Friday February 27th, 2015                                     last update 12:26 GMT

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Ticket news:
Aston Villa (h) Public sale now
Man United (h) Member sale now
Everton (a) ST Holders (zero points)

Premier League:
Toffees on a Sunday


Thursday saw Everton complete a 7-2 aggregate victory over Young Boys Berne, confirming a place in the Europa League Round of Sixteen for Roberto Martinez & Co. 

Friday's draw paired the Toffees with Dynamo Kiev, with the first leg at Goodison Park on Thursday March 12th.

And that means that Newcastle's Premier League visit to Everton has been rescheduled, now confirmed as taking place on Sunday March 15th with a 4pm kickoff. The game won't be transmitted on live TV in the UK.

Premier League:
Man U (h) VIP giveaway

There's the chance to win a pair of VIP seats for the visit of Manchester United to St. James' Park this coming Wednesday night, in a free-to-enter competition run by altoonative travel. To enter just click here

Entries must be received by 3pm today and we'll announce the winner here shortly after.

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Premier League:
Aston Villa (h)

Newcastle return to Gallowgate for an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff on Saturday, when Aston Villa and their recently installed manager Tim Sherwood provide the opposition.

Sherwood has happy memories of SJP as a manager, with Spurs achieving a 4-0 success there in February 2014 under his command.

This game is heading for a sell out but seats do remain on general sale, 300 places in Leazes Level Seven becoming available on Thursday after the visitors returned them.

Squad: Jack Colback serves the first of a two match suspension after reaching ten bookings. Injury sidelines Siem De Jong, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett, with Cheick Tiote now confirmed as having had knee surgery last weekend and missing the remainder of the season.

Jonas Gutierrez is back in the squad and could be selected on the bench. Last kicking a ball in senior football for Norwich City in April 2014, the Argentinean hasn't appeared for Newcastle's first team since a 2-1 Premier League win at Cardiff in October 2013.

If he gets on, Jonas will play at SJP for the first time since back in May 2013, when he completed the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal.

Daryl Janmaat is fit but it's anticipated that Remy Cabella will be missing for a second successive game.

The absence of Rolando Aarons continues, with his last sighting coming against Liverpool on November 1st.

Breaking into the Newcastle first team in August, a trio of encouraging displays and a scoring debut for England U20s early the following month were followed by absence with a hamstring injury sustained during training.

Returning for two games in late October/early November before being ruled out again with the same ailment, the winger was reported to be back in training last month but is yet to begin his comeback with the reserve side.

The promising 19 year-old also found himself the subject of media speculation over the terms of his current deal at SJP, with a lack of updates on his progress to fitness prompting suspicion that the two matters are related.  

Facundo Ferreyra remains with the squad but still out of the selection picture, while Rob Elliot is apparently nearing fitness. It remains to be seen whether Ryan Taylor suffers any reaction following his return against Manchester City.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 9/10

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

AVFC: Club captain Ron Vlaar is suspended and Kieran Richardson, Philippe Senderos, Libor Kozak and Chris Herd are all missing due to injury. Alan Hutton, Aly Cissokho and Nathan Baker are doubtful. 

Old boy Charles N'Zogbia completed an unimpressive 45 minutes for Villa's reserve side last week but there seems little prospect of him featuring on Saturday.

The Villans last won in the Premier League on December 7th when they saw off Leicester City at home. Since then they've won a trio of FA Cup ties, but lost eight league games and drawn the other three.

Fellow former Magpie Shay Given will be on the bench as goalkeeping cover for first-choice Brad Guzan.

Tim Sherwood comes to SJP for his second official game since taking over attempting to prevent his side losing a seventh successive league defeat.

The lowest away scorers in the PL this season with just four, they came during 1-0 wins at Stoke, Liverpool and Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw at Burnley - where they also struck first.

Since Christian Benteke struck at Selhurst Park in early December, Villa have failed to score in five PL away games, a barren spell now standing at 508 minutes.

