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Ticket news: NUFC confirm new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

ST renewal deadline now
Wed 10.06.2015

 

Pre-season:
Stateside trip confirmed
- but no MLS opponents 

 

Fremont Bridge, Portland - looks familiar

 

Tuesday saw Newcastle confirm their first pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, with a trio of matches in the USA over an eight day period in July.

Further domestic friendly matches are still tbc.

The Magpies will head stateside for games against Club Atlas from Mexico's Liga MX and United Soccer League outfits Sacramento Republic and Portland Timbers 2.

In contrast to the previous two USA tours undertaken during the Premier League era, none of the sides involved play in the MLS - and what on paper are the highest quality opponents from Mexico's top flight are first up.


Both the US-based sides play in the United Soccer League, which is the third tier of the North American professional game, underneath the MLS and the NASL.

Fixtures:

Tue 14.07.15 Club Atlas
(Mexico)
Miller Park, Milwaukee (KO 8pm local time)

Public ticket sale from 04.06.2015 ($25 and upwards)
(US-based NUFC fans will buy tickets in section 235)

Sat 18.07.15 Sacramento Republic FC (USA)
Bonney Field Stadium, Sacramento (KO 8pm local time)
Public ticket sale from 09.06.2015 ($tbc and upwards)


Tue 21.07.15 Portland Timbers 2 (USA)
Providence Park, Portland (KO 7.30pm local time)
Public ticket sale from 08.06.2015 ($18 and upwards)

To clarify, we aren't playing MLS side Portland Timbers as has been claimed, but rather their B team. Portland have indicated that they will include some players from their senior squad, with our visit coming between MLS fixtures on July 18th and 25th. 

It's the first visit to USA for United since a three game tour in seven days during July 2011 saw Alan Pardew's side face MLS sides Kansas City and Columbus Crew in addition to a game against USL club Orlando City.

That ill-fated tour saw Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye and Nile Ranger all refused visas, while Hatem Ben Arfa was injured in the opener and Paul Dummett jetted in from the reserve tour of Holland as a stop-gap for the last game.

The total mileage of 9,730 miles required the squad to catch ten separate flights and attracted criticism that was summed up as follows in the Chronicle last March:

United have learned lessons from their tour in 2011, which saw them ferried between multiple cities and resulted in frustration from some players at the amount of travelling. Instead a tour this time would probably be in one part of the country.

Despite the moans though, United went on to record a fifth-place finish in the Premier League that season.

Total mileage of this 2015 tour?, 10,780 miles.....

Carr Toon Army:
Casting vote



Having failed to get him over the line in January 2015 and again last month, it looks as if Newcastle have got their man at the third time of asking and will confirm Steve McClaren as their new manager over the coming days.

That decision looks to be a victory for Chief Scout Graham Carr, who gave his backing to McClaren despite support within the club for other candidates including Patrick Vieira and Michael Laudrup. 

A native of York, 54 year-old McClaren made over 300 senior appearances in midfield between 1979 and 1992 for Hull City, Derby County, Lincoln City, Bristol City and Oxford United.

Beginning his coaching career at the Manor Ground, he returned to Derby County in 1995 as assistant to Rams boss Jim Smith, moving on to Old Trafford in 1999.

Serving under Alex Ferguson for two years, his first managerial role came at the Riverside in 2001. Five seasons at the smoggies saw a League Cup Final win, UEFA Cup Final loss and a seventh place finish in the 2004/05 Premier League - his only top ten placing.

Succeeding Sven Adult Books as England manager in 2006, McClaren lasted just 16 months with the national side, exiting after a failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

2008 saw him announced as the new coach of Dutch Eredivise club FC Twente and he secured runner's up and first place finishes in two seasons there, achieved with a team including future Magpie Cheick Tiote.

Opting to try his luck in Germany, McClaren lasted less than one season at Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg and was sacked during February 2011.

Returning to England with Championship side Nottingham Forest for the 2011/12 season, a disastrous start at the City Ground saw him ousted by October, agreeing to a second spell in charge of FC Twente early in 2012.

Failing to recapture the form of his previous spell though, the partnership was dissolved in February 2013 and a brief period of punditry was followed by a short-term role on Harry Redknapp's QPR coaching staff.

