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Ticket news:

Norwich (h) Public sale now
mackems (a)
Stoke (h) Public sale now (online)
Bournemouth (a) ST holder sale now (
150 pts)

Premier League:
Bournemouth (a)
on sale now



Tickets for United's maiden top-flight visit to what is currently called the Vitality Stadium are now on sale to season ticket holders with 150 or more points (news on when that amount reduces is due on Thursday).

Due to the small (12,000) capacity of Bournemouth's ground, only around 1,250 places are allocated to travelling fans, in blocks 23 and 24 of the East Stand.

The game is on Saturday 7th November and live TV transmission means a 12.45pm kickoff. A 10 reduction from United's PL away fan fund means that adult tickets are priced at 23.

When Harry met Hardy:
Talk-in fully booked

Thanks to everyone who has reserved places for the forthcoming appearance of Touching Distance author Martin Hardy with Harry Pearson at the Lit & Phil - please note that they have all now been allocated.

If you missed out, signed copies of Martin's excellent book about United's 1995/96 season are available for 18.99 online here including free UK delivery.

Premier League:
Norwich City (h)

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Sunday when the Canaries visit SJP for a 4pm kick-off. Tickets are now on public sale.

The visitors have discounted prices for away tickets down to 10 for adults and just 1 for bairns - rather than a reciprocal pricing initiative though, this just appears to be them spending their Away Fan fund. 

Steve McClaren's side attempt to win a first PL game this season at the ninth attempt, having gained maximum points just once in nineteen attempts. 

From a possible 81 points in 2015 to date, we have collected just 16 points - 11 from a possible 42 at Gallowgate in 2015 (5 draws, 2 wins, 7 losses). 

NUFC: Steven Taylor remains sidelined and is now joined by long-term knee injury victim Tim Krul. Updates on the fitness of Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Karl Darlow, Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan and Emmanuel Riviere are awaited.

It's claimed that Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara could both be available for selection against the Canaries, while Colback's return to action would see him resume a booking away from a one match ban.

Punts: United go looking for their fifth successive home win over Norwich in all competitions, with all six of their goals scored before half time and the last three openers coming within the opening 20 minutes of play.

William Hill offer 9/2 on a first Newcastle goal coming within 15 minutes of the opening whistle and 6/1 on the Magpies leading at both half and full time. 

Hills also offer a multiple score prediction of 23/10 on Newcastle winning 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 (with other combos including 7/2 on 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3). Their bore draw offer also applies - giving money back on correct score bets as a free bet if our game finishes 0-0. 

New signups with William Hill can qualify for a 50 free bet - use code BETS50.

If you're looking for a goalscorer prediction bet, then Betway have Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring in a 1-0 victory at 25/1 - and if Papiss Cisse succeeded in ending his voodoo hoodoo then he's also rated 25/1

Turning our attentions to the goalkeeping situation and the expected return of Rob Elliot between the posts could give the away team a goalscoring boost.

Although the Ireland international had kept Chelsea at bay when injury prevented him from continuing at SJP last December, Rob had failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his previous five Premier League outings.

More worryingly, Elliot has failed to post a 90 minute shutout in his five full Premier League appearances on Tyneside, conceding 16 goals in the process.

With that in mind perhaps,Bet365 are offering 12/5 on Newcastle not conceding in the game and 4/6 on both teams scoring in the game. Bet365 continue to run the highest value bonus bet offer for new customers of up to 200 (although multiple T&C's do apply)

Latest offers for new punters are online here

NCFC: Gary Hooper may return after injury but Youssouf Mulumbu is still out. Former Magpie defender Sebastien Bassong is an ever-present this season but has yet to win a game at his former SJP home (2 draws, 1 loss).

City boss Alex Neil is just 34 years old and played for SPFL side Hamilton Academical on New Years Day this year, just days before taking the Norwich job.

The Scottish-born midfielder played in England for both Mansfield Town and Barnsley - coming off the bench for the Tykes at Oakwell in October 2001 as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle in a League Cup tie.

