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Order from the publisher for just £8.99 including UK postage here




Ticket news:
Derby (a)

QPR (a) Member sale now
Wolves (h) Public sale now (online)
Wolves (h) (EFL Cup) Details awaited
Aston Villa (a) ST holder sale now (
50 pts)

Deal done

Spurs have completed the deadline day transfer of Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko for £30m -
both clubs confirming the news around 40 minutes after the transfer window closed on Wednesday night.

A photo of the player posing with a Spurs shirt was posted on his twitter account as the 11pm deadline arrived - together with a line about a five year deal.

For much of the day Sissoko had looked likely to join Everton after the Toffees met United's asking price -  Sky reporting that personal terms were agreed and the player was en route from France for his medical.

However, communication was then lost with Sissoko and his agents, who by then were aware of Spurs upping their bid from £25m to £30m and obviously favouring a club competing in the Champions League. 

Sissoko joined United for a claimed cost of £2m from Toulouse during January 2013. He leaves after 133 appearances in all competitions (130 starts), netting dozen goals - all but one in the Premier League.

There's no denying the accuracy of recent comments about wishing to leave to further his career, given that we were presented to him as a stepping stone.

To our eyes though, Moussa never kept up his end of that bargain and carries significant responsibility not only for last season's demotion but also a downturn in our fortunes the previous season. 

And although his energetic (but drastically over-hyped) performances at Euro 2016 were galling for Magpie followers, they ultimately boosted his price tag up to almost unprecedented levels - only Andy Carroll left for a larger price tag. 

PS: A reminder of Sissoko's now infamous quotes concerning a certain other North London club:

"Arsenal have always been the club of my heart"
(Jan 2015)

"Arsenal is one of the best European teams. To be watched by that sort of club, that proves that you are a quality player. It is good to know. I hope that I will have the chance, soon, to play for this club."
(June 2016)

Big deal

Reaction to Sissoko's move on Tyneside


United's transfer window business in full:

Inbound (12):  Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin, Daryl Murphy, Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu.

Outbound (19): Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella, Andros Townsend
, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Gini Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Armstrong, Jamie Sterry, Emmanuel Riviere, Moussa Sissoko.

Outbound (Development) (7): Macaulay Gillesphey, Ivan Toney, Tom Heardman, Kyle Cameron, Alex Gilliead, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi.

Inbound (Development) (2): Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Stuart Findlay.

Add in five contract extensions and no less than 45 deals were completed by Newcastle United in this window. Take a bow, everyone concerned.

A dozen deals done

NUFC belatedly confirmed the arrival of signing #12 at 10.30pm on Wednesday, Chelsea's Christian Atsu joining on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

The 24 year-old Ghanaian international was at SJP earlier in the day to sign his contract, Atsu's agent posting photos of the player on the SJP pitch late on Tuesday night, captioning it with: "Long day, long night at the Toon. Official announcement to follow." 

Atsu moved to Stamford Bridge from Porto in 2013 but has never made a competitive senior appearance for them, being loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth and Spaniards Malaga.

The 24 year-old Ghanaian international made a brief substitute appearance at SJP while on loan at the Toffees - claiming an assist in their 3-0 win back in March 2015. 

Atsu is in the squad for Ghana's African Nations Cup qualifier at home to Rwanda on Saturday and a friendly against Russia in Moscow three days later. 

Playing three times at the 2014 World Cup Finals, Atsu's Ghana have qualified for the African Nations Cup Final in January - along with Momo Diame's Senegal and Achraf Lazaar's Morocco. They should be joined by DR Congo (Chancel Mbemba) after this weekend.

No Ivory trade?

Cheick Tiote had looked set to join Galatasaray over the weekend after flying to Istanbul, but that broke down over medical problems or contractual issues - depending on which side is telling the story.

A move to Greek side Olympiakos was then mentioned but went nowhere, before claims of interest from French outfit Lorient (on loan) and two unidentified Spanish ones surfaced on Wednesday afternoon.

However the transfer deadline moved into sight with news only that Lorient were still working on a deal.

A delayed transfer deadline for various non-European leagues could still see Tiote move on in the coming days, or he could follow Fabricio Coloccini's example and reach agreement with United on the final months of his contract to secure free agent status.  

Busman's holiday

Transfer deadline day found United boss Rafa Benitez attending the 2016 Elite Club Coaches Forum - an annual event at UEFA's HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.

