Sheff Wed / Huddersfield (a) ST holders now
Schalke 04 Tournament ST holders now
Real Sociedad (h) Public sale now (online)
Manchester City (h) ST holder / member sale now
Boston knee party: Reds
Sky Sports News reported on Sunday afternoon that the proposed
transfer of QPR striker Loic Remy to Liverpool had been abandoned "after
concerns over his medical".
The French international who spent last season on loan at Newcastle had
travelled to Boston in order to link with up the Reds on their US tour.
Press reports last week claimed that the deal was done, the medical checks
passed and personal terms agreed, with only an unspecified paperwork issue to
be resolved before a formal announcement of the transfer.
Newcastle's first team return to domestic friendly action this Wednesday
night against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at
As of Friday, the Owls were unable to confirm whether away supporters would be
able to pay on the gate at Hillsborough - although home fans will able to do
Any season ticket holders and members intending to see the game can still buy
tickets (two per person) from the NUFC box office upstairs in the
SJP club shop as follows:
Monday: 10am to 5pm (sales from the club shop will cease at some point on Tuesday
Prices: £15 adults, £5 OAPs and U18s (plus £1 fee)
Any updates regarding pay turnstiles will appear here.
Due to engineering works, no trams are running between Sheffield city
centre and Hillsborough.
Bus replacement services operate on both the Middlewood and Malin Bridge lines
that run near to the stadium.
Squad: to follow
Owls: to follow
Following low-key victories at York and Bury, Stuart Grey's side lost 1-2 to
Russian side Arsenal Tula in Slovenia. They are away to Doncaster on
A 30,000 crowd witnessed our most recent
visit to Hillsborough, when four goals were shared with the Owls in a
Championship game on Boxing Day 2009.
Our last friendly meeting came at Hillsborough almost eleven years to the day,
when a 15,000 crowd saw the home side win 4-3 with future Magpie flop Shefki
Kuqi grabbing the winner.
Kieron Dyer, Lomana LuaLua and Shola Ameobi scored our goals on the same night
as a separate Newcastle XI put six past Hartlepool without reply.
Wednesday have since dropped down a league and returned to the second tier,
with former Magpies Leon Best and Oguchi Onyewu playing for them this season.
However both have now departed, with Best back at parent club Blackburn Rovers
(and on the transfer list). "Gooch" meanwhile is again a free agent
and has been spotted training with MLS side DC United.
UK TV coverage: none
Overseas TV coverage: none
New season Magpie Mover tickets are now available for NUFC season
ticket holders to buy, 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
with a "Tim"
United's 17 man squad pose for the camera in
development side were in Germany over the weekend at the Oberndorf Tournament,
and although they couldn't repeat their trophy-winning successes of 1997 and
2005 still manage to grab the headlines.
A win, a draw and a loss in their group games left Peter Beardsley's side out
of contention going into a playoff against home-based Team Schwarzwald
But with the score tied at 1-1 and penalties looming, United took inspiration
from Dutch boss Lous van Gaal at the World Cup - and replaced their
Brendan Pearson was the substitute handed the Tim Krul role and he proceeded
to emulate his club colleague, saving three spot kicks as United ran out 4-3
Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeirodrew 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-3
Team Schwarzwald drew 1-1 (Quinn) (won 4-3 pens) Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 (Roberts) (won 8-7 pens)
Matches were 25
minutes each in the group stages, extending to 30 minutes for the playoffs.
Squad: Dan Barlaser, Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex
Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley,
Brendan Pearson, Jonathyn Quinn, Carl Robinson, Callum Roberts, Liam Smith,
Jordan Storey, Callum Williams.
Proud sponsors of
witness trophy win
NUFC.com reader and Toon exile Dale Imray
compiled a video of Newcastle fans waking en masse to the ground before
Saturday's game online
here via youtube
After a 4-0 romp against Sydney in Dunedin, the second game of Newcastle's
New Zealand tour was a rather more competitive affair, as Phoenix went looking
for a second Premier League after beating West Ham on Wednesday.
Clad in grey, United were again clad in tops displaying the names of John Alder and Liam
Sweeney and both sides wore black armbands. Further commemoration of their
passing then saw the teams line up as a Maori iwi (tribe) performed a
traditional Waiata (song) on the field.