This season the Canaries have won on the road at the mackems (3-1), drawn at Liverpool (1-1) and West Ham (2-2) and lost at Southampton (0-3).

Four home games have brought one victory - 3-1 over Bournemouth - a 1-1 draw with Stoke and defeats by Palace (1-3) and Leicester (1-2).

Russell Martin and Nathan Redmond have scored three goals each while 8.5m striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been banished to Spaniards Real Betis. 

Norwich had 11 players away on international duty ahead of their visit to Tyneside.

Anthony Taylor - Mancunian whistler making his second appearance of the season following the 0-2 defeat at West Ham last month.

His last two visits to SJP ended in 0-1 home losses, with both the mackems and Manchester United netting their winning goals in the closing seconds last season.


Failing to win any of our opening four home games (two draws, two defeats) represents United's worst league start at SJP since the 1991/92 season

Following four draws and one defeat, that sequence was broken at the sixth time of asking with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Magpies versus Canaries - post WWII:

2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-2
1987/88 lost 1-3 Gazza
1986/87 won 4-1 Goddard, Gazza, McDonald, Jackson
1984/85 drew 1-1 Waddle
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Mills
1977/78 drew 2-2 Burns, Kennedy
1976/77 won 5-1 T.Craig, Gowling, Oates, McCaffery 2
1975/76 won 5-2 Gowling 2, Macdonald 2, OG
1973/74 drew 0-0
1972/73 won 3-1 Tudor 2, Guthrie
1964/65 won 2-0 Cummings, Robson
1963/64 won 2-0 Cummings, Iley
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell, Thomas
1961/62 drew 0-0

Full record v Norwich:



Pub Watch: Fitzgeralds, 60 Grey Street, NE1 6AF


This CAMRA 2016 Good Pub Guide entrant lies on Grey Street (just round the corner from the Bacchus) and attracts a mixed crowd of shoppers, theatre goers, football supporters and revellers - proving particularly popular with visiting rugby fans in recent weeks.   

Regular updates on beers available at Fitzy's are posted on twitter via @Fitz_Newcastle

ind further details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here



Metro: no scheduled disruptions.

Bus: Both the X50 Soccerbus and the Q3 service will operate, the X50 to and from the Metro Centre and the Q3 linking the Park & Ride facility at the Great Park.

Find more information on both routes online here

Offering matchday travel to NUFC season ticket holders, Magpie Mover tickets remain available details here

UK Radio:
Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: 
beIN Sports 1 HD (Indonesia)
Canal+ Sport (France) +HD
DIGI Sport 1 (Cz/Slov)
Fox Sports HD Italy
Fox Sports 4 (Australia)
MTV Sport 1 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
SportKlub 1 Croatia/Serbia
SuperSport 5 Africa
TSN2 (Canada)
TV3 Sport 2 (Den)
Viasat Football (Sweden) +HD

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 17.10.2015:

Spurs v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Aston Villa (3pm)
Crystal Palace v West Ham (3pm)
Everton v Manchester United (3pm)
Manchester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Southampton v Leicester City (3pm
West Bromwich Albion v mackems (3pm)
Watford v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 18.10.2015:

Newcastle v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 19.10.2015:

Swansea City v Stoke City (8pm) Sky

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Krul out for season


Having already seen Daryl Janmaat withdraw from the Dutch squad through injury, Newcastle were hit with another blow on Saturday during Holland's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Kazakhstan.

The Magpies goalkeeper fell awkwardly on the artificial turf in the closing stages of the tie in Astana and was unable to continue, exiting the stadium on crutches.

Krul was only promoted to Holland's starting line-up after their first-choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen picked up an injury during the pre-game warm-up.

A scan confirmed cruciate ligament damage and United have announced he will miss the rest of the season.

Krul said on Sunday evening:


"I am devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear that I have torn my knee cruciate playing for Holland.

"My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover.

"I am devastated I cannot play a part on the pitch to help the team and turn the season around.

"I still believe the club can and should be up with the top teams."


The news leaves United boss Steve McClaren with a further selection headache ahead of Sunday's Premier League home meeting with Norwich City.

