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Saturday 18th November
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Ticket news:
West Brom (a) / Chelsea (a)
Watford (h) SOLD OUT
Leicester (h) Public sale now (online)
Everton (h) Public sale now (online)
Arsenal (a) ST holder sale now (
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West Ham (a) ST holder sale now (
70 pts)
Stoke City (a) ST holder sale now (
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Manc mauling

Manchester United  4  Newcastle  1 

Dwight Gayle gave Newcastle a shock lead at Old Trafford but it was all downhill from there as Jose Mourinho's men scored two in each half to hand the visitors a sizeable defeat on Saturday evening.


A game that started with much optimism ended in an all too familiar feeling on this ground as Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling's first half headers undid a bright start that had seen Rafa Benitez’s men deservedly take the lead.


Gayle’s first goal of the season came at the Stretford End, as he took advantage of Victor Lindelöf's slip following a surging run and smart cutback from DeAndre Yedlin.

Five minutes later Jacob Murphy was played in by Jonjo Shelvey and his cross shot went narrowly wide of the far post as the Magpies almost doubled their lead.


However, the returning Paul Pogba beat Isaac Hayden on the right-hand side of the box and his dinked cross to the far post was met by a rising Martial to nod past Rob Elliot in the 37th minute.


It was another far post header from Smalling, this time from an Ashley Young centre, in first half added time that gave the Red Devils a lead that they scarcely deserved but they never threatened to relinquish it after the break.

Hayden - who got his inevitable fifth booking of the season and will miss the visit of Watford - had the chance to grab an equaliser just before the interval but after some great footwork, failed to beat David De Gea and then Gayle almost deflected a follow-up shot past the 'keeper. 


The encouraging first half performance was not matched in the second as the influential Pogba made it three from close range following a devastating counter-attack before Romelu Lukaku also ended a scoring drought with an emphatic finish into the roof of the net.


Despite being backed throughout by a superb sold-out away following, the visitor's lack of Premier League experience told as they were considerably outplayed in a disappointing second period.

The introduction of Mo Diame and Aleksandar Mitrovic made us look even more unlikely to make a dent in the 1-4 scoreline with Diame in particular wasting chances to mount some late counter-attacks.

There was little for the 3,100 black and whites to cheer but the rousing rendition of the "we still follow United" chant for the final ten minutes was spine tingling and was acknowledged by the team after the final whistle.

The defeat left us in 11th position, although a Stoke victory at Brighton on Monday night would see us drop a place. 


Full report to follow.


Team: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie (Aarons 66), Murphy, Joselu (Mitrovic 71), Gayle (Diame 77).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Perez.

Booked: Yedlin, Hayden. 

Goal: Gayle 14.

MUFC: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelöf, Young, Pogba (Fellaini 70), Matic, Rashford, Mata (Herrera 83), Martial (Ibrahimovic 77), Lukaku.
Subs n/u: Romero, Rojo, Shaw, Lingard.

Booked: Smalling.


Goals: Martial 37, Smalling 45+1, Pogba 54, Lukaku 70.

Crowd: 75,035 - 83 fewer than their highest this season with 3,100 fans in the sold out away section.

The adjacent home fans behind the goal included a number of miscreants (all inexplicably wearing green) who were intent on provoking trouble.

The clueless stewards and police indulged them by ignoring their behaviour and reacting to complaints that away fans were responding, leading to a number of Toon fans being ejected.  

Referee: Craig Pawson - a third outing of the season involving NUFC for the South Yorkshire based whistler, following on from the 0-1 reverse at Huddersfield Town and 1-1 home draw with Liverpool.

A big fan of Pogba it seems. Persistent fouling throughout the game, including one use of the forearm failed to earn the returning midfielder at least a booking.

After the game Rafa said:

"For sure. This time, you see the difference between money spent. It's not something we didn't know, we knew it would make a massive difference between both teams.

"But I am really pleased with what I saw in the first 30 minutes.

"I think it's a quite simple analysis, a really good first half for 30 minutes, everything was right, we were working hard, we had a clear idea what to do, we did well.

"And then we conceded a goal, then the second goal made a difference in terms of the mentality. We had the chance of Hayden later on, but we couldn't score.

