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Ticket news:

Liverpool (h) SOLD OUT
QPR (h) Member sale now
West Brom (a) SOLD OUT
West Ham / Burnley (a) ST holder sale now (0 pts)
Spurs COC (a) Ticket details awaited

Capital One Cup:
Spurs Capital cup
date confirmed

The date for our Capital One Cup Quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane has been confirmed by Tottenham Hotspur as Wednesday 17th December, kick-off 7.45pm.

Capital One Cup:
Richard, keys

One of our number had slight cause to regret the events of Wednesday night - losing his keys while celebrating Moussa Sissoko's goal in the lower tier of the away end.

The home club cannot help, but if anyone out there is able to do so then please email

Capital One Cup:
Manchester delighted 

Manchester City  0  Newcastle  2

Match report is online here


Capital One Cup:
Back to the Lane

Minutes after the final whistle went at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, United were paired with Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup Quarter Final draw.

Our fourth successive away tie (and the ninth in eleven for this competition) means a quick return to White Hart Lane, the scene of last Sunday's Premier League victory.

The tie
is to be played on Wednesday 17th December, with Spurs in Premier League action at Swansea the previous Sunday afternoon (14th). 

For Newcastle meanwhile, the game comes between a Saturday teatime visit to North London rivals Arsenal and the Tyne-wear derby at SJP the following Sunday.  

Quarter-final draw:
Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Wed 17.12.2014 Bournemouth v Liverpool Sky
date tbc Sheffield United v Southampton
date tbc Tottenham v Newcastle

The only previous away fixture against the Cockerels in this competition was the first leg of a semi-final tie in January 1976. John Pratt scored the only goal at White Hart Lane to nudge Spurs ahead, but their hero was goalkeeper Pat Jennings who played a blinder here

Jennings though could do nothing to stop United winning 3-1 at SJP thanks to goals from Alan Gowling, Glen Keeley and Geoff Nulty, Don McAllister replying.

Our second and most recent meeting saw Spurs win a Third Round tie at SJP 2-1 back in September 2008.

MJS Computer Services are offering a 20% discount on Apple and laptop repairs to readers until next Wednesday, November 5th. To qualify, just print and present this voucher in their shop on Birtley High Street. 

If you have multiple Apple devices in need of repair, pay for two and get the third free by quoting 1,2,FREE. And watch out next week for an exclusive / MJS free to enter competition to win an ipad mini! 
Quick giveaway:
Talk-in compo 

Recalling their times playing together for Newcastle (and doubtless glossing over their brief reunion at Leicester City), Keith Gillespie and Steve Howey will appear at South Shields Customs House on Friday November 7th.

Tickets are on sale now from £10 here and we have pairs to give away in a free-to-enter competition. To enter,
email here to tell us who is celebrating a goal at Elland Road in this photo with Gillespie and Sir Les:

Closing date Sat Nov 1st @ Noon Subject: Shields. No purchase necessary. Prize is of tickets only. No transport, refreshments, court costs etc. will be paid. Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 

Premier League:
Liverpool (h)

Saturday sees the Magpies complete a hectic run of three games in seven days when Pope Brendan brings his side from the Vatican Anfield to SJP for a 12.45pm kickoff.

And after a stuttering start to the season, United go into the contest bidding to register their fourth successive victory in all competitions - something they last managed exactly a year ago, when winning a quartet of PL games.

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong and Cheick Tiote are sidelined, while Steven Taylor was withdrawn as a precaution from Wednesday's squad but should be OK to continue. Mike Williamson was also pictured training.

Following successive away wins in league and cup, Alan Pardew finds himself with a variety of options for this game, having given pitch time to 20 different players during 180 minutes at White Hart Lane and the Etihad. 

That total doesn't include phantom striker Facundo Ferreyra or Papiss Cisse, with the latter joining training ahead of the Liverpool and with a chance of featuring. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 11/4

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

Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique Daniel Sturridge and John Flanagan won't be considered due to fitness issues.

Ahead of the game, the Reds came from a goal down against Swansea City at Anfield in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday to record a 2-1 win in 90 minutes.

On the road in the Premier League this season, Liverpool have been beaten twice in four games - having lost just four times in 19 away fixtures in the 2013/14 season. 

