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Tickets:

Arsenal (a)
SOLD OUT
Palace (h) Member sale now
Leicester (a)
SOLD OUT
Southampton (h) Member sale Wed 20.03
Brighton (a) ST holder sale now (
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Premier League:
Eagles game confirmed

NUFC have now belatedly announced ticket sales for the Crystal Palace home game to members with a date of Saturday 6th April and a kick-off time of 3pm.

Sky have also announced no rescheduling for that weekend and the Premier League have released their revised April fixtures, so this date finally appears now to be set in stone.

Latest:
Silva fined

From the BBC, Tuesday:

Everton manager Marco Silva has been fined £12,000 by the Football Association for confronting officials after his side's defeat at Newcastle.

Silva, 41, engaged angrily with referee Lee Mason and his assistants when his side lost 3-2 - despite being 2-0 up - at St James' Park on 9 March.

The former Watford boss complained Ayoze Perez's winning goal was offside.

The Portuguese accepted an improper conduct at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Tuesday.

Our verdict? The Toffees turned over with three second half goals, the last one being blatantly offside and it cost their manager 12 grand. Delicious!

S is for....:
S
igned Shearer books


The World Transplant Games are coming to Gateshead in August of this year and ABC FC have teamed up with Games patron Alan Shearer to help support this event. 

ABC are donating £3.50 for every copy of their ABC with NUFC children's book sold online in March - and 20 purchasers selected at random will receive a special copy signed by Newcastle's leading goalscorer.

Click here to order, support the Transplant Games and enter a draw to win a signed Shearer copy. 

(A random draw including all orders received by March 31st 2019 will take place to decide who receives the signed copies.)

ABC with NUFC illustrates the alphabet in graphic form with the assistance of well-known NUFC personalities drawn as caricatures more details here

Fake news:
The usual suspects

Update: NUFC statement, Monday:

We are aware that seven supporters were initially arrested for allegedly encroaching on to the perimeter of the pitch during the closing stages of Saturday’s match at the Vitality Stadium.

We are liaising with both the police and a number of supporters as investigations continue and we are monitoring their observations pending any criminal proceedings.

“If any individuals are found guilty of committing criminal acts, we will review their individual case before determining if any further club-related punishment is appropriate.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of Newcastle United fans for their support and their exemplary behaviour while following the team both home and away.”

Given that pitch encroachment and attacks on footballers is a current hot topic, it's no shock to see the behaviour of some Newcastle fans at Bournemouth picked up by various news outlets.

As anyone who was present on Saturday will confirm however, there's a world of difference between what went on at Dean Court and recent events at Easter Road, St. Andrew's and the Emirates.

Newcastle fans spilling on to the touchline and the side of the pitch during a goal celebration may mirror the antics of the Villa followers after Jack Grealish's winning goal against Birmingham, but are totally unrelated to the deliberate and planned assault on the same player earlier in the Second City derby.

Similarly, there was nothing at Bournemouth akin to the incident when former Magpie James Tavernier was confronted and attacked by a fan during the Hibernian versus Rangers game or the event at the Emirates where a single fan shoved Chris Smalling. 

What supporter/player interaction there was came during celebrations of Matt Ritchie's equalising goal, when Newcastle players rushed towards the away stand - where spectators were equally caught up in the moment and in some cases, got carried away.

Attempts to link the disparate incidents are without foundation, but it's entirely predictable given that both Sky and the Sun* saw fit to do so. 

*That's the same disreputable tabloid that published wholly false stories about non-existent trouble during Newcastle's European visits to both Bilbao and Marseilles. Nothing changes. 

Surfer boys (& girls):
Target reached!

Thanks to the financial support of 1,550 fans, the wor flags fan group have raised £15,000 for a new surfer flag covering the entire Gallowgate End - an amazing effort by all concerned!

(Donations have continued to appear and the total is now over £16K - the organisers confirm that all monies will be used for future SJP displays).

Loan lads:
Saivet screamer 
in vain 


Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
A second goal in as many home games for the on-loan midfielder gave his current club a 2-0 lead against G
alatasaray in the Super Lig on Sunday.

See his goal online here

However normal service was soon resumed and the second-placed visitors recovered to win 3-2 - deepening the fear of relegation for the hosts.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Colback played the full game and was booked for the fourteenth time this sesason in Forest's 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town in the Championship on Saturday.

