Gladbach (h) Public sale now
- renew here
by Fri for first game
Southampton (h) Public sale now
Swansea City (a) member sale
Man United (a) member sale
live TV games -
BT play their joker
brought confirmation of three further United fixture switches for live TV,
including our 730 mile round trip to Bournemouth - helpfully now brought
forward to Saturday lunchtime to inconvenience away supporters still further.
At least it isn't on the Monday night I suppose....
07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm, Sky Sports
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon, Sky Sports
Sat 07.11.2015 AFC Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
Selections have now been made up to and including Sunday November 29th,
meaning that seven of our opening fourteen games have been moved for TV (the
season opener against Southampton was moved to due their Europa League
participation but isn't televised).
Amended fixture list:
Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) 1.30pm no TV
Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) 3pm no TV
22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm BT
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm BT
Mon 14.09.2015 West Ham (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 19.09.2015 Watford (h) 3pm no TV
Sat 26.09.2015 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 03.10.2015 Manchester City (a) no TV
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm Sky
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon Sky
Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City
(h) 3pm no TV
21.11.2015 Leicester City (h) no TV
Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) no TV
Update: Pay turnstiles will be open
Leazes: middle tier - 17, 18, 31, 32
Gallowgate: middle tier - 54, 55, 64, 65
Gallowgate: upper tier - 60, 61, 62, 63, 66
(£15 for adults and £5 concessions)
United wind up their pre-season
programme with the only home first team friendly
on Saturday (3pm) when they face Bundesliga opposition for the first time
since a 3-1 win away to Schalke 04 almost exactly a year ago.
In terms of German opponents on Tyneside, last season's third-placed finishers
will be the first to visit Gallowgate since 2003, when just over 32,000 fans
saw two Alan Shearer goals earn a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich.
If you're wondering why a number of Liverpool
fans will be in attendance at Saturday's game, it's part of a long- standing
alliance between them and BMG fans that dates back to their frequent European
meetings in the 1970's.
BMG followers have made annual trips to Anfield for many years and made a
£70,000 contribution to a collection for the Hillsborough families back in
1991, a gesture that earned them massive respect on merseyside.
Reds fans have also journeyed to Germany on a regular basis to watch BMG and
enjoy a few steins together - an alliance that's set to continue on Tyneside
NUFC: Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic are set to make
their first appearances at Gallowgate, but fellow new boy Chancel Mbemba won't
feature as he awaits the granting of his work permit.
News on the fitness or otherwise of Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Paul
Dummett is awaited, while injury sidelines Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere,
Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux. Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong and Freddie
Woodman have all now departed on loan.
Having worn one-off "members" kits for pre-season home games in the
last two seasons, United confirm that they will don their new second kit
(below) for this fixture:
BMG: Gladbach's domestic season league begins on August 15th with a
visit to Borussia Dortmund but the DFB Cup sees them entertain St Pauli on
Their visit to Gallowgate will end a six game pre-season that has seen them
play two home games, bookending a trio of low-key fixtures on local grounds in
Drawing 0-0 with Hamburg at home, Gladbach then lost 4-5 on penalties before
playing out a 1-1 draw with Swansea City and a 2-2 stalemate against Rennes.
A 2-1 defeat of Standard Liege was then followed by a return to their own
Borussia Park last Friday for another 2-1 victory, this time over Portuguese
Their Swiss-born coach Lucien Favre was in charge of Hertha Berlin in 2008
when they beat United 1-0 in a pre-season game staged in Palma, Majorca.
Last season's top scorer Raffael remains in the squad, but fellow forward Max
Kruse has gone to Wolfsburg. Swiss -born Josip Drmic arrived from Bayer
Leverkusen, while Chelsea sold them Thorgan Hazard - brother of Eden.
Our most recent dealings with Gladbach came when we took Luuk De Jong on loan
in January 2014. He's since joined PSV Eindhoven and rediscovered his goal
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Newcastle United have announced the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel
Mbemba after the club received a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for the
player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The deal is subject to Mbemba
receiving the appropriate visa.
Mbemba becomes Newcastle United's third
signing of the summer, after completing the switch from Anderlecht. The
20-year-old DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on
Mbemba is now required to apply for his
visa overseas, with the hope that he is then able to return to join his new
teammates in Newcastle midweek.
The fee is reportedly around £7m.
Available now is "Touching Distance" - a new
book from local football writer Martin Hardy that recounts and
reflects on the epic 1995/96 season when we were "so close".
