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Saturday 23rd October
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Jones the team

Quotes from interim head coach Graeme Jones, Friday:

"The one thing I can say to you is that over the last three days, every single player – we've had 20 players plus goalkeepers – has had the same experience tactically, both off and on the ball.

"So whatever side I decide to go with tomorrow, they'll all be ready. They'll all know their jobs. Back to the preparation thing, that's been where my focus has been this week.

"I spoke to the owners on Wednesday morning and I have been asked to take it on an interim basis, for two games, Palace and Chelsea at home. I will prepare for that.

"My ambition is to do my best for my football club. I came here as a four year old watching Supermac, I was a fan in the Gallowgate end watching the Keegan era. I know the culture of the club.

"Think about the area and how I was brought up: hard work, honesty and fight for every situation. That represents the North East and the Geordies. That is a great starting place for a new manager.

"My motivation for Newcastle United is different than it's been for any of my former employers: I'm only interested in trying to get results and having standards that are really, really high. I've got a huge emotional and personal involvement.

"I went to my first game aged four in 1974/75 with my father to watch Super Mac…I was hooked. Then later in life we were on a family holiday at Haggerston Castle & we had to pack our bags up early and drive home to Newcastle to celebrate Kevin Keegan’s signing.

"In the end, hopefully we want to win something. Because I’m 51 now and in my era we haven’t won anything. We have hope now with the takeover."

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (a)

The Magpies return to action on Saturday when they travel to South London for an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off against The Eagles at Selhurst Park.

All 2,800 away section tickets have been sold, while Graeme Jones will be in charge of the side following Wednesday's parting of the ways with Steve Bruce.

NUFC: Jonjo Shelvey is suspended as a result of his dismissal against Spurs while Paul Dummett and Martin Dubravka aren't yet ready to return.

Miguel Almiron is available again after missing the Spurs game following his late return from international duty.

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Match odds:

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Draw 5/1
Palace win 10/11

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Ahead of our visit, Patrick Vieira's side shared four goals at Arsenal on Monday evening. They did that without the ill Wilfried Zaha, but he's expected to be available for selection on Saturday.

Eberechi Eze, is yet to feature this season and won't be involved on Saturday, although back in training. Nathan Ferguson remains sidelined.

At Selhurst Park this season, Palace are unbeaten in all four PL games but have won just one of them, a 3-0 success against Spurs. Draws were played with Brentford (0-0), Brighton (1-1) and Leicester City (2-2).

Darren England - first Newcastle appointment of the season for the official from Doncaster, last spotted in charge of our 4-2 win at Leicester City last May.

VAR: Lee Mason

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Latest PL result/fixtures:

Fri 22.10.2021:
Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa

Sat 23.10.2021:
Chelsea v Norwich City (12.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (3pm)
Everton v Watford (3pm)
Leeds United v Wolves (3pm)
Southampton v Burnley (3pm)
Brighton v Manchester City (5.30pm)

Sun 24.10.2021:
Brentford v Leicester City (2pm)
West Ham v Spurs (2pm)
Manchester United v Liverpool (4.30pm)


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2020/21 won 2-0 Wilson, Joelinton
2019/20 lost 0-1
2018/19 drew 0-0
2017/18 drew 1-1 Diame
2015/16 lost 1-5 Cisse
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Fonseca: contact confirmed

Following Wednesday's confirmation that Steve Bruce had left the club, speculation as to the future management structure and who will be in it continues.

While the Dutch press linked Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars with a similar role at SJP, former AS Roma Coach Paulo Fonseca has spoken to Newcastle's owners via Zoom about succeeding Bruce.

Fonseca had similar talks with Spurs last summer, but ultimately failed to reach agreement on terms and saw their next choice Nuno Espirito Santo take the job.

Interim Coach Graeme Jones will be in charge at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Tyne mouths

You'll find a fine selection of Tooncentric snoods and masks at The Snood Store including this recent revivalist release:

For a limited time, use exclusive promo code NUFC50 to buy any snood and mask combo for just £9 here

We have snoods and masks up for grabs in another free-to-enter competition. Rather than a mystery Mag though, it's a mystery Blade this time:

This player was part of the Sheffield United side while Steve Bruce was in charge of Bramall Lane, then later transferred to SJP. Name him.

