Friday February 26th, 2016

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Ticket news:

Bournemouth (h) Public sale now
Leicester (a)
 Member sale now

Premier League:
No Chinese takeaway

Speculation over the futures of both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote has been put on hold until the summer, with the closure of the Chinese transfer window on Friday.

Both players had been recently linked with lucrative moves to Chinese Super League sides but have remained at the club and were seen in training on Friday.

Local lads up 
for the cup(s)

The region's last two survivors in the FA Trophy and FA Vase are in action on Saturday, with Gateshead away to AFC Halifax in the Trophy Quarter Final and Morpeth Town at home to Bristol Manor Farm in the last eight of the Vase. Both have 3pm KO's. 

The Finals of both competitions are at Wembley on the same day - Sunday May 22nd - the FA Vase kicking off at 12.15pm and the Trophy at 4.15pm.

Elsewhere, Blyth Spartans will look to maintain their lead at the top of the Northern Premier League when Colwyn Bay head to Croft Park and Spennymoor Town continue their promotion bid from Division One North against Witton Albion at Brewery Field.

The usual glut of Northern League games includes matches at Benfield, North Shields, South Shields, Whickham and West Allotment Celtic*.

*Remember that NUFC season ticket holders gain half-price entry (£3) to this game at Whitley Park, when they host league leaders Shildon.

Premier League:
No more TV times

Friday saw the penultimate set of Premier League fixture alterations for live TV published, with Newcastle featuring in precisely none of them - a welcome piece of news, given that away visits to Norwich and Southampton are still to come.

That means that our fixtures now look as follows (including previously-announced rescheduling of two games for Sky coverage):

Wed 02.03.2016 Stoke City (a) 7.45pm
Sat 05.03.2016 Bournemouth (h) 3pm
Mon 14.03.2016 Leicester City (a) 8pm SKY
Sun 20.03.2016 mackems (h) 1.30pm SKY

Sat 02.04.2016 Norwich City (a) 3pm
Sat 09.04.2016 Southampton (a) 3pm
Sat 16.04.2016 Swansea City (h) 3pm
Sat 23.04.2016 Liverpool (a) 3pm
Sat 30.04.2016 Crystal Palace (h) 3pm

No decision has been made on what will be televised over the weekend of Saturday May 7th - meaning that our visit to Aston Villa could alter - but our final day home meeting with Spurs will remain as a 3pm KO on Sunday May 15th regardless of TV coverage.

That leaves the outstanding home game against Manchester City and the Premier League confirm that a new date will be announced by Thursday March 10th - before City play the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie against Dynamo Kiev. 

Holding a 3-1 lead from the away leg, progress to the Quarter Finals is likely, with ties in weeks commencing April 4th and 11th. And with possible semi-final ties in w/c April 25th and May 2nd, then a visit to SJP on or around Wednesday April 20th is looking likely.

PS: The lack of a TV change for the Liverpool game means that we'll have the rarity of a Saturday 3pm visit to Anfield - the first since the 2007/08 season. 

Premier League:
Stoke City (a)


United return to competitive action on Wednesday with a Premier League visit to Stoke City - this weekend seeing them idle as original opponents Manchester City are in Capital One Cup Final action.

Steve McClaren's side go to Staffordshire having lost each of their last five PL away games. Defeat would see them emulate last season's run of six losses. 

This team has lost 16 of their last 20 away games - and we still have unrealistic expectations? 

NUFC: The 18 day break between competitive games means that Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Kevin Mbabu, Paul Dummett, Papiss Cisse Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong could all be available for selection. 

No firm return date has been given for Gabriel Obertan, Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara or Aleksandar Mitrovic while it's unclear what the position regarding Cheick Tiote is.

The calf strain incurred by Fabricio Coloccini in Spain isn't as bad as first feared and he's still in contention for the Stoke game at this point.

Colback (nine yellows) and Jonjo Shelvey (eight yellows) are both nearing two game suspensions for reaching ten bookings, with six games remaining before the cutoff date of April 10th (assuming we don't play Manchester City in a rearranged game before then).

