Marriage certificates, driving
licences....or transfer requests?
"I want to leave. I've spent four years with Newcastle. I think I have
reached a stage where it's maybe time to look elsewhere for a new challenge.
"I will focus on
upcoming games and let's see what happens between now and December. It is true
there were contacts for me from Arsenal and a club in Russia. I'd prefer to
stay in England."
Quotes attributed to Cheick
Tiote published in his native Ivory Coast, emerging days after Alan Pardew
admitted that finance prevented a move to an un-named overseas club (believed
to be Lokomotiv Moscow) in August.
Tiote's future has been in doubt since failing to return from his post-World
Cup Final as agreed to join his club colleagues in New Zealand.
Playing just once in pre-season, one of the club's vice captains was reported
to be suffering from a hamstring problem, only to play two full matches in
quick succession for his country after the transfer window closed.
Returning to the first team for the Southampton defeat, Cheick's private life
then put him in the spotlight, after his mistress reportedly took exception
to him choosing someone else as his wife - that's his second
Unable to force his way into a sieve-like defence ahead of Fabricio Coloccini,
Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor,
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa seemed to have little problem coping with a Premier
League attack on Tuesday night - completing 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad
in a Champions League group game.
And in classic Newcastle United style, the
dawning of a new month on Wednesday saw Yanga adorn walls across Tyneside and
beyond, as October's club calendar star.
Time marches on though and he'll soon be ripped off and replaced by November's
subject....Matheiu Debuchy, with Tim Krul then rounding off 2014.
Previous stars in 2014 included Loic Remy (February), Hatem Ben Arfa (April)
and Yohan Cabaye (May).
League: Pressure pours on Pards
Among those duty for
an 8-0 friendly victory over a Carlisle United XI at the training ground on
Tuesday afternoon were Facundo Ferreyra and Ryan Taylor, who
both completed 45 minutes.
Fitness and form issues mean that the on-loan striker is yet to feature
competitively at senior level for United, with two unused substitute
selections and a single U21 league outing the limit of his endeavours to date.
Taylor meanwhile ended a two year playing exile, having battled his way back
to fitness after a seriously injuring his knee against Atromitos in August
2012 - and then suffering a relapse when close to a return in April 2013.
Ferreyra scored once while Ayoze Perez - excluded from the matchday squad at
Stoke - helped himself to four goals. Mehdi Abeid (suspended on Monday) found
the target twice and Haris Vuckic completed the scoring.
and NUFC fan Paul Brown has researched the early history of
Newcastle United for his latest book, examining the roots of the club
through a thirty year period culminating in their FA Cup success of 1910.
"All With Smiling Faces - How Newcastle became United"costs £10 and is on sale from the Back Page on St.Andrews
For more information (and
(to order a Kindle version) checkonline
Signed copies will also be available at a
launch event taking place this coming Thursday from 2pm as part of the
ongoing Toon Times exhibition at the Discovery Museum in
Blandford Square (that ends on Sunday, so if you're intending to go, then don't
We have three copies to give away in our free to enter competition and to
be in with a chance of winning, just email
us herewith your answer to this question:
Sharing the same initials as Newcastle's
all-time top scorer, which striker pictured below netted twice in the 1910 FA
Cup Final replay against Barnsley?
date is Mon Oct 6th @ 5pm subject: Faces. No purchase
necessary, no age restriction and readers are welcome to enter from anywhere in
the world, although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only.
Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified.
Land of my
Following his trip to Swansea at club level on
Saturday, Paul Dummett won't have far to go in order to join his
international colleagues, after receiving a callup for two European
Championship qualifiers on home territory. The Magpies defender made his senior international bow against Holland in
a friendly match in June but wasn't selected for the 2-1 win away to Andorra
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma) A 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad
in a Champions League group game on Tuesday saw the central defender complete
90 minutes. It ended 1-1.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
A third successive 0-0 draw for Stuart Pearce's side in the Championship came
at Wigan on Tuesday, with goalkeeper Darlow posted his eighth clean sheet in 12
appearances this season. Lascelles was once again an unused substitute.
