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Saturday 25th February
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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)
Birmingham (a) ST holder sale now (

Bristol City (h)

This afternoon sees Newcastle host the Robins at St. James' Park in a 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 a 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 a hamstring issue, but initial fears that he could miss the next month have receded and he could be back in the squad within the coming week. 

Rolando Aarons and Isaac Hayden are unavailable, Vurnon Anita is closing in on a return. 

Bookings - any player collecting 10 bookings by Sunday March 12th is suspended for two games. Here's our current most "at risk" quartet:

Matt Ritchie 9
Jack Colback 8
Isaac Hayden 8
Paul Dummett 7

BCFC: The visitors lost 0-2 at 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

Fri 24.02.2017:
Burton Albion 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Wolves 1-2 Birmingham City

Latest fixtures: 

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

Former favourite:
Ned's recollections

Back on Tyneside for a weekend talk-in and taking in the Villa match on Monday, ex-Magpie David Kelly was interviewed for the Football Matters TV show.

If you missed it on TV, catch it
online here

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. 

Old boy:
Palace success


Northern Ireland boss and former Newcastle striker Michael O'Neill received his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Officially the 47 year-old was given the honour for services to football and the community in Northern Ireland, but it seems obvious to us
it's in recognition of his hat-trick against Luton Town in April 1988...

England take 
former coach

Keeping a low profile since his exit from Gallowgate along with Steve McClaren in March 2016, former Magpies coach Paul Simpson has accepted an FA role as England head coach for the U20 World Cup.

55 year-old Simpson didn't reappear with McClaren when he returned to Derby County, joining the FA staff instead back in October. 

He'll take charge of the U20 side in South Korea this coming May, with his first games at a friendly tournament in France scheduled for March.

PS: Ex-Magpie midfielder Lee Bowyer has made a return to another of his old clubs, joining Charlton Athletic as a first team coach. 

Pantomime Villan!

Newcastle  2  Aston Villa

Match footage is online here

Match report here




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Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) 
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 

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.

Blyth are in league action at home to Corby Town on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

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.

Les Verts return to Ligue 1 action on Sunday, when they entertain Caen.

Tim Krul (AZ Alkmaar)
Having conceded 17 goals and no clean sheets in his first five games for AZ, it remains to be seen whether Tim continues between the sticks on Sunday, when they are at home to PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie.

Thursday saw Tim and AZ on the wrong end of a 1-7 defeat away to Lyon in the Europa League that completed an aggregate 2-11 reverse.

That was the third time in his career that Tim had picked the ball out of his net seven times; doing so against Rangers at Ibrox in August 2007 (2-7) when loaned out to Falkirk and suffering a similar fate for United at Arsenal in December 2012 (3-7). 

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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
Amended timetable York-Newcastle

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

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

Sat 18th Birmingham City (a) 3pm
Buses replace trains 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 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: Central Line tube to Newbury Park, bus to Ingatestone, train to Ipswich.

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

Sat 29th Cardiff City (a) 3pm
Amended timetable Paddington-Cardiff Central.
Buses replace trains 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.

Middle or bottom?

Games against Everton and Middlesbrough next week will conclude the main league season for Newcastle's U18 side, whose point from a 1-1 draw at Blackburn saw them exceed their final total last season.

Dave Watson's side have 21 points from 20 matches and sit ninth in a 12 team league (they finished ninth in 2015/16 with 20 points from 22 matches).

Trips to Everton's Finch Farm on Wednesday and a home meeting with Boro on Friday will determine if they remain ninth or can reach seventh or eighth - and in doing so, qualify for a higher playoff group.

The second part of the season sees all teams play seven fixtures in mini leagues created by combining both North and South Divisions according to their finishing positions.

Teams finishing 1st to 4th go into the top tier, 5th to 8th the middle tier and 9th to 12th the bottom one.

A bottom tier finish would line up West Brom, Wolves and the mackems from the North and Leicester, Swansea, Brighton and Southampton from the South.

Opponents in a middle tier finish meanwhile would include the likes of Everton, Derby, Boro or Stoke, Spurs, Norwich, Fulham and Villa.

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


Full record v Brighton:

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)

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

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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. ST holder sale now, 50 points. £25 adults, £20 OAPs / students, £15 13-18 years, £10 U13s. Allocation: 3,300.

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:

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
25th February

Born Or Died:

1886 Harold Thomas William Hardinge born, Greenwich. (1905-07)

Harold (also known as Wally) joined United in 1905, following spells at local non league sides Eltham, Tonbridge and Maidstone United and an ongoing involvement with Kent county cricket club.

