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A Valiant effort?

Arsenal U21s  1  Newcastle U21s  2

Two goals from Remie Streete on Monday night made it three wins on the bounce for Newcastle's U21 side and returned them to the top of the table above Arsenal. 

The 19 year-old central defender twice headed in from corners and contributed a solid 90 minute display, as the previously-unbeaten Gunners were beaten at their adopted home of Boreham Wood's Meadow Park.

Streete's match-winning performance reportedly came in front of representatives from Port Vale, with the League One side looking to seal a loan deal for the player. 

With one eye on Tuesday's Capital One Cup meeting with Southampton, Arsenal made a host of changes to their usual U21 lineup, with striker Chuba Akpom not getting the opportunity to add to his six goals this season.

The hosts dominated the opening exchanges and Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed his shot when well-placed on six minutes, before the Magpies had crossed over halfway.

Gradually though the visitors started to apply pressure and Dan Barlaser saw a 15th minute shot deflected just wide, resulting in one of a series of Newcastle corners.

Barlaser then supplied the corner for the opener on 20 minutes that Streete headed past Matt Macey. And the Gunners custodian was then called into action after 40 minutes to tip away Shane Ferguson's fierce free kick. 

Into the second half and with Arsenal still looking slightly disjointed, United youngster Callum Roberts broke away before shooting narrowly wide in the 58th minute. 

Streete then neatly replicated his first half effort six minutes later, heading home Liam Smith's corner from the opposite flank to make it 2-0. 

That belatedly stung Arsenal into upping their attacking efforts, Jak Alnwick flinging himself to tip Gedion Zelalem's attempt round the post after 75th minutes.

Arsenal did pull a goal back with a minute of normal time remaining,  when a cross from the right across the box wasn't dealt with and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill stole in unmarked at the back post to drive home.

However Peter Beardsley's side saw out three minutes of added time to claim all three points and extend their unbeaten start to the season to four matches.

Team: Alnwick, Sterry, Ferguson, Williams (Gilliead 46), Streete, Satka, Barlaser, Bigirimana, Vuckic, Smith, Roberts. 
Subs n/u:
McKinnon, Woolston, Gillesphey, Olley.

Booked: Streete.

AFC: Macey, Moore, Ormonde-Ottewill, Kamara, O'Connor, Dobson, Maitland-Niles, Zelalem, Hinds, Crowley, Iwobi (Mavididi 75) 
Subs n/u: Sheaf, Vickers, Smith, Bola.

Booked: Crowley

Crowd: tbc (free entry to all)

Referee: Anthony Da Costa

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John Tudor

News from the USA on Monday that former Magpie, John Tudor, has been hospitalised following a heart attack.

The 68 year-old successfully underwent emergency surgery and is now reported to be resting and stable. 

Capital One Cup:
Palace (a): pay 
on the night

Confirmation from Crystal Palace that tickets for the away stand at Selhurst Park will be available until kickoff this coming Wednesday night (8pm). There's no season ticket or membership restriction - it's a public sale.

Newcastle fans will be housed in blocks R, S and T of the Arthur Wait Stand and tickets can be bought from the ticket office on that side of the ground (Park Road). 

Prices are 15 adults and 10 concessions and sales will be strictly cash only. There are no pay turnstiles.

PS: The Back Page still have a handful of seats left on their coach transport to Selhurst Park - visit the shop on St. Andrews Street or ring them on 0191 261 5005.

Premier League:
Seen it, scored it, 
got the T-shirt...

Newcastle  2  Hull City  2

Match report

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced at 20 (21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here

Stadium art:
SJP giveaway

ake one iconic aerial photo of St. James' Park unadorned by commercial branding....and cut it up into four pieces.

That's the slightly unlikely premise of a Tyneside-based company who have produced this stunning glass effect acrylic wall art image of the stadium in full colour.  

Each A4-sized quarter has polished edges, doesn't require framing and is supplied with wall mounting. In addition to the four-piece edition pictured above, the same SJP image is also available in a single piece A3 size edition.

These unique items will be on sale soon via, but while final preparations are made, we've got one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

To be in with a chance of winning one, email us here with your answer to this question:

Known as the East Stand since opening for business back in 1973, what was the standing terrace that previously occupied that side of St. James' Park usually known as? 

