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Morecambe
League Cup

Mazuma Stadium
Wednesday 23rd September
Kick-off 7.45pm
Last Match

Newcastle 0
Brighton 3

Premier League
St.James' Park
Sunday 20th September
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by
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6




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2020/21:
Morecambe (a)

Wednesday sees Newcastle in League Cup Third Round action, when they make the trip to League Two Morecambe.

Kick-off at the Mazuma Stadium is at 7.45pm and the tie hasn't been selected for live transmission by Sky.

That means it will be available as a live stream in the UK for a £10 fee via the same EFL website as last week.

A result must be obtained within 90 minutes, otherwise the tie will be settled via a penalty shootout.

The winners face a Fourth Round trip to Newport County, after the League Two Exiles beat the Championship Hornets 3-1 at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night.

That tie is due to be played next week, after which the competition pauses until December.

Newcastle's only previous visit to Newport came in 1947, beaten 2-4 in a Division Two fixture at Somerton Park after having won the first game 13-0 on Tyneside.

That ground is now a housing estate and the County side that were reformed in 1989 play at Rodney Parade.
 


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Selected odds:
NUFC to win to nil 11/10
NUFC to win, BTTS 19/10
NUFC win HT & FT 19/10
Morecambe not to score 10/11
Morecambe to win 1-0 22/1
NUFC to score once in 2nd half 31/20

Team:
Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamal Lewis won't be risked following their misadventures against Brighton.

Fabian Schar, Jacob Murphy, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Christian Atsu, Sean Longstaff, DeAndre Yedlin and Dan Barlaser have all trained this week.

 

A 48 page official match programme has been produced for this tie in conjunction with Magpies fan Ian Wilson, now exiled in Lancashire.

Ian operates Footy Programmes, selling new and used match issues and his support was invaluable in allowing the Shrimps to have a printed edition. 

Copies are priced at £3.00 plus postage and can be reserved by emailing Ian on iw1963@hotmail.co.uk, including postal address and telephone contact details.

MFC: The Shrimps lost 0-5 at home to Cambridge United in League Two on Saturday and have never been beyond Round Three of this competition since first entering in 2007.

Newcastle reserve goalkeeper Jake Turner is currently on loan at Morecambe and played in their First Round penalty shootout win over Grimsby Town.

Former Magpie defender Liam Gibson has now agreed a deal with Morecambe, but won't be eligible to play in this tie.

Referee: Darren Drysdale - a Football League referee since 2004, this will be the first time that he's taken charge of a competitive senior game involving Newcastle.

However the 49 year-old is no stranger to United when acting as fourth official.

VAR: N/A

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: None

UK radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live

Local radio: Live on BBC Newcastle

Stats:

The only previous meeting of the Magpies and Shrimps in any competition was a League Cup Second Round tie in 2013 at what was then known as the Globe Arena.

That finished in a 2-0 victory for United, with brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi both netting late on.

NUFC.com match report from 2013

NUFC last 10 LC3 fixtures:

2016/17 Wolves (h) won 2-0
2015/16 Sheffield Wednesday (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Crystal Palace (a) won 3-2
2013/14 Leeds United (h) won 2-0
2012/13 Manchester United (a) lost 1-2
2011/12 Nottingham Forest (a) won 4-3
2010/11 Chelsea (a) won 4-3
2009/10 Peterborough (a) lost 0-2
2008/09 Spurs (h) lost 1-2
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2

Third Round ties:

Tue 22.09.2020:
Leyton Orient v Spurs postponed
Luton Town 0-3 Manchester United
Newport County 3-1
Watford
West Ham 5-1 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Brentford (4-5pens)

Wed 23.09.2020:

Chelsea v Barnsley
Fleetwood Town v Everton Sky
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Leicester City v Arsenal
Millwall v Burnley
Morecambe v Newcastle
Preston North End v Brighton
Stoke City v Gillingham

Thu 24.09.2020
Bristol City v Aston Villa
Lincoln City v Liverpool Sky
Manchester City v Bournemouth

Fourth Round draw:

Lincoln or Liverpool v Leicester or Arsenal
Millwall or Burnley v Man City or B'mouth
Brentford v Fulham or Sheff Wednesday
Fleetwood or Everton v West Ham
Bristol City or Villa v Stoke or Gillingham
Orient or Spurs v Chelsea or Barnsley
Newport County v Morecambe or NUFC
Preston or Brighton v Manchester United

U21s:
Repeat reverse

Shrewsbury Town  3  Newcastle U21s  0

United's U21 side lost their opening EFL Trophy group stage game against the League One Shrews on Tuesday night, going down by three goals as they did in 2019.

