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Hull City (a) SOLD OUT
Stoke City (h) Public sale now
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Man City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Aston Villa (h) member sale now

Out of Africa 

Having watched Senegal's opening two matches at the African Nations Cup Finals from the bench, Papiss Cisse was introduced as a 54th minute substitute against Algeria on Tuesday with his side trailing 0-1 in Malabo.

However the Magpies striker found scoring opportunities hard to come by and it was the Algerians who doubled their lead in the closing stages to seal qualification.  

That result coupled with a 2-1 victory for Ghana over South Africa meant that Senegal failed to qualify for the Quarter Finals - as was the case back in 2012, just days after Cisse became a Magpie.   

It remains to be seen how quickly Cisse now returns to England and whether he'll come into consideration for selection at Hull on Saturday - he can hardly claim to be fatigued after all....

NB: Cisse has served his three match ban received for elbowing Everton's Seamus Coleman. Although away on international duty, he was nominally suspended for the games against Burnley, Leicester and Chelsea. 

Fellow Magpie Cheick Tiote may sit out Wednesday's meeting between the Ivory Coast and Cameroon, after picking up yellow cards in the first two group games.

His qualification is by no means certain, with all four sides in Group D level on two points with zero goal differences.


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

Papiss Cisse (Senegal)
Mon 19.01.2015 Ghana won 2-1 (unused sub)
Fri 23.01.2015 South Africa drew 1-1 (unused sub)
Tue 27.01.2015 Algeria lost 0-2 (54th minute sub)

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Tue 20.01.2014 Guinea drew 1-1 (played full game)

Sat 24.01.2014 Mali drew 1-1 (played full game)
Wed 28.01.2014 Cameroon (5.45pm British Eurosport) 

Trio return

Newcastle XI  3  Carlisle United XI  1

A behind closed doors friendly at Darsley Park on Tuesday afternoon gave pitch time to a trio of returning Magpies, with Siem De Jong, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan all included in the starting lineup.

A day short of his 26th birthday, De Jong completed 45 minutes and found the net, equalising after Mark Beck had beaten Freddie Woodman to put the Cumbrians ahead.

Second half goals from Haris Vuckic and Lubo Satka  then won it for the Magpies, with Adam Armstrong seeing his penalty effort saved by Dan Hanford after substitute Alex Gilliead had been chopped down in the area.

Abeid and Obertan were both withdrawn midway through the second half while Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon completed the full game. Rob Elliot, Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons didn't feature.

Team: Woodman, Barlaser (Atkinson 76), Williams, Satka, Santon, Abeid (Ward 59), Vuckic (Bigirimana 73), Obertan (Gilliead 59), De Jong (Quinn 46), Gutierrez, Armstrong (Heardman 82). Sub n/u: Harker.

Defender departs

The following terse statement from Newcastle United on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the first departure from Gallowgate during the current transfer window:

Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has completed a transfer to AS Roma after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

The French defender joined Roma on a loan deal in September 2014 but it has now become a permanent move.

A 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday saw Yanga -Mbiwa make a 20th Roma appearance, automatically converting his loan deal into a permanent transfer.

Italian media sources claim that a pre-determined fee of €7m is payable, understood to include the initial €1.5m loan fee paid back in August.

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

Further claims:
More "for the future"?

While the urgent and ongoing need for experienced defensive and striking cover at Gallowgate remains, inbound transfer claims suggest an extension of the speculate to accumulate buying policy.

Four names are currently doing the rounds - amid claims that the completion of any deals would see them loaned back to their current club for the rest of this season. 

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) English-born 21 year-old left back (who has also played as a central defender). No international callups, under contract until 2017.

Dele Alli (MK Dons) English-born 18 year-old central midfielder. England U19 international, under contract until 2017. Alli completed 90 minutes for MK Dons in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.

David Concha (Racing Santander) Spanish-born 18 year-old striker. Spanish U19 international, contract status tbc. Senior debut for Santander in Jan 2014.

