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Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 20th October
Kick-off 3.00pm
Last Match

Manchester United 3
Newcastle 2

Premier League

Old Trafford
Saturday 6th October

Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2018/19:





Brighton (h) Public sale now
Southampton (a)
Watford (h) Public sale now
Bournemouth (h) Public sale now
Burnley (a) ST holder sale now (
25 pts)

Premier League:
Brighton (h)

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Saturday, when former Magpies boss Chris Hughton arrives on Tyneside with his Seagulls side. 

It's an old-fashioned, non-televised, 3pm kick-off and tickets are on public sale now, with additional availability in Level 7 due to the visitors returning unsold tickets.

Pre-game Anti-Ashley protests led by the Magpie Group are set to continue on Strawberry Place.

NUFC: Florian Lejeune remains sidelined and this game won't come in time for Salomon Rondon to return after injury. 

Paul Dummett missed out on a Welsh call-up due to a hamstring issue but is anticipated to be available. 

A thigh injury saw Ciaran Clark withdraw from the Ireland squad on Tuesday and he's doubtful.

However both Yoshinori Muto and Kenedy seem to have suffered no ill-effects after leaving the field against Manchester United and are in training.

Coral matchday betting is online here

Current odds: NUFC 6/5, Draw 11/5, BHAFC 11/5

Their "Your Call" option allows you to create bespoke odds and we've cobbled a few examples together:

Game to be a draw, goal in both halves 11/2 here

Newcastle win to nil, score in both halves 8/1 here

Newcastle win, BTTS in first half 11/1 here

Yedlin to be carded, Perez score 11/1 here

Game to be a draw, BTTS, Muto score 13/1 here


Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

2017/18 drew 0-0
2016/17 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey
1991/92 lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulderh
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)

Chris Hughton has won just once against his former club Newcastle as a manager - and is yet to accomplish that feat on Tyneside in four visits: 

2012/13 Newcastle 1 Norwich 0
2012/13 Norwich 0 Newcastle 0
2013/14 Newcastle 2 Norwich 1
2013/14 Norwich 0 Newcastle 0
2016/17 Newcastle 2 Brighton 1
2016/17 Brighton 1 Newcastle 2
2017/18 Brighton 1 Newcastle 0
2017/18 Newcastle 0 Brighton 0

Rafa Benitez's side have endured an eight game winless start to the season, something the club have only experienced once before in Premier League history - 2015/16 seeing Newcastle draw three and lose five before breaking that run with a 6-2 beating of Norwich City at Gallowgate

Following home defeats by Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City this season, United are hoping to avoid their fifth successive league loss at SJP.

Having also lost four in a row during both 2014 and 2015, the black and whites were beaten five times on home soil last season, the first time that fate has befallen them in 24 Premier League seasons.

One has to go back to the 1953/54 season to find the previous five game losing league run at SJP, which was extended to six games before thankfully ending with a 4-0 win over Cardiff City.

BHAFC: Davy Propper misses out, Gaetan Bong is doubtful after injury forced him to pull out of the Cameroon squad last week and  late decisions on Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens will be made.

Striker Glenn Murray currently has 99 goals in all competitions for Albion in his two spells at the club, needing one more to edge ahead of ex-Magpie Kit Napier and become their leading post-WW2 scorer.

The Seagulls arrive on Tyneside in thirteenth spot, with eight points. They were acquired from home victories over Manchester United and West Ham, a home draw with Fulham and a point at Southampton.

Albion's only away goals came in that 2-2 draw along the coast, with defeats at Watford (0-2), Liverpool (0-1 and Manchester City (0-2) on the road.

Last season saw Brighton win just twice away in the PL: 3-0 at West Ham in October 2017 and 1-0 at Swansea in November. Since that success they've gone 18 away games in the PL without a victory.

Along with relegated West Bromwich Albion, Brighton scored ten goals away from home in the PL last season - the joint lowest total in the league.