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp) PAOK (h) Europa League, Thursday.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Crystal Palace (a) Premier League, Saturday.
Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)
Carlisle United (h) League Two, Saturday Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans) Belper Town (a) Northern Premier League, Saturday.
United trek to the Liberty Stadium for a 3pm kickoff on Saturday,
looking for their first league win since Cardiff City were beaten on Tyneside
back in May.
The Jacks will be bidding for a fifth successive victory against Newcastle,
following doubles in the last two seasons - a turnaround in fortunes after
failing to beat United in any of the previous seven meetings.
Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell are
out while Ryan Taylor played his first
match for over two years in midweek but is well away from consideration for
Newcastle to win @ 7/2 Newcastle
to keep a clean sheet @ 7/2 Game
to end in a 0-0 draw @ 8/1 Emmanuel Riviere to score in a 1-0 win @ 60/1
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to
fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds). SCFC: To follow.
Following a 1-0 win over Burnley and 3-0 beating of West Bromwich Albion, City
lost their 100% home record for the season when going down 0-1 to Southampton.
On the road this season, Garry Monk's side have posted a 1-2 loss at Old
Trafford, 2-4 reverse at Stamford Bridge and a scoreless draw at the stadium
Mason - three toon postings last season, a 2-0 home win over Chelsea, 0-1 loss
at West Bromwich Albion and 0-3 defeat by Everton on Tyneside.
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: to follow
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Other Premier League fixtures:
Sat04.10.2014: Hull City v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Burnley
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
mackems v Stoke City
Aston Villa v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky
Sun 05.10.2014: Manchester United v Everton (Noon) BT Chelsea v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky Spurs v Southampton (2.05pm) West Ham v QPR (4.15pm) Sky
It's 720 minutes since a Newcastle player scored a
league goal for his side away from SJP (Vurnon Anita at Hull in March). In
visits to Fulham, Southampton, Stoke, Arsenal, Liverpool, Villa, Southampton
again and Stoke again our only goal was an OG from a Liverpool player.
2014/15: no win in six games 2013/14: won the third game 2012/13: won the first game 2011/12: won the second game 2010/11: won the second game 2008/09: won the second game 2007/08: won the first game 2006/07: won the first game 2005/06: won the sixth game 2004/05: won the fifth game 2003/04: won the seventh game
2002/03: won the first game 2001/02: won the third game 2000/01: won the second game 1999/00: won the eighth game
1998/99: won the fifth game 1997/98: won the first game 1996/97: won the second game 1995/96: won the first game 1994/95: won the first game 1993/94: won the fourth game
Magpies @ Swans - all time:
2013/14 lost 0-3 2012/13 lost 0-1 2011/12 won 2-0 Cisse 2 2009/10 drew 1-1 Carroll 1983/84 won 2-1 Wharton, Mills 1980/81 lost 0-4 1979/80 won 3-2 Hibbitt, Rafferty, Shoulder 1964/65 lost 1-3 McGarry 1964/65 lost 0-1 (FAC) 1963/64 won 1-0 Anderson 1962/63 lost 0-1 1961/62 lost 2-3 Thomas, Wright 1951/52 won 1-0 Mitchell (FAC) 1946/47 won 2-1 Shackleton, Wayman 1938/39 won 1-0 Clifton 1937/38 lost 0-2 1936/37 won 2-1 Rogers, Smith 1935/36 won 2-1 McMenemy, Smith 1934/35 won 4-3 Boyd, McMenemy, Murray, Weaver 1914/15 won 2-0 King, Pailor (FAC)
2014/15 season Magpie
Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders.
Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after
competitive home first team games. Order
2014/15: More misery
Newcastle U18s 1
Liverpool U18s 5
As they did last year, Newcastle and Liverpool U18s shared six goals at Little
Benton on Saturday - but the split was heavily in favour of the Reds this time
round, leaving United with no wins from six games this season.
