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Ticket news:

Gladbach (h) Public sale now
Magpie Mover - renew here by Fri for first game
Southampton (h) Public sale now
Swansea City (a) ST holders now (0 points)

Man United (a) ST holders now (0 points)

York City (a) 


United return to action this evening against the League Two Minstermen. Kick-off is at 7.45pm

United will occupy the Grosvenor Road uncovered terrace at Bootham Crescent which holds around 1,500* plus 280 seats in the Popular Stand (* The 1,500 figure was in the NUFC fans forum minutes, YCFC list capacity as 2,000).

Although we've visited York for reserve games in recent years, this will be the first time that our senior side have faced them since August 1992. That ended in a 3-1 away win, thanks to goals from Kevin Sheedy, Gavin Peacock and Franz Carr.

NB: our game and the Doncaster Rovers versus mackems friendly
will go ahead on the same night, with additional policing on trains and stations.

NUFC: Fitness concerns were advanced for the absence of Fabricio Coloccini (Achilles) and Cheick Tiote (knee) at Bramall Lane on Sunday
but both could feature at York.

Also on the injured list are Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Sylvain Marveaux and Curtis Good, with Paul Dummett also yet to kick a ball yet in pre-season following hamstring problems earlier this year. 

With a work permit hearing scheduled for Thursday, the earliest opportunity to see Chancel Mbemba will be the Gladbach home game, while fellow new boy Aleksandar Mitrovic
is expected to debut in that game also. 

The Chronicle predicts that Steve McClaren will give pitch time to the likes of Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Lubo Satka and Freddie Woodman.

YCFC: York have played a trio of home friendlies already this season, losing 0-1 to Boro and drawing 1-1 with Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.

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Update: Adam Armstrong's loan move to Coventry City was confirmed by NUFC on Tuesday evening and he'll be there until January 2016. However he's not involved in tonight's friendly at Cambridge although he is present. 

The Coventry Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that a loan deal taking Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong to Coventry City next season is close to being concluded.

18 year-old England youth international Armstrong is set to make his first appearance for Tony Mowbray's League One side in a friendly against Oxford United on Saturday.

The Sky Blues begin their competitive games on Saturday August 8th when Wigan Athletic visit the Ricoh Arena, with a Capital One Cup trip to Rochdale and a visit to Millwall quickly following on (it's unclear whether Arma's loan terms would allow him to become cup-tied).  

Second kit - no shock

Photos that did the rounds in May when our latest home kit was launched suggested that United's change clobber was a two-tone grey affair with blue details - and the appearance of photos such as the above on overseas websites appears to confirm that it was accurate.

There's no official release date as yet for this kit.



Or if the thought of advertising Wonga across your chest is too awful to contemplate, this may be more for you:

Using the motto "be alternative be united", a group of fans have come up with this unofficial take on the iconic black and white striped shirt - complete with a Magpie caricature and the insignia from the city coat of arms.

More details


Book out this week:
Touching distance 

Thursday sees the publication of "Touching Distance" - a new book from local football writer Martin Hardy that recounts and reflects on the epic 1995/96 season that as the video review title reflected, we were "so close".

Interviewing major figures including Kevin Keegan, Sir John Hall and Les Ferdinand and unearthing some new tales in the process, Touching Distance costs £18.99 and author signed copies are available to order online here post free in the UK. 

Signings will be staged in the region after publication and three launch events are now confirmed as follows:

Thu 13.08.2015 Benedictine Club, Cramlington
Fri 14.08.2015 42nd Street, Whitley Bay 

Both launch events are talk-in format with former Magpie Keith Gillespie and the author. Admission is £10 - for further information contact the author details here

PS: Martin will also be signing copies at Waterstones by Greys Monument before the Southampton home game, between Noon and 1pm on Sunday August 9th.

Club confirm open day

There's a public training session and associated activities at SJP this coming Tuesday, August 4th from 9am.

