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Biographies of over 1,800 players and officials are contained in this definitive 400 page hardback volume.

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Ticket news: To follow

 

Latest:
Rafa: it's done 


Right, I've made them sweat long enough....

 

Rafa Benitez has confirmed to Newcastle United that he will remain as their manager.

He was spotted at SJP this afternoon and the club have called a press conference at the ground for 7pm tonight.


Giveaway:
Eyes down 


Local crime author and toon fan Howard Linskey has penned a new book featuring characters introduced in his successful 2015 release, "No Name Lane".  

Set in the North East during the 1990s, "Behind Dead Eyes" contains a mix of corpses, conspiracies and criminals familiar to readers of his previous works. 

Thanks to publishers Penguin we have signed copies of "Behind Dead Eyes" to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, just identify this 1990's Magpie:

 

Email your answer to comps@nufc.com (subject: Eyes). Closing date is Wed June 1st @ Noon - one entry per person please - UK addresses only please.

PS: Howard will be signing books at Waterstones in Newcastle on Saturday June 4th from 1pm-2pm.


 

 

Euros etc:
Mitro on target


The season continues for two Magpies today with Aleksandar Mitrovic in the Serbian squad for a friendly meeting with Cyprus in Uzice.

Mitro was in the starting lineup and helped himself to a goal after barely two minutes before being replaced at the interval in a mass change of personnel.

DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba meanwhile is due to face Romania in a friendly tonight at the neutral location of Como in Italy. 


Callups:

Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic
Wed 25.05.2016
Cyprus (h) Uzice FR
Tue 31.05.2016 Israel (h) Novi Sad FR
Sun 05.06.2016 Russia (n) Monte Carlo FR


DR Congo: Chancel Mbemba
Wed 25.05.2016 Romania (n) Como FR
Thu 02.06.2016 Madagascar (a) Antananarivo ACNQ


England:
Andros Townsend
Sun 22.05.2016 Turkey won 2-1
Andros was an unused sub at the Etihad Stadium.

Fri 27.05.2016 Australia (mackems) FR
Thu 02.06.2016 Portugal (Wembley) FR

France: Moussa Sissoko 
Mon 30.05.2016 Cameroon (h) Nantes FR
Sat 04.06.2016 Scotland (h) Metz FR

Wales: Paul Dummett  
Sun 05.06.2016 Sweden (a) Stockholm FR

Netherlands: Georginio Wijnaldum
Fri 27.05.2016 Ireland (a) Dublin FR
Wed 01.06.2016 Poland (a) Gdansk FR
Sat 04.06.2016 Austria (a) Vienna FR

Slovakia U21s: Lubo Satka
Wed 01.06.2016 Ukraine (h) Poprad FR
Sun 05.06.2016 England C (a) Sutton FR

England U19s:
Freddie Woodman / 
Adam Armstrong

Sat 04.06.2016 Mexico (a) Mexico City FR
Mon 06.06.2016 Mexico (a) Mexico City FR

Those two kickabouts are warm-ups for the U19 European Championships in Germany this summer.

In that eight team tournament, England open up against France on July 12th, face the Dutch on July 15th and then Croatia on July 18th. The Semi Finals take place on July 21st and the Final on July 24th.

Old Boys:

Ex-Magpie player involvement in Euro 2016:

England: Fraser Forster, James Milner

France: Yohan Cabaye

Hungary: Tamas Kadar

Ireland: Shay Given

Northern Ireland: Shane Ferguson, Aaron Hughes

(Patrick van Aanholt is also in the Dutch selection for their friendly fixtures)




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Arrival:
Junior addition 
 
Having signed defender Gideon Adu-Peprah following his release from Manchester City's Academy in 2015, Newcastle have acquired another youngster from the same source ahead of next season.

The player in question is 16 year-old defensive midfielder Mace Goodridge, who also played as a trialist for Leicester City last season.  

Goodridge is one of 12 full-time scholars who have joined United's youth set up, with only Goodridge coming from outside the North East region.

Old boy:
New challenge for Daz 


There's a new DJ at Stark's Park, with incoming Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke appointing former Magpie Darren Jackson as his second in command.

