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Cathro: confirmation 

and comments



Ahead of his unveiling as Steve McClaren's assistant this week, Ian Cathro has outlined his reasons for taking on the post during an interview with BBC Sport:

"It's a forward step to a different type of football. Not stronger or weaker, different.

"I wanted a fresh challenge and didn't want to just sit it out over there and wait for the right manager's job to come up.

"To come into British football as a manager with no experience of working with English-speaking players is perhaps not advisable anyway so this makes perfect sense.

"Steve (McClaren) coming in has brought a freshness and enthusiasm to get the club back to where it should be and serve the love that exists for it. I'm convinced that it's a club willing to grow and would be comfortable higher in the league. It's now ready to do that.

Asked about leaving a club competing in the Champions League for one struggling to avoid relegation:

"I'm completely comfortable with it. I'm going to watch Valencia in the Champions League and in La Liga and enjoy them playing in wonderful games in great stadiums.

"But I've no fear of missing out because the intention is to go to that level again. If that was with Newcastle, that would be perfect, but if not I'll certainly be back working abroad in the next five to 10 years."

The 28 year-old Scot who has previously held posts at Dundee United, the SFA, Portuguese side Rio Ave left Spanish club Valencia in May as he considered a solo managerial role (speaking to Rangers about their vacancy) and be nearer to his family on Tayside.


Cathro will be formally confirmed when pre-season training begins on Wednesday. His arrival ends a quest that saw Steve Round, Bolo Zenden and Phil Neville all reportedly reject approaches to join the Magpies - Neville now expected to replace Cathro at Valencia.

The name of Paul Simpson continues to circulate as another possible arrival on the Gallowgate staff, with McClaren's former number two now shown at the door by Derby, along with goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and U21 coaching duo Steve Taylor and Lee Glover.


Also surplus to requirements at the Rams is strength and conditioning coach Alessandro Schoenmaker, who also worked for McClaren in both of his spells at FC Twente, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.


Having allowed fitness coach Dave Billows to leave SJP just 12 months after replacing Faye Downey, that's an area that the Magpies need to recruit in, amid more speculation that ex-Magpie fitness/motivational coach Steve Black will be offered an as-yet unspecified role by McClaren.


Come in number 3


The Shields Gazette report that Newcastle's Welsh international defender Paul Dummett is set to land an improved contract replacing his current deal that runs through to 2017. 


The 23 year-old Tynesider is also predicted to trade in his 36 squad number for a more prestigious berth, with the number 3 shirt vacated by Davide Santon on the cards.


Since making his senior bow against Brighton in  January 2013, Dummy has made 51 appearances (41 starts) in all competitions for United, scoring twice.


Strip for Summer


Not content with underwriting our lavish lifestyles, sponsor H2O bathrooms have now donated five £40 gift vouchers to give away to you lucky lot.


Rather than offering reductions on their unrivalled range of bathroom equipment though, the Team Valley-based company have teamed up with near neighbours TOFFS aka The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company.


Their retro clobber range here is an ideal antidote to contemporary designs and perfect for malcontents like us clinging to the belief we play in black and white stripes.


To be in with a chance of winning a shirt voucher, just email us here with the answer to this question, which was inspired by H2O's German suppliers, Grohe.

Which defender whose surname includes the letters that make up grohe was signed from FC Sion by Newcastle United in 1994?

Closing date
Fri July 10th @ 5.30pm, subject: H2O. No purchase necessary, one entry per person please. Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. Entries welcome from anywhere on the planet but anyone outside the UK winning would need to pay the postage to have their shirt delivered to a non-UK address.


H2O serve both public and contract customers and their showroom at 10 Stirling Court, Eleventh Avenue North, Team Valley NE11 0JF is open Mon-Sat. website here


Old boys:
Shanghai surprise


The apparently limitless ambition of former Magpie striker Demba Ba to experience new cultures - and currencies - has seen him reportedly reject offers of a Premier League return in favour of a move to China.


Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua claim to have signed the 30 year-old from Turkish side Besiktas for £9m in what would be Ba's second move since quitting Newcastle for Chelsea back in January 2013.


During his professional career, the French-born Senegal international has appeared for clubs in France, Belgium, Germany, England, Turkey and now seemingly China. 


