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Wednesday sees Newcastle in League Cup Third Round action, when they
make the trip to League Two Morecambe.
Kick-off at the Mazuma Stadium is at 7.45pm
and the tie hasn't been selected for live transmission by
That means it will be available as a live stream in the UK
for a £10 fee via the same EFL
website as last week.
A result must be obtained within 90 minutes, otherwise the tie will
be settled via a penalty shootout.
The winners face a Fourth Round trip to Newport County, after the League Two
beat the Championship Hornets 3-1 at Rodney
Parade on Tuesday night.
That tie is due to be played next week, after which the competition
pauses until December.
Newcastle's only previous visit to Newport came in 1947, beaten 2-4
in a Division Two fixture at Somerton Park after having won the
first game 13-0 on Tyneside.
That ground is now a housing estate and the County side that were
reformed in 1989 play at Rodney Parade.
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Team: Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis won't be risked
following their misadventures against Brighton.
Fabian Schar, Jacob Murphy, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Christian
Atsu, Sean Longstaff, DeAndre Yedlin and Dan Barlaser have all trained
A 48 page official match programme has been produced for this tie in conjunction with Magpies fan
Ian Wilson, now exiled in Lancashire.
Programmes, selling new and used match issues and his support
was invaluable in allowing the Shrimps to have a printed edition.
Copies are priced at £3.00 plus postage and can be reserved by
emailing Ian on
firstname.lastname@example.org, including postal address and telephone
MFC: The Shrimps lost 0-5 at home to Cambridge United in
League Two on Saturday and have never been beyond Round Three of
this competition since first entering in 2007.
Newcastle reserve goalkeeper Jake Turner is currently on loan at
Morecambe and played in their First Round penalty shootout win over
Former Magpie defender Liam Gibson has now agreed a deal with
Morecambe, but won't be eligible to play in this tie.
Referee: Darren Drysdale - a Football League referee since
2004, this will be the first time that he's taken charge of a
competitive senior game involving Newcastle.
However the 49 year-old is no stranger to United when acting as
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: None
UK radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live
Local radio: Live on BBC Newcastle
The only previous meeting of the Magpies and Shrimps in any
competition was a League Cup
Second Round tie in 2013 at what was then known as the Globe Arena.
That finished in a 2-0 victory for United, with brothers Shola and
Sammy Ameobi both netting late on.
NUFC.com match report
NUFC last 10 LC3 fixtures:
2016/17 Wolves (h) won 2-0
2015/16 Sheffield Wednesday (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Crystal Palace (a) won 3-2
2013/14 Leeds United (h) won 2-0
2012/13 Manchester United (a) lost 1-2
2011/12 Nottingham Forest (a) won 4-3
2010/11 Chelsea (a) won 4-3
2009/10 Peterborough (a) lost 0-2
2008/09 Spurs (h) lost 1-2
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
Third Round ties:
Leyton Orient v Spurs postponed
Luton Town 0-3 Manchester United
Newport County 3-1 Watford
West Ham 5-1 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Brentford (4-5pens)
Chelsea v Barnsley
Fleetwood Town v Everton Sky
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Leicester City v Arsenal
Millwall v Burnley
Morecambe v Newcastle
Preston North End v Brighton
Stoke City v Gillingham
Bristol City v Aston Villa
Lincoln City v Liverpool Sky
Manchester City v Bournemouth
Fourth Round draw:
Lincoln or Liverpool v Leicester or Arsenal
Millwall or Burnley v Man City or B'mouth
Brentford v Fulham or Sheff Wednesday
Fleetwood or Everton v West Ham
Bristol City or Villa v Stoke or Gillingham
Orient or Spurs v Chelsea or Barnsley
Newport County v Morecambe or NUFC
Preston or Brighton v Manchester United
Shrewsbury Town 3 Newcastle
United's U21 side lost their opening EFL Trophy
group stage game against the League One Shrews on Tuesday night,
going down by three goals as they did in 2019.
