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tweet: police act
From the Sunderland Echo, Thursday:
A Sunderland man has been charged in
connection with an offensive tweet relating the two Newcastle United
supporters who died in the MH17 crash in Ukraine.
Mitchell Tace Chapman, 18, of Pegswood
Road, will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court next Friday, charged with
making a malicious communication.
This follows remarks posted on twitter
relating to victims John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were on board the
Malaysian Airlines passenger flight, which crashed last a week ago, killing
all 298 people on board.
Speculation over the future of Fraser Forster continues, with the
ex-Newcastle goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in a Champions League Qualifier
for Celtic on Tuesday.
The 26 year-old England international custodian was the subject of a bid from
Southampton in recent days that was described the Parkhead club as
"derisory", but an improved offer from the Saints is
The Scottish champions are seeking between £7.5m and £9m for Fraser and seem
happy to cash in on him, signing ready-made replacement Craig Gordon on a free
Departing from Tyneside in 2012 without making a senior competitive appearance
for United, it's reported that a 25% sell-on clause was inserted in the deal
when Celtic paid £2.2m for his services.
4 Sydney 0
United's second pre-season game saw them face Australian A League side
opposition at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on the
South Island of New Zealand - where the temperature at kick-off was just 8
Alan Pardew's side went ahead on 18 minutes when the Sydney goalkeeper Ivan
Necevski made an
absolute hash of a clearance on the edge of his area.
Emmanuel Riviere played the loose ball into the path of Siem De Jong and he
registered a second pre-season goal, finding the back of the empty net
from 18 yards.
Sydney fell further behind just eight minutes later, when a spell of
Newcastle pressure ended up with Yoan Gouffran laying the ball across the six
yard box from the right hand side of the box for Emmanuel Riviere to
That goal came shortly before a minute's applause from the Newcastle
supporters in the stadium, acknowledging 28 year-old Liam Sweeney on 28
The Magpies side made it 3-0 on 33 minutes, when a speculative left
footed effort from distance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa took a
hefty deflection off the Sydney captain Saša Ognenovski and beyond the goalkeeper.
Wearing the 23 shirt formerly owned by Shola Ameobi*, Haris Vukci arrived in
place of De Jong for the second half, with Riviere (wearing 29*) then making way
for Spaniard Ayoze Perez soon after.
A second minute of applause was then observed in memory of 63 year-old John
Alder on 63 minutes - just about the time Rob Elliot was called into action
for the first time to palm away a bouncing effort from 18 yards by former
Fulham reserve striker Corey Gameiro.
Further replacements then saw Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Armstrong, Paul
Dummett, Lubo Satka and Adam Campbell enter the fray.
And Campbell's first contribution was to play in Adam Armstrong, who
sold his covering defender a dummy before beating Necevski at his near post on
Two local lads combining for the goal was possibly the most fitting tribute of
all in this game.
PS: A note of appreciation for Kane Wintersgill
(pictured below with Alan Pardew), whose efforts to
gather together Newcastle fans going to the game took on a whole new
significance following the loss of flight MH17.
Thanks are due to him for the contribution that he - and various others out in
Dunedin - made to ensure that the tributes were honourably paid.
Alan Pardew commented after the game:
"We started with a very strong side, particularly in memory of Liam and John,
which I thought was only right.
"It was important to pay our respects as Liam and John were not just ordinary
fans, they were a little bit special in their support.
"They were coming all the way to New Zealand to watch us and we had to make
sure that their memory was in this stadium.
"Nice to see all the new boys contribute in a really positive way, it is
obvious we’ve more offensive options now with the arrival of Siem, Riviere and
"All three were terrific and Jack’s energy in midfield was great, that really
got us playing on the front foot.
"It was a good night on the pitch and we can be proud of how we conducted
ourselves off it too."
View from the away section - from
tbc - pre-match estimates were of a 10,000 turnout in a stadium with a fixed
roof holding 30,000.
Good to hear the black and white exiles were enjoying themselves and knew the
words to "dodgy 'keeper"...
