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Ticket news:
Rotherham (a)
Brentford (h) Public sale now
Barnsley (a) Member sale now
Ipswich (h) Public sale now (online)
Preston (h) (EFL Cup) ST holder sale now
Preston (a) ST holder sale now (
50 pts) 

Rotherham United (a)


United make their first-ever appearance at New York Stadium this afternoon, when they face the Millers in an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.

Newcastle are the highest scorers in the Championship so far with 21 goals from 10 games, while Rotherham have the leakiest defence, conceding 24 to date.

All 2,500 away section tickets have been sold, with the host club advising that at full time, home fans will be directed towards Don Street while away supporters will exit via New York Way leading to Main Street. That arrangement will apply for at least 20 minutes.

If you're off to South Yorkshire by train, be aware that Central Metro station is closed from 8pm Friday until Monday AM for scheduled maintenance.

New York Stadium S60 1AH (12,021)
Nearest station: Rotherham Central (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 257 miles

The New York Stadium (named after the area it was built in) opened for business in 2012 - ending a four season tenancy at the Don Valley Athletics Stadium.

That came about when disputes with their landlord prompted the Millers to leave Millmoor - which rather oddly remains intact (but unused) only a short distance away from the new one.

Betting: Coral's enhanced new customer offer is a mighty 8/1 on a Magpies win (£5 max stake) and should that not happen, there's a consolation £5 free bet. Get that offer online here

Selected match odds:

Dwight Gayle first goalscorer @ 3/1
Yoan Gouffran anytime scorer @ 11/5
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 5/4
Newcastle to score in opening 10 minutes @ 11/2

Coral match bets are online here

Vurnon Anita is available again after completing his three match suspension but Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons and Jesus Gamez are out.

RUFC: Kirk Broadfoot remains sidelined. 

Ahead of hosting us, Alan Stubbs saw his side beaten 1-2 at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

The Millers have won just once in the Championship so far this season, a 1-0 home win over Brentford which was also their only clean sheet. Since then they've lost four times and drawn the other two.

Other opposition sides haven't found goals hard to come by at New York Stadium, with Wolves, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest all drawing 2-2 and Cardiff winning 2-1. Morecambe also won 5-4 there in the EFL Cup.

Our most recent visit to Rotherham was for a rather feisty FA Cup tie that ended 1-1 in January 1993. Newcastle won the replay 2-0.

no official news but it's reportedly Roger East from the Select Group 1. The Wiltshire whistler was a regular sight at Toon games last season, presiding over a 1-2 home defeat by Watford, a 0-0 home draw with Stoke, miraculous 2-1 win at Spurs, 0-1 FA Cup loss at Watford and 1-5 leathering at Chelsea.


Overseas TV: 
Arena Sport 1 +HD
beIN Sports 3 Australia
beIN Sports 4 USA
Eurosport 2 Russia
Fox Sports 1 Africa
Sportdigital TV +HD
SportKlub (Cro/Ser/Slo)
SportsMax (Jamaica)
Ten 3 (India/Nepal/Pakistan/Sri Lanka)
TV3 Sport HD (Sweden)
Viaplay (Den/Swe) +HD

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Mags @ Millers - all-time:

drew 1-1 Lee (FAC)
1982/83 won 5-1 Keegan 4, Todd
1981/82 drew 0-0
1964/65 drew 1-1 Penman
1963/64 won 3-2 Penman, Suddick 2
1962/63 lost 1-3 McGrath
1961/62 drew 0-0

(All games staged at Millmoor)

Full record v Rotherham:


Upcoming Championship Fixtures:

Sat 01.10.2016:

Fulham v QPR (12.45pm)
Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Brentford v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Bristol City v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Burton Albion v Cardiff City (3pm)
Ipswich Town v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leeds United v Barnsley (3pm)
Preston North End v Aston Villa (3pm)
Reading v Derby County (3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)
Wolves v Norwich City (5.30pm)

Stiffs stalemate

Newcastle U23s  0  Swansea City U23s  0


Following a 3-2 league victory over Swansea City at Whitley Park last Monday, the sides faced each other again at the same venue in a cup tie on Friday which ended in an instantly forgettable stalemate.

The Swans went closest in the 19th minute when Ryan Blair bulleted a long range effort that hit the underside of the bar and may have crossed the line but the referee waved play-on and Freddie Woodman gathered the loose ball.

