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Sunk by A. Marriner
Newcastle 0 Arsenal
Brummie-based referee, Andre Marriner, took centre stage at St. James' Park
on Saturday with a card-happy display that dictated the destination of the points.
However, United registered numerous own goals that contributed to their downfall,
not just an inadvertent deflection off Fabricio Coloccini after 52 minutes that
ultimately decided the contest in favour of Arsenal.
But Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his brainless start to his Toon career
with a sixteenth minute dismissal that has looked inevitable since he first
a black and white shirt and instantly took out an opponent.
Unless an optimistic appeal is lodged by United, the Serbian will now miss
league games against West Ham and Watford plus the Capital One Cup visit of
Sheffield Wednesday, returning for the Chelsea game.
Marriner was only too keen to reach for his cards and the role of Francis
Coquelin who spent all day tumbling and rolling around as if he had been
shot, contributed massively to a card count of one red and six yellows.
An ill-disciplined start by Steve McClaren's side saw Moussa Sissoko booked inside the first three minutes for leaving his foot in on Nacho
But the referee looked to be unsighted when Florian Thauvin's clumsily
Bellerin in the box and failed to award the visitors a penalty.
Minutes later the game's turning point came when Mitrovic scraped his studs
down the shin of Coquelin and Marriner swiftly reached for his back pocket to show
the striker a straight red card.
Bookings for Chancel Mbemba and Thauvin swiftly followed as Marriner
threatened to join Trelford Mills and Brian Coddington as Tyneside's least
Theo Walcott should have put the Gunners ahead when he followed up a parried
shot from Alexis Sanchez but skied his close range effort into the Leazes End when it seemed
almost impossible not to hit the target
Walcott also failed to convert a near post cross as the ten men made it to
the break still on level terms, but having only managed one off-target shot
Vurnon Anita was next into the book after receiving a series of warnings
before the break and when an Arsenal player was finally
punished, Marriner also showed Gini Wijnaldum a card - presumably for
Minutes later Arsenal took the lead when Aaron Ramsey's shot was saved by
Tim Krul only for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot that was going wide to hit
the inside of Coloccini's leg and go in via the post.
United defended resolutely for the remainder of the half and despite
bringing on Siem de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez, failed to register a
single shot on target for the second successive game - Petr Cech in the Arsenal
goal not even having a corner to test him.
Krul pulled off some excellent stops, notably from substitute and scourge of
Newcastle, Olivier Giroud who should have got another to finish off the game
but saw his limp lob juggled and caught by the United 'keeper.
Some free-kick opportunities were wasted by the black and whites but a
famous comeback never seemed likely as United's winless start to the Premier
League season was extended to four games - it took eight attempts last season
to register a maximum point return.
As was the case a week earlier, there was no lack of spirit and commitment
from the team, with home fans continuing to offer support - acknowledging if
nothing else that there has been an improvement in our play from last despite
results suggesting otherwise.
The defeat and Saturday's results left us third from bottom with Southampton
likely to leave only the mackems below us.
Full match report and details to follow.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita (Perez 72),
Colback, Sissoko (Cisse 78), Wijnaldum, Thauvin (De Jong 87), Mitrovic.
Subs n/u: Obertan, Tiote, Darlow, Taylor.
Sent off: Mitrovic (16 - violent conduct).
Booked: Sissoko, Mbemba, Thauvin, Anita, Wijnaldum, Coloccini.
AFC: Cech, Bellerin, Paulista, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla,
Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arteta 81), Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott (Giroud 70).
Subs n/u: Debuchy, Gibbs, Ospina, Chambers, Campbell.
Goal: og (Coloccini) 52.
Crowd: 50,388 (50,543 in 2014/15)
Half time saw former Magpie Shola Ameobi introduced on the field as the
latest patron of the Newcastle United Foundation. Other old boys in attendance
at SJP included Andy Cole and Joey Barton for BT Sport.
Colo registered his second OG for the club, the first coming during a 1-3 home
loss to Manchester City on Boxing Day 2010 - that one was at the Leazes End.
