.

Booked: Meyler, Elmohamady, Robertson, Livermore.

Crowd: 23,925 - including Paul Dummett who was spotted in the away end.

Referee:
Phil Dowd - second appearance of the season for the Staffordshire whistler following the 1-1 draw at Burnley last month. 

Other Premier League results/fixtures: 

Sat 31.01.2015:
Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-0 West Ham
Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City
Stoke City 3-1 QPR
mackems 2-0 Burnley
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Spurs
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City

Sun 01.02.2015:

Arsenal v Aston Villa (1.30pm) Sky
Southampton v Swansea City (4pm) Sky

Stats: 

Toon @ Tigers - competitive games:

2014/15 won 3-0 Cabella, Ameobi, Gouffran
2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 (PL) S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1990/91 lost 1-2 (Div 2) McGhee*
1989/90 won 1-0 (FAC) O'Brien*
1989/90 won 3-1 (Div 2) McGhee, Anderson, Brazil*
1976/77 drew 0-0 (ASC)*
1935/36
won 3-2 (Div 2) Pearson, Smith, Imrie+
1934/35 won 5-1 (FAC) Bott 2, Cairns, Pearson, og+
1934/35 drew 1-1 (Div 2) Pearson+
1929/30 lost 0-1 (FAC)+
1912/13 drew 0-0 (FAC)+

Unlikely lad1:
Ex-Mag wins it
for Socceroos 


Former Newcastle player James Troisi scored the extra-time winner for Australia as they beat South Korea 2-1 to lift the Asian Cup.

Troisi never got further than the bench during his time at Gallowgate but he got the 105th minute winner after South Korea had taken the final to extra-time with a 91st minute equaliser.

Unlikely lad2:
Ben Arfa banned 


FIFA ratified the U21 Premier League on Friday as being within their definition of competitive matches - meaning that the appearance Hatem Ben Arfa made in it for Newcastle this season is counted as a bona fide one.

This over-rules a previous opinion to the contrary from the Premier League and means that the French FA now cannot register the player for Nice until July, as he appeared in the colours of Hull City and FIFA rules prevent anyone playing for three teams in a season. 

The former Magpie is allowed to train with Nice but cannot play competitively for them in any game.

Unlikely lad3:
Shola seals 
Selhurst switch 


Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has extended his Premier League career by signing a short-term deal with Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace. 

Local papers in South London reported that free agent Shola was at the Eagles' training ground this week and he's now put pen to paper for the rest of this season.

West Bromwich Albion also made 33 year-old Ameobi an offer, with Baggies boss
Tony Pulis having managed him during a loan spell at Stoke City in 2008. 

Ameobi could come up against Newcastle for the first time in his career when John Carver takes his side to Selhurst Park on February 11th.

Loan lads:
The borrowers


Adam Campbell / Callum Roberts (Gateshead)
Both started and played the full game as Gateshead won 1-0 at Southport on Saturday in the Conference.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: tbc (injured)

 

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game: Both were unused substitutes as Forest lost again - this time 0-1 at home to Millwall in the Championship on Saturday.


Coach change confirmed:
Watson role clarified 



Dave Watson (far right) v Southampton (h)


Comments from John Carver published by the official club website on Wednesday included the following:

"I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands-on out here.

"When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.

"What I have done is given Steve and Dave more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented."

The Dave in question is Dave Watson, who has been spotted alongside Carver and coaches Andy Woodman Steve Stone in the dugout for recent games.

Former Norwich, Everton and England defender Watson joined Newcastle as U18 coach during November 2011, moving from a similar position at Wigan Athletic.

Taking caretaker charge of Everton for the final seven games of the 1996/97 season (won 1, drew 3, lost 3), the 53 year-old scouser had a fourteen month spell as Tranmere Rovers boss during 2001 and 2002. 

Scouting for Birmingham City while Steve Bruce was in charge, Watson then joined Bruce at Wigan in 2008.

Watson's arrival amongst the first team coaches has coincided with Peter Beardsley's absence, with the Magpies U21 coach alongside Carver during the Burnley home game and FA Cup Third Round tie at Leicester.  



 

U21s:
Baggies behind 
closed doors


Monday's U21 Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion (Feb 2nd) will now take place at United's Darsley Park training ground, not Whitley Park as was originally advertised.

Kick-off remains at 1pm but it's now behind closed doors, with no admittance to the general public.

The following Monday's reserve home game against Arsenal (Feb 9th) remains a 7pm kick-off at SJP.

2015/16:
Pricing confirmation


From the official club website, Wednesday: 

Newcastle United have announced a freeze on the price of all season tickets for next season and have significantly reduced the price for its younger fans in the 18-21 seating area, with tickets being cut from 300 for the current season down to 250 for 2015/16.

