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West Ham
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 4th February
Kick-off 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
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Newcastle 2
Southampton 1
Carabao Cup Semi-final second leg

St. James' Park
Tuesday 31st January
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

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West Ham (h) SOLD OUT
Bournemouth (a) SOLD OUT
Liverpool (h) SOLD OUT

Wembley ticket details
From NUFC, 1pm Thursday:

Newcastle United can confirm ticket information for supporters for the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on 26 February 2023 (kick-off 4:30pm GMT).

Following a two-legged semi-final victory over Southampton, Eddie Howe's side will face Manchester United in a bid to lift the Carabao Cup at the home of English football.

Newcastle United have been allocated 32,761 tickets for the West End of Wembley Stadium. Tickets will be sold in order from the North Stand round to the South Stand.

To ensure a speedy ticket buying process, supporters are advised to ensure they read all information below thoroughly.


Pricing categories at Wembley Stadium are split into five sections.

There is also a concessionary rate for supporters aged 65 and over, for children aged 16 and under, and Young Adults (17-21).

Cat 1 - £100 Adults | £75 Young Adult | £50 Conc.
Cat 2 - £90 Adults | £67.50 Young Adult | £45 Conc.
Cat 3 - £72 Adults | £54 Young Adult | £36 Conc.
Cat 4 - £56 Adults | £42 Young Adult | £28 Conc.
Cat 5 - £40 Adults | £30 Young Adult| £20 Conc.

The price categories will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis and are subject to availability.


Tickets will be sold online in priority periods based on specific criteria (details follow below).

During each priority period, eligible supporters will receive an email from the club. It is the responsibility of each supporter to ensure their contact details are correct in their online ticketing account.

During their relevant priority period, supporters will be directed to purchase online at Please note that sales for general admission tickets cannot be conducted in person or over the phone.

Disabled supporters who require additional support during their relevant eligibility period can purchase tickets online or by contacting the Box Office, during office hours, on 0344 372 1892, subject to availability. Full details on tickets for disabled supporters are included below.


Ticket sales will be split into separate priority periods based on eligibility criteria automatically contained within your club ticketing account.

The club sought feedback from Newcastle United Supporters Trust to ensure fairness and transparency.

Period 1: Season ticket holders with 25+ loyalty points AND have attended at least one Carabao Cup match during the 2022/23 campaign.

Tickets on sale from: Monday, 6th February at 10am (all times GMT)
Ticket sales period closes: Tuesday, 7th February at 8am

Period 2: Season ticket holders that have attended four home and at least one of the away Carabao Cup matches during the 2022/23 campaign.

Tickets on sale from: Tuesday, 7th February at 10am
Ticket sales period closes: Wednesday, 8th February at 8am

Period 3: Season ticket holders that have attended three or four home Carabao Cup matches during the 2022/23 campaign.

Tickets on sale from: Wednesday, 8th February at 10am
Ticket sales period closes: Thursday, 9th February at 8am

Period 4: Season ticket holders that have attended one or two home Carabao Cup matches during the 2022/23 campaign.

Ballot opens: Thursday, 9th February at 10am
Ballot closes: Friday, 10th February at 8am
Successful applications notified by: 5pm on Tuesday, 14th February

Period 5: Season ticket holders that have not attended a Carabao Cup match during the 2022/23 campaign.

Ballot opens: Friday, 10th February at 10am
Ballot closes: Saturday, 11th February at 8am
Successful applications notified by: 5pm on Tuesday, 14th February

Period 6: Members that have attended at least one home Carabao Cup match during the 2022/23 campaign

Ballot opens: Saturday 11 February at 10am
Ballot closes: Sun 12 February at 8am
Successful applications notified by: 5pm on Tuesday, 14th February

Period 7: Supporters with a previous purchase history that have attended at least one home Carabao Cup match during the 2022/23 campaign

Ballot opens: Sunday 12 February at 10am
Ballot closes: Monday 13 February at 8am.
Successful applications notified by: 5pm on Tuesday, 14th February.


Subject to ticket availability, some priority periods may need be balloted once the preceding priority period is completed. Entering a ballot does not guarantee a ticket and successful applicants will be notified by the relevant times and dates stated above.

Supporters should check ballot terms and conditions before entering. Terms can be found here


Fans who wish to sit together must have linked their online ticketing accounts at in advance using 'friends and family'.

A maximum of SIX tickets can be purchased per transaction and all supporters must have the same required level of eligibility and select the same ticket price brand for the transaction to be processed. Travel Groups are not available for this match.


