Tuesday November 24th, 2015

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Ticket news:

Crystal Palace (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (h) Public sale now
Spurs (a) Member sale now
Villa (h) Member sale now
West Brom (a) ST holder sale now (25pts)
Arsenal (a) ST holder sale now (50pts)

Youth Cup date set

Newcastle United U18s will begin their FA Youth Cup participation this season with a visit to non-league Ilkeston FC in the Third Round of the competition.

The tie will take place on Wednesday 16th December with a 7.45pm start and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

The Robins negotiated five rounds to get to this stage, seeing off three other non-league sides before beating Burton Albion on penalties and then recording a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

Although they faced Darlington at home in 2011, this will be United's first away visit to non-league opponents since a 6-2 success at Dulwich Hamlet back in 2010.  

The town of Ilkeston lies just off the M1 (near Trowell Services) in Derbyshire, around 10 miles from Derby. The postcode of their New Manor Ground is DE7 8JF.

Premier League
Happy days 

The official Premier League website run a weekly "top ten" goals slot and it's the turn of Newcastle United today with a fine selection - but one that doesn't find room for Andy Cole, Peter Beardsley or Les Ferdinand.

Watch online here

Premier League:
Same sh*t,
different (Satur)day


Newcastle  0  Leicester City  3

Match report


Loan lads:
Another for Alex 

Latest action:

Macaulay Gillesphey/Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United)
Arriving as a 63rd minute substitute at Luton on Tuesday night, it took Alex just three minutes to register his third goal for the Cumbrians in what became a 4-3 victory.

Birthday boy Macaulay was absent from the matchday squad for a fourth game.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
After Fergie's goalscoring heroics on Saturday, reality struck for the Lions on Tuesday, as they were beaten 1-2 at Fleetwood Town in League One. The 17th game of his loan period in all competitions lasted 63 minutes.

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):
Striker Ivan got 76 minutes of pitch time for the Tykes in a 2-3 loss at Peterborough United on Tuesday, but was unable to break his duck on his fourth appearance. 

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):

There was no sign of Haris in a 0-1 home loss to Burton Albion in League One on Tuesday night.

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City):
League One leaders Coventry were held to a goalless draw at Bradford on Tuesday night, with Arma & Bigi both completing 90 minutes. The former came close to breaking the deadlock but shot against a post.

Jamie Cobain (Sheffield United U21s):
Defender Jamie completed 90 minutes for the Blades second string as they drew 0-0 at Barnsley on Monday. 

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):

Groningen (h) Europa League, Thursday

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Burnley (h) Championship, Saturday

Mike Williamson (Wolves):
MK Dons (h) Championship, Saturday

Liam Gibson (Gateshead):
Chester (h) National League, Saturday

Stiffs stalemate

Newcastle U21s  0  WBA U21s  0


The sparse crowd that braved cold and damp conditions at Whitley Park on Monday afternoon saw a Magpies side including both rookies and senior players frustrated by a Baggies lineup who are now unbeaten in 14 games.

With one eye on possible changes for this Saturday's Premier League visit to Crystal Palace, United included a quartet of players who began the Leicester defeat on the bench in addition to giving Karl Darlow a runout.

Tipped for a central midfield berth with Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback both sidelined, Yoan Gouffran played 90 minutes in that role. Siem De Jong meanwhile completed a second successive reserve game in a more offensive position and there were full games for right back Jamie Sterry and central defender Jamaal Lascelles. 

By contrast, ten goals in as many starts for the U18s saw Lewis McNall handed a competitive debut at this level and fellow 16 year old Owen Gallacher (son of ex-Mag John) was blooded as a second half substitute. 

Chances at both ends in the opening moments hinted at an entertaining encounter, but after Darlow denied Samir Nabi in the first minute and De Jong volleyed at Alex Palmer shortly after, goal action was in short supply. 

Newcastle dominated possession but a lack of quality in the final third let them down, McNall denied by Palmer when he had sight of goal on 26 and 45 minutes.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with the home side seeing most of the ball but struggling with service into the box and decidedly shot shy. 

