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Cisse doubts persist


Having completed a century of league games for United on Saturday, fresh doubts have emerged over whether Papiss Cisse will be around to make his 101st.

Asked by reporters whether he would still be at the club when the current transfer window closes at 6pm on Tuesday, the man from Senegal replied:

"I donít know. Seriously, I donít know. I donít like to speak about it.  always want to play. Iím always ready to play. 

"If the manager gives me the chance to play, I will play. I work very hard on the training pitch every day, but I donít know if Iíve done something wrong. 

"The decision is for the gaffer to make and I accept that, but itís very hard for me.Ē

Cisse's Mr 15% Madou Diene commented meanwhile:

"If the right offer comes I will ask Papiss to consider it. Nobody wants to be at a club where you don't feel wanted.

"There has been no offer from Galatasaray yet, it is only talk in the media. But there has been nothing concrete.

"Perhaps if there was it would be considered because at Papiss' age he wants to play regular football. No matter which team he plays for he needs service because he will score goals.

"During his time at Newcastle, he's never had proper service which makes his goal tally even more remarkable.

"As long as Papiss is here he will score goals. He can't do that if he's sitting on the bench."

30 year-old Cisse is under contract at SJP until 2017 and it's claimed by a number of papers that he is currently available for a £6m transfer fee.

There has been a reluctance to sanction a move to another Premier League club, with claims of interest from clubs in Turkey, China and the Middle East doing the rounds for the last 18 months.

Ironically, the antics of Aleksandar Mitrovic against Arsenal had given Cisse a route back into the starting eleven for our next three games (pending appeal). 

With Emmanuel Riviere still sidelined by injury and Adam Armstrong farmed out on loan, Cisse's departure would leave United with only Ayoze Perez as striking cover - replicating the situation last season that almost cost us dear when our number nine sat out sixteen PL games for a variety of reasons.

Au revoir Olivier


Olivier Kemen has signed for Ligue 1 side Lyon and was presented as their player on Monday evening.

The French under-19 International midfielder failed to make a first team appearance for United, although he did feature in the squad under John Carver.

The deal had to be concluded by midnight on Monday, with the transfer deadline finishing a day earlier in France than in the UK.

Premier League:
Sunk by A. Marriner

Newcastle  0  Arsenal


Brummie-based referee, Andre Marriner, took centre stage at St. James' Park on Saturday with a card-happy display that dictated the destination of the points.

However, United registered numerous own goals that contributed to their downfall, not just an inadvertent deflection off Fabricio Coloccini after 52 minutes that ultimately decided the contest in favour of Arsenal.

But Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his brainless start to his Toon career with a sixteenth minute dismissal that has looked inevitable since he first appeared in a black and white shirt and instantly took out an opponent.

Unless an optimistic appeal is lodged by United, the Serbian will now miss league games against West Ham and Watford plus the Capital One Cup visit of Sheffield Wednesday, returning for the Chelsea game.

Marriner was only too keen to reach for his cards and the role of Francis Coquelin who spent all day tumbling and rolling around as if he had been shot, contributed massively to a card count of one red and six yellows.

An ill-disciplined start by Steve McClaren's side saw Moussa Sissoko booked inside the first three minutes for leaving his foot in on Nacho Monreal.

But the referee looked to be unsighted when Florian Thauvin's clumsily challenged Hector Bellerin in the box and failed to award the visitors a penalty.

Minutes later the game's turning point came when Mitrovic scraped his studs down the shin of Coquelin and Marriner swiftly reached for his back pocket to show the striker a straight red card.

Bookings for Chancel Mbemba and Thauvin swiftly followed as Marriner threatened to join Trelford Mills and Brian Coddington as Tyneside's least favourite officials.

Theo Walcott should have put the Gunners ahead when he followed up a parried shot from Alexis Sanchez but skied his close range effort into the Leazes End when it seemed almost impossible not to hit the target

Walcott also failed to convert a near post cross as the ten men made it to the break still on level terms, but having only managed one off-target shot from Sissoko.

Vurnon Anita was next into the book after receiving a series of warnings before the break and when an Arsenal player was finally punished, Marriner also showed Gini Wijnaldum a card - presumably for passing comment.

Minutes later Arsenal took the lead when Aaron Ramsey's shot was saved by Tim Krul only for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot that was going wide to hit the inside of Coloccini's leg and go in via the post.

