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KSC Lokeren 0 Newcastle
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Newcastle continued their unbeaten pre-season run on Saturday with a routine
victory in Belgium, replicating the scoreline from their only previous visit
to Lokeren's Daknam Stadium back in 2001.
The game unexpectedly ended with both sides reduced to ten men however,
after a brief flare up between Jesus Gámez and an opponent saw both
Fifteen years on from that Intertoto Cup win, United returned to provide the
opposition in a game rounding off the home side's open day and the usual
activities and giveaway were in evidence for home followers.
Lokeren's stadium is much-improved since we were last here, but on the field
the hosts were no more potent and visiting goalkeeper Matz Sels had a very
quiet afternoon back in his native Belgium.
Wearing their third-choice white and purple strip once again, Jamaal
Lascelles led the side out to what was only a sparsely occupied stadium with
the stands behind each goal unused.
It took United ten minutes to find their feet and register a shot - Dwight
Gayle's low effort skidding harmlessly across the six yard box.
Within three minutes the visitors were in front, with a neat interchange of
passes between Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons ending with Perez ramming
in a low
effort from close range at the near post.
That lead was then doubled on 26 minutes, when
Daryl Janmaat - playing in a right midfield berth - headed in a Perez free-kick after Vurnon Anita was fouled just
outside the box.
The goal of the game arrived seven minutes before the break, when Gayle
failed to get his shot away but Perez drove the loose ball firmly
A trio of substitutes started the second half and it took just three minutes
for new arrival Jonjo Shelvey to register his first Toon goal -
although a sizeable deflection saw the ball arc over the 'keeper and in.
Rafa Benitez made further replacements and again paired Adam Armstrong with
Aleksander Mitrovic up front - although the latter failed to emulate his
last two visits here for Anderlecht and get on the scoresheet.
Matt Ritchie had a slight groin strain and missed out, while new signing Grant
Hanley didn't travel with the squad and will work on his fitness instead.
Despite uncertainty over their futures, there was further pitch time for
messrs Thauvin, Gouffran and Tiote - the latter picking up a booking
following a scissors tackle that the home player didn't milk.
With two minutes left and the game seemingly drifting to a conclusion, Jesus Gámez and
Marco Miric were
shown red cards for some low level pushing following the award of a free
kick for a foul on the Spaniard.
That transgression should mean he sits out Tuesday's friendly visit to Southend
United but won't affect his availability for
the season opener at Fulham.
Other than that though, it was an afternoon of plusses for Rafa Benitez,
whose side have scored a dozen goals in three pre-season outings, having
managed just nine in their seven kickabouts ahead of last season.
Sels (Darlow 72), Sterry (Thauvin 62), Mbemba (Saivet 72), Lascelles (Dummett
62), Anita (Gámez 46), Janmaat, Colback (Tiote 72), Hayden (Shelvey 46),
Aarons (Gouffran 62), Perez (Mitrovic 46), Gayle (Armstrong 62).
Subs: All used.
Sent off: Gámez (88 - violent conduct)
Crowd: 2,876 including around 200 away fans, most of whom were housed
in one corner of the ground. Other black and whiters meanwhile mingled
freely with home supporters and were evident in the two main stands.
"I am happy because you always are when your team win.
"It’s good to score four goals and
get a clean sheet but we are still at the beginning of the season, and in
"There is plenty of room of
improvement. I am happy but we have to keep working.
"I have seen an improvement in some
things, obviously the play was fine but still I want to see more.
"I don’t know the physical
condition of the other team but I could see them trying hard in the early part
of the game.
"We got an early goal and it is not
easy when you play friendlies. Sometimes you win because you are closer (to
full match fitness) but sometimes you don’t want to get injuries.
"If it goes to 2-0 early sometimes
your opponents don’t push as much as they have to.
"We’re still trying to improve the
squad but you have to give players minutes. Next week we will have the team a
little bit closer to the one that starts the season.”
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Steel silverware for second string!
PSV Eindhoven XI 0 Newcastle U21s
side made it four wins out of four in pre-season on Sunday, winning the Steel Cup
at Corby Town's Steel Park.
After an unbelievably one-sided first half that ended goalless, United
finally took the lead five minutes after the break when a Callum Roberts
corner was headed goalwards by Ivan Toney and when the 'keeper parried,
Kyle Cameron bundled the ball in.
More chances came and went for Peter
Beardsley's side but Cameron's goal proved to be enough with PSV unable to
muster a single shot on goal.
This victory added to Saturday's 3-0 victory
over Corby Town when goals from Luke Charman and Sean Longstaff
(2) accounted for the hosts, who will play in the Northern Premier League
next season alongside the likes of Spennymoor Town and Blyth Spartans.
