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Preston North End
EFL Cup Fourth Round
St. James' Park
Tuesday 25th October
Kick-off 7.45pm
Last Match
Newcastle 3
Ipswich Town 0
St. James' Park
Saturday 22nd October

Match report to follow

The Never-Ending Tour

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Tractor Boys ploughed

Newcastle  3  Ipswich Town  0

Watch the goals online here

A lightning start by United at Gallowgate on Saturday was the platform for a fifth successive win, extending their lead at the top of the table to three points.

Ayoze Perez took over from Dwight Gayle as the two-goal hero with Matt Ritchie contributing a fine third as Mick McCarthy's side were sent packing.

With Norwich surprisingly being beaten at home by our next opponent, Preston North End to leave Brighton and Huddersfield behind us by three points.

Newcastle were ahead on 59 seconds through Ayoze's controlled volley into the Leazes End goal; Jonjo Shelvey starting the move with another raking diagonal pass, Paul Dummett crossing from the left and Yoan Gouffran flicking the ball on to create the chance.  

Ex-Magpie Leon Best crashed an effort against the bar in the tenth minute but he was replaced at half-time after what looked like a dislocated finger.

Referee James Adcock waved away appeals for a penalty when Gayle seemed to be brought down by Bartosz Bialkowski but didn't book Gayle for diving - an isolated example of keeping his cards in his pocket. 

With Town seemingly content to remain one goal adrift and the ground quiet, Rafa's side struggled to build momentum after the break.

A second goal arrived after 73 minutes, with Christian Atsu stripped and ready to come on - Perez stylishly smashing home Ritchie's cross to seal the victory.

And within five minutes the Spaniard returned the compliment, setting up Ritchie to strike the goal of the game with the outside of his left foot.

That's now five wins at home and five away to add to a point at Villa as our points total reached 31 from a possible 42.

Another big crowd - just shy of 52,000 - went away happy as United now start to justify their pre-season billing as title favourites, despite playing well within themselves.

Next up is the cup and league double-header against Preston - unbeaten in six games - before Cardiff's afternoon visit to St. James' ahead of Bonfire night.

Full match report to follow.

NUFC: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey (Hayden 83), Colback, Gouffran (Atsu 75), Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic 79).
Subs n/u: Anita, Diame, Mbemba, Sels.

Colback, Dummett.

Perez 1,73, Ritchie 78.

Bialkowski, Chambers, Webster, Berra, Knudsen (Emmanuel 46), Grant, Douglas, Lawrence, Ward, Sears (Williams 83), Best (McGoldrick 46).
Subs n/u: Gerken, Bishop, Digby, Bru.


51,963 including around 3,000 Tractor Boys and girls, who twice joined home followers in songs of praise to the late Sir Bobby Robson.


"It's another good win, because it's not easy to win in this competition. We played really well in the first half, we had chances and could have scored more goals but we didn't do it so we had to work hard in the second half.

"It's important to keep confidence high and the only way is working hard. We know every game is difficult and we have to be ready.

"After the second goal we had more control. It was easy at the end but you could see the difficulty we had at the start of the second half.

"When you are top of the table and you are doing well, you have to be careful and make sure that you don't have over-confidence or complacency.

"You can tell the players though, and still sometimes you cannot control everything. They need to be on their toes and they know that if they don't perform well, someone else will be there.

"So I think this positive competition is the key to keep the momentum and keep the team winning.

"Sometimes you have managers that have a good squad, But they try to play the same players all the time - 13 or 14 players - and then little by little you lose the other players.

"So we try to keep everybody as fit and keen as possible. We know keeping 25 to 27 players happy is impossible but, as much as we can, we must keep them all thinking that they could play and they could perform and they could give something."

About Perez:


"It's important for him, he did well and worked hard. I didn't play him in the last game, but he did a good job.

"It's good for him but also good for the team because it means we can change players and they can perform.

Mick McCarthy:

"We were beaten by the best team (in the league). If you see a better team than that this year I'd be surprised.

"I've just spoken to the players and there's not a lot more we could have done. We tried everything to stop them. The one pleasing thing is we kept it at 1-0 for 70 minutes.