Aleksandar Mitrovic became the second United player to be shown a red
card this season following Daryl Janmaat at Swansea City and the sixth in
our last 13 Premier League games (following on from Fabricio Coloccini at
Everton, Moussa Sissoko at Liverpool, Mike Williamson and Janmaat at Leicester
Looking for green shoots, we've improved on our return from last season's
opening four games and also bettered the like for like results in the
2014/15 after four games: 2 points, GD of -6
2015/16 after four games: 2 points, GD of -3
2014/15: 1 point, GD of -3
Southampton (h) lost 1-2
Swansea (a) drew 2-2
Manchester United (a) lost 1-3
(h) lost 1-2
2015/16: 2 points, GD of -3
Southampton (h) drew 2-2
Swansea (a) lost 0-2
Manchester United (a) drew 0-0
(h) lost 0-1
The Gunners now haven't been beaten on Tyneside since Nobby Solano netted
to give us a 1-0 win back in December 2005. Since then we've lost six
and drawn the other four of the ten meetings on Barrack Road.
United are currently in their worst-ever run of form against Arsenal, losing
games in succession since a scoreless draw at Gallowgate in August 2011.
And it's now ten meetings anywhere without a Toon victory since
Andy Carroll struck at the Emirates in November 2010 to secure a single goal
Long-suffering SJP spectators have now seen just two victories in twelve PL
home games during 2015.
Papiss Cisse's substitute
appearance meant that he completed a century of Premier
League appearances for the Magpies (76 starts, 24 as sub, 35 goals).
Five bookings is a relatively common instance for United, but the only
instance we can find of six yellow cards came back in November 2001 in
a 1-3 loss at Fulham.
Whistler Eddie Wolstenholme disciplined Robbie Elliott, Nicos Dabizas,
Laurent Robert, Andy O'Brien, Rob Lee and Alan Shearer at Craven
Cottage that day.
Gunners in Toon - Premier League era:
2015/16: Lost 0-1
2014/15: Lost 1-2 Sissoko
2013/14: Lost 0-1
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2011/12: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Drew 4-4 Barton 2, Best, Tiote
2010/11: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Martins
2007/08: Drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2006/07: Drew 0-0
2005/06: Won 1-0 Solano
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Robert
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Robert (FAC)
2001/02: Lost 0-2
2000/01: Drew 0-0
1999/00: Won 4-2 Speed 2, Shearer, Griffin
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1995/96: Won 2-0 Ginola, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 1-0 Beardsley
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley
Steve McClaren said after the game:
Sissoko had a similar one just before, and that was given a yellow.
"I've seen it over and over (the red card)
- it's come over his head, he's looking at the
ball, there is no intent, there is no maliciousness, it's just coming down
and he's just stamped on his foot.
"It definitely was not dangerous. It was clumsy, but I have seen plenty of
clumsy challenges. Football is a contact sport, it's a physical sport and we
cannot take that away.
"And I don't think any of the tackles - and don't get me wrong, the seven
yellows and red card... It was not a dirty game and we've not kicked them
off the park.
"They were fouls and I think the ref has reacted too harshly with every one
of them - a bit too soon, a bit too rash.
"I hope I can (appeal). No doubt we will lose it."
Arsene Wenger said:
"Honestly during the game, I didn't see it. But I have just seen it again
on television and unfortunately it was a red card. He didn't play the ball
"I think yes, the referee did all right, but Newcastle maybe wanted to stop
us from playing, from moving the ball quickly to stop our game - they tried
that from the start on.
Mitrovic went a bit overboard. It was maybe a bit unlucky as well, I don't
know - did he do it on purpose or not? I don't know.
"I must say that Newcastle decided from the start on to make the game quite
physical, and we had to keep our nerve and not become a little bit
aggressive as well, so I thought we did that well.
"You play away from home 11 against 10, you know that they play 15 yards
deeper. You play 10 against nine in the final third, the crowd is behind
their team - that puts pressure on the referee - and then it's very
difficult. We didn't find the space.
"They defended well - they showed why they didn't concede at Manchester
United as well - and in the end, we are happy to have the three points and
to win 1-0."
