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St. James' Park
Saturday 27th August

Kick-off 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Last Match
Newcastle 2
Cheltenham Town 0
EFL Cup Second Round
St. James' Park
Tuesday 23rd August

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The Never-Ending Tour

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Martin Hardy's excellent "Touching Distance" book is now in paperback.

Order from the publisher for just £8.99 including UK postage here




Ticket news:
Brighton (h) Public sale now
Derby (a)

QPR (a) ST holder sale now (0 pts)
Wolves (h) Member sale now

Tractor boy sought 

United's search for striking cover looks to have been successful, with reports of a bid for Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy, who is in the final year of his current contract at the Championship club.

The 33 year-old Irish international started all four of Town's league games this season, but wasn't in their squad for a home game against Preston North End on Saturday, reportedly submitting a transfer request.

Murphy's ten goals helped the mackems gain promotion back in 2006/07 and following spells at Ipswich, Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday he's netted 50 times in 119 Championship starts since returning to Portman Road permanently ahead of the 2013/14 season.

It's reported that Ipswich will seek to replace Murphy with former Magpie Leon Best who is a free agent and trained with Town this week. They had also been credited with an interest in loaning Adam Armstrong, although that would be unrelated to a Murphy deal.

Given the age range of our squad, a relatively cheap move for someone of Murphy's experience seems like a no-brainer and bears comparison to the signing of Marlon Harewood in our last Championship campaign.

Meanwhile, photos of Palermo left back Achraf Lazaar boarding a private plane en route to Tyneside have appeared on social media. He's expected to attend today's game at SJP after completing his transfer.

Revenge mission


Newcastle U18s  2  Blackburn U18s  0

United's youngsters maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, deservedly defeating a Rovers side who had won each of their previous three visits to Little Benton without conceding a single goal.

The Magpies fashioned the first chance of the game after just five minutes, Callum Smith taking Mackenzie Heaney's pass and pinging a shot off the crossbar.

Heaney then gave his side a 22nd minute lead after winning a free-kick on the edge of the box and firing it low into the bottom corner, via a slight deflection.

The England youth international then saw a close range effort blocked by Matthew Campbell soon after, before the Rovers 'keeper palmed Owen Gallacher's fierce shot round the post on 32 minutes. 

After a quiet start to the seond period, the move of the match saw United double their advantage just before the hour mark, Heaney's run and shot rounding off a rapid counter attack.

Blackburn rarely threatened to make a contest of it, but home defender Owen Bailey was well placed to head off his own line to deny Stefan Mols on 68 minutes.

A second shutout in three games has already exceeded the single clean sheet in the whole of last season, while two wins and a draw represents United's best start to a league season at this level since 2008. 

Woolston, Spooner, Kitchen, Longstaff, Bailey, Adu-Peprah, Smith (Watts 84), Lowther, McNall, Heaney (Allan 84), Gallacher (Wilson 76).
Subs n/u: Marrs, Robson.

Booked: McNall.

Brighton (h)

This evening sees the Seagulls heading to Tyneside for a 5.30pm kick-off that's televised live on Sky TV.

Limited tickets now remain on public sale, with the visitors selling 1,800 of their 2,250 allocation.

Following the success of the display ahead of the Huddersfield home game, Gallowgate Flags are planning to repeat that from 5pm.


They stress that all flags are to be left in the ground for future use and that flags will be only displayed before the game in the Gallowgate End.

After suffering head injuries that required them to leave the field on Tuesday, both Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic will sit out this game on medical advice.

Rolando Aarons meanwhile faces at least eight weeks out after scans confirmed that he suffered a fractured metatarsal against Cheltenham Town that will need corrective surgery.

However it's expected that Ayoze Perez will be available to play - with or without his bandage.

Moussa Sissoko is again omitted from the squad, while Emmanuel Riviere and Cheick Tiote appear to be similarly invisible.



Coral rate a home victory at 5/4 but new punters can benefit from an enhanced price of 8/1 (£5 maximum stake) with a £5 consolation bet if United fall short.   

Coral's exclusive offer is online here

In the absence of Mitrovic and Gayle the goalscoring burden will fall on Ayoze Perez, with Momo Diame and Matt Ritchie also hopefully wearing their shooting boots against Albion. Here are some selected odds:

Diame first scorer @ 9/1
Ritchie anytime scorer @ 14/5
Perez to score in a 1-0 win @ 22/1

Coral match odds are online here

If you fancy something slightly different, Coral's latest Football Jackpot accumulator offers up to £100K for predicting the outcome of 15 chosen games across the weekend (including NUFC versus Brighton).

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BHAFC: The Seagulls have injury problems of their own, with a shortage of defensive options that was partly addressed on Friday by the signing of Shane Duffy from Blackburn Rovers.

