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Ticket news:
mackems (h) SOLD OUT
Manchester United (a)
Everton (h), Burnley (h) Public sale now
Leicester (a) FAC ST holder sale now (0 points)
Chelsea (a) ST holder sale now (0 points)
Southampton (h) Member sale now

Never mind the baubles, here's the
2014 Advent Calendar
  Day 20

Premier League:
mackems (h)

The 151st Tyne-wear derby match takes place at St. James' Park on Sunday at 1.30pm as Alan Pardew tries to halt a losing run of three games in this fixture and conjure up what would be a first victory in six attempts - since the "over the wall" game of August 2011.

Despite reportedly suffering a shoulder injury in Wednesday's defeat at Spurs, United have confirmed that Jak Alnwick is set to retain his place for the derby.

The 21 year-old goalkeeper required treatment during the second half at White Hart Lane and Alan Pardew later told journalists that the club may be forced to investigate the possibility of making an emergency loan signing.

However that now doesn't appear to be the case and Alnwick will be in goal at SJP on Sunday, with the 17 year-old Freddie Woodman providing cover. 

Daryl Janmaat is available for selection after completing his one match ban against Spurs. One booking away from a ban of his own, Cheick Tiote didn't play on Wednesday night but should return to the fray for the derby.

Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor are also expected to feature after missing the Spurs game, but Siem de Jong, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Rolando Aarons and Gabriel Obertan all remain unavailble.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 6/1
Papiss Cisse 1-0 @ 22/1
Newcastle to score a penalty @ 7/1
Cheick Tiote to be sent off @ 16/1
Lee Clattermole to be sent off @ 16/1

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

Local author Michael Walker will be signing copies of his excellent book "Up There" in the Back Page before the game - ring them on 0191 261 5005 if you want to reserve a copy. Independent article by Michael

SAFC: to follow

Kicking off with a 2-2 draw at West Brom, Gus Poyet's side lost 0-1 at QPR, were held 0-0 at Burnley and then massacred 0-8 at Southampton. A 3-1 success at Crystal Palace was then followed by back-to-back scoreless draws at both Leicester City and Liverpool.   

Referee: Anthony Taylor - second appointment this season to date for the Mancunian whistler, after the 2-1 victory at Spurs. His sole wearside posting was a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Pub Watch: The Bodega 125 Westgate Road, NE1 4AG  

One of the most popular venues in Newcastle
- and the pub where staff from other pubs go for a drink - The Bodega boasts a traditional long bar, Victorian stained glass domes, elaborately tiled floors, and lots of history.

nd as the CAMRA Tyneside 2014 Real Ale Pub of the Year, you can also expect a true commitment to offering the very best real ale. 

Combine that with large screen plasma TVs, and friendly staff, it's the perfect place to
visit before or after the derby at St James' Park on Sunday.

ind further details of this and the 20 other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here


Metro: No scheduled service disruptions

Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: 
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GOL Stadium
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TSN2 (Canada)
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV3 Sport 2 (Den) +HD
Viaplay (Den/Swe)
Viasat Football (Swe) +HD

UK Radio:
Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Latest Premier League fixtures/results:

Sat 20.12.2014:
Man City 3-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United
Hull City v Swansea City
QPR 3-2 West Bromwich Albion
Southampton 3-0 Everton
Spurs 2-1 Burnley
West Ham 2-0 Leicester City

Sun 21.12.2014:
Liverpool v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Mon 22.12.2014:

Stoke City v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. 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 here


Premier League:
Passion not poison

Pre-derby comments from both managers:

Alan Pardew:

"Iím hearing the right stuff on the radio and in the street about the levels of antagonism between the two clubs dying down a little bit to what itís really about Ė a football match.

"Iím really pleased about that and hope it carries through to Sunday.

"I said two years ago that this nasty hate Ė those kinds of words Ė needed to go out. Itís a rivalry, a game of football Ė may the best team win, and then we shake hands and go home.

"The incident with the flight this year, and the way the Sunderland fans contributed and the effort they made, has made great steps to help this fixture become what it should be, a spectacle for the North East, not something where we have to order extra police.

"The last thing the North East should be doing is fighting each other, but, at the same time, knowing itís a massive rivalry, the passion of the game shouldnít be lost.