So far this time round they've lost 1-3 at Manchester City and West Ham winning at Spurs (3-0) and QPR (3-2).

Striker Fabio Borini will hope to be involved on Saturday to have a chance of continuing his 100% record against Newcastle, scoring and winning each time he faces us.

Netting within seconds of appearing from the bench for Liverpool at SJP in April 2013, the Italian got on the scoresheet in both derby matches last season while on loan to the mackems.

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Referee: Andrew Marriner (West Midlands), whistler who presided over Southampton's recent 8-0 routing of the mackems. We've not had the pleasure of his company since our 0-4 loss at St.Mary's in March. 

That was the fifth appointment of an eye-catching series of games involving us last season. Dismissing Steven Taylor in a 0-4 loss at Manchester City, Mapou Yanga- Mbiwa saw red in a 2-2 home draw with Liverpool before eleven Toon players remained on the pitch for victories at both Old Trafford and Upton Park.

Pub Watch: The Bridge, Castle Square, NE1 1RQ  

If a great location is what you're after, then The Bridge Hotel offers one of the most spectacular in Newcastle. Just a short walk from Grey Street and the Quayside, and right next door to the Castle Keep and the High Level bridge, you'll find stunning views of the River Tyne from both the pub and outdoor terrace.

Built on a medieval site, the Bridge Hotel is a traditional venue boasting quiet secluded areas, cozy Victorian snugs, wooden paneling and carved fittings, together with stained glass windows and highly detailed mosaics.

The atmosphere is just as impressive, and the friendly staff offers a true local Tyneside welcome to huge variety of customers who visit the venue for its history, its impressive programme of live entertainment, its outstanding reputation for serving a huge choice of cask ale, and its mouth-watering menus.

Find further details of this and the 20 other locations that make up the Sir John Fitzgerald estate online here


Metro: No scheduled service disruptions

Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV: tbc

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Reds @ SJP - Premier League era:

2013/15: Drew 2-2 Cabaye, Dummett
Lost 0-6
2011/12: Won 2-0 Cisse 2
2010/11: Won 3-1 Nolan, Barton, Carroll
2008/09: Lost 1-5 Edgar
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2006/07: Won 2-1 Martins, Solano (pen)
2005/06: Lost 1-3 Ameobi
2004/05: Won 1-0 Robert
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2002/03: Won 1-0 Robert
2001/02: Lost 0-2
2000/01: Won 2-1 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 2-2 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99: Lost 1-4 Guivarc'h
1997/98: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1997/98: Lost 1-2 Watson
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Shearer
1995/96: Won 2-1 Ferdinand, Watson
1994/95: Drew 1-1 Lee
1993/94: Won 3-0 Cole 3

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified)

Sat 01.11.2014:
Arsenal v Burnley
Chelsea v QPR
Everton v Swansea City
Hull City v Southampton
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v West Ham

Sun 02.11.2014:
Manchester City v Manchester United (1.30pm) Sky
Aston Villa v Spurs (4pm) Sky

Mon 03.11.2014:
Crystal Palace v mackems (8pm) Sky 

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


FA Cup:
Sunday service 
for local lads

The BBC's increased commitment to coverage of the FA Cup has resulted in a number of First Round ties being scheduled away from the traditional 3pm Saturday slot - including both our regional representatives.

The Blyth Spartans v Altrincham tie and Gateshead's trip to Potteries-based Norton United will kick off at 2pm on Sunday 9th November - overlapping with our Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm).

BBC1 will broadcast a special edition of Final Score from 1.55pm until 4.20pm on that Sunday, including updates and footage of the Blyth and Gateshead ties and six others played that afternoon. 

Victory in this round is worth £18K in prize money, while clubs will receive £12.5K for featuring on Final Score.

Unlikely lad:
Old boy takes 
on Tangerines

Championship basement side Blackpool confirmed on Thursday morning that they had appointed Lee Clark as their new manager a one year rolling contract.

Tynesider Clark celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday having being dismissed as Birmingham City boss a week earlier. He previously took charge of Huddersfield Town.

Among the tasks facing Lee at Bloomfield Road is coaxing effective performances from a certain Nile Ranger, who has netted just once in nine games for the Seasiders.

Clark's first game comes at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday before a midweek visit to another of his former clubs, Fulham.  