Saturday's kickabout saw Jonjo Shelvey wearing the armband, while Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles were partnered in central defence for the first time. 

It remains to be seen whether Mbemba recovers from his foot injury as predicted, with teenager Callum Williams our other cover in that position. He was named in Monday's U21 starting lineup but a late change saw him drop to the bench before kickoff. 

Punts: to follow

SCFC: To follow. 

Having gone for warm weather training in Dubai, the Potters will enjoy home advantage in their next two games, hosting Aston Villa on Saturday ahead of our visit.


PL HT / FT away scores - 2015/16:

Swansea City 
Losing 0-1, Lost 0-2
Manchester United Drawing 0-0, Drew 0-0
West Ham
Losing 0-1, Lost 0-2
Manchester City
drawing 1-1, Lost 1-6
mackems Losing 0-1, Lost 0-3
Winning 1-0, Won 1-0
Crystal Palace
Losing 1-3, Lost 1-5
Losing 0-1, Won 2-1
West Brom
Drawing 0-0, Lost 0-1
Arsenal Drawing 0-0, Lost 0-1
Drawing 0-0, Lost 1-2
Losing 0-1, Lost 0-3
Losing 0-3, Lost 1-5

That little lot has brought just seven points from a possible 39 and with visits to Stoke, Leicester, Norwich, Southampton, Liverpool and Villa to come, our worst ever PL away points tally of 12 (during the 1997/98 season) is still some way off.

In terms of goals we're even further adrift, with the seven scored so far from 13 outings just half of the previous lowest tally of 14 - set last season.

Potters v Magpies - PL era:

2014/15 lost 0-1
2013/14 lost 0-1
2012/13 lost 1-2 Cisse
2011/12 won 3-1 Ba 3
2010/11 lost 0-4
2008/09 drew 1-1 Carroll
2007/08 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 FR Dumas, Robinson
1995/96 won 4-0 (LC) Beardsley 2, Ferdinand, D.Peacock*

(*At Victoria Ground, rest at Britannia Stadium).

Referee: Neil Swarbrick - a quick return for the Lancashire-based whistler who took charge of our 2-1 home victory over West Ham in January.

Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld Pts GD
11 Everton 26 35   +11 
12 Chelsea 26 33 +2
13 Crystal Palace 26 32 -5
14 West Brom 26 32 -8
15 Bournemouth 26 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 24 -22
19 mackems 26 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 26 16 -26


Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 27.02.2016:
West Ham v mackems (12.45pm) BT
Leicester City v Norwich City (3pm)
Southampton v Chelsea (3pm)
Stoke City v Aston Villa (3pm)
Watford v Bournemouth (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 28.02.2016:
Manchester United v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky
Spurs v Swansea City (2.05pm)

Tue 01.03.2016:
Aston Villa v Everton (7.45pm)
Bournemouth v Southampton (7.45pm) BT
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion (7.45pm)
Norwich City v Chelsea (7.45pm)
mackems v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)

Wed 02.03.2016:
Arsenal v Swansea City (7.45pm)
Stoke City v Newcastle (7.45pm)
West Ham v Spurs (7.45pm)
Liverpool v Manchester City (8pm) BT
Manchester United v Watford (8pm)

Rams repeat 

Having ended their regular league season last week with a ninth place finish in their twelve team league, Newcastle's U18s kick off the first of a seven game mini-league against Derby County on Saturday.

Kickoff is now confirmed as 1pm at Little Benton for what will be the third meeting with the Rams this season at this level following a 5-4 home win and a 2-2 draw on the road.

The end of season competition sees the twelve team North and South divisions combined into three eight team groups, made up of the 1st-4th, 5th-8th and 9th-12th place finishers.

