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St. James' Park
Sunday 26th July
The Never-Ending Tour
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Masks and more
Live music returns:
Van the Mag
As part of a series of socially-distanced outdoor events, singer
songwriter Van Morrison and his band will be playing at
Gosforth Park on Thursday September 3rd.
Gig goers will be accommodated on a series of raised platforms,
holding groups of between two and five.
Thanks to SSD Concerts we have a platform up for grabs for
Van Morrison. To be in with the chance of winning it, email the
answer to the following question to
Which Van Morrison song was a top five UK hit for Dexy's Midnight
Runners in 1982 - and a terrace favourite of Newcastle fans around
about that time?
Closing date is
18th August @ Noon
one entry per person please, no
age restriction on entry. Be aware that everyone on a platform must
arrive in the same vehicle (private, taxi or drop-off).
First up at the racecourse (temporarily rechristened the
Virgin Money Unity Arena) is a series of sold-out appearances from
local hero Sam Fender. Other music, comedy and dance performances
here including the infamous Bongo's Bingo nights.
For an idea of how the venue has been transformed to comply with
current requirements, see
Speculation that United are about to conclude their second free
transfer signing of the summer* has increased, with The Guardian
claiming Burnley's Jeff Hendrick has agreed a move at SJP.
The 28 year-old Ireland international midfielder is a free agent
following the expiration of his Clarets contract.
Having rejected an extension there, he's believed to have deal
offers from a number of clubs including the Magpies - but is still
to make a final decision.
Dublin-born Hendrick was schooled at Derby County's Academy, netting
for the Rams against Newcastle U18s back in the 2009/10 season.
The first of over 200 senior appearances for Derby followed in 2011,
making his international bow two years later against Poland in the
same side as Ciaran Clark.
Making a £10.5m switch to Burnley early in the 2016/17 season,
Hendrick scored the only goal of the game against United at Turf
Moor just over a year after.
His penultimate outing for Burnley came on the right hand side of a
midfield four in a 0-0 draw on Tyneside last February. However he
has also played in more central advanced and withdrawn roles.
* Newcastle signed former Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie last
Jack's return home
Tuesday saw Championship side Nottingham Forest conclude the
permanent signing of Jack
Colback after the midfielder's contract at SJP ended.
The 30 year-old made 55 appearances over two separate loans at the
City Ground during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons, and last kicked
a ball competitively in April 2019 when with Forest.
Fellow former Magpie midfielder Gael Bigirimana is also on
the move, after agreeing terms with Glentoran.
The 26 year-old joins the Belfast-based club after an unsuccessful
stint at National League side Solihull Moors.
SJP old boys changing clubs during this transfer window
Jak Alnwick St, Mirren (Scotland)
Gael Bigirimana Glentoran (NI)
Luke Charman Darlington
Jack Colback Nottingham Forest
Victor Fernandez Viitorul Constanta (Romania)
Michael Hoganson West Auckland Town
Ki FC Seoul (South Korea)
Jonathan Mitchell Northampton Town (loan)
The new Chinese Super League season is well underway, but for Dalian
Professional and their coach Rafa Benitez things are little
improved from last time round.
A 2-2 draw at Shanghai Shenhua on Monday left Dalian seventh in
their eight team league, with just two points from their opening
four league fixtures.
Benitez has won six of the 19 league games he's taken charge of
since joining the club that were then known as Dalian Yifang in July
However four of those victories came in his opening six games; the
subsequent 13 seeing him collect just 10 points from a possible 39.
Dalian striker Salomon Rondon scored twice against Shenhua
and now has four in as many games. He netted five times in eleven
league outings last season.
PS: There was another familiar face involved in Monday's
game, with SJP old boy Obafemi Martins in the Shenhua starting
Now 35 (at least), Martins spent two years out with a serious knee
injury incurred while playing for Shenhua in 2018. Released while
sidelined, he rejoined them in July of this year.
NUFC have now revealed next season's two change kits, confirming
that the recent pictures leaked online were accurate.
The nominal second kit is a pale yellow colour on the front and
back, with black contrast on shoulders and collar.
From the photos, the colour is more akin to the lemon change kit of
2012/13 than the "Brazil" version of the following season.
The third kit meanwhile is purple and black, with the design supposedly inspired by the
Tyne Bridge. The back panel is black.
Both designs can be pre-ordered online now ahead of the official
release date of August 17th when they'll be in-store.