Eight of those ten were scored in the first half of games, while both their away goals this season to date came after half time. 

Referee: Andre Marriner - a quick return for the whistler from the West Midlands, who was in charge of our 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace last month.

Given that it cost him £60K for some innocuous press conference comments ahead of that game, Rafa Benitez will doubtless be minding his P's and Q's...

Our sponsors CentrAle at the Central station have new beers from Cloudwater, a barrel aged stout from the Rigg & Furrow Brewery in Northumberland and an American pumpkin beer for Halloween! 

In addition to 3 & 4 bottle and 6 can gift boxes, we have Beer Advent Calendars: 24 beers of your choice, a splendid present for a beer lover.

Come and say hello if you're visiting Craft Beer Calling at Wylam Brewery in Newcastle Exhibition Park. 



Due to engineering work, buses will replace metro services in both directions between Chichester and South Shields until Saturday November 3rd.


Due to RMT strike action on Saturday, Northern Rail services across the region will be severely affected.


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


Northumbria University offer weekend car parking to the public for £4 all day (or £1 per hour). 500 spaces are available at
Lipman and City Campus East: book online here or turn up to pay & display.


The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square will be showing the 12.30pm and 5.30pm live PL games with these offers:

Pizza and a pint £7
Two Dine for a Tenner
20% discount for NUFC season ticket holders before and after the Brighton game.

The Ware Rooms are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 2 (Malaysia)
beIN Sports MENA 9 HD
beIN Sports THA HD 4
beIN Sports Turkey 4/Connect HD
Canal+ Sport Online (Poland)
DAZN (Japan)
Digiturk Play
DIRECTV Sports South America
DIRECTV Sports Caribbean
Flow Sports app
HotStar (India)
mio Stadium 104 HD (Singapore)
NBC Sports Gold (USA)
NOW E (Hong Kong)
Optus Sport (Australia)
QQ Sports (China)
SKY NET Sports 3
Sky Planeta Football (Mexico)
SportsNavi Live (Japan)
SportsNet 1 (Canada) +HD
SPOTV (South Korea)
SPS HD (Mongolia)
SSports Live (China)
SuperSport 6 Za +HD
Watch ESPN Brazil

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Please don't forget that the NUFC Fans Food bank collection stall opens on Strawberry Place from 1pm. Food or cash donations equally welcome!

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 20.10.2018:
Chelsea v Manchester United (12.30pm) Sky
Bournemouth v Southampton (3pm)
Cardiff City v Fulham (3pm)
Manchester City v Burnley (3pm)
Newcastle v Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm)
West Ham v Spurs (3pm)
Wolves v Watford (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (5.30pm) BT

Sun 21.10.2018:
Everton v Crystal Palace (4pm) Sky

Mon 22.10.2018:
Arsenal v Leicester City (8pm) Sky

Deal denial

From The Scotsman, Thursday:

Derek Llambias has rubbished claims that Mike Ashley is the driving force behind a reported buyout plan for Greenock Morton. 

The former Rangers chief executive hinted that he and other investors in the Cappielow outfit may consider a takeover but admitted that any movement would be a “long way off”. 

But Llambias did pour cold water on suggestions that Newcastle United owner Ashley was backing any prospective bids, insisting: “We don’t need his money.” 

He added: It’s got nothing to do with Mike Ashley. Morton’s not a very expensive club to buy, is it? I’ve no idea what the price would be, but it’s not a huge investment.” 

Llambias and ex-Magpies scout Graham Carr paid a low-key visit to the Championship club on Monday, where they took in a reserve match and met chief executive Warren Hawke and manager Jonatan Johansson. 

The 61-year-old added: “We were shown round the club - it’s a nice little club, with potential, so watch this space, but we’re not committing to anything. 

"The main thing was to look at the reserves and have a look at Alexander Easdale [son of Morton investor and former Rangers chairman Sandy]. “Morton have some good quality coming through. 