A bright opening from the home side saw Mackenzie Heaney try his luck with a
shot on three minutes, but Liverpool had hit their stride long before going
ahead in the 20th minute in controversial circumstances.
A coming together between defender Michael Newberry and Sam Hart was harshly
ruled to have been illegal and Harry Wilson stepped up to slot his pot
What proved to be a rare excursion into the Liverpool area four minutes later
then saw Sean Longstaff end up with the ball at his feet in front of goal,
after an over-hit centre from the left was played back by Luke Charman.
Sadly though, this season's top scorer Longstaff was unable to turn and get a
shot away and the danger was cleared.
To the delight of his watching family, Spanish midfielder Sergi Canos then doubled
Liverpool's lead in the 34th minute with a looping effort from the
edge of the box.
Newcastle replied from the kick-off when 15 year-old Heaney grabbed his
first goal at this level, supplying a neat finish
when one on one with the keeper.
And what proved to be United's best passing move of the game arrived two
minutes into the second half, ending with Jamie Cobain looping a cross in from
the right flank for Ben Drennan to test the goalkeeper with a header.
Any thoughts of regaining parity ended after 50 minutes though, when Harry
Wilson met a left wing centre with a rising shot that gave 'keeper Paul
Woolston no chance.
From that point it was a question of how many goals the Reds would manage,
striker Jerome Sinclair running on to a pass and shooting home after a quick
Will Marsh then completed the scoring in the 75th minute with a routine finish
and the visitors missed a couple of half-chances to increase their lead before
PS: On an adjoining pitch at Little Benton, the U16 game finished Newcastle 2
Liverpool 11 (eleven), with the Reds 8-0 up at the interval in the 80 minute
Get out of my club??
Update: two years to the day that news of his eight year contract
broke, Alan Pardew made these comments at his pre-Stoke press conference on
"I think he was trying to be supportive in his own kind of way. They (the
comments) are what they are and unfortunately we have had those sort of
headlines for two or three weeks.
"We are very conscious that we haven't had the win,- we have got to
try to get the balance right because it's not a boxing match, we can't fight
our way to a win.
"I’ve not seen him (Ashley), I’ve spoken to him this week.
He’s obviously keen for us to get victories, that’s what he’s about.
That’s what we’re about – winning. I’ve been made aware of his
comments in the paper
"I've been under pressure at this football club for a number of weeks now
and you know, all I can focus on is the team and that's what I'll do.
"I think for anything in your life, you have to kind of be focused
on What is the goal and there's a simple goal for us and it's Monday night and
we really want to get a win
"I think we kind of put the spirit on the pitch on Wednesday - down
to ten men in extra time, to get a winner that shows that we are fighting.
"Sometimes things are taken out of context and if it was a sit down
interview done in a serious manner then I'd be a lot more concerned than I am
today, for sure.
From Saturday's Ipaper version of the Independent:
Vivek Chaudhary: How I bumped into Mike Ashley outside a Soho pub
They were not the words I was expecting to hear from one of the leading names
of British business and football.
Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United Football Club and retail empire
Sports Direct, is worth an estimated £4bn but on Thursday night he was barely
noticeable among the tourists and officer workers enjoying a drink in one of
London’s hippest districts.
Wearing his trademark white shirt and a pair of dark trousers, Ashley
was leaning against the wall of The Golden Lion pub in Soho’s Dean Street.
He appeared relaxed as he spoke to a friend, breaking out into the odd smile.
I had just been to see the comedian Andy Zaltzman and was weaving my way
along a crowded pavement so that I could get to Leicester Square station as
quickly as possible.
As I swept past the pub, the large man caught my eye. Having reported on
the politics of the game for many years (I can be very boring about it, ask my
wife) I immediately recognised him. Stopping in my tracks, I turned and
politely introduced myself. “Mr Ashley. Hello there. I’m Vivek Chaudhary
and I’m a journalist. Pleased to meet you.”
