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mackems (a) SOLD OUT
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Call-ups: another couple for on-fire captain Arma

Saturday saw our International players in action and Adam Armstrong was in goal-scoring form again, scoring twice against the Swiss.

Arma captained the side and netted a spectacular free-kick before making way for Dominic Solanke in the 50th minute.

Elsewhere Tim Krul watched the Dutch lose at home to Turkey from the bench, Freddie Woodman played for England U19s and Olivier Kemen featured for France U19s as both youth sides won.

Thursday saw four United players in International action and Adam Armstrong grabbed the only goal of the game as England U18s beat Switzerland at St. George's Park.

Moussa Sissoko featured for France as they were beaten by Brazil in Paris. He was substituted in the 74th minute after all the goals had been scored.

His compatriot, Olivier Kemen, captained the French U19 side as they beat Azerbaijan 2-0 in Saint-Lo. Defender Michael Newberry meanwhile represented Northern Ireland in the same age group as they played out a 1-1 draw against the Dutch.

England goalkeepers, Freddie Woodman and Paul Woolston, both watched their sides win from the bench as the U19 and U17 sides beat Denmark and Romania respectively.

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 26.03.2015
Brazil (h) lost 1-3
Sissoko started the game and was replaced in the 74th minute with the score at 1-3 in Paris.
Sun 29.03.2015 Denmark (h) St Etienne FR

Tim Krul, Daryl
Janmaat (Netherlands):
Sat 28.03.2015
Turkey (h) lost 0-1
Krul remained on the bench as the Dutch lost at home in Amsterdam.
Tue 31.03.2014 Spain (h) Amsterdam FR

Freddie Woodman (England U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Denmark (n) won 3-2

Woodman remained on the bench as England beat the Danes in Bayeux.
Sat 28.03.2015 Azerbaijan (n) won 1-0
Woodman played the full game as England won 1-0 in Bayeux.
Tue 31.03.2015 France (a) Saint-Lo ECQ

Olivier Kemen (France U19):
Thu 26.03.2015 Azerbaijan (h) won 2-0

Kemen captained the side and played the full game as they scored twice in the second period in Saint-Lo.
Sat 28.03.2015 Denmark (h) won 2-0
Kemen played the full game as the French recorded another 2-0 win in Flers.
Tue 31.03.2015 England (h) Saint-Lo ECQ


Michael Newberry (Northern Ireland U19):

Thu 26.03.2015 Netherlands (a) FR 1-1
Defender Michael featured against the Dutch.
Sat 28.03.2015 AZ Alkmaar (a) FR
News awaited.

Adam Armstrong (England U18):
Thu 26.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 1-0
Arma scored the only goal and played the full game as England won the first of the double-header at St. George's Park.
Sat 28.03.2015 Switzerland (h) won 6-1
Arma bagged another couple as England ran riot at the Bescot Stadium, Walsall. He captained the side before being subbed five minutes into the second half.

Paul Woolston (England U17):
Sat 21.03.2015 Norway (h) won 3-1

Goalkeeper Paul played the full 90 minutes as the young Lions notched up a win at the home of Burton Albion.
Mon 23.03.2015 Slovenia (h) won 3-1
Another full game for Woolston at Chesterfield and another 3-1 victory that sees the youngsters qualify. 
Thu 26.03.2015 Romania (h) 2-1
Woolston was rested and watched from the bench as England maintained their 100% record with a 2-1 win.

Home comforts at last

Newcastle U18s  2  Bolton U18s  1

Newcastle's youngsters won their first playoff game at the third attempt on Saturday at a very breezy Little Benton - ending a run of five home defeats stretching back to last year.

Fresh from his success with England's U17s, goalkeeper Paul Woolston was called into action early in the contest to save with his feet when Tyrell Palmer ran onto Danny McKenna's through ball.

United had a great chance to take the lead after 19 minutes when Jamie Cobain put in Luke Charman who was inexplicably hauled down by Tyler Garratt in the box.

However, Kyle Cameron's weak left-footed spot-kick was easily saved by Trotters 'keeper George Dorrington. 

Top scorer Sean Longstaff put United ahead in the first minute of added time at the end of the first period after being played in by Charman. The advancing 'keeper got a touch but couldn't prevent the ball going in.

The Trotters levelled in the 53rd minute when Palmer crossed from the right and McKenna unleashed an explosive volley that hit a defender on the line as it flew in.

