Premier League: Warnock's Wilf denies
Newcastle 3 Crystal Palace 3
Newcastle and Crystal Palace shared six goals at St.
James' Park on Saturday afternoon as Alan Pardew's side threw away victory in
the fifth minute of added time.
First competitive goals for Daryl Janmaat, Rolando Aarons and
Mike Williamson looked to have given United their first Premier League
victory of the season but Wilfried Zaha came off the bench to grab a late
equaliser for Neil Warnock's first game in charge of the Eagles.
The Magpies had twice come from behind after Palace had taken the lead at the
start of each half but the introduction of Aarons looked to have swung the
game back in the black and white's favour as he scored and made the goals that
put us 3-2 up.
But with 11 men back in the box to defend a late free-kick a nod-down found
Zaha unmarked 15 yards out and his low shot went in via Tim Krul's right hand
post to snatch a late point.
Palace went ahead after just 30 seconds when Krul could only push Marouane
Chamakh's shot from the edge of the box onto the post and Dwight Gale was able
to lift the ball over Krul and into the Leazes net.
United dominated the opening 45 minutes but Jason Puncheon narrowly failed to
double the lead as his shot just cleared the crossbar after finding space on
the left edge of the box.
Moussa Sissoko thumped a low effort just wide as United broke at pace and Yoan
Gouffran and Remy Cabella combined to set up their fellow countryman.
But three minutes later the scores were level when Cabella and Janmaat
exchanged passes and when the Dutch defender's first shot was charged down he
managed to force the rebound past Julian Speroni.
Despite the home side's dominance in terms of possession, Palace still looked
threatening before and after the break and Puncheon put the visitors back in
front when he teed himself up for a volley that deflected off Fabricio
Coloccini and past Krul.
The pattern of the first half continued as Pardew's side failed to turn
possession into chances, while our defence continued to look vulnerable when
the Eagles broke.
Aarons joined the play in the 67th minute, replacing Gouffran and made an
immediate impact. He had already made a couple of threatening runs before
getting on the end of a Cabella corner to nod the ball in to equalise.
Substitute Zaha had a goal disallowed after carelessly drifting offside and
with Vurnon Anita and Ayoze Perez on for Janmaat and Siem De Jong, Newcastle
continued to press.
And it was that man Aarons who cut inside from the left before his expertly
curled chip appeared to have found the net after hitting the upright.
Williamson was on hand to slot home after the ball hit a defender and he
joyfully celebrated his first ever goal and what looked to be the winner.
Seven minutes of added time - largely for Speroni's timewasting - was played
and in the fifth of that Zaha got his dramatic late strike to ensure that both
sides still look for their first three-point haul.
The draw left United in the bottom five but two points behind fifth-placed
Referee: Mike Jones - a return to SJP for the Chester-based
infamously disallowed Cheick Tiote's wonder "goal" against Manchester City
back in January.
Eagles @ Magpies - all time:
2014/15 Drew 3-3 Janmaat, Aarons,
Williamson 2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse 2009/10 Won 2-0 og(Derry), Ranger 2004/05 Drew 0-0 2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC) 1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC) 1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer 1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie 1987/88 Won 1-0 Gascoigne (FAC) 1983/84 Won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan, Ryan 1982/83 Won 1-0 Waddle 1981/82 Drew 0-0 1978/79 Won 1-0 Shoulder 1972/73 Won 2-0 Hibbitt, Nattrass 1971/72 lost 1-2 Dyson 1970/71 Won 2-0 Robson 2 1969/70 Drew 0-0 1964/65 Won 2-0 Suddick, McGarry 1946/47 Won 6-2 Bentley, Pearson, Shackleton 2, Stobbart, Wayman(FAC) 1919/20 Won 2-0 Dixon, Hall (FAC) 1906/07 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
Latest Premier League results/fixtures:
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Manchester City 0-1 Stoke City
QPR 1-0 mackems
Swansea City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
West Ham 1-3 Southampton
Everton v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky
Sun 31.08.2014: Aston Villa v Hull City (1.30pm)
Spurs v Liverpool (1.30pm) Sky
Leicester City v Arsenal (4pm) Sky
2014/15 season Magpie
Mover tickets are available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy,
Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after
competitive home first team games. Order
Update: John Alder
Statement from the Foreign Office,
We can confirm positive identification of
another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been
informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to
provide consular assistance to the family.
2014/15: Eagles tie arranged
Confirmation that Newcastle's Capital One
Third Round tie against Crystal Palace will take place on Wednesday
September 24th with an 8pm kick-off.
That means that United will face a manageable three games in a ten day
period, facing Hull City at home on Saturday 20th and Stoke City away on
By contrast our opponents have to play their trio of matches in just seven
days, travelling to Everton on Sunday 21st before entertaining Leicester City
on Saturday 27th. As usual in this competition, a result must be achieved on the night - via
extra time and penalties if required.
Ticket sale details are awaited but prices have been set at £15 adults and
£10 concessions for Selhurst Park.