Other recent moves include: 


Mark Bertram (Whitley Bay)

Sylvain Distin (Bournemouth - tbc)

JJ Hooper (Inverness Caledonian Thistle - trial)

James Marwood (Gateshead)

James Milner (Liverpool)

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
Ben Tozer (Yeovil Town) 



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Here we go again

2015-16 fixture list

The Premier League have announced the dates when live TV selections will be revealed by Sky Sports and BT Sport (see below) with the opening choices already overdue.

Broadcast selection announcement dates:

August/September: on or before June 24th (?)
October/November: July 6th
December: September 17th
January: October 19th
February: November 17th
March: January 5th
April: February 3rd
May: March 23rd

Newcastle's 2015/16 Premier League season will begin at home to Southampton and mirrors last season by also ending at Gallowgate, with Spurs rounding things off.

That opener gives incoming boss Steve McClaren an opportunity to emulate his predecessor Alan Pardew in getting off to a winning start at home, with his side overcoming Liverpool at SJP back in December 2010.

Europa League qualification for the Saints though will result in our opening fixture being rescheduled, Ronald Koeman's side playing the second leg of a Third Round Qualifying tie on Thursday August 6th. 

Similarly, our visit to White Hart Lane on December 12th will be altered as Spurs have a Europa League Group Stage tie on the previous Thursday.

Manchester United's Champions League campaign will begin at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage and our visit there in August comes between that two-legged tie. 

The derby games see us on the road in late October before hosting the unwashed in mid March, while the Premier League have shown mercy on away trekkers by scheduling our longer trips on weekends - although the TV companies may have different ideas....

Our top-flight debut at Bournemouth comes on the first weekend of November, although
the longest road trek we face remains that to Swansea, with the 706 miles to the Liberty and back 12 miles longer than to the Cherries.

Our final scheduled league visit to West Ham's Boleyn Ground before they relocate to the Olympic Stadium comes during September, while United's Boxing Day fixture is at home for only the third time in 14 seasons.

And the final trip of the season sees Newcastle heading for Aston Villa - hopefully in happier circumstances than that fateful visit to Villa Park in May 2009.... 


Milk Cup draw made


Newcastle's Academy youngsters will compete in the annual Northern Ireland Milk Cup tournament for the fourth successive year and have now learnt their three group stage opponents.


Contesting the U17 Premier Section, United will face Higashi Fukuoka (Japan), Tyrone (Northern Ireland) and Right to Dream (Ghana) with venues and dates tbc.

The tournament opening ceremony is in Coleraine on Sunday July 26th and games begin the following day, running through to the finals on Friday 31st.


One man went to row 



Just before all that round ball nonsense begins again, local playwright Ed Waugh's tale of Victorian sporting excellence is to be performed across the region. 

As Ed explains: "This is a brilliant story of a true working class hero.

"Harry Clasper was raised in Jarrow and later, as a Durham miner in Hetton le Hole, was involved in the Great Strike of 1831, before becoming a professional rower.

"Set against the background of the industrial revolution and the development of great cities like Newcastle, Harry's is a story of the underdog fighting against all the odds to become a world champion.

"The region can proudly boast sporting greats and world champions like Brendan Foster, Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn, Steve Cram and Glenn McCrory but Harry Clasper was arguably the greatest of them all.

"Sadly being a working class athlete in the Victorian era, his story was never documented. This is a small contribution to once again celebrating the achievement of a Geordie sporting hero."

Tickets for each performance are just £10 and you can see it at South Shields Marine Trust Boathouse (June 29th, 30th, July 1st), North Shields Low Light (July 4th, 5th), Newcastle Discovery Museum (July 7th, 8th, 9th) and Jarrow Bede's World (July 10th, 11th).  

(Performances at Durham Gala Theatre are sold out)

Magpies in the pink


This is United's 2015/16 third shirt, first sighted on kit provider Puma's USA website and billed as a "Newcastle Cup replica jersey". 

The full colour ensemble is officially "peacoat, bright plasma* and white" which is identical to the Puma evoPOWER 1.2 football boot unveiled in January. 


*pink to you and me.



