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St. James' Park
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Newcastle 0
Premier League
Goodison Park
Monday 23rd April
Match report to follow

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Ticket news:
West Brom (h)
Very limited availability
Watford (a) ST holder sale now (70 points)
Spurs (a) ST holder sale now (
90 points)
Chelsea (h)

Safe standing petition now 85K sign it here

Premier League:
Unstuck by Toffees
and Theo again

  1  Newcastle  0

Goodison graveyard

Newcastle's winning run came to an end in familiar fashion at Goodison Park and once again Theo Walcott found the back of our net as he grabbed the only goal of a poor game on Monday night.

Everton completed a league double over United as Rafa Benitez was unable to celebrate his 100th game in charge of the club although there were chances near the end to pinch a point, substitute Dwight Gayle going close.

But it was a disappointing display from the black and whites, Islam Slimani's first start failing to provide him with his maiden strike, although a simple Ayoze Perez pass could have done just that in the 38th minute.

Kenedy had blocked a Jordan Pickford clearance but Perez's ball to a free Slimani was inaccurate and the best chance of the half went begging.

Cenk Tosun and Phil Jagielka had close range efforts off target in a first 45 minutes of few clear chances.

Walcott's winner came six minutes after the break when Yannick Bolasie's high cross to the far post wasn't dealt with twice by DeAndre Yedlin and Walcott was able to waltz inside before despatching a drive into the roof of the net.

That followed a Perez chance when he was put through on the left side of the box only to take an extra touch and snatch at his shot that was off target.

Gayle replaced Slimani just after the hour and within a minute the substitute volleyed narrowly over when Jamaal Lascelles headed a Jonjo Shelvey corner into the six yard box.

Perez flicked a header on target from Kenedy's cross and then Matt Ritchie put a free-kick just over the bar after Gayle had been brought down near the edge of the penalty area.

Michael Keane was lucky just to receive a yellow for the foul and then should have had another booking for tripping Gayle down the right wing. That was shortly after referee Bobby Madley had failed to award a spot-kick for a Jagielka handball.

But in the sixth minute of added time Gayle was inches away from meeting a cross from the right but Seamus Coleman made a vital headed clearance to seal the win for his side.

The defeat left United in tenth position and still not quite mathematically safe but a top half finish still looks a distinct possibility.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 79), Diame, Shelvey (Merino 83), Kenedy, Perez, Slimani (Gayle 63).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden.

Booked: Kenedy.

EFC: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin (Davies 52), Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Tosun (Niasse 85), Bolasie (Calvert-Lewin 59).
Subs n/u: Robles, Martina, Baningime, Mori.
Booked: Keane, Gueye.

Goals: Walcott 51.

Crowd: 39,061, including a not sold-out away allocation of 3,000 who gave former mackem 'keeper Pickford and ex-mackem boss Sam Allardyce constant barracking. The custodian responded with an added time "shush".

After the game Rafa said:

"We didn't take our chances and that is the difference when you have Walcott or Rooney or players on these wages that can make a difference.

"We did really well to be here to play against this team. To expect that we have to beat them easily is impossible.

"They have very good players and they can make the difference. We battled and we fought until the end so we had the chance to draw, but we lost against a good team and that's it.

"The difference is they have players with experience in the Premier League. I don't know how much they have spent this year, but it is very simple.

"To come here and expect we have to better than them because we were doing well is not easy. Normally if you go away against these kind of players and these kind of teams, it is not easy to get anything.

"We are really strong. To stay in the Premier League was the target and we are really pleased with that.

"We will try to do better if we can but today, we knew it would be a difficult game against a very good team, but still we had our chances and now we have to be ready for the next one."

Bobby Madley - first Toon game this season for the West Yorkshire-based official. Our last meeting with him was the 2-1 Championship victory away at Brighton back in February 2017.


This was the 100th competitive fixture that Rafa Benitez has taken charge of since his arrival in March 2016. He's won 48.

With two games still to play away from Gallowgate, Newcastle's current tally of 16 points on the road is already superior to that gained in eight of their 19 Premier League seasons comprising of 38 games. 

We have now failed to register a goal against Everton in five meetings at home and away and our last five strikes against at Goodison all came during the second half - Hatem Ben Arfa's rocket shot back in September 2010 was our last first half goal there and also our most recent away victory against them.

We think this was Walcott's seventh strike against us in Arsenal & Everton colours (but none for Southampton).

