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Newcastle 1
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Premier League
St. James' Park
Sunday 11th February
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2017/18:




Ticket news:
Bournemouth (a) ST holders now (
75 points)

Liverpool (a) SOLD OUT
Southampton (h) Public sale now (online)

Con Mag:

It's long been thought that our relegation in 2009 was due in no small part to the behaviour of Michael Owen in the season-closing defeat at Aston Villa. 

Named as a substitute, he was clearly reluctant to warm up and seemed to deliberately ignore signals from the bench that he was coming on. Arriving after 66 minutes, he contributed absolutely nothing to our cause, United lost 0-1 and were duly demoted.   

But now it's claimed by former Magpie Paul Ferris that the striker refused to play in the penultimate game of that season, against Fulham at St. James' Park.

Ferris was part of Alan Shearer's backroom staff for an eight game spell in charge during 2009, revisiting that time in his autobiography, "The Boy on the Shed".

In it he claims that despite a groin scan revealing no damage, Owen was reluctant to face the Cottagers for fear of acquiring an injury that would prejudice his chances of securing a new contract at another club.  

He got his way and was absent from the squad that lost 0-1 to Roy Hodgson's side at Gallowgate - leaving us with one foot in the Championship. 

PS: Speaking in 2013, Owen denied claims of pulling a sickie at Villa - but the question of whether he'd been press-ganged into featuring in that game wasn't asked:

"I was not 100%. I had not trained all week, it was just a case of being OK for the day. From that point of view I was restricted.

"I was hurt and it is ridiculous to suggest anything else. I had a lot of pride. I wanted to do it for the fans and the friends I had made up there."

So, not about the money at all then.

Stars in stripes

This is the shirt that Newcastle Falcons will wear at St James' Park on Saturday March 24, when they face Northampton in an Aviva Premiership Rugby fixture.

Dubbed "The Big One", a 20,000 crowd is expected at Gallowgate in addition to a live TV audience, giving much-needed exposure to the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation - whose logo appears on the shirts.

The Falcons are donning United's traditional colours to raise funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND), with former player Doddie Weir now sadly diagnosed with the currently-incurable condition.

Match-worn shirts will be auctioned off while replica shirts can be pre-ordered online here. Proceeds from both benefit Doddie's foundation while 50% of all 25 category match tickets will also be donated (-VAT).

Tickets for "The Big One" are on sale from both NUFC (online here and 0844 372 1892) and also from the Falcons (online here and via 0871 226 6060)

We have pairs of match tickets to give away and to be in with the chance of winning, answer this question:

Which Tyneside-born coach has worked with both The Falcons and Newcastle United - the latter during Kevin Keegan and Steve McClaren's time at SJP?

Email your answer to by 5pm this coming Friday, 23rd February. Subject: Big One

Stiffs swept aside

Newcastle U23s  1  Southampton U23s  5

Match report

Loan lads:
Arma at it again

Latest loan lad action:


Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)

The striker scored for the third successive game on Monday, grabbing his fourth Rovers goal in a 2-0 victory over Bury at Ewood Park in League One. 

Arma completed his second successive 90 minutes.

Rolando Aarons
(Hellas Verona)
Verona remain second bottom of Serie A following a 0-2 defeat away to Lazio on Monday night. Rolando appeared as a 64th minute substitute.


Jack Colback
(Nottingham Forest)
It's now four Forest appearances for the midfielder but still no victory, after they drew 1-1 with Reading at the City Ground in the Championship on Tuesday.

Dan Barlaser, Jamie Sterry (Crewe Alexandra) 
The Railwaymen continue to struggle and lost 1-2 at home to Exeter City in League Two on Tuesday. Dan was an unused sub while Jamie wasn't in the squad.

Lewis McNall
, Callum Williams (Gateshead) 
Yet another draw for the Tynesiders, who once again had a man sent off but held Barrow 1-1 at Holker Street in the National League on Tuesday.

Defender Callum played the full game while striker Lewis appeared for the opening 45 minutes.


Aleksandar Mitrovic
Bristol City (a) Championship, Wednesday. 


Alex Gilliead
(Bradford City)
Plymouth Argyle (a) League One, Saturday.

Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
Portsmouth (a) League One, Saturday.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Bristol City (a) League One, Saturday.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) 
Hibernian (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Kyle Cameron
(Queen of the South)
Dunfermline (h) Scottish Championship, Saturday

Achraf Lazaar
Inter Milan (a), Serie A, Saturday.


Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen)
Celtic (h), Scottish Premiership, Sunday.

Henri Saivet
Goztepe (a) Super Lig side, Sunday.

Matz Sels
Royal Excel Mouscron (h) Belgian League, Sunday.

Premier League:
No further forward

Sunday brought no resolution to the question of when Newcastle will face Spurs in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium - after Mauricio Pochettino's side drew 2-2 with Rochdale in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

That means that our PL game scheduled for Friday March 16th remains in doubt until the the replay between Spurs and Rochdale at Wembley on Wednesday 28th February.

Success for Spurs then will see them in Quarter Final action away to either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City over the weekend of March 16th - leaving a new slot to be found for our game.  

When our game would then take place is tricky to call, with possible FA Cup commitments for Spurs added to restrictions on home stadium use even if they aren't in the last four of the competition.

The FA Cup semi-finals are Wembley on 21st & 22nd April and it's unclear whether preparations for those ties would allow Spurs to play a home PL game after hosting Manchester City there over the weekend of the 14th.

And should they progress in the Champions League against Juventus at Wembley on Wednesday 7th March - it's 2-2 after the first leg - then Spurs would be in midweek CL action again on 3rd/4th & 10/11th April. 

Premier League:
Bournemouth (a)

Newcastle return to action on Saturday when they make their longest league trip this season - 706 miles return - to Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium.

Kick-off at the former Dean Court is an old-fashioned 3pm and United have sold their 1,365 allocation.

Coral match betting here (mobile) & here (desktop)

Travel 1:
For anyone going via London, engineering work in the Stevenage area on Saturday and Sunday means that trains will use a different route, with extended journey times and timetable alterations.

Travel 2: London connection info online here

Travel 3: Trains from London to Bournemouth aren't affected but there are no trains between Poole and Bournemouth on Saturday.

The previously-advertised bus replacement service doesn't now appear on the timetable - if your journey goes that way, get a local bus instead online here

Premier League table - bottom half:

Pos Team P GD Pts
11 Watford 27 -10 30
12 West Ham 27 -12 30
13 Newcastle 27 -11 28
14 Brighton 27 -14 28
15 Palace 27 -17 27
16 Swansea 27 -17 27
17 Huddersfield 27 -24 27
18 Southampton 27 -12 26
19 Stoke 27 -26 25
20 West Brom 27 -19 20

Islam Slimani should be available, having returned to his native Algeria and trained at the national side's base while visiting his family.

To follow

The Cherries were beaten 1-4 at Huddersfield Town last time out but are looking for a fourth successive Premier League victory on home soil, following 2-1 triumphs over Everton, Arsenal and Stoke City. 

Referee: Roger East - first Toon game of the season for the Wiltshire whistler. We had the pleasure of his company twice last season, for away victories at Rotherham and Huddersfield in the Championship.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2
beIN Connect TURKEY
beIN Sports Connect Arabia
beIN Sports Thailand H3
Canal+ Sport Online (Poland)
Digiturk Play (Turkey)
Flow Sports app
Hotstar (India)
mio Stadium 103 HD
NBC Sports Gold (USA)
Optus Sport (Australia)
QQ Sports Live (China)
Sky HD (Mexico)
SKY NET Sports 1 / +
Sports Network 1 +HD
SPS HD (Mongolia)
SuperSport 8 Za
Watch ESPN Brazil

UK Radio:
tbc (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Cherries v Magpies - all time:

2015/16 won 1-0 Perez
1991/92 drew 0-0 (a) FAC
1989/90 lost 1-2 (a) D2
1963/64 lost 1-2 (a) LC

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 24.02.2018:
Leicester City v Stoke City (12.30pm) Sky
Bournemouth v Newcastle (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City (3pm)
Burnley v Southampton (3pm)
Liverpool v West Ham (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Watford v Everton (5.30pm) BT

Sun 25.02.2018:
Crystal Palace v Spurs (Noon) Sky (fixture change)
Manchester United v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky

Premier League:
Liverpool (a) 
rail disruption

If you're heading to Anfield by train for our game against Liverpool on Saturday March 3rd, be aware that Merseyrail and Northern Rail services are facing disruption due to strike action by the RMT.

NB: Trans-Pennine services aren't affected by this.   

Dummy deal revealed

Confirmation came from United on Thursday that defender Paul Dummett had signed an extended contract to remain at Gallowgate.

