Sunday October 4th, 2015

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St. James' Park
Sunday 18th October
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Ticket news:

Norwich (h) Public sale now (online)
mackems (a) ST holder sale now (90pts)
Stoke (h) ST holder sale now

Premier League:
Dick out 

Following their 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday, the mackems confirmed on Sunday that manager Dick Advocaat had resigned with immediate effect.

The front runner for the post is former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, with fellow SJP old boy Nigel Pearson also suggested in some quarters.

Dick's departure means that once again the red and whites will replace their manager ahead of a derby - a stunt they successfully pulled in April 2013 (Di Canio), October 2013 (Poyet) and March 2015 (Advocaat) - with all gaining their first wins by beating us.

The mackems return to action on Saturday week when they are away to West Bromwich Albion.

PS: Liverpool reacted to their 1-1 draw at Everton on Sunday by sacking manager Brendan Rodgers

Premier League:
Another Manc massacre

Manchester City  6  Newcastle  1


Newcastle capitulated in spectacular and distressing fashion at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, despite a positive first half that included Aleksandar Mitrovic's first goal for the club.

Incredibly, only a linesman's flag and the right boot of Joe Hart had prevented the Serbian from completing a hat trick but after Sergio Aguero equalised four minutes before the break, the proverbial floodgates opened.

Three more goals from the Argentinean in a five minute spell shortly after the break completely turned the game on its head - and that became four in seven minutes as Steve McClaren's side absolutely disintegrated.

Kevin de Bruyne hooked in a fifth, Aguero added another to make it 1-6 and at that point, with just under half an hour still remaining, our record defeat (0-9 to Burton Wanderers in 1895) looked under threat.

Thankfully, City manager Manuel Pellegrini took pity on the visitors and substituted the five-goal Argentinean within five minutes - the arrival of a semi-fit Wilfried Bony thankfully meaning the scoring stopped at six. 

Home and away fans applauded as Aguero was replaced - having been denied what was a golden opportunity to become the first Premier League player to notch a double hat trick (it later emerged that he'd been less than 100% fit after being kicked in midweek). 

The defending that contributed to the surrender was alarming and although the home side gratefully took advantage, McClaren's side now sit at the bottom of the table having conceded 17 goals from eight games.

An injury to Jack Colback prompted the baffling selection of Yoan Gouffran in midfield and he was predictably pedestrian, but to single out the Frenchman would be to ignore the rest of the dishevelled disaster currently masquerading as a Premier League football club.

This game of two halves ranks alongside the six second half goals conceded across the city at Old Trafford in 2008, when Nigel Pearson was briefly in charge following Sam Allardyce's departure.

With the mackems taking a point from their home game against West Ham, our goal difference was dented sufficiently for them to dump us to the bottom of the league with both sides on just three points.

Aston Villa are only a point better off but 17th-placed West Bromwich Albion now sit five points above us -a worrying gap developing before the clocks go back....

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu (Lascelles 53), Sissoko (Tiote 66), Anita, Gouffran (Thauvin 66), Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Perez.
Subs n/u: Williamson, Cisse, De Jong, Elliot.

Booked: Anita.

Goal: Mitrovic 18.

MCFC: Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, Silva (Iheanacho 75), De Bruyne, Sterling (Navas 46), Aguero (Bony 66).
Subs n/u: Sagna, Caballero, Demichelis, Garcia Alonso.

Booked: Fernandinho, Mangala, Zabaleta.

Goals: Aguero 42,49,50,60,62, De Bruyne 53.

Crowd: 53,850 - largest crowd to have watched us at the Etihad Stadium but over 500 fewer than the crowd for the visit of Chelsea in August 2015.

This was the largest crowd to have seen Newcastle play City since 100,000 who attended the 1976 League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.


This is now our worst start to a season in the Premier League era:

Season-opening winless runs (PL only):

2015/16: no win in eight games
2014/15: won the eighth game
2013/14: won the third game
2012/13: won the first game
2011/12: won the second game
2010/11: won the second game
2008/09: won the second game
2007/08: won the first game
2006/07: won the first game
2005/06: won the sixth game
2004/05: won the fifth game
2003/04: won the seventh game
2002/03: won the first game
2001/02: won the third game
2000/01: won the second game
1999/00: won the eighth game
1998/99: won the fifth game
1997/98: won the first game
1996/97: won the second game
1995/96: won the first game
1994/95: won the first game
1993/94: won the fourth game

United's worst-ever start came in the 1898/99 campaign when they were winless in ten games (six losses and four draws) before finally breaking their duck by beating Liverpool 3-0 at SJP on Bonfire Night 1898.

