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Second string spanked


Aston Villa U23s  4  Newcastle U23s  0

Newcastle's reserve side got a good pasting at a sunny Villa Park on Monday afternoon as Libor Kozak netted a hat-trick for the Villans.


It was 0-3 at the break, then the home side were reduced to ten men but Kozak still went on to complete his treble with United wasting numerous chances to get back into the contest.


The scoreline will bemuse Peter Beardsley who saw his side control large parts of the game but Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic failed to convert some good chances while Villa made the most of their's.


There was a sign of things to come in the fourth when Curtis Good gave away possession and Kozak curled an effort that was tipped wide by Nathan Harker.

The first goal came in the 24th minute when the ball broke for Callum O'Hare and he fed Johan Abdoul who curled the ball past Harker from outside the box.

The second was almost identical and followed just three minutes later but another poor pass was intercepted and Kozak did the same as Abdoul from a similar distance.

Villa got their third a minute before the break with O'Hare finding Kozak in the box and the Czech striker turned and hit a low dribbler that evaded Harker.

Callum Roberts never recovered from being injured off the ball and was replaced by Luke Charman and United started the second period brightly.


Vuckic found space down the left but shot narrowly wide and then Jed Steer blocked with his foot as United looked to get back into the game.

Abdoul was booked twice for soft fouls and was shown a red card in the 69th minute by referee Anthony Serrano but despite being a man short Villa increased their lead in the 78th minute with Kozak striding clear and finishing comfortably past Harker.

Substitute Jamie Holmes looked a certain scorer in the last minute but having rounded the 'keeper he tripped over the ball and it bobbled harmlessly wide.


A fitting end to a hapless afternoon for the Magpies. At least the weather was decent....

Team: Harker, Broccoli, Good, Findlay, Cameron, Barlaser, Hunter (Holmes), Roberts (Charman), Longstaff, Vuckic, Ameobi
Gibson, Williams, Ward.

AVFC: Steer, Leggett, Abdoul, Clark, Sundman, Linley, Abdo, Hale, Cox, O’Hare, Kozak.
Subs: Doyle-Hayes, Johansson, Mooney, Rowe, Coates.

Lazaar quest 


Hot on the heels of Daryl Murphy's acquisition, United have secured an eleventh signing in the shape of left full back Achraf Lazaar from Italian side Palermo.

A fee of £3m is claimed for the 24 year-old Moroccan international, who was in the final year of his current contract and watched Saturday's 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion from the Directors Box.

Lazaar has signed a five year deal and has been named in the Morocco squad for games against Albania on Wednesday and São Tomé e Príncipe on Sunday week.

Transfer tally:

Outbound (15): Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Remy Cabella, Andros Townsend, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Gini Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Gael Bigirimana.

Inbound (11):  Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Mohamed Diame, DeAndre Yedlin, Daryl Murphy, Achraf Lazaar.

Wolves on Tuesday

United confirm that their EFL Cup Third Round home tie against fellow Championship side Wolves will be played on Tuesday September 20th with a 7.45pm start. 

The two sides also meet at SJP in the league in a 3pm kickoff on Saturday 17th September.

Tiote exit nears 

Update: It's reported that Tiote has failed his medical at Galatasaray.

Cheick Tiote
was pictured arriving at Istanbul Airport on Sunday, after a £1.3m bid from Galatasaray was reportedly accepted by Newcastle.

The 30 year-old midfielder is now in the final year of his contract at SJP and is believed to have agreed a three year deal with the Turkish Super League side. 

Tiote looked set to leave United in the January transfer window when two Chinese clubs bid for him, while links to Galatasaray first emerged in December 2015.   

PS: The ongoing saga of Moussa Sissoko seems to be no nearer resolution, but Emmanuel Riviere has been predicted to sign for Real Osasuna in Spain on loan. 

Murph morphs 
into a Magpie 

United's search for striking cover was concluded on Sunday, when Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy became the club's tenth signing of this window. 

The 33 year-old Irish international has agreed a two year contract at Gallowgate and becomes the club's most senior signing since Sol Campbell in 2010.  

Sky Sports report that an initial fee of £3m was agreed - with a further £1m payable if promotion is achieved.

Murphy had started all of Town's opening four league games this season, but wasn't in their squad for a 1-0 home win against Preston North End on Saturday  - having earlier submitting a transfer request.

Confirming the move on Saturday night, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy commented:

"It's a really good move for him in his career, at his age, and it's good for us. I told the lads 'come on, let's get the elephant out of the room - Murphy's going to Newcastle, let's get on with it'.

"He asked for the transfer and we've agreed it. I think it's one of those deals that if we didn't let him go I don't know how much we'd get out of him for a few weeks, and I get that.

"I've got no animosity towards him. I understand why he wants to move because it's Newcastle, and I said to him if somebody asked me I'd be sorely tempted and all."

Daryl's ten goals helped the mackems gain promotion back in 2006/07 and following spells at Ipswich, Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday he's netted 50 times in 119 Championship starts since returning to Portman Road permanently ahead of the 2013/14 season.