49 year-old Jackson has been out of a job since leaving his post as Dundee United assistant boss in September 2015.

Old boys:
Clyde best for Barton 
 
Ex-Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed his departure from Burnley and completed the formalities of a move to Glasgow Rangers. 

The 33 year-old was a free agent after helping the Clarets to gain promotion from the Championship, signing a two year contract at Ibrox from July 1st, ahead of their return to the Scottish top flight.

Barton began his career at Manchester City before moving to Newcastle, departing for QPR in 2011 and spending time on loan at Olympique Marseille before relocating to Turf Moor last August.   

Assuming he passes a medical, Joey will become the second SJP old boy in Govan, with James Tavernier 12 months into a three year deal he signed in 2015.  

Former Magpies released this close season:

Craig Baxter (Gateshead)
Sylvain Distin
(Bournemouth)
Ryan Donaldson
(Cambridge United)
Jose Enrique (Liverpool)
James Marwood (Gateshead)
Matty Pattison
(Gateshead)
Peter Ramage
(Coventry City)

Jonathan Woodgate (smoggies)

PS: Ex-Magpies reserve defender Ben Pollock has signed for Hartlepool United after a successful trial with the League Two side.

18 year-old Ben - son of former footballer Jamie - appeared for 'Pools reserve side in the closing weeks of last season following his release by Newcastle.

Non-League:
Running of the Bulls


Morpeth Town  4  Hereford FC  1 

 

Ronnie Radford, Rickie George, Ellie Goulding, Ronaldo the Bull....your boys took a hell of a beating!

Morpeth Town became the latest Northern League side to leave Wembley Stadium with the FA Vase safely in their possession - the seventh time in eight seasons that silverware has returned to the region.

Despite going behind after 76 seconds, the Highwaymen levelled when 45 year-old Chris Swailes chested the ball home - Hereford having made but missed a trio of excellent chances before then.

It was Morpeth's turn to open the half with a quick goal through Luke Carr and the Bulls were unable to recover from that setback.  

Further strikes from Sean Taylor and substitute Shaun Bell sealed a deserved victory for Town, with former Newcastle junior Ben Sayer outstanding in midfield. 

As well as the cup, Morpeth will receive a £25,000 cheque - and the grateful thanks of the Geordie Nation for belatedly righting the wrongs of 1972.

In the other final staged at Wembley, FC Halifax beat Grimsby Town 1-0 to lift the FA Trophy, despite relegated Halifax being two divisions lower than promoted Grimsby next season.

The Borrowers:
Losers  
 
Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille): 
OM concluded their season with a 2-4 defeat to PSG in the French Cup Final at the Stade De France


Paris took an early lead only for Thauvin to quickly equalise but OM then conceded three goals before netting their second in the closing stages.

Watch Thauvin's goal here (via youtube)

Thauvin started the game and lasted 81 minutes, while Cabella was introduced from the bench on the hour.

The scoreline saw PSG retain their title and equal the record ten final victories Marseille had attained.

Formal confirmation of Cabella and Thauvin's fate is awaited, with Cabella set to join Marseille permanently for an undisclosed, pre-agreed fee after making a set number of appearances this season.

Thauvin meanwhile will head back to Tyneside with four years of his contract remaining, amid claims from his agent that a further loan to France next season is in the offing - either to OM or another club. 

Misfits @ Marseille 2015/16 (all competitions):

Cabella: 41 appearances (36 starts), 6 goals

Thauvin: 20 appearances (13 starts), 4 goals

Unlikely lad:
Old boy defies Bairns 


 

While Alan Pardew's rug-cutting escapades were rightly ridiculed at the weekend, another boss with Gallowgate connections was also making shapes on the touchline while watching his latest team.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark went into Sunday's SPFL playoff second leg against Falkirk knowing he was just 90 minutes away from seeing his side end a 23 year stay in the top flight with relegation.

However Killie turned around a 0-1 first leg deficit in spectacular style at Rugby Park, striking twice in the first ten minutes then adding two more in a 4-0 success for only Clark's third win in fifteen games. 

