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Premier League
St. James' Park

Saturday 30th September
Kick-off 3.00pm
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Newcastle 1
Manchester City 0
Carabao Cup Third Round
St. James' Park

Wednesday 27th September
Match report to follow

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Geordies in.... 

Adding to Magpin's range of Euro-flavoured badges is this one inspired by the "big cup" we're in again, now available and in stock for immediate dispatch here

We've pocketed a few of these for giveaway and
to be in with a chance of winning, email your answer to this question to [email protected] subject Badge:

Which future Magpie scored both home and away for Barcelona against Newcastle during the 2002/03 Champions League campaign?

Closing date is Noon on Monday October 2nd. No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry per person please.

PL fixture break update 

Following Wednesday night's Carabao Cup visit, Pep Guardiola's side are next due on Tyneside for the Premier League meeting next January.

The Premier League have now confirmed no decision on which weekend that will be played has been made, as it coincides with their seasonal fixture break.

As it stands, one round of PL fixtures will be split up and played across two weekends, January 13th and January 20th - Newcastle's game in that round the home one against Manchester City.

Rather than announce the split in advance, the PL say that they will wait until the precise days and times of those games have been confirmed with broadcasters. 

According to their own guidelines that should be no less than five weeks beforehand, so December 9th is D-Day, unless they get their act together sooner.

PS: It's rumoured that the Magpies will visit Saudi Arabia for a training camp on whichever of those two January weekends they end up not playing in the PL. 

Hit the road Pep!

Newcastle  1  Manchester City  0 

Already bemoaning the fact that his side had to travel home by coach due to an absence of flights, City boss Pep Guardiola saw his hopes of Carabao Cup glory grounded at St. James' Park on Wednesday night. 

A 53rd minute strike by Alexander Isak ensured that Manchester City exited from this competition in the round that they entered for the first time since 2012 - and also lost their unbeaten domestic record this season. 

Before Pep & Co. had even begun their journey though, the draw for the Fourth Round draw took place and sent Newcastle across the M62 to the red half of Manchester, in a repeat of last season's Final.

That last 16 tie should be on Wednesday November 1st, with the Manchester PL derby at Old Trafford scheduled for the previous Sunday. Newcastle's fixture programme sees them at Wolves the Saturday before and at home to Arsenal the following Saturday.    

A Red Devils reunion is scant reward for a fabulous second half display from Eddie Howe's side, who had struggled in the opening 45 minutes but emerged revitalised after the interval and set about City.  

Isak was one of ten changes from Sunday's eight-goal record breakers, with only Nick Pope remaining from the starting line-up at Bramall Lane.

As well as first club starts for Tino Livramento, Lewis Hall and Lewis Miley, Paul Dummett featured for the first time in over a year and there was an unexpected and most welcome return from injury for Joelinton.

The Brazilian's strong forward run eight minutes after the restart was crucial; Jacob Murphy smartly gaining ground before finding Joelinton, who manoeuvred into the area and centred for Isak to convert at the Gallowgate End.

An uncomfortable opening period for the hosts had seen them struggle to retain possession and they took 41 minutes to create anything meaningful; Joelinton's tackle igniting a counter-attack and Isak playing Jacob Murphy in, only for him to be denied by goalkeeper Stefan Ortega making a timely block with his foot. 

A slicker and more composed City side dominated and racked up a vastly superior pass total, but were only an intermittent threat to Pope's goal - the custodian earning his fourth successive clean sheet by sticking out a boot to deny Julian Alvarez, with the Argentinean also firing across goal from a tight angle.

With Anthony Gordon and Bruno Guimaraes on for Hall and Miley, Eddie Howe's side were unrecognisable from the opening half; their energy and industry prompting roars of approval from the crowd as home players threw themselves into tackles, blocks and clearances both and after what proved to be the winner.  

Gutsy displays from Dummett and Jamaal Lascelles plus a man of the match showing from Livramento and a committed performance from Matt Targett saw an unfamiliar back four collectively defend superbly.

They kept out a strong, if not first choice, City forward line who never looked like fashioning an equaliser. Their manager meanwhile broke off from moaning about motorways to talk his way into the referee's notebook after visiting the home technical area at one point.

A tight calf saw Isak withdrawn as a precaution, while Dummett went off with cramp and Bruno remained on following treatment for an ankle knock. It was later confirmed that illness kept Martin Dubravka and Dan Burn out, while Callum Wilson and Sven Botman were carrying knocks from the weekend and unavailable. 

An unexpected and welcome win over the toughest of opponents was deservedly celebrated on and off the field at full time, as the upward trajectory of this season continues. Still fighting on four fronts....

Full match report to follow.

Team: Pope, Livramento, Lascelles, Dummett (Schar 90+4), Targett, L.Miley (Guimaraes 46), Tonali (Anderson 90), Hall (Gordon 46), J.Murphy, Isak (Almiron 62), Joelinton.
Subs n/u: Karius, Trippier, Manquillo, Ritchie.

Booked: Guimaraes, Tonali.

Goal: Isak 53.