With seven minutes remaining, the lively Gallacher looked poised to break the deadlock when United broke upfield at pace, only for his shot to lack power and be smothered by Palmer. 

And the visitors almost snatched all three points in the closing stages, Lascelles making a vital intervention in his own area to dispossess Tahvon Campbell.

Whether there's a place for De Jong against Palace remains to be seen, but Gouffran seems set for his second Premier League start of the season.

The reserves now face two away games, beginning with a trip to the Moss Rose home of Macclesfield Town on Saturday to face Stoke City in a 2pm kickoff.

Monday week (December 7th @ 7pm) then sees Peter Beardsley's side play Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village. If any Toon fans are planning on going, there's an offer online here to gain free admission.

PS: A date for United's U21 Premier League Cup tie against Everton has been announced and this will be played at Southport FC on Monday December 21st. 

Kickoff is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time or a penalty shootout if needed.

Team: Darlow, Sterry, Laidler, Williams (Gallacher 70), Lascelles, Satka, Barlaser, Gouffran, McNall, De Jong, L.Smith.
Subs n/u: Newberry, Pearson, Hunter, Holmes.

Booked: Williams.

WBAFC: Palmer, Fitzwater, Ezewele, Field, Howkins, Donnellan, Leko (Roberts 71), S.Nabi, Campbell, Cleet (R.Nabi 56), Edwards (Elbouzedi 84).
Subs n/u: Ross, McCourt.

Crowd: tbc.

Referee: Iain Turner

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Geordie book boys:
Mistletoe & whine 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to an excellent Sunday at the market on Tynemouth metro station, buying books and moaning about Saturday's defeat....

Local authors Martin Hardy ("Touching Distance") and Michael Walker ("Up There") will be doing it all again next Sunday (29th) from 9am to 3.30pm - buy signed copies of both fine books for a special price of £30.

Books are also available individually for £18.99 and £16.99 respectively. "Touching...." revisits United's 1995/96 season by talking to those who played and managed, while "Up...." examines why so many top bosses from the region achieve success elsewhere.

If you can't make it to Tynemouth, that £30 offer is available to readers. Email with postcode details (free delivery where possible).

PS: Author signed copies of "Touching Distance" can be ordered online here for the cover price of £18.99 including delivery to most UK addresses. For overseas delivery enquiries - email

Set piece success

Newcastle U18s  2  Wolves U18s  1

Following a 2-1 victory away to Manchester United on Monday night, United's U18 lads repeated that same score on Saturday, when Wolves visited Little Benton.

The young Magpies achieved a third successive home win but trailed within the opening ten minutes, when Slovakian youngster Christian Herc shot home.

A foul in the Wolves box on Lewis Suddick then gave Louis Johnson the chance to level from the penalty spot just before the half hour.

And the comeback was complete on the hour, when midfielder Shane Donaghey netted with a free kick given for a foul on Johnson.

Team: Woolston, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Suddick, Charman, Donaghey, C.Smith (Lowther 90), Heaney, Johnson (Long 78)
Subs n/u: Bailey, Harker, Aziakonou.

Premier League:
Boxing Day: 
transport update

The club issued this press release on Friday - it's also worth mentioning that lobbying for extra transport provision began among supporters and the official fan forum when the Everton game was a 3pm kick-off:

Newcastle United have agreed to underwrite the cost of additional Metro and some local bus services on Tyneside this Boxing Day after the Barclays Premier League fixture with Everton at St. James' Park was moved to a later kick-off time.

The game was originally scheduled to start at 3pm, but after being selected for live television broadcast by BT Sport, it was switched to 5.30pm and will now end shortly before 7.30pm.

With selected bus routes and Tyne and Wear Metro services originally running until 6pm and 8pm respectively, the Club called a meeting with representatives from Newcastle City Council, Nexus and Go North East and plans are now in place to reduce disruption.

Metro services will now be in operation from Newcastle city centre for an extra hour on all routes, with final services at approximately 9pm on Saturday 26th December.