Jorge Mere (Sporting Gijon) Spanish-born 17 year-old central defender. Spanish U19 international, contract status tbc. Senior debut for Gijon awaited - currently playing for their B team, debuted for them in Sep 2013.

The previous transfer window saw United sign Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow (24) and central defender Jamaal Lascelles (21) and promptly loan both back to the City Ground for the duration of the season.

PS: Confirmation came from the club on Tuesday that 17-year old Academy product Callum Roberts had now signed his first professional deal at Gallowgate. 

No duration was mentioned by United, but it's believed that the winger is now under contract until the end of the 2017/18 season. 


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Monday saw John Carver confirmed by the club as head coach for the remaining sixteen games of the season:

Newcastle United can confirm that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately.

"Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.

"The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual.

"John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this."

John Carver, said: "This is a proud day for me.

"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.

"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."

The 50 year-old Tynesider took interim charge of the first team ahead of the home game with Burnley on New Years Day following the departure of Alan Pardew.

Seeing United draw 3-3 in his first game, Carver then presided over a 0-1 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup, a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea and most recently the 2-1 home loss to Southampton.

Confirmation of his appointment until late May is seen as further evidence that the club's preferred candidate for the role on a permanent basis is unavailable at present - or that there's no desire to make any appointment and Carver is merely seeing out the season. 

Whether JC could make sufficient impact in that 20 game stretch to convince United that he's their man in the long term is doubtful, but he remains under contract until September 2020 and therefore in line to keep a post within the club - or receive a considerable payoff

It also reinforces the managerial structure at the club, with no requirement for a manager to be in post when decisions over the future of players soon to be out of contract are made (a situation that Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell, Remi Streete and Lubo Satka all face come June).

Unlikely lads:
Real deal for misfit Mag

Former Newcastle flop Xisco has moved again, dropping down to the Spanish Second Division and joining his hometown club, Real Mallorca on loan.

Now 28, Xisco is in his third season at Cordoba, scoring a total of eighteen goals during the first two and helping them seal a return to the Primera League in 2014. 

However he failed to win a regular first team place once back in the top flight this time round. Nine appearances included just a solitary start and Xisco's only goal of the season came against Real Sociedad back in October. 

Former Magpies finding new clubs this month:

David Edgar (loaned to Huddersfield by Birmingham)
Aidan Grant (free agent, joined Lincoln City)
Lewis Guy
(left Gateshead, joined Barrow)

James Marwood (left St.Mirren, joined Forest Green)
Brandon Miele (free agent, joined Shamrock Rovers)
James Tavernier (loaned to Bristol City by Wigan)
(loaned to Real Mallorca by Cordoba)

England calls
for Toon teens

Magpies youngster Mackenzie Heaney is in the England U16 squad for a four team friendly tournament to be staged at the FA's St.Georges Park base next month.

The 16 year-old forward is included in a 20 name selection for fixtures against Switzerland on Monday February 16th, Slovakia two days later (both 1pm) and France on Saturday February 21st (2pm).

And fellow Newcastle player Paul Woolston has been included in England's U17 selection for the upcoming Algarve Tournament.

North Shields-born Wooly is one of two goalkeepers in the squad to face Holland on Friday 13th February, Portugal two days later and Germany on Tuesday 17th February.

Premier League:
Hull City (a)


The Magpies return to action on Saturday when they visit the KC Stadium for a Premier League fixture that is televised live on BT Sport.

Kick-off is at 12.45pm and all 2,500 away tickets have been sold. Note that since our last visit, travelling fans are now housed in the North East corner of the stadium rather than behind the goal as in previous seasons.  

City have publicised their support for a minutes' applause in the 18th minute in remembrance of Conor Ledger - an 18 year-old Tigers fan who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and sadly passed away late last year.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 17/10

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

Squad: Steven Taylor and Rolando Aarons remain out, while Siem de Jong, Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Taylor are back in training. 

To follow. 

