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Ticket news:
Hull City (a) SOLD OUT
Stoke City (h) Public sale now
Crystal Palace (a) ST holder sale now (0 pts)
Manchester City (a) ST holder sale now (25 pts)
Aston Villa (h) member sale now

The borrowers:
Twenty's plenty?

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday featured the on-loan defender for the full 90 minutes. Yanga was booked on what was his 20th Roma appearance.

That has been widely reported as the trigger point for Yanga's loan deal to become a permanent transfer, at a pre-determined price of €7m understood to include the initial €1.5m loan fee paid back in August.

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of €8.4m. 

No confirmation has come from either club as yet.

Adam Campbell / Callum Roberts (Gateshead)
The Tynesiders visited Wrexham on Saturday for an FA Trophy Third Round tie and Adam gave them a first half lead before the home side quickly levelled.

Campbell then thought he'd scored his fourth Heed in just two games, only for an offside flag to rule the effort out.

With no more scoring at the Racecourse Ground, the two teams must now meet again at the International Stadium on Wednesday night.

Roberts didn't feature in the squad despite being eligible - possibly due to the injury that forced him off during last Tuesday's Newcastle U21 game against Blackburn.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Last appearing in late November, the winger's hamstring injury hadn't healed enough to earn a recall for a 3-2 home win over Lorient in Ligue 1 on Saturday.


Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game: Millwall (h) Championship, Sat 31st Jan.


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Unlikely lad
Eagles and Throstles hunting ex-Magpie

Having returned to Tyneside barely halfway through his first season in Turkey, former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is reported to have been offered a short-term contract in England by two of his former managers.

Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion are the two clubs in question, Alan Pardew keen to be reunited with his number 23 from Gallowgate.  

Tony Pulis meanwhile is seeking to increase his squad at the Hawthorns and has been linked with Shola, a player who spent time on loan at Stoke City in 2008 while Pulis was in charge at the Britannia. 

Both sides made it through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday - a competition Ameobi would be eligible to appear in.

Were a deal to be done, Ameobi could come up against Newcastle for the first time in his career in February (away at Palace) or May (at home to West Brom).

Deja vu?

Although their Fifth Round tie against the mackems is still to be played, Newcastle's U18 side now know the identity of their possible opponents in the Quarter Finals, after the Sixth Round draw was conducted on Friday.

Dave Watson's side would enjoy home advantage against either Swansea City or Chelsea, who meet in a Fifth Round tie at Aldershot this coming Wednesday evening. 

The West Londoners are the current cup holders and ended Newcastle's interest in this competition at the Sixth Round stage last season, winning 3-2 at SJP.

United will face their red and white counterparts at the stadium of plight on Wednesday February 4th at 7pm.

Travelling fans will be accommodated in the South Stand. Access is via turnstiles 61 and 62 and admission costs £3 adults and £1 U16s & over-65s. 

A result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if needs be. 

FA Youth Cup Fifth Round draw:

27.01.2015 Nottingham Forest v Burnley
28.01.2015 Chelsea v Swansea City
30.01.2015 Liverpool v Birmingham City
30.01.2015 Manchester City v Stoke City
02.02.2015 Arsenal v Crewe Alexandra
04.02.2015 mackems v Newcastle United
date tbc Southampton v Leicester City
date tbc Spurs v Manchester United

FA Youth Cup Sixth Round draw:

Southampton or Leicester v Liverpool or Birmingham
mackems or Newcastle v Chelsea or Swansea
Man City or Stoke City v Arsenal or Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest or Burnley v Spurs or Man Utd

Reserves' Royals reverse


Reading U21s  4  Newcastle U21s  3

Newcastle U21s returned to league action on Saturday afternoon, losing a thrilling encounter at Reading's Hogwood Park training ground by the odd goal in seven.

Making six changes to the starting lineup that exited from the U21 Cup in midweek, youngster Adam Laider retained his place in defence for his league debut at this level. 

Remie Streete returned from injury and there was a first competitive club outing in almost a year for Curtis Good, having recovered from a long-standing hip problem. 

