Public sale now
West Ham (h)
Sunday sees Newcastle bid
a fond 'good riddance' to the season, when West Ham provide the opposition
at SJP in a 3pm kick-off. The Magpies will don their new home kit.
Tickets are on public sale now, with any unsold available from the SJP
ticket office on the Milburn Stand side of the ground until kickoff.
The visitors took 3,000 places and used their away fan fund to subsidise ticket prices by £10 per person.
That means that adult away fans pay £17, concessions £12 and U18s just £3.
With no reciprocal agreement reached between the clubs and NUFC choosing not
to subsidise the away game, Toon fans forked out £43 at the Boleyn Ground in
Remaining Premier League fixtures (all 3pm KO):
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v mackems
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Everton v Spurs
Hull City v Manchester United
Sky Sports 3
Leicester City v QPR
Manchester City v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Ham Sky Sports
Stoke City v Liverpool
Premier League - bottom four:
Travel: For anyone using the
Tyne Valley line to reach Newcastle, there are some timetable alterations in
place on Sunday morning with some trains replaced by bus connections for
part of their journey.
No scheduled metro
disruptions this weekend.
Mike Williamson is
available after suspension and Siem De Jong may return to the squad. Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Massadio
Haidara all remain absent.
If they feature, Sunday's game will be the last under their current deals at
SJP for Sammy Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Lubo Satka and Facundo
Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 4/5
Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 5/1
(NB: quoted odds were
accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the
link above to display current live odds).
Former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce returns to SJP for the fourth time since
losing his post in early 2008. He's yet to lose here, steering Blackburn to
a 2-1 win and West Ham to a 1-0 win and a 0-0 draw.
year-old Allardyce is out of contract at West Ham following this game, with
no clear indication as to what the future holds from him.
Ahead of the game, big Sham said:
have had a few days off, but not five. The best way after a long season is
to spend some time at home with the families. They can’t get any fitter.
They could do with a physical and mental rest. A few days training with a
reminder of the basics, which we always do.
“It’s not about Newcastle for me; some people have suggested I am all up for
winning to try to send them down, I want to win it for West Ham because
that’s where I work. I want to finish with a win away from home and finish
with 50 points.
“It’s too far down the road for any of that stuff. It’s been a long time
since we parted company. For me, looking back is not what I am really about.
Since Newcastle, I have had a fantastic time at Blackburn Rovers and a
fantastic time here since then, which is nearly seven years. Time flies
“Off we go to Newcastle tomorrow and we will try to get a result and a
James Tomkins may return but Andy Carroll won't be in action until next
season. James Collins is out.
Kevin Nolan missed Saturday's 1-2 home defeat by West Ham due to family
bereavement. The former Newcastle player is without a goal in 22 games and has scored just once this
However his next goal will be a memorable one, regardless of who it comes
against - with 40 for Bolton, 29 for the toon and 30 for the Hammers giving
him 99 to date.
After winning three away games from their opening seven, the Hammers have
lost six and drawn the other five of their Premier League road trips this
Atkinson - a fifth outing for the whistler from Yorkshire, after the 0-2
home loss to Manchester City, 1-0 win over Leicester City at SJP and 2-1
home success against Chelsea (when Steven Taylor was red carded. Most
recently, Atkinson was in charge of our 0-3 defeat at Everton, sending off
UK TV: Live
on Sky Sports 1 - Sky have switched their live TV coverage of our game
from their Sports 3 channel, with coverage starting
Astro SuperSport 2
Foxtel Play (Australia)
Gol Stadium (Spain)
GO Sports 7
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
Now Sports 3 (Hong Kong)
Sport 1 Extra 1 (Ned)
SportKlub 1 Croatia/Serbia
Stod 2 Sport 6
SuperSport 5 Africa
Sportsnet 360 / World NOW (Can)
TV3 Sport 2 (Denmark)
UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
The Magpies come into this game with no win in their last 10
outings (nine losses and a draw). Their worst Premier League run of form
remains 14 winless games, consisting of the closing seven games of
the 1998/99 season and the first seven of the 1999/00 campaign.
Failure to beat West Ham would make it no win in 11 attempts, but leave the
Magpies a long way off their previous worst run of 23 games. That is
made up of the closing 21 games in all competitions of the 1977/78 season
plus the opening two fixtures of 1978/79.
