Southampton (a) SOLD OUT
Hull City (h) member sale now
Palace (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Stoke City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
This Sunday sees the annual staging of the Great North Run, bringing
thousands of participants to Tyneside clad in a bewildering variety of sports
kits and costumes.
In amongst that throng will be Toon fan Chris Morton, who has taken
inspiration from the half Newcastle / half Sunderland shirt worn by Kevin
Keegan for the 1981 run and will run the race clad in his own 2014
Originally from Morpeth, Chris will be raising funds for the British Heart
Foundation in memory of his late father, Ken. If you'd like to contribute,
you can so so here
and leave a message backing the black and whiter.
Hat's your lot
The latest transfer window closed on Monday evening with no hint of further signings by Newcastle and the hoped-for striker
arrival unsurprisingly failing to happen.
Instead, United's primary focus was to reduce the size of their squad - an interesting method of dealing with their current
defensive and attacking shortcomings....
Hatem Ben Arfa was the subject of a late loan bid by Hull City, arriving on
Humberside by car some time after the 11pm deadline to a hero's welcome from
However the Tigers had successfully applied
for an extension to allow a deal to be finalised, having earlier filed preliminary paperwork with the Premier League.
A season-long loan deal was then officially announced by Hull at 00.45am,
ending the Frenchman's time at SJP - with his Newcastle contract expiring next
Current PL rules mean that Ben Arfa will not be available to play for City at
Saturday week or in the return game at the KC Stadium next January.
Born in the Parisian suburbs of Tunisian parentage,
left Marseille for Newcastle in late August 2010 on a
one season loan deal and debuted from the bench in a 0-2 home defeat by in mid
Getting off the
mark in spectacular style with the winning goal at Everton a week later,
Hatem's fourth game in our colours ended after just
when stretchered off at
Manchester City - a victim of a tackle from Nigel De Jong that broke the
Frenchman's left leg in two places.
January 2011 brought confirmation that a permanent deal had been agreed between
United and Marseille, Hatem becoming Alan Pardew's first acquisition when he
signed a four and a half year deal.
He returned to action just under a year after his injury at Nottingham Forest
in the League Cup and although Premier League appearances were mainly from the
bench he scored a staggering solo effort against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup
during January 2012.
That was described by Pardew as: "..the greatest goal, in my opinion, I
have ever seen with my eyes because just the technical part of it - to beat six
players, to skip past people, left-foot, right-foot, cut-back, accelerate,
everything that was involved in it."
Finding the net six times for United that season, Ben Arfa then appeared
twice for France in the Euro 2012 Finals. That national service saw him make a delayed return to action in
pre-season, but he hit the ground running with goals in our opening two home
sidelined him before
what looked like a risky comeback at Fulham saw Ben Arfa bag
before coming off after
aggravating his ailment. Returning from a four month injury layoff against Anzhi Makhachkala in the
Europa League, Hatem had a run in the side that belatedly secured top flight
status in their penultimate game - netting
a penalty in that win at QPR.
Scoring in back to back wins over Fulham and Aston Villa early
in the 2013/14 season,
a chunky-looking Ben Arfa struggled for both form and fitness and gradually
found himself eased out of United's starting XI.
The sale of Yohan Cabaye early in 2014
give him a route
back into the side, but due to a breakdown in relations with Pardew that never
Nowhere near the French squad for the 2014 World Cup, United made their
intentions clear by handing new arrival Siem De Jong the number 10 squad number
and excluding Ben Arfa from first team pre-season, banishing him to train with
the U21 development side.
He leaves having made 55 starts and 31 substitute appearances in all
competitions, scoring 14 times.
Whatever Ben Arfa does or doesn't go on to achieve in the game, he goes
down as another who wasted his talents in a black and white shirt.
