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Spain trip claims 

Flashback to 2006

With an 18 day gap between competitive matches between this Saturday's trip to Chelsea and an away game at Stoke in early March, Newcastle are reported to be lining up a training camp in Spain.

The news came from Norwegians Lillestrøm, who have confirmed a friendly against United at La Manga on Saturday February 20th (3pm local time). Norwegian TV channel TV2 Sportskanalen will show the game live.

Responding to questions from their own supporters on twitter, Lillestrøm confirmed that the game would be open to spectators, but as yet it doesn't appear on a list of public friendly matches taking place there.

Situated on Spain's East Coast in the Murcia region, the eight FIFA standard grass pitches at La Manga played host to United in 2001 - Sir Bobby Robson taking his squad there for warm weather training. 

Lillestrøm finished eighth in the 2015 Eliteserien and are preparing for their opening game in the 2016 league on Sunday March 13th.

The sides have met previously in the Intertoto Cup in 2006, a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park followed by a 3-0 win in Norway, ensuring our UEFA Cup qualification.

PS: It had been claimed that the Magpies would also face Rubin Kazan in La Manga, but this is disputed. The Russian side will be training there, but their website list training games against three other opponents.

Losing start for Seydou


Newcastle U21s  1  Stoke City U21s  2

A Magpies side boasting Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles and Seydou Doumbia lost at Gallowgate on Monday night after playing for most of the game a man short. 

The biggest home reserve crowd since 2012 saw United fall behind on 11 minutes, when Jamie Sterry fouled Oliver Shenton in the box at the Leazes End.

Referee Andrew Miller gave a penalty and dismissed the defender for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Dominic Telford stepping up to shoot under Darlow.

City came close to a second soon after when Sergio Molina Beloqui's 25-yard effort struck a post, before United levelled from the spot on 21 minutes. 

Eddy Lecygne barged over Callum Roberts and Dan Barlaser beat 'keeper Daniel Gyollai from 12 yards to register his second goal of the campaign.

Stoke continued to make their man advantage count, Darlow denying Telford a second goal in the 28th minute. Telford then turned provider in the last minute of the half, but George Waring headed just wide.

Doumbia was replaced by Lewis McNall at the interval, failing to make any impression in his first game since signing off for CSKA Moscow on December 8th. 

Liam Gibson blocked a Waring header with his head in the 68th minute and the Potters remained in the ascendancy and began to dominate possession, with Darlow doing well to deny Liam Edwards with a magnificent one-handed save.

Darlow made two more good stops but Stoke's pressure finally brought dividends in the form of a 77th minute wonder strike from full back Lewis Banks that flew high into the net from the angle of the box.

United were unable to respond to that and Stoke completed a league double over them, but Peter Beardsley's side still gave a reasonable performance - albeit undermined by their numerical deficiency. 

The Magpies second string are in home action against Fulham at Whitley Park on Monday week (22nd) with further games currently scheduled at SJP against West Ham (March 11th) and Brighton (April 11th).

Team: Darlow, Sterry, Li.Gibson, Barlaser, Lascelles, Williams, C.Smith (L.Smith 46), Longstaff, Doumbia (McNall 46), Roberts, Laidler (Adu-Peprah 81).
Subs n/u: Le.Gibson, B.Smith.

Booked: L.Smith.

Sent off: Sterry


SCFC: Gyollai, Banks, Taylor, Lecygne, Edwards, Wakins-Clark, Molina Beloqui (Choulay 66), Waddington, Waring (Abdallah 84), Telford, Shenton.
Subs: Isted, Moseley, Renee-Pringle.

Crowd: 1,413 including first teamers Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey and Cheick Tiote.

Referee: Andrew Miller.

PS: Swansea City have confirmed a change of venue for their U21 home game against United in April. 

Previously scheduled for their Landore training ground, this will now be staged at the Liberty Stadium on Monday April 4th with a 7pm kick-off.

Win beer here!:
Remembrance Wednesday 

This week sees the 20th anniversary of Newcastle's Colombian adventure, when the maverick genius of Faustino Asprilla was harnessed and dispatched to bamboozle the Boro - after a glass of wine.