"We know that will be there and itís what it should be about. Iím sure Gus is of the same opinion as me."

Gus Poyet:

"The derby is a special game so let us all enjoy it with dignity. Let the winner celebrate and let whoever loses hold their head high and look forward to the next time. 

"Accept whatever it brings, enjoy it but without being disrespectful. I would ask everyone to go to the game with pride, to respect the occasion, but most of all to be safe.Ē

Northumbria Police confirm derby plans

Black & white Friday:
That's your lot

Thanks to everyone flooded our inbox with entries for our "Black and White Friday" quiz. We asked you to identify the Newcastle player in
a photograph and virtually everyone knew it was Laurent Robert (apart from those who answered Andy O'Brien and Hatem Ben Arfa....)

The winner of the iPad mini provided by MJS Computers was Matt Hynd and the following people are battling to claim one of our other ten prizes:

Dave Chalcraft
Mo Chizary
Kris Garthwaite
Paddy Graham
Chris Jordan
Joe McDermott 
Fiona Monteith-Preston
Sam Mullen
Mark Simblet
Andrew Taggart

(Scented candles went to Jacqueline Butterwick)

Trotters toppled

Bolton U18s  0  Newcastle U18s  1

A week on from their FA Youth Cup success, Dave Watson's U18s had another away trek on Saturday, facing their Bolton Wanderers counterparts.

United were looking to avenge a 1-3 home loss at Little Benton in September and went ahead just before half time at an overcast and blustery Lostock Academy.

Jamie Cobain's low centre from the right flank was helped on by a colleague for Jamie Holmes to flick home from close range at the back post.

Sean Longstaff had a decent chance to double United's lead on 58 minutes but although successfully chipping the advancing Trotters 'keeper, his effort dropped just wide.

Bolton mustered a handful of shots in their search for an equaliser but failed to test Brendan Pearson, as the Magpies completed their 2014 campaign with a win. 

Team (tbc): Pearson, Cobain, Laidler, Hunter, Newberry, Cameron (Pollock 46), Ward (Suddick 63), Drennan, Charman, Longstaff, Holmes (Johnson 80). Sub n/u: Heaney.

The Gift: 
Last minute  .com

For anyone still after a copy of Paul Joannou's fine new book "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who", deliveries will take place in the following postcode areas on Monday and Tuesday: 

NE12, NE22, NE23, NE25, NE26, NE27, NE28, NE29, NE30, NE61

If you want to be included, email

asap to arrange a drop-off.

Capital One Cup:
Capital None

Spurs  4  Newcastle  0


White Hart Lane, Wednesday, 8pm

If you were affected by turnstile closures before kick-off and consequent congestion problems at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, make your views known in writing to:


Match report

Capital One Cup Quarter-finals:

Derby County 1-3 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
Spurs 4-0

(Liverpool drew Chelsea, Spurs drew Sheffield United in the two-legged Semi Finals)

Back Page hours

Holiday opening hours for the Back Page shop on St.Andrews Street will be as follows:

Sat 20th 9am-6pm
Sun 21st 10am-1.30pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm
Mon 22nd, Tue 23rd 9am-7pm
Wed 24th 9am-3pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day Closed
Sat 27th 9am-5.30pm
Sun 28th 11am-4pm and 6pm-7pm
Mon 29th, Tue 30th 9.30am-5.30pm
Wed 31st 9.30am-4pm
Thur 1st 11am-3pm and 5pm-6pm


Premier League:
Gogglebox: 3 changes

The latest round of TV alterations sees two selections for Newcastle - but movement of a third fixture that renders pre-booked travel plans worthless once again:


Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) (2.05pm) Sky
Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) 5.30pm) Sky

That Stoke alteration unfortunately means that United's visit to Selhurst Park on Tuesday 10th February will now be played 24 hours later as follows: 

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) (8pm) not on TV

BT Sport haven't selected any NUFC games this time round and the new list covers to Sunday March 1st.

That means the visit of Aston Villa to SJP stays as a 3pm kickoff on Saturday February 28th and by implication, the Manchester United home game the following Wednesday (March 4th) should also remain unaltered.

FA Cup:
FA Cup ticket details

Tickets for United's forthcoming FA Cup Third Round tie at Leicester City are now on sale to ST holders with a zero points requirement (member sale from Mon 22nd).