PSV Eindhoven XI 4-1 Leeds United XI
Corby Town 0-3 Newcastle United XI
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Team: Woolston, Williams, Newberry
Satka, Good, Hunter, Ward, Holmes (Da Silva 74), Longstaff, El-Mhanni (Barlaser
Subs n/u: Harker, Cameron, Findlay, Vuckic, Toney, Roberts.
Newcastle United XI 1-0 PSV Eindhoven XI
Team: Harker, Mbabu, Cameron, Findlay,
Bigirimana, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Barlaser, Toney, Vuckic (Longstaff 80 tbc),
Subs n/u: Broccoli, Woolston, Satka, Williams, Ward, Da Silva,
Corby Town 3-0 Leeds United XI
Kevin Mbabu dropped down to reserve team
duties after his early departure from the
senior side's Irish training camp due to a thigh problem, while fellow
defender Curtis Good continues his latest comeback.
There's no return yet for striker and long-term injury victim Tom Heardman,
while midfielder Liam Smith has joined Blackpool on loan until next January
(although he's already picked up an injury and was stretchered off during a
pre-season game with Bolton on Friday).
There's one trialist in the squad: former Benfica front man Flavio Da Silva,
who has made two appearances in pre-season totalling 77 minutes without
have a former Magpie on their books in the shape of one-time reserve
goalkeeper Aidan Grant, recently signed from Lincoln City.
Park postcode: NN17 2FB
Club announcement, Friday evening:
Newcastle United can confirm the sale of Georginio Wijnaldum to
Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The Dutch international midfielder joined
the Magpies in July 2015 from PSV Eindhoven and made 40 appearances, scoring
11 goals, during his time on Tyneside.
"We made it very clear at the
beginning of the summer that we had no need to sell for financial reasons,
despite relegation, and would only consider selling a player if it was in the
best interests of the Club and the team," said Newcastle United managing
director Lee Charnley.
"After discussions with Rafa it was
felt that this particular deal was one such circumstance and would be in the
best interests of both parties.
"Gini leaves with our very best
wishes for his future career."
want-away Dutchman got his wish on Friday for a "new project" rather than dragging his carcass to Burton and
Preston - remaining in the Premier League as a Liverpool player.
The Dutch international arrived on Tyneside after a £14.5m
transfer from PSV Eindhoven was agreed 12 months ago and departs for a
claimed £25m fee. Media reports of a possible player plus cash deal proved
to be false.
It's reported that he flew directly back from Ireland to Holland on Saturday
after the Bohemians game, rather than returning to Tyneside with his team
A switch to Anfield was widely predicted on Tuesday, but Wijnaldum instead appeared in the Newcastle squad who played at Doncaster Rovers
that night and came off the bench in the closing stages.
Within hours though it was reported that further talks involving Newcastle
and Liverpool had resulted in the agreement on a fee and the terms of
Dutch media sources carried quotes from a PSV club official confirming that
a sell-on clause had been inserted in the deal that took Gini to Tyneside,
but declined to disclose any details - a figure of 15% is speculated
Wijnaldum was due to fly out to the USA on Saturday and link up with his new
colleagues - exactly a year after doing the same thing with Newcastle.
While we'll admit a certain regret at his departure, it's impossible to
overlook the fitful nature of Gini's contribution to our season - the early
promise of home scoring feats overshadowed by a startling tendency to
disappear in away games that led to us branding him "the
Like people's champion Moussa Sissoko, had Gini done his job properly last
season - and Steve McClaren actually managed him rather than indulged him -
we'd not be facing visits to Wigan and Fulham.
Well run, Geordie...
Victor (left), Victory Monument
After an 83 day effort
during which he completed a magnificent 2,650 miles, Mark Allison aka Run
Geordie Run completed the latest leg of his global charity run in Belgrade
Backed all the way by his fantastic support crew of unpaid volunteers, Mark
successfully ran through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria,
Slovenia and Croatia before reaching Serbia.
Events in Turkey saw Mark alter the route of
his run from the original end point of Istanbul and he'll now re-plan the next
leg of his trek in 2018 accordingly.
Mark is raising funds for The Children's
Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have
seen good causes benefit by £250K - with this run yielding £41K in donations
If you'd like to boost that total, then please do so online
in number 6:
Newcastle concluded their sixth close season signing on Thursday, paying
£5.5m for the Blackburn Rovers central defender and captain Grant Hanley.
The 24 year-old Scottish international headed to the North East for a
medical on Wednesday, having missed a third successive Rovers pre-season
game on Tuesday.
Hanley signs a five-year deal and is expected to make his Magpies bow on
Saturday, when Rafa's side face Sporting Lokeren in Belgium.
targeted a central defender following the loss of Fabricio Coloccini and
Steven Taylor and had previously bid £3.5m
and £4.5m for Hanley - whose former club Crewe Alexandra inserted a 10%
sell on clause when the player moved to Ewood in
He'll compete with Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba for a first team spot
- although the latter stands to miss up to eight games early next year when
on African Cup of Nations Final duty with DR Congo.