In 2015 our away record is a pathetic five points from a possible 39 - ten defeats plus a 3-0 victory at Hull in January, a 1-1 draw at Palace in February and a 0-0 recorded at Manchester United last month. 

In terms of goals, it's now 29 conceded and six scored - three of which came in that one game at Hull. 

Aleksander Mitrovic's goal was our first on the road this season - until that point we were the only side in the top five divisions not to have scored away from home in 2015/16.

The Serbian scored to end a 354 minute barren run since Emmanuel Riviere netted at QPR last May, that effort our first in 522 minutes away from SJP since Papiss Cisse netted at Crystal Palace in February.

Since Michael Owen scored in a 1-0 home win back in September 2005 we've failed to register a win City in 18 Premier League games (16 losses, 2 draws). That remains the worst sequence in the Premier League.

Mitrovic became the first Newcastle player to score against City in the Premier League since Demba Ba at SJP back in 2012 - a run of 507 minutes.

There was a PL debut for Jamaal Lascelles, who was the 201st player to appear for us in that competition. Until his arrival, United's XI had no English players in it.

Sergio Aguero had scored five times in eight games against us before today's haul made it ten from nine.

Incredible City's feat of netting three times in just five minutes may have been, but Portsmouth's scoring run at SJP in November 2007 eclipses it - notching three in four minutes (Pamarot 8, Benjani 9, Utaka 11).

Aguero became the fifth player to score five times in a PL game, after Andy Cole (Man U v Ipswich 1995), Alan Shearer (Newcastle v Sheff Wed 1999), Jermain Defoe (Spurs v Wigan 2009) and Dimitar Berbatov (Man U v Blackburn 2010). Aguero's haul against Newcastle was the fastest of the lot, at 20 minutes.

The previous highest tally against us in the PL had been the four that Andy Cole grabbed against us for Man U at Old Trafford during a 1-5 defeat in August 1999.

Aguero's treble was the first registered against us in the Premier League since Eden Hazard for Chelsea in 2014 and the fifteenth in all:

Teddy Sheringham 1994, Dwight Yorke 1996, Michael Owen 1998, Andy Cole 1999, Ray Parlour 2000, Michael Owen 2001, Ruud van Nistelrooy 2002, Paul Scholes 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo 2008, John Carew 2008, Somen Tchoyi 2011, Clint Dempsey 2012, Theo Walcott 2012, Eden Hazard 2014, Sergio Aguero 2015.

Heaviest NUFC PL defeats:

2007/08 0-6 Manchester United (a) (0-0 HT)
2012/13 0-6 Liverpool (h) (0-2 HT)
2015/16 1-6 Manchester City (a) (1-1 HT)
2000/01 0-5 Arsenal (a) (0-2 HT)
2003/04 0-5 Chelsea (a) (0-3 HT)
2011/12 0-5 Spurs (a) (0-4 HT)
2014/15 0-5 Manchester City (a) (0-3 HT)

Magpies @ Etihad:

2015/16 Lost 1-6 Mitrovic
2014/15 Lost 0-5
2014/15 Won 2-0 Aarons, Sissoko (LC)
2013/14 Lost 0-4
2012/13 Lost 0-4
2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2005/06 Lost 0-3
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2003/04 Lost 0-1


Our predictions of a penalty to be scored in the game or the same number of goals to be scored in each half may have been wide of the mark, but Betway's bespoke bet on Mitrovic scoring in a United defeat came in at 9/1.

Steve McClaren said:

"You are coming up against a top-quality team - Aguero was world class. He is getting back to form and we were punished by a really high-quality opponent.

"It was such a magnificent performance in the first half. it was same against Chelsea last week but in 13 minutes we got beaten by world-class individuals. We probably frightened them into life and they killed us for it.

"We have had a tough eight games but I have seen enough in the last two weeks that we can win football matches.

"We were unlucky last week and this week. There is enough in there, we just need consistency. Our season begins now.

"We came here to win. We were bold in our 4-4-2 in the first half we really shook Man City, and scored the first goal.

"The second goal that was disallowed was onside, so we should have had that and we had other opportunities. It could have been a different story.

"The goal before half-time just gave them a lift and in the second half we just got done by mistakes by ourselves and Aguero's world-class finishing, which he is well capable of doing to any team.

"We have to toughen up and get ready for the next spell of games. The first eight have been tough. Itís bound to be an issue, you concede five goals in 13 minutes, so you have an issue there (in defence).

