Public sale now
Public sale now (online)
Back to square one?
Update: Derby County press conference, Wednesday:
Reporter "weren't you tempted, (by) a job in the Premier League,
(at) Newcastle, (a) big club?"
Steve McClaren: "Actually
(it) never crossed my mind.
"I think I
said it before, I've being saying it for months - since January - that my
focus, my total focus, my total commitment is on Derby County, 100% and that's
Amid renewed press claims over the identity of United's manager and when that
may or may not be decided, the line that work on an appointment has been
suspended until after the season ends has been widely repeated.
However, if the club's own published comments are to be believed, much of that
work is already complete.
Whether the "level of detail and work" done included asking
questions like 'do you know that your backroom staff are already in post?',
'can you cope with a supporter base in open revolt against the club?' and 'how
good are you at getting promoted?' remains unclear, as does the existence of
any plan B except Carver post-McClaren.
From the fans forum, Monday March 2nd:
In answer to the question "Has a decision been made on a new head
coach, is it delayed, or is it ongoing?" the following appeared in
the club-issued minutes:
The board stated that it will not consider the matter again until the end
of the season.
The board went through a lengthy process in terms of
speaking to a number of people about coming to the club as a potential head
coach. The outcome of that process was that the board felt the best option
was for John Carver to be appointed to the position until the end of the
season, at which point it will be reviewed.
In the event the board should need to look for an external candidate in the
summer for the position of Head Coach, the board would not have to start
the process all over again due to the level of detail and work which went into
the initial search.
The board would look for an individual who would fit into the club's
structure, someone who is tactically astute, and who has a track record of
developing young players and the ability to improve players. The club has no
concerns over whether a potential new head coach is British or from overseas
and deems other criteria far more important.
The board feels the media has misrepresented the head coach role to a degree;
incorrectly suggesting that they would have no say in transfers. The board
explained the reality is that a head coach would have an opinion and an input
into transfers, just not the final say.
The board and chief scout would sit with the head coach with a number of
options in line with the head coach's template for the team. The initial
scouting and short listing would be done by the chief scout, while the board
would take care of financial elements to ensure the head coach could
concentrate on his duties.
The board explained that this sort of system happens in a lot of football
clubs across the world. The board feels this structure enables individuals to
focus on their respective strengths.
The board stated it is not planning to reintroduce the role (of Director
of Football). The responsibilities associated with that role are shared
between several parties within the club and the club feels its track record
in recruiting players is generally strong.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall
West Brom (h)
Newcastle's penultimate home game of the
season sees them face the Baggies on Saturday. Kickoff is at an
old-fashioned, non-televised 3pm.
Tickets are on public sale and the visitors have sold 1,800 so far from a
2,200 allocation (they flogged 1,600 then requested a further 600).
Mike Williamson(1/2) and Daryl Janmaat (1/1) are both suspended following
their senseless red cards at the King Power Stadium, while Paul Dummett has
hamstring problems and is doubtful.
Papiss Cisse has now
served his seven match ban but hasn't trained following surgery to remove a
screw from his knee in March.
The season is already over for Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick, Steven Taylor, Cheick
Tiote and Massadio Haidara.
Yoan Gouffran missed the visit to Leicester due to a knock reportedly picked
up in training, while Gabriel Obertan dropped out of the matchday 18
completely - reason unknown.
Travel: Engineering work on the QEII Bridge over the River Tyne means that
there's no Metro service in either direction between Heworth and Monument
all day Saturday and Sunday. Replacement buses will run.
Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
Newcastle to win to nil @ 7/2
Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 7/1
quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation -
click on the link above to display current live odds).
James Morrison is doubtful and Ben Foster out.
The Baggies visit Tyneside in search of a third successive away win in the
Premier League, following a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace and 1-0 triumph at
Earlier in the season they also secured single goal victories at both Spurs
and Leicester, while taking points from visits to Southampton, Hull, West Ham,
Everton, Burnley and the mackems.
Foy - fourth appointment of the season, following on from the 0-4 loss at
Southampton and 0-5 defeat at Manchester City. Between those, Foy was in the
middle for our 1-0 home defeat of QPR.