MCFCOrtega, Lewis, Akanji, Ake (Nunes 68), Gvardiol, Gomez Martin, Phillips, Kovacic (Doku 68), Bobb, Alvarez (Foden 74), Grealish.
Subs n/u: Carson, Ederson, Dias, Hamilton, Walker, Haaland.

Booked: Akanji, Phillips. (not on pitch) Guardiola.

Crowd: 51,692 including an extended away section up in L7 that looked to be over 4,000.

The travelling support gave us one second half collector's item, namely a chorus of "you only sing when you're winning", something heard only once in a blue moon when these teams meet.....

Chris Kavanagh - a third appointment of 2023 for the whistler from Ashton-under-Lyne, barely five miles away from the Etihad Stadium. 

Presiding over the 2-1 win at Brentford, he returned for our 0-2 home loss to Arsenal - both games seeing him make controversial penalty calls influenced by VAR - which
wasn't in operation for this tie.

Yet to referee a PL game this season,
Kavanagh has taken charge of just two EFL fixtures to date.


Eddie Howe:

Pre-game, the run last year was in our thoughts. It was an inspiration to us and helped our season, albeit the final maybe affected our league results. We look back on it with real pride.

"We want to try and go one further if we can but there is a long way to go at this stage. We are still there fighting.

"We were slightly imbalanced so we made changes at half time and were much better. The second half display was very, very good. I don't know whether we deserved it because it was a game of few chances but the players' attitude was first class.

"It was a game of two halves The first was tough and City played well. We didn't but defended well as we didn't have the ball.

"Second half we were excellent in most aspects, defensively and offensively. We attacked well and probably deserved to win in the end.

"There were tactical changes but the biggest thing was in belief. This is not a reflection on the lads we took off but the lads we brought on made a big difference. 

"With the ball we were a better team completely."

On Tino Livramento:

"He's trained really well. He's got great competition with Kieran Trippier for Premier League and Champions League time but we're going to have so many games this year. It was such an impressive performance...a great full debut for him."

On Joelinton:

"He was excellent in the second half and epitomised the improvement in the team's performance. For fitness levels and the fact he hasn't trained or played that much in the last few weeks, full credit to him."

On Lewis Miley:

"He's a player of outstanding talent and real potential. That's why I trusted him to play today - I don't just give opportunities for the sake of it. He's earned it - he'll grow from it."

On the Fourth Round draw:

"Its another top team but weve proved tonight that weve made changes to the group and weve won a very difficult game so Im sure Manchester United will be equally as difficult but well try and win.

Its the only way that we can view it. Well get to that game when we get to it, we dont know where well be in terms of our team, players and the selection of players well have available.

"The way were going and the competitions were in, were playing elite teams all the time and we have to get used to it. Its the only way we improve ourselves.

"Its not maybe the draw we wanted but we respect Manchester United and how they do things but well have to face it.


Tonight brought a first home win for Newcastle in all competitions over City in six attempts:

2023/24 Won 1-0 Isak (LC)
2022/23 Drew 3-3 Almiron, Wilson, Trippier
2021/22 Lost 0-4
2020/21 Lost 3-4 Krafth, Joelinton(pen), Willock
2019/20 Lost 0-2 (FAC)
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Willems, Shelvey
2018/19 Won 2-1 Rondon, Ritchie (pen)

City last failed to find the net on a visit to SJP in the 2005/06 season, when Newcastle won 1-0 in the PL. Their blank tonight was the first in 18 games here.

This was the first time since 2012/13 that the Magpies benefited from the exemption to this stage of the competition for European participants. 

It was the fifth time that the two sides were paired in the history of the League Cup. Newcastle have now won two to City's three: 

2023/34 R3 won 1-0 (SJP)
R4 won 2-0 (Etihad)
R4 lost 0-2 (SJP)
R4 replay lost 0-2 (SJP)
1994/95 R4 drew 1-1 (Maine Road)
1975/76 F lost 1-2 (Wembley)

Carabao Cup Third Round results:

Tue 26.09.2023:
Bradford City 0-2 Boro
Exeter City 1-0 Luton Town
Ipswich Town 3-2 Wolves
Mansfield Town 2-2 Peterborough United (3-1pens)
Port Vale 2-1 Sutton United
Salford City 0-4 Burnley
Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace

Wed 27.09.2023:
Aston Villa 1-2 Everton 
Blackburn Rovers 5-2 Cardiff City
Bournemouth 2-0 Stoke City
Brentford 0-1 Arsenal
Chelsea 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham 2-1 Norwich City
Lincoln City 0-1 West Ham United
Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City
Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester City

Fourth Round draw:

Mansfield Town v Port Vale
Ipswich Town v Fulham
Manchester United v Newcastle
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers
West Ham v Arsenal
Everton v Burnley
Exeter City v Middlesbrough

Magpies v Red Devils in League Cup:

2022/23 lost 0-2 (Wembley)
2012/13 lost 1-2 (Old Trafford)
won 2-0 (SJP)
1976/77 lost 2-7 (Old Trafford)

Champions League:

For anyone who missed out on the PSG home ticket ballot, Anarchy Brew Co have space left to watch the tie live on a 4m screen in their tap room just off Benfield Road (a short walk from Walkergate Metro).  