Ashley returned a warm smile, shook my hand and muttered to his friend:
“See, he knows who I am.” He appeared happy to have been recognised and
probably relieved that I was not a fan who was going to criticise him, given
that he is not exactly popular among them, especially those from Newcastle. I
introduced my friend Tim to Ashley and the two shook hands.
“Can I ask you about Alan Pardew’s future?” I added. I could not
quite believe what I heard as Ashley leant forward and began speaking. At
first I thought it was one of Zaltzman’s satirical sketches, particularly
when he started making throat-cutting gestures in relation to what the future
held for Pardew.
I reached for my phone and initially wanted to record Ashley as he spoke
about how he was going to sack Pardew if he lost Monday’s match away to
Stoke City. Ashley ordered me to put it away. “Nah, you’re not doing that,”
So I reached into my pocket, pulled out a piece of paper and scribbled
down what the Newcastle owner was saying.
At the end of his diatribe, I checked with Ashley if he would be all
right about me quoting what he had just said and his response was, “You can
do with it what you want”.
I got the impression that Ashley was angry and was keen to get what he
felt about the situation at St James’ Park “out there”, as he put it. He
struck me as quite a down-to-earth man, despite his substantial wealth, “one
of the lads”, somebody you would enjoy having a pint with.
The chat took about six minutes and then I thanked him for his time. You
do not expect to hear such open opinions from those involved in the game these
My friend, a lawyer, assured me that he would provide a witness
statement if he had to. A source close to Ashley confirmed on Friday that he
was in The Golden Lion pub on Thursday and that what he said “may have just
At home, I woke up my wife to tell her about my chance meeting with Mike
Ashley and how an exclusive story about one of the country’s biggest clubs
had fallen into my lap.
“Mike who?” she said.
A second version of the story in the same paper then repeated much of the
above, adding the following:
When asked if he had informed Pardew about his decision or lined up any
replacements, the billionaire said: “That’s all I’m prepared to say
about it and now that I’ve said it, it’s out there. You can do what you
want with it. There’s only so much I can take.”
Making a throat-cutting gesture, Ashley added: “Dead. Finished. Over. One
more game then that’s it. What would you do? I have spent a lot of money on
that club, it’s cost me a lot. I won’t put up with it any more. Honestly,
answer me, what would you do? One more loss and he’s gone, he’s over,
Ashley’s lawyer on Friday night added: “Mr Ashley responded, tongue in
cheek, that Mr Pardew had two more games before being sacked. To put this into
perspective, over the past few weeks certain reporters have stated that they
believe that Mr Pardew has two more games before being sacked. Mr Ashley was
therefore ‘humouring’ your reporter.”
the way forward
ake one iconic aerial photo of
St. James' Park unadorned by commercial branding....and cut it up into four
pieces. That's the slightly unlikely premise of a Tyneside-based company who
have produced this stunning glass effect
acrylic wall art image of the stadium in full colour.
Each A4-sized quarter has polished edges,
doesn't require framing and is
supplied with wall mounting. In addition to
the four-piece edition pictured above, the same SJP image is also available in
a single piece A3 size edition.
These unique items will be on sale soon via
NUFC.com, but while final preparations are concluded,
we hadone of each to give away in a free-to-enter
we hadone of each to give away in a free-to-enter
asked the following question hoping for answers of The Popular Side or
something of that ilk, but a few respondents seemed to have some geographic
Known as the East Stand since opening for business back in 1973, what
was the standing terrace that previously
occupied that side of
St. James' Park usually known as?
Winners were chosen randomly as follows:
Neil Hindson, Washington (A3)
Scott and Ruth Robinson, Bristol (A4)
Thanks to all who entered.
Keegan signed shirts -
unframed back on sale
Following a number of requests, MJK Sports
Events have placed some unframed signed Kevin Keegan 1984 replica NUFC shirts on
sale, priced at £109.99 including UK P&P.