"All three finishes were fabulous. They were better than us, they are better than us, and they will be champions in my view.

"We tried everything and nothing worked. They are a very good team and we got what we deserved. We tried to press but we didn't do that particularly well."

Referee: James Adcock - first Newcastle game and another whistler seemingly on performance related wages for waving yellow cards.


Quick starts - modern era:

2 minutes or less:

Aug 1997 Sheff Wednesday (h) Tino Asprilla
Sep 2002 mackems (h) Craig Bellamy
Feb 2006 Aston Villa (a) Shola Ameobi
Apr 2006 Spurs (h) Lee Bowyer
Sep 2007 West Ham (h) Mark Viduka
Feb 2009 West Brom (a) Damien Duff
Aug 2009 Crystal Palace (a) Kevin Nolan
Feb 2011 Birmingham City (a) Peter Lovenkrands
Jan 2013 Everton (h) Papiss Cisse
Nov 2013 Norwich (h) Loic Remy

1 minute or less:

Jan 1996 Arsenal (h) David Ginola
Jan 2003 Manchester City (h) Alan Shearer
Mar 2004 Charlton Athletic (h) Alan Shearer
Oct 2016 Ipswich Town (h) Ayoze Perez

Ayoze's 17th goal for the club was the fastest scored by a Newcastle player since Alan Shearer's 57 second effort against Charlton Athletic in March 2004.

Perez now has 18 Newcastle goals from 88 appearances in all competitions (58 starts).

McCarthy as manager v Magpies (@ SJP):

NUFC 3-0 Ipswich
2010/11 NUFC 4-1 Wolves
2005/06 NUFC 3-2 mackems
1992/93 NUFC 1-1 Millwall
1991/92 NUFC 0-1 Millwall

Tractor boys in Toon -all-time:

2016/17 won 3-0 Perez 2, Ritchie
2009/10 drew 2-2 Carroll, Ameobi (pen)
2001/02 drew 2-2 Shearer, Robert
2001/02 won 4-1 Shearer 2, Robert, Ameobi (LC)
2000/01 won 2-1 Shearer 2
1994/95 drew 1-1 Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Sellars, Cole
1991/92 drew 1-1 Quinn
1990/91 drew 2-2 Stimson, Quinn
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn 2
1985/86 won 3-1 Beardsley, Whitehurst. Gascoigne
1984/85 lost 1-2 Waddle (LC)
1984/85 won 3-0 OG, Heard, Waddle
1977/78 lost 0-1
1976/77 drew 1-1 Nattrass
1976/77 (won 1-0 Barrowclough)*
1975/76 drew 1-1 Nulty
1974/75 won 1-0 Howard
1973/74 won 3-1 Macdonald 2, OG
1972/73 drew 1-1 Macdonald (TC)
1972/73 lost 1-2 Macdonald
1971/72 lost 0-1
1970/71 drew 1-1 Mitchell (FAC)
1970/71 drew 0-0
1969/70 won 4-0 Robson 2, Ford, Dyson
1968/69 won 2-1 Davies 2
1964/65 drew 2-2 Suddick, Anderson

* game was called off at half time due to an icy pitch

Latest Championship results:

Fri 21.10.2016:
Burton Albion 2-0 Birmingham City

Sat 22.10.2016:
Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham
Brentford 0-2 Barnsley
Bristol City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Derby County
Norwich City 0-1 Preston North End
Rotherham United 0-1 Reading
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 QPR
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolves 0-1 Leeds United
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Cardiff City

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PNE (h) update

Reduced price tickets for Tuesday night's EFL Cup tie against Preston North End are on public sale at 10 adults and 3 concessions, with additional opening hours at the Milburn Stand box office as follows:  

Monday: 10am to 7pm

Don't forget that those prices will increase to 20 and 10 respectively on matchday. 

Toon tome
Tunnel vision



Author Martin Hardy has followed up his well-received first book, "Touching Distance" (revisiting Newcastle Unit's 1995/96 season) with a newly-released sequel. 

"Tunnel of Love" takes up the story ahead of the 1996/97 season, chronicling life at SJP over the next thirteen seasons - recounting what were an incredible sequence of events via his own press box view and interviews with most of the major figures involved. 

