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Ticket news:
West Brom (h) Public sale now
West Ham (h) Public sale now (online)

Structural :
Back to square one?

Update: Derby County press conference, Wednesday:

Reporter "weren't you tempted, (by) a job in the Premier League, (at) Newcastle, (a) big club?"

Steve McClaren: "Actually (it) never crossed my mind. 

"I think I said it before, I've being saying it for months - since January - that my focus, my total focus, my total commitment is on Derby County, 100% and that's the case."

Amid renewed press claims over the identity of United's manager and when that may or may not be decided, the line that work on an appointment has been suspended until after the season ends has been widely repeated.

However, if the club's own published comments are to be believed, much of that work is already complete.

Whether the "level of detail and work" done included asking questions like 'do you know that your backroom staff are already in post?', 'can you cope with a supporter base in open revolt against the club?' and 'how good are you at getting promoted?' remains unclear, as does the existence of any plan B except Carver post-McClaren.

From the fans forum, Monday March 2nd:

In answer to the question "Has a decision been made on a new head coach, is it delayed, or is it ongoing?" the following appeared in the club-issued minutes:

The board stated that it will not consider the matter again until the end of the season.

The board went through a lengthy process in terms of 
speaking to a number of people about coming to the club as a potential head coach.
The outcome of that process was that the board felt the best option was for John Carver to be appointed to the position until the end of the season, at which point it will be reviewed.

In the event the board should need to look for an external candidate in the summer for the position of Head Coach, the board would not have to start the process all over again due to the level of detail and work which went into the initial search.

The board would look for an individual who would fit into the club's structure, someone who is tactically astute, and who has a track record of developing young players and the ability to improve players. The club has no concerns over whether a potential new head coach is British or from overseas and deems other criteria far more important.

The board feels the media has misrepresented the head coach role to a degree; incorrectly suggesting that they would have no say in transfers. The board explained the reality is that a head coach would have an opinion and an input into transfers, just not the final say.

The board and chief scout would sit with the head coach with a number of options in line with the head coach's template for the team. The initial scouting and short listing would be done by the chief scout, while the board would take care of financial elements to ensure the head coach could concentrate on his duties.

The board explained that this sort of system happens in a lot of football clubs across the world. The board feels this structure enables individuals to focus on their respective strengths.

The board stated it is not planning to reintroduce the role
(of Director of Football). The responsibilities associated with that role are shared between several parties within the club and the club feels its track record in recruiting players is generally strong.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18)

Premier League:
West Brom (h)

Newcastle's penultimate home game of the season sees them face the Baggies on Saturday. Kickoff is at an old-fashioned, non-televised 3pm.

Tickets are on public sale and the visitors have sold 1,800 so far from a 2,200 allocation (they flogged 1,600 then requested a further 600).

Squad: Mike Williamson(1/2) and Daryl Janmaat (1/1) are both suspended following their senseless red cards at the King Power Stadium, while Paul Dummett has hamstring problems and is doubtful.

Papiss Cisse has now served his seven match ban but hasn't trained following surgery to remove a screw from his knee in March.

The season is already over for Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Massadio Haidara.

Yoan Gouffran missed the visit to Leicester due to a knock reportedly picked up in training, while Gabriel Obertan dropped out of the matchday 18 completely - reason unknown.

Engineering work on the QEII Bridge over the River Tyne means that there's no Metro service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all day Saturday and Sunday. Replacement buses will run.  

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
Newcastle to win to nil @ 7/2
Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 7/1

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

WBA: James Morrison is doubtful and Ben Foster out.

The Baggies visit Tyneside in search of a third successive away win in the Premier League, following a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace and 1-0 triumph at Manchester United.

Earlier in the season they also secured single goal victories at both Spurs and Leicester, while taking points from visits to Southampton, Hull, West Ham, Everton, Burnley and the mackems. 

Referee: Chris Foy - fourth appointment of the season, following on from the 0-4 loss at Southampton and 0-5 defeat at Manchester City. Between those, Foy was in the middle for our 1-0 home defeat of QPR.


Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport (Malaysia)
beIN Sports 2 HD (Indonesia)
Foxtel Play (Australia)
GOL Stadium (Spain)
SportKlub 5 (Croatia/Serbia)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
Sportsnet +HD (Canada)

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Baggies in Toon - last 20:

2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2
1990/91 drew 1-1 L.O'Brien
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Anderson
1989/90 lost 0-1 (LC)
1985/86 won 4-1 Reilly 2, McDonald, Clarke
1984/85 won 1-0 Beardsley
1977/78 lost 0-3
1976/77 won 2-0 Gowling, Cannell
1972/73 drew 1-1 Macdonald
1972/73 won 3-1 (TC) Tudor, Gibb, Hibbitt
1971/72 won 4-2 Macdonald 2(1pen), OG, Green

Premier League - bottom ten:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
11 Everton  35  0 44
12 Crystal Palace  35  -6  42
13 West Brom  35  -13 40
14 Aston Villa  35   -21  35
15 Newcastle  35  -24  35
16 Leicester City 35  -15  34
17 Hull City 35  -15  34
18 mackems  34  -22  33
19 QPR  35  -22  27
20 Burnley  35  -27  26


All remaining PL fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)   

Sat 09.05.2015:

Everton v mackems (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v West Ham
Hull City v Burnley
Leicester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v Spurs
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 10.05.2015:
Manchester City v QPR (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Liverpool (4pm) Sky

Mon 11.05.2015:
Arsenal v Swansea City (8pm) Sky

Sat 16.05.2015:
Southampton v Aston Villa (12.45pm) BT
Burnley v Stoke City
QPR v Newcastle United
Spurs v Hull City
mackems v Leicester City
West Ham v Everton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 17.05.2015:
Swansea City v Manchester City (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Mon 18.05.2015:
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea (8pm)

Wed 20.05.2015:
Arsenal v mackems (7.45pm)

Sun 24.05.2015: (TV picks yet tbc)
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v mackems
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Everton v Spurs
Hull City v Manchester United
Leicester City v QPR
Manchester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Ham
Stoke City v Liverpool

Toon teens in 
timely boost 

Newcastle U21s  4  Blackburn Rovers U21s  2


Newcastle reserves ended their home fixture programme on a high note at St. James' Park on Tuesday night, with a first win in nine league and cup attempts on Tyneside.

And in addition to the welcome victory, there were a handful of positives from the team performance ahead of Saturday's crucial Premier League game at Gallowgate.

Adam Armstrong once again served notice of his talent with two more goals to take his seasonal tally at reserve level to eleven from just thirteen starts.

The 18 year-old striker also capped an industrious display by adding two assists and trying his luck with five other decent goal attempts - more than this venue has seen from a home player for some considerable time....    

Rolando Aarons also made his first appearance following a six month injury absence and completed 45 minutes, hitting the bar with a curling effort in the 15th minute.

United took the lead three minutes later when Armstrong took a short pass from Alex Gilliead on the right hand edge of the box, swivelled and shot in one fluid movement and netted via the far post at the Leazes end.

That lead was doubled five minutes before the break when Facundo Ferreyra played through Armstrong who coolly stroked the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Crump.

And it was almost 3-0 on 44 minutes when "Chucky" arrived at the far post, only to stab his first time effort wide of the post when it seemed easier to score.

After a brief rain shower during the half time interval, the visitors halved the arrears within five minutes as David Carson's snap shot was helped in by Freddie Woodman.

South Shields-born Carson looked delighted to net  against the club he represented as a schoolboy, but Callum Roberts soon restored the two goal advantage.

Armstrong turned provider on 57 minutes and laid the ball through for substitute Roberts, who sprinted into the area before cracking a beauty across the 'keeper for his first at this level since the away game against Blackburn.

Rovers soon replied again when substitute Lewis Mansell forced in a left wing cross from point-blank range on 65 minutes after Woodman had saved his initial attempt.

