NUFC confirm new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.
ST renewal deadline now
Stateside trip confirmed
- but no MLS opponents
Bridge, Portland - looks familiar
saw Newcastle confirm their first pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2015/16
campaign, with a trio of matches in the USA over an eight day period in July.
Further domestic friendly matches are still tbc.
The Magpies will head stateside for games against Club Atlas from
Mexico's Liga MX and United Soccer League outfits Sacramento Republic and
Portland Timbers 2.
In contrast to the previous two USA tours undertaken during the Premier
League era, none of the sides involved play in the MLS - and what on paper are
the highest quality opponents from Mexico's top flight are first up.
Both the US-based sides play in the United Soccer League, which is the third
tier of the North American professional game, underneath the MLS and the NASL.
Tue 14.07.15 Club Atlas (Mexico)
Miller Park, Milwaukee (KO 8pm local time)
Public ticket sale from 04.06.2015 ($25 and
(US-based NUFC fans will buy tickets in section 235)
Sat 18.07.15 Sacramento Republic FC (USA)
Bonney Field Stadium, Sacramento (KO 8pm local time)
Public ticket sale from 09.06.2015 ($tbc and upwards)
Tue 21.07.15 Portland Timbers 2 (USA)
Providence Park, Portland (KO 7.30pm local time)
Public ticket sale from 08.06.2015 ($18 and upwards)
To clarify, we aren't playing MLS side Portland Timbers as has been
claimed, but rather their B team. Portland have indicated that they will
include some players from their senior squad, with our visit coming between
MLS fixtures on July 18th and 25th.
It's the first visit to USA for United since a three game tour in seven days
during July 2011 saw Alan Pardew's side face MLS sides Kansas City and
Columbus Crew in addition to a game against USL club Orlando City.
That ill-fated tour saw Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye and Nile Ranger all refused
visas, while Hatem Ben Arfa was injured in the opener and Paul Dummett jetted
in from the reserve tour of Holland as a stop-gap for the last game.
The total mileage of 9,730 miles required the squad to catch ten
separate flights and attracted criticism that was summed up as follows in the
Chronicle last March:
United have learned lessons from their tour in 2011, which saw them ferried
between multiple cities and resulted in frustration from some players at the
amount of travelling. Instead a tour this time would probably be in one part
of the country.
Despite the moans though, United went on to record a fifth-place finish in
the Premier League that season.
Total mileage of this 2015 tour?, 10,780 miles.....
Having failed to get him over the line in January 2015 and again last month,
it looks as if Newcastle have got their man at the third time of asking and
will confirm Steve McClaren as their new manager over the coming days.
That decision looks to be a victory for Chief Scout Graham Carr, who gave his
backing to McClaren despite support within the club for other candidates
including Patrick Vieira and Michael Laudrup.
A native of York, 54 year-old McClaren made over 300 senior appearances in
midfield between 1979 and 1992 for Hull City, Derby County, Lincoln City,
Bristol City and Oxford United.
Beginning his coaching career at the Manor Ground, he returned to Derby County
in 1995 as assistant to Rams boss Jim Smith, moving on to Old Trafford in
Serving under Alex Ferguson for two years, his first managerial role came at
the Riverside in 2001. Five seasons at the smoggies saw a League Cup Final
win, UEFA Cup Final loss and a seventh place finish in the 2004/05 Premier
League - his only top ten placing.
Succeeding Sven Adult Books as England manager in 2006, McClaren lasted just
16 months with the national side, exiting after a failure to qualify for Euro
2008 saw him announced as the new coach of Dutch Eredivise club FC Twente and
he secured runner's up and first place finishes in two seasons there, achieved
with a team including future Magpie Cheick Tiote.
Opting to try his luck in Germany, McClaren lasted less than one season at
Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg and was sacked during February 2011.
Returning to England with Championship side Nottingham Forest for the 2011/12
season, a disastrous start at the City Ground saw him ousted by October,
agreeing to a second spell in charge of FC Twente early in 2012.
