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Never mind the baubles, here's the
2014 NUFC.com Advent Calendar
  Day 18

 
Capital One Cup
:
Spurs (a): views sought



White Hart Lane, Wednesday, 8pm


If you were affected by turnstile closures before kickoff and consequent congestion problems at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, make your views known in writing to: 
supporterliaison@nufc.co.uk

 

Premier League:
Passion not poison





Pre-derby comments from both managers:

Alan Pardew:


"Im hearing the right stuff on the radio and in the street about the levels of antagonism between the two clubs dying down a little bit to what its really about a football match.

"Im really pleased about that and hope it carries through to Sunday.

"I said two years ago that this nasty hate those kinds of words needed to go out. Its a rivalry, a game of football may the best team win, and then we shake hands and go home.

"The incident with the flight this year, and the way the Sunderland fans contributed and the effort they made, has made great steps to help this fixture become what it should be, a spectacle for the North East, not something where we have to order extra police.

"The last thing the North East should be doing is fighting each other, but, at the same time, knowing its a massive rivalry, the passion of the game shouldnt be lost.

"We know that will be there and its what it should be about. Im sure Gus is of the same opinion as me."

Gus Poyet:

"The derby is a special game so let us all enjoy it with dignity. Let the winner celebrate and let whoever loses hold their head high and look forward to the next time. 

"Accept whatever it brings, enjoy it but without being disrespectful. I would ask everyone to go to the game with pride, to respect the occasion, but most of all to be safe.


Premier League:
Alnwick set to continue

Despite suffering a shoulder injury in Wednesday's defeat at Spurs, United have confirmed that Jak Alnwick is set to retain his place for Sunday's derby match.

The 21 year-old goalkeeper required treatment during the second half at White Hart Lane and Alan Pardew later told journalists that the club may be forced to investigate the possibility of making an emergency loan signing.

However that now doesn't appear to be the case and Alnwick will be in goal at SJP on Sunday, with the 17 year-old Freddie Woodman providing cover. 

Black & white Friday:
Festive giveaway


We've badgered our sponsors into parting with some prizes and then set a question to help decide which of you lucky people will win 'em. Simple as that.

Just tell us who this Newcastle player is and email us here with your answer, subject line: Friday  



Entries close at 5pm on Friday. No purchase necessary, no age restriction, entries welcome from anywhere. NB: free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses - except the iPad mini, which is strictly collection only.

Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 


From MJS Computers here our top prize, an iPad mini.

Celebrating the opening of their new shop at
30 Merton Way, Ponteland, Newcastle NE20 9PS, the region's most renowned 'crack dealers' are giving away one of these beauties - just the thing to catch up with NUFC.com on the bus, in the bar, or the netty....

 


To ensure this goes to a bona-fide NUFC.com reader rather a competition addict we're adding the restriction that the iPad mini must be collected from one of the two MJS outlets in Ponteland and Birtley.



From Aurora
here one of their acrylic A3 size pieces of St.James' Park wall art. 



From Ultimate Newcastle here
a copy of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" book autographed by 1969 Fairs Cup winner Bob Moncur. Click on the link above for details of local stockists / delivery options.



From MJK Sports Events here
a football boot/photo set autographed by Kevin Keegan
 
From De Coubertin Books here a copy of Michael Walkers "Up There - The North East, Football Boom & Bust" - our favourite book of the year...at least until Oor Wullie & The Broons turn up on Dec 25th.
From The Back Page here a copy of the "Gibbo Files" book, autographed by John Gibson, Tommy Cassidy and Glenn McCrory plus a T-shirt from their expanding range of Toon-related designs.
From Goal-Post Books here a copy of Paul Brown's "All With Smiling Faces" - a thorough account of the early years of Newcastle United, recommended by the tall one out of Ant & Dec!
From Toon Publishing here copies of their "Toon, Toon, Black 'n' White Europe" book, chronicling the adventures of Magpie travellers Barry Robertson and Peter Cain.
From Bill & the boys (Bill Bruce 07753 573613) a pair of tickets for the NUFC 1964/65 promotion side reunion dinner on Fri April 24th at the Village Hotel, NE27 0BY.
 
From Geordie Candles here a set of four locally produced scented candles in "Toon-related" scents.