Having played eight games in preparation for each of the last three seasons, Newcastle have confirmed that their warm-up this time round consists of seven fixtures - two on Tyneside, two in Yorkshire and three in the USA.

Fri 10.07.2015 Gateshead (a) 8pm
The International Stadium is a regular haunt for our U21s, but this visit will be the first time that Newcastle's senior side have faced the Tynesiders since a 4-0 win in 1995.

A strong XI featuring Alan Shearer travelled to Gateshead back in August 2002 under the guidance of reserve team coach Tommy Craig, recording an 8-0 victory. 

Steve McClaren's first game in charge will be against ex-Boro colleague Malcolm Crosby, who is the new Gateshead boss. McClaren appointed Crosby as his reserve team boss at the Riverside Stadium in 2004.

Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.

Tue 14.07.2015 Club Atlas (Mexico) (n) 8pm

This game will be staged at Miller Park in Milwaukee, home to Major League Baseball side Milwaukee Brewers. 

This has a grass pitch, although that part of it will be temporary turf due to the shape of a baseball field.

The same venue hosted a game between Swansea City and Mexican side Chivas in 2014. That ended in a 1-1 draw watched by a crowd of 31,237 - around 10,000 below capacity for MLB matches.

Toon Army America suggest NUFC fans buy in section 234 (235 now sold out) which are not currently available to book online. To buy in this area, contact Kelvin at the Brewers on 414.902.4658. $25 plus booking fees. 

Miller Park seating plan


Buy tickets online here (not section 234)

Sat 18.07.2015 Sacramento Republic (a) 8pm

The Magpies move on to Bonney Field Stadium in the Californian city of Sacramento. Opened in 2014, the purpose-built soccer ground has an 11,000 capacity and a grass pitch.

Earlier in the week, the same venue will host two games involving the mackems - Sacramentro facing the red and whites
on Tuesday July 14th and Dick dastard and his boys taking on Mexican side Pachuca on Friday 17th.

The NUFC fan section is located behind one goal in section D and tickets are $27 (no booking fee) when using the promo code NUFC.

Online sales are via ticketmaster who cannot process sales from outside North America (the province/state section in user address details needs to be completed and there's no valid entry available for European addresses).

Sacramento are now aware of the issue and ask that UK-based fans contact Supporter Relations Manager Justin DuBois, who will book seats on their behalf.

Justin: 916.307.6112 or

Bonney Field seating plan

Buy tickets online here (promo code: NUFC)

Tickets are sold and emailed as PDFs to be printed at home - online registration required to purchase.

Tue 21.07.2015 Portland Timbers 2 (a) 7.30pm


United's tour concludes in the Oregon city of Portland at Providence Park. This 20,000 seat venue was rebuilt in time for the Timbers to make their MLS debut in 2011 and has an artificial pitch, laid with the field turf product.

Portland Timbers do compete in the MLS, but despite claims to the contrary, Newcastle will face their B team.

Our visit comes between MLS games on July 18th and 25th and Portland have indicated that they will draft some senior players in to what is otherwise an U23 side.

We've received the following clarification of ticketing arrangements and pricing policy from Timbers:

This match is priced like a standard MLS match and is a part of the Timbers season ticket package so 15,000+ seats are will be occupied by season ticket holders.

The remaining 5,000 seats are on sale across the stadium from $18 (plus booking fees) but there are very few at that entry level price. 

Sections 122 and 223 are for NUFC fans and the usual booking fees will be waived for seats bought here. That makes tickets a flat rate of $37 (223) & $46 (122). 

Order tickets online here (promo code: MAGPIES)

Tickets are sold and emailed as PDFs to be printed at home - online registration required to purchase.

Providence Park seating plan

Providence Park virtual seat viewer

Contact Pat Rice at 503.553.5442 or

Sun 26.07.2015 Sheffield United (a) 1pm
A second Steel City outing in as many seasons, but after visiting Wednesday in July 2014, Newcastle will take on rivals United this time for Chris Morgan's Testimonial.

Our last visit to Bramall Lane came in the Championship "gap year", when a 1-0 win was recorded in November 2009 thanks to an own goal from.....Chris Morgan.

Now 37, Morgan is on the Blades backroom staff after playing his last senior game in 2010, coinciding with the arrival of John Carver as a coach - a connection that reportedly resulted in our agreeing to play this game.

Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.

Wed 29.07.2015
York City (a) 7.45pm
Although United we've visited Bootham Crescent for various reserve games in recent years, this will be the first time that the League Two Minstermen have faced the Magpies since a kickabout back in August 1992.

Ticket prices will be £12 adults, £6 concessions. Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.

NB: the mackems are playing a friendly at Doncaster Rovers on the same night as we visit York, which should make for an "interesting" evening on the trains.

Sat 01.08.2015
Borussia Mönchengladbach (h) 3pm
A week before the season starts, United play their sole home pre-season game and will doubtless give the latest NUFC members kit its first - and last - airing.

Although we came up against Schalke 04 last August in Germany, this game will be the first time that Bundesliga opposition have visited Tyneside since Bayern Munich played out a 2-2 draw back in August 2003. 

Our most recent dealings with Gladbach came last season when we took Luuk De Jong on loan. He's since moved on to PSV Eindhoven and rediscovered his goal touch.

Gladbach coach Lucien Favre was previously in charge of Hertha Berlin and led them to a 1-0 win over United in August 2008 during a tournament staged in Majorca. 

A third-place finish in last season's Bundesliga means that our visitors have qualified for the Group Stages of the Champions League and won't begin that until September.

Domestically, Gladbach will be a week behind us in terms of preparation, with their league season not kicking off until the weekend of August 15th.

Ticket sale details for NUFC fans awaited.


Out of contract: Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell, Jonas Gutierrez, Remie Streete, Ryan Taylor

Loan expired: Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Contract offer made: Sammy Ameobi 

Not counting Sammy, that leaves 40 contracted players as follows, 23 of whom appeared in the Premier League for the Magpies last season.

Squad arranged by date of contract expiration:

2016 (11):
Mehdi Abeid, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Alex Gilliead, Sylvain Marveaux, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson

2017 (8):
Rolando Aarons*, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Papiss Cisse, Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran, Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote

2018 (2): Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara

2019 (1):
Moussa Sissoko

2020 (3): Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong, Daryl Janmaat

Undisclosed (last contract signed date in brackets) (15): Adam Armstrong (2014), Dan Barlaser (2015), Jack Colback (2014), Karl Darlow (2014), Macaulay Gillesphey (2015), Tom Heardman (2015), Olivier Kemen (2014), Jamaal Lascelles (2014), Ayoze Perez (2014), Emmanuel Riviere (2014), Callum Roberts (2015), Lubo Satka (2014), Liam Smith (2015), Jamie Sterry (2015), Freddie Woodman (2014)

*disputed, with some reports claiming 2016.

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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

Online Box Office is available 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. 

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Wed 01.07.2015 Pre-season training starts (delayed return for players involved in post season internationals)

Tue 07.07.2015 U18s v Corby Town (h) 
@ Little Benton, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Fri 10.07.2015 Gateshead (a) @ International Stadium, 8pm. Friendly. 
Ticket details tbc (all ticket game)

Sun 12.07.2015 to Sat 18.07.2015 U18s (n)
Gothia Cup, Sweden (NUFC group includes IFK Göteborg (Swe) IF Brommapojkarna (Swe), ACBB Paris (Fra)

Tue 14.07.2015 Club Atlas (Mexico) (n) @ Miller Park, Milwaukee, 8pm local time (2am Wed 15.07 BST) Friendly. Public ticket sale now from host venue.

Sat 18.07.2015 Sacramento Republic FC (USA) (a) @ Bonney Field, Sacramento, 8pm local time (4am Sun 19.07 BST). Friendly. Public ticket sale now from home club.

Tue 21.07.2015 U21s v Whitley Bay (h) 
@ Darsley Park tbc, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Tue 21.07.2015 Portland Timbers 2 (USA) (a) @ Providence Park, Portland, 7.30pm local time (3.30am Wed 22.07 BST). Friendly. Public ticket sale now from home club.

Sun 26.07.2015 Sheffield United (a) @ Bramall Lane, 1pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015  U18s v various teams (n) Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Wed 29.07.2015 York City (a) @ Bootham Crescent, 7.45pm, Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 01.08.2015
Borussia Mönchengladbach (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. 
Ticket details tbc.

