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Sheff Wed  0  Newcastle  1



Newcastle's first team returned to domestic friendly action on Wednesday evening against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and won thanks to Ayoze Perez's first goal for the club.

Wearing the grey away kit and kicking towards the Kop, United lined up wearing black armbands for John Alder and Liam Sweeney with the away end singing in tribute to the two and a message appeared on the scoreboard on 17 minutes saying, "RIP Liam Sweeney and John Alder - you'll never be forgotten".

After 24 minutes a dinked pass from Perez found Emmanuel Riviere running through on goal but he couldn't get enough on his shot to beat Chris Kirkland.

Two minutes later and the floodlights were finally put on and after Paul Dummett stumbled, Sam Hutchinson hit the bar from seven yards, claiming the ball crossed the line but there was no goalline technology and the officials waved play on.

Earlier Rob Elliot had tipped the ball onto the bar after making a good block.

United took the lead in the 65th minute when Rob Elliot claimed a cross and threw the ball to Obertan down the left whose perfect pass bisected the Wednesday defence, setting up Perez to confidently beat Kirkland from 12 yards.

With two minutes remaining Obertan took advantage of the acres of space he was enjoying and set up substitute Alex Gilliead who fired over.

Team: Elliot, Satka (Anita 46), Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Haidara (Vuckic 60), Tiote (Bigirimana 60), Abeid, Obertan, Armstrong (Gilliead 84), Perez (Campbell 72), Riviere (Streete 54).
Subs n/u: Alnwick, Quinn.

SCFC: Kirkland, Palmer, Mattock, Hutchinson, Loovens, Kelhar, Maguire, Madine, Nuhiu, Coke, Maghoma.
Subs: Wildsmith, Antonio, Contout, Young, McCabe, Floro, Zayatte, Betra, Croasdale, Dawson.

debuting tonight - credit to @J_Young90

Crowd: 10,173. Only three sides of the ground were open for this game, with the North Stand unused.

A 30,000 crowd witnessed our most recent visit to Hillsborough, when four goals were shared with the Owls in a Championship game on Boxing Day 2009.

Referee: tbc


New season Magpie Mover tickets are now available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy, Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here


Welling-toon army 

Wellington Phoenix  0  Newcastle  1

Match report online here 

Match footage is online here reader and Toon exile Dale Imray compiled a video of Newcastle fans walking en masse to the ground before Saturday's game online here via youtube

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Moors meet Magpies  

An additional pre-season game for Peter Beardsley's U21 side has been announced, at Spennymoor Town on Wednesday August 13th @ 7.30pm.

Admission to the Brewery Field is by paying at the gate on the night: £4 (£2 concessions).

Reigning Northern League champions Spenny will kick off their Northern Premier League season at Padiham four days later and include ex-Newcastle reserve centre forward Dan Taylor in their squad.  

Over 1,100 fans were present for the last meeting of the sides back in July 2011, Nile Ranger and Brad Inman both netting twice during a 4-2 victory for the Magpies.

PS: Newcastle's announcement of this game mentions that it will be their final warm-up ahead of the Premier U21 League game opener away to Bolton Wanderers on the following Monday (18th August).

That's the first mention to date of any U21 competitive games, with the 2014/15 fixture list yet to be published. 

John and Liam RIP  

Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of John Alder and Liam Sweeney as they wait for news of the efforts to repatriate the victims of flight MH17.

Over £40K has been raised by two separate online collections here and here.

Thanks to reader David T for the following images taken at Kuala Lumpur airport:


Malaga (n) / Schalke (a)


Update: the organisers have now confirmed a slight alteration to kickoff times on both days as follows:

Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga v Newcastle 3.30pm
Sat 02.08.2014 Schalke 04 v West Ham 5.45pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Malaga v West Ham 3.30pm

Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 v Newcastle 5.45pm

(Times above are local time in Germany) 

The change is to delay kickoff in the second game each day by 15 minutes - presumably to cater for a possible penalty shootout to decide the earlier game each day.

United's pre-season preparations continue in Germany this coming Saturday and Sunday (August 2nd and 3rd), when they take part in the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup.

The Bundesliga side will host the four team event at their Veltins Arena home in the city of Gelsenkirchen (twinned with Newcastle since 1948), with Spanish side Malaga, ourselves and West Ham completing the lineup.

As was the case in New Zealand recently however, the two Premier League clubs won't play each other.

Tournament rules:

The Schalke 04 Cup will take place over two days, each featuring two matches of 2 x 45 minutes duration. Points will be awarded according to a special system, with the winners of each game receiving three points. 

