Saturday November 28th, 2015

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Ticket news:

Liverpool (h) Public sale now
Spurs (a) Member sale now
Villa (h) Public sale now
West Brom (a)
SOLD OUT (tbc)
Arsenal (a) ST holder sale now (25pts)

Premier League:
Pards piles it high and deep on McClaren


Crystal Palace  5  Newcastle  1

In a season that has already had some catastrophic lows, former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew inflicted another day of disaster on his successor, as Steve McClaren's reign hit rock bottom.

The beleaguered Newcastle boss had his "feisty" comments firmly rammed back down his throat as his side were once again totally outclassed, after taking the lead at Selhurst Park.

Papiss Cisse headed United in front after just ten minutes but only seven minutes later they were behind, as the worst defence in the league capitulated once again.

Goals from James McArthur - via a Paul Dummett deflection - and Yannick Bolasie turned the game around in four first half minutes after Cisse had nodded in Daryl Janmaat's cross off Wayne Hennessey's post.

By half-time Palace hit a third when Wilfried Zaha's shot into the ground bounced over Rob Elliot and Fabricio Coloccini to give Palace a 3-1 lead at the break.

Within two minutes of the restart - during which McClaren incredibly replaced Ayoze Perez with Jamaal Lascelles - Pardew's side hit a fourth as Bolasie grabbed his second.

Lascelles gave away a needless free-kick and then allowed Bolasie to get on the end of a nod across goal and slot past Elliot from close range.

At that point it was anyone's guess what the final score would be but the fifth arrived in the final seconds as McArthur turned in another poor clearance for his second to cap another awful day on the road.

And the desperate defeat, coupled with a win for the mackems and a last-gasp point for Bournemouth saw United tumble to second bottom, with only Aston Villa beneath us.

Full report to follow.

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback (Gouffran 70), Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (De Jong 70), Perez (Lascelles 46), Cisse.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Sterry, Thauvin, Mitrovic.

Booked: Mbemba.

Goal: Cisse 10.

CPFC: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye (Lee 75), Zaha (Jedinak 67), Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham (Bamford 86).
Subs n/u: Speroni, Kelly, Ledley, Chamakh.

Booked: Zaha.

Goals: McArthur 14,90+3, Bolasie 17,47, Zaha 41.

Crowd: 24,833.



Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2015/16 lost 1-5 Cisse
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Referee: Stuart Attwell - first appointment to a Toon game this season for the Warwickshire whistler and his third in the Premier League - both the previous ones finished scoreless.

Attwell's most recent game in charge of United was our 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Manchester City back in October 2014.

Latest Premier League results/fixtures:

Sat 28.11. 2015:
Aston Villa 2-3 Watford
Bournemouth 3-3 Everton
Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle
Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
mackems 2-0 Stoke City
Leicester City 1-1 Man United

Sun 29.11.2015:

Spurs v Chelsea (Noon)
West Ham v West Bromwich Albion (2.05pm)
Liverpool v Swansea City (4.15pm)
Norwich City v Arsenal (4.15pm)

Macc lads

Stoke City U21s  3  Newcastle U21s  0


Saturday afternoon saw Newcastle's U21 side break new ground when they faced Stoke City at their adopted home of Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose.

Unfortunately they were comprehensively beaten by the young Potters.

Full details to follow.

Monday week (December 7th @ 7pm) now sees Peter Beardsley's side face Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village. If any Toon fans are planning on going, there's an offer online here to gain free admission.

PS: A date for United's U21 Premier League Cup tie against Everton has been announced and this will be played at Southport FC on Monday December 21st. 

Kick-off is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time or a penalty shootout if needed.

The victors of that tie will be at home to Brighton and Hove Albion U21s in the last sixteen.


Tyne-tees tussle

Newcastle  U18s  0  Middlesbrough U18s  2

United's U18 side lost at home to Boro at Little Benton on Saturday morning to spoil their run of three consecutive victories.