His appointment continues a link between the two clubs, with predecessors in the Blackpool hotseat Gary Megson, Sam Allardyce, Graham Carr and Bob Stokoe all holding or having held positions at SJP. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
The defender appeared as 54th minute substitute against Cesena on Wednesday, contributing an assist in a 2-0 home success. Roma remain second in Serie A, level on points, goals scored and conceded with Juventus - the bianconeri in pole position after beating Roma recently. 

Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
Farsley (a) FA Trophy, Saturday. 

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
Colchester United (a) League One, Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Bastia (h) Ligue 1, Saturday.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Southampton (h) Premier League, Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Huddersfield Town (a) Championship, Saturday.


Wooly triumphant

Three wins in as many games for England's U17 side in Cyprus saw the youngsters secure a berth in the Elite Qualifying Round of the European Championships and Newcastle' Paul Woolston collect a trio of caps.

The goalkeeper was between the posts for a 4-1 win over Cyprus on Saturday, keeping his place for Monday's 1-0 success against Macedonia and a 3-1 conquest of the French in Paphos on Thursday.

The Elite Round takes place early next year for the 16 team Finals, held during May 2015 in Bulgaria.

Victory Shield callups:

Mackenzie Heaney (England U16s):

Fri 31.10.2014 Wales (a) Bangor
Same competition, different side for midfielder Mackenzie, who represented Scotland in the Victory Shield in 2013.

Owen Gallacher (Scotland U16s):
Fri 31.10.2014
Northern Ireland (h) St. Mirren 
Standing by for action is striker Owen, whose father John played for Newcastle between 1989 and 1992.

Second string surrender

Smoggies U21s  2  Newcastle U21s  1

Match report


Youtube footage is online here

'You should be up 
in your seat, John'

From The Times, Monday:

"John Alder was one of two Newcastle fans who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down. 
His sister talks movingly about a private man who was also a super fan."

An excellent article available to Times purchasers and online subscribers, reproduced without permission

Perez: goal and gongs

Having opened his goalscoring account for Newcastle on Sunday, Monday saw striker Ayoze Perez back in his native Spain to attend the 2014 LFP Awards ceremony.

And the 21 year-old collected gongs for best attacking midfielder in the Second Division and best breakthrough player, after netting 16 times in 34 games for previous club Tenerife last season.

Premier League:
No Spain, no gain!

Spurs  1  Newcastle  2

Match report is online here

Del boy in at Ibrox  

Update: Former NUFC Derek Llambias flew into Glasgow on Monday night and within 24 hours was confirmed as a "consultant" to Rangers.

Herald Scotland profile of Llambias

From the BBC, Monday, confirmation that the Newcastle owner has got his way and effectively assumed control at Ibrox despite owning less than 10% of the club shares: 

Graham Wallace has resigned from his role as Rangers chief executive, the club has announced.

The news comes as the Ibrox outfit confirm the agreement of an emergency interest free £2m loan from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. Wallace follows finance director Philip Nash in leaving the club.

Ashley, whose loan is secured against Edmiston House and the Albion car park, had wanted Wallace and Nash to leave the club. The Newcastle owner will now "put forward" two names to be elected to the Ibrox board.

Ashley - who owns 8.92% of the Championship side - saw off rival offers of funding from former Rangers director Dave King and Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy.

"The board is pleased to announce that the company's subsidiary, The Rangers Football Club Limited, has entered into a credit facility agreement with MASH Holdings Limited pursuant to which MASH shall make available the sum of £2m for drawdown by the company," a Rangers statement to the Stock Exchange read.

"MASH is a shareholder in the company holding 8.92 per cent of the voting rights in the company. The facility shall be secured by standard security granted by the company over Edmiston House and Albion car park.

"The facility shall be for a six-month term and is interest-free. The facility will be used by the company for general working capital purposes. Under the terms of the facility, MASH has the right to appoint up to two directors on the board of directors of RFCL."

Book compo - winners

We had two copies of Michael Walker's fine examination of North East football "Up There" to give away and asked which Newcastle manager tried to sign Steve Bruce, Mark Hateley and Kevin Sheedy following promotion in 1984 but ended up resigning when he was blocked by the board.