Robert Snodgrass, Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, Abel Hernandez, Nikica Jelavic and James Chester all miss out due to injury, while there are doubts over Alex Bruce, Sone Aluko, Andy Robertson and Gaston Ramirez.

Like Newcastle, The Tigers also have a two week break ahead of this game, as a result of their FA Cup Third Round defeat at Arsenal.

Winning just two of their ten Premier League home games this season (2-0 against Crystal Palace and Everton), draws were achieved against Stoke (1-1), West Ham (2-2) and West Bromwich Albion (0-0).

Five teams have left Humberside with maximum points to date: Manchester City (2-4), Southampton (0-1), Spurs (1-2), Swansea (0-1) and Leicester (0-1). 

Referee: Phil Dowd - second appearance of the season for the Staffordshire whistler following the 1-1 draw at Burnley last month. 

Travel: To follow 

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC 5 Live

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League fixtures
(3pm unless specified): 

Sat 31.01.2015:
Crystal Palace v Everton
Liverpool v West Ham
Manchester United v Leicester City
Stoke City v QPR
mackems v Burnley Stadium of Light
West Bromwich Albion v Spurs
Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 01.02.2015:

Arsenal v Aston Villa (1.30pm) Sky
Southampton v Swansea City (4pm) Sky


Toon @ Tigers - competitive games:

2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 (PL) S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1990/91 lost 1-2 (Div 2) McGhee*
1989/90 won 1-0 (FAC) O'Brien*
1989/90 won 3-1 (Div 2) McGhee, Anderson, Brazil*
1976/77 drew 0-0 (ASC)*
won 3-2 (Div 2) Pearson, Smith, Imrie+
1934/35 won 5-1 (FAC) Bott 2, Cairns, Pearson, og+
1934/35 drew 1-1 (Div 2) Pearson+
1929/30 lost 0-1 (FAC)+
1912/13 drew 0-0 (FAC)+

At KC Stadium unless specified
* At Boothferry Park
+ At Anlaby Road

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Adam Campbell / Callum Roberts (Gateshead)
Next game: Wrexham (h) FA Trophy, Wednesday. The winners travel to either Halifax Town or Dartford in the Fourth Round on Saturday February 7th, but that replay doesn't take place until Tuesday February 3rd.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: tbc (injured)


Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game: Millwall (h) Championship, Saturday.

Unlikely lad:
Eagles and Throstles hunting ex-Magpie

Update: Black Country newspaper the Express and Star suggested on Monday that West Brom were looking elsewhere after Palace offered Ameobi better terms.

Having returned to Tyneside barely halfway through his first season in Turkey, former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is reported to have been offered a short-term contract in England by two of his former managers.

Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion are the two clubs in question, Alan Pardew keen to be reunited with his number 23 from Gallowgate.  

Tony Pulis meanwhile is seeking to increase his squad at the Hawthorns and has been linked with Shola, a player who spent time on loan at Stoke City in 2008 while Pulis was in charge at the Britannia. 

Both sides made it through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday - a competition Ameobi would be eligible to appear in.

Were a deal to be done, Ameobi could come up against Newcastle for the first time in his career in February (away at Palace) or May (at home to West Brom).

Deja vu?

Although their Fifth Round tie against the mackems is still to be played, Newcastle's U18 side now know the identity of their possible opponents in the Quarter Finals, after the Sixth Round draw was conducted on Friday.

Dave Watson's side would enjoy home advantage against either Swansea City or Chelsea, who meet in a Fifth Round tie at Aldershot this coming Wednesday evening. 

The West Londoners are the current cup holders and ended Newcastle's interest in this competition at the Sixth Round stage last season, winning 3-2 at SJP.

United will face their red and white counterparts at the stadium of plight on Wednesday February 4th at 7pm.

Travelling fans will be accommodated in the South Stand. Access is via turnstiles 61 and 62 and admission costs £3 adults and £1 U16s & over-65s. 

A result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if needs be. 

