Tuesday October 6th, 2015

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Touching Distance
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Ticket news:

Norwich (h) Public sale now
mackems (a) ST holder sale now (
Stoke (h) ST holder sale now

Premier League:
mackems (a) tickets 

Tickets for our trip to the dark place next month are now on sale to ST holders with 80 loyalty points (with further reduced totals/dates to follow).

Prices: £39 adults, £26 aged 65 and over, £15 U16s.

As in previous seasons, bus travel is available from NUFC at a cost of £4* for a return ticket (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am, kickoff Noon). Bus tickets bookable online from NUFC box office.

*NUFC fund buses with all monies raised donated to charity - the charge is made in order to gauge more accurately the number of buses required.

Premier League:
Knee bother for Daryl 

The Dutch FA confirm that Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat has withdrawn from their squad ahead of two European Championship qualifiers in the coming days.

The Magpies full back suffered a knee injury during Saturday's defeat at Manchester City - it's yet be confirmed how severe the problem is.

Janmaat's return means that Steve McClaren has five first team squad members on international duty - three with Holland and one each with France and Serbia. 

There was no place for Cheick Tiote in the latest Ivory Coast squad, Papiss Cisse was similarly overlooked by Senegal, DR Congo omitted Chancel Mbemba and there was no Ireland recall for Rob Elliot.

International callups:

Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Georginio Wijnaldum
Sat 10.10.2015 Kazakhstan (a) ECQ
Tue 13.10.2015 Czech Republic (h) ECQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)
Thu 08.10.2015 Armenia (h) Nice FR
Sun 11.10.2015 Denmark (a) Copenhagen FR

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia)
Thu 08.10.2015 Albania (a) Elbasan ECQ
Sun 11.10.2015 Portugal (h) Belgrade ECQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland)
Thu 08.10.2015 Greece (h) ECQ
Sun 11.10.2015 Finland (a) ECQ


rate Mitrovic at 13/2 to open the scoring for Serbia against Albania on Thursday and 11/4 to net at any time during the tie. 

William Hill meanwhile price Wijnaldum at 15/2 first scorer against Kazakhstan on Saturday and 15/8 as anytime scorer. New signups can claim an exclusive £50 matched bet using code BETS50.

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Premier League:
Indecent exposure

Manchester City  6  Newcastle  1

Match report 

When Harry met Hardy:
Philosophy football #2


Following the success of Michael Walker's recent talk at the Lit & Phil with Harry Pearson, it's the turn of fellow author Martin Hardy to appear at the same venue.

The event is on Wednesday October 21st and admission is free, but places need to be pre-booked, either in person at the venue on Westgate Road, on 0191 232 0192 or online here

Start time is 7pm prompt and there is a bottle bar. Central station metro is adjacent, but remember it's closed from 8pm on weekdays nights for renovation. 

The main topic of conversation will be Martin's book "Touching Distance", detailing the highs and lows of United's 1995/96 season - although the state of the Geordie Nation in 2015 will doubtless be mentioned...

If you can't make it to the Lit & Phil, author signed copies of "Touching Distance" are available to buy online here for £18.99, including free UK delivery.

Premier League:
Dick out 

Following their 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday, the mackems confirmed on Sunday that manager Dick Advocaat had resigned with immediate effect.

The front runner for the post is ex-Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, with fellow SJP old boy Nigel Pearson also suggested in some quarters along with David Moyes.

Dick's departure means that once again the red and whites will replace their manager ahead of a derby - a stunt they successfully pulled in April 2013 (Di Canio), October 2013 (Poyet) and March 2015 (Advocaat) - with all gaining their first wins by beating us.

The mackems return to action on Saturday week when they are away to West Bromwich Albion.

Chile on menu 
for young Magpie 

The England squad that will participate in the U17 World Cup in Chile has been announced and Newcastle's Paul Woolston is one of three goalkeepers included.

The Young Lions begin their group stage games against Guinea in Coquimbo on Saturday (17th), moving on to face Brazil on Tuesday (20th) in La Serena and then South Korea on Friday (23rd) back in Coquimbo.

Before that though, England will play friendly matches against DR Congo at St. George’s Park on Wednesday and then host nation Chile in Rancagua.

Another England U17 squad meanwhile have been in European Championship qualification action in Portugal, sealing top spot in a four team tournament after a 1-1 draw with the hosts in Coimbra on Sunday.