Replacing Nigel Clough as Derby County manager early in the 2013/14 season, McClaren steered the Rams to third place in his first season before losing to QPR at Wembley in the Championship playoff decider.

Topping the Championship table various times between October and December 2014, Derby were again in pole position during late February but finished the season in eighth - collecting just 12 points from a possible 39.

Amid claims that a failure to fully dismiss speculation over replacing Alan Pardew at Newcastle had undermined his side, McClaren was sacked by the Rams in late May - just ten months after signing a new three year deal.    

Talk-in:
Prince in Toon
 - group offer


Former Magpie favourite Philippe Albert is heading back to Tyneside for a talk-in event this month - and there's a special bonus offer now available to NUFC.com readers.

The popular Belgian will appear at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Friday June 19th in the company of Sky's toon-supporting presenter Pete Graves.

Tickets cost 20 per person and anyone booking a table of 10 for 200 will receive an unframed NUFC 1984 replica home shirt autographed by Kevin Keegan.

More details and bookings can be made online here (booking fee applies). Telephone bookings made on 07414 960956 in office hours will avoid booking fees. 

Internationals:
Barlaser switch


Having previously represented Turkey at international level, Newcastle reserve midfielder Dan Barlaser has received a callup to the England U18 squad.

The Tyneside-born 18 year-old qualifies for Turkey through his parents but is a late addition to England's selection for two friendlies against Russia this month.

Barlaser joins Magpie colleagues Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman an 18 man selection for games in  Khimki near Moscow on June 8th and 10th.


Loan latest
:
Steelmen strike


A 0-3 defeat at Fir Park on Sunday meant that Rangers slumped to an aggregate 1-6 defeat in their promotion playoff against Motherwell. 

1-3 down after the first leg at Ibrox, the odds were stacked against a Rangers resurgence that would have earned United an additional 500K payment for the contributions of their loan contingent.  

Haris Vuckic and Shane Ferguson were in Stuart McCall's starting lineup, Vuckic playing the entire 90 minutes and picking up a booking for a blatant dive. 

Fergie lasted 55 minutes of what was his first Rangers start and second appearance in total, while the other three players - messrs Mbabu, Streete and Bigirimana - weren't involved at all.

Old boy:
Tangerines turn to another Tynesider   


League One side Blackpool have replaced former boss Lee Clark with another SJP old boy, Neil McDonald agreeing a one year rolling deal at Bloomfield Road.

McDonald's contract as assistant to West Ham manager Sam Allardyce expired after their visit to SJP last month and he'd been looking for a return to management after previous spells in charge of Carlisle United and Swedish club Ostersunds.

Old boy:
TC at the Vic


Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Tony Caig has joined the backroom staff at Hartlepool United, leaving a similar role at League Two rivals Carlisle United.

The 41 year-old was on the books at SJP between 2003 and 2006 without making a first team appearance. 

Update:
Six out, one tbc


News from St. James' Park on Friday evening that six players will be departing when their current contracts expire at the end of next month. 

Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell and Remie Streete will all then become free agents, while Facundo Ferreyra returns to his parent club Shakhtar Donetsk after the expiration of the loan. 


The future of Sammy Ameobi remains unclear though, with United confirming that a contract offer has been made but no word yet on whether he'll sign or opt to move on under freedom of contract - with an unspecified amount in compensation becoming due to United.

Jonas: 205 games (180 starts) 12 goals
Taylor: 106 games (76 starts( 10 goals
Alnwick: 8 games (7 starts)
Campbell: 5 games (0 starts)
(Streete never played)
(Ferreyra never played)


Ferreyra may well be the biggest waste of space in iving memory, but isn't unique in getting as far as the subs bench in the PL but leaving Gallowgate without ever kicking a ball competitively at senior level.

Along with 15 Academy products, the following eight non-combatants were signed but never blooded:

Lionel Perez, Tony Caig, Jason Drysdale, David Terrier, Brian Reid, Ralf Keidel, Brian Pinas, Facundo Ferreyra.

PS: Weekend newspaper reports claim that three more players will be shown the door this summer: Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana.

The trio are all still under contract at SJP, with Vuckic and Ferguson's deal expiring in 2016 and Bigi in 2017.

Also entering the final 12 months of their current contracts this summer are Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Rob Elliot, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid.