Whether that was down to errant behaviour on the part of the player, or
poor management from the club's leadership depends on your standpoint.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined Serie A side
AS Roma on loan for the remainder of
the season. Confirming the signing, the Italian side stated that a £1m loan
fee will be paid and the option of a permanent move at a cost of £5.5m has
Born in the Central African Republic, Yanga-Mbiwa left
January 2013 transfer window
for a claimed £6.7m.
Debuting off the bench in the closing stages of a vital 2-1 win at Aston Villa,
Mapou found himself pressed into service as an emergency central midfielder.
A first start at right back in the scoreless home draw with Metalist Kharkiv,
was then followed by a return to his more usual central defensive role later in
the month, following an injury to Fabricio Coloccini.
The return of Colo to fitness in May 2013 then saw him recalled and Yanga
deputise at left back for the absent Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara away at
23 league appearances (six from the bench) plus three cup starts
2013/14 season and
Mapou was dismissed in the
home game against Liverpool.
Amassing the most pitch time in this pre-season - although he was frequently
shoehorned into the right back role - Mapou hasn't been sighted since coming
off the bench in our home friendly against Real Sociedad.
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella,
Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra,
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow.
Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain
Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy, Sylvain Marveaux, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben
* Strictly speaking this should read 9 in, 12 out, given that messrs Darlow
and Lascelles instantly left on loan
Sat 30.08.2014: Burnley 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester City 0-1 Stoke City
QPR 1-0 mackems
Swansea City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
West Ham 1-3 Southampton
Everton 3-6 Chelsea
Sun 31.08.2014: Aston Villa 2-1 Hull City
Spurs 0-3 Liverpool
Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal
2014/15 season Magpie
Mover tickets are available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy,
Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after
competitive home first team games. Order
Update: signed KK boot/photo montage now also on sale.
Reserves: U21 fixture changes
Arsenal U21s v Newcastle U21s now Mon 22.09.2014 (was previously Fri
19.09.2014). Venue and kickoff time remain unchanged, 7pm @ Meadow Park,
Stoke City U21s v Newcastle U21s now Fri 14.11.2014 (was previously Fri
26.09.2014). Venue and kickoff time remain unchanged, 7pm @ Moss Rose,
afternoon fever: Get down the local
Coinciding with an international break, the fifth annual Non League Day
will be staged this coming Saturday - when grass roots football takes centre
It's a perfect time to mention "for the love of football" - a
non-league website dedicated to leagues and teams in the region that has grown
rapidly in its first season.
You'll find their full Non League Day fixture listing here
- helpfully presented with venue postcodes - and a rich variety of other
content on their main site here
PS: Ahead of Saturday's games, Blyth Spartans are running ebay auctions
for replica shirts - one signed by Lionel Messihere
and one by Peter Beardsleyhere
Profits from both sales will benefit the Scott Bell Fund, a charity set
up by the former Spartans striker to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease
Association and to aid people suffering from MND in the North East.
Monday saw Jack Colback link up with the England squad, although an
unspecified knock picked up on club duty for Newcastle on Saturday meant that
he sat out training.
Jack Colback (England):
Wed 03.09.2014 Norway (h) Wembley FR
Mon 08.09.2014 Switzerland (a) Basel ECQ
Rob Elliot (Ireland): Wed 03.09.2014
Oman (h) Dublin FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Georgia (a) Tbilisi ECQ
Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands): Thu 04.09.2014 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 09.09.2014 Czech Republic (a) Prague ECQ
Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (France): Thu 04.09.2014 Spain (h) Paris FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Serbia (a) Belgrade FR
Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast):
Sat 06.09.2014 Sierra Leone (h) Abidjan ACNQ
Wed 10.09.2014 Cameroon (a) ACNQ
Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Sun 07.09.2014 Hungary (a) Budapest ECQ
Paul Dummett (Wales):
Tue 09.09.2014 Andorra (a) ECQ
Lascelles (England U21s): Fri 05.09.2014 Lithuania (a) Kaunas ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Moldova (a) Tiraspol ECQ
Rolando Aarons (England 20s): Fri 05.09.2014 Romania (h) Telford FR
Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U18s): Fri 05.09.2014 Holland (a) Bury FR
Proud sponsors of
Chelsea confirmed on Sunday that they had completed the permanent signing of
Loic Remy from QPR for an undisclosed fee that's reported to be
The 27 year-old French international striker was linked with various Premier
League clubs following a loan spell at Newcastle last season, but began the
current campaign at Loftus Road after a move to Liverpool broke down.