Krul's understudy Karl Darlow has a foot injury that will sideline him for an unspecified period, while Rob Elliot was drafted into the Ireland squad for Sunday's game against Poland after Shay Given pulled out due to injury.

Thankfully Elliot was an unused substitute in Warsaw and will now presumably return to play his first Premier League game since December 2014.

(Defeat for Ireland puts them into a two-legged Euro playoff in November against opponents yet tbc, with Elliot a possible inclusion in that squad).

Meanwhile, United's 18 year-old custodian Freddie Woodman has been recalled from his half-season loan to Crawley Town and took to Twitter to say:


"Thanks for all the messages gutted to be leaving @crawleytown so early into the season ! Learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute of it."

Woodman is currently in Macedonia with England U19s for a European Championship qualifying tournament which ends on Tuesday.

That leaves United's other teen stoppers, Paul Woolston (17), Brendan Pearson (18) and Nathan Harker (16) to cover U21 and U18 duties. Woolston however is himself away on international duty with England at the U17 World Cup in Chile for several weeks.

The situation mirrors the problems United encountered last season, when Krul damaged an ankle during training and missed ten games in all competitions between November and December.

Elliot took over between the posts but picked up a hamstring injury in only his third game and made way for rookie custodian Jak Alnwick, who endured something of a torrid time before Krul regained fitness.

Premier League:
TV: four in a row 

The next set of live TV games has been announced and the vultures are circling round United, with their first four games in December all switched for transmission:

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) 4pm Sky
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm Sky
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) 5.30pm BT

The Premier League have announced changes up to Sunday January 3rd 2016, meaning that the next two Newcastle games after the above remain unaltered:

Mon 28.12.2015 West Brom (a) 3pm
Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a) 3pm

Call-ups: goals for Gini & Chancel, Krul KO'd

International call-ups:

Chancel Mbemba
(DR Congo)
Thu 08.10.2015 Nigeria (n) FR Won 2-0
Mbemba played the full game in Vise, Belgium as his side beat Nigeria in a friendly.
Mon 12.10.2015 Gabon (n) FR Won 2-1
Another kickabout in Vise involved Chancel and saw him score a memorable late winner watch it online here

Rob Elliot
(Republic of Ireland)
Sun 11.10.2015 Poland (a) ECQ Lost 1-2
Rob remained on the bench in Warsaw as Darren Randolph deputised for Shay Given. The Irish now face a two-legged play-off next month to qualify.

Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands)
Sat 10.10.2015 Kazakhstan (a) ECQ Won 2-1
A fine goal for Gini as the Netherlands took the lead. Krul started but was subbed with ten minutes to go due to injury, while Anita remained on the bench. The win keeps Dutch playoff qualification hopes alive but Turkey just need a point from their final game to pip them.
Tue 13.10.2015 Czech Republic (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Gini started the game while Vurnon was on the bench again.

Moussa Sissoko (France)
Thu 08.10.2015 Armenia (h) FR Won 4-0
Moussa joined from the bench in Nice after 77 minutes. Ex-Mag, Yohan Cabaye scored the second goal.
Sun 11.10.2015 Denmark (a) FR Won 2-1
Moussa played the full game in Copenhagen.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia)
Thu 08.10.2015 Albania (a) ECQ Won 2-0
A full game and a booking for Mitrovic in Elbasan.
Sun 11.10.2015 Portugal (h) ECQ Lost 1-2
Mitrovic was booked again and subbed in the 85th minute in Belgrade.

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland)
Thu 08.10.2015 Greece (h) ECQ Won 3-1
Fergie remained on the bench in Belfast as the Northern Irish qualified for next years' finals under the guidance of SJP old boy Michael O'Neill.
Sun 11.10.2015 Finland (a) ECQ Drew 1-1
Fergie came on as a 71st minute substitute as the point meant Northern Ireland finished top of their group.

