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Ticket news:
mackems (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (a) Member sale now (restricted view)
Spurs (h) Public sale now
Swansea (h) Member sale now
Leicester City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)


Internationals:
OK leads England KO 


 

Tuesday:

Olivier Kemen (France U19):
Freddie Woodman (England U19):
Captaining his country to success for the third time on home soil in a week, Kemen's side recorded a 2-1 win over England on Tuesday to seal their qualification for the U19 European Championship finals in July.

France will be joined by host nation Greece, Germany, Austria, Holland and Russia. The final two places will be confirmed following qualifying tournaments in May.

There was no clash of club colleagues in Saint-Lo, with goalkeeper Woodman remaining on the bench as England missed out on qualification.


18 year-old midfielder Kemen was named on the Newcastle bench for the first time in our last game against Arsenal, but wasn't called into action.

Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands):
A 2-0 friendly home win over Spain in Amsterdam saw Janmaat complete 90 minutes in his favoured full back position. Krul was an unused substitute.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, England drew 1-1 with Italy in Turin. Davide Santon was among a crowd of substitutes named but despite Italy making half a dozen second half replacements
he didn't win a first cap since 2013.

Monday:

Lubo Satka (Slovakia U21):

Defender Lubo made his second U21 international start,  appearing for the first 45 minutes of a 0-0 friendly stalemate against Ukraine in Zlaté Moravce.

Like Kemen, Satka was also an unused substitute in United's most recent Premier League fixture.


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Premier League:
mackems (a)


 

Sunday sees United attempt to end a six game winless run in Tyne-wear derby fixtures. when they make the short journey to the stadium of plight.

Kick-off is at 4pm and the away allocation is sold out. Away section turnstiles open at 2.30pm.

NUFC are again running buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. Bus tickets need to be pre-booked.

The 152nd competitive meeting of the sides comes with Newcastle having won 53, drawn 49 and lost 49. The mackems have scored one more goal (223 v 222).

Squad:
Mehdi Abeid and Rolando Aarons may return.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good.

Suspended (and knackered): Papiss Cisse (3 of 7)

Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini (2 of 3)

Paddy Power match betting is online here
 
Newcastle to win @
15/8

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds). 

SAFC: Lee Clattermole will be available after suspension but Wes Brown is absent with a knee injury.

Taking charge of the mackems is Dick Advocaat, who in his first period as manager of PSV Eindhoven faced Newcastle in the 1997/98 Champions League.

Then as now, United had contrived to leave themselves with few options up front and lost 0-1 in Holland before succumbing 0-2 on Tyneside.

Referee:
Mike Dean - the Wirral-based whistler refereed the corresponding fixture at SJP back in March 2012. That ended 1-1 with the mackems down to nine men, after Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Clattermole both saw red.

This will be Dean's fourth game in charge of United this season, following on from the scoreless draw at Aston Villa when Mike Williamson was dismissed and the 0-1 loss at West Ham featuring Moussa Sissoko's sending off.

Dean's most recent appointment was the 3-3 home draw with Burnley on New Years Day.



Easter opening: MJS branches in Ponteland and Birtley will be closed on Friday, open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and closed on both Sunday and Monday. 

Special Northern Rail train departs Central to St Peter's at 3.02pm, returning from St Peter's at 6.42pm.

Special Metro services depart Central to St Peter's at 2.39pm and 2.46pm, returning from St. Peter's at 6.27pm and 6.35pm.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Anyone looking to watch the game in London with fellow black & whiters should headed for the Cock & Lion on Wigmore street (nearest tube: Bond street)


Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport (Malaysia)
Benfica TV2
C+ Sport (
France) +HD
C
anal+ 1 (Spain) +HD
CTH Stadium 1 HD

Diema Sport +HD (Bulgaria)
Digi Sport 1 (Hun/Svk) +HD
Fox Sports (Italy) +H
D
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)

Fox Sports 4 (Australia)
J Sports 2 (Japan)
Lig TV2 +HD
MTV Sport 1 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live (USA)
NTV Plus Futbol
2
+HD
Orange TV (Indonesia)
OTE Sport 1 HD (Greece)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
Sky Sport 1 (Germany) +HD
Sporting 1 (Belgium)
SportKlub 1 (
Ser) +HD
Sport Plus (Russia)

Star Sports
2 Asia +HD
SuperSport MaXimo 1 
SuperSport 3 (Za) +HD
T
SN 2 +HD (Canada)

TV2 Sport Premium HD
Viaplay (Den)
Viasat Football (Swe)


UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Stats:

Magpies @ monkwearmouth:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Debuchy
2012/13 drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12 won 1-0 R.Taylor
2010/11 drew 1-1 Nolan
2008/09 lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 drew 1-1 Milner
2005/06 won 4-1 Chopra, Shearer(pen), N'Zogbia, Luque
2002/03 won 1-0 Solano
2001/02 won 1-0 Dabizas
2000/01 drew 1-1 A.O'Brien
1999/00 drew 2-2 Domi, Helder


Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 04.04.2015:
Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v QPR
Chelsea v Stoke City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 05.04.2015:
Burnley v Spurs (1.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.04.2015:
Crystal Palace v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Tue 07.04.2015:
Aston Villa v QPR (7.45pm)


Giveaway:

Book compo - answer


Long-suffering Toon fan, NUFC.com sympathiser and crime novelist Howard Linskey has recently had his fourth book published,"No Name Lane."