Referee: Andre Marriner -
won't be welcomed back on Tyneside any time soon. Varying fortunes last season when the West Midlands whistler took charge of
us: a 1-0 home win over Liverpool, the 0-4 loss at Spurs in the Capital One
Cup and a 1-1 draw at Palace.
This weekend's Premier League results/fixtures:
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 2-2 mackems
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Spurs 0-0 Everton
Southampton v Norwich City (1.30pm) Sky
Swansea v Manchester United (4pm) Sky
If you are in need of some round ball
entertainment on Bank Holiday Monday, then these local non-league fixtures may be of
interest (NB:the North Shields versus Newcastle Benfield game has been called
off as the Robins have an FA Cup replay at Kendal on Tuesday).
Gateshead v Lincoln City (3pm)
Northern Premier League:
Darlington 1883 v Blyth Spartans (3pm)
Northern League Division One:
Ashington v Bedlington Terriers (1pm)
Consett v Durham City (11am)
Shildon v Morpeth Town (Noon)
Northern League Division Two:
Heaton Stannington v Alnwick Town (11am)
Hebburn Town South Shields (11am)
Team Northumbria v Ryton (11am)
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No less than five Magpies have received callups for England at youth
international levels as follows:
Alex Gilliead (U20s):
Mon 07.09.2015 Czech Republic (h) Shrewsbury FR
Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (U19s):Loan:
Fri 04.09.2015 Germany (a) Bergisch Gladbach FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Croatia (a) Zagreb FR
Paul Woolston ( U18s):
Thu 03.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR
Sat 05.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR
Mackenzie Heaney (U17s):
Wed 26.08.2015 Italy (h) Telford FR won 3-0
Mackenzie played the full 90 minutes.
Fri 28.08.2015 Turkey (h) Walsall FR
Starting the game on the bench, Heaney arrived as a 55th minute substitute
with England 2-1 ahead - which was the final score.
England are hosting a four team friendly event that acts as a warm-up for the
European Championship qualifying tournament in Portugal in late September -
the first step on the road to the finals in Azerbaijan next May.
Sun 30.08.2015 Portugal (h) Burton FR
Other youth callups:
Kyle Cameron (Scotland U19):
Wed 02.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR
Fri 04.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR
hands for Heed
third young Newcastle goalkeeper has now left the club on loan, Brendan
Pearson following Freddie Woodman and Paul Woolston out of Gallowgate.
18 year-old Pearson has made the short trip over the Tyne to Gateshead as
cover for Woolston, who is currently on loan to the Tynesiders but absent for
the next three games due to international commitments.
Pearson has moved to the International Stadium on a 28 day youth loan.
Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A second start in OM colours for Remy came on Friday night in a 0-2 loss away to Guingamp
in Ligue 1. He lasted 77 minutes before being replaced.
Ameobi came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining as Cardiff won 2-1
at Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday.
Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Injury meant that Fergie was again missing from the matchday squad as Millwall lost 0-2 at
home to Chesterfield in League One on Saturday.
Woodman (Crawley Town):
Another clean sheet for Freddie as it finished goalless at Wycombe Wanderers
in League Two on Saturday.
Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Pearson didn't feature in the squad as the Heed won 2-0 at
Guiseley in the National League on Saturday, but will now step to
replace reserve custodian and fellow young Magpie Paul Woolston for Monday's
home clash with Lincoln City and the visit to Bromley on Saturday.
Paul Woolston (Gateshead):
Ahead of linking up with England U18s, Wooly was an unused substitute for Saturday's
2-0 win at Guiseley.
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):
Southend United (h) League One, Monday.
Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul,
Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands):
Thu 03.09.2015 Iceland (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Sun 06.09.2015 Turkey (a) Konya ECQ
Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Gibraltar (n) Faro ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Georgia (h) Dublin ECQ
Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo):
Sun 06.09.2015 C.A.R. (a) Bangui ACNQ
Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Faroe Islands (a) Torshavn ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Hungary (h) Belfast ECQ
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
Fri 04.09.2015 Armenia (h) Novi Sad ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR
Moussa Sissoko (France):
Fri 04.09.2015 Portugal (a) Lisbon FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR
PS: There was no place for Papiss Cisse in the Senegal squad for
an African Cup of
Nations qualifier against Namibia, Paul Dummett was
excluded from the Welsh selection to face Cyprus and Israel and Cheick
Tiote missed out Ivory Coast's meeting with Sierra Leone.
to the future
confirmation that away ticket prices for this season's Premier League meetings
between Newcastle and West Ham have been pegged at £25 for adults,
another reciprocal pricing deal has been announced.