Dwight Gayle, Jacob Murphy 
(West Bromwich Albion)
A second win a week for the Baggies as they won 1-0 at Brentford in the Championship on Saturday. Dwight played the full game and was booked while Jacob remained on the bench.

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday)
Rolando played the full game and was booked as Wednesday beat Blackburn Rovers 4-2 at home in the Championship on Saturday. 
(Achraf Lazaar has a hamstring injury).

Dan Barlaser, Liam Gibson  
(Accrington Stanley) 
Stanley's home game against Rochdale in League One was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

Josef Yarney (Chesterfield)
The Spireites won 2-1 at Havant & Waterlooville in the National League on Saturday where Josef completed the full 90 minutes.

Premier League:
Glorious Matt finish denies Dean


Bournemouth  2  Newcastle  2


Match report

Latest PL results:

Sat 16.03.2019:
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle
Burnley 1-2 Leicester City
West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield Town

Sun 17.03.2019:
Fulham 1-2 Liverpool
Everton 2-0 Chelsea

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U18s:
Home discomforts

Newcastle U18s  1  Manchester United U18s  3


Despite coming into the game on the back of three successive home draws, Saturday saw Newcastle's youngsters once again unable to improve on their solitary league victory on Tyneside this season.

The Little Benton pitch survived an inspection but both sides adapted well to the conditions and there was little between them in the first quarter.

At that point though, a defensive aberration by Newcastle gave away possession near their right hand corner. The ball was played inside to Charlie McCann near the penalty spot and he turned before placing his shot perfectly inside the right hand post.

Home 'keeper Will Brown had no chance with that but prevented a second goal for the visitors within seconds, bravely diving at the feet of Anthony Elanga.

But it was only a reprieve, as McCann doubled his side's advantage eight minutes before half-time, playing a neat one-two with a team mate before cleverly curling home a shot from inside the box.

It looked all over when the visitors grabbed a third seconds before the interval. Elanga wasn't to be denied on this occasion, picking up possession on halfway and making for goal from the left flank, evading tackles before finishing from six yards.

Despite possession being fairly equal in the opening 45 minutes and the scoreline slightly flattering the Red Devils, the failure of the home side to muster a single shot on target was the most telling statistic.

An improved second half showing from the Magpies saw Deece Kasinga flash a shot narrowly wide and the visitors began to get rattled, their indiscipline resulting in them receiving three yellow cards.

Newcastle did claw a goal back on 75 minutes; a delightful solo effort by Elliot Anderson giving the midfielder for his third goal in as many games since being elevated from the U16s in last month. 

The Scottish youth international delicately tiptoed his way on the through the Manchester defence from the left, reaching their penalty area before taking the ball around the 'keeper and converting. 

That wasn't the signal for a further revival though and Manchester were able to register their third U18 league and cup success against us this season.

Team: Brown, Ebanks, Scott, Allen, Swailes, Gamblin, Reed, Rounsfell, White, Anderson, Kasinga (Gilchrist 61).
Subs n/u: Harrison, Langley, Oliver, Stephenson.

Many thanks to AC

U23s:
It's a Royal knockout 

Reading U23s  1  Newcastle U23s  2

Match report

Premier League Cup last 16 ties:

14.03.2019 Leeds United 2-2 Fulham (6-5 on pens)
15.03.2019 Burnley 1-0 Leicester City
15.03.2019 Nottingham Forest 2-1 Bournemouth
15.03.2019 Reading 1-2 Newcastle
15.03.2019 Stoke City 1-4 Blackburn Rovers
15.03.2019 Swansea City 2-0 Aston Villa
17.03.2019 Derby County 2-1 Wolves
??.03.2019 Everton v mackems

Falcons:
Big One
this Saturday

Following the success of their maiden game there last season, Newcastle Falcons are returning to SJP once again this coming Saturday (23rd).

The Premiership rugby union side will decamp from their usual Kingston Park home when they host Sale Sharks at Gallowgate.

Kick-off is at 5.30pm and over 20,000 tickets have been sold to date. 

Prices start at £10 adults here or via 0871 226 6060. Note that matchday prices increase by £5.