Email your answer by 5pm on Thursday, October 28th to  Subject: Snood. No age limit, competition is open to all but delivery must be to a UK postal address. One entry each please.

Bruce goes, coaches stay:
End of an error

From NUFC, Wednesday morning:

Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.

He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.

Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.

Steve Bruce said: "I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.

"I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.

"This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond."

Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.

The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course.

The club will not be making further comment at this time.

The next permanent manager market as priced by Boyle Sports is online here

Bruce quotes

In conversation with The Telegraph:

"By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me, but it has been very, very tough.

"To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head or whatever. And it was from day one.

"When we were doing okay results-wise, it was, ‘Yeah, but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky’. It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.

"I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle. It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters.

"It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that.

"They have been worried about me, especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she’s just a fantastic woman, wife and mother and grandmother. She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years.

"I can’t take her for granted, she has spent her whole life following me around from football club to football club and if I was to say to her tomorrow, I’ve been offered a job in China, or anywhere, she would say, ‘Steve, is this right for you, do you want to do it?’ And she’d back me again.

"I’m 60 years old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager — until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that.

"I really have to thank all the people who have worked alongside me, because I can be demanding and I can be hard work – especially when I was younger.

"When we get beat, I get very low, but when you are managing in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan, Hull, sunderland you do get better at dealing with it. You have to."

PS: The Express claim that Newcastle players nicknamed Bruce "Mike Bassett" due to the abrasive nature of some media appearances.

Bruce stats

Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle United having not quite reached his century of games, three short of the ton, 84 of those in the Premier League.

So how does his league record of 23 wins, 23 draws and 38 defeats compare with his predecessors?

In short, worse than Graeme Souness, the same as Ruud Gullit and better than Steve McClaren.

His percentages are: 27.4% wins and 36.5% points won (92 from a possible 252). Rafa Benitez's Premier League stats were slightly better at 31.4% and 39.6% respectively.

As is the case with all NUFC managers, their budgets, squads and circumstances are all different and difficult to compare but Bruce inherited some big money signings and was given more than most to spend.

In comparison to the six other main managers under Ashley (Allardyce, Keegan*, Hughton, Pardew, McClaren and Benitez) his record is similar, although Pardew and McClaren stand out as the best and worst by some distance.

But that's where his appointment was a bad one - he was brought in to keep things chugging along. Get one more point than the bottom three and with a bit of luck and a favourable following wind get into mid-table.

And yes, he was lucky at times. There are many occasions when things went his way unexpectedly.

The 0-3 defeat at Brighton in March 2021 had even the Bruce supporters readying themselves for relegation. Our biggest game for years and our worst performance in living memory. This was Bruce giving it his best shot.

But the demise of Fulham - who had looked certain to overtake us - and the amazing form of Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock in the final nine games of the season saved his bacon.

They say the final league table never lies but for us to finish the 2020/21 season in 12th position, 17 points ahead of Fulham was ridiculous.

Did Bruce deserve any credit for that turnaround? Only if he takes full responsibility for the absolute shambles that preceded it. The run of results and performances between December 2020 and the win at Burnley are as bad as anything in our Premier League era.

The fear was we would endure the same experience that Aston Villa had with Bruce and it was incredibly similar. That was just the job for Ashley but not for the rest of us.

Full Premier League managerial stats here.

* John Carver and Joe Kinnear managed a similar number of games to Kevin Keegan and Chris Hughton (post-Keegan) but their positions were always seen as interim.

The usual suspect

After the new administration succeeded in getting Br(uc)exit done, we thought it worthwhile revisiting our reaction to his installation at SJP in July 2019:

So all the talk of progressive football has been sacrificed on the altar of expedience and we're now saddled with a John Carver/Steve McClaren reboot.

We don't really care about his club hopping or the plight he's left Wednesday in; Bruce's mackem connection or his perception as an Old Trafford apologist is of little consequence.

And even the claim that the man who allegedly bleeds black and white once preferred Norwich City to Newcastle doesn't particularly matter - football is a lie, as his predecessor was fond of saying. 