Toon followers congregated in the Terrace Bar before Tuesday's
game, where TV3 reporter Dave Goosselink took the above photo.
The Newcastle side appeared in training tops with the message "in
memory of John & Liam".
Before kickoff, Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini went into the Newcastle fan
section of the stadium to lay wreaths on seats set aside for the two
An immaculately-observed minute's silence followed as messages and images were displayed on big screens at the venue. Both sides also
wore black armbands.
under the banner of Football United Tour 2014, the organisers have also
signed up West Ham - although the two Premier League sides won't face each
This is the only Football United game at this venue, with West Ham beaten 1-2
by Wellington Phoenix the following day at Eden Park in Auckland on the North
That game was also preceded by a minute's tribute in memory of the two Toon
fans (thanks to NUFC.com reader Nathan Hart for the photo).
New season Magpie Mover tickets are now available for NUFC season
ticket holders to buy, Priced at £20
(£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and
after competitive home first team games. Order online
Marveaux loaned out
Sylvain Marveuax returned to his native France on Tuesday, agreeing to
join Ligue 1 side, Guingamp, on a
Marveaux arrived on Tyneside in 2011 from Rennes and has played 57 times in all competitions, scoring
twice. With two years remaining on his contract, he's not featured in the first
team since last March and wasn't included
in the squad that are currently in New Zealand.
Incidentally, Guingamp was the final resting place for the unique talents of
former Magpie, Stephane Guivarc'h.
Our Far East correspondents supply this image of the new season NUFC home
shirt - which is not quite as severe as prototypes leaked online, but won't win
any new friends amongst devotees of classic black and white stripes.
It's what's in them that remains the priority of course.
4 Queen of the South 4
A behind-closed-doors friendly with second tier Scottish side Queen of the South
was staged at United's Darsley
Park training ground on Tuesday.
The Doonhamers held a two goal advantage at the break thanks to a Gavin Reilly
brace, but a Newcastle side including Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana and
Gabriel Obertan then hit back with three goals of their own.
Substitute Kevin Dzierzawski made it 3-3 and Iain Russell looked to have won
it for the visitors, only for the Magpies to find a late goal and tie the
The order that Newcastle scored their goals in isn't yet known, but young
forward Callum Roberts grabbed a brace, while Ben Arfa and Bigirimana
Next up for Peter Beardsley's U21 side is a tournament in the town of
Oberndorf in Southern Germany that gets underway this coming Friday.
Proud sponsors of
and Liam RIP
Update: Former Magpie Steve Harper played for current club Hull City in a
pre-season kickabout at Harrogate on Monday, wearing a black armband for John
Newcastle fan and John Alder's MP Ian Mearns spoke in the House of
Commons on Monday, referring both to the "extraordinary"
supporter John and the current efforts of Sunderland and Newcastle supporters
in raising funds for charitable causes.
Urging the Prime Minister to help repatriate the bodies of both local men,
David Cameron's response was as follows:
"It's right to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives, to John
Alder and Liam Sweeney. It's heartbreaking, the families that have been ripped
apart by this, the lives that have been snuffed out due to this appalling
Latest TV pictures from Ukraine show a train reported to be carrying over 280
bodies departing for Kharkiv, where onward transit to Amsterdam now agreed. It's not known whether John and Liam are on board that train though, with the
bodies still to be identified.
The complete unreality of this situation from a Tyneside perspective remains;
with news updates from Kiev and Moscow and the train en route to Kharkiv - all
stops on United's European tour in previous seasons.
Like seeing their personal possessions pictured in the media scattered across
a foreign field, it's all difficult to take in. Make that
Family, friends and fans gathered outside SJP on Monday lunchtime to pay their respects to Liam and John.
Ex-Chairman Sir John Hall was present to hear tributes read out, before a
minute's applause. Family members then spent time in the stadium, viewing
flowers and messages placed on seats their loved ones
An online collection started by Sunderland fans had passed
the £31,000 mark by Thursday, with red and whites, black and whites and followers of
other teams (including Ukrainians Donetsk contributing online
And the safcmuseum
twitter account has put signed Newcastle and Sunderland shirts and memorabilia
up for auction, with proceeds going to the same cause.
