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Fan Forum #5 minutes

Monday saw the fifth meeting of the fan forum run by NUFC, what they "term an opportunity for members to quiz the club on any issues on behalf of all supporters, as well as being the club's opportunity to redress the balance with facts. All questions and answers are published on the club's website for the wider fan base".

minutes are available online here

A few things that caught our eye:

Ambitions for the current season:

"The club's minimum target this season is to finish in the top ten of the Premier League."

Whether that tenth place is the trigger for staff bonuses to be paid this season wasn't elaborated upon.

Striker arrival in next transfer window:

"....additional attacking players had been pursued. The club are continuing to look at potential targets but stressed no guarantee could be made in reference to January."

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa situation:

"The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties. There is the possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him*.

"The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer. Because the deal with AS Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible. 

"The club's view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term view, the club let him leave."

* reported as £6.7m by Sky Sports in January 2013

That appears to back up the one in / one out line that was peddled by the club in the closing days of the last transfer window - what does occur to us was that the "replacement transfer" that couldn't be completed was actually a permanent switch for Jamaal Lascelles from Forest, which could only then be concluded as a loan leading to a future transfer.  

Recall rumours for the Nottingham Forest loanees:

the club are delighted to have secured both Jamaal (Lascelles) and Karl Darlow and while they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the 2014/15 season."

The question of why Lascelles was part of the Premier League squad list NUFC submitted in September (but Darlow wasn't) didn't then get asked by forumites.

Regarding the story about Lascelles and the fact that the club confirmed it was wrong, it's yet to be seen whether the media outlets who published that would be subject to a ban. If they consider it "patently untrue" then they'll be out, or if "incorrect information" then they'll stay in.

Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (i):

Asked how NUFC communicated information on this:

The club used social media and club website, sent emails to broadcasters and journalists and gave face-to-face updates to reporters and TV/radio personnel, while stewards around the stadium used loud hailers to communicate with fans.

There's a danger here that the club are relying on social media to get messages out, regardless of whether fans use those networks - or could even connect to them.

Our reading of the "loudhailer" comment is that there's no PA system around external areas of SJP - in contrast to other Premier League stadia (eg Old Trafford, Anfield), where announcements are regularly made on matchdays.

That begs the question of how emergency situations would be dealt with if turnstiles were already open and fans were leaving and arriving at the same time. Those inside the ground would hear the PA, but those outside wouldn't be able to.

Given the large number of spectators unfamiliar with SJP who will attend both rugby events in 2015, it's surely worth reviewing all possible communication channels.        

Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (ii):

When asked about fans adversely affected by the late finish to the game because of booked trains, the club responded by saying that:  

Those supporters are asked to write to the club's Box Office (St. James' Park, Newcastle, NE1 4ST) so that the club can assess complaints on a case-by-case basis.

(We're aware of some of who left the game early because of service specific ticket bookings and others who stayed and were charged additional fares on later trains. Anyone who used public transport other than the train ie coach services or flights may also wish to write to the club).

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Premier League:
Off to see Big Scam 

The palatial splendour of Upton Park: yours for £43

While travelling toon fans have seen price reductions for six Premier League games this season due to reciprocal pricing agreements and the Away Fan Fund, the stark reality of admission costs will soon be reinforced.

In return for an average view and facilities reminiscent of a cattle mart in a tube station, West Ham are now selling tickets for our visit next month to their own fans in an equivalent area for £43 - mirroring the cost to us. 

That puts them top of the rip-off chart thus far, but with many other pricier outfits yet to show their hand:  

Prices paid/confirmed so far this season: 

£43 West Ham
Aston Villa
£31 Spurs * 
£25 Southampton, Swansea City
£20 Everton, Stoke City
£15 West Bromwich Albion

Looking at the other games, indications are that we'll pay the following (with slightly cheaper ones at some venues, ie lower tier at Chelsea): 

Chelsea £55
Liverpool £52
Manchester City £51
Manchester United £46
QPR £45 
Burnley £40
mackems £40
Crystal Palace £32

tbc (last season price in brackets):

Arsenal (£25.50)
Hull City (£30)
Leicester City (n/a) (mackems paying £35 next month, which makes them Cat B. Cat A is £40).

PS: Both Burnley and Liverpool have classified their home games against Newcastle higher than their meeting with the mackems. That means that we can expect to pay £5 more at Turf Moor and up to £9 more at Anfield. 

