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Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League
Amex Stadium
Saturday 13th August
Kick-off 3.00pm
Last Match


Newcastle 2
Nottingham Forest 0
Premier League
St. James' Park
Saturday 6th August
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2022/23:






Brighton (a) SOLD OUT
Man C (h) SOLD OUT (except for 13-17s)
Wolves (a)
ST sale now, 30pts
Liverpool (a) ST sale now, 40pts
Palace (h) ST/member sale
West Ham (a) ST sale now, 80pts

Carabao Cup:
Toon to Birkenhead

Newcastle's opponents in this season's League Cup Second Round are League Two Tranmere Rovers.

Eddie Howe's side will travel to Birkenhead on a date to be decided in week commencing Monday August 22nd.

That tie kicks off a trio of away fixtures within a week or so, with United at Wolves the following Sunday and Liverpool the Wednesday after that.

This will be the first time that the Magpies have visited Prenton Park since February 2000, when they won 3-2 there in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie.

The two sides have met once before in the League Cup, a Paul Dalglish strike giving Ruud Gullit's side a 1-0 win at Prenton Park back in October 1998.

No mention of Tranmere would be complete without recalling the bizarre evening in October 1991, when they shared 12 goals with Newcastle over 120 minutes before beating the black and whites 3-2 in a penalty shootout to decide a Zenith Data Systems Cup tie.

Currently managed by Micky Mellon, Rovers advanced to Round Two thanks to an epic 12-11 shootout success over Accrington Stanley following a 2-2 draw.

League Cup Second Round draw:

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa
Derby County v West Brom/Sheff United
Wolves v Preston North End
Leeds United v Barnsley
Fleetwood Town v Everton
Sheffield Wednesday v Rochdale
Tranmere Rovers v Newcastle
Rotherham United v Morecambe
Barrow v Lincoln City
Stockport County v Leicester City
Bradford City v Blackburn Rovers
Grimsby Town v Nottingham Forest
Shrewsbury Town v Burnley
Stevenage v Peterborough United
Norwich City v Bournemouth
Newport County v Portsmouth
Oxford United v Crystal Palace
Watford v MK Dons
Colchester United v Brentford
Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City
Walsall v Charlton Athletic
Crawley Town v Fulham
Cambridge United v Southampton
Gillingham vs Exeter City
Forest Green Rovers v Brighton

Magpies @ Prenton Park - all time:

1999/00 won 3-2 (FAC)
1998/99 won 1-0 (LC)
1992/93 won 3-0 (D1)
1991/92 lost 2-3 (D2)
1991/92 drew 6-6 lost on pens (ZDS)
won 3-0 (D2)

NUFC - Last 10 LC Second Round ties:

2021/22 Burnley (h) lost on pens
2020/21 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 1-0
2019/20 Leicester City (h) lost on pens
2018/19 Nottingham Forest (a) lost 1-3
2017/18 Nottingham Forest (h) lost 2-3 (aet)
2016/17 Cheltenham Town (h) won 2-0
2015/16 Northampton Town (h) won 4-1
2014/15 Gillingham (a) won 1-0
2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0
2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1

Premier League:
Brighton (a)

The Magpies commence their PL away campaign at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, in an old-fashioned 3pm start with no live UK TV transmission.

Newcastle's allocation of 3,100 places sold out to season ticket holders at 20 points.

There's a first return to Brighton in the offing for both defender Dan Burn and Sporting Director Dan Ashworth.

United are yet to win a top-flight fixture at this venue in five attempts, drawing three times and losing the other two.

Eight visits to the Amex in all competitions have seen Newcastle net four times - all at the North End of the ground furthest away from the travelling support.

Weather warning: Saturday's weather forecast for the Brighton area is full sun and 32 degrees at kick-off time.  

NUFC: Jonjo Shelvey remains unavailable due to injury, while Javier Manquillo, Jamal Lewis and Federico Fernandez are all now back in training.

There's a question mark over the fitness of Jamaal Lascelles after he dropped out the squad that faced Nottingham Forest with a thigh complaint sustained in the warm-up. The absence of Emil Krafth was also noted but not explained anywhere we spotted.

