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St. James' Park
Saturday 25th February
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Aston Villa 0
St. James' Park
Monday 20th February
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2016/17:






Ticket news:
Bristol City (h) Public sale now
Brighton (a)
Huddersfield (a)
Reading (a) Public sale now
Fulham (h) Public sale now (online) 

Bristol City (h)

Saturday sees Newcastle host the Robins at SJP in an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off. The last remaining tickets are on public sale now, with the visitors selling all but 200 of their 2,800 allocation by Tuesday.

There's an NUFC Foodbanks collection before this game on Strawberry Place opposite the club shop - with donations of the following items particularly welcome: breakfast cereal, tinned meat/fish, pasta/cooking sauces and tinned tomatoes.

A new punter enhanced bet from Coral is available now, offering a massive 12/1 on a Magpies victory. £5 stake only - £5 consolation bet offered if the Magpies don't take all three points.

Find that bet online here

The Magpies have enjoyed a 1-0 advantage at half time in 15 league and cup games so far this season - and three of the last four home games:

Newcastle to be winning 1-0 at half time @ 12/5

United have kept a clean sheet in no less than 17 occasions in league and cup games to date this season - winning the whole lot:

Newcastle to win to nil @ 27/20

In 20 league and cup home games so far in 2016/17, United have scored the first goal 17 times - 16 of those coming before half time. Five came in the opening 10 minutes, five more between 11 and 20.

First goal between 0 minutes & 10 minutes @ 4/1
First goal between 11 & 20 minutes @ 17/4

First goalscorer in the game:

Mitrovic @ 4/1
Murphy @ 4/1
Ritchie @ 5/1
Gouffran @ 5/1


Coral matchday markets are online here

Dwight Gayle misses out with hamstring problems and Rolando Aarons is unavailable, but Vurnon Anita is closing in on a return. 

BCFC: The visitors lost 0-2 sat home to Fulham in the Championship on Wednesday night - meaning that they've taken just five points from a possible 39 in their last 13 league outings.

11 defeats on the road this season have come from 16 games, with victories achieved at Burton and Fulham early in the season and points taken from Rotherham, Barnsley and Derby - although the latter saw them turn a 3-0 interval lead into a 3-3 final score.

City have been weakened by the loss of top scorer, Tammy Abraham. The 19 year-old netted 18 times in the league this season but has now returned to parent club Chelsea with a thigh problem.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh - first home game of the season for the Lancashire official, after taking charge of our visits to Aston Villa, Preston and Brentford that all had dramatic endings.

No Metros will run in either direction from St James to Wallsend all day Saturday or Sunday

Replacement bus service 900
operates, calling at or near all intermediate stations. details here

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

Social: The matchday promotion from Pizza Express on Dean Street gives a 30% discount on your total bill - as long as one diner has a valid NUFC season ticket or match ticket. No reservations needed.


Victory for United would complete a fourth win double of the season following six point returns against Rotherham United, Brentford and Derby County.

Current Championship table - top 7:

P Team Pld Gd Pts
1 Newcastle 32 +37 69
2 Brighton 32 +28 68
3 Huddersfield 32 +8 64
4 Reading 33 +5 60
5 Leeds 33 +11 58
6 Sheffield Wed 33 +10 58
7 Fulham 32 +17 52

A sure-fire home win? Not exactly....

This will be the fourth time United have played back to back home league games this season - and they failed to collect six points from any of the previous three pairs of matches:

Aston Villa won / Bristol City ???
QPR drew / Derby County won
Sheffield Wednesday lost / Nottingham Forest won
Huddersfield lost / Reading won

That's no shock though, given that we've failed to take maximum points in that situation on any of the previous twelve occasions since November 2013:

Aston Villa drew / Everton lost
Manchester United drew / West Ham won
Swansea City won / Manchester City drew

Everton won / Burnley drew
Aston Villa won / Manchester United lost
Spurs lost / Swansea City lost

Crystal Palace won / Everton lost
Spurs lost / Aston Villa won
Stoke City won / Arsenal lost
Norwich City won / West Brom won

Magpies v Robins - all-time:

2009/10 drew 0-0
1995/96 won 3-1 Barton, Ferdinand, Albert (LC)
1992/93 won 5-0 G.Peacock 2, O'Brien, Carr, Brock
1991/92 won 3-0 Kelly 2, O'Brien
1990/91 drew 0-0
1980/81 drew 0-0
1977/78 drew 1-1 Martin
1976/77 drew 0-0
1910/11 lost 0-1
1909/10 won 3-1 Shepherd 2, Anderson
1908/09 won 2-1 Howie 2
1907/08 won 2-0 McClarence, Soye
1906/07 won 3-0 Rutherford 2, Howie

Full record v Bristol City:

Latest results:

Tuesday 21.02.2017:
Derby County 0-0 Burton Albion
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Reading
QPR 2-1 Wigan Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Brentford

Wednesday 22.02.2017:
Bristol City 0-2 Fulham

Latest fixtures: 

Fri 24.02.2017:
Burton Albion v Blackburn Rovers (7.45pm)
Wolves v Birmingham City (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 25.02.2017:
Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday (12.30pm) Sky
Aston Villa v Derby County (3pm)
Barnsley v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Brentford v Rotherham United (3pm)
Cardiff City v Fulham (3pm)
Preston North End v QPR (3pm)
Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 26.02.2017:
Norwich City v Ipswich Town
(Noon) Sky

Old boy ousted:


Another chapter in John Carver's managerial career has ended with his departure from Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, after crowd unrest forced their game to be abandoned on Wednesday evening.

Carver became Omonia's coach last June as they sought to improve on a fourth place finish, thirteen points behind champions and city rivals, APOEL.

With just two league games of their regular season remaining though, Omonia languish in fifth and trail first place APOEL by twelve points.

And trailing 1-3 to Apollon in a Cyprus Cup Quarter Final (3-5 on aggregate) was the final straw for some fans, who threw flares onto the pitch to get the game abandoned - having previously caused an eight minute delay when staging a pitch invasion.  

Former Magpie Nicos Dabizas is currently Director of Football at Omonia, but may also soon find himself seeking alternative employment. 

Gayle hamstrung

Forced off with a recurrence of his hamstring issue during the first half of Monday's victory over Aston Villa, Dwight Gayle looks set to miss a further six Championship games for the Magpies.

The 26 year-old made his comeback from a similar ailment at Norwich last week, having missed the previous six league and cup fixtures.

Absent with hamstring problems while at Crystal Palace in November 2015, an abortive 13 minute comeback a month later then saw him miss the following thirteen games.

Gayle's current problem isn't thought to be as bad, but a return in early April against Wigan appears likely, a period of enforced rest seeing him absent for games against Bristol City, Brighton, Huddersfield, Reading, Fulham and Birmingham City.   

Point gained

Blackburn U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  1


A hectic finale to their scheduled league season saw United's U18 side in action for the third time in just eight days, facing Rovers at a damp Brockhall.

Trailing at the break, Newcastle drew level thanks to Lewis McNall's seventh league and cup goal and deservedly collected their first away point of 2017 after a trio of defeats on the road. 

The Magpies welcomed back Mackenzie Heaney from an extended absence through injury but fell behind after 24 minutes, Ben Paton nodding down a centre from the left wing for Tre Pemberton to shoot past Nathan Harker from the edge of the area.

Pemberton then unleashed a low left footed drive that hit the post on 39 minutes, as the hosts looked to maintain a season-long unbeaten home record.

Emerging for the second period with Owen Gallacher and Tom Allan on in place of Mace Goodridge and Heaney, United came more into the contest and levelled in the 66th minute.

Gallacher's pass to McNall gave the striker sight of goal and although his left footed shot lacked power, Rovers 'keeper Ben Ascroft was powerless to prevent it ending up in the net.  

Blackburn responded by making a triple substitution and Harker did well to deny Alex Curran before Newcastle's Craig Spooner volleyed just over.

A deflected effort from Curran in the final seconds broke to Hayden Carter, but the Rovers defender couldn't keep his shot down and it ended all square.  

Team: Harker, Cass, Adu-Peprah, Longstaff, Kitchen, L
e.Gibson, Spooner, Goodridge (Gallacher 46), McNall (Watts 75) Heaney (Allan 46), Aplin. Subs n/u: Sangare, Huuhtanen.

Booked: Longstaff

Pantomime Villan!