Kevin Keegan's wildest wild card is commemorated by Tino - a perfectly balanced 4.8% beer from the Byker-based Brinkburn Street Brewery and we've liberated some of their new gift sets for you lot. 


Each gift set contains two bottles of Tino together with an exclusive branded Brinkburn glass. T
o be in with a chance of winning, email (subject: Tino) with the answer to this question:

What was Tino's memorable goal celebration in a UEFA Cup tie against Metz at SJP in 1996? 

The closing date is Mon February 15th @ 6pm - over 18s only please, one entry per person.

NB: Due to the fragile nature of the glass, winners must be able to collect their prize from a city centre location or live/work in a 10 mile radius for delivery.

In other words if you live in Adelaide but your aunty Mabel is in Cullercoats then game on, but there's no point in posting broken glass to you in Ipswich.... 

You'll find "Tino" on draught in local bars, while the bottled version is now on the shelves of Coppers in Gosforth and glug in the Grainger Market.

Find out more about the Brinkburn Brewery and their expanding beer range from their website and via
@BrinkburnStBrew on twitter.

Remy at it again 

Midfielder Remy Cabella grabbed his fourth Ligue 1 goal of the season on Sunday to bring Olympique Marseille level at home to Paris Saint Germain.

The 25 year-old struck a low effort from outside the box that eluded 'keeper Kevin Trapp. However the league leaders retook the lead after the break and recorded a 2-1 victory in the South of France.  

Watch Cabella's goal online here

Premier League:
Serb settles nerves

Newcastle  1  West
Brom  0

Match report is online here

Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld GD Pts
11 Stoke 25   -7  33
12 Crystal Palace 25 -4 32
13 Chelsea 25 -2 30
14 West Brom 25 -9 29
15 Bournemouth 25 -12 28
16 Swansea 25 -9 27
17 Newcastle 25 -18 24
18 Norwich 25 -20 23
19 mackems 25 -19 20
20 Aston Villa 25 -20 16

Latest Premier League results

Sat 06.02.2016:
Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City
Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City
Liverpool 2-2 mackems
Newcastle 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 0-3 Everton
Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
Spurs 1-0 Watford
Southampton 1-0 West Ham

Sun 07.02.2016:

Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal
Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United


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Newcastle U18s  0  Everton U18s  8 (EIGHT)


Newcastle U18s returned to home action for the first time in 2016 on Saturday - and ended up on the wrong end of their heaviest defeat in seventeen seasons of Premier Youth League participation.

Just seven minutes were on the clock at a damp Little Benton when United defender Owen Bailey tripped visiting striker Shayne Lavery outside the box and received a straight red card.

And from the resultant free kick, Anthony Evans curled a right footed effort over the wall and into the corner of Ben Smith's goal to put the Toffees ahead.

Inevitably the visitors pressed on in search of further goals and after missing numerous chances, doubling their lead in the 43rd minute when Evans turned provider for Lavery to lob the advancing Smith.

The visitors went goal crazy after the break. Spencer Myers made it 0-3 after 63 minutes from close range and the fourth followed two minutes later when Lavery grabbed his second.

Morgan Feeney got the fifth in the 76th minute from a corner and Lavery completed his hat-trick by firing home via a post in the 83rd minute.

Evans swept the ball in with four minutes remaining and the scoring was rounded off in added time when Evans completed his treble to make it 0-8.

There's not much respite for Dave Watson's lads though, hosting league leaders Manchester City at Little Benton next Saturday. The first meeting of the sides this season ended 6-1 to City. 

Team: B.Smith, Todd, Le.Gibson (Aziakonou 75), Donaghey, Pollock, Bailey, Spooner (Long 84), Aplin, Allan, Owusu, Lowther (Kitchen 46).
Subs n/u:
Johnson, Harker.

Booked: Aplin.

Sent off: Bailey

A new name for United was Dave Owusu - claimed to be a trialist from the London area. We think he's a striker who played for the Loughborough University side and has also been at non-league Merstham.