An ex-club mate of Grant Hanley and international colleague of Ciaran Clark, Duffy has had an incident packed 2016/17 season so far, scoring twice and sticking another two in his own net. He's also been dismissed once.

Liam Rosenior is injured and Uwe Huenemeier played for the first time in 2016 in Tuesday's win at Oxford - midfielder Rohan Ince deputising in central defence. 

Making a return to their former home are managerial duo Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, plus winger Kazenga LuaLua - who scored his first senior goal for almost 12 months in midweek.

This will be the third time that Hughton has taken a seat in the away dugout since leaving in December 2010. Returning with Norwich City for a 0-1 defeat during September 2012, his Canaries side were then defeated 1-2 on Tyneside just over a year later.

The Seagulls come to SJP unbeaten in six league and cup games so far this season, drawing 0-0 at Derby before recording successive 3-0 home wins over Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United.

While we were winning at Bristol City on Saturday, Brighton shared four goals at Reading.

Recent toon transfer target Anthony Knockeart has netted in each of his last three games, while Glenn Murray has also scored three times this season since rejoining the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth. 

Albion's EFL Cup campaign meanwhile began with a 4-0 home win over Colchester United and continued by beating Oxford United 4-2 on the road.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) officiating in the Championship since back in January 2005, when he debuted by overseeing Brighton beat Watford.

His only previous competitive game involving us was a 0-2 loss at Peterborough United in the 2009/10 League Cup including a red card for Danny Guthrie.

However, we did encounter Stroud last month, when he took charge of our friendly victory at Southend.



There are no trains this Saturday, Sunday and Monday between Benton and Monkseaton in both directions
. Replacement bus service number 900 runs between Four Lane Ends and Monkseaton.

Trains will arrive and leave Benton from platform one; at Monkseaton trains will use platform two. Services are scheduled resume on Tuesday 30 August.

Park & Ride etc: 2016/17 Soccerbus services

Live on Sky Sports

If you're off to see the Tall Ships event in Blyth on Saturday, The Waterloo pub will be showing our match against Brighton live on Sky Sports. It's in the town centre at 17 Bondicar Terrace, NE24 2JW.

Channel 5's Championship highlights show airs at 9pm on Saturday, with a repeat at 10.30am on Sunday.

Overseas TV: 
beIN Sports Connect Australia
beIN Sports 13 Middle East
beIN Sports MAX 10 (France)
Digi Sport 2 (Cz)
Eleven Sports Singapore
EuroSport 1 Russia
Nova Sport Bulgaria
sportdigital (Austria/Germany/Swiss)
SportKlub HD Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Although we've twice visited the Amex Stadium for FA Cup ties in recent seasons, this will be the first time Albion have played at SJP since they won 1-0 back in March 1992 to dent our hopes of avoiding demotion to the third tier of English football. 

Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)

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This weekend's Championship result/fixtures:

Fri 26.08.2016:
Burton Albion 1-0 Derby County

Sat 27.08.2016:
Barnsley v Rotherham United (3pm)
Birmingham City v Norwich City (3pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Fulham (3pm)
Brentford v Sheff Wednesday (3pm)
Bristol City v Aston Villa (3pm
Cardiff City v Reading (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Wolves (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Preston North End (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v QPR (3pm)

Seaside specials

If you're planning a visit to the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth, sponsors Brinkburn Street Brewery
will be selling bottled beers - including limited edition brews Sailing to Philadelphia Pale Ale & Mason-Dixon Line IPA. 

Both commemorate the Cockfield-born 18th century surveyor Jeremiah Dixon, co-creator of what was named the Mason-Dixon line in the USA.

Lazaar quest


Reports from Italy on Friday claimed that agreement had been reached by Newcastle for the transfer of Palermo left back Achraf Lazaar.

A fee of around £3m has been speculated upon for the 24 year-old Moroccan international, who is now into the final year of his current contract.

Lazaar is expected on Tyneside this weekend to undergo a medical and finalise a five year deal. 

Omitted from Palermo's squad for last Sunday's Serie A season opener against Sassuolo, he's in the Morocco squad for internationals against Albania (Wed Aug 31st) and São Tomé e Príncipe (Sun Sep 4th).

Coventry claim Bigi 

Having reached agreement on the remaining 10 months of his contract at SJP, midfielder Gael Bigirimana has now left Newcastle on a free transfer.

Burundi-born Bigi has signed a one year deal with Coventry City and started their League One home fixture against Northampton Town on the bench.

That will be a third spell at the Ricoh Arena for the 22 year-old, who began his career there before moving to United in 2012 and returned on loan last season. 

His last competitive senior outing for United came at Morecambe in a League Cup tie three years ago.  