"We have shown what our strengths are, and what our weaknesses are. We have shown what we arenít capable of doing.

"I watch Man City a lot and they can score eight to 10 goals every week. The goals were disappointing and in that respect we caused our own problems.

"We did score first, we should have had a second, that keeps you in the game but once the second or third goal goes in we have to deal with that better.

"We carried on the level of performance from last week. We came here to win with a 4-4-2. In that first half we really shoved Man City.

"We scored the first goal and had a second disallowed, which was onside. We had other opportunities too.

"And it might have been a different story, the goal just before half-time was the kind of goal that gave them a lift."

Pellegrini said:

"It's more important to win before the international break because now we have 15 days without playing. It's important to return from a victory, to play the way we did and to win.

"We'll see what happens with Manchester United tomorrow but really I am not worried about that. It is more important to see our team play in the way we did today.

(Aguero) had a serious kick from Wednesday in Germany. He was having some treatment during half-time.

"To give him more minutes, maybe he would have scored one or two goals more, but we need more to take a precaution about his kick because he could get injured. Maybe it was very good treatment!

"He had a kick in his hamstring, so it was important just to relax him a little bit because he was not 100 per cent comfortable.

"I am very happy for Kun. He deserves it. He is always a player who makes a difference.

"For different reasons in the last few games he missed important chances, but he was calm. That was very clever from him. 

"To see him play at the level he played today, not only must I be happy but all the fans because he is a different player."


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Referee: Kevin Friend - Leicestershire-based whistler who took charge of two home games last season: the 1-1 draw with Stoke City and 1-3 loss to Spurs.

Before today, Newcastle had won all three away games he'd handled - a 2-1 success at Cardiff in October 2013, 4-1 victory at Hull in March 2014 and 1-0 win at Sheffield United in the 2009/10 Championship season.

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 03.10.2015:

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City
Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United
Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City
mackems 2-2 West Ham
Chelsea 1-3 Southampton

Sun 04.10.2015:

Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
Swansea City 2-2 Spurs

Premier League:
Chile on menu 
for young Magpie 

The England squad that will participate in the U17 World Cup in Chile has been announced and Newcastle's Paul Woolston is one of three goalkeepers included.

The Young Lions begin their group stage games against Guinea in Coquimbo on Saturday (17th), moving on to face Brazil on Tuesday (20th) in La Serena and then South Korea on Friday (23rd) back in Coquimbo.

Before that though, England will play friendly matches against DR Congo at St. Georgeís Park on Wednesday and then host nation Chile in Rancagua.

Another England U17 squad meanwhile have been in European Championship qualification action in Portugal, sealing top spot in a four team tournament after a 1-1 draw with the hosts in Coimbra on Sunday.

Newcastle's Mackenzie Heaney was named among the substitutes and the side have qualified for the Elite Round early next year - the last hurdle before the sixteen team final tournament in Azerbaijan in May. 

Other England youth callups:

Adam Armstrong / Freddie Woodman
Thu 08.10.2015 Macedonia (a) Skopje ECQ
Sat 10.10.2015 Finland (n) Skopje ECQ
Tue 13.10.2015 Italy (n) Skopje ECQ
(European Championship qualifiers)

Alex Gilliead
Wed 07.10.2015 Netherlands (n) Heidenheim FR
Sat 10.10.2015 Turkey (n) Ulm FR 
Tue 13.10.2015 Germany (h) Heidenheim FR
(Mercedes Benz Elite Cup, Germany)

Loan lads:
Taming of the Shrews 


Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):
It's now eight goals from nine starts in League One for striker Adam, after he scored twice in a 3-0 home win over Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Watch Arma's brace online here


Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A 1-2 loss at PSG on Sunday means that OM are now without a win in four league games. Remy completed 90 minutes for what was his eighth appearance - media reports suggest that his loan deal will be made permanent after he plays in 12 games. 

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Fergie came off the bench after 62 minutes but couldn't prevent the Lions from a 3-5 loss to Peterborough United at London Road in League One on Saturday

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):
Vuckic missed a fourth successive game due to injury as Wigan were held 0-0 at home by Walsall in League One on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey/Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United)
Gillesphey played the full game and Gilliead the final half hour as the Cumbrians won 1-0 at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday. 

Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town):
The goalkeeper made his 12th appearance for the Red Devils at Plymouth Argyle in League Two on Saturday, but was on the wrong end of a 1-2 defeat.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
1-1 draw at Brighton in the Championship on Saturday saw Sammy appear as a 63rd minute substitute and almost win it for the Bluebirds - only for his goalbound shot to be cleared off the line by a home player.