The most recent of his 23 senior caps was against France at Euro 2016 in June and he's in the latest Ireland squad for games next week along with current Magpie Ciaran Clark. Murphy hasn't scored for Ireland. 

It's reported that Ipswich will seek to replace Murphy with former Magpie Leon Best who is a free agent and trained with Town this week. They had also been credited with an interest in loaning Adam Armstrong, although that would be unrelated to a Murphy deal.

Given the age range of our squad, a relatively cheap move for someone of Murphy's experience seems like a no-brainer and bears comparison to the signing of Marlon Harewood in our last Championship campaign.

Brighton rocked

Newcastle  2  Brighton  0



Match footage is online here

Set-piece strikes from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey gave Rafa Benitez his fourth win in a row in all competitions with a confident 2-0 victory at St. James' Park in the Saturday teatime game.

Brighton had Sam Baldock sent off for his second yellow card in the 55th minute and when Shelvey curled in a perfect free-kick eight minutes later the points were secured.

Returning manager Chris Hughton's side started the day behind leaders Huddersfield and had lost just once in their last 23 games, but never really got going.

United started brightly and Matt Ritchie delivered a free-kick in the 15th minute that Lascelles guided past David Stockdale to take the lead.


The 'keeper got a hand to Lascelles' header but couldn't keep it out of the Gallowgate goal to the delight of the Magpies skipper who pointed to his new top-knot during the celebrations.

Yoan Gouffran, playing his 100th game for the club, almost marked it in style when he nutmegged an Albion player before unleashing a 30-yard screamer that cannoned off the crossbar.


He came close again just after the half hour when he volleyed a Vurnon Anita cross just over the bar after United had worked a short corner to good effect.

Matz Sels parried a shot at the other end as the visitors started to threaten as half-time approached but the early season bad habit of conceding just before the break seems to have been kicked.

Another Gouffran volley flew over the Leazes bar six minutes into the second period and then Anthony Knockaert clipped the crossbar when he should have levelled the scores.


But Brighton were reduced to ten men when Baldock, who had been booked for a trip on Ayoze Perez, caught Sels as he cleared the ball and referee Keith Stroud showed him a second yellow.

Shelvey's stunning strike a few minutes later - his first for the club - wrapped up the points and then he had a run and shot that Stockdale tipped onto the post as United looked for a third that would take them up to third in the table.


Ex-Mag Kazenga LuaLua was warmly applauded when introduced as a substitute and soon went close for Albion with a shot that skimmed wide.

Jesus Games and DeAndre Yedlin came on near the end to make their league debuts for the United, Yedlin sporting the no.22 shirt.

Sels made a fantastic one-handed save from Beram Kayal in added time to preserve his clean sheet and although the two-goal margin kept us behind Barnsley, we now sit fourth in the table after those two opening defeats.


Winning is starting to become a nice habit!

Full match report to follow.

Team: Sels, Anita (Gamez 72), Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Gouffran (Yedlin 88), Diame (Colback 81), Perez.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Clark, Hanley, Armstrong.

Booked: Shelvey, Perez, Ritchie, Lascelles.

Goals: Lascelles 15, Shelvey 63.

BHAFC: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Knockaert, Skalak (LuaLua 67), Sidwell (Norwood 68), Kayal, Murray(Hemed 67), Baldock.
Subs n/u: Maenpaa, Stephens, Murphy, Hunt.

Sent off: Baldock 55 (second yellow).

Booked: Baldock, Knockaert.

Crowd: 49,196 including 1,800 travelling fans.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) officiating in the Championship since back in January 2005, when he debuted by overseeing Brighton beat Watford.

His only previous competitive game involving us was a 0-2 loss at Peterborough United in the 2009/10 League Cup including a red card for Danny Guthrie.

However, we did encounter Stroud last month, when he took charge of our friendly victory at Southend.


"It was important to win against a team going well with players and a manager who has experience in this division.

"We got a lot of the things we were looking for today but there is still room for improvement.

"The team has been working very hard. But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.

"It is good to have another win before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we have a rest now.

"It’s good for everybody to relax but at the same time after winning four games in a row it’s a pity.

"That’s what we have though, we have to enjoy.

"It was important to get this win and to do it by playing well for the majority of the game.

"That’s good - but to do it against a team like Brighton, who were playing well, gives more credit to our players.

"I think it's important for me to see the team playing well after I have changed players because then the squad is stronger.

"The message is: They have to compete. They have to realise that the only way to be strong until the end of the season is to have the opportunity to change things and keep the team fresh.

"So they have to compete and they have to be fresh. They have to realise they must keep pushing and put me in a position where every time I need to decide who to play. I am happy with that.

On his goalkeeping selection dilemma:

"It wasn’t easy. Karl Darlow did really well the other day and I had to make a decision. I did it to give more confidence.

"It is always difficult to make those decisions - I was really pleased with Karl anyway, but Matz (Sels) made good saves and had a good game."


Although we've twice visited the Amex Stadium for FA Cup ties in recent seasons, this was the first time Albion had played at SJP since their 1-0 win in March 1992 dented our hopes of avoiding demotion to the third tier of English football. 

