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Glenn Roeder RIP


News broke on Sunday teatime that former Newcastle United player and Manager Glenn Roeder had passed away, aged 65.

Confirming the sad news, the League Managers Association spoke of "a long battle with a brain tumour."

Alan Shearer - who played for Roeder at SJP - tweeted "So sad. A fantastic man" while his NUFC assistant Nigel Pearson called him "a man with incredible integrity, humility, warmth, humour and humanity."

Glenn arrived on Tyneside from QPR during United's successful 1983/84 promotion season and became club captain, making 219 appearances before leaving in 1989.

Later embarking on a coaching and managerial career, Roeder returned to the Magpies as Academy Director during June 2005.

By the following February however, he was caretaker boss at SJP following the departure of Graeme Souness.

Persuaded to take the post permanently despite not holding the required UEFA Pro Licence, Roeder steered the club to an Intertoto Cup place and then into the UEFA Cup, giving Andy Carroll and Tim Krul their senior chance.

Glenn remained in charge until the final days of the 2006/07 season - shortly before the arrival of a certain Mike Ashley.

Along with the likes of Rob Lee and Les Ferdinand, he was a "Southerner" whose service to the club and affection for the region earned him genuine respect from fans - making a mockery of lazy media stereotypes.

We mourn his passing.

Don't look down

A 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday saw Fulham return to within three points of Newcastle - and means that Steve Bruce's side could kick off next Sunday in the bottom three for the first time since October 2019.

Fulham would edge ahead of the Magpies on goal difference were they to defeat Spurs at Craven Cottage on Thursday.

Our next opponents West Bromwich Albion are also in action on Thursday, when they host Everton.

Elsewhere on Sunday, a 4-0 home win for Spurs over Burnley ended the recent Clarets mini-revival and damaged their goal difference.

Sean Dyche's side are also in midweek action this week, at home to Leicester City on Wednesday night.

Current PL table - bottom eight:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
13 Palace 26 -14 33
14 Southampton 25 -12 30
15 Burnley 26 -16 28
16 Brighton 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle 26 -17 26
18 Fulham 26 -11 23
19 West Brom 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield U 26 -28 11

Latest PL results/fixtures:

Sat 27.02.2021:
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Brighton
Leeds United 0-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle 1-1 Wolves

Sun 28.02.2021:
Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
Leicester 1-3 Arsenal
Spurs 4-0 Burnley
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool

Mon 01.03.2021:
Everton v Southampton (8pm) Sky

Tue 02.03.2021:

Manchester City v Wolves (8pm) BT

Wed 03.03.2021:
Burnley v Leicester City (6pm) Sky
Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa (6pm) BT
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (8.15pm) Sky

Thu 04.03.2021:
Fulham v Spurs (6pm) BT
West Brom v Everton (6pm) Sky
Liverpool v Chelsea (8.15pm) Sky

Sat 06.03.2021:
Burnley v Arsenal (12.30pm) BT
Sheffield United v Southampton (3pm) Sky
Aston Villa v Wolves (5.30pm) Sky
Brighton v Leicester City (8pm) Sky

Sun 07.03.2021:
West Brom v Newcastle (Noon) Prime
Liverpool v Fulham (2pm) Sky
Manchester City v Manchester United (4.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Crystal Palace (7.15pm) Sky

Mon 08.03.2021:
Chelsea v Everton (6pm) BT
West Ham v Leeds (8pm) Sky

Discomfort zone

Newcastle  1  Wolves  1

For the fifth time in succession, the points were shared between these two sides on Saturday as they scored a goal apiece - an outcome that does little to alleviate the current state of fear across Tyneside.

Leading through a Jamaal Lascelles header seven minutes after the break, United's first stalemate in 11 games came when the recalled Martin Dubravka faied to block a Ruben Neves header 17 minutes before the end.

Losing the services of Javier Manquillo, Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar during the last home game against Southampton, Steve Bruce looked on as another trio of his players limped out of the action here.

Miguel Almiron failed to appear for the second half due to a knee injury, Allan Saint-Maximin went off holding his groin just after the hour and Emil Krafth was then unable to continue soon after due to a shin problem.

Going into this game following back to back away defeats at Chelsea and Manchester United, the black and whites began brightly and did everything but score in the opening half hour.

Isaac Hayden headed at Rui Patricio and the visiting 'keeper made an awkward block to deny Joelinton, but the clearest chance saw Almiron drive into the box from the right before striking the base of the far post with his 12th minute shot.

Saint-Maximin then knocked the ball into the unguarded net after Joe Willock had seen his shot bounce back off Rui Patricio in the 24th minute, but an offside flag correctly penalised the scorer.

At the other end, Dubravka was called into action when pushing Adama Traore's 32nd minute headed onto a post and Wolves came more into the contest from then on - the former Boro winger starting to tease and torment right back Krafth.

Scoreless at the break, Ryan Fraser replaced the ailing Almiron and took just seven minutes to send over a fine cross that Lascelles rose to head down and in at the Gallowgate End - the move stemming from Saint-Maximin's refusal to give up despite overwhelming odds on the left hand side of the Wolves box.

Sadly though that was as good as it got, ASM's night ending ten minutes later and his side momentarily a man short after replacement Jacob Murphy sauntered on.

Newcastle struggled to retain possession from that point and thus encouraged, Wolves broke down the right and Neto lost Jamal Lewis before crossing for Neves to head beyond Dubravka - although he got a hand to it.

