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Ticket news:
mackems (h) SOLD OUT
Manchester United (a)
Everton (h), Burnley (h) Public sale now
Leicester (a) FAC ST holder sale now (0 points)
Chelsea (a) ST holder sale now (0 points)
Southampton (h) Member sale now

Never mind the baubles, here's the
2014 Advent Calendar
  Day 19

Premier League:
Gogglebox: 3 changes

The latest round of TV alterations sees two selections for Newcastle - but movement of a third fixture that renders pre-booked travel plans worthless once again:


Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) (2.05pm) Sky
Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) 5.30pm) Sky

That Stoke alteration unfortunately means that United's visit to Selhurst Park on Tuesday 10th February will now be played 24 hours later as follows: 

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) (8pm) not on TV

BT Sport haven't selected any NUFC games this time round and the new list covers to Sunday March 1st.

That means the visit of Aston Villa to SJP stays as a 3pm kickoff on Saturday February 28th and by implication, the Manchester United home game the following Wednesday (March 4th) should also remain unaltered.

The Gift: 
Last minute  .com

For anyone still after a copy of Paul Joannou's fine new book "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who", deliveries will take place in the following postcode areas on Monday and Tuesday: 

NE12, NE22, NE23, NE25, NE26, NE27, NE28, NE29, NE30, NE61

If you want to be included, email

asap to arrange a drop-off.

Black & white Friday:
Giveaway - ends

We've badgered our sponsors into parting with some prizes and then set a question to help decide which of you lucky people will win 'em. Simple as that.

Just tell us who this Newcastle player is and email us here with your answer, subject line: Friday  

Entries close at 5pm on Friday. No purchase necessary, no age restriction, entries welcome from anywhere. NB: free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses - except the iPad mini, which is strictly collection only.

Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 

From MJS Computers here our top prize, an iPad mini.

Celebrating the opening of their new shop at
30 Merton Way, Ponteland, Newcastle NE20 9PS, the region's most renowned 'crack dealers' are giving away one of these beauties - just the thing to catch up with on the bus, in the bar, or the netty....


To ensure this goes to a bona-fide reader rather a competition addict we're adding the restriction that the iPad mini must be collected from one of the two MJS outlets in Ponteland and Birtley.

And in our bulging sack you'll also find:

From Aurora designs
an acrylic A3 piece of SJP wall art

From Ultimate Newcastle "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" book signed by Bob Moncur

From MJK Sports boot/photo set sign by Kevin Keegan

From De Coubertin Books Michael Walker's book "Up There - The North East, Football Boom & Bust"

From The Back Page signed "Gibbo Files" book and a T-shirt from their range of Toon-related designs.

From Goal-Post Books Paul Brown's "All With Smiling Faces" book covering the founding of Newcastle United.

From Toon Publishing "Toon, Toon, Black 'n' White Europe" book, chronicling the adventures of NUFC overseas.

Tickets for the NUFC 1964/65 promotion side reunion dinner on Fri April 24th at the Village Hotel, NE27 0BY.

From Geordie Candles four "Toon-related" candles.

Premier League:
Passion not poison

Pre-derby comments from both managers:

Alan Pardew:

"Im hearing the right stuff on the radio and in the street about the levels of antagonism between the two clubs dying down a little bit to what its really about a football match.

"Im really pleased about that and hope it carries through to Sunday.

"I said two years ago that this nasty hate those kinds of words needed to go out. Its a rivalry, a game of football may the best team win, and then we shake hands and go home.

"The incident with the flight this year, and the way the Sunderland fans contributed and the effort they made, has made great steps to help this fixture become what it should be, a spectacle for the North East, not something where we have to order extra police.

"The last thing the North East should be doing is fighting each other, but, at the same time, knowing its a massive rivalry, the passion of the game shouldnt be lost.

"We know that will be there and its what it should be about. Im sure Gus is of the same opinion as me."

Gus Poyet:

"The derby is a special game so let us all enjoy it with dignity. Let the winner celebrate and let whoever loses hold their head high and look forward to the next time. 

"Accept whatever it brings, enjoy it but without being disrespectful. I would ask everyone to go to the game with pride, to respect the occasion, but most of all to be safe.