Toon at Goodison - Premier League era:

2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Lost 0-3
2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer 2 pens
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

Latest Premier League results:

Tue 17.04.2018:
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Spurs

Wed 18.04.2018:
Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United

Thu 19.04.2018:
Burnley 1-2 Chelsea
Leicester City 0-0 Southampton

Sat 21.04.2018:
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace

Sun 22.04.2018:
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
Stoke City 1-1 Burnley
Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City

Mon 23.04.2018:
Everton 1-0 Newcastle

Loan concludes:
Arrivederci Aarons?

A 1-3 defeat at Genoa on Monday made relegation from Serie A increasingly likely
for Hellas Verona, with loan signing Rolando Aarons nowhere to be seen and seemingly unlikely to return to Italy.

The Hellas website confirmed that the winger was back in England "for personal reasons", which translates as  appearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday to answer a charge of violent disorder.

Aarons was one of six men charged with that offence following an alleged brawl in Livellos back in 2016.  

The trial is predicted to last for three weeks - by which time Verona may well have had relegation confirmed.

The 22 year-old moved to Verona on loan in January but struggled to make any impact and to date has played just eight times without finding the net. 

Second string denied
by late leveller

Newcastle U23s  1  Fulham U23s  1

Newcastle's final Premier League 2 Division Two game of the season saw them draw 1-1 at the Academy ground in Little Benton, with Fulham getting an added time equaliser. 

Thomas Allan was a late replacement for Luke Charman in the starting line-up and it was Allan that almost gave United the lead in the ninth minute when Callum Roberts' ball from the left flashed across the six yard box just evading Allan at the far post.

In the 23rd minute a Roberts free-kick hit the wall and Macaulay Gillesphey headed it back in for Stefan O'Connor to loop a header just wide.

Ten minutes later Fulham had the ball in the net but Elijam Adebayo's effort was ruled out as Cameron Thompson had run the ball out before crossing.

A minute before the break there was danger in the United six yard area with Gillesphey having to hack the ball away with Sonny Hilton lurking but it remained goalless with both sides affected by the blustery conditions.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute when a Fulham error let in Dan Barlaser and Adam Wilson through on goal. Both had efforts blocked but substitute Dan Ward followed up to hammer home.

But the visitors equalised in the second minute of added time when Adetayo Edln fired a low shot from the edge of the box through a crowd of players.

Team: Harker, Bailey, Gillesphey, O'Connor, Yarney, Good, Roberts (El-Mhanni 81), Hunter (Ward 63), Allan, Barlaser, Wilson.
Subs n/u: Sangare, Huuhtanen.

Booked: O'Connor.

FFC: Norman, Sessegnon, Mundle-Smith (De-Hanilland 46[tbc]), Edln, Davies, Atkinson, Hilton, Harris, Adebayo, Thompson, Thorsteinsson.
Subs n/u: Schwarzer, Davis, Santos-Clase.

The reserves will sign off the season by bidding to regain ownership of the Northumberland Senior Cup Final trophy they last held in 2014.

Their opponents at SJP on Wednesday May 2nd will be a Morpeth Town side assured of promotion from the Northern League and in contention for the title.

The tie will kick off at 7.30pm and admission is 7 adults and 3 concessions, payable at East Stand turnstiles. Season tickets and memberships won't be valid - it's an "all pay" game.

When the gloat comes in:
Enjoy Burton.....

...we did!

Our red and white chums will be playing third tier football next season for the second time in their history, after a trademark implosion on Saturday.

1-0 up against fellow relegation strugglers Burton Albion at the renamed Bungalow of Light, former mackem Darren Bent equalised in the 86th minute.

Had that been the final score then both sides would have had a stay of execution, but the Brewers hadn't finished and Liam Boyce conjured up a 92nd minute winner for wearside-born Nigel Clough's side.

And in yet another twist, their second successive demotion was only confirmed after referee Darren England initially allowed a 96th minute equaliser - before changing his mind and ruling it out for handball.

Burton still have to host Bolton Wanderers, meaning that one of them must reach 41 points and so the defeat condemns the unwashed to League One, where trips to Doncaster, Fleetwood and Accrington await.

Image result for sam allardyce chest beating

It's less than 24 months since Fat Sam did his best silverback impression on the pitch at the SoS after beating Everton to relegate us. Who would have believed that we would be two tiers above them so soon?! What goes around, indeed...!

Netflix anticipate record subscriptions in NE postcodes for their documentary about the mackems, while our only regret is that they've gone too early, thus depriving Aleksandar Mitrovic of the chance to put them down live on Sky Sports this Friday night.  

