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Rayo Vallecano (h) Public sale now
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Leicester (a) SOLD OUT
Leeds (h) SOLD OUT
Arsenal (a) SOLD OUT


It's that time again already. The
2022 Advent Calendar
  Day 4

Premier League:
Palace (a)
rail disruption

Notwithstanding the ongoing threat of industrial action, anyone planning their rail journey to the Crystal Palace away game next month from the region faces further disruption.

That’s due to planned engineering work between Newcastle and York that will close the East Coast Mainline entirely on Saturday 21st January and Sunday 22nd January.

As a result, all LNER Kings Cross services will start and terminate at York, with a reduced connecting rail service to and from Newcastle via Hartlepool and a rail replacement bus service calling at Darlington, Durham and Newcastle.

NB: Grand Central trains between sunderland and Kings Cross will still operate that weekend, but Lumo services won’t run south of Newcastle.

PS: the same full line closure and arrangements also apply during the previous weekend, disrupting fans travelling to our home game versus Fulham on Sunday January 15th.

FA Cup:
Sheff Wed KO 6pm

Newcastle's trip to Hillsborough for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Sheffield Wednesday has been selected for live TV transmission by BBC1 and iPlayer and will kick-off at 6pm on Saturday 7th January.

A reminder that this date is one of those selected for strike action by rail union RMT.

Three Lions etc.

Brazil and Switzerland both qualified for the knockout stages with our lads playing their part in the final group games.

Fabian Schar started and played the full game for the Swiss while Bruno Guimaraes came off the bench in the 54th minute.

WC squad selections:

Kieran Trippier, Nick Pope,
Callum Wilson (England):

Group B fixtures:
Mon 21.11.2022
Iran won 6-2
Kieran Trippier
started and played the full game (all 116 minutes of it including added time!).
Callum Wilson replaced Harry Kane in the 75th minute and handed Jack Grealish his 90th minute goal on a plate after running clear and squaring it to the Manchester City man.
Nick Pope
remained on the bench with Jordan Pickford starting in goal.

With Kieran and Callum on the pitch at the same time, we think that's the first time two current Toon players have been on the field for England since Alan Smith and Michael Owen started against Germany in August 2007.

And with Tripps taking the armband when Kane left the field, that's our first England captain since Owen in October 2005 v Poland.

Fri 25.11.2022
USA drew 0-0
played the full game but Wilson and Pope remained on the bench.

Tue 29.11.2022
Wales won 3-0
came on for Harry Kane in the 57th minute when it was 2-0 and almost set up Rashford for his hat-trick. Trippier replaced Luke Shaw eight minutes later. Pope remained on the bench.

First Round:

Sun 04.12.2022
Senegal 7pm.

Coral rate England's first knockout game as follows:

Wilson to score 1st goal 10/3
Trippier to score anytime 8/1
England win 8/15
England win to nil 23/20
England win from behind 12/1
Senegal win 13/2
0-0 draw at HT 7/5

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

If you're looking for a venue to watch WC games at, Anarchy Brew Co are now taking bookings for their taproom.

Reserved tables in their heated space with 4m screen cost £15 per person, including a drink and wood-fired pizza. Book online here and use our exclusive NUFC10 code for a discount.

10 beers available on keg will include Wor Flags fundraising ale Wor Beer, which has already earned a £5,000 donation for future matchday displays at SJP.

There's free parking at Anarchy, which lies just off Benfield Road and a short walk from Walkergate Metro.

Other WC Magpies:

Fabian Schar (Switzerland):
Group G fixtures:
Thu 24.11.2022 Cameroon won 1-0
Fabian watched from the bench as his Swiss side won their opening group game.

Mon 28.11.2022
Brazil lost 0-1
Bench duty again for Fab, as he remained an unused substitute.

Fri 02.12.2022 Serbia won 3-2
Schar played the full game and was booked in the ninth minute of added time as the Swiss qualified for the next round.

First Round:

Tue 06.12.2022
Portugal 7pm

Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil):
Group G fixtures:

Thu 24.11.2022
Serbia won 2-0
Bruno remained on the bench as he watched his Premier League colleague Richarlison score both goals for Brazil.

