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Sunday 12th May
The Never-Ending Tour
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retained the Soccer Sevens Tournament title in Hong Kong's Happy Valley on
Sunday, defeating Glasgow Rangers in extra time once again.
footage is online here
Trailing 0-2 at half time, the Magpies fought back to lead 3-2 with 90
seconds of normal time remaining before their opponents levelled.
That took the Final into four minutes of sudden death extra time, both sides
then forfeiting a player.
A memorable finish from captain Owen Bailey - who had gone in goal for the
extra time - gave United a 4-3 victory and silverware for the third time,
following successes in both 2012 and 2018.
Topping their group on Saturday to qualify for the knockout phase on Sunday,
United beat Portuguese side Portimonense 2-0 in the Quarter Final.
That set up a semi-final tie against local side Kitchee and after the
most unadventurous of first halves, United took control and won it with
relative ease thanks to a brace from Elias Sorensen.
That set up a rematch with Rangers in the final - last year's meeting going
our way thanks to a 1-0 success in extra time.
Ben Dawson's conceded their first goal of the tournament within the opening
minute through Andrew Dallas and he repeated the feat shortly afterwards.
At half time United trailed 0-2 but Owen Bailey halved the deficit within
three minutes, heading home a corner.
And within seconds Luke Charman shot against the post and saw the rebound end
up in the net off the back of the Gers 'keeper for an own goal.
With three minutes of normal time left the black and whites took the lead,
Elias Sorensen netting from the penalty spot after Rosaire Longelo was barged
over inside the area.
Back came Rangers though and they levelled when Josh McPake shot home via a
post with 90 seconds remaining to force extra time.
Then came Bailey's memorable winner, slotting home just inside the box to the
delight of the North East sympathisers in attendance.
Kerry Yau Yee League Select won 1-0
G2: Kashima Antlers won 1-0
G3: Brighton & Hove Albion drew 0-0
QF: Portimonense won 2-0
Sorensen(pen), Allan footage
SF: Kitchee won 2-0
Sorensen 2 footage
F: Rangers won 4-3
Bailey 2, Sorensen, OG footage
Squad: Harker, Bailey, Watts, Cass, M. Longstaff, Longelo, Sorensen,
Allan, Walters, Charman.
It was a
double celebration on Sunday, with a Wallsend Boys Club side including
old boys Steve Harper, Keith Gillespie and John Watson winning the Masters
Section of the tournament.
Our sponsors CentrAle on Newcastle central station continue
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Our current favourites are the music-themed range of bottles from Musa
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Rafa Benitez is now understood to be back at his home in the Wirral after
contract discussions with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley - but talks remain
ongoing between the two parties.
Ashley and Charnley held face to face meetings in London with Benitez to
discuss the level of their ambition but the ex-Liverpool boss returned to his
home yesterday and contact since then has been over the phone.
Negotiations between the trio began at an undisclosed venue in London on
Thursday - it's disputed whether the various parties reconvened for further discussions on
Friday and it's also unclear whether others were present ie SD cohorts Keith
Bishop and Justin Barnes.
action @ SJP
If you're at a loose end on Thursday of this week
(23rd) then SJP is hosting the Northumberland FA Minor Cup Final.
Alliance sides Cullercoats and Blyth Town will be competing for silverware at
Gallowgate thanks to the intervention of competition backers Stelrad - who also sponsor NUFC.
Its a 7.30pm kick-off and admission is £5 adults and £3
concessions at East Stand turnstiles.
Following numerous requests, the worflags group
have produced a miniature version of the "We are the Mags"
surfer flag that debuted on the Gallowgate End before the Liverpool game.
These are £6 each and all profits from sales will go to the Newcastle
United Foodbank, with the intention of maintaining support to that cause
during the close season. Order
Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin looks to have been ruled out of
international duty this close season, as he recovers from groin surgery.
The 25 year-old had been spoken of as a possible inclusion in the USA squad
for the Concacaf Gold Cup Finals that begin in mid June.
However latest reports from his home country suggest that he won't resume
training until nearer the end of June and therefore will be omitted from their
Wednesday evening saw Derby County win 4-2 against Leeds at Elland Road to
confirm their place in the Championship play-off at Wembley, where their
opponents will be Aston Villa.