There are a number of Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled tickets with accompanying Personal Assistant tickets available. These are sold under the same priority periods detailed above.

Disabled supporters who require additional support during their relevant eligibility period can purchase tickets online or by contacting the Box Office, during office hours, on 0344 372 1892. Tickets are subject to availability. Any queries should be emailed to [email protected]

Disabled supporters who require a personal assistant do not need their PA ID when purchasing. Please use the relevant disabled supporter number as this will allow you to book for you and your PA, subject to qualifying documentation held on our system.

There are a number of seats which have step free access that are recommended for persons with mobility difficulties which are positioned in Level 1 rows 30/31.

Please note headsets and mini induction loops need to be booked in advance. Please enquire via Newcastle United by emailing [email protected]


Please find key information below based on frequently asked questions.

We anticipate a very high volume of emails and may not be able to respond to separate email enquiries during the on-sale period.

Age restrictions – All children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult as a condition of entry to Wembley Stadium. Children under two years old are not permitted to attend.

Booking fees – There is a £1.70 per ticket booking fee for every ticket sold.

Postage – There is a £2.10 postal fee for each transaction.

Standing Area – Wembley Stadium has received approval for licensed Standing Area as of the 2022/23 season.

The Standing Area is located at the rear of the three blocks behind the goals on Level 1, at either end of the Stadium, incorporating 867 seats. Please purchase tickets in the Standing Area if you wish to stand as standing is not permitted in any other area of Wembley Stadium.

Ticket sale opening times – Tickets can be purchased online by eligible supporters during each specified priority period only.

Terms & Conditions and Ground Regulations – EFL terms and conditions, Newcastle United terms and conditions apply, and Wembley Ground Regulations all apply:

EFL terms and conditions:
Newcastle United terms and conditions:
Wembley ground regulations:

Travel – Wembley Stadium will shortly be issuing a full travel pack for Newcastle United supporters with guidance on how to travel to and from Wembley. This will be launched shortly on

Coach / car parking – Parking for supporters and supporter coaches can be purchased via or by calling 020 8903 6966.

Car Parking is charged at £120 per coach and £40 per car if booked in advance. Parking is subject to availability and may be subject to price increases on match day.

Blue Badge parking at Wembley Stadium is available to purchase at a discounted cost of £15 per space. This is subject to availability and may be subject to price increases on matchday.


It is an offence under Section 166 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 for any unauthorised person to sell tickets for this match.

Newcastle United will not take any responsibility for any financial losses due to lost, destroyed, or damaged tickets, or take responsibility for any financial losses due to tickets being stolen, lost, or delayed by the Post Office.

Tickets are STRICTLY non-transferable.

Newcastle United must provide details to the English Football League on all tickets purchased (i.e. names and addresses of supporters corresponding to the seat details on the tickets issued to the supporter). The EFL has indicated that random checks will be carried out at the stadium.

Newcastle United will not be responsible for any supporter being refused entry either into the stadium, the City of London or the UK. We advise supporters to refer to and meet any changes to entry requirements on the UK Government website.

The club cannot accept any responsibility for losses incurred due to the purchase of travel and accommodation IF further sanctions are imposed.

Golden goal giveaway

The latest release from Subeauties depicts Sean Longstaff's stunning second against Southampton in table football style online here

You'll find that goal and the rest of the Subeauties range online online here and we have an A3 sized copy of Lobby's latest strike up for grabs in a free competition.

To stand a chance of winning, email your answer to the following question to [email protected] subject line of Subeauties

Sean Longstaff's League Cup debut came against Wigan Athletic in August 2017 but who was he playing for?

Closing date is 7pm on Thursday February 9th. No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry each please per person. Prize is supplied unframed.

League Cup:
Eddie's Wembley way!
Newcastle  2  Southampton  1
(Newcastle win 3-1 on aggregate)

Match action is online here

Match report

eague Cup:
Red Devils confirmed

Manchester United's 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday rounded off a 5-0 semi-final success, confirming that they will face Newcastle at Wembley in the final on Sunday February 26th,
live on Sky Sports.

If the score is level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of additional time will be played. If that fails to divide the sides then a penalty shootout will then take place.