Mon 28.11.2022 Switzerland won 1-0
Bruno was again on the bench as he faced his club colleague Fabian Schar. Bruno came on for Fred in the 58th minute when it was still goalless.

Fri 02.12.2022 Cameroon lost 0-1
Bruno came on in the 54th minute and was heavily involved in the remainder of the game, missing a couple of chances and being booked near the end.

First Round:

Mon 05.12.2022
South Korea 7pm

Garang Kuol (Australia):
Group D fixtures:

Tue 22.11.2022
France lost 1-4
Garang came on in the 73rd minute, just after France had made it 1-4.

Sat 26.11.2022
Tunisia won 1-0
Garang remained on the bench as his team mates secured a vital victory.

Wed 30.11.2022 Denmark won 1-0
Garang remained on the bench as his team mates secured the historic victory that took them into the next round.

First Round:

Sat 03.12.2022
Argentina lost 1-2
Kuol joined the game from the bench in the 71st minute and almost scored a dramatic equaliser in the final minute of added time.

He became the youngest player to play in the knockout stages of the World Cup since Pele in 1958 at 18 years and 79 days.

There was no WCF selection for either Joelinton (Brazil) or Sven Botman (Netherlands).

Ex-Mags in Qatar include DeAndre Yedlin (USA), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) and Luuk de Jong (Netherlands).

Arsenal (a) now 7.45pm

January's Premier League visit to the Emirates Stadium has had its kick-off moved forward 15 minutes from 8pm to 7.45pm at the behest of Sky Sports.

The fixture takes place on Tuesday January 3rd and travel plans have already been disrupted by rail strike action due to take place that day.

Loan lads:
A trio of nothing

Kelland Watts (Peterborough United):
Kell wasn't in the squad for the 1-2 home defeat to Barnsley in League One on Friday.

Dan Langley (Gateshead):
Dan watched from the bench as Gateshead lost 0-2 at home to Aldershot in the National League on Saturday.

Matty Longstaff (Colchester United):
Matty was absent from the Colchester squad as they lost 1-2 at Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday.

Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United):
WC break for Championship sides.

Isaac Hayden (Norwich City):
WC break for Championship sides.

Jeff Hendrick (Reading):
WC break for Championship sides.

Martin Dubravka (Manchester United):
WC break for PL sides.

Lucas De Bolle (Hamilton Academical):

Rodrigo Vilca (Universitario):
Season now concluded.

Falcons tamed

Newcastle U19s  6  White Future Falcons  0

Stewards park the bus in front of the goal

Newcastle's U19s played Saudi youngsters White Future Falcons today in a behind closed doors Al Abtal friendly at Little Benton and ran out 6-0 winners.

On the scoresheet were Michael Ndiweni (33,65,80mins), Shaun Mavididi (17mins), James Miley (26mins) and Kyle Crossley (76mins).

This was the second of the Al Abtal friendly games with United's youngsters winning their first 2-1 against Austria Vienna.

Team: M.Thompson (Ross 79), Stewart, Watts, H.Powell (Craggs 46), Hackett, Carlyon, J.Miley, Mavididi (Neave 60), Palmer (R.Powell 46), Crossley, Ndiweni.
Subs n/u: C.Thompson, Emerson, Charlton.

Thanks to our intrepid reporter GW.

Assorted postcards

The latest postcard offering from Magpin has some memorable moments from Novembers past and present.

They are on sale here.

Festive fayre:
Xmas giveaway

The Snood Store's range for Christmas is now available while stocks last. Use promo code NUFC10 here to receive an exclusive 10% discount on orders.

There is an extended order deadline for sweatshirts to midnight (UK) on Sunday 4th December and they are taking pre Christmas orders up until 14 December for T-shirts, mugs, Santa sacks and stockings.

And for our latest compo there is a bumper Christmas bundle up for grabs: 1 T-shirt, 1 Sweatshirt. 2 Mugs, 1 Santa sack and 1 Christmas stocking. All you have to do is answer the following question:

Which former Magpie is dressed up as Father Christmas in this photo?

