Saturday August 29th, 2015

last update 10:49 BST

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 29th August
Kick-off 12.45pm
Live on BT Sport
Last Match
Newcastle 4
Northampton Town 1
Capital One Cup
Second Round

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Tuesday 25th August
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Ticket news:

West Ham (a) ST holder sale now (0 points)
Watford (h) Public sale now (online)

Premier League
Arsenal (h)

Today sees United saddled with the lunchtime TV slot for the second successive week as they face Arsenal in a 12.45pm start at SJP. Tickets will be on sale from the box office in the Milburn Stand until kickoff.

The Gunners arrive on Tyneside not having lost here since Nobby Solano netted to give us a 1-0 win back in December 2005. Since then we've lost five and drawn the other four of the nine meetings on Barrack Road. 

United are currently in their worst-ever run of form against Arsenal, losing seven games in succession since a scoreless draw at Gallowgate in August 2011. 

And it's now nine meetings anywhere without a Toon victory since Andy Carroll struck at the Emirates in November 2010 to secure a single goal success.

NUFC: Injury victim Moussa Sissoko may return while Papiss Cisse is back in training after missing the win over Northampton due to illness. Emmanuel Riviere is still sidelined but Paul Dummett available once again.


Betway are top of the league this week in terms of an enhanced price on the Magpies beating the Gunners, boosting their 9/2 odds on a home win up to 16/1.

(NB: This deal is for new signups, enhanced winnings are paid in free bets and maximum stake is £10).

In terms of a cash return, Betfair price a home win at 24/5, Newcastle to be winning at full and half time at 9/1 and 11/1 on a half time draw and Magpies win.

Rating Georgoinio Wijnaldum to score the first goal in a Newcastle win at 28/1, if you fancy Florian Thauvin to score the only goal, they'll offer 100/1 on that.

New Betfair signups staking £10 receive £30 in free bets and they have a special match offer, refunding losing first, last and anytime goalscorer bets up to £25, if a goal is scored direct from a free kick in the game.

Travel: No scheduled disruptions (NB: no Metros will run between North Shields and St James all day on Sunday, a replacement bus service 900 will operate) 

Bus: Both the X50 Soccerbus and the Q3 service (which replaces the X40) will operate, with the X50 linking the Metro Centre to SJP and the Q3 providing a route from the Park & Ride facility at the Great Park.

Find more information on both routes online here

Offering matchday travel to season ticket holders Magpie Mover tickets remain available details here

Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere both remain sidelined while Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny missed Monday's scoreless draw with Liverpool.

Three games so far this season have seen the Gunners beaten 0-2 at home by West Ham, win 2-1 at Crystal Palace and draw 0-0 with Liverpool at the Emirates.

Speaking ahead of this game, Arsene Wenger said:

"We want to do well at Newcastle but it’s always very, very, very tight and very committed there because the crowd is always behind their team,” he said.

“They have just come out from a good result at Manchester United so it’s important that we prepare well and we give absolutely everything to win this game before the break.

“We have always done very well away from home. Last season and the season before, it was the last game of the season that we had to win. There has always been something big at stake, but we like pressure.

"I would encourage more English coaches to go abroad because sometimes, especially when you have managed the national team, the best thing is to get out of the country for a while and then come back.

"I believe we had a good example with Bobby Robson who did that. I think it was a clever move for Steve McClaren and he has done well.”

Pub Watch:
Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge NE1 6BX

Regularly recognised by CAMRA locally and nationally and to many the flagship of Sir John Fitzgerald's city centre estate, it's appropriate therefore that the Bacchus has a distinct nautical feel to its decor.

The pillars and panels are reminiscent of an ocean liner, while Tyneside's proud shipbuilding heritage is commemorated by the photos that line the walls.   

Adding to that maritime theme is the feeling of being on a ship in high seas when standing in the bar. However that seems only to occur after supping the potent brews from Belgian alchemists Achouffe.... 

Find further details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here


Should Papiss Cisse feature today, he'll complete a century of Premier League appearances.