The hosts went ahead when Scott High shot home after 11 minutes and
doubled their advantage seven minutes later after Ryan Barnett
headed beyond Will Brown.
Between those two goals, Newcastle were forced into a change when
the injured Adam Wilson made way for Dylan Stephenson.
Town matched last season's three goals in the corresponding fixture
on 55 minutes, when Jason Cummings had a simple finish following a
The Magpies did get the ball in the net during added time, but
Ludwig Francillette's effort was ruled out for an earlier
Team: Brown, Cass, Francillette, Brookwell, Wilson
(Stephenson 15), Thomson (Carlyon 62), Young, Longelo (Gamblin 85),
Anderson, Flaherty, Toure.
Subs n/u: Brannen, Banda.
There was a reserve team debut for 17 year-old midfielder Reagan
Thomson, signed from Scottish side Queens Park earlier this year.
STFC: Sarkic, Love, Pierre, Sears (Williams 49), Golbourne,
Walker (Norburn 46), Vela, High, Cummings, Barnett, Udoh (Bloxham
Subs n/u: Burgoyne, Whalley, Rowland, Aris.
Booked: Walker, Cummings
Referee: Scott Oldham.
This was the first of three group stage games that Chris Hogg's side
play - all away from home - with visits to Crewe Alexandra and
Bolton Wanderers to follow.
Last season's EFL Trophy also sent the Magpies to Salop, where they
conceded three goals without reply.
PS: This is the first of two games this week for the U21/U23s,
who are in Premier League 2 action against Burnley on Friday.
That's a 2pm kick-off at the Lancashire FA's Leyland HQ - behind
PL protest at
Premier League statement, Tuesday:
"The Premier League notes the government’s announcement today and
while the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority, we
are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has
"The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide
guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts
and agreed by the government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans
in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public
activity currently permitted. This is already evident in other
"Football is not the same without attending fans and the
football economy is unsustainable without them. Last season, Premier
League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national
game is losing more than £100m per month. This is starting to have a
devastating impact on clubs and their communities.
"We are confident that Premier League clubs, using innovative
ways to get supporters safely back into grounds, will enable
revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as maintain
solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial
support for local and national economies.
"While there is a current pause in a date for fans returning
to sports venues, the Premier League and our clubs will not slow
down in our preparations for providing safe, bio-secure
environments. We will continue to work with government to bring
supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.”
Almost inevitably given the current situation, Tuesday brought
confirmation that proposals for a phased return of crowds to Premier
League matches next month are on hold.
It's a similar situation in the Football League, where pilot events
have been postponed.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove:
"It was the case that we were looking at a staged programme of
more people returning - it wasn’t going to be the case that we were
going to have stadiums thronged with fans.
"What we do want to do is to make sure that, as and when
circumstances allow, get more people back.
"The virus is less likely to spread outdoors than indoors, but
again it’s in the nature of major sporting events that there's a lot
of mingling, people look back now at the beginning of the pandemic
at some of the major sporting events then and ask the question why
were they allowed to go ahead…
"What we must do is look at sporting events now with caution, but we
also recognise that sport is a vital part of this nation and we’re
looking at everything we can do to support our athletes, our great
clubs, through what will be a challenging time.
"We do want to, in due course, allow people to return to watch
football and other sporting event, but it is the case that we just
need to be cautious at the moment and I think a mass reopening at
this stage wouldn’t be appropriate.
"I’ve attended Premier League football matches in London and,
by definition, you will have (to go) on the tube train to the
match, in the circumstances around the ground where people are
buying food, going through the turnstiles, at half-time and
afterwards a huge amount of social mixing and so we do need to
proceed with caution."
It now remains to see whether the PL and TV companies will agree to
continue showing all PL games live, with the October and November
schedule now due.
Direct debit payments continue to be taken from Newcastle United
season ticket holders - a situation that is becoming increasingly
difficult to justify in the light of today's news.
