General sale now
Burnley (a) Member sale now
Member sale now
& Arsenal (a)
Man U (a)
A pre-arranged meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland followers at a neutral
location on Wednesday night resulted in no arrests or injuries, with only an
outbreak of common sense to report.
No bus convoys or special metros were scheduled and the police helicopter was conspicuous
by its absence, as fan groups from NUFC and SAFC gathered in Gateshead to
discuss the upcoming derby match on December 21st.
Having inadvertently united both sides of the Tyne/Wear divide by advocating a
so-called "bubble match" last January, Northumbria Police presided
over this joint meeting of two groups who previously met separately.
Both groups were established in 2014 following an invitation from the police to
interested parties, with informal gatherings taking place where both sides can
communicate directly on whatever matters arise.
So far this has included discussion on derby match policing policy, the issue
of peaceful protest by fan groups inside and outside SJP, concerns over pyro
devices and ongoing dialogue regarding away travel.
Wednesday's meeting saw unanimous agreement to work together under the slogan
of "a Derby to be proud of", highlighting positive aspects of the
rivalry and building on the thawing in relationships following the MH17
There's an open invitation to anyone wishing to attend future fan group/police
meetings, with supporters aged between 16 and 25 particularly
Meetings take place quarterly on weekday evenings at a location in Newcastle.
to get involved.
(For the avoidance of doubt, these meetings aren't related to Newcastle
United's fans forum initiative).
PS: a warts-and-all reminder of derby day has been captured in a short
film that can be viewed here
Retiring: Old boy's Toon tribute
Following confirmation of his retirement from playing, ex- Magpie Peter
Lovenkrands has been reflecting on the night he scored for United at SJP
in January 2010 - just hours after the death of his father.
"It was quite overwhelming. They should have taken me off, for 10
minutes after the goal I was still crying on the pitch. It was a tough
experience, but also the most amazing moment in my career.
"It was as if he helped a little... I feel I got a chance to say goodbye
to him with that goal.
"At a stadium I've never heard anything wilder than the roar that
came from the fans when my name was called over the speakers and on the score
"The fans gave everything they had, and I can't thank them, Chris Hughton,
and my teammates enough for the support they gave me.
"My father had Alzheimer's, but he had visited me in early
December. So it went incredibly fast downhill for him. He was one of my youth
coaches in Lillerød, and he has supported me throughout my career. He was
never there to put pressure on me. He just said that I should enjoy it, and I
Young Mags go
under the lights
Newcastle's U18 side return to league action with a rare Friday night fixture
this week, as they face Manchester United at the J. Davidson Stadium better
known as the Moss Lane home of Conference side Altrincham.
Kickoff is at 7pm and admission is free to all. Anyone with access to
MUTV (Sky channel 418) can watch it live.
The two sides have already met this season, with the Red Devils winning 3-2 on
Tyneside thanks to a hat trick from
Demetri Mitchell. However the striker is sidelined through injury and won't be
considered for selection on Friday.
The Magpies come into this game in decent form, having lost just once in five
outings and won their most recent two games - scoring seven goals in the
Newcastle's most recent visit to Moss Lane at youth level saw them beaten 1-0
in an FA Youth Cup tie in 2011.
Proud sponsors of
Newcastle return to action on Saturday when our old pal 'Arry Redknapp
comes ap norf to noocarsel, shadowed by R's Director or Football, Les Ferdinand.
Kick-off is at 3pm and the last remaining tickets are on public sale.
Magpies will go in search of a sixth successive win in all competitions and a fourth
clean sheet in a row.
And since Emmanuel Adebayor netted at White Hart Lane, United have gone 342
minutes in all competitions without conceding a goal (252 minutes in the PL
That's our best run since the 411 minutes that the team clocked up
during April 2012 (which were all in the PL).
Squad: Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong and Rolando Aarons remain
out, while Fabricio Coloccini and Mehdi Abeid have joined the injured list.
