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Newcastle  1  Aston Villa  0


Papiss Cisse scored another crucial goal as John Carver's side brushed off last week's thrashing at the Etihad to claim a win that plunged Aston Villa further into the relegation mire at St. James' Park on Saturday.

Cisse's strike towards the end of the first half secured the points on an afternoon where neither side excelled but both created - and wasted - numerous good chances.

The win pushed United firmly into mid-table and further away from relegation trouble as Premier League security was all but achieved. They now sit on 35 points - one more than the miserable total that saw them rightly relegated six years ago.

It's a different story for Tim Sherwood's Villa side though, who remain second from bottom and winless in the league for a dozen games stretching back to last year.

Having witnessed our demotion with glee at Villa Park back in May 2009, the boot was firmly on the other foot for the travelling support on Saturday - with the loudest shout of the day from home fans a late chorus of "you're not laughing any more" as Level 7 emptied.

Some gallows humour from the Villans was also evident, with another attack petering out in the closing stages prompting a chorus of, "that's why we're going down"

The bedsheets displayed by the Villa contingent this time round called for the departure of owner Randy Lerner and supported returning Magpie Jonas Gutierrez. Mentions of messiahs were in distinctly short supply.....

Coming into this game with just a solitary win from seven Premier League games in 2015, John Carver made four changes to the starting lineup - one forced on him.

Jack Colback's suspension resulted in a first start for Mehdi Abeid since December while Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez all dropped to the bench as Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi and Emmanuel Riviere returned - the latter partnering Cisse for the first time.

The lowest scorers in the division, Villa's inability to convert in front of goal was evident when their first half superiority failed to see them net, Gaby Agbonlahor found netting after 15 minutes but rightly flagged offside.

At the other end, a rare excursion into the Villa area saw Janmaat's cross from the right finding Cisse, only for his poor first touch to allow Alan Hutton to intervene.

Continuing to look the more dangerous, Villa's pressure created another chance that saw Benteke produce a spectacular overhead kick that Tim Krul saved.

But against the run of play, another Janmaat cross from right reached an unmarked Cisse and after trapping the ball on his thigh he lashed it past Brad Guzan at the Leazes End to break the deadlock after 37 minutes.

Cisse ran to the Newcastle bench to celebrate with Jonas Gutierrez - back in the squad for the first time since 2013 - and there had been a great ovation for the Argentinean when he was sent out to warm up in the 18th minute.

Riviere missed a good chance to double the lead and break his Premier League scoring duck three minutes before half time, rising unchallenged to meet Ameobi's accurate corner from the left but heading wide.

Cisse went close to grabbing another when he headed narrowly wide from a 58th minute free-kick, but Villa should have levelled just four minutes later when Tom Cleverley was put through by a Benteke flick-on.

However the on-loan Red Devil continued his scoreless run when shooting towards Krul, who still saved well.

United left back Massadio Haidara was stretchered off on the hour with what looked like a bad knee injury - yet another defensive headache following the loss of Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett to injury and the banishing of Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Italy.

Fit-again Ryan Taylor appeared in his place amid good applause, but once again the ground was eerily silent for significant parts of the game.

Sammy Ameobi played in Moussa Sissoko but Guzan saved and then Gabriel Obertan should have done better when he broke clear but dwelt on the ball and was denied in similar circumstances to his miss here against Stoke.

Ex-Magpie Charles N'Zogbia came on from the bench to a chorus of boos and within a minute Benteke converted a cross but was rightly flagged offside once again.

Taylor then had the perfect opportunity to get a decisive second with a free-kick from just outside the box but Guzan saved low down at the expense of a corner. 

Newly-arrived substitute Ayoze Perez then instinctively headed against the post, as Guzan inadvertently helped Ameobi's flag kick to the back post with his fingertips.

Villa pressed for a late equaliser and Fabricio Coloccini was well placed to block Ashley Westwood's shot but the visitors failed to threaten Krul's goal, as a generous six minutes of time was added on by referee Lee Mason.

United played that and the final 10 minutes with an ailing Gouffran after he was introduced as our final change but quickly picked up an injury that restricted his movement (some people may not have noticed any difference....)

And with only a few seconds remaining, a poor clearing header from Coloccini landed invitingly at N'Zogbia's feet. Thankfully though he ballooned his effort over the bar before Mason blew for full time amid general relief.

The win left Newcastle firmly in 11th spot, four points behind Stoke and five points clear of Crystal Palace.