Remy's Stamford Bridge switch ends any lingering hopes that the player would
be enticed back to Tyneside, but the player never gave the slightest
indication that any return to the black and whites was in the
PS: The former Magpie contingent at QPR was further reduced on
Saturday, when defender Danny Simpson was sold to fellow Premier
League side Leicester City.
U18s: Bairns off the mark
City U18s 1 Newcastle U18S 1
Having lost their opening
two games against the mackems and Manchester United, Saturday saw United's
U18 side pick up their first point of the season in Staffordshire.
The Potters were fresh from beating Liverpool 7-1 and Boro 2-0 but were
behind at the break thanks to striker Luke Charman's first goal at
It could have been even better for Dave Watson's side, had Jordan Storey not
missed a second spot kick in as many games after Jamie Holmes was impeded.
City then earned a share of the points when Newcastle conceded their third
penalty in as many games and in form forward Charles Weston-Hayles shot
debuted for England U17s in a 1-1 draw with the
Czech Republic on Wednesday, Magpies goalkeeper Paul Woolston finished
on the winning side as he earned a second cap on Sunday afternoon.
England coach John Peacock left Wooly on the bench and played Norwich City's
Aston Oxborough in Friday's 1-2 loss to Portugal, but the 16 year-old from
North Shields was recalled for Sunday's game against Italy at Burton.
A see-saw affair saw England eventually prevail 4-3, with Woolston between the
posts for the first 73 minutes and hoping to have done enough to warrant
selection for the European Championship qualifiers this October in
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
A good week for Stuart Pearce's side ended with a 1-0 victory at Sheffield
Wednesday that keeps them top of the Championship.
Goalkeeper Darlow posted a third successive clean sheet while
defender Lascelles appeared off the bench for the final 17 minutes of the
game at Hillsborough.
Next game: Derby County (h) Championship, Sunday September 14th.
Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
The striker spent Saturday afternoon watching from the bench as his current
side were held 1-1 at home by Leyton Orient in League One.
From a possible 540 minutes so far this season, Adam has managed just 36
minutes. He's yet to find the net.
Next game: Morecambe (h) JPT Trophy, Tuesday
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp) It's now three defeats in four games for the winger, who played all but
five minutes of a 0-4 loss at Lorient on Saturday in Ligue 1.
Next game: Bordeaux (h) Ligue 1, Sunday September 14th.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Next game: West Ham (h) Premier League, Monday September 15th (unless
he plays for the reserves).
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Next game: Empoli (a) Serie A, Saturday September 13th.
Update: John Alder
Statement from the Foreign Office,
We can confirm positive identification of
another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been
informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to
provide consular assistance to the family.
Following recent stints at both MK Dons and
Birmingham City, ex-Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison has now
appeared at Hibernian in his quest to find a new club.
The 27 year-old has been back in the UK since ending his contract at Bidvest
Wits in his native South Africa last season, also reportedly attracting the
attention of fellow Scottish Championship side Rangers
2014/15: Euro exchanges
Contrasting fortunes for Hull City
and Spurs in their Europa
League Qualifying Round ties on Thursday night should now mean that
confirmed match dates and KO times for two Newcastle games will now follow.
The Tigers were beaten on away goals by Belgian side Lokeren, meaning that
their visit to St. James' Park on Saturday September 20th at 3pm goes ahead as scheduled.