The arrival of Ritchie seconds earlier and some confusion over reshuffling the side looked costly - a situation not unlike that which befell Jetro Willems at home to Arsenal in Bruce's first game. Comments from Lascelles post-match backed up tonight's apparent lack of clarity.

Without fashioning clear-cut chances, the visitors looked more likely to find a winner but a golden opportunity was squandered by United in the 81st minute.

Murphy jinked his way into the Wolves box from the right before pulling the ball back to Joelinton on the penalty spot. His first-time effort was towards the middle of the goal but had eluded Rui Patricio - only to then glance off Romain Saiss as he ran behind his own 'keeper.

Five minutes of additional time then saw Dubravka earn his side a point, although replays showed that a block to deny substitute Fabio Silva from close range was off his collar bone rather than a fist. 

Had birthday boy Callum Wilson been fit enough to play tonight, his side would surely have collected three points not one. In his absence - and even before the latest crop of knocks - goalscoring remains a worry.

Amidst the frustration of being unable to retain a lead and the concerns over that mounting sick list, there were positives to be taken from this overall display. Chances were at least made, if not taken (although Willock will curse the fact he couldn't connect properly with that first half chance before ASM's offside rebound).

The stark reality though is that there's now one less game in which to collect one of the victories that we desperately require to survive - and the pressure on Bruce & Co. has gone up another notch, or several if the Almiron injury is as bad as first feared.

(On that particular subject, were the injury not too serious, but sufficient to prevent Miggy from linking up with Paraguay in March, then that would at least solve the looming quarantine issue).

Bruce's man management skills were also under scrutiny again here; blaming Ritchie for the second half miscommunication and undermining Dubravka on his return - having already acted poorly over Darlow's dropping by telling press pals before the player.

Add that to the continual rumours swirling around about disputes with squad members currently out of favour and it's a pretty unedifying picture all round. 

Sympathy won't keep us up and every relegated side has a hard luck story. This remains a looming catastrophe; the stench of decay lingers on - and our fate increasingly looks to be in the hands of those around us, notably our former boss at the Hawthorns next Sunday. 

NUFC: Dubravka, Krafth (Ritchie 72), Lewis, Lascelles, Clark, Hayden, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron (Fraser 46), Saint-Maximin (Murphy 63), Joelinton.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Dummett, Hendrick, Gayle, S.Longstaff, Carroll.

Booked: Hayden, Clark

Goal: Lascelles 52

WWFC: Rui Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo (Hoever 85), Neves, Moutinho, Otto (Ait-Nouri 90+4), Neto, Traore, Da Silva (Fabio Silva 82).
Subs n/u:
Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Ruddy, Kilman, Otasowie (eight subs named).

Neves 73

Referee: Mike Dean - first game in charge of Newcastle for the Tranmere devotee since a 1-0 home win over Manchester United in October 2019.

Previous to that was the 1-0 win at Spurs in the same season, preceded by 1-1 draw at Brighton and 2-2 draw at Bournemouth in the 2018/19 season.

We've not lost a game refereed by Dean since he dismissed DeAndre Yedlin as Wolves won 2-1 at SJP in December 2018.

VAR: Kevin Friend

Crowd: behind closed doors

Steve Bruce:

We’re disappointed because we had the big chances. They had a couple at the death but in the first half. We’ve had three wonderful chances and then one with Joelinton with 10 minutes to go.

"It’s the same story, if you create chances but don’t take them, in the Premier League you’ll get punished.

"We should stop the cross and I think the goalkeeper will think he could have kept it out.

"He's made a great save at the end, but I know he'll be disappointed with the goal.

“I‘ve been quite pleased with how we’ve gone about our work. I’ve enjoyed watching us play today but disruptions and injuries to our big players is the biggest concern. For Miggy (Almiron) to be upset like he is, we fear the worst.

"There’s still a long way to go.

"Everybody in the bottom half will be looking over their shoulder. It’s an accumulation of points that matters so let’s take the positives."


Jamaal Lascelles
scored his seventh PL goal for the club and like the sixth, it came against Rui Patricio and Wolves at SJP.

That takes him level on seven with Matt Ritchie and ex-Magpies Jonas Gutierrez, Carl Cort, Mark Viduka and Stephen Glass.

Although he appeared in the FA Cup against Arsenal in January, Martin Dubravka played his first Premier League game since the season-closer at home to Liverpool in July 2020.

Home comforts? NUFC @ SJP 2020/21:

lost 0-3
won 3-1
Manchester United
lost 1-4
won 2-1
lost 0-2
West Bromwich Albion
won 2-1
drew 1-1
drew 0-0
Leicester City
lost 1-2
Leeds United
lost 1-2
Crystal Palace
lost 1-2
won 3-2
drew 1-1

To play
(last season score in brackets):
Aston Villa
(drew 1-1)
(lost 1-3)
West Ham
(drew 2-2)
(lost 0-1)
Manchester City
(drew 2-2)
Sheffield United
(won 3-0)

Wolves in Toon - last 10:

2020/21 drew 1-1 Lascelles
drew 1-1 Lascelles
2018/19 lost 1-2 Perez
2016/17 won 2-0 Ritchie, Gouffran (LC)
2016/17 lost 0-2
2011/12 drew 2-2 Cisse, Gutierrez
2010/11 won 4-1 Nolan, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez
2003/04 drew 1-1 Bowyer
1992/93 won 2-1 Kelly 2
1991/92 lost 1-2 og(Madden)

Young Magpies
fail Citizens' test

Manchester City U18s  4  Newcastle U18s  1

Saturday saw Newcastle U18s become the latest side to succumb to a Manchester City side who remain unbeaten at home since 2019.