To guarantee your
place, reserve online here

Young Parisians.... 

Admission details for Newcastle's European U19 Youth League tie against PSG next Wednesday have now been confirmed.

The tie is a 3pm kick-off at Gateshead International Stadium and tickets are now on public sale direct from them online here

Prices are 5 adults and 2 concessions (over 65s and U18s). Advance purchase online only: no admission on the day, no cash turnstiles and NUFC memberships and season tickets are not valid.

A 1,500 capacity limit applies, main stand only open, seating is unreserved, gates open at 2pm. 

United were beaten 0-4 at AC Milan in their opening tie, while PSG lost 0-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund.  

The young Magpies will return to Gateshead when they face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday October 25th (3pm), with the home tie against AC Milan a 2pm start at Whitley Park on Wednesday December 13th.

Premier League:
Lane sailing

Sheffield United  0  Newcastle  8  (E-I-G-H-T)

See the goals online here

Match report

Flash sale 

If you're quick then there's the chance to snaffle one of the fine Dinha reversible bucket hats from Football Bobbles, currently reduced to 14.99 online here

Forest up next 

Following a three game sequence that took them to Wrexham, Huddersfield and Brighton in league and cup games, Friday sees Newcastle U21s on home soil.

Their opponents in PL2 are Nottingham Forest in a 7pm start at Whitley Park. This is the first time that the U21s have used the Northumberland FA ground since recent pitch and floodlight improvements. 

Forest have taken eight points from their opening five games and sit eleventh in the table - seven places and four points ahead of the black and whites.

Both games favoured the hosts last season; United 2-1 winners on Tyneside but beaten 1-3 away. 

Unlikely lad:
Fergie's Highland fling 

SJP old boy Duncan Ferguson has been confirmed as the new boss of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are currently bottom of the Scottish Championship. He's agreed a three year contract. 

The 51 year-old began his managerial career earlier this year at League One Forest Green Rovers, his first permanent post after interim roles at Everton.

However that proved to be less than successful, winning just one of his 18 games as the side were relegated and Ferguson departed in July.

Burnley (h) 

Saturday sees United look to record a third successive Premier League victory and clean sheet when the Clarets visit SJP for an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.

The member ballot has now concluded while season ticket holders can now resell and forward tickets. Any resold tickets will be available online to members. 

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BFCLyle Foster is suspended while Hjalmar Ekdal, Johann Gudmundsson, Michael Obafemi, Benson and Darko Churlinov are all on the injury list.

Ahead of their visit to Tyneside, Burnley made the short journey to Salford City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, running out 4-0 winners.

After their first five games
back in the Premier League, the side overseen by Vincent Kompany and former SJP workie ticket Craig Bellamy have a solitary point.

That came from a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest in what has been their only PL away game to date. Home meetings with Manchester City, Aston Villa, Spurs and Manchester United all ended with the visitors leaving Turf Moor in possession of the three points. 

Referee: Thomas Bramall from Manchester. 

A new name to us, although he has previously taken charge of United U21s. This will be the tenth Premier League game that the 33 year-old has handled, just over a year after his first one.

Jarred Gillett

No scheduled closures.

There will be no lift access from platform level at Monument, with alternatives in service at Central, Haymarket and St James.

Rail disruption updates: online here

Rail union ASLEF has announced a strike on Saturday, with the following train companies affected:

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, c2c, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway; Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, GWR, Island Line, LNER, Northern, Southeastern; Southern, Gatwick Express, South Western, TransPennine, West Midlands Trains.

A further strike is scheduled for Wednesday 4th October, plus an overtime ban on Friday 29th September and Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October.

Buses: D
espite earlier publicity to the contrary, we now understand that the X50 football service from the Metro Centre will not be affected by strike action.

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
Director Jamie Reuben continues to match all cash donations made on home PL matchdays.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
to follow

UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

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


Clarets @ SJP - last 10:

2021/22 won 1-0 Wilson
2021/22 drew 0-0 (lost 3-4 pens) LC
2020/21 won 3-1 Saint-Maximin, Wilson 2
2019/20 drew 0-0
2018/19 won 2-0 Schar, S.Longstaff
2017/18 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2014/15 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Colback, Sissoko
1982/83 won 3-0 Waddle, Varadi, Keegan
1979/80 drew 1-1 Davies
1978/79 won 3-1 Withe, Shoulder, Cassidy

Latest Premier League games:

Sat 30.09.2023:
Aston Villa v Brighton (12.30pm) TNT
Bournemouth v Arsenal (3pm)
Everton v Luton Town (3pm)
Manchester United v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Newcastle v Burnley (3pm)
West Ham v Sheffield United (3pm)
Wolves v Manchester City (3pm)
Spurs v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 01.10.2023:

Nottingham Forest v Brentford (2pm) Sky

Mon 02.10.2023:
Fulham v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

Tue 03.10.2023:
Luton Town v Burnley (7.30pm)

The borrowers: 
Loan lads

Max Thompson (Northampton Town):
With Max in goal, a young Town side exited from the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, drawing 2-2 at home with Chelsea U21s and losing 4-3 in the shootout.

