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PL looking forward

Planning for the 2020/21 Premier League season continues and it's expected that a start date will be announced following a meeting of administrators and clubs on Friday July 24th.

The weekend of September 12th is said to be favoured, with the previous weekend taken up by international matches and moves to restart in August torpedoed by European club commitments.

It's anticipated that the EFL will resume in August, as will the League Cup (although there seems some doubt as to whether top flight sides will enter that competition).

No decision has been made over when spectators will be admitted again - with confirmation over the new and reduced capacities of stadia also still to follow.

Locked down

Manchester City  5  Newcastle  0

Match report

Digital match programme is online here

Latest PL results/fixtures:

Tue 07.07.2020:
Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
Watford 2-1 Norwich City
Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City

Wed 08.07.2020:
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle
Sheffield United 1-0 Wolves
West Ham 0-1 Burnley
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool

Thu 09.07.2020:
Bournemouth 0-0 Spurs
Everton 1-1 Southampton
Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

Watford (a)

The Magpies travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday to face Nigel Pearson's side in a 12.30pm kick-off.

Live coverage is on Amazon Prime, which requires an Amazon account logon in order to access but unlike the games shown by them before Christmas does not need a Prime pay subscription in order to view.

Our game will be available online here

Team: To follow

WFC: The Hornets were in home action against Norwich City on Tuesday, winning 2-1 to boost their hopes of finishing outside the bottom three.

Former Magpie Daryl Janmaat hasn't featured since November with a knee problem. Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success are also out due to injury.

Coral are offering new sign-ups £20
in free bets when you bet £5 here

Referee: Craig Pawson - a quick return for the Yorkshire-based whistler, who was in charge of Sunday's 2-2 home draw with West Ham.

VAR: Stuart Attwell


Magpies @ Vicarage Road - all-time:

2018/19 Drew 1-1 Rondon
2017/18 Lost 1-2 Perez
2015/16 Lost 1-2 Lascelles
2015/16 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 Won 2-1 Coloccini, Carroll
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Dyer
2006/07 Drew 2-2 (5-4 pens) Sibierski, Parker (LC)
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Dabizas
1992/93 Lost 0-1
1991/92 Drew 2-2 Kelly, Hunt
1990/91 Won 2-1 Anderson, Quinn
1989/90 Drew 0-0
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1988/89 Drew 2-2 Brock, Mirandinha (FAC)
1988/89 Lost 1-2 McDonald (FMC)
1987/88 Drew 1-1 Anderson
1986/87 Lost 0-1
1985/86 Lost 1-4 OG
1984/85 Drew 3-3 Beardsley, Wharton, McDonald
1981/82 Won 3-2 Varadi, Todd 2
1980/81 Drew 0-0
1979/80 Lost 0-2
1978/79 Lost 1-2 Pearson (FLC)
1923/24 Won 1-0 Seymour (FAC)

This weekend's PL fixtures:

Sat 11.07.2020:
Norwich City v West Ham 12.30pm BT
Watford v Newcastle 12.30pm Prime
Liverpool v Burnley 3pm BT
Sheffield United v Chelsea 5.30pm Sky
Brighton v Manchester City 8pm Sky

Sun 12.07.2020:

Wolves v Everton Noon Sky
Aston Villa v Palace 2.15pm Sky
Spurs v Arsenal 4.30pm Sky
Bournemouth v Leicester 7pm Sky

Mon 13.07.2020:
Man United v Southampton 8pm Sky

Murphy on target

Magpie loan action:

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
A fine 58th minute goal from midfielder put the Owls 1-0 up against Preston North End at Hillsborough on Wednesday.

However Murphy was then forced off due to injury and North End came back to win 3-1 and stay in touch with the Championship playoff pack.

Freddie Woodman
(Swansea City)
City revived their Championship playoff hopes by coming from a goal down to win 3-1 at Birmingham City on Wednesday.

Achraf Lazaar (Cosenza)
Spezia (a) Serie B, Friday.

Another young
Magpie commits

The latest teenager to commit his future to Newcastle is 18 year-old midfielder George Rounsfell, who has signed his first professional deal with the club.

The former Washington AFC youngster joined United on a scholarship in 2018 and made his competitive U23 debut against Swansea City back in February. 

Last week brought news of contract extensions for a quartet of U23 squad players: midfield pair Adam Wilson and Jack Young plus defensive duo Ryan Barrett and Oisin McEntee.

Miggy & Shelvey
secure safety

Newcastle  2  West Ham  2

Match report

Fundraiser II:
Generous Geordies

Thank you to everyone who participated in our second Newcastle West End Foodbank charity auction.

We're pleased to say that around £12,000 was pledged, which combined with the May auction means that over £18,000 has been raised by readers to support the Foodbank during lockdown.

Take a bow, lads and lasses.

