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Goodison Park
Thursday 7th December
Kick-off 7.30pm
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Newcastle 1
Manchester United 0
Champions League
St. James' Park
Saturday 2nd December
Match report to follow

The Never-Ending Tour

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Everton (a), Spurs (a), Chelsea CC (a) SOLD OUT 
Milan (h), 
Fulham (h) Resale open
Luton (a) ST ballot opens Mon 04.12, 2pm
Forest (h) Member ballot opens Mon 04.12, 10am

It's that time again already. The
2023 Advent Calendar
  Day 3

mackems (a)

Newcastle will make the short trip to their wearside foes in the Third Round of this season's FA Cup over the weekend of January 6th 2024.

Tony Mowbray's side are ninth in the Championship, 19 points off top spot. They've lost four times in nine home league games. 

Eddie Howe's side currently occupy fifth spot in the Premier League, seven points behind the leaders.

This will be the first Tyne-wear derby in this competition since a Quarter Final tie in 1956.

FA Cup record v mackems:

mackems (h) lost 0-2
1912/13 mackems (n) lost 0-3
1912/13 mackems (h) drew 2-2
1912/13 mackems (a) drew 0-0
1908/09 mackems (a) won 3-0
1908/09 mackems (h) drew 2-2
1901/02 mackems (h) won 1-0

The Magpies will look to avoid a fourth successive exit from the competition at the first time of asking. They've only won one of their last 10 FA Cup Third Round ties at the first attempt.

Re: ticket allocations, the away club are theoretically entitled to take 15% of the capacity but subject to approval by the stadium Safety Advisory Group.

In other words, in excess of 7,000 tickets could be allocated, but there's absolutely nothing guaranteed. 

Replays continue in the Third Round this season - recent media reports have claimed that they will be scrapped, but that's from 2024/25 onwards.

NUFC last 10 FAC3 ties:

2022/23 Sheffield Wednesday (a) lost 1-2
2021/22 Cambridge United (h) lost 0-1
2020/21 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2aet
2019/20 Rochdale (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2018/19 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2017/18 Luton Town (h) won 3-1
2016/17 Birmingham City (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2

Newcastle's last derby victory came at the stadium of plight in 2011 (1-0, Ryan Taylor over the wall) after which the two sides drew 1-1 on Tyneside.

Another 1-1 draw in the dark place came the following season (Yohan Cabaye) after which they won six in a row, as a multiplicity of poorly-produced trinkets attest.

The rot was stopped in the most recent meeting; Aleksander Mitrovic on target during a 1-1 draw at SJP during March 2016.

NUFC next nine games:
Everton (a) PL
Spurs (a) PL
AC Milan (h) CL
Fulham (h) PL
Chelsea (a) LC
Luton Town (a) PL
Nottingham Forest (h) PL
Liverpool (a) PL
mackems (a) FA

SAFC next eight games:
West Bromwich Albion (h) Ch
Leeds United (h) Ch
Bristol City (a) Ch
Coventry City (h) Ch
Hull City (a) Ch
Rotherham United (a) Ch
Preston North End (h) Ch
Newcastle United (h) FA

Gordon's & tonic 

Newcastle  1  Manchester United  0 

A 55th minute close range effort from Anthony Gordon deservedly gave the Magpies their sixth successive Premier League home victory on Saturday night. 

An unchanged line-up from the one controversially held in Paris on Tuesday stylishly set about the Red Devils from the off, but had only Gordon's finish from Kieran Trippier's cross to show for their dominance. 

Trippier had come closest to opening the scoring late in the first half with a free kick from a similar distance to Raheem Sterling's effort for Chelsea in the last home game, but rattled the Gallowgate goal frame with comedic custodian Onana rooted to the spot.

Winning the toss, Erik ten Hag's side chose to attack the Leazes End but barely bothered to do so - SJP old boy Steve McClaren on the away bench perhaps gambling that Newcastle would tire later playing up the slope.

It didn't work and at times the approach play from the hosts was a joy to watch against the gutless and uncommitted visitors, but until the goal just three of our 16 shots were on target; Onana barely tested.

However Newcastle's injury woes continued when goalkeeper Nick Pope was led from the field late on with a shoulder problem after landing awkwardly.

His replacement Martin Dubravka was unable to prevent substitute Antony from netting in the final seconds of normal time, but the away side's celebrations were instantly cut short by a raised flag - the goal bound effort hitting an offside Harry Maguire. 

That was to be the only real moment of danger in almost 10 minutes of time added on, before the final whistle confirmed a third successive win and clean sheet of 2023 over the Red Devils - something Newcastle haven't achieved since back in 1897. 

