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Ticket news:
Aston Villa (a) SOLD OUT
Crystal Palace (h) Public sale now
Gillingham (a) ST sale now (zero points)
Southampton (a) ST sale now (zero points)

Loan lads:
Toon 'keeper 
holds Court

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

Forest are the early leaders in the Championship after recording a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

United's recent signing Karl Darlow played his part by keeping the Cherries out at Dean Court, despite their winning and taking no less than 11 first half corners.

And although he conceded just before the hour mark, further heroics between the posts helped Forest take maximum points after they scored two quick goals.

Karl's fellow Magpie Jamaal wasn't involved on Tuesday and is yet to appear for the first team this season as recovers from a knee problem.

However the defender did make a successful return to action on Monday, playing just over an hour of Forest's 1-2 home reserve defeat to Charlton Athletic.

Next up for Forest is a three game burst in eight days beginning with Reading at the City Ground on Saturday, followed by trips to Huddersfield Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday week in the league.

Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
Adam's current side sit proudly on top of the League One table after winning 2-0 at Southend on Tuesday. However the on-loan Magpie wasn't called from the bench.

He'll now hope for some pitch time this coming Saturday at home to Chesterfield. 

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Olympique Marseille (h) Ligue 1, Saturday

Chucky off the mark

Bolton U21s 3  Newcastle U21s 3

Newcastle's U21s began life in the lower division of the Premier Reserve League by sharing six goals with the Trotters on Monday night.

Recent loan signing Facundo Ferreyra was included at Lancashire FA's County Ground in Leyland, but there was no place for Hatem Ben Arfa, whose only match time in pre-season came in two low-key reserve kickabouts.

Wearing their new home kit, United dominated the early stages, only to fall behind on 20 minutes when Andy Kellett broke forward before shooting past Jak Alnwick. 

However the visitors continued to press forward, Greg Olley seeing his effort tipped on to the post by Ross Fitzsimmons for one of a series of Newcastle corners.

And they were soon level, when Facundo "Chucky" Ferreyra volleyed home just before the half hour mark.

The on-loan striker then challenged for a corner with a Trotters defender on 34 minutes, the ball ending up squeezing in past Fitzsimmons at his near post, with Ferreyra congratulated by his colleagues. 

Back came Bolton though and Andy Kellett promptly grabbed his second goal of the evening with another eye-catching effort barely 60 seconds later.

And a goal-laden first half continued as Bolton regained the lead on 41 minutes though Chris Lester.

United weren't finished yet though and Sammy Ameobi struck to make it 3-3 shortly before the interval.

Almost inevitably the second period failed to emulate its goal-laden predecessor and neither goalkeeper was seriously tested before the full time whistle blew.

Team: Alnwick, Barlaser, Ferguson, Olley (Gilliead 70), Williams, Satka, Roberts (Gillesphey 70), Bigirimana, Ferreyra, Armstrong, Ameobi. Subs n/u: Pearson, L.Smith, Heardman.

Bolton: Fitzsimons, Maher, Kellett (Sellers 77), Holding, Obileye, Hughes, Lester, Woodland (Perry 39 [Walker 46]), Iliev, Clough, Hall.  Subs n/u: Youngs, Campbell, Walker.

Crowd: tbc

The Magpies finished 21st in last season's 22 team competition, kept off bottom spot only by Blackburn Rovers. Their final 10 league outings brought just one win and a draw, while the only meeting with Bolton ended in a 1-1 stalemate on Tyneside.

New season Magpie Mover tickets are now available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy, Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow 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

Charity effort
John and Nigel

Wednesday sees Whickham FC treasurer Alan Walton setting off on a 26 mile walk in memory of two people connected to NUFC who have died this year.

Alan has chosen to walk from Whickham's Glebe Ground to his side's Northern League game at Willington as a tribute to both his former work colleague and ex-Magpie Nigel Walker and also his long-standing friend, John Alder.  

