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Wolverhampton Wanderers
Premier League
St. James' Park
Saturday 2nd March
Kick-off 3.00pm
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FA Cup Fifth Round
Ewood Park
Tuesday 27th February
Match report

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Chelsea (a) SOLD OUT
West Ham (h) Member ballot Mon 04.03, 10am

Academy action

Newcastle U18s  1  'Boro U18s  3

Newcastle's youngsters were in action this morning at Little Benton in a rearranged PL game against Middlesbrough and despite equalising after going down to ten men they were defeated with two late goals.

The visitors took the lead after seven minutes when Frankie Coulson fired in from just inside the box.

United were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when Harry Powell was given a straight red for a tackle on Prince Acheampong.

In the 79th minute Logan Watts equalised in slightly bizarre fashion when his low shot from the edge of the box found the bottom corner surprisingly beating the 'keeper who must have been unsighted.

However, the Teessiders went back in front in the first minute of added time when Charlie Lennon slotted the ball between the 'keeper and post from inside the area.

Four minutes later 'Boro got their third when substitutes Anton Palmer and Moah Muwana combined to set up Coulson for his second.

Team: Harris, R.Powell, Watts, Milmore, Craggs, H.Powell, Ferreira (Cogdon 86), Palmer (O'Donovan 64), Brayson, Neave, Emerson (Bloomer 86).
Subs n/u: Ad.Harrison, Wooster.

Wolves (h) 

This afternoon sees Newcastle play a third successive PL home game in the non-televised 3pm slot when Wolves travel to St. James' Park.

United are winless in four PL fixtures at SJP since a 3-0 victory over Fulham in December. Defeats to Nottingham Forest (1-3) and Manchester City (2-3) were followed by draws with Luton Town (4-4) and Bournemouth (2-2).

The Magpie''s next goal in the Premier League will be their 1,500th.

Nick Pope, Joelinton, Callum Wilson, Matt Targett and Sandro Tonali remain sidelined. Sven Botman returns after being rested for Tuesday's FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers.

The threat of a two-match PL suspension continues to hang over Bruno Guimaraes, who
has been on nine bookings for the last five games. Anthony Gordon is two PL yellows away from suffering the same fate.

Coral rate this match as follows:

NUFC win 1
The draw 11/4
WWFC win 14/5

New customers receive a £20 bet when staking £5 (T's & C's apply). Find Coral's markets online here

WWFC: Ahead of their trip to Tyneside, Gary O'Neill's side defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 in the FA Cup Fifth Round on Wednesday night.

That came at some cost though, PL top scorer Hwang Hee-Chan forced off with injury, as was Mario Lemina after netting the winner. The South Korean forward is now confirmed as missing Saturday's game.

Second top scorer Matheus Cunha was previously ruled out until late March with a hamstring problem. 

Wolves are unbeaten away from home in six PL and FA Cup games since mid December, winning four and drawing the other two.

PL victories came at Brentford (4-1), Chelsea (4-2) and Spurs (2-1) with a 0-0 draw at Brighton.

The visitors will be backed by a sold-out 3,000 away allocation and wear their red change kit.

UK TV: None

WonderBar in The Gate opens at 10am, with DJ Mad Mick on stage from 11.30am for his pre-match show. 

Overseas TV: 
625 Now Premier League 5 (Hong Kong)
Arena Sport 4 HD Serbia
Arena Sport 8 HD Croatia
Astro Go (Malaysia)
AZ Sport 7 (Azerbaijan)
beIN Connect MENA/MENA HD/Turkey HD
beIN Sports MENA 9 HD
Canal+ Sport 6 HD (Cz/Slo) (Jamaica)
DAZN Spain/4 Spain HD
DStv Now
Eleven Sports Extra 2 (Portugal) (Taiwan)
FuboTV Canada
Hotstar VIP (India)
Hub Premier 3 HD
iQiyi (China)
JioTV (India)
MaxTV Go (North Macedonia)
Migu (China)
Movistar+ (Spain)
Nova Sports 5 HD (Greece)
Now E/Player (Hong Kong)
Optus Sport Australia
Paramount+ (Mexico)
Peacock Premium (USA)
Play Sports/Sports 4 (Belgium)
Prima Sport 5 (Romania)
QQ Sports Live (China)
Setanta Sports (Philippines)
SiminnSport 4 (Iceland)
Sky Sport 9/NOW (New Zealand)
SPOTV ON 2 (South Korea)
StarHub TV (Singapore)
Star+ Arg/Bol/Bra/Chi/Col/Ecu/Par/Per/Uru/Ven
SuperSport Football Plus ROA (Ivory Coast)
SuperSport Variety 2 HD
TOD (Turkey)
True ID (Thailand)
Vidio (Indonesia)
V Sport 1 (Finland/Sweden)
ViaPlay Baltic HD
ViaPlay Den/Fin/Ned/Nor/Pol/Swe

UK Radio:

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Hospital Radio: Radio Tyneside commentary is accessible free of charge in local hospitals via Hospedia.