Yoan Gouffran completed a century of competitive appearances for United (80 starts) and came mighty close to increasing his goal tally of twelve.

Vurnon Anita's substitution ended our last outfield ever present record in the Championship this season.

DeAndre Yedlin and Jesus Gamez both made their league bows for the club, the former debuting as a Magpie and the latter following up a first outing against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.  

Jamaal Lascelles netted his third Newcastle goal - all of which have been headers - on his 25th appearance in all competitions (16 starts).

Jonjo Shelvey broke his Magpies scoring duck on his 21st appearance in all competitions (15 starts). His last goal came for Swansea City against Bournemouth back in November 2015.  

Chris Hughton made a third managerial return to SJP since leaving the club in 2010 and was beaten for the third time, following 0-1 defeats for his Norwich City side in both 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey
1991/92 lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)

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Revenge mission


Newcastle U18s  2  Blackburn U18s  0

United's youngsters maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, deservedly defeating a Rovers side who had won each of their previous three visits to Little Benton without conceding a single goal.

The Magpies fashioned the first chance of the game after just five minutes, Callum Smith taking Mackenzie Heaney's pass and pinging a shot off the crossbar.

Heaney then gave his side a 22nd minute lead after winning a free-kick on the edge of the box and firing it low into the bottom corner, via a slight deflection.

The England youth international then saw a close range effort blocked by Matthew Campbell soon after, before the Rovers 'keeper palmed Owen Gallacher's fierce shot round the post on 32 minutes. 

After a quiet start to the seond period, the move of the match saw United double their advantage just before the hour mark, Heaney's run and shot rounding off a rapid counter attack.

Blackburn rarely threatened to make a contest of it, but home defender Owen Bailey was well placed to head off his own line to deny Stefan Mols on 68 minutes.

A second shutout in three games has already exceeded the single clean sheet in the whole of last season, while two wins and a draw represents United's best start to a league season at this level since 2008. 

Woolston, Spooner, Kitchen, Longstaff, Bailey, Adu-Peprah, Smith (Watts 84), Lowther, McNall, Heaney (Allan 84), Gallacher (Wilson 76).
Subs n/u: Marrs, Robson.

Booked: McNall.

Old boy:
Bradford recalled

Coming to Newcastle's Live Theatre for two nights next month is The 56 - an award-winning play that reflects on the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster. 

Based on testimonies from those involved that day, the play (titled in homage to the number of people who lost their lives that day) will be staged on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of September.

Profits from staging The 56 will be donated to the University of Bradford Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
Their work did much to rebuild the lives of the 250 survivors with life-changing injuries and continues today with research into new treatments.

Tickets are £14 via or 0191 232 1232 and we have two tickets for Tuesday's performance to give away. To be in with a chance of winning tell us who NUFC were playing on that fateful day in 1985.

Email answer to (subject: 56).
Closing date is Thu Sep 1st @ Noon - the winner will be notified immediately via email and via


Ciaran Clark, Daryl Murphy (Ireland)
Wed 31.08.2016 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Mon 05.09.2016 Serbia (a) Belgrade WCQ

(Aleksandar Mitrovic isn't in the Serbian squad

Achraf Lazaar (Morocco)
Wed 31.08.2016 Albania (a) Shkoder FR
Sun 04.09.2016 São Tomé (h) Rabat ACNQ

Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo)

Thu 01.09.2016 C.A.R. (h) Kinshasha ACNQ

Matz Sels (Belgium)
Thu 01.09.2016 Spain (h) Brussels FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Cyprus (a) Nicosia WCQ

Moussa Sissoko (France)

Thu 01.09.2016 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 06.09.2016 Belarus (a) Borisov WCQ

DeAndre Yedlin (USA)
Fri 02.09.2016 St. Vincent & Grenadines (a) WCQ
Tue 06.09.2016 Trinidad & Tobago (h) Jacksonville WCQ

Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie (Scotland)
Sun 04.09.2016 Malta (a) Valletta WCQ

Momo Diame (Senegal)
Sun 04.09.2016 Namibia (h) Dakar ACNQ

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (Eng U20) 
Sun 04.09.2016 Brazil (h) Kidderminster FR

(There's also a prior BCD game between the two sides at St. Georges Park on a day TBC)

Paul Dummett (Wales)
Mon 05.09.2016 Moldova (h) Cardiff City WCQ

Isaac Hayden (England U21)
Tue 06.09.2016 Norway (h) Colchester ECQ


Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille)
A 2-0 home win over Lorient in Ligue 1 on Friday evening saw Flo complete 84 minutes. Old boy Remy Cabella set OM on their way with a first half free kick and then supplied an assist for the second.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town)
Ivan played the full game as Shrewsbury lost 2-3 at home to Gillingham in League One on Saturday.

Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle United)
Macaulay played the full game as Carlisle won 1-0 at Barnet in League Two on Saturday.

Henri Saivet (St. Etienne)
The midfielder debuted on Sunday as Toulouse visited the Stadion Geoffroy Guichard in Ligue 1, playing 82 minutes of a scoreless draw.

