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Premier League:
Another guard of
honour required

A 2-1 victory for Leicester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday ended any faint hopes Manchester United had of winning the title - and confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions ahead of Friday's visit to SJP.

The Newcastle players are expected to form a guard of honour on the field before kick off in that game - the second successive season that they've done so, having welcomed Liverpool in similar fashion last July.

PS: some unkind readers have suggested that Pep Guardiola's side should be the ones saluting Newcastle, for our epic achievement in avoiding relegation...

Premier League:
Ballot results out

Season ticket holders who were successful in the ballot for Sheffield United home tickets started receiving emails on Tuesday afternoon.

Tickets will need to be ordered online via club accounts before 10am on Friday (14th). The club have said that paper tickets will be issued and posted out, with no facility for matchday collections.

A health questionnaire will be emailed 72 hours before the game and must be completed and returned in order to gain admission.

NUFC have published specific guidance online here about mask wearing, identity checks, food and drink etc - pay particular attention to MATCHDAY FAQS.

Manchester City (h)

Newcastle play their penultimate home game of the season on Friday night, when they host Manchester City in an 8pm kick-off,
shown live on Sky Sports.

Pep Guardiola's side arrive at SJP confirmed as title winners, after nearest challengers Manchester United lost at home to Leicester City on Tuesday.

That means there's to be no repeat of May 1968, when the Citizens clinched the First Division Championship following a 4-3 victory at Gallowgate.

NUFC: Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow and Ryan Fraser remain out, while Fabian Schar serves the second of his three match suspension.

With two home games left to play, Steve Bruce's side have collected 20 points at SJP this season: that's six less than last season and two less than their lowest PL tally of 22 set in 2008/09.

Callum Wilson's club season is now over, following a hamstring injury picked up during the win at Leicester.

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Coral price a City success at 2/7, with the draw at 9/2 and a home victory at a substantial 10/1. A repeat of last season's 2-2 PL draw here is rated at 20/1.

John Stones is available for duty following the completion of his three match ban. There's a fitness doubt over Kevin De Bruyne.

So far this season, City have taken 42 points from a possible 51 away from home, thanks to 13 wins and draws at Leeds United (1-1), West Ham (1-1) and Manchester United (0-0).

Their sole defeat was a 0-2 reverse at Spurs back in November and they arrive on Tyneside in search of a twelfth successive PL away victory, which would set a new Premier League record.

Scoring a divisional high 34 goals on the road, they also possess the meanest defence having conceded just nine.

With visits to Newcastle and Brighton remaining, City are unable to match or exceed the PL record they hold of 16 away wins in a season, set in 2017/18.

Kevin Friend - third game in charge of Newcastle this season, after the 0-3 home loss to Brighton and 3-2 win over West Ham at SJP. The visitors had a man sent off in both games.

VAR: Darren England


United v City @ SJP - PL record:

2019/20 Lost 0-2 (FA)
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Willems, Shelvey
2018/19 Won 2-1 Rondon, Ritchie (pen)
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Drew 1-1 Anita
2014/15 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2
2013/14 Lost 0-2 (LC)
2012/13 Lost 1-3 Ba
2011/12 Lost 0-2
2010/11 Lost 1-3 Carroll
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Ameobi, og(Dunne)
2007/08 Lost 0-2
2006/07 Lost 0-1
2005/06 Won 1-0 Owen
2004/05 Won 4-3 Robert, Shearer, Elliott, Bellamy
2003/04 Won 3-0 Shearer 2, Ameobi
2002/03 Won 2-0 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano (FAC)
2000/01 Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand 2, Beardsley
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1994/95 Won 3-1 Gillespie 2, Beresford (FA)
1994/95 Lost 0-2 (LC)
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole 2

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on BBC Newcastle


Fulham's 0-2 home loss to Burnley on Monday meant that The Cottagers joined West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the Championship next season - and Newcastle will play top-flight football in 2021/22.