Far from being the hoped-for statement of intent and resounding success against a side hopelessly out of form, this was a gritty but grim struggle when isolated pieces of skill were almost instantly followed by avoidable lapses.

Time after time Newcastle looked certain to catch the opposition on the break via sweeping counter-attacks, but singularly failed to test Guzan with accurate shots. 

If we're to achieve back to back victories by beating the Red Devils here on Wednesday night, then far greater decisiveness in front of goal is essential - regardless of whether a re-modelled defence can hold out.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara (R.Taylor 61), Obertan (Gouffran 78), Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi, Riviere (Perez 73), Cisse.
Subs n/u: Woodman, Anita, Gutierrez, Armstrong.

Booked: Williamson.

Goal: Cisse 37.

AVFC: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton (Bacuna 82), Sinclair (N'Zogbia 66), Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Agbonlahor (Weimann 73), Benteke.
Subs n/u: Given, Sanchez, Gil, Grealish.

Booked: Hutton, Lowton, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Clarke.

Crowd: 51,573 including Mike Ashley and around 2,000 travelling supporters.

Mason - fourth Toon posting of the season for the Lancashire-based whistler, following the 2-2 draw at Swansea, 1-4 loss at Arsenal and 0-1 FA Cup reverse at Leicester.

John Carver:

"We got a battling response. It wasn't scintillating football but it was two nervous sides. Villa are fighting for survival and we were trying to get off that 32-point mark because people are talking about our season fizzling out.

"What you saw wasn't a great passing or team performance, but it was a battling performance. I'm not bothered if it's an ugly win – and it was – because people doubted us after last week. 

"Today is proof that we've got a group in the dressing room who are honest and hard working and even when they're not playing well they'll still give their all.

"I was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I felt it was important to get the three points.

“We talked about getting the ball in the wide areas and  putting the ball in the box because it’s no good  Papiss (Cisse) being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet. He's about getting into the box and putting the ball in the back of the net, and he did that.

“What was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn't put the ball in the box enough, and it just shows you - you put it in the box and he will score a goal for you. Thankfully, he did.

“Unfortunately, because of what happened to Sadio (Haidara), I had to put Ryan on at left-back. I had to make a decision – he (Jonas Gutierrez) is getting closer, he is getting fitter, he is getting stronger, so the time will eventually come, especially if we keep losing bodies.”

“It's his knee (Haidara). He's got an ongoing issue with it, but it's not too serious, so we will see what he's like. Hopefully, he should be available for Wednesday.

"The one thing I will say is we did actually show that professionalism that we didn't show against Stoke City when we conceded the late goal, so maybe the guys have learned from it.

"Let's not hide the fact that today has not been a classic, has it? It's not been a proper classic.

"But I'll tell you what, the thing that's pleased me is we have kept a clean sheet, we have had players who have put their bodies on the line - and I have to mention Fabricio Coloccini in particular.

"His block towards the end of the game was outstanding. That's as good as scoring a goal at the other end."

On goalscorer Cisse:

"His goal ratio is fantastic - but we have got to provide him with the service. If we don't provide him with the service, then he won't score goals, so I need to make sure that the team provides him with service because he is valuable to us.

"This season, he has probably scored more scruffy goals than he ever has, but I am not bothered because he is actually scoring goals. That's why it was important to keep him here and that's why it was important to get him in the team and put him in the right area."


The Magpies kept only a second clean sheet in their last seventeen league and cup fixtures - and a first one on home soil in seven attempts.

Papiss Cisse has now scored 11 goals in the Premier League this season (from a total of 32) and is within sight of his previous best haul of 13 (in season 2011/12).

United's number notched his 34th Premier League goal for the club, taking him into seventh spot in club's scoring list for that competition, level with Rob Lee. The next name on that list is Nolberto Solano, with 37.

Ryan Taylor
a fifth senior appearance of the season in all competitions, and has now played a total of 180 minutes. United have failed to concede a goal while he's been on the field.

