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  Number of Newcastle
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Burnley (h) Public sale now
Leicester (a)
Liverpool (a) SOLD OUT tbc
Man City (h) Public sale now (online)
Man United (h)
Everton (a)
STH sale now (10pts)
Southampton (a) STH sale now (0pts)

It's that time again already. The
2021 Advent Calendar
  Day 3

FA Cup:
Draw details

Newcastle will learn the identity of their FA Cup Third Round opponents this coming Monday evening, when the draw is made live on ITV4.

The exact scheduling of the draw is yet to be announced, but it will take place at some point during ITV's live coverage of the Second Round tie between Boreham Wood and St.Albans City (7.45pm KO).

Third Round ties are scheduled to be played over the weekend of January 8th 2022.

NUFC last 10 FAC3 ties:

2020/21 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
2019/20 Rochdale (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2018/19 Blackburn Rovers (h) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2017/18 Luton Town (h) won 3-1
2016/17 Birmingham City (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2
2012/13 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) lost 0-2
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 2-1

Premier League:
Still winless,
still brainless 

Newcastle  1  Norwich City  1

Match report

Latest PL results:

Tue 30.11.2021:

Newcastle 1-1 Norwich City
Leeds United 1-0 Crystal Palace

Wed 01.12.2021:

Southampton 2-2 Leicester City
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
West Ham 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolves 0-0 Burnley
Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City
Everton 1-4 Liverpool

Thu 02.12.2021:
Spurs 2-0 Brentford
Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal

Premier League:
Burnley (h)

The Magpies host the Clarets at St. James' Park on Saturday in an old-fashioned, non-televised 3pm start.

Remaining tickets are now on public sale for the visit of a side who arrived in eighteenth place and with just a single victory to their name in 13 PL games (beating Brentford 3-1 at Turf Moor).

For Eddie Howe it's an eleventh meeting with the side he managed a decade ago - having guided Bournemouth two just a pair of victories in the previous games.

This will be Burnley's second visit to Tyneside this season, following their penalty shootout success in a League Cup tie that had ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

The two sides also met in pre-season behind closed doors in Lancashire, Burnley winning that game 1-0.

NUFC: Ciaran Clark is suspended for this game following his red card against Norwich City, while Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie are both available after completing their one match bans.

Paul Dummett remains unavailable.

Pre-match: We're delighted to have The Dog and Parrot bar on board with us again this season, opposite Times Square on Clayton Street West/Neville Street.

Former Magpie Malcolm Macdonald will be holding a pre-match talk-in from 1pm and returning at 6.30pm. Free entry to both.

ames Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood will both be available for selection after serving one match bans.

Phil Bardsley may return, but Ashley Barnes
remains out due to injury. Dale Stephens is recovering from COVID.

The Clarets extended their unbeaten PL record to five games thanks to a 0-0 draw at Wolves on Wednesday night - although only one of those five games ended in three points for Sean Dyche's side.

Burnley are winless on the road so far this season, losing at Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City and drawing at Leicester City, Southampton and Wolves.

Our betting partners Boyle Sports rate the outcome of this match as follows:

Home win 5/4
The draw 23/10
Away win 11/5
NUFC win 1-0, Wilson scorer 22/1

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Referee: Paul Tierney - third outing of the season for the Lancastrian whistler, following on from the 2-2 home draw and Chelsea's 3-0 victory on Tyneside.

VAR: Lee Mason

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: To follow

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UK Radio: Live on talkSPORT

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Metro: No scheduled closures.

Matchday buses: The X50 and Q3 park & ride services will both operate details here

Road closures:
Temporary road closures around the ground will be in place from an hour before kick-off until 30 minutes after the final whistle. details here

 The usual stall and bucket shakers will be on Strawberry Place - please support them with donations of food or cash if you're able to.

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Sat 04.12.2021:

West Ham v Chelsea (12.30pm) BT
Newcastle v Burnley (3pm)
Southampton v Brighton (3pm)
Wolves v Liverpool (3pm)
Watford v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 05.12.2021:
Leeds United v Brentford (2pm)
Manchester United v Crystal Palace (2pm)
Spurs v Norwich City (2pm)
Aston Villa v Leicester City (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.12.2021:
Everton v Arsenal (8pm) Sky


Clarets @ SJP - last 10:

2020/21 won 3-1 Saint-Maximin, Wilson 2
2019/20 drew 0-0
2018/19 won 2-0 Schar, S.Longstaff
2017/18 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2014/15 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Colback, Sissoko
1982/83 won 3-0 Waddle, Varadi, Keegan
1979/80 drew 1-1 Davies
1978/79 won 3-1 Withe, Shoulder, Cassidy
1975/76 lost 0-1
1974/75 won 3-0 Macdonald 2, Barrowclough

Dons overlook
Longstaff again

Updates on Newcastle's loan contingent:

Matty Longstaff (Aberdeen)
A 2-0 success against Livingston at Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership was achieved with the on-loan Magpie failing even to make the matchday 18.