Toon fans visiting Watford in January will also now be charged £25 for
admission - with Hornets followers paying the same at Gallowgate in September.
That £25 charge is identical to what Toon followers paid for our last
top-flight game at Vicarage Road - back in May 2007.
(Away concessions for both games will cost £17.50 for over-65s, £15 for
16-19s and £10 for U16s.)
than the rest
Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has a new club, after putting
pen to paper on a one year contract at Championship side Burnley.
Barton - 33 on Tuesday - had been a free agent since his deal at QPR expired in
the summer. However he wasn't involved for the Clarets
on Saturday at Bristol City - visiting SJP instead for BT Sport punditry
An opportunity to remain in the Premier League at West Ham came to nothing in
recent weeks, while a mooted move to Nottingham Forest failed to come about
due to financial restrictions in place at the City Ground.
Capital One Cup:
Newcastle's reward for overcoming League Two
Northampton Town 4-1 in the Capital One Cup Second Round is
another home tie, this time against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
That will take place on Wednesday
September 23rd @ 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes extra time
and penalties if required.
The Owls beat Mansfield Town and Oxford United at Hillsborough to reach Round
Three and the tie sets up a return to SJP for ex-Magpie player and manager
Glenn Roeder, now Wednesday's Director of Football.
Like Northampton, Newcastle have never previously faced Wednesday in this
competition but the sides are no strangers in the FA Cup, with United winning
all but one of the five ties - the last back in 1981.
A second half strike from Ayoze Perez separated the two sides in our most
recent match-up - a friendly fixture in the Steel City back in July 2014.
And a Shola Ameobi effort gave us a 1-0 home win in August 2009 on Wednesday's most recent visit to
Tyneside - a Championship encounter.
Our last exit from the competition at the hands of a lower league side came
back in October 2003, when West Bromwich Albion recorded a 2-1 victory
on Tyneside in a Third Round tie.
Since then our hopes of silverware have been dashed by teams in the same
division as us - with a 2009/10 exit coming from fellow Championship side
Third Round ties are played in the week commencing Monday September 21st,
meaning that Saturday home Premier League games against Watford and Chelsea
will bookend the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.
Third Round ties:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Fulham v Stoke City
Hull City v Swansea City
Leicester City v West Ham
smoggies v Wolves
Preston North End v Bournemouth
Reading v Everton
mackems v Manchester City
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
MK Dons v Southampton
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Spurs v Arsenal
Walsall v Chelsea
Capital One Cup:
he's a jolly
Newcastle 4 Northampton
footage is online here
report is online here
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop,
under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of
the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.
Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up
the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.
SJP Box Office phone: 0844 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
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.
the public face of the Newcastle United
Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.
to the Toon?
City guide here
Geordie Map here
NE guide here
on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for
NUFC ST holders and members.
Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.
Sat 05.09.2015 U18s v Manchester United (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
U21s v Arsenal (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sat 12.09.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a)
@ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.
West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 8pm. Premier League. £25
adults & OAPs, £1 (one pound) U16s, ST holder sale now, 0 points. Live
Sat 19.09.2015 U18s v
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale
now (online), Thu 03.09.2015 (in person / by phone)
U21s v West Ham (a)
@ Rush Green, Romford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sheffield Wednesday (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Third Round.
sale details awaited.
U18s v Liverpool (a)
@ LFC Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket
sale details awaited. Live
U21s v Swansea City (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sat 03.10.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket
sale details awaited.
Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite. £30 including supper.
(Event is in aid
of Wallsend Boys Club and adults only - strictly no children allowed).
Thu 17.09.2015 Football writers Michael Walker & Harry Pearson
in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry.