Entry to the East Stand is free and here's the schedule:

9am: Fanzone and East Stand open
10am to 10.30am: NUFC Foundation training session
10.45am to 12.15pm: First team training session
12.15pm to 12.30pm: Penalty kicks/crossbar challenge
1.45pm: Competition winners' signing session
2pm: Fanzone closes

due to the location of the fanzone for this event outside the Gallowgate end, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm that day.

Carver - I'll be back


Having watched his former side in action on Sunday for the first time since leaving his post last season, former Newcastle boss John Carver came over all Arnold Schwarzenegger when speaking to the Telegraph:

"The best coach in the Premier League comment is something that has stuck. When I went on holiday and somebody shouted ĎBest coach in the Premier Leagueí I had just lost my job, but I waved and laughed. I know Iím going to get that from now on for a while and if thatís the worst stick I get, then Iíll accept it.

"I had to try everything I could. I brought in a motivational speaker, the guy from the Newcastle basketball team. I tried all the different team bonding things and I actually went to see someone myself, a psychologist, and this person was making me feel so important.

"I had never done it in my life before, never. I knew the person quite well. I went to him just after the Leicester game Ė probably the lowest time of my spell in charge.

"I had good people around me but I felt like I needed something different. We had a number of conversations which will not be repeated and I will never tell anybody who it was, but it put me in this positive frame of mind about how we could achieve the goal.

"Everybody outside Newcastle wanted us to be the big club that went down and I had to find a way of keeping a clear head. I only said I was the best coach in the Premier League to find a way for the players and myself to believe we could get over the line. If Iím asking the players to believe in themselves, then I had to show I believed in myself. If we hadnít been in the situation we were in, I would have never said it. It helped me achieve what I wanted to do, which was to get the team over the line.

ďThe players didnít know. I had two or three sessions, two or three hours a time. We had a whiteboard and talked through one or two things, and made a few notes. 

"The information I got was so valuable, if youíre a head coach or a manager, you would be mad not to use somebody like this for the club.Ē

"I thought he
(Mike Willamson) meant it (the red card at Leicester). I donít know why he would do it. It was just my thought, ĎHeís meant thatí. Iíve told him that. Iíve said it to his face. I donít want to go into what he said.

"Do you know what? Ninety-nine per cent of managers would love to do it. It was for a reaction. I wouldnít have done it, but I needed a reaction, I needed something to stimulate the group of players.

ďI embarrassed Mike Williamson and I embarrassed myself, but I still believe I did it for the right reasons and I embarrassed him into performing the next time he played. I apologised to Mike for going public. I had to go and find him to go through it.

ďI was at the football club when Ruud Gullit left Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson out of the derby game and Shearer was in at 8am to see Ruud. Duncan was in even earlier. Thatís the difference.

"But Mike was fine and after the two-match suspension, he actually played well.

"I have to tell the truth. As a manager, you are damned if you do and damned if you donít. If you give a load of spin then people donít believe you and if youíre honest, you get battered for it.

"Iíve seen a lot of things at Newcastle and one of the biggest things is the fans have always demanded honesty from the manager. If the manager doesnít speak in an honest and open way, they slaughter him and that was in my head.

"Next time it happens it will hurt me but I will keep quiet with a heavy heart. When youíve had a battering like Iíve had and if Iím going to be successful, then I have to adapt.

"Itís amazing how quickly your reputation can be tarnished. The biggest thing is me being able to get in a room with an owner or a chairman and convince them I am the right person for the job by showing them what my preparation is, how I work with the players, what Iím about, what my personality is all about and for them to find out a bit more about be as the person, rather than the perception.

"If I didnít have any confidence in what I was trying to do, then I would probably settle for being a coach or in the background. But I do. I do have the confidence. 

"I donít want to take the easy way out and be somebodyís assistant unless I have to. I want to get into a football club and build a football club.

"Iíve got a point to prove, to myself and to the fans of Newcastle. Not all of them because the majority have been very, very good, but to the people who were critical. Iím a winner, Iím not a quitter. 

"Why canít, in the future, I go away, be successful and return to Newcastle as manager under different circumstances? Iíve been back to the football club a few times and it would be a great story to do so again.Ē

Saints (h) - Magpie
Mover deadline looms

Magpie Mover - the annual discount travel scheme for Newcastle United season ticket holders - is now open for bookings again, with the price held from last season.