Tom Heardman put the Magpies ahead when the Royals' 'keeper dallied and the striker nipped in,  took the ball off him and tapped it home with just five minutes gone.

But the home side levelled a minute later with a curled effort from 22-yards from Jack Stacey.

The Royals went ahead in the 16th minute when Pierce Sweeney headed in a right wing corner which hit Streete on the way in.

But back came United, Haris Vuckic cutting in from the left and hit a shot that hit a defender and looped over the 'keeper and into the net as Heardman followed up twelve minutes before the interval.

The Royals regained the lead in the 58th minute when the visitors' defence failed to clear and Ryan Edwards played in Stacey who fired powerfully from ten yards left-footed.

Ten minutes later it was all-square again when Alex Gilliead's mazy run left three defenders trailing and his cross was side-footed in by Adam Armstrong via the underside of the bar - his sixth goal in just four starts.

Reading went in front again on 82 minutes when Edward's shot was parried by Freddie Woodman only for Dominic Samuel to fire the rebound into the corner.

Despite this defeat Peter Beardsley's side retained pole position in Division Two on goal difference - but anything other than a defeat for their Boro counterparts at Brighton on Monday will see the Smoggies go top. 

Thanks to GW for the report.

Team: Woodman, Barlaser, Laidler, Williams, Streete (Bigirimana 46), Good, Gilliead, Smith, Heardman, Armstrong, Vuckic.
Subs n/u: Gillesphey, Broccoli, Ward, Quinn.


Booked: Armstrong.

RFC: Henly, Long, Griffin, Kuhl, Hyam, Sweeney, Stacey, Fridjonsson, Samuel, Edwards, Fosu.
Subs: McLennan, Ward, Shaughnessy, Kelly, Cardwell.

Referee: S.Yianni.



Derby defeat

Derby U18s  3  Newcastle U18s  1

Goals online here (you tube)

Dave Watson's U18s side lost to their Derby counterparts on Saturday afternoon, despite taking the lead in a bruising encounter at the Rams' Oakwood Academy.

Jamie Cobain burst into the box to fire the yellow-clad Magpies ahead after 25 minutes but the Rams equalised just eight minutes later through Charles Vernam.

A defensive lapse then allowed the Rams to go ahead just five minutes into the second half through Kellan Gordon, Alex Babos wrapping up the points late on.

Full details to follow.

Thanks to Malc h for the images

League Cup fiasco: Spurs say sorry

Tottenham Hotspur statement, Friday:

"We aim to deliver a great experience for all supporters at White Hart Lane and we would like to apologise to those Newcastle United supporters who experienced congestion at the turnstiles prior to our Capital One Cup tie on December 17th. 

"We are always pleased to work with the FSF
(Football Supporters Federation) to resolve any issues and in this case we are pleased that we have been able to do so. 

"The safety of supporters is paramount and we will always seek to optimise our procedures to deliver the best experience for all fans attending matches at White Hart Lane."

This move follows contact between the FSF and Spurs regarding the events prompted by the detonation of a smoke canister in the away section of White Hart Lane.

That resulted in delayed entry for hundreds of blameless Toon fans - whose orderly reaction outside the ground prevented what was an inconvenience becoming a far more dangerous incident.

Many of those involved subsequently reported their observations and those accounts have played a part in Spurs altering their entrance procedure for away fans - thanks to everyone who bothered to make contact.

PS: the smoke bomber was identified and arrested.

Find more details online here

The Writer, the Fighter - and Malcolm

If you're at a loose end this Monday (26th) there's an evening of music, comedy and chat for a good cause taking place at the Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle.

£10 admission gets you conversation from Chronicle scribe John Gibson, former boxer Glenn McCrory and ex-Magpie Malcolm Macdonald, plus gags from John Scott and songs from Brian Kennedy.

All monies raised go towards providing equipment and support for Tyneside-born athlete Drew Graham who was paralysed from the neck down following a diving accident in the USA last year. 