Failing to recapture the form of his previous spell though, the partnership
was dissolved in February 2013 and a brief period of punditry was followed by
a short-term role on Harry Redknapp's QPR coaching staff.
Replacing Nigel Clough as Derby County manager early in the 2013/14 season,
McClaren steered the Rams to third place in his first season before losing to
QPR at Wembley in the Championship playoff decider.
Topping the Championship table various times between October and December
2014, Derby were again in pole position during late February but finished the
season in eighth - collecting just 12 points from a possible 39.
Amid claims that a failure to fully dismiss speculation over replacing Alan
Pardew at Newcastle had undermined his side, McClaren was sacked by the Rams
in late May - just ten months after signing a new three year
Prince in Toon
- group offer
Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert
is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event this month - and there's a
special bonus offer now available to NUFC.com readers.
The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday
June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.
Tickets cost £20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for £200
will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin
More details and bookings can be made online
(booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956
in office hours will avoid booking fees.
Having previously represented Turkey at
international level, Newcastle reserve midfielder Dan Barlaser has
received a callup to the England U18 squad.
The Tyneside-born 18 year-old qualifies for Turkey through his parents but
is a late addition to England's selection for two friendlies against Russia
Barlaser joins Magpie colleagues Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman an 18
man selection for games in Khimki near Moscow on June 8th and 10th.
A 0-3 defeat at Fir Park on Sunday meant that
Rangers slumped to an aggregate 1-6 defeat in their promotion playoff
1-3 down after the first leg at Ibrox, the odds were stacked against a
Rangers resurgence that would have earned United an additional £500K
payment for the contributions of their loan contingent.
Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson were in Stuart McCall's starting
lineup, Vuckic playing the entire 90 minutes and picking up a booking for a
Fergie lasted 55 minutes of what was his first Rangers start and second
appearance in total, while the other three players - messrs Mbabu, Streete
and Bigirimana - weren't involved at all.
Tangerines turn to another Tynesider
League One side Blackpool have replaced former boss Lee Clark with
another SJP old boy, Neil McDonald agreeing a one year rolling deal at
McDonald's contract as assistant to West Ham manager Sam Allardyce expired
after their visit to SJP last month and he'd been looking for a return to
management after previous spells in charge of Carlisle United and Swedish club
TC at the Vic
Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Tony Caig has
joined the backroom staff at Hartlepool United, leaving a similar role at
League Two rivals Carlisle United.
The 41 year-old was on the books at SJP between 2003 and 2006 without making a
first team appearance.
Six out, one tbc
News from St. James' Park on Friday evening that
six players will be departing when their current contracts expire at the end
of next month.
Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell and Remie
Streete will all then become free agents, while Facundo Ferreyra
returns to his parent club Shakhtar Donetsk after the expiration of the
The future of Sammy Ameobi remains unclear though, with United
confirming that a contract offer has been made but no word yet on whether
he'll sign or opt to move on under freedom of contract - with an unspecified
amount in compensation becoming due to United.
Jonas: 205 games (180 starts) 12 goals
Taylor: 106 games (76 starts( 10 goals
Alnwick: 8 games (7 starts)
Campbell: 5 games (0 starts)
(Streete never played)
(Ferreyra never played)
Ferreyra may well be the biggest waste of space in iving memory, but isn't unique
in getting as far as the subs bench in the PL but leaving Gallowgate without
ever kicking a ball competitively at senior level.
Along with 15 Academy products, the following eight non-combatants were signed
but never blooded:
Lionel Perez, Tony Caig, Jason Drysdale, David Terrier, Brian Reid, Ralf
Keidel, Brian Pinas, Facundo Ferreyra.
PS: Weekend newspaper reports claim that three more players will be
shown the door this summer: Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Gael
The trio are all still under contract at SJP, with Vuckic and Ferguson's deal
expiring in 2016 and Bigi in 2017.
Also entering the final 12 months of their current contracts this summer are Fabricio
Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan,
Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid.
confirmation of his release, Jonas Gutierrez took to social media and
posted the following message:
Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trust
in me. This is a way to demonstrate I always hear you. You are very important
to me, football wouldn't be the same without you. All my effort and affection
is for you!
