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Everton (h)

The Magpies return to action on Sunday at home to current Everton in the Premier League. It's a 2pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports (not PPV).

Our sponsors Pumphrey's Blues Cafe in the Bigg Market will be showing the game in the downstairs bar - no booking needed, just walk in.

NUFC: Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Dubravka, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie remain out and Jamaal Lascelles is doubtful.

Isaac Hayden is available, while Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark have all now returned to the senior squad after featuring for the reserve side during their rehabilitation from injury.

EFC: Speaking on Friday, Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that James Rodriguez would miss Sunday's game. The Colombian has scored three times so far during his debut Premier League season and made a favourable impression.

The Toffees also will be without Lucas Digne following his dismissal at Southampton on Sunday. An appeal saw his original ban reduced to one game.

Richarlison sits out the visit to Tyneside following his red card against Liverpool, with Seamus Coleman and Jean-Philippe Gbamin both remaining sidelined.

Referee: Stuart Attwell - a second sighting of the Warwickshire-based official this season, after he took charge of our opening weekend win at West Ham.

That was the third Magpies success on the belt that Attwell had overseen, following on from the away wins at West Ham and Sheffield United last season.

VAR: Craig Pawson - the last three penalties given against us in the PL have come when Pawson was on VAR watch - at home to Brighton this season and two in the same game at Watford last season.

Latest PL results/fixtures:

Fri 30.10.2020:
Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

Sat 31.10.2020:
Sheffield United 0-1 Manchester City
Burnley 0-3 Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 01.11.2020:
Aston Villa v Southampton (Noon) Sky PPV
Newcastle v Everton (2pm) Sky
Manchester United v Arsenal (4.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.15pm) Sky PPV

Mon 02.11.2020:
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion (5.30pm) Sky PPV
Leeds United v Leicester City (8pm) Sky

Live on Sky Sports

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UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Newcastle


Toffees @ SJP - Premier years:

2019/20 Lost 1-2 Schar
2018/19 Won 3-2 Rondon, Perez 2
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Won 3-2 Cisse, Perez, Colback
2013/14 Lost 0-3
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Cisse
2011/12 Won 2-1 OG, R.Taylor
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Best
2008/09 Drew 0-0
2007/08 Won 3-2 Butt, Emre, Owen
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2005/06 Won 2-0 Solano 2
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2003/04 Won 4-2 Bellamy, Dyer, Shearer 2
2002/03 Drew 3-3 Dyer 2, OG (LC: 2-3 on pens)
2002/03 Won 2-1 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 6-2 Shearer, Cort, O'Brien, Solano 2, Bernard
2000/01 Lost 0-1
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Shearer
1998/99 Lost 1-3 Shearer
1998/99 Won 4-1 Ketsbaia 2, Shearer, Georgiadis (FAC)
1997/98 Won 1-0 Lee
1996/97 Won 4-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Shearer, Elliott
1995/96 Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95 Won 2-0 Fox, Beardsley
1993/94 Won 1-0 Allen


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Coral rate a home victory at 5/2, with the draw at 12/5 and a Toffees success at 21/20.

Newcastle to win to nil is 11/2, while Callum Wilson first scorer is 9/2. 0-0 at half time comes in at 9/5.

Card game ends
with Royal flush

Reading U23s  3  Newcastle U23s  2

Newcastle U23s went down by the odd goal in five in their Premier League Two fixture at the Royals' Bearwood Park training ground on Friday - both sides ending the game with 10 men.

The Magpies took an 18th minute lead through Elliot Anderson, but the hosts replied on 29 minutes, when Ryan East beat Dan Langley from the penalty spot.

Reading then went ahead in the 43rd minute, through Ugandan international Jayden Onen.

The hosts were left a man short on 53 minutes, when Nelson Abbey was dismissed following his second yellow card.

Despite that numerical disadvantage though, the Royals extended their lead in the 78th minute through Nahum Melvin-Lambert.

United pulled one back two minutes from the end of normal time, Brad Cross grabbing his first goal for the club (previous suggestions that it was either Elliot Anderson or Rodrigo Vilca have now been ruled out).

A busy afternoon for referee Tom Bishop then continued with a second booking and consequent dismissal for Magpies trialist 1 (see below) in the 88th minute.

Team: Langley, trialist 1, Francillette (Brookwell 81), Cross, Lazaar, Flaherty, K.Scott, Anderson, trialist 2 (Rounsfell 75), Vilca, Toure.
Subs n/u: Gamblin, Thompson, Indalecio.

Booked: trialist 1, Francillette, Scott

Sent off: trialist 1

Coach Chris Hogg's side included two un-named trialists, with the Soccerway website identifying them as ex-Stoke City U23s defender Scott Wara and former Manchester United U23s midfielder Dion McGhee.