A signed KK boot/photo montage
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.
Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is
added annually by NUFC to each ST).
A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit.
In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.
NUFC's members only away ticket policy is
still in force, with
only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford
Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)
U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton,
1pm. U18 Premier League. Sat 04.10.2014 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier
League. SOLD OUT.
U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt
Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Thu 16.10.2014 Talk-in with Steve Howey & John Beresford @ Forest
Hall Club. Tickets £8 from Kev Byrne 07530 612091) or Tim Hutchinson 07725 597
U18s v Everton (h) @ Little
Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 18.10.2014 Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Public sale now.
Mon 20.10.2014 U21s v Brighton (h) @ Whitley Park,
U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @
Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier
League. Member sale now. Upper
tier only: £31, £14 over 65s, £12 U16s.
Mon 27.10.2014 U21s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Victoria Park, Hartlepool 7pm. U21
Wed 29.10.2014 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm.
Capital One Cup Fourth Round. Ticket details
awaited. Live on Sky Sports.
U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little
Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited.
Live on BT Sport.
Mon 03.11.2014 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ SJP 7pm. U21
Cup Fourth Round:
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Derby County
Liverpool v Swansea City
MK Dons v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Sky
Manchester City v Newcastle Sky
Stoke City v Southampton
Spurs v Brighton and Hove Albion
Capital One Cup Round Dates:
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014 QF w/c 01.12.2014 SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015 SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015 Final Sun 01.03.2015
FA Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015 4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015 5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015 6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015 SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015 Final Sat 30.05.2015
FA Youth Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round by 20.12.2014 4th Round by 17.01.2015 5th Round by 31.01.2015 6th Round by 21.02.2015 SF1 by 07.03.2015 SF2 by 21.03.2015 Final 1 tbc Final 2 tbc
U21 Premier League Cup Dates:
Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014 Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015 QF: no later than 02.02.2015 SF: no later than 02.03.2015 Final: no later than 30.03.2015
Northumberland Senior Cup 1st
06.10.2014 Team Northumbria
v Bedlington 07.10.2014 Alnwick Town v Heaton Stan 08.10.2014 Morpeth Town v North Shields 08.10.2014 Newcastle Benfield v WA Celtic
(The four winners of those ties
then go into the Second Round draw with Ashington, Blyth Spartans, NUFC and
Travelis 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:
Man City (a) 7.45pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.
On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Sat 04.10.2014 Braintree Town Tue 07.10.2014 Alfreton Town (7.45pm)
Sat 18.10.2014 Barnet Tue 11.11.2014 Lincoln City
A similar scheme is also in operation at Northern Premier League side Darlington
1883, where NUFC season ticket holders can gain entry to league games for £6.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Wed 01.10 2014 Harrogate RA (7.45pm) Sat 04.10.2014 Padiham Wed 15.10.2014 Ossett Albion (7.45pm) Sat 25.10.2014 Burscough
(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)
League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
The 12 team event takes place on 30.05.2015 and 31.05.2015, with three games at
SJP each day.
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
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
Now: English rugby club members
12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot
11.2014/12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis for any left
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday
to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on
Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
back Alf arrived from Linfield along with with
Hannah for a combined cost of £23,000 in 1949 and
both made an instant impact for their new club.
Expecting to watch United’s home fixture with
Manchester City, the newly-acquired duo travelled to
Tyneside via Stranraer by ferry and train – only to
be told they were playing when they reported to SJP.
Missing the 1951 FA Cup Final with a broken wrist
sustained whilst training on the club's car park at
Gallowgate, Alf collected a winner's medal against
Arsenal 12 months on.
However, ligament damage saw him miss out again in the
1955 Final victory, although he had played two weeks
before the final and netted his only senior
competitive goal in a home victory against Cardiff
Winning 40 international caps for Northern Ireland
whilst at United, Alf appeared in the 1958 World Cup
Finals and remained at SJP until 1963, when he became
player/boss of South Shields.
