Wednesday September 2nd, 2015

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Ticket news:

West Ham (a) SOLD OUT
Watford (h) Public sale now (online)
Sheff Wed (h) ST Holders now

Summer slam

The transfer window closed at 6pm on Tuesday with no major moves in or out of St. James' Park, meaning that all those Charlie Austin and Moussa Sissoko tales can be forgotten about - at least until January next year. 

The usual phantom moves that failed to become reality chiefly concerned departures today, with Ayoze Perez allegedly interesting Spurs and Paul Dummett the latest of a lengthening list of Magpies linked to Crystal Palace.

And the familiar claims of an exit for Papiss Cisse to some exotic destination again failed to materialise, leaving him available in the probable absence of Aleksandar Mitrovic for the next three games. 

The Magpies confirmed on Tuesday that H
aris Vuckic has signed a one year contract extension on his current deal that had been scheduled to expire next summer.

The 23 year-old Slovenian has now joined League One Wigan Athletic on loan for the rest of this season, mirroring the current situation with Sammy Ameobi who agreed a longer contract in July before going on loan to Cardiff City for the whole of this season.

Vuckic has previously spent time on loan at Cardiff City, Rotherham United and Rangers since arriving at SJP in February 2009. His 18th and most recent senior outing (10 starts) for us in all competitions came in the FA Cup loss at Leicester in January.

Kemen home, Newcastle....


Olivier Kemen has signed for Ligue 1 side Lyon and was presented as their player on Monday evening, ahead of the earlier closing of their transfer window.

The 19 year-old midfielder failed to make a first team appearance for United, although he did feature in the senior squad last season under John Carver.

The mention fee paid hasn't been divulged but was reported by the BBC as £550K, with the length of the player's existing deal at SJP also never disclosed.

joined United from French side Metz for an undisclosed compensation fee in Summer of 2013.

Representing France at U16 and U17 level before becoming a Magpie, his first experience of English football came in a reserve friendly at Workington.

Making his competitive bow for the club in a 2-4 U21 league loss at Reading during August 2013, Kemen appeared in a handful of reserve games that season.

A regular starter for the U18s, Olivier also became an online cause celebre for a few days in March 2014 when his "hand of God" goal against Chelsea in an FA Youth Cup tie at SJP was viewed across the planet.

Again with the U21s last season, Kemen netted fine efforts against Wolves and Blackburn Rovers. However he missed the chance to impress new boss Steve McClaren on United's USA tour, captaining France U19s in the European Championship Finals instead.

And the genesis of his move to Lyon seems to have come then, with a series of good displays seeing him receive positive coverage in France - and two of his regular U19 colleagues already with Olympique.

Kemen's departure comes soon after Mehdi Abeid exited from the club - another low cost purchase by United of a Frenchman that failed to come off.

PS: One other minor movement on transfer deadline day saw Shane Ferguson's current loan move to Millwall extended from November to next January.

Premier League:
Sunk by A. Marriner

Newcastle  0  Arsenal


Match report

Last weekend's Premier League results:

Sat 29.08.2015:
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 2-2 mackems
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Spurs 0-0 Everton

Sun 30.08.2015:
Southampton 3-0 Norwich City
Swansea 2-1 Manchester United

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Old boy network:
Spiderman in Spain

Linked with clubs in his native Argentina plus Brazil and Italy, former Magpie Jonas Gutierrez has turned up in Spain after agreeing a deal with Deportivo La Coruna.

Coincidentally, that's the same club that United bought his Gallowgate pal Fabricio Coloccini from in 2008.

And a little nearer to home, it's reported that fellow SJP old boy Shola Ameobi is training with Huddersfield Town ahead of a possible short-term deal. The 33 year-old became a free agent in the summer following the expiry of his contract at Crystal Palace.

It's not Ian Bogey...:
Golf giveaway

Our latest competition is a little bit different, with a free four-ball golf match up for grabs to readers courtesy of Tyneside-based ITC Service Ltd. 

The venue is the championship course at the acclaimed Ramside Hall Golf Club just off the A1 near Durham and the prize is to be taken during September.  

To be in with a chance of winning just identify the SJP old boy pictured below, hopefully contemplating a golf shot rather than taking a swing at a team mate....


Please email your answer to by Noon on Wednesday September 9th. One entry per person please, prize consists of golf as described - bar bills, travelling expenses, daft trousers etc. excluded. 

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National service

Youth international callups involving NUFC players: 

Mackenzie Heaney (U17s):
Wed 26.08.2015
Italy (h) Telford FR won 3-0
Mackenzie played the full 90 minutes.

