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Order from the publisher for just £8.99 including UK postage here




Ticket news:
Fulham (a)

Huddersfield (h) Member sale now
Reading (h) Member sale now


Happy returns

KSC Lokeren  0  Newcastle 


Match footage is online here

Newcastle continued their unbeaten pre-season run on Saturday with a routine victory in Belgium, replicating the scoreline from their only previous visit to Lokeren's Daknam Stadium back in 2001.

The game unexpectedly ended with both sides reduced to ten men however, after a brief flare up between Jesus Gámez and an opponent saw both red-carded.

Fifteen years on from that Intertoto Cup win, United returned to provide the opposition in a game rounding off the home side's open day and the usual activities and giveaway were in evidence for home followers.

Lokeren's stadium is much-improved since we were last here, but on the field the hosts were no more potent and visiting goalkeeper Matz Sels had a very quiet afternoon back in his native Belgium.

Wearing their third-choice white and purple strip once again, Jamaal Lascelles led the side out to what was only a sparsely occupied stadium with the stands behind each goal unused. 

It took United ten minutes to find their feet and register a shot - Dwight Gayle's low effort skidding harmlessly across the six yard box.

Within three minutes the visitors were in front, with a neat interchange of passes between Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons ending with Perez ramming in a low effort from close range at the near post.

That lead was then doubled on 26 minutes, when 
Daryl Janmaat - playing in a right midfield berth - headed in a Perez free-kick after Vurnon Anita was fouled just outside the box.

The goal of the game arrived seven minutes before the break, when Gayle failed to get his shot away but Perez drove the loose ball firmly home.

A trio of substitutes started the second half and it took just three minutes for new arrival Jonjo Shelvey to register his first Toon goal - although a sizeable deflection saw the ball arc over the 'keeper and in.

Rafa Benitez made further replacements and again paired Adam Armstrong with Aleksander Mitrovic up front - although the latter failed to emulate his last two visits here for Anderlecht and get on the scoresheet.

Matt Ritchie had a slight groin strain and missed out, while new signing Grant Hanley didn't travel with the squad and will work on his fitness instead.

Despite uncertainty over their futures, there was further pitch time for messrs Thauvin, Gouffran and Tiote - the latter picking up a booking following a scissors tackle that the home player didn't milk.

With two minutes left and the game seemingly drifting to a conclusion, Jesus Gámez and Marco Miric were shown red cards for some low level pushing following the award of a free kick for a foul on the Spaniard.

That transgression should mean he sits out Tuesday's friendly visit to Southend United but won't affect his availability for the season opener at Fulham.

Other than that though, it was an afternoon of plusses for Rafa Benitez, whose side have scored a dozen goals in three pre-season outings, having managed just nine in their seven kickabouts ahead of last season.


Team: Sels (Darlow 72), Sterry (Thauvin 62), Mbemba (Saivet 72), Lascelles (Dummett 62), Anita (Gámez 46), Janmaat, Colback (Tiote 72), Hayden (Shelvey 46), Aarons (Gouffran 62), Perez (Mitrovic 46), Gayle (Armstrong 62).
Subs: All used.

Sent off: Gámez (88 - violent conduct)

Booked: Tiote.

Crowd: 2,876 including around 200 away fans, most of whom were housed in one corner of the ground. Other black and whiters meanwhile mingled freely with home supporters and were evident in the two main stands. 


"I am happy because you always are when your team win.

"It’s good to score four goals and get a clean sheet but we are still at the beginning of the season, and in pre-season.

"There is plenty of room of improvement. I am happy but we have to keep working.

"I have seen an improvement in some things, obviously the play was fine but still I want to see more.

"I don’t know the physical condition of the other team but I could see them trying hard in the early part of the game.

"We got an early goal and it is not easy when you play friendlies. Sometimes you win because you are closer (to full match fitness) but sometimes you don’t want to get injuries.

