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Williamson response

Statement from Mike Williamson, Sunday:

I would like to apologise to the Newcastle supporters and my fellow teammates for getting sent-off during yesterdayís game.

"There was absolutely no intent to hurt Jamie Vardy or get sent-off. But I recognise that I should have been more composed and measured in my determination to win the ball.

"Unfortunately, it did the one thing that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team.

"I will do whatever I can to help teammates prepare for the next two games and fight to get back into the team when Iím available.

"Iíve had the honour to play for Newcastle for five years now, and I can genuinely say that I feel privileged to play for this club.

"I would never do anything intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters.Ē

Premier League:

Leicester City  3  Newcastle   0

Another Saturday, another gutless surrender. 

Sign of the times, Leicester, May 2nd 2015

Today's disaster in a nutshell:

0-1 down in 36 seconds after a cross
Janmaat booked on 16 minutes
0-2 down in 17 minutes after a free kick
Gutierrez booked on 28 minutes
0-3 down in 48 minutes from a penalty
Williamson booked on 55 minutes
Williamson 2nd yellow 62 minutes, ten men  
Dummett booked on 70 minutes
Janmaat 2nd yellow 91 minutes, nine men 

Premier League - bottom ten:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
11 Everton  35  0 44
12 Crystal Palace  35  -6  42
13 West Brom  35  -13 40
14 Aston Villa  35   -21  35
15 Newcastle  35  -24  35
16 Hull City 34  -13  34
17 Leicester City 35  -15  34
18 mackems  34  -22  33
19 QPR  35  -22  27
20 Burnley  35  -27  26


Apathetic, abysmal, appalling  - and that's just the A's.

Don't take our word for it though, here's the opinion of the bloke laughingly referred to as the manager:

"On a scale of one to 10, it's a minus 10. 

"I asked if everyone understood their roles and responsibilities. I can't go and mark men on the pitch myself.
I can't accept it. I wish the players had as much determination and fight as I had.

"We can talk about systems and players but if we're not willing to compete, get your head onto the ball and risk getting an injury, you won't get anywhere.

"What I canít do is give players desire, to get their noses broken or a cut on their eye by trying to head the ball. I wish I could be out there with them, and affect them. We have a problem. We are a soft touch.

"I know some of the players went over to them (the NUFC section) at the end and they said, in so many words, Ďgo away, we donít want to see youí. 

If I had been there in that stand I would have done the same thing. All they want is to see them work hard. They want to see determination and desire. Iíve told them to grow up, to take it on the chin. If they want to go and hide behind a post, let them. 

"We can talk and talk. I am an honest, straight guy. I am only telling you what I told them. If they donít want to accept it they can stay at home. I am not a shirker.

"There might have been players who didnít try Ė maybe they donít think theyíll get a new contract or be here next year. But theyíre getting paid and should try. Weíll have an open discussion on Monday Ė itíll be interesting.

"You feel like you are getting somewhere, get a bit stability, and then I get kicked in the teeth again.

"Maybe one or two of the players are not having me for whatever reason, because I am too strong and I am quite aggressive with them and I do care. Maybe people donít like that.

"This game has got nothing to do with systems, it is eleven v eleven and it is whoever wins it is the best team. 

"Whoever defends set-pieces in your box and in the other box, we donít score enough and we concede too many.

"Once we cross the white line and we have to defend set plays, there is not a thing I can do about it. To concede after 30 have no chance.Ē

A white line, yesterday

On Williamson's dismissal:

"I thought he meant it. When the ball went on to that left-hand side my first reaction was don't do it. He did it. 

(Jamie) Vardy was off the pitch, Willo was off the pitch. There was no need to do it and Iím not accepting that, especially with the situation we are in. 

"I thought he'd done that on purpose - it looks like he did. The ball was off the pitch - he had no need to make the challenge. 

"I told him that to his face. I donít want to go into his reaction. I was the most animated I have been in my football career.

"He will miss two games now - is it an easy way out?"