Peter Beardsley's side's only real chance came just after the half hour when Sean Longstaff's goalbound shot hit a colleague and was deflected wide of the target.


The goalless draw gave United a point in their group stage. Trips to Bristol City (7th Nov) and Southampton (2nd Dec) are next up in this competition.

Team: Woodman, Williams, Gibson, Barlaser, Good, Satka, Broccoli (Hunter 66), Longstaff, Sorensen (El-Mhanni 75), Roberts, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Newberry, Harker, Findlay.

Elias Sorensen made his U23 debut after his U18 debut on Saturday.

Booked: Gibson.

SCFC: Zabret, Lewis, Plezier, Evans, Davies, Rodon, Samuel, Blair, Biabi, Dyson (James 67), Garrick (Jones 80).
Subs n/u: Tracey, Reid, Maric.

Booked: Evans.

Dwight's magic


Newcastle  4  Norwich City  3
Match footage is online here

Match report

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Now that the dark nights are upon us again, Tyneside -based merchandisers Spirit of 69 have new stocks of their Fairs Cup bobble hat available, priced £22.50.

We purloined one of said items for a free to enter competition and asksed which of the following didn't oppose United in a Fairs Cup tie: Sporting Lisbon, Rangers, AC Milan or Porto.

It was of course AC Milan (we played Inter) and the winning entry was randomly picked as John Hackett

Hats etc. can be ordered online here

"The Season Ticket"
- first reviews in

Based on Jonathan Tulloch's award-winning book of the same name, a theatrical production of "The Season Ticket" is currently being staged in Newcastle - and initial performances have been very well received:

"Incredible. Wonderful performances, beautifully directed, with a fantastic script! Go see!"

"absolutely brilliant, went last night, laughed & cried, get yourself along"

"Best play I have seen. Recommend to anyone - Fantastic"

The story of penniless Toon fans Gerry and Sewell and their attempts to find the money to watch the black and whites was filmed as "Purely Belter" in 2000 and now returns, adapted and updated for the stage.

Starring Will Graham and Niek
Versteeg, "The Season Ticket" runs through to Saturday week, October 8th at Northern Stage in the Haymarket.

Adult tickets cost from £15.50-£26, with U21s and students £13. Bookings online here

Due to customer demand, Northern Stage have now confirmed accessible performances as follows:

Thu 06.10.2016 Captioned (7.30pm)
Fri 07.10.2016 British Sign Language (7.30pm)
Sat 07.10.2016 Touch Tour (12.30pm)
Sun 08.10.2016 Audio Described (2pm)

Venue a

Northern Stage are also running an early evening performance this coming Tuesday, curtain up 6pm

PS: After leaving Newcastle, "The Season Ticket" moves on to Winchester, York and Dundee.

Loan lads:

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
Leeds United (a) Championship, Saturday 

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Swindon Town (h) League One, Saturday

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Oxford United (h) League One, Saturday

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Chesterfield (a) League One, Saturday

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
Port Vale (a) League One, Saturday

Kyle Cameron
(Newport County)
Stevenage (h) League Two, Saturday

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Colchester United (h) League Two, Saturday

Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United)
Grimsby Town (a) League Two, Saturday

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Cheltenham Town (a) League Two, Saturday

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Las Palmas (h) Primera Division, Saturday

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
A 2-2 draw at Russian side Rostov in the Champions League on Wednesday saw Siem appear as a 73rd minute replacement for PSV. They return to league action away at Heerenveen on Saturday.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
A third successive 0-0 draw in all competitions saw BSC return with a point from Thursday's Europa League trip to Astana. Kevin was an unused sub in Kazakhstan and will hope for some pitch time at home to St Gallen in the Swiss Super League on Sunday.

Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille)
Angers (a) Ligue 1, Sunday

Paul Woolston (Darlington 1883)
Brackley Town (a) National League North 08.10.2016


Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Game tbc

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Game tbc

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
Game tbc


Lewis Gibson (England U17s):
Croatia Cup:
Wed 28.09.2016 Croatia (a) won 5-0 FR
There was a winning start for the young Magpies defender, who completed the full game in Pula.