Newcastle Falcons head coach Dave Walder said: 

"Last year's game at St James' Park was an incredible occasion and we were blown away by how many people came down to support us on the day.

"It falls on football's international weekend so it's the ideal chance for people to come down and sample a professional rugby game - there's no segregation, you can drink in the stands and it's a great family atmosphere with a fan plaza just outside the stadium.

"We're very thankful to the hundreds of schools, clubs and businesses who are bringing along groups for the day, and we'd urge as many people as possible to come down enjoy the game in what is an incredible venue."

There's an event/ticket FAQ online here

Watch the Big One 2 promo online here

Internationals:
Call-ups 

Latest international selections for Magpies:

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay):
Fri 22.03.2019 Peru (n) FR New Jersey, USA.
Tue 26.03.2019 Mexico (n) FR Santa Clara, USA.

Christian Atsu (Ghana):
Thu 21.03.2019 Kenya (h) AFCONQ Accra.

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia):
Thu 21.03.2019 Hungary (h) ECQ Trnava.
Sun 24.03.2019 Wales (a) ECQ Cardiff. 

Paul Dummett (Wales):
Wed 20.03.2019 Trinidad & Tobago (h) FR Wrexham.
Sun 24.03.2019 Wales (h) ECQ Cardiff. 

Salomon Rondon (Venezuela)
Sat 23.03.2019 Argentina (n) FR Madrid.
Mon 25.03.2019 Catalonia (a) FR Girona.

Mo Sangare (Liberia):

Sun 24.03.2019 DR Congo (a) AFCONQ Kinshasa.
Mon 26.03.2019 Ivory Coast (a) FR Bouake.

Fabian Schar (Switzerland)
Sat 23.03.2019 Georgia (a) ECQ Tbilisi.
Tue 26.03.2019 Denmark (h) ECQ Basel.

DeAndre Yedlin (USA)

Thu 21.03.2019 Ecuador (h) FR Orlando, USA.
Tue 26.03.2019 Chile (h) FR Houston, USA.

Freddie Woodman (England U21):

Thu 21.03.2019 Poland (h) FR Ashton Gate.
Tue 26.03.2019 Germany (h) FR Bournemouth.

Elias Sorensen (Denmark U20):
Mon 25.03.2019 Romania (n) FR Marbella, Spain.

Oisin McEntee (Ireland U19):
Wed 20.03.2019 Romania (n) ECQ Krasnodar
Sat 23.03.2019 Azerbaijan (n) ECQ Krasnodar
Tue 26.03.2019 Russia (a) ECQ Krasnodar

Injury robs Sean Longstaff a likely first call-up for England U21s, while Ciaran Clark (Ireland) and Yoshinori Muto (Japan) were both omitted. 

PS: There's a first senior call-up to the Scotland squad for ex-Magpie defender Stuart Findlay, now playing back over the border for Kilmarnock.

U23s:
Promotion bid falters

Newcastle U23s  0  Aston Villa U23s  3

Match report

Loans curtailed:
Bringing them home

Update: Quoting the Colchester manager, the Chronicle report that Callum Roberts has been informed by NUFC that he'll be a free agent when his current deal at SJP ends this summer.

Elias Sorensen
, Jamie Sterry and Callum Roberts have returned to Tyneside from their loan spells in the Football League at Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra and Colchester United respectively.

The trio have barely featured for their loan clubs since leaving SJP in January and are now available for United’s remaining U23 games following their misadventures.

The only one to actually start a game was full back Sterry, who completed 90 minutes against Northampton Town in League Two but was never called upon again by the Railwaymen.

Three substitute outings for winger/striker Roberts meanwhile totalled just 37 minutes in the third tier for the U's - although it's claimed that he's less than 100% fit due to ankle issue.

Striker Sorensen fared worst, playing just once for the Tangerines, given 32 minutes against Wycombe soon after arriving at Bloomfield Road in January.

The Dane then failed to appear in any of their subsequent eight games and latterly wasn't even selected in the matchday squad - comments from Blackpool hinted at a lack of quality in training.

Given the futility of these loans - and several previous temporary departures from SJP (notably striker Tom Heardman at Bury), news that United are seeking to recruit for a role of player loan co-ordinator cannot come too soon. 

Update:
Youth club - claim 

Off The Pitch is a new website aiming to cover the economy, strategy, ownership and leadership of clubs in the top two divisions of English football.