An eighth successive defeat that extends the worst run of defeats in the club's entire history was as predictable as it was unbearable.

The 803rd Premier League match that United have played must surely rank among the very worst - and quickest. By 12.46pm this had ceased to be a contest. 

We may have lost to more illustrious opposition by greater margins, but it's difficult to recall a more abject non-display from those entrusted with - and handsomely rewarded for - representing the Geordie Nation.

Words like mutiny, treachery and treason shouldn't have any place in a match report, but the antics of those in black and white today brought them to mind. 

Emmanuel Riviere's embarrassing air kick when one on one with the City keeper was matched by a needless push that concede a penalty. 20 Premier League games, 0 goal. Pathetic. Overseas TV viewers may have wondered if today was an example of match fixing, such was our apparent complicity in handing out gifts to City.

The growing anger of those present with the garbage served was amply illustrated by the jeering directed at Ryan Taylor. Gone is the sentiment that accompanied his return to fitness, replaced by an incomprehension at how he can perform so fitfully yet still retain his place.

Our performances this season have increasingly shown an absence of motivation, professionalism, organisation and discipline and this was another prime example.

An already appalling disciplinary record had two further shameful additions by the final whistle, while the most impossible job in football may actually to be captain this club rather than manage it, as the armband has proved too heavy for every single player to don it this season. 

Carver may "bleed black and white" but the sad fact is that like many others in the Ashley administration, he's been promoted above his competence and hung out to dry. For all the big man bluster though, there doesn't seem to be one ounce of fear or respect in the dressing room for the bloke who used to put the cones out.

Not content with losing badly though and doing further damage to their goal difference, these clowns have put yet more pressure on an already laughably thin squad.

Janmaat's dismissal puts him out of Saturday's home game against West Brom, while Williamson's second red of the season means a two game ban. The situation regarding Jamaal Lascelles appears unchanged though despite Nottingham Forest's season ending today - his loan agreement meaning he can't play for us this season.

23 years ago to the day, United battled their way to a 2-1 victory to avoid relegation about 500 yards away from the scene of today's meek surrender. 

It wasn't pretty but it was vitally important and achieved thanks to a unity of purpose between fans and players, even from those squad members who were more reviled than renowned (for every David Kelly and Gavin Peacock there was a Kevin Brock and Franz Carr).

Fast forward to 2015 though and there seems to be no bond whatsoever between those on the field and those in the stands - it's bloody difficult to try and encourage a set of players who seem to have absolutely no pride in their work or much interest in our eventual fate.

A buoyant King Power Stadium greeted their team with a large card display and creating a deafening backdrop  thanks to thousands of folded cardboard clappers. 

While they roared the Foxes on to victory though, the away support was soon silenced and attempts by City fans to wind them up provoked only one wry chorus of "how sh*t must you be, we're still above you."

There's still time though - just - to turn this around, with a trio of matches still to be played that in normal circumstances could all be considered winnable. 

These are anything but normal circumstances though and this current squad looks to be as brittle and defeated as the one that slid out of the division in 2009 after failing to beat the might of Pompey and Fulham at home or scuff out a point away to a Villa side blowing up their lilos.

Our best chance though may well be the fact that our three remaining opponents now look to have nothing tangible to play for and may slacken off accordingly. 

That the gutless buggers deserve to go down is beyond debate, but whether demotion would do anything to improve our lot is far less cut and dried. 

The discontent of our fanbase is manifested in both silent dismay and vocal hostility among those attending, but the indifference of many thousands more is a larger issue. 

Relegation will only deepen that sense of alienation though, while we start to take the path to the sort of ruination seen at places like Leeds.