That puts Dave Watson's Magpies in competition with the following opponents over the coming weeks:

Sat 27.02.2016 Derby County (h) 1pm
Sat 05.03.2016 Norwich City (h) 11am tbc
Sat 12.03.2016 Stoke City (a) 1pm
Sat 19.03.2016 Southampton (h) 11am
Sat 02.04.2016 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)* 11am
Sat 09.04.2016 Manchester United (a) 1pm
Sat 30.04.2016 Swansea City (a) 11am tbc

* note new date, was previously Sat 16.04.2016

The Maine event 


It's 20 years this week since an incident-filled game away to Manchester City saw Tino Asprilla score his first Newcastle goal here - and earn himself an FA charge after "tangling" with defender Keith Curle. 

31,115 spectators witnessed a memorable 3-3 draw, with many of those unable to get away end tickets infiltrating home areas to see Philippe Albert notch a fine brace for Kevin Keegan's table-toppers. 

The Belgian's recollections of his time at Gallowgate form part of Martin Hardy's fine book about United's 1995/96 season, "Touching Distance" - an abridged version of which appears in the Chronicle here

We have a copy signed by Kevin Keegan up for grabs in a free-to-enter competition. To
be in with a chance of winning, just email with your answer to this question (subject: TD):

Which former England and Southampton team mate of Kevin Keegan was Manchester City boss on the occasion of the 3-3 game in February 1996? 

The closing date is Wednesday March 2nd @ 11pm - entries welcome from anywhere on the planet.

Author-signed copies of "Touching Distance" can be ordered online here for £18.99 inc. UK delivery. 

Email for details of personalised copies, alternative payment methods or overseas deliveries - the latter available at cost and seeing books dispatched to 26 countries and counting!

Fans forum minutes

The club have now released the minutes of Monday's get-together - the first since October 2015. 

If you don't want to plough through it, let's summarise: everything's great, no reason to panic at all. 

PS: we are currently occupying a relegation position, as we have been after 17 of the 26 Premier League fixture rounds to date this season..... 


Minutes are online here

October 2015 minutes

Unlikely lad:
Millers eye lunatic


Think of all those classic strike pairings that have thrilled us over the years - Shearer and Ferdinand, Macdonald and Tudor, Cunningham and Reilly.....

Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock is seeking to renew the less-than-stellar Magpies partnership of Leon Best and Nile Ranger at New York Stadium by taking the latter on trial (just to confirm that's a practice session, not an appearance in court)

The Championship Millers already have Best on their books (one start, two sub outings, no goals, one red card) and have now turned to 24-year old Ranger.

He's a free agent following PFA intervention earlier this month to free him from his contract at Blackpool but hasn't kicked a ball in a competitive match since November 2014 - against Rotherham. 

Gunners date set

The Premier League have confirmed that United's postponed U21 league fixture against Arsenal will now be played on Friday April 8th.

Venue and kickoff remain unchanged - 7pm at the Emirates Stadium - admission details are tbc.

Treble up for Shields


North Shields Juniors FC confirm that three of their former players have been offered scholarships by Newcastle United for next season.

Kieren Aplin, Lewis Cass and Matty Longstaff will formally join the club's Academy after making a favourable impression as schoolboys this season.

Both Kieren and Matty have already featured for United's U18 side this time round, Matty playing alongside his elder brother Sean recently.

PS: Formal confirmation of the players who won't be retained by the Academy is awaited.

Hat giveaway - winner


Thanks to the bewilderingly large number of people who entered our competition to win the last limited edition black & white bobble hat from Spirit of 69 - there's an awful lot of cold heads out there....

To be in with a chance of winning, we asked you to identify a hat-sporting former Magpie and almost everyone correctly spotted Scott Parker - whose contribution to our cause still continues to wildly divide opinion, given some of your comments.

(The most popular wrong answer was Craig Moore, with other offers of Steve Clarke and Kevin Nolan).

Our winner was randomly selected as Russell Bambling - thanks to everyone who entered.

Browse the Spirit of 69 merchandise range

Loan lads:
The borrowers 
The latest temporary postings of our mob: 

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

Following a two week break, League One City return to action against Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon.