The closing date is Wed Sep 24th @ 8pm, subject is: SJP. No purchase necessary, no age restriction and entries welcome from anywhere in the world, although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only. 

Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified (except for the ongoing HM Forces email restriction). 

Winless run extended 

Boro U18s  1  Newcastle U18s  0

It's now just one point from a possible 15 for Dave Watson's U18s, as they proved unable to replicate victories on their last two visits to Rockcliffe Park. 

The winning goal game during the second half, when Junior Mondal set up Alex Pattison to fire home, with Boro also striking the woodwork late on.

Team: Woolston, Newberry, Pollock, Cameron, Gibson, Heaney, Hunter (Ward 55), Drennan, Laidler (Kerridge 55), Longstaff, Charman.
Subs n/u: Cobain, Stoker, Storey.

Crystal Palace (a)

United visit Selhurst Park for a Capital One Third Round tie against Crystal Palace this coming Wednesday night.

Kick-off is at 8pm and as usual in this competition, the tie must conclude on the night - via extra time and penalty kicks if required.

The Fourth Round draw will take place live on Sky Sports on Wednesday night, following their coverage of the Spurs v Nottingham Forest tie. 

Newcastle fans will be housed in blocks R, S and T of the Arthur Wait Stand with home areas in the rest of that stand not open for this game. Palace confirm that away fans can buy tickets up to kickoff from the Park Road Ticket Office, 15 adults and 10 concessions.

After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, this adds another 595 miles for those on the road from Tyneside -  and to make matters worse, the league visit to Palace next February is also on a midweek night.

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong and Rolando Aarons are all missing through injury, while Ryan Taylor is back in training but remains unavailable.

Paddy Power match betting will appear online here

CPFC: The Eagles must play a trio of matches in just seven days, travelling to Everton on Sunday before entertaining Leicester City on Saturday week.

By contrast, United will face a manageable three games in a ten day period, facing Hull City at home on Saturday and Stoke City away on Monday week.

Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) whistler who made his bow in the Premier League during the 2013/14 season but has never previously taken charge of any competitive senior fixture involving United. 

Travel: no scheduled disruptions

UK TV: None - highlights on BBC1 @ 11.05pm

Overseas TV: None

UK Radio: None

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle


If you're looking for positives, United will go to Selhurst in search of a sixth successive win over Palace there. Less comfortingly though, we've lost 17 of our 26 League Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides since 1993 and won only one of the last eight (Chelsea away in 2010).

We've faced Alan Pardew's former club six times in the FA Cup (all at SJP, with Newcastle winning five and losing one) but this is the first-ever League Cup meeting. 

However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a tie in this competition involving United, when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round in 1993. 

Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings 

Capital One Cup Third Round:

Tue 23.09.2014:
Arsenal v Southampton
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough Sky
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton

Wed 24.09.2014:
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
Spurs v Nottingham Forest Sky
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City

Goodbye to all that

This coming Saturday (27th) sees club historian Paul Joannou give a talk on "Newcastle United Football Club and the Great War" at the Discovery Museum.

100 years after the outbreak of hostilities, Paul provides an overview of how the war affected the Magpies and recounts some of the stories of those in black and white who served King and country.

Venue is the Archives Education Room and start time is 11.30am, with the talk running for about an hour. 

Tickets cost 4 and cane be booked in advance from the museum shop and online here

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

Saturday saw Stuart Pearce's side play out a scoreless draw at Millwall in the Championship. Darlow kept a clean sheet while Lascelles wasn't called off the bench.

Next game:
Spurs (a) Capital One Cup, Wednesday.

Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)

The young goalkeeper watched from the bench as 'Pools were beaten 0-2 by Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in League Two on Saturday.

Next game:
Carlisle United (h) Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger played 72 minutes of a 0-1 loss away to Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Next game:
Metz (h) Ligue 1, Wednesday.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A 2-0 home victory over Cagliari on Sunday saw the defender make his Serie A bow, completing the full 90 minutes as his side went to the top of the table.