Doubts remain over the fitness of Cheick Tiote, but there is optimism that both
Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere will return to the squad after unspecified
With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also out due to a hamstring problem (although there
seems no possibility that he would have been recalled from AS Roma if he was
fit) United have brought Remie Streete back from Port Vale.
The 20 year-old will provide cover in the continued absence of Curtis Good,
while fellow rookie Lubo Satka remains on the fringes and a reserve team
quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation -
click on the link above to display current live odds).
QPR:To follow. Old boy Joey Barton is
fit again but Adel Taarabt and Ale Faurlin remain unavailable.
On the road this season, the R's have lost all five games with 0-4 defeats at
Spurs and Manchester United, 1-2 losses at Southampton and Chelsea and a 0-2
reverse at West Ham. Charlie Austin netted both of their goals.
That all means that QPR's last top-flight away win came at Southampton in March
2013, when Loic Remy was among the scorers in a 2-1 victory.
Chris Foy - second outing this season for the whistler from St
Helens, following the 0-4 reverse at Southampton.
Pub Watch: Fitzgeralds, 60
In terms of pub locations, "Fitzy's" is hard to beat. It's
situated on elegant Grey Street - by far the city's most stunning thoroughfare
in terms of architecture - it's also within walking distance of the
prestigious Theatre Royal and close to the Quayside.
The pub itself continues to grow in popularity after an extensive
refurbishment and buzzes with activity all day, every day. Listed in
the Real Ale Guide, it offers an ever-changing list of guest beers handpicked
by its customers, and it boasts a wide selection of good food.
Not only is it a place where people love to be seen during the day - it's most
definitely a great night out, too.
details of this and the 20 other locations that make up the Sir John
Metro: No scheduled service disruptions
Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre
Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north
of the city are online
here UK TV: None
Overseas TV: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
2012/13 won 1-0 Sh.Ameobi 2011/12 won 1-0 Best 2009/10 drew 1-1 Harewood 1995/96 won 2-1 Beardsley 2 1994/95 won 2-1 Kitson, Beardsley 1993/94 lost 1-2 Allen 1988/89 lost 1-2 Ranson 1987/88 drew 1-1 O'Neill 1986/87 lost 0-2 1985/86 won 3-1 Beardsley, Reilly, McDonald 1984/85 won 1-0 Reilly 1982/83 won 1-0 Keegan 1981/82 lost 0-4 1980/81 won 1-0 Waddle 1979/80 won 4-2 Shoulder, Withe 2, Cassidy 1977/78 lost 0-3 1976/77 won 2-0 Burns, Cannell 1975/76 lost 1-2 Gowling 1975/76 won 2-1 T.Craig, Gowling (FAC) 1974/75 drew 2-2 Tudor, Macdonald 1973/74 lost 2-3 Tudor 2 1968/69 won 3-2 Burton, Dyson, Gibb
Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)
Sat 22.11.2014: Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v West Ham
Leicester City v mackems
Manchester City v Swansea City
Stoke City v Burnley
Arsenal v Manchester United (5.30pm)Sky
Sun 23.11.2014: Crystal Palace v Liverpool (1.30pm) Sky Hull v Spurs (4pm)Sky
Aston Villa v Southampton (8pm)Sky
2014/15 season Magpie
Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced
at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after
competitive home first team games. Order online
Who's Who web
sales now open
orders for club historian Paul Joannou's latest book can now be made direct
from the publisher online
Books cost £32.50 and various payment methods are available for anyone
unwilling to pay online, while the publishers are attempting to offset the
considerable postage charge by offering limited drop offs and pick ups
wherever possible - more details are on the site.
Page shop on St.Andrews Street, Waterstones by the Monument and in the
Metro Centre and The Evening Chronicle all now have copies in stock.
