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St. James' Park
Saturday 30th July

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The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2016/17:




Martin Hardy's excellent "Touching Distance" book is now in paperback.

Order from the publisher for just 8.99 including UK postage here




Ticket news:
Fulham (a)

Huddersfield (h) Public sale now (online)
Reading (h) Public sale now (online)
Bristol City (a) ST holder sale now (
25 points)



The Brighton Argus newspaper report interest from Newcastle in signing Albion's right winger Anthony Knockeart, with an undisclosed bid claimed to be around 8m rejected in recent days.

24 year-old Knockeart joined the Seagulls in January 2016, scoring five goals in 18 Championship starts. He's under contract at the Amex until 2019.

Previously with Leicester City, the Frenchman ended a three year stint with the Foxes in 2015 when he left under freedom of contract to join Standard Liege. 

Promotion Promotion

Our betting partner Coral are currently offering new customers 10/1 on Newcastle winning promotion from the Championship this coming season.

The maximum stake is 5 and should Rafa's side fail in their quest, your stake will be refunded as a 5 bet.

This enhanced price is only available online here

(NB: this can't be combined with any other promos)

Coral now have their match markets for our opener at Fulham online with the following catching our eye:

NUFC to win 1-0 @ 13/2
NUFC to win to nil @ 12/5 
HT draw, FT NUFC win @ 9/4
1-1 draw FT @ 11/2
NUFC to come from behind and win 10/1

Vitesse Arnhem (h)

Newcastle will attempt to complete an unbeaten five game pre-season programme on Saturday, when Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem visit SJP (3pm).

Tickets remain on public sale and the Box Office will be open from 9am on Saturday (collection windows are open from 10am). 

Pay turnstiles will be in operation as follows:

Leazes West Corner L2 - 13 & 14
Leazes West Corner L4 - 9/10 & 15/16
Leazes Middle, N/L2M & N - 17 & 18
Leazes Middle, N/L2R & S - 31 & 32
Leazes Upper, L4T-L4X, 19,20,21,29,30
Gallowgate Upper, R-V, 60,61,62,63,66
Gallowgate West Corner, B,C,D, 68, 69 & 70
Leazes East Corner, B,C, 33 & 34
North East Corner

If you're using the Metro, a major line closure means a bus replacement service operates in both directions between Benton and Monkseaton until August 6th. 

Staying with public transport, don't forget that Magpie Mover travel tickets are not valid for friendly matches.

A match programme has been produced (3) but live commentary won't be available on Radio Newcastle - audio coverage is exclusive to the official club site. 

Team: Yet to kick a ball this pre-season are Massadio Haidara, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem De Jong, Tim Krul and Rob Elliot while Matt Ritchie has missed the last two games. Jesus Gamez returns from suspension.

The club with a formal link to Chelsea that sees regular loan arrivals from Stamford Bridge have signed a trio of free transfers so far this summer.

Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda arrived from Hearts for a second spell at Vitesse, midfielder Navarone Foor was formerly with Dutch rivals NEC and defender Kosuke Ota came from his nativeToyko.

Arnhem finished ninth in the league last season and kick off the new campaign away to Willem II a week after this first-ever visit to Tyneside.

Pre-season kickabouts have so far seen them come up against R
ubin Kazan (won 2-1), West Bromwich Albion (lost 1-2) and Porto (lost 1-2).

NUFC home pre-season friendlies - last decade:

2015/16 Monchengladbach lost 0-1 21,088
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 SC Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656*
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 23,078
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 34,016
2007/08 Celtic won 4-1 30,225
2006/07 Villarreal drew 2-2 20,144
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven lost 2-3 20,175
2005/06 Yeading won 5-0 6,151

*abandoned after 63 mins

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Second string:
York City (a)


While the first team are in action at Gallowgate on Saturday, United's reserve side face National League side York City at their Bootham Crescent home. 