Thu 01.10.2015 John Beresford (with MC John Gibson) @ Leam Lane Social
Club. £10 including pie & peas. Contact: 07800 770411 firstname.lastname@example.org
(for Felling Magpies)
Fr 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcine, Kevin
Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Capital One Cup Round dates:
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1: w/c 04.01.2016
SF2: w/c 25.01.2016
F: Sun 28.02.2016
FA Cup Round dates:
3rd: w/e of 09.01.2016
4th: w/e of 30.01.2016
5th: w/e of 20.02.2016
6th: w/e of 12.03.2016
SF: Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F: Sat 21.05.2016
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm
Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.
Future live TV picks
should appear thus:
Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm
schemes for NUFC
season ticket holders at both Gateshead FC and Darlington FC won't apply in 2015/16.
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
Update: Mark has
some new T-shirts designs available
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 match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
|On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Peter Withe born, Liverpool.
A £200K signing from Nottingham Forest in August 1978, Withe
arrived to boost the attack as United attempted to bounce back into the
top-flight at the first attempt.
Beginning his career at Southport, Withe's career had taken him to Barrow, Port
Elizabeth City, Arcadia Shepherds (both in South Africa), Wolves, Portland
Timbers (USA), Birmingham City and Forest.
The two seasons he spent on Tyneside resulted in eighth and ninth placed
finishes, but the striker provided many of what highlights there were for
Newcastle fans - and was also wholly responsible for a mini-craze of wearing
Making his debut in a 1-0 home victory over Luton Town, Peter got off the mark
with two goals against Blackburn Rovers at SJP the following month.
And by December 1978, he was forming a little and large partnership with new
arrival Alan Shoulder, a former pitmen who was signed from non-league Blyth
A rare hat trick by a Newcastle player the following April saw Withe torture
Blackburn again in a 3-1 victory at Ewood Park.
The following season though contained what for many was his most memorable
outing in a black and white shirt: a fine 4-2 home win over QPR in which he
netted twice and also wrestled with a pitch invader - a black and white
May 1980 saw Withe end his time at SJP, with Aston Villa paying £500K for him,
amid interest from Leeds United and Everton.
Teaming up with speedy striker Gary Shaw, a Championship medal followed in
Peter's first season. The following season then climaxed with a Withe goal
against Bayern Munich in the final of the European Cup staged at Rotterdam's De
Winning 11 full England caps during his time at Villa, Withe moved on to
Sheffield United in 1985 following a contractual row.
Later joining Birmingham City on loan, he ended his playing days at
Beginning his coaching career at the Terriers in 1990, within a year Peter was
back at former club Villa, joining their backroom staff.
October 1991 saw him briefly take charge of Wimbledon, but a run of just one
victory in his sixteen games in charge saw him exit the Dons after barely four
months at the helm.
Returning to Villa Park in the role of chief scout, Withe's globetrotting began
again in 1998 when he became Thailand coach.
That lasted until 2002 and after a year out of the game living in the
Australian city of Perth, Peter took over the Indonesian national side for a
five year stint.
Returning to Australia, April 2012 then found Withe returning to club
management in England with ambitious non-league side Woodley Sports, who
renamed themselves Stockport Sports.
However he quit his post in November 2012 and took up a match commentary role
with BBC West Midlands Radio shortly after.
December 2013 saw him back in club management with PTT Rayong in Thailand, but
that appointment ended barely six months later with his dismissal.
By August of that year, Withe had taken over at fellow Thai club Nakhon Pathom
McCaffery born, Jarrow
England youth international central
defender who graduated through the academy and reserve
sides at SJP to the senior setup.
Making his first team debut in an amazing 4-5 defeat
at Ipswich Town in March 1975, Aidan played only a
handful of games before dropping out of the senior
squad for a year.
Becoming a first team regular during the 1976/77
season, McCaffery wasn't liked by incoming manager
Billy McGarry and played what was to be his final game
in a 2-4 defeat to the Boro at SJP in early 1978.
August 1978 saw him sold to Derby County in a £60K
deal and later moves to Bristol Rovers, Bristol City
(loan), Torquay United (loan), Exeter City and
While at Bristol Rovers, he collided with his own
goalkeeper in a game at Southend in April 1984 and was
knocked out, swallowing his tongue in the process.