And having scored in successive home games, Adam Armstrong needs just one goal to reach 20 for the club in what would be only his 28th appearance.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 
Burton Albion (a) League One, Saturday.

Kyle Cameron
, Lubo Satka (York City):
Luton Town (h) League Two, Saturday.

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

Morecambe (a) League Two, Saturday.

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
AFC Halifax (a) FA Trophy, Saturday.

Goalkeeper Brendan has now extended his loan spell at the International Stadium for the rest of the season.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Preston North End (h) Championship, Saturday.

Remy Cabella
/Florian Thauvin 
(Olympique Marseille): 
A 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday saw the Spaniards advance at the expense of OM, winning 2-1 on aggregate. Cabella was in the starting XI, while Thauvin came off the bench on 85 minutes. 

Next up is a trip to the island of Corsica this Sunday to face Ajaccio in a Ligue 1 match.

Sweet FA again

Newcastle U21s  0  Fulham U21s  3

Match report



Proud sponsors of

Gini ends away famine 


Newcastle  2 Lillestrøm SK  1

Match report is online here

Match highlights and goals online here

Watch Rolando's goal online here

Drown your sorrows:
Tino beer winners 

Byker-based Brinkburn Street Brewery are paying tribute to the maverick genius of Faustino Asprilla in the form of their recently-released 4.8% Tino Ale

Celebrating the launch, we liberated some gift sets containing two bottles of the brew and a Brinkburn branded glass to sup them from for you lot.

Your task was a simple one, to describe what Tino did to celebrate scoring against Metz in December 1996. Most folks knew but if you didn't,
then click here

Winning entries were received from:

Scott Bryson
Andy Coyne
Dorothy Cox
Luke Dale 

Emma Hall
Steven Laidlaw
David Martin
Nick Maxwell
Jon Stephenson
Alex Stokoe

An increasing number of local outlets are stocking Brinkburn beers on draught and in bottles. You'll find bottles of "Tino" at Coppers in Gosforth and glug in the Grainger Market, while the Tyneside Cinema now has it on draught, along with 3.8% "Fools Gold."  

Down in North Shields meanwhile, Oddfellows has 3.9% brew "The Pursuit of Hoppiness" on tap, while Barca in Tynemouth is also serving "Fools Gold".

Brinkburn website (@BrinkburnStBrew on twitter).

Premier League:

Bridge collapse

Chelsea  5  Newcastle  1

Match report is online here


Download festival 

The new issue of true faith (TF124) is available to download NOW for the princely sum of NOWT

It reads brilliantly on any device; particularly tablets, ipads and smart phones and runs to more than 100 pages - mainly about the black and whites but also including other football-related matters.

Jennings Ford Direct
Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


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


Sat 27.02.2016 U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 1.  

Wed 02.03.2016 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 7.45pm. Premier League. Ticket sale now ended.

Sat 05.03.2016 U18s v Norwich City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am tbc. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 2.  

Sat 05.03.2016 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Fri 11.03.2016 U21s v West Ham (h)
 @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.03.2016 U18s v Stoke City (a)
@ Clayton Wood Training Ground, 1pm. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 3.

Mon 14.03.2016 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Adults £35, 65 and over, 18-21s £31, 12-17s £25, 8-11s £9, U8s £7.
Live on Sky.

Sat 19.03.2016 U18s v Southampton (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 4.  

Sun 20.03.2016 mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.
Live on Sky.

Wed 23.03.2016 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Crawley Town FC, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note new date and venue.

Sat 02.04.2016 U18s v Brighton (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 5.  

02.04.2016 Norwich City (a) @ Carrow Road, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 04.04.2016 U21s v Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note new venue/KO time.

Fri 08.04.2016 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 09.04.2016 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 1pm. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 6.  

Sat 09.04.2016 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.03.2016: Leicester City (a) 8pm
Sun 20.03.2016: mackems (h) 1.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:

Selections made up to Mon 02.05.2016.