The Magpies have taken the lead in ticket pricing over recent years, with initiatives including hugely popular long-term season ticket price-freeze deals and a move to encourage reciprocal pricing agreements between opposing clubs to drive down the cost of ticket prices for away fans.

The decision to reduce season ticket prices for young fans and to freeze all other prices has been taken in line with the Club's policy to make football affordable, reward loyalty, and also takes into consideration that by the start of next season Premier League clubs will be aware of the value of the new television rights deal negotiated by the Premier League with broadcasters, to commence in 2016/17.

To ensure season ticket holders gain maximum value and to further reward their loyalty, for next season single tickets for the higher category games will be subject to a price increase and will, on occasions, be restricted to members-only sales, meaning there will be no general sale.

It's difficult to fully explain what the highlighted passage means as categorisation of the clubs to visit SJP next season isn't yet known (as is which league they'll be in...) and the size of the increase is also unannounced. 

What it does underline though is that reciprocal pricing agreements that have benefited supporters for the last two seasons will continue at the current level - ie only agreed by clubs who can't guarantee selling out matches between each other and cutting prices therefore benefits clubs, not just the supporters.  

PS: the lack of a general sale is a pre-existing situation that requires non-season ticket holders to purchase a membership to have any chance of buying tickets for derby matches etc (or ask a season ticket holder, who automatically receives membership privileges).

Internationals:
Elephants advance 


Having made it through the group stages, Ivory Coast and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote are now preparing for a Quarter Final tie against Algeria on Sunday.

Success in that will then see them take on the winners of the Congo v DR Congo in a semi-final tie on Wednesday. Games continue to be shown live on British Eurosport.

AFCON remaining games:

Sat 31.01.2015 Congo v DR Congo (4pm)
Sat 31.01.2015 Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea (7.30pm)
Sun 01.02.2015 Ghana v Guinea (4pm)
Sun 01.02.2015 Ivory Coast v Algeria (7.30pm)

Wed 04.02.2015 Congo/Dr Congo v I.Coast/Algeria (7pm)
Thu 05.02.2015 Tunisia/E/Guinea v Ghana/Guinea (7pm)

Sat 07.02.2015 3rd/4th place playoff (6pm)
Sun 08.02.2015 Final (7pm)

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Tue 20.01.2014 Guinea drew 1-1 (played full game)

Sat 24.01.2014 Mali drew 1-1 (played full game)
Wed 28.01.2014 Cameroon (5.45pm British Eurosport) 

U18s:
Academy called off


Saturday's scheduled U18 home league game against Manchester City has been postponed, with the visitors playing an FA Youth Cup tie against Stoke on Friday.

A new date for the Newcastle v City game is awaited. 

 

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U18s:
Holders await 
derby victors


A 6-0 victory over Swansea City on Wednesday saw Chelsea move a step closer to retaining the FA Youth Cup - and set up a Quarter Final visit to the North East.  

The Blues will face the winners of the Fifth Round tie between Newcastle and the mackems, staged at the stadium of plight next Wednesday, February 4th.

Kickoff is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if needs be. 

Toon fans will be housed in the South Stand. Access is via turnstiles 61 and 62 and admission is 3 adults, 1 U16s & over-65s. 

If they can see off the red and whites, Newcastle would enjoy home advantage against Chelsea, who ended our interest in this competition at the same stage last season, winning 3-2 at SJP.

Remaining FA Youth Cup Fifth Round ties:

02.02.2015 Arsenal v Crewe Alexandra
04.02.2015 mackems v Newcastle United
05.02.2015 Southampton v Leicester City
09.02.2015 Spurs v Manchester United

FA Youth Cup Sixth Round draw:

Southampton or Leicester v Birmingham City
mackems or Newcastle v Chelsea
Manchester City v Arsenal or Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest v Spurs or Manchester United

Friendly:
Trio return


Newcastle XI  3  Carlisle United XI  1

A behind closed doors friendly at Darsley Park on Tuesday afternoon gave pitch time to a trio of returning Magpies, with Siem De Jong, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan all included in the starting line-up.

A day short of his 26th birthday, De Jong completed 45 minutes and found the net, equalising after Mark Beck had beaten Freddie Woodman to put the Cumbrians ahead.

Second half goals from Haris Vuckic and Lubo Satka  then won it for the Magpies, with Adam Armstrong seeing his penalty effort saved by Dan Hanford after substitute Alex Gilliead had been chopped down in the area.

Abeid and Obertan were both withdrawn midway through the second half while Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon completed the full game. Rob Elliot, Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons didn't feature.