Bobby book offer
deCoubertin Books – responsible for Martin Hardy’s trilogy of
Newcastle books, Touching Distance, Tunnel of Love and Rafa’s Way –
will publish Bob Harris’s biography of Sir Bobby Robson, The
Ultimate Patriot, on 24 September.
Harris, one of Britain’s best known sportswriters, was for
more than 30 years Robson’s friend, confidante and collaborator. He
followed the manager’s career from Ipswich Town’s Portman Road to
Barcelona’s Nou Camp, via successful spells with PSV, Porto,
Sporting Lisbon, Newcastle and, of course, England – who Robson
unforgettably took to within a penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup
Harris travelled the world with Robson and was provided with
an insider’s view to his incredible life and times. One of the
best-known reporters of his generation, he accumulated hundreds of
hours of recordings with Robson in the process of ghostwriting six
books published under Robson’s name, as well as reporting on
hundreds of games for club and country.
Now, a decade after Robson’s death, Harris has sat down to
write about their friendship, utilising this incredible body of
material and his own memories of the great man.
To celebrate publication, deCoubertin are offering the first
100 customers to order Bobby Robson: The Ultimate Patriot on their
online store a FREE copy of their acclaimed title on Italia ’90,
World in Motion – (rrp £18.99).
you can order the
Badges of honour:
Update: As of Monday night, no less than £1,500 had been
raised for the Foodbank through badge sales. Limited numbers are
As was the case at the tail end of last season, the lack of crowds
at SJP means that the Newcastle West End Foodbank continue to
be deprived of their main source of income and donations.
Supporter-led attempts to plug that gap continue to emerge, now
including a special double badge issue from independent seller
Since launching earlier this year, they've produced an enviable
range of limited edition NUFC-inspired badges.
Now on sale is a double release of current season NUFC
change kits carrying the Foodbank logo - with all profits going to
the West End Foodbank.
Sold together for £10 the pair including UK postage, order
More images via twitter @Magpin1
Magpies fail to
take the Neal
Newcastle 0 Brighton 3
Latest PL results:
Everton 5-2 West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United 4-3 Fulham
Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 2-1 West Ham
Southampton 2-5 Spurs
Newcastle 0-3 Brighton
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
Leicester City 4-2 Burnley
Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United
Wolves 1-3 Manchester City
Newcastle U18s 2 Leeds U18s
See Newcastle's equaliser here
Newcastle's U18 side began their league season by sharing four goals
with Leeds at Little Benton on Saturday - the scoring coming in the
final 10 minutes.
The major action of the first period had been a 29th minute clash
between Newcastle's Josh Scott and Aaron Pilkington of Leeds that
ended in both players seeing red.
Both sides made a series of second half substitutions, with the
hosts not seriously threatening the Leeds goal until the 75th
Visiting goalkeeper Will Brook pushed a shot onto his crossbar
before Magpies forward Michael Ndiweni missed two decent
opportunities and a linesman's flag saw a 78th minute effort ruled
Ndiweni fired home on 80 minutes to break the deadlock, only for a
Leeds side weakened by injuries and U23 call-ups to level almost
Jimiel Chikukwa netted from the penalty spot before setting up
substitute Lui Bradbury to put the visitors ahead on 86 minutes.
The hosts weren't to be denied though and straight from the
kick-off, Nathan Carlyon spotted the Leeds custodian off his line
and shot past him from the halfway line.
Team: Banda, Oliver (Stewart 71), Midgley, de Bolle, Brannen, Carlyon,
Crossley (Harrison 57), Thomson (Barclay 64), Ndiweni, Gilchrist, Scott.
Subs n/u: Thompson, Huntley
Booked: Carlyon, Brannen
Latest loan action:
Florian Lejeune (Alaves)
Sunday saw the defender complete his first competitive 90 minutes
since February, as he made his debut for Alaves away to Granada in
It finished 2-1 to Granada, with Lejeune collecting a 48th minute
booking. Ex-Magpie Joselu scored the Alaves goal, while Lejuene's
former SJP colleague Kenedy appeared on loan for Granada.
