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Ticket news:
Leicester City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
West Brom (h) Public sale now (online)
QPR (a) ST holder sale now (25 points)

Premier League:
Going down the Swanee

Newcastle  2  Swansea City 

Newcastle sit just five points above the relegation zone, having played one game more than half of the teams below them, after Swansea City made it seven defeats in a row for a side that is rapidly sinking into quicksand.

Not since the player-led rebellion of the 1977/78 season has a Magpies side recorded a septet of league losses, as the hitherto inconceivable threat of a second relegation in just seven seasons now seems only too real.

Fifteen games in 2015 have seen United register just nine points from a possible 45, a ten point lead over the third bottom side now halved and having played a game more. Rated at 100/1 to go down earlier this month, that's now dropped down to 18/1.

And how many of this current setup deserve to be representing us next season, regardless of the division we find ourselves in? Not many on recent evidence.

Richard Dinnis and Bill McGarry were the men who failed to save the sinking ship when United were relegated back in 1978 and John Carver is the one desperately trying to rearrange the deckchairs this time round.

To date though he's found himself hamstrung by a set of players firmly in a losing habit, ruining their reputations with a series of disorderly and meek displays. 

The visitors came north after an ear-bashing from their manager following a careless defeat at Leicester on their last outing and weren't much better, taking almost 45 minutes before realising how poor their hosts were.

This latest submission was all the more worrying in that Ayoze Perez had given his side a 20th minute lead to cap a positive start for a side showing two changes: Jonas Gutierrez and Emmanuel Riviere included at the expense of Mehdi Abeid and Yoan Gouffran.

Remy Cabella's clever pass sent Riviere charged down the left and although his right-footed cross wasn't the best, Perez took advantage of Jordi Amat's poor clearance and slotted the ball into the Leazes net.

Riviere almost doubled the lead just before the break when he headed powerfully from 18 yards but Lukasz Fabianski was able to tip the ball around the post.

But some awful defending from crosses allowed Swansea back into the contest in first half added time when Nelson Oliveira was able to head home Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner.

Worse was to follow in a desperate second period that saw the visitors carve open the home defence and score twice more through Sigurdsson and Jack Cork.

The first came just four minutes after the restart and saw the Icelandic international profit after Krul's clearance was helped on by Jack Colback but only found Shelvey.

The Swansea lynchpin who was much coveted by Alan Pardew during his time at SJP won a tackle and set Jefferson Montero away down the left hand channel. 

With Daryl Janmaat out of position, his low cross bisected Taylor and Williamson, reaching Siggurdsson as he ran away from Gutierrez and giving him a routine finish. 

Cork was then able to walk the ball home with 20 minutes remaining after more soft shoe shuffling from home defenders to confirm Swansea's third consecutive victory on Tyneside and send more spectators to the exits.

A late volley from substitute Siem de Jong from Jack Colback's cross gave United hope of what would have been an undeserved comeback, belatedly prompting those present to rediscover their voices. 

It was all in vain though, Fabianski barely tested and the game ending with Tim Krul up for a corner and attempting to punch the ball in. Almost predictably though, he failed to make any connection...

Another eerily quiet crowd witnessed this latest demise - our fourth successive home defeat - but protests inside the ground were largely limited to 60 seconds in the first half, at least until turning a 1-0 advantage into a 1-2 deficit prompted spontaneous renditions of "get out of our club" and "we're sh*t and we're sick of it."

Saturday's trip to Leicester - who were relegated as spectacularly as Newcastle in 1978 - is now absolutely crucial to our future, but a Foxes side out of the bottom three thanks to four successive wins will doubtless approach their task with relish and confidence.

Unlike the abysmal FA Cup display a few months ago when Carver took over from Alan Pardew, defeat at the King Power Stadium simply isn't an option. If the lack of belief in the stands is mirrored in the dressing room though, we may as well not bother turning up.

Blame can rightly be directed at the owner, his staff, the head scout and the coaches, but ultimately those on the field have to be accountable and are collectively failing in their duty. 