Interviewing major figures including Kevin Keegan, Sir John Hall and Les
Ferdinand and unearthing some new tales in the process, Touching
Distance costs £18.99
and author signed copies are available to order online
here post free in the UK.
If you're heading to the SJP open day on Tuesday (4th), then Martin will be
signing books on the third floor of Fenwicks from 12.30pm, in
the company of ex-Magpies Terry McDermott, John Beresford and Steve
The author will also be signing copies at Waterstones by Greys
Monument before the Southampton home game, between Noon and 1pm on
Sunday August 9th.
Two launch events are to be staged as follows:
Thu 13.08.2015 Benedictine Club, Cramlington
Fri 14.08.2015 42nd Street, Whitley Bay
Both are in a talk-in format with former Magpie Keith Gillespie
and the author. Admission £10 including a pie and pea supper, tickets from
the venue or
Having failed to finish in the top four of the Milk Cup competition,
Newcastle qualified for the second level event (the Globe) for teams finishing
between fifth and eighth position after three group stage games.
And a 5-1 victory over California-based Strikers FC on Thursday puts them into
the final of the competition on Friday against Chileans O'Higgins. That game
takes place at Coleraine Showgrounds with a 1.30pm kickoff.
Leading the way against Strikers with another man of he match display was
Mackenzie Heaney, who netted a hat trick to go with Ben Pollock and Callum
(Note that the bureaucracy of the Milk Cup event means that Heaney is referred
to by his previous surname of MacCubbin in this tournament)
Six points from the group stages came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Japanese side Higashi Fukuoka at
Ballymoney, with Ben Pollock and Mackenzie Heaney netting.
Following a 1-3 loss to Ghanaian outfit Right to Dream in Ballymena (Heaney on
target tbc), the Young Magpies picked up another three points with a 4-0
victory over County Tyrone
at Limavady, Ben
Pollock, Brandon Williams, Owen Gallacher and Lewis McNall on target.
Harker, Marrs, Aziakonou, Le.Gibson, Trodd, Pollock, Adu-Peprah, Kitchen,
Aplin, Gallacher, Spooner, Lowther, Heaney, Long, C.Smith, McNall, Donaghey,
York City 2 Newcastle 1
the goals here
A player known only as Trialist A ensured
that Magpies boss Steve McClaren endured a miserable night back home in his
birthplace on Wednesday.
The Minstermen took two first half opportunities handed to them by poor
defending to net and although birthday boy Ayoze Perez halved the deficit,
another forgettable display saw United beaten by the League Two side.
With one eye on Saturday's friendly against Borussia MŲnchengladbach, a
side showing ten changes from Sunday's draw at Sheffield United lined up -
including Serbian striker Aleksander Mitrovic for the first
Clad in black and white and kicking off in a downpour, Newcastle almost took
the lead within a minute, Perez winning possession before setting up Siem De
Jong to force a save from City goalkeeper Scott Flinders.
However York struck first when they cleared a Magpies corner in the 16th
minute and Luke Summerfield got beyond Jamaal Lascelles to centre from the
His deep cross ended up at the far post and was met first time by the incoming Anthony Straker,
who made sufficient contact with the ball to loop it over Karl Darlow and home into an empty net.
If there was an element of good fortune about York's opener though, their
second goal was deliberate and deserved - City number 22 leaving Lascelles
for dead before curling his shot home from the edge of the box.
It's reported that the City trialist is Reece Thompson, a 21 year-old
forward released by Lincoln City who has since played for Retford United and
His goal came on 20 minutes but aside from a couple of centres that Mitrovic
didn't quite connect with, our attacking prowess was glimpsed only briefly
before the half time interval.
Both main chances fell to Aarons, who tried to reprise his bicycle kick
effort against Portland on 39 minutes but failed to meet it with sufficient
power. And the same player grazed the crossbar with a header from a Mehdi
Abeid corner moments before the whistle, which was greeted with booing from
the away support.
Newcastle made one change at the break with Rob Elliot getting his first
pitch time of pre-season and the action was soon down at the other end,
Flinders getting a glove on an effort from Yoan Gouffran.
Olivier Kemen was then introduced in place of cramp victim Aarons for his
first club duty of the season, with Mitrovic managing 70 minutes before
departing, having dragged one shot across goal and headed another wide.
