Fri 27.05.2016 Australia won 2-1
The winger was among the substitutes at the stadium of plight for this
friendly and arrived as a 76th minute substitute with the scoring completed.
Townsend's eleventh senior England cap was his first as a Newcastle player,
while old boys Fraser Forster and James Milner also featured.
The Socceroos named ex-Magpie reserve Brad Inman in their squad, but he didn't
get off the bench. Our current Aussie Curtis Good wasn't fit enough to be
considered for selection.
Sun 22.05.2016 Turkey won 2-1
Andros was an unused sub at the Etihad Stadium.
Fri 27.05.2016 Ireland (a) Dublin FR drew 1-1
Gini was named in the Dutch XI at the Aviva Stadium and completed 82 minutes.
His replacement was our former loan flop Luuk De Jong, who took just three
minutes to equalise when offered a free header.
Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic
Wed 25.05.2016 Cyprus (h) won 2-1
Mitro scored after just two minutes and played the first 45 minutes of a
friendly match in Uzice.
Watch Mitro's goal
online here (youtube)
ST price cut
Newcastle United have confirmed that all season ticket prices for the 2016/17
season at St. James' Park will be reduced by ten per cent across the board.
The Club announced in February that it had reduced all junior season ticket
prices for next season by up to 54 per cent, as well as freezing adult season
Following relegation to the Championship and confirmation that manager Rafa
Benitez will remain at Newcastle United, a new ten per cent discount has now
been applied to reward supporters' loyalty.
Supporters on long-term price deals will receive a ten per cent reduction on
the prices sent to them in February and will receive refunds or reductions in
their monthly payments.
Lee Charnley, managing director at Newcastle United, said:
"With our future under Rafa now secured, we are delighted to announce
price reductions across the board for all supporters.
"Your loyalty through these challenging times has been magnificent and it
is right that we now reward you with savings for our 2016/17 Championship
The Club will now be writing to season ticket holders in the coming days and
weeks, detailing new prices and the process of how refunds and/or reductions
will be managed.
For supporters wanting to purchase a one-year season ticket:
For example, an adult in our category 2 seating, you'll be paying £520 for
your season ticket instead of £578 in 2015/16. Combined with the additional
four games, this brings the per-game price down from £30 to under £23.
Prices in the Family Area are £68 for under-18s and £329 for adults. This
means a per-game price of £3 for under-18s and just over £14 for adults.
Juniors across the board will see significant reductions from their 2015/16
Fans with an existing one-season, half-season and five-game season ticket will
be able to renew online, over the phone or via our Matchday Box Office from
Tuesday (31st May).
We will make applications forms and monthly direct debit forms available
online from Monday, 6th June.
In the meantime, all seats which were occupied during the 2015/16 season will
be reserved until Friday, 1st July to enable season ticket holders to keep
If the Club has not heard from 2015/16 season ticket holders by Wednesday,
15th June, a prompt will be issued giving all the information needed to renew.
Existing hospitality customers will also benefit from a ten per cent discount
and the Club will be in contact shortly to confirm new prices.
Rams appoint old boy
Championship side Derby County have confirmed the arrival of Nigel
Pearson as their new first team manager, succeeding interim boss Darren
Former Magpies coach Pearson has been out of the game since being relieved of
his managerial post at Leicester City in June 2015.
The Rams were one of several Championship clubs with a vacancy; Aston Villa,
Blackburn, Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Reading and Rotherham United also
currently looking for a new messiah.
From NUFC, Friday:
Newcastle United will travel to
Ireland in July for a week-long pre-season training camp.
The Magpies will be based in County Kildare from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th
July, where they will step up their preparations for the 2016/17 Skybet
At this time there will be no fixtures during the training camp, however the
Club are in the advanced stages of finalising a number of friendlies for
elsewhere in the pre-season campaign.
United prepared for the
2009/10 Championship season by training at Carton House in Maynooth, County
Kildare before facing Shamrock Rovers in Dublin.
When they returned to Carton House for pre-season in 2010 however, no games in
Ireland were scheduled.
Belgium for Benitez?
outlets in Belgium claim that Newcastle are to face Sporting Lokeren at
their Daknam Stadium as part of our pre-season preparations.
