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Brighton (a)
Liverpool (h) on sale Thu 25.04 @10am
Fulham (a) ST holder sale now (
70 pts)

Three and easy

Leeds United U23s  0  Newcastle U23s  3

A strong second half showing from Newcastle U23s secured a place in the Premier League Cup Final on Tuesday night at the expense of hosts Leeds.

Scoreless after a scrappy opening 45 minutes at Guiseley's Nethermoor, the Magpies were awarded a penalty five minutes after the restart following a coming together between Hugo Diaz and Callum Roberts.

Having missed twice from the spot recently, Owen Bailey gave way to Kelland Watts and he coolly beat Bailey Peacock-Farrell from 12 yards.

That lead was then doubled four minutes later when Roberts seized on a misdirected pass by Bryce Hosannah and strode forward, before lifting the ball over the 'keeper from just inside the box.

With the hosts struggling to make any impact at the other end, the visitors had the ball in the net for a third time when Elias Sorensen fired home but was flagged offside after just mistiming his forward run.

However the Danish striker wasn't to be denied and rounded off the victory four minutes from full time, advancing from the right before firing home his twentieth goal this season from the edge of the box.

Ben Dawson's side now face a wait before discovering the identity of their final opponents, with the other Semi-Final not scheduled until Saturday May 4th.

That will be between Swansea City and Everton, following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers by the Toffees in their delayed Quarter Final.

Subject to final confirmation, we understand that a draw will take place to determine which team will enjoy home advantage in the final, which is a one-off tie. 

Team: Harker, Sterry, Walters, M.Longstaff, Bailey, Watts, Allan (Cass 89), Sangare, Sorensen (Bartlett 87), Roberts (Young 81), Longelo.
Subs n/u: Huuhtanen, Cumbreras.

Booked: Sorensen.

LUFC: Peacock-Farrell, Hosannah, Berardi (Oduor 46), Phillips (Shackleton 46), Struijk, Diaz (Bogusz 55), Clarke, Gotts, Edmondson, Brown, Stevens.
Subs n/u: Miazek, McCalmont.

Booked: Diaz.

Referee: P.Gibbons.

Crowd: 3,051 - which seems a bit high and may have been tickets sold/allocated rather than the actual number of spectators present.

Ben Dawson:

"I'm really pleased for the group of lads in there and obviously thereís a few at home that are injured.

"The group as a whole have been fantastic this season, and itís reward for the effort and the work they have put in over the course of a long season.

"The timing (of the goals) was important.

"We mentioned at half-time about that we had only done half a job so far.

"The quality of the pitch didnít suit how we like to play and sometimes you have to adapt to that.

"We tried to play a little bit more on the break and we got some opportunities from pressing high up the pitch when they are trying to play and the ball was bobbling around.

"It gave us something to hang on to - they had a bit of a point to prove.

"The result last week, against a very good Manchester United team, gave them a bit of a kick up the backside and a bit of a reminder of where they are at.

"You canít ease off, you have to keep working hard day-in, day-out, and the response this week in training has been great, so itís no surprise that we get that display tonight."

Liverpool (h) tickets

From NUFC, Tuesday:

Tickets for Newcastle United's final home game of the season, against Liverpool, will go on sale to members at 10am on Thursday, 25th April.

Following Liverpool's qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League, the match at St. James' Park will be played on Saturday, 4th May with a 7.45pm (BST) kick-off.

With the Reds challenging for a first league title in 29 years, the game against Rafa BenŪtez's old club has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures of not only Newcastle's season but the entire 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

Due to the huge demand, tickets will only be sold to Newcastle United members with a recent purchase history, at a maximum of two tickets per person, from 10am on Thursday, 25th April.

In order to buy tickets, members must have a valid 2018/19 season card or membership and members must have made a ticket purchase during the 2018/19 season.

Tickets will not be released for general sale. Liverpool began selling their allocation of 3,231 tickets earlier this month and away supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

The club are aware that there is a demand for tickets from Liverpool supporters way in excess of their allocation and would urge Newcastle United fans not to try and sell their tickets to visiting fans, as this would be a breach of the terms and conditions of their ticket.