Coral rate Saturday's game as follows:

NUFC win 2/1
BHAFC win 29/20
draw 11/5
NUFC win 1-0 15/2
NUFC win 1-0 Wilson goal 22/1
HT draw/FT draw 18/5
NUFC win BTTS 5/1

New customers receive a £20 bet when staking £5 (T's & C's apply).

Find Coral's markets online here

BHAFC: To follow.

Graham Potter's side began their season on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

That success means that they've been beaten just once in their last 10 PL games - away at Manchester City.

Referee: Graham Scott - Oxfordshire official last seen taking charge of our 1-2 loss at Wolves in October 2021.

VAR: Craig Pawson

Travel: Albion have published a guide online here including details of free matchday
public transport for home and away


The latest industrial action to affect rail services in the UK has been announced by Aslef for this Saturday.

Drivers at nine rail companies will strike and although Southern and Thameslink trains that serve Brighton aren't directly affected, the walkout will involve LNER drivers on the route between Newcastle and London Kings Cross.

Affected companies: London Overground, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Southeastern, West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast and Crosscountry.

Industrial action affecting rail services is also scheduled for August 18th and 20th.


We're pleased to welcome back CentrAle as sponsors this season, Located on platform 12 at Newcastle Central Station, you'll find a bewildering variety of local, domestic and international beers plus selected wines and spirits.


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Overseas TV:
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Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Following their opening day victory against Forest, Newcastle will head to Sussex aiming to make it six points from their first two games - something they haven't managed in either the Premier League or the Championship since 1997/98.

That season saw Kenny Dalglish's side follow up a 2-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday in the PL with a 1-0 success against Aston Villa at SJP.

One has to go back to the 1995/96 season to find United starting with back-to-back home and away wins (3-0 at home to Coventry City then 3-1 away at Bolton). 

Seagulls v NUFC - all time:

2021/22 drew 1-1 (PL) Hayden
2020/21 lost 0-3 (PL)
2019/20 drew 0-0 (PL)
2018/19 drew 1-1 Perez (PL)
2017/18 lost 0-1 (PL)
2016/17 won 2-1 Diame, Perez (Ch)
2012/13 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2011/12 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1991/92 drew 2-2 G.Peacock, Kelly (D2)
1990/91 lost 2-4 Quinn, Brock (D2)
1989/90 won 3-0 Quinn 3 (D2)
1983/84 won 1-0 Waddle (D2)
1982/83 drew 1-1 McDermott (FAC)
1978/79 lost 0-2 (D2)
1961/62 won 4-0 Allchurch, Thomas, Kerray, Suddick (D2)

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 13.08.2022:
Aston Villa v Everton (12.30pm) BT
Arsenal v Leicester City (3pm)
Brighton v Newcastle (3pm)
Manchester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Southampton v Leeds United (3pm)
Wolves v Fulham (3pm)
Brentford v Manchester United (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 14.08.2022:
Nottingham Forest v West Ham (2pm) Sky
Chelsea v Spurs (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 15.08.2022:
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (8pm) Sky

Premier League:
The clash

Following a Premier League decision to ban Newcastle from wearing any of their three current kits at Brighton on Saturday, United confirm that they will sport their light blue warm-up ensemble at the Amex Stadium.

The previously-announced warm-up shirt incorporates a graphic of the Tyneside city skyline, including SJP.

Quite why this is necessary at all is unclear, with an avoidance of colour clashes surely near the top of the priority list when devising alternative kits. Had the "Saudi Arabian-inspired" change shirt been green with white details then this wouldn't have been an issue....

Newcastle have worn a change kit for seven of their previous eight games against Albion at the Amex - the exception coming in the 2019/20 season, when the home side had a predominantly blue shirt and the Magpies donned black and white.    

PS: this isn't the first time in the PL era that United have been forced to create a bespoke kit in order to avoid a clash with a side playing in blue and white stripes.

Visits to Sheffield Wednesday in both the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons saw the Magpies appear in a distinctive green Asics kit at Hillsborough.

Further back in the mists of time, a First Division game against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in April 1969 saw United clad in orange shirts and black shorts reminiscent of Wolves.

Lewis on target
for young Lions

Newcastle midfielder Lewis Miley followed up his debut for England at the weekend with a first international goal on Wednesday.

The 16 year-old was part of the Nordic Tournament in Norway and made his bow as a substitute during a 0-3 loss to the hosts on Saturday.

