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Ticket news:

QPR (h) Member sale now
West Brom (a) SOLD OUT
West Ham / Burnley (a) ST holder sale now (0 pts)
Chelsea (h) Member sale now
Spurs COC (a) Ticket details awaited

Villans punished

Newcastle U21s  5  Aston Villa U21s  0

United's most emphatic reserve league victory in over three years saw them move within a point of leaders Arsenal at St.James' Park on Monday evening. 

Beaten for the first time this season by Middlesbrough a week earlier, Peter Beardsley's side were ahead after just five minutes, when Callum Roberts drilled home a low shot from the edge of the box into the Leazes net.

A minute earlier, Michael Drennan had dragged his effort wide of the target when well placed for the visitors.

The lead was doubled in the 19th minute as Roberts pushed forward down the right and found Kevin Mbabu on the overlap. The Swiss defender got beyond his man and sent over a low centre that Adam Armstrong bundled home from inside the six yard box.

That was the signal for the visitors to push further forward and look slightly more menacing - although their shooting remained of the wayward variety.

What proved to be the most dangerous moment for a Villa side coached by old boy Gordon Cowans came just after the half hour, when Drennan curled a 25 yard free kick against the crossbar following a foul outside the box that saw Gael Bigirimana cautioned.  

It was 3-0 in the 70th minute when Armstrong took down a lofted pass from Liam Gibson on the left hand corner of the Villa area and confidently smashed it past the 'keeper for a fifth U21 goal in just two starts.

Facundo Ferryra was then withdrawn, having produced little to suggest that he'll be in Alan Pardew's thoughts anytime soon. Anonymous in the first half, the on-loan striker played in Armstrong after the break and flashed a shot wide but looked way behind his younger local rival in terms of staking a first team place.

Into the 88th minute and substitute Alex Gilliead pushed down the right, before his pull back was unselfishly laid off by Roberts and gave Haris Vuckic an easy finish.

The scoring was completed in the final minute of normal time, when Roberts popped up on the left and Armstrong laid the ball off for Dan Barlaser to steer a low shot into the corner of the net from just outside the box.

Team: Woodman, Mbabu (Olley 56), Gibson, Bigirimana (Kemen 68), Gillesphey, Satka, Vuckic, Barlaser, Ferreyra (Gilliead 77), Armstrong, Roberts.
Subs n/u: Robinson, Heardman.

Booked: Bigirimana, Satka.

AVFC: Siegrist, Leggett, Kinsella, Cowans, Webb, Toner, O'Brien, Calder (Wildin 57), Drennan, Sellars, Abdo (Hepburn-Murphy 80).
Subs n/u: Strain, Watkins, Neheime.

Booked: Webb, Abdo, Toner.

Crowd: 576.

PS: Uncertainty over when our U21 Premier League game against Stoke City has now been settled, with news that it's the latest fixture in that league to be televised live.

The game is a 7pm kick-off at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday November 13th, live on Sky Sports 2.

MJS Computer Services are offering a 20% discount on Apple and laptop repairs to readers until this Wednesday, November 5th. To qualify, just print and present this voucher in their shop on Birtley High Street. 

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Premier League:
ongs of praise


Newcastle  1  Liverpool  0

Match report is online here

Latest Premier League results/fixture:

Sat 01.11.2014:
Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
Chelsea 2-1 QPR
Everton 0-0 Swansea City
Hull City 0-1 Southampton
Leicester City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 2-2 West Ham

Sun 02.11.2014:
Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
Aston Villa 1-2 Spurs

Mon 03.11.2014:
Crystal Palace v mackems (8pm) Sky 

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced at 20 (21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here




Quick giveaway:
Talk-in compo

Recalling their times playing together for Newcastle (and doubtless glossing over their brief reunion at Leicester City), Keith Gillespie and Steve Howey will appear at South Shields Customs House this Friday, November 7th.

Tickets are on sale now from 10 here and we had pairs to give away in a free-to-enter competition, just about everyone identifying the distinctive figure of David Batty celebrating Gillespie's goal at Leeds.

Off to the do are the following entrants:

Mark Blake
Glen Cooper

Gareth Farrier
Stephen Redhead
John Quinn

Youngsters on the rise

Newcastle U18s  4  Wolves U18s  3

Dave Watson's young Magpies followed up last week's 3-2 victory at Blackburn with another maximum return and another brace for top scorer Shaun Longstaff.