But back came the young Magpies and regained the lead in the 79th minute when Ben Pollock side-footed into the roof of the net for his first goal at this level, evading a packed defence after a ball from the right reached him.

Woolston, Cobain, Trodd (Drennan 69), Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Suddick (Storey 84), Ward, Charman (Johnson 75), Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Harker, Heaney.

Booked: Holmes.

Contract verdicts
United youngsters 

learn their fate

Confirmation of the players that Newcastle have chosen to sign up and discard from their academy/development squads has now been received as follows:


Professional contracts (4): Tom Heardman, Macaulay Gillesphey, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry.


Released (8): James Atkinson, Ben Drennan, Andy Hall, Joe Kerridge, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Jordan Storey.


Scholar extension (3rd year) (6): Kyle Cameron, Jamie Cobain, Liam Gibson, Adam Laidler, Brendan Pearson, Callum Williams.


Scholar (1st year) (10): Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Shane Donaghy, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Craig Spooner, Callum Smith.


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Blue Brazil

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Introduced from the bench in the 69th minute of a home game against Cowdenbeath in the SPFL Championship on Saturday, Haris boosted his Gers tally to five by netting in both the 88th and 91st minutes.


Jak Alnwick (Bradford City)
The goalkeeper was an unused substitute as City beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at home in League One on Saturday.

Adam Campbell (Gateshead)
Campbell remained sidelined with ankle trouble as the Tynesiders were beaten 2-3 by Eastleigh at the International Stadium on Saturday.


Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game:
Wolves (h) Championship, Friday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: Olympique Lyonnais (h) Ligue 1, Sat 4th.


Non League:
Robins off to Wembley

Northern League side North Shields won their FA Vase semi-final second leg 2-0 on Saturday to complete a 3-0 aggregate success and seal a trip to Wembley Stadium.


In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,500 at Daren Persson Stadium, the Robins were frustrated by Hellenic Premier League side Highworth town until Gareth Bainbridge and Dean Holmes struck well into the second half.

Shields will now visit the national stadium for the second time in their history and will come up against Glossop North End in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday May 9th.


The Derbyshire-based side who lost to Whitley Bay in the 2009 Vase Final were beaten 0-1 at home by St Austell on Saturday, but still advanced thanks to their 2-0 first leg victory.

PS: In a momentous week for Shields, the first edition of a new magazine created by Robins followers is on sale.

Harvest From The Deep describes itself as focusing on "football at all levels, fashion, music and anything driving or inspiring the working class."

Toon-related content in Issue 1 includes interviews with former Magpies David Kelly and Michael Bridges plus an extract from the forthcoming book "Touching Distance" - an in-depth account of United's 1995-96 season.

Some bloke named Graham Fenton also contributes while some words of wisdom from NSAFC president Malcolm Macdonald are included.

Copies can be ordered now online here at a cost of £5 plus £2 postage. Profits from sales of HFTD are donated to the testicular cancer charity


Fans call for fair share

Thursday saw the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) stage a protest outside the London venue where representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs gathered.

Demonstrating under the motto ‘Share the Wealth’, the protests are aimed at ending unfair practices concerning away ticket pricing and policies, building on the work already done over reciprocal pricing and subsidies.

Copies of this letter were distributed to all clubs present including Newcastle United and added their name to other websites, fanzines, supporter trusts and individual football fans wishing to be represented:

The Premier League has been a phenomenal success story. It is one of the world’s most competitive leagues, with some of the greatest footballing talent in the world playing largely in front of packed crowds generating a vibrant atmosphere. As fans, we appreciate that, and clearly so do the broadcasters, and their audiences of millions domestically and around the world.

As a result, the Premier League’s new TV deal is worth an extraordinary £5.14bn for domestic rights alone – the equivalent of £46 for every ticket sold for every Premier League game.

It is our belief that away supporters make a particular contribution to the spectacle that is Premier League football which has proved so attractive to broadcasters. Away fans generate much of the atmosphere, often sparking the home support into life. They are among the most loyal of supporters, often travelling long distances at difficult times while generally being regular home fans and consumers of merchandise and TV packages too.

