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Ticket news:

Southampton (h) Public sale now
Swansea City (a) SOLD OUT

Man United (a) SOLD OUT


Friendly
:
Another Hazard
halts United


 

Newcastle  0  Borussia Mönchengladbach  1

 

Watch the goal online here

United concluded their pre-season fixtures at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon
but the Gallowgate End goal frame and the brother of Chelsea's Eden Hazard, denied Steve McClaren's side victory.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Moussa Sissoko both struck the woodwork in the second period with the goal gaping but there were some promising displays to give Newcastle fans a measure of hope ahead of the new season.

New signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba also had their moments and while Mitrovic should have buried his chance, the striker added another half hour of pitch time to his 70 minute runout at York in midweek.

Wijnaldum played through the middle while Mbemba was introduced at right back, leaving Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor to complete 90 minutes.

That centre back pairing was retained as Jamaal Lascelles dropped back to the bench and Fabricio Coloccini missed out again absent due to injury - although the United boss didn't rule out the Argentinean defender from lining up against Southampton in next Sunday's season opener.

L
ast season's third-placed Bundesliga finishers snatched what proved to be the winning goal in the 66th minute, when Rolando Aarons lost possession and attempted to make amends by barging into an opponent in the area.

No penalty award came from Premier League whistler Jon Moss, but Steven Taylor's inability to clear the danger saw the ball fall to Thorgan Hazard who side-footed home past Tim Krul from the edge of the Leazes End box.

Sissoko had crashed an effort off the Gallowgate bar just after the break when he did well to control a through ball but placed his effort past the 'keeper and off the woodwork with Papiss Cisse scuffing the rebound.

Wijnaldum had seen a first half back heel saved and Mike Williamson went close with a header but long shots from Gabriel Obertan and Massadio Haidara were United's best efforts in an uneventful opening half.

But there should have been an equaliser near the end for Mitrovic on his first home appearance when Siem de Jong laid the ball back but the Serbian thumped his shot off the upright with 'keeper Yan Sommer only a spectator.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat (Mbemba 62), Williamson, Taylor, Haidara, Anita (De Jong 75), Colback, Sissoko (Perez 81), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Aarons 62), Cisse (Mitrovic 62).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Ferguson, Lascelles, Bigirimana,  Kemen, Abeid, Gouffran.

Booked: Taylor.


BMG: Sommer, Jantschke (Brouwers 76), Christensen, Schulz (Nordtveit 76), Wendt (Dominguez 61), Traore (Ritter 84), Xhaka (Korb 76), Dahoud (Johnson 61), Herrmann (Drmic 61), Stindl, Raffael (Hazard 61).

Subs n/u: Sippel, Hrgota.

Goal: Hazard 66.

 

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire but hailing from mackemland originally)
 

Crowd: 21,088 including around 100 away followers who were accommodated in the North East Corner. A few Liverpool shirts and one banner featuring both clubs were spotted - evidence of a link between their supporters.

That alliance dates back to frequent European meetings in the 1970's and gained added significance following a
£70,000 donation from BMG fans to the Hillsborough campaign during 1991.

BMG followers have made annual trips to Anfield for many years and Reds fans journey to Germany on a regular basis to watch BMG and enjoy a few steins together.

 

Steve McClaren:

 

"I suppose all clubs will be thinking that they could do with a bit more work.

“We lost a week two weeks ago with travelling in the States and playing a game on astro turf. 

"We are trying to get that back and recover from the travel. I am delighted where the players are considering that schedule.

"Do we need to do more? Lots more. We have to be patient. It’s a word I don’t like but you can’t force things but I am pleased with the development with the team have made.

"I have been frustrated all pre-season because our play has been good and we have built up well but our final ball and our final finish hasn’t been there. You expect that will come with more work and as the season goes on.

"I was pleased in terms of controlling the game because generally when we have played other games it has been end to end and a bit open. It was more tactical and more cat and mouse today.

