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Injury latest 

With thanks to George Caulkin of The Times:

Isaac Hayden: may be ok for Saturday 
Dwight Gayle: hamstring, 2-3 weeks out
Vurnon Anita: ankle ligament, 2 months+ out

Swans flying


Swansea City U23s  3  Newcastle U23s  1

United came off second best in the first of two reserve visits to Premier League 2 pacesetters Swansea City this week on Monday evening. 

Playing the first part of a league and cup double header at City's Landore Training Ground, Peter Beardsley's side were aiming to register a second victory of the season over the Swans. 

However, the hosts were in irresistible form, with Magpies 'keeper Nathan Harker quickly beaten twice but performing heroics to keep the score down.

Striker Oli McBurnie opened the scoring on 10 minutes before grabbing his second eight minutes later and almost completing a quick-fire treble when he rattled the Newcastle crossbar in the 25th minute. 

However, Scotland U21 international McBurnie completed his treble just before the hour mark, converting a penalty after Alex Bray was fouled.

United reduced the arrears with eight minutes to play, Tom Heardman shooting beyond Gregor Zabret for his seventh league and cup goal of the season.

There was no more scoring as the Swans opened up a thirteen point lead on the third-placed Magpies, for whom Lewis Cass made his reserve league debut.

The teams meet again at the same venue on Friday in the Premier League Cup, with a 2pm start. 

Harker, Newberry, Wilson (Williams 66), Hunter, Bailey, Good, Gallacher (Cass 79), Ward, Heardman, L.Smith (M.Longstaff 66), C.Smith. 
Subs n/u: B.Smith, Sorensen

Dropping out of the line-up - and possibly providing some hints as to Wednesday's senior squad - were goalkeeper Rob Elliot, central defender Stuart Findlay, midfielders Dan Barlaser and Jamie Holmes, plus forward duo Luke Charman and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni. 

SCFC: Zabret, Reid, Roberts, Blair, Davies, Rodon, Bray, Fulton, McBurnie, Byers, Jones (Garrick 74).
Subs n/u: Lewis, Thomas, Biabi, Maric

PS: The situation regarding United's qualification for the next stage of the Central League Cup may be clarified by ties staged elsewhere on Tuesday.

More TV meddling 

Following confirmation from Sky that our visit to Huddersfield Town will be televised live at 5.30pm on Saturday March 4th, two further Championship switches have been revealed - neither involving us.

That same weekend now begins with a Friday night visit to Birmingham for Leeds. Meanwhile, the weekend of March 17th/18th already had Bristol City's home game with Huddersfield on Friday night, with Brighton's trip to Leeds now in a Saturday teatime slot.

That latter change leaves the possibility of a Saturday lunchtime, Sunday or even a Monday slot for our trip to Birmingham City that weekend, although the latter hasn't been regularly used this season. 

Confirmation of Premier League live games on that weekend is still awaited, so there's no clues there. 

It's still feasible that our trip to Reading could be on Sky (although the day and start time could remain unaltered), while the home game with Fulham that's scheduled for Saturday 11th March remains at risk - with no live Championship games scheduled then as yet, presumably due to a clash with the FA Cup.  

Birmingham City (h)

Following a 1-1 draw at St. Andrews, United are in FA Cup Third Round replay action at SJP on Wednesday night against their Championship rivals.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if required. 

The winners will travel to League One Oxford United in Round Four.

The tie will take place 10 years and a day after the Blues were on Tyneside for an FA Cup Third Round replay that they won 5-1 after it had finished 2-2 at St. Andrew's.

Fourth Round draw:

Spurs v Wycombe Wanderers
Derby County v Leicester City
Oxford United v Newcastle or Birmingham City
AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United v Leeds United
Plymouth Argyle or Liverpool v Wolves
Southampton or Norwich City v Arsenal
Lincoln or Ipswich v Brighton
Chelsea v Brentford
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Millwall v Watford
Rochdale v Huddersfield Town
Burnley or mackems v Fleetwood Town or Bristol City
Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley or Blackpool
Fulham v Hull City
smoggies v Accrington Stanley
Crystal Palace or Bolton v Manchester City

Ties to be played over the weekend of Jan 28th.