The Wor Flags banner unfurled across the Leazes End tonight referenced Eddie Howe's dressing room comment ahead of April's home win over this lot as relayed on the Amazon documentary - minus the profanity.

If the dividend from our cup final defeat at their hands in February was to motivate the manager and players to the levels shown again here when facing these lot, it was a price worth paying.  

Team: Pope (Dubravka 86), Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Livramento, Joelinton, L.Miley, Guimaraes, Almiron, Isak, Gordon (Ritchie 90+7).
Subs n/u:  Karius, Dummett, Krafth, Hall, Diallo, A.Murphy, Parkinson.

Booked: Joelinton

Kieran Trippier and Jamaal Lascelles remain one PL booking away from an automatic one game ban.

Goal: Gordon 55

MUFCOnana, Wan-Bissaka (Reguilon 80), Shaw, Dalot, Maguire, Mainoo (Amrabat 80), McTominay, Fernandes, Martial (Hojlund 61), Rashford (Antony 61), Garnacho.    
Subs n/u: Bayindir, Lindelof, Varane, Pellistri, van de Beek. 

Booked: Maguire, Antony

Crowd: 52,

Eddie Howe said:

"The players have responded again. What a response to that late goal in Paris. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves.

"I couldn't be happier with the players tonight - the performances we put in against three top teams were brilliant, so that will give us confidence. Then, when we get some players back, we can push on even further."

On Gordon:

"From day one, when he arrived at the club, you could see the passion he had and his desire to achieve and be successful. 

"He puts the work in every day and sometimes we have to go and get him off the training pitch.

"He was very good again up against a very good defender today in Wan-Bissaka. Physically he was so good today, it was a really good battle between the two of them.

"I am delighted he is scoring the goals now and getting the recognition he deserves."

On Pope:

"It will be a massive blow for us if he is ruled out for any length of time. It looked really innocuous, but that is usually the way and they are normally the more serious ones. You could see he was in distress and it looked like he dislocated his shoulder just diving.

"Martin Dubravka came on in a tricky situation with 10 minutes to go with a narrow lead, which is not nice for any goalkeeper, so I have to compliment him for doing so well."

Robert Jones - a third appointment of the season involving us for the Merseysider, following on from our 0-1 PL loss at Manchester City and 0-3 success in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford. 

Michael Salisbury


Anthony Gordon
netted his sixth Premier League goal of the season, moving to within one of joint top scorers Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson.

Gordon has now scored in each of his last four PL home games - the first Magpie to do so in that competition since Joe Wilock in 2021.

His tally of seven PL goals takes him one ahead of Sean Longstaff and level with Matt Ritchie.

21 points
from their opening eight home PL fixtures represents Newcastle's most productive start since the 2002/03 campaign. Their best start is 1995/96's full house of 24 points from eight games at SJP.

PL home wins so far already exceeds the total that the Magpies managed in four entire seasons; five in 2008/09; six in 2010/11, 2019/20 and 2020/21. 

Newcastle won back to back games against Manchester United for the very first time in the Premier League - one has to go back to 1972 to find the last time they did so in the Football League.

Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

2023/24 won 1-0 Gordon
won 2-0 Willock, Wilson
2021/22 drew 1-1 Saint-Maximin
2020/21 lost 1-4 og(Shaw)
2019/20 won 1-0 M.Longstaff
2018/19 lost 0-2
2017/18 won 1-0 Ritchie
2015/16 drew 3-3 Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Dummett
2014/15 lost 0-1
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, og(Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, og(Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole

Latest Premier League results/fixtures:

Sat 02.12.2023:
Arsenal 2-1 Wolves
Brentford 3-1 Luton Town
Burnley 5-0 Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Everton
Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United

Sun 03.12.2023:
Bournemouth v Aston Villa (2pm)
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion (2pm)
Liverpool v Fulham (2pm)
West Ham v Crystal Palace (2pm) Sky
Manchester City v Spurs (4.30pm) Sky

The Borrowers: 
Loan lads

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic):

Another bout of enforced idleness for Kell, named among the unused substitutes as Wigan won 1-0 at York City in the FA Cup Second Round on Friday night.

Jeff Hendrick (Sheffield Wednesday):
The midfielder was an 88th minute arrival from the bench as the Owls overcame Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in the Championship at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Ryan Fraser (Southampton):

The Saints maintained their unbeaten Championship run with a 2-0 home win over Cardiff City on Saturday. SJP old boy Adam Armstrong hit his eleventh and twelfth league goals of the season, while Fraser came off the bench after 62 minutes with the score 2-0.

Jamal Lewis (Watford):
Retaining his place in the side, Jamal provided an early assist as the Hornets went 1-0 up at Hull City in the Championship on Saturday.

Max Thompson (Northampton Town):
A difficult Saturday afternoon for goalkeeper Max, as Town conceded three goals without reply at home to Portsmouth in League One.

