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Ticket news:
mackems (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (a) Member sale now (restricted view)
Spurs (h) Public sale now (online)
Swansea (h) Member sale now

Call-ups: Arma on target

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 26.03.2015
Brazil (h) lost 1-3
Sissoko started the game and was replaced in the 74th minute with the score at 1-3 in Paris.
Sun 29.03.2015 Denmark (h) St Etienne FR

Tim Krul, Daryl
Janmaat (Netherlands):
Sat 28.03.2015
Turkey (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Tue 31.03.2014 Spain (h) Amsterdam FR

Freddie Woodman (England U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Denm
ark (n) won 3-2

Woodman remained on the bench as England beat the Danes in Bayeux.
Sat 28.03.2015 Azerbaijan (n) Bayeux ECQ
Tue 31.03.2015 France (a) Saint-Lo ECQ

Olivier Kemen (France U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Azerbaijan (h) won 2-0

Kemen captained the side and played the full game as they scored twice in the second period in Saint-Lo.
Sat 28.03.2015 Denmark (h) Flers ECQ
Tue 31.03.2015 England (h) Saint-Lo ECQ

Adam Armstrong (England U18):
Thu 26.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 1-0
Arma scored the only goal and played the full game as England won the first of the double-header at St. George's Park.
Sat 28.03.2015 Switzerland (h) Walsall FR

Paul Woolston (England U17):
Sat 21.03.2015 Norway (h) won 3-1

Goalkeeper Paul played the full 90 minutes as the young Lions notched up a win at the home of Burton Albion.
Mon 23.03.2015 Slovenia (h) won 3-1
Another full game for Woolston at Chesterfield and another 3-1 victory that sees the youngsters qualify. 
Thu 26.03.2015 Romania (h) 2-1
Woolston was rested and watched from the bench as England maintained their 100% record with a 2-1 win.

Fans call for fair share

Today (Thursday) saw the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) stage a protest outside the London venue where representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs gathered.

Demonstrating under the motto ‘Share the Wealth’, the protests are aimed at ending unfair practices concerning away ticket pricing and policies, building on the work already done over reciprocal pricing and subsidies.

Copies of this letter were distributed to all clubs present including Newcastle United and added their name to other websites, fanzines, supporter trusts and individual football fans wishing to be represented:

The Premier League has been a phenomenal success story. It is one of the world’s most competitive leagues, with some of the greatest footballing talent in the world playing largely in front of packed crowds generating a vibrant atmosphere. As fans, we appreciate that, and clearly so do the broadcasters, and their audiences of millions domestically and around the world.

As a result, the Premier League’s new TV deal is worth an extraordinary £5.14bn for domestic rights alone – the equivalent of £46 for every ticket sold for every Premier League game.

It is our belief that away supporters make a particular contribution to the spectacle that is Premier League football which has proved so attractive to broadcasters. Away fans generate much of the atmosphere, often sparking the home support into life. They are among the most loyal of supporters, often travelling long distances at difficult times while generally being regular home fans and consumers of merchandise and TV packages too.

Over recent years however there has been a general decline in the numbers of away supporters, and this has much to do with the high price of tickets. This is why the Football Supporters’ Federation has campaigned around the idea of “Twenty’s Plenty”, seeking a maximum ticket price for away fans of £20 a game. We estimate the cost of this to be around £20million a season across the league – a modest figure in the context of the new TV deal.

We welcome the current Away Fans’ Initiative, which has demonstrated that it is possible for clubs to decide to act collectively in the interests of fans, while retaining enough flexibility in implementation at club level. Our general view is that the main focus of this initiative should be in reducing ticket prices for away fans, as irrespective of how they’ve travelled, the one thing every away fan has in common is the purchase of a ticket.

We therefore call for:

An Away Fans Initiative Mark 2, with £1m per club per season set aside primarily to subsidise ticket prices for their away fans

A structured engagement with supporters at every club to consult on how to spend this money

An end to the application of match categorisation to away fans – all away fans to pay Category C match prices

No reduction in away ticket allocations or relocation of away fans to inferior accommodation.

FSF Chief Executive - and NUFC fan Kevin Miles said:

"During the past 20 years, football has been flooded with money, delivering huge reward for owners, agents, and players.

