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Pards piles it high and
deep on McClaren
5 Newcastle 1
In a season that has already had some catastrophic lows, former Newcastle
manager Alan Pardew inflicted another day of disaster on his successor, as
Steve McClaren's reign hit rock bottom.
The beleaguered Newcastle boss had his "feisty" comments firmly rammed back
down his throat as his side were once again totally outclassed, after taking
the lead at Selhurst Park.
Papiss Cisse headed United in front after just ten minutes but only seven
minutes later they were behind, as the worst defence in the league
capitulated once again.
Goals from James McArthur - via a Paul Dummett deflection - and Yannick
Bolasie turned the game around in four first half minutes after Cisse had
nodded in Daryl Janmaat's cross off Wayne Hennessey's post.
By half-time Palace hit a third when Wilfried Zaha's shot into the ground
bounced over Rob Elliot and Fabricio Coloccini to give Palace a 3-1 lead at
Within two minutes of the restart - during which McClaren incredibly
replaced Ayoze Perez with Jamaal Lascelles - Pardew's side hit a fourth as
Bolasie grabbed his second.
Lascelles gave away a needless free-kick and then allowed Bolasie to get on
the end of a nod across goal and slot past Elliot from close range.
At that point it was anyone's guess what the final score would be but the
fifth arrived in the final seconds as McArthur turned in another poor
clearance for his second to cap another awful day on the road.
And the desperate defeat, coupled with a win for the mackems and a last-gasp
point for Bournemouth saw United tumble to second bottom, with only Aston
Villa beneath us.
Full report to follow.
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback (Gouffran
70), Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (De Jong 70), Perez (Lascelles 46), Cisse.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Sterry, Thauvin, Mitrovic.
Goal: Cisse 10.
CPFC: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye (Lee
75), Zaha (Jedinak 67), Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham (Bamford 86).
Subs n/u: Speroni, Kelly, Ledley, Chamakh.
Goals: McArthur 14,90+3, Bolasie 17,47, Zaha 41.
Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:
2015/16 lost 1-5 Cisse
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
Referee: Stuart Attwell - first appointment to a Toon game this season
for the Warwickshire whistler and his third in the Premier League - both the
previous ones finished scoreless.
Attwell's most recent game in charge of United was our 2-0 Capital One Cup
victory at Manchester City back in October 2014.
Latest Premier League results/fixtures:
Sat 28.11. 2015:
Aston Villa 2-3 Watford
Bournemouth 3-3 Everton
Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle
Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
mackems 2-0 Stoke City
Leicester City 1-1 Man United
Spurs v Chelsea (Noon)
West Ham v West Bromwich Albion (2.05pm)
Liverpool v Swansea City (4.15pm)
Norwich City v Arsenal (4.15pm)
Stoke City U21s 3 Newcastle U21s 0
Saturday afternoon saw
Newcastle's U21 side break new ground when they faced Stoke City at their
adopted home of Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose.
Unfortunately they were comprehensively beaten by the young Potters.
Full details to follow.
Monday week (December 7th @ 7pm) now sees Peter Beardsley's side face Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village. If any Toon fans are planning on
going, there's an offer online
here to gain free admission.
PS: A date for United's U21 Premier League Cup tie against Everton has
been announced and this will be played at Southport FC on Monday December
Kick-off is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time
or a penalty shootout if needed.
The victors of that tie will be at home to Brighton and Hove Albion U21s
in the last sixteen.
Newcastle U18s 0 Middlesbrough U18s 2
United's U18 side lost at home to Boro at Little Benton on Saturday morning to
spoil their run of three consecutive victories.
of Middlesbrough goals early in the second half were enough for the Teesside
youngsters to see off the home side and register an Academy League double
over the fledgling Magpies.
It became apparent during the first half that whichever
team mastered the blustery wind would emerge on top although there was
little indication which side it would be. Middlesbrough favoured attacks
down the flanks while Newcastle mainly played through the middle. The
problem was that the ball usually ran away from them or they fell into
Boro’s offside trap.
Mackenzie Heaney tried his luck with a couple of
speculative shots from distance but Tom Dowson in the visitors’ goal
gathered them with ease. At the other end Paul Woolston did well to get
down to a close range miss-hit by Lambert and then hold on to a stinging
cross-shot by the impressive Jay Wilson.
Generally, however, the Newcastle defence,
well-marshalled by skipper Bon Pollock, stood firm and neither side really
looked like breaking the deadlock in the first half.
