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Premier League
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 appeared in 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 Monreal.

But the referee looked to be unsighted when Florian Thauvin's clumsily challenged Hector 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 favourite officials.

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 from Sissoko.

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 passing comment.

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.

Booked: Cazorla.

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 City). 

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 corresponding fixtures:

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

Arsenal (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

Arsenal (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 eight 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 success.

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:

"(Moussa) 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 at all.

"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.

(Aleksandar) 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:

Sat 29.08.2015:
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

Sun 30.08.2015:
Southampton v Norwich City (1.30pm) Sky
Swansea v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

Local action

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).

National League:
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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National service

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):
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

More helping 
hands for Heed 

A 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. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

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. 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
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.

Freddie 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
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.

Back to the future


Following 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.)

Moor the merrier:
Turfer than the rest

Former 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 duties.

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:
on Wednesday

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 Peterborough. 

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:

Tue 22.09.2015:
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

Wed 23.09.2015:
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:
Flor he's a jolly 
good fellow!

Newcastle  4  Northampton Town  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report is online here

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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.



Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Sat 05.09.2015 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Fri 11.09.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.09.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 8pm. Premier League. 25 adults & OAPs, 1 (one pound) U16s, ST holder sale now, 0 points. Live on Sky.

Sat 19.09.2015 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Thu 03.09.2015 (in person / by phone)

Mon 21.09.2015
U21s v West Ham (a) @ Rush Green, Romford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 23.09.2015 Sheffield Wednesday (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. Ticket sale details awaited.

Sat 26.09.2015
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ LFC Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky.

Mon 28.09.2015
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.

Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.


Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer
@ Dunston Lancastrian Suite. 30 including supper. Contact:
(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 (for Felling Magpies)

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

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

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

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 (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 29.08.2015 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

Radio Commentary:

Talk Sport:
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Discount admission schemes for NUFC season ticket holders at both Gateshead FC and Darlington FC won't apply in 2015/16.

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

Update: Mark has some new T-shirts designs available
online here  

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 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
30th August

Born Or Died:

1951 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 sweatbands....

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 Spartans.

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 dog.

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 Kuip Stadium.

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 Huddersfield Town.

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 United.

1957 Aiden 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 Hartlepool followed.

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.


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1919 Arsenal (a) 
Division One 
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 (h) 
Division One 
Brown, C.Wilson, Stephenson

1930 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-2 (1-0)
Division One 
Burgess, og(Weaver) 
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 (a) 
Division Two 
A.McCall(pen), Perry
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 
Driver, Connelly 
The Hatters gained revenge for a 2-7 loss on Tyneside the previous April.

1950 West Bromwich Albion (a) 2-1 (1-1)
Division One 
Milburn, Mitchell
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 
United's winless start to the season was extended to three games - although they had only lost one game.

1952 While 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)
Division One 
McGuigan, Wright 
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)
Division One 
, Davies(10,34), Elliott(65), Bennett(81)
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 
1-1), Davies(2-1), Robson(3-1)
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 the net.

1972 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-1 (0-0) 
Division One 
Future Newcastle boss Joe "JFK" Kinnear scored the only goal of the game at SJP. 

1975 Manchester City (a) 
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 other goals.

1980 Luton Town (h)
Division Two 
Koenen(61), Hibbitt(70)
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 
There was a first outing for midfielder Ian Bogie at Kenilworth Road. He would have to wait a year for his second.

1995 Middlesbrough (h)
Premier League 
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.

1998 Liverpool (h) 
Owen(17,18,32), Berger(45)

Having seen Kenny Dalglish exit after the previous game, SJP gave a pre-match ovation to his replacement, Ruud Gullit. 

However, he was apparently uninvolved in the team selection for this game, reserve coach Tommy Craig in temporary charge.

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.

Home 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.

1999 Manchester United (a) 1-5 (1-1)
Cole(14,46,65,71), Giggs(80)
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. match report

Dabs gets his marching orders 
as caretaker Clarke looks on

2003 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 United area.

David Dunn took the resultant spot kick and although Shay Given did well to block his effort, the same player netted the rebound. 

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 respectively.

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 2004. 

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 ownership.

2006 Giuseppe Rossi 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 months earlier.

2007 Senegal international right back Habib Beye was on Tyneside to conclude his move from Olympique Marseille.

2008 Arsenal (a)
Premier League
van Persie(18pen,41), Denilson(59)
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.

The 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..... match report

Davide Santon signed from Inter Milan for a reported fee of 5m and the arrival of goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic was also confirmed for a small six-figure fee.

2012 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. match report

2014 Crystal Palace (h)
Premier League

Janmaat(37), Aarons(73), Williamson(88)
Gayle(1), Puncheon(48), Zaha(90+5)
No less 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 Warnock. match report