Next game:
Parma (a) Serie A, Wednesday.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)

Next game:
West Bromwich Albion (a) Capital One Cup, Wednesday

Third (fourth) kit

As seen in the official 2014/15 Premier League handbook some weeks ago, Newcastle have now belatedly supplied details of the third kit, which is now on sale and will be worn away at Stoke City on Monday week.

In their launch blurb, they claim that the design was chosen in conjunction with the fans forum last season, although that's disputed. 

It's yet to be confirmed whether a red, white and blue kit was among discarded options...

(this is confusingly the fourth kit to be revealed, but the third to go on sale, with the predominantly white one worn against Real Sociedad in August available to buy nearer Christmas) 

Hat check:

Contrary to reports that the loan deal that took Hatem Ben Arfa to Hull City on transfer deadline day contained no recall provision, it's now emerged that the player and the two clubs all have provision to end the agreement.

Given the poor standing of the player in the Newcastle dressing room though, it's difficult to envisage seeing Hatem again in a black and white shirt - regardless of whether Alan Pardew remains in post or not.      

Freddie called up

Currently on loan at League Two side Hartlepool United, Newcastle reserve goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been drafted into the England U18 squad following the withdrawal of another player.

Woodman is one of two custodians in the selection for a friendly match against Italy on Wednesday afternoon in the Adriatic coastal town of Caorle.

Jonas: update

Update: further details from the Gutierrez TV interview reveal that the initial diagnosis of his testicular cancer came a scan that he underwent after suffering an injury during the home game against Arsenal in May 2013.

After having the affected testicle removed in Argentina, during October, Jonas returned to Newcastle and played one reserve game in December before joining Norwich City on loan, making four appearances in as many months.     

Five months on from the surgery, a check up revealed traces of cancer had returned and at that point he was prescribed a course of chemotherapy, during which he lost his trademark flowing locks.

Putting together the above into a timeline does raise a number of questions, in particular the short interval between surgery and returning to playing, plus what medical checks were carried out before joining Norwich.

And finally, was including Jonas in Newcastle's 25 man Premier League squad this season a confidence booster for him or indicative of a possible playing return?

24 hours after the player made his announcement, NUFC released their own statement:

Newcastle United can confirm that winger Jonas Gutierrez is continuing to receive treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The Club has been aware of Jonas' condition for some time but has respected his wish for privacy as he undergoes treatment with his friends and family around him.

Newcastle United managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "We have and will continue to offer Jonas our full support.

"We thank our fans for their kind messages of support for Jonas and the thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected to Newcastle United are with him at this time."

The club kindly requests that Jonas' privacy is respected ahead of further enquiries.

Tuesday evening saw the publication of quotes from Jonas Gutierrez given to a TV station in his native Argentina, confirming why he's not featured in the Newcastle squad this season:

"When I confirmed that I had cancer I went home crying. This was the most difficult game I had to play.

"I detected a tumour in a testicle. I came here and I assumed the costs, despite having a contract with Newcastle.

"Money is not important. What is important is health and I had to start chemotherapy. It was hard to find my hair falling out. I did not want to cut it. I wanted to hold on.

"Fighting cancer makes the rest of the problems are insignificant. I decided to tell my story because maybe is will help people who have cancer."

"I removed the left testicle. I returned to England and Newcastle told me to leave."

Concerned about testicular cancer? click here

and Mac 
out on the Town 

Following John Gibson's appearance in Wallsend
last Friday, he's hosting a similar event at Northern League club Dunston UTS this Thursday, September 25th.

Appearing with John will be Malcolm Macdonald and the event gets underway at 7pm. Tickets are 5 including a pie and pea supper, available from the clubhouse or by calling 0191 493 2935. All proceeds go to the club.

The event is part of John's promotion of his new book, "The Gibbo Files", available for 9.99 from local booksellers including The Back Page on St. Andrews Street.

Old boy:
Shola spotted 

While his old team were sinking without trace at Southampton, Shola Ameobi made a competitive debut for Gaziantep in the second tier of Turkish football.

Wearing his familiar number 23 shirt, Ameobi (pictured above in the all white strip) completed all 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw away to Kayserispor, collecting a booking within three minutes of the opening whistle.

