3 mins Barton close range effort 1-0
Half time: Darlington 0 Newcastle 1
56 mins Sammy Ameobi fierce shot 2-0
Full time: Darlington 0
the game United issued the following statement:
On behalf of everyone at Newcastle United FC, we wholly condemn the
behaviour of a number of our supporters who invaded the pitch during the
second half of the club's friendly against Darlington this evening (July
The club will be
seeking to obtain footage of the disorder from Darlington FC and the police
and will be taking the strongest possible action against those individuals
responsible for the shameful behaviour.
This behaviour is not typical of the vast majority of our fans, however this
incident gives a poor impression of Newcastle United and its loyal
Friday's events won't have done anything to lighten the mood of club MD
Derek Llambias, who is reported to have been abused by Newcastle fans as he
made his way into the Northern Echo Arena before kickoff.
NUFC later released a second statement on the following Wednesday:
"In the aftermath of
Friday’s shameful and unsavoury incidents at Darlington, Newcastle United
are currently working with Northumbria Police to identify those individuals
who were responsible for criminal behaviour during the game.
"The club will not tolerate any kind of
criminal or anti-social behaviour from fans at home or away fixtures, and anyone
who is identified as being involved in such behaviour may be subject to a club
banning order over and above any action taken by the police.
"The club has already received calls
from a number of law-abiding fans who have provided information which will help
"This information is being treated in
the strictest confidence and will be shared with the police.
"Two Newcastle United fans, aged 20 and
21, have already been arrested and charged with pitch incursion and associated
public order offences, and the police will be seeking lengthy banning orders for
"In order to combat any possible
trouble at future away fixtures, a new policy will be implemented by the club
which will see ticket sales restricted to season ticket holders and members
"As such the buyer will be held
accountable for any trouble associated with the purchase/use of a ticket.
"Supporters attending the forthcoming
game at Leeds will be reminded in advance of the game of their responsibilities
to the club, fellow supporters, and the game of football as a whole.
"Newcastle United sincerely hopes this
incident is a one-off, never to be repeated again, and that as the 2011/12
season unfolds, the good name, fervour and loyalty of its fans will once again
be to the fore up and down the country.”
Alan Pardew commented:
"It is very regrettable. I am standing
on the side and it looked jovial at first. It was a celebration that turned
nasty. It was only a few but that is all it takes. A few can spoil it. We
all get tarnished with the few.
"We will have to wait to see if there
are repercussions. In my time here I have not seen anything like that from
our fans. I went over to calm them down. I knew if they came on again we
would be in trouble. It was calm after that."
Joey Barton tweeted:
"Daily Mail r WRONG again, fans confronted none of the players.
Especially not me, they were just asking me to stay!!"
Quakers boss Mark Cooper commented:
"It only takes one idiot to produce
a knife or a bottle and you have a problem.
"When we play a game like that it's not ideal for us because we know that
we're not going to have much of the ball. It turns into a training session and a
lesson in keeping your shape which we did.
"We went a goal down really early on which was upsetting for me, but we
competed well and got through the game with only one injury. I'll take a 2-0
defeat against a Premier League team bristling with top talent."
Newcastle's first public match wearing of their new orange away
kit, with debuts for two of United's four French summer signings -
Yohann Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid.
Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Shola Ameobi, Xisco, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Cheick
Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Kazenga LuaLua, Peter
James Perch, Wayne Routledge and Jonas Guiterrez were all missing from the 24
man squad named for this fixture.
Former Magpie reserve Paul Arnison appeared for the home side as he
did in 2009, while ex-Toon apprentice Adam Rundle rejoined Darlo in
the days leading up to this game.
Newcastle began their pre-season programme with victory at the Northern Echo
Arena on Friday, but in addition to giving 22 players a run out, both Alan
Pardew and John Carver unexpectedly found themselves taking to the field.
The United managerial pair were forced to make appeals for calm after some
loutish behaviour from a section of the 6,000+ travelling support had seen play
suspended for almost ten minutes following a pitch invasion.
1-0 ahead at half time, thanks to a third minute effort from captain for the
night Joey Barton and debuting their new orange change kit, things began
to unravel just before the hour mark.
Sammy Ameobi was introduced as Newcastle's third substitute of the game at that
point and with his elder brother Shola not featuring in Friday's squad, the
first rendition of "If Sammy scores, we're on the pitch" was audible
from the travelling support.
Within three minutes though the 19 year-old had burst forward to shoot home
United's second goal of the night, prompting the promised pitch invasion from
up to 300 fans that quickly went from good-natured to violent.
With a combination of stewards and police having just about cleared the field
of play, trouble flared again on the touchline as some of the interlopers were
led away and began tussling with stewards on the pitch - with a couple of home
fans apparently also involved, having run across towards the away section
during the original incursion.
The second flare-up looked to have sent some of the Darlington players off
towards the dressing room and at that point an abandonment looked to be a
Instead though, Pardew and Carver walked across the field towards the Newcastle
contingent making "calm down" gestures, before play eventually restarted.
Ruined as a spectacle and not helped by frequent interruptions for further
substitutions, the remaining 30 minutes of the game were then played out with
virtually nothing worthy of note, except for a shower of rain.
Completely avoidable and probably the most embarrassing incident involving
Newcastle fans in the Premier League era, this display of Magpie muppetry
rivals the pitiful SJP pitch invasion during the May 1990 mackem playoff loss.
The football element of the evening was overshadowed by these scenes, but the
game did see debuts for French duo Yohan Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid - both off the
bench. Sporting number 4, Cabaye was an earlier arrival in place of Danny Guthrie and
showed some neat and composed passing, while Abeid (35) showed up in the second
half when things were starting to turn loopy.
Iinjury victims Dan Gosling, Mike Williamson and Hatem Ben Arfa all
made their comebacks and the latter (wearing number 10) was prominent in an
advanced central role, tucked in behind lone forward Leon Best.
Seemingly desperate to mark his return with a goal, Ben Arfa tried his luck
with half a dozen efforts of varying range, power and accuracy but failed to
His captain for the evening Joey Barton had no such problems though, netting
from close range with United's first shot of the game after Best steered an
Alan Smith centre into his path - that goal prompting shouts of "Ashley,
Ashley sign him on".