The most recent three Newcastle victories over Arsenal saw dismissals for the Gunners, although the 2001 away win at Highbury saw both sides reduced to ten men.

That all means that the last time we beat Arsenal with 11 players on each side was in May 2000 at SJP.

United haven't managed back to back clean sheets since November 2014. 

Olivier Giroud - scourge of Newcastle:

2014/15 Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2 (scored 2)
2014/15 Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1 (scored 2)
2013/14 Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 (scored 1)
2013/14 Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (scored 1)
2012/13 Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (scored 0)
2012/13 Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3 (scored 2)

Gunners in Toon - Premier League era:

2014/15: Lost 1-2 Sissoko
2013/14: Lost 0-1
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2011/12: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Drew 4-4 Barton 2, Best, Tiote
2010/11: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Martins
2007/08: Drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2006/07: Drew 0-0
2005/06: Won 1-0 Solano
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Robert
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Robert (FAC)
2001/02: Lost 0-2
2000/01: Drew 0-0
1999/00: Won 4-2 Speed 2, Shearer, Griffin
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1995/96: Won 2-0 Ginola, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 1-0 Beardsley
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

Fan watch - Australia:

It's a down under double for this game as we feature the black & whites who gather at the Sherlock Holmes Pub in Melbourne (above) and also post a plea for Sydney-based Mags to support a new TV venue.

Although the regular Sydney watching venue of Cheers Bar will continue to be a meeting point, for the early kickoffs like Saturday, Hotel CBD (Level 2 "York 75 Sports Bar") on the corner of York and King Streets will now be showing NUFC on big screens with sound.

For further details of both events plus get-togethers in Adelaide and Brisbane, see the Aussie Mags facebook
online here

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio Newcastle

Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV: 
6'Eren (Den) +HD
beIN Sports MENA 1/11 HD
Benfica TV2
Canal+ Futbol +HD
C+ Sport (France) +HD
C+ Sport (Poland) +HD
Diema Sport 2 HD
Digi Sport 1 (Hun/Svk)
DIRECTV South America
Dolce Sport +HD (Romania)
Fox Sports (Italy)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Nederland)
Fox Sports 4 (Australia)
Futbol 1 (Ukraine)
GO Sports 1 +HD
Idman TV
J Sports 4 (Japan)
KAZ Sport
MTV Sport 1 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
NTV Plus Futbol 1 +HD
O2 Sport (Cz)
OTE Sport 1 HD (Greece)
Play Sports HD1 Belgium
QQ Sports Live (China)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Silk Universal HD
Sky Mexico
Sky Sport 2 Germany
Sport 2 (Israel)
SportKlub 1 (Mont/Slov/Croatia/Serbia)
Sports+ 3/HD (Cyprus)
SportsMax 2
Star Sports 4 (Asia)
Stod 2 Sport 2 +HD
SuperSport 3 (Za) +HD
SuperSport 5 Africa
SuperSport MaXimo 1
TC Live 10 (Switzerland)
Teleclub Sport 2/PPV +HD
TSN1/3/4/5 (Canada) +HD
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV3+ (Denmark)

Viaplay (Den/Swe)
Viasat Football (Sweden) +HD
Viasat Sport Baltic

Andre Marriner - varying fortunes last season when the West Midlands whistler took charge of us: a 1-0 home win over Liverpool, the 0-4 loss at Spurs in the Capital One Cup and a 1-1 draw at Palace.

This weekend's Premier League fixtures:

Sat 29.08.2015:
Newcastle v Arsenal (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v mackems (3pm)
Bournemouth v Leicester City (3pm)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Liverpool v West Ham (3pm)
Manchester City v Watford (3pm)
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Spurs v Everton (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 30.08.2015:
Southampton v Norwich City (1.30pm) Sky
Swansea v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

Local action

If you are in need of some round ball entertainment on Bank Holiday Monday, then these local non-league fixtures may be of interest:  

National League:
Gateshead v Lincoln City (3pm)

Northern Premier League:
Darlington 1883 v Blyth Spartans (3pm)

Northern League Division One:
Ashington v Bedlington Terriers (1pm)
Consett v Durham City (11am)
North Shields v Newcastle Benfield (11am)
Shildon v Morpeth Town (Noon)

Northern League Division Two:

Heaton Stannington v Alnwick Town (11am)
Hebburn Town South Shields (11am)
Team Northumbria v Ryton (11am)

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The venue is the championship course at the acclaimed Ramside Hall Golf Club just off the A1 near Durham and the prize is to be taken during September.  