Never mind last year's prolonged dip in form, echoes of 2009 are becoming more and more evident; Michael Owen's assertion that we won't win another point more realistic by the game. And when it comes to recognising gutless quitters, there's few better qualified than him.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat (Abeid 61), Williamson, Coloccini, Colback, Anita, Ryan Taylor, Perez, Cabella (De Jong 74), Gutierrez, Riviere (Armstrong 74).
Subs n/u: Gouffran, Obertan, Ameobi, Woodman.

Booked: Anita.

Goals: Perez 20, De Jong 87.

SCFC: Fabianski, Amat, Williams, Rangel, Montero (Grimes 69), Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson (Emnes 81), Dyer, Nelson Oliveira (Ki 72), Fernandez.
Subs n/u: Britton, Tremmel, Bartley, Fulton.

Booked: Amat, Emnes.

Goals: Oliveira 45+2, Sigurdsson 49, Cork 71.

Crowd: 46,884 including around 1,200 away supporters, who gleefully chanted "we love our Chairman." Owner Mike Ashley was absent for the second week running.

The lowest reported home crowd of the season was also the smallest Premier League gathering here since 46,402 witnessed a 1-0 victory over Fulham in August 2013.

A reduction of 543 from the official attendance for the Spurs game was more than compensated for by the opposition following that was some 1,600 fewer. 

That saw the club put Leazes L7 places on sale for £20 (£10 bairns) but that didn't tempt many, meaning that there were several unused sections on that level.

Looking around the stadium, pockets of empty seats were smaller in number in the lower sections than last week - our estimate of the numbers present around 43,000. 

In our experience, that's not all down to the current fan boycott calls, but rather evidence that some season ticket holders are picking and choosing their games and not attending those that are on UK live TV.

A week on from the Spurs boycott, protestors were urged to attend and display their disapproval, with red cards distributed on the approaches to the ground to be raised on 34 minutes in a "standing novation" - a reference to the alleged £34m cash surplus banked. 

Along with all other PL and FL matches, a minute's silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the May 1985 Bradford City fire victims.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick - second NUFC appointment this season, following on from the 2-2 home draw with Hull City back in September. It was also his first Premier League game after sending off the wrong West Bromwich Albion player at Manchester City.

John Carver said after the game:


"I thought we started the game quite well in a different formation. We played some good football and could have come in at half-time two-nil up.

“I felt we were in control of the game, but my one worry was set-plays because that is our achilles heel, and they scored from a corner.

“We then conceded an early goal in the second half, which drained our confidence.

“It’s disappointing, but I can’t really fault my players’ effort. We’ve got four massive games now and we’ll keep fighting.

"It was a huge disappointment, a huge disappointment - but we are not ready to quit, not ready to pack in, not ready to thrown in the towel. That is very important, and that applies to me and the rest of my staff.

"Yes, I am getting stick from the crowd* and I can take all that. I'll take that on the chin, I'll explain to people why I do things, I don't have a problem with that. 

"If anybody wants to talk me about it, I will talk to them about it. But I won't give up on it and I will fight to the end.

"I have got to try and make those guys feel 10 foot tall, as much as I can. Sometimes it is quite difficult, but it is my job and my responsibility to try and pick them up and do that."

*newspaper reports of the game included claims from two fans in the Milburn Stand that they'd been verbally abused by Carver after comments were aimed at him.

Carver acknowledged the incidents, but denied that he'd sworn or acted aggressively. That's in contrast to similar events at Southampton in September, when he admitted that he'd "responded inappropriately" to fan abuse and subsequently received a club fine.

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Carver in charge: Played 16, Lost 11, Drawn 3, Won 2 (scored 14, conceded 30)

With two home games remaining this season we've won six, drawn four and lost seven at SJP. Managing four clean sheets, the 23 goals we've scored come across fourteen games (ie we failed to score in three games).

That total of 23 matches last season's final home haul and is one more than the lowest tally in the Premier League of 22 (1997/98 and 2006/07).

Home goals (2
Cisse, 4 Colback, 3 Sissoko, Perez, 1 Aarons,
De Jong,
Janmaat, Gouffran, Obertan, S.Taylor, Williamson.

Ayoze Perez collected his sixth club goal of the season and his first of 2015 after a fourteen game barren spell.

Siem De Jong scored his first Newcastle goal, becoming the 120th Magpie to do so in the Premier League. 