Tim Robinson - a third Toon appointment this season, after the 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace and 0-3 defeat at Everton.

David Coote

No scheduled closures this weekend.

Rail: Disruption is anticipated following strike action by the ASLEF trade union. Their members at LNER and Northern will observe an overtime ban until Saturday March 2nd.

That's in addition to a route closure between York and Newcastle on Saturday and Sunday.

Except for an hourly LNER service via a diversionary route that will take additional time, rail replacement buses will run between York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle. No Lumo services will operate between Newcastle and London Kings Cross on either day. 

PS: There are additional line closures between Manchester and Huddersfield this weekend for anyone travelling via Trans Pennine Trains.

Rail disruption updates: online here

The Go North East X50 football service from the Metro Centre will be in operation. Details here

Road closures:
Temporary road closures around the ground will be in place from an hour before kick-off until 30 minutes after the final whistle.

 The usual stall and bucket shakers will be on Strawberry Place. NUFC Jamie Reuben will once again double all cash donations made on matchday.

Anyone attending the first weekend Food Market of 2024 at Anarchy Brewery this Saturday and Sunday can also take advantage of a Food Bank collection point that will take both cash and food items.

Entry is free and open at 10am until late on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. There's live music on both days in addition to some top local scran vendors and of course some fine Anarchy brews - anyone with a valid match ticket for Wolves (h) or a season ticket gets 20% off drinks on Saturday.

Latest music times etc. via Anarchy facebook


Wolves @ SJP - PL era:

2022/23 won 2-1 Isak, Almiron
2021/22 won 1-0 Wood
2020/21 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2019/20 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2018/19 lost 1-2 Perez
2016/17 won 2-0 Ritchie, Gouffran (LC)
2016/17 lost 0-2 (Ch)
2011/12 drew 2-2 Cisse, Gutierrez
2010/11 won 4-1 Nolan, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez
2003/04 drew 1-1 Bowyer
1992/93 won 2-1 Kelly 2 (D1)

FA Cup:
Man City (a) confirmed 

Confirmation that Newcastle's FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium is on Saturday 16th March with a 5.30pm kick-off

The tie will be shown live on BBC1 and an outcome must be achieved on the night. Ticket details are awaited.


Sat 16.03.2024:
Wolves v Coventry City (12.15pm) ITV1
Manchester City v Newcastle United (5.30pm) BBC1

Sun 17.03.2024:
Chelsea v Leicester City (12.45pm) BBC1
Manchester United v Liverpool (3.30pm) ITV1

Bruno off to Wembley

Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes has been selected by Brazil for upcoming kickabouts against England at Wembley and Spain at the Bernabeu this month.

The sold-out game in London is on Saturday March 23rd, moving on to play in Madrid three days later.

Meanwhile there's no place for Sven Botman in the Netherlands squad for fixtures against Scotland and Germany. The defender has been called up previously but is yet to win a senior international cap.   

Badge winner

Available online here now is badge number five in Magpin's ongoing ShearMagic series, celebrating a certain number 9's time in Toon.

And for anyone who missed out on earlier badges in the series, there's a full restock of the last four.

We had a full set to give away and asked which ground Newcastle were playing Chelsea at when Big Al sustained his serious knee injury in July 1997.

A few folks mistakenly went down the SJP/Stamford Bridge route and a couple got the wrong Shearer injury and reckoned it was the stadium of plight.

Most recalled that it was a pre-season kickabout at Goodison Park though and from the correct answers received, Nick Maxwell was randomly picked out.

Mags march on -
thanks to Martin

Blackburn Rovers  1  Newcastle  1
(Newcastle won 4-3 on penalties aet)

Match report

Match action

Etihadaway man.....

EH Tuesday: "hopefully we can get a good draw"

Wednesday's FA Cup quarter-final draw saw Newcastle United handed the toughest possible task - a daunting trip to the current holders Manchester City.

The two sides have already met twice in the Premier League this season; United beaten 0-1 at the Etihad Stadium in August and 2-3 on Tyneside in January.

Eddie Howe's side did get the better of Pep Guardiola's lot in this season's Carabao Cup at SJP, winning 1-0. 

It's worth pointing out that the Magpies are unbeaten in cup competitions at the Etihad - their sole visit to date a 2-0 League Cup success back in October 2014.

Less thrillingly, we've lost seventeen of our nineteen league games there, drawing the other two. Since DeAndre Yedlin netted in 2018 we've endured 510 scoreless minutes at that venue.