The 26 year-old Tynesider has put pen to paper on a new deal of undisclosed length "that could run until 2022", suggesting an option for the final 12 months.

Dummy first played for United's junior sides aged nine, debuting for the U18s in September 2008 and making a reserve bow against mackems the following January.

Featuring for the first team in a pre-season game at Darlington in July 2011, loan spells at Gateshead and St.Mirren followed before his first senior competitive outing: an FA Cup loss at Brighton in January 2013.

A regular at left back since the 2013/14 season, Paul's appearance against Manchester United on Sunday was his 131st as a Magpie in all competitions (119 starts).

Dummy celebrated his new deal with a night at the darts, accompanied by team mate Karl Darlow and renowned spear chucker Michael Van Gerwen.

Sunday service:
Programme fair

After an absence of several years, a new programme fair has been arranged on Tyneside next month. 

The Great North East Football Programme and
Memorabilia Fair
is on Sunday 25th March 2018 between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Venue is the Tynemouth District Scout HQ at 31-35 Norfolk Street, North Shields, NE30 1BD (next door to the Bell & Bucket pub and near to North Shields Metro, with street parking available nearby).

Programmes, books, tickets, badges, pennants and other items will be available - not just NUFC-related.

Enquiries to: Ian (07546 863395), Matt (07718 223807) or via email:

Premier League:

Newcastle  1  Manchester United  0

Match report

Three at the back

Having made a combined total of 700+ appearances in a Newcastle shirt, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard and Steve Howey are teaming up for a charity night at Whitley Bay Football Club on Tuesday March 6th. 

The defensive trio are the special guests at an event in aid of Show Racism The Red Card, to be staged in The Seahorse Pub at Bay's Hillheads ground. 

Tickets cost just 10 including a pie & pea supper and Lee Ryder from the Chronicle will be the MC. They can be bought from the venue, via 0191 291 3637 or from the WBFC supporters club shop at home matches.

PS: There's another chance to catch up with Steve Howey on North Tyneside in March, when he joins Malcolm Macdonald in a talk-in night at the Linskill Centre in North Shields on Saturday March 3rd.

The venue won't be showing our game at Liverpool that night (5.30pm) KO but the two Mags won't be on stage until 8.30pm if you want to watch it somewhere else.

Tickets are 15 and 20 plus b/fee online here

Toon Teen selected

Scotland U16s took part in a four team tournament at the FA's St. George's Park headquarters earlier this month, with Magpies midfielder Elliot Anderson (pictured) in their squad:

Wed 14.02.2018 Spain lost 1-2
Elliot began on the bench, his participation is tbc.

Fri 16.02.2018 Denmark drew 3-3 (lost 4-5 on pens)
Anderson was in the starting lineup.

Mon 19.02.2018 England lost 0-2
Elliot was back among the subs, participation tbc.


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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 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.

United obtained a one season exemption on logistical grounds from the PL requirement to house some away fans at pitch level.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St. James' Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 24.02.2018 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. Premier U18 League.

Sat 24.02.2018 Bournemouth (a) @ Vitality Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. 
Additional ST holder sale now, 75 points. Allocation: 1,325. 

Mon 26.02.2018 U23s v Colchester United (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup.

Fri 02.03.2018 U23s v Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.
Note new date.

Sat 03.03.2018
U18s v Boro (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 03.03.2018 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 5.30pm. Premier League.  SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,900. Live on BT.

Wed 07.03.2018 U23s v mackems (a) @ Eppleton Colliery Welfare, 7pm. Premier League International Cup.

Sat 10.03.2018 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 10.03.2018
Southampton (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale now (online), Mon 26.02.2018 (by phone/in person)

Mon 12.03.2018 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 17.03.2018 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 1pm. Premier U18 League.

Wed 21.03.2018 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 31.03.2018 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League.

Sat 31.03.2018 Huddersfield Town (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale from Thu 01.03.2018.

Tue 03.04.2018 U23s v Boro (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Live TV games:

Sat 03.03.2018 Liverpool (a) 5.30pm BT
Fri 16.03.2018 Spurs (a) 8pm
* Sky

* subject to further change if Spurs are in FAC6 action that weekend.