"If it goes to 2-0 early sometimes your opponents don’t push as much as they have to.

"We’re still trying to improve the squad but you have to give players minutes. Next week we will have the team a little bit closer to the one that starts the season.”

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Steel silverware for second string!

PSV Eindhoven XI  0  Newcastle U21s  1


United's U21 side made it four wins out of four in pre-season on Sunday, winning the Steel Cup at Corby Town's Steel Park.

After an unbelievably one-sided first half that ended goalless, United finally took the lead five minutes after the break when a Callum Roberts corner was headed goalwards by Ivan Toney and when the 'keeper parried, Kyle Cameron bundled the ball in.


More chances came and went for Peter Beardsley's side but Cameron's goal proved to be enough with PSV unable to muster a single shot on goal.



This victory added to Saturday's 3-0 victory over Corby Town when goals from Luke Charman and Sean Longstaff (2) accounted for the hosts, who will play in the Northern Premier League next season alongside the likes of Spennymoor Town and Blyth Spartans.

Sat 23.07.2016:
PSV Eindhoven XI 4-1 Leeds United XI
Corby Town 0-3 Newcastle United XI
Charman(40), Longstaff(58,72)

Match action is online here


Team: Woolston, Williams, Newberry (Broccoli 58), Satka, Good, Hunter, Ward, Holmes (Da Silva 74), Longstaff, El-Mhanni (Barlaser 80), Charman.
Subs n/u: Harker, Cameron, Findlay, Vuckic, Toney, Roberts.

Sun 24.07.2016:

Newcastle United XI 1-0 PSV Eindhoven XI

Team: Harker, Mbabu, Cameron, Findlay, Bigirimana, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Barlaser, Toney, Vuckic (Longstaff 80 tbc), Roberts.
Subs n/u: Broccoli, Woolston, Satka, Williams, Ward, Da Silva, Carman, Newberry.

Corby Town 3-0 Leeds United XI


Kevin Mbabu dropped down to reserve team duties after his early departure from the senior side's Irish training camp due to a thigh problem, while fellow defender Curtis Good continues his latest comeback. 

There's no return yet for striker and long-term injury victim Tom Heardman, while midfielder Liam Smith has joined Blackpool on loan until next January (although he's already picked up an injury and was stretchered off during a pre-season game with Bolton on Friday).

There's one trialist in the squad: former Benfica front man Flavio Da Silva, who has made two appearances in pre-season totalling 77 minutes without scoring. 

Corby have a former Magpie on their books in the shape of one-time reserve goalkeeper Aidan Grant, recently signed from Lincoln City.

Steel Park postcode: NN17 2FB

Kop that:
Homer leaves

Club announcement, Friday evening: 

Newcastle United can confirm the sale of Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The Dutch international midfielder joined the Magpies in July 2015 from PSV Eindhoven and made 40 appearances, scoring 11 goals, during his time on Tyneside.

"We made it very clear at the beginning of the summer that we had no need to sell for financial reasons, despite relegation, and would only consider selling a player if it was in the best interests of the Club and the team," said Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley.

"After discussions with Rafa it was felt that this particular deal was one such circumstance and would be in the best interests of both parties.

"Gini leaves with our very best wishes for his future career."

United's want-away Dutchman got his wish on Friday for a "new project" rather than dragging his carcass to Burton and Preston - remaining in the Premier League as a Liverpool player. 

The Dutch international arrived on Tyneside after a £14.5m transfer from PSV Eindhoven was agreed 12 months ago and departs for a claimed £25m fee. Media reports of a possible player plus cash deal proved to be false. 

It's reported that he flew directly back from Ireland to Holland on Saturday after the Bohemians game, rather than returning to Tyneside with his team mates.

A switch to Anfield was widely predicted on Tuesday, but Wijnaldum instead appeared in the Newcastle squad who played at Doncaster Rovers that night and came off the bench in the closing stages.

Within hours though it was reported that further talks involving Newcastle and Liverpool had resulted in the agreement on a fee and the terms of payment.

