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A-League All Stars 8
Newcastle 0
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Friday 24th May
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2023/24:





Saints go marching up!

Sunday saw Southampton confirmed as the third Championship side joining Leicester City and Ipswich Town in the Premier League next season after beating Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley.

Ex-Magpie Adam Armstrong scored the vital goal midway through the first half and they kept out the Yorkshiremen for the remainder of the game.

The Saints squad still included on-loan Magpie, Ryan Fraser who started the game, was booked and then subbed in the 70th minute.

The Southampton Daily Echo report that the Saints intend concluding a permanent deal for Fraser, who is under contract at SJP until 2025.

The 30 year-old former Scottish international made 44 appearances in all competitions while at St.Mary's, finding the net eight times.

Leeds are the only team of the six promoted and relegated sides not making an immediate return to their previous league.

Oh Manchester....:
Devils dash 
Euro dreams

Newcastle's hopes of a second successive European qualification vanished on Saturday afternoon, following Manchester City's 1-2 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

That was enough to propel the eighth-placed Red Devils into the Europa League, pushing sixth-placed Chelsea into the Conference League and leaving the seventh- placed Magpies with no European place at all.

While Eddie Howe's side had no control over the events of Saturday, they can reflect on their indifferent away league form last season as they focus on three domestic competitions next time round.

Arsenal may believe that they lost the title on Tyneside but Newcastle's European bid fatally floundered at the eleven other PL grounds that they left empty-handed. 

Much remains unclear ahead of next season, including whether the absence of European football will deter players from joining "the project" or encourage them to look for an exit route - it certainly weakens the case for Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett to get new deals.

And in commercial terms, it remains to be seen whether a failure to qualify restricts or downgrades partnerships etc. for that all-important balance sheet growth.

In the meantime, we know that a place in the Carabao Cup Second Round awaits, unlike the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool Spurs, Aston Villa & Chelsea.

No exotic trips then, but we might be a bit less knackered when visiting places like Bournemouth.

Geordie reboot boys

We continue to experience server issues, meaning that most of our sub-pages are offline. While we work to restore full service, we've reinstated some sub-pages for information although the links to reports etc. aren't currently available:

2023/24 senior games

2023/24 U21 games

2023/24 U18 games

2023/24 senior squad

Transfer rumours May 2024

Transfers (Howe)

Former Magpies (PL)

7's action:
Double defeat 

Newcastle U21s lost 0-1 to Hong Kong Rangers in the Quarter Finals of the annual Hong Kong Standard Chartered Soccer Sevens tournament on Sunday. 

That saw them eliminated from the main tournament, dropping into the last four of the Shield, where they were beaten 2-3 by Rangers with a golden goal; Alfie Harrison and Dylan Stephenson netting.

young Magpies were undefeated in their three group games on Saturday to finish as runners-up in Group D.

Following a 3-0 victory over Tai Po with Alfie Harrison, Dylan Stephenson and Sean Neave on target, Johnny Emerson scored in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Opening day then ended with a 0-0 draw against Singapore Cricket Club.

Squad: Adam Harrison, Alfie Harrison, James Huntley, Sean Neave, Darren Palmer, Joe Brayson, Logan Watts, Harry Powell, Johnny Emerson, Dylan Stephenson.

The Newcastle squad were greeted by SJP icon Les Ferdinand before their opening group stage tie.

Loan lads:

Ryan promoted,
Roddie relegated 

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac): 
Appearing from the bench in the 78th minute of Friday's Serbian Super Liga home meeting with Radnik Surdulica, it took the Peruvian just three minutes to find the net.

Having trailed 0-2, Vilca's side had revived and the decisive relegation playoff game stood at 2-2 when introduced - and soon net with a deflected effort.

See Vilca's goal online here

However the 3-2 victory for seventh-placed Vozdovac proved to be in vain, a 1-1 draw between the two sides immediately above them in the relegation playoff playing a 1-1 draw means Vilca's side are demoted.

The Peruvian is now out of contract at SJP.