Live PL games up to and including Sun 01.04.2018 have been announced.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Mon 26.02.2018
Fri 06.04.2018 May
Tue 08.05.2018 May 13th

Season 2018/19 dates:

Fri 09.06.2018
Transfer window opens

Thu 09.08.2018
Transfer window closes (5pm - NB for PL clubs only)
Sat 11.08.2018 Premier League kicks off (theoretically that could be Fri 10.08)
??.08.2018 Championship kicks off

Premier League Cup:
United U23s are in Group D and play six fixtures, three home and three away:

Fri 29.09.2017 NUFC 3-4 Burnley
Wed 29.11.2017 NUFC 6-3 Swansea
Mon 04.12.2017
Colchester 1-2 NUFC 
Thu 18.01.2018 Burnley 0-4 NUFC 
Mon 12.02.2018 Swansea 1-1 NUFC 
Mon 26.02.2018 Colchester (h) 1pm

(They have now qualified)

Premier League International Cup:
07.03.2018 mackems (a) 7pm

Other QF ties:

Sat 24.02.2018 Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb
Tue 27.02.2018
Man United v Villarreal
Wed 28.02.2018
Liverpool v Porto

Northumberland Senior Cup :
F: ??.??.2018 NUFC U21s v Morpeth Town

Gateshead FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of 10 entry for National League home games (usually 15).
16 & 17 year old admission is 5, U16s 3.

Newcastle Benfield FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of 4 entry to Northern League home games (usually 6). Concessions 3, kids free.

Following three successful previous events watched by a combined attendance of over 200,000, the annual Rugby League Magic Weekend will be staged at St. James' Park for a fourth successive year in 2018.

Six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides will take place over two days:

Other events @ SJP:

Aviva Premiership:

Sat 24.03.2018:
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints (5.30pm) tickets from 10 adults here

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2018:

Day tickets from 25 (12.50). Weekend tickets from 40 adults (20) here

Sat 19.05.2018:
Toronto v Toulouse (12.45pm)

Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (5.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)

Sun 20.05.2018:
Salford v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)

Ed Sheeran plays three sold out nights @ SJP on Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018 and Sun 10.06.2018. 

The 2019
European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union Finals will be @ SJP on successive days (dates tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

2017/18 international dates:

Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

World Cup Finals 


A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
20th February

Born Or Died:

1957 Tony Smith born, sunderland.

Junior and reserve central defender who appeared for England U19s while on the books at SJP.

Smith's debut came in the only game Willie McFaul took caretaker charge of during the 1977/78 season, bridging the gap between the the departing Dickie Dinnis and arriving Bill McGarry in mid-November 1977.

That was a 0-1 loss at Wolves, with Smith appearing off the bench and then earning his only start - in midfield - for the next game , a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal.

Sidelined with ankle ligament damage, Tony moved on to Division Three Peterborough United during March 1979 in a 10,000 joint deal with Alan Guy.  

Later serving Halifax Town, Smith joined Hartlepool United in 1984 following a short trial with Colchester United and played over 200 games at The Victoria Ground.

Offered only a one year contract in 1989, Tony opted to quit full-time football, taking a job at Nissan on his native wearside and playing for non-league Blue Star. 

1985 Alan O'Brien born, Dublin, Ireland. (2005-07)

Left-sided touchline hugger who was brought to the club in summer 2001 from St Joseph's Boys club in Sallynoggin.

After appearing for our U17 and U19 sides, O'Brien's reserve debut came in a 4-2 loss to Aston Villa in March 2003.

However, he had to wait for almost three years before getting a sniff of the first team, when appearing for the final four minutes of our home FA win over Mansfield Town in January 2006.

That wasn't his senior bow though, having made five appearances on loan at Carlisle, including a goal after just seven minutes of his debut (v Bristol Rovers, October 2005).

In total O'Brien made one league start and eight appearances from the bench (four PL, three FA Cup and one European) for us. 

He left in the summer of 2007 to join former Reserve coach Tommy Craig at Hibernian. However, injury disrupted his time at Easter Road and Alan frequently appeared from the bench during his three seasons in Scotland.

A free agent in the summer of 2009, Alan joined League One side Swindon Town, but again found his appearances restricted by a series of injury problems.

Signing for Yeovil Town in August 2011, his time at the Glovers ended in January 2012 and after a brief trial at St. Mirren (and a third link-up with Tommy Craig) he joined Conference side Gateshead just before his 27th birthday.

After a dozen appearances for The Heed, O'Brien was released in Summer 2012 and reappeared at Hungerford Town, where he remained for five years.

A switch to Chippenham Town in August 2017 proved to be short-lived and within a month he'd moved on to Wealdstone. 

