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(a) / Liverpool (a) SOLD OUT
Swansea (h) / Cardiff (h) Public sale
Premier League
Easter box office info

The club's box office will be open this coming weekend for the sale of tickets for the Swansea City and Cardiff City home games as follows:  

Good Friday: 10am-5pm
(Box Office located upstairs in SJP club shop)

Saturday: 9am-3pm
(Box Office located in Milburn Stand near SBR statue)

Sunday: closed

Easter Monday: closed

Loan lads:
Abeid at it again 

Trailing 0-1 after the first leg in Crete, a 3-0 home win by Panathinaikos on Wednesday was enough to see off OFI and ensure a place in this season's Greek Cup Final.

The Athens side took just 20 minutes of the second leg to cancel out OFI's lead, with on-loan Magpie Mehdi Abeid bagging his eight goal in all competitions for the Greens.

Mehdi and his current team mates will learn the identity of their final opponents later on Wednesday when the other semi-final concludes, current holders Olympiakos taking a 2-1 lead to PAOK. 

And although their hopes of winning the league title are long since over, third-place Panathinaikos are already assured of a place in the end of season playoffs, where the second Champions League spot is decided from the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth.

Current Toon loans:

James Tavernier/Haris Vuckic (Rotherham United)
Peterborough United (h) League One, Friday.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City)
Nottingham Forest (a) Championship, Saturday.

Conor Newton
/ Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
Hibernian (h) SPFL, Saturday.

Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
Liverpool (h) Premier League, Sunday. 

Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
A 2-2 home draw with Metz in Ligue 2 on Monday featured the United winger for the first 77 minutes. 

Curtis Good (Dundee United) (injured)
If the Aussie defender can recover from a hip injury, then there's the prospect of another cup final appearance to add to his CV, following an outing for Bradford City against Swansea City in the 2013 League Cup Final.

The Tangerines will face St.Johnstone in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday May 17th, staged this season at Celtic Park due to rebuilding work at Hampden Park.

German trip latest

Kick-off times have now been confirmed for the Schalke 04 tournament involving United in August as follows:

Sat Aug 2nd 3pm CET and 5pm CET
Sun Aug 3rd 3pm CET and 5pm CET

On the basis that any drawn game in the tournament proceeds to a penalty shootout after 90 minutes, that second kick-off time may be pushed back slightly.

(CET is one hour ahead of UK time)

The Bundesliga club have now placed tickets on public sale to all fans without any specific segregation details, but confirmation is awaited as to whether NUFC will receive an allocation to sell direct to their fans.
PS: to all those asking, we have no information as yet whether other NUFC pre-season games will be scheduled in or around Germany before or after this tournament.

Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.
Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League opening fixtures.

Premier League
Swansea City

This Saturday sees the Swans migrate to Tyneside for a 3pm kickoff, with their three season stay in the Premier League still under threat - although a second successive win at SJP would strengthen their hand considerably.

And were that to happen, then Alan Pardew would acquire another unwanted record for his expanding collection; namely that of the first United manager to lose five successive Premier League fixtures. 

At present he shares the four defeat total with Kenny Dalglish (1997/98), Graeme Souness (2004/05) & Kevin Keegan (2007/08) and himself (2011/12). That most recent one saw the fourth loss racked up at Stoke following defeat at Southampton and ended with a 3-0 home victory over Wigan.   

(We also lost four on the bounce in both 2007/08 & 2008/09 seasons under multiple "managers"). 

United last lost five league games in succession during March and April 1992, when Kevin Keegan's attempts to stave off relegation to the third tier faltered - only for that 1-0 home win over Pompey to end the sequence.

And in terms of top flight seasons, 1986/87 saw us reel off six First Division defeats in a row around the festive season under the guidance of Willie McFaul. 

This is the end, my friend.... well sort of.

The final-ever edition of The Mag will be on sale from street sellers around SJP on Saturday, as well as from local newsagents.

After 25 years, commercial pressures mean that issue 289 will be the last paper copy and the fanzine is continuing online only.  

The final issue is also on sale
here for just 3 with free postage in the UK

Loic Remy hopefully back, Mathieu Debuchy not ruled out and Moussa Sissoko no chance was the update post-match on Saturday. 

