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Spurs (h)


Robins v Spartans
Northern Premier League Blyth Spartans attempt to defend the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup at SJP this evening.

Their opponents in the final are Northern League side North Shields. Kick-off is at 7.30pm, admission at the East Stand turnstiles: 6 adults, 3 concessions.

Note that a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes of extra time if the scores are level at that point. And if there's no result in 120 minutes then a penalty shootout will resolve the issue.

Blyth had a free Saturday before the match, while Shields exited from the League Cup after losing their semi-final tie with Shildon in a penalty shootout.

The Robins were then in Northern League action on Bank Holiday Monday, beating Penrith 5-1 at home.

While Spartans are looking to retain the trophy in their third successive final appearance, Shields haven't made it this far since 1992 - when they lost 1-2 to Blyth at Gallowgate. They last lifted the cup in 1991 thanks to a single goal success over Whitley Bay.

If you can't get to SJP, Ashington-based community radio station, Koast Radio will be broadcasting live commentary. Find that on 106.6fm, online or via the tune-in radio app. More details here

Web exclusive: offer 
If anyone missed out on Paul Joannou's excellent "Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who" book, the last remaining copies are now available direct from the publisher for just 20 including local delivery*.

Biographies of over 1,800 players and officials are contained in this definitive 400 page hardback volume.


This offer is only available to readers. Please email for further details, including required delivery postcode.

(* delivery costs elsewhere in the UK and overseas vary, drop us a line via the above for a quote).   

Premier League:
Glad all over!

Newcastle  1  Crystal Palace  0

Match report

Fan footage:
East Stand view of the goal via twitter
Milburn Stand view of the goal via twitter

Away end view of the penalty via youtube

Premier League:
Nothing to play for? 
A 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday ended any hopes Spurs retained of winning the Premier League - and handed the title to Leicester City in the process.

Mauricio Pochettino's side sit three points clear in second place and round off their season by hosting Southampton on Sunday, before making a final day visit to Newcastle a week later. 

However, they are now assured of second or third spot and Champions League qualification, with nearest challengers Manchester City and Arsenal still to play each other. 

The team from White Hart Lane also have a vastly superior goal difference to those sides, another sizeable factor in their quest to finish above their North London rivals for the first time since 1995.

That particular contest could be settled this Sunday, with Spurs up first against the Saints before the Gunners
get underway at the Etihad.

While Spurs cannot now emulate their 1961 title success, the opportunity remains to finish as runner's up for the first time since 1963. This is already their best Premier League season, beating 2010's fourth.

Already without the suspended Dele Alli, an incident at Stamford Bridge on Monday involving Mousa Dembele could result in retrospective action also sidelining him for their closing two games. 

The midfielder was one of nine Spurs players booked on Monday night (a PL record), with Erik Lamela's stamp on Cesc Fabregas and Kyle Walker's kick on Pedro also potentially interesting the FA.

Tottenham also picked up several injuries which may see their squad numbers reduced even further for the trip to St. James'.

PS: Leicester's title success comes 24 years to the day that Newcastle avoided relegation to Division Three following a 2-1 victory at Filbert Street. It also came on the anniversary of our disaster at the King Power Stadium which saw the Foxes beat us 3-0 as they continued their remarkable escape from relegation.

Premier League:
Clarets clincher 
A 1-0 home win over QPR on Monday was enough to ensure that Burnley returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Ex Magpie Joey Barton appeared against another one of his former clubs but faces an uncertain future, as he's out of contract at Turf Moor this summer.

Hopefully the events of 2009 won't unfold again, when Burnley's promotion to the top flight came in the wake of Newcastle's demotion to the Championship. 

The second automatic promotion place will be decided on Saturday when Boro and Brighton meet each other - goal difference only separating the second and third placed clubs.

Whichever side misses out will join Hull City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday in the playoffs. 

Hillsborough - a view 


Away end at White Hart Lane, Spurs v NUFC 1987 

Following the conclusion of the inquest, here's one Newcastle fan's perspective on the tragic events at the Leppings Lane End in 1989 read online here

Premier League:
Aston Villa (a)

United round off their away campaign by attempting to end a winless run of ten fixtures away from home that stretches back to Spurs last December.

Kickoff for this non-televised game is at 3pm and all 3,000 away tickets have been sold. Despite the fact that there will thousands of unoccupied seats, no extra places will be made available for away fans.