City had scored a total of 20 goals in their previous four outings and by half time that had risen to 24.

Micah Hamilton took just four minutes to open the scoring before Tai Sodje made it 2-0 in the 11th minute.

The hosts then struck again through Jadel Katongo on 45 minutes before Hamilton collected his second and City's fourth in the second minute of added time.

Magpies striker Dylan Stephenson reduced the arrears in the 57th minute, but there was no further scoring.

Team: Thompson, Barclay, Nicholson, Midgley, Carlyon, Stewart, Turner-Cooke (Miley 82), de Bolle (Huntley 72), Thomson, Oliver, Stephenson (Harrison 62).
Subs n/u: Banda, Crossley.  

Goal: Stephenson 57

Departure forecast:
C'mon Cincinnati

The Shields Gazette report that Newcastle midfielder Kyle Scott has flown to the USA, as he attempts to complete a move to MLS side FC Cincinnati.

The 23 year-old signed a two year deal at Newcastle in July 2019, but started just 10 of the 31 U23 League games the club played since his arrival as a free agent - failing to register a competitive goal.

Sidelined for part of his first season at United due to groin problems, Scott recovered fitness but failed to make the transition to the senior squad, claims of a loan move also failing to materialise.

With Southampton from an early age, he joined Chelsea's Academy aged 10 and made a first team debut for them in an FA Cup tie against Hull City in 2018.

Representing England, Ireland and the USA in youth internationals, Kyle spent part of the 2018/19 season on loan to Dutch side Telstar before being released on his return to Stamford Bridge.

Royals return

Newcastle's U23 side return to action on Monday, when they host their Reading counterparts in Premier League 2 (1pm).

The Royals won the first meeting of the two sides earlier this season 3-2, at their newly-opened Bearwood Park base.

Academy antics
Ask the family
From the Mail newspaper on Friday, a tale that anywhere else would be remarkable - but at NUFC seems almost commonplace:

Newcastle United academy director Joe Joyce has been stood down from the role after his wife raised a dispute with the club over the treatment of their son.

Joyce, 59, is one of the club's longest-serving employees after 15 years as head of the youth set-up.

First-team coach Steve Harper has been placed in interim charge of the academy, meaning that under-fire Magpies boss Steve Bruce has lost his services.

Joyce's son, Sam, was an under-18s player in the academy before his release in 2019. The 20-year-old midfielder is now enrolled on a soccer scholarship in the United States.

However, it is understood that his mother brought a dispute against Newcastle after the recurrence of an injury suffered while Sam was playing for the club. Sportsmail has been told she believes the treatment of that injury on Newcastle's watch was not sufficient.

There is also an issue over her son's academic education while in the academy. It is thought legal action has been discussed.

Joyce has been temporarily removed from his position and his club phone has been switched off this week. It is not known if he supports his wife's claims. Newcastle did not comment.

Harper, the former goalkeeper who spent 20 years as a player, has relocated to the club's academy base and is no longer assisting Bruce. He would be in line to take the job on a permanent basis were Joyce not to return.

That would safeguard his future at Newcastle - with Bruce's own position under threat amid a run of 12 defeats in 16 matches.

Youth Cup resumes
The FA confirm that this season's Youth Cup competition has been reinstated, after the current pandemic caused fixtures to be suspended in early January.

At that point Newcastle United U18s had already qualified for the Fourth Round of the competition, thanks to a penalty shootout success at Huddersfield Town.

The young Magpies will now host the winners of the delayed Third Round tie between Leeds United and MK Dons - now due to be played by March 20th.

That Fourth Round tie is due to be staged on or before April 3rd, with subsequent rounds as usual through to a one-legged Final on or before May 29th.

PL fan return -
latest claims

Update 2: A further scenario now presents itself, according to The Times - namely leaving the penultimate (37th) round of games alone but delaying the 36th Round until the midweek following May 17th.

That 36th round of games is presently scheduled in midweek on or around May 12th - and is seemingly favoured to be pushed back a week by TV companies, rather than having a PL-free weekend with only the FA Cup Final.

In Newcastle's case that would see a claimed 10,000 fans return to SJP for the visit of champions-elect Manchester City.

Update 1:
Thursday brought interesting claims that in order to give every PL club the opportunity to stage a home game in front of fans, the penultimate round of fixtures could be moved from the weekend of May 15th to the following midweek.

Earlier: Governmental plans to exit lockdown revealed on Monday suggest that limited crowds could return to sporting events from Monday May 17th.

That would theoretically allow Newcastle's closing game of the season at Fulham the following Sunday (23rd) to be played with 25% capacity present - around 5,000 if Craven Cottage is still three-sided.

Our final home game against Sheffield United is due to be played on May 15th - before crowds are permitted - but would be rescheduled were the Blades to be in FA Cup Final action that weekend.

PS: It's unclear whether the Premier League will allow crowds to return this season, with the question of "sporting integrity" raised in some quarters.

That centres on whether the clubs playing at home on the final day are perceived to have any advantage by the presence of their own supporters.

There is some merit in that viewpoint, but it wasn't a consideration when the tier-based lockdown before Christmas left some clubs able to host fans while others played on behind closed doors.  

The Borrowers:
Kell on target
Current movements of our six loanees:

Kelland Watts
(Plymouth Argyle)
Defender Kell kept his place as the Pilgrims faced Lincoln City at Home Park in League One on Saturday.

And he took just three minutes to shoot home to register his third senior goal in all competitions this season.

Watts completed the full 90 minutes of what turned out to be a 4-3 victory.