Bromwich Albion's hopes of promotion to the Premier League were ended by
rivals Aston Villa in a penalty shootout on Tuesday - a turn of events that
could yet benefit Newcastle United.
Trailing 1-2 after the first leg and unable to field the suspended Dwight
Gayle following his dismissal at Villa Park, the Baggies drafted fellow Magpie
loanee Jacob Murphy into their starting XI.
He played for the first 82 minutes as Albion squared the tie and then took to
it extra time, only to then be beaten 4-3 in the penalty shootout.
It had been reported that the agreed sale price of Salomon Rondon this summer
would increase should his parent club West Brom be in the Premier League.
Failing to gain promotion though means that it remains at £16.5m for a player
who turns 30 in September and will be a free agent in a year.
24 goals this season from Gayle took Albion close to promotion and they would
doubtless be keen to retain him at the Hawthorns. However, it's by no means
certain that the player would favour that - and Murphy simply didn't do enough
to warrant keeping.
Sat 11.05.2019: Villa 2-1 West Brom
Sat 11.05.2019: Derby 0-1
Tue 14.05.2019 West Brom 1-0 Villa
Wed 15.05.2019 Leeds 2-4 Derby
Play-off final @ Wembley (3pm)
Mon 27.05.2019: Aston Villa v Derby County
an extract from his upcoming book, "The Amazing Journey",
author Matthew Watson-Broughton gives some background to United's 0-0 draw against Rangers at Ibrox in the Fairs Cup half a century
Find that online
Copies of the book can be pre-ordered online
here for £19.99 including free UK postage
(for an author-signed copy add NUFC.com to delivery instructions.)
Newcastle forward Callum Roberts has taken to social media confirming
his exit from the club, ahead of an imminent contract expiration.
The 22 year-old Tynesider played his final game for the club in Monday's U23
defeat at Southampton, ending a 14 year association with the Magpies.
Graduating from the juniors to debut for the club's reserve side during 2013,
made his senior bow in January 2015 from the substitute's bench in a 0-1 FA
Cup loss at Leicester City.
Loan spells at Gateshead and Kilmarnock failed to help him break into the
first team squad at SJP, until an unexpected call-up back in January.
Handed a starting berth for an FA Cup Third Round replay at Blackburn along
with fellow reserve Sean Longstaff, both lads netted in a 4-2 victory.
While Longstaff retained his place in the first team squad, Roberts wasn't so
fortunate and instead an ill-fated loan move to League Two Colchester United
followed, where he barely featured.
Claims of interest from several un-named Championship side have emerged, along
with links to clubs in Germany and Greece.
The latter is reportedly Panathinaikos, where recruitment comes under the
remit of Sporting Director and former Magpie defender Nikos Dabizas.
goalkeeping coach Steve Harper is also leaving his position,
having joined the club's backroom staff as U16 coach in 2016.
Stepping up to become lead goalkeeping coach for the club's U18 and U23 sides
Harper's final club duties will be at this weekend's Soccer Sevens Tournament
in Hong Kong.
He'll then revert to his other role of Northern Ireland
goalkeeping coach under Michael O'Neill for two Euro 2020 qualifiers in June.
PS: A few media outlets have commented on the club's decision to
release Lewis McNall - without realising that the reserve striker was
actually let go by United back in 2018 online
The confusion seems to have arisen after Lewis tweeted recently about
looking for a new playing opportunity. He's actually just got back to full
fitness following an injury in April 2018.
Details of Newcastle's participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy
in July have been confirmed.
Newcastle kick off the event by facing Wolves at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
on Wednesday July 17th at 6pm local time, before Manchester City and West Ham
meet there at 8.30pm.
All four PL sides then move on to the Hongkou Stadium Shanghai on Saturday
July 20th, with the losing sides facing each other at 6pm ahead of the final
between the winning pair at 8.30pm.
The four clubs involved have taken allocations of tickets for each venue and
will be selling these direct to their own fans.
NUFC began selling theirs to season ticket holders on Tuesday, priced at £32
for Nanjing and £43 for Shanghai - tickets covering the full day and both
games at each venue.
That looks to be in a higher price bracket than Wolves, who are flogging
theirs for £21 and £32.
That process of obtaining tickets looks to be easier for UK based fans than
official guidance published by the PL of buying from two separate agencies in
China (one for each venue).