NB: The BBC and BT's live selections for the FA Cup Fourth Round don't include Oxford United versus Birmingham City or Newcastle United tie.

However that doesn't necessarily mean that whichever side is successful in the replay at SJP will be at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday January 28th @ 3pm. 

Although Jonjo Shelvey is now available after serving a five game suspension, it's open to question whether he should be risked in this tie - with similar doubts now over striker Daryl Murphy should feature, or be held back for the visit of Rotherham United. 

Mo Diame, Chancel Mbemba and Christian Atsu are all on international duty and injury sidelines Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jesus Gamez and Rolando Aarons.

Saturday's victory at Brentford looks to have added Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden and Vurnon Anita to the sick list, while Yoan Gouffran may also be crocked.

Sammy Ameobi is ineligible to play after featuring for Bolton Wanderers earlier in the competition, while the same situation means that Jamie Sterry also cannot feature following his appearances for Coventry City.

Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote should feature. 

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BCFC: It's now six matches without a victory since Gianfranco Zola was brought in as manager, with a scoreless home draw on Saturday against Nottingham Forest his latest unsuccessful attempt at a win.

Jacques Maghoma is on international duty while new loan arrival Craig Gardner cannot play as he was a West Bromwich Albion player when the Third Round started (although he didn't appear for them). 

Lee Probert - second NUFC appointment of the season following the 2-1 victory at Burton.


UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: TalkSPORT 2 (DAB and online)

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website now has free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street gives a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or Birmingham match ticket. No reservations needed.


Second time lucky? Last 10 FAC home replays:

Bournemouth drew 2-2 (lost 3-4 on pens)
1992/93 Rotherham United won 2-0*
1995/96 Chelsea drew 2-2 (lost 2-4 on pens)
1996/97 Charlton Athletic won 2-1
1997/98 Stevenage Borough won 2-1*
1999/00 Spurs won 6-1
2006/07 Birmingham City lost 1-5
2007/08 Stoke City won 4-1
2008/09 Hull City lost 0-1
2009/10 Plymouth Argyle won 3-0

(All Third Round replays except * Fourth)

Blues in Toon - last 10:

Won 4-0 Gayle 3, Gouffran
2010/11 Won 2-1 Ameobi(pen), S.Taylor
2007/08 Won 2-1 Martins(pen), Beye
2006/07 Lost 1-5 Milner (FA Cup)
2005/06 Won 1-0 Emre
2004/05 Won 2-1 Ameobi, Bowyer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
2002/03 Won 1-0 Viana
1992/93 Drew 2-2 Cole, Lee
1985/86 Won 4-1 Beardsley 2, Anderson, Whitehurst

FA Cup replays:

Tue 17.01.2017:
AFC Wimbledon v Sutton United
Barnsley v Blackpool
Burnley v mackems
Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers
Fleetwood Town v Bristol City
Lincoln City v Ipswich Town BBC

Wed 18.01.2017:
Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool BT
Southampton v Norwich City

Back on top

London Irish

Brentford  1  Newcastle  2

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African update

African Nations Cup Finals, Gabon:


DR Congo opened up their campaign against Morocco in Oyem with a 1-0 victory, Chancel Mbemba (wearing 22) playing the full game.

Christian Atsu (squad number 7) and his Ghana colleagues begin against Uganda on Tuesday.


On-loan midfielder Henri Saivet (wearing number 22) was a 72nd arrival during Senegal's 2-0 victory over Tunisia, but Mo Diame (squad number 12) remained unused on the bench in Franceville. 