"Whenever I’ve got the chance to see a player, I ask Graham
(Carr) to come along and have a look. He’s a good friend of mine and he’s got an eye for a player and plenty of experience.”

UTS tie:
sold out

An unprecedented level of interest in Saturday's FA Cup tie between Dunston UTS and Gateshead means that it's now a complete 2,500 sellout. 

For anyone unable to be part of a record home crowd for the Northern League side, the BBC will have live coverage online online here and via the red button. 

Kickoff is at 12.30pm and if the scores are level after 90 minutes, then the tie will go to a replay.

The other mackem slayer returns

The special guest this Friday (19th October) at Nine Bar at SJP is ex-Magpie Kevin Nolan, who will be discussing mackem hat-tricks and much else in the company of former Radio Newcastle commentator Mick Lowes.

Tickets cost £15 and are available to buy now from the venue or online here (booking fee applies). 

Doors open at 7pm.

Competition time:
Book giveaway

"To The Glory of God: Newcastle United and The Great War" is the latest book from NUFC historian Paul Joannou, covering the club's fascinating and often uncharted history between 1914 and 1918.

Over 150 Magpie players and officials took part in what was meant to the be war to end all wars, with no less than 23 sacrificing their lives.

We have some author-signed copies available for purchase online here
and a copy to give away. 

To be in with a chance of winning it, email your answer to this question to by Noon on Monday October 22nd

United's last FA Cup Final appearance before WW1 came in 1911, who did they play in the Final?

Glory. No age limit and open to anyone on the planet, one entry each please.


Tuesday's selections:

DeAndre Yedlin (USA):
Peru (h) drew 1-1 FR

Only a six minute cameo from the bench for the Magpies defender in East Hartford, but he was at least partly to blame for Peru's late leveller.

(Thursday found Yedlin in the starting XI and he played the full game as his side lost 2-4 to Colombia in a friendly staged in Tampa, Florida).

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia)

Sweden (a) drew 1-1 FR 

The Magpies custodian kept his place for Tuesday's kickabout in Stockholm, playing the full 90 minutes.

(Martin was between the posts for a 1-2 loss to the Czech Republic on Saturday, a result that prompted the resignation of the Slovakia coach). 

Ki Sungyueng (South Korea):
Panama (h) drew 2-2 FR

There was another 90 minute workout for Ki for this friendly stalemate in Cheonan. 

(Having failed to make a single appearance for United since returning from international duty in September, midfielder Ki played 85 minutes in Seoul on Friday as South Korea beat Uruguay 2-1).

Ciaran Clark (Ireland):
Wales (h) lost 0-1 UNL
A thigh injury sustained in training with Ireland saw the defender omitted from the squad in Dublin.

(Saturday saw Clark remain on the bench as Ireland drew 0-0 with Denmark in the Nations League).

Freddie Woodman (England U21s):

Scotland (a) won 2-0 ECQ

Another three points for England in their concluding qualifier at Edinburgh's Tynecastle, but Woodman again failed to be selected.

(The Young Lions confirmed a place at next summer's European Championship Final tournament in Italy by thumping Andorra 7-0 at Chesterfield on Thursday - although Freddie wasn't in the matchday squad).

Otto Huuhtanen (Finland U19s):
Having remained unused for Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Denmark and Saturday's 0-3 loss to Italy, Otto completed a hat-trick of bench duty in Tuesday's scoreless draw with Estonia.

Two points from three games meant that the Finns failed to qualify for the European Championships. 


Fabian Schar (Switzerland)

Iceland (a) won 2-1 UNL 

Schar retained his place in Reykjavik and played the full game on Monday, collecting a booking in the second half that means he'll be suspended when the Swiss host Belgium on November 18th.

(The out of favour Magpies defender got his first pitch time for a month on Friday, playing the entire 90 minutes of a 1-2 loss to Belgium in Brussels).

Christian Atsu (Ghana):

Asante Kotoko (h) won 3-0 FR
Following FIFA's decision to suspend the Sierra Leone FA and cancel their two African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Ghana, the Black Stars faced a Ghanaian club side in Kumasi on Friday.

