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The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2018/19:



Asian Trophy (n) ST holder sale now

Lower League:

Six-second sucker punch from Lee's lads

Ex-Magpie, Lee Bowyer, did what we all hoped and inflicted a second Wembley defeat for the mackems with a sucker-punch six seconds from the end of normal time to clinch promotion for Charlton Athletic from the third tier.

The unwashed had taken an early lead thanks to an own goal but back came the Addicks before half-time to level.

And just when extra-time and possibly penalties, seemed inevitable, up stepped Patrick Bauer to secure victory and leave the inbreds languishing in League One for another season.

Following on from their Checkatrade shoot-out defeat to Portsmouth at Wembley a few months ago, this is just the icing on a rather delicious cake.

With Micky Gray squirming in the Sky commentary box - having failed against Charlton for the mackems 21 years ago - it was a dream come true for any Mags tuning in.

At the risk of repeating ourselves, who's laughing now...? 

Pre-season: four
games confirmed

Debuchy & Cabella get to work on their excuses

Rather earlier than usual, Friday afternoon saw United confirm details of what they say is a full first team pre-season schedule, comprising of four games.

Beginning with the already-announced double header against Premier League opposition in China on Wednesday July 17th and Saturday July 20th, the Magpies will then head to Edinburgh for a kickaround against Hibernian on Tuesday July 30th (7.45pm).

And the fourth and final fixture brings French Ligue 1 side St. Etienne to Gallowgate on Saturday August 3rd (3pm) - a week before the Premier League begins.

While we've played at Tynecastle twice in the Premier League era against Hearts - most recently in 2017 - this will be United's first visit to Easter Road since a 3-0 testimonial success there back in August 1984 when a certain George Best guested for the hosts.

Finishing fifth in the Scottish Premiership this season, the Hibees missed out on a place in Europe. Following the departure of Neil Lennon earlier this year, they are managed by Paul Heckingbottom, who was Barnsley boss during our 2016/17 Championship-winning season.

Absent from the home side in July will be former United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, whose release by Hibernian was confirmed earlier this week.

St. Etienne meanwhile are assured of a fourth place finish in the French League ahead of their final game this weekend, enough for a place in the Europa League Group Stage during September.

Ahead of their trip to SJP, they'll be spending part of pre-season playing in the USA.

United have never faced Les Verts on Tyneside, but did visit the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for a pre-season game in July 1971 - our 1-2 defeat featuring a debut goal for Malcolm Macdonald. 

Currently featuring in their squad - and both under contract for next season - are two familiar faces; full back Mathieu Debuchy and midfielder Remy Cabella. 

Villans or Rams

The identity of the third side to gain promotion to the Premier League will become known this coming Bank Holiday Monday (May 27th) when
Aston Villa face Derby County at Wembley in a 3pm kickoff.

Top-flight returns are already confirmed for Norwich City and Sheffield United

Monday's game is the culmination of a weekend of EFL playoffs, which began on Saturday when Newport County faced Tranmere Rovers in the League Two Final.

The Merseysiders prevailed with a goal right at the end of extra-time after County were reduced to ten men just before the extra half hour.

Today brought joy unbounded as Lee Bowyer's Charlton Athletic side inflicted extreme agony on the clowns from down the A19.

Paddy Power are offering a £5 risk free bet for new customers on the Championship play-off here.

Day of reckoning  

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
Newcastle's last remaining loan player is midfielder Henri, whose adopted side are on the verge of relegation from the Turkish Super Lig this weekend.

Currently sixteenth in the eighteen team league, their final fixture takes them to Yeni Malatyaspor on Sunday, where they'll kick off one point adrift and four goals worse off than Goztepe, who are realistically the only team they can overtake.

Three teams are demoted.

Fairs Cup print: 
sold out

Many thanks to everyone who ordered a
Limited Edition Marcus Reed 50th Anniversary Fairs Cup Print - all 69 prints have now been sold.

