Friday November 27th, 2015

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The Never-Ending Tour

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Ticket news:

Crystal Palace (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (h) Public sale now
Spurs (a) Member sale now
Villa (h) Public sale now
West Brom (a)
SOLD OUT (tbc)
Arsenal (a) ST holder sale now (25pts)

Coach comments:
Back to basics - again

Quotes from Steve McClaren's press conference on Friday afternoon, during which he confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini would retain the captaincy: 

"It has been a normal week after what was a very disappointing result and performance.

"It was a bad weekend, but I would say we’ve had a great week on the training field- it has been feisty, competitive, intense and energetic. 

"I love feisty sessions - and it was. I hope we take that preparation into the game.

"We got the message across. It was just what we needed. We explained why we lost. For three days we sorted it out. It is one of those weeks coaches like. We needed it. The energy, that is what we want.

“We didn't do the basics last Saturday. We had done for four games and got seven points. We had spirit against Bournemouth.

"Attitude, organisation, discipline. The basics. We have had a setback. The performance wasn't up to normal standards. We have to get back to it.

"There have probably been three or four occasions I have been disappointed with the attitude. I had not seen it for a while. We talked about it.

"Communication and leadership is part of it. That is what we have tried to get across.”

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (a) 


Saturday sees United travel to Selhurst Park for a 3pm non-televised meeting with the side managed by former Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

All 2,800 away section tickets have been sold and the whole stadium is now a sell out.

Having won at Bournemouth in their last away game, Newcastle will aim to record back to back Premier League victories on the road for the first time since October/November 2014 (Spurs and West Brom).

As usual, main line train services departing London Kings Cross after the game are designated as dry, with no alcohol sold or permitted to be taken on board.

NUFC: Tim Krul, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor and Gabriel Obertan all remain out, with Cheick Tiote sidelined but anticipated to be available for the visit of Liverpool to SJP the following weekend.

Although it was reported by various sources that he was training again, Friday brought confirmation that left back Massadio Haidara has had knee surgery and will be out of action until March next year.

Sylvain Marveaux has been seen training but didn't feature for the U21s on Monday. The availability of Emmanuel Riviere remains unknown. 


This week's enhanced offer for new sign ups comes via Apollo Bet - note that the maximum stake is £5.

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

CPFC: Both Bacary Sako and Dwight Gayle are doubts, while Marouane Chamakh could return to the bench.

Ahead of our visit to South London, the Eagles lost 0-1 at home to the mackems on Monday night.

That was a fourth defeat on home ground in seven games this season, with Sam Allardyce's side emulating Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham. Wins were recorded over Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, with a draw against Manchester United.

No less than nine of Palace's thirteen top-flight games this season have been scoreless at half time - that figure is three for Newcastle.


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Referee: Stuart Attwell - first appointment to a Toon game this season for the Warwickshire whistler and his third in the Premier League - both the previous ones finished scoreless.

Attwell's most recent game in charge of United was our 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Manchester City back in October 2014.

UK Radio: None

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle


Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2
beIN Sports 2 HD (Indonesia/Philippines)
CTH Stadium 3 HD (Thailand/Cambodia/Laos)
Fox Sports 5 Australia
GO Sports 3
mio Stadium 103 HD
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
SportsNet World NOW (Canada)
SPS (Mongolia)
Ssports China
SuperSport 6 Africa

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 28.11. 2015:
Aston Villa v Watford (3pm)
Bournemouth v Everton (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (3pm)
Manchester City v Southampton (3pm)
mackems v Stoke City (3pm)
Leicester City v Man United (5.30pm)

Sun 29.11.2015:

Spurs v Chelsea (Noon)
West Ham v West Bromwich Albion (2.05pm)
Liverpool v Swansea City (4.15pm)
Norwich City v Arsenal (4.15pm)

Macc lads


Saturday sees Newcastle's U21 side break new ground when they face Stoke City at their adopted home of Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose. Kickoff is at 2pm.