Matty Bondswell (Newport County):
The defender came off the bench in the 62nd minute of a 1-1 home draw with Barnet in the FA Cup Second Round on Saturday.

Joe White (Crewe Alexandra):

Crewe's scheduled FA Cup Second Round home tie against Bristol Rovers on Saturday fell victim to the weather.

Cameron Ferguson (Forfar Athletic):
A 1-1 draw at home to Stranraer in Scottish League Two on Saturday included a five minute cameo from the bench for Ferguson.

Garang Kuol (Volendam):
Home humiliation for Garang's side in the Eredivisie on Saturday, thumped 0-5 by PEC Zwolle. Improbably, our man appeared as a 57th minute substitute when the match was scoreless.

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac):
A 4-0 home victory over IMT Novi Belgrade in the Serbian Super League on Saturday was achieved without any sign of Roddy in the squad.

Isaac Hayden (Standard Liege):
Club Brugge (a) Belgian First Division, Sunday.

Yankuba Minteh (Feyenoord):
PSV Eindhoven (h) Eredivisie, Sunday.

Jay Turner-Cooke (St Johnstone):

Celtic (h) Scottish Premiership, Sunday.

Youth Cup date set

The FA have listed Newcastle's FA Youth Cup Third Round tie against Leyton Orient as a Noon kick-off on Tuesday December 19th at Whitley Park.

As a consequence of that scheduling, a further new date will need to be found for the U18 Premier League visit to Manchester City that had been rearranged then.

Meanwhile, United's U18 Premier League home meeting with Boro scheduled for today fell victim to the weather. That will now be played at Little Benton on Saturday March 2nd with an 11am kick-off. 

Loan defender KO'd

On-loan Magpie Harrison Ashby has returned to Tyneside for further assessment of a hamstring issue that has affected his availability for Swansea City.

The 22 year-old defender made a season-long switch to the Championship side and has played 11 league games (10 starts), but limped off in the early stages of last weekend's 2-2 home draw against Hull City. 


PSG (a) feedback

As was the case following this season's visits to Milan and Dortmund, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) are collating observations from away supporters attending matches in Europe.

Anyone who was in Paris is invited to complete the survey online here. All responses are anonymous.

NUST SJP survey

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) are running a supporter survey seeking views on the SJP atmosphere and safe standing implementation.

Anyone wishing to contribute can do so now online here whether a current trust member or not. The survey closes this Sunday, December 3rd at 7pm.

Champions League

From the BBC, Wednesday:

UEFA has stood down the VAR who made the decision to guide the referee to give PSG their penalty last night.

Tomasz Kwiatkowskiwas supposed to be VAR for the Real Sociedad v RB Salzburg Champions League game this evening. However, he has now been replaced.

Although UEFA are yet to make a public statement over the decision to award PSG a penalty deep into stoppage time against Newcastle last night, it is the clearest indication yet they think the ruling was incorrect.

Champions League:

PSG  1  Newcastle  1

Match report

First victory for kids

PSG U19s  1  Newcastle U19s  2

Match action is online here

Game five of Newcastle's maiden season in the UEFA Youth League saw them collect maximum points for the first time, leaving Paris with all three points after a late winner saw off the ten-man hosts.

United went ahead in the 11th minute at the Stade Georges-Lefèvre when Scott Bailey finished off a flowing move, Travis Hernes supplying the final pass.

Three minutes after the break the home side were reduced to ten men when Senny Mayulu was given his second yellow card for a foul on Charlie McArthur.

But the hosts managed to get back on terms in the 86th minute when Mahamadou Sangare netted, assisted by Thomas Cordier.

However, Johnny Emerson restored the lead via a big deflection for the young Magpies with a minute remaining and that proved enough to secure the notable victory.

In the other game AC Milan defeated Dortmund 4-1 and although we can catch the Germans on points the head to head results will go in Dortmund's favour.

Team: Janusz, Bailey, Heffernan, McArthur, Charlton, Shahar, Stanton (Crossley 84), Hernes, Emerson, Sanusi (Palmer 90+4), Donaldson (Brayson 90+2).
Subs n/u:
Mavididi, C.Thompson, Craggs, Jones.

Booked: Heffernan, Stanton, Emerson.

A call-up to the first team squad meant that United were without midfielder James Huntley, who had netted in the previous U19 game away to Borussia Dortmund.

PSG: Mouquet, Kissanga (Khafi 80), Diaby, Adonis, Fanne, Mayulu, Mbappe, Serif (Cordier 79), Mbaye (Mendy 90), Bensoula (Michut 79), Sangare (Camara 90).
Subs n/u: Laurendon, Mavounia.