Newcastle's Mackenzie Heaney was named among the substitutes and came off the bench on 58 minutes. England have qualified for the Elite Round early next year - the last hurdle before the sixteen team final tournament in Azerbaijan in May. 

Other youth callups:

Adam Armstrong / Freddie Woodman
(England U19s):
Thu 08.10.2015 Macedonia (a) Skopje ECQ
Sat 10.10.2015 Finland (n) Skopje ECQ
Tue 13.10.2015 Italy (n) Skopje ECQ
(European Championship qualifiers)

Alex Gilliead
(England U20s):
Wed 07.10.2015 Netherlands (n) Heidenheim FR
Sat 10.10.2015 Turkey (n) Ulm FR 
Tue 13.10.2015 Germany (h) Heidenheim FR
(Mercedes Benz Elite Cup, Germany)

Kyle Cameron
(Scotland U19s)
Tue 06.10.2015 Mexico (n) Aspach FR
Fri 09.10.2015 USA (n) Stuttgart FR
Mon 12.10.2015 Germany (a) Stuttgart FR

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Loan lads:
Taming of the Shrews 


Adam Armstrong (Coventry City):
It's now eight goals from nine starts in League One for striker Adam, after he scored twice in a 3-0 home win over Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Watch Arma's brace online here


Remy Cabella (Olympique Marseille):
A 1-2 loss at PSG on Sunday means that OM are now without a win in four league games. Remy completed 90 minutes for what was his eighth appearance - media reports suggest that his loan deal will be made permanent after he plays in 12 games. 

Shane Ferguson (Millwall):
Fergie came off the bench after 62 minutes but couldn't prevent the Lions from a 3-5 loss to Peterborough United at London Road in League One on Saturday

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic):
Vuckic missed a fourth successive game due to injury as Wigan were held 0-0 at home by Walsall in League One on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey/Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United)
Gillesphey played the full game and Gilliead the final half hour as the Cumbrians won 1-0 at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday. 

Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town):
The goalkeeper made his 12th appearance for the Red Devils at Plymouth Argyle in League Two on Saturday, but was on the wrong end of a 1-2 defeat.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
1-1 draw at Brighton in the Championship on Saturday saw Sammy appear as a 63rd minute substitute and almost win it for the Bluebirds - only for his goalbound shot to be cleared off the line by a home player.

Ben Smith (Bristol City) 
Leeds United U18s (a), Development League, Saturday. Full time score 0-0 - Ben's participation is still tbc.

Mansell motors on

Newcastle U18s  0  Blackburn U18s  2

As they did on two occasions last season, Blackburn's U18s profited from their visit to Tyneside - returning to Lancashire with all three points and a clean sheet.

Looking to record their fourth successive victory on the road, the Ewood youngsters were indebted to in-form Lewis Mansell - who scored both goals to take his seasonal tally up to ten.     

After a scoreless first half the Rovers striker shot his side ahead from the penalty spot, before making sure of the win eight minutes from the end of normal time.

Dave Watson's side by contrast have conceded thirteen goals in their last four outings and are bottom of the table with just one win in eight attempts this season.

The Magpies were once again without Mackenzie Heaney due to international commitments with England, while Jack Hunter was forced off the field due to injury.

Team: Pearson, Trodd, Adu-Peprah, Hunter (Charman 18), Pollock, Newberry, Gallacher (Lowther 86), Suddick, McNall (Long 80) Longstaff, Smith. Subs n/u: Harker, Aziakonou.

Back to the future 


Chris Waddle, the ZX Spectrum, Manic Miner, Daley Thompson's Olympics, Rocky Sharpe & The Replays - just a few memorable sights and sounds from 1982. 

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Local clubs for local people:
Non League Day looms 

This coming Saturday (10th) sees the staging of the sixth Non-League Day - an annual celebration of grass roots football across the country, with the aim of attracting new supporters to watch their local team.

In this region you'll find a good choice of games on offer, notably a cracking FA Cup tie in prospect at Hillheads between Whitley Bay and Chorley.

Admission to the Northern League game between North Shields and Dunston meanwhile is just £1 for current NUFC season ticket holders.