The game is claimed to be set for Saturday July 23rd with a kickoff of 5pm
local time - although there's no confirmation of the fixture from either club
United previously visited Lokeren for an Intertoto Cup tie back in July 2001,
running out 4-0 winners before beating the Belgians 1-0 on Tyneside a week
Sporting remain in the top flight of Belgian football and finished eleventh
last season. Their current manager Georges Leekens was in charge of Club Brugge
the last time we visited Belgium, in November 2012.
No strangers to the venue are our trio of ex Belgian League players Cheick
Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic all having played there - Mitro
netting for Anderlecht in his last two visits.
News of possible pre-season opponents from the Chronicle includes visits to Premier League new boys Burnley
and League Two-bound Doncaster Rovers.
A home game against a team tbc leading up to the opening weekend of the Championship season
on August 6th has also been mentioned.
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Having opted not to debut next season's ensemble in the final game of last
season, official confirmation of what kit design Puma will provide Newcastle
with for their seventh season as official supplier is awaited.
These claimed designs are currently circulating online however, via the usual
kits online (including close ups)
Owls & Tigers,
Lions & Tykes
The composition of next season's Championship will be finalised this weekend,
when Wembley Stadium hosts playoff finals on both Saturday and Sunday.
Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City face off at 5pm on Saturday for a place in the Premier League, with the losers
remaining in the second
And the following day sees Millwall and Barnsley do battle at
the National Stadium in a 3pm kickoff, with the winner ascending to the second tier.
The conclusion of both ties will see the identity of all 24 teams in the
second tier finalised as follows:
||Barnsley or Millwall
|Hull City or Sheff Weds
|Preston North End
We'll be doing a daily preview of all 23 opponents on NUFC.com starting on
Local crime author and toon fan Howard Linskey has penned a
new book featuring characters introduced in his successful 2015 release, "No
Set in the North East during the 1990s, "Behind Dead Eyes" contains
a mix of corpses, conspiracies and criminals familiar to readers of his
Thanks to publishers Penguin we have signed copies of "Behind Dead
Eyes" to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, just
identify this 1990's Magpie:
your answer to email@example.com
(subject: Eyes). Closing date is Wed June 1st @ Noon - one entry per
person please - UK addresses only please.
PS: Howard will be signing books at Waterstones in Newcastle on
Saturday June 4th from 1pm-2pm.
Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic
Tue 31.05.2016 Israel (h) Novi Sad FR
Sun 05.06.2016 Russia (n) Monte Carlo FR
DR Congo: Chancel Mbemba
Thu 02.06.2016 Madagascar (a) Antananarivo ACNQ
Thu 02.06.2016 Portugal (Wembley) FR
France: Moussa Sissoko
Mon 30.05.2016 Cameroon (h) Nantes FR
Sat 04.06.2016 Scotland (h) Metz FR
Wales: Paul Dummett
Sun 05.06.2016 Sweden (a) Stockholm FR
Wed 01.06.2016 Poland (a) Gdansk FR
Sat 04.06.2016 Austria (a) Vienna FR
Slovakia U21s: Lubo Satka
Wed 01.06.2016 Ukraine (h) Poprad FR
Sun 05.06.2016 England C (a) Sutton FR
England U19s: Freddie
Sat 04.06.2016 Mexico (a) Mexico City FR
Mon 06.06.2016 Mexico (a) Mexico City FR
Ex-Magpie player involvement in Euro 2016:
England: Fraser Forster, James Milner
France: Yohan Cabaye
Hungary: Tamas Kadar
Ireland: Shay Given
Northern Ireland: Shane Ferguson, Aaron Hughes
(Patrick van Aanholt and Luuk De Jong are also in the Dutch selection for their friendly
On the anniversary of his Champions League Final victory with Liverpool, Rafa
Benitez has confirmed that he'll ignore the relegation break clause in his
Newcastle contract and remain at Gallowgate to honour the three year deal
agreed in March.
The 56 year-old Spaniard returned to Tyneside from his home on the Wirral on
Wednesday and was then unveiled (again) in a press conference at SJP.
That was open to all of the media, in contrast to the "preferred partners only" farce that Steve
McClaren endured upon his introduction almost a year ago.
"The first thing was for me is the fans, the stature of the Club and
the future. So I have seen all of these things together.
"I said in my press conference that I came here because of that and I
could see these things every day and especially the last game.
"There were a lot of positive things here from day one. Also my family is
in England and I wanted to stay here, so everything together means that I'm
really pleased and happy to be here.
"From day one, my relationship with Lee Charnley has been really good.
I'm very pleased working with him.