United defended resolutely for the remainder of the half and despite bringing on Siem de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez, failed to register a single shot on target for the second successive game - Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal not even having a corner to test him.

Krul pulled off some excellent stops, notably from substitute and scourge of Newcastle, Olivier Giroud who should have got another to finish off the game but saw his limp lob juggled and caught by the United 'keeper.

Some free-kick opportunities were wasted by the black and whites but a famous comeback never seemed likely as United's winless start to the Premier League season was extended to four games - it took eight attempts last season to register a maximum point return.

As was the case a week earlier, there was no lack of spirit and commitment from the team, with home fans continuing to offer support - acknowledging if nothing else that there has been an improvement in our play from last despite results suggesting otherwise.

Keeping 11 men on the park though is becoming a major concern for Steve McClaren, whose side currently have the worst red card record in the division and are also collecting yellow cards at a rate of knots. 

The antics may be different - lunging and hoofing rather than hockling and elbowing - but the effect on the side is the same as the self-inflicted absences of fellow striker Papiss Cisse last season.

Having confessed to learning nothing about his team in the loss at Swansea, McClaren remains no wiser about how his side are shaping up in an attacking sense after the Manchester United and Arsenal displays. 

The defeat and Saturday's results left us third from bottom, Southampton's resounding win over Norwich on Sunday leaving only the mackems below us.

Full match report and details to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita (Perez 72), Colback, Sissoko (Cisse 78), Wijnaldum, Thauvin (De Jong 87), Mitrovic.
Subs n/u: Obertan, Tiote, Darlow, Taylor.

Sent off: Mitrovic (16 - violent conduct).

Booked: Sissoko, Mbemba, Thauvin, Anita, Wijnaldum, Coloccini.

AFC: Cech, Bellerin, Paulista, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arteta 81), Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott (Giroud 70).
Subs n/u: Debuchy, Gibbs, Ospina, Chambers, Campbell.

Booked: Cazorla.

Goal: og (Coloccini) 52.

Crowd: 50,388 including 3,200 away fans (50,543 in 2014/15)

Half time saw former Magpie Shola Ameobi introduced on the field as the latest patron of the Newcastle United Foundation. Other old boys in attendance at SJP included Andy Cole and Joey Barton for BT Sport.

Colo registered his second OG for the club, the first coming during a 1-3 home loss to Manchester City on Boxing Day 2010 - that one was at the Leazes End.


Aleksandar Mitrovic became the second United player to be shown a red card this season following Daryl Janmaat at Swansea City and the sixth in our last 13 Premier League games (following on from Fabricio Coloccini at Everton, Moussa Sissoko at Liverpool, Mike Williamson and Janmaat at Leicester City). 

Looking for green shoots, we've improved on our return from last season's opening four games and also bettered the like for like results in the corresponding fixtures:

2014/15 after four games: 2 points, GD of -6
2015/16 after four games: 2 points, GD of -3

2014/15: 1 point, GD of -3
Southampton (h) lost 1-2
Swansea (a) drew 2-2
Manchester United (a) lost 1-3

Arsenal (h) lost 1-2

2015/16: 2 points, GD of -3
Southampton (h) drew 2-2
Swansea (a) lost 0-2
Manchester United (a) drew 0-0

Arsenal (h) lost 0-1

The Gunners now haven't been beaten on Tyneside since Nobby Solano netted to give us a 1-0 win back in December 2005. Since then we've lost six and drawn the other four of the ten meetings on Barrack Road. 

United are currently in their worst-ever run of form against Arsenal, losing eight games in succession since a scoreless draw at Gallowgate in August 2011. 

And it's now ten meetings anywhere without a Toon victory since Andy Carroll struck at the Emirates in November 2010 to secure a single goal success.

Long-suffering SJP spectators have now seen just two victories in twelve PL home games during 2015.

Papiss Cisse's substitute appearance meant that he completed a century of Premier League appearances for the Magpies (76 starts, 24 as sub, 35 goals).

Five bookings is a relatively common instance for United, but the only instance we can find of six yellow cards came back in November 2001 in a 1-3 loss at Fulham.

Whistler Eddie Wolstenholme disciplined Robbie Elliott, Nicos Dabizas, Laurent Robert, Andy O'Brien, Rob Lee and Alan Shearer at Craven Cottage that day.