Regardless of your viewpoint of Rafa though, this appointment cannot be seen as anything other than a retrograde step - a man who previously boasted of his dislike of tactics. 

This is the very opposite of ambition, but an appointment that nicely mirrors our grubby, unloved, derided shell of a football club.

One of the game’s greatest mercenary managers is now in residence at his "spiritual home", for now. 

Acutely aware of the frosty reception awaiting, Bruce has accepted the job with open arms knowing that the worst case scenario is a multi-million payout.

The job title given to him of Head Coach seems significant: with just over three weeks to go until the transfer window closes, let's hope that whoever is actually in charge of recruitment on Barrack Road has a coherent and credible plan to avoid what looks like nothing but a relegation fight.

Whether the club have shown some foresight in appointing Bruce remains to be seen; perhaps they've merely acquired a manager with promotion to the top flight on his CV, 13 months before he's needed. 

We may have got the timescale wrong in the last paragraph, but the direction of travel was correct.....

Unlikely lad:
Goats get Tayls!

Sporting his familiar number 27, this is former Magpie Steven Taylor playing in a Dubai Amateur Football League fixture earlier this week.

The 35 year-old defender announced his professional playing retirement back in September, terminating his contract with Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

Tayls turned out for the interestingly-named Slugs & Goats soccer club on Wednesday, conceding a penalty but helping his side to a 3-1 win over DHL Dragons. A club insider called his performance sluggish....

Premier League:
Welcome to our world

Newcastle  2  Spurs  3

Match report


Colliers fixture
date confirmed

The draw for this season's Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup
Quarter Final took place on Wednesday; Newcastle U23s rewarded for defeating Benfield with a trip to Northern League Ashington.

Ashington v Newcastle United U23s

Bedlington Terriers v Newcastle University
Morpeth or Whitley Bay v Blyth Spartans
North Shields v Heaton Stannington

It's a decade since the teams last met in this competition, United winning 2-0 at Whitley Park in November 2011.

Ashington confirm that the tie will be a 7.30pm kick-off at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday December 14th.

Loan lads

Updates on Newcastle's loan contingent:

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic)

AFC Wimbledon (a) League One, Saturday.

Rodrigo Vilca (Doncaster Rovers)

Cheltenham Town (h) League One, Saturday.

Jake Turner (Colchester United)
Port Vale (a) League Two, Saturday.

Lewis Cass (Port Vale)
Colchester United (h) League Two, Saturday.

Matty Longstaff (Aberdeen)
Hibernian (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Oisin McEntee,
Tom Allan (Morton)
Queen of the South (a) Scottish Championship, Saturday.

Premier League:
PL meet, Charnley
represents NUFC

From The Guardian, Monday:

The hostility among Premier League clubs to the Newcastle United takeover was underlined on Monday when they voted through legislation designed to prevent the Saudi owners from striking lucrative sponsorship deals.

Newcastle made it clear at the emergency meeting of all 20 clubs that they considered the rule change, which will temporarily ban commercial arrangements that involve pre-existing business relationships, to be anti-competitive.

They were represented by Lee Charnley, the incumbent managing director, rather than Amanda Staveley, the director and minority stakeholder, who is now responsible for running the club on a day-to-day basis. Charnley is understood to have made it clear that his club had legal advice to say that the amendment was unlawful.

But the clubs pressed on with the vote and it was passed 18-2. Standing in opposition with Newcastle were Manchester City, whose Abu Dhabi-based owners have benefited in the past from what are known as related party transactions. An example was the deal that saw Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-government owned carrier, sponsor them.

Many of the clubs in the Premier League are worried that Newcastle’s Saudi owners might conclude deals in the oil-rich Kingdom which could give them an advantage. The clubs want pre-emptive measures to be put in place that would either prevent this or ensure that fair market value was paid.

The rule will be in force for the next month – and it will apply to all 20 clubs – but many of them want it or something similar to become a permanent feature. A working party is to be set up – comprising a cross-section of clubs – to investigate what, if any, changes should be made. Newcastle have been asked whether they would like to be on it.

The league was already looking into such issues and they remain involved in a long-running investigation into whether City have breached financial fair play regulations. City have denied any wrongdoing.