Reserve tickets via 0191 3009700 info here

Tiote draws again,
Cisse watches

Midfielder Cheick Tiote started the game for Ivory Coast as they drew 1-1 with Mali on Saturday. He received a second caution in as many games, completing 90 minutes.

Having won their opening group stage match against Ghana without fielding striker Papiss Cisse, Senegal drew 1-1 with South Africa on Friday. Once again Cisse was among the substitutes and remained on the bench, despite his side using all three permitted replacements.


A: E. Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

Papiss Cisse (Senegal)
Mon 19.01.2015 Ghana won 2-1 (unused sub)
Fri 23.01.2015 South Africa drew 1-1 (unused sub)
Tue 27.01.2015 Algeria (5.45pm British Eurosport*)  

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Tue 20.01.2014 Guinea drew 1-1 (played full game)

Sat 24.01.2014 Mali drew 1-1 (played full game)
Wed 28.01.2014 Cameroon (5.45pm British Eurosport*) 

* only shown live if qualification is at stake


Premier League:
Hull City (a)


The Magpies return to action this Saturday when they visit the KC Stadium for a Premier League fixture that is televised live on BT Sport.

Kick-off is at 12.45pm and all 2,500 away tickets have been sold. Note that since our last visit, travelling fans are now housed in the North East corner of the stadium rather than behind the goal as in previous seasons.  

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 17/10

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

Squad: Steven Taylor and Rolando Aarons remain out, while Siem de Jong, Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Taylor are back in training. Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are on international duty at the African Nations Cup. 

To follow. 

Robert Snodgrass, Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, Abel Hernandez, Nikica Jelavic and James Chester all miss out due to injury, while there are doubts over Alex Bruce, Sone Aluko, Andy Robertson and Gaston Ramirez.

Like Newcastle, The Tigers also have a two week break ahead of this game, as a result of their FA Cup Third Round defeat at Arsenal.

Winning just two of their ten Premier League home games this season (2-0 against Crystal Palace and Everton), draws were achieved against Stoke (1-1), West Ham (2-2) and West Bromwich Albion (0-0).

Five teams have left Humberside with maximum points to date: Manchester City (2-4), Southampton (0-1), Spurs (1-2), Swansea (0-1) and Leicester (0-1). 

Referee: tbc

Travel: To follow 

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League fixtures
(3pm unless specified): 

Sat 31.01.2015:
Crystal Palace v Everton
Liverpool v West Ham
Manchester United v Leicester City
Stoke City v QPR
mackems v Burnley Stadium of Light
West Bromwich Albion v Spurs
Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 01.02.2015:

Arsenal v Aston Villa (1.30pm) Sky
Southampton v Swansea City (4pm) Sky


Toon @ Tigers - competitive games:

2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 (PL) S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1990/91 lost 1-2 (Div 2) McGhee*
1989/90 won 1-0 (FAC) O'Brien*
1989/90 won 3-1 (Div 2) McGhee, Anderson, Brazil*
1976/77 drew 0-0 (ASC)*
won 3-2 (Div 2) Pearson, Smith, Imrie+
1934/35 won 5-1 (FAC) Bott 2, Cairns, Pearson, og+
1934/35 drew 1-1 (Div 2) Pearson+
1929/30 lost 0-1 (FAC)+
1912/13 drew 0-0 (FAC)+

At KC Stadium unless specified
* At Boothferry Park
+ At Anlaby Road

Money balls:
The only league table that really counts.... 

While headlines have been grabbed by news that United have returned to Deloitte's Top 20 Football Rich List, one line is enough to make the toon followers choke:

"Newcastle United are commercially in the strongest position in their history"

Never mind enjoyment or credibility, never mind winning or trying to win things, never mind that commercially weaker clubs like Swansea, Stoke, Southampton and West Ham are above us in the Premier League, as long as the figures add up, everything's tickety boo eh?

Deloitte's verdict on the Magpies:  

"Newcastle United return to the Money League in 19th place after increasing revenues by 35% to £129.7 million.

