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Benitez goes Belgian
Me Matz Sels and I!
Official confirmation is awaited that
goalkeeper Matz Sels is now a Newcastle player - although one of his
entourage looks to have jumped the gun and uploaded photos of his visit to
Gallowgate on Tuesday.
The 24 year-old Belgian international was on Tyneside to undergo his medical and put pen to paper on a claimed
five year contract for a transfer fee estimated at up to £5m.
Sels joins from Belgian side Gent and had been the subject of interest from a number of Premier League
clubs including both Middlesbrough and Southampton.
Joining Gent from Lierse in 2014, he helped them to Belgian title success a year
later. That resulted in a Champions League campaign last season that took them
to the last sixteen and saw him make eight appearances in that competition.
Earning a callup to the full Belgian squad, the former U21 international
played twice in the run up to Euro 2016 but missed out on the squad for the
acquisition of another goalkeeper isn't an obvious choice and will trigger
speculation as to which of our current quartet of custodians is set to
depart - with Tim Krul and Freddie Woodman seemingly more likely to exit than either Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow.
Eagles eye Andros
The Guardian reported on Monday that Crystal Palace had offered
fee* that was sufficient to trigger a release clause in the contract of Magpies winger Andros
It remains to be seen whether the 24 year-old who arrived at Gallowgate
in a £12m move from Spurs in January is tempted by a speedy top-flight
* that figure has been claimed to be between £8m & £13m by
different outlets, with various Premier League clubs said to be keen on
Gayle: Craig Bellamy impersonator?
Spoken of as
a separate deal so far in terms of Andros Townsend, Newcastle are reportedly
negotiating the signing of Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle.
The 25 year-old Londoner first came to prominence after scoring 13 goals in
28 Championship starts for Peterborough United during the 2012/13 season,
which persuaded Palace to pay £6m for him that summer.
Since then he's been in and out of the Eagles side but managed to net 26
times during 74 appearances in all competitions - a tally that looks more
impressive when considering he started just 34 of those games.
Two of those 26 goals came against United: in the opening seconds of a 3-3
draw at Gallowgate during August 2014 and from the penalty spot in our 3-2
League Cup away victory a month later.
Previously turning down moves to Norwich City and Bristol City, £11m-rated
Gayle signed a new contract earlier this year but is anticipated to be sold,
with Aston Villa and Fulham also rumoured suitors.
Twenty year itch
As an antidote to the Euros, local TV channel
Made in Tyne and wear address United's epic failure in 95/96 on their latest
Contributors include old boys John Beresford, Steve Watson and journalist
Martin Hardy - author of some obscure tome about the season in question....
The programme airs at 9.30pm tonight (Wednesday), then at 9.30pm on Friday
and again at 10am on Saturday. It will also be available online
Made in Tyne and wear broadcasts on Sky Channel 117, Virgin channel 159 and
freeview. For further details, check their twitter @footymatterstv
Champions League looms for loan dud
Spectacularly unsuccessful Newcastle loan player Seydou Doumbia
is on the move again, after his parent club AS Roma agreed a season-long
switch with reigning Swiss League champions FC Basel.
The Ivory Coast international striker who claims to be 28 had a prolific
spell with Young Boys Berne earlier in his career and spent the first half
of last season at CSKA Moscow before his farcical switch to SJP.
Euro 2016 latest
And now let's meet the
eight who are going to generate.....
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Poland v Portugal (8pm, Marseille)
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Wales v Belgium (8pm, Lille)
Germany v Italy (8pm, Bordeaux)
France v Iceland (8pm, Paris)
Watch the remainder of Euro 2016 live on TV while supping some cracking brews at The Bodega
on Westgate Road, next to the Tyne Theatre.
If you're tweetish find them at: @TheBodega_SJF
details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John
Fitzgerald estate online
Words of wisdom
Comic timing par excellence from the former Toon Manager, Sky Sports,
Monday night online
As promised, live TV selections for the second weekend of the Championship season
have been confirmed and Newcastle's home game against Huddersfield Town
has not been selected.