Atsu started the game and scored the third goal.

See Atsu's goal online here

Elliot Anderson (Scotland U17s):
Fri 26.10.2018 Kosovo (n) Paphos UEFA QR
Mon 29.10.2018 Cyprus (a) Paphos UEFA QR
Thu 01.11.2018 Switzerland (n) Paphos UEFA QR

Hornets deal done 

Away fans attending the Premier League fixtures between Newcastle and Watford this season will once again be able to do so at a reduced rate.

In addition to the league-wide away ticket cap, the two clubs have again agreed a reciprocal pricing arrangement that reduces adult prices to £25 for Hornets fans travelling to Tyneside next month and their counterparts at Vicarage Road in December. 

This will be the third season that the £25 price has been applied - meaning Newcastle supporters will pay the same price in 2018 as they did at Watford back in 2007 - the last PL visit that wasn't subject to a reciprocal agreement.

Unlikely lad:
Jags get ex-Mag

Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle have appointed Gary Caldwell as their new manager.

The 36 year-old former Magpie has been out of football since leaving his post as Chesterfield boss last year, having started his managerial career at Wigan Athletic in 2016. 

Toon TV times

The next set of Premier League fixture alterations for live TV transmission were released on Friday, covering the months of December and January.

And we retain our goggle box appeal, with four of the eleven league games in that period chosen as follows:


Sat 01.12.2018 West Ham United (h) 3pm
Wed 05.12.2018 Everton (a) 7.45pm
Sun 09.12.2018 Wolves (h) 4pm Sky
Sat 15.12.2018 Huddersfield Town (a) 3pm
Sat 22.12.2018 Fulham (h) 3pm
Wed 26.12.2018 Liverpool (a) 3pm
Sat 29.12.2018 Watford (a) 3pm


Wed 02.01.2019 Manchester United (h) 8pm Sky
Sat 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 19.01.2019 Cardiff City (h) 3pm
Tue 29.01.2019 Manchester City (h) 8pm BT

Southampton (a) 
train strike called

The RMT union confirm that their members are to take strike action on South Western Railway from 00.01 on Tuesday October 23rd to 23.59 on Saturday October 27th - the day Newcastle play at Southampton.   

That means that the services run by that operator will be will vastly reduced or non-existent, with only a very limited number of bus replacements on some routes.

South Western Railway operates the route between London Waterloo to Southampton and various other services in and around Hampshire etc. meaning that Newcastle supporters who planned on using those trains to reach St. Mary's will be affected. map

(It is possible to reach Southampton from London via Southern services - albeit slower and less frequent). map and Cross Country trains also run to Southampton via Reading, allowing connections from Paddington.

PS: An alternative, National Express run coach services from London Victoria to Southampton and return. 

Loan lads:

Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman (Accrington Stanley) 
Stanley continued their encouraging start to the season on Saturday with a 3-1 home victory over Bradford City in League One.

Dan retained his place in the starting lineup and was replaced in the 82nd minute.

Striker Luke awaits his debut but had recovered sufficiently from a thigh injury to be among the unused substitutes.

Josef Yarney
The Shrimps travelled to Carlisle United in League Two in Saturday and registered a 2-0 victory at Brunton Park, with Josef completing another 90 minutes in defence.

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
Galatasaray (a) Turkish Super Lig, Friday.

Dwight Gayle
(West Bromwich Albion)
Wigan Athletic (a) Championship, Saturday.

Jack Colback
(Nottingham Forest)
Norwich City (h) Championship, Saturday.

Rolando Aarons
(Slovan Liberec)
Slavia Prague (h) Czech Liga, Sunday.

Talking heads

Last Thursday saw a full house at the Tyneside Irish Centre hear contributions from local journalists, plus Guardian writer David Conn and representatives from Rangers and Liverpool supporters groups.

