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Friday 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....

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
Sat 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm BT 
Sat 29.08.2015
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

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm BT
Sat 21.11.2015 Leicester City (h) no TV
Sat 28.11.2015 Crystal Palace (a) no TV


BMG (h) 


Update: Pay turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm:

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 this weekend. 

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 August 10th. 

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 Germany.

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 outfit Porto.

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 touch.

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Saints (h) - Magpie
Mover deadline

Magpie Mover - the annual discount travel scheme for Newcastle United season ticket holders - is now open for bookings again, with the price held from last season.

And applications received by today Friday, July 31st will be posted in time for the first home game of the season, when Southampton visit SJP on Sunday August 9th.

(NB: applications can be made after Friday, but aren't guaranteed to arrive in time for our home season opener)

£20* gets you free travel on public transport in Tyne and wear for three hours before and three hours after each first team home game in the 2015/16 season.

Even without any home cup ties, travelling to and from 19 Premier League home games by public transport would cost over £87 buying an all zones Day Saver Ticket.

Buy Magpie Movers online here

(*Postal sales are available for £21 print form here)

Magpie Mover provider Network One ran a competition recently open to supporters who took advantage of the early bird Magpie Movers early, with three bicycles up for grabs. 

The winners of those were Stephen OíBrien, Alison Mounsey and Marion Lee. 

Please be aware that Magpie Mover tickets are valid for competitive first team home games only, therefore cannot be used on Saturday for the Gladbach hame.

Arrival #3
Defender joins - official


NUFC email sent to fans on Thursday:

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 Tyneside.

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.

Book out now:
Touching distance 

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 Howey.

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 

Milk Cup:

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 Smith goals.

(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, Williams.

Mystery man spoils 
Mac homecoming

York City  2  Newcastle  1


Watch 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 time.   

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 City right.

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 Frickley Athletic.

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 did.

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.

Steve McClaren:

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 later.

"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.

"It 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 played.

"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 ready?í

"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 harder.Ē

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 whole squad.

"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 decision

"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 pleased." 

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 Wednesday night.

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 


Watch the goals online here

Match report

Sky Blues call AA


Update: 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. 

The Coventry Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that a loan deal taking Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong to Coventry City next season is close to being concluded.

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 of arms.

More details


Club 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

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 that day.

Carver - I'll be back


Having 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 few notes. 

"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 well.

"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 my head.

"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 club.

"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

Tour concludes 


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.

Booked: Barlaser.

Train offer launched

Virgin 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:


This 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 is welcome.

Jennings Ford Direct
Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


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

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Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Fri 31.07.2015 U18s v O'Higgins (n) @ Coleraine Showgrounds, 1.30pm. Milk Cup.

Fri 31.07.2015 Magpie Mover applications made by today will be posted in time for Southampton (h).

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 City (a) @ 
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 sale now.

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 Albion (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.08.2015 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Member 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.

Sat 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 U16s. Live 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 tbc.

Sat 29.08.2015 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. 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:

Capital One Cup Round dates:

w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: 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 22.08.2015 Man United (a) 12.45pm 
Sat 29.08.2015
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

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul - in 2016.

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
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)
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
31st July

Born Or Died:

1944 Tommy Robson born, Gateshead.

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 St.James' Park.

That was in 1959, but no contract offer was forthcoming from United boss Charlie Mitten and Tommy ended up joining Northampton Town two years later. 

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 Fairs Cup. 

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, Sunderland.

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 Delaval.

1966 Rob McKinnon born, Glasgow.

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 years later.

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 Athletic. 

With spells as a players agent and radio pundit, he also continues to work in the family business - commercial vehicle dealership McKinnon & Forbes in Paisley.

1981 Titus Bramble born, Ipswich.

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 for United.

Allowing his contract to run out, Bramble joined Wigan in June 2007, gifting United a winner on his first return to Gallowgate three months later.  

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 draw.

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 Newcastle.

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 him.  

1991 Michael McCrudden born, Derry,  Northern Ireland. (2007-10)

Arriving at 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 appearances.

Released by Newcastle at the end of the 2009/10 season, he joined Derry City and later moved on to city rivals Institute.

2009 Death of Sir Bobby Robson.
(Mgr 1999-2004)

As a footballer, Bobby appeared for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and England before ending his career with Vancouver Royals.

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 campaign.

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 that:

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 flowers laid.

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.  


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What Else?

1972 Partick Thistle (a)

Macdonald, Gibb
scorers tbc
After victory at St.Johnstone two days earlier, United's three game tour of Scotland continued with this Firhill stalemate. 

1991 IF Rimbo (Sweden) (a) 6-2 (1-0)
Quinn 3, Hunt 3
scorers tbc
Newcastle's 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.

1993 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 spectators' eyes.

1999 Bochum (Germany) (a)

Balusynski(41,63), Schreiber(67)
A thoroughly underwhelming pre-season ended in defeat at this German Second Division team. Nice beer though.... match report

2000 Burnley (a)

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. match report.

2002 Nottingham Forest (a) 1-3 (1-1)


Johnson(16), Lester(46), Bopp(79)
A 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. match report

2004 Rangers (h)

Shearer(11pen), Bellamy(29), Bernard(37), Dyer(90)
Prso(43), Ricksen(85)
Nicky 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 travelling masses.

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.... match report

2006 Juventus, Marseille and Monaco were all (incredibly) linked with defender Jean-Alain Boumsong. Meanwhile, the link with Sol Campbell cooled.

Other speculation had us interested in: Jefferson Farfan, Jonathan Woodgate, Wayne Bridge, Miroslav Klose, Jermain Defoe and Juventus's Croatian defender Robert Kovac.

2007 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.

Meanwhile, reports in Manchester suggested that Alan Smith was being lined-up as a replacement. Scapegoat, presumably.

2009 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 cancer.

"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him.

"Sir Bobby's 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 colleagues.

"Lady Robson and the family would very much appreciate it if their privacy could be respected at this difficult time."

2010 PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (h)
R.Taylor(52), Best(72)
Toivonen(10), DzsudzsŠk(42)
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. match report