Wednesday November 25th, 2015

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Ticket news:

Crystal Palace (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (h) Public sale now
Spurs (a) Member sale now
Villa (h) Member sale now
West Brom (a) ST holder sale now (0pts)
Arsenal (a) ST holder sale now (50pts)

Book giveaway 

Press any key...which one's the any key?


A significant proportion of the population seem set to receive a copy of "Touching Distance" by Martin Hardy on December 25th, but for anyone who hasn't yet succumbed, we have a special copy to give away.

Signed by six of United's 1995/96 Entertainers squad, to stand a chance of winning it, email with your answer to this question (subject: TD):

Martin's book details Newcastle's 1995/96 season, when they came agonisingly close to winning the league. Who shared NUFC goalkeeping duties with Pavel Srnicek? 

The closing date is Saturday December 5th @ Noon - entries welcome from anywhere on the planet.

Martin and Michael Walker (author of "Up There" about football in the region) will sign books at Tynemouth Market this Sunday between 9.30am and 3.30pm. 

Buy both together for a special market price of 30 (or individually for 18.99 and 16.99 respectively). 

That 30 offer is available to readers with free delivery where possible. For more details, please email with your postcode.

PS: Author signed copies of "Touching Distance" are available online here for the cover price of 18.99 including delivery to most UK addresses.

Youth Cup date set

Newcastle United U18s will begin their FA Youth Cup participation this season with a visit to non-league Ilkeston FC in the Third Round of the competition.

The tie will take place on Wednesday 16th December with a 7.45pm start and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

The Robins negotiated five rounds to get to this stage, seeing off three other non-league sides before beating Burton Albion on penalties and then recording a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

Although they faced Darlington at home in 2011, this will be United's first away visit to non-league opponents since a 6-2 success at Dulwich Hamlet back in 2010.  

The town of Ilkeston lies just off the M1 (near Trowell Services) in Derbyshire, around 10 miles from Derby. The postcode of their New Manor Ground is DE7 8JF.

Premier League
Happy days 

The official Premier League website run a weekly "top ten" goals slot and it's the turn of Newcastle United today with a fine selection - but one that doesn't find room for Andy Cole, Peter Beardsley or Les Ferdinand.

Watch online here

Premier League:
Same sh*t,
different (Satur)day

Newcastle  0  Leicester City 

Match report


Loan lads:
Another for Alex 

Latest action:

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey(Carlisle United)
Arriving as a 63rd minute substitute at Luton on Tuesday night, it took Alex just three minutes to register his third goal for the Cumbrians in what became a 4-3 victory.

Birthday boy Macaulay was absent from the matchday squad for a fourth game.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
After Fergie's goalscoring heroics on Saturday, reality struck for the Lions on Tuesday, as they were beaten 1-2 at Fleetwood Town in League One. The 17th game of his loan period in all competitions lasted 63 minutes.

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):
Striker Ivan got 76 minutes of pitch time for the Tykes in a 2-3 loss at Peterborough United on Tuesday, but was unable to break his duck on his fourth appearance. 

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):

There was no sign of Haris in a 0-1 home loss to Burton Albion in League One on Tuesday night.

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City):
League One leaders Coventry were held to a goalless draw at Bradford on Tuesday night, with Arma & Bigi both completing 90 minutes. The former came close to breaking the deadlock but shot against a post.

Jamie Cobain (Sheffield United U21s):
Defender Jamie completed 90 minutes for the Blades second string as they drew 0-0 at Barnsley on Monday. 

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):

Groningen (h) Europa League, Thursday

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Burnley (h) Championship, Saturday

Mike Williamson (Wolves):
MK Dons (h) Championship, Saturday

Liam Gibson (Gateshead):
Chester (h) National League, Saturday

Stiffs stalemate

Newcastle U21s  0  WBA U21s  0

Match report is online here

The reserves now face two away games, beginning with a trip to the Moss Rose home of Macclesfield Town on Saturday to face Stoke City in a 2pm kickoff.