Prices: Adults £13, Over 65s £8, U18s £5, U12s £2. 

The tie is on Saturday 3rd January at 3pm and isn't on live TV. With both sides in Premier League action just 48 hours earlier, attempts to delay the tie by 24 hours failed due to a clash with a Leicester Tigers rugby match at nearby Welford Road on the Sunday.

Riverside date set

Newcastle's U18 side will play their Fourth Round FA Youth Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Thursday 8th January at the Riverside Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7pm and the tie must be settled on the night, via extra time and penalties if necessary.

Both sides won away in the Third Round last weekend, the smoggies notching up a 4-3 success at Southend while Newcastle ran out 3-1 winners at Millwall.

The last Tees-Tyne meeting in this competition came back in February 2004, when Boro struck a last minute winner to win a Fifth Round tie 2-1.

Boro won the first U18 league meeting of the current season 1-0 and the two sides are due to play the return game at Little Benton on Saturday January 17th.

Brother beyond:
Kick it in / Kick it out

While Newcastle were exiting from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, one of our biggest flops of modern times was helping himself to a 41 minute hat trick that retained his latest side's place on top of their league.

Luuk de Jong's
treble earned PSV Eindhoven a 4-3 win over Feyenoord and took him up to double figures for the season in the Eredivisie, with a quartet of Europa League strikes boosting his goal total to fourteen.
goals here

Luuk's brother Siem meanwhile continues his comeback from injury after having played just twice in the Premier League since joining the Magpies.  

Along with Sammy Ameobi, the elder of the two de Jong brothers was recently interviewed by locally-based charity Show Racism The Red Card on the subject of discrimination in sport and society.
interviews here

On-loan Magpie bailed

From the Derby Evening Telegraph, Wednesday:

Nottingham Forest star Jamaal Lascelles has appeared in court charged with assault in a Derby nightclub.

The England Under-21 defender, who lives in Oakwood, is charged with assaulting a man, occasioning actual bodily harm, in Lola Lo, in Victoria Street, on April 23.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court today for a preliminary hearing. In court, prosecutor Sarah Slater said: "I have been told this will be a definite trial."

Lascelles was released on bail and told to next appear at Derby Crown Court on March 11. A trial date was set for the week beginning April 27.

January departure?

Following this weekend's set of games, the Italian Serie A will take a break until the first week of January - by which time a deal taking Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to AS Roma could to be in place.    

Sent out on a season-long loan by United, the 25 year- old has been a success at the Stadio Olimpico, making 16 appearances as Roma rose to second in the table and qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Unhappy at his treatment in England, Yanga-Mbiwa has publicly praised his new surroundings and is happy to remain in Italy - no doubt boosted by an international recall to the French national side recently.

Italian media sources claim that a transfer fee of Ä7m has been agreed (Ä1.5m of which was paid for the loan) and the only doubt seems to be whether Roma will wait until the conclusion of the season or act in January.   

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of Ä8.4m. 

Second string held

Bedlington Terriers  3  Newcastle XI  3 

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to competitive action on  Monday when they host West Ham in an U21 Premier League Cup tie at Whitley Park.

That has a 1pm kick-off and will be played to a finish, with extra time and penalties if required. ST holders / members gain free entrance or pay on the gate.

PS: The Derby County U21 Premier League away game on Monday January 5th 2015, that has been rescheduled to Tuesday April 28th and will now take place at the iPro Stadium (aka Pride Park) not Alfreton Town FC. 


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SFA go after Ashley 

Update: Friday saw confirmation that the new CEO of Rangers is none other than Derek Llambias, a month after he became a non-executive director of the Ibrox club.

Rangers and Mike Ashley were both issued with notices by the Compliance Officer of the Scottish FA on Monday, concerning alleged breaches of three disciplinary rules related to the issues of dual club ownership:

Details online here

It's reported that Ashley faces a £10K fine if a rule breach is proven, while the Govan club could be hit with both financial penalties and expulsion from the Scottish Cup.

New year break 
for Abeid

The first of three anticipated call-ups of Newcastle players for next year's African Nations Cup Finals has materialised, with Mehdi Abeid selected by Algeria.

French-born Abeid is yet to make his debut for Algeria after injuring a toe in training after his maiden senior callup and could miss up to six weeks of club football.