Disgruntled Villans have announced a pre-game demonstration outside the Trinity Road Stand, with those fans not boycotting the game urged to join a 74th minute protest inside the ground (details tbc).  

Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld Pts GD
11 Everton 35 44 +6
12 Watford 35 44  -6 
13 Swansea 36 43 -13
14 West Brom 36 41 -14
15 Bournemouth 36 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 33 -25
18 mackems 35 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 31 -26
20 Aston Villa 36 16 -45

Remaining fixtures:

Sat 07.05.2016 Aston Villa (a) (3pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Spurs (h) (3pm)

Sat 07.05.2016 Chelsea (h) (3pm)
Wed 11.05.2016 Everton (h) (7.45pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Watford (a) (3pm)

Sat 07.05.2016 Man United (h) (12.45pm) BT
Wed 11.05.2016 Watford (h) 7.45pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Everton (a) (3pm)

NUFC: Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara and Fabricio Coloccini remain sidelined, but both Steven Taylor and Daryl Janmaat could be available again.

The latter could be reinstated at right back with his current replacement Vurnon Anita a fitness doubt. 

Punts:  Coral continue to offer new signups 20 in free bets once a 5 bet is placed online here

Aly Cissokho is suspended following his red card at Watford on Saturday while fellow defender Jores Okore has asked not to be selected this season and 
Jordan Amavi is also absent.

Former Magpie Charles N'Zogbia hasn't featured since November 2015 and isn't under consideration, while striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has lost the club captaincy for his off-field high jinks and is also unavailable.

Ex-mackem Kieran Richardson is doubtful.

Referee: Robert Madley - a third appointment of the season for the whistler from West Yorkshire, following the 0-3 derby loss and 1-3 defeat at Southampton.

His only other games in charge of us came last season; a 3-2 victory away at Crystal Palace in the League Cup and a 1-2 home loss to Southampton.

Somewhat remarkably, Madley has handled a trio of Villa games so far this season and they've avoided defeat in all of them.

They were a 1-0 home win over Birmingham City in the League Cup plus two Premier League fixtures: a 2-2 home draw with the mackems and a scoreless draw away at West Bromwich Albion.

Travel: No scheduled disruptions 

UK Radio:
Live on Absolute Radio

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2
beIN Sports Espana + HD
beIN Sports 2 HD (Philippines)
Canal+ Futbol +HD
CTH Stadium 5 HD
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Foxtel Play (Australia)
GO Sports 5 (Malta)
mio Stadium 105
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Setanta Sports 1 (ROI) +HD
Sky HD (Mexico)
Ssports (China)
Stod 3
SuperSport 6 (Za)


Villa Park has proved something of happy hunting ground for Andros Townsend, who finished on the winning side in three of his four visits and has scored twice there, once for QPR and the other for Spurs.

Toon @ Villa Park - Premier League era:

2014/15 drew 0-0
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

Only once in 21 seasons of Premier League football have we won our final away game - that solitary success was at QPR in May 2013, a 2-1 victory.

Final away game results - Premier League:

2014/15 lost 1-2 at QPR
2013/14 lost 1-2 at Liverpool
2012/13 won 2-1 at QPR
2011/12 lost 1-3 at Everton
2010/11 drew 2-2 at Chelsea
2008/09 lost 0-1 at Aston Villa
2007/08 lost 1-3 at Everton
2006/07 drew 1-1 at Watford
2005/06 drew 0-0 at Birmingham
2004/05 lost 0-2 at Everton
2003/04 drew 1-1 at Liverpool
2002/03 drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion
2001/02 lost 1-3 at Southampton
2000/01 lost 0-3 at Liverpool
1999/00 drew 0-0 at Derby
1998/99 lost 0-2 at Leicester
1997/98 lost 0-1 at Blackburn
1996/97 drew 0-0 at Manchester United
1995/96 drew 1-1 at Forest
1994/95 lost 0-1 at Blackburn
1993/94 lost 0-2 at Sheffield United

Remaining PL fixtures:

Sat 07.05.2016:
Norwich City v Manchester United (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Newcastle (3pm)
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Stoke City (3pm)
Liverpool v Watford (3pm)
mackems v Chelsea (3pm)
West Ham v Swansea City (3pm)
Leicester City v Everton (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 08.05.2016:
Spurs v Southampton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester City v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Tue 10.05.2016:
West Ham v Manchester United (7.45pm) Sky

Wed 11.05.2016:
Norwich City v Watford (7.45pm)
mackems v Everton (7.45pm)
Liverpool v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

Sun 15.05.2016: (TV picks tbc but KO's fixed)
Arsenal v Aston Villa (3pm)
Chelsea v Leicester City (3pm)
Everton v Norwich City (3pm)
Manchester United v Bournemouth (3pm)
Newcastle v Spurs (3pm)
Southampton v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Stoke City v West Ham (3pm)
Swansea v Manchester City (3pm)
Watford v mackems (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (3pm)

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He'll learn his fate when the winners are revealed at Lords Cricket Ground on Wednesday June 1st.