City's home form in the FA Cup doesn't make for good reading; winning all 12 ties there since losing 0-2 to Boro in 2015. Those dozen victories have seen a total of 52 home goals scored and conceding five.

This is Newcastle's fifth successive away draw in this competition since losing to Cambridge United at Gallowgate back in January 2022.

Our most recent quarter-final tie came against City in June 2020, the visitors winning 2-0 at Gallowgate behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

This will be the second time that we've faced the Citizens in both domestic cup competitions and the league during the same season:

Nov 1994 drew 1-1 (a) LC
Dec 1994 lost 0-2 (h) LC replay
Jan 1995 drew 0-0 (h) PL
Feb 1995 won 3-1 (h) FA
Apr 1995 drew 0-0 (a) PL

Magpies v Citizens - FAC all-time:

1923/24 won 2-0 SF (n)
1954/55 won 3-1 F (n)
1956/57 drew 1-1 3rd (h)
1956/57 won 5-4 3rd R (a)
1968/69 drew 0-0 4th (a)
1968/69 lost 0-2 4th R (h)
1974/75 won 2-0 3rd (a)
1976/77 lost 1-3 4th (h)
1994/95 won 3-1 5th (h)
2001/02 won 1-0 5th (h)
2019/20 lost 0-2 QF (h)
2023/24 tbc QF (a)

As a consequence of our progress, the Premier League trip to Crystal Palace scheduled for Saturday 16th has been postponed.

(Looking further ahead, Newcastle's PL trip to Old Trafford in April clashes with semi-final weekend).

As was the case on Tuesday, there's no provision for replays and an outcome must be reached in the first meeting, via 30 minutes extra time or penalties.

This will be Newcastle's 29th appearance in the last eight of the FA Cup. To date they have progressed 17 times and exited on the other 11 occasions.

It's their first quarter-final since 2020 - a 0-2 home loss to Manchester City behind closed doors.

Four of the players from that tie featured at Ewood on Tuesday; messrs Lascelles, Schar, Longstaff and Almiron. Dubravka and Krafth were on the bench in 2020.

The last Magpie to score in a quarter-final tie was Patrick Kluivert against Spurs at SJP in March 2005 - that 1-0 success our most recent one at this stage.


1901/02 Sheffield United (a) lost 1-2 (r)
1904/05 Bolton Wanderers (a) won 2-0
1905/06 Birmingham (h) won 3-0 (r)
1907/08 Grimsby Town (h) won 5-1
1908/09 mackems (a) won 3-0 (r)
1909/10 Leicester Fosse (h) won 3-0
1910/11 Derby County (h) won 4-0
1912/13 mackems (h) lost 0-3 (2r)
1914/15 Chelsea (h) lost 0-1 (r)
1923/24 Liverpool (h) won 1-0
1929/30 Hull City (a) lost 0-1 (r)
1931/32 Watford (h) won 5-0
1946/47 Sheffield United (a) won 2-0
1950/51 Bristol Rovers (a) won 3-1 (r)
1951/52 Portsmouth (a) won 4-0
1954/55 Huddersfield (h) won 2-0 (r)
1955/56 mackems (h) lost 0-2
1960/61 Sheffield United (h) lost 1-3
1973/74 Notts Forest (n) won 1-0 (2r)
1975/76 Derby County (a) lost 2-4
1994/95 Everton (a) lost 0-1
1997/98 Barnsley (h) won 3-1
1998/99 Everton (h) won 4-1
1999/00 Tranmere Rovers (a) won 3-2
2001/02 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3 (r)
2004/05 Spurs (h) won 1-0
2005/06 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2019/20 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2023/24 Manchester City (a) tbc

Canadian club:
Matty off to the MLS

From Toronto FC, Thursday:

Toronto FC announced that the club has signed midfielder Matty Longstaff to a two-year contract through 2025 with an option for 2026. Longstaff will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his medicals and the International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

"I'm thrilled to welcome Matty to our squad,” said Toronto FC Head Coach John Herdman. “His Premier League experience and dynamic playing style will add depth to our midfield and complement our tactical blueprint.”

Matty turns 24 this month and has been sidelined since damaging his ACL while on loan at Colchester United in December 2022. Released by Newcastle last summer, he's continued his rehabilitation with United.

Despite being in Canada, Toronto play in the MLS Eastern Conference and previously fielded former Magpies Laurent Robert and Steve Caldwell. 

Ex-Canadian national team Coach Herdman was born in Consett and is a Newcastle fan. SJP old boy John Carver also served as their Coach for a time.