Monday week (December 7th @ 7pm) then sees Peter Beardsley's side play Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village. If any Toon fans are planning on going, there's an offer online here to gain free admission.

PS: A date for United's U21 Premier League Cup tie against Everton has been announced and this will be played at Southport FC on Monday December 21st. 

Kickoff is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time or a penalty shootout if needed.

Proud sponsors of

Festive season 

Desperately trying to avoid using the words "messiah" and "Christmas" in the same sentence, replica NUFC 1983/84 season home shirts autographed by Kevin Keegan are now available to for home delivery


Each shirt comes complete with a COA (certificate of authentication) and a photo of KK doing the deed and cost 189.99 (framed) or 89.99 (unframed).

Prices include UK delivery, with a five day turnaround for framed items and two days for unframed. Overseas orders are possible by prior arrangement.

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (a) 

Saturday sees United on the road down to Selhurst Park for a 3pm non-televised meeting with the side managed by former Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

All 2,800 away section tickets have been sold and the whole stadium is now a sell out.

NUFC: Tim Krul, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor and Gabriel Obertan all remain out, with Cheick Tiote set to join them on the sidelines with a groin problem that forced him off against Leicester City.

Massadio Haidara is closing in on a return, while Sylvain Marveaux is back in training but didn't feature for the U21s on Monday. The availability of Emmanuel Riviere remain unknown. 

Punts: To follow

Both Bacary Sako and Dwight Gayle are doubts, while Marouane Chamakh could return to the bench.

Ahead of our visit to South London, the Eagles lost 0-1 at home to the mackems on Monday night.

That was a fourth defeat on home ground in seven games this season, with Sam Allardyce's side emulating Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham. Wins were recorded over Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, with a draw against Manchester United.

No less than nine of Palace's thirteen top-flight games this season have been scoreless at half time - that figure is three for Newcastle.


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Referee: Stuart Attwell - first appointment to a Toon game this season for the Warwickshire whistler and his third in the Premier League - both the previous ones finished scoreless.

Attwell's most recent game in charge of United was our 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Manchester City back in October 2014.

UK Radio: None

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle


Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2
beIN Sports 2 HD (Indonesia/Philippines)
CTH Stadium 3 HD (Thailand/Cambodia/Laos)
Fox Sports 5 Australia
GO Sports 3
mio Stadium 103 HD
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
SportsNet World NOW (Canada)
SPS (Mongolia)
Ssports China
SuperSport 6 Africa

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 28.11. 2015:
Aston Villa v Watford (3pm)
Bournemouth v Everton (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (3pm)
Manchester City v Southampton (3pm)
mackems v Stoke City (3pm)
Leicester City v Man United (5.30pm)

Sun 29.11.2015:

Spurs v Chelsea (Noon)
West Ham v West Bromwich Albion (2.05pm)
Liverpool v Swansea City (4.15pm)
Norwich City v Arsenal (4.15pm)

Set piece success

Newcastle U18s  2  Wolves U18s  1

Following a 2-1 victory away to Manchester United on Monday night, United's U18 lads repeated that same score on Saturday, when Wolves visited Little Benton.

The young Magpies achieved a third successive home win but trailed within the opening ten minutes, when Slovakian youngster Christian Herc shot home.

A foul in the Wolves box on Lewis Suddick then gave Louis Johnson the chance to level from the penalty spot just before the half hour.

And the comeback was complete on the hour, when midfielder Shane Donaghey netted with a free kick given for a foul on Johnson.

Unbeaten in their previous four outings, the visitors had lost some players to U21 duty a day earlier and included a couple of 15 year-olds in their starting lineup.

Team: Woolston, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen, Suddick, Charman, Donaghey, C.Smith (Lowther 90), Heaney, Johnson (Long 78)
Subs n/u: Bailey, Harker, Aziakonou.