Old boy:
Bradford recalled

Coming to Newcastle's Live Theatre for two nights next month is The 56 - an award-winning play that reflects on the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster. 

Based on testimonies from those involved that day, the play (titled in homage to the number of people who lost their lives that day) will be staged on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of September.

Profits from staging The 56 will be donated to the University of Bradford Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
Their work did much to rebuild the lives of the 250 survivors with life-changing injuries and continues today with research into new treatments.

Tickets are £14 via or 0191 232 1232 and we have two tickets for Tuesday's performance to give away. To be in with a chance of winning tell us who NUFC were playing on that fateful day in 1985.

Email answer to (subject: 56).
Closing date is Thu Sep 1st @ Noon - the winner will be notified immediately via email and via

Full back commits

Another day, another contract announcement - this time a new four year deal for Jamie Sterry.

The 20 year-old Tynesider is a product of United's Academy and signed a first professional contract in March 2015 before making his senior debut from the bench against Spurs at Gallowgate back in May.

Right back Sterry then completed 90 minutes against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. He follows Rolando Aarons, Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong in committing his future to United.

Shirt countdown

There's still time to take advantage of the massive 20% off Apple iPad, iPhone and laptop repairs that 
MJS Computers Limited in Ponteland are offering readers during August. 

And in addition to that discount, readers taking up the offer have the chance to win a 2016/17 NUFC home shirt autographed by Rafa Benitez in a free draw.

That draw will be made on Wednesday evening and we'll announce the winner on Thursday. The shop is open as follows between now and then:

Bank Holiday Monday
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm

Callouts are excluded from this promotion, only repairs at 30 Merton Way, Ponteland, NE20 9PS count. One entry to the signed shirt draw will be made for each item repaired. MJS website is online here

Villans visit

Newcastle reserves play their third successive away game in Premier League 2 on Bank Holiday Monday, facing Aston Villa in a 3pm kick-off at Villa Park.

Peter Beardsley's side kicked off with a 3-0 win at Norwich before losing 1-3 to West Ham. Villa meanwhile are winless in their two outings to date, beaten 0-1 by Wolves and drawing 1-1 with Brighton.

The home side confirm that the Trinity Road Stand will be open, with admission by ticket only (£2 adults, £1 juniors) - which need to be purchased from a kiosk outside that stand, near the McGregor statue.  

Dutch exodus continues

Thursday saw United confirm Tim Krul's departure to Ajax on a season-long loan deal - after extending his St. James' Park contract by 12 months until Summer 2018. 

Krul moves to the Amsterdam ArenA following Jasper Cillessen's sale to Barcelona, although he's still to make a playing return from the knee injury that has sidelined him since October 2015.

Joining United in 2005 from Dutch side Den Haag, a senior debut came in a UEFA Cup tie at Palermo the following November before a loan move to Falkirk.

Close to signing for Feyenoord in 2008, Krul remained on Tyneside but was loaned to Carlisle United before a domestic bow for Newcastle came from the bench during the opening game of the 2009/10 season.

Taking over as the club's first-choice custodian, his 185th and most recent appearance in our colours was a 1-6 defeat at Manchester ten months ago. 

With Matz Sels, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot all at SJP and Freddie Woodman now on a long-term deal, it remains to be seen whether Krul has played his last game for Newcastle. 

If nothing else though, signing the contract extension means that the 28 year-old retains some value and won't be a free agent at the end of his loan.

It will be interesting to see though whether he can feature regularly in the Eredivisie this season, with recent seasons at United blighted by injuries that sadly appear to have left their mark on the player.   

Krul becomes the third Dutch international to leave Gallowgate this week following on from Siem De Jong and Daryl Janmaat, leaving just Vurnon Anita here.

Speaking to the Ajax website, Krul commented:

”Things are going well. I am currently recovering from a knee injury and I will not be able to play this coming Sunday away at Go Ahead Eagles. I anticipate that I will be ready after the international break and even then I will have to play a few games in the reserves because game time is completely different to training.

”There are not many clubs that can compare with Newcastle United but Ajax is definitely in that category they always have a lot of talented players in their squad and I look forward to helping the young players with my experience that I have built up the last 10 years.”

Transfer tally:

Outbound (15): Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella, Andros Townsend, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Gini Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gael Bigirimana.

Inbound (9):  Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin.

Arma stopping 
down the local


Newcastle confirmed on Thursday evening that Adam Armstrong had agreed a new four year contract to remain a Magpie until 2020.  

The England U20 international striker follows Freddie Woodman and Rolando Aarons in signing extensions at the club this month. 

19 year-old Armstrong has been with United for a decade and played the first of his 21 senior games (four starts) in March 2014, days before putting pen to paper on his maiden professional deal.