Therefore the Terriers will visit Gallowgate as scheduled for a 3pm KO on
Saturday August 13th.
Live Championship games that weekend are on Friday 7.45pm and Saturday 5.30pm,
with the latter slot expected to be used more often this season than Saturday
lunchtime was in 2015/16.
That's due to BT gaining Saturday night for Premier League live games and Sky
taking the Saturday lunchtime slot for PL action (along with a number of PL
games on Friday nights rather than Monday nights).
Sky will show 92 Championship games live this season (the same total as
2015/16 and confirmation of live TV games up until September 24th are promised
before the end of July.
Kit release date
official from NUFC or Puma as yet, but social media claims are circulating
that sales of Newcastle's 2016/17 home shirt will begin on Friday July 8th.
confirmation arrived on Saturday of a fourth pre-season fixture, away to
Belgian side Sporting Lokeren
on Saturday July 23rd (4.30pm local time).
Ticket details are awaited.
United previously visited Lokeren for an Intertoto Cup tie back in July 2001,
running out 4-0 winners at the Daknam Stadium before beating Sporting
1-0 on Tyneside a week later.
The hosts are in the top flight of Belgian
football and finished eleventh last season. Their current manager Georges
Leekens was in charge of Club Brugge the last time we visited Belgium, back in
No strangers to the venue are our trio of
ex-Belgian League players, with Cheick Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar
Mitrovic all playing there - Mitro netting for Anderlecht in his last two
First team pre-season:
Sat 09.07.2016- Fri 15.07.2016
Irish training camp
Sat 16.07.2016 Bohemian FC (a) 2pm
Wed 20.07.2016 Doncaster Rovers (a) 7.45pm
Lokeren (a) 4.30pm (local)
Date tbc opposition (a) unconfirmed (Burnley was mentioned but they already
have a game on 26.07)
Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) 3pm
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Killy claim Cobain
Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has returned to former club Newcastle to sign
reserve full back Jamie Cobain, following his release by the
The 19 year-old wearsider made his Academy bow in March
2013, alongside the likes of Freddie Woodman, Adam Armstrong and Rolando
Aarons, but injury delayed a competitive U21 debut for two years.
Making nine reserve appearances last season, Jamie also spent some time on
loan to Sheffield United, featuring for their second string.
Cobain becomes the second fringe player shown the door by United this summer
to find a new club, with fellow defender Ben Pollock now at Hartlepool.
Ando Q & A
Ex-Magpie defender and
BBC Radio Newcastle match summariser John Anderson is the special guest
at a talk-in event in Gateshead early next month.
Ando will be appearing at Teams & District Social Club on Friday July
8th and tickets are on sale now priced at £15 including comedian and a
pie & pea supper.
The evening is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Gateshead, a sporting
club and registered charity for people with learning disabilities
Tickets can be booked via Danielle Appleby on 0191 433 2712 or firstname.lastname@example.org
& District Social Club, Derwentwater Road, Gateshead NE8 2SJ
Back to Bootham
12 months on from playing a first
team friendly there, Newcastle's second string will return to Bootham Crescent
next month to face York City.
The National League side entertain Newcastle
on Saturday July 30th at 3pm - the same day and time that our first
team are in friendly action at SJP.
Tickets are priced at £12 adults & £6 concessions - the same as for last
season's first team encounter.
Four pre-season games for Peter Beardsley's side have now been
announced as follows:
Sun 10.07.2016 Bradford Park Avenue
Sat 23.07.2016 Corby Town (a) (3.30pm)
Sun 24.07.2016 PSV Eindhoven (n*) (Noon)
Sat 30.07.2016 York City (a) 3pm
On the road again
Our rundown of what lies ahead next season for those
embarking on our 23 away treks has now concluded - but every entry is here in
case you missed any:
Ahead of the new season, Newcastle currently have 42 registered professionals
Darlow, Elliot, Krul, Woodman
Coloccini, Dummett, Gillesphey, Good, Haidara, Janmaat, Lascelles,
Mbabu, Mbemba, Satka, Sterry
Aarons, Ameobi, Anita, Barlaser, Bigirimana, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran,
Saivet, Shelvey, Sissoko, Smith, Thauvin, Tiote, Townsend, Wijnaldum
Armstrong, Cisse, De Jong, Gilliead, Heardman, Perez, Mitrovic, Riviere,
Roberts, Toney, Vuckic
Singers - update
moves to create an unofficial singing section in the Strawberry Corner next
season have resulted in all available season tickets there selling out -
although further seats in that area may be up for grabs after the final date
for renewals of June 30th has passed.