The relief of pulling off a great escape saw the former Magpie midfielder sprint down the touchline after stealing a scarf from a fan, before draping it across the shoulders of an unimpressed policewoman.        

Magic Weekend:
Egg chaser update




Saturday and Sunday saw St. James' Park play host to the Rugby League Magic Weekend
for the second successive year,
with six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides staged. 

Having set a new attendance record in 2015 when 67,788 fans were present, a total of 68,276 turned out this time (39,331 Saturday & 28,945 Sunday). 

Among the teams in action were Widnes Vikings, who reprised their charity replica shirt initiative and added a further £40,000 to the £20,000 donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
last year - a grand effort.

2016 scores:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford Red Devils 18-12 Widnes Vikings
Warrington Wolves 14-34 Castleford Tigers
Leeds Rhinos 8-40 Wigan Warriors

Sun 22.05.2016:
Wakefield Wildcats 25-24 Catalans Dragons
St Helens 20-48 Huddersfield Giants
Hull FC 28-16 Hull Kingston Rovers

Championship:
Arch rivals 


Confirmation of the final two sides that will compete in the Championship along with Newcastle next season will come at Wembley this weekend. 

Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City face off on Saturday for a place in the Premier League, with the losers remaining in the second tier.

And the following day sees Millwall and Barnsley do battle at the National Stadium, with the winner ascending to the second tier.


On-loan Magpies forward Ivan Toney is set for his second Wembley outing this year, having featured for Barnsley when they beat Oxford United in the Football League Trophy Final back in April.  

Hopefully he can inspire The Tykes to what would a third victory over The Lions this season -  keeping them and their lunatic followers well away from us. 

Academy:
Steel City date for 
Toon youngsters 


Newcastle are to compete in the U16 section of this year's Youdan Trophy - an annual youth tournament staged in the city of Sheffield.

The Magpies will face Charlton Athletic, Seattle Sounders from the USA and Zimbabwe's Friendly Academy in the group stage of the sixteen team event staged between August 1st and 5th.

U16 games will be 30 minutes each way.

Soccer Sevens:
Hong gone

 

Thanks to Chancy Cooke for the photo

 

A Newcastle U21 squad were in Hong Kong at the weekend, making a fifth successive appearance at the annual sixteen team Hong Kong Soccer Sevens

However their hopes of lifting silverware vanished on Sunday, after successive defeats at the knockout stage saw them eliminated from the Cup competition and then fail to advance in the runner's up shield. 

United began Saturday's group stage campaign with a 1-0 win over Hong Kong FC thanks to Sean Longstaff.

Another local side then provided the opposition in the shape of Kitchee and the Magpies won that 2-1, despite Michael Newberry's third minute dismissal.

Magpies captain Dan Barlaser put the six men ahead before half time and Longstaff doubled the lead before Kitchee halved the deficit in the closing seconds. 

Peter Beardsley's side concluded their Group A games with a 0-1 defeat by Aston Villa that was enough to see the Villans win the group.

With games increasing to 20 minute duration (the group stage fixtures were seven minutes each way)
Newcastle faced Koreans FC Seoul in the last eight.

However that ended in a 2-4 loss with Jamie Holmes grabbing a brace, United dropping into the Shield section of the competition as a consequence.

Their Semi-Final tie against Eastern Sports Club then went the way of the opposition, goals from Jack Hunter and Holmes again pulling United level at 2-2 - only for the Hong Kong-based side to to make it 3-2 with the last kick of the match. 

Squad:
Ben Smith, Michael Newberry, Liam Gibson, Jack Hunter, Callum Williams, Dan Ward, Jamie Holmes, Sean Longstaff, Luke Charman, Dan Barlaser.

PS: Wallsend Boys Club were again representing the region in the eight team Masters section of the Tournament for players aged 35 and over.

Kicking off with a 2-0 win over Singapore Cricket Club Tigers, they then beat Kitchee Vets 1-0 before taking on liquids to combat dehydration - ending up in the company of former Magpie Terry McDermott.

Suitably refreshed, Saturday saw Wallsend make it three wins out of three with a 1-0 win over Yau Yee League Masters; adopted Geordie Daniel McBreen keeping up his record of scoring in every game. 