With no first teamers named on the bench and the U21 squad away in Holland,
his replacement was 17 year-old winger Lewis Suddick, the Tyneside-born
grandson of former Magpie favourite Alan Suddick (our only unused substitute
was 17 year-old striker Louis Johnson).
United got one back in the 75th minute when Mehdi Abeid swung over yet
another corner and this time Ayoze Perez fired in from close range at the back post
to mark his 22nd birthday. The home side had made no less than eight
substitutions shortly before conceding the goal.
However an equaliser seldom looked likely despite the inroads that Shane
Ferguson continued to make down the right flank, De Jong shooting narrowly
wide and a late headed attempt from Lascelles bouncing over the bar.
Like the defeat at Portland, it's difficult to see what the point of this
was, with the result and display unimportant in the grand scheme of things
and the night of value only as a public training session - with bodies
running around to help get Mitrovic and De Jong etc. up to speed.
Lack of intensity can be explained to a certain extent, but an inability to
get on the end of crosses and a clear reluctance to try and hit the target
hint at more inherent problems. Perez ran himself ragged here, few others
If nothing else though, Steve McClaren had another 90 minutes in which to
assess parts of his squad and try to work out how and if they fit together -
a task currently akin to doing a jigsaw without the picture on the lid.
Given the unease that Lubo Satka exhibited here, it would appear that a loan
stint in the Football League may be beyond him, while it's fair to say that
neither Lascelles nor Darlow are making themselves undroppable as yet.
We may have written off the likes of Ferguson and Bigirimana before, but
tonight could have been a last hurrah for them and Elliot, none of whom look
to have anywhere to go but out. Premier League? no way.
The continuing absence of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote meanwhile
means that the team for opening day begins to pick itself. That means the
likes of Vurnon Anita, Massadio Haidara and Mike Williamson being included
regardless of their form.
As an exercise in lowering expectations, that's on a par with witnessing
this non-event. Whether Saturday will prove to be any better with a stronger
side may well depend on how bothered the visitors are - although one tends
not to get jet lag when coming from Germany...
Team: Darlow (Elliot 46), Bigirimana, Satka, Lascelles, Ferguson, Abeid,
Gouffran, Aarons (Kemen 58), De Jong, Perez, Mitrovic (Suddick 70).
Sub n/u: Johnson.
YCFC: Flinders, McCoy, Lowe, Winfield, McCombe, Straker, Berrett,
Summerfield, Penn (Platt 54), Oliver, Trialist A. (Player B, Swan, Nolan,
Ilesanmi, Meikle, Godfrey, Carson and Rzonca came on in place of eight
players tbc on 65 minutes)
Sub n/u: Ingham
Crowd: 5,406 including 2,048 away followers.
Fabricio Coloccini was spotted watching the game but there was no sign of
goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, leaving Messrs Darlow and Elliot to warm
each other up.
It later emerged that Freddie Woodman (see below) was making his debut
elsewhere on loan to Crawley Town.
"It was a good
work-out - this was always going to be a physical game. We had youngsters
playing but I was pleased with what I saw in the middle.
"We played good football and had good endeavour and attitude. It is
pre-season. We want to win but we were beaten in both boxes and failed to
defend well. We failed to score from numerous attempts.
"We want to see him out on the field
and we have to get to that situation soon. Colo has done very well in
training. He has a little niggle but we want to see him playing because he is
the captain and he plays a vital role. We hope that is sooner rather than
"Iíve heard speculation (about
Colo leaving). Iíve come in and said to Lee (Charnley) and the
board, myself included, that I would like to see him in training and Iíd
like to see him play.
"I havenít done that yet so I canít
make a decision on the future at the present moment. We just need to get him
on the field.
was good to see Mitrovic playing, he has not trained for a couple of weeks and
needs minutes. You could see from his movement and runs he is a good player.
He has been training back in Belgium.
"Yet because of the ongoing saga of
his transfer he has missed some days. We only expected one half from him but
he wanted more.
"It shows his enthusiasm on the field
so we are pleased to get him on. He has only had 24 hours, trained then
"He is a good lad and he had a smile
on his face - once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil.
"Itís difficult to say (if we are ready) because itís
been a short pre-season.
"There have been 11 days in the
States and a lot of travelling. We are still trying to catch our legs and get
the jet-lag out of us.
