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Ticket news:
Stoke City (h) Public sale now
Crystal Palace (a) Member sale now
Man City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Aston Villa (h) Public sale now (online only)

Premier League:
Carver's chargers
trounce toothless Tigers


The team and fans celebrate the victory


Hull City  0  Newcastle  3


John Carver celebrated his appointment as Head Coach until the end of the season with his first win in charge of his beloved team, at a Wintry KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Remy Cabella netted his first goal for the club and Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran got their second goals of the season as United cruised to a comfortable victory to pile more pressure on Steve Bruce's relegation candidates.

It was The Magpies' first clean sheet in the Premier League since the home win over QPR back in November and although Steve Bruce's hapless Tigers seemed incapable of scoring, there were slices of luck and some good officiating to thank for the blank.

Linesman Darren Cann spotted a handball from Ahmed Elmohamady that looked to bring the home side level in first half added time and happily the cheating ex-mackem was booked before deflecting the third goal past his own 'keeper.

The first two goals were perfectly clean strikes from Cabella and Ameobi that flew past Allan McGregor but the defending for all three goals was poor as our scorers were allowed too much time and space to get their shots in.

Cabella was gifted the ball by Andrew Robertson but he still had a lot to do before hitting a swerving effort from the edge of the box after Tim Krul had kept it scoreless with a save from Curtis Davies' header.

The 'keeper managed to tip the ball onto Fabricio Coloccini's chest and a prone Mike Williamson did well to get his knee to the ball as Nikica Jelavic seemed certain to fire in the rebound.

Ameobi's strike came just five minutes after the break and it came from out of the blue when he was invited to shoot from distance, his 30-yarder flashing past a flat-footed McGregor.

Coloccini almost sliced an amazing own goal but Vurnon Anita cleared off his line and Krul saved his captain after a woefully short backpass almost let City back in.

Jelavic failed to convert from a yard out as a Krul save fell at the striker's feet but Gouffran sealed the victory just six minutes after replacing the excellent Cabella.

Gouffran cut inside from the right and skipped past some half-hearted challenges before his shot hit Elmohamady and wrong-footed McGregor.

Ayoze Perez, also on-form, made way for Papiss Cisse - back from African Nations duty - and Mehdi Abeid replaced Ameobi in added time as United saw out the remainder of the game with some ease.

The win took United back into the top half of the table ahead of the 3pm kick-offs and left the Tigers in the bottom three. Stoke's 3-1 defeat of QPR put us back down to 11th.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Cabella (Gouffran 72), Sissoko, Ameobi (Abeid 90+2), Perez (Cisse 82). 
Subs n/u: Santon, Obertan, Riviere, Alnwick.

Booked: Anita.
Goals: Cabella 40, Ameobi 50, Gouffran 78.

HCFC: McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Brady 71), Ramirez, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler (Aluko 56), Hernandez (Ince 67), Jelavic.
Subs n/u: Bruce, McShane, Harper, Quinn.

Booked: Meyler, Elmohamady, Robertson, Livermore.

Crowd: 23,925 - including Paul Dummett who was spotted in the away end.

Phil Dowd - second appearance of the season for the Staffordshire whistler following the 1-1 draw at Burnley last month. 

Other Premier League results/fixtures: 

Sat 31.01.2015:
Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
Liverpool 2-0 West Ham
Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City
Stoke City 3-1 QPR
mackems 2-0 Burnley
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Spurs
Chelsea v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 01.02.2015:

Arsenal v Aston Villa (1.30pm) Sky
Southampton v Swansea City (4pm) Sky


Toon @ Tigers - competitive games:

2014/15 won 3-0 Cabella, Ameobi, Gouffran
2013/14 won 4-1 Sissoko 2, Remy, Anita
2008/09 drew 1-1 (PL) S.Taylor
2008/09 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1990/91 lost 1-2 (Div 2) McGhee*
1989/90 won 1-0 (FAC) O'Brien*
1989/90 won 3-1 (Div 2) McGhee, Anderson, Brazil*
1976/77 drew 0-0 (ASC)*
won 3-2 (Div 2) Pearson, Smith, Imrie+
1934/35 won 5-1 (FAC) Bott 2, Cairns, Pearson, og+
1934/35 drew 1-1 (Div 2) Pearson+
1929/30 lost 0-1 (FAC)+
1912/13 drew 0-0 (FAC)+

Unlikely lad1:
Ex-Mag wins it
for Socceroos 

Former Newcastle player James Troisi scored the extra-time winner for Australia as they beat South Korea 2-1 to lift the Asian Cup.

