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Ticket news:
Derby (a)

QPR (a) ST holder sale now (0 pts)
Wolves (h) Member sale now

Murph morphs 
into a Magpie 

United's search for striking cover was concluded on Sunday, when Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy became the club's tenth signing of this window. 

The 33 year-old Irish international has agreed a two year contract at Gallowgate for an undisclosed figure and becomes the club's most senior signing since Sol Campbell in 2010.  

Murphy had started all of Town's opening four league games this season, but wasn't in their squad for a 1-0 home win against Preston North End on Saturday  - having earlier submitting a transfer request.

Confirming the move on Saturday night, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy commented:

"It's a really good move for him in his career, at his age, and it's good for us. I told the lads 'come on, let's get the elephant out of the room - Murphy's going to Newcastle, let's get on with it'.

"He asked for the transfer and we've agreed it. I think it's one of those deals that if we didn't let him go I don't know how much we'd get out of him for a few weeks, and I get that.

"I've got no animosity towards him. I understand why he wants to move because it's Newcastle, and I said to him if somebody asked me I'd be sorely tempted and all."

Daryl's ten goals helped the mackems gain promotion back in 2006/07 and following spells at Ipswich, Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday he's netted 50 times in 119 Championship starts since returning to Portman Road permanently ahead of the 2013/14 season.

The most recent of his 23 senior caps was against France at Euro 2016 in June, having played in the same team as current Magpie Ciaran Clark against Belarus a month earlier. He's never scored for Ireland. 

It's reported that Ipswich will seek to replace Murphy with former Magpie Leon Best who is a free agent and trained with Town this week. They had also been credited with an interest in loaning Adam Armstrong, although that would be unrelated to a Murphy deal.

Given the age range of our squad, a relatively cheap move for someone of Murphy's experience seems like a no-brainer and bears comparison to the signing of Marlon Harewood in our last Championship campaign.

Meanwhile confirmation of an eleventh arrival at SJP is imminent, with Moroccan international left back Achraf Lazaar present at Saturday's game prior to completing his move from Italian side Palermo.


Transfer tally:

Outbound (15): Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella, Andros Townsend, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Gini Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gael Bigirimana.

Inbound (10):  Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin, Daryl Murphy.

Brighton rocked

Newcastle  2  Brighton  0



Match footage is online here

Set-piece strikes from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey gave Rafa Benitez his fourth win in a row in all competitions with a confident 2-0 victory at St. James' Park in the Saturday teatime game.

Brighton had Sam Baldock sent off for his second yellow card in the 55th minute and when Shelvey curled in a perfect free-kick eight minutes later the points were secured.

Returning manager Chris Hughton's his side started the day behind leaders Huddersfield and had lost just once in their last 23 games, but never really got going.

United started brightly and Matt Ritchie delivered a free-kick in the 15th minute that Jamaal Lascelles guided past David Stockdale to take the lead.


The 'keeper got a hand to Lascelles' header but couldn't keep it out of the Gallowgate goal to the delight of the Magpies skipper who pointed to his new top-knot during the celebrations.

Yoan Gouffran, playing his 100th game for the club, almost marked it in style when he nutmegged an Albion player before unleashing a 30-yard screamer that cannoned off the crossbar.


He came close again just after the half hour when he volleyed a Vurnon Anita cross just over the bar after United had worked a short corner to good effect.

Matz Sels reached a shot at the other end as the visitors started to threaten as half-time approached but the early season bad habit of conceding just before the break seems to have been kicked.

Another Gouffran volley flew over the Leazes bar six minutes into the second period and then Anthony Knockaert clipped the crossbar when he should have levelled the scores.


But Brighton were reduced to ten men when Baldock, who had been booked for a trip on Ayoze Perez, caught Sels as he cleared the ball and referee Keith Stroud showed him a second yellow.

Shelvey's stunning strike a few minutes - his first for the club - later wrapped up the points and he had a run and shot that Stockdale tipped onto the post as United looked for a third that would take them up to third in the table.


