NUFC confirm new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.
ST renewal deadline now
Six out, one tbc
News from St. James' Park on Friday evening that
six players will be departing when their current contracts expire at the end
of next month.
Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell and Remie
Streete will all then become free agents, while Facundo Ferreyra
returns to his parent club Shakhtar Donetsk after the expiration of the
The future of Sammy Ameobi remains unclear though, with United
confirming that a contract offer has been made but no word yet on whether
he'll sign or opt to move on under freedom of contract.
Jonas: 205 games (180 starts) 12 goals
Taylor: 106 games (76 starts( 10 goals
Alnwick: 8 games (7 starts)
Campbell: 5 games (0 starts)
(Streete never played)
(Ferreyra never played)
Ferreyra may well be the biggest waste of space in iving memory, but isn't unique
in getting as far as the subs bench in the PL but leaving Gallowgate without
ever kicking a ball competitively at senior level.
Along with 15 Academy products, the following eight non-combatants were signed
but never blooded:
Lionel Perez, Tony Caig, Jason Drysdale, David Terrier, Brian Reid, Ralf
Keidel, Brian Pinas, Facundo Ferreyra
confirmation of his release, Jonas Gutierrez took to social media and
posted the following message:
Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trust
in me. This is a way to demonstrate I always hear you. You are very important
to me, football wouldn't be the same without you. All my effort and affection
is for you!
He also posted a photo montage on
Facebook before signing off with the following barbed twitter
Two things I learn from my illness how you can support a player (newcastle
fans) and how you leAve a player alone (newcastle owner)
No prizes for guessing where that goal celebration on Sunday was directed
Moving the goalposts
and Sunday sees St. James' Park host the Rugby League Magic Weekend,
when six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides take
For anyone (like us) not conversant with the sport, this can be compared to
the infamous Premier League "39th game" at a neutral venue. For
Super League's it's their "23rd game", coming after 14 or 15 games
And although a trophy features in publicity there isn't a specific one up
for grabs this weekend, with a separate playoff series of matches after the
season ends in July culminating in the Grand Final to decide the champions.
Over 60,000 tickets have been sold to date for what will be the ninth
staging of this annual event. The current attendance record of 64,552 for
the full weekend and 36,339 for the first day was set at the Etihad in 2014.
Tickets are available from the
Milburn Stand Ticket Office, which opens at 11.30am Saturday and 10am
Sunday. Cheapest tickets are £25 one day, £40 both days (£20 and £12.50
Magpie Mover travel tickets are not valid.
Fixtures (current league position in
2.30pm Salford Red Devils (11th) v Widnes Vikings (8th)
4.45pm Hull FC (9th) v Hull KR (10th)
7pm Leeds Rhinos (1st) v Wigan Warriors (3rd)
1pm Catalans Dragons (6th) v Huddersfield Giants (4th)
3.15pm St Helens (2nd) v Warrington Wolves (5th)
5.30pm Castleford (7th) v Wakefield W'cats (12th)
Ahead of Magic Weekend, main sponsors First Utility staged a kicking challenge
across the River Tyne.
Raising funds for the NSPCC, three RL players and former Magpies Peter
Beardsley, John Beresford and Rob Lee went head to head: watch
the outcome online here
MS meets MS
with proprietor Mike Searle is Moussa Sissoko, after the goalscorer had
an iPhone6 screen repaired by MJS - and qualified for his NUFC.com reader
Whether you scored the goal that kept us in the Premier League or dropped your
tablet celebrating it, claim 10% discount at branches in Ponteland and
MJS can repair Apple and Android devices, laptops, PCs, Macs and most things
in between more
Showing season-ending generosity, MJS have donated an I-onik Android tablet
for a free-to-enter competition.
To enter, simply email your answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org
at Gallowgate in January 2013, Moussa took the squad number 7 that had been
vacant since the exit of which midfielder to QPR in August 2011?
No purchase necessary, no age restriction, one entry per person
please. The winner will be drawn at random from correct entries received on
Thu June 11th and must be available to collect their prize in person from
either Ponteland or Birtley within two weeks.
visit to Sevens
Update: the final day of competition on Sunday will be broadcast live
online via youtube
again, Newcastle have sent a team to contest the annual Citibank Soccer
Sevens tournament in Hong Kong, arriving on Wednesday to prepare for the
main competition that gets underway on Saturday.