Among their launch pieces is one written by local scribe Martin Hardy concerning a change of recruitment policy at St. James' Park - or rather a return to a previous strategy of buying younger players.

Mike Ashley's decision to stay in control at Newcastle United means a change in recruitment -strategy will be installed at the club. And manager Rafa Benitez will need to accept an altered role:
Full article online here

PS: While not mentioned by name, if the claims are accurate then our chances of signing 29 year-old Salomon Rondon on a permanent deal aren't great....


NSC
:
Senior Cup date set

This season's Northumberland Senior Cup Final between North Shields and Morpeth Town will be staged at St. James' Park on Tuesday April 9th.

Kick-off will be at 7.30pm and a result must be achieved on the night. Admission will be £6 for adults and £3 concessions - payable at East Stand turnstiles on the night (no advance sales).


The earlier than usual date of the game (the earliest Final since 1973) is due in part to Shields playing their last Northern League game of the season the previous weekend.

Morpeth's Evo-Stik Eastern Division programme continues until late April, the current leaders due to play four more league games after their SJP visit.

Update:
Second job for Steve

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has appointed another former Magpie to his coaching staff in the shape of Steve Harper

The 43 year-old has been working with goalkeepers at United's Academy and will reportedly retain that role in addition to coaching Northern Ireland's senior custodians.

Harper follows fellow old boys Willie McFaul, Dave Beasant and Tommy Wright in holding the post.

Latest:
Beardsley update

Following the announcement by Newcastle United that Peter Beardsley had left the club, the FA have confirmed that their compliance unit are investigating complaints of bullying against Academy players.

Beardsley denies the allegations.

Premier League:
Arsenal (a)


Following the international break, Newcastle return to Premier League action on Monday April 1st, against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Since Andy Carroll's headed winner there in November 2010, the Magpies have made six visits to N7 - and lost every single one of them.

It's an 8pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports.

NUFC: Sean Longstaff is a long-term absentee, while Fabian Schar completes his two match ban.

Coral match betting will appear here.

Coral's new punter offer is bet £10 receive £30 in free bets. Terms & conditions apply online here

AFC: To follow.

Travel:
T
o follow.

If you aren't heading to
N7
, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square have the game on their big screen TVs with matchday food and drink offers.



The Ware Rooms
are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.

Stats: 

Magpies @ Gunners - Premier League years:

2017/18: Lost 0-1
2015/16: Lost 0-1
2014/15: Lost 1-4 Perez
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 3-7 Ba 2, Marveaux
2011/12: Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2010/11: Won 1-0 Carroll
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2007/08: Lost 0-2 (LC)
2006/07: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 2-3 Robert, Bernard
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien, Shearer, Robert
2000/01: Lost 0-5
1999/00: Drew 0-0
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 1-3 Barton
1996/97: Won 1-0 Elliott
1995/96: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-2 og(Keown), Beardsley, Fox
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Beardsley

(At Highbury until 2005/06, Emirates thereafter)

Referee: tbc

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio:
tbc

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Sat 30.03.2019:
Fulham v Manchester City (12.30pm) Sky
Brighton v Southampton (3pm)
Burnley v Wolves (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leicester City v Bournemouth (3pm)
Manchester United v Watford (3pm)
West Ham v Everton (5.30pm) BT

Sun 31.03.2019:
Cardiff City v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky
Liverpool v Spurs
(4.30pm) Sky

Mon 01.04.2019:
Arsenal v Newcastle (8pm)
Sky

 

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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

 
The new ticket website is now live and existing users need to re-register. Do that online here and read their FAQs here.


The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

SJP Box Office phone: 0344 372 1892 

Online Box Office is here
On sale dates are here
SJP seating plan is here


Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed
Matchdays: 9am-Half-time


On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am unless otherwise notified. 

If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also usually come into effect then.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

The Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme has been extended for a further three season and will now conclude at the end of the 2021/22 season.
 
Heading to the Toon?

City guide
here

NE guide here

NUFC members get 25% off LNER standard and first class advance fares travelling on any day (see below for excluded dates). 

Book by logging in to LNER.co.uk/NUFC25 and then enter NUFC followed by supporter number, without spaces ie NUFC123456

Offer open until 23.05.2019. Not valid in conjunction with other offers or railcards.

