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Heaton Stannington  1  Newcastle XI  8

Unbeaten so far this season in their four league games, the U21s faced Northern League Second Division Heaton Stannington in a friendly this evening at Grounsell Park.  

Peter Beardsley's side went in front after ten minutes when Macaulay Gillesphey was fouled in the box by Michael Creswick and Tom Heardman converted the spot kick.

Greg Olley doubled the lead four minutes later with a solo effort and it was 3-0 in the 21st minute when Liam Gibson burst into the Stan box and crossed for Callum Roberts to sidefoot home.

Roberts got his second and United's fourth after 32 minutes, shooting low past 'keeper, Shaun Backhouse, from the edge of the box and a minute later Gibson did the same.

The home side reduced the arrears in the 40th minute when Dean Deagle thumped home a fine free-kick.

Beardsley made a number of changes to his side at the break, while Stannington changed their shirts!

And one of the half-time subs, Sean Longstaff, slipped it past Backhouse to make it 6-1 in the 65th minute.

Kyle Cameron volleyed in United's seventh after 83 minutes when he met Adam Laidler's cross from the left, his shot going in off the underside of the bar.

And it was 8-1 two minutes later when a diagonal ball into the box following a corner allowed Jonathyn Quinn to pick his spot.

Team: Woolston (Robinson 70), Mbabu (Sterry 46), Gibson (Cameron 46), Gillesphey, McKinnon, Atkinson, Olley, Ward (Barlaser 71), Heardman (Longstaff 46), Roberts (Laidler 46), Quinn.
Subs: All used.

HSFC: Backhouse, Telford, James, Stoddart, McGarrigal, Pearson, Creswick, Wear, Johnson, Robertson, Deagle.
Subs: Wright, Burns, Carr, Dodsworth, Dixon, Rule.

Referee: Peter Osgood (!)

Media claim:
Cheick out, 2015?

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 wife....  


Calendar boy

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). 

Premier League:
Pressure pours on Pards

Stoke 1  Newcastle  0

Match report


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Missing Mags sighted

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. 

Team: Elliot (Woolston 46) R.Taylor (Sterry 46), Streete, Satka, Ferguson, Bigirimana (Kemen 70), Abeid (Barlaser 79), Gilliead, Perez (Armstrong 60), Vuckic, Ferreyra (Roberts 46)  

Book giveaway:
Smiling Faces compo 

Author 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 Street. 

For more information (and
(to order a Kindle version) check online here.

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 hang about). 

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 here with 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? 


Closing 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 
(grand) fathers 

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 last month. 

Paul Dummett:

Fri 10.10.2014
Bosnia-Herzegovina (h) Cardiff ECQ
Mon 13.10.2014
Cyprus (h) Cardiff ECQ

Other callups:

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Sat 11.10.2014
Gibraltar (h) Dublin ECQ
Tue 14.10.2014 Germany (a) Gelsenkirchen ECQ 

Papiss Cisse (Senegal):
Fri 10.10.2014
Tunisia (h) Dakar ACNQ 
Tue 14.10.2014 Tunisia (a) Monastir ACNQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Sat 11.10.2014 Faroe Islands (h) Belfast ECQ
Tue 14.10.2014 Greece (a) Piraeus ECQ

Freddie Woodman (England U19s):
Fri 10.10.2014
Belarus (n) ECQ
Sun 12.10.2014 Luxembourg (a) ECQ
Wed 15.10.2014 Belgium ECQ

Olivier Kemen (France U19s):
date tbc
Macedonia (a) ECQ
date tbc Liechtenstein (n) ECQ
date tbc Bosnia (n) ECQ

Lubo Satka (Slovakia U21s - standby):
Fri 10.10.2014 Italy (h) (Zlate Moravce) ECQPO
Tue 14.10.2014 Italy (a) (Reggio Emilia) ECQPO

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

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.

Premier League:
wansea City (a) 

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 senior selection.  

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
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 @

(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 of plight.

Lee 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.


Overseas TV:
to follow

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League

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.

The Ashley era - NUFC after PL 6 games:

2007/08: 11 points, 5th (scored 9, conceded 5)
2008/09: 4 points, 19th (scored 5, conceded 11)
2010/11: 7 points, 10th (scored 9, conceded 8)
2011/12: 12 points, 4th (scored 7, conceded 3)
2012/13: 9 points, 9th (scored 8, conceded 8)
2013/14: 7 points, 16th (scored 7, conceded 11)
2014/15: 3 points, 19th (scored 5, conceded 12)

Season-opening winless runs (PL only):

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
won the first game
2001/02: won the third game
2000/01: won the second game
1999/00: won the eighth game
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 online here

More misery for bairns


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 kick home.

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 counter-attack. 

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 full time.

Team: Woolston, Cobain (Ward 75), Gibson, Drennan, Newberry, Cameron, Charman, Storey (Hunter 62), Heaney, Longstaff, Laidler (Kerridge 62).
Subs n/u: Robinson, Pollock

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 contest.