Team: Woodman, Barlaser (Atkinson 76), Williams, Satka, Santon, Abeid (Ward 59), Vuckic (Bigirimana 73), Obertan (Gilliead 59), De Jong (Quinn 46), Gutierrez, Armstrong (Heardman 82). Sub n/u: Harker.

Further claims:
More "for the future"?


While the urgent and ongoing need for experienced defensive and striking cover at Gallowgate remains, inbound transfer claims suggest an extension of the speculate to accumulate buying policy.

Four names are currently doing the rounds - amid claims that the completion of any deals would see them loaned back to their current club for the rest of this season. 

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) English-born 21 year-old left back (who has also played as a central defender). No international callups, under contract until 2017.

Dele Alli (MK Dons) English-born 18 year-old central midfielder. England U19 international, under contract until 2017. Alli completed 90 minutes for MK Dons in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.

David Concha (Racing Santander) Spanish-born 18 year-old striker. Spanish U19 international, contract status tbc. Senior debut for Santander in Jan 2014.

Jorge Mere (Sporting Gijon) Spanish-born 17 year-old central defender. Spanish U19 international, contract status tbc. Senior debut for Gijon awaited - currently playing for their B team, debuted for them in Sep 2013.

The previous transfer window saw United sign Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow (24) and central defender Jamaal Lascelles (21) and promptly loan both back to the City Ground for the duration of the season.

PS: Confirmation came from the club on Tuesday that 17-year old Academy product Callum Roberts had now signed his first professional deal at Gallowgate. 

No duration was mentioned by United, but it's believed that the winger is now under contract until the end of the 2017/18 season. 

Update:
Seat warmer 


 

Monday saw John Carver confirmed by the club as head coach for the remaining sixteen games of the season:

Newcastle United can confirm that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately.

"Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.

"The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual.

"John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this."

John Carver, said: "This is a proud day for me.

"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.

"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."

The 50 year-old Tynesider took interim charge of the first team ahead of the home game with Burnley on New Years Day following the departure of Alan Pardew.

Seeing United draw 3-3 in his first game, Carver then presided over a 0-1 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup, a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea and most recently the 2-1 home loss to Southampton.

Confirmation of his appointment until late May is seen as further evidence that the club's preferred candidate for the role on a permanent basis is unavailable at present - or that there's no desire to make any appointment and Carver is merely seeing out the season. 

Whether JC could make sufficient impact in that 20 game stretch to convince United that he's their man in the long term is doubtful, but he remains under contract until September 2020 and therefore in line to keep a post within the club - or receive a considerable payoff
.

It also reinforces the managerial structure at the club, with no requirement for a manager to be in post when decisions over the future of players soon to be out of contract are made (a situation that Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell, Remi Streete and Lubo Satka all face come June).

Exit:
Defender departs

The following terse statement from Newcastle United on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the first departure from Gallowgate during the current transfer window:

Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has completed a transfer to AS Roma after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

The French defender joined Roma on a loan deal in September 2014 but it has now become a permanent move.

A 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday saw Yanga -Mbiwa make a 20th Roma appearance, automatically converting his loan deal into a permanent transfer.

Italian media sources claim that a pre-determined fee of 7m is payable, understood to include the initial 1.5m loan fee paid back in August.

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of 8.4m. 

Unlikely lads:
Real deal for misfit Mag




Former Newcastle flop Xisco has moved again, dropping down to the Spanish Second Division and joining his hometown club, Real Mallorca on loan.

Now 28, Xisco is in his third season at Cordoba, scoring a total of eighteen goals during the first two and helping them seal a return to the Primera League in 2014. 

However he failed to win a regular first team place once back in the top flight this time round. Nine appearances included just a solitary start and Xisco's only goal of the season came against Real Sociedad back in October. 

Former Magpies finding new clubs this month:

Shola Ameobi (free agent, joined Crystal Palace)
David Edgar (loaned to Huddersfield by Birmingham)
Aidan Grant (free agent, joined Lincoln City)
Lewis Guy
(left Gateshead, joined Barrow)

James Marwood (left St.Mirren, joined Forest Green)
Brandon Miele (free agent, joined Shamrock Rovers)
James Tavernier (loaned to Bristol City by Wigan)
Xisco
(loaned to Real Mallorca by Cordoba)

Internationals:
England calls
for Toon teens


Magpies youngster Mackenzie Heaney is in the England U16 squad for a four team friendly tournament to be staged at the FA's St.Georges Park base next month.

The 16 year-old forward is named in a 20 man squad for fixtures against Switzerland on Monday February 16th, Slovakia two days later (both 1pm) and France on Saturday February 21st (2pm).

And fellow Newcastle player Paul Woolston has been included in England's U17 selection for the upcoming Algarve Tournament.