Excluded dates: 
18.04-22.04, 03.05-06.05.

Sat 23.03.2019 U23s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, Noon. Premier League 2.

Sat 30.03.2019
U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 01.04.2019 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 06.04.2019
U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.04.2019 tbc Crystal Palace (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale.

Mon 08.04.2019 U23s v Stoke City (a) @ Bet365 Stadium, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 12.04.2019 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 13.04.2019
U18s v Boro (a) @ Hurworth, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 15.04.2019 U23s v Manchester United (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 20.04.2019 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale from Wed 20.03.2019, public sale Wed 27.03.2019 (online), Wed 03.04.2019 (in person/by phone).  Live on BT.

Sat 27.04.2019 Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
@ Amex Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £23 65+ & U21s, £15 U18s. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

Fri 05.04.2019 May 2019

NUFC Live on TV:

Mon 01.04.2019 Arsenal (a) 8pm Sky
Fri 12.04.2019
Leicester City (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 20.04.2019
Soton (h) 5.30pm BT
Sat 27.04.2019
Brighton (a) 5.30pm BT

(TV picks up to 29.04.2019 announced)

U23 Premier League Cup:
Last 16: Fri 15.03.2019
Reading (a) 1pm

Northumberland Senior Cup Final:
09.04.2019 North Shields v Morpeth Town
(7.30pm @ SJP)

Gateshead FC have reduced admission prices for NUFC ST holders attending their National League home games to £10 adults.

Next GFC home league games:
Sat 06.04.2019
Ebbsfleet United 3pm
Tue 09.04.2019
Fylde 7.45pm
Fri 19.04.2019
Chesterfield 3pm

2019/20 season:
Sat 10.08.2019
PL opening games 
Thu 08.08.2019 Transfer window closes 

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Sat 23.03.2019 Newcastle Falcons v Sale

Fri 10.05.2019
Champions Cup Final
Sat
11.05.2019
Challenge Cup Final
Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

Rugby League:

Sat 23.10.2021 Opening ceremony and first game of Rugby League World Cup.

International Magpies
National Service

18.03.2019-26.03.2019
Internationals

14.06.2019-07.07.2019 Copa America Final
(Includes Paraguay, Venezuela, Japan)

21.06.2019-19.07.2019 AFCON Finals
(Finals draw 12.04.2019 - includes Ghana)

02.09.2019-10.09.2019 Internationals
07.10.2019-15.10.2019 Internationals
11.11.2019-19.11.2019 Internationals

 
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...


From the BBC website: Lancashire, 
Hampshire, it's all the same to them...

(Peter Briggs)

The Times meanwhile thought we'd ended up empty-handed at Bournemouth - no wonder people were up in arms....

(PG)

And Slovakian Martin Dubravka will be interested to know that he is actually Norwegian according to SkySports:

Thanks to Roger Kirby for that.

What's this all about then? Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
 

On This Day in History
19th March


Born Or Died:

1878 Jimmy Howie born, Galston, Scotland.
(1903-10)

"Gentleman Jim" won three First Division titles and one FA Cup while at Newcastle, also appearing in three more FA Cup finals.

Signed from Bristol Rovers at a cost of £300 in May 1903, Jimmy was a vital part of the midfield and a reliable source of goals.

The first of three full Scotland caps came his way in April 1905 against England at Crystal Palace - with fellow Magpies Andy Aitken, Andy McCombie and Peter McWilliam.

Leaving SJP in December 1910, he played for Huddersfield Town and subsequently served QPR and Middlesbrough as manager. 

Jimmy died in January 1963, by which time he was living in the London area and running a tobacconists.

1896 Joe Harris born, Glasgow, Scotland.
(1925-31)

A £750 signing from Middlesbrough, Scottish International wing half Joe made his debut away to Liverpool on Christmas Day 1925.

Making nine appearances for Newcastle's First Division Championship-winning side in the 1926/27 season, he established himself further in the starting XI thereafter.

Joining York City in June 1931, he passed away in his native Glasgow just over two years later, following a short illness.

1967 Darren Bradshaw born, Sheffield. (1989-92) 

Defender/utility player signed from York City for £10,000 following a loan spell at SJP.