Virtually everyone knew that it was Arthur Cox (but a couple of Jack Charltons crept in). From our bulging sack, books will soon be crashing on to the doormats of:

Tony Griffiths, Essex
The North Shields Badger

"Up There" is available from all good bookshops now and can be ordered direct from the publishers here. Michael will also be signing copies in Newcastle later this month (details tbc) accompanied by former Magpie Rob Lee.

Finger clicking good

Issue 115
of True Faith is now available in digital-only format. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Online subscriptions cost £17.99 annually, with a £5.99 quarterly option. Ten issues per season, each one has a minimum of 100 pages and subscribers also get free access to over 30 back issues.

Fan Forum #5 minutes

Monday saw the fifth meeting of the fan forum run by NUFC, what they "term an opportunity for members to quiz the club on any issues on behalf of all supporters, as well as being the club's opportunity to redress the balance with facts. All questions and answers are published on the club's website for the wider fan base".

minutes are available online here

A few things that caught our eye:

Ambitions for the current season:

"The club's minimum target this season is to finish in the top ten of the Premier League."

Whether that tenth place is the trigger for staff bonuses to be paid this season wasn't elaborated upon.

Striker arrival in next transfer window:

"....additional attacking players had been pursued. The club are continuing to look at potential targets but stressed no guarantee could be made in reference to January."

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa situation:

"The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties. There is the possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him*.

"The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer. Because the deal with AS Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible. 

"The club's view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term view, the club let him leave."

* reported as £6.7m by Sky Sports in January 2013

That appears to back up the one in / one out line that was peddled by the club in the closing days of the last transfer window - what does occur to us was that the "replacement transfer" that couldn't be completed was actually a permanent switch for Jamaal Lascelles from Forest, which could only then be concluded as a loan leading to a future transfer.  

Recall rumours for the Nottingham Forest loanees:

the club are delighted to have secured both Jamaal (Lascelles) and Karl Darlow and while they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the 2014/15 season."

The question of why Lascelles was part of the Premier League squad list NUFC submitted in September (but Darlow wasn't) didn't then get asked by forumites.

Regarding the story about Lascelles and the fact that the club confirmed it was wrong, it's yet to be seen whether the media outlets who published that would be subject to a ban. If they consider it "patently untrue" then they'll be out, or if "incorrect information" then they'll stay in.

Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (i):

Asked how NUFC communicated information on this:

The club used social media and club website, sent emails to broadcasters and journalists and gave face-to-face updates to reporters and TV/radio personnel, while stewards around the stadium used loud hailers to communicate with fans.

There's a danger here that the club are relying on social media to get messages out, regardless of whether fans use those networks - or could even connect to them.

Our reading of the "loudhailer" comment is that there's no PA system around external areas of SJP - in contrast to other Premier League stadia (eg Old Trafford, Anfield), where announcements are regularly made on matchdays.

That begs the question of how emergency situations would be dealt with if turnstiles were already open and fans were leaving and arriving at the same time. Those inside the ground would hear the PA, but those outside wouldn't be able to.

Given the large number of spectators unfamiliar with SJP who will attend both rugby events in 2015, it's surely worth reviewing all possible communication channels.        

Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (ii):

When asked about fans adversely affected by the late finish to the game because of booked trains, the club responded by saying that:  

Those supporters are asked to write to the club's Box Office (St. James' Park, Newcastle, NE1 4ST) so that the club can assess complaints on a case-by-case basis.

(We're aware of some of who left the game early because of service specific ticket bookings and others who stayed and were charged additional fares on later trains. Anyone who used public transport other than the train ie coach services or flights may also wish to write to the club).

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Next Match

Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 1st November
Kick-off 12.45pm
Live on BT Sport

Last Match

Manchester City 0
Newcastle 2 
Capital One Cup 4th Round

Etihad Stadium
Wednesday 29th October
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

New season opening Hours: TBC

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

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

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

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

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

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


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

Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on BT Sport.

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

Fri 07.11.2014 Draw for FA Youth Cup Third Round takes place (includes NUFC).

Sun 09.11.2014 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 14.11.2014 U21s v Stoke City (a)  
@ Britannia Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Note amended venue - there's also some dispute over whether it's now on Thu 13.11 as per PL bulletin.