PL TV update

Tuesday saw the Premier League publish the latest instalment of their televised fixture programme and it's a case of two out of three for the Magpies:

Tue 02.04.2024 Everton (h) 7.30pm TNT
Sat 06.04.2024 Fulham (a) 3pm no UK TV
Sat 13.04.2024 Spurs (h) 12.30pm TNT 

Senior Cup date set

A third attempt will be made to play Newcastle's delayed Northumberland Senior Cup tie against Bedlington Terriers on Tuesday March 12th.

Kick-off at Whitley Park is set for 7.30pm and the winners of the tie will travel to Ashington in the semi-final of the competition.

PS: A new date has been announced for the U21s' PL home meeting with West Bromwich Albion, originally due to be played on Saturday April 6th.

That will now go ahead on Friday April 5th with a 7pm start. Venue remains unchanged, at Whitley Park.


The Borrowers

Cup progress 
for Minteh & co.

Yankuba Minteh (Feyenoord)
Thursday evening saw Feyenoord make it through to the final of the Dutch Cup after a 2-1 home victory over Groningen. Minteh played the full game.

The final takes place next month against NEC.

Feyenoord return to Eredivisie action on Sunday, when they travel to PSV Eindhoven.

Garang Kuol (Volendam):
The Australian international was again named on the bench for Friday's Eredivisie home meeting with NEC, remaining there as his side were beaten 2-5.

Harrison Ashby (Swansea City): 
Blackburn Rovers (h) Championship, Saturday.

Isaac Hayden (QPR):
Leicester City (a) Championship, Saturday.

Jamal Lewis (Watford):
Millwall (a) Championship, Saturday. 

Matty Bondswell (Newport County):

Mansfield Town (h) League Two, Saturday.

Dylan Stephenson (South Shields):
King's Lynn (a) National League North, Saturday.

Michael Ndiweni (Annan Athletic):
Falkirk (a) Scottish League One, Saturday.

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac):
Spartak Subotica (h) Serbian Super Liga, Sunday.

Ryan Fraser (Southampton):

Jeff Hendrick (Sheffield Wednesday):

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic):

West Ham (h)
no Metros

Early notice of a major Metro closure affecting fans travelling to and from Newcastle's home game with West Ham on Saturday March 30th (12.30pm):

Buses will replace trains between Heworth and South Gosforth in both directions for four days from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, for track renewals in Metro tunnels under Newcastle city centre.

Trains will be running frequently to all other stations but may not be to the usual timetable. During the four day line closure, no trains will stop at Monument platforms 3 or 4. Trains will run through the platforms without stopping. Any customers who would usually travel to or from Monument platform 3 or 4 should use Manors or St James station.

The replacement bus service number 900, will run between Heworth and South Gosforth/Regent Centre in both directions. 

More details online here

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ST home ticket transfer
info here

ST home ticket resale
info here

ST holders on long-term deals will have a price freeze for 2024/25 with standard pricing returning for 2025/26.  

Future STs:
No additional sale, none planned, no waiting list in operation.

 On public sale now; £37 adults, £20 U18s. Details here FAQs

SJP seating plan is here  

Away tickets: The PL £30 away ticket price cap for adults applies this season.

Sat 02.03.2024 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Resale/ forwarding/ ticket resale seats now. No live UK TV.

Mon 04.03.2024 U21s v Wolves (a) @ Kidderminster FC, 7pm. PL2.

Fri 08.03.2024 U21s v Chelsea (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.
Note new date/KO time.

Sat 09.03.2024 U18s v Nottingham Forest (a)
@ Nigel Doughty Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 11.03.2024 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 12.03.2024 U21s v Bedlington Terriers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final.

Sat 16.03.2024 U18s v Stoke City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 16.03.2024 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm. FA Cup quarter -final. Ticket details tbc. Live on BBC1.

Mon 18.03.2024 U21s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 1pm. PL2.

Fri 22.03.2024 U21s v Boro (a) @ Bishop Auckland FC, 7pm. PL2.

Fri 29.03.2024 U21s v Aston Villa (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.

Sat 30.03.2024 West Ham (h) @ SJP, 12,30pm. Premier League. Member ballot opens Mon 04.03.2024 10am, closes Tue 05.03.2024 10am. Resale/forwarding from Fri 08.03.2024, 10am. Ticket resale seats from Mon 11.03.2024, 10am. Live on
TNT Sports.

Tue 02.04.2024 Everton (h) @ SJP, 7.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on TNT Sports.

Fri 05.04.2024 U21s v West Bromwich Abion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. PL2. Note new date.

Sat 06.04.2024 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a)
@ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.04.2024 Fulham (a)
@ Craven Cottage, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. No live UK TV.

PL season ends Sun 19.05.2024 @ 4pm.

