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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 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 

Retiring:
Old boy's Toon tribute

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Following confirmation of his retirement from playing, ex- Magpie Peter Lovenkrands has been reflecting on the night he scored for United at SJP in January 2010 - just hours after the death of his father. 

Lovenkrands goal v West Bromwich Albion 

"It was quite overwhelming. They should have taken me off, for 10 minutes after the goal I was still crying on the pitch. It was a tough experience, but also the most amazing moment in my career. 

"It was as if he helped a little... I feel I got a chance to say goodbye to him with that goal.

"At a stadium I've never heard anything wilder than the roar that came from the fans when my name was called over the speakers and on the score board. 

"The fans gave everything they had, and I can't thank them, Chris Hughton, and my teammates enough for the support they gave me.

"My father had Alzheimer's, but he had visited me in early December. So it went incredibly fast downhill for him. He was one of my youth coaches in Lillerød, and he has supported me throughout my career. He was never there to put pressure on me. He just said that I should enjoy it, and I have done."

U18s:
Young Mags go
under the lights



Newcastle's U18 side return to league action with a rare Friday night fixture this week, as they face Manchester United at the J. Davidson Stadium better known as the Moss Lane home of Conference side Altrincham.

Kickoff is at 7pm and admission is free to all. Anyone with access to MUTV (Sky channel 418) can watch it live.

The two sides have already met this season, with the Red Devils winning 3-2 on Tyneside thanks to a hat trick from 
Demetri Mitchell. However the striker is sidelined through injury and won't be considered for selection on Friday.

The Magpies come into this game in decent form, having lost just once in five outings and won their most recent two games - scoring seven goals in the process. 

Newcastle's most recent visit to Moss Lane at youth level saw them beaten 1-0 in an FA Youth Cup tie in 2011.

 

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P
remier League:
QPR (h)

Newcastle return to action on Saturday when our old pal 'Arry Redknapp comes ap norf to noocarsel, shadowed by R's Director or Football, Les Ferdinand.

Kick-off is at 3pm and the last remaining tickets are on public sale. 

The Magpies will go in search of a sixth successive win in all competitions and a fourth clean sheet in a row.

And since Emmanuel Adebayor netted at White Hart Lane, United have gone 342 minutes in all competitions without conceding a goal (252 minutes in the PL 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 and Rolando Aarons remain out, while Fabricio Coloccini and Mehdi Abeid have joined the injured list.

Doubts remain over the fitness of Cheick Tiote, but there is optimism that both Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere will return to the squad after unspecified knocks.

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 have 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

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

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

Travel:

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: tbc

UK Radio:
tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Stats:

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 web 
sales now open


 

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 info@ultimatenewcastle.com

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

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 this Saturday. 

Internationals:
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.

Tuesday's senior international action:

Moussa Sissoko (France)
Tue 18.11.2014
Sweden (h) 1-0
Sissoko appeared from the bench in the 62nd minute of France's friendly victory in Marseille.

Rob Elliot (Ireland)
Tue 18.11.2014 USA (h) 4-1 
The 'keeper replaced old boy Shay Given after 85 minutes of this friendly in Dublin - his third outing for Ireland.

U21s:
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.

Update:
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 SackPardew.com 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 NUFC.com, 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)

 

FAYC:
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 kickoff at the Den and the game will go ahead with a 3pm kickoff 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)

Loan lads:
T
he borrowers


Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:


Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
A fruitless 90 minute shift for Blyth in their FA Trophy replay at Halesowen Town on Tuesday evening, as the home side ran out 2-0 winners. 
Next game: Kings Lynn Town (h) Northern Premier League, Saturday.

Tom Heardman (Gateshead)

Next game: Torquay United (a) Conference, Saturday

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

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Next game:
Atalanta (a) Serie A, Saturday*. 

(*The defender sustained a hamstring problem while on international duty and is expected to be out until early December).


Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game:
Rennes (h) Ligue 1, Saturday

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

 
Georgia off his mind:
Madman resigns


Former Magpie Temuri Ketsbaia has stood down as the coach of the Georgian national side following a terrible start to their European Championship qualifying games.

Now 46, Ketsbaia confirmed his departure after a five year stint in charge after a 0-4 defeat by Poland on Friday. No advertising hoardings were harmed.


FAC2:
Local lads on live
TV


The BBC have selected the Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans FA Cup tie as one of their Second Round live games, kicking off at 7.55pm on Friday December 5th.
 
Gateshead meanwhile will have their home tie against Warrington beamed out live by BT Sport on Sunday December 7th with a Noon start.*

The reward for victory in this round is £27K, while both clubs will earn £72K as a live broadcast fee.