The severity of the injury that caused Steven Taylor to be substituted during the second half at Stoke is unclear, while the availability of Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux is awaited. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle not to score @ 5/2

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

SCFC: The Jacks will come to Gallowgate minus Chico Flores, who is suspended following his red card during Sunday's 0-1 home defeat by Chelsea.

Visiting boss Garry Monk goes looking for the first away win - and clean sheet - of his managerial career so far, having taken just two points from a possible 15, as a result of drawing at Stoke and Arsenal.

Beaten at Liverpool, Everton and Hull under Monk, their trio of away wins came in the first half of the season under previous Michael Laudrup - at West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Fulham. 

On the road this season, City have scored as many as Newcastle (26) but conceded three fewer (16 vs 19).  
Referee: Chris Foy - fourth appointment this season involving Newcastle, following a 1-0 home win over Fulham, 1-0 win at Spurs and 0-0 draw at Norwich.


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The Magpies go into this game without a goal in their last 360 minutes of play - and just one in in 540 minutes of the artless slop that passes for football round our way.

And the sad truth of our form in 2014 is that in seven games we've scored twice at home - and the mackems managed three in their single visit to SJP.       

With two
home games to play, United have managed to score just 19 times in the Premier League at SJP to date - with five of them in one game, against Stoke City.

Just 8 of the 19 have come in the first half of games, while the "end" split is 16/3 in favour of the Gallowgate, with Leazes End spectators seeing just Yohan Cabaye's shot against Liverpool, a Yoan Gouffran back header against West Brom and Loic Remy's Boxing Day opener against the Potters - seven home games ago. 

Our lowest seasonal total in the Premier League to date is 22 (reached in 1997/98 and 2006/07), while last season and the 2008/09 relegation campaign saw 24 netted. 

PL home scoring record to date 2013/14:
West Ham 0-0 No scorer
Fulham   1-0 Ben Arfa 86 
Hull City   2-3 Remy 10,44 
Liverpool   2-2 Cabaye 23, Dummett 56 
Chelsea  2-0 Gouffran 68, Remy 89 
Norwich City   2-1 Remy 2, Gouffran 38 
West Brom   2-1 Gouffran 36 Sissoko 57 
Southampton   1-1 Gouffran 27   
Stoke City  5-1 Remy 44,56 Gouffran 48 
Cabaye 66 Cisse 80pen 
Arsenal  0-1 No scorer
Man City 0-2 No scorer
mackems 0-3 No scorer
Spurs 0-4 No scorer
Aston Villa 1-0 Remy 90+2 
Crystal Palace   1-0 Cisse 90+4 
Everton 0-3 No scorer
Man United 0-4 No scorer

Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)

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Remaining Premier League fixtures/result:
(3pm unless specified)

Tue 15.04.2014:
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham 

Wed 16.04.2014:
Everton v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)
Manchester City v mackems (7.45pm)

Sat 19.04.2014:
Spurs v Fulham (12.45pm) BT 
Aston Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke Cardiff City
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v mackems (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 20.04.2014:
Norwich City v Liverpool (Noon) Sky
Hull City v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky
Everton v Manchester United (4.10pm) Sky

Mon 21.04.2014:
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky

Sat 26.04.2014:
Southampton v Everton (12.45pm) BT
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Spurs
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham
Manchester United v Norwich City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 27.04.2014:
mackems v Cardiff (Noon) Sky
Liverpool v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Man City (4.10pm) Sky

Sat 03.05.2014:
West Ham v Spurs (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Hull City
Manchester United v mackems
Stoke City v Fulham 
Swansea City v Southampton
Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 04.05.2014:
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 05.05.2014:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Tue 06.05.2014:
Manchester United v Hull City (7.45pm)

Wed 07.05.2014:
Manchester City v Aston Villa (7.45pm) Sky
mackems v West Bromwich Albion (7.45pm) 

Sun 11.05.2014 (TV picks yet tbc):
Cardiff City v Chelsea
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Hull City  v Everton
Manchester City v West Ham
Norwich City  v Arsenal
Southampton v Manchester United
mackems v Swansea City
Spurs v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

Country call for Alex

Fresh from scoring twice in United's U18 league victory over Chelsea on Saturday, Magpies midfielder / forward Alex Gilliead linked up with his England team mates ahead of tonight's fixture with Germany.