"I thought it was the best we’ve done pre-season.

Responding to questions about further transfers:

"Are we looking at more? There is a lot of speculation out there. Nothing is happening at the present moment, believe you and me.

"There is a lot of work behind the scenes. It’s taken us quite a while to get the ones we’ve got. We are pleased with them - very pleased - because of their quality.

"Will there be any more? I don’t know, I always want more but are they available and can we get them? We don’t know.

"I am delighted with what I have got to work with now until the start of the season. It’s a big eight days for us. I would expect what we’ve got to start 0

On alleged transfer target Charlie Austin:

"There’s been a lot of talk about that throughout the weeks but we've not been in contact with QPR and they’ve not with us so no, that’s just a name that circulates and has been going around.”

Asked if Fabricio Coloccini would be staying he said:

"I don’t see why not. He’s got a year left on his contract.

"I’ve come in and they asked me to have a look at the players. I’ve looked and Coloccini is one player I said I want to be here.

"Colo has been training intermittently. We wanted him to play more games but we have not risked him. We would have liked to got more minutes against Gladbach (that's more than none) but I think he has probably now got a full week with us next week and to train with the team.

“That for me will be vitally important because I know there has been a lot of speculation about Colo but he is still a big part of this football club.

"I’ve stressed how much I want him here and to be part of the team and squad and I have expressed that to him and the club.

"So yeah, the speculation is the speculation, there has been no official approach by anybody or anyone. I hope Colo will be training with us on Tuesday.”

Seven years to the day that he oversaw a 1-0 friendly win for his Hertha Berlin side over United, BMG Coach Lucien Favre said:

"It was not easy for us- they had two big chances, but it was OK.

“Newcastle played very well and we had a little bit of luck when they hit the bar and post.

“On two occasions we did not anticipate long balls, and second balls.”

Stats:

There was a first outing in a Newcastle shirt for Chancel Mbemba, who became the 31st player to feature in senior pre-season games (31 in 2014/15, 32 in 2013/14).

Sammy Ameobi, Remy Cabella, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Sylvain Marveaux and Haris Vuckic all failed to kick a ball for the first team (Vuckic did for the U21s).

Having worn one-off "members" kits for pre-season home games in the last two seasons, United donned their new second kit for this fixture.

NUFC home pre-season friendlies - last decade:

2015/16 Monchengladbach lost 0-1 21,088
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 SC Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656*
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 23,078
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 34,016
2007/08 Celtic won 4-1 30,225
2006/07 Villarreal drew 2-2 20,144
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven lost 2-3 20,175
2005/06 Yeading won 5-0 6,151

*abandoned after 63 mins

It's back to the future United:

The first match home programme of the new season gave a flavour of the cover art theme this season, namely a re-imagining of the artwork from previous season issues.

We kick off by turning the clock back forty years to the pre-season preparations for 1975-76, when a short-lived Anglo Scottish Cup tournament resulted in home games against the mackems and the smoggies played.


El Diablo himself, Gordon Lee, leers out of the Tyne Bridge on both issues, while opposition bosses Bob Stokoe and Jack Charlton are superimposed on some inferior structures. It's a health and safety nightmare.

20,088 suffered a 0-2 derby loss, with 11,624 turning out three days later for a 2-2 draw with Boro, our goals coming from Terry Hibbitt and Alan Gowling.

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2015/16
:
Club confirm open day

There's a public training session and associated activities at SJP on Tuesday (August 4th) from 9am.

Entry to the East Stand is free and here's the schedule:

9am: Fanzone and East Stand open
10am to 10.30am: NUFC Foundation training session
10.45am to 12.15pm: First team training session
12.15pm to 12.30pm: Penalty kicks/crossbar challenge
1.45pm: Competition winners' signing session
2pm: Fanzone closes

NB:
due to the location of the fanzone for this event outside the Gallowgate end, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm that day.

Touching Distance:
Are you ready to 
be heartbroken? 