Buy author-signed copies online here for 18.99 in hardback and if you missed out on "Touching Distance" buy both for 30 - both offers include UK delivery.

Overseas orders can be made, with books dispatched to 15 countries so far. Please email for details of postal costs before placing an order.

Author-signed copies of "Tunnel..." are on sale from MJS Computers at 30 Merton Way in Ponteland and the Post Office at 44 Earsdon Road, West Monkseaton.

Martin will be at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle as part of the Books on Tyne festival next month. Tickets are free for that event on Monday November 21st at 6pm, but must be reserved in advance via 0191 232 0192. Further details online here

Magpies fail 
Citizen test


Newcastle U18s  1  Manchester City U18s  2

A hard-won three points for Manchester City at Little Benton on Saturday morning sent them to the top of the table - but Newcastle's youngsters almost claimed a point after the visitors had their 'keeper sent off.

Without a win over City in the last seven attempts, United struggled to make any impact in the opening exchanges and could have been behind before Nathan Harker fumbled a 27th minute corner to present striker Joe Hardy with a simple header from close range.

Hardy then doubled the lead four minutes later when heading in Luke Bolton's cross from the right, but just four minutes later Newcastle were handed the chance to get a foothold in the game from the penalty spot.

Jeremie Frimpong was penalised for a foul on Callum Smith but Mackenzie Heaney's low and weak spot kick was smothered by City stopper Arijanet Muric.

Seven minutes after the break Owen Gallacher left his foot in when challenging the 'keeper and was booked, while Muric was shown a straight red for spitting.

Rather than making his way off the field though, Muric tumbled over outside the area and received treatment on a leg injury before being stretchered off.

Substitute 'keeper Pawel Sokol came on in place of an outfield player and within seconds was retrieving the ball from the back of his net as Heaney squirmed into the box and shot home to half the deficit.

Gallacher then rather foolishly challenged Sokol for another 50/50 ball two minutes later as temperatures rose further and although spoken to by the referee there was no second yellow for the young Magpie.

Harker atoned for his earlier error by winning a one on one with Ian Carlo Poueda on 72 minutes following a City breakaway, but United just couldn't turn their belated dominance of possession into an equaliser - despite nine minutes of added time.

Team: Harker, Spooner, Wilson, M.Longstaff, Cass, Kitchen, Gallacher (Allan 75), Lowther, Sorensen, Heaney, C.Smith.
Subs: B.Smith, Long, Aziakonou.

Booked: Gallacher, C.Smith, Wilson.

Loan lads:
Saivet joins goal glut

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
A 2-0 victory at Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday included a first goal of 2015 (when he was with Bordeaux for midfielder Saivet.

In the starting XI, he collected a first half booking before breaking the deadlock four minutes into the second period and being replaced after 87 minutes.

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
There was a rare 90 minute outing for Kevin on Sunday as Young Boys scored four times without replay against
Grasshopper in the Swiss Super League.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
It finished scoreless in Paris on Sunday between third placed PSG and OM (who are eleventh) in Ligue 1. Thauvin completed the full game and faced old boy Hatem Ben Arfa when he arrived for the hosts as an 80th minute substitute.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
scored twice from the spot but couldn't prevent his side losing 2-4 at home to former club Northampton in League One on Saturday.

Watch his goals online here

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley)
After sitting out Tuesday's visit of his parent club to Oakwell, the striker returned with the opener in a 2-0 win at Brentford in the Championship on Saturday.

Watch his goal online here

Haris Vuckic (Bradford City)
Haris watched from the bench as the Bantams shared six goals with Sheffield United at Valley Parade in League One on Saturday.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City)
There was another full 90 minutes for Jamie as City beat Rochdale 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena in League One on Saturday.

Kyle Cameron (Newport County)
Kyle played all 90 minutes and was booked as County lost 1-3 to Plymouth Argyle at Rodney Parade in League Two on Saturday.

Alex Gilliead (Luton Town)
Alex played the full game as the Hatters drew 1-1 at home to Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 2-1 victory at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday.

Tom Heardman (Hartlepool United)
There was no place in the squad for
striker Tom as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at home by
Leyton Orient in League Two on Saturday.