Debuting in a 2-3 derby loss in September 1905, inside forward Hardinge was an occasional starter during the rest of that season scoring once to round off a 2-1 home victory over Sheffield United.  

Moving to the Blades in 1907 at a cost of £350, Wally's football career blossomed at Bramall Lane, averaging almost a goal every three games in his 150 appearances. One full England cap also followed, against Scotland at Hampden Park in 1910.

Joining Woolwich Arsenal in 1913, he returned from serving in the Royal Navy air forced during WW1 and remained with the Gunners until hanging up his boots in 1921.

Hardinge remains the only player to have represented Newcastle and played Test Match cricket - being selected for England against Australia at Leeds in July 1921. 

Managing a knock of 25 in the first innings, he fell after making just five in the second innings. The visiting side won by 219 runs, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and retaining the Ashes.

Named as 1915 Wisden Cricketer of the Year and representing Kent for 31 seasons, the presence of opening batsmen such as Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe restricted his England outings to just that one test.

Working for the Wisden cricket publications company until 1934, Harry also coached at Leicestershire county cricket club.

He died in 1965, having settled in the Cambridge area. 

1898 Lawrie Crown born, 
Fulwell, sunderland. (1926-27)

Left back signed from South Shields during March 1926 for £2,750, shortly after the Division Two Seasiders had knocked Birmingham in the FA Cup.

Making his first team bow in a 0-2 home defeat by Huddersfield Town days later, Crown retained his place for one further game before Frank Hudspeth returned.

Failing to get back into the senior side, Crown joined Bury for £350 a year later.

Moving on to Coventry City in 1928, he remained with them for three years. Lawrie passed away in 1984.

1898 Dugald Livingstone born, Alexandria, Scotland. (Mgr 1954-56)

"Duggie" remains the last manager to bring major domestic honours to SJP, taking charge of the side in their FA Cup Final success against Manchester City in 1955.

A playing career with Celtic, Everton, Plymouth Argyle, Aberdeen and Tranmere Rovers was followed by a first off-field role as Exeter City trainer, aged 37.

Later serving Sheffield United as trainer and Sheffield Wednesday as Manager, a spell coaching Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam in 1949 then followed for Livingstone.

And after taking charge of the Eire national side and coaching Belgium at the 1954 World Cup Finals, he accepted an offer to become Newcastle boss, replacing the previous system of Stan Seymour and a nominal committee of directors.

However Duggie lasted barely a year at SJP, proving unpopular with the players and famously seeing his team selection for the 1955 FA Cup Final rejected by the directors when he omitted Jackie Milburn.

Wor Jackie was duly reinstated and opened the scoring in the first minute, Livingstone cutting a lonely figure in the post-match celebrations as trainer Norman Smith took centre stage in team photos (and has been wrongly identified as Duggie ever since).

Relieved of first team responsibilities and exiled to coaching the juniors the following season, he departed to Fulham in January 1956 - promptly losing 4-5 at home to United in the FA Cup later that month.

Duggie spent two years at Craven Cottage before moving on to Chesterfield, where  he gave a promising 'keeper named Gordon Banks his senior debut - although financial pressures meant that the future England international was later sold.

Exiting from Saltergate in 1962, Livingstone was living in the Buckinghamshire town of Marlow town when he died in 1981. 

1930 Bill Paterson born, Kinlochleven, Scotland. (1954-58)

Defender who joined the Magpies from Doncaster Rovers, having been at Belle Vue since 1950, beginning his career with Inverness Thistle in his native Scotland.

Brought in to deputise for fan favourite Frank Brennan, Paterson made his debut in a 4-4 draw at Spurs in October 1954 but played just four games that season.

He had to wait another year before returning to the starting XI, netting his only league goal for United during a 1-2 home loss to Spurs in February 1956.

After a solitary runout the following season, Paterson returned north of the border in a £3.5K transfer to Rangers, where he completed a clean sweep of domestic honours and also appeared in the 1960/61 Cup Winners Cup defeat to Fiorentina.

Further moves took him to Greenock Morton, Cheltenham Town and back to Inverness Thistle before a spell out in Canada with Hamilton.

Upon his retirement Paterson entered the licensed trade, running hotels and bars on both sides of the border. He died in 2002.


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What Else?

1893 sunderland (h)

Campbell 4(1pen), Hannah, Gillespie
Ahead in the first minute through Hannah, the mackems never looked back, with future Magpies striker Johnny Campbell plundering four goals at St.James' Park.

1899 Preston North End (h)
Division One

MacFarlane, Peddie(pen)

1905 Preston North End (h)
Division One


1905 Absentees from the United team Jack Carr and Bill McCracken faced each other at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park, as England and Ireland drew 1-1.