To repeat Sir Bobby Robson's misquote, copies of Martin Hardy's book "Touching Distance" are selling like cream cakes, as his chronicle of United's 1995/96 season and beyond strikes a chord with supporters of all ages

Here's a sample of the feedback from readers already:

"Superb - so many memories", "really brilliant", "top read", "amazing memories from an amazing time", "a special read for me", "a great and important book",   "read about 20 pages and I already love David Kelly!" 

Interviewing major figures including Kevin Keegan, Sir John Hall and Les Ferdinand and unearthing some new tales in the process, the book is on sale from The Back Page, Waterstones, Fenwick's and Amazon (print and e-book).

Author signed copies are available online here for the cover price of £18.99, delivered post free in the UK. 

If you're going to Tuesday's SJP open day, Martin will be signing books on the third floor of Fenwicks afterwards from 12.30pm, in the company of ex-Magpies Terry McDermott, John Beresford and Steve Howey.

The author will also be in attendance at Waterstones by Greys Monument before Sunday's season opener at home to Southampton between Noon and 1pm.

Two book launch events are taking place as follows:

Thu 13.08.2015 Benedictine Club, Cramlington
Fri 14.08.2015 42nd Street, Whitley Bay 

Both are in a talk-in format with former Magpie Keith Gillespie and the author. Admission is £10 including pie and peas, tickets from the venue or via 07742 936570.

U21s:
Tynesiders triumph  

Newcastle U21s  1  Gateshead  2

Sunday saw Newcastle reserves end their pre-season preparations with defeat in a behind closed doors game staged at their Darsley Park training ground.

The visitors went ahead after 12 minutes when Josh Gillies shot past Brendan Pearson before Alex Gilliead levelled eleven minutes after the interval.

Former Magpie Paddy McLaughlin then centred for Nathan Buddle to win it 14 minutes before full time. 

There was a first outing this season for Callum Roberts - after his ankle problem eased - but no other players with competitive first team experience featured.

Dutch trialist Dani Koks has now left after the decision was made not to retain him, while Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney didn't feature in the game at all.

Peter Beardsley's side begin their season against Wolves on Saturday at the New Bucks Head in Telford (3pm).

Hot ticket item:
York winner sought  

A piece of advice for anyone who went to the York City v Newcastle game last Wednesday and purchased a 50/50 cash draw ticket - check your pockets.

The Minstermen are yet to track down the holder of winning ticket 042649 that was bought by a Magpies follower outside the away end and is worth £315.

If you have that ticket, claim your prize from Ian Tyssen via 07548 159636 or ian.tyssen@hotmail.com

Loans:
Trio ready for Saturday  

Focus on our three loan players in the Football League:


Evidently Treacle Town - Arma warms up


Adam Armstrong
(Coventry City) 
The striker
made his Sky Blue bow on Saturday when Tony Mowbray's side drew 0-0 with Oxford United in a game staged at Nuneaton Town's Liberty Way home.

Our man on the verandah informs us that Coventry were second best by far to their League Two foes, clinging on to register a draw as Oxford missed a penalty, hit the post twice and also had a goal disallowed.  

Lacking service and support Armstrong had just one shooting chance, but that was well saved by Oxford's keeper. He was subbed in the 81st minute.

City boss Tony Mowbray said afterwards that Arma: 

"did well but he didn't play the role like I'd like him to so we're going to work with him over the next week as you can tell he's got the quality."


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


Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town)
Crawley's final kickabout on Saturday saw them visit Whitehawk but lose 1-2 to the Conference South side.

Making his second appearance for the Red Devils, Freddie completed the full 90 minutes, with his manager Mark Yates commenting at full time that:

"Freddie hasn't had a great deal to do but we haven't given him any great protection for the goals. He's made a couple of saves - he was good."

Next game: Oxford United (a) League Two, Saturday.