The young Lions are based at Barnsley's Oakwell ground ahead of tonight's friendly, which will be staged at the New York Stadium home of Rotherham United.

Assuming he features, Alex will win a second cap at U18 level, having previously represented his country in both U16 and U17 categories without finding the net.  

Local lads
Non-League frenzy!

Aside from the latest episode of torture at SJP, there's a wealth of football action across the region this weekend - including another Northern League groundhopper event.

For the uninitiated, part of the Northern League's 125th anniversary celebrations has seen staggered kickoffs at various games, allowing fans to watch two...or more.

The last - and maddest - of these events is the Easter Hop and although the organised travel is all booked out, there's nothing to stop anyone turning up and paying on the gate (around 4-6 per game).

There are some Thursday night games, but the hop kicks off at North Shields on Friday at 11am, when the top two sides in the Second Division meet - champions Shields receiving their silverware at full time. 
Good Friday:
North Shields v West Allotment Celtic 11am (D2)
Whitley Bay v Newcastle Benfield 2:30pm (D1)
Ashington v Crook Town 6:30pm (D1)

Easter Saturday:
Jarrow Roofing BCA v Heaton Stannington 11am (D2)
Washington v Seaham Red Star 2:15pm (D2)
Birtley Town v Chester-le-Street 6pm (D2)

Easter Sunday:
Consett v Durham City Noon (D1)
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Whickham 3pm (D2)

Easter Monday:
Bishop Auckland v Crook Town 12 noon (D1)
Spennymoor Town v Team Northumbria 3pm (D1)
Newton Aycliffe v Shildon 6pm (D1)

For details of the other Northern League games over the weekend, directions and other info
check online here

Meanwhile, Friday is shaping up to be an important one for Conference side Gateshead, as they close in on a promotion playoff slot and dream of a Wembley visit. 

Southport provide the opposition at the International Stadium in a 3pm kickoff and a decent attendance is expected - not least with SJP season ticket holders taking advantage of the 5 saving on adult entry. 

On production of their NUFC ST card, fans pay just 9 for adult entry, while the deal offering all accompanied U16s entry (not just ST holders) for 2 remains in force.

Moving on to Monday, and having failed to have the game rescheduled in order to prepare for the Northumberland Senior Cup Final a day later, Blyth Spartans conclude their home league programme at Croft Park.

Their opponents in an Northern Premier League game are Whitby Town and the kickoff is confirmed as 3pm

Tom topples Tees teens

Newcastle U18s  3  Middlesbrough U18s  2

A second half brace from striker Tom Heardman took him into double figures for the season on Tuesday, as United edged a well-contested Tyne-tees derby fixture.

Having beaten Chelsea 3-2 at Little Benton on Saturday, Dave Watson's youngsters went into this rearranged game looking for a fifth successive win on their own ground - and an eighth home victory in nine outings this year.    

And they got off to a decent start when a low shot from Ben Drennan from the edge of the box seemed to catch out visiting goalkeeper Joe Fryer after 18 minutes.

Boro almost hit back from the kickoff as striker Jordan Jowers exploited some confusion in the United area and shot against the goal frame from a narrow angle. 

The equaliser wasn't long in arriving though and when Jowers was challenged in the box by Ryan McKinnon midway through the first half, referee James Simpson pointed to the spot - and Joe Wheatley converted.

In glorious conditions, Newcastle regained the lead barely two minutes into the second half when Tom Heardman netted from 18 yards - Fryer again less than impressive.

Ten minutes later Heardman struck again, after substitute Liam Gibson wormed his way to the byline and pulled the ball across the six yard box for the 18 year-old striker to force past Fryer and a couple of covering defenders.

That never looked likely to be the end of the scoring though and Boro reduced the arrears on 67 minutes, Lee Hetherington beating Freddie Woodman from close in.

A Boro equaliser seemed inevitable as the visitors began to dominate possession, but some poor shooting and an instinctive stop from Woodman in the final seconds of normal time ensured that United held on for the win.