Matters changed quickly once the second half got under
way. It was only five minutes after the resumption that Boro took the
lead. A hopeful free kick, taken by Jack Lambert from a position 35 yards
out on the visitors’ left flank, saw the ball swirl high into the Newcastle
penalty area and deceive Woolston to sneak in under the bar near the far
Three minutes later, it was 2 – 0. It may have been
harsh to blame Woolston for the first goal – but he was definitely at fault
for the second. A low shot by Lee Heatherington from outside the penalty
area but in front of goal did not seem too dangerous but the ball squirmed
under the ‘keeper as he went down for it and ended up in the net.
Newcastle now had a mountain to climb and rarely looked
capable of scaling it. Indeed, Middlesbrough could have extended their lead
in the 70th minute when an effort by Marcus Tavernier (brother of
former Newcastle player James) rattled the inside of an upright with
Woolston well beaten.
The ‘keeper partly redeemed himself a couple of minutes
from time when Heatherington broke into the Newcastle penalty area and found
himself with only Woolston to beat. A goal seemed certain but Paul read the
situation perfectly to race forward and turn the ball for a corner.
But by then the game was effectively over and few could
deny that the better team had won.
Team: Paul Woolston, Jake Trodd, Ben Kitchen,
Shane Donaghey, BenPollock, Owen Bailey, Oliver Long (Yannick Aziakonou),
Luke Charman, Louis Johnson, Mackenzie Heaney, Callum Smith (Kieren Aplin
Subs n/u: Ben Smith, Matthew Longstaff, Lewis Suddick
Bookings: Bailey, Donaghey.Tavernier.
MFC: Tom Dowson, Nathan Convery (Patrick Reading 83), Hayden Coulson,
Ben Liddle, Niall McGoldrick, James Cook, Jay Wilson, Marcus Tavernier,
Mitchell Curry, Lee Heatherington, Jack Lambert
Subs n/u: Aynsley Pears, Brandon Holdsworth, Liam Cook, Tyrone
Many thanks to AC.
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A significant proportion of the population seem
set to receive a copy of "Touching Distance" by Martin Hardy
on December 25th, but for anyone who hasn't yet succumbed, we have a special
copy to give away.
Signed by six of United's 1995/96 Entertainers squad, to stand a chance
of winning it, email firstname.lastname@example.org with
your answer to this question (subject: TD):
Martin's book details Newcastle's 1995/96 season, when they came
agonisingly close to winning the league. Who shared NUFC goalkeeping duties
with Pavel Srnicek?
The closing date is Saturday December 5th @ Noon - entries welcome from
anywhere on the planet.
Martin and Michael Walker (author of "Up There" about
football in the region) will sign books at Tynemouth Market this Sunday
between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
Buy both together for a special market price of £30 (or individually
for £18.99 and £16.99 respectively).
That £30 offer is available to NUFC.com readers with free delivery where
possible. For more details, please email email@example.com
with your postcode.
PS: Author signed copies of "Touching Distance" are available
for the cover price of £18.99 including delivery to most UK
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Burnley (h) Championship, Saturday
Mike Williamson (Wolves):
MK Dons (h) Championship, Saturday
Liam Gibson (Gateshead):
Chester (h) National League, Saturday
Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Bury (h) League One, Saturday
Ivan Toney (Barnsley):
Seeking his first Tykes goal on what would be his fifth appearance, Ivan
will hope to be in the starting XI for a home meeting with Sheffield United on
Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):
Southend United (a) League One, Saturday
Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City):
Doncaster Rovers (h) League One, Saturday
Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey(Carlisle United)
Crawley Town (h) League Two, Saturday
Jamie Cobain (Sheffield
Nottingham Forest U21s (h) Monday, tbc
Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
AS Monaco (h), Ligue 1, Sunday
to the press on Friday, Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray commented on the
future of United's 12-goal loan striker Adam Armstrong:We’ve had
some discussion with Newcastle this week and everything is fine. Newcastle
are obviously in control of what is going to happen with him.
"The impression I am getting is that they think he’s in the right
place. He’s enjoying his football, scoring goals, playing every week and
learning his trade as an 18-year-old boy and getting on with his job.
"I don’t know (if his loan
will be extended for the remainder of the season). We’ve had
conversations but they don’t need to commit on that because we have a deal
until January. Let’s just play the football matches.