 

Howard will sign copies at Waterstones in Newcastle city centre between 5pm and 6pm on Friday April 10th, but ahead of that we had signed copies to give away.

Keeping with his tradition of naming book characters in tribute to former Magpies, "No Name Lane" includes a
reference to Steve Carney. We asked which famous non-league side United acquired Steve from and almost everyone correctly responded Blyth Spartans.

Names of the winners will appear here and the book can be bought at Waterstones branches or online here (get free postage on orders of £10 or more).

 

Toon talk-ins:
Speakers' Corner


Former Magpies involved at upcoming talk-in events:

Fri 03.04.2015 Steve Howey (& Eric Gates)
Riverside Lodge, Morpeth NE61 1QL.
£20 (inc. curry supper) via Bill on 07821 828445

Thu 09.04.2015 Chris Waddle
@ Hedworth Hall, South Shields NE33 4EA
£25 (inc. meal) via 0191 456 3112

Sat 11.04.2015 Keith Gillespie
@ Percy Main Cricket Club, North Shields, NE29 6HS
£10 via Steve 07949 334699

Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA 
£20 via 07812 935195

Tue 21.04.2015 Stuart Pearce
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£30 or £50 (both inc. buffet) via Bill on 07951 462431  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (inc. four course meal) via
07753 573613
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.

In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events are the following (final lineups tbc): Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright, David Young.

Wed
29.04.2015 John Beresford (& Eric Gates)
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  

 

Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT

£15 (£100 for table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek (& Gary Bennett)
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905


Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN 
£15 (inc. Buffet) via Rob on 07538 291227

The Borrowers:
Adam back in action

Adam Campbell
(Gateshead)
Recovered from his ankle problem, striker Campbell was introduced as a half time substitute in a 1-1 draw at Dartford in the Conference on Tuesday night.
Next game:
Grimsby Town (a) Conference, Saturday.

 

Jak Alnwick (Bradford City)
There was no place in the squad for the goalkeeper as City lost 0-1 at home to Chesterfield in League One on Tuesday evening. 
Next game:
Doncaster Rovers (a) League One, Friday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game:
Wolves (h) Championship, Friday

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: Olympique Lyonnais (h) Ligue 1, Saturday


Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete,
Haris Vuckic (Rangers)

Next game: Hearts (h) SPFL Championship, Sunday.


Flutter
:
Tartan barmy


The publication of interim financial results by Rangers on Tuesday brought to light the revelation that a bonus of £500K would be payable to Newcastle United were the Ibrox club to achieve promotion to the SPL this season. 

That fee was agreed by Rangers as part of the move that saw five Magpie reserve players join them on loan in January - although three haven't kicked a ball in anger and another has played just once due to injury. The combined wage bill of the quintet has been estimated at £65K and is being paid by the SPFL side, although they weren't charged any fees for loaning them. 

With seven games to play and the single automatic promotion place taken by already-crowned champions Hearts, Rangers lie third in the table. The second, third and fourth place sides end up in playoffs, along with the second-bottom side in the top flight.

Accounts:
Prudent and measured*


 

* that's the accounts, not the team's playing style....

From the official club website, Monday:

Newcastle United Football Company Limited has today (Monday, 30th March) confirmed continued financial progress as it filed its annual accounts for the year ending June 2014.

The Club has recorded strong results, with the growth in commercial revenue playing a greater role in delivering a record £18.7million profit after tax, up from £9.9million in 2013.

The results signal the fourth consecutive year of recorded profit for the football club.

Operational losses of £0.6million in 2013 have been turned into an operating profit of £4.7million as the Club continues to outperform UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Club's turnover rose to £129.7million, up from £95.9million the previous year. Matchday revenue, which includes ticket sales and hospitality, dropped slightly to £25.9million, down from £27.8million in 2013, when the Club hosted seven additional home games as a result of its participation in the UEFA Europa League.

Season ticket renewal figures held steady, as did average Premier League attendances, which were 50,395 compared to 50,517 the previous season.