Copies of his 1985 SJP print are still available in the open A2 and limited A1 editions here

Touching Distance Podcast #2

Local scribes Martin Hardy and Michael Walker are back behind the microphone once again, reviewing Newcastle's 2018/19 season here

(If you missed podcast #1 it's here

Tynesiders update

The latest on the sad situation at Gateshead from local journalist Mark Carruthers:

Crisis club Gateshead have been denied a licence to compete in the National League next season.

The league has held a number of disciplinary hearings to investigate the situation surrounding the club’s perilous financial situation and the issues that saw they Heed kicked out of their International Stadium home by the local council.

The outcome has found “multiple breaches” of the league’s membership regulations and the club has been punished with a points deduction for their tally from last season and they have also received a £3,500 fine.

However, the most severe punishment handed out by the league has seen the club suspended from the competition and they have been refused a licence to compete in non-league football’s top tier next season.

It read: “The National League can announce the outcome of disciplinary hearings concerning Gateshead Football Club.

“The club was charged with multiple breaches of the League’s membership rules, and was subject to a review of its financial position and an assessment of its club licence.

“Gateshead FC has been found guilty of failing to obtain security of tenure over its ground, defaulting on football creditors, and breaching League rules concerning financial reporting and permitted loans.

“The club has had 9 points deducted from its playing record for the 2018/19 season and been fined £3,500. The National League table has been amended accordingly.

“Furthermore, the club has been suspended from the competition and the League has refused the club a licence for the 2019/20 season.”

The National League went on to announce that Gateshead have a right to appeal the punishment within five working days and any hearing will take place within 14 days.

The league also confirmed that they would reveal the 68 clubs that will make up their three divisions at their Annual General Meeting on 8th June.

That means that Gateshead owner Dr Ranjan Varghese has two weeks to clarify the ongoing saga surrounding the club’s future after a bizarre week of events.

Heed supporters looked to have completed a takeover on Wednesday after a four-hour long meeting between former general manager Alisha Henry and financial advisor Joseph Cala ended with an agreement in place.

A fee of £25K was agreed and paid and contracts were exchanged between the two parties.

Varghese and the recently appointed Stefano Franciosa were removed from the club’s Companies House file and Southern-based supporter Neil Pinkerton was named as their sole director.

Varghese attended a National League meeting alongside advisor Michael Di Stefano at Wembley on Wednesday before returning to Hong Kong.

Henry had travelled to the home of English football to present the club’s financial plans for the new season and explain the way forward on and off the pitch.

However, she was not given the chance to discuss the situation with the league and returned to Tyneside on the understanding communication would take place via telephone on Thursday.

There was further confusion as Varghese was reinstated on the club’s Companies House file and Pinkerton had his name removed as a director and the ownership situation remains unclear despite several attempts to find clarity.

Pinkerton has taken legal action over the situation and has sent a solicitor’s letter to the Hong Kong-based businessman over the last 24 hours.

What impact the league’s decision will have on Varghese’s plans remains to be seen, but the short and long-term future of Gateshead is now in serious doubt.

Town triumph in Toon

Blyth Town  1  Cullercoats  0

St. James' Park hosted its final competitive match of the season on Thursday when the Northumberland FA Minor Cup Final took place in front of a decent crowd of 764.

Northern Alliance First Division Champions Blyth Town faced runners-up Cullercoats and although Blyth had won both league meetings there was little to choose between the two well-matched sides tonight.

A goalless opening period ended with Cullercoats hitting the crossbar at the Leazes End, Blyth following suit and rattling the woodwork shortly after the restart. 

The silverware ultimately went to Blyth after a close range finish from Adam Johnson (not that one) in the 66th minute, only an instinctive stop from the Town goalkeeper Scott Earle preventing an equaliser soon after.

PS: Fans were housed in the 1892 Club within the Milburn Stand, from which it was evident that the Directors Box has had some new seating installed. 

Our sponsors CentrAle on Newcastle central station continue to source beery delights from across the region, around the UK and far further afield. 

Our current favourites are the music-themed range of bottles from Musa Brewery in Portugal. Remember, train beers are not just for the football season.....