Ben Smith (Bristol City) 
Leeds United U18s (a), Development League, Saturday. Details to follow.

Premier League:
mackems (a) tickets 

Tickets for our trip to the dark place next month are now on sale to ST holders with 90 loyalty points (with further reduced totals/dates to follow).

Prices: £39 adults, £26 aged 65 and over, £15 U16s.

As in previous seasons, bus travel is available from NUFC at a cost of £4* for a return ticket (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am, kickoff Noon). Bus tickets bookable online from NUFC box office.

*NUFC fund buses with all monies raised donated to charity - the charge is made in order to gauge more accurately the number of buses required.

Mansell motors on

Newcastle U18s  0  Blackburn U18s  2

As they did on two occasions last season, Blackburn's U18s profited from their visit to Tyneside - returning to Lancashire with all three points and a clean sheet.

Looking to record their fourth successive victory on the road, the Ewood youngsters were indebted to in-form Lewis Mansell - who scored both goals to take his seasonal tally up to ten.     

After a scoreless first half the Rovers striker shot his side ahead from the penalty spot, before Mansell made sure of the victory eights from the end of normal time.

Dave Watson's side by contrast have conceded thirteen goals in their last four outings and are bottom of the table with just one win in eight attempts this season.

The Magpies were once again without Mackenzie Heaney due to international commitments with England, while Jack Hunter was forced off the field due to injury.

Team: Pearson, Trodd, Adu-Peprah, Hunter (Charman 18), Pollock, Newberry, Gallacher (Lowther 86), Suddick, McNall (Long 80) Longstaff, Smith. Subs n/u: Harker, Aziakonou.

Back to the future 


Chris Waddle, the ZX Spectrum, Manic Miner, Daley Thompson's Olympics, Rocky Sharpe & The Replays - just a few memorable sights and sounds from 1982. 

Reliving their lost youth, our sponsors MJS have one of the new recreated ZX Spectrum computers up for grabs in a free-to-enter competition (if the 2015 Sinclair revival is news to you, find full details online here)

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No purchase necessary, no age restriction, one entry per person please. Winner will be drawn at random from correct entries received by Fri Oct 9th and must collect their prize in person from either the MJS branches in Ponteland or Birtley within two weeks.

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Premier League:
Heartbreaking but

Newcastle  2  Chelsea 

Match report

Touching Distance

Thanks to everyone who has bought copies of Martin Hardy's excellent book "Touching Distance", recounting the highs and lows of Newcastle's 1995/96 campaign.

The first run sold out but further stocks have now arrived - apologies to anyone unable to locate one recently. Author signed copies are available to buy online here for £18.99, including free UK delivery.

Local clubs for local people:
Non League Day looms 

This coming Saturday (10th) sees the staging of the sixth Non-League Day - an annual celebration of grass roots football across the country, with the aim of attracting new supporters to watch their local team.

In this region you'll find a good choice of games on offer, notably a cracking FA Cup tie in prospect at Hillheads between Whitley Bay and Chorley.

Admission to the Northern League game between North Shields and Dunston meanwhile is just £1 for current NUFC season ticket holders.

All of the following games have 3pm starts and for the Northern League, directions appear on their informative website online here

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round:

Whitley Bay v Chorley


National League:
Gateshead v Cheltenham Town

Evostik League:
Blyth Spartans v Sutton Coldfield Town

Northern League Division 1:
Ashington v Shildon
Bedlington Terriers v Seaham Red Star
Consett v West Auckland Town
Durham City v Newton Aycliffe
Guisborough Town v Sunderland RCA
Morpeth Town v Jarrow Roofing BCA
Newcastle Benfield v Penrith
North Shields v Dunston UTS
Washington v Norton & Stockton Ancients
West Allotment Celtic v Bishop Auckland

Northern League Division 2:
Billingham Town v Hebburn Town
Crook Town v Stokesley Sports Club
Darlington RA v Brandon United
Easington Colliery v Chester-Le-Street
Northallerton Town v Billingham Synthonia
Ryhope CW v Heaton Stannington
South Shields v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Thornaby v Esh Winning
Tow Law Town v Team Northumbria
Whickham v Birtley Town
Willington v Alnwick Town

And not forgetting the Northern Alliance

Old boy still at large:
Shola: UK tour continues 

Former Magpie forward Shola Ameobi has linked up with yet another Championship club as the 33 year-old free agent seeks a playing comeback.