NB: a couple of outlets have proclaimed these as the final kits to
be produced for NUFC by Puma, but our understanding is that a two
year deal extension has been agreed with the kit manufacturer.
Sat 15.08.2020 Amended go-live date for test sporting events
with limited crowds (had originally been Sat 01.08.2020).
Mon 17.08.2020 NUFC senior squad return for pre-season
Mon 24.08.2020 PL fixture list release (date subject to final
Sat 12.09.2020 PL season start date.
The latest edition of The Blizzard football magazine includes
some NUFC-flavoured recollections from retired journalist David
Taylor, in conversation with fellow Toon fan Paul Brown
PS: David also appears in a 1968 TV documentary
online here about urban redevelopment on Tyneside.
Update: the fan petition
online here has now exceeded 106,000
- an incredible figure.
While previous periods of fan unrest during the Ashley era have been
characterised by protests inside and outside grounds and match
boycotts (actual and proposed), the current pandemic has taken the
fight firmly into cyberspace.
Most noticeably, an online petition calling on HM Government to launch an
enquiry into the conduct of the Premier League was initiated by one fan.
NB: the petition is hosted by change.org a not-for-profit
organisation. Unlike a petition hosted by gov.uk, there is no
requirement for any form of official response regardless of the
level of take
While in itself of no consequence, the level of support is symbolic
of the depth of feeling and frustration; the increasing amount of
signatories prompting additional media coverage both in the UK and
That includes media outlets in Saudi Arabia, where the takeover
process had rarely made any headlines.
Separate to the petition, The Newcastle United Supporters
Trust have become a rallying point in recent days, reporting a
sizeable increase in new sign-ups.
Having polled their membership to receive overwhelming support for
the Investment Group takeover, they are now attempting to "get
answers from the Premier League which could aid this process and get
information and an explanation."
Again it's debatable what purpose this will serve, given that the
bid was withdrawn amid claims of a lack of clarity over the proposed
If nothing else though, various fan groups and accounts have set
aside rivalries and combine their energies with the NUST, creating a
less fractured fanbase than has been seen in previous times of
The Trust website is
and they have created an online template allowing
discontented fans to email their MP regarding the takeover,
regardless of their constituency.
Over 7,000 emails have been sent out and received a variety of
positive responses, including one from the MP for South Ruislip &
Uxbridge aka the PM.
The chief executive of Newcastle City Council Pat Ritchie contacted
the Premier League to ask for clarity over their process for the
Martin Cruddace (CEO of
Arena Racing Company, owned by the Reuben brothers) was quoted
The Independent Football Ombudsman Professor Derek Fraser
responded to supporter queries by saying that he had advised the
Premier League to make a statement regarding the takeover process
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) confirmed that a
telephone call between their Chair Alex Hurst and Amanda Staveley
from PCP Capital Partners had taken place.
The text of that letter was reproduced by the Chronicle
Quotes from Newcastle United CEO Lee Charnley were reported by Sky
With no public sign of a decision by the Premier League whether to
allow a proposed takeover of Newcastle United by the Investment
Group (Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, PCP
Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers), the bidders issued a
statement withdrawing their bid for the club
The curtailed Premier League 2 season has been concluded on a points
per game basis, with Chelsea winning the Division One title and
West Ham and Manchester United both gained promotion from Division
Two meanwhile, with no playoffs possible - Newcastle among several
teams with a chance of qualifying when their season was called off
with four games left.
With Burnley, Leeds and Palace all gaining Category 1 status for
their academy and accepted into PL2, that means that 27 sides will
contest the two divisions next season as follows:
D1: (13 teams) Arsenal, Blackburn, Brighton, Chelsea, Derby,
Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United,
Southampton, Spurs, West Ham.
D2: (14 teams) Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham,
Leeds, Boro, Newcastle, Norwich City, Reading, Stoke City, mackems,
Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.
With Newcastle facing a semi-final tie against Blyth Spartans, the
decision was taken to abandon the Northumberland 2019/20 Senior Cup.
And a similar fate has befallen the Premier League Cup, with the
Magpies drawn away to Exeter City in the last 16.
PS: Details of the U18 league composition are awaited, with
the two leagues at that level divided on regional grounds rather
than merit. As with the U23s, Burnley, Palace and Leeds will all be
League Two side Morecambe have concluded a season-long loan
deal for Newcastle's U23 goalkeeper Jake Turner.