If a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty shootout. The shootout winners will receive two points. The tournament will be won by the team with the highest number of points from two games.


Currently on sale from NUFC to season ticket holders and members: £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. 

NB: tickets are sold per day, so you'll need two to watch both games. However they do allow access to the West Ham game played in the same stadium on the same day.

to follow.

Like United, the Spanish side have prepared for the coming season with two games against Australian A League opposition - going down under to beat Adelaide United 5-1 before drawing 1-1 with Perth Glory.

Looking to improve on a third place finish last season by closing the gap on Borussia Dortmund and champions Bayern Munich, coach Jens Keller has been drilling his squad at a training camp in Austria.

That concluded with a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Joel Matip and Tranquillo Barnetta - the latter an attacking midfielder tracked by United as a replacement for Kevin Nolan back in 2011.

A total of eight Schalke players saw service at the World Cup Finals in Brazil; triumphant German duo Julian Draxler and Benedikt Höwedes, Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana), Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Tranquillo Barnetta (Switzerland), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands), Atsuto Uchida (Japan), Joel Matip (Macedonia) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon).

Following the tournament, Schalke will head to England for another pre-season game against Premier League opposition, this time Spurs.


From the official Veltins Arena website:

If you plan on using public transportation in order to get to the Veltins-Arena it is advised that you take tram No. 302 from the lower level of Gelsenkirchen railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer until you reach the “Veltins-Arena” stop.

Step-free access is available from “Willy-Brandt-Allee” stop, slightly further away from the Veltins-Arena.

The local transport authority makes sure there are extra trams to all Schalke 04 matches and other major events held in the Veltins-Arena. Holders of match or event tickets are entitled to use all public transport services in the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) region free of charge. Details are online here

UK TV: Quest TV (Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)

Overseas TV: 
Abu Dhabi Sports 2 +HD
Abu Dhabi Sports 3 +HD
Fox Sports 4 (NED)
La Liga TV
Sport 1 TV (GER)
Sport 5 (CZ)

These games are in stark contrast to our last two games on German soil back in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in deepest Bavaria....

Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the 1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke) has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to 54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down position. 

Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on penalties by a Portugal side featuring SJP old boy Hugo Viana.    

United's last meeting with Schalke 04 was in May 1960, when Charlie Mitten's side triumph 3-0 in front of 10,000 fans during a post-season perambulation that also included visits to Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain. 

The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his Schalke deal was cancelled.

Chatty Mags  

Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players include the following:

Fri 08.08.2014 Jinky Jim Smith, Tommy Cassidy, Olivier Bernard, John McNamee Paul Cannell, Ron McGarry @ The Leazes End Club*, Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PG. Tickets £5 from Bill Bruce on 07753 573613 
(all proceeds donated to charity).

*That's the new name of the former Companions Club and this event has been organised to mark that change.

Fri 08.08.2014 Steve Howey and Eric Gates @ North Durham Academy Theatre. Tickets £10 (including pie and peas) from the venue, High Street, Stanley, DH9 0TW or via 01207 291152. 

Thu 28.08.2014 John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and peas) from the venue. 

Youngsters slip up  

Wednesday: Next up were Spanish opposition in the shape of Espanyol in Portstewart. It was 1-1 at half-time and Espanyol went on to win the game 2-1.

A Newcastle Academy side are currently in action at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, but suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of County Londonderry on Tuesday evening.

After a scoreless first half in Coleraine, a soft-looking penalty award saw the local lads to go ahead through Cathal Connolly. Both Mackenzie Heaney and Sean Longstaff then struck the woodwork for United, but Londonderry held on for the win.

United had begun their group stage games on Monday with a 2-0 win over Japanese side Ichifuna in Limavady, thanks to first half goals from Longstaff and Dan Ward.

United's group stage placing will dictate who their opponents will be on the last two days of the event, Thursday and Friday.

Squad: Woolston, Trodd, Gibson, Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Johnson, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes, Heaney, Suddick, Atkinson, Ward, Broccoli, Tatters, Newberry.

Paisley lark:
Happy return for TC  

Ex-Newcastle United player and coach Tommy Craig has been on Tyneside with St.Mirren in recent days, ahead of his first full season in charge of the SPL side.

And following a narrow 4-2 victory at Blyth Spartans on Saturday, a training session at the Magpies' Little Benton  facility on Monday clearly had the desired effect on the Buddies - who went to Whitley Bay and won 10-0.