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National service

No less than five Magpies have received callups for England at youth international levels as follows: 

Alex Gilliead (U20s):
Mon 07.09.2015 Czech Republic (h) Shrewsbury FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (U19s):
Fri 04.09.2015 Germany (a) Bergisch Gladbach FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Croatia (a) Zagreb FR

Paul Woolston ( U18s):

Thu 03.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR
Sat 05.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR

Mackenzie Heaney (U17s):
Wed 26.08.2015
Italy (h) Telford FR won 3-0
Mackenzie played the full 90 minutes.

Fri 28.08.2015 Turkey (h) Walsall FR
Starting the game on the bench, Heaney arrived as a 55th minute substitute with England 2-1 ahead - which was the final score. 

England are hosting a four team friendly event that acts as a warm-up for the European Championship qualifying tournament in Portugal in late September - the first step on the road to the finals in Azerbaijan next May.

Sun 30.08.2015 Portugal (h) Burton FR 

Other youth callups:

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U19):

Wed 02.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR
Fri 04.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR

More helping 
hands for Heed 

A third young Newcastle goalkeeper has now left the club on loan, Brendan Pearson following Freddie Woodman and Paul Woolston out of Gallowgate.

18 year-old Pearson has made the short trip over the Tyne to Gateshead as cover for Woolston, who is currently on loan to the Tynesiders but absent for the next three games due to international commitments.

Pearson has moved to the International Stadium on a 28 day youth loan. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A second start in OM colours for Remy came on Friday night in a 0-2 loss away to Guingamp in Ligue 1. He lasted 77 minutes before being replaced. 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Nottingham Forest (a) Championship, Saturday.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Chesterfield (h) League One, Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town):
Wycombe Wanderers (h) League Two, Saturday.

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Guiseley (a) National League, Saturday.

Paul Woolston (Gateshead):
England U18 duty means that Wooly misses Saturday's game at Guiseley, Monday's home clash with Lincoln City and the visit to Bromley on Saturday week.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):
Southend United (h) League One, Monday.

Back to the future


Following confirmation that away ticket prices for this season's Premier League meetings between Newcastle and West Ham have been pegged at £25 for adults, another reciprocal pricing deal has been announced.

Toon fans visiting Watford in January will also now be charged £25 for admission - with Hornets followers paying the same at Gallowgate in September.

That £25 charge is identical to what Toon followers paid for our last top-flight game at Vicarage Road - back in May 2007.

(Away concessions for both games will cost £17.50 for over-65s, £15 for 16-19s and £10 for U16s.)

Moor the merrier:
Turfer than the rest

Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has a new club, after putting pen to paper on a one year contract at Championship side Burnley. 

Barton - 33 on Tuesday - had been a free agent since his deal at QPR expired in the summer. However he wasn't involved for the Clarets on Saturday at Bristol City - visiting SJP instead for BT Sport punditry duties.

An opportunity to remain in the Premier League at West Ham came to nothing in recent weeks, while a mooted move to Nottingham Forest failed to come about due to financial restrictions in place at the City Ground.

Slav driver:
Hammers axe Nobby

West Ham confirm that midfielder Kevin Nolan has left the club by mutual consent, having played just one league game this season for new boss Slaven Bilic.

The 33 year-old ex-Magpie was in the final 12 months of a five year deal, having quit Tyneside in June 2011 in favour of E13 - helping the Hammers gain promotion back to the Premier League in his first season.

Finishing on the losing side just once in five meetings against Newcastle and scoring once, Nolan's future remains unclear. 