"When I was asking for something they were trying to give me what I
wanted and in this case when we were talking about the future they were quite
"The main thing for me is that I have assurances that we will have a
strong team - a winning team. If I am here again, I would say it's because I
am convinced we can go up next season.
"My family also told me - Rafa you have to stay.
"I needed a new challenge and a new project. I can see the possibilities
and the size of the club. It's massive....and I want to be part of that.
"I am convinced we can go up next season, we can stay for a long time in
the Premier League and win trophies.
"If I don't want to sell any players I don't need to sell any players. We have to start working - when I finish this press conference, I will
"The fans have been a major factor in my decision."
When asked about Chief Scout Graham Carr (who had reportedly met with
Benitez earlier in the day):
“What I have is the
conviction that I can tell the fans that they don’t need to be worried about
“We will try to bring the best players
possible, and we will try to have a very strong squad. I will take responsibility if we need to do it.
“I have had different meetings with
different people, and I am quite happy. We will work hard and improve the team
as much as we want.
“I don’t have any problem (with
“I don’t want to talk about that,
because it is the first Press conference, but you will see that we can work
hard and we can improve the team and it will not be a problem.”
(As is often
the case, quotes come from various sources including the separate press
conferences staged for TV and newspapers).
Club statement, Wednesday:
Newcastle United are delighted
to confirm that Rafa Benitez will remain as Newcastle United manager, after
signing a new initial three-year contract.
On Wednesday afternoon the Spaniard put pen to paper on the deal which will
keep him on Tyneside until at least the summer of 2019.
Benitez will have day-to-day responsibility for all
football-related matters at the club.
The 56-year-old joined the Magpies in March, taking charge of the team for the
final ten games of the 2015/16 season.
Despite the club's eventual relegation, he led United to three victories and a
six-game unbeaten run, which culminated in a comprehensive 5-1 victory over
Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season.
Benitez said: "I am extremely pleased
to be staying at Newcastle United.
"The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my
decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.
"This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can
see for Newcastle United."
Managing director Lee Charnley added: "When we brought Rafa to the club
in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from
him since has only served to reinforce that.
"We are therefore delighted to have secured his services for the next
three years and I believe with Rafa as manager it gives us the best possible
chance of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and
delivering success for this football club beyond that.
"It is clear that Rafa has connected deeply with the club's supporters
and we do not underestimate the role they have played in his decision to stay.
"He has captured the hearts and minds not just of the fans, but of
everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him at the club thus far.
"As a world-class manager we had no doubt in our minds as to the
importance of retaining him at Newcastle United."
A further announcement regarding Benitez's coaching staff will be made in due
All we can do is repeat part of our Spurs (h) waffle, which sums up things
nicely from our perspective:
If the price of keeping Benitez is relegation, then that certainly seems like
one that's worth paying for the long-suffering followers of this club, who
finally see something that they can believe in and have responded accordingly.
Include us in that.
Comparing this situation to Kevin Keegan's time in charge at the club is
valid, but rather than his first arrival as manager, our mind turns to the
Swindon home game and his "not like the brochure" line.
An upturn came after the manager asserted his position and stared down the
board - hopefully it's that element to be repeated this time.
will be televised
Almost as momentous as the Benitez news was a rare TV appearance
made by club MD Lee Charnley - for anyone who has never heard him speak
before, he hails from the Lancashire coast originally.
it online here (club website)
Charnley made other comments to the club
website that the Shields Gazette have helpfully transcribed:
ON HOW DELIGHTED HE IS THAT BENITEZ IS
"I’m absolutely delighted that Rafa
has committed to being the manager of Newcastle United. It’s taken us a
period of time, obviously, to get there. We’ve had a lot of talks and
discussions but we’ve reached a point where we are both very, very happy,
very pleased to move forward and I’m delighted to secure one of what I
believe is the best managers in world.
"I think it’s something clearly our fans will delighted to hear, the
staff, the players, but also the city.
WHAT MESSAGE DOES THIS SEND OUT?
"I’m not necessarily concerned
about what message it sends out to the footballing world but the message it
sends to our supporters is that we’ve done everything we can to bring the
individual here who we think gives us the best possible chance of suvccess.
ON WHAT HE AND MIKE ASHLEY DID TO PERSUADE
BENITEZ TO STAY
"I don’t think it’s a case of the
conversations that have taken place over the last one or two weeks, I think it
goes back to the conversations that were first had prior to him joining the
club, the regular dialogue I’ve had with him.