Both players are looking for new clubs following their release; 21 year-old Fijian Wara reportedly featuring for Wrexham in pre-season and 20 year-old McGhee turning out for German side Greuther Furth earlier this month.

It's also claimed that Oldham-born McGhee has been on trial at Spurs recently, but that's not confirmed.

Attempting to keep track of our League of Nations squad, here's a breakdown of the sixteen players on duty today:

Langley - ex-Academy (England)
Wara - trialist (Fiji)
Francillette - ex-trialist (Guadeloupe)
Cross - ex-trialist (South Africa)
Lazaar - signed (Morocco)
Flaherty - ex-trialist (England)
K.Scott - ex-trialist (England*)
Anderson - ex-Academy (England**)
McGhee - trialist (England)
Vilca - signed (Peru)
Toure - ex-trialist (Senegal***)
Brookwell - ex-trialist (England)
Gamblin - ex-Academy (England)
Thompson - Academy (England)
Indalecio - ex-trialist (France)
Rounsfell - ex-Academy

* represented England/Ireland/USA (!)
** represents Scotland
*** represents Switzerland

RFC: Boyce-Clarke, Hewitt, Luzon (Dorsett 46), Samuels, Abbey, Lawless, East, Onen, Pendlebury, Ajose (Sackey 84), Melvin-Lambert.
Subs n/u: Holden, Ehibhationham.

Booked: Abbey, Melvin-Lambert, Samuels.

Sent off: Abbey

Referee: Tom Bishop  

Crowd: Behind closed doors

Teens turned over

Liverpool U18s  4  Newcastle U18s  1

Without a win in their opening five league games this season, Newcastle's U18 side had a daunting task on Saturday away to Liverpool.

And so it proved to be, conceding four times before Lucas de Bolle grabbed a late consolation with four minutes remaining.

Full details to follow.

Team: Marshall, Midgley (Barclay 64), Oliver (Miley 58), Carlyon (White 70), Brannen, Stephenson, de Bolle, Harrison, J.Scott, Thomson, Gilchrist.
Subs n/u: Banda, Huntley. 

The Reds had won four of their five fixtures to date and scored three goals without reply in the corresponding game last season.

It's a 1pm start at Liverpool's Kirkby Academy behind closed doors, with live coverage available on the LFC TV subscription channel (reruns at 11.30pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday).

Loan lads:
Two in two for Elias

Latest loan action:

Elias Sorensen
(Almere City)
Having broken his duck last week against NAC Breda, Elias was on target as Eerste Divisie leaders Almere won 4-1 at Ajax II on Friday.

Yoshinori Muto
The striker appeared off the bench for the closing eight minutes of Friday night's 0-2 home loss to Cadiz in La Liga.

Florian Lejeune (Deportivo Alaves)
Barcelona (h) La Liga, Saturday.

Freddie Woodman
(Swansea City)
Another clean sheet for Freddie as the Swans beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at home in the Championship on Saturday.

Jake Turner
Jake played the full game and kept his goal intact as Morecambe won 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers in League Two on Saturday.

Jack Young (Tranmere Rovers)
But that win for Morecambe meant defeat for Jack's side, although our lad wasn't included in the matchday squad.

Lewis Cass
(Hartlepool United)
Lewis was in the starting line-up for Hartlepool in their teatime kick-off against Torquay United in National League on Saturday with The Gulls taking an early two-goal lead.

Tom Allan/Mo Sangare
(Accrington Stanley)
Saturday's League One visit of Plymouth Argyle was postponed following multiple COVID tests among the Stanley squad - their third game to be called off.

Kelland Watts (Plymouth Argyle)
There's an enforced weekend off for the Pilgrims, after their League One trip to Accrington was postponed due to an outbreak of Coronavirus in the host camp.

Argyle return to action on Tuesday night, at home to Swindon Town.

Kit supplier
claims grow

It's looking as if the successor to Puma as Newcastle United kit supplier will be sportswear brand Castore - whose first major venture in football came when a four year deal with Glasgow Rangers was announced for a claimed £25m in May.

Established by Liverpool-based brothers Tom and Phil Beahon in 2015, rumours quickly spread that Sports Direct owned or held a stake in the company after the Ibrox deal was confirmed - not helped by Castore products appearing in Mike Ashley's House of Fraser outlets.

However Tom Beahon was quick to deny that, saying that "We have investors who like to remain private. Our biggest investor is one of the wealthiest families in the UK.

"For the record, it's not Mike Ashley despite some of the things I've read online in the last couple of weeks."

Tennis player Andy Murray is linked to Castore via his AMC brand, while the Mersey connection inevitably led to unconfirmed claims that current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was also involved. 