"The second half was more difficult because the belief that we had in the first half, to keep this belief until the end, it depended on the goal. And then when we conceded a third goal it was a different game.

"But I am really pleased and really proud of my players in their first 30 minutes. And after when you pay big money for players, they can make the difference, so you make mistakes, you pay for that because you play against top-class players."


Mo Diame
completed a half century of league and cup games. However, he's now lost all seven of his trips to Old Trafford adding to previous visits with Wigan Athletic, West Ham and Hull City.

Ciaran Clark
has also lost all seven of his games at the Theatre of Nightmares for Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Newcastle became the only team to score at Old Trafford this season and the first since Swansea in April ending a run of 565 minutes.

Going 1-0 up at Old Trafford is a rare thing. It's only happened a handful of times in the Premier League:

2017/18 Gayle (held for 23 mins) lost 1-4
Cabaye (held for 29 mins) won 1-0
Perch (held for 21 mins) lost 3-4
2008/09 Martins (held for 2 mins) drew 1-1
Ambrose (held for 30 mins) lost 1-2
Andersson (held for 27 mins) drew 1-1

Magpies v MUFC @ Old Trafford - PL era:

2017/18 lost 1-4 Gayle
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 lost 1-3 Cisse(pen)
2013/14 won 1-0 Cabaye
2012/13 lost 3-4 Perch, og(Evans), Cisse
2012/13 lost 1-2 Cisse (LC)
2011/12 drew 1-1 Ba(pen)
2010/11 lost 0-3
2008/09 drew 1-1 Martins
2007/08 lost 0-6
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-2 Ambrose
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 lost 3-5 Bernard, Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01 lost 0-2
1999/00 lost 1-5 og(Berg)
1998/99 drew 0-0
1997/98 drew 1-1 Andersson
1996/97 drew 0-0
1995/96 lost 0-2
1994/95 lost 0-2
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole


Latest Premier League results/fixtures:

Sat 18.11.2017:
Arsenal 2-0 Spurs
Bournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield Town
Burnley 2-0 Swansea City
Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Chelsea
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle

Sun 19.11.2017:
Watford v West Ham (4pm) Sky

Mon 20.11.2017:
Brighton v Stoke City (8pm) Sky

Toffees topple Toon

Newcastle U18s  1  Everton U18s  2

The second of three consecutive Saturday home games for Newcastle's U18 side saw Everton win at Little Benton on Saturday afternoon.

Manasse Mampala gave the visitors an ninth minute lead before Deese Kasinga levelled seven minutes before the break.

But Anthony Gordon won it for the Toffees two minutes into second half added time.

Details to follow.

Sunday service

Sign of the times

Signed copies of Martin Hardy's trio of NUFC books, "Touching Distance", "Tunnel of Love" and "Rafa's Way" are available with exclusive discounts at Tynemouth Metro Station Market today (9.30am-3.30pm).  

NB: if you're planning a trip to the market by Metro, be aware that planned engineering work means buses will replace Metros between Tynemouth and Byker in both directions until around 12.30pm. 

Books are also available at special prices online here with free delivery in the UK (overseas at cost, please email to agree fees before ordering).

Author-signed copies of Michael Walker's new Irish football book, "Green Shoots" are also available. 

For "Green Shoots" orders email  

Senior Cup draw

The draw for the Quarters Finals of the 2017/18 Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup was made on Wednesday as follows:

Newcastle United U21s v Blyth AFC
Morpeth Town v North Shields
Blyth Spartans v Bedlington Terriers
Team Northumbria v Newcastle Benfield

Ties to be played on or before December 6th.

This will be the first time NUFC have played Blyth AFC (formerly known as Blyth Town) and this is only the second season that they've entered the NSC.

First Round results:
Team Northumbria 2-1 Heaton Stannington
North Shields 3-2 Whitley Bay aet
West Allotment Celtic 1-2 Bedlington Terriers
Blyth AFC 1-0 Ashington AFC
Newcastle Benfield 2-0 Alnwick Town

Book launches:
It's all about you

Following the success of his previous book "All with Smiling Faces: how Newcastle became United", Paul Brown returns with "Savage Enthusiasm" - his own history of football supporters and supporting.  