Fri 30.09.2016 Greece (n) Novigrad FR
Mon 03.10.2016 Germany (n) Pula FR

Ciaran Clark, Daryl Murphy (Ireland):

06.10.2016 Georgia (h) WCQ
09.10.2016 Moldova (a) WCQ

Paul Dummett (Wales):
06.10.2016 Austria (a) WCQ
09.10.2016 Georgia (h) WCQ

Vurnon Anita (Netherlands):
07.10.2016 Belarus (h) WCQ
10.10.2016 France (h) WCQ

Matz Sels (Belgium):
07.10.2016 Bosnia (h) WCQ
10.10.2016 Gibraltar (a) WCQ

Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie (Scotland):
08.10.2016 Lithuania (h) WCQ
11.10.2016 Slovakia (a) WCQ

Freddie Woodman, Isaac Hayden (England U21):
08.10.2016 Malta (h) ECQ
11.10.2016 Slovenia (a) ECQ


Adam Armstrong (England U20s):
05.10.2016 Netherlands (h) Oldham FR
07.10.2016 Germany (h) Huddersfield FR
10.10.2016 USA (h) Rochdale FR

There's a first selection in this age group for 19 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, although he has trained with the U21s before. Also called up is former Magpie custodian Jonathan Mitchell, now at Derby County.

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U21):

05.10.2016 Iceland (a) ECQ
11.10.2016 Macedonia (a) ECQ

There's a maiden U21 call-up for reserve defender
Kyle. The 19 year-old native of Hexham is currently on loan at League Two side Newport County following a similar temporary posting to York City last season.

Scotland cannot qualify for the finals in 2017 and have selected a host of new players including Kyle, fellow Magpie Stuart Findlay among those making way.

Possible call-ups for games including:

06.10.2016 Moldova (a) WCQ
09.10.2016 Austria (h) WCQ

06.10.2016 Cuba (a) FR
12.10.2016 New Zealand (h) FR

07.10.2016 Uganda (h) WCQ

DR Congo:
08.10.2016 Libya (h) WCQ


08.10.2016 Gabon (a) WCQ

08.10.2016 Cape Verde (h) WCQ

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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 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 have announced that their members only away ticket policy will be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 01.10.2016 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.10.2016 Rotherham United (a)
@ New York Stadium, 3pm. Championship.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,500. 

Sun 09.10.2016 Entertainers v Manchester Select @ Kingston Park, 1.30pm. Standing tickets £10 (£5 concessions) Seats £20 (£10) online here or 0871 226 6060. Premium options via 0191 214 2892. There's also an Entertainers dinner at SJP on Sat 08.10.2016 which acts as a fundraiser for Sport Newcastle. Tickets online here

Fri 14.10.2016 U23s v Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 15.10.2016 U18s v smoggies (a) @ Hurworth, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.10.2016 Brentford (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Tue 18.10.2016 Barnsley (a)
@ Oakwell, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale now, zero points. £30 adults, £22 over-65s/ 18-21s, £10 U17s, £5 U12s. Allocation: 5,500.

Sat 22.10.2016 U18s v Manchester City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.10.2016 Ipswich Town (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now (online), Mon 03.10.2016 (in person/by phone).

Mon 24.10.2016 U23s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 25.10.2016 Preston North End (h) @ SJP, KO tbc. EFL Cup Fourth Round. ST holder sale now, ST holder additional seats/ members Fri 30.09.2016. £10 & £3 advance sale; £20 & £10 matchday sale. 

Fri 28.10.2016 U23s v Hartlepool United (h) @ venue tbc, 1pm. Central League Cup.

Sat 29.10.2016 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.10.2016 Preston North End (a) @ Deepdale, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, 50 points. £24 adults, £16 over-65s/ 18-21s, £8 U17s, £2 U8s. Allocation: 5,600.

Mon 31.10.2016 U23s v smoggies (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sat 24.09.2016
Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Mon 28.11.2016 - December and January selections will be announced on a date tbc in early October)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Fourth Round ties:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Arsenal v Reading
Bristol City v Hull City
Leeds United v Norwich City
Liverpool v Spurs
Newcastle United v Preston North End

Wed 26.10.2016:
Manchester United v Manchester City
Southampton v mackems
West Ham United v Chelsea

Round dates:

w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town v Heaton Stannington
Ashington v Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Metro line closures 2016:

Central Metro station will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday as follows:

01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 

In addition, buses replace Metros between
Four Lane Ends and North Shields in both directions on 08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016.


