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Ticket news:
Spurs (h) Public sale now
Swansea (h) Public sale now
Leicester City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
West Brom (h) Member sale now

Premier League:
Spurs (h)


Newcastle play the first of two Premier League home fixtures in a week when Spurs visit SJP this afternoon for a 4pm kick-off that's shown live on Sky TV.

United will look to record their first double of the season following a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane last October.

Failing to gain at least a point however would mean the Magpies had matched their six game losing run of March and April 2014 - Alan Pardew presiding over our worst run of league form since Willie McFaul back in 1987.

Tickets are on public sale now - for those who aren't planning to vote with their feet and heed a boycott suggested by the website

Protesters will gather outside the Gallowgate End before and after the game, with the time between spent in Leazes park, in the pub, or in the ground.

Click on the above link for an update on their plans.

Boycott: a journalist writes

Stay, go, put your left leg in, whatever. As we've written on numerous occasions in the past, it's your call.

For those who do have season tickets and don't attend, bear in mind that the published SJP crowd will not reflect that absence, but rather tickets sold for that game. 

This method of compiling gates is set by the FA and highlighted when previous Freedom of Information requests have been made for access to police statistics - which record the actual number of bums on seats. 

(FOI-sourced figures for Manchester United home games reveal that the published crowd of 46,358 for our League Cup visit to Old Trafford in September 2012 was almost 13,000 higher than the physical attendance of 33,409).

Taking that into consideration, the published attendance will in all probability be higher than the lowest crowd to have watched a Premier League home game since the ground was extended to over 50,000 in 2000.

That remains the 41,053 figure published for a 1-2 defeat by Blackburn Rovers on a Wednesday night in November 2010 - coming after our 5-1 derby victory and 1-0 success at Arsenal.

Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote, Massadio Haidara and Rolando Aarons remain injured.

Fabricio Coloccini is available after serving his three match suspension but Moussa Sissoko (first of two) and Papiss Cisse (fifth of seven) are both banned.

This match will come too early for Siem De Jong after he began his comeback from lung surgery with a 45 minute outing for the reserves on Monday.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @
Newcastle to score no goals @ 21/10
Goal scored in opening 10 minutes @ 10/3
Penalty scored in the match @ 7/2

THFC: Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor are all doubtful.

Mauricio Pochettino's side arrive seeking their eighth Premier League away win of the season, following maximum returns from West Ham, Aston Villa, Hull, Swansea, Leicester, West Brom and QPR.

Points were taken from visits to the mackems, Arsenal and Burnley while defeats came at Manchester City, Chelsea, Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Referee: Kevin Friend - just a second outing this season for the Leicestershire-based official, following the 1-1 home draw with Stoke City in February.


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

Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: 
C+ Family 2 (Poland) +HD
C+ Sport (France) +HD
Canal +1 (Spain) +HD
Digi Sport 1 (Svk) +HD
Fox Sports (Italy)
Fox Sports 2 (Ned) HD
Fox Sports 4 (Australia)
Futbol 2 (Ukraine) +HD
Go Sports 2 +HD
J Sports 4 (Japan)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA) 
Nova Sport (Bulgaria) +HD
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
Sky Mexico
Sportsnet 360 (Canada)
SportKlub 2 (Cro/Ser/Slo) +HD
StarSports 2 Asia 
SuperSport 3 (Za) +HD
TV3 Sport 2 (Den) +HD
Viasat Football (Swe) +HD

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (NB: advertised as being second half only)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Spurs in Toon: Premier League Era:

2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 won 2-1 Ba, Ben Arfa
2011/12 drew 2-2 Ba, Sh.Ameobi
2010/11 drew 1-1 Coloccini
2008/09 won 2-1 N'Zogbia, Duff
2008/09 lost 1-2 Owen (LC)
2007/08 won 3-1 Martins, Cacapa, Milner
2006/07 won 3-1 Dyer, Martins, Parker
2005/06 won 3-1 Bowyer, Sh.Ameobi, Shearer
2004/05 won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 lost 0-1
2003/04 won 4-0 Shearer 2, Robert 2
2002/03 won 2-1 Speed, Shearer
2001/02 lost 0-2
2000/01 won 2-0 Speed, Cordone
1999/00 won 6-1 Shearer 2, Speed, Dabizas, Ferguson, Dyer (FAC)
1999/00 won 2-1 Glass, Dabizas
1998/99 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia
1997/98 won 1-0 Barton
1996/97 won 7-1 Shearer 2, Ferdinand 2, Lee 2, Albert
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 drew 3-3 D.Peacock, Gillespie, Beardsley
1993/94 lost 0-1