The published capacities of each ground are 61,000 (Nanjing) and 33,060
PS: Wolves have also published a FAQ here
Having made a timely recovery from the hamstring problem that sidelined him
for Newcastle's closing three games of the season, Miguel Almiron is
set to represent his country over the summer.
The 25 year-old midfielder is in an initial 40 man selection for Paraguay's
Copa America campaign which kicks off on June 14th in Brazil.
12 teams including Venezuela and Japan are contesting the bi-annual
tournament, while Paraguay drawn in Group C along with Qatar, Argentina and
That runs through July 7th, meaning that Almiron will be permitted a late
return to pre-season training at United.
With two games left, Bursaspor remain in the last of the three Turkish
Super Lig relegation spots - one point adrift and with an inferior goal
Sunday sees them host fellow strugglers Goztepe before their
final fixture takes them to Yeni Malatyaspor on Saturday week, 25th.
Newcastle United will once again be sending a team to
contest the NI Super Cup tournament (formerly the Milk Cup) this year, with an
U17 squad participating in the Premier Section.
The event runs from Monday July 29th until Friday August 2nd at venues across
Northern Ireland and United's Group E opponents are FC Edmonton (Canada),
Hull City and County Londonderry.
Venues and dates/kick-off times are awaited.
PS: Tyneside will also be represented at U15 level this year, with a
team from Wallsend Boys Club entering the Junior section.
Everton U23s 1 Newcastle U23s 0
free agents include:
Mehdi Abeid (Dijon)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Rennes)
Adam Campbell (Morecambe)
Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Nicky Deverdics (Wrexham)
Ryan Donaldson (Hartlepool United)
Brad Inman (Rochdale)
Dan Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz)
Danny Simpson (Leicester City)
Ryan Taylor (Fleetwood Town)
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.
Available to pre-order ahead of publication in
late May (to coincide with the anniversary of United's 1969 Fairs Cup Final
Priced £19.99 pre-orders made here will get free UK postage
(for an author-signed copy add NUFC.com to delivery instructions.)
More info via twitter @AmazingFairsCup
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
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
Online Box Office is here
sale dates are here
SJP seating plan is here
Milburn Stand Box Office opening:
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?
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 LNER.co.uk/NUFC25 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.
Thu 23.05.2019 Cullercoats v Blyth Town @ SJP, 7.30pm. Stelrad Northumberland
FA Minor Cup Final.
13.06.2019 PL fixture release.
Wed 17.07.2019 Wolves (n) @ Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre,
China, 6pm local time. PL Asia Trophy. ST
holder sale now.
Live on Sky Sports.
Sat 20.07.2019 Manchester City or West Ham (n) @ Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China,
6pm or 8.30pm local time. PL Asia Trophy. ST
holder sale now. Live on Sky
Mon 29.07.2019-Fri 02.08.2019 U17s v
FC Edmonton (Canada) / Hull City / County Londonderry @ various venues across
Northern Ireland. SuperCupNI.
08.08.2019 Transfer window closes
Sat 10.08.2019 PL opening games
NUFC Live on TV:
Wed 17.07.2019 Wolves (n) Sky
Sat 20.07.2019 team
Other events @ SJP:
Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.
Sat 23.10.2021 Opening ceremony and first game of Rugby League World
International Magpies |
National Service |
14.06.2019-07.07.2019 Copa America Finals (with Paraguay, Venezuela,
21.06.2019-19.07.2019 AFCON Finals
(with Ghana, who are in Group F):
25.06.2019 Ghana v Benin
29.06.2019 Cameroon v Ghana
02.07.2019 Guinea-Bissau v Ghana
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Barrie Thomas born, Measham, Leicestershire. (1962-64)
forward who worked down the mines before signing for Leicester City,
only for national service to halt his progress.
Joining Mansfield Town before moving on to Scunthorpe United in 1959, Thomas
was the top scorer in the Football League with 30 goals in 22 games when
fellow Second Division side Newcastle bid a record £45,000 for him in early
The Iron opted to cash in and a deal was concluded with John
McGuigan also moving from Gallowgate to the Old Showground - while both Leeds
United and Manchester United made their interest known.