Alan is raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and if anyone would like to contribute they can do so here


Gillingham (a)


Newcastle's Capital One Cup Second Round tie against Gillingham will be staged at Priestfield on Tuesday 26th August @ 7.45pm. It's not been selected for live TV.

Tickets are on sale now to ST holders (zero points) with member sale starting from 1pm on Wednesday (if any).

Prices: £20 adults, £15 over-65s, £10 U18s, £7 U12s.

Priestfield has a capacity of just under 12,000 and away fans get part of the uncovered "temporary" Brian Moore Stand behind one goal (see photo). United have 1,295 tickets for this tie.

In common with all ties at this stage, must finish on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

(Thanks to Shaun Smith for the photo)

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Newcastle  0  Manchester City  2


Match report

Last weekend's Premier League results:

Sat 16.08.2014:
Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City
Leicester City 2-2 Everton
QPR 0-1 Hull City
Stoke City 0-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 2-2 mackems
West Ham 0-1 Spurs
Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

Sun 17.08.2014:
Liverpool 2-1 Southampton

Mon 18.08.2014:
Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

Liam Sweeney

The Sweeney family confirm that Liam's funeral will take place on Thursday at Saint Mary's Cathedral in the city centre (Clayton Street West) with a 10am start time. 

There will be a wake afterwards in the Milburn Suite at SJP. 

News of fellow supporter John Alder is still awaited, with Dutch-led forensic teams continuing work to identify remains of MH17 disaster victims shipped to Holland. 

Derby day defeat


mackem U18s  2  Newcastle u18s  1

United's U18 side began their new campaign at a blustery Cleadon on Saturday, but lost out to their local rivals after completing a hat trick of derby successes last season in league and cup meetings.

The red and whites missed the chance to take an early lead when a handball in the Newcastle box was punished with the award of a penalty in the ninth minute - Rees Greenwood pinging his spot kick off an upright.   

However the Tyneside-born midfielder made no mistake four minutes before half-time, cutting in from the left before firing beyond goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Most of the scoring chances created by the Magpies stemmed from corners, debutant Ben Pollock not too far away with a headed effort after 54 minutes.

And the visitors came even closer just before the hour, when a surging run from Mackenzie Heaney took him into the opposition box before the 15 year-old dropped a dipping shot onto the crossbar.  

A deserved equaliser came on 74 minutes when yet another Newcastle corner was touched on by home custodian Greg Purvis, but fell for substitute Sean Longstaff to lash the ball into the roof of the net.

The Magpies then enjoyed their best period of the game and pushed forward in search of a winner, but again struggled to carve out decent chances and test a hesitant-looking Purvis between the posts.

However what proved the be winner arrived with seven minutes remaining, the home side counter-attacking and Greenwood crossing from the left flank for full back Ryan Ellison to send his downward header back past the wrong-footed Woodman and into the net.

Five minutes of added time saw the red and whites run the clock down by taking the ball into the corner, with tempers beginning to flare on both sides and several confrontations for the officials to try and disentangle.

United's next opponents are Manchester United at Little Benton this coming Saturday with a 12.30pm start. 

The Red Devils youngsters began their own season by drawing 0-0 at home to Bolton on Saturday. 

Team: Woodman, Newberry, Gibson, Drennan, Pollock, Cameron, Heaney, Storey (Hunter 76), Johnson, Holmes (Longstaff 65), Laidler.
Subs n/u: Cobain, Pearson, Charman.

Booked: Storey

Premier League:
Aston Villa (a)

The Magpies head to Aston for a 12.45pm kickoff on Saturday looking for a third successive victory at Villa Park, after successive 2-1 victories there.

United have sold their 2,800 allocation of tickets.

Squad: News on the availability of Cheick Tiote (hamstring) and Siem De Jong (calf) is awaited, but Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse remain sidelined and Hatem Ben Arfa excluded from the first team squad.