A couple of Middlesbrough goals early in the second half were enough for the Teesside youngsters to see off the home side and register an Academy League double over the fledgling Magpies.

It became apparent during the first half that whichever team mastered the blustery wind would emerge on top although there was little indication which side it would be.  Middlesbrough favoured attacks down the flanks while Newcastle mainly played through the middle.  The problem was that the ball usually ran away from them or they fell into Boro’s offside trap.

Mackenzie Heaney tried his luck with a couple of speculative shots from distance but Tom Dowson in the visitors’ goal gathered them with ease.  At the other end Paul Woolston did well to get down to a close range miss-hit by Lambert and then hold on to a stinging cross-shot by the impressive Jay Wilson.

Generally, however, the Newcastle defence, well-marshalled by skipper Bon Pollock, stood firm and neither side really looked like breaking the deadlock in the first half.

Matters changed quickly once the second half got under way.  It was only five minutes after the resumption that Boro took the lead.  A hopeful free kick, taken by Jack Lambert from a position 35 yards out on the visitors’ left flank, saw the ball swirl high into the Newcastle penalty area and deceive Woolston to sneak in under the bar near the far post.

Three minutes later, it was 2 – 0.  It may have been harsh to blame Woolston for the first goal – but he was definitely at fault for the second.  A low shot by Lee Heatherington from outside the penalty area but in front of goal did not seem too dangerous but the ball squirmed under the ‘keeper as he went down for it and ended up in the net.

Newcastle now had a mountain to climb and rarely looked capable of scaling it.  Indeed, Middlesbrough could have extended their lead in the 70th minute when an effort by Marcus Tavernier (brother of former Newcastle player James) rattled the inside of an upright with Woolston well beaten.

The ‘keeper partly redeemed himself a couple of minutes from time when Heatherington broke into the Newcastle penalty area and found himself with only Woolston to beat.  A goal seemed certain but Paul read the situation perfectly to race forward and turn the ball for a corner. 

But by then the game was effectively over and few could deny that the better team had won.   

Team: Paul Woolston, Jake Trodd, Ben Kitchen, Shane Donaghey, BenPollock, Owen Bailey, Oliver Long (Yannick Aziakonou), Luke Charman, Louis Johnson, Mackenzie Heaney, Callum Smith (Kieren Aplin 58)
Subs n/u:  Ben Smith, Matthew Longstaff, Lewis Suddick

Bookings: Bailey, Donaghey.Tavernier.

Tom Dowson, Nathan Convery (Patrick Reading 83), Hayden Coulson, Ben Liddle, Niall McGoldrick, James Cook, Jay Wilson, Marcus Tavernier, Mitchell Curry, Lee Heatherington, Jack Lambert
Subs n/u:  Aynsley Pears, Brandon Holdsworth, Liam Cook, Tyrone O’Neil

Booking: Tavernier.

Many thanks to AC.

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Book giveaway 

Press any key...which one's the any key?


A significant proportion of the population seem set to receive a copy of "Touching Distance" by Martin Hardy on December 25th, but for anyone who hasn't yet succumbed, we have a special copy to give away.

Signed by six of United's 1995/96 Entertainers squad, to stand a chance of winning it, email with your answer to this question (subject: TD):

Martin's book details Newcastle's 1995/96 season, when they came agonisingly close to winning the league. Who shared NUFC goalkeeping duties with Pavel Srnicek? 

The closing date is Saturday December 5th @ Noon - entries welcome from anywhere on the planet.

Martin and Michael Walker (author of "Up There" about football in the region) will sign books at Tynemouth Market this Sunday between 9.30am and 3.30pm. 

Buy both together for a special market price of £30 (or individually for £18.99 and £16.99 respectively). 

That £30 offer is available to readers with free delivery where possible. For more details, please email with your postcode.

PS: Author signed copies of "Touching Distance" are available online here for the cover price of £18.99 including delivery to most UK addresses.