North Shields-born Wooly is one of two goalkeepers in the squad to face Holland on Friday 13th February, Portugal two days later and Germany on Tuesday 17th February.

Premier League:
Stoke City (h)

John Carver's Newcastle side are in home league action on Sunday week (February 8th), when the Potters head to Gallowgate for a 2.05pm. The game is live on Sky.

Tickets are on public sale now. 

Squad: To follow.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
 
Newcastle to win @ 13/10

(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: Striker Bojan Krkic misses out due to injury, while defender Robert Huth is suspended.

Referee: TBC 

Travel: 

Metro: Engineering work means that there's no metro service between North Shields and Shiremoor on Sunday until 6pm. Replacement Bus service 900 will operate.

Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

UK TV:
Live on Sky Sports 1

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio:
Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Stats:

Potters on Tyne - last ten:

2013/14 won 5-1 Remy 2, Gouffran, Cabaye, Cisse(pen)
2012/13 won 2-1 Cabaye, Cisse
2011/12 won 3-0 Cabaye 2, Cisse
2010/11 lost 1-2 Nolan
2008/09 drew 2-2 Owen 2
2007/08 won 4-1 Owen, Cacapa, Milner, Duff (FAC)
1989/90 won 3-0 Kristensen 2, Quinn
1984/85 won 2-1 Waddle, Anderson
1978/79 won 2-0 Connolly, Withe
1976/77 won 3-0 T.Craig, Burns, Nattrass (LC)

Pub Watch: 

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm kickoff unless specified)

Sat 07.02.2015:
Spurs v Arsenal (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Hull City
QPR v Southampton
Swansea City v mackems
Everton v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 08.02.2015:
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion (Noon) Sky
West Ham v Manchester United (4.15pm) Sky


Publications:
Ultimate....updates




Copies of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" are still available, priced at 32.50 from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, via the Evening Chronicle front office and branches of Waterstones bookshop.

They
can also be bought from the publisher here

PS: Any owners of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" yet to receive the 2013/14 season update PDF can request it by emailing info@ultimatenewcastle.com


Anyone short of copies of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season PDFs can also request those via that address.
   

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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

Fixtures:

Sat 31.01.2015 deadline for notice of "opt outs" from NUFC season ticket schemes to be received in writing by Box Office. 

Mon 02.02.2015 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Darsley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note change of venue - now behind closed doors.

Mon 02.02.2015 @ 11pm. Transfer window closes.

Wed 04.02.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ Stadium of plight, 7pm. FA Youth Cup. Pay at the turnstiles: 3 adults, 1 U16s & over-65s. NUFC fans housed in the South Stand, enter through turnstiles 61 & 62. 


Sat 07.02.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 2.05pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports. NB: engineering work means buses replace metros all day between North Shields and Shiremoor.

Mon 09.02.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now. 22 adults, 11 students/ over 65s, 6 U18s. Allocation tbc. Note date alteration.

Sat 14.02.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Tue 17.02.2015 U21s v Morpeth Town (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final.

Sat 21.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction (viewing only) @ SJP, start time tbc.

Sat 21.02.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. Member sale (if any) from Mon 02.02.2015. 44 adults, 38 18-21 year-olds & over-65s, 30 16-17 year-olds, 27 U16s. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 22.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction @ SJP, start time tbc.

Mon 23.02.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ New Bucks Head, Telford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.02.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 28.02.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Tue 10.02.2015 (in person/by phone).

Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT. 

Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.03.2015 Jamaal Lascelles due in
Derby Crown Court on charge of assault (trial date set w/c 27.04.2015)

Our FA Cup Third Round exit means blank Saturdays on Fifth Round day (February 14th) and Sixth Round day (March 7th).

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on date tbc


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.

Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders at 20 (21 by post), allowing free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here


Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) 2.05pm 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm
 
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 31.01.2015
Hull City (a) 12.45pm
Wed 04.03.2015 Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 22.03.2015)

Possible PL alterations 
(other than for TV)


Sat 14.03.2015 Everton (a) would alter if Everton progressed in the Europa League against Young Boys on Feb 19th/26th. 

Sat 11.04.2015 Liverpool (a) coincides with Grand National (4.15pm) at Aintree.

Sat 18.04.2015 Spurs (h) two scenarios:

1. would alter if Spurs progressed in Europa League against Fiorentina on Feb 19th/26th and team tbc on March 12th/19th.

2. would alter if Spurs progressed in FA Cup and were in Semi-Final action on Apr 18/19 (Spurs v Leicester FAC4 on 24.01.2015).