PS: Phil Beahon graduated from Newcastle University with a law degree in 2014, with a startup foundership from there pivotal in the initial funding for Castore.

NUFC issue
ST update

Thursday saw Newcastle United confirm details of how they propose to reimburse current season ticket holders:

Read the full article online here

In summary, various options are available but these according to whether fans are on long-term deals.

Phased refunds or credits are available, but for some fans these options will run alongside existing direct debit payments - in other words they'll be receiving money back while continuing to pay.

Meanwhile, any long-term deals due to expire at the end of the current (2020/21 season) will be extended to cover next season (2021/22).

Tyne mouths
- comp winners

Following the success of their range of face coverings for clubs in their native Scotland, The Snood Store have produced some Magpie-themed designs including this 1990s inspired beauty:

The full Toon range is online here in addition to Scotland club designs and an increasing number of national team ones.

Snoods are £10 each plus £3 UK postage per order, with a 20% discount available on NUFC designs by using the promo code NUFC20.

(Bespoke designs for any business or sports clubs can also be supplied, for details contact Snood Store here and mention in your message).

We had one each of the 1983 home, 1995 keeper (pictured) and 1995 away designs to give away and asked you to identify the former Magpie international attempting to mask his identity in this photo:

It was of course Leon Best although that wasn't universally known, with offers of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Mehdi Abeid, Islam Slimani, Nabil Bentaleb and Fitz Hall among the incorrect answers received.

From the correct responses, snoods will soon be adorning the following:

Nathanael Hartley
Jon O'Shea
Craig Tennick

Thanks to all who entered.

Unlikely lads:
Old boys
join forces

Non-league side Spalding United have recruited two former Magpies to their ranks in recent days, following the arrival of former DR Congo international Gabriel Zakuani as manager.

Zakuani wasted no time in appointing his former DR Congo team mate Lomana LuaLua as a coach, and the Tulips have now added Nile Ranger to their squad.

The 29 year-old forward has been without a club since leaving Southend United in 2018 and recently joined a Sunday League side in his native North London.

PS: Another ex-Newcastle player moving clubs recently is Romain Amalfitano, who has swapped France for Saudi Arabia.

The 31 year-old midfielder has ended a six year stay at Dijon and joined Pro League side Al-Faisaly.

Takeover bid: fan

Tuesday saw the Premier League receive a legal letter from "Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd", a company formed by two individuals named as Gordon Stein and Keith Patterson last August.

Described as "a Letter Before Action", the authors claim that they intend to seek a ruling from The Competition Appeal Tribunal over whether the PL breached any UK regulations during the abortive sale of Newcastle United to Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers earlier this year.

The authors assert that they are working with Robert O’Donoghue QC of Brick Court Chambers on their case.

This development appears to be separate to the action initiated by Mike Ashley on September 14th, when QCs Nick De Marco and Shaheed Fatima of Blackstone Chambers confirmed that they were acting for Newcastle United against the PL.

Media requests for a response from the PL to the letter on Tuesday were met with a "no comment." 

Meanwhile, the Chronicle claimed that Ashley was supportive of the move, "with the paperwork understood to be being assessed by the owner and his associates."

PS: Quotes credited to Robert O'Donoghue about the PL/competition law appeared on the "Wor Fund" website and twitter account back in August.

At the time that newly-established group were fundraising with the aim of taking action of the type now outlined by "Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd."

They also reported that in parallel to their actions (sending letters to both the PL and the Competition and Markets Authority), a Gordon Stein had also written to PL Chair Richard Masters in August, querying the PL's actions regarding the takeover.

"Wor Fund" announced that they had "welcomed Gordon on board," as "it was considered by all involved that having one group working together would be far stronger than having two separate approaches."

That's presumably the same Gordon Stein now in the spotlight, but with both the "Wor Fund" website and social media accounts now offline, it's unclear whether they have re-branded themselves as "Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd" or this is separate.

Unlikely lads look back:

Football writer Jonathon Rogers has been catching up with some of the understudies to the Entertainers, who recount tales of their time at Gallowgate.

Part I is online here including contributions from Paul Brayson, Jimmy Crawford (pictured), Chris Holland and Darren Huckerby.

Part II
can be read online here, detailing how the dreams of that quartet would be shattered. 

Late agony
for bairns

Newcastle U17s  2  Leeds U17s  3

United's youngsters began their Premier League Cup campaign under the Whitley Park floodlights on Tuesday, with what sadly turned out to be a game of two halves.

The young Magpies enjoyed a two goal lead at the 45 minute mark and had also missed a penalty - but conceded three times after the interval, the Leeds winner arriving two minutes from full time.