The second half goal glut then continued four minutes later, when midfielder Olivier Kemen smashed home a spectacular effort from 20 yards via the goal frame.

Team: Woodman, Sterry, Laidler, Kemen, Williams, Satka, Gilliead, Smith (Barlaser 65), Armstrong, Ferreyra, Aarons (Roberts 46).
Subs n/u: Newberry, Harker, Heardman.

Booked: Sterry

BRFC: Crump, Nyambe, Doyle, Thomson (Tanner 80), Lavelle, Jones, Mahoney, Bauress (Hardcastle 77), Rittenberg, Carson, Cham (Mansell 63).
Subs n/u: Fisher, Wharton.

Booked: Bauress

Crowd: 531

The Magpies U21s close off their season on Monday night against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns (7pm). 

This game was originally intended to be staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, but Albion have now confirmed the switch to their main ground.

Tuesday saw Newcastle striker Adam Campbell make a second appearance for the Baggies U21 side, as he strives to find a new club ahead of his release.

Campell was in the starting XI but failed to reappear for the second half of a 0-0 home draw with Derby County. It's yet to be confirmed whether he'll face Newcastle. 

That goalless draw confirmed that third-place Derby can't now catch Reading and they along with Middlesbrough will be promoted to the U21 Premier League First Division.

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"Call to arms":
This is your Captain speaking.....


The following statement attributed to Fabricio Coloccini was released to the media on Tuesday evening and also circulated to fans via the club's email distribution list:

I don't usually speak publicly too often, but today I feel the responsibility to talk to all of you for several reasons in which you are involved every bit as much as we are as players, staff, directors and every person that works for the club.

Firstly, on behalf of the squad we would like to apologise for the moment we are going through, needless to say that this is not anything intentional.

Neither players nor staff would like to be in the position that we are in at the moment.

This is something that has happened for many reasons and right now there is no time to look back and correct those mistakes. The time we have left to turn around this situation is short but after the end of the season we will try to learn from the mistakes we made so that we don't have to go through this again.

This is as painful for us as it is for you, because when this team comes onto the pitch we do so with the intention of winning and to defend not just the colours of this club, not just our shirt, but also to represent thousands of fans, the whole city.

We do so understanding that a victory at the weekend means a week of joy for this city that breathes, lives and loves football like no other city in England.

Today we are in a delicate situation, one that we have been through before, and it is one of the most uncomfortable situations in the world of football. Uncomfortable because this club doesn't deserve to be in this position, a position that puts its status at risk. And this is what I want to highlight; this is the most important reason for my letter.

Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus one hundred percent on the three 'Cup Finals' that we have left.

I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this club. On Saturday please come to St James' Park, create a great atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day what matters the most here is Newcastle United football club.

Years will pass and so will players, directors, coaches and managers, but what is always going to be there is yourselves, your children, your grandchildren.

I am also a fan and I understand how badly you are hurting, but I think that the best fans are those who are there for their club in the worst of situations. Today we need you more than ever.

In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united, to be a family - a family that fights together against adversity, a family that strives to achieve the success that you and this club deserve.

The players are committed to this and if you stay with us, if you join us, we are going to fight together for our black and white family.

Thank you from my heart, your captain.

Fabricio Coloccini

Where do you start with that? 534 words to be endlessly dissected, analysed and ultimately mostly disregarded.

Lacking the energy to do that, we'll just repeat the age-old proverb, actions speak louder than words.

Tick RIP


We're sad to report the passing of Newcastle supporter Tick McShane after a short illness, aged just 56.

Chesterfield-born but a every inch an adopted Geordie, Tick (a school nickname that stuck), first caught the supporting bug watching the 'Supermac' era side.

Thereafter he was a familiar sight wherever United played, both at home and abroad, travelling many thousands of miles to cheer on the team.

Encountering him in airports, railway stations or just in the street, we'd exchange a few words, and have a laugh and/or a moan about the team. It's incredibly sad to think that we'll never be able to do that again. 

Condolences go to wife Julie and daughter Lara. RIP.

