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The latest accolade to
come the way of Sean Longstaff is the Young Player of the Month award
from Match of the Day Magazine for January 2019.
The UK’s best-selling football magazine recognised the rapid progress of the
21 year-old Tynesider, whose competitive debut for Newcastle United only came
on Boxing Day 2018.
Reacting to the news, Sean said:
How does it feel to be named Match of
the Day's Young Star of the Month?
It's great! The last month or so has been
great for me - I've managed to play some games and played at some top grounds,
against some top players.
The lads in the changing room have been great and they've helped me loads, and
so have the staff. So as much as it's my award, it's a culmination of a lot of
people helping me to get to this stage.
Did you read Match of the Day magazine
as a kid and collect Match Attax?
Yeah, definitely - I remember we used to
take them into school and swap them so it's funny how it comes full circle and
you can get a little bit of recognition from a magazine you used to read since
the age of five years old. It's pretty amazing.
And next month you’re being added to
the Match Attax trading card collection!
That's pretty crazy! I've pushed on and
moved forward a lot, so that'd be pretty cool. My cousin still collects them
so I can only imagine what it would be like to see his face if he opened a
pack and he saw my face on one of the cards!
Were you annoyed your jink around
Virgil van Dijk didn't make the Match of the Day highlights cut after your
(Laughs) A little bit, yeah! We only had a
couple of chances in the game so I thought I was definitely going to get on on
my debut, but it wasn't to be. But the whole experience of that day, and to be
on the pitch with some of those players, was amazing and if that had somehow
gone in, it would have just capped off what was a great day for me.
Where will you keep the award?
Me and my brother (Matthew, who plays for
Newcastle's under-23s) have a little trophy room where we've got all the
trophies from when we were little kids, so it'll probably end up going in that
room. My dad (David, who played ice hockey for Great Britain) has some stuff
up in that room as well, so hopefully over the years we can add a few more
stuff to it.
On sale every Tuesday www.motdmag.com
Newcastle 1 CSKA Moscow 1
concluded their Spanish training camp on Saturday with a kickabout at the
Pinatar Arena against the side third in the Russian Premier League.
And as was the case when they faced Belgian side Royal Antwerp at the same
venue in March 2018, the game ended in a 1-1 draw - although we only played 90
minutes this year, not 135....
22 of United's 25 man squad got what looked like 45 injury-free minutes under
their belts, in what was a textbook example of a good workout*.
Lining up in their all blue change kit, there were first starts for Antonio
Barecca and Miguel Almiron while Karl Darlow returned from injury for his
first game since the early season League Cup loss at Nottingham Forest.
One familiar face in the Moscow lineup was former Hull City forward Abel
Hernandez, the Uruguayan in playing the same Tigers side as current Magpies Mo
Diame and Isaac Hayden exactly three years ago.
After a forgettable opening, United took a 16th minute lead when DeAndre
Yedlin's cross from the right was missed by two CSKA defenders at the back
post, allowing Salomon Rondon to chest the ball down and fire home from
The Russians drew level on 40 minutes when Darlow blocked a shot from Fyodor
Chalov but was unable to prevent Hernandez from shooting past him when
Fernandes played the ball back in from the byline.
United resumed the second half with an entirely different XI, Paul Dummett
returning from injury.
Within three minutes of the restart Rafa's side had a chance to regain their
lead when Joselu's run into the box saw him evade the 'keeper before rolling
his shot towards goal from a narrow angle, only to be denied by a defender's
A low-key second half almost ended on a high note for United when Yoshinori
Muto had sight of goal from inside the box, but Igor Akinfeev made a save.
Thanks to our man in the stand GW.
Team: Darlow (Woodman 46), Yedlin (Manquillo 46), Barreca (Atsu 46),
Schar (Fernandez 46), Lascelles (Dummett 46), Lejuene (Longstaff 46), Ki
(Hayden 46), Diame (Muto 46), Rondon (Joselu 46), Almiron (Perez 46), Kenedy (Ritchie
Sub n/u: Dubravka
Present but not playing: Clark, Shelvey.
12 of the 22 players used by United here in 2018 were back on show again today; the
ten others being messrs Dubravka, Haidara, Mbemba, Clark, Merino, Shelvey,
Murphy, Gayle plus reserve duo Nathan Harker and Victor Fernandez.