Troisi never got further than the bench during his time at Gallowgate but he got the 105th minute winner after South Korea had taken the final to extra-time with a 91st minute equaliser.

Unlikely lad2:
Ben Arfa banned 

FIFA ratified the U21 Premier League on Friday as being within their definition of competitive matches - meaning that the appearance Hatem Ben Arfa made in it for Newcastle this season is counted as a bona fide one.

This over-rules a previous opinion to the contrary from the Premier League and means that the French FA now cannot register the player for Nice until July, as he appeared in the colours of Hull City and FIFA rules prevent anyone playing for three teams in a season. 

The former Magpie is allowed to train with Nice but cannot play competitively for them in any game.

Unlikely lad3:
Shola seals 
Selhurst switch 

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has extended his Premier League career by signing a short-term deal with Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace. 

Local papers in South London reported that free agent Shola was at the Eagles' training ground this week and he's now put pen to paper for the rest of this season.

West Bromwich Albion also made 33 year-old Ameobi an offer, with Baggies boss
Tony Pulis having managed him during a loan spell at Stoke City in 2008. 

Ameobi could come up against Newcastle for the first time in his career when John Carver takes his side to Selhurst Park on February 11th.

Coach change confirmed:
Watson role clarified 

Dave Watson (far right) v Southampton (h)

Comments from John Carver published by the official club website on Wednesday included the following:

"I love being on the training pitch and the role of the head coach is to be hands-on out here.

"When you are a manager you have to manage the football club, but the role has changed and it gives me maximum time on the training ground, coaching the players.

"What I have done is given Steve and Dave more responsibility because they are very good at what they do, and it is important that you delegate to those who are talented."

The Dave in question is Dave Watson, who has been spotted alongside Carver and coaches Andy Woodman Steve Stone in the dugout for recent games.

Former Norwich, Everton and England defender Watson joined Newcastle as U18 coach during November 2011, moving from a similar position at Wigan Athletic.

Taking caretaker charge of Everton for the final seven games of the 1996/97 season (won 1, drew 3, lost 3), the 53 year-old scouser had a fourteen month spell as Tranmere Rovers boss during 2001 and 2002. 

Scouting for Birmingham City while Steve Bruce was in charge, Watson then joined Bruce at Wigan in 2008.

Watson's arrival amongst the first team coaches has coincided with Peter Beardsley's absence, with the Magpies U21 coach alongside Carver during the Burnley home game and FA Cup Third Round tie at Leicester.  


Baggies behind 
closed doors

Monday's U21 Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion (Feb 2nd) will now take place at United's Darsley Park training ground, not Whitley Park as was originally advertised.

Kick-off remains at 1pm but it's now behind closed doors, with no admittance to the general public.

The following Monday's reserve home game against Arsenal (Feb 9th) remains a 7pm kick-off at SJP.

Pricing confirmation

From the official club website, Wednesday: 

Newcastle United have announced a freeze on the price of all season tickets for next season and have significantly reduced the price for its younger fans in the 18-21 seating area, with tickets being cut from 300 for the current season down to 250 for 2015/16.

The Magpies have taken the lead in ticket pricing over recent years, with initiatives including hugely popular long-term season ticket price-freeze deals and a move to encourage reciprocal pricing agreements between opposing clubs to drive down the cost of ticket prices for away fans.

The decision to reduce season ticket prices for young fans and to freeze all other prices has been taken in line with the Club's policy to make football affordable, reward loyalty, and also takes into consideration that by the start of next season Premier League clubs will be aware of the value of the new television rights deal negotiated by the Premier League with broadcasters, to commence in 2016/17.

To ensure season ticket holders gain maximum value and to further reward their loyalty, for next season single tickets for the higher category games will be subject to a price increase and will, on occasions, be restricted to members-only sales, meaning there will be no general sale.

It's difficult to fully explain what the highlighted passage means as categorisation of the clubs to visit SJP next season isn't yet known (as is which league they'll be in...) and the size of the increase is also unannounced. 

What it does underline though is that reciprocal pricing agreements that have benefited supporters for the last two seasons will continue at the current level - ie only agreed by clubs who can't guarantee selling out matches between each other and cutting prices therefore benefits clubs, not just the supporters.  

