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Premier League

Turf Moor
Sunday 22nd May
Match report to follow

The Never-Ending Tour

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Premier League:
Winning finish as
Clarets tumble

Burnley  1  Newcastle  2

Two teams going in opposite directions met at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon; defeat for the hosts ending a six season stay in the top flight while victory for the visitors capped a sensational seasonal revival.

Burnley went into the game knowing that Premier League survival depended on matching or bettering the outcome of Leeds United's trip to Brentford.

Their hopes took a nose dive in the 20th minute however, when Kieran Trippier's corner kick was fisted away from Sean Longstaff at the back post by Nathan Collins.

A VAR review sent referee Craig Pawson across to the pitchside screen and the outcome of that was never in doubt -Pawson amending his original decision, Callum Wilson sending Nick Pope the wrong way from 12 yards.

That handed Eddie Howe's current side a deserved advantage against one of his former ones; Burnley giving little indication of their plight and simply unable to lay a glove on The Magpies.

Newcastle made two changes from the side that saw off Arsenal (Lascelles for Schar and Trippier for Krafth) but were forced into an early alteration when Joelinton was stretchered off with a gashed leg.

Coming close to doubling their lead just before the break when Allan Saint-Maximin was denied by Pope, United established a two goal cushion on the hour to seemingly condemn the Clarets.

Occupying a more central role after Jacob Murphy replaced Joelinton, Miggy Almiron pushed forward in possession before supplying Saint-Maximin on the left.

His prompt low centre arrived for Wilson to tuck it inside the far post from close range in front of the away throng.

Only then did Mike Jackson's side respond to the urgings of the home crowd and aim balls into the Newcastle box - Maxwel Cornet beating Martin Dubravka at the second attempt in the 69th minute to raise the noise levels.

At that point Leeds still led at Brentford, but the Bees levelled to leave Burnley needing an equaliser to drag themselves back to fourth bottom.

Despite a succession of corner kicks and one timely intervention by Matt Targett in his own six yard box though, the hosts were unable to find a second goal - former Claret Chris Wood introduced to add some additional height at set pieces and given an inevitable hostile reception by his former fans.

Attempting to catch Burnley on the break, Newcastle looked like teeing up a hat-trick goal for Wilson on three occasions - only for Almiron to selfishly blaze over, Bruno to fall over before pulling the ball back and Murphy finally to be foiled as he tried to dribble along the byline.

It finished 2-1 to the visitors though, a collective sigh from the home ranks in added time indicating that Leeds were ahead again, leaving Burnley needing to score twice.

Thankfully the full time whistle didn't prompt any sort of pitch invasion, meaning that the Newcastle officials and players were able to salute the travelling support as they returned to the dressing room.

Beginning the day 12th in the table, Brighton's home victory over West Ham denied Newcastle a top half finish but their astonishing final tally of 49 points was enough to snag 11th. Had Wilson not missed 16 games, that could well have been higher.  

All concerned deserve great credit for harnessing the boardroom changes to reset the club. The power of positive playing - and supporting - has exorcised the demons of a nightmarish first half of the season and watching this lot is again a pleasure rather than a duty.

While Burnley drop into the Championship amid massive financial uncertainty in the wake of their takeover, the only way now looks to be up for the black and whites: "ticking over" is no longer acceptable round here.

Choruses of from the away end of "we'll meet again, don't know where don't know when" were meant for the home fans, but equally could be have been directed at a good chunk of the away side.

Whoever ends up making way for the anticipated influx though can leave content in the fact that they've played their part in a job well done, providing a solid base for future growth by quite simply stopping the rot.

So often we've reached this point on our knees, glad to see the back of another prison sentence of a season. We didn't want this one to finish though - and won't be alone counting the days until the next one comes around.

Howay the lads! 

Team: Dubravka, Trippier, Lascelles, Burn, Targett, S.Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton (Murphy 11), Almiron (Ritchie 89), Wilson, Saint-Maximin (Wood 72).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Dummett, Krafth, Fernandez, Schar, Gayle.