Starting Monday's 3-0 victory over the Faroe Islands, Lewis then came off the bench to net during England's 2-1 success against Finland on Wednesday.

Let's talk about socks:
Giveaway - answer
New from the Tyneside-based Sock Council are two designs inspired by the distinctive goalkeeper jerseys donned by Magpie custodians in the mid-1990s.

Black & white "Shaka" model and orange & black "Pav" socks are both now available online here and we had a pair of each for our latest free-to-enter competition.

We asked who was United's third-choice custodian during the 95/96 season when Srnicek and Hislop shared goalkeeping duties, leaving at the end of that season after failing to get a game.

Most of you knew that it was Mike Hooper and the winners were randomly selected as:

Pav: Colin Floyd
Shaka: Amanda Miller

Jonjo blow

The Mail newspaper report that Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a damaged hamstring.

The 30 year-old was forced off during the second half of United's pre-season loss away to Benfica after falling awkwardly and has been sidelined ever since.

It's claimed that Shelvey will be missing for up to three months, which would see him back training during the World Cup break - and potentially available when our season resumes at Leicester City on Boxing Day.

PS: Although a contract extension will be triggered when he plays a further three games, as it stands Shelvey's contract at SJP expires next summer.     

'Keeper claim:
Hey Jude...

Following a successful trial on Tyneside during pre-season, it's reported that a deal has been agreed with East Fife to sign goalkeeper Jude Smith for an undisclosed fee. 

The 19 year-old former Celtic custodian joined the Fifers in July 2021, signing a new one year deal after making 28 senior appearances for them last season.

Smith has played twice this time round in the League Cup and was an unused substitute for East Fife's opening two league games.

Baggies inflict
late knockout

West Brom U21s  2  Newcastle U21s 1

Match report

Youtube footage is online here

Premier League:
Forest flounder
in the Fortress

Newcastle  2  Nottingham Forest  0

Match report

The Borrowers:
Loan lads

Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United):
West Bromwich Albion (a) League Cup, Thursday.

Jeff Hendrick (Reading):
An early exit from the League Cup for the Royals on Tuesday, beaten 1-2 at home by Stevenage. Hendrick was an unused substitute.

Dan Langley (Gateshead):
The Tynesiders marked their return to the National League with a 2-2 draw away at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. However injury prevented goalkeeper Dan from making his competitive bow.

Rodrigo Vilca (Universitario):
There was another bench selection for Vilca away to Cienciano in the Primera Division on Sunday. He appeared for the closing 10 minutes of a 0-1 reverse.

Isaac Hayden (Norwich City):
Recovering from a minor knee operation.

Unlikely lads:
Hunty goes home

Ex-Newcastle defender Paul Huntington has completed a free transfer move to his hometown club, Carlisle United.

The 34 year-old was a free agent after leaving Preston North End last season and has agreed a one year deal at Brunton Park

"Hunty" came through Newcastle's youth ranks to play 14 senior competitive games in the 2006/07 season, but was sold to Leeds United following the installation of Sam Allardyce as Magpies boss.

Loaned out to Stockport County in 2009, Paul later made a permanent switch to Yeovil Town before beginning a decade-long association with Preston in 2012. 

Border raid

Hibernian U18s  2  Newcastle U18s  4

Two weeks before their season opener against Manchester City, Newcastle U18s continued their preparations on Saturday with a friendly victory in Scotland.

The young Magpies took just five minutes to open the scoring at the Hibs training ground in Ormiston and an eventful opening half ended with United 3-1 ahead and the hosts down to ten men.

That became 4-1 shortly after the restart before the "
wee Hibees" pulled a goal back, but were then kept at bay.

On target for Newcastle were Charlie McArthur with a brace, Johnny Emerson and Darren Palmer.

Eddie extension

Friday saw Newcastle announce that Manager Eddie Howe had signed a new extended contract at St. James' Park.

Initially agreeing a deal until the end of the 2023/24 season when succeeding Steve Bruce last November, the revised contract is of undisclosed duration.

Confirming the news, Howe said that:

"It's a great feeling to commit my future to this incredible club. I'm extremely proud to be the head coach of Newcastle United and have enjoyed every moment here.

"I'd like to take the opportunity to acknowledge my coaching team, the players, staff and supporters. They make it a very special place to be every day.