Premier League:
Boxing Day: 
transport update

The club issued this press release on Friday - it's also worth mentioning that lobbying for extra transport provision began among supporters and the official fan forum when the Everton game was a 3pm kick-off:

Newcastle United have agreed to underwrite the cost of additional Metro and some local bus services on Tyneside this Boxing Day after the Barclays Premier League fixture with Everton at St. James' Park was moved to a later kick-off time.

The game was originally scheduled to start at 3pm, but after being selected for live television broadcast by BT Sport, it was switched to 5.30pm and will now end shortly before 7.30pm.

With selected bus routes and Tyne and Wear Metro services originally running until 6pm and 8pm respectively, the Club called a meeting with representatives from Newcastle City Council, Nexus and Go North East and plans are now in place to reduce disruption.

Metro services will now be in operation from Newcastle city centre for an extra hour on all routes, with final services at approximately 9pm on Saturday 26th December.

Fans travelling home by Metro after the game are advised to allow enough time to make their journey.

Go North East bus services on routes 10A, 10B, 21, 47, 54, 56, 58, 309, 310, Q3, Q3A, X1 and X30 will also operate extended hours with final services between 7.40pm and 8.20pm. Park and ride services to the MetroCentre Coach Park will also be in operation.

Nexus is also subsidising Boxing Day bus routes including the 27, the Quaylink Q1, Q3 and Q3A services, the 53 and 54, the 309 and 310.

Normal fares will still apply to passengers on all Metro and bus routes and Magpie Mover passes will be valid within existing terms and conditions.

final Go North East bus services departing Newcastle city centre on Boxing Day:

10B 20:05 Prudhoe
10A 20:20 Greenside
21 19:50 Chester-le-Street
21 19:55 Chester-le-Street
21 20:00 Durham
47 19:50 Consett
54 19:45 Gateshead
54 19:50 Gateshead
56 19:45 sunderland
58 19:47 Heworth
309 19:45 Whitley Bay
309 19:50 Blyth
310 19:50 North Shields
Q3A 19:55 Dinnington
Q3 20:10 Cramlington
X1 19:45 Easington Lane
X30 19:40 Stanley

Loan latest:
ynesiders take Liam 

The latest loan departure from Gallowgate that of left back Liam Gibson, who has agreed an initial one month switch across to National League side Gateshead.

18 year-old Gibson has made a successful return to United's U21 side this season after missing most of the previous campaign due to injury.

He made his debut on Saturday, starting against FC Halifax Town at the International Stadium and played the first 63 minutes in a surprise 1-4 defeat that cost Tynesiders boss Malcolm Crosby his job a day later. 

Gateshead have been a regular stepping stone for reserve team players, with current Magpies Callum Roberts and Paul Dummett both spending time there. 

More recently, goalkeeping pair Paul Woolston and Brendan Pearson linked up with the 'Heed as cover - although neither was called into action.


Old boys:
Canuck chase

Ex-Newcastle forward Paul Dalglish has made another stop on his post-playing tour of North American clubs, with a first detour over the border in Canada. 

After previous coaching positions at Houston Dynamo, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Austin Aztex and Real Salt Lake, the 38 year-old scot has now assumed a dual head coach/General Manager role at the Ottawa Fury.

PS: Former Magpies youth coach Alan Irvine is back in football, making a return to former club Blackburn Rovers to assist incoming boss Paul Lambert.

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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 discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 28.11.2015 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

28.11.2015 U21s v Stoke City (a) @ Moss Rose, Macclesfield, 2pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 2,800).

Sat 05.12.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 06.12.2015 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 
Live on Sky.

Mon 07.12.2015 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Adults 41, Over 65s 24, U18s 22 (upper tier). Adults 37, Over 65s 21, U18s 19 (lower tier). Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky.

Mon 14.12.2015 U21s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League. 