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international breaks:
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Nations Cup Finals:
The 16 team event in Gabon take places between 14.01.2017 and 05.02.2017, with the draw on 19.10.2016:

Teams: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Christian Atsu (Ghana), Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo), Momo Diame (Senegal) and Achraf Lazaar (Morocco) are in line for callups.

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

What's this all about then? Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
1st October

Born Or Died:

1932 Alf McMichael born, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (1949-63)

Left back Alf arrived from Linfield along with with Englishman George Hannah for a combined cost of £23,000 in 1949 and both made an instant impact for their new club. 

Expecting to watch United’s home fixture with Manchester City, the newly-acquired duo travelled to Tyneside via Stranraer by ferry and train – only to be told they were playing when they reported to SJP.

Missing the 1951 FA Cup Final with a broken wrist sustained whilst training on the club's car park at Gallowgate, Alf collected a winner's medal against Arsenal 12 months on.

However, ligament damage saw him miss out again in the 1955 Final victory, although he had played two weeks before the final and netted his only senior competitive goal in a home victory against Cardiff City.

Winning 40 international caps for Northern Ireland whilst at United, Alf appeared in the 1958 World Cup Finals and remained at SJP until 1963, when he became player/boss of South Shields.

He later returned to his native Northern Ireland and settled in Bangor, managing the town's football team for a time and working at the Belfast shipyard of Harland & Wolff.

His death was reported in January 2006.

1939 Duncan Neale born, Portslade, Sussex. (1959-63)

Right half who joined Newcastle from non- league side Ilford and netted twice on his debut, in a 7-2 home won over Fulham.

His next goal wrote another footnote in club history, as he netted our first ever goal in the new League Cup competition - although the club exited at the first round stage after a 4-1 loss at Colchester United.

And Duncan's FA Cup debut that same season saw him in scoring form against The Cottagers again - notching a hat trick in a 5-0 Third Round victory at SJP, when he was ostensibly deployed to mark Johnny Haynes!

A versatile player who appeared in a variety of outfield positions for United, Duncan was unable to prevent the club's relegation in 1961 and played for two further seasons as 8th and 7th places were reached in the hunt for promotion back to the top flight. 

Sold to Plymouth Argyle for £12,000 as part of Joe Harvey's squad rebuilding programme, Duncan remained in the South West, later appearing for Plymouth City and setting up a building business in Cornwall.

1943 Iam McFaul born, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
(1966-75 player, 1985-88 Manager)

Goalkeeper famously signed by United despite conceding seven goals for Linfield in a friendly match at SJP in September 1966.

Making his debut in a 0-2 home defeat by Liverpool in November of the same year, Iam had become first choice between the posts by the summer of 1968 and played in all but one of the club's 59 games that season.

He appeared in all twelve games of the club's first European adventure, doing his bit to get United into the final with a penalty save against Rangers at Ibrox.

Future Fairs Cup campaigns in the following two seasons saw Iam maintain his 100% appearance record, scoring in the penalty shootout against Pecsi Dozsa in 1970/71, when the referee summoned United back from the dressing room to complete the sequence of kicks - despite the Hungarians having already won on penalties.

Often featured on TV as the goalkeeper who concedes two goals at Hereford in 1972, Willie played what was to be his final game for the club at the end of the 1974/75 season, moving on to the SJP coaching staff.

Installed for the first time as caretaker manager (briefly) in 1977, McFaul then took over again in 1985 following the abrupt departure of Jack Charlton and was soon handed the job on a permanent basis.

Giving youth team startlet Paul Gascoigne his first senior start, Iam (by now universally known as Willie) kept the side together despite the departures of messrs Waddle, Beardsley and later Gascoigne.

However, a spending spree ahead of the 1988/89 season proved to be his downfall as new boys Dave Beasant, Andy Thorn and John Hendrie failed to improve his side and he was dismissed following a run of poor results.

McFaul returned to his native Northern Ireland and worked as an Irish FA coach and with local sides before accepting a FIFA -backed posting to become the coach of Guam, an island in the South Pacific.

By 2004 Willie was back coaching in his homeland, as well as scouting for Norwich City during Glenn Roeder's time in Norfolk.

He returned to SJP in 2009 to take part in the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Fairs Cup victory and confessed that he was "delighted and a wee bit emotional" to be reunited with his colleagues and the trophy. 