Freddie Woodman
(Swansea City)
The Magpies custodian was between the posts on Saturday as the Jacks hosted Bristol City in the Championship.

However the new manager bounce saw the Robins run out 3-1 winners, giving Nigel Pearson an instant response.

Lewis Cass
(Hartlepool United)
'Pools beat Barnet 1-0 at home in the National League on Saturday teatime, with birthday boy Lewis in the starting line-up and playing the entire game.

Yoshinori Muto
Eibar were held 1-1 at bottom-placed side Huesca in La Liga on Saturday, with Muto coming off the bench in the 70th minute.

Florian Lejeune (Deportivo Alaves)
Real Osasuna took all three points from their visit to Alaves in La Liga on Saturday thanks to a 1-0 win, with Lejeune retaining his spot in the starting XI.

Elias Sorensen
(Almere City)
Sunday saw Almere defeated 0-2 at home by Eerste Divisie leaders Cambuur. Striker Elias arrived as an 83rd minute substitute with the score 0-1.

Staveley defeated

Barclays  1  PCP  0

From the BBC, Friday:

A businesswoman who sued Barclays for hundreds of millions of pounds has lost her High Court battle.

Amanda Staveley, 47, said her private equity firm, PCP Capital, was owed money for work during the financial crisis.

Barclays raised billions of pounds during the crisis from Middle East backers, helping it avoid a UK government bailout.

The court also heard about complaints about the behaviour of bank bosses.

Barclays welcomed the decision, but Ms Staveley said immediately after the ruling that she was considering an appeal.

She said: "In spite of Barclays' efforts to question my character and credentials, the court has recognised my abilities as a businesswoman and the truth of my account of events.

"The judgment confirms what I have said from the outset and repeated in my evidence; a senior executive at Barclays repeatedly lied to me when seeking private investment in the bank during the 2008 financial crisis.

"The evidence at trial was clear and unequivocal; PCP was an investor in the transaction and played an integral role in the capital raising, which ultimately prevented the bank from being nationalised

She added that she would be "taking advice on appealing the judge's decision not to award damages."

The financier had claimed Barclays concealed the terms of its complex fundraising, rather than disclose them to the financial markets as was required.

However, Mr Justice Waksman, who heard evidence at a trial in London during the summer of 2020, criticised Barclays, saying he "found Barclays to be guilty of serious deceit towards it [PCP]".

He praised Ms Staveley's character, describing her as "the driving force of PCP" and as a "tough, clever and creative entrepreneur" but said her claim "as a whole must fail".

The judge said: "Barclays contends that, in general, Ms Staveley was thoroughly unreliable, her evidence was inconsistent with documents, she had a flawed recollection and she was guilty of 'obvious embellishment and invention'.

"I do not accept that as a general characterisation so that she was essentially an untruthful or unreliable witness."

He added: "I thought that, for the most part, her evidence was reliable."

PCP's lawyers had told the judge that an initial damages claim was for a sum between £1.6bn and £400m. But that was scaled back over the course of the trial to amounts between around £830m and around £600m.

Atlantic crossing:
Old boy joins Union

Scottish international Stuart Findlay has become the latest former Magpie to make a switch to the USA.

The 25 year-old defender has left Kilmarnock for an undisclosed fee after agreeing an initial two year contract with MLS side Philadelphia Union.

Signed by United following his release by Celtic in 2016, Stuart made his senior bow in an FA Cup Third Round replay at home to Birmingham City the following January.

That proved to be his only game as a Magpie and following a loan spell with Kilmarnock the following season, he made a permanent switch to Rugby Park when his Magpies deal expired in 2018.

Art attack:
Two fingers of fudge.....

This latest effort from Wor Flags was unfurled outside SJP on Thursday night.

Villans visit

Belated confirmation of Newcastle's Premier League home game against Aston Villa has now arrived as follows:

Fri 12.03.2021 Aston Villa (h) 8pm BT

Familiar failings

Manchester United  3  Newcastle  1

Match report


Magpies triumph in
basement battle

Newcastle U23s  3  West Brom U23s  2

Match report

Miggy travel ban
in prospect

Update: speaking ahead of Sunday's visit to Old Trafford, Steve Bruce said of Miggy:

"We sincerely hope he won’t have to miss any games for us. I think we’re going to have to be guided by the Premier League and what they suggest and say. It’s a ludicrous situation really, although we are aware that they are World Cup qualifiers.

"It’s that awful balancing act, but we are in a worldwide pandemic and we’ll be guided by the authorities. We’ll look to the Premier League and try to get assurances from them over what is actually required and what is not.”

The resumption of international football in March brings with it renewed fears of COVID transmission - and contingencies in order to try and limit that.

Amongst that is a FIFA exemption rule that allows clubs to prevent players from honouring national team call-ups, if they would then be subject to an extended period of quarantine on their return.

Amongst a clutch of Premier League players facing the situation is Miguel Almiron, with Paraguay scheduled to play World Cup qualifies away to Chile and at home to Colombia in late March.

Both countries are on the UK Government "red list" of countries that require a 10 night quarantine to be observed - with no exemption for elite sports.

The issue has been raised among PL clubs with the proposal of a joint move that would see them all invoke the regulation.

Were Miggy to link up with Paraguay though, he'd potentially miss our first two games after the international break: away to Burnley and home to Spurs.

The situation regarding other PL players travelling for internationals is less clear and complicated by various European countries setting different parameters - a situation that saw some European club ties moved to alternative venues.