The 21 year-old joined United just over a year ago and made 20
appearances in all competitions for the reserve side last season
before fixtures were curtailed.
Loaned out to non-league sides Frickley Athletic, Stalybridge Celtic
and Darlington while with previous club Bolton Wanderers, Jake is
yet to make his league bow.
PL: back to
Thursday saw the Premier League AGM take place, when various
outstanding issues were due to be decided ahead of the upcoming
Amongst these were whether to continue with fielding five
substitutes from a bench of nine, a rule change which applied for
the restarted games of last season.
That motion was defeated, meaning that top-flight sides will revert
to a seven man bench this time round, of which three replacements
Agreement was also reached on VAR usage to reflect current FIFA
guidelines, which should mean more decisions being made by the match
referee viewing a pitchside monitor, rather than the remote VAR
official taking precedence.
Also on the agenda is how and when to allow spectators to return to
grounds, with possible test events at pre-season games. News on that
Earlier: Draft guidance over the phased return of crowds to sporting events
in England has been published by HM Government and can be read
Some test events have been organised ahead of a proposed October 1st
live date, but no details of the football matches that will be part
of that are known as yet.
Details of how spectators at those test events will be organised can
The Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) have also published their
draft guidance/proposals, which details how a phased return could
look for spectators, in terms of access, seating plans etc.
That can be read
NB: These documents are proposals at this stage and subject
to amendment via a consultation process.
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Season 2020/21 |
Coral offer new sign-ups
in free bets when
you bet £5
Fixture release date 24.08.2020
(subject to final confirmation)
Season start date 12.09.2020
Season end date 23.05.2021
Transfer window ends 05.10.2020
(PL and FL clubs
can trade with each other until 16.10.2020).
NUFC have refunded all paid single ticket holders for games
played behind closed doors - now moving on to ST holders.
Separate to that 2020/21 season direct debits will still be
The 10,000 free part-season ticket holders receive no
2019/20 season tickets:
From NUFC 18.06.2020:
"Supporters who purchased a 2019/20 season ticket will be
eligible for a pro rata refund or pro rata account credit for
the remaining five Premier League home matches.
"This will not include additional half-season tickets which were
redeemed free of charge."
From NUFC 27.07.2020:
"We will begin processing refunds on 27th July 2020.
Supporters will receive their refund within 30 days of this
2020/21 season tickets:
From NUFC 18.06.2020:
"We will not, at this time, be issuing refunds to
supporters on long-term price-freeze deals who have already paid
for their 2020/21 season ticket in full or have made part
payment through monthly Direct Debits.
"Direct Debit payment schedules for these supporters, which
enable them to secure their seat for significantly less than the
general sale price, will continue.
"The position will be reviewed when further information is known
about supporter access for the 2020/21 season."
events @ SJP:
Rugby League Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):
2020 ticket holders have the option of a refund or a credit
towards 2021 tickets.
Rugby League WC Finals
England v Samoa (2.30pm)
International Magpies |
National Service |
Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Whoops, He did it Again... |
all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
12th August |
Born Or Died:
Odense (Denmark) (h) 2-0 (2-0)|
Having beaten Aarhus at SJP the previous Wednesday,
United warmed up for their Division Two season with
another friendly win against Danish opposition.
Odense had lost 1-5 on wearside in midweek, while Aarhus
moved on to Roker Park and conceded three goals without
Keith, Ferguson, Neale, McGrath, Dalton, Allchurch, Leek,
Hughes, McGuigan, Tuohy.
1961 United's reserve side recorded a 1-0 friendly
victory at Hartlepools United after Jackie Bell converted
a penalty kick.
Fellow Magpie Ken Hale had earlier missed a spot kick, while teenager Colin
Clish earned good reviews for his display at left back.
1962 The Republic of Ireland beat Iceland 4-2 in a European Cup
Qualifier staged in Dublin.
Newcastle's Liam Tuohy won his fifth full international
cap, scoring once.
Four days after losing 2-3 at Ayresome Park in another
friendly, Joe Harvey's side gained their revenge at SJP in
an unimpressive victory.
Jimmy Scott was seen for the first time following his
arrival from Hibernian but United posed little threat in
front of goal until replacement 'keeper Maurice Short
fumbled a Pop Robson header and Wyn Davies kneed the loose
ball into the net.