Ex-Mag Kazenga LuaLua was warmly applauded when introduced as a substitute and soon went close for Albion with a shot that skimmed wide.

Jesus Games and DeAndre Yedlin came on near the end to make their league debuts for the United, Yedlin sporting the no.22 shirt.

Sels made a fantastic one-handed save from Beram Kayal in added time to preserve his clean sheet and although the two-goal margin kept us behind Barnsley, we now sit fourth in the table after those two opening defeats.


Winning is starting to become a nice habit!

Full match report to follow.

Team: Sels, Anita (Gamez 72), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Gouffran (Yedlin 88), Diame (Colback 81), Perez.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Clark, Hanley,  Armstrong.

Booked: Shelvey, Perez, Ritchie, Lascelles.

Goals: Lascelles 15, Shelvey 63.

BHAFC: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Knockaert, Skalak (LuaLua 67), Sidwell (Norwood 68), Kayal, Murray(Hemed 67), Baldock.
Subs n/u: Maenpaa, Stephens, Murphy, Hunt.

Sent off: Baldock 55 (second yellow).

Booked: Baldock, Knockaert.

Crowd: 49,196 including 1,800 travelling fans.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) officiating in the Championship since back in January 2005, when he debuted by overseeing Brighton beat Watford.

His only previous competitive game involving us was a 0-2 loss at Peterborough United in the 2009/10 League Cup including a red card for Danny Guthrie.

However, we did encounter Stroud last month, when he took charge of our friendly victory at Southend.

UK TV: Channel 5's Championship highlights show has a repeat at 10.30am on Sunday.


"It was important to win against a team going well with players and a manager who has experience in this division.

"We got a lot of the things we were looking for today but there is still room for improvement.

"The team has been working very hard. But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.

"It is good to have another win before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we have a rest now.

"It’s good for everybody to relax but at the same time after winning four games in a row it’s a pity.

"That’s what we have though, we have to enjoy.

"It was important to get this win and to do it by playing well for the majority of the game.

"That’s good - but to do it against a team like Brighton, who were playing well, gives more credit to our players.”

On his goalkeeping selection dilemma:

"It wasn’t easy. Karl Darlow did really well the other day and I had to make a decision. I did it to give more confidence.

"It is always difficult to make those decisions - I was really pleased with Karl anyway, but Matz (Sels) made good saves and had a good game.


Although we've twice visited the Amex Stadium for FA Cup ties in recent seasons, this was the first time Albion had played at SJP since their 1-0 win in March 1992 dented our hopes of avoiding demotion to the third tier of English football. 

Yoan Gouffran completed a century of competitive appearances for United (80 starts) and came mighty close to increasing his goal tally of twelve.

Vurnon Anita's substitution ended our last outfield ever present record in the Championship this season.

DeAndre Yedlin and Jesus Gamez both made their league bows for the club, the former debuting as a Magpie and the latter following up a first outing against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.  

Chris Hughton made a third managerial return to SJP since leaving the club in 2010 and was beaten for the third time, following 0-1 defeats for his Norwich City side in both 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey
1991/92 lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)

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This weekend's Championship results:

Fri 26.08.2016:
Burton Albion 1-0 Derby County

Sat 27.08.2016:
Barnsley 4-0 Rotherham United
Birmingham City 3-0 Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Fulham
Brentford 1-1 Sheff Wednesday
Bristol City 3-1 Aston Villa
Cardiff City 0-1 Reading
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wolves
Ipswich Town 1-0 Preston North End
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Leeds United
Wigan Athletic 0-1 QPR
Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Revenge mission


Newcastle U18s  2  Blackburn U18s  0

United's youngsters maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, deservedly defeating a Rovers side who had won each of their previous three visits to Little Benton without conceding a single goal.

The Magpies fashioned the first chance of the game after just five minutes, Callum Smith taking Mackenzie Heaney's pass and pinging a shot off the crossbar.