Up for debate was "how to take the fight to Mike Ashley", the event raising £2,200 for the Newcastle United Fans Foodbank. 

There's a podcast of the evening online here which is free of charge but available on an honesty box basis - please drop the foodbank a few ££ if you partake.

Premier League:
Jose's bench press 
too strong for Toon

Manchester United
  3  Newcastle  2

Match report is online here

2017/18 PDF:
Book update

FAO "Newcastle United Ultimate Record" owners:

The 2017/18 season update for Paul Joannou's fine book is now available and has been emailed to those who previously asked to receive those PDFs.

If you haven't received a copy yet and wanted one, please contact asap. 


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

The new ticket website is now live and existing users need to re-register. Do that online here and read their FAQs here.

Magpie Movers are on sale now to 2018/19 ST holders here, priced £30 (no discounts).

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: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

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. If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also happen 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 three-season Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 20.10.2018 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.10.2018 Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 22.10.2018
U23s v Aston Villa (a) @ Bescot Stadium, Walsall, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 26.10.2018 U23s v Boro (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 27.10.2018 Southampton (a) @ St. Mary's, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,450. 

Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club North Shields. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985 198222.

Fri 02.11.2018 U23s v Manchester United (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 03.11.2018 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 03.11.2018 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Fri 09.11.2018 U23s v Southampton (a) @ Staplewood, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 10.11.2018 U18s v Chelsea (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sat 10.11.2018 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Tue 13.11.2018 U21s v Grimsby Town (a) @ Blundell Park, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Trophy.

Sat 24.11.2018 U18s v Boro (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 26.11.2018 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 26.11.2018 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (25 points). Adults £30,  OAPs/U18s- U21s £20, U18s £15. Allocation: tbc. 
Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 30.11.2018
U23s v Leeds United (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 01.12.2018 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.12.2018 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale from Wed 24.10.2018, public sale Wed 31.10.2018 (online), Wed 07.11.2018 (in person/by phone).

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Wed 12.12.2018
Fri 25.01.2019 March
Fri 22.02.2019 April
Fri 05.04.2019 May

NUFC Live on TV:

Mon 26.11.2018
Burnley (a) 8pm Sky
Sun 08.12.2018 Wolves (h) 4pm Sky
Wed 02.01.2019 Man United (h) 8pm Sky
Sat 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a) 5.30pm BT
Tue 29.01.2019 Man City (h) 8pm BT

(TV picks up to 30.01.2019 announced)

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 Sat 05.01.2019
R4 Sat 26.01.2019
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
Sat 18.05.2019

Checkatrade Trophy:
United enter in the First Round in Group G, fielding an U21 side:

Tue 04.09.2018 Doncaster R (a) won 3-1
Tue 09.10.2018 Notts C (a) won 2-0
Tue 13.11.2018 Grimsby T (a) 7.45pm

U23 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in Group H:

Thu 04.10.2018 Notts County (h) won 2-1
Fri 09.11.2018 Southampton (a) 7pm
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) 7pm
Tue 22.01.2019 Notts County (a) 2pm
Fri 08.02.2019 Southampton (h) 7pm
Mon 25.02.2019 Leeds United (a) 7pm

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

First Round:
Tue 23.10.2018 Bedlington v Alnwick Town
Wed 24.10.2018 WA Celtic v Ashington
Wed 24.10.2018 Heaton S v Whitley Bay

Quarter Final:

Heaton Stan/Whitley Bay v Morpeth
Newcastle Benfield v North Shields
Newcastle United v Blyth Spartans
West Allotment Celtic/Ashington v
Bedlington Terriers/Alnwick Town
(to be played on or by 26.01.2019)

FA Youth Cup:
United enter at the Third Round stage, fielding an U18 side - draw date tbc.

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018

U18 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in
Group F:

Sat 29.09.2018 Man United (a) lost 0-1
Sat 10.11.2018 Chelsea (h) 11am
Sat 08.12.2018 Norwich City (h) 11am

Gateshead FC have reduced admission prices for National League home games to £10, £5 U18s/students, U12s free.