Author signed hardback copies of the book can still be ordered for 18.99 including p&p online here 

exit for old boys 
After a disappointing season that ended with a ninth place finish, National League side Gateshead have culled their squad and released ten players.

Among those leaving the International Stadium are ex Magpies Matty Pattison, James Marwood and Craig Baxter. Midfielder Paddy McLaughlin has however been offered new terms by the Tynesiders. 

PS: Northern League side Consett confirm that former Magpies Academy coach Willie Donachie is to be their first team coach next season.

The Borrowers:
Loan lads 
Latest temporary postings for our mob: 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
A 0-3 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday confirmed a Championship playoff place for the Owls and means that the Bluebirds cannot now reach the top six. Sammy arrived as a 20th minute sub.

Next game: Birmingham City (h), Saturday

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):

Conceding a 98th minute equaliser in a 2-2 home draw with Colchester United on Saturday means that the Tykes still aren't assured of a League One playoff spot. Ivan made a belated arrival from the bench in the 95th minute.

Next game: Wigan (a) Sunday

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

Still no goal for Arma, but his early strike was diverted home for City's opening goal in a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United in League One on Saturday. The striker completed the full 90 minutes at the Ricoh.

Next game: Oldham Athletic (a) Sunday

Liam Smith (Blackpool):
The midfielder started against Wigan at Bloomfield Road on Saturday but was subbed on 73 minutes. Blackpool's 0-4 defeat moves them ever closer to relegation from League One. 

Next game: Peterborough United (a) Sunday

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 
The Latics confirmed promotion to the Championship by sweeping to a 4-0 victory at Blackpool. Haris remained on the bench as an unused sub.

Next game: Barnsley (h) Sunday

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

The Cumbrians lost 0-2 at home to Oxford United in League Two on Saturday. Macaulay didn't feature while Alex arrived as a second half replacement.

Next game: Notts County (a) Saturday

Kyle Cameron, Lubo Satka (York City):
Already condemned to life in the National League next season, the Minstermen lost 1-4 at home to Bristol Rovers in League Two on Saturday. Kyle completed another full game but Lubo was again omitted.

Next game: Morecambe (a) Saturday

Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille): 
A much-needed 1-0 win at Angers in Ligue 1 on Sunday eased relegation fears for OM. Thauvin completed the first 78 minutes while Cabella featured for the closing 18 minutes from the bench.

Next game: Reims (h) Saturday.

No respite 

Swansea U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  1

Following a three week break from competitive matches, the U18s returned to action on Saturday in their penultimate Merit Group playoff fixture.

However the gap in fixtures did nothing to improve United's form as they lost a fourth successive match on the road - albeit by a rather narrower margin than the 1-7 reverse at Manchester United last time out.

Chasing a victory to seal their place at the top of Tier 3, the Swans took an eighth minute lead when Welsh youth international Liam Cullen shot home.

The Magpies levelled before the break through Jamie Holmes, but what proved to be the winner arrived barely two minutes in the second half, Aaron Lewis firing past Nathan Harker to restore City's lead.  

Dave Watson's side end their season with a home fixture against Southampton next Saturday. The Saints lost 0-1 at Manchester United on Saturday - their third successive single goal defeat.

Team: Harker, Broccoli (Spooner 80), Kitchen, Hunter, Bailey, Adu-Peprah, Smith, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes (Long 80), Heaney (Lowther 65).
Sub n/u:

PS: United's U21s have now concluded their league season but were in home friendly action on Thursday afternoon, beating a Berwick Rangers XI 8-0.

Goalscorers at Little Benton were Sean Longstaff (2), Luke Charman (2), Mackenzie Heaney (2), Adam Laidler (pen) and Callum Smith.

Duo depart

The Chronicle claimed on Saturday that United had allowed two players to leave the club ahead of the expiration of their contracts this summer.