Tempting though it may seem to see the Ashley Premier League master plan fail, a revival will be far easier to achieve as a top flight club - assuming that the lessons of this season and last are finally taken on board.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Taylor (De Jong 58), Sissoko, Jonas, Perez (Armstrong 73), Riviere (Anita 63)
Subs n/u: Cabella, Ameobi, Abeid, Woodman

Booked: Janmaat, Gutierrez, Dummett, Williamson

Sent off: Williamson, Janmaat

LCFC: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet 67), Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, James, Cambiasso (Hammond 73), Schlupp, Vardy, Mahrez, Ulloa (Kramaric 78)
Subs n/u: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Wood

Booked: James

Goals: Ulloa 1, 48pen, Morgan 17

Mike Dean

Crowd: 31,576 including 1,915 away fans. 

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Red cards for Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat were the seventh and eighth Newcastle dismissals this season (six in the PL). 

United last finished a game with nine men at Anfield back in May 2014, when Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi were sent off (Dummett's red card was later rescinded). 

Leonardo Ulloa became the eighth player to score in the Premier League against Newcastle United within 60 seconds of kick-off - and the second this season:

2000/01 Alan Smith, Leeds United (h) (27 secs)
2014/15 Dwight Gayle, Crystal Palace (h) (30 secs)
1996/97 Dean Sturridge, Derby County (h) (32 secs)
2014/15 Leonardo Ulloa, Leicester City (a) (36 secs)
Theo Walcott, Arsenal (h) (41 secs)
Kevin Campbell, Everton (h) (42 secs)
1996/97 Paolo Di Canio, Sheff Wed (a) (50 secs)
1994/95 Neil Adams, Norwich City (a) (60 secs)

Magpies @ Foxes - last 20 visits:

2014/15 lost 0-3
lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 drew 0-0
2003/04 drew 1-1 Ambrose
2001/02 drew 0-0
2000/01 drew 1-1 Speed
1999/00 won 2-1 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-2
1997/98 drew 0-0
1996/97 lost 0-2
1994/95 won 3-1 Cole, Beardsley, Elliott
1992/93 lost 1-2 O'Brien
1991/92 won 2-1 Peacock, OG
1990/91 lost 4-5 Quinn 3, Peacock
1989/90 drew 2-2 Quinn, Gallacher
1986/87 drew 1-1 McDonald(pen)
1985/86 lost 0-2
1984/85 won 3-2 Carney, McCreery, Waddle
1982/83 drew 2-2 Keegan 2
1981/82 lost 0-3

(At Filbert Street until 2001/02)

Latest Premier League results/fixture:

Sat 02.05.2015:

Aston Villa 3-2 Everton
Liverpool 2-1 QPR
mackems 2-1 Southampton
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
West Ham 1-0 Burnley
Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Sun 03.05.2015:
Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace
Spurs 0-1 Man City

Mon 04.05.2015:

Hull v Arsenal (8pm) Sky

Cameron conversion little consolation

Stoke City U18s  3  Newcastle U18s  1

Following a memorable 6-0 victory over Arsenal in their last outing, reality intervened for the U18 side at Clayton Wood on Saturday in their penultimate playoff match.

Stoke took a third minute lead when Daniel Jarvis exchanged passes with Tom Shepherd before shooting past visiting goalkeeper Nathan Harker.

Despite that setback, Newcastle shaded the remainder of the opening period only to be caught out in first half added time when City captain Lewis Banks netted.

The Magpies came close to grabbing a foothold in the game on 68 minutes when Dan Ward brought a stop out of Australian-born custodian Chris Marques.

Within three minutes though the Potters were well on the way to extending their unbeaten run to four, when Jarvis grabbed his second and Stoke's third of the game after intercepting a stray pass.  

United had the last word with three minutes remaining after Kyle Cameron took a pass from substitute Louis Johnson before finishing for his sixth goal of the season.

Team: Harker, Cobain, Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Holmes, Ward, Charman (Johnson 61), Suddick, Heaney. Subs n/u: Armstrong, Bailey, Smith, Lowther.

The U18s conclude their season by hosting Norwich City at Little Benton on Saturday. Kickoff is 11am.

Rover and out

Newcastle's U21 side play their final home game of the season on Tuesday evening, when Blackburn Rovers provide the opposition at SJP in a 7pm kickoff.