Bradshaw began his career as an apprentice at Sheffield Wednesday but failed to make the grade and was released by the Owls after suffering a broken leg. 

Moving on to non-league Matlock Town, a stint at Chesterfield on loan failed to result in a deal with the Spireites, but did lead to him joining York.

His displays there made an impression on City boss Bobby Saxton and once installed at SJP as assistant to Jim Smith, Bradshaw arrived.

Playing across the back four and also as a holding midfielder, Darren debuted in a 1-1 draw at Swindon Town in December 1989.  

However he failed to establish himself in our starting XI and although remaining a squad player for Ossie Ardiles, he featured just once under Kevin Keegan.

In the wake of our successful campaign to avoid relegation in 1992 moved on to Peterborough United, making a low-key return to SJP the following January as Posh captain. However he was powerless to prevent a 3-0 win for his former club.

1994 saw Darren join Plymouth Argyle on loan and he left London Road for good later that year, signing for a Blackpool side who were managed by a certain Sam Allardyce.

After three seasons at Bloomfield Road a free transfer to Rushden & Diamonds, remaining with the club until they made their league bow in 2001 - although an Achilles injury the previous year restricted his first team action.

A brief spell with Stevenage Borough ended with a move nearer to home as Bradshaw signed for Worksop Town and played in the same team as a certain Chris Waddle.

However, a ruptured Achilles tendon in a game at Stocksbridge Park Steels in April 2003 sidelined him for almost a year. 

Darren made a playing comeback but was released by the Tigers in 2004, briefly turning out for Belper Town the following season.

1969 Warren Barton born, Stoke Newington. (1995-2002)

"Centre parting" was once the nation's most costly defender and made three appearances for England in 1995 (although his Three Lions debut against Ireland at Lansdowne Road was abandoned due to crowd disturbances).

Raised as an Arsenal fan in Islington and later South Woodford, Barton began his career as a schoolboy at Watford before being released, deemed too small to succeed.

Barton then accepted an offer of a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) at Leyton Orient but was shown the door halfway through his two year stay by then O's boss Frank Clark.

A stint with non-league Leytonstone & Ilford (now Dagenham & Redbridge) followed before a move to Maidstone United in 1989.

Scouted by Newcastle at that point (Ossie Ardiles being in command), Barton opted instead to sign for Wimbledon - who outbid United's offer of £250K by fifty grand.

Five years later we shelled out £4m to capture Barton from the Dons, but not before he'd scored against us in the League Cup.

After an eventful but trophy-free stay at SJP Barton lost his place at right back to Aaron Hughes and was allowed to leave by Bobby Robson in January 2002, at the age of 33.

A move to Derby saw Barton made captain at Pride Park, Rob Lee making a similar move from SJP but the pair failing to keep the Rams in the Premiership.

October 2003 saw him moving on to QPR before an unsuccessful trial with Leicester led to him becoming a Womble again - albeit as a coach to the reformed MK Dons.

Finally his career came full circle when he rejoined Dagenham & Redbridge, coaching there while also running the travel agency that he established while a Magpie. 

Always conscious of his public image while a Magpie and consistently pro-Newcastle when speaking to the media, Barton has appeared as a pundit on Skysports and Channel 5.

2008 found him in Egypt and India as part of a joint British Council/Premier League initiative to educate overseas coaches.

Emigrating to the USA, Barton became a youth coach for the LA Galaxy and later an advisor to the San Diego Flash and Los Angeles Blues clubs. He also worked as a Premier League commentator for US TV.

1973 Michael Devine born, Cobh, Ireland. (1992)

An Ireland youth international goalkeeper, Mick moved to England as a youngster and spent four years at Middlesbrough.

Appearing as a trialist for United in a 0-2 reserve loss to Sheffield Wednesday during April 1992, Devine wasn't retained and later joined hometown side Cobh Ramblers after briefly playing for Northallerton Town.

Subsequently with fellow League of Ireland sides Waterford and Cork City, he continued his career at Fermoy FC and Cobh Wanderers before retiring during 2018.
 

What Else?

1898 sunderland (h)
1-1 
(1-1)
Friendly 
Wardrope(23)
Brown(35) 
14,000
Team: Watts, Lindsay, Jackson, Carr, Ghee, Scott, Lennox, Aitken, Peddie, Smith, Wardrope.
SMB: Doig, McNeill, Boyle, Ferguson, McAllister, Dunlop, Morgan, Leslie, Brown, Wilson, Saxon.