Following a joint team photo, kickoff was then delayed still further as an
ensemble in full costume appeared to face the Newcastle players with a Haka
war cry routine.
Don't get any ideas for next season,
then followed on 28 and 63 minutes in tribute to Liam and John, with
appropriate images displayed on the scoreboard in the Westpac Stadium -
another vote of thanks to exiled NZ Mag Kane Wintersgill for his efforts.
United were forced into an early change when Siem De Jong was unable to
continue just after the half hour mark, but recovered to test Glen Moss - the
Phoenix 'keeper blocking efforts from Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez.
The only goal of the game arrived four minutes before interval, when Yoan Gouffran
headed home Vurnon Anita's cross via a post after Jack Colback's corner.
Colback then came close to getting off the mark for his new club after Perez
played him, only for home player Andrew Durante to make a saving block.
The only non-Australian side in the A League dominated the early stages of the
second half, but found Magpies goalkeeper Rob Elliot in good form, the Irish
international pulling off a pair of noteworthy stops.
A raft of replacements then affected the flow of the contest, with Newcastle
opting to substitute Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after he was booked for a solid tackle
- before testing the referee with another cruncher.
One or two players looked to pick up knocks during the game and after using
all of their outfield replacements, United were forced to play with 10 men
from the 86th minute when Rolando Aarons limped off the field.
Alan Pardew's side barely created a chance worthy of the name after going
ahead, but they held on through four minutes of injury time to record a
second win of their tour - and go one better than their 1985 predecessors, who
were held to a draw when they visited Wellington.
After receiving criticism for their coverage of the Sydney game, BT Sport then
ended their coverage of proceedings just seconds after the final whistle.
Anyone who didn't make the 5.30am BST kickoff and recorded it to
watch later may be in for a nasty shock - TV planners cutting the final 10
minutes of the match off as it overflowed into the next slot. Tinpot
Crowd: 30,968, an excellent attendance but not enough to surpass the
31,853 who turned out when the Phoenix faced LA Galaxy here back in 2007.
View from the
& NUFC.com correspondent Paris Pete
"There were some good performances
- the younger players had to come on, not in a position of being 3-0 up like
they were against Sydney, and had to play a very different game.
"They had to be conservative and make sure we won, and they couldn't have
done that any better.
"There were some really nice cameos - Ayoze (Perez) and Arma
(Adam Armstrong) in particular were outstanding for the periods they were
on the pitch.
"You've got to remember this was a massive game for Wellington, and the
effort and commitment they put in was unbelievable. It was a really tough game
for us and a great result.
"We changed the system (to 3-5-2) in the first half, just to have
a look at certain things. It was designed for Siem (de Jong), and when
he went off it didn't really work for us so we went back to our normal (4-4-2)
shape and did better after that.
"Changing players' roles is a good thing because when you are chasing
games you need to be able to change your system if you're up against a brick
"We wanted to look at the three centre-backs, it's all experience and we
have learnt a little bit about things that will and won't work for us.
"It makes you realise the power of the Premier League.
"The welcome, the support and the enthusiasm from the people of New
Zealand has been fantastic, and hopefully we can replicate that for the first
game of the season at St. James' Park against Manchester City.
"It really helps the team, and I thank the people over here for their
support, because it's been brilliant.
"It's fitting that we won this tournament for John (Alder) and Liam
(Sweeney). We are dedicating this win to the families. We did this in their
Mike Williamson and Ryan Taylor both
travelled to New Zealand but weren't named in either matchday squad. Gael
Bigirimana and Remi Streete both featured in the game at Oldham but didn't
go to New Zealand.
Sunday saw Newcastle's Milk Cup squad in Coleraine to join a parade
through the town that traditionally marks the beginning of the tournament in
The Magpies play group stage games against Japanese side Ichifuna in Limavady
on Monday, local side County Londonderry in Coleraine on Tuesday and Spanish
outfit Espanyol in Portstewart on Wednesday.
Their success in those will then dictate which teams and which section they
participate in on the remaining two days of the event, on Thursday and Friday.