Update:
Farewell Jonas


 

Following confirmation of his release, Jonas Gutierrez took to social media and posted the following message:

Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trust in me. This is a way to demonstrate I always hear you. You are very important to me, football wouldn't be the same without you. All my effort and affection is for you!

He also posted a photo montage on Facebook before signing off with the following barbed twitter comment:

Two things I learn from my illness how you can support a player (newcastle fans) and how you leAve a player alone (newcastle owner)

No prizes for guessing where that goal celebration on Sunday was directed at then.... 


Hong Kong
:
Hammer blow

 

Newcastle's hopes of winning the Citibank Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong were ended by West Ham at the semi-final stage on Sunday.

Played at Happy Valley in Hong Kong, the young Magpies began on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Singapore Cricket Club - Callum Roberts (2) and Alex Gilliead on target.

Following a 0-0 draw with local side BC Rangers, United then saw off Leicester City with a single goal success, Roberts again netting.

That confirmed qualification for the last eight of the tournament, where Newcastle face Aston Villa, a 2-0 victory coming through Roberts and Adam Laidler.

However a 1-3 defeat by the Hammers then saw United exit the competition, not helped by the dismissal of goalkeeper Adam Bartlett. Midfielder Dan Barlaser went between the posts, with Jamie Sterry our scorer.

West Ham were then beaten 3-2 after extra time in the final by Atletico Madrid.


2015 squad:
Bartlett*, Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Gilliead, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Smith, Hunter. 

(*the injury suffered by Paul Woolston playing for England forced his withdrawal and replacement by ex- youth team 'keeper Adam Bartlett, now on the Academy staff).


The Veteran's competition meanwhile started on Friday and again included a team from Wallsend Boys Club. 

Former Magpies Peter Beardsley, Michael Bridges, Robbie Elliott and John Watson are in their squad and Elliott was on target in a 1-0 win over HKFC Veterans.

Their second outing also resulted in a 1-0 win, this time over KCC Veterans, guest player Llloyd Owusu netting.

Saturday then saw them draw 1-1 with USRC and beat Kitchee Veterans 2-0, John Gbenda-Charles finding the net three times. 

A 1-0 victory over SCC Tigers in Sunday's semi-final then set up a final against United Services, but Wallsend were beaten 1-2, Michael Bridges scoring.

Another old boy Marlon Harewood appeared for the Citibank All Stars side in the competition.

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MS meets MS

 

Pictured with proprietor Mike Searle is Moussa Sissoko, after the goalscorer had an iPhone6 screen repaired by MJS - and qualified for his NUFC.com reader discount.

Whether you scored the goal that kept us in the Premier League or dropped your tablet celebrating it, claim 10% discount at branches in Ponteland and Birtley now.

MJS can repair Apple and Android devices, laptops, PCs, Macs and most things in between more details here


Showing season-ending generosity, MJS have donated an I-onik Android tablet for a free-to-enter competition. 

To enter, simply email your answer to this question to competition@mjscomputers.net (subject: Moussa)

 

Arriving at Gallowgate in January 2013, Moussa took the squad number 7 that had been vacant since the exit of which midfielder to QPR in August 2011?  

No purchase necessary, no age restriction, one entry per person please. The winner will be drawn at random from correct entries received on Thu June 11th and must be available to collect their prize in person from either Ponteland or Birtley within two weeks.


Internationals
:
Call-ups


Close season national service for current Magpies:

Rolando Aarons (England U20s):
Thu 28.05.2015
Morocco (n) drew 3-3
Rolando was an unused substitute as England kicked off their Toulon Tournament campaign with a draw.

Sat 30.05.2015
Ivory Coast (n) won 2-1
Aarons came off the bench and played for the final 17 minutes. 

Wed 03.06.2015 Mexico (n) 
Fri 05.06.2015 China (n)

Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul (Netherlands):
Fri 05.06.2015
USA (h) FR (Amsterdam)
Fri 12.06.2015 Latvia (a) ECQ (Riga)

Moussa Sissoko (France):
Sun 07.06.2015
Belgium (h) FR (Paris)
Sat 13.06.2015
Albania (a) FR (Elbasan)

Freddie Woodman/Adam Armstrong/Dan Barlaser (England U18): 
Mon 08.06.2015
Russia (a) Khimki
Wed 10.06.2015 Russia (a) Khimki


Paul Dummett (Wales):

Fri 12.06.2015 Belgium (h) ECQ (Cardiff)
 

RL @ SJP:
Magic Weekend



Gallowgate End celebrations, Saturday. That's weird.