Appeal - the publishers are struggling to contact these subscribers,
please can anyone who knows these people ask that they firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicola Atkinson, West Midlands
Deborah Brown, location tbc
Stephen Hurst, Tynemouth
Gordon Young, Wallsend
Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans confirm that ex-Newcastle
midfielder Michael Richardson has now signed on the dotted line at Croft
Now 22, Michael was released by United last season having got as far as the
first team bench during four years at SJP, but failing to make a competitive
A succession of loans saw him appear for Leyton Orient, Gillingham and
Accrington Stanley, making a combined total of 24 appearances and finding the
Richardson joins fellow former Magpie Alex Nicholson at Croft Park - plus
current NUFC loanee Jonathyn Quinn - and is available to face Kings Lynn this
Having watched from the bench as his side qualified for the African Nations
Cup Finals by beating Egypt at the weekend, Papiss Cisse was included
in Senegal's final qualifier on Wednesday against Botswana.
Andt he Magpies striker scored his side's second midway through the first half
in Dakar, collecting a low centre from the right and taking a touch before
rifling his shot home. Senegal went on to win 3-0.
Elsewhere, a 0-0 draw for Ivory Coast against Cameroon was enough for Cheick
Tiote's side to confirm their place at the finals - although the United
midfielder wasn't in their squad due to injury.
Also missing out was fellow Magpie Mehdi Abeid, whose Algeria side had already
ensured their spot before a meaningless 2-0 defeat by Mali on
Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as
scheduled between January 17th and February 8th 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.
They qualify as hosts, along with Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde,
Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal,
South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia. Nigeria missed out.
Tuesday's senior international action:
Moussa Sissoko (France)
Tue 18.11.2014 Sweden (h) 1-0
Sissoko appeared from the bench in the 62nd minute of France's friendly
victory in Marseille.
Rob Elliot (Ireland) Tue 18.11.2014 USA (h) 4-1
The 'keeper replaced old boy Shay Given after 85 minutes of this friendly in
Dublin - his third outing for Ireland.
Tue 18.11.2014 Whitley Bay 6-4
Town (aet) Wed 19.11.2014 Morpeth Town 3-2 WA Celtic (aet)
Tue 25.11.2014 Blyth Spartans v Ashington
United return to Whitley Park on Monday for an U21 Premier League Cup
tie against Crewe Alexandra. That has a 7pm start and has to be
settled on the night, via 30 minutes extra time and penalties if needed.
whom the bell tolls
Interviewed by Mihir Bose of the London Evening Standard, United boss Alan
Pardew has spoken about the pressure he's under - and confirmed that
Fabricio Coloccini won't feature against QPR, West Ham and Burnley due to
Alan Pardew has been fighting fires at Newcastle all season. It is apt,
then, that during our interview at a London hotel the fire alarm goes off.
A friendly member of staff whispers in his ear that there is nothing to
worry about — it’s only a drill — but back in the North East goodwill
towards the Newcastle manager has been in short supply.
Having started the season with the bookies making his team 7-5 to finish
in the top 10, by the last week of September the club were bottom of the League
with only three points.
Then Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told a journalist from the Independent
that defeat by Stoke in the next match would mean the sack for Pardew. Ashley
later tried to pass it off as a joke and, although Newcastle lost, Pardew did
Since then, the club have been unbeaten, winning their last five games.
They are now one point behind Arsenal and two behind a Champions League place.
But that has not appeased sections of the fanbase. The SackPardew.com
website is continuing its campaign to oust the boss, who will complete four
years at St James’ Park next month.
“I have never been into the website,” says Pardew. “When the
website started somebody said to me it was quite an organised website. It wasn’t
like a nine-year-old on the computer sort of saying, ‘I don’t like Pardew’.
It was much more serious than that.”
So it is, with detailed analysis of Pardew’s record as manager such as
that in each campaign there was at least a third of the season where his win
ratio was between 14 and 29 per cent. But Pardew says: “You just have to stay
with your philosophy, believe what you do is right.”
So did Ashley have no intention of sacking Pardew?
“I would never know if there was. There was enough in the background
that I had done at the club that made the owner stick with me. He made me feel
confident. I was confident going into the next period of games when we managed
to turn it round.”
But, even as Pardew savours this moment, he admits:
“It’s certainly been the most difficult time for me in Newcastle. The back
end of last season [14 League defeats between January and May] spilled over
into this season when we sold Yohan Cabaye and did not have a replacement.