Chaired by Sir Alex Ferguson; Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidana and Luis Enrique were among the other participants.

David Moyes mysteriously wasn't invited.

MJS winner revealed 

Our sponsors MJS Computers Limited in Ponteland ran a free draw for readers who had repairs done in August - with a 2016/17 NUFC home shirt autographed by Rafa Benitez up for grabs, as pictured above.

That draw took place when the shop shut at 6pm and the name of Geoff Harmer from Chester-le-Street was picked out.  

Old boy:
Bradford recalled

Coming to Newcastle's Live Theatre for two nights next month is The 56 - an award-winning play that reflects on the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster. 

Based on testimonies from those involved that day, the play (titled in homage to the number of people who lost their lives that day) will be staged on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of September.

Profits from staging The 56 will be donated to the University of Bradford Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
Their work did much to rebuild the lives of the 250 survivors with life-changing injuries and continues today with research into new treatments.

Tickets are £14 via or 0191 232 1232 and we have two tickets for Tuesday's performance to give away. To be in with a chance of winning tell us who NUFC were playing on that fateful day in 1985.

Email answer to (subject: 56).
Closing date is Thu Sep 1st @ Noon - the winner will be notified immediately via email and on


Keep it in the family

A hectic day of departures continued on Wednesday night, when Sammy Ameobi moved to League One leaders Bolton Wanderers on loan until January.

The 24 year-old is in the final year of his Newcastle contract and hasn't featured in the first team since back in May 2015 when selected by John Carver.

Sammy follows his elder brother Shola in joining the Trotters, who scored twice in 10 appearances last season. 

Haris is a Bantam

Another departure from SJP on transfer deadline day saw League One Bradford City secure the services of Haris Vuckic on loan.

The Slovenian moves to Valley Parade until January and could debut for the Bantams at Millwall on Saturday.

It's a case of second time lucky for Vuckic and City, after the player trained with them during November 2013 but ended up joining Rotherham United on loan.

Vuckic is now in the final year of his Newcastle deal and has previously spent time on loan at Cardiff City, Rotherham, Rangers and Wigan Athletic - helping the latter gain promotion from League One last season.

His last senior competitive appearance in a Magpies shirt came in an FA Cup defeat at Leicester City in January 2015.

Misfit banished 

Spanish Primera Division side Real Osasuna announced on Wednesday morning that they had concluded a season-loan deal for Emmanuel Riviere - official confirmation arriving from Newcastle soon after. 

The 26 year-old striker travelled to Pamplona on Monday, completing his medical a day later. Always assuming he can find his boots, Riviere's debut could come away to Real Madrid on Saturday week. 

Arriving from AS Monaco in July 2014 on a contract of undisclosed length at a claimed cost of £5m (although one French journalist wrote that the actual transfer fee was just £2m) Riviere scored twice during a League Cup tie against Crystal Palace two months later.

However that proved to be a high water mark and he struggled to make any impact in the Premier League, netting just once in a 1-2 defeat at QPR and looking anything but a natural finisher. 

The most recent of his 31 appearances came in the 1-3 home defeat by Bournemouth in March that prompted Steve McClaren's departure. Whether he was actually injured or just out of favour seemed to be irrelevant.

We shall not see his like again. Hopefully.

Sky Blue Sterry 

Magpies defender Jamie Sterry was unveiled as a Coventry City player on Wednesday morning, having agreed a loan move to the League One side until January 2017.

The 20 year-old Tynesider who recently signed a new four year contract at SJP was spotted at the Ricoh Arena (above) on Tuesday night, watching City's EFL Trophy tie against West Ham 

AA's Oakwell assignment 

Championship side Barnsley have been confirmed as Adam Armstrong's next destination, amid links to a host of other clubs in both England and Scotland.

The 19 year-old striker moves to Oakwell until January 2017 and is expected to make his Tykes debut on Saturday week, away to Preston North End.

Arma scored 20 times in League One last season while on loan at Coventry City (including two against his new club) and extended his stay at SJP by a further four years last week.

He's not the first promising Magpie to swap Tyneside for Barnsley, Michael Chopra scoring 17 times in 39 League One appearances while on loan there in the 2004/05 season.   

Alex a Hatter 


Despite interest from Carlisle United in loaning him for a second season, forward Alex Gilliead has opted to join fellow League Two side Luton Town.

