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Ticket news:
Southampton (h) Public sale now
Burnley (a)
Palace (h) Public sale now
Man United (a)
Wolves (a) ST holder sale now (10pts)


It's that time again already. The
2019 Advent Calendar
  Day 8

Premier League:
Southampton (h)

The Saints take on the Magpies at Gallowgate this afternoon in a non-televised 2pm start.

Tickets remain on public sale.

NUFC: Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles remain sidelined, while Alain Saint-Maximin left Bramall Lane on Thursday with an ice pack strapped to his troublesome ankle.

Coral matchday betting is online here

Newcastle win 6/4
The draw 21/10
Saints win 9/5
Over 3.5 goals, NUFC win, BTTS 9/1
NUFC win, score over 2.5 goals 13/2
Almiron anytime scorer 9/2
NUFC win, Almiron score from outside box 50/1

Stuart Armstrong remains out and Sofiane Boufal is a doubtful starter.

Ahead of their visit to Tyneside, Southampton beat Norwich City 2-1 at home on Wednesday - recording back to back PL victories for the first time this season.

Ralph Hassenhutl's side will be forced to wear their red third kit at SJP on Saturday, after the PL ruled that all three of this season's kits clashed with our home kit.


Saints in Toon - Premier League era:

2018/19 Won 3-1 Perez 3
2017/18 Won 3-0 Kenedy 2, Ritchie
2015/16 Drew 2-2 Cisse, Wijnaldum
2014/15 Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2013/14 Drew 1-1 Gouffran
2012/13 Won 4-2 Sissoko, Cisse, 
Cabaye(pen), OG
2005/06 Won 1-0 Dyer (FAC)
2004/05 Won 2-1 Shearer (pen), Bramble
2003/04 Won 1-0 Shearer
2002/03 Won 2-1 Sh.Ameobi, Hughes
2001/02 Won 3-1 Robert, Shearer 2 (1 pen)
2000/01 Drew 1-1 Gallacher
1999/00 Won 5-0 Ferguson 2, Solano, 
Dabizas, OG
1998/99 Won 4-0 Shearer 2 (1 pen), 
Ketsbaia, OG
1997/98 Won 2-1 Barnes 2
1996/97 Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 1-0 Lee
1994/95 Won 5-1 Watson 2, Cole 2, Lee
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Cole


Dedicated match buses run from the Metro Centre (X50) and Gosforth Great Park (Q3) details

Ongoing industrial action by the RMT union is set to cause disruption and delay to the Metro on Sunday.

An overtime ban will reduce driver availability and consequently lead to cancellation of Metro services at short notice. Expect busier trains and longer delays between them to all destinations. 

Nexus confirm that none of the additional matchday Metro services will be in operation on Sunday.

The predicted level of Metro service frequency will be updated here and real time updates will appear here in addition to a dedicated twitter feed @My_Metro

PS: The RMT have called an outright strike over the weekend of December 21st/22nd, which is set to have a significant effect on fans attending the home game against Crystal Palace. 

Trains: Engineering work between Doncaster and Grantham means that an amended LNER timetable will be in operation on Sunday with extended journey times in some cases.

Latest PL results/fixtures:

Opposite Times Square on Clayton Street West, The Dog and Parrot are now showing Sky PL live games. Get a Meat:Stack burger, fries & a craft can for just £10 every day including matchdays.

Pre-match guest in the bar on Sunday will be Malcolm Macdonald. 

Sat 07.12.2019:
Everton 3-1 Chelsea
Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool
Spurs 5-0 Burnley
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United

Sun 08.12.2019:
Aston Villa v Leicester City (2pm)Sky
Newcastle v Southampton (2pm)
Norwich v Sheffield United (2pm)
Brighton v Wolves (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 09.12.2019:
West Ham v Arsenal (8pm) Sky

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire) a more recent addition to the PL list, this will be our first game of the season involving him.

First appearing here for a 
4-1 League Cup win over Northampton Town in 2015, Coote was in charge of our dreadful FA Cup loss at Oxford two years later.

