Sheff Wed (a) pay on the gate
Huddersfield (a) ST holders now
Schalke 04 Tournament ST holders now
Real Sociedad (h) Public sale now (online)
Manchester City (h) ST holder / member sale now
Aston Villa (a) ST holder sale now (50 points)
Newcastle's first team return to domestic friendly action on Wednesday
night against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at
The Owls have now belatedly confirmed that Newcastle fans can pay on the gate
(at the Leppings Lane End). Prices are £15 adults and £5 OAPs/U18s.
Only three sides of the ground will be open for this game, with the North
Due to engineering works, no trams are running between Sheffield city
centre and Hillsborough.
Bus replacement services operate on both the Middlewood and Malin Bridge lines
that run near to the stadium.
Squad: to follow. A young squad will feature in this game, with none of
the World Cup participants expected to play.
Owls: to follow
Following low-key victories at York and Bury, Stuart Grey's side lost 1-2 to
Russian side Arsenal Tula in Slovenia. They drew 2-2 at Doncaster on
A 30,000 crowd witnessed our most recent
visit to Hillsborough, when four goals were shared with the Owls in a
Championship game on Boxing Day 2009.
Our last friendly meeting came at Hillsborough almost eleven years to the day,
when a 15,000 crowd saw the home side win 4-3 with future Magpie flop Shefki
Kuqi grabbing the winner.
Kieron Dyer, Lomana LuaLua and Shola Ameobi scored our goals on the same night
as a separate Newcastle XI put six past Hartlepool without reply.
Wednesday have since dropped down a league and returned to the second tier,
with former Magpies Leon Best and Oguchi Onyewu playing for them this season.
However both have now departed, with Best back at parent club Blackburn Rovers
(and on the transfer list). "Gooch" meanwhile is again a free agent
and has been spotted training with MLS side DC United.
UK TV coverage: none
Overseas TV coverage: none
New season Magpie Mover tickets are now 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 online
NUFC.com reader and Toon exile Dale Imray
compiled a video of Newcastle fans walking en masse to the ground before
Saturday's game online
here via youtube
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return for TC
Ex-Newcastle United player and coach Tommy Craig has been on Tyneside
with St.Mirren in recent days, ahead of his first full season in charge of the
And following a narrow 4-2 victory at Blyth Spartans on Saturday, a training
session at the Magpies' Little Benton facility on Monday clearly had the
desired effect on the Buddies - who went to Whitley Bay and won 10-0.
start for teens
A Newcastle Academy side are once again over in Northern Ireland for the
annual Milk Cup tournament, getting off to a winning start on Monday
The young Magpies began their group stage games with a 2-0 win over Japanese side Ichifuna in
Limavady, thanks to first half goals from Sean Longstaff and Dan Ward.
Next up are local side County Londonderry in Coleraine tonight (8pm) before
Spanish opposition in the shape of Espanyol in Portstewart on Wednesday (7pm).
United's group stage placing then will dictate who their opponents will be on the remaining two days of the event, on Thursday and Friday.
(Forward Callum Roberts is expected to link up with his colleagues on Tuesday,
after a late callup to United's U21 squad saw him appear in the Oberndorf
Tournament over the weekend).
with a "Tim"
United's 17 man squad in
development side were in Germany over the weekend at the Oberndorf Tournament,
and although they couldn't repeat their trophy-winning successes of 1997 and
2005 still manage to grab the headlines.
A win, a draw and a loss in their group games left Peter Beardsley's side out
of contention going into a playoff against home-based Team Schwarzwald
But with the score tied at 1-1 and penalties looming, United took inspiration
from Dutch boss Lous van Gaal at the World Cup - and replaced their
Brendan Pearson was the substitute handed the Tim Krul role and he proceeded
to emulate his club colleague, saving three spot kicks as United ran out 4-3
Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeirodrew 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-3
Team Schwarzwald drew 1-1 (Quinn) (won 4-3 pens) Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 (Roberts) (won 8-7 pens)
Matches were 25
minutes each in the group stages, extending to 30 minutes for the playoffs.
United finished fifth in the eight team event, that was won for the second
successive year by Fluminense.
Squad: Dan Barlaser, Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex
Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley,
Brendan Pearson, Jonathyn Quinn, Carl Robinson, Callum Roberts, Liam Smith,
Jordan Storey, Callum Williams.
Boston knee party: Reds
Sky Sports News reported on Sunday afternoon that the proposed
transfer of QPR striker Loic Remy to Liverpool had been abandoned "after
concerns over his medical".