Newcastle United would also appeal to Liverpool fans not to try and obtain tickets in the home areas of St. James' Park, as it is a breach of the stadium ground regulations for away fans to be in home fan areas. Any Liverpool fan found in home areas will be ejected from the stadium.

Almiron: ten and out

The hamstring problem that caused Miguel Almiron to leave the field against Southampton at SJP on Saturday is expected to rule him out for around a month, meaning that his season is over.

The Paraguayan joins Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune on the sidelines and his next appearance is likely to come at national team level in the Copa America, staged during June and July.

The Amazing Journey

Available to pre-order now is this new book detailing Newcastle United's Fairs Cup winning campaign of 1968/69.

As part of his exhaustive research, author Matthew Watson-Broughton tracked down players, officials, journalists and supporters in both England and Hungary, also travelling to Holland Portugal, Spain and Scotland to uncover tales of the ties en route to the final.

Copies cost £19.99 and the book will be published during late May, coinciding with the anniversary of the home leg of the final against Upjest Dozsa.

Pre-orders made online here during April will get free postage within the UK ( readers can opt to receive an author-signed copy by adding to their delivery instructions.)

Old boys see us safe

Second half goals from Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner were enough to give Liverpool a 2-0 win at Cardiff on Sunday - and in the process confirm Newcastle's top flight status with three games remaining.

It remains to be seen who will be joining Fulham and Huddersfield Town in the Championship next season, but eighteenth-placed Cardiff now trail Newcastle by ten points with just nine left to play for.

PL results/fixtures:

Sat 20.04.2019:
Manchester City 1-0 Spurs
Bournemouth 0-1 Fulham
Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford
West Ham 2-2 Leicester City
Wolves 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Newcastle 3-1 Southampton

Sun 21.04.2019:
Everton 4-0 Manchester United
Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
Cardiff City 0-2 Liverpool

Mon 22.04.2019:
Chelsea 2-2 Burnley

Tue 23.04.2019:
Spurs 1-0 Brighton
Watford 1-1 Southampton

Wed 24.04.2019:
Wolves v Arsenal (7.45pm)
Manchester United v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Current PL table - bottom end:

Pos Team Played Gd Pts
11 West Ham 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle 35 -9 41
14 Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 35 -17 37
17 Brighton 35 -22 34
18 Cardiff 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield 35 -49 14

Next season

Now that our place in the top flight is confirmed for another season, here's a few dates for your diary:

Sun 05.05.2019 Last Championship games*
Mon 27.05.2019 Championship playoff final*

Thu 13.06.2019 PL fixture release
Sun 30.06.2019 Rafa current contract ends

Wed 17.07.2019 Asian Cup game 1 (China)
Sat 20.07.2019 Asian Cup game 2 (China)

Sat 10.08.2019 PL opening games
Thu 08.08.2019 PL transfer window closes

(* to determine teams promoted to PL) 

Premier League:
Saints succumb 
to in-form Ayoze

Newcastle  3  Southampton  1

Match report

Liverpool (h) farce: 
7.45pm KO confirmed

Official confirmation finally arrived on Saturday evening that Newcastle's home game against Liverpool will take place at 7.45pm on Saturday May 4th - that's despite Sky's own website publishing it as a 12.30pm KO hours earlier. 

Saturday began with confirmation that the game would be played on the Saturday - but with a kick-off time still to be finalised.


The change follows Liverpool's progress to the Champions League Semi-Finals and means that the previously-advertised rescheduling of our game
to Sunday May 5th at 4.30pm was never correct

All that further alteration achieved was to confuse the issue still further, trapping unwary fans into making travel arrangements based on misleading information.

There's no reason for the original fixture list not to have been left untouched, with the proviso that changes would follow - depending on the fate of clubs in Europe.  

The lunchtime spot had originally been set aside for the Manchester City v Leicester game, but this now moves to the Monday night slot that was previously earmarked for Bournemouth v Spurs. 