Matz Sels (Belgium)
Thu 01.09.2016 Spain (h) Brussels FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Cyprus (a) Nicosia WCQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)

Thu 01.09.2016 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Belarus (a) Borisov WCQ

Paul Dummett (Wales)
Mon 05.09.2016 Moldova (h) Cardiff City WCQ

Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley (Scotland)
Sun 04.09.2016 Malta (a) Valletta WCQ


Ciaran Clark (Ireland)
Wed 31.08.2016 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Mon 05.09.2016 Serbia (a) Belgrade WCQ

(Whether Aleksandar Mitrovic is available for the Serbs after his recent concussion
isn't yet known).

Isaac Hayden (England U21)
Tue 06.09.2016 Norway (h) Colchester ECQ

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U20) Sun 04.09.2016 Brazil (h) Kidderminster FR

(There's also a prior BCD game between the two sides at St. Georges Park on a day TBC)

It's....Wolves (h)

United pulled out a fourth consecutive home tie in Wednesday's EFL Cup Third Round draw, being paired with fellow Championship side Wolves.

Ties take place during the week commencing Monday September 19th, meaning that the men from Molineux must visit Tyneside twice in rapid succession - facing us at SJP in a league game on Saturday 17th.

Although we've drawn Wolves six time previously in cup competitions (meeting a total of nine times), all of those meetings came in the FA Cup.

EFL Cup Third Round:

Tue 20.09.2016:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Derby County v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Leicester City v Chelsea Sky

Wed 21.09.2016:
Northampton Town v Manchester United Sky
QPR v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Hull City

Date tbc:

Bournemouth v Preston North End
Fulham v Bristol City
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United v Wolves
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Swansea City v Manchester City
Spurs v Gillingham
West Ham v Accrington Stanley

Over here

Newcastle's ninth senior signing of the summer was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, with 23 year-old US international right back DeAndre Yedlin joining from Spurs for a claimed £5m.

Yedlin watched United progress in the EFL Cup from the SJP Directors' Box (below) on Tuesday, before completing the formalities of a five year contract.

The player made just one senior appearance for Spurs after arriving from Seattle Sounders in 2014 but played 25 times for the mackems while on loan there last season, including both derby matches. He's made 39 appearances for his country. 

Confirmation of his squad number is awaited.

Road trip for DJ

Widely tipped to be among the first players to depart following our relegation but featuring in the opening two Championship games, Daryl Janmaat's time at Newcastle has now come to an end.

The 27 year-old full back was linked with a move to Watford in July but looked to have held on for other offers - with the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli and West Ham credited with interest in signing him.

With just a week to go before the transfer window closes though, Janmaat has now succumbed to the bright lights of Hertfordshire and a £7.5m switch to Vicarage Road was finalised on Wednesday.

Like the decision Andros Townsend made to sign for Crystal Palace, we're bemused by exactly what the player thinks they are gaining by going there - aside from a nice little earner for them and their agent. 

If nothing else, Janmaat hasn't been bleating about wanting to move in public and played on through our pre-season and the first two competitive games.  

Along with Gini Wijnaldum though, failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals meant there was nothing stopping him from starting pre-season with his colleagues.

(Selhurst Park 2016/17 capacity 25,465 + Watford 2016/17 capacity 21,438 = 46,903. Attendance at Janmaat's final game NUFC v Huddersfield? 52,079)

The Dutch international moved to United from Feyenoord ahead of the 2014/15 season for a rumoured £5m, replacing Mathieu Debuchy.

77 outings in all competitions followed, with three of his four goals coming in the Premier League - including our last one in that competition against Spurs.

Dismissals at Swansea and Leicester were both deserved and while Mike Williamson was criticised by interim boss John Carver for his red card against the Foxes in the same game, our view of Janmaat's was that the full back got himself sent off. 

Our 0-3 defeat at Southampton last April also won't count among his best moments in a Newcastle shirt - letting the Saints in to score and then claiming it was because of injury, before damaging a hand punching something inanimate in the dressing room.

Whatever the circumstances of his injury, Janmaat missed the next six games before returning for the season closer - by which time we'd been relegated.

'Nam victory secured


Newcastle  2  Cheltenham Town  0


Match footage is online here

Match report

Old boy:
Gulag Mag

Ex-Magpie Gabriel Obertan has found himself a new club, signing a two year deal with Russian Premier League side Anji Makhachkala.

The 27 year-old Frenchman ended his five year stint with United in the summer when his contract expired and has now signed for the side he faced during our 2012/13 Europa League campaign. 


Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
A 2-0 home win over Lorient in Ligue 1 on Friday evening saw Flo complete 84 minutes. Old boy Remy Cabella set OM on their way with a first half free kick and then supplied an assist for the second.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Gillingham (h) League One, Saturday

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Barnet (a) League Two, Saturday

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Cheltenham Town, League Two, Saturday

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Grasshopper (a) Super League, Sunday 

Siem De Jong
(PSV Eindhoven)
FC Groningen (h) Eredivisie, Sunday

Tim Krul (Ajax)
Go Ahead Eagles (a) Eredivisie, Sunday

Henri Saivet (St. Etienne)
Toulouse (h) Ligue 1, Sunday

Derby County (a)

Following the international break, Newcastle return to Championship action on Saturday September 10th, heading to the iPro Arena for a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Magpies have sold their 3,200 allocation. 

To follow

Where: iPro Stadium DE24 8XL (33,597)
Nearest railway station: Derby (0.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 335 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow.

Former Newcastle coach and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson is in charge of the home side.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

QPR (a)

Newcastle's second away game in four days takes them to West London on Tuesday September 13th for a 7.45pm kick-off at Loftus Road.

The Magpies have been allocated 1,800 places. 

To follow

Where: Loftus Road W12 7PJ (18,360)
Nearest railway station: Shepherds Bush (1 mile)
Nearest tube station: White City (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 566 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow

QPRFC: Managing the R's is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while Les Ferdinand has the Director of Football role and James Perch remains on the playing staff.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

From NUFC:

"Newcastle United have written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates of its ticketing system are now complete.

"From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of their season ticket.

"The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details of how this payment will be made very shortly.

"Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total final saving of 10%.

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 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 have announced that their members only away ticket policy would be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 27.08.2016 Brighton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Championship. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports. NB: No metro service between Benton and Monkseaton.

Mon 29.08.2016 Res v Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League 2.
NB: New kick-off time.

Sat 10.09.2016 U18s v mackems (a)
@ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a)
@ iPro Stadium, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 3,200)

Mon 12.09.2016 Res v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 13.09.2016 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 7.45pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale (if any) Tue 30.08.2016. Prices: £34 & £29 adults, £24 & £20 over-60s / 18-21s, £17 & 14 U18s. U8s free entry when bought with £29 adult seat. Allocation: 1,800 (approx 550 are restricted view and carry a slightly reduced price.) 

Sat 17.09.2016 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.09.2016 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale from Mon 29.08.2016 (online), Mon 05.09.2016 (by phone/in person).

Mon 19.09.2016 Res v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2.

w/c Mon 19.09.2016 Wolves (h)
@ SJP, KO tbc. EFL Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 24.09.2016 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 26.09.2016 Res v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Wed 28.09.2016 Norwich City (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sat 27.08.2016
Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sat 26.11.2016)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

United declined an invitation to enter a team in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town v Heaton Stannington
Ashington v Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Metro line closures 2016:

Central Metro station will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday as follows:

03.09.2016 & 04.09.2016 (no NUFC game)
17.09.2016 & 18.09.2016 (Wolves h)
23.09.2016 & 24.09.2016 (Villa a)
01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 


International Magpies
National Service

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
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On This Day in History
27th August

Born Or Died:

1895 John Archibald born, Strathaven, Scotland. (1922-23)

Goalkeeper whose sole senior appearance for the Magpies came in a 5-1 home win over Manchester City in April 1922. 

He later served Grimsby Town, Darlington, Albion Rovers and East Stirling.

1938 Death of Colin Veitch, 57.

1973 Dietmar Hamann born, Waldsasson, Germany (1998-99)

Newcastle paid Bayern Munich £4.5m for their German international midfielder ahead of the 1998/99 season (his last game for them being the German Cup Final).

Scoring in pre-season games at Bray and against Juventus at SJP, Didi debuted in the season-opener against Charlton Athletic - after which manager Kenny Dalglish exited, to be replaced by Ruud Gullit.

Making a favourable impression in what was an inconsistent team, Hamann netted five goals including a thunderbolt at Nottingham Forest and helped United reach the FA Cup Final for the second successive season.

However they lost 0-2 at Wembley to Manchester United, Hamann failing to take to the field for the second half after what was claimed to be a dressing room spat.

That proved to be his last game for the club and an £8m switch to Liverpool was soon agreed - just days after going on the record to express his love of life on Tyneside.

Later claims that he was unhappy at the switch of manager from Dalglish to Gullit didn't really wash with Magpies fans, given that he played precisely two competitive games for the Scotsman.

Toon fans would deliver their own verdict on Hamann in subsequent appearances against them, directing repeated choruses of "There's only one greedy b*st*rd."

At Anfield he enjoyed trophy success and ended Kevin Keegan's career as England boss, scoring in Germany's 1-0 win in the final game at the "old" Wembley, prompting KK to resign after the final whistle 

Having played his last game for the Reds was the FA Cup Final, July 2006 saw Didi involved in a farcical transfer when joining Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer.