(NB: these discount prices were previously available only to NUFC ST holders but have now been extended to everyone).

Next three GFC home games:

Sat 27.10.2018
Aldershot Town 3pm
Sat 17.11.2018
Sutton United 3pm
Tue 27.11.2018
Solihull Moors 7.45pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.


International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

05.01.2019-01.02.2019 Asian Cup Finals
06.06.2019-30.06.2019 Copa America Finals
07.06.2019-30.06.2019 AFCON Finals
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
18th October

Born Or Died:

1991 Greg McDermott born, Liverpool.

Central midfielder and younger brother of Neale - alongside whom he occasionally sat on United's first team bench next to dad Terry (and Kevin Keegan) during the 1990s.

Coming through the Academy ranks, Greg made his Reserve team bow from the bench in a 2-1 victory over the mackems at Eppleton in January 2009.

His first goal at that level then came away to Huddersfield the following September - in front of his dad, who was watching as part of his Terriers' assistant boss role.

Greg was released by United in Summer 2012 and had trials at Hartlepool United, Doncaster Rovers and Burton Albion.

However, a broken wrist sustained during a pre-season game for the Brewers in August of that year put McDermott's hopes of a deal with the League Two side on ice.

And having recovered from that blow, his second trial at Burton in October 2012 also ended prematurely when he picked up an injury after scoring during a reserve game against Grimsby Town.

Greg next popped up for a trial at Newcastle Jets in Australia, before spells at Stockport County and Bury, although he failed to appear at senior level for the Shakers.

By January 2014 he'd appeared on trial at Gateshead but again injury disrupted his hopes of gaining a permanent contract and he was sidelined by an ankle problem.

A further tryout with the Tynesiders was  more successful though, Greg agreeing a permanent contract at the International Stadium ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Making just one competitive appearance before being released, he later took up a role at Newcastle's Academy.


What Else?

1902 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One
P7, 10pts, 6th/18 
Debut for Peter McWilliam, at left half.

1913 Oldham Athletic (a)
Division One
P8, 7pts, 14th/20 
Tummon(44), Gee(55), Walters(85)

1919 Bradford (h)
Division One
P11, 15pts, 2nd/22 
Dixon(33), Hibbert(
A 13-minute second half hat-trick for Billy Hibbert made sure of the victory after a tight opening 45 minutes.

1924 Sunderland (a)
Division One
P12, 12pts, 8th/22 

1930 Derby County (h)
Division One
P11, 10pts, 14th/22 
, Stephenson(35), Bedford(1-4), Bowers(1-5
Debut and only appearance for the memorably named Errington Keen, thankfully better known as Ike. He later played over 200 times for his debut opponents. 

Derby's fifth goal was scored by George Stephenson, a native of Seaton Delaval.

1941 Gateshead (h)
Stubbins 2, Wayman

Free Image Hosting at www.auctiva.com1947 Bury (a)
Division Two
P13, 17pts, 4th/22 
Shackleton(3), og(Bickerstaff)(43), Milburn(49,78,85)
The conversion of Jackie Milburn from right wing to centre of the attack took place here at Gigg Lane. 

After the sale of Charlie Wayman to Southampton, Milburn took the number nine shirt and proceeded to score a hat-trick. 

However, it was against stand-in 'keeper Harry Catterick, filling in for George Bradshaw who had broken his leg early in the game. Them's is the breaks....

1947 Meanwhile, the reserves were in action against their Aston Villa counterparts at SJP.

A 4-2 home win featured goals from Thomas Thompson, Albert Sibley, Andrew Donaldson and George Hair.

1952 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division One
P12, 11pts, 13th/22 
G.Robledo(1), Keeble(61,75)
Lock(38), Leary(76) 
Robledo opened the scoring for United after just twelve seconds. Charlton's first half equaliser came after Lock's 60-yard free-kick bounced in altoughh there was a suspicion that the last touch was via Fenton's hand.