His PL debut was West Brom's 1-0 win at SJP in April 2018 and he returned to Tyneside in January for Watford's 2-0 FA Cup victory. 

Martin Atkinson is our VAR man.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
622 Now PL2 (Hong Kong)
beIN Connect MENA
beIN Sports MENA 7 HD
Blue to Go Video (Mexico)
DAZN Canada
DANZ Japan
dsTV Now (Ghana)
ESPN Play Sur (Argentina)
ESPN2 Brazil
MIO 103 (Singapore)
Mola TV (Indonesia)
NBC Sports Gold (USA)
Now E / Now Player (Hong Kong)
Okko Sport (Russia)
Optus Sport (Australia)
PPTV Sport (China)
QQ Sports Live (China)
Sky HD (Mexico)
Spark Sport (New Zealand)
Spiler 1 TV +HD
Sport 2 (Israel)
SportKlub 4 Slovenia
SPOTV ON / SPO TV+ (South Korea)
SPS HD (Mongolia)
SuperSport 4 Africa
TRT Sport +HD (Turkey)
True Premier League Football HD3 (Thailand)
Viaplay Denmark
Watch ESPN Brazil

UK Radio: BBC Radio 5 Live (with other games)

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Yet more locally-brewed beers are now in stock at our sponsors CentrAle on the Central Station; including newbies from Rigg & Furrow, Northern Monk, Credence and Cullercoats - the latter a seasonal return for their fine Coffee Porter.

Loan lads

Updates on United's eight current loan players - there were nine but goalkeeper Nathan Harker has now ended his stint at Blyth Spartans.

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday):
Midfielder Jacob played the opening 63 minutes of a 2-1 Championship home win over Brentford on Saturday - although the Bees were 1-0 up when he went off.

Dan Barlaser (Rotherham United):

The visit of Rochdale to New York Stadium in League One on Saturday found Dan among the substitutes and that's where he stayed. Dale ran out 1-0 winners.

Kelland Watts (Stevenage):
Injury again ruled Kell out of participating on Saturday, as Stevenage were held 0-0 at home by Crawley Town in League Two on Saturday.

Elias Sorensen (Carlisle United):
Striker Elias was allowed a full five minutes off the bench at the end of a 1-1 draw at League Two basement side Morecambe on Saturday.

Liam Gibson (Grimsby Town):

There was a tenth league start for Liam in Mariners colours on Saturday and he played the full 90 minutes of a 0-3 home loss to Swindon Town in League Two.

Freddie Woodman (Swansea City):

West Bromwich Albion (a) Championship, Sunday.

Achraf Lazaar (Cosenza)

Perugia (a) Serie B, Monday.

Rolando Aarons (Wycombe Wanderers):
Burton Albion (h) League One, Saturday.

Royals rule again

Newcastle U23s  0  Reading U23s  1

Match report

Newcastle return to action at Whitley Park this coming Wednesday, when Hertha Berlin provide the opposition in a Premier League International Cup tie (7pm).

Cup slot confirmed

The FA have confirmed that Newcastle's FA Cup Third Round tie against either Rochdale or Boston United will be shown live on BT Sport with a kick-off time of 12.31pm on Saturday January 4th 2020.

That's regardless of whether Steve Bruce's side will be travelling to Spotland or York Street - something that will become known on Monday December 16th when the two sides contest their Second Round replay.

Mystery Mag compo

Thanks to the Tyneside-based Sock Council and their sister company Football Bobbles, we have some winter woolies to give away to you lot.

Launching their new O'Brien socks - inspired by our away kits of the early 1990s - they've also thrown in one of their limited edition Fairs Cup anniversary celebration hats to keep the cold out.

Click on the photos for further details:

Socks (see here) are pre-order, shipping w/c 16th December, for Christmas. Hats (see here) are 100% Merino Wool, only 50 made: £5 from hat each goes to NUFC Fans Food Bank.

We have a pair of socks and a hat to give away to one winner and all we want you to do is name this Magpie, clad in the 1992/93 version of the yellow away kit: 

mail your answer to by Noon on Tuesday December 10th. Subject: Socks

No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry each please.