It came in his third appearance in that competition after 112 minutes on the field - brother Luuk failed to get off the mark in his dozen outings, totaling 671 minutes.

De Jong came the fourth Dutch international to find the net during a Premier League game in our colours, after Patrick Kluivert, Vurnon Anita and Daryl Janmaat.

He also became the second Swiss-born player to score for the club following on from Marc Hottiger. 

Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2014/15 lost 2-3 Perez, de Jong
2013/14 lost 1-2 Sh.Ameobi
2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)

Latest Premier League results/fixture:

Sat 25.04.2015:
Southampton 2-2 Spurs
Burnley 0-1 Leicester City
Crystal Palace 0-2 Hull City
QPR 0-0 West Ham
Stoke City 1-1 mackems
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Liverpool
Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa

Sun 26.04.2015:

Everton 3-0 Manchester United
Arsenal v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

Premier League - bottom ten:


Pos Team Pld GD Pts
11 West Ham  34  44
12 Crystal Palace  34  -5  42
13 West Brom  34  -14  37
14 Newcastle  34  -21  35
15 Aston Villa  34  -22  32
16 Hull City 33  -14  31
17 Leicester City 33  -16  31
18 mackems  33  -23  30
19 QPR  34  -21  27
20 Burnley  34  -26  26


Sports Direct in 
the spotlight

Dispatches: "Secrets of Sports Direct", Channel 4, Monday 8pm.

Telegraph article

The Borrowers:
Discarded duo on target

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
ux started and scored his first domestic goal of the season in a 2-0 win at Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday. 

The midfielder struck i
n the 66th minute but was subbed five minutes later. His only previous strikes for Guingamp were a brace in a Europa League tie last October.

Guingamp's season runs until May 22nd and they host Reims this coming Saturday.

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Vuckic scored again, his ninth of the season helping Rangers salvage a point against Falkirk at Ibrox on Saturday coming from two goals down.

They travel to champions Hearts next Saturday having now secured a playoff spot, beginning on May 6th.

Monday had seen Rangers U20s win 1-0 at Celtic, with Mbabu and Ferguson both in the starting XI. Kevin completed the full 90 while Ferguson played for 66 minutes - his first action since September 2014.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Darlow and Lascelles both played the full game as Forest lost 1-2 at Ipswich Town on Saturday. Their final game for the club comes at home to Cardiff City on Saturday. 

Local interest:
Senior Cup on Monday

The final of this season's Northumberland Senior Cup takes place at St.James' Park on Monday, when 2014's beaten finalists Blyth Spartans face a Morpeth Town side that eliminated Newcastle in the semi-final stage.

Kickoff is at 7.30pm and entry can be gained by paying at East Stand turnstiles, £6 adults and £3 concessions. 

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes then 30 minutes of extra time will be played and if no result has been achieved, the tie will be decided on penalties.

Northern League Morpeth stand between Blyth and what would be their first county cup success since 1994, with the Croft Park side beaten finalists no less than ten times over the last two decades.

Blyth's former Magpie Michael Richardson will be looking to increase his medal haul in this competition, after success with Newcastle in 2011, 2012 and 2014. 

Morpeth's former Newcastle reserve midfielder Ben Sayer meanwhile has scored five times in his last four outings - supplying assists for six other goals during that run. 

Saturday's 1-2 home loss to Marine ended Blyth's chance of making the Northern Premier League playoffs - although had they succeeded, then they'd have been in action again just 24 hours after the Senior Cup Final. 

Reserves on the road

Having belatedly recorded their first competitive victory of 2015 at Aston Villa last week, Newcastle's U21 side are on the road again this coming Tuesday afternoon.

Peter Beardsley's side face their Derby County counterparts at Rams' Oakwood Training Centre in a 3pm kickoff. Note that this game was previously advertised as being played at both Pride Park (aka iPro Stadium) and Alfreton Town's North Street (aka Impact Arena). 

Since winning 2-0 at St. James' Park earlier this month, the Rams have lost 0-1 at home to both Reading and Blackburn Rovers.

McClaren: I turned Newcastle down


Hours after giving "political" answers to media questions about his future, Derby County boss Steve McClaren appeared at a fan Q & A event (pictured above) on Thursday along with Rams Chief Executive Sam Rush.