Matty has featured in just five of Aberdeen's 13 senior matches since he joined them on loan in late August - managing just 17 minutes from the last 540 minutes that the Dons have played.

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic)
The defender was named in the starting lineup for Tuesday's EFL Trophy trip to Accrington Stanley.

Completing the full 90 minutes, Kell dispatched his penalty kick as the Latics triumphed 5-4 in the shootout.

Jake Turner (Colchester United)
Having belatedly won his place in the league side, Jake was also selected for EFL Trophy duty at Swindon Town on Tuesday.

He helped the U's register a 2-1 success, sending them into the last 16 of the competition.

Lewis Cass (Port Vale)
The Valiants bowed out of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday, beaten on penalties away at Rotherham United.

Lewis completed the full 90 minutes which ended in a 1-1 draw but hadn't been called upon to take a spot kick when his side were eliminated 5-3.

Tom Allan, Oisin McEntee (Morton)
Scottish Cup action for Morton on Saturday, drawing 1-1 away at fellow Scottish Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Oisin played the full game while Tom was an unused sub.

The two sides will meet again at Cappielow on Tuesday December 7th.

Rodrigo Vilca (Doncaster Rovers)
The Peruvian was missing for a second successive game as Rovers were beaten 0-2 at Burton Albion in League on Saturday.

Premier League:
The agony goes on

Arsenal  2  Newcastle  0

Match report

Book offer/compo:
Heart breaker

"Newcastle United Stole My Heart" is an account of author Michael Chaplin's life and times cheering on The Magpies since first visiting St. James' Park back in 1963.

Selecting 11 Toon games with a personal significance, Chaplin speaks to players who were involved, weaving his own life story around United's fortunes - or lack of them.

Thanks to everyone who has purchased books, our last remaining stocks of author-signed copies are available now
online here for 15.99.

We had one up for grabs and asked which two future Magpies played for Wimbledon in an FA Cup victory at SJP in 1988.

Dave Beasant was the one we named - the incident after that game when Mirandinha hoofed him up the backside mentioned in this book. The other? Andy Thorn.

The winning entry came from Scott Lohnes - thanks to all who entered.

Carabao clash possibility:
Bees update

For anyone looking ahead to visiting Brentford's new ground later this season with Newcastle, keep one eye on the Carabao Cup ties later this month.

The Bees have made it through to the last eight of the competition and host Chelsea on Wednesday December 22nd.

Were Thomas Frank to win that and guide his side past two-legged Semi-Final in January, then Brentford would be in Carabao Cup Final action at Wembley on February 27th - and a new date would be required for the scheduled PL visit of Newcastle that same weekend.


The latest episode of a free NUFC history Podcast series hosted by the Chronicle is now available online here

WC date:

Depending on our fate at the end of this season, here's how the next one will pan out:

Premier League:

Season starts 06.08.2022
Season halts 14.11.2022 (Round 16)
Season restarts 26.12.2022 (Round 17)
Season ends 28.05.2023


Season starts 30.07.2022
Season halts 14.11.2022 (Round 16)
Season restarts 10.12.2022 (Round 17)
Season ends 06.05.2023
(Playoff finals 27.05-29.05.2023)





Season 2021/22

2021/22 match tickets shown as being on public sale require registration on the NUFC ticket website - this can be done in advance of the ticket sale.

Sat 04.12.2021 U18s v Liverpool U18s (a) @ LFC Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 04.12.2021 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 06.12.2021 time tbc FA Cup Third Round draw involves Newcastle United.

Mon 06.12.2021 U23s v mackem U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 10.12.2021 U23s v Watford U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 6pm. Premier League Cup.

Fri 10.12.2021 U18s v West Ham U18s (a) @ Rush Green, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.
Behind Closed Doors.

Sun 12.12.2021 Leicester City (a) @ King Power Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,300. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 14.12.2021 U23s v Ashington (a) @ Woodhorn Lane, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup. Advance tickets bookable
online here 6 adults (7 on gate). 2 Students/OAPs, 1 U16s.