Yankuba Minteh (Feyenoord):

The unplayed 35 minutes of Sunday's Eredivisie visit to Ajax were completed behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon. 

Feyenoord held a 3-0 lead at the point that home fans threw missiles on the field and went on to add one more goal without reply. 

Minteh started the original game and had just been subbed when the referee suspended play on 55 minutes.

Jeff Hendrick (Sheffield Wednesday):
mackems (h) Championship, Friday.
Harrison Ashby (Swansea City):
Millwall (a) Championship, Saturday.

Ryan Fraser (Southampton):
Leeds United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Jamal Lewis (Watford):

Boro (h) Championship, Saturday.

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic):
Portsmouth (h) League One, Saturday.

Matty Bondswell (Newport County):
Salford City (a) League Two, Saturday.

Joe White (Crewe Alexandra):

Wrexham, League Two, Saturday.

Jay Turner-Cooke (St Johnstone):
Livingston (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Cameron Ferguson (Forfar Athletic):
East Fife (a) Scottish League Two, Saturday.

Isaac Hayden (Standard Liege):
OH Leuven (a) Belgian First Division, Saturday.

Garang Kuol (Volendam):
PSV Eindhoven (a) Eredivisie, Saturday.

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac):
Novi Pazar (a) Serbian Super Liga, Saturday.

PSG (h) 

The second game of Newcastle's Champions League Group Stage campaign sees reigning French Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain to SJP for the first time since their formation in 1970.

It's an 8pm KO on Wednesday live on TNT Sports

There was no public sale for this tie, with season ticket holders who signed up to the relevant cup scheme receiving tickets for their own seats (or alternatives issued to them at NUFC's discretion to accommodate visiting VIPs etc.) 

These can now be forwarded or resold to NUFC, with any resold tickets available online to members on a first come, first served basis from 10am on Thursday. 

A ballot of season ticket holders not signed up to the relevant cup scheme and members has now finished. Anyone who received a ticket from the ballot has no legitimate option to resell or forward that ticket - but there's nothing to prevent forwarding the relevant confirmation email before downloading the ticket....

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PSGThe visitors face a league trip to Clermont on Saturday. It's unclear whether Kylian Mbappe will feature after injury forced him off during the opening half of PSG's 4-0 win over Marseille last Sunday.

Expect to see ex-Magpie Yohan Cabaye at SJP for this tie; the retired midfielder now has an off-field role with PSG's academy, who face Newcastle U19s over the river at Gateshead on Wednesday afternoon. 

Referee: TBC 


The early closure of Haymarket station during this week has been suspended on Wednesday.

There will be no lift access from platform level at Monument, with alternatives in service at Central, Haymarket and St James.

Rail disruption updates: online here

Rail union ASLEF has announced a strike for today, with the following train companies affected:

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, c2c, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway; Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, GWR, Island Line, LNER, Northern, Southeastern; Southern, Gatwick Express, South Western, TransPennine, West Midlands Trains.

Buses: D
espite earlier publicity to the contrary, we now understand that the X50 football service from the Metro Centre will not be affected by strike action.

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
from 6pm.

UK TV: Live on TNT Sports

Overseas TV:
to follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

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


This will be Newcastle's thirteenth Champions League fixture at Gallowgate, with the previous dozen bringing seven home wins and five losses. They are yet to draw a game at SJP in this competition.  

NUFC in the Champions League @ SJP:

1997/98 Croatia Zagreb won 2-1
1997/98 Barcelona won 3-2
1997/98 PSV lost 0-2
1997/98 Dynamo Kiev won 2-0
2002/03 Zeljeznicar won 4-0
2002/03 Feyenoord lost 0-1
2002/03 Juventus won 1-0
2002/03 Dynamo Kiev won 2-1
2002/03 Inter Milan lost 1-4
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen won 3-1
2002/03 Barcelona lost 0-2
2003/04 Partizan Belgrade lost 0-1 (lost 3-4 pens)

This will be the seventh occasion that a side from the French league has played competitively at SJP:

1977/78 Bastia lost 1-2 (UE)
1996/97 Metz won 2-0 (UE)
1996/97 Monaco lost 0-1 (UE)
2001/02 Troyes drew 4-4 (IC)
2003/04 Marseille drew 0-0 (UE)
2012/13 Bordeaux won 3-0 (EU)

Late agony at Albion

Brighton U21s  1  Newcastle U21s  1

Match report

Colin Ayre RIP

The passing of former Magpie Colin Ayre has been announced, at the age of 67.

The Ashington-born winger was on the books at Gallowgate from 1973 to 1975 but left without making a competitive senior appearance.

Moving to Holland to play for Ijmuiden-based Telstar, he returned to England with Torquay United before spells with Ashington and Blyth Spartans.

A longer second stint with Telstar came in 1978, before Ayre moved on to Austria, appearing for both Wacker Innsbruck and SPG Raika Innsbruck.

Returning to the North East, an elongated spell in local football saw him still playing Sunday League aged 50.

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Fri 29.09.2023 U21s v Nottingham Forest (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.

Sat 30.09.2023 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.09.2023 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket Resale for ST open now, ST ticket forwarding open now. Ticket resale to members open now. Not on live UK TV.