Media rights revenues accounted for £78.3million of turnover, a 53.3 per cent increase on the previous year. This reflected the new Barclays Premier League broadcasting rights deal as well as the Club's improved league position of tenth in 2013/14, compared to 16th the season before.

Most significantly, the Club reported strong commercial revenue growth delivering £25.6million in 2014, up from £17.1million in 2013. This 49.7 per cent increase was largely the result of two lucrative new deals with the Club's principal sponsors, Wonga and Puma.

The Club's debt continues to remain static at £129million in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley. None of the debt has been repaid to Mr Ashley nor has the owner taken any other monies from the Club.

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said: "I am pleased to report a positive set of results which confirms the healthy financial position the Club now finds itself in and is a reflection of the prudent and measured manner in which we operate.

"The Club benefits from a supportive owner and is financially stable. This gives us a strong platform from which to grow, both on and off the pitch, a result of which means, as we move forward, we are able to net spend on the playing squad and invest in other areas of the business
(other than the training ground revamp, it's hard to know what those other areas are)

"The most pleasing aspect in this set of accounts has been the growth in our commercial revenue and it has been our strongest year yet in that respect.

"With our commitment to keeping ticket prices affordable for our supporters growing our commercial income has been crucial. The deals we struck with our two main sponsors, Wonga and Puma, together with a stronger focus on our commercial operations, have helped us achieve this growth.

"We believe financial stability will deliver positive on-field results for the Club."

While growth may have been achieved, the rumoured withdrawal of Wonga as a main sponsor leaves a big question mark over sustaining it via an equivalent deal with an other.  

Given that the fan forum is the only form of contact - other than authorised statements made via the Chronicle, hopefully the next meeting will see a request to explain what "stronger focus on our commercial operations" is... 

From The Telegraph, Monday:

Newcastle United have announced record post-tax profits of £18.7m for the last financial year, but have failed to explain why there has also apparently been a rise of £25m in operating costs.

Newcastle’s turnover leapt from £95.9m in 2013 to £129.7m in 2014, an increase of £33.8m on the previous set of accounts. The reported increase in profits, though, was just £8.8m, rising from £9.9m in 2013.

According to the figures released, Newcastle’s unexplained costs are around £25m – a figure calculated when the £8.8m rise in profits is subtracted from the £33.8m increase in turnover.

Red Devil's in the detail:
Not just about 
spending money


 

Comments by Adam Armstrong concerning his meeting with Wayne Rooney give an insight into the preparation levels that are now the norm at Manchester United. 

The Magpies youngster said of Rooney: 

"I played against him at Old Trafford, and he said he liked the way that I always got across the defenders.

"He said that the Manchester United team had watched me in the clips before the game - that was a massive confidence booster for me to have someone like that say that."

The game Arma refers to is our 1-3 loss at Old Trafford on Boxing Day 2014, when Armstrong was handed his first Premier League start at the age of 17. Despite making only sporadic appearances before that though, the opposition players were briefed on his attributes.  

Speaking to Henry Winter for The Telegraph recently, Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal revealed those preparations:


"The preparation starts with the scout, Paul Brand, who is analysing the opponent, who selects all the images with Marcel Bout, the (opposition) scout. Marcel Bout is always going (to watch the opposition) two weeks in front of the game, because then we are playing the same circumstances, at home or away.

"Then Ryan Giggs is making a presentation for the players out of the images that Marcel Bout and Paul Brand have selected. Then we make a game-plan because of the analysis. Then we discuss the game-plan.

"The next day we have to present it to the players. Giggs is doing that. So, another meeting with the players. They have to look. We explain. Then we go and train the game-plan 11 against 11. Ryan Giggs is coaching the opponent. He has analysed them.

"Albert Stuivenberg has to coach my team. Then we practise different patterns. We film the training session. 

"The next meeting is the ‘unit meeting’: we do defenders, midfielders and forwards. Albert has selected the images of the training but also former matches that explains more of our game-plan.”

"The set-plays: also 25 minutes. Also a meeting. Also I’m checking. Frans Hoek, the goalkeeper trainer, is doing that. Then we pick up the players who have to cover
(mark) the players. 25 minutes.

"In the hotel we have a meeting – again - to give consciousness
(understanding) to what we have to do. 

"Then we have individual meetings. I especially have individual meetings with the players, in the hotel or in my office here. Not with every player - it depends on how they train, how they perform.

"Then the match is coming. I don’t say anything, only one sentence before the match. Then half-time I say what we have to change, or what we have to improve, or I don’t say anything because it was very good. It happens. The day after the match, Albert Stuivenberg has to select video clips again of the match. Then we evaluate the match. I go through the match with Albert.

"Then we have the evaluation
(which is) more long because there are more themes but the analysis is 20 minutes, 25 minutes sometimes. Again a meeting with the players. The staff have to work very hard. The players too. They are not used to that. Most players are intuitive. I want it more with consciousness (awareness) that they are thinking, that they can make decisions on the pitch. They have to think for the team.

