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holder sale now 5 pts
New kit claim
circulating on social media is this image, claiming to be of
Newcastle's 2023/24 home shirt. As yet, it's unconfirmed - but has a
strong whiff of the Umbro effort that served us from 1984 until
for the first five lots in the Run Geordie Run charity
auction has now closed, with the winning amounts as follows:
Signed 2009/10 season
home shirt £200
Signed Eddie Howe FIFA team card £500
Glenn Roeder's sweatshirt £110
Signed Jack Charlton photo £85
Signed Shay Given photo £70
Bidding continues on various other NUFC related
items, with the squad signed Sammy Ameobi match issue
2011/12 season home shirt ending at 7pm tonight.
Bids for the remaining items will close at 7pm on Thursday, when
the online raffle
NUFC shirt signed by Eddie Howe (pictured below) also
Entries cost £5 and can be purchased online here
Details of the lots are here
and all bids should be emailed to [email protected]
of you will be familiar with Mark Allison aka Run
Geordie Run, whose charity exploits have raised over £348K
to date - a fair chunk of which came via the generosity of
Mark's next fundraising trek is a 3,100 mile trek due to take place
in 2025 but before that, he's staging an online auction of
NUFC related memorabilia.
penny raised helps fund St. Benedict’s Hospice and Centre for
Specialist Palliative Care here
Losing start for
Newcastle's Garang Kuol
is in the Australian squad for this year's Maurice Revello Tournament
The Olyroos were held 0-0 by Qatar in their Group B opener
in Aubagne on Tuesday, losing the penalty shootout that followed 4-3
as their opponents collected the extra point on offer.
Garang was named among the substitutes, appearing from the bench in the 69th
minute and coming close to winning the game when his 95th minute
free kick from a central position just outside the box was saved.
He wasn't called upon to take a spot kick.
The 12 team tournament is played at U23 level this year and the
Olyroos line-up also includes Garang's elder brother Alou, currently
playing for Stuttgart.
The Olyroos play
Tue 06.06.2023 Qatar (n) Aubagne drew 0-0
Fri 09.06.2023 Mediterranean XI (n) Mallemort
Mon 12.06.2023 Mexico (n) Aubagne
Knockout stages then follow, with the final staged in Salon on Sunday
week, June 18th.
* Originally scheduled to be Togo but they withdrew.
Australia have entered as preparation for their Asian Cup qualifying ties for
September and beyond that, the football tournament at the 2024 Olympics in
Al be seeing you?
filling the NUFC news vacuum on Monday were not one but two Allan
Saint-Maximin tales; one prompted by his own extended social
Thanking Newcastle fans for their support since he signed in 2019,
the use of phrases like "turning point in my career" and
"whatever happens" hints at some uncertainty over
where he'll be playing next season.
Simultaneously, reports of interest in the 26 year-old Magpie from
AC Milan resurfaced; claims that have been repeated by the Italian
press throughout 2023.
Asked about the future of a player under contract until 2026 after
the Chelsea game, Eddie Howe said:
"That will be dictated
by Maxi himself. He has so much ability, and he’s such an
important player for us when he’s at his very best, fitness-wise.
He’s unique, there’s no one like him in the Premier League.
"You saw he’s a huge
transitional threat today, his end product was there, so really
pleased. We just hope he comes back really fit, and ready to do well
in what is a massive season for him personally."
Live and let LIV....
From the Financial
Saudi Arabia is set to pump
billions of dollars into the world’s biggest
professional golf organisation to seal a stunning merger
between its breakaway LIV Golf and the US-based PGA Tour.
The infusion, which some people
involved said could amount to about $3bn, underscores how Saudi
Arabia has muscled into global sports through its use of oil-funded
Yasir al-Rumayyan, head
of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, and PGA Tour commissioner
Jay Monahan unveiled the deal on Tuesday, telling the FT that an
unlikely peace between their two organisations was brokered over
meals in Venice and rounds of golf in London.
Under the agreement, the PGA
Tour and Riyadh’s Public Investment Fund have agreed to create a
jointly managed entity to house their commercial operations, and
intend to cease their pending litigation. The current European tour,
known as the DP World Tour, has also signed up to the deal.
Saudi-backed LIV Golf, which has
spent hundreds of millions of dollars to lure top golfers such as
Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to join its
breakaway league, will also slot into the new entity.
This week, the Saudi government
transferred majority holdings in four Saudi football teams to the
PIF, arming the fund — which already owns Premier League side
Newcastle United in England — with key assets.