The following four players weren't involved for their latest club at the weekend:

Siem De Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
Tim Krul (Ajax)
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys)
Liam Smith (Crewe Alexandra)

Shirt countdown

There's still time to take advantage of the massive 20% off Apple iPad, iPhone and laptop repairs that 
MJS Computers Limited in Ponteland are offering readers during August. 

And in addition to that discount, readers taking up the offer have the chance to win a 2016/17 NUFC home shirt autographed by Rafa Benitez in a free draw.

That draw will be made on Wednesday evening and we'll announce the winner on Thursday. The shop is open as follows between now and then:

Bank Holiday Monday
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm

Call-outs are excluded from this promotion, only repairs at 30 Merton Way, Ponteland, NE20 9PS count. One entry to the signed shirt draw will be made for each item repaired. MJS website is online here

Coventry claim Bigi 

Having reached agreement on the remaining 10 months of his contract at SJP, midfielder Gael Bigirimana has now left Newcastle on a free transfer.

Burundi-born Bigi has signed a one year deal with Coventry City and started their League One home fixture against Northampton Town on the bench, coming on in the 72nd minute and was booked within minutes!

That will be a third spell at the Ricoh Arena for the 22 year-old, who began his career there before moving to United in 2012 and returned on loan last season. 

His final competitive senior outing for United came at Morecambe in a League Cup tie three years ago.  

Local lads extended

Newcastle confirmed on Thursday evening that Adam Armstrong had agreed a new four year contract to remain a Magpie until 2020.  

The England U20 international striker follows Freddie Woodman and Rolando Aarons in signing extensions at the club this month. 

19 year-old Armstrong has been with United for a decade and played the first of his 21 senior games (four starts) in March 2014, days before putting pen to paper on his maiden professional deal.

Friday then saw the
announcement of new four year deal for right back Jamie Sterry, who had made his first senior start against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening. 

The 20 year-old Tynesider is a product of United's Academy and signed a first professional contract in March 2015 before making his senior debut from the bench against Spurs at Gallowgate back in May.

'Nam victory secured


Newcastle  2  Cheltenham Town  0


Match footage is online here

Match report

Derby County (a)

Following the international break, Newcastle return to Championship action on Saturday September 10th, heading to the iPro Arena for a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Magpies have sold their 3,200 allocation. 

To follow

Where: iPro Stadium DE24 8XL (33,597)
Nearest railway station: Derby (0.7 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 335 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow.

Former Newcastle coach and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson is in charge of the home side.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Full record v Derby:


Latest Championship fixtures:

Fri 09.09.2016:
Reading v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)

Brighton & Hove Albion v Brentford (3pm)
Fulham v Birmingham City (3pm)
Leeds United v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Norwich City v Cardiff City (3pm)
Preston North End v Barnsley (3pm)
QPR v Blackburn Rovers (3pm)
Rotherham United v Bristol City (3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic (3pm)
Wolves v Burton Albion (3pm)

Sun 11
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest (1.15pm)

QPR (a)

Newcastle's second away game in four days takes them to West London on Tuesday September 13th for a 7.45pm kick-off at Loftus Road.

The Magpies have been allocated 1,800 places. 

To follow

Where: Loftus Road W12 7PJ (18,360)
Nearest railway station: Shepherds Bush (1 mile)
Nearest tube station: White City (0.4 miles)
Return mileage from SJP: 566 miles

Betting: To follow

To follow

QPR: Managing the R's is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while Les Ferdinand has the Director of Football role and James Perch remains on the playing staff.

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle



Full record v QPR:


Upcoming Championship fixtures:

Tue 13.09.2016:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town (7.45pm)
Derby County v Ipswich Town (7.45pm)
Fulham v Burton Albion (7.45pm)
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers (7.45pm)
Norwich City v Wigan Athletic (7.45pm)
Preston North End v Cardiff City (7.45pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City (7.45pm)
Wolves v Barnsley (7.45pm)
Reading v Birmingham City (8pm)

Wed 14.09.2016:
Aston Villa v Brentford (7.45pm)
Rotherham United v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2016/17

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

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

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

SJP seating plan is here

From NUFC:

"Newcastle United have written to season ticket holders to confirm that required updates of its ticketing system are now complete.

"From early September, all supporters who pay for their season ticket with a lump sum up front will be receiving a refund payment to the value of 10% of their season ticket.

"The club will be writing to supporters individually to confirm precise details of how this payment will be made very shortly.

"Season ticket holders who use the club's Direct Debit scheme will start to see lower monthly payments from September onwards, which will equate to a total final saving of 10%.

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

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are 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 have announced that their members only away ticket policy would be relaxed for selected 2016/17 away games:

Season ticket holders and members will continue to enjoy priority access to all away match tickets as normal, with demand expected to be extremely high for most fixtures.

"However, should away tickets not completely sell out during designated priority sale periods, the club will make them available to all fans where possible."


Heading to the Toon?

City guide

Geordie Map here  

NE guide here

Mon 29.08.2016 Res v Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League 2.
NB: New kick-off time.

Wed 31.08.2016 Transfer window closes @ 11pm.