Saturday and Sunday saw St. James' Park play host to the Rugby League Magic Weekend, with six league games featuring all twelve Super League sides staged. 

A record crowd of 40,871 for one day were present at SJP on Saturday and with 26,917 turning out on Sunday the combined total of 67,788 surpassed the previous biggest turnout of 64,552 at the Etihad in 2014.

Widnes Vikings wore their one-off toon-inspired shirts for Saturday's game (pictured below) and a 20,000 cheque was handed over by them to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in respect of replica shirt sales. 



Results:


Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils 16 Widnes Vikings 38
Hull FC 46 Hull KR 20
Leeds Rhinos 12 Wigan Warriors 27

Sun 31.05.2015:
Catalans Dragons 22 Huddersfield Giants 22
St Helens 20 Warrington Wolves 16
Castleford 56 Wakefield Wildcats 16 


Premier League
:
VA Day (Victory 
over Anyone)


Newcastle  2  West Ham  0



Match report is online here

2014/15:
Hoyoots


Ex-Magpies released by their current club include:

Darren Ambrose (Ipswich Town)
Joey Barton
(QPR)
Sylvain Distin (Everton)
Damien Duff
(Melbourne City)
Danny Guthrie (Reading - Fulham loan)
Steve Harper (Hull City)
Paddy McLaughlin
(Grimsby Town)
Alan Neilson (Cambridge United coach)
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace)
Ben Tozer
(Northampton Town)


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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15


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

Online Box Office is available 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. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?

 

 

 


Newcastle City guide, maps etc

Fixtures:

(First team pre-season fixtures tbc)

Wed 01.07.2015
Pre-season training starts (delayed return for players involved in post season internationals)

Tue 07.07.2015 U21s v Corby Town (h) 
@ Little Benton, 6.30pm. Friendly.

Sat 18.07.2015 U21s v Whitley Bay (h) 
@ Darsley Park, ko tbc. Friendly. BCD tbc.

PL fixture release on Wed 17.06.2015

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
 
Northern Ireland Milk Cup. The draw for this event has been postponed following the decision by Manchester United to withdraw.

PL starts on Sat 08.08.2015

Capital One Cup Round dates:

2nd:
w/c 24.08.2015
3rd: w/c 21.09.2015
4th: w/c 26.10.2015
5th: w/c 30.11.2015
SF1:
w/c 04.01.2016
SF2:
w/c 25.01.2016
F:
Sun 28.02.2016

FA Cup Round dates:

3rd:
w/e of 09.01.2016
4th:
w/e of 30.01.2016
5th:
w/e of 20.02.2016
6th:
w/e of 12.03.2016
SF:
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
F:
Sat 21.05.2016

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.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
None
 
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
None

Talk-ins:


Thu 04.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek @
42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW. 
5 via 07814 717161.

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD.
10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, 
NE11
9JR. 20 via 07414 960956 or here 


Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, 
NE28 0PN. 15 via Rob on 07538 291227

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
 
2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

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
1st June


Born Or Died:

1908 Hugh Bulloch born, Larkhall, Scotland. (1935-36)

Centre-half Bulloch was playing in Ireland for Portadown when United paid out 1,325 to sign him in November 1935, as backup for Tony Leach and Dave Davidson.

Making his debut in a 5-1 home win over Nottingham Forest soon after arriving, Hugh played four more games but struggled with various injuries and was released early the following season without playing again.   

Joining Third Division North side New Brighton on a free transfer, Bulloch later returned to Portadown as player-manager, before a further stint with New Brighton.

1957 Mark Lawrenson born, Preston.
(1996-97)

Former Preston, Brighton, Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender who joined United's coaching staff in October 1996.

His brief was to tutor our players in the mysteries of defence, although Lawro claimed never to have taken a first team training session until after KK's departure. 

Lawrenson remained to work for a time under his former Anfield team mate Kenny Dalglish, but after less than a year at Gallowgate returned to media punditry. 

Since then he seems to have harboured something of a grudge against the Magpies - although he was slightly more supportive when BBC couch partner Alan Shearer took over at SJP in April 2009.