Newcastle players potentially leaving the UK on international duty in late March include Jamal Lewis (to Italy), Ciaran Clark & Jeff Hendrick (to Serbia), (Emile Krafth to Sweden & Kosovo), Ryan Fraser (to Israel) and Martin Dubravka (to Cyprus & Slovakia).


est Brom (a)

Steve Bruce's side come up against former Magpie boss Sam Allardyce and his Baggies at The Hawthorns on Sunday week, March 7th.

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WBAFC: Albion beat Brighton 1-0 at home on Saturday and face Everton at the Hawthorns on Thursday night, ahead of our visit on Sunday.

Referee: tbc

VAR: tbc


Since exiting from Tyneside in January 2008, hippo head has lost just two of the 12 games he's faced with various sides against Newcastle: 

2008/09 Blackburn (a) lost 0-3
2010/11 Blackburn (h) lost 1-2
2012/13 West Ham (h) lost 0-1
2012/13 West Ham (a) drew 0-0
2013/14 West Ham (h) drew 0-0
2013/14 West Ham (a) won 3-1
2014/15 West Ham (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 West Ham (h) won 2-0
2015/16 mackems (a) lost 0-3
2015/16 mackems (h) drew 1-1
2017/18 Everton (h) lost 0-1
2017/18 Everton (a) lost 0-1

Magpies @ Throstles - last 10:

2019/20 Won 3-2 Almiron 2, Lazaro (FAC)
2017/18 Drew 2-2 Clark, og(Evans)
2015/16 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Won 2-0 Perez, Coloccini
2013/14 Lost 0-1
2012/13 Drew 1-1 Gouffran
2011/12 Won 3-1 Cisse 2, Ben Arfa
2010/11 Lost 1-3 Lovenkrands
2009/10 Lost 2-4 Carroll 2 (FAC)
2009/10 Drew 1-1 Duff

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Overseas TV: to follow

UK Radio: tbc

Local Radio: Live on BBC Newcastle

Season tickets:
NUST guidance

The club's latest update regarding season ticket can be read online here.

The contents of that raised as many questions as answers and the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) sought to provide some clarification:

Around 18,000 fans on the long term deals have been paying throughout the COVID pandemic, and this latest round of refunds/credit comes following the clubs' commitment to offer a refund or credit in three stages throughout the 2020/21 season.

Fans on the long term deals should have received the following email explaining to them what group applies to them:

Group 1 - Claimed neither refund

Your 2021-22 season ticket is currently paid for in full, and you have a further 5 games account credit to use against future ticket purchases. Your next Direct Debit payment will not be until March 2022, so you will not receive a mandate from us next month.

Group 2 - Claimed 2019-20 refund only

Your 2021-22 season ticket is currently paid for in full. You have no outstanding account credit to use from 2019-20. Your next Direct Debit payment will not be until March 2022, so you will not receive a mandate from us next month.

Group 3 - Claimed Cycle 1 refund only

Your 2021-22 season ticket balance left to pay is the same as the amount of the refund you received in Cycle 1, your Direct Debit payment(s) will start in March 2021 and you will receive a Direct Debit mandate from us this month. You still have 5 games account credit to use from 2019-20.

Unless you opted in to use your 2019-20 account credit towards your 2021-22 season ticket in which case your ticket is currently paid for in full. Your next Direct Debit payment will not be until March 2022.

Group 4 - Claimed both refunds

Your 2021-22 season ticket balance left to pay is the same as the amount of the refund you received in Cycle 1, and you have no outstanding account credit to use from 2019-20. Your Direct Debit payment(s) will start in March 2021 and you will receive a Direct Debit mandate from us this month.

*Please note, if you have also changed age band or seating category, your season ticket payments will also be amended to reflect this.

All of the above could change depending on your decision on future refunds:

The Cycle 2 refund application window to cover the eight games in December, January and February will open later this week followed, at the end of the season, by Cycle 3 which will cover the final six games.

If you opt to receive a refund in Cycle 2 then you will be required to make payment towards your 2021-22 season ticket, or to increase the amount you will have been paying. This will also apply if you take a refund in Cycle 3. If this applies to you we will be in touch following the closure of each refund application window to confirm any changes and future payment dates.

Future direct debit payments

Fans who have taken refunds throughout the process will have received, or will be receiving, their direct debit notice for the 2021/22 season. If you took credit, you won’t receive anything as your season ticket is now paid for next season.

There was some confusion as fans who claimed the first refund have been receiving direct debit notices with much lower amounts than what they are used to paying.

Following a quick clarification with NUFC, they explained that because fans still have money inside the club, the amount owed will be less than normal. If fans continue to take refunds in Stages 2 and 3 then the monthly payment will continue to rise in order to level out the payments owed on your season ticket.

For example, if you have received a direct debit notice of £10 per month, this will remain the case if you decide to take credit for the next two stages, if you decide to continue to apply for a refund then this amount will rise in order to meet with the amount owed for the 2021/22 season.

Fans placed in wrong group

We have heard of some instances where fans have been placed in the wrong group, for example the club say they have claimed a refund when they haven’t. We would advise those in this situation to contact the club ASAP on

Fans who claimed credit in 2019/20

There have also been many questions from fans about whether they can now claim a refund for the money they claimed as credit for the 5 games owed to fans from the 2019/20 season. Again, please contact the club on this one,

It is our firm belief that fans wanting to claim a refund on that money should be able to, and shouldn’t have to wait until season 2022/23 to see the benefit.

Fans who missed Stage 1 refunds

For fans who missed the communication about the Stage 1 refunds in October 2020, the club are willing to process refunds if you contact them on

For any further queries about your individual payments, again please contact the club. We have been assured the club are more than willing to help everyone through this situation.