1902 Nottingham Forest (a)
2-0 
(0-0)
Division One 
P27, 30pts, 3rd/18
Aitken(62), Pattinson(77) 
21,000 
Daniel Pattinson was an outside left who took his only chance well, with a goal on his debut. However, he returned to the reserve team without ever being called upon again. This win put United third, six points behind the mackems who topped the table having played one game fewer.

1904 Liverpool (h)
1-1 
(1-1)
Division One 
P29, 34pts, 4th/18
Howie(10) 
Goddard(20)
20,000
Sam Raybould's penalty was saved by United's Charlie Watts before Arthur Goddard equalised.

1910 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
4-0 
(3-0)
Division One 
P30, 37pts, 3rd/20
Rutherford(30), Stewart(34,44), Howie(85) 
30,000
The last of Jimmy Howie's 82 goals for the Magpies came in this game - appropriately enough on his birthday.

1921 Blackburn Rovers (a)
3-3 
(1-3)
Division One 
P32, 41pts, 3rd/22
McDonald(45), Smailes(53), Harris(
3-3
Dawson(12,35), Hawksworth(0-2)
25,000

1924 Notts County (h)
1-2 
(1-1)
Division One 
P34, 35pts, 10th/22
McDonald(33) 
Cock(22), Davis(67)
10,000
Scorer of the opener for the visitors was Donald Cock, who went on to join Clapton Orient and netted against United during a 2-0 FA Cup giant-killing victory in 1926. 

1927 sunderland (h)
1-0 
(1-0)
Division One 
P32, 45pts, 1st/22
Gallacher(32)
67,211
This victory over the mackems helped United on their way to becoming Champions.

1932 Arsenal (a) 
0-1 
(0-1)
Division One 
P31, 35pts, 9th/22
Hulme(4)
57,516
A narrow loss at Highbury, but revenge over the Gunners would follow at the Empire Stadium just over a month later.

1936 Leicester City (a)
0-1 
(0-0)
Division Two 
P31, 32pts, 11th/22
Sharman(60)
10,000

1938 Southampton (a)
0-1 
(0-1)
Division Two 
P32, 31pts, 12th/22
Parkin(15)
20,204

 

1949 Arsenal (h) 
3-2
(2-2)
Division One

P32, 41pts, 2nd/22
Robledo(1), Harvey(45), Mitchell(82)
Lewis(1), Forbes(16pen)
55,248
Incredibly both opening goals were scored in the first minute; Robledo's 15-second strike followed by Lewis' equaliser 35 seconds later.

 
1955 Wolves (a) 
2-2 
(0-1)
Division One 
P31, 29pts, 19th/22
Milburn(52,66)
Hancocks(51), Swinbourne(14)
36,614
 
 
 
1958 Preston North End (a)
1-2 
(1-2)
Division One 
P33, 25pts, 19th/22
White(21) 
Finney
(9,44)
24,793
 
1960 Luton Town (h) 3-2 
(2-1)
Division One 
P34, 37pts, 7th/22
White(2,27),  
Eastham(80)
Bingham(11,46)
29,269
 
 
 
1966 Chelsea (h) 
0-1 
(0-0)
Division One 
P32, 26pts, 17th/22
Venables(63)
35,118
The only goal of the game came from Terry Venables, who within two months had swapped the Bridge for the Lane.

1977 West Bromwich Albion (a) 1-1 (0-0)
Division One 
P30, 35pts, 5th/22
Barrowclough(72)
Cunningham(46)
23,780
Highly-rated 21 year-old Laurie Cunningham put the Baggies ahead. 

1983 Burnley (a)
0-1 
(0-0)
Division Two 
P31, 44pts, 10th/22
Donovan(83)
13,900
Our six-match unbeaten run came to an end at Turf Moor against the soon-to-be -demoted Clarets.

1986 Oxford United (a)
2-1 
(1-0)
Division One 
P31, 51pts, 9th/22
Gascoigne(30), Beardsley(62)
Aldridge(82)
10,052
On-form Newcastle made it five wins off the belt with 
this Manor Ground victory.

