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Reds reject Remy  

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.   

Sheffield Wednesday (a) 

Newcastle's first team return to domestic friendly action this Wednesday night against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough (7.45pm).

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 so.

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 afternoon).

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 Sunday. 

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. 

Referee: tbc

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 here


Toon triumph 
with a "Tim"

United's 17 man squad pose for the camera in Germany

Newcastle's 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 on Saturday.

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 goalkeeper.

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 winners:


Muller scored 0-1
Quinn scored 1-1
Bruno scored 1-2
Roberts missed 1-2
Bob saved 1-2
Heardman missed 1-2
Chiurazzi saved 1-2
Barlaser scored 2-2
Bozkurt scored 2-3
Gillesphey scored 3-3
Muller saved 3-3
Quinn scored 4-3

Sunday saw Newcastle again paired with Frankfurt in their final game and Callum Roberts netted, only for the Germans to level and send this game to penalties as well.

With no less than 18 spot kicks taken, Jordan Storey eventually hit the crucial one in an 8-7 toon victory:

Hauser scored 0-1
Barlaser scored 1-1
Lifka missed 1-1
McKinnon scored 2-1
Doerner scored 2-2
Smith missed 2-2
Mohr scored 3-2
Storey scored 3-3
Wolf scored 4-3
Drennan scored 4-4
Doerner scored 5-4
Barlaser scored 5-5
Hauser scored 6-5
McKinnon scored 6-6
Mohr scored 7-6
Smith scored 7-7
Wolf saved 7-7
Storey scored 8-7

Oberndorf Tournament results:

Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeiro drew 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.

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Welling-toon army 
witness trophy win

Wellington Phoenix  0  Newcastle  1 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

Match footage is online here

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, Steven

Applause 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 TV.   

Team: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa (Sakta 64), S.Taylor, Coloccini (Vuckic 78), Haidara (Dummett 76), Anita, Colback, Abeid (Aarons 46), Gouffran (Campbell 85), De Jong (Perez 33), Riviere (Armstrong 64. Subs n/u: Alnwick, Woodman.

Booked: Yanga-Mbiwa

Goal: Gouffran 41

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 boundary/away end

Kane Wintersgill & correspondent Paris Pete

Alan Pardew:

"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 wall.

"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 memory."


Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Aarons 63+68+45=176
Abeid 90+22+45=157
Alnwick 90
Ameobi 45+68=113
Anita 54+90+90=234
Armstrong 54+14+26=94
Bigirimana 20
Campbell 9+5=14
Colback 90+68+90=248
Coloccini 81+78=159
De Jong 63+45+33=141
Elliot 90+90=180
Dummett 70+14+14=98
Gouffran 45+76+85=206
Haidara 27+76+76=179
Perez 36+36+57=129
Riviere 54+64=118
Satka 36+14+26=76
Streete 27
Tiote 0
R.Taylor 0

S.Taylor 63+76+90=229
Vuckic 27+45+12=84
Williamson 0
Woodman 0


Holiday: Cabella,
Janmaat, Krul, Sissoko, Tiote 
Fitness: Cisse, Good,
Kemen, Mbabu, Santon
Omitted: Ben Arfa, Ferguson, Gutierrez, Obertan
Unused sub: Woodman

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.

Wellington: Moss, Muscat (Brindell-Smith 86), Rodriguez (Boxall 75), Burns, Brockie (Rufer 84), Boyd, Riera, Fenton (Ridenton 62), Sigmund, Durante, Doyle. Subs n/u: Italiano, Caira, Cunningham, Hicks, Lia, Krishna, Blake.

Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)

As happened in Dunedin, pre-game "meet and greets" in Wellington allowed fans to mingle with the players - here's reader Andy Sole with Jack Colback. 

Four goal salute 

Newcastle  4  Sydney  0

Match report online here 

Match footage online here

Milk Cup return  

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 Northern Ireland.

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.

Malaga (n) / Schalke (a)


Update: 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 here

UK TV: Quest TV (Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)

Overseas TV: 
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 deepest Bavaria....

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 down position. 

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.

Chatty Mags  

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 28.08.2014 John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and peas) from the venue. 

mackems 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 contract.  

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. 