Charity effort:
Waving flags 


They may be currently on hiatus from St. James' Park, but part of the Wor Flags Gallowgate End displays have returned to the city centre, albeit temporarily.

A selection of banners and photos are on display in the Northern Cultural Projects shop, situated on the upper level of Eldon Garden shopping centre this coming Saturday (December 14th) from 9.30am to 4pm.

They will join the NUFC Supporters’ Foodbank, Toon Aid and Homeless Histories, aiming to raise awareness of food poverty and homelessness in Newcastle - and collecting donations of food, funds etc.

Food Aid/Toon Aid displays can be viewed on weekdays in Eldon Garden until Friday December 20th (1pm-4pm).

PS: There will also be a collection of unwanted children’s books on behalf of Borderline Books, who redistribute them free of charge to good causes.

Result: winner 

Thanks to everyone who entered the recent free draw we hosted for a £100 voucher to be spent on any retailer listed on their site here.

The winning entry came from Ian Bowen.


Sheffield United  0  Newcastle  2

Match report

Premier League:
Arsenal (a) date
decision delayed 

From The Premier League, Tuesday:

Due to Premier League teams progressing to the knockout stages of UEFA club competitions, fixture amendments for the month of February will now be released no later than Friday 20 December.

This will allow the League to take into account the outcome of UEFA’s knockout draws, before allocating Premier League fixtures accordingly within the mid-season player break.

The draws for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and UEFA Europa League round of 32 will be conducted on Monday 16 December.

(The February fixtures had originally been due for publication on Friday 13th December).

That means a further delay not only in discovering which of our games have been mucked about with, but also which weekend that we'll visit Arsenal.

That February announcement will confirm which of the two possible weekends for that fixture will be chosen - and also which one we end up being idle on, in the name of a so-called Winter break.

February 2020 fixtures awaiting confirmation:

Sat 1st Norwich City (h)
Sat 8th or 15th Arsenal (a)
Sat 22nd Crystal Palace (a)
Sat 29th Burnley (h)

PS: It's expected that each of the two Winter break weekends will have games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, meaning that it's entirely feasible that they will all be televised live and there will be no 3pm Saturday games.

FA Cup:
It's...Rochdale or 
Boston United (a)

Update: The Second Round replay between Boston and Rochdale will take place at York Street on Monday December 16th, live on BT Sport.

Steve Bruce's side have been drawn away in the FA Cup Third Round, facing the winners of the Boston United versus Rochdale replay.

That game will be played over the weekend of January 4th, between the New Years Day home meeting with Leicester City and a trip to Wolves on January 11th.

League One Dale were held 0-0 at Spotland by the National League North Pilgrims on Sunday, 

Newcastle have never faced either side in a competitive fixture, but do have "history" of a sort with both. 

The Magpies played Rochdale in a two-legged War Cup tie during 1940/41, losing 1-2 on Tyneside but advancing after a 3-1 success in Lancashire.

Rochdale's FA Cup involvement this season began in the First Round with a 0-0 draw at Wrexham and a 1-0 home win in the replay.

Their squad includes 40 year-old striker Aaron Wilbraham, who netted for Bristol City in a 2-2 Championship draw at Gallowgate back in 2017.

Our connections with Boston are more recent, with a friendly visit to Lincolnshire in February 1989 (won 1-0) arranged after our FA Cup Third Round exit to Watford left us idle on Fourth Round day.

A Newcastle XI visited York Street for a pre-season game in July 2004, when Boston were in the Football League. That finished in a 4-0 win for the hosts, who included old boys Paul Gascoigne and Chris Holland in their lineup.

League fixtures have taken Boston to the North East on several occasions this season, losing at Gateshead, Darlington, York and Spennymoor while beating Blyth Spartans side at home.

That gives Bruce the option of getting tips from ex-Magpie players turned managers Mike Williamson, Alun Armstrong, Steve Watson and Lee Clark.

Boston's route to the Third Round commenced at the Second Qualifying Round stage, winning 4-0 away to Stamford back in September.