For those still looking to relocate or house themselves among livelier
neighbours though, like-minded fans are now massing in adjacent lower Gallowgate
The process of moving seats is simple, with ST holders able to do so by
telephoning them 0844 372 1892 or visiting them.
For anyone doing the latter, the match day box office in the Milburn Stand is
currently open from 10am-5pm weekdays and Saturday 9am-4pm.
Season ticket sales for unoccupied seats have now commenced, with
the deadline for existing ST holders to renew set as Thursday June 30th.
The club have announced a 10% price reduction across the board for season
tickets and the new prices will come into effect immediately for those
renewing or buying for the first time.
PS: If you're staying in the same seats for 2016/17 then your existing
season ticket cards will be used. New cards will only be issued to supporters
moving seats / price categories (i.e. junior becoming adult).
boys with new clubs:
Craig Baxter (South Shields)
Jamie Cobain (Kilmarnock)
Adam Collin (Notts County)
Mark Cook (Dunston UTS)
Frank Wiafe Danquah (Fortuna Sittard)
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United)
Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle)
Seydou Doumbia (Basel)
Alex Francis (Bishop Auckland)
Matthew Grieve (Morpeth Town)
Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
Callum Morris (Aberdeen)
Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers - trial)
Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans)
Ben Pollock (Hartlepool
Louis Storey (South Shields)
(AC Omonoia M - Cyprus)
Steve Clarke (Aston Villa AM)
Nigel Pearson (Derby County M)
Carl Serrant (Charlton Athletic C)
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
Online Box Office is here
SJP seating plan is here
2015/16 season ticket cards will be used again for 2016/17.
New cards will only be issued for ST holders moving seats or changing
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am -
with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the
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
travel is the public face
of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
Heading to the Toon?
Fri 01.07.2016 Last day for renewals of any 2015/16 season
Sun 10.07.2016: U21s v
Bradford Park Avenue (a) @
Horsfall Stadium, 3pm. Friendly.
Sat 16.07.2016 Bohemian (Ireland) (a) Dalymount Park, Dublin,
2pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.
Wed 20.07.2016 Doncaster Rovers (a) Keepmoat Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. Ticket details
Sat 23.07.2016 Sporting Lokeren (Belgium) (a) Daknam Stadium, 4.30pm local
time. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.
Sat 23.07.2016 U21s v
Corby Town (a) @
Steel Park, Corby, 3.30pm. Friendly.
Sun 24.07.2016 U21s v PSV Eindhoven (n) @ Steel Park, Corby. Noon.
Mon 25.07.2016 U18s
v Fermanagh (n) @ Ballymena, 7.30pm. NI Super Cup.
Tue 26.07.2016 U18s v Right to Dream (n) @ Seahaven,
Portstewart, 7pm. NI Super Cup.
Wed 27.07.2016 U18s v Tyrone (n) @ The Warren, Portstewart,
3.30pm. NI Super Cup.
Thu 28.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kickoff
tbc. NI Super Cup.
Fri 29.07.2016 U18s v opponent tbc, location and kickoff
tbc. NI Super Cup.
Sat 30.07.2016 Vitesse Arnhem (h) SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Ticket details
Sat 30.07.2016 U21s v York
City (a) @
Bootham Crescent 3pm. Friendly.
Mon 01.08.2016 - Fri
05.08.2016 U16s v Charlton Athletic, Seattle Sounders (USA),
Friendly Academy (Zimabwe). Youdan Trophy, Sheffield (games 30 mins x
05.08.2016 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7,45pm. Championship. Live
on Sky Sports.