Substitute Dave Hilley then added gloss to the scoreline
with a late solo strike in United's second and final
Team: Marshall (McFaul),
Craig, Clark, Elliott, McGrath (Burton), Iley (Moncur),
Scott, Bennett (Hilley), Davies, B.Robson, T.Robson (McNamee)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
P1, 2pts, 5th/22
Wolves netted through debutant Steve Kindon
but United were already two goals up, Tony
Green's opener a beauty from the edge of the box that
whistled past 'keeper Phil Parkes.
Northern Ireland XI (a) 5-2 (3-1)
Cole(14), Fox(20), Lee(41), Mathie(78), Elliott(80)
United returned to Belfast's Linfield Park to
participate in a Testimonial for ex-mackem and Northern
Ireland boss Billy Bingham.
Included in the home select XI were many former heroes
from Billy's teams including Gerry Armstrong - responsible
for Bingham's finest moments in the 1982 World Cup.
Future Magpie Keith Gillespie was also in the home
starting XI, alongside SJP old boys David McCreery and Ian
The game ended with Kevin Keegan playing for Newcastle and
George Best for the Irish.
Team: Srnicek (Hooper
46), Hottiger, Beresford (Elliott 46), Venison, D.Peacock
(Neilson 79), Albert, Lee (Jeffrey 79), Beardsley (Mathie
71), Cole, Fox (Keegan 79), Guppy (Drysdale 61).
Tottenham Hotspur (a) 2-0 (1-0)Team: Hislop, Barton,
Beresford, Clark, D.Peacock, Elliott (Albert 75), Lee
(Watson 72), Beardsley (Kitson 75),
Ferdinand, Gillespie, Sellars (Fox 56). Subs n/u:
An assured United display deservedly saw them win this
Testimonial match for the long-serving Gary Mabbutt.
New arrival Shaka Hislop made his debut in goal, while
long-term injury victim Philippe Albert returned as
a second half substitute.
1998 Following promotion from the Pontins League
Third Division the previous season (after reforming the
reserves and returning on the bottom rung), United began
their Division Two campaign at Shrewsbury
They returned from Gay Meadow with a 3-1 win thanks to
Paul Robinson and a brace from Paul Dalglish.
2000 Newcastle U17s notched up a 10-2 win over
Darlington in a friendly at
Maiden Castle. Michael Chopra led the way with seven goals, while Louis
Carr added a hat-trick.
2005 Newcastle manager Graeme Souness responded to press claims
United were attempting to sign Michael
"Without exciting the fans too much, I think
there is a good chance. We are still in there."
"We are targeting, and have been targeting,
several players. The Michael Owen situation, we know
everything about Michael's situation - he is a target, but
we also have other targets."
2006 A family had a lucky
escape after Magpies defender
Titus Bramble crashed his BMW into the wall outside their
Bramble was travelling towards Norwich on the A140 around
midnight when the accident happened in the village of
A Norfolk Police spokesman said that five or six people
were travelling in the vehicle at the time, but that
no-one had been hurt.
Ireland boss Steve Staunton was
hit by the withdrawal of Shay Given from his squad. The
Magpies goalkeeper had sustained a back injury when
clearing the ball against Ventspils.
The Carling Cup Second Round
draw saw Newcastle paired with League One Huddersfield Town,
setting up a SJP return for Terriers boss Lee Clark and
his coaches Terry
McDermott and Paul Stephenson.
2010 Mystery surrounded the future of Marseille
midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, amid reports that the player
had walked out following the breakdown of his move to SJP.
French media reported that Ben Arfa stormed out of a club
meeting at which his agent and lawyer were present, vowing
not to play for OM again.
A hastily-arranged press conference was then dumped as OM
president Jean-Claude Dassier addressed reporters in a car
park, saying that:
offer does not exist. Hatem Ben Arfa is staying at
U21 side began their league campaign with a 2-4 loss to
Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
It would take another fortnight of haggling before a
season-long loan to Gallowgate was thrashed out.
Gael Bigirimana and 16 year-old debutant Adam Armstrong
netted for the Magpies while French teen Olivier Kemen also
made his bow but was soon forced off
2019 It was a Hog Roast for the U23s in their
opening league fixture as they left Reading's Hogwood
Park training HQ having been stuffed 0-6.
debuts for goalkeeper Jake Turner and midfielder Kyle Scott, while Owen Bailey
was sent off with the score at 0-4.
NUFC.com match report