Within hours though he'd had a change of heart and admitted to a preference for Manchester City, managed by former Newcastle team mate Stuart Pearce.

With his registration not completed. Sam Allardyce's Trotters duly allowed him to move - in return for £400K compensation - while the player infuriated Wanderers officials by saying Bolton was too far to travel from his home - on the Wirral.  

Following his release from City in 2009, Hamann was out of football for a year before taking up a player/coach role at MK Dons. A faker at a fake club, that's fitting.

July 2011 then saw him on the move again, taking over as Stockport County manager following their demotion to the Conference.

However, by November Hamann had gone following a failed takeover. He switched to punditry work and became an online tipster - despite admitting to a gambling addiction that once saw him lose £288K while spread betting on cricket. 

A hugely enjoyable twitter fallout with fellow ex-Magpie and former Manchester City colleague Joey Barton came in 2013, with both men delighting in dredging up various "misadventures" in the other's life.

1977 Stuart Elliott born, Willesden, London.

Beginning his career at Arsenal, Stu's time at SJP saw him feature for the junior and reserve side in defensive and midfield roles.

He also agreed to a seemingly endless round of loans, appearing for Hull City, Swindon Town, Dundee, Gillingham, Hartlepool, Wrexham, Bournemouth and Stockport.
The nearest Stu came to a first team outing for the Magpies proved to be the first game of Kenny Dalglish's time in charge, when he was named as an unused substitute away at Southampton in January 1997.

Ending his United career with a long-range strike in the 2000 Northumberland Senior Cup Final against Blue Star, Stu then joined Darlington on a free transfer.

And within a few months, he'd broken his senior team scoring duck in spectacular style, beating Dave Beasant from 45 yards in a League Cup tie at Nottingham Forest.

After leaving the Quakers in 2001, he moved on to Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe (trial), Scarborough (trial), Carlisle, Durham, Scarborough, Exeter, Kidderminster (trial), Durham, Merthyr Tydfil, Harrogate Town, Halifax, Harrow Borough & Waltham Forest.

While playing for Gateshead in 2005, Elliott also made a part-time return to Newcastle United, coaching at the Academy.

Further moves saw him appear for Northwich Victoria, York City and Grays Athletic, before a return to Durham City in 2009 was torpedoed after just one league appearance, when the club hit major financial problems and were forced to release their squad.

Stu later played for Northern League sides Bedlington Terriers and Newcastle Benfield.

1989 Dean Critchlow born, North Shields.

Academy midfielder who attended Whitley Bay High School and featured for United's junior and reserves side before his release.

Joining Newcastle Blue Star, Dean faced his former employers in a pre-season friendly at Kingston Park in 2007 and later moved on to Northern League outfit Washington.

Critchlow's next club was Team Northumbria and he played for the Northern League side while studying for a Sports Development Degree, graduating in 2011. 

Becoming a United Foundation coach whilst playing on for TN, Dean featured in a 4-4 draw against Newcastle reserves in the Northumberland Senior Cup final at SJP in 2012, his TN side losing on penalties.

June 2014 then saw him join fellow Northern League side Ashington before emigrating to Australia to live on the Gold Coast, playing for Magic United.

1989 Romain Amalfitano born Nice, France. (2012-14)

Winger who joined Chateuaroux as a youngster. but failed to break into their senior side before departing in 2009.

Joining French third tier outfit Evian on a one year deal, 23 appearances and three goals the following season persuaded Stade Reims to hand him a two year contract.

Helping them achieve promotion to the top flight in his second season, talk of interest from Newcastle emerged early in 2012, as the player opened discussions with other clubs in the final six months of his deal. 

That coincided with Amalfitano dropping out of the Reims side, apparently due to injury - although for a time he was never referred to at all by their official website - prompting speculation of a possible fallout.

By April 2012 a deal was apparently in place between United and Romain, played the last six games of the season before officially becoming a Magpie on July 1st.

A first taste of action came in a 0-1 loss at German side Chemntizer during pre-season, before netting in a penalty shootout against Olympiakos in Faro later that month. 

Debuting competitively as a substitute in the 1-1 Europa League draw at Greek side Atromitos, four more low-key appearances came in that competition totaling 148 minutes (his sole start was in the 0-0 draw away to Maritimo). 

Failing to make any impact, the misfit winger was named on the bench eight times for domestic games between August 2012 and the January 2013 but never blooded. 

After some underwhelming reserve outings, Amalfitano was made available for loan and agreed a season-long switch to French Ligue 2 side Dijon in August 2013.