Premier League starts on Sat 13.08.2016
Football League starts on Sat 06.08.201

Metro line closures 2016:

1. From Tynemouth to Shiremoor both ways from Sat 19.03.2016 to Sat 02.04.2016 (including NUFC v SAFC on Sun 20.03). 

Replacement bus services will operate.

2. From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways from Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just £3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 27.02.2016
Shildon (3pm)
Wed 16.03.2016 Consett (7.30pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Thu 03.03.2016 Lee Clark with author Martin Hardy, Ramside Golf Club, Durham. Tickets £12.95 including a bottle of beer & curry, from 0191 386 9514 or via email

Sat 14.05.2016 Toon Legends Night @ Village Hotel, North Tyneside. Featuring former players from the 1950s to the 1980s tbc. Four course meal + entertainment, tickets £45 (£400 for a table of 10. 
Bookings via 07753 573613.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Semi Final draw:

16.03.2016 Heaton Stan v Blyth Spartans
23.03.2016 North Shields v Morpeth Town

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in May.

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

England U17:

Thu 24.03.2016
Turkey (Chesterfield)
Sat 26.03.2016 Finland (Leek)
Mon 29.03.2016 Ukraine (Burton)

2015/16 future match dates: 

Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

2016/17 future 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
26th February

Born Or Died:

1900 Thomas Fraser born, Glencairn, Scotland (1923, 1924-25)

Beginning his playing career at local side Hurlford, goalkeeper Tom spent time on loan at both Kilmarnock and Dundee before signing for the latter club in 1922.

A second spell at the Beith club a year later included a brief trial at SJP and an eventual transfer to Gallowgate in May 1924.

Injury to Sandy Mutch saw Fraser arrive as back-up to first-choice custodian Bill Bradley shortly before the FA Cup Final.

In pre-substitute days Tom wasn't part of the Wembley-winning squad but did join United's post-season tour of Spain - dirtying his gloves on a number of occasions and earning praise from local reporters for back to back clean sheets against Barcelona.

Unable to dislodge Bradley, Fraser moved back to Scotland in August 1925, signing for Clyde and helped them gain promotion to the top flight in his first season.

Emigrating to the USA in 1927, Tom later played for Bethlehem Steel and Newark Americans. His death was recorded in Pennsylvania during January 1973.

1921 Robert Stone Donaldson
South Shields (1943-47)

Defender who appeared for the Magpies in wartime football after joining from his hometown club.

Donaldson later joined Hartlepool United and played on until 1951, later becoming trainer at the Vic. 

Subsequently serving as North Shields trainer, Bobby died in 1990.

1978 Abdoulaye Faye born, Dakar, Senegal. (2007-08).

Brought to Tyneside from Bolton Wanderers for £2m by his former boss Sam Allardyce in August 2007, Senegal international central defender Faye had faced United in our season-opening 3-1 victory at the Reebok shortly before becoming a Magpie.

His United bow came from the bench in Sam's first setback - a Monday night defeat at Derby County in mid-September, along with fellow deadline day arrival Habib Beye. 

Some encouraging no-nonsense displays were to follow from Faye, who netted his only goal for the club in a 1-5 home mauling by Manchester United in February 2008.

By then Kevin Keegan had replaced Allardyce and Faye departed after a dressing room dispute on the final day of the season, when he failed to reappear after half time in our defeat at Goodison Park.

Playing no part in our pre-season fixtures, Faye was sold to Stoke City for £2.5m on the eve of the season, returning to SJP some four months later to net a last-minute leveller in a 2-2 draw with the Potters.

Released by Stoke in the summer of 2011, Faye was reunited with Sam Allardyce once again when signing for Championship side West Ham shortly afterwards.

The following summer then saw the free agent join Hull City on a one year deal, scoring four times as the Tigers secured a return to the Premier League.

Accepting a one year deal to remain at the KC Stadum, Abdoulaye made only isolated appearances and left in the summer of 2014 when he became a free agent.

