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Southend United (a)
Southend United 0 Newcastle 0
fourth pre-season kickabout takes them to Essex, where they'll face League One side
Southend United at their Roots Hall ground this evening.
Team: Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden, Anita,
Aarons, Shelvey, Perez, Gayle.
Subs: Sels, Sterry, Hanley, Saivet, Colback, Gouffran, Thauvin,
Jesus Gámez misses out due to suspension and Cheick Tiote is rumoured to be
sorting out a move to Abu Dhabi and is speaking to Al Jazira club.
If true, Tiote's last
action will have been an 18-minute sub appearance at Lokeren which
included... a booking....
SUFC: There's no chance of a reunion with old boy Nile Ranger who is on a
short-term deal at the Shrimpers - he has missed all of their
pre-season games with a groin problem.
Much-travelled striker Simon Cox is a new arrival, while at least three
trialists are in mackem Phil Brown's squad - Jakub Sokolik, William
Edjenguélé and Ronan Murray.
In order to protect the Roots Hall pitch, Southend's scheduled home friendly
against a West Ham XI on Saturday was moved to a nearby non-league
ground, but our visit goes ahead as planned.
The Shrimpers won that Hammers game 3-2.
Magpies @ Roots Hall:
1959/60 won 6-3 FR McGuigan, White 2,
Allchurch, Hughes, OG
1991/92 lost 0-4 D1
1992/93 drew 1-1 D1 G.Peacock
Our last competitive visit here was for a midweek 1-1 draw in our 1992/93
promotion season - rescheduled from the original Saturday slot in order to
avoid clashing with a Young Conservatives conference!
What was perhaps our darkest hour and a half had come there during the
previous campaign: an awful 0-4 loss on New Years Day 1992 when relegation to
the third tier began to look a distinct possibility.
Southend have since built a double decker stand on the old away terrace and
travelling supporters are now housed behind the opposite goal - in the covered
North Stand (view from there is pictured above).
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Kelly hat giveaway
sold out earlier in the year (when right minded people should really have been
buying woolly hats), Tyneside-based merchandiser Spirit of 69 have replenished
stocks of their "David Kelly" bucket hat.
Available in various sizes online
here for £21.50, we have one up for
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Simply identify a former Magpie striking colleague of Ned from the following
Signed from non-league side Kettering Town
Scored 13 times in 51 games under 3 managers
Left for West Brom and ended his days at Charlton
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Closing date is Mon Aug 1st @ 6pm - one per person please. Entries
welcome from across the planet.
PS: So69's latest creation in celebration of a certain Spaniard is
selling well, with all the XL size "El Jefe" titfers now sold out
and smaller ones going fast.
Bristol City (a)
ticket holders can now buy tickets for our trip to Ashton Gate on Saturday
August 20th, with the initial loyalty threshold set at 50 points.
That figure will reduce to 25 points this coming Thursday and to zero on
Monday 1st August.
Prices: £30 adults, £27 over-65s/U25s, £15 U19s, £10 for U12s.
(A check of last season's Championship games confirms that away fans of
comparable clubs also paid £30.)
Allocation: 2,500 seats
KSC Lokeren 0 Newcastle
footage is online here
Steel silverware for second string!
PSV Eindhoven XI 0 Newcastle U21s
match action is online here
Cup trophy presentation
Match details online
United's U21 fixtures for the season are online
Lewis at the double
Academy squad are currently making their annual visit to Northern Ireland for
the Milk Cup youth event (now re-christened as SuperCupNI) and began
with victory over County Fermanagh on Monday:
Mon 25.07.2016 Fermanagh (n) won 2-1
A goal in each half from Lewis McNall got United off the mark at the Ballymena
Showgrounds - but victory came only thanks to a very late strike.
The local lads went ahead in the opening seconds of play after a throw from
Eoin Beacom was deflected in, but striker McNall levelled after sixteen
minutes before winning it two minutes into added time.
Team: Freeman, Aziakanou, Aplin, Longstaff,
Bailey, Gibson, Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Long, Gallacher.
Subs (usage tbc): Watts, Brown, Allan, Cass, Wilson, Robson, Gamblin.