Forward James Huntley shot home to give Newcastle a 10th minute lead and his close range effort on 42 minutes then doubled the home side's advantage.

In between though, Michael Ndiweni had been denied from the penalty spot in the 35th minute, 'keeper Harry Christy leaping to his right to claw the effort away.

While Newcastle returned to the dressing room at half time, the Leeds lads stayed out on the field and were clearly fired up when the game restarted.

Within three minutes they'd reduced the arrears when a dangerous cross from the right was headed in, and the scores were level by the 64th minute when a visiting player converted from distance.

Both sides then had to chances to go ahead but it was Leeds who claimed all three points in the 88th minute.

A dangerous cross from the right wasn't dealt with and when it came back into the box, visiting striker Max Dean was on hand to force the ball home.

Team: Thompson, Stewart, Green, Miley, Nicholson (Midgley 19), Barclay, Crossley, Thomson (Scott 46), Ndiweni, Huntley, Chrystal (Robertson 80).
Sub n/u: Banda.

This was the first of three group stage games that Newcastle are scheduled to play in this new competition, amalgamating the previous annual U16 and U18 events into one single U17 Cup.

Group E consists of Newcastle, Leeds, Boro and the mackems, with the Magpies heading to Teesside next month before concluding their games in January with a home tie against their wearside foes.

The other Group E opener saw the mackems suffer a 3-7 home loss to the smoggies.

Seven group winners plus one runner-up qualify for the knockout stages.

Ashley calls on PL
to discount PPV

Following reports that the recent Newcastle versus Manchester United PPV game attracted just 40,000 paying customers in the United Kingdom, Mike Ashley released this statement on Monday:

"I am calling on the Premier League to immediately act and review its current pay-per-view arrangements for live matches in the UK.

"Charging £14.95 for single televised matches in the current climate it is not acceptable to any football fan.

"Supporters have overwhelmingly rejected this offer and the Premier League must now act.

"Why not make it much more accessible at £4.95 per match until Christmas?

"The Government should waive VAT on the above pay-per-view matches so that as many of those who are unable to attend matches in person can at least watch their team.

"The profit from the above reduced-price pay-per-view option, I would suggest that 50% would be retained by Premier League and 50% would go to the football pyramid below.

"As a club, Newcastle United did vote in favour of the pay-per-view proposal, but to be clear, this was because there were no realistic or any viable alternatives put forward to enable supporters to watch matches."

Now we've got you here Mike, what about those season ticket refunds? Mike, hello, are you there...?

Another late show 

Wolves  1  Newcastle  1

Match report

RIP Newcastle John

We're desperately sad to record the passing of John Allan aka Newcastle John, a lifelong follower of the Magpies and a good friend to for many years.

From his "office" in the Central Library, John's hours of diligent work unearthed a treasure trove of hitherto unrecorded Toon facts and figures. 

Reading through our correspondence with him revealed what now seems like his own epitaph. Should this mad club ever end up winning anything, we'll recall these words - and him - with great fondness:

"We as NUFC supporters never look back and only forward, one day we might do it."

PS: Newcastle Libraries have released the following tribute to him, sentiments that we can only echo:

We were very sad to hear that John Allan has passed away.

John was a well-known and respected football historian and he put a lot of work in to researching and collecting information on local football.

John, or ‘Football John’ as we knew him at City Library was a friend to many people who worked and studied in local studies on Level 6. He was generous with his time and was always happy to share his expertise as a football historian.

He would often be in conversation with researchers trying to navigate their way around our newspaper collections. He was always willing and happy to help others as they started their research journey or had a particularly obscure local football enquiry.

You could always ask Johns advice (and we frequently did) about footballing enquiries we received, he could tell you all sorts of fascinating facts and was always discovering new information about local footballers and their clubs.

His knowledge, expertise and friendly manner will be greatly missed by staff and visitors at City Library.

Ultimate Record
- PDF update

The 2019/20 season update to Paul Joannou's "Newcastle United Ultimate Record" book has again been produced in PDF form and anyone on our mailing list should now have received a copy.

If you haven't got one, these can be obtained on request free of charge from A few folks didn't get the 2018/19 PDF so we're also sending that out if required.

NB: we're seeing an increasing number of emails failing year on year - if you change yours and still wish to receive annual PDF updates please let us know (particularly if you registered your work email).

Bobby book offer

deCoubertin Books – responsible for Martin Hardy’s trilogy of Newcastle books, Touching Distance, Tunnel of Love and Rafa’s Way – have now published Bob Harris’s biography of Sir Bobby Robson, The Ultimate Patriot.

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

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

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

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

you can order the book here

Southampton (a)

The Magpies return to St. Mary's Stadium on Friday night for an 8pm start, live on Sky (not PPV).