Fans travelling home by Metro after the game are advised to allow enough time to make their journey.

Go North East bus services on routes 10A, 10B, 21, 47, 54, 56, 58, 309, 310, Q3, Q3A, X1 and X30 will also operate extended hours with final services between 7.40pm and 8.20pm. Park and ride services to the MetroCentre Coach Park will also be in operation.

Nexus is also subsidising Boxing Day bus routes including the 27, the Quaylink Q1, Q3 and Q3A services, the 53 and 54, the 309 and 310.

Normal fares will still apply to passengers on all Metro and bus routes and Magpie Mover passes will be valid within existing terms and conditions.

final Go North East bus services departing Newcastle city centre on Boxing Day:

10B 20:05 Prudhoe
10A 20:20 Greenside
21 19:50 Chester-le-Street
21 19:55 Chester-le-Street
21 20:00 Durham
47 19:50 Consett
54 19:45 Gateshead
54 19:50 Gateshead
56 19:45 sunderland
58 19:47 Heworth
309 19:45 Whitley Bay
309 19:50 Blyth
310 19:50 North Shields
Q3A 19:55 Dinnington
Q3 20:10 Cramlington
X1 19:45 Easington Lane
X30 19:40 Stanley

Loan latest:
ynesiders take Liam 

The latest loan departure from Gallowgate that of left back Liam Gibson, who has agreed an initial one month switch across to National League side Gateshead.

18 year-old Gibson has made a successful return to United's U21 side this season after missing most of the previous campaign due to injury.

He made his debut on Saturday, starting against FC Halifax Town at the International Stadium and played the first 63 minutes in a surprise 1-4 defeat that cost Tynesiders boss Malcolm Crosby his job a day later. 

Gateshead have been a regular stepping stone for reserve team players, with current Magpies Callum Roberts and Paul Dummett both spending time there. 

More recently, goalkeeping pair Paul Woolston and Brendan Pearson linked up with the 'Heed as cover - although neither was called into action.


Old boys:
Canuck chase

Ex-Newcastle forward Paul Dalglish has made another stop on his post-playing tour of North American clubs, with a first detour over the border in Canada. 

After previous coaching positions at Houston Dynamo, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Austin Aztex and Real Salt Lake, the 38 year-old scot has now assumed a dual head coach/General Manager role at the Ottawa Fury.

PS: Former Magpies youth coach Alan Irvine is back in football, making a return to former club Blackburn Rovers to assist incoming boss Paul Lambert.

Festive season 

Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and "Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available to for home delivery


Each shirt comes complete with a COA (certificate of authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost £189.99 (framed) or £89.99 (unframed).

Prices include UK delivery, with a five day turnaround for framed items and two days for unframed. Overseas orders are possible by prior arrangement.

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (a) 

Saturday sees United on the road down to Selhurst Park for a 3pm non-televised meeting with the side managed by former Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

All 2,800 away section tickets have been sold and the whole stadium is now a sell out.

NUFC: Tim Krul, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor and Gabriel Obertan all remain out, with Cheick Tiote set to join them on the sidelines with a groin problem that forced him off against Leicester City.

Massadio Haidara is close to a return and Sylvain Marveaux back in training. The availability of Emmanuel Riviere remain unknown. 

Punts: To follow

Both Bacary Sako and Dwight Gayle are doubts.

Ahead of our visit to South London, the Eagles lost 0-1 at home to the mackems on Monday night.

That was a fourth defeat on home ground in seven games this season, with Sam Allardyce's side emulating Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham. Wins were recorded over Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, with a draw against Manchester United.

No less than nine of Palace's thirteen top-flight games this season have been scoreless at half time - that figure is three for Newcastle.


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Referee: Stuart Attwell - first appointment to a Toon game this season for the Warwickshire whistler and his third in the Premier League - both the previous ones finished scoreless.

Attwell's most recent game in charge of United was our 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Manchester City back in October 2014.