Capital One Cup:
on Wednesday

Newcastle's reward for overcoming League Two Northampton Town 4-1 in the Capital One Cup Second Round is another home tie, this time against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

That will take place on Wednesday September 23rd @ 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes extra time and penalties if required. 

The Owls beat Mansfield Town and Oxford United at Hillsborough to reach Round Three and the tie sets up a return to SJP for ex-Magpie player and manager Glenn Roeder, now Wednesday's Director of Football.

Like Northampton, Newcastle have never previously faced Wednesday in this competition but the sides are no strangers in the FA Cup, with United winning all but one of the five ties - the last back in 1981.

A second half strike from Ayoze Perez separated the two sides in our most recent match-up - a friendly fixture in the Steel City back in July 2014.

And a Shola Ameobi effort gave us a 1-0 home win in August 2009 on Wednesday's most recent visit to Tyneside - a Championship encounter.

Our last exit from the competition at the hands of a lower league side came back in October 2003, when West Bromwich Albion recorded a 2-1 victory on Tyneside in a Third Round tie.

Since then our hopes of silverware have been dashed by teams in the same division as us - with a 2009/10 exit coming from fellow Championship side Peterborough. 

Third Round ties are played in the week commencing Monday September 21st, meaning that Saturday home Premier League games against Watford and Chelsea will bookend the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Third Round ties:

Tue 22.09.2015:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Fulham v Stoke City
Hull City v Swansea City
Leicester City v West Ham
smoggies v Wolves
Preston North End v Bournemouth
Reading v Everton
mackems v Manchester City

Wed 23.09.2015:
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
MK Dons v Southampton
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Spurs v Arsenal
Walsall v Chelsea

Capital One Cup:
Flor he's a jolly 
good fellow!

Newcastle  4  Northampton Town  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report is online here


Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, 
Georginio Wijnaldum
Thu 03.09.2015 Iceland (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Sun 06.09.2015 Turkey (a) Konya ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Gibraltar (n) Faro ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Georgia (h) Dublin ECQ

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo):
Sun 06.09.2015 C.A.R. (a) Bangui ACNQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Faroe Islands (a) Torshavn ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Hungary (h) Belfast ECQ

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
Fri 04.09.2015
Armenia (h) Novi Sad ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Fri 04.09.2015
Portugal (a) Lisbon FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

PS: There was no place for Papiss Cisse in the Senegal squad for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia, Paul Dummett was excluded from the Welsh selection to face Cyprus and Israel and Cheick Tiote missed out Ivory Coast's meeting with Sierra Leone.

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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

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Sat 05.09.2015 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Fri 11.09.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.09.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 8pm. Premier League. £25 adults & OAPs, £1 (one pound) U16s, ST holder sale now, 0 points. Live on Sky.

Sat 19.09.2015 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Thu 03.09.2015 (in person / by phone)

Mon 21.09.2015
U21s v West Ham (a) @ Rush Green, Romford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 23.09.2015 Sheffield Wednesday (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. Ticket sale details awaited.

Sat 26.09.2015
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ LFC Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky.

Mon 28.09.2015
U21s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015
U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.


Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer
@ Dunston Lancastrian Suite. £30 including supper. Contact:
(Event is in aid of Wallsend Boys Club and adults only - strictly no children allowed). 

Thu 17.09.2015 Football writers Michael Walker & Harry Pearson in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry. 

Thu 01.10.2015 John Beresford (with MC John Gibson) @ Leam Lane Social Club. £10 including pie & peas. Contact: 07800 770411 (for Felling Magpies)

Fr 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcine, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
w/c 04.01.2016
w/c 25.01.2016
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) 12.45pm
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Future live TV picks should appear thus:

Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

Radio Commentary:

Talk Sport:
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Discount admission schemes for NUFC season ticket holders at both Gateshead FC and Darlington FC won't apply in 2015/16.

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

Update: Mark has some new T-shirts designs available
online here  

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

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

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
29th August

Born Or Died:

1929 Brian Powton born, Newcastle.
Goalkeeper who failed to make the grade at United, moving on to Preston North End, Hartlepools and North Shields.