Muto omitted

Ahead of the resumption of competitive club football for United in August, various Newcastle squad members are set for international duty in the coming weeks.

Miguel Almiron is set to represent Paraguay, having recovered from the hamstring problem that sidelined him for the closing weeks of the season.

The 25 year-old midfielder is in an initial 40 man selection for Paraguay's Copa America campaign which kicks off on June 14th in Brazil.

12 teams including Venezuela and Japan contest the bi-annual tournament, Paraguay drawn in Group C alongside Qatar, Argentina and Colombia. 

Salomon Rondon is in Venezuela's initial selection but Yoshinori Muto was omitted from the Japan squad for this event and also the Kirin Cup games that precede it. 

News of the Swiss selection for the four team Nations Cup in June is expected soon, with Fabian Schar anticipated to be called up. 

Also involved are hosts Portugal, England and the Netherlands; the latter naming a trio of former Magpies in the preliminary squad: Patrick van Aanholt, Gini Wijnaldum and Luuk de Jong.

A 26 man squad announced for Wales for a training camp in Portugal ahead of two Euro 2020 ties in June has been announced meanwhile - but doesn't include Newcastle's Paul Dummett.

And fellow defender DeAndre Yedlin won't feature for the USA at the Concacaf Gold Cup Finals as he recovers from recent groin surgery.

There's also no place for Ciaran Clark in the Ireland squad selected for their Euro 2020 ties. 

There's tournament action in store for Christian Atsu, who is named in the Ghana squad for the
AFCON Finals with their first game on June 25th.

Before that, the Black Stars will hold a three week training camp in Dubai including several low-key kickabouts.

Turning to the U21s and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been a part of the England squad as they won through to this summer's European Champions, where they will face France, Romania and Croatia in the group stages.

He'll learn his fate when the squad is published this coming Monday.

The only other possible involvement from our current squad though could be a call-up for striker Elias Sorensen by Denmark, although it appears unlikely.

PS: South Korea are in friendly action next month, but Magpies midfielder Ki Sungyeung won't be involved after announcing his retirement from international football earlier this year.

Premier League:
Asia Trophy update

Details of Newcastle's participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy in July have been confirmed.

Newcastle kick off the event by facing Wolves at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday July 17th at 6pm local time, before Manchester City and West Ham meet there at 8.30pm.

All four PL sides then move on to the Hongkou Stadium Shanghai on Saturday July 20th, with the losing sides facing each other at 6pm ahead of the final between the winning pair at 8.30pm.

Each has an allocation of tickets for each venue; NUFC selling theirs to season ticket holders for £32 (Nanjing and £43 (Shanghai). Tickets cover the full day and both games at each venue.

That process of obtaining tickets looks to be easier for UK based fans than the PL's parallel guidance of buying from two separate agencies in China (one for each venue). However it appears that tickets bought locally (in China) start at £8. 

The published capacities of each ground are 61,000 (Nanjing) and 33,060 (Shanghai).

PS: Wolves have also published a FAQ here

Old boys:
Hoy oots 

Ex-Magpies now
free agents include:

Mehdi Abeid (Dijon)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Rennes)
Gael Bigirimana (Hibernian)
Adam Campbell (Morecambe)
Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Nicky Deverdics (Wrexham)
Ryan Donaldson (Hartlepool United)
Brad Inman (Rochdale)
Dan Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz)
Danny Simpson (Leicester City)
Ryan Taylor (Fleetwood Town)

Paul Stephenson left his post as Boro U23 coach.

Old boys:

Ex-Magpies with new clubs include:

Alun Armstrong (Darlington Manager)
Steve Clarke (Scotland Manager)
Carl Finnigan (Whickham)


Available to pre-order ahead of publication in late May (to coincide with the anniversary of United's 1969 Fairs Cup Final success).

Priced £19.99 pre-orders made here will get free UK postage (for an author-signed copy add to delivery instructions.)

More info via twitter @AmazingFairsCup

The author will be joined by ex-NUFC players including Fairs Cup winners Alan Foggon and Pop Robson at Waterstones in Newcastle on Wednesday 29th May.