Midfield pair Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan will both become free agents after their five years at the club comes to an end  - both acquired ahead of the 2011/12 season when Alan Pardew was in post.

Also in the final weeks of his current deal is defender Steven Taylor, while loan misfit Seydou Doumbia has played only three minutes under Rafa Benitez and spent last weekend in Moscow while United were facing Reds of a different kind. 

Obertan amassed 77 appearances in all competitions (48 starts) and found the net three times: away to Blackburn Rovers in February 2012, in a Europa League home tie against Bruges the following October and the winner against Leicester at SJP in October 2014.

Marveaux's contribution was even more fitful, making the last of his 57 appearances (28 starts) against Everton in March 2014. His two goals came in the closing weeks of 2012 - at home to Maritmo in the Europa League and during a 3-7 defeat at Arsenal. 

To put those figures into some sort of context, we will have played 223 competitive games during their time at the club by the end of the current campaign. 

Premier League:
Spurs (h) 

The Magpies wrap up their season on Sunday week, May 15th when they face Spurs in a 3pm kickoff.

NUFC confirm that there will be no public ticket sale for this game and only members with a previous purchase history will be allowed to buy. 

NB: season ticket holders are classified as members and can purchase two additional tickets each. 

United have lost just one of eight home fixtures in 2016 (won four, drawn three).

NUFC: To follow.

Punts: Coral continue to offer new signups 20 in free bets once a 5 bet is placed online here

THFC: To follow.
Midfielder Dele Alli is suspended.

Referee: tbc

Metro: No scheduled disruptions to service.


Spurs in Toon: PL Era:

2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

Closing home game results - PL era:

2014/15 West Ham won 2-0
2013/14 Cardiff City won 3-0
2012/13 Arsenal lost 0-1
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Brom drew 3-3
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 Chelsea drew 1-1
2003/04 Wolves drew 1-1
2002/03 Birmingham City won 1-0
2001/02 West Ham won 3-1
2000/01 Aston Villa won 3-0
1999/00 Arsenal won 4-2
1998/99 Blackburn drew 1-1
1997/98 Chelsea won 3-1
1996/97 Nottingham Forest won 5-0
1995/96 Spurs drew 1-1
1994/95 Crystal Palace won 3-2
1993/94 Arsenal won 2-0

UK Radio: tbc 

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

e (as yet)

Overseas TV:
To follow

Pub Watch: Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge NE1 6BX

Lauded by CAMRA locally and nationally, the Bacchus is a blue chip entry in Sir John Fitzgerald's portfolio and a long standing pre and post-match venue.

Along with a formidable range of cask ales, you'll find an excellent selection of bottled beers
, with OTB (on the bar) updates via their twitter @Bacchus48

Find further details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here

Mags make HK return

Newcastle's U21s will once again feature in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament later this month - their fifth successive visit to the annual event. 

United have been drawn in Group A with Aston Villa and local sides Hong Kong FC and Kitchee, with matches staged between May 20th and 22nd.

Aside from Villa, Leicester City, Stoke City and West Ham will also contest the sixteen team competition - with the Potters coached by ex-Mag Glyn Hodges.

United's squad is as follows:
Nathan Harker, Michael Newberry, Liam Gibson, Jack Hunter, Callum Williams, Dan Ward, Owen Gallagher, Sean Longstaff, Luke Charman, Dan Barlaser.

Barlaser and Williams took part in the 2015 event.

PS: Wallsend Boys Club will again represent the region in the Masters section of the Tournament - one of eight sides composed of players aged 35 and over. 



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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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


NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Online Box Office is 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. 

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


Wed 04.05.2016 Blyth Spartans v North Shields @ SJP, 7.30pm. TechFlow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final. Pay at East Stand Turnstiles on the night. 6 adults, 3 concessions.

Sat 07.05.2016 U18s v Southampton (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Merit Group.

Sat 07.05.2016 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000.

Sun 15.05.2016 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Wed 15.06.2016
PL fixtures published @ 9am.

Wed 22.06.2016
Championship fixtures published @ 9am.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

NUFC Live on BT Sport:

Selections made up to Sun 08.05.2016.

Premier League starts on Sat 13.08.2016
Football League starts on Sat 06.08.201

Metro line closures 2016:

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

Talk-ins, etc:

Thu 26.05.2016 Paul Gascoigne @ Sage Hall One, Gateshead. Tickets 10, 25, 40 from 0191 446 4661. In aid of Percy Hedley Foundation. 