Repeating many of his earlier answers, McClaren also made a new claim, that he turned down the job of Newcastle United manager in January, following the departure of Alan Pardew.

When quizzed about NUFC earlier in the day, McClaren had said only "that there was an interest in December and January. We talked about that (in press conferences) and in the end they didn't have a manager then." 

There was no mention of the job offer at that stage and press interviews from back in January include quotes calling interest from NUFC "pure speculation" and that "I've heard nothing" about a job offer from SJP.

PS: press enquiries to DCFC following McClaren's comment at the Q & A prompted a further denial that there had ever been any approach for their manager from NUFC.

Loan move curtailed:
Armstrong misses out 
on Trees/Trotters move


Latest quotes from John Carver:

"It’s very difficult, people want Adam Armstrong to play and it’s a difficult situation for Adam because he’s a young player developing.

"We had a situation with Adam Campbell+ not so long ago, where he got fast-tracked and he got thrown in and everybody thought he was going to be the next Franco Zola, or whatever, and he wasn’t.

"It affected him. I don’t want the same thing happening to Adam Armstrong.

"What Adam needs at this football club is to be out on loan – playing in the Championship or in League One for a good season – and we almost let him do that until Papiss
(Cisse) got suspended.

"He was on his way to Bolton or Forest. He needs a good season out on loan, in the Championship, banging in goals, as part of his development.

"But because of the circumstances* we’ve had to keep hold of him, keep him in the squad, and use him sparingly."

* as well as Cisse's stupidity, those circumstances include: Siem De Jong's collapsed lung, Emmanuel Riviere's lack of quality and Facundo Ferreyra's inability to get match fit.  

+ regarding Adam Campbell, five substitute appearances totaling 54 minutes over ten months hardly counts as being fast-tracked. 

By contrast, Armstrong has already racked up 17 outings since his debut in March 2014 and should have been loaned out last August - after featuring in seven first team pre-season fixtures.

Instead though, a flawed transfer policy that failed to compensate for the long-term absence of Cisse due to a knee injury from last April saw Armstrong stay at SJP. 

To say that his current situation is due to Cisse's seven match ban is disingenuous, with yet another missed opportunity to bolster the forward line back in the January transfer window.

Local interest:
Northern League: and then there were two....

Going into the final week of their season, the Northern League First Division title is now a straight fight between two sides - Shildon and Marske United

Shildon won their home meeting with Durham City 3-1 on Saturday and now continue the title fight with a trip to Bedlington Terriers on Wednesday, needing to win to become Champions.

Pos Team Played GD Pts
1 Marske United  42  64  90
2 Shildon  41  61  88
3 Guisborough Town  42  51  86

Cap :
Free transfer, 
full international

He's already got the shirt (Sammy on right)


Nigeria national team coach Stephen Keshi has told reporters that Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi is in his thoughts, as he prepares to select a squad for the forthcoming African Nations Cup qualifiers.

Placed in the same group as Egypt, Tanzania and Chad, Nigeria face the latter side at home in June in the first of six qualifiers between then and September 2016.

Sammy represented the Super Eagles at U20 level in 2011 before switching to England U21s. Still eligible to play for Nigeria, he spoke of emulating brother Shola while watching him at the World Cup Finals in 2014. 

Sunday's loss to Spurs saw Sammy make a 65th senior appearance as a Newcastle player (29 starts) since his debut against Chelsea back in May 2011.

Strikes at Spurs and Hull this season got him off the mark in the Premier League, adding to League Cup efforts at Scunthorpe and Morecambe.

Turning 23 next month, Sammy's current contract at United expires this summer and as yet there's been no public acknowledgement of a new deal offer.

Various clubs including West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Real Sociedad have been credited with interest in a player who remains both unpredictable and inconsistent, seemingly resistant to coaching and guidance.

We'd still rather have him than Gouffran though.

Wooly gets the nod

Newcastle's Paul Woolston is in the England squad for the European U17 Championships in Bulgaria next month as they attempt to defend the title they won in 2014 - with fellow Magpie Freddie Woodman between the posts.

The 16 year-old from North Shields is one of two 'keepers in an 18 man squad who will face group stage games against Italy on May 7th, Netherlands on May 10th and  the Republic of Ireland and Netherlands on May 13th.