Dutch media sources carried quotes from a PSV club official confirming that a sell-on clause had been inserted in the deal that took Gini to Tyneside, but declined to disclose any details - a figure of 15% is speculated upon. 

Wijnaldum was due to fly out to the USA on Saturday and link up with his new colleagues - exactly a year after doing the same thing with Newcastle.

While we'll admit a certain regret at his departure, it's impossible to overlook the fitful nature of Gini's contribution to our season - the early promise of home scoring feats overshadowed by a startling tendency to disappear in away games that led to us branding him "the hologram".

Like people's champion Moussa Sissoko, had Gini done his job properly last season - and Steve McClaren actually managed him rather than indulged him - we'd not be facing visits to Wigan and Fulham.

Well run, Geordie...

Victor (left), Victory Monument (right)


After an 83 day effort during which he completed a magnificent 2,650 miles, Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run completed the latest leg of his global charity run in Belgrade on Friday.

Backed all the way by his fantastic support crew of unpaid volunteers, Mark successfully ran through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia before reaching Serbia.   

Events in Turkey saw Mark alter the route of his run from the original end point of Istanbul and he'll now re-plan the next leg of his trek in 2018 accordingly. 

Mark is raising funds for The Children's Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have seen good causes benefit by £250K - with this run yielding £41K in donations thus far.

If you'd like to boost that total, then please do so online here 

Come in number 6:
Another Rafa 
wish Grant-ed


Newcastle concluded their sixth close season signing on Thursday, paying £5.5m for the Blackburn Rovers central defender and captain Grant Hanley.

The 24 year-old Scottish international headed to the North East for a medical on Wednesday, having missed a third successive Rovers pre-season game on Tuesday.

Hanley signs a five-year deal and is expected to make his Magpies bow on Saturday, when Rafa's side face Sporting Lokeren in Belgium. 


United had targeted a central defender following the loss of Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor and had previously bid £3.5m and £4.5m for Hanley - whose former club Crewe Alexandra inserted a 10% sell on clause when the player moved to Ewood in 2008.  

He'll compete with Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba for a first team spot - although the latter stands to miss up to eight games early next year when on African Cup of Nations Final duty with DR Congo. 

Beginning his career for hometown club Queen of the South, Hanley
joined Crewe and also spent time at Rangers before signing for Blackburn and making his senior debut on the final day of the 2009/10 season.

played 200 senior games in all competitions - including two outings against Newcastle (as sub during a 3-4 League Cup away loss in October 2011 and the full 2-1 home FA Cup victory three months later).

Rafa Benitez's own website announced the transfer as follows:

We can finally announce that Grant Hanley has joined our project- adding his skill and potential to our squad. 

It was clear that we needed another defender and we were seeking someone with enough experience in this position and, at the same time, a young player with potential who can improve and keep growing with us. 

We are talking about a strong defender, who is fast and plays with passion. To add to this he is the captain of the Scottish National Team and is a player that who increases competitiveness in his position on the field, a key for any successful team. 

Meanwhile, we continue working and preparing for the great challenge that we are facing. Howay the Lads!


Meat Loaf:
Big Sham appointed


Like a bat out of hell....


England have finally confirmed that former Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, has been appointed as the new Head Coach of the national side, as the Mike Bassett: England Manager film comes a step closer to becoming reality.


The man who has famously never won a thing (including promotion with Newcastle - see Coxy's Cockup Corner) has been given the perfect job to carry on the half-a-century winless streak for a few more years.


On the plus side, the mackems lose their relegation saviour heading into the new season and the appointment of David Moyes will hopefully prove to be their undoing.


Former Magpies striker, Andy Carroll, will be expecting a call from his old West Ham boss and Jermaine Defoe could be forgiven for regularly checking his mobile for messages from Allardyce.