(games are of 70 minutes duration)
Tue 26.07.2016 Right to Dream (n)
@ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm.
Wed 27.07.2016 Tyrone (n)
@ The Warren, Portstewart,
Thu 28.07.2016 opponent tbc
location and kickoff tbc.
Fri 29.07.2016 opponent tbc
location and kick-off tbc
|1 Charlie Freeman
2 Yannick Aziakonou
3 Kieren Aplin
4 Matthew Longstaff
5 Owen Bailey
6 Lewis Gibson
7 Mackenzie Heaney
8 Mace Goodridge
9 Lewis McNall
|10 Oliver Long
11 Owen Gallacher
12 Kelland Watts
13 Will Brown
14 Thomas Allan
15 Lewis Cass
16 Adam Wilson
17 Jack Robson
18 Isaac Gamblin
United's U18 fixtures for 2016/17 are online here.
Update: amidst all the hot air spouted
about Gini's move, the player admitted that speaking to Liverpool boss Jurgen
Klopp was enough for him to turn down offers for his services made by Everton
Club announcement, Friday evening:
Newcastle United can confirm the sale of Georginio Wijnaldum to
Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The Dutch international midfielder joined
the Magpies in July 2015 from PSV Eindhoven and made 40 appearances, scoring
11 goals, during his time on Tyneside.
"We made it very clear at the
beginning of the summer that we had no need to sell for financial reasons,
despite relegation, and would only consider selling a player if it was in the
best interests of the Club and the team," said Newcastle United managing
director Lee Charnley.
"After discussions with Rafa it was
felt that this particular deal was one such circumstance and would be in the
best interests of both parties.
"Gini leaves with our very best
wishes for his future career."
want-away Dutchman got his wish on Friday for a "new project" rather than dragging his carcass to Burton and
Preston - remaining in the Premier League as a Liverpool player.
The Dutch international arrived on Tyneside after a £14.5m
transfer from PSV Eindhoven was agreed 12 months ago and departs for a
claimed £25m fee. Media reports of a possible player plus cash deal proved
to be false.
It's reported that he flew directly back from Ireland to Holland on Saturday
after the Bohemians game, rather than returning to Tyneside with his team
A switch to Anfield was widely predicted on Tuesday, but Wijnaldum instead appeared in the Newcastle squad who played at Doncaster Rovers
that night and came off the bench in the closing stages.
Within hours though it was reported that further talks involving Newcastle
and Liverpool had resulted in the agreement on a fee and the terms of
Dutch media sources carried quotes from a PSV club official confirming that
a sell-on clause had been inserted in the deal that took Gini to Tyneside,
but declined to disclose any details - a figure of 15% is speculated
Wijnaldum then flew out to the USA on Saturday and link up with his new
colleagues in California - exactly a year after doing the same thing with Newcastle.
While we'll admit a certain regret at his departure, it's impossible to
overlook the fitful nature of contribution to our season - the early
promise of home scoring feats overshadowed by a startling tendency to
disappear in away games that saw us brand him "the
Like people's champion Moussa Sissoko, had Gini done his job properly last
season - and Steve McClaren actually managed him rather than indulged him -
we'd not be facing visits to Wigan and Fulham.
Well run, Geordie...
Victor (left), Victory Monument
After an 83 day effort
during which he completed a magnificent 2,650 miles, Mark Allison aka Run
Geordie Run completed the latest leg of his global charity run in Belgrade
Backed all the way by his fantastic support crew of unpaid volunteers, Mark
successfully ran through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria,
Slovenia and Croatia before reaching Serbia.
Events in Turkey saw Mark alter the route of
his run from the original end point of Istanbul and he'll now re-plan the next
leg of his trek in 2018 accordingly.
Mark is raising funds for The Children's
Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have
seen good causes benefit by £250K - with this run yielding £41K in donations
If you'd like to boost that total, then please do so online
in number 6:
Newcastle concluded their sixth close season signing on Thursday, paying
£5.5m for the Blackburn Rovers central defender and captain Grant Hanley.
The 24 year-old Scottish international headed to the North East for a
medical on Wednesday, having missed a third successive Rovers pre-season
game on Tuesday.