Victory for Spurs over
AEL Limassol confirmed Group Stage qualification and Matchday 3 seems them
come up against Greek side Asteras Tripolis in London on Thursday October
That entitles them to ask the Premier League for their next domestic game to
be delayed by a day, meaning that our visit to White Hart Lane would be
altered to Sunday October 26th, KO tbc.
Confirmation that Newcastle's Capital One
Third Round tie against Crystal Palace will take place on Wednesday
September 24th with an 8pm kick-off.
That means that United will face a manageable three games in a ten day
period, facing Hull City at home on Saturday 20th and Stoke City away on
By contrast our opponents have to play their trio of matches in just seven
days, travelling to Everton on Sunday 21st before entertaining Leicester City
on Saturday 27th. As usual in this competition, a result must be achieved on the night - via
extra time and penalties if required.
After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, this adds
another 595 miles for those on the road from Tyneside - and to make
matters worse, the league visit to Palace next February is also on a midweek
Five of the 16 ties pit top-flight sides against each other with six home draws for
London-based teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs, Palace and Leyton
If you're looking for positives, United will go to Selhurst in search of a
fifth successive win over Palace there. Less comfortingly though, we've lost
17 of our 26 League Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides since 1993
and won only one of the last eight (Chelsea away in 2010).
Third Round Draw:
Arsenal v Southampton
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City
We've faced Alan Pardew's former club six times in the FA Cup (all at SJP,
with Newcastle winning five and losing one) but this is the first time the
Magpies and Eagles have met in this competition.
However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a League Cup tie involving United,
when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round tie back
Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon),
Ben Arfa(pen) 2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor 2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy 1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia 1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley 1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley 1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi 1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills 1978/79 lost 0-1 1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor 1971/72 lost 0-2 1970/71 lost 0-1 1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson 1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
Unlikely Lad: Old boy turns Posh
Former Newcastle reserve player Marcus Maddison has moved from
Gateshead for a club record fee to League
One side Peterborough United (reportedly £250K up front and a further
£250K in staged payments).
The 20 year-old winger/attacking midfielder failed to break into the senior
squad at SJP and was released in 2013, but has since begun to realise his
potential over the Tyne at the International Stadium.
Netting 14 goals last season as Gateshead narrowly failed to achieve promotion
to the Football League, Maddison already had four to his name this time round
and has signed a four year contract at London Road.
A successful debut followed on Saturday for the Durham-born player, introduced
from the bench in the 67th minute of a 3-1 victory away to Colchester.
Newcastle to win @ 4/5 Newcastle to win to nil @ 15/8 Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 6/5 (NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing,
but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live
Ronald Koeman has seen his Saints side record a defeat, a draw and a win in the
Premier League since taking over at St.Mary's.
A 1-2 loss at Anfield was followed by a 0-0 stalemate with West Brom at home and
a 3-1 win at West Ham.
Assuming he suffers no ill effects while on duty with England, goalkeeper Fraser
Forster is set to face his former club for the first time.
One player who won't be facing us is, Saphir Taider after the loan player
was sent back to his parent club Inter Milan just three weeks into a season-long
Possible debutants are Belgian international defender Toby Alderweireld - signed
on loan from Atletico Madrid - and Austrian midfielder Sadio Maane, who
completed a permanent deadline day move from Red Bull Salzburg.
Travel: no relevant scheduled rail engineering works
Other Premier League fixtures:
Saturday 13.09.2014: Arsenal v Manchester City (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Stoke City v Leicester City
mackems v Spurs
West Bromwich Albion v Everton
Liverpool v Aston Villa (5.30pm) Sky
Sunday 14 September 2014: Manchester United v QPR (4pm) Sky
Monday 15 September 2014: Hull City v West Ham (8pm)Sky
UK TV: none
Overseas TV: tbc
UK Radio: tbc (if any)
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Toon @ Saints - last 20:
2013/14: Lost 0-4 2012/13: Lost 0-2 2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr 2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose 2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert 2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy 2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer 2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer 1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed 1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann 1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee 1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark 1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer 1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson 1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole 1988/89: Lost 0-1 No scorer 1987/88: Drew 1-1 O'Neill 1986/87: Lost 1-4 A.Thomas 1985/86: Drew 1-1 Beardsley 1984/85: Lost 0-1 No scorer
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.
Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is
added annually by NUFC to each ST).
A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit.
In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.
NUFC's members only away ticket policy is
still in force, with
only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford
Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)
Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinntalk-in @ The Alberta Social Club,
Jarrow. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824
Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier
League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,300.
U18s v Bolton (h) @ Little
Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Mon 15.09.2014 U21s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21
U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Member sale now, public sale Thu 04.09.2014
(online), Mon 08.09.2014 (in person/by phone)
Mon 22.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Boreham Wood, 7pm. U21
Note new date.
Wed 24.09.2014 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm.
Capital One Cup Third Round. ST holder sale now (zero
points) £15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s.
U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 8pm. Premier
League. ST holder sale now (zero points). £20 adults,
£5 OAPs, U17s. Live on Sky Sports.
Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/c 22.09.2014 4th Round w/c 27.10.2014 QF w/c 01.12.2014 SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015 SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015 Final Sun 01.03.2015
FA Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015 4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015 5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015 6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015 SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015 Final Sat 30.05.2015
FA Youth Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round by 20.12.2014 4th Round by 17.01.2015 5th Round by 31.01.2015 6th Round by 21.02.2015 SF1 by 07.03.2015 SF2 by 21.03.2015 Final 1 tbc Final 2 tbc
U21 Premier League Cup Dates:
Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014 Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015 QF: no later than 02.02.2015 SF: no later than 02.03.2015 Final: no later than 30.03.2015
Travelis the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.
On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Tue 09.09.2014 AFC Telford (7.45pm) Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town
Rugby Union World
Cup @ SJP:
The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:
Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
Now: English rugby club members
12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot
11.2014/12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis for any left
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday
to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on
Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
Group D qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon
Group G qualifiers: 06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 Botswana v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1900 Robert McKay born, Govan, Scotland.
Inside right who cost Newcastle £2,750 when he was persuaded
to leave Rangers - United reaping an instant return when he fired a debut hat
trick in a 5-2 home win over West Bromwich Albion.
1927 saw Bob add a First Division medal to the Scottish Cup one gained with
Morton some five years earlier.
And October of that year saw him gain a first (and only) international cap for
Scotland in a 2-2 draw with Wales at Wrexham.
Just over a year later however, he'd moved on to local rivals Sunderland - with
left back Bob Thomson coming the other way.
Almost inevitably he scored twice for his new club in a 5-2 derby victory at
Roker Park just days after joining the red and whites.
Bob later played for Charlton, Bristol Rovers, Newport County and had spells
managing Dundee United and Ballymena United.
Later scouting for Charlton, Bob had returned to his native Glasgow when his
death was recorded in May 1977.
1925 Ernie Taylor born, Sunderland.
A wartime signing from Hylton Colliery, diminutive inside
forward Ernie played for United in wartime football, his Royal Navy service as
a submariner also seeing him appear for Plymouth Argyle.
His competitive debut for the Magpies came in the FA Cup versus Barnsley in
1946 and he was part of United's 1951 FA Cup winning side before moving on to
Blackpool - where he repeated the feat at Wembley in 1953.
Taylor received international recognition later that year, but his first and
last England cap was the 6-3 home defeat by Hungary. A transfer to Manchester United in the aftermath of the 1958 Munich Air
Disaster saw him reach a third final, but he had to settle for a runners-up
Ending his league career at his hometown club, Ernie played briefly for
Altrincham and then Derry City in Northern Ireland.
Emigrating to New Zealand he worked as a football coach before returning to
North West England and working for Vauxhall Motors.