All of the following games have 3pm starts and for the Northern League, directions appear on their informative website online here

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round:

Whitley Bay v Chorley


National League:
Gateshead v Cheltenham Town

Evostik League:
Blyth Spartans v Sutton Coldfield Town

Northern League Division 1:
Ashington v Shildon
Bedlington Terriers v Seaham Red Star
Consett v West Auckland Town
Durham City v Newton Aycliffe
Guisborough Town v Sunderland RCA
Morpeth Town v Jarrow Roofing BCA
Newcastle Benfield v Penrith
North Shields v Dunston UTS
Washington v Norton & Stockton Ancients
West Allotment Celtic v Bishop Auckland

Northern League Division 2:
Billingham Town v Hebburn Town
Crook Town v Stokesley Sports Club
Darlington RA v Brandon United
Easington Colliery v Chester-Le-Street
Northallerton Town v Billingham Synthonia
Ryhope CW v Heaton Stannington
South Shields v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Thornaby v Esh Winning
Tow Law Town v Team Northumbria
Whickham v Birtley Town
Willington v Alnwick Town

And not forgetting the Northern Alliance

Ultimate Record PDF

The 2014/15 season PDF update for Paul Joannou's excellent "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" is now available free of charge to book purchasers.

If you haven't received a copy - or are after previous season PDFs - email with your requirements.

PS: "The Ultimate Record" book is a complete sell out, but copies of Paul's sister publication "Ultimate Who's Who" are available, including an autographed edition. 

Find more details online here

Premier League:
Potters reduced

A further reciprocal ticket pricing agreement has been confirmed for this season, Stoke City announcing that last season's agreement with Newcastle will continue.

That sees adult ticket prices reduced to £20 (
£10 for over 65s and £5 for U17s) for Potters fans at SJP next month and Magpies followers heading to the Britannia next March.

Similar deals for West Ham (£25) and Watford (£25) have already been announced this season, with a £10 reduction on adult ticket prices for Toon supporters at Bournemouth in November (making them £23). 

Premier League:
Norwich City (h)

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Sunday week (October 18th) when the Canaries visit SJP for a 4pm kickoff. Tickets are now on public sale (online).

The visitors have announced discounted prices for away tickets of £10 for adults and just £1 for bairns - rather than a reciprocal pricing initiative though, this just appears to be them spending their Away Fan fund. 

Steve McClaren's side will be attempting to win a first PL game of the season at the ninth attempt, having taken maximum points from just one of the last nineteen. 

From a possible 81 points in 2015 we took just 16.

NUFC: Steven Taylor remains sidelined, while updates on the fitness of Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Karl Darlow, Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan and Emmanuel Riviere are awaited.

It's claimed that both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara could be available to face the Canaries, while Colback's return to action would see him resume just one booking away from a one match ban.

Punts: Latest offers for new punters are online here

NCFC: Gary Hooper may return after injury but Youssouf Mulumbu is still out. Former Magpie defender Sebastien Bassong is an ever-present this season but has yet to win a game at his former SJP home (2 draws, 1 loss).

City boss Alex Neil is just 34 years old and played for SPFL side Hamilton Academical on New Years Day this year, just days before taking the Norwich job.

The Scottish-born midfielder played in England for both Mansfield Town and Barnsley - coming off the bench for the Tykes at Oakwell in October 2001 as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle in a League Cup tie.

This season the Canaries have won on the road at the mackems (3-1), drawn at Liverpool (1-1) and West Ham (2-2) and lost at Southampton (0-3).

Four home games have brought one victory - 3-1 over Bournemouth - a 1-1 draw with Stoke and defeats by Palace (1-3) and Leicester (1-2).

Russell Martin and Nathan Redmond have scored three goals each while £8.5m striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been banished to Spaniards Real Betis. 

Norwich have 11 players away on international duty ahead of their visit to Tyneside.



Failing to win any of our opening four home games (two draws, two defeats) represents United's worst league start at SJP since the 1991/92 season. Following four draws and one defeat, the sequence was broken at the sixth time of asking with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Newcastle have collected just 11 points from a possible 42 at Gallowgate in 2015 (5 draws, 2 wins, 7 losses). 