Full record v Spurs:

Competitive games in 2015 (all competitions):

First team: P14, L9, D3, W2 (scored 11, conceded 24)
U21s: P11, L7, D4, W0 (scored 10, conceded 21)
U18s: P14, L9, D1, W5 (scored 23, conceded 29)

Total: P40, L25, D8, W7 (scored 44, conceded 74)

Premier League - bottom ten:


Pos Team Pld GD Pts
11 Crystal Palace  33  -3  42
12 Everton  33  -2  41
13 West Brom  33  -14  36
14 Newcastle  32  -18  35
15 Aston Villa  33  -21  32
16 mackems  32  -23  29
17 Hull City 32  -16  28
18 Leicester City 32  -17  28
19 QPR  33  -21  26
20 Burnley  33  -25  26

Latest Premier League results/fixtures:

Sat 18.04.2015:
Crystal Palace 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
Everton 1-0 Burnley
Leicester City 2-0 Swansea City
Stoke City 2-1 Southampton
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Sun 19.04.2015:
Manchester City v West Ham (1.30pm) Sky

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Gunners shot down!

Newcastle U18s  6  Arsenal U18s  0

United's youngsters went goal crazy at Little Benton on Saturday, serving up their most convincing performance in living memory and full value for an eye-catching win. 

Leading the way with his first hat trick at this level was Jamie Holmes, who doubled his goal tally for the season in 20 first half minutes. Luke Charman, Jamie Cobain and Kyle Cameron also struck as the youngsters racked up their most resounding victory since May 2013.

On the front foot from the very first whistle, the Magpies had the ball in the Arsenal box after barely ten seconds - keeping the visitors penned back in their own half for the opening quarter of an hour.

That early domination wasn't turned into goals, although Ryan Huddart made a noteworthy double stop in the third minute to deny Lewis Suddick and Dan Ward.
Newcastle took the lead after 20 minutes when some good link-up play between Jamie Cobain and Sean Longstaff played in Holmes who shot home.

The second arrived on 38 minutes as Kyle Cameron's deep cross from the left was played back across goal by Lewis Suddick for Luke Charman to knock home.

It was 3-0 a minute later when the visitors bungled their kick-off and United hit them on the counter attack, Holmes striding into the box and firing into the net.

And the fourth came just seconds later, Holmes completing his hat-trick after the linesman signalled that his shot had crossed the line after crashing off the underside of the bar.

Jamie Cobain lashed in the fifth in the 52nd minute after big penalty claims for handball were turned down by the referee who gave the goal instead.

The Gunners had scored nine goals across their last three away games while also conceding seven and they did have their chances in this game, Reiss Nelson striking the woodwork with a 71st minute free kick.

But the half dozen was complete in the 74th minute as Mackenzie Heaney's free-kick from the right hand side of the box was touched in by captain Cameron.

There was a first outing at U18 level for substitute Lewis McNall, while Owen Bailey also came off the bench for his home debut and second appearance of the season. 

Team: Pearson, Cobain (Bailey 83), Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Suddick (McNall 75), Ward (Heaney 59), Charman, Longstaff, Holmes.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Lowther.

Local interest:
Northern League: 
down to three

This season's Northern League First Division title is still up for grabs after Saturday's fixtures - but is now down to a three horse race.

That's because previous leaders Guisborough Town ended their fixture programme with defeat at Morpeth Town - as Marske United won their penultimate game to take over at the top of the league.

Shildon also remain in the hunt after improving their goal difference at relegated Celtic Nation, but North Shields suffered a body blow when conceding four second half goals without reply at Dunston.

The Robins now face seeing their hopes ended without kicking a ball, with Marske concluding their games by hosting Celtic Nation on Tuesday.

The expected home victory there would leave Shildon needing to win all three of their remaining games to clinch the title by a single point. 

