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PL looking forward
Planning for the 2020/21 Premier
League season continues and it's expected that a start date will be
announced following a meeting of administrators and clubs on Friday
The weekend of September 12th is said to be favoured, with the
previous weekend taken up by international matches and moves to
restart in August torpedoed by European club commitments.
It's anticipated that the EFL will resume in August, as will the
League Cup (although there seems some doubt as to whether top flight
sides will enter that competition).
No decision has been made over when spectators will be admitted
again - with confirmation over the new and reduced capacities of
stadia also still to follow.
Manchester City 5 Newcastle
Digital match programme is
Latest PL results/fixtures:
Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
Watford 2-1 Norwich City
Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle
Sheffield United 1-0 Wolves
West Ham 0-1 Burnley
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool
Bournemouth 0-0 Spurs
Everton 1-1 Southampton
Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
The Magpies travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday to face Nigel
Pearson's side in a 12.30pm kick-off.
Live coverage is on Amazon Prime, which requires an Amazon account
logon in order to access but unlike the games shown by them before
Christmas does not need a Prime pay subscription in order to
Our game will be available
Team: To follow
WFC: The Hornets were in home action against Norwich City on
Tuesday, winning 2-1 to boost their hopes of finishing outside the
Former Magpie Daryl Janmaat hasn't featured since November with a
knee problem. Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success are also out due to
Coral are offering new sign-ups £20
in free bets when you bet £5
Referee: Craig Pawson - a quick return for the
Yorkshire-based whistler, who was in charge of Sunday's 2-2 home
draw with West Ham.
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Magpies @ Vicarage Road - all-time:
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Rondon
2017/18 Lost 1-2 Perez
2015/16 Lost 1-2 Lascelles
2015/16 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 Won 2-1 Coloccini, Carroll
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Dyer
2006/07 Drew 2-2 (5-4 pens) Sibierski, Parker (LC)
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Dabizas
1992/93 Lost 0-1
1991/92 Drew 2-2 Kelly, Hunt
1990/91 Won 2-1 Anderson, Quinn
1989/90 Drew 0-0
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1988/89 Drew 2-2 Brock, Mirandinha (FAC)
1988/89 Lost 1-2 McDonald (FMC)
1987/88 Drew 1-1 Anderson
1986/87 Lost 0-1
1985/86 Lost 1-4 OG
1984/85 Drew 3-3 Beardsley, Wharton, McDonald
1981/82 Won 3-2 Varadi, Todd 2
1980/81 Drew 0-0
1979/80 Lost 0-2
1978/79 Lost 1-2 Pearson (FLC)
1923/24 Won 1-0 Seymour (FAC)
This weekend's PL fixtures:
Norwich City v West Ham 12.30pm BT
Watford v Newcastle 12.30pm Prime
Liverpool v Burnley 3pm BT
Sheffield United v Chelsea 5.30pm Sky
Brighton v Manchester City 8pm Sky
Wolves v Everton Noon Sky
Aston Villa v Palace 2.15pm Sky
Spurs v Arsenal 4.30pm Sky
Bournemouth v Leicester 7pm Sky
Man United v Southampton 8pm Sky
Murphy on target
Magpie loan action:
Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
A fine 58th minute goal from midfielder put the Owls 1-0 up against
Preston North End at Hillsborough on Wednesday.
However Murphy was then forced off due to injury and North End
came back to win 3-1 and stay in touch with the Championship playoff
Freddie Woodman (Swansea City)
City revived their Championship playoff hopes by coming from a goal
down to win 3-1 at Birmingham City on Wednesday.
Achraf Lazaar (Cosenza)
Spezia (a) Serie B, Friday.
teenager to commit his future to Newcastle is 18 year-old midfielder
George Rounsfell, who has signed his first professional deal
with the club.
The former Washington AFC youngster joined United on a scholarship
in 2018 and made his competitive U23 debut against Swansea City back
Last week brought news of contract extensions for a quartet of U23
squad players: midfield pair
Adam Wilson and Jack Young plus defensive duo Ryan
and Oisin McEntee.
Miggy & Shelvey
Newcastle 2 West Ham 2
Thank you to everyone who participated in our second Newcastle
West End Foodbank charity auction.
Final three PL games now confirmed
We're pleased to say that around £12,000 was pledged, which
combined with the May auction means that over £18,000
has been raised by NUFC.com readers to support the Foodbank during
Take a bow, lads and lasses.