Fortunately the prompt actions of Rovers physio Roy
Dolling meant that he survived and was discharged
after an overnight stay in a local hospital.
Dropping into non-league football with Whitley Bay in
1987, McCaffery made a brief comeback in the Football
League with Carlisle United - although most of his
five years at Brunton Park were spent as a coach and
latterly the manager.
Aidan later joined the police force.
1919 Arsenal (a)
Debut for Tom Curry, who went on to represent United
in a career spanning 17 years and 248 goals. Fellow
debutant James Henderson got the only goal, but didn't
last the season. First appearances also for Ray Robinson
and Jack Wilson as league football restarted following the
end of hostilities.
1924 Huddersfield Town
Brown, C.Wilson, Stephenson
Wednesday (a) 1-2 (1-0)
Debuts for Scottish imports Duncan Lindsay, Jimmy
Nelson, Lancastrian Jimmy Naylor, and local lad Ron
Starling. Also, outside left Jack Wilkinson made his first
appearance for United, against his former club.
1939 Nottingham Forest
Debut for Dave Hamilton in this penultimate league
match of the season, before the war closed down league
football for seven seasons.
1941 Bradford City (h)
1947 Luton Town (a)
The Hatters gained revenge for a 2-7 loss on Tyneside
the previous April.
1950 West Bromwich
A week after they were held 1-1 by the Throstles on
Tyneside, United took both points at the Hawthorns.
1952 Tottenham Hotspur
(h) 1-1 (0-1)
United's winless start to the season was extended to
three games - although they had only lost one game.
the first team were facing Spurs
at SJP, the reserves played out a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in
a Central League tussle at Hillsborough.
Neville Black and Vic Keeble netted for the visitors.
1958 Everton (a)
John McGuigan scored a debut goal at Goodison Park, as
the Magpies ended a seven game winless run that had
stretched back to the previous April.
1967 Chelsea (h)
T.Robson(8), Davies(10,34), Elliott(65),
A fine performance from Tommy Robson against his
former club saw him score the opener and end up taking
home the match ball - autographed by both sides.
1969 Arsenal (h)
Wyn Davies drove the ball past Bob Wilson at the
Leazes End to send the teams in level.
John Craggs then lofted a long deep cross towards Davies
at the far post and although it dropped behind him, Alan
Foggon raced in to volley it home at the Gallowgate End.
The third goal was a beauty: Foggon picking it up down the
left channel and then flicking it infield to Davies on the
edge of the area.
And a great touch from the striker teed it up perfectly
for Pop Robson to crash a superb right-footed volley into
1972 Tottenham Hotspur
(h) 0-1 (0-0)
Future Newcastle boss Joe "JFK" Kinnear
scored the only goal of the game at SJP.
1975 Manchester City
Tueart 2(2pens), Royle 2
A debut to forget for centre half John Bird as Tynesider Dennis
Tueart scored twice from the spot and Joe Royle got both the
Luton Town (h)
Fighting spirit from United, prompted by caretaker
boss Joe Harvey, overcame the high-flying Hatters side.
Frans Koenen struck the only goal of his short career in
England. Featured here.
1986 Luton Town (a)
There was a first outing for midfielder Ian Bogie at
Kenilworth Road. He would have to wait a year
for his second.
A good choice of photo for the front cover as Ginola played a blinder, tormenting Boro's Neil Cox. Most of us
had already realised that DG was a bit special, but
the nation now saw it with the game featuring on the BBC's
midweek Match of the Day.
Having seen Kenny Dalglish exit after the previous
game, SJP gave a pre-match ovation to his replacement, Ruud
However, he was apparently uninvolved in the team selection
for this game, reserve coach Tommy Craig in temporary
His ploy of fielding a defence including messrs Charvet,
Albert and Pearce afforded Liverpool the freedom of SJP
and Michael Owen duly plundered a 15 minute
hat trick - and a gleeful hand-rubbing celebration.
striker Stephane Guivarc'h meanwhile showed just how wisely Kenny had lashed
out his millions for the Frenchman - by scuffing a shot in
off the post in front of an open goal....