Twenty's plenty:  the FSF campaign is online here

Magpie back in Europe
Globe trotter

Wednesday saw NUFC season ticket holder Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run announce the route of his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul.

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 during 2016.

His planned route will include Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

And if that wasn't enough, Mark also announced plans for further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20,000 mile lap of the planet. Mental.

RGR v the World to date:

2007 874 miles in GB (£34,108)
2011 3,100 miles in USA (£105,322)
2013 2,384 miles in OZ (£55,126)

Premier League:
Crock idols - latest 

Excluding Jonas Gutierrez, the current status of the eleven senior players reportedly unavailable is as follows: 

Samuel Ameobi:
(injury tbc) now available tbc
Paul Dummett: (injury tbc) now available tbc
Emmanuel Riviere:
(injury tbc) now available tbc
Cheick Tiote: (calf) now available tbc
Mike Williamson: (injury tbc) now available tbc

Ryan Taylor: (knee) Late October/early November

Rolando Aarons:
(hamstring) early November
Siem De Jong: (leg) late December/early January

Adam Campbell: (hernia) no return date
Curtis Good: (hip) no return date
Davide Santon: (knee) no return date

The last public mention of Santon came in mid-August, when Alan Pardew confirmed a specialist had recently examined his problematic knee and revised the target date to resume training from September to November.  

Premier League:
Unlikely foxtrot winner 

Newcastle  1  Leicester City  0

Match report is online here

Reserves on top

Newcastle U21s  3  Brighton U21s  1

Match report

Country calls

Update: Scotland U16s have selected United youngster Owen Gallacher for their Victory Shield opener. 

The striking son of former Magpie John Gallacher is in the squad for the game against Northern Ireland at St Mirren on Friday week, October 31st. The tie is live on Sky.    

Two young Magpies are away on international duty this week as follows: 

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U18s):
Tue 21.10.2014
Czech Republic (a) Hradec Králové FR

The Newcastle defender started on the bench and was introduced into the action around the hour, providing an assist in a 2-0 victory for the Scots.

Thu 23.10.2014 Czech Republic (a) Hradec Králové FR

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Sat 25.10.2014 Cyprus (a) Paphos ECQ
Mon 27.10.2014 Macedonia (n) Paphos ECQ
Thu 30.10.2014 France (n) Paphos ECQ

Book giveaway:
Hit the north

Since the 1990s, journalist Michael Walker has spent far too much time in press boxes and on terraces reporting on the fortunes of the North East's "big three" and many other clubs across the region. The fruits of his not inconsiderable labours are now available as "Up There"

Described by the publishers as "part social-history, part travelogue", it tries to give the importance of football in these parts some sort of rational context and answer that one giant question - why do we keeping f*cking up? 

Dipping into his own back pages to build a narrative ,the author also sought out a number of football personalities with a tale to tell, ranging from Stan Anderson to John Hall, Howard Kendall to Alan Kennedy and Rob Lee.

Highlighting the vast collection of silverware amassed by home-grown managers and players and examining how that talent dried up, "Up There" transcends club rivalries and aims for the bigger picture - entries in the index for Tony Blair and Ernest Bevin sit next to Peter Beardsley.

Having said that though, a healthy proportion of the book is devoted to Gallowgate matters, with some particularly strong coverage of events involving messrs Hall, Ashley, Keegan and press bans etc. that debunk a few myths.

"Up There" is available from all good bookshops now and can be ordered direct from the publishers here. Michael will also be signing copies in Newcastle late next month (details tbc) accompanied by former Magpie Rob Lee.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just email us here with your answer to this question:

Gaining promotion in 1984, the-then Newcastle manager attempted to sign Steve Bruce, Mark Hateley and Kevin Sheedy, but was blocked by the club's board and resigned. Who was that manager?

The closing date is
Sat Oct 25th @ 9pm, subject is: Up. No purchase necessary, no age restriction and entries welcome from anywhere in the world, although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only. 

Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 

Finger clicking good

Issue 115
of True Faith is now available in digital-only format. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Online subscriptions cost £17.99 annually, with a £5.99 quarterly option. Ten issues per season, each one has a minimum of 100 pages and subscribers also get free access to over 30 back issues.