Despite McBreen netting in their next game against Citibank, Wallsend lost 1-2 and then exited from the competition at the Semi Final stage, following a 0-2 defeat by USRC.

Old boy recovering:
Ginola: better news

After almost 24 hours of confusion regarding the well-being or otherwise of former Newcastle player David Ginola, it's now been established that he's undergone a quadruple heart bypass procedure. 

The 49 year-old was airlifted to hospital in Monaco on Thursday after collapsing during a celebrity match and underwent a three hour operation overnight.

French news outlets carried quotes from the surgeon in question, who confirmed that Ginola was conscious and expected to make a full recovery.

And the man himself (or his representative) posted an update online later, thanking people for their wishes and saying, "life is good". 

2016/17:
United Ireland?

Friday's Chronicle claims that Newcastle's pre-season itinerary may include a visit to Ireland, with possible games in Scotland and mainland Europe - but no repeat of the global treks of 2014 and 2015.    

Confirmation won't be forthcoming until after the managerial situation is resolved, but if accurate, the plan will mirrors preparations for our last season of second tier football, in 2009.  

That saw United stage a training camp at Carton House near Dublin - a venue selected by Alan Shearer and assistant Iain Dowie while the pair were in charge of first team matters, but in the event overseen by hastily-appointed interim boss Chris Hughton.

That trip ended with a game against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin before visits to Darlington, Huddersfield, Leyton Orient (infamously) and Dundee United. 

United then returned to Carton House ahead of the 2010/11 season but didn't play any games in Ireland that time, instead arranging friendlies at Carlisle, Norwich, Rangers and Deportivo La Coruna. 

However we understand that there's no prospect of Newcastle returning to Ibrox this pre-season.

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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

 

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 Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide
here

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here


Fixtures:

Wed 22.06.2016 Championship fixtures published @ 9am.

Tue 28.06.2016 


Championship starts on Sat 06.08.2016
Championship ends on Sat 06.05.2017

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

League Cup:
United enter in Round 1* - draw date tbc 
(Ties played w/c Mon 08.08.2016)
League Cup Final: Sun 26.02.2017

* A bye to Round 2 is possible - tbc.

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc
(Ties played in early January 2017)
FA Cup Final: Sat 27.04.2017

Metro line closures 2016:

Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016 From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways. 

Geordie in Europe!

Having conquered Portugal and Spain, Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run is now in France, en route to Turkey on the 2016 part of his planned global charity trek.

A 3,400 mile route via Andorra, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece will take him to Istanbul on Monday August 8th.

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.

Finishing the fourth part of his challenge will take him past the halfway point in a 20,000 mile route that encompasses 24 countries across four continents.

Donations can be made online here and Mark's progress monitored online here


 

International Magpies
National Service
Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 
Finals

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
B:
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
C:
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
D:
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
E:
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
F:
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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...




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

On This Day in History
25th May


Born Or Died:

1896 Death of James Logan, 25.
(1895-96)
 

Centre forward Jimmy died after contracting pneumonia in early April of the same year, as a consequence of playing for his then-current side, Loughborough Town.

Facing Newton Heath (later to become Manchester United) at their Bank Street ground, Logan & Co. were forced to play in their own clothes, after Town's playing kit went missing. 

On a rainy afternoon, The Luffs lost 0-2 and were then forced to travel home in their soaking clothes. 

Logan caught a cold as a result and although he recovered sufficiently to play again later that season, the Scottish international suffered a relapse and died. 

His last resting place is an unmarked grave in Loughborough Cemetery - and a road in the town is earmarked to be named James Logan Way when redeveloped.

1925 John Newton born, Bishop Auckland.
(1944-46)

Wing half Jackie failed to make the grade at SJP but moved on to Hartlepools United, where he played for over a decade, making over 350 appearances.

Newton netted for 'Pools in their epic FA Cup 3rd round tie of January 1957 when they hosted Manchester United's Busby Babes and fought back from a 0-3 deficit back to 3-3, only to be beaten by a late winner.

17,264 were present at the Victoria Ground, which remains their record attendance.