PS: the lack of a general sale is a pre-existing situation that requires non-season ticket holders to purchase a membership to have any chance of buying tickets for derby matches etc (or ask a season ticket holder, who automatically receives membership privileges).

Elephants advance 

Having made it through the group stages, Ivory Coast and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote are now preparing for a Quarter Final tie against Algeria on Sunday.

Success in that will then see them take on the winners of the Congo v DR Congo in a semi-final tie on Wednesday. Games continue to be shown live on British Eurosport.

AFCON remaining games:

Sat 31.01.2015 Congo v DR Congo (4pm)
Sat 31.01.2015 Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea (7.30pm)
Sun 01.02.2015 Ghana v Guinea (4pm)
Sun 01.02.2015 Ivory Coast v Algeria (7.30pm)

Wed 04.02.2015 Congo/Dr Congo v I.Coast/Algeria (7pm)
Thu 05.02.2015 Tunisia/E/Guinea v Ghana/Guinea (7pm)

Sat 07.02.2015 3rd/4th place playoff (6pm)
Sun 08.02.2015 Final (7pm)

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Tue 20.01.2014 Guinea drew 1-1 (played full game)

Sat 24.01.2014 Mali drew 1-1 (played full game)
Wed 28.01.2014 Cameroon (5.45pm British Eurosport) 

Academy called off

Saturday's scheduled U18 home league game against Manchester City has been postponed, with the visitors playing an FA Youth Cup tie against Stoke on Friday.

A new date for the Newcastle v City game is awaited. 

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Adam Campbell / Callum Roberts (Gateshead)
Next game: Southport (a) Saturday, Conference.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Next game: tbc (injured)


Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Next game: Millwall (h) Championship, Saturday.


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Holders await 
derby victors

A 6-0 victory over Swansea City on Wednesday saw Chelsea move a step closer to retaining the FA Youth Cup - and set up a Quarter Final visit to the North East.  

The Blues will face the winners of the Fifth Round tie between Newcastle and the mackems, staged at the stadium of plight next Wednesday, February 4th.

Kickoff is at 7pm and a result must be achieved on the night, via extra time and penalties if needs be. 

Toon fans will be housed in the South Stand. Access is via turnstiles 61 and 62 and admission is 3 adults, 1 U16s & over-65s. 

If they can see off the red and whites, Newcastle would enjoy home advantage against Chelsea, who ended our interest in this competition at the same stage last season, winning 3-2 at SJP.

Remaining FA Youth Cup Fifth Round ties:

02.02.2015 Arsenal v Crewe Alexandra
04.02.2015 mackems v Newcastle United
05.02.2015 Southampton v Leicester City
09.02.2015 Spurs v Manchester United

FA Youth Cup Sixth Round draw:

Southampton or Leicester v Birmingham City
mackems or Newcastle v Chelsea
Manchester City v Arsenal or Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest v Spurs or Manchester United

Trio return

Newcastle XI  3  Carlisle United XI  1

A behind closed doors friendly at Darsley Park on Tuesday afternoon gave pitch time to a trio of returning Magpies, with Siem De Jong, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan all included in the starting line-up.

A day short of his 26th birthday, De Jong completed 45 minutes and found the net, equalising after Mark Beck had beaten Freddie Woodman to put the Cumbrians ahead.

Second half goals from Haris Vuckic and Lubo Satka  then won it for the Magpies, with Adam Armstrong seeing his penalty effort saved by Dan Hanford after substitute Alex Gilliead had been chopped down in the area.

Abeid and Obertan were both withdrawn midway through the second half while Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon completed the full game. Rob Elliot, Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons didn't feature.

Team: Woodman, Barlaser (Atkinson 76), Williams, Satka, Santon, Abeid (Ward 59), Vuckic (Bigirimana 73), Obertan (Gilliead 59), De Jong (Quinn 46), Gutierrez, Armstrong (Heardman 82). Sub n/u: Harker.

Further claims:
More "for the future"?

While the urgent and ongoing need for experienced defensive and striking cover at Gallowgate remains, inbound transfer claims suggest an extension of the speculate to accumulate buying policy.

Four names are currently doing the rounds - amid claims that the completion of any deals would see them loaned back to their current club for the rest of this season. 

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) English-born 21 year-old left back (who has also played as a central defender). No international callups, under contract until 2017.

Dele Alli (MK Dons) English-born 18 year-old central midfielder. England U19 international, under contract until 2017. Alli completed 90 minutes for MK Dons in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.