Over recent years however there has been a general decline in the numbers of away supporters, and this has much to do with the high price of tickets. This is why the Football Supporters’ Federation has campaigned around the idea of “Twenty’s Plenty”, seeking a maximum ticket price for away fans of £20 a game. We estimate the cost of this to be around £20million a season across the league – a modest figure in the context of the new TV deal.

We welcome the current Away Fans’ Initiative, which has demonstrated that it is possible for clubs to decide to act collectively in the interests of fans, while retaining enough flexibility in implementation at club level. Our general view is that the main focus of this initiative should be in reducing ticket prices for away fans, as irrespective of how they’ve travelled, the one thing every away fan has in common is the purchase of a ticket.

We therefore call for:

An Away Fans Initiative Mark 2, with £1m per club per season set aside primarily to subsidise ticket prices for their away fans

A structured engagement with supporters at every club to consult on how to spend this money

An end to the application of match categorisation to away fans – all away fans to pay Category C match prices

No reduction in away ticket allocations or relocation of away fans to inferior accommodation.

FSF Chief Executive - and NUFC fan Kevin Miles said:

"During the past 20 years, football has been flooded with money, delivering huge reward for owners, agents, and players.

"This time we want to see fans benefit, too.

"This colossal TV deal gives clubs a tremendous opportunity to give something back. They can easily afford to drop ticket prices and make football affordable for all."

FSF article by Kevin is online here

Midfielder blighted:
Gael blown out

The strange case of Gael Bigirimana continues to unravel, with the midfielder now admitted that he was medically unfit to play when he joined Rangers on loan due to what is described as a "mystery illness."


That undisclosed condition didn't prevent Bigi playing for Newcastle's U21s earlier this season - although his last senior competitive United appearance came in August 2013 and he hasn't kicked a ball at first team level since the friendly visit to Sheffield Wednesday last July.


However a different set of medical regulations enforced by the Scottish football authorities mean that he's barred from playing for Rangers. The lack of a recall clause in what classified as an overseas loan in effect sidelines Bigi until next season, when the 21 year-old will have two years left on his contract at Gallowgate.


Confirming that situation, a Rangers spokesman cited confidentiality issues in not divulging the exact nature of his ailment, but made no comment on press claims that no medical examination of Bigirimana took place ahead of his loan move to Ibrox - as was also the case with Haris Vuckic, Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson.


The Daily Record asserts that the Ibrox club are paying £1K a week to loan Bigi with the same also due for each of his four Magpie colleagues - a combined bill of £65K.


Clarets prevail

Burnley U21s  4   Newcastle U21s  1

With no competitive game this week, United's second string played a behind closed doors friendly at Burnley's training ground on Tuesday afternoon.


Peter Beardsley's side took an early lead through Alex Gilliead but the Clarets hit back with goals from Ntumba Massanka, Jamie Frost and Kevin Ly before half time.


Massanka then added his second of the game after the break, as Burnley replicated the scoreline that Newcastle had recorded against them on Tyneside back in October.

Howard's way #4


Regular readers may recall that we've featured the work of crime novelist Howard Linskey previously, as the long-suffering Toon fan and sympathiser has built up his reputation in literary circles.


Now freshly signed to Penguin Books, Linskey's fourth and latest  book "No Name Lane" is out now and moves the action on from Tyneside to include County Durham.


A new cast of characters has been assembled and once again Howard has gone through the back pages of his younger days to appropriate Magpie-related surnames including Carney and Bradshaw.


Howard will be signing copies of "No Name Lane" at Waterstones in Newcastle city centre between 5pm and 6pm on Friday April 10th, but ahead of that we have some signed copies to give away to you lot.

To be in with a chance of winning one, just email us here with the answer to the following question:

The reference to Carney in Howard's new book is in tribute to the sadly deceased Newcastle defender Steve Carney. Which famous non-league side did United acquire Steve from?

Closing date
Wed Apr 1st @ 5.30pm, subject: Lane. No purchase necessary. Prize will be delivered free to any UK address. No age limit or location restriction but free delivery applies to the UK only. Those who choose their own subject line will be disqualified. 


Premier League:
Signs of life from 
the bare bones

Newcastle  1  Arsenal  2


Match report

Charity auction
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

(Copies of the Who's Who are remain on sale from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, the Evening Chronicle and
local branches of Waterstones bookshop. They can be ordered direct from the publisher here)

Toon talk-ins:
Speakers' Corner

There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as follows:

Thu 09.04.2015 Chris Waddle
@ Hedworth Hall, South Shields NE33 4EA
£25 (inc. meal) via 0191 456 3112

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Tue 21.04.2015 Stuart Pearce
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£30 or £50 (both inc. buffet) via 07951 462431  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (inc. four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following (final selections to follow in April):

Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.