Sent off: Mayulu (48 - second yellow)

Mayulu, Sangare, Mbappe.

Ethan Mbappe is Kylian's 16-year old brother.

Crowd: TBC including Nicolas Anelka.

Referee: Bulat Sariyev (Kazakhstan).

Many thanks to GW once again.

Chelsea spent boys

Newcastle  4  Chelsea  1 

Match report

Falls guys

Newcastle U21s  0  Huddersfield U21s  1

Match report

Everton (a)

Thursday night Premier League action for the Magpies, with what is their final scheduled visit to Goodison Park. It's a 7.30pm start on Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime 30 day free trial is available here

(NB: only one free trial per person is permitted in a 12 month period - if you took advantage of this to watch "We are Newcastle United" earlier this year, you'll need to be a little bit creative....)

All away section tickets have been sold.

: tbc 

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

EFC: To follow.

Ahead of our visit, Sean Dyche's side visit Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday night.



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Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

ASLEF are observing an overtime ban until Saturday December 9th, in addition to daily walk-outs affecting train operating companies including these:

Thu Dec 7th: CrossCountry / GWR
Fri Dec 8th: Northern/Trans Pennine


Toon at Goodison - PL era:

2022/23 Won 4-1 Wilson 2, Joelinton, Murphy
2021/22 Lost 0-1
2020/21 Won 2-0 Wilson 2
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Lejeune 2
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Rondon
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Lost 0-3
2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer (2 pens)
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:
(All games live on Amazon Prime)

Tue 05.12.2023:

Wolves v Burnley (7.30pm)
Luton Town v Arsenal (8.15pm)

Wed 06.12.2023:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Brentford (7.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth (7.30pm)
Fulham v Nottingham Forest (7.30pm)
Sheffield United v Liverpool (7.30pm)
Aston Villa v Manchester City (8.15pm)
Manchester United v Chelsea (8.15pm)

Thu 07.12.2023:
Everton v Newcastle (7.30pm)
Spurs v West Ham (8.15pm)

Spurs (a)

Sunday week (December 10th) sees Newcastle back in London as they face Spurs in the Premier League. It's a 4.30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.

All away section tickets have been sold.

: tbc 

THFC: To follow

Before receiving us, Ange Postecoglou's side make the trip to Manchester City on Sunday and then return to North London to host West Ham on Thursday night. 



UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

to follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Magpies @ Cockerels - PL era:

2022/23 Won 2-1 Wilson, Almiron
2021/22 Lost 1-5 Schar
2020/21 Drew 1-1 Wilson (pen)
2019/20 Won 1-0 Joelinton
2018/19 Lost 0-1
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Won 2-1 Mitrovic, Perez
2014/15 Lost 0-4 (LC)
2014/15 Won 2-1 Ameobi, Perez
2013/14 Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12 Lost 0-5
2010/11 Lost 0-2
2008/09 Lost 0-1
2007/08 Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07 Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06 Lost 0-2
2004/05 Lost 0-1
2003/04 Lost 0-1
2002/03 Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02 Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01 Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00 Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99 Lost 0-2
1997/98 Lost 0-2
1996/97 Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96 Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96 Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95 Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94 Won 2-1 Beardsley 2

Upcoming Premier League fixtures:

Sat 09.12.2023:

Crystal Palace v Liverpool (12.30pm) TNT
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley (3pm)
Manchester United v Bournemouth (3pm)
Sheffield United v Brentford (3pm)
Wolves v Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Aston Villa v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 10.12.2023:
Everton v Chelsea (2pm)
Fulham v West Ham (2pm)
Luton Town v Manchester City (2pm) Sky
Spurs v Newcastle (4.30pm) Sky

Boxing Day Metros 

What is billed as a "revised Saturday service" will be operated by the Metro on Tuesday December 26th, running roughly between the hours of 8am and 8pm. 

Newcastle are in Premier League action that day at SJP - a 12.30pm kick-off against Nottingham Forest. 

Timetables are
here and here

PS: there are no Metro services on New Years Day.

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Season 2023/24

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ST transfer
(match by match) info here

ST resale
(match by match) info here

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.

Mon 04.12.2023 U21s v Leeds United (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.

Wed 06.12.2023 U21s v Bedlington Terriers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final.

Thu 07.12.2023 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 7.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000. Live on Amazon Prime. 

Sun 10.12.2023 Spurs (a) @ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 4.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports. 

Wed 13.12.2023 U19s v AC Milan (Italy) (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. European Youth League Group game 6. Live on UEFA TV (free but registration required). Note new KO time. 

Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (Italy) (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Champions League Group game 6. Forwarding/resale/resale seats now. Live on TNT Sports. 

Sat 16.12.2023 Fulham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Forwarding/resale/ resale seats now. No live UK TV.