Wed 16.12.2015 U18s v Ilkeston FC (a) @ New Manor Ground, 7.45pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Sat 19.12.2015 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League.Member sale now, public sale Fri 27.11.2015 (online), Wed 02.12.2015 (by phone/in person) Live on Sky.

Mon 21.12.2015 U21s v Everton (a) @ Haig Avenue, Southport, 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Sat 26.12.2015 Everton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 28.12.2015 West Bromwich Albion @ The Hawthorns, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now 0 points. Member sale (if any) Thu 12.12.2015. 25 adults, 20 over-60s, 15 17-20 year-olds/NUS, 10 U17s.

Sat 02.01.2016 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirate Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (50 points, 25 points Fri 27.11.2015, 0 points Tue 01.12.2015).
36.50 adults, 16 for OAPs/U18s, 10 U16s. Allocation: tbc.

West Allotment Celtic are offering half price admission to Northern League First Division home games for NUFC ST holders - meaning that adult entry is just 3.  

Their Whitley Park home is in Benton, NE12 9FA and accompanied U16s get in free.

Upcoming home League games: 

Sat 28.11.2015
Penrith (3pm)
Wed 02.12.2015 Consett (7.30pm)
Sat 12.12.2015 Norton (3pm)

Talk-ins, etc:

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. 15 including pie & peas + drink. Tickets from Martin 07748 470530.

Sun 06.12.2015 John Beresford and writer Martin Hardy @ Waterstones Newcastle, Noon, signing copies of "Touching Distance."

Tue 08.12.2015 Steven Taylor @ Blue Flames Sporting Club, Benton.
15 including pie & peas. In aid of West Allotment FC, tickets available from venue reception.

Wed 09.12.2015 Steven Taylor and Steve Watson (with Pete Graves and writer Martin Hardy) @ Whitley Lodge Snooker Club,
Claremont Crescent, NE26 3HL. 7.30pm start, 20 including pie and peas. Tickets from venue or via 0191 251 1997.

31.03.2016 Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie, Steve Watson @ Newcastle Assembly Rooms. 35 including meal. In aid of Heaton Stannington FC - buy tickets from them.

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd Round draw (involving NUFC) will be staged on Mon 07.12.2015 (tbc)

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

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Quarter Final:

Sat 07.11;2015:
Blyth Spartans 2-0 Newcastle United U21s

Wed 25.11.2015:

Bedlington Terriers v Heaton Stannington

Tue 01.12.2015:
Whitley Bay v Morpeth Town

Date tbc:
North Shields v Ashington

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 06.12.2015
Liverpool (h) 4pm
Sun 13.12.2015 Spurs (a) 4pm
Sat 19.12.2015 Aston Villa (h) 5.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 26.12.2015
Everton (h) 5.30pm
Tue 12.01.2016 Man United (h) 7.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 24.01.2016.

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.  
25 adults (12.50 concs) per day, 40 adults (20 concs) weekend.

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 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 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

Euro 2016:

Draw is made
10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
25th November

Born Or Died:

1897 James Keen born, Walker.

Outside left signed from Bristol City who debuted in a 0-0 home draw with Birmingham in September 1922.

Keen was to play just once more at first team level, in a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Gallowgate eight months later, before moving on to join QPR. 

1920 Charles Woollett born, Murton. 

Outside left who was working as a miner and playing for Eppleton Colliery Welfare when he signed for the Magpies. 

Scoring on his debut in a 7-0 win at Middlesbrough during December 1941, Woollett went on to make 75 appearances and score 13 goals in wartime fixtures. 

Guesting for Hartlepools during 1945, Charlie joined Bradford City the following year and moved on to York City in 1949.

Later returning to play for Murton Colliery, Charlie was a local publican after calling time on his career. His death was reported in Peterlee during July 2011, aged 90.

1925 Ernest Whittle
born, Stanley. 

Inside forward signed from South Moor Juniors who played in one War League game for United (a 4-1 home win over Hartlepools during February 1945).