Gunners in Toon - Premier League era:

2015/16: Lost 0-1
2014/15: Lost 1-2 Sissoko
2013/14: Lost 0-1
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2011/12: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Drew 4-4 Barton 2, Best, Tiote
2010/11: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Martins
2007/08: Drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2006/07: Drew 0-0
2005/06: Won 1-0 Solano
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Robert
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Robert (FAC)
2001/02: Lost 0-2
2000/01: Drew 0-0
1999/00: Won 4-2 Speed 2, Shearer, Griffin
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1995/96: Won 2-0 Ginola, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 1-0 Beardsley
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

Steve McClaren said after the game:

"All we could do is show spirit and fight and they were magnificent. What a crowd as well. It was a harsh red card. It was more clumsy and he stood on his foot. 

2I just felt early on there were too many yellows and it was a rod for the referee's back.
(Moussa) Sissoko had a similar one just before, and that was given a yellow.

"I've seen it over and over
(the red card) - it's come over his head, he's looking at the ball, there is no intent, there is no maliciousness, it's just coming down and he's just stamped on his foot.

"It definitely was not dangerous. It was clumsy, but I have seen plenty of clumsy challenges. Football is a contact sport, it's a physical sport and we cannot take that away.

"And I don't think any of the tackles - and don't get me wrong, the seven yellows and red card... It was not a dirty game and we've not kicked them off the park.

"They were fouls and I think the ref has reacted too harshly with every one of them - a bit too soon, a bit too rash.

"I hope I can
(appeal). No doubt we will lose it."

Arsene Wenger said:


"Honestly during the game, I didn't see it. But I have just seen it again on television and unfortunately it was a red card. He didn't play the ball at all.

"I think yes, the referee did all right, but Newcastle maybe wanted to stop us from playing, from moving the ball quickly to stop our game - they tried that from the start on.

(Aleksandar) Mitrovic went a bit overboard. It was maybe a bit unlucky as well, I don't know - did he do it on purpose or not? I don't know.

"I must say that Newcastle decided from the start on to make the game quite physical, and we had to keep our nerve and not become a little bit aggressive as well, so I thought we did that well.

"You play away from home 11 against 10, you know that they play 15 yards deeper. You play 10 against nine in the final third, the crowd is behind their team - that puts pressure on the referee - and then it's very difficult. We didn't find the space.

"They defended well - they showed why they didn't concede at Manchester United as well - and in the end, we are happy to have the three points and to win 1-0."

Referee: Andre Marriner - won't be welcomed back on Tyneside any time soon. Varying fortunes last season when the West Midlands whistler took charge of us: a 1-0 home win over Liverpool, the 0-4 loss at Spurs in the Capital One Cup and a 1-1 draw at Palace.

This weekend's Premier League results:

Sat 29.08.2015:
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 2-2 mackems
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Spurs 0-0 Everton

Sun 30.08.2015:
Southampton 3-0 Norwich City
Swansea 2-1 Manchester United

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National service

Youth international callups involving NUFC players: 

Mackenzie Heaney (U17s):
Wed 26.08.2015
Italy (h) Telford FR won 3-0
Mackenzie played the full 90 minutes.

Fri 28.08.2015 Turkey (h) Walsall FR won 2-1
Starting the game on the bench, Heaney arrived as a 55th minute substitute with England 2-1 ahead - which was the final score. 

Sun 30.08.2015 Portugal (h) Burton FR lost 3-7
Another 90 minute shift for Heaney brought him a goal, finishing off a 14th minute counter attack from a Portugal corner with a close-range finish to put the Young Lions 2-1 ahead.

England hosted this four team friendly event as a warm-up for the European Championship qualifying tournament in Portugal in late September - the first step on the road to the finals in Azerbaijan next May.

Alex Gilliead (U20s):

Mon 07.09.2015 Czech Republic (h) Shrewsbury FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (U19s):
Fri 04.09.2015 Germany (a) Bergisch Gladbach FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Croatia (a) Zagreb FR

Paul Woolston ( U18s):

Thu 03.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR
Sat 05.09.2015 Holland (a) Zeist FR

Other youth callups:

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U19):

Wed 02.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR
Fri 04.09.2015 Bulgaria (a) FR

More helping 
hands for Heed 

A third young Newcastle goalkeeper has left the club on loan, with Brendan Pearson following Freddie Woodman and Paul Woolston out of Gallowgate.

