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Ticket news:

QPR (h) General sale now
Burnley (a) Member sale now
Chelsea (h) Member sale now
West Ham (a) & Arsenal (a) SOLD OUT
Spurs (a)
& Man U (a) SOLD OUT

Premier League:
QPR (h)

Saturday sees our old pal 'Arry Redknapp come ap norf to noocarsel for an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off. The last remaining tickets are on public sale now. 

Newcastle go in search of a sixth successive win in all competitions, which would emulate the best run under Alan Pardew's managerial reign, achieved back in March and April 2012.    

A patched-up home defence will also look to record their fourth clean sheet in a row. Since Emmanuel Adebayor found the net at White Hart Lane, United have gone 342 minutes in all competitions without conceding a goal (252 minutes in the Premier League only). 

That's our best run since the 411 minutes that the team clocked up during April 2012 (which were all in the PL). 

Squad: Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Cheick Tiote and Rolando Aarons all remain sidelined, while Fabricio Coloccini and Mehdi Abeid have now joined the injured list.

There is optimism that both Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere will return to the squad after unspecified knocks, 

Youngster Callum Roberts has been included in the squad for the first time - although it remains to be seen whether he actually makes the bench or is "19th man" to get some experience of a senior team atmosphere.

The 17 year-old winger broke into the reserve side last season and netted against Liverpool at Anfield, repeating the feat at SJP earlier this month in a victory over Aston Villa.  

With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also out due to a hamstring problem (although there seems no possibility that he would have been recalled from AS Roma if he was fit) United brought Remie Streete back from Port Vale.

The 20 year-old will provide cover in the continued absence of Curtis Good, while fellow rookie Lubo Satka remains on the fringes and a reserve team regular. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 6/1
Ayoze Perez first scorer in game @ 6/1
First goal to be an own goal @ 16/1
Moussa Sissoko to score in a 1-0 win @ 50/1

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

Don't forget: there's still the chance to win a pair of sought -after VIP tickets for the derby match at SJP next month by clicking online here

QPR: To follow. Old boy Joey Barton is fit again but Adel Taarabt and Ale Faurlin remain unavailable.

On the road this season, the R's have lost all five games with 0-4 defeats at Spurs and Manchester United, 1-2 losses at Southampton and Chelsea and a 0-2 reverse at West Ham. Charlie Austin netted both of their goals.

That all means that QPR's last top-flight away win came at Southampton in March 2013, when Loic Remy was among the scorers in a 2-1 victory. 

Referee: Chris Foy - second outing this season for the whistler from St Helens, following the 0-4 reverse at Southampton.

Pub Watch: Fitzgeralds,
60 Grey Street, NE1 6AF  

In terms of pub locations, "Fitzy's" is hard to beat. It's situated on elegant Grey Street - by far the city's most stunning thoroughfare in terms of architecture - it's also within walking distance of the prestigious Theatre Royal and close to the Quayside.

The pub itself continues to grow in popularity after an extensive refurbishment and buzzes with activity all day, every day. Listed in the Real Ale Guide, it offers an ever-changing list of guest beers handpicked by its customers, and it boasts a wide selection of good food.

Not only is it a place where people love to be seen during the day - it's most definitely a great night out, too.

Find further details of this and the 20 other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here


Metro: No scheduled service disruptions

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

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2 / HD2 (Malaysia)
beIN Sports Connect Arabia
Canal+ Yomvi (Spain)
DIRECTV Play Latin America (Argentina)
Fox Sports (Australia) (red button)
GO Sports 5 (Malta)
Gol Stadium (Spain)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
QQ Sports Live (China)
Sky Mexico
Sportsnet World (Canada)

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


NUFC last six PL seasons after eleven games:

2007/08: 17 points, 10th (scored 18, conceded 17)
2008/09: 12 points, 14th (scored 14, conceded 18)
2010/11: 17 points, 5th (scored 20, conceded 14)
2011/12: 25 points, 3rd (scored 17, conceded 8)
2012/13: 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 15)
2013/14: 17 points, 9th (scored 15, conceded 16)
2014/15: 16 points, 8th (scored 13, conceded 15) 

R's in Toon - all time:

2012/13 won 1-0 Sh.Ameobi
2011/12 won 1-0 Best
2009/10 drew 1-1 Harewood
1995/96 won 2-1 Beardsley 2
1994/95 won 2-1 Kitson, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 1-2 Allen
1988/89 lost 1-2 Ranson
1987/88 drew 1-1 O'Neill
1986/87 lost 0-2
1985/86 won 3-1 Beardsley, Reilly, McDonald
1984/85 won 1-0 Reilly
1982/83 won 1-0 Keegan
1981/82 lost 0-4
1980/81 won 1-0 Waddle
1979/80 won 4-2 Shoulder, Withe 2, Cassidy
1977/78 lost 0-3
1976/77 won 2-0 Burns, Cannell
1975/76 lost 1-2 Gowling
1975/76 won 2-1 T.Craig, Gowling (FAC)
1974/75 drew 2-2 Tudor, Macdonald
1973/74 lost 2-3 Tudor 2
1968/69 won 3-2 Burton, Dyson, Gibb

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)

Sat 22.11.2014:
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v West Ham
Leicester City v mackems
Manchester City v Swansea City
Stoke City v Burnley
Arsenal v Manchester United (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 23.11.2014:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (1.30pm) Sky
Hull v Spurs (4pm) Sky

Mon 24.11.2014:

Aston Villa v Southampton (8pm) Sky

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here


Toon tome:
Who's Who on sale


Online orders for club historian Paul Joannou's latest book can now be made direct from the publisher online here

Books cost £32.50 and various payment methods are available for anyone unwilling to pay online, while the publishers are attempting to offset the considerable postage charge by offering limited drop offs and pick ups wherever possible - more details are on the site.  

Alternatively, The Back Page shop on St.Andrews Street, Waterstones by the Monument and in the Metro Centre and The Evening Chronicle all now have copies in stock.

Appeal - the publishers are struggling to contact these subscribers, please can anyone who knows these people ask that they email

Nicola Atkinson, West Midlands
Deborah Brown, location tbc
Stephen Hurst, Tynemouth
Gordon Young, Wallsend

Devils at the double

Manchester United U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  0

A goal in each half from Marcus Rashford condemned Newcastle's youngsters to defeat on a damp Friday evening at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground.

The Manchester-born striker turned 17 last month and shot his side ahead on 39 minutes his 20 yard effort looking to deceive visiting 'keeper Paul Woolston.  

Rashford then doubled his side's lead six minutes before full time, converting a free kick with a low shot from outside the area. 

That completed a league double over the Magpies for the Red Devils, following their 3-2 win on Tyneside in August.

Squad: Broccoli, Cameron, Charman, Cobain, Drennan, Heaney, Hunter, Johnson, Laidler, Longstaff, Newberry, Pearson, Pollock, Storey, Ward, Woolston.

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Adam away again

Having marked his return from injury by scoring at Victoria Park for the U21s last month, striker Adam Campbell is heading back there on loan to Hartlepool United.

The 19 year-old joins up with the League Two basement side for a month and is reunited with former Newcastle reserve coach Willie Donachie, who recently joined the backroom staff to assist manager Paul Murray. 

during which he may face fellow Toon loanee Jonathyn Quinn when 'Pools host Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup. 

Since debuting for United's first team in 2012, Campbell has spent time on loan at Carlisle United, St. Mirren and Fleetwood Town. 

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Spurs (h) Premier League, Sunday

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Rennes (h) Ligue 1, Saturday

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Wolves (a) Championship, Saturday

Adam Campbell (Hartlepool United)
York City (h) League Two, Saturday

Tom Heardman (Gateshead)

Torquay United (a) Conference, Saturday

Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
Kings Lynn Town (h) Northern Premier League, Saturday.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
The defender sustained a hamstring problem while on international duty and is expected to be out until early December.