Facundo Ferreyra completed 90 minutes for the reserve side on Monday night and got on the scoresheet.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 9/5
Newcastle to win 2-1 @ 9/1
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 23/10

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

The Villans side got off to a winning start on Saturday, with a 1-0 victory away to Stoke City.

Manager Paul Lambert handed debuts to Aly Cissokho, Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson but a thigh problem meant that Joe Cole wasn't involved. 

Jores Okore (knee) is doubtful for the visit of Newcastle, while Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (leg) both remain sidelined.

Saturday saw former Magpie Charles N'Zogbia play 71 minutes after recovering from an Achilles problem that had kept him out of first team action since April 2013. 

Shay Given was on the bench for Villa, back in Lambert's squad since a loan spell at Boro last season. The United old boy featured in pre-season and is acting as cover for first-choice Brad Guzan after fellow goalkeeper Jed Steer joined Birmingham City on loan.

Monday saw Colombian international midfielder Carlos Sanchez join Villa from Spanish side Elche, although fitness issues and international clearance may yet mean that he's not blooded against Newcastle.  

Other Premier League fixtures:

Saturday 23 August 2014:
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Burnley
Everton v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 24.08.2014:
Hull City v Stoke City (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v QPR (1.30pm)
mackems v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

Mon 25.08.2014:
Manchester City v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Referee: Mike Dean - who presided over both our previous victories in this fixture, back in January and September 2013.

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV:

6'Eren (Denmark) +HD
Be Sport 1 (Belgium) +HD
beIN Sports Mena 1/11 HD
Benfica TV2 +HD
C+ Sport (France/Poland/Esp) +HD
Digi Sport 1 (Cze/Hun/Svk) +HD
ESPN Caribbean
Fox Sports 1 (Australia)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Futbol 2 (Ukraine) +HD
GO Sports 2 +HD
GOL Stadium
GOL T (Spain)
Idman TV
LTV 1 (Lumiere TV1)
MTV Sport 2 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live (USA)
Nova Sport (Bulgaria)
NTV Plus Futbol +HD
OLL TV (online)
OTE Sport 1 +HD
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
SportKlub 2
SportsNet Ontario +HD
Stod 2 Sport 2 +HD
SuperSport 3 (Za) +HD
Sportsnet World
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV3+ (Den) +HD
ViaPlay (Den/Swe) +HD
Viasat Football (Swe) +HD

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sport

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on


Toon @ Villa Park - Premier League era:

2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole

Gillingham (a)

Newcastle enter this season's Capital One Cup in the Second Round, away to League One Gillingham at Priestfield on Tuesday 26th August @ 7.45pm.

Our tie has not been selected for live TV coverage and in common with all ties at this stage, must finish on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

United's only previous meeting with the Kent side came at Priestfield in the same round of the competition back in September 1976. Goals from Tommy Cassidy and Paul Cannell set up a 2-1 win, witnessed by 11,203 fans.

The Gills made it to this point thanks to a 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town on Tuesday and have already improved on last season's performance - when they were beaten 0-2 at home in the First Round by Bristol City.  

Full Second Round Draw:

Tue 26th Aug:
Derby County v Charlton Athletic
Gillingham v Newcastle
MK Dons v Manchester United

Wed 27th Aug:
Aston Villa v Leyton Orient
Bradford City v Leeds United

Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday
Birmingham City v mackems
Bournemouth v Northampton Town
Brentford v Fulham
Burton Albion v QPR
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest
Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Millwall v Southampton
Norwich City v Crawley Town
Port Vale v Cardiff City
Scunthorpe United v Reading
Stoke City v Portsmouth
Swansea City v Rotherham United
Swindon Town v Brighton
Watford v Doncaster Rovers
West Bromwich Albion v Oxford United
West Ham v Sheffield United
Walsall v Crystal Palace

Glitter banned:
Scientists explain 
United Cup policy 

From the BBC, Saturday:

Magpies are scared of shiny objects, according to new research. 