Goals: Wilson 20 (pen), 60.

BFC: Pope, Roberts (Weghorst 46), Collins, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, McNeil, Brownhill (Lennon 73), Cork, Barnes, Cornet.
Subs n/u: Hennessey, Bardsley, Costelloe, Dodgson, McGlynn, Stephens, Thomas.

Goal: Cornet 69.

Booked: Tarkowski

21,361 - a
ll 2,350 away end tickets were sold.

After the game Eddie Howe said:

"It was a difficult game; emotionally, tactically, technically. It was never going to be one for the purist, the atmosphere was very intense and created a game that was unpredictable.

"I thought we did enough at 2-0, then they scored, and the last period of the game was very difficult from our perspective, Burnley played very well. There was some heroic defending from our players.

"It would have been very easy to drop our levels and play our part in Burnley winning the game and ultimately staying up, but we had standards to meet and were determined to represent the club well today. The players deserve credit for that."

Asked about finishing 14 points clear of the third relegation place:

I’m not sure I could have said I’d have seen it coming, to be honest with you. December was a very difficult month for us. We came in and on the horizon was a very tough month, with Liverpool and Manchester City, and we had a squad that was suffering with injuries at the time, then we suffered the low of Cambridge (in the FA Cup). This was a position that seemed a long, long way away then.

"I have to compliment the players for how they have dug in, for how they have united together. There were plenty of examples throughout the team of players fighting for the shirt, giving their all, and I think the players deserve a huge amount of credit.”

On Joelinton's injury:

"It didn’t look good at the time; I could see from the way he went down, I was thinking, ‘This could be serious’. It’s a deep laceration, and I think when the doctor saw him initially, he could see part of his bone.

"It was quite deep, so we knew immediately we had to withdraw him. He was in good spirits in the dressing room though. He had a boot on, but said he was okay, so that’s great news.”

Final PL results:
Arsenal 5-1 Everton
Brentford 1-2 Leeds United
Brighton 3-1 West Ham
Burnley 1-2 Newcastle
Chelsea 2-1 Watford
Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United
Leicester City 4-1 Southampton
Liverpool 3-1 Wolves
Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa
Norwich City 0-5 Spurs

Craig Pawson - a mixed bag of outcomes in the four Toon games this season that the South Yorkshire official has taken charge of.

Beginning with a 1-1 home draw against Manchester United, Pawson then oversaw the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at SJP before returning for the 0-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park and then this last-day victory.

Jarred Gillett - third successive game on the screens involving Newcastle United for this official and a vital call to send Pawson to the VAR monitor.


Newcastle recorded their largest PL points total since 2014, in their highest finishing position since 2018:

2013/14 10th place, 49 points
2014/15 15th place, 39 points
2015/16 18th place, 37 points
2017/18 10th place, 44 points
2018/19 13th place, 45 points
2019/20 13th place, 44 points
2020/21 12th place, 45 points
2021/22 11th place, 49 points

Following a 1-0 home win in December, Newcastle completed a PL double over Burnley thanks to victory at Turf Moor - their only double of the season.

Newcastle ended the season with five PL away wins - at Leeds, Brentford, Southampton, Norwich and Burnley.

Away record - last two seasons:

22 points
(6 wins, 4 draws, 9 defeats, 20 goals)
2021/22: 16 points
(5 wins, 4 draws, 10 defeats, 18 goals)

Magpies @ Turf Moor - last 10:

2021/22 Won 2-1 Wilson 2(1pen)
2020/21 Won 2-1 Murphy, Saint-Maximin
2019/20 Lost 0-1
2018/19 Won 2-1 og(Mee), Clark
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Drew 1-1 Cisse
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort (FR)
1982/83 Lost 0-1
1979/80 Lost 2-3 Shoulder, Barton
1978/79 Lost 0-1

Final away game results - PL:

2021/22 Won 2-1 at Burnley
2020/21 Won 2-0 at Fulham
2019/20 Drew 0-0 at Brighton
2018/19 Won 4-0 at Fulham
2017/18 Lost 0-1 at Spurs
2015/16 Drew 0-0 at Aston Villa
2014/15 Lost 1-2 at QPR
2013/14 Lost 1-2 at Liverpool
2012/13 Won 2-1 at QPR
2011/12 Lost 1-3 at Everton
2010/11 Drew 2-2 at Chelsea
2008/09 Lost 0-1 at Aston Villa
2007/08 Lost 1-3 at Everton
2006/07 Drew 1-1 at Watford
2005/06 Drew 0-0 at Birmingham City
2004/05 Lost 0-2 at Everton
2003/04 Drew 1-1 at Liverpool
2002/03 Drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion
2001/02 Lost 1-3 at Southampton
2000/01 Lost 0-3 at Liverpool
1999/00 Drew 0-0 at Derby County
1998/99 Lost 0-2 at Leicester City
1997/98 Lost 0-1 at Blackburn Rovers
1996/97 Drew 0-0 at Manchester United
1995/96 Drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest
1994/95 Lost 0-1 at Blackburn Rovers
1993/94 Lost 0-2 at Sheffield United

NUFC PL top scorers - 10 or less:

Alan Shearer 10
Obafemi Martins/Michael Owen 8
2017/18 Ayoze Perez 8
2021/22 Callum Wilson 8
Craig Bellamy/Alan Shearer 7
2019/20 Shelvey 6
1997/98 John Barnes 6
2000/01 Carl Cort/Nolberto Solano 6

PL goalscorers 2021/22 (total of 44):

Callum Wilson 8
Bruno Guimaraes 5
Allan Saint-Maximin 5
Joelinton 4
Jonjo Shelvey 2
Ryan Fraser 2
Kieran Trippier 2
Fabian Schar 2
Joe Willock 2
Chris Wood 2
Miggy Almiron 1
Isaac Hayden 1
Jeff Hendrick 1
Jamaal Lascelles 1
Sean Longstaff 1
Javier Manquillo 1
Jacob Murphy 1
OG 3

Callum Wilson
now has 20 goals in a Newcastle shirt, all in the PL. They came from 44 appearances (39 starts).

He's the eighth English-born player to reach 20 goals for us in that competition, after Kieron Dyer (23), Michael Owen (26), Robert Lee (34), Les Ferdinand (41), Andy Cole (43), Peter Beardsley (46) and Alan Shearer (148).

Trio released

There's a proliferation of new badges from Magpin on Saturday, with no less than three now on sale.

Honouring the contribution of Eddie Howe to our survival, there's a badge capturing him in celebratory mode, plus club and country badges for Bruno Guimarares.

Find them all online here

Henderson links
played down

Update: Speaking to the media on Friday, Eddie Howe confirmed that the club weren't "close to signing anybody at this moment in time" and that claims to the contrary were "far from the truth."

From The Manchester Evening News, Thursday:

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. Sources say Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday and a deal is ‘99% done’.

It is understood discussions have been held over a season-long loan but a permanent transfer has not been ruled out.

The Whitehaven native is under contract at Old Trafford until 2025 and was unable to make a loan departure this season - ending up with just three cup outings.

Henderson had played 26 times for the Red Devils in all competitions in 2020/21 - including 13 games in the Premier League plus his first senior England cap .

That followed successive season-long switches to Sheffield United, the second of which saw him make 36 top-flight appearances.

Henderson's likely departure for pastures new next season (at least) looks to be a consequence of incoming Manchester United boss Erik tan Haag opting to retain David de Gea as his first choice custodian.
Loan lad:

Matty's off
to Wembley!

On-loan Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff was an unused substitute on Wednesday night, as Mansfield Town made it to League Two playoff final.

2-1 ahead following the home leg of their semi-final against Northampton Town, the Stags won 1-0 at Sixfields Stadium to book their place at Wembley.