"On the pitch the Magpies endured a frustrating season; exiting both cup competitions in the early rounds, and suffering home and away defeats to arch rivals Sunderland before finally finishing in 10th place in the Premier League.

"Newcastle’s broadcast revenue, much like the other English clubs, increased significantly by £27.2 million (53%) to £78.2 million thanks to the new Premier League broadcast deals.

"This offset the loss of UEFA distributions (€5.3 million) as a result of Newcastle’s run to the quarter-final stages of the UEFA Europa League the previous season.

"Newcastle’s lack of European football in 2013/2014 resulted in four fewer home matches being played at St James’ Park, which decreased match-day revenue by 7% to £25.9 million.

"The St James’ Park average attendance of 50,688 for the Premier League season was the third highest in the division.

"Commercially, revenue increased by an impressive 50% to £25.6 million in 2013/2014. This was the first year of the controversial shirt sponsorship agreement with Wonga, as well as the continuation of long term partnerships with Puma and Thomas Cook, and the addition of online gaming brand

"With Wonga and Thomas Cook already signed up to long term agreements, and Puma recently announcing a long term contract extension at the start of the 2014/2015 season, Newcastle United are commercially in the strongest position in their history.

"After being an ever present in the Money League until 2007/2008, the new Premier League broadcast deal has helped propel Newcastle United back into the Money League top 20 this year.

"Given the strong commercial performance of the club coupled with the Toon Army’s continuing support in their impressive numbers, Newcastle should be capable of an extended stay in the Money League in future editions."

Lee Charnley's mention of not being easy sellers was obviously referring to the owner, not players. 

There's no reason for Ashley to sell up given these figures - and were he to have a change of heart, the price tag would factoring in losing those revenues, taking it into the stratosphere. 

The City AM website provide their evaluation here

When considering the revenue versus net spend data reproduced though, consider this: Transfer values are based on media reports, as NUFC don't publish that data - leaving the integrity of that data highly questionable.

In plain terms, there's no guarantee as much was spent or recouped as is claimed - or vice versa of course. A flashy graphic and a totaliser on a TV news bulletin is as near as you'll get to knowing just how much the Anitas, Sissokos, Rivieres and Cabellas of this world cost. 

A summary of the latest Deloitte report and links to older reports is online here If you really want to be depressed have a look and look for clubs that remain trophyless. 

One name stands out - one seemingly intent on extending that inglorious record yet further. We are the ennui FC.


Black and white....and red:
Howay the vlads!


The Northern Echo's Scott Wilson has published his take on the Chronicle's Charnley piece, relocating Mike Ashley's HQ to the Kremlin in the process. Worth a read here

Premier League:
TV times etc.

The latest round of TV alterations covering the period until early April have been confirmed and Newcastle's fixture list thankfully remains unchanged - for now.

BT Sport will televise the visit of Manchester United to SJP, but this game goes ahead as originally scheduled on Wednesday March 4th @ 7.45pm.

Arsenal's trip to Tyneside is also now confirmed as an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off on Saturday March 21st, but despite no TV selection, the previous week's trip to Everton is still subject to potential alteration. 

That game would change from a 3pm kick-off on Saturday March 14th should the Toffees win their Europa League Second Round tie against Young Boys on Feb 19th/26th, 

As a consequence they'd be in Third Round first leg action on Thursday March 12th - and entitled to move our visit to Sunday 15th at any agreed kick-off time.

This announcement leaves seven of our final eight games still subject to change, beginning with the mackem away game (the season-closing home fixture against West Ham is already fixed for Sunday May 24th @ 3pm).

Talking head

Three weeks into the search for a new Newcastle United manager/coach/scapegoat, club MD Lee Charnley has broken his silence in a question and answer session with the Evening Chronicle that can be read online here

Until this point, Charnley followed a similar path to owner Mike Ashley, with club-published minutes from fans forums the sole output from anyone in an executive role at SJP since Derek Llambias quit in June 2013, save for the statement confirming Charnley as MD
online here

Fourteen questions and fourteen answers later though, it's a struggle to find anything new to chew over - with nothing of consequence regarding the vacant position, other than the equivalent of a "work in progress" sign.