FAYC:
Riverside date set

Newcastle's U18 side will play their Fourth Round FA Youth Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Thursday 8th January at the Riverside Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7pm and the tie must be settled on the night, via extra time and penalties if necessary.

Both sides won away in the Third Round last weekend, the smoggies notching up a 4-3 success at Southend while Newcastle ran out 3-1 winners at Millwall.

The last Tees-Tyne meeting in this competition came back in February 2004, when Boro struck a last minute winner to win a Fifth Round tie 2-1.

Boro won the first U18 league meeting of the current season 1-0 and the two sides are due to play the return game at Little Benton on Saturday January 17th.

Brother beyond
:
Kick it in / Kick it out

While Newcastle were exiting from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, one of our biggest flops of modern times was helping himself to a 41 minute hat trick that retained his latest side's place on top of their league.

Luuk de Jong's
treble earned PSV Eindhoven a 4-3 win over Feyenoord and took him up to double figures for the season in the Eredivisie, with a quartet of Europa League strikes boosting his goal total to fourteen.
goals here


Luuk's brother Siem meanwhile continues his comeback from injury after having played just twice in the Premier League since joining the Magpies.  

Along with Sammy Ameobi, the elder of the two de Jong brothers was recently interviewed by locally-based charity Show Racism The Red Card on the subject of discrimination in sport and society.
interviews here


Capital One Cup:
'Keeper crisis after
cup calamity


Spurs  4  Newcastle  0




A second miserable trip to North London inside a week saw Newcastle crash out of the Capital One Cup with a four-goal drubbing at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Heavy losses at both Arsenal and Spurs have put the pressure right back on Alan Pardew as he bids to end a losing run in Tyne-wear derby game on Sunday - and further problems could yet beset the Magpies boss.  

An awful night for Jak Alnwick saw United's third-choice goalkeeper gift Spurs the opening goal and hardly cover himself in glory for the three that followed, but injury rather than selection choice could see him drop out.

With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot already out until January, a shoulder injury suffered by Alnwick leaves only the 17 year-old rookie Freddie Woodman, a situation that will surely prompt a rethink from the Premier League regarding a request for an emergency loan signing. 

Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi and Daryl Janmaat all dropped out - the last due to suspension - while Moussa Sissoko, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella and Massadio Haidara all gained starting places. Neither Steven Taylor or Mehdi Abeid was involved at all. 

Spurs made most of the early running, Andros Townsend going close before Sissoko tested home custodian Michel Vorm with a long range effort.

United seemed to have settled though, until an 18th corner from Christian Eriksen was fumbled by Alnwick, Nabil Bentaleb on hand to hook the ball in - nowhere near as bad as predecessor Tony Bell here almost 40 years ago to the day, but a still massive and costly rick. 

United rallied after that setback but Kane went close to doubling the lead with an effort that was narrowly wide after Yoan Gouffran had given the ball away.

Penalty appeals against Fabricio Coloccini were waved away, while Gouffran fired over just before the interval from a rare shooting opportunity.  

As was the case when the sides met here in the Premier League back in October, the second period began with an almost instant goal.

Sadly for United it wasn't Spurs caught napping this time, Nacer Chadli firing a low effort beyond Alnwick from the edge of the box just 36 seconds after the restart.

And when Cabella missed from two yards out after Ayoze Perez had broken down the right and played him in on 54 minutes, it was clearly not going to be our night.

Coloccini cleared over his own bar and Haidara stopped a Jan Vertonghen header on the line just before the hout mark, but Spurs made the tie completely safe on 65 minutes when Harry Kane continued his scoring run.

And the rout was then complete when substitute Roberto Soldado netted, taking advantage of Alnwick's parry barely five minutes later to deepen the gloom (not that you would have known if from the wall of vocal support that the Tyneside contingent were supplying).

At the other end Adam Armstrong shot weakly at the 'keeper and then put another effort narrowly wide, as Newcastle once again failed to find the net at this stage of the competition - in eight Quarter Final ties, we've now scored just once....and even that was an own goal.

For much of the first half here, there was plenty of the bite and commitment that will be required in that game, but desperately little in the way of structured play. 

And while the misadventures of Alnwick will hog the headlines, Even without the unexpected helping hand, Spurs would probably have prevailed without playing particularly well. 

