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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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MUFC: 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
VAR: Andy Madley.
Metro: 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
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.
Foodbank: The usual stall and bucket shakers will be on
Strawberry Place. NUFC Director Jamie Reuben doubles all cash donations made on home match days.
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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
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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
D-Day for Tynesiders
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.
Prices: £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
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.
Ice cold is Alex!
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
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
Wed 22.03.2023 Latvia (h) won
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
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
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.
Estonia (h) won 1-0
Another 90 minute appearance for the defender in Wexford and a booking.
Slovakia (h) lost
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
Sat 25.03.2023 Northern Ireland
(n) won 2-0 ECQ
There was a further 90 minute runout for Lewis, this time in
Wed 22.03.2023 Denmark (n)
won 3-1 ECQ
Lewis started and played the full game, picking up a yellow card in
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
1 Newcastle 2
footage is online here
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:
01.05.2022 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.
West Ham (a)
(5th) sees the Magpies back in action, when they play a rearranged
Premier League fixture against West Ham at the London
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
WHUFC: To follow
Transport: TfL updates are online
Metro: No scheduled issues
UK TV: Live on Sky Sports
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: tbc
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Stats: To follow
Upcoming PL fixtures: to follow
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
All 1,730 away section places are sold out.
BFC: To follow
Transport: TfL updates are online
Metro: No scheduled issues
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: tbc
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Stats: To follow
Upcoming PL fixtures: to follow
NEW: Postcards on sale 6pm Friday
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"
MW36 Thu 06.04.2023
MW37 Fri 14.04.2023
MW38 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:
Salford Red Devils v Hull KR (1.30pm)
Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons(3.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (6pm)
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.
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On This Day in History |
30th March |
Born Or Died:
1941 John Mitten
born, Davyhulme, Manchester. (1958-61)
the appointment of Charlie Mitten as United boss, his son followed him from
Mansfield Town to SJP in September 1958.
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.
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
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
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
Playing and coaching at non-league level for Stockton, Wingate, Whitby Town and
Willington, John subsequently spent time coaching both Darlington and
His death was reported in July 2016, following a diagnosis of Parkinson's
disease some years earlier.
1987 Death of Ron
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
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
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.
Rangers (Scotland) (h)
Reserve striker William McKay impressed the
United hierarchy in this friendly match, and signed
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.
P27, 30pts, 7th/18
Wilf Innerd debuted at centre half, replacing of Andy Aitken, who
played for Scotland in a 2-2 draw with England at
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.
P34, 48pts, 1st/20
This win over newly promoted City, who were
United's closest title contenders, virtually wrapped
up the First Division championship with four games
P32, 38pts, 2nd/20
P35, 39pts, 5th/22
P36, 36pts, 9th/22
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.
P36, 43pts, 6th/22
J.Richardson(28), Bott(80), McMenemy(85)
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
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
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.
York City (n)
FA Cup Semi Final Replay
After drawing 1-1 at
Hillsborough, United qualified for their third FA
Cup Final in just three years in the replay at
Jackie Milburn set up Len White for an early opening
goal, before Vic Keeble's header in the dying
minutes sealed the victory.
footage online here
1956 Manchester United (a)
P37, 37pts, 5th/22
Pegg(6), Taylor(47), Viollet(69,75),
Newcastle's winless league run extended to five
games after this Good Friday defeat at Old
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)
P37, 34pts, 11th/22
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
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.
West Ham United (h) 3-1 (2-0)
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.
Luton Town (a)
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
Leeds United (a)
P37, 41pts, 5th/22
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.
Hibernian (Scotland) (h)
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
Marshall, Burton, Clark, Young, McNamee, Moncur,
Scott, B.Robson, Sinclair, Davies, T.Robson.
1970 Burnley (h)
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.
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.
youtube footage online here
Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-4 (1-2)
P33, 38pts, 15th/22
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.
P35, 48pts, 13th/24
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
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.
footage is online here
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
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.
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.
link up was reportedly K-League
side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in Seoul.
Tottenham Hotspur (a) 4-1 (1-1)
P32, 35pts, 12th/20
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".
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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.
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Manchester City (a)
P32, 46pts, 15th/20
Silva(45+2), Kompany(56), Y.Toure(69)
successive away league defeat was summed up by
"expensive (£49), frustrating, dispiriting and
joyless, but entirely predictable and seemingly
With Jonas Gutierrez filling in at left back, the
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
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