Talk-in comp:
Sir Les giveaway 

Returning to SJP this Saturday as QPR's current Director of Football, Les Ferdinand will have Newcastle on his mind again next March when he appears at a talk-in. 

Friday March 27th sees the former Magpie favourite in conversation at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston and tickets are on sale now here, priced at £40 and £60. 

e have a pair of VIP seats up for grabs, and to be in with a chance of winning them, email us here with the answer to the following question:

The image above was taken in October 1995 as United crushed JFK's Wimbledon 6-1. Sir Les scored three times but we'd like you to tell us who was keeping goal for the Wombles by the time he completed his hat trick.    

Closing date is Sat Nov 29th @ 3pm, subject: Les. No purchase necessary. Prize is of tickets only. No transport, refreshments, bribes etc. will be paid. Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 

PS: MJK Sports also have further stocks of replica 1984 Newcastle shirts signed by Kevin Keegan and available both framed and unframed. Find more details here

Premier passions:
Common ground

A pre-arranged meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland followers at a neutral location on Wednesday night resulted in no arrests or injuries, with only an outbreak of common sense to report.  

No bus convoys or special metros were scheduled and the police helicopter was conspicuous by its absence, as fan groups from NUFC and SAFC gathered in Gateshead to discuss the upcoming derby match on December 21st.

Having inadvertently united both sides of the Tyne/Wear divide by advocating a so-called "bubble match" last January, Northumbria Police presided over this joint meeting of two groups who previously met separately. 

Both groups were established in 2014 following an invitation from the police to interested parties, with informal gatherings taking place where both sides can communicate directly on whatever matters arise. 

So far this has included discussion on derby match policing policy, the issue of peaceful protest by fan groups inside and outside SJP, concerns over pyro devices and ongoing dialogue regarding away travel. 

Wednesday's meeting saw unanimous agreement to work together under the slogan of "a Derby to be proud of", highlighting positive aspects of the rivalry and building on the thawing in relationships following the MH17 tragedy.  

There's an open invitation to anyone wishing to attend future fan group/police meetings, with supporters aged between 16 and 25 particularly under-represented. 

Meetings take place quarterly on weekday evenings at a location in Newcastle. Email here to get involved.

(For the avoidance of doubt, these meetings aren't related to Newcastle United's fans forum initiative).

PS: a warts-and-all reminder of derby day has been captured in a short film that can be viewed here 

Old boy:
Richardson reappears

Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans confirm that ex-Newcastle midfielder Michael Richardson has now signed on the dotted line at Croft Park. 

Now 22, Michael was released by United last season having got as far as the first team bench during four years at SJP, but failing to make a competitive debut.

A succession of loans saw him appear for Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley, making a combined total of 24 appearances and finding the net once. 

Richardson joins fellow former Magpie Alex Nicholson at Croft Park - plus current NUFC loanee Jonathyn Quinn - and is available to face Kings Lynn today (Saturday). 

Cisse on target

Watch Cisse's goal online here

Having watched from the bench as his side qualified for the African Nations Cup Finals by beating Egypt at the weekend, Papiss Cisse was included in Senegal's final qualifier on Wednesday against Botswana.

Andt he Magpies striker scored his side's second midway through the first half in Dakar, collecting a low centre from the right and taking a touch before rifling his shot home. Senegal went on to win 3-0.

Elsewhere, a 0-0 draw for Ivory Coast against Cameroon was enough for Cheick Tiote's side to confirm their place at the finals - although the United midfielder wasn't in their squad due to injury.

Also missing out was fellow Magpie Mehdi Abeid, whose Algeria side had already ensured their spot before a meaningless 2-0 defeat by Mali on Wednesday.  

Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as scheduled between January 17th and February 8th 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

They qualify as hosts, along with Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia. Nigeria missed out.