18 year-old Pearson has made the short trip over the Tyne to Gateshead as cover for Woolston, who is currently on loan to the Tynesiders but soon to be absent due to England international commitments.

Pearson moves to the International Stadium on a 28 day youth loan. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A second start in OM colours for Remy came on Friday night in a 0-2 loss away to Guingamp in Ligue 1. He lasted 77 minutes before being replaced. 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Ameobi came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining as Cardiff won 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Injury meant that Fergie was again missing from the matchday squad as Millwall lost 0-2 at home to Chesterfield in League One on Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town):
Another clean sheet for Freddie as it finished goalless at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two on Saturday.

Brendan Pearson (Gateshead):
Pearson didn't feature in the squad as the Heed won 2-0 at Guiseley in the  National League on Saturday, but will now step to replace reserve custodian and fellow young Magpie Paul Woolston for Monday's home clash with Lincoln City and the visit to Bromley on Saturday.

Paul Woolston (Gateshead):
Ahead of linking up with England U18s, Wooly was an unused substitute for Saturday's 2-0 win at Guiseley.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):

Arma played the full game but didn't add to his goals tally as the Sky Blues drew 2-2 at home to Southend United in League One on Monday evening.


Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, 
Georginio Wijnaldum
Thu 03.09.2015 Iceland (h) Amsterdam ECQ
Sun 06.09.2015 Turkey (a) Konya ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Gibraltar (n) Faro ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Georgia (h) Dublin ECQ

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo):
Sun 06.09.2015 C.A.R. (a) Bangui ACNQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Fri 04.09.2015 Faroe Islands (a) Torshavn ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Hungary (h) Belfast ECQ

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
Fri 04.09.2015
Armenia (h) Novi Sad ECQ
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Fri 04.09.2015
Portugal (a) Lisbon FR
Mon 07.09.2015 Serbia (h) Bordeaux FR

PS: There was no place for Papiss Cisse in the Senegal squad for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia, Paul Dummett was excluded from the Welsh selection to face Cyprus and Israel and Cheick Tiote missed out Ivory Coast's meeting with Sierra Leone.

Back to the future


Following confirmation that away ticket prices for this season's Premier League meetings between Newcastle and West Ham have been pegged at £25 for adults, another reciprocal pricing deal has been announced.

Toon fans visiting Watford in January will also now be charged £25 for admission - with Hornets followers paying the same at Gallowgate in September.

That £25 charge is identical to what Toon followers paid for our last top-flight game at Vicarage Road - back in May 2007.

(Away concessions for both games will cost £17.50 for over-65s, £15 for 16-19s and £10 for U16s.)

Capital One Cup:
Flor he's a jolly 
good fellow!

Newcastle  4  Northampton Town  1

Youtube footage is online here

Match report is online here

Premier League:
West Ham (a) 

Newcastle return to action on Monday week (September 14th) in what is their final scheduled appearance at the Boleyn Ground before the Hammers relocate to their new home at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Our very first visit to Upton Park was for an FA Cup tie during February 1909 that ended in a 0-0 draw.

Kickoff is at 8pm and all away end tickets are sold.


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NUFC: To follow. 


Magpies @ Upton Park: Premier Years:

2014/15: Lost 0-1
2013/14: Won 3-1 Cabaye 2, Remy
2012/13: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Won 2-1 Nolan, Carroll
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Owen
2007/08: Drew 2-2 Martins, Geremi
2006/07: Won 2-0 Duff, Martins
2005/06: Won 4-2 Owen 3, Shearer
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Bellamy, Jenas
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-1
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Speed
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Won 1-0 Barnes
1996/97: Drew 0-0
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-1 Lee, Mathie, OG
1993/94: Won 4-2 Cole, Lee 2, Mathie

Former Magpie Andy Carroll is predicted to make his latest comeback from injury in this game.

Four games into their Premier League season after a six game Europa League campaign and the Hammers have recorded two clean sheets and collected six points.

That they came from a 2-0 win at Arsenal and a 3-0 success at Liverpool, while their two home games were both lost (1-2 to Leicester and 3-4 to Bournemouth) is one of the more unexpected stories of 2015/16 so far. 

