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Ticket news: NUFC confirm new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

ST renewal deadline now
Wed 10.06.2015

 

Update:
Six out, one tbc


News from St. James' Park on Friday evening that six players will be departing when their current contracts expire at the end of next month. 

Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell and Remie Streete will all then become free agents, while Facundo Ferreyra returns to his parent club Shakhtar Donetsk after the expiration of the loan. 


The future of Sammy Ameobi remains unclear though, with United confirming that a contract offer has been made but no word yet on whether he'll sign or opt to move on under freedom of contract.

Jonas: 205 games (180 starts) 12 goals
Taylor: 106 games (76 starts( 10 goals
Alnwick: 8 games (7 starts)
Campbell: 5 games (0 starts)
(Streete never played)
(Ferreyra never played)


Ferreyra may well be the biggest waste of space in iving memory, but isn't unique in getting as far as the subs bench in the PL but leaving Gallowgate without ever kicking a ball competitively at senior level.

Along with 15 Academy products, the following eight non-combatants were signed but never blooded:

Lionel Perez, Tony Caig, Jason Drysdale, David Terrier, Brian Reid, Ralf Keidel, Brian Pinas, Facundo Ferreyra

Update:
Farewell Jonas


 

Following confirmation of his release, Jonas Gutierrez took to social media and posted the following message:

Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trust in me. This is a way to demonstrate I always hear you. You are very important to me, football wouldn't be the same without you. All my effort and affection is for you!

He also posted a photo montage on Facebook before signing off with the following barbed twitter comment:

Two things I learn from my illness how you can support a player (newcastle fans) and how you leAve a player alone (newcastle owner)

No prizes for guessing where that goal celebration on Sunday was directed at then.... 


RL @ SJP
:
Moving the goalposts


 


This Saturday and Sunday sees St. James' Park host the Rugby League Magic Weekend, when six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides take place. 

For anyone (like us) not conversant with the sport, this can be compared to the infamous Premier League "39th game" at a neutral venue. For Super League's it's their "23rd game", coming after 14 or 15 games are played. 

And although a trophy features in publicity there isn't a specific one up for grabs this weekend, with a separate playoff series of matches after the season ends in July culminating in the Grand Final to decide the champions.

Over 60,000 tickets have been sold to date for what will be the ninth staging of this annual event. The current attendance record of 64,552 for the full weekend and 36,339 for the first day was set at the Etihad in 2014.

Tickets are available from the Milburn Stand Ticket Office, which opens at 11.30am Saturday and 10am Sunday. Cheapest tickets are £25 one day, £40 both days (£20 and £12.50 concessions respectively).

NB: Magpie Mover travel tickets are not valid.

Fixtures (current league position in brackets)

Sat 30.05.2015:
2.30pm Salford Red Devils (11th) v Widnes Vikings (8th)
4.45pm Hull FC (9th) v Hull KR (10th)
7pm Leeds Rhinos (1st) v Wigan Warriors (3rd)

Sun 31.05.2015:
1pm Catalans Dragons (6th) v Huddersfield Giants (4th)
3.15pm St Helens (2nd) v Warrington Wolves (5th)
5.30pm Castleford (7th) v Wakefield W'cats (12th)

Ahead of Magic Weekend, main sponsors First Utility staged a kicking challenge across the River Tyne.

Raising funds for the NSPCC, three RL players and former Magpies Peter Beardsley, John Beresford and Rob Lee went head to head:
watch the outcome online here

Giveaway:
Happy shopper



MS meets MS

 

Pictured with proprietor Mike Searle is Moussa Sissoko, after the goalscorer had an iPhone6 screen repaired by MJS - and qualified for his NUFC.com reader discount.

Whether you scored the goal that kept us in the Premier League or dropped your tablet celebrating it, claim 10% discount at branches in Ponteland and Birtley now.

MJS can repair Apple and Android devices, laptops, PCs, Macs and most things in between more details here


Showing season-ending generosity, MJS have donated an I-onik Android tablet for a free-to-enter competition. 

To enter, simply email your answer to this question to competition@mjscomputers.net (subject: Moussa)

 

Arriving at Gallowgate in January 2013, Moussa took the squad number 7 that had been vacant since the exit of which midfielder to QPR in August 2011?  

No purchase necessary, no age restriction, one entry per person please. The winner will be drawn at random from correct entries received on Thu June 11th and must be available to collect their prize in person from either Ponteland or Birtley within two weeks.