FA Youth Cup Fifth Round draw:

27.01.2015 Nottingham Forest v Burnley
28.01.2015 Chelsea v Swansea City
30.01.2015 Liverpool v Birmingham City
30.01.2015 Manchester City v Stoke City
02.02.2015 Arsenal v Crewe Alexandra
04.02.2015 mackems v Newcastle United
date tbc Southampton v Leicester City
date tbc Spurs v Manchester United

FA Youth Cup Sixth Round draw:

Southampton or Leicester v Liverpool or Birmingham
mackems or Newcastle v Chelsea or Swansea
Man City or Stoke City v Arsenal or Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest or Burnley v Spurs or Man United

Reserves' Royals reverse

Reading U21s  4  Newcastle U21s  3

Match report

Derby defeat

Derby U18s  3  Newcastle U18s  1

Goals online here (you tube)

Dave Watson's U18s side lost to their Derby counterparts on Saturday afternoon, despite taking the lead in a bruising encounter at the Rams' Oakwood Academy.

Jamie Cobain burst into the box to fire the yellow-clad Magpies ahead after 25 minutes but the Rams equalised just eight minutes later through Charles Vernam.

A defensive lapse then allowed the Rams to go ahead just five minutes into the second half through Kellan Gordon, Alex Babos wrapping up the points late on.

Full details to follow.

Thanks to Malc h for the images

League Cup fiasco: Spurs say sorry

Tottenham Hotspur statement, Friday:

"We aim to deliver a great experience for all supporters at White Hart Lane and we would like to apologise to those Newcastle United supporters who experienced congestion at the turnstiles prior to our Capital One Cup tie on December 17th. 

"We are always pleased to work with the FSF
(Football Supporters Federation) to resolve any issues and in this case we are pleased that we have been able to do so. 

"The safety of supporters is paramount and we will always seek to optimise our procedures to deliver the best experience for all fans attending matches at White Hart Lane."

This move follows contact between the FSF and Spurs regarding the events prompted by the detonation of a smoke canister in the away section of White Hart Lane.

That resulted in delayed entry for hundreds of blameless Toon fans - whose orderly reaction outside the ground prevented what was an inconvenience becoming a far more dangerous incident.

Many of those involved subsequently reported their observations and those accounts have played a part in Spurs altering their entrance procedure for away fans - thanks to everyone who bothered to make contact.

PS: the smoke bomber was identified and arrested.

Find more details online here

Money balls:
The only league table that really counts.... 

While headlines have been grabbed by news that United have returned to Deloitte's Top 20 Football Rich List, one line is enough to make the toon followers choke:

"Newcastle United are commercially in the strongest position in their history"

Never mind enjoyment or credibility, never mind winning or trying to win things, never mind that commercially weaker clubs like Swansea, Stoke, Southampton and West Ham are above us in the Premier League, as long as the figures add up, everything's tickety boo eh?

Deloitte's verdict on the Magpies:  

"Newcastle United return to the Money League in 19th place after increasing revenues by 35% to £129.7 million.

"On the pitch the Magpies endured a frustrating season; exiting both cup competitions in the early rounds, and suffering home and away defeats to arch rivals Sunderland before finally finishing in 10th place in the Premier League.

"Newcastle’s broadcast revenue, much like the other English clubs, increased significantly by £27.2 million (53%) to £78.2 million thanks to the new Premier League broadcast deals.

"This offset the loss of UEFA distributions (€5.3 million) as a result of Newcastle’s run to the quarter-final stages of the UEFA Europa League the previous season.

"Newcastle’s lack of European football in 2013/2014 resulted in four fewer home matches being played at St James’ Park, which decreased match-day revenue by 7% to £25.9 million.

"The St James’ Park average attendance of 50,688 for the Premier League season was the third highest in the division.