Referee: Lee Mason - fourth Toon posting of the season for the Lancashire-based whistler, following the 2-2 draw at Swansea, 1-4 loss at Arsenal and 0-1 FA Cup reverse at Leicester.


Police advice on political demonstrations 

No scheduled work this weekend

No trains between Retford and Peterborough on Saturday 28 February and until 12:30 Sunday 1 March.

Engineering work is taking place between Retford and Peterborough closing the line. No trains will run between Retford and Peterborough, with most diverted between Doncaster and Peterborough via Lincoln Central.

Journey times will be extended by up to 90 minutes and East Coast will run a hourly service to / from London Kings Cross.

Buses will run between Doncaster / Retford and Peterborough while Grantham passengers should use trains to /from Skegness. Additional buses will run between Nottingham and Grantham.

Some Grand Central trains between sunderland and London Kings Cross are retimed to run later than the normal timetable.

Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here


Overseas TV: 
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GO Sports 6
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
Sport 5 (Cro/Ser/Slo)
SportsMax 2 (West Indies)
SportsNet ONE (Canada)
Ssports Live (China)
Stod 3

UK Radio: Live commentary on Absolute Radio

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Villans @ SJP - Premier League Years:

2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Ben Arfa
2011/12: Won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2010/11: Won 6-0 Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3
2008/09: Won 2-0 Martins 2
2007/08: Drew 0-0
2006/07: Won 3-1 Milner, Dyer, Sibierski
2005/06: Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2004/05: Lost 0-3
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Solano
2001/02: Won 3-0 Bellamy 2, Shearer
2000/01: Won 3-1 Glass, Cort, OG
2000/01: Drew 1-1 Solano (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Won 2-1 Shearer, Ketsbaia
1997/98: Won 1-0 Beresford
1996/97: Won 4-3 Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Howey
1995/96: Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 3-1 Venison, Beardsley 2
1993/94: Won 5-1 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)

Sat 28.02.2015:
West Ham v Crystal Palace (12.45pm) Sky
Burnley v Swansea City
Manchester United v mackems
Stoke City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

Sun 01.03.2015:
Liverpool v Manchester City (Noon) Sky
Arsenal v Everton (2.05pm) BT

Loan lads:
Santon eyes Euro prize

Davide Santon (Inter Milan)
The on-loan defender played his part in helping Inter reach the last sixteen of the Europa League at the expense of Celtic on Thursday night.

Having drawn 3-3 in Glasgow a week earlier, the second leg remained scoreless until the 88th minute when Santon provided the pass from which Fredy Guarin scored the only goal of the evening.

(Also in the last sixteen are AS Roma, who won 2-1 on a stormy night in Rotterdam to eliminate Feyenoord 3-2 on aggregate. Ex-Magpie Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played).

Santon's loan move to Inter was accompanied by Italian press claims that, like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and AS Roma, playing a specified number of games would result in the transfer becoming permanent for an agreed price.

That fee is claimed to be £2.8m and the trigger is ten starts - although it's unclear whether that refers to Serie A games only, or all competitions.

Santon @ Inter 2014/15:  

04.02.2015 Napoli (a) Italian Cup (started)
08.02.2015 Palermo (h) Serie A (started)
15.02.2015 Atalanta (a) Serie A (started)
19.02.2015 Celtic (a) Europa League (started)
23.02.2015 Calgiari (a) Serie A (started)
Celtic (h) Europa League (started)

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Dynamo Kiev (a) Europa League, Thursday. The French took a 2-1 first leg lead to Ukraine but a 1-3 loss saw them exit 3-4 on aggregate. Marveaux wasn't in the matchday eighteen.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
A good week for on-loan defender Lascelles got better on Wednesday, as he celebrated the decision to drop assault charges against him with a first goal of the season.

His 21st minute shot drew Forest level at 1-1 against Bournemouth in the Championship at the City Ground and the Reds went on to win 2-1 with Darlow in goal. Both players completed the full 90 minutes and Lascelles also saw a goalbound second half header cleared off the line.