Admission is free to season ticket holders and members on production of their cards at the East Stand turnstiles, or £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

It remains to be seen whether Rolando Aarons gets any pitch time following his return to training recently, with the winger a possible inclusion in Saturday's squad for the visit of West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

In a demise that echoes the first team, Peter Beardsley's side topped the table with 22 points after beating Rovers 3-1 in their last league game before Christmas.

Since then though they've taken just seven points from a possible 33 and failed to win any of their eight home cup and league fixtures - a barren run included a 0-1 defeat by Blackburn in the U21 Cup at Whitley Park in January.

PS: The Magpies second string close off their season on Monday May 11th with a visit to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion (7pm). This game was previously listed as being played at Coventry's Ricoh Arena but the Baggies confirm their switch to their main ground 

The Borrowers:
Loan lads 

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
A 2-2 draw at Hearts on Saturday saw Rangers complete their SPFL Championship fixtures and advance to the end of season playoffs, meaning that there's no immediate prospect of a return to Gallowgate for Haris Vuckic.

However, they'll need to get through six games if they are to gain promotion, starting with a double header against Queen of the South on May 9th (a) and 17th (h).

Vuckic started and was replaced without scoring on 81 minutes. None of the other loan Magpies were in the matchday squad, but Ferguson and Streete may yet feature in the playoffs.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The midfielder was in the starting XI for Guingamp on Saturday night as they hosted Reims in Ligue 1. Playing for 79 minutes, he helped the home side win 2-0.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Forest ended their season with a 1-2 home defeat by Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday. Both players completed the full 90 minutes as Dougie Freedman's side finished in fourteenth place.

Premier League:
West Brom (h)

Newcastle's penultimate home game of the season sees them face the Baggies next Saturday. Kickoff is at  an old-fashioned, non-televised 3pm.

Squad: Mike Williamson(1/2) and Daryl Janmaat (1/1) are both suspended following their senseless red cards at the King Power Stadium. Papiss Cisse has now served his seven match ban but hasn't trained following surgery to remove a screw from his knee in March.

The season is already over for Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Massadio Haidara.

Yoan Gouffran missed the visit to Leicester due to a knock reportedly picked up in training, while Gabriel Obertan dropped out of the matchday 18 completely - reason unknown.

Engineering work on the QEII Bridge over the River Tyne means that there's no Metro service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all weekend - replacement route 900 buses will run.  

WBA: James Morrison is doubtful and Ben Foster out.

The Baggies visit Tyneside in search of a third successive away win in the Premier League, following a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace and 1-0 triumph at Manchester United.

Earlier in the season they also secured single goal victories at both Spurs and Leicester, while taking points from visits to Southampton, Hull, West Ham, Everton, Burnley and the mackems. 

Referee: tbc 


Overseas TV: 

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Baggies in Toon - last 20:

2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2
1990/91 drew 1-1 L.O'Brien
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Anderson
1989/90 lost 0-1 (LC)
1985/86 won 4-1 Reilly 2, McDonald, Clarke
1984/85 won 1-0 Beardsley
1977/78 lost 0-3
1976/77 won 2-0 Gowling, Cannell
1972/73 drew 1-1 Macdonald
1972/73 won 3-1 (TC) Tudor, Gibb, Hibbitt
1971/72 won 4-2 Macdonald 2(1pen), OG, Green

Other remaining Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified) 

Sat 09.05.2015:
Everton v mackems (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v West Ham
Hull City v Burnley
Leicester City v Southampton
Stoke City v Spurs
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 10.05.2015:
Manchester City v QPR (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Liverpool (4pm) Sky

Mon 11.05.2015:
Arsenal v Swansea City (8pm) Sky

Sat 16.05.2015:
Southampton v Aston Villa (12.45pm) BT
Burnley v Stoke City
mackems v Leicester City
Spurs v Hull City
West Ham v Everton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 17.05.2015:
Swansea City v Manchester City (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Mon 18.05.2015:
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea (8pm)