Heaviest U18 defeats:

2000/01 Boro (h) lost 1-7
2002/03 Derby County (a) lost 0-6
2012/13 Manchester United (h) lost 1-7
2012/13 mackems (h) lost 1-6
2013/14 Manchester City (h) lost 0-6
2015/16 Manchester City (a) lost 1-6
2015/16 Everton (h) lost 0-8 

The leagues reform for a playoff competition later this month, when the two 12 team divisions combine into three eight team leagues made up of the 1st-4th, 5-8th & 9-12th place finishers in each division. 

Each club then plays the other seven teams in their new league once - home or away. As things stand, Newcastle can look forward to games against Derby County, Stoke City, Manchester United, Brighton, Norwich City, Southampton and Swansea City.

United's remaining regular games are as follows:

Sat 13.02.2016 Manchester City (h) 11am
Tue 16.02.2016 U18s v mackems (a) 1pm


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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.

Defender blow 

Newcastle's enforced 18 day idleness after their next two games may actually be well-timed, with news on Friday that Chancel Mbemba is set to be missing with an ankle problem for at least a month.  

The DR Congo international was forced off the field before half time at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, with confirmation coming afterwards that he'd been struggling with the injury in the run up to the game. 

Mbemba will travel to Belgium this week for a second opinion on the severity of his ailment.

Love it!

Receiving an early 65th birthday present from author Martin Hardy is one Joseph Kevin Keegan, now the proud owner of a copy of "Touching Distance."     

There's still time order an author-signed copy of Martin's excellent chronicle of United's 1995/96 season for the special price of £15 post free in the UK.

Order online here or email for other payment methods. Overseas delivery can also be arranged at cost.

Loan lads:
Gilly goal glee! 

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

Alex celebrated signing his new two year contract at Newcastle by netting the second goal of a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon. 

The fourth goal of a loan spell at the League Two Cumbrians came on his 22nd appearance, starting before being subbed in the 78th minute.

Macaulay came off the bench to replace the injured Michael Raynes after 16 minutes at Brunton Park. 

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

A 1-1 draw at Port Vale in League One on Sunday saw Arma complete 90 minutes without finding the net, but there was no place in the squad at all for Bigi.

Remy Cabella/Florian Thauvin 
(Olympique Marseille): 
Despite Cabella netting a fine goal, Ligue 1 leaders PSG won 2-1 at Marseille on Sunday. Remy completed the full 90 minutes but Thauvin was suspended after his midweek red card.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Sammy started and was subbed in the 78th minute of a goalless home draw with MK Dons in the  Championship on Saturday.

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 

Haris remained on the bench as the Latics won 2-0 at Sheffield United in League One on Saturday.

Kyle Cameron
, Lubo Satka (York City):
A 0-2 loss at Northampton Town in League Two on Saturday saw Kyle play the full game and Lubo come off the bench on 58 minutes for his City debut. 

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Brendan looked on from the bench as the 'Heed saw off AFC Fylde 1-0 at home to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy on Saturday. 

Cup stuff

Saturday saw two local sides continue their challenge for national non-league silverware - but a third fell by the wayside in heart-breaking circumstances.

Beginning with the FA Trophy and a 1-0 home win for Gateshead over AFC Fylde gave the Tynesiders a place in Monday's Quarter Final draw - although just three of the eight Third Round ties are resolved.   

Quarter Final ties are scheduled for Sat Feb 27th and the draw took place on Monday as follows:


Nantwich or Stourbridge v Dover Athletic or Guiseley
FC Halifax or Chester v Gateshead
Grimsby Town v Woking
Bognor Regis Town v Torquay or Macclesfield

Moving on to the FA Vase and while Morpeth Town progressed to the last eight of the competition after winning 2-1 at Berkhamsted, Dunston UTS weren't quite so fortunate. 

2-0 up at home in a replay, they had a man sent off during a second half in which they conceded twice - losing 2-3 after scoring an own goal in added time.     