Loan lads:
The borrowers 

Latest action:

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Burnley (h) Championship, Saturday

Mike Williamson (Wolves):
MK Dons (h) Championship, Saturday

Liam Gibson (Gateshead):
Chester (h) National League, Saturday

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Bury (h) League One, Saturday

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):
Seeking his first Tykes goal on what would be his fifth appearance, Ivan will hope to be in the starting XI for a home meeting with Sheffield United on Saturday.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):

Southend United (a) League One, Saturday

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City):
Doncaster Rovers (h) League One, Saturday

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey(Carlisle United)
Crawley Town (h) League Two, Saturday

Jamie Cobain (Sheffield United U21s):
Nottingham Forest U21s (h) Monday, tbc

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):

AS Monaco (h), Ligue 1, Sunday

Loan lads:
AA recovery? 


Speaking to the press on Friday, Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray commented on the future of United's 12-goal loan striker Adam Armstrong:

We’ve had some discussion with Newcastle this week and everything is fine. Newcastle are obviously in control of what is going to happen with him. 

"The impression I am getting is that they think he’s in the right place. He’s enjoying his football, scoring goals, playing every week and learning his trade as an 18-year-old boy and getting on with his job.

"I don’t know (if his loan will be extended for the remainder of the season). We’ve had conversations but they don’t need to commit on that because we have a deal until January. Let’s just play the football matches.

"I would be hopeful but if that’s not the case and they feel he needs to go and play at another level (a half season at a Championship club has been speculated on in some quarters) then that’s OK.

"I would hope he would stay and set himself targets to score a certain amount of goals before the end of the season and help this club be successful. But we’ll wait and see what develops.”

Youth Cup date set

Newcastle United U18s will begin their FA Youth Cup participation this season with a visit to non-league Ilkeston FC in the Third Round of the competition.

The tie will take place on Wednesday 16th December with a 7.45pm start and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

The Robins negotiated five rounds to get to this stage, seeing off three other non-league sides before beating Burton Albion on penalties and then recording a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

Although they faced Darlington at home in 2011, this will be United's first away visit to non-league opponents since a 6-2 success at Dulwich Hamlet back in 2010.  

The town of Ilkeston lies just off the M1 (near Trowell Services) in Derbyshire, around 10 miles from Derby. The postcode of their New Manor Ground is DE7 8JF.

Premier League:
Same sh*t,
different (Satur)day

Newcastle  0  Leicester City 

Match report


Festive season 

Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and "Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available to for home delivery


Each shirt comes complete with a COA (certificate of authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost £189.99 (framed) or £89.99 (unframed).

Prices include UK delivery, with a five day turnaround for framed items and two days for unframed. Overseas orders are possible by prior arrangement.

Premier League:
Boxing Day: 
transport update

The club issued this press release last Friday - it's also worth mentioning that lobbying for extra transport provision began among supporters and the official fan forum when the Everton game was a 3pm kick-off:

Newcastle United have agreed to underwrite the cost of additional Metro and some local bus services on Tyneside this Boxing Day after the Barclays Premier League fixture with Everton at St. James' Park was moved to a later kick-off time.

The game was originally scheduled to start at 3pm, but after being selected for live television broadcast by BT Sport, it was switched to 5.30pm and will now end shortly before 7.30pm.

With selected bus routes and Tyne and Wear Metro services originally running until 6pm and 8pm respectively, the Club called a meeting with representatives from Newcastle City Council, Nexus and Go North East and plans are now in place to reduce disruption.

Metro services will now be in operation from Newcastle city centre for an extra hour on all routes, with final services at approximately 9pm on Saturday 26th December.

Fans travelling home by Metro after the game are advised to allow enough time to make their journey.

Go North East bus services on routes 10A, 10B, 21, 47, 54, 56, 58, 309, 310, Q3, Q3A, X1 and X30 will also operate extended hours with final services between 7.40pm and 8.20pm. Park and ride services to the MetroCentre Coach Park will also be in operation.