The 20 year-old moves to Kenilworth Road until January and is available for Saturday's home game against Wycombe Wanderers. The fixture against Carlisle - and his Magpies loan colleague Macaulay Gillesphey - is scheduled for December.

KC / NC 

Following previous loan spells with Workington and York City, Magpies central defender Kyle Cameron is now heading to Newport County on loan.

The 19 year-old links up with the League Two side until January and could debut at home to Barnet this coming Saturday alongside former Magpie Ben Tozer.

'Pools take Tom 


Newcastle striker Tom Heardman has completed a loan switch to Hartlepool United, joining the League Two side until January 2017.

The Tynesider who celebrates his 21st birthday next month has made two competitive appearances for the reserves since returning from a year out due to injury. 

Heardman could make his debut against Notts County on Wednesday in an EFL Trophy tie, 'Pools facing the Meadow Lane side in the league next Saturday.

Tom previously made three appearances on loan to National League side Gateshead in November 2014.


Ciaran Clark, Daryl Murphy (Ireland)
Wed 31.08.2016 Oman (h) won 4-0 FR
Clark played the full 90 minutes of what was Robbie Keane's international farewell in Dublin, but Murphy didn't feature.

Mon 05.09.2016 Serbia (a) Belgrade WCQ
(Aleksandar Mitrovic isn't in the Serbian squad

Achraf Lazaar (Morocco)
Wed 31.08.2016 Albania (a) drew 0-0 FR
A stalemate in Shkoder - final confirmation is awaited, but we believe Lazaar was an unused substitute. 

Sun 04.09.2016 São Tomé (h) Rabat ACNQ

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo)

Thu 01.09.2016 C.A.R. (h) Kinshasha ACNQ

Matz Sels (Belgium)
Thu 01.09.2016 Spain (h) Brussels FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Cyprus (a) Nicosia WCQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)

Thu 01.09.2016 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Belarus (a) Borisov WCQ

DeAndre Yedlin (USA)
Fri 02.09.2016 St. Vincent & Grenadines (a) WCQ
Tue 06.09.2016 Trinidad & Tobago (h) Jacksonville WCQ

Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie (Scotland)
Sun 04.09.2016 Malta (a) Valletta WCQ

Momo Diame (Senegal)
Sun 04.09.2016 Namibia (h) Dakar ACNQ

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (Eng U20) 
Sun 04.09.2016 Brazil (h) Kidderminster FR

(There's also a prior BCD game between the two sides at St. Georges Park on a day TBC)

Paul Dummett (Wales)
Mon 05.09.2016 Moldova (h) Cardiff City WCQ

Isaac Hayden (England U21)
Tue 06.09.2016 Norway (h) Colchester ECQ

Finn in 

United have now added 16 year-old goalkeeper Otto Huutanen to their Academy U18 squad, signing him for an undisclosed fee following a successful trial.

The Finnish youth international moves to Newcastle from Ilves Tampere in his homeland and becomes our second recent Scandinavian signing, following the capture of Danish forward Elias Fritjof Sørensen.

Swim Geordie swim:
At the third stroke....


Absent from his seat on Saturday was Newcastle United season ticket holder Graham Walton, as he prepared for a successful channel swim on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Consett-based Graham made it from Folkestone to France in 11 hours and 50 minutes, almost an hour faster than planned. 

He's raised over £3,000 so far for Bright Red - a charity that supports blood cancer victims. Donations can still be made to that worthy cause online here

Brighton rocked

Newcastle  2  Brighton  0

Match footage is online here

Match report


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Old boys:

Two ex-Magpie strikers were transferred on Tuesday, Loic Remy reuniting with his former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew (and team mate Yohan Cabaye) after agreeing a season-long loan at Crystal Palace.

In the Championship meanwhile, Leon Best signed a one year deal with Ipswich Town after a successful trial at Portman Road. He was a free agent.  

Transfer deadline day saw French side Dijon complete the permanent signing of midfielder Mehdi Abeid from Greeks Panathinaikos. The Algerian international is reunited with fellow SJP old boy Romain Amalfitano. 

Wolves on Tuesday

United confirm that their EFL Cup Third Round home tie against fellow Championship side Wolves will be played on Tuesday September 20th with a 7.45pm start. 

The two sides also meet at SJP in the league in a 3pm kickoff on Saturday 17th September.