The 16 team tournament then switches to a knockout format and runs through to the final on May 22nd, 

Group A: Bulgaria (hosts), Croatia, Spain, Austria
Group B: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany
Group C: Greece, Russia, Scotland, France
Group D: Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, England

Premier League:
Boycott: hit for six

Newcastle  1  Spurs  3

Match report is online here

Charity auction:
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

Premier League:
Leicester City (a)


Newcastle make their second visit of 2015 to the King Power Stadium on Saturday May 2nd, this time in a Premier League game that has a 12.45pm kickoff. 

Tickets remain on sale to season ticket holders.

NB: For anyone planning connections to pick up trains, buses or lifts, please note that there's no metro service between Heworth and Monument all day Saturday and Sunday. Metro timetables will be altered and number 900 replacement bus connect stations in the affected area.

More details online here

Squad: Daryl Janmaat was unable to complete Saturday's game due to sickness but should be OK to resume here. 

Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good, Jak Alnwick and Rob Elliot remain unavailable but there's a chance that Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons could return to the squad, along with phantom striker Facundo Ferreyra.

Moussa Sissoko is available after serving his two match ban but Papiss Cisse serves the seventh and final match of his suspension. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @

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

David Nugent may return from injury.

to follow

Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV: 

beIN Sports Mena 7 HD
C+ Futbol (esp) +HD
Canal+ Sport (France) +HD
CTH Stadium 1 HD
DIGI Sport 1 (Slovakia)
Foxtel Play (Aus)
mio stadium 104 HD
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
SportKlub 2 (Serbia)
Sportsnet Ontario +HD
SuperSport 3 Africa +HD
Viasat (Sweden)

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Magpies @ Foxes - last 20 visits:

2014/15 lost 0-1
2009/10 drew 0-0
2003/04 drew 1-1 Ambrose
2001/02 drew 0-0
2000/01 drew 1-1 Speed
1999/00 won 2-1 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-2
1997/98 drew 0-0
1996/97 lost 0-2
1994/95 won 3-1 Cole, Beardsley, Elliott
1992/93 lost 1-2 O'Brien
1991/92 won 2-1 Peacock, OG
1990/91 lost 4-5 Quinn 3, Peacock
1989/90 drew 2-2 Quinn, Gallacher
1986/87 drew 1-1 McDonald(pen)
1985/86 lost 0-2
1984/85 won 3-2 Carney, McCreery, Waddle
1982/83 drew 2-2 Keegan 2
1981/82 lost 0-3
1979/80 lost 0-1

(At Filbert Street until 2001/02)

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Tue 28.04.2015:

Hull City v Liverpool (7.45pm)

Wed 29.04.2015:
Leicester City v Chelsea (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 02.05.2015:

Aston Villa v Everton
Liverpool v QPR
mackems v Southampton
Swansea City v Stoke City
West Ham v Burnley
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 03.05.2015:
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Man City (4pm) Sky

Mon 04.05.2015:

20:00 Hull v Arsenal (8pm) Sky

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Leicester City
Premier League

King Power Stadium
Saturday 2nd May
Kick-off 12.45pm
Live on BT Sports

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 25th April
Match report to follow's
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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

Online Box Office is available 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. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood Training Centre, 3pm. U21 Premier League. Note yet another venue change.

Sat 02.05.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 6.

Sat 02.05.2015 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League.  ST holder sale now (zero points) £35 adults, £31 over-65s/U22s, £22 U18s, £9 U12s, £7 U8s. Live on BT Sports.

Tue 05.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Note date change.

Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.Public sale now (online), Mon 27.04.2015 (in person/by phone).

NB: engineering work on the QEII Metro Bridge over the Tyne means that there's no service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all weekend - replacement buses will run.  

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 25 points. Adults £45 and £40, Over 60s £40 and £35, U16s £20 and £17. U8s admitted free when accompanied by adult £40 ticket holder.

NB: Around 550 seats in United's allocation are marked as 'Restricted View' and have a reduced price.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. 