Jackie later played for Ashington, before returning to live in the Durham village of Willington.

1985 Demba Ba born, Sevres, France.
(2011-13)

Paris-born striker who played youth football for various minor French sides before trying his luck in England with Barnsley and Watford - although no long-term deal was forthcoming from either trial.

Joining French side Rouen in 2005, Demba moved on to Belgian outfit Mouscron the following year - and in an eventful twelve months broke his leg but recovered to find form in front of goal and was called up by Senegal for international duty.

Signing for Germans Hoffenheim at a cost of £2.5m in 2007, he helped the unfashionable side into the Bundesliga and continued to find the net with regularity.

Hitting a hat trick against Stuttgart in early 2009, a deal was then agreed that summer for him to join Liverpool, only for medical reports to scupper the move (a new deal until 2013 at Hoffenheim followed).  

January 2011 saw Ba move to West Ham after a proposed deal to join Stoke City also collapsed on medical grounds, after doubts were again raised over an old knee injury.  

Looking to force through a move to England, Ba refused to attend Hoffenheim's winter training camp and flew to London.

While at the Boleyn he managed seven goals in ten league starts plus two sub outings but failed to prevent their relegation - and then exercised a contractual option to leave on a free transfer. Being racially abused by a fan at their end of season dinner didn't improve his chances of staying put....  

Appearing at SJP in June 2011 for contract negotiations and a medical, Ba put pen to paper on a three year deal that wa claimed to have actually cost Newcastle £5m in various agent related "expenses".

And after a sluggish start, he burst into life with a hat trick against Blackburn Rovers at SJP in his sixth competitive outing.

The goals kept on flowing and after a second treble (at Stoke, of all places), Ba signed off with a fine strike at home to Manchester United in the first game of 2012 - before heading off for African Nations Cup duty with Senegal, having netted 15 times.

Returning with national team strike partner Papiss Cisse to United, Ba picked up where he'd left off with the opener against Villa.

However our new number 9 then hogged the goalscoring glory for the rest of that season - Ba enduring a fourteen game scoreless run, although he supplied various assists from a wide role he disliked.

After a close season of departure rumours sparked by Harry Redknapp's revelation of a £7.5m buyout clause, Ba was restored to a central striking role and scored 13 times in just 20 Premier League appearances.

As the January 2013 transfer window drew nearer though, hopes that he would agree a new deal to remain a Magpie receded and  what proved to be his final outing saw Ba net twice in a 3-7 defeat at Arsenal.

Withdrawn from the squad hours before the home meeting with Everton on January 2nd after news of his negotiations with Chelsea was confirmed, Ba moved to Stamford Bridge and promptly netted twice on his debut.

However he endured a painful return to SJP a month later, when a stray boot from Fabricio Coloccini broke his nose and saw him substituted before half time in a thrilling game that United won 3-2.

Failing to become a regular starter under Jose Mourinho, unconvincing claims of a return to Tyneside surfaced in the press, but Demba continued to find the net on those occasions he got some pitch time.   

And Newcastle fans would chant his name again, at Anfield in May 2014, reminding the Liverpool faithful of the goal that effectively ended their title hopes when Steven Gerrard had slipped over and allow Ba to race away to score two weeks earlier.

That goal proved to be his fourteenth and last for Chelsea and he joined Turkish side Besiktas for claimed £4.7m in July 2014 - debuting in the unlikely surroundings of Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose ground in a friendly against German side Mainz. 

24 goals in his first season included five in the Europa League, but Besiktas failed to end their wait for a title and could only finish in third place behind champions Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.

In June 2015 Ba joined Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua on a three-year deal, scoring 13 times in his first 21 league and cup appearances.

1986 Yoan Gouffran born, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France. (2013-present)

The third arrival at Gallowgate from France during the January 2013 transfer window, striker Gouffran had played at SJP some three months earlier in a Europa League tie that Bordeaux lost 0-3. 

Joining Bordeaux from Caen at a cost of €6.5m in 2008, Yoann was in the final six months of his contract when United made their move after losing out to QPR in their attempt to sign Loic Remy from Marseille.