This is an un-ticketed signing session and entry is free. It kicks off at 5.30pm.

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

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am unless otherwise notified. 

If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also usually come into effect then.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

The Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme has been extended for a further three season and will now conclude at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Thu 13.06.2019 PL fixture release.

Tue 02.07.2019
Pre-season commences.

Wed 17.07.2019 Wolves (n) @ Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, China, 6pm local time. PL Asia Trophy. ST holder sale now.
Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 20.07.2019 Manchester City or West Ham (n)
@ Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China, 6pm or 8.30pm local time. PL Asia Trophy. ST holder sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 29.07.2019-Fri 02.08.2019 U17s v
FC Edmonton (Canada) / Hull City / County Londonderry @
various venues across Northern Ireland. SuperCupNI.

Tue 30.07.2019 Hibernian (a) @ Easter Road, 7.45pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Sat 03.08.2019 AS St. Etienne (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Friendly. Ticket details tbc.

Thu 08.08.2019
Transfer window closes 

Sat 10.08.2019
PL opening games 

NUFC Live on TV:

Wed 17.07.2019
Wolves (n) Sky
Sat 20.07.2019
team tbc (n)

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

Rugby League:

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

International Magpies
National Service

Copa America Finals

Venezuela Group A fixtures:

15.06.2019 Peru
18.06.2019 Brazil
22.06.2019 Bolivia

Paraguay Group B fixtures:

16.06.2019 Qatar
19.06.2019 Argentina
23.06.2019 Colombia

AFCON Finals (21.06.2019-19.07) 

Ghana Group F fixtures:

25.06.2019 Benin
29.06.2019 Cameroon
02.07.2019 Guinea-Bissau

02.09.2019-10.09.2019 Internationals
07.10.2019-15.10.2019 Internationals
11.11.2019-19.11.2019 Internationals
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
26th May

Born Or Died:

1894 Edward Stanley Dixon born, Choppington, Northumberland

Inside right who joined United from local side Barrington Albion at a cost of £5 in February 1914, debuting for the first team in a 1-2 home defeat by Liverpool that April.

After just one further appearance (at home to Bradford a year later), league football was suspended and Ed (also known as Stan) served with the Army Engineers Corps.

Playing for United in the Northern Victory League of 1918/19, Dixon soon found a starting berth once Division One resumed the following season - hitting his first goals with a hat trick at home to Chelsea.

Gradually falling from favour, Ed's final senior outing for Newcastle came in a 1-0 win at Oldham on New Years Day 1924.

And within three months he was back in Lancashire, after Blackburn Rovers paid £1,100 for his services.

Nominated as a reserve for both England and the Football League Select, Dixon ended his career at Hull City - playing on past his retirement in 1930 for East Riding Amateurs.

Settling in Hull and working as a cinema manager, he later returned to his native Northumberland. He died in August 1979.  

1949 Death of Dave Willis, 67.

1957 Kenny Mitchell born, S*nderland.

Although most frequently used in defence, Kenny appeared in both attack and midfield during his time at SJP - and was also back-up 'keeper for the reserve side. 

Debuting in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City in February 1977, Mitchell eventually exited in the summer of 1981, as manager Arthur Cox overhauled his first team squad.

While at Gallowgate he had a loan spell in Scotland with Morton, while also playing one summer in the USA for Tulsa Roughnecks.

A move to Darlington saw him play a season at Feethams before embarking on a career in the non-league with Workington, Seaham Red Star, Gateshead, Newcastle Blue Star, North Shields and back to Red Star again.

Kenny also played out in Finland for Kuusysi Lahti in 1984 and four years later was a losing finalist in the 1988 FA Sunday Cup Final with Wearsiders Humbledon & Plains Farm, along with fellow ex-Mag Kevin Todd.

He also coached the Plains Farm U18 side.


What Else?

1906 German Sport XI (a)
Orr, Carr, Gardner 2
scorer tbc 
Played in Prague.

1927 Dutch Olympic XI (a)
Gallacher 4
van de Broek 2 
crowd tbc 
United's Dutch tour moved on to Eindhoven, with the home goals coming from NAC Breda's van de Broek.  