Heaney then gave his side a 22nd minute lead after winning a free-kick on the edge of the box and firing it low into the bottom corner, via a slight deflection.

The England youth international then saw a close range effort blocked by Matthew Campbell soon after, before the Rovers 'keeper palmed Owen Gallacher's fierce shot round the post on 32 minutes. 

After a quiet start to the seond period, the move of the match saw United double their advantage just before the hour mark, Heaney's run and shot rounding off a rapid counter attack.

Blackburn rarely threatened to make a contest of it, but home defender Owen Bailey was well placed to head off his own line to deny Stefan Mols on 68 minutes.

A second shutout in three games has already exceeded the single clean sheet in the whole of last season, while two wins and a draw represents United's best start to a league season at this level since 2008. 

Woolston, Spooner, Kitchen, Longstaff, Bailey, Adu-Peprah, Smith (Watts 84), Lowther, McNall, Heaney (Allan 84), Gallacher (Wilson 76).
Subs n/u: Marrs, Robson.

Booked: McNall.

Seaside specials

If you're planning a visit to the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth, sponsors Brinkburn Street Brewery
will be selling bottled beers - including limited edition brews Sailing to Philadelphia Pale Ale & Mason-Dixon Line IPA. 

Both commemorate the Cockfield-born 18th century surveyor Jeremiah Dixon, co-creator of what was named the Mason-Dixon line in the USA.

Lazaar quest


Reports from Italy on Friday claimed that agreement had been reached by Newcastle for the transfer of Palermo left back Achraf Lazaar.

A fee of around £3m has been speculated upon for the 24 year-old Moroccan international, who is now into the final year of his current contract.

Lazaar was on Tyneside this weekend (see above) to finalise a five year deal. 

Omitted from Palermo's squad for last Sunday's Serie A season opener against Sassuolo, he's in the Morocco squad for internationals against Albania (Wed Aug 31st) and São Tomé e Príncipe (Sun Sep 4th).

Old boy:
Bradford recalled

Coming to Newcastle's Live Theatre for two nights next month is The 56 - an award-winning play that reflects on the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster. 

Based on testimonies from those involved that day, the play (titled in homage to the number of people who lost their lives that day) will be staged on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of September.

Profits from staging The 56 will be donated to the University of Bradford Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
Their work did much to rebuild the lives of the 250 survivors with life-changing injuries and continues today with research into new treatments.

Tickets are £14 via or 0191 232 1232 and we have two tickets for Tuesday's performance to give away. To be in with a chance of winning tell us who NUFC were playing on that fateful day in 1985.

Email answer to (subject: 56).
Closing date is Thu Sep 1st @ Noon - the winner will be notified immediately via email and via

Villans visit

Newcastle reserves play their third successive away game in Premier League 2 on Bank Holiday Monday, facing Aston Villa in a 3pm kick-off at Villa Park.

Peter Beardsley's side kicked off with a 3-0 win at Norwich before losing 1-3 to West Ham. Villa meanwhile are winless in their two outings to date, beaten 0-1 by Wolves and drawing 1-1 with Brighton.

The home side confirm that the Trinity Road Stand will be open, with admission by ticket only (£2 adults, £1 juniors) - which need to be purchased from a kiosk outside that stand, near the McGregor statue.  


Ciaran Clark (Ireland)
Wed 31.08.2016 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Mon 05.09.2016 Serbia (a) Belgrade WCQ

(Whether Aleksandar Mitrovic is available for the Serbs after his recent concussion isn't yet known).

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo)
Thu 01.09.2016 C.A.R. (h) location tbc ACNQ

Matz Sels (Belgium)
Thu 01.09.2016 Spain (h) Brussels FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Cyprus (a) Nicosia WCQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)

Thu 01.09.2016 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Belarus (a) Borisov WCQ

Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley (Scotland)
Sun 04.09.2016 Malta (a) Valletta WCQ


Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (Eng U20) 
Sun 04.09.2016 Brazil (h) Kidderminster FR

(There's also a prior BCD game between the two sides at St. Georges Park on a day TBC)

Paul Dummett (Wales)
Mon 05.09.2016 Moldova (h) Cardiff City WCQ

Isaac Hayden (England U21)
Tue 06.09.2016 Norway (h) Colchester ECQ

It's....Wolves (h)

United pulled out a fourth consecutive home tie in Wednesday's EFL Cup Third Round draw, being paired with fellow Championship side Wolves.