There were first starts at this level for Jack Hunter and Luke Charman, while Macaulay Gillesphey made his comeback following ankle ligament problems.

Team: Woodman, Newberry, Cameron, Hunter, McKinnon, Gillesphey, Kerridge, Drennan (Gibson 50), Heardman, Charman, Laidler.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Tatters, Trodd, Suddick.

City stiffs stalemate

Newcastle U21s  0  Manchester City U21s  0

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to action on Tuesday when Blyth Spartans at SJP in the final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup.

And the curtain finally falls on what has been a poor season on Friday 25th, when Arsenal provide the opposition in a 1pm kickoff at Whitley Park.

The Gunners have also had an indifferent season and  remain odds-on to finish in the bottom half of the table - meaning they will join Newcastle in the lower of two re-formed U21 Premier Leagues next season.  

remier League
Fluke goal - but
defeat no accident

Stoke City  1  Newcastle  0

A sneak preview of United's new crowd flag design

Match report is online here

Chronicled: the men 
who made the Toon

Of a similar size and weight to 2011's Ultimate Record, "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" is a completely separate, newly -compiled book from club historian Paul Joannou,    

Comprising of profiles and photos of Magpie players, managers and officials the UWW will be published in November 2014.

Subscriber copies can be ordered now online here.

Subscriber copies are individually numbered, feature a personalised certificate mounted within the book, and allow the name of the purchaser to appear on a roll of honour that is reproduced in every copy of the book.

Advance purchase price of 30 is the same as the cover price but subscribers get their copy hand-delivered or posted to them at any address in the UK for no extra charge (overseas orders welcome, shipping at cost).

Toon reunion 
set for Schalke 


Friday saw West Ham confirm that they are to be the fourth side at the Schalke 04 tournament in August, meaning another meeting between Newcastle and the Green Street old boys, currently consisting of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Sam Allardyce and Neil McDonald.  

The Magpies will play two warm-up games this coming August in the German city of Gelsenkirchen (a twin town of Newcastle since 1948) to participate in a four team tournament involving home club Schalke 04.   

The event takes place at the Veltins Arena on Saturday August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd - two weeks before the Premier League kicks off on Saturday 16th. 

In addition to the Bundesliga hosts and ourselves, West Ham and Spanish Primera Division side Malaga are also now confirmed for the inaugural event.

Tickets are on public sale now, with Schalke promising to provide guidance to Newcastle and West Ham followers over the coming days.

The games will be in stark contrast to United's last two games on German soil in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in deepest Bavaria....

Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the 1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke) has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to 54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down position. 

Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on penalties by a Portugal side featuring old boy Hugo Viana.    

United's last meeting with Schalke 04 came back in May 1960 when Charlie Mitten's side won 3-0 in Germany during a post-season tour that also saw kickabouts played in Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain. 

The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his Schalke deal was cancelled.

PS: There's an interesting article about Schalke, Lovenkrands, Freddy Shepherd & NUFC online here


claims emerge

Reports emanating from New Zealand in recent days suggest that Newcastle are among a handful of Premier League sides under consideration to participate in a pre-season tournament later this year.

Ourselves, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with a proposed series of games involving Wellington Phoenix (who actually play in Australia's A League) at their 34,500 Westpac stadium. 

The option of Auckland's 25,000 North Harbour Stadium hosting games has also been mooted, but like previous reports of United heading to South Africa, the club haven't given any hint that future plans for friendlies involve them going further than mainland Europe.

United have previously visited New Zealand, playing a series of four matches against the national side in May 1985 in Christchurch, Wellington, Napier and Auckland.

Old boy
History maker Harps

Despite conceding three goals, former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper enjoyed a successful day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, as his Hull City side beat Sheffield United 5-3 in their FA Cup Semi Final.

The Tigers will make their first-ever appearance in the FA Cup Final on Saturday May 17th against Arsenal - a serious kidney injury sustained by first-choice custodian Allan McGregor giving Harper an unexpected second chance of glory in this competition, following his losing experience with the Magpies in the 1999 Final. 

Sunday also brought a sniff of cup glory for another ex Toon 'keeper, with Tommy Wright overseeing the first Scottish Cup semi-final success that his St.Johnstone side have enjoyed in their history.

