Benitez goes Belgian
Me Matz Sels and I!
Goalkeeper Matz Sels is expected to
become United's first acquisition of the close season, having travelled to
Tyneside on Tuesday to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a claimed
five year contract.
The 24 year-old Belgian international is currently with Gent and has
reportedly been the subject of interest from a number of Premier League
clubs including both Middlesbrough and Southampton.
Sels joined Gent from Lierse in 2014 and helped them to Belgian title success a year
later, resulting in a Champions League campaign last season that took them
to the last sixteen and saw him make eight appearances in that competition.
Earning a callup to the full Belgian squad, the former U21 international
played twice in the run up to Euro 2016 but missed out on the squad for the
Claims emerged on Monday that United had been pursuing another Belgian-based
'keeper, Genk's 25 year-old Dutchman Marco Bizot.
acquisition of another goalkeeper isn't an obvious choice and will trigger
speculation as to which of our current quartet of custodians is set to
depart - with Tim Krul and Freddie Woodman seemingly more likely to exit than either Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow.
Eagles eye Andros
The Guardian reported on Monday evening that Crystal Palace had offered
fee* that was sufficient to trigger a release clause in the contract of Magpies winger Andros
It remains to be seen whether the 24 year-old who arrived at Gallowgate
in a £12m move from Spurs in January is tempted by a speedy top-flight
* that figure has been claimed to be between £8m & £13m by
different outlets, with various Premier League clubs said to be keen on
However Alan Pardew's mob look to have acted first, as they also look to
complete a claimed £32m move for Marseille's Belgian striker Michy
Champions League looms for loan dud
Spectacularly unsuccessful Newcastle loan player Seydou Doumbia
is on the move again, after his parent club AS Roma agreed a season-long
switch with reigning Swiss League champions FC Basel.
The Ivory Coast international striker who claims to be 28 had a prolific
spell with Young Boys Berne earlier in his career and spent the first half
of last season at CSKA Moscow before his farcical switch to SJP.
Words of wisdom
Comic timing par excellence from the former Toon Manager, Sky Sports,
Monday night online
Twenty year itch
As an antidote to the Euros, local TV channel
Made in Tyne and wear address United's epic failure in 95/96 on their latest
Contributors include old boys John Beresford, Steve Watson and journalist
Martin Hardy - author of some obscure tome about the season in question....
The programme airs first at 9.30pm on Wednesday, then at 9.30pm on Friday
and again at 10am on Saturday. It will also be available online
Made in Tyne and wear broadcasts on Sky Channel 117, Virgin channel 159 and
freeview. For further details, check their twitter @footymatterstv.
As promised, live TV selections for the second weekend of the Championship season
have been confirmed and Newcastle's home game against Huddersfield Town
has not been selected.
Therefore the Terriers will visit Gallowgate as scheduled for a 3pm KO on
Saturday August 13th.
Live Championship games that weekend are on Friday 7.45pm and Saturday 5.30pm,
with the latter slot expected to be used more often this season than Saturday
lunchtime was in 2015/16.
That's due to BT gaining Saturday night for Premier League live games and Sky
taking the Saturday lunchtime slot for PL action (along with a number of PL
games on Friday nights rather than Monday nights).
Sky will show 92 Championship games live this season (the same total as
2015/16 and confirmation of live TV games up until September 24th are promised
before the end of July.
Euro 2016 latest
Poland v Portugal (8pm, Marseille)
Wales v Belgium (8pm, Lille)
Germany v Italy (8pm, Bordeaux)
France v Iceland (8pm, Paris)
price each of the remaining nations to win Euro
2016 to existing customers and new-signups (the latter get £20 free
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Watch the remainder of Euro 2016 live on TV while supping some cracking brews at The Bodega
on Westgate Road, next to the Tyne Theatre.
If you're tweetish find them at: @TheBodega_SJF
details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John
Fitzgerald estate online
Kit release date
official from NUFC or Puma as yet, but social media claims are circulating
that sales of Newcastle's 2016/17 home shirt will begin on Friday July 8th.
confirmation arrived on Saturday of a fourth pre-season fixture, away to
Belgian side Sporting Lokeren
on Saturday July 23rd (4.30pm local time).
Ticket details are awaited.
United previously visited Lokeren for an Intertoto Cup tie back in July 2001,
running out 4-0 winners at the Daknam Stadium before beating Sporting
1-0 on Tyneside a week later.