Certainly anyone looking to be reinvigorated for the remainder of this season - or for a reason not to post off that direct debit cancellation - will be disappointed. A mere 16 games to go?, why the season's almost over!

An apparent retread of the job description devised for Alan Pardew following the departure of Chris Hughton is aired, while there's no attempt made to communicate on squad specifics eg the status of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez, Facundo Ferreyra, Papiss Cisse etc.

In that regard, this Q & A differs from the February 2013 Chronicle one with Llambias, when he commented on specific players including Loic Remy and Demba Ba.

"I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving" (in January), if as we know, every player is for sale at the right price, then retaining them is the very last thing they'll do if the asking price is met.

And as for a line about being "difficult sellers", the loss of Yohan Cabaye to PSG was hardly complicated - except for the bit about JFK screwing up the transfer fee....

The issue of how a coach conducts themselves is flagged up as important, yet he claims nothing but total support for Pardew throughout his time in charge - despite the fact he felt it necessary to fine the guy £100K and issue a formal warning over his touchline antics at Hull.

The thorny issue of communication is also revisited, with an admission that the apologist role handed to Pardew affected his chances of winning over the fanbase.

But a vow to look at how the club communicates is in reality no different to comments from his predecessor given to the Chronicle in February 2009 - minus the apology then for failing to keep supporters informed. 

Paranoia over saying anything that can be used against him (remember that Llambias's declared intention in 2009 was to emulate Aston Villa) makes this 2015 attempt mostly meaningless. Speaking but not speaking.

The MD will be judged on the quality of his appointment and whether the managerial structure that he advocates succeeds in the eyes of supporters. 

Everything else - including what publishing the Q & A says about the current relationship between the club and the Chronicle - is window dressing. 

PS: Charnley on Pardew:

"....we moved on significantly as a club during his four years, on and off the field."

December 2010, 11th in the Premier League
January 2015. 11th in the Premier League 


Local lads march on

Having made it through six rounds of this season's FA Vase, Northern League side North Shields have home advantage in the last 16 of the competition.

The Robins won the old Amateur Cup at the National Stadium back in 1969 and can move a step closer to achieving a return by overcoming Phoenix Sports at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday February 7th.

Their opponents play in the Southern Counties East League and are based in the town of Barnehurst, just inside the M25.

The region's other representatives Dunston UTS must travel to Glossop North End in their Fifth Round tie.


Copies of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" are still available, priced at £32.50 from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, via the Evening Chronicle front office and branches of Waterstones bookshop.

can also be bought from the publisher here

PS: Any owners of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" yet to receive the 2013/14 season update PDF can request it by emailing

Anyone short of copies of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season PDFs can also request those via that address.

Chucky: Italians 
go elsewhere

Having failed to make progress on a deal to end alleged striker Facundo Ferreyra's loan at SJP, Serie A side Genoa have gone elsewhere to augment their squad.

The 23 year-old Argentinean arrived on a season-long loan from Shaktar Donetsk on the recommendation of Fabricio Coloccini - but is yet to make a competitive appearance for Newcastle.

Reported interest from Genoa earlier this month raised hopes that Ferreyra's loan would be cancelled, allowing him to go to Italy - a country he holds a passport for. 

However the Italian press claim that the departure of Alan Pardew put the matter on hold - a baffling situation given Lee Charnley's comments in the Chronicle on Tuesday about having the maximum 25 players registered.

Genoa have now secured the services of AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang for the remainder of the season - a player United were reportedly interested in acquiring on loan.

PS: we did wonder whether the "three clubs in a season" situation experienced by old boy Hatem Ben Arfa was also afflicting Ferreyra due to his playing for our U21 side - and thus ruining any chance of him going elsewhere. 

Although he was named on the bench for Shaktar's first league game of the season in July, the player nicknamed "chucky" didn't feature against Metalurh Zaporizhya and has only played in friendlies for them this season.