The Perth side will face a Dundee United side including fellow SJP old boy Darren Jackson on their coaching staff in the final at Celtic Park on Saturday May 17th.  

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2013/14

The ticket office has now re-opened on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

Details of 2014/15 season ticket sales/ prices can be found online here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A 1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)

Show Racism the Red Card have a free download of the NUFC team photo in both PDF and jpeg formats online here


Sat 19.04.2014 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 

Tue 22.04.2014 U21s v Blyth Spartans @ SJP, 7pm. Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Fri 25.04.2014 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note further new date.

Sat 26.04.2014 U18s v Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Centre, NR4 7TS. 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 1,800.  Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 03.05.2014 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 03.05.2014 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.Public sale now. 

Sun 11.05.2014 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800 tbc.

Guidance from LFC:

Included in the allocation are a number of tickets marked 'restricted view' and 'severely restricted view'.

Seats classed as restricted view on Row 1 is due to personnel movement. Seats classed as restricted view on other rows is due to stanchions supporting the Upper Tier, which impair the view of either goal.

Any seats classed as severely restricted view is due to supporters standing up and down and, in the event of this happening during the game, the supporters on Rows 34 and 35 have a very limited view of the goals due to overhang of the upper tier roof.

In purchasing a 'restricted view' or 'severely restricted view' ticket, you are accepting this view and there can be no ticket exchanges or refunds under any circumstances.

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

Fri 23.05.2014 to Sun 25.05,2014 Hong Kong Soccer 7s featuring NUFC.
Group A: NUFC, Guangzhou Evergrande, HKFA U23, Hong Kong FC. 
Group B: Chelsea, mackems, Kitchee, HKFC Captain's Select.
Group C: Manchester City, Rangers, HKFA team tbc, Singapore Cricket Club.
Group D: Leicester City, Aston Villa, HKFA U21s, Yau Yee League Select.

Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.

Sun 27.07.2014 to Fri 01.08.2014 Northern Ireland Milk Cup featuring NUFC.

Sat 02.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.

Sun 03.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.

Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League kicks off.

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a) 8pm 



NUFC Live on BT:
None currently scheduled  


To mark the Northern League's 125th anniversary, SJP will host their League Cup Final on Tue 06.05.2014 (KO tbc)

Northern League Cup Quarter Finals:

18.03.2014 Marske United 4-1 Guisborough
19.03.2014 Brandon 0-2 Whitehaven
08.04.2014 Whitley Bay 3-2 B.Auckland
15.04.2014 Tow Law Town 1-3 Ashington

Semi Final draw:

21.04.2014 Whitehaven v Whitley Bay
Ashington v Marske United

Live Music @ SJP:

Sat 31.05.2014
Kings of Leon + White Lies + further support act still tbc. Tickets remain on public sale

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

RUWC match ticket sales in five batches:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages

Now: Hospitality Packages

05.2014/06.2014 via Rugby Clubs

To members of rugby clubs in England

09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
Future international dates:

09.05.2014 to 21.05.2014 UEFA U17 Final tournament (Malta) 

Group A: England, Holland, Turkey, Malta
Group B: Scotland, Germany, Portugal,  Switzerland.


26.05.2014 Australia v S'Africa (Sydney)
France v Norway (Paris) 
Scotland v Nigeria (Fulham)
Bosnia v Ivory Coast (tbc) 

France v Paraguay (Nice) 
Greece v Nigeria (Chester) 
Argentina v T & T (Rosario) 
04.06.2014 El Salvador v I'Coast (Frisco) 
Croatia v Australia (tbc)
Arg v Slovenia (Buenos Aires)
07.06.2014 USA v Nigeria (Jacksonville)
France v Jamaica (Lille)


Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon
B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
D: Uruguay, England, Costa Rica, Italy
E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
G: Germany, Ghana, Portugal, USA
H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea

(Nations in bold expected to have NUFC involvement in their squads)

The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
16th April

Born Or Died:

1966 John Doyle born, Fremont, 
California, USA. 

US international central defender who briefly joined United and appeared in a handful of reserve fixtures.

However Doyle failed to win a contract at SJP,  joining Orgryte in Sweden and later moving on to VfB Leipzig in Germany.