Algeria begin their campaign in Equatorial Guinea against South Africa on January 19th, face Ghana four days later and a then Senegal side that's expected to include club colleague Papiss Cisse on the 27th.   

The finals conclude on February 8th, with United's third representative likely to be Cheick Tiote for Ivory Coast.

Premier League:
Matters arising

Monday saw the draws for the Champions League and Europa League take place, with some consequences for Newcastle coming from the Premier League selections. 

Manchester City were drawn out with Barcelona and will host the Catalan side at the Etihad on Tuesday February 24th. Our Premier League visit there is now confirmed as a 5.30pm KO on Saturday February 21st for live TV.

Moving on to the Europa League and Everton have been paired with Young Boys in the last 32, with the second leg played on merseyside.

Progress for the Toffees in that tie would see them in Round of 16 action on Thursday March 12th and 19th - and mean that our scheduled trip to Goodison Park on Saturday March 14th would be altered from that day, whether or not selected for live TV transmission. 

(A similar situation would await us in April should Spurs make it through to the Europa League Quarter Finals).

PS: Advance notice that our scheduled trip to Anfield on Saturday 11th April coincides with the staging of the Grand National at nearby Aintree racecourse.

Historically, Liverpool tend not to play home games when the race is run and with it getting underway at 4.15pm then a 3pm kickoff would seem unlikely that day - regardless of whether the TV companies select it.

Premier League
Burnley (h) plan 
your journey

All is quiet on New Years Day - especially when it comes to using public transport. With Newcastle playing their first January 1st home game since 2007, remember that no bus, train, metro or ferry services will run across the region on that day. 

The only exceptions to that are the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city.

Soccerbus January 1st 2015 timetable

The borrowers:
Loan lads

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Next match:
AC Milan (h) Serie A, Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next match:
Leeds United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger has now missed five games in all competitions for his adopted side due to a hamstring injury and isn't expected to return this side of Christmas.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Currently loitering near a cake shop somewhere. The public have been warned not to approach him - although he's anything but dangerous....

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Next Match

Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 21st December
Kick-off 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Last Match

Tottenham Hotspur 4
Newcastle 0
Capital One Cup

White Hart Lane
Wednesday 17th December
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP season ticket info 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. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 22.12.2014 U21s v West Ham (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. Live on BT.

Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) @ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Sat 03.01.2015 Leicester City (a)
@ King Power Stadium, 3pm. FA Cup Third Round.
ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Mon 22.12.2014. Adults £13, Over 65s £8, U18s £5, U12s £2. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 08.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a)
@ Riverside Stadium, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fourth Round.

Sat 10.01.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.01.2015 Chelsea (a)
@ Stamford Bridge, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now (0 points). Upper tier: £55 adults, £23.50 concessions. Lower tier: £52 adults, £23.50 concessions. Allocation tbc.

Mon 12.01.2015 U21s v Bolton Wanderers (h) @ Whitley Park. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (h) @ Little Benton,11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale from Tue 23.12.2014. Live on Sky Sports.

FA Cup: 

Second Round restaged tie:

Fri 02.01.2015:
MK Dons v Chesterfield

Third Round ties:

Fri 02.01.2015:
Cardiff City v Colchester United BBC2W

Sat 03.01.2015:
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Brentford v Brighton and Hove Albion
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Derby County v Southport
Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City
Fulham v Wolves
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Millwall v Bradford City
Preston North End v Norwich City
Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United v team tbc*
Tranmere Rovers v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Gateshead

* winner of restaged Second Round tie between MK Dons and Chesterfield.

Sun 04.01.2014:
Arsenal v Hull City BBC
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Chelsea v Watford
Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace BT
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
QPR v Sheffield United
Southampton v Ipswich Town
Stoke City v Wrexham
mackems v Leeds United
Yeovil Town v Manchester United BT

Mon 05.01.2015:
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool BBC
Burnley v Spurs

Tue 06.01.2015:
Everton v West Ham BT

FA Cup Round Dates:

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

FA Youth Cup: 

Fourth Round draw:

Arsenal or Reading v Royston Town
Blackpool v Birmingham City
Burnley v Cardiff City
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Chesterfield
Liverpool v Derby County
Manchester City v Coventry City
Manchester United v Hull City
Mansfield Town v Stoke City
Middlesbrough v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood Town v Ipswich Town
Swansea City v Doncaster Rovers
Spurs v Wolves