It is widely believed that magpies have a compulsive urge to steal sparkly things for their nests, but scientists at Exeter University show that they are actually nervous of such objects, presumably because they are novel and may prove dangerous
(to league form...)

A spokesperson said: 

“We did not find evidence of an unconditional attraction to shiny objects in seems likely that the folklore surrounding them is a result of cultural generalisation and anecdotes* rather than evidence.”

*mostly about the Fairs Cup

Unlikely lad:
Nile's a Seasider

Former Magpie miscreant Nile Ranger has found himself a new club, after the hasty recruitment drive by Blackpool saw the striker sign a one year deal at Bloomfield Road. 

Ranger made his Tangerines debut from the bench in Tuesday night's 1-2 home defeat by Brentford/

PS: Ex-Newcastle and Blackpool player Michael Chopra is set to learn the identity of his new club this coming Thursday, when the draft selections for the inaugural Indian Premier League will be announced.

The eight team league consists of Atlético de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City, North East United, Pune City and teams from Goa and Bangalore.  

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Issue 113
of True Faith is now available, the second edition of the fanzine to be published in digital-only format. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Premier League:
Saints and Potters 
trips discounted

NUFC press release, Thursday:

Confirmation of a second reciprocal pricing deal followed, this time for the visit to Stoke City, where away fans will pay £20 for adult admission and £5 for juniors.

(It's worth pointing out that agreement of a reduced admission price is not only of reciprocal benefit to the travelling fans in the two fixtures concerned, but also allows the home club to reduce their ticket prices for equivalent home areas.) 

NUFC press release, Wednesday:

Football fans are set to benefit from lower away match ticket prices for one of their longest journeys of the season after Southampton agreed to an innovative reciprocal pricing scheme devised by Newcastle United.

United's reciprocal pricing deal, which was introduced during the 2013/14 campaign, offers away fans travelling to league fixtures at St. James' Park cheaper match tickets in the visitors' section if their club guarantees the same lower price for Newcastle supporters who travel to the Magpies' corresponding away league fixture.

Deals with West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City led to headline savings of 61.5% and 42.3% for Newcastle supporters at The Hawthorns and Liberty Stadium respectively last season - and now Southampton are the latest clubs to sign up to guarantee savings for travelling fans, with more clubs set to follow.

Newcastle United and Southampton have agreed to fix away ticket at the lower price of £25 for adults and £5 for concessions for their return PL fixtures during the 2014/15 season, with the sides meeting at St. Mary's in September and in the North East in January 2015.

Chatty Mags  

Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players include the following:

Thu 28.08.2014 John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and peas) from the venue. 

Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinn @ The Alberta Social Club, Jarrow. in Jarrow on Thursday September 4th. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824 663867.


Mackenzie Heaney (England U16s)
Wed 20.08.2014 Belgium (St.Georges Park) FR
(NB: not open to the public - invitation only)

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Wed 27.08.2014 Czech Republic (Kidderminster) FR
Fri 29.08.2014 Portugal (Chesterfield) FR
Sun 31.08.2014 Italy (Burton) FR


In (9):
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow.

06.06.2014 Striker Ayoze Perez (20) CD Tenerife.
09.06.2014 Midfielder Jack Colback (24) unattached.
01.07.2014 Midfielder Siem De Jong (25) Ajax. 
13.07.2014 Midfielder Remy Cabella (24) Montpellier.
16.07.2014 Striker Emmanuel Riviere (24) Monaco.
17.07.2014 Full back Daryl Janmaat (24) Feyenoord.
02.08.2014 Striker Facundo Ferreyra (23) Shaktar. 
09.08.2014 Defender Jamaal Lascelles (20) Nottm For. 
09.08.2014 Keeper Karl Darlow (23) Nottm For.
(both loaned back to Nottingham Forest).

Out (7): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.

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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.

New season opening Hours: TBC

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 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

2013/14 ST holders who have renewed with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.

New ST cards have only been issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or moving seats - if you haven't got yours, get in touch with the club asap.