"I'd also like to extend my gratitude to our owners and to Dan Ashworth. We are still at the start of our journey, but this is an exciting time to be a part of Newcastle United and I'm very excited about the future together."

Carrick claim

The Mail newspaper report that Newcastle will fill their vacancy for an U18 Academy Coach by appointing Graeme Carrick.

A product of Wallsend Boys Club and the younger brother of Michael, he has held a variety of roles at the FA and worked on a national level since 2016. 

Assuming the report is correct, this will be third time that 40 year-old Graeme has been at SJP; released as a schoolboy due to injury before returning as an Academy coach between 2005 and 2007.

Shirt book

Lifelong Newcastle fan Gavin Haigh is the proud owner of the most extraordinary NUFC shirt collection we've ever seen - with over 1,000 different items including hundreds of player editions.

He's now selected his favourite match-worn shirts and the stories behind them in "Black and White Stripes" - a new book now available online here

Fan event:
Mags meet down under

Tickets are now on sale for the Australian National NUFC Supporters Meet 2022 in Sydney on and around September 17th.

A joint effort between NUFC Sydney, Aussie Mags, Toon Army Brisbane and Newcastle fans in Perth, the three day event will conclude with live coverage of the Newcastle v Bournemouth game.

Host venue is Cheers Bar near World Square shopping complex and tickets are on sale online here for $30.

Proceeds will be split between The Dylan Tombides Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.




Season 2022/23

Season tickets are sold out and all cards should now have been delivered - if not, check the online tracker here and email NUFC via

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.

Sat 13.08.2022 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) @ Amex Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,100.

Mon 15.08.2022 U21s v Stoke City U21s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 20.08.2022 U18s v Manchester City U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11.30am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 21.08.2022 U21s v Norwich City U21s (a) @ Lotus Training Centre, 2pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sun 21.08.2022 Manchester City (h)
@ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. SOLD OUT (except for 13-17s)

23/24/25.08.2022 Tranmere Rovers (a) @ Prenton Park, KO tbc. League Cup Second Round.

Sat 27.08.2022 U18s v Blackburn Rovers U18s (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 28.08.2022 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 2pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. ST holder sale now, 30 points. £30 adults, £29.50 seniors, £26.50 U21s, U17s £17, U12s £15. Allocation: tbc.

Tue 30.08.2022 U21s v Doncaster Rovers (a) @ Eco-Power Stadium, 7pm. EFL Trophy. Note amended KO time.

Wed 31.08.2022 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 8pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. ST holder sale now, 40 points. £30 adults, £22.50 seniors £15 young persons, £9 juniors. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 01.09.2022
PL Transfer Window closes @ 11pm.

Sat 03.09.2022 Crystal Palace (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/member sale now, limited public sale Wed 17.08.2022 (online only).

Fri 09.09.2022 U21s v Aston Villa U21s (a) @ Villa Park, 7pm. Premier League 2 Division Two.

Sat 10.09.2022 U18s v Liverpool U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 11.09.2022 West Ham (a)
@ London Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. Live on Sky Sports. ST holder sale now, 80 points. £30 adults, £25 all others. Allocation: tbc.

Mon 14.11.2022
PL season halts.

Mon 26.12.2022
PL season restarts.

Sun 28.05.2023 PL season ends.

Home game on sale dates:

Sat 17.09.2022 Bournemouth
ST/Member Thu 18.08.2022
Online public Thu 01.09.2022

Sat 08.10.2022 Brentford
ST/Member Tue 06.09.2022
Online public Tue 20.09.2022

Wed 19.10.2022 Everton
ST/Member Wed 21.09.2022
Online public Wed 05.10.2022

Sat 29.10.2022 Aston Villa
ST/Member Wed 28.09.2022
Online public Wed 12.10.2022

NUFC Live on TV:

Sun 21.08.2022 Man City (h) 4.30pm Sky
Sun 28.08.2022 Wolves (a) 2pm Sky
Wed 31.08.2022 Liverpool (a) 8pm BT
Sun 11.09.2022
West Ham (a) 2pm Sky
Wed 19.10.2022 Everton (h) 7.30pm AP
Sat 22.10.2022 Spurs (a) 5.30pm Sky

(Selections made up to Sun 30.10.2022).