Given that he's a season ticket holder at SJP, there's plenty of Toon-related content as Paul outlines the changing nature of fans over the last 125 years. 

The book is available from North East bookshops and signed copies can be purchased direct from Paul for £9.99 including UK delivery online here

Bees take McGhee

Having followed Gordon Strachan out of the Scotland national team set up last month, Mark McGhee has made a quick return to club management.

The 60 year-old former Newcastle striker has taken charge of League Two Barnet, leading the Bees for the first time away to Port Vale on Saturday - a six game touchline ban relating to his former role as Motherwell boss not applying south of the border.

McGhee began his managerial career as player boss of Reading in 1991, later taking charge of
Leicester City, Wolves, Millwall, Brighton and Hove Albion, Motherwell, Aberdeen, Bristol Rovers and Motherwell.

National service

Tuesday's international action:

Ciaran Clark
14.11.2017 Denmark (h) lost 1-5 WCQPO 
It all went wrong for the Irish in Dublin after the perfect start of scoring after just six minutes. But the roof fell in from the 29th minute onwards as Martin O'Neill's side conceded five in this World Cup Qualifying playoff second leg, following a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen.

Clark started the game but was replaced after 71 minutes when the score was 1-3.

Rob Elliot dropped out of the squad after the first leg, returning to England following a family bereavement).

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia);
South Korea (a) drew 1-1 FR
Having scored against China four days earlier and completed 85 minutes, Mitro saw his side play out a draw in Ulsan without coming off the bench.

DeAndre Yedlin (USA):
14.11.2017 Portugal (a) drew 1-1 FR
Yedlin played the full game in Leiria.

Matz Sels
14.11.2017 Japan (h) won 1-0 FR
There was no place for Sels in the squad as the Belgians won thanks to Romelu Lukaku's goal in Bruges.

PS: Young Magpie Oisin McEntee has returned from international duty with Ireland U18s. 

The Academy defender was in the squad named by ex-Newcastle player Jimmy Crawford for a six team tournament in Spain.

Omitted for the opener against Belgium - a 0-3 defeat - Oisin also sat out a 0-8 loss to the Netherlands before getting a run out in a 1-4 defeat by Czech Republic. 

Loan lads:

Adam Armstrong (Bolton Wanderers)
It ended scoreless for the Trotters away to Preston North End in the Championship on Friday night. Arma started and played the opening 72 minutes.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock)
Dundee (a) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Wigan Athletic (a) League One, Saturday.

Ivan Toney
(Wigan Athletic)
Bradford City (h) League One, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff
Peterborough United (a) League One, Saturday.

Callum Williams
Tranmere Rovers (h) National League, Saturday.

Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
Mouscron (a) Belgian League Saturday.

Achraf Lazaar
Sassuolo (h) Serie A, Sunday.

Premier League:
Hammer time

Newcastle's first-ever visit to the London Stadium is on Saturday December 23rd (3pm) and the 3,000 tickets allocated to away supporters are now on sale.

The current loyalty point requirement is 70 points, adult tickets are £30, with £25 for concessions (U16s, U21s over-65s). U16s must be accompanied by an adult.

NUFC fans have been allocated two separate sections in the South West corner: one upper and one lower (the photo above is of the lower, taken from the upper).

We've heard numerous experiences from fans of other clubs who have attended and anecdotal accounts of some very mixed experiences are online here

There's a stadium seating plan online here

125th anniversary quiz

Following the success of previous Gallowgate Flags fund-raising quizzes, their successors Wor flags are returning to NINE Bar on Friday November 24th for another night of toon-based trivia.

BBC Newcastle's Matthew Raisbeck will be asking the questions and a variety of prizes are up for grabs.

Tickets are £10 (+ £1.05 booking fee) with a maximum of six people per team.
Book tickets online here

All funds raised go towards future displays at home games, in particular the club's 125th anniversary on December 9th when Leicester City are at SJP.

PP aye!:
Ipad Pro promotion 

Marking 10 years of a Paddy Power presence on, we're teaming up with the bookmaker 
and our sponsor MJS Computers to offer a reward 
to our active PP customers by way of a thank you:

Up for grabs is one brand-new 2017 Apple iPad Pro featuring a 10.5inch screen and 256GB storage, currently retailing for £769.00.