David Concha (Racing Santander) Spanish-born 18 year-old striker. Spanish U19 international, contract status tbc. Senior debut for Santander in Jan 2014.

Jorge Mere (Sporting Gijon) Spanish-born 17 year-old central defender. Spanish U19 international, contract status tbc. Senior debut for Gijon awaited - currently playing for their B team, debuted for them in Sep 2013.

The previous transfer window saw United sign Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow (24) and central defender Jamaal Lascelles (21) and promptly loan both back to the City Ground for the duration of the season.

PS: Confirmation came from the club on Tuesday that 17-year old Academy product Callum Roberts had now signed his first professional deal at Gallowgate. 

No duration was mentioned by United, but it's believed that the winger is now under contract until the end of the 2017/18 season. 

Seat warmer 


Monday saw John Carver confirmed by the club as head coach for the remaining sixteen games of the season:

Newcastle United can confirm that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season.

Managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately.

"Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season.

"The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual.

"John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this."

John Carver, said: "This is a proud day for me.

"I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson. I know what this Club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.

"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."

The 50 year-old Tynesider took interim charge of the first team ahead of the home game with Burnley on New Years Day following the departure of Alan Pardew.

Seeing United draw 3-3 in his first game, Carver then presided over a 0-1 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup, a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea and most recently the 2-1 home loss to Southampton.

Confirmation of his appointment until late May is seen as further evidence that the club's preferred candidate for the role on a permanent basis is unavailable at present - or that there's no desire to make any appointment and Carver is merely seeing out the season. 

Whether JC could make sufficient impact in that 20 game stretch to convince United that he's their man in the long term is doubtful, but he remains under contract until September 2020 and therefore in line to keep a post within the club - or receive a considerable payoff

It also reinforces the managerial structure at the club, with no requirement for a manager to be in post when decisions over the future of players soon to be out of contract are made (a situation that Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell, Remi Streete and Lubo Satka all face come June).

Defender departs

The following terse statement from Newcastle United on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the first departure from Gallowgate during the current transfer window:

Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has completed a transfer to AS Roma after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

The French defender joined Roma on a loan deal in September 2014 but it has now become a permanent move.

A 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday saw Yanga -Mbiwa make a 20th Roma appearance, automatically converting his loan deal into a permanent transfer.

Italian media sources claim that a pre-determined fee of 7m is payable, understood to include the initial 1.5m loan fee paid back in August.

Yanga-Mbiwa moved to United in January 2013 from French side Montpellier at a claimed cost of 8.4m. 

Unlikely lads:
Real deal for misfit Mag

Former Newcastle flop Xisco has moved again, dropping down to the Spanish Second Division and joining his hometown club, Real Mallorca on loan.

Now 28, Xisco is in his third season at Cordoba, scoring a total of eighteen goals during the first two and helping them seal a return to the Primera League in 2014. 

However he failed to win a regular first team place once back in the top flight this time round. Nine appearances included just a solitary start and Xisco's only goal of the season came against Real Sociedad back in October. 

Former Magpies finding new clubs this month:

Shola Ameobi (free agent, joined Crystal Palace)
David Edgar (loaned to Huddersfield by Birmingham)
Aidan Grant (free agent, joined Lincoln City)
Lewis Guy
(left Gateshead, joined Barrow)

James Marwood (left St.Mirren, joined Forest Green)
Brandon Miele (free agent, joined Shamrock Rovers)
James Tavernier (loaned to Bristol City by Wigan)
(loaned to Real Mallorca by Cordoba)

England calls
for Toon teens

Magpies youngster Mackenzie Heaney is in the England U16 squad for a four team friendly tournament to be staged at the FA's St.Georges Park base next month.

The 16 year-old forward is named in a 20 man squad for fixtures against Switzerland on Monday February 16th, Slovakia two days later (both 1pm) and France on Saturday February 21st (2pm).

And fellow Newcastle player Paul Woolston has been included in England's U17 selection for the upcoming Algarve Tournament.

North Shields-born Wooly is one of two goalkeepers in the squad to face Holland on Friday 13th February, Portugal two days later and Germany on Tuesday 17th February.

Premier League:
Stoke City (h)

John Carver's Newcastle side are in home league action on Sunday week (February 8th), when the Potters head to Gallowgate for a 2.05pm. The game is live on Sky.

Tickets are on public sale now. 