As one wrote, "this transcends football rivalry".
The collection served the original purpose of funding floral tributes to
John and Liam from Sunderland fans, organiser Gary Ferguson placing those
outside SJP on Tuesday:
All other monies will be donated to charities
selected by the families of the two lads: the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and the Sir Bobby
A separate fundraising page by Toon fans entitled "flag and funeral
cost" was then opened up online
here. That has raised over £7,000 to date.
Donations to both funds have also come via collections from as far afield as
Oxfordshire, with Toon fans who support non-league side Thame United
organising a whip round before Saturday's home friendly match.
A bucket collection for the flag and funeral fund for John and Liam will be
taken at Spennymoor Town FC ahead of their game against Hamilton Academical on
Books of condolence have been opened at St Andrew’s Church on Newgate Street
and St Mary’s Cathedral on Clayton Street - both in Newcastle City Centre.
NB: we've heard from NUFC.com readers who donated to the fund established by
Sunderland fans and wanted to us make that fact known, thus contradicting
press reports that this is an entire SAFC enterprise.
That's not being petty or detracting from the laudable actions of Sunderland
fans - rather, it's an attempt to show that the collection is a fine example
of football supporters uniting in a common cause.
And for those outside the region relying on the media - who could logically
conclude from the coverage that John and Liam's fellow Newcastle fans haven't
reacted - it's worth stating that it's obviously not the case.
PS: it's worth mentioning that many of comments posted online come from
Newcastle fans recognising and rightly praising the efforts of their Wearside
Victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on Thursday included two
Newcastle United supporters travelling to support their team in New
We're desperately sad to report that they were John Alder and Liam Sweeney.
Both were well known to away followers, particularly John, whose usual
matchday attire led to the affectionate nickname of "The
Both were in attendance at Oldham last week, doing what they loved. Our
thoughts are with their friends, families and the many fans who knew them by
Watching Newcastle will never be the same again.
Updates: Berwick Rangers, Whitley Bay, Dunston UTS, Blyth Spartans
and Darlington (versus Sunderland) all staged a minute's silence before games on
Gateshead FC staged a well-observed minute's silence before Friday's friendly against Newcastle
U21s and the Newcastle United Women's side did so on Sunday.
And it's not just football, with the Newcastle Diamonds Speedway team holding
a silent tribute ahead of their meeting with Berwick at Brough Park on
Present and ex-NUFC players including Tim Krul, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong,
Paul Dummett, Ryan Taylor, Steve Harper, Michael Bridges, Yohan Cabaye and
Joey Barton posted their tributes on social media.
Youth team player Kyle Cameron meanwhile dedicated United's 6-2 win in a
Swedish tournament on Friday to John and Liam. The team also wore black
NUFC issued a statement on
Friday morning expressing their own condolences
and confirming the following:
Players and staff will wear black armbands during both games in New Zealand as
a mark of respect.
PS: Thanks to Paul English for
John's photo, taken at the Eintracht Frankfurt away game back in 2006. The
photo of Liam has been provided by his family.
Unlikely lad: Conference
for SJP old boy
Ahead of their return to the Conference following a 12 year absence, Dover
Athletic have signed former Newcastle reserve midfielder Nicky
Since leaving United in 2006, the 26 year-old has played in Scotland (Gretna),
England (Gateshead, Barnet, Blyth Spartans, Alfreton Town), Iceland (BÍ/Bolungarvík)
and most recently, TB Tvøroyri (Faroes).
sad loss: Jon
We're sorry to report the death of another Newcastle supporter, Jon
Lockwood, at the age of just 31.
Known to message board posters as Gejon and Cajun, Hitchin-born Jon lived in
nearby Stevenage and regularly visited SJP with his pals to cheer on the
Family and friends of Jon have had a private collection to pay for a wreath,
with other funds donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Anyone who wishes
to follow suit in memory of Jon can do so online
you play for Hull?