1963 Tommy Wright
born, Belfast. 
(1988-93 & 1999) 

"The Barman" arrived on Tyneside from his hometown club Linfield in the same manner as his manager Willie McFaul had done some 22 years previously.

Seeing off the challenges of Dave Beasant, John Burridge and Gary Kelly to claim a regular starting place, Wright was a popular 'keeper who posted some fine displays - notably a miracle save away to Bristol Rovers and defying Bournemouth on one leg in the FA Cup.

Losing his place through injury to Pavel Srnicek in 1991 had seen him briefly loaned to Hull City, but it was the arrival of Mike Hooper from Liverpool that ended his first stint on Tyneside.

A move to First Division Nottingham Forest in September 1993 followed three League appearances for United and he was part of the City Ground's promotion side.

Loaned out to Reading in 1996, Wright saw a loan spell at Manchester City turned into a permanent deal the following year.

1999 saw Tommy win the last of his 31 international caps and go out on loan to Wrexham, before a call from Ruud Gullit saw him heading back temporarily to Gallowgate following a goalkeeping crisis.

He added three more appearances to his Toon tally (including a second debut in the mackem monsoon game) - each of them for different bosses - the second a 1-5 loss at Old Trafford under caretaker Steve Clarke and the last being the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea that began the Sir Bobby Robson era.

With his month's loan then up and with John Karelse having arrived just before Gullit left, Wright returned to Maine Road.

September 2000 saw him between the posts as Newcastle won 1-0 at City - what proved to be his final game for them.

A loan stint at Bolton then followed before he became a free agent in 2001, signing for Ballymena United back in Northern Ireland.

A move into coaching saw him training 'keepers with the national side and also Linfield, before taking charge of Limavady.

After a second spell at Ballymena, he was headhunted by Norwich City in 2008, joining Paul Stephenson and Lee Clark in Glenn Roeder's backroom team at Carrow Road.

Following Roeder's removal, Tommy became goalkeeping coach for Shamrock Rovers before returning to management with Lisburn Distillery in Northern Ireland.

Resigning in November 2011, Wright became assistant to his former Manchester City and Northern Ireland team mate, Steve Lomas, at SPL side St. Johnstone.

And when Lomas quit Perth to take over at Millwall in June 2013, Tommy was appointed  manager of the Saints.

Tommy was involved in a touchline fracas with Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara and was banned but then found himself in hospital with stomach pains.

He returned to guide them to a top-six finish before leading his team to the first major trophy in the Saints' 130 year history - a Scottish Cup win over Dundee United.

That also secured a Europa League spot and although they were knocked out at the second time of asking, Wright had done enough to earn a new three year deal. 

1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson born, Copenhagen, Denmark. (1997-98) 

Beginning his playing career with Danish side Køge, striker Jon Dahl was playing for Dutch side Heerenveen when United paid £2.5m for him ahead of the 1997/98 season. 

Impressing in pre-season and scoring four goals in friendlies - including a cracker at Birmingham City, Tomasson debuted in the home season opener against Sheffield Wednesday, alongside fellow new boys Shay Given, Stuart Pearce, Alessandro Pistone and Temuri Ketsbaia.

The Dane had two efforts chalked off and then miscued at the Gallowgate End in front of 'keeper Kevin Pressman
. Fortunately Tino Asprilla was on hand to net the winner in a 2-1 success, but that miss seemed to set the tone for Tomasson on Tyneside.

With Alan Shearer out injured after a pre -season mishap at Goodison, Tomasson would be fielded as United's main attacker at times by Kenny Dalglish - something which he just wasn't physically ready for.

Unable to score, by November he'd been credited with a goal by United in a home game against Leicester, although the ball did little more than brush off him en route to the goal following Des Hamilton's shot. 

He did truly find the net in his own right later that month at Derby in the League Cup (inflicting a first competitive defeat on the Rams at their new Pride Park Stadium) and in a victory away at Crystal Palace. 