Nexus is also subsidising Boxing Day bus routes including the 27, the Quaylink Q1, Q3 and Q3A services, the 53 and 54, the 309 and 310.

Normal fares will still apply to passengers on all Metro and bus routes and Magpie Mover passes will be valid within existing terms and conditions.

final Go North East bus services departing Newcastle city centre on Boxing Day:

10B 20:05 Prudhoe
10A 20:20 Greenside
21 19:50 Chester-le-Street
21 19:55 Chester-le-Street
21 20:00 Durham
47 19:50 Consett
54 19:45 Gateshead
54 19:50 Gateshead
56 19:45 sunderland
58 19:47 Heworth
309 19:45 Whitley Bay
309 19:50 Blyth
310 19:50 North Shields
Q3A 19:55 Dinnington
Q3 20:10 Cramlington
X1 19:45 Easington Lane
X30 19:40 Stanley

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

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


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Online Box Office is here

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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 05.12.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 
Live on Sky.

Mon 07.12.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Adults £41, Over 65s £24, U18s £22 (upper tier). Adults £37, Over 65s £21, U18s £19 (lower tier). Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky.

Mon 14.12.2015 U21s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League. 

Wed 16.12.2015 U18s v Ilkeston FC (a) @ New Manor Ground, 7.45pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Sat 19.12.2015 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Wed 02.12.2015 (by phone/in person) Live on Sky.

Mon 21.12.2015 U21s v Everton (a) @ Haig Avenue, Southport, 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 28.12.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirate Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 25 points (0 points Tue 01.12.2015). £36.50 adults, £16 for OAPs/U18s, £10 U16s. Allocation: tbc.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just £3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 28.11.2015
Penrith (3pm)
Wed 02.12.2015 Consett (7.30pm)
Sat 12.12.2015 Norton (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. £15 including pie & peas + drink. Tickets from Martin 07748 470530.

Sun 06.12.2015 John Beresford and writer Martin Hardy @ Waterstones Newcastle, Noon, signing copies of "Touching Distance."

Tue 08.12.2015 Steven Taylor @ Blue Flames Sporting Club, Benton.
£15 including pie & peas. In aid of West Allotment FC, tickets available from venue reception.

Wed 09.12.2015 Steven Taylor and Steve Watson (with Pete Graves and writer Martin Hardy) @ Whitley Lodge Snooker Club,
Claremont Crescent, NE26 3HL. 7.30pm start, £20 including pie and peas. Tickets from venue or via 0191 251 1997.

31.03.2016 Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie, Steve Watson @ Newcastle Assembly Rooms. £35 including meal. In aid of Heaton Stannington FC - buy tickets from them.

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd Round draw (involving NUFC) will be staged on Mon 07.12.2015 (tbc)

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11;2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015:

Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Heaton Stannington

Tue 01.12.2015:
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town

Wed 02.12.2015:
North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 06.12.2015
Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 26.12.2015
Everton (h) 5.30pm
Tue 12.01.2016 Man United (h) 7.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 24.01.2016.

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.  
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.

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

2015/16 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

Draw is made
10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
28th November

Born Or Died:

1891 Jack Alderson born, Crook, Durham.

Goalkeeper who made a solitary senior team appearance for Newcastle, replacing Jimmy Lawrence for a 3-1 home success against Woolwich Arsenal in January 1913.

Beginning his career with Crook Juniors, Jack appeared for Shildon and had a spell with the smoggies as an amateur before United paid £30 to secure his services.

Joining Crystal Palace in 1919 for a £50 fee, Alderson enjoyed a successful stint in South London - winning one England cap - before joining Welsh side Pontypridd in 1924.

Later appearing for Sheffield United and Exeter City, he served Torquay United as a trainer and turned for Worcester City before returning to his native Crook. 