Villans @ SJP - Premier League Years:

2014/15: Won 1-0 Cisse
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Ben Arfa
2011/12: Won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2010/11: Won 6-0 Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3
2008/09: Won 2-0 Martins 2
2007/08: Drew 0-0
2006/07: Won 3-1 Milner, Dyer, Sibierski
2005/06: Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2004/05: Lost 0-3
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Solano
2001/02: Won 3-0 Bellamy 2, Shearer
2000/01: Won 3-1 Glass, Cort, OG
2000/01: Drew 1-1 Solano (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Won 2-1 Shearer, Ketsbaia
1997/98: Won 1-0 Beresford
1996/97: Won 4-3 Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Howey
1995/96: Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 3-1 Venison, Beardsley 2
1993/94: Won 5-1 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 28.02.2015:
West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace
Burnley 0-1 Swansea City
Manchester United 2-0 mackems
Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Southampton

Sun 01.03.2015:
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City
Arsenal 2-0 Everton

Reds revenge

Liverpool U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  3


Having lost all five of their U18 Premier League games in 2015, Newcastle ended that sequence with a deserved victory at Kirkby Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Sean Longstaff scored twice in the first half before Stefan Broccoli added United's third, after the Reds had pulled one back through Corey Whelan.

Longstaff put United ahead in the 28th minute when head headed home a fine Mackenzie Heaney cross from the left and his second came in seven minutes before the interval, bundling the ball in after Louis Johnson's initial shot had been parried by home goalkeeper Andy Firth.

Whelan reduced the arrears when he turned the ball past Brendan Pearson on 58 minutes, but three minutes later Broccoli eventually drove home after United had contrived to strike both posts during a goalmouth scramble.

Team: Pearson, Cobain, Newbury, Cameron, Laidler, Broccoli (Drennan 69), Hunter, Suddick, Longstaff, Heaney (Holmes 69), Johnson.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Pollock, Storrey.

United conclude the main part of their U18 league season with the visit of Blackburn Rovers to Little Benton on Saturday at 12.30pm.

After that point, the young Magpies will participate in the end-of-season playoffs, with the first game against an opponent to be confirmed on Saturday March 14th.

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Non League:
Robins march on

The region's last remaining representatives in the FA Vase are North Shields, and they notched up an impressive 2-0 win at Southern Counties East League side, Erith & Belvedere on Saturday to reach the Semi-Finals.

The Robins will learn the identity of their opponents in a two-legged Semi-Final when the draw takes place at 11.30am on Monday.

Those ties are scheduled for Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th March, with the prize of a trip to Wembley Stadium in the Final on Saturday May 9th.

Quarter Finals:

Sat 28.02.2015:
AFC St Austell 3-2 Ascot United
Erith & Belvedere 0-2 North Shields
Highworth Town 1-1 Tadcaster Albion (replay 07.03)

Sun 01.03.2015 (3pm):
Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Glossop North End

Senior Cup Final @ SJP

Although Newcastle reserves won't be taking part after their elimination at the semi-final stage, this season's Northumberland Senior Cup Final will once again be staged at St.James' Park.

Morpeth Town and Blyth Spartans will do battle at Gallowgate on Monday April 27th. Kickoff is 7.30pm.

Loan lads:
The Borrowers

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest won 3-0 at Reading in the Championship on Saturday - Darlow posting his first clean sheet in four appearances.

Adam Campbell
Campbell appeared from the bench in the 76th minute, but was unable to prevent a 0-1 home loss to Bristol Rovers in the Conference on Saturday. 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
A month since concluding their mass loan to Scotland and Haris Vuckic is the still only one of the Govan five to have played regularly for the 'Gers.

Ferguson and Mbabu are still recovering from long-term injuries and Bigirimana is sidelined with an unspecified issue, while Streete crocked himself on his debut.

Vuckic made his fourth appearance on Friday night, playing 76 minutes of a 1-1 draw away to Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.

Davide Santon (Inter Milan)
The on-loan defender played his part in helping Inter reach the last sixteen of the Europa League at the expense of Celtic on Thursday night.

Having drawn 3-3 in Glasgow a week earlier, the second leg remained scoreless until the 88th minute when Santon provided the pass from which Fredy Guarin scored the only goal of the evening.

(Also in the last sixteen are AS Roma, who won 2-1 on a stormy night in Rotterdam to eliminate Feyenoord 3-2 on aggregate. Ex-Magpie Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played).

Santon's loan move to Inter was accompanied by Italian press claims that, like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and AS Roma, playing a specified number of games would result in the transfer becoming permanent for an agreed price.

That fee is claimed to be £2.8m and the trigger is ten starts - although it's unclear whether that refers to Serie A games only, or all competitions.

Santon @ Inter 2014/15:  

04.02.2015 Napoli (a) Italian Cup (started)
08.02.2015 Palermo (h) Serie A (started)
15.02.2015 Atalanta (a) Serie A (started)
19.02.2015 Celtic (a) Europa League (started)
23.02.2015 Calgiari (a) Serie A (started)
Celtic (h) Europa League (started)

Next game: Fiorentina (h) Serie A, Sunday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: Nantes (a) Ligue 1, Sunday.