Following the Newcastle takeover, the 19 other clubs demanded a special meeting with the league, wanting to understand why the deal had been signed off. That meeting took place last Tuesday, with some clubs attending in person at the league’s Paddington HQ and others dialling in via conferencing software.

Straight after it, the 19 clubs met on their own to discuss the financial implications of having the Saudis as competitors. It led to the draft of the temporary ban on related party transactions – Newcastle would be notified of this – and then to Monday’s meeting.

Stadium of delight!

mackems U23  1  Newcastle U23s  2

Match report

Premier League:
TV times

A week later than expected, the latest live Premier League TV selections were announced on Monday as follows:

Tue 30.11.2021 Norwich City (h) 7.30pm  Am

Sat 04.12.2021 Burnley (h) 3pm (no 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) 2pm 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)

Only alterations up to January 3rd 2022  were announced, meaning that United's other two PL games in January are yet to be confirmed:

15.01.2022 Watford (h)
22.01.2022 Leeds United (a)

It's claimed that the outstanding TV games for January will be announced on Monday (25th).

Club/police confirm racism investigation

NUFC statement, Monday - reportedly in response to a photo doing the rounds on social media showing someone making a Nazi salute in the Leazes End:

Newcastle United is aware of an alleged racist gesture made by an individual towards Tottenham Hotspur supporters inside St. James' Park during Sunday's match. An investigation is under way and the police have been made aware.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "We can confirm we are investigating an alleged racist incident during Newcastle United’s home fixture with Tottenham at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

"Enquiries are ongoing with the club to identify anyone involved and ascertain whether criminal offences have been committed.

"As a Force, we do not tolerate hate crime of any kind within our communities and are committed to taking swift and robust action against perpetrators."

Memories of
Maiden Castle

Saturday saw a double badge release from Magpin, with black & white and white & black versions of the club's training shirt from the entertainers era.

Orders are open now - click on the image above for more information.

PS: pre-orders for the Magpin Shay Given charity badge and the SJP t-shirt have now closed, but limited quantities of both are still available online here

Got out of our club

Our coverage and reflections on the change of club ownership are



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

Presenter Matt Ketchell and club historian Paul Joannou are joined by Supermac and John Gibson to reflect on the 1970s. Bet his boutique gets a mention....

Premier League:
Brighton (a) COVID

FYI anyone going to the Brighton away game, the following advice has been published - note that while similar checks have theoretically been in place at other PL grounds we've played at, Brighton have been asking for the specified documents before games this season:


1. In order to enter the Stadium, supporters must confirm their COVID status. This may involve showing:
(a) a valid NHS COVID Pass in your name evidencing that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
(b) proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test in your name taken in the preceding 48 hours (evidenced either via the NHS COVID Pass or in the form of an official NHS email or text message); or
(c) evidence of natural immunity in your name via the NHS COVID Pass, and photo ID matching the name on the COVID Pass or negative test (as applicable).

Premier League:
On sale dates

NUFC have now published the ticket sale dates for home matches until the end of 2021 as follows:

Sat 20.11.2021 Brentford (h)
Mon 25.10.2021 ST holders/members
Mon 01.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Mon 08.11.2021 Public sale (all)
Tue 30.11.2021 Norwich City (h)
Tue 09.11.2021 ST holders/members
Tue 16.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Tue 23.11.2021 Public sale (all)

Sat 04.12.2021 Burnley (h)
Wed 10.11.2021 ST holders/members
Wed 17.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Wed 24.11.2021 Public sale (all)

Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h)
Mon 22.11.2021 ST holders/members
Mon 29.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Mon 06.12.2021 Public sale (all)

Mon 27.12.2021 Manchester United (h)
Tue 30.11.2021 ST holders/members
Tue 07.12.2021 Public sale (online)
Tue 14.12.2011 Public sale (all)






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 23.10.2021 U18s v Everton U18s (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 23.10.2021 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800.

Mon 25.10.2021 U23s v Wolves U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 29.10.2021 U23s v Norwich City U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 30.10.2021 U18s v Manchester City U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note new KO time.

Sat 30.10.2021 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.