Ties take place during the week commencing Monday September 19th, meaning that the men from Molineux must visit Tyneside twice in rapid succession - facing us at SJP in a league game on Saturday 17th.

Although we've drawn Wolves six time previously in cup competitions (meeting a total of nine times), all of those meetings came in the FA Cup.

EFL Cup Third Round:

Tue 20.09.2016:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Derby County v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Leicester City v Chelsea Sky

Wed 21.09.2016:
Northampton Town v Manchester United Sky
QPR v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Hull City

Date tbc:

Bournemouth v Preston North End
Fulham v Bristol City
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United v Wolves
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Swansea City v Manchester City
Spurs v Gillingham
West Ham v Accrington Stanley


Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
A 2-0 home win over Lorient in Ligue 1 on Friday evening saw Flo complete 84 minutes. Old boy Remy Cabella set OM on their way with a first half free kick and then supplied an assist for the second.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Ivan played the full game as Shrewsbury lost 2-3 at home to Gillingham in League One on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle won 1-0 at Barnet in League Two on Saturday.

Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)
Cheltenham Town, League Two, Saturday

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Grasshopper (a) Super League, Sunday 

Siem De Jong
(PSV Eindhoven)
FC Groningen (h) Eredivisie, Sunday

Tim Krul (Ajax)
Go Ahead Eagles (a) Eredivisie, Sunday

Henri Saivet (St. Etienne)
Toulouse (h) Ligue 1, Sunday

Shirt countdown

There's still time to take advantage of the massive 20% off Apple iPad, iPhone and laptop repairs that 
MJS Computers Limited in Ponteland are offering readers during August. 

And in addition to that discount, readers taking up the offer have the chance to win a 2016/17 NUFC home shirt autographed by Rafa Benitez in a free draw.

That draw will be made on Wednesday evening and we'll announce the winner on Thursday. The shop is open as follows between now and then:

Bank Holiday Monday
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm

Callouts are excluded from this promotion, only repairs at 30 Merton Way, Ponteland, NE20 9PS count. One entry to the signed shirt draw will be made for each item repaired. MJS website is online here

Coventry claim Bigi 

Having reached agreement on the remaining 10 months of his contract at SJP, midfielder Gael Bigirimana has now left Newcastle on a free transfer.

Burundi-born Bigi has signed a one year deal with Coventry City and started their League One home fixture against Northampton Town on the bench, coming on in the 72nd minute and was booked within minutes!

That will be a third spell at the Ricoh Arena for the 22 year-old, who began his career there before moving to United in 2012 and returned on loan last season. 

His last competitive senior outing for United came at Morecambe in a League Cup tie three years ago.  

Dutch exodus continues

Thursday saw United confirm Tim Krul's departure to Ajax on a season-long loan deal - after extending his St. James' Park contract by 12 months until Summer 2018. 

Krul moves to the Amsterdam ArenA following Jasper Cillessen's sale to Barcelona, although he's still to make a playing return from the knee injury that has sidelined him since October 2015.

Joining United in 2005 from Dutch side Den Haag, a senior debut came in a UEFA Cup tie at Palermo the following November before a loan move to Falkirk.

Close to signing for Feyenoord in 2008, Krul remained on Tyneside but was loaned to Carlisle United before a domestic bow for Newcastle came from the bench during the opening game of the 2009/10 season.

Taking over as the club's first-choice custodian, his 185th and most recent appearance in our colours was a 1-6 defeat at Manchester ten months ago. 

With Matz Sels, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot all at SJP and Freddie Woodman now on a long-term deal, it remains to be seen whether Krul has played his last game for Newcastle. 