Thu 16.12.2021 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,000. Live on BT Sport.

Sat 18.12.2021 U18s v Nottingham Forest U18s (a) @ Nigel Doughty Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 2.15pm. Premier League.
Public sale now (online), Mon 06.12.2021 (all). Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.12.2021 U23s v Wolves U23s (a) @ Aggborough, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 27.12.2021 Manchester United (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

Thu 30.12.2021 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 7.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (10 points). 30 adults, 25 seniors, 20 U18s. Allocation: tbc. Live on Amazon Prime.

Sun 02.01.2022 Southampton (a) @ St. Mary's Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (0 points). 30 adults, 27 seniors/18-25s, 25 U18s, 20 U11s. Allocation: tbc.

2021/22 PL season:
Season ends Sun 22.05.2022


Live TV confirmation dates:  

all "approximate dates"

Tue 14.12.2021
Feb 2022
Mon 24.01.2022
Mar 2022
Mon 21.02.2022
Apr 2022
Mon 04.04.2022
May 2022

NUFC Live on TV:

Sun 12.12.2021 Leicester City (a) 2pm Sky
Thu 16.12.2021 Liverpool (a) 8pm BT
Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h) 2.15pm Sky
Mon 27.12.2021 Manchester United (h) 8pm Sky
Thu 30.12.2021 Everton (a) 7.30pm Am
Sun 02.01.2022 Southampton (a) 2pm (no TV)

(TV picks to Sun 23.01.2022 made).

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

R3: Sat 08.01.2022
R4: Sat 05.02.2022
R5: Wed 02.03.2022
QF: Sat 19.03.2022
SF: Sat 16.04.2022
F: Sat 14.05.2022

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Second Round:

14.12.2021 Ashington v Newcastle United U23s
Date tbc Bedlington Terriers v Newcastle Universit
Date tbc
Morpeth Town v Blyth Spartans

Date tbc
North Shields v Heaton Stannington

(Ties to be played by 22.12.2021

FA Youth Cup:
(NUFC U18s away to West Ham in Round Three, ties to be played on or before 11.12.2021)

U23 PL Cup:
(NUFC U23s in Group G with Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Watford)

U18 PL Cup:
(NUFC U18s in Group A with Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Southampton)

U17 PL Cup:
(NUFC U17s in Group B with Leeds United, mackems and Boro)

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 09.07.2021:
Wakefield v Toulouse (2.30pm)
St Helens v Wigan (4.45pm)
Leeds v Castleford Tigers (7pm)

Sun 10.07.2021:
Huddersfield v Salford (1pm)
Catalans v Warrington (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 15.10.2022:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

24.01.2022-02.02.2022 tbc

09.01.2022-06.02.2022 (AFCONF)
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
3rd December

Born Or Died:

1880 Alexander Noble Hall born, Peterhead, Scotland. (1907-08)

Centre forward who began his career at Peterhead before emigrating to Canada, where he signed for Toronto Scots.

Later joining the Galt club in Cambridge, he played for them as Canada' representatives 
in the 1904 Olympic games in the US city of St.Louis, winning Gold. 

Relocating to Montreal the following year, Hall signed for Westmount before later making his way back to Europe. 

Signed from Edinburgh side St.Bernards in April 1907, Alex appeared for United soon after in a friendly away to Aberdeen.  

Making a good impression on a post-season tour of Germany he bagged ten goals in three outings and debuted in a 1-3 reverse at Sheffield Wednesday in September 1907, 

Hall returned to the side a fortnight later and retained his place for the next five games, scoring against Nottingham Forest and Notts County in successive games, 

Transferred to Dundee in March 1908, Alex won a Scottish Cup medal during three years on Tayside, moving on to become Dunfermline player-manager in 1910.

Serving in the British Army during WW1, Hall later returned to Canada and lived in Toronto, playing for Mimico Beach.

He died in September 1943, aged 62.

1940 Robert Folland born, Hartlepool, 

Centre forward who played for Seaton Holy Trinity in Seaton Carew before catching the eye of Newcastle scouts. 

Failing to secure a professional contract on Tyneside, Bobby joined his hometown club following his release by the Magpies.

Folland's place in Hartlepools folklore is assured thanks to a performance at the Victoria Ground in April 1961, when he scored all five goals in a 5-1 win over Oldham Athletic.

Within two years though Folland had packed in playing league football and was turning out for local side Blackhall Colliery Welfare.