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

15.01.2017 Tunisia 0-2 Senegal
16.01.2017 DR Congo 1-0 Morocco
17.01.2017 Ghana v Uganda
19.01.2017 Senegal v Zimbabwe
20.01.2017 Ivory Coast V DR Congo
21.01.2017 Ghana v Mali
23.01.2017 Senegal v Algeria
24.01.2017 Togo v DR Congo
25.01.2017 Egypt v Ghana

28/29.01.2017 Quarter Finals
01/02.02.2017 Semi Finals
04.02.2017 3rd/4th play-off
05.02.2017 Final

Home discomforts 

Newcastle U18s  1  Derby County  4



Despite an improved second half showing, fourteen minutes of defensive madness before the break ensured that Newcastle lost their fifth successive home league game at Little Benton on Saturday. 
Scoreless after 13 minutes, an awful pass from a defender gave
Jahvan Davidson-Miller a simple finish, before an identical rick from Magpies 'keeper Ben Smith two minutes later was punished in similar fashion by Micah Edwards.  

The Rams made it 3-0 a minute later when Cameron Cresswell spectacularly volleyed in after a corner, before further defensive generosity on 27 minutes saw Jayden Mitchell-Lawson find the net with ease.

It took 43 minutes for United to test Derby custodian Matt Yates but the second period at least saw the home side up their efforts and dominate the game.

The home side reduced the arrears on 67 minutes when a shot from Kelland Watts was deflected by substitute 'keeper Joe Fryatt.

An unlikely comeback was never on the cards though and the Rams completed an away treble in the region after previous victories on wearside and Teesside.

There was a return to action for Magpies defender Gideon Adu-Peprah, who has missed most of the season with a toe injury.

Team: Smith, Spooner, Aplin (Aziakonou 67), M.Longstaff, Kitchen (Gamblin 67), Adu-Peprah, Lowther, Watts, McNall, Allan, Sangare (Robson 67). Sub n/u: Huuhtanen

Loan lads:

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
The Dutch side recommenced their Eredivisie season with a 2-0 home win over Rotterdam Excelsior on Saturday. Siem replaced his brother on 85 minutes.

Adam Armstrong
( Barnsley) 
Introduced as a 70th minute substitute at Craven Cottage in the Championship on Saturday, Arma couldn't prevent the Tykes losing 0-2 to Fulham.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
The Bantams were beaten 0-1 at Shrewsbury Town in League One on Saturday, with Alex debuting from the bench after 76 minutes.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
A winning start for Ivan in League One on Saturday against his former club Northampton Town. Toney appeared as an 80th minute substitute as the Iron won 2-1 on the road.  

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macca completed the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 home draw with Morecambe in League Two on Saturday.

Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
Victory and a clean sheet for Woolly, as Nantwich Town were beaten 2-0 at Croft Park in the Northern Premier League, Saturday.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Thauvin played 89 minutes of a 1-4 home defeat by AS Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
A 1-1 draw at Granada on Sunday saw Riviere appear as a 69th minute substitute. He's yet to score for his current side, who remain bottom of the table. 

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
On a mid-season break, Young Boys are at training camp in Spain, where they lost 1-2 to Hannover on Sunday. Kevin played the second 45 minutes. 

Sean Longstaff, Callum Roberts, 
Freddie Woodman
Hamilton Academical (h) Scottish Cup, Sat Jan 21st

Tim Krul
An idle weekend for Tim as Ajax return
ed to league action against PEC Zwolle. The goalkeeper wasn't named in a 21 man matchday squad and also didn't feature for the reserves on Friday night.

Lubo Satka (DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
The Slovak Superleague side
have confirmed the arrival of Magpies defender on loan. Their league season doesn't resume until mid-February.

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
(African Nations Cup duty with Senegal in Gabon)

T-shirt winners


The latest fundraising initiative from Gallowgate Flags is this rather fine logo on a T-shirt for £15 (plus p&p) - with the full amount going to fund further banners to be displayed on home match days.

Just in case you've been out of circulation, Gallowgate Flags are a group of like-minded fans whose sole aim is to try and improve the atmosphere at SJP - devising and funding flags and banners etc. They have the backing of the club but they are totally independent.

You can buy T-shirts online here and thanks to sponsors MJS Computers in Ponteland, we had two to give away in our latest competition.