"I would be hopeful but if that’s
not the case and they feel he needs to go and play at another level (a
half season at a Championship club has been speculated on in some quarters) then
"I would hope he would stay and set
himself targets to score a certain amount of goals before the end of the
season and help this club be successful. But we’ll wait and see what
Cup date set
Newcastle United U18s will begin their FA Youth Cup participation this season
with a visit to non-league Ilkeston FC in the Third
Round of the competition.
The tie will take place on Wednesday 16th
December with a 7.45pm start and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if
The Robins negotiated five rounds to get to this stage, seeing off three
other non-league sides before beating Burton Albion on penalties and then
recording a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.
Although they faced Darlington at home in 2011, this will be United's first
away visit to non-league opponents since a 6-2 success at Dulwich Hamlet back
The town of Ilkeston lies just off the M1 (near Trowell Services) in
Derbyshire, around 10 miles from
Derby. The postcode of their New Manor Ground is DE7 8JF.
Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and
"Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home
shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available to for
Each shirt comes complete with a COA
(certificate of authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost £189.99
(framed) or £89.99 (unframed).
Prices include UK delivery, with a five day turnaround for framed items and
two days for unframed. Overseas orders are possible by prior arrangement.
The club issued this press release last Friday - it's also worth mentioning
that lobbying for extra transport provision began among supporters and the
official fan forum when the Everton game was a 3pm kick-off:
Newcastle United have agreed to underwrite the cost of additional Metro and
some local bus services on Tyneside this Boxing Day after the Barclays Premier
League fixture with Everton at St. James' Park was moved to a later kick-off
The game was originally scheduled to start at 3pm, but after being selected
for live television broadcast by BT Sport, it was switched to 5.30pm and will
now end shortly before 7.30pm.
With selected bus routes and Tyne and Wear Metro services originally running
until 6pm and 8pm respectively, the Club called a meeting with representatives
from Newcastle City Council, Nexus and Go North East and plans are now in
place to reduce disruption.
Metro services will now be in operation from Newcastle city centre for an
extra hour on all routes, with final services at approximately 9pm on Saturday
Fans travelling home by Metro after the game are advised to allow enough time
to make their journey.
Go North East bus services on routes 10A, 10B, 21, 47, 54, 56, 58, 309, 310,
Q3, Q3A, X1 and X30 will also operate extended hours with final services
between 7.40pm and 8.20pm. Park and ride services to the MetroCentre Coach
Park will also be in operation.
Nexus is also subsidising Boxing Day bus routes including the 27, the Quaylink
Q1, Q3 and Q3A services, the 53 and 54, the 309 and 310.
Normal fares will still apply to passengers on all Metro and bus routes and
Magpie Mover passes will be valid within existing terms and conditions.
final Go North East bus services departing Newcastle city centre on Boxing
10B 20:05 Prudhoe
10A 20:20 Greenside
21 19:50 Chester-le-Street
21 19:55 Chester-le-Street
21 20:00 Durham
47 19:50 Consett
54 19:45 Gateshead
54 19:50 Gateshead
56 19:45 sunderland
58 19:47 Heworth
309 19:45 Whitley Bay
309 19:50 Blyth
310 19:50 North Shields
Q3A 19:55 Dinnington
Q3 20:10 Cramlington
X1 19:45 Easington Lane
X30 19:40 Stanley
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale,
with availability in all areas of SJP.
NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next
Online Box Office is here
SJP seating plan is here
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am -
with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.
Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is
added annually by NUFC to each ST).
A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit.
In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.
NUFC's members only away ticket policy is
still in force, with
only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets.
the public face of the Newcastle United
Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.
to the Toon?
City guide here
Geordie Map here
NE guide here
on the VTEC logo for details of a discount train travel scheme for
NUFC ST holders and members.
Sat 05.12.2015 U18s v mackems (a)
@ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) @ SJP,
4pm. Premier League. Public sale
Mon 07.12.2015 U21s v
Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) @ White
Hart Lane, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale
£41, Over 65s £24, U18s £22 (upper tier). Adults £37, Over 65s £21, U18s
£19 (lower tier). Allocation: tbc. Live
U21s v Wolves (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Wed 16.12.2015 U18s v Ilkeston FC (a)
@ New Manor Ground, 7.45pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.
Sat 19.12.2015 U18s v Liverpool (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) @
SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League.