Kickoff is at 3pm and there are no advance ticket sales, with admission payable on the gate for 12 adults, 6 concessions. 

Peter Beardsley's side have won their four friendlies to date
, scoring a dozen goals and conceding just one.

This fixture gives them the chance to go one better than their senior colleagues, who were beaten 1-2 at Bootham Crescent a year ago when the Minstermen were still in the Football League.

Magpies defensive duo Kyle Cameron and Lubo Satka both spent time on loan at York last season.

PS: Recent Newcastle trialist Tyler Harvey has changed clubs once again after a brief stint with the mackems failed to bring him a contract offer. The 21 year-old has signed a one year deal at Wrexham.  

ST refunds: update

Press release from NUFC, Thursday:

Newcastle United have confirmed details of how season ticket holders will receive discounts after the club reduced all season ticket prices at St. James' Park by 10% for 2016/17.

The club has written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates of its ticketing system are now complete and has thanked them for their patience while waiting for payment information.

From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of their season ticket.

The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details of how this payment will be made very shortly.

Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total final saving of 10%.

Tiote departure delay 

Update: a rejected bid of 800K is being claimed.

Despite being absent from the Newcastle squad at Southend United on Tuesday, the departure of midfielder Cheick Tiote remains in some doubt. 

The Ivorian has one year left on his deal and has reportedly been in negotiations with Al Jazira, who participate in the Arabian Gulf League.

However Sky report that the Abu Dhabi-based club's valuation of Tiote is some way off United's and the player is now back in training at Darsley Park.

Sky Sports also report that Lazio's bid to sign Florian Thauvin has been rejected. The possibility of another loan move to Olympique Marseille with a subsequent purchase option remains on the table.

PS: Ahead of a scheduled return to training on Monday (when the first team are put through their paces at the SJP open day), transfer links to malcontented Moussa Sissoko haven't yet translated into bids.

That leaves the fate of Sammy Ameobi (in training but not involved in any senior or reserve pre-season games) and Remy Cabella (in pre-season with Marseille but not yet confirmed as a permanent signing) to be revealed.

Back home


Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run returned to the North East on Thursday, after successfully completing the 2016 leg of his global charity challenge.

An 83 day route through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia added a magnificent 2,633 miles to his total.

Fundraising for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation, with donations totaling over 42.5K raised from Mark's latest leg - boosting the figure raised since 2007 to over 255K.

If you'd like donate, please do so online here 

Spot kick heartache

A Newcastle Academy squad are currently making their annual visit to Northern Ireland for the Milk Cup youth event (now re-christened as SuperCupNI):

Thu 28.07.2016 Lusaka Academy (n) drew 1-1
Facing Zambian opposition in Ballymoney, in-form Lewis McNall was on target yet again but with this being a knockout game, it had to be resolved on penalties.

Sadly United lost 4-5 in the shootout, with McNall, Longstaff, Gibson and Wilson on target but Heaney seeing his spot kick saved.

Team: Freeman, Aplin, Cass, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson, Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Allan (Robson), Gallacher (Wilson).

Subs n/u: tbc

Fri 29.07.2016 Ichifuna (n) 
Limavady, 1.30pm.

United round off their week with a 3th/4th place Globe playoff match against a Japanese side that they beat 2-0 back in the 2014 tournament. 

Group games:

Wed 27.07.2016 Vendee (n) won 3-0  
McNall, Wilson, Heaney

Victory confirmed a place in the last four of the Globe section of the competition - one below the Cup that was contested by the four sides with 100% records.

Team: Freeman, Aziakonou, Aplin, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson, Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Allan, Gallacher.
Subs: (usage tbc) Long, Watts, Brown, Cass, Wilson, Robson, Gamblin.

Tue 26.07.2016 Right to Dream
(n) drew 3-3
Gallacher 2, McNall 1

Team: Freeman, Cass, Aplin, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson,  Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Allan, Gallacher.
Subs: (usage tbc) Aziakonou, Long, Watts, Brown, Wilson, Robson, Gamblin.