Here's the schedule for both sides ahead of the final:


Sat 04.02.2023 West Ham (h) 5.30pm PL
Sat 11.02.2023 Bournemouth (a) 5.30pm PL
Sat 18.02.2023 Liverpool (h) 5.30pm

Sat 04.02.2023 Crystal Palace (h) 3pm PL
Wed 08.02.2023 Leeds United (h) 8pm PL
Sun 12.02.2023 Leeds United (a) 2pm PL
Thu 16.02.2023 Barcelona (a) 5.45pm EL
Sun 19.02.2023 Leicester City (h) 2pm PL
Thu 23.02.2023 Barcelona (h) 8pm EL

This will be the fourth time that the two sides have clashed in this competition:

lost 2-7 (a)
1994/95 won 2-0 (h)
2012/13 lost 1-2 (a)
2022/23 ??? (n)

NUFC @ Wembley:

This will be the sixteenth time that Newcastle have taken to the field at Wembley Stadium:

1923/24 Aston Villa won 2-0 FACF
1931/32 Arsenal won 2-1 FACF
1950/51 Blackpool won 2-0 FACF
1951/52 Arsenal won 1-0 FACF
1954/55 Manchester City won 3-1 FACF
1973/74 Liverpool lost 0-3 FACF
1975/76 Manchester City lost 1-2 LCF
1987/88 Liverpool won 2-0pens MCT
1987/88 Tranmere Rovers lost 0-2 MCT
1996/97 Manchester United lost 0-4 CS
1997/98 Arsenal lost 0-2 FACF
1998/99 Manchester United lost 0-2 FACF
1999/00 Chelsea lost 1-2 FACSF
2017/18 Spurs lost 0-1 PL
2018/19 Spurs lost 0-1 PL
2022/23 Manchester United ??? LCF

NUFC v MUFC last 10 meetings:

2022/23 drew 0-0 (a)
2021/22 drew 1-1 (h)
2021/22 lost 1-4 (a)
2020/21 lost 1-3 (a)
2020/21 lost 1-4 (h)
2019/20 lost 1-4 (a)
2019/20 won 1-0 (h)
2018/19 lost 0-2 (h)
2018/19 lost 2-3 (a)
2017/18 won 1-0 (h)

Deadline day deals
The transfer window closed in England at 11pm on Tuesday - here's what happened in the closing hours:

Incoming permanent:

Harrison Ashby West Ham
Anthony Gordon

Outgoing permanent:
Jonjo Shelvey
Nottingham Forest

Outgoing loan:
Karl Darlow
Hull City
Jay Turner-Cooke
Tranmere Rovers

Old boys:
Dan Barlaser
Facundo Ferreyra Argentinos Juniors
Ayoze Perez Real Betis
Salomon Rondon
River Plate
Islam Slimani Anderlecht
Florian Thauvin Udinese
Patrick van Aanholt PSV Eindhoven

Steve Agnew Aberdeen
Steve Stone Everton

Loan lads:

Current movements of our loan players:

Garang Kuol (Hearts):
After two substitute outings, there was a first start for Garang  as Rangers came to Tynecastle in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday.

Playing in central midfield, Koul was withdrawn at half time with his side 0-2 down. It ended 3-0 to the visitors.

Dan Langley (Spennymoor Town):

Victory and a clean sheet for goalkeeper Dan on Tuesday, as Moors beat Hereford 1-0 at home in National League North.

Niall Brookwell (Darlington):
The defender was an unused replacement for the Quakers as they were held 0-0 at home by Southport in National League North on Tuesday.

Karl Darlow (Hull City)
Cardiff City (h) Championship, Saturday.

Jeff Hendrick (Reading):

Watford (h) Championship, Saturday.

Joe White (Exeter City):

Charlton Athletic (h) League One, Saturday.

Jay Turner-Cooke (Tranmere Rovers):
Stockport County (a) League Two, Saturday.

Lucas De Bolle, Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton Academical):
Dundee (h) Scottish Championship, Saturday.

Kelland Watts (Peterborough United):
(unavailable - hamstring)

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

Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United):
(unavailable - hamstring)

Premier League:
West Ham (h)
Newcastle return to Premier League action on Saturday, when David Moyes brings his West Ham side to SJP for a 5.30pm start.

The match is live on Sky Sports and a total sell-out.

The postponement of our visit to the London Stadium in September means that the Hammers are the only side we've not yet faced in the PL this season.

NUFC: New signing Anthony Gordon is in line for his debut while Harrison Ashby may be involved against his former club.

Matt Targett and Javier Manquillo are both sidelined while Bruno Guimaraes begins his three match suspension.

Pre-match: SJP old boy Malcolm Macdonald is holding pre and post-match talk-ins at The Dog and Parrot from 3.30pm, returning at 8pm. 

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

There's also a free pre-match talk-in at Pumphreys in the Bigg Market at 3.30pm featuring John Gibson and John Anderson.