And applications received by this Friday, July 31st will be posted in time for the first home game of the season, when Southampton visit SJP on Sunday August 9th.

£20* gets you free travel on public transport in Tyne and wear for three hours before and three hours after each first team home game in the 2015/16 season.

Even without any home cup ties, travelling to and from 19 Premier League home games by public transport would cost over £87 buying an all zones Day Saver Ticket.

Buy Magpie Movers online here

(*Postal sales are available for £21 print form here)

Magpie Mover provider Network One ran a competition recently open to supporters who took advantage of the early bird Magpie Movers early, with three bicycles up for grabs. 

he winners of those were Stephen OíBrien, Alison Mounsey and Marion Lee. 

Please be aware that Magpie Mover tickets are valid for competitive first team home games only, therefore cannot be used on Saturday for the Gladbach hame.

Gladbach (h) 


United wind up their pre-season programme with the only  home first team friendly on Saturday (3pm) when they face Bundesliga opposition for the first time since a 3-1 win away to Schalke 04 almost exactly a year ago.

In terms of German opponents on Tyneside, last season's third-placed finishers will be the first to visit Gallowgate since 2003, when just over 32,000 fans saw two Alan Shearer goals earn a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich.  

Only the lower sections of the stadium will be open and tickets are on public sale now priced at £15 adults and £5 for concessions, online, in person from the SJP box office in the club shop and by phone.

NUFC: to follow

BMG: Gladbach's domestic season league begins on August 15th with a visit to Borussia Dortmund but the DFB Cup sees them entertain St Pauli on August 10th. 

Their visit to Gallowgate will end a six game pre-season that has seen them play two home games, bookending a trio of low-key fixtures on local grounds in Germany.

Drawing 0-0 with Hamburg at home, Gladbach then lost 4-5 on penalties before playing out a 1-1 draw with Swansea City and a 2-2 stalemate against Rennes. 

A 2-1 defeat of Standard Liege was then followed by a return to their own Borussia Park last Friday for another 2-1 victory, this time over Portuguese outfit Porto.

Their Swiss-born coach Lucien Favre was in charge of Hertha Berlin in 2008 when they beat United 1-0 in a pre-season game staged in Palma, Majorca.

Last season's top scorer Raffael remains in the squad, but fellow forward Max Kruse has gone to Wolfsburg. Swiss -born Josip Drmic arrived from Bayer Leverkusen, while Chelsea sold them Thorgan Hazard - brother of Eden.

Our most recent dealings with Gladbach came when we took Luuk De Jong on loan in January 2014. He's since joined PSV Eindhoven and rediscovered his goal touch.

Ewood opportunity 
for old boy

Ex-Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie is on trial at Championship side Blackburn Rovers, as he attempts to find himself a new club. 

The 28 year-old is a free agent following the expiration of his three year deal with Reading last month and failed to win a deal at Fulham following his loan stint there in the latter part of last season.

PS: Hull City have confirmed the signing of Ryan Taylor following a successful trial period, reuniting the Magpies old boy with his boss at Wigan, Steve Bruce. Taylor has agreed a 12 month contract at the KC Stadium.

Visa wait for Mbemba



Update: NUFC email sent to fans on Sunday:

Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the Club and undergone his medical.

The documentation in relation to the Club's application for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE), required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22 July).

Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the Club's application until Thursday of next week (30 July). The FA advised the Club they were not able to convene a Panel any sooner.

The Club will provide an update for supporters at the earliest opportunity following the conclusion of the Panel hearing.

The fee is reportedly around £7m.

Earlier: A third close season acquisition now just awaits confirmation, with Chancel Mbemba set to follow club colleague Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to SJP.

Central defender Mbemba flew into Tyneside on Thursday to complete the formalities of his deal and has gone on the record to confirm his future is in black and white.

Newspaper reports in Belgium have claimed that United saw off both Atletico Madrid and their upcoming friendly opponents, Borussia Munchengladbach to clinch a deal, after triggering a reported £7.5m release clause.

