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Ticket news:

Aston Villa (a) SOLD OUT
Spurs (h)


Premier League:
Aston Villa (a)

United round off their away campaign by attempting to end a winless run of ten fixtures away from home that stretches back to Spurs last December.

Kickoff for this non-televised game is at 3pm and all 3,000 away tickets have been sold. Despite the fact that there will thousands of unoccupied seats, no extra places will be made available for away fans.

Villa come into the game having lost their last eleven league games, a run which matches their worst-ever sequence between March and May 1963. 

Disgruntled Villans have announced a pre-game march and demonstration outside the Trinity Road Stand, while those not boycotting the game urged to join protests inside the ground. 

That is now revealed to involve a release of balloons and beach balls in the 74th minute - assuming that the malcontents haven't already left by then...     

Premier League - bottom half:
Post Team Pld Pts GD
11 Everton 35 44 +6
12 Watford 35 44  -6 
13 Swansea 36 43 -13
14 West Brom 36 41 -14
15 Bournemouth 36 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 33 -25
18 mackems 35 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 31 -26
20 Aston Villa 36 16 -45

Remaining fixtures:

Sat 07.05.2016 Aston Villa (a) (3pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Spurs (h) (3pm)

Sat 07.05.2016 Chelsea (h) (3pm)
Wed 11.05.2016 Everton (h) (7.45pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Watford (a) (3pm)

Sat 07.05.2016 Man United (h) (12.45pm) BT
Wed 11.05.2016 Watford (h) 7.45pm)
Sun 15.05.2016 Everton (a) (3pm)


Coral have an enhanced offer of 8/1 on a Magpies win for new customers online here with a £5 maximum stake, winnings paid out as free bets and a £5 free bet if the game doesn't end in an away victory. (current normal odds on NUFC winning are 8/13).



Villa's Premier League home record after 18 games reads won two, drawn four and lost 12, with their results as follows:

Won 1-0 (once) Won 2-0 (once)
Drew 0-0 (once) Drew 1-1 (twice)
Drew 2-2 (once) Lost 0-1 (thrice)
Lost 0-2 (twice) Lost 1-2 (twice)
Lost 1-3 (once) Lost 2-3 (once)
Lost 0-4 (once) Lost 2-4 (once)
Lost 0-6 (once)

Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 11/2
Newcastle to win 2-0 @ 13/2
Newcastle to win 2-1 @ 7/1
Newcastle to win 3-1 @ 12/1
Match to end in a 0-0 draw @ 10/1
Match to end in a 1-1 draw @ 13/2

Villa's record of scoring 14 and conceding 35 is unsurprisingly the worst in the league and they've conceded during the last minute of the first half in three of their last four home games. 

Those 14 goals have come over ten games, meaning that they've failed to score on eight occasions. Coral price United at 13/8 to win to nil and 6/5 to keep a clean sheet (although we've not managed that in any of our last thirteen league and cup away games).

The away side have been winning at both HT and FT in each of Villa's last six home games. Coral rate that at 29/20 to happen again on Saturday and price Newcastle at 23/20 to enjoy a half time lead.

Newcastle's last 10 away wins:

2015/16 Spurs won 2-1
2015/16 Bournemouth won 1-0
2014/15 Hull won 3-0
2014/15 West Brom won 2-0
2014/15 Spurs won 2-1
2013/14 Hull won 4-1
2013/14 West Ham won 3-1
2013/14 Palace won 3-0
2013/14 Manchester United won 1-0
2013/14 Spurs won 1-0

NUFC: Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara and Fabricio Coloccini remain sidelined, but both Steven Taylor and Daryl Janmaat could be available again.

The latter could be reinstated at right back with his current replacement Vurnon Anita a fitness doubt. 

AVFC: Aly Cissokho is suspended while fellow defender Jores Okore has asked not to be selected, Jordan Amavi is out and Kieran Richardson is doubtful.

Former Magpie Charles N'Zogbia hasn't featured since November 2015 and isn't under consideration, while striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has lost the club captaincy for his off-field high jinks and is also unavailable.

Referee: Robert Madley - a third appointment of the season for the whistler from West Yorkshire, following the 0-3 derby loss and 1-3 defeat at Southampton.