Last season saw the corresponding game played at City's Britannia Stadium, with Ryan Taylor contriving to score all three goals in a 2-1 Newcastle victory!

Monday week (December 7th @ 7pm) then sees Peter Beardsley's side face Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village. If any Toon fans are planning on going, there's an offer online here to gain free admission.

PS: A date for United's U21 Premier League Cup tie against Everton has been announced and this will be played at Southport FC on Monday December 21st. 

Kickoff is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time or a penalty shootout if needed.

The victors of that tie will be at home to Brighton and Hove Albion U21s in the last sixteen.

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A significant proportion of the population seem set to receive a copy of "Touching Distance" by Martin Hardy on December 25th, but for anyone who hasn't yet succumbed, we have a special copy to give away.

Signed by six of United's 1995/96 Entertainers squad, to stand a chance of winning it, email with your answer to this question (subject: TD):

Martin's book details Newcastle's 1995/96 season, when they came agonisingly close to winning the league. Who shared NUFC goalkeeping duties with Pavel Srnicek? 

The closing date is Saturday December 5th @ Noon - entries welcome from anywhere on the planet.

Martin and Michael Walker (author of "Up There" about football in the region) will sign books at Tynemouth Market this Sunday between 9.30am and 3.30pm. 

Buy both together for a special market price of £30 (or individually for £18.99 and £16.99 respectively). 

That £30 offer is available to readers with free delivery where possible. For more details, please email with your postcode.

PS: Author signed copies of "Touching Distance" are available online here for the cover price of £18.99 including delivery to most UK addresses.

Loan lads:
AA recovery? 


Speaking to the press on Friday, Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray commented on the future of United's 12-goal loan striker Adam Armstrong:

We’ve had some discussion with Newcastle this week and everything is fine. Newcastle are obviously in control of what is going to happen with him. 

"The impression I am getting is that they think he’s in the right place. He’s enjoying his football, scoring goals, playing every week and learning his trade as an 18-year-old boy and getting on with his job.

"I don’t know (if his loan will be extended for the remainder of the season). We’ve had conversations but they don’t need to commit on that because we have a deal until January. Let’s just play the football matches.

"I would be hopeful but if that’s not the case and they feel he needs to go and play at another level (a half season at a Championship club has been speculated on in some quarters) then that’s OK.

"I would hope he would stay and set himself targets to score a certain amount of goals before the end of the season and help this club be successful. But we’ll wait and see what develops.”

Loan lads:
Another for Alex 

Latest action:

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Burnley (h) Championship, Saturday

Mike Williamson (Wolves):
MK Dons (h) Championship, Saturday

Liam Gibson (Gateshead):
Chester (h) National League, Saturday

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Bury (h) League One, Saturday

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):
Seeking his first Tykes goal on what would be his fifth appearance, Ivan will hope to be in the starting XI for a home meeting with Sheffield United on Saturday.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):

Southend United (a) League One, Saturday

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City):
Doncaster Rovers (h) League One, Saturday

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey(Carlisle United)
Crawley Town (h) League Two, Saturday

Jamie Cobain (Sheffield United U21s):
Nottingham Forest U21s (h) Monday, tbc. 

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):

A 90 minute shift for the midfielder on Thursday night as OM beat Groningen 2-1 at home in the Europa League.

Next up is a home meeting with Monaco on Sunday.

Tyne-tees tussle

Seeking a fourth successive home victory, United's U18 side have revenge on their minds when they face Boro at Little Benton on Saturday (11am).

The sides met at Rockcliffe Park in September and although Boro won 4-1, that was due in no small part to a dubious penalty award and red card shown to Magpies defender Gideon Adu-Peprah with the score at 1-1.

Youth Cup date set

Newcastle United U18s will begin their FA Youth Cup participation this season with a visit to non-league Ilkeston FC in the Third Round of the competition.