Sat 18.04.2015:
Celtic Nation 0-6 Shildon 
Dunston 4-0 North Shields
Marske United 5-3 Bishop Auckland
Morpeth Town 4-3 Guisborough Town

Pos Team Played GD Pts
1 Marske United  41  56  87
2 Guisborough Town  42  51  86
3 Shildon  39  56  82
4 North Shields  39  38  79

Top four - remaining fixtures:

Tue 21.04.2015:
Marske v Celtic Nation
Sunderland RCA v Shildon

Wed 22.04.2015:

North Shields v Morpeth Town

Sat 25.04.2015:
Shildon v Durham City
Sunderland RCA v North Shields

Tue 28.04.2015:
Celtic Nation v North Shields

Wed 29.04.2015:
Bedlington Terriers v Shildon

PS: Although it has no bearing on events at either end of the table, the stats from next Saturday's Penrith versus Newcastle Benfield game may be worthy of note.

Benfield's final game of the season sees their striker Paul Brayson going in search of the strike that will complete a half century of goals - not bad for a 37 year-old! 

The former Magpie has notched up 42 goals in the league to date, plus another seven in various cup competitions.

Derby winner 
follows form

Newcastle U21s  0  Derby County U21s  2

Match report


Double your money

From the City AM website, Tuesday:

Mike Ashley doubled his profits last year through his holding company through which he holds his stakes in Newcastle United and Sports Direct.

Mash Holdings' profit before tax soared 111 per cent to £542.7m for the year to April 30 2014, up from £256.4m in 2012/2013. It included the profit raised from Ashley's move to sell off £283m-worth of shares, up from £54.7m-worth of disposals in the previous year.

Revenue jumped 23.8 per cent to more than £2.7bn, according to accounts filed yesterday at Companies House.

Revenues at Sports Direct increased by 23.8 per cent during the period, while revenues at Newcastle United rose 14.8 per cent.

Ashley is the sole director named at Mash Holdings although Sports Direct chief executive Dave Forsey is named as secretary.

In the director's report, Ashley notes that “the strength of our business model means we are very well positioned for the challenges and targets for the next four years.

“Our progress since the year end is in line with management expectations”.

In January of the 2014/2015 financial year it emerged that Ashley had "gifted” a majority stake in Sports Direct - 50.71 per cent of the retailer, worth £2.2bn - owned through Mash Holdings to a new company.

However that company was Mash Beta, a newly formed subsidiary of Mash Holdings, which is also owned by Ashley.

In total Mash Holdings and Mash Beta own 55.1 per cent of Sports Direct.

Premier League:
Anfield: red mist descends yet again


Liverpool  2  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

Giveaway result

Half a century after their Second Division Championship success, members of the Newcastle United squad from the 1964/65 season will gather to celebrate the achievement at a special dinner later this month.

The Village Hotel at West Allotment (off the A19 to the north of the Tyne Tunnel) will host captain Stan Anderson and over 20 other ex-Magpies on Friday April 24th - 50 years to the day since that successful season ended.

A four course meal will be served, after-dinner speaker duties handled by Gordon Banks and Mick Monroe will be cracking the gags (hopefully). The last remaining tickets are available for £50
each via 07753 573613  

We had a pair to give away to an reader and asked who kept goal for Newcastle in all 42 league games of the 1964/65 season.

Nearly everyone who responded correctly knew that it was Gordon Marshall and the winning entry came from James Edes - thanks to everyone who entered.

The guest list: Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie, Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry, Bill McKinney, Bob Moncur, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchel, Duncan Neale, Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.

The Borrowers:
Loan lads

Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic (Rangers)
Vuckic scored again
- the eighth of his loan spell - as Rangers won 3-1 at Dumbarton in the SPFL Championship on Saturday. He was subbed in the 86th minute.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Both played the full game as Forest had to settle for a 3-3 draw after leading twice at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Marveaux came on in the 76th minute of the 1-1 draw at home to Evian TG in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Magpies make a point

Fulham U18  1  Newcastle U18  1

Having won their first end-of-season playoff fixture at the third attempt when beating Bolton, Newcastle were seeking back to back successes on Saturday morning.

However those hopes took a knock on 19 minutes, when Cottagers striker Luca de la Torre took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put his side ahead.

The USA youth international then came close to claiming a fifth goal in three appearances when he shot against the United crossbar before the break.

Turning round after the interval with the wind in their favour, it took just five minutes for the young Magpies to level, Jamie Holmes firing in his third of the season.

However neither side proved able to truly master the breezy conditions and it ended level at Motspur Park.