His only other games in charge of us came last season; a 3-2 victory away at Crystal Palace in the League Cup and a 1-2 home loss to Southampton.

Somewhat remarkably, Madley has handled a trio of Villa games so far this season and they've avoided defeat in all of them.

They were a 1-0 home win over Birmingham City in the League Cup plus two Premier League fixtures: a 2-2 home draw with the mackems and a scoreless draw away at West Bromwich Albion.

Travel: No scheduled disruptions 

UK Radio:
Live on Absolute Radio

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2
beIN Sports Espana + HD
beIN Sports 2 HD (Philippines)
Canal+ Futbol +HD
CTH Stadium 5 HD
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Foxtel Play (Australia)
GO Sports 5 (Malta)
mio Stadium 105
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Setanta Sports 1 (ROI) +HD
Sky HD (Mexico)
Ssports (China)
Stod 3
SuperSport 6 (Za)


Villa Park has proved something of happy hunting ground for Andros Townsend, who finished on the winning side in three of his four visits and has scored twice there, once for QPR and the other for Spurs.

Toon @ Villa Park - Premier League era:

2014/15 drew 0-0
2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole

Only once in 21 seasons of Premier League football have we won our final away game - that solitary success was at QPR in May 2013, a 2-1 victory.

Final away game results - Premier League:

2014/15 lost 1-2 at QPR
2013/14 lost 1-2 at Liverpool
2012/13 won 2-1 at QPR
2011/12 lost 1-3 at Everton
2010/11 drew 2-2 at Chelsea
2008/09 lost 0-1 at Aston Villa
2007/08 lost 1-3 at Everton
2006/07 drew 1-1 at Watford
2005/06 drew 0-0 at Birmingham
2004/05 lost 0-2 at Everton
2003/04 drew 1-1 at Liverpool
2002/03 drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion
2001/02 lost 1-3 at Southampton
2000/01 lost 0-3 at Liverpool
1999/00 drew 0-0 at Derby
1998/99 lost 0-2 at Leicester
1997/98 lost 0-1 at Blackburn
1996/97 drew 0-0 at Manchester United
1995/96 drew 1-1 at Forest
1994/95 lost 0-1 at Blackburn
1993/94 lost 0-2 at Sheffield United

Remaining PL fixtures:

Sat 07.05.2016:
Norwich City v Manchester United (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Newcastle (3pm)
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Stoke City (3pm)
Liverpool v Watford (3pm)
mackems v Chelsea (3pm)
West Ham v Swansea City (3pm)
Leicester City v Everton (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 08.05.2016:
Spurs v Southampton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester City v Arsenal (4pm) Sky

Tue 10.05.2016:
West Ham v Manchester United (7.45pm) Sky

Wed 11.05.2016:
Norwich City v Watford (7.45pm)
mackems v Everton (7.45pm)
Liverpool v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

Sun 15.05.2016: (TV picks tbc but KO's fixed)
Arsenal v Aston Villa (3pm)
Chelsea v Leicester City (3pm)
Everton v Norwich City (3pm)
Manchester United v Bournemouth (3pm)
Newcastle v Spurs (3pm)
Southampton v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Stoke City v West Ham (3pm)
Swansea v Manchester City (3pm)
Watford v mackems (3pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (3pm)

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Biographies of over 1,800 players and officials are contained in this definitive 400 page hardback volume.


Thanks to everyone who has taken advantage of this exclusive offer so far - we'll be delivering copies in the following areas this Monday (May 9th), email if you want to be included:

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PS: If anyone in the above-named areas wants an author signed copy of Martin Hardy's "Touching Distance" book dropping off, we'll do that for £15. Email the same address as above to arrange. 

Dummy extension
Local media reports claim that a new contract has been with Magpies full back Paul Dummett, whose current deal was set to expire in 2017.

The 24 year-old Tynesider has been with the club since the age of nine and made a competitive senior debut in January 2012 after previous loan spells at both Gateshead and St. Mirren.

Returning from injury for the closing weeks of last season as United avoided relegation, Dummy's most recent comeback has coincided with our current four match unbeaten run.

Scoring three goals to date in 73 first team outings (63 starts), Welsh international Dummett has a slim chance of sneaking into their Euro 2016 squad. 