Sat 10.09.2016 U18s v mackems (a)
@ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a)
@ iPro Stadium, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 3,200)

Mon 12.09.2016 Res v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 13.09.2016 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 7.45pm. Championship. ST holder sale now, 0 points. Member sale (if any) Tue 30.08.2016. Prices: £34 & £29 adults, £24 & £20 over-60s / 18-21s, £17 & 14 U18s. U8s free entry when bought with £29 adult seat. Allocation: 1,800 (approx 550 are restricted view and carry a slightly reduced price.) 

Sat 17.09.2016 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 17.09.2016 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Member sale now, public sale from Mon 29.08.2016 (online), Mon 05.09.2016 (by phone/in person).

Mon 19.09.2016 Res v Brighton (a) @ Amex Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Tue 20.09.2016 Wolves (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. EFL Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 24.09.2016 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Oakwood Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 5.30pm. Championship. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details tbc.

Mon 26.09.2016 Res v Swansea City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Wed 28.09.2016 Norwich City (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc. 

Sat 06.05.2017 Championship season ends (all games kick off at Noon).

(Championship playoff final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Mon 29.05.2017)

Sun 09.10.2016 Alan Shearer's Newcastle Legends team v Keith Gillespie's Manchester Select, Kingston Park, 1.30pm.

Tickets from £10 adults & £5 juniors via 0871 226 6060 or online here (Hospitality packages via 0191 214 2892). Proceeds donated to the Alan Shearer Foundation. 

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:

Sat 27.08.2016
Brighton (h) 5.30pm
Sat 10.09.2016 Derby County (a) 5.30pm Sat 24.09.2016 Aston Villa (a) 5.30pm
Sun 20.11.2016 Leeds United (a) 1.15pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sat 26.11.2016)

League Cup (aka The EFL Cup):

Third Round:

Tue 20.09.2016:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Derby County v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Leicester City v Chelsea Sky
Newcastle United v Wolves

Wed 21.09.2016:
Northampton Town v Manchester United Sky
QPR v mackems
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Hull City

Date tbc:

Bournemouth v Preston North End
Fulham v Bristol City
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Swansea City v Manchester City
Spurs v Gillingham
West Ham v Accrington Stanley

Round dates:

w/c 19.09.2016
R4 w/c 24.10.2016
R5 w/c 28.11.2016
SF1 w/c 09.01.2017
SF2 w/c 23.01.2017
F Sun 26.02.2017

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 07.01.2017
R4 28.01.2017
R5 18.02.2017
R6 11.03.2017
SF 22.04.2017
Sat 27.05.2017

United declined an invitation to enter a team in the 2016/17 EFL Trophy.

Northumberland Senior Cup:

First Round:

Tue 25.10.2016:
Alnwick Town v Heaton Stannington
Ashington v Blyth Town

Wed 26.10.2016:
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Bedlington Terriers
West Allotment Celtic v Team Northumbria

(NUFC, North Shields and Blyth Spartans all have a bye to the Second Round)

Metro line closures 2016:

Central Metro station will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday as follows:

03.09.2016 & 04.09.2016 (no NUFC game)
17.09.2016 & 18.09.2016 (Wolves h)
23.09.2016 & 24.09.2016 (Villa a)
01.10.2016 & 02.10.2016 (Rotherham a)
08.10.2016 & 09.10.2016 (no NUFC game) 


International Magpies
National Service

2016/17 future match dates:
Mon-Tue 29.08.2016-06.09.2016
Mon-Tue 03-11.10.2016
Mon-Fri 07-18.11.2016
Mon-Tue 20-28.03.2017

African Cup of Nations Finals:
16 team tournament staged in Gabon between 14.01.2017 & 05.02.2017.

Final draw takes place on 19.10.2016

Qualified so far: Gabon, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea- Bissau, Zimbabwe, Mali.

(Names in bold denotes nations with current NUFC players eligible for selection)

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On This Day in History
29th August

Born Or Died:

1929 Brian Powton born, Newcastle.
Goalkeeper who failed to make the grade at United, moving on to Preston North End, Hartlepools and North Shields.

1963 Tommy Wright
born, Belfast. 
(1988-93 & 1999) 

"The Barman" arrived on Tyneside from his hometown club Linfield in the same manner as his manager Willie McFaul had done some 22 years previously.

Seeing off the challenges of Dave Beasant, John Burridge and Gary Kelly to claim a regular starting place, Wright was a popular 'keeper who posted some fine displays - notably a miracle save away to Bristol Rovers and defying Bournemouth on one leg in the FA Cup.

Losing his place through injury to Pavel Srnicek in 1991 had seen him briefly loaned to Hull City, but it was the arrival of Mike Hooper from Liverpool that ended his first stint on Tyneside.

A move to First Division Nottingham Forest in September 1993 followed three League appearances for United and he was part of the City Ground's promotion side.

Loaned out to Reading in 1996, Wright saw a loan spell at Manchester City turned into a permanent deal the following year.

1999 saw Tommy win the last of his 31 international caps and go out on loan to Wrexham, before a call from Ruud Gullit saw him heading back temporarily to Gallowgate following a goalkeeping crisis.