UK Radio: None

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle


Overseas TV: to follow

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 28.11. 2015:
Aston Villa v Watford (3pm)
Bournemouth v Everton (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (3pm)
Manchester City v Southampton (3pm)
mackems v Stoke City (3pm)
Leicester City v Man United (5.30pm)

Sun 29.11.2015:

Spurs v Chelsea (Noon)
West Ham v West Bromwich Albion (2.05pm)
Liverpool v Swansea City (4.15pm)
Norwich City v Arsenal (4.15pm)

Jennings Ford Direct
Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

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 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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 28.11.2015 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

28.11.2015 U21s v Stoke City (a) @ Moss Rose, Macclesfield, 2pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 2,800).

Sat 05.12.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 
Live on Sky.

Mon 07.12.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Adults £41, Over 65s £24, U18s £22 (upper tier). Adults £37, Over 65s £21, U18s £19 (lower tier). Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky.

Mon 14.12.2015 U21s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League. 

Wed 16.12.2015 U18s v Ilkeston FC (a) @ New Manor Ground, 7.45pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Sat 19.12.2015 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League.Member sale now, public sale Fri 27.11.2015 (online), Wed 02.12.2015 (by phone/in person) Live on Sky.

Mon 21.12.2015 U21s v Everton (a) @ Haig Avenue, Southport, 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 28.12.2015 West Bromwich Albion @ The Hawthorns, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now 25 points (0 points Wed 25.11.2015). Member sale (if any) Thu 12.12.2015. £25 adults, £20 over-60s, £15 17-20 year-olds/NUS, £10 U17s.

Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirate Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (50 points, 25 points Fri 27.11.2015, 0 points Tue 01.12.2015).
£36.50 adults, £16 for OAPs/U18s, £10 U16s. Allocation: tbc.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just £3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 28.11.2015
Penrith (3pm)
Wed 02.12.2015 Consett (7.30pm)
Sat 12.12.2015 Norton (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. £15 including pie & peas + drink. Tickets from Martin 07748 470530.

Sun 06.12.2015 John Beresford and writer Martin Hardy @ Waterstones Newcastle, Noon, signing copies of "Touching Distance."

Tue 08.12.2015 Steven Taylor @ Blue Flames Sporting Club, Benton.
£15 including pie & peas. In aid of West Allotment FC, tickets available from venue reception.

Wed 09.12.2015 Steven Taylor and Steve Watson (with Pete Graves and writer Martin Hardy) @ Whitley Lodge Snooker Club,
Claremont Crescent, NE26 3HL. 7.30pm start, £20 including pie and peas. Tickets from venue or via 0191 251 1997.

31.03.2016 Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie, Steve Watson @ Newcastle Assembly Rooms. £35 including meal. In aid of Heaton Stannington FC - buy tickets from them.

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd Round draw (involving NUFC) will be staged on Mon 07.12.2015 (tbc)

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11;2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015:

Bedlington Terriers v Heaton Stannington

Tue 01.12.2015:
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town

Date tbc:
North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 06.12.2015
Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 26.12.2015
Everton (h) 5.30pm
Tue 12.01.2016 Man United (h) 7.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 24.01.2016.

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.  
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.

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

2015/16 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

Draw is made
10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
24th November

Born Or Died:

1952 David Crosson born, Bishop Auckland. (1972-75)

Right back who came through the junior and reserve sides to debut in a Texaco Cup tie away to Birmingham City in October 1973.

Crosson's next four appearances then came in either the Texaco Cup or the League Cup before he appeared in place of the injured David Craig in a 0-1 defeat at Manchester United in April 1974.

David's final outing came in a 0-3 defeat at Arsenal on March 1975 and he was freed that summer, joined Darlington. 

Remaining at Feethams until 1980 when he signed for Crook Town, Crosson later continued his playing career at the unlikely destination of Tasmanian club Rapids.

Settling on Australia's Gold Coast, David coached at Rapids, rival sides Croatia and -Glenorchy and then the Tasmanian national side.

1957 David McLean born, Newcastle. 

England youth international midfielder who was handed his chance by Gordon Lee in April 1976 debuting as a substitute in a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United.