Amazon Prime will show the PL fixture round including our visit to Leicester City in December.

Live TV confirmation dates:  
all "approximate dates"

Tue 13.09.2022
Dec/Jan Tue 11.10.2022
Feb 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:
(NUFC enter in Round 2)

R2: w/c Mon 22.08.2022
w/c Mon 07.11.2022
w/c Mon 19.12.2022
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)

FA Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 3)

R3: Sat 07.01.2023
R4: 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)

Papa Johns Trophy dates:
(NUFC U21s in Northern Group E)

GS1: Tue 30.08.2022 Doncaster Rovers (a) 7pm
GS2: Tue 20.09.2022 Barnsley (a)
GS3: Tue 18.10.2022 Lincoln City (a)

R2: w/c Mon 28.11.2022
R3: w/c Mon 12.12.2022
QF: w/c Mon 09.01.2023
SF: w/c Mon 30.01.2023
F: Sun 19.03.2023 (Wembley)

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 15.10.2022:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

21.11.2022-18.12.2022 (WCF)
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
11th August

Born Or Died:

1971 Mike Jeffrey born, Liverpool.

Striker/midfielder acquired from Doncaster Rovers by Kevin Keegan in October 1993 at a cost of £85K, plus reserve David Roche.

The son of Rovers legend Alick, Mike began his career at Bolton Wanderers in 1989 before joining Donny three years later. 

Netting against United during a pre-season friendly at Belle Vue in August 1992 brought Jeffrey on to KK's radar, although it took over a year for a deal to be concluded. 

Netting in reserve games against York City and Wolves soon after his arrival, Mike's senior debut came in place of Scott Sellars in a 2-1 at Spurs in December 1993.

Not called upon again until an away defeat to Manchester City the following April, the highlight of Jeffrey's career came at Maine Road the following season when he netted during a League Cup tie.

However, that proved to be his final first team appearance, with the signing of Paul Kitson pushing him further down the SJP striker pecking order.

Signing off with a hat trick against Mansfield Town reserves and a brace in the Senior Cup Final win over Blyth, Rotherham United paid £100K for his services in June 1995.

A first team regular at Millmoor, five goals in 22 appearances prompted interest from Fortuna Sittard and he moved to Holland midway through his first season.

Four years at Sittard culminated in a Dutch FA Cup Final appearance in 1999, although Jeffrey's side were beaten 0-2 by Ajax.
Joining Kilmarnock on a free transfer the following season, Jeffrey ended his playing days at Grimsby Town, going on loan to Scunthorpe United in 2002.  

Joining his family's car sales business back on Merseyside, Mike also played local amateur football.

1979 Paul Talbot born, Gateshead.

Full-back who failed to force his way into the senior squad and was released by United in March 2000, signing for York City.

Having made six appearances in League Two for the Minstermen, Talbot wasn't retained and left Bootham Crescent that summer, signing for hometown club Gateshead.

Later spells with Burton Albion and Queen of the South before returning to the region with Spennymoor United. 

Paul later appeared for Newcastle Benfield, Durham City, Gateshead (again) Newcastle Blue Star, Bedlington Terriers, Sunderland RCA, Harrogate Town, South Shields and latterly Benfield again.

What Else?

1965 A young Magpies XI lost 2-3 to Hartlepools United in front of 3,432 fans at the Victoria Ground.

Peter Noble and Joe Butler netted for the visitors, but an own goal by Bob Moncur ultimately won it for the hosts.

Newcastle fielded a trialist named only as Arica in the second half, contemporary reports calling him "a Turkish student."

1973 Middlesbrough (a)
Cassidy(14,78), Howard(36)
The Magpies began their pre-season with a visit to Ayresome Park and a friendly against Jack Charlton's Boro side.

Future Magpies Stuart Boam and David Mills played for Boro, while a head injury to United 'keeper Iam McFaul saw rookie Tony Bell play for half an hour while McFaul had two stitches inserted in the wound before returning.

Team: McFaul (Bell 16 [McFaul 46]), Craig, Clark, McDermott, Howard, Moncur, Cassidy, Smith, Macdonald, Tudor, Hibbitt.
Subs also used: Nattrass, Gibb, Kennedy.