The Magpies are one of 16 teams in the main tournament and are in group A
along with Singapore Cricket Club, BC Rangers of Hong Kong and Leicester
United begin against Singapore at 4.14pm local time, face BC at 5.56pm and
round off against Leicester at 7.21pm.
Other Premier League sides taking part in matches at Happy Valley are Aston
Villa, Stoke City and West Ham.
The Veteran's competition meanwhile
started on Friday and again included a team from Wallsend Boys Club.
Former Magpies Peter Beardsley, Michael
Bridges, Robbie Elliott and John Watson are in their squad and
Elliott was on target in a 1-0 win over HKFC Veterans.
Their second outing also resulted in a 1-0 win, this time over KCC Veterans,
guest player Llloyd Owusu netting.
One other familiar face taking part was old boy Marlon Harewood, who scored
three times in two games for the Citibank All Stars side.
2015 squad: Bartlett*,
Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Gilliead, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Smith, Hunter.
(An injury suffered by Paul Woolston playing for England forced his
withdrawal and replacement by ex- youth team 'keeper
Adam Bartlett, now on the Academy staff).
squad: Alnwick, Aarons, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Laidler,
McKinnon, Olley, Quinn, Williams
(Eliminated at the semi-final stage)
2013 squad: Alnwick, Tavernier, Dummett, Streete,
Newton, Logan, Richardson, Inman, Sa.Ameobi,
(Lost 0-2 to Leicester City in the
2012 squad: Alnwick, Tavernier, Dummett, Satka,
Logan, Miele, Maddison, Hooper, Campbell, Inman.
(Beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the final)
Proud sponsors of
Ex-Magpies released by their current club include:
Darren Ambrose (Ipswich Town)
Joey Barton (QPR)
Sylvain Distin (Everton)
Damien Duff (Melbourne City)
Danny Guthrie (Reading - Fulham loan)
Steve Harper (Hull City)
Paddy McLaughlin (Grimsby Town)
Alan Neilson (Cambridge United coach)
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace)
Ben Tozer (Northampton Town)
The Third Mag
evening saw Rangers lose 1-3 at Ibrox to Motherwell in the first leg of
their SPL play-off final. And while Haris Vuckic played his 21st game
for the Ibrox side, there was a rare outing for another Magpie.
Four months after his loan move, Shane Ferguson made a belated senior
debut for Rangers from the bench in the second half - the third of the five
Newcastle loan players to do so after Vuckic and Remi Streete.
The Northern Ireland international is under contract at SJP until 2016 but
hasn't appeared at club level since the final game of his loan to Birmingham
City in April 2014.
The two sides meet again at Fir Park on Sunday, with promotion for Rangers -
and a £500K bonus payable to Newcastle - very much in the
Regardless of the outcome though, it seems unlikely that Vuckic will remain
at Ibrox after the weekend - at least if the Daily Record newspaper
is to be believed.
Entering the final 12 months of his contract, Vuckic has given little hint
as to his future but would be a logical signing for Rangers regardless of
what league they're in.
However the ongoing boardroom discord between club owner Dave King and Mike
Ashley looks to have KO'd any hopes that a deal can be done by Rangers for
Meanwhile, it's emerged that Vuckic and fellow Magpie Gael Bigirimana were
close to completing loan moves to Motherwell during the January
transfer window. Instead though, the pair were dispatched to Govan with
Fergie, Streete and Kevin Mbabu.
close season national service for current Magpies:
Thu 28.05.2015 Morocco (n) drew 3-3
Rolando was an unused substitute as England kicked off their Toulon
Tournament campaign with a draw.
Sat 30.05.2015 Ivory Coast (n)
Fri 05.06.2015 China (n)
Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015 USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)
Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015 Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015 Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)
Armstrong (England U18): Mon 08.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki
Wed 10.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki
Paul Dummett (Wales):
Fri 12.06.2015 Belgium (h) ECQ (Cardiff)
Prince in Toon
- group offer
Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert
is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event next month - and there's a
special bonus offer now available to NUFC.com readers.
The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday
June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.