DR Congo international Mbemba made his senior debut in Belgium back in 2013 and according to Anderlecht's own website will celebrate his 21st birthday next month.

However, his age has previously been called into question, with clubs he played for in his home country registering him with a birth date of 1988.

And to further confuse matters, the Kinshasha-born player appeared on an international registration form for African Nations Cup duty with a 1991 birth date! He himself allegedly thinks he was born in 1990....

Should Mbemba end up at SJP, that "21 or 28" ditty that was composed for Obafemi Martins may need to be dusted off - and given an extended remix.... 

As well as Oba, the situation is reminiscent of our dealings with players from DR Congo in the past, with doubts over the details of both Lomana LuaLua and Calvin Zola - the latter requiring Home Office intervention. 

Milk Cup:
Blown off course

Newcastle's U17 side are making their fourth successive appearance at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, kicking off with a 2-0 victory over Japanese side Higashi Fukuoka at Ballymoney's Riada Stadium on Monday. Goalscorers were Ben Pollock and Mackenzie Heaney.

Tuesday saw the Magpies get the chance to avenge last week's Gothia Cup exit at the hands of Right To Dream, when they faced them at the Showgrounds in Ballymena.

However the Ghanaian side again proved too strong for United, losing 1-3 - details to follow. 

The Young Magpies wrap up their Premier Section group stage campaign against County Tyrone at Scroggy Road in Limavady on Wednesday at 7pm.


Harker, Marrs, Aziakonou, Le.Gibson, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Aplin, Gallacher, Spooner, Lowther, Heaney, Long, C.Smith, McNall, Donaghey, Williams.

The competition then continues on Thursday and Friday with various competitions involving all 22 sides competing in our section, meaning every side plays five matches. 

The Milk Cup involves teams placed 1 to 4
The Globe involves teams placed 5 to 8
The Vase involves teams placed 9 to 12
The Bowl involves teams placed 13 to 16
The Salver involves teams placed 17 to 22*

(*played on a league basis)

Match report

Ten goal thriller.... 


Sun: Ajax  7  Newcastle U21s  3

Mirroring our 2011 pre-season when the first team visited the USA and the reserves faced Dutch opposition, United U21s are in Holland for a quartet of friendlies against their "Jong" (aka Development) counterparts.

After two wins in their opening games though, Sunday proved to be a rather different matter against Ajax on training pitches adjacent to their Amsterdam ArenA.

2-0 ahead through Danny Bakker and Hendricks, United halved the arrears through Haris Vuckic before Donny van de Beek added two more for the Dutch side - one either side of the half time interval.

Further home goals from Cerny, Bakker again and Zakaria El Azzouzi saw Ajax lead 7-1 after 75 minutes, before they slackened off and allowed the Magpies to score twice more through Vuckic and Jamie Cobain.

Speaking after the game, the Ajax coach admitted to being disappointed with his English opponents after their wins over Vitesse and Utrecht and annoyed that his own side had failed to reach double figures!  

Team: Pearson, Mbabu (Cameron 75), Laidler, Hunter, Williams, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Smith (Ward 75), Longstaff (Cobain 75), Barlaser, Vuckic.

Thu: Jong Utrecht  1  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report

Tue: Jong Vitesse  3  Newcastle U21s  4

Match report

Remaining game:

Wed 29.07.2015 AZ Alkmaar (a)
AZ list this game as a 2pm start on a training pitch adjacent to their home ground. There's no mention of whether spectators will be allowed in.

Train offer launched

Virgin Trains East Coast
have come up with a brand new initiative aimed at getting Magpies season ticket holders and members to and from away matches in the London area at reduced prices using their services.

Individual bookings attract a 10% discount, while groups of three or more qualify for 25% off. And rather than waiting for confirmation of match dates - and watching cheaper advance tickets sell out - free rebooking of tickets is now possible if a game is rescheduled for TV.

In line with the current NUFC away ticketing policy, this offer is open only to those who qualify for away tickets (ie not the general public) and the scheme is partly motivated by a desire to address behaviour on trains, so there's what amounts to a code of conduct included. 

