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Manchester United
Premier League

St. James' Park
Sunday 2nd April
Kick-off 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
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The Never-Ending Tour

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Spurs (h) SOLD OUT - limited public sale 06.04
Manchester United (h)
Aston Villa (a)
Everton (a) ST holder sale now, 80 points
Southampton (h) SOLD OUT - limited public sale 13.04
NUWFC v Bradford (h) @ SJP Public sale now

Northern soul

Newly-published in hardback from Northumbrian author Alex Niven is "The North Will Rise Again", examining the social, cultural and political characteristics that shape the region and what the future holds for it.

Thanks to publishers Bloomsbury, we have two copies to give away and to be in with a chance of winning one, email your answer to the following question
to [email protected] with the subject line of North

"The North...." includes a mention of a serving US President visiting Newcastle in 1977. Name him.

Closing date is 8pm on Wednesday April 5th. No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry each please
per person.

Order copies of the book direct from the publisher online here with a discount code NUFC15.

Wood finish:
Chris miss time
Newcastle's decision to loan Chris Wood out to Nottingham Forest with the proviso of signing him permanently looks an increasingly wise one, with news that the striker will miss the rest of the season.

The 31 year-old New Zealand international forward has a thigh injury that will sideline him for Forest's final 11 Premier League games - at which point he will formally become their player on a 12 month contract.

It's disputed what the exact terms of the clause were, but his seven appearances for Forest (five starts) and one goal have officially triggered the purchase option and net the Magpies a fee in excess of £13m. 

U18/U21 update
Newcastle's U18s are back in home action this coming Saturday when they play host to Nottingham Forest at Little Benton in the U18 Premier League.

Originally advertised as a 1.30pm kick-off, the Premier League website now indicates that this has been brought forward to 11am (confirmation awaited).  

Turning to the U21 side, Monday sees them playing a game at SJP when Boro are the visitors in PL2.

It's a 7pm start with the East Stand open to the public. Admission is free to season ticket holders and members or else £3 adults and £1 concessions in cash at the turnstiles.

Premier League:
Manchester United (h)
Looking for their third successive victory, Eddie Howe's side return to Premier League action at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

It's a 4.30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports and all tickets are long since sold out.

Pre-match: Former Magpie Malcolm Macdonald is holding pre and post-match talk-ins at The Dog and Parrot from 1.45pm, returning at 7pm. 

All welcome, no entry charge. Find it opposite Times Square on Clayton Street West/Neville Street.

Since Matty Longstaff's match-winning strike at SJP in October 2019, the Magpies have lost five times and drawn twice in seven league and cup meetings with the Red Devils. The most recent of those came at Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final.


Thanks to everyone who entered our score prediction competition for this match, with a Wor Beer gift pack from Anarchy Brew Co up for grabs. The winner will be announced here after full time on Sunday (obviously).

Made in Newcastle, sales of Wor Beer help the fund displays mounted at SJP by Wor Flags. If you aren't feeling lucky then the latest batch of the beer in cans is available to order online here

NUFC: Joelinton
returns from a two game suspension as a consequence of amassing ten yellow cards in 22 Premier League games this season. A further five cautions in the remaining 12 games of the season would see the Brazilian banned for three games.

It was thought that Miguel Almiron would miss out due to a thigh injury, although he has been seen cycling and running at Darsley Park in recent days. 

Nick Pope, Anthony Gordon and Allan Saint-Maximin have all been seen training, along with Sven Botman. News on availability of Fabian Schar is awaited, after he was excused a Swiss call-up to rest.

Speaking of Gordon, it's almost exactly a year since he netted for Everton in a 1-0 PL home victory over Manchester United.

Coral rate this game as follows:

NUFC win 11/
Any draw 1
No s
core draw 10/1
MUFC win 19/10
NUFC to win 1-0 8/1
HT draw, FT NUFC 9/2

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

Casemiro is suspended, Donny van de Beek, Christian Eriksen and Tom Heaton miss out through injury and there are doubts over Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Martial and Marcel Sabitzer. Raphael Varane is expected to return.  

Marcus Rashford withdrew from the England squad after picking up a knock in the Fulham FA Cup game, but it's assumed that he will miraculously recover and be at Gallowgate.