Friday afternoon brought confirmation of Newcastle's closing three
games of this bizarre season as follows:
Wed 15.07.2020 Spurs (h) 6pm BT
Mon 20.07.2020 Brighton (a) 6pm Sky
Sun 26.07.2020 Liverpool (h) 4pm
As the Spurs game is at home, the free BT Sport pass offer is
expected to be repeated for NUFC season ticket holders.
Sky have the Brighton away game and in addition to coverage on their
Sports channel list it as being on Sky One and the Pick free to air
TV coverage of the season-closer at home to Liverpool is still tbc.
Making his Mark
A week after Steve Bruce verbally confirmed his arrival, goalkeeper
Mark Gillespie was unveiled as a Magpie on Friday.
The 28 year-old Tynesider has signed a three year deal and was a
free agent after his previous deal with Scottish Premier League side
Mark returns to the club he played for as a schoolboy prior to his
release aged 16.
Following that setback, he joined Carlisle United and made a senior
professional debut in May 2010.
Spending time on loan at Blyth Spartans the following season,
Gillespie returned to Brunton Park and featured regularly before
moving on to Walsall in 2017.
After a year at the Saddlers he made a free transfer switch to
Motherwell and spent two years at Fir Park, latterly playing
alongside loan Magpie Rolando Aarons.
Senior Cup curtailed
Northumberland FA have formally confirmed that all 2019/20 County
Cup competitions have been cancelled and their results expunged from
That includes the Northumberland Senior Cup, which involves
The Magpies second string had beaten Newcastle Benfield on penalties
in the Quarter Final to set up a Semi-Final meeting with Blyth
Spartans - with the winners due to face Morpeth Town in the Final.
free transfer signing
new deal to 2024
Andy Carroll new deal to 2021
Matty Longstaff short-term extension
Nabil Bentaleb loan extension
Danny Rose loan extension
Valentino Lazaro loan extension
Rob Elliot released
Jamie Sterry released
Jack Colback released
Luke Charman released
Victor Fernandez released
Liam Gibson released
Nathan Harker released
Steve Bruce's side are back on home territory when they receive
Spurs at SJP on Wednesday week, July 15th.
That's a 6pm kick-off, live on BT Sport.
Team: To follow
THFC: Eric Dier is suspended.
Referee: David Coote.
VAR: Peter Bankes.
Full match preview to follow
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Season 2019/20 |
Sat 11.07.2020 Watford (a) @ Vicarage
Road, 12.30pm. Premier League.
Live on Amazon Prime/Twitch.
"Free to air."
Wed 15.07.2020 Spurs (h) @ SJP,
6pm. Premier League.
Live on BT Sport.
Mon 20.07.2020 Brighton (a)
6pm, Premier League.
Live on Sky Sports/Sky One/Pick.
"Free to air."
Sun 26.07.2020 Liverpool (h) SJP, 4pm. Premier League.
TV coverage tbc
Coverage of our remaining matches this season as follows:
Newcastle free digital download.
Watford programme produced.
Brighton programme produced.
From NUFC.com reader Andy Barr: I'm putting together
an NUFC Programme check list from 1946 onwards in booklet form.
If any collectors are interested in this, please get in touch
Premier League TV listings
All 92 outstanding PL games are to be played in a 40
day period, concluding on Sunday July 26th.
A temporary rule change sees squads increase to 20. Five of the
nine substitutes can be used.
No alteration to 25 man squads submitted after the closure of
the January 2020 transfer window was permitted, but the
limitation on players representing three clubs in a season was
lifted, if they appear in those PL squads.
Subject to final confirmation, all games will be played at the
usual home grounds of clubs involved.
All games played behind closed doors, with VAR in operation.
In a nutshell, the club are refunding everyone for games
played behind closed doors - processing single ticket refunds
and credits first, then moving on to season ticket holders.
Separate to that 2020/21 season direct debits will still be
2019/20 season tickets:
From NUFC, June 18th
"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.
"Further information will subsequently be announced for all
2019/20 season ticket holders."
2020/21 season tickets:
From NUFC, June 18th
"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."
Single match tickets (H):
Ticket holders were emailed a form* to ask whether they
wanted a refund or credits.
For online/phone tickets, NUFC will begin processing refunds
on July 9th and aim to complete them all within 30 days (unclear
whether that's 30 working days).
For tickets bought in person, NUFC will contact the purchaser to
arrange refunds (no specific time frame given for that).
For credits, NUFC will contact ticket holders when admission
details of 2020/21 season matches are confirmed.
Booking fees are non-refundable.
* It became evident that part season ticket holders purchasing
FA Cup tickets were not part of this scheme, given that those
STs were issued under the membership number of the full ST
holder requesting them.