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

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. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Sat 23.08.2014 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 25.08.2014 U21s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 26.08.2014 Gillingham (a) @ Priestfield, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup, Second Round. ST holders now, (zero points). £20 adults, £15 over-65s, £10 U18s, £7 U12s. Allocation: 1,295.

Sat 30.08.2014 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.08.2014 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 01.09.2014
Transfer window closes.

Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. £25 adults, £5 U22s and over 65s.  ST holders now (zero points), points reduction sale date tbc. Member sale, Wed 27.08.2014. 

Sat 13.09.2014 U18s v Bolton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 15.09.2014 U21s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Fri 19.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Borehamwood, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

20.09.2014 U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Europa League - beware!

Victory for Hull City over Sporting Lokeren from Belgium would propel the Tigers into the Group Stages and mean that their visit to Tyneside on Saturday September 20th would be rescheduled, with Europa League games played 48 hours earlier.

And similarly, progression for Spurs against Cypriot side AEL Limassol would affect our visit to White Hart Lane, scheduled to be played on Saturday October 25th but again, just two days after a Europa night.  

Both ties are played on August 21 & 28. 

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

2nd Round w/c 25.08.2014
3rd Round
w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 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.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 29.09.2014
Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 23.08.2014
Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

Gateshead FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.

On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5. 

home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Sat 23.08.2014
Grimsby Town
Sat 30.08.2014 Chester
Tue 09.09.2014 AFC Telford (7.45pm)
Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford
Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town

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

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches 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 :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Group D:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)

Group G:
06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v team tbc**

(** either Botswana or Guinea-Bissau)

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...

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

On This Day in History
20th August

Born Or Died:

1936 Death of William Agnew, 55.

1990 Death of Bill Curry, 54.


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1920 Ray Robinson left United to join rivals Sunderland, after losing his place in the first team.

1938 Gateshead (h) 
Cairns, Birkett
scorer tbc 



1949 Portsmouth (h)
Division One 
Harris, Clarke, Phillips 
Any travelling fans from Hampshire who missed this one would have been kept waiting until November 2007 for another Pompey victory on Tyneside.

1955 Sheffield United (h) 
Division One 
Davies 2, Hannah, Keeble
Waldock, Ringstead
The win was achieved without Bobby Cowell - injured in a post-season friendly - and subsequently forced into retirement.

1960 Preston North End (a) 3-2 (1-1)
Division One 
White 3
Sneddon 2 

Liam Tuohy debuted at outside left, having recently joined in a £9,500 deal from Irish side Shamrock Rovers.

1966 Aston Villa (a) 
Division One
An injury to first-choice left back Frank Clark saw Joe Harvey hand a league debut to Ron Guthrie.

1969 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One
Winger Jimmy Smith made his first appearance when coming off the bench to replace Benny Arentoft.

1975 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
The visitors enjoyed a half time lead thanks to an Alan Gowling own goal, but total domination from United thereafter could only produce an equaliser when Macdonald's shot went in off 'Boro's ex-Mag John Craggs.

1977 Leeds United (h) 
Division One 
Burns 2, Kennedy
Hankin, Lorimer(pen) 
After this opening day win, Dickie Dinnis led his side to eleven consecutive losses.

1980 Notts County (h) 
Division Two 
Featured here.

1983 League of Ireland (h) 3-0

Keegan(12), Waddle 2
The opening home game of the season gave supporters a chance to watch football through a security fence for the first time, this measure having been erected in the summer. Chris Waddle's two second half goals were both from close-in - a header and a toe-poke on the line.

1984 Gateshead (a)
Wharton 4, Ryan, Waddle, Beardsley
Scorer tbc 
United crossed the Tyne to provide opposition in a joint Testimonial for Bob Topping and former Magpie favourite Terry Hibbitt.

1991 United midfielder Billy Askew appeared before magistrates, charged with a public order offence after police had been called to a disturbance in Chester-le-Street town centre. He was fined.