UK TV: None
Astro SuperSport (Malaysia)
beIN Sports 2 HD (Indonesia)
Foxtel Play (Australia)
GOL Stadium (Spain)
SportKlub 5 (Croatia/Serbia)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
Sportsnet +HD (Canada)
UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Baggies in Toon - last 20:
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2
1990/91 drew 1-1 L.O'Brien
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Anderson
1989/90 lost 0-1 (LC)
1985/86 won 4-1 Reilly 2, McDonald, Clarke
1984/85 won 1-0 Beardsley
1977/78 lost 0-3
1976/77 won 2-0 Gowling, Cannell
1972/73 drew 1-1 Macdonald
1972/73 won 3-1 (TC) Tudor, Gibb, Hibbitt
1971/72 won 4-2 Macdonald 2(1pen), OG, Green
Premier League - bottom ten:
remaining PL fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)
Everton v mackems (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v West Ham
Hull City v Burnley
Leicester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v Spurs
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (5.30pm) Sky
Manchester City v QPR (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Liverpool (4pm) Sky
Arsenal v Swansea City (8pm) Sky
Southampton v Aston Villa (12.45pm) BT
Burnley v Stoke City
QPR v Newcastle United
Spurs v Hull City
mackems v Leicester City
West Ham v Everton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) Sky
Swansea City v Manchester City (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Arsenal (4pm) Sky
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea (8pm)
Arsenal v mackems (7.45pm)
Sun 24.05.2015: (TV picks yet tbc)
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v mackems
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Everton v Spurs
Hull City v Manchester United
Leicester City v QPR
Manchester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Ham
Stoke City v Liverpool
Toon teens in
Newcastle U21s 4 Blackburn Rovers U21s 2
Newcastle reserves ended
their home fixture programme on a high note at St. James' Park on Tuesday
night, with a first win in nine league and cup attempts on Tyneside.
And in addition to the welcome victory, there were a handful of positives from
the team performance ahead of Saturday's crucial Premier League game at
Adam Armstrong once again served notice of his talent with two more goals to
take his seasonal tally at reserve level to eleven from just thirteen starts.
The 18 year-old striker also capped an industrious display by adding two
assists and trying his luck with five other decent goal attempts - more than
this venue has seen from a home player for some considerable
Rolando Aarons also made his first appearance following a six month injury
absence and completed 45
minutes, hitting the bar with a curling effort in the 15th minute.
United took the lead three minutes later when Armstrong took a
short pass from Alex Gilliead on the right hand edge of the box, swivelled and
shot in one fluid movement and netted via the far post at the Leazes end.
That lead was doubled five minutes before the break when Facundo Ferreyra
played through Armstrong who coolly stroked the ball past goalkeeper Ryan
And it was almost 3-0 on 44 minutes when "Chucky" arrived at the far
post, only to stab his first time effort wide of the post when it seemed easier
After a brief rain shower during the half time interval, the visitors halved
the arrears within five minutes as David Carson's snap shot was helped in by
South Shields-born Carson looked delighted to net against the club he
represented as a schoolboy, but Callum Roberts soon restored the two goal advantage.
Armstrong turned provider on 57 minutes and laid the ball through for
substitute Roberts, who sprinted into the area before cracking a beauty across the
'keeper for his first at this level since the away game against Blackburn.
Rovers soon replied again when substitute Lewis Mansell forced in a left wing cross
from point-blank range on 65
minutes after Woodman had saved his initial attempt.
The second half goal glut then continued four minutes later, when midfielder Olivier Kemen
smashed home a spectacular effort from 20 yards via the goal frame.
Team: Woodman, Sterry, Laidler, Kemen, Williams, Satka, Gilliead, Smith
(Barlaser 65), Armstrong, Ferreyra, Aarons (Roberts 46).
Subs n/u: Newberry, Harker, Heardman.
BRFC: Crump, Nyambe, Doyle, Thomson (Tanner 80), Lavelle, Jones,
Mahoney, Bauress (Hardcastle 77), Rittenberg, Carson, Cham (Mansell 63).
Subs n/u: Fisher, Wharton.
The Magpies U21s close off their season on Monday night against West Bromwich Albion
at the Hawthorns (7pm).
was originally intended to be staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, but Albion
have now confirmed the switch to their main ground.
Tuesday saw Newcastle striker Adam Campbell make a second appearance for the
Baggies U21 side, as he strives to find a new club ahead of his release.
Campell was in the starting XI but failed to reappear for the second half of a
0-0 home draw with Derby County. It's yet to be confirmed whether he'll face
That goalless draw confirmed that third-place Derby can't now catch Reading
and they along with Middlesbrough will be promoted to the U21 Premier League
Proud sponsors of
This is your Captain speaking.....