"Commercially, revenue increased by an impressive 50% to £25.6 million in 2013/2014. This was the first year of the controversial shirt sponsorship agreement with Wonga, as well as the continuation of long term partnerships with Puma and Thomas Cook, and the addition of online gaming brand

"With Wonga and Thomas Cook already signed up to long term agreements, and Puma recently announcing a long term contract extension at the start of the 2014/2015 season, Newcastle United are commercially in the strongest position in their history.

"After being an ever present in the Money League until 2007/2008, the new Premier League broadcast deal has helped propel Newcastle United back into the Money League top 20 this year.

"Given the strong commercial performance of the club coupled with the Toon Army’s continuing support in their impressive numbers, Newcastle should be capable of an extended stay in the Money League in future editions."

Lee Charnley's mention of not being easy sellers was obviously referring to the owner, not players. 

There's no reason for Ashley to sell up given these figures - and were he to have a change of heart, the price tag would factoring in losing those revenues, taking it into the stratosphere. 

The City AM website provide their evaluation here

When considering the revenue versus net spend data reproduced though, consider this: Transfer values are based on media reports, as NUFC don't publish that data - leaving the integrity of that data highly questionable.

In plain terms, there's no guarantee as much was spent or recouped as is claimed - or vice versa of course. A flashy graphic and a totaliser on a TV news bulletin is as near as you'll get to knowing just how much the Anitas, Sissokos, Rivieres and Cabellas of this world cost. 

A summary of the latest Deloitte report and links to older reports is online here If you really want to be depressed have a look and look for clubs that remain trophyless. 

One name stands out - one seemingly intent on extending that inglorious record yet further. We are the ennui FC.


Black and white....and red:
Howay the vlads!


The Northern Echo's Scott Wilson has published his take on the Chronicle's Charnley piece, relocating Mike Ashley's HQ to the Kremlin in the process. Worth a read here

Talking head

Three weeks into the search for a new Newcastle United manager/coach/scapegoat, club MD Lee Charnley has broken his silence in a question and answer session with the Evening Chronicle that can be read online here

Until this point, Charnley followed a similar path to owner Mike Ashley, with club-published minutes from fans forums the sole output from anyone in an executive role at SJP since Derek Llambias quit in June 2013, save for the statement confirming Charnley as MD
online here

Fourteen questions and fourteen answers later though, it's a struggle to find anything new to chew over - with nothing of consequence regarding the vacant position, other than the equivalent of a "work in progress" sign.

Certainly anyone looking to be reinvigorated for the remainder of this season - or for a reason not to post off that direct debit cancellation - will be disappointed. A mere 16 games to go?, why the season's almost over!

An apparent retread of the job description devised for Alan Pardew following the departure of Chris Hughton is aired, while there's no attempt made to communicate on squad specifics eg the status of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez, Facundo Ferreyra, Papiss Cisse etc.

In that regard, this Q & A differs from the February 2013 Chronicle one with Llambias, when he commented on specific players including Loic Remy and Demba Ba.

"I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving" (in January), if as we know, every player is for sale at the right price, then retaining them is the very last thing they'll do if the asking price is met.

And as for a line about being "difficult sellers", the loss of Yohan Cabaye to PSG was hardly complicated - except for the bit about JFK screwing up the transfer fee....

The issue of how a coach conducts themselves is flagged up as important, yet he claims nothing but total support for Pardew throughout his time in charge - despite the fact he felt it necessary to fine the guy £100K and issue a formal warning over his touchline antics at Hull.

The thorny issue of communication is also revisited, with an admission that the apologist role handed to Pardew affected his chances of winning over the fanbase.

But a vow to look at how the club communicates is in reality no different to comments from his predecessor given to the Chronicle in February 2009 - minus the apology then for failing to keep supporters informed. 

Paranoia over saying anything that can be used against him (remember that Llambias's declared intention in 2009 was to emulate Aston Villa) makes this 2015 attempt mostly meaningless. Speaking but not speaking.

The MD will be judged on the quality of his appointment and whether the managerial structure that he advocates succeeds in the eyes of supporters. 