Northumbria Police confirm derby plans

Capital One Cup:
Capital None

Spurs  4  Newcastle  0


White Hart Lane, Wednesday, 8pm

If you were affected by turnstile closures before kick-off and consequent congestion problems at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, make your views known in writing to:


Match report

Capital One Cup Quarter-finals:

Derby County 1-3 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
Spurs 4-0

(Liverpool drew Chelsea, Spurs drew Sheffield United in the two-legged Semi Finals)

Premier League:
mackems (h)

The 151st Tyne-wear derby match takes place at St. James' Park on Sunday at 1.30pm as Alan Pardew tries to halt a losing run of three games in this fixture and conjure up what would be a first victory in six attempts - since the "over the wall" game of August 2011.


Despite suffering a shoulder injury in Wednesday's defeat at Spurs, United have confirmed that Jak Alnwick is set to retain his place for Sunday's derby match.

The 21 year-old goalkeeper required treatment during the second half at White Hart Lane and Alan Pardew later told journalists that the club may be forced to investigate the possibility of making an emergency loan signing.

However that now doesn't appear to be the case and Alnwick will be in goal at SJP on Sunday, with the 17 year-old Freddie Woodman providing cover. 

Daryl Janmaat is available for selection after completing his one match ban against Spurs. One booking away from a ban of his own, Cheick Tiote didn't play on Wednesday night but should return to the fray for the derby.

Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor are also expected to feature after missing the Spurs game, but Siem de Jong, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Rolando Aarons and Gabriel Obertan all remain unavailble.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 6/1
Papiss Cisse 1-0 @ 22/1
Newcastle to score a penalty @ 7/1
Cheick Tiote to be sent off @ 16/1
Lee Clattermole to be sent off @ 16/1

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

SAFC: to follow

Kicking off with a 2-2 draw at West Brom, Gus Poyet's side lost 0-1 at QPR, were held 0-0 at Burnley and then massacred 0-8 at Southampton. A 3-1 success at Crystal Palace was then followed by back-to-back scoreless draws at both Leicester City and Liverpool.   

Referee: Anthony Taylor - second appointment this season to date for the Mancunian whistler, after the 2-1 victory at Spurs. His sole wearside posting was a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Pub Watch: The Bodega 125 Westgate Road, NE1 4AG  

One of the most popular venues in Newcastle
- and the pub where staff from other pubs go for a drink - The Bodega boasts a traditional long bar, Victorian stained glass domes, elaborately tiled floors, and lots of history.

nd as the CAMRA Tyneside 2014 Real Ale Pub of the Year, you can also expect a true commitment to offering the very best real ale. 

Combine that with large screen plasma TVs, and friendly staff, it's the perfect place to
visit before or after the derby at St James' Park on Sunday.

ind further details of this and the 20 other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here


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

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio:
Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)

Sat 20.12.2014:
Man City v Crystal Palace (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Hull City v Swansea City
QPR v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v Everton
Spurs v Burnley
West Ham v Leicester City

Sun 21.12.2014:
Liverpool v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Mon 22.12.2014:

Stoke City v Chelsea (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 here


On the road again

A week on from their FA Youth Cup success, Dave Watson's U18s have another away trek on Saturday, facing their Bolton Wanderers counterparts.

Kickoff at the Trotters' Academy base at Lostock is confirmed as 12.30pm and United will be looking for an improvement on the first game, when Bolton recorded a 3-1 victory at Little Benton back in September.

Back Page hours

Holiday opening hours for the Back Page shop on St.Andrews Street will be as follows:

Sat 20th 9am-6pm
Sun 21st 10am-1.30pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm
Mon 22nd, Tue 23rd 9am-7pm
Wed 24th 9am-3pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day Closed
Sat 27th 9am-5.30pm
Sun 28th 11am-4pm and 6pm-7pm
Mon 29th, Tue 30th 9.30am-5.30pm
Wed 31st 9.30am-4pm
Thur 1st 11am-3pm and 5pm-6pm


FA Cup:
FA Cup ticket details

Tickets for United's forthcoming FA Cup Third Round tie at Leicester City are now on sale to ST holders with a zero points requirement (member sale from Mon 22nd).

Prices: Adults 13, Over 65s 8, U18s 5, U12s 2. 

The tie is on Saturday 3rd January at 3pm and isn't on live TV. With both sides in Premier League action just 48 hours earlier, attempts to delay the tie by 24 hours failed due to a clash with a Leicester Tigers rugby match at nearby Welford Road on the Sunday.