1954 Doncaster Rovers (a) 2-7 (1-5)
White(35), Milburn(47)
Walker(7,22), Mooney(10,31,89), Tindill(41), Jeffrey(58) 
The Magpies played in this Monday night kickabout under the new Belle Vue floodlights, just days after signing defender Bill Paterson from Rovers.

He captained United against his former club but couldn't prevent reserve 'keeper Ron Anderson from having a night to forget - and conceding to 15 year-old Alick Jeffrey.

Team: Anderson, Cowell, McMichael, Scoular, Paterson, Crowe, Milburn, Broadis, White, Curry, Mitchell.

1958 Preston North End (a) 4-3 (2-0)
Division One
P13, 15pts, 7th/22 
White(27,35,70), Franks(82)
A see-saw encounter at Deepdale saw the hosts recover from going 0-2 down to drawing 3-3, only for Albert Franks to turn in the box and meet John McGuigan's header with a superb rising first-time shot with his right boot.

1969 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Division One
P16, 14pts, 12th/22 
Greaves 2

1975 Norwich City (h)
Division One
P13, 12pts, 11th/22 
Macdonald(5,72), Gowling(47,70),
McGuire(45), MacDougall(85)
Ahead early on through a typical close range finish from Supermac, United were pegged back just on half time.

The Canaries had no answer to the home side's attacking threat after the break though, Alan Gowling quickly netting from an acute angle at the Leazes End.

Gowling headed another and Mac muscled his way through for 4-1 before Ted McDougall nodded home to reduce the arrears.

Newcastle had the last word though, Mac sprinting down the left and whipping over a low centre that David Jones slid deflected past his own 'keeper at the near post. 
Youtube footage is online here

1976 One-time mackem Messiah Bob Stokoe was forced to resign as their manager, following abuse from disgruntled Rokerites who had seen their team fail to win in nine league games.

However, Stokoe's place in wearside affections was restored following his death in 2004, when a public collection raised £73K to erect a statue in his honour outside the stadium of plight.

1980 Swansea City (h)
Division Two
P12, 12pts, 10th/22 
Attley(35), Waddle(70)
A poor way to celebrate the centenary of football being played on St.James' Park. Alan Waddle, a relative of Chris, scored the winner. Remembered here.

1986 Arsenal (h)
Division One
P11, 8pts, 21st/22 
Anderson(67), Williams(72)
A fourth home league defeat from the first six played left Newcastle at the wrong end of the First Division table, with only Manchester City beneath them.

There was a competitive senior debut for Darren Jackson, who came off the bench to replace goalscorer Ian Stewart.

1989 Blackburn Rovers (h) 2-1 (1-0)
Division Two
P12, 23pts, 2nd/24 
Quinn(10), McGhee(53) 
After a late winner against Bradford City at SJP four days earlier, Mark McGhee was United's hero again. 
Youtube footage is online here

1992 mackems (a)
Division One
P11, 33pts, 1st/24 
og(Owers)(12), O'Brien(76)
The goal that launched a thousand postcards, a million Magpie memories and a great soundbite.

"I fancy Liam O'Brien over the wall" said Lennie Lawrence on TV, seconds before the Dubliner wrote his name across Geordie hearts and caused one almighty celebration on the Roker End among joyous United fans. 

Gary Owers put through his own goal for the first, Gordon Armstrong equalised. Cue Liam, leaving Tim Carter flat-footed to give United a record-breaking 11th successive win.
Youtube footage online here (from 5.40)

1994 Athletic Bilbao 
(Spain) (h) 3-2
UEFA Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg
Fox(9), Beardsley(34pen), Cole(56)
Ziganda(71), Suances(79)

United repeated the custom of the previous Fairs Cup era by wearing their away strip for this game - an Asics all blue affair.

Three goals to the good and with the crowd in jubilant mood, the team however allowed their concentration to slip and conceded two costly goals in the closing stages.