Adam Campbell
A 2-0 home win over
Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night saw Adam start and play the first 77 minutes. 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Falkirk (a) Scottish Championship, Friday.

Loan over:
Roberts returns

Despite earlier reports that a loan deal with Gateshead had been extended for the remainder of the season, Magpies winger Callum Roberts has ended his stint at the Conference club with immediate effect.

During his six weeks at the International Stadium, the 17 year-old Tynesider made three appearances without finding the net - having debuted in Newcastle's senior side in the FA Cup against Leicester City days earlier. 

Annoyingly, Callum returns to Gallowgate after having sat out Newcastle's recent FA Youth Cup defeat by Chelsea but made no further appearances for Gateshead since that game was played.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, John Carver said that Callum's return came after Gateshead had sought to field him in their reserve side - United rightly taking the view that the youngster may as well be in our U21 pool.

Toon talk-ins :
Speakers' Corner

There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as follows:

(All events have an official start time of 7.30pm)

Thu 05.03.2015 Steve Harper 
@ Dunston UTS clubhouse, Wellington Road, NE11 9JL
£10 (including pie & peas) via 07724 392049

Fri 13.03.2015 Keith Gillespie / Jim Pearson
@ Ponteland Memorial Hall, Darras Road, NE20 9NX
£20 (including pie & peas) via 07814 73686

Fri 27.03.2015 Les Ferdinand
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR 
£40 & £35 (including meal) via 07414 960956 or here 

NB: Our recent competition to win a signed replica Sir Les shirt was won by
David Vose from North Tyneside.  

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (including four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following (final selections to follow in April):

Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, George Luke, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods Brian Wright and David Young.

Old boy:
Shola: badges, but 
no retirement plan

Following his competitive senior debut for Crystal Palace in the closing stages of Saturday's home defeat by Arsenal, former Magpie Shola Ameobi has been talking to the South London Press:

"I certainly believe I have got enough quality to play for another two or three years in the Premier League. I'll be working hard to try and do that (he's 34 in October).

"I'm doing my coaching badges at the moment in case I do go down that route but I want to play at the highest level for as long as I possibly can. If that is Palace then great. I'm not thinking about hanging my boots up any time soon.

"Going out to Turkey was an experience that just didn't work out in terms of the football or my family settling. It was a case of getting back to what I know. Fortunately the manager got the job an at opportune time for me - the rest is history.

"We don't regret the move abroad. Unless you try it you never know and would be thinking whether we should have given it a go. We've learned from that and moved on.

"I've got two young kids, a daughter and a son, and family is the most important thing. My daughter has started school and, with me coming in here initially short term, I didn't want her moving around from school to school or town to town. It's a case of them staying up in Newcastle and me going up there when I've got days off.

"I had a few clubs in the Premier League and Championship that were interested in me. And abroad too - Stateside. But after being in Turkey for six months I wanted to get back into a more comfortable scenario. I'm really glad at the decision I took.

"I don't let anything ruffle me and that's a trait that I've inherited from my father - he's exactly the same.

"It's about putting everything into perspective. Football is something that is our life but sometimes people take it out of perspective.

"I try and view life - not just football - in a calm and calculated way to best achieve what I want to achieve.

"There certainly will be testing times. There have been over the years at Newcastle. That has helped me build that calmness - because you do have those moments in the North-East.

"You have to be able to rise up to the occasion and be calm and collected."

"Essentially Newcastle is a one-club town. Everyone is so passionate about the club and you get times when things aren't going right and the pressure intensifies.

"But coming down here has pressures of its own. The way Alan (Pardew) dealt with the situation at Newcastle and never let it affect him will definitely stand him in good stead for the future.

"My mantra has always been that as long as you learn, whatever you go through, it will put you in a better stead next time.

"The thing I like about Alan is that he is a strong person and he believes in the way he wants to play the game. It suited me.

"He gives confidence in abundance to players and I can already see that at Palace in the short period I have been here. He is someone I really admire.