Gouffran, Williamson and Riviere won't recall tonight with any fondness and inevitably there was no sign of Facundo Ferreyra on the teamsheet for the twentieth competitive game we've played this season, forgotten man Haris Vuckic appearing off the bench in the closing stages.

Ferreyra (aka ''The Invisible Mag') is still to kick a ball in anger for the club he joined on loan in August - is it too much to ask for some truth from the club about what's really going on - rather than patronising comments from the manager recently about "our tapas section"? 

Without a chance to take stock though our frantic week now moves on to St.James' Park on Sunday, and an instant opportunity to right a few wrongs.

The return of Janmaat from suspension will mean that Dummett can relinquish the right back slot, while it's to be hoped that Taylor can be brought in to partner Colo.

Sissoko is expected to be OK meanwhile despite a heavy challenge in the second half and later substitution, but scoring remains a concern, as it does for the mackems.

On that basis it's to be hoped that Cisse was rested for tonight in order to be 100% for Sunday (it was reported that he was suffering from a heavy cold).

Full match report to follow.

Team: Alnwick, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Dummett, Colback, Cabella (Vuckic 80), Gouffran, Perez, Sissoko (Anita 73), Riviere (Armstrong 60).
Subs n/u: Streete, Satka, Woodman, Roberts.

Booked: Haidara

THFC: Vorm, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb (Capoue 80mins), Stambouli, Chadli (Dembele 61), Eriksen, Townsend, Kane (Soldado 69).
Subs n/u: Lloris, Kaboul, Naughton, Lamela.

Goals: Bentaleb 18, Chadli 46, Kane 65, Soldado 70.

Crowd: 34,677 including 4,400 travelling supporters.

The self-inflicted wounds weren't just restricted to the team at White Hart Lane, with hundreds of Toon fans missing the kick-off after the away end turnstiles were closed for around 20 minutes from 7.15pm. 

Advised by police and stewards that the delays were due to an unspecified incident, on entering the ground it became obvious that a smoke bomb had been let off by an away follower in the enclosed area of the upper tier where the bars and toilets are situated.

With the fire brigade in attendance, it was deemed too dangerous to allow fans to walk up the stairs and be confronted by smoke and entry was prevented until the clouds had begun to disperse.  

Due to the crush outside the turnstiles and delays in admitting fans once they re-opened, some were still taking their seats 25 minutes after kick-off.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Alan Pardew:

"It was an unfortunate night for our fans because they were brilliant tonight. 

"They gave us everything and we did commitment wise but Tottenham were better and their technical ability in tight areas was probably the difference.

"Our back four was not quite as solid as it has looked, but if there was ever that cliche that 'goals win game' then this is it.

"Actually I thought it was pretty even up to Jak Alnwick making a mistake. Our performance level was pretty good but the score is what it is. That's unfortunate for the players who put a shift in."

On Alnwick:

"He has an injury to his shoulder so we're going to have to see.

"It is something we might have to look at tomorrow because there is no way that a 17-year-old (Freddie Woodman) - that's our fourth-choice - should be allowed to go in goal at this level.

"We will perhaps talk to the Premier League tomorrow about Jak's situation."

Capital One Cup Quarter-finals:

Derby County 1-3 Chelsea
Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool
Spurs 4-0
Newcastle

(Liverpool drew Chelsea, Spurs drew Sheffield United in the two-legged Semi Finals)

Stats:

League Cup Quarter Final Record:

1974/75
Chester City (h) drew 0-0
1974/75 Chester City (a) lost 0-1
1975/76 Notts County (h) won 1-0
1995/96 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
1997/98 Liverpool (h) lost 0-2
2001/02 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Chelsea (h) lost 0-1
2014/15
Spurs (a) lost 0-4

Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:

2014/15:Lost 0-4 (LC)
2014/15: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Perez
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2

 
FA Cup:
FA Cup ticket details


Tickets for United's forthcoming FA Cup Third Round tie at Leicester City are now on sale to ST holders with a zero points requirement (member sale from Mon 22nd).

Prices: Adults 13, Over 65s 8, U18s 5, U12s 2. 