Second string spanked


Aston Villa U23s  4  Newcastle U23s  0

Match report

Macca sees red

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
The Cumbrians visited Oldham Athletic in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, leaving Boundary Park with an epic 5-4 win. Macaulay received a straight red card after dragging back an opponent with the score at 4-4. 

Ivan Toney
(Shrewsbury Town)
The Shrews were beaten 0-1 at home on Tuesday night by Cambridge United in the EFL Trophy, with Ivan remaining on the bench as an unused substitute.

Next up is a trip to Oldham Athletic in League One on Saturday.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Southend United (h) League One, Saturday

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Millwall (a) League One, Saturday

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
Fleetwood Town (a) League One, Saturday

Kyle Cameron (Newport County)

Barnet (h) League Two, Saturday

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Wycombe Wanderers (h) League Two, Saturday

Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United)
Stevenage (a) League Two, Saturday

Henri Saivet
(AS Saint-Etienne)
PSG (a) Ligue 1, Fri 09.09.2016

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
Preston North End (a) Championship, Sat 10.09.2016

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
NEC (a) Eredivise, Sat 10.09.2016

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Real Madrid (a) Primera Division, Sat 10.09.2016

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Luzern (h) Swiss Super League, Sat 10.09.2016 

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
Nice (a) Ligue 1, Sun 11.09.2016

Currently unavailable:
Tim Krul
(Ajax) tbc
Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra) tbc

Derby County (a)

Following the international break, Newcastle return to Championship action on Saturday September 10th, heading to the iPro Arena for a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Magpies have sold their 3,200 allocation. 

To follow

Where: iPro Stadium DE24 8XL (33,597)
Nearest railway station: Derby (0.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 335 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow.

Former Newcastle coach and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson is in charge of the home side.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Mags @ Rams - last 10:

2009/10 lost 0-3
2007/08 lost 0-1
2001/02 won 3-2 Robert, Dyer, LuaLua
2000/01 lost 0-2
1999/00 drew 0-0
1998/99 won 3-4 Speed 2, Ketsbaia, Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Tomasson (LC)
1996/97 won 1-0 Shearer*
1992/93 won 2-1 G.Peacock, Clark*

* @ the Baseball Ground, all others @ Pride Park.

Full record v Derby:


Latest Championship fixtures:

Fri 09.09.2016:
Reading v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)

Brighton & Hove Albion v Brentford (3pm)
Fulham v Birmingham City (3pm)
Leeds United v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Norwich City v Cardiff City (3pm)
Preston North End v Barnsley (3pm)
QPR v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Rotherham United v Bristol City (3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Wolves v Burton Albion (3pm)

Sun 11
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest (1.15pm)

QPR (a)

Newcastle's second away game in four days takes them to West London on Tuesday September 13th for a 7.45pm kick-off at Loftus Road.

The Magpies have been allocated 1,800 places. 

To follow

Where: Loftus Road W12 7PJ (18,360)
Nearest railway station: Shepherds Bush (1 mile)
Nearest tube station: White City (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 566 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow

QPR: Managing the R's is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while Les Ferdinand has the Director of Football role and James Perch remains on the playing staff.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Mags v R's @ the Bush - all-time:

2014/15 lost 1-2 Riviere
won 2-1 Ben Arfa (pen), Gouffran
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 1-0 Lovenkrands
1995/96 won 3-2 Ferdinand 2, Gillespie
1994/95 lost 0-3
1993/94 won 2-1 Clark, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-3
1987/88 drew 1-1 P.Jackson
1986/87 lost 1-2 Goddard
1985/86 lost 1-3 Gascoigne
1984/85 drew 5-5 Waddle 3, Wharton, McDonald
1982/83 lost 0-2
1981/82 lost 0-3
1980/81 won 2-1 Hibbitt, Boam
1979/80 lost 1-2 Ferguson
1977/78 won 1-0 Robinson
1976/77 won 2-1 Barrowclough, Nattrass
1975/76 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1975/76 lost 0-1
1975/76 won 3-1 Macdonald, Burns, Nulty (LC)
1974/75 won 2-1 Tudor, Burns
1974/75 won 4-0 Macdonald 3, Tudor (LC)
1973/74 lost 2-3 Moncur, McDermott
1968/69 drew 1-1 Foggon

Full record v QPR:


Upcoming Championship fixtures:

Tue 13.09.2016:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town (7.45pm)
Derby County v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)
Fulham v Burton Albion (7.45pm)
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers (7.45pm)
Norwich City v Wigan Athletic (7.45pm)
Preston North End v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City (7.45pm)
Wolves v Barnsley (7.45pm)
Reading v Birmingham City (8pm)

Wed 14.09.2016:
Aston Villa v Brentford (7.45pm)
Rotherham United v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

From NUFC:

"Newcastle United have written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates of its ticketing system are now complete.