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
Having played the entirety of a 1-4 defeat away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek, Siem wasn't involved in the matchday squad as PSV defeated Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 on Saturday.

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Manu's Spanish nightmare shows no sign of easing, with no goals in six appearances since joining Osasuna and now a straight red card in a 1-2 home defeat by Real Betis on Friday.

Arriving as a 58th minute substitute, Riviere reacted badly to a foul by Darko Brasanac and was sent off after 87 minutes.

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers)
Bury (a) League One, Monday


Tim Krul (Ajax) 
Game tbc

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Game tbc

Old boy
Valiants take Taylor


Update: Taylor scored from the spot on his debut as Port Vale came from two down to salvage a point in League One against Oxford United on Saturday.

Port Vale's former Magpie contingent has been boosted by the news that that League One side have signed Ryan Taylor on a short-term contract.

The 32 year-old has been without a club since his deal with Hull City expired last season and made his most recent competitive senior appearance in April 2016.

Taylor joins Vale after unsuccessful trials at Rotherham United and Wigan. Already at the Burslem-based club are ex-Newcastle pair Jak Alnwick and Remi Streete. 

The East isn't black & white:
Chinese whispers 


Claims that Newcastle have rejected a bid to buy the club from a consortium of Chinese investors were carried by Thursday's Telegraph newspaper - but without any indication of just when it happened.

Their take on it is that the club's relegation led to a "widespread assumption abroad" that Mike Ashley was "looking to sell" for "a bargain price". Quite who would have thought that likely is open to question....    

Similar speculation about a Chinese bid to buy the mackems has done the rounds in recent days, but like this alleged Toon interest lacks any substance. 

Cottagers on Monday 

Fulham confirm that Monday night's Premier League 2 fixture against Newcastle's U23s will be played under the lights at their Motspur Park training ground and open to the general public.

Kick-off is at 7pm and admission is by paying at the gate, 3 adults and 1 for concessions. The venue is almost adjacent to Motspur Park railway station.

AFCON 2017:
Chancel v Achraf


Wednesday saw the draw conducted for the 2017 African Nations Cup Finals, which takes place in Gabon between January 14th and February 2nd next year.

Up to four current Magpies* are in line for selection, with DR Congo (Chancel Mbemba) drawn in the same group as Morocco (Achraf Lazaar).

Ghana (Christian Atsu) and Senegal (Momo Diame) meanwhile have been kept apart:

A: Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina Faso
B: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Senegal 
C: Ivory Coast, Togo, DR Congo, Morocco 
D: Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Mali 

* Cheick Tiote's last Ivory Coast cap was in 2015.

Full force Gayle!

Barnsley  0  Newcastle  2

Watch the goals online here

Match report

Magic Weekend #3:
Egg-chasers return


After a combined 136,000 fans watched the two day event in 2015 and 2016, the Rugby League Magic Weekend will be staged at St. James' Park for a third time in 2017.

The following games have now been confirmed:

Saturday 20th May 2017:

Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21st May 2017:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)

Preston North End (h)

Taking a break from league action, Tuesday sees United attempting to reach the last eight of the EFL (League) Cup against Championship opposition at Gallowgate.

Regardless of the outcome of the tie, this is the first time we've ever made the last 16 of the competition when playing our football outside the top flight. 

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if required.

Tickets are on public sale now priced at 10 adults and 3 concessions, rising to 20 and 10 on matchday. 

United's fifth successive home draw in the competition set up a cup and league double header against PNE - replicating the situation of our only previous game against them in the League Cup.

That came back in 1963, when a 2-4 home loss in Division Two was followed by a 3-0 cup victory at Gallowgate four days later.

Our most recent cup meeting with Preston was a 2-0 home victory in the FA Cup at SJP in January 1987.

Top ten League Cup crowds @ SJP:

1975/76 Spurs 49,902
2003/04 West Bromwich Albion 46,932
2004/05 Norwich City 42,153
2000/01 Bradford City 41,847
2004/05 Chelsea 38,055
2006/07 Chelsea 37,406
2000/01 Leyton Orient 37,284
1995/96 Bristol City 36,357
1996/97 Oldham Athletic 36,314
2013/14 Leeds United 36,220

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

NUFC: To follow. 