"We are more or less there. Saturday
is an important game. Every team is the same, they are wondering Ďare we
"I am looking at performances not
results and we have had minutes on the pitch Ė maybe not enough work, we
seem to have lost a week Ė but I am pleased with the workouts with
Sheffield United and York then Gladbach on Saturday, which will be even
City boss Russ Willcox:
"I said from day one that itís not about results but
when you do things right thatís what happens and Iím delighted with the
"We had to weather the storm for
periods of that game and Newcastle certainly showed their quality, so Iím
really pleased with the shift we put in.
"Iím very happy with the whole
squad, it was important to get them all out there tonight so I stick with the
"I know it will have been questioned,
especially as we had the lead but thereís a real sense of team spirit here
and the players showed that tonight.Ē
"We will take this as a very positive
base, things we have worked on in training worked tonight so Iím really
Fred the Red
Following Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong, Freddie
Woodman has become the third Newcastle player to depart for a loan spell
in the Football League.
The 18 year-old goalkeeper has joined League Two club Crawley Town until
January and made his debut for them in a 3-0 victory at Nuneaton Town on
England youth international Woodman has featured for United's first team in
pre-season and got as far as the bench in the Premier League last season -
although he awaits his competitive debut in senior club football.
Woodman - who was loaned to Hartlepool United last season with playing for
them - had been linked with a temporary switch to a number of clubs this
season, notably Oxford United.
Stuck in the slow Lane
Sheffield United 2 Newcastle
the goals online here
Blues call AA
Adam Armstrong's loan move to Coventry City was confirmed by NUFC on Tuesday
evening and he'll be there until January 2016. However he's not involved in
tonight's friendly at Cambridge although he is present.
Coventry Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that a loan deal taking Newcastle
striker Adam Armstrong to Coventry City next season is close to being
18 year-old England youth international Armstrong is set to make his first
appearance for Tony
Mowbray's League One side in a friendly against Oxford United on Saturday.
The Sky Blues begin their competitive games on Saturday August 8th when Wigan
Athletic visit the Ricoh Arena, with a Capital One Cup trip to Rochdale and a
visit to Millwall quickly following on (it's unclear whether Arma's loan terms
would allow him to become cup-tied).
If the thought of advertising Wonga across your chest is too awful to
contemplate, this may be of interest:
Using the motto "be alternative be united", a group of fans
have come up with this unofficial take on the iconic black and white striped
shirt - complete with a Magpie caricature and the insignia from the city coat
More details http://themagpiebrand.co.uk/
confirm open day
There's a public training session and associated
activities at SJP this coming Tuesday, August 4th from 9am.
Entry to the East Stand is free and here's the schedule:
9am: Fanzone and East Stand open
10am to 10.30am: NUFC Foundation training session
10.45am to 12.15pm: First team training session
12.15pm to 12.30pm: Penalty kicks/crossbar challenge
1.45pm: Competition winners' signing session
2pm: Fanzone closes
NB: due to the location of the fanzone for this event outside the
Gallowgate end, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm
- I'll be back
watched his former side in action on Sunday for the first time since leaving
his post last season, former Newcastle boss John Carver came over all
Arnold Schwarzenegger when speaking to the Telegraph:
"The best coach in the Premier League comment is something that
has stuck. When I went on holiday and somebody shouted ĎBest coach in the
Premier Leagueí I had just lost my job, but I waved and laughed. I know Iím
going to get that from now on for a while and if thatís the worst stick I
get, then Iíll accept it.
"I had to try everything I could. I brought in a motivational speaker,
the guy from the Newcastle basketball team. I tried all the different team
bonding things and I actually went to see someone myself, a psychologist, and
this person was making me feel so important.
"I had never done it in my life before, never. I knew the person quite
well. I went to him just after the Leicester game Ė probably the lowest time
of my spell in charge.
"I had good people around me but I felt like I needed something
different. We had a number of conversations which will not be repeated and I
will never tell anybody who it was, but it put me in this positive frame of
mind about how we could achieve the goal.
"Everybody outside Newcastle wanted
us to be the big club that went down and I had to find a way of keeping a
clear head. I only said I was the best coach in the Premier League to find a
way for the players and myself to believe we could get over the line. If Iím
asking the players to believe in themselves, then I had to show I believed in
myself. If we hadnít been in the situation we were in, I would have never
said it. It helped me achieve what I wanted to do, which was to get the team
over the line.