A suitably named ale 
- brewed in Burton....


More Matz misery


Matz Sels (Anderlecht)

Spot the difference:

Wednesday: Sels was in goal as his side lost 1-2 away to Standard Liege in the Belgian League playoffs - his failure to clear a low cross with his feet allowing the hosts to open the scoring.

Fail I online here

Saturday: Sels was in goal as his side lost 1-2 away to Genk in the Belgian League playoffs - his failure to clear a low cross with his feet allowing the hosts to open the scoring.

Fail II online here

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)
The Cottagers continued their quest for automatic promotion from the Championship by winning 3-0 at Millwall on Friday. A certain Serb wrapped up the victory with a fine late strike at the New Den.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Cardiff City remain in pole position to finish as Championship runner-ups, following their 2-1 home success against Forest on Saturday.

Colback played another 90 minutes and was booked.

Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
A League One trip to Spotland on Saturday found Alex retaining his place in the side against Rochdale. He played the full game and it ended 1-1.

Ivan Toney
(Scunthorpe United)
A 69 minute shift at home to Walsall in League One on Saturday failed to bring Ivan a goal but the Iron did subsequently conjure up one - a 1-0 victory leaving them in a promotion playoff place.

Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
Lobby was included in the side who won 3-0 at Gillingham in League One on Saturday but couldn't continue his scoring run in an 85 minute shift.

Jamie Sterry (Crewe Alexandra) 
The full back had to be content with a place on the bench as the Railwaymen beat Morecambe 1-0 at Gresty Road in League Two on Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen)
There was another afternoon on the bench for Freddie as the Dons won 2-0 at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Stuart Findlay
Defender Stuart contributed another 90 minutes to the Killie cause as their unbeaten run was ended by a 0-2 home loss to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South)
There was no place for Kyle in the squad for the visit of Dundee United in the Scottish Championship on Saturday. Queens ran out 3-0 winners.

Henri Saivet (Sivasspor)
The midfielder played the full game as his side won 2-0 at Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.

Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona)
Relegation from Serie A looks increasingly likely for Verona, who lost 1-3 at Genoa on Monday night. 

The winger wasn't involved, having returned to England "for personal reasons" - namely a court appearance.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)
Doncaster Rovers (a) League One, Tuesday.

Away woes

Stoke City U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  0

Newcastle's U18 side ended their away league fixture programme on Saturday morning by losing to the Potters at their Clayton Wood home.

Having conceded ten goals in their last two games on the road, Dave Watson's side were quickly behind as James Jennings struck after just six minutes of play.

City then doubled their advantage through Joel Mvovi's 21st minute effort before Magpies 'keeper Dan Langley blocked another effort from Jennings with his feet.

A fractious finale saw no less than five bookings and a straight red shown to Stoke's Lewis Macari (grandson of Lou) for his challenge on Oliver Walters in the fifth minute of added time.

Team: Langley, Joyce, Walters, Longstaff, Cass, McEntee, Kasinga, Young, Sorensen, Watts, Cole.
Subs n/u: Brown, Swailes, L.Gamblin, Rounsfell.

Booked: Cole, Walters

The curtain comes down on Newcastle's campaign with this Friday's rearranged home fixture against Boro - which is a 11am kick-off at Little Benton.

Ex- Magpie:
Roy Bentley RIP


The death of former Newcastle United striker Roy Bentley was confirmed on Friday, a month before what would have been his 94th birthday.

The Bristolian began his career as a centre half with Bristol Rovers, Bristol City and Liverpool but had converted to a striker by the time he moved to Tyneside in June 1946.

An immediate hit at SJP with 25 goals in 54 league and cup appearances, he left abruptly during January 1948 and joined Chelsea for a 12,500 fee.

Capped by England, Roy was a prolific scorer for the Blues and his eventual total of 150 strikes puts him fifth in their all-time scorers list, behind Didier Drogba, Kerry Dixon, Bobby Tambling and Frank Lampard.

Leaving a year later and playing for Fulham and QPR, Bentley later managed both Reading and Swansea.

May 2011 found him receiving warm applause from both Chelsea and Newcastle fans when introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd before the teams met.

Talk-in winner

A quartet of former Magpies are heading to Newcastle City Hall next month for a special talk-in event on the final weekend of the season.

Boasting a combined tally of over 1,200 games for the club plus 241 international caps, Keith Gillespie, Shay Given and Rob Lee will be in conversation with MC John Beresford on Friday May 11th.