Sky Sports: shafting supporters since 1992

Revised PL schedule that weekend:

Fri 03.05.2019:
Everton v Burnley (8pm) Sky

Sat 04.05.2019:
Bournemouth v Spurs (12.30pm) Sky
West Ham v Southampton (3pm)
Wolves v Fulham (3pm)
Cardiff City v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) BT
Newcastle v Liverpool (7.45pm) Sky

Sun 05.05.2019:
Chelsea v Watford (2pm)
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United (2pm) Sky
Arsenal v Brighton (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 06.05.2019:

Manchester City v Leicester City (8pm) Sky

PS: Fans travelling to the Liverpool game by Metro will be affected, with no service between Monument and Hebburn/Brockley Whins all day on Saturday May 4th (and on Sunday & Monday).

Loan lads:

Dwight Gayle, Jacob Murphy 
(West Bromwich Albion)
A 0-0 draw at Reading on Monday confirmed that the Baggies have qualified for the Championshi promotion playoffs with two games still to play.

Jacob completed the full game, while Dwight was introduced as an 83rd minute replacement.

Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar 
(Sheffield Wednesday)

Injury sidelined Rolando once again, but Achraaf appeared for the entirety of Wednesday's 2-0 home success over Bristol City in the Championship on Monday.

Josef Yarney (Chesterfield)
The Spireites defeated Boreham Wood 3-2 at home in the National League on Monday, with Josef playing the full 90 minutes.

Dan Barlaser, Liam Gibson 
(Accrington Stanley) 

Stanley eased their relegation fears thanks to a 2-1 victory at Doncaster Rovers in League One on Tuesday, with Barlaser playing the full game but Gibson omitted.

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
Henri played the full game as his side drew 1-1 at Kasimpasa in the  Super Lig on Friday evening.

Mbabu makes a
million for Mags

Our Swiss spies report that a deal taking former Newcastle United defender Kevin Mbabu from Young Boys to Wolfsburg has been struck.

The Swiss international celebrated his 24th birthday on Thursday and will head to the Bundesliga at the end of the season in exchange for a fee of Ä8.8m.

It's claimed that a 15% sell-on clause was inserted when Mbabu left SJP in 2017 for an undisclosed fee, meaning that around £1.1m will now be heading towards SJP.

Tees-Tyne finale

Following their Premier League Cup Semi-Final success against Leeds United on Tuesday, the focus switches to Teesside on Sunday, as Newcastle's  U23 side conclude their league campaign.

It's a 1pm kick-off against Boro at the Riverside and although the chance of winning the title and claiming the single automatic promotion place on offer has gone, United are already in the playoffs and need to win to have any chance of gaining home advantage in their next game.

In the playoff semi-finals (which are a single game), the second-placed team are at home to the fifth and the third-placed host the fourth.

Home advantage in the final goes to the finalist that finished highest in the main season.

Premier League 2 Division 2 - top six: 
(22 game season)

Pos Team Played Gd Pts
1 Wolves 21 +22 40
2 Reading 21 +13 40
3 Southampton 21 +12 40
4 Newcastle 21 +8 37
5 Aston Villa 21 +5 36
6 Man United 21 +3 30

Top five - remaining games:

26.04.2019 Manchester United v Wolves
26.04.2019 Stoke City v Reading
28.04.2019 Boro v Newcastle
29.04.2019 Aston Villa v West Brom
29.04.2019 Southampton v mackems

Club accounts:
As you were

Following selected media interviews given by NUFC CEO Lee Charnley earlier in the week, Thursday saw the (late) publication of the club's accounts.

In a nutshell, we've recovered well from the financial downturn caused by another relegation, and there seems to reason to change course - whether that "vision" is shared with the current manager remains to be seen....

Charnley appears to think we're having a "good season" - perhaps not the best choice of words...

Headline figures:

£33m short-term loan paid to Mike Ashley
£111m long-term loan' owed to Mike Ashley
Media income increased £79m to £119.6m
Turnover increased of 108% to £178.5m
Commercial income up £14.6m to £26.7m
Operating expenses fell by £21.2m to £119.6m


Charnley pay doubles to £300K
No meaningful update on Rafa future
No realistic expectation of club sale
Emphasis on signing younger players
No significant training ground investment
Budget for next window up to £50m plus monies raked in from player sales

NUFC press release here

Off the Pitch website analysis here

Chronicle coverage here

Kit claim 

After online claims of designs for next season's NUFC kits emerged in February online here, this leaked version of the home design is now doing the rounds.