To follow. 

PNEFC: To follow. 

Referee: Andrew Madley

UK TV: None (highlights on Channel 5, 11pm Wed)

Overseas TV: 
EuroSport 2 Denmark
BeIN Sports 1 Australia (delayed highlights)

UK Radio: If you're in the North West, BBC Radio Lancashire have live commentary of the tie, with transmission on DAB, 95.5 FM, 103.9 FM, 104.5 FM, 855 MW and 1557 MW depending where you're listening.

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle (available worldwide via NUFC TV club subscription service).


We've reached this stage of the League Cup on 17 previous occasions in 56 seasons - advancing seven times and exiting on ten occasions:  

Fulham (h) won 3-0
1975/76 QPR (a) won 3-1
1976/77 Manchester United (a) lost 2-7
1994/95 Manchester City (a) drew 1-1
1994/95 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
1995/96 Liverpool (a) won 1-0
1996/97 smoggies (a) lost 1-3
1997/98 Derby County (a) won 1-0
1998/99 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (lost on pens) 2000/01 Birmingham City (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Ipswich Town (h) won 4-1
2004/05 Chelsea (h) lost 0-2 (AET)
2005/06 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Watford (a) drew 2-2 (won on pens)
2010/11 Arsenal (a) lost 0-4 
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (a) lost 3-4
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2014/15 Manchester City (a) won 2-0

PNE @ NUFC - last ten:

2009/10 won 3-0 Lovenkrands, Nolan, R.Taylor
1986/87 won 2-0 Roeder, Goddard (FAC)
1980/81 won 2-0 Harford 2
1979/80 drew 0-0
1978/79 won 4-3 Connolly, Withe, Shoulder, Barton
1964/65 won 5-2 McGarry 2, Cummings, Hilley, OG
1963/64 won 3-0 McGarry, Thomas, Burton
lost 2-4 Kirkman, Burton
1962/63 drew 2-2 Suddick, Hughes
1961/62 lost 0-2

Full record v Preston:




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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

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

Tue 25.10.2016 Preston North End (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. EFL Cup Fourth Round. Public sale now. 10 & 3 advance sale; 20 & 10 matchday sale. 

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

Sat 29.10.2016 Preston North End (a) @ Deepdale, 3pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 5,600.

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

Fri 04.11.2016 U23s v Bristol City (a) @ venue tbc, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
Note new date.

Sat 05.11.2016 U18s v Stoke City (a)
@ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 05.11.2016 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Sat 12.11.2016 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 19.11.2016 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) @ Elland Road, 1.15pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 21.11.2016 Martin Hardy discusses the writing of "Tunnel of Love" @ Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Tickets free but must be pre-booked via 0191 232 0192.

Mon 21.11.2016 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 26.11.2016 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.11.2016 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 28.11.2016 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 05.12.2016 FA Cup Third Round draw. Time tbc. Involves NUFC.

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:

Sun 20.11.2016
Leeds United (a) 1.15pm
Fri 02.12.2016 Forest (a) 7.45pm
Wed 14.12.2016 Wigan Athletic (a) 7.45pm
Mon 26.12.2016 Sheffield Wed (h) 7.45pm
Mon 02.01.2017 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3pm

(Live games selected up to and including Mon 02.01.2017).

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

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)


International Magpies
National Service

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

Lewis Gibson (England U17):

Tue 25.10.2016
Azerbaijan (n) ECQ
Thu 27.10.2016 Romania (a) ECQ
Sun 30.10.2016 Austria (n) ECQ

African Nations Cup Finals (Gabon):
14.01.2017 to 05.02.2017,
in Libreville, France Ville, Oyem-Bitam and Port-Gentil. 

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

So we didn't go top on Tuesday then - at least not according to The Telegraph:

(Richard Smout)

Meanwhile the BBC website wrote a piece about Newcastle's DeAndre Yedlin, claiming that "he is on loan at the Championship club from Tottenham". He's not, we bought him.

(Multitudes of you)

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

On This Day in History
24th October

Born Or Died:

1905 Robert Thomson born, Falkirk, Scotland. (1928-34)

Defender who learnt his trade for various teams in his hometown before joining the mackems at a cost of 5,000 in 1927.