Duo depart

Thursday saw Newcastle confirm the departure of midfield pair Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan by mutual consent ahead of the expiration of their contracts this summer.

Both become free agents after their five years at the club comes to an end  - both acquired ahead of the 2011/12 season when Alan Pardew was in post (with Obertan's arrival a direct result of the manager's lobbying to be given some say in player recruitment).

Obertan amassed 77 appearances in all competitions (48 starts) and found the net three times: away to Blackburn Rovers in February 2012, in a Europa League home tie against Bruges the following October and the winner against Leicester at SJP in October 2014.

Marveaux's contribution was even more fitful, making the last of his 57 appearances (28 starts) against Everton in March 2014. His two goals came in the closing weeks of 2012 - at home to Maritmo in the Europa League and during a 3-7 defeat at Arsenal. 

To put those figures into some sort of context, we will have played 223 competitive games during their time at the club by the end of the current campaign. 

Premier League:
Another absentee
Following the on-field disorder during Monday's game between Chelsea and Spurs, the FA have charged both clubs with failing to control their players and Spurs player Mousa Dembele with violent conduct.

The Belgian midfielder has until 6pm on Thursday to respond, but faces a lengthy suspension that will include his side's visit to SJP on Saturday week.

Spurs will already be without fellow midfielder Dele Alli at Gallowgate after he was charged and banned for a previous offence against West Bromwich Albion. 

Cup classic


Watch the Shields goals online here


2,421 fans were treated to 90 minutes of pulsating cup football at St. James' Park on Wednesday night, as the 2016 Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup went the way of North Shields.

Taking an early lead against the reigning champions Blyth Spartans, the Robins trailed 1-2 at half time before a stirring revival after the break saw them regain the lead to the delight of their followers.

Evostik Northern Premier League side Blyth duly levelled the scores at 3-3 and the tie looked set for extra time - until Shields produced a 93rd minute winner to lift the cup for the first time since 1991.  

(Thanks to @CJCPhotoUK for the image)

Premier League:
Glad all over!

Newcastle  1  Crystal Palace  0

Match report

Fan footage:
East Stand view of the goal via twitter
Milburn Stand view of the goal via twitter

Away end view of the penalty via youtube

Premier League:
Nothing to play for? 
A 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday ended any hopes Spurs retained of winning the Premier League - and handed the title to Leicester City in the process.

Mauricio Pochettino's side sit three points clear in second place and round off their season by hosting Southampton on Sunday, before making a final day visit to Newcastle a week later. 

However, they are now assured of second or third spot and Champions League qualification, with nearest challengers Manchester City and Arsenal still to play each other. 

The team from White Hart Lane also have a vastly superior goal difference to those sides, another sizeable factor in their quest to finish above their North London rivals for the first time since 1995.

That particular contest could be settled this Sunday, with Spurs up first against the Saints before the Gunners
get underway at the Etihad.

While Spurs cannot now emulate their 1961 title success, the opportunity remains to finish as runner's up for the first time since 1963. This is already their best Premier League season, beating 2010's fourth.

PS: Leicester's title success came 24 years to the day that Newcastle avoided relegation to Division Three following a 2-1 victory at Filbert Street. 

It also coincided with the first anniversary of our 0-3 debacle at the King Power Stadium as the Foxes continued their remarkable escape from relegation.

Premier League:
Clarets clincher 
A 1-0 home win over QPR on Monday was enough to ensure that Burnley returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Ex Magpie Joey Barton appeared against another one of his former clubs but faces an uncertain future, as he's out of contract at Turf Moor this summer.

Hopefully the events of 2009 won't unfold again, when Burnley's promotion to the top flight came in the wake of Newcastle's demotion to the Championship. 

The second automatic promotion place will be decided on Saturday when Boro and Brighton meet each other - goal difference only separating the second and third placed clubs.

Whichever side misses out will join Hull City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday in the playoffs. 

Hillsborough - a view 


Away end at White Hart Lane, Spurs v NUFC 1987 

Following the conclusion of the inquest, here's one Newcastle fan's perspective on the tragic events at the Leppings Lane End in 1989 read online here

exit for old boys 
After a disappointing season that ended with a ninth place finish, National League side Gateshead have culled their squad and released ten players.