Turning his hand to farming in later years, Jack's death was recorded on wearside in February 1972.

1903 Alec Betton born, New Tupton, Derbyshire. (1931-34)

Defender who joined United in January 1931 from Scarborough Town for £500, having earlier played for Chesterfield.

Making his Magpies debut later that same month in a 2-3 reverse at West Ham, Alec appeared over the following two and a half seasons but moved on following the club's relegation from Division One in 1934.

After a brief spell at Stockport County, Betton returned to former club Scarborough, serving them for many years as a trainer.  

1931 Terry Stoddart born, Newcastle, 

Defender who came through the juniors but failed to make a first team appearance for United. 

Continuing his playing career at Darlington, York City and Poole Town, Terry's death was reported in October 2014.

1933 Alex Tait born, West Sleekburn, Northumberland. (1952-60)

Centre forward who appeared for England at youth level and continued with his teacher training while signing part-time terms at Gallowgate in 1952. 

Making his first team debut for United in a 4-0 home win over Everton in April 1955, Tait became an occasional starter over the following seasons.

The high point of his Magpies career then came in December 1956 with a run of first team games after Jackie Milburn, Vic Keeble and Bobby Mitchell were all injured.

Clad in the number 9 shirt in the Tyne- wear derby at SJP, Tait netted a hat trick in a 6-2 demolition of the mackems - the first Newcastle player ever to do so.

What proved to be Alex's final United game was a 3-4 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage in October 1959, before a £5,000 move to Bristol City the following summer.

Later appearing for Doncaster Rovers, Tait joined non-league Burton Albion in 1965 and later served as their manager until 1968.

Living in the Staffordshire town of Tutbury, Alex continued in the teaching profession and also held a coaching position at Loughborough College. 

1948 Mick Channon born, Orcheston, Wiltshire. (1982)

After a 17 year career during which he'd played over 500 games for Southampton in two spells and also appeared for Manchester City, ex-England striker Mick was seeing out his days with Hong Kong club Caroline Hills.

That all changed in September 1982 however, when he pitched up at SJP after his old pal and former Dell colleague Kevin Keegan began advising manager Arthur Cox on finding reinforcements for our squad.

Making a goalscoring debut in a midweek 1-1 home draw with the smoggies, Mick kept his place in the side for a home draw with Chelsea followed by back to back losses at the hands of Shrewsbury and Barnsley. 

Exiting from Gallowgate as Terry McDermott arrived, Mick joined Bristol Rovers but was unable to find the net in nine outings and retirement loomed at the age of 34.

Instead however, a call from Norwich City manager Ken Brown saw Channon heading to Carrow Road and three seasons of top- flight football during which he scored 16 times in 88 league appearances. 

Bowing out with a League Cup winner's medal in the 1985 Wembley final victory over the mackems - although the Canaries had already been relegated, Mick signed for Portsmouth in August 1985.

That wasn't a success though and after moving on to Irish side Finn Harps, he retired and embarked on a second successful sporting career, as a racehorse trainer.

Mick was involved in a road accident on the M1 in 2008 and suffered a punctured lung and broken arm but making a full recovery. Sadly his travelling companion was killed.

1959 Martin Thomas born, Senghenydd, Wales. (1983-88)

Goalkeeper who had made his debut back in 1977 for Bristol Rovers, later joining Cardiff City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southend United on loan (although he never played a first team game for Spurs).

Moving to SJP on loan in May 1983, Martin replaced Kevin Carr between the posts in a 5-0 victory at Barnsley and retained his place for the final two games of the season.

A permanent deal was then concluded that summer and Thomas became a Magpie at a cost of £50K, sharing custodian duties with Carr in our 1983/84 promotion campaign.

That situation persisted the following season after Jack Charlton replaced Arthur Cox as United manager and Thomas was loaned out to the smoggies for a time.

Finally making the number one shirt his own in the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons, he also gained a solitary full cap against Finland for Wales in August 1986.