He added three more appearances to his Toon tally (including a second debut in the mackem monsoon game) - each of them for different bosses - the second a 1-5 loss at Old Trafford under caretaker Steve Clarke and the last being the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea that began the Sir Bobby Robson era.

With his month's loan then up and with John Karelse having arrived just before Gullit left, Wright returned to Maine Road.

September 2000 saw him between the posts as Newcastle won 1-0 at City - what proved to be his final game for them.

A loan stint at Bolton then followed before he became a free agent in 2001, signing for Ballymena United back in Northern Ireland.

A move into coaching saw him training 'keepers with the national side and also Linfield, before taking charge of Limavady.

After a second spell at Ballymena, he was headhunted by Norwich City in 2008, joining Paul Stephenson and Lee Clark in Glenn Roeder's backroom team at Carrow Road.

Following Roeder's removal, Tommy became goalkeeping coach for Shamrock Rovers before returning to management with Lisburn Distillery in Northern Ireland.

Resigning in November 2011, Wright became assistant to his former Manchester City and Northern Ireland team mate, Steve Lomas, at SPL side St. Johnstone.

And when Lomas quit Perth to take over at Millwall in June 2013, Tommy was appointed  manager of the Saints.

Tommy was involved in a touchline fracas with Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara and was banned but then found himself in hospital with stomach pains.

He returned to guide them to a top-six finish before leading his team to the first major trophy in the Saints' 130 year history - a Scottish Cup win over Dundee United.

That also secured a Europa League spot and although they were knocked out at the second time of asking, Wright had done enough to earn a new three year deal. 

1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson born, Copenhagen, Denmark. (1997-98) 

Beginning his playing career with Danish side Køge, striker Jon Dahl was playing for Dutch side Heerenveen when United paid £2.5m for him ahead of the 1997/98 season. 

Impressing in pre-season and scoring four goals in friendlies - including a cracker at Birmingham City, Tomasson debuted in the home season opener against Sheffield Wednesday, alongside fellow new boys Shay Given, Stuart Pearce, Alessandro Pistone and Temuri Ketsbaia.

The Dane had two efforts chalked off and then miscued at the Gallowgate End in front of 'keeper Kevin Pressman
. Fortunately Tino Asprilla was on hand to net the winner in a 2-1 success, but that miss seemed to set the tone for Tomasson on Tyneside.

With Alan Shearer out injured after a pre -season mishap at Goodison, Tomasson would be fielded as United's main attacker at times by Kenny Dalglish - something which he just wasn't physically ready for.

Unable to score, by November he'd been credited with a goal by United in a home game against Leicester, although the ball did little more than brush off him en route to the goal following Des Hamilton's shot. 

He did truly find the net in his own right later that month at Derby in the League Cup (inflicting a first competitive defeat on the Rams at their new Pride Park Stadium) and in a victory away at Crystal Palace. 

A fourth and final goal would come his way the following January in a defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday, but the damage was done; both in his mind and in the opinion of many Toon fans - one popular jibe being that "we'd left the mascot on the pitch".

United recouped their £2.5m fee in June 1998, when Tomasson returned to the Netherlands with Feyenoord - and from then on, his career was in the ascendancy.

Winning the title in his first season, Jon Dahl scored the winning goal in the 2002 UEFA Cup final for Feyenoord and then won the Champions League and a Serie A crown after moving on to AC Milan.

The Dane then switched to Bundesliga side Stuttgart and had a stint in Spain with Villarreal before rejoining Feyenoord in 2008.

August 2008 saw him reach a century of international caps for Denmark, appearing in Copenhagen as they lost 0-3 to Spain.

However, the planned celebrations at the game were cancelled as a mark of respect following a plane crash in Madrid.

Tomasson ultimately bowed out of the international scene in June 2010, earning his 112th cap and scoring his 52nd goal for Denmark as they lost 3-1 to Japan in a World Cup Final tie played in Rustenberg.

He retired from club football at the end of the 2010/11 season, having spent a good deal of that campaign in the Feyenoord treatment room. 

Tomasson then joined the backroom staff at city neighbours Excelsior and was appointed head coach in June 2013.

Moving on to Roda JC in January 2014, a nightmarish time at the Dutch side then saw him sacked by May - less than six months into a three and a half year contract.  

Jon Dahl then reappeared as assistant coach of second tier side Vitesse Arnhem ahead of the 2015/16 season, adding the second-in-command role at the Danish national team to his commitments during March 2016.

The highlight of Tomasson's career remains his rejecting a move to the mackems in favour of Newcastle - famously captured on the unwittingly hilarious documentary "Premier Passions"....

1976 Stephen Carr born, Dublin, Ireland.

Bobby Robson's final signing for the club was a highly-rated right back from Spurs who came from Ireland as a youngster.

However, a serious knee injury disrupted Carr's career at both club and international level and it was a case of damaged goods by the time he joined United in 2004 - two years after first being linked.

His only goal for Newcastle came in a rare success at Southampton in only his seventh outing for the Magpies - and it was a fairly even descent downhill thereafter.

Knee, stomach and hernia problems saw him sidelined at SJP, while his lack of pace when fit was an embarrassment.