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Semi-Final draw:

17.02.2015 Newcastle U21s v Morpeth
17.02.2015 Blyth Spartans v Whitley Bay

Gateshead 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


Sat 07.02.2015 Kidderminster (3pm)
Sat 14.02.2015 Nuneaton (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bristol Rovers (3pm)
Tue 03.03.2015 Wrexham (7.45pm)
Tue 10.03.2015 Welling United (7.45pm)

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 games

Sat 07.02.2015 Ossett Town (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bamber Bridge (3pm)
Sat 14.03.2015 Northwich Vics (3pm)

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

Rugby
League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (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
 
From UEFA: international matches will 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 :
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
1st February


Born Or Died:

1927 Hugh Cameron born, Blantyre, Scotland. (1951-52)

Winger who began his career with Burnbank United in his native Lanarkshire before moving on to play league football for Clyde.

Making the switch to Torquay United in 1948, Hugh was signed by Newcastle United at a cost of 4,500 in April 1951.

Handed a senior debut in a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool in November 1951, Cameron was to feature only once more for United's first team before being shipped out to Bury.

After a spell with Workington (who were at that time in the Football League) Cameron later returned to Scotland with St.Mirren.

1966 Robert Lee born, Plaistow.
(1992-2002).

A fantastic servant for the club and one of Newcastle's best signings in recent times. 

His time on Tyneside was slightly soured with the Gullit saga, contract shenanigans and an ill-conceived "testimonial" match against Athletic Bilbao in August 2001. 

None of that hides the fact though that he was the mainstay of our side for a decade and astonishing value for the 700K we paid Charlton.

And his place in history is assured - as the last Newcastle player to score at the "old" Wembley Stadium - a fine header in front of the Toon fans at the Tunnel End against Chelsea in the 1999/00 FA Cup Semi Final.

Also worthy of mention among his 56 goals for the club are a hat-trick of headers away to Antwerp in the UEFA Cup and the one that got away; a shot from inside his own half at SJP against Brentford in March 1993 that was ruled out for a free kick - to Newcastle.  

We clawed back 250K in February 2002 when Lee moved to Derby County (less than a week after Warren Barton had made the same journey to Pride Park).

And August 2003 saw him on the move again, this time back to his East London roots with West Ham, remaining there for a year.

After the briefest of stays at Oldham Athletic (62 minutes against Hartlepool at Boundary Park in an LDV Trophy tie) he seemed have finished with football. 

However, after a five month retirement he was persuaded by then-boss John Gorman to make a comeback with Wycombe Wanderers.

At Adams Park he seemed to be reinvigorated and continued to play past his 40th birthday.

Lee's career finally ended with 90 minutes for the Chairboys at Cheltenham in May 2006. A 0-0 draw meant that the home side won this playoff tie 2-1 - ruining Lee's chances of bowing out in the Millennium Stadium.

However seven days previously he'd enjoyed a happier occasion, playing once again in black and white at SJP as part of Alan Shearer's testimonial match against Celtic.

He's since appeared as a media pundit.

1994 Terry Hibbitt born, Bradford.
(1971-75, 1978-81)

Joining Leeds United as an apprentice upon leaving school during April 1963, Terry was
Handed a first team debut by Don Revie in February 1966, scoring soon after coming off the bench against Nottingham Forest.

Displaced from the first XI, Hibbitt was rescued from reserve team football by Joe Harvey, who persuaded Newcastle to pay 30,000 in August 1971 after the player had submitted a transfer request.

Debuting at Crystal Palace alongside fellow new boy Malcolm Macdonald, Hibbitt would act as provider to the striker on countless occasions - most memorably for the vital second goal against Burnley in the 1974 FA Cup Semi-Final tie at Hillsborough. 

The replacement of Harvey by Gordon Lee in June 1975 was to prove decisive though and after just four league appearances, a deal taking an unwilling Hibbitt to Birmingham City in exchange for 100K was agreed minutes after a midweek defeat at Derby.  

April 1978 saw Hibbitt rejoin Newcastle (along with John Connolly) in exchange for Stewart Barrowclough and a second debut came at Millwall the following August. 

What proved to be Terry's final competitive appearance came as substitute in a 0-2 home defeat by Derby County two days after Christmas 1980, with a persistent knee problem seeing him quit in June 1981. 

Terry joined Gateshead and after taking a player coach role in 1983, briefly became manager at the International Stadium.

After a brief spell as assistant manager at Durham City, Hibbitt he became a milkman, ran a newsagents with fellow ex-Magpie Peter Kelly and was subsequently bar manager at the Diamond in Ponteland. 

Sadly, cancer claimed Terry at the age of just 46 in August 1994, with United fans commemorating him in song as news broke during the Ibrox Tournament.


1987 Giuseppe Rossi born, Clifton, New Jersey, USA. (2006).

USA-born of Italian parents, Giuseppe was a promising young striker who began his career with Serie A side Parma - although he never played a senior game for them in that spell.