Riverside date set

Newcastle's U18 side will play their Fourth Round FA Youth Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Thursday 8th January at the Riverside Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7pm and the tie must be settled on the night, via extra time and penalties if necessary.

Both sides won away in the Third Round last weekend, the smoggies notching up a 4-3 success at Southend while Newcastle ran out 3-1 winners at Millwall.

The last Tees-Tyne meeting in this competition came back in February 2004, when Boro struck a last minute winner to win a Fifth Round tie 2-1.

Boro won the first U18 league meeting of the current season 1-0 and the two sides are due to play the return game at Little Benton on Saturday January 17th.

Brother beyond:
Kick it in / Kick it out

While Newcastle were exiting from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, one of our biggest flops of modern times was helping himself to a 41 minute hat trick that retained his latest side's place on top of their league.

Luuk de Jong's
treble earned PSV Eindhoven a 4-3 win over Feyenoord and took him up to double figures for the season in the Eredivisie, with a quartet of Europa League strikes boosting his goal total to fourteen.
goals here

Luuk's brother Siem meanwhile continues his comeback from injury after having played just twice in the Premier League since joining the Magpies.  

Along with Sammy Ameobi, the elder of the two de Jong brothers was recently interviewed by locally-based charity Show Racism The Red Card on the subject of discrimination in sport and society.
interviews here

On-loan Magpie bailed

From the Derby Evening Telegraph, Wednesday:

Nottingham Forest star Jamaal Lascelles has appeared in court charged with assault in a Derby nightclub.

The England Under-21 defender, who lives in Oakwood, is charged with assaulting a man, occasioning actual bodily harm, in Lola Lo, in Victoria Street, on April 23.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court today for a preliminary hearing. In court, prosecutor Sarah Slater said: "I have been told this will be a definite trial."

Lascelles was released on bail and told to next appear at Derby Crown Court on March 11. A trial date was set for the week beginning April 27.

January departure?

Following this weekend's set of games, the Italian Serie A will take a break until the first week of January - by which time a deal taking Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to AS Roma could to be in place.    

Sent out on a season-long loan by United, the 25 year- old has been a success at the Stadio Olimpico, making 16 appearances as Roma rose to second in the table and qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Unhappy at his treatment in England, Yanga-Mbiwa has publicly praised his new surroundings and is happy to remain in Italy - no doubt boosted by an international recall to the French national side recently.

Italian media sources claim that a transfer fee of 7m has been agreed (1.5m of which was paid for the loan) and the only doubt seems to be whether Roma will wait until the conclusion of the season or act in January.   

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of 8.4m. 

Second string held

Bedlington Terriers  3  Newcastle XI  3 

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to competitive action on  Monday when they host West Ham in an U21 Premier League Cup tie at Whitley Park.

That has a 1pm kick-off and will be played to a finish, with extra time and penalties if required. ST holders / members gain free entrance or pay on the gate.

PS: The Derby County U21 Premier League away game on Monday January 5th 2015, that has been rescheduled to Tuesday April 28th and will now take place at the iPro Stadium (aka Pride Park) not Alfreton Town FC. 


Proud sponsors of

SFA go after Ashley 

Update: Friday saw confirmation that the new CEO of Rangers is none other than Derek Llambias, a month after he became a non-executive director of the Ibrox club.

Rangers and Mike Ashley were both issued with notices by the Compliance Officer of the Scottish FA on Monday, concerning alleged breaches of three disciplinary rules related to the issues of dual club ownership:

Details online here

It's reported that Ashley faces a 10K fine if a rule breach is proven, while the Govan club could be hit with both financial penalties and expulsion from the Scottish Cup.

New year break 
for Abeid

The first of three anticipated call-ups of Newcastle players for next year's African Nations Cup Finals has materialised, with Mehdi Abeid selected by Algeria.

French-born Abeid is yet to make his debut for Algeria after injuring a toe in training after his maiden senior callup and could miss up to six weeks of club football.

Algeria begin their campaign in Equatorial Guinea against South Africa on January 19th, face Ghana four days later and a then Senegal side that's expected to include club colleague Papiss Cisse on the 27th.   

The finals conclude on February 8th, with United's third representative likely to be Cheick Tiote for Ivory Coast.