We asked who scored our most recent Premier League goal and those who read the question properly were able to correctly answer Daryl Janmaat. Those who didn't pick up the words "Premier League" in the question all incorrectly answered Dwight Gayle....

Winners picked at random were:

Michael Orr
Don Badenoch

MJS have been keeping our IT kit awake and alive for more years than we care to remember, saving the bacon of desktop, laptop, tablet & smartphone users across the region with quick and affordable repairs. readers can currently benefit from 25% off iphone*, ipad and laptop screen repairs and their shop in Ponteland is open on weekdays from 10am-6pm and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. Find them online here

* model 6s is excluded, sorry.


Derby date for bairns


Newcastle U18s have been rewarded for their progress to the Fifth Round of this season's FA Youth Cup with an away tie against their wearside counterparts.

Dave Watson's side beat Swansea City 3-1 and a repeat of that scoreline was enough to see the mackems win their Fourth Round tie against Shrewsbury Town and earn a visit from us.

No date or venue has been set for the derby meeting, but Fifth Round ties should be played on or before Saturday February 4th.

The most recent Youth Cup derby game went the way of Newcastle on wearside in 2015, 120 minutes failing to bring a goal for either side before the Magpies triumphed 3-1 in a penalty shootout.

United won the first U18 Premier League meeting of the two sides 1-0 this season at Whitburn, with the return scheduled for the middle of next month.

FAYC Fifth Round:

Manchester City or Liverpool v Southampton
Birmingham City or Chelsea v Sheff Wednesday
Aston Villa v Broxbourne Borough
mackems v Newcastle United
Spurs v Norwich City
Stoke City v Brighton
smoggies v Leicester City or Carlisle
PNE or Everton v AFC Wimbledon

Happy return for Clark

Newcastle U23s  1  Kilmarnock  3

Match report


Unlikely lad:
Old boy in the dock

Update: Ranger didn't feature in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Rochdale, following his suspension for breaching club discipline - an unrelated issue to the following tale:

From the BBC, Wednesday:

Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has admitted an online banking fraud in which a woman lost more than £2,000.

The 25-year-old Southend United footballer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring the money.

He denied a second count of money laundering at Wood Green Crown Court. Ranger's case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. 

Rotherham United (h)

Saturday sees the Millers make their first appearance at Gallowgate since an FA Cup tie back in February 1993. Kick-off is at an old-fashioned 3pm.

Tickets are on public sale now, with the visitors taking their full allowable allocation of 3,200.

To follow

To follow

RUFC: The Millers head to Gallowgate six points adrift at the bottom of the table despite ending a three match unbeaten run by beating Norwich City 2-1 at New York Stadium on Saturday.

Paul Warne's side have a full week in which to prepare for their visit to Tyneside as they aim to improve on a record of 12 defeats from 13 away games - the sole exception to that a 2-2 draw at Ipswich in October.

Jeremy Simpson - first NUFC game for the Lancashire-based whistler.


Rail engineering work in the Durham area from Noon on Saturday until Noon on Sunday means that Virgin East Coast services are diverted via an alternative route. Other services will run to/from Darlington, with bus replacements to/from Durham and Newcastle. 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Digi Sport 1 (Slovakia) +HD
Eleven Extra HD (Poland)
Nova Sport (Bulgaria) +HD
Sportdigital TV (Austria) +HD
SportKlub 2 (Serbia) +HD
TV3 Sport 1 (Denmark) +HD
Viaplay (Denmark/Sweden)

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website now has free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street gives a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or Rotherham match ticket. No reservations needed.