1941 Death of Neil Harris, 47.
One of only a handful of players to complete a century goals for United, Harris was serving as the manager of Swindon Town when his passing was recorded.

1951 John Burridge born, Workington. 
(Player & coach 1989-91, 1993-97) 

The phrase 'more clubs than Jack Nicklaus' was never more fitting when describing a footballer, than for the eccentric "Budgie".

A "have gloves, will travel" outlook saw him enjoy a 29 year playing career, although he actually began as an outfield player with Workington in 1967, quickly taking his place between the posts.

Turning down an approach from Stoke City, Burridge accepted an offer from Bob Stokoe when he was in charge of Blackpool and he moved to Bloomfield Road in April 1971.

Later transfers took John to...deep breath.... Aston Villa, Southend United (loan), Crystal Palace, QPR, Wolves, Derby County (loan), Sheffield United, Southampton, Newcastle, Hartlepool United (trial), Falkirk (loan),  Hibernian, Barrow, Newcastle, Scarborough, Lincoln City, Enfield, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Dumbarton, Falkirk, Manchester City, Notts County, Witton Albion, Darlington, Grimsby Town, Gateshead, Northampton Town, Queen of the South, Blyth Spartans, Scarborough and Blyth Spartans.

Initially signed by Jim Smith for 25,000 from Southampton in September 1989, Budgie, debuted in a 4-0 League Cup home win over Reading the following month.

His final game came in a 3-2 victory against Oldham Athletic in April 1991, incoming boss Ossie Ardiles opting to release him at the conclusion of that season.

Following unsuccessful trials with Darlington, Hartlepool United and Falkirk, Budgie was signed by Hibernian to replace Andy Goram and within months had earned a League Cup winner's medal.

Budgie returned to SJP with Kevin Keegan in August 1993 in a coaching role and as cover when applications to gain a work permit for USA custodian Brad Friedel were rejected.

That second spell saw him fail to add to his tally of senior team appearances, although he did make the bench in  both of United's first two Premiership campaigns.

Loaned out to Manchester City, Budgie appeared as a half-time substitute against Newcastle at Maine Road in place of Tony Coton during April 1995 - and kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

His final involvement with Newcastle was as a part-time coach while in charge of Blyth Spartans - also working with goalkeepers at Leeds United around that time.

He's remembered at SJP for elongated pre- match warm-ups and an obsession with both fitness and diet (he routinely ate jars of baby food during the season).

Budgie also had a sideline in selling clothing, with a shop in Newcastle city centre and a stall at the Gateshead Garden Festival - something that got him into bother with the law when in charge at Blyth Spartans.

Charged with handling dodgy clobber, part of the case against him consisted of TV footage showing his Blyth squad ahead of an FA Cup tie against Blackpool - clad in the offending threads...

Fined 16,000, Burridge contemplated taking his own life and spent time at the Priory whilst struggling with depression brought on by the end of his playing career.

Having completed his coaching badges while at Hibernian, Burridge was convinced by his former boss Ian Porterfield to join him in his role as national team coach of Oman.

Surviving a serious accident in 1999 when  knocked off his bicycle, Burridge later coaching part-time at the Al-Ain club and featured as a TV pundit during Premier League games in the Gulf states.

Publishing his memoirs in 2011 (inevitably titled, "Budgie"), a new chapter in John's life then opened up in 2014 when he accepted the post of assistant goalkeeping coach with the Singapore national team.

1971 Phil Mason born, Consett.

Midfielder/full back who played for Hilda Park and Durham City Juniors before joining Newcastle as an apprentice (having also played for the mackems as a youngster).

Progressing through to the reserves, the turning point in Phil's career at SJP came in September 1990, when he was involved in a serious car crash on the A1 after watching a Central League game at Leeds.

Also in the car was Alan Thompson, Mickey Young, John Watson and Michael English - Mason later recounting what happened:

"We crashed and I went through the back windscreen and broke my back. I was found 50 yards from the car. 

"At the time I was in the first team squad but I was out for a year. When I came back Kevin Keegan decided to release me."

Exiting at the end of the 1991/92 season, he signed for Gateshead and had a runout for Darlington before joining Blyth Spartans.

Further trials with Cambridge United, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers followed but no deal followed and Phil subsequently embarked on a non-league tour including Kettering Town, Worcester City, Spennymoor United, Oxford City, Brackley Town, Aylesbury United, Boreham Wood and Banbury United.