The hosts went ahead when Scott High shot home after 11 minutes and doubled their advantage seven minutes later after Ryan Barnett headed beyond Will Brown.

Between those two goals, Newcastle were forced into a change when the injured Adam Wilson made way for Dylan Stephenson.

Town matched last season's three goals in the corresponding fixture on 55 minutes, when Jason Cummings had a simple finish following a corner kick.

The Magpies did get the ball in the net during added time, but Ludwig Francillette's effort was ruled out for an earlier infringement.

Team: Brown, Cass, Francillette, Brookwell, Wilson (Stephenson 15), Thomson (Carlyon 62), Young, Longelo (Gamblin 85), Anderson, Flaherty, Toure.
Subs n/u: Brannen, Banda.

There was a reserve team debut for 17 year-old midfielder Reagan Thomson, signed from Scottish side Queens Park earlier this year.

STFC: Sarkic, Love, Pierre, Sears (Williams 49), Golbourne, Walker (Norburn 46), Vela, High, Cummings, Barnett, Udoh (Bloxham 66).
Subs n/u: Burgoyne, Whalley, Rowland, Aris.

Booked: Walker, Cummings

Referee: Scott Oldham.

This was the first of three group stage games that Chris Hogg's side play - all away from home - with visits to Crewe Alexandra and Bolton Wanderers to follow.

Last season's EFL Trophy also sent the Magpies to Salop, where they conceded three goals without reply.

PS: This is the first of two games this week for the U21/U23s, who are in Premier League 2 action against Burnley on Friday.

That's a 2pm kick-off at the Lancashire FA's Leyland HQ - behind closed doors.

Update:
PL protest at
postponement

Premier League statement, Tuesday:

"The Premier League notes the government’s announcement today and while the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority, we are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

"The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted. This is already evident in other European leagues.

"Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them. Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month. This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.

"We are confident that Premier League clubs, using innovative ways to get supporters safely back into grounds, will enable revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as maintain solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial support for local and national economies.

"While there is a current pause in a date for fans returning to sports venues, the Premier League and our clubs will not slow down in our preparations for providing safe, bio-secure environments. We will continue to work with government to bring supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.”

Update:
Crowd return
plans suspended

Almost inevitably given the current situation, Tuesday brought confirmation that proposals for a phased return of crowds to Premier League matches next month are on hold.

It's a similar situation in the Football League, where pilot events have been postponed.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove:

"It was the case that we were looking at a staged programme of more people returning - it wasn’t going to be the case that we were going to have stadiums thronged with fans.

"What we do want to do is to make sure that, as and when circumstances allow, get more people back.

"The virus is less likely to spread outdoors than indoors, but again it’s in the nature of major sporting events that there's a lot of mingling, people look back now at the beginning of the pandemic at some of the major sporting events then and ask the question why were they allowed to go ahead…

"What we must do is look at sporting events now with caution, but we also recognise that sport is a vital part of this nation and we’re looking at everything we can do to support our athletes, our great clubs, through what will be a challenging time.

"We do want to, in due course, allow people to return to watch football and other sporting event, but it is the case that we just need to be cautious at the moment and I think a mass reopening at this stage wouldn’t be appropriate.

"I’ve attended Premier League football matches in London and, by definition, you will have (to go) on the tube train to the match, in the circumstances around the ground where people are buying food, going through the turnstiles, at half-time and afterwards a huge amount of social mixing and so we do need to proceed with caution."

It now remains to see whether the PL and TV companies will agree to continue showing all PL games live, with the October and November schedule now due.

Direct debit payments continue to be taken from Newcastle United season ticket holders - a situation that is becoming increasingly difficult to justify in the light of today's news.

SBR:
Bobby book offer

deCoubertin Books – responsible for Martin Hardy’s trilogy of Newcastle books, Touching Distance, Tunnel of Love and Rafa’s Way – will publish Bob Harris’s biography of Sir Bobby Robson, The Ultimate Patriot, on 24 September.