"From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of their season ticket.

"The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details of how this payment will be made very shortly.

"Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total final saving of 10%.

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.

*NUFC have announced that their members only away ticket policy would be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 10.09.2016 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a)
@ iPro Stadium, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 3,200)

Mon 12.09.2016 Res v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 13.09.2016 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale now. Prices: £34 & £29 adults, £24 & £20 over-60s / 18-21s, £17 & 14 U18s. U8s free entry when bought with £29 adult seat. Allocation: 1,800 (approx 550 are restricted view and carry a slightly reduced price.) 

Sat 17.09.2016 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.09.2016 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now (online), Mon 05.09.2016 (by phone/in person).
Soccerbus service details online here

Mon 19.09.2016 Res v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 20.09.2016 Wolves (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. EFL Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 24.09.2016 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. ST holder sale now (50 points), 25 points from Fri 02.09.2016), 0 points Tue 06.09.2016. Member sale (if any) from Mon 12.09.2016 £35 adults, £30 U21s, over-65s, students, Armed Forces, £20 U18s and £15 for U8s. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 26.09.2016 Res v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Wed 28.09.2016 Norwich City (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sat 10.09.2016
Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sat 26.11.2016 - December and January selections will be announced on a date tbc in early October)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Third Round:

Tue 20.09.2016:
AFC Bournemouth v Preston North End
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Derby County v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Leicester City v Chelsea Sky
Newcastle United v Wolves
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Wed 21.09.2016:
Fulham v Bristol City
Northampton v Manchester United Sky
QPR v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Hull City
Spurs v Gillingham
Swansea City v Manchester City
West Ham v Accrington Stanley

Round dates:

w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

United declined an invitation to enter a team in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town v Heaton Stannington
Ashington v Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Metro line closures 2016:

Central Metro station will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday as follows:

03.09.2016 & 04.09.2016 (no NUFC game)
17.09.2016 & 18.09.2016 (Wolves h)
23.09.2016 & 24.09.2016 (Villa a)
01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 


International Magpies
National Service

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

African Cup of Nations Finals:
16 team tournament staged in Gabon between 14.01.2017 & 05.02.2017.

Final draw takes place on 19.10.2016

Qualified so far: Gabon, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea- Bissau, Zimbabwe, Mali.

(Names in bold denotes nations with current NUFC players eligible for selection)

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

What's this all about then? Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
31st August

Born Or Died:

1910 Harold Aubrey Heward born, Hetton-le-Hole. (1932-34)

Defender signed from Herrington Swifts who made his Magpies debut in a 0-4 loss at Huddersfield Town in February 1933.

Making all five of his Newcastle appearances within a three month period, Heward signed for Bradford Park Avenue in August 1934.

He later played for Hartlepools United (for whom he debuted on his 25th birthday),   and Yeovil & Petters United.

1954 Alan Kennedy born, Sunderland. (1971-78)

A member of United's beaten 1974 FA Cup Final side, who had made his senior team debut just over a year before in a home victory over Stoke City.

Also appearing in the 1976 League Cup final loss, left back Alan remained with United until the relegation season of 1977/78 before being sold to Liverpool for £330K.

And in over 350 first team games at Anfield, Alan picked up five league championships, four League Cups, three Charity Shields and two European Cups - scoring in both of the latter finals (one in the penalty shootout).

Moving on to his hometown club in 1985, Kennedy was in the mackem side famously beaten by Gillingham in the playoffs. 

Later spells followed at Husqvarna (Sweden), Beerschot (Belgium), Boldklubben 1903 (Denmark) Hartlepool, Northwich Victoria, Grantham Town, Wigan, Colne Dynamoes,  Wrexham, Morecambe, Netherfield and Radcliffe Borough.

Kennedy finally retired from playing at the age of 40 with Barrow, working in the media and as an after-dinner speaker thereafter.