That was followed by a 1-0 win at Sutton Coldfield and a single goal success at nearby Hednesford before a 4-1 victory at Carshalton set up their scoreless Second Round visit to Rochdale.

And there's a player in their ranks with experience of scoring against us, 34 year-old Martyn Woolford netting both goals for Scunthorpe United in our 1-2 Championship loss at Glanford Park in 2009. 

Were Boston to make it through, they would be the first non-league side to face us in the FA Cup since Yeading in 2005. That ended in a 2-0 win for us at Loftus Road.

Progress for Rochdale would see them become the first third tier side to face us since Oxford United in 2017, when we perished 0-3 at their Kassam Stadium.

That was the 23rd time that we've lost in the FA Cup to a lower league side since World War 2.

PS: Spotland's claimed capacity is 10,249 but was restricted to 8,480 for the visit of Spurs in the FA Cup back in 2018. The visitors had 3,468 tickets.

York Street meanwhile holds 6,778 in what will be the final season Boston play there before moving to a new stadium.

NUFC last 10 FAC3 ties:

2018/19 Blackburn (h) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2017/18 Luton Town (h) won 3-1
2016/17 B'ham City (a) drew 1-1 (won replay)
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2
2012/13 Brighton (a) lost 0-2
2011/12 Blackburn (h) won 2-1
2010/11 Stevenage (a) lost 1-3
2009/10 Plymouth (a) drew 0-0 (won replay)

Up for the Cup

Newcastle's U18 side are in FA Youth Cup Third Round action in Norfolk this coming Tuesday.

Neil Winskill's side face Norwich City at Carrow Road in a 7pm kickoff and a result must be achieved on the night via extra time or penalties as required.

This will be the fourth time that the Magpies and the Canaries have been paired in this competition, City running out 2-1 winners at Carrow Road in December 2001.

Newcastle then gained revenge with a 3-1 success on Tyneside during January 2007, only to then succumb once more at Norwich - beaten 3-4 in February 2018.

PS: The Magpies already know their possible opponents should they defeat Norwich. 

The Fourth Round draw gave either ourselves or the Canaries home advantage against the winners of the Manchester United versus Lincoln City tie.

The Red Devils and the Imps do battle a Leigh Sports Village on Friday 13th December.

Burnley (a)

Saturday sees Newcastle face the Clarets at Turf Moor in an old-fashioned, non-televised, 3pm kick-off.

United's full allocation (2,450 tbc) is sold out.

NUFC: To follow

Coral matchday betting will appear here

BFC: Sean Dyche's side come into this game on the back of three Premier League defeats: 0-2 to Crystal Palace and 1-4 to Manchester City at Turf Moor followed by a 0-5 reverse at Spurs.

Travel: To follow

Referee: tbc

Upcoming PL fixtures :

Sat 14.12.2019: 
Liverpool v Watford (12.30pm) BT
Burnley v Newcastle (3pm)
Chelsea v Bournemouth (3pm)
Leicester City v Norwich City (3pm)
Sheffield United v Aston Villa (3pm)
Southampton v West Ham (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 15.12.2019:
Manchester United v Everton (2pm) Sky
Wolves v Spurs (2pm)
Arsenal v Manchester City (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 16.12.2019:
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm) Sky

UK TV: None 

Overseas TV:

UK Radio: tbc (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


Magpies @ Turf Moor - last 10:

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
1975/76 won 1-0 T.Craig(pen)
1974/75 lost 1-4 Barrowclough
1970/71 drew 1-1 Barrowclough


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2019/20

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

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

SJP Box Office phone: 0344 372 1892 

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

Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

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

NUFC home age categories:

Juniors: U18s
Young Adults: 18-21s
Seniors: over-65s

(NB: Away game age categories vary from club to club and do not follow the above)

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.

The LNER train discount offer for NUFC ST holders has returned, with a 25% reduction on advance fares until May 2020.

Visit and sign up. ST holders need to input NUFC at the start of their code (e.g. NUFC12345678910). 

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sun 08.12.2019 Southampton (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Cheapest tickets £35. 

Tue 10.12.2019 U18s v Norwich City (a) @ Carrow Road, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.  