Harris, one of Britain’s best known sportswriters, was for more than 30 years Robson’s friend, confidante and collaborator. He followed the manager’s career from Ipswich Town’s Portman Road to Barcelona’s Nou Camp, via successful spells with PSV, Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Newcastle and, of course, England – who Robson unforgettably took to within a penalty kick of the 1990 World Cup final.

Harris travelled the world with Robson and was provided with an insider’s view to his incredible life and times. One of the best-known reporters of his generation, he accumulated hundreds of hours of recordings with Robson in the process of ghostwriting six books published under Robson’s name, as well as reporting on hundreds of games for club and country.

Now, a decade after Robson’s death, Harris has sat down to write about their friendship, utilising this incredible body of material and his own memories of the great man.

To celebrate publication, deCoubertin are offering the first 100 customers to order Bobby Robson: The Ultimate Patriot on their online store a FREE copy of their acclaimed title on Italia ’90, World in Motion – (rrp £18.99).  

you can order the book here

Badges of honour:
Foodbank
fundraiser



Update: As of Monday night, no less than £1,500 had been raised for the Foodbank through badge sales. Limited numbers are still available online here

As was the case at the tail end of last season, the lack of crowds at SJP means that the Newcastle West End Foodbank continue to be deprived of their main source of income and donations.

Supporter-led attempts to plug that gap continue to emerge, now including a special double badge issue from independent seller Magpin.

Since launching earlier this year, they've produced an enviable range of limited edition NUFC-inspired badges.

Now on sale is a double release of current season NUFC change kits carrying the Foodbank logo - with all profits going to the West End Foodbank.

Sold together for £10 the pair including UK postage, order online here now.

More images via twitter @Magpin1

Premier League:
Magpies fail to
take the Neal

Newcastle  0  Brighton  3

Match report

Latest PL results:

Sat 19.09.2020:
Everton 5-2 West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United 4-3 Fulham
Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Sun 20.09.2020:
Southampton 2-5 Spurs
Newcastle 0-3 Brighton
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
Leicester City 4-2 Burnley

Mon 21.09.2020:
Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United
Wolves 1-3 Manchester City

U18s:
The late show

Newcastle U18s  2  Leeds U18s  2

See Newcastle's equaliser here

Newcastle's U18 side began their league season by sharing four goals with Leeds at Little Benton on Saturday - the scoring coming in the final 10 minutes.

The major action of the first period had been a 29th minute clash between Newcastle's Josh Scott and Aaron Pilkington of Leeds that ended in both players seeing red.

Both sides made a series of second half substitutions, with the hosts not seriously threatening the Leeds goal until the 75th minute.

Visiting goalkeeper Will Brook pushed a shot onto his crossbar before Magpies forward Michael Ndiweni missed two decent opportunities and a linesman's flag saw a 78th minute effort ruled out.

Ndiweni fired home on 80 minutes to break the deadlock, only for a Leeds side weakened by injuries and U23 call-ups to level almost immediately.

Jimiel Chikukwa netted from the penalty spot before setting up substitute Lui Bradbury to put the visitors ahead on 86 minutes.

The hosts weren't to be denied though and straight from the kick-off, Nathan Carlyon spotted the Leeds custodian off his line and shot past him from the halfway line.

Team: Banda, Oliver (Stewart 71), Midgley, de Bolle, Brannen, Carlyon, Crossley (Harrison 57), Thomson (Barclay 64), Ndiweni, Gilchrist, Scott.
Subs n/u: Thompson, Huntley

Booked: Carlyon, Brannen

Loan lads:
Losing start
for Lejeune

Latest loan action:

Florian Lejeune
(Alaves)
Sunday saw the defender complete his first competitive 90 minutes since February, as he made his debut for Alaves away to Granada in La Liga.

It finished 2-1 to Granada, with Lejeune collecting a 48th minute booking. Ex-Magpie Joselu scored the Alaves goal, while Lejuene's former SJP colleague Kenedy appeared on loan for Granada.

Yoshinori Muto
(Eibar)
The striker was an unused substitute on Saturday as Eibar lost 1-2 away at Villarreal in La Liga.

Kelland Watts (Plymouth Argyle)
Another bonkers afternoon for the defender, as the Pilgrims shared eight goals at Loftus Road with AFC Wimbledon in League One on Saturday.

Kell completed all 90 minutes and in his first four outings for Argyle has seen 19 goals scored: ten in his side's favour and nine against.