Tickets cost £20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for £200
will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin
More details and bookings can be made online
(booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956
in office hours will avoid booking fees.
VA Day (Victory
Newcastle 2 West Ham 0
Match report is online here
Premier League final table - bottom six:
Toon teens in twin
was double silverware success for Newcastle's youngsters in France over the
weekend - but before anyone asks, that won't be the trigger for owner Mike
Ashley to put the club on the market....
saw United win the Tournoi
International de Football U17 in the town of Saint-Andre-Lez-Lille.
After 0-0 draws with both FC Copenhagen and Dynamo Moscow on Saturday, the
young Magpies beat FC Porto 1-0 in Sunday's quarter final, Callum Smith
That set up a semi-final tie on Monday against Racing
Club Lens and Newcastle won 3-0, thanks to a brace from Jamie Holmes and one from Lewis
FC Bruges beat
Real Sociedad 1-0 in the other semi-final to face United and the 40 minute
game ended 2-2. That meant that a penalty shootout was
required, with Newcastle eventually running out 5-4 winners.
Ben Pollock, Jamie Holmes, Owen Bailey, Yannick Azoakonou, Callum Smith, Ben
Kitchen, Mackenzie Heaney, Shane Donaghey, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Nathan
Harker, Kurtis Russell, Kieran Olsen, Oliver Long, Kelland Watts, Cameron
Armstrong, Jai Grant.
Newcastle's U14/15 squad also returned from France with silverware on
Monday, winning the Neuville Tournament thanks to a 1-0 final victory
over Swiss side Servette.
The toon bairns won six out of their seven games and drew the other when
needing only a point to progress into the Quarter Finals.
Update: QPR, Burnley and Hull City
have been relegated from the Premier League to be
replaced next season by Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City.
And that means that fans driving to all 19 away games next season from SJP
will see their round trip mileage increase by 904 miles, from 6,615 to 7,519
Norwich scored twice in the first half to overcome Boro 2-0 at Wembley on
Monday, the Canaries including ex-Magpie Sebastien Bassong in their side.
Fellow old boy Jonathan Woodgate remained on the bench for Boro.
The Cherries are making their Premier League debut and will become the 46th
different club we've faced in that competition, with Goldsands Stadium
aka Dean Court the 53rd different PL venue to have accommodated us.
The Magpies have made three previous competitive visits to this part of
Dorset and are yet to return victorious.
A 1-2 loss in the League Cup in
November 1963 saw Ron McGarry convert a penalty, while Mick Quinn netted in
another 1-2 defeat, this time in the old Second Division during September
And most recently, a gallant display by crocked 'keeper Tommy Wright helped
his side to a 0-0 draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 1992,
although United went on to lose the replay at SJP in a penalty shootout.
Having retained top-flight status on the last day of the season, Newcastle's
2015/16 campaign will start to take shape on Wednesday June 17th when
the Premier League fixture list is published.
The Premier League begins on Saturday August 8th and the date for the
final weekend is yet to be confirmed.
Thames oil slick
The Selhurst special one granted ESPN
an audience recently - here's what they asked and he answered (the above
photo shows Pardew on Tuesday as he played 30 minutes for Palace in Julian
Speroni's Testimonial against Dundee. Temuri Ketsbaia appeared for the
ESPN: How do you rate your season with both Newcastle and
AP: I think it is my best season
as a manager. I say that because I've had two such different challenges over
the course of this campaign. At Newcastle, I had a
team at the bottom of the table with a crowd that was very angry at
what had gone on at the club for a period of time. I suspect it will be
difficult for me to top this season in the future.
(We were tenth on the day that Pardew left)
ESPN: What emotions will you feel
if Newcastle are relegated from the Premier League on Sunday?
AP: I want them to stay up, of
course I do. They are my players, my staff, a club that means a lot to me
and always will. I hope they get the win they need and then they won't have
to worry about any other result.
ESPN: Does it frustrate you that
your five years at Newcastle are remembered by some for the wrong reasons?