He later returned to his native Northern Ireland and
settled in Bangor, managing the town's football team
for a time and working at the Belfast shipyard of
Harland & Wolff.
half who joined Newcastle from non- league side Ilford
and netted twice on his debut, in a 7-2 home won over
His next goal wrote another footnote in club history,
as he netted our first ever goal in the new League Cup
competition - although the club exited at the first
round stage after a 4-1 loss at Colchester United.
And Duncan's FA Cup debut that same season saw him in
scoring form against The Cottagers again - notching a
hat trick in a 5-0 Third Round victory at SJP, when he
was ostensibly deployed to mark Johnny Haynes!
A versatile player who appeared in a variety of
outfield positions for United, Duncan was unable to
prevent the club's relegation in 1961 and played for
two further seasons as 8th and 7th places were reached
in the hunt for promotion back to the top
Sold to Plymouth Argyle for £12,000 as part of Joe
Harvey's squad rebuilding programme, Duncan remained
in the South West, later appearing for Plymouth City
and setting up a building business in Cornwall.
famously signed by United despite conceding seven
goals for Linfield in a friendly match at SJP in
September 1966. Making his debut in a 0-2 home defeat by Liverpool
in November of the same year, Iam had become first
choice between the posts by the summer of 1968 and
played in all but one of the club's 59 games that
season. He appeared in all twelve games of the club's
first European adventure, doing his bit to get United
into the final with a penalty save against Rangers at
Future Fairs Cup campaigns in the following two
seasons saw Iam maintain his 100% appearance record,
scoring in the penalty shootout against Pecsi Dozsa in
1970/71, when the referee summoned United back from
the dressing room to complete the sequence of kicks -
despite the Hungarians having already won on
Often featured on TV as the goalkeeper who concedes
two goals at Hereford in 1972, Willie played what was
to be his final game for the club at the end of the
1974/75 season, moving on to the SJP coaching staff.
Installed for the first time as caretaker manager
(briefly) in 1977, McFaul then took over again in 1985
following the abrupt departure of Jack Charlton and
was soon handed the job on a permanent basis.
Giving youth team startlet Paul Gascoigne his first
senior start, Iam (by now universally known as Willie)
kept the side together despite the departures of
messrs Waddle, Beardsley and later Gascoigne.
However, a spending spree ahead of the 1988/89 season
proved to be his downfall as new boys Dave Beasant,
Andy Thorn and John Hendrie failed to improve his side
and he was dismissed following a run of poor results.
McFaul returned to his native Northern Ireland and
worked as an Irish FA coach and with local sides
before accepting a FIFA -backed posting to become the
coach of Guam, an island in the South Pacific.
By 2004 Willie was back coaching in his homeland, as
well as scouting for Norwich City during Glenn
Roeder's time in Norfolk.
He returned to SJP in 2009 to take part in the 40th
anniversary celebrations of the Fairs Cup victory and confessed that he was
"delighted and a wee bit emotional" to be reunited with his colleagues and the
1945 Death of Bob Bennie, 72.
1951 Death of Peter McWilliam, 73.
1952 Death of Jack Fraser, 75.
1986 Carl Finnigan born, Jarrow. (2001-07)
who graduated from academy and reserve sides to the
verge of first team selection, but whose only senior
action came in friendlies at Malaga and
Released by United in 2007, Carl joined Falkirk after a trial with
St.Mirren and scoring his first Bairns goal during a
2-1 SPL loss to Rangers at Ibrox in February
Despite injury and illness problems, he signed a new
contract by Falkirk in summer 2009 and played in their
first-ever European tie, against
FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein. although seeing red
following a post-match skirmish.
Signing for St. Johnstone in June 2011, a loan move to Dundee in
February 2012 was then made permanent that summer as top flight football returned
to Dens Park.