21.11.2014 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Moss Lane, Altrincham, 7pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Sat 29.11.2014 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. £43 adults, £25 over-65s/U16s. Member sale from Mon 10.11.2014 (if any).

Mon 01.12.2014 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 02.12.2014 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 7.45pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. £40 adults, £25 over-65s / 18s-21s, £18 U18s. Member sale from Tue 11.11.2014 (if any).

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

QF w/c 15.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015
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 2nd Round:

The draw will be conducted on or around Saturday November 1st and include:

Alnwick Town,
Ashington, Blyth Spartans
Morpeth Town, Newcastle Benfield, NUFC U21s, Team Northumbria & Whitley Bay.

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm
Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a) 5.30pm
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm

(Live games selected up to and including Thu 01.01.2015)

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

home League games

Tue 11.11.2014 Lincoln City (7.45pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Sat 06.12.2014 Woking (3pm)
Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm)

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

Upcoming home League games

Wed 05.11.2014 Spennymoor (7.45pm)
Sat 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (3pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Lancaster City (3pm)
Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm)

(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.

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

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

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

Running to raise funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark intends to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and 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
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

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

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

2014/15 match dates :
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

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

Group D qualifiers:
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

London24 seem to think we interviewed Alan Pardew ahead of the visit to Spurs!

“I can feel a little bit more confidence in and around the camp. But we have to improve results full stop going forward,” Pardew told

First with the news as ever, the Independent promise:

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Carling Cup fixture at The Etihad

This is the third successive season of Capital One sponsorship...

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

On This Day in History
31st October

Born Or Died:

1898 Tom Phillipson born, Ryton.

Centre forward signed in December 1919 from local side Scotswood for £500 after returning from army service in World War I. 

An England schoolboy international and prolific scorer as a youngster, Tom debuted in a 0-4 loss at Everton during January 1920  but took seven games to break his duck before netting against Sheffield Wednesday at Gallowgate that April. 

Kept out of the side for the first half of the following season, a return of one goal from five outings saw Phillipson fall from favour at SJP and United recouped their initial outlay from Swindon Town in May 1921.

They in turn doubled their money when selling him on to Wolves in late 1923 and Philippson helped them to claim the Third Division North title that season.

Regaining his goal touch, Tom remained a mainstay of the Wolves side until 1928 before rounding off his career at Sheffield United, Bilston United and Walsall.

Settling in Wolverhampton, he later served as Lord Mayor of the town and his death was recorded there in November 1965.

1910 Thomas Mooney born, Tollcross, Glasgow. (1936-44)

Coming to prominence with Airdrieonians after an earlier undistinguished spell at Celtic, outside left Tom was pursued by various English clubs after impressing for a Scottish League select XI in two friendlies.

Newcastle won the race for his signature and paid out £2,650 for Mooney in October 1936, putting him straight in the side for a 1-0 home victory over Leicester City.

The 1938/39 campaign would prove to be Tom's most effective, playing in 42 of the club's 46 games in league and cup and finding the net on twelve occasions.

With the outbreak of World War II causing the cessation of the league programme in September 1939 however, Mooney's career in football was effectively at an end.

Returning to Airdrieonians as a war guest, Tom signed for Morton in 1944. His death was recorded in December 1981.

1935 Jimmy Hill born, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.(1957-58)

Makeweight in the deal that saw Jackie Milburn cross the Irish Sea to join Linfield in June 1957, midfielder Jimmy had started his playing career with the local YMCA side and then intermediate side Carrick Rangers.

Debuting in a 3-1 home win over Spurs in August 1957, "Tiger" Hill chalked up his first goal during a 4-1 success at Birmingham City in what was only his third appearance.

Losing his place in late 1957, Jimmy played just once more in the first team that season and left for Norwich City in a £3,000 deal after barely a year on Tyneside.

In five years at Carrow Road, Hill helped the Canaries to promotion from Division Three, collected a League Cup winners medal - scoring in the final - and was capped at senior level by Northern Ireland.

Jimmy later admitted that that he'd come close to leaving Norwich in 1958 due to a persistent ankle problem, a move to Mansfield Town almost going through.

Everton paid £25,000 for his services at the start of the 1963/64 season but Hill's time at Goodison was blighted by injury and he made just seven appearances. 

Joining Port Vale in 1965, Hill returned to his native Northern Ireland three years later as player-manager of Derry City.