Magpies versus Canaries - post WWII:

2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-2
1987/88 lost 1-3 Gazza
1986/87 won 4-1 Goddard, Gazza, McDonald, Jackson
1984/85 drew 1-1 Waddle
1981/82 won 2-1 Varadi, Mills
1977/78 drew 2-2 Burns, Kennedy
1976/77 won 5-1 T.Craig, Gowling, Oates, McCaffery 2
1975/76 won 5-2 Gowling 2, Macdonald 2, OG
1973/74 drew 0-0
1972/73 won 3-1 Tudor 2, Guthrie
1964/65 won 2-0 Cummings, Robson
1963/64 won 2-0 Cummings, Iley
1962/63 won 2-1 Fell, Thomas
1961/62 drew 0-0

Pub Watch: Fitzgeralds, 60 Grey Street, NE1 6AF


Find further details of this and the other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here



Metro: no scheduled disruptions.

Bus: Both the X50 Soccerbus and the Q3 service will operate, the X50 to and from the Metro Centre and the Q3 linking the Park & Ride facility at the Great Park.

Find more information on both routes online here

Offering matchday travel to NUFC season ticket holders, Magpie Mover tickets remain available details here

UK Radio:
to follow

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 17.10.2015:

Spurs v Liverpool (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Aston Villa (3pm)
Crystal Palace v West Ham (3pm)
Everton v Manchester United (3pm)
Manchester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Southampton v Leicester City (3pm
West Bromwich Albion v mackems (3pm)
Watford v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 18.10.2015:

Newcastle v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 19.10.2015:

Swansea City v Stoke City (8pm) Sky

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2015/16

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


2015/16 season tickets are now on public sale, with availability in all areas of SJP.

NUFC confirm that new season ticket cards will be issued ahead of next season.

Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. 

altoonative travel is the public face of the N
ewcastle United Travel Plan, designed to help fans attend matches using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Click on the VTEC logo for details of a new discount train travel scheme for NUFC ST holders and members.



Sat 10.10.2015 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ City Football Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

16.10.2015 U21s v Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 17.10.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ 
Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky.

Sat 24.10.2015 U18s v Derby County (h) @ 
Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, Noon. Premier League. ST holder sale now (80 loyalty points, with further reduced totals/ dates tbc). £39 adults, £26 65 and over, £15 U16s. Live on Sky.

Bus travel from NUFC £4 return ticket (boarding at SJP 9.30am, departure 10am, kickoff Noon). All monies raised are donated to charity - a charge is levied to gauge more accurately the number of buses required).

Mon 26.10.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Moor Lane, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.10.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, public sale Thu 08.10.2015.

Mon 02.11.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ Albion training ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) @ Vitality Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited. Live on Sky.

Talk-ins / appearances:

Wed 21.10.2015 Football writers Martin Hardy & Harry Pearson
in conversation @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. Free entry - limited numbers. Book in person or reserve them on 0191 232 0192 or online here. Please note 7pm prompt start.

Sat 31.10.2015 Rob Lee
@ Back Page shop, St.Andrews Street, Newcastle. Signing copies of Touching Distance along with book author Martin Hardy. Time tbc.

Fri 13.11.2015 Tommy Wright, Steve Howey, John Beresford, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Scott @ Dunston Lancastrian Suite, further details to follow.
Bookings here

Sat 28.11.2015 Steve Howey @ Blyth Town FC. £
15 including pie & peas + drink. Contact Martin on: 07748 470530.

FA Cup Round dates:

w/e of 09.01.2016
w/e of 30.01.2016
w/e of 20.02.2016
w/e of 12.03.2016
Sat 23.04.2016 / Sun 24.04.2016
Sat 21.05.2016

Northumberland Senior Cup  
First Round draw:

Tue 06.10.2015: 
Ashington v Newcastle Benfield
Whitley Bay v Team Northumbria

Wed 07.10.2015: 
Bedlington Terriers v Alnwick Town
Heaton Stannington v WA Celtic

(Newcastle U21s enter at the Second Round stage, along with Morpeth Town, North Shields and cup holders Blyth Spartans. Second Round ties are pencilled in to be played in w/c 23.11.2015).

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 18.10.2015 Norwich City (h) 4pm
Sun 25.10.2015 mackems (a) Noon

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 07.11.2015 Bournemouth (a) 12.45pm

Selections made up to Sun 29.11.2015.

Due to doubts over the validity of it, the alleged live TV game release schedule previously posted here has been deleted.

The Premier League wrote on July 3rd 2015 that: For fixtures from December onwards, live TV matches are mostly confirmed on a month-by-month basis. 

The Premier League will seek to confirm live TV matches approximately five or six weeks prior to the start of the month in question. 

For example, December selections are typically confirmed in mid-October. 