December 2014 then saw him confirmed as joining Malaysian side Sabah FA.

1979 Bjarni Gudjonsson born, Akranes, Iceland. (1997-99)

Diminutive midfielder signed at the age of 18 by then-Magpies boss Kenny Dalglish from hometown club, IA Arkanes for £500K. 

After appearing for the juniors and reserves he never looked remotely like graduating to the first team, despite being picked for the Iceland senior side - winning the first of 19 full caps in April 1997 against Slovakia. 

Bjarni left SJP in 1999, linking up with his brothers at Belgian side Racing Genk, in a £125K transfer.

He returned to England in 2000, joining up with the new Icelandic owners at Stoke City and going on to make over 150 appearances for the Potters.

Moving to Bundesliga side Bochum in 2003, Gudjonsson was back in England within a year with Coventry City, later signing for Plymouth Argyle. 

Released by the Home Park club in January 2006, Bjarni returned to Iceland for a second spell with IA Arkanes, defecting to their rivals KR Reykjavík in 2008.

Helping KR to win the league in both 2011 and 2013, he opted to retire after the latter success - negotiating a release from the final year of his playing contract.

And Bjanri confirmed his first managerial appointment soon after, taking over as the new boss of Fram Reykjavík. 

1989 Gabriel Obertan born, Pantin, France. (2011-present)

Having spent a year with Paris Saint Germain as a youngster, midfielder Obertan won a place at the French Football Federation's Clairefontaine youth training facility.

Signing for Bordeaux in 2005 and combining reserve team football with foreign language studies (he speaks English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Spanish), Gabriel broke into the first team the following year.

Capped at youth and U21 level by France and remaining in the club's first team pool - albeit often appearing as substitute - he requested and was granted a loan to Lorient midway through the 2008/09 season in order to gain more pitch time, although he later reacalled it as "six horrible months".

Joining Manchester United in July 2009 for a claimed £3m fee - having snubbed a move to Old Trafford at the age of 15 - Obertan made 28 appearances in all competitions after taking time to reach full fitness.

Despite playing on both flanks and occasionally in an advanced central role though, he failed to become a regular starter, with a sole senior goal coming in a Champions League tie against Bursaspor.

Omitted from the side that faced Newcastle in either first team game during the 2010/11 campaign, he did scored both goals in a reserve fixture against the Magpies at Darsley Park late on in that season.  

Arriving at the tail end of Newcastle's first French signing frenzy in August 2011, Gabby followed Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux and within days debuted off the bench at half-time in a season- opening 0-0 home draw with Arsenal.

It later became evident that manager Alan Pardew had pushed through the acquisition of Obertan amid some opposition from the other decision-makers at the club.

Showing flashes of inspiration and pace in his outings but lacking consistency, Gabriel belatedly announced his arrival with the clinching goal in a 2-0 win at Blackburn (his 22nd appearance) the following February.

However, his progress was then halted by a toe infection and he managed only three minutes in United's final ten games of the season, beginning the following campaign down the pecking order and making the majority of his starts in cup ties.

Scoring the winner against Bruge at SJP in the Europa League in October 2012, a further absence then followed before his troublesome toe was finally rectified.

A fleeting return to the starting XI in early 2013 coincided with a downturn in the club's fortunes and following another influx of his fellow countrymen, Obertan again found himself named as a regular substitute.

However the 2014/15 season began in much better style for him, with a return to the side coming in pre-season after failing to make the squad for the New Zealand tour.

A run of decent displays seeing back in first team favour and he scored the only goal in a home win over Leicester City in October - United's first league success of the season.

Just two weeks later though, a serious thigh injury incurred at SJP against Liverpool kept him out for three months - by which time Pardew had left Tyneside.

A handful of appearances for interim boss John Carver followed, but Obertan totally failed to recapture whatever form he'd displayed and ended the season as an occasional, unused substitute.

The arrival of Steve McClaren saw Gabby feature prominently in pre-season and he began in promising fashion with a fine cross for Gini Wijnaldum to score his first goal in the 2-2 home draw with Southampton.