"I'm a big believer in having the right attitude and saying what you think. The relationship I had with Alan meant we were honest with each other. There is a respect there.

"Football is all about confidence and having the right mentality. Then you go out, do the best you can and hopefully your qualities shine through.

"We've got the quality not to even be in a relegation fight at the end of the season."

More Manc misery


Newcastle U18s  1  Man City U18s  2

It may not have been as emphatic as the scoreline their seniors racked up on Saturday evening, but the latest United versus City clash went the way of the Sky Blues again on Wednesday afternoon.

The two sides met at Little Benton in a rearranged U18 league fixture and although the hosts led at half time, two second half efforts were enough to consign the young Magpies to their fifth successive league loss. 

City midfielder Bersant Celina went close in the early stages with a free-kick in the fifth minute and then a dipping effort that Newcastle 'keeper Paul Woolston pawed away on 17 minutes.

In between, home forward Louis Johnson got into the box on eight minutes but could only shoot at Kjetil Haug.

United then threatened again on 35 minutes, when Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan and Sean Longstaff combined to set up Lewis Suddick. However the right winger failed to get any power in his shot and Haug blocked with his legs.

The Norwegian custodian couldn't deny the same player a minute before the break though, when Mackenzie Heaney sent over a fine cross from down the left and Suddick met it with a firm header for his second of the season.

The scores were level on 53 minutes when Jack Hunter's tackle in the box was adjudged a foul and although Celina fell over as he took the resultant penalty, it still went in.

That was a second spot kick success within 24 hours for the Kosovan international, who had scored for City's U19 side in a shootout win over Schalke 04 on Tuesday. 

Eight minutes later Norwegian-born Celina struck again, when his free-kick from outside the box went through a crowd of players and into the net to put City ahead.

There was a big let off for United with 20 minutes to play, when a poor pass allowed Denziel Boadu in on goal, only for the England youth international to blast wildly over.

Newcastle pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages but failed to find a route through a well drilled City defence - with the visitors always looking more likely to break away grab a third on the counter attack.

Team: Woolston, Cobain, Broccoli, Drennan, Newberry, Cameron, Suddick, Hunter, Johnson, Longstaff, Heaney (Holmes 78).
Subs n/u: Pollock, Pearson, Trodd, Kerridge.

Booked: Broccoli, Hunter, Longstaff.

MCFC: Haug, Bullock, Oliver, Humphries, Tattum, Wood, Nemane, Celina (Diallo 67), Buckley (Garcia 46), Boadu, Delrosun.
Subs n/u: Albinson, Fernandes, Faour.

Booked: Wood, Tattum, Haug.

PS: United's other outstanding home U18 league game has been rescheduled, Blackburn Rovers visiting Tyneside at 12.30pm on Saturday, March 7th.

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Premier League:
City take pity on toothless Toon

Manchester City  5  Newcastle  0

Match report
Second string suffer added time agony

Wolves U21s  2  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report is online here

John Alder: charity
auction raises £26k

Sunday afternoon saw St.James' Park host the auction of John Alder's memorabilia collection, with all 225 lots sold to raise the massive amount of £26K for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.    


Along with Liam Sweeney, John was killed while en route to watch the team in New Zealand in 2014 and his family kindly donated programmes, books and other ephemera amassed from a lifetime of following the black & whites.

Amounts raised ranged from £20 for a pile of match tickets to £560 for a 1932 FA Cup Final programme, £3,200 for the 1924 equivalent and £1,800 for the rarely seen 1970 Pecsi Dozsa Fairs Cup away programme.  

More personal lots included £200 for John's Newcastle scarf and £240 for his programme from the Oldham Athletic friendly from July 2014 - his last game.  

There was interest in both those items from fellow fans who attended games with John, but they ended up remaining with the Alder family.

Thanks to everyone who attended the auction in person and logged on to bid from across the planet, plus those who gave up their time to make the day possible.

Loan update:
No case to answer

From the Crown Prosecution Service, Monday:

"We have advised all concerned parties that the CPS is discontinuing the prosecution of Jamaal Lascelles, who had been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm on 23 April 2014.