Fri 28.08.2015 Turkey (h) Walsall FR won 2-1
Starting the game on the bench, Heaney arrived as a 55th minute substitute with England 2-1 ahead - which was the final score. 

Sun 30.08.2015 Portugal (h) Burton FR lost 3-7
Another 90 minute shift for Heaney brought him a goal, finishing off a 14th minute counter attack from a Portugal corner with a close-range finish to put the Young Lions 2-1 ahead.

England hosted this four team friendly event as a warm-up for the European Championship qualifying tournament in Portugal in late September - the first step on the road to the finals in Azerbaijan next May.

Alex Gilliead (U20s):

Mon 07.09.2015 Czech Republic (h) Shrewsbury FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (U19s):
Fri 04.09.2015 Germany (a) Bergisch Gladbach FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Croatia (a) Zagreb FR

Paul Woolston ( U18s):

Thu 03.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR
Sat 05.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR

Other youth call-ups:

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U19):

Wed 02.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR 1-1
Cameron started the game which saw the young Scots fall behind with two minutes remaining and then equalise four minutes into added time.
Fri 04.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR

More helping 
hands for Heed 

A third young Newcastle goalkeeper has left the club on loan, with Brendan Pearson following Freddie Woodman and Paul Woolston out of Gallowgate.

18 year-old Pearson has made the short trip over the Tyne to Gateshead as cover for Woolston, who is currently on loan to the Tynesiders but soon to be absent due to England international commitments.

Pearson moves to the International Stadium on a 28 day youth loan. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A second start in OM colours for Remy came on Friday night in a 0-2 loss away to Guingamp in Ligue 1. He lasted 77 minutes before being replaced. 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Ameobi came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining as Cardiff won 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Injury meant that Fergie was again missing from the matchday squad as Millwall lost 0-2 at home to Chesterfield in League One on Saturday. News came on Tuesday that his loan had been extended until January 2016.

Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town):
Another clean sheet for Freddie as it finished goalless at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two on Saturday.

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Goalkeeper Brendan was an unused substitute as the Heed won 2-0 at home to Lincoln City in the National League on Monday.

Paul Woolston (Gateshead):
Ahead of linking up with England U18s, goalkeeper Wooly was an unused substitute for Saturday's 2-0 away win at Guiseley.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):

Arma played the full game but didn't add to his goals tally as the Sky Blues drew 2-2 at home to Southend United in League One on Monday evening.


Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, 
Georginio Wijnaldum
Thu 03.09.2015 Iceland (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Sun 06.09.2015 Turkey (a) Konya ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Gibraltar (n) Faro ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Georgia (h) Dublin ECQ

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo):
Sun 06.09.2015 C.A.R. (a) Bangui ACNQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Faroe Islands (a) Torshavn ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Hungary (h) Belfast ECQ

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
Fri 04.09.2015
Armenia (h) Novi Sad ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Fri 04.09.2015
Portugal (a) Lisbon FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

PS: There was no place for Papiss Cisse in the Senegal squad for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia, Paul Dummett was excluded from the Welsh selection to face Cyprus and Israel and Cheick Tiote missed out Ivory Coast's meeting with Sierra Leone.

Back to the future


Following confirmation that away ticket prices for this season's Premier League meetings between Newcastle and West Ham have been pegged at £25 for adults, another reciprocal pricing deal has been announced.

Toon fans visiting Watford in January will also now be charged £25 for admission - with Hornets followers paying the same at Gallowgate in September.

That £25 charge is identical to what Toon followers paid for our last top-flight game at Vicarage Road - back in May 2007.

(Away concessions for both games will cost £17.50 for over-65s, £15 for 16-19s and £10 for U16s.)

Capital One Cup:
Flor he's a jolly 
good fellow!

Newcastle  4  Northampton Town  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report is online here

Premier League:
West Ham (a) 

Newcastle return to action on Monday week (September 14th) in what is their final scheduled appearance at the Boleyn Ground before the Hammers relocate to their new home at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Our very first visit to Upton Park was for an FA Cup tie during February 1909 that ended in a 0-0 draw.

Kickoff is at 8pm and all away end tickets are sold.


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NUFC: To follow. 