NUFC live on TV:

Mon 11.03.2024 Chelsea (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 16.03.2024 Man City (a) 5.30pm BBC1
Sat 30.03.2024 W.Ham (h) 12.30pm TNT
Tue 02.04.2024 Everton (h) 7.30pm TNT
Sat 13.04.2024 Spurs (h) 12.30pm

(PL Selections made to Mon 15.04.2024).

The PL scrapped their broadcast timetable and announced the following instead: 

January to May: Not later than 5 weeks prior to the relevant Match Round.

FA Cup Round dates:

R3: Sat 06.01.2024 mackems (a) won 3-0
R4: Sat 27.01.2024 Fulham (a) won 2-0
R5: Tue 27.02.2024 Blackburn (a) drew 1-1
QF: Sat 16.03.2024 Manchester City (a)
SF: Sat 20.04.2024
F: Sat 25.05.2024 (Wembley)

2024/25 PL season:

Starts: Fri 16.08.2024 (at least one game)
Ends: Sun 25.05.2025 (all games)

(No games on Tue 24.12.2024) 

Northumberland Senior Cup QF:

Tue 05.12.2023 Morpeth 1-2 Blyth Town
Tue 06.02.2024 WA Celtic 0-1 Ashington
Mon 04.03.2024 Blyth Spartans v Benfield
Tue 12.03.2024
NUFC U21s v Bedlington

SF draw:

Ashington v NUFC/Bedlington
Blyth Town v Blyth Spartans/Benfield

Other events @ SJP:

Mon 03.06.2024 England v Bosnia & Herzegovina, 7.45pm. Friendly.

Ticket sale details:

My England Football members: until Mon 04.03.2024 March (11.59pm).

General sale: Fri 08.03.2024 (12pm)

Euro 2028 - date(s) awaited

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks:


Euro 2024 takes place in ten cities across Germany from 14.06.2024 to 14.07.2024.


Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

The Guardian reporter covering our FA Cup tie at Blackburn must have been watching on a black & white telly - we played in blue:

"When at last, Newcastle threatened in a goalmouth scramble no-one in green - including Lascelles with his head - could poke the ball home." 

(Steve Dodds, Tony Brennan) 

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

On This Day in History
2nd March

Born Or Died:

1897 John Henry Hill born, Hetton-Le-Hole. (1928-31)

Centre half who had begun his career with Durham City before moving on to play for Plymouth Argyle and Burnley.

Jack was a current England international when Newcastle paid £8,100 to bring him from Turf Moor early in the 1928/29 season.

He added four more caps to his tally while at Newcastle but his time at SJP ended abruptly after a dispute with the club's Directors.

Transferred to Bradford City in the summer of 1931, he was soon on the move again to Hull City - later serving as manager and scout.

His final involvement with football came on the commercial side with Scarborough after which he retired, moving to the Clydeside town of Helensburgh. He died in 1972. 

1901 James Naylor born, High Crompton, Lancashire. (1930-32)

A £4,000 signing from Huddersfield Town in the summer of 1930, right half Jimmy was part of the Terriers side who lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final earlier that year.

Debuting in a 2-1 opening day defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, he was initially preferred to Roddie Mackenzie but ultimately failed to dislodge the Magpies veteran.

Joining Manchester City in October 1932, he soon returned to first club Oldham Athletic on loan. Later spells came with Macclesfield Town, Nelson and Wigan Athletic.

Jimmy passed away in August 1983.

1913 John Kelly born, Hetton-le-Hole.

Forward who began his career at Hetton Juniors, joining Burnley as an amateur in 1930 (he also found employment as a butcher).

Turning professional at Turf Moor, Jack playing for the first team until an exchange deal with Newcastle during April 1933 - Tom Miller going the opposite way.  

Signed as cover for Jack Allen, Kelly's senior opportunities were limited but he was a prolific scorer at reserve team level.

Debuting in a 1-1 home draw with Derby County in September 1933, Jack's only first team goal came in a 2-5 to Brentford at Gallowgate almost exactly a year later.

Joining Leeds United in a £1,150 deal in February 1935, he moved again to Birmingham in 1938.

Kelly was on the books of Bury during the abortive 1939/40 season that was abandoned after three games to due to the outbreak of World War II.

Returning to live in his hometown of Hetton-le-Hole, his death was confirmed during 2000.

1945 David Ford born, Sheffield.

Winger who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday and moved to Tyneside in December 1969, Jackie Sinclair going to Hillsborough in a part-exchange deal.

Capped twice at England U23 level (one of which came against Scotland at SJP in 1967), David made a scoring debut for the Magpies in a 4-0 home win over Ipswich.

However, he faced competition for the number 11 shirt from Alan Foggon and David Young and left after barely a year.

Another part-exchange deal took him from SJP to Bramall Lane (along with goalkeeper John Hope) in January 1971 and brought striker John Tudor to Gallowgate.