Premier League:
Matters arising

Monday saw the draws for the Champions League and Europa League take place, with some consequences for Newcastle coming from the Premier League selections. 

Manchester City were drawn out with Barcelona and will host the Catalan side at the Etihad on Tuesday February 24th. Our Premier League visit there is now confirmed as a 5.30pm KO on Saturday February 21st for live TV.

Moving on to the Europa League and Everton have been paired with Young Boys in the last 32, with the second leg played on merseyside.

Progress for the Toffees in that tie would see them in Round of 16 action on Thursday March 12th and 19th - and mean that our scheduled trip to Goodison Park on Saturday March 14th would be altered from that day, whether or not selected for live TV transmission. 

(A similar situation would await us in April should Spurs make it through to the Europa League Quarter Finals).

PS: Advance notice that our scheduled trip to Anfield on Saturday 11th April coincides with the staging of the Grand National at nearby Aintree racecourse.

Historically, Liverpool tend not to play home games when the race is run and with it getting underway at 4.15pm then a 3pm kickoff would seem unlikely that day - regardless of whether the TV companies select it.

Premier League
Burnley (h) plan 
your journey

All is quiet on New Years Day - especially when it comes to using public transport. With Newcastle playing their first January 1st home game since 2007, remember that no bus, train, metro or ferry services will run across the region on that day. 

The only exceptions to that are the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city.

Soccerbus January 1st 2015 timetable

The borrowers:
Loan lads

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Next match:
AC Milan (h) Serie A, Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next match:
Leeds United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger has now missed five games in all competitions for his adopted side due to a hamstring injury and isn't expected to return this side of Christmas.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Currently loitering near a cake shop somewhere. The public have been warned not to approach him - although he's anything but dangerous....

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Next Match

Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 21st December
Kick-off 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Last Match

Tottenham Hotspur 4
Newcastle 0
Capital One Cup

White Hart Lane
Wednesday 17th December
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP season ticket info 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 also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

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

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sat 20.12.2014 U18s v Bolton Wanderers (a) @ Lostock Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 22.12.2014 U21s v West Ham (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. Live on BT.

Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) @ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Sat 03.01.2015 Leicester City (a)
@ King Power Stadium, 3pm. FA Cup Third Round.
ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Mon 22.12.2014. Adults 13, Over 65s 8, U18s 5, U12s 2. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 08.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a)
@ Riverside Stadium, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fourth Round.

Sat 10.01.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.01.2015 Chelsea (a)
@ Stamford Bridge, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now (0 points). Upper tier: 55 adults, 23.50 concessions. Lower tier: 52 adults, 23.50 concessions. Allocation tbc.

Mon 12.01.2015 U21s v Bolton Wanderers (h) @ Whitley Park. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (h) @ Little Benton,11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale from Tue 23.12.2014. Live on Sky Sports.

FA Cup: 

Second Round restaged tie:

Fri 02.01.2015:
MK Dons v Chesterfield

Third Round ties:

Fri 02.01.2015:
Cardiff City v Colchester United BBC2W

Sat 03.01.2015:
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Brentford v Brighton and Hove Albion
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Derby County v Southport
Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City
Fulham v Wolves
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Millwall v Bradford City
Preston North End v Norwich City
Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United v team tbc*
Tranmere Rovers v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Gateshead

* winner of restaged Second Round tie between MK Dons and Chesterfield.

Sun 04.01.2014:
Arsenal v Hull City BBC
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Chelsea v Watford
Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace BT
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
QPR v Sheffield United
Southampton v Ipswich Town
Stoke City v Wrexham
mackems v Leeds United
Yeovil Town v Manchester United BT

Mon 05.01.2015:
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool BBC
Burnley v Spurs

Tue 06.01.2015:
Everton v West Ham BT

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: 

Fourth Round draw:

Arsenal or Reading v Royston Town
Blackpool v Birmingham City
Burnley v Cardiff City
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Chesterfield
Liverpool v Derby County
Manchester City v Coventry City
Manchester United v Hull City
Mansfield Town v Stoke City
Middlesbrough v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood Town v Ipswich Town
Swansea City v Doncaster Rovers
Spurs v Wolves

FA Youth Cup Third Round tie:

Arsenal v Reading (19.12)

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

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:

Round of 16:
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Bolton v Reading (22.12)
Derby County v mackems
Huddersfield v Charlton or Brighton
Boro v Stoke City (05.01)
Newcastle v West Ham (22.12)
Southampton v Norwich City
Watford v Leicester City (06.01)

Round of 32:
Charlton Athletic or Brighton (22.12)

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

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

Northumberland Senior Cup:

The semi-finals will be played in February 2015 and contested by Newcastle United U21s, Blyth Spartans, Morpeth Town and Whitley Bay. Draw date tbc.