Something that lifted our mood slightly was seeing this photo taken after
United arrived at Dunedin Airport on Sunday - we've posted it on that basis
for you to see.
Despite looking like another behavioural breach that could see further FA
punishment, Alan Pardew was actually taking part in a traditional Maori hongi
greeting (rubbing noses and foreheads) with a local resident. Phew. Couldn't someone have mentioned this in his defence though after the David
player passes: Ray
death of ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper Ray King has been confirmed,
weeks before his 90th birthday.
Amble-born Ray was with the club between 1942 and 1946, appearing in wartime
fixtures and also guesting for Chester City and Wolves while serving in the
Leaving Newcastle before league football resumed, a number of injury problems
saw King forced to leave the professional game after a brief stay at Leyton
However he made a successful return with Port Vale in 1949, enjoying an eight
year stint with the Valiants before moving on to Boston United.
Ray later managed both Poole Town and Sittingbourne and settled in Dorset for
many years before returning to his native Northumberland.
Following the death of his wife in 2009, Ray relocated to Thailand and lived
in Bangkok with his son Gary.
author and NUFC fan Paul Brown has researched the early history of
Newcastle United for a new book examining the roots of the club through a
thirty year period culminating in their FA Cup success of 1910.
"All With Smiling Faces - How Newcastle became United" is
published in and an exclusive run of personalised hardback copies can be
reserved now. Individually numbered and personalised, this special edition costs £15,
which includes free delivery in the UK before publication.
More information about "All With
Smiling Faces..." and a link to order copies can be foundonline
here or by clicking on the rather fine cover artwork above.
Thanks to Goal-Post books we had two of those limited edition copies to give
away and asked what injuries the main character in Geordie folk song "The
Blaydon Races" sustained (the title of Paul's book is from the lyrics).
All but the terminally bewildered answered correctly that it was "two
black eyes and a broken nose" (metatarsal was the most creative entry
received) and books will be heading off to this pair later in the year:
Miss Dianne Renner, Tweedmouth
Simon Carmichael, Hampshire
Following their visit to Dunedin, the Magpies will travel on a further
380 miles over to the North Island of New Zealand for their second tour game -
also on grass.
The opposition this time on their home ground of the Westpac Stadium are
Wellington Phoenix - the only non-Australian side playing in the ten team A
Holding 34,500 fans, 27,000 tickets had been sold just over a week before
Newcastle's game - which is a doubleheader along with West Ham v Sydney.
Big Sham and the Hammers kick off at 2pm local time, before Newcastle and
Wellington meet at 4.30pm.
NB: 2013/14 ST holders renewing with unchanged details and seat should
continue to use their existing ST cards.
New ST cards will only be issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or
On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.
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. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
Sat 26.07.2014Wellington Phoenix (a) @ Westpac Stadium,
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, 4.30pm. Friendly. Tickets
on sale via eventfinder in NZ.
on BT Sport 1 @ 5.30am.
Sat 26.07.2014 U21s v Mainz 05 @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany,
Sat 26.07.2014 U21s v team tbc @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc.
Sun 27.07.2014 U21s v team tbc @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc.
Oberndorf Tournament. Mon 28.07.2014 U18s v Funabashi (Japan) (n) @ Scroggy Road, Limavady 3.30pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Tue 29.07.2014 U18s v County
Londonderry (Northern Ireland) (a) @
Showgrounds, Coleraine, 8pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup
Wed 30.07.2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 7.45pm.
holder sale now, £15 adults, £5 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Thu 31.07.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO
tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Fri 01.08.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Sat 02.08.2014Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen,
3.30pm. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now,
£11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 adult U12s. Day ticket - also valid for
admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.30pm.
Live on German Sport 1 TV channel.
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.30pm.
Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11
adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 adult U12s. Day
ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on German Sport 1 TV channel.
Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @
Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm (public game)
Tue 05.08.2014 Huddersfield Town (a)
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm.