After barely 18 months at Roker Park though, Bob made the switch to United - fellow Scot Bob McKay going the other way.

Making his debut in a 3-2 home win over Leeds in October 1928, Thomson competed for the left back spot with Dave Fairhurst, playing his final first team game in a 2-0 derby defeat at Roker Park in March 1934.

Later spells at Hull City and French side Racing Club Paris followed, before Bob joined Ipswich Town in 1936.

A broken leg forced him into retirement the following year, but he remained at Portman Road until 1950 on their coaching staff.

1963 John Grattan Hendrie born, Lennoxtown, Scotland. (1988-89)

Winger/forward signed from Bradford City at a cost of 500K in the summer of 1988, as Magpies boss Willie McFaul attempted to fashion a new-look side.

Beginning his career as an apprentice with Coventy City, John moved out on loan to Hereford United in 1983 after falling out with new Highfield Road boss Bobby Gould.

A free transfer in 1984 saw him move to the Bantams and his form attracted a number of scouts to Valley Parade including United's.

Making his debut in the season-opening 0-4 loss at Everton, John's next Merseyside visit was rather more enjoyable - scoring in a 2-1 victory at Anfield the following October.

That win wasn't enough to save McFaul's job though and Hendrie's next goals came when he netted both in a 2-1 home win over Wimbledon in December - giving new boss Jim Smith a winning start to life at SJP.

A return to Coventry in February 1989 saw John net against his old club in a 2-1 success, but relegation still followed and he was shipped out to Leeds for 600K.

The fixture list then paired the two clubs in the opening game of the following season, but John's return to SJP was overshadowed by a four goal salvo from new Magpies signing Mick Quinn, in a 5-2 victory (signed from Pompey with the Hendrie money).

For a third successive summer, 1990 saw John on the move again, as he joined the smoggies - remaining there for six years and appearing against United various times.

His final club was Barnsley and at the age of 34, he returned to haunt his former side one more time, slamming home a fine effort to earn the Tykes a 2-2 draw at Oakwell with Newcastle in December 1997.

Barnsley were relegated that season and Hendrie took over from Danny Wilson as their manager, but last less than a year before being relieved of his duties.

Since then Hendrie has worked as a football pundit and summariser for both radio and TV, joining Yorkshire law firm Last Cawthra Feather as a sports law consultant in 2007.

Based in their Bradford office, John worked alongside another ex-Magpie - Jim Pearson.

1988 Robert Cavener born, North Shields.

Central midfielder who captained United's U18 side during their run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in the 2006/07 season.

A reserve team debut came as substitute in a 2-0 home victory over Wolves at Kingston Park in April 2005 and he was to appear at various points in the following two seasons.

Failing to win a professional contract in 2007, Rob secured a four year college  scholarship at Central Connecticut State University in the USA, where he played for their Blue Devils soccer side.

Cavener subsequently returned to the North-East and joined Northern League side Team Northumbria.

1989 Jack Colback born, Killingworth. (2014-present)

June 2014 saw Newcastle complete the free transfer signing of midfielder Colback, after he became a free agent following the expiry of his contract with the mackems. 

A product of Cramlington Juniors, Jack first linked up with the red and whites aged 10 and played over 100 times for the mackems 
following a debut in May 2010 that saw him dismissed after just 12 minutes on the field.

That followed a loan switch
to Ipswich Town for the England U20 international that saw him score five times and play at SJP as United lifted the Championship trophy.

A second loan spell at Portman Road in the 2010/11 season followed before Jack was integrated into the mackem senior side.

Scoring at Gallowgate in a 0-3 derby loss in February 2014, within four months
Colback became the first senior player to move from wear to Tyne since Paul Bracewell in 1992, Lionel Perez switching in 1998 but never playing competitively for the Magpies.

First sighted in a Newcastle shirt at Oldham in pre-season, Jack's debut came in the season-opening home loss to Manchester City, along with fellow new boys Daryl Janmaat, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez.

And after just three competitive outings for his new club, Jack was called up to the England senior squad for the first time - only to be then forced into withdrawing due to a calf problem.