A certain local newspaper hack later blamed fans for their excessive celebrations and indulging in a Mexican wave that distracted the Newcastle players. 
Youtube footage is online here

1997 Leeds United (a)
P8, 15pts, 10th/20
Ribeiro(30), Kewell(38), og(Beresford)(43), Wetherall(47)
One of the few occasions the blue, green and orange away kit got an airing. A dreadful performance by United as goals from Ribeiro, Kewell, Wetherall and a Beresford own goal saw them well beaten. 

Man of the Match for us was the-then Bolton player, Robbie Elliott, who limped into the away end on crutches to cheer the lads on.

2003 Middlesbrough (a) 
P8, 9pts, 11th/20
A far from convincing win, but United rode their luck to claim three precious points that rocketed them seven places up the table, to eleventh.

Shola netted the only goal of the game after being set up by Alan Shearer and Gary Speed, but at the other end Shay Given's display was as important in the victory.

This game provided a classic example of Al running down the clock by taking the ball to the corner flag, a tactic that provoked  mild -mannered defender Gareth Southgate into a lunging tackle for which he was booked. match report

2004 Another awful display from the reserves at Kingston Park as they extended the goalless run to 425 minutes and seldom looked like breaking their duck against a Blackburn Rovers side who were little better.

Rovers when Jamal Johnson wandered round Titus Bramble to rifle home shot from 15 yards past Tony Caig. match report

2005 Two first half goals from the home side meant that the reserves left Birmingham City empty-handed and with yet another name added to the club's sick list. 

Aussie international defender Craig Moore's comeback after a three month absence saw him lasted only 45 minutes before limping from the field at St.Andrew's. match report

2008 United's U18 side recorded a 3-1 home victory over their Barnsley counterparts, thanks to a hat trick from Nile Ranger.

Some quotes from Mike Ashley roughly akin to deranged world domination rantings of a James Bond film baddie appeared in the Sunday Times

"I have to put £20m a year into the club — I spend more than every other fan put together puts into the club each year. If you can’t pay up front to buy the club, you can’t afford it.

"Chris (Hughton) deserves a shot at the title — he has done a great job. But if I keep the club I will have the final say on players. I am the one who has to fund the club.

“Of course I regret it (buying the club). I never said I was an expert in football clubs. I tried my best. But I accept my best was woefully short.”

2011 Newcastle reserves beat Liverpool 3-2 at Whitley Park thanks to goals from Nile Ranger (2) and Michael Richardson.

Coach Willie Donachie took charge for the first time (although predecessor Peter Beardsley was in the home dugout) as the second string extended their unbeaten start to the season to five matches. match report

Second half strikes from Adam Campbell and Haris Vuckic ensured that United's second string left Craven Cottage with a point, while Massadio Haidara began his comeback. match report

2014 Leicester City (h) 
Premier League
P8, 7pts, 18th/20
Kick-off was delayed by an hour after the new Leazes End scoreboard came adrift, before United secured a first Premier League victory of the season at the eighth time of asking.

The importance of Gabriel Obertan's second half winner was underlined by owner Mike Ashley entering the home dressing room after full time to offer his congratulations. match report

2015 Norwich City (h)
Premier League
P9, 6pts, 18th/20
Perez(33), Mitrovic(64)
Mbokani(20), Redmond(34)

On a memorable afternoon at Gallowgate, Steve McClaren's side broke their duck in spectacular fashion and gave credence to the Head Coach's assertion that our season actually started here rather than in August.

Smiles replaced frowns in the stands and relieved fans saluted the whole side at full time - with particular praise afforded to four goal hero Gini Wijnaldum. match report

2016 Barnsley (a)
P13, 28pts, 1st/24
Dwight Gayle fired United to the top of the Championship as his purple patch continued with two second half goals at Oakwell on a Tuesday night.

That made it seven goals in four games for the league's leading scorer as he notched his tenth and eleventh goals of the season. match report