Toon triumph 
with a "Tim"

United's 17 man squad in Germany

Newcastle's development side were in Germany over the weekend at the Oberndorf Tournament, and although they couldn't repeat their trophy-winning successes of 1997 and 2005 still manage to grab the headlines.

A win, a draw and a loss in their group games left Peter Beardsley's side out of contention going into a playoff against home-based Team Schwarzwald on Saturday.

But with the score tied at 1-1 and penalties looming, United took inspiration from Dutch boss Lous van Gaal at the World Cup - and replaced their goalkeeper.

Brendan Pearson was the substitute handed the Tim Krul role and he proceeded to emulate his club colleague, saving three spot kicks as United ran out 4-3 winners:


Muller scored 0-1
Quinn scored 1-1
Bruno scored 1-2
Roberts missed 1-2
Bob saved 1-2
Heardman missed 1-2
Chiurazzi saved 1-2
Barlaser scored 2-2
Bozkurt scored 2-3
Gillesphey scored 3-3
Muller saved 3-3
Quinn scored 4-3

Sunday saw Newcastle again paired with Frankfurt in their final game and Callum Roberts netted, only for the Germans to level and send this game to penalties as well.

With no less than 18 spot kicks taken, Jordan Storey eventually hit the crucial one in an 8-7 toon win:

Hauser scored 0-1
Barlaser scored 1-1
Lifka missed 1-1
McKinnon scored 2-1
Doerner scored 2-2
Smith missed 2-2
Mohr scored 3-2
Storey scored 3-3
Wolf scored 4-3
Drennan scored 4-4
Doerner scored 5-4
Barlaser scored 5-5
Hauser scored 6-5
McKinnon scored 6-6
Mohr scored 7-6
Smith scored 7-7
Wolf saved 7-7
Storey scored 8-7

Oberndorf Tournament results:

Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeiro drew 0-0
Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-3
Team Schwarzwald drew 1-1 (Quinn) (won 4-3 pens)
Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 (Roberts) (won 8-7 pens)

Matches were 25 minutes each in the group stages, extending to 30 minutes for the playoffs.

United finished fifth in the eight team event, that was won for the second successive year by Fluminense. 

Squad: Dan Barlaser, Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Brendan Pearson, Jonathyn Quinn, Carl Robinson, Callum Roberts, Liam Smith, Jordan Storey, Callum Williams.

Loic KO:
Reds reject Remy  

Sky Sports News reported on Sunday afternoon that the proposed transfer of QPR striker Loic Remy to Liverpool had been abandoned "after concerns over his medical".

The French international who spent last season on loan at Newcastle had travelled to Boston in order to link with up the Reds on their US tour.

Press reports last week claimed that the deal was done, the medical checks passed and personal terms agreed, with only an unspecified paperwork issue to be resolved before a formal announcement of the transfer.   

Old boy:
Edinburgh fringe act  

Released by Newcastle at the end of last season after having failed to make a competitive senior appearance, midfielder Michael Richardson was spotted on Sunday playing as a trialist for Scottish side Hibernian.

The 22 year-old Tynesider came off the bench for the final 17 minutes of a 0-1 friendly reverse to Dundee United at Easter Road. Joining the demoted side for pre-season training, Michael is expected to get more pitch time against East Fife on Wednesday. 

Richardson joined the Magpies following a trial in 2010 and was loaned to Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley. His only senior action came in brief outings at Darlington in 2011 and Motherwell two years later. 

Four goal salute 

Newcastle  4  Sydney  0

Match report online here 

Match footage online here

mackems take old boy 

Friday saw former Newcastle loan defender Patrick van Aanholt end his stay at Chelsea, moving to wearside for an undisclosed fee on a four year contract.  

The Dutch international was signed by United during their Championship season back in January 2010, following an injury to first choice left back Jose Enrique and went on to make seven appearances.

Moving to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Van Aanholt had faced United earlier in the 2009/10 season during a loan spell with Coventry City.

Featuring briefly in Chelsea's first team, Patrick netted against Newcastle in our 4-3 League Cup victory the following year, before further loans saw him appear in the colours of both Leicester City and Wigan Athletic.

Farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012, van Aanholt remained at the Gelredome for the following two and a half seasons - during which time he had a first senior outing for the Dutch national side. 

Dons to host 
Toon opponents

Newcastle's pre-season home opponents Real Sociedad have been paired with Aberdeen in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League - sending the Spaniards to Pittodrie just days before they are due on Tyneside.