Further details and bookings are open now here:


This is very much uncharted territory and inevitably there will be issues that come to light now that the website is live. As one of the parties who put this together, we have a vested interest in seeing it work as well as possible, so any feedback (positive or negative) to Biffa is welcome.

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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 Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

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Wed 29.07.2015 York City (a) @ Bootham Crescent, 7.45pm, Friendly. Ticket sale now ended.

Wed 29.07.2015 U18s v County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) (a) @ Scroggy Road, Limavady, 7pm. Milk Cup.

Thu 30.07.2015
U18s v team tbc. 
Milk Cup.

Fri 31.07.2015 U18s v team tbc. 
Milk Cup.

Fri 31.07.2015 Magpie Mover applications made by today will be posted in time for Southampton (h).

Sat 01.08.2015 Borussia MŲnchengladbach (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly.
Public sale now (lower bowl only open). £15 adults, £5 concessions.

Sat 08.08.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ 
Clayton Wood Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.08.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ 
New Bucks Head, Telford, 3pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Visitors have taken 1,646 seats.
NB: no metros between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08 and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run.

W/C Mon 10.08.2015
Capital One Cup Second Round draw involving NUFC.

Sat 15.08.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale (if any), Tue 28.07.2015. £35 adults, £17.50 over-60s, students and U16s.

Mon 17.08.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (h)Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 U18s v Wolves (a)
Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.08.2015 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 12.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale (if any), Tue 28.07.2015. £45 adults, £35.75 18-20 yr olds, £26.50 over-65s, 16-17 yr olds, £18 U16s. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 24.08.2015 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 25/Wed 26.08.2015 Team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Capital One Cup Second Round.
Ticket details tbc.

Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer talk-in @ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston. In aid of Wallsend Boys Club. £30 including supper. No children allowed. Orders and further details:

Tickets also on sale from The Monkseaton Arms and The Chillingham Arms now.

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm 
Sat 29.08.2015
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm

Selections made up to and including Mon 28.09.2015.
Subsequent live TV picks are scheduled to appear as follows:

Oct/Nov: By the end of July
Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

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
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
29th July

Born Or Died:

1993 Ayoze Perez born Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. (2014-present)

United's first permanent signing in 18 months was a striker arriving for an undisclosed fee on a "long-term contract" from Spanish second tier club CD Tenerife in June 2014.

A fee of less than £2m was reportedly paid for a player who had scored 16 times in 34 games the previous season and who was 12 months away from becoming a free agent. 

Debuting for Tenerife's B team during 2012, Perez was blooded in their senior squad in April 2013 and was soon attracting the attention of scouts from clubs including Porto, Seville, Valencia, Schalke 04, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton.

A mooted transfer to Swansea City in the January 2014 window was mothballed as the Swans prepared to jettison manager Michael Laudrup and Newcastle announced that the signing was complete in early June.

Perez then made his bow for in the club's opening pre-season game at League One side Oldham Athletic, before joining his colleagues on the plane to New Zealand

Giving notice of his promise with a fine goal in a friendly against Sheffield Wednesday, Ayoze debuted competitively off the bench for the closing moments of our opening day home loss to Manchester City.

His first goal for the club came at Spurs and was followed by strikes against Liverpool, West Brom (home and away), Arsenal, Everton and Swansea - a fine haul for a player branded as "one for the future."

The form of Perez and his intelligent play was in stark contast to the more costly Emmanuel Riviere and while Papiss Cisse flattered to deceive as usual, the young Spaniard did his bit to avoid relegation.

Newcastle's official website awarded their goal of the season accolade to him for a deft backheeled effort at the Hawthorns, while he also won two Spanish U21 caps during his first season as a Magpie.

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A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
25 11 7       1 2         26 13 7


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1972 St.Johnstone (a)
Macdonald 3, Tudor 3, Hibbitt
Pearson, scorers tbc 
Malcolm Macdonald's first goal was timed at four seconds, with a shot direct from the kick-off that caught home 'keeper Derek Robertson off his line. 