Mon 18.12.2023 U21s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 7pm. PL2.

Tue 19.12.2023 U18s v Leyton Orient (h)
@ Whitley Park, Noon.
FA Youth Cup Third Round.

Tue 19.12.2023 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 8pm. Carabao Cup. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 4,300. Live on Sky Sports. 

Sat 23.12.2023 Luton Town (a) @ Kenilworth Road, 3pm. Premier League. ST ballot opens Mon 04.12.2023, 2pm, closes Tue 05.12.2023, 2pm (open to those with less than 162 points.
£30 adults, £24 over 65s/ U22s, £21 over 75s/U19s, U17s £12, U10s £9.  Allocation: 1,100. No live UK TV.

26.12.2023 Nottingham Forest (h) @ SJP, 12.30pm. Premier League. Member ballot opens Mon 04.12.2023, 10am closes Wed 06.12.2023, 10am. Forwarding/resale Fri 08.12.2023, 10am. Resale seats Mon 11.12.2023, 10am. Live on Amazon Prime. 

PL season ends Sun 19.05.2024 @ 4pm.

NUFC live on TV (UK KO times):

Thu 07.12.2023
Everton (a) 7.30pm Prime
Sun 10.12.2023 Tottenham (a) 4.30pm Sky
Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (h) 8pm TNT
Tue 19.12.2023
Chelsea (a) 8pm Sky
Tue 26.12.2023
Forest (h) 12.30pm Prime
Mon 01.01.2024 Liverpool (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 13.01.2024 Man City (h) 5.30pm TNT

(PL Selections made to Mon 22.01.2024).

The PL mid-season player break in January see Newcastle on the first weekend (13th) and idle on the second weekend (20th). 

Carabao Cup Round dates:

QF: Tue 19.12.2023 Chelsea (a) 8pm
SF1: w/c Mon 08.01.2024
SF2: w/c Mon 22.01.2024
F: Sun 25.02.2024 (Wembley)

FA Cup Round dates:
(3rd Round draw weekend of 02.12.2023)

R3: Sat 06.01.2024 tbc mackems (a)
R4: Sat 27.01.2024
R5: Wed 28.02.2024
QF: Sat 16.03.2024
SF: Sat 20.04.2024
F: Sat 25.05.2024 (Wembley)

Europa Youth League Group F:

Tue 19.09.2023
AC Milan (a) lost 0-4
Tue 04.10.2023 PSG (h) lost 0-1
Wed 25.10.2023 Dortmund (h) lost 1-2
Tue 07.11.2023 Dortmund (a) drew 2-2
Tue 28.11.2023 PSG (a) won 2-1
Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (h) 2pm

Northumberland Senior Cup QF:)

Tue 05.12.2023 Blyth Spartans v Benfield
Tue 05.12.2023 Morpeth v Blyth Town
Wed 06.12.2023 NUFC U21s v Bedlington
Tue 12.12.2023 West A Celtic v Ashington

U21 PL Trophy
Group F:

Wed 13.09.2023 Huddersfield (a) drew 1-1
Sat 07.10.2023 Fleetwood T (h) drew 2-2
Sat 11.11.2023 Nottingham F (h) lost 0-3
Fri 24.11.2023 Huddersfield (h) lost 0-1
Fri 19.01.2024 Fleetwood T (a) 7pm
Mon 05.02.2024 Nottingham F (a) 7pm

FA Youth Cup:
R3: Tue 19.12.2023 Leyton Orient (h) Noon

Other events @ SJP:

Euro 2028 - date(s) awaited

Future transfer windows 2023/24:

01.01.2024 to 01.02.2024 @ 11pm

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...

BBC pundit Chris Sutton with an exclusive - Magpies beaten 1-1 in Champions League....

(Alan Walton)

What's this all about then?
Click here for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
3rd December

Born Or Died:

1880 Alexander Noble Hall born, Peterhead, Scotland. (1907-08)

Centre forward who began his career at Peterhead before emigrating to Canada, where he signed for Toronto Scots.

Later joining the Galt club in Cambridge, he played for them as Canada' representatives 
in the 1904 Olympic games in the US city of St.Louis, winning Gold. 

Relocating to Montreal the following year, Hall signed for Westmount before later making his way back to Europe. 

Signed from Edinburgh side St.Bernards in April 1907, Alex appeared for United soon after in a friendly away to Aberdeen.  

Making a good impression on a post-season tour of Germany he bagged ten goals in three outings and debuted in a 1-3 reverse at Sheffield Wednesday in September 1907, 

Hall returned to the side a fortnight later and retained his place for the next five games, scoring against Nottingham Forest and Notts County in successive games.

Transferred to Dundee in March 1908, Alex won a Scottish Cup medal during three years on Tayside, moving on to become Dunfermline player-manager in 1910.