"I want my players thinking, reading the game, so they know why they have to change the shape because of something. I want to train my players so that they can make decisions themselves as a team. Otherwise they have to wait until half-time and then maybe we can change something. In a lot of matches that is too late.

"We think that our philosophy can win the game. In England, they are not used to that. That’s why it is taking much more time here."
 

NUFC HK:
Fourth go at Sevens


United have confirmed their participation at the annual Hong Kong Citibank Soccer Sevens event, staged this year between Friday 29th May and Sunday 31st May.

Winning the trophy at their first attempt back in 2012, Peter Beardsley's side were runners-up in 2013 and beaten semi-finalists last year.

Departees:
Toon pair in 
Rovers tryout


Following confirmation that no new contract offer will be made to him at SJP, Magpies reserve striker Jonathyn Quinn has turned up on trial at Doncaster Rovers.

The 19 year-old didn't have far to travel though for his Rovers debut, playing 90 minutes of a 2-3 reserve defeat by Gateshead at the International Stadium last week. 

Also appearing for Donny in the same game was fellow forward Joe Kerridge, also been released by United.

Academy:
Home comforts at last



Newcastle U18s  2  Bolton U18s  1

Newcastle's youngsters won their first playoff game at the third attempt on Saturday at a very breezy Little Benton - ending a run of five home defeats stretching back to last year.

Fresh from his success with England's U17s, goalkeeper Paul Woolston was called into action early in the contest to save with his feet when Tyrell Palmer ran onto Danny McKenna's through ball.

United had a great chance to take the lead after 19 minutes when Jamie Cobain put in Luke Charman who was inexplicably hauled down by Tyler Garratt in the box.

However, Kyle Cameron's weak left-footed spot-kick was easily saved by Trotters 'keeper George Dorrington. 


Top scorer Sean Longstaff put United ahead in the first minute of added time at the end of the first period after being played in by Charman. The advancing 'keeper got a touch but couldn't prevent the ball going in.

The Trotters levelled on 53 minutes when Palmer crossed from the right and McKenna unleashed an explosive volley that hit a defender on the line as it flew in.

But back came the young Magpies and regained the lead in the 79th minute when Ben Pollock side-footed into the roof of the net for his first goal at this level, evading a packed defence after a ball from the right reached him.

Team:
Woolston, Cobain, Trodd (Drennan 69), Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Suddick (Storey 84), Ward, Charman (Johnson 75), Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Harker, Heaney.

Booked: Holmes.

Old boy:
Thames path for ex-Mag


Transfer deadline day saw former Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie complete a loan move from Reading to Championship rivals Fulham. 

The 27 year-old left Gallowgate when his contract expired in 2012 for fellow Premier League side Reading, but has endured relegation at the Royals and spells in and out of the team under the management of Brian McDermott, Nigel Adkins and Steve Clarke.

Guthrie - who will become a free agent at the end of the season - is in line to make his Fulham debut on Friday when Brentford visit Craven Cottage.


Contract verdicts
:
United youngsters 

learn their fate

Confirmation of the players that Newcastle have chosen to sign up and discard from their academy/development squads has now been received as follows:

 

Professional contracts (4): Tom Heardman, Macaulay Gillesphey, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry.

 

Released (8): James Atkinson, Ben Drennan, Andy Hall, Joe Kerridge, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Jordan Storey.

 

Scholar extension (3rd year) (6): Kyle Cameron, Jamie Cobain, Liam Gibson, Adam Laidler, Brendan Pearson, Callum Williams.

 

Scholar (1st year) (10): Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Shane Donaghy, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Dan Lowther, Lewis McNall, Craig Spooner, Callum Smith.

 

Vase:
Robins off to Wembley


Northern League side North Shields won their FA Vase semi-final second leg 2-0 on Saturday to complete a 3-0 aggregate success and seal a trip to Wembley Stadium.

 

In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,500 at Daren Persson Stadium, the Robins were frustrated by the wind and Hellenic Premier League side Highworth town until Gareth Bainbridge and Dean Holmes struck in the second half.


Highlights are online here.

Shields will now visit the national stadium for the second time in their history and will come up against Glossop North End in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday May 9th.

 

The Derbyshire-based side who lost to Whitley Bay in the 2009 Vase Final were beaten 0-1 at home by St Austell, but still advanced thanks to their 2-0 first leg victory.

££££££:
Fans call for fair share

Thursday saw the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) stage a protest outside the London venue where representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs gathered.

Demonstrating under the motto ‘Share the Wealth’, the protests are aimed at ending unfair practices concerning away ticket pricing and policies, building on the work already done over reciprocal pricing and subsidies.