The tie is on Saturday 3rd January at 3pm and isn't on live TV. With both sides in Premier League action just 48 hours earlier, attempts to delay the tie by 24 hours failed due to a clash with a Leicester Tigers rugby match at nearby Welford Road on the Sunday.

Update:
On-loan Magpie bailed

From the Derby Evening Telegraph, Wednesday:

Nottingham Forest star Jamaal Lascelles has appeared in court charged with assault in a Derby nightclub.

The England Under-21 defender, who lives in Oakwood, is charged with assaulting a man, occasioning actual bodily harm, in Lola Lo, in Victoria Street, on April 23.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court today for a preliminary hearing. In court, prosecutor Sarah Slater said: "I have been told this will be a definite trial."

Lascelles was released on bail and told to next appear at Derby Crown Court on March 11. A trial date was set for the week beginning April 27.

2014/15:
January departure?




Following this weekend's set of games, the Italian Serie A will take a break until the first week of January - by which time a deal taking Newcastle's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to AS Roma could to be in place.    

Sent out on a season-long loan by United, the 25 year- old has been a success at the Stadio Olimpico, making 16 appearances as Roma rose to second in the table and qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Unhappy at his treatment in England, Yanga-Mbiwa has publicly praised his new surroundings and is happy to remain in Italy - no doubt boosted by an international recall to the French national side recently.

Italian media sources claim that a transfer fee of 7m has been agreed (1.5m of which was paid for the loan) and the only doubt seems to be whether Roma will wait until the conclusion of the season or act in January.   

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of 8.4m. 

U21s:
Second string held

Bedlington Terriers  3  Newcastle XI  3 

In the absence of a competitive fixture this week, Newcastle's U21s travelled to Northern League side Bedlington Terriers for a friendly on Tuesday night.

A crowd of just 121 at Welfare Park witnessed a grey-clad United side including fringe players Gael Bigirimana and Adam Campbell - the latter following a recent loan spell at League Two Hartlepool United.

The Magpies went ahead on five minutes when Campbell fed Jamie Holmes and his angled shot eluded the Terriers goalkeeper Dan Staples before being helped into the net by Scott Blandford for what looked like an own goal.

Barely 90 seconds later though the hosts replied through striker Lee Scott to bring the scores level at 1-1.

A cut back from Holmes then presented Jonathyn Quinn with a shooting chance, but the United forward fired narrowly off target. Holmes again was to the fore on sixteen minutes, rounding Staples. However the young Magpie was slightly off-balance and put his effort wide. 

Having scored no less than 17 times in their last two league outings, Bedlington almost went ahead midway through the first half through Scott Blandford - only for United defender Ben Pollock to block on the goal line.  

 

Dylan Williamson then twice tested visiting goalkeeper Brendan Pearson with decent efforts before Newcastle regained the lead on 31 minutes.

A crossfield ball from Macaulay Gillesphey found Quinn and he in turn picked out the advancing Holmes, who fired his shot high into the net from just inside the area. 

French prospect Olivier Kemen then tried a pile driver from fully 30 yards that smacked off the Terriers crossbar before the half time whistle sounded.

With rain starting to fall the second period got underway and Bedlington threatened further through the lively Williamson, who was foiled once again by Pearson.  

Jordan Nellis then missed the target with a shot but made no mistake soon after when a corner was only partially cleared, finding the bottom corner of the net from 18 yards to make it 2-2 in the 64th minute.

And the home side went in front for the first time match with 19 minutes to play, substitute Stephen Young netting with a low shot in what was by now a downpour.

United levelled on 80 minutes when Quinn headed in a right wing centre from Kemen, seconds after Bedlington had introduced their third 'keeper of the night.

Campbell then had a chance to regain the lead for United after a hopeful ball out of defence left him with a clear run on goal, only to drag his effort badly wide.

And a deserved draw was the outcome, after Kemen's free kick was turned round the post and Quinn saw his stoppage time header saved.

Team: Pearson, Olley, Laidler (Gibson 70), Kemen, Pollock (Williams 70), Gillesphey, Holmes (Suddick 46), Bigirimana (Ward 62), Campbell, Quinn, L.Smith (J,Smith 62). Subs n/u: Woolston, Longstaff.

Peter Beardsley's side will return to competitive action on  Monday when they host West Ham in an U21 Premier League Cup tie at Whitley Park.