If you want to play the "looks familiar" kit game, then our previous home shirt are online here

Premier League:
Brighton (a)

For the second successive weekend, Newcastle are in the Saturday teatime TV slot, facing Brighton at the Amex in a 5.30pm kick-off live on BT.

That's five NUFC visits to this venue now - all televised live on TV, all moved to daft times

2018/19 Saturday 5.30pm
2017/18 Sunday 4pm
2016/17 Tuesday 7.45pm
2012/13 Saturday 12.30pm
2011/12 Saturday 5.15pm

All away section tickets have been sold for what is almost a 700 mile round trip from Tyneside.

NUFC: Sean Longstaff, Florian Lejeune and Miguel Almiron are out, with Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden early doubts.

Coral's new punter offer is bet £10 receive £30 in free bets. Terms & conditions apply online here

BHAFC: Ahead of Saturday's game, Chris Hughton returned to his former side Spurs for a rearranged Premier League game on Tuesday, losing 0-1.

That's now seven PL games for Albion without scoring a single goal, with the clock starting against us on Saturday at 646 minutes since Anthony Knockaert netted away to Crystal Palace in early March.

Travel: Match ticket holders are entitled to free train travel from as far as Worthing, Haywards Heath, Brighton and Eastbourne. Similar free travel is also available on local bus services.

More details here (pages 14 and 15)


Competitive visits to the Seagulls - all time:

2017/18 lost 0-1
2016/17 won 2-1 Diame, Perez
2012/13 lost 0-2 (FAC)
2011/12 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1991/92 drew 2-2 G.Peacock, Kelly
1990/91 lost 2-4 Quinn, Brock
1989/90 won 3-0 Quinn 3
1983/84 won 1-0 Waddle
1982/83 drew 1-1 McDermott (FAC)
1978/79 lost 0-2
1961/62 won 4-0 Allchurch, Thomas, Kerray, Suddick

(At the Goldstone Ground up to and including 1991/92, Amex thereafter)

Referee: Mike Dean - Last seen at Bournemouth last month. Expect a penalty award to the home side.

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

If you aren't heading to
Sussex, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square will have the game live on their big screen TVs with matchday food & drink offers.

The Ware Rooms
are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio:
Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on talkSPORT

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Fri 26.04.2019:
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town (8pm) Sky

Sat 27.04.2019:

Spurs v West Ham (12.30pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Everton (3pm)
Fulham v Cardiff City (3pm)
Southampton v Bournemouth (3pm)
Watford v Wolves (3pm)
Brighton v Newcastle (5.30pm) BT

Sun 28.04.2019:
Leicester City v Arsenal (Noon) Sky
Burnley v Manchester City (2.05pm) Sky
Manchester United v Chelsea (4.30pm) Sky

Our sponsors CentrAle will be open from 09:00 on Saturday for anybody travelling to Brighton by rail from Newcastle. Show your match ticket for discounted train beers.

For those watching on TV at home we have the largest range of local North East beers to be found anywhere - and some interesting ones from
the rest of the UK and abroad.

A great big thanks to everybody who has visited CentrAle for train beers for their journeys home after this season home games.


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

The new ticket website is now live and existing users need to re-register. Do that online here and read their FAQs here.

The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

SJP Box Office phone: 0344 372 1892 

Online Box Office is here
On sale dates are here
SJP seating plan is here

Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed
Matchdays: 9am-Half-time

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am unless otherwise notified. 

If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also usually come into effect then.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

The Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme has been extended for a further three season and will now conclude at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

NUFC members get 25% off LNER standard and first class advance fares travelling on any day (see below for excluded dates). 

Book by logging in to and then enter NUFC followed by supporter number, without spaces ie NUFC123456

Offer open until 23.05.2019. Not valid in conjunction with other offers or railcards.

