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Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
Amex Stadium
Saturday 13th August
Kick-off 3.00pm
Last Match


Newcastle 2
Nottingham Forest 0
Premier League
St. James' Park
Saturday 6th August
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2022/23:






Brighton (a) Limited ST sale, 15pts
Man C (h) SOLD OUT (except for 13-17s)
Wolves (a)
ST sale now, 50pts
Liverpool (a) ST sale now, 60pts
Palace (h) ST/member sale
West Ham (a) ST sale now, 100pts

Premier League:
The Clash

Following a Premier League decision to ban Newcastle from wearing any of their three current kits at Brighton on Saturday, United confirm that they will sport their light blue warm-up ensemble at the Amex Stadium.

The previously-announced warm-up shirt incorporates a graphic of the Tyneside city skyline, including SJP.

Quite why this is necessary at all is unclear, with an avoidance of colour clashes surely near the top of the priority list when devising alternative kits. Had the "Saudi Arabian-inspired" change shirt been green with white details then this wouldn't have been an issue....

Newcastle have worn a change kit for seven of their previous eight games against Albion at the Amex - the exception coming in the 2019/20 season, when the home side had a predominantly blue shirt and the Magpies donned black and white.    

PS: this isn't the first time in the PL era that United have been forced to create a bespoke kit in order to avoid a clash with a side playing in blue and white stripes.

Visits to Sheffield Wednesday in both the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons saw the Magpies appear in a distinctive green Asics kit at Hillsborough.

Further back in the mists of time, a First Division game against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in April 1969 saw United clad in orange shirts and black shorts reminiscent of Wolves.

Carabao Cup
Wednesday draw
now confirmed

Newcastle will learn their opponents in this season's League Cup Second Round when the draw takes place this coming Wednesday evening.

That will be carried out on Sky Sports following their live coverage of the Sheffield Wednesday v mackems First Round tie (7.45pm kick-off).

The competition remains divided into Northern and Southern sections at this stage. There's no bar on sides from the same league being drawn together.

Jonjo blow

The Mail newspaper report that Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a damaged hamstring.

The 30 year-old was forced off during the second half of United's pre-season loss away to Benfica after falling awkwardly and has been sidelined ever since.

It's claimed that Shelvey will be missing for up to three months, which would see him back training during the World Cup break - and potentially available when our season resumes at Leicester City on Boxing Day.

PS: Although a contract extension will be triggered when he plays a further three games, as it stands Shelvey's contract at SJP expires next summer.     

Baggies inflict
late knockout

West Brom U21s  2  Newcastle U21s 1

Newcastle U21s made a losing start to their PL2 Division Two season behind closed doors at Albion's Palm training ground on Monday teatime.

The Magpies opened the scoring through Michael Ndiweni on 68 minutes, just seconds after coming off the bench - a first PL2 goal for the 18 year-old forward.

Back came Albion though, with fellow teenager Reyes Cleary breaching the visiting defence in the 87th and 89th minutes to win it for the hosts.

Team: M.Thompson, Brookwell, Bondswell, Carlyon, Wiggett, A.Murphy, Stephenson (Hackett 85), De Bolle, Munoz (Crossley 61), Turner-Cooke, Scott (Ndiweni 68).
Subs n/u: Brown, Huntley.

Booked: Brookwell

WBA: Hollingshead, Ingram, Nguepissi, Ashworth, Shaw, Whitwell (A.Williams 90+4), Andrews (Higgins 83), R.Richards (Wangussi 60), Fellows, Faal (Mfuamba 90+4), Cleary.
Sub n/u: Hudd

Referee: Aaron Jackson

Premier League:
Forest flounder
in the Fortress

Newcastle  2  Nottingham Forest  0

Match report

Latest PL results:

Fri 05.08.2022:
Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

Sat 06.08.2022:
Fulham 2-2 Liverpool
Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa
Leeds United 2-1 Wolves
Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Spurs 4-1 Southampton
0-1 Chelsea

Sun 07.08.2022:
Leicester City 2-2 Brentford
Manchester United 1-2 Brighton
West Ham 0-2 Manchester City

Border raid

Hibernian U18s
  2  Newcastle U18s  4

Two weeks before their season opener against Manchester City, Newcastle U18s continued their preparations on Saturday with a friendly victory in Scotland.