Replacing that trio are Norwich City, Watford and one of the playoff quartet of Barnsley, Bournemouth, Brentford and Swansea City.

Current PL table - bottom eight:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
13 Palace 35 -22 41
14 Southampton 35 -18 40
15 Burnley 35 -14 39
16 Newcastle 35 -18 39
17 Brighton 35 -5 37
18 Fulham 35 -22 27 R
19 West Brom 35 -36 26 R
20 Sheffield U 35 -44 17 R

Latest PL results:

Fri 07.05.2021:
Leicester City 2-4 Newcastle

Sat 08.05.2021:
Leeds United 3-1 Spurs
Sheffield United 0-2 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

Sun 09.05.2021:

Wolves 2-1 Brighton
Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United
West Ham 0-1 Everton
Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Mon 10.05.2021:
Fulham 0-2 Burnley

Tue 11.05.2021:
Manchester United 1-2 Leicester City
Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace

Wed 12.05.2021:
Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal

Upcoming PL games:

Thu 13.05.2021:
Aston Villa v Everton (6pm) Sky
Manchester United v Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky

Fri 14.05.2021:
Newcastle v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Sat 15.05.2021:
Burnley v Leeds United (12.30pm) BT
Southampton v Fulham (3pm) Sky
Brighton v West Ham (8pm) Sky

Sun 16.05.2021:
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Noon) Sky
Spurs v Wolves (2.05pm) Sky
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (4.30pm) Sky
Everton v Sheffield United (7pm) BT

Tue 18.05.2021:
Manchester United v Fulham (6pm) Sky
Southampton v Leeds United (6pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester City (7pm) BT
Chelsea v Leicester City (8.15pm) Sky

Wed 19.05.2021:
Everton v Wolves (6pm) Sky
Newcastle v Sheffield United (6pm) Sky
Spurs v Aston Villa (6pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (7pm) BT
Burnley v Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham (8.15pm) Sky

Sun 23.05.2021:

Arsenal v Brighton (4pm)
Aston Villa v Chelsea (4pm)
Fulham v Newcastle (4pm)
Leeds v West Bromwich Albion (4pm)
Leicester City v Spurs (4pm)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (4pm)
Manchester City v Everton (4pm)
Sheffield United v Burnley (4pm)
West Ham v Southampton (4pm)
Wolves v Manchester United (4pm)

Derby day delight

Newcastle U18s  4  mackem U18s 
Newcastle's U18 side were in derby action today as they played their penultimate league game behind closed doors at Whitley Park, coming from two goals down to beat their local rivals.

The two sides shared eight goals on wearside last week and both came into this game following victories - the mackems winning 4-3 at Everton while United put six past Wolves without reply.

The hosts named two trialists in their starting line-up, central defender Andrew Nelson from Boro's Academy and Cameron Ferguson - son of ex-Magpie Duncan and like his dad a striker, latterly with Tranmere Rovers U18s.

And it was a similar story for the red and whites, with a handful of trialists lining up from various clubs.

United's youngsters fell behind in the 11th minute when Ryan Grant's ball over the top played in Ethan Kachosa, who finished well. The Zimbabwean youngster was in the Leeds side beaten here a month ago.

Ferguson junior then saw his effort just before the half hour chalked off due to offside and struck the woodwork from close range four minutes later.

The visitors doubled their lead against the run of play on 35 minutes, when an early ball into the box caught out the defence and striker Shane Temple shot home.

Following the interval, the game followed broadly the same pattern with the black and whites on top without being particularly threatening in front of goal.

Lucas de Bolle poked the ball past the visiting goalkeeper in the 57th minute but a defender was on hand to clear his goalbound shot.

Newcastle got one back in the 61st minute when Joe Oliver sent over a low cross and Ferguson was well-placed to knock in.

Home substitute Michael Ndiweni had come off the bench to net the first of his two goals last Saturday within eight minutes - and repeated the feat here just seconds after arriving, with his first touch of the ball.