While at SJP, O'Brien gained five full caps for the Republic, debuting in his native Dublin against Holland back in August 2006.


What Else?

1897 Loughborough Town (a)
Division Two
P22, 27pts, 4th/16
Roulstone(8,35), Blackett(75) 

1904 Everton (h)
Rutherford, McWilliam 
Team: Watts, McCombie, Agnew, Gardner, McWilliam, Carr, Rutherford, Howie, Mackey, Orr, Roberts.

1909 West Ham United (a)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
A second FA Cup meeting with the Southern League Hammers in two seasons saw them cash in by doubling admission prices.

1915 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
King(40), Hibbert(51) 

1926 Clapton Orient (a)
FA Cup 5th Round 
Galbraith(24), Cock(44)
Despite dominating the first half, First Division United couldn't beat home custodian Arthur Wood and trailed by two goals at the break to their opponents, who were battling relegation in Division Two.

Peter Gavigan had volleyed home a corner before another rare attack in the closing seconds of the half ended with Donald Cock's solo run and shot past 'keeper Willie Wilson.

Magpies danger man Hughie Gallacher had passed a pre-match fitness test but was shackled all game by Orient centre half Jack Townrow, watched by a record crowd at the O's Millfields Road ground.
Newsreel footage is online here

Frank Hudspeth (right) with the 
referee and the O's Arthur Wood 

1932 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One
P28, 33pts, 7th/22 
Bruce(67), McKay(77)

1937 Chesterfield (a)
Division Two
P31, 31pts, 9th/22 
Ponting(35,79), Woodward(38,59)

1943 Gateshead (h)

1947 Leicester City (a)
FA Cup 5th Round Replay 
Pearson(13), Bentley(29) 
A light covering of snow on the Filbert Street pitch indirectly cost City the tie, when an attempted clearance from Walter Harrison stuck on the penalty spot and Roy Bentley poked it home. 

City were reduced to ten men for part of the second half when George Dewes came off second best in a collision with Frank Brennan. 

He eventually returned swathed in bandages - and wisely tried to keep out of Brennan's way by taking up a wide left position.

1954 West Bromwich Albion (a) 2-3 (0-2)
FA Cup 5th Round 
Mitchell(63), Milburn(87) 
The eventual cup winners progressed, but United recovered from trailing 0-2 at the interval to look like forcing a reply, before Ronnie Allen volleyed home what proved to be the winner.
Youtube footage is online here

1960 West Ham United (a) 5-3 (3-2)
Division One
P30, 31pts, 9th/22 
Hughes(2), Allchurch(
3-0,4-3), Eastham(5-3)
Dick(3-1), Woosnam(3-2,49)
The Magpies were 3-0 ahead before the half hour mark, but the home side were level by the 49th minute.

Back came the black and whites, with their fifth a memorable effort from George Eastham, who waltzed round four opponents in the driving rain before finding the net.

This proved to be the last competitive game that Eire International 'keeper Noel Dwyer played for the Hammers, with the suspicion of match fixing later raised but never proven. 

1965 Leyton 0rient (a)
Division Two
P31, 41pts, 1st/22 
Tommy Knox made his debut on a Brisbane Road pitch ankle deep in mud. 

A youthful Frank Bough commentated on proceedings for what was United's first appearance on BBC's "Match of The Day."
Youtube footage is online here

1970 Dundee United (h)
Moncur(27), Dyson(75), Robson(82) 
1-2), Mitchell(84)
A blank FA Cup weekend saw the Tannadice Tangerines make a Friday night visit.

Winger Ian Mitchell netted for the visitors and later joined Newcastle in a 50K deal, while fellow Scot Phil McGovern had a rare senior outing for the Magpies.

1971 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division One
P29, 28pts, 14th/22 
Pop Robson supplied the winner in what proved to be the final appearance of his United career.

1980 Birmingham City (h)
Division Two
P29, 36pts, 4th/22 
You're probably looking at the highlight of this game - the programme cover - with shots from our New Year's Day victory over the mackems.

1982 Shrewsbury Town (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two
P24, 37pts, 11th/22 
One of the lowest post-war attendances to watch a competitive Magpies game. Those who stayed away from Gay Meadow chose wisely....

1988 Wimbledon (h)
FA Cup 5th Round 
Gibson(6), Gayle(56), Fashanu(85) 
Undoubtedly the highlight of this FA Cup humiliation was the post-match kick Mirandinha aimed at Dons 'keeper Dave Beasant's backside. 

