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Newcastle  2  West Ham  0

Jonas Gutierrez made one and scored one as he and his team mates managed to find a performance to maintain Newcastle's Premier League status on an emotional day at St. James' Park.

Two second half goals ensured survival, although Hull City's inability to score against Manchester United meant that the score on Tyneside was actually irrelevant.

But it was a nerve-wracking day with United's future in the balance right up to the final few minutes when Gutierrez's deflected shot found the net after Vurnon Anita had made a mess of a seemingly unmissable chance.

Thankfully that didn't prove costly as the visitors and soon-to-be-deposed manager Sam Allardyce, failed to punish a nervous Newcastle who were backed by a noisy but united following.


Folk had managed to suspend their anger and frustration from the previous games to give whole-hearted support to the side and it paid off, visibly lifting the side at times and creating a positive atmosphere.

That started from the very first whistle when John Carver's side won the ball from the kick-off and set up an early attack that almost saw Emmanuel Riviere net at the Leazes end but he hit his shot across the goal.


Fans had seen owner Mike Ashley give a rare pre-match interview to Sky (see below) that was screened live in the concourses and although the timing and content were both questionable, it confirmed that all the players and staff were focussed on securing the all-important victory.

Carver had reinstalled Mike Williamson back into the centre of defence after the relationship had seemed broken following Williamson's dismissal at Leicester.

Vurnon Anita replaced Ryan Taylor in midfield and Ayoze Perez was dropped to the bench to make way for Papiss Cisse.

But it was Anita who bust a gut to win back possession time after time who did much to engineer the win and fittingly Gutierrez also worked his err... backside... off to become the matchwinner after his own personal fightback.

But hearts were in mouths after just three minutes when Williamson put in a challenge that sent Enner Valencia tumbling but referee Martin Atkinson waved away some half-hearted appeals.

Riviere volleyed into
the side-netting in the sixth minute with an acrobatic effort but once Daryl Janmaat and Gutierrez failed to hit the target from distance the positive start began to wane.

News of two disallowed Hull goals started to filter through and the game and crowd became tangibly edgy.

Stewart Downing looked suspiciously offside in the 24th minute but happily wasted a good chance to give the Hammers th
e lead which Tim Krul smothered.


United started the second half brightly again and somehow Riviere failed to make contact from six yards out after Janmaat had laid the ball on a plate for him.

But just three minutyes later the vital breakthrough came when Jonas put over a cross that Moussa Sissoko gleefuly headed past Adrian and sent St. James' Park into ecstasy.

Sissoko crossed for Cisse but his header was blocked and Fabricio Coloccini volleyed wide as Carver's side searched for a second while Winston Reid headed narrowly over at the other end.

Then came the moment when Anita's endeavours should have paid off, breaking at pace with three colleagues with just the 'keeper to beat. But his pass was weak and Adrian intercepted as the whole ground groaned is disbelief.

But then came the moment when Gutierrez wrote his name in Geordie folklore with a shot from the left that deflected off Carl Jenkinson, wrong-footing his 'keeper and sparking wild celebrations, including from the goalscorer who ran bare-chested to the dugout.

Like Sissoko, he was booked but that mattered not a jot as this time a favourable deflection had secured our status, unlike Damien Duff's that sent us down exactly six years ago.

The remaining minutes flew by without incident and although they were playing seven minutes of added time at the KC Stadium, the final whistle blown by Atkinson signalled survival.

Some celebrations followed but the feeling of relief was the main emotion and although some fans stayed to voice their anger, the ground quickly emptied and the players failed to come back out.

A suitably confusing mixture of emotions that will no doubt continue into the close season. Ashley's pre-match words were similarly contradictory and ill-timed but they will be constantly referred back to as Lee Charnley & Co get to work on bringing in the staff and players required to "win something".

The three points meant United finished 15th, ahead of the mackems and Aston Villa who were both beaten on the final day of the season, while Hull join Burnley and QPR in the Championship next season.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita (Gouffran 88), Colback, Gutierrez, Riviere, Cisse.
Subs n/u: Woodman, R.Taylor, Ameobi, Cabella, De Jong, Perez.

Booked: Sissoko, Gutierrez.