(For info only, December 2014 live TV picks were published on October 6th 2014). 

Radio coverage:

mackems (h) talkSPORT

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs until 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 S.Africa 34-16 Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

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

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

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


International Magpies
National Service

2015/16 future match dates:
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
Mon-Tue 21-29.03.2016

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
6th October

Born Or Died:

1919 Albert Sibley born, West Thurrock, Essex. (1947-50)

Known as Joe, this right winger had starred for Southend United before WW2, during which he served in the RAF at Ruislip.

Guesting for Fulham, Spurs, Aldershot, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Millwall & QPR in wartime football, Sibley joined United in a part-exchange deal in February 1947 (The Shrimpers took Ernie Brown & £6,500).

Debuting in a 1-3 home defeat by Southampton that month, Joe helped United win promotion back to Division One in the following season but was then only an occasional starter in Division One.

Re-signing for Southend in 1950, Joe moved on to Folkestone Town six years later and lived in the Essex town of Southchurch. His death was announced in February 2008.

1932 Alan Herron born, Ashington.

Centre half who was at SJP on amateur terms but failed to win a contract and moved on to Blackburn Rovers in 1950.

It took Alan another five years to make the first of his four league appearances for the Lancashire club, later moving on to play for non-league Wigan Athletic.

1935 John Henry Taylor
born, Crawcrook

Known as Harry, this right winger made his debut on New Years Day 1955 in a 2-6 loss at Sheffield United and had made just six more appearances when loaned to Fulham two seasons later.

A return to SJP and to the first team came during the 1958/59 season, but after losing his place in the opening weeks following campaign he wasn't sighted again.

Moving to Chelmsford City in 1960, Taylor later played for Cambridge United before returning to the North East, where he worked for Newcastle Breweries.

1981 Zurab Khizanishvili born, Tbilisi, Georgia. (2009)

Centre half who joined United in September 2009 on a three month loan from Blackburn Rovers, debuting in a 4-0 win at Ipswich Town in the Championship.

Zurab was the second Georgian to have featured for the club, following Temuri Ketsbaia - who played alongside him both internationally and for Dundee. 

Dens Park was Zurab's first taste of British football, moving there from Lokomotiv Tblisi in 2001, having previously played for both the Dinamo and Norchi clubs in Tbilisi.

Joining Glasgow Rangers in 2003, Zurab first faced Newcastle when he played in the same side as Peter Lovenkrands at SJP in a pre-season friendly in July 2004. 

A move to Blackburn (initially on loan) followed in August 2005, making his home debut in a 0-3 loss to Newcastle. 

Appearing for Rovers in their 1-0 win at SJP the following January, Zurab returned to Tyneside in March 2008 to repeat the feat.

Zurab's time in Toon wasn't a great success and of his seven appearances, United drew two and lost three.

That included a that dreadful night at Scunthorpe when Khizanishvili looked ineffectual against moderate opposition. 

Dismissed in the dying seconds of his penultimate Newcastle game, at home to Doncaster Rovers, Zurab headed back to Rovers but after just one game was loaned out again, this time to Reading.

However a knee injury curtailed his pitch time for the Royals and he missed United's 2-0 win in Berkshire that April 

Entering the final season of his contract with Blackburn in August 2010, Zurab found himself omitted from the team photograph
and joined Turkish club Kayserispor.

September 2013 then saw him announce his retirement from international football in order to focus on his club career, signing for yet another club in his home town - this time Dinamo Tbilisi - in Summer 2014.

After just four appearances for Tbilisi he moved to Georgian side Samtredia before joining Azerbaijan Premier League side Inter Baku in June 2015.

Zurab has the longest surname to feature on a Toon shirt, at 13 letters - a total is equalled by Keith Kettleborough, whose career was in nameless, 1 to 11 days.


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What Else?

1894 Burslem Port Vale (a)
Division Two 
Dickson, McNee, Thompson, Willis 
Scarratt, Wood, J.Smith, Eccles
Charles Dickson and John McNee made goalscoring entrances to the first team. At the time Vale were based at the Cobridge Athletic Grounds, adjacent to where the National Garden Festival was held almost a century later.

1900 Sunderland (a)
Division One 

1906 Bury (a)
Division One 
Appleyard, Veitch (pen) 
Lindsay 2pens , Hibbert

1923 West Ham United (a)
Division One 

1928 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
Boyd, Lang, McDonald 
Wainscoat, Jennings
Debut for Bob Thomson, following his transfer from Sunderland.