The following statement attributed to Fabricio Coloccini was released to the
media on Tuesday evening and also circulated to fans via the club's email
I don't usually speak publicly too often, but today I feel the responsibility
to talk to all of you for several reasons in which you are involved every bit
as much as we are as players, staff, directors and every person that works for
Firstly, on behalf of the squad we would like to apologise for the moment we
are going through, needless to say that this is not anything intentional.
Neither players nor staff would like to be in the position that we are in at
This is something that has happened for many reasons and right now there is no
time to look back and correct those mistakes. The time we have left to turn
around this situation is short but after the end of the season we will try to
learn from the mistakes we made so that we don't have to go through this
This is as painful for us as it is for you, because when this team comes onto
the pitch we do so with the intention of winning and to defend not just the
colours of this club, not just our shirt, but also to represent thousands of
fans, the whole city.
We do so understanding that a victory at the weekend means a week of joy for
this city that breathes, lives and loves football like no other city in
Today we are in a delicate situation, one that we have been through before,
and it is one of the most uncomfortable situations in the world of football.
Uncomfortable because this club doesn't deserve to be in this position, a
position that puts its status at risk. And this is what I want to highlight;
this is the most important reason for my letter.
Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside
and to focus one hundred percent on the three 'Cup Finals' that we have left.
I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all
differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who
love this club. On Saturday please come to St James' Park, create a great
atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day
what matters the most here is Newcastle United football club.
Years will pass and so will players, directors, coaches and managers, but what
is always going to be there is yourselves, your children, your grandchildren.
I am also a fan and I understand how badly you are hurting, but I think that
the best fans are those who are there for their club in the worst of
situations. Today we need you more than ever.
In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united, to be a
family - a family that fights together against adversity, a family that
strives to achieve the success that you and this club deserve.
The players are committed to this and if you stay with us, if you join us, we
are going to fight together for our black and white family.
Thank you from my heart, your captain.
Where do you start with that? 534 words to be endlessly dissected,
analysed and ultimately mostly disregarded.
Lacking the energy to do that, we'll just repeat the age-old proverb, actions
speak louder than words.
We're sad to report the passing of Newcastle supporter Tick
McShane after a short illness, aged just 56.
Chesterfield-born but a every inch an adopted Geordie, Tick (a school nickname
that stuck), first caught the supporting bug watching the 'Supermac' era
Thereafter he was a familiar sight wherever United played, both at home and
abroad, travelling many thousands of miles to cheer on the team.
Encountering him in airports, railway stations or just in the street, we'd
exchange a few words, and have a laugh and/or a moan about the team. It's
incredibly sad to think that we'll never be able to do that again.
Condolences go to wife Julie and daughter Lara. RIP.
Fan's forum seek
Having become the main communication link between the club and supporters via
club-issued meeting minutes, the member of the NUFC Fans Forum have
reiterated their request for Mike Ashley to attend a meeting.
letter is online here (via Shields Gazette)
If this works, presumably that Parliamentary Select Committee will try a
A grand gesture
A London-based NUFC.com reader who wishes to remain anonymous was the winning
bidder in the recent auction for John Alder's copy of the "Ultimate
Who's Who" book.
Pledging £777, the bidder also registered for Gift Aid and increased the
amount donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to a fabulous £971.25.
Thanks to everyone who bid on the book and also bought items at the auction in
February. The total raised from that now stands at over £27,000.
City 3 Newcastle 0
Carry on regardless
Various media outlets claimed on Monday that Steve McClaren had turned
down an approach from Newcastle United to take over as manager with immediate
The Derby County boss saw his season end on Saturday with a 0-3 home loss to
Reading that destroyed hopes of a place in the Championship promotion
Monday then saw United release this statement. Note that frank dialogue is a
figure of speech, not a person - although a mythical figure could hardly do
"Following the result at Leicester City on Saturday, there has been two
days of frank dialogue with John Carver and senior players.
"The outcome of those discussions is that the board, John Carver, his
staff and players are absolutely focused on our current situation and the
three hugely-important fixtures that remain this season, two of which are at
St. James' Park.
"All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are
determined, together, to ensure this Club - your Club - retains its Premier
"That is the only focus at this time."
So before those discussions they weren't absolutely focused? That may be
the understatement of the year.