Team: Woolston, Cobain, Cameron, Hunter, Pollock, Newberry, Suddick (Heaney 74), Ward, Charman, Longstaff, Holmes. Subs n/u: Harker, Lowther, C.Smith, McNall. 

(Thanks to Steve P of NUFC London for updates)

Top of the flops
Loan lad eyes prize 

Friday saw PSV Eindhoven move closer to claiming the Dutch Eredivise title, thanks to a 3-1 victory on Friday that gave them a massive thirteen point advantage.

On target for the 18th time in 28 league appearances was former Newcastle loanee Luuk De Jong, who has now netted 23 times in all club competitions this season.

De Jong - whose domestic form has resulted in a recall to the Dutch national side - joined PSV from previous club Borussia Monchengladbach at a cost of £4m after 671 minutes in a Toon shirt spread across 12 appearances failed to bring a goal - or a shot worthy of the name.

Candidate stays 
on message....

John Carver quotes, Thursday:

"Mike (Ashley) and Lee (Charnley) know what they have to do. If I thought they were giving me lip service I would say: ‘Thanks very much, I’m off, – I’m walking away from this.’ But I’m not because I know what we have to do – and I do know that what they’re saying to me is right.

"They’ve said we need to bring players in, first of all to boost the size of the squad but also improve the quality – to take us forward....if I didn’t have enough belief in what they were trying to do and the promises they’ve made about the summer then I’d walk away.”

No you won't, because you have a long-term contract.

"I’ve never, ever felt like this in my life. It’s the lowest, darkest feeling I’ve ever had. Monday was one of the darkest days of my career. The fact it was five in a row makes it even harder to take. I’ll be hurting for a long time."

Honestly? here's a quick snake's belly top ten from the last 25 years - oddly, Sunday doesn't appear on it:

1990 losing at home to the mackems in the playoffs
1996 Graham Fenton at Ewood
choking in the FA Cup Final at Wembley
1999 choking in the FA Cup Final at Wembley
bottling the UEFA Cup Semi-Final in Marseille
chucking away the UEFA Cup QF in Lisbon
2005 being humiliated in the FA Cup SF 3 days later
2009 scoring an OG at Villa to seal relegation 
2014 seeing a second successive 0-3 home derby loss
20XX watching a club destroy their cup tradition

Premier League:
Fright club

mackems  1  Newcastle  0

Match report


Charity auction:
John's book

Following the successful charity auction of John Alder's remarkable memorabilia collection, one unique item has now been made available by his family - with all monies raised benefiting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Ordered by John but not published until after his tragic loss last year, his subscriber copy of The Newcastle United Ultimate Who's Who book has been signed by the Magpies squad and will be sold to the highest bidder.

If you're interested, please email your bid (currently standing at £777) to
by Thursday 30th April.

Premier League:
Swansea City (h)

Saturday week (April 25th) sees the Magpies welcome Swansea City to SJP for an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff.

Tickets are on public sale now.

Paddy Power match betting to follow

Moussa Sissoko (second of two) and Papiss Cisse (sixth of seven) are both banned.

SCFC: Defender Neil Taylor is suspended, Kyle Naughton and Bafetimbi Gomis sidelined through injury.

Referee: tbc


Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Sh.Ameobi
2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm unless specified) 

Sat 25.04.2015:
Southampton v Spurs (12.45pm)
Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Hull City
QPR v West Ham
Stoke City v mackems
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool
Manchester City v Aston Villa Sky

Sun 26.04.2015:

Everton v Manchester United (1.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

Tue 28.04.2015:
Hull City v Liverpool (7.45pm)

Wed 29.04.2015:
Leicester City v Chelsea (7.45pm) Sky

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Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 19th April
Kick-off 4.00pm
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Newcastle 0
Premier League

Monday 13th April
Match report's
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Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

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

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

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

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

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 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. 

Coming to Tyneside - or getting away?




Newcastle City guide, maps etc


Sun 19.04.2015 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.04.2015 U21s v Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 25.04.2015 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Tue 28.04.2015 U21s v Derby County (a) @ Alfreton Town FC, 3pm. U21 Premier League. Note further KO and venue change.

Sat 02.05.2015 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 6.

Sat 02.05.2015 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 12.45pm. Premier League.  ST holder sale now (zero points) £35 adults, £31 over-65s/U22s, £22 U18s, £9 U12s, £7 U8s. Live on BT Sports.

Tue 05.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Note date change.

Sat 09.05.2015 Norwich City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League playoff 7.