Following unsuccessful stints training with Huddersfield Town and Wolves, Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has now confirmed that the elder of the three Ameobi brothers is to spend some time with the Trotters. 

Recent reports also claimed that Shola was due to link up with Sheffield Wednesday, but it's unclear whether that actually happened. 

PS: fellow free agent Leon Best continues to train with Huddersfield as he looks to win a contract.

Swans stop Magpies from breaking duck

Newcastle U21s  1  Swansea U21s  1

Match report

Ultimate Record PDF

The 2014/15 season PDF update for Paul Joannou's excellent "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" is now available free of charge to book purchasers.

If you haven't received a copy - or are after previous season PDFs - email with your requirements.

PS: "The Ultimate Record" book is a complete sell out, but copies of Paul's sister publication "Ultimate Who's Who" are available, including an autographed edition. 

Find more details online here

Premier League:
Potters reduced

A further reciprocal ticket pricing agreement has been confirmed for this season, Stoke City announcing that last season's agreement with Newcastle will continue.

That sees adult ticket prices reduced to £20 (
£10 for over 65s and £5 for U17s) for Potters fans at SJP next month and Magpies followers heading to the Britannia next March.

Similar deals for West Ham (£25) and Watford (£25) have already been announced this season, with a £10 reduction on adult ticket prices for Toon supporters at Bournemouth in November (making them £23). 

Premier League:
Norwich City (h)

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Sunday week (October 18th) when the Canaries visit SJP for a 4pm kickoff. Tickets are now on public sale (online).

The visitors have announced discounted prices for away tickets of £10 for adults and just £1 for bairns - rather than a reciprocal pricing initiative though, this just appears to be them spending their Away Fan fund. 

NUFC: Steven Taylor remains sidelined, while updates on the fitness of Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan and Emmanuel Riviere.

Punts: Latest offers for new punters are online here

NCFC: This season the Canaries have won on the road at the mackems (3-1), drawn at Liverpool (1-1) and West Ham (2-2) and lost at Southampton (0-3).

Four home games have brought one victory - 3-1 over Bournemouth - a 1-1 draw with Stoke and defeats by Palace (1-3) and Leicester (1-2).

Russell Martin and Nathan Redmond have scored three goals each while £8.5m striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been banished to Spaniards Real Betis. 

Gary Hooper may return after injury but Youssouf Mulumbu is still out. Former Magpie defender Sebastien Bassong is an ever-present this season but has yet to win a game at his former SJP home (2 draws, 1 loss).

City boss Alex Neil is just 34 years old and played for SPFL side Hamilton Academical on New Years Day this year, just days before taking the Norwich job.

The Scottish-born midfielder played in England for both Mansfield Town and Barnsley - coming off the bench for the Tykes at Oakwell in October 2001 as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle in a League Cup tie.

Referee: tbc 


Failing to win any of our opening four home games (two draws, two defeats) represents United's worse league start since the 1991/92 season. Following four draws and one defeat, the sequence was broken at the sixth time of asking with a 2-0 victory over Leicester City.

Newcastle have collected just 11 points from a possible 42 at Gallowgate in 2015 (5 draws, 2 wins, 7 losses). 

Magpies versus Canaries - post WWII:

2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-2
1987/88 lost 1-3 Gazza
1986/87 won 4-1 Goddard, Gazza, McDonald, Jackson
1984/85 drew 1-1 Waddle
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Mills
1977/78 drew 2-2 Burns, Kennedy
1976/77 won 5-1 T.Craig, Gowling, Oates, McCaffery 2
1975/76 won 5-2 Gowling 2, Macdonald 2, OG
1973/74 drew 0-0
1972/73 won 3-1 Tudor 2, Guthrie
1964/65 won 2-0 Cummings, Robson
1963/64 won 2-0 Cummings, Iley
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell, Thomas
1961/62 drew 0-0

Pub Watch: Fitzgeralds, 60 Grey Street, NE1 6AF


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



Metro: no scheduled disruptions.

Bus: Both the X50 Soccerbus and the Q3 service will operate, the X50 to and from the Metro Centre and the Q3 linking the Park & Ride facility at the Great Park.

Find more information on both routes online here

Offering matchday travel to NUFC season ticket holders, Magpie Mover tickets remain available details here

UK Radio:
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Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 17.10.2015:

Spurs v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Aston Villa (3pm)
Crystal Palace v West Ham (3pm)
Everton v Manchester United (3pm)
Manchester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Southampton v Leicester City (3pm
West Bromwich Albion v mackems (3pm)
Watford v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 18.10.2015:

Newcastle v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 19.10.2015:

Swansea City v Stoke City (8pm) Sky

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

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 season.