If you're at a loose end this coming Sunday,
there's a charity kickabout featuring a few familiar faces at the home of
Northern League side Dunston UTS.
Former Magpies Tino Asprilla, Steve Howey, Jamie McClen, Alan O'Brien, John
Anderson, Billy Askew, Alan Shoulder and Stuart Elliott will line
up against Dunston's FA Vase winning side
Kickoff is at 2pm and admission is £1 for adults and 50p for bairns.
Funds raised will benefit two local youngsters:
3 year-old Amber - who suffers from cerebral palsy - and 5 year-old Neve, who
is battling cancer.
UTS Stadium is on Wellington Road, NE11 9JL.
2014/15: Euro exchanges
Contrasting fortunes for Hull City
and Spurs in their Europa
League Qualifying Round ties on Thursday night should now mean that
confirmed match dates and KO times for two Newcastle games will now follow.
The Tigers were beaten on away goals by Belgian side Lokeren, meaning that
their visit to St. James' Park on Saturday September 20th at 3pm goes ahead as scheduled.
Victory for Spurs over
AEL Limassol confirmed Group Stage qualification and Matchday 3 seems them
come up against Greek side Asteras Tripolis in London on Thursday October
That entitles them to ask the Premier League for their next domestic game to
be delayed by a day, meaning that our visit to White Hart Lane would be
altered to Sunday October 26th, KO tbc.
Thursday saw England manager Roy Hodgson name his squad for two international
matches next month - and include uncapped Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback.
Hodgson was at Villa Park last Saturday to see the 24 year-old deliver another
solid performance and has selected him for a home friendly against Norway and a Euro 2016 Qualifying tie
away to Switzerland in
Colback joins former Magpies James Milner and Fraser Forster in the England
squad having only one previous international call-up to his name - a substitute
outing against Italy in 2009 for the U20 side.
Moving on to England U21s and Nottingham Forest's on-loan Magpie Jamaal
Lascelles has been selected for European Championship qualifiers in
Lithuania & Moldova.
And Rolando Aarons has earned England recognition for the first time,
with a call to the U20 side for a kickabout against Romania at Telford on
Friday September 5th.
That's the same night as Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman are
in line to represent England U18s against the Dutch at Bury's Gigg Lane.
Meanwhile, PaulDummett has earned a belated call-up from Wales for their Euro 2016 qualifier
the place of the indisposed James Collins in Chris Coleman's squad.
The Magpies defender collected his first senior cap for Wales when appearing
from the bench during a friendly international against Holland back in June.
There's also a first U21 selection for Ayoze Perez, who hasn't
represented Spain at any international level.
Lascelles (England U21s): Fri 05.09.2014 Lithuania (a) Kaunas ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Moldova (a) Tiraspol ECQ
Rolando Aarons (England 20s): Fri 05.09.2014 Romania (h) Telford FR
Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U18s): Fri 05.09.2014 Holland (a) Bury FR
Capital One Cup:
Eagles trip for Toon
Wednesday's Capital One Cup Third Round draw handed Newcastle an unwelcome
midweek visit to Selhurst Park for a meeting with Crystal Palace.
After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, that adds
another 595 miles for those on the road from Tyneside - and to make
matters worse, the league visit to Palace next February is also on a midweek
Five of the 16 ties pit top-flight sides against each other with six home draws for
London-based teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs, Palace and Leyton
If you're looking for positives, United will go to Selhurst in search of a
fifth successive win over Palace there. Less comfortingly though, we've lost
17 of our 26 League Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides since 1993
and won only one of the last eight (Chelsea away in 2010).
Third Round Draw:
Arsenal v Southampton
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City
We've faced Alan Pardew's former club six times in the FA Cup (all at SJP,
with Newcastle winning five and losing one) but this is the first time the
Magpies and Eagles have met in this competition.
However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a League Cup tie involving United,
when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round tie back
Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon),
Ben Arfa(pen) 2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor 2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy 1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia 1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley 1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley 1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi 1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills 1978/79 lost 0-1 1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor 1971/72 lost 0-2 1970/71 lost 0-1 1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson 1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
Internationals: Toon teen Czechs in
goalkeeper Paul Woolston debuted for England U17s on Wednesday as they
played a 1-1 draw with the
Czech Republic at Kidderminster's Aggborough Stadium.
The young Lions then lost 1-2 to Portugal at
Chesterfield in another friendly on Friday with Wooly an unused substitute.
He'll hope to get some further pitch time against Italy at Burton on Sunday.
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
A 2-0 win at fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night put
Forest into the Third Round of the Capital One Cup and made it six games
without defeat since Stuart Pearce took over at the City Ground.
Goalkeeper Darlow posted his fourth clean sheet in those six games, while
defender Lascelles played 90 minutes against the Terriers - his first
competitive action this season after recently recovering from a knee
Next game: Sheffield Wednesday (a) Championship, Saturday.
Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
A 0-0 home draw with Chesterfield on Saturday was achieved with the striker
getting off the bench for the final ten minutes of play in the League One
Next game: Leyton Orient (h) League One, Saturday
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp) Following a trio of substitute outings, there was a first start for the
winger in Saturday's Ligue 1 home meeting with Olympique Marseille. Marveaux
completed the full 90 minutes but his side were beaten 0-1.
Next game: Lorient (a) Ligue 1, Saturday
Unlikely Lad: Old boy turns Posh
Former Newcastle reserve player Marcus Maddison has moved from
Gateshead for a club record, undisclosed "six figure fee" to League
One side Peterborough United.
The 20 year-old winger/attacking midfielder failed to break into the senior
squad at SJP and was released in 2013, but has since begun to realise his
potential over the Tyne at the International Stadium.
Netting 14 goals last season as Gateshead narrowly failed to achieve promotion
to the Football League, Maddison already had four to his name this time round
and has signed a four year contract at London Road.
2013/14 ST holders who have renewed with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.
New ST cards have only been issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or
moving seats - if you haven't got yours, get in touch with the club asap.
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.
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. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford
Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)
Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.
Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinntalk-in @ The Alberta Social Club,
Jarrow. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824
Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier
League. £25 adults, £5 U22s and over 65s.
Member sale now.
U18s v Bolton (h) @ Little
Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Mon 15.09.2014 U21s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21
Fri 19.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Borehamwood, 7pm. U21
U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Ticket sale details awaited.
Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/c 22.09.2014 4th Round w/c 27.10.2014 QF w/c 01.12.2014 SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015 SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015 Final Sun 01.03.2015
FA Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015 4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015 5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015 6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015 SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015 Final Sat 30.05.2015
FA Youth Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round by 20.12.2014 4th Round by 17.01.2015 5th Round by 31.01.2015 6th Round by 21.02.2015 SF1 by 07.03.2015 SF2 by 21.03.2015 Final 1 tbc Final 2 tbc
U21 Premier League Cup Dates:
Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014 Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015 QF: no later than 02.02.2015 SF: no later than 02.03.2015 Final: no later than 30.03.2015
Travelis 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:
Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.
On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Sat 30.08.2014 Chester Tue 09.09.2014 AFC Telford (7.45pm) Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town
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
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
Now: English rugby club members
12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot
11.2014/12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis for any left
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday
to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on
Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
Group D qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon
Group G qualifiers: 06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 Botswana v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana
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.
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.
1919 Arsenal (a)
Division One Henderson
55,000 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
Division One Cowan
Brown, C.Wilson, Stephenson
Wednesday (a) 1-2 (1-0)
Division One Cape
25,000 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
Division Two A.McCall(pen), Perry
15,000 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)
Division Two Bentley
24,570 The Hatters gained revenge for a 2-7 loss on Tyneside
the previous April.
1950 West Bromwich
Division One Milburn, Mitchell
29,377 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)
Division One G.Robledo
59,629 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 drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in
a Central League tussle at to Hillsborough
Neville Black and Vic Keeble netted for the visitors.
1958 Everton (a)
Division One McGuigan, Wright
36,602 John McGuigan marked his debut with a goal at Goodison
1967 Chelsea (h)
Division One T.Robson(8), Davies(10,34), Elliott(65),
34,809 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)
Division One Foggon, Davies, Robson
47,208 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)
Division One Kinnear
27,912 Future Newcastle boss Joe "JFK" Kinnear
scored the only goal of the game at SJP.
1975 Manchester City
Division One 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)
Division Two Koenen, Hibbitt
13,175 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)
Division One 9,254 There was a first outing for midfielder Ian Bogie at
Kenilworth Road. He would have to wait a year
for his second.
Premier League Ferdinand(67)
36,483 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.
36,740 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, with 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 filled his boots with 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)
55,190 Bobby Robson was on his way to Tyneside and caretaker
boss Steve Clarke's CV would have only this result on it.
The own goal actually levelled
it for us but a second half collapse allowed Andy Cole to
fill his boots (and our net). United defender Nikos Dabizas (pictured
below) getting a
harsh red card from Jeff Winter didn't help much either. NUFC.com match report
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 duly arrived
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 being touted as Bobby's successor 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 News broke on United's official website
around 10am that Michael Owen had
agreed a four-year deal to join from Real Madrid.
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 the opposite direction 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 United's bold attempt
to boost their playing fortunes would backfire
spectacularly - the transfer ultimately contributing to a
financial crisis at SJP that would see 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
Premier League van
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.....
NUFC.com match report
Davide Santon joined
United from Inter Milan for a reported fee of £5m and
the transfer of goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton was
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 Vuckic(21)
Haris Vuckic's first senior goal for United was enough to send his side into the Europa League Group Stages, but Alan Pardew's lime-clad lads made heavy weather of the
win, as European football returned to Tyneside following a break of over five
It could have been a different story however, had the Swiss match referee
Stephan Suder not reacted to a spot kick appeal from the visitors in each half
by booking their players for simulation on both occasions.