Sammy Ameobi
(Cardiff City)
Friday saw the Bluebirds face Premier League opposition in the shape of
AFC Bournemouth at what used to be Dean Court. City won 3-2 with Sammy completing 90 minutes.

Previewing that game, City boss Russell Slade said of Sammy that:

"The beauty of him is that he can do a couple of roles. A couple of positions. We know his capabilities. We know we can use his pace outside if we desire, we can use that pace. 

"We used him on the right too recently although he is left-footed he's clever at coming inside onto that left foot.

"We know he can play number 10 too. I've spoken to others who played him there. Tony Mowbray did it at Middlesbrough. He's more than efficient at number 10. 

"That is a real asset that he can slot into a couple of forward areas. The pace he brings too is good for us, he moves quickly, deceptively quickly with the ball."

Next game: Fulham (h) Championship, Saturday.

2015/16:
More live TV games - 
BT play their joker

Friday brought confirmation of three further United fixture switches for live TV, including our 730 mile round trip to Bournemouth - helpfully now brought forward to Saturday lunchtime to inconvenience away supporters still further. At least it isn't on the Monday night I suppose....

Sun 18.10.2015
Norwich City (h) 4pm, Sky Sports
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon, Sky Sports
Sat 07.11.2015 AFC Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT

Selections have now been made up to and including Sunday November 29th, meaning that seven of our opening fourteen games have been moved for TV (the season opener against Southampton was moved to due their Europa League participation but isn't televised).

Amended fixture list:

Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) 1.30pm no TV
Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) 3pm no TV
Sat 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm BT 
Sat 29.08.2015
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm BT 

Mon 14.09.2015
West Ham (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) 3pm no TV
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm Sky


Sat 03.10.2015
Manchester City (a) no TV
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm Sky
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon Sky

Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City (h) 3pm no TV

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
Sat 21.11.2015 Leicester City (h) no TV
Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) no TV


2015/16:
Visit York, see 
the Shambles
...

York City  2  Newcastle  1

 

Goals online here

Match report


2015/16
:
I wanna be in 
that number

 

Friday saw United confirm first team squad numbers for the following 35 players next season - online here

There are five new boys: Georginio Wijnaldum takes 5, Jamaal Lascelles will wear 15, Chancel Mbemba inherits 18 from Jonas Gutierrez, Karl Darlow will sport 26 and Aleksander Mitrovic opts for 45.

Existing players changing places include Paul Dummett (from 36 to 3), Jack Colback (from 14 to 4) Gabriel Obertan (25 to 14) and Sylvain Marveaux (reinstated to the list and handed the vacant 31 place).

Of our three loan players, Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman retain numbers but Sammy Ameobi loses his - although he's the only one out a season-long deal.

Woodman update:
Parding of the ways

 

Almost eight months after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace, Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has secured his release in order to join the Eagles.

The London-born 43 year-old ends a stint at SJP that began in December 2010 when he arrived from Charlton Athletic at Pardew's direction to succeed Paul Barron.

An announcement regarding his successor is awaited, with Simon Smith linked with a return to the club he worked for under both Ruud Gullit and Bobby Robson.

Having served Steve McClaren at Derby County last season, Eric Steele had been also mentioned as a candidate in the event that Woodman left. 

However, the 61 year old Tynesider embarked on a new role at the FA this week, working with England's youth team goalkeepers - a role Simon Smith had fulfilled.   


Cobbler in tryout
:
Youngster assessed

 

Some weeks after his name first entered the frame, Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney is closing in on a permanent transfer to the Magpies.

The 19 year-old made a senior debut for his hometown team in an FA Cup tie against Bradford City in November 2012 and has played 60 first team games for the League Two Cobblers (29 starts), scoring 11 goals.

Toney trained with Peter Beardsley's development squad on Friday
and was at SJP on Saturday watching the first team game against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Speaking after that game, Steve McClaren said:

"Northampton have allowed him (Toney) to train for a couple of days. He’s done that (and) we will assess that.