“We were a bit unlucky at the start. Against Aston Villa and Crystal
Palace, we should have won but we lost (we drew both games).
"It looked to our fans that we were in reverse. So it was tough. Some of
the personal jibes were hurtful. You can’t disguise that. But you have to be
resilient, particularly as a Premier League manager. You have to ride the
“I’ve had a few [setbacks] in my career and not just in Newcastle. In
the Championship at West Ham, we really had some tough days. I remember losing
to Tony Pulis’s Stoke and being run off the park at Wigan.
“Against Millwall, I lost 4-0. Can you imagine the West Ham manager
losing 4-0 to Millwall and surviving? That steeled me for what’s happened in
Newcastle. Your credibility, your respect everything goes out of the window.
You have to fight to get it back.
“I’m quite good at getting over games. I try not to put the pressure
which is on me on to the players, my staff and certainly not my family. You
have to be quite single-minded and focused in what you are doing.”
Only Arsene Wenger, with his 18 years at Arsenal, has been at a Premier
League club longer than Pardew has been at Newcastle and less than a third of
managers across all four divisions have had at least two seasons at their
“What is disturbing is that I am probably about the fourth or fifth
longest serving [manager] in the country, and that includes the First and
Second Divisions and the Championship,” says Pardew. “Those leagues are
spiralling out of control for managers, and young managers are struggling to
One of the challenges for Pardew this season has been finding a
replacement for Cabaye in the withdrawn No10 role, a position Pardew has used
since he was at Reading.
“Sometimes I play that system with a striker, sometimes with a
midfielder. Last year Cabaye had massive success in the first half of the
season. Moussa Sissoko has grown comfortable in that role and he’s probably
one of the big reasons why we have picked up.
“He is not a Cabaye. He’s got a different role. Cabaye was the
intelligence of the team, Moussa is like the battering ram. He’ll make a run
that blows the back four apart. The goal he scored against Manchester City
Cabaye wouldn’t have got.”
Pardew rates that 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Carling Cup as the
moment when, “We made people sit up a little. I don’t think anybody saw it
coming apart from us. I told them in the dressing room we could win.”
What really excites Pardew is that Newcastle are developing players who
may play for England.
“Newcastle is a great area but we haven’t produced many players over
the last 10 years. For the first time we are seeing real buds of success, local
boys, something we are very proud of. We are no longer just a French team.
“We have Freddie Woodman, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons who are all
highly rated by England. I am not saying these guys are going to be future
England internationals but they have a chance. Paul Dummett is already a Welsh
international, Sammy Ameobi has played for the Under-21s.”
So what are Pardew’s hopes for the rest of the season?
A note of caution comes into his voice. “We have so many young players
we are not sure how good they are going to be. We have had serious blows
through injury this year. Our biggest signing, Siem de Jong, has played one
game [as a 70-minute substitute]. Fabricio Coloccini will miss the next
“He’s a terrific presence on the pitch, not only a leader of men but
he has a great way of leading. He never looks ruffled and gives that assurance
to the team. In a pride of lions, he is the lion sitting on the hill looking
over his brood, so losing him is going to be a blow.”
This may explain why Pardew will not look too far ahead. Next month
Newcastle play Tottenham in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, when they will
return to White Hart Lane, where they won 2-1 in the League last month.
Pardew adds: “We got to the quarter-finals of the Europa League but in
domestic cups we’ve been poor and I’d like to do a lot better.”
A room with a view
Following the positive feedback when we gave away a couple of prototypes last
month, Tyneside-based firm Aurora now proudly present a range of unique
acrylic artworks based on an aerial view of St.James' Park.