Toon talk-ins :
Speakers' Corner

There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as follows:

(All events have an official start time of 7.30pm)

Fri 13.03.2015 Keith Gillespie / Jim Pearson
@ Ponteland Memorial Hall, Darras Road, NE20 9NX
£20 (including pie & peas) via 07814 73686

Thu 19.03.2015 Steve Harper note date change
@ Dunston UTS clubhouse, Wellington Road, NE11 9JL
£10 (including pie & peas) via 07724 392049

Fri 27.03.2015 Les Ferdinand
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR 
£40 & £35 (including meal) via 07414 960956 or here 

NB: Our recent competition to win a signed replica Sir Les shirt was won by
David Vose from North Tyneside.  

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (including four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following (final selections to follow in April):

Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods Brian Wright and David Young.

Premier League:
Manchester United (h)

A second home game in five days sees the Magpies entertain the Red Devils this coming Wednesday. 

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and remain tickets are on sale to members, although the cheapest adult ticket of £42 is unsurprisingly driving some fans to the nearest TV.

The winner of the altoonative travel VIP ticket giveaway for this match was Joe Harland from Washington.

The Magpies are bidding to notch up what would be only a second league home victory over Manchester United in their last eleven meetings (8 losses, 2 draws, 1 win).

Louis Van Gaal makes a third competitive visit to SJP as a manager, having first seen his Barcelona side memorably beaten 3-2 at SJP in September 1997. He then returned in March 2007 to oversee a 2-4 defeat for AZ Alkmaar.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 3/1

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

Squad: Injury sidelines Siem De Jong, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote. Jack Colback completes his two match suspension after reaching ten bookings.

Remy Cabella and Rolando Aarons are also unavailable while it remains to be seen whether Massadio Haidara recovers from a knee problem that saw him stretchered off during Saturday's victory over Aston Villa.

MUFC: Robin Van Persie will be absent due to an ankle problem, meaning that the Dutchman won't have an opportunity to add to his eight career goals against us (six for Arsenal). 

Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Victor Valdes are doubts.

On the road in the Premier League this season, they've won at Arsenal (2-1), Southampton (2-1) and QPR (2-0), drawn at the mackems (1-1), Burnley (0-0), West Brom (2-2), Villa (1-1), Spurs (0-0), Stoke (1-1) and West Ham (1-1). A trio of losses came at Leicester (3-5), Man City (0-1) and Southampton (0-1).

Referee: Anthony Taylor - from Manchester (now listed in Professional Game Board publicity as Cheshire). This is his third game in charge of Newcastle this season. following the 2-1 win at Spurs and 0-1 home derby home loss.


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

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Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, OG (Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG (Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(7.45pm unless specified)

Tue 03.03.2015:
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion BT
Hull City v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace

Wed 04.03.2015:
Manchester City v Leicester City
QPR v Arsenal 
Stoke City v Everton 
Spurs v Swansea City
West Ham v Chelsea
Liverpool v Burnley (8pm)

Sat 07.03.2015:
QPR v Spurs (3pm)

Old boy:
Shola: badges, but 
no retirement plan

Following his competitive senior debut for Crystal Palace in the closing stages of Saturday's home defeat by Arsenal, former Magpie Shola Ameobi has been talking to the South London Press:

"I certainly believe I have got enough quality to play for another two or three years in the Premier League. I'll be working hard to try and do that (he's 34 in October).

"I'm doing my coaching badges at the moment in case I do go down that route but I want to play at the highest level for as long as I possibly can. If that is Palace then great. I'm not thinking about hanging my boots up any time soon.

"Going out to Turkey was an experience that just didn't work out in terms of the football or my family settling. It was a case of getting back to what I know. Fortunately the manager got the job an at opportune time for me - the rest is history.

"We don't regret the move abroad. Unless you try it you never know and would be thinking whether we should have given it a go. We've learned from that and moved on.

"I've got two young kids, a daughter and a son, and family is the most important thing. My daughter has started school and, with me coming in here initially short term, I didn't want her moving around from school to school or town to town. It's a case of them staying up in Newcastle and me going up there when I've got days off.

"I had a few clubs in the Premier League and Championship that were interested in me. And abroad too - Stateside. But after being in Turkey for six months I wanted to get back into a more comfortable scenario. I'm really glad at the decision I took.