"He has trained with Peter Beardsley in the U21s, now we just have to sit down him and assess what we are going to do.”


A £500K fee has been suggested and Northampton are preparing for Toney's departure by running the rule over three trialist forwards - one of whom has now agreed a 12 month deal at Sixfields.

Milk Cup:
Chile too hot for bairns




Update:
United lost 0-2 to O'Higgins in Friday's Globe Final at Coleraine Showgrounds, the Chilean youngsters scoring twice in the final five minutes of the tie. 

Having failed to finish in the top four of the Milk Cup competition, Newcastle qualified for the second level event (the Globe) for teams finishing between fifth and eighth position after three group stage games.

And a 5-1 victory over California-based Strikers FC on Thursday put them into the final of the competition on Friday against O'Higgins on Friday afternoon.

Leading the way against Strikers with another man of he match display was Mackenzie Heaney, who netted a hat trick to go with Ben Pollock and Callum Smith goals.

(Note that the bureaucracy of the Milk Cup event means that Heaney has been referred to by his previous surname of MacCubbin during this tournament)

Six points from the group stages came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Japanese side Higashi Fukuoka at Ballymoney, with Ben Pollock and Mackenzie Heaney netting.

Following a 1-3 loss to Ghanaian outfit Right to Dream in Ballymena (Heaney on target), the Young Magpies picked up another three points with a 4-0 victory over County Tyrone at Limavady, Ben Pollock, Brandon Williams, Owen Gallacher and Lewis McNall on target.

2015/16:
Train offer launched

Virgin Trains East Coast
have come up with a brand new initiative aimed at getting Magpies season ticket holders and members to and from away matches in the London area at reduced prices using their services.

Individual bookings attract a 10% discount, while groups of three or more qualify for 25% off. And rather than waiting for confirmation of match dates - and watching cheaper advance tickets sell out - free rebooking of tickets is now possible if a game is rescheduled for TV.

In line with the current NUFC away ticketing policy, this offer is open only to those who qualify for away tickets (ie not the general public) and the scheme is partly motivated by a desire to address behaviour on trains, so there's what amounts to a code of conduct included. 

Further details and bookings are open now here:  

https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/footballtickets

 

This is very much uncharted territory and inevitably there will be issues that come to light now that the website is live. As one of the parties who put this together, we have a vested interest in seeing it work as well as possible, so any feedback (positive or negative) to Biffa is welcome.

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 9th August
Kick-off 1.30pm

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Borussia M'gladbach 1
Friendly

St. James' Park
Saturday 1st August
Match report to follow

NUFC.com's
Never-Ending Tour
 
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2015/16:
 

9

 

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.

Finding the right hotel just got a whole lot easier - www.hotelscombined.com Heading to the Toon?

City guide
here

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here


Fixtures:

 

Sat 08.08.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ 
Clayton Wood Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.08.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ 
New Bucks Head, Telford, 3pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Visitors have taken 1,646 seats.
NB: no metros between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08 and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run.

W/C Mon 10.08.2015
Capital One Cup Second Round draw involving NUFC.

Sat 15.08.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Mon 17.08.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @ 
Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.


Sat 22.08.2015 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 12.45pm. Premier League.  SOLD OUT. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 24.08.2015
U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 25/Wed 26.08.2015 Team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Capital One Cup Second Round. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer talk-in @ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston. In aid of Wallsend Boys Club. £30 including supper. No children allowed. Orders and further details: carl.wallsendboysclub@gmail.com

Capital One Cup Round dates:

2nd:
w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1:
w/c 04.01.2016
SF2:
w/c 25.01.2016
F:
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd:
w/e of 09.01.2016
4th:
w/e of 30.01.2016
5th:
w/e of 20.02.2016
6th:
w/e of 12.03.2016
SF:
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F:
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 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm 
Sat 29.08.2015
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Future live TV picks should appear thus:

Oct/Nov: By the end of July
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

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
 
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
4th August


Born Or Died:

1973 David Terrier born, Verdun, France.
(1998)

Defender who played for Metz in both legs of their UEFA Cup tie against United in 1997, having made his first team debut for the French side during the 1991/92 season.