Exclusive to NUFC.com, these are available either as an A3 size
single image piece or four separate A4 pieces that combine to create a
Featuring polished edge panels with no visible fixings create a three
dimensional effect that one of our competition winners termed, "absolutely
A3 works cost £40 and the A4 ensemble is £70 and for
orders made before Christmas, buy both for £95. Prices don't include
delivery but can be shipped at cost or collected free of charge from the
factory in NE23. Orders/enquiries via 0191 2146474 or email here
PS: Aurora are also licenced to reproduce works by local artist
John Coatsworth and have pieces featuring the SJP-themed painting, Going
to the Match here
FAYC: The clash
A cynical decision by the
host club has left Toon fans unable to attend the
FA Youth Cup Third Round
tie against Millwall next month.
The Lions rejected pleas from United for an early kickoff at the Den and the
game will go ahead with a 3pm kickoff on Saturday
With the possibility of extra time and penalties - not to mention the
difficulties of getting across London - that precludes anyone from seeing the
tie and also attending United's Premier League visit to Arsenal at 5.30pm.
The tie sees Newcastle's youngsters making the first visit at any level by the
club to Millwall's current home in South Bermondsey since it was opened back
Tickets will be available on the day as follows:
Barry Kitchener Stand (£5 adults, £1 U16s)
Executive Lounge (£10 adults, £5 U16s)
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans) A fruitless 90 minute shift for Blyth in their FA Trophy replay at
Halesowen Town on Tuesday evening, as the home side ran out 2-0 winners.
Next game: Kings Lynn Town (h) Northern Premier League, Saturday.
Tom Heardman (Gateshead)
Torquay United (a) Conference, Saturday
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game: Wolves (a) Championship, Saturday
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Atalanta (a) Serie A, Saturday*.
(*The defender sustained a hamstring problem while on international duty and
is expected to be out until early December).
Rennes (h) Ligue 1, Saturday
Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Next game: Spurs (h) Premier League, Sunday
Georgia off his mind:
Former Magpie Temuri Ketsbaia has stood down as the coach of the
Georgian national side following a terrible start to their European
Championship qualifying games.
Now 46, Ketsbaia confirmed his departure after a five year stint in charge
after a 0-4 defeat by Poland on Friday. No advertising hoardings were harmed.
Local lads on live
The BBC have selected the Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans FA Cup tie
as one of their Second Round live games, kicking off at 7.55pm on Friday
Gateshead meanwhile will have their home tie against Warrington beamed
out live by BT Sport on Sunday December 7th with a Noon start.*
The reward for victory in this round is £27K, while both clubs will earn
£72K as a live broadcast fee.
Both pieces of scheduling sit nicely for toon followers wishing to attend or
just tune in to watch the ties, with United at home to Chelsea on
United enter at the Third Round stage and will learn the identity of their
opponents in the draw for that, live on BBC2 at 7pm on Monday December 8th.
* Please note that the reduced admission deal to games at the International
Stadium for NUFC ST holders is only for Conference games and not for
the FA Cup.
U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Moss
Lane, Altrincham, 7pm. U18 Premier League. Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Member sale now.
U21s v Crewe Alexandra (h) @ Whitley Park, KO 7pm. U21 Premier
U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton,
11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc.
Mon 01.12.2014 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a)
@ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21
Pay on the gate, £4 adults, £2 concs, U16s
Tue 02.12.2014 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 7.45pm, Premier League.
Member sale now. £40 adults, £25 over-65s / 18s-21s, £18 U18s. Allocation:
U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton,
11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h)
@ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier
League. Member sale now.
Live on BT.
Mon 08.12.2014 FA Cup Third Round draw live on
Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Allocation 2,000. Live on Sky Sports.
Mon 15.12.2014 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21
Premier League. Note KO alteration. Wed 17.12.2014 Spurs (a)
@ White Hart Lane, 7.45pm, Capital One Cup Quarter Final. SOLD
OUT. Allocation 4,200.
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h)
@ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited. Live on
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Live on BT.
Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h)
@ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited.
Live on Sky Sports.
Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited.