Shola's debut had been delayed a week due to serving a suspension following the red card that curtailed his final appearance for Newcastle last season, at Anfield.

PS: Friday saw Shola net his first goal in Turkish football, converting a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Adanaspor.

Tablets of Toon

Issue 114
of True Faith is now available in digital-only format. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Online subscriptions cost 17.99 annually, with a 5.99 quarterly option. Ten issues per season, each one has a minimum of 100 pages (114 clocks in at 108 pages. 

Subscribers also get free access to 34 back issues.

Signed KK shirts

For more information click here.

Update: signed KK boot/photo montage now also on sale.

More cuts

Wednesday saw United confirm further reciprocal pricing deals with two Premier League sides - and announce a discount on ticket prices for a third away day.

Following on from agreements reached with Southampton and Stoke City, travelling fans will now pay less for the games with Swansea City and Everton, while the visit to Spurs will also be subject to a price restriction.

Swansea City: 25 adults, 12.50 concessions
(this still represents a price increase on 2013/14 when adults were charged 20, but better than the 35 that Toon fans had to fork out in the two previous visits). 

Everton: 20 adults, 10 concessions
(that's a rather more real world price to occupy a 19th century hovel with awful sightlines than the 33 last season and the 39 in 2012/13)

Spurs away: NUFC will subsidise their support for the visit to White Hart Lane from the away fans fund:
31 adults, 14 OAPS, 12 juniors (upper)
27 adults, 11 OAPs, 9 juniors (tier)

(2013/14 adult prices were 41 upper, 37 lower)

(for clarity, the reciprocal rates apply to away fans attending each game against that side and reaching an agreement of this type allows the home club to offer discounted tickets to home fans without any fear of sanction for flouting parallel pricing guidelines).  

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Next Match

Crystal Palace
Capital One Cup 3rd Round

Selhurst Park
Wednesday 24th September
Kick-off 8.00pm

Last Match

Newcastle 2
Hull City 2
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 20th September
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



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.

New season opening Hours: TBC

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 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

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. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @ Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Wed 24.09.2014 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. NUFC fans can buy tickets up to kickoff from the Park Road Ticket Office, 15 adults and 10 concessions.

Sat 27.09.2014 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. Member sale now. 20 adults, 5 OAPs, U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 01.10.2014 U21s v Heaton Stannington (a) @ Grounsell Park, 7pm Friendly.

04.10.2014 U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 04.10.2014 Swansea City (a)
@ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.  Member sale now. 25 adults, 12.50 Over 60s, U16s, NUS.

11.10.2014 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

18.10.2014 U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 18.10.2014 Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.

Mon 20.10.2014 U21s v Brighton (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

25.10.2014 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Upper tier: 31, 14 over 65s, 12 U16s. Lower tier: 27, 11 over 65s, 9 U16s.  

Mon 27.10.2014 U21s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Victoria Park, Hartlepool 7pm. U21 Premier League.

01.11.2014 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 03.11.2014 U21s v Aston Villa (a)  
@ SJP 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014
Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup 1st Round:

06.10.2014 Team Northumbria v Bedlington
07.10.2014 Alnwick Town v Heaton Stan
08.10.2014 Morpeth Town v North Shields
08.10.2014 Newcastle Benfield v WA Celtic 

(The four winners of those ties then go into the Second Round draw with Ashington, Blyth Spartans, NUFC and Whitley Bay).

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:
Mon 29.09.2014
Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

Gateshead FC are offering a 5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.

On production of their current ST card, fans pay just 10 for adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of 5. 

home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Sat 27.09.2014
Aldershot Town
Sat 04.10.2014 Braintree Town
Tue 07.10.2014 Alfreton Town (7.45pm)
Sat 18.10.2014

A similar scheme is also in operation at Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883, where NUFC season ticket holders can gain entry to league games for 6

Upcoming home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Wed 01.10 2014 Harrogate RA (7.45pm)
Sat 04.10.2014 Padiham
Wed 15.10.2014 Ossett Albion (7.45pm)
Sat 25.10.2014 Burscough

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

The 12 team event takes place on 30.05.2015 and 31.05.2015, with three games at SJP each day.

Teams: Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors.