Signing for Manchester United in 2004, Rossi had featured both for their first team and reserves - scoring a hat trick for the latter side against Newcastle.

Moving to SJP on August 2006 transfer deadline day in a loan deal, he netted just once, against Pompey in the Carling Cup.

Even allowing for the fact that he wasn't able to represent us in the UEFA Cup, an apparent reluctance by manager Glenn Roeder to play Rossi was openly questioned by many, including Sir Alex Ferguson. 

August 2007 saw Rossi leave Old Trafford for Spanish side Villarreal in a 6.7m deal, having spent time on loan at Parma after returning from Tyneside the previous season.

Featuring in the Italian side at the 2008 Olympics and finishing top scorer in the competition, Giuseppe's senior international debut came against Bulgaria that October.

However he wasn't included in Italy's 23 man selection for the 2010 World Cup Finals and a year later saw his career put in jeopardy by a series of serious knee ligament injuries that meant his final senior game for Villarreal was in October 2011.

January 2013 then saw Rossi make a fresh start at a new club, joining Serie A outfit Fiorentina. However his prolific scoring run was halted by a knee injury that saw him heading to the USA for treatment by renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman. 

1990 Dan Gosling born, Brixham.
(2010-14)

Devonian Dan began his career at Plymouth Argyle and made a league debut for the Pilgrims in December 2006, against Hull City.

His first goal came the following February against Colchester United and within a month he'd received an England U17 callup.

After making 24 appearances (15 starts) for Argyle, Dan joined Everton in January 2008 for a claimed 1.5m. His senior Toffees bow was in a 1-0 win at Boro on Boxing Day that year, with a home debut two days later saw him net in a 3-0 beating of the mackems.

Gosling's second Toffees strike brought him rather more glory though, grabbing an extra time winner in an FA Cup Fourth Round Replay against Liverpool - a goal that live TV viewers missed, as ITV prematurely cut to an advert break seconds before. 

Dan went on to appear from the bench for the closing stages of the FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea and featured for Everton in a 0-0 draw at SJP in February 2009. He also debuted at England U21 level.

His final Toffees appearance came against Wolves at Molineux in March 2010 when he 
sustained a ruptured Cruciate ligament.

Gosling became the figure of controversy in the summer of 2010 as Everton claimed he reneged on a verbal agreement to sign a new deal, declaring himself a free agent. 

The FA sided with the player and following his move to Newcastle soon after, Gosling returned to fitness and finally made his full Magpies debut during January 2011, coming on in added time in the wear-Tyne derby. 

However, that brief outing and a couple of reserve team games caused him further problems with the same knee and it took until August 2011 to get him back playing. 

What proved to be his only Newcastle goal came in a 1-3 defeat at Manchester City three months later, but Dan marked his first PL start with a red card at Norwich and drifted out of the side as the second half of the season saw them climb the table. 

Recalled to the starting lineup for Europa League ties in the 2012/13 season, ankle problems then sidelined him once again. 

Premier League new boys Crystal Palace then agreed a deal to sign him in August 2013 - only to collapse in farcical circumstances when Gosling travelled to meet Eagles representatives and nobody turned up.

After a brief return to first team action at SJP, Dan was loaned to Championship side Blackpool - returning in January 2014 to slot into Newcastle's midfield following Yohan Cabaye's exit.

Suggestions were made that Alan Pardew played Dan in order to draw attention both to a lack of squad options and also to further alienate problem child Hatem Ben Arfa.   

Finally making a second PL start - and his first at SJP - against Manchester United in April 2014 - what proved to be Dan's final appearance came off the bench during May's home win over Cardiff.

The following month saw Dan agree a four year deal at Championship side Bournemouth following the expiration of his SJP contract.

That exit concluded a failed punt by United, who signed him on a free transfer, but waited 17 months for his first Premier League start - and another 28 months for the second.

Gosling made the headlines in his final weeks at the club when fined 30K by the FA for multiple breaches of rules relating to betting on football matches by players. His defence was that he'd been bored while injured...  

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A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
1 15 1   2   4 1   3 2   8 20 1

1994 Alex Nicholson born, Newcastle.
(2010-13)

Right back who debuted for United's U18s in a 0-2 home defeat by Crewe Alexandra in March 2010.

Capped by Wales at U17 level, Alex made his reserve bow for the Magpies in a pre-season kickabout against Gateshead in July 2010.  

And a first competitive reserve appearance came as a substitute against Manchester United at Altrincham in December 2010.

Appearing as United's regular right back in the U18s side for both the 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns, Alex scored his first reserve goal in January 2012 during a Senior Cup tie against Bedlington Terriers.