Debuting in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at SJP, Thomas first found the
net in his third game - away at Swansea - and Walter Winterbottom quickly
called him up to an England training session, although he failed to make the
1962 World Cup squad.
However his time at SJP was blighted by injury and criticism from some
fans and colleagues and while netting hat tricks against Boro, Plymouth and
Rotherham, he failed to fire his side to promotion.
Losing his place to Ron McGarry, Barrie reluctantly returned to Scunthorpe
early in 1964. His scoring touch remained despite fitness issues and as
Newcastle celebrated promotion the following May, he netted five as the Iron
beat Luton Town 8-1.
Injury ended his playing career at Barnsley, after which he had a spell
managing local non-league side Measham Swifts.
1959 Keith Guy born, Seaham.
who appeared for Deneside Juniors, Seaham Boys and had an England schoolboy
Scouted by Tommy Jordan, Keith joined United and played in the FA Youth Cup
run to the Semi Final stage in the 1975/76 season - along with namesake Alan.
However, he failed to win a professional contract and signed for Hartlepool
United on a free transfer in 1977.
After a dozen outings at the Vic, Keith then joined local leaguers Seaham Red
1976 Brendan Markey born, Dublin.
Striker who joined United on trial before the 1995/96 season
and appeared off the bench to replace Les Ferdinand in a 3-1 friendly win at
Rushden & Diamonds in July.
Reportedly turning down a contract offer from Newcastle, Markey continued
playing for Bohemians until a £60K transfer to a Millwall side managed by
Mick McCarthy was finalised in December 1995.
Injury problems meant he never made a competitive debut for the Lions and
within a year he'd been loaned to Dundalk and then back to Bohemians.
Later moves took him to Shamrock Rovers,
Waterford United, Newry Town, a further spell with Bohemians, Dublin City,
Glenavon, Athlone Town, Dundalk, Monaghan United, St Patricks Athletic and
Joining Bangor City in 2010, Brendan left a year later and announced his
1987 David Edgar born, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (2006-09)
The son of former Magpies
'keeper Eddie, David was brought up in Canada where his dad had emigrated and
taken up coaching.
Early interest from Manchester United was rebuffed, but an offer from
Newcastle saw David move to England aged 13 and live with relatives on
Tyneside playing as a schoolboy for United.
After signing a professional deal in 2005, David's
debut came at Bolton on Boxing Day 2006, in a back four composed entirely of
Academy graduates: himself, Steven Taylor, Peter Ramage & Paul Huntington.
"Eddie" then memorably marked his senior home debut by
scoring an equaliser against Manchester United on New Years Day
David's first six senior outings came under no less than three
different bosses (Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan).
A second senior goal came in December 2008, when he briefly pulled Newcastle
back to within one goal of Liverpool at SJP, before the Reds hit back to
David's last game for the Magpies proved to be the season-closing defeat at
Aston Villa in May 2009 that confirmed our relegation - when he was dismissed
late on for a foul.
Joining Premier League new boys Burnley under freedom of contract,
compensation of £300K plus appearance-related payments was eventually agreed
in December 2009.
However he found pitch time hard to come and joined Championship side Swansea
City on loan during March 2010.
Returning to Turf Moor, David was part of the squad that returned to the
Premier League in 2014 - although he wasn't retained and became a free agent.
Edgar's ex-Magpie colleague and reserve coach Lee Clark soon came calling and
a two year deal was agreed taking David to Championship side Birmingham City.
Clark departed from St.Andrew's in October 2014 and David then followed suit
the next January, agreeing a loan move to fellow Championship side
July 2015 then saw him loaned out by City to League One side Sheffield United,
where he stayed for the full season making 38 appearances and scoring twice.
Joining Vancouver Whitecaps in July 2016, a freak knee injury in December of
that year left David's playing future in doubt after he fell victim to a hit
and run drive whilst on a golfing holiday in Arizona.
By 2018 he was back playing and agreed a deal with US side Nashville but
played just a handful of games before departing.
A subsequent period in Canada with Ottawa Fury was equally short-lived and
Edgar was a free agent by November 2018 when having an unsuccessful trial at
Similar spells with Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers failed to result in a
contract offer but David was more successful the following March when signing
a short-term deal at Hartlepool United.
Capped by and captaining Canada at various youth international levels
including the U20 World Cup on home soil in 2007, Edgar made his senior debut
against Greece in 2011.