He also posted a photo montage on
Facebook before signing off with the following barbed twitter
Two things I learn from my illness how you can support a player (newcastle
fans) and how you leAve a player alone (newcastle owner)
No prizes for guessing where that goal celebration on Sunday was directed
hopes of winning the Citibank Soccer
Sevens tournament in Hong Kong were ended by West Ham at the semi-final
stage on Sunday.
Played at Happy Valley in Hong Kong, the young Magpies began on Saturday with a 3-0
win over Singapore Cricket Club - Callum Roberts (2)
and Alex Gilliead on target.
Following a 0-0 draw with local side BC Rangers, United then saw off
Leicester City with a single goal success, Roberts again netting.
That confirmed qualification for the last eight of the tournament, where
Newcastle face Aston Villa, a 2-0 victory coming through Roberts and Adam
However a 1-3 defeat by the Hammers then saw United exit the competition,
not helped by the dismissal of goalkeeper Adam Bartlett. Midfielder Dan
Barlaser went between the posts, with Jamie Sterry our scorer.
West Ham were then beaten 3-2 after extra time in the final by Atletico
2015 squad: Bartlett*,
Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Gilliead, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Smith, Hunter.
(*the injury suffered by Paul Woolston playing for England forced his
withdrawal and replacement by ex- youth team 'keeper
Adam Bartlett, now on the Academy staff).
The Veteran's competition meanwhile
started on Friday and again included a team from Wallsend Boys Club.
Former Magpies Peter Beardsley, Michael
Bridges, Robbie Elliott and John Watson are in their squad and
Elliott was on target in a 1-0 win over HKFC Veterans.
Their second outing also resulted in a 1-0 win, this time over KCC Veterans,
guest player Llloyd Owusu netting.
Saturday then saw them draw 1-1 with USRC and beat Kitchee Veterans 2-0,
John Gbenda-Charles finding the net three times.
A 1-0 victory over SCC Tigers
in Sunday's semi-final then set up a final against United Services, but
Wallsend were beaten 1-2, Michael Bridges scoring.
Another old boy Marlon Harewood appeared for the Citibank All Stars
side in the competition.
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Close season national service for current Magpies:
Thu 28.05.2015 Morocco (n) drew 3-3
Rolando was an unused substitute as England kicked off their Toulon
Tournament campaign with a draw.
Sat 30.05.2015 Ivory Coast (n) won 2-1
Aarons came off the bench and played for the final 17 minutes.
Fri 05.06.2015 China (n)
Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015 USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)
Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015 Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015 Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)
Armstrong/Dan Barlaser (England U18):
Mon 08.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki
Wed 10.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki
Paul Dummett (Wales):
Fri 12.06.2015 Belgium (h) ECQ (Cardiff)
Gallowgate End celebrations,
Saturday. That's weird.
Saturday and Sunday saw St. James' Park play host to the Rugby League Magic Weekend,
with six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides staged.
A record crowd of 40,871 for one day were present at SJP on Saturday
and with 26,917 turning out on Sunday the combined total of 67,788
surpassed the previous biggest turnout of 64,552 at the Etihad in 2014.
Widnes Vikings wore their one-off toon-inspired shirts for Saturday's
game (pictured below) and a £20,000 cheque was handed over by them
to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in respect of replica shirt sales.
Salford Red Devils 16 Widnes Vikings 38
Hull FC 46 Hull KR 20
Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 27
Catalans Dragons 22 Huddersfield Giants 22
St Helens 20 Warrington Wolves 16
Castleford 56 Wakefield Wildcats 16
VA Day (Victory
Newcastle 2 West Ham 0
Match report is online here
Ex-Magpies released by their current club include:
Darren Ambrose (Ipswich Town)
Joey Barton (QPR)
Sylvain Distin (Everton)
Damien Duff (Melbourne City)
Danny Guthrie (Reading - Fulham loan)
Steve Harper (Hull City)
Paddy McLaughlin (Grimsby Town)
Alan Neilson (Cambridge United coach)
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace)
Ben Tozer (Northampton Town)