29.04.2015 John Beresford (& Eric Gates)
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT

£15 (£100 for table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN 
£15 (inc. Buffet) via Rob on 07538 291227

Premier League:
mackems (a)


Sunday April 5th sees United attempt to end a six game winless run in Tyne-wear derby fixtures. when they make the short journey to the stadium of plight.

Kickoff is at 4pm and the away allocation is sold out. Away section turnstiles open at 2.30pm.

NUFC are again running buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. Bus tickets need to be pre-booked.

The 152nd competitive meeting of the sides comes with Newcastle having won 53, drawn 49 and lost 49. The mackems have scored one more goal (223 v 222).

Squad: to follow. Mehdi Abeid may return to the squad.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good, Rolando Aarons.

Suspended (and knackered): Papiss Cisse (3 of 7)

Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini (2 of 3)

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @

(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. Lee Clattermole will be available after suspension.

Taking charge of the mackems will be Dick Advocaat, who in his first period as manager of PSV Eindhoven faced Newcastle in the 1997/98 Champions League.

Then as now, United had contrived to leave themselves with few options up front and lost 0-1 in Holland before succumbing 0-2 on Tyneside.


UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (tbc)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Magpies @ monkwearmouth:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Debuchy
2012/13 drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12 won 1-0 R.Taylor
2010/11 drew 1-1 Nolan
2008/09 lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 drew 1-1 Milner
2005/06 won 4-1 Chopra, Shearer(pen), N'Zogbia, Luque
2002/03 won 1-0 Solano
2001/02 won 1-0 Dabizas
2000/01 drew 1-1 A.O'Brien
1999/00 drew 2-2 Domi, Helder

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 04.04.2015:
Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v QPR
Chelsea v Stoke City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 05.04.2015:
Burnley v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.04.2015:
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Tue 07.04.2015:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)

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mackems (a)
Premier League

Stadium of plight
Sunday 5th April
Kick-off 4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 21st March
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 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. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

NUFC will again run buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. 

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 11.04.2015 U18s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 4.

Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now (restricted view). £47 adults, £34.50 over-65s and £15 U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 15.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (H)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 18.04.2015 U18s v Arsenal (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 5.

Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online). Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.04.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ iPro Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

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 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.

ateshead 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

Upcoming home league games:

Sat 28.03.2015 Eastleigh (3pm)
Mon 06.04.2015 Altrincham (3pm)
Sat 18.04.2015 Forest Green Rovers (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 game

Sat 04.04.2015
Droylesden (3pm

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

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (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
2014/15 match dates:
Fri-Tue 27-31.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
28th March

Born Or Died:

1952 Death of Andy McCombie, 75.

1986 Ben Webster born, Alnwick

Midfielder who appeared for United at both  academy and reserve levels, earning England caps at both U16 and U17 level.

Following his release in 2005, Ben had trials at Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Crewe and
Rochester Rhinos in the USA  before signing for Swedish club Vasteras SK.

Homesickness prompted a return after two years, a trial at Scottish side St.Johnstone coming to nothing. Signing for Newcastle Blue Star, Ben then faced the Magpies in a 2007 pre-season friendly at Kingston Park, by which time he was playing at right back.

He later trained with Berwick Rangers and was playing for Alnwick Town when the offer of a two year contract with Finnish side MyPa 47 came in 2009.

He then surfaced at Belgium side
Charleroi before appearing for Rajpracha in Thailand.


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1902 Grimsby Town (a)
Division One
32pts, 3rd 
Gardner, Ronaldson, Long
The Magpies were well beaten on what was their first-ever visit to Blundell Park.

1903 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
22pts, 15th 
McColl 2 

1908 Fulham (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
Appleyard(31), Gardner(
3-0), Howie(35,5-0), Rutherford(4-0,6-0
FA Cup semi final time at Anfield, and an easy victory for United, despite being without Peter McWilliam.