FA Youth Cup Third Round tie:

Arsenal v Reading (19.12)

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

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

U21 Premier League Cup:

Round of 16:
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Bolton v Reading (22.12)
Derby County v mackems
Huddersfield v Charlton or Brighton
Boro v Stoke City (05.01)
Newcastle v West Ham (22.12)
Southampton v Norwich City
Watford v Leicester City (06.01)

Round of 32:
Charlton Athletic or Brighton (22.12)

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup:

The semi-finals will be played in February 2015 and contested by Newcastle United U21s, Blyth Spartans, Morpeth Town and Whitley Bay. Draw date tbc.

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 21.12.2014
mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm
Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) (2.05pm) 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm)
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Fri 26.12.2014
Manchester United (a) 3pm
Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.03.2015)

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

home League games

Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)
Wed 07.01.2015 Woking (7.45pm)
Sat 24.01.2015
Welling United (3pm)

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

Upcoming home League games

Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm)
Sat 03.01.2015 Brighouse Town (3pm)

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

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

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

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
From UEFA: international matches will 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 Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as scheduled in Equatorial Guinea.



A: E. Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 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
20th December

Born Or Died:

1909 George Mathison born, Walker. 

Right half who joined Newcastle from Walker Celtic and debuted in a 0-2 defeat at Bury in January 1929.

Moving on to Lincoln City in 1933, George later appeared for both Gateshead and Burnley. His death was recorded in April 1989. 

1938 Dave Hilley born, Glasgow, Scotland. (1962-67)

An integral part of the 1964/65 promotion side, Dave Hilley was Joe Harvey's first signing in 1962, arriving in a £30,000 move from the now defunct Third Lanark.

Dave had come to United's attention via chairman Stan Seymour's Scottish contacts and had made a positive impression when appearing at Gallowgate as a guest player in fellow Glaswegian Bobby Mitchells' benefit match in October 1961. 

Scoring on his debut in a 4-4 draw with Cardiff City at Ninian Park in August 1962 season opener, playmaker Dave enjoyed his most successful season in 1964/65, scoring 12 goals and helping United to claim the Second Division Championship. 

Joining Nottingham Forest in December 1967, Dave netted on his home debut and remained at the City Ground until 1970. He later extending his career by emigrating to South Africa and playing for Highlands Park, Hellenic and Arcadia Shepherds.

Back in England, Dave joined Scarborough and entered the teaching profession on Tyneside, playing on with South Shields and briefly in the colours of Bedlington Terriers.

For many years, Hilley also filed match reports on the fortunes of United and their local rivals in the "Sunday Post" newspaper.

2007 saw Dave pen "What Game?" a book recounting the story behind a series of unofficial international matches that he helped organise Spain from 1958 onwards - eventually falling foul of the authorities and receiving a hefty fine from the Scottish FA for appearing in unsanctioned competition. 

1949 Alan Duffy born, Stanley. 

England youth international striker who came through the junior setup at Gallowgate, debuting in a 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford in September 1968.

Moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 1970 following year, Alan completed half a century of appearances in midfield for the Seagulls before departing for Tranmere Rovers during 1971.

Spending the 1973/74 campaign with Darlington, Alan later then moved into non league football with Consett.

1968 Alex Mathie born, Bathgate, Scotland. (1993-95)

Striker who didn't make the grade at Celtic and moved on to Morton (with a brief loan at Port Vale) before being brought to Tyneside by Keegan in a £285K deal.

His chief claim to fame as a Magpie remains scoring on his debut at home to Sheffield Wednesday after appearing as substitute (although the fable of it being his first touch is incorrect- replacing Nicky Papavasiliou on 62 minutes, his goal was on 81 minutes).

However his second senior United goal was a lightning fast strike, appearing as an 86th minute replacement for Scott Sellars at SJP the following Febuary and netting against Coventry City within seconds.

Never a first team regular (although he did manage to score away at West Ham in successive seasons), Mathie's final first team appearance came in February 1995 against QPR at Loftus Road.

And within weeks he was lining up against Newcastle at Portman Road, having joined  Ipswich Town in a £500K transfer.