Hanley signs a five-year deal and is expected to make his Magpies bow on
Saturday, when Rafa's side face Sporting Lokeren in Belgium.
targeted a central defender following the loss of Fabricio Coloccini and
Steven Taylor and had previously bid £3.5m
and £4.5m for Hanley - whose former club Crewe Alexandra inserted a 10%
sell on clause when the player moved to Ewood in
He'll compete with Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba for a first team spot
- although the latter stands to miss up to eight games early next year when
on African Cup of Nations Final duty with DR Congo.
Beginning his career for hometown club Queen of the
South, Hanley joined
also spent time at Rangers before signing for Blackburn
and making his senior debut on
the final day of the 2009/10 season.
200 senior games
in all competitions - including two outings against Newcastle (as sub
3-4 League Cup away loss in October 2011 and the full
2-1 home FA Cup victory
three months later).
Rafa Benitez's own website announced the transfer as follows:
We can finally announce that Grant Hanley has joined our project- adding
his skill and potential to our squad.
It was clear that we needed another defender and we were seeking someone
with enough experience in this position and, at the same time, a young
player with potential who can improve and keep growing with us.
We are talking about a strong defender, who is fast and plays with passion. To add to this he is the captain of the Scottish
National Team and is a player that who increases competitiveness in his
position on the field, a key for any successful team.
Meanwhile, we continue working and preparing for the great challenge that we
are facing. Howay the Lads!
Arise, Big Sham
Like a bat
out of hell....
Former Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, has
been appointed as the new Head Coach of the national side, as the FA
continue to use the plot of the Mike
Bassett: England Manager film as their recruitment blueprint.
The man who
has famously never won a thing (including promotion with Newcastle - see
Coxy's Cockup Corner) has been given the perfect job to carry on the
half-a-century winless streak for a few more years.
On the plus
side, the mackems lose their relegation saviour heading into the new season
and the appointment of David Moyes will hopefully prove to be their undoing.
Magpies striker, Andy Carroll, will be expecting a call from his old West
Ham boss and Jermaine Defoe could be forgiven for regularly checking his
mobile for messages from Allardyce.
boy Neil McDonald may well be given the nod as part of the coaching staff,
having assisted Allardyce throughout his career, while another former
player, Paul Bracewell, could also be asked to assist.
Least surprised about the appointment will be Big Sam himself who has never
been shy in coming forward about his managerial abilities, previously
touting himself for high profile vacancies and often referring back with
disbelief to when Steve McClaren was appointed England manager ahead of him.
that says everything about the FA's inability to fill the vacancy
appropriately. Now watch Allardyce go and actually win something....
Perez saves blushes
footage is online here
Matz Sels 24 year-old Belgian international 'keeper
signed from KAA Gent on a
five year deal for approx £5m, the costliest custodian in our history.
26 year-old Scottish international left winger bought for £12m from
Bournemouth on a five year contract. Formerly with Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge,
Notts County, Swindon Town.
fleet-footed 25 year-old forward who arrived on a five year deal from Crystal
Palace for £10m. Also played at Arsenal, Stansted, Dagenham
and Redbridge, Bishop's
Stortford and Peterborough.
Jesus Games turned down the chance to rejoin his former club Malaga
from Atletico Madrid when Rafa Benitez made his interest known. The 31
year-old Spanish-born right back signed a two year deal.
Isaac Hayden arrived from Arsenal on a permanent deal, the Essex-born
21 year-old defender/midfielder agreeing a five year contract. He helped Hull
City achieve PL promotion last season while on loan.
Grant Hanley defected from fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers to
United, becoming the second Scottish international in the squad with
The 24 year-old hails from Dumfries and previously played for Crewe Alexandra.
Sylvain Marveaux Contract expired
Gabriel Obertan Contract expired
Steven Taylor Contract expired
Joined Crystal Palace for £13m after the Eagles triggered a
release clause inserted into his deal when arriving from Spurs in January.
Coloccini Negotiated an early release from his contract in order to return
to Argentina and join former club San Lorenzo.
Papiss Cisse Moved into the final season of his deal and agreed a
transfer to Chinese Super League club
Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.