Goals: Sissoko 54, Gutierrez 85.
WHUFC: Adrian, Jenkinson, Burke (Tomkins 69), Reid, Cresswell, Song, Nolan, Kouyate (Lee* 77), Downing, Valencia (Amalfitano 63), Cole.
(* Substitute Elliott Lee is son of former Magpie, Robert)
Subs n/u: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Jarvis, Nene.

Booked: Amalfitano.

Crowd: 52,094.

Referee: Martin Atkinson - a fifth outing for the whistler from Yorkshire, after the 0-2 home loss to Manchester City, 1-0 win over Leicester City at SJP and 2-1 home success against Chelsea (when Steven Taylor was red carded. Most recently, Atkinson was in charge of our 0-3 defeat at Everton, sending off Fabricio Coloccini.

Final Premier League results:

Sun 24.05.2015: 
Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley
Chelsea 3-1 mackems
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City
Everton 0-1 Spurs
Hull City 0-0 Manchester United
Leicester City 5-1 QPR
Manchester City 2-0 Southampton
Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham
Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool

Premier League - bottom six:
Pos Team Pld GD Pts
15 Newcastle  38  -23  39
16 mackems  38  -22  38
17 Aston Villa  38  -26  38
18 Hull City 38  -18  35
19 Burnley  38  -25  33
20 QPR  38  -31  30


John Carver said after the game:


"I didn't know Mike even did an interview beforehand - I didn't see it, but that's the step that we might be taking to bring this football club together, because it has to be one, it has to be one for us to be successful.

"We can't afford to get ourselves in this situation ever again. We all know we have made mistakes, everybody, and we have admitted those mistakes.

"This is a big summer now and I have had assurances that we are going to spend money, so the fans can now go away, have their summer holidays, look forward to players coming through the door, but also look forward to that fixture list coming through.

"It feels like you have just won the cup, that's what it feels like. I actually sit here now feeling like I have won the cup, and wouldn't it be great in the future to be sitting here having won a cup?

"Now I know Mike has come out and said he wants to win things and he is going nowhere. Well that's a good thing, that's a good thing as long as we get everybody together, Mike,
(managing director) Lee (Charnley), myself, whoever it is - me, because I want this job, by the way, so there's another story for you.

"I am not going anywhere unless they tell me I am going somewhere else, but I want this job."

Ex-Magpie boss Sam Allardyce confirmed this was his last game in charge of the Hammers:

"I thought it was time to leave, I thought it was the right time to leave. For me, four years is a long enough spell. You don't want to over-stay your welcome and like I said, you have to commit your whole life to being a Premier League manager.

"You are under scrutiny all the time and you have to be totally obsessed with the job to get it right, and particularly your family, you have to ignore that side. They worry for you, they support you. They are down when you're down, they're up when you're up, so it does become a bit of a strain on them, particularly your wide, so it's time to have that break.

"It's leaving on a high for me - not a high today the way we performed in the second half - but leaving on a high, and walking away from a football club that has achieved so much in the last four seasons is something I am very proud of."



Hammers in Toon - PL era:

2014/15: Won 2-0 Sissoko, Gutierrez
2013/14: Drew 0-0
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2010/11: Won 5-0 Best 3, Nolan, Lovenkrands
2008/09: Drew 2-2 Owen, Carroll
2007/08: Won 3-1 Viduka 2, N'Zogbia
2006/07: Drew 2-2 Milner, Solano
2005/06: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Won 4-0 LuaLua 2, Shearer, Solano
2001/02: Won 3-1 Shearer, LuaLua, Robert
2000/01: Won 2-1 Cort, Solano

1999/00: Drew 2-2 Dabizas, Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
1995/96: Won 3-0 Albert, Asprilla, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 2-0 Clark, Kitson
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole 2

Closing home game results - PL era:

2014/15 West Ham won 2-0
2013/14 Cardiff City won 3-0
Arsenal lost 0-1
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Brom drew 3-3
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
Chelsea drew 1-1
2003/04 Wolves drew 1-1
2002/03 Birmingham City won 1-0
2001/02 West Ham won 3-1
2000/01 Aston Villa won 3-0
1999/00 Arsenal won 4-2
Blackburn drew 1-1
1997/98 Chelsea won 3-1
1996/97 Nottingham Forest won 5-0
Spurs drew 1-1
1994/95 Crystal Palace won 3-2
1993/94 Arsenal won 2-0


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Ashley speaks....