Jake Turner (Morecambe)
A day to forget for the goalkeeper, who picked the ball out of his net on five occasions as the Shrimps lost 0-5 at home to Cambridge United in League Two on Saturday.

Tom Allan/Mo Sangare
(Accrington Stanley)
A 1-2 reverse at Burton Albion in League One on Saturday saw Tom appear for the closing 13 minutes of play. Mo wasn't named in the matchday squad.

Freddie Woodman (Swansea City)
It finished scoreless at the Liberty Stadium in the Championship on Saturday against Birmingham City.

Update:
Anti-racism fundraiser

Tyneside-based charity Show Racism the Red Card are currently raffling off a replica England shirt signed by Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker.

Entries cost £5 each online here. Closing date is September 30th and all monies raised go to fund their work tackling racism through education.

2020/21:
Ryan repels Rovers

Newcastle  1  Blackburn Rovers  0

Match report

Premier League:
Spurs (a)

Sunday sees the Magpies make their second appearance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It's a 2pm KO live on Sky behind closed doors.

Newcastle's opening day success at West Ham was their tenth against them on the road in the Premier League - bringing them level with trips to Spurs.

Team: Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle remain out, while news on the condition of Jamal Lewis, Allan Saint-Maximin, Matty Longstaff, Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett is awaited.

THFC: It remains to be seen whether Gareth Bale is fit enough to make his second PL debut for Spurs, following his loan capture from Real Madrid.

Spurs were due to make the short trip to Leyton Orient in the League Cup on Tuesday, but an outbreak of COVID in the home squad saw that called off.

Jose Mourinho's side must still travel to North Macedonia on Thursday for a Europa League meeting with KF Shkendija.

Referee: Peter Bankes - a man who has seen plenty of NUFC matches in the last year or so in the role of VAR watcher.

Merseysider Bankes last took charge of Newcastle in the flesh when they lost 0-1 to Palace at Selhurst Park in February, dismissing Valentino Lazaro late on.

That was his third Toon posting in quick succession, following on from the 3-2 FA Cup success at Oxford and the 1-1 draw away to Wolves.

This will be his first game on this ground.

VAR: Lee Mason

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

UK radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live

Local radio: Live on BBC Newcastle

Stats:

Magpies @ Cockerels - PL era:

2019/20: Won 1-0 Joelinton
2018/19: Lost 0-1
2017/18: Lost 0-1
2015/16: Won 2-1 Mitrovic, Perez
2014/15: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2014/15: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Perez
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 26.09.2020:
Brighton v Manchester United (12.30pm) BT
Crystal Palace v Everton (3pm) Prime
West Brom v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Southampton (8pm) Sky

Sun 27.09.2020:
Sheffield United v Leeds (Noon) BT
Spurs v Newcastle (2pm) Sky
Manchester City v Leicester (4.30pm) Sky
West Ham v Wolves (7pm) BT

Mon 28.09.2020:
Fulham v Aston Villa (6pm) Sky
Liverpool v Arsenal (8.15pm) Sky

 

 
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Fixtures
Season 2020/21


Wed 23.09.2020 Morecambe (a) @ Mazuma Stadium, 7.45pm. League Cup Third Round. Behind closed doors.

Fri 25.09.2020 U23s v Burnley (a) @ Lancashire FA, Leyland. 2pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Sat 26.09.2020 U18s v Derby County (a) @ Moor Farm, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Sun 27.09.2020 Spurs (a) @ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Tue 29.09.2020 U23s v Crewe Alexandra (a) @ Gresty Road, 7pm. EFL Trophy. Behind closed doors.

Sat 03.10.2020 U18s v Boro (h) @ Whitley Park, 2.30pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors. Note KO/venue change.

NUFC Live on TV:
Sun 27.09.2020 Spurs (a) 2pm Sky

(Unlike the Premier League games played at the conclusion of last season, there has been no concession from TV companies to ST holders in the form of access codes.)

TV picks to 28.09.2020 announced.

(NB: Leeds (a) and Liverpool (h) in December will both be shown live via Amazon Prime).


NUFC Live TV confirmation dates:  

NB:
all "approximate dates"

Fri 11.09.2020 Oct 2020
Tue 22.09.2020 Nov 2020
Fri 09.10.2020 Dec 2020
Fri 09.10.2020 Jan 2021

05.10.2020
Transfer window ends (with exceptions)*.

16.10.2020 *Transfer window between PL and FL clubs ends.