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. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 10.10.2015 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Football Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

16.10.2015 U21s v Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.10.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ 
Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Mon 05.10.2015 (by phone / in person). Live on Sky.

Sat 24.10.2015 U18s v Derby County (h) @ 
Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, Noon. Premier League. ST holder sale now (90 loyalty points, with further reduced totals/ dates tbc). £39 adults, £26 65 and over, £15 U16s. Live on Sky.

Bus travel from NUFC £4 return ticket (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am, kickoff Noon). All monies raised are donated to charity - a charge is levied to gauge more accurately the number of buses required).

Mon 26.10.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Moor Lane, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, public sale Thu 08.10.2015.

Mon 02.11.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Albion training ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) @ Vitality Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on Sky.

Talk-ins / appearances:

Sat 31.10.2015 Rob Lee
@ Back Page shop, St.Andrews Street, Newcastle. Signing copies of Touching Distance along with book author Martin Hardy. Time tbc.

Fri 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. £
15 including pie & peas + drink. Contact Martin on: 07748 470530.

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Northumberland Senior Cup  
First Round draw:

Tue 06.10.2015: 
Ashington v Newcastle Benfield
Whitley Bay v Team Northumbria

Wed 07.10.2015: 
Bedlington Terriers v Alnwick Town
Heaton Stannington v WA Celtic

(Newcastle U21s enter at the Second Round stage, along with Morpeth Town, North Shields and cup holders Blyth Spartans. Second Round ties are pencilled in to be played in w/c 23.11.2015).

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Due to doubts over the validity of it, the alleged live TV game release schedule previously posted here has been deleted.

The Premier League wrote on July 3rd 2015 that: For fixtures from December onwards, live TV matches are mostly confirmed on a month-by-month basis. 

The Premier League will seek to confirm live TV matches approximately five or six weeks prior to the start of the month in question. 

For example, December selections are typically confirmed in mid-October. 

(For info only, December 2014 live TV picks were published on October 6th 2014). 

Radio coverage:

mackems (h) talkSPORT

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs until 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 S.Africa 34-16 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

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U19s)
Tue 06.10.2015 Mexico (n) Aspach FR
Fri 09.10.2015 USA (n) Stuttgart FR
Mon 12.10.2015 Germany (a) Stuttgart FR

Vurnon Anita, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands)
Sat 10.10.2015 Kazakhstan (a) ECQ
Tue 13.10.2015 Czech Republic (h) ECQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland)
Thu 08.10.2015 Greece (h) ECQ
Sun 11.10.2015 Finland (a) ECQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)
08.10.2015 Armenia (h) Nice FR
11.10.2015 Denmark (a) Copenhagen FR

(There was no place for Cheick Tiote in the latest Ivory Coast squad and Papiss Cisse was similarly overlooked by Senegal).

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

2016/17 match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
4th October

Born Or Died:

1987 Al Haj Suddouk born, Algeria.

Who? The winner of the 2005 Soccastars Tournament (on the right of the photo).

Suddouk beat off competition from thousands of other youngsters in the Pan-Arabic event to win a year's contract with our Academy side after being selected by Peter Beardsley.

However, the youngster - who was compared to Nolberto Solano and had only ever played street football before the tournament - was prevented from taking up his place due to visa problems.

Soccastars runners-up Amin Mohammed Al Gabbas (Egypt) and Abdul Rahman Al Bukhari (Saudi Arabia) were also given one year Academy placements on Tyneside and moved to England.

Gabbas was spotted playing for us in a friendly two months later at Esh Winning in October 2005 and he and Bukhari were introduced to the SJP crowd before the Arsenal game in December 2005.

There were no more sightings and attempts to trace the trio brought only confirmation that Gabbas was back in his native Egypt with the El Masry club of Port Said.

1989 Frank Wiafe Danquah born, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (2006-10)

Academy/reserve striker who fought back to full fitness after breaking his leg shortly after moving to SJP, debuting for the reserves against Manchester United in March 2007.

Beginning his career as a youngster at Ajax, Frank featured in a first team friendly loss at Hull City in July 2007, with another brief runout coming during a home friendly against PSV Eindhoven a year later. 

However an unused substitute slot for our infamous Hull City home defeat in September 2008 proved to be the nearest he came to a competitive first team outing.