Sat 09.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now,  public sale from Mon 20.04.2015 (online), Mon 27.04.2015 (in person/by phone).

NB: engineering work on the QE11 Metro Bridge over the Tyne means that there's no service in either direction between Heworth and Monument all weekend - replacement buses will run.  

Mon 11.05.2015 West Bromwich Albion (a)
@ The Hawthorns, U21 Premier League.

Sat 16.05.2015 QPR (a)
@ Loftus Road, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc.

Sun 24.05.2015 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. 

Fri 29.05.2015 to Sun 31.05.2015 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens @ Happy Valley. Teams involved in the 16 team event will include NUFC, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Ham, Aston Villa.

2015/16 season:

Pre-season fixture details tbc

Sun 26.07.2015 to Fri 31.07.2015
Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on Sat 08.08.2015

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

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 19.04.2015
Spurs (h) @ 4pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 02.05.2015
Leicester (a) @ 12.45pm

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:

Mon 27.04.2015
Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town, @ SJP, 7.30pm.



Tue 21.04.2015 Stuart Pearce
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£30 or £50 via Bill on 07951 462431

Thu 23.04.2015 Tommy Cassidy (& John Gibson) @ Dunston UTS FC. £10 (inc pie & peas) via Malcolm on 0772 439 2049.  

Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50 (inc four course meal) via 07753 573613

Wed 29.04.2015 John Beresford
@ 42nd Street, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AW
£9.50 (inc. pie & peas) via 07814 717161  


Sat 09.05.2015 Mick Harford & Joe Allon
@ Bill Quay Cricket Club, NE10 0TT. £15 (£100 table of 10) via Will 0787 2451717

Tue 02.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek, Mick Quinn & Terry McDermott @ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR. £45 & £25 via here (Dunston UTS FC Benefit)

Sat 06.06.2015 Pavel Srnicek 
@ Felling Cricket Club, NE10 9XD
£10 via Barry 07860 346905

Fri 19.06.2015 Philippe Albert
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11
9JR. £40 & £20 via 07414 960956 or here 

Fri 03.07.2015 Rob Lee
@ Wallsend Labour Club, Camberley Road, NE28 0PN. £15 via Rob on 07538 291227

Rugby League: 

Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford v Widnes Vikings (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)

Rugby Union:

World Cup @ SJP:

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

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

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

Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

Mark is also planning further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.


International Magpies
National Service
Paul Woolston (England U17) tbc

European Championships in Bulgaria from 06.05.2015 to 22.05.2015. England are in Group D and play games on 07.05.2015, 10.05.2015 and 13.05.2015 against Italy, Republic of Ireland and Netherlands (match order yet to be confirmed).

2014/15 match date:
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Tue 03-08.09.2015
Thu-Tue 08-13.10.2015
Thu-Tue 12-17.11.2015 (playoff 1 & 2)
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
19th April

Born Or Died:

1944 Ron Guthrie born, Burradon.

Spotted playing for New Hartley Juniors, Ron was converted from a left winger to a left back after injuring a cartilage while turning out for Newcastle reserves. 

Making his first team debut in August 1966 in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, he was never a regular starter, with Frank Clark first-choice number three at SJP.

Occasionally deployed as a sweeper, Ron also suffered recurring injury problems but was involved in the successful Fairs Cup campaign of 1968/69 as a substitute.

An injury to David Craig in the home tie against Real Zaragoza saw Guthrie get his chance, with Clark moving to right back.

Unfortunately his season then came to a premature end after another cartilage injury, sustained against Arsenal.

There was to be a happy ending though, when Joe Harvey presented Ron with a Fairs Cup winner's miniature trophy before the start of the next season - the club having acquired extra ones for the substitutes.

That season saw Guthrie feature against both Porto and Anderlecht in the Fairs Cup, finally leaving the club for the mackems in January 1973 - and playing in their FA Cup Final win over Leeds that year.  

He later played in South Africa, before returning to the region and joining Blyth Spartans. Involved in their memorable FA Cup run of 1978, Ron appeared at a packed SJP against Wrexham in February 1978 as they bowed out at the Fifth Round stage.

Ron later had a milk business with fellow ex-Magpie David Craig and also worked as a delivery driver for Fenwick. He's the cousin of Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr. 