A disastrous move to West Ham saw him play just a single minute of a first team game (substitute at Barnsley in Aug 1997) before succumbing to a knee injury.

Terrier's next destination was St. James' Park where he signed a six month deal in January 1998, Kenny Dalglish commenting:

"David has come to us after agreeing with West Ham to tear up his contract there. He joined them on the Bosman Ruling during the summer and we'll have a look at him.

"He's played against the club twice and done very well. He marked both Tino Asprilla and Alan Shearer and has overcome injuries to be back to his best."

However, a few shaky reserve outings convinced United to say "au revoir" and Terrier returned to France, joining Nice. 

Moving on to AC Ajaccio in 2001, he had a four year stint at the Corsican club before ending his career in 2007 after two seasons at Union Sportive Créteil -Lusitanos.

Gaining a Degree in Sports Management, David opened a shop selling watches and also became a regional representative for the French equivalent of the PFA.
 

  
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What Else?

1976 Southend United (a)
2-0
(?-?)
Friendly 
Nattrass, Gowling 
5,000
A rare visit to Roots Hall for United, over 16 years after their only previous outing to this particular part of Essex. 

1980 Hearts (a)
1-1
(1-0)
Friendly 
Shinton 
C.Robertson
3,334 
Ex-Hibernian full back John Brownlie made an ill-starred return to Edinburgh, needing  hospital treatment after sustaining knee ligament at Tynecastle.

Former Magpie Bobby Moncur was in charge of Hearts.

1984 Queen of The South (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Friendly 
Beardsley 
scorer tbc
2,000 
To Dumfries for an early evening (6.30pm KO) pre-season kickabout at Palmerston Park.
 

1988 Trollhattan (Sweden) (a) 2-1 (?-?)
Friendly 
Mirandinha, D.Jackson 
scorer tbc
1,500



 

1990 Yeovil Town (a)
2-1
(1-0)
Friendly 
McGhee, Anderson
Wallace 
5,093 
United made their debut in Somerset in a game to mark  Yeovil Town's opening of The New Huish Stadium. 

The ceremony was carried out by Bert Millichip and Gordon McKeag on the pitch before kick-off, who were joined by a priest, and subsequently a parachute display team. 

Most of the 250 travelling fans barracked McKeag throughout the ceremony over the club's lack of investment in talented players.


Bjorn Kristensen slides in on 
Yeovil's Tiv Lowe

1992 Doncaster Rovers (a)
1-1
(0-0)
Friendly 

O'Brien(75)
Jeffrey(83)
3,951 
Oh dear. A lethargic United  were almost shamed by their enthusiastic lower league opponents at Belle Vue.

Rovers scorer Mike Jeffrey made his mark on Kevin Keegan and later moved to SJP.

1996 Gamba Osaka (Japan) (a)
1-3
(0-2)
Friendly 
Ferdinand(89)
Gillhaus(16,41), Škrinjar(84) 
6,949 
After recording victories in their opening two tour games against opposition in Thailand and Singapore, Kevin Keegan's side were well beaten in Japan.

Ex-Dutch international striker Hans Gillhaus netted twice at the Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium as Keith Gillespie, Tino Asprilla and David Batty all managed to collect bookings. 

An enraged KK said post-match that:

"I have to be realistic. There were very few players coming out of that game with any credit.

"I don't like coming here to make an excuse for a 3-1 defeat by the third bottom team in the J League.

"We play Man United in the Charity Shield at Wembley on Saturday - and that's why I'm so disappointed."

There was no sign of Alan Shearer, who had left his new colleagues in order to fly back to Tyneside for his official unveiling.