The march of Wor Beer from Anarchy Brewery across the region continues, with a lengthening list of pubs pouring it:

City centre:

The Old George
Bridge Hotel
Crows Nest
The Percy Arms
The Mayfair
Trent House
Bar Loco

Cosy Dove
Three Bulls Heads
Quilted Camel

Further afield:

Bedlington (Lairds House)
Cochrane Park (Lochside)
Felton (Northumberland Arms)
Heaton (The Chillingham, St.Teresa's)
Hexham (The Beaumont Hotel)
Jesmond (The Punchbowl)
Kenton Bank Foot (Twin Farms)
Low Fell (Gold Medal)
Newburn (Box Social Taproom)
Ponteland (Ateesh)
South Shields (Cask Lounge)
Tynemouth (Cumberland, Salutation)
Whickham (Bridle Path)
Whitley Bay (Rockcliffe, Signature Lounge, Dog & Rabbit)

Sales of Wor Beer help towards funding the excellent matchday displays organised inside SJP by Wor Flags.

WHUFC: Maxwel Cornet, Kurt Zouma, Gianluca Scamacca Danny Ings are all out, leaving Michail Antonio to lead the forward line after failing to secure a transfer in the January window.

onday night saw the Hammers win 2-0 at Derby County in the FA Cup Fourth Round tie.

On the road this season they've won just five PL points of the 30 on offer - thanks to a victory at Aston Villa and draws at Southampton and Leeds.

The six goals they netted in those ten games is level with Wolves and Everton, with only Forest registering less - with a measly three. Two of West Ham's six came from the penalty spot.

Peter Bankes - second Magpies posting of the season for the Lancastrian official, following on from the 1-1 draw at Wolves back in August.

VAR: Neil Swarbrick

Trains: Engineering work between York and Newcastle means that rail replacement bus services will operate serving intermediate stations.

A reduced service will still run direct from Newcastle to Kings Cross but via the Durham Coast route, adding to journey times.

There will also be some disruption as a result of strike action the previous day (Friday).

Rail disruption updates: online here

Metro: No scheduled issues, but be aware that an amended timetable is currently in operation with some services reduced.

More details 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 continues his pledge to double all cash donations made on home match days.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

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UK Radio:
First half live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, second half live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports.

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

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


Hammers in Toon - PL era:

2021/22 lost 2-4 Wilson, Murphy
won 3-2 og, Joelinton, Willock
2019/20 drew 2-2 Almiron, Shelvey
2018/19 lost 0-3
2017/18 won 3-0 Joselu, Clark, Mitrovic
2015/16 won 2-1 Perez, Wijnaldum
2014/15 won 2-0 Sissoko, Gutierrez
2013/14 drew 0-0
2012/13 lost 0-1
2010/11 won 5-0 Best 3, Nolan, Lovenkrands
2008/09 drew 2-2 Owen, Carroll
2007/08 won 3-1 Viduka 2, N'Zogbia
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Solano
2005/06 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 4-0 LuaLua 2, Shearer, Solano
2001/02 won 3-1 Shearer, LuaLua, Robert
2000/01 won 2-1 Cort, Solano
1999/00 drew 2-2 Dabizas, Speed
1998/99 lost 0-3
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 drew 1-1 Beardsley
1995/96 won 3-0 Albert, Asprilla, Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Clark, Kitson
1993/94 won 2-0 Cole 2

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

Centrale's support of the Great North Air Ambulance continues (find more details online here) and £775 has been raised so far from the sale of some special edition gift boxes donated by local breweries.

Currently available are items
from McColl's Brewery, Alnwick Brewery and local rock band Dunes are currently for sale.

All proceeds go to Great North Air Ambulance, replacing the cash in their collection box stolen in November.

Ashby arrival
now confirmed

Newcastle have now confirmed the permanent signing of West Ham right back Harrison Ashby.

The 21 year-old was out of contract this summer and Tuesday brought news of an agreement on a claimed £3m fee plus a sell-on clause of undisclosed value.

Scotland U21 international Ashby was on Tyneside to undergo his medical on Monday. He's seen as an understudy to Kieran Trippier.

Confirming his departure from the London Stadium, David Moyes said:

"It was the boy’s decision.

"The boy didn’t want to stay and he only had six months left on his contract. We had an offer from Newcastle in the summer and he wanted to go then.

"But we chose not to in the hope that we could get him to stay but he’d made his mind up so that was the reason why.”