Wed 11.12.2019 U23s v Hertha Berlin (Germany) (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup Group Stage.

Sat 14.12.2019 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 14.12.2019 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: 2,450 tbc).

Mon 16.12.2019 U23s v West Ham (a) @ Rush Green Stadium, Noon. Premier League 2. Note change of venue/kick-off.

Fri 20.12.2019 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup Group Stage.

Sat 21.12.2019 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Cheapest tickets £35. 

Thu 26.12.2019 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: tbc). Live on Amazon Prime.

Sat 28.12.2019 Everton (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale dates tbc. 

Wed 01.01.2020 Leicester City (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale dates tbc.  Live on BT Sport.

Fri 03.01.2020 U23s v Fulham (h)
Little Benton, Noon. Premier League 2.

Sat 04.01.2020 U18s v Boro (a) @ Hurworth, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 04.01.2020 Rochdale or Boston United (a) @ venue tbc, 12.31pm. FA Cup Third Round. Ticket details tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Fri 10.01.2020 U23s v Manchester United (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 11.01.2020 U18s v Manchester City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 11.01.2020 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 10 points. Adults £30, over 65s & 17-21s £19.50, U17s £16, U12s £14. (Allocation: tbc).  

NUFC Live on TV:

Thu 26.12.2019 Man Utd (a) 5.30pm Am
Wed 01.01.2020 Leicester City (h) 3pm BT
Sat 04.01.2020 RFC/BUFC (a) 12.31pm BT
Sat 18.01.2020
Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

(TV picks up to 23.01.2020 announced)

Toon Army America have listed Toon TV venues in USA & Canada online here

NUFC Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 20.12.2019
Feb 2020
note new date
Fri 24.01.2019 Mar 2020
Fri 21.02.2020 Apr 2020
Fri 03.04.2020 May 2020
Mon 11.05.2020 17.05.2020 (final game)

Next transfer window:
begins 01.01.2020, ends 11pm 31.01.2020.

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3:

R3 Sat 04.01.2020
R4 Sat 25.01.2020
R5 Wed 04.03.2020
R6 Sat 21.03.2020
SF Sat 18.04.2020
Sat 23.05.2020

U23 Premier League Cup:
United play six fixtures in Group C:

04.10.2019 Hull City (a) won 1-0
08.11.2019 West Brom (h) lost 0-1
29.11.2019 Scunthorpe United drew 3-3
17.01.2020 Hull City (h) 1pm
10.02.2020 West Brom (a) 7pm
21.02.2020 Scunthorpe United (h) 7pm

Eight group winners and eight runners-up qualify for the knockout stage.

U23 Premier League International Cup:
United play three fixtures in Group C:

Benfica (h) drew 1-1
11.12.2019 Hertha Berlin (h) 7pm
20.12.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h) 7pm

Six group winners and the two best runners-up qualify for the knockout stage.

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United enter at the Quarter Final stage.

22.01.2020 Newcastle Benfield v NUFC
22.01.2020 North Shields v West Allotment
??.01.2020 Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
??.01.2020 Bedlington v Blyth Spartans
(To be played by Sat 25.01.2020)

U18 Premier League Cup:
United won Group E and progress to the knockout (quarter-final) stage - opponent and match date yet tbc.

QF: Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Reading, Stoke City

One-off ties are played to a finish, via extra time and/or penalties as required. 

FA Youth Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 10.12.2019 Norwich City (a) 7pm
R4 by Sat 18.01.2020
R5 by Sat 08.02.2020
R6 by Sat 29.02.2020
SF by Sat 21.03.2020
by Sat 25.04.2020


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National League North side Gateshead are offering a £5 discount to all NUFC season ticket holders on the adult price of £15 for home league games. U16s £5, U12s free with paying adult.

Upcoming home league games:

Thu 26.12.2019 Blyth (h) 3pm
Sat 04.01.2020 Hereford (h) 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Sat 23.05.2020/Sun 24.05.2020
Rugby League Magic Weekend XIV.