David moved on to Halifax Town in 1973 and following his retirement worked as a plumber in the Sheffield area. He was also involved in the licensed trade.

1947 Alex Reid born, Glasgow, Scotland. (1971-73)

On the books at Ibrox, although he only appeared twice for the Rangers first team, winger Alex made his name at Dundee United and faced Newcastle when the two sides met in the 1969/70 Fairs Cup.

Arriving at SJP in October 1971 with Ian Mitchell going to Tannadice in exchange, Alex made his Magpies debut soon after in a 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest.

Never a regular starter, Reid faded out of the first team picture in the 1972/73 season and was moved on to Greenock Morton for a fee of £20K in October 1973.

A return to Dundee United came in 1975 but he was soon on the move again, joining Ayr United. However a knee injury caused him to retire just a few months later, in 1977. 

Reid later emigrated to Canada where he settled in the Vancouver area. It was reported in 1998 that he took his own life.

1979 Damien Duff born, Ballyboden, Ireland. (2006-09)

Republic of Ireland international winger signed as a teenager by Blackburn Rovers, debuting for the senior side in May 1997.

Winning a League Cup winners medal in 2001, Duff left Ewood Park for Chelsea for £17m in summer 2003 - a year after his headline grabbing displays at the World Cup Finals.

However, his time at Stamford Bridge was affected by injury - although that didn't stop him scoring against us twice and collecting two Premiership winners' medals.

Declared surplus to requirements, a decent- looking £5m deal was agreed and he moved to SJP in July 2006, amid claims that both Spurs and Liverpool had tabled bids. 

Duff's first appearance came in a home friendly against PSV Eindhoven, his full United debut following in an Intertoto Cup tie against Ventspils played in Riga.

And when he scored his first goal in a win at West Ham soon after, the future looking bright for Damien and United.

A damaged cartilage at Arsenal in November sidelined him for a month however, and he missed another six weeks after just a single comeback game.

Returning in late January 2007, Duff showed little as Glenn Roeder's side under-performed in the League and exited the UEFA Cup at the hands of AZ Alkmaar.

An innocuous-looking knock during a defeat at Portsmouth that April then kept him out of action for eight months - although many of those present initially believed that he just wanted to come off.

Duff's next comeback coincided with end of Sam Allardyce's reign - with only his second toon goal against Stoke City at SJP on the night of Kevin Keegan's return.

Reaching the end of that season without further incident, a much reduced pace brought some criticism of his fitness.

The benefits of a full pre-season became apparent though in July 2008, when Damien hit a hat trick in pre-season at Hartlepool and looked leaner and sharper.

Again though injury struck and he missed a month after taking a whack on the knee in the home win over Bolton - only our second competitive fixture of the season.

By the time Duff returned, Kevin Keegan had made way for Chris Hughton and within a couple of games Joe Kinnear had turned up.

Netting in front of the new United boss in a 2-2 draw at Everton, further goals followed against Spurs and West Bromwich Albion- before injury again put him out of action in February 2009.

Returning for the final weeks of the season, Duff played in all eight games Alan Shearer managed; some at emergency left back.

However, his chief contribution during was to unwittingly deflect Gareth Barry's shot past Steve Harper in the final game of the season at Aston Villa - sealing our relegation fate.

Duff went on the record to claim that he was prepared to play in the Championship for Newcastle, as he had done following his relegation with Blackburn in 1998.

However, after just one game - during which he scored our first goal outside the top flight since Andy Cole - he signed for Fulham in a reported £2.5m deal.

While Michael Owen was pilloried for not pulling his weight at SJP, seeing Duff cavorting round like a spring lamb and scoring goals for fun at The Cottagers stuck in the throat of this Toon fan.

However, his departure and the consequent reduction in the wage bill/fee collected did allow Chris Hughton to retain other high earners in his squad, to good effect.

Inevitably he scored the only goal of the game at Craven Cottage in 2010/11 when he faced his former employers, away fans' boos once again a precursor to the strike.

Winning the penalty for Fulham's equaliser in January 2012 - a game they won 5-2 - that December saw yet another example of Toon fans abusing Duff and being instantly repaid, when he took a free kick from which the Cottagers netted their winner.

You'd think we'd learn, wouldn't you?

Duff finally exited from Fulham following relegation from the Premier League in May 2014 and agreed a one year deal to play for Australian side Melbourne City. 

However, serious calf and ligament damage sidelined him and raised doubts about whether he'd be able to continue playing.

Returning from Australia, Damien joined League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers on an 18 month deal, pledging to donate all of his wages to charity.

After just nine games though, he called time on his playing career in December 2015.

Coaching roles with Rovers - initially the U15s and then later assisting the first team - followed, in addition to a youth role with the Ireland national team.