Able to play as a central striker or in a wide role, the former France U21 international had scored 12 goals in the first half of the season when moving to Newcastle in a deal claimed to be between £1.5m and £2.1m. 

Goals at Spurs, West Bromwich Albion and vitally, QPR plus a number of industrious performances saw fans warm to Yoan, although issues in adjusting to the pace of the Premier League saw him routinely substituted during games.

Gouffran's second season as a Magpie saw him net six times in the Premier League plus once in the Capital One Cup. 

However, a noticeable downturn in form followed Yohan Cabaye's exit in January 2014 and he remained out on the flanks for the rest of the campaign - despite United's chronic lack of goals.

His lack of form continued into the 2014/15 campaign when he netted just twice in 33 appearances, eight from the bench. 

And Yoan's contribution to our relegation season was negligible with the last of nine outings in league and cup coming before the arrival of Rafa Benitez in March 2016.
 

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
71 18 11 1     5 1 1       77 19 12

 

  
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What Else?

1909 BFC Preussen (Germany) (a)
2-1
2-1)
Friendly 
Shepherd (
1-1), Mills tbc pen (25)
Dutton (
0-1)
Crowd tbc
 
After four friendly games in Denmark, reigning First Division Champions Newcastle concluded their season in the German city of Berlin.

Home forward Edwin Dutton opened the scoring and the German-born son of an English father would later join United, but never made his senior competitive debut.

Crown Prince Wilhelm - a keen Preussen supporter - and his Princess attended the evening kickoff, arriving by car.

Venue was the Germania Sports Park in the southern part of the city, near to where Templehof Airport was later built.

1924 Barcelona (Spain) (a)
1-0 
(?-?)
Friendly
Keating
Crowd tbc 
A second success over the hosts in 24 hours at Camp de Les Corts ended United's nine game tour of Spain.

Team: Fraser, Russell, Hudspeth, Mooney, Spencer, Gibson, Mitchell, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, Seymour.

1940 Blackpool (a)
2-0
(1-0)
Wartime
Cairns, Gordon
7,800
This victory at Bloomfield Road ensured that Newcastle qualified for the semi-finals of the League War Cup - where they would be eliminated by Blackburn Rovers.

1942 sunderland (h)
2-2
(2-0)
Wartime
Short(pen), Walker
Slack, Ireland
5,000
Gateshead-born John Short netted from the spot for the home side, one of 35 goals the Leeds United player scored in wartime games whilst guesting for the Magpies.

1955 Wacker & Hertha (Germany) (a)
3-2 
(2-1)
Friendly 
Milburn 2, Keeble
scorers tbc 
15,000

1960 Espanyol (Spain) (a)
5-2 
(4-1)
Friendly 
White 2, Allchurch 2, Eastham
Kubala, scorer tbc
40,000
Victory for United in the Estadi de Sarrià.

Team: Harvey, Keith, Stokoe, McMichael, Scoular, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Luke.

1967
Former Magpie Ronnie Simpson helped Celtic to European Cup success, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon.

1983 Select XI Thailand (a) 3-0 
Friendly 
McDermott (
1-0, 71), Keegan(2-0)
10,000
The fourth game of United's end of season visit to Asia was played in the Thai town of Lop Buri.

1985 Newcastle's Chris Waddle won his fourth full cap for England, replacing future Magpie John Barnes in a 0-1 defeat by Scotland at Hampden Park.

1985 New Zealand FA (a)
3-2 
(1-0)
Friendly 
McDonald(12,46), Reilly(89) 
Walker(77), og(Clarke)(80) 
4,400
The last of our four meetings with the "All Whites" took place at the Mount Smart Stadium in the Penrose suburb of Auckland.

NUFC: Kelly, Brown, Clarke, Roeder, Saunders, Anderson (Gascoigne), Megson, Haddock (McCreery), McDonald, Beardsley, Reilly.

1986 There was a first victory for Jack Charlton as Republic of Ireland boss, as his side beat hosts Iceland 2-1 in a friendly match staged in Reykjavik.

The Irish side included Newcastle's John Anderson, along with two future Magpie coaches - Tony Galvin (assistant to Ossie Ardiles) and Chris Hughton. 