Email your answer by Noon on Thursday, December 8th to [email protected]  Subject: Santa. No age limit, competition is open to all but delivery must be to a UK postal address. One entry each please.

Pav socks compo

From the Tyneside-based Sock Council are these snazzy socks inspired by the distinctive goalkeeper jersey donned by Magpie custodian Pavel Srnicek.

They are available online here and we had a pair for our latest free-to-enter competition.

We asked you:

What part did Pav play in United’s memorable 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999?

The answer was he was an unused substitute for Wednesday and we also accepted "none".

Congratulations to the winner, John Spinks.

Collectors' Fair
on Sunday

The final North East Programme and Memorabilia Fair of 2022 takes place this coming Sunday (December 4th).

A wide variety of collectibles are promised from several dealers, with shirt, ticket and badge enthusiasts catered for in addition to programme devotees.

Admission is £1 and the venue is Tyneside Scout HQ in North Shields on Norfolk Street, NE30 1NQ. Nearest Metro is North Shields. Doors open at 10.30am.

FA Cup:
It's... Sheff Wed (a)

The FA Cup 3rd Round draw took place on Monday evening at Anfield and Newcastle were drawn away at League One Sheffield Wednesday.

The tie has been selected for live TV transmission by BBC and will kick-off at 6pm on Saturday 7th January.

Our last cup meeting with the Owls was their 1-0 League Cup success on Tyneside in September 2015.

The last of six FA Cup clashes was a 2-1 home win for United in 1981 when Chris Waddle starred for the Magpies.

And, of course, our last FA Cup game at Hillsborough ended in Semi-final success way back in March 1974 when Supermac scored twice against Burnley.

Wednesday have got to this stage of the competition courtesy of home wins over Morecambe (2-0) and Mansfield Town (2-1) in Rounds One and Two.

Full draw:
(ties to be played on or around 07.01.2023)

Preston v Huddersfield
Middlesbrough v Brighton
Chesterfield v West Brom
Manchester City v Chelsea
Charlton or Stockport County v Walsall
Boreham Wood v Accrington
Tottenham v Portsmouth
Derby v Barnsley
Cardiff v Leeds
Brentford v West Ham
Bournemouth v Burnley
Coventry v Wrexham
Norwich v Blackburn
Aston Villa v Stevenage
Luton v Wigan
Oxford v Arsenal
Fleetwood v QPR
Liverpool v Wolves
Grimsby v Burton
Blackpool v Nottingham Forest
Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham v Leicester
Forest Green v Birmingham
Bristol City v Swansea
Hartlepool v Stoke
Hull v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Millwall v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle
Manchester United v Everton
Reading v Watford
Ipswich v Rotherham.

NUFC last 10 FAC3 ties:

2021/22 Cambridge United (h) lost 0-1
Arsenal (a) lost 0-2aet
Rochdale (a) drew 1-1
2018/19 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2017/18 Luton Town (h) won 3-1
2016/17 Birmingham City (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2
2012/13 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) lost 0-2

Youngsters find form

Newcastle U18s  4  Wolves U18s  1

Newcastle's U18 side romped to a fine 4-1 victory over Wolves on Saturday at Little Benton to win for only the second time in nine league games.

Ben Parkinson opened the scoring in the sixth minute after running onto a lovely weighted through ball from Lucas Cooper and clipping it over the 'keeper.

The lead was doubled in the 26th minute when Anthony Munda collected a poor clearance just outside the box, beat a defender and then lashed a powerful drive beyond the 'keeper.

The visitors reduced the deficit in first half added time when Fabian Reynolds tapped in but United restored the two-goal advantage four minutes after the break when Johnny Emerson raced clear to slot past the 'keeper.

Emerson completed the scoring a minute from time when he controlled a right wing cross from substitute Sean Neave and finished smartly.

Team: Harris, R.Powell, Charlton, Harrison (Watts 88), C.Thompson, H.Powell, Cooper (Neave 66), Munda, Parkinson, Palmer (Brayson 85), Emerson.
Subs n/u: Ross, Craggs.

Many thanks again to GW.