Away from Old Trafford this season, Manchester United have won six, drawn two and lost five. However they have taken maximum points from just one of their last four PL road trips - conceding seven goals without reply at Anfield in the most recent of those.

Referee: Stuart Attwell. A fourth outing of the season involving us for the Warwickshire whistler but a first away from the South coast, following league and cup victories at Southampton and a draw at Bournemouth.

VAR: Andy Madley.

No scheduled issues as yet. Whitley Bay Metro station has now reopened following the completion of emergency roof work.

Trains: No scheduled issues.

Rail disruption updates: online here

Buses: The X50 football service from the Metro Centre will be in operation. Details here

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 double
s all cash donations made on home match days.

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UK Radio:
Live on BBC 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

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Radio Tyneside commentary can be accessed free of charge in local hospitals via Hospedia.

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 01.04.2023:
Manchester City v Liverpool (12.30pm) BT
Arsenal v Leeds United (3pm)
Bournemouth v Fulham (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Brentford (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Leicester City (3pm)
Nottingham Forest v Wolves (3pm)
Chelsea v Aston Villa (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 02.04.2023:
West Ham v Southampton (2pm) Sky
Newcastle v Manchester United (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 03.04.2023:
Everton v Spurs (8pm) Sky


Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

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

Located on platform 12 at Central Station, CentrAle stock a bewildering variety of local, domestic and international beers plus selected wines and spirits.

CentrAle proprietor Bruce Renwick is cycling around Loch Ness later this month in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance and closing in on his £1,000 target.

If you can help him then please donate online here

Trophy test looms:
D-Day for Tynesiders

Tickets for Gateshead's FA Trophy semi final against Barnet at the International Stadium on Saturday are on sale online here with over 1,600 already bought.

Tickets are also available from the stadium box office between 3-6pm for the rest of the week. They will also be available on the day to purchase by cash or card.

£18 adults, £12 concessions, £8 17-21s, £4 U16s.

Both league meetings with the Bees this season ended in draws; 2-2 on Tyneside and 1-1 in North London.

Mike Williamson's side come into the tie on the back of successive National League victories that have given them a fighting chance of avoiding relegation.

The other semi-final sees Altrincham host FC Halifax Town, with the winners of the two ties facing each other in the Final at Wembley on Sunday May 21st.


Magpies on international duty:

Garang Kuol (Australia):

Tue 28.03.2023 Ecuador (h) lost 1-2 FR
Another substitute appearance for Kuol, this time in Melbourne. He was introduced on 69 minutes with the scoring complete.

Fri 24.03.2023 Ecuador (h) won 3-1 FR

Garang was on the bench for this friendly in Sydney, arriving in the 78th minute at 2-1 and adding a third for the Socceroos - his first senior international goal.

Alexander Isak (Sweden):

Mon 27.03.2023 Azerbaijan (h) won 5-0 ECQ
The Newcastle man kept his place in the starting XI in Stockholm and completed 71 minutes, going off with the score at 2-0.

Denied a goal by an offside flag, Isak did record an assist for Sweden's second goal when a visiting player turned a low centre past his own goalkeeper. 

Fri 24.03.2023 Belgium (h) lost 0-3 ECQ

Isak started the game in Stockholm and made way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 73rd minute when it was 0-2.

Sven Botman (Holland):
Mon 27.03.2023 Gibraltar (h) won 3-0 ECQ
Fri 24.03.2023 France (a) lost 0-4 ECQ

Along with several other players, Sven was sent away from the Dutch training camp due to illness, with food poisoning reported in some quarters as the cause.

He failed to recover in time to make his anticipated senior bow in either Paris or Rotterdam.

Jeff Hendrick (Ireland):
Mon 27.03.2023 France (h) lost 0-1 ECQ
Midfielder Jeff began the game on the bench in Dublin and that's where he remained.

Wed 22.03.2023 Latvia (h) won 3-2 FR

Hendrick was on the bench for the victory in Dublin, joining the action in the 82nd minute.

Kieran Trippier (England):
Sun 26.03.2023 Ukraine (h) won 2-0 ECQ
A night on the bench for Kieran at Wembley as England were victorious. Former Magpie Ivan Toney was a late substitute for his first England cap at any level.

Thu 23.03.2023 Italy (a) won 2-1 ECQ

Tripps came on in the 81st minute following Luke Shaw's dismissal, helping see out the remaining minutes to claim a memorable victory in Naples.

Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland):

Sun 26.03.2023 Finland (h) lost 0-1 ECQ
Jamal played the full 90 minutes as Michael O'Neill and assistant Aaron Hughes were beaten after taking charge of the side on home soil for the first time.

Thu 23.03.2023 San Marino (a) won 2-0 ECQ

Lewis started the game in Serravalle and was replaced in the 73rd minute by ex-Magpie Shane Ferguson when it was already 2-0 having set up the second goal.

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia):
Sun 26.03.2023 Bosnia-Herzegovina (h) won 2-0 ECQ
Martin started and played the full game in Bratislava. 

Thu 23.03.2023 Luxembourg (h) drew 0-0  ECQ

No goals in Trnava where Dubravka played the full 90.

Alex Murphy (Ireland U19s)
Tue 28.03.2023 Greece (h) lost 0-1 ECQ 

Alex missed this defeat in Wexford - reason unknown.

Sat 25.03.2023 Estonia (h) won 1-0 ECQ

Another 90 minute appearance for the defender in Wexford and a booking.

Wed 22.03.2023 Slovakia (h) lost 1-2 ECQ

Alex played the full game in Wexford.

Johnny Emerson (Scotland U18s):
Sun 26.03.2023 Wales (a) drew 2-2 FR
Johnny was named in the starting lineup - confirmation of the Scotland goalscorers is still awaited.

Thu 23.03.2023 Wales (a) lost 1-2 FR
The young Magpie was named among the substitutes - his participation (if any) is tbc but he wasn't the Scotland goalscorer.

Lewis Miley (England U17s):
Tue 28.03.2023 Holland (a) lost 0-1 ECQ
Miley remained unused on the bench in Katwijk as his side confirmed their place at the Championship finals despite losing. They take place in Hungary this coming May/June and the final draw is next Monday.

Sat 25.03.2023 Northern Ireland (n) won 2-0 ECQ
There was a further 90 minute runout for Lewis, this time in Noordwijk.

Wed 22.03.2023 Denmark (n) won 3-1 ECQ

Lewis started and played the full game, picking up a yellow card in Katwijk.

Stand in the Corner

Monday saw NUFC announce that 1,800 safe standing places in the South East Corner (Strawberry Corner) of St. James' Park, will be installed for next season.

Five of the six sections in that area including all four of the upper ones will be altered but there will be no alteration to the overall capacity as a consequence.

Full press release:

Newcastle United can announce that licensed standing - commonly known as 'safe standing' - will be introduced at St. James' Park as part of an initial trial period at the start of the 2023/24 season.

A designated licensed standing section with space for approximately 1,800 home supporters will be installed in the South East Corner of the stadium and will include the lower section of block B and the upper sections of blocks C, D, E and F.

A similar provision will also be installed for visiting supporters on Level 7 of the Leazes End.

The trial follows a supporter consultation process, during which more than 4,000 fans responded to an online survey - with 70 fans attending a subsequent working group session at St. James' Park to provide more detailed feedback.

Of those surveyed online, 75 per cent were in favour of licensed standing being introduced at St. James' Park - with the South East Corner and Gallowgate End identified as the preferred location by more than 70 per cent of respondents.

The club has also continued to monitor existing trials at other stadiums in England, with licensed standing areas successfully installed and safely managed at Wembley and a number of Premier League grounds with the support of the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA).

For further information on licensed standing, please visit the Football Supporters Association website.

What happens next:

The club has now contacted all affected supporters via email, giving them the opportunity to remain as part of the trial or opt out.

Newcastle United is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and ensuring access for all. Season ticket holders who have informed us they have a disability will receive a call directly from the Supporter Services team over the coming days as we look to ensure your matchday experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Fans wishing to move into the licensed standing area:

Should seats become available for other season ticket holders to move into the licensed standing area, the club will communicate this in due course.

In the meantime, we kindly ask supporters not to contact the Box Office to register their interest in moving seats from other areas of the stadium.

The last stand...

The announcement of a partial return to standing at SJP prompted various claims as to when terracing was last used by Newcastle supporters at home games.

Following redevelopment of the Leazes and Gallowgate Ends, the final part of the ground accommodating standing fans were the 6,400 capacity paddocks in front of the Milburn Stand. 