After a stint in charge of Linfield he left the game in 1972 and ran a sports shop in his home town - also managing local side Carrick Rangers between 1988 and 1991.   

1948 John Craggs born, Flinthill, Durham.
(1964-71 & 1982-83)

Right back who was an understudy to David Craig for much of his time at SJP, debuting in a 1-1 draw at Everton in October 1966. 

The 1968/69 season was John's most successful in terms of games played, with 20 appearances following his return to the first team after a 22 month absence.

That included a trio of a Fairs Cup games: both legs of the Setubal tie and the Ibrox meeting with Rangers, while Craggs was also on the bench for the home leg of the final. 

Seeking regular football, John joined Division Two Middlesbrough in August 1971 for £60,000 going on play almost 500 times in over a decade at Ayresome Park.

The Magpie connections remained though, playing under Stan Anderson and Jack Charlton and alongside Graeme Souness, Irving Nattrass, Stuart Boam and David Mills - the latter who was his best man.

Available on a free transfer in the summer of 1982, Craggs returned to SJP and made a second debut amid the clamour of Kevin Keegan's first game at home to QPR. 

A dozen more first team matches followed (plus reserve outings) before John's final outing, a 0-1 defeat at Cambridge in April 1983. He also returned to Boro to play in his testimonial match in November 1982 - a game recalled for an freak eye injury to guest player Kevin Keegan that caused him to miss the next five Newcastle games. 

Moving to Darlington as Quakers player- coach in 1983, John later played in non league football for Crook Town and worked as a car salesman in Redcar.

1988 saw Craggs join the coaching staff at Hartlepool alongside fellow SJP old boys Pop Robson and Bob Moncur, taking over as caretaker boss when the latter departed.

Involved in a sports shop on Teesside with Willie Maddren, Craggs ended up working for the company that became Sports Direct after the business was bought out. 

1956 Eddie Edgar born, Jarrow.

Goalkeeper who made a solitary first team appearance in place of Mick Mahoney in a 2-4 defeat at Derby County in an FA Cup Quarter Final back in March 1976.

Moving on to Hartlepool United that summer, Eddie played over 80 games for 'Pools in three seasons and also went on loan to New York Cosmos where he played with Pele. 

Appearing for Gateshead in 1980, Edgar opted to emigrate to Kitchener in the Ontario province of Canada, where one of his uncles was already living. 

Playing part time for London City, Eddie became involved in youth coaching and oversaw the development of his son David (a defender), who was coveted by various clubs in England and Scotland before opting to become a Magpie at the age of 14.   

David went on play 23 first team games for Newcastle between 2006 and 2009. He was also capped at senior level for Canada and has played for Swansea City, Burnley and Birmingham City.

1991 James Tavernier born, Bradford.

Fullback who joined Newcastle's Academy at the age of 15, following his release by Leeds United's youth setup and subsequent relocation to Tyneside with his family. 

Debuting for the U18s as a substitute in a 4-1 home win over Huddersfield Town in February 2007, Tav's reserve bow came in a Central League Cup tie against Sheffield United at Whitley Park in September 2008.

And a year to the day, he debuted in senior football as a young Magpie XI lost 0-2 in the League Cup at Peterborough United. 

His next game came in the same competition away to Accrington Stanley the following August, after which a loan move over the river to Gateshead in January 2011 saw him play 13 times for the Conference side. 

Spending the 2011/12 campaign on loan at a trio of League One clubs - Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons - Tav signed a new three year contract at SJP.

By his 21st birthday, James had played three more games for Newcastle: in the Europa League away to Atromitos, at Old Trafford in the League Cup and away to Reading in the Premier League.

Two more Europa League starts, the FA Cup embarrassment at Brighton and a Premier League substitute outing in the 3-7 mauling at Arsenal then came the next season.

Loaned to Shrewsbury Town in August 2013, Tav played just twice before a foot injury saw him heading back to Tyneside. A move to Rotherham on loan three months later though was more successful and his five goals and form helped the Millers win the League One playoffs at Wembley. 

With a year of his SJP deal remaining, it had been excepted that James would make his loan move to Rotherham permanent but he chose instead to join fellow Championship side Wigan - who offered better terms. 