It's claimed that United's next Academy appointment will be Paul Midgley as Head of Youth Recruitment. The Teessider is currently Northern Scouting manager for Manchester City and previously held lead recruitment roles at both Leeds United and the mackems.

NUFC Women @ SJP


Newcastle Women won their FA Women's Cup Second Round tie at St. James' Park on Sunday, beating Barnsley 2-1.

They came from behind with two long range efforts in the second half watched by a new record crowd of 28,565.

The attendance exceeded the 22,134 present for the Women’s League game versus Alnwick Town.

Bay watch

Whitley Bay  3  Newcastle U21s 

Match report

More Toon
travel misery

From the BBC, Wednesday:

"Rail passengers face further disruption after the RMT union announced more strike dates.

The strikes will be held across four 48-hour periods on 13-14 and 16-17 December and 3-4 and 6-7 January."

That will affect fans travelling to Arsenal v Newcastle on January 3rd and also United’s FA Cup Third Round tie the following weekend against Sheffield Wednesday.

Eagles fly in
and take points

Newcastle U21s  0  Crystal Palace U21s  1

Match report

Book offer:
Tyne time

There's a new book from local author and reader Paul Brown, whose previous works include "All with Smiling Faces", about the formative years of Newcastle United.

"The Tyne Bridge" sees Paul meticulously research the man-made link between Newcastle and Gateshead, focusing not only on the distinctive present-day structure but previous crossings going back to AD122. 

Buy Paul's book from publishers Hurst with an exclusive 25% discount. Use promo code NUFC25 here

Addicks away

Newcastle's U18 side were drawn away to League One Charlton Athletic in the FA Youth Cup Third Round.

The game is scheduled for Tuesday 6th December 2022 with a 7pm kick-off at The Valley.

Tickets are available from official Charlton Athletic website here, £6 adults and £3 concessions.

United have never played the Addicks in this competition before.

Charlton entered this season’s competition in the First Round, reaching this stage thanks to home victories over Kingstonian (9-0) and Northampton Town (4-1).

Last season the young Magpies got to the Fifth Round, following up a fine 3-2 away win at West Ham United with another 3-2 victory at home to Colchester United before the run ended with a 0-3 defeat at Blackpool.

Premier League:
Fulham and Palace shifted for TV

Two Premier League games in January 2023 have been moved for live TV transmission.

The home fixture against Fulham has been moved to Sunday 15th January with a 2pm kick-off from the previous day.

The trip to Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace now has a 5.30pm kick-off but is still on Saturday 21st January.

Premier League:
Blues beaten
by Will power

Newcastle  1  Chelsea  0

Match action is online here

Match report

ook information

An update from NUFC historian Paul Joannou:


Since the club’s 400-page Ultimate Who’s Who was published back in 2014, I have continued a never-ending task to record player facts and delve into the past for more and more information.

Published this month is the first Who’s Who Supplement which includes new and updated data on the ‘Men Who Made United’ since formation as Stanley FC in 1881 to the close-season of 2014.

It is intended to provide supporters periodical updates of both the Ultimate Record and Ultimate Who’s Who since the original publications. The same format is used in this update as the core Who’s Who. A second supplement is planned to include all United’s ‘New Arrivals’ since 2014.

Material available for research has increased year on year. Access to the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has given a huge source of information from thousands of newspaper titles around the country, all to view on-line.

This wasn’t available back in 2014 and the result is an enormous bank of contemporary reports noting United’s footballers; simply a treasure-trove which has added detail of players’ careers as well as their lives once retired.

The 88-page book is an essential add-on to those enthusiasts who have the original volume which includes biographies of all players, managers, coaches & support staff as well as directors.

Priced at £12 and published by Novo Publishing, the book is available at The Back Page and orders via the website will commence in December.

PS: for those asking about the 2021/22 season update PDF to the Ultimate Record, this will be included in the forthcoming supplement (no firm publication date is available). 

Before that though, the usual free PDF copy will be emailed out to previous subscribers in early December. 

Saudi stadium
selected - claim

There's news from Saudi Arabia that a venue has been decided for Newcastle's friendly against Pro League side Al-Hilal next month in Riyadh.