Magpies @ Upton Park: Premier Years:

2014/15: Lost 0-1
2013/14: Won 3-1 Cabaye 2, Remy
2012/13: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Won 2-1 Nolan, Carroll
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Owen
2007/08: Drew 2-2 Martins, Geremi
2006/07: Won 2-0 Duff, Martins
2005/06: Won 4-2 Owen 3, Shearer
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Bellamy, Jenas
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-1
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Won 1-0 Barnes
1996/97: Drew 0-0
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-1 Lee, Mathie, OG
1993/94: Won 4-2 Cole, Lee 2, Mathie

Former Magpie Andy Carroll is predicted to make his latest comeback from injury in this game.

Four games into their Premier League season after a six game Europa League campaign and the Hammers have recorded two clean sheets and collected six points.

That they came from a 2-0 win at Arsenal and a 3-0 success at Liverpool, while their two home games were both lost (1-2 to Leicester and 3-4 to Bournemouth) is one of the more unexpected stories of 2015/16 so far. 

Referee: tbc

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 12.09.2015:
Everton v Chelsea (12.45pm)
Arsenal v Stoke City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (3pm)
Norwich City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Watford v Swansea City (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton (3pm)
Manchester United v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 13.09.2015:

mackems v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky
Leicester City v Aston Villa (4pm) Sky

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

Capital One Cup:
on Wednesday

Newcastle's reward for overcoming League Two Northampton Town 4-1 in the Capital One Cup Second Round is another home tie, this time against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

That will take place on Wednesday September 23rd @ 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes extra time and penalties if required. 

The Owls beat Mansfield Town and Oxford United at Hillsborough to reach Round Three and the tie sets up a return to SJP for ex-Magpie player and manager Glenn Roeder, now Wednesday's Director of Football.

Like Northampton, Newcastle have never previously faced Wednesday in this competition but the sides are no strangers in the FA Cup, with United winning all but one of the five ties - the last back in 1981.

A second half strike from Ayoze Perez separated the two sides in our most recent match-up - a friendly fixture in the Steel City back in July 2014.

And a Shola Ameobi effort gave us a 1-0 home win in August 2009 on Wednesday's most recent visit to Tyneside - a Championship encounter.

Our last exit from the competition at the hands of a lower league side came back in October 2003, when West Bromwich Albion recorded a 2-1 victory on Tyneside in a Third Round tie.

Since then our hopes of silverware have been dashed by teams in the same division as us - with a 2009/10 exit coming from fellow Championship side Peterborough. 

Third Round ties are played in the week commencing Monday September 21st, meaning that Saturday home Premier League games against Watford and Chelsea will bookend the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Third Round ties:

Tue 22.09.2015:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Fulham v Stoke City
Hull City v Swansea City
Leicester City v West Ham
smoggies v Wolves
Preston North End v Bournemouth
Reading v Everton
mackems v Manchester City

Wed 23.09.2015:
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
MK Dons v Southampton
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Spurs v Arsenal
Walsall v Chelsea

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Online Box Office is 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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 05.09.2015 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Fri 11.09.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.09.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT (allocation: 2,200) Live on Sky.

Sat 19.09.2015 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Thu 03.09.2015 (in person / by phone)

Mon 21.09.2015
U21s v West Ham (a) @ Rush Green, Romford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 23.09.2015 Sheffield Wednesday (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. £15 adults, £5 concessions. ST Holders apply now for your own seat. Members sale from Thu 03.09.2015. public sale from Sat 05.09.2015.

NB: In an attempt to increase advance sales, ST holders purchasing before the day of the game will be credited with 1 away loyalty point.

NUFC have also confirmed that cash turnstiles will be in open on matchday but for the Milburn Stand L7 only - not the Leazes and Gallowgate Ends as was the case for the Northampton game.

Sat 26.09.2015
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ LFC Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Members sale from Wed 02.09.2015, public sale Mon 07.09.2015 (online), Thu 10.09.2015 (in person / by phone). Live on Sky.

Mon 28.09.2015
U21s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015
U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.


Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer
@ Dunston Lancastrian Suite. £30 including supper. Contact:
(Event is in aid of Wallsend Boys Club and adults only - strictly no children allowed). 

Thu 17.09.2015 Football writers Michael Walker & Harry Pearson in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry. 

Thu 01.10.2015 John Beresford (with MC John Gibson) @ Leam Lane Social Club. £10 including pie & peas. Contact: 07800 770411 (for Felling Magpies)

Fr 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Future live TV picks should appear thus:

Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

Radio Commentary:

Talk Sport:
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Discount admission schemes for NUFC season ticket holders at both Gateshead FC and Darlington FC won't apply in 2015/16.

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

Update: Mark has some new T-shirts designs available
online here  

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

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?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
2nd September

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 medal.

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 McGarry.