Mon 25.07.2016 Fermanagh (n) won 2-1  
McNall 2

Team: Freeman, Aziakanou, Aplin, Longstaff, Bailey, Gibson, Heaney, Goodridge, McNall, Long, Gallacher.
Subs (usage tbc): Watts, Brown, Allan, Cass, Wilson, Robson, Gamblin.

Booked: Aplin

1 Charlie Freeman
2 Yannick Aziakonou
3 Kieren Aplin
4 Matthew Longstaff
5 Owen Bailey
6 Lewis Gibson
7 Mackenzie Heaney
8 Mace Goodridge
9 Lewis McNall
10 Oliver Long
11 Owen Gallacher
12 Kelland Watts
13 Will Brown
14 Thomas Allan
15 Lewis Cass
16 Adam Wilson
17 Jack Robson
18 Isaac Gamblin

DK Max:
Kelly hat giveaway


Having sold out earlier in the year (when right minded people should really have been buying woolly hats), Tyneside-based merchandiser Spirit of 69 have replenished stocks of their "David Kelly" bucket hat. 

Available in various sizes online here for 21.50, we have one up for grabs in a free-to-enter giveaway. 

Simply identify a former Magpie striking colleague of Ned from the following clues:

Signed from non-league side Kettering Town
Scored 13 times in 51 games under 3 managers
Left for West Brom and ended his days at Charlton

Email your answer to (subject: Hat).

Closing date is Sun July 31st @ 9pm - one per person please. Entries welcome from across the planet.

Unlikely lads:
(Old) spice boy

Fresh from what can reasonably be called an Indian summer with Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, Aaron Hughes has extended his club career by signing for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Premier League 

Spending last season in Australia with Melbourne City, Aaron is the third ex-Magpie to join the Blasters after Michael Chopra in 2014 and Peter Ramage last year.

Unlikely lads:
Thai aye man


Ex-United striker Xisco is on the move again, joining Muangthong United in Thailand. The 30 year-old left Cordoba in his native Spain after they missed out on promotion to the top flight, but wasn't fit enough to debut in a 3-2 win over Buriram United on Sunday.    

An announcement is expected soon from MLS side Portland Timbers, confirming that they have reached agreement to sign old boy Steven Taylor.

The 30 year-old is now a free agent after his contract expired and had received contracts offers from various clubs including Glasgow Rangers. 

Another Wembley 
route closes.... 

Confirmation of the Premier League and Championship sides participating in the re-launched EFL Trophy has finally appeared - and Newcastle aren't involved.

The Magpies were one of 16 Category One Academies invited to enter an U23 team to play alongside 48 League One and Two sides, but have declined to participate - unlike the smoggies and mackems.

United have outlined their reasons as follows:

The Club was initially informed by the Premier League that it was not going to be invited to compete in the restructured competition.

Accordingly, the Club started to make plans with regard to the development squad for the coming season. These plans included the intention to loan out some of the players who are currently part of the under-23 squad, rather than allowing them to compete in the Premier League 2.

Changes to the loan system, which come into effect this season, mean all loans must now be completed on a window-to-window basis, with emergency and youth loans no longer permissible. These regulations are a contributory factor to the Club's decision.

Though Newcastle United did subsequently receive an invite to compete in the EFL Trophy, the Club feels their younger players would be better served by going out on loan and gaining experience over an extended period in a first team environment.

In its former guise as the Johnstones Paint Trophy, a Barnsley side including Magpie loan forward Ivan Toney collected the silverware at Wembley last season. 

Shrimpers scuttled

Southend United  0  Newcastle  2


Match footage is online here

Match report

Happy returns

KSC Lokeren  0  Newcastle 

Match footage is online here

Match report


Steel silverware for second string!