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 02.05.2015
Leicester (a) @ 12.45pm



29.04.2015 John Beresford
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT. £15 (£100 table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Sat 16.05.2015 Steve Howey
Bedlington Market Place Club, NE22 5TN
£15 (inc. supper/raffle tickets) via Diane 07759 787831 (Bedlington Town fundraiser)

Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek, Mick Quinn & Terry McDermott @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £45 & £25 via here (Dunston UTS FC Benefit)

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11
9JR. £40 & £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN. £15 via Rob on 07538 291227

Rugby League: 

Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

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
2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Sunday Sun's report of the Swansea game deepens suspicions of rampant pro NUFC bias at Thomson House:

(Phil Welton)

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On This Day in History
26th April

Born Or Died:

1978 Paddy Kelly born, Kirkcaldy, Scotland. (1997-98)

Defender/sweeper who signed for Celtic as a 14 year-old and played once competitively for them (selected by Hoops caretaker boss Billy Stark at right back against Dundee United in May 1997).

Made available on a free transfer soon after following the installation of Wim Jansen at Parkhead, Paddy joined up with ex-Hoops coach Tommy Burns at SJP. 

After appearing for United's reserve and junior sides, Paddy was loaned to Reading in March 1998 and made his senior debut in English football at Portman Road in a 0-1 Division One loss to Ipswich Town. 

That loan move came about after the Royals appointed Tommy Burns as manager, but Kelly soon returned to SJP and was released when his two-year deal ended in 1999.

Returning to Scotland with Livingston, later moves took Kelly to Raith Rovers, Partick Thistle, East Fife and Cowdenbeath before a persistent back problem led to him calling time on his playing career.

Kelly subsequently coached at Fife-based Scottish Junior side, Newburgh United.

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1893 Middlesbrough Ironopolis (h)


1897 Third Lanark (h)
A friendly match, during which Newcastle witnessed at first hand the talent of Lanark centre forward Jock Peddie, even though he failed to score. A trial at United had become a permanent signing by November.

1902 Bury (a)
Division One 
37pts, 3rd
Gray 2, Lamberton, Sagar
Disappointing end to the season but nevertheless, this was United's highest ever league placing since joining the league in 1893.

1904 St.Mirren (a)
McClarence, Howie

1905 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 
Division One 
46pts, 2nd
Orr (pen), Howie, McWilliam 
Goalkeeping debutant Bob Crumley was to make three more appearances for United, but failed to keep a clean sheet in any of them before returning to his native Dundee.

This win meant that United now had to win at Middlesbrough to clinch the First Division title.

1906 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
40pts, 5th

1909 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
53pts, 1st
Wallace 2(1pen), Bache
The title had already been won before this penultimate league fixture.

1911 Bradford City (n)
FA Cup Final Replay 

Four days after a scoreless draw at The Crystal Palace, the sides met again at Old Trafford, where Glaswegian Jimmy Speirs got the winner.

Speirs then collected the cup and made a short speech to the crowd before calling for three cheers in tribute to Newcastle United.

1913 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
34pts, 14th
Higgins, Veitch
Stephenson, Wallace, Hampton 
United finished the season a disappointing 14th as the all-conquering side of the previous decade started to break up.

1921 Glasgow Rangers (a)
Testimonial Match for Tommy Cairns.

1924 Aston Villa (n)
FA Cup Final 
Harris(83), Seymour(86) 
United's first appearance at the new Empire Stadium ended in triumph as two late goals won the FA Cup.

Reserve goalkeeper Bill Bradley played a vital role after his surprise inclusion, as Frank Hudspeth lifted the cup at a damp Wembley.

The Captain, The Cup and The Bill

1930 Derby County (a)
Division One 
35pts, 19th
J.C.Robson 2, Ruddy

1947 Chesterfield (a)
Division Two 
42pts, 5th
The Spireites ran out winners at Saltergate thanks to a goal from Ashington-born George Milburn - a cousin of future Magpies legend Wor Jackie. 


1950 Dundee (h)
G.Robledo, Taylor
scorers tbc 
Locally-born 'Dee manager George Anderson brought his side to SJP for a match in aid of Northumberland Aged Miners Homes.

1952 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
Brennan, Davies 2, Hannah, Milburn, Mitchell
The Magpies warmed up for the following Saturday's FA Cup Final by ending their league programme in some style.