The young Magpies took just five minutes to open the scoring at the Hibs training ground in Ormiston and an eventful opening half ended with United 3-1 ahead and the hosts down to ten men.

That became 4-1 shortly after the restart before the "
wee Hibees" pulled a goal back, but were then kept at bay.

On target for Newcastle were Charlie McArthur with a brace, Johnny Emerson and Darren Palmer.

Eddie extension

Friday saw Newcastle announce that Manager Eddie Howe had signed a new extended contract at St. James' Park.

Initially agreeing a deal until the end of the 2023/24 season when succeeding Steve Bruce last November, the revised contract is of undisclosed duration.

Confirming the news, Howe said that:

"It's a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club. I'm extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here.

"I'd like to take the opportunity to acknowledge my coaching team, the players, staff and supporters. They make it a very special place to be every day.

"I'd also like to extend my gratitude to our owners and to Dan Ashworth. We are still at the start of our journey, but this is an exciting time to be a part of Newcastle United and I'm very excited about the future together."

The Borrowers:
Loan lads

Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United):
The Blades beat Millwall 2-0 at Bramall Lane in the Championship on Saturday, with Clark playing the full 90 minutes and collecting his second booking in as many games.

Jeff Hendrick (Reading):
There were three points for the Royals in the Championship on Saturday, courtesy of a 2-1 home victory over Cardiff City. Hendrick completed the entire game.

Dan Langley (Gateshead):
The Tynesiders marked their return to the National League with a 2-2 draw away at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. However injury prevented goalkeeper Dan from making his competitive bow.

Rodrigo Vilca (Universitario):
There was another bench selection for Vilca away to Cienciano in the Primera Division on Sunday. He appeared for the closing 10 minutes of a 0-1 reverse.

Isaac Hayden (Norwich City):
Recovering from a minor knee operation.

Neat feet

New from the Tyneside-based Sock Council are two designs inspired by the distinctive goalkeeper jerseys donned by Magpie custodians in the mid-1990s.

Black & white "Shaka" model and orange & black "Pav" socks are both now available online here and we have a pair of each for our latest free-to-enter competition.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair, email us your answer to this question to subject line of Socks:

1995/96 saw Shaka and Pav share first
team goalkeeping duties - with the third-choice senior custodian leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of that season after failing to play a game. Name him.

Closing date is 7pm on Wednesday August 10th. No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address.

One entry each please
and specify whether you'd prefer the Shaka or Pav sock designs if successful.

Young Lion Lewis

There's a maiden international call-up for Newcastle's Lewis Miley, in the
England U17 squad currently contesting the Nordic Tournament in Norway.

The 16 year-old midfielder is yet to make his reserve team bow, but was named on the first team bench in pre-season.

England are in action as follows:

Sat 06.08.2022 Norway lost 0-3
(Lewis started on the bench - we're unsure whether he got any pitch time)

Mon 08.08.2022
Faroes won 3-0
(team details tbc)

Wed 10.08.2022

Premier League:
Brighton (a)

The Magpies commence their PL away campaign at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, in an old-fashioned 3pm start with no live UK TV transmission.

Newcastle's allocation of 3,100 places sold out to season ticket holders at 20 points.

There's a first return to Brighton in the offing for both defender Dan Burn and CEO Dan Ashworth.

United are yet to win a top-flight fixture at this venue in five attempts, drawing three times and losing the other two.

Eight visits to the Amex in all competitions have seen Newcastle net four times - all at the North End of the ground furthest away from the travelling support.

NUFC: To follow.

Jonjo Shelvey remains unavailable due to injury, while Javier Manquillo, Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez are all now back in training.

There's a question mark over the fitness of Jamaal Lascelles after he dropped out the squad that faced Nottingham Forest with a thigh complaint sustained in the warm-up. The absence of Emil Krafth was also noted but not explained anywhere we spotted.