“Following an in-depth review and careful analysis of the evidence we have taken the decision to discontinue the case. Once we had received and viewed CCTV evidence first-hand, it became apparent that this did not show that the defendant had been responsible for the injuries sustained by the victim. It was therefore deemed that there was no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction, and so the case was stopped.”

Along with fellow Forest player Karl Darlow, Lascelles signed a long-term deal at St.James' Park in August 2014 before both immediately return to the City Ground on a season-long loan deal.

TV times

The penultimate round of live TV fixtures have been released include the following trio of Toon matches:

Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a) @ 4pm, Sky Sports
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ 8pm Sky Sports
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm Sky Sports

Selections were made up to and including Wednesday 29th April, meaning that the timing of three of our four remaining fixtures after then remain unconfirmed:

Sat 02.05.2015 Leicester City (a)
Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)

In common with all other Premier League games, our season closer at home to West Ham United will be a 3pm kick-off on Sunday May 24th. 

Mackenzie spot-on
for young Lions

Newcastle's Mackenzie Heaney completed the full 80 minutes for England U16s on Monday afternoon, as they lost the opening game of a four team tournament.

Staged at the FA's St.Georges Park base, the young Tynesider made one and scored one as England were beaten 2-3 by their Swiss counterparts.

Wednesday then saw Heaney remain on the bench as an unused substitute as England won a penalty shootout 4-3 after drawing 0-0 against Slovakia.

And the tournament concluded with another 4-3 shootout success on Saturday following a 1-1 draw with France. 

The Magpies youngster was introduced from the bench after 55 minutes and scored the winning spot-kick.

Premier League:
Manchester United (h)

A second home game in five days sees the Magpies entertain the Red Devils this coming Wednesday. 

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and remain tickets are on sale to members, although the cheapest adult ticket of £42 is unsurprisingly driving some fans to the nearest TV.

Louis Van Gaal makes a third competitive visit to SJP as a manager, having first seen his Barcelona side memorably beaten 3-2 at SJP in September 1997. He then returned in March 2007 to oversee a 2-4 defeat for AZ Alkmaar - although like the Catalans, the Dutch would progress thanks to victory in the second leg.

Squad: Injury sidelines Siem De Jong, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett, Jack Colback serves the second game of a two match suspension after reaching ten bookings.

MUFC: Robin Van Persie will be absent due to an ankle problem, meaning that the Dutchman won't have an opportunity to add to his eight career goals against us (six for Arsenal). 

Ahead of this game, the Red Devils entertain the mackems at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. 

On the road in the Premier League this season, they've won at Arsenal (2-1), Southampton (2-1) and QPR (2-0), drawn at the mackems (1-1), Burnley (0-0), West Brom (2-2), Villa (1-1), Spurs (0-0), Stoke (1-1) and West Ham (1-1). A trio of losses came at Leicester (3-5), Man City (0-1) and Southampton (0-1).

Referee: Anthony Taylor - from Manchester (now listed in Professional Game Board publicity as Cheshire). This is his third game in charge of Newcastle this season. following the 2-1 win at Spurs and 0-1 home derby home loss.


Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

Live on BT Sport

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UK Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Latest Premier League fixtures:
(7.45pm unless specified)

Tue 03.03.2015:
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion BT
Hull City v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace

Wed 04.03.2015:
Manchester City v Leicester City
QPR v Arsenal 
Stoke City v Everton 
Spurs v Swansea City
West Ham v Chelsea
Liverpool v Burnley (8pm)

Sat 07.03.2015:
QPR v Spurs (3pm)


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

can also be bought from the publisher here

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

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


Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


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

Sat 28.02.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT.

Sat 07.03.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.
Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 14.03.2015 U18s v team tbc . U18 Premier League playoffs.

Sun 15.03.2015 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 5pm, Premier League. ST Holder sale now (zero points). Adults £20, over 65s £15, U16s £10.