Released by Newcastle in 2010, Danquah then turned up at both Stockport County and AFC Bournemouth, appearing in reserve games as a trialist but soon departing.

A nomadic career then saw Frank play for
Ferencvaros (Hungary) and Waasland Beveren (Belgium) followed by trials with Kayseri Erciyesspor (Turkey), Elche (Spain) and Gateshead.

Following a brief stint at Newcastle Benfield, Frank returned to his native Holland with FC Chabab, then FC Brasov (Romania), Targa Mures (Romania), Achilles 29 (Holland) and

FC Lienden (Holland).

2010 The death of entertainer Norman Wisdom. He was 95.

A former Brighton & Hove Albion Director, Norman was a Toon sympathiser who attributed his liking for United to the influence of Amble-born Newcastle fan Patrick Dickinson, who served with him in the Royal Signals.

September 2001 saw Norman grace the SJP turf as guest of honour for the England v Albania international. In recognition of his heroic status in Albania, he took to the field wearing a special half-in-half kit.

Making regular visits to the region, Sir Norman appeared on stage with fellow Knights Bobby Robson and John Hall at Ramside Hall in 2003 - performing an impromptu version of his signature tune, "Don't Laugh At Me...."


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What Else?

1902 Notts County (h) 
Division One 
Stewart(3), Orr(12), McColl(3-0),
4-0,5-0), Carr(49pen)

1913 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Lillycrop, Vizard, J.Smith

1919 Liverpool (h) 
Division One 
Centre forward Billy Hibbert notched the second hat trick of his Newcastle career almost eight years after the first - and promptly hit another treble in United's next home game, against Bradford Park Avenue.  

There was a debut for Alex Ramsay, who would give way to Stan Seymour in the outside left role within a year.

1924 Nottingham Forest (a) 
Division One 

1930 Liverpool (h) 
Division One 
Smith(38,47), Hodgson(43), Edmed(80)
Scottish centre forward Jimmy Smith helped himself to a brace for the visitors, while Dick Edmed and South African-born Gordon Hodgson also netted past Magpies goalkeeper Albert McInroy.

1941 York City (a)
Stubbins 2(1pen)
Scorers tbc

1947 Coventry City (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 


1952 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Prior, G.Robledo 2(1pen)
Liddell(9), Smith(36,69), Baron(47), Paisley(77)

1954 Plymouth Argyle (a) 
Milburn, White
scorers tbc 



1958 Aston Villa (a) 1-2
Division One 
Barrett 2

1961 Liverpool (a)
Division Two 
Lewis(38), Hunt(75)



1969 Crystal Palace (a) 3-0
Division One 
Davies, Dyson, Robson 

1972 Blackpool (h) 
League Cup 3rd Round
Parker(20), Barton(80), Suddick(89pen)
Alan Suddick made a scoring return to SJP from the spot after Terry Hibbitt's handball, but injury stopped fellow old boy Keith Dyson from playing.  

1975 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-2 (1-0)
Division One 
Tudor, Barrowclough
Pratt, Duncan
Following back to back losses at Birmingham and QPR, there was some respite on home turf for Magpies boss Gordon Leee.

1980 West Ham United (h)
Division Two 
A third successive 0-0 for the home side, remembered here.


1986 Southampton (a) 
Division One 
Clarke(16,70,76), Dennis(82)
After netting just once in our opening five away games, an early fumble by Peter Shilton that allowed a shot from Andy Thomas into the net was most welcome.

However that lead was short-lived as Northern Ireland international striker Colin Clarke scored the first goal of his hat trick.

1989 Reading (h)
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg
Brazil (40pen), Brock(56), Thorn(63), McGhee(90) 
Trailing 1-3 after the first leg at Elm Park, United eased into the next round and a home tie against West Bromwich Albion. 
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Brentford (a)
Division One 
Kelly(10), Peacock(64)
Sunday afternoon live on ITV - cheering United on from the standing section behind the goal at Griffin Park were Dave Beasant and Joe Allon, complete with toon scarves.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Bristol City (h)
(8-1 on aggregate)
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg
Barton(48), Albert(55), Ferdinand(65)
Debuts for Paul Brayson and Jimmy Crawford (on as a substitute.) Another long-term injury victim returned as Philippe Albert played his first game of the season and scored, while Warren Barton struck his first for the club.

1995 Christmas came early as Spurs paid an almighty £4.2m to lure Ruel Fox away from SJP. Muchos Gracias, senor Ardiles. 

1996 Another unannounced game, this time at Longbenton where the reserves played a Hearts side and won 4-0. Goals came from Lee Clark, Rob Lee and a Paul Kitson brace.