Wed 20.05.2015:
Arsenal v mackems (7.45pm)

Sun 24.05.2015: (TV picks yet tbc)
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v mackems
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Everton v Spurs
Hull City v Manchester United
Leicester City v QPR
Manchester City v Southampton
Stoke City v Liverpool

Premier League:
Striker light


Hopes that top scorer Papiss Cisse would return from suspension to aid our Premier League survival bid were dealt a blow on Thursday, when John Carver said:

"Heís working with the medical team at the moment, heís not 100 per cent heís not joined in with us yet with any football, so weíll just have to wait and see. Itís another opportunity for (Emmanuel) Riviere."

Cisse completes his seven game suspension Leicester on Saturday and it was hoped that he would be available for the closing three games of this season, starting with the visit of West Bromwich Albion to SJP on May 9th. 

While serving the ban imposed for a spitting incident against Manchester United, Cisse underwent surgery to remove a screw in his kneecap placed there during an operation to mend his broken kneecap in April 2014. 

Carver said in mid-March that:

"Itís not a big problem with Papissís knee Ė this was maintenance that was always going to be needed. 

"Theyíve removed the screw so itís been sorted. I really donít think his knee is a big issue now. 

"If anything good has come out it all
(the ban) itís the fact that we can do this now.Ē

This news leaves it open to question whether the man from Senegal has played his last game for United. 

To date Cisse has scored 34 Premier League goals and sits joint seventh in the all-time PL list with Rob Lee. 

Lone Star state claim

Dallas? has JFK organised it?

The World Soccer Talk website reported on Wednesday that United were one of six teams lined up for a pre-season tournament in Texas this coming July.

Staged between July 9th and 19th at grounds in Dallas and nearby Frisco, Swansea City,
Pachuca (Mexico), Malaga (Spain) Olympique Lyonnais (France), and Raja Casablanca (Morocco) also claimed to be entering.

The massive Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and 20,000 capacity Toyota Stadium in Frisco are reported as the venues and both have natural grass pitches. 

None of the six clubs said to be participating have officially confirmed that as yet. Journalists who cover Swansea report that contracts are unsigned at present, but completion is expected soon.

A pessimistic view of the situation could also be that Newcastle's invitation could be conditional on retaining top-flight status. 

World Soccer have also published a provisional fixture list that sees United in Group A and facing Lyon on July 11th and Casablanca on July 14th.

The tournament then concludes with all sides playing a third game on either July 18th or 19th to determine the final places and overall winner.  

United's most recent visit to the USA came back in 2011, when they faced Kansas, Orlando and Columbus in an itinerary that defied both logic and geography.  

Albion eye Adam

While Newcastle's U21 side were losing 0-4 at Derby on Tuesday afternoon, Magpies striker Adam Campbell was in action for West Bromwich Albion's second string.

The 20 year-old Tynesider is out of contract at SJP this summer and played 90 minutes for the Baggies as they beat Arsenal 3-0 in an U21 Premier League fixture.

It's unclear whether Campbell will feature again for the Albion reserve side, who are in action against Derby on Tuesday and also have fixtures against both Newcastle and Reading still to play.

PS: Following his recent release by the club, Magpies youngster Ryan McKinnon has been on trial at Barnsley, featuring for their U21 side against Nottingham Forest. 

Premier League:

Newcastle  2  Swansea City 

Match report is online here

Local interest:
Green and white delight

Blyth Spartans  2  Morpeth Town 0


Match highlights on BSAFCTV

Blyth Spartans
finally ended their Northumberland Senior Cup drought at St. James' Park on Monday evening, in front of the largest final crowd since 2011.

1,973 fans saw goals from Michael Richardson and Dan Maguire beat Northern League Morpeth, ensuring Blyth's first trophy success in this competition since 1994 - and ending a run of ten final defeats since then.

Ex-Magpie Richardson was bidding for a fourth Senior Cup winner's medal and took less than two minutes to open the scoring - having also netted in 2011 and 2014.