Excluded dates: 

Sat 27.04.2019 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 27.04.2019 Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
@ Amex Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT. 

Sun 28.04.2019
U23s v Boro (a) @ Riverside Stadium, 1pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 04.05.2019 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. Ticket sale from 10am on Thu 25.04.2019. Live on Sky.

The NUFC home matchday offer at Pizza Express in Jesmond is available before this game (they shut at 10.30pm). 

No voucher needed, quote "St. James' Park" for a 30% reduction on your bill at Pizza Express in Jesmond, 92 Osborne Road NE2 2TD. (NB: offer is only valid in Jesmond, no other branches). 

Sun 12.05.2019 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 70 points. £30 adults, £25 over 65s/U18s-U21s, £20 U17s.

Fri 17.05.2019-Sun 19.05.2019 U23s v opposition tbc (n)
@ Happy Valley FC. Hong Kong Soccers Sevens Tournament.

NUFC Live on TV:

Sat 27.04.2019 Brighton (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 04.05.2019
Liverpool (h) 7.45pm Sky

U23 Premier League Cup:
F: ??.??.2019
opponent tbc

Gateshead FC have reduced admission prices for NUFC ST holders attending their National League home games to £10 adults.

Remaining GFC home league game:
Sat 27.04.2019 Barrow 12.30pm

2019/20 season:
Thu 13.06.2019
PL fixture release
Sat 10.08.2019
PL opening games 
Thu 08.08.2019 Transfer window closes 

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final
Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

Rugby League:

Sat 23.10.2021 Opening ceremony and first game of Rugby League World Cup.

International Magpies
National Service

Copa America Finals (with Paraguay, Venezuela, Japan)

21.06.2019-19.07.2019 AFCON Finals
(Finals draw 12.04.2019 - includes Ghana)

02.09.2019-10.09.2019 Internationals
07.10.2019-15.10.2019 Internationals
11.11.2019-19.11.2019 Internationals

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
23rd April

Born Or Died:

1901 Albert McInroy born, Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire. (1929-34)

Goalkeeper who celebrated his 31st birthday at Wembley Stadium, as part of the Newcastle side that beat Arsenal 2-1 in the 1932 FA Cup Final.

Although appearing briefly for Preston North End as an amateur outfield player, Albert was on the books at Roker Park when he made his professional debut early in the 1923/24 season, between the posts.

Winning one England cap (versus Northern Ireland at Anfield in October 1926), a move to Tyneside in October 1929 came at a cost of £2,750 to the Magpies.

Following an absence through injury during the 1933-34 season, Albert lost form when recalled and following relegation, quarrelled with the SJP board over monies due and left the club in the summer of 1934.

Returning to the mackems - although he didn't make a first team appearance in 11 months back on wearside - Albert then joined Leeds United in 1935

Returning to the North East two years later, he played for Gateshead until 1940 and turned out for Stockton during wartime.

Later working as a publican in Newcastle, Gateshead and Houghton-le-Spring, Albert passed away in 1985.

1924 Frank Brennan born, Annathill, Scotland. (1946-56)

Signed from Airdrie for £7,000 in July 1946, centre half Frank opted to join Newcastle despite offers from both Preston North End and the mackems. 

Debuting in United's first post-war Football League game (a 4-1 victory at Millwall in August 1946), Brennan went on to become a cornerstone of the Newcastle United side that returned to the First Division in 1948 and won the FA Cup in 1951 and 1952.

A Colossus of a man (nicknamed "The Rock of Tyneside"), this Scottish international stood at 6ft 3in in his size 12 boots and had a fighting weight of 13 and a half stone.

Omitted from the 1955 Cup Final side as an alleged punishment for opening a sports shop in the city to rival Chairman Stan Seymour's, Frank was transfer-listed over a wage dispute, which outraged fans.

Playing his final game in January 1956, Frank joined North Shields in a player/coach role and remained there until 1962.

Coaching in Singapore and Trinidad for the British Council, Brennan returned to Appleby Park in 1967 and managed Shields to FA Amateur Cup success two years later. 