Serving in the British Army during WW1, Hall later returned to Canada and lived in Toronto, playing for Mimico Beach.

He died in September 1943, aged 62.

1940 Robert Folland born, Hartlepool, 

Centre forward who played for Seaton Holy Trinity in Seaton Carew before catching the eye of Newcastle scouts. 

Failing to secure a professional contract on Tyneside, Bobby joined his hometown club following his release by the Magpies.

Folland's place in Hartlepools folklore is assured thanks to a performance at the Victoria Ground in April 1961, when he scored all five goals in a 5-1 win over Oldham Athletic.

Within two years though Folland had packed in playing league football and was turning out for local side Blackhall Colliery Welfare.

1941 Death of Neil Harris, 47.
One of only a handful of players to complete a century goals for United, Harris was serving as the manager of Swindon Town when his passing was recorded.

1951 John Burridge born, Workington. 
(Player & coach 1989-91, 1993-97) 

The phrase 'more clubs than Jack Nicklaus' was never more fitting when describing a footballer, than for the eccentric "Budgie".

A "have gloves, will travel" outlook saw him enjoy a 29 year playing career, although he actually began as an outfield player with Workington in 1967, quickly taking his place between the posts.

Turning down an approach from Stoke City, Burridge accepted an offer from Bob Stokoe when he was in charge of Blackpool and he moved to Bloomfield Road in April 1971.

Later transfers took John to...deep breath.... Aston Villa, Southend United (loan), Crystal Palace, QPR, Wolves, Derby County (loan), Sheffield United, Southampton, Newcastle, Hartlepool United (trial), Falkirk (loan),  Hibernian, Barrow, Newcastle, Scarborough, Lincoln City, Enfield, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Manchester City, Notts County, Witton Albion, Darlington, Grimsby Town, Gateshead, Northampton Town, Queen of the South, Blyth Spartans, Scarborough and Blyth Spartans.

Initially signed by Jim Smith for £25,000 from Southampton in September 1989, Budgie, debuted in a 4-0 League Cup home win over Reading the following month.

His final game came in a 3-2 victory against Oldham Athletic in April 1991, incoming boss Ossie Ardiles opting to release him at the conclusion of that season.

Following unsuccessful trials with Darlington, Hartlepool United and Falkirk, Budgie was signed by Hibernian to replace Andy Goram and within months had earned a League Cup winner's medal.

Budgie returned to SJP with Kevin Keegan in August 1993 in a coaching role and as cover when applications to gain a work permit for USA custodian Brad Friedel were rejected.

That second spell saw him fail to add to his tally of senior team appearances, although he did make the bench in  both of United's first two Premiership campaigns.

Loaned out to Manchester City, Budgie appeared as a half-time substitute against Newcastle at Maine Road in place of Tony Coton during April 1995 - and kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

His final involvement with Newcastle was as a part-time coach while in charge of Blyth Spartans - also working with goalkeepers at Leeds United around that time.

He's remembered at SJP for elongated pre- match warm-ups and an obsession with both fitness and diet (he routinely ate jars of baby food during the season).

Budgie also had a sideline in selling clothing, with a shop in Newcastle city centre and a stall at the Gateshead Garden Festival - something that got him into bother with the law when in charge at Blyth Spartans.

Charged with handling dodgy clobber, part of the case against him consisted of TV footage showing his Blyth squad ahead of an FA Cup tie against Blackpool - clad in the offending threads...

Fined £16,000, Burridge contemplated taking his own life and spent time at the Priory whilst struggling with depression brought on by the end of his playing career.

Having completed his coaching badges while at Hibernian, Burridge was convinced by his former boss Ian Porterfield to join him in his role as national team coach of Oman.

Surviving a serious accident in 1999 when  knocked off his bicycle, Burridge later coaching part-time at the Al-Ain club and featured as a TV pundit during Premier League games in the Gulf states.

Publishing his memoirs in 2011 (inevitably titled, "Budgie"), a new chapter in John's life then opened up in 2014 when he accepted the post of assistant goalkeeping coach with the Singapore national team.

PS: Incredibly, November 2022 found Burridge playing in a charity match aged 70, turning out at Easter Road, ground of his former club Hibs.

1971 Phil Mason born, Consett.

Midfielder/full back who played for Hilda Park and Durham City Juniors before joining Newcastle as an apprentice (having also played for the mackems as a youngster).

Progressing through to the reserves, the turning point in Phil's career at SJP came in September 1990, when he was involved in a serious car crash on the A1 after watching a Central League game at Leeds.

Also in the car was Alan Thompson, Mickey Young, John Watson and Michael English - Mason later recounting what happened:

"We crashed and I went through the back windscreen and broke my back. I was found 50 yards from the car. 