Loan lads:
The borrowers 

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A night to forget for the defender, who completed the full 90 minutes of a 1-7 home hammering by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

Usual rules applied for manager Stuart Pearce at Watford in the Championship on Tuesday, with goalkeeper Darlow starting and defender Lascelles on the bench.

That had remained unchanged at full time, by which time the score was 2-2.

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
Another unused substitute selection for the defender on Tuesday night, as Scunthorpe United shared four goals at Vale Park in a League One fixture.

Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)

The final game of Freddie's month-long loan saw him remain on the bench as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at Accrington Stanley in League Two on Tuesday.

Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
A first start in green and white for striker Quinn came against Skelmersdale United at Croft Park in a Northern Premier League game on Tuesday. Jonny's second Blyth goal put his side ahead on 34 minutes but the visitors levelled in the 79th minute and it ended up 1-1.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: Dinamo Minsk (a) Europa League, Thursday.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Next game:
Liverpool (a) Premier League, Saturday.

Premier League
Spurs (a) 

This coming Sunday sees the Magpies play the first of six Premier League games in London this season, as they head to White Hart Lane for a 1.30pm kickoff.

The game isn't live on UK TV, with the rescheduling to compensate for the home side playing Asteras Tripolis at home in the Europa League on Thursday night.

United have sold their 2,200 allocation and the usual dry train alcohol restrictions will apply on the return journey from Kings Cross to Newcastle, beginning with the 16.45 departure until the end of service and also including the two Grand Central departures to the dark place.

Spurs confirm that tributes will be paid on Sunday to their former player and manager Bill Nicholson, who passed away aged 85 almost exactly ten years ago.  

Nicholson also played for Newcastle as a wartime guest while serving in the Durham Light Infantry, appearing for the Magpies 19 times between April 1943 and April 1944. 

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell
remain out, but Cheick Tiote, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson Emmanuel Riviere and Sammy Ameobi should all be available for selection. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle to win @ 4/1
Game to end scoreless @ 10/1
Gabriel Obertan to score in a 1-0 win @ 100/1
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

THFC: Federico Fazio is suspended after marking his Premier League debut with a red card during Saturday's 1-4 defeat at Manchester City.

Recording home wins over QPR (4-0) and Southampton (1-0), Spurs were beaten at White Hart Lane by both West Brom (0-1) and Liverpool (0-3) and come into Sunday's game with just one PL win in six games. 

Anthony Taylor - first time in charge of Newcastle this season, with his only appointment in the 2013/14 campaign the FA Cup defeat by Cardiff City.

Travel: Buses replace trains until 09.50am on the line between Enfield and Bethnal Green that includes White Hart Lane Station - if you're using that route, check to make sure the work hasn't over-run:

Engineering work at Victoria Underground Station also means that sections of the District and Circle Lines are closed all weekend.


Overseas TV:
Digi Sport 1 (Svk) +HD
Fox Sports 2 (Oz) (delay)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
QQ Sports China
Sky Mexico
SuperSport 3 Africa 
TSN 2 (Canada)
TV3 Sport 2 (Den)
ViaPlay (Denmark) +HD
ViaPlay (Sweden) +HD

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League
fixtures (3pm unless stated):

West Ham v Manchester City (12.45pm) BT
Liverpool v Hull City
Southampton v Stoke City
mackems v Arsenal
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Leicester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 26.10.2014:
Burnley v Everton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

Mon 27.10.2014:
QPR v Aston Villa (8pm) Sky


Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:

2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2

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

Capital One Cup:
Manchester City (a) 

Wednesday week sees Newcastle on the road to the Etihad Stadium for a Fourth Round Capital One Cup tie against the current holders, Manchester City.

Kickoff is at 7.45pm and the Magpies have sold their full allocation - total tbc.
As usual in this competition, the tie must conclude on the night - via extra time and penalty kicks if required.

United have
failed to beat City in 17 league and cup games and lost the last 11 meetings. The last Magpies scorer was Demba Ba at SJP in 2012, 489 minutes ago.

We exited from this competition at the same point last season when losing 2-0 to City in extra time at SJP.

Our first cup tie at the Etihad Stadium provides a further opportunity to record a maiden victory at that venue - over a decade after our first visit in May 2004. 

Our ten visits there ended in two draws and eight defeats and we've only held the lead twice, repelling City for 40 minutes following Alan Shearer's 9th minute opener in February 2005 and defending a 29th minute strike from Obafemi Martins for nine minutes in September 2007.    