BHAFC: To follow.

Graham Potter's side began their season on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

That success means that they've been beaten just once in their last 10 PL games - away at Manchester City.

Referee: Graham Scott - Oxfordshire official last seen taking charge of our 1-2 loss at Wolves in October 2021.

VAR: Craig Pawson

Travel: Albion have published a guide online here including details of free matchday
public transport for home and away fans.


The latest industrial action to affect rail services in the UK has been announced by Aslef for this matchday (August 13th).

Drivers at nine rail companies will strike and although Southern and Thameslink trains that serve Brighton aren't directly affected, the walkout will involve LNER drivers on the route between Newcastle and London Kings Cross.

Affected companies: London Overground, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Southeastern, West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast and Crosscountry.

Industrial action affecting rail services is also scheduled for August 18th and 20th.


We're pleased to welcome back CentrAle as sponsors this season, Located on platform 12 at Newcastle Central Station, you'll find a bewildering variety of local, domestic and international beers plus selected wines and spirits.


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Overseas TV:
to follow

UK Radio: Live on talkSPORT 2

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Following their opening day victory against Forest, Newcastle will head to Sussex aiming to make it six points from their first two games - something they haven't managed in either the Premier League or the Championship since 1997/98.

That season saw Kenny Dalglish's side follow up a 2-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday in the PL with a 1-0 success against Aston Villa at SJP.

One has to go back to the 1995/96 season to find United starting with back-to-back home and away wins (3-0 at home to Coventry City then 3-1 away at Bolton). 

Seagulls v NUFC - all time:

2021/22 drew 1-1 (PL) Hayden
2020/21 lost 0-3 (PL)
2019/20 drew 0-0 (PL)
2018/19 drew 1-1 Perez (PL)
2017/18 lost 0-1 (PL)
2016/17 won 2-1 Diame, Perez (Ch)
2012/13 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2011/12 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1991/92 drew 2-2 G.Peacock, Kelly (D2)
1990/91 lost 2-4 Quinn, Brock (D2)
1989/90 won 3-0 Quinn 3 (D2)
1983/84 won 1-0 Waddle (D2)
1982/83 drew 1-1 McDermott (FAC)
1978/79 lost 0-2 (D2)
1961/62 won 4-0 Allchurch, Thomas, Kerray, Suddick (D2)

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Sat 13.08.2022:
Aston Villa v Everton (12.30pm) BT
Arsenal v Leicester City (3pm)
Brighton v Newcastle (3pm)
Manchester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Southampton v Leeds United (3pm)
Wolves v Fulham (3pm)
Brentford v Manchester United (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 14.08.2022:
Nottingham Forest v West Ham (2pm) Sky
Chelsea v Spurs (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 15.08.2022:
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (8pm) Sky

Carrick claim

The Mail newspaper report that Newcastle will fill their vacancy for an U18 Academy Coach by appointing Graeme Carrick.

A product of Wallsend Boys Club and the younger brother of Michael, he has held a variety of roles at the FA and worked on a national level since 2016. 

Assuming the report is correct, this will be third time that 40 year-old Graeme has been at SJP; released as a schoolboy due to injury before returning as an Academy coach between 2005 and 2007.

Unlikely lads:
New starters

Latest ex-NUFC transfers reported:

Valentino Lazaro (Torino) (loan)
Gini Wijnaldum AS Roma (loan)

Tay tie

Dundee United B  2  Newcastle U21s  2

Match report

Shirt book

Lifelong Newcastle fan Gavin Haigh is the proud owner of the most extraordinary NUFC shirt collection we've ever seen - with over 1,000 different items including hundreds of player editions.

He's now selected his favourite match-worn shirts and the stories behind them in "Black and White Stripes" - a new book published on August 10th 2022.

Copies can be ordered now online here

Fan event:
Mags meet down under

Tickets are now on sale for the Australian National NUFC Supporters Meet 2022 in Sydney on and around September 17th.