Sat 13.08.2016 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Championship.
Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team
v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.
Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here
(Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation.
Championship season ends (all games kickoff at Noon).
(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon
NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
05.08.2016 Fulham (a) 7.45pm
League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):
United have a bye to
R1 w/c 08.08.2016
R2 w/c 22.08.2016
R3 w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc
F Sat 27.05.2017.
Metro line closures 2016: Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016
From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways.
Geordie in Europe!
Having conquered Portugal, Spain and France Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run
is en route to Turkey on the 2016 part of his planned
global charity trek.
A 3,400 mile route via Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria,
Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece will take him to Istanbul on Monday
Mark is raising funds for The Children's Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation and his efforts to date have seen good causes benefit by £250K.
Finishing the fourth part of his challenge will take him past the
halfway point in a 20,000 mile route that encompasses 24 countries
across four continents.
Donations can be made online
here and Mark's progress monitored online
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What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Cavanagh born, Liverpool. (Trainer 1981-82)
to Arthur Cox during the first full season of his reign at SJP, Tommy played
for Preston North End, Stockport County, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers,
Bristol City and Carlisle during his career.
After coaching at Cheltenham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Hull City,
Cavanagh moved to Old Trafford and assisted both Tommy Docherty and Ron
Atkinson before making the switch to Tyneside.
Following his departure from Newcastle, Cavanagh managed Norwegians Rosenborg
and also had a stint in charge of Burnley. Working as an FA coach in his latter
years, he passed away in 2007.
Kettleborough born, Rotherham. (1966)
known of the two Yorkshiremen with initials KK to have played for United, Keith
was a talented golfer and cricketer whose batting prowess saw him represent
Yorkshire Schools and North of England.
Joining the RAF to complete his National Service, Kettleborough switched
attentions on football and was invited for a trial with Grimsby Town during
Nothing came of that but by December of that year Keith had signed for hometown
club Rotherham United, later joining Sheffield United for £15,000 in December
Helping the Blades to promotion in his first season at Bramall Lane, the
midfielder was also selected to represent the Football League - but continued
to play cricket for both Rotherham Town and Rawmarsh.
Included in Alf Ramsey's initial 40 man selection for the 1966 World Cup squad
(missing out when it was cut to 22), Keith was added to a struggling Newcastle
side at a cost of £22,500 in January 1966.
His influence ensured that United avoided an instant return to the Second
Division - the side's first win in eight games coinciding with his debut at
home to West Ham.
After spending the summer playing cricket for Chester-le-Street, Keith returned
to SJP but unexpectedly joined Doncaster Rovers for £12K as player/boss in
Unable to prevent the side dropping into Division Four, Keith remained at Belle
Vue as a player the following season before signing for Chesterfield and later,
Post-football, he worked as a milkman and continued to play cricket for Whiston
Parish Church before becoming janitor/PE teacher of Birkdale independent school
Keith died in November 2009 and his passing was marked with a minute's applause
at Bramall Lane the following day, before the Sheffield United v Newcastle
Harker born, Shiremoor.
Goalkeeper who appeared for local
sides Backworth Welfare and West Allotment before joining Newcastle in 1955.
What proved to be his sole senior
outing for the Magpies came in place of Ronnie Simpson for a season-ending 3-1
home loss to Burnley in April 1958.
Called up for national service,
Harker spent time on loan at both Consett and Aberdeen before a £1,000 switch
to Bury in late 1961, shortly after former SJP team mate Bob Stokoe
became Manager at Gigg Lane.
He also finished on the winning side at SJP in February 1965 when Bury ran out
3-2 winners in a fixture where over 10 minutes of time were added in the second
half. That proved to be the only home loss United suffered en route to the
Division Two title.
Later spells at Grimsby Town and Rochdale were followed by a drop into local
league football with Stockton and a stint on the Darlington coaching staff.
Chris remained resident in
Darlington and worked as a mechanical fitter (having given up a similar job in
the shipyards to play football).
A caretaker in later life, Harker passed away in September 2014, aged 77.