The Quarter Final draw will take place live on Sky Sports on Wednesday night, following their coverage of our tie. Those ties will be played in w/c Monday 15.12.2014. 

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell remain sidelined through injury. 

Paddy Power match betting will follow here

MCFC: to follow 

Stuart Attwell - Warwickshire-based whistler who was once the bright hope of the Select Group of Referees and the youngest person to take charge of a Premier League game.

We first encountered him competitively on Boxing Day 2009 when he officiated our 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 26.

A trio of Premier League away games then followed: a 1-1 draw at Wolves in August 2010 when he booked a dozen players, a 0-0 draw at Blackburn in February 2011 and a 0-1 loss at Villa two months later.

Attwell was demoted to the Football League list in early 2012 and hasn't returned.

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV:  
beIN Sports (France)

ESPN Caribbean
Setanta Sports Australia
sportdigital (Germany)
Sport TV1 (Portugal)
SuperSport 3 Africa

TV10 Sweden

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Other Capital One Cup Fourth Round ties:

Tue 28.10.2014:
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Derby County
Liverpool v Swansea City
MK Dons v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Sky

Wed 29.10.2014:
Stoke City v Southampton
Spurs v Brighton and Hove Albion


This will be our 136th game in this competition since it was founded in 1960. To date we've recorded 62 wins, lost on 55 occasions and drawn 18. Conceding 186 goals, we've scored 216.

Victory for Alan Pardew's side would put them into the Quarter Finals of the competition for the seventh time in the 44 years they've entered, and the first time since a single goal home defeat to Chelsea in December 2006. 


City v United - Cup Record:

2013/14 lost 0-1 (h) LC
won 1-0 (h) FAC Solano
1994/95 won 3-1 (h) FAC Gillespie 2, Beresford
1994/95 lost 0-2 (h) LC
1994/95 drew 1-1 (a) LC Jeffrey
1976/77 lost 1-3 (h) FAC Gowling
1975/76 lost 1-2 (n) LC Gowling
1974/75 won 2-0 (a) FAC Nulty, Burns
1968/69 lost 0-2 (a) FAC 
1968/69 drew 0-0 (h) FAC
1956/57 won 5-4 (a) FAC White 2, Curry, Tait, Casey
1954/55 won 3-1 (n) FAC Hannah, Milburn, Mitchell
1923/24 won 2-0 (n) FAC Harris 2

League Cup Top Scorers - current NUFC players:

3: Ryan Taylor
Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere
1: Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran

City v United - PL era:

Lost 0-4
2012/13 Lost 0-4
2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2005/06 Lost 0-3
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
2002/03 Lost 0-1
2000/01 Won 1-0 Shearer
1995/96 Drew 3-3 Albert 2, Asprilla
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Sellars*
1993/94 Drew 1-1 Jeffrey (LC)

(games before 2003/04 at Maine Road)

Sheedy's happy homecoming 

Newcastle U18s  1  Everton U18s  4

Having guided his side to a 5-2 victory on Tyneside back in February, former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Sheedy returned on Saturday to claim another three points.

His former Goodison colleague Dave Watson had overseen a recent resurgence by the Magpies that saw them beat Derby County and draw with high-flying Manchester City, but that came to an abrupt end at Little Benton. 

Goalscoring hasn't been a problem for the Toffees and after missing a number of good opportunities, Calum Dyson netted after 15 minutes and Nathan Holland doubled their lead with a 28th minute penalty.

Harry Charsley then made it 3-0 just before the hour mark with an eye-catching solo effort before Dyson claimed his second of the afternoon moments later as the Toffees  recorded a fifth successive league victory.

United's only response came in the closing seconds when Joe Kerridge flighted home a fine free kick to claim his first goal of the campaign.

Team: Woolston, Cobain, Hunter, Cameron, Gibson, Drennan, Longstaff, Heaney (Ward 75), Bell ( Kerridge 57), Johnson, Charman (Storey 65). Subs n/u: none.

Unlikely lad:
Old boy pays the price

News from St.Andrews on Monday that Birmingham City had parted company with manager Lee Clark following a poor start to the season.

The Blues sit fourth bottom of the Championship after recording just two wins plus five draws in their dozen league games so far this time round - having flirted with relegation until the final moments of last season.  

Following Clark out of the door is fellow former Magpie Steve Watson, with SJP old boys Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley having left back in February.