Millers in Toon - all-time:  

1992/93 won 2-0 Kelly, Clark (FAC)
1982/83 won 4-0 McDermott, Varadi, Wharton, KK
1981/82 drew 1-1 Shinton
1964/65 won 3-1 Suddick, Iley, McGarry 
1963/64 won 5-2 Thomas 3, Anderson, McGarry
1962/63 won 4-1 Hale 2, Tuohy, Kerray
1961/62 won 1-0 Thomas
1952/53 lost 1-3 Keeble (FAC)

Upcoming fixtures: 

Fri 20.01.2017:

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

Sat 21.01.2017:
QPR v Fulham (12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Preston North End (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City (3pm)
Cardiff City v Burton Albion (3pm)
Derby County v Reading (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town (3pm)
Norwich City v Wolves (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Bristol City (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Brentford (3pm)
Barnsley v Leeds United (5.30pm)

Tue 24.01.2017:
Brighton v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Reading v Fulham (8pm)

Wed 25.01.2017:
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

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

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

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


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Wed 18.01.2017 Birmingham City (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. FA Cup Third Round replay. Public sale now, £10 adults, £3 concessions (advance), £20 adults, £10 concessions (matchday).

Fri 20.01.2017 U23s v Swansea City (a) @ Landore, 2pm. Premier League Cup. Note amended kickoff time.

Sat 21.01.2017 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Melwood, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.01.2017 Rotherham United (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now

Wed 25.01.2017 U23s v North Shields (a) @ Daren Persson Stadium, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final.

Sat 28.01.2017 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Football Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 30.01.2017 U23s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Tue 31.01.2017 Transfer window closes @ 11pm.

Wed 01.02.2017 QPR (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now (online), Tue 17.01.2017 (in person / by phone). Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 04.02.2017 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. 

Sat 04.02.2017 Derby County (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now, Thu 19.01.2017 (in person / by phone).

Mon 06.02.2017 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Aggborough, Kidderminster, 7pm. Premier League 2. 

Sat 11.02.2017 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 5.30pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 25 points. £30 adults, £15 65 and over / U21s, £12 U17s, £10 U12s. Allocation: 2,500. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 13.02.2017 U23s v Bristol City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup. 

Tue 14.02.2017 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Tue 14.02.2017 Norwich City (a)
@ Carrow Road, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 18.02.2017 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 20.02.2017 tbc U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm tbc. Premier League 2.

Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

NB: this will be rescheduled to a new date if
NUFC reach the FA Cup Fifth Round.

Tue 21.02.2017 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Tue 25.02.2017 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 25.02.2017 Bristol City (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 27.02.2017 U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup. 

Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield Town (a) @ John Smiths Stadium, 5,30pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 07.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Wed 01.02.2017
QPR (h) 7.45pm
Sat 11.02.2017 Wolves (a) 5.30pm
Mon 20.02.2017 Aston Villa (h) 8pm+
Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield (a) 5.30pm

+ Dependent on NUFC not being in FA Cup Fifth Round action that weekend.

FA Cup:

R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final:

25.01.2017 North Shields v Newcastle Utd
22.02.2017 Blyth Town v Blyth Spartans 

Talk-ins etc:

Fri 24.02.2017 John Beresford
(and Gavin Webster) @ Teams Social Club, Gateshead. Tickets £15 including pie & peas, all funds raised go to help athletes from the Northern Region to the Special Olympics in August.

Tickets from: Danielle (0191 4332313), Brian (07788 652046), Les (07974 308162).

Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner @ Village Hotel, North Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance. £50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

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

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


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international break:
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

From the Birmingham City v NUFC programme, further proof that Jack Colback is facing something of an identity crisis....

(Charlie Taylor)

Meanwhile The Guardian's coverage of the African Nations Cup got off to a comedic start on Sunday:

Senegal make another change with Newcastle striker Saivet replacing Ndiaye

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

On This Day in History
17th January

Born Or Died:

1921 Charlie Mitten born, Rangoon, Burma. (Manager 1958-61)

A controversial figure both as a player and manager, Mitten made his name as a left winger for Manchester United before WW2.

Remaining at Old Trafford in the post-war period, Mitten collected an FA Cup winner's medal in 1948, but caused a sensation two years later, when he refused a new deal and moved to Colombia. 

Offered a staggering £10K to sign for the Bogota-based Independiente Santa Fe, he accepted and earned himself an FA suspension for defying the "retain and transfer" system that had been the norm.