Newcastle  2  Aston Villa

It's behind you


Match footage is online here

Match report here




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Belated confirmation from the EFL came on Monday that the following three Toon games will be played as scheduled and not subject to alteration:
Tue 07.03.2017 Reading (a) 8pm
Sat 11.03.2017 Fulham (h) 3pm
Sat 18.03.2017 Birmingham City (a) 3pm

The possibility of alteration for live TV transmission remained, while Fulham's visit to Tyneside also hinged on their FA Cup commitments -
something that was decided by a 0-3 home loss to Spurs on Sunday. 

TV games as far as April 5th have now been announced, with United's home games against Wigan (April 1st) and Burton (April 5th) not selected. News of further live TV picks is anticipated this week.

Senior Cup: rematch

A 5-2 win for Blyth Spartans over Blyth Town in the Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final on Wednesday night sets up a repeat of 2016's Final against North Shields, after the Robins beat Newcastle last week.

What looked to be a comfortable victory for Spartans was slightly different in reality though - with extra time required to achieve an outcome after the tie reached 90 minutes at 1-1. 1,120 fans attended.

Confirmation of a date for the Final is tbc, but the venue will once again be St. James' Park, where a crowd of almost 2,500 saw an epic contest last season that Shields eventually won 4-3.  

Plastic fantastic 


The latest Newcastle United Foundation fundraiser is a raffle for this model of St. James' Park constructed from Lego and weighing in at 15kg!

Tickets are £5 each, with various incentives for those buying in bulk more details here

Loan lads:
Cup stuff etc. 

Henri Saivet (AS Saint-Etienne)
The French side made an inevitable exit from the Europa League on Wednesday, beaten 0-1 at home to Manchester United - completing a 0-4 aggregate defeat. Saivet played for the opening 54 minutes.

Paul Woolston (Blyth Spartans)
Taking a break from Northern Premier League action, Paul was in goal for the Spartans as they beat Blyth Town 5-2 on Wednesday to qualify for this year's Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Tim Krul (AZ Alkmaar)
Barring an unexpected turnaround, Thursday should see AZ's interest in the Europa League end, as they head to Lyon trailing 1-4 from the first leg.

Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
PSG (h) Ligue 1, Sunday

Adam Armstrong
Huddersfield Town (h) Championship, Saturday 

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Port Vale (a) League One, Saturday

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Bristol Rovers (a) League One, Saturday

Macaulay Gillesphey
(Carlisle United)
Portsmouth (h) League Two, Saturday

Oliver Long (Whitley Bay)
Newton Aycliffe (a) Northern League, Saturday

Lubo Satka (DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda) 
Tatran Presov (h) Slovakian Superleague
, Saturday 

Freddie Woodman
, Callum Roberts
Sean Longstaff
St. Johnstone (a) Scottish Premiership, Saturday

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
Feyenoord (a) Eredivisie, Sunday

Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Grasshopper (a) Swiss SuperLeague, Sunday

Emmanuel Riviere (Real Osasuna)
Espanyol (a) Primera Division, Sunday

s latest

Whether you're going to home or away games, if part of your journey is by train, then various weekend alterations for engineering work may derail you:

Feb (date/kickoff time confirmed):
Sat 25th Bristol City (h) @ SJP, 3pm

Mar (
date/kickoff times confirmed):
Sat 4th Huddersfield Town (a) 5.30pm
Buses replace trains from York-Darlington from 8pm.

Sat 11th Fulham (h) 3pm 
Amended timetable Newcastle-York

Sat 18th Birmingham City (a) 3pm
Buses replace trains from York-Darlington from 8pm.

(date/kickoff times tbc):
Sat 1st Wigan Athletic (h) 3pm
Amended timetable York-Newcastle

Sat 8th Sheffield Wednesday (a) 3pm
Buses replace trains from York-Darlington from 8pm.

Sat 15th Leeds United (h) 3pm
Amended timetable York-Newcastle

Mon 17th Ipswich Town (a) 3pm
Liverpool Street Station closed all weekend, suggested alternative route is Central Line tube to Newbury Park, bus to Ingatestone and train to Ipswich.

Sat 22nd Preston North End (h) 3pm
Amended timetable York-Newcastle

Sat 29th Cardiff City (a) 3pm
An amended timetable from Paddington will apply.
Buses replace trains from York-Darlington from 8pm.