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Water torture

Newcastle  3  Southampton  2

Match report

PL respond:
Arbitration update


Premier League CEO Richard Masters confirmed that arbitration was ongoing and his organisation wished"to have the matter resolved in a timely manner."

09.01.2021 NUFC QC Nick De Marco attended the Arsenal v NUFC FA Cup tie and tweeted that he'd met NUFC officials beforehand.

NCSL failed to get a response from Johnson, but did take part in a Zoom Call with a House of Commons official.

NCSL wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the proposed takeover and a lack of progress.

NCSL confirmed they had received a letter from the PL claiming that it was they who had leaked arbitration information - and threatening legal action.

NUFC confirmed that it had issued arbitration proceedings against the EPL with no time scale on a resolution.

17.11.2020 NCSL confirmed that their QC, Robert O’Donoghue was reviewing the EPL's response to their letter.

27.10.2020 The PL received a "Letter Before Action" from "Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd" seeking a ruling from The Competition Appeal Tribunal over a possible regulatory breach by the PL during the PCP takeover.

14.09.2020 QCs Nick De Marco and Shaheed Fatima of Blackstone Chambers confirmed that they were acting for Newcastle United against the PL.

Their involvement comes at the instigation of lawyers acting for Mike Ashley following the breakdown of the PCP takeover.



Season 2020/21

NUFC released details of plans to reimburse season ticket holders on October 29th 2020:

Details are online here

Further information was then made available on February 10th 2021:

Details are online here

Various options are available depending whether fans are on long-term deals.

Phased refunds or credits are available, but for some these options will run alongside existing direct debit payments - in other words they'll be receiving money back while continuing to pay.

Long-term deals expiring at the end of this season (2020/21) will automatically be extended to next season (2021/22).

Mon 01.03.2021 U23s v Reading (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Fri 05.03.2021 U23s v Boro (a)
@ Rockcliffe Park, 1.30pm. Premier League 2. Note new venue. Behind closed doors.

Sat 06.03.2021 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward TG, 11am. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Sun 07.03.2021 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, Noon. Note new day/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Amazon Prime.

Mon 08.03.2021 U23s v mackems (a)
@ academy of plight, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Tue 09.03.2021 U18s v Leeds United (a)
@ Thorp Arch, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Fri 12.03.2021 Aston Villa (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Note new day/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on BT Sport.

Sat 13.03.2021 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 2pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Mon 15.03.2021 U23s v Leeds United (a) @ Thorp Arch, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Fri 19.03.2021 U23s v Norwich City (a) @ Lotus TC, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Sat 20.03.2021 U18s v Burnley (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Sat 20.03.2021 Brighton & Hove Albion (a) @ Amex Stadium, 8pm. Note new KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 23.03.2021 U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Fri 26.03.2021 U23s v Fulham (a)
@ LSE TG, 1pm. Premier League 2. Note new KO time. Behind closed doors.

PL TV games confirmed to 21.03.2021

2020/21 NUFC programmes:

Hard copy home programmes are produced by Curtis Sport costing £3.50 available online here

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):

Sat 04.09.2021
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC

Sun 05.09.2021
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR

Rugby League WC Finals

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 


Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Coxy's Corner

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On This Day in History
28th February

Born Or Died:

1930 Arthur Bottom born, Sheffield. 

Coming through the ranks at Bramall Lane before moving on to York City, Arthur first made his name during the Minstermen's 1954/55 FA Cup run.

A hat-trick at Dorchester, two goals at Bishop Auckland and one at Notts County helped York to a Semi-Final at Hillsborough, where he netted in a 1-1 draw against us - although United won the replay.

Almost three years later, relegation- threatened United's search goals led them to Arthur and a £4,500 investment was repaid handsomely by a run of ten goals in eleven games, including a debut brace in a 2-1 victory at Everton (prompting the Pink Headline, "Bottom is Tops").

United posted a £500 profit when selling him to Chesterfield in November 1958, Arthur never elaborating on the reasons for his departure, except to say that he was "happy when in the first team - but unhappy in the reserves."

That was a clear reference to the fact that he'd played just three games out of a possible fourteen that season for United - scoring three times.

And what proved to be Bottom's final SJP appearance is also worthy of note, scoring five times in a 12-1 friendly demolition of Brazilan side Bela Vista at Gallowgate. 

Living in his native Sheffield, Bottom later played for Boston United and Alfreton Town and after retiring from playing, worked as a silversmith.

Arthur died in hospital during April 2012 following a short illness. He was 82.

1958 Kevin Todd born, sunderland. 

Striker who came on trial from local league side Ryhope CA, debuting for the reserve side in a 2-0 loss at Preston in March 1981.

Kevin then netted at Sheffield United - one of four goals he scored in eight outings - and signed a permanent deal with the Magpies ahead of the 1981/82 season.

After appearing off the bench in pre-season games against the mackems, he made his senior Magpies debut as sub in a 3-0 home win over Derby in October 1981.

Todd's first goals then came in January 1982, when netting twice in a 3-2 win at Watford. 

The following season he fluked one in at Rotherham in a 5-1 trouncing of the Millers that was featured on Match of the Day - Kevin Keegan getting the other four.

However, he played what was to be his final game for us only a month later - a 2-0 loss at Carlisle - before sustaining ligament damage that ultimately cost him a top-level chance. 

A spell with Darlington then saw him score 23 goals in 102 games, before moving on to Newcastle Blue Star in 1985.

Next stop was the Finnish side FC Kuusysi Lahti, with whom he won a domestic Cup Winner's medal in 1987. 