Due to planned maintenance at their King Fahd International Stadium, our game is set to be played at the 22,000 seat Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.

Tickets are being given away as prizes on the Saudia site, suggesting that the game will be played with a crowd in the ground.

Another alternative venue of Mrsool Park Stadium was reportedly ruled out as it will host other events at that time. It's the home of Al-Hilal's city rivals Al-Nassr.

Newcastle's squad will be missing their five World Cup representatives (not including Garang Kuol who would be ineligible anyway) but Al-Hilal have no less than 12 players currently in Qatar as part of the Saudi Arabian squad.

Home friendly:
seats on sale

In addition to the match scheduled to take place during Newcastle's visit to Saudi Arabia in December, a home friendly has now also been confirmed.

La Liga side Rayo Vallecano will visit SJP for a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday December 17th.

Tickets are now on public sale, priced at £20 adults and £10 concessions.

Ahead of that, United
will stage a training camp between December 4th to 10th, facing Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal in Riyadh on the 8th (a game now listed with a kick-off of 7pm local time).

Privacy policy


Season 2022/23

Season tickets are sold out.

Club memberships are sold out (U13 memberships still on sale).

Season Ticket holders have member rights and the chance
to buy one ticket for home or away games, subject to availability.

The £30 adult price cap for PL away tickets has been extended until the end of 2024/25.

Sun 04.12.2022 North East Programme and Memorabilia fair @ Tyneside Scout HQ, NE30 1NQ. 10.30am-2.30pm.

Mon 05.12.2022 U21s v Sheffield United U21s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. U21 Premier League Cup.

Tue 06.12.2022 U18s v Charlton Athletic U18s (a) @ The Valley, 7pm. FA Youth Cup 3rd Round. £6 adults, £3 concessions.

Thu 08.12.2022 Al-Hilal (KSA) (a) @ venue tbc, KO 7pm (local). Friendly.
Ticket details tbc (if any).

Mon 12.12.2022 U21s v Bristol City U21s (h) @ Whitley Park, 5pm.
U21 Premier League Cup. Note earlier KO.

Sat 17.12.2022 Rayo Vallecano (Spain) (h) @ SJP, 12.30pm. Friendly. Public sale now. £20 adults, £10 concessions.

Sat 17.12.2022 U18s v Nottingham Forest U18s (a) @ Nigel Doughty Academy, 1.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 19.12.2022 U21s v Crystal Palace U21s (a) @ Dulwich Hamlet, 1pm. U21 Premier League Cup. NB: New venue.

Wed 21.12.2022 U18s v Boro U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. NB: New date and time.

Wed 21
.12.2022 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, KO 7.45pm. Carabao Cup Fourth Round.

Mon 26.12.2022 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Live on Amazon Prime. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,300.

Sat 31.12.2022 Leeds United (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Tue 03.01.2023 Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 7.45pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000. NB: New kick-off time.

Sat 07.01.2023 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 6pm. FA Cup Third Round. Live on BBC1 and iPlayer. Ticket details awaited.

Fri 13.01.2022 U21s v Southampton U21s (a) @ Snows Ground, AFC Totton, 7pm. U21 PL2. NB: New KO time.

Sun 15.01.2023 Fulham (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Live on Sky. ST holder sale Tue 06.12.2022, general sale Tue 20.12.22.

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:

Mon 26.12.2022 Leicester City (a) 3pm
Tue 03.01.2023 Arsenal (a) 8pm Sky 
Sat 07.01.2023 Sheff Wed (a) 6pm BBC 
Sun 15.01.2023 Fulham (h) 2pm Sky
Sat 21.01.2023
Palace (a) 5.30pm Sky


(Selections made up to Tue 24.01.2023)

Live TV confirmation dates:  
all "approximate dates"

Tue 06.12.2022
Mar Wed 25.01.2023
MW35 Thu 23.03.2023
MW36 Thu 30.03.2023
MW37 Thu 07.04.2023
MW38 after 20.05.2023

Carabao Cup Round dates:

R4: 21.12.2022 Bournemouth (h)

w/c Mon 09.01.2023
SF1: w/c Mon 23.01.2023
SF2: w/c Mon 30.01.2023
F: Sun 26.02.2023 (Wembley)