Copies of this letter were distributed to all clubs present including Newcastle United and NUFC.com added their name to other websites, fanzines, supporter trusts and individual football fans wishing to be represented:

The Premier League has been a phenomenal success story. It is one of the world’s most competitive leagues, with some of the greatest footballing talent in the world playing largely in front of packed crowds generating a vibrant atmosphere. As fans, we appreciate that, and clearly so do the broadcasters, and their audiences of millions domestically and around the world.

As a result, the Premier League’s new TV deal is worth an extraordinary £5.14bn for domestic rights alone – the equivalent of £46 for every ticket sold for every Premier League game.

It is our belief that away supporters make a particular contribution to the spectacle that is Premier League football which has proved so attractive to broadcasters. Away fans generate much of the atmosphere, often sparking the home support into life. They are among the most loyal of supporters, often travelling long distances at difficult times while generally being regular home fans and consumers of merchandise and TV packages too.

Over recent years however there has been a general decline in the numbers of away supporters, and this has much to do with the high price of tickets. This is why the Football Supporters’ Federation has campaigned around the idea of “Twenty’s Plenty”, seeking a maximum ticket price for away fans of £20 a game. We estimate the cost of this to be around £20m a season across the league – a modest figure in the context of the new TV deal.

We welcome the current Away Fans’ Initiative, which has demonstrated that it is possible for clubs to decide to act collectively in the interests of fans, while retaining enough flexibility in implementation at club level. Our general view is that the main focus of this initiative should be in reducing ticket prices for away fans, as irrespective of how they’ve travelled, the one thing every away fan has in common is the purchase of a ticket.

We therefore call for:

An Away Fans Initiative Mark 2, with £1m per club per season set aside primarily to subsidise ticket prices for their away fans

A structured engagement with supporters at every club to consult on how to spend this money

An end to the application of match categorisation to away fans – all away fans to pay Category C prices

No reduction in away ticket allocations or relocation of away fans to inferior accommodation.

U21s:
Table-toppers in Toon


United's U21s return to competitive action on Monday evening after a three week break, when Middlesbrough provide the opposition at SJP in a 7pm kick-off. 

Winless in the last seven league games, Peter Beardsley's side lie third in the table and trail first-placed Boro by nine points - although the smoggies have played a game more.

Admission is free to current NUFC season ticket holders and members on production of their cards at the East Stand turnstiles, or else £3 adults and £1 concessions.

Current U21 Premier League Division Two - top 6:

Pos Team Played GD Pts
1 Boro

 17 

7 35
2 Derby County  16  13 30
3 Newcastle 16 9 26
4 West Bromwich Albion 17 5 26
5 Reading 15 3 26
6 Arsenal 14 10 25


Teams play a 22 game season and those finishing first and second will be promoted to Division One. 

Next fixtures - top 6:

Tue 07.04.2015 Reading v Brighton 1pm
Tue 07.04.2015 Arsenal v Stoke 7pm

Midfielder blighted:
Gael blown out


The strange case of Gael Bigirimana continues to unravel, with the midfielder now admitted that he was medically unfit to play when he joined Rangers on loan due to what is described as a "mystery illness."

 

That undisclosed condition didn't prevent Bigi playing for Newcastle's U21s earlier this season - although his last senior competitive United appearance came in August 2013 and he hasn't kicked a ball at first team level since the friendly visit to Sheffield Wednesday last July.

 

However a different set of medical regulations enforced by the Scottish football authorities mean that he's barred from playing for Rangers. The lack of a recall clause in what classified as an overseas loan in effect sidelines Bigi until next season, when the 21 year-old will have two years left on his contract at Gallowgate.

 

Confirming that situation, a Rangers spokesman cited confidentiality issues in not divulging the exact nature of his ailment, but made no comment on press claims that no medical examination of Bigirimana took place ahead of his loan move to Ibrox - as was also the case with Haris Vuckic, Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu and Shane Ferguson.

 

Charity auction:
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to info@ultimatenewcastle.com
by Thursday 30th April.

(Copies of the Who's Who are remain on sale from The Back Page shop on St. Andrews Street, the Evening Chronicle and
local branches of Waterstones bookshop. They can be ordered direct from the publisher here)

Premier League:
Liverpool (a)


The Magpies travel to Anfield on Monday April 13th to face Liverpool in an 8pm kickoff.

Squad:
to follow.

Unavailable: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Facundo Ferreyra, Curtis Good.

Suspended: Papiss Cisse (4/ 7), Fabricio Coloccini (3/3)

Paddy Power match betting to follow 

LFC: Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are both banned.

Referee:
tbc

UK TV:
Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow


UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (tbc)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Stats:
to follow

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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:

Sun 05.04.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, 4pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

NUFC will again run buses from SJP departing at 2pm (boarding at 1.30pm) and charge £4 for a return ticket. 

