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A second home game in five days sees the Magpies entertain the Red Devils
on Wednesday evening.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm and remaining tickets are on sale to members, although
the cheapest adult ticket of £42 is unsurprisingly driving some fans to the
The winner of the altoonative travel VIP ticket giveaway for this match was Joe
Harland from Washington.
The Magpies are bidding to notch up what would be only a second league home
victory over Manchester United in their last eleven meetings (8 losses, 2
draws, 1 win).
Louis Van Gaal makes a third competitive visit to SJP as a manager, having
first seen his Barcelona side memorably beaten 3-2 at SJP in September 1997. He
then returned in March 2007 to oversee a 2-4 defeat for AZ Alkmaar.
Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 3/1
Papiss Cisse to score in a 1-0 win @ 50/1
Newcastle not to score @ 6/4
Newcastle to score in both halves @ 9/2
Penalty scored by either side @ 4/1
(NB: quoted odds were accurate
at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to
display current live odds).
Contrary to previous positive reports, it now appears that Massadio Haidara
will not be fit enough to feature after damaging his knee against Aston Villa.
Injury also sidelines Siem De Jong, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote. Jack Colback
completes his two match suspension after reaching ten bookings.
Remy Cabella and Rolando Aarons are also
Following recent speculation, Aarons took to social media to confirm that
separate hamstring problems had kept him out of action since November, while
his return has been delayed by a thigh strain.
The winger is predicted to be available to play in around ten days, although a
reserve outing against Brighton may be more realistic than a return in the
visit to Everton.
MUFC: Robin Van Persie
will be absent due to an ankle problem, meaning that the Dutchman won't have
an opportunity to add to his eight career goals against us (six for Arsenal).
However Wayne Rooney is expected to play and look to improve on the 12 Premier
League goals he's scored to date in games with Newcastle (1 for Everton, 11
for Manchester United).
Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Victor Valdes are doubtful.
On the road in the Premier League this season, they've won at Arsenal (2-1),
Southampton (2-1) and QPR (2-0), drawn at the mackems (1-1), Burnley (0-0),
West Brom (2-2), Villa (1-1), Spurs (0-0), Stoke (1-1) and West Ham (1-1). A
trio of losses came at Leicester (3-5), Man City (0-1) and Swansea (1-2).
Taylor - from Manchester (now listed in Professional Game Board publicity as
Cheshire). This is his third game in charge of Newcastle this season, after the 2-1 win at Spurs and 0-1 home derby home loss.
Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and
the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are
UK TV: Live
on BT Sport
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UK Radio: Live commentary on
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, OG (Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG (Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand,
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
Premier League results/fixtures:
(7.45pm unless specified)
Aston Villa 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Hull City 1-1 mackems
Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Leicester City
QPR v Arsenal
Stoke City v Everton
Spurs v Swansea City
West Ham v Chelsea
Liverpool v Burnley (8pm)
QPR v Spurs (3pm)
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Forest's recent revival came to a halt at the Valley on Tuesday night, beaten
2-1 by Charlton Athletic in the Championship. Both players completed 90
The Magpies striker was an unused substitute as the Tynesiders beat
Wrexham 3-1 at the International Stadium in the Conference on Tuesday night.
Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin
Mbabu, Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic
There was a first outing
in Rangers colours for Kevin Mbabu on Tuesday, as he completed 55 minutes of
an U20 league game against Inverness Caley Thistle.
Cowdenbeath (a) SPFL Championship, Saturday.
Santon (Inter Milan)
Napoli (a) Serie A, Sunday.
Santon's loan move to Inter was accompanied by Italian press claims that, like
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and AS Roma, playing a specified number of games would
result in the transfer becoming permanent for an agreed price.
That fee is claimed to be £2.8m and the trigger is ten starts - although it's
unclear whether that refers to Serie A games only, or all competitions.
Santon @ Inter 2014/15:
04.02.2015 Napoli (a) Italian Cup (started)
08.02.2015 Palermo (h) Serie A (started)
15.02.2015 Atalanta (a) Serie A (started)
19.02.2015 Celtic (a) Europa League (started)
23.02.2015 Calgiari (a) Serie A (started)
Celtic (h) Europa League (started)
Fiorentina (h) Serie A (started)
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
There may not be much to say about the class of 2015 currently, but a clutch
of former Magpies will be involved at talk-in events over the coming weeks as
(All events have an official start time of 7.30pm)
Fri 13.03.2015 Keith Gillespie / Jim Pearson
@ Ponteland Memorial Hall,
Darras Road, NE20 9NX
£20 (including pie & peas) via 07814 736865
Thu 19.03.2015 Steve Harper note date change
@ Dunston UTS clubhouse, Wellington Road, NE11 9JL
£10 (including pie & peas) via 07724 392049
Fri 27.03.2015 Les
@ Lancastrian Suite, Lancaster Road, NE11 9JR
£40 & £35 (including meal) via 07414 960956 or here
NB: Our recent competition to win a signed replica Sir Les shirt was won by David Vose
from North Tyneside.