That has a 1pm kick-off and will be played to a finish, with extra time and penalties if required. ST holders / members gain free entrance or pay on the gate.

PS: The Derby County U21 Premier League away game on Monday January 5th 2015, that has been rescheduled to Tuesday April 28th and will now take place at the iPro Stadium (aka Pride Park) not Alfreton Town FC. 


  

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Premier League:
mackems (h)

The 151st Tyne-wear derby match takes place at St. James' Park on Sunday at 1.30pm as Alan Pardew tries to halt a losing run of three games in this fixture and conjure up what would be a first victory in six attempts - since the "over the wall" game of August 2011.

Squad: In the continued absence of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick will continue in goal with Freddie Woodman providing custodial cover from the bench.

Daryl Janmaat is available for selection after completing his one match ban against Spurs in midweek. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here
 
Newcastle to win @
5/6

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

SAFC: to follow

Kicking off with a 2-2 draw at West Brom, Gus Poyet's side lost 0-1 at QPR, were held 0-0 at Burnley and then massacred 0-8 at Southampton. A 3-1 success at Crystal Palace was then followed by back-to-back scoreless draws at both Leicester City and Liverpool.   

Referee: Anthony Taylor - second appointment this season to date for the Mancunian whistler, after the 2-1 victory at Spurs. His sole wearside posting was a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Pub Watch: The Bodega 125 Westgate Road, NE1 4AG  



One of the most popular venues in Newcastle
- and the pub where staff from other pubs go for a drink - The Bodega boasts a traditional long bar, Victorian stained glass domes, elaborately tiled floors, and lots of history.

A
nd as the CAMRA Tyneside 2014 Real Ale Pub of the Year, you can also expect a true commitment to offering the very best real ale. 

Combine that with large screen plasma TVs, and friendly staff, it's the perfect place to
visit before or after the derby at St James' Park on Sunday.

F
ind further details of this and the 20 other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here

Travel:


Metro: No scheduled service disruptions

Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

UK TV:
Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio:
Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Stats:

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)

Sat 20.12.2014:
Man City v Crystal Palace (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Hull City v Swansea City
QPR v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v Everton
Spurs v Burnley
West Ham v Leicester City

Sun 21.12.2014:
Liverpool v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Mon 22.12.2014:

Stoke City v Chelsea (8pm) Sky


2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced at 20 (21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here

 

Update:
SFA go after Ashley 

Rangers and Mike Ashley were both issued with notices by the Compliance Officer of the Scottish FA on Monday, concerning alleged breaches of three disciplinary rules related to the issues of dual club ownership:

Details online here

It's reported that Ashley faces a 10K fine if a rule breach is proven, while the Govan club could be hit with both financial penalties and expulsion from the Scottish Cup.

Internationals:
New year break 
for Abeid


The first of three anticipated call-ups of Newcastle players for next year's African Nations Cup Finals has materialised, with Mehdi Abeid selected by Algeria.

French-born Abeid is yet to make his debut for Algeria after injuring a toe in training after his maiden senior callup and could miss up to six weeks of club football.

Algeria begin their campaign in Equatorial Guinea against South Africa on January 19th, face Ghana four days later and a then Senegal side that's expected to include club colleague Papiss Cisse on the 27th.   

The finals conclude on February 8th, with United's third representative likely to be Cheick Tiote for Ivory Coast.

Premier League:
Matters arising

Monday saw the draws for the Champions League and Europa League take place, with some consequences for Newcastle coming from the Premier League selections. 

Manchester City were drawn out with Barcelona and will host the Catalan side at the Etihad on Tuesday February 24th - meaning that our Premier League visit to the same venue on Saturday February 21st will go ahead on that day with a kickoff time yet to be confirmed.  

Moving on to the Europa League and Everton have been paired with Young Boys in the last 32, with the second leg played on merseyside.

Progress for the Toffees in that tie would see them in Round of 16 action on Thursday March 12th and 19th - and mean that our scheduled trip to Goodison Park on Saturday March 14th would be altered from that day, whether or not selected for live TV transmission. 

(A similar situation would await us in April should Spurs make it through to the Europa League Quarter Finals).