While Matty had no opportunity to add to his six goals this season, there was a busy 90 minute shift for club colleague and SJP old boy James Perch at the ripe old age of 36.
Mansfield will face Port Vale in the playoff final on Saturday, after they beat Swindon Town on penalties following a 2-2 draw on aggregate.

Double chance
for Anderson

Following an eye-catching loan spell at Bristol Rovers, there's a further chance for Elliot Anderson to impress ahead of next season, with the Newcastle youngster named in the latest Scotland U21 squad.

The 19 year-old is among 22 players selected for European U21 qualifiers against Belgium and Denmark as follows:

05.06.2022 Belgium (a) Sint-Truden
10.06.2022 Denmark (a) Vejle

This is the third Scotland U21 squad that Anderson has been named in, but he's yet to get any pitch time at this level.

PS: There's no place in the squad this time for fellow Magpie Lucas De Bolle. 

USA pre-season
tournament off

From The Mail, Tuesday:

The pre-season preparations of Newcastle United and Wolves have been thrown into disarray after a US tournament was cancelled at short notice.

Sportsmail understands the Premier League pair were due to cross the Atlantic and take part in the first 'Ohio Cup' during July, along with two sides from Spain thought to be Villareal and Valencia.

Plans were at a very advanced stage, according to insiders, with the finishing touches being put to a tournament which would have seen two matches hosted in Cincinnati and two in Columbus.

However, both English sides have been left fuming after the plug was suddenly pulled - with barely any explanation.

Wolves are still expecting to travel to the US but are now in talks with MLS clubs to try to arrange fixtures. Newcastle are exploring their options.

The scheduling of MLS games throughout July makes playing games against US sides in their own country problematic - Newcastle's last stateside jaunt in 2015 pitting them against a Mexican side and two domestic outfits in leagues below MLS level. 

The Borrowers:
Loan lads

Rodrigo Vilca (Universitario)
It finished 1-1 at home to Sporting Cristal in the Primera Division on Sunday, but Vilca wasn't involved.

Matty Longstaff (Mansfield Town)
Port Vale (n) League Two playoff Final, Wembley, Saturday.

PL beckons for
Terriers or Trees

The pursuit of the final Premier League promotion place via the playoffs continues, with the identity of the two finalists now confirmed.

Monday's tie saw Huddersfield Town eliminate Luton Town 2-1 on aggregate, before Nottingham Forest disposed of Sheffield United via penalties on Tuesday, after the sides were locked at 3-3 on aggregate.

The Terriers and the Tricky Trees now meet at Wembley on Sunday to determine who follows Fulham and Bournemouth into the top flight.

Premier League:
Gunner be starting something

Newcastle  2  Arsenal  0

Match report

Jake heads out

Ahead of Newcastle revealing their Academy and Development retained lists, goalkeeper Jake Turner has confirmed that he's leaving after no contract offer was made to him.

Now 23, Turner joined United in 2019 as a free agent after previous club Bolton Wanderers went into administration.

Appearing for the U23s, a loan move to
League Two Morecambe followed in September 2020 where he made 17 appearances in all competitions before losing his place and returning to SJP.

This season then saw him loaned out to fellow fourth tier side Colchester United, playing 14 times in league and cup.

What proved to be his final game in a Newcastle shirt was a 2-4 loss to Boro U23s at the Riverside last month.

Old boy:
Unlikely return
now forecast

Multiple media reports assert that incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will be assisted by Steve McClaren - over 20 years after his previous spell on the Old Trafford coaching staff ended.

Working under Sir Alex Ferguson for two years before leaving in 2001
to manage Boro and then the England national team, McClaren's next appointment was at Dutch club FC Twente - where ten Hag was his assistant.

It completes a remarkable turnaround for 61 year-old McClaren, whose stock has fallen since a disastrous reign at Newcastle during the 2015/16 season.

Since then he's boomeranged back to former club Derby twice, book-ending stints with
Maccabi Tel Aviv and QPR plus some cringeworthy Sky TV punditry.