Youth call-ups

Clearly delighted at the news of his appearance on, Imre Varadi met Alex Gilliead in Germany

Alex Gilliead
(England U20s):
Wed 07.10.2015 Netherlands (n) FR Won 3-1
Alex started and was replaced in the 72nd minute.
Sat 10.10.2015 Turkey (n) FR Won 2-1
Keeping his place in the starting XI for the game in Ulm, Gilliead was substituted after 67 minutes.
Tue 13.10.2015 Germany (h) FR Lost 0-1
Alex started the game on the bench in Heidenheim.
(Mercedes Benz Elite Cup, Germany)

Adam Armstrong / Freddie Woodman  
(England U19s):
Thu 08.10.2015 Macedonia (a) ECQ Won 2-0
Both players were in the starting XI on a wet afternoon in Skopje, Freddie keeping a clean sheet and completing 90 minutes while Arma netted on 67 minutes and was substituted soon after.
Sat 10.10.2015 Finland (n) ECQ Won 1-0
Woodman played the full game and Arma arrived as an 88th minute substitute on what was an almost submerged playing surface in Skopje.
Tue 13.10.2015 Italy (n) ECQ Drew 0-0
Both players started the game in Skopje with Arma being subbed in the 70th minute.

Kyle Cameron
(Scotland U19s)
Tue 06.10.2015 Mexico (n) FR Won 3-1
Kyle played the full game in Aspach.
Fri 09.10.2015 USA (n) FR Drew 2-2
Another 90 minutes for the Magpies defender, this time in Stuttgart.
Mon 12.10.2015 Germany (a) FR Drew 2-2
Kyle was in the starting XI once again for this game, staged in Stuttgart.

Paul Woolston (England U17s)
Wed 07.10.2015 DR Congo (h) FR Won 8-0
Paul was an unused sub at St.Georges Park
Sun 11.10.2015 Chile (a) FR Drew 0-0 (lost 3-4 pens)
Paul was an unused sub again in Rancagua.
Sat 17.10.2015 Guinea (n) Coquimbo WCF
Tue 20.10.2015 Brazil (n) La Serena WCF 
Fri 23.10.2015 South Korea (n) Coquimbo WCF

Loan lads:
The Borrowers 

Upcoming fixtures for the nine Magpies currently out on loan are as follows (Freddie Woodman has been recalled from Crawley Town). 

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):

Colchester United (h), League One, Saturday.
(Vuckic played 30 minutes for Wigan U21s in a 4-0 win over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday as he recovers from an ankle problem.)

Macaulay Gillesphey/Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United)
Exeter City (h) League Two, Saturday.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):
Blackpool (h) League One, Saturday.


Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town): 
Luton Town (h) League Two, Saturday.

Sammy Ameobi
(Cardiff City):
Preston North End (a) Championship, Saturday.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Swindon Town (h) League One, Saturday.

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):

Lorient (h) Ligue 1, Sunday.

Ben Smith (Bristol City U18s)
City beat Brentford 2-1 at home on Saturday - the participation of Magpies 'keeper Ben is still tbc.

It's just like watching...
the first team



Manchester City U18s  6  Newcastle U18s  1

Newcastle's youngsters followed in the footsteps of the senior side on Saturday, suffering yet another Manc massacre just a short stroll away from where the first team had perished 1-6 last week.

Having lost their previous four games, Dave Watson's side were always second favourites against the league leaders and it took City just two minutes to register.

A sweeping move ended with England U16 striker, Jadon Sancho, firing in a low right-footed shot that Brendan Pearson got his legs to but couldn't keep out.

And three minutes later it was 0-2 following an incisive attack down the right that teed up Sancho - making his first U18 start - to beat Pearson again, although the Magpies 'keeper might have done better.

City piled on the misery in the 25th minute when Jacob Davenport jinked into the box and crossed low for Paolo Fernandes to ram the ball home from close range.

Pearson prevented another in the 31st minute with a fine save from a long range effort from Sadou Diallo as the home side continued to attack relentlessly.

The onslaught continued after the break and eight minutes later Lukas Nmecha ran through a non-existent defence and poked the ball home to make it 0-4.