Referee: tbc

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 12.09.2015:
Everton v Chelsea (12.45pm)
Arsenal v Stoke City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (3pm)
Norwich City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Watford v Swansea City (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton (3pm)
Manchester United v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 13.09.2015:

mackems v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky
Leicester City v Aston Villa (4pm) Sky

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

Capital One Cup:
on Wednesday

Newcastle's reward for overcoming League Two Northampton Town 4-1 in the Capital One Cup Second Round is another home tie, this time against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

That will take place on Wednesday September 23rd @ 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes extra time and penalties if required. 

The Owls beat Mansfield Town and Oxford United at Hillsborough to reach Round Three and the tie sets up a return to SJP for ex-Magpie player and manager Glenn Roeder, now Wednesday's Director of Football.

Like Northampton, Newcastle have never previously faced Wednesday in this competition but the sides are no strangers in the FA Cup, with United winning all but one of the five ties - the last back in 1981.

A second half strike from Ayoze Perez separated the two sides in our most recent match-up - a friendly fixture in the Steel City back in July 2014.

And a Shola Ameobi effort gave us a 1-0 home win in August 2009 on Wednesday's most recent visit to Tyneside - a Championship encounter.

Our last exit from the competition at the hands of a lower league side came back in October 2003, when West Bromwich Albion recorded a 2-1 victory on Tyneside in a Third Round tie.

Since then our hopes of silverware have been dashed by teams in the same division as us - with a 2009/10 exit coming from fellow Championship side Peterborough. 

Third Round ties are played in the week commencing Monday September 21st, meaning that Saturday home Premier League games against Watford and Chelsea will bookend the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Third Round ties:

Tue 22.09.2015:
Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Fulham v Stoke City
Hull City v Swansea City
Leicester City v West Ham
smoggies v Wolves
Preston North End v Bournemouth
Reading v Everton
mackems v Manchester City

Wed 23.09.2015:
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Liverpool v Carlisle United
Manchester United v Ipswich Town
MK Dons v Southampton
Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion
Spurs v Arsenal
Walsall v Chelsea

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

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

Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.

Sat 05.09.2015 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Fri 11.09.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 12.09.2015 U18s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky.

Sat 19.09.2015 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Thu 03.09.2015 (in person / by phone)

Mon 21.09.2015
U21s v West Ham (a) @ Rush Green, Romford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 23.09.2015 Sheffield Wednesday (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. Ticket sale details awaited.

Sat 26.09.2015
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ LFC Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky.

Mon 28.09.2015
U21s v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015
U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited.


Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer
@ Dunston Lancastrian Suite. £30 including supper. Contact:
(Event is in aid of Wallsend Boys Club and adults only - strictly no children allowed). 

Thu 17.09.2015 Football writers Michael Walker & Harry Pearson in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry. 

Thu 01.10.2015 John Beresford (with MC John Gibson) @ Leam Lane Social Club. £10 including pie & peas. Contact: 07800 770411 (for Felling Magpies)

Fr 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcine, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Capital One Cup Round dates:

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Future live TV picks should appear thus:

Dec: Thu 17.09.2015
Jan: Mon 19.10.2015
Feb: Tue 17.11.2015
Mar: Tue 05.01.2016
Apr: Wed 03.02.2016
May: Wed 23.03.2016

Radio Commentary:

Talk Sport:
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

Discount admission schemes for NUFC season ticket holders at both Gateshead FC and Darlington FC won't apply in 2015/16.

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

Update: Mark has some new T-shirts designs available
online here  

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)
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Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
31st August

Born Or Died:

1910 Harold Aubrey Heward born, Hetton-le-Hole. (1932-34)

Defender signed from Herrington Swifts who made his Magpies debut in a 0-4 loss at Huddersfield Town in February 1933.

Making all five of his Newcastle appearances within a three month period, Heward signed for Bradford Park Avenue in August 1934.

He later played for Hartlepools United (for whom he debuted on his 25th birthday),   and Yeovil & Petters United.

1954 Alan Kennedy born, Sunderland. (1971-78)

A member of United's beaten 1974 FA Cup Final side, who had made his senior team debut just over a year before in a home victory over Stoke City.

Also appearing in the 1976 League Cup final loss, left back Alan remained with United until the relegation season of 1977/78 before being sold to Liverpool for £330K.