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 Saturday morning:

"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,” he added.

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 days.

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 been banter”.

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, finished.”

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.”

Capital One Cup:
Diving Dummy heads
the way forward

Crystal Palace  2  Newcastle  3

(after extra-time)

Match report

Stadium art:
SJP giveaway
- result

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, but while final preparations are concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

We 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 issues: 

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 s
igned KK boot/photo montage is also available.

For more information click here.

alt | 0845 020 5918

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

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 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. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @ Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Sat 04.10.2014 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.

11.10.2014 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 597 008.

18.10.2014 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, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

25.10.2014 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 Premier League.

Wed 29.10.2014 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Fourth Round. Ticket details awaited.  Live on Sky Sports.

01.11.2014 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 Premier League.

Capital One Cup Fourth Round:

Tue 28.10.2014:
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Derby County
Liverpool v Swansea City
MK Dons v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Sky

Wed 29.10.2014:
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 Round:

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 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:
Wed 29.10.2014
Man City (a) 7.45pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

Gateshead 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. 

home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Sat 04.10.2014
Braintree Town
Tue 07.10.2014 Alfreton Town (7.45pm)
Sat 18.10.2014
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

Upcoming home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless 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)

Rugby 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.

Ticket details tbc.

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

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

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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 :
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
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:
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
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)
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On This Day in History
1st October

Born Or Died:

1932 Alf McMichael born, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (1949-63)

Left back Alf arrived from Linfield along with with Englishman George 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 City.

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.

His death was reported in January 2006.

1939 Duncan Neale born, Portslade, Sussex. (1959-63)

Right half who joined Newcastle from non- league side Ilford and netted twice on his debut, in a 7-2 home won over Fulham.

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 flight. 

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.

1943 Iam McFaul born, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
(1966-75 player, 1985-88 Manager)

Goalkeeper 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 Ibrox.

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 penalties.

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 trophy. 

1945 Death of Bob Bennie, 72.

1951 Death of Peter McWilliam, 73.

1952 Death of Jack Fraser, 75.

1986 Carl Finnigan born, Jarrow.

Striker 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 Norwich City. 
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 2007.  

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.

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1898 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 

1904 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Veitch, Appleyard 
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 over 500. 

1910 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
J.Thompson, D.McLean

1921 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
Mooney, Smailes 

1927 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
Debut in goal for Mick Burns.

1932 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One 
McLean, W.H.Smith 2, Whittam

1938 Coventry City (a)
Division Two 
Debut for Jimmy Woodburn, in defence.

1949 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
Houghton 2, Milburn, Thompson 
1955 Everton (h)
Division One 
Eglington(30), J.Harris(34)

1958 Bela Vista (Brazil) (h) 12-1 (4-1)
White 5, Bottom 5, Evans, Davies 
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 
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
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 advantage. 

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 
Debut for John Craggs.
1969 Dundee United (h) 1-0
Fairs Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg 
Keith Dyson's last minute goal preserved United's run of home wins in the Fairs Cup.
1973 Morton (h)
(3-2 on aggregate)
Texaco Cup 
Despite scoring an own goal, Dennis Laughton later signed for United.

1977 Ipswich Town (a)
Division One 
Mills, Gates
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 loss. 

1983 Portsmouth (h)
Division Two 
Wharton, Waddle 2, Keegan(pen) 
Tait, Biley
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 the visitors. 

1988 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Hendrie, Mirandinha(pen) 
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 goal. 

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 ground.
Youtube footage is online here

1991 Tranmere Rovers (a)
aet 3-3 (2-2)
(lost 2-3 on penalties)
Zenith Data Systems Cup 
Clark, Peacock 2,
Quinn 3(1pen) 
Aldridge 3, Steel, Martindale, McNab
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) 
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) 
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. 

Anders Limpar got the home side's consolation goal despite looking well offside.

1997 Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) (a)
Champions League 
Beresford(78), og(Golovko)(85)
Rebrov(3), Shevchenko(28)
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 goal. 

This all unfolded to the delight of the small following of away fans, 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 (0-0)
(2-2 on aggregate, lost on away goals)

Cup Winners Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg 
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 fouled Ivic.

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 football".

A late Pedro Dimas goal secured a draw against Everton Reserves at Kingston Park. David Unsworth had put the visitors ahead. match report

2002 Juventus (Italy) (a)
Champions League Group E Match 3
Del Piero(65,81)
Three games, three defeats and United were certainties to tumble out of the Champions League, especially with the return game against Juve next up.... match report

2005 Portsmouth (a)
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. match report

2006 Manchester United (a) 0-2 (0-1)


Some excellent saves from Steve Harper and the goal frame saved us from a drubbing in front of a new Premiership record crowd.

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. match report

2011 Wolves (a)
Premier League
Ba(17), Gutierrez(38)
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. match report

Virgin Money went public with the news that their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United was to end in May 2013 - one year earlier than had been thought.

The agreement with Richard Branson's company had been expected to run until the end of the 2013/14 season. The new sponsor was still to be revealed.


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