The emboldening on the words your club is ours, but a policy shift from
NUFC can be seen by their use of that phrase. Desperation I think it's called
- and a belated admission that we are deeply in the proverbial.
Sadly though, it's a long, long time since it was remotely accurate and the
current situation begs the question of whether this is actually a club in any
sense of the word.
The treatment of club legends, weakening of the squad, vandalising of the
ground, the SJP name change, the poisonous appointments of Wise and JFK, the
scumbag shirt sponsorship, take your pick: all reinforcing the fact that this
is anything but our club and don't forget it.
Cameron conversion little consolation
City U18s 3 Newcastle U18s 1
a memorable 6-0 victory over Arsenal in their last outing, reality intervened
for the U18 side at Clayton Wood on Saturday in their penultimate playoff
Stoke took a third minute lead when Daniel Jarvis exchanged passes with Tom
Shepherd before shooting past visiting goalkeeper Nathan Harker.
Despite that setback, Newcastle shaded the remainder of the opening period
only to be caught out in first half added time when City captain Lewis Banks
The Magpies came close to grabbing a foothold in the game on 68 minutes when
Dan Ward brought a stop out of Australian-born custodian Chris Marques.
Within three minutes though the Potters were well on the way to extending
their unbeaten run to four, when Jarvis grabbed his second and Stoke's third
of the game after intercepting a stray pass.
United had the last word with three minutes remaining after Kyle Cameron took
a pass from substitute Louis Johnson before finishing for his sixth goal of
Team: Harker, Cobain, Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Holmes, Ward,
Charman (Johnson 61), Suddick, Heaney. Subs n/u: Armstrong, Bailey,
The U18s conclude their season by hosting Norwich City at Little Benton on Saturday.
Kickoff is 11am.
Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris
A 2-2 draw at Hearts on
Saturday saw Rangers complete their SPFL Championship fixtures and advance
to the end of season playoffs, meaning that there's no immediate prospect of
a return to Gallowgate for Haris Vuckic.
However, they'll need to get through six games if they are to gain
promotion, starting with a double header against Queen of the South on May
9th (a) and 17th (h).
Vuckic started and was replaced without scoring on 81 minutes. None of the
other loan Magpies were in the matchday squad, but Ferguson and Streete may
yet feature in the playoffs.
Kevin Mbabu meanwhile was in the Rangers U20 side who beat Ayr United 1-0 on
Sunday to claim a place in the Scottish FA Youth Cup Final. They'll face
either Celtic or Hibernian in the final.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The midfielder was in the starting XI for
Guingamp on Saturday night as they hosted Reims in Ligue 1. Playing for 79
minutes, he helped the home side win 2-0.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Forest ended their season with a 1-2 home defeat by Cardiff
City in the Championship on Saturday. Both players completed the full 90
minutes as Dougie Freedman's side finished in fourteenth place.
top scorer Papiss Cisse would return from suspension to aid our Premier
League survival bid were dealt a blow on Thursday, when John Carver said:
"Heís working with the medical team at the moment, heís not 100
per cent heís not joined in with us yet with any football, so weíll just
have to wait and see. Itís another opportunity for (Emmanuel) Riviere."
Cisse completes his seven game suspension Leicester on Saturday and it was
hoped that he would be available for the closing three games of this season,
starting with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to SJP on May 9th.
While serving the ban imposed for a spitting incident against Manchester
United, Cisse underwent surgery to remove a screw in his kneecap placed there
during an operation to mend his broken kneecap in April 2014.
Carver said in mid-March that:
"Itís not a big problem with Papissís knee Ė this was
maintenance that was always going to be needed.
"Theyíve removed the screw so itís been sorted. I really donít
think his knee is a big issue now.
"If anything good has come out it all (the ban) itís the fact
that we can do this now.Ē
This news leaves it open to question whether the man from Senegal has
played his last game for United.
To date Cisse has scored 34 Premier League goals and sits joint seventh in the
all-time PL list with Rob Lee.
Lone Star state claim
The World Soccer Talk website have reported that United are one of six teams lined up for a pre-season tournament in Texas this
Staged between July 9th and 19th at grounds in Dallas and nearby Frisco,
Swansea City, Pachuca (Mexico), Malaga (Spain) Olympique Lyonnais
(France), and Raja Casablanca (Morocco) also claimed to be entering.
The massive Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and 20,000 capacity Toyota Stadium
in Frisco are reported as the venues and both have natural grass
None of the six clubs said to be participating have officially confirmed
that as yet. Journalists who cover Swansea report that contracts are
unsigned at present, but completion is expected soon.