Speaking live on Sky ten minutes before kick-off, Mike Ashley spoke to reporter David Craig:


"I didn’t anticipate we would be anywhere near this situation. After the last couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked about where we find ourselves today," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

Asked where the responsibility for the slump down the table lies, he said: "At my door."

"I will continue the policy of investing in the football club. We’ve got the club on a very sound financial footing. So we are able to spend, and punch above our weight."

“Now it’s to win something – and by the way, I won't be selling it until I do. Not at any price. And when I say win something, if we ever get in a position where we get a Champions League place, that also qualifies as winning something.

”From this day forward, we will definitely be making our own luck. To be categorically clear, I'm not going anywhere until we win something."

The Borrowers:
Nearing the money shot 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Despite losing 1-0 in the second leg on Saturday, Rangers advanced to the SPL playoff final thanks to an aggregate 2-1 semi-final win over Hibernian. 

Vuckic started and picked up a booking before he was replaced after 74 minutes at Easter Road. Rangers face Motherwell for a place in next seasons' top flight, facing the Steelmen at Ibrox on Thursday and then at Fir Park on Sunday week, May 31st.

Don't forget that promotion for Rangers would see the loan fee payable to Newcastle increase by £500K.

Thursday saw Kevin Mbabu play the second 45 minutes for Rangers U20s in the Scottish FA Youth Cup Final at Hampden. However he was unable to prevent a 2-5 defeat at the hands of deadly rivals, Celtic. 

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
A calf strain saw the midfielder miss his side's season closing 1-2 defeat at St. Etienne on Saturday night.

Marveaux ends his year at Guingamp having made 33 appearances in all competitions and scored three times.

A breath of French air 

United are one of twelve teams currently contesting the Tournoi International de Football U17 in the French town of Saint-Andre-Lez-Lille.

The nineteenth staging of this annual three day event saw the young Magpies draw 0-0 with FC Copenhagen on Friday before another scoreless encounter with Dynamo Moscow. Matches are played over two 20 minute halves.

Sunday then saw Newcastle face FC Porto, securing a 1-0 victory over the Portuguese side thanks to a Callum Smith goal, to seal their place in the semi-finals.

Squad: Ben Pollock, Jamie Holmes, Owen Bailey, Yannick Azoakonou, Callum Smith, Ben Kitchen, Mackenzie Heaney, Shane Donaghey, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Nathan Harker, Kurtis Russell, Kieran Olsen, Oliver Long, Kelland Watts, Cameron Armstrong, Jai Grant.

PS: A Magpies U14/15 squad is in France, where they are participating in a tournament near Lyon.

Thames oil slick

The Selhurst special one has granted ESPN an audience - here's what they asked and he answered:

ESPN: How do you rate your season with both Newcastle and Palace?

AP: I think it is my best season as a manager. I say that because I've had two such different challenges over the course of this campaign. At Newcastle, I had a team at the bottom of the table with a crowd that was very angry at what had gone on at the club for a period of time. I suspect it will be difficult for me to top this season in the future.

(We were tenth on the day that Pardew left)

ESPN: What emotions will you feel if Newcastle are relegated from the Premier League on Sunday?

AP: I want them to stay up, of course I do. They are my players, my staff, a club that means a lot to me and always will. I hope they get the win they need and then they won't have to worry about any other result.

ESPN: Does it frustrate you that your five years at Newcastle are remembered by some for the wrong reasons?

AP: Amid all the negativity at Newcastle, we achieved some great things. Finishing fifth in the Premier League with a great team was a fine effort and we also got to the quarter finals of the Europa League and nearly got past a Benfica side that went to the final. They were great days, great nights at St James' Park and I remember them with affection. Maybe they are forgotten too quickly

(let's recall also your fine efforts in finishing 12th, 16th and 10th and losing four out of five FA Cup ties)

ESPN: You still appear to have great affection for Newcastle despite the campaign by fans to get you out of the club. Is that fair to say?

AP: I didn't listen to half of the criticism I received. I just didn't let it enter my brain. It affects people around me, but it was my job to see through that. When you are in charge of a top club, where expectations are high you have to deal with that. 

I look at Rafa Benitez in his time at Liverpool, he had difficult periods and the same goes for Brendan Rodgers in the same job now. 

These difficult periods come and you have to accept that. I did as well as I could at Newcastle.