Thu 16.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ High Howdon Club, Tynemouth Road, NE28 0EA
£20 via 07812 935195
Fri 24.04.2015 1964/65 squad & guests
@ Village Hotel, West Allotment, NE27 0BY
£50* (including four course meal) via 07753
* table of 10 is £450. Guest speaker: Gordon Banks.
In the squad for one or both the 1964/65 events so far are the following
(final selections to follow in April):
Geoff Allen, Stan Anderson, Ollie Burton, Dave Clarke, Frank Clark, David
Craig, John Craggs, Albert Franks, Bobby Ferguson, Bert Garrow, Ron Guthrie,
Dave Hilley, Pat Howard, Gordon Hughes, Jim Iley, Ron McGarry,
Bill McKinney, John McNamee, Stewart Mitchell, Bob Moncur, Duncan Neale,
Willie Penman, Charlie Woods, Brian Wright and David Young.
Toon teen trinkets
This year's Sport Newcastle awards took place on Monday evening and
the Wor Jackie award for the most
promising Newcastle United academy product was carried off by Rolando
Although currently sidelined through injury, the 19 year -old winger made a
startling impact for the first team earlier in the season after catching the
eye when given an opportunity during pre-season friendly matches.
Jamaican-born Rolando linked up with United in April 2012 following his
release by Bristol City and after debuting for the U18 side made a successful
transition to the reserves the following February.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Freddie Woodman
received an early birthday gift in the shape of the Jack Hixon Trophy -
recognition for his elevation to the Newcastle first team squad at the age of
17 (he turns 18 later this week).
Named after the famed local scout who "discovered" Alan Shearer,
that award is given to Tyneside's most promising youngster and was first
presented at the 2010 event, staged shortly after Hixon's passing.
Wor Jackie award winners:
2015 Rolando Aarons
2014 Adam Armstrong
2013 Sammy Ameobi
2012 Remi Streete
2011 Jak Alnwick
2010 Brad Inman
2009 Nile Ranger
2008 Kazenga LuaLua
2007 Andy Carroll
2006 Matty Pattison
2005 Paul Huntington
2004 Martin Brittain
2003 Peter Ramage
2002 Steven Taylor
2001 Shola Ameobi
2000 Gary Caldwell
1999 Michael Chopra
1998 Aaron Hughes
Jack Hixon Trophy winners:
2015 Freddie Woodman
2014 Mackenzie Heaney
2013 Adam Armstrong
2012 Alex Gilliead
2011 Adam Campbell
2010 Remi Streete
PC picks up points
Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0
Robins march on
The region's last remaining representatives in the FA Vase are North
Shields, and they notched up an impressive 2-0 win at
Southern Counties East League side, Erith & Belvedere on Saturday in
their Quarter Final.
Monday's draw paired them in a two-legged Semi-Final tie with either Highworth Town
(near Swindon) or Yorkshire outfit Tadcaster Albion, who meet this coming Saturday in
That means the Robins have avoided the long haul down to AFC St Austell in
Cornwall, who host either Shaw Lane or Glossop in the first leg of their
Those ties are scheduled for Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th March,
with the prize of a trip to Wembley Stadium in the Final on Saturday May 9th.
AFC St Austell 3-2 Ascot United
Erith & Belvedere 0-2 North Shields
Highworth Town 1-1 Tadcaster Albion*
Shaw Lane Aquaforce 2-2 Glossop North End*
* replays scheduled for Saturday 07.03.2015
for old boy
Former Newcastle striker Loic Remy left Wembley with a Capital
One Cup winner's medal on Sunday - although he had nothing to do with Chelsea's
2-0 win over Spurs.
The 28 year-old Frenchman was an unused substitute for Jose Mourinho's side and
appeared just twice in previous rounds of the competition, scoreless outings
against Bolton Wanderers and Derby County totalling 99 minutes.
Remy's "feat" isn't unique though, James Milner picking up a gong for
sitting on his backside last year as Manchester City beat the mackems. Habib
Beye also got a loser's medal for occupying Aston Villa's bench in 2010.
Liverpool U18s 1 Newcastle U18s 3
Having lost all five of their U18 Premier League
games in 2015, Newcastle ended that sequence with a deserved victory at Kirkby
Academy on Saturday afternoon.
Sean Longstaff scored twice in the first half before Stefan Broccoli
added United's third, after the Reds had pulled one back through Corey Whelan.
Longstaff put United ahead in the 28th minute when head headed home a fine
Mackenzie Heaney cross from the left and his second came in seven minutes
before the interval, bundling the ball in after Louis Johnson's initial shot had been
parried by home goalkeeper Andy Firth.