"At the time I was in the first team squad but I was out for a year. When I came back Kevin Keegan decided to release me."

Exiting at the end of the 1991/92 season, he signed for Gateshead and had a runout for Darlington before joining Blyth Spartans.

Further trials with Cambridge United, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers followed but no deal followed and Phil subsequently embarked on a non-league tour including Kettering Town, Worcester City, Spennymoor United, Oxford City, Brackley Town, Aylesbury United, Boreham Wood and Banbury United.

A ten year association with Woodford United then followed, arriving as a player in 2003 and moving on to both coach and manage the Northamptonshire club.

Later taking charge at both Wellingborough Town and Long Buckby, Phil worked as a personal trainer before taking up a role at Middlesbrough's Academy during 2017.

1993 Michael Hoganson born, Newcastle. (2009-12)

Defender who came off the bench to debut for the U18s in a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion in September 2009.

The Baggies also provided the opposition when Hogie made his reserve bow in a 1-4 home defeat by the Baggies at Darsley Park during March 2012. 

Released that summer, trials at Northampton Town in pre-season led to a contract offer from the Cobblers, but Michael instead opted to Derby County and signed a one year deal at the Championship side.

A senior Rams debut followed against Wolves in February 2013 - the first of four Championship outings that season before foot and hip injuries saw him sidelined.

Loaned to Conference side Alfreton Town in March 2014, Michael appeared six times but was released by Derby that summer.

After playing for Gateshead reserves as a trialist, Michael joined up with Northern League side Newcastle Benfield. He later moved on to Bishop Auckland, West Auckland and Whickham.

What Else?

1898 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
1-0), Rogers(2-0), Aitken(80)

1904 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
There was a debut for locally-born centre forward Joe McClarence, who finished off a move involving Jimmy Howie and Sam Graham for the only goal. 

Newcastle rose to the top of the table after this victory and that's where they would end up.

1910 Bradford City (h)
Division One 
Stewart(49), Shepherd(
1-0,2-0,46), Higgins(55pen,6-0
A memorable score to mark the debut of a Newcastle legend - Frank Hudspeth. In nearly twenty years at United he was to make no fewer than 472 senior appearances. 

The game was also a benefit match for inside -forward Sandy (Alexander) Higgins, who even scored from the spot - presumably not prearranged on this occasion.

1919 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 

1921 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Debut for Jimmy Low, at outside right.

1927 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
William Carlton made his debut at right half. Willie Wilson saved a 46th minute penalty for United from Lucas.

1932 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
Lang(48), Allen(50,57) 
The visitors were beaten for the first time in 15 games but Magpies boss Andy Cunningham wasn't there to see it, having travelled to Scotland to be at his father's bedside for his final hours.

1932 Newcastle Reserves were also over the border, playing a friendly match in Stirling against the Kings Park club.

The Magpies ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from James Boyd and Joe Ford, 2,500 attended.

Team: McPhillips, Richardson, Thomson, Bell, Davidson, Mathison, Boyd, Leighton, Ford, Dennison, Dryden. 

1938 Manchester City (a)
Division Two 

1949 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
While the first team enjoyed an inactive Saturday, United's Reserves had a Central League game at Villa Park. 

Alan Monkhouse and Stan Keery scored in a 2-1 victory.
1955 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 

1958 Bucharest Select XI (Romania) (h)
Hughes(25), Eastham(40), Curry(52), Allchurch(56)
Another SJP midweek floodlit friendly, with the visitors from behind the Iron Curtain going on to face West Bromwich Albion, who won 3-0 and Spurs, who triumphed 4-2. Scorer for the visitors was Romanian international Haralambie Eftimie.

1960 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
M.Edwards(22), Stevens(58)
Len White's ninth goal in six games wasn't enough to earn a point for Charlie Mitten's Magpies at Burnden Park.

1966 Southampton (a) 
Division One 
Melia(65), Davies(70)
Another Dell disaster left United stuck one place off the bottom of the table, with manager Joe Harvey desperately looking to the transfer market to boost his ailing squad.

1975 Notts County (h)
League Cup 5th Round 
A place in the League Cup semi finals came courtesy of County 'keeper Eric McManus, who dropped a long throw from Malcolm Macdonald into his own net.

1977 Leicester City (h)
Division One 
Burns(59), Nattrass(88) 
Our third league victory in fifteen attempts meant a successful debut for left winger Stuart Robinson.

1979 North Shields (a)
Martin(1-0,4-1), Withe(2-1), Rafferty(3-1)
United boss Bill McGarry sent a full-strength side to Appleby Park for this friendly to mark the Golden Anniversary of the Robins. 