In terms of Premier League TV rescheduling, the next set of alterations are due imminently - and had already been confirmed by now in 2013.

PS: Advance notice that our scheduled trip to Anfield on Saturday 11th April coincides with the staging of the Grand National at nearby Aintree racecourse.

Historically, Liverpool tend not to play home games when the race is run and with it getting underway at 4.15pm then a 3pm kickoff would seem unlikely that day - regardless of whether the TV companies select it.

Premier League
:
Burnley (h) plan 
your journey


All is quiet on New Years Day - especially when it comes to using public transport.

Now that tickets are on public sale for Newcastle's first January 1st home game since 2007, it's worth posting a reminder that no bus, train, metro or ferry services will run across the region on that day. 

The only exceptions to that are the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city.

Soccerbus January 1st 2015 timetable


The borrowers
:
Loan lads


Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Next match:
AC Milan (h) Serie A, Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next match:
Leeds United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger has now missed five games in all competitions for his adopted side due to a hamstring injury and isn't expected to return this side of Christmas.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Currently loitering near a cake shop somewhere in Europe but not on Humberside or Tyneside. The public have been warned not to approach him - although he's anything but dangerous....
 

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mackems
Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 21st December
Kick-off 1.30pm
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Newcastle 0
Capital One Cup
Quarter-final

White Hart Lane
Wednesday 17th December
Match report to follow

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Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2014/15:
 

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15


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 season ticket info 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. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)

Fixtures:

Sat 20.12.2014 U18s v Bolton Wanderers (a) @ Lostock Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 22.12.2014 U21s v West Ham (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. Live on BT.

Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) @ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Sat 03.01.2015 Leicester City (a)
@ King Power Stadium, 3pm. FA Cup Third Round.
ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale from Mon 22.12.2014. Adults 13, Over 65s 8, U18s 5, U12s 2. Allocation: tbc.


Thu 08.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a)
@ Riverside Stadium, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Fourth Round.

Sat 10.01.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.01.2015 Chelsea (a)
@ Stamford Bridge, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now (0 points). Upper tier: 55 adults, 23.50 concessions. Lower tier: 52 adults, 23.50 concessions. Allocation tbc.

Mon 12.01.2015 U21s v Bolton Wanderers (h) @ Whitley Park. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (h) @ Little Benton,11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

FA Cup: 

Second Round restaged tie:

Fri 02.01.2015:
MK Dons v Chesterfield

Third Round ties:

Fri 02.01.2015:
Cardiff City v Colchester United BBC2W

Sat 03.01.2015:
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Brentford v Brighton and Hove Albion
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Derby County v Southport
Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City
Fulham v Wolves
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Millwall v Bradford City
Preston North End v Norwich City
Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United v team tbc*
Tranmere Rovers v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Gateshead

* winner of restaged Second Round tie between MK Dons and Chesterfield.

Sun 04.01.2014:
Arsenal v Hull City BBC
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Chelsea v Watford
Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace BT
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
QPR v Sheffield United
Southampton v Ipswich Town
Stoke City v Wrexham
mackems v Leeds United
Yeovil Town v Manchester United BT

Mon 05.01.2015:
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool BBC
Burnley v Spurs

Tue 06.01.2015:
Everton v West Ham BT

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup: 

Fourth Round draw:

Arsenal or Reading v Royston Town
Blackpool v Birmingham City
Burnley v Cardiff City
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Chesterfield
Liverpool v Derby County
Manchester City v Coventry City
Manchester United v Hull City
Mansfield Town v Stoke City
Middlesbrough v Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion v Nottingham Forest
Fleetwood Town v Ipswich Town
Swansea City v Doncaster Rovers
Spurs v Wolves

FA Youth Cup Third Round tie:

Arsenal v Reading (19.12)

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:


4th Round
by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup:


Round of 16:
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Bolton v Reading (22.12)
Derby County v mackems
Huddersfield v Charlton or Brighton
Boro v Stoke City (05.01)
Newcastle v West Ham (22.12)
Southampton v Norwich City
Watford v Leicester City (06.01)

Round of 32:
Charlton Athletic or Brighton (22.12)

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup:

The semi-finals will be played in February 2015 and contested by Newcastle United U21s, Blyth Spartans, Morpeth Town and Whitley Bay. Draw date tbc.


Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.


Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 21.12.2014
mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm
Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm

 
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Fri 26.12.2014
Manchester United (a) 3pm
Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.02.2015)
 

Gateshead FC are offering a 5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is 10

Upcoming
home League games

Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)
Wed 07.01.2015 Woking (7.45pm)
Sat 24.01.2015
Welling United (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for 6 - a saving of 3.

Upcoming home League games

Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm)
Sat 03.01.2015 Brighouse Town (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

Rugby
League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

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
 
From UEFA: international matches will take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as scheduled in Equatorial Guinea.

Groups:

 

A: E. Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
 

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...




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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
18th December


Born Or Died:

1922 Ivor Broadis born, Poplar, Isle of Dogs. (1953-55)

An England international forward with 14 caps, Ivor played in the 1954 World Cup finals as a Magpie, having first made his name during the war guesting for Spurs, Millwall and Carlisle while a serving officer in the RAF. 

He became Carlisle boss after the war and sold himself to the mackems in 1949 for 18,000 claiming that it was in the best financial interests of the club that he leave.

Next port of call was Manchester City in October 1951, for 25,000, then on to the Toon in 1953 for 20,000 where he didn't appear in the 1955 FA Cup final team and returned to Carlisle a matter of weeks later.

Broadis ended his career over the border for Queen of the South, before pursuing a career as football journalist for many years.

1955 Mickey Barker born, Bishop Auckland. (1972-79)

Left back who made his debut in 1-0 victory at West Ham in April 1975 - the first of 29 first team outings (including two as sub).

Moving on to Gillingham in 1979, Mickey returned to the region the following year with non-league sides Ferryhill & Bishop Auckland.

A move to Hartlepool United followed in 1982, following a spell playing out in the USA and Mickey ended his career with Bishops, also running a pub in the town.

1959 Kevin Dillon born, s*nderland.
(1989-91)

 

Midfielder who began his career as an apprentice at Birmingham City and was handed his senior team debut in 1977 by then-Blues boss Sir Alf Ramsey. 

1983 saw him move on to Portsmouth, in whose colours he was dismissed at SJP following a clash with Peter Jackson.

Brought to SJP by his former Fratton Park boss Jim Smith on a free and with Mark McGhee and Mick Quinn shooting us into the playoffs, Dillon occupied a midfield anchor role to good effect.

However he failed to find the net for United in 76 outings, with his duck-breaking efforts resulting in some appalling misses - none worse than an away game at Wolves when he contrived to shoot wide of an empty goal with no home player in the same postcode.

The arrival of Ossie Ardiles in April 1991 saw the likes of Lee Clark, David Roche and Lee Makel promoted from the reserves and Dillon dropped before his contract was ended.

An unsuccessful trial with his beloved mackems saw him appearing for their reserves in a friendly at Blyth Spartans.

No deal was forthcoming however and his next port of call was Reading, playing for the Elm Park side until 1994.

After playing and coaching at Stevenage Borough, he joined Yeovil Town before returning to Reading in 1995 as a coach (and turning out for Fareham Town in 1997).

Dillon took over as Reading's caretaker boss in the wake of the 2003 defection of Alan Pardew from the Royals to West Ham.

However, the Royals opted to overlook him and appoint Steve Coppell instead, with Dillon remaining at the Madejski as his number two until Coppell's departure in summer 2009.

After spending some time scouting for Watford, Dillon become the new boss of Aldershot Town in November 2009 but he and his assistant, former mackem, Gary Owers, were sacked in January 2011.


 

  
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What Else?

1897 Burton Swifts (a)
1-3 
(0-2)
Division Two 
White
Leigh 2, Blackie

1909 Sheffield United (a)
0-4 
(0-1)
Division One 
Evans 2, Kitchen, Hardinge
15,500

1920 Manchester United (a)
0-2 
(0-1)
Division One 
Hopkin, Miller
40,000

1926 Leicester City (h)
1-1 
(1-1)
Division One 
Seymour
Chandler
25,000 
Profligacy from the penalty spot as Hughie Gallacher and Frank Hudspeth both missed for United.