Wed 04.10.2023 U19s v PSG (France) (h) @
Gateshead International Stadium, 3pm. European Youth League Group Stage 2. Advance tickets only, available from GFC  online here
5 adults, 2 concessions.

04.10.2023 PSG (France) (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Champions League Group Stage 2.
Ticket Resale for scheme sign-ups open now, ticket forwarding for scheme signups open now. Ticket resale to STs / members open now. Live on TNT Sports. 

Sat 07.10.2023 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 07.10.2023 U21s v Fleetwood Town (h)
@ Whitley Park, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

un 08.10.2023 West Ham (a) @ London Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 10 points. 30 adults, 25 senior/young person, 25 U18s. Allocation: 3,000. Not on live UK TV.

Tue 10.10.2023 U21s v Port Vale (a) @ Vale Park, 7.45pm. EFL Trophy.

Wed 18.10.2023 U21s v Newcastle Blue Star (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup.

Sat 21.10.2023 U18s v Crystal Palace (h)
@ Little Benton, 10.30am. U18 Premier League Cup.

at 21.10.2023 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.
Ticket sale schedule awaited. Not on live UK TV.

Tue 24.10.2023 U17s v Leeds United (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U17 Premier League Cup.

Wed 25.10.2023 U19s v Borussia Dortmund (Germany) (h) @ Gateshead International Stadium, 3pm. European Youth League Group Stage 3.

25.10.2023 Borussia Dortmund (Germany) (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Champions League Group Stage 3.
Ticket sale schedule awaited. Live on TNT Sports. 

PL season ends Sun 19.05.2024 @ 4pm.

NUFC live on TV (UK KO times):

Wed 04.10.2023
PSG (h) 8pm TNT 
Wed 25.10.2023 Dortmund (h) 8pm TNT 
Sat 2
8.10.2023 Wolves (a) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 04.11.2023 Arsenal (h) 5.30pm Sky
Tue 07.11.2023 Dortmund (a) 5.45pm TNT 
Sat 11.11.2023 Bmouth (a) 5.30pm Sky  
Tue 28.11.2023 PSG (a) 8pm TNT 
Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (h) 8pm TNT 

(PL Selections made to Sun 12.11.2023*).

*The PL games in December versus Everton (a) and Nottingham Forest (h) will be live on Amazon Prime - dates still tbc.

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

August to December: Not later than 6 weeks prior to the relevant Match Round.

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

Carabao Cup Round dates:

R4: w/c Mon 30.10.2023 Man United (a)
QF: w/c Mon 18.12.2023
SF1: w/c Mon 08.01.2024
SF2: w/c Mon 22.01.2024
F: Sun 25.02.2024 (Wembley)

FA Cup Round dates:

R3: Sat 06.01.2024
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) 3pm
Wed 25.10.2023 Dortmund (h) 3pm
Tue 07.11.2023 Dortmund (a) 1pm CET
Tue 28.11.2023 PSG (a) 1pm CET
Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (h) 2pm

EFL Trophy
Northern Group B:

G1: Tue 05.09.2023 Wrexham (a) lost 0-1
G2: Tue 10.10.2023
Port Vale (a) 7.45pm
G3: Tue 14.11.2023
Crewe (a) 7.45pm

R2: w/c Mon 04.12.2023
R3: w/c Mon 08.01.2024
QF: w/c Mon 29.01.2024
SF: w/c Mon 19.02.2023
F: Sun 07.04.2023 (Wembley)

Northumberland Senior Cup First Round:

26.09.2023 Ashington 5-1
Newcastle Uni
03.10.2023 Whitley Bay v Blyth Town
03.10.2023 Bedlington Terriers v Prudhoe
North Shields v West Allotment
17.10.2023 Benfield v Heaton Stannington
18.10.2023 Newcastle United v Blue Star

(Morpeth Town/Blyth Spartans given byes)

U21 PL Trophy
Group F:

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

U18 PL Cup Group G:

Sat 02.09.2023 Fulham (a) lost 2-3
Sat 21.10.2023 Palace (h) 10.30am
Sat 25.11.2023 Liverpool (a) 1pm

U17 PL Cup Group A:

Tue 19.09.2023 Boro (a) drew 3-3
Tue 24.10.2023 Leeds United (h) 7pm
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On This Day in History
28th September

Born Or Died:

1918 Tommy McGarry born Heworth.

Centre forward who was playing for local side Washington Colliery when invited for a trial by Huddersfield Town during 1937.

Tommy played for the Terriers in a reserve game against Newcastle at SJP, but within weeks had agreed professional terms with the Magpies. 

Despite scoring four times in pre-season practice matches between NUFC XIs though, he failed to win a place in the senior side.

Spending the season in the club's Central League and Northern Alliance sides he ended  up with 43 goals to his name in total - including hat-tricks in six consecutive Northern Alliance appearances.

However Tommy wasn't retained by United and moved on to Hartlepools in July 1938.

Subsequently signing for Bradford Park Avenue during March 1939, McGarry was called up for army service days before his 21st birthday but was able to continue playing as he was stationed at Harrogate. 

He marked his return to Hartlepool with PA the following March by scoring three times against his old side but suffered a broken leg during a game a month later. 