AP: Amid all the negativity at
Newcastle, we achieved some great things. Finishing fifth in the Premier
League with a great team was a fine effort and we also got to the quarter
finals of the Europa League and nearly got past a Benfica side that went to
the final. They were great days, great nights at St James' Park and I
remember them with affection. Maybe they are forgotten
(let's recall also your fine efforts in finishing 12th, 16th and
10th and losing four out of five FA Cup ties)
ESPN: You still appear to have
great affection for Newcastle despite the campaign by fans to get you out of
the club. Is that fair to say?
AP: I didn't listen to half of
the criticism I received. I just didn't let it enter my brain. It affects
people around me, but it was my job to see through that. When you are in
charge of a top club, where expectations are high
you have to deal with that.
I look at Rafa Benitez in his time at Liverpool, he had difficult periods
and the same goes for Brendan Rodgers in the same job now.
These difficult periods come and you have to accept that. I did as well as I
could at Newcastle.
(Ah yes, the unrealistic expectations of NUFC fans - how dare we expect
a team - and a club - to actually try? And as for comparisons with
Liverpool, just laughable, we have more in common with Tranmere.....)
ESPN: Was there ever a time at Newcastle when you doubted yourself as
AP: No. If I doubted myself, we
would never have gone on the run we did shortly before I left. You always
have to have faith in your own abilities and that has to be evident to your
ESPN: What did you learn from
what appeared to be a traumatic experience at Newcastle?
AP: It helped me to grow as a
manager because there were a lot of games at Newcastle when I was the
dominant force, the focus of attention. You don't have that kind of focus at
a lot of clubs, so I learned how to ram that home. I also developed a habit
of beating the top teams at Newcastle and thankfully, that has continued at
ESPN: Have you been given the
credit you deserve over the course of your management career?
AP: That is for other people to
say. All I can point to are the facts. If we win on Sunday, I will have
collected 57 points from 37 games this season. That is a hell of a return
over the two clubs given the resources I was working with. During my 18
games at Palace, we are the sixth best team in the league. The facts speak
ESPN: Where do you want to take
Crystal Palace during your time as the club's manager?
AP: There is a chance here in the
next couple of years to have a real go at getting
ourselves into a semifinal or a final of a cup competition and maybe even
win a cup, that would be fantastic. We could get into Europe as well, of
course we could.
Work up a song and dance routine Alan and you'll win the bloody
Eurovision Song Contest - perhaps a rewrite of the Cliff Richard ditty,
"(Self) Congratulations"? Trying telling those Newcastle fans who
witnessed the capitulations to Stevenage, Brighton (twice) and Cardiff just
what your definition of "a real go" is.....
ESPN: You were critical of the Europa League competition during your
time at Newcastle, so would you want to be in that again with Palace?
AP: I would not want to be the
Europa League in the current format, that's for sure. Thursday night games
are difficult to contend with given the level of physicality we deal with in
the Premier League. We struggled with it at Newcastle and we were not alone
in that among the English clubs. Until that issue is addressed, no Premier
League team wants to be in the Europa League. That's the reality, even if
some don't want to admit it.
ESPN: Looking to this summer's
transfer market, what teams do you see Palace competing with to sign
AP: Newcastle, Aston Villa,
Everton and maybe even Spurs. While we cannot compete with some of those
clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they
are also in the market for. If we could add that kind of quality of player
to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.
ESPN: There has been a lot of
talk about agents and the tactics they use in recent days following Raheem
Sterling's fallout with Liverpool. How do you deal with agents?
AP: I always ask two questions
when we are closing in on a deal: What currency
are we dealing in and how many people are expecting to get paid as part of
this transfer? I have had situations in the past when you are close to
signing a player and the money involved switches from euros to pounds to
dollars. It is a difficult process, but one we have to work with.
What tripe is this? The nearest you came to closing in on a deal was
getting a phone call to say it had or hadn't happened - part of the reason
you left NUFC.
ESPN: If you fall out with an
agent, can you just cross them off your list and vow never to work with them
AP: Not really. If you've had a
bad experience with an agent, you have to move past it. You are bound to
want a player at some stage who is represented by this guy and you will have
to try to work around the personality of the agent. You tend to work out
what makes them tick, what they respond to. You have to have tactical plans
to get a deal over the line.
It had to be there, the phrase that pays - only in its abbreviated form,
lacking the preface "we just couldn't get it....."
I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me
and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be
fully involved in transfers, that's for sure.
At last, something we can agree on.