Tue 07.04.2015 U21s v smoggies (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 11.04.2015 U18s v Fulham (a) @ Motspur Park, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 4.


Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now (restricted view). £47 adults, £34.50 over-65s and £15 U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 15.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 18.04.2015 U18s v Arsenal (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 5.


Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.04.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Wed 01.04.2015 (online), Wed 08.04.2015 (in person/by phone).

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ iPro Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 02.05.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 6.

Sat 02.05.2015 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 3pm. Premier League.  ST holder sale now (zero points) £35 adults, £31 over-65s/U22s, £22 U18s, £9 U12s, £7 U8s. NB: fixture may be rescheduled for TV.

Mon 04.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. NB: fixture may be rescheduled for TV.

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, U21 Premier League.


Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. NB: fixture may be rescheduled for TV.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. 


Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015


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:
Sun 05.04.2015
mackems (a) 4pm
Mon 13.04.2015 Liverpool (a) 8pm
Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ 4pm
 
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
None

(Live games selected up to and including Wed 29.04.2015)

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.


G
ateshead FC
are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10

Upcoming home league games:

Mon 06.04.2015 Altrincham (3pm)
Sat 18.04.2015 Forest Green Rovers (3pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.

Upcoming home League game

Sat 04.04.2015
Droylesden (3pm)

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

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

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 dates:
Fri-Tue 27-31.03.2015
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)
 
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Whoops, He did it Again...



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On This Day in History
1st April


Born Or Died:

1957 John Bailey born, Liverpool.
(1985-88)

Attack-minded left full back who began his career at Blackburn Rovers, playing at Ewood under Gordon Lee, Jim Smith and Jim Iley at various times.

A move to Everton brought him England B recognition and an FA Cup winners medal in 1984 (plus a League Cup Final appearance at Wembley the same season).

Although he played in the 1984/85 Toffees title-winning side, he lost his place after the arrival of Pat van den Hauwe from Birmingham City and didn't feature in the Cup Winners Cup success against Rapid Vienna.

October 1985 saw John join Newcastle but after a reasonable first season he featured less and less, Brian Tinnion often taking his place. It later emerged that his prolonged "refueling" sessions with Billy Whitehurst played a part in Bailey's loss of form.  

Moving on to Bristol City in 1988, Bailey retired in 1991 and later returned to Goodison Park for a stint on the coaching staff. 

He now brings his 'cheeky Scouse wit' to functions as an after-dinner speaker. 

1964 Ian Baird born, Southampton.
(1984-85)
 

Striker who began his career as an apprentice at his hometown club before joining Cardiff City on loan in 1983 and then Newcastle the following year.

Baird had the distinction of being booked in all of the five games he played for United, including the 3-1 New Years Day home win over the mackems when messrs Gayle and Bennett were dismissed and Beardsley scored a hat trick.

His only goal in Newcastle colours had come in a 2-1 away loss at West Brom on Boxing Day, which wasn't enough to tempt Jack Charlton into buying him (choosing instead to buy Tony Cunningham from Man City.)

Baird returned to the Dell but was soon on his way north in a £75,000 move to Leeds.
1987 saw him join Portsmouth, although he exchanged Fratton Park for a second spell at Elland Road within six months, as Pompey tried to avoid financial meltdown.

Goals came against us on the opening day of the 1989/90 season at SJP - although Leeds lost 5-2 - and then the only goal of the game at Elland Road five months later.

Within weeks though, Baird had joined the smoggies, scoring twice against Newcastle on the final day of the season in a 4-1 win that kept his side up, push Leeds towards promotion and condemn the Magpies to a two-legged playoff against the mackems.  

Later playing for Hearts, Bristol City, Plymouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Instant Dict (Hong Kong), Salisbury, Farnborough and Dorchester, Ian finally hung up his boots at Wimborne Town aka the Magpies.

Serving as assistant boss to the Hong Kong national side for a spell, Baird then returned to his first club Southampton as part of their Academy backroom staff.

After a period as a player's agent, Baird founded his own motor insurance business (IBMH) and entered management with both Havant & Waterlooville and Eastleigh - exiting from the latter in September 2012.

1974 Steve Watson born, North Shields. (1989-98)

Another product of Wallsend Boys Club, Steve made his senior debut as a sub away to Wolves in November 1990 when just 16 years and 223 days old - then a club record.

Capped by England at youth, U21 and B team level, Watson proved to be a versatile and skilful player and appeared in virtually every outfield position while at Newcastle.

Highlights of his stay at SJP included a fine goal at Antwerp on our unforgettable return to European competition and an even better strike at Anfield in the League Cup on a night when he played as an emergency striker. His somersault style long throw technique also raised eyebrows when aired away at Boro.