Public sale now (online), Wed 02.12.2015 (by phone/in
U21s v Everton (a)
@ Haig Avenue, Southport, 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.
Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) @ SJP,
5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket
details tbc. Live
on BT Sport.
Mon 28.12.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 3pm. Premier League.
Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a) @ Emirate Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.
holder sale now, 25 points (0 points Tue 01.12.2015).
£36.50 adults, £16 for OAPs/U18s, £10 U16s. Allocation: tbc.
West Allotment Celtic are
offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for
NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just £3.
Their Whitley Park home is in
Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.
Upcoming home League games:
Sat 28.11.2015 Penrith (3pm)
Wed 02.12.2015 Consett (7.30pm)
Sat 12.12.2015 Norton (3pm)
Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. £15
including pie & peas + drink. Tickets from Martin 07748 470530.
Sun 06.12.2015 John Beresford and writer Martin Hardy @ Waterstones
Newcastle, Noon, signing copies of "Touching Distance."
Tue 08.12.2015 Steven Taylor @ Blue Flames Sporting Club, Benton. £15
including pie & peas. In aid of West Allotment FC, tickets available from
Wed 09.12.2015 Steven Taylor and Steve Watson (with Pete Graves and
writer Martin Hardy) @ Whitley Lodge Snooker Club,
Claremont Crescent, NE26 3HL. 7.30pm start, £20 including pie and peas. Tickets from venue or via 0191 251
31.03.2016 Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie, Steve Watson @ Newcastle Assembly
Rooms. £35 including meal. In aid of Heaton Stannington FC - buy tickets from
FA Cup Round dates:
3rd Round draw (involving NUFC) will be staged on Mon 07.12.2015 (tbc)
3rd: w/e of 09.01.2016
4th: w/e of 30.01.2016
5th: w/e of 20.02.2016
6th: w/e of 12.03.2016
SF: Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F: Sat 21.05.2016
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s
Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Heaton Stannington
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town
North Shields v Ashington
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Everton (h) 5.30pm
Tue 12.01.2016 Man United (h) 7.45pm
Selections made up to Sun 24.01.2016.
2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)
Buy tickets here
or on 0844 856 1113.
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.
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 |
2015/16 future match dates:
Draw is made
10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016
2016/17 future match dates:
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
|On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Jack Alderson born, Crook, Durham.
Goalkeeper who made a solitary senior team appearance for
Newcastle, replacing Jimmy Lawrence for a 3-1 home success against Woolwich
Arsenal in January 1913.
Beginning his career with Crook Juniors, Jack appeared for Shildon and had a
spell with the smoggies as an amateur before United paid £30 to secure his
Joining Crystal Palace in 1919 for a £50 fee, Alderson enjoyed a successful
stint in South London - winning one England cap - before joining Welsh side
Pontypridd in 1924.
Later appearing for Sheffield United and Exeter City, he served Torquay United
as a trainer and turned for Worcester City before returning to his native
Turning his hand to farming in later years, Jack's death was recorded on
wearside in February 1972.
Alec Betton born, New Tupton, Derbyshire. (1931-34)
Defender who joined United in January 1931 from Scarborough
Town for £500, having earlier played for Chesterfield.
Making his Magpies debut later that same month in a 2-3 reverse at West Ham,
Alec appeared over the following two and a half seasons but moved on following
the club's relegation from Division One in 1934.
After a brief spell at Stockport County, Betton returned to former club
Scarborough, serving them for many years as a trainer.
1931 Terry Stoddart born, Newcastle,
Defender who came through the juniors but failed to make a first team
appearance for United.
Continuing his playing career at Darlington, York City and Poole Town, Terry's
death was reported in October 2014.
1933 Alex Tait born, West Sleekburn, Northumberland. (1952-60)
Centre forward who appeared for England at youth level and
continued with his teacher training while signing part-time terms at Gallowgate
Making his first team debut for United in a 4-0 home win over Everton in April
1955, Tait became an occasional starter over the following seasons.
The high point of his Magpies career then came in December 1956 with a run of
first team games after Jackie Milburn, Vic Keeble and Bobby Mitchell were all
Clad in the number 9 shirt in the Tyne- wear derby at SJP, Tait netted a hat
trick in a 6-2 demolition of the mackems - the first Newcastle player ever to
What proved to be Alex's final United game was a 3-4 loss to Fulham at Craven
Cottage in October 1959, before a £5,000 move to Bristol City the following
Later appearing for Doncaster Rovers, Tait joined non-league Burton Albion in
1965 and later served as their manager until 1968.