Fan's forum seek 
Ashley answers

Having become the main communication link between the club and supporters via club-issued meeting minutes, the member of the NUFC Fans Forum have reiterated their request for Mike Ashley to attend a meeting.


Open letter is online here (via Shields Gazette)

If this works, presumably that Parliamentary Select Committee will try a similar tactic....

Fundraising outcome:
A grand gesture

A London-based reader who wishes to remain anonymous was the winning bidder in the recent auction for John Alder's copy of the "Ultimate Who's Who" book.

Pledging £777, the bidder also registered for Gift Aid and increased the amount donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to a fabulous £971.25

Thanks to everyone who bid on the book and also bought items at the auction in February. The total raised from that now stands at over £27,000.

Premier League:

Leicester City  3  Newcastle   0

Match report

Carry on regardless

Various media outlets claimed on Monday that Steve McClaren had turned down an approach from Newcastle United to take over as manager with immediate effect.

The Derby County boss saw his season end on Saturday with a 0-3 home loss to Reading that destroyed hopes of a place in the Championship promotion playoffs.

Monday then saw United release this statement. Note that frank dialogue is a figure of speech, not a person - although a mythical figure could hardly do worse.

"Following the result at Leicester City on Saturday, there has been two days of frank dialogue with John Carver and senior players.

"The outcome of those discussions is that the board, John Carver, his staff and players are absolutely focused on our current situation and the three hugely-important fixtures that remain this season, two of which are at St. James' Park.

"All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are determined, together, to ensure this Club - your Club - retains its Premier League status.

"That is the only focus at this time."

So before those discussions they weren't absolutely focused? That may be the understatement of the year.

The emboldening on the words your club is ours, but a policy shift from NUFC can be seen by their use of that phrase. Desperation I think it's called - and a belated admission that we are deeply in the proverbial.

Sadly though, it's a long, long time since it was remotely accurate and the current situation begs the question of whether this is actually a club in any sense of the word.

The treatment of club legends, weakening of the squad, vandalising of the ground, the SJP name change, the poisonous appointments of Wise and JFK, the scumbag shirt sponsorship, take your pick: all reinforcing the fact that this is anything but our club and don't forget it. 

Cameron conversion little consolation

Stoke City U18s  3  Newcastle U18s  1

Following a memorable 6-0 victory over Arsenal in their last outing, reality intervened for the U18 side at Clayton Wood on Saturday in their penultimate playoff match.

Stoke took a third minute lead when Daniel Jarvis exchanged passes with Tom Shepherd before shooting past visiting goalkeeper Nathan Harker.

Despite that setback, Newcastle shaded the remainder of the opening period only to be caught out in first half added time when City captain Lewis Banks netted.

The Magpies came close to grabbing a foothold in the game on 68 minutes when Dan Ward brought a stop out of Australian-born custodian Chris Marques.

Within three minutes though the Potters were well on the way to extending their unbeaten run to four, when Jarvis grabbed his second and Stoke's third of the game after intercepting a stray pass.  

United had the last word with three minutes remaining after Kyle Cameron took a pass from substitute Louis Johnson before finishing for his sixth goal of the season.

Team: Harker, Cobain, Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Holmes, Ward, Charman (Johnson 61), Suddick, Heaney. Subs n/u: Armstrong, Bailey, Smith, Lowther.

The U18s conclude their season by hosting Norwich City at Little Benton on Saturday. Kickoff is 11am.

The Borrowers
Loan lads 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
A 2-2 draw at Hearts on Saturday saw Rangers complete their SPFL Championship fixtures and advance to the end of season playoffs, meaning that there's no immediate prospect of a return to Gallowgate for Haris Vuckic.

However, they'll need to get through six games if they are to gain promotion, starting with a double header against Queen of the South on May 9th (a) and 17th (h).

Vuckic started and was replaced without scoring on 81 minutes. None of the other loan Magpies were in the matchday squad, but Ferguson and Streete may yet feature in the playoffs.