"I don't let anything ruffle me and that's a trait that I've inherited from my father - he's exactly the same.

"It's about putting everything into perspective. Football is something that is our life but sometimes people take it out of perspective.

"I try and view life - not just football - in a calm and calculated way to best achieve what I want to achieve.

"There certainly will be testing times. There have been over the years at Newcastle. That has helped me build that calmness - because you do have those moments in the North-East.

"You have to be able to rise up to the occasion and be calm and collected."

"Essentially Newcastle is a one-club town. Everyone is so passionate about the club and you get times when things aren't going right and the pressure intensifies.

"But coming down here has pressures of its own. The way Alan (Pardew) dealt with the situation at Newcastle and never let it affect him will definitely stand him in good stead for the future.

"My mantra has always been that as long as you learn, whatever you go through, it will put you in a better stead next time.

"The thing I like about Alan is that he is a strong person and he believes in the way he wants to play the game. It suited me.

"He gives confidence in abundance to players and I can already see that at Palace in the short period I have been here. He is someone I really admire.

"I'm a big believer in having the right attitude and saying what you think. The relationship I had with Alan meant we were honest with each other. There is a respect there.

"Football is all about confidence and having the right mentality. Then you go out, do the best you can and hopefully your qualities shine through.

"We've got the quality not to even be in a relegation fight at the end of the season."

Premier League:
City take pity on toothless Toon

Manchester City  5  Newcastle  0

Match report
Second string suffer added time agony

Wolves U21s  2  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report is online here


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.

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

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

Premier League:
Everton (a)


Thursday saw Everton complete a 7-2 aggregate victory over Young Boys Berne, confirming a place in the Europa League Round of Sixteen for Roberto Martinez & Co. 

Friday's draw paired the Toffees with Dynamo Kiev, with the first leg at Goodison Park on Thursday March 12th.

And that means that our visit to Everton will take place on Sunday March 15th with a 4pm kickoff

Squad: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote remain out but Jack Colback will be available again after completing his suspension. 

Paddy Power match betting will appear here

EFC: Leighton Baines is doubtful with a knee problem.


Travel: to follow


Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Toon at Goodison - Premier League era:

2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer 2 pens
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

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

Sat 07.03/2015:
QPR v Spurs

Sat 14.03.2015:

Crystal Palace v QPR (12.45pm)
Arsenal v West Ham
Leicester City v Hull City
mackems v Aston Villa 
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Burnley v Manchester City (5.30pm)

Sun 15.03.2015:

Chelsea v Southampton (1.30pm)
Manchester United v Spurs (4pm)

Mon 16.03.2015:
Swansea City v Liverpool (8pm)

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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. 

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Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT.

Sat 07.03.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.
Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 14.03.2015 U18s v team tbc . U18 Premier League playoffs.

Sun 15.03.2015 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 4pm, Premier League. ST Holder sale now (zero points). Adults £20, over 65s £15, U16s £10.

Mon 16.03.2015 U21s v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 21.03.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.

Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a)
@ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

2015/16 season:

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:
Sun 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Wed 04.03.2015
Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.

ateshead 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

home League games

Tue 03.03.2015 Wrexham (7.45pm)
Tue 10.03.2015 Welling United (7.45pm)
Sat 14.03.2015 Macclesfield Town (3pm)

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

Wed 11.03.2015 Lancaster City (7.45pm)
Sat 14.03.2015
Northwich Vics (3pm)

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

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

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

On This Day in History
1st March

Born Or Died:

1893 William Bradley born, Wardley.

Goalkeeper who began his playing career in local league football but was signed from Portsmouth at a cost of £300.

Appearing in wartime league matches during the 1918/19 season, Bill's competitive first team debut came in a 1-0 home win over Preston North End in November 1919.

Acting as understudy to first-choice Jimmy Lawrence, United signed veteran Sandy Mutch when Lawrence left SJP in 1922.

Bill appeared in United's FA Cup First Round victory over his former club Portsmouth in the 1923/24 season but then saw Mutch play in all of the following rounds as the club made it to their first Wembley final.

Mutch then injured himself at Aston Villa in a league game less than a week before facing the same side in the final - and Bradley was duly called up to play a major part in the 2-0 victory that brought the trophy to Tyneside.

Just over a year later, Newcastle signed goalkeeper Willie Wilson and he took over from Bill - who departed in 1927 and joined Ashington.