A ten year association with Woodford United then followed, arriving as a player in 2003 and moving on to both coach and manage the Northamptonshire club.

Later taking charge at both Wellingborough Town and Long Buckby, Phil worked as a personal trainer before taking up a role at Middlesbrough's Academy during 2017.

1993 Michael Hoganson born, Newcastle. (2009-12)

Defender who came off the bench to debut for the U18s in a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion in September 2009.

The Baggies also provided the opposition when Hogie made his reserve bow in a 1-4 home defeat by the Baggies at Darsley Park during March 2012. 

Released that summer, trials at Northampton Town in pre-season led to a contract offer from the Cobblers, but Michael instead opted to Derby County and signed a one year deal at the Championship side.

A senior Rams debut followed against Wolves in February 2013 - the first of four Championship outings that season before foot and hip injuries saw him sidelined.

Loaned to Conference side Alfreton Town in March 2014, Michael appeared six times but was released by Derby that summer.

After playing for Gateshead reserves as a trialist, Michael joined up with Northern League side Newcastle Benfield and later moved on to Bishop Auckland.

What Else?

1898 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
1-0), Rogers(2-0), Aitken(80)

1904 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One 
There was a debut for locally-born centre forward Joe McClarence, who finished off a move involving Jimmy Howie and Sam Graham for the only goal. 

Newcastle rose to the top of the table after this victory and that's where they would end up.

1910 Bradford City (h)
Division One 
Stewart(49), Shepherd(
1-0,2-0,46), Higgins(55pen,6-0
A memorable score to mark the debut of a Newcastle legend - Frank Hudspeth. In nearly twenty years at United he was to make no fewer than 472 senior appearances. 

The game was also a benefit match for inside -forward Sandy (Alexander) Higgins, who even scored from the spot - presumably not prearranged on this occasion.

1919 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 

1921 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
Debut for Jimmy Low, at outside right.

1927 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
William Carlton made his debut at right half. Willie Wilson saved a 46th minute penalty for United from Lucas.

1932 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
Lang(48), Allen(50,57) 
The visitors were beaten for the first time in 15 games but Magpies boss Andy Cunningham wasn't there to see it, having travelled to Scotland to be at his father's bedside for his final hours.

1932 Newcastle Reserves were also over the border, playing a friendly match in Stirling against the Kings Park club.

The Magpies ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from James Boyd and Joe Ford, 2,500 attended.

Team: McPhillips, Richardson, Thomson, Bell, Davidson, Mathison, Boyd, Leighton, Ford, Dennison, Dryden. 

1938 Manchester City (a)
Division Two 

1949 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
While the first team enjoyed an inactive Saturday, United's Reserves had a Central League game at Villa Park. 

Alan Monkhouse and Stan Keery scored in a 2-1 victory.
1955 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 

1958 Bucharest Select XI (Romania) (h)
Hughes(25), Eastham(40), Curry(52), Allchurch(56)
Another SJP midweek floodlit friendly, with the visitors from behind the Iron Curtain going on to face West Bromwich Albion, who won 3-0 and Spurs, who triumphed 4-2. Scorer for the visitors was Romanian international Haralambie Eftimie.

1960 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
M.Edwards(22), Stevens(58)
Len White's ninth goal in six games wasn't enough to earn a point for Charlie Mitten's Magpies at Burnden Park.

1966 Southampton (a) 
Division One 
Melia(65), Davies(70)
Another Dell disaster left United stuck one place off the bottom of the table, with manager Joe Harvey desperately looking to the transfer market to boost his ailing squad.

1975 Notts County (h)
League Cup 5th Round 
A place in the League Cup semi finals came courtesy of County 'keeper Eric McManus, who dropped a long throw from Malcolm Macdonald into his own net.

1977 Leicester City (h)
Division One 
Burns(59), Nattrass(88) 
Our third league victory in fifteen attempts meant a successful debut for left winger Stuart Robinson.

1979 North Shields (a)
Martin(1-0,4-1), Withe(2-1), Rafferty(3-1)
United boss Bill McGarry sent a full-strength side to Appleby Park for this friendly to mark the Golden Anniversary of the Robins. 

The home side were managed by ex-Magpie John Tudor, whose side included a namesake of one of the Newcastle scorers - Billy Rafferty.