1998 Charlton v mackems  
4-4
aet, 3-3 (1-0)

Division One Playoff  Final


Peytar Reid's mackems had looked en route to a Premiership return at Wembley, until the Addicks found late equalisers in both normal time and then the added half hour.


*&#?*&@*!

Former/future Magpie Lee Clark was then subbed before the game was resolved on penalties, with 'keeper Sasa Ilic equal to a weak effort from the odious Michael Gray.


Sasa celebrates his MBE -
mackem beating effort...

There was to be a sting in the tail though, as this proved to the final appearance that Lionel Perez made for the mackems - ending his time at the club by picking the ball out of his net eleven times in all.

His next club? Newcastle on a free transfer. And they said Kenny Dalglish had no sense of humour.... 

2001
Goalkeeper Steve Harper agreed a new four year contract at SJP, commenting:

"I am delighted to have agreed a new contract with Newcastle United. Nothing quite beats playing in front of a full house at St James' Park, and I hope to get a chance to stake my claim for a first-team place when the pre-season friendly matches come around in July and then it will be up to the manager."

2002 The Republic of Ireland played their final World Cup warm-up match, beating "J" League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Magpies duo Andy O'Brien and Shay Given featured. 

2003 Sir Bobby Robson took to the airwaves to defend his new signing Lee Bowyer, confirming to Radio5 listeners that he'd not taken the decision to sign him lightly:  

"We had to give it an awful lot of consideration. I've met the boy, I've met his girlfriend and I was very warmed by both of them.

"Lee knows that he made an error, but he needs a second chance. He is obviously aware of what happened, but that's in the past.

"We feel that we can support him and give him guidance. We have a lot of fine players at Newcastle, we have a good squad, we have a lot of good characters and we just think that, once he settles into our situation, he'll turn out to be a fine pro and a fine boy.

"I'm very confident about that. We did wrestle. We knew there was a slight problem in that sense with Lee Bowyer, but the past is the past.

"The boy needs a chance. Many other clubs would have given him that chance, but we've given it to him and I'm sure that the boy will respond and he will be very pleased to be at Newcastle United, and I think that he will have a good long career with us."

Well, he certainly got the wrestle bit right.....

2007 Sir John Hall spoke publicly after having sold Cameron Halls' stake in Newcastle United to Mike Ashley:

"We've a had a few people come to us - quite a few - but many of them weren't the right ones for the club.

"I feel basically Mike Ashley and his team - they're the right ones. He'll take us to, in my view, a new dimension.
(see 2009 below...)

"I'm certain he'll be good for the club or I wouldn't have sold to him. I've talked to him enough to be assured they've got the passion for the club as we all have.

"You can't run a club without being attached to it. You can't run a club without feeling for it because it's about people, it's about the passion of the people. He knows the supporters are passionate.

"They've got to go for the rest of the shares. If they get them, I'm sure they'll invest. 

"He's made a takeover bid for the rest of the shares and it's now up to the rest of the directors to decide what to do. Someone like him will probably like control to make the investment."

2009
NUFC MD, Derek Llambias, released this statement the day after relegation: 

"Being relegated from the Premier League is a huge disappointment for everyone involved with Newcastle United.

"We are all hurting and I feel desperately sorry for everyone associated with Newcastle United; for Mike, who has invested heavily in the Club, and for all the supporters who have given the team magnificent backing up and down the country all season long.

"Mike and I will sit down with Alan this week to discuss how the Club moves forward again, and I hope to be able to say more to our supporters later this week."


2014
Having dropped out of his own stag do in Las Vegas following the call-up, Rob Elliot made a senior international bow for Ireland.

The Newcastle 'keeper completed 90 minutes of a 0-0 friendly draw with Turkey in Dublin.


Strip, not stripper

2015 Derby County sacked Steve McClaren after the Rams' disastrous end to the season saw them slip from promotion favourites to eighth and miss out on the playoffs.

One win in nine games after Christmas and just a single success in the final five games followed the emergence of interest in his services from Newcastle - who remained intent on securing him, especially now that compensation was no longer an issue.