Losing his place to Gary Kelly in September 1987, Martin remained on Tyneside for a further year before signing for Birmingham City in a £75K deal after the arrival of Dave Beasant at SJP left him as third choice.

Thomas made 144 appearance for City and remained there until 1993, twice going out on were to be non-playing emergency loans - at both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Playing on until 1995 with Cheltenham Town (then a non-league side), Martin used his coaching credentials to work both for the FA and as a specialist goalkeeping coach with a number of clubs in the Midlands. 

Joining the FA staff permanently in 1997, Thomas subsequently became English FA national goalkeeping coach and at various times coached at both U16 and U21.

2012 then saw Martin join the Team Great Britain football coaching staff for the London Olympics, also releasing an autobiography, "from the valley to the valley and back."

All proceeds are to be donated to help fund a memorial in his home town of Senghenydd to the 440 miners killed in an accident at the nearby Universal Colliery in 1913.

1960 Kenny Wharton born, Blakelaw.

Left back/midfielder who made his first team debut in March 1979, coming off the bench to replace Nigel Walker during a 0-5 defeat away at West Ham United.

Becoming a regular during the 1980/81 season, Kenny netted his first senior goal with a low shot at the Leazes End against Shrewsbury Town in September 1981.

A regular at left back in the 1983/84 promotion side, Wharton then filled both midfield and full back roles for United in the top flight over the following five seasons.

Perhaps the highlight of that part of his career came in the visit of Luton Town to SJP in April 1988, when Newcastle spanked the Hatters 4-0 to avenge defeat by a similar margin at Kenilworth Road.

Michael O'Neill led the way with a hat trick, but Kenny is remembered for sitting on the ball in the latter stages, as United extracted the urine from Steve Foster & Co. as they had in that earlier meeting in Bedfordshire.

What proved to be Wharton's final first team outing came in the final home game of the 1988/89 season - a 1-1 draw with Millwall that came after relegation for Jim Smith's side had already been confirmed.

Joining Carlisle United at the start of the 1989/90 season, Kenny struggled for fitness due to an ongoing knee problem and was forced into retirement at the end of that season, also having spells on the books of both Bradford City and Berwick Rangers.

Wharton had returned to SJP in April 1989, when almost 21,000 fans saw a testimonial match between United & a Kevin Keegan XI.

Frank Pingel and Mirandinha netted for United in a 2-2 draw, while Chris Waddle scored twice for KK's side, for whom Kenny played alongside old colleagues Gazza, Wes Saunders and guests including Steve Bruce, Peter Shilton and Gary Pallister.

Dropping down to play for non-league Whitley Bay, Wharton then began his coaching career with St.Johnstone, before joining the staff at Boro's Academy.

1999 saw him return to the Magpies as a youth team coach, also serving as United's Academy director between 2002 and 2004.

Kenny ended his second long association with the club in 2009 when he was removed from the SJP Academy staff, the club claiming that was "by mutual consent".

Wharton later relocated to Canada and coached youngsters at the Halifax City club in Nova Scotia.


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1896 Loughborough Town (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope, Aitken, Connen, Lennox 

1903 Bury (h)
Division One 
Appleyard, Howie 2 
Lindsay(pen), Wood
Debut for Kilmarnock-born Thomas Wills, at left back.

1908 Nottingham Forest (a)
Division One 
Wilson, Shepherd, Higgins, Liddell 
Goalscoring debut for United's new striker Albert Shepherd, signed from Bolton Wanderers with a reputation for finding the net regularly.

1914 Manchester United (a)
Division One 

1931 Sunderland (a)
Division One 
J.R.Richardson(19), McMenemy(23), Lang(34), Boyd(88)

1936 Burnley (h)
Division Two 
Garnham, Leighton, Smith 

1942 Middlesbrough (a)
Carr, Short 2, Stubbins 3

1953 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Holton, Forbes
Second half goals from Cliff Holton and Alex Forbes gave The Gunners both points. 