Akinfeev, Fernandes, Becao, Bistrovic, Nababkin, Shchennikov (Oblyakov
46 [Nishimura 85]), Vlasic, Dzagoev (Yefremov 78), Chalov, Hernandez (Sigurdsson
Subs n/u: Pomazun, Chernov, Bijol, Tikinzyan, Magnusson.
Traditionally the club of the army, CSKA played their last
competitive game in the Champions League back in mid-December.
Arranging a series of friendly matches in Spain to while away the time before
their domestic season restarts in March, the game against us was their ninth of ten -
they've won seven, drawn two.
Referee: Rafael Sanchez Lopez (Spain)
The admission price of €5 was unchanged and the seating
area remained uncovered.
PS: Rafa's lot aren't the first Magpies have played at Pinatar this
month - Newcastle midfielder Elliot Anderson part of the Scotland U17 squad
who visited for two matches in early February.
Elliot began on the bench for a 0-0 draw with France and was in the
starting lineup for a 2-1 victory over Hungary.
inside the Central station, our sponsors CentrAle are stockists
of Tynt Meadow - the first English certified Trappist beer to be brewed for
over a century.
10 Trappist beers are also lurking on their shelves from Belgium, Holland and
It's a miracle!
Reading U23s 0 Newcastle U23s 2
returned to Premier League 2 action on Friday night and did their promotion
prospects a power of good with a victory against the Royals.
Playing at the Adams Park home of Wycombe Wanderers, United took an 18th
minute lead when home defender Tom Holmes beat Royals 'keeper Jokull Andersson
under pressure from Kelland Watts.
The hosts had a late opportunity to level when awarded an 88th minute penalty
following a handball, but goalkeeper Nathan Harker was equal to Josh Barrett's
Having survived that, Ben Dawson's side doubled their lead during second
half added time, when substitute Tyrique Bartlett netted from a
Three points took United up one place into fourth spot, avenging a 2-4 loss to
Reading on Tyneside earlier in the season.
Further details awaited.
Team: Harker, Cass, Watts, M.Longstaff, Bailey, Young, Allan, Sangare (Cumbreras
90+2), Toure (Bartlett 63). Barrett, Longelo.
Subs n/u: Huuhtanen, McEntee,
RFC: Andersson, Balogun, Green, East, Burley, Holmes, Rollinson,
Holsgrove (Olise 65), Liddle, Loader, Barrett, Subs n/u: Roberts,
Referee: Paul Howard
PS: The U23s have been drawn away to EvoStik Eastern
Division leaders Morpeth Town in the Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final.
A date for that tie is awaited, but it's due to be played at Craik Park on
or before Saturday March 2nd.
The other tie sees West Allotment Celtic v North Shields clash at Druid Park on Wednesday
February 27th at 7.30pm.
Wolves U18s 0 Newcastle U18s 1
Having failed to win any of
their nine league games since a 1-0 success over Wolves on Tyneside last
September, lightning thankfully struck twice for United's U18s in the return fixture
Victory in the West Midlands was ultimately secured by an 11th minute penalty
conversion by Joe White.
The home side had the opportunity to draw level just three minutes into the
second half when they won a spot kick of their own, only for Dan Langley to
save Owen Otasowie's effort.
The Wolves penalty taker was then promptly red-carded for an illegal
challenge, leaving the hosts to play 40 minutes a man short.
The result leaves Newcastle tenth in their 12 team league, level on points
with Wolves but trailing them on goal difference (there's no relegation).
Team: Langley, Allen, Swailes, Gamblin, Rounsfell, Anderson, Joyce,
Scott, De Bolle (Brannen 19), Stephenson, White.
Subs n/u: Brown, Gilchrist, Carlyon.
If you're after some entertainment today, how about a Tyne-wear
The FA Sunday Cup has reached the Quarter Final stage and Burradon &
New Fordley FC will host wearside rivals Southwick FC.
That's a 2pm kick-off on Sunday at Amberley Park in Killingworth,
postcode is NE12 6SE and admission is £2 for adults, £1 concessions.
Newcastle return to
action at SJP on Saturday when they face the Terriers in an
old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.
on public sale.
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The Ware Rooms are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from
both Monument and Manors Metro.