United old boy Neil McDonald may well be given the nod as part of the coaching staff, having assisted Allardyce throughout his career, while another former player, Paul Bracewell, could also be asked to assist.

Least surprised about the appointment will be Big Sam himself who has never been shy in coming forward about his managerial abilities, previously touting himself for high profile vacancies and often referring back with disbelief to when Steve McClaren was appointed England manager ahead of him.


Perhaps that says everything about the FA's inability to fill the vacancy appropriately. Now watch Allardyce go and actually win something....   


Perez saves blushes


Doncaster  2  Newcastle  2

Youtube footage is online here

Match report

Lee Hope RIP

We're sorry to report that Newcastle supporter Lee Hope sadly lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday - at the tragically young age of 34. 

Our condolences go to his friends, brother Scott and the rest of his family.


Southend United (a)


United's fourth pre-season kickabout takes them to Essex, where'll face League One side Southend United at their Roots Hall ground on Tuesday.

Kickoff is at 7.45pm and NUFC have now ended their sale of tickets. Southend confirm that there will be a public sale of home and away section tickets before kickoff: £12 adults, £5 concessions.    

Team: to follow

SUFC: There's a possible reunion with old boy Nile Ranger who is on a short-term deal at the Shrimpers - although he has missed a couple of pre-season games recently due to a groin problem.

Much-travelled striker Simon Cox is a new arrival, while at least three trialists are currently in mackem Phil Brown's squad - Jakub Sokolik, William Edjenguélé and Ronan Murray.

In order to protect the Roots Hall pitch, Southend's scheduled home friendly against a West Ham XI on Saturday has been moved to a nearby non-league ground, but our visit goes ahead as planned. 

Magpies @ Roots Hall: 

won 6-3 FR McGuigan, White 2, 
Allchurch, Hughes, OG
1976/77 won 2-0 FR Nattrass, Gowling
1991/92 lost 0-4 D1 
1992/93 drew 1-1 D1 G.Peacock

Our last competitive visit here was for a midweek 1-1 draw in our 1992/93 promotion season - rescheduled from the original Saturday slot in order to avoid clashing with the Young Conversatives conference!

What was perhaps our darkest hour and a half had come there during the previous campaign: an awful 0-4 loss on New Years Day 1992 when relegation to the third tier began to look a distinct possibility.

Southend have since built a double decker stand on the old away terrace and travelling supporters are now housed behind the opposite goal - in the covered North Stand (view from there is pictured above).

Korea opportunities

There was disappointment for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on Thursday, as England U19s exited from the European Championship finals at the semi-final stage.

Woodman was between the posts as his side were beaten 1-2 by Italy in the German town of Mannheim.

The youngster played in all four of England's games at the tournament as the Young Lions won their group thanks to victories over France, Holland and Croatia.

And by virtue of being one of the last four sides in the competition, England have confirmed their place at 2017's World U20 Cup Finals in South Korea.

Trialist defects

Having made one appearance for Newcastle's U21 side in pre-season, former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Tyler Harvey has now turned up on trial at the mackems.

The 21 year-old turned out for the red and whites as they lost 0-2 at Darlington on Monday, but wasn't involved in Newcastle's 5-1 victory over the Quakers last Saturday.

U18 update

Newcastle's U18s continued their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against Team Northumbria at Little Benton on Tuesday.

That follows a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United and a 0-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in recent days.

Various trialists have featured in those games for United, including 16 year-old striker Elias Fritjof Sørensen - a Danish youth international striker who recently debuted at senior level for his second tier club, HB Koge.

United's U18 Premier League programme for 2016/17 has now been confirmed and is here.

U21 update

United's second string have now released their league fixtures in the re-branded Premier League 2.

Venues where announced shown, with others tbc - kick-offs listed as 7pm but subject to confirmation.

NB: The opener against Norwich City was listed as a home game in the original fixture release, but this was then switched by the PL to an away game.