Our own personal point of no return came in Lisbon, when we slipped out of the UEFA Cup on a night when Carr was anything but the composed, experienced international that his CV suggested.

There again, playing in a defence including Babayaro (see below) and Bramble would probably see a decent lawyer have any charges dismissed on the grounds of diminished responsibility....

Carr's departure from SJP at the end of the 2007/08 looked to be the end of him as a player, with rumours of new clubs and trials coming to nothing, aside from a brief spell training with Leicester City.

Announcing his retirement in December 2008, Carr reversed his decision just two months later, joining Birmingham City. 

Thirteen appearances for the Blues helped them to promotion and Carr signed a new two year deal at the Premier League side. 

Despite captaining the side to League Cup final success at Wembley (his second winner's medal in that competition after securing one for Spurs in 1999), Carr was unable to prevent relegation for the Blues.

Signing a one-year deal with Birmingham after Lee Clark became manager a thigh injury saw him sidelined in 2012/13 and knee surgery saw Carr retire that May.

Clark had hoped to persuade Carr to stay on as a coach but he and his family moved to Spain to pursue business interests.

1978 Celestine Boyd Jonto Hycieth Babayaro born, Kaduna, Nigeria. (2005-07)

Two rotten full-backs sharing the same birthday (see above)....

The annoying thing with Baba is that he was obviously talented but seemingly chose to keep it as far from the playing surface as he could and was perpetually injured.

One note of credit - he played for us the day after hearing his brother had died.

His only goal for the club came against Coventry in the FA Cup at St. James', celebrated with a LuaLua-type hand spring.

Arriving from Chelsea for £1m in January 2005 -  a deal that Souness later distanced himself from - former Olympian Babayaro survived at SJP until he was shown the door in December 2007.

A move to MLS side LA Galaxy in 2008 proved to be short-lived, coach Ruud Gullit declining to offer him a contract after he played just 45 minutes of a friendly.

And following a bout of malaria, Babayaro had a brief flirtation with Pompey ahead of the 2008/09 season before again being released - although he did manage to get a free trip back to Nigeria with 'Arry's mob touring his home country.

Babayaro officially announced his retirement in July 2010 and by February 2011 had been declared bankrupt.

1990 Patrick Van Aanholt born,
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

United dipped into the loan market early in 2010, recruiting Chelsea's Dutch U19 international to fill a vacancy at left back caused by injury to Jose Enrique. 

Van Aanholt had caught Chris Hughton's eye when playing against the Magpies a month earlier on loan at Coventry City - which had crucially given him experience of playing Championship football.

Debuting in United's 0-0 draw at Leicester City, he quickly settled in and deservedly took the applause of the Newcastle fans after his seventh and final game for the club, away at Watford.

Signed from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Patrick had got as far as the Chelsea first team bench before his Magpies posting and following his return to Stamford Bridge from SJP, made two substitute appearances in the Premier League.

He then linked up with Leicester City for a further loan period in January 2011, having scored against Newcastle for Chelsea in our Carling Cup success at Stamford Bridge earlier in the same season.

Loaned to Wigan Athletic on a season-long deal in August 2011, Patrick returned to Chelsea after just four appearances and was then farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012. 

Further loan deals kept him at Vitesse for the following two seasons before a brief return to Stamford Bridge and a £1.5m move to the mackems in July 2014.

1996 Death of Jimmy Gordon, 80.


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1923 Blackburn Rovers (h) 
Division One 
Seymour, Harris 

1925 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Cowan 2 
J.Smith, D.Jack
Debuts at right back for Bert Chandler and centre half for Ossie Park.

1927 South Shields (a) 
McDonald, Lang, McKay
Scorers tbc 
At Wallsend.

1928 Burnley (h) 
Division One 
Chalmers 2 
Beel 3, Bruton 2, Page 2
A traumatic debut for centre half Ed Wood, as Burnley centre forward George Beel escaped from him three times to score.

1931 Liverpool (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Gallacher's striking replacement Jack Allen, who missed a penalty.

1936 Barnsley (h) 
Division Two 
Debuts for Bobby Ancell, Jesse Carver and Ehud Rogers, better known as 'Tim'.

1942 Bradford Park Avenue
T.Walker, Carr, Shackleton, R.G.Walker

1951 Bolton Wanderers (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Debut for Ronnie Simpson, in goal.
1953 Manchester United (a) 1-1
Division One 

1956 Cardiff City (h) 1-0
Division One 
1959 Manchester United (a) 2-3 (1-3)
Division One 
Allchurch, White
Viollet 2, Charlton 


1960 Barcelona (Spain) (h) 3-4 (3-0)
Tuohy, Allchurch, Woods
Tejada(48) Kocsis(57,63,85) 
A game of two distinct parts as United raced to a 3-0 lead only for Barcelona to up the pace and score four, three from the Hungarian Kocsis.

Team: Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Neale, Stokoe, Wright, Hughes, Hale, White, Allchurch, Tuohy. 

1961 Walsall (a)
Division Two 
Having beaten the Saddlers at SJP just days before, the tables were turned on our first Post-War trip to Fellows Park. 