Dan Lowther had an effort saved and Ollie Long forced a decent stop from City 'keeper, Daniel Grimshaw, just after the hour mark following a double substitution from United.

City sub Isaac Buckley-Ricketts walked through again but Pearson smothered the forward's effort but then Gideon Adu-Peprah made a reckless challenge on the same player and the referee pointed to the spot.

Ignoring the pleas of Sancho (who wanted to complete his hat trick) Diallo sent Pearson the wrong way from the spot with six minutes remaining.

Three minutes from the end, Mackenzie Heaney crossed from the left and Lewis McNall swept the ball home for his fifth goal of the season - a deflection enough to wrong-foot City custodian Daniel Grimshaw.

The City youngsters then emulated the senior side by grabbing a sixth in added time, Buckley-Ricketts waltzing through and firing home.

Oh Manchester, so much to answer for....


Team: Pearson, Aziakonou, Trodd, Suddick (Donaghey 60), Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Lowther (Johnson 60), Long, Charman (McNall 72), Heaney, Smith.
Sub n/u: Harker.

Booked: Charman.

Premier League:
SMB: Sam mackem..... 

The mackems confirmed their latest managerial saviour as Sam Allardyce on Friday, with the 60 year-old former Magpie boss agreeing a two year contract.

Returning to the side he played for in the 1980/81 season, Allardyce's first game is at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday week before a home debut in the wear-Tyne derby on Sunday October 25th.  

During his ill-starred tenure at Gallowgate, Allardyce was in charge for just one derby match - a 1-1 draw at the dark place in November 2007.

PS: Big Sham becomes the first person to have managed both ourselves and the red & whites, although Tom Watson served both Newcastle East End and West End before later taking over at the mackems.  

Compo winner 


Thanks to everyone who entered our latest competition to win a recreated ZX Spectrum computer courtesy of sponsors MJS.

Most folks correctly identified Imre Varadi as the Newcastle player who scored 20 goals in the 1981/82 season - although a few folks did get their decades mixed up and plumped for Gavin Peacock.

From the correct entries received, the name of Mark Linney from Stanley, Co. Durham was selected.

MJS repair Apple and Android devices, laptops, PCs, Macs and most things in between online here

Claim a 10% discount for readers or benefit from their 1,2,free offer and get a third apple device repaired free when you pay for two at the same time. 

Toney award 

Magpies reserve forward Ivan Toney has been awarded the Barclays U21 Player of the Month for September after scoring twice in three games.

19 year-old Toney scored at West Ham and against Swansea for Peter Beardsley's side, making his Premier League bow in between those U21 games and becoming United's 200th player in that competition.


Premier League:
Indecent exposure

Manchester City  6  Newcastle  1

Match report

Ultimate Record PDF

The 2014/15 season PDF update for Paul Joannou's excellent "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" is now available free of charge to book purchasers.

If you haven't received a copy - or are after previous season PDFs - email with your requirements.

PS: "The Ultimate Record" book is a complete sell out, but copies of Paul's sister publication "Ultimate Who's Who" are available, including an autographed edition. 

Find more details online here

Jennings Ford Direct
Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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

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

Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

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

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

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

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

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

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

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



Fri 16.10.2015 U21s v Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.10.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ 
Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky.

Sat 24.10.2015 U18s v Derby County (h) @ 
Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, Noon. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky.

Ticketholders can book bus travel from NUFC 4 return (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am). All monies raised are donated to charity - a charge is levied to gauge more accurately the number of buses required.

Mon 26.10.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Moor Lane, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online).

Mon 02.11.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Albion training ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) @ Vitality Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 150 points. Adults 23, concessions 9. Live on BT Sport.

Talk-ins / appearances:

Wed 21.10.2015 Football writers Martin Hardy & Harry Pearson
in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle, 7pm prompt start.

Fri 23.10.2015 Keith Gillespie (with Joe Allon and Jason McAteer) @ Elmfield Social Club, Hebburn. 25 including pie & peas. In memory of former NUFC trainee Keith "Halla" Hallway - proceeds to Willow Burn Hospice. 7.30pm start, tickets from Will Gardner on 07872451717.