A rational explanation of what looks to the outsider like a total farce will one day surely emerge. For now though, we continue to employ - and pay - a player who isn't injured but playing no part in our season. WTF? 

Premier League:
Elia at the double as United slip to defeat

Newcastle  1  Southampton  2

Match report

Unlikely lads
Old boys on the move

Former Magpies finding new clubs this month:

David Edgar (loaned to Huddersfield by Birmingham)
Aidan Grant (free agent, joined Lincoln City)
Lewis Guy
(left Gateshead, joined Barrow)

James Marwood (left St.Mirren, joined Forest Green)
Brandon Miele (free agent, joined Shamrock Rovers)
James Tavernier (loaned to Bristol City by Wigan)

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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


Sat 31.01.2015 deadline for notice of "opt outs" from NUFC season ticket schemes to be received in writing by Box Office. 

Sat 31.01.2015 U18s v Manchester City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) @ KC Stadium, 12.45pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 2,500. Live on BT.

Mon 02.02.2015 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Mon 02.02.2015 @ 11pm. Transfer window closes.

Wed 04.02.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ Stadium of plight, 7pm. FA Youth Cup. Pay at the turnstiles: £3 adults, £1 U16s & over-65s. NUFC fans housed in the South Stand, enter through turnstiles 61 & 62. 

Sat 07.02.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 2.05pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports. NB: engineering work means buses replace metros all day between North Shields and Shiremoor.

Mon 09.02.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now (zero points). Member sale 26.01.2015. £22 adults, £11 students/ over 65s, £6 U18s. Allocation tbc. Note date alteration.

Sat 14.02.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Tue 17.02.2015 U21s v Morpeth Town (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final.

Sat 21.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction (viewing only) @ SJP, start time tbc.

Sat 21.02.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, 25 points, (zero from Mon 26.01.2015). Member sale (if any) from Mon 02.02.2015. £44 adults, £38 18-21 year-olds & over-65s, £30 16-17 year-olds, £27 U16s. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 22.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction @ SJP, start time tbc.

Mon 23.02.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ New Bucks Head, Telford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.02.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 28.02.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale from Thu 29.01.2015 (online), Tue 10.02.2015 (in person/by phone).

Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT. 

Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.03.2015 Jamaal Lascelles due in
Derby Crown Court on charge of assault (trial date set w/c 27.04.2015)

Our FA Cup Third Round exit means blank Saturdays on Fifth Round day (February 14th) and Sixth Round day (March 7th).

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on date tbc

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.

Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders at £20 (£21 by post), allowing free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) 2.05pm 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 31.01.2015
Hull City (a) 12.45pm
Wed 04.03.2015 Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 22.03.2015)

Possible PL alterations 
(other than for TV)

Sat 14.03.2015 Everton (a) would alter if Everton progressed in the Europa League against Young Boys on Feb 19th/26th. 

Sat 11.04.2015 Liverpool (a) coincides with Grand National (4.15pm) at Aintree.

Sat 18.04.2015 Spurs (h) two scenarios:

1. would alter if Spurs progressed in Europa League against Fiorentina on Feb 19th/26th and team tbc on March 12th/19th.

2. would alter if Spurs progressed in FA Cup and were in Semi-Final action on Apr 18/19 (Spurs v Leicester FAC4 on 24.01.2015).

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Semi-Final draw:

17.02.2015 Newcastle U21s v Morpeth
17.02.2015 Blyth Spartans v Whitley Bay

Gateshead FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10

home League games

Sat 07.02.2015 Kidderminster (3pm)
Sat 14.02.2015 Nuneaton (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bristol Rovers (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.

Upcoming home League games

Sat 07.02.2015 Ossett Town (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bamber Bridge (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (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
From UEFA: international matches will take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

From The Star - so who are we playing in the next round then?

John Carver has claimed just one victory since taking caretaker charge - the 1-0 FA Cup victory against Leicester.