A move back to the USA then saw him play for Atlanta Ruckus and the San Jose Clash (aka Earthquakes) (USA). Retiring in 2000,  Doyle coached at San Jose and later took over as General Manager of the MLS outfit.

1972 Matty Appleby
born, Middlesbrough. 

Midfielder who came through the junior and reserve sides to be handed a first team debut by Jim Smith in a 1-1 home draw against West Brom in October 1990.

Matty was a regular choice during the reign of Ossie Ardiles, but returned to the reserves when Kevin Keegan took over as manager.

However KK did select Matty in the same side as his younger brother, Richie, during our Anglo-Italian campaign of 1992-93. 

A loan move to Darlington in 1994 was later made permanent and he was part of the Quakers side who made their Wembley debut in a playoff loss to Plymouth in 1996.

Routinely playing in the defence by then, a transfer to Barnsley followed soon after and after a spell at Oldham, Matty returned to Darlington in 2005. 

He dropped into the non-league a year later, signing for Whitby Town and becoming club captain at the Turnbull Ground as he reverted to his original central midfield role.

Hanging up his boots at the end of the 2007/08 season, Matty undertook some PFA-sponsored training before following brother Richie into the profession of commercial deep sea diving. 


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1895 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Joyce 3, Cassidy, Andrews, Henderson 

1897 Woolwich Arsenal (a)
Division Two
35pts, 5th
Brock, Boyle, O'Brien 2, Caldwell
Defeat in this final game of the season meant that United finished fifth in Division Two.

1898 West Bromwich Albion (h)

1900 Notts County (a)
Division One 
33pts, 6th

1904 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One
42pts, 4th 
Orr 2, Appleyard 2 
Newcastle ended the season fourth in the First Division.

1906 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division One 
37pts, 9th
Debut for John Dodds.

1910 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
42pts, 4th
Goddard(14,43), Stewart(20) 

1921 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One
46pts, 4th 

1923 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
43pts, 6th

1927 Tottenham Hotpsur (h)
Division One 
53pts, 1st
Seymour 2, Urwin 
Sanders, Dimmock

1932 Portsmouth (a)
Division One 
38pts, 13th
J.Smith, Weddle, Easson, Cook 2, Worrall
Centre forward Tom McBain made one appearance for United and this, unfortunately, was it.

1938 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-3 (0-1)
Division Two 
33pts, 15th
Massarella 2, Robinson


1949 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
50pts, 2nd
1952 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
41pts, 11th
1954 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
34pts, 16th
Mitchell 2, Monkhouse 
1955 Huddersfield Town (a)
Division One
36pts, 11th 
Glazzard 2
1956 All Star XI (h)
White 2, Curry, Keeble, Milburn 
Testimonial match for Bobby Cowell.
1960 Wolves (h)
Division One 
44pts, 7th
Just 24 hours after a 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, United were in action again at SJP.
1963 Huddersfield Town (a)
Division Two 
40pts, 4th
Coddington(pen), McHale

1965 Bolton Wanderers (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Division Two 
54pts, 1st
Penman(1-0), Iley(57)  
Leading Division Two with four games to play, third- placed Bolton threatened United's title and promotion hopes and visited SJP on Good Friday with a certain Wyn Davies leading their forwards.

The Welsh striker almost put his side ahead on two occasions before home stopper John McGrath did his job and "nullified" the threat.

Willie Penman shot home from close range before half time before Jim Iley got forward to round things off with his toe poke at the Gallowgate End.

Full time saw a pitch invasion after which the players celebrated in the Directors Box by throwing their shirts into the Centre Paddock - where they were ripped apart by fans.

Promotion had been achieved and after a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace the following day and a 0-0 stalemate at Bolton on Easter Monday, the title was wrapped up ahead of a season closing 0-0 home draw with Manchester City.

break out the bubbly

1966 Leicester City (a) 2-1 (0-1)
Division One 
33pts, 13th
Bennett, Robson(pen)
1966 While the big lads were at Filbert Street, the reserves faced their Blackpool counterparts at SJP.

They lost 3-1, with Ron McGarry getting our consolation goal.