A joint effort between NUFC Sydney, Aussie Mags, Toon Army Brisbane and Newcastle fans in Perth, the three day event will conclude with live coverage of the Newcastle v Bournemouth game.

Host venue is Cheers Bar near World Square shopping complex and tickets are on sale online here for $30.

Proceeds will be split between The Dylan Tombides Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.




Season 2022/23

Season tickets are sold out and all cards should now have been delivered - if not, check the online tracker here and email NUFC via

Club memberships are sold out (U13 memberships still on sale).

Season Ticket holders have member rights and the chance
to buy one ticket for home or away games, subject to availability.

The £30 adult price cap for PL away tickets has been extended until the end of 2024/25.

Wed 10.08.2022 @ 10pm ish. Carabao Cup Second Round draw made, involving NUFC.

Sat 13.08.2022 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Amex Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Limited ST holder sale, 15 points. Allocation: 3,100.

Mon 15.08.2022 U21s v Stoke City U21s (a) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 20.08.2022 U18s v Manchester City U18s (h) @ Little Benton, KO tbc. U18 Premier League.

Sun 21.08.2022 U21s v Norwich City U21s (a) @ Lotus Training Centre, 2pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sun 21.08.2022 Manchester City (h)
@ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on SkySports. SOLD OUT (except for 13-17s)

Sat 27.08.2022 U18s v Blackburn Rovers U18s (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 28.08.2022 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 2pm. Premier League. Live on SkySports. ST holder sale now, 50 points. £30 adults, £29.50 seniors, £26.50 U21s, U17s £17, U12s £15. Allocation: tbc.

Tue 30.08.2022 U21s v Doncaster Rovers (a) @ Eco-Power Stadium, 7pm. EFL Trophy. Note amended KO time.

Wed 31.08.2022 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 8pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. ST holder sale now, 60 points. £30 adults, £22.50 seniors £15 young persons, £9 juniors. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 01.09.2022 PL Transfer Window closes @ 11pm.

Sat 03.09.2022 Crystal Palace (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/member sale now, limited public sale Wed 17.08.2022 (online only).

Sun 11.09.2022 West Ham (a)
@ London Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. ST holder sale now, 100 points. £30 adults, £25 all others. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 14.11.2022
PL season halts.

Mon 26.12.2022
PL season restarts.

Sun 28.05.2023 PL season ends.

Home game on sale dates:

Sat 17.09.2022 Bournemouth
ST/Member Thu 18.08.2022
Online public Thu 01.09.2022

Sat 08.10.2022 Brentford
ST/Member Tue 06.09.2022
Online public Tue 20.09.2022

Wed 19.10.2022 Everton
ST/Member Wed 21.09.2022
Online public Wed 05.10.2022

Sat 29.10.2022 Aston Villa
ST/Member Wed 28.09.2022
Online public Wed 12.10.2022

NUFC Live on TV:

Sun 21.08.2022 Man City (h) 4.30pm Sky
Sun 28.08.2022 Wolves (a) 2pm Sky
Wed 31.08.2022 Liverpool (a) 8pm BT
Sun 11.09.2022
West Ham (a) 2pm Sky
Wed 19.10.2022 Everton (h) 7.30pm AP
Sat 22.10.2022 Spurs (a) 5.30pm Sky

(Selections made up to Sun 30.10.2022).

Amazon Prime will show the PL fixture round including our visit to Leicester City in December.

Live TV confirmation dates:  
all "approximate dates"

Tue 13.09.2022
Dec/Jan Tue 11.10.2022
Feb Tue 06.12.2022
Mar Wed 25.01.2023
MW35 Thu 23.03.2023
MW36 Thu 30.03.2023
MW37 Thu 07.04.2023
MW38 after 20.05.2023

Carabao Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 2)

R2: w/c Mon 22.08.2022
w/c Mon 07.11.2022
w/c Mon 19.12.2022
w/c Mon 09.01.2023
SF1: w/c Mon 23.01.2023
SF2: w/c Mon 30.01.2023
F: Sun 26.02.2023 (Wembley)