"This time we want to see fans benefit, too.

"This colossal TV deal gives clubs a tremendous opportunity to give something back. They can easily afford to drop ticket prices and make football affordable for all."

FSF article by Kevin is online here

Midfielder blighted:
Gael blown out

The strange case of Gael Bigirimana continues to unravel, with the midfielder now admitted that he was medically unfit to play when he joined Rangers on loan due to what is described as a "mystery illness."


That undisclosed condition didn't prevent Bigi playing for Newcastle's U21s earlier this season - although his last senior competitive United appearance came in August 2013 and he hasn't kicked a ball at first team level since the friendly visit to Sheffield Wednesday last July.


However a different set of medical regulations enforced by the Scottish football authorities mean that he's barred from playing for Rangers. The lack of a recall clause in what classified as an overseas loan in effect sidelines Bigi until next season, when the 21 year-old will have two years left on his contract at Gallowgate.


Confirming that situation, a Rangers spokesman cited confidentiality issues in not divulging the exact nature of his ailment, but made no comment on press claims that no medical examination of Bigirimana took place ahead of his loan move to Ibrox - as was also the case with Haris Vuckic, Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson.


The Daily Record asserts that the Ibrox club are paying £1K a week to loan Bigi with the same also due for each of his four Magpie colleagues - a combined bill of £65K.


Clarets prevail

Burnley U21s  4   Newcastle U21s  1

With no competitive game this week, United's second string played a behind closed doors friendly at Burnley's training ground on Tuesday afternoon.


Peter Beardsley's side took an early lead through Alex Gilliead but the Clarets hit back with goals from Ntumba Massanka, Jamie Frost and Kevin Ly before half time.


Massanka then added his second of the game after the break, as Burnley replicated the scoreline that Newcastle had recorded against them on Tyneside back in October.

Howard's way #4


Regular readers may recall that we've featured the work of crime novelist Howard Linskey previously, as the long-suffering Toon fan and sympathiser has built up his reputation in literary circles.


Now freshly signed to Penguin Books, Linskey's fourth and latest  book "No Name Lane" is out now and moves the action on from Tyneside to include County Durham.


A new cast of characters has been assembled and once again Howard has gone through the back pages of his younger days to appropriate Magpie-related surnames including Carney and Bradshaw.


Howard will be signing copies of "No Name Lane" at Waterstones in Newcastle city centre between 5pm and 6pm on Friday April 10th, but ahead of that we have some signed copies to give away to you lot.

To be in with a chance of winning one, just email us here with the answer to the following question:

The reference to Carney in Howard's new book is in tribute to the sadly deceased Newcastle defender Steve Carney. Which famous non-league side did United acquire Steve from?

Closing date
Wed Apr 1st @ 5.30pm, subject: Lane. No purchase necessary. Prize will be delivered free to any UK address. No age limit or location restriction but free delivery applies to the UK only. Those who choose their own subject line will be disqualified. 


Premier League:
Signs of life from 
the bare bones

Newcastle  1  Arsenal  2


Match report

Saints see off bairns

Southampton U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  1

Having kicked off their seven-game playoff campaign with a 0-1 home loss to Blackburn Rovers last weekend, the young Magpies lost again at Southampton on Saturday.

Harley Willard gave the Saints the lead after 20 minutes and got their second midway through the second half.

Kyle Cameron reduced the arrears with a penalty in the 78th minute but Newcastle were unable to conjure up an equaliser and have now won just once in nine attempts.

Team: Harker, Cobain (Ward 62), Cameron, Drennan, Pollock, Newberry, Suddick (Trodd 76), Hunter, Holmes, Longstaff, Heaney (Charman 62).
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Northern League side North Shields stand just 90 minutes away from a trip to Wembley Stadium in the FA Vase Final, after winning the first leg of a two-legged semi-final against Highworth Town 1-0 on Saturday.

Watch first leg highlights online here

The Robins now host the Hellenic League Premier Division side in the return leg at Daren Persson Stadium this coming Saturday (March 28th).

All 1,500 tickets for that game have been sold and attempts to gain approval for additional places have proved to be unsuccessful. 

In Saturday's other Semi Final tie, AFC St Austell were beaten 0-2 at home by Glossop North End.


The Final takes place at Wembley on Saturday May 9th.