1962 Middlesbrough (h)
Division Two 
Thomas 3, Hilley, Hale 2
Making his debut for the Teessiders was goalkeeper Arthur Lightening - the scoreline would suggest that his reactions didn't live up to his name....

1964 Southampton (h)
Division Two 
Thomas, Hilley 
Having started the season with a home draw against Charlton, United recorded the first win of what would be a successful promotion season.

1970 Blackpool (h) 
Division One 
Craven 2 
Stewart Barrowclough made his debut on the day Gordon Hindson scored his only first team goal for the Magpies.

1973 Southampton (h)
Division One 
Mick Channon beat Iam McFaul from the spot after Bobby Moncur was penalised for a handball.

The game came a midweek night at SJP when United were without twin strikers Malcolm Macdonald and John Tudor.

1978 Watford (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round 
New boy Jim Pearson found the net for the second successive match, but the Magpies once again exited from the League Cup at the first time of asking.

1979 mackems (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg
Davies(76), Cartwright(83) 
Rostron(19), Robson(73pen) 
The man pictured with the kipper tie is Alan Brown (see 1983 below) and when he tumbled under a challenge from Steve Hardwick in the United box, things began to look very bleak.

Toon old boy Pop Robson dispatched the spot kick to put the mackems two ahead, but the remainder of the game belonged to United, who produced a stirring comeback.

A first goal for the club from Ian Davies was then followed by a fine header from the diminutive Peter Cartwight, who was then only denied a late winner by Barry Siddall.

1980 It's goodbye to Bill McGarry as he is dismissed, victim of a dismal run that saw United bottom of Division Two and out of the League Cup to lower league opposition.

1981 Watford (h) 
Division Two 
Imre Varadi debuted but was unable to inspire Newcastle, despite Luther Blissett's 74th minute dismissal for kicking Kenny Wharton.

Graham Taylor's Hornets held on to collect the three points for a win - a new innovation.  

1983 Shrewsbury Town (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
Shrews scorer was Alan Brown, briefly a Newcastle player when on loan from the mackems.

1987 Nottingham Forest (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Future Magpies Stuart Pearce and Franz Carr were in the Forest side, while the deal to sign Mirandinha wasn't done in time for the Brazilian to make his debut in this game.  

1988 Wimbledon (h)
(0-0) aet
Mercantile Credit Trophy
Michael O'Neill's goal won this Quarter Final tie and set up a semi-final at Manchester United in this one-off event dreamed up to celebrate the Football League's Centenary.

1992 West Ham United (h) 2-0 (2-0)
Division One 
Peacock(44), Kelly(45) 
Julian Dicks was dismissed after attempting to launch Franz Carr into the benches in front of the East Stand. 

An interested spectator was striker Kennet Andersson who had attracted the interest of Keegan. However, the move broke down when his club Mechelen refused to allow him to play for United on a trial basis.

1993 Blackburn Rovers (h) 
Premier League 
Andy Cole opened the scoring in this Sunday afternoon Sky game but Alan Shearer equalised for the visitors following his return from injury.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 In the absence of a reserve team, United played a behind closed doors friendly in Edinburgh against Hearts. Lee Clark and Peter Beardsley scored in a 2-2 draw.

2000 The Reserves drew 2-2 with Manchester City at the Ewen Fields home of non-league Hyde United.

Paul Dickov put City ahead after 15 seconds but David McMahon scored either side of the break to put United ahead. Taylor then scored for City late on to tie the scores. match report

2005 Transfer target Michael Owen travelled to the North East for a meeting with United officials in rural Northumberland. holding face-to-face talks with Freddy Shepherd, Graeme Souness and Alan Shearer.

However, he had already met Liverpool officials, including manager Rafa Benitez. Crucially though, there was no word from Madrid of an accepted bid from Anfield.

2006 Newcastle's second string began the new league season by extending their unbeaten run at Kingston Park to 15 matches - but should have claimed all three points.

James Vaughan gave Everton the lead to mark his comeback after a year out with a serious knee injury that required a Steadman repair.

Goals from Chris Shanks and Kris Gate then put United ahead before a melee in the home box saw Connor win a penalty, going down under challenge from David Edgar.

Amid strong protests,
Mark Hughes sent Tim Krul the wrong way to level the scores up and give ex-Toon Academy boss Alan Irvine a point on his return to his former employers. match report

2007 Barnsley (h)
Carling Cup Second Round
Owen(57), Martins(86)
Defender Jose Enrique  debuted as Michael Owen scored his first club goal since December 2005. Obafemi Martins then sealed the win just three minutes after appearing off the bench. match report

Hopes that Newcastle would secure the services of a third international in a week receded when Spurs striker Robbie Keane ducked out of a loan move to SJP.

2015 Arsenal (h)
Premier League
Mitrovic(16-violent conduct)

Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his brainless start to life at United with a dismissal that card-happy referee Andre Marriner was only too happy to show - along with yellows to six other home players. 

Fabricio Coloccini unluckily deflected an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot past Tim Krul to decide the contest, as Steve McClaren's winless start to life in the Premier League was extended to four games. match report