FA Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 3)

R3: Sat 07.01.2023
R4: Sat 28.01.2023
R5: Wed 01.03.2023
QF: Sat 18.03.2023
SF: Sat 22.04.2023
F: Sat 03.06.2023 (Wembley)

Papa Johns Trophy dates:
(NUFC U21s in Northern Group E)

GS1: Tue 30.08.2022 Doncaster Rovers (a) 7pm
GS2: Tue 20.09.2022 Barnsley (a)
GS3: Tue 18.10.2022 Lincoln City (a)

R2: w/c Mon 28.11.2022
R3: w/c Mon 12.12.2022
QF: w/c Mon 09.01.2023
SF: w/c Mon 30.01.2023
F: Sun 19.03.2023 (Wembley)

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 15.10.2022:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

21.11.2022-18.12.2022 (WCF)
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

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


On This Day in History
9th August

Born Or Died:

1896 William Cowan born, Edinburgh, Scotland. (1923-26)

Inside right signed from Dundee in July 1923 who debuted in a 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United that September - missing the start of the season due to illness.

Beginning his career with Tranent before joining Dundee in 1920, Billy was on the verge of national team selection after impressing in a trial match, but had been forced to withdraw through injury.

A regular starter, Cowan played in all but one of United's nine FA Cup ties in his first season at the club, including a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Put on the transfer list at his own request during March 1926, Billy's final game for the club was a 3-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion a month later.

Moving on to Manchester City that August in exchange for a £3,000 fee, Cowan lasted there just one season before returning to his native Scotland with St.Mirren.

Later moves took him to Peebles Rovers, Northfleet, North Shields, Hartlepools United, Darlington and Bath City before hanging up his boots during 1933.

His one senior international cap for Scotland, came against England in a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium in April 1924.

Later living in Gosforth, Billy passed away in a nursing home during January 1965.

1915 Tom Swinburne born, East Rainton, Durham. (1934-47)

Goalkeeper signed from Herrington Colliery Welfare who made his debut in a 4-1 home victory over Blackpool in September 1934.

Remaining at SJP after the outbreak of WW2,  Tom joined the RAF in 1941 and appeared for United when on leave.

Appeared in his final first team game in June 1947, Swinburne later played for non-league sides Consett and Horden Colliery.

A keen cricketer and member of the East Rainton team, Tom passed away in 1969 and is buried at West Rainton.

August 9th 2015 saw Tom's son Trevor Swinburne lay flowers in the Gallowgate End goalmouth ahead of the home game with Southampton, in commemoration of his late fathers' 100th birthday.

1973 Death of William Aitken, 79.


What Else?

1961 Aarhus (Denmark) (h) 6-0 (3-0)
Allchurch(1), Leek(12,18,70), Tuohy(60), Neale(80) 
Ken Leek gained instant hero status on his first outing for the Magpies after signing from Leicester City.

Team: Hollins, McKinney (Keith), McMichael (Ferguson), Neale, McGrath (Thompson), Dalton, Hughes, Allchurch, McGuigan, Leek, Tuohy.
1969 West Ham United (a)
Division One
P1, 0pts, 21st/22
Newcastle lost their season opener at a sun-soaked Upton Park following an enforced substitution before the hosts took a corner kick.

David Craig was led from the field with a hamstring pull and as Alan Duffy replaced him for only his second senior outing, Harry Redknapp's flag kick was thumped home by Geoff Hurst for the game's only goal.

1975 Middlesbrough (h)
Anglo-Scottish Cup 
), Gowling(55) 
), Armstrong(67)
Jack Charlton's side came to SJP and took the point that made them group winners.

A 48th minute streaker seemed to have inspired the hosts but David Armstrong's equaliser was enough to end United's involvement in the competition.

The smoggies went on to lift the trophy after winning a two legged semi against Mansfield and a two-legged final against Fulham.