Yoshinori Muto (Eibar)
The striker was an unused substitute on Saturday as Eibar lost 1-2
away at Villarreal in La Liga.
Kelland Watts (Plymouth Argyle)
Another bonkers afternoon for the defender, as the Pilgrims shared
eight goals at Loftus Road with AFC Wimbledon in League One on Saturday.
Kell completed all 90 minutes and in his first four outings for
Argyle has seen 19 goals scored: ten in his side's favour and nine
Jake Turner (Morecambe)
A day to forget for the goalkeeper, who picked the ball out of his
net on five occasions as the Shrimps lost 0-5 at home to Cambridge United
in League Two on Saturday.
Tom Allan/Mo Sangare (Accrington Stanley)
A 1-2 reverse at Burton Albion in League One on Saturday saw Tom
appear for the closing 13 minutes of play. Mo wasn't named in the
Freddie Woodman (Swansea City)
It finished scoreless at the Liberty Stadium in the Championship on
Saturday against Birmingham City.
Tyneside-based charity Show Racism the Red Card are
currently raffling off a replica England shirt signed by Alan
Shearer and Gary Lineker.
Entries cost £5 each
Closing date is September 30th and all monies raised go to fund
their work tackling racism through education.
Ryan repels Rovers
Newcastle 1 Blackburn Rovers
Sunday sees the Magpies make their second appearance at
the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It's a 2pm KO live on Sky behind closed doors.
Newcastle's opening day success at West Ham was their tenth
against them on the road in the Premier League - bringing them level
with trips to Spurs.
Team: Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle remain out, while news
on the condition of Jamal Lewis, Allan Saint-Maximin, Matty
Longstaff, Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett is awaited.
THFC: It remains to be seen whether Gareth Bale is fit enough
to make his second PL debut for Spurs, following his loan
capture from Real Madrid.
Spurs were due to make the short trip to Leyton Orient in the League
Cup on Tuesday, but an outbreak of COVID in the home squad saw
that called off.
Jose Mourinho's side must still travel to North Macedonia on
Thursday for a Europa League meeting with KF Shkendija.
Referee: Peter Bankes - a man who has seen plenty of NUFC
matches in the last year or so in the role of VAR watcher.
Merseysider Bankes last took charge of Newcastle in the flesh when
they lost 0-1 to Palace at Selhurst Park in February, dismissing
Valentino Lazaro late on.
That was his third Toon posting in quick succession, following on
from the 3-2 FA Cup success at Oxford and the 1-1 draw away to
This will be his first game on this ground.
VAR: Lee Mason
UK TV: Live on Sky Sports
Overseas TV: To follow
UK radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live
Local radio: Live on BBC Newcastle
Magpies @ Cockerels - PL era:
2019/20: Won 1-0 Joelinton
2018/19: Lost 0-1
2017/18: Lost 0-1
2015/16: Won 2-1 Mitrovic, Perez
2014/15: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2014/15: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Perez
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2
Latest PL fixtures:
Brighton v Manchester United (12.30pm) BT
Crystal Palace v Everton (3pm) Prime
West Brom v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Southampton (8pm) Sky
Sheffield United v Leeds (Noon) BT
Spurs v Newcastle (2pm) Sky
Manchester City v Leicester (4.30pm) Sky
West Ham v Wolves (7pm) BT
Fulham v Aston Villa (6pm) Sky
Liverpool v Arsenal (8.15pm) Sky
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Season 2020/21 |
Wed 23.09.2020 Morecambe (a) @ Mazuma Stadium,
7.45pm. League Cup Third Round.
Behind closed doors.
Fri 25.09.2020 U23s v
Burnley (a) @ Lancashire FA,
Leyland. 2pm. Premier League 2.
Behind closed doors.
Sat 26.09.2020 U18s v Derby
County (a) @ Moor Farm, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Behind closed doors.
Sun 27.09.2020 Spurs (a) @ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 2pm.
Behind closed doors.
Tue 29.09.2020 U23s v Crewe
Alexandra (a) @ Gresty Road, 7pm. EFL Trophy.