This will be randomly given to one reader who opened up a PP account via us in the last decade and who places one bet of at least £5 during November 2017 on that account. 

If you haven't previously held a PP account, opening a new one via this link and placing a £5 minimum bet during the current month qualifies you for the draw. 

And if you have an old account and have forgotten the userid or password etc. regain access here

Over-18s only please, winner must have a UK address.  
Winner will hold a PP account opened via no other PP account holder will be included in the draw. Bets can be placed until 11.59pm on November 30th. 

Thanks to MJS Computers for pulling us out of the clarts on numerous occasions with repairs & restores. 

Based at 30 Merton Way, Ponteland, NE20 9PS they offer 20% off iPad/iPhone repairs: quote 

Glove affair:
Toon trialist is a 
record breaker

Paul in 1987

Saturday saw veteran footballer Paul Bastock break Peter Shilton's record of 1,249 games in senior football, as his Wisbech Town side progressed in the FA Vase. 

The 47 year-old goalkeeper conceded from a penalty kick but played his part in a 4-1 victory over Thetford Town that brought him and Wisbech media attention both domestically and internationally. 

Barely reported but lurking in the record-breaker's CV is a brief association with Newcastle, that ended when then-boss Jim Smith was unconvinced of his worth. 

An FA Youth Cup winner with Coventry City in 1987, Paul was subsequently released by the Sky Blues and then spent a year playing out in Malaysia.

Arriving on Tyneside for a month-long trial in November 1989, Paul debuted in a 1-0 Central League victory at Aston Villa before keeping his place as the reserves were beaten 0-1 by Sheffield United at Gallowgate.

Playing alongside the likes of Lee Clark, Steve Howey and John Anderson, Bastock failed to make an impact and moved on as Ian Bennett took his place.

Turning down the opportunity to sign for Hartlepool United, Bastock instead joined Cambridge United and also had spells with Bath City (loan), Fisher Athletic, Kettering Town and Aylesbury United.

A longer association with Boston United began in 1992 and in a 12 year period he helped them gain promotion and played two seasons in the old Third Division.

Later moves took Paul on to Scarborough, Dagenham & Redbridge, St. Albans City, Rushden & Diamonds, St. Albans City again, Boston United again, Worksop Town, St. Albans yet again, Royston Town, St. Neots Town, Dunstable Town, Stamford, Corby Town and Wisbech.

Paul in 2017

Hammers take 
Toon old boys

Newly-installed West Ham United boss David Moyes has added former Newcastle duo Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce to his backroom staff at the London Stadium.

Irvine following Kenny Dalglish to SJP from Blackburn Rovers in 1997 and originally worked as a first team coach before switching to United's Academy.

He left in 2002 to work for Moyes at Everton and after a succession of other managerial and coaching roles had been out of work since exiting Norwich City in June.

Pearce meanwhile extended his playing career with the Hammers after leaving Gallowgate in 1999. 

Following a handful of subsequent off-field roles, he's been a media pundit since exiting from Nottingham Forest in 2015.


Seagulls Cup test

The draw for this season's FA Youth Cup Third Round has been made and United have landed a marathon away trip against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Ties are scheduled to be played by December 16th and the two sides have already faced each other in Cup competition this season, the Seagulls winning a Premier League tie 3-2 on Tyneside in September.

Reds reign - just 

Liverpool U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report

Bez - by royal appointment! 

Congratulations to former Magpie John Beresford, who was presented with an MBE by Prince William during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace last week.

The 52 year-old has been recognised for his charity work, in particular as a patron of Tyneside-based organisation Show Racism The Red Card since 1996.

PS: The 2017/18 season official NUFC / SRtRC team photo is now available to download here and printed copies are available free from the stall selling Martin Hardy's books at Tynemouth Market this Sunday. 

Train update:
Chelsea (a) travel

For anyone planning on returning from London Kings Cross to the North East after our visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday December 2nd, alterations to the train service will result in reduced seating capacity.