Ticket details tbc.

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

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Group D qualifiers:
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 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
23rd September

Born Or Died:

1903 Thomas Leach born, Wincobank, Sheffield. (1934-36)

An England international defender while at Sheffield Wednesday, Thomas (generally known as Tony) moved to Hillsbrorough from Wath Athletic in 1926.

Made captain at Newcastle, Leach guided his side to sixth and eighth placed finishes in the Second Division before moving on to  play for Stockport, Carlisle and Lincoln. 

Leach is remember in Cumbria for his part in an attempted illegal payment scandal.

Stockport County were chasing promotion and their main rivals were Lincoln City - with two of Carlisle's remaining four games in the 1936/37 season being against Lincoln.

County made contact with Leach and offered to pay all the Carlisle players a bonus if the Cumbrians overcame the Imps in both those games.

However, an FA commission the following year found Leach guilty, suspending and fining him. 

Carlisle had won only one of the two games while neither Lincoln nor Stockport were promoted - and in a strange twist, by the time the commission met, Leach was a Lincoln player, so served his ban while on their books. Tony passed away in 1970.

1936 George Eastham born, Blackpool.

Joining United from Northern Irish club Ards in 1956, George made his first team debut in a 2-2 home draw with Luton that October.

While a popular player at SJP, George's spell as a Newcastle player is remembered for a contractual dispute that was ultimately to lead to ground-breaking changes in the transfer system.

Attempting to secure a transfer in December 1959, George found his request refused by United who retained his registration the following summer when his contract expired, playing his final game for the club in a 1-0 home loss to Manchester City in April 1960.

Refusing to sign on the terms offered meant that George was unable to play and was forced to work as a cork tile salesman in order to receive a wage (in the Guildford area, far away from the North East).

A 47,500 transfer was ultimately concluded to Arsenal, but Eastham (backed by the PFA) maintained his stance against the "retain and transfer" system and ultimately mounted a successful challenge in the High Court. 

Enduring crowd abuse upon his return to SJP with the Gunners, George's time at Highbury proved also to be somewhat problematic, with a dispute over wages 1961 and a change in playing style seeing him transfer -listed the following year.

He remained at Highbury until 1966 though, first winning international recognition against Brazil at Wembley in May 1963 - the first of 18 full caps, having previously appeared at both U23 and FA Representative level.

The 1966/67 season saw George move to Stoke City and he was to win a Football League Cup medal in 1972, scoring the winner against Chelsea at the age of 35.

Awarded the OBE in 1973, George retired from playing the following year and was appointed as Tony Waddington's assistant at the Victoria Ground - succeeding him in 1977 but only lasting ten months before leaving.

He later settled in South Africa - having spent some time there in 1971 while on a sabbatical from the Potters, playing for Cape Town City and managing the Hellenic club.

Living in Cape Town, George ran a travel agency and also continued to be involved in football, both coaching and scouting.

2008 saw him back in England as his medals, shirts and caps were auctioned off to benefit his family, before he received a further belated gong the following year.

That came about after a change of heart from FIFA, who decided to backdate the award of medals to members of the winning squads between 1930 and 1974.

That meant that George and a dozen other players and staff members from Sir Alf Ramsay's England 1966 World Cup squad received medals. 

Eastham visited 10 Downing Street for a belated presentation of his medal by then-PM, Gordon Brown.

1989 Darren Lough born, Longhorsley

Defender who recovered from a broken leg suffered during an FA Youth Cup tie at SJP against Millwall in February 2007.

Appearing for both academy & junior sides, Darren featured in pre-season first team squads in both 2007 & 2008, appearing for the first time in July 2007 as substitute in a friendly at Hartlepool.

He then started the following game away at Hull City, when then-boss Sam Allardyce fielded a virtual reserve XI and saw his side beaten 0-1.

Within days, Darren netted his first reserve goal, crashing home a shot from outside the area in a 3-0 win over Bolton at SJP.

A return to first team friendly action came in 2009, when Darren appeared for the final 10 minutes of the 6-1 humiliation at Orient.

He was released by the club in 2010 and had trials at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Gateshead before joining hometown club Ashington.