1955 Carlisle lost 3-1 to Darlington in a FA Cup first round match held at St.James' Park which attracted 34,257 onlookers. 

This was also the first time the Gallowgate floodlights were used for an FA Cup tie.

1959 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
Allchurch(37), Bell(55), White(66), og(McTavish)(80)
The winning goal was an own goal scored by City centre half McTavish, unbelievably his third in just four games. 

City lost despite the heroics of Bert Trautmann in goal and a hat trick from Billy McAdams.

1964 Newcastle Reserves beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at St.James' Park.

Magpies scorers were Bobby Cummings, Ron Guthrie, Geoff Allen and Peter Noble.


1964 Swindon Town (a)
Division Two 
Suddick(1), Penman(23,50), Anderson(25,
6-1), Hilley(30) 
After defeat at Swansea and a disappointing home draw with Derby, United burst into life at the County Ground and began a run of seven successive league victories.

1970 Burnley (h)
Division One 
Ford, Robson, Moncur 

1973 Birmingham City (h)
Texaco Cup 
Abandoned due to bad light after ten minutes of extra time, with industrial unrest during the winter of discontent meant floodlights weren't allowed. 

The tie had kicked off at 2pm in front of a miniscule crowd but by 4pm visibility on a freezing and snowy afternoon made any conclusion game impossible.

A restaged game a week later drew just less than 10,000 fans and saw United win 3-1.

1979 The Daily Express five-a-side National Football Championship was held at Wembley Arena.  

Newcastle beat West Ham 2-0 and then Chelsea 1-0 but were hammered 0-4 by the mackems, who overcame Brighton 2-0 in the final.

1981 Grimsby Town (a)
Division Two 
Kenny Wharton marked his 21st birthday with a 35 yard rocket shot to put United ahead at Blundell Park.

1987 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division One 
Cornwell(45), Mirandinha(56)
An unlucky day for Addicks striker Colin Walsh, who broke his leg during this game. John Cornwell scored the only goal of his United career, at the Leazes end.
Youtube footage is online here

1989 Oldham Athletic (h)
Full Members Cup 
Former 'Latic Mick Quinn netted his eighteenth and nineteenth goals of the season in a meaningless cup tie staged at SJP.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Cash-strapped United continued their search for bargain signings, giving a trial to local striker John Richardson, who had been playing in New Zealand. 

He lasted 65 minutes of a reserve game at SJP which United lost 2-1 to Aston Villa, Steve Watson getting the United goal.

1992 Cambridge United (h)
Division One 
Kelly(26,55,86pen), Peacock(90)
The visitors lost Andy Fensome, sent off for whacking Alan Thompson but the result was never in much doubt. Fensome had actually been on trial at SJP for a short spell in 1988.

With the score at 2-0, United were awarded a penalty and usual taker Gavin Peacock moved to gather the ball  only to have it snatched from him by David Kelly, who completed his hat trick from the spot.

A late chance converted by Peacock made sure everyone ended up satisfied. The visitors scored a late goal through Steve Claridge, who had already played at SJP earlier in the season for Luton Town.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Newcastle allowed midfielder Richie Appleby to go on loan to Ipswich Town, a move that was later made permanent.

1998 Wimbledon (h)
Solano(38), Ferguson(59,90) 
With Robert Lee and Alan Shearer both missing through injury, there was a memorable debut for United's new £8m signing Duncan Ferguson, although Dons' keeper Neil Sullivan welcomed the Scot with open arms...twice.

At the other end of the field, Steve Harper made his senior debut for United when Shay Given was unable to continue after half time.

That was a second enforced change for boss Ruud Gullit, injury forcing Stephen Glass off within the opening 30 minutes - his replacement Nobby Solano levelling for United within 10 minutes of arriving.

That came after Joe Kinnear's Wombles went in front, Marcus Gayle latching on to a poor pass from Gary Speed and outpacing the recalled Steve Howey before beating Given.