1937 Swansea Town (h)
1-0 
(0-0)
Division Two 
Imrie(pen) 
16,000

1943 Gateshead (a)
3-1
(2-0)
Wartime
Copeland 2, Dixon
Harrison(80)
6,000

1948 Everton (h)
1-0
(0-0)
Division One 
Taylor 
43,515
 
 
1954 Arsenal (h)
5-1 
(3-0)
Division One 
Keeble(2,19), R.Mitchell(25pen,69), Milburn(46)
Wills(64pen)
35,122
 
1965 Liverpool (h)
0-0
(0-0)
Division One 
34,153
United halted the march of an in-form Reds side who had won seven of their previous eight games.
 

1971 West Ham United (a)
1-0 
(1-0)
Division One 
Busby 
21,991
Having scored on his debut at West Brom the week before, on-loan Viv Busby netted again at Upton Park.

1974 Chester (a)
0-1
(0-0)
League Cup 5th Round Replay
James(76)
19,000 
Sealand Road's clarty pitch proved to be our undoing, as Fourth Division City followed up their ousting of Leeds United by knocking Newcastle out.

Frustrated by the acrobatic goalkeeping of Chester's Grenville Millington, the winner came when a corner wasn't cleared and City striker John James shot through a crowd of bodies past the unsighted Iam McFaul.  

1976 Aston Villa (a)
1-2 
(1-1)
Division One 
Gowling (27)
Deehan (31, 87)
33,982
Ahead when Geoff Nulty touched on a corner kick for Alan Gowling to convert, John Deehan soon repeated the trick at the other end to send the sides in level at half time. 

The winner then came from yet another corner as Deehan forced the ball over the United line from point-blank range.

1982 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-1 (1-0)
Division Two 
Varadi(37)
og(Haddock)(56)
16,310
Future Owl Imre Varadi found the net at Hillsborough for a Magpies side who were once again without Kevin Keegan due to injury. Liverpool loanee Howard Gayle deputised for him once again. 

1990 Newcastle reserves beat their Leicester
City counterparts 2-0, thanks to goals from Michael Parkinson and John Gallacher.

The game marked the only appearance of trialist defender Chris Zoricich, a New Zealander who moved to England to become a professional footballer. 

After over a decade playing back in Australia and New Zealand, Zorro made a brief return to these shores at the start of the 2003/04 season, training with Mansfield Town but failing to secure a playing deal.

1993 Everton (a)
2-0 
(1-0)
Premier League 
Cole(14), Beardsley(76)
25,362 
Peter Beardsley was warmly welcomed on his return to Goodison Park, marking the occasion with a fine goal.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 Bradford City (a)
0-2
(0-0)
Premiership
Saunders(56), 
Wetherall(71)

18,276
Future Magpies centre half Andy O'Brien helped the Bantams contain our twin strikeforce of Messrs Shearer and Ferguson with ease - a display which may have led to his arrival at SJP in 2001.

However, the Valley Parade ballboys were more impressive than a United side whose greatest effort on the day was getting off the team coach.
NUFC.com match report

2000 Liverpool's seemingly endless supply of venues for reserve games saw the Magpies visit the Knowsley Road home of St. Helens Rugby League team.

And on a chilly night when Shola Ameobi netted in a 1-1 draw, the debut display of Olivier Bernard caused us to comment that he had shown "undoubted potential"
NUFC.com match report

2001 Arsenal (a)
3-1 
(0-1)
Premiership
O'Brien(60), Shearer(86pen), Robert(90)
Pires(20)
38,012
Conceding once but being battered, Ray Parlour's dismissal just before the half-time break gave United some hope. 

Craig Bellamy then walked for allegedly striking cheat Ashley Cole in the face (later rescinded) before Andy O'Brien equalised.

Alan Shearer then converted a penalty and Laurent Robert strode clear to secure United's first capital win for over five years - an amazing night that also saw us top the table.

Uri Geller later claimed credit for it all....
NUFC.com match report


Bellamy goes quietly....

2010 Newcastle's Premier League game at Birmingham City was called off just three hours before kick-off.

The decision was made shortly before noon when match referee Mike Jones made a pitch inspection, but poor conditions in the vicinity of the ground affected the judgement.

The playing surface and the areas in and around the stadium weren't too bad but players, officials and supporters were struggling to get to St. Andrews including Blues manager Alex McLeish.

 

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