Fri 05.11.2021 U23s v Southampton U23s (h) @ Staplewood Training Ground, 3pm. Premier League 2. BCD - no fans permitted.

Sat 06.11.2021 U18s v Leeds United U18s (a) @ Thorp Arch, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton & Hove Albion (a) @ Amex Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,100. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 09.11.2021 U23s v Mansfield Town U23s (a) @ Field Mill, 7.45pm. Papa John's Trophy.

Wed 17.11.2021 U23s v Huddersfield Town U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 20.11.2021 U18s v mackem U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.11.2021 Brentford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/member sale from Mon 25.10.2021.

Mon 22.11.2021 U23s v Nottingham Forest U23s (a) @ Impact Arena, Alfreton, 7pm. PL2.

Tue 23.11.2021 U17s v Leeds United U17s (a) @ Thorp Arch, 7pm. U17 Premier League Cup.

Sat 27.11.2021 U18s v Southampton U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sat 27.11.2021 Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now. £30 adults, £16 Seniors/17/18s, £10 U16s. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT Sport.

2021/22 PL season:
Season ends Sun 22.05.2022


Live TV confirmation dates:  

all "approximate dates"

overdue Jan 2022
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:

Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 27.11.2021
Arsenal (a) 12.30pm BT
Tue 30.11.2021
Norwich City (h) 7.30pm  Am
Sun 12.12.2021 Leicester City (a) 2pm Sky
Thu 16.12.2021 Liverpool (a) 8pm BT
Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h) 2pm 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 Mon 03.01.2022 made).

FA Cup Round dates
(NUFC enter in Round 3 - draw for that will be after Round 2 ties over weekend of 04.12.2021).

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 or Whitley Bay v Blyth Spartans
Date tbc North Shields v Heaton Stannington

(Second Round ties to be played by 22.12.2021. The Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay First Round tie is scheduled for

Papa John's Trophy:
(NUFC U21s in Northern Group H)

FA Youth Cup:
(NUFC U18s enter in Round Three)

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, Forest, Southampton)

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

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League WC Finals:

The opening game is now scheduled to be played at SJP
on Sat 15.10.2022.

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

24.01.2022-02.02.2022 tbc
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

From the BBC Sport website, this expected goals stat is a bugger isn't it? especially when the actual scoreline is different.....

(John Howarth)

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

On This Day in History
22nd October

Born Or Died:

1911 Harry Ware born, Birmingham. 

Inside right who followed Tom Mather - his boss at Stoke City - to Gallowgate and marked his debut against Fulham with a goal at SJP in September 1935.

Sold to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 1937, he quickly moved on to Norwich City and later played for Northwich Victoria - becoming manager at the Drill Field after World War II.

Harry also coached the Dutch side Haarlem before returning to England, joining the staff at Port Vale. 

After a stint as Crewe Alexandra manager, Ware renewed his association with Stoke City, serving the Potters as trainer, reserve coach and scout. He died in October 1970.

1980 Ian Martin born, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. (1997-2000) 

Born in Northern Ireland but emigrating with his family to Western Australia at the age of just one, goalkeeper Ian learnt his trade at the John Curtin College and played for Joondalup City Juniors.

Returning to his birthplace aged 15, Ian was called up to the Northern Ireland U16 side and coached by former Magpies 'keeper and manager Willie McFaul. 

Appearing in the European Championships, Martin also featured at the Milk Cup and was between the posts as his side were beaten 1-7 by Newcastle.

Returning to Australia while searching for a club in England, a trial with Darlington came to nothing when Quakers boss and former Northern Ireland custodian Jim Platt was sacked, but a tryout with Newcastle led to Ian securing a two year YTS deal.

Capped by Northern Ireland at youth level during his time at SJP and named on the bench by Ruud Gullit for a first team friendly at Reading in 1999, Ian was part of a player clearout instigated by Sir Bobby Robson in May 2000, at the end of his first season. 

Returning to Northern Ireland and signing for hometown club Coleraine, Ian later played for Australian side Adelaide City Force but returned to England in 2004 with Conference side Leigh - where he deputised for ex-Toon 'keeper, injured Gary Kelly.