Beginning his career for hometown club Queen of the
South, Hanley joined
also spent time at Rangers before signing for Blackburn
and making his senior debut on
the final day of the 2009/10 season.
200 senior games
in all competitions - including two outings against Newcastle (as sub
3-4 League Cup away loss in October 2011 and the full
2-1 home FA Cup victory
three months later).
Rafa Benitez's own website announced the transfer as follows:
We can finally announce that Grant Hanley has joined our project- adding
his skill and potential to our squad.
It was clear that we needed another defender and we were seeking someone
with enough experience in this position and, at the same time, a young
player with potential who can improve and keep growing with us.
We are talking about a strong defender, who is fast and plays with passion. To add to this he is the captain of the Scottish
National Team and is a player that who increases competitiveness in his
position on the field, a key for any successful team.
Meanwhile, we continue working and preparing for the great challenge that we
are facing. Howay the Lads!
Big Sham appointed
Like a bat
out of hell....
finally confirmed that former Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, has
been appointed as the new Head Coach of the national side, as the Mike
Bassett: England Manager film comes a step closer to becoming reality.
The man who
has famously never won a thing (including promotion with Newcastle - see
Coxy's Cockup Corner) has been given the perfect job to carry on the
half-a-century winless streak for a few more years.
On the plus
side, the mackems lose their relegation saviour heading into the new season
and the appointment of David Moyes will hopefully prove to be their undoing.
Magpies striker, Andy Carroll, will be expecting a call from his old West
Ham boss and Jermaine Defoe could be forgiven for regularly checking his
mobile for messages from Allardyce.
boy Neil McDonald may well be given the nod as part of the coaching staff,
having assisted Allardyce throughout his career, while another former
player, Paul Bracewell, could also be asked to assist.
Least surprised about the appointment will be Big Sam himself who has never
been shy in coming forward about his managerial abilities, previously
touting himself for high profile vacancies and often referring back with
disbelief to when Steve McClaren was appointed England manager ahead of him.
that says everything about the FA's inability to fill the vacancy
appropriately. Now watch Allardyce go and actually win something....
Perez saves blushes
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Lee Hope RIP
to report that Newcastle supporter Lee Hope sadly lost his battle
with cancer on Tuesday - at the tragically young age of 34.
Our condolences go to his friends, brother Scott and the rest of his family.
Southend United (a)
fourth pre-season kickabout takes them to Essex, where'll face League One side
Southend United at their Roots Hall ground on Tuesday.
Kickoff is at 7.45pm and NUFC have now ended their sale of tickets. Southend
confirm that there will be a public sale of home and away section tickets
before kickoff: £12 adults, £5 concessions.
Team: to follow
SUFC: There's a possible reunion with old boy Nile Ranger who is on a
short-term deal at the Shrimpers - although he has missed a couple of
pre-season games recently due to a groin problem.
Much-travelled striker Simon Cox is a new arrival, while at least three
trialists are currently in mackem Phil Brown's squad - Jakub Sokolik, William
Edjenguélé and Ronan Murray.
In order to protect the Roots Hall pitch, Southend's scheduled home friendly
against a West Ham XI on Saturday has been moved to a nearby non-league
ground, but our visit goes ahead as planned.
Magpies @ Roots Hall:
1959/60 won 6-3 FR McGuigan, White 2,
Allchurch, Hughes, OG
1976/77 won 2-0 FR Nattrass, Gowling
1991/92 lost 0-4 D1
1992/93 drew 1-1 D1 G.Peacock
Our last competitive visit here was for a midweek 1-1 draw in our 1992/93
promotion season - rescheduled from the original Saturday slot in order to
avoid clashing with the Young Conversatives conference!
What was perhaps our darkest hour and a half had come there during the
previous campaign: an awful 0-4 loss on New Years Day 1992 when relegation to
the third tier began to look a distinct possibility.
Southend have since built a double decker stand on the old away terrace and
travelling supporters are now housed behind the opposite goal - in the covered
North Stand (view from there is pictured above).
There was disappointment for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on
Thursday, as England U19s exited from the European
Championship finals at the semi-final stage.
Woodman was between the posts as his side were beaten 1-2 by Italy in the
German town of Mannheim.
The youngster played in all four of England's games at the tournament as the
Young Lions won their group thanks to victories over France, Holland and
And by virtue of being one of the last four sides in the competition, England
have confirmed their place at 2017's World U20 Cup Finals in South Korea.
Having made one appearance for Newcastle's U21 side in pre-season,
former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Tyler Harvey has now turned up on trial
at the mackems.