Among those leaving the International Stadium are ex Magpies Matty Pattison, James Marwood and Craig Baxter. Midfielder Paddy McLaughlin has however been offered new terms by the Tynesiders. 

PS: Northern League side Consett confirm that former Magpies Academy coach Willie Donachie is to be their first team coach next season.

The Borrowers:
Loan lads 
Latest temporary postings for our mob: 

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City):
Birmingham City (h), Championship, Saturday

Ivan Toney (Barnsley):

Wigan Athletic (a) League One, Sunday

Adam Armstrong/Gael Bigirimana 
(Coventry City): 

Oldham Athletic (a) League One, Sunday

Liam Smith (Blackpool):
Peterborough United (a) League One, Sunday

Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic): 
Barnsley (h) League One, Sunday

Alex Gilliead/Macaulay Gillesphey 
(Carlisle United) 

Notts County (a) League Two, Saturday

Kyle Cameron, Lubo Satka (York City):
Morecambe (a) League Two, Saturday

Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin
(Olympique Marseille): 
Next game: Reims (h) Ligue 1, Saturday.

No respite 

Swansea U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  1

Following a three week break from competitive matches, the U18s returned to action on Saturday in their penultimate Merit Group playoff fixture.

However the gap in fixtures did nothing to improve United's form as they lost a fourth successive match on the road - albeit by a rather narrower margin than the 1-7 reverse at Manchester United last time out.

Chasing a victory to seal their place at the top of Tier 3, the Swans took an eighth minute lead when Welsh youth international Liam Cullen shot home.

The Magpies levelled before the break through Jamie Holmes, but what proved to be the winner arrived barely two minutes in the second half, Aaron Lewis firing past Nathan Harker to restore City's lead.  

Dave Watson's side end their season with a home fixture against Southampton next Saturday. The Saints lost 0-1 at Manchester United on Saturday - their third successive single goal defeat.

Team: Harker, Broccoli (Spooner 80), Kitchen, Hunter, Bailey, Adu-Peprah, Smith, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes (Long 80), Heaney (Lowther 65).
Sub n/u:

PS: United's U21s have now concluded their league season but were in home friendly action on Thursday afternoon, beating a Berwick Rangers XI 8-0.

Goalscorers at Little Benton were Sean Longstaff (2), Luke Charman (2), Mackenzie Heaney (2), Adam Laidler (pen) and Callum Smith.

Premier League:
Spurs (h) 

The Magpies wrap up their season on Sunday week, May 15th when they face Spurs in a 3pm kickoff.

NUFC confirm that there will be no public ticket sale for this game and only members with a previous purchase history will be allowed to buy. 

NB: season ticket holders are classified as members and can purchase two additional tickets each. 

United have lost just one of eight home fixtures in 2016 (won four, drawn three).

NUFC: To follow.

Punts: Coral continue to offer new signups £20 in free bets once a £5 bet is placed online here

Dele Alli is suspended and will be joined in the naughty corner by fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele.

Referee: tbc

Metro: No scheduled disruptions to service.


Spurs in Toon: PL Era:

2014/15 lost 1-3 Colback
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

Closing home game results - PL era:

2014/15 West Ham won 2-0
2013/14 Cardiff City won 3-0
2012/13 Arsenal lost 0-1
2011/12 Manchester City lost 0-2
2010/11 West Brom drew 3-3
2008/09 Fulham lost 0-1
2007/08 Chelsea lost 0-2
2006/07 Blackburn lost 0-2
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 Chelsea drew 1-1
2003/04 Wolves drew 1-1
2002/03 Birmingham City won 1-0
2001/02 West Ham won 3-1
2000/01 Aston Villa won 3-0
1999/00 Arsenal won 4-2
1998/99 Blackburn drew 1-1
1997/98 Chelsea won 3-1
1996/97 Nottingham Forest won 5-0
1995/96 Spurs drew 1-1
1994/95 Crystal Palace won 3-2
1993/94 Arsenal won 2-0

UK Radio: tbc 

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

e (as yet)

Overseas TV:
To follow

Pub Watch: Bacchus, 42-48 High Bridge NE1 6BX

Lauded by CAMRA locally and nationally, the Bacchus is a blue chip entry in Sir John Fitzgerald's portfolio and a long standing pre and post-match venue.