Ernie was living in Birkenhead at the time of his death, in April 1985.
1953 Paul Cannell born, Newcastle.
Centre forward who began his footballing career with the
mackems and played for England Schoolboys before moving to SJP.
Paul made his first team debut in a Texaco Cup against Ayr United at SJP in
September 1972, although he had to wait until March 1974 to make his
competitive league bow, replacing the absent Malcolm Macdonald.
However it was only after the sale of Mac to Arsenal that Cannell became a
regular choice, scoring 12 league goals in 1976/77 - just two less than top
scorer Mickey Burns.
Having spent the close seasons of 1976 and 1977 playing in the North American
Soccer League with Washington Diplomats, Paul emigrated late in 1977 after
being declared surplus to requirements at Gallowgate by new manager Bill
Remaining out in the USA until 1981 and also played for the Memphis Rogues,
Detroit Express and Calgary Boomers (who took on the Memphis franchise in
Cannell returned to England in 1981 and played for North Shields, Mansfield
Town, Berwick Rangers and Blyth Spartans, leaving Croft Park at the end of the
Since then Paul has been connected to various local business ventures such as
pubs, nightclubs, discos, taxis and even a foray into quiz books. He later
became landlord of The Alexandra pub in North Shields.
Cannell released a biography in 2012 with a title that colourfully referred to
an expletive that rhymes with his name....
1982 Joey Barton born Huyton. (2007-11)
A boyhood Evertonian, midfielder Barton was with the Toffees as
a schoolboy before switching to Manchester City in 1999.
Making his first team debut for Kevin Keegan's City side against Bolton in
April 2003, Barton won his first senior England cap against Spain at Old
Trafford in April 2007.
Moving to SJP in a £5.8m deal three months later, Barton's first team debut
was delayed until October 2007 after breaking a bone in his foot in a
pre-season friendly at Carlisle.
His first Magpies goal came from the penalty spot at Fulham in December 2007
and he repeated that trick in a home game against West Bromwich Albion in
Within a month though he was sidelined again after clashing with Wigan's Lee
Cattermole, an abortive comeback ending with him limping off at Manchester City
in January 2009.
Barton began the 2009/10 season still at SJP, despite seemingly playing his
last game for the club in a 0-3 loss Liverpool on his native Merseyside the
previous May - seeing red for a ridiculous challenge on Xabi Alonso.
A post-match row with Shearer in the Anfield dressing room saw Barton
banned from the club, but he returned as a substitute in the opening
Championship game at West Brom, by which time Al was a BBC pundit again.
That was despite a training ground spat with a number of fellow first teamers
and interim manager Chris Hughton just hours earlier.
Injury then sidelined Barton yet again in September 2009, with a broken
metatarsal keeping him out until the following March - when he contrived to
miss a penalty at Hartlepool in his reserve team comeback.
Reappearing for the tail end of the promotion season, Joey scored from a free
kick in the win at Peterborough and dedicated the goal to the club's medical
staff, who had seen him through yet another dose of rehab.
United's Premier League return then saw him net the winning penalty in a
pre-season shootout success against Deportivo (after missing one in normal
time) and then net his first Newcastle goal from open play with a stunning
strike in the home opener v Villa.
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The 6-0 victory that day was enough to see him discard the
moustache that he'd vowed to grow until the Magpies won their first game back
in the top flight - Barton having shaved it off before post-game interviews.
After a decent season on the pitch, often captaining and leading the side to
some notable performances, Barton fell foul of the club's management by making
some very public statements about not being offered a new contract and the
club's transfer policy.
Using his Twitter account, Barton criticised the departure of his team mates,
Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique and was immediately placed on the transfer list on
Missing from the club's USA pre-season tour after being refused a visa due to
his criminal record (although he travelled there for his holidays only weeks
earlier, Barton instead joined the reserves' tour of Holland.