1981 Mark Boyd
born, Carlisle

Ball-playing midfielder who joined Newcastle as a fourteen year old schoolboy and was handed a three-year professional deal on his 17th birthday by then-boss Kenny Dalglish amid interest from Manchester United.

Described by Sir Bobby Robson as the most naturally gifted player in the club when he succeeded Ruud Gullit, Mark had fitness issues and ultimately failed to make the grade, exiting SJP in summer 2002.

On the recommendation of Sir Bobby, "Skip" landed a two-year deal with Port Vale (after an unsuccessful trial at Carlisle). 

Later returning to Brunton Park, Boyd also went on to play for Gretna, Macclesfield Town, Shamrock Rovers (trial), Scarborough (trial), Stockport County (trial), Accrington Stanley, Southport and Sligo Rovers.

Joining Barrow in 2008, Mark was part of the side who won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2010, exiting Holker Street a year later.

Later moves took him to Droylsden, Harraby Catholic Club, Workington and Celtic Nation - becoming player/manager in August 2014. 

When they folded, Boyd joined Carlisle City, who took over Nation's Gilford Park ground.

He later worked as a match summariser for BBC local radio in Cumbria, covering the fortunes of Barrow AFC as they returned to the Football League.

1993 Gael Bigirimana born Bujumbura, Burundi. (2012-16)

Midfielder who moved from Burundi to England (via a spell in Uganda) as a youngster and settled with his family in the Coventry area. 

Turning up unannounced at Coventry City's training ground to request a trial when aged 11, he was reportedly sent away - only to be called back by a member of the coaching staff when they saw how fast he could run!

Returning the following day for a trial - when he admitted lying about having any playing kit or boots - Bigi made an immediate impression and signed schoolboy forms.

Later entering Coventry's youth academy, Gael signed a professional contract in the summer of 2011 and was handed his first team debut by Toon old boy Andy Thorn in the season opener against Leicester City.

United's interest in Bigi emerged in May 2012, when a bid said to be between £500K and £1m was made, although the final deal was officially for an undisclosed fee.

It was speculated that Bigi would be loaned out but after featuring in pre-season first team games, he remained in situ and a senior debut followed against Atromitos in Athens.

Making 25 first team appearances that season, he scored once with a spectacular effort in a home league win over Wigan. 

Eligible to represent England, Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo, Gael was called up by England for the 2013 U20 World Cup Finals.

Playing in a warm-up game against Uruguay, his participation in the tournament consisted only of an 89th minute substitute appearance for the Young Lions against Iraq.

Beginning his second season as a Magpie, Bigi's fleeting international bow meant that he was given extended time off and didn't link up with the first team in pre-season.

What proved to be Bigirimana's sole senior action of the 2013/14 season was a Capital One Cup game at Morecambe, with injury limiting his availability and seeing possible loan deals abandoned as a consequence.

Appearing in first team friendlies at Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, Gael continued to be excluded from the first team and a stint training with Yeovil Town failed to result in a loan offer from the League One side.

February 2015 saw him complete a surprise loan move to Scottish side Rangers along with fellow discards Remi Streete, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu.

However, an undisclosed medical condition prevented Bigi from playing in Scotland and he returned to Tyneside as new manager Steve McClaren took over.

Featuring for the first team in pre-season - including a farcical appearance in central defence against Portland Timbers - Bigi was then loaned back to Coventry City.

Making his senior international debut for Burundi against DR Congo in November 2015, Gael secured the release from the final year of his Magpies deal in the following August and promptly signed for the Sky Blues.

A free agent the following summer, Gael then joined Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, getting off the mark for his new club in a League Cup tie against Ross County.

He moved on to Hibernian in January 2019 but played just once before leaving Easter Road that summer after his short-term contract expired.

A brief unsuccessful spell on trial at Doncaster Rovers then followed before he joined Solihull Moors in October 2019.

Less than a year later he had moved again, this time to NIFL Premiership side Glentoran.

1999 Isaac Gamblin born, sunderland.

Defender who played for Redby Whites as a youngster subsequently linking up with United's Academy.

Named on the bench during the previous season without playing, Isaac's U18 debut was as a substitute during a 1-4 defeat at Derby County during January 2017.