FA Vase - Quarter Final:
(ties to be played on Sat Feb 20)

Hereford v Camberley Town
Salisbury v Ashford United
Morpeth Town v Bristol Manor Farm
Ipswich Wanderers or Bowes & Pitsea v Kidlington
(Ipswich v Bowes now Feb 9th)

Both finals are scheduled to be played at Wembley Stadium on the same day - Sunday May 22nd.  

Premier League:
Travel sickness 
now an epidemic

Everton  3  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

PL update 

Newcastle's 25 man squad for the remainder of the current season has been published and shows four changes from that submitted last September:

Doumbia, Saivet, Shelvey, Townsend

Out: Bigirimana, Good, Thauvin, Williamson

Anita, Cisse, Colback, Coloccini, Darlow, De Jong, Dummett, Elliot, Gouffran, Haidara, Janmaat, Krul, Lascelles, Marveaux, Obertan, Perez, Riviere, Sissoko, Taylor, Tiote, Wijnaldum.

In addition to the 25 names, an unlimited number of players born after Jan 1st 1994 can also feature in Premier League games. United have submitted a list with 49 names, including the following who have featured in first team squads this season:  

Aarons, Armstrong, Barlaser, Gibson, Mbabu, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Roberts, Satka, Sterry, Toney, Williams, Woodman.

That leaves the following players still contracted to United but not eligible to play in any circumstances:

Ameobi, Bigirimana, Cabella, Good, Thauvin, Vuckic.


Planning for England's Euro 2016 campaign continues and there are further indications that Roy Hodgson's team will play a warm-up game in the North East.

Seeking to emulate the tournament conditions they'll experience in France, England are looking at a trio of home friendlies: one game in the North East, one in the North West and then one at Wembley.

It's now claimed that either Newcastle or the mackems will host Australia on or around May 27th, with the Telegraph tipping wearside as the more likely venue. 

England's most recent visits to Gallowgate came in the 2004/05 season, when they defeated Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly and Azerbaijan 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier.


Still time to 
Cheick out

Cheick Tiote remains at SJP after his failed move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua last month - but there's still time for a revived deal to go through.

That's because the transfer window for the Chinese Super League remains open until late February.

The 29 year-old Ivorian is under contract at SJP until 2017 and made a successful return to the side in Saturday's 1-0 home victory over West Brom.

Premier League:
Chelsea (a) 

Newcastle's final trek to London this season sees them heading to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for a 5.30pm kickoff that's live on Sky Sports.

All away section tickets have been sold.

NUFC: Jamaal Lascelles is available after suspension and Jack Colback and Paul Dummett are expected to return to the squad following injuries. However there's a slight doubt over the fitness of Daryl Janmaat at this stage.

Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Papiss Cisse, Vurnon Anita, Chancel Mbemba, Massadio Haidara and Ivan Toney remain sidelined.


New PP punters qualify for £30 in free bets when registering and placing a bet of at least £10 here

Paddy Power 
price Newcastle @ 7/1 for the win. 

CFC: The Blues lost the services of Kurt Zouma during Sunday's 1-1 home draw with Manchester United, the French defender stretchered off with a knee injury

Loan striker Alexandre Pato may make his debut but
Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are doubts.

Chelsea remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink was installed as interim boss in December - a run that stretches to eleven matches in all competitions. 

Roger East, who has featured in more Newcastle games this season that Steven Taylor! Beginning with the 1-2 home defeat by Watford, the Wiltshire whistler handled the scoreless draw with Stoke and then our miraculous 2-1 win at Spurs.

East's most recent appointment was our single goal loss at Watford in the FA Cup.


Toon @ Stamford Bridge: Premier League era:

2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2011/12: Won 2-0 Cisse 2
2010/11: Drew 2-2 Gutierrez, S.Taylor
2010/11: Won 4-3 Ranger, R.Taylor, Ameobi 2 (LC)
2008/09: Drew 0-0
2007/08: Lost 1-2 Butt
2006/07: Lost 0-1
2005/06: Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2005/06: Lost 0-3
2004/05: Lost 0-4
2003/04: Lost 0-5
2002/03: Lost 0-3
2001/02: Lost 0-1 (LC)
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Acuna
2000/01: Lost 1-3 Bassedas
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Andersson
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Shearer
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ferdinand (FAC)
1995/96: Lost 0-1
1994/95: Drew 1-1 Hottiger
1993/94: Lost 0-1