Rumayyan (currently NUFC Chairman) will chair the board of
the new commercial entity, with Monahan as chief executive.
Investment Fund statement, Monday:
As part of today’s announcement of the Sports Clubs Investment
and Privatization Project, four Saudi clubs – Al Ittihad, Al
Ahli, Al Nassr, and Al Hilal – have been transformed into
companies, each of which is owned by PIF and non-profit foundations
for each club.
PIF’s ownership in the clubs’ companies represent 75% in each
club, while their respective non-profit foundations hold 25%
ownership of each club.
Existing members of each club
will be included in the four foundations. PIF is working closely on
all the necessary regulatory procedures to complete the clubs’
transfers to their new structures as newly founded companies
alongside non-profit foundations.
The transfer of the four clubs will unleash various commercial
opportunities, including investment, partnership and sponsorships
across numerous sports.
U16s now know their group stage fixtures in the 16 team Premier
Section of this season's
NI Super Cup in Northern Ireland:
Mon 24.07.2023 Northeast Rush (USA)
@ 4pm, Cloughwater, Clough.
Tue 25.07.2023 County
Tyrone (Northern Ireland)
@ 7pm, Broughshane.
Wed 26.07.2023 County Antrim (Northern Ireland)
@ 5pm, Seahaven, Portstewart.
Based on group stage performance, teams will qualify for the
semi-finals as follows on Thursday:
SuperCupNI: Winner in each group
Globe: Second place in each group
Vase: Third place in each group
Bowl: Fourth place in each group
effort from short film maestro Waxxa is the most
magnificent summary of last season online
If the fantastic efforts of Wor Flags in that film
inspire you to help fund future displays at SJP, donations can be
here and a range of miniature flags are available to order
from them online
movements of five players strongly linked with moves to Tyneside are
Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig):Saturday saw the in-demand midfielder
score his 10th league and cup goal of the season, capping a 2-0 win
for Leipzig over Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup Final at
Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
The 22 year-old will now link up with the Hungary squad for Euro
qualifiers against Montenegro and Lithuania later this month.
Yankuba Minteh (Odense)
Amid much speculation as to his future, the 18 year-old winger was
omitted from the squad for Saturday's Superliga season closer away
to FC Midtjylland. In his absence, Odense lost 2-4.
That situation was confirmed by Odense as follows - with the
"foreign club" widely predicted to be NUFC:
OB has for a long time been in close negotiations with a foreign
club about the sale of Yankuba Minteh, and the negotiations have now
reached such a stage that Yankuba Minteh will not be in the squad
when we meet FC Midtjylland tomorrow.
The Gambian-born 18 year-old wasn't called up by his country for
service at the U20 World Cup currently taking place.
Veiga (Celta Vigo):
Sunday saw what looks like an eye-catching end to the central midfielder's
time at his current club - scoring both goals in a 2-1 home win over
Barcelona just days after celebrating his 21st birthday.
That brace took Spanish-born Veiga's club tally to 11 this season,
ensuring that Celta avoided relegation.
Veiga now switches his attentions to U21 duty with Spain and a
kickabout with Mexico in Madrid next week. Following that, the
Spanish squad for the U21 European Championship Finals in Romania
and Georgia from June 21st will be selected.
James Maddison (Leicester City):
Along with current Magpies Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson, the 26
year-old is in the England squad for Euro qualifiers against Malta
and North Macedonia later this month.
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal):
26 year-old left back Tierney is in the Scotland squad for Euro
qualifiers against Norway and Georgia later this month.
weekend saw SJP play host to Rugby League's Magic Weekend for the seventh
Salford Red Devils 26-16 Hull KR
Wigan Warriors 22-46 Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos 24-26 Castleford Tigers
Wakefield 4-30 Leigh Leopards
St Helens 48-6 Huddersfield Giants
Hull FC 30-18 Warrington Wolves
MW @ SJP - Crowds:
2023: 63,269 (Sat 36,943/ Sun 26,326)
2022: 62,154 (Sat 36,821/ Sun 25,333)
2021: 60,866 (Sat 35,104/ Sun 25,762)
2018: 64,319 (Sat 38,881 / Sun 25,438)
2017: 65,407 (Sat 35,361 / Sun 30,046)
2016: 68,276 (Sat 39,331 / Sun 28,945)
2015: 67,841 (Sat 40,871 / Sun 26,970)
This may have been the final year of Magic Weekend in its current
form, with discussions ongoing as to when and where future events
will be - and the possibility of playing later in the year, which
may adversely affect the availability of venues such as SJP.