If nothing else though, signing the contract extension means that the 28 year-old retains some value and won't be a free agent at the end of his loan.

It will be interesting to see though whether he can feature regularly in the Eredivisie this season, with recent seasons at United blighted by injuries that sadly appear to have left their mark on the player.   

Krul becomes the third Dutch international to leave Gallowgate this week following on from Siem De Jong and Daryl Janmaat, leaving just Vurnon Anita here.

Speaking to the Ajax website, Krul commented:

”Things are going well. I am currently recovering from a knee injury and I will not be able to play this coming Sunday away at Go Ahead Eagles. I anticipate that I will be ready after the international break and even then I will have to play a few games in the reserves because game time is completely different to training.

”There are not many clubs that can compare with Newcastle United but Ajax is definitely in that category they always have a lot of talented players in their squad and I look forward to helping the young players with my experience that I have built up the last 10 years.”

Local lads extended

Newcastle confirmed on Thursday evening that Adam Armstrong had agreed a new four year contract to remain a Magpie until 2020.  

The England U20 international striker follows Freddie Woodman and Rolando Aarons in signing extensions at the club this month. 

19 year-old Armstrong has been with United for a decade and played the first of his 21 senior games (four starts) in March 2014, days before putting pen to paper on his maiden professional deal.

Friday then saw the
announcement of new four year deal for right back Jamie Sterry, who had made his first senior start against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening. 

The 20 year-old Tynesider is a product of United's Academy and signed a first professional contract in March 2015 before making his senior debut from the bench against Spurs at Gallowgate back in May.

'Nam victory secured


Newcastle  2  Cheltenham Town  0


Match footage is online here

Match report

Old boy:
Gulag Mag

Ex-Magpie Gabriel Obertan has found himself a new club, signing a two year deal with Russian Premier League side Anji Makhachkala.

The 27 year-old Frenchman ended his five year stint with United in the summer when his contract expired and has now signed for the side he faced during our 2012/13 Europa League campaign. 

Derby County (a)

Following the international break, Newcastle return to Championship action on Saturday September 10th, heading to the iPro Arena for a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Magpies have sold their 3,200 allocation. 

To follow

Where: iPro Stadium DE24 8XL (33,597)
Nearest railway station: Derby (0.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 335 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow.

Former Newcastle coach and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson is in charge of the home side.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

QPR (a)

Newcastle's second away game in four days takes them to West London on Tuesday September 13th for a 7.45pm kick-off at Loftus Road.

The Magpies have been allocated 1,800 places. 

To follow

Where: Loftus Road W12 7PJ (18,360)
Nearest railway station: Shepherds Bush (1 mile)
Nearest tube station: White City (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 566 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow

QPR: Managing the R's is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while Les Ferdinand has the Director of Football role and James Perch remains on the playing staff.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

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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

From NUFC:

"Newcastle United have written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates of its ticketing system are now complete.

"From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of their season ticket.

"The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details of how this payment will be made very shortly.

"Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total final saving of 10%.

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 would 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 29.08.2016 Res v Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League 2.
NB: New kick-off time.

Sat 10.09.2016 U18s v mackems (a)
@ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a)
@ iPro Stadium, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 3,200)

Mon 12.09.2016 Res v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 13.09.2016 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 7.45pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale (if any) Tue 30.08.2016. Prices: £34 & £29 adults, £24 & £20 over-60s / 18-21s, £17 & 14 U18s. U8s free entry when bought with £29 adult seat. Allocation: 1,800 (approx 550 are restricted view and carry a slightly reduced price.) 

Sat 17.09.2016 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.09.2016 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale from Mon 29.08.2016 (online), Mon 05.09.2016 (by phone/in person).

Mon 19.09.2016 Res v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2.

w/c Mon 19.09.2016 Wolves (h)
@ SJP, KO tbc. EFL Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 24.09.2016 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 26.09.2016 Res v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Wed 28.09.2016 Norwich City (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. 

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)

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. 