Town included Ben Sayer, but the former Newcastle reserve had no opportunities to continue his recent goal glut on a frustrating night for the Northern League side.

Looking to cash in on their superiority, Blyth made and missed a series of chances in the second half, making their supporters wait until the 83rd minute to seal the victory, Maguire profiting from a rare defensive error. 

Credit is due to both sides for serving up an entertaining tie with nothing less than total commitment from those on view - a rare thing indeed at Gallowgate this season.... 

Missing Mag:

The prolonged absence of Rolando Aarons from first team duty has been explained by injury, but we can't help but wonder if he's actually done a flit to the USA. 

Bradford Jamieson IV scored his first MLS goal last week for LA Galaxy against New York Red Bulls, but he does bear a startling resemblance to wor Rolando - and finished in similar style. Watch his goal here

Wooly gets the nod

Newcastle's Paul Woolston is in the England squad for the European U17 Championships in Bulgaria this month as they attempt to defend the title they won in 2014 - with fellow Magpie Freddie Woodman between the posts.

The 16 year-old from North Shields is one of two 'keepers in an 18 man squad who will face group stage games against Italy on May 7th, Netherlands on May 10th and  the Republic of Ireland and Netherlands on May 13th.

The 16 team tournament then switches to a knockout format and runs through to the final on May 22nd, 

Group A: Bulgaria (hosts), Croatia, Spain, Austria
Group B: Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany
Group C: Greece, Russia, Scotland, France
Group D: Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, England

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Saturday 9th May
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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. 

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Tue 05.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note date change.

Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

NB: engineering work on the QEII Metro Bridge over the Tyne means that there's no service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all weekend - replacement buses will run.  

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. Adults £45 and £40, Over 60s £40 and £35, U16s £20 and £17. U8s admitted free when accompanied by adult £40 ticket holder.

NB: Around 550 seats in United's allocation are marked as 'Restricted View' and have a reduced price.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Tue 05.05.2015 (online), Mon 11.05.2015 (by phone/in person).

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

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

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Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT. £15 (£100 table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Sat 16.05.2015 Steve Howey
Bedlington Market Place Club, NE22 5TN
£15 (inc. supper/raffle tickets) via Diane 07759 787831 (Bedlington Town fundraiser)

Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek, Mick Quinn & Terry McDermott @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £45 & £25 via here (Dunston UTS FC Benefit)

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11
9JR. £40 & £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

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

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 date:
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...

The Samaritans may well be a fitting cause, but surely it's the players who should be stumping up?

(Paris Pete)

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

On This Day in History
3rd May

Born Or Died:

1922 Leonard Francis Shackleton born, Bradford. (1946-48)  

The "Clown Prince of Football" moved to SJP from Bradford Park Avenue in 1946 at a cost of £13K and instantly started to repay that outlay with six goals on his home debut as Newport County were rattled 13-0 (although one of the six was netted by an opponent).

By 1948 though he'd departed for Roker Park, after his crowd-pleasing playing style failed to meet with universal approval at SJP - captain Joe Harvey expressing the opinion that the team would win nothing with him.

Just over six months after defecting to the red and whites in a £20K deal, Shack won the first of five England caps but fell foul of the FA selectors and was often overlooked.

He played out the rest of his career on wearside until forced into retirement aged 35 due to an ankle injury suffered against Arsenal - the club who had released him as a youngster.

A career as a sports journalist saw him write for the Daily Express & Sunday People, while he owned a barbers shop in mackemland and was also qualified as a boxing referee!

Len settled in Grange-over-Sands in later years and was living there at the time of his passing in November 2000.


1969 Chris Zoricich born, Auckland, New Zealand (1990)

Central defender who was on the books of Leyton Orient when he appeared for New Zealand in a friendly match at SJP against Newcastle in February 1992.

However that wasn't his first experience of Tyneside, having made one appearance for our reserve side in December 1990 after being invited for a trial by Jim Smith.