Ryan Fraser (Southampton):

Ryan started the Championship play-off final against Leeds United at Wembley on Sunday.

The Saints won 1-0 thanks to ex-Magpie Adam Armstrong and Ryan started the game, was booked and then substituted in the 70th minute.

Aussie rules

A-League All Stars  8 (eight)  
Newcastle No Stars  0

Match report


Upcoming national team duty for current Magpies:

Anthony Gordon/Kieran Trippier (England):
03.06.2024 Bosnia & Herzegovina (h) (SJP) FR
07.06.2024 Iceland (h) Wembley

Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil):
08.06.024 Mexico (a) College Station FR
12.06.2024 USA (a) Orlando FR
24.06.2024 Costa Rica (n) Inglewood CA
28.06.2024 Paraguay (n) Las Vegas CA
02.07.2024 Colombia (n) Santa Clara CA

Alexander Isak/Emil Krafth (Sweden):
05.06.2024 Denmark (a) Copenhagen FR
08.06.2024 Sweden (h) Stockholm FR

Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland):
08.06.2024 Spain (a) Mallorca FR
11.06.2024 Andorra (a) Murcia FR

Fabian Schar (Switzerland)
04.06.2024 Estonia (h) Lucerne FR
08.06.2024 Austria (h) St. Gallen FR

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay)

Alex Murphy (Ireland U21s) tbc

Ash's win at the MCG!

Newcastle  1  Tottenham Hotspur  1
(Newcastle win 5-4 on pens)

Match report

Sh*t hits the Dan.....

Update: More from Hopey on Wednesday:

Dan Ashworth tried to cover his tracks by deleting the email he sent to his Newcastle account revealing secret talks with Manchester United - and then claimed comments by Eddie Howe had made his position untenable.

Mail Sport reported on Tuesday how Newcastle's sporting director sent an email in early February to Omar Berrada - the incoming Man United chief executive - in which he made it clear he wanted to accept the offer of the same role at Old Trafford.

However, Ashworth sent a blind copy to his Newcastle email address before apparently realising the error and deleting the evidence. At this stage, Man United had not approached Newcastle and Ashworth had not informed his employers of the clandestine talks with a rival.

The subsequent discovery of the email by the club is embarrassing for Ashworth and Berrada, who was still on gardening leave from Manchester City. It could lead to a Premier League probe if a complaint is made.

In a further twist, we understand Ashworth then claimed comments made by Howe had made his position untenable. However, this was in relation to comments made by the head coach on February 16, one week after the secret exchange with Berrada that Ashworth thought he had erased.

The story had broken about Ashworth being ready to defect to Man United and Howe was asked for his thoughts in a press conference.

He agreed with the suggestion it was a concern that Ashworth still had access to Newcastle's transfer plans and financial information, and called for a swift resolution to the situation.

Ashworth believed this left him unable to work for the club. In reality, he had already accepted an offer from Man United.

On February 18, Ashworth informed Newcastle of his wish to join Man United and was placed on gardening leave, which Man United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has suggested expires towards the end of 2025. Newcastle are waiting for an acceptable offer to release him early.

From Craig Hope in the Mail, Tuesday:

Dan Ashworth sent an email to a Newcastle United address inadvertently revealing he was being tapped up by incoming Manchester United chief executive Omar Berrada, who was still on gardening leave from Manchester City.

It is an embarrassing blunder and error of judgment on the part of the two men who will be charged with restructuring Man United by new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and could be looked at by the Premier League.

We can reveal the pair had a conversation in early February and Ashworth followed that up by sending an email to Berrada - at an INEOS account - making it clear he wanted to accept the opportunity of becoming Man Unitedís sporting director.

However, Ashworth sent a blind copy to his own Newcastle email address, clumsily disclosing to the club the covert negotiations with Berrada. Man United, at this point, had not informed Newcastle of their interest in Ashworth.

Berrada does not officially start at Old Trafford until July 13 and he had been on gardening leave from Man City for less than a month when engaging with Ashworth, potentially breaching the terms of his contract.