Along with a formidable range of cask ales, you'll find an excellent selection of bottled beers
, with OTB (on the bar) updates via their twitter @Bacchus48

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

Mags make HK return

Newcastle's U21s will once again feature in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament later this month - their fifth successive visit to the annual event. 

United have been drawn in Group A with Aston Villa and local sides Hong Kong FC and Kitchee, with matches staged between May 20th and 22nd.

Aside from Villa, Leicester City, Stoke City and West Ham will also contest the sixteen team competition - with the Potters coached by ex-Mag Glyn Hodges.

United's squad is as follows:
Nathan Harker, Michael Newberry, Liam Gibson, Jack Hunter, Callum Williams, Dan Ward, Owen Gallagher, Sean Longstaff, Luke Charman, Dan Barlaser.

Barlaser and Williams took part in the 2015 event.

PS: Wallsend Boys Club will again represent the region in the Masters section of the Tournament - one of eight sides composed of players aged 35 and over. 



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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


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 Newcastle 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


Wed 04.05.2016 Blyth Spartans v North Shields @ SJP, 7.30pm. TechFlow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final. Pay at East Stand Turnstiles on the night. £6 adults, £3 concessions.

Sat 07.05.2016 U18s v Southampton (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Merit Group.

Sat 07.05.2016 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000.

Sun 15.05.2016 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Wed 15.06.2016
PL fixtures published @ 9am.

Wed 22.06.2016
Championship fixtures published @ 9am.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

NUFC Live on BT Sport:

Selections made up to Sun 08.05.2016.

Premier League starts on Sat 13.08.2016
Football League starts on Sat 06.08.201

Metro line closures 2016:

Sat 23.07.2016 to Sat 06.08.2016 From Benton to Whitley Bay both ways. 

Talk-ins, etc:

Thu 26.05.2016 Paul Gascoigne @ Sage Hall One, Gateshead. Tickets £10, £25, £40 from 0191 446 4661. In aid of Percy Hedley Foundation. 

2016 Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 21.05.2016:
Salford v Widnes (2.30pm)
Castleford v Warrington (4.45pm)
Leeds v Wigan (7pm)

Sun 22.05.2016:
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (1pm)
Huddersfield v St Helens (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Buy tickets here or on 0844 856 1113.
£25 adults (£12.50 concs) per day, £40 adults (£20 concs) weekend.

Geordie in Europe!

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run is now in Portugal, en route to Turkey on the 2016 segment of a planned global charity trek.

A 3,400 mile route via Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece will take him to Istanbul on August 8th.

Mark is raising funds for The Children's Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and his efforts to date have seen good causes benefit by £249K.

Finishing the fourth part of his challenge will take him past the halfway point in a 20,000 mile route that encompasses 24 countries across four continents.

Donations can be made online here and Mark's progress monitored online here


International Magpies
National Service
Euro 2016:

10.06.2016 to 10.07.2016 

A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
 England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia
 Germany, N.Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
 Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Croatia
 Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Italy
 Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Austria

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...

What's this all about then?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
5th May

Born Or Died:

1923 Leslie Porter born, Gateshead.

Wing half who only featured in Wartime games. He later moved on to York City, playing for the Minstermen until 1953.

1959 Andrew James Parkinson born, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Having begun his career in South Africa with the Highlands and Dynamos United clubs, centre forward Andy moved to SJP in the tail end of the 1977/78 relegation season.

After substitute appearances in successive home draws against Manchester United and Birmingham City though, he was consigned to reserve team football.

Parkinson had to wait a year until his third and final outing from the bench - a 5-3 home win over Charlton Athletic in the Second Division. 

Released at the end of that season, Andy tried his luck at Peterborough United, but lasted barely a year at London Road before making a switch to the USA.

Appearing for the Philadelphia Fury, his next stop was in Canada with the Montreal Manic in Canada. Gaining US Citizenship, Andy later made two appearances for the national side and played for Team America, New York Cosmos and Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

He then returned to his native South Africa.