Following an unsuccessful stint as Darlington Manager in 1971 and some time coaching South Shields, he concentrated on his business and lived in Whitley Bay. 

Frank passed away in March 1997 and some nine years after his death was nominated by United for the FA Cup Team of Heroes, to celebrate 125 years of the competition.

His name also lives on in a trophy award annually by Sport Newcastle to unsung heroes of sport in the region.

1976 Darren Huckerby born, Nottingham. (1995-96)

Winger whose major contribution to history was the friendly match arranged as part of the £450K transfer that brought him from Lincoln City to SJP back in November 1995.

Injury denied Huck the chance to play in that game, but new boy Alan Shearer featured and scored his first goal for the club in July 1996 at a packed Sincil Bank.

By then he had already made what proved to be his sole league appearance for United, coming off the bench to replace Paul Kitson in a home win over Bolton in January 1996.

That came three days after his senior debut - also as a substitute - in an FA Cup replay defeat on penalties at SJP to Chelsea.

Returning to fitness in the early weeks of the 1996/97 season, Darren was unable to get near the first team and was loaned to Millwall for two months, scoring three times and posting a succession of good displays.

Newly-installed Coventry City boss Gordon Strachan bid £1m for him and Huck headed for Highfield Road in November 1996. His first City goal came on his fourth outing - inevitably at home to Newcastle.

The 1999/00 season began with Huck joining Leeds in a £400K deal but by the end of 2000, he'd moved on to Manchester City.

Promotion to the Premiership followed in 2001/02 and Darren City against us again in what was to be our final fixture at Maine Road - a 0-1 reverse.

By then he was being managed once again by Kevin Keegan, who loaned him out to Nottingham Forest in February 2003.

The next season saw Huck borrowed by Norwich City and he found life at Carrow Road to his liking, with a permanent £750K deal agreed in December 2003.

He helped the Canaries to promotion and managed another goal against us, albeit in a League Cup defeat by Newcastle at SJP.

The man nicknamed Forrest Gump since his time at Coventry finally ended his stint in Norfolk in 2008 and moved to the USA with San Jose Earthquakes.

However, a hip problem forced him to hang up his boots following surgery in 2009, since when he's set up his own PR company and become involved in a charitable foundation.

"Let's be hucking you!"

1977 Death of Matthew McNeil, 49.

1986 Steven Istead born, South Shields. (2002)

Winger who featured fleetingly at Academy level for the Magpies before opting to join Hartlepool United during 2002.

A first team debut for 'Pools came at the age of just 16, but "Icy" failed to hold down a regular starting place - making 74 sub appearances but just seven senior starts.

Leaving Victoria Park in 2006, Steven had spells as both Gateshead and Consett before moving to Peterhead and a reunion with ex-'Pools manager Neale Cooper.

Returning to England with Ilkeston Town, Istead later represented Mansfield Town, Alfreton Town, Eastwood Town and Buxton.


What Else?

1894 Willington (a)
Law, Unknown Scorer
Crowd tbc

1898 Stoke (a)
League Test 
Debut for James Lockey at right back in this test match to decide promotion and relegation issues. The defeat left United behind Burnley - who had beaten Blackburn twice - and level with Stoke in the group of four.

1902 Middlesbrough (h)
1-0), Orr(2-1)
The first of a number of charity matches United took part in to raise funds to benefit the Ibrox Disaster Fund. It raised £110 which was a lot less than had been hoped.

1904 sunderland (a)
0-1,0-?), Bridgett(0-?)

1907 Leith Athletic (n)
Newcastle began a three match tour of Scotland by facing the Scottish Second Division side at the Easter Road home of Hibernian.

The game was played to benefit the Walker Memorial fund and raised £110. It comprised of two 35 minute halves.

1910 Barnsley (n)
FA Cup Final 
United's fourth trip to The Crystal Palace and at last the jinx was cracked, if not broken entirely.

Trailing at half time to Harry Tuffnell's shot, United's Albert Shepherd saw his effort disallowed before Jackie Rutherford's late header forced a replay at Goodison Park.
Youtube footage is online here

goalmouth action at the Palace

1921 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
P39, 47pts, 5th/22
Ex-Magpie Jackie Rutherford netted for the Gunners at Highbury, while current Newcastle forward John King secured a point on what proved to be the final appearance of his United career. 