FA Cup: NUFC enter in Third Round. All replays scrapped.

Round dates:

3rd: Sat 09.01.2021
4th: Sat 23.01.2021
5th: Wed 10.02.2021
QF: Sat 20.03.2021
SF: Sat 17.04.2021
F: Sat 15.05.2021

League Cup: NUFC enter in Second Round. Opening four rounds all in September. Semi-final one-legged, first team drawn out gains home advantage.

Round dates:

3rd: Wed 23.09.2020
4th: Tue 29.09/Wed 30.09.2020
5th: Tue 22.12/Wed 23.12.2020
SF: Tue 05.01/Wed 06.01.2021
F: Sun 28.02.2021

EFL Trophy:

NUFC U21s are in Northern Group C with Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra and Bolton Wanderers.

Their three Group Stage games will all be away from home.

GS1: Shrewsbury (a) lost 0-3
GS2: Tue 29.09.2020 Crewe (a)
GS3: Tue 17.11.2020 Bolton (a)

Round dates (all tbc):

Ro32: Tue 08.12/Wed 09.12.020
Ro16: Tue 12.01/Wed 13.01.2021
QF: Tue 02.02./Wed 03.02.2021
SF: Tue 16.02/Wed 17.02.2021
F: Sun 14.03.2021

Newcastle (and Blyth Spartans) have opted not to enter the Northumberland Senior Cup.

2020/21 NUFC programmes:

Hard copy editions of NUFC home programmes are now produced by Curtis Sport costing £3.50.

The Blackburn Rovers and Brighton issues can be ordered online, along with a full season subscription service here

Morecambe (a) League Cup
£3.00 via iw1963@hotmail.co.uk

Tottenham (a) Premier League

£3.50 online here


Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

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

Sat 29.05.2021
Sun 30.05.2021

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

Rugby League WC Finals

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)

 

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

2020/21:

05.10.2020-13.10.2020
09.11.2020-17.11.2020
22.03.2021-30.03.2021

Euro 2020 rescheduled:
11.06.2021-11.07.2021.

 
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...


Once again it's the BBC Sport website that is raising hackles amongst our readership, this time failed NUFC defensive coach Mark Lawrenson and his shabby match predictions:

"It is always a nice feeling when your new striker scores straight away - compare (Callum) Wilson’s instant impact to Joelinton last season, who did not break his Premier League duck until June."

Apart from the winner at Spurs the previous August.....

(Steve Younger, Tom Gordon)
 

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

On This Day in History
22nd September


Born Or Died:

1878 Peter McWilliam born, Inveravon, Scotland. (1902-11)

Left half acquired from Inverness Thistle, who debuted in a 0-1 loss at Middlesbrough during October 1902. 

Appearing for United during their Edwardian run of success, Peter won Division One titles in 1905, 1906 & 1908 - honours that saw him nicknamed "Peter the Great" at SJP.

FA Cup Final appearances in 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910 for United also followed - finally earning a winners medal at the fourth attempt, against Barnsley.

Peter received his first Scotland cap in 1905, captaining his country on the occasion of his eighth and final appearance six years later.

A knee ligament injury sustained while with Scotland curtailed his playing career in 1911 - his final game as a Magpie a 0-3 defeat at Liverpool that February.

That meant Newcastle were deprived of his services in the 1911 FA Cup Final - having played in four ties that season and scored once (that goal against Bury in January 1911 the 12th and last of his Magpies career). 

Appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur in 1912, Peter remained in post for the next fifteen years - leading them to FA Cup Final success over Wolves in 1921.

Taking over at Middlesbrough for a five year stint, Peter left there in 1934 and had a spell as Chief Scout of Arsenal - having turned down the chance to succeed legendary boss Herbert Chapman when he passed away.

Returning for a second stint in charge of Spurs in 1938, he remained in charge until 1942 when his wife's worsening medical condition caused him to resign.

Living in Redcar (birthplace of his wife), he passed away in 1951.

1933 Dave Smith born, Dundee, Scotland.
(1968-71) 

As a player, Dave appeared for Burnley, Brighton and Bristol City before opting to pursue a career in coaching.

His first appointment took him to Libya, before a rather less exotic stint at Sheffield Wednesday led to Smith's arrival at SJP in June 1967, assisting manager Joe Harvey. 

Dave coached United during their victorious Fairs Cup run of 1969/69 and is pictured above with the trophy. 