ST holder sale now,
£15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Sun 10.08.2014 Real Sociedad (h) @ SJP, KO 1.30pm. Friendly. Public
sale now (online), Mon 28.07.2014 (by phone, in person). £15 adults, £5
concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.
Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be
Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, KO 4pm. Premier
League. ST holder/ member sale now, public sale Tue
29.07.2014 (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live
3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015 4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015 5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015 6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015 SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015 Final Sat 30.05.2015
U21 Premier League 2014/15:
Subject to final confirmation, United will play in the lower of two divisions
along with the following ten teams:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, smoggies, Reading,
Stoke City, Spurs, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.
FA Youth Cup Round Dates: 3rd Round by 20.12.2014 4th Round by 17.01.2015 5th Round by 31.01.2015 6th Round by 21.02.2015 SF1 by 07.03.2015 SF2 by 21.03.2015 Final 1 tbc Final 2 tbc
Travelis 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:
Manchester City (h) 4pm
Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport: Tue 22.07.2014 Sydney (n) 8.30am BST Sat 26.07.2014 Phoenix (a) 4.30am BST Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
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
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
Now: English rugby club members
12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot
11.2014/12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis for any left
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches 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
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon
(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)
Group G: 06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v team tbc**
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Clark born, Ashington. (1948-49)
Right half who made the switch from North Shields to SJP in January 1948, but
was on his way back to Appleby Park just over a year later.
Clark's solitary first team appearance for the Magpies came in a 3-2 home
victory over Sheffield United back in December 1948, deputising for Joe
Albert passed away in 1977.
1949 Dave Clarke born, Newcastle. (1967-69)
Learning his trade at Montague and Fenham Boys
Clubs, Dave joined Newcastle after a successful trial and appeared at reserve
Understudy to Iam McFaul at Gallowgate, Clarke failed to make a senior
appearance for United but was on the bench for five Fairs Cup games in the
1968/69 season, starting with the trip to Sporting Lisbon.
Exiting Gallowgate in the summer of 1969, Dave signed for Doncaster Rovers and
fleetingly appeared for their first team before agreeing a loan to
Next came a move to Gainsborough Trinity and the beginning of a long career in
the non-league game that included spells at both South Shields and Gateshead.
However the move that was to seal his reputation came in 1977, when Dave made
the switch to Blyth Spartans.
The following decade saw him established as the number 1 at Croft Park,
experiencing the club's famous FA Cup run and appearing for the England semi-
March 1986 saw Dave answer an emergency call from former club Newcastle and
make an unlikely playing return for the Magpies in a 1-0 reserve victory away
to Aston Villa.
Awarded a testimonial match in 1987 against United (former colleague Iam McFaul
bringing a full-strength side), Clarke worked as assistant to Jim Pearson and
succeeded him as Spartans manager the following year.
That proved to be short-lived however and Dave resigned in November 1988,
opting to continue his playing career with Alnwick Town and later manage the
club. He also had a second stint at Gateshead, this time serving as their
Jersey Select XI (a)
Friendly Burns 2, Bruce, Nulty, Macdonald, Keeley
2,000 United warmed up for their Anglo-Scottish Cup ties
with this Channel Isles kickabout - new manager Gordon
Lee's first game in charge, after succeeding Joe Harvey
during the close season.
Hartlepool United (a) 2-0 (2-0)
Friendly Sellars, Beardsley Mark Robinson joined the injured list after three
minutes of this game, following a scything tackle from Ian
An outraged Keegan vowed never to return to Victoria Park
and later inherited McGuckin after taking over as Fulham
boss. He was immediately shipped off back to Hartlepool.
Former mackem 'keeper Tim
Carter conceded both goals in the first half to the great
amusement of the travelling support and failed to reappear
for the second period.
Newcastle faced two local teams in one friendly match at SJP,
Gateshead providing the opposition in the first half and
Blyth Spartans lining up against the Magpies after the
A benefit match for drug charities in the Blyth area, the
original venue of Croft Park had been ruled out due for
fears of congestion due to the large numbers attending.