Perhaps Lawro found echoes of his own personal situation when (briefly) Oxford United boss - trying to satisfy the demands of a non-footballing owner (Mr R.Maxwell)...

If nothing else though, Mark's time in Toon saw him gain an unrivalled knowledge of Tyneside nightspots....

1958 Steve Doyle born, Neath.
(1982)

Midfielder who joined United on trial in the summer of 1982 at the same time as John Anderson, having both exited Preston North End at the end of the previous season. 

Featuring in a trio of friendlies in Scotland, Doyle also appeared for United as they played in Madeira - but while Ando won a deal, Arthur Cox chose to release him.

Signing for Huddersfield Town, Welsh U21 international Doyle also played for the mackems, Hull City and Rochdale. 

He later played for non-league Chorley and took over as manager at Victory Park in 1997.

1960
Death of George Wilson, 75
.
(1907-19)


 

  
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What Else?

1972 Combined Bangkok XI (Thailand) (a) 2-2 (0-2)
Friendly 
Tudor(65,75)
Pongsri(16), Srisawat(31)
28,000

1977 Floriana (Malta) (a)
1-1
(1-0)
Friendly 
Gowling(37)
Xuereb(75) 
8,000
A second friendly match at the grassless Empire Stadium in Gzira saw Alan Gowling head in Tommy Craig's cross to give United a half time advantage.

Aidan McCaffery had an efort ruled out for handball before Ray Xuereb levelled to cap an impressive display that caused Newcastle manager Richard Dinnis to invite the player to SJP for a trial.

Team: Hardwick, D.Craig, Kennedy, Nulty, Bird, McCaffery,Barrowclough, Cannell, Burns, Gowling, T.Craig.

1996 Future Magpie Shay Given won his fourth cap for the Republic of Ireland, as they were held 2-2 in Dublin by Croatia.

Also appearing for the home side was former Newcastle favourite Liam O'Brien, at that time a Tranmere Rovers player.

1997 Lee Clark joined the unmentionables at a cost of 2.5m and his soul, becoming their record transfer at the time.

1999 Referee Graham Poll revealed that he had been verbally abused by Newcastle fans when attending the FA Cup Final, saying:

"I can only assume that before the match they remembered that I had taken charge of four Newcastle defeats over the past season and apportioned some blame to me.

"Following the match I was threatened and severely abused verbally which left me feeling unsure as to my safety."

2001 Shay Given was in World Cup Qualifying action as Portugal forced a 1-1 draw at Lansdowne Road, thanks to a Luis Figo goal.

2002 England were held 1-1 in their opening World Cup Final game against Sweden in the Japanese city of Saitama. 

Kieron Dyer appeared from the bench for the final 27 minutes in place of David Beckham.

2003 Nobby Solano was linked with a 3.5m move to Celtic. The Peruvian's absences due to international commitments had reportedly frustrated Bobby Robson.

2006 Michael Chopra was on the verge of a move to Cardiff City after turning down Newcastle's one year contract offer.

Meanwhile, United were linked to Nigerian forward Isaac Promise and Livingston confirmed the free transfer signing of reserve midfielder Daryl Smylie.

2009 media speculation linked Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman with a bid for United, just hours after owner Mike Ashley admitted that the "for sale" signs were back up at SJP.

However, the Monarch of the oil-rich Gulf state since 1970 failed to emerge as a serious bidder and the story quickly died a death.

2010 Striker Andy Carroll was back in court for a plea and case management hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

Carroll was landed with an assault charge back in February, following an investigation into an incident in a Tyneside night club in December.

A "not guilty" plea was entered by Carroll and his trial was scheduled for October 2010.

2012
Two Newcastle players were in competitive action for their countries, as a clutch of African nations were on World Cup qualifying duty.

Papiss Cisse retained the captain's armband after leading Senegal for the first time a week earlier, as they faced Liberia in Dakar.

Cisse missed a first half penalty but his side ran out 3-1 winners against ten men - with our man not on the scoresheet.

In Abidjan meanwhile, there was a 29th senior cap for Cheick Tiote as Ivory Coast beat visitors Tanzania 2-0 to give their new coach a winning start. The midfielder was in the starting XI and subbed after 67 minutes.

 

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