Despite picking up 12 bookings and the subsequent suspensions, his first season was a good one, including four memorable strikes - all at St. James' Park.

His form had an alarming dip the following season, which coincided with relegation to the Championship.

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
69 4 5       5 1         74 5 5

1992 Patrick Nzuzi born, Lubumbashi, DR Congo. (2005-12)

Right-sided defender/midfielder who joined United's academy from Wallsend Boys Club at the age of 13 - having moved to the region from his home country in 2003. 

Debuting for Newcastle's U18 side in April 2009, Nzuzi netted on his debut in a 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United. 

He was then handed a first reserve outing by coach Alan Thompson in a 2-4 loss to Rotherham United in October 2009.

Featuring for both the Academy and Reserve sides in the opening weeks of the following season, Patrick celebrated his 18th birthday recovering from surgery to cure a hernia problem that had troubled him for a year.

He appeared for the Reserves 13 times in the 2011/12 season plus some Academy games but was released in Summer 2012.

After leaving United Nzuzi had trials at Derby County, Celtic Nation and Blyth Spartans before joining Irish side Limerick.

1992 Ryan McGorrigan
born, Newcastle.

Another graduate of Wallsend Boys Club, this right-sided midfielder/striker debuted for Newcastle's U18s during a 2-3 defeat by Everton in March 2009. 

Making a reserve team debut in a 2-4 loss to Rotherham United the following October, Ryan began the 2010/11 season with the U18s but behind Phil Airey and Sammy Ameobi in the fight for reserve places.

Released by United in summer 2012, Ryan  had a trial at Mansfield Town before a deal with Gateshead was agreed. 

He later played for Blyth Spartans and Gateshead (again), before moving on to Northern League sides Whitley Bay, Ashington, Durham and North Shields.

1994 Death of George Hair, 69.

Ryton-born George scored against the mackems at Roker Park in the first competitive post-war meeting of the clubs - a 1-1 draw.


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1896 Lincoln City (a)
Division Two 
Wardrope, Connell 

1903 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 

1908 United's "A" side chalked up another win en route to what would be their third successive North Eastern League title. 

Hall and Anderson got the goals in a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough.

1908 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Howie 2

1914 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
Booth, Hall 2, Hudspeth(pen) 
Simmons, Sturgess, Thompson

1925 Huddersfield Town (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division One 
United once again found Leeds Road to their liking, as they won a third game there in six visits, having also drawn another two games there.

1931 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Lang, McMenemy 

1936 Nottingham Forest (a)
Division Two 
Cairns, Rogers 

1942 Bradford City (h)


1953 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Glazzard, og(Brennan)
1959 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Parry 2
Debut for Bobby Gilfillan.

1964 Crystal Palace (h)
Division Two 
Suddick, McGarry 
Alan Suddick claimed a goal in his first game of the season, having been sidelined by cartilage trouble.

1970 Everton (a)
Division One 
Kendall, Whittle, Royle
1981 Rotherham United (h)
Division Two 

1984 New Zealand FA (h) 3-0 (3-0)
Wharton(10), Waddle(15), Heard(41) 
This match was arranged as part of the Centenary celebrations of the Northumberland Football Association.

NUFC: Carr (Thomas), Brown, Hedworth (Dawes), Clarke, Saunders, McDonald, Carney, Heard, Waddle (Allon) Beardsley (Ferris), Wharton (McCreery). 

NZ: Richard Wilson, Martin Felton (John Leijh), Richard Herbert, Sean Byrne, Keith Garland, Grant Turner (William McClure), Steve Sumner (Raymond Harris), Allan Boath, Keith Mackay, Steve Wooddin (Kevin Birch), Colin Walker.

1987 Coventry City (a)
Division One 
A sunny Saturday afternoon at Highfield Road saw United maintain their fine away form with a victory more comprehensive than the score suggests.

For extra glee, the home side included the hated David Speedie and former mackem Nick Pickering, who was booed extensively. 
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Charlton Athletic (h) 1-3 (0-2)
Division Two 
Mackenzie(14), Lee(37), Reid(74pen)
Future Magpie Robert Lee scored once and generally tormented the Toon in this Wednesday night defeat.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Grimsby Town (h)
Division One 
Newcastle's run of eleven consecutive league victories from the start of the season (and 17 unbeaten in all competitions) came to an abrupt end at SJP.