Three categories of tickets are on sale here for this Legends event, with entry from 35.50, a 55.50 Gold option including entry and signed copy of Shay Given's book and a 69.50 VIP option including entry, a Given book and a pre-show meet & greet with the lads.

Thanks to promoters Floodlight Entertainment, we had a pair of VIP tickets to give away and asked which much-travelled Magpies defender is behind Shay at White Hart Lane in 2007. 

It was of course Peter Ramage and from the correct entries received, Scott Elliot from Consett was selected as the winner. Thanks to all who entered. 

United ruin Villans'
title hopes

Newcastle U23s  2  Aston Villa U23s  0

Match report

Premier League
Metro non-movers

Fans attending Newcastle's last two home games of the season via the metro are set be affected by further line closures as follows: 

Sat 28.04.2018 West Brom (h) 3pm
There will be no metro service between Tynemouth and Byker in either direction all day. Replacement bus service 900 will operate between affected stations.

Sun 13.05.2018
Chelsea (h) 3pm
There will be no metro service between Monkseaton and St James in either direction all day.Replacement bus service 900 will operate between affected stations.

Full details of both closures are online here

Premier League:
Another perfect
Matt finish

Newcastle  2  Arsenal

Match report

Former Magpie returns:
Old boy gets Cod 

League One side Fleetwood Town have confirmed that Joey Barton will take over as Head Coach in June - following the expiration of his ban from football related activities due to betting regulation breaches.

The 35 year-old former Magpie midfielder spent part of pre-season with the Cod Army in 2012 when on the books of QPR. However they were prevented from signing him on loan by the Football League due to another ban and he went off to Marseille instead.

It's not expected that Barton will register as a player, although with the mackems bound for the third tier he may not be able to resist it....

Magpies return to HK:
Newcastle v Newcastle  

Following a one year absence, a Newcastle U21 squad will return to Hong Kong next month to compete in the annual Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament. 

The Magpies brought home the trophy at the first time of asking back in 2012 and this year will be the sixth time that they've participated in the event, staged between May 18th and 20th.

Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley will once again stage the tournament and United have been drawn in Group C along with the hosts HKFC, Glasgow Rangers and Australian side Newcastle Jets.

Also featuring in the 16 team event are teams from West Ham, Aston Villa, Brighton and Leicester City.

PS: There's also a Masters event, with the region represented by a Wallsend Boys Club squad featuring various former Magpies including Michael Bridges.

Old boys assemble

Following the success of previous gatherings of former Magpies, the 2018 Toon Legends Club Dinner is
at the Village Hotel on Saturday May 12th 2018

Guest speaker is Rob Lee and in attendance will be:

Tommy Cassidy, Frank Clark, John Cowan, Tommy Craig, John Craggs, George Dalton, Keith Dyson, Ray Ellison, Bert Garrow, Chris Guthrie, Ron Guthrie, Gordon Hindson, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Keith Kennedy, Ron McGarry, Jon McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale, Jimmy Smith, Graham Winstanley and Charlie Woods.

There's also a reunion of the 1969 international youth cup winning team with the following also present:

Bob Agar, Dave Clarke, Chris Coppen, David Crane, Ian Crumplin, David Embleton, Stuart Fellows, Terry Harrison, Kenny Heslop, Ian Hopkinson, Terry Johnson, David Lawson, Paddy Lowery, Artie Lumsden, Colin Mather, Les O'Neill, Jimmy Sutton, David Tolson, Ian Watts & coach Keith Burkinshaw.

Tickets are 50 including a three course meal (450 for a table of 10). Details from Daniel on 07786 244178. 

The Village Hotel is just off the A19 at West Allotment, close to Silverlink / Northumberland Park.

The "other" boys of 1969 (pictured above) lifted silverware at the De Kuip home of Feyenoord after beating Arsenal 2-0 in the final. 

Their route to the final included wins over Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles, Belgians Beerschott and a draw against a Spurs side featuring a certain Graeme Souness. 

Premier League:
West Bromwich 

Saturday sees Newcastle host a Baggies side who will be relegated from the Premier League if they fail to win at St. James' Park. 

It's an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff and a sell-out.

Coral match betting will appear here

NUFC: To follow

To follow

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio: None

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


There will be no metro service between Tynemouth and Byker in either direction all day. Replacement bus 900 operates between affected stations.

Roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle, with barriers closed at these junctions:

Strawberry Place/Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place/Barrack Road
Strawberry Place/St James Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period, additionally closing from 12.30pm.