Recovering from a fractured skull in a FA Cup tie against Vauxhall Motors, Lough joined Icelandic side KA Akureyri in 2012.

Returning to the Colliers during the Icelandic close season, Darren then agreed a second season at Akureyri, flying out to begin pre-season training in February 2013.

He then joined IA Akranes in January 2014, signing a two year deal.

1989 Wesley Ngo Baheng born Blanc Mesnil, France. (2007-10)

Reserve striker who never made his first team debut, but won a place on the bench for the Carling Cup loss to Peterborough in 2009 - on the eve of his 20th birthday.

Wesley's call-up followed a run of goalscoring form for the reserve side in pre-season that extended to the opening games of the club's reserve campaign.

He also featured in United's opening first team kickabout of the pre-season away to Shamrock Rovers.

Originally on trial at Bolton Wanderers, Wesley then followed Trotters boss Sam Allardyce to SJP in the summer of 2007.

However, no deal was concluded with his former club Le Havre until the January 2008 transfer window - making a reserve debut against the mackems soon after.

An eventful opening few months at that level saw him net against Bolton and Blackburn before being red-carded against Manchester United at SJP in March. 

Wesley then returned to the same venue in April 2008 for the Northumberland Senior Cup Final against Blyth Spartans, only to sustain a serious leg injury.

That sidelined him until the following March, when he marked his reserve comeback with a goal in a 5-0 Senior Cup tie success over Team Northumbria at Whitley Park.

Released by United in summer 2010, Wesley then embarked  on a mini-tour of Europe, with trials at Mechelen (Belgium), Faro (Portugal), Nuremburg (Germany), Amiens (France) and Gateshead.

Winning a short-term deal with Aldershot Town in November 2010, Baheng made four sub appearances without scoring, before moving on to League Two rivals Hereford.
After just two sub outings totaling eight minutes for the Bulls however, Wesley was again a free agent by June 2011.

Returned to his home town Blanc-Mesnil, he appeared for the seaside club before signing for amateur neighbours FC Dieppe.

Away from football, Baheng performed and recorded as a rapper, under the moniker of F-ikass.

1994 Yusuf Mersin born, London. 

Turkish youth international goalkeeper who began his career with Millwall before making a switch to Liverpool in late 2010.

Standing 6 foot 5 inches tall. Mersin went on to feature at both Academy and reserve level for the Anfield club. 

He then appeared as a stand-in for United's U18 side twice during August 2013, while first-choice custodian Freddie Woodman was on international duty for England.

Virtually a spectator on his debut as the mackems were beaten 3-0 at Little Benton, Yusuf was rather more involved three days later when he played in a 1-2 defeat by Southampton at the same venue.

Returning to Liverpool, Mersin's name then appeared among the many young players registered by the Reds for that season with the Premier League.

However he remained on the fringes for Liverpool and agreed a permanent move during August 2014, signing for Turkish Super League side Kasimpasa.

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1893 Burton Swifts (h)
Division Two 
Unknown Scorer
Dewy, Ekins, Boggie
Only appearance of J.Barr for United, at right half and one of only two runouts for goalkeeper Joe Ryder.

1896 Sunderland (a)

1899 Derby County (h)
Division One 
Peddie, Wardrope 

1905 Derby County (h)
Division One 

1907 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
Windridge(53), Bridgeman(0-2)

1911 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
James "Tadger" Stewart's fourth goal of the season was enough to claim the points at Gallowgate. 

1914 Sunderland (h)
Hospital Cup

1922 Preston North End (h)
Division One 
2-0), McDonald(3-1)
First of two appearances for perennial reserve winger Eddie Richardson, who joined United from South Shields.

1933 Birmingham (h)
Division One 

1944 Sunderland (a)
War League

Whitelum 2
A defeat on wearside during the sixth wartime season.
1950 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
Milburn, Taylor 

1953 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-3 (0-3)
Division One 
Jordan(4,25), Marriott(10)
The Newcastle defence continued to concede goals at an alarming rate, as two from Clarrie Jordan and one from Jack Marriott made it 3-0 at half time and 13 in three games.