(n) / Schalke (a)
the organisers have now confirmed a slight alteration to kickoff times on
both days as follows:
Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga v Newcastle 3.30pm Sat 02.08.2014 Schalke 04 v West Ham 5.45pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Malaga v West Ham 3.30pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 v Newcastle 5.45pm
(Times above are local time in Germany)
The change is to delay kickoff in the second game each day by 15 minutes -
presumably to cater for a possible penalty shootout to decide the earlier game
each day. United's pre-season preparations continue
in Germany this coming Saturday and Sunday (August 2nd and 3rd), when they
take part in the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup.
The Bundesliga side will host the four team event at their Veltins Arena home
in the city of Gelsenkirchen (twinned with Newcastle since 1948), with Spanish
side Malaga, ourselves and West Ham completing the lineup.
As was the case in New Zealand recently however, the two Premier League clubs
won't play each other.
Tournament rules: The Schalke 04 Cup will take place over two days, each featuring two
matches of 2 x 45 minutes duration. Points will be awarded according to a
special system, with the winners of each game receiving three points.
If a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty
shootout. The shootout winners will receive two points. The tournament will be
won by the team with the highest number of points from two games.
Currently on sale from NUFC to season ticket holders and members: £11 adult
standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats.
NB: tickets are sold per day, so you'll need two to watch both games.
However they do allow access to the West Ham game played in the same stadium
on the same day.
From the official Veltins Arena website:
If you plan on using public transportation in order to get to the Veltins-Arena
it is advised that you take tram No. 302 from the lower level of Gelsenkirchen
railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer until
you reach the “Veltins-Arena” stop.
Step-free access is available from “Willy-Brandt-Allee” stop, slightly
further away from the Veltins-Arena.
The local transport authority makes sure there are extra trams to all
Schalke 04 matches and other major events held in the Veltins-Arena. Holders
of match or event tickets are entitled to use all public transport services in
the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) region free of charge. Details are online
TV: Quest TV (Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)
Abu Dhabi Sports 2 +HD
Abu Dhabi Sports 3 +HD
Fox Sports 4 (NED)
La Liga TV
Sport 1 TV (GER)
Sport 5 (CZ)
These games are in stark contrast to our last
two games on German soil back in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier
outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in
Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the
1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke)
has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to
54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their
Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final
and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on
penalties by a Portugal side featuring SJP old boy Hugo Viana.
United's last meeting with Schalke 04 was in May 1960, when Charlie Mitten's
side triumph 3-0 in front of 10,000 fans during a post-season perambulation
that also included visits to Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain.
The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter
Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his
Schalke deal was cancelled.
Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players
include the following:
Fri 08.08.2014 Jinky Jim Smith, Tommy Cassidy, Olivier Bernard, John
McNamee Paul Cannell, Ron McGarry @ The Leazes End Club*, Leazes Park
Road, NE1 4PG. Tickets £5 from Bill Bruce on 07753 573613
(all proceeds donated to charity).
*That's the new name of the former Companions Club and this event has been
organised to mark that change.
Fri 08.08.2014 Steve Howey and Eric Gates @ North Durham Academy
Theatre. Tickets £10 (including pie and peas) from the venue, High Street,
Stanley, DH9 0TW or via 01207 291152.
Thu 28.08.2014John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith
House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and
peas) from the venue.
take old boy
Friday saw former Newcastle loan defender Patrick van Aanholt end his
stay at Chelsea, moving to wearside for an undisclosed fee on a four year
The Dutch international was signed by United during their Championship season
back in January 2010, following an injury to first choice left back Jose
Enrique and went on to make seven appearances.
Moving to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Van Aanholt had faced
United earlier in the 2009/10 season during a loan spell with Coventry City.
Featuring briefly in Chelsea's first team, Patrick netted against Newcastle in
our 4-3 League Cup victory the following year, before further loans saw him
appear in the colours of both Leicester City and Wigan Athletic.
Farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012, van Aanholt remained
at the Gelredome for the following two and a half seasons - during which time
he had a first senior outing for the Dutch national side.
Newcastle's pre-season home opponents Real Sociedad have been paired
with Aberdeen in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League -
sending the Spaniards to Pittodrie just days before they are due on Tyneside.