PS: In what promises to be a momentous week for Shields, the first edition of a new magazine created by followers of the Robins will be published.

Harvest From The Deep describes itself as focusing on "football at all levels, fashion, music and anything driving or inspiring the working class."

Toon-related content in Issue 1 includes interviews with former Magpies David Kelly and Michael Bridges plus an extract from the forthcoming book "Touching Distance" - an in-depth account of United's 1995-96 season.

Some bloke named Graham Fenton also contributes while some words of wisdom from NSAFC president Malcolm Macdonald are included.

Copies can be ordered now online here at a cost of £5 plus £2 postage, or they can be bought on Saturday in the second leg of the Robin's FA Vase tie.

There's also a launch party after that game at Chirton Club with live music more details here

Profits from sales of HFTD will be donated to the testicular cancer charity

PS: if you're wondering where the title comes from, it's a translation of the Latin phrase featured on the North Shields FC badge, also the motto on the coat of arms for the old borough of Tynemouth, 'Messis Ab Altis'.

Loan lads
The borrowers

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest lost 1-3 at Norwich City in the Championship on Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
A 0-0 draw away to SC Bastia in Ligue 1 on Saturday featured the midfielder for the opening 71 minutes.

The chance of a first piece of silverware in his senior career remains for Marveaux, whose Guingamp side have made it to the Semi-Finals of the Coupe de France as they bid to retain the trophy they won in 2014.

Avoiding fellow top-flight sides PSG and St.Etienne in the draw, Guingamp were instead paired with Ligue 2 outfit Auxerre, whom they meet on April 7th. The other semi- final takes place 24 hours later. 

Jak Alnwick (Bradford City)
The goalkeeper was an unused substitute on Saturday as the Bantams drew 2-2 at home with Fleetwood Town in League One.

Next game: Oldham Athletic (h) League One, Saturday.

Adam Campbell (Gateshead)
Campbell remained sidelined with ankle trouble as Gateshead drew 2:2 at Halifax in the Conference on Tuesday.


Next game: Eastleigh (h) Conference, Saturday.

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Vuckic came on for the last six minutes of the 2-0 win at Hibernian in the SPFL Championship on Sunday. The rest of the quartet remain sidelined, with only Streete thought to have any chance of appearing competitively.


Next game: Cowdenbeath (h) SPFL Championship, Saturday.

Charity auction
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

(Copies of the Who's Who are remain on sale from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, the Evening Chronicle and
local branches of Waterstones bookshop. They can be ordered direct from the publisher here)

Toon talk-ins:
Speakers' Corner

There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as follows:

Thu 09.04.2015 Chris Waddle
@ Hedworth Hall, South Shields NE33 4EA
£25 (inc. meal) via 0191 456 3112

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Tue 21.04.2015 Stuart Pearce
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£30 or £50 (both inc. buffet) via 07951 462431  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (inc. four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following (final selections to follow in April):

Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.

29.04.2015 John Beresford (& Eric Gates)
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT

£15 (£100 for table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN 
£15 (inc. Buffet) via Rob on 07538 291227

Premier League:
mackems (a)


Sunday April 5th sees United attempt to end a six game winless run in Tyne-wear derby fixtures. when they make the short journey to the stadium of plight.

Kickoff is at 4pm and the away allocation is sold out. Away section turnstiles open at 2.30pm.

NUFC are again running buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. Bus tickets need to be pre-booked.

The 152nd competitive meeting of the sides comes with Newcastle having won 53, drawn 49 and lost 49. The mackems have scored one more goal (223 v 222).

Squad: to follow. Mehdi Abeid may return to the squad.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good, Rolando Aarons.

Suspended (and knackered): Papiss Cisse (3 of 7)

Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini (2 of 3)

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds). 

SAFC: to follow. Lee Clattermole will be available after suspension.

Taking charge of the mackems will be Dick Advocaat, who in his first period as manager of PSV Eindhoven faced Newcastle in the 1997/98 Champions League.

Then as now, United had contrived to leave themselves with few options up front and lost 0-1 in Holland before succumbing 0-2 on Tyneside.


UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (tbc)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Magpies @ monkwearmouth:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Debuchy
2012/13 drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12 won 1-0 R.Taylor
2010/11 drew 1-1 Nolan
2008/09 lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 drew 1-1 Milner
2005/06 won 4-1 Chopra, Shearer(pen), N'Zogbia, Luque
2002/03 won 1-0 Solano
2001/02 won 1-0 Dabizas
2000/01 drew 1-1 A.O'Brien
1999/00 drew 2-2 Domi, Helder

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 04.04.2015:
Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v QPR
Chelsea v Stoke City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 05.04.2015:
Burnley v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.04.2015:
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Tue 07.04.2015:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)

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Next Match

mackems (a)
Premier League

Stadium of plight
Sunday 5th April
Kick-off 4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Last Match

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 21st March
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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. 

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sat 28.03.2015 U18s v Bolton Wanderers (h) @ Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League playoff 3.

Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a)
@ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

NUFC will again run buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. 

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 11.04.2015 U18s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 4.

Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now (restricted view). £47 adults, £34.50 over-65s and £15 U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 15.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (H)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 18.04.2015 U18s v Arsenal (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 5.

Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online). Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.04.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ iPro Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Altoonative Travel 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:
Sun 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.

ateshead FC
are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10

Upcoming home league games:

Sat 28.03.2015 Eastleigh (3pm)
Mon 06.04.2015 Altrincham (3pm)
Sat 18.04.2015 Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.

Upcoming home League game

Sat 04.04.2015
Droylesden (3pm

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

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

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 dates:
Fri-Tue 27-31.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

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

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

On This Day in History
26th March

Born Or Died:

1912 Harry McMenemy born, Glasgow.

Inside left who was signed by United for £475 from Strathclyde Juniors ahead of the 1931/32 season.

Earmarked as a promising youngster, Harry was swiftly elevated to the Newcastle first team and made his debut in a 2-1 victory away to Grimsby Town in September 1931.

Winning the FA Cup in his first season at SJP, McMenemy received a Scotland callup in October 1933 and looked set to emulate his father, a former international.

However, Harry had to withdraw through injury and his brother John (a Motherwell player) was selected instead to face Wales at Cardiff's Ninian Park.

McMenemy moved to Scotland with Dundee ahead of the 1937/38 season, briefly playing for Gateshead before returning to his native Clydeside during WW2.


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1894 Leicester Fosse (a)
Miller, Dorrell 

1898 Grimsby Town (h)
Division Two
40pts, 2nd
Campbell, Smith, Peddie 2 

1900 Sheffield United (a) 1-3 (0-2)
Division One
28pts, 6th 
Brawn, Bennett 2

1904 Bury (a)
Division One 
36pts, 4th
Orr 2, Appleyard 

1910 Swindon Town (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Stewart(66), Rutherford(65) 
Played at White Hart Lane.

1921 Derby County (a)
Division One 
43pts, 3rd

1927 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 
45pts, 1st
Gallacher, McDonald
Byers, Davies, Carter, Short(pen) 

1932 Derby County (h)
Division One 
38pts, 8th
Boyd, Starling, Weaver 
Duncan 2, Bowers

1937 Aston Villa (h)
Division Two
38pts, 8th
Broome 2 

1938 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division Two 
33pts, 11th
Cairns, Park 

1948 Barnsley (h)
Division Two 
44pts, 2nd
An eighth successive home league win moved the Magpies another step nearer to a top-flight return, in front of a massive Good Friday crowd.

1949 Huddersfield Town (a) 2-0 (2-0) 
Division One 
43pts, 2nd
og 2 
United cured their awayday ills with a first win in seven, thanks to some Terriers help. Their last victory away from SJP had come at Arsenal - also via an OG.

1951 Sunderland (a)
Division One 
41pts, 6th
Kirtley(17), Ford(34)
The red and whites recorded a first competitive derby win since 1934 - although United rested George Robledo. 

1955 York City (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
"United Fight Again"
was the "Evening Chronicle Football Edition" headline after this Hillsborough stalemate. 

Future Magpie Arthur Bottom equalised for the Minstermen from Division Three North after Vic Keeble put the Magpies ahead. 

The second half saw no further scoring as York completely overwhelmed United but couldn't find a winner, although there were claims that a late Bottom effort had crept in. 