ďThe players didnít know. I had two or three sessions, two or three hours
a time. We had a whiteboard and talked through one or two things, and made a
"The information I got was so valuable, if youíre a head coach or a
manager, you would be mad not to use somebody like this for the club.Ē
"I thought he (Mike Williamson) meant it (the red card at
Leicester). I donít know why he would do it. It was just my thought, ĎHeís
meant thatí. Iíve told him that. Iíve said it to his face. I donít
want to go into what he said.
"Do you know what? Ninety-nine per cent of managers would love to do it.
It was for a reaction. I wouldnít have done it, but I needed a reaction, I
needed something to stimulate the group of players.
ďI embarrassed Mike Williamson and I
embarrassed myself, but I still believe I did it for the right reasons and I
embarrassed him into performing the next time he played. I apologised to Mike
for going public. I had to go and find him to go through it.
ďI was at the football club when Ruud Gullit left Alan Shearer and Duncan
Ferguson out of the derby game and Shearer was in at 8am to see Ruud. Duncan
was in even earlier. Thatís the difference.
"But Mike was fine and after the two-match suspension, he actually played
"I have to tell the truth. As a manager, you are damned if you do and
damned if you donít. If you give a load of spin then people donít believe
you and if youíre honest, you get battered for it.
"Iíve seen a lot of things at Newcastle and one of the biggest things
is the fans have always demanded honesty from the manager. If the manager
doesnít speak in an honest and open way, they slaughter him and that was in
"Next time it happens it will hurt me but I will keep quiet with a heavy
heart. When youíve had a battering like Iíve had and if Iím going to be
successful, then I have to adapt.
"Itís amazing how quickly your
reputation can be tarnished. The biggest thing is me being able to get in a
room with an owner or a chairman and convince them I am the right person for
the job by showing them what my preparation is, how I work with the players,
what Iím about, what my personality is all about and for them to find out a
bit more about be as the person, rather than the perception.
"If I didnít have any confidence in what I was trying to do, then I
would probably settle for being a coach or in the background. But I do. I do
have the confidence.
"I donít want to take the easy way out and be somebodyís assistant
unless I have to. I want to get into a football club and build a football
"Iíve got a point to prove, to myself and to the fans of Newcastle. Not
all of them because the majority have been very, very good, but to the people
who were critical. Iím a winner, Iím not a quitter.
"Why canít, in the future, I go away, be successful and return to
Newcastle as manager under different circumstances? Iíve been back to the
football club a few times and it would be a great story to do so again.Ē
AZ 2 Newcastle U21s 1
Wednesday afternoon saw United
complete their four game pre-season tour of Holland by playing on a training pitch adjacent to
Alkmaar's main stadium.
Goals from Denni Avdic and Levi Garcia won it for AZ, dividing an effort from
Sean Longstaff (tbc).
Starting XI: Pearson, Mbabu, Laidler, Ward, Williams, Cameron, Cobain,
Longstaff, Barlaser, Cooks, Smith.
Trains East Coast have come up with a brand new initiative aimed at
getting Magpies season ticket holders and members to and from away matches in
the London area at reduced prices using their services.
Individual bookings attract a 10% discount, while groups of three or more
qualify for 25% off. And rather than waiting for confirmation of match dates -
and watching cheaper advance tickets sell out - free rebooking of tickets is
now possible if a game is rescheduled for TV.
In line with the current NUFC away ticketing policy, this offer is open only
to those who qualify for away tickets (ie not the general public) and the
scheme is partly motivated by a desire to address behaviour on trains, so
there's what amounts to a code of conduct included.
Further details and bookings are open now here:
is very much uncharted territory and inevitably there will be issues that come
to light now that the website is live. As one of the parties who put this
together, we have a vested interest in seeing it work as well as possible, so
any feedback (positive or negative) to Biffa
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Match report to follow
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2015/16:
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
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.
the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend
games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.
Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?
City guide, maps etc
U18s v O'Higgins (n)
@ Coleraine Showgrounds, 1.30pm. Milk Cup.
31.07.2015 Magpie Mover applications made by today will be posted in time for
Sat 01.08.2015 Borussia MŲnchengladbach (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly.
Public sale now (lower bowl
only open). £15 adults, £5 concessions.
Sat 08.08.2015 U18s v Stoke
Clayton Wood Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 08.08.2015 U21s v Wolves (a)
New Bucks Head, Telford, 3pm. U21 Premier League.