MFC: Platt, Craggs, Spraggon, Boam, Taylor, Maddren, McMordie, Armstrong (Stiles), Mills, Hickton, Foggon. 

1979 Sparta Rotterdam (Holland) (h)
This game saw a debut for Keith Armstrong, a forward who joined United from Sunderland on a non-contract basis but wasn't retained.

However, manager Bill McGarry wasn't there to see it, preferring to make a scouting trek to the Carlisle United versus Wrexham match. 
Armstrong went on to play for various Finnish teams before moving into management in that country with HJK Helsinki in 2001. 

Among the Sparta squad was Louis Van Gaal, who returned to SJP in charge of Barcelona almost two decades later.

Team: Hardwick (Carr 46), Brownlie, Barton, Bird (tbc), Davies, Martin, Armstrong, Pearson (Lever), Shoulder, Withe, Hibbitt.
Subs (usage tbc): Nicholson, Mulgrove, Walker.

1982 Partick Thistle (Scotland) (a)
After visiting Greenock and Kilmarnock, United's low-key tour of Scotland reached the Maryhill district of Glasgow.

At this point, Arthur Cox's side were preparing for a Second Division campaign without the presence of Kevin Keegan - whose arrival wouldn't be announced for another week.

Team: Carr, Craggs, Saunders, Trewick, Clarke, Haddock, Todd (Carney), Doyle (Wharton), Varadi, Anderson (Cartwright), Waddle (Ferris).
Sub n/u:

1983 SC Drochtersen (Germany) (a)
Varadi(35), Waddle(2-0), Trewick(49), Wharton(63), Ferris(84) 
24 hours after beginning their pre-season games with a 6-1 win at Hamburg Altona, United helped their lower league posts christen a new stadium.

A live TV engagement saw Kevin Keegan arrive at the venue by helicopter 30 minutes before kickoff. Kevin Carr saved a 62nd minute penalty from Bendler. 

Team: Thomas (Carr 46), Anderson (Haddock 55), Ryan, McCreery (Trewick), Clarke, Carney (Ferris), Keegan, McDonald, Varadi, Wharton, Waddle.    

1984 A Magpies XI visited Ashington's Portland Park as part of the Colliers' Centenary celebrations, recording a 7-0 victory.

Paul Ferris (2), Ian Dawes, Neil McDonald, Steve Carney, Joe Allon and John Ryan all found the target. 

1986 Carlisle United (a)

Newcastle's pre-season preparations continued with defeat at Brunton Park to a Cumbrians side managed by Harry Gregg. 

Rookie duo Kevin Scott and Jeff Wrightson featured for the visitors, while ex-Magpie Wes Saunders headed the winner for Carlisle.

Team: Thomas, Anderson, Bailey, McDonald, Clarke (Wrightson 75), Scott, Davies, Wharton, Allon, Beardsley (Cunningham 46), Stewart. 

1990 Cercle Bruges (Belgium) (n)
Stimson(60), O'Brien(82) 
A much improved Newcastle performance secured third place in the four team Tournament held in Budapest.

Team: Burridge, Aitken, Sweeney (Stimson), Scott, Ranson, Dillon (O’Brien),  Simpson,  Askew, Gallacher, McGhee (Quinn), Brazil (Sloan).

(John Anderson travelled with the squad but failed to participate after a fallout with United boss Jim Smith).

United's cause was helped when the Belgians were reduced to ten men after Iovino was dismissed for whacking Neil Simpson. 

Mark Stimson opened the scoring with a header which went in via both posts and O'Brien rounded the keeper to seal victory. 

The tournament was won by hosts Ferencvaros, who beat fellow Hungarians Videoton 4-3 on penalties after the final had ended in a 1-1 draw.

The secretive nature of the match meant that only five United fans were present -
their story is told here.

1991 A reserve XI defeated Coldstream 3-0, with Archie Gourlay getting two and Anth Cole the other. 

United's appearance was arranged by then Magpies Chairman George Forbes (a Coldstream resident) to christen new clubhouse, changing rooms and re-laid playing surface at Home Park.

1996 Manchester United (a) 0-4 (0-2)
Charity Shield 
Cantona(25), Butt(30), Beckham(86), Keane(88)
The Charity Shield, although their wasn't much bloody charity about it, as the reigning champions taught Newcastle something of a footballing lesson.