Nicknamed "The Bogota Bandit", Mitten soon returned to England, with Colombia anxious to claim membership of FIFA but made to send home their "rebels" as a condition.

Manchester United took a dim view of his mercenary actions and after suspending him for six months, sold him to Fulham for £250 (it later emerged that Charlie had turned down the chance to sign for Real Madrid, as his family had been homesick in Colombia).

A first move into management came in 1956, when he wound down his playing days while in charge of Mansfield Town.

Appointed Newcastle boss after the club opted to dispense with a director's selection committee, Mitten took charge ahead of the 1958/59 season.  

Redesigning the home kit and overhauling the club's junior setup and training methods brought him into conflict with the "old guard", notably the influential Stan Seymour.

Although he did bring some entertaining football to SJP, Mitten's stint in charge was to end in relegation at the end of his third season, after 11th and 8th-place finishes.

His sons, John and Charlie junior had both played for Newcastle while their father was in charge - although only the former appeared for the first team. 

Mitten exited SJP in October 1961 after a power struggle, commenting that "trying to manage the team and restructure the club was almost impossible because of the warring factions on the Board". 

Failing to get back into the game (save for a spell as Altrincham boss), he later managed Manchester's White City greyhound track and ran a sports travel firm in the North West.

Living in Stockport, he died in January 2002 - a few days before his 81st birthday.

1981 David McMahon born, Dublin.

Burly striker who joined the Magpies as a youngster, scoring the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the European U16 Championships, held in Scotland in 1998. 

"Big Dave" got as far as our reserve side and was loaned out to Falkirk in September 2000, scoring on his debut in the League Cup against Hibernian at Brockville.

Loaned out later that season to Darlington, McMahon netted twice for the Quakers before returning to SJP, from where he was released in the summer of 2001.

Later spells with Durham City, Queen of the South, Bangor (Northern Ireland) and Bohemians in his hometown followed before he appeared for a succession of non-league sides in the North East.

These included Blyth Spartans, Whitley Bay, Blue Star,  Ryton, Bedlington Terriers and Ashington. However a hand injury caused him to end his part-time playing career.

Still living on Tyneside, Dave now works for a wine importers.

1984 Chris Moore born, Newcastle.

Ball-playing midfielder/right winger who appeared at junior and reserve level for Newcastle before being released in 2003.

After unsuccessful trials at Carlisle and Southend, Chris joined Bishop Auckland, moving on to Whitley Bay in December 2004.

Moving to the USA, he studied journalism at Rutger's College in New Jersey and played for their team, the Scarlet Knights.

Appearing sporadically for Whitley Bay when back in the UK, November 2008 saw Chris have a brief run out for Darlington but fail to win a contract with the Quakers.

A part of the Bay side during their run to the FA Vase final in May 2009, Chris played the full 90 minutes at Wembley as Glossop North End were memorably beaten 2-0.

Attending Teesside University, selection for Great Britain squad in the World University Games in Serbia followed that summer.

And although he then quit the Seahorses in favour of Durham City, he quickly did a U-turn and returned to Hillheads.

Two further spells with Darlington followed (punctuated by a loan to Spennymoor), bowing out as a Quaker by winning the FA Trophy at Wembley against Mansfield Town at Wembley in May 2011.

Moore later appeared for Gateshead, Whitley Bay (again), Barrow, Spennymoor, Darlington (again), Whitley Bay (yet again), Blyth Spartans and Ashington.

Coaching at Durham University and working for the Newcastle United Foundation, Chris was appointed as the manager of Northern League side Durham City during November 2015.

Abdul Rahman Al Bukhari born, Saudi Arabia (2006)
One of a trio of "promising youngsters" who won the 2005 Arab Soccastar competition (a televised "Pop Idol" type event involving Newcastle.) 

Abdul appeared on the SJP pitch at half-time against Arsenal in December 2005 and was presented with his Newcastle shirt.