The Dons will travel to San Sebastien on Thursday July 31st before Sociedad
visit the Granite City on Thursday August 7th - three days before playing at
Speculation over the future of Fraser Forster continues, with the
ex-Newcastle goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in a Champions League Qualifier
for Celtic on Tuesday.
The 26 year-old England international custodian was the subject of a bid from
Southampton in recent days that was described the Parkhead club as
"derisory", but an improved offer from the Saints is
The Scottish champions are seeking between £7.5m and £9m for Fraser and seem
happy to cash in on him, signing ready-made replacement Craig Gordon on a free
Departing from Tyneside in 2012 without making a senior competitive appearance
for United, it's reported that a 25% sell-on clause was inserted in the deal
when Celtic paid £2.2m for his services.
Marveaux loaned out
Sylvain Marveuax returned to his native France on Tuesday, agreeing to
join Ligue 1 side, Guingamp, on a
Marveaux arrived on Tyneside in 2011 from Rennes and has played 57 times in all competitions, scoring
twice. With two years remaining on his contract, he's not featured in the first
team since last March and wasn't included
in the squad that are currently in New Zealand.
Incidentally, Guingamp was the final resting place for the unique talents of
former World Cup winning Magpie, Stephane Guivarc'h.
Our Far East correspondents supply this image of the new season NUFC home
shirt - which is not quite as severe as prototypes leaked online, but won't win
any new friends amongst devotees of classic black and white stripes.
It's what's in them that remains the priority of course.
4 Queen of the South 4
A behind-closed-doors friendly with second tier Scottish side Queen of the South
was staged at United's Darsley
Park training ground on Tuesday.
The Doonhamers held a two goal advantage at the break thanks to a Gavin Reilly
brace, but a Newcastle side including Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana and
Gabriel Obertan then hit back with three goals of their own.
Substitute Kevin Dzierzawski made it 3-3 and Iain Russell looked to have won
it for the visitors, only for the Magpies to find a late goal and tie the
The order that United scored their goals in isn't known, but youngter Callum Roberts grabbed a brace, while
Hatem Ben Arfa and GaelBigirimana
and Liam RIP
Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of John Alder
and Liam Sweeney as they wait for news of the efforts to repatriate the
victims of flight MH17.
Fundraising Update: a collection for the John and Liam flag and funeral fund
taken at Spennymoor Town versus Hamilton Academical on Thursday night raised £180.
Family, friends and fans gathered outside SJP on Monday lunchtime to pay their respects to Liam and John.
Ex-Chairman Sir John Hall was present to hear tributes read out, before a
minute's applause. Family members then spent time in the stadium, viewing
flowers and messages placed on seats their loved ones
An online collection established by Sunderland fans has now passed
the £32,000 mark, with red and whites, black and whites and followers of
other teams (including Ukrainians Shaktar Donetsk) contributing online
And the safcmuseum
twitter account has put signed Newcastle and Sunderland shirts and memorabilia
up for auction, with proceeds going to the same cause.
As one wrote, "this transcends football rivalry".
The collection served the original purpose of funding floral tributes to
John and Liam from Sunderland fans, organiser Gary Ferguson placing those
outside SJP on Tuesday:
All other monies will be donated to charities
selected by the families of the two lads: the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and the
A separate fundraising page by Toon fans entitled "flag and funeral
cost" was then opened up online
here. That has raised over £7,000 to date.
Books of condolence were opened at St Andrew’s Church on Newgate Street
and St Mary’s Cathedral on Clayton Street - both in Newcastle City Centre.
Newcastle fan and John Alder's MP Ian Mearns spoke in the House of
Commons on Monday, referring both to the "extraordinary"
supporter John and the current efforts of football fans in raising funds for charitable causes.
Urging the Prime Minister to help repatriate the bodies of both local men,
David Cameron's response was as follows:
"It's right to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives, to John
Alder and Liam Sweeney.
"It's heartbreaking, the families that have been ripped
apart by this, the lives that have been snuffed out due to this appalling
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella,
Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat.