Behind closed doors.
Sat 03.10.2020 U18s v Boro (h) @
Whitley Park, 2.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Behind closed doors. Note KO/venue change.
NUFC Live on TV:
Sun 27.09.2020 Spurs (a) 2pm Sky
(Unlike the Premier League games played at the conclusion of last season,
there has been no concession from TV companies to ST
holders in the form of access codes.)
to 28.09.2020 announced.
(NB: Leeds (a) and Liverpool (h) in December will both be shown
live via Amazon Prime).
NUFC Live TV confirmation dates:
NB: all "approximate dates"
11.09.2020 Oct 2020
Tue 22.09.2020 Nov 2020
Fri 09.10.2020 Jan 2021
Transfer window ends (with exceptions)*.
16.10.2020 *Transfer window between PL and FL clubs ends.
NUFC enter in Third Round. All replays scrapped.
3rd: Sat 09.01.2021
4th: Sat 23.01.2021
5th: Wed 10.02.2021
QF: Sat 20.03.2021
SF: Sat 17.04.2021
F: Sat 15.05.2021
League Cup: NUFC enter in Second Round. Opening four rounds
all in September. Semi-final one-legged, first team drawn out gains home
3rd: Wed 23.09.2020
4th: Tue 29.09/Wed 30.09.2020
5th: Tue 22.12/Wed 23.12.2020
SF: Tue 05.01/Wed 06.01.2021
F: Sun 28.02.2021
NUFC U21s are in Northern Group C with Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra and Bolton Wanderers.
Their three Group Stage games will all be away from home.
GS1: Shrewsbury (a) lost 0-3
GS2: Tue 29.09.2020 Crewe (a)
GS3: Tue 17.11.2020 Bolton (a)
Round dates (all tbc):
Ro32: Tue 08.12/Wed 09.12.020
Ro16: Tue 12.01/Wed 13.01.2021
QF: Tue 02.02./Wed 03.02.2021
SF: Tue 16.02/Wed 17.02.2021
F: Sun 14.03.2021
Newcastle (and Blyth Spartans) have opted not to enter the Northumberland Senior Cup.
2020/21 NUFC programmes:
Hard copy editions of NUFC home programmes are now produced by
Curtis Sport costing £3.50.
The Blackburn Rovers and Brighton issues can be ordered online, along with a
full season subscription service
Morecambe (a) League Cup
Tottenham (a) Premier League
events @ SJP:
Rugby League Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):
2020 ticket holders have the option of a refund or a credit
towards 2021 tickets.
Rugby League WC Finals
England v Samoa (2.30pm)
International Magpies |
National Service |
Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Whoops, He did it Again...
Once again it's the
BBC Sport website that is raising hackles amongst our readership,
this time failed NUFC defensive coach Mark Lawrenson and his shabby
"It is always a nice feeling when your new striker scores
straight away - compare (Callum) Wilson’s instant impact to
Joelinton last season, who did not break his Premier League duck
Apart from the winner at Spurs the previous August.....
(Steve Younger, Tom Gordon)
all about then?
Click here for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
22nd September |
Born Or Died:
1878 Peter McWilliam born, Inveravon, Scotland. (1902-11)
Left half acquired from Inverness Thistle, who debuted in a 0-1
loss at Middlesbrough during October 1902.
Appearing for United during their Edwardian run of success, Peter won Division
One titles in 1905, 1906 & 1908 - honours that saw him nicknamed
"Peter the Great" at SJP.
FA Cup Final appearances in 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910 for United also followed
- finally earning a winners medal at the fourth attempt, against Barnsley.
Peter received his first Scotland cap in 1905, captaining his country on the
occasion of his eighth and final appearance six years later.
A knee ligament injury sustained while with Scotland curtailed his playing
career in 1911 - his final game as a Magpie a 0-3 defeat at Liverpool that
That meant Newcastle were deprived of his services in the 1911 FA Cup Final -
having played in four ties that season and scored once (that goal against Bury
in January 1911 the 12th and last of his Magpies career).
Appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur in 1912, Peter remained in post for the
next fifteen years - leading them to FA Cup Final success over Wolves in 1921.
Taking over at Middlesbrough for a five year stint, Peter left there in 1934
and had a spell as Chief Scout of Arsenal - having turned down the chance to
succeed legendary boss Herbert Chapman when he passed away.
Returning for a second stint in charge of Spurs in 1938, he remained in charge
until 1942 when his wife's worsening medical condition caused him to resign.
Living in Redcar (birthplace of his wife), he passed away in 1951.
1933 Dave Smith born, Dundee, Scotland.
As a player, Dave appeared for Burnley, Brighton and Bristol
City before opting to pursue a career in coaching.
His first appointment took him to Libya, before a rather less exotic stint at
Sheffield Wednesday led to Smith's arrival at SJP in June 1967, assisting
manager Joe Harvey.
Dave coached United during their victorious Fairs Cup run of
1969/69 and is pictured above with the trophy.
Leaving SJP to become reserve team boss at Arsenal, he sampled management for
the first time in 1974 with Mansfield Town and led the Stags to successive
Later postings at Southend United and Plymouth also saw him secure promotions
before he was persuaded to take over at his hometown club Dundee in 1988.
That didn't work out though and within a year Dave had returned to England as
boss of Torquay United for a three year spell.
He then established youth football training schools in the Plymouth area and in
a nod to what he acknowledges to be the highlight of his career, called the
honours he hands out to top students, "Magpie Awards."
1936 Robert Whitehead born, Ashington.
Ashington-born Bob joined Newcastle from Fatfield in December
1954 and soon agreed professional terms.
His first taste of senior action came at St. James' Park in October 1956 when
selected for United against a British Olympic XI and he gained experience in
several other friendlies that season.
However Bob had to wait for a competitive debut until September 1957,
deputising at right back for Dick Keith in a 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Returning to the reserve side, he was next called upon just over a year later
and made a total of seven appearances during the 1958/59 campaign.
The 1959/60 season saw Bob play ten games from September to December, including
an 8-2 home defeat of Everton and concluding with a 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on
A back injury sustained at Stamford Bridge that day resulted in Whitehead
surrendering the number 2 shirt to Keith, having made a total of 20 starts for
Newcastle, all in the First Division.
Loaned to Cambridge City for the 1961/62 season, Bob made a permanent departure
from Gallowgate during August 1962, joining Darlington for £600 amid interest
from Rotherham United and York City.
Retiring due to injury two years after, Bob later lived in Stakeford and worked
for an electrical company based in nearby Bedlington.
His death was reported during March 2019 at the age of 82.
1952 Ray Xuereb born, Marsa, Malta.
Striker who debuted as a 16 year old for Floriana and enjoyed a
successful 13 year spell with the Maltese club.
Ray came to the attention of United in 1977 after leading his side to the
championship, finishing top scorer in the league and winning the accolade of
Maltese footballer of the year.
Xuereb netted during a 1-1 draw against the Magpies in a post-season friendly
game in Malta and then agreed to a trial in England the following season.
Appearing for Newcastle's reserve side, Xuereb returned to Malta without
agreeing any deal, apparently having failed to settle in England (a previous
trial at QPR is claimed to have ended for the same reason).
Playing on for Floriana until 1982, Ray later appeared for Hamrun Spartans,
Naxxar Lions, Gharghur and Naxxar again.
Serving a one year ban for signing up to an abortive breakaway league, he
remained there for one further year before ending his career at Qrendi in the
Beginning a coaching career in 1987, Ray later guided Maltese youngsters at
both academy and national team level in addition to spells as first team boss
of Sirens FC.
Internationally, he won the first of his 44 senior caps for Malta against
Sweden in a World Cup qualifier during 1972.
1957 Steve Carney born, Wallsend.
Defender who began his career at Dudley
Juniors, having trials for West Bromwich Albion before joining North Shields in
Moving on to Blyth Spartans two years later, Steve featured in their
memorable FA Cup run in the 1977/78 season, scoring a vital goal at Stoke City
in Fourth Round.