The tie will take place on Wednesday 16th December with a 7.45pm start and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

The Robins negotiated five rounds to get to this stage, seeing off three other non-league sides before beating Burton Albion on penalties and then recording a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

Although they faced Darlington at home in 2011, this will be United's first away visit to non-league opponents since a 6-2 success at Dulwich Hamlet back in 2010.  

The town of Ilkeston lies just off the M1 (near Trowell Services) in Derbyshire, around 10 miles from Derby. The postcode of their New Manor Ground is DE7 8JF.

Premier League:
Same sh*t,
different (Satur)day

Newcastle  0  Leicester City 

Match report


Festive season 

Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and "Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available to for home delivery


Each shirt comes complete with a COA (certificate of authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost £189.99 (framed) or £89.99 (unframed).

Prices include UK delivery, with a five day turnaround for framed items and two days for unframed. Overseas orders are possible by prior arrangement.

Premier League:
Boxing Day: 
transport update

The club issued this press release last Friday - it's also worth mentioning that lobbying for extra transport provision began among supporters and the official fan forum when the Everton game was a 3pm kick-off:

Newcastle United have agreed to underwrite the cost of additional Metro and some local bus services on Tyneside this Boxing Day after the Barclays Premier League fixture with Everton at St. James' Park was moved to a later kick-off time.

The game was originally scheduled to start at 3pm, but after being selected for live television broadcast by BT Sport, it was switched to 5.30pm and will now end shortly before 7.30pm.

With selected bus routes and Tyne and Wear Metro services originally running until 6pm and 8pm respectively, the Club called a meeting with representatives from Newcastle City Council, Nexus and Go North East and plans are now in place to reduce disruption.

Metro services will now be in operation from Newcastle city centre for an extra hour on all routes, with final services at approximately 9pm on Saturday 26th December.

Fans travelling home by Metro after the game are advised to allow enough time to make their journey.

Go North East bus services on routes 10A, 10B, 21, 47, 54, 56, 58, 309, 310, Q3, Q3A, X1 and X30 will also operate extended hours with final services between 7.40pm and 8.20pm. Park and ride services to the MetroCentre Coach Park will also be in operation.

Nexus is also subsidising Boxing Day bus routes including the 27, the Quaylink Q1, Q3 and Q3A services, the 53 and 54, the 309 and 310.

Normal fares will still apply to passengers on all Metro and bus routes and Magpie Mover passes will be valid within existing terms and conditions.

final Go North East bus services departing Newcastle city centre on Boxing Day:

10B 20:05 Prudhoe
10A 20:20 Greenside
21 19:50 Chester-le-Street
21 19:55 Chester-le-Street
21 20:00 Durham
47 19:50 Consett
54 19:45 Gateshead
54 19:50 Gateshead
56 19:45 sunderland
58 19:47 Heworth
309 19:45 Whitley Bay
309 19:50 Blyth
310 19:50 North Shields
Q3A 19:55 Dinnington
Q3 20:10 Cramlington
X1 19:45 Easington Lane
X30 19:40 Stanley

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

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 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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 28.11.2015 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

28.11.2015 U21s v Stoke City (a) @ Moss Rose, Macclesfield, 2pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 2,800).

Sat 05.12.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 
Live on Sky.

Mon 07.12.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Adults £41, Over 65s £24, U18s £22 (upper tier). Adults £37, Over 65s £21, U18s £19 (lower tier). Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky.

Mon 14.12.2015 U21s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League. 

Wed 16.12.2015 U18s v Ilkeston FC (a) @ New Manor Ground, 7.45pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Sat 19.12.2015 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Wed 02.12.2015 (by phone/in person) Live on Sky.

Mon 21.12.2015 U21s v Everton (a) @ Haig Avenue, Southport, 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 28.12.2015 West Bromwich Albion @ The Hawthorns, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now 0 points. Member sale (if any) Thu 12.12.2015. £25 adults, £20 over-60s, £15 17-20 year-olds/NUS, £10 U17s.

Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirate Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (25 points, 0 points Tue 01.12.2015). £36.50 adults, £16 for OAPs/U18s, £10 U16s. Allocation: tbc.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just £3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 28.11.2015
Penrith (3pm)
Wed 02.12.2015 Consett (7.30pm)
Sat 12.12.2015 Norton (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. £15 including pie & peas + drink. Tickets from Martin 07748 470530.

Sun 06.12.2015 John Beresford and writer Martin Hardy @ Waterstones Newcastle, Noon, signing copies of "Touching Distance."

Tue 08.12.2015 Steven Taylor @ Blue Flames Sporting Club, Benton.
£15 including pie & peas. In aid of West Allotment FC, tickets available from venue reception.

Wed 09.12.2015 Steven Taylor and Steve Watson (with Pete Graves and writer Martin Hardy) @ Whitley Lodge Snooker Club,
Claremont Crescent, NE26 3HL. 7.30pm start, £20 including pie and peas. Tickets from venue or via 0191 251 1997.

31.03.2016 Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie, Steve Watson @ Newcastle Assembly Rooms. £35 including meal. In aid of Heaton Stannington FC - buy tickets from them.

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd Round draw (involving NUFC) will be staged on Mon 07.12.2015 (tbc)

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11;2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015:

Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Heaton Stannington

Tue 01.12.2015:
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town

Wed 02.12.2015:
North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 06.12.2015
Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 26.12.2015
Everton (h) 5.30pm
Tue 12.01.2016 Man United (h) 7.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 24.01.2016.

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.  
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.

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

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

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


International Magpies
National Service

2015/16 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

Draw is made
10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
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
27th November

Born Or Died:

1965 Scott Sellars born, Sheffield.

A well-liked figure during his time at SJP, "Scoot" began his career with Leeds United before moving on to Blackburn Rovers.

Signed during March 1993 for £700K, Sellars debuted alongside fellow new arrival Mark Robinson in a 2-2 home draw with Charlton Athletic later that month.

Scoring his first Newcastle goal during a 6-0 demolition of Barnsley at Gallowgate, Scott then netted a memorable free kick to beat the mackems and virtually seal promotion.

Missing the opening months of the following season due to a bout of pleurisy, Sellars enjoyed a good run in the first team until further fitness problems saw him sidelined for a ten month period from November 1994.

With David Ginola coming to prominence, Sellars was declared surplus to requirements and sold to Bolton Wanderers in December 1995 - United making £500K profit.

Sellars later served Huddersfield Town and Danish club Aarhus, turning down the chance of a return to the UK in 2001 with Northampton Town before subsequently joining Mansfield Town.

A trial at non-league Kettering Town followed before returning to Field Mill and coaching Stags youngsters - taking on a similar role at Sheffield United in 2003.

A spell as assistant to Chesterfield manager Lee Richardson - a former team mate from his Blackburn days - followed, before 2009 saw Sellars added to the coaching staff at Manchester City's youth Academy.

Subsequently heading up City's youth operations, Scott returned to SJP in September 2013 as part of the Newcastle United Legends side who gathered to face AC Milan Glorie in Steve Harper's farewell.

Ending his time at Manchester City in 2014, Sellars was soon snapped up by Wolves to coach their U21 side. 

1969 David John Robinson born, Walkergate. (1986-92)

Striker who came through the junior ranks at SJP to appear for the reserves, with periodic call-ups to the first team - although he was never to start a competitive senior match.

Paul's debut came at the age of 18, when he replaced John Robertson in a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal in November 1988.   

Robinson's lone strike came against Reading at SJP in an FA Cup in January 1990 on his first outing of the season - leaving him some way short of Mick Quinn and Mark McGhee, who grabbed 34 and 25 goals respectively that season.

After a spell on loan at Peterborough United in 1991, the Wallsend Boys Club graduate was released by Newcastle, moved on to Reading and subsequently Blackpool.

Moving into non-league circles at Gateshead and Bishop Auckland, David spent time on trial with Lincoln City and later added both Cambridge United and Berwick Rangers to his CV before finishing up at Whitley Bay.