The 21 year-old turned out for the red and whites as they lost 0-2 at
Darlington on Monday, but wasn't involved in Newcastle's 5-1 victory over the
Quakers last Saturday.
Newcastle's U18s continued
their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against Team Northumbria at Little
Benton on Tuesday.
That follows a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United and a 0-1 defeat by Sheffield
Wednesday in recent days.
Various trialists have featured in those games for United, including 16 year-old striker Elias
Fritjof Sørensen - a Danish youth international striker who recently debuted
at senior level for his second tier club, HB Koge.
United's U18 Premier League programme for 2016/17 has now been confirmed and
United's second string have now released their league fixtures
in the re-branded Premier League 2.
Venues where announced shown, with others tbc - kick-offs listed as 7pm but
subject to confirmation.
NB: The opener against Norwich City was listed as a home game in the
original fixture release, but this was then switched by the PL
to an away game.
Aug 15 Norwich City (a) (Carrow Road)
Aug 22 West Ham United (a)
Aug 29 Aston Villa (a) (Villa Park)
Sep 12 Stoke City (h)
Sep 19 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) (Amex Stadium)
Sep 26 Swansea City (h)
Oct 14 Wolves (a) (Molineux)
Oct 24 Fulham (a) (FFC Training Ground)
Oct 31 smoggies (h) (SJP)
Nov 21 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Nov 28 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Dec 12 Aston Villa (h) (SJP)
Dec 16 Stoke City (a) (Leek Town FC)
Jan 9 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)
Jan 16 Swansea City (a)
Jan 30 Wolves (h)
Feb 6 West Bromwich Albion (a) (Kidderminster)
Feb 20 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Mar 4 Norwich City (h)
Mar 13 West Ham United (h) (SJP)
Apr 10 Fulham (h)
Apr 24 smoggies (a) (Riverside)
Having extricated ourselves from the Premier League just as a £30 away
ticket ceiling is agreed, it appears that most Championship sides don't seem
intent on cashing in on when Rafa's side come visiting.
There's always an exception though: enter Sheffield Wednesday, who
have just confirmed the following prices to Aston Villa for their visit to
Hillsborough - meaning that we can expect the same in April:
Category A match prices: £42 adults, £32
over 65s/U21s, £15 U17s, £10 U11s, £5 U5s.
More positively, Reading have confirmed that they will charge away supporters
who are season tickets or members £20 this season - meaning everyone entitled
to buy one from NUFC will pay that or less.
Matz Sels 24 year-old Belgian international 'keeper
signed from KAA Gent on a
five year deal for approx £5m, the costliest custodian in our history.
26 year-old Scottish international left winger bought for £12m from
Bournemouth on a five year contract. Formerly with Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge,
Notts County, Swindon Town.
fleet-footed 25 year-old forward who arrived on a five year deal from Crystal
Palace for £10m. Also played at Arsenal, Stansted, Dagenham
and Redbridge, Bishop's
Stortford and Peterborough.
Jesus Games turned down the chance to rejoin his former club Malaga
from Atletico Madrid when Rafa Benitez made his interest known. The 31
year-old Spanish-born right back signed a two year deal.
Isaac Hayden arrived from Arsenal on a permanent deal, the Essex-born
21 year-old defender/midfielder agreeing a five year contract. He helped Hull
City achieve PL promotion last season while on loan.
Grant Hanley defected from fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers to
United, becoming the second Scottish international in the squad with
The 24 year-old hails from Dumfries and previously played for Crewe Alexandra.
Sylvain Marveaux Contract expired
Gabriel Obertan Contract expired
Steven Taylor Contract expired
Joined Crystal Palace for £13m after the Eagles triggered a
release clause inserted into his deal when arriving from Spurs in January.
Coloccini Negotiated an early release from his contract in order to return
to Argentina and join former club San Lorenzo.
Papiss Cisse Moved into the final season of his deal and agreed a
transfer to Chinese Super League club
Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee.
Gini Wijnaldum followed in the boot steps of Didi Hamann, Andy Carroll
and Jose Enrique by making a switch to Liverpool. Just 12 months into a five
year contract, he moved to Anfield for a claimed £25m.
boys with new clubs:
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Paris SG)
Jamie Cobain (Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin (Notts County)
Mark Cook (Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah (Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
David Edgar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Lewis Guy (Annan Athletic)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen)
Charles N'Zogbia (mackems - trial)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial)
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Nile Ranger (Southend United)
Louis Storey (South Shields)
Ryan Taylor (Rotherham United - trial)
Ryan Taylor (Wigan Athletic - trial)
Ben Tozer (Newport County)
Jake Trodd (Newcastle Benfield)
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Patrick Kluivert (PSG D of F)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
Paul Stephenson (Kilmarnock C)
Steve Watson (Macclesfield Town AM)