Pizza Express on Dean Street are offering anyone with a valid match ticket a 30% reduction on their total food bill before and after the game. Only one match ticket is required for a full table to qualify.


Baggies in Toon - Premier League:

2015/16 won 1-0 Mitrovic
2014/15 drew 1-1 Perez
2013/14 won 2-1 Gouffran, Sissoko
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2011/12 lost 2-3 Ba 2
2010/11 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2009/10 drew 2-2 Guthrie, Lovenkrands
2008/09 won 2-1 Barton(pen), Martins
2005/06 won 3-0 Solano, Ameobi 2(1pen)
2004/05 won 3-1 Kluivert, Milner, Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Robert (LC)
2002/03 won 2-1 Shearer 2

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Liverpool v Stoke City (12.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Leicester City (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Everton (3pm)
Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Southampton v Bournemouth (3pm)
Swansea City v Chelsea (5.30pm) BT

Sun 29.04.2018:
West Ham v Manchester City (2.15pm) Sky
Manchester United v Arsenal (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 30.04.2018:
Spurs v Watford (8pm) Sky



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2017/18

The stadium Box Office is located in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue. The previous ticket desk in the club shop has now closed.

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

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

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.

Certain roads around SJP will be traffic free for 20 minutes either side of the final whistle for all first team home games this season.

The following junctions will be closed:

Strawberry Place / Leazes Park Road
Strawberry Place / Barrack Road
Strawberry Place / St. James' Street
Strawberry Lane

Leazes Terrace will also be traffic-free for the same period and additionally be closed from 60 minutes before kick-off.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Fri 27.04.2018 U18s v Middlesbrough (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. Premier U18 League. NB: New date and KO time.

Sat 28.04.2018 West Bromwich Albion (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Very limited availability. NB: Metro closure between Byker and Tynemouth all day.

Wed 02.05.2018 U23s v Morpeth Town (h) @ SJP, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Sat 05.05.2018 Watford (a) @ Vicarage Road, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 70 points. 25 adults, 17 NUS / over 65s, 11 U18s. Allocation 2,000.

Wed 09.05.2018 Spurs (a) @ Wembley Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. NB: New date and KO time. ST holder sale now, 90 points. 30 adults, 19 over 65s, 17 U18s. Allocation 3,132.

Sun 13.05.2018 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. NB: Metro closure between Monkseaton and St. James all day.  

Live TV game:

None confirmed.

Season 2018/19 dates:

Sat 09.06.2018
Transfer window opens
Thu 14.06.2018
PL fixture release @ 9am
Thu 09.08.2018
Transfer window closes
Sat 11.08.2018
Premier League kicks off (theoretically that could be Fri 10.08)

The three-season PL 30 away ticket scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Gateshead FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of 10 entry for National League home games (usually 15).
16 & 17 year old admission is 5, U16s 3.

Newcastle Benfield FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of 4 entry to Northern League home games (usually 6). Concessions 3, kids free.

Talk-ins etc.

Sat 12.05.2018 Toon Legends Dinner @ Village Hotel, Newcastle. Rob Lee plus 30 other former NUFC players. Tickets 50 (450 table of 10). Daniel 07786 244178.

Run Geordie Run resumes his lap of the planet on June 4th, with the fifth of eight planned segments taking him from Belgrade to Astana.

Mark's 2,900 mile route is scheduled to take 100 days and he's running for St. Benedicts Hospice more details here

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League Magic Weekend 2018:

Day tickets from 25 (12.50). Weekend tickets from 40 adults (20) here

Sat 19.05.2018:
Toronto v Toulouse (12.45pm)

Widnes Vikings v St Helens (3pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (5.15pm)
Castleford v Leeds Rhinos (7.30pm)

Sun 20.05.2018:
Salford v Catalans Dragons (1pm)
Wakefield v Huddersfield Giants (3.15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5.30pm)

Live music:

Fri 08.06.2018, Sat 09.06.2018
and Sun 10.06.2018 Ed Sheeran in concert, with support from Anne-Marie and Jamie Lawson.

Rugby Union:

European Champions Cup Final
??.05.2019 Challenge Cup Final


International Magpies
National Service

World Cup Finals: 

Thu 14.06.2018-Sun 15.07.2018


A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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


On This Day in History
24th April

Born Or Died:

1929 David Boyle born, Tynemouth. 

Inside forward who failed to make a senior appearance at SJP, moving on to Berwick Rangers, Barnsley, Crewe and Chesterfield.