The striker has struggled for fitness this season but made an instant impact here, latching onto Reagan Thomson's cross from the left and shooting home via a post in the 71st minute.

Newcastle then took the lead for the first time in the game on 78 minutes, Thomson's persistence releasing Kyle Crossley down the left and his centre met by Ndiweni, who took a touch before pivoting and firing into the net.

Lucas de Bolle's dribbling solo run through the visiting defence seven minutes from time end with the ball in the back of the mackem net via defender Cameron Jessup (on trial from Crystal Palace) - and made it 4-2 to United.

The visitors pulled one back three minutes later when Kachosa sneaked his shot between Max Thompson and the post. However, the young Magpies saw out the final few minutes without any incident to record a third successive home win - their best run of form since 2018.

Team: M.Thompson, Oliver, Scott, Carlyon (Ndiweni 70), Barclay, Nelson, de Bolle, Miley, Ferguson (Chrystal 80), Thomson, Crossley (Robertson 88).
Subs n/u: Banda, Green.

The Borrowers:
Loan lads

Current movements of our six loanees:

Elias Sorensen
(Almere City)
Needing to beat PSV II at home in their final game on Wednesday night to stand any chance of automatic promotion from the Eerste Divisie, Almere could only draw 1-1. Sorensen wasn't in the squad.

Victory for Go Ahead Eagles saw them clinch the second promotion place, with fourth placed Almere entering the six team playoffs, hosting NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.

Florian Lejeune
(Deportivo Alaves)
Tuesday saw Alaves improve their chances of avoiding relegation thanks to a 2-0 victory away at fellow strugglers Elche.

Flo played the full game while former SJP colleague Joselu netted for the tenth time this season in the league.

The three points elevated Alaves five points clear of relegation and up into fifteenth place with two games left - although four of the five sides beneath them now have a game in hand.

Yoshinori Muto (Eibar)
Bottom-placed side Eibar collected what could yet be a priceless 1-0 victory away to Getafe on Sunday, with Muto remaining unused on the bench.

That left them rooted to the bottom of La Liga, but just two points from safety with three games remaining of the season.

The next instalment comes on Thursday, when Eibar host Real Betis.

Lewis Cass
(Hartlepool United)
Aldershot (a) National League, Saturday.

With three games left, 'Pools are fourth in the table. Promotion works as follows:

Champion gets automatic promotion
2nd/3rd take playoff SF places
4th-7th take playoff QF places

Were they to end up in the playoff final, that is currently scheduled for June 19th at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Freddie Woodman
(Swansea City)
City will face a two-legged semi-final against Barnsley, with the first leg at Oakwell on Monday (17th) and the return at the Liberty on May 22nd).

The winners will face Bournemouth or Brentford in the playoff Final at Wembley on May 29th.

Fox hunters!

Leicester City  2  Newcastle 
Match report

Old boys:

Former Magpies leaving their current clubs include:

Demba Ba (Istanbul Basaksehir)
Nicky Deverdics
Louis Johnson (Marske United)
Nile Ranger (Southend United)


Having finished their season with a 1-2 home loss to Aston Villa on Friday, Newcastle's U23 side were then confirmed as last place finishers in Premier League 2 Division Two on Monday.

That came as a result of basement dwellers West Bromwich Albion ending their own fixture programme with a 3-2 home victory over Norwich City.

And to make matters worse for the young Magpies, a point for the mackems in their final game on Monday saw them gatecrash the end of season promotion playoffs at the expense of Boro.

That's a substantial improvement from the wearsiders, who failed to win a single game last season and collected just one point.

Thankfully there's no relegation from our division, but it's hardly encouraging to note that of the dozen teams that finished above us, five came from clubs currently outside the Premier League.

PS: Taking just 25 points from 24 games means that United matched last season's points total - however that 2019/20 campaign was halted after 18 games.  