After playing a handful of games during the time Richard Dinnis was in charge, David didn't get a look in when Bill McGarry took over and went to Carlisle on loan in 1978.

That transfer was made permanent but within a year David moved on to Darlington, where he remained until 1986.

Spells at Scunthorpe United and Hartlepool followed before McLean moved into the non-league with Whitley Bay and Brigg Town - having settled in Lincolnshire. 

1958 Roy Aitken born, Irvine, Scotland. 

After a prolonged chase, Newcastle boss Jim Smith finally persuaded Celtic captain Roy to end a fifteen year stint at Celtic in early 1990, moving to SJP for a £500K fee.

Making his debut in a bonkers 5-4 home win over Leicester in January 1990, the 31 year old midfielder represented Scotland at the World Cup in Italy that summer.

However the arrival of Ossie Ardiles at SJP saw him lose his first team place as the new manager went for youth - the veteran berth in midfield going to Kevin Brock.

Aitken left SJP at the start of the 1991/92 season in favour of a player-coach role at St.Mirren, subsequently taking up a similar role at Aberdeen before becoming installed as manager at Pittodrie in 1995.

Leaving the Dons three years later, a stint out in Dubai as head of youth development at the Al-Shabab club was followed by an offer to assist Leeds United boss David O'Leary at Elland Road.

The Ginger Bear?

Aston Villa's Lee Hendrie has to be escorted off the field by Roy Aitken.

Following O'Leary to Aston Villa, Roy's new hair colour was possibly his most notable achievement at Villa Park, shedding the greying locks he'd sported at SJP in favour of a startling shade of auburn. 

After O'Leary's sacking in 2006, Aitken - by now a platinum blonde - took caretaker charge of Villa ahead of Martin O'Neill's arrival, before joining the SFA. 

That was as part of the backroom staff assembled by former Dons team mate Alex McLeish - and Aitken duly followed him to Birmingham City, moving to St.Andrews in November 2007. 

July 2010 saw Roy opt to team up once again with David O'Leary, who had taken the manager's job at Dubai-based Al-Ahli.

Aitken subsequently became Sporting Director of the club, remaining in post following the acrimonious departure of O'Leary in 2011.

1967 Gavin Maguire born, Hammersmith. 

Welsh international defender who arrived on a month's loan from Pompey in October 1991, making his Magpies debut in a 2-0 home win over Leicester City.

The following week however he suffered the ignominy of being substituted at half time while playing for Wales in a 4-1 defeat to Germany in Nuremburg - and was never selected for international duty again.

And things were no better for him at club level, with just two more outings for United before his loan spell was curtailed due to a knee injury.

Beginning his career at non-league Northwood, Maguire moved on to QPR where he achieved a certain infamy for a career -ending tackle on Danny Thomas of Spurs.

After being shown the door at Gallowgate, Maguire went on the record as saying he would "rather become a London cabbie than appear at Fratton Park again".

We're not sure whether Maguire did the knowledge, but he played on for Millwall, Scarborough and Harrow Borough before rounding things off back at Northwood.

And after his playing days were over, he settled in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet, owning the "Pure Hair" salon in nearby Somerton.

1987 Nicky Deverdics born, Gateshead. 

Left-footed, ball-playing midfielder who appeared at Academy and reserve level, 
but was released by Newcastle in 2006.  

Nicky moved into non-league football with Gateshead and Bedlington Terriers, also having trials at both Gretna and Blackpool.

The former signed him in March 2007 and he helped Gretna gain promotion to the SPL, going on to make 25 top-flight appearances the following season, scoring twice.

However, the well-publicised problems of the Scottish minnows saw them resign from the league, leaving their entire squad in limbo.

Deverdics signed for Barnet in the summer of 2008, but was almost immediately sidelined by a double hernia that required surgery.

He made his comeback for the Bees in September of that year, scoring his first senior goal the following month against Wycombe Wanderers.