After some temporary bridge-building, he was selected for the season-opener at
home to Arsenal - where he was instrumental in the dismissal of Gunners
What proved to be his final outing came in a 1-0 win at the mackems before
Premier League newcomers QPR and debuting against United.
Another chapter was written in the Barton biography when he was infamously sent
off in the season-closer at Manchester City.
Tangling with Carlos Tevez, he floored Sergio Aguero before attempting to
head-butt Vincent Kompany.
Banned for 12 matches at the start of the 2012/13 season, his QPR seemed
effectively over with no squad number or training ground locker allocated at
the start of the season.
Joining Marseille on a season-long loan, Joey played 30 times for the French
side and boasted of winning a permanent deal there.
However no agreement was reached and he returned to Loftus Road, featuring for
QPR in their first Championship game alongside fellow ex-Magpie Danny Simpson.
September 2013 saw Barton make his first playing return to Gallowgate, donning
black and white once more for the Newcastle Legends side who faced AC Milan
Glorie in a charity testimonial for Steve Harper.
Afforded a rousing reception when taking to the field, Barton then proceeded to
boost his reputation on Tyneside further by making his mark on a certain Milan
player called Di Canio.
PS: we don't have space to list all of Barton's various misdemeanours, court
cases, prison time and community service.
1893 Woolwich Arsenal (a)
Division Two Sorley, Crate
6,000 The first ever league game for Newcastle United. Also,
the only recorded appearances of fellow Scots J. Bowman
and goalkeeper Andrew Ramsay for United.
1903 Aston Villa (h)
Division One Templeton
8,000 Debut for Jimmy Howie.
1905 Sunderland (a)
Division One Howie(14), Orr(72)
30,000 First of nine appearances for Harry Hardinge at centre
forward, during which time he only netted once and was
subsequently sold to Sheffield United.
1908 Bradford City (h)
Division One Veitch
26,000 The only appearance of Bob Blanthorne, who sadly broke
his leg and never played for United again. Fellow debutant
Jimmy Stewart was rather more successful, netting 53 goals
in 138 first team games.
reserves were at the Victoria Ground, Hartlepool to play
the first match on what had formerly been a rugby pitch
against the newly formed Hartlepools United.
However 'Pools ran out 6-0 winners.
1909 A Newcastle
reserve team travelled to Carlisle and played before a
crowd of 3000 to officially open Brunton Park, winning
1911 Bolton Wanderers
Division One Stewart 2
30,000 A debut appearance for Jimmy Hay, the former Celtic
and Scotland Captain. Also making his entrance was Bill
Kelly, who had returned to his native Tyneside after a
spell with Watford.
1912 Bolton Wanderers
Division One McDonald, Rutherford
30,000 Scoring debut for John McDonald at outside left, after
his move from Liverpool.
1914 West Bromwich
Division One Hibbert
Division One Harris, McDonald
Brewster, Irvine, Williams
1933 Leeds United (a)
Division One J.Milburn(pen), Cochrane,
18,000 The opening goal was a penalty scored by Jack Milburn
from Ashington... but not THE Jackie Milburn - he was only
nine at the time! Christened John, Jack played at
left-back with Leeds alongside his brother George.
Swansea Town (h)
Division Two Bowden 3, Pearson 2, Hamilton, Scott, Cairns
14,000 The last game of the abortive 1939/40 league season.
Bowden never played football again and his hat trick was
expunged from the records.
Division One Keeble, Milburn, Mitchell 2
1959 Birmingham City (h)
Division One White
1961 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Division Two Kirby, Carter
1967 Stoke City (h) 1-1 (1-1)
Division One Davies
1968 Southport (a) 2-0 (1-0)
League Cup 2nd Round Robson(pen), Sinclair
8,521 An easy passage to the next round was secured at
Sheffield United (a) 0-2 (0-2)
League Cup 2nd Round Woodward, Tudor
22,101 Future Magpie John Tudor scored for The Blades,
as we were eliminated at the first time of asking
for the fifth season out of six.