PSV Eindhoven XI  0  Newcastle Res  1

Sunday's match action is online here

Steel Cup trophy presentation

Match details online here



Matz Sels
24 year-old Belgian international 'keeper signed from KAA Gent on a five year deal for approx 5m, the costliest custodian in our history.   

Matt Ritchie 26 year-old Scottish international left winger bought for 12m from Bournemouth on a five year contract. Formerly with Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge, Notts County, Swindon Town.

Dwight Gayle fleet-footed 25 year-old forward who arrived on a five year deal from Crystal Palace for 10m. Also played at Arsenal, Stansted, Dagenham and Redbridge, Bishop's Stortford and Peterborough.

Jesus Games turned down the chance to rejoin his former club Malaga from Atletico Madrid when Rafa Benitez made his interest known. The 31 year-old Spanish-born right back signed a two year deal.

Isaac Hayden arrived from Arsenal on a permanent deal, the Essex-born 21 year-old defender/midfielder agreeing a five year contract. He helped Hull City achieve PL promotion last season while on loan.

Grant Hanley defected from fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers to United, becoming the second Scottish international in the squad with Ritchie. 

The 24 year-old hails from Dumfries and previously played for Crewe Alexandra.


Sylvain Marveaux Contract expired

Gabriel Obertan
Contract expired

Steven Taylor
Contract expired

Andros Townsend Joined Crystal Palace for 13m after the Eagles triggered a release clause inserted into his deal when arriving from Spurs in January.

Fabricio Coloccini Negotiated an early release from his contract in order to return to Argentina and join former club San Lorenzo.

Papiss Cisse Moved into the final season of his deal and agreed a transfer to Chinese Super League club 
Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.

Gini Wijnaldum followed in the boot steps of Didi Hamann, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique by making a switch to Liverpool. Just 12 months into a five year contract, he moved to Anfield for a claimed 25m. 

Old boys:
Unlikely lads 
Old boys with new clubs:

Joey Barton (Glasgow Rangers)
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Hatem Ben Arfa
(Paris SG)
Jamie Cobain
Adam Collin
(Notts County)
Mark Cook
(Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah
(Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics
(Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
David Edgar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Lewis Guy (Annan Athletic)
Aaron Hughes
(Kerala Blasters)
Brad Inman
(Peterborough United)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Callum Morris
Charles N'Zogbia (mackems - trial)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial) 
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool United)
Nile Ranger (Southend United)
Louis Storey (South Shields)
Ryan Taylor (Rotherham United - trial)
Ryan Taylor (Wigan Athletic - trial)
Ben Tozer (Newport County)
Jake Trodd (Newcastle Benfield)
Xisco (Muangthong United)

Coaches etc:

John Carver
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Patrick Kluivert (PSG D of F)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
Paul Stephenson (Kilmarnock C)
Steve Watson (Macclesfield Town AM)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

Of interest to those who are awaiting the promised refund / direct debit change following price reductions is the following:

Following the 10% discount, existing season ticket holders who have paid up front in full will soon be receiving details of refunds, while existing season ticket holders on the club's Direct Debit scheme will be notified of reductions in their payments shortly.

Existing season ticket holders are reminded to retain last season's entry card. New season ticket holders and supporters who have moved seats or changed concession bands will receive a new card by Thursday 4th August.

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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here


Fri 29.07.2016 U18s vIchifuna (n), Limavady, 1.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Public sale now. 15 adults, 5 concessions. Only selected parts of lower bowl on sale. Cash turtnstiles will be open on matchday.

Sat 30.07.2016 Res v York City (a) @ Bootham Crescent, YO30 7AQ, 3pm. Friendly. 12 adults, 6 concessions - no advance tickets, pay on the gate. 

Mon 01.08.2016 SJP open training session. Full details tbc, free admission.

Mon 01.08.2016
NUFC second and third kits go on sale.

Mon 01.08.2016 Res v Ashington (a)
@ Woodhorn Lane, 7.30pm. Friendly.
6 adults, 2 concessions. Pay at the gate.