Sent off at Wrexham in the next round, Carney was available for the replay and
played in the defeat on a memorable night at a sold-out St.James' Park.
Steve later followed fellow Spartan Alan Shoulder to
United, signing for £1,000 in October 1979 and debuting in a 2-0 home
win over Fulham two months later.
His uncompromising tackling became a feature of his regular first team displays
at both full back and central defence, with occasional forays into midfield.
Part of the 1983/84 promotion-winning side,
Carney marked Newcastle's return to the top flight with his only senior goal
for the club in an opening day win at Leicester City.
However he soon lost his place in the side and was loaned to Carlisle United
before joining Darlington in July 1985, following his release by the Magpies.
Following spells at Rochdale and Hartlepool United Steve returned to Croft Park
in 1987 via Tow Law Town, serving Blyth well for a further four years.
Involved with the family babywear clothing business, Carney turned down the
chance o manage Blyth, but did later assist his brother Rob at Newcastle Blue
Later entering the property trade, Steve returned to SJP in 2003 as he and the
other boys of 1978 were presented to the crowd.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he died in May 2013 at
the tragically early age of 55.
Notts County (h)
Local lad Dick
Hedley (parents can be cruel) got his first run out, at
1900 West Bromwich
visit to the recently-opened Hawthorns home of Albion
ended in victory thanks to Jock Peddie's late strike.
Bringing the grandstand with them, Albion had relocated
from their former ground at Stoney Lane in pre-season and
this was a third unsuccessful attempt at christening the
1906 Woolwich Arsenal
Following two wins and two draws, Newcastle's unbeaten
start to the season ended with a poor showing at The Manor
Ground in Plumstead.
"It is strange that in the Metropolis they should
always fall short of their highest standard" wrote
the Daily Telegraph - and you thought our London hoodoo
was a modern day phenomenon.....
1923 Cardiff City (h)
This proved to be the fourth and final game that
centre forward William Scott played for United - injuring
his knee during the first half so badly he was unable to
1928 Leicester City
Frank Hudspeth's late free kick was enough to give
Newcastle their first victory over the Foxes in six
1934 Plymouth Argyle
Smith(51), Leach(75), Boyd(83)
There was a goal on his debut for centre forward Jack
Smith, whose goalscoring record of 73 goals in 112 senior
appearances is often overshadowed by memories of the
Gallacher and Milburn eras.
1934 While Jack
Smith was beginning his league career for United, former
Gallowgate favourite Hughie Gallacher was appearing at
Roker Park for his latest club Derby County.
In a stormy encounter watched by 30,000, Derby triumphed
4-1 thanks to a Jack Bowers treble. Gallacher was
dismissed shortly after half time.
Stoke City (h)
added another five goals to what would become a fearsome
total of 231 strikes in wartime football for the Magpies.
The Potters side included Stanley Matthews.
Charlton Athletic (a)
1956 Burnley (h)
1962 Norwich City (h) 2-1 (2-0)
Peterborough United (h) 3-4 (1-3)
League Cup 2nd Round
Bennett(25), Iley(54), Hilley(79)
A typical week in the history of Newcastle: beat
league leaders Burnley on a Saturday, lose to Division
Three Posh on Wednesday.
The visitors recorded their first-ever League Cup win in
this competition after five successive exits at the first
time of asking - and would progress to the last four of
Coventry City (a)
The Sky Blues were bidding for their sixth successive
victory at Highfield Road, but old boy John Tudor's
equaliser halted that run and earned the Magpies a
Stoke City (h)
League Cup 3rd Round
Nattrass(17), T.Craig(32pen), Burns(82)
This victory over the Potters lined up a trip to Manchester
United in the next round - a tie we infamously lost 2-7.
The breakthrough came when a push on John Brownlie by
Joey Jones was punished with a spot kick that Alan
Shoulder converted (his sixth penalty of the season), to
put us on top of Division Two.