Sun 09.08.2015 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier League. Public
Visitors have taken 1,646 seats.
NB: no metros between South Gosforth and Airport all day on Sat 08.08
and Sun 09.08. Replacement buses will run.
W/C Mon 10.08.2015
Capital One Cup Second Round draw involving NUFC.
Sat 15.08.2015 U18s v West Bromwich
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.
sale now. £35 adults, £17.50 over-60s, students and U16s.
Mon 17.08.2015 U21s v
Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Sat 22.08.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @
Jack Hayward Centre, 11am. U18 Premier League.
22.08.2015 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 12.45pm. Premier League.
Member sale now. £45 adults, £35.75 18-20 yr olds, £26.50 over-65s, 16-17
year olds, £18
on BT Sport.
Mon 24.08.2015 U21s v
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (a)
@ Training Ground, 1pm. U21 Premier League.
Tue 25/Wed 26.08.2015 Team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Capital One Cup
Second Round. Ticket details
29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details
Live on BT Sport.
Tue 01.09.2015 Transfer window closes @ 6pm.
Fri 04.09.2015 Alan Shearer talk-in @ Lancastrian Suite, Dunston. In aid
of Wallsend Boys Club. £30 including supper. No children allowed. Orders and further details: email@example.com
Capital One Cup Round dates:
2nd: w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1: w/c 04.01.2016
SF2: w/c 25.01.2016
F: Sun 28.02.2016
FA Cup Round dates:
3rd: w/e of 09.01.2016
4th: w/e of 30.01.2016
5th: w/e of 20.02.2016
6th: w/e of 12.03.2016
SF: Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F: 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
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm
Arsenal (h) 12.45pm
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm
Future live TV picks
should appear thus:
Oct/Nov: By the end of July
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
World Cup @ SJP:
The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:
Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland
Mark Allison aka
Run Geordie Run
will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul
- in 2016.
Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.
Mark is also planning further runs in 2018,
2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining
13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.
International Magpies |
National Service |
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
|On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1944 Tommy Robson
Winger who began his playing
career with Redheugh Boys club and was working in a garage as a school leaver
when a chance meeting with former Magpie Jimmy Scoular led to a trial at
That was in 1959, but no contract offer was forthcoming from United boss
Charlie Mitten and Tommy ended up joining Northampton Town two years
Chelsea paid £30,000 for him in November 1965 but opportunities were limited
at Stamford Bridge and Robson jumped at the chance to join Newcastle in late 1966.
Arriving at SJP at the same time as John McNamee and Dave Elliot, Robson helped United
climb away from the foot of Division One, although his debut resulted in a 0-4
loss at Spurs on the last day of 1966.
Finishing second top scorer behind Wyn Davies the following season with 11
goals, Tommy picked up a foot injury early the following season and saw rookie
Geoff Allen replace him to good effect as United made their entrance in the
The Magpies made a £7,000 profit when Tommy joined Peterborough in October
1968 and 111 goals in 482 games made him an idol of Posh supporters.
Moving on to Nuneaton Borough, Tommy also played for Stamford, Northampton Town
and Chatteris before returned to London Road as a youth coach in 1986.
Acting as a match day host for Posh and local radio pundit in the Peterborough
area, Tommy suffered a heart attack in 2012 but recovered and returned to
Tyneside for an ex-players reunion in July 2013.
1959 Peter Manners born,
Midfielder who came through United's youth ranks and made his senior debut
in a home win over Bristol Rovers in May 1979.
Keeping his place for the final game of the season at Gallowgate against
Brighton days later, Peter failed to break back into the senior side and left
in December 1979.
Manners spent a year in Hong Kong with Seiko Sports before returning to the
North East, where he played for Blyth Spartans, Bedlington Terriers and Seaton
1966 Rob McKinnon born,
Left back "Rab" began
his career with East Kilbride Youth Club and Rutherglen Glencairn on his native
Clydeside, before moving to SJP in 1985.
However he'd feature just once for the Newcastle first team, in a 1-5 drubbing
away at Spurs in September 1985, when deputising for the injured Kenny Wharton.
Released in the summer of 1986, McKinnon went on to have a successful career in
the game, initially with Hartlepool United (which included a brief non-playing
loan spell at Manchester United).
Returning to Scotland with Motherwell in 1991, McKinnon won the first of three
full Scottish international caps in a World Cup Qualifier against Malta two
1997 saw him join Dutch side FC Twente on a Bosman free before returning to
Scotland with Heart of Midlothian.