Man United have so far not made an acceptable offer to Newcastle to bring forward that date and Ashworth is reportedly set to take the club to arbitration in a bid to force through his move.

Euros for Leo

After a debut season for Newcastle during which he's impressed at U21 level and signed his first professional contract,
Leo Shahar has been named in the England U17 squad for the European Championship finals.

The 17 year-old full back is in a 21 man selection for the 16 team tournament in Cyprus.

England are in Group D action as follows:

Tue 21.05.2024 France won 4-0
Leo was in the starting line-up and supplied an assist for the opening goal after just two minutes of play.

Fri 24.05.2024 Portugal lost 1-4
The young Magpie kept his place in the side.

Mon 27.05.2024 Spain

All three England group stage games are at the Ammochostos Epistrofi Stadium in Larnaca, with
the tournament running through to final on June 5th.

Europe again...maybe

Brentford  2  Newcastle  4

Match report


Ashley loses appeal

Friday saw three Appeal Court judges hearing Sports Direct's appeal against losing an injunction forcing NUFC to supply replica kits uphold that decision.

That means the dispute over NUFC's decision not to supply Mike Ashley's company will now be resolved during a forthcoming court case - but with the current supply arrangement now discontinued. 

Japan games confirmed

Newcastle will play two pre-season games against J-League opposition in Japan as follows:

Wed 31.07.2024 Urawa Red Diamonds
@ Saitama Stadium (7.30pm local)

Sat 03.08.2024 Yokohama F Marinos
@ National Stadium, Toyko (7pm local)

Those two venues are around 25 miles apart, with Saitama holding just over 67,000 fans and the National Stadium accommodating slightly more.

NUFC request that season ticket holders and members interested in attending register online here

Additional matches are to confirmed in both Europe and the UK, the latter set to include the Sela Cup at SJP over the weekend of 10.08.2024.


Old boys:

Former Magpies recently released by their clubs:

Mehdi Abeid (Istanbul Basaksehir)
Chris Basham (Sheffield United)
Ciaran Clark
(Stoke City) 
Ryan Donaldson (Morpeth Town)
Shane Ferguson (Rotherham United)
Fraser Forster (Spurs tbc)
Dwight Gayle
(Derby County)
Paul Huntington
(Carlisle United)
Dan Langley (Oldham Athletic) (joined Morpeth Town)
Kazenga LuaLua
(Charlton Athletic)
Michael Newberry
(Linfield) (joined Cliftonville)
Ben Pollock
(Spennymoor Town)
Ben Tozer

Moving on to departing coaches/managers:

Habib Beye (Red Star Paris)
Stephen Clemence
Steve Guppy (Nashville SC)


Season tickets etc.

Season ticket renewals for 2024/25 have now closed  but home cup ticket schemes for the FA Cup and Carabao Cup are open 5pm on Friday June 21st. 

Remember that separate sign-ups are required for both.

Cup ticket prices are unchanged from 2023/24:

Carabao Cup: £20 & £25 adults / £10 & £15 others
FA Cup: £30 & £35 adults / £15 & £20 others

This season's ticket price increase was repeated for next season, raising adult prices by 5% and freezing junior prices. Full announcement online here

PS: The Magpie Mover matchday public transport ticket is again available to 2024/25 season ticket holders at an unchanged price of £25

Privacy policy


Season 2024/25

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

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

 2024/25 details awaited.

SJP seating plan is here  

Away tickets: The PL £30 away ticket price cap for adults applies in 2024/25 before a review is scheduled.

07.06.2024 Adidas home kit launch.

Fri 14.06.2024
Transfer window opens.

Tue 18.06.2024
PL fixture release, 9am.

Fri 21.06.2024 Home cup ticket scheme registration deadline, 5pm.

Wed 31.07.2024 Urawa Red Diamonds (a) @ Saitama Stadium, Japan, 7.30pm local time. Friendly.

Sat 03.08.2024 Yokohama F Marinos (a)
@ National Stadium, Toyko, Japan 7pm local time. Friendly.

Fri 16.08.2024
PL season starts.