1983 Derby County (a)
Division Two 
Keegan(29), Waddle(39) 
Davison(60,66), Gemmill(71pen)
Illness meant Magpies manager and future Rams boss Arthur Cox missed out on this trip to the Baseball Ground.
Youtube footage is online here

1986 Everton (a)
Full Members Cup 
Sheedy(4), Sharp(6,21,38), Heath(77)
The goalscoring purple patch of Andy Thomas continued, with another brace for the midfielder following his pair in the victory at Chelsea and against West Ham at SJP.
Youtube footage of EFC goals is online here

1988 Luton Town (a)
Division One 
An away fan ban (thanks to MP & Hatters Chairman David Evans), a plastic pitch and a forgettable day for Archie Gourlay to make his debut.

1994 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2-4 (2-2)
Premier League 
Sheringham(15,39,71), Popescu(80) 
Blue shirts and red faces for United, who extended their winless league run to four games but retained third spot in the table.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Wimbledon (a)
Premier League 
Ferdinand(9,29), Gillespie(35)
Holdsworth(18,65), Ekoku(21) 
United were led out by former Womble Warren Barton, but on a frosty Selhurst Park pitch were denied victory by Joe Kinnear's side. It was United's 100th Premier League match.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Metz (France) (h)
(3-1 on aggregate)
UEFA Cup 3rd Round
2nd Leg 
Two late Asprilla goals sent United through to the next round and he celebrated in original style, by uprooting the corner flag and hoisting his shirt from it. 

The unimpressed referee promptly booked him which meant he was suspended for the next round against Monaco.

Tino then contrived to injure himself and was withdrawn on a stretcher to thunderous applause, which he milked as he made slow progress around the perimeter of the pitch.

David Terrier shows the sort of 
tackling that meant he never got 
beyond our second string

1996 The Cat crept in, as United revealed that their new goalkeeping coach was to be former Chelsea stopper Peter Bonetti.

2001 United's FA Youth Cup campaign was over before it had begun as the promising U18 side disappointingly lost 2-1 at Norwich City.

On a night when little went right in front of goal, Lewis Guy eventually got on the scoresheet on 97 minutes at Carrow Road.

2003 A scrambled goal from Danny Howe gave the U18 side an FA Youth Cup Fourth Round place, after a victory on the South coast at Portsmouth's Fratton Park.

Howe netted from close range after Matty Pattison had given United a first half lead, cancelled out by Liam Horsted's leveller.

This was the first meeting of the two sides in the Youth Cup since the successful 1961/62 campaign when the Magpies also won 1-0 in Hampshire at the semi-final stage.

2005 Aston Villa (h)
After an appalling midweek Carling Cup defeat at Wigan, only a bungled late penalty by Villa's Gareth Barry kept Magpies boss Graeme Souness in a job. 

Had that 88th minute spot kick been converted, then calls for the manager's head would have been hard to resist.

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer closed in on the all-time club goalscoring record, with his penalty taking him on to 198 strikes. match report

2006 The draw for the FA Cup Third Round gave us an away trip to Championship league leaders Birmingham City, ensuring that those lucky travelling Toon fans wouldn't miss out on a trip to St.Andrews that season - despite the Magpies having relegated Steve Bruce's side the previous April.

Asked about the club's transfer plans - and in particular Sol Campbell - United boss Chris Hughton commented that:

"Sol is a wonderful player and Im quite sure come January hell be playing his football somewhere. Were not prepared to rule it out, because hes a player who would be available."

However, the player himself also spoke, to say that:

"I have a few clubs tabling offers at the moment, but one of them doesnt seem to be Newcastle now.

2011 Chelsea (h)
Premier League
Drogba(38), Kalou(89), Sturridge(90+2)
The late Gary Speed was given a dignified tribute on and off the pitch at an emotionally charged SJP.

However, referee Mike Dean soon took centre stage, failing to show David Luiz what was an indisputable red card after just four minutes.

That decision ultimately cost United, despite Tim Krul's early penalty save from Frank Lampard raising hopes that it was our day. 

Injuries to Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor also contributed to the loss and the woodwork played a part in Newcastle's unbeaten home record ending at the seventh time of asking. match report

2012 Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League
Ba(13pen,21), Bigirimana(71)
United ended a run of four defeats thanks to Demba Ba's double and Gael Bigirimana's first senior goal. 

A crucial decision went in United's favour, as Papiss Cisse was sent tumbling in the box by Maynor Figueroa and was red-carded before Ba tucked away the resultant penalty.

One became two when Davide Santon's shot was pushed out by Ali Al Habsi to Ba who knocked in the rebound. Substitute Bigi then sealed the win with a memorable strike. match report