The Borrowers:
National service

Post-season international action that's likely to involve Newcastle players (tbc denotes that squad details are awaited):

Bruno Guimares (Brazil):
02.06.2022 South Korea (a) Seoul FR
06.06.2022 Japan (a) Tokyo FR

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay) tbc
02.06.2022 Japan (a) Sapporo FR
10.06.2022 South Korea (a) Suwon FR

Chris Wood (New Zealand) tbc
Peru (n) Barcelona FR
Costa Rica (n) Doha WCPO

Fabian Schar (Switzerland) tbc

02.06.2022 Czech Republic (a) Prague NL
05.06.2022 Portugal (a) Lisbon NL
09.06.2022 Spain (h) Geneva NL
12.06.2022 Portugal (h) Geneva NL

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia) tbc
Belarus (a) Borisov NL
06.06.2022 Kazakhstan (h) Trnava NL
10.06.2022 Azerbaijan (a) Baku NL
13.06.2022 Kazakhstan (a) Nur-Saltan NL

Emil Krafth (Sweden) tbc
Slovenia (a) Ljubljana NL
05.06.2022 Norway (h) Stockholm NL
09.06.2022 Serbia (h) Stockholm NL
12.06.2022 Norway (a) Oslo NL

Jeff Hendrick (Ireland) tbc
04.06.2022 Armenia (a) Yerevan NL
08.06.2022 Ukraine (h) Dublin NL
11.06.2022 Scotland (h) Dublin NL
14.06.2022 Ukraine (a) venue tbc NL

Scotland also face one WC qualifier and three NL ties in June - it remains to be seen whether Ryan Fraser is included.

It's also unclear whether Jamal Lewis could be in line for a recall to the Northern Ireland squad for their NL ties, following an operation on his groin earlier this year. He has been seen training along with the Magpies first team recently.

Old boys:

Former Magpies now out of contract at their current clubs include:

Jak Alnwick (St. Mirren)*
Andy Carroll
(West Bromwich Albion)
Carl Finnigan (Morpeth Town)
Paul Huntington (Preston North End)
Neil McDonald (Barrow Asst Mgr)
Mark McGhee (Dundee)
Steve Watson (Chester FC Mgr)

*Alnwick has now signed for Cardiff City.





Season 2021/22

The deadline for 2022/23 renewals for existing ST holders was 5pm on Thursday May 19th.

NUFC are yet to confirm how they will allocate unsold season tickets.

New season ticket cards will be produced for the 2022/23 season.

Thu 16.06.2022 PL fixture release.

Fri 01.07.2022
Pre-season training commences.

Sat 06.08.2022
PL season starts.

Mon 14.11.2022
PL season halts.

Mon 26.12.2022
PL season restarts.

Sun 28.05.2023 PL season ends.

Carabao Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 2)

R2: w/c Mon 22.08.2022
w/c Mon 07.11.2022
w/c Mon 19.12.2022
w/c Mon 09.01.2023
SF1: w/c Mon 23.01.2023
SF2: w/c Mon 30.01.2023
F: Sun 26.02.2023 (Wembley)

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

R3: Sat 07.01.2023
R4: Sat 28.01.2023
R5: Wed 01.03.2023
QF: Sat 18.03.2023
SF: Sat 22.04.2023
F: Sat 03.06.2023 tbc (Wembley)

NUFC Live on TV:
None currently scheduled.

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 09.07.2022:
Wakefield v Toulouse (2.30pm)
St Helens v Wigan (4.45pm)
Leeds v Castleford Tigers (7pm)

Sun 10.07.2022:
Huddersfield v Salford (1pm)
Catalans v Warrington (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 15.10.2022:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

21.11.2022-18.12.2022 (WCF)
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

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


On This Day in History
22nd May

Born Or Died:

1881 Colin Veitch born, Heaton.

Invited for a trial by Newcastle in September 1896 after facing them in a Northumberland Senior Cup tie for local side Rutherford, Colin Veitch signed amateur forms in 1899 and turned professional soon afterwards.