Unlike any of his shots during the game though, it was on target. The "Crazy Gang" would go on to win the FA Cup that season

Youtube footage is online here

1996 United old boy Glenn Roeder left his job as Watford Manager "by mutual consent. He'd been in charge at Vicarage Road for two and a half years and although the Hornets did rally after his departure, relegation to the third tier of English football followed that summer. 

1999 Southampton (a)
P26, 34pts, 10th/20
Beattie(16), Dodd(43pen) 
Former Saint Alan Shearer spurned two good early chances before Steve Howey's back pass left Shay Given stranded and gifted a home opener.

Didier Domi's needless pull on Ostenstad was then spotted by referee Graham Poll and the resultant penalty was converted to bury us before half time.

Alan Shearer did pull one back on 73 minutes but it was ruled out for pushing, but by the time Didi Hamann headed home, another Dell disaster was inevitably heading into history.

2000 Tranmere Rovers (a) 
FA Cup Quarter-final 
Speed(27), Domi(36), Ferguson(58)
Allison(45), G.Jones(76)
A Sunday success at Prenton Park saw away fans housed in the Cowshed End and singing "Moo Moo Black & White Army"....

Kevin Gallacher's two assists put United two up and although Dave Challinor laid on one goal courtesy of his ultra-long throws, there was never any real danger of the Division One side preventing us from making it through to a Wembley semi-final against Chelsea.

2003 A goalless draw for the Reserves against Leeds at Belle Vue, Wakefield. match report

2005 Chelsea (h)
FA Cup 5th Round

n amazing day as United inflicted a rare defeat on the Champions-to-be and ruined their dreams of a quadruple.

Our own hopes of eventually lifting silverware were preserved mainly thanks to large slices of good fortune that fell into our laps as frequently as the flurries of snow that fell on the pitch.

After Patrick Kluivert had headed us in front, Mateja Kezman hit the underside of our bar when he had beaten Shay Given all ends up.

But it was in the second period that the tie seemed destined to be ours when an injury to Wayne Bridge saw the visitors reduced to ten men with 48 minutes on the clock.

Jose Mourinho had gambled with a triple substitution at the break but that backfired almost immediately when Bridge fell awkwardly after a sliding tackle by Alan Shearer.

As Bridge was being taken to the RVI with a suspected broken ankle, his colleagues Carlo Cudicini and Damien Duff collided, with the latter hobbling his way to the final whistle.

As United stuttered against effectively nine men, the Blues were reduced further when Cudicini was red-carded for bringing down Shola Ameobi as the sub rounded the Chelsea 'keeper. match report

2006 Alan Shearer's dreams of ending his career with an FA Cup success were dealt a severe blow by his old pal Rob Lee. Former team mate Lee drew out our ball (no.2) away to Chelsea in the FA Cup Sixth Round draw.

2007 Newcastle's second string twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw against Manchester City's Reserves at SportCity.

Lee Clark's young side fell behind only for Andy Carroll to equalise before the break and when Fraser Forster was beaten again, Mark Doninger soon levelled to earn a point. match report

2010 Preston North End (h) 3-0 (1-0)
P32, 66pts, 1st/24
Lovenkrands(3), Nolan(55), R.Taylor(90)
PNE boss Darren Ferguson lost at SJP for the second time that season, having already visited with Peterborough United.

United increased their lead in the Championship to five points, although their goal difference should have been more greatly enhanced. match report

2016 Lillestrom (n) (Norway)
Wijnaldum(3), Aarons(75)
United rounded off their "warm weather" training camp in the Spanish resort of La Manga with victory over the Norwegians.

Seydou Doumbia completed 90 minutes, but the on-loan striker kept a very low profile. match report

2017 Aston Villa (h)
P32, 69pts, 1st/24

United returned to the summit of the Championship thanks to this live TV victory at St. James' Park on what was ultimately a very happy Monday indeed.

Villa manager Steve Bruce had urged his midfielder Henri Lansbury to enjoy the abuse from home fans following his cheating antics when playing against Newcastle for Nottingham Forest earlier in the season. 

But the ex-mackem boss - whose red and white past was loudly referenced by another 50,000+ crowd - couldn't have foreseen that Lansbury would end up as the toast of Tyneside, after registering an own goal.

His effort made it 2-0 to United, after Yoan Gouffran's seventh goal of the season gave United an interval lead that they never really looked like surrendering. match report