1988 Arsenal (a) 
1-1 
(0-1)
Division One 
P30, 38pts, 13th/21
Goddard(77) 
Groves(29)
25,889 
Paul Gascoigne struck a first half penalty wide of the target after Darren Jackson was bundled over in the box.

And when a Perry Groves header was deemed to have crossed the line it looked like a blank afternoon at Highbury - in stark contrast to the previous season's 1-0 win.

However a fine second half strike from Paul Goddard leveled the scores before Michael O'Neill missed a golden chance to win it.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 West Ham United (a)
4-2 
(1-0)
Premier League 
P32, 57pts, 3rd/22
Lee(34,73), Cole(69),
Mathie(90)
Breacker(67), Martin(81)
23,132
The away fans were housed in the lower tier of the new half-built Bobby Moore Stand and had a high old time celebrating the three second half goals United netted at that end.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Arsenal (h)
1-0 
(0-0)
Premier League 
P33, 63pts, 3rd/22
Beardsley(89)
35,611 
The Gunners regretted allowing Peter Beardsley to run with the ball at his feet towards the Leazes End goal, as a classic late strike settled this match.
Youtube footage is online here

2000 Everton (a)
2-0 
(0-0)
Premiership
P29, 40pts, 11th/20
Hughes(79), Dyer(87)
32,512
Sky cameras captured a fine Sunday afternoon success at Goodison, with Dyer's solo effort possibly his best moment in a Toon shirt.
NUFC.com match report

2001
Andy O'Brien signed from Bradford City as we speculated whether he could repeat the feat of his namesake and score on Wearside. A few months later, who put the ball in the mackem net? O'Brien, O'Brien.

2003 Barcelona (Spain) (h) 0-2 (0-0)
Champions League Group Match 12

Kluivert(60), Motta(74)
51,833

After getting to half time scoreless, hopes were high of another Champions League miracle, but future Magpie Patrick Kluivert struck to end our remarkable campaign. 
NUFC.com match report


Thumbs up but Kluivert ensured the
Champs League chips were down

2005 Portsmouth (a)
1-1
(1-1)
Premiership
P29, 38pts, 11th/20
Dyer(43)
Stone(45)
20,165

Gateshead-born midfielder and future Magpies coach Steve Stone scored for the third time against his boyhood favourites to deny Newcastle a record-breaking ninth win in a row.

Kieron Dyer had given United the lead seconds earlier, latching onto a poor back header from Linvoy Primus to nod home.
NUFC.com match report

2006 Liverpool (h)
1-3
(1-2)
Premiership
P30, 39pts, 12th/20
Ameobi(41)
Crouch(10), Gerrard(35), Cisse(52pen)

52,302
After a dispiriting defeat at Old Trafford the previous Sunday, United were two behind and in need of a lift as half time approached. 

Shola Ameobi then headed in a Scott Parker centre to give Glenn Roeder's side some hope, before Jean-Alain Boumsong then contrived to spurn a great chance to head United level.

Any hopes of a second half revival were soon extinguished though, when the same player blundered to concede a penalty and see red after clumsily upending Peter Crouch.

That took our sending off tally for the season to six, with match referee Mike Riley having waved three of those red cards.
NUFC.com match report


2007 A 1-3 defeat at Anfield in the Second Leg of the FA Youth Cup Semi Final meant an exit by an aggregate of 3-7.

Robert Cavener gave United some hope with the opening goal, but after Astrit Ajdarevic was dismissed for Liverpool for an assault on Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua's red card for dissent made it an ten-a-side fixture.


2011 Stoke City (a)
0-4
(0-1)
Premier League
P30, 36pts, 11th/20
Walters(28), Pennant(46), Higginbotham(49),
Fuller(90)

27,505

The Potters recorded their biggest Premier League win as a lazy performance from United was suitably punished.

A baffling 3-5-2 system left Sol Campbell way out of his depth and when Jose Enrique limped off early on, Shane Ferguson filled in. By the time Gutierrez replaced Campbell and United went 4-4-2, they were three down. 
NUFC.com match report

2014 Dan Gosling was fined £30K by an FA disciplinary body after he admitted breaching rules on football betting.

According to his family, the player had placed a series of wagers with an online bookie to combat boredom while recuperating from a knee injury on Tyneside.