A pessimistic view of the situation could also be that Newcastle's invitation
could be conditional on retaining top-flight status.
World Soccer have also published a provisional fixture list that sees United in
Group A and facing Lyon on July 11th and Casablanca on July 14th.
The tournament then concludes with all sides playing a third game on either
July 18th or 19th to determine the final places and overall
United's most recent visit to the USA came back in 2011, when they faced
Kansas, Orlando and Columbus in an itinerary that defied both logic and
Wooly gets the nod
Newcastle's Paul Woolston is in the England squad for the
European U17 Championships in Bulgaria this month as they attempt to defend
the title they won in 2014 - with fellow Magpie Freddie Woodman between the
The 16 year-old from North Shields is one of two 'keepers in an 18 man squad
who will face group stage games against Italy on May 7th, Netherlands on May
10th and the Republic of Ireland and Netherlands on May 13th.
The 16 team tournament then switches to a knockout format and runs through to
the final on May 22nd,
Group A: Bulgaria (hosts), Croatia,
Group B: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany
Group C: Greece, Russia, Scotland, France
Group D: Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, England
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West Bromwich Albion
St. James' Park
Saturday 9th May
King Power Stadium
Saturday 2nd May
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2014/15:
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
Online Box Office is available 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.
Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?
City guide, maps etc
Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League
Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale
NB: engineering work on the QEII Metro Bridge over the Tyne
means that there's no service in either direction between Heworth and Monument
all weekend - replacement buses will run.
Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a) @ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD
Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public
sale now, (online), Mon 11.05.2015 (by phone/in
Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley.
Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester
City, West Ham, Aston Villa.
Pre-season fixture details tbc
Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
is 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:
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT. £15
(£100 table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717
Sat 16.05.2015 Steve Howey
@ Bedlington Market
Place Club, NE22 5TN
£15 (inc. supper/raffle tickets) via Diane 07759 787831 (Bedlington Town
Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @
Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £45 & £25
(Dunston UTS FC Benefit)
Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905
Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11
9JR. £40 & £20 via 07414 960956 or here
Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN.
£15 via Rob on 07538 291227
Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)
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
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 |
2014/15 match date:
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
The Samaritans may well
be a fitting cause, but surely it's the players who should be stumping up?
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
1953 Graeme Souness born,
Having served Spurs, the smoggies,
Liverpool, Sampdoria and Rangers as a player, Souness then managed at Ibrox and
Anfield before moving on to Galatasaray.
A return to these shores came in 1996 with Southampton, although he just
managed just one season at the Saints before moving overseas again, with Torino
March 2000 saw him take over at Blackburn, where he steered them back to the
Premier League and saw Rovers win the League Cup.
Newcastle turned to him to fill the void left by Bobby Robson's enforced
departure in September 2004, Souness watching his former side lose 3-0 to his
future one from an Executive Box at SJP before taking over.
His first season saw Newcastle progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and
Quarter Finals of the UEFA, but defeats in both to Manchester United and
Sporting Lisbon within four days were major setbacks.
Craig Bellamy returned from his Celtic loan and was sold on to Blackburn before
the start of the next season - having fallen out with Souness over his place in
the side and other disciplinary-related transgressions.
His influence was brought to bear on other transfers, with Patrick Kluivert,
Aaron Hughes, Andy O'Brien, Laurent Robert and Jermaine Jenas also departing.
Loan deals also saw James Milner and Nicky Butt depart as Emre, Craig Moore,
Albert Luque, Michael Owen and Nobby Solano were added to January buys Amdy
Faye, Celestine Babayaro & Jean-Alain Boumsong.
By February 2006 though, Souness was gone - a defeat at Manchester City leaving
United in 15th spot and with fan unrest increasing since a particularly gutless
League Cup defeat against a second-choice Wigan side.
While the fitness of Owen and Luque made his job more difficult, Souness was
ultimately betrayed by many of those who he'd brought in to the SJP dressing
Since then he's failed to
reappear anywhere other than on our TV screens, despite being regularly linked
with possible managerial returns by both pundits and bookmakers.
Death of Steve Carney, aged 55.
1922 Manchester City (a)|
The final game of the season ended in defeat after four
straight wins had taken United up the table.
1933 Blackpool (h)
The end of the season as United finished behind West
Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Champions Arsenal.