Failing to make a competitive appearance for the U23s, he did feature in friendlies against Hebburn Town and Whitley Bay during 2017.

Appearing for United U18s in both league and FA Youth Cup games during the 2017/18 campaign, Gamblin wasn't retained and moved on in June 2018, later signing for Northern League Washington.

As Isaac left the club however, his younger brother Lucas - also a defender - accepted a scholarship at United's Academy. 

The pair did play together for the U18s in March 2018 but won't recall the occasion fondly - a 0-7 defeat away to Everton.

What Else?

1898 Bury (a)
Division One 


1904 Stoke (a)
Division One 

1910 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Higgins(18), Shepherd(26,43,75,76),
"Seldom do Newcastle reveal such penetrative power"
noted the awe-struck correspondent from Athletic News.

While Albert Shepherd was praised for his four goal salvo, the defensive influence of Bill McCracken was also a factor in the victory - notably his application of the offside trap. 

1921 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
Quinn(32), Roberts
Heavy rain left pools of standing water on the Deepdale pitch - contributing to United's undoing when a shot from Billy Mercer rebounded off the woodwork and stopped dead, allowing Billy Roberts to knock home.

1924 South Shields (h)
Scorers tbc 
Ingham Infirmary Cup Final, 1st leg.

1927 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 

1932 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
Cape(36), McMenemy(52), J.R.Richardson(83)

1938 West Ham United (a)
Division Two 
The hosts went ahead when Newcastle goalkeeper Tom Swinburne pushed out a cross into the face of team mate Bobby Ancell, who diverted it into his own net.

1949 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Mitchell(18), Thompson(28)
Liddell(6), Baron(70)
Referee Reg Mortimer was at the centre of controversy, disallowing what would have been a Bobby Mitchell winner for ungentlemanly conduct.

Mitch shouted "right" before netting and although the he maintained that his call was to a colleague and no home player was close to him, the official ruled that his intent was to mislead an opponent. 

1949 Meanwhile, Newcastle reserves ran out 1-0 winners at Barnsley thanks to George Hannah's fifth minute effort.

United were captained at Oakwell by former Tyke Ted Robledo, "who received a cordial reception" according to the local paper.

1955 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Monkhouse(67), Keeble(81), Davies(84)
Good second half displays from reserve wing duo Alec Tait and Bill Punton helped United to victory. Ken Waugh made his senior home debut, in defence.

1956 British Olympic XI (h) 5-0 (3-0)
Ahead of the Olympic Games in Melbourne the following month, a representative XI came to SJP for this Monday night floodlit kickabout.

And after notching a hat trick in a 3-1 reserve win at Blackburn the previous Saturday, Bill Curry supplied another goal-laden display.

That earned him a first team recall for the following weekend and he didn't disappoint, scoring in a 1-1 draw at Charlton.

1960 Manchester United (a) 2-3 (0-1)
Division One 
Hughes(56), Stokoe(87pen)
10), Stiles(51), Setters(72)
The small Old Trafford crowd was a reflection of the fact that both sides were in the bottom half of the league.

The home side should have gone two ahead before the break but Dennis Viollet fired high and wide from the spot.

Elsewhere, the second Division match at Charlton's Valley finished 6-6 with Brian Clough netting a hat trick for the visitors Middlesbrough.

1960 A fifteen year old Bob Moncur signed apprentice professional forms with Newcastle.

1966 Blackpool (a)
Division One 
Moir(6,17), Skirton(31,58), Charnley(37), Robson(56)
Four up at the break, the Seasiders quickly added two more and had another from Les Lea ruled out.

Unbelievably, this was the only home league game that Blackpool won all season as they were relegated in 22nd and last place.

Future Bloomfield Road hero Alan Suddick was in the Newcastle side but had joined the Tangerines within two months.

1973 Birmingham City (a)
Texaco Cup 
2nd Round, 1st Leg
David Crosson made his senior debut for United, who were grateful to David Craig for a goal line clearance that left the tie on level terms ahead of the second leg

1977 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
A sixth league goal of the season from Mickey Burns (we'd only managed 12 in total) gave Richard Dinnis' side their first league win in ten outings.