Squad: To follow.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 13/10

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds)

SCFC: Striker Bojan Krkic misses out due to injury, while defender Robert Huth is suspended.

Referee: TBC 


Metro: Engineering work means that there's no metro service between North Shields and Shiremoor on Sunday until 6pm. Replacement Bus service 900 will operate.

Soccerbus: 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 1

Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio:
Live commentary on talkSPORT

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Potters on Tyne - last ten:

2013/14 won 5-1 Remy 2, Gouffran, Cabaye, Cisse(pen)
2012/13 won 2-1 Cabaye, Cisse
2011/12 won 3-0 Cabaye 2, Cisse
2010/11 lost 1-2 Nolan
2008/09 drew 2-2 Owen 2
2007/08 won 4-1 Owen, Cacapa, Milner, Duff (FAC)
1989/90 won 3-0 Kristensen 2, Quinn
1984/85 won 2-1 Waddle, Anderson
1978/79 won 2-0 Connolly, Withe
1976/77 won 3-0 T.Craig, Burns, Nattrass (LC)

Pub Watch: 

Latest Premier League fixtures:
(3pm kickoff unless specified)

Sat 07.02.2015:
Spurs v Arsenal (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Hull City
QPR v Southampton
Swansea City v mackems
Everton v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 08.02.2015:
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion (Noon) Sky
West Ham v Manchester United (4.15pm) Sky


Copies 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 bookshop.

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 emailing

Anyone short of copies of the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season PDFs can also request those via that address.

Jennings Ford Direct | 0845 020 5918


Next Match

Stoke City
Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 8th February
Kick-off 2.05pm
Live on SkySports

Last Match

Hull City 0
Newcastle 3
Premier League

KC Stadium
Saturday 31st January
Match report to follow's
Never-Ending Tour
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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

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


Sat 31.01.2015 deadline for notice of "opt outs" from NUFC season ticket schemes to be received in writing by Box Office. 

Mon 02.02.2015 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Darsley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League. Note change of venue - now behind closed doors.

Mon 02.02.2015 @ 11pm. Transfer window closes.

Wed 04.02.2015 U18s v mackems (a) @ Stadium of plight, 7pm. FA Youth Cup. Pay at the turnstiles: 3 adults, 1 U16s & over-65s. NUFC fans housed in the South Stand, enter through turnstiles 61 & 62. 

Sat 07.02.2015 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) @ SJP, 2.05pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports. NB: engineering work means buses replace metros all day between North Shields and Shiremoor.

Mon 09.02.2015 U21s v Arsenal (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.02.2015 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm, Premier League. Member sale now. 22 adults, 11 students/ over 65s, 6 U18s. Allocation tbc. Note date alteration.

Sat 14.02.2015 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Tue 17.02.2015 U21s v Morpeth Town (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final.

Sat 21.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction (viewing only) @ SJP, start time tbc.

Sat 21.02.2015 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.02.2015 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. Member sale (if any) from Mon 02.02.2015. 44 adults, 38 18-21 year-olds & over-65s, 30 16-17 year-olds, 27 U16s. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 22.02.2015 John Alder memorabilia auction @ SJP, start time tbc.

Mon 23.02.2015 U21s v Wolves (a) @ New Bucks Head, Telford, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat 28.02.2015 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 28.02.2015 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Tue 10.02.2015 (in person/by phone).

Wed 04.03.2015 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT. 

Mon 09.03.2015 U21s v Stoke City (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 11.03.2015 Jamaal Lascelles due in
Derby Crown Court on charge of assault (trial date set w/c 27.04.2015)

Our FA Cup Third Round exit means blank Saturdays on Fifth Round day (February 14th) and Sixth Round day (March 7th).

2015/16 season:

Premier League starts on Sat 08.08.2015
Football League starts on date tbc

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.

Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders at 20 (21 by post), allowing free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 08.02.2015 Stoke City (h) 2.05pm 
Sat 21.02.2015 Man City (a) 5.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 31.01.2015
Hull City (a) 12.45pm
Wed 04.03.2015 Man United (h) 7.45pm

(Live games selected up to and including Sun 22.03.2015)

Possible PL alterations 
(other than for TV)

Sat 14.03.2015 Everton (a) would alter if Everton progressed in the Europa League against Young Boys on Feb 19th/26th. 

Sat 11.04.2015 Liverpool (a) coincides with Grand National (4.15pm) at Aintree.