Fourth Round draw:

Tuesday 20th December
MK Dons v Leicester City 7.45pm
Wolves v Gillingham 7.45pm
Blackburn Rovers v Nottm Forest 7.45pm

Wednesday 21st December
Charlton Athletic v Brighton 7.45pm
Newcastle v Bournemouth 7.45pm
Southampton v Lincoln City 7.45pm
Manchester City v Liverpool 8pm

Thursday 22nd December
Manchester United v Burnley 8pm Sky

FA Cup Round dates:

R3: Sat 07.01.2023
Sat 28.01.2023
R5: Wed 01.03.2023
QF: Sat 18.03.2023
SF: Sat 22.04.2023
F: Sat 03.06.2023 (Wembley)

FA Youth Cup 3rd Round:
06.12.22 Charlton Athletic (a) 7pm.
The Valley.

played by 17.12.2022

Other events @ SJP:

FA Women's FA Cup:

Sun 27.11.2022:
R2 NUFC Women 2-1 Barnsley

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

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

Their festive beer range is starting to arrive, with Christmas specials from Belgian brewers Delirium and De Ranke both now in stock.



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
4th December

Born Or Died:

1899 Charles William Spencer born, Washington, County Durham (1921-28)

Signed by United from local league football, half back Charlie was converted to a centre back at Gallowgate (although he'd actually begun his career as a goalkeeper).

Making his debut in a 2-1 home victory over Bolton in March 1922, the only goal of his Magpies career arrived against Stoke City at SJP just over a year later.

Capped twice by England in 1924 and 1925, Spencer made 34 league appearances in United's 1926/27 championship-winning season but exited the club in the summer of 1928, joining Manchester United for £3,250.

After departing Old Trafford in in 1930, Spencer later served as player/manager of both Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Wigan Athletic, before taking charge of Grimsby Town between 1937 and 1951.

After a brief spell with Hastings United, Charlie took over at York City in November 1953. However he passed away barely three months into his tenure at the Minstermen.

1900 Christopher Swan born, Byker.

Inside forward who joined United following World War 1, but struggled to hold down a first team place following his debut in a 0-1 reverse at Burnley in April 1920.

Departing for Stockport County on a free transfer, Chris later appeared for Hull City and Crystal Palace before ending his playing days with Scarborough in 1932.

Swan's death was recorded in Bournemouth during 1979.

1943 Les O'Neill born, East Hartford.

Former pitman who began his playing career with New Hartley Juniors and joined United from Blyth Spartans.

Midfielder Les was a regular in the Magpies reserve side but made just one first senior appearance - a 5-2 loss at Portsmouth in October 1963.

Suffering a career-threatening injury that sidelined him for almost a year, Les left for  Darlington in search of first team football and later joined Bradford City.

However it was a five year spell with Carlisle United that brought O'Neill to prominence, his goals helping the Cumbrians gain promotion to Division One in 1973/74.

Les then scored at Stamford Bridge and Ayresome Park (twice) in Carlisle's opening two top-flight fixtures the following season.

A knee injury curtailed his career although he later turned out for Queen of the South.

Following his retirement from playing, Les became a milkman in Carlisle, returning to Brunton Park as a coach and also enjoying spells in charge of Penrith and Workington.

In 1991 former Carlisle team mate John Gorman recruited Les to his backroom staff at Swindon and he remained there until sacked in 1998 from the post of chief scout.

Les then scouted for Blackpool before linking up once again with John Gorman to oversee scouting duties for Wycombe Wanderers.

He later frequented the pro-celebrity golf circuit in Spain, along with fellow former Magpies Chris Waddle and Billy Rafferty - plus Stan Boardman. Calm down.

1962 Kevin Richardson born, Newcastle
(coach, 2011-present)

As a youngster, Kevin played for Montagu Boys Club in the West end of Newcastle but left as a teenager to join Everton.

The midfielder would enjoy a twenty year career with the Toffees, Watford, Arsenal, Real Sociedad (Spain), Aston Villa, Coventry City, Southampton, Barnsley and Blackpool - and also won a single senior England cap.