The French international who spent last season on loan at Newcastle had
travelled to Boston in order to link with up the Reds on their US tour.
Press reports last week claimed that the deal was done, the medical checks
passed and personal terms agreed, with only an unspecified paperwork issue to
be resolved before a formal announcement of the transfer.
Old boy: Edinburgh
Released by Newcastle at the end of last season after having failed to
make a competitive senior appearance, midfielder Michael Richardson was
spotted on Sunday playing as a trialist for Scottish side Hibernian.
The 22 year-old Tynesider came off the bench for the final 17 minutes of a 0-1
friendly reverse to Dundee United at Easter Road. Joining the demoted side for
pre-season training, Michael is expected to get more pitch time against East
Fife on Wednesday.
Richardson joined the Magpies following a trial in 2010 and was loaned to
Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley. His only senior action came
in brief outings at Darlington in 2011 and Motherwell two years later.
the organisers have now confirmed a slight alteration to kickoff times on
both days as follows:
Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga v Newcastle 3.30pm Sat 02.08.2014 Schalke 04 v West Ham 5.45pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Malaga v West Ham 3.30pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 v Newcastle 5.45pm
(Times above are local time in Germany)
The change is to delay kickoff in the second game each day by 15 minutes -
presumably to cater for a possible penalty shootout to decide the earlier game
each day. United's pre-season preparations continue
in Germany this coming Saturday and Sunday (August 2nd and 3rd), when they
take part in the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup.
The Bundesliga side will host the four team event at their Veltins Arena home
in the city of Gelsenkirchen (twinned with Newcastle since 1948), with Spanish
side Malaga, ourselves and West Ham completing the lineup.
As was the case in New Zealand recently however, the two Premier League clubs
won't play each other.
Tournament rules: The Schalke 04 Cup will take place over two days, each featuring two
matches of 2 x 45 minutes duration. Points will be awarded according to a
special system, with the winners of each game receiving three points.
If a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty
shootout. The shootout winners will receive two points. The tournament will be
won by the team with the highest number of points from two games.
Currently on sale from NUFC to season ticket holders and members: £11 adult
standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats.
NB: tickets are sold per day, so you'll need two to watch both games.
However they do allow access to the West Ham game played in the same stadium
on the same day.
From the official Veltins Arena website:
If you plan on using public transportation in order to get to the Veltins-Arena
it is advised that you take tram No. 302 from the lower level of Gelsenkirchen
railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer until
you reach the “Veltins-Arena” stop.
Step-free access is available from “Willy-Brandt-Allee” stop, slightly
further away from the Veltins-Arena.
The local transport authority makes sure there are extra trams to all
Schalke 04 matches and other major events held in the Veltins-Arena. Holders
of match or event tickets are entitled to use all public transport services in
the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) region free of charge. Details are online
TV: Quest TV (Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)
Abu Dhabi Sports 2 +HD
Abu Dhabi Sports 3 +HD
Fox Sports 4 (NED)
La Liga TV
Sport 1 TV (GER)
Sport 5 (CZ)
These games are in stark contrast to our last
two games on German soil back in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier
outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in
Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the
1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke)
has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to
54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their
Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final
and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on
penalties by a Portugal side featuring SJP old boy Hugo Viana.
United's last meeting with Schalke 04 was in May 1960, when Charlie Mitten's
side triumph 3-0 in front of 10,000 fans during a post-season perambulation
that also included visits to Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain.
The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter
Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his
Schalke deal was cancelled.
Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players
include the following:
Fri 08.08.2014 Jinky Jim Smith, Tommy Cassidy, Olivier Bernard, John
McNamee Paul Cannell, Ron McGarry @ The Leazes End Club*, Leazes Park
Road, NE1 4PG. Tickets £5 from Bill Bruce on 07753 573613
(all proceeds donated to charity).
*That's the new name of the former Companions Club and this event has been
organised to mark that change.
Fri 08.08.2014 Steve Howey and Eric Gates @ North Durham Academy
Theatre. Tickets £10 (including pie and peas) from the venue, High Street,
Stanley, DH9 0TW or via 01207 291152.
Thu 28.08.2014John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith
House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and
peas) from the venue.
take old boy
Friday saw former Newcastle loan defender Patrick van Aanholt end his
stay at Chelsea, moving to wearside for an undisclosed fee on a four year
The Dutch international was signed by United during their Championship season
back in January 2010, following an injury to first choice left back Jose
Enrique and went on to make seven appearances.
Moving to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Van Aanholt had faced
United earlier in the 2009/10 season during a loan spell with Coventry City.