NUFC confirm that the preference for a refund or credit of the
full ST holder will apply to the part ST holder when processing.
Single match tickets (A):
NUFC stated on June 24th that ticket holders for the game at
Bournemouth would have their ticket price refunded to their card
within 30 days (unclear if that's 30 working days).
Booking fees are non-refundable.
No other away game ticket sales had been processed when the 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 World Cup Finals
England v Samoa (KO tbc)
International Magpies |
National Service |
Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
9th July |
Born Or Died:
born, Dublin, Ireland. (1978-83)
played for Home Farm and Bohemians in his native city and had made his full
international debut before a £25K move to Old Trafford in 1973.
Going on loan to West Bromwich Albion in 1975, a permanent deal followed to
keep Mick at the Hawthorns, although he had spent time on loan at Preston North
End when the Magpies made their move.
Bill McGarry spent £100K bringing him to SJP in November 1978 and he
made his debut at Crystal Palace the following month - finding the net for the
first time in a home win over Charlton the following March.
Affectionately known as "Zico", Mick came through a sticky patch and
was a favourite of the Gallowgate crowd - a fine goal at home to Bolton
cementing that reputation.
And a measure of Martin's importance to the side could be measured by the drop
in form that followed his injury in December 1979.
Having captained United, Mick eventually bowed out at the end of the 1982/83
season. Later moves took him to Wolves, Vancouver Whitecaps, local side
Willington, Cardiff City, Peterborough and Rotherham.
End his playing career with a second stint at Preston, Mick coached at Deepdale
before returning to SJP in 1987 as a scout.
Within months however, he was part of the coaching staff, serving as reserve
team manager and first team coach during 1988 when Colin Suggett became
After a period coaching at Celtic with Liam Brady, Mick ended his active
football career - although he was involved with sports and betting shop
ventures on Tyneside.
Running a workwear clothing business in the area and working as a local radio
pundit covering United, more recently Mick has represented the FAI in the North
Death of Ivor Allchurch, 67.
Sebastien Bassong born, Paris, France. (2008-09)
Newcastle fans attending the pre-season
kickabout at Doncaster in August 2008 saw the unheralded appearance this
central defender on trial from French side Metz.
With no mention in the programme or on the stadium PA of who was clad in the
number 46 shirt, the episode was reminiscent of a pre-season game at Birmingham
City in 1997.
That day the unknown Magpie was Dutch winger Brian Pinas - promptly christened "Whatsie"
by Toon fans - and similar chants were audible at the Keepmoat Stadium.
While Pinas quickly faded from view though and never played competitively for
the first team, Bassong impressed and signed permanently within days.
A competitive Magpies debut for the French U21 international came in a Carling
Cup success at Coventry City, closely followed by his Premier League bow off
the bench in a 0-3 defeat at Arsenal.
A second red card of the season in the vital home game against Fulham (the
first coming at Wigan on Boxing Day) meant that Seb was suspended for the final
game of the season, at Aston Villa.
Bassong always looked likely to be one of the squad who departed following
United's relegation and although he appeared in a pre-season game against
Leeds, his eyes were obviously elsewhere.
The player was fined two week's wages after refusing to travel to a pre-season
fixture at Dundee United and an £8m move to White Hart Lane was agreed:
An epic 2009/10 season for Spurs then saw Bassong score the winner against
Liverpool on his debut, finish on the losing side in an FA Cup Semi Final at
Wembley and help his new club qualify for the Champions League.
Having accepted a call-up by Cameroon within days of joining Spurs (qualifying
by virtue of his parents' nationality), Bassong started games against both
Japan and Denmark at the World Cup Finals.
However, he was unable to prevent them from exiting in the first round and a
difficult season with Spurs saw him frequently named as an unused substitute.
Reported to be seeking a transfer in the summer of 2011, the player said,
"I feel that I have gone backwards, like I have gone from heaven to
hell." Sympathy was in noticeably short supply around NE1....
Loaned to Premier League strugglers Wolves during January 2012, Bassong was
unable to prevent their relegation and he returned to White Hart Lane.
Joining Norwich City in a £5.5m deal that summer, Bassong was voted player of
the year in his first season at Carrow Road, despite posing for photographs
with a firearm and publishing them online.
Adding another relegation to his CV, a loan to fellow Championship side Watford
came in October 2014 before returning to Carrow Road and regaining his place,
playing in their Wembley playoff final win over Boro.
Playing at the top level again, Bassong endured his fourth demotion when the
Canaries were relegated again in 2015/16.