Hammers in Toon - PL era:
2013/14: Drew 0-0
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2010/11: Won 5-0 Best 3, Nolan, Lovenkrands
2008/09: Drew 2-2 Owen, Carroll
2007/08: Won 3-1 Viduka 2, N'Zogbia
2006/07: Drew 2-2 Milner, Solano
2005/06: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Won 4-0 LuaLua 2, Shearer, Solano
2001/02: Won 3-1 Shearer, LuaLua, Robert
2000/01: Won 2-1 Cort, Solano
1999/00: Drew 2-2 Dabizas, Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
1995/96: Won 3-0 Albert, Asprilla, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 2-0 Clark, Kitson
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole 2
Closing home game results - PL era:
2013/14 Cardiff City won 3-0
2012/13 Arsenal lost 0-1
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Brom drew 3-3
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 Chelsea drew 1-1
2003/04 Wolves drew 1-1
2002/03 Birmingham City won 1-0
2001/02 West Ham won 3-1
2000/01 Aston Villa won 3-0
1999/00 Arsenal won 4-2
1998/99 Blackburn drew 1-1
1997/98 Chelsea won 3-1
1996/97 Nottingham Forest won 5-0
1995/96 Spurs drew 1-1
1994/95 Crystal Palace won 3-2
1993/94 Arsenal won 2-0
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And then there
All with smiling faces - until Sunday
A scoreless draw against Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday
night was enough to confirm top flight survival for the mackems - and leave
the final relegation spot to be decided between ourselves and Hull.
It also ends any realistic chance of Manchester United overhauling the Gunners
to seal third place, with Arsene Wenger's side standing three points and seven
goals better off ahead of Sunday's final set of fixtures.
And on that basis, the Red Devils side that takes to the field at Hull on
Sunday may now have a more unfamiliar look - in addition to decidedly less
motivation in terms of relegating their old boy in the home dugout.
Watch the wrestling -
or the boxing....
press blackout mooted by John Carver seems only to have extended to a
silence from the captain and other senior players, with local lad Paul
Dummett summoned to fulfil media duties as demanded by the Premier League:
"It's still in our hands. I think
the fans are probably sick of us saying that as we've let ourselves down in
the past where we didn't produce but luckily it's still in our hands now, it
doesn't matter what happens with Hull as long as we win our game then we'll
"The more games that have been coming
and the more games we've been losing, the pressure's been building and
building and building. Now it's come down to the crucial time where we can no
longer make any excuses, we have to produce this Sunday coming.
"I think a lot of players in this
squad have never been in this position before so there's a lot of pressure. I
think especially me as well being a local player, being a fan, not wanting the
club to go down, it's something I don't want to see happen.
"There are a few players who have got
experience, who have been relegated before, and they know exactly how it felt
and what it was like. They're desperate - everyone in there's desperate for it
not to happen again."
club sources have denied claims on social media that an argument between Papiss
Cisse and Daryl Janmaat during training saw punches
Holding his press conference on
Wednesday, well ahead of the final game of the season
John Carver came out with the following. In
addition to the brave words and badge-pointing, let's hope that something
approaching a tactical plan was discussed with the players....
"I'm pleading for the fans to forget about what they think of me, Mike
Ashley or Lee Charnley. Let's win the game and the inquest will begin
"The fans are entitled to protest after the game,
but please get behind us for the 90 minutes. We need the supporters this
weekend. Put all your differences to one side and get behind the team.
"There's no second chances. This is
the final game of the season and it's all about this one game. We have to win
the game. If we win, we take care of our own business. Winning is our only
"I have enough players in that room
who realise what this game means. I'm expecting the big players to step up and
perform. I feel we have to win. I said a few weeks ago we needed four points
and I expect Hull to win so we must do our bit.
"We had a meeting with players
yesterday and brought staff into the meeting, many of their workmates lost
their jobs when the club was relegated in 2009.
"I said straight out, 'If
anybody doesn’t fancy it, if anybody wants to back-bite, if anybody wants to
be negative – there’s the door'.
"Steve Stone opened the door, and I told them to leave the room. I told
them I was ready for a fight and a challenge, and not one person got up and
"From a psychological point of view, it (two days off after the QPR
defeat) gave the players a chance to clear their heads and start
"Sometimes you need that and, to be honest, maybe some of the staff
needed a bit of time away from it as well. It has been intense and maybe I
needed a bit of a break because it’s been even more intense for me.
"I don’t think bringing in
them just to tear a strip off them would have achieved anything. That’s
definite. I did that after the Leicester game, and you can’t really say it
worked. You can only do it so many times.
"You have to try to find different ways of dealing with different
situations. I can't believe it's come to this,
but we have to deal with it.