Queens Park Rangers (a) 5-5 (4-0)
McDonald(3), Waddle(17,25,41), Wharton(84)
Gregory(74), Wicks(86), Micklewhite(90)
Wow. 4-0 up at half time, United were lucky to hang on
for a point as they capitulated in the last quarter of a
Kenny Wharton scored at both ends while England manager
Bobby Robson was present and noted the form of Chris
Waddle on the Loftus Road plastic.
footage is online here
West Ham United (h)
Having got off the mark for the season with a brace at
Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, Mark McGhee netted again.
Robert Lee signed for £700,000 from Charlton
Athletic, after rejecting overtures from ex-boss Lennie
Lawrence at Middlesbrough.
Keegan famously convinced Lee that Newcastle was nearer
his Essex home than Teesside - at least in transport
Notts County (h)
League Cup 2nd Round
The Pies took an early lead when Pavel Srnicek fumbled
an indirect free kick from Mark Draper into his own net,
but this inspired United and Andy Cole in particular,
against his home town team.
1997 The reserves
won 1-0 away at Wigan, thanks to a late
winner from David Eatock, signed from nearby
non-league side Chorley.
Featuring for United at Springield Park were on-trial duo Massimo
Oddo from AC Milan and Carlos Gonzales from
The Italian defender wasn't retained - but went on to
win 34 caps for his country and a 2006 World Cup winners medal - while the Aussie
forward soon retreated back down
under in a huff.
Chopra got the vital goal that beat Manchester City's
Reserves 1-0 at Hyde United's Ewen Fields, striking two minutes into the second half,
in front of watching City boss Kevin Keegan.
Celestine Babayaro accepted a charge of violent conduct
from the FA over an incident with Liverpool striker Dirk
Kuyt at Anfield two days previously.
Referee Mark Halsey missed the incident during
the game, but video evidence subsequently showed the
Nigerian striking the Dutchman in the face while the pair
jostled in advance of a first half corner.
banned for three games, but the chances of him making that
many appearances in succession without developing an 'injury' were pretty slim anyway....
2008 The Reserves lost 0-3 at home to Sheffield
United's second string. Tormentor-in-chief for the Blades
was former Magpie Keith Gillespie, who scored twice and
eclipsed a young Toon side that included reserve debutant
Peterborough United (a) 0-2 (0-2)
Carling Cup Third Round
Hughton opted to field a weakened side at London Road,
making ten changes and handing debuts to defensive duo Ben
Tozer and James Tavernier.
With Haris Vuckic and Ryan Donaldson also making their
first senior starts, the Magpies struggled and were
deservedly two behind at half time.
Hughton left on Danny Guthrie - who had already been
booked - and then made a triple switch on the hour,
bringing on messrs Nolan, Geremi and Smith.
Guthrie was then sent off and with Joey Barton unfit, the
bizarre triple switch thankfully didn't result in any
injuries to our depleted resources.
Carling Cup Third Round
Ranger(27), R.Taylor(32), Ameobi(49,90)
Ameobi's headed winner in the final seconds capped an
incredible night, as Newcastle ended a winless run at
Stamford Bridge that stretched back to November 1986.
defender Patrick Van Aanholt had put the home side ahead
on a night when 36 year-old Sol Campbell made his first
team debut for Newcastle.
The mackems sacked slack-jawed, trouser-dirtier Paolo Di
Reacting to the news on twitter, ex-Mag, Joey Barton said:
"Di Canio said to be devastated on having to leave
the cultural utopia that is 5under1and to go back home to
Remie Streete's headed brace secured a 2-1 win for the
U21s over Arsenal as they leapfrogged the Gunners into
Streete's display at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park was seen
by Port Vale officials and he soon joined them on loan.
2016 The reserves made a losing start to their
Central League Cup campaign at Little Benton,
losing 0-2 to Sheffield United.
Crystal Palace (a)
Newcastle made it six games without victory from the
start of the season
but a second away clean sheet matched their record from
the whole of the previous campaign.
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