1970 Nikodimos Papavasiliou born, Limassol, Cyprus. (1993-94)

Cypriot international midfielder who moved to Tyneside from OFI Crete for a £120,000 fee during July 1993, making his bow in a pre-season game at Hartlepool and netting a penalty at Berwick Rangers a week later.

"Nicky" debuted in United's Premiership season opener at home to Spurs and whose major contribution to our side was providing the pass for Andy Cole to equalise at Old Trafford in his third outing.

However his first team career in England would be over by late September 1993 - substituted during the home win over Sheffield Wednesday and replaced by Alex Mathie, who immediately netted.

Picking up an injury during a Magpies reserve game, Papavasiliou then had to complete his national service in Cyprus and belatedly made a £25,000 back to OFI in December 1994. 

Nicky later played for Apollon Limassol, Anorthosis Famagusta, Enosis Neon Paralimni and Olympiakos Nicosia - ending his playing days at APOEL Nicosia in 2003. 

Beginning his managerial career with APEP Pitsilia in 2006, two separate stints in charge of Olympiakos Nicosia followed - book-ending a spell at former club OFI Crete.  

2010 saw Nicky take over at Doxa Katokopia, moving on to Enosis Neon Paralimni, a third spell at Olympiakos Nicosia, Apollon Limassol and then Ermis Aradippou.

Leaving his native Cyprus in August 2015 to manage Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia, that lasted just less than a year before being shown the door. 

1983 Death of Jimmy Naylor, 81.

2013 Death of Jimmy Greenhalgh, 90.
Coach to Joe Harvey at SJP.

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1921 Everton (h) 
Division One 
Harris, Paton 2 

1925 Real Madrid (Spain) (h) 
MacKenzie 2, McDonald, Curry, Urwin, 
Clark, Cowan
Having travelled to Madrid in May 1924 to play in a friendly, United hosted the opening game of Real's European tour. The Spanish side then moved on to play Birmingham City (losing 0-3) and Spurs (losting 2-4) before games in Lille, Copenhagen and Paris.  

1929 Manchester United (h) 4-1 (1-0)
Division One 
Gallacher 3, McDonald
Debut for Duncan Hutchison aka "Hurricane Hutch", who was held in such esteem by fans of his former club Dundee United that a party of them travelled from Tayside to cheer him on in his first game.

1932 Middlesbrough (h) 
Division One 
Lang, McMenemy 2, Allen, Weaver(pen) 
Debut for Jimmy Murray.

1935 Bradford (h) 
Division Two 
Cairns, McMenemy, Pearson 
Lewis 2, Nolan

1936 West Ham United (a) 
Division Two 
McMenemy, Pearson 

1938 Luton Town (a) 
Division Two 
Stephenson, Nelson

1940 Bradford Park Avenue (h)

Shackleton, Miller

1946 Millwall (a) 
Division Two 
Bentley 2, Milburn, Stubbins 
Domestic football resumed after World War Two, with the 1939/40 fixture list that had been suspended in September 1939 used once again.

1949 Everton (h)
Division One 
Milburn, Mitchell, G.Robledo, Walker 

1955 Birmingham City (a) 
Division One 
Brown, Murphy, Warhurst 


1957 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3-1 (2-0)
Division One 
Eastham, Keeble, R.Mitchell 
The first home game of a traumatic season when relegation was narrowly avoided. In one of only six league victories at home all season, inside right Jimmy Hill made his debut.

Spurs gave a debut to future Magpie Jim Iley, following his arrival from Sheffield United.

1960 Fulham (a) 
Division One 
Allchurch, Hughes, Woods
Key 2, Hayes 2 

A week after beating them 7-2 at SJP, the Cottagers gained revenge on the banks of the Thames.

Inside right Charlie Woods netted for United on his Magpies debut.

1963 Plymouth Argyle (a) 
Division Two 
Taylor, Thomas 3 
O'Neill 2, McAnearney
Having missed the opening two games of the season, Barrie Thomas returned to plunder his second hat trick in Newcastle colours.

1966 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
1968 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
United hero was goalkeeper Willie McFaul, who saved a Colin Suggett penalty.
1974 West Ham United (h) 2-0
Division One 
Tudor(5), Macdonald(25)
Terry McDermott blazed a penalty wide after Tommy Taylor had handled on the line.
1977 Millwall (h)
League Cup 2nd Round

Seasman(5), Pearson(74)

1985 Queens Park Rangers (h) 
Division One 
Beardsley(63), Reilly(62), McDonald(21)

1991 Bristol Rovers (a)
Division Two 
O'Brien(44), Quinn(54)
Just as it seemed an inspired first half display from United would go unrewarded, Liam O'Brien hit a dipping shot from 25 yards that eluded Pirates 'keeper Brian Parkin.