Aug 15 Norwich City (a) (Carrow Road)
Aug 22 West Ham United (a)
Aug 29 Aston Villa (a) (Villa Park)

Sep 12 Stoke City (h)
Sep 19 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) (Amex Stadium)
Sep 26 Swansea City (h)

Oct 14 Wolves (a) (Molineux)
Oct 24 Fulham (a) (FFC Training Ground)
Oct 31 smoggies (h) (SJP)

Nov 21 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Nov 28 Blackburn Rovers (a)

Dec 12 Aston Villa (h) (SJP)
Dec 16 Stoke City (a) (Leek Town FC)

Jan 9 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)
Jan 16 Swansea City (a)
Jan 30 Wolves (h)

Feb 6 West Bromwich Albion (a) (Kidderminster)
Feb 20 Blackburn Rovers (h)

Mar 4 Norwich City (h)
Mar 13 West Ham United (h) (SJP)

Apr 10 Fulham (h)
Apr 24 smoggies (a) (Riverside)

Robbing Owls

Having extricated ourselves from the Premier League just as a £30 away ticket ceiling is agreed, it appears that most Championship sides don't seem intent on cashing in on when Rafa's side come visiting. 

There's always an exception though: enter Sheffield Wednesday, who have just confirmed the following prices to Aston Villa for their visit to Hillsborough - meaning that we can expect the same in April:  

Category A match prices:
£42 adults, £32 over 65s/U21s, £15 U17s, £10 U11s, £5 U5s.

More positively, Reading have confirmed that they will charge away supporters who are season tickets or members £20 this season - meaning everyone entitled to buy one from NUFC will pay that or less.



Matz Sels
24 year-old Belgian international 'keeper signed from KAA Gent on a five year deal for approx £5m, the costliest custodian in our history.   

Matt Ritchie 26 year-old Scottish international left winger bought for £12m from Bournemouth on a five year contract. Formerly with Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge, Notts County, Swindon Town.

Dwight Gayle fleet-footed 25 year-old forward who arrived on a five year deal from Crystal Palace for £10m. Also played at Arsenal, Stansted, Dagenham and Redbridge, Bishop's Stortford and Peterborough.

Jesus Games turned down the chance to rejoin his former club Malaga from Atletico Madrid when Rafa Benitez made his interest known. The 31 year-old Spanish-born right back signed a two year deal.

Isaac Hayden arrived from Arsenal on a permanent deal, the Essex-born 21 year-old defender/midfielder agreeing a five year contract. He helped Hull City achieve PL promotion last season while on loan.

Grant Hanley defected from fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers to United, becoming the second Scottish international in the squad with Ritchie. 

The 24 year-old hails from Dumfries and previously played for Crewe Alexandra.


Sylvain Marveaux Contract expired

Gabriel Obertan
Contract expired

Steven Taylor
Contract expired

Andros Townsend Joined Crystal Palace for £13m after the Eagles triggered a release clause inserted into his deal when arriving from Spurs in January.

Fabricio Coloccini Negotiated an early release from his contract in order to return to Argentina and join former club San Lorenzo.

Papiss Cisse Moved into the final season of his deal and agreed a transfer to Chinese Super League club 
Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.

Gini Wijnaldum followed in the boot steps of Didi Hamann, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique by making a switch to Liverpool. Just 12 months into a five year contract, he moved to Anfield for a claimed £25m. 

Old boys:
Unlikely lads 
Old boys with new clubs:

Joey Barton (Glasgow Rangers)
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Hatem Ben Arfa
(Paris SG)
Jamie Cobain
Adam Collin
(Notts County)
Mark Cook
(Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah
(Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics
(Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
David Edgar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Lewis Guy (Annan Athletic)
Brad Inman
(Peterborough United)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Callum Morris
Charles N'Zogbia (mackems - trial)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial) 
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool United)
Nile Ranger (Southend United)
Louis Storey (South Shields)
Ryan Taylor (Rotherham United - trial)
Ryan Taylor (Wigan Athletic - trial)
Ben Tozer (Newport County)
Jake Trodd (Newcastle Benfield)

Coaches etc:

John Carver
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Patrick Kluivert (PSG D of F)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
Paul Stephenson (Kilmarnock C)
Steve Watson (Macclesfield Town AM)

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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

Of interest to those who are awaiting the promised refund / direct debit change following price reductions is the following:

Following the 10% discount, existing season ticket holders who have paid up front in full will soon be receiving details of refunds, while existing season ticket holders on the club's Direct Debit scheme will be notified of reductions in their payments shortly.