The final score was 6-0, with two goals each from
Ferdinand, Lee and Kitson.
Friendly Coppinger(63pen), Robinson(82)
16,884 With United quickly trailing the Royals on our debut
at the Madejski Stadium, manager Ruud Gullit opted to
being himself off the bench to show his flagging troops
what was required.
Gullit's display was inspirational and a superb long
ball to Paul Robinson saw him fouled in the box, with
fellow former Quaker James Coppinger scoring from
Robinson himself then levelled to spare our blushes in
front of a big away following, including many southern
exiles NUFC.com match report.
NUFC.com duo were seemingly the only ones who knew United
would be training at Georgetown University, Washington DC
that afternoon. Reed Ackerman and his lad also turned up
after driving down from New York and the four of us were
invited by Bobby to take shelter from the rain in the
We were later joined by another trio, all of whom sat out
the session through injury:
Cort, Ferguson &
GVVV Veenendaal (Holland) (a) 4-0 (4-0) Friendly Dyer(11), Viana(24,37), Robert(43) The third of Newcastle's four low profile friendlies
against Dutch sides was staged in a small town midway
between Utrecht and Arnhem.
Hugo Viana netted his first (and second) goals for the club as Bobby Robson's
side increased their goal tally to seventeen without
conceding. NUFC.com match report
New Magpies signing Damien Duffwas presented to
the media at SJP, having been greeted on the steps of the
Milburn Stand by an enthusiastic Tyneside crowd.
by Freddy Shepherd and Glenn Roeder, when asked why he'd
chosen United ahead of other top flight clubs (notably
Tottenham) Duff told reporters that:
feels special. Playing here with Chelsea and Blackburn it
was an unbelievable place to come as an away player,
it’s probably the most passionate place in England to
play. That is one of the many factors why I wanted to come
"It took a couple of days - I spoke to the gaffer and
the lads here like Scott Parker, Steve Carr and Shay
Given, but at the end I listened to my heart.
"Maybe there are a lot of Liverpool supporters in
Ireland saying ‘Why didn’t you sign for us?’ but my
heart told me to come to Newcastle United.
hope we can bring success. Obviously we’re not kidding
ourselves, it’s a massive job ahead of us and we know
we’re not going to be challenging for the Premier League
this year. But I’m here for five years and hope to do
United's reserve side beat Northern League side Newcastle
Benfield 3-2 at Sam Smiths Park, thanks to goals from
Kazenga LuaLua, James Marwood and Mark Bertram. NUFC.com
Shearer's big mate Rob Lee spoke to the The Daily
Express about the continuing managerial limbo that the
number nine found himself in at SJP:
speak to Alan every day and he’s frustrated to say the
least. He’s coming to the end of his tether now. He’s
waited for ages and been told that things were due to
happen, but nothing has and he’s very frustrated.
"He organised all the pre-season games at the end of
last season but he also had targets in mind that he wanted
to bring in to the club. Now it looks like he will miss
out on them.
"I’m amazed he hasn’t already told Newcastle that
he doesn’t want the job any more, but there will come a
point where he says, ‘You’re too late’.
Norwich City (a)
13,195 Clad in the all-blue change kit for the first time,
United lost to the Championship new
boys at Carrow Road.
Trailing just before half time to a Chris Martin effort
that came about due to a sloppy Ryan Taylor back pass,
Chris Hughton made seven changes ahead of the second half
and gained an instant return when one of them - Shola
Ameobi - levelled the scores.
However the Canaries winner came when a combination of City's Chris Martin and
Toon defender Mike Williamson jointly headed a cross
beyond Tim Krul.
Among the Magpies in action was Faroe Islands
international midfielder Jóan Símun Edmundsson, making
his senior bow for the club as a second half substitute. NUFC.com
United's reserve side renewed
rivalries with non-league Workington, returning to West
Cumbria after an absence of six years.
And after suffering successive training ground losses to Hamilton Academical
and Southampton, almost 500 spectators were at Borough Park to see the Magpies
register a 3-1 win - the first victory of their pre-season campaign.