However Finnigan lost most of the 2012/13 season to injury and
played just eight first team games, scoring once.
Released as Dundee were demoted after finishing bottom of the
SPL, Carl's next port of call was Durban-based side
Chippa United in South Africa.
By September 2014 he was back in the region though, joining Conference side
Gateshead and making a goalscoring debut against Welling United.
1898 Aston Villa (h)
Division One Rogers
1904 Manchester City
Division One Veitch, Appleyard
20,971 This game saw the debut of Jimmy Lawrence, whose goalkeeping skills
were the platform for the most successful period in United history.
By the time Lawrence left to manage South
Shields in 1922, he had appeared for United in 496 first
team games, with wartime fixtures taking that figure well
1910 Preston North End
Division One Higgins
1921 Sheffield United
Division One Mooney, Smailes
1927 Blackburn Rovers
Division One Harper
30,869 Debut in goal for Mick Burns.
1932 Huddersfield Town
Division One McLean, W.H.Smith 2, Whittam
1938 Coventry City (a)
Division Two McDonald
18,774 Debut for Jimmy Woodburn, in defence.
1949 Stoke City (h)
Division One Houghton 2, Milburn, Thompson
1958 Bela Vista
(Brazil) (h) 12-1
Friendly White 5, Bottom 5, Evans, Davies
25,395 The visit of the "crack"
Brazilians turned into a farce as they were revealed
to be minor league part-timers.
Len White and Arthur Bottom
indulged in their own private SJP scoring competition, even going so
far as to block each others shots.
1960 Cardiff City (h)
Division One Luke 2, R.Mitchell, White 2
17,627 The was a debut for Jimmy Wilson at outside left
against The Bluebirds, who lost at SJP without scoring for
the sixth successive visit.
1962 Leyton Orient (a)
League Cup 2nd Round Replay og(Lucas), Suddick
Bolland, Graham 2, Deeley
8,037 On an atrocious evening at Brisbane Road amid wind
and driving rain United bowed out of the
League Cup in extra time.
The visitors were gifted an early
lead when Malcolm Lucas put through his own goal, but
goals from Gordon Bolland and Malcolm Graham restored the home side's
Alan Suddick then forced extra time with a late
leveller before the floodlights went out. Once power was
restored, goals from Graham again and Norman Deeley won it
for the O's.
1966 Everton (a)
Division One Bennett
38,364 Debut for John Craggs.
1969 Dundee United (h)
Fairs Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg Dyson(90)
37,470 Keith Dyson's last minute goal preserved
of home wins in the Fairs Cup.
1973 Morton (h)
(0-0) (3-2 on aggregate)
Texaco Cup og(Laughton)
12,158 Despite scoring an own goal, Dennis Laughton later signed
1977 Ipswich Town (a)
Division One McCaffery
21,626 Following an opening day home win over Leeds, reality
was beginning to bite for the Magpies, with this loss to
Bobby Robson's side their seventh straight league
Division Two Wharton, Waddle 2, Keegan(pen)
25,488 Magpies boss Arthur Cox withdrew two-goal Chris Waddle, as he didn't
believe he was "hungry enough" for his hat-trick.
Future Newcastle youth coach Mick Tait was on target for
1988 Liverpool (a)
Division One Hendrie, Mirandinha(pen)
39,139 Gary Gillespie gave Liverpool an early lead and most
of the crowd sat back and waited for an avalanche of
goals, only for John Hendrie to net his first Newcastle
Better was to follow as a long punt from Dave Beasant bounced once and Hendrie fell in the box under
challenge from Gillespie.
Mirandinha scored the resultant
penalty and stood in taunting the Kop before
being dragged away by John Anderson.