Mon 16.03.2015 U21s v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 21.03.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.

Our FA Cup Third Round exit means a blank Saturday on Sixth Round day (March 7th).

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

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:
Sun 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Wed 04.03.2015
Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

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

home League games

Sat 28.02.2015 Bristol Rovers (3pm)
Tue 03.03.2015 Wrexham (7.45pm)
Tue 10.03.2015 Welling United (7.45pm)

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

Upcoming home League games

Sat 28.02.2015 Bamber Bridge (3pm)
Wed 11.03.2015 Lancaster City (7.45pm)
Sat 14.03.2015
Northwich Vics (3pm)

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

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
From UEFA: international matches will take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

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

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

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
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On This Day in History
27th February

Born Or Died:

1933 Death of Billy Lindsay, 60.

1934 Stan Anderson born, Horden, Durham. (1963-65)

Right half who was well-respected as a player by fans on Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside, having achieved the unique feat of captaining all three sides.

Turned down by Boro as a youngster, Anderson made his name at Roker Park and turned professional in 1951. 

By the time he defected to SJP in 1963 at a cost of £19,000, Anderson had made over 400 appearance for the mackems and represented England at various levels - including two senior caps.

He captained our 1964-65 Second Division Championship side and appeared for us on our return to the top flight before switching to Ayresome Park in an £11,500 deal, where he'd been offered a player-coach role.

Unable to prevent relegation to Division Three, Anderson took over as manager in February 1966 as Boro secured promotion at the first attempt. 

He remained in charge of Boro until 1973, when he moved on to Greece, initially with AEK Athens and then Panathinaikos, before spells as assistant boss at QPR and scout for Manchester City.

Three and a half years managing Doncaster Rovers ended in 1978, after which he moved on to Bolton and served at Burnden Park as both coach and manager.

Settling in Doncaster, Anderson has done occasional scouting work for various clubs over the years, including Newcastle.

Stan's first club Horden Colliery Welfare then honoured him in 2005 by naming the stand at their Welfare Park ground.

1955 Tony Bell born, North Shields.

Goalkeeper who joined United as a junior in 1973 and made his first team bow in place of the injured Iam McFaul in a Texaco Cup semi-final first leg tie in November 1974.

That finished 0-1 to Southampton at the Dell, with McFaul back between the posts for the second leg a fortnight later, when a 3-0 win at Gallowgate secured an aggregate victory and the silverware.

Between those two games however came Tony's solitary appearance in the Football League, when he deputised at White Hart Lane as Newcastle were beaten 0-3.

All three goals were scored in a six minute spell during the first half, with the opener seeing Bell catch a Jimmy Naylor cross but then throw it into the back of his own net.

Unfortunately the TV cameras were there, ensuring that the incident would appear on numerous own goals and gaffes videos - complete with commentator Brian Moore's incredulous response and Naylor's smirks.

What's often forgotten though is that 19 year-old Bell was playing behind a severely weakened side with six outfield first team regulars missing and Dennis Laughton and Alex Bruce drafted in for what were their first league games that season.

McFaul had returned for the next meeting of the two sides at SJP the following month - but conceded five as Spurs won 5-2.

With the signing of Mick Mahoney in March 1975, Tony found himself pushed down the pecking order and the new arrival replaced McFaul for two games in April of that year.  

Bell exited from United on a free transfer at the end of that season and later played for his hometown club North Shields.

2010 Death of Charlie Crowe, 85.


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1897 Leith Athletic (h)
Connell 2, Aitken 2, Lennox 

1902 Sheffield United (a)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 
Needham, Common
The Blades went on to defeat Southampton in a replayed FA Cup Final.