1994 16 year old Paul Brayson scored eight goals, as Newcastle Juniors overcame their Hartlepool counterparts 10-1 at Durham University. 'Pools had taken the lead!

1997 After a one-season absence, Newcastle returned to the Pontins Reserve league, albeit in the Third Division. Their opening fixture was an uninspiring 0-0 stalemate against Hull at Boothferry Park.

1997 International call-ups saw Magpies new boys Jon Dahl Tomasson in World Cup Qualifying action for Denmark (lost 0-3 in Sarajevo to Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Shay Given for Ireland (0-0 at home to Lithuania).

18 year-old Bjarni Gudjonsson stole the show however, netting his first senior goal on his second appearance for Iceland - as they won against Liechenstein. 

2000 Manchester United (a) 0-2 (0-1)

Johnsen(19), Cole(68)
Future and former Magpies were on target for the home side at Old Trafford. match report

2001 United's U19s recorded a 9-1 friendly win at Ponteland. Michael Chopra and Richard Offiong both got hat-tricks, with Joe Kendrick and Chris Moore also scoring. 

The other youngster on target was Peter Pan himself, Peter Beardsley....

2002 The Reserves entertained their Middlesbrough counterparts at Gateshead International Stadium and took a 2-1 lead after Joseph Job gave Boro an early lead. 

Christian Bassedas equalised before Shola Ameobi put us in front only for Job to get his second in the last minute to make it 2-2. match report

2003 Two goals from striker Calvin Zola helped us to a fine 4-2 win against Everton Reserves at Southport's Haig Avenue.

Wayne Rooney equalised Zola's first but a second for Zola restored United's lead and Michael Chopra then raced into the box and slotted home to make it 3-1.

But back came the Toffees and Rooney again converted a fantastic effort, before Phil Cave topped a fine night for United with an even more spectacular 35 yard lob. match report

2005 West Ham (h)

(later rescinded)


Having returned from Highbury pointless but with some positives taken from a battling display, Newcastle once again revealed themselves to be incapable of playing offensively on their own ground.

Despite finishing a man short, Alan Pardew's Hammers side were rarely troubled by the home side, for whom midfielder Lee Clark made a second senior debut. match report

2006 News reports claimed that Obafemi Martins was on Tyneside for transfer talks, with Italian sources suggesting that a deal between with Inter Milan had been struck, valuing the striker at €16m (£10.9m).

Meanwhile Inter gave the reason for the striker's non-appearance at their Spanish pre-season training camp as 'flu.

2009 Everton seemed certain to sign Magpies defender Steven Taylor, according to Sky's "well-placed sources". Well-placed up their own jacksies as it turned out....

2011 mackems (a)
Premier League
Bardsley(89 - second yellow)

Ryan Taylor rifled home a stunning free-kick (over the wall) to give United three fantastic points - despite the best efforts of "England's" Howard Webb.

The much-praised whistler missed the most blatant of handballs by Sebastian Larsson from an early Joey Barton header that should have seen a penalty awarded and a red-card for the former Birmingham City midfielder.

Tempers spilled over at times and there were players from both sides lucky to stay on the pitch but mackem pair Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley could have ended up in jail with some of their assaults.

Webb finally lost patience with the latter in the dying minutes and issued a second yellow card to round off yet another memorable trip to the dark place. match report

2012 Alan Pardew was charged by the FA with misconduct, following his shove of the linesman during the home match with Spurs.

2014 Manchester City (a)
Premier League


Silva(6), Aguero(22), Toure(50), Nasri(75)
A miserable Monday night at the Etihad, as United offered little in their opening game of the season - save for the brainless antics of Steven Taylor who was deservedly dismissed.

Yohan Cabaye didn't feature as his alleged move to Arsenal loomed closer, while a lack of inbound transfer activity saw away fans urge their side to "spend some f*cking money", as Paul Dummett debuted. match report


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