These were scheduled for closure at the end of the 1993/94 season to meet recommendations of the Taylor Report, which was commissioned following the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster.

However an appeal to the Department of Heritage by United saw them gain a 12 month exemption; those areas remaining in use until a season-closing 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace during May 1995.

Seats were immediately added to those areas along with other Milburn Stand upgrades required to meet the criteria for hosting Euro '96 games the following year.

And with no home pre-season friendlies staged, the first all-seater crowd at SJP then gathered for a 3-0 demolition of Coventry City in August 1995.

Senior Cup
date announced

This seasonís Northumberland Senior Cup Final will take place at Gallowgate on Tuesday April 25th. Kick-off will be at 7.30pm.

2022 victors Blyth Spartans will face Morpeth Town, who lifted the trophy in 2019 (due to the pandemic, there was no final in 2020 and 2021).

Admission details are tbc.

Premier League:

& Spurs (h)
fixtures confirmed

Newcastle's home game against Arsenal will take place on Sunday 7th May at 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports.

And confirmation of Newcastle's home meeting with Spurs has also now arrived, with the Cockerels visiting SJP for a 2pm start on Sunday 23rd April. That is also live on Sky Sports.

PS: A new date is still awaited for Newcastle's PL home meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion, postponed due to our Carabao Cup Final involvement in February.

Albion still also have a PL fixture against Manchester City to schedule, but will play their outstanding game against Manchester United on Thursday May 4th. That means the Newcastle game cannot be that midweek.

Loan lads:

Current movements of our loan players:

Kelland Watts (Peterborough United):
The defender is now back in training having recovered from a hamstring problem and may be involved when Oxford United visit London Road in League One this Saturday.

Joe White (Exeter City):
The Grecians maintained their excellent home form with a 3-1 defeat of Barnsley in League One on Tuesday. An 82nd minute arrival from the bench, Joe was fouled in the box to earn a penalty in the 89th minute - although he didn't get to take it.

Niall Brookwell (Darlington):
The Quakers drew 0-0 at Banbury in the National League North on Tuesday - their second successive nowts apiece. Niall remained unused on the bench.

Dan Langley (Spennymoor Town):
Tuesday brought a 2-3 loss for Spenny at Alfreton Town in the National League North but Dan was once again out following a recent injury.

Jay Turner-Cooke (Tranmere Rovers):
Harrogate Town (h) League Two, Friday.

Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United):
Norwich City (a) Championship, Saturday.

Jeff Hendrick (Reading):
Bristol City (a) Championship, Saturday.

Karl Darlow (Hull City):
Rotherham United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Garang Kuol (Hearts):
Kilmarnock (a) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Lucas De Bolle, Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton Academical):

Dundee (a) Scottish Championship, Saturday.

Isaac Hayden (Norwich City):
(unavailable - knee)

Premier League:
Ice cold is Alex!
Nottingham Forest
  1  Newcastle  2
Youtube footage is online here

Match report

Howay the lasses:
NUWFC back at SJP

Newcastle United Women confirm that their final home game of the season will be staged at SJP.

They will host Bradford City Women in a 2pm kick-off on Sunday April 16th, as they aim to secure promotion from National League Division One North. 

This will be the third time that the women have played at Gallowgate and they have a 100% record to date:

Alnwick Town Ladies won 4-0 (22,134)
27.11.2022 Barnsley won 2-1 (28,565)

Looking to set a new club attendance record, the club have set advance ticket prices at £3 adults and £1 concession (£6 and £2 respectively on matchday). These can be bought online from NUFC now. 

Premier League:
West Ham (a)

Wednesday (5th) sees the Magpies back in action, when they play a rearranged Premier League fixture against West Ham at the London Stadium (8pm).

It's live on Sky Sports and all 3,000 away tickets were sold ahead of the original match date last September before the death of Elizabeth II saw it postponed.

Eddie Howe's side are unbeaten in all four PL visits to the capital so far this season; winning at Fulham and Spurs and drawing at Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

NUFC: To follow

WHUFC: To follow

Transport: TfL updates are online here

Metro: No scheduled issues

Referee: tbc

VAR: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

Upcoming PL fixtures: to follow

Premier League:
Brentford (a)

Newcastle remain in the capital on Saturday week (April 8th) when they face the Bees at what is now the Gtech Stadium in an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.