Backroom roles at the mackems (twice), Stockport County and Darlington followed before Kevin joined the Newcastle Academy coaching staff on a full time basis in 2011 - having worked with younger age groups since 2009.

Overseeing the U16 side, Richardson moved up to coach the U18s in early 2015 - after Dave Watson was promoted into the first team setup under Head Coach John Carver.

Watson subsequently returned to his U18 role, with Kevin assisting him - doubling up under Ben Dawson for the U23s, after Peter Beardsley was placed on gardening leave.

2019 then found Richardson working with U18 Coach Neil Winskill and he remained at the club as a number of U23 coaches came and left, now working under Elliott Dickman.

What Else?

1897 Gainsborough Trinity (a)
Division Two 
Campbell(10), Harvey(
2-0), Ostler(3-0)
One of only two visits to The Northolme for United, as Gainsborough enjoyed a two season spell in league football.

1909 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Howie(1), Shepherd (2,20,40,43), 
Stewart(2), Parkinson(28,48), Orr(63,70), Goddard(80)
"The lively followers of the Geordies gave them a rousing welcome"
reported the Liverpool Echo and had two goals to cheer in as many minutes from the first whistle - although the hosts netted in between.

5-2 ahead at the interval, an astonishing turnaround saw United leave Anfield empty handed; former Magpie Ronald Orr grabbing a brace and home captain Arnold Goddard heading a late winner for the home side.

1920 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
Smailes(37), Seymour(53) 
One of only two runouts for reserve outside right, Andrew Gray.

1926 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
Gallacher(22), Seymour(55) 

1937 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division Two 

1943 Middlesbrough (a)
Boro goalkeeper David Cumming was between the posts for United, while the hosts fielded Plymouth Argyle's County Durham-born custodian Matt Middleton.

Parlane opened the scoring for Boro after having missed a first half penalty kick.

1948 Manchester United (a) 1-1 (0-0)
Division One 
With Old Trafford unable to host games due to wartime bomb damage, this fixture was played at Maine Road.

The crowd for this game remained a record high for a league fixture involving Newcastle until 2006, when 75,664 fans saw the same two teams do battle - at Old Trafford. 

1954 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One 
White(52), R.Mitchell(60)
1971 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
1974 Chester (h)
League Cup 5th Round 
Debut at right back for Peter Kelly.

1976 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Burns(15,70), Gowling(69), 
Ross(24), Macdonald(28,63,88), Stapleton(45+3)
A hat trick for Supermac against his former side on a frosty Highbury pitch.

The highlight was a much-repeated power header to finally kill the game off at 5-3, after a Magpie comeback was underway.
Youtube footage is online here

1982 Charlton Athletic (a) 0-2 (0-1)
Division Two 
McAllister(40), Simonsen(49)
Without both Kevin Keegan and Imre Varadi (who had scored 16 of United's 25 league goals to date), Arthur Cox's side struggled at The Valley.

Liverpool loanee Howard Gayle moved out of midfield and into the number nine shirt, while there was a first outing of the season for winger Paul Ferris.

The Addicks were inspired by big money signing Allan Simonsen, who scored a fine second goal.
Youtube footage is online here

1988 At last a new manager, as Jim Smith agreed to leave QPR for Tyneside - ending a three month search for a successor to the sacked Willie McFaul. 

The Bald Eagle took charge for the first time six days later, against Wimbledon at SJP.

1993 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2-1 (0-0)
Premier League 
A league debut for Mike Jeffrey, as two pieces of Beardsley genius won it at White Hart Lane.

After being pegged back by a Nicky Barmby penalty, Mike Hooper made a crucial stop and Beardsley then jinked past three defenders to wallop home a memorable winner in the last seconds.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 Aston Villa (a)
Wind, rain, snow and hail made for miserable afternoon at Villa Park, with the onfield fare doing little to raise the temperature among fans.

Duncan Ferguson was to change all that however, getting on the end of a cross from Temuri Ketsbaia and out-muscling future Toon assistant boss Colin Calderwood to head in. 