Less wonderful were though were two visits to Wembley: the Charity Shield debacle of 1996 and the 0-2 FA Cup Final reverse of 1998, when Kenny Dalglish left him on the bench for all but the last 14 minutes.

The arrival of Ruud Gullit though ended hopes that Watson would be that rarest of things - a one club man. In need of funds to boost his spending, Steve went to Aston Villa in a £4m deal - although he was heartbroken.

Watson returned to SJP in January 1999 to appear in Peter Beardsley's Testimonial match against Celtic. Given a great welcome, he brought further cheers from the crowd with a trademark throw-in.

After three years at Villa Park a move to Everton followed (Watson turning down the chance to join the Smoggies), where he alternated between midfield and defence but suffered from a number of injuries.

A free transfer to West Bromwich Albion in 2005 was followed by a move to Sheffield Wednesday early in 2007, initially on loan.

Watson returned again to SJP in May 2006 to appear in the Alan Shearer Testimonial match against Celtic.

Surgery to repair a hip injury finally forced Steve into retirement, bowing out of first team action in a 2-1 win for Wednesday at steel city rivals United in February 2009.

Leaving Hillsborough in May of that year, Steve was back on the payroll by December - assisting caretaker boss Sean McAuley following the departure of Brian Laws. 

That saw him in the home dugout on Boxing Day when the Owls drew 2-2 with Newcastle but following the appointment of Alan Irvine as permanent boss, Steve departed.

He linked up again with Lee Clark and Terry McDermott at Huddersfield Town in November 2010 as Terriers Development Coach.

All three were surprisingly sacked in February 2012 with Town riding high, having only just set several records for remaining undefeated.

When Clark took over at Birmingham City that summer, Watson was quickly appointed to his backroom staff. However he departed from St Andrews along with Clark in October 2014.

1987 Death of Trevor Hockey, 43.
(1963-65)

Collapsed and died after playing in a five-a-side game.

1989 Death of George Robledo, 62.
(1949-53)


 

  
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What Else?

1893 London Casuals (h)
5-0 
(0-0)
Friendly 
Pattinson, Collins 3, Crate 
2,000
Note to researchers: the opposition were a football team, not a loose affiliation of South-Eastern based hooligans teaming up to face the Geordies....

1899 West Bromwich Albion (a)
0-2 
(0-1)
Division One 
Smith, Bassett
2,304

1903 Everton (h)
3-0 
(2-0)
Division One 
Alec Gardner(
1-0, 3-0), McIntyre(2-0pen
18,000 
Debut for Teddy McIntyre.

1904 Manchester City (a)
3-1 
(1-1)
Division One 
Orr(9), Howie(86), Appleyard(89)
Turnbull(4)
28,000

1905 Blackburn Rovers (a)
0-2 
(0-1)
Division One 
Crompton(pen), Dewhurst
8,500

1907 Blackburn Rovers (h)
3-1 
(2-0)
Division One 
Duffy, Appleyard, Speedie (pen)
Martin 
35,000

1908 Bolton Wanderers (a)
0-4 
(0-2)
Division One 
White, Shepherd 3
15,000

1911 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
0-1 
(0-0)
Division One 
Chalmers
15,000 
Debut for John Scott, at outside left.

1914 Liverpool (h)
1-2 
(0-0)
Division One 
Hudspeth(pen) 
Sheldon(62), Miller(70)
20,000
Ed Dixon made his debut after having joined United for the princely sum of £5.

1922 Cardiff City (h)
0-0 
(0-0)
Division One 
28,000

1933 Manchester City (a)
2-1 
(0-1)
Division One 
Allen, J. R. Richardson
Brook
30,000

1936 Bradford City (a)
2-3 
(1-1)
Division Two 
Connelly 2 
Travis, Bruce, Bartholomew
3,916

1939 Millwall (a)
1-1 
(0-1)
Division Two 
Cairns 
Richardson
26,000

1939 The Reserves entertained Sheffield Wednesday.
 
1944 Sheffield United (a)
0-4
(0-1)
Wartime
Pickering 2, Collindridge 2
30,567
 

 

1950 Birmingham City (a)
2-0 
(0-0)
Division One 
Taylor, Walker 
30,000





1961 West Ham United (a)
1-1 
(1-1)
Division One 
Scanlon
Musgrove 
17,103
Beaten 0-1 at home by Sheffield Wednesday a day earlier, the Magpies earned a point at Upton Park but remained second bottom of the table - their eventual finishing position.

The two sides had shared ten goals at SJP the previous December.

1967 Leicester City (h)
1-0 
(0-0)
Division One 
Hilley 
35,183
A fourth win in five games left Newcastle nineteenth in the table and gradually easing their relegation fears.