Making 24 appearances and scoring twice as they missed out on promotion to the top flight, few tears were shed when Dijon confirmed his permanent signing in July 2014 for an undisclosed fee.

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1990 Luuk De Jong born Aigle, Switzerland (2014)

Over two years after he was first linked with a move to United, De Jong was signed on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach in late January 2014 - arriving as Yohan Cabaye left Tyneside for Paris St.Germain.

Joining De Grafschaap in 2001 (his family having relocated from Switzerland to Holland in 1994), Luuk's senior debut came during the 2008/09 season - a campaign that ended in relegation for the Dutch side.

Moving on to Twente for £700K, he was on the fringe of the side who won the Dutch title in 2010, scoring a total of 37 goals in the following two seasons. 

Appearing at youth & U21 level for Holland, De Jong's senior debut came in a friendly against Austria during 2011, scoring his first goal against Finland in September 2012.

Signed by Borussia Monchengladbach at a cost of £12.5m, De Jong scored six times in his first season but was left to languish on the bench in the following campaign before agreeing a loan move to SJP. 

Given the number 18 squad number formerly worn by Jonas Gutierrez, De Jong made his debut at half time in the Tyne-wear derby with his side already two goals behind.

A first start then came in a 0-3 defeat at Chelsea the following week and by season's end he'd racked up a dozen outings and spent 671 minutes without ever remotely looking like scoring a goal. Tragic. 

United rightly passed up the chance to sign Luuk permanently for £8m and he returned to Borussia Monchengladbach to face a decidedly uncertain future.

His elder brother Siem then arrived at SJP on a six year contract from Ajax in July 2014, revealing in interviews that his move to Tyneside had come about in part on the recommendation of his brother.

Thoughts/fears of a De Jong family reunion at SJP were thankfully dispelled when a permanent move to PSV Eindhoven was agreed - Luuk ending that long goal drought by scoring on his competitive debut.

To the bemusement of Toon fans, De Jong went on to net 26 times in 45 games for PSV as they won the league.

Handed the captaincy for the 2015/16 campaign, Luuk reached the 20 goal mark from 29 appearances in all competitions. 

Amazing. Jon Dahl Tomasson mark II...!

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1921 Huddersfield Town (a) 
Division One 
McDonald 2
Start of a brief run in the team for Harry Paton, an inside right acquired from Clydebank.

1927 Huddersfield Town (a) 
Division One 
Gallacher 3

1932 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Allen, J.R.Richardson 
Butler, Wright

1934 Blackpool (a) 
Division Two 
Thomas, Hampson 2, Smailes

1938 Plymouth Argyle (h) 
Division Two 
Birkett, Clifton
There were scoring debuts for Ralph Birkett and Harry Clifton and a first senior appearance for Duggie Wright.

1947 Chesterfield (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
1949 Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
Forbes, Pye
1952 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 
1955 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
Hannah, White 2 
Thompson, Hatsell, Foster, Morrison
1958 The Reserves entertained Sheffield United Reserves at St. James' Park. 

Len White and John McGuigan both scored in a 2-2 draw.
1960 Burnley (h) 
Division One 
Newcastle's  reserve side were in Central League action at Liverpool meanwhile, going down 6-1.

Ken Hale grabbed the consolation for United at Anfield.

1966 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Mackay, Robertson
Without the injured Jim Iley, United recalled George Dalton for his first senior outing in more than two years.

1969 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
1969 A double-header against Manchester United as the Reserves beat their counterparts 2-1 at SJP.

The Magpies won it thanks to goals from Alan Duffy and Dave Elliott. 
1974 Sheffield United (a) 
Division One 


1975 Derby County (a)
Division One
Bruce(17), Macdonald(80)
Hector(66), Lee(70)
Tempers flared at the Baseball Ground where United's Mickey Burns was dismissed for arguing with the referee.

Francis Lee and Kevin Hector netted for the Rams, whose winner came courtesy of an own goal from Tommy Craig.

1977 Middlesbrough (a) 
Division One 
Handed a perfect opportunity to take the lead, Tommy Craig could only direct his penalty kick at 'keeper Jim Platt in the first minute at Ayresome Park.

The balding pate of David Armstrong then belied his prowess in front of goal and he beat Steve Hardwick once in each half.

Future Magpies John Craggs, Stuart Boam and David Mills all appeared for the Boro in a game televised on "Shoot" the following afternoon. Craggs had also begun his career at United.
Youtube footage is online here

1980 Bury (h)
League Cup 2nd Round, 
1st Leg
Rafferty(23,66), Shoulder(47pen)
Butler(29), Johnson(55) 
Caretaker boss Joe Harvey selected youngster Phil Leaver for what was his only senior outing, in front of one of the smallest crowds SJP has seen for a first team game. 