He later appeared for North Shields and joined their board of Directors following his retirement, living in the town and running a newsagents shop.   

1980 Diego Antonio Gavilan born, Ascunsion, Paraguay. (2000-04)

After the signings of Kevin Gallacher and Helder, Sir Bobby Robson's first long-term venture into the transfer market came when this unproven winger arrived in a £2m deal from Cerro Porteno in his native Paraguay.

Nicknamed "Sparrowhawk", Gavilan was a slightly-built wide player who never really looked at home among the muck and bullets of the Premier League - and even less so when appearing for the reserves at the likes of Bedlington, Blyth and Whitley Bay.

His senior debut came as a substitute in the closing stages of a 2-2 draw at the mackems in February 2000 and what proved to be his only senior goal came against Coventry City at SJP two months later.

Just two first team appearances followed in the following season and after failing to adapt to life in the UK he went on loan to Mexican side Universidad in December 2001.

At the end of that season Gavilan appeared for Paraguay at the World Cup Finals, making one start and two appearances from the bench in South Korea.

A wages dispute with Universidad then saw him heading back to Newcastle while seeking further loan moves and a switch to Brazilian side Internacional was quickly concluded.

Granted a free transfer by Newcastle in January 2004, Gavilan moved to Argentina two years later with Newell's Old Boys (an earlier switch to Italian side Udinese having ended with him returning to Internacional).

Selected for a second World Cup Finals that year, he was never called off the bench in Paraguay's three group games, including a narrow defeat by England in Frankfurt.

A return to Brazil came in 2007 with Gremio and later moves in the same country took him to Flamengo and Portuguesa.

In 2009 Gavilan surfaced in Argentina with Independiente, before yet another switch, this time to Olimpia in his native Paraguay.

Diego's South American odyssey then took another turn when signing for Peruvian club Juan Arich before heading back to his home city briefly in 2012 with Independiente.

Following his retirement from playing in 2012, Gavilan began studying for his coaching qualifications and trains young footballers at a school in Ascunsion.  

1990 Ben Tozer born, Plymouth.

In one of his last acts as Newcastle boss, Sam Allardyce sanctioned a £1m move for Ben from Swindon Town in January 2008.

The defender made six senior starts and one sub appearance while at the County Ground, the deal representing good business for Swindon, who had signed him barely six months earlier from Plymouth's youth side.

Appearing for our academy and reserve sides, Ben captained the reserves to success against Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup that season. 

He was then named on the bench by Kevin Keegan for the Premier League season closer at Everton (whom he'd been on trial with, before opting to join Newcastle).

However, a cartilage problem sustained in the early weeks of the following season required surgery and sidelined him until April 2009, when he returned for the reserves.

After featuring in pre-season, Ben's senior United debut came in the League Cup defeat at Peterborough in September 2009.

His second appearance - and first in the league - then arrived in the home win over Doncaster the following month, following the dismissal of defender Zurab Khizanishvili, Tozer appearing in the 87th minute.

Ben was then an unused substitute for an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 2010 against his hometown team and former club, Plymouth Argyle.

With no prospect of first team football at SJP  following our promotion, Ben appeared for Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient in pre-season, but no loan followed.   

Borrowed by League Two Northampton Town in September 2010 though, he debuted for ther Cobblers debut in their famous Carling Cup victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

Scoring his first senior goal on his home debut (against Bradford City), a red card against Hereford United however ended his month-long loan spell prematurely. 

Tozer returned to Sixfields in November 2010 for the remainder of the season and then  made the move permanent in June 2011, following his release by Newcastle.

After over a century of further appearances for The Cobblers, Tozer joined Colchester United on loan in November 2013.

He returned to Northampton and has appeared 26 times for them so far in 2014/15.


29th February

1876 William Graham Stewart born Glasgow. (1901-03)

Scottish international winger who began his career at Third Lanark, moving on to Queens Park, where he scored in their 3-4 1900 Scottish FA Cup Final defeat by Celtic.

Joining United in the summer of 1901, Willie debuted in a 5-1 home win over Stoke that September, getting off the mark with both goals in a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa at Gallowgate the following April - although he had previously netted in the FA Cup. 

Helping the team finish third in his first season, Stewart was dropped midway through the following campaign and exited SJP following a disappointing 14th place.

NB: this isn't the presenter of the TV quiz show Fifteen to One or the Willie Stewart who had the best chip shop in Morpeth.... 