With West Ham since the age of 11, the native of Milton Keynes made his senior bow for the Hammers in an EFL Cup tie during September 2020.

The following season then brought first appearances in both the Europa League and the Premier League - although Ashby's experience in the latter amounts to just six minutes against Arsenal. His seventh and most recent senior team game was back in November.

PS: Harrison's father Barry was a central defender for various clubs including Watford - facing Newcastle on numerous occasions including both First Division meetings in the 1992/93 season.

Second string
sabotaged again

mackem U21s  2  Newcastle U21s  1
Match report

Gordon's a Mag

Give us a twirl

Newcastle United confirmed the signing of Anthony Gordon from Everton at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

The 21 year-old forward arrives for an undisclosed amount claimed to be £40m initially on a "long-term" contract, rising to £45m. That fee makes him the second costliest acquisition in the club's history, ahead of Joelinton and exceeded only by Alexander Isak.

Ineligible to face Southampton on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, Gordon is in line to make his debut at home to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

Last appearing for Everton in a 1-2 home loss to Southampton on January 14th, he was confronted by home followers when attempting to drive away from Goodison after that game.

An unused substitute for the 0-2 defeat at West Ham the following weekend, Gordon missed training for most of last week as claims of interest in him from Newcastle and talks between ourselves and the player in London spread.

Back at Everton's Finch Farm training ground on Friday, it's now evident that he was collecting his belongings after the terms of the transfer had been concluded.

Saturday morning then found Anthony on Tyneside to complete his medical, spotted at Darsley Park, St. James' Park and then in a sports shop at the Metro Centre. It later transpired he'd arrived on Friday to undergo the first part of his medical.

Making his senior bow for the Toffees in a Europa League tie in 2017, he debuted in the Premier League just over two years ago, spending time on loan at Preston North End the following season.

Appearing for Everton at SJP this season and last season, he was also involved in our controversial 0-1 loss at Goodison in March of last year. 65 PL games (42 starts) have harvested seven goals.

Internationally, Gordon netted twice on his England U21 debut last November.

He's the fourth senior player of the Premier League era to make the switch from the blue side of Stanley Park to Barrack Road after Peter Beardsley (1993), Gary Speed and Duncan Ferguson (both 1998).

And slightly bizarrely, he becomes the third current Magpie to celebrate his birthday on February 24th, along with Jacob Murphy and Ryan Fraser.

League Cup:
One step closer…

Southampton  0  Newcastle  1

Match action is online here

Match report

Privacy policy


on sale 6pm on Friday

Season 2022/23

Sat 04.02.2023 West Ham (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT.

Sat 11.02.2023 U18s v Manchester United U18s (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 11.02.2023 Bournemouth (a) @ Vitality Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. £30 adults, £17 concessions. Allocation: 1,300.

Mon 13.02.2023 U21s v Leeds United U21s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 18.02.2023 U18s v Wolves U18s (a) @ Compton Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 18.02.2023 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT.

22.02.2023 U19s v Green Future Falcons (Saudi Arabia) (?) @ location tbc, Al Abtal Friendly Games.

Sat 25.02.2023 U18s v Blackburn Rovers U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 26.02.2023 Manchester United (n) @ Wembley, 4.30pm. League Cup Final. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details online here Allocation: 32,761.

27.02.2023 U21s v Stoke City U21s (a) @ Clayton Wood, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 04.03.2023 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport.
Ticket details tbc.

Sat 04.03.2023 U18s v Derby County U18s (a) @ Oakwood, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 06.03.2023 U21s v West Bromwich Albion U21s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 11.03.2023 U18s v Nottingham Forest U18s (a) @ Wilford Lane, 1.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 12.03.2023 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. Ticket details tbc.

Wed 15.03.2023 U19s v Villarreal (Spain) (?) @ location tbc, Al Abtal Friendly Games.

Sun 28.05.2023 PL season ends.

2023/24 season dates:

Premier League:

Fixtures released ??.06.2023
Season starts 12.08.2023
Season ends 19.05.202

NUFC live on TV:

Sat 04.02.2023 West Ham (h) 5.30pm
Sat 11.02.2023
Bnemouth (a) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 18.02.2023
Liverpool (h) 5.30pm Sky
Sun 26.02.2023
Man Utd (n) 4.30pm Sky
Sat 04.03.2023 Man City (a) 12.30pm BT
Sun 12.03.2023 Wolves (h) 4.30pm
Fri 17.03.2023 Notts Forest (a) 8pm


(Selections made up to Sun 19.03.2023)

Live TV confirmation dates:  
all "approximate dates"

Tue 21.02.2023
MW35 Thu 23.03.2023
MW36 Thu 30.03.2023
MW37 Thu 07.04.2023
MW38 after 20.05.2023

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)

Sam Fender:

Fri 09.06.2023/Sat 10.06.2023:

Inhaler, Holly Humberstone.