Terriers in Toon - last ten:
2017/18 won 1-0 Perez
2016/17 lost 1-2 Gayle
2009/10 won 4-3 Guthrie, Geremi, Ameobi,
1983/84 won 5-2 Waddle 2, McDermott,
1971/72 drew 0-0
1970/71 won 2-0 Dyson, Robson
1964/65 won 2-1 McGarry 2
1963/64 won 2-0 Thomas, Hilley
1963/64 won 5-1 Taylor 3, Hilley, McGarry (FR)
1962/63 drew 1-1 McGarry
1961/62 drew 1-1 Wilson
tbc (if any)
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Latest PL fixtures:
Cardiff City v Watford (7.45pm)
West Ham v Fulham (7.45pm)
Burnley v Spurs (12.30pm)
Bournemouth v Wolves (3pm)
Newcastle v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leicester City v Crystal Palace (5.30pm) BT
Arsenal v Southampton (2.05pm)
Manchester United v Liverpool (2.05pm) Sky
Dan Barlaser, Liam Gibson
Almost a glorious night for Stan on Friday, as they racked up a two
goal lead in 55 minutes away to the mackems in League One.
The red and whites clawed back a point as it ended 2-2, but the natives are
Dan played the full 90 minutes while Liam remained on the bench as an unused
(West Bromwich Albion)
Derby delight for the Baggies as they won
2-0 at Aston
Villa in the Championship on Saturday. Jacob started the game and was subbed
in the 78th minute while Dwight Gayle served the first of a two match
suspension for diving.
Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Colback played the full game as it finished
goalless at Preston North End in the Championship on Saturday.
Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar
An eventful derby game for Wednesday at Rotherham United
in the Championship on
Saturday as it finished 2-2 with a 99th minute added time equaliser for the
Owls followed by a sending off.
Rolando joined the action from the bench in the 75th minute but Achraf
Elias Sorensen (Blackpool)
Blackpool started life after the evil Oystons with a goalless draw at Charlton
Athletic in League One on Saturday. Elias wasn't in the squad, despite their
bench only having six players (later confirmed as being because they lacked
a home-grown player under current EFL rules).
Jamie Sterry (Crewe Alexandra)
Crewe drew 1-1 at Oldham Athletic in League Two on Saturday but Jamie was an
Callum Roberts (Colchester United)
It finished 1-1 at Macclesfield Town in League Two
on Saturday with Callum coming on from the bench in the 78th minute after
both goals had already been scored.
Josef Yarney (Chesterfield)
Josef played the full game for Chesterfield as they won 1-0 at AFC Fylde in
the National League on Saturday.
Henri played the full game for Bursaspor as they lost 0-2 at home to Rizespor
in the Super Lig on Saturday.
From The Shields Gazette, Friday:
Mohamed Diame is closing in on a
new deal at Newcastle United. The midfielder – who made his comeback from
injury in Monday night’s 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers – is in
the final year of his contract at St James’s Park.
However, the Gazette understands that
Diame, signed from Hull City in the summer of 2016 for £4.5million, will
trigger a one-year extension to his deal if he plays 25 games for the club
The 31-year-old (he's 32 in June) has
made 22 Premier League appearances – 21 starts and one substitute’s
appearance – so far this season. Diame, an ever-present in the first half of
the campaign, would have already triggered the extension had he not fractured
a metatarsal in training early last month.
The Evening Standard, Wednesday:
Deal-hungry Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley
has borrowed almost £1 billion to help fund his erratic acquisitions spree,
despite profits more than halving at his personal investment vehicle.
Mash Holdings entered a new revolving
credit facility, which gives it access to £907 million, and “it is likely”
this will increase to £1 billion, accounts at Companies House showed on
Mash Holdings controls Ashley’s stakes
in Sports Direct and Newcastle United.
The billionaire, who was beaten by a
Canadian entrepreneur in a battle to buy music chain HMV from administration
last week, will use the extra cash “to seek out profitable investments
and development projects”.
How about a football club?
He also pulled out of the bidding for
Patisserie Valerie this weekend, just two days after he emerged as a surprise
suitor for the collapsed cafés chain.
Pre-tax profits fell from £277 million to
£102.5 million for the year to the end of April 2017. The previous year
profits halved from £520 million.
This is down to Newcastle United, which saw
turnover shrink 30% from £131 million to £91 million as media revenue fell.