NUFC: To follow

SFC: To follow

Referee: tbc

VAR: tbc

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Fri 06.11.2020:
Brighton v Burnley (5.30pm) Sky PPV
Southampton v Newcastle (8pm) Sky

Sat 07.11.2020:
Everton v Manchester City (12.30pm) BT
Crystal Palace v Leeds (3pm) BT PPV
Chelsea v Sheffield United (5.30pm) Sky
West Ham v Fulham (8pm) BT PPV

Sun 08.11.2020:
West Bromwich Albion v Spurs (Noon) Sky PPV
Leicester City v Wolves (2pm) Sky
Manchester City v Liverpool (4.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Aston Villa (7.15pm) Sky PPV

Live on Sky Sports (Not PPV)

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Newcastle


Toon @ St. Mary's:

2019/20: Won 1-0 Saint-Maximin
2018/19: Drew 0-0
2017/18: Drew 2-2 Hayden, Perez
2015/16: Lost 1-3 Townsend
2014/15: Lost 0-4
2013/14: Lost 0-4
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer



Season 2020/21

Sat 31.10.2020 U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Liverpool Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Sun 01.11.2020 Everton (h)
@ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Note new date / KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 06.11.2020 U23s v Leeds United (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Fri 06.11.2020 Southampton (a)
@ St. Mary's Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. Note new date / KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 07.11.2020 U18s v Burnley (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Tue 17.11.2020 U23s v Bolton Wanderers (a)
@ University of Bolton Stadium, 7pm. EFL Trophy. Behind closed doors.

Sat 21.11.2020 Chelsea (h)
@ SJP, 12.30pm. Premier League. Note new date / KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on BT Sport.

Sat 21.11.2020 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 2pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Mon 23.11.2020 U23s v Norwich City (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

NUFC Live on TV:
Sun 01.11.2020 Everton (h) 2pm Sky
Fri 06.11.2020 Southampton (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 21.11.2020 Chelsea (h) 12.30pm BT

TV picks to 30.11.2020 announced.

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

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

Round dates:

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

League Cup:
Semi-final one-legged, first team drawn out gains home advantage.

Round dates:

5th: Brentford (a)
Tue 22.12/Wed 23.12.2020

Tue 05.01/Wed 06.01.2021
F: Sun 28.02.2021

EFL Trophy:

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

Their three Group Stage games are all away from home.

GS1: Shrewsbury (a) lost 0-3
GS2: Crewe (a) lost 0-1
GS3: Tue 17.11.2020 Bolton (a)

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Newcastle (and Blyth Spartans) have opted not to enter this season's competition.

2020/21 NUFC programmes:

Hard copy NUFC home programmes are now produced by Curtis Sport costing £3.50 and available online here

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

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

Sat 29.05.2021
Sun 30.05.2021

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

Rugby League WC Finals

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 



Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

Eagle-eyed Freddie Pedersen spotted this rather strange Sky Sports graphic. Have we bought Pompey or vice versa though?

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

On This Day in History
31st October

Born Or Died:

1898 Tom Phillipson born, Ryton.

Centre forward signed in December 1919 from local side Scotswood for £500 after returning from army service in World War I. 

An England schoolboy international and prolific scorer as a youngster, Tom debuted in a 0-4 loss at Everton during January 1920  but took seven games to break his duck before netting against Sheffield Wednesday at Gallowgate that April. 

Kept out of the side for the first half of the following season, a return of one goal from five outings saw Phillipson fall from favour at SJP and United recouped their initial outlay from Swindon Town in May 1921.

They in turn doubled their money when selling him on to Wolves in late 1923 and Philippson helped them to claim the Third Division North title that season.

Regaining his goal touch, Tom remained a mainstay of the Wolves side until 1928 before rounding off his career at Sheffield United, Bilston United and Walsall.

Settling in Wolverhampton, he later served as Lord Mayor of the town and his death was recorded there in November 1965.

1910 Thomas Mooney born, Tollcross, Glasgow. (1936-44)

Coming to prominence with Airdrieonians after an earlier undistinguished spell at Celtic, outside left Tom was pursued by various English clubs after impressing for a Scottish League select XI in two friendlies.

Newcastle won the race for his signature and paid out £2,650 for Mooney in October 1936, putting him straight in the side for a 1-0 home victory over Leicester City.

The 1938/39 campaign would prove to be Tom's most effective, playing in 42 of the club's 46 games in league and cup and finding the net on twelve occasions.

With the outbreak of World War II causing the cessation of the league programme in September 1939 however, Mooney's career in football was effectively at an end.

Returning to Airdrieonians as a war guest, Tom signed for Morton in 1944. His death was recorded in December 1981.