Capital One Cup
Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Tue 16.12.2014 Sheff United v Soton
B'mouth v Liverpool Sky
Tottenham v Newcastle
Capital One Cup Round Dates:
QF w/c 15.12.2014 SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015 SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015 Final Sun 01.03.2015
FA Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015 4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015 5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015 6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015 SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015 Final Sat 30.05.2015
FA Youth Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round by 20.12.2014 4th Round by 17.01.2015 5th Round by 31.01.2015 6th Round by 21.02.2015 SF1 by 07.03.2015 SF2 by 21.03.2015 Final 1 tbc Final 2 tbc
U21 Premier League Cup Dates:
Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014 Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015 QF: no later than 02.02.2015 SF: no later than 02.03.2015 Final: no later than 30.03.2015
Travelis the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Arsenal (a) 5.30pm Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) 4.15pm Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm
(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.02.2015)
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10.
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm) Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm) Sun 04.01.2015 Wrexham (3pm) Sat 24.01.2015 Welling United (3pm)
Northern Premier League side Darlington
1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to
their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.
League games: Sat 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (3pm) Sat 29.11.2014 Lancaster City (3pm) Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm) Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm)
(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)
League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)
Rugby Union World
Cup @ SJP:
The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:
Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland
Mark Allison aka
Run Geordie Run
will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul
- in 2016.
Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.
Mark is also planning further runs in 2018,
2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining
13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.
Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Fri 28.11.2014 USA (a) FR Sun 30.11.2014 Brazil (n) FR Tue 02.12.2014 Australia (n) FR
(Nike Cup in Sarasota, FL, USA)
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday
to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on
Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
2014/15 match dates :
What's this all about then? Click here
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1975 Death of Robert
1978 Paul Robinson born,
United boss Kenny
Dalglish did his old Anfield team mate David Hodgson a
favour back in March 1998, paying £500K to sign the two promising strikers in
his Darlington side - Robinson and James Coppinger.
Having debuted in the Quakers first team
at the age of 16, Robbo played for our reserve and junior
sides before getting his senior team chance under Ruud Gullit ahead of the
Scoring in friendly matches against Dundee United,
Reading and Stoke City, Paul's competitive debut then
came as a late substitute in our opening day home loss
to Aston Villa.
Handed a first start in the infamous monsoon derby game while messrs
Shearer and Ferguson glowered from the bench, Paul's only competitive senior goal
was a mis-hit shot from two yards out in a 2-2 home draw with CSKA Sofia.
One other notable moment came in the 8-0 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday,
when he tried to grab the ball to take a penalty. Needless to say, Shearer left
him in no doubt that he wouldn't be denied one of the five he stuck past the
Owls that day....
Dropping out of the first team picture in November 1999,
Robbo made one further senior appearance, coming off the
bench in the second half of a 0-2 home defeat by
Leicester City the following April.
Wimbledon agreed to pay £1.5m fo him in July 2000, but after just a handful of
games he was loaned out to Burnley three months later
and Dundee United the following year.
Brief spells playing or on trial at Blackpool, Hull, Grimsby, Carlisle,
Hartlepool, York City, St.Johnstone, Ross County, Aberdeen and
Torquay then followed, the latter ending during 2006.
Northern League duty then followed with Whitley Bay, Horden CW, Sunderland RCA and
2008 then saw Robbo declared bankrupt and turning up on trial
(in a footballing sense...)
at his first club Darlington. However, he failed to impress the Quakers and was
released, next appearing for Consett.
Reduced to playing for a team in
the Pallion Carpets 5 a-side league on
Wednesdays at the Crowtree Leisure Centre, 2010 then saw
Robbo attempt a further comeback.
Based in South East England, spells with Maidenhead United, Hayes & Yeading,
Hendon, Windsor & Eton, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Chesham
Paul returned to the North
East with Jarrow
Roofing in 2011, before a brief stint back
at Chesham United and has since appeared for Didcot Town, Jarrow Roofing, Newton Aycliffe,
Jarrow Roofing, Hebburn Town, Jarrow Roofing and South Shields.
1957 Hearts (a)
Friendly White(41), Bell(62)
14,500 In goal for the Jambos was future Magpie Gordon Marshall.