Existing season ticket holders are reminded to retain last season's entry card. New season ticket holders and supporters who have moved seats or changed concession bands will receive a new card by Thursday 4th August.

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 Newcastle 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


Sun 24.07.2016 U21s v PSV Eindhoven (n) @ Steel Park, Corby, NN17 2FB, Noon. Steel Cup Friendly (Corby Town v Leeds United then follows @ 3.30pm). Adults £15.

Mon 25.07.2016 U18s v Fermanagh (n) @ Ballymena, 7.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 26.07.2016 U18s v Right to Dream (n) @ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm. NI Super Cup.

Tue 26.07.2016 Southend United (a) Roots Hall, 7.45pm. Friendly. NUFC ticket sale now ended, away section tickets available on the night. 

Wed 27.07.2016 U18s v Tyrone (n) @ The Warren, Portstewart, 3.30pm. NI Super Cup.

Thu 28.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kickoff tbc. NI Super Cup.

Fri 29.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kick-off tbc. NI Super Cup.

Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Public sale now. £15 adults, £5 concessions. Only selected parts of lower bowl on sale initially. Cash turtnstiles will be open on matchday.

Sat 30.07.2016 U21s v York City (a) @ Bootham Crescent, YO30 7AQ, 3pm. Friendly. £12 adults, £6 concessions - no advance tickets sold, pay on the gate. 

Mon 01.08.2016 SJP open training session. Full details tbc, free admission.

Mon 01.08.2016
NUFC second and third kits go on sale.

Mon 01.08.2016
U16s v Charlton Athletic (n) @ Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, 10am. Youdan Trophy (games 30 mins x 2).

Mon 01.08.2016 U21s v Ashington (a)
@ Woodhorn Lane, 7.30pm. Friendly.
£6 adults, £2 concessions. Pay at the gate.

Tue 02.08.2016
U16s v Seattle Sounders (n) @ Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, 2pm. Youdan Trophy (games 30 mins x 2).

Wed 03.08.2016 U16s v Friendly Academy (n) @ Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, 10am. Youdan Trophy (games 30 mins x 2). Competition continues on Thu 04.08.2016 and Fri 05.08.2016.

Fri 05.08.2016 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7.45pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (allocation: 2,750)

Sat 13.08.2016 U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, KO tbc. U18 Premier League.

Sat 13.08.2016 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale from Mon 25.07.2016 (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).

Mon 15.08.2016 U21s v Norwich City (a) @ Carrow Road, KO tbc. Premier League 2. NB: venue switch from home to away.

Wed 17.08.2016 Reading (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale from Tue 26.07.2016 (online), Mon 01.08.2016 (in person/by phone).

Sat 20.08.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ WBA Training Ground, KO tbc. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.08.2016 Bristol City (a)
@ Ashton Gate, 3pm. Championship. Ticket sale details tbc. 

Mon 22.08.2016 U21s v West Ham (a) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Premier League 2.

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

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:

Fri 05.08.2016
Fulham (a) 7.45pm
Sat 27.08.2016 Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm

From the EF: The next selections are due for consideration early next month with an announcement set for just after the opening weekend of the season (Aug 6).

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):
United have a bye to Round 2.

R1 w/c 08.08.2016
R2 w/c 22.08.2016
R3 w/c 19.09.2016
R4 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.

Metro line closures 2016:

Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016 From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways. 