However, after four more league appearances and the disastrous Capital One Cup loss against Sheffield Wednesday, Obertan was injured and hasn't appeared since.

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
33 25 2 2 1   5 3   8   1 48 29 3


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1898 Lincoln City (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope 2, Smith 
Debut for Billy Lindsay.

1910 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
Shepherd, Howie, McWilliam 

1913 Liverpool (h)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

1921 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Smailes, Aitken 

1927 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Seymour 2

1936 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division Two 
J.Smith, Imrie (pen) 
Hobbis 2, Wilkinson, Allen

1938 Aston Villa (h)
Division Two 
Cairns, Park 

1944 Darlington (a)
Stubbins 2
Stubbs, Birse 2, Billingham 2, Rudkin, Brown, Thyne



1949 Liverpool (h)
Newcastle's scheduled home meeting with Portsmouth was postponed, due to Pompey's FA Cup progress.

That saw United (eliminated in the Third Round by Bradford) face Liverpool, who had exited at the Fifth Round stage, beaten by Wolves. Ex-Magpie Albert Stubbins played.  

1955 sunderland (h)
Division One 
A game of early and late goals, as Charlie Fleming shot home from close range on half time to put the mackems ahead.

Jackie Milburn levelled straight after half time with a jet-propelled free kick - only for Fleming to head the winner in added time.   

1966 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
Suddick 2, Hilley 
The Potters were beaten as Alan Suddick's prolific spell in front of goal continued - these his seventh and eighth strikes in as many league and cup games. 

1972 Southampton (a)
Division One 
Macdonald(65pen), Barrowclough(72)
The last time we were to taste victory at the Dell, as even a David Craig OG couldn't stop us winning.

1977 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division One 
Gowling(9), Burns(29) 
Anything but a classic, this game was settled by two first half shots from strike duo Alan Gowling and Mickey Burns, which beat Pat Jennings at the Gallowgate End of the ground.

1983 Fulham (a)
Division Two 
Davies(32), Lock(65pen)
The Match of the Day cameras were at Craven Cottage to see us clad in our yellow away garb. Jeff Clarke then bled all over it in a manner later popularised by Terry Butcher.
Youtube footage is online here

1989 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One 
Another goal for smoggie striker Bernie Slaven, in front of the Holgate End he loved so much he bought a piece of fence from the ground for his back garden.
Youtube footage is online here

2000 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-0 (1-0)
Gallacher(11), Shearer(86) 
A 10-0 aggregate double over the Owls was achieved, with Alan Shearer getting six of those ten. 

This was one a left-footed strike after being put through on goal by Rob Lee. It was also the day that Big Al announced he would be retiring from England duty after Euro 2000. match report

2003 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) (h) 3-1 (3-0)
Champions League Group Match 10
Alan Shearer bagged himself a first-half hat-trick as United threatened to come back from the dead for the second time in their CL group. match report

2004 Valerenga (Norway) (a) 1-1 (1-0)
UEFA Cup Third Round
First Leg


A teatime kick off for United at the Ulleval Stadium in Oslo and a fairly grim draw, with Alan Shearer watching from the bench and goalscorer Craig Bellamy fuming in his disliked wide role.

The spirits of the fans were slightly raised by news the following morning that the team flight had been diverted to Manchester and the squad had been forced to hang around for a coach to take them home. Good. match report

2008 Newcastle Reserves suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of their Wigan counterparts at Robin Park. 

Admission to this multi-sports venue was £4.20, which we think included entry to the mixed doubles badminton and sauna..... match report

2011 Bolton Wanderers (h) 1-1 (1-1)
Premier League

Ex-Trotter, Kevin Nolan, headed an early goal but in the end United were happy to settle for a point after Ryan Taylor was dismissed for a two-footed lunge.

Taylor had been a last minute replacement for midfielder Joey Barton, who tweaked a thigh muscle in the warm up. match report