"I enjoy a very good relationship with him and I believe the relationship
will go from strength to strength. I believe it’s the efforts of all the
staff in all areas of the business, giving their all to him and his staff
members who came in and I think it’s against that backdrop the conversations
we had at the end of the season when unfortunately we were relegated.
"I think he understands where this club wants to be and he appreciates
our desire is to get out of the Championship as quickly as we possible can. We
accept it’s not going to be easy but our desire is to get out of the
division as quickly as we possibly can and then build this club.
ON WORKING WITH BENITEZ
"He’s been everything I expected
and if truth be told, more. When he was first identified as an individual we
would like to try and bring in it was very clear from the outset this was a
manager of the absolute highest calibre, one of the best managers in the
"Everything that I’ve seen from him – from his backroom staff who
have also been absolutely fantastic, what the other staff members who have
worked with him (have said), the views of the players – it’s absolutely
clear that we have here one of the best managers in the world.
HOW MUCH FINANCIAL BACKING WILL BENITEZ
"Where we are is that our job is to
work together to ensure that we have a team and a squad that when the season
kicks off at the beginning of August we have given ourselves the best possible
chance of getting back into the Premier League at the first opportunity.
"I think his track record as manager,
what he’s achieved prior to coming to Newcastle United, the conversations I
had before he came here and the conversations and relationship we have
developed since he came here, I’m in no doubt this is an individual who can
take us back to where we want to be.
ON THE ROLE OF THE FANS
"I think the way the supporters have
taken to Rafa has been absolutely fantastic. It’s clear that they’ve taken
him to their hearts and obviously that played a factor in us wanting to keep
"Certainly we don’t underestimate the role the supporters have played
in trying to persuade Rafa that this was the best place for him.
"Rafa will have had a number of other options but I think a combination
of the love he feels from the supporters, the relationship he has with people
in the club, the support he knows he will get within the club, from within the
city, I think together with the supporters behind us it gives us the best
possible chance of achieving what we want to achieve.
ON NEW TICKET PRICES
"What we will be coming out with in
the coming days is some pricing for season tickets and corporate hospitality
packages for next season.
"What we’ve tried to do with those prices is reward our most loyal
supporters and what we want is a full, loud and vibrant St James’s Park.
Rafa's youth policy
While the reaction of a 50,000+ crowd at Gallowgate on the final day of
the season has been credited with swaying Rafa Benitez, the support from 2,650
Toon followers at Liverpool played a significant role, as reported by The
In the queues to the turnstiles and inside
the stadium, the song of Rafa Benitez, to the tune of La Bamba, was being
repeated over and over. Two girls walked through the crowds to get to the main
entrance to the main stand of Anfield; Claudia and Agata Benitez.
In a second half fightback, Newcastle
would score twice and earn a 2-2 draw. The songs did not stop.
Later that night, back at the family home
in the Wirral that Benitez’s family did not leave when he went to either
Napoli or Real Madrid, the two girls spoke to their father.
“Dad, you cannot leave these people,” they told him. “They love you. You
have to stay."
piece online here
Having signed defender Gideon Adu-Peprah following his release from
Manchester City's Academy in 2015, Newcastle have acquired another youngster
from the same source ahead of next season.
The player in question is 16 year-old defensive midfielder Mace Goodridge,
who also played as a trialist for Leicester City last season.
Goodridge is one of 12 full-time scholars who have joined United's youth set
up, with only Goodridge coming from outside the North East region.
New challenge for Daz
There's a new DJ at Stark's Park, with incoming Raith Rovers
manager Gary Locke appointing former Magpie Darren Jackson as his
second in command.
49 year-old Jackson has been out of a job since leaving his post as Dundee
United assistant boss in September 2015.
boys with new clubs:
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Former Magpies released this close season:
Craig Baxter (Gateshead)
Sylvain Distin (Bournemouth)
Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United)
Jose Enrique (Liverpool)
James Marwood (Gateshead)
Matty Pattison (Gateshead)
Peter Ramage (Coventry City)
Jonathan Woodgate (smoggies)
Steel City date for
Newcastle are to compete in the U16 section of this year's Youdan Trophy -
an annual youth tournament staged in the city of Sheffield.
The Magpies will face Charlton Athletic, Seattle Sounders from
the USA and Zimbabwe's Friendly Academy in the group stage of the
sixteen team event staged between August 1st and 5th.
U16 games will be 30 minutes each way.