(date/kickoff time confirmed):

Sun 7th Barnsley (h) Noon
Buses replace trains York-Darlington until 10am.
An amended Trans Pennine timetable will apply.
Buses replace trains Hexham-Newcastle all day.

Find details of all the above online here

Youth Cup: Monday

United's U18 side have made it to the Quarter Final stage of the FA Youth Cup for the third time in four seasons and will face Spurs at St. James' Park on Monday evening (February 27th).

Entry is free to all fans, with the East Stand open. Kick-off is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if required.  

Newcastle made it to this stage thanks to wins over Portsmouth, Swansea City and the mackems, while Spurs saw off Stevenage, QPR and Norwich City.

At stake is a two-legged Semi-Final against the reigning champions Chelsea - who knocked us out at the Quarter Final stage in 2014 and 2015 and are unbeaten in this competition since the 2013 Final.

Chelsea's U18 league form this season is also worthy of note - beaten just twice in 21 games, unbeaten in the most recent 17 games and recording a 13-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Sixth Round ties:

Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea

22.02.2017 Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City
27.02.2017 Newcastle v Spurs

27.02.2017 Preston v Stoke City


First leg
(played by Sat 18.03.2017):
Manchester City v Preston or Stoke City
Newcastle or Spurs v Chelsea

Second leg
(played by Sat 08.04.2017):
Preston or Stoke City v Manchester City
Chelsea v Newcastle or Spurs

PL Cup: Tuesday

Having bowed out of the Northumberland Senior Cup and Central League Cup, Newcastle U23s retain an interest in the Premier League Cup.

However, progress to the last 16 of that competition depends on finishing first or second in their group - something that they can guarantee by winning their final group stage game against Southampton.

That's a 1pm kick-off on Tuesday at Whitley Park - admission free for ST holders/members, or else £3 adults, £1 concessions on the gate. 

Alternatively, a draw would be enough for us to go through, provided that Swansea City and Bristol City also drew in their last game.

The top two teams from the group go forward with the winners and runners-up of the other seven groups. 

Premier League Cup - Group A:

Team Played GD Pts
1 Southampton 5 4 9
2 Newcastle 5 1 7
3 Swansea City 5 -3 7
4 Bristol City 5 -2 6

Remaining fixtures:

NUFC v Southampton (1pm)
Bristol City v Swansea City (2pm)

The last sixteen, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final are then all played as one-off games, with no replays.


Norwich City  2  Newcastle  2


Match footage is online here


Match report here

Brighton (a)


The top two in the Championship slug it out at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday evening when the Magpies meet the Seagulls in a 7.45pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.

The Magpies received an allocation of 2,900 places and these are now sold out.

Where: Amex Stadium BN1 9BL (30,292)
Nearest railway station: Falmer (adjacent)
Return mileage from SJP: 692 miles

This may be new territory in league terms for United, but we're no strangers to this stadium that opened in 2011 - having endured successive FA Cup defeats there in January 2012 (0-1) and January 2013 (0-2).

Both those games attracted crowds of under 22,000 but the Seagulls have since completed work to fill in the corners of the stadium to take capacity to 30K.

Betting: To follow

Team: To follow

Stats: To follow

BHAFC: To follow

Referee: Bobby Madley
- a Premier League referee taking his first NUFC game of the season, remembered for his red-carding of Fabricio Coloccini away at the mackems last season.

The West Yorkshire whistler was also in the middle for the 1-3 loss at Southampton and 0-0 draw at Villa.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square in Newcastle will be showing this game on their big screen TVs with various food and drink promotions.

Selected bottled beers are £1.50 and all pints (including four local craft beers) are half price. 

The Ware Rooms are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle.
(The official NUFC website offers free worldwide streaming of Radio Newcastle match commentaries)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


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 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 have announced that their members only away ticket policy will be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Sat 25.02.2017 Bristol City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale now.

Mon 27.02.2017 U18s v Spurs (h) @ SJP, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Quarter Final. Free admission to all.

Tue 28.02.2017 U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League Cup. 
Note new date.

Tue 28.02.2017 Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7.45pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,700. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 01.03.2017 U18s v Everton (a)
@ Finch Farm, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Note new date & kick-off time.

Fri 03.03.2017 U18s v smoggies (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note further new date.

Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield Town (a) @ John Smiths Stadium, 5.30pm. Championship. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 1,900. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 06.03.2017 U23s v Norwich City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 07.03.2017 Reading (a) @ Madjeski Stadium, 8pm. Championship. Public sale now. £23 adults, £16 65 and over, £13 18 -24 years, £8 U17s. Allocation: tbc.  

Sat 11.03.2017 Fulham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Public sale (online) now, Mon 27.02.2017 (in person/by phone).

Mon 13.03.2017 U23s v West Ham (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 18.03.2017 Birmingham City (a) @ St. Andrews, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc.

Sat 01.04.2017 tbc Wigan Athletic (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

Wed 05.04.2017 tbc Burton Albion (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

Sun 07.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Tue 28.02.2017 Brighton (a) 7.45pm
Sat 04.03.2017 Huddersfield (a) 5.30pm

Talk-ins etc:

Fri 24.02.2017 John Beresford
(and Gavin Webster) @ Teams Social Club, Gateshead. £15 inc. pie & peas, Special Olympics benefit. Tickets: Danielle (0191 433 2313), Brian (07788 652046), Les (07974 308162).

Sat 25.02.2017 John Anderson @ Rutherford AFC clubhouse, Lobley Hill, Gateshead NE11 0HJ. £12 inc. pie & peas. Tickets from venue or text 07891 533892.

Thu 02.03.2017 Malcolm Macdonald, Olivier Bernard (and Gavin Webster) @ North Shields FC clubhouse. £10 inc. pie & peas. Tickets from venue.

Tue 14.03.2017 Keith Gillespie @ Benton Ale House. £12 available from the venue.

Fri 24.03.2017 Gallowgate Flags Quiz Night @ NINE Bar, SJP, 7pm. Tickets £10 per person (+ booking fee) online here

Fri 07.04.2017 Steve Harper (and Mick Lowes) Ponteland Memorial Hall, benefit for Ponteland Cricket Club. Tickets £20 inc. pie & peas. Tickets: Chris on 07814 736865. 

Fri 21.04.2017 Steve Harper
@ Assembly Rooms, Newcastle. Benefit for Teenage Cancer Trust. £30 (£90 VIP) from 07891 967469.

Fri 02.06.2017 Toon Legends Annual Dinner @ Village Hotel, North Shields. Alan Kennedy and former NUFC players tbc will be in attendance. £50 per ticket, table of 10 for £450. Tickets from Bill 07753 573613.

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2017:

Saturday 20th May 2017:
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)

Sunday 21st May 2017:
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford (3.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 international break:
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

2017/18 international breaks:
Mon-Tue 28.08-05.09.2017
Mon-Tue 02.10-10.10.2017
Mon-Tue 06.11-14.11.2017
Mon-Tue 19.03-27.03.2018

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

What's this all about then?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
23rd February

Born Or Died:

1950 Alan Foggon born, West Pelton, Durham. (1965-71)

Attacking midfielder/winger, who graduated from the junior and reserve sides to make his first team debut just days before his 18th birthday, in a 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

A schoolboy sprint champion, Foggon's moment of glory came in the second leg of the 1969 Fairs Cup Final in Budapest when his shot was pushed onto the crossbar by the Ujpest 'keeper, but the United man followed up to lash the ball into the net and make it 3-2 on the night, 6-2 on aggregate. 

He moved on to Cardiff City in August 1971, but within a year had returned to the North East, signing for Jack Charlton's Boro side.

Despite looking overweight, Foggon became a favourite of the Ayresome Park crowd and helped the Teessiders to promotion from Division Two in 1974.

After brief stints with Rochester Lancers and Hartford Bi-Centennials in the USA, Foggon moved to Manchester United in 1976.

That proved to be something of a disaster though and after just three league outings at Old Trafford he switched to the mackems.

Later moves took Alan on to Southend United, Hartlepool United (loan), Consett and Whitley Bay.

Remaining on South Tyneside, Alan then worked in the security business and the pub trade,
in Spennymoor and South Shields.

1963 Wesley Saunders born, Boldon. (1980-85)

An England schoolboy international, Wes began his United career at left back in a 1-2 defeat at Chelsea in November 1981 and retained his place in the side.

That was in spite of a run of games when he conceded penalties (three in all) but still finished on the winning side - and scored his only senior goal for United in a 4-3 FA Cup win at Colchester.