Final three PL games now confirmed

Friday afternoon brought confirmation of Newcastle's closing three games of this bizarre season as follows:

Wed 15.07.2020 Spurs (h) 6pm BT
Mon 20.07.2020 Brighton (a) 6pm Sky
Sun 26.07.2020 Liverpool (h) 4pm

As the Spurs game is at home, the free BT Sport pass offer is expected to be repeated for NUFC season ticket holders.

Sky have the Brighton away game and in addition to coverage on their Sports channel list it as being on Sky One and the Pick free to air channel.

TV coverage of the season-closer at home to Liverpool is still tbc.

Making his Mark

A week after Steve Bruce verbally confirmed his arrival, goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was unveiled as a Magpie on Friday.

The 28 year-old Tynesider has signed a three year deal and was a free agent after his previous deal with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell expired.

Mark returns to the club he played for as a schoolboy prior to his release aged 16.

Following that setback, he joined Carlisle United and made a senior professional debut in May 2010.

Spending time on loan at Blyth Spartans the following season, Gillespie returned to Brunton Park and featured regularly before moving on to Walsall in 2017.

After a year at the Saddlers he made a free transfer switch to Motherwell and spent two years at Fir Park, latterly playing alongside loan Magpie Rolando Aarons.

Senior Cup curtailed

Northumberland FA have formally confirmed that all 2019/20 County Cup competitions have been cancelled and their results expunged from the records.

That includes the Northumberland Senior Cup, which involves Newcastle United.

The Magpies second string had beaten Newcastle Benfield on penalties in the Quarter Final to set up a Semi-Final meeting with Blyth Spartans - with the winners due to face Morpeth Town in the Final.

Contract update:
Ins and outs

Mark Gillespie
free transfer signing

Javier Manquillo
new deal to 2024
Andy Carroll new deal to 2021
Matty Longstaff short-term extension
Nabil Bentaleb loan extension
Danny Rose loan extension
Valentino Lazaro loan extension

Rob Elliot
Jamie Sterry
Jack Colback released
Luke Charman released
Victor Fernandez
Liam Gibson
Nathan Harker released

Spurs (h)

Steve Bruce's side are back on home territory when they receive Spurs at SJP on Wednesday week, July 15th.

That's a 6pm kick-off, live on BT Sport.

Team: To follow

THFC: Eric Dier is suspended.

Referee: David Coote.

VAR: Peter Bankes.

Full match preview to follow



Season 2019/20

Sat 11.07.2020 Watford (a) @ Vicarage Road, 12.30pm. Premier League. Live on Amazon Prime/Twitch. "Free to air."

Wed 15.07.2020 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 6pm. Premier League. Live on BT Sport. "Subscription."

Mon 20.07.2020 Brighton (a)
6pm, Premier League. Live on Sky Sports/Sky One/Pick. "Free to air."

Sun 26.07.2020 Liverpool (h) SJP, 4pm. Premier League. TV coverage tbc

Match programmes:

Coverage of our remaining matches this season as follows:

Newcastle free digital download.

Watford programme produced.
Order now online here

Brighton programme produced.
Order now online here

From reader Andy Barr: I'm putting together an NUFC Programme check list from 1946 onwards in booklet form. If any collectors are interested in this, please get in touch via:

twitter: @andybarr180

Project Restart:

Premier League TV listings

All 92 outstanding PL games are to be played in a 40 day period,  concluding on Sunday July 26th.

A temporary rule change sees squads increase to 20. Five of the nine substitutes can be used.

No alteration to 25 man squads submitted after the closure of the January 2020 transfer window was permitted, but the limitation on players representing three clubs in a season was lifted, if they appear in those PL squads.

Subject to final confirmation, all games will be played at the usual home grounds of clubs involved.

All games played behind closed doors, with VAR in operation.


In a nutshell, the club are refunding everyone for games played behind closed doors - processing single ticket refunds and credits first, then moving on to season ticket holders.

Separate to that 2020/21 season direct debits will still be taken.

2019/20 season tickets:

From NUFC, June 18th

"Supporters who purchased a 2019/20 season ticket will be eligible for a pro rata refund or pro rata account credit for the remaining five Premier League home matches.

"This will not include additional half-season tickets which were redeemed free of charge.

"Further information will subsequently be announced for all 2019/20 season ticket holders."

2020/21 season tickets:

From NUFC, June 18th

"We will not, at this time, be issuing refunds to supporters on long-term price-freeze deals who have already paid for their 2020/21 season ticket in full or have made part payment through monthly Direct Debits.

"Direct Debit payment schedules for these supporters, which enable them to secure their seat for significantly less than the general sale price, will continue.

"The position will be reviewed when further information is known about supporter access for the 2020/21 season."

Single match tickets (H):

Ticket holders were emailed a form* to ask whether they wanted a refund or credits.