Sat 24.10.2015 Supermac (with John Gibson)
@ Whitley Lodge Snooker Centre - Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay. 10 including pie & peas. 7.30pm start, tickets from venue or via 0191 251 1997.

Sat 31.10.2015 Rob Lee @ Back Page shop, St.Andrews Street, Newcastle. Signing copies of Touching Distance along with book author Martin Hardy. Time tbc.

Fri 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC.
15 including pie & peas + drink. Contact Martin on: 07748 470530.

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

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Second Round draw awaited, featuring: Ashington, Bedlington Terriers, Blyth Spartans, Heaton Stannington, Morpeth Town, Newcastle United U21s, North Shields,
Whitley Bay. 

(Ties due to be played w/c 23.11.2015).

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm
Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) 5.30pm

Selections made up to Sun 03.01.2016.

Radio coverage:

mackems (h) talkSPORT

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs until 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 S.Africa 34-16 Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015
New Zealand 47-9 Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa 33-36 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

2015/16 future match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

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

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

On This Day in History
13th October

Born Or Died:

1932 Ken Prior born, Newcastle.
(1952-54 & 1956-57)

Outside left who played for Northumberland boys and Cambois Juniors when Jackie Milburn set up a trial for him at Newcastle.

Impressing enough to be signed as an amateur, Ken rapidly rose to the first team, making his debut at home to Middlesbrough in April 1952 and being put on standby for the FA Cup side that year, only for first-choice Bobby Mitchell to play with heavy strapping on a leg injury. 

However he failed to retain his place and was subsequently transferred to Millwall. The move seemed to do him good and both Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle looked to sign him - family ties seeing Ken agree to another stint at SJP.

The substantial presence of 'Mitch' was still ahead of Ken in the first team though and again he only made occasional appearances from the reserves.

Going to Berwick in a bid to recover from a knee injury, Ken later reverted to playing part-time with North Shields and working as an electrician.

He later played for both Horden and Ashington, serving as Colliers manager for a time, before taking over as Alnwick Town boss.

A friendship with Jack Charlton also saw Ken scout for Middlesbrough during the 1970s.

1952 Gordon Hodgson born, Newcastle.

Midfielder Gordon joined United as a schoolboy and was an England youth international. However, he only received infrequent call-ups from the reserves or off the bench into first team action.

An 8K move to Mansfield Town followed shortly after being a non-playing member of our 1974 FA Cup final losing side and Gordon captained the Stags to the 3rd Division title.

Later moves to Oxford, Peterborough and Kings Lynn then followed before a career change when he joined the police force. 

Gordon died in April 1999 and a minute's silence was observed at Field Mill before the Mansfield Town v Southend United game.

1964 John Cornwell born, Bethnal Green.

As a 16 year old West Ham apprentice, John received a warm reception when he visited SJP, along with his boyhood pal Tony Cottee.

The pair were in the North East corner of the ground supporting the Hammers when the infamous 1980 firebomb incident took place.

That didn't stop him from joining us in a 50K move from Frank Clark's Leyton Orient some seven years later, debuting at number 11 in a 2-1 home win over Southampton.

Appearing in midfield, central defence and at left back during his time @ SJP, John netted once, with a low shot at the Leazes end against Charlton in November 1987.

His final game though was a 2-1 home win over Wimbledon that got new boss Jim Smith off to a good start - moving on to Swindon Town as The Bald Eagle overhauled his squad in a vain attempt to avoid relegation.

Cornwell later appeared for Cardiff City, Northampton Town, Brentford & Southend.

And it was while at the Shrimpers that he was party to one of our darkest days - a 0-4 loss at Roots Hall on New Years Day 1992 that left us bottom of the old Division Two.

After hanging up his boots in 1994 he moved into the pub trade, occasionally popping up in the Newcastle Masters indoor football team.

1980 Scott Parker born, Lambeth.

Midfielder who came through the ranks at Charlton and made his first team debut in 1997, remaining with Addicks until a 10m transfer to Chelsea in 2004 (he also had a spell on loan at Norwich back in 2000).