1975 Having netted his first England goal a month earlier against Germany, Newcastle striker Malcolm Macdonald hit all five as England beat Cyprus 5-0 in a European Championship Qualifying fixture at Wembley Stadium.

Opening the scoring within two minutes of the start with a header, a second followed on 35 minutes from a Kevin Keegan pass before Mac hit the post.  

His treble was then completed shortly after half time thanks to a glancing close range header - and a second KK assist.

Number four seconds later was a fine header, before wrapping up the win with yet another close-range header in the closing moments - this one against a substitute 'keeper.

Although he didn't know it, Malcolm would never score for England again or appear for his country at Wembley, this game the ninth cap he won from an eventual total of 14.
Youtube footage is online here

Supermac 5 Cyprus 0

1977 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
45pts, 4th
Gowling(45), Cannell(67), Nulty(79)

1979 Preston North End (a)
Division Two 
34pts, 12th
1983 Chelsea (a)
Division Two 
54pts, 7th
Varadi, Keegan(pen) 
A rare Stamford Bridge success kept alive our slim promotion hopes.

1986 Manchester United (h) 2-4 (1-3)
Division One 
59pts, 10th
Stewart, Cunningham 
Robson(pen), Hughes 2, Whiteside
A rescheduled fixture played in midweek proved to be something of a minor classic, with Tony Cunningham rating his effort the pick of his six goals for the club.

1988 Liverpool (n)
(won 1-0 on pens) 
Mercantile Tournament 
Day One of the Football League Centenary Tournament at Wembley Stadium and after a goalless, the tie went straight to a sudden death penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Gary Kelly's outstretched boot denied Steve McMahon before Neil McDonald sent future Magpie custodian Mike Hooper the wrong way to put United through.

Youtube footage is online here

1988 Tranmere Rovers (n)
Mercantile Tournament Quarter Final
Morrissey, Muir(pen)
A few hours later, Newcastle deservedly lost to their fourth tier opponents, with Eric Nixon denying Neil McDonald from the penalty spot in the second half after a handball offence.

NUFC: Kelly, McDonald, Tinnion, Anderson, Roeder, Mirandinha, Gascoigne, Goddard, O'Neill, Stephenson.
(Cornwell appeared as a sub in place of tbc)
Youtube footage is online here

Gazza v Tranmere, Wembley

1990 Stoke City (h)
Division Two 
75pts, 2nd
Kristensen 2, Quinn 
Benny Kristensen had made 38 first team appearances without even the hint of a goal before the Potters came to town.

And after opening his account in the first half, he promptly got another after the break.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Liverpool (a)
Premier League 
3rd, 68pts
Lee(4), Cole(56)
A deserved away win, although the unique atmosphere created by both sets of fans was as memorable as the score.

In the penultimate game for the standing Kop, Keegan substituted former Reds Barry Venison and Peter Beardsley for the home fans to show their appreciation.

Meanwhile, Toon fans laid a wreath on the pitch to mark the fifth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. 

1997 Chelsea (h)
Premier League 
4th, 57pts
Shearer(12,35), Asprilla(30)
A controlled and impressive win that was more emphatic than the scoreline suggested.

2001 West Ham (h)
13th, 42pts
Bobby Robson's side finally ended a rotten run of seven winless league games and just two out of 21 possible points - enough to get most managers the sack at the start of the season. match report

2010 Newcastle's U18 side failed to qualify for the FA Youth Cup Final after losing 0-1 to Aston Villa in front of 4,959 fans at SJP.

Recording a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Villa Park that hardly reflected their superiority, things soon went awry for United as a deflected effort gave Villa a half time lead.

Magpies captain Jeff Henderson was stretchered off just before the break and passed the armband on to striker Phil Airey, who was sent off in the 86th minute.

A remarkable reserve game at Whitley Park against Manchester United saw Newcastle race into a three goal lead just in barely 30 minutes - only to then concede six times to a razor-sharp Red Devils attack.

Brad Inman, a Phil Airey penalty and Dan Taylor netted before two goals in a minute from Will Keane reduced the deficit by half time.

Keane claimed two more as his side led 6-3 by the 75th minute, and that final scoreline confirmed the visitors as league winners. match report

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