Gini Wijnaldum followed in the boot steps of Didi Hamann, Andy Carroll
and Jose Enrique by making a switch to Liverpool. Just 12 months into a five
year contract, he moved to Anfield for a claimed £25m.
boys with new clubs:
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris SG)
Jamie Cobain (Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin (Notts County)
Mark Cook (Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah (Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
David Edgar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Lewis Guy (Annan Athletic)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen)
Charles N'Zogbia (mackems - trial)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial)
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Nile Ranger (Southend United)
Louis Storey (South Shields)
Ryan Taylor (Rotherham United - trial)
Ryan Taylor (Wigan Athletic - trial)
Ben Tozer (Newport County)
Jake Trodd (Newcastle Benfield)
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Patrick Kluivert (PSG D of F)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
Paul Stephenson (Kilmarnock C)
Steve Watson (Macclesfield Town AM)
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
Online Box Office is here
SJP seating plan is here
Of interest to those who are awaiting the promised refund / direct debit change following
price reductions is the following:
Following the 10% discount, existing season ticket holders who have paid up
front in full will soon be receiving details of refunds, while existing season
ticket holders on the club's Direct Debit scheme will be notified of
reductions in their payments shortly.
Existing season ticket holders are
reminded to retain last season's entry card. New season ticket holders and
supporters who have moved seats or changed concession bands will receive a new
card by Thursday 4th August.
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am -
with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the
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
travel is the public face
of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
Heading to the Toon?
Tue 26.07.2016 U18s v Right to Dream (n) @ Seahaven,
Portstewart, 7pm. NI Super Cup.
26.07.2016 Southend United (a) Roots Hall, 7.45pm. Friendly. NUFC
ticket sale now ended, away section tickets available on the
Wed 27.07.2016 U18s v Tyrone (n) @ The Warren, Portstewart,
3.30pm. NI Super Cup.
Thu 28.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kickoff
tbc. NI Super Cup.
Fri 29.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kick-off
tbc. NI Super Cup.
Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Public sale
now. £15 adults, £5 concessions. Only
selected parts of lower bowl on sale initially. Cash turtnstiles will be
open on matchday.
Sat 30.07.2016 U21s v York
City (a) @
Bootham Crescent, YO30 7AQ, 3pm. Friendly.
£12 adults, £6
concessions - no advance tickets sold, pay on the gate.
SJP open training session. Full details tbc, free admission.
NUFC second and third kits go on sale.
U16s v Charlton
Athletic (n) @ Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, 10am. Youdan
Trophy (games 30 mins x
Mon 01.08.2016 U21s v Ashington (a) @ Woodhorn Lane, 7.30pm.
adults, £2 concessions. Pay at the gate.
Seattle Sounders (n) @ Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, 2pm. Youdan
Trophy (games 30 mins x
U16s v Friendly
Academy (n) @ Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, 10am. Youdan
Trophy (games 30 mins x 2). Competition continues on Thu 04.08.2016 and
05.08.2016 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7.45pm. Championship. Live
on Sky Sports.
SOLD OUT (allocation: 2,750)
Sat 13.08.2016 U18s v
Everton (h) @ Little Benton, KO tbc. U18 Premier League.
Sat 13.08.2016 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship.
Member sale now, public sale
from Mon 25.07.2016 (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).
Mon 15.08.2016 U21s v
Norwich City (a) @ Carrow Road, KO tbc. Premier League 2.
NB: venue switch from home
Wed 17.08.2016 Reading (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale
now, public sale
from Tue 26.07.2016 (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).
20.08.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ WBA Training Ground, KO
tbc. U18 Premier League.
Sat 20.08.2016 Bristol City (a)
@ Ashton Gate, 3pm. Championship. ST holder
sale now (50 points), 25 points from Thu 28.07.2016, 0 from Mon
£30 adults, £27 over-65s/U25s, £15 U19s, £10 for U12s. Allocation:
Mon 22.08.2016 U21s v
West Ham (a) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Premier League 2.
Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team
v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.
Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here
(Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation.
Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).
(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon
NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
05.08.2016 Fulham (a) 7.45pm
Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016
Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
From the EF: The next selections are due for consideration early next month with an
announcement set for just after the opening weekend of the season (Aug 6).