The hosts are in the top flight of Belgian
football and finished eleventh last season. Their current manager Georges
Leekens was in charge of Club Brugge the last time we visited Belgium, back in
No strangers to the venue are our trio of
ex-Belgian League players, with Cheick Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar
Mitrovic all playing there - Mitro netting for Anderlecht in his last two
First team pre-season:
Sat 09.07.2016- Fri 15.07.2016
Irish training camp
Sat 16.07.2016 Bohemian FC (a) 2pm
Wed 20.07.2016 Doncaster Rovers (a) 7.45pm
Lokeren (a) 4.30pm (local)
Date tbc opposition (a) unconfirmed (Burnley was mentioned but they already
have a game on 26.07)
Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) 3pm
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Killy claim Cobain
Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has returned to former club Newcastle to sign
reserve full back Jamie Cobain, following his release by the
The 19 year-old wearsider made his Academy bow in March
2013, alongside the likes of Freddie Woodman, Adam Armstrong and Rolando
Aarons, but injury delayed a competitive U21 debut for two years.
Making nine reserve appearances last season, Jamie also spent some time on
loan to Sheffield United, featuring for their second string.
Cobain becomes the second fringe player shown the door by United this summer
to find a new club, with fellow defender Ben Pollock now at Hartlepool.
Ando Q & A
Ex-Magpie defender and
BBC Radio Newcastle match summariser John Anderson is the special guest
at a talk-in event in Gateshead early next month.
Ando will be appearing at Teams & District Social Club on Friday July
8th and tickets are on sale now priced at £15 including comedian and a
pie & pea supper.
The evening is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Gateshead, a sporting
club and registered charity for people with learning disabilities
Tickets can be booked via Danielle Appleby on 0191 433 2712 or firstname.lastname@example.org
& District Social Club, Derwentwater Road, Gateshead NE8 2SJ
Back to Bootham
12 months on from playing a first
team friendly there, Newcastle's second string will return to Bootham Crescent
next month to face York City.
The National League side entertain Newcastle
on Saturday July 30th at 3pm - the same day and time that our first
team are in friendly action at SJP.
Tickets are priced at £12 adults & £6 concessions - the same as for last
season's first team encounter.
Four pre-season games for Peter Beardsley's side have now been
announced as follows:
Sun 10.07.2016 Bradford Park Avenue
Sat 23.07.2016 Corby Town (a) (3.30pm)
Sun 24.07.2016 PSV Eindhoven (n*) (Noon)
Sat 30.07.2016 York City (a) 3pm
On the road again
Our rundown of what lies ahead next season for those
embarking on our 23 away treks has now concluded - but every entry is here in
case you missed any:
Ahead of the new season, Newcastle currently have 42 registered professionals
Darlow, Elliot, Krul, Woodman
Coloccini, Dummett, Gillesphey, Good, Haidara, Janmaat, Lascelles,
Mbabu, Mbemba, Satka, Sterry
Aarons, Ameobi, Anita, Barlaser, Bigirimana, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran,
Saivet, Shelvey, Sissoko, Smith, Thauvin, Tiote, Townsend, Wijnaldum
Armstrong, Cisse, De Jong, Gilliead, Heardman, Perez, Mitrovic, Riviere,
Roberts, Toney, Vuckic
Singers - update
moves to create an unofficial singing section in the Strawberry Corner next
season have resulted in all available season tickets there selling out -
although further seats in that area may be up for grabs after the final date
for renewals of June 30th has passed.
For those still looking to relocate or house themselves among livelier
neighbours though, like-minded fans are now massing in adjacent lower Gallowgate
The process of moving seats is simple, with ST holders able to do so by
telephoning them 0844 372 1892 or visiting them.
For anyone doing the latter, the match day box office in the Milburn Stand is
currently open from 10am-5pm weekdays and Saturday 9am-4pm.
Season ticket sales for unoccupied seats have now commenced, with
the deadline for existing ST holders to renew set as Thursday June 30th.
The club have announced a 10% price reduction across the board for season
tickets and the new prices will come into effect immediately for those
renewing or buying for the first time.
PS: If you're staying in the same seats for 2016/17 then your existing
season ticket cards will be used. New cards will only be issued to supporters
moving seats / price categories (i.e. junior becoming adult).
boys with new clubs:
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Jamie Cobain (Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin (Notts County)
Mark Cook (Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah (Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen)
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Louis Storey (South Shields)
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)