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 21.12.2014
mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm
Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) (2.05pm) 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm)
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
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 01.03.2015)

Gateshead 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

home League games

Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)
Wed 07.01.2015 Woking (7.45pm)
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.

Upcoming home League games

Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm)
Sat 03.01.2015 Brighouse Town (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

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.


International Magpies
National Service
From UEFA: international matches will take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

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

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as scheduled in Equatorial Guinea.



A: E. Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)

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

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

On This Day in History
19th December

Born Or Died:

1919 George Lowrie born, Tonypandy, Wales. (1948-49)

Inside forward who began his career with Swansea Town in 1937, moving to Preston North End later that same year although his time at Deepdale was blighted by injury.

Switching to Coventry City in 1939, George appeared for them before the outbreak of WW2, representing City and Northampton Town in the War Leagues, in addition to earning nine unofficial Welsh caps.

Hitting form upon the resumption of league football, Lowrie was Coventry's top scorer two seasons running and won four senior caps for his native land.

Seeking a replacement for the departed Len Shackleton United paid a record fee of 18,500 in March 1948 and he almost had a sensational start to his debut, netting in the opening seconds only to see it ruled out. 

That came against Southampton and Georgie faced the Saints twice in a week; his last City outing and his Magpies debut, although the latter ended in a 2-4 reverse at the Dell.

Scoring against Doncaster Rovers on his home debut the following week, Lowrie made five appearances that season as United gained promotion back to the top flight.

Having started the season with three goals in two First Division appearances, injury sidelined George until the following March when he managed a further two games.

After just one goal in a trio of starts at the beginning of the 1949/50 though - and with United having lost all three of those games - Lowrie was sold to Bristol City for 10,000.

The goals started to flow again for George at Ashton Gate, albeit in the Third Division, before a broken leg derailed his career.

A comeback with Coventry City in 1952 saw Lowrie play on for a further season and he later appeared for the Lovells Athletic side in Newport. George died in 1989.

1963 Derek Bell born, Fenham. (1981-83)

Midfielder who came through the junior ranks at SJP making his senior bow in a 1-4 loss at Blackburn Rovers in May 1982.

Sadly though he proved unable to recover from a cruciate knee injury sustained in a tackle with Remi Moses the following year in a Central League fixture at Old Trafford.

Forced to quit as a professional aged just 19, Derek continued to play at non-league level with Newcastle Blue Star.

1985 saw him begin an association with Gateshead that saw him play over 300 games in nine seasons for the Tynesiders (although he did defect to North Shields for the 1987-88 season before returning).

Former Newcastle team mate Kevin Keegan brought a Magpies XI to the International Stadium for a testimonial match in August 1993, ending club captain Bell's time at the 'Heed.

Working as a housing office for Newcastle City Council, Derek played on for Bridlington Town, Bishop Auckland, Berwick Rangers and Whitley Bay, first moving into management at Hillheads in 1995.

Spells at Blyth Spartans, Lemington Labour Club and Durham City followed - Bell also managing the latter for a spell.

Aged 38, Derek was appearing for Benfield (managed at the time by his brother Alan) in October 2002, when persuaded to rejoin Gateshead as first team manager.

He went on to serve Gateshead as their Director of Football and Chairman before finally leaving in 2008 to work for locally- based player's agent Peter Harrison.

Bell later made a low-key return to the International Stadium, coaching on a part-time basis.

1991 Jeff Henderson born, Ashington. (2005-12)

A former pupil at Coquet High School, centre half Jeff played for Northumberland Boys and after coming through our Academy, made his Magpies reserve debut against Sheffield United in September 2008.

Featuring for the first team in the closing stages of a pre-season friendly at Carlisle in July 2010, Hendo got more pitch time a year later in the kickabout at Darlington.

And a first competitive selection for the Newcastle first team saw Jeff among the unused substitutes for our Carling Cup tie against Nottingham Forest that September.