An reader reports that Robbo later turned out in the Tyneside Sunday League for Heaton Hussar.

1983 Aaron Labonte born, Middlesbrough. (2000-03)

Academy defender who failed to make the transition to reserve team level and was released in 2003.

Trials at Livingston, Hartlepool United and Sheffield Wednesday (appearing for the Owls second string against Newcastle) followed, before Aaron did enough to win a permanent deal with Dunfermline Athletic.

Debuting against Rangers in the SPL during September 2003, Labonte went on to make 90 appearances at East End Park between 2003 and 2007.

Labonte ended his first season at the Pars with a Scottish FA Cup loser's medal, beaten 1-3 by Celtic at Hampden Park.

However he wasn't selected when the two sides met again in the 2007 final and went out on to Irish side Finn Harps in 2008.

That transfer was then made permanent when his Dunfermline deal expired in May 2008 but he's not been heard of since leaving the Donegal side a year later.

2011 Death of Gary Speed, 42.

The peace of a Sunday morning was shattered when the Football Association of Wales announced the death of their national team Manager, sending the football world into a genuine state of shock.

A Cheshire police spokesman then said:

"At 7.08am this morning, Sunday 27 November, police were informed of an incident at Aldford Road, Huntington. 

"Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and next of kin have been informed." 

Further quotes confirmed that the man was found hanged and identification confirmed that it was Gary Speed.

Universally admired across football, the Welsh international midfielder played 285 time for the Magpies between February 1998 and May 2004, scoring 40 goals. 

Gary was part of the side beaten at Wembley in 1998 and 1999 FA Cup Finals as well as the 2000 semi-final there. 

Awarded the MBE in June 2010, Speed completed the London Marathon that year to help raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, commenting then that: 

"The best years I had there (at SJP) were with Sir Bobby Robson. He was a lovely man."

And exactly nine years before his death, Speed was part of the Newcastle side who were in Champions League action against Inter Milan at SJP.

Speaking fondly of his time on Tyneside despite departing for Bolton in a move seen as premature in some quarters, Gary's professionalism, dignity and intelligence made him one of football's good guys. 

The previous Saturday had seen him appear as a guest on BBC's "Football Focus" show in the company of Alan Shearer.

Needless to say, his passing was a massive shock, still bordering on the unbelievable. In short, someone who graced the black and white shirt and is sadly missed. RIP.


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What Else?

1897 Small Heath (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope, Peddie, Campbell 2 

1909 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Shepherd, Howie 

1920 Liverpool (a)
Division One 

1926 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Division One 
Gallacher 3 

1937 Fulham (a)
Division Two 
Park, Smith

1943 Darlington (h)
Stubbins 2, R.Donaldson, Taylor
scorers tbc

1948 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Hair, Milburn 
Doherty 3
1954 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Curry, White 
Watson, Burrell
1957 Hearts (h)
White, Eastham 

1965 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
Thompson(16), Iley(40) 
Woodward(66pen), Jones(90), T.Wagstaff(90+3)
The Magpies were good value for their half time lead on a frozen Bramall Lane pitch, with Dave Hilley setting up both goals.

Ron McGarry's needless handball after the hour mark gave the Blades a foothold in the game, but at the end of normal time Newcastle still led and many home fans had left in disgust.

Enter Mick Jones, who blasted past visiting 'keeper Gordon Marshall from 18 yards. And with almost the last kick of the game, Tony Wagstaff broke away and won it.  

1971 Stoke City (a)
Division One 
Macdonald 2, D.Craig 
Ritchie, Conroy 2
With 20 minutes left to play at the Victoria Ground, United were 3-1 down before Supermac netted his second of the match and David Craig then claimed a point with one of his infrequent strikes. 

1974 Southampton (a) 
Texaco Cup Final, First Leg 
United left The Dell one goal in arrears ahead of the second leg, after future Magpie Mick Channon beat Tony Bell. 