Joining Lincoln City in 1950, Ernie scored 62 goals in 145 appearances for the Imps, before Bill Shankly took him to Workington three years later.

He also played for Chesterfield and Bradford Park Avenue before ending his career with Scarborough. Ernie passed away in May 1998.

Death of Bob McColl, 83.

1965 David Kelly born, Birmingham.

Starting off at non-league Alvechurch, Kelly joined Walsall in 1981 and ended seven years at the Saddlers by scoring the goals that promoted them to Division Two.   

A decade-long senior international career with the Republic of Ireland began with a cap against Israel in November 1987 and he joined West Ham for 600K in 1988.

That was following by a switch to Leicester City two years later, Kelly notched a hat trick in a 5-4 Foxes win over Newcastle at Filbert Street during December 1990.

Recruited for United by Ossie Ardiles at a cost of 250K in December 1991, "Ned" debuted in a 2-2 home draw with Port Vale and netted his first Toon goal in another 2-2 draw, at Brighton a week later. 

A popular figure at SJP thanks to a never- say-die playing style, Kelly's standing remains high on Tyneside - his decision to turn down the mackems in order to join us automatically endearing himself to us:

A personal Kelly Top 5:

5. Greeted like a returning hero as he took his place among the Toon fans at Coventry City in our first Premiership away game - despite having been transferred by Newcastle just weeks before.

4. Celebrating with Toon fans on the touchline at Ayresome Park in a cup game - then pushing those fans back into the stand to keep them from the clutches of the rapidly-approaching Cleveland Constabulary.

3. Three first half goals (and a song, "David, David Kelly - scored a hat trick on the telly...") on what proved to be his final NUFC appearance - against former club Leicester City at SJP.

That in itself made the moment extra sweet for Kelly - having been forced to seek shelter in the away section at Filbert Street 12 months previously after City fans invaded the pitch and tried to set about him at the end of our game.
2. Applauded on to the field when appearing as a substitute against Newcastle at SJP in April 1997  - despite wearing the red and white shirt of you know who.....

1. There really can be only one winner:  to anyone who didn't guess this, you either weren't born, were being held hostage somewhere or are a bona-fide JCL.

Saturday April 25th 1992 and United were all aboard the Oblivion Express, heading for Division Three at full speed.

Portsmouth were the visitors to SJP in a game of colossal importance. 0-0 going into the dying minutes, Kelly took Quinn's knockdown to bury the ball into the Gallowgate goal. Cue absolute bedlam.

We won 1-0, went on to win at Leicester the next week and avoided the drop. 

Youtube footage is online here

A year later we were en route to the top flight - but completed that journey without Kelly, who had been sold to second tier side Wolves for 750K by Keegan, who believed he wasn't Premiership class. 

KK may well have been right - but at the time we needed him he'd been there - scoring goals that were crucial to the very survival of this club.

Whether Kelly left Tyneside whispering that "my work here is done" isn't recorded, but in the weird world of we'd have a statue in his memory outside SJP.   

26 goals in two seasons at Molineux then saw Ned acquired by the mackems for 1m in September 1995, doing his bit to relegate the mackems in the 1996/97 season. 

Spells at Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United then followed before he turned down the chance to become Blades reserve team coach in favour of a move to Motherwell. 

That began an association with ex-Leicester colleague Billy Davies, Kelly ending his playing days at Mansfield Town and Derry City before joining Davies on the touchline at Preston North End, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Following the departure of Davies, Kelly also left the City Ground in June 2011, keeping a low profile until becoming the new assistant boss of former club Walsall in January 2013 on a short-term basis.

After just nine days at Bescot though, Davies was installed as Forest boss once again and Ned was soon on his way to the City Ground, becoming Deputy Manager.

That lasted barely a year though and Kelly was out of football until agreeing to assist Mark Robins at League One Scunthorpe United in October 2014.