League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):
United have a bye to
R1 w/c 08.08.2016
R2 w/c 22.08.2016
R3 w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc
F Sat 27.05.2017.
Metro line closures 2016: Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016
From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways.
International Magpies |
National Service |
2016/17 future match dates: |
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
Spotted by a large number of you, the BBC wrote this about the new England
Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss Allardyce becomes the 15th permanent
never won a major trophy but has got Bolton and Newcastle promoted to the
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1928 Edward Oliver
Robledo born, Iquique, Chile. (1949-53)
Two years younger than his
better-known goalscoring brother George, defender Ted joined Newcastle from
Barnsley in a joint deal at a cost of £26,500 in January 1949.
George, Ted and younger brother Walter had come to England in 1932 with their
Yorkshire-born mother Elsie, leaving their Chilean father Aristides in his
Ted followed his brother into the Barnsley side in 1947, but had made only five
appearances in their first team when the move to SJP came, George making his
brother's transfer a condition of the move.
Debuting in a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa on the last day of 1949 (with his
brother in the side), Ted replaced Charlie Crowe but didn't appear in the first
team again that season.
Playing only in the Third Round tie during the club's successful FA Cup
campaign of 1950/51, Ted was a more regular performer the following season and
played in the 1-0 Wembley victory over Arsenal.
1953 saw the Robledo brothers return to Chile, both signing for Colo Colo where
they won domestic titles and Ted joined his brother in the Chilean national
A brief return to England in 1957 saw Ted play twice for Notts County, but he
was soon back in Chile and began a new career as an oil rig worker in various
locations including the Persian Gulf.
Ted's life came to a tragic and unexplained end in December 1970, when he was
declared missing at sea after leaving Dubai on a ship named the Al Sahn.
Amid claims of a fight, the ship's captain was charged with murder, but later
acquitted. Ted's body was never found.
1935 Ken Leek born,
Welsh international striker who
began his professional career with Northampton Town in 1952, having only played
football for a couple of years as a result of attending rugby-playing schools
as a youngster.
Making an impact on the left wing despite losing two years of his career to
national service, Ken joined Leicester City in a 10K move in April 1958 -
shortly after netting for the Cobblers in an FA Cup win over Arsenal.
Included in the Welsh squad who competed at the World Cup Finals in Sweden that
summer, Ken was converted to a striker at Filbert Street and netted on his
However he left the Foxes in favour of United in May 1961, shortly after his
omission from City's FA Cup Final side - despite having scored in every round.
Joining just-relegated Newcastle as a replacement for Len White, Ken got off to
a great start with a hat-trick in a 6-0 home friendly success over Danish side
After just 14 League and League Cup outings though - and with another SJP hat
trick netted, against Brighton - Ken was on his way back to the Midlands.
Failing to settle in the region, Newcastle took a £2K loss in selling him to
Birmingham City for £25K in November 1961.
He was to score almost a goal a game for City and was part of the side who won
the 1963 League Cup Final - a two-legged affair against fierce rivals Aston
Leek later rejoined Northampton Town and after a spell with Bradford City was
appointed player/coach of Rhyl in 1968, later serving Merthyr Tydfil and Ton
Living in Northampton, Ken worked for the Ford Motor Company in Daventry until
his retirement in 1995. He passed away in November 2007.
1991 Jóan Símun Edmundsson
born, Faroes. (2010-12)
Midfielder first spotted playing
for United in a training ground reserve friendly against Hibernian in December
On trial along with fellow Faroe Islander Christian Mouritsen, Jóan caught the
eye and a deal was arranged with his club B68 back in the Faroe Islands to keep
him on Tyneside until the end of the season.
Reported to having been training with Manchester City before he linked up with
Newcastle, Edmundsson had made a senior international debut for the Faroes
during a World Cup Qualifier back in August 2008.
A goalscoring debut for the U18s then came in February 2010 in a 4-1 win over
Derby and Edmundsson made his reserve team bow in a 0-2 loss at Hartlepool a
By season's end he'd become a reserve team regular and broke his duck at that
level against Rotherham United at Blue Flames in April.
Another full international cap then followed when the Faroes faced Luxembourg
in early June, although he continued to double up for his nation's U21 side.