The Dons will travel to San Sebastien on Thursday July 31st before Sociedad visit the Granite City on Thursday August 7th - three days before playing at SJP.

£2m payout anticipated  

Speculation over the future of Fraser Forster continues, with the ex-Newcastle goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in a Champions League Qualifier for Celtic on Tuesday.

The 26 year-old England international custodian was the subject of a bid from Southampton in recent days that was described the Parkhead club as "derisory", but an improved offer from the Saints is anticipated. 

The Scottish champions are seeking between £7.5m and £9m for Fraser and seem happy to cash in on him, signing ready-made replacement Craig Gordon on a free transfer.

Departing from Tyneside in 2012 without making a senior competitive appearance for United, it's reported that a 25% sell-on clause was inserted in the deal when Celtic paid £2.2m for his services.

home clobber 

Available for pre-order from various online retailers but yet to be launched or even mentioned by NUFC is this season's Puma-supplied home shirt. The back panel is black.


In (6): Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat.

06.06.2014 Striker Ayoze Perez (20) CD Tenerife.
09.06.2014 Midfielder Jack Colback (24) unattached.
01.07.2014 Midfielder Siem De Jong (25) Ajax. 
13.07.2014 Midfielder Remy Cabella (24) Montpellier.
16.07.2014 Striker Emmanuel Riviere (24) Monaco.
17.07.2014 full back Daryl Janmaat (24) Feyenoord.

Out (7): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.

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Next Match

Friendly (Schalke 04 Cup)

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Saturday 2nd August
Kick-off 3.30pm (local)
Live on Quest TV

Last Match

Sheffield Wednesday 0
Newcastle 1

Wednesday 30th July
Match report to follow'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.

Off-season opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun closed

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 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

NB: 2013/14 ST holders renewing with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.

New ST cards will only be issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or moving seats.

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Wed 30.07.2014 U18s v Espanyol (Spain) (n) @ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup. 

Thu 31.07.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Fri 01.08.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 3.30pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.45pm. Live on Quest TV.

Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.45pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on Quest TV. 

Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @ Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm (public game)

Tue 05.08.2014
Huddersfield Town (a) 
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. ST holder sale now, £15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Sun 10.08.2014
Real Sociedad (h) @ SJP, KO 1.30pm. Friendly. Public sale now. £15 adults, £5 concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.

Tue 13.08.2014 U21s v Spennymoor Town (a) @ Brewery Field, 7.30pm.

Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be 14.08)

Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live on Sky.

Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 50 loyalty points. Reduced to 25 points at 10am on Thu 31.07 and zero points at 10am on Mon 04.08. £41 adults, £33 over-65s, U21s, NUS, Armed Forces, £17 U18s, £12 U8s (£1 reduction applies for restricted views). Live on BT.

Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

2nd Round w/c 25.08.2014
3rd Round
w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

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

U21 Premier League 2014/15:

United will play in Division 2 along with:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Reading, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.

(Division 1 is composed of: Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Norwich City, Southampton, mackems, Spurs, West Ham).

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

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 17.08.2014
Manchester City (h) 4pm
Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 23.08.2014
Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

NUFC Live on Quest TV:
Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n) 2.30pm BST
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke (a) 4.30pm BST

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

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

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

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

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

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

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

Group D:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)

Group G:
06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v team tbc**

(** either Botswana or Guinea-Bissau)

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?
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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
30th July

Born Or Died:

1932 Alexander Gaskell born, Leigh, Manchester. (1953-54)

Centre forward Alec began his career at local Lancashire side Hindsford before attracting the attention of Manchester United - although he was never to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils.

Moving on to Southport in 1951, Gaskell's form brought First Division scouts to Haig Avenue and Newcastle bid £5,000 in October 1953 to secure his services. 

Featuring for United's first team just once -  a 2-3 home defeat by Middlesbrough on Boxing Day 1953 - Alec moved on to Mansfield Town the following season, staying at Field Mill until joining Grantham Town in summer 1956.

Making a fleeting return to the Football League a year later with Tranmere Rovers, later stints with Rhyl, Wigan Rovers, Mossley and Winsford United then followed.

Gaskell retired from playing in 1962 after sustaining a broken wrist at Winsford and later worked for a cable manufacturer in his native Lancashire.

Alec's death was reported in March 2014.


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What Else?

1969 Hearts (h)
B.Robson (38) 
Pop Robson's spot kick success was followed just four minutes later by a penalty award to the Jambos. Thankfully Magpies' keeper Iam McFaul saved Ernie Winchester's effort.