(Mark Templeton)

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

On This Day in History
25th January

Born Or Died:

1943 Wilson Wood born, Whitburn, Scotland. (1960)

Midfielder who joined Newcastle from Shotts Bon Accord but moved on without making a first team appearance at SJP.

Signing for Rangers, Wood won a Scottish League Cup winners medal in 1965 also playing for Dundee United, Hearts and Raith Rovers.

Training as a physio, Wood remained living in his hometown after retiring from playing and ran a sports injuries clinic. 

1967 David Ginola born, Gassin, France. (1995-97)

Prodigiously-talented winger who had played for Toulon, Racing Club Paris and Brest before moving on to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992.

Brought to Tyneside at a cost of £2.5m in the run up to the 1995/96 season, Ginola impressed in pre-season friendlies along with fellow new faces Ferdinand and Barton.

A league debut in a 3-0 opening day beating of Coventry City at SJP set the tone, with home fans instantly impressed by Ginola's two-footed dribbling and shooting abilities.

His first Newcastle goal came in a victory at Sheffield Wednesday as United instantly hit form, with Ginola finishing on the losing side just twice in his first twenty appearances.

Things started to unravel slightly in 1996 though, with his dismissal in a League Cup defeat at Arsenal and a further snub from France with no international recall - despite their Euro 96 home ground being SJP.

The following season had its moments for Ginola, with stunning strikes at the Gallowgate End against Manchester United and Ferencvaros in October 1996.

However, those were his final goals for the club and following the departure of Kevin Keegan, Ginola featured only eleven times under the management of Kenny Dalglish - his mood hardly helped by a break-in at his house that unsettled his family.

Moving on to Spurs for £2m in July 1997, he was quickly joined at White Hart Lane by Les Ferdinand and the pair appeared in the 1999 League Cup Final victory over Leicester City.

Later moves took him to Aston Villa and Everton but the magic was gone and various off-field interests were what kept Ginola in the public eye - a series of advertising appearances for cars, clothes & shamoo giving way to an attempt at acting. 

2008 then saw Ginola back on Tyneside, to launch his own award-winning wine - Coste Brulade rosé. Two years later, he then had a short spell as a BBC TV match pundit and more recently on BT Sport.

January 2015 saw David launch a bid to challenge Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency. Backed by PaddyPower, the launch of the campaign got off to a slow start, raising just £5,506 of the £2.3m required....

Never mind Shearer - for us the defining image of our Premiership pomp remains a sublime Ginola centre from the left being buried by a Ferdinand header into an opponent's net. Merci Beaucoup.

1996 Death of Tim Rogers, 86. (1936-39)


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1896 Crewe Alexandra (a)
Division Two 
Riley, Williams, Burgoyne

1902 Woolwich Arsenal (a)
FA Cup 1st Round 
Veitch, A.Gardner 

1908 Nottingham Forest (a)
Division One 

1913 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division One 
Stewart, Higgins, Hudspeth(pen) 
This game marked the only appearance of goalkeeper Jack Alderson, who eventually played for England, following his move to Crystal Palace after the Great War.

1919 Sunderland (h)
Booth(34,78), Finlay(38), Hudspeth(51pen), 

1930 Clapton 0rient (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
J.R.Richardson 3 

1936 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
FA Cup 4th Round 

1939 Cardiff City (h)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
Clifton, Gordon, Mooney, Park 

1947 Southampton (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
By October of the same year, the hat trick hero was a Saint, moving to Hampshire for a club record fee of £10,000.

1949 In preparation for the imminent arrival of George Robledo, reserve forward Andy Donaldson was offloaded to Middlesbrough.

1958 Scunthorpe (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Haigh(45), Davis(50,75) 
After a snow-clearing effort, the SJP pitch passed an inspection at 1.45pm.

Supported by 3,000 travelling fans, the visitors had the ball in the Newcastle net midway through the first half, but Ron Waldock's effort was ruled out by an offside flag.

Jack Haigh then got on the end of a corner to head past Ronnie Simpson and give the side from Division Three (North) the lead, just before the interval.