A poor performance should still have seen United find the net, but they were denied by the Mariner's debutant goalkeeper - on-loan ex-Mag, Dave Beasant.

And Grimsby left with the three points, after a late Jim Dobbin blast from distance flew past Tommy Wright - with the same player having earlier hit the Newcastle crossbar.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Southampton (a)
Premier League 
Le Tissier(62,88)
Two great and oft-repeated strikes from Le Tissier at The Dell made this a memorable Sunday afternoon TV fixture.

Denied a goal when Rob Lee's first half effort was ruled out for an offside against Andy Cole, United's number 9 headed in Mathie's cross at the "bus stop" end to equalise.

Mathie had been on the field for less than five minutes, after replacing Lee Clark - who clashed with United boss Kevin Keegan on the side of the pitch as he was withdrawn.

Le Tissier then volleyed home a late winner to ease the pressure on Saints manager, Gateshead-born Ian Branfoot.

1998 Tottenham Hotspur (a)  0-2 (0-1)
United laid out the welcome mat for Spurs boss George Graham as he celebrated his first home game in charge.

Old boy Les Ferdinand soon limped off, but replacement Stefan Iversen netted twice.

Spurs included old boy David Ginola and future Mag Stephen Carr, while future United coach Colin Calderwood was sent off in the closing stages after fouling Nobby Solano.

This proved to be the final sighting of misfit striker Stephane Guivarc'h in a Newcastle shirt, with the Frenchman appearing as a second half substitute. 

2000 A third friendly visit to Workington in just over three months saw a Newcastle XI run out 3-2 winners.

Goals from James Coppinger and Shola Ameobi were cancelled out by two home strikes past Jon Karelse, before Whitehaven-born Stuart Green won it for the visitors.  

Meanwhile, Laurent Charvet said 'au revoir' to The Toon as he followed Steve Howey to Manchester City in a 1.5m deal.

2002 Neil Mellor gave Liverpool a half-time lead as the Reserves visited Chester's Deva Stadium. However late strikes from Christian Bassedas and Lewis Guy secured a notable victory for Tommy Craig's side. match report

2004 Manchester City (h)

Robert(49), Shearer(58pen), Elliott(69), Bellamy(89)
Wright-Phillips(64), Fowler(67pen),

The meeting of Kevin Keegan's former and current sides was as crazy as anything he ever oversaw during his time in Toon.

Amazingly it was 0-0 at half-time and looking all set to be a hard-fought, low scoring affair.

Seven goals then followed in 40 minutes, with City twice equalising, a penalty at either end and a last gasp winner from Craig Bellamy in front of the Gallowgate End. match report

2005 United's Premier Reserve League fixture against Bolton Wanderers was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions, following a pitch inspection at Kingston Park.

2006 Having suffered no reaction to playing the full 90 minutes of a behind closed doors game against Gretna, Kieron Dyer was in action again for Newcastle reserves. 

The midfielder got another 65 minutes under his belt in a 2-2 draw with a Darlington XI at Darsley Park. Andy Carroll and James Troisi were on target for the Magpies.

2008 A 3-1 victory at Darsley Park over their mackem counterparts sent the young Magpies to the top of the table, as they extended their run of wins to three games.

Among the goals again was striker Nile Ranger, who scored a brace for the third U18 game in succession - and also headed one against the mackem crossbar.

Doncaster Rovers (h) 2-1 (0-1)
Carroll(67), Nolan(90+2)

The Magpies
returned to the top of the Championship thanks to an added time strike from Kevin Nolan, after on-loan defender Zurab Khizanishvili had been dismissed and Rovers had missed a penalty.

Andy Carroll missed a virtual open goal but then lashed in a volley before Nolan won it in added time with a 20 yard shot. match report

2011 Newcastle goalkeeper
Steve Harper debuted on loan for Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in a 0-1 home loss to West Ham. Ex-SJP colleague Kevin Nolan scored the only goal of the game.