A spell at Bradford City between 1956 and 1960 saw him play alongside future Magpie Trevor Hockey, before joining Scarborough.

Ending his career at Bacup Borough, David worked at Allied Bakeries in Bradford. 

In later life, he became a highly-rated crown green bowls player until illness forced him to retire. He passed away in November 2009.

1962 Stuart Pearce born, Hammersmith, London. (1997-99)

England international penalty misser & taker, fully-qualified spark, punk fan, Pizza Hut advert star and belatedly, a Magpie.

Beginning in non-league with Wealdstone, Pearce first faced United when playing at Coventry City, before a 12 year association with Nottingham Forest raise his profile.

Having provided the opposition for his City Ground testimonial in May 1996, Newcastle signed the defender the following year and Psycho proved to be probably the most effective (& popular) of Kenny's Dad's Army.

24 hours after moving to SJP on a free transfer from Forest, 35 year-old Pearce debuted in the number 3 shirt in a 3-2 pre-season win at Birmingham City. 

His only competitive strike was a free-kick against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, although he did belt one home in a pre-season home game against Juventus. 

A Cup Final appearance against Arsenal followed but his time on Tyneside drew to a close after Gullit's appointment as Manager.

Pearce continued playing in the top flight with West Ham, but suffered two broken legs within six months, which sidelined him for most of the 1999/00 season.

However, that same season saw him reverse his international retirement at the request of Kevin Keegan - then England boss -, two further caps boosting his total to 78 (although none came while at SJP).

Pearce followed KK to Manchester City in 2001, playing one final season as captain and helping them achieve promotion to the top flight.

Concentrating on coaching, Pearce assisted Keegan and succeeded him as full-time City boss in March 2005, initially as caretaker. 

However, a run of poor form coupled with the sale of the club saw him replaced in 2007 by Sven, allowing Pearce to switch his part-time England U21 coaching position to a full-time role.

Taking over from Fabio Capello as England first team boss on a temporary basis in the build-up to Euro 2012, combining this with his U21 role and management of Team GB ahead, of the 2012 Olympics.

However, after a poor showing at the UEFA U21 Championships in Israel when England lost all of their group matches, his contract wasn't renewed.

It was announced in April 2014 that Pearce would take over as new boss of Nottingham Forest on July 1st, after having previously declined the position.

After a bright start at the City Ground however things rapidly went downhill and he was removed from his position in February 2015, turning down the chance to become Forest's Director of Football.

Since then he's pursued a media punditry career on both TV and radio.

While at SJP he had a narrow escape from a road accident in August 1998, when a seven tonne council dustcart rolled over on top of his car near Nottingham.

Thankfully he scrambled from the wreckage of his flattened Rover totally unscathed.

PS: Pearce has admitted that one of his proudest moments came in the summer of 1996 - when he introduced the Sex Pistols live on stage at London's Finsbury Park. 


1967 Lionel Perez born, Bagnoles-sur-Ceze, France. (1998-2000)

Goalkeeper who never dirtied a Newcastle shirt in anger, although he was an unused Premier League substitute numerous times after his baffling free transfer from the mackems in 1998 - another stunning Dalglish acquisition.

Highlights (not in his hair) included a penalty saves in a pre-season tournament on smogside and his transfer away from Tyneside, after a loan spell at Scunthorpe.

However, Lionel's finest moment remains the Wembley playoff final appearance against Charlton - for the mackems - when he conceded 11 goals (including penalties). 

After being released by United after 21 wasted months, Perez joined Cambridge United - where he'd been on loan.

We can confirm however that he failed to hand in his Newcastle subs coat and could often be seen doing a spot of gardening clad in it (our spies are everywhere...).

Lionel became something of a cult figure (yes, cult) at the Abbey Stadium, later playing for Enfield and then Chelmsford before signing for Stevenage Borough.

Following a broken leg he retired and joined the coaching staff at Broadhall Way, which saw him back in the news in 2006.

During a stormy game against Northampton Town, TV cameras caught Perez poking Cobblers coach Dave Watson in both eyes - for which he was banned from the touchline, fined and handed a 100 hour community service order by Magistrates.

He exited Broadhall Way soon after that and returned to his native France, where he coached at FC Chusclan Laudun l'Ardoise.

1999 Lewis McNall
born, Newcastle.

Striker who attended Emmanuel College in Gateshead (for whom he played rugby), accepting a scholarship with United in 2015.

Handed an U18 debut from the bench against Arsenal at Little Benton during April 2015, Lewis then grabbed a 16 minute hat trick against Manchester United at the same venue the following September (a certain Marcus Rashford netting for the visitors).