Bill Paterson then levelled soon after the restart, although The Iron claimed that their full back Jack Brownsword had cleared the ball before it crossed the line.

Eric Davis then put the visitors ahead just five minutes later with another header before the same player went on to seal the giant-killing.

Scunthorpe received the Sunday Pictorial Giantkillers Trophy for their exploits at SJP, but were beaten 1-0 at home by Liverpool in the next round.

1964 Middlesbrough (h)
Mahon, Thomas, Burton, McGarry 
Gibson 2, Peacock
With a free Saturday caused by FA Cup exits to Brentford (Boro) and Bedford (United), the two sides met in this SJP kickabout.  

1969 Manchester City (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
SJP stalemate against a City side who would win the replay 2-0 at Maine Road and go on to lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium four months later. 

1973 Former United player Stan Anderson announced he was stepping down as Middlesbrough manager.

1975 Walsall (a)
FA Cup 4th Round 
A fruitless trip to Fellows Park as a George Andrews header dashed hopes of an early Wembley return. 

An injury to John Tudor had seen rookie striker Paul Cannell handed an FA Cup debut against the Third Division Saddlers.

1995 Wimbledon (h)
Premier League 
Fox(34), Kitson(51)
A wet and windy night at SJP saw Keith Gillespie dazzle on his home debut to such an extent that his marker Alan Kimble was withdrawn by Joe Kinnear at half time. 

A nail-biting finale followed Ekoku's goal, with referee Mike Reed dubiously disallowing what would have been a late leveller from Elkins.

An incensed Vinnie Jones was later fined by the FA for swearing at Keegan in a tunnel bust-up which required police intervention.

1995 Future Newcastle midfield flop Georgios Georgiadis won his second full international cap for Greece, in a friendly against Cyprus.

1998 Stevenage Borough (a) 1-1 (1-1)
FA Cup 4th Round 
After all the bad press, this game eventually took place at Broadhall Way with United fans housed in a wobbly temporary stand behind one goal and a small terrace in front. 

Alan Shearer marked his return from injury with an early header but Borough hit back and, after having one goal disallowed, tied the game before the break. 

The final whistle saw a pitch invasion and numerous scuffles broke out as a few Toon followers clashed with "home fans" wearing various shirts including Manchester United & West Ham. 

Shearer heads in the early opener in 
his first start back after an 
horrendous ankle injury

1999 Newcastle reserves were beaten 2-1 
at Seamer Road by Scarborough in a Central League Cup tie. Stuart Pearce netted.

There was more African Nations Cup misery for Lomana LuaLua, with the striker missing a host of chances as he captained DR Congo to a 1-2 defeat by Guinea. 

Senegalese midfielder Amdy Faye was signed from Portsmouth for £2m - our third acquisition of the transfer window, coming after Babayaro and Boumsong.

Faye made it known via the United matchday programme that he preferred to be known as Amady. However, this never stuck and he continued to be known as Amdy after moving on to Charlton, Rangers, Stoke and Leeds.

2008 A forgettable day for United forward Obafemi Martins and his Nigeria side, held 0-0 by Mali in an African Nations Cup tie staged in the Ghanaian city of Sekondi-Takoradi.

2010 Mike Williamson arrived on Tyneside but the on-off transfer of the Portsmouth defender still remained in the balance.

Meanwhile, former loanees, Marlon Harewood and Zurab Khizanishvili, were ruled out of returning to SJP after Harewood injured himself in training and Khizanishvili joined Reading.

2012 Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba would be on their way back to Tyneside after Senegal were sensationally beaten 2-1 by joint hosts Equatorial Guinea, knocking them out of the African Cup of Nation Finals.

Both started the game and although Cisse played the full 90 minutes, Ba was subbed on 58 minutes. Neither managed to score.

Confirmation of Newcastle's fifth incoming transfer of the January window - and the fourth in as many days - came with the signing of midfielder Moussa Sissoko from French side Toulouse. 

The 23 year-old French international put pen to paper on a six and a half year deal. Out of contract in the summer, a fee of £2m was mentioned by the French press.

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