Selected for the Welsh U19 side early the following season, Nicholson's progress was halted a nasty leg injury in a home reserve win over Stoke City in October 2012.

That sidelined Alex until the early the following year but after regaining fitness, he was released by United and set about trying to find another club. 

Joining Preston North End on trial, a one year deal followed and Nicholson made his senior debut in a JP Trophy tie against Oldham Athletic at Deepdale in October 2013.

However that was his only appearance and by the end of the season Alex was playing for non-league side Chorley.

Returning to his native North East, Nicholson then signed for Blyth Spartans.

1997 Brendan Pearson born, Newcastle.
(2013-present)

Goalkeeper who grew up in Haydon Bridge and was attached to United from the age of ten, accepting a two year scholarship at the club during February 2013.

Deputising for the injured Freddie Woodman, Pearson's U18 debut came in a 2-1 FA Youth Cup victory at Barnsley that December and he retained his place for the following two league games: a 3-0 home win over Wolves and a 1-0 success away to the mackems. 

2004 Death of Bob Stokoe, 73. 
(1947-61)
One of our 1950s FA Cup stalwarts. In total, Bob made 288 appearances for the club between 1947 and 1961, including the 1955 FA Cup final success over Manchester City. 

He also managed some other club to a success in the same competition in the 1970s.


 

  
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What Else?

1896 Chesterfield (a)
4-0 
(3-0)
FA Cup 1st Round 
Wardrope 2, Aitken, Thompson 
5,000

1902 Small Heath (h)
2-0 
(0-0)
Division One 
Veitch, Carr 
13,000

1908 West Ham United (h)
2-0 
(0-0)
FA Cup 2nd Round 
Appleyard 2 
47,285

1913 Hull City (a)
0-0 
(0-0)
FA Cup 2nd Round 
18,250

1919 Durham City (a)
2-0
(0-0)
Wartime
Booth 2
10,000

1930 Huddersfield Town (a)
0-2 
(0-0)
Division One 
Magnall 2
14,661 
Debuts for Dave Davidson and Joe Devine, as United desperately tried to find a winning formula to lift them from the bottom of Division One.

1932 Southport (n)
9-0 
(4-0)
FA Cup 4th Round Second Replay 
Cape(
1-0,7-0), Boyd(2-0),
JR Richardson(
3-0,5-0,6-0), Lang(4-0), McMenemy(8-0), Weaver(9-0
19,350 
A remarkable end to the three match tie played at a neutral Hillsborough, where the score was still 0-0 after 37 minutes. Among the defeated Southport team was former Magpie Jack Little.

1936 Fulham (a)
1-3 
(0-3)
Division Two 
Ware 
Worsley, Smith, og
30,000
 
1947 Barnsley (h)
4-2 
(4-0)
Division Two 
Bentley, Shackleton, Stobbart, Wayman 
Asquith, Bennett
40,182
 

1958 Sunderland (h)
2-2 
(2-0)
Division One 
Tait(23), Curry(37)
Elliott(67pen), O'Neill(71)
47,739 
A second half revival by the visitors saw them claim a point with goals from Billy Elliott and Alan O'Neill.

1961 Stockport County (h)
4-0 
(1-0)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Allchurch, White, 
Woods 2 
48,715
 
 
1964 Preston North End (a)
0-3 
(0-2)
Division Two 
Godfrey, Dawson 2
18,982

1969 Manchester City (a)
1-1a
Division One 
Horsfield 
Owen
30,160 
Arthur Horsfield marked his United debut with an early goal, but unfortunately torrential rain caused the match to be abandoned shortly before half time. United lost the rescheduled match 1-0.

1975 Middlesbrough (h) 2-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Macdonald, Burns 
Hickton
42,514

1978 The replay of our FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Wrexham was postponed and the teams tried again at The Racecourse Ground on the following Monday.

1986 Coventry City (h)
3-2 
(2-1)
Division One 
Wharton, Beardsley, Allon 
Regis, Brazil
16,785 
The jeers that greeted Coventry debutant and former Sunderland player Nick Pickering were replaced by cheers after 13 minutes when Joe Allon set up Beardsley to open the scoring. 

Allon himself then curled in a beauty before Cyrille Regis pulled one back before half time. Fellow City debutant Alan Brazil capitalised on an Anderson foul-up before Wharton netted a late winner at the Gallowgate end.

1992 Oxford United (a)
2-5 
(0-1)
Division Two 
Scott(63), Peacock(pen)(67)
Foster(40,86), Durnin(61), Simpson(75), Aylott(76)
5,872 
The swirling mists descended on the Manor Ground and neither your correspondent nor Newcastle 'keeper Tommy Wright could see the ball - my excuse was that my hands were in the way of my eyes, but as for Tommy.... 