Winding down his career with loan spells at Hartlepool and Carlisle, Rab also
played for Clydebank and later served as player/coach of junior side Bellshill
With spells as a players agent and radio pundit, he also continues to work in
the family business - commercial vehicle dealership McKinnon & Forbes in
1981 Titus Bramble
Titus was an
England U21 international when Sir Bobby Robson persuaded United to bring him
from Ipswich Town
to Tyneside at a cost of £4.5m in July 2002.
First sighted in a pre-season friendly in Holland against minnows UDI '19 Beter
Bed, Bramble's competitive debut came in a 1-0 Champions League victory over
Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo.
He partnered Nicos Dabizas in central defence that night and would gone on to
play alongside Steve Caldwell, Jonathan Woodgate, Aaron Hughesm Andy
O'Brien, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Craig Moore, Peter Ramage and Steven Taylor
during his five seasons in a Newcastle shirt.
Regardless of his partner though, Bramble was never able to show the
concentration and consistency that could have seen him force his way into the
full England squad.
And for every blockbuster tackle or moment of skill, the inevitable "Titus
moment" was lurking around the corner - often with appalling consequences
Allowing his contract to run out, Bramble joined Wigan in June 2007, gifting
United a winner on his first return to Gallowgate three months
Almost inevitably though he made a scoring visit to Tyneside with
Wigan in November 2008 - notching a last minute effort to earn his side a point
in a 2-2
Inspired by some elements of the media, there has been something of a revision
of history recently about Bramble being the victim of poor treatment by
In the summer of 2010, Bramble's Latics ex-boss, Steve Bruce, made a surprise decision
to sign Titus for the mackems - a move that tickled many Toon fans.
And his sending off in the 5-1 humiliation of the mackems at SJP in October 2010 was the
cherry on a rather massive cake....
Another dismissal in May 2012 though came as something of a relief to Titus,
when he walked free from Teesside Crown Court.
That came after Bramble was found not guilty of two sexual assault charges that
were alleged to have taken place on the same night out in Yarm a year earlier.
Released by the mackems in summer 2013, Bramble was linked with moves to sides
in both Turkey and Serbia.
Sighted at West Ham and Ipswich Town, he played as a trialist in friendly games for both
clubs ahead of the 2013/14 season but a reported knee problem then sidelined
Michael McCrudden born, Derry, Northern Ireland.
SJP in 2007 with his fellow Northern Ireland youth internationals Partrick
McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson, Michael appeared in midfield and attack during
his time with United.
Making his reserve team debut at Bolton in September 2008, Michael however
failed to establish himself at that level and injury would also limit his U18
Released by Newcastle at the end of the 2009/10 season, he joined Derry City
and later moved on to city rivals Institute.
Death of Sir Bobby Robson.
As a footballer, Bobby appeared
for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and England before ending his career with
His managerial career then began back at Craven Cottage before a successful
stint at Ipswich Town, which led to his appointment as England boss.
Returning to club management, Bobby then enjoyed success in the Netherlands (PSV),
Portugal (Sporting Lisbon and Porto) and Spain (Barcelona).
Having failed to convince him to break his contract at Barcelona and become
United boss in 1997, the Magpies had rather more success two years later, by
which time Bobby had returned to Eindhoven.
Installed in succession to Ruud Gullit, Bobby's home debut as Newcastle manager
promptly saw his new side beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, with Alan Shearer
netting five of those.
After successive 11th place finishes, Robson then steered United to 4th, 3rd
and 5th place. In 188 Premier League games, his side registered 83 wins, 51
draws and 54 losses.
And in the cups, Sir Bobby managed semi final appearances in both FA Cup and
UEFA Cup competitions.
However his most memorable cup campaign was to be in the Champions League in
2002/03, when United played fourteen games - their longest-ever European
A qualifier in Sarajevo, success in Rotterdam and Leverkusen, a fighting draw
in Milan and an emotional return to the Nou Camp were all epic trips. And at
home, beating Juventus and Dynamo Kiev were also highlights.
In truth, the 2003/04 season ended on a low note with UEFA Cup elimination to
Marseilles in the semi-final and then a home draw with Wolves that saw most of
the SJP crowd fail to stick around for the post-match parade - a vote of no
confidence in the manager that many folk failed to recall in later years.