Fri 05.08.2016 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7.45pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (allocation: 2,750)

Sat 13.08.2016 U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 13.08.2016 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).

Mon 15.08.2016 Res v Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Centre, KO tbc. Premier League 2. NB: venue switch from home to away.

Wed 17.08.2016 Reading (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Public sale now (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).

Sat 20.08.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ WBA Training Ground, KO tbc. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.08.2016 Bristol City (a)
@ Ashton Gate, 3pm. Championship. ST holder sale now (25 points), 0 from Mon 01.08.2016.
30 adults, 27 over-65s/U25s, 15 U19s, 10 for U12s. Allocation: 2,500.

Mon 22.08.2016 Res v West Ham (a) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Premier League 2.

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from 10 adults & 5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

Sat 06.05.2017
Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Fri 05.08.2016
Fulham (a) 7.45pm
Sat 27.08.2016 Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm

From the EF: The next selections are due for consideration early next month with an announcement set for just after the opening weekend of the season (Aug 6).

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):
United have a bye to Round 2.

R1 w/c 08.08.2016
R2 w/c 22.08.2016
R3 w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017.

Metro line closures 2016:

Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016 From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways. 


International Magpies
National Service
2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
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
29th July

Born Or Died:

1993 Ayoze Perez born Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. (2014-present)

United's first permanent signing in 18 months was a striker arriving for an undisclosed fee on a "long-term contract" from Spanish second tier club CD Tenerife in June 2014.

A fee of less than 2m was reportedly paid for a player who had scored 16 times in 34 games the previous season and who was 12 months away from becoming a free agent. 

Debuting for Tenerife's B team during 2012, Perez was blooded in their senior squad in April 2013 and was soon attracting the attention of scouts from clubs including Porto, Seville, Valencia, Schalke 04, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton.

A mooted transfer to Swansea City in the January 2014 window was mothballed as the Swans prepared to jettison manager Michael Laudrup and Newcastle announced that the signing was complete in early June.

Perez then made his bow for in the club's opening pre-season game at League One side Oldham Athletic, before joining his colleagues on the plane to New Zealand

Giving notice of his promise with a fine goal in a friendly against Sheffield Wednesday, Ayoze debuted competitively off the bench for the closing moments of our opening day home loss to Manchester City.

His first goal for the club came at Spurs and was followed by strikes against Liverpool, West Brom (home and away), Arsenal, Everton and Swansea - a fine haul for a player branded as "one for the future."

The form of Perez and his intelligent play was in stark contast to the more costly Emmanuel Riviere and while Papiss Cisse flattered to deceive as usual, the young Spaniard did his bit to avoid relegation.

Newcastle's official website awarded their goal of the season accolade to him for a deft backheeled effort at the Hawthorns, while he also won two Spanish U21 caps during his first campaign as a Magpie.

Unfortunately six goals were unable to stop United tumbling into the Championship the following season.  

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
47 23 13 1     2 3         50 26 13


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What Else?

1972 St.Johnstone (a)
Macdonald 3, Tudor 3, Hibbitt
Pearson, scorers tbc 
Malcolm Macdonald's first goal was timed at four seconds, with a shot direct from the kick-off that caught home 'keeper Derek Robertson off his line. 

Saints - managed by Willie Ormond - included future Magpie Jim Pearson, who netted once.

1974 Queen of The South (a)
Macdonald, McDermott 

1976 Malcolm Macdonald left United bound for Arsenal, a victim of Gordon Lee's "no stars" policy. The fee was 333,333.

1978 Oeckeroa (Sweden) (a)
Parkinson, McGhee
Crowd tbc

1986 Portsmouth (a)
McDonald(74pen), Allon(80)
O'Callaghan(1-2), Dillon (86pen)

Future Magpie Kevin Dillon scored from the penalty spot to ensure that this Isle of Man Cup match ended level.