Hong Kong:
Fourth visit to Sevens

Update: the final day of competition on Sunday will be broadcast live online via youtube

Once again, Newcastle have sent a team to contest the annual Citibank Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong, arriving on Wednesday to prepare for the main competition that gets underway on Saturday.

The Magpies are one of 16 teams in the main tournament and are in
group A along with Singapore Cricket Club, BC Rangers of Hong Kong and Leicester City.

United begin against Singapore at 4.14pm local time, face BC at 5.56pm and round off against Leicester at 7.21pm.

Other Premier League sides taking part in matches at Happy Valley are Aston Villa, Stoke City and West Ham.

The Veteran's competition meanwhile started on Friday and again included a team from Wallsend Boys Club. 

Former Magpies Peter Beardsley, Michael Bridges, Robbie Elliott and John Watson are in their squad and Elliott was on target in a 1-0 win over HKFC Veterans.

Their second outing also resulted in a 1-0 win, this time over KCC Veterans, guest player Llloyd Owusu netting.

One other familiar face taking part was old boy Marlon Harewood, who scored three times in two games for the Citibank All Stars side.



2015 squad:
Bartlett*, Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Gilliead, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Smith, Hunter. 

(An injury suffered by Paul Woolston playing for England forced his withdrawal and replacement by ex- youth team 'keeper Adam Bartlett, now on the Academy staff).


2014 squad:
Alnwick, Aarons, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Laidler, McKinnon, Olley, Quinn, Williams
(Eliminated at the semi-final stage)

2013 squad:
Alnwick, Tavernier, Dummett, Streete, Newton, Logan, Richardson, Inman, Sa
.Ameobi, Aarons.
(
Lost 0-2 to Leicester City in the final).

2012 squad: Alnwick, Tavernier, Dummett, Satka, 
Logan, Miele, Maddison, Hooper, Campbell, Inman.
(Beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the final)


 

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2014/15:
Hoyoots


Ex-Magpies released by their current club include:

Darren Ambrose (Ipswich Town)
Joey Barton
(QPR)
Sylvain Distin (Everton)
Damien Duff
(Melbourne City)
Danny Guthrie (Reading - Fulham loan)
Steve Harper (Hull City)
Paddy McLaughlin
(Grimsby Town)
Alan Neilson (Cambridge United coach)
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace)
Ben Tozer
(Northampton Town)
 

Loan latest:
The Third Mag


Thursday evening saw Rangers lose 1-3 at Ibrox to Motherwell in the first leg of their SPL play-off final. And while Haris Vuckic played his 21st game for the Ibrox side, there was a rare outing for another Magpie. 

Four months after his loan move, Shane Ferguson made a belated senior debut for Rangers from the bench in the second half - the third of the five Newcastle loan players to do so after Vuckic and Remi Streete.

The Northern Ireland international is under contract at SJP until 2016 but hasn't appeared at club level since the final game of his loan to Birmingham City in April 2014.

The two sides meet again at Fir Park on Sunday, with promotion for Rangers - and a £500K bonus payable to Newcastle - very much in the balance.   

Regardless of the outcome though, it seems unlikely that Vuckic will remain at Ibrox after the weekend - at least if the Daily Record newspaper is to be believed.

Entering the final 12 months of his contract, Vuckic has given little hint as to his future but would be a logical signing for Rangers regardless of what league they're in.

However the ongoing boardroom discord between club owner Dave King and Mike Ashley looks to have KO'd any hopes that a deal can be done by Rangers for Haris.

Meanwhile, it's emerged that Vuckic and fellow Magpie Gael Bigirimana were close to completing loan moves to  Motherwell during the January transfer window. Instead though, the pair were dispatched to Govan with Fergie, Streete and Kevin Mbabu.

Internationals:
Call-ups


close season national service for current Magpies:

Rolando Aarons (England U20s):
Thu 28.05.2015
Morocco (n) drew 3-3
Rolando was an unused substitute as England kicked off their Toulon Tournament campaign with a draw.

Sat 30.05.2015
Ivory Coast (n)
Wed 03.06.2015 Mexico (n) 
Fri 05.06.2015 China (n)

Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015
USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015
Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015
Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)

Freddie Woodman/Adam Armstrong (England U18): Mon 08.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki
Wed 10.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki


Paul Dummett (Wales):

Fri 12.06.2015 Belgium (h) ECQ (Cardiff)

Talk-in:
Prince in Toon
 - group offer


Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event next month - and there's a special bonus offer now available to NUFC.com readers.