1965 Leicester City
Division One Robson
Goodfellow, Sinclair 2, D.Dougan,
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
(1-0) (2-1 on aggregate)
Fairs Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg Robson(10)
53,747 Appearing in an all-white kit, United went ahead in
the tie when Pop Robson latched on to a Wyn Davies
knockdown and lashed the ball home at the Gallowgate End. Albert Bennett appeared as a substitute in place of
Keith Dyson - the former's only European outing for the
Newcastle manager Bill McGarry
quit his post at Ipswich Town in order to succeed Ronnie
Allen at Wolves.
1971 Nottingham Forest
Division One Macdonald 2
24,583 Debut for Alex Reid, who briefly deputised for Tommy
Gibb in midfield, having been signed from Dundee United.
1973 Sad news as
surgeons confirmed that Tony Green's football career was
over due to a knee injury sustained at Selhurst Park.
West Ham United (a)
Division One Burns, Nulty
21,324 Pop Robson netted against his old side but
couldn't prevent an away win.
1982 Carlisle United (a)
Division Two Hornsby(29), Lee(68)
16,276 The Cumbrians recorded their first ever league win over the Magpies, as
a Toon side lacking the injured Kevin Keegan failed to score for the first time
that season - ending a sixteen game run. 1982 A better day for United's juniors, who played their FA
Youth Cup Second Round tie at SJP. A 3-1 win over Rotherham United included goals from Billy Johnson, Warren Teasdale and Paul Ferris.
1991 Southend United
Division Two Peacock 2(1pen), Hunt
14,740 The first ever competitive game between the two sides
went the way of Newcastle.
Gavin Peacock took over penalty duties from the
injured Micky Quinn and successfully converted his first
in a black and white shirt. Youtube
footage is online here
19,354 The Hornets netted one of the most blatantly offside goals
we've ever conceded.
When the ball was played forward to Michel Ngonge, he didn't have any defenders or a
goalkeeper between him and the goal, let alone the
After the match Bobby Robson expressed his shock at the abuse of Alan
Shearer from home fans - sorry Bobby, but
we've known for years they were a bunch of small-town plastic
cockney barrow boy wannabes....
Dabizas is congratulated
after his shot earned United a point
2002 United midfielder Gary Speed
netted for Wales in their 2-0 European Championship
qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Baku.
It may not have been the Nou
Camp, but Bobby Robson was watching from the director's box as
Newcastle Reserves won the Barcelona Cup by beating Crook Town 10-1.
ex-United defender Kevin Scott in the Town side, Lewis Guy
netted four times, along with with Alan O'Brien's brace,
Kris Gate, Darren Ambrose, Martin Brittain and an OG. NUFC.com
2004 Crystal Palace (a)
2-0 (0-0) Premiership Kluivert(79), Bellamy(88)
22,937 Despite wearing perennially unlucky white shorts, United
recorded a third successive away win over the Eagles.
Second half strikers from Patrick Kluivert and Craig
Bellamy gave Graeme Souness a first away win in four games against a
Palace side featuring future Magpie Wayne Routledge. NUFC.com match
2006 Newcastle's Reserves beat
Gateshead 3-0 in a friendly at the International Stadium,
thanks to goals from hometown boy Andy Carroll (2) and Dean
Critchlow. NUFC.com match
League One side Norwich City
confirmed that they had extended United goalkeeper Fraser
Forster's loan period at Carrow Road until the end of the season.
The 21 year-old stopper had been in good form for the Canaries,
keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just eight goals in his twelve
Fraser also played his part in helping City win a penalty shootout against
Swindon Town in the Johnstones Paint Trophy.
Bolton Wanderers (a) 1-5 (0-2)
Premier League Carroll(52)
of the results that saw Chris Hughton shown the door came
at the Reebok Stadium on an day when nothing went right.
Much pre-match hype surrounded the return of Trotters old
boy Kevin Nolan, but his first contribution to the game
was to inexplicably demonstrate his funky chicken
celebration in our box and concede a penalty for handball.
With Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote already suspended,
Fabricio Coloccini was then sent off in the second half and Mike Williamson
received a retrospective three match ban after his assault
on Johan Elmander was caught on camera.