1972 Sheffield United (a)
0-1 
(0-0)
Division One 
Ford
28,103
The only Blades goal that David Ford scored in the 1971/72 season proved enough to see off his former club Newcastle.  

1978 Bristol City (a)
1-3 
(0-1)
Division One 
Barrowclough (85)
og(Nulty), Ritchie, Hunter 
17,344
United were in the middle of a 21-game run without a victory. This miserable defeat put us bottom of the First Division.

1989 Southampton (a)
0-1 
(0-0)
Division One 
Ruddock(89)
16,175 
The Saints were without a win in seventeen games but  managed to con the referee into a late penalty award. 

Neil Ruddock beat Gary Kelly from the spot to start celebrations at the Dell for a home side who fielded John Burridge and Alan Shearer, along with all three of the Wallace brothers (Ray, Danny and Rod).

Paul Sweeney made his Magpies debut as substitute and was cautioned for kicking an opponent within seconds of his introduction.

1991 Bristol Rovers (h)
0-2 
(0-0)
Division Two
Sealey, White 
17,509
A new beginning as Ossie Ardiles took over as manager and was warmly received by the crowd, but the same old failings were all too evident by the end of the game.
Youtube highlights

1994 Leeds United (a)
1-1 
(1-0)
Premier League 
Cole(3)
Fairclough(89) 
40,005 
Andy Cole hit his 50th United goal in the opening minutes of this Good Friday night game that was live on Sky. 

Despite a miraculous goal line clearance from Alan Neilson, Leeds eventually levelled it in the last minute through Chris Fairclough.
Youtube highlights

1995 Chelsea (a)
1-1 
(0-1)
Premier League 
Hottiger(88)
Peacock(38) 
22,987 
Gavin Peacock had given the home side a first half lead they held until the last minute when Hottiger was on hand to knock the ball in after Venison had his seen his shot parried.
Youtube highlights

2000 Bradford City (h)
2-0 
(1-0)
Premiership
Speed(7), Shearer(89)
36,572
A bit of a nervy pre-Wembley encounter as we played our last league game before the semi-final with Chelsea. NUFC.com match report  


Fellow scorer Speed congratulates
Shearer after sealing the points

2003 With Magpie midfielder Jermaine Jenas in the starting XI, England U21s drew 1-1 with Turkey at SJP.

Francis Jeffers netted his 13th goal in as many games in front of 21,085 fans. 
 

2004 The reserves returned to winning ways at Whitley Park with a 3-0 win over Boston United in the Pontins League.

In front Sir Bobby Robson, an OG and Bradley Orr's brace should have been added to by strike pair Lewis Guy and Michael Chopra, but they missed a host of chances.
NUFC.com match report

2006 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3-1 (3-1)
Premiership
Bowyer(2), Ameobi(25), Shearer(30)
Keane(19)
52,301
A
run of four defeats came to an abrupt end as an inspired United blew away Champions League hopefuls Spurs with a scintillating opening 45. 

Michael Dawson was sent off in the second half but United failed to add to their scoring tally and home fans contented themselves by abusing old boy Jermaine Jenas with taunts related to his "goldfish bowl" comments, although JJ later denied ever making them.

NUFC.com match report

2009 Most Newcastle fans woke up to what they must have thought was an April fool as Alan Shearer was announced as manager for the rest of the season.

The move came just days after club MD Derek Llambias rubbished claims that the club were set to replace Chris Hughton with an interim appointment - but followed on from comments made by Joe Kinnear that suggested he was unlikely to make an imminent touchline return.

Iain Dowie was tipped to join Shearer as his assistant - the former striker having been a team mate of his in their Saints days.

The pair had just eight games to save United, starting with Chelsea's trip to SJP.

2012 Liverpool (h)
2-0
(1-0)
Premier League

Cisse(19,59)
52,363
Miserable 'King' Kenny arrived with his Anfield April Fools and in one afternoon did more to entertain the Geordie faithful than during his whole time in charge on Tyneside.

Everything went wrong for Kenny and his ex-Magpie contingent, with Andy Carroll enduring an awful return to SJP and Jose Enrique ending up in goal!

Reds 'keeper Pepe Reina was dismissed for nutting James Perch and Enrique replaced him between the posts, while Carroll stormed off down the tunnel after giving Kenny and former Newcastle coach, Steve Clarke, a mouthful of abuse that caused mass hilarity.

Amid the pantomime Reds display, came a brace for Papiss Cisse and two more assists from match-winner Hatem Ben Arfa.
NUFC.com match report


2013
A short-lived two part reserve format meant that United met their Stoke City counterparts for the fourth time in the same season - and like the other three, beat them.


This one ended 2-1 with goals from Michael Richardson and Yven Moyo in a game played
behind closed doors at the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground.
NUFC.com match report

 

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