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

UK Radio: 
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Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: 
to follow

Latest Premier League games:

Sat 13.02.2016:
mackems v Manchester United (12.45pm)
Bournemouth v Stoke City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Watford (3pm)
Everton v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Norwich City v West Ham (3pm)
Swansea City v Southampton (3pm)
Chelsea v Newcastle (5.30pm)

Sun 14.02.2016:
Arsenal v Leicester City (Noon)
Aston Villa v Liverpool (2.05pm)
Manchester City v Spurs (4.15pm)

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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 13.02.2016 U18s v Manchester City (h)@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note new date.  

Sat 13.02.2016 Chelsea (a)
 @ Stamford Bridge, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Live on Sky.

Tue 16.02.2016 U18s v mackems (a)@ academy of plight, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note further new date.  

Sat 20.02.2016 Lillestrøm (a) @ La Manga, 3pm (local) tbc. Friendly.

Mon 22.02.2016 U21s v Fulham (h)@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 27.02.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 1.

Mon 29.02.2016 U21s v Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Pre-booked home ST holders only are permitted access.

Wed 02.03.2016 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 7.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Adults £20, OAPs £10, U17s £5.

Fri 04.03.2016 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 05.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 2.

Sat 05.03.2016 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

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

Sat 12.03.2016 U18s v team tbc (?)
@ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 3.

Mon 14.03.2016 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Fri 12.02.2016 (if any). 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 team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc U18 Premier League Merit Group Round 4.  

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

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. Section of track tbc 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 13.02.2016
West Auckland Town (3pm)
Wed 17.02.2016 Norton (7.30pm)
Sat 27.02.2016 Shildon (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

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.

FA Cup:

Newcastle are without a game when the Fifth Round (20.02.2016) is staged.

Leicester's exit means our visit there on 14.03.2016 goes ahead and Liverpool's defeat means that we'll be visiting Anfield on the semi-final weekend of 23.04.2016.

The final is on
Sat 21.05.2016.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11.2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015: 

Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Heaton Stannington

Tue 09.02.2016:
Whitley Bay 0-1 Morpeth Town

Wed 10.02.2016:

North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sat 13.02.2016 
Chelsea (a) 5.30pm
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 Sun 20.03.2016.

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

Mackenzie Heaney (England U17):

Algarve Tournament:
Fri 05.02.2016 Portugal (a) drew 1-1 
Heaney came off the bench in the closing stages of a draw against the tournament hosts in Parchal.

Sun 07.02.2016 Germany (n) drew 2-2
Mackenzie was in England's starting XI 
Lagos and completed the full game in Lagos.

Tue 09.02.2016 Netherlands (n) Parchal

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...

The Birmingham Mail managed to credit one of our injured players in their match report of the WBA game - that's some combination!

"Townsend struck a post after twisting and turning past Craig Dawson while Sissokho fired wide after a fine combination with Vernon Anita."


And The Sunday Sun were also seeing ghosts, with a former Newcastle defender haunting the substitute's bench:

(Johnny H)

What's this all about then? Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
9th February

Born Or Died:

1883 Robert Benson born, Whitehaven.

A 0-3 defeat at Liverpool in March 1903 proved to be the sole senior appearance right back Bob Benson made for United.

A miner acquired from local side Dunston Villa, Shankhouse and Swalwell, Bob moved on to non-league Southampton for £150.

Switching to Sheffield United in 1904 saw his career take off and he was capped by England in
February 1913 against Ireland

November 1913 saw Bob
join Woolwich Arsenal, working in a munitions factory during WW1 and hanging up his boots.

However, he was tempted into a playing return with fatal consequences, appearing for Arsenal in a friendly against Reading just days after his 33rd birthday - despite having gone to the game as a spectator.

Leaving the field after complaining of feeling unwell, Benson died in the dressing room a short time later, the cause being established as a burst blood vessel.

5,000 fans attended a testimonial match some three months later against a Rest of London XI, with the proceeds going to Bob's widow.