1989 Death of George Mathison, 79.

1995 Kevin Mbabu born, Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland. (2013-present)

Defender signed for an undisclosed fee from Swiss club Servette during the January 2013 transfer window, following a successful trial with the Magpies.

Earning praise when playing for the Swiss U19 side during a European Championship qualifying tournament in Scotland during 2012, Mbabu also spent time training with both Manchester United and Arsenal.  

Making a single senior team appearance at Servette, Kevin's competitive debut for Newcastle came in a 2-1 reserve team victory away to Stoke City in April 2013.

A succession of injuries disrupted his first full season as a Magpie however, with both hamstring and ankle problems meaning that his club U21 outings were only occasional. 

Returning to fitness in the closing weeks of the 2013/14 campaign, Mbabu collected a Northumberland Senior Cup winners medal after beating Blyth Spartans 4-0 at SJP.

He then received a callup to the Swiss U19 squad for a trio of European Championship qualifiers staged in his home country.  

However injury curtailed his involvement and after an extended period out, Mbabu made a low-key return to playing with the U21 side - only to be then sidelined once again. 

February 2015 then saw Kevin complete a surprise loan move to Scottish side Rangers along with fellow Magpie discards Haris Vuckic, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana.

Along with Ferguson however, he remained on Tyneside for further treatment after the move had gone through.


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1902 Nottingham Forest (h)
Division One
37pts, 3rd
Roberts, Rutherford 2 

1913 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
34pts, 13th
Hunter 2, West

1924 Chelsea (a)
Division One
44pts, 9th

1927 Huddersfield Town (a)
Division One
53pts, 1st

1930 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
34pts, 19th
Gallacher 2

1935 Bury (a)
Division Two 
46pts, 6th
Bott, Murray 

1937 Ipswich Town (a)
Docking(29), Pearson(63), Smith(52,76)
Edwards (87) 
A challenge match between the Southern League champions and a Magpies side who had just missed out on promotion to Division One.

Bill Imrie twisted an ankle at Portman Road and was forced out of the following Saturday's season-closing home win over Bradford City.

Team: Tapken, Richardson, Fairhurst, Gordon, Carver, Imrie, Rogers, Smith, Cairns, Livingstone, Pearson. 

1941 Preston North End (a) 0-2 (0-0)
Scorers tbc
Defeat in the first leg of this Football League War Cup Semi-Final tie proved to be decisive, with the sides drawing 0-0 a week later at SJP. 

1946 Manchester United (h)
Wartime 1-0
Stan Pearson had guested for the Magpies in earlier seasons of wartime competition, but the forward was back with his own side to register the only goal of this War League North game. 

1947 Leicester City (h)
Division Two 
42pts, 5th
The only senior appearance of Ron Anderson, in goal. Fellow debutant Andy Donaldson replaced George Stobbart in the forward line.

1952 Derby County (a) 3-1 (0-0)
Division One 
43pts, 9th
Harvey, Keeble, Prior 

1954 An amazing crowd of 56,008 packed St.James' Park to witness Bishop Auckland and Crook Town contest a replay of the FA Amateur Cup Final. 

The game ended 2-2, as it had done at Wembley in the first game and was ultimately settled three days later at Ayresome Park, Crook winning 1-0. 

1956 Barrow (a)
White 3, Curry
Armstrong, Gordon, Scoular 
United provided the opposition in a testimonial match at Holker Street for Bluebirds stalwarts Billy Gordon & Billy Buchanan. Barrow were managed at the time by a certain Joe Harvey.

1957 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
36pts, 12th
Stubbs(20), Saunders(30)


1958 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
31pts, 19th
Nat Lofthouse was on target for the home side at Burnden Park.
1965 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division Two 
56pts, 1st
Already promoted, a goal from Trotter Dennis Butler put United's championship celebrations on temporary hold.

1969 West Bromwich Albion (a) 1-5 (1-2)
Division One 
39pts, 11th
Kaye, Hartford, Brown(pen), C.Clark, Astle
The Baggies made it four league wins in just eight days after beating Wolves, West Ham and Manchester City.

Despite this reverse however, United would end the season in ninth position - a point and a place better than Albion. 

1972 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
37pts, 12th
A first loss for Leeds in four games would prove costly, as Derby County won the League by a single point to deny Don Revie's side a domestic double.

1975 Stoke City (a)
Division One 
37pts, 15th
Newcastle's miserable winless run was extended to nine games - although relegation wasn't a realistic worry. The Potters would finish fifth.