Academic for United

Newcastle U21s  7  Team Northumbria  0


Match report online here


Other Second Round ties:

Tue 18.11.2014 Whitley Bay 6-4 Alnwick Town (aet)
Wed 19.11.2014 Morpeth Town 3-2 WA Celtic (aet)
Tue 25.11.2014
Blyth Spartans v Ashington

United return to Whitley Park on Monday for an U21 Premier League Cup tie against Crewe Alexandra. That has a 7pm start and has to be settled on the night, via 30 minutes extra time and penalties if needed.

For whom the bell tolls

Interviewed by Mihir Bose of the London Evening Standard, United boss Alan Pardew has spoken about the pressure he's under - and confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini won't feature against QPR, West Ham and Burnley due to injury: 

Alan Pardew has been fighting fires at Newcastle all season. It is apt, then, that during our interview at a London hotel the fire alarm goes off.

A friendly member of staff whispers in his ear that there is nothing to worry about — it’s only a drill — but back in the North East goodwill towards the Newcastle manager has been in short supply.

Having started the season with the bookies making his team 7-5 to finish in the top 10, by the last week of September the club were bottom of the League with only three points.

Then Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told a journalist from the Independent that defeat by Stoke in the next match would mean the sack for Pardew. Ashley later tried to pass it off as a joke and, although Newcastle lost, Pardew did survive.

Since then, the club have been unbeaten, winning their last five games. They are now one point behind Arsenal and two behind a Champions League place.

But that has not appeased sections of the fanbase. The website is continuing its campaign to oust the boss, who will complete four years at St James’ Park next month.

“I have never been into the website,” says Pardew. “When the website started somebody said to me it was quite an organised website. It wasn’t like a nine-year-old on the computer sort of saying, ‘I don’t like Pardew’. It was much more serious than that.”

So it is, with detailed analysis of Pardew’s record as manager such as that in each campaign there was at least a third of the season where his win ratio was between 14 and 29 per cent. But Pardew says: “You just have to stay with your philosophy, believe what you do is right.”

So did Ashley have no intention of sacking Pardew?

“I would never know if there was. There was enough in the background that I had done at the club that made the owner stick with me. He made me feel confident. I was confident going into the next period of games when we managed to turn it round.”

But, even as Pardew savours this moment, he admits: 

“It’s certainly been the most difficult time for me in Newcastle. The back end of last season [14 League defeats between January and May] spilled over into this season when we sold Yohan Cabaye and did not have a replacement.

“We were a bit unlucky at the start. Against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, we should have won but we lost (we drew both games).

"It looked to our fans that we were in reverse. So it was tough. Some of the personal jibes were hurtful. You can’t disguise that. But you have to be resilient, particularly as a Premier League manager. You have to ride the storms.

“I’ve had a few [setbacks] in my career and not just in Newcastle. In the Championship at West Ham, we really had some tough days. I remember losing to Tony Pulis’s Stoke and being run off the park at Wigan.

“Against Millwall, I lost 4-0. Can you imagine the West Ham manager losing 4-0 to Millwall and surviving? That steeled me for what’s happened in Newcastle. Your credibility, your respect everything goes out of the window. You have to fight to get it back.

“I’m quite good at getting over games. I try not to put the pressure which is on me on to the players, my staff and certainly not my family. You have to be quite single-minded and focused in what you are doing.”

Only Arsene Wenger, with his 18 years at Arsenal, has been at a Premier League club longer than Pardew has been at Newcastle and less than a third of managers across all four divisions have had at least two seasons at their clubs.

“What is disturbing is that I am probably about the fourth or fifth longest serving [manager] in the country, and that includes the First and Second Divisions and the Championship,” says Pardew. “Those leagues are spiralling out of control for managers, and young managers are struggling to get going.”

One of the challenges for Pardew this season has been finding a replacement for Cabaye in the withdrawn No10 role, a position Pardew has used since he was at Reading.