International Magpies
National Service
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...

Spotted by a large number of you, the BBC wrote this about the new England manager:

Ex-Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss Allardyce becomes the 15th permanent England boss.

He has never won a major trophy but has got Bolton and Newcastle promoted to the Premier League.

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

On This Day in History
24th July

Born Or Died:

1921 Albert Clark born, Ashington.
Right half who made the switch from North Shields to SJP in January 1948, but was on his way back to Appleby Park just over a year later.

Clark's solitary first team appearance for the Magpies came in a 3-2 home victory over Sheffield United back in December 1948, deputising for Joe Harvey. 

Albert passed away in 1977.

1949 Dave Clarke born, Newcastle.

Learning his trade at Montague and Fenham Boys Clubs, Dave joined Newcastle after a successful trial and appeared at reserve team level.

Understudy to Iam McFaul at Gallowgate,  Clarke failed to make a senior appearance for United but was on the bench for five Fairs Cup games in the 1968/69 season, starting with the trip to Sporting Lisbon.

Exiting Gallowgate in the summer of 1969, Dave signed for Doncaster Rovers and fleetingly appeared for their first team before agreeing a loan to Darlington. 

Next came a move to Gainsborough Trinity and the beginning of a long career in the non-league game that included spells at both South Shields and Gateshead.

However, the move that was to seal his reputation came in 1977, when Dave made the switch to Blyth Spartans. 

The following decade saw him established as the number 1 at Croft Park, experiencing the club's famous FA Cup run and appearing for the England semi- professional side. 

March 1986 saw Dave answer an emergency call from former club Newcastle and make an unlikely playing return for the Magpies in a 1-0 reserve victory away to Aston Villa. 

Awarded a testimonial match in 1987 against United (former colleague Iam McFaul bringing a full-strength side), Clarke worked as assistant to Jim Pearson and succeeded him as Spartans manager the following year.

That proved to be short-lived however and Dave resigned in November 1988, opting to continue his playing career with Alnwick Town and later manage the club. He also had a second stint at Gateshead, this time serving as their goalkeeping coach.

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1975 Jersey Select XI (a)
Keeley(25), Burns(42,85), Nulty(43), Macdonald (44), Bruce (60)
United warmed up for their Anglo-Scottish Cup ties with this kickabout in St. Helier.

Gordon Lee took charge for the first time, after succeeding Joe Harvey during the close season. Among the crowd was Nottingham Forest boss Brian Clough, who was staying in the United team hotel on holiday. 

1980 Trelleborgs FF (Sweden) (a)
scorer tbc 


1993 Hartlepool United (a) 2-0 (2-0)
Sellars(17), Beardsley(43) 
Mark Robinson joined the injured list after three minutes of this game, following a scything tackle from Ian McGuckin. 

An outraged Keegan vowed never to return to Victoria Park and later inherited McGuckin after taking over as Fulham boss. He was immediately shipped off back to Hartlepool.

Former mackem 'keeper Tim Carter conceded both goals in the first half to the great amusement of the travelling support and failed to reappear for the second period.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Newcastle faced two local teams in one friendly match at SJP, Gateshead providing the opposition in the first half and Blyth Spartans lining up against the Magpies after the break. 

A benefit match for drug charities in the Blyth area, the original venue of Croft Park had been ruled out due for fears of congestion due to the large numbers attending. The final score was 6-0, with two goals each from Ferdinand, Lee and Kitson.

1999 Reading (a)
Coppinger(63pen), Robinson(82)
Caskey(7), Williams(20)
With United quickly trailing the Royals on our debut at the Madejski Stadium, manager Ruud Gullit opted to being himself off the bench to show his flagging troops what was required. 

Gullit's display was inspirational and a superb long ball to Paul Robinson saw him fouled in the box, with fellow former Quaker James Coppinger scoring from the spot.

Robinson himself then levelled to spare our blushes in front of a big away following, including many southern exiles match report.