Kevin Mbabu meanwhile was in the Rangers U20 side who beat Ayr United 1-0 on Sunday to claim a place in the Scottish FA Youth Cup Final. They'll face either Celtic or Hibernian in the final.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The midfielder was in the starting XI for Guingamp on Saturday night as they hosted Reims in Ligue 1. Playing for 79 minutes, he helped the home side win 2-0.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Forest ended their season with a 1-2 home defeat by Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday. Both players completed the full 90 minutes as Dougie Freedman's side finished in fourteenth place.

Premier League:
Striker light


Hopes that top scorer Papiss Cisse would return from suspension to aid our Premier League survival bid were dealt a blow on Thursday, when John Carver said:

"Heís working with the medical team at the moment, heís not 100 per cent heís not joined in with us yet with any football, so weíll just have to wait and see. Itís another opportunity for (Emmanuel) Riviere."

Cisse completes his seven game suspension Leicester on Saturday and it was hoped that he would be available for the closing three games of this season, starting with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to SJP on May 9th. 

While serving the ban imposed for a spitting incident against Manchester United, Cisse underwent surgery to remove a screw in his kneecap placed there during an operation to mend his broken kneecap in April 2014. 

Carver said in mid-March that:

"Itís not a big problem with Papissís knee Ė this was maintenance that was always going to be needed. 

"Theyíve removed the screw so itís been sorted. I really donít think his knee is a big issue now. 

"If anything good has come out it all
(the ban) itís the fact that we can do this now.Ē

This news leaves it open to question whether the man from Senegal has played his last game for United. 

To date Cisse has scored 34 Premier League goals and sits joint seventh in the all-time PL list with Rob Lee. 

Lone Star state claim

The World Soccer Talk website have reported that United are one of six teams lined up for a pre-season tournament in Texas this coming July.

Staged between July 9th and 19th at grounds in Dallas and nearby Frisco, Swansea City,
Pachuca (Mexico), Malaga (Spain) Olympique Lyonnais (France), and Raja Casablanca (Morocco) also claimed to be entering.

The massive Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and 20,000 capacity Toyota Stadium in Frisco are reported as the venues and both have natural grass pitches. 

None of the six clubs said to be participating have officially confirmed that as yet. Journalists who cover Swansea report that contracts are unsigned at present, but completion is expected soon.

A pessimistic view of the situation could also be that Newcastle's invitation could be conditional on retaining top-flight status. 

World Soccer have also published a provisional fixture list that sees United in Group A and facing Lyon on July 11th and Casablanca on July 14th.

The tournament then concludes with all sides playing a third game on either July 18th or 19th to determine the final places and overall winner.  

United's most recent visit to the USA came back in 2011, when they faced Kansas, Orlando and Columbus in an itinerary that defied both logic and geography.  

Wooly gets the nod

Newcastle's Paul Woolston is in the England squad for the European U17 Championships in Bulgaria this month as they attempt to defend the title they won in 2014 - with fellow Magpie Freddie Woodman between the posts.

The 16 year-old from North Shields is one of two 'keepers in an 18 man squad who will face group stage games against Italy on May 7th, Netherlands on May 10th and  the Republic of Ireland and Netherlands on May 13th.

The 16 team tournament then switches to a knockout format and runs through to the final on May 22nd, 

Group A: Bulgaria (hosts), Croatia, Spain, Austria
Group B: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany
Group C: Greece, Russia, Scotland, France
Group D: Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, England

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Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

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

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

NB: engineering work on the QEII Metro Bridge over the Tyne means that there's no service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all weekend - replacement buses will run.  

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now,  (online), Mon 11.05.2015 (by phone/in person).

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

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

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
NUFC Live on BT Sport:



Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT. £15 (£100 table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Sat 16.05.2015 Steve Howey
Bedlington Market Place Club, NE22 5TN
£15 (inc. supper/raffle tickets) via Diane 07759 787831 (Bedlington Town fundraiser)

Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £45 & £25 via here (Dunston UTS FC Benefit)

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11
9JR. £40 & £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

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

Rugby League: 

Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

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

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Samaritans may well be a fitting cause, but surely it's the players who should be stumping up?