“Sometimes I play that system with a striker, sometimes with a midfielder. Last year Cabaye had massive success in the first half of the season. Moussa Sissoko has grown comfortable in that role and he’s probably one of the big reasons why we have picked up.

“He is not a Cabaye. He’s got a different role. Cabaye was the intelligence of the team, Moussa is like the battering ram. He’ll make a run that blows the back four apart. The goal he scored against Manchester City Cabaye wouldn’t have got.”

Pardew rates that 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Carling Cup as the moment when, “We made people sit up a little. I don’t think anybody saw it coming apart from us. I told them in the dressing room we could win.”

What really excites Pardew is that Newcastle are developing players who may play for England.

“Newcastle is a great area but we haven’t produced many players over the last 10 years. For the first time we are seeing real buds of success, local boys, something we are very proud of. We are no longer just a French team.

“We have Freddie Woodman, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons who are all highly rated by England. I am not saying these guys are going to be future England internationals but they have a chance. Paul Dummett is already a Welsh international, Sammy Ameobi has played for the Under-21s.”

So what are Pardew’s hopes for the rest of the season?

A note of caution comes into his voice. “We have so many young players we are not sure how good they are going to be. We have had serious blows through injury this year. Our biggest signing, Siem de Jong, has played one game [as a 70-minute substitute]. Fabricio Coloccini will miss the next three games.

“He’s a terrific presence on the pitch, not only a leader of men but he has a great way of leading. He never looks ruffled and gives that assurance to the team. In a pride of lions, he is the lion sitting on the hill looking over his brood, so losing him is going to be a blow.”

This may explain why Pardew will not look too far ahead. Next month Newcastle play Tottenham in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, when they will return to White Hart Lane, where they won 2-1 in the League last month.

Pardew adds: “We got to the quarter-finals of the Europa League but in domestic cups we’ve been poor and I’d like to do a lot better.”

Wall art:
A room with a view

Following the positive feedback when we gave away a couple of prototypes last month, Tyneside-based firm Aurora now proudly present a range of unique acrylic artworks based on an aerial view of St.James' Park.


Exclusive to, these are available either as an A3 size single image piece or four separate A4 pieces that combine to create a single image.

Featuring polished edge panels with no visible fixings create a three dimensional effect that one of our competition winners termed, "absolutely stunning"


See more illustrations and details here (pdf)

A3 works cost £40 and the A4 ensemble is £70 and for orders made before Christmas, buy both for £95. Prices don't include delivery but can be shipped at cost or collected free of charge from the factory in NE23.

Orders/enquiries via 0191 2146474 or email here

PS: Aurora are also licenced to reproduce works by local artist John Coatsworth and have pieces featuring the SJP-themed painting, Going to the Match here (pdf)


The clash

A cynical decision by the host club has left Toon fans unable to attend the FA Youth Cup Third Round tie against Millwall next month.

The Lions rejected pleas from United for an early kick-off at the Den and the game will go ahead with a 3pm kick-off on
Saturday 13th December.

With the possibility of extra time and penalties - not to mention the difficulties of getting across London - that precludes anyone from seeing the tie and also attending United's Premier League visit to Arsenal at 5.30pm.

The tie sees Newcastle's youngsters making the first visit at any level by the club to Millwall's current home in South Bermondsey since it was opened back in 1993.

Tickets will be available on the day as follows:

Barry Kitchener Stand (£5 adults, £1 U16s)
Executive Lounge (£10 adults, £5 U16s)

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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.

New season opening Hours: TBC

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 season ticket info is here

A 12 game part season ticket starting with the visit of the mackems on December 21st is now on sale until Sun 7th December (which means that the mackem tickets will go on member sale after that date).

Prices are from £322 adults, £158 bairns and £189 for 18-21 year olds and students, and £297 for OAPs. A limited amount of family enclosure tickets are also available.