The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.

Tickets cost £20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for £200 will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin Keegan.

More details and bookings can be made online here (booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956 in office hours will avoid booking fees. 

Premier League:
VA Day (Victory 
over Anyone)


Newcastle  2  West Ham  0





Match report is online here


Premier League final table - bottom six:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
15 Newcastle  38  -23  39
16 mackems  38  -22  38
17 Aston Villa  38  -26  38
18 Hull City 38  -18  35
19 Burnley  38  -25  33
20 QPR  38  -31  30


Tournaments:
Toon teens in twin
trophy triumph

 

There was double silverware success for Newcastle's youngsters in France over the weekend - but before anyone asks, that won't be the trigger for owner Mike Ashley to put the club on the market.... 

Monday saw United win the Tournoi International de Football U17 in the town of Saint-Andre-Lez-Lille.

After 0-0 draws with both FC Copenhagen and Dynamo Moscow on Saturday, the young Magpies beat FC Porto 1-0 in Sunday's quarter final, Callum Smith netting.

That set up a semi-final tie on Monday against Racing Club Lens and Newcastle won 3-0, thanks to a brace from Jamie Holmes and one from Lewis McNall.
 
FC Bruges beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in the other semi-final to face United and the 40 minute game ended 2-2. That meant that a penalty shootout was required, with Newcastle eventually running out 5-4 winners.

Squad: Ben Pollock, Jamie Holmes, Owen Bailey, Yannick Azoakonou, Callum Smith, Ben Kitchen, Mackenzie Heaney, Shane Donaghey, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Nathan Harker, Kurtis Russell, Kieran Olsen, Oliver Long, Kelland Watts, Cameron Armstrong, Jai Grant.

Newcastle's U14/15 squad also returned from France with silverware on Monday, winning the Neuville Tournament thanks to a 1-0 final victory over Swiss side Servette. 

The toon bairns won six out of their seven games and drew the other when needing only a point to progress into the Quarter Finals.




2015/16:
Southern nights 


Update: QPR, Burnley and Hull City have been relegated from the Premier League to be replaced next season by Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City.

And that means that fans driving to all 19 away games next season from SJP will see their round trip mileage increase by 904 miles, from 6,615 to 7,519 miles.

Norwich scored twice in the first half to overcome Boro 2-0 at Wembley on Monday, the Canaries including ex-Magpie Sebastien Bassong in their side. Fellow old boy Jonathan Woodgate remained on the bench for Boro.  

The Cherries are making their Premier League debut and will become the 46th different club we've faced in that competition, with Goldsands Stadium aka Dean Court the 53rd different PL venue to have accommodated us.

The Magpies have made three previous competitive visits to this part of Dorset and are yet to return victorious. 

A 1-2 loss in the League Cup in November 1963 saw Ron McGarry convert a penalty, while Mick Quinn netted in another 1-2 defeat, this time in the old Second Division during September 1989.

And most recently, a gallant display by crocked 'keeper Tommy Wright helped his side to a 0-0 draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 1992, although United went on to lose the replay at SJP in a penalty shootout.

Having retained top-flight status on the last day of the season, Newcastle's 2015/16 campaign will start to take shape on Wednesday June 17th when the Premier  League fixture list is published.
 
The Premier League begins on Saturday August 8th and the date for the final weekend is yet to be confirmed.

Triffic:
Thames oil slick




The Selhurst special one granted ESPN an audience recently - here's what they asked and he answered (the above photo shows Pardew on Tuesday as he played 30 minutes for Palace in Julian Speroni's Testimonial against Dundee. Temuri Ketsbaia appeared for the visitors).

ESPN: How do you rate your season with both Newcastle and Palace?

AP: I think it is my best season as a manager. I say that because I've had two such different challenges over the course of this campaign. At Newcastle, I had a team at the bottom of the table with a crowd that was very angry at what had gone on at the club for a period of time. I suspect it will be difficult for me to top this season in the future.

(We were tenth on the day that Pardew left)

ESPN: What emotions will you feel if Newcastle are relegated from the Premier League on Sunday?

AP: I want them to stay up, of course I do. They are my players, my staff, a club that means a lot to me and always will. I hope they get the win they need and then they won't have to worry about any other result.

ESPN: Does it frustrate you that your five years at Newcastle are remembered by some for the wrong reasons?