Gilfillan born, Cowdenbeath, Scotland. (1959-61)
Bobby had been
a prolific scorer for his hometown club when Newcastle paid £4,000 for his
services in October 1959.
Making his debut shortly afterwards in a 0-2 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers,
Gilfillan wore the number nine shirt on four other occasions that season
His only competitive United goals came when he bagged a brace in a 7-2
home win over Fulham earlier the following season but never appeared again
after drawing a blank against Burnley four days later.
Newcastle recouped their outlay in early 1961 when Bobby joined St.Johnstone,
later moves taking him to Southend United, Raith Rovers and Doncaster Rovers.
He later worked as Northwich Victoria player-boss.
Archibald Murdoch Gourlay born, Greenock, Scotland. (1988-92)
signed from Greenock Morton who managed only one competitive first team
appearance in his first spell at SJP - a sub outing at Luton Town in December
Within 24 hours United moved to replace caretaker boss Colin Suggett with Jim
Smith - and Archie was to play no further part in the club's failed relegation
Loaned back to Morton for a spell, Gourlay returned to Gallowgate and briefly
featured in the senior side in the 1990/91 season.
A further loan saw him join Gateshead, with one final Magpies appearance coming
in a League Cup defeat at Peterborough under Ossie Ardiles in October 1991.
Following his release by United, Archie joined Motherwell and later played for
Hartlepool United, Linfield, Whitley Bay, Morpeth Town, South Shields and
finally Bedlington Terriers.
Working for a local paper in Northumberland, Gourlay later returned to the
Magpies as an Academy coach.
O'Brien born, Harrogate.
Bradford City by Bobby Robson, this central defender wasn't the most gifted
footballer - but proved that he had a heart to match the size of his
Fondly recalled for putting the ball in the mackem's net (in only his fourth
toon game), arguably his major contribution to our cause was scoring the
equaliser at Highbury in December 2001, as United broke their London hoodoo in
O'Brien moved on to Portsmouth for the same £2m fee that Newcastle had paid
and was to have a walk-on part in our history, being the player Alan Shearer
eluded before netting his record -breaking 201st goal.
Joining Bolton Wanderers in 2007, Andy was loaned to Leeds United in October
2010 and made that move permanent in the January transfer window.
However, he only appeared a handful of times in the 2011/12 season and joined
Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps in August 2012, leaving in January 2015.
Alongside fellow ex-Magpie Shaka Hislop and future arrival Lee Bowyer, Andy
played for England U21s at friendly level - earning praise for keeping Thierry
Henry at bay in a 3-2 win over France in 1999.
Ireland managed to hijack his affiliations however and after eight U21 outings,
the first of 26 full caps came as a substitute against Estoniia in Tallinn
during June 2001 - replacing Damien Duff and joining both Shay Given and
Stephen Carr on the field.
striker Jackie Milburn watched from the sidelines as the USA beat England
1-0 in a World Cup tie in Belo Horizonte.
1954 Newcastle's Ivor Broadis played but
failed to score for England as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in Berne. Future
Magpies manager Bill McGarry was in the team.
1976 Sacked Wolves boss Bill McGarry
accepted the job of coach to the Saudi Arabian national team. He lasted just
over a year before returning to England and taking over as Newcastle boss.
2005 Laurent Robert was fined for
comments he made about Newcastle United after joining Portsmouth on loan.
Officially on the books at SJP (his Fratton
Park deal being an extended loan) some mutterings about Jermaine Jenas cost him
another six-figure sum, in the wake of previous public grumblings about United
costing him four weeks wages.
BBC reported that a consortium were in "advanced talks over a £60m
takeover" of the club via TV and online news updates, naming Freddy
Shepherd as the lead figure and Alan Shearer as preferred manager.
However the story quickly died down and no comment was forthcoming from either
2012 Midfielder Danny Guthrie left Newcastle for Reading while United
while were reported to be negotiating the transfer of
striker Luuk De Jong from FC Twente.
Dutch international De Jong would move to Bundesliga side Borussia
Monchengladbach, later joining United for a barren loan spell in the latter part
of the 2013/14 campaign.