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. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 24.11.2014
U21s v Crewe Alexandra (h) @ Whitley Park, KO 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Sat 29.11.2014 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 01.12.2014 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Pay on the gate, £4 adults, £2 concs, U16s free.

Tue 02.12.2014 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 7.45pm, Premier League. Member sale now. £40 adults, £25 over-65s / 18s-21s, £18 U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 06.12.2014 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT.

Mon 08.12.2014 FA Cup Third Round draw live on BBC2, 7pm.
Involves NUFC. 

Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 2,000.  Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 15.12.2014 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note KO alteration.

Wed 17.12.2014 Spurs (a)
@ White Hart Lane, 7.45pm, Capital One Cup Quarter Final. SOLD OUT. Allocation 4,200.

Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. Live on BT.

Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) @ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.

Capital One Cup Quarter-finals:

Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Tue 16.12.2014 Sheff United v Soton
Wed 17.12.2014
B'mouth v Liverpool Sky
Wed 17.12.2014 Tottenham v Newcastle

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

QF w/c 15.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014
Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

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:
Sat 13.12.2014
Arsenal (a) 5.30pm
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm
Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 06.12.2014
Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm
Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.02.2015)

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 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)
Sun 04.01.2015 Wrexham (3pm)
Sat 24.01.2015 Welling United (3pm)

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 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (3pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Lancaster City (3pm)
Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (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

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Fri 28.11.2014 USA (a) FR
Sun 30.11.2014 Brazil (n) FR
Tue 02.12.2014 Australia (n) FR

(Nike Cup in Sarasota, FL, USA)

The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches 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

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

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)
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
22nd November

Born Or Died:

1983 Peter Ramage born, Ashington.

As a youngster, Peter was a centre forward and his initial trial at United as a teenager came after scoring for Berwick Rangers.

However, he was persuaded to play at centre half and impressed sufficiently to be given a place at Newcastle's Academy. 

Rammy made his first team debut as a sub in the club's 100th European tie, a 4-0 home win over Olympiakos in March 2005. 

He then started his first Premier League fixture later that season at full back, in the intimidating setting of Old Trafford.

Appearing during the reigns of messrs Souness, Roeder and Allardyce, Peter was stretchered off while playing under the latter at the smoggies in August 2007.

Offered a contract extension by Kevin Keegan, Peter opted to leave SJP on a Bosman free in search of first team football - the last of his 69 appearances coming at Everton in May 2008.

That season closer saw him replace Steven Taylor for the final seconds of the game, before throwing his shirt to the away fans and departing amid a great ovation. 

Rammy joined QPR and scored the first senior goal of his career in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Loftus Road in August 2009.

The following month saw him return to his former home ground when the R's visited in the Championship, but he remained on the bench as an unused substitute.

He did make it on to the field against us in the final game of that season, but was red -carded in the fixture at Loftus Road.

And Peter's woes continued in the following campaign when he was sidelined with a serious knee injury in September 2010.

A loan deal in August 2011 saw him join Championship side Crystal Palace, where he played in the same Eagles side as former Magpie colleague, Darren Ambrose.

Ramage returned to Loftus Road only to be loaned out again, this time to Birmingham City until the end of the season but was soon back at Selhurst Park. 

Signing a one-year deal for Palace in August 2012, he helped the Eagles gain promotion back to the Premier League, scoring four times in the Championship

Loaned to Barnsley for the 2013/14 season after one further outing for the Eagles, Peter returned to Oakwell on a three month loan during October 2014 - and promptly netted on his second Tykes debut.


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1902 Grimsby Town (h)
Division One 

1913 Liverpool (a)
Division One 

1919 Sunderland (a)
Division One 

1924 Birmingham (h)
Division One 
Cowan, Harris 3 

1930 Sunderland (a)
Division One 
Eden(11,88), Conner(29,71), Gumey(79)

1947 Cardiff City (h)
Division Two 
Milburn 2, Shackleton, Stobbart 
An opening goal from Milburn after ten seconds paved the way for a comfortable win. 