Castleford v Catalans Dragons (5pm)
St Helens v Salford Red Devils (5.15pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC (7.30pm)

Huddersfield v Toronto Wolfpack (12.30pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (2.45pm)
Wakefield Trinity v Hull KR (5pm)

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


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 


Euro 2020:

One-legged SFs on 26.03. 2020:

A: Iceland v Romania, Bulgaria v Hungary $
B: Bosnia v N. Ireland, Slovakia v Ireland &
C: Scotland v Israel, Norway v Serbia £
D: Georgia v Belarus, Macedonia v Kosovo %

One-legged Fs on 31.01.2020.


A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, team $ or %
D: England, Croatia, Czech, team £
E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, team &
F: Germany, France, Portugal, team $ or %

A: Rome and Baku
B: Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen
C: Amsterdam and Bucharest
D: London and Glasgow
E: Bilbao and Dublin
F: Munich and Budapest



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

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

On This Day in History
8th December

Born Or Died:

1884 Wilf Low born, Aberdeen.
(1909-33 player, trainer, groundsman)

Scottish international centre half who moved to Tyneside in May 1909 in a part exchange deal involving Jimmy Soye and £800.

Debuting in a 1-0 home win over Bolton in September of that year, Low played in both FA Cup Final meetings with Barnsley in 1910, the second of which ended in victory.

Wilf then added a runner's up medal to his collection the following year after playing in both Final ties, against Bradford. 

Serving with the Royal Engineers during World War 1 and guesting for Fulham, Wilf returned to play on for a further five seasons at Gallowgate before retiring in 1924.

Remaining with the club to coach the Swifts, Low was later appointed SJP groundsman but met a tragic end when killed in a road accident on Tyneside during April 1933.

1912 Clarence Alfred Theaker born, Spalding, Lincolnshire. (1938-47)

Goalkeeper known as "Cam" whose career at SJP was badly affected by WW2, with only one of his competitive appearances for United coming after the conflict. 

Beginning his career at his hometown club, Theaker made his league debut for Grimsby, later appearing for Darlington and Lincoln in wartime football as well as Newcastle.

Cam's final move took him to Hartlepools and he settled in the town after retiring, passing away in February 1992.

1914 Billy Leighton born, Walker.

Inside right signed from local football at a cost of £25 in February 1932 who had to wait 12 months for his debut, in a 2-0 win over Chelsea at St.James' Park.

After spells in the Magpies first team over the following five seasons, Billy moved on to Southend United for £1,000 in May 1938.

The outbreak of World War II truncated his career with the Shrimpers, although he did act as player-manager for Ecko Sports & Social club in nearby Prittlewell when his army service allowed.

1945 found Billy garrisoned at Colchester and playing four times for the Layer Road side before hanging up his boots. His passing was recorded in 1981.  

1951 Terry McDermott born, Kirby.
(player 1973-74, 1982-84,
Asst Mgr/coach 1992-99, 2004-08)

Twice a player for the Magpies and twice returning to Gallowgate as a coach, Terry's first Tyneside stint began in February 1973, signed from Bury at a cost of £25,000.

Blooded at reserve level, he appeared from the bench during a 1-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford  before a first start came the following Saturday in a 1-1 home draw with Chelsea. 

Playing for the Magpies in their 1974 FA Cup Final defeat by Liverpool, McDermott was an Anfield player by November of that year, sold on at a cost of £175,000.

However, it took him until 1976 before he became a first team regular, winning the first of four First Division Championship medals.

Representing both club and country with Kevin Keegan, Terry followed him to SJP in 1982 and made an immediate impact as KK scored four in a 5-1 success at Rotherham.

Two seasons back on Tyneside ended in promotion back to the top flight - and a return to Anfield along with Kevin Keegan in a memorable but one-sided FA Cup defeat.

Winding down his career at Cork City and APOEL Nicosia, McDermott returned to Newcastle in 1992 as assistant to Kevin Keegan as the side avoided relegation - having been working in a catering business that supplied sports venues.

And he was to remain on Tyneside after KK's departure in January 1997, taking caretaker charge of the side at Aston Villa with Arthur Cox and then assisting new manager Kenny Dalglish - another ex-Anfield colleague.