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

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
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sat 26.11.2016)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

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

United declined an invitation to enter a team in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

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

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

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

Metro line closures 2016:

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

03.09.2016 & 04.09.2016 (no NUFC game)
17.09.2016 & 18.09.2016 (Wolves h)
23.09.2016 & 24.09.2016 (Villa a)
01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 


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...

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

On This Day in History
28th August

Born Or Died:

1880 Jimmy Lindsay born, Stockton.

Full back who was a blacksmith by trade and began his career with Jarrow before making the switch to United as an amateur - where elder brother Billy was on professional terms.

Debuting in a 0-0 draw away to Glossop in April 1901, Jimmy kept his place for a 2-2 home draw with Stoke City the following week but was never called upon again.

Briefly moving on to Burnley, he would enjoy the longest and most successful period of his playing career after joining Bury in 1901.

Playing for the Shakers for the following nine seasons, Jimmy was part of the Bury side who hammered Derby County 6-0 in the 1903 FA Cup Final at the Crystal Palace.

His death was reported in 1925.

1964 Death of Jimmy Richardson, 53.
(1928-34 & 1937-38)

1994 Brandon Miele born, Dublin, Ireland.

Central midfielder who joined United from the Cherry Orchard club in his native Dublin and was capped by the Republic of Ireland at youth international level.

Debuting for Newcastle reserves in January 2011 against Manchester United, Brandon made five appearances during the following season for the second string.

Sixteen further reserve outings followed in the 2012/13 season, netting against both Norwich City and Bolton Wanderers.

Miele was released towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign after only a handful of reserve outings, joining Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United in Dublin.

January 2015 then saw him join his local side Shamrock Rovers, playing alongside former Magpie Damien Duff following his arrival in July of that year.

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1920 West Bromwich Albion (h) 
Division One
There were debuts for William Aitken, Neil Harris, Ted Ward and the legendary Stan Seymour - who netted the first of his 84 senior goals for the club.

1922 Birmingham (a) 
Division One 
Harris 2 

1926 Aston Villa (h) 
Division One 

1937 Manchester United (a) 0-3 (0-0)
Division Two 
Manley 2, Bryant



1943 Bradford City (a) 1-2 (0-1)

Harvey 2
1948 Preston North End (h)
Division One 
Donaldson(7), Stobbart(64)
McIntosh(13,55), McLaren(1-2,42), Finney(75)
1954 Sheffield United (h) 1-2
Division One 
Hoyland, Wragg

1965 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Albert Bennett debut. Colin Dobson's goal left newly promoted United still looking for a first win in Division One since April 1961.

1968 Nottingham
Forest (h)
Division One 
Ex-Magpie Dave Hilley was in the visitor's line-up, having moved to the City Ground the previous December. 

1971 Coventry City (a) 
Division One 
A fourth successive defeat at Highfield Road came soon after our third - the closing game of the previous season.

Another player departure caused by the abrasive Gordon Lee saw Terry Hibbitt join Birmingham City. The transfer was concluded within minutes of the previous day's game at Derby.

1976 Bristol City (h) 
Division One 
With Alan Gowling and Micky Burns out injured, United turned to Paul Cannell and John Tudor.

1980 Following disagreements with manager Bill McGarry, midfielder John Connolly was handed a free transfer and promptly returned to Scotland with Hibernian.

1982 Queen's Park Rangers (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A perfect day in the sun with the centre of attention marking his debut with a second half winner - which he later claimed the crowd at the Gallowgate End (including a young Alan Shearer) had sucked in. 

There were debuts also for Jeff Clarke and the returning John Craggs, while Kevin Carr's pre -season accident in Madeira resulted in the reappearance of Steve Hardwick in goal.

Keegan was presented with a Newcastle scarf on the pitch by a gentleman clad in only a pair of fluorescent yellow socks as the house full signs were posted.

Referee Trelford Mills did nothing to provoke the SJP crowd this time, while England boss Bobby Robson was full of post-match platitudes when asked about KK - who he would drop from his squad just days later.