1984 Darren Ambrose born, Harlow.

England U21 midfielder signed from Ipswich Town in March 2003, just days after the Portman Road club entered administration.

Ambrose had first come on to our radar in May 2001 when part of the Ipswich U17 side who beat their Newcastle counterparts 5-2 on aggregate in the league playoff final.

That came just days after Darren had made his senior debut as a substitute against Arsenal in the Premier League at Highbury.

Signed by Sir Bobby Robson in a £2.5m deal, Ambrose made his United debut in a reserve game against Manchester United at SJP and netted within half an hour. 

His senior bow for Newcastle came from the bench at West Brom on the final day of the 2002/03 season - becoming the 99th player to appear for us in the Premiership.

The following September then saw Darren mark his home debut by scoring against NAC Breda in a UEFA Cup tie, barely six minutes after coming on to replace Craig Bellamy.

That came in the 89th minute and his two other goals that season - at Leicester and Southampton - were 90th minute efforts.

However, the arrival of Graeme Souness as manager the following season saw Ambrose drop down the pecking order, with a mid- season injury hardly helping his cause.

Despite netting at Old Trafford and Craven Cottage on his return to the side in the closing weeks of the season (adding to a spectacular Boxing Day strike at Bolton), he was sold to Charlton in July 2005 for £1m.

Sent off at the mackems on his Addicks debut, Darren suffered relegation in May 2007 and was loaned back to former club Ipswich Town in November 2008.

However, he returned to the Valley a month later and suffered another relegation, this time down to League One - becoming a free agent at the end of the season.

Joining Crystal Palace on a free transfer, Darren's time at Selhurst Park saw him in the goalscoring form of his life, once netting in six successive matches.    

Sadly the second administration in his career saw the Eagles exchange playoff hopes for a relegation battle - with the player himself admitting that he felt "jinxed".

Narrow escapes from the dreaded drop came in both 2009/10 and 2010/11, with Darren returning to Tyneside as Neil Warnock's side were beaten during our "year out".

Warnock's subsequent departure to QPR was widely expected to see Ambrose relocate to Loftus Road but no move was concluded and he remained to help Palace enjoy a run to the League Cup semi-finals in 2011/12.

That included an eye-catching 2-1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford that featured an unstoppable long range strike by Darren at the Stretford End.

Exiting Selhurst Park in July 2012, Darren then boosted the ex-Magpie contingent at St.Andrews, signing a two year deal days after the appointment of Toon old boy Lee Clark as Birmingham City boss.

Having only made a handful of appearances for Blues, he went out on loan to Greek side Apollon Smyrni in January 2014.

He scored six times in 11 games for Smyrni but they were relegated and he returned to England.
Ambrose's contract at Birmingham expired and he played for Colchester United in pre-season before re-joining Ipswich in September 2014.


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1902 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Roberts 2, Rutherford, McColl 
Debut goal for seventeen year old Jock Rutherford.

1913 Everton (h)
Division One 
Shepherd, Stewart 

1919 Darlington F. Albion (h)

scorers tbc

1924 Everton (a)
Division One 
Cowan(8), McDonald(30)  
Chadwick(46), Cock(90)
Despite holding a 2-0 half time lead, United had to settle for a point after Wilf Chadwick and Jack Cock netted.

1930 Hull City (h)
FA Cup 6th Round 
The Second Division Tigers were managed by former Magpies favourite Bill McCracken and had eliminated Manchester City in the previous round, deservedly gaining a replay in this ill-tempered Gallowgate tie.

1939 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
A first half effort from Albert Hall gave the visitors both points and completed a win double over United for the Cockerels.

1947 Sheffield United (a)
FA Cup 6th Round 
Bentley(pen), Milburn 
1952 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Mitchell 2, G.Robledo, Milburn 3 
Kelly, Davie
1958 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
Mitchell (pen), Bottom
Smith, Hitchens 2, Dugdale

1967 Scotland U23s beat their England counterparts 3-1 at SJP before 22,097 fans.

Team captain Tommy Smith of Liverpool converted an 80th minute penalty for England, who included United's Pop Robson (for his first U23 cap) and future Mag David Ford.

Scotland scorers were Jim McCalliog, Peter Cormack and Newcastle's Jinky Jim Smith.

1969 West Ham United (a)
Division One 
Peters, Brooking, Hurst
Having debuted in the previous game, Gordon Hindson and Arthur Horsfield kept their places for this Boleyn loss. 