As the dispirited Toon supporters left the stadium, a cloudburst gave them a good soaking, and roadworks up the A1 completed the misery, causing hours of delays.

Future Magpies Nicky Butt and Ronny Johnsen appeared for the Red Devils, the former finding the net during the first half.

Team: Srnicek, Watson, Peacock, Albert, Beresford, Beardsley (Asprilla 75), Batty, Lee, Ginola (Gillespie 77) Shearer, Ferdinand.

Batty battles at Wembley

2001 Athletic Bilbao (Spain) (h)
Rob Lee's testimonial game attracted a poor attendance, partly attributable to the box office allure of Bilbao - on a weekend when Barcelona were elsewhere.

However, many folks begrudged forking out £20 for a kickabout which came midway between competitive Intertoto Cup home games - for which the admission was £15.

The principal onfield attraction proved to be the Magpies debut of Laurent Robert, but he confirmed later that a foot injury had partly restricted his contributions. 

All in all, a less-than-fitting tribute to one of our best recent signings of the 1990s. There again, Lee hadn't completed ten years at the club anyway, so wasn't really entitled to this! match report

2003 United's reserve side ran out 4-0 winners at Sam Smith Sports Ground against Northern League newcomers, Benfield Saints. 

Scorers were Richard Offiong (2) an OG and Ben Jackson - the latter who had been subbed off, but then returned. match report

2004 Newcastle defender Titus Bramble needed a scan to assess the severity of a hamstring injury incurred in training.

That put him out of the season opener at Boro, along with Jonathan Woodgate. And given that Andy O'Brien hadn't trained due to conjunctivitis and Steven Taylor wasn't thought to be ready, an unlikely pairing of Aaron Hughes and Robbie Elliott seemed to be the only choice open to Sir Bobby.

2005 Our Academy side were in action in Blyth but left Croft Park empty-handed, after a defensive lapse allowed the home side a late winner - the only goal of the game.

2007 Bolton Wanderers (a) 3-1 (3-0)
Premier League
P1, 3pts, 1st/20
N'Zogbia(11), Martins(21,27)
Three early goals stunned the Trotters and the away fans as we ended a five game Reebok losing run. 

And although Nicolas Anelka later replied, the day belonged to Sam Allardyce, who made a triumphant return to Bolton in his first game in charge of United.

Alan Smith, David Rozehnal, Marc Viduka and Geremi debuted, while fellow new boy Claudio Cacapa was an unused substitute.

The victory put us top of the Premier League - after one game.... match report

2009 Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul kept a clean sheet in Groningen for the Dutch U21s, with fellow Magpie Andy Carroll appearing off the bench to debut for opponents England.

2010 The Carling Cup Second Round draw set up a first-ever meeting for Newcastle with League Two side Accrington Stanley.

2011 United defender Jose Enrique was on Merseyside for his medical after Liverpool's undisclosed bid was accepted.

A £6m fee was speculated upon for the 25 year-old Spaniard, who had a year to run on his Newcastle contract.

2011 A more welcome Spanish departure saw Deportivo la Coruna confirm they'd signed Xisco. However the move turned out to be a loan only and the misfit striker inevitably found his way back to SJP again.

2012 Cardiff City (a)

a muddled pre-season ended with an abject display against the Championship hosts.

First choice players Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa were all absent on a sunny afternoon in South Wales, while the hosts didn't call upon Craig Bellamy.

84th minute substitute, Adam Campbell was probably our man of the match.... match report

United's U23s began their Premier League 2 programme with a 4-3 win against Stoke City - played at the FA's St. George's Park training facility.

Liam Smith, Luke Charman, Mo Sangare and Owen Gallacher all found the net. match report

2018 Spurs (h)
Premier League
P1, 0pts, 16th/20
Vertonghen(8), Alli(18)
For the second successive season, United began
by losing to Spurs at a sun-soaked SJP.

There were first appearances for Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon, the latter striking the bar with a deflected shot late on. match report

2019 Arsenal (h)
Premier League
P1, 0pts, 14th/20
Steve Bruce's first competitive game as Manager ended with a defeat amid driving rain.

Talk of a fan boycott only partially materialised, but the attendance was still the smallest home league gate since April 2016.

Joelinton made his bow, with fellow debutants Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Willems joining him from the bench in the second half. match report