(Ah yes, the unrealistic expectations of NUFC fans - how dare we expect a team - and a club - to actually try? And as for comparisons with Liverpool, just laughable, we have more in common with Tranmere.....)

ESPN: Was there ever a time at Newcastle when you doubted yourself as a manager?

AP: No. If I doubted myself, we would never have gone on the run we did shortly before I left. You always have to have faith in your own abilities and that has to be evident to your players.

ESPN: What did you learn from what appeared to be a traumatic experience at Newcastle?

AP: It helped me to grow as a manager because there were a lot of games at Newcastle when I was the dominant force, the focus of attention. You don't have that kind of focus at a lot of clubs, so I learned how to ram that home. I also developed a habit of beating the top teams at Newcastle and thankfully, that has continued at Palace.

ESPN: Have you been given the credit you deserve over the course of your management career?

AP: That is for other people to say. All I can point to are the facts. If we win on Sunday, I will have collected 57 points from 37 games this season. That is a hell of a return over the two clubs given the resources I was working with. During my 18 games at Palace, we are the sixth best team in the league. The facts speak for themselves.

ESPN: Where do you want to take Crystal Palace during your time as the club's manager?

AP: There is a chance here in the next couple of years to have a real go at getting ourselves into a semifinal or a final of a cup competition and maybe even win a cup, that would be fantastic. We could get into Europe as well, of course we could.

Work up a song and dance routine Alan and you'll win the bloody Eurovision Song Contest - perhaps a rewrite of the Cliff Richard ditty, "(Self) Congratulations"? Trying telling those Newcastle fans who witnessed the capitulations to Stevenage, Brighton (twice) and Cardiff just what your definition of "a real go" is.....

ESPN: You were critical of the Europa League competition during your time at Newcastle, so would you want to be in that again with Palace?

AP: I would not want to be the Europa League in the current format, that's for sure. Thursday night games are difficult to contend with given the level of physicality we deal with in the Premier League. We struggled with it at Newcastle and we were not alone in that among the English clubs. Until that issue is addressed, no Premier League team wants to be in the Europa League. That's the reality, even if some don't want to admit it.

ESPN: Looking to this summer's transfer market, what teams do you see Palace competing with to sign players?

AP: Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton and maybe even Spurs. While we cannot compete with some of those clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they are also in the market for. If we could add that kind of quality of player to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.

ESPN: There has been a lot of talk about agents and the tactics they use in recent days following Raheem Sterling's fallout with Liverpool. How do you deal with agents?

AP: I always ask two questions when we are closing in on a deal: What currency are we dealing in and how many people are expecting to get paid as part of this transfer? I have had situations in the past when you are close to signing a player and the money involved switches from euros to pounds to dollars. It is a difficult process, but one we have to work with.

What tripe is this? The nearest you came to closing in on a deal was getting a phone call to say it had or hadn't happened - part of the reason you left NUFC.

ESPN: If you fall out with an agent, can you just cross them off your list and vow never to work with them again?

AP: Not really. If you've had a bad experience with an agent, you have to move past it. You are bound to want a player at some stage who is represented by this guy and you will have to try to work around the personality of the agent. You tend to work out what makes them tick, what they respond to. You have to have tactical plans to get a deal over the line. 

It had to be there, the phrase that pays - only in its abbreviated form, lacking the preface "we just couldn't get it....."

I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be fully involved in transfers, that's for sure.

At last, something we can agree on. 

Magpie takes flight

From The Shields Gazette, Tuesday:

Relegation-threatened Newcastle United have suffered another blow – with finance director John Irving
(pictured right) set to quit the club.

Long-serving Irving is third in charge behind owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.

And Irving’s departure couldn’t have come at a worse time for the beleaguered club, which could be relegated on the final day of the season and faces a hugely -challenging summer whatever its fate on Sunday.

Irving – who, along with Ashley and Charnley, is on the club’s board – is understood to be leaving for Newcastle Airport, where he will take up a similar position.

He has spent the past seven years at St James’s Park.

David Gilroy, Irving’s assistant, is reportedly leaving for Manchester City.

Toon trio receive 
Lions call-ups 

England's U20 squad for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France includes fit-again Magpie Rolando Aarons

The 19 year-old made a goalscoring international debut against Romania last September before injury forced his omission from a subsequent squad.