However despite earning his first England cap and being voted PFA Young Player of the Year, Scott was only an occasional starter at Stamford Bridge and broke a bone in his foot against Norwich City in December 2004.

That proved to be his final act in a Chelsea shirt and his next first team game was for Newcastle, following a 6.5m transfer in the summer of 2005.

Parker made his United bow in the home leg of our Intertoto Cup tie against Deportivo La Coruna and marked Michael Owen's debut at home to Fulham two months later by being sent off for two bookable offences.

Scoring his first goal at Cheltenham in the FA Cup the following January with an unorthodox effort that went in off his midriff, a rather better effort saw him mark his return to the Valley in March 2006 - although we lost 3-1.

A bout of glandular fever then curtailed his appearances for that season and the next campaign would prove to be his last. 

Making public comments about Toon fans having unrealistic expectations hardly endeared club captain Parker to those supporters and trading insults with fans in the East Stand during a home loss to Sheffield United was similarly ill-advised.

In amongst the ashes of the season end, with Glenn Roeder sacked and Sam Allardyce installed, Parker made a 7m move to West Ham in June 2007.

However, he later denied deny press reports (and a scandalous re-writing of history by Allardyce) that he'd angled for a move back to London due to family pressures:

"I went to Newcastle and contrary to what people say about not settling in the North East, me and my family absolutely loved it up there. Then a new manager comes in,  has different ideas and sells me."

Despite tumbling into the Championship with West Ham, he was voted as the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year and regained his place back in the England team before moving to Spurs at the end of the 2011 summer transfer window.

After half a century of appearances at White Hart Lane, Parker moved to Fulham in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee.

Enduring relegation in his first season at Craven Cottage, Scott remained a regular but was unable to inspire a promotion push in the 2014/15 campaign.

Ankle problems then meant that he hadn't made a single appearance in his third year at Fulham by the time of his birthday.

PS: Parker's place in club history is assured, as according to UEFA at least, he - not Bob Moncur - is the last player to have captained Newcastle to European glory.

That was of course our 2006/07 Intertoto Cup "victory" - a feat achieved by being the last of the eleven teams progressing into the UEFA Cup still to be involved. 

A trophy presentation duly took place well before kick-off against AZ Alkmaar at SJP in March 2007. Few fans witnessed a low-key ceremony that saw an overjoyed Parker and a randomly-selected Toon fan accept what looked like a sample from a tile warehouse.

PS: we couldn't let his birthday pass without adding a still from a McDonalds TV ad that featured a fresh-faced young master Parker playing keepy-uppy in his back garden.

1980 Karl Colley born, Sheffield.

6ft 4in central defender who spent a season at United''s Academy following his release by Sheffield Wednesday. 

Spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Ilkeston Town then followed before Colley played a handful of senior games for Halifax Town.

A meandering non-league career then saw him feature for Kettering Town, Frickley Athletic, Hucknall Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Barrow, Grimsby Town, Scarborough, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Retford United, Sheffield FC, Alfreton Town, Lincoln United, Sutton Town, Belper Town, Buxton and Goole Town.

Despite that low-profile however, Karl hit the headlines in January 2014, when footage of his dismissal when captaining Goole against Coalville Town appeared online.

Following his red card, Colley took exception to the comments of visiting fans, and on the anniversary of Eric Cantona getting stuck into a Crystal Palace follower, leapt into the crowd and aimed punches at a spectator. 

Goole immediately showed Colley the door as an FA charge followed, which result in a fine and playing ban until October 2014.

He later made a playing return with the aptly-named Sheffield Sunday League side Hackenthorpe FC.

1992 Liam Henderson born, Ashington. 

Midfielder who joined Newcastle's Academy at the age of 12 and made a reserve team debut from the bench against the smoggies at The Riverside in October 2009.

Stricken with long-term injury problems, a belated return to fitness ahead of the 2012/13 season saw Hendo guest for both Celtic Nation and Blyth Spartans.

However, a reserve team friendly against Gateshead at the International Stadium in August 2012 would prove to be his last game for United and he later was released.