A spot of bother

Newcastle U23s  1  Aston Villa U23s  2
Match report


Tozer's trophies

A 4-1 home victory over Harrogate Town was enough to confirm Cheltenham Town as League Two champions - and see club Captain Ben Tozer lift the silverware.

Now 31, the former Magpies defender has been at Whaddon Road since 2018 and completed every minute of his club's 46 league matches this season - earning him a second successive player of the season award.

HMRC case ends - Ashley statement

From NUFC, Thursday:

"HMRC has today given formal confirmation that it is discontinuing the four-year long criminal investigation into the tax treatment of agents/players payments involving Newcastle United Football Club.

It's almost four years to the day since United's promotion celebrations were followed by HMRC searches on club offices at SJP and Darsley Park.

CEO Lee Charnley's home was also raided and he was taken into custody before being released without charge.

From Mike Ashley, Thursday:

"After four years of the club being subjected to this investigation, I am pleased that the criminal investigation has now been discontinued.

"It is now time for the dark forces that are preventing this football club from becoming the powerhouse that the fans deserve, to step aside.

If his definition of dark forces is the PL, then it may be pertinent to ask why we failed to achieve powerhouse status in the decade plus before the most recent takeover was first mentioned, let alone refused by the PL....  

Thursday also brought notice from the Competition Appeal Tribunal that the club had submitted a claim against the PL under the Competition Act 1998.

NUFC assert that the PL failed to adhere to rules when blocking the proposed takeover in 2020, seeking damages, interest, costs and an injunction requiring the PL withdraw/reconsider their decision to refuse the takeover. Full text online here




Season 2020/21

NUFC released details of plans to reimburse season ticket holders on 29.10.2020 here

Further information from NUFC followed on 10.02.2021 here

Various options are available depending whether fans are on long-term deals.

Phased refunds or credits are available, but for some these options will run alongside existing direct debit payments - in other words they'll be receiving money back while continuing to pay.

Long-term deals expiring at the end of the 2020/21 season will automatically be extended to  cover 2021/22.

Fri 14.05.2021 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Note new day/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 15.05.2021 U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Wed 19.05.2021 Sheffield United (h) @ SJP, 6pm. Note new day/KO time. ST holder ballot now closed. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 23.05.2021 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage, 4pm. No away fan allocation. Live on Sky Sports.

2020/21 NUFC programmes:

Hard copy home programmes are produced by Curtis Sport costing 3.50 online here

2021/22 dates:

PL season:

Fixtures released 16.06.2021
Begins Saturday 14.08.2021
Ends Sunday 22.05.2022

Transfer window 09.06-31.08

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):

Sat 04.09.2021
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC

Sun 05.09.2021
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 


Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

This is the sign that appeared on the door of the now-closed SJP "club shop". We're pleased to confirm that it's incorrect....

(spotted by...everyone)

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

On This Day in History
12th May

Born Or Died:

1948 John Henderson Blackley born, Falkirk, Scotland. (1977-79)

Joining Hibernian from minor league club Gairdoch United in his hometown of Falkirk, central defender John became a first team regular at Easter Road and appeared in the 1972 Scottish FA Cup Final defeat by Celtic.

Playing alongside future Magpies Alex Cropley and John Brownlie, the player nicknamed "sloop" after the Beach Boys song, "Sloop John B" won the first of seven Scotland caps against Czechoslovakia in October 1973.

Financial problems at Hibernian in 1977 saw the club accept a 100K bid from Newcastle in October 1977 and Blackley debuted in a 2-1 home loss to Derby County that month.

Unable to prevent United from dropping out of Division One that season, John stayed at SJP for our first unsuccessful attempt at promotion before leaving on a free in 1979.

Joining Preston North End, Blackley returned to Scotland two years later
with Hamilton Academical and had his first managerial post there after hanging up his boots.