England will face Morocco on Thursday May 28th, Ivory Coast two days later, Mexico on Wednesday June 3rd and China on Friday June 5th.

Also selected by England coach Aidy Boothroyd are Birmingham City's Demarai Gray and James Wilson of Manchester United, two players that the Magpies have scouted on numerous occasions this season. 

Fellow Magpie Olivier Kemen wasn't in the French squad.

Moving on to the U18 side and Magpies duo Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong are both included in the squad for a pair of internationals against Russia.

The young Lions will be in friendly action on Monday June 8th and Wednesday June 10th - both games taking place in the city of Khimki near Moscow.


Forthcoming national service for current Magpies:

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015
Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015
Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)

Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015
USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)

Remember when we
wore black & white? 

The horizontal hold has gone - just like the team


This is Ingerlunnd? or Leeds?

Now on sale this is Newcastle's 2015/16 season home shirt - which will be worn against West Ham on Sunday.

The weekend after, Widnes Vikings will play at the same venue wearing a shirt more deserving of the description "black and white stripes" than this aberration. Typical.

With immaculate timing, this appeared online within hours of Wonga unveiling a new website and advertising campaign - featuring a redesigned company logo....
Prince in Toon
 - group offer

Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event next month - and there's a special bonus offer now available to readers.

The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.

Tickets cost £20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for £200 will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin Keegan.

More details and bookings can be made online here (booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956 in office hours will avoid booking fees. 


Former Magpies not retained by their current club for next season include:

Darren Ambrose (Ipswich Town)
Damien Duff
(Melbourne City)
Danny Guthrie (Reading - Fulham loan)
Alan Neilson (Cambridge United coach)
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace)
Ben Tozer (Northampton Town)

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St. James' Park
Sunday 24th May
Match report to follow's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

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

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Tue 26.05.2015 Northern Ireland Milk Cup draw takes place, including NUFC.

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. 

Group A features NUFC, Leicester City, BC Rangers (HK), Singapore Cricket Club.

Squad: Woolston, Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Gilliead, Barlaser Gillesphey, Smith.

2015/16 season:

(First team pre-season fixtures tbc)

Tue 07.07.2015 U21s v Corby Town (h) 
@ Little Benton, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Sat 18.07.2015 U21s v Whitley Bay (h) 
@ Darsley Park, ko tbc. Friendly. BCD tbc.

PL fixture release on Wed 17.06.2015
FL fixture release on Wed 17.06.2015

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

PL starts on Sat 08.08.2015
FL starts on Sat 08.08.2015

FA Cup Round dates:

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

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
NUFC Live on BT Sport:



Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £25 via here (Dunston FC Benefit)

Thu 04.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @
42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW. 
£5 via 07814 717161.

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD.
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, 
9JR. £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, 
NE28 0PN. £15 via Rob on 07538 291227

Rugby League: 

Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)


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:


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.

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.

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 continuing 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 The Reds, only for medical reports to then scupper that move. A new contract 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. 

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. 

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69 12 11 1     4 1 1       74 12 12

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1909 Prossen (Denmark) (a)
Scorers tbc
Scorer tbc
Crowd tbc

1924 Barcelona (Spain) (a)
Crowd tbc 
NUFC: Bradley, Russell, Hudspeth, Mooney, Spencer, Gibson, Mitchell, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, Seymour
BFC: Platko, Sola, Coma, Torralba, Sancho, Elias, Viñals, Blanco, Alcántara, Palo, Sagi
Referee: Vela

1940 Blackpool (a)
Cairns, Gordon
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)
Short(pen), Walker
Slack, Ireland
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)
Milburn 2, Keeble
scorers tbc 

1960 Espanyol (Spain) (a)
White 2, Allchurch 2, Eastham
scorers tbc

1967 At the age of 36, former Magpie Ronnie Simpson (pictured) earned a European Cup Winner's medal as his Celtic side beat Inter Milan, thanks to a 2-1 success in Lisbon.

1983 Select XI Thailand (a) 3-0 
McDermott (
1-0, 71), Keegan(2-0)
The fourth game of United's end of season visit to Asia was played in the central 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)
McDonald(12,46), Reilly(89) 
Walker(77), og(Clarke)(80) 
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  
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.... 

Goalkeeper Steve Harper agreed a new four year contract to remain with the club.

Harper commented: 

"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."

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."

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

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