Returning Magpies included Shakers boss Jim Iley and players Pat Howard and Keith Kennedy. Featured in Halcyon Days.

1983 Leeds United (a)
Division Two 
Debut at left back for John Ryan. Three minutes into the second half 'keeper Kevin Carr broke his arm and Chris Waddle went in goal to keep an unlikely clean sheet.

1984 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Division One 
), Wharton(50)
After Lee Chapman nudged the Owls in front from Imre Varadi's pass, Peter Beardsley levelled from the penalty spot after Kenny Wharton was upended in the box. 

Wharton himself then grabbed the winner after the break, latching on to David McCreery's through ball before poking the ball beyond Martin Hodge in the Gallowgate goal.
Youtube footage is online here

1986 Newcastle Reserves travelled to Old Trafford for a Central League fixture and ran out 2-1 winners

Young striker
Joe Allon bagged both goals against the Red Devils.

1987 Brazilian international centre forward Mirandinha arrived in England, having agreed to join United in a £570,00 deal from Palmeiras in his home country.

1988 Everton (a) 
Division One 
Cottee(1,30,62), Sharp(88) 
Dave Beasant, Andy Thorn, John Hendrie & John Robertson all debuted for United, while ex-Magpie Neil McDonald lined up in a new look Toffees side along with Pat Nevin and Tony Cottee.

Cottee then took precisely 34 seconds to score the first of the his three goals and it was downhill to Division Two from then on....
Youtube footage is online here

1991 Middlesbrough (a) 
Division Two 
Wilkinson(28), Proctor(66), Falconer(81) 
No wins from our opening three games after this deserved defeat at Ayresome Park by a Boro side that included former Magpie midfielder John Hendrie.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Southampton (h)
Premier League 
Watson(30,37), Cole(40,70), Lee(85)
After scoring three in their opening game at Leicester and four at home to Coventry, a rampant United continued their unstoppable form.

Visiting 'keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was powerless to stop any of the goals while our nemesis Matt Le Tissier made little impact for the Saints.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-0 (0-0)
Premier League 
Ginola(53), Beardsley(75)
Two classic goals beat the Owls - David Ginola's first for the club and Peter Beardsley converting from an almost impossible angle.

The Sunday afternoon success was beamed out live by Sky, whose impudent reporter asked Beardo afterwards if he'd meant to score.....
Youtube footage is online here

1997 Croatia Zagreb (Croatia) (a) 
Champions League Qualifier 2nd Leg 
Asprilla(44pen), Ketsbaia(119)
Simic(59), Cvitanovic(90)
A remarkable game; United led 2-1 from the first game in England and a Tino penalty extended the advantage after Juric brought down Tomasson and was red-carded. 

However, a late Zagreb fightback led to them levelling in the last seconds of normal time. Just as penalties loomed large, Ketsbaia latched onto a through-ball from Tino and beat the keeper to send us through. Magic. match report

Youtube footage is online here

2003 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) (h) 0-1 (0-0)
(Lost 3-4 on pens)
Champions League 
Qualifier, 2nd Leg
Is this the point at which United started going backwards and finally fell out of the top flight in 2009?

Champions League qualification hopes vanished after a 1-0 was wasted and Partizan levelled. 

A scoreless 30 minutes of additional time then saw the tie settled on spot kicks and although Alan Shearer and Kieron Dyer missed the first two but so did Malbassa. before Nadj netted

When Jonathan Woodgate missed it seemed all over but Stojanoski was also unsuccessful as it stood at 1-0 to Partizan after six penalties. 

Shola Ameobi and Lomana LuaLua both scored as did Radakovic. leaving Iliev to hit the winning penalty... only for him to miss.

Into sudden death then and Jermaine Jenas made it 3-2 before Ilic equalised, Aaron Hughes fired over and Cirkovic beat Shay Given to give the Serbians victory. match report

2004 Wayne Rooney handed in a formal transfer request at Goodison Park as Everton rejected Newcastle's £23.5m bid.

2006 Aston Villa (a)
Moore(3), Angel(38)
The 12 game unbeaten run ended as luck deserted United at Villa Park and debutant Obafemi Martins was stretchered off.

Thankfully though he was diagnosed as only suffering from a "severe dead leg" and was fit enough to make his home debut the following weekend.

Having played his football here the previous season, this was an unhappy return to Villa Park for loanee James Milner. match report

2008 According to a statement from NUFC, James Milner handed in a transfer request the day after a man of the match display at Coventry City in the Carling Cup.

Milner's representatives, the PFA, confirmed he had handed in the request a week earlier and Leeds Chairman, Ken Bates, also made noises about sell-on clauses that suggested the deal was well underway - with Aston Villa confirmed as his destination 48 hours later.