1929 Ambrosiana Milan
United's post-season tour got underway in stormy
circumstances, Tommy Lang and an opponent dismissed for
The visiting players needed the protection of police and
soldiers to leave the stadium and were unable to leave
their hotel due to the crowd outside who followed them
from the stadium - some brandishing knives, others
Other reports tell of motor coaches being vandalised
beyond repair outside the ground, resulting in the
Newcastle party being forced to leave on foot - with
policemen drawing their revolvers to deter a 5,000 crowd
Magpie Jack Hill later claimed that the match ball was
only half the normal size and that "deliberate
kicking by the Milan team soon had our team upset".
Inter Milan were known as Ambrosiana between 1928 and
1945, with their San Siro home opening in 1926.
Cumberland XI (a)
Hannah 2, Cameron, og
This Cumberland Cup tie served up an eleven goal
thriller at Workington's Borough Park.
1951 Newcastle's Jackie Milburn was on duty for
England against Portugal at Goodison Park, scoring twice
in a 5-2 success.
Chelmsford City (a)
United ended their season with a Friday night
kickabout at New Writtle Street against their Southern
Marshall, Craig, Clark, Elliott, McNamee, Moncur, Robson,
Bennett, Davies, Hilley, Allen.
New Zealand FA (a)
meeting with the "All Whites", was staged at The
Basin cricket ground
(Kelly), Brown, Saunders, Roeder, Clarke, Anderson,
Gascoigne, Haddock, McDonald, Beardsley, Reilly.
footage is online here
1987 England and
Brazil drew 1-1 in a Rous Cup tie at Wembley, with future
United striker Mirandinha on target for the visitors just
seconds after Gary Lineker's opener.
Soon to be ex-Magpie Peter Beardsley was in home side,
along with old boy Chris Waddle and future black and
whites Stuart Pearce and John Barnes.
footage is online here
Aston Villa (h)
Gary Speed and Ian Taylor were dismissed near the end
of this one but both red cards were later rescinded. David
Ginola was humiliated by John Gregory, being hauled off
All was not well in the
Villa Park dressing room with Gregory spoken to by the
police after his foul-mouthed tirade on the
A disconsolate Paul Merson also made his feelings clear using 'industrial' language in
the post-match press conference.
Newcastle U17s were thrashed 0-5 by Ipswich Town at Portman Road in the first leg of
their play-off final.
Future Magpie Darren Ambrose was in the Town side, while
Michael Chopra and Peter Ramage appeared for the black and
2009 Unsurprisingly, United's last-ditch attempt to ensure
defender Sebastien Bassong's availability for the season
closer failed and he would serve the first of a two-match
suspension against Aston Villa.
The wrongful dismissal claim was heard and rejected by an
FA Commission - a two-match ban the consequence of
having already been sent off earlier in the season, at
2010 Argentina Coach Diego Maradona confirmed that
Jonas Gutierrez was in his 23 man squad for the World Cup
Finals in South Africa. However there was no place for his
club colleague, Fabricio Coloccini.
from the threat of relegation, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
pledged that his side would put on a show in this final
game of the season in front of a sold-out SJP.
However, United failed to score for the third successive
home game and seldom looked like doing so, as the visitors
collected the three points that ensured Champions League
qualification at the expense of rivals Spurs.
And Pardew was indebted to the departing Steve Harper for
ensuring that roughly half of the crowd remained in their
places to give the long-serving 'keeper a fitting
send-off, sparing some support for his colleagues.
Captain for the day, Harper made a couple of useful stops
and looked visibly moved when the 37th minute of the game
came around and the whole of SJP took his squad number as
their cue to applaud him.
Harps after his 199th -
- competitive game for United
2016 French media
outlets reported that ex-Newcastle United player David
Ginola had suffered a suspected heart attack.
The 49 year-old was airlifted to hospital in Monaco after
falling ill after playing in a charity football match at a
It later transpired that Ginola's heart had been stopped
for up to eight minutes and he survived only due to the
intervention of a paramedic with a defibrillator.
Surgeons then performed a quadruple bypass operation from
which he soon recovered.
2018 Rugby League Magic Weekend was staged once
again at St. James' Park for an unprecedented fourth
successive year and attracted 38,881 observers.