Debuting in a 0-1 home defeat to Wolves in October of that year, it took three seasons for the half back to become a regular in the side that finished fourth in 1904.

Then heralded an unprecedented period of success for the club and Colin featured in three League Championships and four runners-up finishes, plus five FA Cup final appearances (seven, including replays).

Captaining United to their 1910 success in the latter competition, Veitch was capped six times by England but found himself overlooked for selection after becoming involved in the Players Union.

Veitch’s final United game was at home to Everton in September 1914, and he served in the Royal Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Later returning as trainer and coaching United’s juniors, Veitch became Bradford City manager in 1926 after controversially being given notice to quit Gallowgate. 

Reporting on United’s fortunes for the Chronicle upon his return, he was banned from home games during 1929 after criticising the club in print.

One of the most significant figures in the club's history, Veitch was also one of the founders of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Involved in the establishment of the People’s Theatre in 1911, his interest in the arts extended to writing and composition.

Colin passed away in the Swiss town of Berne, where he had gone to convalesce from pneumonia in August 1938.

Publishing his obituary, The Guardian said: 

"One of the finest footballers in Britain. Veitch's name was synonymous with honesty and good fellowship."

Thanks to the efforts of the Heaton History Group, a commemorative plaque was unveiled on Veitch's former house in 2013.

He was also selected as one of the club legends to be immortalised in banner form by the Gallowgate Flags group in 2016.

1901 Roddie MacKenzie born, Inverness, Scotland. (1922-35)

Joining United from Inverness Clachnacuddin for £100 in September 1922 after earlier service for rivals Thistle, right half Roddie Mackenzie was initially brought to SJP on a month's trial.

Debuting for the senior side in 1-0 home win against Huddersfield Town in April 1923, the 
tough tackler was a mainstay of United's side for a decade, playing his part in the 1927 First Division
Championship success and 1932 FA Cup Final victory. 

Losing his place after Newcastle's relegation in 1934, Roddie played on for Gateshead and had a short spell at Reading.

1931 George Lackenby born, Newcastle.

Full back who graduated from Newcastle's junior side and made his league debut in a 1-2 defeat at Spurs in December 1951. 

George however found himself restricted to occasional starts for the first team due to the consistency of Bobby Cowell and moved on to Exeter City in 1956 in a £1,500 deal.

Later appearing in the colours of Carlisle United, Gateshead, Hartlepool United and Ashington, George died in 2004.

1956 Dave McKellar born, Ardrossan, Scotland. (1986)

Goalkeeper loaned by Newcastle from Hibernian to provide cover for the injured Martin Thomas in February 1986.

Dave began his career as an apprentice with Ipswich Town under Bobby Robson in 1973 and had loan spells at both Colchester and Peterborough. 

However, the Scottish youth international suffered from homesickness and returned to his native Scotland in 1976, turning out for Adrossan Winton Rovers.

Tempted back to England with Derby County in 1978, McKellar later played for Brentford, and Hong Kong side Happy Valley.

Joining Carlisle United in 1982, Dave was in goal two years later as Newcastle beaten them 5-1 at St.James' Park to end the Cumbrians' own promotion hopes.

Reunited with former Carlisle team mate Tommy Craig when he became Hibernian manager in 1985, McKellar however failed to dislodge first choice Alan Rough. 

Becoming a free agent in the summer of 1986 after Newcastle declined to offer him a deal, Dave joined Hamilton Academical.

He featured for the Accies in a momentous 1-0 win at Rangers in 1987, when future Magpie miscreant Albert Craig allegedly blew his nose on an Ibrox corner flag....

Returning to Brunton Park (initially on loan from Dunfermline) in 1988, McKellar later moved to Kilmarnock, finally ending up at Rangers, as cover for Andy Gorman. 

Later working in child protection for the social services in Scotland, he opted to remain in that role when offered the job of Everton goalkeeping coach by Walter Smith during his time in charge at Goodison. 