Rock bottom had been reached and full time wasn't greeted with any catcalls or jeering from the away fans, just a numb silence.Terry Wilson debuted, on loan from Nottingham Forest.

1994 Central defender Kevin Scott left SJP after over eight years with the club, joining Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of 850,000.

1995 Everton (h)
2-0 
(0-0)
Premier League 
Fox(74), Beardsley(80pen) 
34,465
Referee David Elleray waved ten yellow cards and left the visitors with nine men after dismissing both Earl Barrett and Barry Horne in the second half. 

1998 Aston Villa (a)
1-0 
(0-0)
Premier League 
Batty(58) 
38,266 
Kenny Dalglish handed a debut to his new striker signing Andreas Andersson in this Sunday televised SKY match, however it was David Batty who grabbed the vital goal.

Without a goal in 17 months, Batty walloped a 20 yarder past Mark Bosnich to give United a first away win in six game, a week after being held 1-1 at Stevenage in the FA Cup.

2000 United's U18s came from a goal behind to force a replay at the Stadium of Plight in the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup.

Youngster Peter Wright equalised a Marchant opener, with both goals coming in the first half in front of a 2,917 crowd.

2003 United had been due to face the smoggies in a Premier League game at the Riverside, but snow in the stands and around the stadium saw the fixture postponed some 28 hours earlier.

By kick-off time though, the snow had completely gone although Boro were extremely grateful for the postponement due to a lengthy injury list....

Toon fans had some consolation - up the road at the Stadium of Plight the mackems conceded an incredible three OGs in just mad seven minutes in tumbling at home to Charlton.

2006 Manchester City (a)
0-3
(0-2)
Premiership
Riera(14),
Cole(38), Vassell(62)
42,413

A desperate result and a desperate performance for desperate manager, Graeme Souness.

Relegation started be a real threat for a side whose form read:

P   W   D    L    F    A    Pts
6    0    1    5    2   11    1

Just five teams were now below us in the table: Middlesbrough, West Brom, Portsmouth, Birmingham and the mackems.

It was an awful performance at the City of Manchester Stadium as we tumbled to our equal worst result of the season.

Inevitably Andy Cole was able to rub his former manager's nose in it, heading the second goal after Albert Riera had opened the scoring.

Future Magpies Antoine Sibierski and Joey Barton appeared, while old boy Sylvain Distin also featured for Stuart Pearce's side on a miserable Wednesday night.

It proved to be the end for Souness, who was jettisoned by United the following day.
NUFC.com match report


2009 mackems (h)
1-1
(0-1)
Premier League
Ameobi(69pen)
Cisse(32)
52,084

Shola Ameobi reached a half century of Newcastle goals, saving his side from what would have been a catastrophic double derby defeat by the mackems.

Also taking credit for the point was referee Howard Webb for his penalty award and Magpie double agent Michael Chopra, who blew an easy chance to win the game near the end.

NUFC.com match report


2010
Newcastle completed a further signing, hours before the transfer window closed. In the market for a striker, a permanent deal was completed for Coventry City's Leon Best.

2011
An eventful reserve fixture away to Bolton saw Peter Beardsley's side 0-4 down at half-time, despite the Trotters having Elliott Dennis dismissed early in the game.

Sammy Ameobi got one back soon after the restart and within two minutes Australian midfielder Brad Inman had made it 2-4.

United's pressure then told when 16 year-old forward Adam Campbell marked only his second reserve team appearance with a first goal but Bolton held out for the win.
NUFC.com match report


2012 Blackburn Rovers (a)
2-0
(1-0)
Premier League
og(Dann)(12), Obertan(90+3)
20,817
Lady Luck returned to guide us to victory on a chilly night in Lancashire, as United climbed to fifth in the table.

Alan Pardew's side were boosted by a deflected goal when Ryan Taylor's effort was going wide before Scott Dann's inadvertent boot wrong -footed 'keeper Paul Robinson. 

Tim Krul saved a David Dunn penalty just before half-time after Danny Simpson was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Anthony Modeste and Leon Best hit his own bar with a header when attempting to clear a corner.

But with a Rovers leveller looking inevitable, substitutes Peter Lovenkrands and Gabriel Obertan combined to leave the latter with a clear run on goal, drilling in to seal the win and secure a first league double of the season.

NUFC.com match report


2014 mackems (h)
0-3
(0-2)
Premier League
Borini(19pen), Johnson(23), Colback(80)
52,280
The 150th competitive Tyne-wear derby ended in a deserved defeat for United, as the mackems made it three successive wins over their deadliest rivals for the first time in ninety years.
NUFC.com match report
  

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