2000 The duo were seemingly the only ones who knew United would be training at Georgetown University, Washington DC that afternoon. Reed Ackerman and his lad also turned up after driving down from New York and the four of us were invited by Bobby to take shelter from the rain in the dug-out. 

We were later joined by another trio, all of whom sat out the session through injury:

Cort, Ferguson & Dyer: crockery

2002 GVVV Veenendaal (Holland) (a) 4-0 (4-0)

Dyer(11), Viana(24,37), Robert(43)
The third of Newcastle's four low profile friendlies against Dutch sides was staged in a small town midway between Utrecht and Arnhem. 

Hugo Viana netted his first (and second) goals for the club as Bobby Robson's side increased their goal tally to seventeen without conceding. match report

2003 Birmingham City (a) 
Shearer(37pen), Ameobi(75)
The first game of the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur saw 
Alan Shearer shoot United ahead from the penalty spot after Craig Bellamy was upended by Kenny Cunningham. 

Premiership ref Rob Styles - who had been flown out specially for the tournament - red-carded Cunningham, much to the dismay of Blues' boss Steve Bruce.

Titus Bramble also conceded a penalty (but stayed on the field) with Paul Devlin netting to level, only for a Shola Ameobi header to put United into the final.

Afterwards, Sir Bobby Robson called it a "jolly good workout". match report

2006 New Magpies signing Damien Duff was presented to the media at SJP, having been greeted on the steps of the Milburn Stand by an enthusiastic Tyneside crowd.

Flanked by Freddy Shepherd and Glenn Roeder, when asked why he'd chosen United ahead of other top flight clubs (notably Tottenham) Duff told reporters that:

"It feels special. Playing here with Chelsea and Blackburn it was an unbelievable place to come as an away player, it’s probably the most passionate place in England to play. That is one of the many factors why I wanted to come here.

"It took a couple of days - I spoke to the gaffer and the lads here like Scott Parker, Steve Carr and Shay Given, but at the end I listened to my heart.

"Maybe there are a lot of Liverpool supporters in Ireland saying ‘Why didn’t you sign for us?’ but my heart told me to come to Newcastle United.

"I hope we can bring success. Obviously we’re not kidding ourselves, it’s a massive job ahead of us and we know we’re not going to be challenging for the Premier League this year. But I’m here for five years and hope to do great things."

2007 United's reserve side beat Northern League side Newcastle Benfield 3-2 at Sam Smiths Park, thanks to goals from Kazenga LuaLua, James Marwood and Mark Bertram. match report

Alan Shearer's big mate Rob Lee spoke to the The Daily Express about the continuing managerial limbo that the number nine found himself in at SJP:


"I speak to Alan every day and he’s frustrated to say the least. He’s coming to the end of his tether now. He’s waited for ages and been told that things were due to happen, but nothing has and he’s very frustrated.

"He organised all the pre-season games at the end of last season but he also had targets in mind that he wanted to bring in to the club. Now it looks like he will miss out on them.

"I’m amazed he hasn’t already told Newcastle that he doesn’t want the job any more, but there will come a point where he says, ‘You’re too late’.

2010 Norwich City (a)
Clad in the all-blue change kit for the first time, United lost to the Championship new boys at Carrow Road.

Trailing just before half time to a Chris Martin effort that came about due to a sloppy Ryan Taylor back pass, Chris Hughton made seven changes ahead of the second half and gained an instant return when one of them - Shola Ameobi - levelled the scores.

However, the Canaries winner came when a combination of City's Chris Martin and Toon defender Mike Williamson jointly headed a cross beyond Tim Krul.

Among the Magpies in action was Faroe Islands international midfielder Jóan Símun Edmundsson, making his senior bow for the club as a second half substitute. match report

Goals from Rolando Aarons, Jonathyn Quinn and Michael Richardson earned the reserves a 3-1 win at Workington on our first visit to West Cumbria in six years.
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