06.06.2014 Striker Ayoze Perez (20) CD Tenerife. 09.06.2014 Midfielder Jack Colback (24)unattached. 01.07.2014 Midfielder Siem De Jong (25) Ajax. 13.07.2014 Midfielder Remy Cabella (24) Montpellier. 16.07.2014 Striker Emmanuel Riviere (24) Monaco. 17.07.2014 full back Daryl Janmaat (24) Feyenoord.
Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain
Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.
NB: 2013/14 ST holders renewing with unchanged details and seat should
continue to use their existing ST cards.
New ST cards will only be issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.
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. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
Wed 30.07.2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 7.45pm.
holder sale now, £15 adults, £5 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Thu 31.07.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO
tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Fri 01.08.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Sat 02.08.2014Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen,
3.30pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now,
£11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day ticket - also valid for
admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.45pm.
Live on Quest TV.
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.45pm
Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11
adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day
ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on Quest TV.
Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @
Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm (public game)
Tue 05.08.2014 Huddersfield Town (a)
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm.
ST holder sale now,
£15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Sun 10.08.2014 Real Sociedad (h) @ SJP, KO 1.30pm. Friendly. Public
sale now (online), Mon 28.07.2014 (by phone, in person). £15 adults, £5
concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.
Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be
Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, KO 4pm. Premier
League. ST holder/ member sale now, public sale Tue
29.07.2014 (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live
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
U21 Premier League 2014/15:
Subject to final confirmation, United will play in the lower of two divisions
along with the following ten teams:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, smoggies, Reading,
Stoke City, Spurs, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.
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
Travelis 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:
Manchester City (h) 4pm
Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
NUFC Live on Quest TV: Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n)
2.30pm BST Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke (a) 4.30pm BST
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
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
Now: English rugby club members
12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot
11.2014/12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis for any left
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
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon
(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)
Group G: 06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v team tbc**
July 1997 had seen manager Kenny Dalglish convince United to part with £4.5m for
Inter Milan's promising defender and Italian U21 captain.
Pistone began his career with minor sides Solbiatese and Crevalcore before a
season at Vicenza in 1995/96 had led to interest from Inter, managed by Roy
His sole season at the San Siro saw him play in the UEFA Cup Final against
Schalke 04 - although Inter lost on penalties, despite the game being staged on
Although mainly appearing at left back during his time at SJP, Pistone made his
debut against Sheffield Wednesday as a central defender and appeared there on a
number of occasions in his first season.
That first season ended with a place in United's losing FA Cup Final side, but
just two games into the following campaign, Sandro was injured away at Chelsea.
That proved to be Dalglish's last game as Toon boss and Pistone failed to
return to the senior squad under Ruud Gullit - suffering the same fate as
Rob Lee by being made to train separately losing a squad number.
A four month loan spell saw him back at Venezia in
1999, but further injuries then saw Pistone sidelined again.
At that point, some form and fitness saw him become a regular in Bobby Robson's side and his only
competitive goal for the club came at the smoggies in what was to be his penultimate
appearance as a Magpie.
Everton stumped up £3m in July 2000 but almost immediately the Italian was in
the treatment room, managing just eight games for the Toffees in his first season.
After a succession of injuries, Pistone looked to be heading out of Goodison
Park when his deal expired in 2005 - only to land a new two year contract with
David Moyes short of defensive cover.
He managed just three games though before being crocked again and when
released by Everton in 2007 hadn't been seen in their first team since August 2005.
Unsuccessful trial stints at both Watford and the smoggies followed his departure from Goodison, before he popped up in the colours of Belgian side
Mons in 2007.
After just one season there however, he departed and according to Sky Italia,
Pistone owns and runs a restaurant in Piacenza, Italy, specialising in Piadini
(a kind of Italian flat bread). He also pops up occasionally in televised Poker
PS: Christmas 1998 had seen Newcastle's squad present each other with novelty
gifts - Pistone was given a bloody sheep's heart as he "didn't have one of
his own". Dressing room banter, don't you just love it...?
Hille IF (Sweden) (a)
11-1 (5-0) Friendly Robinson 4, Quinn 2, Clark 2, Makel, Hunt, O'Brien
1,000 The fourth match of
United's pre-season Swedish jaunt took place in the east
coast town of Gavle.