All 1,730 away section places are sold out.

NUFC: To follow

BFC: To follow

Transport: TfL updates are online here

Metro: No scheduled issues

Referee: tbc

VAR: tbc

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats: To follow

Upcoming PL fixtures: to follow

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Season 2022/23

Sat 01.04.2023 U18s v Nottingham Forest U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note KO new time tbc.

Sun 02.04.2023 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT.

Mon 03.04.2023 U21s v Boro U21s (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Wed 05.04.2023 West Ham (a)
@ London Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000.

Fri 07.04.2023 U18s v Stoke City U18s (a) @ Clayton Wood, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 08.04.2023 Brentford (a)
@ Gtech Community Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 1,730.

Tue 11.04.2023 U18s v Liverpool U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.04.2023 U18s v Boro U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.04.2023 Aston Villa (a)
@ Villa Park, 12.30pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc

Mon 17.04.2023 U21s v Norwich City U21s (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. Premier League 2 Division Two. Note new venue/ KO time.

Sat 22.04.2023 U18s v Boro U18s (h
) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 23.04.2023 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT, limited online public sale Thu 06.04.2023.

Mon 24.04.2023 U21s v Derby County U21s (a)
@ Loughborough University Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Thu 27.04.2023 Everton (a)
@ Goodison Park, 7.45pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. ST holder sale now, 80 points. £30 adults, £25 seniors, U18s £20. Allocation: tbc

Sat 29.04.2023 U18s v Liverpool U18s (a)
@ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 30.04.2023 Southampton (h)
@ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT, limited online public sale Thu 13.04.2023.

Sat 06.05.2023 U18s v Nottingham Forest U18s (a)
@ Wilford Lane, 1.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 07.05.2023 Arsenal (h)
@ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details awaited.

2023/24 PL season dates:

Fixtures released ??.06.2023
Season starts 12.08.2023
Season ends 19.05.2024

NUFC live on TV:

Sun 02.04.2023
Man Utd (h) 4.30pm Sky
Wed 05.04.2023
West Ham (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 15.04.2023
Aston Villa (a) 12.30pm BT
Sun 23.04.2023
Spurs (h) 2pm Sky
Thu 27.04.2023
Everton (a) 7.45pm BT
Sun 07.05.2023
Arsenal (h) 4.30pm Sky

(Selections made up to Mon 01.05.2023)

2022/23 PL games tbc:

Date tbc:
Brighton & Hove Albion (h)

Live TV confirmation dates:††
NB: all "approximate dates"

Thu 06.04.2023
Fri 14.04.2023
after 20.05.2023

Other events @ SJP:

Sun 16.04.2023 NUW v Bradford City Women
@ SJP, 2pm. National League Division One North.

Tue 25.04.2023 Blyth Spartans v Morpeth Town
@ SJP, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Magic Weekend 2023:

Sat 03.06.2023:
Salford Red Devils v Hull KR (1.30pm)
Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons(3.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (6pm)

Sun 04.06.2023:
Wakefield Trinity v Leigh Centurions(12.30pm)
St Helens v Huddersfield Giants (2.45pm)
Hull FC v Warrington Wolves (5pm)

Fri 09.06.2023/Sat 10.06.2023:
Sam Fender, Inhaler, Holly Humberstone.

International Magpies
National Service


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
30th March

Born Or Died:

1941 John Mitten born, Davyhulme, Manchester. (1958-61) 

Following the appointment of Charlie Mitten as United boss, his son followed him from Mansfield Town to SJP in September 1958.

An England Youth international left winger, John made his first team debut against West Bromwich Albion in November of that year.
However, he missed a penalty as Newcastle lost 2-1 in front of their own fans. 

Retaining his place for a 3-2 defeat at Leeds the following Saturday, Mitten junior wasn't sighted again in the first team until March 1960, when he enjoyed a short run of games and scored his first senior goals, netting twice during a 4-1 victory at Bolton.

Following his father out of the club in 1961, John signed for Leicester City - also playing county cricket for Leicestershire until 1963 as a right-handed batsman/wicket keeper upon which he was granted a free transfer.

Pursued by Reading, Ipswich Town, QPR and Coventry City, Mitten instead agreed a short-term move to his father's former club Manchester United. 