1989 Askeroda (Sweden) (a)

1991 Nykoping (Sweden) (a) 0-1 (0-0)
scorer tbc
After scoring 29 goals in a quartet of victories, United tasted defeat for the first time on their Swedish tour.

2002 Joe Kendrick scored for Newcastle Reserves at Hartlepool before Jermaine Easter equalised for the home side. Carl Cort and Titus Bramble continued their rehab. match report

2003 United's second string overcame Whitley Bay 2-0 at Hillheads, thanks to first half goals from Lewis Guy and Martin Brittain. match report

2004 Nicky Butt signed a four year deal at SJP having returned from Manchester United's pre-season tour of the USA to conclude the transfer after a 2m fee had been agreed.

The midfielder became the third player to sign for United ahead of the new season, joining Patrick Kluivert and James Milner.

2005 Reserve coach Tommy Craig expressed his delight with the performance of his side at Hartlepool, after they registered a convincing 4-0 victory over the League One side.

Some eye-catching work down the left wing from Dubliner Alan O'Brien laid on first half goals for Daryl Smylie, Marc Walton and Michael Chopra - with Ulsterman Smylie grabbing his second after the break. match report

2005 Newcastle bolstered their defensive ranks, after Australian international Craig Moore signed a two-year contract at SJP.

The 29 year-old linked up once again with fellow former Ranger Jean Alain Boumsong, having played alongside the French defender at Ibrox the previous season.

2006 PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (h)
Ameobi(68), Luque(73pen)
Farfan(16), Vennegoor of Hesselink(41), Culina(49)
Having faced sub-standard opposition thus far in the shape of Norwich City (testimonial) and Lillestrom (Intertoto Cup), Glenn Roeder's side had a wake-up call at SJP from Ronald Koeman's Dutchmen.

Damien Duff debuted but his new colleagues found themselves two behind by the interval, with little to suggest that a revival was on the cards.

However, after conceding a third goal soon after the restart, a reshaped United team made a game of it and could have salvaged an unlikely draw in the final seconds. match report

2007 Juventus (Italy) (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Luque(9pen), Carroll(36)
A young Newcastle side scored two first half goals to continue their unbeaten pre-season and defeat a more experienced Serie A outfit.

Former SJP unfavourite Boumsong was an unused sub for the visitors, while Liverpool reserve midfielder Charlie Barnett was given a trial game by Sam Allardyce. match report

2009 The Academy pre-season continued, with a mixed junior and reserve side winning 4-2 at Hamilton Academical U19s.

Italian Fabio Zamblera and Frenchman Wesley Ngo Baheng scored two apiece.

2009 Leeds United (h)
After the 1-6 humiliation at Leyton Orient the previous Saturday, another League One side lined up to take a scalp at The Magpies. 

A large and boisterous away support boosted the meagre midweek crowd and inevitably abused Newcastle captain-for-the-night, Alan Smith at every opportunity.

The best chances fell to the home side, but all to defenders, Ryan Taylor, Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini all failing when well placed in front of goal. match report

2009 Sky Sports News reported that United had accepted a 9m bid for Obafemi Martins from German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Official confirmation was still awaited but it seemed that the somersaulting striker had done his last flip for us.

There were further tales that United had withdrawn a second bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, which had failed to meet the French club's valuation.

Meanwhile, United's other alleged striking target, Loic Remy, was in pre-season training at QPR but had failed to appear in any of their five friendly fixtures.


2015 York City (a)
Straker(16), Thompson(20)

A player known only as Trialist A (later named as Reece Thompson) ensured that Magpies boss Steve McClaren endured a miserable night back home in his birthplace. 

The Minstermen took two first half opportunities handed to them by poor defending to net and although birthday boy Ayoze Perez halved the deficit, another forgettable display saw United beaten by the League Two outfit.

A side showing ten changes from the previous friendly draw at Sheffield United included Serbian striker Aleksander Mitrovic for the first time. match report