1945 Death of Bob Bennie, 72.

1951 Death of Peter McWilliam, 73.

1952 Death of Jack Fraser, 75.

1986 Carl Finnigan born, Jarrow.

Striker who graduated from academy and reserve sides to the verge of first team selection, but whose only senior action came in friendlies at Malaga and Norwich City. 
Released by United in 2007, Carl joined Falkirk after a trial with St.Mirren and scoring his first Bairns goal during a 2-1 SPL loss to Rangers at Ibrox in February 2007.  

Despite injury and illness problems, he signed a new contract by Falkirk in summer 2009 and played in their first-ever European tie, against FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein. although seeing red following a post-match skirmish. 

Signing for St. Johnstone in June 2011, he later appeared for Dundee Chippa United (South Africa) and Gateshead.

Summer 2015 then saw the player nicknamed "Rocky" make an unlikely move to Township Rollers of the Botswana Premier League.

Within a year though he was back in the UK, joining Northern League side South Shields.

1998 Callum Smith born, Gateshead.

Part of the Magpies U17 squad who returned with silverware from the Tournoi event in France during May 2015, winger Callum was blooded at U18 level in the final game of the season against Norwich that same month. 

Netting his first goal that level to round off a 5-4 home defeat of Derby County during October, an U21 debut then followed against Aston Villa at Walsall the following January.

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1898 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 

1904 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Veitch, Appleyard 
This game saw the debut of Jimmy Lawrence, whose goalkeeping skills were the platform for the most successful period in United history. 

By the time Lawrence left to manage South Shields in 1922, he had appeared for United in 496 first team games, with wartime fixtures taking that figure well over 500. 

1910 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
J.Thompson, D.McLean

1921 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
Mooney, Smailes 

1927 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
Debut in goal for Mick Burns.

1932 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
McLean, W.H.Smith 2, Whittam

1938 Coventry City (a)
Division Two 
Debut for Jimmy Woodburn, in defence.

1949 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
Houghton 2, Milburn, Thompson 
1955 Everton (h)
Division One 
Eglington(30), J.Harris(34)

1958 Bela Vista (Brazil) (h) 12-1 (4-1)
White 5, Bottom 5, Evans, Davies 
The visit of the "crack" Brazilians turned into a farce as they were revealed to be minor league part-timers. 

Len White and Arthur Bottom indulged in their own private SJP scoring competition, even going so far as to block each others shots.

1960 Cardiff City (h)
Division One 
Luke 2, R.Mitchell, White 2 
The was a debut for Jimmy Wilson at outside left against The Bluebirds, who lost at SJP without scoring for the sixth successive visit.

1962 Leyton Orient (a)
League Cup 2nd Round Replay 
og(Lucas), Suddick 
Bolland, Graham 2, Deeley
On an atrocious evening at Brisbane Road amid wind and driving rain United bowed out of the League Cup in extra time.

The visitors were gifted an early lead when Malcolm Lucas put through his own goal, but goals from Gordon Bolland and Malcolm Graham restored the home side's advantage. 

Alan Suddick then forced extra time with a late leveller before the floodlights went out. Once power was restored, goals from Graham again and Norman Deeley won it for the O's.

1966 Everton (a)
Division One 
Debut for John Craggs.
1969 Dundee United (h) 1-0
Fairs Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg 
Keith Dyson's last minute goal preserved United's run of home wins in the Fairs Cup.
1973 Morton (h)
(3-2 on aggregate)
Texaco Cup 
Despite scoring an own goal, Dennis Laughton later signed for United.

1977 Ipswich Town (a)
Division One 
Mills(28), Gates(65)
Following an opening day home win over Leeds, reality was beginning to bite for the Magpies, with this loss to Bobby Robson's side their seventh straight league loss. 

1983 Portsmouth (h)
Division Two 
Waddle(13,25), Keegan(40pen)
, Wharton(54) 
Tait(79), Biley(84)
Magpies boss Arthur Cox  withdrew two-goal Chris Waddle, as he didn't believe he was "hungry enough" for his hat-trick.

Future Newcastle youth coach Mick Tait was on target for the visitors. 

1988 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Hendrie(29), Mirandinha(83pen) 
Gary Gillespie gave Liverpool an early lead and most of the crowd sat back and waited for an avalanche of goals, only for John Hendrie to net his first Newcastle goal. 

Better was to follow as a long punt from Dave Beasant bounced once and Hendrie fell in the box under challenge from Gillespie. 

Mirandinha scored the resultant penalty and stood taunting the Kop before being dragged away by John Anderson. 