1939 Barnsley (a)
Asquith 3, Steele
United provided the opposition in a benefit match for Barnsley's prolific forward Beaumont
Asquith, who netted a first half hat trick.
Brown 3, Stubbins 2, Mooney 2
On the same day as United lost at Oakwell, another Magpies
XI were in action on the banks of the Clyde at Cappielow.
Darlington's goal in normal time meant it was 3-3
on aggregate in this Tyne-Tees Cup Final. Extra-time
was played until Milburn's 147th minute goal won the
Milburn 2, Taylor
The season ended on something of a high as United
won six of their last eight games to finish just three
points behind Champions Portsmouth.
1956 Frankfurt C XI
White 4, Allchurch, Mitten
Watson (49), OG(McMichael),
United boss Charlie Mitten netted against the now- defunct
Drums, who hailed from the North Side of Dublin and played
at Tolka Park.
Southend United (a)
McGuigan, White 2, Allchurch, Hughes,OG(Willliamson)
Corthine 2, Dicks (others tbc)
Newcastle debuted at Roots Hall in a testimonial game for
Shrimpers trio Sam McCrory, Sandy Anderson and Arthur Williamson.
Leicester City (a)
United perished in the Filbert Street mud
bath but Aston Villa's defeat meant the Magpies were
safe from demotion with one game left.
Burns, Gowling, Nattrass, Kennedy
The second game in United's two-match mini tour for the first
team came 24 hours after beating IK Start in Kristiansand.
Roger Jones save a penalty at 2-0 and United netted twice
more before the Norwegians hit back with two goals of
their own in the final five minutes.
Gordon Lee opted to field a front three of Alan Gowling,
Malcolm Macdonald and young forward Alan Guy.
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-3 (1-1)
Leworthy(38), Hoddle(69), Crook(77)
Chris Waddle made his final home appearance as a United
player against the side he'd already agreed to join.
He came close to a farewell goal for the Magpies, but was
denied by an offside flag having fired the ball past Ray
footage is online here
An already-relegated United entertained The Lions at a
sunny SJP, as the sparse crowd were treated to a pair of
Teddy Sheringham swiveled and volleyed a pile driver past
Tommy Wright to put the visitors ahead. Many United fans
then missed John Anderson's raker as it coincided with the
appearance of Mirandinha among the fans in the Milburn
stand, amid loud cheers.
footage is online here
United sent a team to the Welfare Ground at Evenwood to face a non-league select
The game was a benefit for ex-Magpie Jackie Bell whose playing career was
curtailed by the onset of diabetes.
Evenwood-born Jackie passed away within a year of this game, at the age of just
Oxford United (h)
48 hours after securing the title and promotion away
at Grimsby, a rare Thursday night league fixture saw
United win their game in hand.
footage is online here
West Ham United (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Three days after winning at Highbury, United
were back in the capital to be held by Harry Redknapp's relegation- haunted
This was a rearranged game after the original fixture had been postponed shortly
before kick-off due to heavy rain.
Derby County (a)
An incident-free snooze in the Pride Park sun saw Jim
Smith's Rams collect the point which confirmed their
Premier League survival.
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with Warren Barton
2003 The reserves
ended their league season with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester
City at Kingston Park. Bradley Orr scored for United.
Marseille (France) (a) 0-2 (0-1)
(0-2 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup Semi Final
to play for after a scoreless first leg on Tyneside, Didier Drogba
broke Newcastle hearts with a goal in each half at a
packed Stade Velodrome.
A non-challenge from Hugo Viana allowed the home side to
counter attack, Matthieu Flamini
supplying Drogba to shoot past Shay Given after shrugging off Aaron
United attempted to get back into the tie and had their moments after the break,
with Lee Bowyer carelessly shooting wide and penalty claims when Shola Ameobi
Slack marking from a free kick near the end settled it though, with Given then
blocking another effort as Drogba went for a treble.
Future Magpie Habib Beye
appeared for l'OM and also started in the final, but
finished on the losing side as Valencia triumphed 2-0 in the Swedish city of
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footage is online here
2012 Manchester City (h)
Two goals from Yaya Toure settled this nervy live TV encounter but Newcastle
pushed would-be Champions Manchester City all the way, in front of a record
crowd at the rebuilt St. James' Park.
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The day's only Premier League game saw Stoke City
draw 1-1 on wearyside, a scoreline that resulted in the mackems sneaking two
places up the table and dropping us back one place into
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