Following service in the Army (and a place in a touring XI captained by Denis Compton), McGarry signed for North Shields ahead of 1946/47 season.

A prolific scorer at Appleby Park, he moved on to Annfield Plain in 1950.

1972 Rodney Jack
born, St.Vincent, West Indies. (1996)

Compact, fleet-footed striker in the Lomana LuaLua mould, who attracted the attention of then-SJP boss Kevin Keegan after some good scouting reports from Torquay United.

Jack trained with the Magpies on a trial basis in October 1996, but returned to Plainmoor amid claims of work permit issues, a mooted 250K transfer failing to happen.

February 1997 then saw him go through a similar trial spell at the mackems, but again no deal was completed and Jack resumed his playing career with the Gulls. 

A permanent transfer to Crewe Alexandra was concluded 1998, later moves taking him to Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham Athletic, Republic of Ireland side Waterford, back to Crewe, Southport and Nantwich Town.

The former St. Vincent and Grenadines international retired from playing at Nantwich in 2012, later working at a supermarket in Crewe.

1985 James Perch
born, Mansfield.

A graduate of the Nottingham Forest Youth Academy, James signed his first professional contract in 2002, appearing in central midfield against the Magpies in a reserve game at the City Ground in 2005.

His first team debut had come earlier that same season and he also would go on to feature for Forest at both full back and central defence.

Missing the first half of the 2009/10 season due to injury, Perch had barely returned to the Forest side when Newcastle made an unsuccessful bid for him in January 2010. 

However, his 220th and final appearance for Forest proved to be their playoff semi-final second leg defeat at home to Blackpool the following May.

Within two months James had completed a move to SJP and made his first appearance in a pre-season victory at Carlisle United.

A competitive debut followed in the season- opening defeat at Old Trafford and he kept his place at right back for the first five PL games of the season, with Danny Simpson injured.

Those five games saw him yellow-carded each time, making him the quickest player to reach a ban in Premiership history at that time.

Suspended for the League Cup win at Chelsea, James returned to the starting XI for the home game against Stoke City but headed into his own net to hand the Potters a 2-1 victory in September 2010.

Perch drifted out of the first team after the arrival of Alan Pardew, losing his place at full back and making infrequent appearances covering at centre half.

The 2011/12 season however proved to be a momentous one for Perch, who began it on the club's reserve tour of Holland and then continued to be a bit-part player for the first team until the turn of the year.

2012 saw him play an increasingly important role as international call-ups, injuries and suspensions began to have an effect.

Visibly growing in confidence during outings at full back, centre half and midfield, James became something of a cult hero, earning the affectionate nickname of "Perchinho."

Injuries to Ryan Taylor and Simpson made 2012/13 his busiest season as a Magpie: a half century of league appearances, making his European debut and scoring a first senior goal, at Old Trafford of all places.

Although Newcastle stayed up, Perch dropped down a division in a 700K move to relegated Wigan Athletic in 2013, as he began the final year of his deal.

Debuting in a 4-0 win at Barnsley, Perch's second game as a Latic saw him a Wembley loser, beaten 0-2 by Manchester United in the Charity Shield.

His second season ended with demotion to League One, James remained a Championship player when joining QPR.

An unhappy reunion with Newcastle came in September 2016, departing on a stretcher during our 6-0 win at Loftus Road. 

Perch's time in West London ended in June 2018 when he left on a free, agreeing a two year deal with Scunthorpe United following a trial at former club Wigan.

Moving on to League Two side Mansfield Town in August 2020, James suffered a fractured skull in a training ground accident just over a year later.

He made a successful playing return the following January.

He left Mansfield at the end of the 2022/23 season and joined Ilkeston Town in September 2023.

1990 Stewart Bath born, Stockton. 

Academy midfielder/defender who had the briefest of introductions to reserve team football at SJP - as a 90th minute substitute against Manchester United in April 2007.
Following a handful of further appearances, Stewart was released by United two years later and had trial for Rochdale.

Appearing for both Billingham Synthonia and their Northern League rivals Town, 2010 found Bath in the USA, studying at Averett University in Virginia and playing for their Cougars soccer side. 

Bath returned to UK in 2014 with Whitby Town, before further spells at both Billingham sides were dove-tailed by a diversion to Guisborough Town.

By 2016 he had moved on to Wearside League side Wolviston, becoming captain.

1995 Liam Smith born, South Shields. 

Midfielder who debuted for the club's U18 side as a substitute during a 0-1 defeat at Bolton in March 2012, officially joining the club's Academy during the close season.

Liam's reserve bow then came replacing Romain Amalfitano in a 4-5 home loss to West Ham at Whitley Park, three weeks before his 18th birthday in 2013.

A back problem restricted his participation for the U21s, but 16 league and cup appearances during the 2014/15 season saw Smith sign his first professional contract.

Fitness issues again hampered his progress, but after United old boy and Blackpool boss Neil McDonald saw him in a reserve game, Liam was loaned to the Tangerines.

Debuting in a 0-1 home defeat to Coventry City in March 2016, Smith played eight times for Blackpool but failed to prevent their inevitable demotion to League Two.