1971 Saint-Etienne (France) (a)
scorers tbc 
Joe Harvey's side began their pre-season preparations with a visit to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Recent signing Malcolm Macdonald marked his debut with a goal.

1978 Saetila (Sweden) (a)
Connolly, Kennedy, Walker
scorers tbc 
1985 Blackburn Rovers (a)
scorers tbc 
Isle of Man Cup match, held in Ramsey. 
1986 Isle of Man XI (a) 5-1 
Stewart, Beardsley, Allon 2, Ferris
scorer tbc 

1989 Rydobruk (Sweden) (a)

1991 With the first team away on another tour of obscure Swedish clubs, a side of unwanted senior players and juniors beat Alnwick Town 7-2, at their St.James' Park. 

Roy Aitken was on the scoresheet, while Mark Stimson, Neil Simpson and Billy Askew also appeared for the visitors.

That quarter had been told their first team careers were over at United, and were all keeping fit while searching for new clubs.

1996 Thailand XI (a)
Asprilla, Lee 64
United began a three match tour of Asia with victory in Bangkok, but as much attention was devoted to the aftershocks from news of the signing of centre forward Alan Shearer.

NUFC: Srnicek, Howey, D.Peacock, Albert, Watson Ginola, Lee, Batty, Beardsley, Asprilla, Ferdinand.

Ahead of the game, a statesman-like Kevin Keegan had commented:

"This signing is for the people of Newcastle. It just shows you the ambition of Newcastle United. We are the biggest thinking team in Europe now.

"We're not the biggest, most successful team, but we're the biggest thinking club and we have tremendous support from above which allows me to buy players.

"Alan will not be joining us here. Tell the Thai team they just have to worry about Ferdinand, Beardsley and Asprilla.

"I have signed Alan to play alongside Les Ferdinand and I am convinced they will be the most potent strike force anywhere. I see the signing of Alan Shearer as just reward for our fans.

"Like everyone else, I am ecstatic with this signing - I think it shows our ambition. Now we have signed the best for the best."

1997 Bradford City (a)
Asprilla(7), Beardsley(27), Watson(39)
A game arranged as part of the deal that brought the midfield talents of Des Hamilton from the Bantams to the Magpies. 

Disco Des led the visitors onto the pitch, or so he thought. However, as he strode forward the rest of the team stopped, leav
ing him to run out at Valley Parade alone.

2000 Silvio Maric inspired his side to a 1-0 win over the mackems. Unfortunately it came a year too late - Maric had already left SJP and was playing for Porto at the time....

2003 A Newcastle XI won 6-2 at Hebburn, thanks to hat-tricks for Carl Finnigan - who lived yards from Hebburn's Victoria Road West ground - and for Marc Walton. 

Hebburn had a certain Gary Bennett playing for them, while United's new Academy chief Brian Eastick was in charge of the Magpies. match report.

2004 It looked less and less likely that United defender Jonathan Woodgate would be available when we opened our Premiership campaign in his home town, Middlesbrough. 

The central defender was sent for a scan to try and identify the cause of his latest problem, apparently sustained in training.

2006 Sol Campbell was heavily linked with a move to the North-East after his contract at Arsenal had expired. However, the central defender ended up at Portsmouth.

Four years later Campbell would complete a move to Tyneside after a brief stint with Notts County and a return to Arsenal for the second half of the 2009/10 season.

2010 Newly-appointed reserve coaching duo Peter Beardsley and Steve Stone eased into their new roles with a debut victory at the International Stadium against Gateshead.

First half goals from
Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic and an OG from Callum Morris completed the scoring, with the third goal cruel luck indeed for the on-trial defender who had been released by us at the end of 2009/10. match report

2011 Peter Beardsley marked the first anniversary of his taking charge of United's reserves with a 4-2 win over Northern League champions Spennymoor Town.

Doubles from Brad Inman and Nile Ranger saw an orange-clad United triumph at a sunny Brewery Field in front of over 1,100 fans. match report

2013 St. Mirren (a)
Cisse(19), Debuchy(26)

Scotland, Portugal, Portugal, England, Scotland - United's meandering pre-season tour saw them debut in Paisley against the SPL side.

Papiss Cisse played for the first time since the furore over his wearing W*nga-branded kit arose, and soon opened the scoring.

Mathieu Debuchy then added a second, with former Saints loan duo Paul Dummett and Conor Newton also getting some pitch time. match report

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