1976 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
37pts, 15th
David McLean made his debut, in midfield at Bramall Lane while ex-Mag Chris Guthrie scored for The Blades.

1980 Swansea City (h)
Division Two 
43pts, 7th
Giles 2, Stevenson
Our goal was scored by former Blyth Spartan Alan Shoulder. Peter Cartwright is the diminutive figure on the programme cover.

1986 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
60pts, 10th
Pat Nevin netted for the Blues.
1988 Watford (a)
Division One 
47pts, 9th
Hometown Hornet boy Kenny Jackett was on target for Watford.

1996 A lorry carrying 4,000 new United away shirts was hijacked by three men, who were apprehended soon after.

1997 Derby County (h)
Premier League 
60pts, 4th
Elliott(12), Ferdinand(52), Shearer(75) 
Jim Smith's Rams arrived clad in a dreadful maroon change kit and with top-flight status secured, striker Dean Sturridge raced through and beat Shaka Hislop after just 34 seconds.

United though ultimately won this with something to spare - and both David Ginola and Peter Beardsley unused on the bench - as twin strikers Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer got to work, aided by a deep-lying Tino Asprilla.

Our loose-limbed Colombian 
takes on the Rams defence

2003 Fulham (a)
61pts, 3rd
Griffin(63 - second yellow)
Legwinski(69), Clark(86)
United took the lead at the Cottagers' temporary home of Loftus Road, thanks to a fine Alan Shearer header.

However, the points were thrown away in no small part to Andy Griffin's dismissal for a reckless lunge which earned him a second booking from Dermot Gallacher.

The referee also played his part by ignoring a blatant penalty claim, when Craig Bellamy was clearly impeded in the first half.

Legwinski equalised with a stunning long range effort before former (and future) Magpie Lee Clark netted a late winner - the second season that he'd scored in this fixture. match report

2006 The reserves preserved their unbeaten season-long run at Kingston Park, coming from behind to overcome Wigan's second string 2-1 thanks to a brace from Carl Finnigan. match report

2007 Eighteen year-old striking prospect Andy Carroll signed a new contract with the club taking him through to 2011.

2009 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Premier League
30pts, 19th
Future Cockerel Sebastien Bassong cut out a pass, but the loose ball ran to Darren Bent - who beat Steve Harper at the second attempt.

That increased the pressure on Alan Shearer in his third game as manager, but with a trio of home games remaining, relegation remained a possibility rather than an inevitability. match report

2010 Plymouth Argyle (a)
98pts, 1st
Carroll(20), Routledge(28)
Despite having their game moved back to the Monday night for TV and with the volcanic ash cloud wrecking travel plans for both fans and players, United
still clinched the Championship title with this victory at Home Park.

The 2-0 scoreline, yellow shirts and reaction of the crowd were all reminiscent of Blundell Park in 1993 as delirious Toon fans celebrated with the players on the pitch.

For David Kelly, this time read Wayne Routledge who rounded the keeper and squeezed the ball inside the post as he struggled to keep his feet, to make it 2-0 after Andy Carroll had given us the lead with a towering header. match report

2011 Manchester United (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Premier League
40pts, 9th

Newcastle held out for a heartening point on a night that loan signing Stephen Ireland made a belated debut - 11 weeks after arriving.

However, he was unable to coax anything close to a goal threat out of our blunt front pair of Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi.

Local anti-hero Michael Owen was introduced from the bench to a wall of booing but thankfully the nightmare scenario of him scoring didn't come to pass and after one major scare, the Magpies held on to claim a much-prized point. 

That heart-stopping moment came in time added on, as Hernandez went to ground under challenge from former Red Devil Danny Simpson and referee Lee Probert looked for one awful moment to have indicated a spot kick.

However, it rapidly became evident that he'd actually penalised the visiting player for diving and showed him a yellow card. match report

The reserves extended their unbeaten run to nine games after a resounding 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace at St. James' Park that featured a Gabriel Obertan hat trick. match report


2014 Swansea City (h)
Premier League
46pts, 9th
Alan Pardew became the first Newcastle manager to preside over five successive Premier League defeats after goals in added time at the end of each half saw Swansea ease their relegation fears at a sunny St. James' Park.

However, Cheick Tiote should shoulder a large portion of the blame for a senseless challenge that gifted the Swans a late penalty to steal all three points. match report

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