NUST polls open
Elections to the
board of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) are
underway and members should now have received their ballots via email.
If anyone hasn't, email [email protected]
The deadline to vote is 8pm BST this Sunday, 11th June. Thirteen
candidates are standing and each member can vote for up to six
Wood chop date
Forest update, Friday:
Chris Wood's loan deal from
Newcastle United will become permanent from the summer transfer
window open date*.
* June 14th.
When the Fun
A short message from the club on Friday confirmed the
departure of FUN88 following six seasons acting as Newcastle
United shirt sponsors.
The Far East betting company succeeded Wonga in 2017 and will
continue as club partners in Asia. Their replacements should be
The first pre-season
fixture announced for Newcastle U21s will be a visit to League Two
side Barrow AFC.
While the first team are in the USA, the development squad will head
to Holker Street for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday July 29th.
Prices: Adults £10, concessions £5, U7s free. Tickets can
be bought on the day or in advance here
Our most recent visit to what is now as the SO Legal Stadium
came in July 2018; the reserves 3-2 winners in a kickabout thanks to
goals from Elias Sorensen (2) and Ivan Toney. What are the odds on
season continues for a group of Magpies, with various international
fixtures in June including Euro qualifiers, Nations Cup ties and
Lewis (Northern Ireland) (tbc):
Mon 05.06.2023 to Thu 08.06.2023
Training camp ahead of ECQ games.
Squad announcement due on Fri 09.06.2023.
Anthony Gordon (England
Wed 07.06.2023 to Sat 10.06.2023
Training camp ahead of Euro U21 finals.
Squad announcement due on Wed
Sven Botman (Netherlands):
Wed 14.06.2023 Croatia (n) NL Rotterdam
Fri 16.06.2023 New Zealand (h) FR Stockholm
Austria (a) ECQ Vienna
(Isak is part of a 29 man squad and it appears that
he'll primarily feature in the competitive game, with a more
experimental selection facing the Kiwis).
Fabian Schar ( Switzerland:
Fri 16.06.2023 Andorra (a) ECQ Andorra
Mon 19.06.2023 Romania (h) ECQ Lucerne
Kieran Trippier, Callum
Fri 16.06.2023 Malta (a) ECQ Ta'Qali
Mon 19.06.2023 North Macedonia (h) ECQ OT
Martin Dubravka (
Sat 17.06.2023 Iceland (a) ECQ Reykjavik
Tue 20.06.2023 Liechtenstein (a) ECQ Vaduz
Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil):
Sat 17.06.2023 Guinea (n) FR Barcelona
Tue 20.06.2023 Senegal (n) FR Lisbon
Jeff Hendrick (Ireland):
Fri 16.06.2023 Greece (a) ECQ Athens
Mon 19.06.2023 Gibraltar (h) ECQ Dublin
Callups yet TBC:
Almiron (Paraguay) for a home friendly against Nicaragua.
Courtesy of the official NUFC twitter account,
all 68 PL goals scored by the club this season can be viewed online
League: Fourth Bridge
1 Newcastle 1
Newcastle United confirm that they intend to introduce a digital
ticketing system next season for home games - both season tickets
and individual match sales.
The original club announcement can be read
Last Tuesday saw over 100 fans attend a ticketing
workshop at SJP to discuss this and other issues related to match
ticketing, both home and away.
Clarification on various issues related to the transfer of tickets
and access options for supporters who don't use smart phones is
promised but not yet available.
Ex-Magpies who now have free agent status include:
Rolando Aarons (Huddersfield Town)
Owen Bailey (Gateshead)
Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Mathieu Debuchy (Valenciennes)
Siem De Jong (De Graafschap)
Ludwig Francillette (Crawley Town)
James Milner (Liverpool)
Ayoze Perez (Leicester City)
Jamie Sterry (Hartlepool United)
Dan Ward (Gateshead)
Ex-Magpies with new clubs include:
Liam Gibson (Harrogate Town)
Jamie Sterry (Doncaster Rovers)
News that Athletic Bilbao are to visit Glasgow for a friendly
against Celtic on August 1st has prompted speculation that the La
Liga side may be lining up another visit to Tyneside.