Recruited by Brendan Rodgers to oversee Celtic reserves in late 2018, he was soon promoted to the first team staff following the replacement of Rodgers by Neil Lennon.

Named as assistant coach to Republic of Ireland head coach Stephen Kenny in April 2020, Damien left his Celtic post soon after and left the Ireland role in January 2021.

Duff was then appointed as manager of LOI side Shelbourne in November 2021.


What Else?

1895 East Stirlingshire (Scotland) (h)
Smith(5), Dickson(
2-0,5-0), Thompson(3-0,5-0), Milne(4-0)
It's reported that this game failed to result in any profit for the hosts, who actually ended the day nearly £30 in arrears!

That was due in part to the decision by some Newcastle fans to attend the mackems v Bolton Wanderers FA Cup tie at Roker Park. 

Team: Ward, McDonald, McDermid, Creilly, Graham, Rendell, Milne, Smith, Thompson, Dickson, Wallace.

1899 Brampton Welfare (a)
(scorers in order): Niblo, Lindsay, Harvey, MacFarlane, Stott, Higgins, Stevenson, Peddie, Harvey, Kingsley,  Ghee, Ostler
Milburn, J.Bell
Every member of the Newcastle team netted including goalkeeper Matt Kingsley, MacFarlane the only one who headed in rather than shooting. 

The home side scored their two goals to make it 9-1 and 10-2. 

Some reports name the hosts as Brampton Athletic.

1901 Notts County (a)
Division One
P23, 28pts, 6th/18 
Gee(7), Morris(14), Warner(35)
The visitors won the toss but soon regretted the decision to let County play with the wind behind them.

Newcastle had prepared for this game at Trent Bridge with an overnight stay at Colwick Hall.

1907 Preston North End (a)
Division One
P29, 42pts, 1st/20 
Gosnell(5), Howie(35) 
Without both Bill McCracken and Colin Veitch, league leaders Newcastle saw their lead over Everton shrink to five points after being held at Deepdale.

McCracken was unavailable due to an abcess on his arm, while Veitch was non-playing reserve as the Football League faced their Scottish counterparts at Ibrox.

1912 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 0-2 (0-1)
Division One
P28, 34pts, 2nd/20 
Glennon(27), Wright(81)
Despite dominating the game, United found Gateshead-born goalkeeper Teddy Davison in superb form for the visitors.

The hosts were without James Hay due to international duty with Scotland. He played in a 1-0 win over Wales at Tynecastle.

1932 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
P29, 35pts, 6th/22 
J.R.Richardson(2), Boyd(17),
Allen(39,47), Lang(
Cunliffe(15), J.Bruton(
4-2), Talbot(5-3)
A week after netting five goals without reply against Watford in the FA Cup, Gallowgate patrons were treated to another goal-laden afternoon, meaning the league and cup double was still possible.

1935 Manchester United (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two
P32, 40pts, 3rd/22 
A second successive win at Old Trafford for Newcastle - although this was a rather less notable occasion than the previous one, a 7-4 success in September 1930.

1938 Stockport County (a)
Division Two
P29, 30pts, 10th/22 
3-1), Park(16) 
United's first (and only) senior visit to Edgeley Park so far ended in victory thanks in part to a Ray Bowden brace.

1946 Everton (a)
War League 
og(Graham)(22), Boyes(
2-0), Wainwright(3-1),
One week on from winning 3-1 at SJP, the Toffees triumphed over United once again on a Goodison Park pitch described by one reporter as "ice-cum-slush-cum-mud".

1955 Nottingham Forest (h)
2-1aet 1-1 
FA Cup 5th Round Second Replay
Following a 1-1 draw at The City Ground and a 2-2 stalemate in the first replay on Tyneside, a coin toss saw the two teams return to SJP for the decisive third meeting.

Alan Monkhouse scored twice from Jackie Milburn passes to see off second tier Forest.

1957 Manchester City (a)
Division One
P33, 30pts, 11th/22 
A rearguard action including goal line clearances from Dick Keith and Alf McMichael helped United to a second Maine Road victory in three months.

The Journal's Ken McKenzie was unimpressed, noting that "the poverty of Newcastle forward play in craft and understanding is becoming really woeful to behold."

1959 All Stars XI (h)
Fielding(3), Battye(53), Rowley(57,90)
A football match played to aid a cricket club, this floodlit friendly raised funds for Northumberland CCC.

A light-hearted affair included a blatantly offside goal for Arthur Rowley and two spot kicks for the hosts given as free kicks in the box by referee J.Elsdon of Cullercoats.

Newcastle boss Charlie Mitten was in the All Stars side along with former Magpie Frank Brennan, but Jackie Milburn was forced to miss out because of injury.

Team: Harvey, McKinney, McMichael, Scoular, Scott, Franks, Taylor, Allchurch, White, Eastham, Wright.