International Magpies
National Service



Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
2nd February

Born Or Died:

1894 William John Aitken born, Peterhead, Scotland. (1920-24)

Beginning his playing career at Kirkintilloch clubs Harp and Rob Roy as an inside right, Aitken joined Queens Park in 1917. 

Within a year he was a Glasgow Rangers player, before a first foray over the border saw him sign for Port Vale in 1919.

Sold on to Newcastle at a cost of £2,500 in May 1920, Aitken made his debut in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the start of the following season.

Appearing twice in the FA Cup run of 1924, Aitken lost out to Jimmy Low and Willie Cowan and didn't feature in the victory over Aston Villa at Wembley. However he was in the United side that lost 6-1 at Villa days earlier, in the final league game that season.

Sold to Preston North End soon after for £1,000, later moves saw Aitken feature for Chorley, Norwich City and Bideford Town, before a switch to Italians Juventus in 1929.

After a spell in France playing for AS Cannes, Stade Reims and FC Antibes, Aitken hung up his boots in 1933 and returned to Tyneside.

Persuaded to take up later coaching roles with Brussels (Belgium) and Norwegian side Brann Bergen, he returned to live in Gateshead after WW2 and worked as a salesman for a wine importers.

William passed away in 1973.


1903 Hughie Gallacher born, Bellshill, Scotland. (1925-30)

Having seen him net both goals for Scotland in an international match against England at Hampden Park in May 1925, United moved to sign Airdrieonians forward Hughie, having failed to secure Dixie Dean and Alex James.

However, it took six months of protracted negotiations and a £6,500 transfer fee to land the diminutive but prolific 22 year-old goalscorer from Lanarkshire.

Gallacher netted twice on his Newcastle debut in December 1925 in a 3-3 home draw with Everton and grabbed a remarkable 15 goals in his first eight appearances. 

Captain of the side during the 1926/27 Championship-winning season, Gallacher’s goals failed to emulate that achievement after, and he fell foul of the club’s board of directors after a number on-field clashes with both referees and opponents.

There was also the little matter of a colourful off-field lifestyle that saw him mix with fans in bars, dance halls and on occasion, courts.

After keeping Newcastle in the First Division, Gallacher was sold to Chelsea in May 1930 for £10,000 amid an outcry from supporters.

A record SJP attendance of almost 69,000 jammed in as Gallacher return with Chelsea in September of that year, although United’s Jackie Cape deviated from the script by scoring the only goal of the game.

Gallacher was to return to Tyneside in 1938 after having appeared for Derby County, Notts County and Grimsby Town. He played one final season for Gateshead before settling in the town and holding down a variety of jobs including football writer.

And it was in Gateshead that he took his own life, walking in front of a train in June 1957, having been called to appear in court to answer charges of maltreating his son.

1923 Thomas Smith born, Horden.

Centre half "Tot" joined United in March 1941 from Horden Colliery Welfare and was a regular for the Magpies in wartime football (along with brothers Robert and George).

However the signing of Frank Brennan in May 1946 was to restrict Tot's first team outings and he played the majority of his football thereafter as reserve team captain.

Leaving SJP in August 1952 for Annfield Plain, the last of his 10 post-war starts for the first team had come against Bolton in November 1949 - his sole top-flight game.

Later manager of Annfield, Tot also had a stint in charge of Horden CW and in later life ran a bookies in Durham. He died in 1993. 

1951 Martin Burleigh born, Willington.

Goalkeeper Martin joined United from local league side Willington during November 1967, initially featuring in the club's Northern Intermediate side.

His senior bow came a year later, after reserve custodian Dave Clarke pulled out of a benefit game for ex-Mag Barrie Thomas.

United lost 1-5 at Oakwell, Burleigh turning professional soon afterwards and sharing Central League duty with John Hope.

Injuries to Iam McFaul and Hope then saw Burleigh face Dundee United and Bolton Wanderers in pre-season games at SJP in August 1970 - keeping clean sheets on both occasions. 

On the bench for the Fairs Cup tie at home to Pecsi Dozsa two months later, a competitive senior debut followed on Boxing Day, going down 0-3 at Leeds United.

A second senior appearance wouldn't arrive until early 1972 however and it would be March 1973 before Martin finally replaced McFaul in the green jersey.