Sat 18.04.2015 Spurs (h) two scenarios:

1. would alter if Spurs progressed in Europa League against Fiorentina on Feb 19th/26th and team tbc on March 12th/19th.

2. would alter if Spurs progressed in FA Cup and were in Semi-Final action on Apr 18/19 (Spurs v Leicester FAC4 on 24.01.2015).

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Semi-Final draw:

17.02.2015 Newcastle U21s v Morpeth
17.02.2015 Blyth Spartans v Whitley Bay

Gateshead FC are offering a 5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is 10

home League games

Sat 07.02.2015 Kidderminster (3pm)
Sat 14.02.2015 Nuneaton (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bristol Rovers (3pm)
Tue 03.03.2015 Wrexham (7.45pm)
Tue 10.03.2015 Welling United (7.45pm)

Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to their league games for 6 - a saving of 3.

Upcoming home League games

Sat 07.02.2015 Ossett Town (3pm)
Sat 28.02.2015 Bamber Bridge (3pm)
Sat 14.03.2015 Northwich Vics (3pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (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
From UEFA: international matches will take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2015/16 match dates:

Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
31st January

Born Or Died:

1903 Jack Allen born, Newburn

After a brief spell with Leeds United, Allen moved on to Brentford and his form in front of goal then attracted Sheffield Wednesday.

Two First Division titles followed during his time at Hillsborough before he came "home" and is remembered for scoring both goals in our 1932 FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal.

Dubbed the "over the line final", Allen levelled before half time when Jimmy Richardson pulled the ball back from the byline, with the Gunners hesitating as they waited for a whistle that never came.

Allen then struck again in the second half to confirm our second Wembley success and bring the trophy back to Tyneside.

A move to Bristol Rovers didn't work out and Allen returned to the region with Gateshead, ending his playing career with Ashington.

Running the "Traveller's Rest" in Burnopfield, Allen passed away in 1957.

1934 Ron Greener born, Easington.

A blacksmith at Easington Colliery, defender Ron joined United and made his debut in a 0-2 home reverse at the hands of Charlton Athletic in October 1953. 

After just two more first team appearances though, Frank Brennan returned to the side and Greener went back to the reserves.

Joining Darlington in the summer of 1955, he went on to play 490 games during a 12-year stint at Feethams before being given a free transfer in 1967.

Settling in Darlington, Ron ended his career playing for Stockton and ran a petrol station in the area.

Despite a quadruple heart bypass and a replacement knee plus other health issues, Ron was a regular sight at Quakers home games for many years - with a suite named after him when the ill-fated Reynolds Arena opened for business.


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1903 Notts County (a)
Division One 
Gardner 2
Humphreys 2 
Debut for Archie Turner at outside right.

1920 Huddersfield Town (h)
FA Cup 2nd Round 
Mann (12) 
Peter Mooney made his debut in this cup tie against the eventual losing finalists.

1925 Leicester City (h)
FA Cup 2nd Round 
Cowan (56), McDonald (67)(pen)
Chandler (27,51) 

1931 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Starling, Hutchinson, Boyd 2 

1948 Leicester City (h)
Division Two 
McCall, Sibley 

United handed a debut to Frank Houghton following his arrival from Ballymena United. He was one of four changes to a Newcastle side beaten 1-3 at Leeds the previous weekend, with Andy Donaldson, Jimmy Woodburn and Joe Sibley all earning recalls.

1948 The Reserves travelled to Turf Moor and were beaten 3-0 by hosts Burnley.





1953 Rotherham United (h) 1-3 (0-0)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Grainger(68,87), Rickett(76)
This cup exit, engineered by the forward play of Len White, prompted United boss Stan Seymour to invest 12,500 in signing him shortly afterwards.

1959 Manchester United (a) 4-4 
Division One 
Allchurch, McGuigan, 
White 2
Charlton, Quixall, Scanlon, Viollet 
Future Magpie Albert Scanlon was among the scorers for the home side, as Newcastle made a remarkable recovery.

1970 Crystal Palace (h)
Division One 
A second successive no-score draw ended an odd January, in which United registered four stalemates in five games and managed to find the net just twice.

It was also the first game at SJP since Boxing Day, United playing away from home five times in a row - three league games plus FA Cup and Fairs Cup games at Southampton.

1976 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One 
Gowling, Nattrass, Kennedy
Maddren, Mills, og(Keeley) 
Willie Maddren, David Mills and a Glen Keeley own goal looked to have won it with only three minutes left but a goal from each of the United full backs secured a point.