Everything else - including what publishing the Q & A says about the current relationship between the club and the Chronicle - is window dressing. 

PS: Charnley on Pardew:

"....we moved on significantly as a club during his four years, on and off the field."

December 2010, 11th in the Premier League
January 2015, 11th in the Premier League 



Copies of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" are still available, priced at £32.50 from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, via the Evening Chronicle front office and branches of Waterstones bookshop.

can also be bought from the publisher here

PS: Any owners of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" yet to receive the 2013/14 season update PDF can request it by emailing

Anyone short of copies of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season PDFs can also request those via that address.

Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918

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Saturday 31st January
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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


Sat 31.01.2015 deadline for notice of "opt outs" from NUFC season ticket schemes to be received in writing by Box Office. 

Sat 31.01.2015 U18s v Manchester City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) @ KC Stadium, 12.45pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 2,500. Live on BT.

Mon 02.02.2015 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Mon 02.02.2015 @ 11pm. Transfer window closes.

Wed 04.02.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ Stadium of plight, 7pm. FA Youth Cup. Pay at the turnstiles: £3 adults, £1 U16s & over-65s. NUFC fans housed in the South Stand, enter through turnstiles 61 & 62. 

Sat 07.02.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 2.05pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports. NB: engineering work means buses replace metros all day between North Shields and Shiremoor.

Mon 09.02.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now. £22 adults, £11 students/ over 65s, £6 U18s. Allocation tbc. Note date alteration.

Sat 14.02.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Tue 17.02.2015 U21s v Morpeth Town (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final.

Sat 21.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction (viewing only) @ SJP, start time tbc.

Sat 21.02.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. Member sale (if any) from Mon 02.02.2015. £44 adults, £38 18-21 year-olds & over-65s, £30 16-17 year-olds, £27 U16s. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 22.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction @ SJP, start time tbc.

Mon 23.02.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ New Bucks Head, Telford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.02.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 28.02.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale from Thu 29.01.2015 (online), Tue 10.02.2015 (in person/by phone).

Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT. 

Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.03.2015 Jamaal Lascelles due in
Derby Crown Court on charge of assault (trial date set w/c 27.04.2015)

Our FA Cup Third Round exit means blank Saturdays on Fifth Round day (February 14th) and Sixth Round day (March 7th).

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on 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.

Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders at £20 (£21 by post), allowing 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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) 2.05pm 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 31.01.2015
Hull City (a) 12.45pm
Wed 04.03.2015 Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 22.03.2015)

Possible PL alterations 
(other than for TV)

Sat 14.03.2015 Everton (a) would alter if Everton progressed in the Europa League against Young Boys on Feb 19th/26th. 

Sat 11.04.2015 Liverpool (a) coincides with Grand National (4.15pm) at Aintree.

Sat 18.04.2015 Spurs (h) two scenarios:

1. would alter if Spurs progressed in Europa League against Fiorentina on Feb 19th/26th and team tbc on March 12th/19th.

2. would alter if Spurs progressed in FA Cup and were in Semi-Final action on Apr 18/19 (Spurs v Leicester FAC4 on 24.01.2015).

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Semi-Final draw:

17.02.2015 Newcastle U21s v Morpeth
17.02.2015 Blyth Spartans v Whitley Bay

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

Sat 07.02.2015 Kidderminster (3pm)
Sat 14.02.2015 Nuneaton (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bristol 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 games

Sat 07.02.2015 Ossett Town (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bamber Bridge (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 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...

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On This Day in History
27th January

Born Or Died:

1943 George Raymond Lodge born, Wallsend. (1962-63)

A left winger who was signed from Workington, Ray failed to break into the Newcastle first team and moved on to Barrow, debuting in a 2-2 home draw with Chester City during September 1963.

Moving to the USA and joining Washington Brittanica club (later re-christened Darts), Lodge subsequently emigrated to Australia and appeared for South Coast United.