1935 Jimmy Hill born, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.(1957-58)

Makeweight in the deal that saw Jackie Milburn cross the Irish Sea to join Linfield in June 1957, midfielder Jimmy had started his playing career with the local YMCA side and then intermediate side Carrick Rangers.

Debuting in a 3-1 home win over Spurs in August 1957, "Tiger" Hill chalked up his first goal during a 4-1 success at Birmingham City in what was only his third appearance.

Losing his place in late 1957, Jimmy played just once more in the first team that season and left for Norwich City in a £3,000 deal after barely a year on Tyneside.

In five years at Carrow Road, Hill helped the Canaries to promotion from Division Three, collected a League Cup winners medal - scoring in the final - and was capped at senior level by Northern Ireland.

Jimmy later admitted that that he'd come close to leaving Norwich in 1958 due to a persistent ankle problem, a move to Mansfield Town almost going through.

Everton paid £25,000 for his services at the start of the 1963/64 season but Hill's time at Goodison was blighted by injury and he made just seven appearances. 

Joining Port Vale in 1965, Hill returned to his native Northern Ireland three years later as player-manager of Derry City.

After a stint in charge of Linfield he left the game in 1972 and ran a sports shop in his home town - also managing local side Carrick Rangers between 1988 and 1991.   

1948 John Craggs born, Flinthill, Durham.
(1964-71 & 1982-83)

Right back who was an understudy to David Craig for much of his time at SJP, debuting in a 1-1 draw at Everton in October 1966. 

The 1968/69 season was John's most successful in terms of games played, with 20 appearances following his return to the first team after a 22 month absence.

That included a trio of a Fairs Cup games: both legs of the Setubal tie and the Ibrox meeting with Rangers, while Craggs was also on the bench for the home leg of the final. 

Seeking regular football, John joined Division Two Middlesbrough in August 1971 for £60,000 going on play almost 500 times in over a decade at Ayresome Park.

The Magpie connections remained though, playing under Stan Anderson and Jack Charlton and alongside Graeme Souness, Irving Nattrass, Stuart Boam and David Mills - the latter who was his best man.

Available on a free transfer in the summer of 1982, Craggs returned to SJP and made a second debut amid the clamour of Kevin Keegan's first game at home to QPR. 

A dozen more first team matches followed (plus reserve outings) before John's final outing, a 0-1 defeat at Cambridge in April 1983. He also returned to Boro to play in his testimonial match in November 1982 - a game recalled for an freak eye injury to guest player Kevin Keegan that caused him to miss the next five Newcastle games. 

Moving to Darlington as Quakers player- coach in 1983, John later played in non league football for Crook Town and worked as a car salesman in Redcar.

1988 saw Craggs join the coaching staff at Hartlepool alongside fellow SJP old boys Pop Robson and Bob Moncur, taking over as caretaker boss when the latter departed.

Involved in a sports shop on Teesside with Willie Maddren, Craggs ended up working for the company that became Sports Direct after the business was bought out. 

1956 Eddie Edgar born, Jarrow.

Goalkeeper who joined United as a junior in 1972, turning professional two years later.

Eddie's only first team appearance was in a 2-4 FA Cup Quarter Final defeat at Derby County in March 1976 when deputising for the unavailable Mick Mahoney (below).

Moving on to Hartlepool United that summer, Eddie played over 80 games for 'Pools in three seasons and also went on loan to New York Cosmos where he counted Pele among his team mates. 

Joining Gateshead in 1980, Edgar emigrated  to Canada later that same year, following one of his uncles to Kitchener in the Ontario province of Canada. 

Playing part time for London City, Eddie became involved in youth coaching and oversaw the development of son David (a defender), who was coveted by various clubs in England and Scotland before opting to become a Magpie at the age of 14.   

David played 23 first team games for United between 2006 and 2009, moving on to Burnley, Swansea City, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United and Vancouver Whitecaps.

And the sporting connection between Eddie and the North East continued in 2017, when nephew Philip Edgar left Canada and signed for the Whitley Warriors ice hockey team.

1991 James Tavernier born, Bradford.

Fullback who joined Newcastle's Academy at the age of 15, following his release by Leeds United's youth setup and subsequent relocation to Tyneside with his family. 

Debuting for the U18s as a substitute in a 4-1 home win over Huddersfield Town in February 2007, Tav's reserve bow came in a Central League Cup tie against Sheffield United at Whitley Park in September 2008.

And a year to the day, he debuted in senior football as a young Magpie XI lost 0-2 in the League Cup at Peterborough United. 

His next game came in the same competition away to Accrington Stanley the following August, after which a loan move over the river to Gateshead in January 2011 saw him play 13 times for the Conference side. 