The Basques were one of two pre-season opponents at SJP in 2022,
when Eddie Howe's side concluded their preparations with games on
It's believed that a similar home double header will be arranged
ahead of next season against as-yet undisclosed overseas
Season 2023/24 |
PL fixtures released 15.06.2023
PL season starts 12.08.2023
PL mid season break 13 to 20.01.2024
PL season ends 19.05.2024
CL group stage draw 31.08.2023
CL group stage dates:
1: Tue 19.09.2023 / Wed 20.09.2023
2: Tue 03.10.2023 / Wed 04.10.2023
3: Tue 24.10.2023 / Wed 25.10.2023
4: Tue 07.11.2023 / Wed 08.11.2023
5: Tue 28.11.2023 / Wed 29.11.2023
6: Tue 12.12.2023 / Wed 13.12.2023
Carabao Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 3)
F: Sun 25.02.2024 (Wembley)
FA Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 3)
F: tbc (Wembley)
Transfer windows 2023/24:
14.06.2023 to 01.09.2023 @ 11pm
01.01.2024 to 01.02.2024 @ 11pm
Tue 18.07.2023 Rangers (a)
@ Ibrox, 7.45pm. Friendly.
ST holder sale now, 5 points. £25 adults, £20 over 65s & 16/17s, £10 U16s.
Sun 23.07.2023 Aston Villa
(n) @ Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
USA, 7pm local. Friendly. Public sale
now (via Ticketmaster, not NUFC)
U16s v Northeast Rush (USA) (n) @ Cloughwater, 4pm. NI Super
Cup Premier Section Group A.
Tue 25.07.2023 U16s v County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) (n) @
Broughshane, 7pm. NI Super
Cup Premier Section Group A.
Wed 26.07.2023 U16s v County Antrim (Northern Ireland) (n) @ Seahaven,
5pm. NI Super
Cup Premier Section Group A.
Wed 26.07.2023 Chelsea (n)
@ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 8.15pm local.
Friendly. Public sale now (via
Ticketmaster, not NUFC)
27.07.2023 U16s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. NI Super
Fri 28.07.2023 U16s v team tbc (?) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. NI Super
Fri 28.07.2023 Brighton
& Hove Albion (n) @ Red Bull Arena,
Harrison, New Jersey, 7.30pm local. Friendly. Public
sale now (via Ticketmaster, not NUFC)
Sat 29.07.2023 U21s v Barrow (a)
@ SO Legal Stadium, 3pm. Friendly.
Other events @
Sam Fender, Inhaler, Holly Humberstone,
Sam Fender, Holly Humberstone,
International Magpies |
National Service |
Whoops, He did it Again...
What's this all about then?
Click here for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
7th June |
Born Or Died:
John McTavish born, Govan, Scotland. (1912-13)
international inside right who had appeared
for Falkirk, Oldham Athletic and Spurs
before moving to SJP in April 1912.
Debuting in a season-closing 1-1 draw at
newly-crowned Division One champions
Blackburn Rovers, Jock became a regular
starter during the following season.
However, United declined from a third place
finish to fourteenth and McTavish was one of
a number of players to depart at the end of
that season, Partick Thistle paying £500 to take him back to Scotland.
Later moves saw Jock feature for York City, Goole Town, East Fife,
East Stirlingshire and finally Dumbarton. He
died in 1926, just two years after playing his final game.
Mick Burns born, Leeholme, Durham. (1927-36)
from Chilton Colliery Welfare for £100 as a
goalkeeper, Mick had once been pushed into the forward line
following some inconsistent displays between the posts.
However, by the time he became a Magpie
recovered enough of his skill to complete a
century of senior appearances, debuting in a
0-1 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers in
Moving on to Preston North End in 1936,
Burns was in goal for the Lillywhites at
Wembley Stadium the following year as they
were beaten 1-3 by the mackems in the FA Cup
joined Ipswich Town two years later
and remained with them until 1951 - making
his final appearance against Gateshead.
Serving as a Lance Bombardier in the army
during WW2, Mick also featured for local
rivals Norwich City as a wartime guest.
Later working as a school caretaker in
Newcastle, Mick died in September 1982.
William Pearson McPhillips born, Musselburgh,
to SJP in the summer of 1930 to
understudy first-choice custodian Albert
McInroy, United paying Musselburgh Bruntonians
the princely sum of £30 for him.
Appearing for the club's reserve side, it
took until New Years Day 1934 for a senior
callup to arrive, after McInroy was unfit to
A fairly remarkable 90 minutes
against Liverpool at Gallowgate followed:
United taking an early lead before
McPhillips was beaten on 24 minutes, only
for the Magpies to instantly restore their
one goal advantage.