The crowd witnessed an exhibition of trickery from Shack including attempts to play 1-2's with a corner flag and sitting on the ball in the manner later emulated by Kenny Wharton.

1952 Manchester United (a) 2-2 (1-0)
Division One 
Keeble, G.Robledo 
Aston, Pearson
Our second visit to Old Trafford in as many months, following an earlier 4-2 loss there in the Charity Shield.

1958 West Bromwich 
Albion (h)
Division One 
Kevan, Robson
A debut for John Mitten, son of manager Charlie Mitten. Rather cruelly he was given the job of penalty taker on his debut and missed one.

1965 Dinamo Moscow (USSR) (h) 1-4 (1-3)
scorers tbc 
A midweek home friendly didn't do United much good, coming in the middle of a five game losing league run.

1969 Coventry City (a) 
Division One 
Sandwiched between our Fairs Cup double header against Porto was this poor display at Highfield Road.

1975 Norwich City (a) 
Division One 
Nulty 2 
Geoff Nulty's brace made it four matches unbeaten at Carrow Road for United. 

1978 Cambridge United (h) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two 
There was a debut for Gary Nicholson as United moved to seventh spot in Division Two, thanks to John Bird's effort. 

1980 Wrexham (h)
Division Two 
Wrexham hero was goalkeeper Dai Davies, who saved Alan Shoulder's penalty. One fan staged a centre spot sit-in and was led away to a chorus of boos.

1986 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
A.Thomas(43,69), Beardsley(74)
A magical afternoon that culminated for some of us in a celebratory open top bus ride down Oxford Street to serenade startled seasonal shoppers with the "Blaydon Races". Drink had most definitely been taken.

1996 Newcastle's Darren Huckerby travelled to Coventry City for talks after the two clubs agreed a £1m fee. He quickly signed.

1997 Southampton (h)
Premier League 

Two goals from John Barnes secured the points - one a rare headed goal from the former England superstar/wifebeater.

2003 Manchester City (h)

Ameobi(57), Shearer(77,85)
Third time unlucky for Kevin Keegan as he and his Manchester City side lost their third game in a row on Tyneside, failing to find the net yet again. match report

2008 Chelsea (a)
Premier League
Our record of eight defeats in a row at Stamford Bridge was mercifully ended, as JFK took his side there to grind out a point and duly did so.

As we pointed commented though, "this is a tale of reduced circumstances, as we glorify in a 0-0 draw, having never crossed the halfway line in anger." match report

2010 Defender Mike Williamson was charged with violent conduct following an incident involving Bolton's Johan Elmander in the 1-5 thumping at the Reebok.

This came just days after a similar process was used to retrospectively punish fellow Magpie Joey Barton for an indiscretion during the home game against Blackburn Rovers.

The FA also confirmed that the red card shown to Fabricio Coloccini at the Reebok would earn him a three match suspension.

After losing their unbeaten league record for the season with a 0-3 reverse at the hands of the mackems, Newcastle's second string again found themselves very much second best at Darsley Park. 

Regular reserve watchers were excluded from a 0-4 loss to Everton at the training ground, but those unable to gain admittance could count themselves fortunate on this occasion to have saved themselves the bother.... match report

2012 Maritimo (Portugal) (h) 1-1 (1-0)
Europa League GSM5

Despite failing to record the hoped-for victory, Newcastle made it through to the Last 32 of the Europa League.

Sylvain Marveaux scored his first senior goal for the club but a late leveller from substitute Fidelis knocked United off the top of the group - the same player almost winning it in added time. match report

Having provided the opposition for the last game at their old ground six months earlier, a Magpies XI returned to Consett as the Steelmen christened their new £3m Belle View home.

Peter Beardsley turned out and Adam Campbell and Jamie Cobain scored for United in a 2-1 win on the artificial pitch. match report

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