Completing a trio of future Magpie coaches, Alan Thompson appeared as a home sub and was then replaced himself, while Steve Stone remained on the bench. match report

2000 A desperate 1-2 home defeat at Kingston Park by Bradford City's Reserves. 

United led through Shola Ameobi's header but Giuseppe Lo Piccolo equalised before Robbie Blake's late winner courtesy of Ryan McGuffie's suicidal back pass. match report

2003 Newcastle's Pontins league reserve side recorded their largest win of the season and a fourth consecutive victory, as a young Lincoln City were efficiently disposed of 6-0 at Whitley Park.

Goals came from Lewis Guy (2), Andy Ferrell (2), Robbie Elliott and an own goal. match report

2004 Chelsea (a)

Lampard(63), Drogba(69), Robben(89), Kezman(90pen)

Four second half goals made it a miserable day in South West London as defensive frailties once again undermined a promising first half display from Graeme Souness's side.

Defensive clangers from Laurent Robert, Ronny Johnsen, Titus Bramble and Shay Given made a difficult job mission impossible, leaving United with just four points from their last six games. match report

2005 The draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup handed The Magpies a home tie against League Two strugglers Mansfield Town.

Ball number 27 was selected from the pot by Chelsea old boy Peter Osgood, while ex-mackem 'keeper (and Magpies coach) Jimmy Montgomery selected the Stags.

2006 Playing their final home league game of the year, Newcastle reserves were beaten 3-1 at Kingston Park by Middlesbrough -their first home defeat since April 2005.

After ten wins and eight draws, the table- topping Teessiders finally ended Lee Clark's side's run, despite United scoring first - thanks to a Carl Finnigan penalty. match report

2011 United were handed their first FA Cup Third Round home tie since since 2006 when paired with fellow Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in the draw.

The two sides had already met in cup competition, Blackburn winning a Carling Cup tie 4-3 at Ewood Park two months earlier.

2013 Swansea City (a)
Premier League
(Dyer(45+1), og(Debuchy)(66), Shelvey(81)
Our four-match winning run came to an abrupt halt, as just about everything went wrong in front of the BT Sport cameras.

The three-goal deficit was harsh on United as a combination of non-decisions from referee, Howard Webb and some bad luck undid the Magpies but form also deserted the visitors.

Webb avoided penalising future Magpie Jonjo Shelvey for an intended head butt on Mathieu Debuchy and also overlooked three spot kick claims, but it was also a night to forget for Tim Krul - culpable for all the goals. match report

Newcastle U23s debuted at the Weston Homes Community Stadium of League Two side Colchester United, triumphing 2-1 in the Premier League Cup.

A goal in each half from Luke Charman
won it. match report

United's U21s qualified for the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy on penalty kicks against Macclesfield Town at SJP.

Elias Sorensen had given the Magpies a first half lead before Sol Campbell's Macclesfield Town side equalised five minutes from time.

That meant penalties which United won 5-3, Mo Sangare hitting the winning spot-kick. match report

2020 Newcastle's Premier League visit to Aston Villa was postponed following an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Magpies squad.

Following consultation with Public Health England, the club's Darsley Park training facility was closed until further notice.

Three squad members had tested positive before United's previous game at Crystal Palace and a further round of testing then added considerably to that tally.

Those players confirmed as having tested positive included Emile Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Allan Saint-Maximin.

2021 Burnley (h)
Premier League
P15, 10pts, 19th/20
Wilson (40)
At the 15th time of asking and a mere 195 days after they last collected maximum points, United finally ended their winless league run.

Magpies hero was Callum Wilson, who coolly collected a loose ball in the box before firing high into the unguarded Leazes goal on 40 minutes - spurious claims that future colleague Nick Pope had been impeded when losing possession rightly disproved by VAR. 

1-0 up and with the finishing line in sight as it was against Norwich on Tuesday, the visitors looked to have claimed a point when substitute Jay Rodriquez beat Martin Dubravka - only to be correctly ruled offside to almost audible relief.

The eruption of emotion at full time was truly memorable; home fans remaining in situ to salute the players who had finally taken a lead and retained it. match report