Bill was then beaten again - by his own team
mate Alec Betton - leaving the interval score at 2-2.
By full time though, McPhillips hadn't conceded
again and his colleagues had scored another seven times to win
"Scots Wullie" remained at SJP following
United's relegation the season, making
occasional first time starts until his
longest run in the side during April and May
Released that summer and joining Guildford City, Bill
then appeared briefly in wartime football for
Bradford City and Hartlepool. His death
was recorded in 1992.
1947 Newport County
Our first post-war season finally came to an end at County's
Somerton Park ground.
The defeat was something of a surprise, given
that United had thumped the Welsh side 13-0 on Tyneside the previous
Referee Mr Frederick Milner of Wolverhampton was knocked out when the ball
hit his stomach but he resumed to officiate after ten minutes.
1949 Vancouver All
Returning to Callister Park three days after a 5-2 victory
over the All-Stars, United made it seven wins out of seven
on their North American jaunt.
Team: Fairbrother, Craig, Batty, Harvey,
Fraser, Dodgin, Walker, Houghton, Milburn, G.Robledo, Mitchell.
Game seven of the South African Tour saw United's
touring party move on to
the Caledonian Ground in Pretoria.
Team: Simpson, Cowell, Batty, T.Robledo, Stokoe,
Crowe, Foulkes, Davies, Milburn, Hannah, Mitchell.
1963 Joe Harvey
secured the services of Welsh International Ollie Burton
from Norwich City at a cost of £11,000.
Chairman Lord Westwood
was elected Chairman of the Football League Management
1983 Botafogo (Brazil)
After two wins and a draw, this stalemate in Toyko's National Stadium against the
side from Rio de Janeiro gave United the Japan Cup.
It was actually a blue jade
vase, provided by the sponsors Kirin Breweries.
Anderson, Wharton, McCreery, Clarke, Carney, Keegan,
McDonald, Varadi, McDermott, Waddle.
Waddle, Saunders and Carney
check out the pitch pre-match
'keeper Dave Beasant was persuaded to move to Tyneside,
less than a month after a decisive penalty save in the FA
Cup Final. At the time, his £850,000 fee was a British
record for a goalkeeper.
1995 Les Ferdinand
agreed to join United after Queens Park Rangers
reluctantly accepted a slighter lower bid than Aston Villa
had made - the striker had refused to sign for the midlands club.
fans in the Stade de La Mosson, Montpellier saw England defeat hosts France 1-0 thanks to an Alan Shearer goal in Le
Our man was first to react when Barthez spilled Teddy Sheringham's effort in
the final minutes of the game.
This was a dry run for the World Cup held the following summer and also
involved Brazil and Italy.
England ultimately won the football-shaped Tournoi trophy, which
remains their only senior tournament success achieved on foreign soil.
Didier Domi and Gary Speed were both rumoured to be leaving United as
Rangers made a last minute bid to secure Toon target Peter Lovenkrands
from Akademisk Boldklub in his native Denmark.
United's planned pre-season tour to Hong Kong and China was abandoned
after the organisers failed to provide the promised financial guarantees.
2003 Following the SARS virus
scare, the FA finally announced that the Asia Cup involving Birmingham
City, Chelsea and Newcastle in Malaysia would go ahead as planned.
With Joey Barton's transfer from Manchester City agreed
but still not formally concluded, Mark
Viduka became Sam Allardyce's first Newcastle signing,
Following the expiration of his Boro contract, free agent Viduka agreed a
two-year deal with an option for a further season.
Newspaper headlines linked Alan Shearer to managerial posts at West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, as the deadlock at
Newcastle over his permanent appointment continued.
2011 Premier League newcomers Swansea City confirmed that
Newcastle had made an undisclosed offer for Welsh international
left back Neil Taylor.
Newcastle confirmed that they had agreed a new eight-year
contract with chief scout Graham Carr.
2018 Massadio Haidara left to join Racing Club Lens after the expiration of his
contract at SJP. Also departing from Newcastle at the end of his term was
fellow full back Jesus Gamez.
Championship side Norwich City announced the loan signing of Magpies
midfielder Isaac Hayden.
The 27 year-old was under contract at SJP until 2026 but
had been out of action since December 2021 due to a knee injury.
2022 Newcastle's Kieran Trippier played for England in a 1-1 Nations
League draw with Germany in Munich.
The full back's 36th international cap was his first since moving to SJP,
making him the 37th player to have played for
the Three Lions while a Newcastle player.