AP: Amid all the negativity at Newcastle, we achieved some great things. Finishing fifth in the Premier League with a great team was a fine effort and we also got to the quarter finals of the Europa League and nearly got past a Benfica side that went to the final. They were great days, great nights at St James' Park and I remember them with affection. Maybe they are forgotten too quickly

(let's recall also your fine efforts in finishing 12th, 16th and 10th and losing four out of five FA Cup ties)

ESPN: You still appear to have great affection for Newcastle despite the campaign by fans to get you out of the club. Is that fair to say?

AP: I didn't listen to half of the criticism I received. I just didn't let it enter my brain. It affects people around me, but it was my job to see through that. When you are in charge of a top club, where expectations are high you have to deal with that. 

I look at Rafa Benitez in his time at Liverpool, he had difficult periods and the same goes for Brendan Rodgers in the same job now. 

These difficult periods come and you have to accept that. I did as well as I could at Newcastle.

(Ah yes, the unrealistic expectations of NUFC fans - how dare we expect a team - and a club - to actually try? And as for comparisons with Liverpool, just laughable, we have more in common with Tranmere.....)

ESPN: Was there ever a time at Newcastle when you doubted yourself as a manager?

AP: No. If I doubted myself, we would never have gone on the run we did shortly before I left. You always have to have faith in your own abilities and that has to be evident to your players.

ESPN: What did you learn from what appeared to be a traumatic experience at Newcastle?

AP: It helped me to grow as a manager because there were a lot of games at Newcastle when I was the dominant force, the focus of attention. You don't have that kind of focus at a lot of clubs, so I learned how to ram that home. I also developed a habit of beating the top teams at Newcastle and thankfully, that has continued at Palace.

ESPN: Have you been given the credit you deserve over the course of your management career?

AP: That is for other people to say. All I can point to are the facts. If we win on Sunday, I will have collected 57 points from 37 games this season. That is a hell of a return over the two clubs given the resources I was working with. During my 18 games at Palace, we are the sixth best team in the league. The facts speak for themselves.

ESPN: Where do you want to take Crystal Palace during your time as the club's manager?

AP: There is a chance here in the next couple of years to have a real go at getting ourselves into a semifinal or a final of a cup competition and maybe even win a cup, that would be fantastic. We could get into Europe as well, of course we could.

Work up a song and dance routine Alan and you'll win the bloody Eurovision Song Contest - perhaps a rewrite of the Cliff Richard ditty, "(Self) Congratulations"? Trying telling those Newcastle fans who witnessed the capitulations to Stevenage, Brighton (twice) and Cardiff just what your definition of "a real go" is.....

ESPN: You were critical of the Europa League competition during your time at Newcastle, so would you want to be in that again with Palace?

AP: I would not want to be the Europa League in the current format, that's for sure. Thursday night games are difficult to contend with given the level of physicality we deal with in the Premier League. We struggled with it at Newcastle and we were not alone in that among the English clubs. Until that issue is addressed, no Premier League team wants to be in the Europa League. That's the reality, even if some don't want to admit it.

ESPN: Looking to this summer's transfer market, what teams do you see Palace competing with to sign players?

AP: Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton and maybe even Spurs. While we cannot compete with some of those clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they are also in the market for. If we could add that kind of quality of player to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.

ESPN: There has been a lot of talk about agents and the tactics they use in recent days following Raheem Sterling's fallout with Liverpool. How do you deal with agents?

AP: I always ask two questions when we are closing in on a deal: What currency are we dealing in and how many people are expecting to get paid as part of this transfer? I have had situations in the past when you are close to signing a player and the money involved switches from euros to pounds to dollars. It is a difficult process, but one we have to work with.

What tripe is this? The nearest you came to closing in on a deal was getting a phone call to say it had or hadn't happened - part of the reason you left NUFC.

ESPN: If you fall out with an agent, can you just cross them off your list and vow never to work with them again?

AP: Not really. If you've had a bad experience with an agent, you have to move past it. You are bound to want a player at some stage who is represented by this guy and you will have to try to work around the personality of the agent. You tend to work out what makes them tick, what they respond to. You have to have tactical plans to get a deal over the line. 

It had to be there, the phrase that pays - only in its abbreviated form, lacking the preface "we just couldn't get it....."

I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be fully involved in transfers, that's for sure.

At last, something we can agree on. 

 

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St. James' Park
Sunday 24th May
Match report

NUFC.com's
Never-Ending Tour
 
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2014/15:
 

99

 

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

Fixtures:

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. 