He and his two fellow winners (Algerian Suddouk El Haj and Egyptian Mohammed Gabbas) were supposedly rewarded with a one year scholarship at United's Academy.

Gabbas did feature very briefly for the reserve side, but the other two sank without trace as the whole episode was airbrushed from club history, following difficulties in securing work permits.

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1903 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 
Chapman 2, Spiksley

1914 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
Hardy(44), McDonald(39), Shepherd(25) 
Edwards(35), Shearman(56), Bentley(77)
Debuts for Bill Mellor, in goal, and Jimmy Spink at right half.

1920 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division One 

1923 Southampton (a)
FA Cup 1st Round  Replay
Dominy 2, Rawlings

1925 Arsenal (a)
Division One
Harris, Seymour

1931 Manchester United (h)
Division One 
Bedford 2, Boyd, Hutchinson 
Warburton 2, Reid
Interesting debut for locally-born centre half James Robinson, who never played again.

1948 Brentford (a)
Division Two 
Debut for Willie McCall, at outside left.
1953 Burnley (h)
Division One 

1959 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Former York City forward Dave Dunmore proved to be the difference between the two sides, the winning goal coming straight from the second half kickoff, without a Newcastle player touching the ball.

George Eastham sent over a corner for Len White to head home, but United were unable to find an equaliser despite pressing strongly.

1970 Wolves (a)
Division One 


1976 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 

1981 Luton Town (a)
Division Two 
After five league games without a goal, the famine was finally ended thanks to  Mick Harford's soft shot. 

Kevin Carr then saved a David Moss penalty to give United their first win in eight attempts and frustrate the table-topping Hatters.

1996 Chelsea (h)
(1-0) (lost 2-4 on pens)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 
Albert(41), Beardsley(63pen)
Wise(61pen), Gullit(88) 
It proved to be unlucky 13 for Newcastle, as their quest to equal a club-record 14 game winning home run in all competitions was thwarted by a combination of former and future Magpies employees.

Darren Peacock was dismissed following a tackle on Dennis Wise - who recovered to beat Pavel Srnicek from the resultant penalty. 

And with the visitors seemingly heading out of the competition, veteran Ruud Gullit marked his debut in the FA Cup by turning home a late leveller to force extra time.

Magpies debutant Darren Huckerby came on to replace Les Ferdinand and almost notched a fine goal following a mazy run and shot. 

The tie then proceeded to a shootout at the Leazes End, with Peter Beardsley hitting the bar and Steve Watson denied by Kevin Hitchcock.

John Beresford and Philippe Albert then netted, but a flawless set of penalties from David Lee, Dennis Wise, Gavin Peacock and Eddie Newton then handed Chelsea a Fourth Round tie away at Queens Park Rangers.

1998 Bolton Wanderers (h) 2-1 (1-0)
Premier League 
Barnes(7), Ketsbaia(90)
When Nathan Blake equalised for the visitors, celebrations from the away section were drowned out by the ovation that greeted Alan Shearer's comeback as a substitute, Trotter Peter Beardsley leading the applause.

Shearer then headed the ball down for Temuri Ketsbaia to net a late winner, the Georgian celebrating as if possessed by demons, tossing his shirt into the Gallowgate end and kicking seven bells out an advertising hoarding.

Bemused team mates eventually calmed him down long enough to finish an amazing game, Bolton fielding a possibly sleep -deprived Jamie Pollock in their midfield.

Ex-smoggy Pollock had become a father days earlier when his wife gave birth to a son, Ben. By 2014 that son had joined Newcastle's Academy on a scholarship.

The infamous shirt-stripping,
hoarding-booting, Ketsy frenzy.

1999 Charlton Athletic (a)
Ketsbaia(13), Solano(55)
Bright(64), Pringle(90)
A major disappointment for Ruud Gullit, after his side deservedly scored twice and missed several chances to increase their advantage.

Mark Bright then halved the deficit with his first touch after arriving from the bench, before Nicos Dabizas picked up a second booking and was dismissed by Peter Jones.