1959 Alan Brown born, Easington.

A product of the mackem's junior system, striker Alan Brown scored twice against Newcastle during a League Cup tie in September 1979 - and then netted the winning spot kick in a penalty shootout. 

Falling out of favour at Roker Park during the 1981/82 season, United took him on loan in an attempt to boost their forward options, Alan Shoulder and Bobbby Shinton both struggling for fitness and Imre Varadi left to shoulder the goalscoring burden. 

Brown quickly gelled with the equally fleet -footed Varadi and the duo inspired fine home wins over Charlton and Luton in successive games during November 1981.

Netted his first Newcastle goal in a 4-1 rout of the Addicks, Brown then grabbed two against the Hatters before leaving the field through injury - United winning 3-2. 

Missing a midweek defeat at Orient, Brown then featured in draws against Grimsby Town and Blackburn Rovers without adding to his goal tally.

Expectations were high that a permanent deal would be concluded, but Brown then returned to the mackem amid United claims of a back problem that he denied. 

Meanwhile, questions were raised about our ability to meet his £100K asking price.

David Mills then appeared on loan from West Bromwich Albion in early 1982 and Brown ended up at Shrewsbury Town in a part- exchange deal with Ian Atkins. 

There certainly seemed very little wrong with him on his next appearance at SJP, scoring the winner for the Shrews in our opening game of the 1983/84 season.

In fairness, Newcastle's claim of an injury problem looked more authentic when Brown left Gay Meadow soon after and barely played for his next club Doncaster Rovers before retiring in 1986 - aged just 27.

Brown later worked as a prison officer at Durham, while son Chris also played for the mackems and Doncaster Rovers.

However, his off-field exploits - including shooting people with a ball-bearing gun and appearing in a sex tape were rather more memorable than his football.

1968 Paul Moran born, Enfield.

Alleged striker who came through the ranks at Spurs and made his first debut for the Cockerels during the 1986/87 season.

Failing to become a regular starter at White Hart Lane, Moran went out on loan during the 1988/89 season to Portsmouth and had a spell at Leicester City a year later.

His Magpies career consisted of one erratic outing home against Wolves in February 1991 - after which his loan was terminated.

Completely missing his kick when an early chance fell to him, claims later emerged that he'd spent the previous evening sampling Tyneside nightlife with fellow Spurs player, Paul Gascoigne. 

After a brief loan spell at Third Division Southend United, Moran somehow ended up back in favour at Spurs and managed a handful of (scoreless) Premier League appearances in 1992/93 and 1993/94.

Handed a free transfer in the summer of 1994, Moran signed for Peterborough United but failed to score in 11 appearances and left London Road the following summer. 

He then played for non-league Enfield, Kingsbury Town, Hertford, Hendon, East Thurrock United, Borehamwood and Potters Bar Town - acting as player/coach at the latter until 2005. 

then reportedly became a decorator in Enfield, worked for the Press Association and appeared for the Spurs Veterans XI.


What Else?

1921 Real Sociedad (Spain) (a)
Smailes(1-0,2-0), McDonald(3-0)
Crowd tbc
Following two games in Barcelona, United's post-season tour of Spain moved on to San Sebastian and the Atocha Stadium.

Team: Lawrence, McCracken, Hudspeth, Curry, Low, Finlay, Aitken, Ward, Smailes, McDonald, Seymour.

1924 Real Madrid (Spain) (a)
Scorer tbc
scorers tbc
Crowd tbc  

1927 Dutch Olympic XI (a)
McDonald, Clark, MacKenzie, Harris 

Played in Deventer, Holland and featuring a birthday goal for Roddie MacKenzie. The home side replied early in the second half through Leerkotte from the GOLTO club.

Team: Wilson, Maitland, Hudspeth, Harris, Spencer, Mackenzie, Seymour, McDonald, Gallacher, McKay, Low.

1932 Racing Paris / Red Star Olympique XI (France) (a) 1-3 (1-2)
scorers tbc 

Cup Winners United embarked upon a brief two match tour of France and Germany, but left behind goalscoring hero Jack Allen in hospital for a double hernia operation. 