Unaffected by the managerial change so far though is another ex-Magpie, City's U21 coach Alan Thompson

Stopping the strippers 

From the NUST, Thursday:

Newcastle United Supporters Trust can confirm that its application to have St James' Park listed as an Asset of Community Value has been successful.

The introduction of the Localism Act 2011 provided an opportunity for football fans to protect their stadiums and have them classified as an 'asset for the community'.

Following successful high profile applications to protect grounds such as Old Trafford and Anfield, amongst many others, NUST, supported by national fans organisation Supporters Direct, submitted an application to have St James' Park listed as an ACV.

We are pleased to report the application has been approved, recognising St James' Park and the history surrounding it, as an asset to its community.

With a Newcastle City Council spokesman saying: "We confirm that Newcastle City Council has determined that St James' Park is an Asset of Community Value. "

The listing is five years and also includes a right to bid should St.James' Park be put up for sale. A right to bid can be lodged by the group concerned within six weeks, with finance secured in a period of up to four-and-a-half months.

It means St.James' Park can't be sold without the local community being told about it, and them being given the opportunity to bid for it themselves.

One of the positives we've always had as Newcastle fans is that whoever owns the club doesn't also own the land, with the Freemen of the City retaining the title of the land.

So making St.James' Park an 'Asset Of Community Value' is at the moment mainly symbolic, though as football fans you never know what is around the corner and one day the Freemen may change their position, for whatever reasons.

The Trust's highlighting of concerns over the selling of a lease on land opposite the stadium is a case in point, in terms of looking at our club on a long-term basis.

In March this year it emerged that Newcastle United had placed the lease on a 1.62acre plot of land on Strawberry Place, next to St James' Park, up for sale. 

If the lease is sold the land could be developed into hotel and/or student accommodation. This patch of land currently allows for the future possibility of expanding St.James' Park at the Gallowgate End. 

However, if the land was developed then it would remove all realistic possibility of expanding the stadium capacity, no matter what potential changes of circumstances in the future.

Reporting of the above has tended to focus on the NUST action being an attempt to spike Mike Ashley's guns, but as they themselves have pointed out it's an attempt to safeguard the future of our home - regardless of what happens in the SJP boardroom or the Civic Centre. 

To clarify though, the actual name of St.James' Park is not a tangible asset of value and therefore any move to rename it wouldn't be covered by the Localism Act.

Stadium art:
SJP giveaway
- result

ake one iconic aerial photo of St. James' Park unadorned by commercial branding....and cut it up into four pieces.

That's the slightly unlikely premise of a Tyneside-based company who have produced this stunning glass effect acrylic wall art image of the stadium in full colour.  

Each A4-sized quarter has polished edges, doesn't require framing and is supplied with wall mounting. In addition to the four-piece edition pictured above, the same SJP image is also available in a single piece A3 size edition.

These unique items will be on sale soon via, but while final preparations are concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

We asked the following question hoping for answers of The Popular Side or something of that ilk, but a few respondents seemed to have some geographic issues: 

Known as the East Stand since opening for business back in 1973, what was the standing terrace that previously occupied that side of St. James' Park usually known as?

Winners were chosen randomly as follows:

Neil Hindson, Washington (A3)
Scott and Ruth Robinson, Bristol (A4) 

Thanks to all who entered.

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Premier League

White Hart Lane
Sunday 26th October
Kick-off 1.30pm

Last Match

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Leicester City 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 18th October
Match report's
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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 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. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sat 25.10.2014 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note revised KO time.

Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Mon 27.10.2014 U21s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Victoria Park, Hartlepool 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 29.10.2014 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Fourth Round. SOLD OUT tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

01.11.2014 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT Sport.

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

Sun 09.11.2014 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 1.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, (zero points), £15 adults, £5 over 60s, U21s, students. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 14.11.2014 U21s v Stoke City (a)  
@ Moss Rose, Macclesfield, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

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. Ticket details awaited.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
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:

The draw will be conducted on or around Saturday November 1st and include:

Alnwick Town,
Ashington, Blyth Spartans
Morpeth Town, Newcastle Benfield, NUFC U21s, Team Northumbria & Whitley Bay.

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:
Wed 29.10.2014
Man City (a) 7.45pm 
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 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm

Gateshead FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.