Whelan reduced the arrears when he turned the ball past Brendan Pearson on 58
minutes, but three minutes later Broccoli eventually drove home after
United contrived to strike both posts during a goalmouth scramble.
Team: Pearson, Cobain, Newbury, Cameron, Laidler, Broccoli (Drennan
69), Hunter, Suddick, Longstaff, Heaney (Holmes 69), Johnson.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Pollock, Storrey.
United conclude the main part of their U18 league season with the visit
Rovers to Little Benton on Saturday at 12.30pm.
After that point, the young Magpies will participate in the end-of-season
playoffs, with the first game against an opponent to be confirmed on Saturday
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Senior Cup Final @ SJP
Although Newcastle reserves won't be taking part after their elimination
at the semi-final stage, this season's Northumberland Senior Cup Final
will once again be staged at St.James' Park.
Morpeth Town and Blyth Spartans will do battle at Gallowgate on Monday
April 27th. Kickoff is 7.30pm.
no retirement plan
his competitive senior debut for Crystal Palace in the closing stages of
Saturday's home defeat by Arsenal, former Magpie Shola Ameobi has been talking
to the South London Press:
"I certainly believe I have got enough quality to play for
another two or three years in the Premier League. I'll be working hard to try
and do that (he's 34 in October).
"I'm doing my coaching badges at the
moment in case I do go down that route but I want to play at the highest level
for as long as I possibly can. If that is Palace then great. I'm not thinking
about hanging my boots up any time soon.
"Going out to Turkey was an
experience that just didn't work out in terms of the football or my family
settling. It was a case of getting back to what I know. Fortunately the
manager got the job an at opportune time for me - the rest is history.
"We don't regret the move abroad.
Unless you try it you never know and would be thinking whether we should have
given it a go. We've learned from that and moved on.
"I've got two young kids, a daughter
and a son, and family is the most important thing. My daughter has started
school and, with me coming in here initially short term, I didn't want her
moving around from school to school or town to town. It's a case of them
staying up in Newcastle and me going up there when I've got days off.
"I had a few clubs in the Premier
League and Championship that were interested in me. And abroad too -
Stateside. But after being in Turkey for six months I wanted to get back into
a more comfortable scenario. I'm really glad at the decision I took.
"I don't let anything ruffle me and
that's a trait that I've inherited from my father - he's exactly the same.
"It's about putting everything into
perspective. Football is something that is our life but sometimes people take
it out of perspective.
"I try and view life - not just
football - in a calm and calculated way to best achieve what I want to
"There certainly will be testing
times. There have been over the years at Newcastle. That has helped me build
that calmness - because you do have those moments in the North-East.
"You have to be able to rise up to
the occasion and be calm and collected."
"Essentially Newcastle is a one-club
town. Everyone is so passionate about the club and you get times when things
aren't going right and the pressure intensifies.
"But coming down here has pressures
of its own. The way Alan (Pardew) dealt with the situation at Newcastle and
never let it affect him will definitely stand him in good stead for the
"My mantra has always been that as
long as you learn, whatever you go through, it will put you in a better stead
"The thing I like about Alan is that
he is a strong person and he believes in the way he wants to play the game. It
"He gives confidence in abundance to
players and I can already see that at Palace in the short period I have been
here. He is someone I really admire.
"I'm a big believer in having the
right attitude and saying what you think. The relationship I had with Alan
meant we were honest with each other. There is a respect there.
"Football is all about confidence and
having the right mentality. Then you go out, do the best you can and hopefully
your qualities shine through.
"We've got the quality not to even be
in a relegation fight at the end of the season."
of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who"
are still available, priced at £32.50 from
The Back Page shop
on St. Andrews Street, via
the Evening Chronicle
front office and branches of Waterstones
They can also
be bought from
the publisher here
PS: Any owners of "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Record" yet to receive the 2013/14 season update PDF can request it by
Anyone short of copies of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season PDFs can also request
those via that address.
Thursday saw Everton complete a 7-2 aggregate victory over
Young Boys Berne, confirming a place in the Europa League Round of Sixteen for
Roberto Martinez & Co.
Friday's draw paired the Toffees with Dynamo Kiev, with the first leg at Goodison Park
on Thursday March 12th.
And that means that our visit to Everton will take place on Sunday March 15th with a 4pm
Squad: Steven Taylor, Siem De Jong, Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote
remain out but Jack Colback will be available again after completing his
Paddy Power match betting will appear here
Leighton Baines is doubtful with a knee problem.
Travel: to follow
Overseas TV: to follow
UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Toon at Goodison - Premier League era:
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
Premier League fixtures:
(3pm kickoff unless specified)
QPR v Spurs
Crystal Palace v QPR (12.45pm)
Arsenal v West Ham
Leicester City v Hull City
mackems v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Burnley v Manchester City (5.30pm)
Chelsea v Southampton (1.30pm)
Manchester United v Spurs (4pm)
Swansea City v Liverpool (8pm)