The home side were managed by ex-Magpie John Tudor, whose side included a namesake of one of the Newcastle scorers - Billy Rafferty.

1983 Derby County (a)
Division Two 
Keegan(29), Waddle(39) 
Davison(60,66), Gemmill(71pen)
Illness meant Magpies manager and future Rams boss Arthur Cox missed out on this trip to the Baseball Ground.
Youtube footage is online here

1986 Everton (a)
Full Members Cup 
Sheedy(4), Sharp(6,21,38), Heath(77)
The goalscoring purple patch of Andy Thomas continued, with another brace for the midfielder following his pair in the victory at Chelsea and against West Ham at SJP.
Youtube footage of EFC goals is online here

1988 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
An away fan ban (thanks to MP & Hatters Chairman David Evans), a plastic pitch and a forgettable day for Archie Gourlay to make his debut.

1994 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2-4 (2-2)
Premier League 
Sheringham(15,39,71), Popescu(80) 
Blue shirts and red faces for United, who extended their winless league run to four games but retained third spot in the table.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Wimbledon (a)
Premier League 
Ferdinand(9,29), Gillespie(35)
Holdsworth(18,65), Ekoku(21) 
United were led out by former Womble Warren Barton, but on a frosty Selhurst Park pitch were denied victory by Joe Kinnear's side. It was United's 100th Premier League match.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Metz (France) (h)
(3-1 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 3rd Round
2nd Leg 
Two late Asprilla goals sent United through to the next round and he celebrated in original style, by uprooting the corner flag and hoisting his shirt from it. 

The unimpressed referee promptly booked him which meant he was suspended for the next round against Monaco.

Tino then contrived to injure himself and was withdrawn on a stretcher to thunderous applause, which he milked as he made slow progress around the perimeter of the pitch.

David Terrier shows the sort of 
tackling that meant he never got 
beyond our second string

1996 The Cat crept in, as United revealed that their new goalkeeping coach was to be former Chelsea stopper Peter Bonetti.

2001 United's FA Youth Cup campaign was over before it had begun as the promising U18 side disappointingly lost 2-1 at Norwich City.

On a night when little went right in front of goal, Lewis Guy eventually got on the scoresheet on 97 minutes at Carrow Road.

2003 A scrambled goal from Danny Howe gave the U18 side an FA Youth Cup Fourth Round place, after a victory on the South coast at Portsmouth's Fratton Park.

Howe netted from close range after Matty Pattison had given United a first half lead, cancelled out by Liam Horsted's leveller.

This was the first meeting of the two sides in the Youth Cup since the successful 1961/62 campaign when the Magpies also won 1-0 in Hampshire at the semi-final stage.

2005 Aston Villa (h)
After an appalling midweek Carling Cup defeat at Wigan, only a bungled late penalty by Villa's Gareth Barry kept Magpies boss Graeme Souness in a job. 

Had that 88th minute spot kick been converted, then calls for the manager's head would have been hard to resist.

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer closed in on the all-time club goalscoring record, with his penalty taking him on to 198 strikes. match report

2006 The draw for the FA Cup Third Round gave us an away trip to Championship league leaders Birmingham City, ensuring that those lucky travelling Toon fans wouldn't miss out on a trip to St.Andrews that season - despite the Magpies having relegated Steve Bruce's side the previous April.

Asked about the club's transfer plans - and in particular Sol Campbell - United boss Chris Hughton commented that:

"Sol is a wonderful player and I’m quite sure come January he’ll be playing his football somewhere. We’re not prepared to rule it out, because he’s a player who would be available."

However, the player himself also spoke, to say that:

"I have a few clubs tabling offers at the moment, but one of them doesn’t seem to be Newcastle now.”

2011 Chelsea (h)
Premier League
Drogba(38), Kalou(89), Sturridge(90+2)
The late Gary Speed was given a dignified tribute on and off the pitch at an emotionally charged SJP.

However, referee Mike Dean soon took centre stage, failing to show David Luiz what was an indisputable red card after just four minutes.

That decision ultimately cost United, despite Tim Krul's early penalty save from Frank Lampard raising hopes that it was our day. 

Injuries to Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor also contributed to the loss and the woodwork played a part in Newcastle's unbeaten home record ending at the seventh time of asking. match report

2012 Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League
Ba(13pen,21), Bigirimana(71)
United ended a run of four defeats thanks to Demba Ba's double and Gael Bigirimana's first senior goal. 

A crucial decision went in United's favour, as Papiss Cisse was sent tumbling in the box by Maynor Figueroa and was red-carded before Ba tucked away the resultant penalty.

One became two when Davide Santon's shot was pushed out by Ali Al Habsi to Ba who knocked in the rebound. Substitute Bigi then sealed the win with a memorable strike. match report