Even the presence of the 80 year old Archbishop of York - at his first game for 50 years - couldn't invoke any Divine intervention.
Pathe footage online here

1955 While United faced a Roker Park replay, the mackems lost in the other semi-final, beaten 1-0 by Manchester City at Villa Park.

1955 With the Newcastle first team in FA Cup action, the reserves drew 0-0 at Blackpool, the thirds beat Alnwick Town 7-2 in the Northern Alliance and the N's won 2-1 at Sheffield United.

1958 A Football League XI beat a Scottish League XI 4-1 in a friendly to mark the switching on of the new SJP floodlights.

Derek Kevan notched a hat trick and fellow Baggie Ronnie Allen grabbed the other for the "home side", for whom Bobby Robson also appeared.

St.Mirren's Tommy Gemmell scored for the Scots.

1960 United's Reserves were in action against their Blackpool counterparts at SJP.

After successive 7-2 home wins against both Manchester City and Chesterfield however, the Magpies restricted themselves to a 4-2 success.

1966 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
28pts, 16th
Suddick, Robson 2
All four goals at Highbury were credited to United players, as Peter Noble beat his own 'keeper Gordon Marshall for the Gunners' consolation.

Arsenal were having a bad season (ultimately finishing 14th ) and crowds dropped to a low of 4,554 for the visit of Leeds United in May.

1969 Vitoria Setubal (Portugal) (a)
(Won 6-4 on aggregate)
Fairs Cup 4th Round
2nd Leg 
Arcanjo(27), Petita(60), Figueiredo(66)
After a 5-1 snow-affected success at SJP, United survived a bruising encounter in the second leg to qualify for the semi-finals.

Even the presence of pitchside clowns, bands and a motorcyclist who raced round the perimeter brandishing a Setubal flag during the game failed to deter the Magpies.

This tie was played at Lisbon's Jose Alvalade Stadium - scene of United's 1-1 draw with Sporting in the Second Round - as Setubal's ground was being rebuilt and had no floodlights.

1977 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
39pts, 4th
Alan Kennedy gave United an early lead, and there was no further scoring. However, Terry Cooper was dismissed for the visitors. Among the Boro ranks were David Mills, John Craggs and Stuart Boam, all of whom subsequently moved to Gallowgate.

1983 Leicester City (h)
Division Two 
45pts, 10th
Keegan(68), McDermott(78)
United came from two goals behind to claim a point, Kevin Keegan netting with a rebound after Foxes 'keeper Mark Wallington had saved his penalty. 

1985 England boss Bobby Robson handed an England debut to Chris Waddle in a 2-1 win over The Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

The winger started the game and became the first current Newcastle player to win a cap for England since Malcolm Macdonald in 1975.

1988 Coventry City (h)
Division One 
39pts, 12th
O'Neill 2
D.Smith, Speedie 
After netting just three times in his previous fourteen games for United, this game marked the start of a purple period for Michael O'Neill, who scored a total of eight goals over a run of five successive matches.  

2006 Charlton Athletic (a)
39pts, 13th
Darren Bent(24pen), og(Bowyer)(37), Bothroyd(89)
Glenn Roeder handed a league debut to Craig Moore - who had signed for the club eight months earlier - and the Aussie marked the occasion by conceding a penalty for Charlton's opener.

Although former Addick Scott Parker levelled with a fine shot from distance, Moore then gifted the home side a second, ricocheting his attempted clearance off Lee Bowyer's arse and past Shay Given. match report

2007 Newcastle's reserve side continued their miserable run, making it nine games without a win after suffering a 3-0 defeat by Liverpool.

Lee Clark's side had repelled the visitors at Kingston Park for 73 minutes before going behind, but seldom threatened a goal. match report

2008 Michael Owen came on for the second half of England's 1-0 friendly defeat against France in Paris, winning his 18th senior cap as a Newcastle player and 89th in all. 

2009 Press speculation claimed that the club had parted company with Executive Director (Football) Dennis Wise - who had cleared his desk at the training ground days earlier.

The FA confirmed that United's appeal against the severity of a suspension handed out to James Perch had been successful.

The Magpies defender would only serve a one game ban following his red card offence in a reserve fixture against Manchester United.

The reserves bounced back from a 5-2 reverse at Anfield to beat Manchester United 1-0, thanks to defender Remie Streete at a very soggy Whitley Park. match report


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