Living in the Staffordshire town of Tutbury, Alex continued in the teaching
profession and also held a coaching position at Loughborough College.
1948 Mick Channon born, Orcheston, Wiltshire. (1982)
After a 17 year career during which he'd played over 500 games
for Southampton in two spells and also appeared for Manchester City, ex-England
striker Mick was seeing out his days with Hong Kong club Caroline Hills.
That all changed in September 1982 however, when he pitched up at SJP after his
old pal and former Dell colleague Kevin Keegan began advising manager Arthur
Cox on finding reinforcements for our squad.
Making a goalscoring debut in a midweek 1-1 home draw with the smoggies, Mick
kept his place in the side for a home draw with Chelsea followed by back to
back losses at the hands of Shrewsbury and Barnsley.
Exiting from Gallowgate as Terry McDermott arrived, Mick joined Bristol Rovers
but was unable to find the net in nine outings and retirement loomed at the age
Instead however, a call from Norwich City manager Ken Brown saw Channon heading
to Carrow Road and three seasons of top- flight football during which he scored
16 times in 88 league appearances.
Bowing out with a League Cup winner's medal in the 1985 Wembley final victory
over the mackems - although the Canaries had already been relegated, Mick
signed for Portsmouth in August 1985.
That wasn't a success though and after moving on to Irish side Finn Harps, he
retired and embarked on a
second successful sporting career, as a racehorse trainer.
Mick was involved in a road accident on the M1 in 2008 and suffered a punctured lung and
broken arm but making a full recovery. Sadly his travelling companion was
Martin Thomas born, Senghenydd, Wales. (1983-88)
Goalkeeper who had made his debut back in 1977 for Bristol
Rovers, later joining Cardiff City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southend United on
loan (although he never played a first team game for Spurs).
Moving to SJP on loan in May 1983, Martin replaced Kevin Carr between the posts
in a 5-0 victory at Barnsley and retained his place for the final two games of
A permanent deal was then concluded that summer and Thomas became a Magpie at a
cost of £50K, sharing custodian duties with Carr in our 1983/84 promotion
That situation persisted the following season after Jack Charlton replaced
Arthur Cox as United manager and Thomas was loaned out to the smoggies for a
Finally making the number one shirt his own in the 1985/86 and 1986/87 seasons,
he also gained a solitary full cap against Finland for Wales in August 1986.
Losing his place to Gary Kelly in September 1987, Martin remained on Tyneside
for a further year before signing for Birmingham City in a £75K deal after the
arrival of Dave Beasant at SJP left him as third choice.
made 144 appearance for City and remained there until 1993, twice going out on
were to be non-playing emergency loans - at both Aston Villa and Crystal
Playing on until 1995 with Cheltenham Town (then a non-league side), Martin
used his coaching credentials to work both for the FA and as a specialist
goalkeeping coach with a number of clubs in the Midlands.
Joining the FA staff permanently in 1997, Thomas subsequently became English FA national goalkeeping
coach and at various times coached at both U16 and U21.
2012 then saw Martin join the Team Great Britain football coaching staff for
the London Olympics, also releasing an autobiography, "from the valley
to the valley and back."
All proceeds are to be donated to help fund a memorial in his home town of
Senghenydd to the 440 miners killed in an accident at the nearby Universal
Colliery in 1913.
1960 Kenny Wharton born, Blakelaw.
Left back/midfielder who made his first team debut in March
1979, coming off the bench to replace Nigel Walker during a 0-5 defeat away at
West Ham United.
Becoming a regular during the 1980/81 season, Kenny netted his first senior
goal with a low shot at the Leazes End against Shrewsbury Town in September
A regular at left back in the 1983/84 promotion side, Wharton then filled both
midfield and full back roles for United in the top flight over the following
Perhaps the highlight of that part of his career came in the visit of Luton
Town to SJP in April 1988, when Newcastle spanked the Hatters 4-0 to avenge
defeat by a similar margin at Kenilworth Road.
Michael O'Neill led the way with a hat trick, but Kenny is remembered for
sitting on the ball in the latter stages, as United extracted the urine from
Steve Foster & Co. as they had in that earlier meeting in Bedfordshire.
What proved to be Wharton's final first team outing came in the final home game
of the 1988/89 season - a 1-1 draw with Millwall that came after relegation for
Jim Smith's side had already been confirmed.