Assured of legendary status in Suffolk thanks a hat trick against rivals Norwich City, Alex also further endeared himself to Toon fans with three against the mackems.

Returning to Scotland in 1998 with Dundee United, further moves to Preston North End and York City following before a leg injury ended his playing days.

Living in York and working for the Royal Mail (with occasional radio pundit duties), Alex also had spells as manager of Spennymoor, West Auckland and Pickering Town.

1978 Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso born, Bafoussam, Cameroon. (2007-10)

Previously with Racing Bafoussam in his native Cameroon, Cerro PorteŮo (Paraguay), GenÁlerbirligi (Turkey), Real Madrid (Spain) and the smoggies, Geremi moved to SJP on a free from Chelsea in July 2007.

Handed the captaincy on his competitive debut -a 3-1 opening day success at Bolton Wanderers - he claimed a first bona-fide Magpies goal away at Spurs in March 2008.

However, Geremi had already notched one in our favour back in 2005, when credited with an OG whilst playing at SJP for Chelsea, diverting a Charles N'Zogbia corner into the Leazes End goal from close range. 

Fading from the first team picture at club level following the arrival of Kevin Keegan, Geremi retained his place for Cameroon and reached a century of caps against Guinea in February 2009 (he also won an Olympic Football gold medal in 2000). 

What proved to be a final top-flight outing came in a draw at Hull City in March 2009, restricted to unused substitute selections during Alan Shearer's time in charge.

Geremi then returned to the side following United's demotion, netting in a Carling Cup victory over Huddersfield Town at SJP in August 2009. 

However, he dropped out of the first team picture following defeat at Scunthorpe two months later, when his substitution brought ironic cheers from disgruntled Toon fans.

Relegated to the role of occasional sub following relegation to the Championship,
January 2010 saw Geremi represent his country in the African Nations Cup for the seventh time - he'd made his international debut even earlier, back in 1996. 

To Newcastle's bemusement, Geremi was unveiled at a press conference as a new signing of Turkish side Ankaragucu - although a deal was then later concluded.

After barely six months of an eighteen month deal however, Geremi moved on to the Greek side AE Larissa - having featured in his sixth World Cup Finals that Summer.

Released in January 2011, he failed to reappear at another club.  

1980 Fitz Hall born, Walthamstow.

Central defender who arrived on loan from QPR in January 2010 for the rest of the season, following Wayne Routledge from Loftus Road to Tyneside, having previously played in the same Crystal Palace side.

Released by West Ham as a youngster without earning a contract, Fitz joined Barnet and Chesham United. 

Chesham boss Bob Dowie recommended Hall to Oldham Athletic in 2002, where his brother, Iain was in charge. Later moves took him to Southampton, Crystal Palace (reuniting with Dowie) Wigan and then QPR.

Debuting for Newcastle in a 5-1 home win over Cardiff City in February 2010, Hall then returned to QPR at the end of the season and appeared for them in the Championship during the successful 2010/11 campaign.

He continued to play on under Neil Warnock in the top flight for the R's until the manager's departure and after not figuring in Mark Hughes' plans, Hall departed for Watford in July 2012 on a one-year deal that was later extended.

He left Watford in June 2014 and signed for Sunday League side Percival.


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1902 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 

1913 Derby County (a)
Division One 
Moore, Leonard

1919 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
Hodges, Spence
A consolation goal for Alf Hagan on his debut.

1924 Notts County (h)
Division One 

1930 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Bedford(22), Hutchinson(56) 

1941 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Dixon 2
scorers tbc

1947 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
Squires, Thomas, Dews

1952 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 1-5 (0-2)
Division One 
Mitchell (pen)
Dooley 2, Sewell 2, Marriott
Wednesday became the first team to take maximum points from SJP since the previous April, as Derek Dooley and Jackie Sewell hit two apiece and Jack Marriott the other.

1958 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
1969 Ipswich Town (h) 4-0
Division One 
Ford, Dyson,
Robson 2 
Debut goal for David Ford.

1974 A double arrival at St. James' as Tommy Craig joined for £110,000 from Sheffield Wednesday and Geoff Nulty arrived from Burnley for £10,000 more.

1975 Ipswich Town (h) 1-1 (0-1)
Division One 

1980 Bristol City (h)
Division Two 
SJP entered the digital age, as a new electronic scoreboard was unveiled behind the Gallowgate end - complete with bouncing "Mister Men" cartoon figures.