A fourth and final goal would come his way the following January in a defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday, but the damage was done; both in his mind and in the opinion of many Toon fans - one popular jibe being that "we'd left the mascot on the pitch".

United recouped their £2.5m fee in June 1998, when Tomasson returned to the Netherlands with Feyenoord - and from then on, his career was in the ascendancy.

Winning the title in his first season, Jon Dahl scored the winning goal in the 2002 UEFA Cup final for Feyenoord and then won the Champions League and a Serie A crown after moving on to AC Milan.

The Dane then switched to Bundesliga side Stuttgart and had a stint in Spain with Villarreal before rejoining Feyenoord in 2008.

August 2008 saw him reach a century of international caps for Denmark, appearing in Copenhagen as they lost 0-3 to Spain.

However, the planned celebrations at the game were cancelled as a mark of respect following a plane crash in Madrid.

Tomasson ultimately bowed out of the international scene in June 2010, earning his 112th cap and scoring his 52nd goal for Denmark as they lost 3-1 to Japan in a World Cup Final tie played in Rustenberg.

He retired from club football at the end of the 2010/11 season, having spent a good deal of that campaign in the Feyenoord treatment room. 

Tomasson then joined the backroom staff at city neighbours Excelsior and was appointed head coach in June 2013.

Moving on to Roda JC in January 2014, a nightmarish time at the Dutch side then saw him sacked by May - less than six months into a three and a half year contract.  

Jon Dahl then reappeared in charge of second tier side Vitesse Arnhem ahead of the 2015/16 season.

The highlight of Tomasson's career remains his rejecting a move to the mackems in favour of Newcastle - famously captured on the unwittingly hilarious documentary "Premier Passions"....

1976 Stephen Carr born, Dublin, Ireland.

Bobby Robson's final signing for the club was a highly-rated right back from Spurs who came from Ireland as a youngster.

However a serious knee injury disrupted Carr's career at both club and international level and it was a case of damaged goods by the time he joined United in 2004 - two years after first being linked.

His only goal for Newcastle came in a rare success at Southampton in only his seventh outing for the Magpies - and it was a fairly even descent downhill thereafter.

Knee, stomach and hernia problems saw him sidelined at SJP, while his lack of pace when fit was an embarrassment.

Our own personal point of no return came in Lisbon, when we slipped out of the UEFA Cup on a night when Carr was anything but the composed, experienced international that his CV suggested.

There again, playing in a defence including Babayaro (see below) and Bramble would probably see a decent lawyer have any charges dismissed on the grounds of diminished responsibility....

Carr's departure from SJP at the end of the 2007/08 looked to be the end of him as a player, with rumours of new clubs and trials coming to nothing, aside from a brief spell training with Leicester City.

Announcing his retirement in December 2008, Carr reversed his decision just two months later, joining Birmingham City. 

Thirteen appearances for the Blues helped them to promotion and Carr signed a new two year deal at the Premier League side. 

Despite captaining the side to League Cup final success at Wembley (his second winner's medal in that competition after securing one for Spurs in 1999), Carr was unable to prevent relegation for the Blues.

Signing a one-year deal with Birmingham after Lee Clark became manager a thigh injury saw him sidelined in 2012/13 and knee surgery saw Carr retire that May.

Clark had hoped to persuade Carr to stay on as a coach but he and his family moved to Spain to pursue business interests.

1978 Celestine Boyd Jonto Hycieth Babayaro born, Kaduna, Nigeria. (2005-07)

Two rotten full-backs sharing the same birthday (see above)....

The annoying thing with Baba is that he was obviously talented but seemingly chose to keep it as far from the playing surface as he could and was perpetually injured.

One note of credit - he played for us the day after hearing his brother had died.

His only goal for the club came against Coventry in the FA Cup at St. James', celebrated with a LuaLua-type hand spring.

Arriving from Chelsea for £1m in January 2005 -  a deal that Souness later distanced himself from - former Olympian Babayaro survived at SJP until he was shown the door in December 2007.