"I have told the players to stay off Twitter,
internet and television so they're not distracted - watch
wrestling or something – but not football.
"I've actually thought about turning
my own phone off. You get so many messages, good messages, but it can actually
wear you down the amount you get and that is why I don't have a Twitter
"If you have one of them all of a
sudden someone starts giving you abuse then that can affect your mental status
and I can't afford to have that.
"I remember when we went down six
years ago, I remember the feeling well. It will stay with me and we can't have
that again this Sunday.
"We've got four or five players here from the last time this team was
relegated. They know what it feels like and I watched on TV from a bar, I
remember it so well.
"I saw the reaction of everyone, the
emotions of Alan and the players and my own reaction was I didn't talk to
anyone for more than an hour after the game.
"I've explained the story to the
players and hopefully I'll get a reaction from that.”
(Back in May 2009, Carver had recently left his post as coach of MLS side Toronto.
He returned to football
with Plymouth Argyle that December and was on the home bench at Home Park the
night we sealed our Premier League return in April 2010.)
Magpie takes flight
From The Shields Gazette, Tuesday:
Relegation-threatened Newcastle United have suffered another blow – with
finance director John Irving (pictured right) set to quit the
Long-serving Irving is third in charge
behind owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.
And Irving’s departure couldn’t have
come at a worse time for the beleaguered club, which could be relegated on the
final day of the season and faces a hugely -challenging summer whatever its
fate on Sunday.
Irving – who, along with Ashley and
Charnley, is on the club’s board – is understood to be leaving for
Newcastle Airport, where he will take up a similar position.
He has spent the past seven years at St
David Gilroy, Irving’s assistant, is
reportedly leaving for Manchester City.
Twist and shout
our dirty laundry in public - 1989 style
The following is part of an update that appeared on the ashleyout.com website
on Tuesday that we're happy to distribute to the widest possible audience.
We can only echo their sentiments of not disrupting the game in any way, shape
or form. None of this mess is our fault, but an administration in turmoil
would seize on any opportunity that arose to deflect blame towards fans.
Also, unlike Loftus Road on Saturday, efforts to identify and retrospectively
ban pitch invaders can be expected at Gallowgate. That will be a meaningless
threat though for those intending to ban themselves after Sunday....
due to the nature of the fixture on Sunday, and what is at stake for
the club, we understand that many fans will find it very difficult to stay
For those among us choosing to give up their season tickets, this will be our
last game at St. James’ Park until Mike Ashley leaves. We therefore aim to
make the most of this final opportunity to deliver our message inside the
stadium in the strongest possible terms.
Whatever the result of the game and the
outcome of the “battle” against relegation, during and following any lap
of ‘honour’ that might or might not take place, we will continue to occupy
the ground after the final whistle and we urge all supporters to join us in
this form of protest, which has been cleared with Northumbria Police. Bring
your flags, bring your banners and most importantly bring your voices.
Together we will make it clear that enough is enough and demand – on the
worldwide platform that is Sky Sports – that the man ultimately responsible
for the club’s demise into mediocrity, Mike Ashley himself, puts the club up
for sale with immediate effect to “a worthy custodian of such a fine
football club”, which is how he said he judged potential takeover parties
when he first took the club off the market in 2008.
We have no specific protests planned to
take place during the game so as not to disrupt the outcome in any way, shape
or form. However once again we encourage all fans to show their displeasure in
any way they see fit.
You need no permission or direction to protest, this is your club.
Toon trio receive
England's U20 squad for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France includes
fit-again Magpie Rolando Aarons.
The 19 year-old made a goalscoring international debut against Romania last
September before injury forced his omission from a subsequent squad.
England will face Morocco on Thursday May 28th, Ivory Coast two days later,
Mexico on Wednesday June 3rd and China on Friday June 5th.
Also selected by England coach Aidy Boothroyd are Birmingham City's Demarai
Gray and James Wilson of Manchester United, two players that the Magpies have
scouted on numerous occasions this season.
Fellow Magpie Olivier Kemen wasn't in the French squad.
Moving on to the U18 side and Magpies duo Freddie Woodman and Adam
Armstrong are both included in the squad for a pair of internationals
The young Lions will be in friendly action on Monday June 8th and Wednesday
June 10th - both games taking place in the city of Khimki near Moscow.
A breath of French air
Newcastle United are one of twelve teams contesting the Tournoi
International de Football U17 in Saint-Andre -Lez-Lille, which kicked off
in France on Thursday.