1979 Blyth Spartans (a)
Newcastle provided the opposition at Croft Park in a testimonial game for Spartan stalwarts Eddie Alder and Ronnie Scott, but only Alder was in action, with Scott having cartilage surgery in hospital.

Former Spartan Alan Shoulder scored, but Les Mutrie equalised. 

Local youngster Robin Armstrong played for the full game for United as a centre back, but was never to feature for the senior team.

1980 Leeds United (h)
Davies(20pen) Rafferty(75)
Sulky South American Alex Sabella strutted his funky stuff for the visitors while United's Dutch trialist Frans Koenen did enough to earn a permanent transfer from NEC Nijmegen.

Manager Bill McGarry wasn't present though, having gone to watch Peterborough United against Fulham before making a failed bid for Posh midfielder Billy Kellock.

Team: Carr, Kelly, Davies, Cartwright, Boam, Carney, Walker, Shinton, Clarke, Wharton (Rafferty 70), Koenen.
Subs n/u:
Hardwick, Mitchell, Hibbitt, Nicholson.

1982 Kilmarnock (Scotland) (a)
Newcastle's pre-season tour of Scotland continued with a Monday night stalemate at Rugby Park.

Trialist midfielder Steve Doyle featured once again for Arthur Cox's side.

Team: Carr (Hardwick), Craggs, Saunders, Trewick (Wharton), Clarke, Haddock, Todd (Ferris), Doyle (Martin), Varadi, Cartwright (Anderson), Waddle.

1992 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
Clark(21), Peacock(44,45)
Balakov(62,90), Filipe(67,71), Cadete(80)
When Gavin Peacock scored twice just before half time to make it 3-0, United's victory in the final of the four team Exhibition Super Challenge Trophy at Gallowgate looked beyond doubt. 

However, a second half revival from Sporting - aided by laughable defending from Brian Kilcine - saw Balakov and Filipe braces plus one from Celtic-bound Jorge Cadete confirm silverware for Bobby Robson's side.

Team: Wright, Ranson, Stimson, Howey, Kilcline, Scott (McDonough 67), Carr, Peacock, Quinn, Clark, Sheedy.
Subs n/u:
Srnicek, Kristensen, Neilson, Brock.

Youtube footage is online here

1993 Liverpool (a)

The Magpies were victims of their own generosity again, going to Anfield for Ronnie Whelan's benefit match on the eve of the season and losing a crucial player in the process.

£1.5m signing from Everton, Peter Beardsley was disgracefully assaulted by Neil Ruddock after just two minutes, sustaining a triple fracture of his cheekbone. 

The injury was of such seriousness that for a time the United man considered lodging assault charges against his assailant. 

To complete a poor night, Beresford missed a 48th minute penalty when confronted with the might of substitute 'keeper Mike Hooper.

Team: Srnicek, Watson, Beresford, Bracewell, Scott, Howey, Lee, Beardsley (Neilson 5), Cole, Clark, Papavasiliou.

1995 Hearts (Scotland) (a) 1-0 (0-0)
A rare headed goal from Peter Beardsley won it for United on a glorious sunny evening at Tynecastle. 

Among the interested onlookers was 'keeper Shaka Hislop, who had joined the Magpies earlier that day and journeyed North to meet his new colleagues for the first time.

SJP old boy John Robertson was in the home side, as he had been for our previous visits here in August 1987 and July 1992 (his time in Toon came between).

Team: Srnicek, Hottiger (Clark 72), Beresford, Barton (Fox 75), D.Peacock, Elliott, Lee, Beardsley, Kitson (Sellars 64), Gillespie (Watson 75), Ginola.
Sub n/u:

1996 Lincoln City (a)
Shearer(33pen), Albert(60)
Following a three game tour of South East Asia, Kevin Keegan brought his side to Sincil Bank for a match arranged as part of the deal which took Darren Huckerby to Newcastle.

Injury prevented Huckerby from playing, but the headlines were grabbed by Alan Shearer, who scored on his Magpies debut.

That goal came when a handball in the area was punished by referee Neale Barry with the award of a first half penalty.