1961 Southampton (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
1964 Blackpool (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
Ball(pen), Horne(pen), Lea
1967 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
Carlin, Reece

1970 Inter Milan (Italy) (a) 1-1 (1-0)
Fairs Cup 1st Round
1st Leg
A battling performance in the San Siro saw the home side resort to violent tactics in their attempts to combat United in general and their striking talisman Wyn Davies in particular.

The Welsh forward was booked for moaning to the referee about the rough treatment he received, but had the last laugh when he put his side ahead. 

Joe Harvey said afterwards, "I'm over the moon, I would have settled for this result before we left England."

1972 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
Smith(1), Tudor(7), Macdonald(61) 
Clarke(2), Jones(8)
A seesaw game at SJP that the BBC's Match of the Day covered and which saw four goals scored in the opening eight minutes.

Jinky Jim Smith had an epic game and after lashing home on 35 seconds proceeded to lay on both his sides other goals - Supermac smashing in the winner following a great dummy from Tommy Gibb.
Youtube footage is online here

1975 Birmingham City (a)
Division One 
T.Craig, Nulty 
Withe 2, Francis(pen)
Future Magpie Peter Withe found the net.
1978 Orient (h)
Division Two 
1981 Shrewsbury Town (h)
Division Two 
Wharton(42), Shinton(59) 

1982 The Reserves travelled to Old Trafford and won
3-2, thanks to goals from Chris Waddle, Chris Hedworth and trialist Gary Haire.

Over 4,000 were present to see Peter Beardsley net for Manchester United during his brief spell on their books.

1986 Bradford City (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg 
Abbott(pen), Goodman
This match was played at Odsal Stadium following the tragic events which forced the temporary closure of Valley Parade. 

The Newcastle fans were better behaved than their Leeds counterparts, who had run riot in the previous game at Odsal and set alight a mobile chip van.

1987 Blackpool (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg 
The Seasiders took a one goal lead to SJP after former Magpie Tony Cunningham capitalised on a misjudged Gazza backpass.

1992 Middlesbrough (h)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg 
Debut for 575,000 midfield signing Robert Lee, who wisely turned down a move to the smoggies in favour of joining United.

2000 Charlton Athletic (h)


Following an unimpressive 2-0 midweek victory over Leyton Orient in the League Cup, the visit of Alan Curbishley's side brought another listless home performance.

Lomana LuaLua debuted and almost set up Alan Shearer towards the end but an apathetic crowd trudged home after the defeat, while manager Bobby Robson kept his players in the dressing room for an hour, match report

Debutant Lua Lua

2001 West Ham (a)
Hutchison(18), Di Canio(53), Kanoute(82)
Our unbeaten record in league and cup games of eleven games from the start of the season was well and truly blown away in this Sunday afternoon kick-off covered live by Sky. 

The visitors were denied a blatant penalty when Christian Dailly felled Robbie Elliott but the rubbish that followed couldn't be excused, as Glenn Roeder's side strolled to victory and former Magpie goalkeeper Shaka Hislop had virtually nothing to do in the entire game. match report

2002 Michael Chopra shot the Reserves ahead against Leeds United at Gateshead Stadium, only for the visitors to net three times in 17 second half minutes. 

Joe Kendrick got one back before future Magpie James Milner scored to seal a 4-2 away win. match report

2007 West Ham (h)
Premier League
Viduka(2,41), N'Zogbia(76)

Newcastle recovered from the awful defeat at Derby in their previous outing, against a Hammers side for whom old boy Craig Bellamy was missing through injury. 

All three goals came from crosses down the left, with N'Zogbia delivering the first two before rounding things off by getting on the end of an Obafemi Martins pull back. match report

2012 Norwich City (h)
Premier League
United managed to follow up a Thursday Europa League tie with a Sunday Premier League win at the third time of asking, returning from Madeira to ensure that their former boss Chris Hughton left Tyneside pointless. 

Hatem Ben Arfa's defence-splitting pass was rammed home by Demba Ba for his 20th Toon goal, but some questionable on-field decision making during first half added time almost cost United dear.

Awarded a penalty kick, a collective team decision to entrust duties to a clearly reluctant Papiss Cisse saw him reprise an awful pre-season effort by hoofing the ball high over the bar into the Gallowgate End. match report


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