Both pieces of scheduling sit nicely for toon followers wishing to attend or just tune in to watch the ties, with United at home to Chelsea on Saturday 

United enter at the Third Round stage and will learn the identity of their opponents in the draw for that, live on BBC2 at 7pm on Monday December 8th.

* Please note that the reduced admission deal to games at the International Stadium for NUFC ST holders is only for Conference games and not for the FA Cup.

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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)

Fixtures:

Fri 21.11.2014 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Moss Lane, Altrincham, 7pm. U18 Premier League.  

Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member 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

Upcoming
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)

Rugby
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
 
Callups:


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
20th November


Born Or Died:

1975 Death of Robert Roxburgh, 78. 
(1920-24)

1978 Paul Robinson born, s*nderland. 
(1998-2000)

United boss Kenny Dalglish did his old Anfield team mate David Hodgson a favour back in March 1998, paying £500K to sign the two promising strikers in his Darlington side - Robinson and James Coppinger. 

Having debuted in the Quakers first team at the age of 16, Robbo played for our reserve and junior sides before getting his senior team chance under Ruud Gullit ahead of the 1999/00 season.

Scoring in friendly matches against Dundee United, Reading and Stoke City, Paul's competitive debut then came as a late substitute in our opening day home loss to Aston Villa.

Handed a first start in the infamous monsoon derby game while messrs Shearer and Ferguson glowered from the bench, Paul's only competitive senior goal was a mis-hit shot from two yards out in a 2-2 home draw with CSKA Sofia.

One other notable moment came in the 8-0 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday, when he tried to grab the ball to take a penalty. Needless to say, Shearer left him in no doubt that he wouldn't be denied one of the five he stuck past the Owls that day....

Dropping out of the first team picture in November 1999, Robbo made one further senior appearance, coming off the bench in the second half of a 0-2 home defeat by Leicester City the following April. 

Wimbledon agreed to pay £1.5m fo him in July 2000, but after just a handful of games he was loaned out to Burnley three months later and Dundee United the following year. 

Brief spells playing or on trial at Blackpool, Hull, Grimsby, Carlisle, Hartlepool, York City, St.Johnstone, Ross County, Aberdeen and Torquay then followed, the latter ending during 2006.

Northern League duty then followed with Whitley Bay, Horden CW, Sunderland RCA and Sunderland Nissan.

2008 then saw Robbo declared bankrupt and turning up on trial (in a footballing sense...) at his first club Darlington. However, he failed to impress the Quakers and was released, next appearing for Consett.

Reduced to playing for a team in the Pallion Carpets 5 a-side league on Wednesdays at the Crowtree Leisure Centre, 2010 then saw Robbo attempt a further comeback.

Based in South East England, spells with Maidenhead United, Hayes & Yeading, Hendon, Windsor & Eton, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Chesham United followed.

Paul returned to the North East with Jarrow Roofing in 2011, before a brief stint back at Chesham United and has since appeared for Didcot Town, Jarrow Roofing, Newton Aycliffe, Jarrow Roofing, Hebburn Town, Jarrow Roofing and South Shields. 


 

  
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What Else?

1897 Stockton (a)
4-1
(2-0)
FA Cup Qualifier 
Campbell, Harvey, Ghee, Jackson 
Scorer tbc
8,000

1909 Notts County (h)
1-3
(1-0)
Division One 
Rutherford 
Jones, Cantrell, Dean
18,000

1912 Thackery's XI (a)
2-3
(2-3)
Friendly 
Fleming 2
Scorers tbc
Crowd tbc 

1920 Liverpool (h)
2-0
(1-0)
Division One 
Seymour, Ward 
50,000

1926 Birmingham (h)
5-1
(2-0)
Division One 
McKay(14), Gallacher(30), McDonald(
3-0), Seymour(4-1), Hudspeth(85pen)
Briggs(
3-1)
20,000 

1937 Plymouth Argyle (h)
3-1
(2-1)
Division Two 
Mooney, Smith, Imrie (pen) 
Bourton
21,000

1943 Darlington (a)
1-4
(0-4)
Wartime
Stubbins
Brown 3, J.Kelly
7,838

1948 Arsenal (a)
1-0
(0-0)
Division One 
og(Mercer)
62,000 
The winner came from the only own goal Joe Mercer registered in 18 years. An estimated 30,000 supporters were locked out of Highbury.

1954 Bolton Wanderers (a)
1-2
(1-0)
Division One 
Curry 
Hassall(pen), Webster
25,936
 
1957 Hearts (a)
2-2
(1-2)
Friendly 
White(41), Bell(62)
Cumming(42), Wardhaugh(44) 
14,500
In goal for the Jambos was future Magpie Gordon Marshall.
 