Featuring briefly in Chelsea's first team, Patrick netted against Newcastle in
our 4-3 League Cup victory the following year, before further loans saw him
appear in the colours of both Leicester City and Wigan Athletic.
Farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012, van Aanholt remained
at the Gelredome for the following two and a half seasons - during which time
he had a first senior outing for the Dutch national side.
Newcastle's pre-season home opponents Real Sociedad have been paired
with Aberdeen in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League -
sending the Spaniards to Pittodrie just days before they are due on Tyneside.
The Dons will travel to San Sebastien on Thursday July 31st before Sociedad
visit the Granite City on Thursday August 7th - three days before playing at
Speculation over the future of Fraser Forster continues, with the
ex-Newcastle goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in a Champions League Qualifier
for Celtic on Tuesday.
The 26 year-old England international custodian was the subject of a bid from
Southampton in recent days that was described the Parkhead club as
"derisory", but an improved offer from the Saints is
The Scottish champions are seeking between £7.5m and £9m for Fraser and seem
happy to cash in on him, signing ready-made replacement Craig Gordon on a free
Departing from Tyneside in 2012 without making a senior competitive appearance
for United, it's reported that a 25% sell-on clause was inserted in the deal
when Celtic paid £2.2m for his services.
further photos appearing online show that the new home shirt has a black
back panel, rather than the white one favoured by Puma previously.
Our Far East correspondents supply this image of the new season NUFC home
shirt - which is not quite as severe as prototypes leaked online, but won't win
any new friends amongst devotees of classic black and white stripes.
It's what's in them that remains the priority of course.
and Liam RIP
Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of John Alder
and Liam Sweeney as they wait for news of the efforts to repatriate the
victims of flight MH17.
Fundraising Update: a collection for the John and Liam flag and funeral fund
taken at Spennymoor Town versus Hamilton Academical on Thursday night raised £180.
Family, friends and fans gathered outside SJP on Monday lunchtime to pay their respects to Liam and John.
Ex-Chairman Sir John Hall was present to hear tributes read out, before a
minute's applause. Family members then spent time in the stadium, viewing
flowers and messages placed on seats their loved ones
An online collection established by Sunderland fans has now passed
the £32,000 mark, with red and whites, black and whites and followers of
other teams (including Ukrainians Shaktar Donetsk) contributing online
And the safcmuseum
twitter account has put signed Newcastle and Sunderland shirts and memorabilia
up for auction, with proceeds going to the same cause.
As one wrote, "this transcends football rivalry".
The collection served the original purpose of funding floral tributes to
John and Liam from Sunderland fans, organiser Gary Ferguson placing those
outside SJP on Tuesday:
All other monies will be donated to charities
selected by the families of the two lads: the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and the
A separate fundraising page by Toon fans entitled "flag and funeral
cost" was then opened up online
here. That has raised over £7,000 to date.
NB: 2013/14 ST holders renewing with unchanged details and seat should
continue to use their existing ST cards.
New ST cards will only be issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or
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.
Wed 30.07.2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 7.45pm.
holder sale now, £15 adults, £5 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Thu 31.07.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO
tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Fri 01.08.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Sat 02.08.2014Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen,
3.30pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now,
£11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day ticket - also valid for
admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.45pm.
Live on Quest TV.
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.45pm
Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11
adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day
ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on Quest TV.
Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @
Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm (public game)
Tue 05.08.2014 Huddersfield Town (a)
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm.
ST holder sale now,
£15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Sun 10.08.2014 Real Sociedad (h) @ SJP, KO 1.30pm. Friendly. Public
sale now (online), Mon 28.07.2014 (by phone, in person). £15 adults, £5
concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.
Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be
Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier
League. ST holder/ member sale now, public sale Tue
29.07.2014 (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live
Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier
League. ST holder sale now, 50 loyalty points. £41
adults, £33 over-65s, U21s, NUS, Armed Forces, £17 U18s, £12 U8s (£1
reduction applies for restricted views). Live
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
U21 Premier League 2014/15:
United will play in Division 2 along with:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove
Albion, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Reading,
Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.
(Division 1 is composed of: Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, Liverpool,
Manchester City, Manchester United, Norwich City, Southampton, mackems, Spurs,
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
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:
Manchester City (h) 4pm
Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
NUFC Live on Quest TV: Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n)
2.30pm BST Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke (a) 4.30pm BST
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.
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
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 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon
(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)
Group G: 06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** 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 team tbc**
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1993 Ayoze Perez born
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. (2014-present)
first permanent signing in 18 months was a striker arriving for an undisclosed
fee on a "long-term contract" from Spanish second tier club CD
Tenerife in June 2014.