2015/16 season:

(First team pre-season fixtures tbc)

Wed 01.07.2015
Pre-season training starts (delayed return for players involved in post season internationals)

Tue 07.07.2015 U21s v Corby Town (h) 
@ Little Benton, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Sat 18.07.2015 U21s v Whitley Bay (h) 
@ Darsley Park, ko tbc. Friendly. BCD tbc.

PL fixture release on Wed 17.06.2015

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
 
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

PL starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Capital One Cup Round dates:

2nd:
w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1:
w/c 04.01.2016
SF2:
w/c 25.01.2016
F:
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd:
w/e of 09.01.2016
4th:
w/e of 30.01.2016
5th:
w/e of 20.02.2016
6th:
w/e of 12.03.2016
SF:
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F:
Sat 21.05.2016

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:
None
 
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
None

Talk-ins:


Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £25 via here (Dunston FC Benefit)

Thu 04.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @
42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW. 
£5 via 07814 717161.

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. £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 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...


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

On This Day in History
29th May


Born Or Died:

1926 William Isaiah Foulkes born, 
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. (1951-54)

Forward who arrived from Chester City at a cost of £11,500 in October 1951 and made his debut in a 4-2 win at Huddersfield Town.

Previously on amateur forms with Cardiff City, Bill won his first Welsh cap just days after moving to United and scored with his first touch in a 1-1 draw with England. 

The scorer of United's opening goal in the 4-2 Third Round win against Aston Villa, Bill appeared in every round of the competition in 1951/52 including the final victory.

Moving to Southampton ahead of the 1954/55 season (in a joint deal with Tom Mulgrew), Bill later returned to his former clubs Winsford United and Chester City, ending his career with Hyde United.

Living in Chester, he passed away in 1979.

1976 Claudio Roberto da Silva (aka Cacapa) born, Lavras, Brazil.
(2007-09)

The appointment of Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager in the summer of 2007 saw an overhaul of the club's defence, with over £13m spent on David Rozehnal, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye.

Also arriving was former Brazilian international central defender Cacapa, who joined on a Bosman free following the expiration of his contract with Lyon.  

Beginning his professional career in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro, he won the first of four international caps before making the switch to OL in 2001.

Five domestic title successes in as many seasons followed, during which time Claudio also acquired French citizenship.

His competitive debut came in the final seconds of a 0-0 draw at SJP against Aston Villa, when he replaced Geremi and in doing so became the third Brazilian to appear for United, after Mirandinha and Fumaca.

Paired with Faye, Rozehnal and Taylor , Cacapa made 22 appearances that season netting twice, both headers from corners at SJP against Spurs and Stoke City, the latter in the FA Cup. 

That second goal came on the night that Kevin Keegan returned, but he lost his place within weeks and didn't feature again until the season closer at Everton.

Claudio will be remembered for a frail display in a 1-4 home rout by Pompey in November 2007, substituted after just 18 minutes with his side already trailing 1-3.

Featuring sporadically the following season under Chris Hughton and JFK, Cacapa's final outing was a late substitute appearance against Stoke in December 2008.

Never selected for any squads by Alan Shearer, Claudio's last appearance at SJP came in a reserve game against Manchester United during March 2009.

Unsurprisingly Newcastle failed to exercise the one year option on his deal and he departed in that summer, returning to his native Brazil and joining Cruzeiro.

Cacapa then made a comeback with French side Evian, helping them to promotion in 2011 before returning to Brazil with Avai.

Following their relegation though he retired from playing and coached the Brazilian National Team at U15 level between 2013 and 2015.

He also founded his own soccer school (ALCCA) in Sao Joao del Rey with fellow Brazilian defender Andre Luiz.


 

  
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1906 Prague (a)
9-1 
(?-?)
Friendly 
Gardner 2, Higgins, Veitch 3, Orr 3
Scorer tbc
Crowd tbc 

1921 Celtic (n)
0-3 
(?-?)
Friendly
Scorer tbc
Crowd tbc  
 
24 hours after beating local side Gallia, United returned to the Stade de Colombes near Paris for the final of a four team tournament.

In the 3rd/4th place playoff, Cercle Athletic Paris beat Gallia 3-1.


Stan Seymour attacks the Hoops

1927 Dutch Olympic XI (a)
5-0 
(3-0)
Friendly
McDonald 2, Seymour, Harris, Spencer
(some sources give McDonald 1, Clark 1)
5,000
United's six game post-season tour of Holland was concluded by a fifth meeting with the Dutch Olympic side, this time in Groningen.