Leaving SJP to become reserve team boss at Arsenal, he sampled management for the first time in 1974 with Mansfield Town and led the Stags to successive promotions.

Later postings at Southend United and Plymouth also saw him secure promotions before he was persuaded to take over at his hometown club Dundee in 1988.

That didn't work out though and within a year Dave had returned to England as boss of Torquay United for a three year spell.

He then established youth football training schools in the Plymouth area and in a nod to what he acknowledges to be the highlight of his career, called the honours he hands out to top students, "Magpie Awards."

1936 Robert Whitehead born, Ashington.
(1954-62)

Ashington-born Bob joined Newcastle from Fatfield in December 1954 and soon agreed professional terms.

His first taste of senior action came at St. James' Park in October 1956 when selected for United against a British Olympic XI and he gained experience in several other friendlies that season.

However Bob had to wait for a competitive debut until September 1957, deputising at right back for Dick Keith in a 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Returning to the reserve side, he was next called upon just over a year later and made a total of seven appearances during the 1958/59 campaign.

The 1959/60 season saw Bob play ten games from September to December, including an 8-2 home defeat of Everton and concluding with a 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on Boxing Day. 

A back injury sustained at Stamford Bridge that day resulted in Whitehead surrendering the number 2 shirt to Keith, having made a total of 20 starts for Newcastle, all in the First Division.

Loaned to Cambridge City for the 1961/62 season, Bob made a permanent departure from Gallowgate during August 1962, joining Darlington for £600 amid interest from Rotherham United and York City.

Retiring due to injury two years after, Bob later lived in Stakeford and worked for an electrical company based in nearby Bedlington.

His death was reported during March 2019 at the age of 82.

1952 Ray Xuereb born, Marsa, Malta.
(1977)

Striker who debuted as a 16 year old for Floriana and enjoyed a successful 13 year spell with the Maltese club. 

Ray came to the attention of United in 1977 after leading his side to the championship, finishing top scorer in the league and winning the accolade of Maltese footballer of the year.

Xuereb netted during a 1-1 draw against the Magpies in a post-season friendly game in Malta and then agreed to a trial in England the following season.

Appearing for Newcastle's reserve side, Xuereb returned to Malta without agreeing any deal, apparently having failed to settle in England (a previous trial at QPR is claimed to have ended for the same reason). 

Playing on for Floriana until 1982, Ray later appeared for Hamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur and Naxxar again. 

Serving a one year ban for signing up to an abortive breakaway league, he remained there for one further year before ending his career at Qrendi in the 1995/96 season.

Beginning a coaching career in 1987, Ray later guided Maltese youngsters at both academy and national team level in addition to spells as first team boss of Sirens FC.  

Internationally, he won the first of his 44 senior caps for Malta against Sweden in a World Cup qualifier during 1972.

1957 Steve Carney born, Wallsend.
(1979-85)

Defender who began his career at Dudley Juniors, having trials for West Bromwich Albion before joining North Shields in 1975.

Moving on to Blyth Spartans two years later, Steve featured in
their memorable FA Cup run in the 1977/78 season, scoring a vital goal at Stoke City in Fourth Round.

Sent off at Wrexham in the next round, Carney was available for the replay and played in the defeat on a memorable night at a sold-out St.James' Park.

Steve later followed fellow Spartan Alan Shoulder to United, signing for £1,000 in October 1979 and debuting in a 2-0 home win over Fulham two months later.

His uncompromising tackling became a feature of his regular first team displays at both full back and central defence, with occasional forays into midfield.

Part of the 1983/84 promotion-winning side, 
Carney marked Newcastle's return to the top flight with his only senior goal for the club in an opening day win at Leicester City.

However he soon lost his place in the side and was loaned to Carlisle United before joining Darlington in July 1985, following his release by the Magpies.

Following spells at Rochdale and Hartlepool United Steve returned to Croft Park in 1987 via Tow Law Town, serving Blyth well for a further four years.

Involved with the family babywear clothing business, Carney turned down the chance o manage Blyth, but did later assist his brother Rob at Newcastle Blue Star.

Later entering the property trade, Steve returned to SJP in 2003 as he and the other boys of 1978 were presented to the crowd. 

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he died in May 2013 at the tragically early age of 55.


 

What Else?