However that came to nothing and he made a switch to Coventry in July 1963, playing in the Sky Blue side along with future Magpie John Tudor that won promotion to the First Division in 1967.

Later appearing for Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City, Bath City, Trowbridge Town, Sidmouth Town, his last club was Tiverton Town as player manager. He remained in Devon following his retirement.

1949 John Hope born, Shildon. 

Goalkeeper who began his career as an apprentice with Darlington in 1964 before turning professional three years later and making his bow for the Quakers. 

Moving to SJP in an £8,000 transfer in March 1969, John's only competitive first team outing for Newcastle came in a 0-1 loss at Manchester City two months later.

Also named as a substitute goalkeeper for Fairs Cup ties in the days before 'keepers made the bench for domestic matches, Hope was never to be called upon.

Moving on to Sheffield United with David Ford in part exchange for John Tudor in 1971, he helped the Blades gain promotion to Division One in his first season - in part due to a record-setting run of seven clean sheets.

Called up by England at U23 level but never getting a game, Hope was loaned out to Preston North End during the 1973/74 season and then left Bramall Lane on a free transfer a year later.

With no takers for his services, John returned to the North East and to his former trade as a welder, appearing briefly for non league Gateshead United.

Agreeing a two year deal with the Arcadia club in the South African city of Pretoria, he lasted barely three months before packing his bags again and joining Hartlepool United for the 1975/76 campaign.

Playing and coaching at non-league level for Stockton, Wingate, Whitby Town and Willington, John subsequently spent time coaching both Darlington and Hartlepool.

His death was reported in July 2016, following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease some years earlier.

1987 Death of Ron Williams, 80.

1994 Jetro Willems born, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019-20)

The second arrival of the summer 2019 transfer window was a Dutch international left back signed on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. 

The 25 year-old was first linked with a move to Tyneside in 2018 and was keen to leave Germany after being used in a midfield role.

Rotterdam-born, Jetro's family came from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao and he first played at hometown club Spartaan '20.

Joining Sparta Rotterdam in 2010, a move to PSV Eindhoven followed and he played in the 2015 and 2016 title-winning sides alongside Luuk De Jong and Gini Wijnaldum.

Moving on to Frankfurt in 2017, Willems won a German Cup winner's medal during his first season at the club but proved unable to regain his place in the Dutch squad.

First seen in the home friendly against St. Etienne, a competitive debut came a week later from the bench at home to Arsenal.

Fielded in a left wing back role, Willems then marked his arrival in England with a superb strike during our usual defeat at Anfield.

Jetro soon settled in and a goal in the 2-2 home draw with Manchester City boosted his popularity further, claims that his loan was set to become permanent looking to be welcomed by the player on social media.  

His 20th game in our colours sadly proved to be his last: stretchered off early on in a 1-0 home win over Chelsea during January 2020 and undergoing knee surgery that ended his season and saw his loan terminated.

He recovered from his surgery enough to be on the bench for Eintracht but failed to make a single appearance and left that Summer on a free transer.

Joining newly promoted Bundesliga side Greuther Furth in August 2021, Willems played regularly but was unable to prevent them making an immediate return to the second tier. 

Exiting in September 2022, February 2023 saw him agree a deal at Eredivisie side Groningen following a successful trial.

Jetro hit the headlines in only his fourth game for the club - quite literally - punched by a Groningen follower while he was attempting to act as peacemaker after trouble flared  during the game against Heerenveen. 


What Else?

1895 Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) (h)
Mitchell(0-1), Gibson(0-2),
0-3), Boyd(1-4,1-5
Reserve striker William McKay impressed the United hierarchy in this friendly match, and signed for Newcastle shortly afterwards.

The Gers were missing a trio of players who had been called up by Scotland for a home international against Ireland at Parkhead.

1901 Liverpool (a)
Division One
P27, 30pts, 7th/18 
Hunter(25,87), Raybould(62)
Wilf Innerd debuted at centre half, replacing of Andy Aitken, who played for Scotland in a 2-2 draw with England at Crystal Palace.

The Reserves beat Birtley 3-0 at SJP in the Northern Alliance League.

Collins(2) and Pattinson netted for United, who were en route to the title.