United remains up for sale.
That seems like an impossible claim, given that our drop in turnover is
vastly inferior to the fall in profits - and only part of it is actual profit.
Sports Direct’s profits were also hit by
higher foreign exchange costs.
The accounts, which were lodged six months
late, pre-date Sports Direct’s takeover of House of Fraser in August and
Evans Cycles in October for £90 million and £8 million, and Ashley adding
Sofa.com to his retail empire this month for a “nominal sum”.
Ashley has kept the City guessing over his
strategy. Some believe he’s making a concerted effort to take over the High
Street, while others believe he’s attempting to make quick profits on
The accounts show while Ashley did not
take a salary or receive a dividend in 2017, Mash Holdings spent £109 million
buying back shares from shareholders. This potentially includes Ashley
Sports Direct posted revenues of £1.7
billion for the 26 weeks to 28 October 2018, up 4.6%. However, underlying
pre-tax profits fell 26.8% to £64 million from £88 million.
Ashley could not be reached for comment.
PS: The Northern Echo report that Ashley's MASH Holdings
company received £9m for the sale of land for development on Strawberry Place
- £3m more than he reportedly paid NUFC for it in 2009/10.
the success of their maiden game there last season, Newcastle Falcons
are returning to SJP once again later this year.
The Premiership rugby union side will decamp from their usual Kingston Park
home on Saturday 23rd March when they host Sale Sharks at Gallowgate.
Kick-off is at 5.30pm and initial ticket sales have outstripped the
2018 game, which was attended by 30,174 fans - a Falcons record.
Prices start at £10 with
juniors from £5 and can be purchased now online
here or via 0871 226 6060.
There's an event/ticket FAQ online
Watch the Big One 2 promo online
Anyone looking for alternative seats in the Gallowgate End can now buy these
direct from NUFC.
Wolves 1 Newcastle 1
The death of former Magpies
striker Carl Wilson has been confirmed, due to cancer. He was 78.
Born in Lanchester, Carl joined Newcastle from local junior football in
February 1958, following in the footsteps of his father Joe, who had played
for United between the wars.
What proved to be his sole competitive appearance came in a 0-3 Division One
loss at Blackpool the following August, deputising for Len White.
Injuries disrupted Wilson's progress at Gallowgate and he was transferred to
Gateshead at a cost of £410 in December 1959.
Later moves took him to Doncaster Rovers and Millwall, before a switch to
Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam ahead of the 1962/63 season.
That spell in Holland saw him feature in the UEFA Cup for Sparta, netting a 16
minute treble during a 4-2 success against Swiss side Lausanne Sports in a
game played at Feyenoord's De Kuip Stadium.
Carl also appeared for German outfit Schwarz-Weiss Essen before returning to
his native County Durham, where he ran a haulage business.
Cup winners - information request
We're assisting one of our readers with a project related to the 50th
anniversary of Newcastle's Fairs Cup Final success later this year - can
anyone help with any of these questions please:
Did you or someone you know attend the Real Zaragoza away
match on New Year's Day 1969?
2. Two flights ran to Budapest for
the Final: did anyone travel on the Russian Aeroflot plane, which left
at Midnight and was organised by a Hungarian man living in the UK?
3. Does anyone know of Veronica Griffiths, who lived in
Ponteland and acted as interpreter for the Újpest manager at the Rangers home
4. Seeking copies/scans of an Express newspaper supplement from 1969
featuring an interview with Wyn Davies about playing in the Fairs
can help, please email Matt via:
There's a quick
turnaround for United following next Saturday's home meeting with Huddersfield
Town, when Burnley provide the opposition at SJP on Tuesday week (Feb 26th)
It's an 8pm kickoff live on BT Sport, altered from the original 7.45pm
start on the Wednesday.
Tickets remain on public sale.
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Stats: To follow
TV: Live on BT Sport
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: tbc (if any)
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Upcoming PL fixtures:
Cardiff City v Everton (7.45pm)
Huddersfield Town v Wolves (7.45pm)
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm)
Newcastle v Burnley (8pm) BT
Arsenal v Bournemouth (7.45pm)
Southampton v Fulham (7.45pm)
Chelsea v Spurs (8pm)
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (8pm)
Liverpool v Watford (8pm)
Man City v West Ham (8pm) BT