Fri 30.08.2024 Transfer window closes.

(No games on Tue 24.12.2024) 

Wed 01.01.2025
Transfer window opens.

Mon 03.02.2025 Transfer window closes.

Sun 25.05.2025
PL season ends

Other events @ SJP:

Fri 31.05.2024
England Women v France Women, 8pm, ECQ. General sale now.

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

Euro 2028 - date(s) awaited

International Magpies
National Service

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

CONMEBOL Copa America 2024 takes place in the USA from 20.06.2024 to 14.07.2024.

International breaks:


Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
27th May

Born Or Died:

1929 Ellis Reginald Davies born, Cymmer, Wales. (1951-58)

Inside forward who began his career at Cwm Athletic before joining Southampton as an amateur - having opted to give up a promising career as a choir Soprano.

After completing his national service with the Army Medical Corps, Reg signed for Southend United in 1949. A £9,000 deal then saw him switch to Tyneside in April 1951.

Making a goalscoring debut against Wolves at SJP in October 1951 Davies went to hit 50 goals in 170 games. However he wasn't selected for the 1952 FA Cup Final side (being the 12th man in pre-sub days) and a bout of tonsilitis robbed him of a place in the Wembley lineup in 1955.

Capped six times by Wales - all coming while a Magpie - Reg first represented his country against Scotland in 1953. 

Moving on to Swansea Town in 1958 in part -exchange for Ivor Allchurch, he later signed for Carlisle and Merthyr Tydfil, before serving as player-manager of Kings Lynn. 

Reg subsequently emigrated to Australia and coached Bayswater United and Ascot, playing on until his 50th birthday in 1979.  

He remained in Western Australia until his death in February 2009.

1932 Roy Stephenson born, Crook.

Right winger who was a part of Newcastle United's "N's" nursery squad in addition to playing for Crook Colliery Welfare, netting a hat-trick on his Magpies debut in May 1948.

Failing to progress at Gallowgate, Roy went on trial at Burnley in 1948 and signed a professional contract the following June, making his senior debut a year later.

During his time at Turf Moor, Roy was in lodgings with the mother of fellow player Jimmy Adamson and in 1954 discovered her body in the kitchen, giving evidence at an inquest that found she took her own life.

Also playing cricket for Burnley, his seven year stint at the Clarets ended in 1956 with a move to Second Division Rotherham United.

After spells at Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City, Stephenson signed for Ipswich Town in 1960 and helped them clinch the Second and First Division titles in successive seasons. 

Enduring relegation before his time at Portman Road ended in 1965, he moved to non-league Lowestoft Town. 

Roy remained in Suffolk and later worked in a scrapyard, passing away in February 2000 following a diagnosis of stomach cancer.

1940 Death of Stan Docking, 25.
Tragically Stan succumbed to a heart attack while on leave from the RAF at his home in Whitley Bay.

1967 Paul Gascoigne born, Dunston.

From April 13th 1985 to September 22nd 2004, "Gazza" enjoyed a playing career that saw him make over 450 club appearances and score in excess of 100 goals.   

Beginning his career at Newcastle United as a substitute at home to QPR, he moved on to Spurs, Lazio (Italy), Rangers (Scotland), Boro, Everton, Burnley, Gansu Tianma (China) and Boston United - his final game a League Cup tie against Fulham at York Street.

What's happened to him since has been frequently newsworthy and often tragic - recounted with glee by tabloids and TV alike. Excuse us if we don't follow suit.

Rejected by Bobby Robson's Ipswich Town  as a youngster, Gascoigne's performances for Redheugh Boys Club resulted in his joining United on schoolboy forms in 1980.

Appearing as a ballboy, he later became Kevin Keegan's boot boy and signed as an apprentice at SJP on his 16th birthday.  

The Gazza nickname was first coined by Magpies youth coach Colin Suggett and the midfielder caught the eye in the FA Youth Cup during the 1983-84 season.

Following the arrival of Jack Charlton as manager, a slimmer Gascoigne then led the juniors to FA Youth Cup success, scoring nine times in the competition.