Scoring for the U21s in a friendly against Ashington that November, a competitive bow at that level came days later against West Bromwich Albion at Whitley Park.

And the first of two reserve league goals in his maiden season came early in the new year at the same venue, against Derby.

The 2016/17 season was a frustrating one for Lewis, injury restricting his pitch time at reserve level - although his liking for the FA Youth Cup remained, bagging six goals across four ties after hitting two in 2015/16.

Marking his return to fitness with two goals against Burnley U23s in September 2017, a
14 minute treble in the Senior Cup against Blyth AFC early the following year was followed by a loan move to Gateshead.

Netting for the Tynesiders after just three minutes of his National League debut, Lewis had scored twice in 11 outings when a knee injury brought his season to a premature end during April 2018.  

What Else?

1897 Glasgow Rangers (h)
Connell, Lennox, Smellie

1899 Hibernian (h)
Aitken, Macfarlane
McGuigan, scorer tbc 

1901 Sunderland (h)
Division One 
P33, 37pts, 7th/18
W.Hogg(25), R.Hogg(70)
Two points that took the mackems two points clear at the top but Liverpool would win their last two games to clinch the title.

1906 Stoke (h)
Division One 
P35, 39pts, 7th/20
Orr, Howie, J.Rutherford 2, Veitch 
150 officers & crew from the Japanese battleship "Kashima" (newly built on the Tyne at Armstrong Whitworths of Elswick) were special guests at this game and watched from the Centre Paddock. 

They returned for the next home game, and saw United score another three goals.

1907 Glasgow Rangers (a)
Livingstone. McDonald. W.Kivlichan

1909 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
P36, 53pts, 1st/20
Rutherford(60,2-1,3-2), Allan(4-2)

1915 Notts County (a)
Division One
P37, 30pts, 15th/20 

1920 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
P41, 43pts, 7th/22

1926 Everton (a)
Division One 
P41, 40pts, 10th/22
Dean 3
A second successive hat trick for Dixie Dean, following his triple salvo in a 3-3 draw on Tyneside the previous December.

To complete United's misery, Frank Hudspeth blasted a late penalty kick high over the bar.

1937 Bradford City (h)
Division Two 
49pts, 4th/22
Rogers, Smith 
17-year-old Arnold Grundy got one of only two Toon starts in this win, at left half. The season ended with a run of five wins and United finishing a respectable fourth.

1948 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
P41, 54pts, 2nd/22
This point confirmed United's return to the First Division, in second place behind Birmingham City. 

A few miles away at Wembley Stadium that same afternoon, Manchester United beat Blackpool 4-2 to win the FA Cup final.

1954 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
38pts, 15th/22
Mitchell, White
United ended the season with a victory at Stamford Bridge - their first away success since beating the smoggies at Ayresome Park on Christmas Day 1953.

1962 Bobby Moncur signed full professional forms for Newcastle, during the short managerial reign of Norman Smith.

1963 Newcastle Reserves were beaten 0-2 at SJP in the Central League by their Bolton Wanderers counterparts.

That avenged a Magpies win over the Trotters by the same margin at Burnden Park just a month previously in the same competition.

1965 Manchester City (h)
Division Two 
57pts, 1st/22
After the excitement of the previous home game when promotion was won, almost 25,000 less home fans saw a memorable season conclude.

1971 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
P40, 39pts, 11th/22
John Tudor stuck out a foot to prod home Tommy Gibb's cross at the Leazes End, before Harry Redknapp's run took him into the box and he laid the pass on for Geoff Hurst to finish from close range.
Youtube footage is online here

1974 Burnley (h)
Texaco Cup 
Macdonald(31), Moncur(103) 
Texaco Cup success came against the Clarets in extra time of this one-legged final.

Captain Bobby Moncur volleyed home Jimmy Smith's cross to win it, before accepting the silverware from Sir Alf Ramsay.

Future Magpie Geoff Nulty appeared for Burnley as did Ray Hankin - who would later join the backroom staff at Gallowgate.

1976 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 3-0 (0-0)
Division One 
39pts, 15th/22
Burns(62), Macdonald(66,81)
A decent end to the season, although progress in both domestic cup competitions had detracted from United's league campaign.

1982 Grimsby Town (h)
Division Two 
56pts, 9th
United were in the midst of a disastrous sequence that saw them drop to ninth. 