And in over 350 first team games at Anfield, Alan picked up five league championships, four League Cups, three Charity Shields and two European Cups - scoring in both of the latter finals (one in the penalty shootout).

Moving on to his hometown club in 1985, Kennedy was in the mackem side famously beaten by Gillingham in the playoffs. 

Later spells followed at Husqvarna (Sweden), Beerschot (Belgium), Boldklubben 1903 (Denmark) Hartlepool, Northwich Victoria, Grantham Town, Wigan, Colne Dynamoes,  Wrexham, Morecambe, Netherfield and Radcliffe Borough.

Kennedy finally retired from playing at the age of 40 with Barrow, working in the media and as an after-dinner speaker thereafter.

1970 Nicky Papavasiliou born, Limassol, Cyprus. (1993-94)

Midfielder who made his debut in United's Premiership season opener at home to Spurs and whose major contribution to our side was providing the pass for Andy Cole to equalise at Old Trafford in his third outing.

Returning to his former club OFI Crete within a year, Nicky later appeared for Apollon Limassol, Anorthosis Famagusta, Enosis Neon Paralimni, Olympiakos Nicosia and APOEL.

Moving into management with Olympiakos Nicosia in 2008, a year later he was tempted back to his spiritual home of OFI.

1983 Death of Jimmy Naylor, 81.

Death of Jimmy Greenhalgh, 90.
Coach to Joe Harvey at SJP.

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1921 Everton (h) 
Division One 
Harris, Paton 2 

1925 Real Madrid (Spain) (h) 
MacKenzie 2, McDonald, Curry, Urwin, 
Clark, Cowan
Having travelled to Madrid in May 1924 to play in a friendly, United hosted the opening game of Real's European tour. The Spanish side then moved on to play Birmingham City (losing 0-3) and Spurs (losting 2-4) before games in Lille, Copenhagen and Paris.  

1929 Manchester United (h) 4-1 (1-0)
Division One 
Gallacher 3, McDonald
Debut for Duncan Hutchison aka "Hurricane Hutch", who was held in such esteem by fans of his former club Dundee United that a party of them travelled from Tayside to cheer him on in his first game.

1932 Middlesbrough (h) 
Division One 
Lang, McMenemy 2, Allen, Weaver(pen) 
Debut for Jimmy Murray.

1935 Bradford (h) 
Division Two 
Cairns, McMenemy, Pearson 
Lewis 2, Nolan

1936 West Ham United (a) 
Division Two 
McMenemy, Pearson 

1938 Luton Town (a) 
Division Two 
Stephenson, Nelson

1940 Bradford Park Avenue (h)

Shackleton, Miller

1946 Millwall (a) 
Division Two 
Bentley 2, Milburn, Stubbins 
Domestic football resumed after World War Two, with the 1939/40 fixture list that had been suspended in September 1939 used once again.

1949 Everton (h)
Division One 
Milburn, Mitchell, G.Robledo, Walker 

1955 Birmingham City (a) 
Division One 
Brown, Murphy, Warhurst 


1957 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3-1 (2-0)
Division One 
Eastham, Keeble, R.Mitchell 
The first home game of a traumatic season when relegation was narrowly avoided. In one of only six league victories at home all season, inside right Jimmy Hill made his debut.

1960 Fulham (a) 
Division One 
Allchurch, Hughes, Woods
Key 2, Hayes 2 

A week after beating them 7-2 at SJP, the Cottagers gained revenge on the banks of the Thames.

Inside right Charlie Woods netted for United on his Magpies debut.

1963 Plymouth Argyle (a) 
Division Two 
Taylor, Thomas 3 
O'Neill 2, McAnearney
Having missed the opening two games of the season, Barrie Thomas returned to plunder his second hat trick in Newcastle colours.

1966 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
1968 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
United hero was goalkeeper Willie McFaul, who saved a Colin Suggett penalty.
1974 West Ham United (h) 2-0
Division One 
Tudor(5), Macdonald(25)
Terry McDermott blazed a penalty wide after Tommy Taylor had handled on the line.
1977 Millwall (h)
League Cup 2nd Round

Seasman, Pearson

1985 Queens Park Rangers (h) 
Division One 
Beardsley, Reilly, McDonald

1991 Bristol Rovers (a)
Division Two 
O'Brien, Quinn
Just as it seemed an inspired first half display from United would go unrewarded, Liam O'Brien hit a dipping shot from 25 yards that eluded Pirates 'keeper Brian Parkin.