Jóan's first team debut for United came as a substitute in the friendly loss
at Norwich City, two days before his 19th birthday.
Edmundsson was released in March 2012, making a
permanent move to Norwegian side Viking Stavanger after a successful trial.
After featuring briefly for the first team, he joined Danish side Fredericia on
loan before returning to Stavanger.
saw the player return to his native Faroes, signing for HB Torshavn.
Gislaved (Sweden) (a)
Bath City (a)
United's four match tour of South West England got
underway against non-league opposition at Twerton Park.
The Magpies would return to that venue more than a decade
later, when homeless club Bristol Rovers took temporary
Brian Durbin netted for City.
Team: Kevin Carr,
John Brownlie, Ian Davies, Mick Martin, David Barton, John
Bird (Kenny Mitchell), Alan Shoulder, Tommy Cassidy
Jim Pearson, Terry Hibbitt (Nigel Walker), Gary Nicholson
1980 Hoor IS (Sweden) (a)
1988 With the
first team squad off on a tour of Sweden, another Womble
was persuaded to come North, Andy Thorn following recent
arrival Dave Beasant to SJP in an £850K deal.
1989 Nybro LF (Sweden)
sold their star striker Alan Shearer to Blackburn Rovers
He'd scored 21 goals in
the previous season and made a full England international
mixed junior/reserve side including Brian Kilcline and
Liam O'Brien were beaten 1-2 at Borough Park by Workington.
Rushden & Diamonds (a) 3-1 (1-0)
Ferdinand 2, Brayson
Those Magpies fans who made it to the Nene Park home
of the non-leaguers in deepest Northamptonshire were
treated to a first sight of David Ginola in a Newcastle
While Les Ferdinand scored his first goals for the club,
local youngster Paul Brayson again found the net, having
done so the previous Saturday at Hartlepool.
Also getting some pitch time was trialist striker Brendan
Markey, who arrived as a replacement for Les Ferdinand.
19 year-old Dubliner Markey was on the books of Bohemians
but no transfer was concluded. He later had a short spell
Newcastle's pre-season preparations took them to
Goodison Park for a friendly tournament hosted by Everton
and also featuring Chelsea and Ajax.
With a drab game locked at 1-1 and petering out, Alan
Shearer contrived to twist and fall awkwardly and
be stretchered off in obvious agony - a freak injury with
no other player from either side in his vicinity at the
A penalty shootout was needed to achieve a result and with
Stuart Pearce, Jon Dahl Tomasson and Tino Asprilla all
missing, Chelsea strolled to a 3-0 success.
Al was later diagnosed as having a broken fibia and
severely damaged ankle ligaments - a massive blow to Kenny
Dalglish's side, which was exacerbated by the parallel
departure of Les Ferdinand to Spurs.
(It later emerged that United attempted to halt that deal,
but the player had verbally agreed to move and refused to
2000 Columbus Crew (USA) (a)
Game #2 of Newcastle's USA
tour and their new black away kit got an airing at Crew
Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
In a bruising encounter, Kieron Dyer took a heavy
challenge and was subbed, while new boy Christian Bassedas
also limped off with what was later diagnosed as a broken
NUFC.com match report
How Ye, where's
the knocking shops?
'19 Beter Bed (Holland) (a)
LuaLua(20,28,34), Speed(21), Shearer(38)
United rounded off their
Dutch tour with another resounding win, this time
against the part-timers from Uden. Bobby's boys clocked up
22 goals in a week, with Alan Shearer, Laurent Robert and
Lomana LuaLua all registering four apiece.
All subs came on at
half-time meaning Carl Cort got an unexpected run-out and
Titus Bramble made his United debut.
The only real incident of note in the second half though
was a middle-aged streaker who left his manky socks on....
Griffin, Bernard, Caldwell, Dabizas, McClen, Solano,
LuaLua, Shearer, Speed, Quinn
2nd half: Hughes, Harper, Elliott, Marcelino,
Bramble, Kerr, Bassedas, Viana, Acuña, Cort, Dyer
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2003 A young
Newcastle side drew 1-1 at Blyth Spartans. Matty Pattison
gave United the lead after 52 minutes and Stephen
Richardson equalised nine minutes later.