Leaving Brisbane Road due to work permit difficulties, Chris was briefly with Doncaster Rovers, before moving on to Central United in his native New Zealand in 1994.

Zorro then tried his luck in Australia with the Brisbane Strikers before returning to the UK, where after turning out for Welling United, Chris spent some time on trial with Chelsea.

1997 saw him sign for Newcastle Breakers in Australia (aka Newcastle United) before settling again in England after his London -born wife became homesick in 2003.

That came after calling a halt to a 15 year international career in which he'd gained over 70 caps and captained his side many times.

After a trial at Mansfield Town, Chris played non-league football for Margate, St.Albans City, Harlow Town, Borehamwood, Heybridge Swifts and Wealdstone - also coaching at Eastlea Community School in East London.

He was also involved with a London-based taxi firm before returning to New Zealand in 2009 and becoming manager of Auckland -based side Central United a year later. 

Also running a cafe in the suburb of Three Kings with his brother, Zorro later took up a coaching role with Auckland City Youth.

Death of George Lowrie, 69.

1998 Death of Justin Fashanu, 37, 


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What Else?

1922 Rest of League XI (h)
Hagan, Smailes
Moore, Simms, og(Russell)   
Testimonial Match for Jack Carr.

1924 West Stanley (a)
North East League 
Seymour 2
scorer tbc 
A week after their Wembley triumph over Aston Villa, the entire FA Cup winning side turned out in this North Eastern League game.

1930 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
37pts, 19th
The final game the season left Newcastle in need a win in order to avoid relegation and thanks to Joe Devine's goal, they survived at the expense of Burnley and Everton.

It was to be the last game Hughie Gallacher played for United and at his own request, he was sold to Chelsea for £10,000 days later. 

1941 Leeds United (h)
Stubbins 2, Myers
Short 2

1947 Manchester City (a)
Division Two 
44pts, 5th
Walker, Wayman 

1951 The victorious Newcastle side returned to Tyneside five days after beating Blackpool at Wembley in the FA Cup Final.

An estimated quarter of a million people lined the streets from the Central Station to cheer the lads, who had returned to their Brighton base after the trophy success and then won 1-0 at Wolves in a First Division game.

1952 Arsenal (n)
FA Cup Final 
Newcastle made a successful defence of the FA Cup at Wembley thanks to Chilean George Robeldo, who played in every round alongside his brother Ted. 

The referee was Arthur Ellis - later to be known as "Uncle Arthur" on TV's "It's A Knockout." Again Joe Harvey received the trophy, this time from Sir Winston Churchill.
Youtube footage is online here

It's wors agyen

1956 Altona & St.Pauli (Hamburg) (a)
The end of season tour moved on to Germany.

1960 Shamrock Rovers (a) 3-0 (2-0)
White 2, Eastham 
Testimonial match staged at Dalymount Park, Dublin for two Rovers players - one of them, Liam Tuohy, signed for Newcastle shortly afterwards. 

1972 West Bromwich Albion (h) 4-2 (2-0)
Division One 
40pts, 11th
Macdonald 2(1pen), Green, og(Wile)
Gould 2
Albion's County Durham-born defender John Wile registered an OG as United completed a seasonal double following their 3-0 victory at the Hawthorns the previous December.

1976 Leeds United (a)
Macdonald 2, Gowling, Kennedy, Burns
Lorimer 2(1 pen), Clarke, McNiven 
Testimonial Match for Paul Reaney who made in excess of 700 appearances for Leeds.

As part of the pre-match entertainment, Leeds striker Duncan McKenzie demonstrated his party piece, jumping over a Mini!

Team: Mahoney (Jones), Nattrass, A.Kennedy. Hudson (Blackhall), McCaffrey, Oates, Burns, Cassidy, Macdonald, Gowling, T.Craig. 

1980 The Reserves finished their season with a 2-1 win over Everton in the Central League at Goodison Park.

Future Magpies Gary Megson and Imre Varadi lined up for the Toffees.