Engineering works mean that less Northbound services will run post-match, with altered departure times and longer journey times due to a diversion via Lincoln.

Direct trains depart from Kings Cross at 15.59, 16.59
and 20.00, with an additional departure at 19.05 that requires changing trains at Doncaster.

All services are expected to be very busy, with the 20.00 expected to be full and standing - if you're able to leave London before the 20.00, then do so. 

PS: There are no plans for any alcohol restrictions on trains back from London after the Chelsea game. 

Rather than the previous blanket ban, each game is now assessed individually with previous reports of positive or negative behaviour taken into account.

In other words, there's more chance of having drink on the trains back from the Arsenal and West Ham away games if Chelsea passes off without incident....

A proper football man:
Paul Tully RIP

Update: Paul's funeral will be at the West Road Crematorium on Tuesday November 21st, 12.30pm.

Update 2:
Speaking at the NUFC Foundation dinner last Tuesday, ex-Magpie Steve Harper referenced Paul's contribution to the club and was loudly applauded.

Update 3: The inimitable Mike Amos has paid tribute to Paul in his latest blog entry online here

We're desperately sorry to report the death of local journalist and ex-NUFC publications editor Paul Tully.

A respected writer for the Evening Chronicle, Paul began contributing to the United programme in the early 1990s and then took a more active role when working for the club's programme provider. 

In classic club fashion, his first byline was mis-spelt (Tulley), but his club knowledge and diligence ensured that the programme went from strength to strength - winning several industry awards in the process.

Always keen to be away from the limelight, Paul grew up as a black and white devotee and named Tony Green as his favourite-ever Magpie.

Over the years he interviewed Tony and countless other United players, managers and officials, filling a never-ending supply of notebooks with his shorthand.   

Consistently going the extra mile to ensure that the club's programme (and magazine) was comprehensive and timely, here's a small window on his world: 

Newcastle's 5-0 home win over Manchester United came on a Sunday afternoon during October 1996 - but while the rest of Tyneside celebrated the result, Paul had a rather different set of priorities.

Having already burnt the midnight oil to ensure that Sunday's programme contained coverage of a UEFA Cup tie in Hungary just days earlier, "Tull" undertook his interviews and then began the task of writing and preparing a programme for the League Cup visit of Oldham Athletic to Gallowgate just 72 hours later. 

That issue duly appeared with full reports, quotes and photos of that memorable "Howay 5-0" game, while Paul did his work for the next programme following a dull 1-0 home victory over the Latics - before finally getting to sleep in his own bed.  

Parting company with United following relegation in 2009, Paul later returned to Thomson House as their news reporter for the Tyne Valley area.

A familiar sight at local grounds for many years, news of his death prompted tributes from fellow fans who'd encountered him recently at Morpeth Town, South Shields, Carlisle United and Blyth Spartans games.

He'd also travelled the length and breadth of the UK completing his "92 grounds" and typically, our final conversation with him concerned the logistics of reaching newcomers Forest Green Rovers. 

We can only add our heartfelt condolences to family and friends and express our sadness at his passing.

Much like the late John Alder, he was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by many.

Premier League:
Home discomforts

Newcastle  0  Bournemouth

Match report

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are 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.

United obtained a one season exemption on logistical grounds from the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Mon 20.11.2017 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Fri 24.11.2017
U23s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 2pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 25.11.2017 U18s v Derby County (h)
@ Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sat 25.11.2017
Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Tue 28.11.2017 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,600. 

Wed 29.11.2017 U23s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 02.12.2017 U18s v Chelsea (a) @ Cobham Training Ground, 11.05am. U18 Premier League Cup Group B.
No public access.

Sat 02.12.2017 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 12.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000.

04.12.2017 U23s v Colchester United (a) @ Weston Homes Community Stadium, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Fri 08.12.2017 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 09.12.2017 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League 2 Northern Section.

Sat 09.12.2017
Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. Public sale now (online), Tue 21.11.2017 (in person/by phone).

Tue 12.12.2017 U23s v PSV Eindhoven (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup.

Wed 13.12.2017 Everton (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Wed 22.11.2017 (in person/by phone).

Sat 16.12.2017 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 30 points. £30 adults, £19 U19s, £16 over 65s. Allocation: 2,900.

