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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
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.
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
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
This team has lost 16 of their last 20 away games - and we still have
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
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
Bournemouth Winning 1-0, Won 1-0
Crystal Palace Losing 1-3, Lost 1-5
Spurs Losing 0-1, Won 2-1
West Brom Drawing 0-0, Lost 0-1
Arsenal Drawing 0-0, Lost 0-1
Watford Drawing 0-0, Lost 1-2
Everton Losing 0-1, Lost 0-3
Chelsea 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
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
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:
Upcoming Premier League fixtures:
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
Manchester United v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky
Spurs v Swansea City (2.05pm)
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)
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)
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
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 email@example.com
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.
copies of "Touching Distance" can be ordered online
here for £18.99 inc. UK delivery.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.....
are online here
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
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
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 here
The latest temporary postings of our mob:
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.
Lubo Satka (York City):
Luton Town (h) League
Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey
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
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
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
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ends away famine
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report is online here
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Rolando's goal online here
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
Winning entries were received
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
Chelsea 5 Newcastle 1
report is online here
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.
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
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office
* 0044 870 444 1892
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
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
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?
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.
Bournemouth (h) @
SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public
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
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
Live on Sky.
23.03.2016 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @
Crawley Town FC, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note
new date and venue.
02.04.2016 U18s v Brighton (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round
Sat 02.04.2016 Norwich City (a) @
Carrow Road, 3pm. Premier
04.04.2016 U21s v Swansea City (a) @
Liberty Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note
new venue/KO time.
08.04.2016 U21s v Arsenal (a) @
Emirates Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note
Sat 09.04.2016 U18s v Manchester
United (a) @ Carrington, 1pm. U18 Premier League Merit Group Round
Southampton (a) @
St. Marys, 3pm. Premier
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Leicester City (a) 8pm
Sun 20.03.2016: mackems (h) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Selections made up to Mon
Premier League starts on Sat
Football League starts on Sat 06.08.2016
Metro line closures 2016:
Tynemouth to Shiremoor both ways from Sat 19.03.2016 to Sat 02.04.2016
(including NUFC v SAFC on Sun 20.03).
services will operate.
2. From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways from Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat
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)
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 email@example.com
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
Rugby League Magic Weekend:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)
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 |
Sat 26.03.2016 Finland (Leek)
Mon 29.03.2016 Ukraine (Burton)
2015/16 future match dates:
10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 Finals
Romania, Albania, Switzerland
B: England, Wales, Slovakia,
C: Germany, N.Ireland,
D: Spain, Turkey, Czech
E: Belgium, Ireland, Sweden,
F: Portugal, Iceland,
2016/17 future match dates:
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1900 Thomas Fraser born, Glencairn, Scotland (1923,
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
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
Emigrating to the USA in 1927, Tom later played for Bethlehem Steel and Newark
Americans. His death was recorded in Pennsylvania during January 1973.
Robert Stone Donaldson born,
South Shields (1943-47)
Defender who appeared for the Magpies in wartime football after joining from his
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.
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
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
December 2014 then saw him confirmed as joining Malaysian side Sabah FA.
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.
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
And Bjanri confirmed his first managerial appointment soon after, taking over
as the new boss of Fram Reykjavík.
Gabriel Obertan born, Pantin, France. (2011-present)
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
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.
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
Arriving at the tail end of Newcastle's first French signing frenzy in August
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
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
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
Lincoln City (h) |
Wardrope 2, Smith
Debut for Billy Lindsay.
Sheffield Wednesday (h)
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
Charlton Athletic (a)
J.Smith, Imrie (pen)
2, Wilkinson, Allen
Aston Villa (h)
1944 Darlington (a)
Birse 2, Billingham 2, Rudkin,
Newcastle's scheduled home
meeting with Portsmouth was
postponed, due to Pompey's FA
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
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.
Stoke City (h)
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
The last time we were to
taste victory at the Dell, as
even a David Craig OG couldn't stop us
Tottenham Hotspur (h)
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)
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.
footage is online here
Another goal for smoggie
Slaven, in front of the
Holgate End he loved so much
he bought a piece of fence
from the ground for his back garden.
footage is online here
Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-0
A 10-0 aggregate double
over the Owls was achieved, with Alan Shearer getting six of those
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.
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) (h) 3-1
Champions League Group Match
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
Valerenga (Norway) (a) 1-1 (1-0)
UEFA Cup Third Round
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.
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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.....
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Bolton Wanderers (h) 1-1 (1-1)
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
Taylor had been a last minute
replacement for midfielder Joey Barton,
who tweaked a thigh muscle in
the warm up.
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