Leaving Underhill in summer 2010, Nicky joined Blyth Spartans before trying his luck in Iceland with BÕ/BolungarvŪk, 

Subsequently returning to the UK for spells with Team Northumbria, Alfreton Town and Newcastle Benfield, 2013 found him at Gateshead on a trial basis.

Nothing came of that however and Nicky's next port of call was TB TvÝroyri in the Faroe Islands before returning to the UK with Tadcaster Albion in February 2014.

The 2014/15 season then found him back in the Conference with Dover Athletic.

1994 Jonathan Mitchell
born, Hartlepool.

Goalkeeper who switched from playing rugby to the round ball game and was propelled from the U16s into the reserve side in January 2011 against Manchester City.

That ended in a 1-5 defeat at Hyde and came some three months before his U18 debut against Barnsley.

Succeeding Alex Baird in goal for the U18s the following season, the 2012/13 campaign saw Jonathan break into the second string before joining Workington for what was a successful loan spell in January 2013.

Agreeing a new one year contract in the summer of 2013, he returned to Workington for a further loan spell, before injury to Woodman saw Mitchell feature regularly for the Newcastle's U18 side.

Released in May 2014, free agent Jonathan joined Derby County and was named as an unused substitute in both Championship and Capital One Cup the following season.

Yet to make his senior bow for the Rams, Mitchell faced former club Newcastle in an incident-packed U21 league game during October 2015 that Derby won 6-4.

1995 Macaulay Gillesphey born, Ashington. (2012-present)

Central defender signed from Cramlington Juniors in 2011, gaining a scholarship with the Magpies Academy the following year.

Macaulay enjoyed a memorable introduction to U18 league football in September 2012, netting within 12 minutes of his arrival from the bench during a visit to the mackems - although the red and whites won 4-2.

Debuting for the reserves as a substitute in a 1-2 home loss to Bolton at Whitley Park in May 2013, Gillesphey was in the starting lineup for an eventful end of season playoff against Everton at Goodison Park.

Playing 120 minutes at left back in a 3-3 draw, the Toffees ultimately progressed after winning 3-5 in a penalty shootout that was decided before Macaulay's turn.
Scoring his first reserve goal against Wolves at SJP in August 2013, he featured at both U18 and U21 level that season and was a regular starter for the second string during the 2014/15 campaign.

Signing his first professional contract in March 2015, Macaulay went on loan to League Two Carlisle United six with fellow Magpie Alex Gilliead six months later. 

Gillepshey's senior competitive bow came during a Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield and he netted on his seventh outing for the Cumbrians in a 3-2 win over Yeovil Town at Brunton Park.

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1894 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division Two 
Dickson 2 
Sharpe, Crawford, O'Brien, Buchanan

1900 Liverpool (h)
Division One 

1906 Bristol City (a)
Division One 
Burton, Wedlock

1923 Preston North End (h)
Division One 
Seymour, Cowan 2 

1928 Portsmouth (a)
Division One 

1934 Notts County (a)
Division Two 

1945 Bury (a)
Berry, Moss

1951 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
2-1), Mitchell(3-1)
Meadows(1-0), Clarke(90)
All the goals came in the second half on a rain -sodden Maine Road pitch, with City taking the lead before United struck three times in quick succession. City then scored with the last kick of the game.

1956 Blackpool (a)
Division One 
Casey, Milburn, White
Mudie, Durie
No goal for Bobby Mitchell, but his man of the match display at Bloomfield Road inspired United to a first win in ten games.

1962 Scunthorpe United (h) 1-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Ken Hale deputised for the unavailable Alan Suddick and earned the Magpies a point.

1971 Derby County (a)
Texaco Cup Semi Final, First Leg
Former mackem John O'Hare gave Brian Clough's side a narrow lead to take to SJP. 

The Rams then emulated their league success on Tyneside earlier in the season, winning the second leg 3-2, 4-2 on aggregate.

1973 Everton (a)
Division One
Tommy Gibb put United ahead only for Mike Lyons to level before half time.

Malcolm Macdonald missed the visit to Goodison Park due to injury, with George Hope continuing in his absence.