Sat 08.08.2015
Southampton (h) @ SJP, Premier League. 
Ticket details tbc. 
NB: Europa League participation for Southampton will see this game rescheduled to Sun 09.08.2015 tbc.

There's no metro service between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08 and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run calling at all affected stations.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Tue 01.09.2015
Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: 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

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Costing £20*, a Magpie Mover allows free travel on public transport in Tyne and wear for three hours before and three hours after each NUFC first team home game.

(Even without any home cup ties, getting to and from 19 Premier League home games by public transport would cost over £87 buying an all zones Day Saver Ticket).

Buy Magpie Movers online here

Applications made by July 31st will be posted in time for Southampton (h).

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Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, 
NE28 0PN. £15 via Rob on 07538 291227

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

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...

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On This Day in History
29th June

Born Or Died:

1928 Tommy Cavanagh born, Liverpool. (Trainer 1981-82)  

Trainer/coach/assistant to Arthur Cox during the first full season of his reign at SJP, Tommy played for Preston North End, Stockport County, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, Bristol City and Carlisle during his career.

After coaching at Cheltenham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Hull City, Cavanagh moved to Old Trafford and assisted both Tommy Docherty and Ron Atkinson before making the switch to Tyneside.

Following his departure from Newcastle, Cavanagh managed Norwegians Rosenborg and also had a stint in charge of Burnley. Working as an FA coach in his latter years, he passed away in 2007.

1935 Keith Frank Kettleborough born, Rotherham. (1966)

The lesser known of the two Yorkshiremen with initials KK to have played for United, Keith was a talented golfer and cricketer whose batting prowess saw him represent Yorkshire Schools and North of England.  

Joining the RAF to complete his National Service, Kettleborough switched attentions on football and was invited for a trial with Grimsby Town during 1955.

Nothing came of that but by December of that year Keith had signed for hometown club Rotherham United, later joining Sheffield United for £15,000 in December 1960.

Helping the Blades to promotion in his first season at Bramall Lane, the midfielder was also selected to represent the Football League - but continued to play cricket for both Rotherham Town and Rawmarsh. 

Included in Alf Ramsey's initial 40 man selection for the 1966 World Cup squad (missing out when it was cut to 22), Keith was added to a struggling Newcastle side at a cost of £22,500 in January 1966.

His influence ensured that United avoided an instant return to the Second Division - the side's first win in eight games coinciding with his debut at home to West Ham. 

After spending the summer playing cricket for Chester-le-Street, Keith returned to SJP but unexpectedly joined Doncaster Rovers for £12K as player/boss in December 1966.

Unable to prevent the side dropping into Division Four, Keith remained at Belle Vue as a player the following season before signing for Chesterfield and later, Matlock Town.

Post-football, he worked as a milkman and continued to play cricket for Whiston Parish Church before becoming janitor/PE teacher of Birkdale independent school in Sheffield.

Keith died in November 2009 and his passing was marked with a minute's applause at Bramall Lane the following day, before the Sheffield United v Newcastle United game. 

1937 Chris Harker born, Shiremoor.

Goalkeeper who appeared for local sides Backworth Welfare and West Allotment before joining Newcastle in 1955.

What proved to be his sole senior outing for the Magpies came in place of Ronnie Simpson for a season-ending 3-1 home loss to Burnley in April 1958.

Called up for national service, Harker spent time on loan at both Consett and Aberdeen before a £1,000 switch to Bury was agreed in late 1961, shortly after former SJP team mate Bob Stokoe became Manager at Gigg Lane. 

He also finished on the winning side at SJP in February 1965 when Bury ran out 3-2 winners in a fixture where over 10 minutes of time were added in the second half. That proved to be the only home loss United suffered en route to the Division Two title.

Later spells at Grimsby Town and Rochdale were followed by a drop into local league football with Stockton and a stint on the Darlington coaching staff.

Chris remained resident in Darlington and worked as a mechanical fitter (having given up a similar job in the shipyards to play football).

A caretaker in later life, Harker passed away in September 2014, aged 77.

1938 Robert Inglis Gilfillan born, Cowdenbeath, Scotland. (1959-61)

Bobby had been a prolific scorer for his hometown club when Newcastle paid £4,000 for his services in October 1959.