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1896 Burnley (h)
Auld, Wardrope, Smellie 2
Scorer tbc 
Once more journalists sniggered as the Auld and Smellie combination did the trick.

1903 Wolves (h)
Division One 
Howie(3), Orr(2-0), Appleyard(3-0)
Debut for Jimmy Tildesley, at right back.

1907 Berwick Rangers (a)
Appleyard 3, Howie, Hardinge 
Scorer tbc

1908 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Orr(45), Cox(49)

1914 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Wallace, Whittaker

1925 Birmingham (h)
Division One 
Islip 2, Crosby

1931 Everton (a)
Division One 
Dean 2, Johnson 2, White 2, Critchley, Stein
A scoreline that has only been repeated once (at West Ham in 1986) and remains United's heaviest top flight away defeat (the 0-9 loss at Burton Wanderers in 1895 coming in Division Two). 

1936 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Division Two 

1942 Bradford City (a) 1-3 (1-2)
Reid 3(1pen)
1953 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
Brook 2, Hawksworth
Ivor Broadis debuted following his move from Manchester City.

1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
Broadbent(1), Murray(2)
Latecomers to Molineux missed all the action, both goals being scored in the opening eighty five seconds.

1964 Norwich City (a) 1-1 (1-0)
Division Two 

1970 Manchester United (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division One 
Red Devils 'keeper Jimmy Rimmer made a hash of catching the ball and when it bounced off his feet, Wyn Davies was on hand to poke it home at the Leazes End.
Youtube footage is online here

1981 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division Two 
Wylde(15), Heaton(19), Steel(40)
A dispiriting afternoon on the Boundary Park grass (the plastic pitch didn't appear until 1986) made it just one win in United's last thirteen away games. Happy days.

1987 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
United's best chance of a goal came when Paul Goddard was tripped in the box by David Rocastle, only for Gunners 'keeper John Lukic to claw Neil McDonald's spot kick away.

Alan Smith then volleyed home late on past an unsighted Gary Kelly in the Leazes goal to send the points southbound.
Match footage is online here

Newcastle Reserves beat their Blackburn counterparts 3-0, Swedish triallist Jan Eriksson playing for United.

1992 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
Lowe(3), Davison(15)
A bad day at Filbert Street, South Shields born Bobby Davison got one of the home side's goals and Kevin Sheedy was sent off in the final minute for kicking Simon Grayson. 

The only bright spot had been a free kick of awesome power by Liam O'Brien.

1998 West Ham United (h) 0-3 (0-0)

Wright(56,90) Sinclair(76)
Stuart Pearce was sent off for an elbow only seen by referee Graham Poll. The defeat saw United slip into the bottom half of the table.

2000 United's second string beat Darlington 2-0 in a behind closed doors game thanks to goals from Pedro Dimas and Pablo Bonvin. match report

2001 The Reserves left it late but goals from Lomana LuaLua and Michael Chopra overcame Bradford City 2-1 at Valley Parade. match report

2004 Bolton Wanderers (a) 1-2 (0-0)

Diouf(52), Davies(70)
A Darren Ambrose rocket was bookended by two poor Shay Given fumbles that ultimately cost his side dear. match report

2005 Michael Chopra got a hat-trick with Marc Walton and Robbie Elliott getting the other goals in a 5-0 humping of West Bromwich Albion Reserves at Kingston Park. match report

2006 Michael Chopra made it three goals in two visits to the Stadium of Plight, scoring twoce in Cardiff City's 2-1 defeat of the mackems - and celebrating with obvious delight in front of emptying home sections.

2009 The U18s extended their unbeaten run to six games, defeating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Stephen Folan and Brad Inman.

2010 mackems (h)
Premier League
Nolan(26,34,75), Ameobi(45+3pen,70)
Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi shared five goals as Steve Bruce's mackems were given a Halloween to remember on Tyneside.

Captain Kev bagged a hat-trick and to round off a perfect day, ex-Magpie clown Titus Bramble was red-carded for bringing down Andy Carroll when he
was in on goal. match report

2011 Stoke City (a)
Premier League
United moved up to third after giving The Potters a taste of their own medicine at the Britannia Stadium.

Demba Ba hit his second hat-trick of the season to make it a staggering eight goals in five league games for the on-fire forward. match report


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