United hung on for the last seven minutes to give manager Willie McFaul a fine birthday present, and the local police a problem as they tried to clear the celebrating United fans from the ground.
Youtube footage is online here

1991 Tranmere Rovers (a)
aet 3-3 (2-2)
(lost 2-3 on penalties)
Zenith Data Systems Cup 
Quinn(3,24,118pen), Peacock(65,110), Clark(104)
Aldridge(19,94,120pen), Steel(76), Martindale(96)
One of the most amazing and error-strewn nights in our history, with penalties needed to separate the sides after 90 minutes (3-3) and 30 minutes of extra time (6-6) failed.

A small Prenton Park crowd and a live TV audience that probably wasn't much bigger then saw United lose on penalties, when Mick Quinn, Lee Clark and Liam O'Brien all missed, David Roche and Gavin Peacock netting.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Aston Villa (a)
Premier League 
Lee(66), Cole(83) 
Paul Kitson made his debut, coming on as substitute as United edged Ron Atkinson closer to the sack.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Everton (a)
Premier League 
Ferdinand(13), Lee(64pen), Kitson(66) 
Another away win beamed out live on Sky Sports; Les Ferdinand surged forward to open the scoring, before Rob Lee converted a penalty in the absence of Peter Beardsley and substitute Paul Kitson scored with his first touch. 

Anders Limpar got the home side's consolation goal despite looking well offside.

1997 Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) (a)
Champions League 
Beresford(78), og(Golovko)(85)
Rebrov(3), Shevchenko(28)
Two down to early goals and having seen Tino Asprilla depart on a stretcher, United improbably clawed their way back into the tie with two fortunate goals from Beresford - one later officially given as an own goal. 

This all unfolded to the delight of the small following of away fans, under armed guard. For those present it really was a 'once in a lifetime' experience - until we were drawn to play the buggers again five years later...

1998 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) (a) 0-1 (0-0)
(2-2 on aggregate, lost on away goals)

Cup Winners Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg 
Recalled by your correspondent with mixed feelings, after his night ended with a smack in the face from a Serbian baseball bat.

Still it could have been much, much worse - a fan was shot outside the stadium before the game during clashes between rival groups of the "Grobari" (home fans).

Even getting to Serbia was an achievement, with travel restrictions caused by escalating political tensions in the Balkans requiring a circuitous route to be taken.

As to the game itself, a dubious penalty was enough to knock us out on away goals, David Batty adjudged to have fouled Ivic.

Batty had been unimpressed when Channel5 chose to promote their live coverage of this game with a mocked up photo of Batty clad in stocking and suspenders - a reference to manager Ruud Gullit's "sexy football".

A late Pedro Dimas goal secured a draw against Everton Reserves at Kingston Park. David Unsworth had put the visitors ahead. match report

2002 Juventus (Italy) (a)
Champions League Group E Match 3
Del Piero(65,81)
Three games, three defeats and United's Champions League goose looked cooked - especially with the return game against Juve next up.... match report

2005 Portsmouth (a)
A rotten performance on the South coast as Newcastle came away with a point that they barely deserved.

Shay Given pulled off two late saves to ensure our third consecutive Premiership clean sheet - which we hadn't managed since 2003 - to prevent an equally pathetic Pompey stealing the points. match report

2006 Manchester United (a) 0-2 (0-1)


Some excellent saves from Steve Harper and the goal frame saved us from a drubbing in front of a new Premiership record crowd.

Leaving a half-fit Shola Ameobi up front on his own betrayed Glenn Roeder's intention to play for a goalless draw but the error-ridden defence were never very likely to hold out for 45 minutes, let alone the full 90. match report

2011 Wolves (a)
Premier League
Ba(17), Gutierrez(38)
Demba Ba's fourth goal in two games helped fire United up to third place after our first top flight win at Molineux in 15 visits.

Jonas Gutierrez was also on target in the Black Country sunshine as Alan Pardew's side made it nine games without defeat from the start of the season in league and cup.

And United found unlikely allies in referee Mark Halsey and his assistants, who denied Mick mcmackem's side a stonewall penalty before later disallowing an added-time effort. match report

Virgin Money went public with the news that their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United was to end in May 2013 - one year earlier than had been thought.

The agreement with Richard Branson's company had been expected to run until the end of the 2013/14 season. The new sponsor was still to be revealed.