1934 Swansea Town (a)
Division Two 
Murray(1), Weaver(39) , McMenemy(
3-3) , Boyd(4-3)
W.Davies(4,27), Olsen(2-3)

1945 Grimsby Town (a)
Woodburn, Stubbins

1945 A 3-4 home defeat for the Reserves against Wolves.

Andy Donaldson(2) and James were on the scoresheet for United.
1951 Wolves (h)
Division One 
Davies, Milburn 2 
There was a scoring debut for Reg Davies, following his transfer from Southend United.
The Reserves travelled to Villa Park but it would be a long journey home again after they were thumped 4-0.


1956 Luton Town (h)
Division One 
Hannah, Milburn 
Turner 2
United debut for George Eastham. Both Alf McMichael and Tommy Casey were absent due to international duty.
1962 Stoke City (a)
Division Two 
Skeels, Viollet 2(1pen)
George Watkin and a Ken Hale penalty helped the Reserves to a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Gallowgate.

1971 Arsenal (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Radford 2, Kennedy, Graham
The debut appearance of central defender Derek Craig wasn't a roaring success and he played only once more game for the first team, in a Texaco Cup match. Three days later Arsenal would put another four past us in the league.

1973 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Cormack(20), Lindsay(86pen) 
Alec Lindsay's late penalty conversion beat McFaul to give the Reds victory.

1973 The Reserves meanwhile faced Blackburn Rovers at SJP, going down 1-2 with Paul Cannell netting for the home side.

1976 West Bromwich Albion (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Division One 
Gowling(31), Cannell(76) 
A disgraceful display by the Throstles who hacked their way through the game and crippled Tommy Craig, Paul Cannell and Stewart Barrowclough with wild lunges that went unpunished by the referee.

1979 West Ham United (a) 1-1 (1-1)
Division Two 
Referee Clive Thomas gave Newcastle a free kick after judging that home 'keeper Phil Parkes had been guilty of dangerous play when claiming a high ball.

Martin took the free kick on the Hammers' six yard line, tapping the ball for Withe to crack the equaliser through a crowd of players. 

1982 Leeds United (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg 
Debutant David McCreery's battling skills immediately came to the fore, as the Magpies scored a breakaway goal and held out against fierce pressure at Elland Road.

However, things went awry in the second leg at SJP when Leeds ran out 4-1 winners on the night - despite Newcastle scoring first.

1984 Ipswich Town (h)
Division One 
og(Burley)(1), Waddle(35), Heard(52) 
A memorable Burley own goal in the opening thirty seconds propelled United to a trouble-free victory.

Chris Waddle quickly added his seventh in nine games and the scoring was complete when midfielder Pat Heard got his first goal for the club, netting from close range.
Youtube footage is online here

06/10/19901990 Portsmouth (h)
Division Two 
Blustery conditions couldn't prevent Mick Quinn from breaking his five match lean spell in front of goal as he netted one in each half. 

Portsmouth were poor throughout, and their only goal came from a John Anderson header which gave his own 'keeper John Burridge (pictured on the prog cover) no chance.
Youtube footage is online here

1998 The Reserves were enjoying life in Pontins League Division Two, with a 2-0 
win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

David Burt and Garry Brady netted as coach Tommy Craig saw his side make it seven wins from seven this season.

2001 A quiet afternoon for Shay Given between the posts, as Ireland beat Cyprus 4-0 in a WC Qualifier at Lansdowne Road.

2001 His Newcastle colleague Nicos Dabizas meanwhile was part of the Greece side who came within seconds of a 2-1 victory over England at Old Trafford - only for David Beckham to sweep home a free kick. 

2001 Magpies duo Gary Speed and Craig Bellamy appeared for Wales as they beat Belarus 1-0 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

2003 The Reserves thumped Blackburn's second string 4-0 at Kingston Park thanks to goals from Brittain, Ferrell, Elliott & Bates. match report

2009 Despite taking a first half lead through Wesley Ngo Baheng, Newcastle's Reserves lost their first game of the season as a more experienced Middlesbrough side came from behind to win at The Riverside. match report

2012 The Telegraph newspaper claimed that United were closing in on a sponsorship agreement with payday lender Wonga in succession to Virgin, who had taken over the previous Northern Rock agreement.