A move to MLS side LA Galaxy in 2008 proved to be short-lived, coach Ruud Gullit declining to offer him a contract after he played just 45 minutes of a friendly.

And following a bout of malaria, Babayaro had a brief flirtation with Pompey ahead of the 2008/09 season before again being released - although he did manage to get a free trip back to Nigeria with 'Arry's mob touring his home country.

Babayaro officially announced his retirement in July 2010 and by February 2011 had been declared bankrupt.

1990 Patrick Van Aanholt born,
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

United dipped into the loan market early in 2010, recruiting Chelsea's Dutch U19 international to fill a vacancy at left back caused by injury to Jose Enrique. 

Van Aanholt had caught Chris Hughton's eye when playing against the Magpies a month earlier on loan at Coventry City - which had crucially given him experience of playing Championship football.

Debuting in United's 0-0 draw at Leicester City, he quickly settled in and deservedly took the applause of the Newcastle fans after his seventh and final game for the club, away at Watford.

Signed from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Patrick had got as far as the Chelsea first team bench before his Magpies posting and following his return to Stamford Bridge from SJP, made two substitute appearances in the Premier League.

He then linked up with Leicester City for a further loan period in January 2011, having scored against Newcastle for Chelsea in our Carling Cup success at Stamford Bridge earlier in the same season.

Loaned to Wigan Athletic on a season-long deal in August 2011, Patrick returned to Chelsea after just four appearances and was then farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012. 

Further loan deals kept him at Vitesse for the following two seasons before a brief return to Stamford Bridge and a £1.5m move to the mackems in July 2014.

1996 Death of Jimmy Gordon, 80.


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1923 Blackburn Rovers (h) 
Division One 
Seymour, Harris 

1925 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Cowan 2 
J.Smith, D.Jack
Debuts at right back for Bert Chandler and centre half for Ossie Park.

1927 South Shields (a) 
McDonald, Lang, McKay
Scorers tbc 
At Wallsend.

1928 Burnley (h) 
Division One 
Chalmers 2 
Beel 3, Bruton 2, Page 2
A traumatic debut for centre half Ed Wood, as Burnley centre forward George Beel escaped from him three times to score.

1931 Liverpool (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Gallacher's striking replacement Jack Allen, who missed a penalty.

1936 Barnsley (h) 
Division Two 
Debuts for Bobby Ancell, Jesse Carver and Ehud Rogers, better known as 'Tim'.

1942 Bradford Park Avenue
T.Walker, Carr, Shackleton, R.G.Walker

1951 Bolton Wanderers (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Debut for Ronnie Simpson, in goal.
1953 Manchester United (a) 1-1
Division One 

1956 Cardiff City (h) 1-0
Division One 
1959 Manchester United (a) 2-3 (1-3)
Division One 
Allchurch, White
Viollet 2, Charlton 


1960 Barcelona (Spain) (h) 3-4 (3-0)
Tuohy, Allchurch, Woods
Tejada(48) Kocsis(57,63,85) 
A game of two distinct parts as United raced to a 3-0 lead only for Barcelona to up the pace and score four, three from the Hungarian Kocsis.

Team: Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Neale, Stokoe, Wright, Hughes, Hale, White, Allchurch, Tuohy. 

1961 Walsall (a)
Division Two 
Having beaten the Saddlers at SJP just days before, the tables were turned on our first Post-War trip to Fellows Park. 

1962 Middlesbrough (h)
Division Two 
Thomas 3, Hilley, Hale 2
Making his debut for the Teessiders was goalkeeper Arthur Lightening - the scoreline would suggest that his reactions didn't live up to his name....

1964 Southampton (h)
Division Two 
Thomas, Hilley 
Having started the season with a home draw against Charlton, United recorded the first win of what would be a successful promotion season.

1970 Blackpool (h) 
Division One 
Craven 2 
Stewart Barrowclough made his debut on the day Gordon Hindson scored his only first team goal for the Magpies.

1973 Southampton (h)
Division One 
Mick Channon beat Iam McFaul from the spot after Bobby Moncur was penalised for a handball.