1934 Death of Henry Brown, 50.

"Harry" scored a hat-trick on his debut against Birmingham and won a Championship medal in his one and only season with United.

At the time of his death he was living in the Southampton area, having played for the Saints just before WW1, after earlier moves took him from SJP to Bradford PA and Fulham.

1936 Death of Arthur Metcalfe, 46.
Forward who swapped SJP for Liverpool just before WW1.

Arthur settled on Merseyside and was  an Anfield gateman at the time of his death.

1953 Death of Charles William Spencer, 53.
An FA Cup & Championship winner at United, Charlie won two England caps while at SJP. 

Sold to Manchester United, he later  managed Wigan Athletic, Grimsby Town and York City.

However, he passed away at his Blackpool home within three months of taking charge 
at Bootham Crescent.


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1895 Manchester City (a)
Division Two 
Finnerhan 2, Meredith, Rowan

1901 Middlesbrough (a)
FA Cup 1st Round 
McCowie, Robertson, Wardrope

1907 Bury (h)
Division One 
Brown, Howie, Rutherford 
Kay 2

1921 Chelsea (h)
Division One 

1924 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
Debut for Bert Keating.

1927 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
Hanson, Harris, Spence

1929 Manchester United (h)
Division One 
Lang, Gallacher 3(1pen), Urwin 

1935 Norwich City (a)
Division Two 
Burditt, Vinall

1946 Huddersfield
Wartime Friendly
Stubbins, Wayman
scorers tbc


1952 Fulham (a) 
Division One 
The Reserves entertained Sheffield Wednesday at SJP. 

However the Owls ran out 3-1 winners, with Reg Davies getting United's goal.
1957 Preston North End (h) 1-2 
Division One 
Thompson, Taylor
  1970 Newcastle reserves were in friendly action against Gateshead at Redheugh Park. 

Phil McGovern scored twice as the Magpies ran out 2-1 winners.

1974 Coventry City (h) 5-1 
Division One 
og(Craven)(44), Bruce(48), og(Dugdale)(71), Tudor(79), Macdonald(83), Alderson(84)
Striker Brian Alderson netted for the visitors.

1980 Wrexham (a)
Division Two 
United boss Bill McGarry gave a debut to on-loan midfielder Alex Cropley, following his arrival from Aston Villa.

1985 Manchester United (h) 1-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Tony Cunningham made his debut in blizzard conditions, which enveloped SJP shortly before kick-off (as the ground PA was blasting out the KC & The Sunshine Band...)

The rapid snowfall required the introduction of an orange ball which Peter Beardsley duly slotted past Brandon-born goalkeeper Stephen Pears for a deserved late leveller. 

Ron Atkinson's team had led at half-time through Kevin Moran, while Gordon Strachan played for the reds on his 28th birthday.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Portsmouth (a)
Division Two 
Whittingham(13), Symons(40)
A midweek trip to Fratton Park saw the Magpies lose their unbeaten record for the year at the ninth time of asking, deservedly beaten by Jim Smith's side.

Kevin Keegan's side remained top of the league but a miserable night when little went right ended with David Kelly crashing an 85th minute penalty against the bar and into the crowd - former Pompey player John Beresford having been bundled over.

1994 Luton Town (a)
FA Cup 4th Round Replay 
Hartson(16), Oakes(77)
Cup dreams dashed by John Hartson and Scott Oakes as Mike Hooper had a game to forget. A miraculous goalline clearance by Barry Venison merely delayed the inevitable exit.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 The departure of John Barnes to Charlton Athletic eased the wage bill at Gallowgate, but the exclusive fashion shops in Jesmond lost one of their best customers....

2000 Staying with John Barnes, his reign as coach at Celtic hit an all-time low as they were dumped out of the cup by Inverness Caledonian Thistle. 

The Sun excelled themselves as they reported the game with the headline: "Super Caley Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious"

2002 Southampton (h) 

Robert(24), Shearer(29,45pen)

Another three goal salvo at SJP - for a third successive game - while Alan Shearer netted for the fourth consecutive game, all after a pre-game silence for the late Princess Margaret.