On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5. 

home League games

Tue 11.11.2014 Lincoln City (7.45pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Sat 06.12.2014 Woking (3pm)

A similar scheme is also in operation at Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883, where NUFC season ticket holders can gain entry to league games for £6

Upcoming home League games

Sat 25.10.2014 Burscough (3pm)
Wed 05.11.2014 Spennymoor (7.45pm)
Sat 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (7.45pm)

(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.

Ticket details tbc.

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

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

11.2014 / 12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis.


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...

From The Telegraph's report of the home win over Leicester City:

"The corner has yet to be fully turned, but this was a start for a Newcastle side who lost Papiss Cissé to a calf problem in the warm-up.

Well, he'd been found by the time we kicked off, although his team mate Cheick Tiote was incapacitated..... 

(Malcolm Dick)

The Independent meanwhile reveal their own revolutionary new time concept in their reporting of the same game:

At three o’clock, the streets and pubs around St James’ Park were flooded with fans. The ground, however, stood empty. The screen was eventually fixed. The ground filled and despite everything Newcastle managed to get the match started within 10 minutes of its scheduled kick-off.

A 3pm kickoff started at 4pm.

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

On This Day in History
23rd October

Born Or Died:

1915 Jimmy Gordon born, Fauldhouse, Scotland. (1935-45)

Working as a miner and playing for junior side Wishaw before his move to United, wing half Jimmy's time at SJP was blighted by both a broken leg and the outbreak of WWII. 

Released before the resumption of league football, Jimmy joined Middlesbrough and went on to become their club captain, playing on until the age of 38.

Joining the Ayresome Park coaching staff following his retirement, Jimmy later moved on to a similar post at Blackburn Rovers and in 1969, was persuaded to join Derby County by his former Boro colleague Brian Clough.

He helped the Rams to title success and later followed Clough to both Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, working alongside Clough and Peter Taylor throughout a golden age of trophy success at the City Ground.

Given the accolade of leading the Forest side out at Wembley in the 1980 League Cup Final, Jimmy retired the following year.

Living in Derby, he was sadly to suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the final years of his life and passed away in August 1996.

2009 saw Brian Clough's brief flirtation with Elland Road dramatised in the feature film, "The Damned United"

Wearside-born actor Maurice Roeves (pictured below) was cast as Jimmy.


1930 Alan Monkhouse born, Stockton-on-Tees. (1953-56)

Centre forward who began his career with Thornaby, joining Millwall in 1949 and going on to score 23 goals in 69 appearances for the Third Division (South) Lions.

Transferred to Newcastle at a cost of £11,500 in October 1953, Alan made his United debut in a 4-0 home victory over Cardiff City the following month.

Grabbing a hat trick at SJP during a 4-1 win over Sheffield United the following March, Monkhouse then played his part in our FA Cup-winning campaign in 1955.

Recalled in place of Vic Keeble, Alan's two goals helped United overcome Nottingham Forest in a Fifth Round second replay and the team went on to lift the trophy. 

Alan however returned to the reserves, having been unable to keep retain a first XI shirt in those pre-substitute days.

Moving on to York City in 1956, Alan ended his playing career with South Shields. He died in 1992.


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1897 Blackpool (h)
Division Two 
Aitken, Campbell 

1901 Middlesbrough (h)
Roberts 2, A.Gardner, Birnie 

1909 Bristol City (h)
Division One 
Anderson, Shepherd 2 

1912 sunderland (h)
Hospital Cup match.

1920 Bradford (h)
Division One 
Harris, Ward 

1926 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
Seymour(1-0,2-0,3-0), MacKenzie(4-0),
5-0), McDonald(6-0)


1937 Bradford (h)
Division Two 
Imrie, Mooney, J.R.Richardson 

1943 Hartlepools United (h) 0-1 (0-1)

The Magpies lined up with a front pairing of Albert Stubbins and Jackie Milburn.

A week later they lost the return fixture by the odd goal in nine, with Stubbins grabbing a hat-trick and Milburn also on target

1948 Bolton Wanderers (a) 5-1 (2-0)
Division One
Gibson 2, Milburn, Sibley, Taylor


1948 Newcastle reserves enjoyed a 5-0 victory against Sheffield United at SJP.

Andy Donaldson and Tommy Thompson both struck twice against the Blades, while Willie McCall was also on target. 

1954 Manchester United (a) 2-2 (1-0)
Division One 
Broadis, R.Mitchell 
Taylor, og(Scoular)
Senior debut for Bill Curry, who became the first player to be brought through from the club's new youth team, the N's.