After beginning the next season at left back, Saunders lost his place to Kenny Wharton, reappearing in central defence for part of the promotion campaign of 1983/84 after an injury to Jeff Clarke.

Partnering Glenn Roeder in the early games of our First Division return, Saunders then took over at left back from John Ryan but found himself surplus to requirements at SJP and went off on loan to Bradford City.

A further loan spell at Carlisle was turned into a permanent £20K deal in November 1985, before a £100K transfer to Dundee three years later (Newcastle taking half).

Returning to England with Torquay United in 1990, Saunders featured in their Wembley playoff final against Blackpool and took over as manager at Plainmoor for a time, after a knee injury forced him to stop playing.

A story about drinking games, Tommy Tynan and a kettle in the run up to that playoff final has also entered Devon folklore....

Turning out later for Spennymoor United, Wes then returned to
Plainmoor as Gulls manager in 1998 but was sacked in 2001.

Working as a players agent,
he travelled with Gazza out to China for his abortive move to Gansu Tianma and was credited with tipping off then-Wigan boss Steve Bruce about Egyptian striker Amr Zaki.

Saunders later
served as assistant manager of Northern League Jarrow Roofing and appeared for the Newcastle side in the annual Masters Football Tournament.

PS: Wes was known as fingers during his time at SJP, after a "misunderstanding" led to his walking out of a city centre store without paying for the pair of ladies' gloves he was carrying at the time.... 

1966 Death of Billy Hampson, 81.
After a long career at United, cup winner Billy became manager of Carlisle, bringing a young Bill Shankly to Brunton Park.

1968 Brian Tinnion born, Burnopfield.

A member of Newcastle's 1985 FA Youth Cup winning side, Brian made his senior debut in a 0-3 loss at Everton in April 1987.

Initially appearing in a left midfield berth
, the following  season saw him feature regularly in his preferred left back role, replacing John Bailey.

The first of his two senior goals came in a 3-0 home win over Watford in April 1988, but the following season saw him feature in the first team just twice, following the arrival of Jim Smith in December.

Losing out to new arrival Kenny Sansom as United fought an unsuccessful relegation battle, Tinnion was declared surplus to requirements and sold to Bradford City for £150K in March 1989.

He returned to SJP as a Bantam the following season as the sides met in Division Two, remaining at Valley Parade until 1993 - by which time he'd reverted to a midfield role that added goalscoring to his game.

Moving to Bristol City, Brian made over 500 appearances for the Robins, sealing his cult status by netting in a 1-0 FA Cup victory over Liverpool at Anfield in January 1994.

Nicknamed "The Tinman", Brian also coached City's youngsters and was the
peoples' choice as manager following the departure of Danny Wilson in summer 2004.

Narrowly missing out on the League One playoffs, Brian stood down amid increasing criticism in September 2005, soon after
a 1-7 thrashing by Swansea City.

After brief spells playing for Cheltenham Town, Aldershot and Weston Super Mare, Brian became Team Bath player-coach.

An involvement with youth soccer schools in Bristol and Spain was then followed by a spell scouting for Everton, before June 2013 saw him tempted back to Ashton Gate, as Bristol City's head of youth recruitment.


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What Else?

1895 Blyth (a)
Wallace, Graham(pen)
scorers tbc 

1901 Derby County (h)
MacFarlane, Peddie
Two sides knocked of the FA Cup at the First Round stage met at Gallowgate on Second Round day - a week after playing out a 1-1 league draw on Tyneside.

1907 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Appleyard 2, McWilliam, McCracken(pen) 

1921 Huddersfield Town (a)
Division One 
Smailes 2, Harris 

1924 Watford (a)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
United's first-ever meeting with the Hornets came at Vicarage Road, which had opened for business in August 1922.

The winning goal came early in the tie, Stan Seymour netting with a rising shot from close range after William Cowan and James Low combined down the Newcastle right for the latter to cross.

1929 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Edmed(42), og(Maitland)(55)
With centre forward Hughie Gallacher on international duty with Scotland (netting four times in a 7-3 win over Ireland in Belfast), understudy Monte Wilkinson missed the opportunity to impress.

1935 West Ham United (h)
Division Two 
Murray, Pearson 2 

1946 Everton (h)

Ahead early on, United were undone in high winds by Everton's ploy of playing on the floor and starving star striker Albert Stubbins of the ball.