Halftimes would never be the same, as hitherto unknown teams and incorrect scores were beamed to the crowd (eg "Derby City") and even the wrong winner of the 1989 Grand National (which appeared as "Liverpool Bear", rather than "Little Polveir")!

The scoreboard marked its debut by putting "12" in the sub box when United made their only replacement. In these days of multiple replacements and squad numbers this means very little - but it got big laughs at the time. 

There was a debut in midfield for new £250K signing John Trewick, who had been acquired from West Bromwich Albion.

1989 Derby County (h)
Full Members Cup 
O'Brien, Gallacher, og(Cross)
Cross 2
The Magpies returned to action after an enforced 11 day break - their home game against Plymouth the previous Saturday having fallen victim to the weather.

1991 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
Regis, Barlow
A Friday night kick-off and a shocking performance from United in front of a handful of loyal fans, many who stoically stood on the open terrace in shirt sleeves, oblivious to the rain. 

The fact that Argyle were absolute garbage as well just made things worse.

1992 Millwall (h)
Division One 
Former Magpie Ian Bogie was in the visitors lineup, while future toon striker Malcolm Allen appeared as a substitute for the Lions. 

With Newcastle apparently heading for their second home league loss of the season, match referee Stephen Bell awarded them a penalty for a push on Rob Lee and a touch of handball.

David Kelly save United's blushes by firing past Kasey Keller, much to the disgust of visiting manager Mick McCarthy.

2001 Bedlington Terriers dumped United's Reserves out of the Northumberland Senior Cup 2-0. It was the second time the teams had met in the same competition that season, with Newcastle winning the left-over final from the previous season. 

What was going to be a yellow card for a tackle became a straight red when Jamie McClen gave his name as Santa Claus. An unimpressed referee promptly dispatched him without further ado to the nearby grotto, otherwise known as the changing rooms.

"If you've got all those presents to 
deliver, you'd best get away early..."

2003 Charlton Athletic (a) 
A lunchtime pitch inspection provided away fans with some unwanted grief, but referee Steve Bennett decided that the Valley pitch was merely wet, not waterlogged.

A poor game saw United extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six matches, thanks in part to a fine goalkeeping display from Shay Given - playing his 250th game for the club. match report 

2005 Having recovered from two serious knee injuries, Newcastle awarded a new contract to promising midfielder Matty Pattison.

2006 Chelsea (h)
Carling Cup
For the second time in eight days, Didier Drogba proved to be the difference between Mourinho's men and the Magpies, as the man from the Ivory Coast came off the bench again to break Geordie hearts. match report

2009 Middlesbrough (h)
Harewood(17), Ameobi(59)
made it nine games unbeaten with a comfortable win over Gordon Strachan's miserable smoggies.

A goal in each half from striking duo Marlon Harewood and Shola Ameobi made it eleven games unbeaten at home, and left the Magpies with a ten point lead in the Championship. match report

Another training ground reserve game saw Newcastle account for SPL opposition in the shape of Kilmarnock in front of a watching Alan Pardew.

Fit-again midfielder Yven Moyo headed the home side into an early lead before striker Phil Airey - who had made his Hibernian debut against Killie during an abortive loan spell earlier in the season - doubled the advantage.

The men from Rugby Park reduced the arrears before half time and then made it 2-2 after the break, before United substitute Joan Edmundsson notched what proved to be the winner on the hour mark.

Team: Soderberg, Nzuzi, Riley (Storey 46), J.Henderson, Kadar, Adjei (Streete 46), McDermott (McGorrigan 46), Richardson (Edmundsson 46), Moyo, Inman, Airey (D.Taylor 46). Sub n/u: Baird

The draws for the Round of 32 and Round of 16 of the Europa League were staged, with ex-Magpie Patrick Kluivert pairing Newcastle with Metalist Kharkiv of Ukraine. 

This landed Alan Pardew, his side and fans with a round trip of over 3,300 miles to the east of the country.

Newcastle reserves won for only the second time at home, overcoming Norwich City 4-1 at a blustery Whitley Park to deservedly claim the points. Jonas Gutierrez and Gael Bigirimana were among the scorers. match report


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