The midfielder notched his eighth and ninth goals of the season on 21 and 51 minutes, before Wolves hit back soon after through Nigerian striker Bright Enobokhare. 

Playing the second game on loan from Liverpool, United goalkeeper Owen Wheeler was then beaten again on 83 minutes as Romanian forward Nicusor Carnat shot home.

Longstaff then turned provider for Louis Johnson to re-establish Newcastle's lead with five minutes left, with substitute Lewis Suddick then grabbing a first-ever goal at this level soon after his introduction.

Enobokhare reduced the arrears with his second of the game in added time but Newcastle held on to record back-to-back successes for the first time this season.

Squad: Wheeler, Cobain, Newberry, Cameron, Laidler, Broccoli (Ward 67), Storey (Suddick 82), Drennan, Longstaff, Johnson, Kerridge (Charman 71)
Sub n/u: Hunter

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The draw for this season's Northumberland Senior Cup Second Round was made on Saturday, with reigning champions Newcastle United U21s drawn at home to Northern League side Team Northumbria

NSC Draw:

Blyth Spartans v Ashington,
Morpeth Town v West Allotment  Celtic*
NUFC U21s v Team Northumbria
Whitley Bay v Alnwick Town

(Ties to be played on or before Saturday 22.11.2014)

*Newcastle Benfield were excluded from the competition for fielding an ineligible player in the First Round, with West Allotment Celtic reinstated in their place.

Loan lads:
way is Essex!

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:


Image courtesy of Gerard Austin Port Vale

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
On the eve of his 20th birthday, Remie made a first senior start for the resurgent Valiants, as they recorded a 2-1 win at Colchester United in League One on Saturday.

Our Burslem correspondent reports that Streete ably deputised for suspended Vale captain Carl Dickinson and didn't look out of place in only his second senior game. 

It remains to be seen whether the defender retains his place Saturday's FA Cup First Round tie at home to MK Dons - or if his parent club prevent him from becoming cup-tied. 

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
A sixth appearance for the Tigers on Saturday saw the Frenchman's wait for a first win continue, Southampton winning 1-0 at the KC Stadium in the Premier League.

Ben Arfa started and was replaced after 72 minutes.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Stuart Pearce's side extended their winless run to eight Championship games after a 0-3 humping at Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Darlow has now conceded 12 times in the five games since his last clean sheet, while defender Lascelles was recalled for his first league start of the season.


Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie, there was the little matter of an FA Trophy match on Saturday, Blyth easing through to the Second Round with a 2-0 win at Farsley. The Magpies forward was an unused substitute.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Humbled 7-2 by Nice in their last league outing, a first half own goal proved sufficient for Guingamp to record a 1-0 home win over Bastia in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

The on-loan winger completed 87 minutes.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Defeat for Roma on the road in Serie A on Saturday, Yanga playing the entirety of a 0-2 loss at Napoli. 

Shield slips

Two young Magpies featured in the opening round of U16 international matches in the Victory Shield on Friday night - but neither finished on the winning side.

Having represented Scotland in the 2013 staging of the competition, Mackenzie Heaney was in the England squad for a game against Wales in Bangor. 

Introduced as a 55th minute substitute with his side having just fallen behind, the young midfielder proved unable to alter what ended up as a 0-1 defeat.

Things were no better for Owen Gallacher, named in Scotland's starting XI against Northern Ireland at St. Mirren and withdrawn just after the hour in a 1-2 loss.

The two club mates may how face each other on the field, when England host Scotland at Yeovil Town's Huish Park on Thursday November 20th.

Before that though, England travel to face Northern Ireland in Dungannon on Friday, while Scotland face Wales at St. Johnstone's McDiarmid Park.

News on the Scotland side is awaited, but Heaney has retained his place in the England selection. 

Capital One Cup:
Manchester delighted 

Manchester City  0  Newcastle  2

Match report is online here


Premier League:
No Spain, no gain!

Spurs  1  Newcastle  2

Match report is online here

Capital One Cup:
Back to the Lane

Minutes after the final whistle went at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, United were paired with Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup Quarter Final draw.

Our fourth successive away tie (and the ninth in eleven for this competition) means a quick return to White Hart Lane, the scene of last month's Premier League victory.