1980 Luton Town (h)
Division Two 
44pts, 9th
Shoulder, Rafferty 
Hatton 2
A season that promised so much came to a disappointing end, striker Peter Withe completing a solo lap of honour after his final game for the club.

1986 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
63pts, 11th
Mauchlen(39), Banks(
The Foxes avoided relegation by a single point in the last game of the season, thanks to goals from Ally Mauchlen and an Ian Banks penalty conversion at Filbert Street.

1989 West Ham United (h) 1-2 (1-1)
Division One 
30pts, 20th
Keen(8), Ward(79) 
Relegation was confirmed by this defeat, the fateful goal being scored by Mark Ward.

1995 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3-3 (2-3)
Premier League 
69pts, 5th
Gillespie(7), Peacock(10), Beardsley(70)
Barmby(22), Klinsmann(24), Anderton(26) 
An enthralling midweek game as Darren Peacock and Keith Gillespie both scored their first league goals for United, before Spurs hit back with a rapid fire trio of their own. 

Pavel Srnicek was sent off for upending Nick Barmby, but Mike Hooper earned the cheers of the crowd by coming on to block Jurgen Klinsmann's penalty with his first touch. 

Peter Beardsley then hit a great equaliser and both teams were applauded off.

1997 Arsenal (a) 
Premier League 
63pts, 4th
Gillespie(2nd yellow) 
Robbie Elliott nodded Darren Peacock's centre past David Seaman and United held on for a victory that was vital to their hopes of Champions League qualification.

The win came despite Keith Gillespie's 79th minute dismissal. The winger made a lively contribution after appearing as a 52nd minute substitute and came close to scoring, but was booked for two ludicrous fouls.
2003 Birmingham City (h)
68pts, 3rd
Hugo Viana curled a free kick past former Toon 'keeper Ian Bennett at the Leazes End to seal a third place finish.

That goal came after a foul on Craig Bellamy that saw Matthew Upson dismissed - giving Blues boss Steve Bruce something to moan about at full time. match report

2005 Carl Finnigan scored twice but four goals in the opening 17 minutes for Aston Villa Reserves had already put this game beyond doubt as the visitors ran riot at Kingston Park. It ended 2-5. match report

2006 The reserves triumphed 2-1 in the Northumberland Senior Cup final against Blyth Spartans at the Wheatsheaf Ground.

Tommy Craig's young side came from behind after ex-Mag Jamie McClen turned inside Kris Gate and netted. Blyth's ex-mackem 'keeper Craig Turns was then beaten by Alan O'Brien before half time and then late on. match report

2009 Liverpool (a)
Premier League
31pts, 18th

Benayoun(22), Kuyt(27), Lucas(88)

As expected, United failed to pull off their 'Mission Impossible' in front of an Anfield crowd including "007", Daniel Craig.

Despite missing the prolific Fernando Torres, this proved to be a routine win for Liverpool and the home fans' taunt to Alan Shearer of "you should have stayed on the sofa" brought a rueful grin from the Newcastle boss.

He was rather less amused by the dismissal of Joey Barton however, sent off following a needless foul on Alonso and putting himself out of our final three games of the season.

Harsh words were later exchanged between manager and player, amid claims that the spat had escalated into physical contact. match report

Newcastle reserves concluded a mixed league season with a loss 0-3 to Blackburn Rovers at their training ground. match report

Despite suffering their first defeat in eleven games with a 1-2 reverse at home to Bolton, the reserves held on to top spot in Group Two of the Premier U21 League to line up an elimination match against Everton. match report

2014 Cardiff City (h)
Premier League
49pts, 9th
Sh.Ameobi(18), Remy(88), S.Taylor(90+1)
The fact that United ended a six match losing streak and condemned the visitors to the drop was almost forgotten amid the madness and mayhem of St. James' Park.

Protests, walkouts and a poisonous atmosphere were the abiding memories of a day when both Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy took their leave of SJP by finding the net. match report


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