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 1981).  

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 1983/84 season.

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.

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 October 2008.

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 a "free".

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 striker, Gervinho.

What proved to be his final outing came in a 1-0 win at the mackems before signing for
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 SJP, donning black and white again for a 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 proceeded to boost his reputation on Tyneside by making his mark on a certain Milan player called Di Canio....

Seeing his contract at Loftus Road end at the end of the 2014/15 season with the R's relegated once more, Joey then trained with West Ham but was unable to agree a deal.

August 2015 then saw him sign a twelve month deal at Championship side Burnley.

PS: we don't have space to list all of Barton's various misdemeanours, court cases, prison time and community service.


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What Else?

1893 Woolwich Arsenal (a) 
Division Two 
Sorley, Crate
Shaw, Elliott 
The first ever league game for Newcastle United. Also, the only recorded appearances of fellow Scots J. Bowman and goalkeeper Andrew Ramsay for United.

1895 Hibernian (h) 
Scorers tbc 

1896 Sunderland (h) 
Aitken 2 
Gillespie, Campbell

1899 West Bromwich Albion (a) 
Division One 
Peddie (pen)
Debut for Dave Gardner.

1901 Middlesbrough (a) 
Scorers tbc

1903 Aston Villa (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Jimmy Howie.

1905 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
Howie(14), Orr(72)
Bridgett(3,48), Gemmell(68)
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 
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.

1908 United's 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 2-0.

1911 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Stewart 2 
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 (a) 
Division One 
McDonald, Rutherford 
Scoring debut for John McDonald at outside left, after his move from Liverpool.

1914 West Bromwich Albion (h) 
Division One 
Bentley, Bookman 

1922 Everton (a) 
Division One 
(1-2), Harris(2-3)
(1-0), Brewster(2-0),  Williams (3-1) 
The Toffees gained quick revenge for an 2-0 opening day defeat on Tyneside, although both Bill McCracken and Frank Hudspeth were missing for United.

1925 Glasgow Rangers (h) 
Archibald, Muirhead

1931 Birmingham (a) 
Division One 
Briggs 2, Curtis, Bradford 

1933 Leeds United (a) 
Division One 
J.Milburn(pen), Cochrane, Hydes
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.

1939 Swansea Town (h)
Division Two 
Bowden 3, Pearson 2, Hamilton, Scott, Cairns
The last game of the abortive 1939/40 league season. Bowden never played football again and his hat trick was expunged from the records.

1944 Gateshead (h)
Stubbins, Porter, Carr

1950 Portsmouth (a) 
Division One 




1953 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Keeble, Milburn, Mitchell 2 
1959 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
1961 Plymouth Argyle (h) 
Division Two 
Kirby, Carter
1967 Stoke City (h) 1-1
Division One 
1968 Southport (a) 2-0
League Cup 2nd Round
Robson(pen), Sinclair 
An easy passage to the next round was secured at Haig Avenue.
1969 Sheffield United (a) 0-2
League Cup 2nd  Round
Woodward, Tudor
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.

1970 West Bromwich Albion (a) 
Division One 
Dyson(30), og(Wilson)(88)
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. 

1972 Crystal Palace (a) 
Division One 
Kellard(pen), Wallace
A third successive defeat saw United drop to 15th place - which proved to be their lowest position of the season.

1978 Cambridge United (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
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.

1980 Bury (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg
(3-3 agg, lost on away goals)
Caretaker boss Joe Harvey suffered the ignominy of an early League Cup exit on away goals to the Fourth Division side.

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 action. 

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 side.

He later owned a bar and music venue in Melbourne and worked as a player's agent.

1989 Oldham Athletic (h) 
Division Two 
Quinn 2(1pen)
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.

1992 Luton Town (h) 
Division One 
Clark(35), Kelly(44)
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:

"Robson will become the fifth Newcastle United manager of the decade following in the footsteps of Jim Smith, Ossie Ardilles, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit."

Ermmm....whatever happened to that Keegan bloke then?

2002 Liverpool (a)

Speed(80), Shearer(88)
Hamann(54), Owen(73pen)

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. match report

2004 Terry Venables seemed likely to be Sir Bobby's successor as he was in the North East for talks. It wasn't a popular choice....

2005 Malaga (Spain) (a)
Hidalgo(76pen), Couñago(80)

The 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. match report

2008 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.

A 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 reconciliation.

That proved not to be the case and 12 months on, the two parties faced each other in a court case that Keegan won.

2012 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
Ben Arfa(59)



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. match report

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. match report