1997 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Premier League 
Ruel Fox and Les Ferdinand returned to Tyneside and managed to lock themselves in the away team toilet, missing the start of the second half. 

A late winner for boyhood Gunners fan Barton settled it, a clearly overwhelmed Ferdinand ending the game standing in the centre circle, half wearing a Newcastle shirt, acknowledging applause from all four sides of the ground.

1998 Arsenal (a)
Bergkamp (21,66pen), Anelka(29)
Nicos Dabizas was sent off and Shay Given saved a late Dennis Bergkamp penalty. A season of struggle lay ahead after this public undressing....

David Batty in front of the North Bank

2003 Southampton (h) 
Mr Dependable, Alan Shearer, secured our first Premiership victory of the season against his old club - and quelled the increasing chatter about dressing room strife among Bobby Robson's squad.

Big Al's 44th minute strike - his 250th career league goal - was the difference on a nervy day at SJP. Saints were there to be beaten but United made hard work of it. match report

2004 No lack of effort from Tommy Craig's side and an improvement on the previous week's dismal showing against Forest but it ended goalless against Liverpool Reserves.

That meant it was just two home goals in six hours of reserve football for the faithful, and we seldom looked like improving that tally.

And had it not been for a fine save by Tony Caig with fifteen minutes remaining to deny striker Neil Mellor, then Liverpool would have left Tyneside with all three points. match report

2006 A statement was released by the Football Federation Australia regarding Newcastle defender Craig Moore:

"Craig Moore has been suspended from the Qantas Socceroos squad for the match against Paraguay this coming weekend. Moore had not reported for training when the squad assembled in Brisbane."

Moore claimed that a combination of sleeping pills and jet lag had caused him to miss the flight. However, our info suggested that a day at the races (seeing his horse come second) and a night at the casino might have had a little more to do with it....

2007 The Manchester Evening News reported:

Former Manchester City player Joey Barton appeared before Trafford Magistrates today accused of assaulting a team mate at the club's Carrington training complex.

The 25-year-old, now playing for Newcastle United, was dressed smartly in a blue suit during the brief hearing, which was adjourned until November 22 when Barton will re-appear at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.

Barton, is charged with section 47 assault on Ousmane Dabo.

SkySports continued their one-eyed coverage of the NUFC/Kevin Keegan litigation, as the club's former Executive Director (football) Dennis Wise appeared on punditry duties and spoke about his time at SJP. 

Wise had appeared in a similar role earlier in the week, backing Chris Hughton to be given the United job on a permanent basis. 

Interviewed by Richard Keys, Wise took the opportunity to repeat previous propaganda from the Ashley camp - as well as offer a counter view to the claims made in Kevin Keegan's post-verdict statement.

Most notably, Wise claimed that a settlement offer was made to KK in advance of the tribunal:

"There was an offer put in by Mike I believe, and it was probably more than what Kevin settle it, yes....for more than the two million yes."

He also reinforced the line about the inflated sums that KK's legal team had gone looking for:

"Mike was worried....when someone is suing you for £26m..."

And the "A" word almost inevitably made an appearance when Wise was asked what would have happened to his former employers had KK received a larger award:

"Maybe administration"

As for his own relations with KK, Wise ventured that:

"It was a difficult situation."

When Wise was asked for his opinion of what Mike Ashley's next move at SJP would be: 

"I think he will hold onto the club until they are promoted. I think they'll go up this year, I genuinely hope they do, then Mike will take a decision next summer."

2011 Newcastle Reserves extended their unbeaten start to the season to four games with a 3-0 win over Bolton at Leyland, thanks to goals from Sammy Ameobi and a brace from Sylvain Marveaux. match report

2012 Bordeaux (France) 
(h) 3-0
Europa League GSM2

Sh.Ameobi(16), og(Henrique)(40), Cisse(49)
United made it 20 European home games without defeat with a seventh straight win at SJP against UEFA opponents.

Shola Ameobi's 13th European goal and an OG made for a comfortable half time lead and although Rob Elliot had to be replaced by Steve Harper, Papiss Cisse quickly volleyed in a third to put Newcastle top of Group D. 

Future Magpie Yoan Gouffran started for the visitors before making way for former mackem David Bellion. match report

2014 Swansea City (a)
Premier League
Bony(17), Routledge(50)

A brace from Papiss Cisse spared United from defeat, but Alan Pardew's side left South Wales after extending their winless Premier League run to seven games. match report