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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.
Last season's third-placed
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
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,
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
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.
"I suppose all clubs will be thinking that they could do with a bit more
“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
"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.”
Fabricio Coloccini would be staying he said:
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
"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.”
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
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
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:
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.
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.
Proud sponsors of
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
you ready to
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
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.
Newcastle U21s 1
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
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
Peter Beardsley's side begin their season against Wolves on Saturday at the New
Bucks Head in Telford (3pm).
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
If you have that ticket, claim your prize from Ian Tyssen via 07548
159636 or email@example.com
ready for Saturday
Focus on our
three loan players in the Football League:
Evidently Treacle Town - Arma warms up
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City)
made his Sky Blue bow on Saturday when Tony Mowbray's side
drew 0-0 with
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
"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
Next game: Wigan Athletic (h) League One, Saturday.
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.
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."
game: Fulham (h) Championship, Saturday.
live TV games -
BT play their joker
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
22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm BT
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
07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
21.11.2015 Leicester City (h) no TV
Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) no TV
York City 2 Newcastle 1
I wanna be in
saw United confirm first team squad numbers for the following 35 players next
season - online
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
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.
of the ways
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
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
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
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
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.
too hot for bairns
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
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
(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.
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:
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