1990 Death of George Hannah, 61.
Scorer of one of the goals that saw off Manchester City at Wembley in the 1955 FA Cup Final. 


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What Else?

1907 Frankfurt (Germany) (a)
Hall 3, Blackburn, McWilliam, Brown
scorers tbc
crowd tbc

1923 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
48pts, 4th
Aitken, McDonald 2
United finished the season fourth, behind Huddersfield, Runners-up the mackems and Champions Liverpool.

1928 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
43pts, 9th
McDonald (pen), Gallacher, Boyd
A final-game flourish but the Champions had already handed their crown to Everton.

Former Newcastle reserve George Robson debuted for the visitors, having moved from SJP to East London earlier that year.

1945 Middlesbrough (a)
scorer tbc 

1948 Linfield (Northern Ireland) (a)
Milburn 4, Stobbart, Taylor 
Alf McMichael was in the Linfield side and subsequently moved to St.James' Park, while Woodburn and Thompson of United guested for the home side at Windsor Park.

1951 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
49pts, 4th
FA Cup winners United finished off their season with a home win to leave them fourth in the table.

1952 Another homecoming as United brought the FA Cup back to Newcastle for the second year in succession, 48 hours after their victory over Arsenal.

1965 Horsens (Denmark) (a) 5-3 (2-1)
Hilley, Penman, Anderson, 
Cummings 2
Schmidt 2 (1 pen), Schran 
Following a successful promotion campaign, United began their five game post season tour with a win in East Jutland.

1969 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
43pts, 9th
John Hope made his only appearance in goal, replacing McFaul. Although he never played at SJP for the first team, he was named as a sub for a number of Fairs Cup matches.

1971 All Star XI (h)
McNamee 2, Craggs 2, Dyson, Craig 
Hickton, Green, Suddick, Hutchinson, Lindsay.
A goal-laden encounter for Geoff Allen's Testimonial.

The Magpies winger had been forced to call time prematurely on his career due to a knee injury and assembled a varied Football League side to take on United.

Familiar faces on the scoresheet for the all- stars included future and former Newcastle favourites Tony Green and Alan Suddick - both on Blackpool's books at the time.

Fellow Seasider Tommy Hutchison netted, as did Boro's John Hickton and West Ham's Jimmy Lindsay.

1976 IK Start (Norway) (a)
Macdonald, Burns, Kennedy
scorer tbc 
The first of two post-season friendlies in Norway saw manager Gordon Lee continue with his experiment of playing full back Alan Kennedy in a midfield role.

Team: Mahoney, Nattrass, Kennedy, Hudson (Blackhall), McCaffery, Oates, Burns, McLean, Macdonald, Gowling, T.Craig. 

1979 Brighton & 
Hove Albion (h)
Division Two 
40pts, 10th
Horton(12), Ward(26), Ryan(43) 
While the Magpies were just playing out their season, Alan Mullery's Seagulls earned the points that ensured their promotion - although thoughts that they had won the league were later dispelled when Crystal Palace beat Burnley.

Estimates of how many travelling fans made the trip vary, but given that over 18,000 fewer fans had seen our midweek victory over Bristol Rovers, it was a sizeable number.

After a win achieved in weather conditions that varied between sun, rain and hail the victorious Albion side returned to the south coast that night on a specially chartered Brighton Belle Pullman train. 

Your correspondent obtained the autograph of a bearded Martin Chivers, who was briefly with Albion after more memorable stints at Southampton, Spurs and Norwich City.
Youtube footage is online here

1982 QPR (h)
Division Two 
56pts, 11th
Gregory(4), Allen(37), 
Flanagan(38), Stainrod(67)
Four defeats in a row had seen United drop out of the top ten in Division Two and promotion chasing Rangers strolled to victory in borrowed yellow Newcastle away kit. 

An early headed goal from Mick Martin was disallowed, but after that it was a case of how many for the visitors. Things were to be slightly improved when the R's returned the following season...

1984 Derby County (h)
Division Two 
76pts, 3rd
Keegan(17), Waddle(50), Beardsley(22,79)
Promotion was effectively achieved with this fine victory over the Rams, although Keegan took a bang in the face when opening the scoring. 

That caused him to miss our Easter Monday visit to Huddersfield Town 48 hours later, where a point from a 2-2 mathematically confirmed our return to Division One.