1976 Everton (h)
Division One 
T.Craig(25), Cannell(58), Gowling(59,74)  
Lyons (83) 
Billy Bingham's side were halted in their tracks at SJP in this midweek match, with Toffees goalkeeper Dai Davies in the thick of things. 

1979 Swansea City (a)
Division Two 
Hibbitt(30), Rafferty(40), Shoulder(77)
Charles(57), James(90+5)
United's first visit to The Vetch Field since the 1964/65 season ended in a victory which kept them top of the table.

After Terry Hibbit opened the scoring on the half hour mark, Billy Rafferty grabbed his first goal for the club with a header. 

Jeremy Charles then got one back before Alan Shoulder made it 3-1 against a Swans side featuring old boy Tommy Craig.

City then belatedly reduced the arrears with a 96th minute goal from Robbie James.

1981 Orient (a)
Division Two 
The smallest post-war crowd to watch a Newcastle first team saw them beaten at Brisbane Road.

1982 The annual national five-a-side tournament was staged at the Wembley Arena and highlights televised on BBC1's Sportsnight programme.

Newcastle inevitably exited in the first round, soundly thrashed 0-4 by QPR.

1984 Southampton (a)
Division One 
Jack Charlton handed a debut to Gary Megson at The Dell, as substitute in place of the injured Peter Beardsley.

Crystal Palace agreed to pay £650,000 for United defender Andy Thorn.

1990 Watford (h)
Division One 
Newcastle' seven match winless run ended thanks to a pair of penalties: Mick Quinn scoring, but Wearsider Gary Porter missing his for the Hornets.

Striker Tommy Gaynor made his United debut on loan from Nottingham Forest alongside Quinn, in place of the injured Mark McGhee. 

1992 Ascoli (Italy) (h)
Anglo Italian Cup 
David Kelly was sent off in this exceptionally violent game after launching a pre-emptive strike as an Italian player homed in on him. 

Keegan and a policeman had to restrain the Ascoli coach who made a grab for Kelly as he headed down the players tunnel. 

The Newcastle manager later commented "If I ever get like that, shoot me." He also refused to fine Kelly for being dismissed. 

German striker Oliver Bierhoff scored the only goal of the game, while future Sheffield Wednesday, Villa, Derby, smoggies and Bradford schemer Benito Carbone featured.

1993 Sheffield United (h)
Premier League 
og(Ward)(9), Beardsley(12pen,73), Cole(70) 
The feelgood factor from the previous Sunday's 3-0 home victory over Liverpool continued into this midweek meeting with the struggling Blades.

Scott Sellars claimed our opener, but it was later deemed to have been a Mitch Ward OG by the Premier League's dubious goals body.

2001 Derby County (h)
A tale of two penalties; one scored by Alan Shearer, the other missed by Fabrizio Ravanelli or more accurately saved by Shay Given. 

ITV's The Premiership made a big thing about Shay moving early - although his actions were identical to the step forward taken by Fulham's van der Sar against Newcastle a week earlier, which they'd conveniently chosen to ignore. match report

2007 Liverpool (h)
Premier League
Gerrard(28), Kuyt(46), Babel(66)
The beginning of the end for Big Sam at SJP as his United side made it four matches without a victory.

The Reds took almost half an hour to break the deadlock but in that time Newcastle had never looked like scoring. And when Steven Gerrard's corner bounced in off Kuyt's shin seconds after the restart it was all over.

After a 1-4 loss in the previous home game against Pompey, another embarrassing home defeat brought adverse crowd reaction. 

The much-hyped, self-proclaimed motivational and organisational strengths of our manager were conspicuous by their absence. match report

2008 Andy Carroll netted his third goal in four starts as Newcastle's second string drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Whitley Park. match report

2010 The FA Regulatory Commission dismissed Mike Williamson's appeal against his trial-by-TV three match ban following the game at Bolton. However there was no increase in punishment for a frivolous appeal.

United reached the last sixteen of the U21 Premier League Cup after beating Crewe Alexandra 2-1 at Whitley Park. Callum Roberts netted both. match report