And although draws at Southampton and Liverpool saw the club scrape back into
Europe, the damage was done.
Robson took his side to Thailand and Hong Kong in pre-season, but after two
draws and two losses in the Premier League he was relieved of his duties and
exited from the training ground, golf putter in hand.
After losing 4-2 at Aston Villa in what was to be his final game, we wrote
The ninety minutes had encapsulated the previous five years of Sir Bobby's
reign: initial difficulties overcome, the promise of something magical but
ultimately heartache and disappointment with the fates always seeming to
conspire against us.
A subsequent advisory role with the Republic of Ireland proved to be Sir
Bobby's final job and he became a regular spectator at both SJP and the stadium
of plight, not to mention Durham cricket club.
Failing health and a recurrence of the cancer that he'd successfully fought
previously began to take their toll, but he devoted the final years of his life
to charitable works - notably the massively successful foundation established
in his name to raise funds for cancer research.
Sir Bobby passed away just days after what was his final SJP appearance at a
charity match staged in his honour and following that announcement, the Leazes
End of the ground became a shrine to his life - with flags, shirts, scarves and
Subsequent tributes included a bust sculpted by Tom Maley and exhibited in
Old Milburn reception at SJP and a memorial garden created just off Gallowgate.
May 2012 then saw Sir Bobby's family unveil a statue of him at the South West
corner of the stadium - close to the spot where he was first introduced to
supporters as the Magpies boss back in 1999.
And the fifth anniversary of his passing in 2014 saw Sir Bobby's widow Lady
Elsie confirm that an incredible £7.3m had been raised by the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation to aid cancer research and treatment.
Partick Thistle (a)|
After victory at St.Johnstone two days earlier,
United's three game tour of Scotland continued with this Firhill
IF Rimbo (Sweden) (a) 6-2 (1-0)
Quinn 3, Hunt 3
pre-season tour of Sweden moved on to a small town near
Stockholm, where Andy Hunt and Mick Quinn both found
conditions to their liking.
Berwick Rangers (a)
Cole(2), Papavasiliou(57pen), Mathie(80)
A routine victory over the part-timers from the banks
of the Tweed, on a day when the biggest hazard proved to
be the wind blowing across Shielfield Park and scattered
the contents of the surrounding speedway track into
1999 Bochum (Germany)
A thoroughly underwhelming pre-season ended in defeat
at this German Second Division team. Nice beer though....
Striker Carl Cort made it three goals in two games as
he headed the only goal at Turf Moor in the continued
absence of Alan Shearer.
NUFC.com match report.
Nottingham Forest (a) 1-3 (1-1)19,191
cracking goal from Hugo Viana but on a sunny night by the
Trent there was little else for the away fans to cheer.
Future Magpie loanee Marlon Harewood was in the home side,
but failed to make any real impact. Meanwhile Forest old
boy Jermaine Jenas appeared as a United substitute.
Butt made his Magpies bow as a half-time substitute
but by then his new colleagues had blown the Ibrox chaps
away with a three-goal first half onslaught, silencing the
Peter Lovenkrands and some guy named Boumsong were both in
the Rangers starting XI - one would later return to SJP in
a value for money deal, the other wouldn't....
Marseille and Monaco were all (incredibly) linked with
defender Jean-Alain Boumsong. Meanwhile, the link with Sol
speculation had us interested in: Jefferson Farfan,
Jonathan Woodgate, Wayne Bridge, Miroslav Klose, Jermain
Defoe and Juventus's Croatian defender Robert Kovac.
As Kieron Dyer was poised to leave the club, news broke
that his car and house had been attacked by angry
Newcastle fans after the Juventus friendly.
reports in Manchester suggested that Alan Smith was being
lined-up as a replacement. Scapegoat, presumably.Toivonen(10),
The death of Sir Bobby Robson was
announced. He was 76. A statement released on behalf of
his family read:
"It is with great
sadness that it has been announced today that Sir Bobby
Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with
"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in
County Durham with his wife and family beside him.
funeral will be private and for family members only. A
thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby's life
will be held at a later date for his many friends and
"Lady Robson and
the family would very much appreciate it if their privacy
could be respected at this difficult time."
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (h)
Second half goals from Ryan Taylor and Leon
Best helped United to recover from a 0-2 half-time deficit
against Dutch opposition.
On the first anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson's passing,
both sides joined fans in a minute's applause before
kick-off, as Newcastle debuted their new Puma home kit.