Mon 18.12.2017 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 23.12.2017 West Ham (a) @ London Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 70 points. £30 adults, £25 U16s/U21s/over 65s (same prices for upper & lower tier). Allocation: 3,000.

Wed 27.12.2017
Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Live on Sky. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 30.12.2017 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 01.01.2018 Stoke City (a) @ bet365 Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 50 points. £30 adults, £21 OAPS, £17 U17s, £14 U11s. Allocation: tbc.

Live TV games:

Sat 02.12.2017 Chelsea (a) 12.30pm Sky
Sat 09.12.2017 Leicester (h) 5.30pm BT
Wed 27.12.2017 Man City (h) 7.45pm Sky
Sat 20.01.2018 Man City (a) 5.30pm BT

Sky Sports: 126 PL games in 2017/18
BT Sports: 42 PL games in 2017/18

Live PL games up to and including Wed 31.01.2018 have been announced.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Tue 12.12.2017
Thu 25.01.2018 March
Mon 26.02.2018 April
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw will be on or around Mon 04.12.2017.

R3 06.01.2017
R4 27.01.2017
R5 17.02.2017
R6 17.03.2017
SF 21.04.2017
Sat 19.05.2017

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D and play six fixtures, three home and three away:

Fri 29.09.2017 NUFC 3-4 Burnley
Wed 29.11.2017 Swansea (h) 1pm
Mon 04.12.2017
Colchester (a) 7pm 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley (a) 2pm 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea (a) 1pm 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm

Subsequent round dates are tbc)

Premier League International Cup:
United U23s are in Group A: 

Tue 24.10.2017 NUFC 2-1 Sparta Prague
Fri 10.11.2017 Liverpool 2-1 NUFC
Tue 12.12.2017 PSV (h) 7pm

(Subsequent round dates are tbc)

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Newcastle United U21s v Blyth AFC
Morpeth Town v North Shields
Blyth Spartans v Bedlington Terriers
Team Northumbria v Newcastle Benfield

Quarter Final
07.02.2018 Semi Final
??.??.2018 Final

U18 Premier League Cup:
United U18s are in Group B and play three fixtures - one at home and two away.

Sat 16.09.2017 NUFC 2-3 Brighton
Sat 04.11.2017 Blackburn 1-2 NUFC
Sat 02.12.2017
Chelsea (a) 11.05am

(Subsequent round dates are tbc)

FA Youth Cup:
United U18s enter at the Third Round stage, to be played on or before 16.12.2017.

R3 Date tbc Brighton and Hove Albion (a)

Gateshead FC
offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £10 entry for National League home games (usually £15).
16 & 17 year old admission is £5, U16s £3.

Next four GFC home league games:

Sat 18.11.2017 Tranmere Rovers 3pm
Tue 21.11.2017 Barrow 7.45pm
Sat 09.12.2017 Woking 3pm
Tue 26.12.2017 Hartlepool United 3pm

Magpie Movers remain on sale to NUFC ST holders, allowing use of public transport across the city three hours before and three hours after competitive NUFC home games.

After being £20 for three seasons, Movers now cost £30 online or £31 by post

Talk-ins etc.

Mon 27.11.2017 John Beresford @ AFC Newbiggin, tickets from Paul on 07956 202756.

Thu 06.12.2017 Peter Beardsley & Gazza
@ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston here

23.02.2018 Alan Shearer @ The Dome, Doncaster, South Yorkshire here

Following three successful previous events watched by a combined attendance of over 200,000, the annual Rugby League Magic Weekend will be staged at St. James' Park for a fourth successive year in 2018.

Six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides will take place over two days:

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2018:

Day tickets from £25 (£12.50). Weekend tickets from £40 adults (£20) here

Sat 19.05.2018:
Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (5.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)

Sun 20.05.2018:
Salford v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)

Ed Sheeran plays three sold out nights @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018. 

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (dates tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

All 32 of the countries taking part in Russia 2018 are now confirmed: 

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.