For online/phone tickets, NUFC will begin processing refunds on July 9th and aim to complete them all within 30 days (unclear whether that's 30 working days).

For tickets bought in person, NUFC will contact the purchaser to arrange refunds (no specific time frame given for that).

For credits, NUFC will contact ticket holders when admission details of 2020/21 season matches are confirmed.

Booking fees are non-refundable.

* It became evident that part season ticket holders purchasing FA Cup tickets were not part of this scheme, given that those STs were issued under the membership number of the full ST holder requesting them.

NUFC confirm that the preference for a refund or credit of the full ST holder will apply to the part ST holder when processing. 

Single match tickets (A):

NUFC stated on June 24th that ticket holders for the game at Bournemouth would have their ticket price refunded to their card within 30 days (unclear if that's 30 working days).

Booking fees are non-refundable.

No other away game ticket sales had been processed when the season was suspended.

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Rugby League Magic Weekend XIV (held over from 2020):

Sat 29.05.2021
Sun 30.05.2021

2020 ticket holders have the option of a refund or a credit towards 2021 tickets.

Rugby League World Cup Finals

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (KO tbc)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 



Euro 2020 rescheduled:

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

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
9th July

Born Or Died:

1951 Mick Martin born, Dublin, Ireland. (1978-83)

Midfielder who played for Home Farm and Bohemians in his native city and had made his full international debut before a £25K move to Old Trafford in 1973.

Going on loan to West Bromwich Albion in 1975, a permanent deal followed to keep Mick at the Hawthorns, although he had spent time on loan at Preston North End when the Magpies made their move.

Bill McGarry spent £100K bringing him to SJP  in November 1978 and he made his debut at Crystal Palace the following month - finding the net for the first time in a home win over Charlton the following March.

Affectionately known as "Zico", Mick came through a sticky patch and was a favourite of the Gallowgate crowd - a fine goal at home to Bolton cementing that reputation.

And a measure of Martin's importance to the side could be measured by the drop in form that followed his injury in December 1979.

Having captained United, Mick eventually bowed out at the end of the 1982/83 season. Later moves took him to Wolves, Vancouver Whitecaps, local side Willington, Cardiff City, Peterborough and Rotherham.

End his playing career with a second stint at Preston, Mick coached at Deepdale before returning to SJP in 1987 as a scout. 

Within months however, he was part of the coaching staff, serving as reserve team manager and first team coach during 1988 when Colin Suggett became caretaker boss.

After a period coaching at Celtic with Liam Brady, Mick ended his active football career - although he was involved with sports and betting shop ventures on Tyneside.

Running a workwear clothing business in the area and working as a local radio pundit covering United, more recently Mick has represented the FAI in the North East. 

1997 Death of Ivor Allchurch, 67.

1986 Sebastien Bassong born, Paris, France. (2008-09)

Newcastle fans attending the pre-season kickabout at Doncaster in August 2008 saw the unheralded appearance this central defender on trial from French side Metz.

With no mention in the programme or on the stadium PA of who was clad in the number 46 shirt, the episode was reminiscent of a pre-season game at Birmingham City in 1997.

That day the unknown Magpie was Dutch winger Brian Pinas - promptly christened "Whatsie" by Toon fans - and similar chants were audible at the Keepmoat Stadium. 

While Pinas quickly faded from view though and never played competitively for the first team, Bassong impressed and signed permanently within days.

A competitive Magpies debut for the French U21 international came in a Carling Cup success at Coventry City, closely followed by his Premier League bow off the bench in a 0-3 defeat at Arsenal.

A second red card of the season in the vital home game against Fulham (the first coming at Wigan on Boxing Day) meant that Seb was suspended for the final game of the season, at Aston Villa.

Bassong always looked likely to be one of the squad who departed following United's relegation and although he appeared in a pre-season game against Leeds, his eyes were obviously elsewhere.

The player was fined two week's wages after refusing to travel to a pre-season fixture at Dundee United and an £8m move to White Hart Lane was agreed:     

An epic 2009/10 season for Spurs then saw Bassong score the winner against Liverpool on his debut, finish on the losing side in an FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley and help his new club qualify for the Champions League.

Having accepted a call-up by Cameroon within days of joining Spurs (qualifying by virtue of his parents' nationality), Bassong started games against both Japan and Denmark at the World Cup Finals. 

However, he was unable to prevent them from exiting in the first round and a difficult season with Spurs saw him frequently named as an unused substitute.

Reported to be seeking a transfer in the summer of 2011, the player said, "I feel that I have gone backwards, like I have gone from heaven to hell." Sympathy was in noticeably short supply around NE1....

Loaned to Premier League strugglers Wolves during January 2012, Bassong was unable to prevent their relegation and he returned to White Hart Lane.

Joining Norwich City in a £5.5m deal that summer, Bassong was voted player of the year in his first season at Carrow Road, despite posing for photographs with a firearm and publishing them online.