In a rural setting, the Division Four side provided no
serious competition, underlined when one of United's
second half substitutes was assistant boss Tony Galvin, at
Friendly Baird (47)
11,105 One former Magpie scored to settle this testimonial
held in aid of another, as ex-loanee Ian Baird headed home
the winner in John Robertson's benefit game.
The Magpies - whose starting XI included manager Kevin
Keegan - came close to an equaliser through Brock, Quinn
and Sheedy, only to be denied by Jambo's 'keeper Henry
Smith. And when he was beaten by Quinn, the shot cannoned
off the crossbar.
1,000 Played in Anjalan Koski,
the home side's second goal was scored by defender Sam
Hyypia, who later came to United on trial but didn't
Ajax (Holland) (a)
Friendly McCarthy(76,86), Oliseh(83)
10,289 Day two of the Umbro Tournament at Goodison Park, and
three late goals sealed a miserable weekend for United,
who had seen Alan Shearer badly injure himself against
Chelsea 24 hours earlier.
Behind the scenes, frantic attempts continued to try and
stop Les Ferdinand's move to Tottenham Hotspur but he
refused to return and signed for the London club
officially in the early evening.
1998 Another day,
another nationality, as United were set to pay £2.5m for
23 year old Peruvian winger Nolbert Solano, from
Argentinean side Boca Juniors.
Friendly Tebily(50), Viduka(62)
United's pre-season build-up continued with a midweek
visit to Celtic Park to face a hoops side managed by John
Barnes & Terry McDermott.
Future Magpie Mark Viduka netted the clinching goal
against on-trial 'keeper Marc Ziegler - who had a
reasonable game but ultimately failed to win a deal at SJP.
Televised live on Channel 5, pundit John Beresford was shocked
to find his studio colleague was none other than Celtic
old boy Billy McNeil - the man who had kicked Bez out of
Manchester City as an apprentice.... NUFC.com
Non-league Harrogate Town beat a young United Reserve side
3-1. Calvin Zola got our goal while at number 10 a
promising young lad by the name of Beardsley showed some
good touches. NUFC.com
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After a goalless 90 minutes in Kuala Lumpur, the
winner of the Asia Cup was ultimately decided on
Alan Shearer and Laurent Robert missed but Kieron Dyer,
Lee Bowyer, Craig Bellamy and Jonathan Woodgate all scored
as future Magpie Damien Duff & Hasselbaink missed for
John Terry put Rainieri's side 5-4 up before Young
Footballer of the Year, Jermaine Jenas stepped up - and
chipped the ball straight over the bar to the disgust of
Bobby Robson who later described the miss as
Meanwhile, back in the UK, a reserve XI faced Scottish
side Livingston at their Almondvale ground.
First half efforts from Calvin Zola and Lomana LuaLua put
United 2-0 up with half an hour gone, but two quick home
strikes had levelled it by the break.
Livi then won it after the break thanks to a goal from
Canadian forward Davide Xausa. NUFC.com
Gary Caldwell in action at Almondvale
Journeyman Martin Carruthers upstaged Paul Gascoigne by
firing a first half hat-trick for Boston United as they
thumped a young but lethargic Magpies XI 4-0 at York
Street. NUFC.com match
Deportivo la Coruna (a)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 1st leg Bowyer(48)
Ruben Castro(11), Andrade(58)
Albert Luque torments
colleagues. A sign of things to come....
Lee Bowyer -
who looked to have kicked his last ball for the club -
netted a vital away goal as United tried to qualify for
the UEFA Cup via the dreaded Intertoto route.
Trailing at half-time to
an early Ruben Castro goal, Bowyer crashed a poorly
cleared corner into the back of the net to level the
scores just minutes into the second period.
And although former Bobby
Robson transfer target, Andrade made it 2-1 on the night
to Deportivo ten minutes later, United kept out the
Spanish side for the remainder of the game to take a
useful result back to SJP. NUFC.com
Nile Ranger netted for England U19s as they hammered
Slovenia 7-1 at the European U19 European Championship
finals in Ukraine.
The Newcastle forward netted within five minutes of
appearing from the bench as England qualified for the
Fellow Magpie Haris Vuckic was suspended after two bookings in earlier group
games for Slovenia.