A fee of less than £2m was reportedly paid for a player who had scored 16
times in 34 games the previous season and who was 12 months away from becoming
a free agent.
Debuting for Tenerife's B team during 2012, Perez was blooded in their senior
squad in April 2013 and was soon attracting the attention of scouts from clubs
including Porto, Seville, Valencia, Schalke 04, Manchester City, Arsenal and
A mooted transfer to Swansea City in the January 2014 window was mothballed as
the Swans prepared to jettison manager Michael Laudrup and Newcastle announced
that the signing was complete in early June.
Perez then made his bow for in the club's opening pre-season friendly away to
League One side Oldham Athletic, before joining his colleagues on the plane to
Friendly Macdonald 3, Tudor 3, Hibbitt Pearson, scorers tbc
Malcolm Macdonald's first goal was timed at four seconds,
with a shot direct from the kick-off that caught home
'keeper Derek Robertson off his line.
Saints - managed by Willie Ormond - included future Magpie
Jim Pearson, who netted once.
1974 Queen of The
Friendly Macdonald, McDermott
Macdonald left United bound for Arsenal, a victim of
Gordon Lee's "no stars" policy. The fee was £333,333.
Nykoping (Sweden) (a) 0-1
crowd tbc After scoring 29 goals in a quartet of
victories, United tasted defeat for the first time
on their Swedish tour.
Kendrick scored for Newcastle Reserves at Hartlepool
Jermaine Easter equalised for the home side.
Carl Cort and Titus Bramble continued their rehab. NUFC.com
second string overcame Whitley Bay 2-0 at Hillheads, thanks to first
half goals from Lewis Guy and Martin Brittain.
NUFC.com match report
2004 Nicky Butt signed
a four year deal at SJP having returned from Manchester
United's pre-season tour of the USA to conclude the
transfer after a £2m fee had been agreed.
midfielder became the third player to sign for United
ahead of the new season, joining Patrick Kluivert and
Tommy Craig expressed his delight with the performance of
his side at Hartlepool, after they registered a convincing
4-0 victory over the League One side.
Some eye-catching work down the left wing from
Dubliner Alan O'Brien laid on first half goals for Daryl
Smylie, Marc Walton and Michael Chopra - with Ulsterman
Smylie grabbing his second after the break. NUFC.com
bolstered their defensive ranks, after Australian
international Craig Moore signed a two-year contract at
The 29 year-old linked up once again with fellow former
Ranger Jean Alain Boumsong, having played alongside the
French defender at Ibrox the previous season.
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (h)
Friendly Ameobi(68), Luque(73pen)
Farfan(16), Vennegoor of
20,175 Having faced sub-standard opposition thus far in the
shape of Norwich City (testimonial) and Lillestrom (Intertoto
Cup), Glenn Roeder's side were given a wake-up call at SJP by
Damien Duff debuted but his
new colleagues found themselves two behind by the
interval, with little to suggest that a revival was on the
However, after conceding a third goal soon after the
restart, a reshaped United team made a game of it and
could have salvaged an unlikely draw in the final seconds. NUFC.com
Juventus (Italy) (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Friendly Luque(9pen), Carroll(36)
34,016 A young Newcastle side scored two first half goals to
continue their unbeaten pre-season and defeat a more
experienced Serie A outfit.
Former SJP unfavourite Boumsong was an unused sub for the
visitors, while Liverpool reserve midfielder Charlie
Barnett was given a trial game by Sam Allardyce. NUFC.com
2009 The Academy pre-season
continued, with a mixed junior and reserve side winning
4-2 at Hamilton Academical U19s.
Italian Fabio Zamblera and Frenchman Wesley Ngo Baheng
scored two apiece.
Leeds United (h)
Friendly 16,945 After the 1-6 humiliation at Leyton Orient the
previous Saturday, another League One side lined up to
take a scalp at The Magpies.
large and boisterous away support boosted the meagre
midweek crowd and inevitably abused Newcastle
captain-for-the-night, Alan Smith at every opportunity.
The best chances fell to the home side, but all to
defenders, Ryan Taylor, Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio
Coloccini all failing when well placed in front of goal. NUFC.com
Sports News reported that United had accepted a £9m bid
for Obafemi Martins from German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
confirmation was still awaited but it seemed that the
somersaulting striker had done his last flip for us.
There were further tales that United had
withdrawn a second bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis,
which had failed to meet the French club's valuation.
Meanwhile, United's other alleged striking target, Loic Remy, was in
pre-season training at QPR but had failed to appear in any of their five friendly fixtures.