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.
25 adults (12.50 concs) per day, 40 adults (20 concs) weekend.

Geordie in Europe!

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run is now in Portugal, en route to Turkey on the 2016 segment of a planned global charity trek.

A 3,400 mile route via Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece will take him to Istanbul on August 8th.

Mark is raising funds for The Children's Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have seen good causes benefit by 249K.

Finishing the fourth part of his challenge will take him past the halfway point in a 20,000 mile route that encompasses 24 countries across four continents.

Donations can be made online here and Mark's progress monitored online here


International Magpies
National Service
Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
4th May

Born Or Died:

1919 Death of Stanley Allan, age 31.


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1927 Middlesbrough (a)
Testimonial Match for Boro's Charlie Cole.

1929 Everton (h)
Division One 
44pts, 10th
1-0, 89) 
Newcastle's final game of the season saw Hughie Gallacher notch his 23rd and 24th goals of the campaign.

The wee Scots lad was in the right place to head the rebound home after McDonald's effort from an Urwin centre struck the woodwork.

And Gallacher then wrapped things up late on as the visitors waited for an offside decision that never came.

1932 Everton (h)
Division One 
42pts, 11th
Despite failing to win this game, the visitors had already been confirmed as League Champions, going into this penultimate game of the season five points ahead of Arsenal.

FA Cup winners Newcastle meanwhile made slight amends for a 1-8 reverse at Goodison the previous October - aided by the absence of Everton's top scorer, Dixie Dean.

1935 Burnley (h)
Division Two 
48pts, 6th
McMenemy, Pearson 
United played their final game of the season in front of the smallest crowd seen at St.James' that season.

1940 Middlesbrough (a)
Stubbins, Clifton
Stobbart(35), Fenton(90) 

1946 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Brown, Wayman, Stubbins
scorers tbc

1959 Peterborough United (a) 5-3 (4-3)
Eastham 2, Curry 2, Mitchell
Rayner 2(1pen), Hails 
A benefit match for the Professional Footballers (Peterborough) Testimonial Fund, who dispensed funds to many ex-footballers. The first to benefit was ex-Magpie Andy Donaldson.

1963 Norwich City (a)
Division Two 
46pts, 5th
McGarry, McKinney 
Joe Harvey's side gained some revenge for a 0-5 FA Cup Fourth Round loss at Carrow Road two months earlier.

1968 Manchester United (a) 0-6 
Division One 
41pts, 10th
Best 3, Kidd 2, Sadler
A hat-trick from George Best, two from Kidd and one from Sadler as Alex Stepney was hardly called into action. 

This was in stark contrast to the Red Devils'  previous game when their goalkeeper had conceded six to West Bromwich Albion. 

1974 Liverpool (n)
FA Cup Final 
Keegan(58,88), Heighway(75)
Bruce Forysth may have conducted the pre-match community singing at Wembley Stadium, but this was anything but a "good game, good game" for United.

Losing their unbeaten Wembley record at the sixth time of asking, Joe Harvey's side made it to halftime without conceding, but that only delayed the inevitable.

Alec Lindsay thought he'd put the Reds ahead only to see a questionable offside chalk his effort off, but Kevin Keegan (pictured below) struck twice and Steve Heighway once.

United were desperately disappointing, with Malcolm Macdonald never looking like maintaining his record of having scored in every round of the competition.

Future Liverpool legends Terry McDermott and Alan Kennedy were in the United lineup.

Off the pitch there are a wealth of tales that have now passed into legend: United fans drowning out the cheers as Emlyn Hughes lifted the Cup, emotional scenes in Trafalgar Square, post-match brown ale drinking in a graveyard, overnight bus trips (fish & chips for breakfast, dinner and tea, apparently...) 

In the end though, the only Wembley winner in black & white was Brendan Foster, winning a pre-match race in a Toon vest. 

1977 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
47pts, 4th

1983 Barnsley (a)
Division Two 
63pts, 5th
McDonald (25,89), Keegan (57), Varadi (68,80)
Goalkeeper Martin Thomas had a quiet Magpies debut at Oakwell in this rescheduled midweek fixture.

1985 Stoke City (a) 
Division One 
51pts, 12th
United's first away league victory since the opening day of the season came at the Victoria Ground against basement side Stoke.

The goal that divided the sides came on the stroke of half time from Potter Paul Dyson.