1954 Reading (a)
Milburn, Davies
scorers tbc 
Two days after a season- ending 2-1 win at Chelsea, United made their debut at the Elm Park home of the 3rd Division South side. 

The Magpies provided the opposition in a joint testimonial match for long-serving Royals pair Bill Livingstone and George Mark. 

1958 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
32pts, 18th
Baird, O'Brien 
Despite guiding his side to victory on Tyneside in this season-closing fixture, Leeds boss (and ex-mackem) Raich Carter was promptly shown the door at Elland Road. 

1967 West Ham United (h) 1-0 (1-0)
Division One 
31pts, 19th
Hammers' left back Jack Burkett conceded an own goal to give Joe Harvey's side the victory. 

1975 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
39pts, 15th
Kendall, Pendrey 
Defeat in Newcastle's last game of the season saw them have to make to do with a 15th placed finish.

1978 Norwich City (h)
Division One 
22pts, 21st
Burns, Kennedy
Ryan, Reeves 
A 6.30pm kick-off because two floodlight plyons were in the process of being dismantled as part of the flattening of the Leazes End didn't help the attendance but it was still a poor turn-out to witness the last rites of relegated United.

Alan Kennedy marked what would be his final Newcastle appearance with a goal, while Stewart Barrowclough never played for the first team again.

1980 Queens Park Rangers (a) 1-2 (1-0)
Division Two 
43pts, 8th
Roeder(46), McCreery(77)
Two future Magpies netted for the R's, while Brian Ferguson scored the only goal of his short career as a Newcastle player.

1982 The reserves beat Sheffield United 4-0 at SJP, with Graeme Hedley's powerful free kick opening the scoring.

The Boro midfielder was on trial with United and featured in a couple of reserve games, but failed to impress manager Arthur Cox and soon returned to Ayresome Park.

1983 England U21s  1
Hungary U21s  0
European U21 Championship Qualifier


SJP once again hosted an international but United failed to have any representation in the England lineup.

Future Magpies John Ryan, Paul Bracewell and John Barnes did appear in a side selected by Terry Venables, while mackem Nick Pickering was roundly booed at every opportunity by Toon fans. The rotters.

1983 While SJP hosted the U21 game, United's reserves faced Everton at Goodison.

Veteran defender John Craggs scored from the penalty spot but the Magpies were beaten 2-1.

1986 Manchester City (h) 3-1 (0-1)
Division One 
63pts, 10th
Clarke(79), Roeder(81), Whitehurst(90)
Dave McKellar returned between the posts as Newcastle successfully got their 8-1 defeat at West Ham out of their system.

2003 mackems (a)
65pts, 3rd
United extended their unbeaten run in hicksville to ten games, after Kevin Kilbane upended Craig Bellamy in the box.

With Alan Shearer having already gone off with a calf injury, Nobby Solano converted the spot kick and condemned Mick McCarthy's rabble to their thirteen successive league loss.

The Magpies survived a late scare when Kevin Kyle's header was chalked off after Tore Andre Flo fouled Shay Given.

Although the red and whites claimed they'd been robbed, that conveniently ignored the early effort from Shearer that referee Steve Bennett ruled out for a similar infringement. match report

2005 The U18s ended their league campaign on a winning note against Leeds United at a soggy Little Benton, thanks to a brace from midfielder Mark Doninger.

The midfielder grabbed his first goals at this level at the start of both halves, sandwiching a Leeds response from Howsen.

2008 West Ham (a)
Premier League
43pts, 12th
Martins(42), og(McCartney)(45)
Noble(10), Ashton(23)
The Magpies snoozed in the sun for 35 minutes allowing the Hammers to race into a two goal lead before we'd crossed over the halfway line.

However, they recovered sufficiently before half time to level the match and extend their unbeaten run to seven games - Obafemi Martins lobbing Robert Green before Geremi headed in via the shoulder of George McCartney, who was credited with an OG.

Old boy Kieron Dyer featured on the cover of the match programme but wasn't in the home ranks as his injury woes continued.

Scott Parker however did play the full game for the home side, while Nobby Solano made the briefest of appearances as a last minute substitute for the Hammers and was greeted warmly by the travelling contingent. match report


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