United hung on for the last
seven minutes to give manager Willie McFaul a finel
birthday present, and the local police a problem as they
tried to clear the celebrating United fans from the
footage is online here
1991 Tranmere Rovers
(2-2) (lost 2-3 on penalties)
Zenith Data Systems Cup Clark, Peacock 2,
Aldridge 3, Steel, Martindale, McNab
4,056 One of the most amazing and error-strewn nights in
our history, with penalties needed to separate the
sides after 90 minutes (3-3) and 30 minutes of
extra time (6-6) failed.
A small Prenton Park crowd and a live TV audience that
probably wasn't much bigger then saw United lose on
penalties, when Mick Quinn, Lee Clark and Liam O'Brien all
missed, David Roche and Gavin Peacock netting. Youtube
footage is online here
1994 Aston Villa (a)
Premier League Lee(66), Cole(83)
29,960 Paul Kitson made his debut, coming on as substitute as
United edged Ron Atkinson closer to the sack.
1995 Everton (a)
Premier League Ferdinand(13), Lee(64pen), Kitson(66)
33,080 Another away win beamed out live on Sky Sports; Les Ferdinand surged forward to
open the scoring, before Rob Lee converted a penalty in the absence of Peter Beardsley and
substitute Paul Kitson scored with his first touch.
Limpar got the home side's consolation goal despite looking well offside.
1997 Dynamo Kiev
Champions League Beresford(78), og(Golovko)(85)
100,000 Two down to early goals and
having seen Tino Asprilla depart on a stretcher, United improbably
clawed their way back into the tie with two fortunate
goals from Beresford - one later officially given as an own
This all unfolded to the delight of the small following of
under armed guard. For those present it really was a 'once
in a lifetime' experience - until we were drawn to play
the buggers again five years later...
1998 Partizan Belgrade
(Serbia) (a) 0-1
(2-2 on aggregate, lost on away goals)
Cup Winners Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg Rasovic(53pen)
28,000 Recalled by your correspondent with mixed feelings,
after his night ended with a smack in the
face from a Serbian baseball bat.
Still it could have been much, much worse - a fan was shot
outside the stadium before the game during clashes between
rival groups of the "Grobari" (home fans).
Even getting to Serbia was an achievement, with travel
restrictions caused by escalating political tensions in
the Balkans requiring a circuitous route to be taken.
As to the game itself, a dubious penalty was enough to
knock us out on away goals, David Batty adjudged to have
Batty had been unimpressed when Channel5 chose to
promote their live coverage of this game with a mocked up
photo of Batty clad in stocking and suspenders - a
reference to manager Ruud Gullit's "sexy
2001 A late Pedro Dimas goal secured a draw against Everton Reserves at
Kingston Park. David Unsworth had put the visitors ahead. NUFC.com match
Juventus (Italy) (a)
Champions League Group E Match 3 Del Piero(65,81)
41,424 Three games, three defeats and United were certainties to tumble out
of the Champions League, especially with the return game against Juve next
up.... NUFC.com match report
2005 Portsmouth (a)
Premiership 20,220 A rotten performance on the South coast as Newcastle
came away with a point that they barely deserved.
Shay Given pulled off two late
saves to ensure our third consecutive Premiership clean sheet -
which we hadn't managed since 2003 - to prevent an equally
pathetic Pompey stealing the points. NUFC.com match
2006 Manchester United (a)
Some excellent saves from Steve Harper
and the goal frame saved us from a drubbing in front of a new Premiership
Leaving a half-fit Shola Ameobi up front on his own
betrayed Glenn Roeder's intention to play for a goalless draw but the
error-ridden defence were never very likely to hold out for 45 minutes,
let alone the full 90.
Premier League Ba(17), Gutierrez(38) Fletcher(88)
26,561 Demba Ba's fourth goal in two games helped fire United up to third
place after our first top flight win at Molineux in 15 visits.
Jonas Gutierrez was also on target in the Black Country sunshine as Alan
Pardew's side made it nine games without defeat from the start of the season in
league and cup.
And United found unlikely allies in referee Mark Halsey and his
assistants, who denied Mick mcmackem's side a stonewall penalty before
later disallowing an added-time effort.