1904 Wolves (a)
Division One 
McColl, Howie 
Haywood, Smith, Wooldridge

1909 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
Jobey, Stewart 

1911 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Gilligan(5,75), Parkinson(83)

1915 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 

1924 Huddersfield Town (a)
Division One 

1926 sunderland (a)
Division One 
Mordue(5), Urwin(50)
Death(10), Halliday(69)

1932 Watford (h)
FA Cup 6th Round 
Allen 3, Boyd, J.R.Richardson 
A minute's silence preceded this game in memory of the Late Frank Watt, the club's founding Secretary.
Newsreel footage is online here

1932 While the first team were on their way to FA Cup glory the Reserves travelled to Carlisle.
1943 Gateshead (a)
Carr 2, Stubbins 4
Johnson, McCormack
1954 Wolves (a)
Division One 
Broadis, Milburn 
Broadbent, Slater, Wilshaw

1960 Arsenal (a)
Division One 

1965 Bury (h)
Division Two 
Suddick(62), Anderson(70) 
Durant(11), Alston(45+6), Yard(90+2)
This game eventually lasted for 101 minutes due to the erratic timekeeping of the referee, Bury's winning goal coming deep in injury time.

The Shakers had taken a fortunate early lead when Wallsend-born Paul Durant's intended cross eluded goalkeeper Gordon Marshall.

1971 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
Brian Kidd with the only goal for the home side.

1978 Blyth Spartans lost 1-2 in their FA Cup Fifth Round Replay with Wrexham, conquerors of United in the previous round. The SJP crowd was given as 42,157, but some gates were forced and many were locked out.

1982 Derby County (a) 2-2 (0-1)
Division Two 
1-1), Waddle(2-2)
Emson, K.Wilson 

1988 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
1-0,31), Gascoigne(73)
Exactly six years after Kevin Wilson scored against us for the Rams, he  repeated the feat for the Blues - the Northern Ireland International's effort standing despite being a mile offside. 

Wilson also missed a penalty, as did Micky Hazard as United 'keeper Gary Kelly saved both. On conceding the second, Kenny Wharton was dismissed for pulling Pat Nevin's shirt and then throwing the ball at him.

1991 Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
Division Two 
Five days after a 0-0 draw with Wolves, SJP punters suffered another stalemate, barely six weeks after United lost 2-4 in the corresponding fixture at the Goldstone Ground.

And having made a barely competent debut against Wolves, on-loan striker Paul Moran was absent, confirmation coming that he'd been packed off back to Spurs.
Youtube footage is online here

2001 Peter Beardsley joined Newcastle United for the third time - this time as the Academy striking coach.

2003 Dublin-born youngster Joe Kendrick got the only goal of the game as the Reserves beat Everton at Kingston Park - their first game back at the Falcons ground after an ill-starred sojourn at Gateshead Stadium. match report

2005 Bolton Wanderers (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Bowyer(35), Dyer(69)
Lee Bowyer's sixth of the season and Kieron Dyer's third made it a miserable return to SJP for Toon old boy Gary Speed. match report

2006 A close-range effort from Michael Chopra proved to be the difference as we beat Blackburn's Reserves at a blustery Christie Park, home of Morecambe FC.

Returning to league action after almost a month, Tommy Craig's reserve side once again profited from their trip to the Lancashire coast, making it three wins and a draw from our four matches at this venue in as many seasons. match report

2010 Watford (a)

Coloccini(4), Carroll(50)


Headed goals at the start of either half from Fabricio Coloccini and Andy Carroll extended Newcastle's lead at the top of the Championship to six points.

It was United's first win on the road since the victory at Coventry in early December and with Nottingham Forest losing heavily at Leicester, the win took us eight points clear of Billy Davies' side who slipped to third, despite having played an extra game.

On-loan left back Patrick van Aanholt made his final appearance for United before returning to Chelsea and received a fine ovation from the travelling support at Vicarage Road. match report

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2011 A trio of former Magpies collected League Cup winners medals at Wembley Stadium, as Birmingham City upset the formbook by beating Arsenal 2-1.

The Blues were led out by Stephen Carr and he was joined in the starting XI by Lee Bowyer.

However, the crucial contribution came from Obafemi Martins, who was in the right place to poke home an 89th minute winner - only his second touch after appearing off the subs bench six minutes earlier.


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