Team: Wilson, Maitland, Hudspeth, Curry, Spencer, Harris, Low, McKay, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.

1929 CSK Bratislava (a)
scorers tbc

1947 West Ham United (h)
Division Two
P41, 48pts, 4th/22 
Milburn, Shackleton 
Hall, Wood, Bainbridge
To say that Newcastle made a slow start to their closing home league fixture of the season is something of an understatement.

Missing a 14th minute penalty through Roy Bentley, the Magpies trailed by three goals with 22 minutes remaining before mounting a fight back that brought two goals.

And only the width of a post denied Jackie Milburn his second goal of the game and what would have been an 86th minute equaliser. 

Recently-appointed Magpies boss George Martin was among the spectators ahead of his official installation.

1951 RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) (a) 6-0 (2-0)
Milburn 2, Taylor 2, G.Robledo, og(Matthys)
crowd tbc 

This Challenge Match between the Cup holders and Belgian Champions was staged at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

1977 Bradford City (a)
Burns(22,38), Callachan(63), Barrowclough(66)
Spark(46), Watson(58), Martinez(78) 
Newcastle made a Thursday night visit to Valley Parade for Ian Cooper's Testimonial Match - the Bantams veteran having clocked up 15 years of service.

Team: Mahoney (Hardwick), Blackhall, Kelly, Callachan, Bird, McCaffery (Barrowclough), Oates, Cannell, Burns, Gowling, T.Craig.

1985 Fiji FA (a)
Vosuga(10), Waqa(15), Work(60)
4,800 (local reports claim 7,000)
After four games in New Zealand, United's tour moved on to Fiji for two further friendlies - the first of which was staged at Prince Charles Park in the town of Nadi.

Lautoka midfielder Kelemedi ‘Cheetah’ Vosuga opened the scoring, with Nadi forward Rusiate Waqa doubling the lead. 

Striker Sam Work of Lautoka then netted for Billy Singh's men after the break - and they also had a fourth strike ruled out.

Peter Beardsley encouraged star man Vosuga to visit Tyneside for a trial but he failed to take up the offer and later played club football in both Australia and New Zealand.  

1992 Newcastle midfielder Kevin Sheedy won what turned out to be the penultimate senior cap of his international career, as the Republic of Ireland beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier at Lansdowne Road. 

1996 Wembley joy for Bradford City, as they beat Notts County in the playoffs to make into the second tier of domestic football. 

Their opening goal in a 2-0 win was especially memorable, as the scorer beat four players before blasting home one of the memorable efforts under the Twin Towers. His name? Des Hamilton....

2001 Peter Beardsley became a full-time employee of Newcastle United for the third time after accepting a post in the United Youth Academy working with Kenny Wharton and Director Alan Irvine. 

Beardsley had already been working with the Academy youngsters for three months on a part-time basis as a striking coach.

2004 Portsmouth completed the free transfer signing of defender Andy Griffin, who had let his contract run down at SJP.

2007 Despite positive press comments, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp passed up the chance to sign former Magpie Titus Bramble on a free transfer.

Other clubs linked with the former Ipswich Town defender Bramble included Fulham, Celtic and Birmingham City
. Wigan were nowhere to be seen at this stage.

2007 Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien won his fifth full cap for the Republic of Ireland - and made his first start - in a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in a friendly staged in Boston, USA.

Within weeks the out-of-favour O'Brien had left SJP to join Scottish side Hibernian.

2009 24 hours after MD Derek Llambias went public with his thoughts, Magpies owner Mike Ashley issued his own statement:

"Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier League has been a catastrophe for us all.

"I fully accept that mistakes were made during this and previous seasons and I am very sorry for that.

"I would like to say sorry to our magnificent supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and away, up and down the country and who have given the team amazing backing throughout.

"And I would also say sorry to all of the Club's hard-working staff, who have gone about their jobs all year long.

"Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all they could to try and keep us up in the short space of time they had.

"Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can take this Club forward again."