The tie
is to be played on Wednesday 17th December with a 7.45pm kickoff and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required. 

Spurs are in Premier League action at Swansea the previous Sunday (14th), while the tie comes between Newcastle's Saturday teatime visit to Arsenal and the Tyne-wear derby at SJP the following Sunday.  


Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Wed 17.12.2014 Bournemouth v Liverpool Sky
Wed 17.12.2014 Tottenham v Newcastle
date tbc Sheffield United v Southampton

The only previous away fixture against the Cockerels in this competition was the first leg of a semi-final tie in January 1976. John Pratt scored the only goal at White Hart Lane to nudge Spurs ahead, but their hero was goalkeeper Pat Jennings who played a blinder here.

Jennings though could do nothing to stop United winning 3-1 at SJP thanks to goals from Alan Gowling, Glen Keeley and Geoff Nulty, Don McAllister replying.

Our second and most recent meeting saw Spurs win a Third Round tie at SJP 2-1 back in September 2008.

FA Cup:
Sunday service 
for local lads

The BBC's increased commitment to coverage of the FA Cup has resulted in a number of First Round ties being scheduled away from the traditional 3pm Saturday slot - including both our regional representatives.

The Blyth Spartans v Altrincham tie and Gateshead's trip to Potteries-based Norton United will kick off at 2pm on Sunday 9th November - overlapping with our Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm).

BBC1 will broadcast a special edition of Final Score from 1.55pm until 4.20pm on that Sunday, including updates and footage of the Blyth and Gateshead ties and six others played that afternoon. 

Victory in this round is worth 18K in prize money, while clubs will receive 12.5K for featuring on Final Score.

Unlikely lad:
Old boy takes 
on Tangerines

Championship basement side Blackpool confirmed on Thursday morning that they had appointed Lee Clark as their new manager a one year rolling contract.

Tynesider Clark celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday having being dismissed as Birmingham City boss a week earlier. He previously took charge of Huddersfield Town.

Among the tasks facing Lee at Bloomfield Road is coaxing effective performances from a certain Nile Ranger, who has netted just once in nine games for the Seasiders.

Clark's first game was a 0-2 home loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday before a midweek visit to another of his former clubs, Fulham.  

His appointment continues a link between the two clubs, with predecessors in the Blackpool hotseat Gary Megson, Sam Allardyce, Graham Carr and Bob Stokoe all holding or having held positions at SJP. 

'You should be up 
in your seat, John'

From The Times, Monday:

"John Alder was one of two Newcastle fans who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down. 
His sister talks movingly about a private man who was also a super fan."

An excellent article available to Times purchasers and online subscribers, reproduced without permission

Premier League:
West Brom (a) 

Sunday sees the Magpies on the road to the Hawthorns, where they'll face ex-Toon coach Alan Irvine's Baggies side in a 1.30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.

All 2,700 tickets for the away have been sold, with this game another one benefiting from a reciprocal pricing scheme that sees Toon fans paying just 15.

The two sides side are currently neck and neck in the Premier League table on 13 points, with Albion a place ahead in tenth thanks to a superior goal difference.

Squad: News on the fitness of Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse is awaited, while Gabriel Obertan looks like joining Siem De Jong and Davide Santon on the injured list.  

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle to win @ 21/10
Newcastle to win to nil @ 9/2
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

WBAFC: Silvestre Varela and Jonas Olsson are out.

Five home games in the Premier League this season have seen the Throstles win just once, beating Burnley 4-0. Draws with the mackems, Manchester United and Crystal Palace all ended 2-2, while the only side to collect all three points were Eveton, winning 2-0. 


Travel: tbc

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV:
to follow

UK Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League
(3pm unless stated):

Liverpool v Chelsea (12.45pm) BT
Burnley v Hull City
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Leicester City
West Ham v Aston Villa
QPR v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 09.11.2014:
mackems v Everton (1.30pm)
Spurs v Stoke City (1.30pm)
Swansea City v Arsenal (4pm) Sky


Magpies @ Throstles - last 20:

2013/14 Lost 0-1
2012/13 Drew 1-1 Gouffran
2011/12 Won 3-1 Cisse 2, Ben Arfa
2010/11 Lost 1-3 Lovenkrands
2009/10 Lost 2-4 Carroll 2 (FAC)
2009/10 Drew 1-1 Duff
2008/09 Won 3-2 Duff, Lovenkrands, S.Taylor
2005/06 Won 3-0 Owen 2, Shearer
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2002/03 Drew 2-2 Jenas, Viana
1990/91 Drew 1-1 Quinn
1989/90 Won 5-1 OG, Brazil, Brock, McGhee, O'Brien
1985/86 Drew 1-1 Wharton
1984/85 Lost 1-2 Baird
1977/78 Lost 0-2
1976/77 Drew 1-1 Barrowclough
1973/74 Won 3-0 Tudor, Macdonald, Barrowclough (FAC)
1972/73 Won 3-2 Tudor 2, Smith
1972/73 Lost 1-2 Hibbitt (TC)
1971/72 Won 3-0 Macdonald 2, Busby

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West Bromwich Albion
Premier League

The Hawthorns
Sunday 9th November
Kick-off 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Last Match

Newcastle 1 
Liverpool 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 1st November
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

New season opening Hours: TBC

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

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

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. 

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Mon 03.11.2014 U21s v Aston Villa (h)  
@ SJP 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Fri 07.11.2014 Draw for FA Youth Cup Third Round takes place (includes NUFC).

Sun 09.11.2014 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 13.11.2014 U21s v Stoke City (a)  
@ Britannia Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Note amended venue and date.
Live on Sky Sports.

21.11.2014 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Moss Lane, Altrincham, 7pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Sat 29.11.2014 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. 43 adults, 25 over-65s/U16s. Member sale from Mon 10.11.2014 (if any).

Mon 01.12.2014 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 02.12.2014 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 7.45pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. 40 adults, 25 over-65s / 18s-21s, 18 U18s. Member sale from Tue 11.11.2014 (if any).

Sat 06.12.2014 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

QF w/c 15.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014
Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup 2nd Round:

Blyth Spartans v Ashington,
Morpeth Town v West Allotment
NUFC U21s v Team Northumbria
Whitley Bay v
Alnwick Town

(to be played on or before 22.11.2014)

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm
Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a) 5.30pm
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 06.12.2014
Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm

(Live games selected up to and including Thu 01.01.2015)

Gateshead FC are offering a 5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is 10

home League games

Tue 11.11.2014 Lincoln City (7.45pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Sat 06.12.2014 Woking (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for 6 - a saving of 3.

Upcoming home League games

Wed 05.11.2014 Spennymoor (7.45pm)
Sat 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (3pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Lancaster City (3pm)
Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

The 12 team event takes place on 30.05.2015 and 31.05.2015, with three games at SJP each day.

Teams: Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors.

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Running to raise funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark intends to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and 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
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Group D qualifiers:
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
3rd November

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1894 Bury (a)
Division Two 
Millar, Ostler, Lee 2

1900 Preston North End (a)
Division One 

1906 Derby County (a)
Division One 

1923 Manchester City (a)
Division One 

1928 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Boyd, Gallacher 2, Lang 

1934 Barnsley (h)
Division Two 
Boyd, Murray, Smith 2 

1945 Liverpool (a)

Fagan 3

1951 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
The first of only two outings for  Hugh Cameron, who deputised for the injured Bobby Mitchell.

1956 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
Davies, Keeble 
Charles, McKenna 2
John Charles scored once for the visitors and dominated the game, contemporary reports describing how he "coasted away with the touch of a master and stood out as man of the match".

1962 Chelsea (a)
Division Two 
1-3), Fell(2-3)
Tambling(1), Bridges(0-2,81), Murray(0-3)
Contemporary football magazine "Soccer Star" commented that "United's singing supporters were reduced to a dry-mouthed crackle" when Bobby Tambling opened the scoring after 35 seconds, closely followed by Barry Bridges hitting a second. 

A third followed through Albert Murray before Suddick got one back, and Jimmy Fell scored direct from a corner. 

Just when United looked to force a point, the home side broke away again and Bridges claimed a second with nine minutes remaining.

1971 Coventry City (h)
(6-2 on aggregate)

Texaco Cup 2nd Round, 
2nd Leg
Macdonald, Tudor 2, Nattrass, og(Blockley)
A morale-boosting victory at the seventh attempt for United, for whom recent signing Tony Green made his home debut - and mightily impressed home supporters. 