1980 Shrewsbury Town (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A damp Wednesday night saw over 4,000 fans stay away after United's home defeat by Swansea City the previous weekend.

Those who did turn out saw senior debuts for Chris Waddle in attack and Chris Withe at left back - both youngsters who had shown good form in the reserve team.

It wasn't pretty, but Waddle showed glimpses of his skills. Remembered here.

1988 West Ham United (a)
Division One 
Dickens(57), Stewart(81pen)
Having overseen a League Cup home win over Sheffield United - although the Magpies went out on aggregate - caretaker boss Collin Suggett couldn't repeat the trick in his first league game in charge.

The home side included future Newcastle striking hero David Kelly in their lineup.

1994 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 2-1 (2-0)
Premier League 
Watson(35), Cole(37)
With the score at 0-0, both sides were forced into changes - a dazed Paul Kitson being led from the field by the referee on his United debut and Owls striker David Hirst limping off soon after.

Wednesday - in a lurid yellow and purple kit - went behind when Steve Watson blasted home at the Gallowgate End via the unsuspecting Philippe Albert.

Andy Cole quickly got on the end of a Scott Sellars cross to beat Kevin Pressman again and although future Owl Pavel Srnicek gifted Ian Taylor a goal, United held firm.
Youtube footage is online here

1997 PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Champions League 
Wim Jonk's goal divided the sides as an inexplicably negative United performance failed to conjure up an attack worthy of the name, never mind a threat to the PSV 'keeper. 

The most potent attack of the game came as a group of Ajax fans attempted to infiltrate the home end and were forcibly ejected.

2003 Two games on the same day for our different Reserve sides. In the Premier Reserve League North, United came from behind to beat the mackems 3-1 at New Ferens Park, Michael Chopra, Nicos Dabizas and Badley Orr the scorers. match report

Meanwhile in the Pontins League. a younger side came from two goals down to beat Boston United Reserves 3-2, Lewis Guy, Martin Brittain and Ben Webster scoring second half goals. match report

2005 Our academy side were in action away at Thorp Arch against league leaders Leeds, with the home side looking for a fifth consecutive victory.

They did it with ease by winning 4-1, although Mark Doninger's effort had briefly got us back on terms in the first half.

2006 Middlesbrough (a)
United's third successive league defeat was a tale of missed chances, with James Milner, Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins all equally wasteful.

Boro's Nigerian forward Yakubu was rather less profligate though, headed in a late corner to give Boro their second win over us in eleven Premiership Riverside meetings. match report

2007 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Premier League
Martins(45), Cacapa(51), Milner(73)

For the third year running Spurs left SJP on the end of a 3-1 spanking, this defeat hastening the end of Martin Jol's White Hart Lane reign.

Obafemi Martins got another against his favourite opposition, Cacapa opened his account and James Milner notched his first club goal of the season - and our 500th home strike in the Premier League.

Joey Barton made a belated competitive debut after recovering from a broken foot, while Chris Hughton watched on from the away dugout - within four months he'd be back at SJP on Kevin Keegan's staff. match report

2011 Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League
With time running out and no sign of a breakthrough,
substitute Sylvain Marveaux set up Yohan Cabaye to notch his first goal for the club, a sweet curler at the Gallowgate End.

The three points maintained fourth place for Alan Pardew's side, who extended their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions to eleven games. match report

A 5-1 win over Stoke City at Whitley Park sent the reserves top of the league, with the identity of one of our goalscorers the source of much attention. 

Spanish misfit Xisco rattled in a 29 minute treble, his first club goals since a reserve game in 2009. James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid completed the rout. match report

2016 Ipswich Town (h)

Perez(1,73), Ritchie(78)

The visitors
trailed before any of them had touched the ball - all 11 home players involved in Ayoze Perez's opener.

Ex-Magpie Leon Best waddled around for the visitors, but a lack of match fitness saw former Tractor Boy Daryl Murphy omitted by Rafa Benitez from the home squad. match report

The U23s beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Walsall's Banks's Stadium to rack up a fourth consecutive league and cup victory.

Elias Sorensen led the way with a hat trick, Sean Longstaff added a spectacular strike and Callum Roberts converted a penalty kick. match report