Adding another relegation to his CV, a loan to fellow Championship side Watford came in October 2014 before returning to Carrow Road and regaining his place, playing in their Wembley playoff final win over Boro.

Playing at the top level again, Bassong endured his fourth demotion when the Canaries were relegated again in 2015/16.

Staying at City for another season, his final appearance for them came in March 2017 and he was released that summer.

Following unsuccessful trials at Birmingham City, Roda JC (Holland) and QPR, Bassong belatedly signed for Peterborough United during October 2018.

However, he made just a solitary appearance for the Posh before leaving in early 2019.

1993 DeAndre Yedlin born, Seattle, USA.

Having lost Daryl Janmaat to Watford during August 2016, United acted quickly by paying Spurs £5m for their 23 year-old right back.

The US international arrived at White Hart Lane from Seattle Sounders in 2014 but played just once - a cameo substitute outing against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Loaned to the mackems in the 2015/16 season, Yedlin had made 25 appearances  - including both derby matches.

His Magpies debut came in the closing stages of a home win over Brighton and he arrived from the bench a week later to grab a vital second goal in a victory at Derby County.

However, injury halted his progress during early March, a thigh injury sidelining him following crucial wins at Brighton and Huddersfield but he returned in mid-April to help his side to the Championship title.

He made 34 appearances - three from the bench - in the 2017-18 season, helping United secure their Premier League status and also reaching a half century of international caps in March of that year.

Yedlin then appeared in all but four of the club's Premier League games during the following campaign, netting his maiden Premier League goal at Manchester City. 

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
89 16 3 5 1   2 1         95 18 3

1994 Nathan Evans born, Middlesbrough

Academy forward who made four substitute appearances for the U18s without finding the net in the 2010/11 campaign. Nathan was released by United in summer 2011.

Efforts at winning a contract elsewhere took him as far afield as Preston North End, Crawley Town, Norwich City, Motherwell and even Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest. 

Featuring more as a wide midfielder, stints at non-league sides Whitby Town, Norton & Stockon Ancients. Guisborough Town and Billingham Town then followed, before a major development during March 2014.

One of 5,700 entrants in the Samsung Win A Pro Contract national talent contest, Evans made it through to the last 22 players and then scored twice in the final of the event.

That impressed League Two side Wycombe Wanderers enough to invite Nathan to train with them and he signed a one year deal.

Featuring against Chelsea in pre-season, Evans didn't make a competitive appearance for the Chairboys and by October 2014 had been loaned to Scarborough Athletic.

Returning to Wycombe due to injury, he was released in June 2015 and after a brief spell at Darlington, turned up at Corby Town.


What Else?

1986 Queen and Status Quo upset the Gallowgate pigeons when they appeared on a double bill at St. James' Park.

Freddy Mercury & Co. donated the proceeds of that night's concert to Tyneside children's charities.

Queen set list: One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created? You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care), Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen.

2002 In a remarkable U-turn, Newcastle's Olivier Bernard signed a new three year contract at SJP, after previously declaring that he didn't want to play for us again.

Magpies forward Lomana Lua Lua returned from talks over a move to West Bromwich Albion but confirmed via his agent that he'd not be moving to The Hawthorns. 

Within days the DR Congo international had Joined Portsmouth, for whom he'd spent part of the previous season playing for on loan.

2006 4-1 up after the first leg, Norwegian side Lillestrøm wrapped up their Intertoto Second Round tie in Iceland against IBK Keflavik with two early goals.

However, their unassailable 6-1 aggregate advantage at the interval was eroded after the break as the Icelandics hit back.

The final score in the Keflavíkurvöllur Stadium was 2-2, giving the visitors a 6-3 aggregate victory and setting up a Third Round meeting with Newcastle United.

2007 Credible sources claimed that Barcelona forward Deco was due on Tyneside to finalise a deal that was initially reported in the News of the World.

The story turned out to be as false as most of the others and a year later the Brazilian had joined Chelsea in an £8m deal.

2008 Sebastian Larsson's agent claimed that Newcastle were the only side to make a bid for the Birmingham City midfielder.

If that was true then it was a bid that wasn't accepted, as the Swede stayed at St. Andrew's until joining the mackems in 2011.

The agent of Paris St. Germain's Mevlut Erdinc confirmed that his client wouldn't be moving to SJP - despite apparent agreement over a fee between the two clubs.

2014 Despite a match-winning display in the penalty shootout at the World Cup Quarter Finals against Costa Rica, Tim Krul was denied the chance to repeat the feat in the Semi-Final against Argentina.

Held 0-0 after 120 minutes in Sao Paulo, this time Holland coach Louis Van Gaal had made three earlier replacements, meaning super sub Tim had to watch as
Jasper Cillessen failed to make a single save in a 2-4 loss.