Staying at City for another season, his final appearance for them came in March
2017 and he was released that summer.
Following unsuccessful trials at Birmingham City, Roda JC (Holland) and QPR,
Bassong belatedly signed for Peterborough United during October 2018.
However, he made just a solitary appearance for the Posh before leaving in early
1993 DeAndre Yedlin born,
Having lost Daryl Janmaat to Watford during August 2016, United
acted quickly by paying Spurs £5m for their 23 year-old right back.
The US international arrived at White Hart Lane from Seattle Sounders in 2014
but played just once - a cameo substitute outing against Aston Villa in the
Loaned to the mackems in the 2015/16 season, Yedlin had made 25 appearances
- including both derby matches.
His Magpies debut came in the closing stages of a home win over Brighton and he
arrived from the bench a week later to grab a vital second goal in a victory at
However, injury halted his progress during early March, a thigh injury
sidelining him following crucial wins at Brighton and Huddersfield but he
returned in mid-April to help his side to the Championship title.
He made 34 appearances - three from the bench - in the 2017-18 season, helping
United secure their Premier League status and also reaching a half century of
international caps in March of that year.
Yedlin then appeared in all but four of the club's Premier League games during
the following campaign, netting his maiden Premier League goal at Manchester
1994 Nathan Evans born,
Academy forward who made four substitute
appearances for the U18s without finding the net in the 2010/11 campaign.
Nathan was released by United in summer 2011.
Efforts at winning a contract elsewhere took him as far afield as
Preston North End, Crawley Town, Norwich City, Motherwell and even Romanian
side Dinamo Bucharest.
Featuring more as a wide midfielder, stints at non-league sides Whitby Town,
Norton & Stockon Ancients. Guisborough Town and Billingham Town then
followed, before a major development during March 2014.
One of 5,700 entrants in the Samsung Win A Pro Contract national talent
contest, Evans made it through to the last 22 players and then scored twice in
the final of the event.
That impressed League Two side Wycombe Wanderers enough to invite Nathan to
train with them and he signed a one year deal.
Featuring against Chelsea in pre-season, Evans didn't make a competitive
appearance for the Chairboys and by October 2014 had been loaned to Scarborough
Returning to Wycombe due to injury, he was released in June 2015 and after a
brief spell at Darlington, turned up at Corby Town.
1986 Queen and
Status Quo upset the Gallowgate pigeons when they
appeared on a double bill at St. James' Park.
Freddy Mercury & Co. donated the proceeds of that night's
concert to Tyneside children's charities.
list: One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The
Lap Of The Gods, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind
Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The
Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free,
Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We
Created? You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care), Hello
Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To
Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We
Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The
Champions, God Save The Queen.
2002 In a
remarkable U-turn, Newcastle's Olivier Bernard signed a
new three year contract at SJP, after previously
declaring that he didn't want to play for us again.
2004 Magpies forward Lomana Lua Lua returned
from talks over a move to West Bromwich Albion but
confirmed via his agent that he'd not be moving to The
Within days the DR Congo international had Joined
Portsmouth, for whom he'd spent part of the previous
season playing for on loan.
4-1 up after the first leg, Norwegian side Lillestrøm
wrapped up their Intertoto Second Round tie in Iceland
against IBK Keflavik with two early goals.
However, their unassailable 6-1 aggregate advantage at the
interval was eroded after the break as the Icelandics
The final score in the Keflavíkurvöllur Stadium was 2-2,
giving the visitors a 6-3 aggregate victory and setting
up a Third Round meeting with Newcastle United.
Credible sources claimed that Barcelona forward Deco was
due on Tyneside to finalise a deal that was initially
reported in the News of the World.
The story turned out to be as false as most of the
others and a year later the Brazilian had joined Chelsea
in an £8m deal.
Sebastian Larsson's agent claimed that Newcastle were the
only side to make a bid for the Birmingham City
If that was true then it was a bid that wasn't accepted,
as the Swede stayed at St. Andrew's until joining the
mackems in 2011.
The agent of Paris St. Germain's Mevlut Erdinc confirmed
that his client wouldn't be moving to SJP - despite
apparent agreement over a fee between the two clubs.
Despite a match-winning display in the penalty shootout
at the World Cup Quarter Finals against Costa Rica, Tim
Krul was denied the chance to repeat the feat in the
Semi-Final against Argentina.
Held 0-0 after 120 minutes in Sao Paulo, this time Holland
coach Louis Van Gaal had made three earlier
replacements, meaning super sub Tim had to watch as
Jasper Cillessen failed to make a single save in a 2-4