1975 Richard Alderson born, Durham.

Midfielder who played for Durham County Schools and joined Newcastle as a junior. Appearing at reserve level, Richie failed to win a professional deal and was released.

Moving on to Whitley Bay, Alderson also played for Whickham and Spennymoor United before a switch to York City saw him play twice in the Football League. 

Later spells followed at Whitby Town, Gateshead, Durham City, Blyth Spartans, Brandon United and Stokesley.

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1894 Sheffield United (h)
FA Cup 1st Round 
Wallace 2 

1900 Reading (h)
FA Cup 1st Round 
Stevenson, Rogers 

1906 Derby County (a)
Division One 
Bloomer, Paton
Yet another goal for Steve Bloomer.

1912 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
Sole appearance of inside right Jack Thomas.

1923 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
Debut for James Clark.



1934 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
Gale, Sandford
Debut for John Hughes, a former Durham miner, who had five appearances at left half.

1949 Newcastle secured the services of both Robledo brothers from Barnsley.

1950 The eve of a fourth round FA Cup tie away at Chelsea and as was the practice at the time, the United team had a night out, at the circus, rather than the usual show.

Also in the crowd were the Chelsea team, as well as the Sunderland and Spurs teams, who met each other the day after. There's a joke about clowns here somewhere....

1951 Bolton Wanderers (h) 3-2 (1-2)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Milburn 2, Mitchell 
Moir 2



1962 Leeds United (a) 1-0 
Division Two 

1968 Carlisle United (h)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
Cumbrians 'keeper Allan Ross guessed correctly and kept out a late penalty from Ollie Burton to send the Second Division side through.

1973 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Macdonald, Smith
Kennedy, Ball 
Ray Kennedy and Alan Ball were on target for the home side, while United's unused sub was full back Ray Ellison. Within a month he'd moved on to Roker Park for £10,000.

1979 Wolves (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
The two Hibbitt brothers faced each other in this FA Cup tie, with Kenny grabbing a Wolves equaliser in the final seconds.

Years later, Kenny revealed to a Wolves web writer that Bill McGarry had made a failed attempt to entice him from Molineux to play alongside Terry in a black and white shirt.

1990 Reading (a)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Quinn(27), McGhee(2-1,67)
Jones(29), Senior(44), Gilkes(90)
A second-ever competitive trip to Elm Park for United came just four months after the first - a 1-3 League Cup loss (although we won the tie).

Three times the Royals came from behind to draw level - the second and third directly as a result of suicidal back passes.

Inefficient ticketing (no numbers on flimsy paper efforts) led to widespread forgeries and away fans all over the ground, but aside from occasional flare-ups things stayed calm.

1993 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
A top-versus-bottom clash at Kenilworth Road saw no less than 38 points between the sides at kick-off.

However, the difference between them on the night was home 'keeper Alec Chamberlain, who made a succession of top-drawer saves to frustrate the Magpies. 

1998 Striker Andreas Andersson signed from AC Milan at a cost of £3m, to boost an ailing Newcastle attack. 

Manager Kenny Dalglish had allegedly looked at over 100 potential forward signings before going for hairband -sporting Andy Pandy. The rest can't have been too clever....

1999 Celtic (h) 
(og)Peacock(3), Moravcik(23), Birchall(87)
After former side Liverpool pulled out, Peter Beardsley turned to boyhood heroes Celtic to supply the opposition for his Benefit game (so-called as he'd not completed ten years of continuous service at SJP). 

Peter's XI started the game as: Hislop, Howey, Pearce, D.Peacock, Barton, R.Elliott, Barnes, Gascoigne, Sellars, Cole, Beardsley.

Half time then brought the non-playing Barry Venison out to present a selection of former Mags/Celts to the crowd including: Ronnie Simpson, Tommy Craig and Alan Thompson.

Other non-combatants who also took a bow were Rob Lee, Ruud Gullit, Darren Huckerby and NUFC fan/future coach Steve Stone.