At Goodison Park meanwhile the two reserve sides were in action, Newcastle beating the Toffees 3-2. 

1952 Swansea Town (a)
FA Cup 5th Round 
The cup run continued with this narrow Fifth Round success, achieved despite the presence of Ivor Allchurch in the home ranks.
Youtube footage is online here

1957 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division One 
Casey, Eastham, Scoular 
United eased to victory against the bottom side, who were to remain outside the top flight until 1987.

1959 Linfield (a)
Taylor, Allchurch, White
scorers tbc 
This midweek friendly match was played under the floodlights at Belfast's Windsor Park - our second visit there in four years.

1974 Liverpool (h)
Division One 

1976 Bolton Wanderers (n) 2-1 (1-0)
FA Cup 5th Round Second Replay 
Burns(15), Gowling(57) 
After stalemates at Burnden Park (3-3) and SJP (0-0) the deadlock was finally broken at the neutral venue of Elland Road, Leeds.

Youtube footage is online here

1980 Shrewsbury Town (a) 1-3 (0-2)
Division Two 
Maguire(14), King(21), Biggins(55)
Our very first visit to Gay Meadow marked the third and final appearance of midfielder Alex Cropley, loaned from Aston Villa.

That brief spell in our colours had brought just one point and one goal, while Cropley failed to complete ninety minutes. Inevitably he was returned back to Villa Park. 

1984 United lost 1-2 to Everton at Goodison Park in an FA Youth Cup Fifth Round tie, birthday boy Brian Tinnion on target.

The Toffees went on to win the Youth Cup that season, beating Stoke City in the final.

1985 Luton Town (h)
Division Two 
Kenny Wharton's effort lifted United to the dizzy heights of 14th place in Division One, which was to be their finishing position. On a day when George Reilly made his debut, the Magpies' defence kept their first clean sheet in 19 attempts.

1991 Wolves (h)
Division Two 
Alleged striker Paul Moran made his infamous sole Newcastle appearance in this game, after arriving on loan from Spurs. 

His non-performance was allegedly due to an extended Friday night "sightseeing" tour of Newcastle with his tour guide, Gazza. 

Mark Stimson was dismissed late in the game after he and Kevin Scott tangled with Wolves striker Steve Bull.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Coventry City (h)
Premier League 
Cole(49,70,77), Mathie(86) 
Despite being without Barry Venison, Steve Howey, John Beresford and Paul Bracewell, United easily disposed of the Sky Blues at SJP in a hastily- rearranged game, with this single page teamsheet deputising for the programme.
Youtube footage is online here

2000 First half goals from Stephen Glass and Silvio Maric gave United's reserve side a 2-0 win at Villa Park. 

The home side included old boys Alan Thompson and Steve Watson in their line-up. 

2004 A 3-0 win for the Reserves in the Pontins League against Notts County at Meadow Lane came courtesy of strike duo Carl Finnigan (2) and Lewis Guy. match report

2008 Manchester United (h) 1-5 (0-2)
Premier League
Rooney(25,80), Ronaldo(45,56), Saha(90)
After a 1-4 loss at Aston Villa, this demoralising disintegration was beamed out to the nation, as Kevin Keegan made it six games without a win since returning as manager.

Steve Harper completed a century of games for the Magpies when appearing as a half time replacement for the ailing Shay Given. match report

2009 Midfielder Mark Doninger's hat trick helped the reserves to a 3-2 victory over Boro at Whitley Park, giving new second string boss Alan Thompson a winning start. match report

2014 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
With just 90 seconds of added time left, our winless home run looked set to extend to a lamentable six league and cup games.  

When Luuk De Jong robbed Ron Vlaar after 88 minutes, only for Loic Remy to fire his shot against the post, Newcastle's home goal drought clicked towards the 460 minute mark and the meagre return of a point against an insipid Villa side looked likely.   

Remy though had other ideas and after latching on to a deflected effort from De Jong, side-stepped Vlaar before slamming the ball home at the Gallowgate End. match report

The reserves were held to a 2-2 draw by basement side Wolves at Telford, coming from a goal down to lead thanks to an Adam Armstrong penalty and Olivier Kemen's shot. 

However, a 94th minute Wolves corner was turned past goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to ensure that the points were shared. match report