Magpies goalkeeper John Thompson also made his first team bow.

1965 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One 
A third goalscoring blank in four games prompted United boss Joe Harvey to make a failed £80K bid for Bolton's centre forward Wyn Davies.

1971 Manchester United (h) 0-1 (0-0)
Division One 
The league leaders left with both points after George Best netted in what was a game of few chances.

There was a rare outing for Magpies reserve  Chris Guthrie, while Keith Dyson was missing from the side and moved to Blackpool within days. in part/exchange for Tony Green.

1974 Birmingham City (h)
Texaco Cup Semi Final, 
1st leg 
After a 0-3 away reverse in the league just days earlier, Malcolm Macdonald's second half header at the Gallowgate End ensured that United would return to St.Andrews on level terms.

1976 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
T.Craig, Burns 2 
Gallagher, Francis(pen)
A Tommy Craig effort from distance put United level at 2-2, before Mickey Burns grabbed the winner at the Gallowgate End.

City included Terry Hibbitt and John Connolly in their lineup, but striker Peter Withe didn't make the side for this one. All three would later play in the same Newcastle side.

1982 Crystal Palace (h) 
Division One 
Beaten 1-4 by Fulham at SJP the previous week, normal service was resumed thanks to Chris Waddles's goal.

Both Terry McDermott and Steve Carney were missing for United after their dismissals at Oldham, while future Newcastle coach Paul Barron made a fine stop to deny Mick Martin.

1996 Oldham Athletic (h)
League Cup 3rd Round
Three days after the epic 5-0 victory over Manchester United, Newcastle enjoyed a rather lower profile home win against a team from the North West.

The Latics sported a maroon and blue hooped change kit that was remarkably reminiscent of our effort from the previous season.

2000 Ex-Mag hero Les Ferdinand made a frank admission to his involvement in one of the great unsolved crimes of the 20th century. 

Yes, Big Les aided and abetted in the wanton destruction of the Blue Peter sunken garden, along with a certain Dennis Wise.

2002 Juventus (Italy) (h) 
Champions League Group Match 4

A moment Andy Griffin and the rest of us will never forget as his shot-cum-cross went in off visiting 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon. 
Youtube footage is online here

A grey-clad United held out to end a run of three successive group game defeats and give themselves a mathematical chance of qualification - although no side had ever accomplished that feat from our position.

Juve coach Marcello Lippi commented that:

"....when you go one goal behind in front of a crowd like this one, it's not easy to come back." match report

2005 mackems (h)
Ameobi(34,37), Emre(63)
Lawrence(35), Elliott(41)

It was more relief than euphoria that greeted the final whistle but three points and three goals against the unwashed at Gallowgate were massively enjoyable.

The goal that won it came from the left boot of Emre and was a free-kick to rival those of Liam O'Brien and Scott Sellars that ensured a win double over the wearsiders in 1992/93.

A penalty claim and a strike against the bar from mackem goalscorers, Liam Lawrence and Stephen Elliott, made it a nervy finish although Steven Taylor came close at the other end.

An amazing seven and half minute spell in the first half had seen four goals shared, with United twice throwing away the lead. 

And although our verdict on United's second was that it had gone in off Magpies old boy Stephen Caldwell, Shola Ameobi was later officially credited with the goal. match report

Youtube footage of Emre's goal is here

At a Regulatory Commission hearing, a claim for wrongful dismissal from United for  defender Habib Beye was upheld. As a result, his one-match suspension was withdrawn.

Beye was shown a red card
after just 12 minutes
by referee Rob Styles for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during our home match against Manchester City.

2010 West Ham (a)
Premier League

Nolan(23), Carroll(69)
Andy Carroll put a traumatic week (having had his new Range Rover torched) behind him by scoring the winner that kept his side out of the bottom three and rocketed them up to ninth instead.

This Saturday teatime game began with betting suspended on manager Chris Hughton losing his job, after a flurry of flutters. match report

2013 Citing their "unfairly negative" coverage of a fan protest march ahead of the previous Saturday's home game against Liverpool, NUFC informed Trinity Mirror North East that their three local titles, The Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun were all banned from SJP.

News of the ban broke the following Sunday after United's derby defeat at the stadium of plight, when Alan Pardew was prevented from answering questions posed in the press conference by writers from those papers.


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