1987 Charlton Athletic (h) 0-3 (0-2)
Division One 
47pts, 17th
Miller(16), Crooks(30), Leaburn(82)
Having lost just once in twelve games as they dragged themselves out of the relegation places, United were out-gunned in their last home game by an Addicks side fighting their own survival battle.

1988 Former Magpies striker Malcolm Macdonald resigned as Huddersfield Town boss, after relegation to Division Three was confirmed for the Terriers.

1991 West Bromwich Albion (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
58pts, 11th
The relegation-haunted Baggies went ahead through future mackem striker Don Goodman, but Mickey Quinn equalised. 

Lee Makel made his senior debut from the bench, doing enough to earn a place in the starting line-up at Barnsley the next week.
Match footage online here

1991 United youngster Alun Armstrong had a Wembley debut to remember, netting four in a 6-1 win for Durham Boys Club's over Middlesex.

1993 Grimsby Town (a)
Division Two
90pts, 1st
Cole(46), Kelly(90) 
Travelling Toon hordes drank Cleethorpes dry, staging a midweek shindig before and after their heroes confirmed promotion to the Premier League.

Those celebrations were on temporary hold after a tense first half, before Andy Cole shot past Mariners 'keeper Rhys Wilmot within 20 seconds of the restart.

David Kelly then sealed promotion and the title when finishing from a tight angle in the closing seconds with an effort that Wayne Routledge emulated at Plymouth some 17 years later when United went up again as champions. 

Both United goals sparked pitch invasions, but it was mostly good-natured and both fans and players partied after full-time, Kevin Keegan famously pictured wearing a crown that had been plonked on his head by a supporter.

TV cameras were allowed into the dressing room post-match and captured KK getting a good soaking and Sir John Hall promise to give "Man United" a "run for money". Heady stuff.
Youtube footage is online here

2002 Old Trafford hosted the first leg of an U17 playoff and goals from visiting strike pair Calvin Zola and Lewis Guy (2) put the young Magpies three up at half time.

The Red Devils fought their way back in the second half and made it 3-2 on 88 minutes to set up an anxious conclusion to the match. 

Not without precedent at this particular venue, the referee produced an astonishing five minutes of injury time but the Toon youngsters held on for a tremendous victory in front of around 1,000 spectators. 

2005 Fulham (a)
43pts, 12th
Ambrose(18), Kluivert(62), Ameobi(75)

An Alan Shearer-less United won their first away league game for nearly six months as a seven-game winless run thankfully came to an end on the banks of the Thames.

The result was as unexpected as Fulham's 4-1 win at SJP back in November as the victory saw United creep back up the table above Birmingham and Blackburn into 12th spot.

Darren Ambrose, Patrick Kluivert and Shola Ameobi put us three goals to the good before Tomasz Radzinski's late consolation for the home side. Sections of this victory were filmed and later cut into the "Goal" film. match report

2006 The Premier League board rejected the bid for dispensation from Newcastle to allow Glenn Roeder to become their permanent manager, releasing this statement:

The Premier League Board has considered Newcastle United's inquiry regarding the potential appointment of Glenn Roeder as their Manager.

Premier League Rules require that Managers hold the UEFA Pro Licence and do not provide for any dispensation.

The only way the Board would be prepared to allow Newcastle United to appoint Glenn Roeder as Manager without the Pro License is if so directed by member Clubs.

In the event of permission being sought, sufficient support from Clubs would have to be obtained and a formal resolution tabled at the forthcoming Premier League AGM.

That final paragraph proved key - member clubs allowing special dispensation on the grounds that ill health had prevented Glenn from completing the Pro Licence that he'd originally begun in 2003.

2010 The U18s wrapped up their home league programme with a 4-1 win over Leeds. Ryan McGorrigan scored twice, while Sammy Ameobi and Brad Inman were also on target.

2011 Twelve months on and the U18s were away at Sheffield United to close off the season with a 1-1 draw - Ryan McGorrigan finding the net once more for Newcastle.

2013 West Ham United (a)
Premier League
Having conceded ten goals in three games, Newcastle at least stopped the rot at the Boleyn Ground.

However away wins for Aston Villa and Wigan ensured that the spectre of relegation remained with two games to play. 

A linesman's slip may well have cost Alan Pardew's side the win though: a shot from Papiss Cisse judged not to have crossed the line before Winston Reid cleared the ball.

One of four TV replays from different angles looked to show the whole of the ball over the line - the linesman slipping over at that point, so unable to award a goal. match report