If anyone was left in any doubt about the effect of Keeganmania, QPR had won 4-0 at SJP barely three months before, in front of less than 11,000 bored souls.

Youtube footage is online here (part I)

Youtube footage is online here (part II)

Ruud Gullit was officially unveiled as Newcastle United Manager, following the removal of Kenny Dalglish from the post.

1999 Ruud Gullit announced his resignation as Newcastle United Manager, releasing a lengthy press statement online here

2001 Lomana LuaLua got the only goal of the game as the reserves made a winning start against Blackburn at Christie Park, Morecambe. Rovers finished with ten men after Greer got a second yellow card. match report

2002 Zeljeznicar (Bosnia)
(h) 4-0
(won 5-0 on aggregate)
Champions League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg
Dyer(23), LuaLua(37), Viana(74), Shearer(80)
Geordies in the Champions League, again. match report

2003 Our opening home Premier reserve game brought about our second win of the season, as a solo Michael Chopra effort completed a Merseyside double - Everton having been beaten 4-2 the week before. match report

2004 Aston Villa (a)

Kluivert(28), O'Brien(36)
Cole(53), Barry(71), Angel(82)

Bobby Robson chose the same method as his predecessor to bring to an end his time in charge at Newcastle - by dropping Alan Shearer to the bench. And like with Ruud Gullit, it almost worked, with United going 2-1 up after being behind early on.

But Bobby's luck ran out with the score at 2-2. Craig Bellamy scampered in on goal and when ex-mackem Tommy Sorensen came out, the 'keeper handled outside of his box - an automatic red card but incredibly referee Mike Riley only gave a yellow.

From then on, we capitulated to a degree that was even extraordinary for Newcastle, leaving fans bemused and frustrated. 

Not many were calling for Sir Bobby to get the chop but something had to give.... match report

2005 Manchester United (h) 0-2 (0-0)
van Nistelrooy(90)
Two blunders from Jean-Alain Boumsong and another fitness farce cost us dear, despite a spirited performance against Fergie's tumbling Old Trafford clowns.

Debutant Albert Luque showed some promise but missed two decent chances and had another ruled out for offside but our plans were scuppered inside the first 37 minutes when Emre and Kieron Dyer limped off. 

Rushed back ahead of schedule for this game, they both aggravated their hamstring problems - another Souness masterstroke.

And when Lee Bowyer limped off, we were reduced to fielding the creative non-entity that was Amdy Faye. match report

2010 Wolves
Premier League
Andy Carroll and Joey Barton endured an afternoon of bruising assaults to combine and thwart the thuggish tactics of Dingles boss, Mick McCarthy.

Conceding just before half-time, Barton found Carroll's towering head from a free-kick and the big striker grabbed his fourth goal in two games to salvage a point. match report

2011 Fulham (h)
Premier League
Newcastle extended their unbeaten start to four games, thanks to a second half brace from Leon Best.

Playing their first league game since the departure of Joey Barton, Alan Pardew benched Demba Ba and went with a forward pairing of Best and Peter Lovenkrands.

Neither set the first half alight, but soon after the restart Best was in the right place to tip home Yohan Cabaye's shot when it came back off the Gallowgate crossbar.

Ba then appeared as a substitute and eluded old boy Aaron Hughes with the pass that set up Best for his and our second goal. match report

2013 Morecambe (a)
Capital One Cup 2nd Round
Sh.Ameobi(84), Sa.Ameobi(90+4)

The Ameobi brothers both scored late goals to put Newcastle through to Round Three of the League Cup and a meeting with Leeds United, after a narrow victory at Morecambe's Globe Arena.

Sammy and Shola became the first brothers to score in a senior fixture for United as the Magpies survived some first half scares to avoid yet another cup humiliation. match report

United's U21s recorded a 5-1 friendly win at Northern League Ashington. Jonathyn Quinn and Tom Heardman both bagged a brace and Alex Gilliead got the other. match report