Winger Franz Carr was in inspired form at Bath's Twerton Park and Rovers were reduced to switching full backs in an attempt to get anywhere near him. Mick Quinn added a deserved second after the break and more could have followed.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Ipswich Town (a) 
Premier League 
United boss Kevin Keegan remonstrated with home fans after they banged their fists on the roof of the United dugout Following Town's equaliser.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 West Ham United (a) 3-1 (2-0)
Premier League 
og(Potts)(32), Lee(35), Mathie(90)
An own goal from Steve Potts at a three-sided Upton Park set United on their way to a comfortable win, despite Tyneside-born Don Hutchison scoring from the penalty spot on his Hammers debut.
Youtube footage is online here

1997 Newcastle's game at Anfield was called off while the nation was called up to mourn the death of the future King's ex-wife. 

Exactly why postponing a football match would ease the pain of the grieving masses was never really explained, but David Mellor was later revealed as having made the decision, in his capacity as Football Task Force chief. 

Going to a football match was possibly the best thing to do on a day like that - the telly was rubbish.... PS: rugby union fixtures were staged, including one featuring Will Carling.

2000 Full back Olivier Bernard joined United from Lyon. Following close on the departure of his countrymen, David Terrier and Lionel Perez, his arrival was greeted with something short of wild enthusiasm.

2004 Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United for somewhere around the £30m mark on transfer deadline day. Following Jonathan Woodgate's transfer to Real Madrid this left our Chairman's statement a few days earlier sounding a little hollow:

"Our recent record shows we can be trusted to deliver quality players. I'm not going to say too much at this stage but I think the fans will be pleasantly surprised at what results from the Woodgate deal."

"We didn't go into the Woodgate transfer without a long-term plan. All will be revealed soon."

Unless of course, he was referring to the Owen deal a year later....

2005 Michael Owen was paraded in front of 15,000 fans at SJP as a truly remarkable signing was celebrated by everyone associated with the club. Little did we know what lay ahead....

Quote of the day: "When it came down to Real Madrid or Newcastle there was no question in my mind."

The same day saw Nobby Solano return from Aston Villa, James Milner going the other way on loan. The day's other major transfer saw Jermaine Jenas join Spurs for £7m.

2006 Newcastle completed the deadline day capture of Antoine Sibierski from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

French-born midfielder/striker Sibierski was in the final year of his current contract with City and signed a one year deal.

2009 Leicester City (h)
A thunderbolt from Danny Guthrie put United two points clear at the top of the Championship table after a fourth successive victory and clean sheet.

Eyebrows were raised by the non-appearance of central defender Fabricio Coloccini in the squad, but it was confirmed that Argentina had invoked the five day rule ahead of their game against Brazil. match report

Newcastle reserves began their season with a 3-1 victory on wearyside in a match that they dominated, despite playing for almost an hour with just ten men.

Making his competitive debut for the Magpies was Sol Campbell, while what was a vaguely bonkers night included a straight red card for Xisco and goals from Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor. match report

2011 Seven months to the day after the sale of Andy Carroll, Newcastle failed to sign a replacement centre forward as the transfer window closed.

Back in January, the excuse had been they ran out of time and couldn't spend Liverpool's money. Fast forward to August and despite having earmarked a host of potential striking targets, we mysteriously failed to "get over the line" with any of them - or jettison any of the forwards on the books.

The transfer window closed with no activity s Newcastle managing to retain their existing squad but failing to add any further reinforcements since the acquisition of Vurnon Anita some weeks earlier.

With Europa League group games already assured, United's thin squad was going to be put to the test....

2013 Fulham (h)
Premier League
Ben Arfa(86)
Over seven hours since last scoring a home goal, things looked bleak with less than five minutes to go at SJP.

At that point Hatem Ben Arfa stepped into the Fulham area for the umpteenth time in the game, but for once resisted the temptation to try and dribble through the defence and instead cut infield to loop a shot that flew past 'keeper David Stockdale in the Gallowgate End goal. match report