Shearer stepped up to send Imps 'keeper Barry Richardson the wrong way, both players having previously been with Cramlington Juniors.

Les Ferdinand missed out with flu, while Robbie Elliott was omitted as he looked set to join Blackburn Rovers. However he ultimately elected to remain at Gallowgate.

Team: Srnicek (Hislop 46), Watson, Beresford (Barton 46), Batty, Howey (Holland 68), Albert, Lee (Clark 46), Beardsley (Asprilla 46), Shearer, Gillespie (Kitson 74), Ginola.

First of many...

Match footage & Al's goal online here

1997 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Premier League
P1, 3pts, 2nd/20 
Shay Given, Alessandro Pistone, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Stuart Pearce and Temuri Ketsbaia all debuted for United in this season opener, with Alan Shearer sidelined after a serious ankle injury days earlier.

Tomasson had the chance to make a dream start to his SJP career when one on one with Owls 'keeper Kevin Pressman in the opening seconds - only to shoot weakly.

Tino Asprilla hammered home the opener seconds later and would later whip the ball of Tomasson's toes to scorer his second goal.

In between, Benito Carbone had acrobatically equalised for Wednesday (clad in a rotten orange kit) and Tomasson had two more efforts chalked off.
Match footage online here

1999 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 1-3 (1-2)
Premier League
P2, 0pts, 19th/20
Iversen(29), Ferdinand(45), Sherwood(61)

After kicking off with a 0-1 home loss to Aston Villa that saw Alan Shearer dismissed, things got no better for Ruud's boys,  despite taking the lead at White Hart Lane.

Former Magpie Les Ferdinand injured himself in scoring and failed to reappear for the second half, but fellow Toon old boy David Ginola dominated midfield proceedings. match report

2002 Gateshead (a)

Shearer(13,20) Ameobi(23), og(Morgan)(28), Cort(43pen), Griffin(48), Jenas(56,84)
Al only played the first 20 minutes at the International Stadium, but that was time enough for him to score twice, with a free kick and a header.

Chris Waddle made a guest appearance for Gateshead, who wore an all red kit. match report

2004 It was Carr Toon Time at St. James' as Stephen Carr joined from Spurs for £2m. Sir Bobby Robson filled the vacancy at right back in his side by agreeing a deal to bring the defender to Tyneside. 

The 27 year-old from the north side of Dublin had refused a contract extension at White Hart Lane beyond June 2005.

2005 Bray Wanderers (Ireland) (a)
Ameobi(37,45), Dyer(47), Milner(49), N'Zogbia(66,83), Chopra(75)

Newcastle concluded their pre-season programme at the County Wicklow town of Bray, to the south of Dublin.

And after Ameobi made amends for an earlier penalty miss by scoring twice just before the break, United pulled away from their Eirecom league hosts in the second half to make it a dozen strikes in four days - albeit against inferior opposition.

Five second half goals were well received by many locally-based Toon fans as the Magpies went one better than their 1998 friendly visit to the Carlisle Grounds. match report 

2008 Valencia (Spain) 
(h) 2-1

Duff(77), Milner(90+1)

A problem with the visitors' plane caused the kick-off to be delayed by two hours, but when things got underway, United - clad in their new silver third kit - recorded a first win in five friendly outings.

An unmarked Damien Duff headed in a corner to equalise before Steven Taylor's header came back off the post for James Milner to lash in the added time winner. match report

2011 Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan joined Newcastle on a five year contract for an estimated £3m fee.

2015 Southampton (h)
Premier League
P1, 1pt, 9th/20
Cisse(42), Wijnaldum(48)
Pelle(24), Long(79)
Georginio Wijnaldum's fine debut goal almost gave his side a winning start to the new season.

However, new Head Coach Steve McClaren was dealt a familiar blow when Shane Long supplied a deserved late leveller. match report

2018 Transfer deadline day saw Newcastle sign central defender
Federico Fernandez from Swansea City - a player who had been with Rafa Benitez previously at Napoli.

Making a permanent move to Peterborough United meanwhile was striker Ivan Toney.