AS XI: Gray, Barnes, Powell, Boot, Brennan, Ferrell, Fielding, Battye, Hagan, Rowley, Mitten.

1963 Sunderland (a)
Division Two
P26, 29pts, 6th/22 
A slight improvement in the sub-zero temperatures saw the first game at Roker Park since Boxing Day played, pneumatic drills and braziers used in an attempt to break up the pitch. 

United 'keeper Dave Hollins was the hero of the day with a fine display to repel the dominant home side, including a 39th minute penalty save to deny Stan Anderson.

1968 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-1 (0-0)
Division One
P30, 39pts, 4th/22 
A point was enough to put Newcastle in fourth spot - their highest placing of the season - but a failure to test Wednesday's third-choice 'keeper Gary Scothorn meant that the victory eluded the visitors.

1970 West Ham United (h)
Division One
P35, 38pts, 5th/22 
Davies(8), Robson(40), Dyson(74), Foggon(88)
Having suffered a first defeat in eleven league games against Spurs at SJP the previous Saturday, Newcastle took swift revenge against the Hammers in this Monday night fixture.

1974 Leeds United (a)
Division One
P30, 31pts, 9th/22 
League leaders Leeds were pegged back at Elland Road by a Magpies side who had taken a point off title challengers Liverpool in their last game.

1977 Leeds United (h)
Division One
P25, 30pts, 7th/22 
Newcastle's season-long unbeaten home league record lengthened to 13 games after this success.

And it could have been four, had Tommy Craig not seen a 73rd minute penalty kick blocked by Tony Currie - the midfielder replacing injured goalkeeper David Harvey.

1982 Leicester City (a)
Division Two
P27, 41pts, 9th/22 
Lineker(42,78), Young(44)
A week after being held to a 2-2 at the Baseball Ground by Derby County, Newcastle were back in the East Midlands to be given the runaround by a young striker named Gary Lineker. 

1985 Watford (h)
Division One
P29, 36pts, 12th/22 
Megson(32), Cunningham(67), Reilly(89)
Newcastle's newly-acquired strike force of Tony Cunningham and George Reilly scored their first goals for the club - the latter just days after leaving the Hornets.

1991 Leicester City (h)
Division Two
P30, 41pts, 12th/24 
McGhee(17), Sloan(37)
The only goal striker Scott Sloan managed for the club came in this game, as we returned to winning ways after successive scoreless draws at SJP.

A chorus of boos filled the air deep into the second half, when the Foxes caretaker boss left the bench to retrieve the ball. His name? Gordon Lee. Youtube footage online here

1999 Unloved gallic goalkeeper Lionel Perez returned from a brief stint at Lyon without signing for the French club, unfortunately. 

2000 The Save our Seats campaign lost their court case against the club. Fans had been removed from seats in favour of corporate clients, despite paying £500 for a bond that allegedly reserved their spot for 10 years. 

The final judgment confirmed that the small print of the bond agreement had allowed the club to do what the hell they liked.

2002 Arsenal (h)
P28, 55pts, 4th/20
Bergkamp(11), Campbell(41)
Gunners striker Dennis Bergkamp opened the scoring with an apparent wonder-goal. 

However, he subsequently admitted what some suspected at the time - namely that the initial turn that left Nicos Dabizas nonplussed had been off the cuff - and a tad fortunate. match report
2004 Manager Bobby Robson was in defiant mood at the press call before his side's UEFA Cup second leg home against Valerenga (we'd drawn 1-1 in Oslo).

"We're in it together, from the chairman all the way down, to try to win this match tomorrow night.

"It won't be easy - you're not playing 11 dustbins out there, you're playing 11 athletes who can run and fight and challenge.

"Their fitness surprised me, but they've trained and they've rested. We've played games and they haven't."

2013 Swansea City (a)
Premier League
P28, 30pts, 15th/20
United lost for the first time at the Liberty Stadium as a City side fresh from winning the League Cup at Wembley completed their first PL double over us.

The cross for the winning goal was provided by former Magpie winger Wayne Routledge. match report

2016 Stoke City (a)
Premier League
P27, 24pts, 19th/20

An 18-day break did United no good as an awful display in the Potteries left them second bottom and in big trouble.

Malcontented Mags vented their anger at full time, visiting defender Daryl Janmaat confronting away fans before being led away. This would be Steve McClaren's final away game in charge. match report

2019 West Ham United (a)
Premier League
Rice(7), Noble(42pen)

Following successive 2-0 home wins, Newcastle were beaten by the same score at the London Stadium, visibly feeling the effects of their third match in eight days.

An injury to Sean Longstaff saw him fail to reappear for the second half and the in-form youngster sat out the rest of the season. match report