Jermaine Jenas made his debut from the bench as United sat in second spot, with Bobby Robson telling reporters:

"Whether we can do it or not I don't know. I don't think we can but what it will take - six matches at home, six matches away and if we win all 12 then we will win the title - it's as simple as that." 

We won five - and finished fourth. match report

Robert celebrates his Saints strike

2003 Arsenal (h)

We started this game eight points behind leaders Arsenal and five points behind Man United with a game in hand on both. Thierry Henry gave the Gunners a half-time lead but United deservedly equalised through the right boot of Robert.

Unfortunately, the crowd and the watching Sky audience were robbed of a fantastic final 30 minutes when Robert was sent off for two bookings - the second for not retreating from a free-kick, although Bergkamp took full advantage of the Frenchman's slowness. match report

Hughes tries to hide the match ball

2005 Red faces for Aaron Hughes and his Northern Ireland side, as they suffered a 0-1 home defeat in a friendly against Canada.

The Newcastle defender struck the post in the first half but couldn't make any headway against a side who were a man short for three quarters of the game at Windsor Park.

A pointless meeting of two Magpies as Nigeria beat Senegal 1-0 in Cairo to win the African Nations Cup Third place playoff. Oba Martins and Abdoulaye Faye were both absent when United played Villa three days later, but not missed as we won 2-1.

The Reserves
breezed into the next round of the Northumberland Senior Cup after dispatching Ashington 8-0 at Kingston Park.

Striker Carl Finnigan led the way with a hat trick, Liam Atkin added two more and Phil Cave, Matty Pattison and Daryl Smylie all found the target. match report

2008 Aston Villa (a)
Premier League
Bouma(48), Carew(51,71,90pen)
The sun shone, the Toon fans sang, the ball was in the back of the net, Mike Ashley smiled and the world generally seemed a better place. 

And then we changed ends. 

Another absolutely shambolic second half away showing made it clear that our principal target was now to maintain Premiership status. match report

2010 Derby County (a)

Hulse(40), Commons(59pen), Barker(64)

United temporarily surrendered the top spot that they'd held since October after a wretched evening at Pride Park - West Bromwich Albion's 2-0 home victory over Scunthorpe United put them ahead on goal difference.

It was another poor return from the Midlands to go with our 0-0 draw at Leicester and the 0-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest but United could have few complaints as they were battered by the Rams.

The 15-game unbeaten league record looked in doubt once Rob Hulse headed the Rams in front - soon after Robbie Savage avoided dismissal for clattering Wayne Routledge.

Referee Anthony Taylor then disallowed an effort from Andy Carroll straight from the restart for an earlier free kick to United. However he called a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Michael Tonge correctly and Kris Commons beat Steve Harper from the spot.

Shaun Barker then fired in a third to spark further celebrations from Nigel Clough - and extend Derby's unbeaten record against Newcastle to four games. match report

2012 The U18s progressed into the Quarter-Finals of the FA Youth Cup after a 2-1 extra-time victory over QPR at a freezing SJP.

Behind at the interval, United bombarded the R's goal and broke through on 83 minutes when a soft  challenge on Marcus Maddison in the box caused the linesman to raise his flag.

Adam Campbell coolly converted the penalty and substitute Jonathan Hooper then won it to set up a home tie against Blackburn Rovers.

2013 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 1-2 (1-1)
Premier League


Two goals from Tottenham's on-fire Welsh dragon, Gareth Bale, saw United's mini revival come to an end at White Hart Lane.

Bale converted an early free-kick but United fought back and deservedly drew level through Yoan Gouffran's first Magpie goal.

With time running out however, Bale benefited from Steven Taylor's hesitancy and Fabricio Coloccini's inadequate challenge to shoot past Tim Krul.

The U21s
lost their unbeaten home league record for the season at St. James' Park with a 1-2 defeat by Arsenal.

A 93rd minute header from Austin Lipman won it, although the Magpies held on to pole position in the Second Division table - ahead of the Gunners.

Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser had equalised a first half strike from Alex Iwobi. match report