Six defeats and a draw ensured a mediocre finishing position, while worse was to follow, with four-goal stuffings at the hands of Blackburn and QPR in the next two games. 

1991 West Ham United (a)
Division Two 
P42, 57pts, 12th/24
Our unbeaten run was extended to five games as the influence of recently-appointed boss Ossie Ardiles began to be seen. 

Even the staunchly southern "Daily Mail" was moved to comment that the game was a "classic exposition of footballing skills."

Gavin Peacock gave the Magpies a half time lead but future assistant boss Iain Dowie for a Hammers side including Chris Hughton.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 A young Red Devils reserve side that had already won the Pontins League Division One title beat Jeff Clarke's second string 0-2.

The game was played at Bury's Gigg Lane ground.

1999 Wimbledon (a)
P35, 44pts, 12/20
Alan Shearer netted for a fourth successive game but United's winless run following FA Cup Semi Final success was extended to three games after this tepid encounter at Selhurst Park.

Some geezer called Kinnear was in charge of the Wombles and got his boat race on the programme cover. Gertcha.

2001 The Reserves ended their season in style with a 5-1 win at Bradford City. Lomana LuaLua, Diego Gavilan(2), Colin McMenamin and Stuart Green netted. match report

2003 Newcastle debutant Darren Ambrose netted for the reserves just before the half hour against Manchester United at SJP.

Colin Heath then levelled for the visitors, before injuries to Stephen Brennan and Carl Cort then left the Magpies down to ten men midway through the second half.

Heath then rapidly capitalised on his side's numerical advantage to net what turned out to be the winner in front of 3,000 fans. match report

2004 A winning goal in second half added time gave our reserves a 2-1 success in a rescheduled fixture away to the smoggies second string at Rockcliffe Park. 

Matty Pattison got the vital strike after Lewis Guy had given us the lead, Craddock levelling from the spot. match report

2005 Manchester United (a) 1-2 (1-0)
P33, 38pts, 14th/20
Rooney(57), Brown(75)

A breathtaking strike from Wayne Rooney saved a mediocre Manchester United from their first home defeat of the season as a patched-up Toon side threatened a major shock.

Darren Ambrose had given us a deserved lead at half-time with a well-taken goal after 27 minutes, seizing on a poor clearance from 'keeper Tim Howard.

Rooney was about to substituted with almost an hour gone following a dead leg in the first half, but when Peter Ramage headed infield, Rooney hit a stunning volley that flew past Given into the top corner.

Even then we looked like holding out for a point, which was the least a spirited display deserved, but Wes Brown beat a static Shola Ameobi to head the winner from a corner. match report

2006 It proved to be lucky thirteen for Tommy Craig and his young Magpies as they extended their season-long unbeaten record on home territory, beating Bolton Reserves by a solitary Carl Finnigan goal. match report

2007 Having put a spoke in the wheel of both Manchester United and the Smoggies, the reserves were unable to withstand the challenge of Bolton, who claimed the title after a deserved 3-1 victory at Leyland. 

David Edgar headed home a late consolation from a James Troisi corner. match report

2010 Ipswich Town (h)
P45, 99pts, 1st/24
Carroll(26), Ameobi(84pen)
Wickham(42), Walters(90+4)
Despite a late and ludicrously offside goal,
United managed to make it through the whole season unbeaten on home soil, with Roy Keane's Tractor Boys unable to spoil the Championship party.

Town twice came from behind to prevent United notching up their 30th win of the season and breaking through the 100 points barrier. match report

2017 Preston North End
P44, 88pts, 2nd/24
Perez (7,67), Atsu(45), Ritchie(65pen)
United completed the task of achieving a Premier League return at the first time of asking after a convincing victory, completing a seasonal treble over Preston.

Ahead through an early goal from Ayoze Perez, the celebrations were briefly put on hold when Preston levelled through Jordan Hugill seven minutes later.

But the black and whites went in 2-1 ahead at the break after Christian Atsu shot home with seconds left.

A handball on the goal line by Paul Gallagher to deny Isaac Hayden then led to a red card and a penalty midway through the second half, Matt Ritchie making it 3-1 from the penalty spot.

A fourth Magpies goal quickly arrived as Jonjo Shelvey's in-swinging corner rebounded off the far post and was deflected into the Gallowgate End goal via the shoulder of Perez.

Satisfaction rather than euphoria was the order of the day after the full time whistle and while the players were applauded as they saluted the fans, the biggest cheers were reserved for Rafa Benitez as he took to the field to acknowledge the backing he'd received. match report