Joining Carlisle United at the start of the 1989/90 season, Kenny struggled for
fitness due to an ongoing knee problem and was forced into retirement at the
end of that season, also having spells on the books of both Bradford City and
Wharton had returned to SJP in April 1989, when almost 21,000 fans saw a
testimonial match between United & a Kevin Keegan XI.
Frank Pingel and Mirandinha netted for United in a 2-2 draw, while Chris Waddle
scored twice for KK's side, for whom Kenny played alongside old colleagues
Gazza, Wes Saunders and guests including Steve Bruce, Peter Shilton and Gary
Dropping down to play for non-league Whitley Bay, Wharton then began his
coaching career with St.Johnstone, before joining the staff at Boro's Academy.
1999 saw him return to the Magpies as a youth team coach, also serving as
United's Academy director between 2002 and 2004.
Kenny ended his second long association with the club in 2009 when he was
removed from the SJP Academy staff, the club claiming that was "by mutual
Wharton later relocated to Canada and coached youngsters at the Halifax City
club in Nova Scotia.
1896 Loughborough Town
Wardrope, Aitken, Connen, Lennox
1903 Bury (h)
Appleyard, Howie 2
Debut for Kilmarnock-born Thomas Wills, at left back.
1908 Nottingham Forest
Wilson, Shepherd, Higgins, Liddell
Goalscoring debut for United's new striker Albert
Shepherd, signed from Bolton Wanderers with a reputation
for finding the net regularly.
1914 Manchester United
1931 Sunderland (a)
J.R.Richardson(19), McMenemy(23), Lang(34),
1936 Burnley (h)
Garnham, Leighton, Smith
1942 Middlesbrough (a)Hardisty
Carr, Short 2, Stubbins 3
Second half goals from Cliff Holton and Alex Forbes
gave The Gunners both points.
Carlisle lost 3-1 to Darlington in a FA Cup first round
match held at St.James' Park which attracted 34,257
This was also the first time the Gallowgate
floodlights were used for an FA Cup tie.
Manchester City (a)
Allchurch(37), Bell(55), White(66), og(McTavish)(80)
The winning goal was an own goal scored by City centre
half McTavish, unbelievably his third in just four games.
City lost despite the heroics of Bert Trautmann in
goal and a hat trick from Billy McAdams.
Newcastle Reserves beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at St.James'
Magpies scorers were Bobby Cummings, Ron Guthrie, Geoff
Swindon Town (a)
After defeat at Swansea and a disappointing home draw with Derby, United
burst into life at the County Ground and began a run of seven successive league
Ford, Robson, Moncur
Birmingham City (h)
Abandoned due to bad light after ten minutes of extra
time, with industrial unrest during the winter of
discontent meant floodlights weren't allowed.
The tie had kicked off at 2pm in front of a miniscule crowd but by 4pm visibility on a
freezing and snowy afternoon made any conclusion game
A restaged game a week later drew just less than 10,000 fans and saw United win
The Daily Express five-a-side National Football
Championship was held at Wembley Arena.
West Ham 2-0 and then Chelsea 1-0 but were hammered 0-4 by
the mackems, who overcame Brighton 2-0 in the
Grimsby Town (a)
Kenny Wharton marked his 21st birthday with a
35 yard rocket shot to put United ahead at Blundell Park.
Charlton Athletic (h)
An unlucky day for Addicks striker Colin Walsh, who
broke his leg during this game. John Cornwell scored the only goal of his United
career, at the Leazes end.
footage is online here
Oldham Athletic (h)
Full Members Cup
Former 'Latic Mick Quinn netted his eighteenth and
nineteenth goals of
the season in a meaningless cup tie staged at SJP.
Youtube footage is online here
United continued their search for bargain signings, giving
a trial to local striker John Richardson, who had been
playing in New Zealand.
He lasted 65 minutes of a reserve game at SJP which United
lost 2-1 to Aston Villa, Steve Watson getting the United
Cambridge United (h)
The visitors lost Andy Fensome, sent off for whacking
Alan Thompson but the result was never in much doubt.
Fensome had actually been on trial at SJP for a short
spell in 1988.
With the score at 2-0,
United were awarded a penalty and
usual taker Gavin Peacock moved to gather the ball
only to have it
snatched from him by David Kelly, who completed his hat
trick from the spot.