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What Else?

1893 Liverpool (h)
Division Two 
Debut for Scotsman Tom Rogers, at left back.

1899 Preston North End (h)
Division One 
Debut for Scotsman Alex Gardner, who played for United in a variety of positions in his eleven years with the club.

1905 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Orr, McWilliam 
Raybould, West 2(10pen,?pen)

1911 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Division One 
Hay, Hibbert

1922 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division One 

1933 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Lang, Williams, Weaver 
Astley, Waring
There was a goal on his debut for centre forward Ron Williams.

1939 Middlesbrough (a)
Stubbins, Clifton


1944 Bradford City (a)
Wayman, Gordon
Harvey 2, Shepherd 2, Hinsley



1950 Charlton Athletic (h) 3-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Milburn 2, Walker 
Hurst, Kiernan
With ten minutes remaining, a second successive home defeat looked inevitable as the visitors led 2-0, but some Milburn magic won it for us.

1961 Newcastle Reserves were beaten 1-2 at home by Manchester United in a Central League game.

John McGuigan found the target for the Magpies.


1961 Stoke City (a)
Division Two 
S.Matthews, Mudie, Thompson
Stanley Matthews scored the first goal of his second spell at the Victoria Ground aged 46 - having recently rejoined from Blackpool.

Fellow former Tangerine Jackie Mudie was also on target for the Potters, along with ex-Magpie Tommy Thompson.

1967 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
Bennett 2, Davies, Elliott 

Testimonial game staged at Darlington's Feethams for Dickie Deacon against a combined Middlesbrough and Newcastle XI.
1978 Oldham Athletic (h)
Division Two 
1987 Shrewsbury Town (h) 2-1
Simod Cup First Round 
Bogie(3), Mirandinha(89)

1989 Sheffield United (h)
Division Two 
Gallacher(7), Quinn(37) 
Victory over the high-flying Blades made it nine games unbeaten for Newcastle - helped by Mick Quinn's 17th goal of the season.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Leeds United (h)
Premier League 
Lee(70), Beardsley(72)
Future Smoggie Brian Deane gave Leeds a half-time lead before Lukic was beaten twice in quick succession.

The visitors included Gary Speed and he had to suffer in midfield for the final nine minutes of the game with substitute tubby Tomas Brolin alongside him.

1999 AS Roma (Italy) (a)
UEFA Cup 3rd Round 1st Leg
After victories in Sofia and Zurich, United were narrowly beaten in Rome's Stadio Olimpico after Laurent Charvet fouled Marco Delvecchio in the box. 

A 9.15pm kickoff and the inevitable post -match holdback meant that the 2,000 away fans were still in the stadium after midnight - although remaining in good spirits. match report

Youtube footage is online here

Rampant Italian Totti running towards 
the camera - not a welcome sight 
on this occasion...

2003 Andy Griffin and Mark Kinsella re-enacted a scene from the seventies as league leaders Villa Reserves extended their unbeaten league record to 15 matches at Walsall's Bescot Stadium with a 3-1 win.

Memories of Franny Lee and Norman Hunter exchanging blows came flooding back as Griff and Kinsella let fly with fists flailing. match report

2004 Sochaux (France) (a)
UEFA Cup Group Game 3
Bowyer(29), Ameobi(46),
Bellamy(75), Robert(90)
Passage into the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup followed after an amazing success in France - our first win on Gallic soil.

It was a night when it seemed like nothing could go wrong for United and Sochaux even missed a penalty which could have made it 2-1 and given us a nervy last half hour. match report

2012 Southampton (a)
Premier League
Lallana(34), Ramirez(60)
United's third straight league defeat came at a soggy St. Mary's, after home losses to West Ham and Swansea.

This time it was another of Pardew's former clubs, Southampton, who piled on the agony and as well as conceding two shambolic goals, Tim Krul and & Co. had the goal frame to thank for keeping the score down. match report