1911 Hull City (h)
FA Cup 3rd Round
Shepherd 2, Veitch
J.E.Smith 2

1922 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
J.Low, Woods

1928 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One

1939 West Ham United (h)
Division Two
Pearson(pen), Cairns

1939 A 2-0 defeat for the Reserves at Villa Park as the first team were beating another claret and blue side at St. James' Park.


1950 Burnley (h)
Division One
1953 Celtic (h)
Floodlight inauguration at St.James' Park, with Jackie Milburn laying on both goals.
1954 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One 
1956 Arsenal (h)
Division One
Milburn(12), Curry(40)

1961 Newcastle's reserve side were in action against Huddersfield Town at their Leeds Road ground.

Goals from George Dalton and Charlie Woods helped the Magpies to a 2-1 victory.


1961 Aston Villa (h)
Division One

White 2
Len White put United ahead in the first half, beating 'keeper Geoff Sidebottom in the Leazes goal.

Sidebottom had just moved from Wolves to Villa - and conceded four at SJP the previous October when playing for his previous club.

1967 Arsenal (h)
Division One
Davies, Hilley
A first home win in six attempts boosted what was to be a successful relegation fight by Joe Harvey's side. 

1970 Chelsea (a)
Division One
A midweek visit to Stamford Bridge saw United record their third successive 0-0 draw away from home. The point gained left them ninth.

1970 While the first team visited Stamford Bridge the Reserves travelled to face Derby County at the Baseball Ground.

United returned with a 1-0 win thanks to a Terry Harrison goal.

1978 Ipswich Town (h) 

Division One

After the weather caused four fixtures to be postponed, United's first league outing in a month ended with defeat at the hands of Bobby Robson's side - Clive Woods the scorer.  

1981 Cardiff City (a)
Division Two

Arthur Cox's side were beaten at Ninian Park in front of one of the smallest-ever crowds to watch United.

Another blank in front of goal meant that our long-suffering travelling support had seen just one strike in five away matches.

1984 Cardiff City (h)
Division Two

Waddle(9), Keegan(45,57pen)
The Bluebirds were heading for defeat after Chris Waddle shot past Andy Dibble in the Leazes End goal.

Within days, City boss Len Ashurst had quit his post in order to manage the mackems.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
Venison(31), Beardsley(55,66)
The only goal that Barry Venison ever managed in his 130 Newcastle games was a long-range beauty at the Gallowgate End.

Within ten minutes, Andy Townsend had hit an equally memorable effort past Pavel Srnicek at the Leazes End for the visitors.
Youtube footage is online here

2003 United's U17 side beat their mackem counterparts 2-0 at Blue Flames, thanks to goals from Marc Walton and Ben Webster. 

2006 Everton (h)
Two Solano strikes made it five games unbeaten for caretaker boss Glenn Roeder since the departure of Graeme Souness.

The Peruvian's double also put an end to Everton's own run of seven games unbeaten - which included six wins - as two sides in form squared up for the tea-time kick-off.

Midfielder Matty Pattison made a senior bow in the final seconds, completing a successful comeback from serious injury while playing for Roeder in the academy. match report

2007 Wigan Athletic (a)
Our rotten run at the JJB Stadium continued, with Nobby Solano seeing his 29th minute penalty saved and little else going right in what was a thoroughly dispiriting display.     

The Peruvian's profligacy was to cost us dear when future Magpie Ryan Taylor rifled home a free kick - repeating later in the year, in yet another 1-0 loss here. match report

2010 After three successive away wins in earlier rounds, Newcastle's U18 side made home advantage pay as they won their FA Youth Cup Quarter Final tie against Crystal Palace 4-2 at St. James' Park.

Conor Newton, Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey and Sammy Ameobi all netted, while goalkeeper Jak Alnwick saved a penalty as the young Magpies set up a two-legged semi final against either Fulham or Aston Villa.

2011 United made two signings outside the transfer window - existing employees, midfielder Cheick Tiote and coach John Carver signed extended contracts that committed them to the club until 2017.

2012 Wolves (h)
Premier League

Cisse(6), Gutierrez(18)
Jarvis(50), Doyle(66)

Newcastle looked to be cruising to a second double of the season but a deflected effort and a Kevin Doyle goal gave new Wolves boss Terry Connor an unexpected draw.

A rare positive result for Connor wasn't enough to stop his side suffering relegation, although the two points dropped didn't ultimately prove costly for United. match report

United's reserves drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, thanks to goals from Adam Campbell and Rolando Aarons - the latter a fine effort on only his second appearance at this level. match report