(Paris Pete)

What's this all about then? Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
6th May

Born Or Died:

1953 Graeme Souness born, Edinburgh.
(Mgr 2004-06)

Not missed....

Having served Spurs, the smoggies, Liverpool, Sampdoria and Rangers as a player, Souness then managed at Ibrox and Anfield before moving on to Galatasaray. 

A return to these shores came in 1996 with Southampton, although he just managed just one season at the Saints before moving overseas again, with Torino and Benfica.

March 2000 saw him take over at Blackburn, where he steered them back to the Premier  League and saw Rovers win the League Cup. 

Newcastle turned to him to fill the void left by Bobby Robson's enforced departure in September 2004, Souness watching his former side lose 3-0 to his future one from an Executive Box at SJP before taking over.

His first season saw Newcastle progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Quarter Finals of the UEFA, but defeats in both to Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon within four days were major setbacks.

Craig Bellamy returned from his Celtic loan and was sold on to Blackburn before the start of the next season - having fallen out with Souness over his place in the side and other disciplinary-related transgressions.

His influence was brought to bear on other transfers, with Patrick Kluivert, Aaron Hughes, Andy O'Brien, Laurent Robert and Jermaine Jenas also departing.

Loan deals also saw James Milner and Nicky Butt depart as Emre, Craig Moore, Albert Luque, Michael Owen and Nobby Solano were added to January buys Amdy Faye, Celestine Babayaro & Jean-Alain Boumsong.

By February 2006 though, Souness was gone - a defeat at Manchester City leaving United in 15th spot and with fan unrest increasing since a particularly gutless League Cup defeat against a second-choice Wigan side.

While the fitness of Owen and Luque made his job more difficult, Souness was ultimately betrayed by many of those who he'd brought in to the SJP dressing room.  

Since then he's failed to reappear anywhere other than on our TV screens, despite being regularly linked with possible managerial returns by both pundits and bookmakers.

Death of Steve Carney, aged 55.


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1922 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
46pts, 7th
The final game of the season ended in defeat after four straight wins had taken United up the table.

1933 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
49pts, 5th
Upton, Reid
The end of the season as United finished behind West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Champions Arsenal.

1939 Barnsley (a)
Asquith 3, Steele 
United provided the opposition in a benefit match for Barnsley's prolific forward Beaumont Asquith, who netted a first half hat trick.

1939 Greenock Morton (a)
7-2 (3-2)

Brown 3, Stubbins 2, Mooney 2
Hodge, McEwan
On the same day as United lost at Oakwell, another Magpies XI were in action on the banks of the Clyde at Cappielow.

1944 Darlington (h)
Scorer tbc
Darlington's goal in normal time meant it was 3-3 on aggregate in this Tyne-Tees Cup Final. Extra-time was played until Milburn's 147th minute goal won the Cup.
1950 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
50pts, 5th
Milburn 2, Taylor 
The season ended on something of a high as United won six of their last eight games to finish just three points behind Champions Portsmouth.

1956 Frankfurt C XI (Germany) (a)
Keeble, Davies
Pfaff (56) 

1959 Drumcondra (a)
White 4, Allchurch, Mitten
Watson (49), OG(McMichael), Eglington  
United boss Charlie Mitten netted against the now- defunct Drums, who hailed from the North Side of Dublin and played at Tolka Park.

1960 Southend United (a)
McGuigan, White 2, Allchurch, Hughes,OG(Willliamson)
Corthine 2, Dicks (others tbc)

Newcastle debuted at Roots Hall in a testimonial game for Shrimpers trio Sam McCrory, Sandy Anderson and Arthur Williamson.

1967 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
33pts, 19th
Davies(40), Noble(56) 
og(McNamee)(25), Stringfellow(31), Sharkey(65,84)
United perished in the Filbert Street mud bath but Aston Villa's defeat meant the Magpies were safe from demotion with one game left.