The post-match victory parade will live long in the memory as the players, draped in scarves, bowed down before the Gallowgate corner and saluted delirious fans on all four sides of SJP.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Middlesbrough (a)
Division Two 
80pts, 3rd
Slaven(60,90), Baird(66.76)
Owen McGee was credited with an own goal, but two apiece from Bernie Slaven and former Magpie Ian Baird made it meaningless. The home side avoided the drop to Division Three and United were condemned to the torture of the play-offs.

Around 14,000 fans watched the match live on a big screen erected on the SJP pitch. 

Showing buffoonery of a type synonymous with NUFC, that screen was erected at the Leazes End and therefore became totally unviewable when the sun came out....
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-1 (0-0)
Premier League 
78pts, 2nd
A win for Newcastle combined with a 'Boro victory at the Riverside over Alex Ferguson's men would have taken the title to Tyneside, but neither part came to pass thanks to Bryan Robson and his generous Teessiders and a drained performance from Keegan's men.

1999 Newcastle Reserves regained the Northumberland Senior Cup after a three year absence, beating Blyth Spartans at SJP.

First half goals from ex-Quakers duo James Coppinger and Paul Robinson put the Magpies ahead before Lumsden got one back for the Spartans after the break.

2001 Liverpool (a)
47pts, 11th
Three times Newcastle's defence buckled under pressure and three times Michael Owen galloped on to a through ball before calmly shooting past Shay Given. match report

2004 The final Pontins League game of the season for the reserves saw them draw 2-2 with York City at a deserted Whitley Park.

All the goals came in the first half with Peter Ramage and Stephen Brennan on target for United, who ended up as runners-up to the champions, Hartlepool United. match report

2007 Blackburn Rovers (h) 0-2 (0-1)
42pts, 13th
McCarthy(14), Roberts(73)

"It's been a dreadful season."

Those were the words of United boss Glenn Roeder, after his side extended their scoreless home sequence to 470 minutes and made it just one win in their last ten games.

The day after this game he resigned, with strong rumours already circulating that Sam Allardyce was set to replace him.

Discarded season tickets littered the SJP pitch after this awful defeat, as a first airing for the new home kit failed to alter the mood on or off the pitch at SJP. match report

2008 Chelsea (h)
Premier League
Ballack(61), Malouda(82)
Twelve months to the day that we were beaten 0-2 at St. James' by Blackburn Rovers, Avram Grant's side replicated that scoreline - but in vastly different circumstances.

An encouraging performance from Kevin Keegan's side saw them shade the first half but two goals after the break confirmed the gulf in class between the teams. match report

2009 A statement confirmed that Joey Barton had been suspended from the club following his Anfield dismissal and the subsequent events in the away dressing room.

The Sun ran a story containing a witness account from the ubiquitous club insider:

"It was unbelievable. They were like two stags. Shearer told Barton he had made a mistake putting him back in the team, that he thought Barton was good enough to do it but he had shown he wasn’t.

"Joey shouted at Alan that he was the best player at the club, which was why he had to play him.

"Alan said he wasn’t, called him s*** and Joey replied that he was a s*** manager with s*** tactics.

"At that point, it looked like they were going to have a full-scale brawl and had to be dragged apart."

2011 Defender Mike Williamson sustained a broken bone in his arm while training and would undergo an operation that would rule him out of our final three games.

2015 The reserves ended their home fixture programme on a high note at St. James' Park, with a first win in nine league and cup attempts on Tyneside, beating Blackburn Rovers 4-2.

Adam Armstrong once again served notice of his talent with two more goals to take his seasonal tally at reserve level to 11 from just 13 starts.

The 18 year-old striker also capped an industrious display by adding two assists and trying his luck with five other decent goal attempts. match report

2015 The Derby Telegraph reported:

Steve McClaren will be the head coach of Derby County next season.

McClaren has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United this summer but he has assured the club he is ready for a third crack at promotion with the Rams.

He watched on as Derby missed out on a place in the Championship play offs on Saturday. 

Afterwards, he said his intention was to be at club next season and put things right. Plans to do that are already under way.

Unfortunately, that report proved to be well wide of the mark.