The game came a midweek night at SJP when United were without twin strikers Malcolm Macdonald and John Tudor.

1978 Watford (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round 
New boy Jim Pearson found the net for the second successive match, but the Magpies once again exited from the League Cup at the first time of asking.

1979 mackems (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg
Davies(76), Cartwright(83) 
Rostron(19), Robson(73pen) 
The man pictured with the kipper tie is Alan Brown (see 1983 below) and when he tumbled under a challenge from Steve Hardwick in the United box, things began to look very bleak.

Toon old boy Pop Robson dispatched the spot kick to put the mackems two ahead, but the remainder of the game belonged to United, who produced a stirring comeback.

A first goal for the club from Ian Davies was then followed by a fine header from the diminutive Peter Cartwight, who was then only denied a late winner by Barry Siddall.

1980 It's goodbye to Bill McGarry as he is dismissed, victim of a dismal run that saw United bottom of Division Two and out of the League Cup to lower league opposition.

1981 Watford (h) 
Division Two 
Imre Varadi debuted but was unable to inspire Newcastle, despite Luther Blissett's 74th minute dismissal for kicking Kenny Wharton.

Graham Taylor's Hornets held on to collect the three points for a win - a new innovation.  

1983 Shrewsbury Town (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Shrews scorer was Alan Brown, briefly a Newcastle player when on loan from the mackems.

1987 Nottingham Forest (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Future Magpies Stuart Pearce and Franz Carr were in the Forest side, while the deal to sign Mirandinha wasn't done in time for the Brazilian to make his debut in this game.  

1988 Wimbledon (h)
(0-0) aet
Mercantile Credit Trophy
Michael O'Neill's goal won this Quarter Final tie and set up a semi-final at Manchester United in this one-off event dreamed up to celebrate the Football League's Centenary.

1992 West Ham United (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division One 
Peacock(44), Kelly(45) 
Julian Dicks was dismissed after attempting to launch Franz Carr into the benches in front of the East Stand. 

An interested spectator was striker Kennet Andersson who had attracted the interest of Keegan. However, the move broke down when his club Mechelen refused to allow him to play for United on a trial basis.

1993 Blackburn Rovers (h) 
Premier League 
Cole opened the scoring in this Sunday afternoon Sky game but Alan Shearer equalised for Rovers on his return from injury.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 In the absence of a reserve team, United played a behind closed doors friendly in Edinburgh against Hearts. Lee Clark and Peter Beardsley scored in a 2-2 draw.

2000 The Reserves drew 2-2 with Manchester City at Hyde United's Ewen Fields.

Paul Dickov put City ahead after 15 seconds but David McMahon scored either side of the break to put United ahead. Taylor then scored for City late on to tie the scores. match report

2005 Transfer target Michael Owen travelled to the North East for a meeting with United officials in rural Northumberland. holding face-to-face talks with Freddy Shepherd, Graeme Souness and Alan Shearer.

However, he had already met Liverpool officials, including manager Rafa Benitez. Crucially though, there was no word from Madrid of an accepted bid from Anfield.

2006 Newcastle's second string began the new league season by extending their unbeaten run at Kingston Park to 15 matches - but should have claimed all three points.

James Vaughan gave Everton the lead to mark his comeback after a year out with a serious knee injury that required a Steadman repair.

Goals from Chris Shanks and Kris Gate then put United ahead before a melee in the home box saw Connor win a penalty, going down under challenge from David Edgar.

Amid strong protests,
Mark Hughes sent Tim Krul the wrong way to level the scores up and give ex-Toon Academy boss Alan Irvine a point on his return to his former employers. match report

2007 Barnsley (h)
Carling Cup Second Round
Owen(57), Martins(86)
Defender Jose Enrique  debuted as Michael Owen scored his first club goal since December 2005. Obafemi Martins then sealed the win just three minutes after appearing off the bench. match report

Hopes that Newcastle would secure the services of a third international in a week receded when Spurs striker Robbie Keane ducked out of a loan move to SJP.