Big Dunc got on the end of a Solano centre to head home his first and then repeated the trick in the final seconds from Keith Gillespie's cross to seal a first league win in six attempts.  

1999 Tottenham Hotspur  (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Glass(5), Dabizas(59)
Two headers saw off George Graham's Cockerels, with the golden boot of Nobby Solano supplying centres on each occasion.

There were first team debuts for on-loan defender Helder and alleged midfielder Fumaca, signed on a short-term deal. match report

2004 Everton (h)

Referee Neale Barry was unmoved as Kieron Dyer was sent tumbling over in the penalty area by Kevin Kilbane's late challenge.

And aside from that, Barry's refusal to show a second yellow card to Tim Cahill or Tony Hibbert gave the Toffees license to implement a fairly brutal game plan.

United were also complicit, spurning gilt-edged chances and seeing both Craig Bellamy and Jermaine Jenas hitting the woodwork. match report

2006 With Shay Given fit again and back between the sticks, Steve Harper went to Munich for the first of two hernia operations.

2007 Quotes from Manager Sam Allardyce:

Asked if he had sought assurances over his future from Chris Mort and Mike Ashley, he replied: “No, no, not at all, no. Why should I do that?

“Just because somebody writes it in the papers, I should not be be ringing or chasing the chairman or the owner to seek assurances over my position.

“My position is safe if I get results; my position is not safe if I lose football matches. It has never been any different anywhere else, not here, not at Bolton, not anywhere.

“I would not have lasted eight years at Bolton if I did not get results, so it is no different anywhere you go.

“At the end of the day when you take over a football club, generally it is not in a good condition - that’s why you get the job - and you have got to try to build it up from there.

“You get less and less time to do that now and from my point of view and the point of view of all managers, it brings a huge and extra pressure on us.

“But we have to live with that because there is little we can do about it. Only our bosses can be more stable and be more supportive and I believe there will be no knee-jerk reaction from my bosses. 

"They are very stable and very supportive, and I hope that remains the case."

2008 NUFC Club statement: 

"Newcastle United announced today that Joe Kinnear has signed a contract as manager until the end of the 2008/09 season.

"Joe initially came to St.James' Park in September in an interim role but will now remain with the Magpies for the rest of the campaign.

He said:
"it's fu....." "Ever since I came to Newcastle United I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

"The players have been great to work with and the fans have made me feel at home since day one.

"We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of the season but together I'm confident we will make good progress."

2009 Swansea City (h)
Harewood(8,28), Lovenkrands(21) 
Four matches and four wins for Chris Hughton since the term "interim" was removed from his job title.

New signing Fabrice Pancrate debuted from the bench while Tim Krul replaced Steve Harper at the interval, after the latter complained of back spasms. match report

2010 Chelsea (h)
Premier League

United bounced back from a 1-5 loss at Bolton to grab a vital point in a game that was in doubt due to snow and freezing temperatures.

The reigning champions came bearing gifts, with Alex caught cold early on - his hopeful back pass eluding goalkeeper Petr Cech and leaving Andy Carroll to rush in and plant the ball in the vacant Gallowgate net.

With messrs Barton, Williamson and Coloccini all
, Steven Taylor made his comeback after a ten month absence and partnered Sol Campbell in defence.

Neither could prevent
the equaliser
though, as Salomon Kalou sped into the area and shot past Tim Krul via a Danny Simpson ricochet. match report

2012 Stoke City (a)
Premier League
Walters(81), Jerome(85)
An eleventh failure to break our seasonal away duc kcame at the Britannia Stadium, despite going ahead when Papiss Cisse steered home the rebound from Demba Ba's blocked effort via a post.

That was the first home goal conceded by Stoke for eight hours, but our backline proved unable to cope with ex-mackem Kenwyne Jones and fellow substitute Cameron Jerome. match report