A late chance converted
by Peacock made sure everyone ended up satisfied. The
visitors scored a late goal through Steve Claridge, who
had already played at SJP earlier in the season for
footage is online here
allowed midfielder Richie Appleby to go on loan to Ipswich
Town, a move that was later made permanent.
With Robert Lee and Alan Shearer both missing through
injury, there was a memorable debut
for United's new £8m signing Duncan Ferguson, although Dons'
keeper Neil Sullivan welcomed the Scot with open
At the other end of the field, Steve Harper made his
senior debut for United when Shay Given was unable to
continue after half time.
That was a second enforced change for boss Ruud
Gullit, injury forcing Stephen Glass off within the
opening 30 minutes - his replacement Nobby Solano
levelling for United within 10 minutes of arriving.
That came after Joe Kinnear's Wombles went in front,
Marcus Gayle latching on to a poor pass from Gary Speed
and outpacing the recalled Steve Howey before beating
Big Dunc got on the end of a Solano centre to head home
his first and then repeated the trick in the final seconds
from Keith Gillespie's cross to seal a first league win
in six attempts.
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Two headers saw off George Graham's Cockerels, with
the golden boot of Nobby Solano supplying centres on each
There were first team debuts for on-loan defender Helder
and alleged midfielder Fumaca, signed on a
Referee Neale Barry
was unmoved as Kieron Dyer was sent tumbling over in the
penalty area by Kevin Kilbane's late challenge.
And aside from that, Barry's refusal to show a second yellow card to Tim Cahill
or Tony Hibbert gave the Toffees license to implement
a fairly brutal game plan.
United were also
complicit, spurning gilt-edged chances and seeing both Craig Bellamy and Jermaine Jenas
hitting the woodwork.
2006 With Shay
Given fit again and back between the sticks, Steve Harper
went to Munich for the first of two hernia operations.
2007 Quotes from Manager
if he had sought assurances over his future from Chris
Mort and Mike Ashley, he replied: “No, no, not at all,
no. Why should I do that?
because somebody writes it in the papers, I should not be
be ringing or chasing the chairman or the owner to seek
assurances over my position.
position is safe if I get results; my position is not safe
if I lose football matches. It has never been any
different anywhere else, not here, not at Bolton, not
would not have lasted eight years at Bolton if I did not
get results, so it is no different anywhere you go.
the end of the day when you take over a football club,
generally it is not in a good condition - that’s why you
get the job - and you have got to try to build it up from
get less and less time to do that now and from my point of
view and the point of view of all managers, it brings a
huge and extra pressure on us.
we have to live with that because there is little we can
do about it. Only our bosses can be more stable and be
more supportive and I believe there will be no knee-jerk
reaction from my bosses. 2009
Swansea City (h)
"They are very stable and very
supportive, and I hope that remains the case."
2008 NUFC Club statement:
"Newcastle United announced today that Joe Kinnear
has signed a contract as manager until the end of the
"Joe initially came to St.James' Park in September in
an interim role but will now remain with the Magpies for
the rest of the campaign.
fu....." "Ever since I came
to Newcastle United I have thoroughly enjoyed the
"The players have been great to work with and the
fans have made me feel at home since day one.
"We have a big challenge ahead of us for the rest of
the season but together I'm confident we will make good
Four matches and four wins for Chris Hughton
since the term "interim" was removed from his
New signing Fabrice Pancrate debuted from the bench while Tim Krul replaced Steve Harper at the
interval, after the latter complained of back
bounced back from a 1-5
at Bolton to grab a vital point in a game that was in doubt due to snow and freezing temperatures.
The reigning champions came bearing gifts, with Alex caught cold early on - his hopeful back pass eluding goalkeeper Petr Cech and
leaving Andy Carroll to rush in and plant the ball in the vacant Gallowgate net.
With messrs Barton, Williamson and Coloccini all suspended,
Steven Taylor made his comeback after a ten month absence and partnered Sol
Campbell in defence.
Neither could prevent the
equaliser though, as
Salomon Kalou sped into the area and shot past Tim Krul via a Danny
NUFC.com match report
Stoke City (a)
An eleventh failure to break
our seasonal away duc kcame at the Britannia Stadium,
despite going ahead when Papiss Cisse steered home the rebound from Demba Ba's
blocked effort via a post.
That was the first home goal conceded by Stoke for eight hours, but our backline
proved unable to cope with ex-mackem Kenwyne Jones and fellow substitute