Spending the 2011/12 campaign on loan at a trio of League One clubs - Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons - Tav signed a new three year contract at SJP.

By his 21st birthday, James had played three more games for Newcastle: in the Europa League away to Atromitos, at Old Trafford in the League Cup and away to Reading in the Premier League.

Two more Europa League starts, the FA Cup embarrassment at Brighton and a Premier League substitute outing in the 3-7 mauling at Arsenal then came the next season.

Loaned to Shrewsbury Town in August 2013, Tav played just twice before a foot injury saw him heading back to Tyneside. A move to Rotherham on loan three months later though was more successful and his five goals and form helped the Millers win the League One playoffs at Wembley. 

With a year of his SJP deal remaining, it had been excepted that James would make his loan move to Rotherham permanent but he chose instead to join fellow Championship side Wigan - who offered better terms.

A change of manager at the DW Stadium saw Tavernier fall out of favour however and he was loaned out to League One side Bristol City in January 2015. 

Joining Glasgow Rangers on a three year deal that summer, James scored on his debut against Hibernian and netted the goal that clinched a top flight return in April 2016. 

Agreeing a new three year deal at Ibrox, Tavernier was appointed Club captain during 2018 and has now notched up 260 appearances for Rangers, netting 56 goals.

His younger brother Marcus meanwhile broke through to the Middlesbrough first team at the same time, netting his first senior goal during a League Cup tie at Bournemouth. 


What Else?

1896 Burnley (h)
1-1), Wardrope(46), Smellie(51,75)
With neither side having a league fixture, second Division Newcastle beat their First Division visitors in a Saturday kickabout.

The Burnley Gazette correspondent was distinctly unimpressed:

"The game was not one about which much need be said....The Newcastle ground is a very funny one, having a slope. The weather too on Saturday was very wet and this would partly account for Burnley's downfall."

Team: Watts, White, McDermid, Miller, Auld, Stott, Lee, Connell, Smellie, Aitken, Wardrope.

1903 Wolves (h)
Division One
P10, 13pts, 4th/18 
Howie(3), Orr(10), Appleyard(35)
There was a debut for Jimmy Tildesley, at right back, as United recorded a welcome victory over Wolves - only their third in 11 competitive meetings.

1907 Berwick Rangers (a)
1-1), Appleyard(2-1,3-1,4-1),
United visited Shielfield for a friendly game and fell behind before spurning the chance to level when Howie missed a penalty.

Hardinge's equaliser sent the teams in level at the interval, before the visitors "gave a grand exhibition of the passing game", according to The Berwickshire News reporter.

(accounts vary as to the identity of United's first and last scorers - Hardinge recorded as scoring both by the Berwickshire News).

Team: Lawrence, Pudan, Henderson, Gardner, Veitch, Willis, Soye, Howie, Appleyard, Hardinge, Hedley.

1908 Liverpool (a)
Division One
P11, 16pts, 2nd/20 
Orr(42), Cox(49)
Liverpool ended a run of three successive defeats by United, including a 1-5 beating at Anfield the previous December.

Former Magpie Ronald Orr scored his second goal in as many appearances against his old side since leaving Tyneside in April 1908.

1914 Aston Villa (a)
Division One
P11, 11pts, 10th/20 
Whittaker(46), Wallace(1-2

1925 Birmingham (h)
Division One
P13, 13pts, 12th/22 
Islip(41), Crosby(52)
United's inconsistent form continued, as they again proved unable to record consecutive wins, following a 1-0 success at eventual Champions Huddersfield a week earlier.

1931 Everton (a)
Division One
P11, 12pts, 13th/22 
), Stein(9), White(21,31), Critchley(25), Dean(51,70)
It was a case of lost in the mist for United at Goodison Park, with a blanket of fog lying across the ground and meaning that those watching from the pressbox were barely able to see what was happening on the field.

The Toffees continued their amazing October scoring spree, this eye-catching result following 3-2, 5-1, 9-3 and 3-2 victories. 

That run would end a week later with a 0-0 draw against Huddersfield Town before the avalanche restarted with 7-2 and 9-2 wins. 

This scoreline has only been repeated once in Newcastle's history (at West Ham in 1986) and remains our heaviest top flight away defeat; the 0-9 loss at Burton Wanderers in 1895 coming in Division Two. 

1936 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Division Two
P13, 15pts, 5th/22 
A inspired display from visiting custodian Arthur Davies restricted United to just one goal and ended their 100% home league record against the Pilgrims - following 3-0 & 5-0 victories the previous two seasons.   

1942 Bradford City (a)
A hat-trick for Bantams' Reid - two of them from penalties both conceded by Doug Graham. Meanwhile, future Magpie Len Shackleton was on Tyneside scoring for the other Bradford (Park Avenue) against Gateshead.