Final group draw is on 01.12.2017 and the Finals run from 14.06.2018 to 15.07.2018.
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
19th November

Born Or Died:

1957 Death of Jack Allen, 54.

1965 Death of Tom Phillipson, 67.

1976 Wayne Quinn born, Truro, Cornwall.

Left-sided full back/wing back signed on loan from Championship side Sheffield United, having played against us for the Blades in an FA Cup Semi Final tie in 1998.

Quinn made his Magpies debut in a 3-1 home win over Coventry City in January 2001 and after impressing manager Bobby Robson, an £800K deal was sealed a month later. 

Retaining his place in the side at right back for the rest of that season, Quinn featured in the Intertoto Cup campaign that saw our 2001/02 season kick off in July, scoring against Belgian side Sporting Lokeren.

However, injury and a loss of form saw him fade from the first team picture and his only two outings of the regular league season came in cup competitions.

Joining the first team squad for pre-season games in the Netherlands, Wayne made what was to be his final senior appearance for United in a Champions League qualifier against Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo - as an 89th minute substitute.

Consigned to the reserve side for the remainder of 2002, Quinn was allowed to rejoin Sheffield United on loan in January 2003, making a second Blades debut in a League Cup victory over Liverpool. 

Returning to SJP two months later, Quinn entered the final season of his contract in the Newcastle reserve side again, scoring in a pre-season kickabout at Workington.

September 2003 saw him loaned to West Ham United, with the recently-relegated side eventually keeping him for the rest of the season - although he made his last appearance in February 2004.

A free agent, Quinn had a trial at Plymouth Argyle but knee problems causing his retirement from full time football. He did however continue his career at a lower level, joining non-league Hayle in his native Cornwall.

After a stint at Penzance, Wayne returned to Hayle and managed them before rejoining Penzance as player/coach. 

March 2012 then saw him join Falmouth Town, moving on just over a year later to became player/manager of Mousehole AFC.


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1898 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Rogers(35), Peddie(
2-1,85), MacFarlane(3-1)

1902 Middlesbrough (a)
Gardner, Graham, Stenhouse 

1904 Bury (h)
Division One 
Gosnell, Appleyard, Veitch 

1910 Sunderland (h)
Division One 

1921 Sunderland (h)
Division One 
McIntosh(3), McDonald(7)
Buchan(51), Marshall(56)
An interested spectator at Gallowgate was the Duke of York, future King George.

1927 Burnley (h)
Division One 

1932 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Cape 2 

1938 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division Two 
Clarke 3
Sole senior appearance of George Bradley, although he did feature in wartime United teams. Benny Craig, who had a rather longer career at SJP, also made his debut.

1949 Derby County (a)
(when abandoned)
Division One 
With just fifteen minutes left, the Rams looked set for the win until the fog descended forcing an abandonment.

There was a certain justice in the restaged game finishing in a 1-1 draw, with United's Frank Houghton adamant that he'd scored in the first game - but the referee missed it due to the swirling mists.

1955 Cardiff City (h)
Division One 
Milburn 2(1pen), Keeble, Crowe 
Although transfer listed at the time, George Hannah's form in this game was instrumental in dispatching the Bluebirds.   

1955 United signed Mickley-born twin brothers Alan and Norman Breen. However, neither made it through to the first team.

1959 Torpedo Moscow (h)
Allchurch(38), White(42,67) Eastham(49pen) 
Metreveli(20), Savuschen(22), Ivanov(59), Gusarov(88)
The Soviets visited SJP as part of a three match English tour including fixtures at White Hart Lane and Bramall Lane.
The second half was televised locally by ITV.

1960 Everton (a)
Division One 
Collins 3, Vernon, Wignall
This heavy loss at Goodison Park was the final appearance of Jimmy Scoular, who had been an integral part of the United midfield since 1953.

1966 West Ham United (a)
Division One 
Peters(11), Byrne(58pen), Hurst(86)
Newcastle's goalscoring problems showed no sign of ending, with recent signing Wyn Davies unable to get off the mark in his fourth game for the club.

England's chances of European Championship qualification were virtually ended by a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Lisbon. It was to be Malcolm Macdonald's final England appearance.

1977 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
Stapleton(51), Sunderland(75) 
Old boy Malcolm Macdonald missed out on a return to SJP after being sent off for Arsenal against Coventry City the previous weekend.