1973 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
Gibb, McDermott 
After scoring for the reserves the previous Saturday, Rocky Hudson made his senior debut from the bench, replacing fellow midfielder Terry McDermott.

Former Magpie George Eastham was present - but only in his role as the Potters' assistant manager, with injury keeping him from playing.

1979 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division Two 
Poor marking allowed Kenny Clements to head past Steve Hardwick and the Latics held on for the win, with Peter Withe's header against the bar the closest United came to an equaliser.

Meanwhile the reserves took a point from a home fixture with Preston North End, John Connolly firing home from close range in a 1-1 draw. He was one a number of senior players involved, along with Terry Hibbitt, John Bird and Tommy Cassidy.

1981 Berwick Rangers (a) 
Trewick 2, Wharton
scorers tbc 
Centenary celebration for the Borders club at their Shielfield ground, with Kenny Wharton on target against the club he would briefly appear for some eight years later.

1984 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
Beardsley, Heard
Parker, Stein 
A fifth successive stalemate for Jack Charlton's team, conceding another late goal at Kenilworth Road to deny them the win.

1990 Hull City (a)
Division Two 
Jacobs, Swan
A wretched day at Boothferry Park on and off the field, as a meek United surrendered to the Tigers and travelling fans clashed with police, following bizarre attempts to move them to another terrace in mid-game.

Youtube footage is online here

1996 Middlesbrough (h)
Premier League 
Beardsley(40pen,69), Lee(74) 
Peter Beardsley indulged in a  unique goal celebration after his penalty conversion at the Gallowgate End - running to son Drew, a ball boy behind that goal.

His fellow Geordies were less happy, with Lee Clark submitting a transfer request, an injured Alan Shearer watching from the sidelines and smoggies boss Bryan Robson labelling David Ginola a cheat for diving. As if. 

2001 The few hardy fans who watched United's U17s at Bullocksteads were rewarded for their commitment with a 5-1 win over Coventry City.

Although the visitors took an early lead, England youth international striker Lewis Guy then hit a nine minute treble, before going on to score all five of Newcastle's goals. 

2001 Aston Villa (h)
Bellamy(37,82), Shearer(50)
Alan Shearer's 97th strike in a black and white shirt was one of his very best, crashing a swerving volley past Peter Schmeichel from the right edge of the box at the Gallowgate End.

Craig Bellamy's brace wasn't bad either, with the Welsh forward supplying a stunning volley to open the scoring against John Gregory's side. He then rounded things off nicely by outpacing the Villa defence and threading the ball through the advancing Schmeichel's legs.

Olivier Bernard made his first team debut for United as a late substitute for fellow countryman Laurent Robert. match report

2007 Portsmouth (h)
Pamarot(8), Mwaruwari(9), Utaka(11), Kranjcar(71)
One corker and two gifts was how we summed up the trio of goals Pompey scored at the Gallowgate End in a 197 second period of the first half.

As part of a Premier League initiative aimed at improving understanding of disability, United defender Claudio Cacapa had spent the day before the game blindfolded - unfortunately he still seemed to be similarly attired as he failed to prevent the visitors' second and third strikes....

Michael Owen's shot was deflected in by Sol Campbell to reduce the arrears, but Newcastle failed to mount a convincing fightback and a Steven Taylor rick for Pompey's fourth cemented a first victory on Tyneside for them since 1949. match report

2008 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
Obafemi Martins capped a fine individual and team performance with the goals that put United up to the dizzy heights of 14th.

JFK's side had started the game bottom of the league but three vital points against the Premier League's form team took us above the mackems on goal difference.

A claim of racial abuse by Joey Barton directed at Gabriel Agbonlahor emerged after full time, but no formal complaint was ever made to the FA. match report

2009 In an attempt to quell the anger about the renaming of St. James' Park, Managing Director Derek Llambias was quoted as follows:

"We are just basically looking to explore and maximise our revenues. We have a great opportunity at the moment because our sponsorships are coming to an end - a kit sponsor, shirt sponsor and then we have stadium rights sponsor.

"Our intention is to put a package together that would include, for instance for the stadium rights, a jumbo screen included in that sponsorship which is great for the fans as well."

That eventually translated itself into a deal with Wonga - although their adverts jostled for space within SJP with Sports Direct, who paid zero for their many spots. Maximising revenues?


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