That would be short-lived though; fracturing a finger when kicked by Mick Channon at Southampton and not returning to the first team for almost a year.

Struggling with his weight in July 1974 (press reports claiming he'd reported for pre-season training three stones overweight), Burleigh quit United but the club retained his registration.

Joining Fourth Division Darlington on loan that October, an £8,000 switch to Feethams was then agreed in December 1974.

A slimmed-down Burleigh joined Carlisle United the year after but after two seasons at Brunton Park, was a Quaker again by 1977.

1979 found him at Hartlepool United and after dropping into non-league with Bishop Auckland in 1982, he concluded his playing days at Spennymoor United and Langley Park.

Later working as a painter and decorator in the Ferryhill area, Martin passed away in September 2021 at the age of 70.

1996 Greg Olley born, Durham.

Central midfielder who debuted at U18 level as a substitute against the smoggies at Little Benton in April 2012.

Gregg's reserve bow came in a 3-0 win over Stoke City at Darsley Park the following February and he continued to appear for both sides in the 2013/14 season.

Scoring his only competitive U21 goal in a 7-0 Senior Cup win over Team Northumbria during November 2014, injury problems cost Greg lost his place in the side and was released in 2015.

Appearing for Hull City U21s as a trialist on the recommendation of Tigers 'keeper Steve Harper, Greg won a one year deal.

That was extended for another two seasons, Olley featuring in first team pre-season games ahead of Hull's Premier League return.

A senior debut followed during a 3-1 EFL Cup win at Exeter during August 2016 and a year later he featured against Doncaster Rovers in the same competition.

He wasn't called on again though and following his release in June 2018, Greg returned to Tyneside with Gateshead.

Initially on a 12 month deal, that was extended and Greg captained the Tynesiders to the National League North title in 2022.

2011 Death of Jimmy Fell, 75.

2014 Death of Nigel Walker, 54.

Diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in 1988, former Magpie midfielder Nigel fought the disease before secondary cancers were discovered during 2013. 


What Else?

1895 Burnley (h)
FA Cup 1st Round 
Some sources claim that Willie Thompson scored United's first and others that Bobby Willis got the second.

1907 Manchester United (h)
Division One
P25, 36pts, 1st/20 
Veitch(9,14), Rutherford(39),
Orr(50), Gosnell(61)
The Magpies went top with this fine victory and that is where they stayed for the remainder of the season, collecting their second title.

1924 Derby County (a)
FA Cup 2nd Round 
Harry Thoms missed a penalty for the Rams in the first half. This was the first of three 2-2 draws in this tie, with United finally winning the third replay 5-3.

1929 Leicester City (a)
Division One
P28, 25pts, 14th/22 
There was a debut for striker Andy Cunningham, at the age of 38. Within a year he had become United's first manager.

1935 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Division Two
P28, 34pts, 5th/22 
McMenemy(36), Pearson(84), Smith(76) 

1938 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two
P24, 22pts, 17th/22 
Billy Cairns found the net to give his side a much-needed victory, following a barren run of six league and cup matches.

1952 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 3-0 (2-0)
FA Cup 4th Round 
A comprehensive victory at a swamp-like White Hart Lane in this fourth round tie, with an estimated 10,000 supporters locked out. 

Bobby Mitchell was again the inspiration, beating Alf Ramsay on the wing at will.
Youtube footage is online here

1957 Burnley (a) 
Division One 
P29, 26pts, 12th/22
Tait(21), Milburn(82) 
Newlands(53), Lawson(67), Pilkington(50)

1962 Swansea Town (a)
Division Two
P27, 23pts, 15th/22
Thomas(27), Wright(83) 
Reynolds(10,57), Jones(74)
Recent signing Barrie Thomas got off the mark in his third game, while Brian Wright scored his only United goal.

1974 Derby County (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One
P26, 27pts, 9th/22

1980 Leicester City (a)
Division Two
P27, 35pts, 2nd/22 
Steve Carney conceded the vital spot-kick, converted by Bobby Smith.

1985 West Ham United (a)
Division One
P25, 29pts, 18th/22
Facing their sixth successive away defeat in Division One, Newcastle salvaged a point when Peter Beardsley set up Chris Waddle to fire home his fifteenth league and cup goal of the season.

Following a telephone threat from animal liberation activists, Magpies boss Jack Charlton was accompanied by two minders.