1914 Glasgow Rangers (h)

1921 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division One 
44pts, 3rd 

1925 Birmingham (a)
Division One 
46pts, 2nd 
scorer tbc 

1931 Sunderland (h)
Division One 
34pts, 11th 
A hat trick of sorts for United's Harry Bedford, who netted twice and accidentally broke the jaw of mackem Alex Hastings. 

Bedford subsequently moved to Roker Park before returning to SJP in a coaching role just before the Second World War.

1936 Sheffield United (h)
Division Two 
34pts, 10th 
Connelly, J.Smith, Weaver 

1942 Sheffield United (h)

Rickett 3, Machent 2, Young(pen)
Some sources have Stubbins' goal in the second half.

1953 Blackpool (h)
Division One 
31pts, 14th 
Newcastle old boy Ernie Taylor marked his return to SJP by scoring the winning goal for the Tangerines.  

1959 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
33pts, 14th 
Allchurch, Hughes 
Brown 2, Gregory, Pacey
Just 24 hours after losing 0-3 at West Ham, United were beaten again in this Easter Saturday fixture.

1964 The FA Amateur Cup Semi-final between Barnet and Crook Town was played at SJP in front of 10,000 fans.

Ex-Magpie youngster Jimmy Goodfellow scored twice for Crook in a 2-1 success. Tony Harding netted for the Bees.

1970 Nottingham Forest (a) 2-2 (2-2)
Division One 
43pts, 6th 
Dyson (2), Robson (17)
Hilley (8), Lyons (12) 
Former Magpie Dave Hilley scored against his old side.

1979 Wrexham (h)
(abandoned after 45 minutes, rain)
Division Two 
27pts, 16th 
A game forever remembered by those present (including your correspondent), for the sight of Wrexham keeper Dai Davies having the wind blow his goal-kick out for a corner....

1981 Chelsea (h)
Division Two 
35pts, 12th 
Revenge for defender Bruce Halliday, who had made his debut in a 0-6 pasting earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge. The only senior goal of his Magpies career was a header at the Gallowgate End.

1984 Leeds United (h)
Division Two 
63pts, 3rd 
Visiting right back Denis Irwin was credited with the only goal as Newcastle kept up their promotion bid with this vital midweek victory.

1987 Southampton (h)
Division One 
30pts, 21st 
Goddard(23), Gascoigne(60)
Willie McFaul's side kept up their improved form, with Paul Goddard scoring for the second time in four days. He would go on to net in seven successive games to steer United away from the relegation zone.

1993 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
75pts, 1st 
Cole(60), Lee(62)
Saville(32), Rodgerson(38) 
A stormy Sunday at SJP, as Andy Saville and Ian Rodgerson put the Blues two ahead, much to the delight of their owner David Sullivan in the director's box. 

Two quick goals sent home fans into raptures and one in particular confirmed the score to Mr Sullivan in a rather forceful manner - for which he temporarily lost his season ticket.

1994 Newcastle reserves lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City, with central defender Brian Reid playing for the opening 45 minutes. 

Reid made a loan move until the end of the season, but then returned to his parent club Glasgow Rangers without ever making it into the Magpies first team.

1998 Southampton (a)
Premier League 
35pts, 15th 
Le Tissier(85pen)
Just a week before their FA Cup Semi final meeting with Sheffield United, United lost the services of Robert Lee with a hamstring injury picked up after putting his side ahead.

Stuart Pearce diverted a cross beyond Shay Given before a late goalmouth scramble saw referee Graham Barber penalise Newcastle for handball, with you know who scoring the pen.

David Batty's absence through suspension saw manager Kenny Dalglish utilise Nicos Dabizas as a holding midfielder at the Dell.

2004 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Premier League
45pts, 5th 
Less than 72 hours after their UEFA Cup victory away to Real Mallorca, a lethargic Newcastle slipped to defeat at the Reebok Stadium.

Steven Taylor made his league debut at right back and was out-muscled by Henrik Pedersen, with the Dane later admitting that the effort he looped over Shay Given and into the net was meant as a cross. match report

2006 United's reserve side ended their away campaign with a 0-3 loss to title-chasing Aston Villa at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.

Albert Luque lasted just 13 minutes before limping out of the action with an ankle problem - clashing with coach Tommy Craig on the touchline after being replaced. match report

2007 Lee Clark's second string won a first league game since October thanks to a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United.

Andy Carroll (2) and Mark Doninger found the net at Chesterfield's Saltergate home. match report


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