The game was played on a Sunday in the Stade Olympique de Colombes, main venue for the Paris Olympics in 1924.

Match action from Paris I

Match action from Paris II

1946 Hammarby IF XI (Sweden) (a)
Scorer tbc
Game four of Newcastle's end of season visit to Scandinavia saw them lose to Swedish opponents for the second time in 24 hours.

United in Sweden 1946 (from top left):
Milburn, Bradley, Craig, Harvey, Wright, Graham, Stubbins, Wayman, Swinburne, Corbett, Hair.

1958 Progresul Bucharest (Romania) (a)
scorer tbc(80)
Having begun their post-season tour with a 2-3 loss in Barcelona, United travelled via Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Budapest to Bucharest and were accommodated in the Athene Palace Hotel.

Team: Simpson, Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Franks, Hughes, Davies, White, Eastham, Mitchell.

1960 Hadjuk Split (Croatia) (a)
White, Stokoe(pen)
scorers tbc
Crowd tbc
Another European jaunt saw Newcastle move on to the Adriatic Coast, following games in West Germany and elsewhere in Yugoslavia.  

1983 Select XI Thailand (a) 1-0 (1-0)
A 30-yard rocket from the boot of Terry McDermott won this contest staged in Bangkok as United's Far East tour continued. Record buy John Trewick fractured his wrist and returned home.

1985 New Zealand FA (a)
Reilly(22,72), Gascoigne(24), Beardsley(30)

Another "All Whites" meeting - this time at the McLean Park cricket ground in Napier.

Team: Thomas, Brown, Saunders, McCreery, Clarke, Roeder, McDonald, Cunningham (Gascoigne), Anderson, Beardsley, Reilly. 

1988 Jamaica (a)

The second and final game of United's visit to the West Indies was delayed by 24 hours as local officials attempted to contact missing Toon striker Mirandinha.

Claiming to have been unwell, he reportedly agreed to travel from Sao Paulo to Kingston for the game but then failed to show up. 

1999 Manchester United (n) 0-2 (0-1)
FA Cup Final
Sheringham(11), Scholes(53)
Another fantastic Magpies display at Wembley Stadium - off the pitch, that is. 

Amnesia prevents us from dwelling on the second leg of Fergie's treble any further.
Match report

No words needed

2001 Exeter City (a)

LuaLua(14), Quinn(35)

A friendly match probably best remembered/forgotten for Carl Cort's serious injury after an unnecessarily heavy challenge from Exeter's Graeme Power. match report.

2011 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Premier League
46pts, 12th/20
S.Taylor(16), Lovenkrands(39), og(Olsson)(47)
While the rest of the Premier League were preoccupied with Survival Sunday, United threw away a three goal lead and lost the chance to finish in the top half of the table, eventually ending a mixed season 12th. match report

Some self-fulfilling prophecies from Alan Pardew about season 2012/13:

"I’m hoping that I will educate our fans for next season. If they think we can finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible. 

"I honestly believe that you need to be a bit more open with the fans. The problem some managers have is they’re not open enough.

"This year, I’m sure we’ll say something like, ‘We’re looking for a top-eight finish, hopefully attack one of the cups and have a great run in Europe. 

"I wouldn’t say we couldn’t challenge for the top six if we got knocked out of Europe. Then we wouldn’t have those extra 13 games."

As it turned out, 14 games in Europe saw us battling relegation until the penultimate game of the league season. Just as well we bombed out of the other cups at the first hurdle....

2016 The second successive Rugby League Magic Weekend at St. James' Park concluded in front of 28,945 spectators.

2018 Rolando Aarons received a 10 month suspended sentence with 100 hours community service after pleading guilty to a charge of affray at a Newcastle court.

During a mass brawl inside city centre bar Livellos in October 2016, Aarons reportedly punched and head butted another man. 

Among several others convicted for their part in the proceedings was Aarons' mother.