And in a tryout for the famous Peter Withe incident two years later, Gunners 'keeper Pat Jennings succeeded in removing a stray dog from the SJP pitch.

This proved to be the final home game in which Richard Dinnis managed United.

1983 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-4 (1-1)
Division Two 
McDermott(43), Keegan(78pen) 
Varadi(37,51), Cunningham(71), Bannister(82)
A magnificent show of support for United at Hillsborough, with around 15,000 supporters travelling to cheer them on. 

Unfortunately they were to witness former and future Magpies net for the Owls, in the shape of Imre Varadi and Tony Cunningham. Future SJP midfielder Gary Megson also appeared for Howard Wilkinson's side. 

Varadi stood almost apologetically in front of the travelling masses at the Leppings Lane end after beating Martin Thomas, and was given a sporting reception by his former fans.

1988 Millwall (a)
Division One 
McLeary(25), Hurlock(44), Cascarino(58), O'Callaghan(90) 
A team coached by Mick Martin and featuring the talents of Liam O'Brien and Rob McDonald for the first time were hammered by the Lions at Cold Blow Lane. 

McDonald did score with a header that was ruled out.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Sir John Hall named the new Leazes End Stand after himself and buried a time capsule including a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale.

1994 Wimbledon (a)
Premier League 
Beardsley(30), Kitson(32) 
Clarke(2), Ekoku(27), Harford(36)
The inevitable failure at Selhurst Park, with future Magpie (Warren Barton) setting up a former Magpie (Mick Harford) for the winner.

The Wombles were managed by some geezer called Kinnear, while old boy Andy Thorn also featured for the homeless "home" side.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Metz (France) (a)
UEFA Cup 3rd Round, 1st Leg
A sizeable Toon support took themselves over to France, where they were met by snow flurries and freezing temperatures.

Without the unfit Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand, Tino Asprilla played a lone forward role as manager Kevin Keegan reined in his attacking instincts, commenting afterwards: 

"You can't always play great football and excite the crowd. Sometimes you've got to get in the trenches and dig out a result."

Tino was upended in the area by Metz 'keeper Lionel Letizi but a booking allowed him to stay on the field and be beaten by Beardsley's penalty.

Pavel Srnicek's poor punch then allowed Amara Traore to head the ball back over him into the unguarded net however, 

Due to a ban on alcohol advertising by French TV, United wore shirts with no sponsorship. 
Youtube footage is online here

2005 Chelsea (a)
Crespo(51), Duff(90)

A second half capitulation at Stamford Bridge, although Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty after John Terry's clear foul on Lee Bowyer. 

Future Magpie Damien Duff got the third which was deflected past Shay Given by ex-Blue Scott Parker. In summary we griped: "I hate this place - and paying theatre prices to watch unfunny comedies." match report

2008 Shay Given won his 91st senior cap as captain (82nd as a Magpie) but Ireland suffered their first defeat under Giovanni Trapattoni, losing 3-2 at home to Poland in a Friendly.

Damien Duff played three quarters of the game and missed some decent chances before being replaced by Shane Long.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, Jonas Gutierrez played the first 71 minutes against Scotland being replaced by Gonzalez (not our Uruguayan crock, obviously) while Fabricio Coloccini only kept the bench warm.

Jonas set up the Argie goal and got a cuddle and kiss from manager, Maradona, at the end of the game.
Lucky him.

2011 Manchester City (a)
Premier League

Balotelli(41pen), Richards(44), Aguero(72pen)

United's eleven game unbeaten run in the league Ended at the City of Manchester Stadium, as four horrible minutes for Ryan Taylor at the end of the first half proved very costly. 

After blocking a goalbound shot with his arm, Taylor then got in a tangle and gifted a goal to Micah Richards.

Hatem Ben Arfa - starting his first game of the season - struck the inside of the post in the second half before conceding another penalty that Sergio Aguero duly converted.

Substitute Dan Gosling netted late on for his first Premier League goal as a Magpie. match report

2012 Eight months after he was last seen on a football pitch in public, forgotten man Nile Ranger made a goalscoring comeback for the reserves in a 2-2 derby draw at the stadium of plight. Brad Inman was also on target. match report