The following month saw Jeff loaned out to Conference side Gateshead, marking his debut for the Tynesiders with the goal in their 1-0 win at Ebbsfleet.

Returning to United in December 2010 after making six starts and two more as sub, the terms of Hendo's loan had allowed him to continue playing for our reserves, but a combination of fixture clashes and fitness issues precluded that from happening.

Having filled in at right back near the end of his spell at Gateshead, Jeff then occupied that slot on his United reserve comeback against Bolton days before turning 20.

Released by Newcastle in 2012, Jeff played for
Bradford City as a trialist before joining Sligo Rovers in July on a contract until the end of their 2013 season.

Named mostly as a substitute during the remainder of the 2012 campaign (which ran from March to October), Hendo did manage some pitch time as The Bit o' Red clinched their First League of Ireland title for 35 years.


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1903 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 

1908 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
Anderson, Duncan 

1914 Notts County (h)
Division One 

1925 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
McDonald (pen), Gallacher 
Johnson, Murphy

1931 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
2-1(pen),3-2), Lang(4-3), Boyd(5-3),
Dunne(1-1), Oswald(2-2), Barclay(3-3)

1936 Bradford City (a)
Division Two 
Murphy, Bartholomew

1942 Gateshead (a)
Scorers tbc

1953 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
Ivor Broadis scored on his first return to Roker, equalising future Mag Stan Anderson's first ever league goal.

1959 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-4 (0-1)
Division One 
Blanchflower, Norman, 
White, Jones
Having netted four in each of their previous two away games (Man City and Luton), United came a cropper at White Hart Lane.

1964 Southampton (a) 
Division Two 
After scoring fourteen goals in winning their last previous games, one was enough for the Magpies at the Dell.

1970 Crystal Palace (h) 
Division One 
Robson 2(1pen) 
Two goals from "Pop" gave Newcastle the victory, but within two months he'd quit Tyneside in favour of West Ham United.

1973 Dundee United (h)
aet 3-1
(4-3 on aggregate) 
Texaco Cup Semi Final
2nd leg
Macdonald, Robson, Tudor,  Cassidy 
Two-nil down after the first Leg at Tannadice, Newcastle were grateful to sub Malcolm Macdonald, who scored to force extra time.

Due to the ongoing Miner's strike and power cuts/rationing the game was staged in the afternoon, which reduced the crowd size. 

1980 Northumberland-born midfielder John Trewick joined United from West Bromwich Albion for a then-record fee of 250,000.

1987 West Ham United (a) 1-2 (0-0)
Division One 
Robson, Ince
Goal number ten in his first season for the man from Brazil wasn't enough to allow Newcastle to take a point at Upton Park.

1998 Leicester City (h)
Ruud Gullit was without flu victim Duncan Ferguson, while fellow striker Alan Shearer made a return from injury as a substitute.

That left Andreas Andersson and Temuri Ketsbaia to spearhead our attack against the Foxes, in a game of few scoring chances.

The midfield helped out though, with good performances from Gary Speed and Rob Lee - and what was possibly Stephen Glass's finest moment in a black and white shirt. 

The young Scot cut in from the United left and placed a fine curling shot beyond Casey Keller to catapult us five places up the table into tenth position.

2002 The reserves won 3-2 at Old Trafford against a Manchester United that including Roy Keane and future mackem derby winner, Kieran Richardson.

Carl Cort netted twice - including the winner that was set up by Michael Chopra - while Bradley Orr also found the net. match report
Roy Keane is sent tumbling by a combination of Robbie Elliott and Steven Taylor.

2004 Liverpool (a)

og(Bramble)(35), Mellor(38), Baros(61)

Players were dropping like flies, the team dropping like a stone and another lead was carelessly thrown away as Liverpool turned us over with alarming ease at Anfield.

Craig Bellamy, Steven Taylor and Aaron Hughes would all have started the game but a bug laid low the latter two and ever-present Bellamy injured his back in the pre-match warm-up.

Kluivert was rushed into the starting line-up and even managed to give us the lead - only for us to go behind just six minutes later. 

First Bramble headed a corner into his own net, then Neil Mellor side-footed past Given and Baros waltzed around the 'keeper to make it 1-3 in the second half.

And to compound the misery, Lee Bowyer ensured that our squad was depleted further by a senseless sending off for two yellows. match report


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