1981 Bolton Wanderers (h) 2-1 (1-0)
Division Two 
Clarke, Martin
This was the only league game that former Magpie, Alan Gowling missed for the Trotters that season.

1987 Preston North End (h) 2-0 (0-0)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Roeder, Goddard 
Former Magpie favourite John McGrath brought his Division Four side to Tyneside, but they never looked like emulating their success on smogside in Round Three.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Reading (h)
FA Cup 4th Round Replay
McGhee(11,20), Quinn(71), Robinson(90)
Replay revenge over the Royals after a 3-3 draw at Elm Park five days earlier. 

Reserve striker David Robinson netted the only senior goal of his Toon career to wrap things up and book a Fifth Round home tie against Manchester United.

Youtube footage is online here

1993 Derby County (h)
Division One 
Toon fan Tommy Johnson gave the Rams an early lead in this Sunday TV game - and was attacked later in the evening when drinking in the Bigg Market.

Liam O'Brien equalised in the dying seconds, but United's lead in Division One was cut to 11 points after a third successive draw.
Youtube footage is online here

2000 Blackburn Rovers (a)
FA Cup 5th Round 

A joyous return to Ewood Park for Alan Shearer who answered the boos from the home crowd with a fine double to take us into the quarter-finals. 

After the opener, Al celebrated with an odd Saturday Night Fever-type dance stance. The reason for which remains a mystery.... match report

Al celebrates the winner in front
of a joyous Darwen end

2001 Chelsea (a)
Zola(37), Poyet(62), Gronkjaer(79)
Despite taking an early lead through a rare Christian Bassedas goal United soon came down to earth when Zola, Poyet (inevitably) and Gronkjaer gave the points to The Blues. match report

2004 Birmingham City (a) 

With the game looking won, Craig Bellamy appeared to be fouled by City's Kenny Cunningham. 

However Rob Styles saw it differently and awarded the home side a free kick, bringing the ball forward 10 yards after Hugo Viana kicked the ball away and then refused to approach the referee for his booking.

The free kick was taken and fell nicely for Stern John to beat Shay Given from close range and steal an undeserved point. match report

2006 An extra time header from Newcastle striker Andy Carroll booked his side a place in the Quarter Finals of the FA Youth Cup at Brentford's Griffin Park.

Having taken a first half lead through Mark Doninger, Glenn Roeder's side were pegged back after the break when Ryan Watts deservedly levelled for the Bees.

However, we set up a Sixth Round home tie against either Blackburn Rovers or Brighton with just five minutes of the extra half hour remaining, when Carroll struck.

2007 Aston Villa (h)
Milner(5), Dyer(7), Sibierski(90)
Three goals, three points, unbeaten in four games, players returning from injury and up to ninth in the table - our highest position since mid- September - all appeared to be rosy in Glenn Roeder's garden.

But just one unproven loan signing (Onyewu) added to a backline that had gone 14 games without a clean sheet - a worrying transfer policy for a side who were continuing to paper over some massive cracks. match report

2008 United confirmed that David Rozehnal had been loaned to Serie A side Lazio, with 
the Czech international defender moving to the Olympic Stadium for the rest of the season. A permanent 2.9m deal followed.

After a false start earlier in the month when he was paraded despite still being on our payroll, Newcastle midfielder Geremi completed his move to Ankaragucu.

The Cameroon international had been under contract at SJP until summer 2010, reportedly trousering around 58,000 a week. However he hadn't featured in the first team since the defeat at Scunthorpe the previous October.

2011 Despite continual denials from the club, transfer deadline day saw Andy Carroll join Liverpool for a reported 35m fee.

The role played by SkySports News was possibly the most disturbing aspect of the day, with reports of ever-increasing bids for Carroll and a farcical last minute attempt to re-sign Charles N'Zogbia from Wigan.

Carroll's subsequent lack of form at Anfield made the deal look to be a good one for Newcastle but this was a grim day for United fans and left Alan Pardew looking discredited, after his "he won't be sold" comments.

Transfer deadline day brought no significant arrivals or departures at SJP, as  Alan Pardew failed in his declared quest to sign defensive cover. 

Pardew confirmed that a final bid for Watford centre half Adrian Mariappa had been made but Wigan then reportedly had a bid for him accepted and were granted permission by the Hornets to speak to Mariappa - only for the player to spurn their advances.


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