 
 
1965 Leicester City (h) 1-5
(1-2)
Division One 
Robson 
Goodfellow, Sinclair 2, D.Dougan, Stringfellow
27,603

1968 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
1-0
(1-0)
(2-1 on aggregate)
Fairs Cup 2nd Round 
2nd Leg
Robson(10) 
53,747 
Appearing in an all-white kit, United went ahead in the tie when Pop Robson latched on to a Wyn Davies knockdown and lashed the ball home at the Gallowgate End.

Albert Bennett appeared as a substitute in place of Keith Dyson - the former's only European outing for the Magpies.

1968
Future Newcastle manager Bill McGarry quit his post at Ipswich Town in order to succeed Ronnie Allen at Wolves.

1971 Nottingham Forest (h) 2-1 (1-0)
Division One 
Macdonald 2
Cormack 
24,583 
Debut for Alex Reid, who briefly deputised for Tommy Gibb in midfield, having been signed from Dundee United.

1973 Sad news as surgeons confirmed that Tony Green's football career was over due to a knee injury sustained at Selhurst Park.

1976 West Ham United (a)
2-1
(1-1)
Division One 
Burns, Nulty
B.Robson 
21,324
Pop Robson netted against his old side but couldn't prevent an away win.

1982 Carlisle United (a)
0-2
(0-1)
Division Two 
Hornsby(29), Lee(68)
16,276
The Cumbrians recorded their first ever league win over the Magpies, as a Toon side lacking the injured Kevin Keegan failed to score for the first time that season - ending a sixteen game run.

1982 A better day for United's juniors, who played their FA Youth Cup Second Round tie at SJP. A 3-1 win over Rotherham United included goals from Billy Johnson, Warren Teasdale and Paul Ferris.

1991 Southend United (h)
3-2
(3-1)
Division Two 
Peacock 2(1pen), Hunt
Angell, Tilson 
14,740
The first ever competitive game between the two sides went the way of Newcastle.

Gavin Peacock took over penalty duties from the injured Micky Quinn and successfully converted his first in a black and white shirt.
Youtube footage is online here 

1999 Watford (a)
1-1
(0-0)
Premiership
Dabizas(59)
Ngonge(53)
19,354
The Hornets netted one of the most blatantly offside goals we've ever conceded.

When the ball was played forward to Michel Ngonge, he didn't have any defenders or a goalkeeper between him and the goal, let alone the requisite two.

After the match Bobby Robson expressed his shock at the abuse of Alan Shearer from home fans - sorry Bobby, but we've known for years they were a bunch of small-town plastic cockney barrow boy wannabes....
 

Goalscorer Dabizas is congratulated
after his shot earned United a point

2002 United midfielder Gary Speed netted for Wales in their 2-0 European Championship qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Baku.

2003
It may not have been the Nou Camp, but Bobby Robson was watching from the director's box as Newcastle Reserves won the Barcelona Cup by beating Crook Town 10-1.

With ex-United defender Kevin Scott in the Town side, Lewis Guy netted four times, along with with Alan O'Brien's brace, Kris Gate, Darren Ambrose, Martin Brittain and an OG.
NUFC.com match report

2004 Crystal Palace (a)
2-0
(0-0)
Premiership
Kluivert(79), Bellamy(88)
22,937
Despite wearing perennially unlucky white shorts, United recorded a third successive away win over the Eagles. 

Second half strikers from Patrick Kluivert and Craig Bellamy gave Graeme Souness a first away win in four games against a Palace side featuring future Magpie Wayne Routledge.
NUFC.com match report

2006 Newcastle's Reserves beat Gateshead 3-0 in a friendly at the International Stadium, thanks to goals from hometown boy Andy Carroll (2) and Dean Critchlow.
NUFC.com match report


2009 League One side Norwich City confirmed that they had extended United goalkeeper Fraser Forster's loan period at Carrow Road until the end of the season.

The 21 year-old stopper had been in good form for the Canaries, keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just eight goals in his twelve appearances.

Fraser also played his part in helping City win a penalty shootout against Swindon Town in the Johnstones Paint Trophy.


2010 Bolton Wanderers (a) 1-5 (0-2)
Premier League
Carroll(52)
Davies(18pen,90+3pen), Lee(39), Elmander(50,72)
22,203
 

One of the results that saw Chris Hughton shown the door came at the Reebok Stadium on an day when nothing went right.

Much pre-match hype surrounded the return of Trotters old boy Kevin Nolan, but his first contribution to the game was to inexplicably demonstrate his funky chicken celebration in our box and concede a penalty for handball.

With Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote already suspended, Fabricio Coloccini was then sent off in the second half and Mike Williamson received a retrospective three match ban after his assault on Johan Elmander was caught on camera.
NUFC.com match report

 

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