The arrival of Ruud Gullit spelt the end for McDermott and he next appeared on the staff at Celtic (with John Barnes & Kenny Dalglish at the helm) in July 1999, rejoicing in the job title of "social manager".

McDermott was out of football again until Bobby Robson departed from SJP in 2004 and he returned as assistant to ex-Liverpool team mate Graeme Souness the following January.

Remaining in post during the reigns of both Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce, he was there to greet Kevin Keegan for his managerial return in January 2008.

Two months later he commented in an interview that: "I get called ‘The Black Box’ because they can’t get rid of me - they’ve all had a go."

However, by September he was gone, having remained at the club following the departure of Kevin Keegan - only to be relieved of his duties shortly afterwards.

The difference this time was the presence of Mike Ashley - now-departed chairman Freddy Shepherd a supporter of McDermott during his time in the boardroom.

Almost inevitably though, Terry's path would cross with Newcastle again, as he joined the Toon old boy's club at Huddersfield Town, under the command of Lee Clark.

And after the Terriers faced the Magpies at the Galpharm Stadium in pre-season, the two sides were drawn together in the League Cup - giving McDermott his first taste of life as a coach in the away dugout at SJP.

Clark's surprise dismissal in February 2012 also saw Terry go and after a short break, the two resumed their partnership at St. Andrew's as they tried to mastermind Birmingham City's top flight return. 

However, McDermott departed in February 2014 as Clark overhauled his backroom staff in a vain attempt to save his own post.

His sons Neale and Greg (also midfielders)  both followed their dad's example in donning black and white at junior/reserve level - although neither made it to the first team.

1966 Les Ferdinand born, Notting Hill, London. (1995-97)

QPR paid non-league side Hayes the princely sum of £15K in 1987 to sign a part-time footballer who earned his wage as a painter and decorator in west London.

And in his early years there weren't too many signs of Ferdinand's future striking prowess, with the former schoolboy goalkeeper loaned out to Brentford to gain match experience.

A further loan - to Turkish side Besiktas - was to kickstart his career though and Les became a first team regular on his return to Loftus Road. 

And with speculation increasing about a move, Ferdinand kept scoring against Newcastle but remained at the Hoops.

Eventually he agreed a move to SJP rather than Aston Villa, signing in the summer of 1995 at a cost of £6m.

Pre-season goals at Rushden & Diamonds, Celtic, Gateshead & Spurs were then followed by a fine debut strike at the Gallowgate End in a home win over Coventry. 

That was to be the first of a half century of Toon goals in just 85 appearances, with Ferdinand defying the critics to form a deadly partnership with Alan Shearer the following season (although Kevin Keegan's initial plan had been to play Les with Andy Cole).

The start of the 1997/98 season saw Les in the side and appearing in pre-season games. However behind the scenes all wasn't well, with the club now a PLC and working to a new set of financial restrictions.

Manager Kenny Dalglish was forced to offload Ferdinand and with Everton and Sheffield Wednesday showing an interest, the player quickly agreed to join Spurs - his boyhood favourites. 

Shortly after the deal had been verbally agreed however, Shearer catastrophically injured himself in a pre-season friendly at Goodison Park and the word was sent to stop Ferdinand's transfer.

Understandably piqued at being dumped by United, Ferdinand rightly refused to pull out of the move - having given his word to Tottenham boss Gerry Francis.

His first return to SJP was a memorable one, as Les and his fellow former Magpie colleague Ruel Fox missed the start of the second half - after getting in the away team's toilet.

The England international then left the field clutching Temuri Ketsbaia's Newcastle shirt and close to tears at the ovation given to him by home fans.

Later moves took him to West Ham, Leicester, Bolton and Reading, after which he spent some time training with Watford but was never registered as a player.

Becoming a familiar media figure, Les made a return to football when joining the Spurs coaching staff and wore black and white again in 2006 for Alan Shearer's testimonial - receiving another great SJP welcome.

Subsequently facing Newcastle at first team, reserve and junior level as part of the Spurs backroom staff and then assistant to Tim Sherwood, Les returned to another former club, QPR, as Director of Football in 2014.