Academy striker Marc Walton scored twice in the first half
at Pickering in a friendly game at Town's Recreation
Ground which United won 2-1.
A crowd of approximately
300 watched Glenn Roeder put his Academy team through
their paces against a physically bigger Pickering Town
their sloping pitch.
Norwich City (a)
may have been lightning in the air and a deluge by the
end, but a thunderbolt from Charles N'Zogbia lit up Carrow
Road as United won this testimonial for Canary Craig
Peter Ramage goal and N'Zogbia's belter put a visiting
side clad in their maroon & blue away kit two ahead
Paul McVeigh then halved the arrears before high winds and
an absolute downpour ensued, with the referee blowing a
few minutes early as both teams rushed for the dressing
recipient Fleming then braved the deluge to return and
salute the fans, including around 1,800 in the away
Martins(11), Luque(30,42), Milner(90+1)
On the face of it this was a morale-boosting home win
and successful introduction to SJP for new Chairman Chris
Mort and Manager Sam Allardyce.
As ever, though, misfortune lurked behind every corner, as
United contrived to end the evening with ten players on
One of them was Steve Harper, who made an unexpected bow
in the new blue second strip as an outfield substitute,
playing his part in setting up the final goal for James
Doncaster Rovers (a)
Toon fans got their first sighting of trialist
defender Sebastien Bassong, but there wasn't a great deal
else for Rovers old boy Kevin Keegan to enthuse over on
what was our first visit to the recently-opened Keepmoat
The Sir Bobby Robson Trophy charity match was
staged at SJP, with teams representing the 1990 England
& Germany World Cup sides facing each other.
33,000 were present, while the game was live on ITV4.
This was to be the last public appearance for Sir Bobby,
who looked frail and took to the field in a wheelchair to
meet the teams.
A 79th minute penalty from Alan Shearer decided the
contest after England came from two goals down to triumph
3-2, with Les Ferdinand and Alan Thompson also netting.
The Germans had led through Thomas Helmer (5) and Fredi
Bobic (18), before Ferdinand (2) and Thompson (32)
levelled before half time.
first two England goals followed fouls on Shearer as he
went through on goal and Al also won the spot-kick, thanks
to a rather generous award from Dermot Gallagher.
Other former Magpies participating included Dave Beasant,
Steve Howey, John Beresford, Robert Lee, Peter Beardsley,
Paul Bracewell and Paul Gascoigne.
Reserve's Dutch tour ended with a 2-3 defeat on a grass
training pitch, rather than the plastic surface at Almere
City's romantically-named Mitsubushi Forklift Stadion.
2011 Columbus Crew (USA) (a)
Sh.Ameobi(9), Coloccini(53), Vuckic(90+1)
Eleven years to the day after their previous visit,
United's three match tour of the USA ended on a high note
with a win in Columbus - and no new injuries to add to the
already lengthy casualty list.
Without a goal in their previous two outings, the result
was never really in doubt after Shola Ameobi latched on to
a poor back pass to convert with ease early in the game.
The first half ended in controversy when Crew 'keeper Andy
Gruenebaum (the man "between the pipes" as he
was billed pre-match) was
red-carded for handling outside the area as Demba Ba took
the ball past him and effectively ended the game as a
Fabricio Coloccini then doubled United's lead and
substitute Haris Vuckic netted in injury time with a fine
solo effort in front of the away section, which included
Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run, en route to
completing his USA Coast to Coast run.
Wellington Phoenix (New Zealand) (a)
After a 4-0 romp against Sydney in Dunedin, the second game of
our New Zealand tour was rather more competitive, as Phoenix went looking
for a second Premier League scalp after beating West Ham.
Yoan Gouffran's first half header divided the sides at Wellington's
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Sheffield United (a)
Wijnaldum(40), De Jong(79)
Steve McClaren blamed his side's lethargic display at a soggy Bramall Lane on
fatigue caused by their US tour, but the lack of imagination and inspiration
on show was only too familiar for regular Magpie watchers.
Just over 2,200 away fans made the journey for an early afternoon
kick-off against third tier opponents for Chris Morgan's testimonial