1991 Port Vale (h)
Division Two
P27, 36pts, 12th/24 
Peacock(3), Quinn(73)
A third successive home win and clean sheet was achieved in front of a sparsely-populated SJP - United completing a first-ever win double over the Valiants.
Youtube footage is oniine here

1994 Ruel Fox became the latest recruit to Kevin Keegan's dream team, the winger arriving from Norwich City for £2.25m.

1997 Leicester City (h)
Premier League
P25, 45pts, 4th/20 
Elliott(3), Shearer(77,83,90)
Elliott(55), Claridge(60), Heskey(68) 
One of the crazier afternoons at SJP of the Premier League era, as Robbie Elliott's early shot divided the sides at the interval.

A dramatic second half collapse however saw Matt Elliott, Steve Claridge and Emile Heskey all beat Shaka Hislop as the United defence went missing without trace.

1-3 down with 14 minutes left, David Ginola was fouled on the edge of the box. Alan Shearer stepped up to rocket his free-kick through both wall and Kasey Keller. Game on.

Within minutes it was all square and Shearer then completed his hat trick with a close- range effort at the Gallowgate End, as the crowd erupted and Sky TV added another televised Toon classic to their video vault.

Kenny Dalglish commented: 

"I have a better understanding now why Kevin Keegan's hair was going grey. There's nothing more you can say about Shearer, not with my education anyway."
Youtube footage is online here

Alan Shearer celebrates his first Toon hat-trick with a last minute tap-in

2002 Bolton Wanderers (h) 3-2 (2-2)
P25, 49pts, 2nd/20
Shearer(22,43), Bellamy(79)
Gardner(19), Southall(34)
Sam Allardyce left SJP "gutted" after his side twice took the lead but proved incapable of resisting Shearer & Co.

The future Magpie boss was particularly irked by the decision of referee David Elleray to penalise Trotters 'keeper Jaaskelainen for holding on to the ball - Alan Shearer netting with the resultant free kick to make it 1-1. match report

2005 Manchester City (a)
P25, 30pts, 12th/20

A forgettable midweek fixture at Eastlands saw Alan Shearer notch his 250th Premiership goal and Amdy Faye make his debut. match report

2006 After the previous night's 0-3 Eastlands humiliation, Graeme Souness and his large coaching staff were relieved of their duties. 

Glenn Roeder, assisted by Alan Shearer, was put in temporary charge ahead of the visit of Portsmouth to SJP the following Saturday.

2006 Our second string were in action at the Ewen Fields ground of non-leaguers Hyde United against Manchester United Reserves.

Future Magpie Giuseppe Rossi put the Red Devils ahead and substitute Sean Evans extended the lead before Rossi completed his hat trick in a 4-0 win. match report

2009 The final transfer window tally was three in and two out; Ryan Taylor, Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands arriving while Shay Given and Charles N'Zogbia departed.

2011 Fulham (a)
Premier League
P24, 30pts, 10th/20
In the wake of Andy Carroll's departure, Damien Duff - whose deflection saw us relegated at Villa Park - put the boot in again, scoring the only goal of a depressing game.

To add injury to insult, Shola Ameobi suffered a fractured cheekbone sidelining him for over a month after a deliberate but unpunished elbow from Steve Sidwell. match report

2013 Chelsea (h)
Premier League
P25, 27pts, 15th/20
Gutierrez(41), Sissoko(68,90)
Lampard(55), Mata(61)
United followed up a midweek success at Villa by coming from behind to beat the Blues for the first time in seven attempts at SJP.

The reigning Champions of Europe succumbed to a fine team display and a memorable home debut from Moussa Sissoko, who rampaged down the right wing in a style that brought fans to their feet. Shame it was a one-off. match report

2015 The U21s extended their lead at the top of Division Two after a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion - Tom Heardman netting behind closed doors at Darsley Park. match report

Transfer deadline saw no arrivals at SJP but no less than six players leaving on loan deals - five of them to the same club.

Davide Santon completed his return to Inter Milan, before a deal taking five fringe players to Rangers was concluded.

Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana and Kevin Mbabu joined Mike Ashley's "other" football club in Govan for the remainder of the season.

2019 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Premier League
P25, 24pts, 15th/20
econstruction of Tottenham's home ground saw United face them at Wembley for the second time in eight months, and once again they lost by the only goal.

An indifferent performance included a brief outing from the bench for defender Antonio Barreca, his only appearance. match report

2021 Crystal Palace (h)
Premier League
P22, 22pts, 16th/20
Riedewald(21), Cahill(25)
Despite going ahead after just 70 seconds, United saw their winless home streak extend to five games on a wet and windy night. match report