Team: Wilson, Maitland, Hudspeth, MacKenzie, Spencer, Harris, Low, Clark, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.

(
Thanks to our Dutch detectives Markus, Stevo and especially Frans for their help in confirming the scorers)

1932 Frankfurt XI (Germany) (a)
6-3 
(3-1)
Friendly 
Richardson 2, McMenemy, Lang, Boyd, Cape
Scorers tbc
15,000
One week after losing a friendly in Paris, Newcastle concluded their short post-season tour with a victory in Germany. 


Albert McInroy keeps the Germans at bay

1960 Sevilla Coruna (Spain) (a)
1-2 
(0-1)
Friendly 
Bell(55)
Agüero(17), Pereda(75)
Crowd tbc
The Magpies were participants in the 15th staging of the annual Trofeo Teresa Herrera invitation match - a competition they would return to play in - and win - during 2010.  

SFC: Mut, Santín, Maraver, Valero, Ruiz-Sosa, 
Achucarro, Aguero, Dieguez, Antoniet, Pereda, Szalay.
NUFC: Harvey, Keith, Stokoe, McMichael, Scoular, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, Luke.

1969 Ujpesti Dozsa (Hungary) (h)
3-0 
(0-0)
Fairs Cup Final 1st Leg
Moncur(63,71), Scott(84)
59,234
Eight days after winning a stormy semi-final against Rangers, United were back at SJP to face the highly-rated Magyars in the first leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final.

After a tight first half, United skipper Bob Moncur chose his 143rd game for United to grab his first senior goal, pouncing to net after Wyn Davies saw his shot rebound after latching on to Tommy Gibb's free kick. 

Within minutes Moncur had done it again, the right-footer shooting past visiting goalkeeper Antal Szentimihalyi after playing a neat two with Benny Arentoft. Like his first, it also came courtesy of his left foot.

The United captain also got another shot on target that night, inadvertantly fracturing the cheekbone of Wyn Davies - who played on.

Jim Scott then grabbed a third goal at the Gallowgate End after another Arentoft assist, to give the Magpies a healthy advantage going in to the second leg in Budapest.   

NUFC: McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Burton, Moncur, Scott, Robson, Davies, Arentoft, Sinclair (Foggon). Subs n/u: Craggs, Hope, McNamee.


Cap'n Bob takes on the Magyars

Manager Joe Harvey commented afterwards: 

"I feel that we have one hand on the cup now. I hoped for two
(goals) at the most - but three - it's fantastic."

Youtube footage is online here

1983 Japan XI (a)
4-0 
(3-0)
Friendly 
Keegan(11), Waddle(20,68) Clarke(
3-0)
Crowd tbc 
After playing friendlies in Malaysia & Thailand, United moved on to Tokyo and recorded a victory in their first Japan Cup game.

The tie was played at the Olympic Stadium, opened for the 1964 staging of the event.

Team: Thomas, Anderson, Wharton, McCreery, Clarke, Carney, Keegan, McDonald, Varadi, McDermott, Waddle. Subs: Martin, Hedworth.

1996
A last minute goal at Lansdowne Road gave Portugal a 1-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland, depriving future Magpie Shay Given a first clean sheet in his third full international.

1998 England concluded their World Cup preparations with a 0-0 draw against Belgium in a friendly staged in Casablanca.

United's Rob Lee won his 17th cap and played the full game but missed the opening spot kick of the shootout, Belgium winning 4-3.

1999 Newcastle duo Aaron Hughes and Shay Given were in opposition as Northern Ireland registered a 1-0 friendly success over their Irish rivals in Dublin. 

2000 United were linked with a move for AB Copehangen's promising young striker, Peter Lovenkrands. However he was to snub our approach in favour of a move to Rangers - much to the annoyance of Bobby Robson.

2003 Spurs full back Stephen Carr was strongly linked with a move to Tyneside with Carl Cort going to White Hart Lane as part of the deal. Well, they were half right....

2004 Future Mag Obafemi Martins marked his visit to England with Nigeria by netting once in a 3-0 win over a Given-less Ireland side, in a friendly staged at Charlton's Valley.


2012
United belatedly confirmed their first senior pre-season fixture, at Championship outfit Cardiff City on the weekend before the Premier League kicked off.
 

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