1894 Notts County (h)
2-2
(1-1)
Division Two 
Willis(30), Thompson(
2-2)
Daft(
1-1), Chadburn(55)
3,000 
Local lad Dick Hedley (parents can be cruel) got his first run out, at outside right.

1900 West Bromwich Albion (a)
1-0
(0-0)
Division One 
Peddie(80)

10,000 
Newcastle's first visit to the recently-opened Hawthorns home of Albion ended in victory thanks to Jock Peddie's late strike.

Bringing the grandstand with them, Albion had relocated from their former ground at Stoney Lane in pre-season and this was a third unsuccessful attempt at christening the new home.

1906 Woolwich Arsenal (a)
0-2
(0-1)
Division One 
Kyle(15,56)
30,000
Following two wins and two draws, Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season ended with a poor showing at The Manor Ground in Plumstead.

"It is strange that in the Metropolis they should always fall short of their highest standard" wrote the Daily Telegraph - and you thought our London hoodoo was a modern day phenomenon.....

1923 Cardiff City (h)
1-1
(1-0)
Division One 
McDonald(23) 
Davies(79)
40,000
This proved to be the fourth and final game that centre forward William Scott played for United - injuring his knee during the first half so badly he was unable to continue. 

1928 Leicester City (h)
1-0
(0-0)
Division One 
Hudspeth(80) 
31,000
Frank Hudspeth's late free kick was enough to give Newcastle their first victory over the Foxes in six outings. 

1934 Plymouth Argyle (a)
3-1
(0-0)
Division Two 
Smith(51), Leach(75), Boyd(83) 
Vidler(55)
13,404 
There was a goal on his debut for centre forward Jack Smith, whose goalscoring record of 73 goals in 112 senior appearances is often overshadowed by memories of the Gallacher and Milburn eras.

1934 While Jack Smith was beginning his league career for United, former Gallowgate favourite Hughie Gallacher was appearing at Roker Park for his latest club Derby County. 

In a stormy encounter watched by 30,000, Derby triumphed 4-1 thanks to a Jack Bowers treble. Gallacher was dismissed shortly after half time.

1945 Stoke City (h)
9-1
(3-1)
Wartime
Stubbins(10,27,29,55,
7-1), Clifton(57,65)
Hair(
8-1), Wayman(9-1)
Steele(35)
46,349
Albert Stubbins added another five goals to what would become a fearsome total of 231 strikes in wartime football for the Magpies.

The Potters side included Stanley Matthews.

1951 Charlton Athletic (a)
0-3
(0-1)
Division One 
Vaughan(10,81), Evans(55)
48,056
 
1956 Burnley (h)
1-1
(0-1)
Division One 
Keeble(73) 
Pilkington(2)
36,790
 
 
 
1962 Norwich City (h) 2-1
(2-0)
Division Two 
Thomas(2), Fell(28pen)
Conway(86)
36,345

1965 Peterborough United (h) 3-4 (1-3) 
League Cup 2nd Round
Bennett(25), Iley(54), Hilley(79) 
Beesley(7), Conmy(26,69),
Watson(36)
16,132
A typical week in the history of Newcastle: beat league leaders Burnley on a Saturday, lose to Division Three Posh on Wednesday. 

The visitors recorded their first-ever League Cup win in this competition after five successive exits at the first time of asking - and would progress to the last four of the competition.

1973 Coventry City (a)
2-2
(1-2)
Division One 
Macdonald(26), Tudor(77) 
Alderson(37), Stein(45)
25,556
The Sky Blues were bidding for their sixth successive victory at Highfield Road, but old boy John Tudor's equaliser halted that run and earned the Magpies a deserved point.

1976 Stoke City (h)
3-0
(2-0)
League Cup 3rd Round
Nattrass(17), T.Craig(32pen), Burns(82)
27,143
This victory over the Potters lined up a trip to Manchester United in the next round - a tie we infamously lost 2-7.

1979 Wrexham (h)
1-0
(0-0)
Division Two 
Shoulder(79pen) 
27,904 
The breakthrough came when a push on John Brownlie by Joey Jones was punished with a spot kick that Alan Shoulder converted (his sixth penalty of the season), to put us on top of Division Two.

1984 Queens Park Rangers (a) 5-5 (4-0)
Division One 
McDonald(3), Waddle(17,25,41), Wharton(84)
Bannister(49),
og(Wharton)(57),
Gregory(74), Wicks(86), Micklewhite(90)
14,234 
Wow. 4-0 up at half time, United were lucky to hang on for a point as they capitulated in the last quarter of a momentous encounter. 