1927 West Ham United (a)
Division One 
P40, 54pts, 1st/22
This point pretty much confirmed that the league championship was on its way to SJP for the fourth time, even though two games still remained to be played. Huddersfield had only drawn at home to Manchester United meaning they were four points behind the Magpies with a much worse goal average.

1928 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
P40, 39pts, 10th/22

1932 Arsenal (n)
FA Cup Final 
Wembley success again, in what became known as the "Over The Line" final, after the was alleged to have gone out of play as Jimmy Richardson centred for Jack Allen to score Newcastle's equaliser.
Youtube footage is online here

Jack Allen in the 1932 Final

1938 Chesterfield (h)
Division Two 
P39, 36pts, 14th/22
3-0), Park(46) 

1949 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
P40, 51pts, 2nd/22
The Magpies took a point from their first competitive visit to Anfield since 1933 but a draw and a defeat in their final two games saw them slip down to fourth - still a fine achievement for a promoted side.

1952 West Bromwich Albion (h) 1-4 (0-1)
Division One 
P41, 43pts, 9th/22
0-1), Lee(1-2),
1-3), Allen(1-4)

Barely a week before the FA Cup Final and it's fair to say that Newcastle's minds weren't totally focused on league matters. 

1955 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
P39, 40pts, 11th/22


1958 Manchester United (a)
Division One 
P40, 32pts, 18th/22
1960 Nottingham Forest (a) 0-3 
Division One 
P41, 44pts, 7th/22
Vowden(38), Gray(50), Quigley(70)
Debut for Brian Wright, at right half. Two vital points for Forest to keep them out of the bottom two.

1960 7,165 spectators saw North Shields beat Blyth Spartans in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at Gallowgate.

Ingham(2) and Watson were on target for the Robins and Turney for the Spartans.

1962 Derby County (a)
Division Two 
P41, 39pts, 9th/22
Thomas(25) Allchurch(71

Former Magpie Bill Curry was in the Rams side as United ended their away programme with victory at the Baseball Ground.

1963 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division Two 
P37, 42pts, 5th/22
McKinney(25), Suddick(70) 
United maintained their slim hopes of catching the top two, with the winning goal a 25 yard lobbed effort from Alan Suddick that caught the Valiants' 'keeper off his line.

1966 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
P39, 34pts, 14th/22
The Blades wore distinctive orange shirts and socks and proceeded to post their third successive victory at SJP.

1975 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
P41, 39pts, 13th/22
T.Craig(41), Bruce(46), Macdonald(90)

United found their "Range" against the Gunners at Gallowgate, but that's just the way it is.....

1977 Queens Park Rangers (a) 2-1 (0-1)
Division One 
P37, 47pts, 4th/22
United extended their unbeaten run to eleven games and despite then losing their final three matches of the season, a fifth place finish was enough to clinch a UEFA Cup spot. 

1983 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division Two 
P38, 60pts, 5th/22
McDermott(48), Varadi(67,85), Wharton(16)
After hitting four without reply against Rotherham at SJP just four days previously, The Magpies made it four wins on the spin - but only after letting the visitors back into the game at 2-2.

1984 Carlisle United (h)
Division Two 
P38, 73pts, 3rd/22
Keegan(12,54), Waddle(39), Beardsley(73,77)
Vandals broke into the ground before this bank holiday game and sprayed slogans on the pitch related to an ongoing criminal trial. 

A claim of broken glass also having been scattered was found to be false and after the offending slogans had been painted out, the match went ahead as scheduled. 

Kevin Carr saved Alan Shoulder's penalty and also a follow-up shot with Keegan heading United's third seconds later as play rapidly switched to the other end of the field.

Victory and favourable results in the games involving rivals Manchester City and Grimsby Town meant that promotion was in reach - United having a seven point cushion with four games remaining. 
Youtube footage is online here

1988 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One 
P37, 47pts, 10th/21
BBC's bizarre pundit, Garth Crooks got both goals at Selhurst Park, with future Magpie Rob Lee also featuring for the Addicks.