Liam started the 2016/17 season on loan at Crewe Alexandra, but an injury picked up against Bolton Wanderers in a friendly saw him return to Tyneside for treatment.

He went back to Crewe but another knock meant that he failed to play a game for the Alex. 

Ironically, Liam scored at Gresty Road for United in an EFL Trophy group game during August 2017, but was seldom seen after then and released during June 2018.

Crewe offered him the chance to resurrect his career and he featured as a trialist in an U23 fixture against Barnsley in September 2018. However no contract offer followed.

After several years without a club, Smith joined Hebburn Town in November 2021.

What Else?

1895 Rotherham Town (a)
Division Two
P4, 5pts, 7th/16 

The home side began without Arthur McCabe, who boarded the wrong train and didn't reach the Clifton Lane ground until after kick-off!

In the Town team was Arthur Wharton, widely considered to be the first black professional footballer to play in the Football League.

This would be the third and final season that Newcastle faced Rotherham Town, with the club folding in 1896.

Another club of the same name was then founded in 1899, merging with Rotherham County to form Rotherham United in 1925.

1901 Sunderland (h)
Division One
P4, 4pts, 13th/18 
Debut for Tom Davidson at left back - yet another Scotsman.

1907 Nottingham Forest (h)
Division One
P6, 6pts, 10th/20 
Hall(1), Gardner(6), Speedie(58) 
United bounced back from a 0-2 defeat at Chelsea the previous weekend, Sandy Hall netting within the first 60 seconds.

There was a debut for Dave Willis, in defence, following his arrival from Sunderland.

1912 Woolwich Arsenal (a)
Division One
P6, 8pts, 5th/20 

United left Plumstead with a point, in part thanks to Jimmy Lawrence's penalty save from Alf Common after half an hour.

1929 Huddersfield Town (h)
Division One
P8, 8pts, 12th/22 
Gallacher(14,54), McCurley(30), Urwin(62),  Chalmers(83)   
Dent(47), Davies(56)
Despite conceding five goals, visiting 'keeper Hughie Turner "thrilled the crowd...with his cool and clever play" reported Athletic News.

1931 Hearts (Scotland) (a)
United provided the opposition at Tynecastle in a testimonial for Bob King, Edinburgh-born forward Joe Ford netting both goals.

Wing-half Ralph Hann was included for what was his only senior appearance as a Magpie. His daughter, Judith was a BBC television presenter (Tomorrow's World 1974-94).

Team: Burns, Nelson, Thomson, Naylor, Davidson, Hann, Boyd, Bedford, Ford, McMenemy, Lang. 

1935 Fulham (h)
Division Two
P7, 7pts, 14th/22 
,61), Cairns(38), Ware(50), Harris(87)
Price(28), Hammond(47)
There were goalscoring debuts for both outside right Albert Harris and inside right Harry Ware.

1940 Barnsley (h)
Victory over the Tykes was achieved with 10 men, following the loss of Laurie Nevins to injury in the 51st minute.

1946 Barnsley (a)
Division Two
P8, 10pts, 3rd/22 
A depleted Magpies side claimed a point from their visit to Oakwell against a Tykes side that included future star George Robledo.

1957 Burnley (a)
Division One
P10, 10pts, 10th/22 
A belated birthday present for Bob Whitehead, who debuted six days after turning 21. Bob replaced Dick Keith at right back. 

1959 Aberdeen (Scotland) (a)

Wishart (40,88),Glen(85pen)
48 hours after losing 2-3 at Leeds, United shared six goals with the Dons in a Bank Monday afternoon kickabout at Pittodrie.

Team: S.Mitchell, Whitehead, Ferguson, Scoular, Stokoe, Bell, Taylor (Hale), Allchurch, Scott, Eastham, R.Mitchell.

1960 Racing Paris (France) (h) 2-1 (1-0)
Mitchell(10), White(85) 
Having won 3-2 in Paris the previous month, United got the better of their French opposition once again in a Friendship Cup competition.

Left winger Jimmy Wilson was drafted into the side and did enough to retain his place and debut in the league the following Saturday.

Four French and four British sides (ourselves, Boro, Bolton and Liverpool) each played two games, the trophy awarded to the nation amassing the greatest number of points.

The result was 15-1 in favour of England, with the second and final year of the event in 1961 seeing Blackburn, Cardiff, Derby and Southampton run up a 10-6 winning margin.

Team: Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Neale, Heslop, R.Mitchell, J.Wilson, Allchurch, White, Luke, McGuigan. 

1963 Leyton 0rient (a)
Division Two
P10, 9pts, 13th/22 
Our fourth-ever visit to the O's ended, like the previous three, in defeat.

1968 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-2 (0-2)
Division One
P11, 8pts, 16th/22 
McNamee(60), Allen(71
Pearce(7), Mullery(41) 
Keith Dyson made his debut as Geoff Allen netted for the only time in his senior Magpies career. 

1971 Hearts (Scotland) (h) 2-1 (0-0)
(2-2 on aggregate,
Newcastle win on penalties)

Texaco Cup 
There was almost a repeat of the Rangers Fairs Cup riot as Scottish fans threw bottles at United players when Macdonald hit his second goal.