Winger Franz Carr was in inspired form at Bath's Twerton Park and Rovers were reduced to switching full backs in an attempt to get anywhere near him. Mick Quinn added a deserved second after the break and more could have followed.

1993 Ipswich Town (a) 
Premier League 
United boss Kevin Keegan remonstrated with home fans after they banged their fists on the roof of the United dugout Following Town's equaliser.

1994 West Ham United (a) 3-1 (2-0)
Premier League 
og(Potts)(32), Lee(35), Mathie(90)
An own goal from Steve Potts at a three-sided Upton Park set United on their way to a comfortable win, despite Tyneside-born Don Hutchison scoring from the penalty spot on his Hammers debut.

1997 Newcastle's game at Anfield was called off while the nation was called up to mourn the death of the future King's ex-wife. 

Exactly why postponing a football match would ease the pain of the grieving masses was never really explained, but David Mellor was later revealed as having made the decision, in his capacity as Football Task Force chief. 

Going to a football match was possibly the best thing to do on a day like that - the telly was rubbish.... PS: rugby union fixtures were staged, including one featuring Will Carling.

2000 Full back Olivier Bernard joined United from Lyon. Following close on the departure of his countrymen, David Terrier and Lionel Perez, his arrival was greeted with something short of wild enthusiasm.

2004 Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United for somewhere around the £30m mark on transfer deadline day. Following Jonathan Woodgate's transfer to Real Madrid this left our Chairman's statement a few days earlier sounding a little hollow:

"Our recent record shows we can be trusted to deliver quality players. I'm not going to say too much at this stage but I think the fans will be pleasantly surprised at what results from the Woodgate deal."

"We didn't go into the Woodgate transfer without a long-term plan. All will be revealed soon."

Unless of course, he was referring to the Owen deal a year later....

2005 Michael Owen was paraded in front of 15,000 fans at SJP as a truly remarkable signing was celebrated by everyone associated with the club. Little did we know what lay ahead....

Quote of the day: "When it came down to Real Madrid or Newcastle there was no question in my mind."

The same day saw Nobby Solano return from Aston Villa, with James Milner going the other way on loan. The day's other major transfer saw Jermaine Jenas join Spurs for £7m.

2006 With around 150 minutes of the transfer window remaining, Newcastle confirmed that they had signed Antoine Sibierski from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

French-born midfielder/striker Sibierski was in the final year of his current contract with City and signed a one year deal with us.

After a season of plenty of effort and some timely goals, particularly in Europe, Sibierski turned down another year's contract and moved to Wigan.

2009 Leicester City (h)
A thunderbolt from Danny Guthrie put United two points clear at the top of the Championship table after a fourth successive victory and clean sheet.

Eyebrows were raised by the non-appearance of central defender Fabricio Coloccini in the squad, but it was confirmed that Argentina had invoked the five day rule ahead of their game against Brazil. match report

Newcastle reserves began their season with a 3-1 victory on wearyside in a match that they dominated, despite playing for almost an hour with just ten men.

Making his competitive debut for the Magpies was Sol Campbell, while what was a vaguely bonkers night included a straight red card for Xisco and goals from Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor. match report

2011 Seven months to the day after the sale of Andy Carroll, Newcastle failed to sign a replacement centre forward as the transfer window closed.

Back in January, the excuse had been they ran out of time and couldn't spend Liverpool's money. Fast forward to August and despite having earmarked a host of potential striking targets, we mysteriously failed to "get over the line" with any of them - or jettison any of the forwards on the books.

The transfer window closed with Newcastle managing to retain their existing squad but failing to add any further reinforcements since the acquisition of Vurnon Anita some weeks earlier.

With Europa League group games already assured, United's thin squad was going to be put to the test....

2013 Fulham (h)
Premier League
Ben Arfa(86)
Over seven hours since last scoring a home goal, things looked bleak with less than five minutes to go at SJP.

At that point Hatem Ben Arfa stepped into the Fulham area for the umpteenth time in the game, but for once resisted the temptation to try and dribble through the defence and instead cut infield to loop a shot that flew past 'keeper David Stockdale in the Gallowgate End goal. match report