1976 Queen's Park
Rangers (h) 2-0
Division One 
Burns, Cannell 
Attacking the Leazes End, a committed first half display from Newcastle made sure of the points, with Paul Cannell heading in the opener.

Alan Gowling then centred for Mickey Burns to double the lead and Gowling also came close to getting on the scoresheet, heading against the Rangers crossbar. 

1982 Cambridge United (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division Two 
Martin(23), McDermott(35)
Making his Newcastle debut was Howard Gayle, a young midfielder loaned from Liverpool. 

Terry McDermott scored his first goal for United since his return to the club and Mick Martin got a rare goal as his shot from 12 yards was fumbled by the 'keeper.

Watching in the stands were the Dynamo Kiev side that Newcastle had beaten in a friendly at SJP few days earlier.

1988 Manchester United (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One 
A tedious Sunday afternoon, when Newcastle never looked in danger of breaking their four match scoring drought in this televised game and their visitors were equally inept.
Youtube footage is online here

1989 After a year in the manager's chair at The Victoria Ground, Bobby Moncur resigned as Manager of struggling Hartlepool United.

1993 Arsenal (a)
Premier League 
Wright(16), Smith(60) 
United were undone by set piece goals from Ian Wright and Alan Smith, with Steve Bould making a nuisance of himself at the near post on each occasion. 

Peter Beardsley got one back in front of the travelling army of away fans congregated at the Clock End, but no equaliser followed.

"This was the first time that Kevin Keegan's policy of not having worked on certain tactical things before a match caught up with us. 

"They caught us out quickly and we were chasing the game after that, and they did us again with the same trick because we couldn't get it sorted while the game was going on."

Shame they didn't talk about it at half time...
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Middlesbrough (a) 
League Cup 4th Round
Whyte(27), Beck(61), Ravanelli(89) 
Our second-ever visit to the Riverside ended in our first defeat there, despite Alan Shearer netting for the sixth game in a row.

2001 Ipswich Town (h)
Worthington Cup 4th Round
Robert(18), Ameobi(26), Shearer(37,40)
Alan Shearer's second wasn't a classic as he took Nobby Solano's pass and turned the ball into the Leazes goal from six yards. 

However, the significance of the goal was that he completed a century of strikes for the club in all competitions - becoming only the ninth player to have achieved that feat.

Afterwards, Shearer commented:

"Jackie Milburn scored over 200 so I can scratch that. I don't think I'll catch him though hopefully there's a few more." match report

Ton up for Al 

2002 Inter Milan (Italy) (h) 1-4 (0-3)
Champions League 
Group match 7

Almeyda(35), Crespo(45), Recoba(81)

Behind almost immediately, defeat seemed inevitable when Craig Bellamy was sent off after just six minutes for lashing out at ex-Toffee Marco Materazzi, 

Although the ten men performed well, Hector Cuper's side (who included future Mag Emre) had the game wrapped up by half time. match report

2003 Basel (Switzerland) (h) 1-0 (1-0)
(4-2 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 2nd Round
2nd leg
Once Smiljanic had turned a Robert corner into his own goal in the early stages, the tie was as good as won - our 3-2 first leg advantage meaning the visitors needed to score three times. match report

A fairly full house for the Basel home leg

2005 Everton (a)
Everton caught us napping seconds after the break when Joseph Yobo rose to meet a corner to head the only goal of the game.

By that point we should have been ahead and the home side down to ten men, when James McFadden clearly stopped Shola Ameobi's goalbound effort with his arm.

Incredibly, however, both referee Howard Webb and his linesman missed the incident. match report

2008 Newcastle "Manager" Joe Kinnear was charged with improper conduct.

The charge related to comments made in media interviews about referee Martin Atkinson following United's match against Fulham earlier in the month.

JFK labelled the referee at Craven Cottage as "Mickey Mouse" - a comment he was asked to explain by the FA 48 hours after the game.