The youngsters are in Group C along with Copenhagen and Dynamo Moscow while
teams from Toulouse, Bruge, Porto, Standard Liege, Real Sociedad, Lens, SV
Hamburg, Udinese and host side US Saint Andre are also involved.
This will be the nineteenth staging of the three day event, with matches
played over two 20 minute halves. United last took part in 2013, when their
squad included Adam Armstrong.
The 2015 selection includes players from U17, U16 and U15 squads as follows:
Ben Pollock, Jamie Holmes, Owen Bailey, Yannick Azoakonou, Callum Smith, Ben
Kitchen, Mackenzie Heaney, Shane Donaghey, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Nathan
Harker, Kurtis Russell, Kieran Olsen, Oliver Long, Kelland Watts, Cameron
Armstrong, Jai Grant.
PS: A Magpies U14/15 squad is in France, where they are participating in a tournament near Lyon.
Forthcoming country call-ups for current Magpies:
Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015 Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015 Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)
Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015 USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)
No gong for Kevin
Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic
saw Kevin Mbabu play the second 45 minutes for Rangers U20s in the Scottish FA
Youth Cup Final at Hampden. However he was unable to prevent a 2-5 defeat at
the hands of deadly rivals, Celtic.
A 2-0 win over Hibernian in the first leg of their playoff semi-final at Ibrox
on Wednesday saw Vuckic claim a decent assist for the opener and played the
full 90 minutes. Fit-again Fergie was an unused substitute.
The teams meet again at Easter Road on Saturday, with the winners facing
Motherwell in another two-legged game for a place in the SPL next season.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
With his current side safe from
relegation, the midfielder will see his season end at St. Etienne on Saturday
Remember when we
wore black & white?
The horizontal hold has gone - just like the team
is Ingerlunnd? or Leeds?
Now on sale this is Newcastle's 2015/16 season home shirt -
which will be worn against West Ham on Sunday.
The weekend after, Widnes Vikings will play at the same venue wearing a shirt
more deserving of the description "black and white stripes" than
this aberration. Typical.
With immaculate timing, this appeared online within hours of Wonga unveiling a
website and advertising campaign - featuring a redesigned company logo....
Investigations into the
post-game violence outside Millers near Kings Cross on Saturday
continue, with Northumbria Police working alongside British Transport Police
and the Metropolitan force to identify those responsible.
Anyone who can provide a witness account and/or any mobile phone footage is
asked to email this
Prince in Toon
- group offer
Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert
is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event next month - and there's a
special bonus offer now available to NUFC.com readers.
The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday
June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.
Tickets cost £20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for £200
will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin
More details and bookings can be made online
(booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956
in office hours will avoid booking fees.
QPR: Quite Possibly Relegated....
QPR 2 Newcastle 1
Spain pain for
Having failed in their bid to retain the U17 European Championship trophy,
England's youngsters had the consolation of securing their World Championship qualification
in dramatic fashion on
Newcastle goalkeeper Paul Woolston kept his place as England faced
Spain for a playoff game staged in the Bulgarian town of Sliven, the winner
progressing to the finals
in Chile this October.
The North Shields-born youngster kept a clean sheet but was injured while trying to
defend his goal following an 82nd minute corner and couldn't continue.
On in his place came Will Huffer of Leeds United, who saw out the remainder of
the game and then went between the sticks for the penalty shootout decider,
saving one spot kick to help the Young Lions triumph 5-3.
Telegram? I'd rather
have three points....
1934, 1961, 1978, 1989, 2009....2015?
Desperately hoping that he doesn't witness the pain of relegation for the
sixth time in his Newcastle supporting life is the Reverend James W
Errington, who reached the landmark of his 100th birthday last Thursday.
Methodist Minister Jim is United's oldest current season ticket holder and
watched his first match at St. James' Park during the 1928/29 season - shortly
after the Magpies secured their last League Championship.
Selecting Hughie Gallacher as his favourite player, Jim - born in Annfield
Plain - once lined up alongside the prolific Scot in a wartime fundraiser
against a United XI.
Asked about United's current plight, Jim
"This is the most disappointing of all the season I’ve seen, for them
to be in a relegation place...we’ve lost the passion, the pride that playing
for Newcastle and playing in the North East meant.”
Amen to that. Many happy returns, Jim.
Former Magpies not retained by their current club for next season include:
Darren Ambrose (Ipswich Town)
Damien Duff (Melbourne City)
Danny Guthrie (Reading - Fulham loan)
Alan Neilson (Cambridge United coach)
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
Ben Tozer (Northampton Town)