1994 Oldham Athletic (h)
Premier League 
P39, 71pts, 3rd/22
Fox(19), Beardsley(57),
Jobson(43), Sharpe(58) 
A slightly mad afternoon at SJP against Joe Royle's relegation-bound Latics, in a game Magpies boss Kevin Keegan later called "a video nasty".
Youtube footage is online here

2000 Leeds United (h)
P34, 44pts, 12th/20
Bridges(12), Wilcox(17)
After hitting the post through Kieron Dyer within seconds of the first whistle, Newcastle mounted a fine comeback after two early setbacks. 

Ian Harte cracked a second half penalty wide of Shay Given's goal, but that would have been an undeserved winner for a Leeds side including future Magpies Michael Bridges, Lee Bowyer and birthday (old) boy Darren Huckerby. 

Alan Smith meanwhile was the bench, James Milner in the juniors, Jonathan Woodgate was injured and Mark Viduka months away from limping into Elland Road from Celtic. match report

2002 Blackburn Rovers (a)
P36, 68pts, 4th/20
Gillespie(28), Cole(67)
Goals from old boys Keith Gillespie and Andy Cole had threatened to scupper our Champions League hopes, but Alan Shearer was on hand to mark another Ewood return with a brace.

And despite the best efforts of referee Uriah Rennie, the point gained guaranteed a top four finish for United with two games still to play - sealing a Champions League place. match report

2003 A 3-1 victory over Blyth Spartans at Croft Park put Newcastle's reserve side into the Northumberland Senior Cup Final. The goals came from Lewis Guy, Calvin Zola and Martin Brittain in front of a crowd of 523. match report

2008 Newcastle Reserves were taken to extra time and penalties by Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup final at SJP, before eventually claiming the trophy.

The game was goalless after 90 minutes but after Blyth grabbed a 95th minute lead, Kazenga LuaLua levelled for United with a cracking shot from well outside the box. 

Mark Doninger then claimed the vital spot kick as the Magpies won the shootout 4-3. match report

2009 The reserves made it ten games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Altrincham. Frank Danquah scored. match report

2011 Blackpool (a)
Premier League
P34, 41pts, 9th/20

This stalemate at Bloomfield Road against the soon-to-be relegated Seasiders was ultimately enough to confirm our own top flight survival.

Ahead through a Peter Lovenkrands strike, we then let Blackpool back into the game when Jose Enrique cleared a DJ Campbell flick - but did so from behind the goal line. match report

United reserves won for the first time in eleven games as Yven Moyo and a Mehdi Abeid penalty conversion gave them a 2-1 success over Liverpool at Kirkby Academy. match report

Newcastle visited Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium after a 20 year gap, a reserve XI playing in a friendly match to commemorate the U's centenary.

Visiting manager Peter Beardsley played for both sides as Newcastle won 2-1 thanks to Romain Amalfitano and James Tavernier. match report

2015 As his Derby County side continued to falter, Steve McClaren revealed at a fans' Q&A that he had turned down Newcastle's offer of the manager's job, following the departure of Alan Pardew.

2016 Liverpool (a)
Premier League
P35, 30pts, 19th/20
Cisse(49), Colback(66)
Sturridge(2), Lallana(30)

Two second half goals made it a memorable return to Anfield for Rafa Benitez and gave United another crucial point in the fight to avoid relegation.

But a draw seemed incredibly unlikely at half-time when United trailed to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana and even getting a shot on goal seemed doubtful.

A point separated United, the mackems and Norwich with two of those three set to join already relegated Aston Villa. match report

2018 Everton (a)
0-1 (0-0)
Premier League
P34, 41pts, 10th/20
United's four match winning run ended on a Monday night at Goodison Park, Theo Walcott continuing his Gunners scoring run against us for the Toffees.

Everton completed a league double over United as Rafa Benitez was unable to celebrate his 100th game in charge of the club although there were late chances to pinch a point, substitute Dwight Gayle going close. match report