By the time Watford were beaten in a two- legged final, Gazza had made his debut at both reserve and first team level - and was then offered a two-year professional deal just before his 18th birthday.

His first senior start came at Southampton on the opening day of the 1985-86 season, by which time former coach Willie McFaul had succeeded Charlton.

And Paul's debut goal wasn't long in coming - a solo effort that beat Steve Hardwick in the Leazes End net to round off a 3-0 win against Oxford United in September.

From then on until his departure for White Hart Lane at a cost of £2.65m after the 1987/88 season, Gascoigne entertained Newcastle fans in unprecedented fashion.

Be it wonderful dribbling skills, great scoring technique, bouts of daftness, the infamous Vinnie Jones knacker clincher or sendings off, there was plenty to choose from.

England also came along - with an U21 call-up - and by 1988, with local heroes Waddle and Beardsley both departed and United mostly in mid-table, offers from a number of other clubs arrived.

Turning down Manchester United in favour of Spurs, Gazza played what proved to be his last Newcastle game against West Ham at SJP in May 1988, scoring in a 2-1 win. 

By the time of Newcastle's next home game the following August, he emerged from the away dressing room clad in an all- yellow kit for his Spurs debut - to be greeted by fans on the Gallowgate flinging Mars bars at him. 

Less than a fortnight later Gazza made his full England debut, against Denmark.  

What Else?

1969 Forty-eight hours before the home leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final against Ujpesti Dozsa, the press reported that match tickets issued to players were on sale at inflated prices from a Tyneside grocers.

In the event the touts struggled to punt their wares and were left with fistfuls of unsold tickets when the game got underway.

1970 Vancouver Spartans (Canada) (a)
1-0), McGovern(2-0), Dyson(52) 
The penultimate game of United's six date North American tour saw Phil McGovern net for the first time in the senior side. reader Seymour attended and recalls that it was played in front of a capacity crowd at the Swangard Stadium.

His post-match bonus came when half a dozen Newcastle players took advantage of an offer of hospitality - from his father! 

Cue appearances of Moncur, Robson, Young, Craggs, Dyson etc. round his house for a celebratory sherry or five.  

1972 Team mates Bobby Moncur and Malcolm Macdonald were on opposite sides as England met Scotland at Hampden Park. Little Alan Ball scored the only goal of a rough match.

1982 A rather one-sided game that hardly lived up to its friendly billing, as the Republic of Ireland lost 0-7 to the home side Brazil in front of 72,000 fans in Uberlandia.

Newcastle's Mick Martin was joined in the side by John Anderson of Preston, who within three months had moved to SJP on a free

2000 Alan Shearer set up future Magpie colleague Michael Owen to score the opening goal against Brazil in a friendly at Wembley.

Managed by Kevin Keegan, the hosts also fielded Sol Campbell in what was a warm-up game for the imminent Euro2000 tournament.

2003 Tino Asprilla fired two gunshots into the air - apparently blanks - while jokingly urging his Universidad de Chile team mates to try harder during a training session. 

Club President, Rene Orozco, confirmed the incident, but said, "It was just a joke, there were blank shots and it was not a real pistol."

2004 A 1-0 home victory for the Republic of Ireland against Romania featured United duo Andy O'Brien and Shay Given.

2009 Talks with Alan Shearer failed to reach any agreement after marathon discussions at Darsley Park and the position of manager remained vacant.

Meanwhile, Freddy Shepherd was rumoured to be heading a consortium of new investors intent on buying out Mike Ashley.

Stories circulated that a takeover deal for the club was imminent - with Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan reportedly set to meet Mike Ashley's price tag of £350m.

2020 A WTO (World Trade Organisation) investigation concluded that the Saudi Arabian state breached international law by facilitating the operation of pirate TV network beoutQ.

That copyright infringement prompted Qatari broadcaster beIN Sport to contact the Premier League - who in turn reportedly gave evidence to the WTO against beoutQ.

In other words, this was another potential obstacle to the proposed takeover of the club by a Saudi Arabian-dominated consortium.