Kenny Wharton scored at both ends while England manager Bobby Robson was present and noted the form of Chris Waddle on the Loftus Road plastic.
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1990 West Ham United (h)
1-1
(1-1)
Division Two 
McGhee(15) 
Morley(45)
25,462
Having got off the mark for the season with a brace at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, Mark McGhee netted again.

1992 Midfielder Robert Lee signed for £700,000 from Charlton Athletic, after rejecting overtures from ex-boss Lennie Lawrence at Middlesbrough. 

Keegan famously convinced Lee that Newcastle was nearer his Essex home than Teesside - at least in transport terms.... 

22/09/19931993 Notts County (h)
4-1
(1-1)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg 
Cole(30,54,63), Bracewell(72)
og(Srnicek)(16)
25,887 
The Pies took an early lead when Pavel Srnicek fumbled an indirect free kick from Mark Draper into his own net, but this inspired United and Andy Cole in particular, against his home town team.

1997 The reserves won 1-0 away at Wigan, thanks to a late winner from David Eatock, signed from nearby non-league side Chorley.

Featuring for United at Springield Park were on-trial duo Massimo Oddo from AC Milan and Carlos Gonzales from Sydney United.

The Italian defender wasn't retained - but went on to win 34 caps for his country and a 2006 World Cup winners medal - while the Aussie forward soon retreated back down under in a huff.

2003 Michael Chopra got the vital goal that beat Manchester City's Reserves 1-0 at Hyde United's Ewen Fields, striking two minutes into the second half, in front of watching City boss Kevin Keegan.
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2006 Celestine Babayaro accepted a charge of violent conduct from the FA over an incident with Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt at Anfield two days previously.

Referee Mark Halsey missed the incident during the game, but video evidence subsequently showed the Nigerian striking the Dutchman in the face while the pair jostled in advance of a first half corner.

Babayaro was banned for three games, but the chances of him making that many appearances in succession without developing an 'injury' were pretty slim anyway....

2008 The Reserves lost 0-3 at home to Sheffield United's second string. Tormentor-in-chief for the Blades was former Magpie Keith Gillespie, who scored twice and eclipsed a young Toon side that included reserve debutant Brad Inman.
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2009 Peterborough United (a) 0-2 (0-2)
Carling Cup Third Round
Mackail-Smith(20), Williams(31)
10,298
Chris Hughton opted to field a weakened side at London Road, making ten changes and handing debuts to defensive duo Ben Tozer and James Tavernier.

With Haris Vuckic and Ryan Donaldson also making their first senior starts, the Magpies struggled and were deservedly two behind at half time.

Inexplicab
ly, Hughton left on Danny Guthrie - who had already been booked - and then made a triple switch on the hour, bringing on messrs Nolan, Geremi and Smith.  

Guthrie was then sent off and with Joey Barton unfit, the bizarre triple switch thankfully didn't result in any injuries to our depleted resources.
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2010 Chelsea (a)
4-3
(2-1)
Carling Cup Third Round
Ranger(27), R.Taylor(32), Ameobi(49,90)
Van Aanholt(6), Anelka(70,87pen)
Shola Ameobi's headed winner in the final seconds capped an incredible night, as Newcastle ended a winless run at Stamford Bridge that stretched back to November 1986.

Ex-Magpies loan defender Patrick Van Aanholt had put the home side ahead on a night when 36 year-old Sol Campbell made his first team debut for Newcastle.
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2013 The mackems sacked slack-jawed, trouser-dirtier Paolo Di Canio.
Reacting to the news on twitter, ex-Mag, Joey Barton said:

"Di Canio said to be devastated on having to leave the cultural utopia that is 5under1and to go back home to Rome..."

2014 Remie Streete's headed brace secured a 2-1 win for the U21s over Arsenal as they leapfrogged the Gunners into pole position. 

Streete's display at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park was seen by Port Vale officials and he soon joined them on loan.
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2016 The reserves made a losing start to their Central League Cup campaign at Little Benton, losing 0-2 to Sheffield United.
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2018 Crystal Palace (a)
0-0
(0-0)
Premier League
25,679
Newcastle made it six games without victory from the start of the season
but a second away clean sheet matched their record from the whole of the previous campaign.
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