Saints - managed by Willie Ormond - included future Magpie Jim Pearson, who netted once.

1974 Queen of The South (a)
Macdonald, McDermott 

1976 Malcolm Macdonald left United bound for Arsenal, a victim of Gordon Lee's "no stars" policy. The fee was £333,333.

1978 Oeckeroa (Sweden) (a)
Parkinson, McGhee
Crowd tbc

1986 Portsmouth (a)
McDonald(74pen), Allon(80)
O'Callaghan(1-2), Dillon (86pen)

Future Magpie Kevin Dillon scored from the penalty spot to ensure that this Isle of Man Cup match ended level.


1989 Askeroda (Sweden) (a)

1991 Nykoping (Sweden) (a) 0-1 (0-0)
scorer tbc
After scoring 29 goals in a quartet of victories, United tasted defeat for the first time on their Swedish tour.

2002 Joe Kendrick scored for Newcastle Reserves at Hartlepool before Jermaine Easter equalised for the home side. Carl Cort and Titus Bramble continued their rehab. match report

2003 United's second string overcame Whitley Bay 2-0 at Hillheads, thanks to first half goals from Lewis Guy and Martin Brittain. match report

2004 Nicky Butt signed a four year deal at SJP having returned from Manchester United's pre-season tour of the USA to conclude the transfer after a £2m fee had been agreed.

The midfielder became the third player to sign for United ahead of the new season, joining Patrick Kluivert and James Milner.

2005 Reserve coach Tommy Craig expressed his delight with the performance of his side at Hartlepool, after they registered a convincing 4-0 victory over the League One side.

Some eye-catching work down the left wing from Dubliner Alan O'Brien laid on first half goals for Daryl Smylie, Marc Walton and Michael Chopra - with Ulsterman Smylie grabbing his second after the break. match report

2005 Newcastle bolstered their defensive ranks, after Australian international Craig Moore signed a two-year contract at SJP.

The 29 year-old linked up once again with fellow former Ranger Jean Alain Boumsong, having played alongside the French defender at Ibrox the previous season.

2006 PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (h)
Ameobi(68), Luque(73pen)
Farfan(16), Vennegoor of Hesselink(41), Culina(49)
Having faced sub-standard opposition thus far in the shape of Norwich City (testimonial) and Lillestrom (Intertoto Cup), Glenn Roeder's side had a wake-up call at SJP from Ronald Koeman's Dutchmen.

Damien Duff debuted but his new colleagues found themselves two behind by the interval, with little to suggest that a revival was on the cards.

However, after conceding a third goal soon after the restart, a reshaped United team made a game of it and could have salvaged an unlikely draw in the final seconds. match report

2007 Juventus (Italy) (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Luque(9pen), Carroll(36)
A young Newcastle side scored two first half goals to continue their unbeaten pre-season and defeat a more experienced Serie A outfit.

Former SJP unfavourite Boumsong was an unused sub for the visitors, while Liverpool reserve midfielder Charlie Barnett was given a trial game by Sam Allardyce. match report

2009 The Academy pre-season continued, with a mixed junior and reserve side winning 4-2 at Hamilton Academical U19s.

Italian Fabio Zamblera and Frenchman Wesley Ngo Baheng scored two apiece.

2009 Leeds United (h)
After the 1-6 humiliation at Leyton Orient the previous Saturday, another League One side lined up to take a scalp at The Magpies. 

A large and boisterous away support boosted the meagre midweek crowd and inevitably abused Newcastle captain-for-the-night, Alan Smith at every opportunity.

The best chances fell to the home side, but all to defenders, Ryan Taylor, Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini all failing when well placed in front of goal. match report

2009 Sky Sports News reported that United had accepted a £9m bid for Obafemi Martins from German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Official confirmation was still awaited but it seemed that the somersaulting striker had done his last flip for us.

There were further tales that United had withdrawn a second bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, which had failed to meet the French club's valuation.

Meanwhile, United's other alleged striking target, Loic Remy, was in pre-season training at QPR but had failed to appear in any of their five friendly fixtures.