United looked to have held on for the win only for on-loan Addick Martin Pringle to mark his home debut with an equaliser.

A more conventional celebration from the
follically-challenged Georgian

2001 Aston Villa (a)
FA Cup Third Round Replay


After a forgettable draw at SJP in the first meeting, an equally poor tie was settled when Villa's Paul Merson sent over a hopeful cross that looked easy for Toon defender Warren Barton to clear.

Unfortunately the ball bounced off Barton's shoulder, deflecting off the lurking Darius Vassell and past Steve Harper. Old boy David Ginola looked on from the Villa bench as an unused substitute. match report

2003 It's not often that we get the chance to write the words "twelve goal thriller", but that was our headline after Newcastle's U19 side won 7-5 away at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Magpies - 1-2 down at half time - scored through Andy Ferrell, Lewis Guy, Kris Gate, Calvin Zola (2), Guy Bates & Martin Brittain.

Newspapers were united in reporting that Pompey striker Yakubu was lined up to replace Alan Shearer at Newcastle, our current number nine still insistent that he would retire in May 2005.

Newcastle's reserves played out an entertaining 3-3 draw against their West Brom counterparts at the Aggborough home of Kidderminster Harriers.

James Milner, Martin Brittain and Guy Bates were all on target for Tommy Craig's side. match report

2007 Birmingham City (h) 1-5 (0-2)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
McSheffrey(5), og(Solano)(45), N'Gotty(59), Larsson(83), Campbell(89)
Despite naming the same full-strength starting XI as had won at Spurs four days previously, Glenn Roeder's side were humiliated by Steve Bruce's Championship side in a tie broadcast live on BBC1. match report

2009 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Premier League
McCarthy(61pen), Roberts(66,86)
With an hour played and away fans mocking ex-Toon boss Sam Allardyce and his side, referee Rob Styles harshly decided that David Edgar had fouled Benni McCarthy.

The Rovers striker then beat Ewood old boy Shay Given from the spot, before Jason Roberts finished off a route one move.

With Newcastle then visibly crumbling and fans in open revolt against JFK, he opted to bring on Joey Barton in place of the awful Charles N'Zogbia - despite having warmed up Jonas Gutierrez all afternoon. 

The closing stages then saw Nicky Butt walk after a rash challenge brought a second yellow - and he unwisely hammered the ball at the referee as he stormed off the field.

After conceding a third goal, Given had to intervene and prevent Joey Barton from re-enacting the infamous Lee Bowyer/Kieron Dyer scuffle with Jose Enrique.

As we commented about Shay: "If he'd finally reached the point of no return with this bloody cowboy outfit, then we couldn't blame him."
His next game was for Manchester City. match report

2011 Peter Beardsley's reserve side resumed their league season after a month's break with a behind closed doors game against Wigan Athletic at Darsley Park.

And fans were denied the chance to see Nile Ranger grab his first hat trick at this level, while James Perch and Paul Dummett also netted in an emphatic 5-1 victory. match report

Newcastle entered the transfer market by concluding the transfer of striker Papiss Demba Cissé from Bundesliga side Freiburg.

A fee of around £7.5m plus add-ons was claimed (but officially "undisclosed") and the Senegal-born 26 year-old took the number 9 squad number that he wore in Germany.

Newcastle reserves played another behind closed doors friendly, facing Leeds United at Elland Road after wintry conditions rendered pitches at their Thorp Arch training ground too dangerous to play on.

And like our first team's pre-season friendly visit , the orange-clad Magpies left empty- handed, with Leeds winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Toon old boy Matty Pattison and ex-Birmingham City striker Mikael Forsell.

It was expected that Bognor Regis striker Jason Prior would feature in the second organised game of his trial period at SJP, but in the event he didn't appear.

2015 Southampton (h)
Premier League

Eljero Elia's first Saints goals saw them complete a league double over United in front of a live TV teatime audience.

The only positive for John Carver's side was an outlandish equaliser from Yoan Gouffran, who unwittingly deflected a clearance past former Magpie Fraser Forster with his knee. match report