1907 Bristol City (h)
Division One
P34, 48pts, 1st/20 
Howie(5), Rutherford(62
This win over newly promoted City, who were United's closest title contenders, virtually wrapped up the First Division championship with four games remaining.

1912 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division One
P32, 38pts, 2nd/20 
Hibbert(14), Peart(76) 

1923 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division One
P35, 39pts, 5th/22 

1929 Birmingham (a)
Division One
P36, 36pts, 9th/22 

1934 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One
P36, 31pts, 16th/22 
It finished honours even in this Good Friday meeting at Gallowgate, Newcastle ending up with nine men after goalscorer Sammy Weaver and Ron Williams both went off injured.

1935 Bradford City (a)
Division Two
P36, 43pts, 6th/22 
J.Richardson(28), Bott(80), McMenemy(85) 
Spence(40pen,90), Hallows(63)
A see-saw afternoon at Valley Parade began when United's Joe Richardson volleyed in from 40 yards thanks to a handling error by home custodian George Swindin.

The lead then changed hands twice more, before Throckley-born Joe Spence struck for City in the final seconds to ensure the points were shared.

1937 Aston Villa (a)
Division Two
P38, 41pts, 7th/22 
What the Birmingham Mail called a "dour and unfaltering" Newcastle defence did their job as Jack Smith netted a goal in each half to give United their second victory at Villa Park in as many seasons.  

1955 York City (n)
FA Cup Semi Final Replay
White(3), Keeble(87
After drawing 1-1 at Hillsborough, United qualified for their third FA Cup Final in just three years in the replay at Roker Park.

Jackie Milburn set up Len White for an early opening goal, before Vic Keeble's header in the dying minutes sealed the victory.
Pathe footage online here

1956 Manchester United (a) 2-5 (1-1)
Division One
P37, 37pts, 5th/22 
Keeble(33), Stokoe(86) 
Pegg(6), Taylor(47), Viollet(69,75), Doherty(78)
Newcastle's winless league run extended to five games after this Good Friday defeat at Old Trafford.

Conceding five at Blackpool in their last away game, the Magpies held their own in the opening half and could have gone in ahead if a marginal offside hadn't denied Reg Davies a goal. 

The biggest crowd at this venue since WW2 saw the hosts take another stride to the title after the break though, thanks in part to a salvo of three goals in nine minutes. 

1957 Everton (a)
Division One
P37, 34pts, 11th/22 
McNamara(13), Gauld(67)
Two mid-table sides met at Goodison, United lengthening their winless run against the Toffees to four games as their five match unbeaten run came to an end.

Within seconds of falling two goals behind, the Magpies reduced the arrears when defender Don Donovan deflected the ball into his own goal under pressure from Len White.

1959 West Ham United (h) 3-1 (2-0)
Division One
P37, 35pts, 12th/22 
Taylor(6), Keith(27), Allchurch(83).
Just three days after winning 0-3 in East London, the boot was on the other foot as the Magpies gained revenge on Easter Monday night at SJP.

There was a first team debut for striker Jimmy Gibson in a makeshift line-up, while Dick Keith netted his first senior goal for the club.

Harry Obeney had been among the scorers at Upton Park, but his late effort in the return fixture was no more than a consolation.

1963 Luton Town (a)
Division Two
P31, 35pts, 4th/22 
Thomas(38), Fell(50), Suddick(85) 
A first team debut for Bobby Moncur, who took over in the number 5 shirt from John McGrath for this victory at Kenilworth Road. The two points put United up to fourth and left them with an outside chance of promotion.

1964 Leeds United (a)
Division Two
P37, 41pts, 5th/22 
Weston(2), Johanneson(75)
Magpie George Dalton fractured a leg after a challenge from Johnny Giles and was stretchered off.

In these pre-substitute days that left the visitors a man short - and ended Dalton's career at SJP.

1968 Hibernian (Scotland) (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Scott(1), McNamee(69)
Former Easter Road duo Jim Scott and John McNamee both scored against the Hibees - the former taking just 16 seconds to find the net.

Future Magpie John Blackley was in the visiting line-up.

Team: Marshall, Burton, Clark, Young, McNamee, Moncur, Scott, B.Robson, Sinclair, Davies, T.Robson.
1970 Burnley (h)
Division One
P40, 43pts, 6th/22 
Clarets 'keeper Peter Mellor kept United at bay in this Easter Monday fixture and when Wyn Davies beat him, the woodwork intervened.