Carl Serrant and Stephen Glass both made senior debuts in this debacle.
Manchester United (a) 1-5 (1-1)
Bobby Robson was on his way to SJP and caretaker
boss Steve Clarke's CV would have only this result on it.
The OG was an equaliser but a second half collapse allowed Andy Cole to
fill his boots (and our net). A harsh red card for Nikos Dabizas from Jeff Winter didn't help much either.
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gets his marching orders
as caretaker Clarke looks on
Birmingham City (h)
After a midweek Champions League exit on penalties to
Partizan Belgrade and a loss to Manchester United the
previous weekend, a third dose of SJP misery came
thanks to Steve Bruce's City.
Unable to fashion a way through the visiting defence, City
stole the win when Gary Speed caught Damien Johnson in the
David Dunn took the resultant spot kick and although Shay
Given did well to block his effort, the same player netted
The only bright spot of the whole game had come shortly
after the first whistle, when ref Matt Messias had
unintentionally caught Robbie Savage with a stray elbow.
2004 Thank you and
Good Knight - Sir Bobby Robson and his putter were
shown the door after a troubled start to the season. Early
names in the frame were Terry
Venables and Gerard Houllier.
Meanwhile, United's bid of
almost £25m for Everton's Wayne Rooney was on the table, but the player
looked Old Trafford bound.
Old firm defensive duo Bobo Balde and Jean -Alain
Boumsong were both linked with moves from Celtic and Rangers
2005 United's official website posted around 10am that Michael Owen had
signed from Real Madrid on a four-year deal.
An undisclosed fee claimed to be in excess of
£15m was reported, although how much cash changed
hands never came to light - given that Jonathan Woodgate
had gone in other way in a £13m+ deal in
The news provoked extreme reactions, ranging from jubilant Geordies to sour-faced Scousers and
others only too keen to question Owen's
motives, fitness and ability to play alongside Alan Shearer.
The cynics would be proved right and a bold attempt
to boost our playing fortunes would backfire
spectacularly - this transfer (and the arrival of Albert
Luque) ultimately contributing to a
financial crisis at SJP that would hasten a change of
joined on a four-month loan from Manchester United. The
USA-born Italian under-21 striker scored just once in his
13 appearances (eight from the bench) and didn't look any
better than Michael Chopra who had exited some
international right back Habib Beye was on Tyneside to conclude his move from
What proved to be Kevin Keegan's last game in charge
saw his side fall behind
after a harsh penalty award against Charles N'Zogbia for
handball by referee Rob Styles.
Joey Barton made a late cameo appearance after his
enforced absence, going in hard on Samir Nasri and then being
kicked off the ball by the Arsenal man.
gulf in class between the two sides was evident for all to
see as van Persie added to his penalty before Denilson
finished off the job just before the hour.
And to complete the farce, Magpies owner Mike Ashley was
pictured necking a pint of fizzy in the away section
during the match.
An NUFC statement claimed that, "Mike
was offered a drink which he thought was non-alcoholic so
he took it in good faith."
The Gunners then replied
by confirming that they didn't sell non-alcoholic beer in
the stadium - just tasteless, over-priced urine
masquerading as proper drink.....
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Davide Santon signed from Inter Milan for a reported fee of £5m and
the arrival of goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton
also confirmed for a small six-figure fee.
Atromitos (Greece) (h) 1-0 (1-0)
(2-1 on aggregate)
Europa League 4th Qualifying Round 2nd Leg
Haris Vuckic's first senior goal for United was enough to send
us into the Europa League Group Stages, but a lime-clad
United made heavy weather of the
win, as European football returned to Tyneside after a five year gap.
It could have been a different story however, had Swiss referee
Stephan Suder not reacted to spot kick appeals by the Greeks in each half
by booking their players for simulation on both occasions.
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Crystal Palace (h)
Gayle(1), Puncheon(48), Zaha(90+5)
Janmaat(37), Aarons(73), Williamson(88)
than three Magpies netted their first competitive goals
for the club, but defensive slackness saw three points
tossed away deep into added time.
By the time the teams met again six months later, Alan
Pardew had swapped dugouts to replace the loathsome Neil
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