And along with ex-Magpie Kenny Mitchell, Todd appeared at Anfield in the final of the FA Sunday Cup in 1988 for the Wearside -based team Humbledon Plains Farm.

Late that year he signed for Whitley Bay, seeing his profile raised again when he made a return appearance on Match of the Day in December 1989, scoring Bay's second goal in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Preston at Hillheads.

A spell with Berwick Rangers followed and season 1990-91 saw him voted Scottish PFA Division Two Player of the Year.

A return to local non-league football in 1992 saw Todd link up with Bishop Auckland, moving on to Spennymoor United in 1996.

He later ran a sports trophy business on Wearside.

1960 Jamie Scott born, Newcastle. 

Midfielder who was born locally but uprooted as a youngster when his pitman father was transferred to the Staffordshire coalfield. 

He returned to the region and made his way through our junior set up, but had the misfortune to come into the team in the wretched relegation season of 1977/78.

Two appearances in Division Two the following season, he moved on to play for Carlisle United and Torquay United.

He later turned out for Berwick Rangers, Ashington and Blyth Spartans while working in a stone supply business.

Living in Morpeth, Jamie remains involved in local sport, winning a UK Athletics Coach of the year award in 2006 for his work with young pole vaulters - a sport he gave up as a youngster in favour of football. 

1967 Death of Dick Keith, 33. Killed in an accident while dismantling a garage door in a builder's yard. (1956-64)

1993 Ben Robinson born, Manchester. 

Goalkeeper who began his career at Flixton Juniors and later joined Stockport County's School of Excellence, before moving on to Liverpool at the age of 14. 

Signing for Newcastle in early 2009, Ben made his U18 debut in a 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United back in April of that year.

Vying with Jak Alnwick for the number one spot, Robinson graduated to the reserve squad during the 2010/11 season but was never called into action from the bench.

His final game was a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers U18s in April 2011, after which he returned to his native North West, with non-league Trafford FC.

2000 Otto Huuhtanen
born, Tampere, Finland. (2016-19)

Initially playing football and ice hockey, goalkeeper Otto chose the former at the age of 12 and was capped at youth level by Finland.

Invited for a trial at Newcastle in July 2016 following a previous spell with Norwich City, the 16 year old impressed and a three year deal was soon agreed with his club FC Ilves.

Relocating to Tyneside in October of that year, a debut for the U18 side came during December 2016, Otto coming off the bench to replace injured custodian Ben Smith in a 2-1 victory at Wolves.

Given 45 minutes for the U23s in their first pre-season game at Darlington in July 2017, his first competitive reserve outing was also as a substitute, Brendan Pearson making way for him in a Premier League Cup tie at Swansea in early 2018. 

Taking over from Paul Woolston during a 1-5 reverse at Southampton soon after for his U23 league bow, Otto's first start saw him keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over Colchester United days before turning 18.

Released in 2019, he returned to Finland with Helsinki-based HIFK and made his senior league debut for them in August 2020.

That proved to be his only outing for them however and following a loan move to MYPA, a permanent departure to FC Honka followed in early 2021.

What Else?

1903 Wolves (h)
Division One
P23, 19pts, 15th/18 
Al.Gardner(17), An.Gardner(85)
Smith(12), Miller(22), Beats(55), Jones(63)

1914 Manchester United (a)
Division One
P28, 26pts, 14th/20 
Hibbert(8), Shepherd(15) 
Potts(1), Anderson(42)
The home side fielded no less than five reserve players in their side and went ahead through Arthur Potts after just 15 seconds.

1920 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One
P31, 33pts, 7th/22 
Once falling behind, "Newcastle's forwards went all to pieces and had no idea of finishing an attack", reckoned the Yorkshire Post reporter present at SJP.

1923 Cardiff City (h)
Division One
P30, 35pts, 3rd/22 
, McDonald(63), Harris(67)
Hammered 0-5 at Ninian Park earlier that month, Newcastle deservedly gained revenge on Tyneside, despite going a goal behind.

The grumpy correspondent for the "Western Mail" newspaper was adamant that the home side's second and third goals were both offside; also criticising the state of the pitch and poor attendance.

The game was rearranged for a Wednesday afternoon due to City's FA Cup participation causing the original date to be changed.

1925 Cardiff City (a)
Division One
P30, 39pts, 4th/22 
Nicholson(46,48), McIlvenny(87)
Cardiff's victory was all the more notable due to the fact that they had six players absent due to international call-ups.

One of those played for Scotland against Ireland in Belfast, while the other five lined up for Wales against England at Swansea.

Newcastle's Charlie Spencer was in the England side that opposed them, running out 2-1 winners.

1931 Sheffield United (h)
Division One
P31, 30pts, 13th/22 
Duncan Hutchison's tenth goal in as many games ensured that both points remained on Tyneside.

1942 Middlesbrough (h)

Having scored against Boro at Ayresome Park a week earlier, Gateshead-born John Short was on target again for Newcastle.

Although officially a Leeds United player, Short was a regular wartime guest for the Magpies.

Elsewhere the same day, Portsmouth beat Clapton Orient 16-1 and Blackpool overwhelmed Tranmere Rovers 15-3.

However, neither eclipsed the Wartime scoring record; Norwich City putting 18 past Brighton without reply on Christmas Day 1940.

1948 West Ham United (a)
Division Two
P30, 38pts, 3rd/22 
Thompson(68), Milburn(70)
John Stephens netted for West Ham but referee, W.H.Dixon from Lincoln, had already blown for half-time.