Making his debut shortly afterwards in a 0-2 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers, Gilfillan wore the number nine shirt on four other occasions that season without scoring.

His only competitive United goals came when he bagged a brace in a 7-2  home win over Fulham earlier the following season but never appeared again after drawing a blank against Burnley four days later.

Newcastle recouped their outlay in early 1961 when Bobby joined St.Johnstone, later moves taking him to Southend United, Raith Rovers and Doncaster Rovers. He later worked as Northwich Victoria player-boss.

1969 Archibald Murdoch Gourlay born, Greenock, Scotland. (1988-92)

Midfielder signed from Greenock Morton who managed only one competitive first team appearance in his first spell at SJP - a sub outing at Luton Town in December 1988.

Within 24 hours United moved to replace caretaker boss Colin Suggett with Jim Smith - and Archie was to play no further part in the club's failed relegation fight.

Loaned back to Morton for a spell, Gourlay returned to Gallowgate and briefly featured in the senior side in the 1990/91 season. 

A further loan saw him join Gateshead, with one final Magpies appearance coming in a League Cup defeat at Peterborough under Ossie Ardiles in October 1991.

Following his release by United, Archie joined Motherwell and later played for Hartlepool United, Linfield, Whitley Bay, Morpeth Town, South Shields and finally Bedlington Terriers.

Working for a local paper in Northumberland, Gourlay later returned to the Magpies as an Academy coach.  

1979 Andrew O'Brien born, Harrogate.

Signed from Bradford City by Bobby Robson, this central defender wasn't the most gifted footballer - but proved that he had a heart to match the size of his injury-prone hooter.

Fondly recalled for putting the ball in the mackem's net (in only his fourth toon game), arguably his major contribution to our cause was scoring the equaliser at Highbury in December 2001, as United broke their London hoodoo in considerable style.

O'Brien moved on to Portsmouth for the same £2m fee that Newcastle had paid and was to have a walk-on part in our history, being the player Alan Shearer eluded before netting his record -breaking 201st goal.

Joining Bolton Wanderers in 2007, Andy was loaned to Leeds United in October 2010 and made that move permanent in the January transfer window.

However, he only appeared a handful of times in the 2011/12 season and joined Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps in August 2012, leaving in January 2015.

Alongside fellow ex-Magpie Shaka Hislop and future arrival Lee Bowyer, Andy played for England U21s at friendly level - earning praise for keeping Thierry Henry at bay in a 3-2 win over France in 1999.

Ireland managed to hijack his affiliations however and after eight U21 outings, the first of 26 full caps came as a substitute against Estoniia in Tallinn during June 2001 - replacing Damien Duff and joining both Shay Given and Stephen Carr on the field. 



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1950 Magpies striker Jackie Milburn watched from the sidelines as the USA beat England 1-0 in a World Cup tie in Belo Horizonte. 

1954 Newcastle's Ivor Broadis played but failed to score for England as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in Berne. Future Magpies manager Bill McGarry was in the team.

1976 Sacked Wolves boss Bill McGarry accepted the job of coach to the Saudi Arabian national team. He lasted just over a year before returning to England and taking over as Newcastle boss.

2005 Laurent Robert was fined for comments he made about Newcastle United after joining Portsmouth on loan.

Officially on the books at SJP (his Fratton Park deal being an extended loan) some mutterings about Jermaine Jenas cost him another six-figure sum, in the wake of previous public grumblings about United costing him four weeks wages.

2008 The Sunday Sun claimed that United officials had met representatives of FC Basel's Eren Derdiyok. The 20 year-old striker featured for Switzerland in Euro 2008.

The BBC reported that a consortium were in "advanced talks over a £60m takeover" of the club via TV and online news updates, naming Freddy Shepherd as the lead figure and Alan Shearer as preferred manager.

However the story quickly died down and no comment was forthcoming from either party.

2012 Midfielder Danny Guthrie left Newcastle for Reading while United while were reported to be negotiating the transfer of striker Luuk De Jong from FC Twente.

Dutch international De Jong would move to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, later joining United for a barren loan spell in the latter part of the 2013/14 campaign