1953 Sheffield United (a)
Division One
P16, 12pts, 17th/22 
Ivor Broadis debuted following his move from Manchester City.

1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Division One
P15, 11pts, 18th/22 
Broadbent(1), Murray(2)
Latecomers to Molineux missed all the action, both goals being scored in the opening eighty five seconds.

1964 Norwich City (a) 1-1 (1-0)
Division Two
P16, 21pts, 2nd/22 

1970 Manchester United (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Division One
P15, 15pts, 11th/22 
Red Devils 'keeper Jimmy Rimmer made a hash of catching the ball and when it bounced off his feet, Wyn Davies was on hand to poke it home at the Leazes End.
Youtube footage is online here

1981 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division Two
P12, 16pts, 13th/22 
Wylde(15), Heaton(19), Steel(40)
A dispiriting afternoon on the Boundary Park grass (the plastic pitch didn't appear until 1986) made it just one win in United's last 13 away games. Happy days.

1987 Arsenal (h)
Division One
P12, 13pts, 15th/21 
United's best chance of a goal came when Paul Goddard was tripped in the box by David Rocastle, only for Gunners 'keeper John Lukic to claw Neil McDonald's spot kick away.

Alan Smith then volleyed home late on past an unsighted Gary Kelly in the Leazes goal to send the points southbound.
Youtube footage is online here

The Reserves beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Gallowgate, with Swedish trialist Jan Eriksson in the Magpies XI.

He failed to find the net but Archie Gourlay struck twice and Tommy Heron was also on target - all the goals scored in the first half.

United chose not to retain the defender and he returned to parent club AIK Stockholm, finally making it to England in 1997 when he joined the mackems for a brief period.

1992 Leicester City (a)
Division One
P13, 33pts, 1st/24 
Lowe(3), Davison(15)
A bad day at Filbert Street for Kevin Keegan's table toppers, who lost their third league and cup game in eight days.

The only bright spot was Liam O'Brien's rapid free kick to halve the arrears, with Kevin Sheedy dismissed in the final minute after kicking future mackem boss Simon Grayson. 
Youtube footage is online here

1998 West Ham United (h)0-3 (0-0)
P11, 14pts, 11th/20
Wright(56,90) Sinclair(76)
Stuart Pearce was sent off for an elbow seen only by referee Graham Poll. The defeat saw United slip into the bottom half of the table. match report

2000 United's second string beat Darlington 2-0 in a behind closed doors game thanks to goals from Pedro Dimas and Pablo Bonvin. match report

2001 The Reserves left it late but goals from Lomana LuaLua and Michael Chopra overcame Bradford City 2-1 at Valley Parade. match report

2004 Bolton Wanderers (a) 1-2 (0-0)
P11, 16pts, 8th/20
Diouf(52), Davies(70)
A Darren Ambrose rocket was book-ended by two poor Shay Given fumbles that ultimately cost his side dear. match report

2005 Michael Chopra got a hat-trick with Marc Walton and Robbie Elliott getting the other goals in a 5-0 humping of West Bromwich Albion Reserves at Kingston Park. match report

2006 Michael Chopra made it three goals in two visits to the Stadium of Plight, scoring twice in Cardiff City's 2-1 defeat of the mackems - and celebrating with obvious delight in front of emptying home sections.

2009 The U18s extended their unbeaten run to six games, defeating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Stephen Folan and Brad Inman.

2010 mackems (h)
Premier League
P10, 14pts, 7th/20
Nolan(26,34,75), Ameobi(45+3pen,70)
Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi shared five goals as Steve Bruce's mackems were given a Halloween to remember on Tyneside.

Captain Kev bagged a hat-trick and to round off a perfect day, ex-Magpie clown Titus Bramble was red-carded for bringing down Andy Carroll when he
was in on goal.

Visiting boss Steve Bruce was serenaded at full time with a rousing chorus to the tune of "Daydream Believer": as we commented, community singing -Tourettes Style. match report

2011 Stoke City (a)
Premier League
P10, 22pts, 3rd/20
United moved up to third after giving The Potters a taste of their own medicine
in a televised Monday night match.

Demba Ba hit his second hat-trick of the season to make it a staggering eight goals in five league games for the on-fire forward. match report

2015 Stoke City (h)
Premier League
P11, 7pts, 18th/20
Having scored six against Norwich in their last home game, Steve McClaren's side were unable to find a way past 'keeper Jack Butland.

The England custodian made a series of stops and when he was beaten, a first half effort from Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the post. match report

2016 The reserves beat Boro 2-0 at SJP; a ninth goal in eight games by Sean Longstaff giving United an early lead before Yasin El-Mhanni notched his first Magpies goal. match report