1980 Watford (h)
Division Two 
og(Barton)(44), Jenkins(78)
ITV's "Shoot" cameras were on hand to preserve a David Barton own goal for future generations to mock.

Hornets goakeeper was Eric Steele, who had a spell at Gallowgate without ever being called into first team action. 

1986 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
Roeder (81) 
Glenn Roeder scored against the side who had released him as a schoolboy, getting on the end of John Bailey's free kick to beat John Lukic at the Gallowgate End.

1988 Southampton (a)
Division One 
A midweek trip to The Dell, with Northern Ireland striker Colin Clarke putting the Saints ahead in the second half.

Peter Jackson then felled Matthew Le Tissier in the area but Clarke skied his spot kick and the home side were then punished by his fellow countryman, Michael O'Neill.

The young striker took a perfect through ball from Paul Gascoigne before shooting past future Magpie goalkeeper John Burridge to earn Willie McFaul's side a point.

Meanwhile, a young Saints striker was banging them in for the juniors and had scored on his England U16s debut. He would make his club debut soon after at Chelsea, and end up being Newcastle's all-time leading goalscorer...
Youtube footage is online here

1997 Southampton (h)
Premier League 
Le Tissier(56)
That bloke from the Channel Islands tormented us again, as we slipped down to fourth spot after failing to score at home for the first time all season. 

2000 Newcastle's U18s crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the Riverside, losing 2-1 in the quarter-finals. 

Welsh youth international striker Kevin Gall equalised only for Gerrard Robinson to win it for the smoggies. 

2001 United's reserves beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Billingham Synthonia where former England bosses, Venables and Robson looked on. Jamie Coppinger, Diego Gavilan (on his 21st birthday) and Colin McMenamin got the goals. match report

2003 Chelsea (h)

og(Hasselbaink)(31), Bernard(53)
Fat Eddie Murphy bulleted a Solano cross past Cudicini at the Leazes end to put United ahead, only for Frank the Lamp Junior to shin in a leveller.

Gary Speed and Hugo Viana then combined for Olivier Bernard to chip home a glorious winner. Jonathan Woodgate made his Magpies debut, two months after signing from Leeds United. match report

2006 Newcastle's Academy side progressed into the FA Youth Cup semi-finals after beating Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 on penalties at St. James' Park.

After a goalless 120 minutes, Brighton scored their opening two spot-kicks while Andy Carroll and Callum Little missed two of our first three, Dean Critchlow netting the other.

But Albion proceeded to miss their final three kicks while James Troisi and Rob Cavener scored our last two to set up a two-legged semi-final against Manchester City.

2007 Newcastle's reserve side were beaten on their travels for the first time all season, going down 3-0 to Manchester United at the Ewen Fields ground of non-league Hyde United.

Alan Smith continued his comeback for the home side, while Newcastle's Dutch-born striker Frank Wiafe Danquah debuted at this level when appearing as a substitute. match report

2008 Blackburn Rovers (h) 0-1 (0-0)
Premier League
Seven games without a win for Kevin Keegan, as Michael Owen squandered numerous opportunities. 

Future Magpie Zurab Khizanishvili played his part, while Toon old boy Brad Friedel was a formidable obstacle between the posts.

A third successive SJP victory for Rovers also extended their remarkable record of eight straight wins on visits to Tees, wear & Tyne. match report

2009 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-1 (0-0)
Premier League

Echoes of our previous North Western capitulations at Wigan and Blackburn were evident at the Reebok, as the Magpies succumbed to a further bout of M62 travel sickness.

The highlight of the day proved to be the presence behind the away contingent of a Mr P.Reid - who bit, in the manner of an Alsatian dog with an elastic band wound tightly round his unmentionables.... match report

2013 This short but sweet statement on the official website confirmed the departure of forward cum crime wave, Nile Ranger:

"Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual consent."

Ranger finally took his leave from Tyneside after a Magpies career punctuated by a series of ill-disciplined incidents and court outings.

Incredibly, he managed 62 senior appearances (12 starts) scoring three goals since joining the club back in July 2008.

2014 Hull City (a)
Premier League
Sissoko(10,55), Remy(42), Anita(90+2)
United notched up a seventh away victory of the season in emphatic style, also breaking their KC Stadium duck and completing a century of Premier League wins on the road.

Rather than glorifying in his side's first back to back wins in 2014 though, Alan Pardew made the headlines a touchline clash with David Meyler ended in the Newcastle manager head-butting the Tigers player. match report


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