Joining Northern League side Newcastle Benfield, Liam later played for South Shields, West Auckland Town, Jarrow Roofing and Newton Aycliffe.

NB: A different Liam Henderson (born in Gateshead during 1989) has played for a number of clubs including Watford, York City, Gateshead and Spennymoor Town.


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1894 Darwen (h)
Division Two
Dickson 2, McNee
Lonie 2

1900 Derby County (h)
Division One 
Fraser, Peddie 
Only a consolation goal this time for visitors marksman Steve Bloomer.

1906 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Appleyard 2 

1923 West Ham United (h)
Division One 

1928 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Hodgson(47), McDougall(88)

1934 West Ham United (a)
Division Two 
Lang, Weaver 
Barrett, Mills, Ruffell

1945 Grimsby Town (h)

Stubbins 2, Crowe, Hair, Milburn 2
Blenkinsopp, Davies


1951 Huddersfield Town (a) 4-2 (2-1)
Division One 
Hannah, Milburn 2, G.Robledo 
og(Harvey), og(Brennan)
Debut for Billy Foulkes, who lost his place the following Saturday, having been picked to represent Wales for the first time.

Newcastle actually scored all six goals, Joe Harvey and Frank Brennan registering own goals past 'keeper Ronnie Simpson.

1954 Hearts (h)
Milburn 2(1pen) 
Parker, Bauld, Conn

1956 Aston Villa (a) 1-3 (1-3)
Division One 
Sewell, Smith 2

1962 Sunderland (h)
Division Two 
Press reports claim over 20K fans were outside when the gates were locked. 

Those who got in saw Brian Clough put the mackems ahead from point-blank ranger, only for Jimmy Kerray to level, shooting past Jimmy Montgomery with the aid of a deflection off future Magpie Stan Anderson.

1973 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
A close-range header by Supermac from Terry Hibbitt's corner secured the win for a Newcastle side who featured Irving Nattrass in an unfamiliar forward role. 

1979 Shrewsbury Town (h) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two 
Hank Marvin, a Magpie and Mick Martin all on the same programme cover. What more could you want?

1984 Coventry City (a) 1-1 (0-0)
Division One 
Ex-Mag Terry Hibbit's brother, Kenny, was on target for the Sky Blues at Highfield Road.
Youtube footage is online here

Jackie Milburn made his final journey past SJP as his funeral cortege passed along Barrack Road. Thousands turned out to pay their last respects to the Newcastle hero.

1990 Oxford United (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
There was debut at the Manor Ground for Scott Sloan, who came on as a substitute to replace Wayne Fereday.

1997 Newcastle reserves beat Chesterfield 2-1 at Saltergate, Paul Brayson and trialist forward Carlos Gonzalez netting.

United fielded two further trialists, German duo Markus Munch (from Bayern Munich) and FC Schweinfurt's Ralf Keidel - the latter who did enough to earn a permanent deal.

2001 Bolton Wanderers (a) 4-0 (1-0)
Solano(41), Robert(62), Shearer(72), Bellamy(84)

1-0 up through an offside Nobby Solano, the Trotters then saw goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen sent off for a deliberate handball on the hour mark.

Solano, Alan Shearer and Laurent Robert all stood over the resultant free kick, with the Frenchman beating midfielder Bo Hansen to score (Bolton having no sub 'keeper).

Shearer and Craig Bellamy then rounded off the scoring against big Sham's side. match report.

2003 A 3-1 win over Leeds at Kingston Park for the reserves, 1,311 fans seeing goals from Lomana LuaLua, Michael Chopra and Carl Cort. James Milner played for Leeds. match report

2009 Newcastle's first-ever visit to the Don Valley Stadium saw them beaten 2-4 by a more experienced Rotherham reserve XI.

Aaron Spear netted first and Wesley Baheng scored in the closing stages, but the Millers grabbed four of their own in between. match report

2010 A third successive away win for the reserves came against Blackpool, with Phil Airey and future Tangerine Nile Ranger (2) on target at Bloomfield Road. match report