NUFC: Srnicek (Hislop 46), Watson (Barton 71), Howey (Peacock 71), Albert, Beresford (Elliott 57), Beardsley (Clark 57), Batty, Lee (Gillespie 57), Ginola; Ferdinand, Asprilla. 

2000 The advertising hoardings at SJP breathed a sigh of relief as Temuri Ketsbaia left for Wolves in a £900k deal. Black Country horologists also anticipated a bit of business coming their way, allegedly.

2003 Hull City (a)
4-0
(2-0)
Friendly
Chopra(21,61), Ameobi(35), Cort(89)
15,206
Coach John Carver took charge as United made their first visit to City's KC Stadium on a Monday night.

A strong side combined parts of the two teams who had played simultaneous friendlies at Hartlepool and Sheffield Wednesday the previous Friday, but the likes of Bellamy, Speed, Shearer and Robert didn't feature.
NUFC.com match report

2004 Celtic (a)
1-2
(0-0)
Friendly

Bellamy (60)
Sylla(72)
Camara(90)
20,000

A late debut strike by Henri Camara gave Celtic a 2-1 win in another uninspiring friendly kickabout as our pre-season finished on a losing note in front of a frankly silent and miserable crowd.

Craig Bellamy had given us the lead on the hour with a low drive after good work by Alan Shearer and Kieron Dyer. Sylla's header then got the Bhoys back on terms, before Camara's late winner against the run of play.
NUFC.com match report


Camara focuses on firing the winner

2005 United announced a friendly match at SJP just two days hence, when the previous season's FA Cup Third Round opponents Yeading would provide the opposition.

The game was hastily arranged to plug the gap in our pre-season programme caused by a premature ejection from the Intertoto Cup at the hands of Deportivo La Coruna. 

2006 An outright denial came from Glenn Roeder to reports of interest in Empoli striker Francesco Tavarno - the United boss blaming unscrupulous agents for inventing the story.

Roeder also set the record straight about two Real Madrid players who we had been linked with. Dismissing stories of a return for ex-Mag Jonathan Woodgate, Roeder confirmed his liking for midfielder Thomas Gravesen.

2007 Newcastle Academy Head Coach Joe Joyce had a nasty shock as he took a young Magpies XI to his hometown of Consett.

0-4 down at half time, only a consolation strike from Kazenga Lua cheered Toon fans in the Belle Vue crowd, as the Northern League Steelmen ran out 5-1 winners.

2009 1,300 fans were at Croft Park as Blyth Spartans marked the centenary of the stadium by restaging the inaugural fixture of 1909.

United won 4-2 that day and a century on, they returned to repeat that scoreline, thanks to goals from Haris Vuckic, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Nile Ranger and Kazenga LuaLua. 
NUFC.com match report

2010 A United reserve XI lost 1-4 at Luton Town, with Nile Ranger netting against the Conference side who were managed by Richard Money.

2,000 fans paid the obscene price of £18 to watch the Kenilworth Road kickabout. 
NUFC.com match report

2012 Den Haag (Holland) (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Friendly

7,120
Tim Krul returned to his hometown of The Hague, but didn't have a shot to save during a tepid 90 minutes at the Kyocera Stadium.

And things were no better at the other end, despite United fielding a front three at one point comprised of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi.
NUFC.com match report

2013 Some classic quotes from Chief Clown, aka Director of F***all, Joe Kinnear:

"It's tough out there but I'm well aware that everybody's concerned - and rightly so - but I'm not dragging my heels in any manner you know. 
 
"I'm finding out, I'm being sensible about the budget that I've got and I'm going to spend it as wisely as I can.

"I keep Alan
(Pardew) well informed. I have regular meetings with Alan, we sit down on a regular basis talking about the type of players we want, the best type of players for the Newcastle fans.

"And at the moment, I'm waiting for a nod - which the goalposts have moved on numerous occasions as they do on these deals - to bring in a couple of strikers."


In the end, only Loic Remy arrived on loan - a deal reported well before Kinnear's arrival - while negotiations for both Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent broke down.