Dons to host 
Toon opponents

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 SJP.

£2m payout anticipated  

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 anticipated. 

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 transfer.

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 

Unwanted Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveuax returned to his native France on Tuesday, agreeing to join Ligue 1 side, Guingamp, on a season-long loan. 

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.

Tinkering - result 

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.

BCD Friendly:
Doonhamers draw 

Newcastle XI  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 scores again.  

The order that United scored their goals in isn't known, but youngter Callum Roberts grabbed a brace, while Hatem Ben Arfa and Gael Bigirimana also netted.

John 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 occupied.   

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 here 

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 Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

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.  

NUFC club statement regarding John and Liam

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 tragedy."


In (6): 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.

Out (7): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.

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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.

Off-season opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun closed

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 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

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 moving seats.

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.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Sun 27.07.2014 U21s v team tbc @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc. Oberndorf Tournament.

Mon 28.07.2014 U18s v Ichifuna (Japan) (n) @ Scroggy Road, Limavady 3.30pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Tue 29.07.2014 U18s v County Londonderry (Northern Ireland) (a) @ Showgrounds, Coleraine, 8pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup 

Wed 30.07.2014 U18s v Espanyol (Spain) (n) @ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup. 

Wed 30.07.2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 7.45pm. Friendly. ST 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 02.08.2014 Malaga (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 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 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. Friendly. 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 14.08)

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 on Sky.

Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

2nd Round w/c 25.08.2014
3rd Round
w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
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

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

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 17.08.2014
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:
Sat 23.08.2014
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

RUWC match ticket sales:

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


International Magpies
National Service
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 :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
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

Group D:
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**

(** either Botswana or Guinea-Bissau)

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...

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
27th July

Born Or Died:

1975 Alessandro Pistone born, Milan, Italy. (1997-2000) 

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 Hodgson. 

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 home turf. 

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 tournaments.

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...? 


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What Else?

1986 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Gascoigne, McDonald
scorers tbc 
Part of the Isle of Man Cup competition, played in Douglas.

1988 Oskarshamns (Sweden) (a)
Roeder, Mirandinha 3, Robinson 2
scorers tbc 

1991 Hille IF (Sweden) (a)
Robinson 4, Quinn 2, Clark 2, Makel, Hunt, O'Brien
scorer tbc

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 left back.

1992 Hearts (a)
Baird (47)

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.

NUFC: Wright, Venison, Beresford (Scott), Kristensen (Ranson 46), Kilcline (Brock 46), Howey (Quinn 46), G.Peacock, Kelly (Hunt 46), Keegan (Clark 20), Sheedy.

1994 Mypa47 (Finland) (a)
Scorer tbc, Hyypia
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 impress....

1997 Ajax (Holland) (a)
McCarthy(76,86), Oliseh(83)

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.

1999 Celtic (a)

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.... match report

2002 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. match report

2003 Chelsea (n) 
After a goalless 90 minutes in Kuala Lumpur,  the winner of the Asia Cup was ultimately decided on penalties. 

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 Chelsea. 

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 "obscene". match report

2003 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. match report

Gary Caldwell in action at Almondvale

2004 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. match report

2005 Deportivo la Coruna (a)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 1st leg

Ruben Castro(11), Andrade(58)


Albert Luque torments his future 
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. match report

2009 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 Semi-Final stage.

Fellow Magpie Haris Vuckic was suspended after two bookings in earlier group games for Slovenia.

2012 Olympiakos (Greece) (n) 1-1 (1-0)
(4-4 on penalties)

Steven Taylor marked his comeback from injury with a goal, as United drew their first game in the XII Trofeo Guadiana in Portugal  - even after a penalty shootout!

With the game ending all square at the Estadio Algarve, it went to a shootout and Papiss Cisse smashed his effort over the bar, while Olympiakos scored their first four.

Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano and James Perch then netted and kept the shootout alive until Tim Krul saved the fifth and final kick from the Greeks.

That left Mehdi Abeid to tuck away our last kick and draw the game 4-4 with only five penalties allowed per side. Madness. match report

United's U21s lost 0-2 to SPL side Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, little in the way of goal threat coming from a side including Adam Campbell and Romain Amalfitano. match report

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