1974 Burnley (n)
FA Cup Semi Final 
A game remembered not only for Supermac's two goals but also the most perfect first-time ball from Terry Hibbitt that sent Mac away to score the second and seal a place at Wembley.

The massed ranks of Newcastle fans on the Kop at Hillsborough were "a sea of black and white going up into the clouds" according to the goalscorer - who had maintained his record of finding the net in every round.

Burnley had actually been the better side in the first half, with future Magpie Geoff Nulty hitting McFaul's crossbar and United old boy Peter Noble causing some problems. 
Extended youtube footage online here

1985 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-4 (1-2)
Division One
P33, 38pts, 15th/22 
Waddle(29), Beardsley(50pen)
Marwood(10), Chapman(26,58), Shelton(60)
Two behind, United drew level before failing again, meaning an unhappy return to Hillsborough for ex-Owls boss Jack Charlton and former players Pat Heard and Tony Cunningham.

1991 Swindon Town (a)
Division Two
P35, 48pts, 13th/24 
Peacock(42), Quinn(72) 
Shearer(50), Calderwood(75)
The only game that caretaker manager Bobby Saxton oversaw was an unlucky defeat, when United appeared to be playing the home side and all three officials.

Fraser Digby advanced off his line to block Mick Quinn's 23rd minute penalty but wasn't penalised and then Town were given a spot kick of their own, after the ball was blasted at John Anderson from point blank range.

Mackem Mick Hazard beat John Burridge from the spot but Gavin Peacock's overhead kick sent the teams in level at the interval.

Duncan Shearer then put the home side ahead, before Burridge saved a second spot kick from Hazard and Quinn levelled at 2-2.

Future Magpies Coach Colin Calderwood then netted what turned out to be the winner for Ossie Ardiles and Tony Galvin, who within hours had filled the vacancies at SJP.
Youtube footage is online here

2004 Newcastle's first appearance at the Reynolds Stadium of Darlington ended with a crushing defeat for our reserve side.

Lewis Guy gave United the lead after just four minutes, before the Quakers slipped into gear and eventually ran out 4-1 winners. match report

2005 While Wembley Stadium was being rebuilt, SJP hosted England's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan - the third full international featuring the Three Lions at the ground in just four years.

Scoreless at the interval, second half strikes at the Leazes End from Steven Gerrard (51) and David Beckham (62) secured victory in front of 49,046 fans.

For future Magpie Michael Owen though, the evening a frustrating one, missing several chances to score the goal that would have seen him match Alan Shearer's England goal tally.

Kieron Dyer earned his 28th England cap as a late replacement for Wayne Rooney, while Newcastle's Jermaine Jenas was on the bench. 

Media reports in South Korea claimed that Newcastle coaches were lining up a visit to assess local youngsters as part of their bid to recruit new talent for our Academy.

The link up was reportedly K-League side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in Seoul.

2008 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 4-1 (1-1)
Premier League
P32, 35pts, 12th/20
Butt(45), Geremi(52), Owen(65), Martins(83)

United's second successive victory at White Hart Lane was their first away win of 2008. Nicky Butt netted in both games, while Geremi scored his first goal since moving from Chelsea.

Playing in midfield, Michael Owen's goal prompted what the BBC commentator called; "absolute delirium and pandemonium in the corner of the ground that houses the Newcastle supporters". match report

2009 The Reserves shared six goals with Manchester United's second string in an entertaining encounter at St. James' Park.

Xisco, Mark Doninger and Danny Guthrie netted for the Magpies, while Italian striker Federico Macheda got all three for the visitors. match report

2013 Manchester City (a)
Premier League
P32, 46pts, 15th/20
Tevez(41), Silva(45+2), Kompany(56), Y.Toure(69)
Our fourth successive away league defeat was summed up by thus: 

"expensive (£49), frustrating, dispiriting and joyless, but entirely predictable and seemingly unavoidable."

With Jonas Gutierrez filling in at left back, the
soon-to-be-deposed Champions took their time going ahead but could have ended up registering a landslide victory.

United dropped to 15th ahead of their Europa League Quarter Final tie against Benfica - domestic survival now more of a priority than romantic notions of silverware. match report