1976 Fredrikstad (Norway) (a)
Burns, Gowling, Nattrass, Kennedy 
Scorers tbc
The second game in United's two-match mini tour for the first team came 24 hours after beating IK Start in Kristiansand.

Roger Jones save a penalty at 2-0 and United netted twice more before the Norwegians hit back with two goals of their own in the final five minutes.

Gordon Lee opted to field a front three of Alan Gowling, Malcolm Macdonald and young forward Alan Guy.

1985 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-3 (1-1)
Division One 
51pts, 13th
Beardsley 41,66(pens)
Leworthy(38), Hoddle(69), Crook(77)
Chris Waddle made his final home appearance as a United player against the side he'd already agreed to join.

He came close to a farewell goal for the Magpies, but was denied by an offside flag having fired the ball past Ray Clemence. 
Youtube footage is online here

1989 Millwall (h)
Division One 
31pts, 20th
An already-relegated United entertained The Lions at a sunny SJP, as the sparse crowd were treated to a pair of cracking goals. 

Teddy Sheringham swiveled and volleyed a pile driver past Tommy Wright to put the visitors ahead. Many United fans then missed John Anderson's raker as it coincided with the appearance of Mirandinha among the fans in the Milburn stand, amid loud cheers.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 United sent a team to the Welfare Ground at Evenwood to face a non-league select XI. 

The game was a benefit for ex-Magpie Jackie Bell whose playing career was curtailed by the onset of diabetes.

Evenwood-born Jackie passed away within a year of this game, at the age of just 51.

1993 Oxford United (h)
Division Two 
93pts, 1st
Clark(70), Cole(78) 
48 hours after securing the title and promotion away at Grimsby, a rare Thursday night league fixture saw United win their game in hand.
Youtube footage is online here 

1997 West Ham United (a) 0-0 (0-0) 
Premier League 
64pts, 4th
Three days after winning at Highbury, United were back in the capital to be held by Harry Redknapp's relegation- haunted Hammers.

This was a rearranged game after the original fixture had been postponed shortly before kick-off due to heavy rain.  

2000 Derby County (a)
49pts, 12th
An incident-free snooze in the Pride Park sun saw Jim Smith's Rams collect the point which confirmed their Premier League survival. match report

Dean Sturridge "gets to grips"
with Warren Barton

2003 The reserves ended their league season with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at Kingston Park. Bradley Orr scored for United. match report

2004 Marseille (France) (a) 0-2 (0-1)
(0-2 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup Semi Final
2nd Leg
With everything to play for after a scoreless first leg on Tyneside, Didier Drogba broke Newcastle hearts with a goal in each half at a packed Stade Velodrome. 

A non-challenge from Hugo Viana allowed the home side to counter attack, Matthieu Flamini
supplying Drogba to shoot past Shay Given after shrugging off Aaron Hughes. 

United attempted to get back into the tie and had their moments after the break, with Lee Bowyer carelessly shooting wide and penalty claims when Shola Ameobi was impeed.

Slack marking from a free kick near the end settled it though, with Given then blocking another effort as Drogba went for a treble.

Future Magpie Habib Beye appeared for l'OM and also started in the final, but finished on the losing side as Valencia triumphed 2-0 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. match report

Youtube footage is online here

2012 Manchester City (h)
Premier League
65pts, 5th
Two goals from Yaya Toure settled this nervy live TV encounter but Newcastle pushed would-be Champions Manchester City all the way, in front of a record crowd at the rebuilt St. James' Park. match report

The day's only Premier League game saw Stoke City draw 1-1 on wearyside, a scoreline that resulted in the mackems sneaking two places up the table and dropping us back one place into 17th. 


Pos Team Played Points GD
11 Stoke City 36 41 -10
12 Fulham 36 40 -11
13 Aston Villa 36 40 -21
14 Southampton  36 39 -11
15 mackems 36 38 -12
16 Norwich City 36 38 -22
17 Newcastle 36 38 -23
18 Wigan 35 35 -22
19 Reading (R) 36 28 -26
20 QPR (R) 36 25 -28


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