1951 Bristol Rovers (a)
FA Cup 6th Round Replay 
Taylor(46), Crowe(53), Milburn(58) 
Geoff Bradford opened the scoring for the Pirates at Eastville, but United replied three times after the interval.

This remains one of the most high-profile games in the history of The Gas, while Newcastle went on to lift the FA Cup.
Newsreel footage is online here

1953 Wolves (h)
Division One
P31, 27pts, 15th/22 
1955 Nottingham Forest (h)
aet 2-2 
FA Cup 5th Round First Replay
Barrett(58), Scott(65)
Newsreel footage
1959 Leicester City (a) 1-0 
Division One
P30, 29pts, 12th/22 

1970 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-2 (0-1)
Division One
P34, 36pts, 10th/22 
Unbeaten in their previous ten games, this defeat saw Newcastle miss out on the chance of moving up into fifth place in the table. 

1973 Derby County (h) 2-0 (0-0)
Division One
P32, 37pts, 5th/22 
Goalkeeper Martin Burleigh played his first senior game for over a year when coming in for injury victim Iam McFaul - and played his part as the reigning league champions were defeated at Gallowgate. 

1973 Ray Ellison left Gallowgate, signing for Sunderland at a cost of £10,000.

1975 West Ham United (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division One
P31, 34pts, 9th/22 
A Friday night (7.30pm KO) fixture at the Boleyn in order to avoid a clash with the following day's League Cup Final.

Already without Alan Kennedy and Frank Clark through injury, Joe Harvey lost Pat Howard with the mumps and drafted in youngster Micky Barker for his first team debut.

He went to left back, Irving Nattrass switched from right back to sweeper and David Craig returned to the side.

1976 Manchester City (w)
League Cup Final 
Barnes(11), Tueart(46)
Newcastle's first League Cup Final appearance brought them back to Wembley two years after their FA Cup Final loss to Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.

And although Gordon Lee's Magpies did score this time round, Geordie Dennis Tueart's overhead kick seconds after the interval dashed their hopes of trophy success.

In addition to Tueart's Tyneside connection, the Citizens side included future United reserve coach Willie Donachie, whose cross here was headed on for the winning goal.
Youtube footage is online here 

1981 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division Two
P31, 31pts, 13th/22 
Having failed to conjure up a goal between them at SJP earlier in the season, the return game at Boundary Park was similarly barren.

1987 Wimbledon (a)
Division One
P28, 22pts, 22nd/22 
United were in London for a third successive Saturday, following a 1-2 loss at QPR and the infamous 0-1 FA Cup exit at Spurs.

Peter Beardsley scored what was to be his last goal for the club in his first stint as the Magpies made their debut at Plough Lane.

Jeff Wrightson made what was to be his fourth and final appearance for the first team as Andy Sayer's hat-trick saw them rightly remain bottom of the table.

1990 AFC Bournemouth (h) 3-0 (0-0)
Division Two
P30, 47pts, 6th/24 
Anderson(53), Quinn(59,89) 
Making their first-ever league trip to SJP, The Cherries held out until half time before United found a way past visiting 'keeper Gerry Peyton. 

1993 Tranmere Rovers (a)
Division One
P32, 67pts, 1st/24 
Lee(26,87), Kelly(42) 
After a mini-collapse during which United failed to win in six games, normal service was resumed in this televised Sunday fixture at Prenton Park. 

A pre-match boost was the injury to John Aldridge, and the home side showed little invention up front in his absence.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Ipswich Town (a)
P30, 57pts, 3rd/22 
Fox(12), Kitson(38)
Facing his hometown club, Ruel Fox put United ahead with his eleventh goal of the season, while Paul Kitson supplied his ninth as the Magpies remained in third position. 

1998 Everton (a)
P27, 34pts, 12th/20
Just about the only item of interest in this uniformly miserable encounter was the sustained abuse from home fans directed at Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed, who had moved from Goodison to Gallowgate three weeks before.

1999 Arsenal (h) 
P27, 35pts, 11th/20

Nicolas Anelka capitalised on poor play from defensive duo Nicos Dabizas and Steve Howey to give the visitors a half time lead.

United paired Louis Saha and Alan Shearer up front but our leveller was a fine solo effort from Didi Hamann, who flicked a right-footer past David Seaman from 20 yards.

Arsenal were forced to make a substitution within three minutes of the start, Remi Garde stretchered off after Nobby Solano helped him into an advertising board. match report

2007 Promising Whitley Bay striker Lee Kerr saw his three-day trial with United reserves extended to a full week.

2015 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
P27, 35pts, 11th/20
Papiss Cisse's eleventh goal of the season gave John Carver's side the win over a Villa side who remained second from bottom and winless in 12 games.

Three points left Newcastle safe from relegation - or so it seemed.... match report

2017 Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
P34, 73pts, 1st/24
Diame(81), Perez(89)

Two late goals at the Amex Stadium sent United back to the top of the league as the Seagulls were sunk on a memorable night.

Strikes from Mo Diame and Ayoze Perez won it in the last ten minutes after a harsh penalty award had gifted
the lead.

Diame's equaliser remains one of the oddest Newcastle goals of the modern era; Christian Atsu making a hash of his shot and the ball deflecting off a home player before clipping the heel of Diame and looping into the Brighton net. match report

Newcastle's U23s progressed into the next stages of the Premier League Cup with a 2-0 win over Southampton at Whitley Park, Luke Charman netting twice. match report

2020 Elliot Anderson and Tom Allan netted for the U23s in their away game against Boro in Premier League 2, played at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park. match report