What Else?

1900 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 
Gilhooly, Bourne
Matt Scott made his first appearance for the Magpies, at left back.

1906 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
There was a debut for Jarrow lad Chris Duffy at outside left in this Bramall Lane stalemate.


1923 Burnley (h)
Division One 
McDonald(9), Seymour(

08/12/19281928 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-3 (0-1)
Division One 
Allen 2, Hooper


1934 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-1
Division One 

1945 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Stubbins 5, Wayman 2, Hair
Scorer tbc

1951 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Duncan 2 
Thompson, Dixon

1956 Bolton Wanderers (a) 1-3 (1-2)
Division One 
Lofthouse 2, Webster
This game had a 2.15pm KO - with floodlights not being installed at Burnden Park until the following year.

1962 Rotherham United (h) 4-1
Division Two 
Tuohy(34), Kerray(73) Hale(86,89) 
United maintained their good home form, this win making it 27 goals scored and and ten games unbeaten @ SJP.

1971 Derby County (h) 
(Agg 2-4) 

Texaco Cup Semi Final 
Macdonald(43), Barrowclough(60) 
Walker(75), McGovern(101), Todd(109) 
The high-flying Rams came to Tyneside with a slender 1-0 first leg lead, but Newcastle wiped that out by the hour mark before the visitors scored again to take the tie into extra time.

John McGovern then beat Iam McFaul direct from a corner before Colin Todd sealed the win for Derby - who went on to beat Scottish side Airdrieonians in the final. 

1973 Birmingham City (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Unbelievably this was our sixth meeting with the Blues in less than two months - two in the League Cup, three in the Texaco Cup (one being abandoned) and this league encounter. 

Midfielder Denis Laughton played the first of his eight games for the club after having arrived from Greenock Morton.

1979 Luton Town (a)
Division Two 
The medial ligament injury sustained at Kenilworth Road by Mick Martin was a turning point in the season as United gradually lost form and dropped out of the promotion race.

1980 United's home game with Blackburn Rovers fell victim to the winter weather, called off at lunchtime due to the snow.

1984 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 1-3 (0-0)
Division One 
Chris Waddle netted a fine individual goal that was to ultimately lead to him moving to White Hart Lane the following summer.

United led until John Chiedozie tumbled in the box under the slighest contact from Wes Saunders and won the penalty that woke the home side from their slumbers.
Youtube footage of the goal here

1992 Bari (Italy) (a)
Anglo Italian Cup 
Capocchiano(5,27), Tovalieri(88)
Roger Milford officiated this weekday afternoon encounter at the San Nicola Stadium which saw United well beaten and thankfully eliminated from the competition. 

Captain Brian Kilcline headed in from a corner only to see it disallowed, while the Appleby brothers, Matty and Richie appeared together in the senior side for the first time and there was a rare outing for John Watson.

2003 Kenny Miller scored twice for the home side as Wolves Reserves beat our lot 2-0 at Telford's Bucks Head ground. match report

2007 Birmingham City 
(h) 2-1
Premier League
Martins(39pen), Beye(90)
Habib Beye's headed winner from Emre's Gallowgate End corner secured our first win in seven attempts.

It's debatable who celebrated more; players, crowd or Manager Sam Allardyce, with the pressure on him easing just a little. match report

United reserves ended their 2009 programme with a single goal defeat to Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

However, the loss was controversial, with the match referee awarding the visitors a late spot kick - only to then change his mind. match report

Chris Hughton's replacement as United manager was confirmed as the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss, Alan Pardew.

Bewilderment amongst fans soon gave way to fury, Pardew seen as bringing nothing to the club that Hughton lacked - arriving in an atmosphere of renewed hostility of the type that had helped destabilise the club with disastrous consequences in 2008/09. 

And in further echoes of 2008, there were calls for fan-led protests inside and outside St. James' Park before and during the home game against Liverpool.

2017 United U23s defeated basement side West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Whitley Park.

A small crowd braved sub-zero temperatures and were rewarded with a brace from Callum Roberts during the second half - the first coming from the penalty spot. match report