With the scores level on aggregate at 2-2, the game was settled 4-3 on penalties; John Tudor with the fifth and decisive spot kick, after Terry Hibbitt had missed earlier.

1974 Ipswich Town (h)
Division One
P9, 12pts, 16th/22 
Pat Howard's goal was enough to beat Bobby Robson's league leaders and stretch United's unbeaten run to seven games.

Former Town defender Glen Keeley picked up man of the match plaudits after keeping his old team mates at bay alongside Howard.

1977 Bohemian (Ireland) (h) 4-0 (1-0)
(4-0 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg
Following a feisty 0-0 draw in Dublin, United's first European home tie since 1971 was a comfortable victory over 

With one eye on costs, the visitors flew to Leeds and then drove to Newcastle by coach - stopping off en route to pick up Derby County manager Tommy Docherty.

The Rams boss was at the first leg of the tie and keen to sign Bohs duo Fran O'Brien and Gerry Ryan - adopting a hands-on approach after learning of interest in the players from Newcastle.

In the event though, only Daly ended up at the Baseball Ground amid talk that O'Brien's medical had been unsuccessful.

Recollections of attending the match as a youngster were that Bohs were a team of bearded men wearing shiny red shirts.

1985 Arsenal (a)
Division One
P10, 18pts, 4th/22 
Following a 1-5 drubbing at White Hart Lane in United's previous away game, things were a good deal tighter in defence as Willie McFaul's side returned to North London and took their first point off the Gunners in seven meetings.

1988 Newcastle reserves drew 2-2 at home with Manchester City. United's goals came from Ian Bogie and a 15 year old Lee Clark.

1991 Derby County (h)
Division Two
P10, 7pts, 23rd/24 
Hunt(78), Quinn(79) 
Davison(32), Ormondroyd(57)
An elusive first home win of the season could have come from the penalty spot, as a Derby hand swiped the ball away near the goal line in a frantic finale. However, the referee was unmoved. 

Once again a static United defence had conceded a set piece goal and after an hour the on-loan pairing of Bobby Davison and Ian Ormondroyd had both netted. 

The second appearance of United's on-loan "striker" Andy Walker ended when he was replaced by Andy Hunt. The former non-league forward then pulled a goal back and set up Quinn for a late equaliser, as the home crowd at last had something to cheer. 

The most bizarre incident of the game was missed by the pressmen in the Milburn stand, as a fierce dispute between the home and away dugouts ended with Tony Galvin kicking a bucket of water over Rams boss Arthur Cox and his assistants, and then attempting to attack the visitors with a wooden bench! 

He was disarmed by his colleagues before damaging anyone.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Former United centre half Aidan McCaffery was dismissed from his post as Carlisle United manager.

2000 Neil Danns ensured a miserable trip to Ewood Park for reserve team boss Tommy Craig and the watching Bobby Robson. 

A 93rd minute winner for Blackburn Rovers meant United's reserves remained winless from their opening four games.

2002 Birmingham City (a)
P7, 10pts, 10th/20
Solano(34), Ameobi(89)

A Solano 20-yarder and a farcical last minute goal for Shola Ameobi that bounced in off his knee after it had hit the keeper sealed the points. match report

28/09/20062006 Levadia Tallinn (Estonia) (h)
(3-1 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 1st Round
2nd leg
A rapid fire two-goal blast from Obafemi Martins put United into the group stages of the UEFA Cup as they completed the job started in Estonia two weeks earlier.

Oba's first goals on Tyneside brought to life a distinctly sterile encounter - the first 45 minutes being instantly forgettable.

The second half was barely a minute old when Martins rose majestically to meet an Emre corner and head home.

Oba then pounced on Antoine Sibierski's knock-down to drive in off the bar and settle the tie. match report

2011 The reserves almost ran up a rugby score at the Parc y Scarlets home of Llanelli, beating Swansea City 5-3. 

Michael Richardson, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Nile Ranger and Greg McDermott were all on target. match report

After recent first team and U18 losses to their Manchester United counterparts, it was the turn of our reserve side to be beaten by the Red Devils.

A 2-4 loss in monsoon conditions at the Moss Lane home of Altrincham included goals from Marcus Maddison and Brad Inman. match report

2015 United's U21s drew 1-1 with Swansea City at Whitley Park thanks to Ivan Toney.

With manager Steve McClaren looking on, there was a rare outing for Sylvain Marveaux but his efforts failed to earn a senior recall. match report

2016 Norwich City (h)
Gayle(24,71,90+6), Gouffran(90+5)
Dorrans(44pen), Jerome(52), Murphy(69)
Two goals in second half added time turned defeat into victory on an incredible night at Gallowgate.

City were seemingly heading for top spot when future Magpie Jacob Murphy put them 3-1 up midway through the second half.

Dwight Gayle's second of the night reduced the arrears and when Yoan Gouffran headed in, a point looked to have been salvaged. 

United had other ideas though and Dwight Gayle completed his first treble for the club to send the ground into total delirium.

Defeat would have left Rafa's side languishing in ninth place but instead they ended the game in third - a point behind the Canaries and three off leaders Huddersfield Town. match report