Half time saw Srnicek, Watson, Waddle and Shearer replace Hislop, Sellars and Cole.

Next up were father and son combo Kenny and Paul Dalglish, who received a mixed reception, completely overshadowed when Kevin Keegan replaced Gazza - a first return to Tyneside since his resignation as manager.

And also taking to the field at some point in the second half were John Beresford, Alan Neilson, Toon coach Alan Irvine and Beardo's best man himself - Albert Craig. Not all of these players replaced others.... 

With the home side 3-0 behind, Steve Watson supplied a party-piece throw-in which dropped into the Gallowgate End box and saw Alan Shearer take a tumble.

Referee Alan Wilkie indicated a spot kick and although Beardsley put his first effort over the bar, he retook successfully it after some encroachment had been spotted.

A large Celtic following gave their side grand backing, although they seemed to take the game a little seriously with some Bhoys fans genuinely outraged at the penalty re-take.

Future Magpie Mark Viduka had become a Celtic player the previous day, but wasn't included in the squad selected by manager Jozef Venglos.

Scarf ace

2001 United's reserves had a Saturday friendly fixture in Lanarkshire against the Airdrieonians at their new Shyberry Excelsior Stadium.

Tommy Craig's lads lost 1-0 to a Jesus San Juan goal but received fantastic backing from the travelling Mags - some of whom may have been drinking.... match report

2002 Peterborough United (a) 4-2 (2-0)
FA Cup Fourth Round
O'Brien(14), McClen(43), Shearer(83pen), Hughes(84)
og(O'Brien)(52), Farrell(79) 

United were made to sweat on a pudding of a pitch at London Road after Posh came back from two behind to level in front of the Sky cameras. 

A controversial penalty gave Alan Shearer the chance to win it for United with Jamie McClen having earlier netted the only senior goal of his Newcastle career.

Peterborough boss Barry Fry gave a series of colourful touchline TV interviews during the game, while his counterpart Bobby Robson kept his thoughts to himself until after the final whistle, when he commented:

"It was a marvellous, typical cup-tie, the pitch was a great leveller and suited direct football, and suited them. The whole place was dancing and singing at 2-2 - the stand nearly came down." match report

2008 Kevin Keegan was quoted on his abortive attempt to capture Jonathan Woodgate from the smoggies:

"It looks like we've lost him and I'm very disappointed. You cast your bait on the end of the line. Sometimes you catch the fish and sometimes you don't. 

"Last time I was here, we built it up, and I wanted Jonathan Woodgate as the first part of that jigsaw. 

"But from what I hear, I think he will go somewhere else - and it was only us and Tottenham who had bids accepted.

"It wasn't a question of money, it was purely down to where the boy wanted to go."

2009 United's Reserves maintained their dismal M62 record with a 0-3 loss to Manchester City at Ewen Fields.

Alan Smith made a rare appearance, playing his first competitive game in over a year. match report

2010 Crystal Palace (h)
og(Derry)(20), Ranger(90)
United restored their three point lead at the top of the Championship but made hard work of the victory over the fiscally-challenged Eagles.

Shaun Derry sliced into his own net from six yards before Nile Ranger sealed the points in added time with a second senior goal for the Magpies and first at SJP. There was a debut for defender Mike Williamson following his transfer from Portsmouth. match report

2011 Newcastle U18s claimed a place in the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup after a 2-1 win over non-league Grimsby Town at SJP.

However, the Mariners cancelled out Aaron Spear's opener to send the tie into extra time before a spectacular lob from midfielder Ben Sayer put United through.

2014 Midfielder Yohan Cabaye departed for PSG for an undisclosed fee of around £18m. 

Tragic and inevitable in equal measure, his exit was evidence of the club's declared policy to buy players, increase their market value and sell for profit - regardless of the effect on the team.

However, it later transpired that the profit would have been greater had it not been for some buffoonery from alleged Director of Football, JFK - something that contributed to his departure soon after. 

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