West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One Dyson(30), og(Wilson)(88)
25,183 United registered a first away win in fifteen attempts
since the previous December - although they needed a
helping hand from the hosts at the Hawthorns.
Crystal Palace (a)
Division One Tudor
21,749 A third successive defeat saw United drop to 15th
place - which proved to be their lowest position of the
Cambridge United (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 8,174 Bill McGarry handed a debut to full back John Brownlie
as the Magpies made their first ever trip to the humble
surroundings of the Abbey Stadium.
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg (3-3 agg, lost on away goals) Bradley
4,348 Caretaker boss Joe Harvey suffered the ignominy of an
early League Cup exit on away goals to the Fourth Division
And to make matters worse, three of his former players
were involved for the Shakers - Pat Howard and Keith
Kennedy on the field and Jim Iley in the manager's chair.
1981 A goaless draw at SJP against Bury Reserves
gave Central League watchers an opportunity to see
Australian International trialist George Christopoulos in
He was to return home though, after a protracted saga
failed to secure the necessary work permit.
Christopoulos played for AEK Athens in Greece before
returning to Australia and appearing for South Melbourne
and Canberra Arrows. He also won 13 caps for the national
He later owned a bar and music venue in Melbourne and
worked as a player's agent.
Oldham Athletic (h)
Division Two Quinn 2(1pen)
21,092 Mick Quinn (pictured on the programme cover
celebrating his four-goal debut against Leeds) fired in
another two against one of his former clubs, making it
seven goals in his first three games for United.
Luton Town (h)
2-0 (2-0) Division One Clark(35), Kelly(44)
27,054 Possibly the first real sign of things to come in this
promotion season, with an attacking performance that in
all reality could have seen United hit ten.
1999 Bobby Robson
was announced as United's new boss less than a week after
the departure of Gullit. The official site declared:
become the fifth Newcastle United manager of the decade
following in the footsteps of Jim Smith, Ossie Ardilles,
Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit."
happened to that Keegan
Premiership Speed(80), Shearer(88)
Future and former Magpies netted against us, but Gary
Speed and Alan Shearer salvaged an unlikely point.
Substitute Craig Bellamy made a successful comeback from
injury and laid on Speed's goal. NUFC.com match
Venables seemed likely to be Sir Bobby's successor as he
was in the North East for talks. It wasn't a popular
2005 Malaga (Spain)
Friendly Hidalgo(76pen), Couñago(80)
Spaniards won the Costa del Sol Trophy against a United
side containing Academy lads Carl Finnigan, Alan O'Brien,
Liam Atkin, David Edgar, Kris Gate and Paul Huntington.
Perennial reserve Tony Caig was between the posts for a
rare appearance when conceding two second half goals,
while coach Dean Saunders waddled on as a late substitute.
NUFC.com match report
Kevin Keegan walked out on
the club for the second time as his relationship with
Derek Llambias, Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere and Tony Jimenez
completely broke down.
NUFC statement asserted that he had not been sacked and
was still part of the club's future, while an LMA
statement suggested that there was still a chance of
That proved not to be the case and 12 months on, the two
parties faced each other in a court case that Keegan won.
Aston Villa (h)
Premier League Ben Arfa (59) Clark(22 48.245 Hatem
Ben Arfa's fine strike - the 999th Premier League goal
scored by Newcastle - salvaged a point, with Yohan
Cabaye's free kick in the final seconds coming close to
securing a barely-deserved victory. NUFC.com
2013 An eventful
afternoon at Whitley Park ended with Magpies striker
Jonathyn Quinn hitting an eight minute first half treble
for the reserves - but losing 4-5 to West Ham.
Hero for the Hammers was Elliot Lee, the son of former
Magpie Rob Lee and his father was present to see Lee
junior score three times. NUFC.com