Rejoining former club Hibernian - initially as assistant manager - he then took charge at Easter Road in 1984, appointing former Magpie Tommy Craig as his number two.

Blackley resigned after two years and took over at Cowdenbeath, moving on to join Dundee as their assistant manager.

He then began his association with Paul Sturrock, working as defensive coach with "Luggy" at St.Johnstone.

John then followed Sturrock as he moved on to manage Dundee United, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and Argyle again.

Following the arrival of Paul Mariner and John Carver at Home Park in 2009, John departed and returned to Scotland as assistant to Jocky Scott at Stirling Albion but left the club in December 2011.

December 2014 saw him honoured by having a street - Blackley Place - named after him in Reddingmuirhead near Falkirk.

1987 Phil Cave born, Newcastle.

Left-sided defender who appeared for United at Academy and reserve team level, his sole senior outing coming in a pre-season friendly at Norwich City in July 2006.

Released by United, Phil joined Gateshead in 2007, following trials at both Darlington and Scunthorpe United.

Helping the Tynesiders win promotion to the Blue Square North via the playoffs, he then joined Livingston following a successful trial with the Scottish First Division side.

After half a dozen first team outings for the Almondvale club, Phil rejoined Gateshead on loan in February 2009, in time to play his part in their elevation to the Conference.

Released by the Tynesiders in 2010, Cave later appeared for Blyth Spartans, Whitley Bay (twice), Ashington (twice), Bedlington Terriers (twice), Newcastle Benfield and Killingworth.

2000 Kieren Aplin born, Newcastle.

Defender who was spotted playing for North Shields Juniors by United, making his U18 debut from the bench in a 0-2 loss at Middlesbrough during November 2015.

Taking up a two year scholarship the following summer, Kieren's first U18 goal came away to Wolves in December 2016.

Losing his place in the side midway through the following season, "Appers" was released by United and joined North Shields ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Later moves took him to Consett and Gateshead.


What Else?

1904 Danish Representative XI (a)
Lindgren(0-1), Olsen(44)
United maintained their 100% record on what was their first overseas tour, winning for the fourth time in Copenhagen.

The hosts went ahead and after Wilson levelled, the Danes missed a penalty before regaining the lead before the interval.

Wilson then scored twice more in the second half to defeat an XI including teenager Nils Middleboe - who would later join United on a short-term basis (see below)

1913 Danish XI (a)
Hall 2, Hewison, Finlay
Crowd tbc
A decade later and the Magpies were back in Copenhagen for the third time, kicking off a trio of games with another victory.

During the series of games, Newcastle faced Nils Middelboe as they had nine years earlier and were impressed enough to sign him on amateur terms.

However the Dane subsequently opted to join Chelsea during October 1913 without making a senior competitive appearance for United.

1924 Spanish Select XI (a)
Larazza(pen), scorer tbc
Crowd tbc
The second leg of United's nine game tour of Spain saw them visit Bilbao to provide the opposition for the national team ahead of their participation in the Paris Olympics. There was some doubt about the penalty award.

Match action from 1924

1924 The Football League Management Committee announced that Newcastle had been fined 750 for fielding weakened sides in seven of their league games - keeping their strongest XI for FA Cup duty. 

1945 Middlesbrough (h)
Gordon, Hair 2, Stubbins 5, Carr 2, Milburn
SJP hosted the second leg of the Tyne Wear Tees Cup semi-final.

The visitors appeared to have been celebrating VE Day earlier in the week rather more lustily than United, given that the first leg on Teesside had finished 1-1.

1965 VFL Wolfsburg (W.Germany) (a)

Game three of United's five date post-season tour saw them in Lower Saxony. 

The hosts included a trio of guest players from Eintracht Braunschweig for this game at their Stadion am Elsterweg home.

The travelling party toured the nearby Volkswagen car factory before this game.

Team: Marshall, Craig, Clark, Anderson, McGrath, Iley, Suddick, Hilley, Cummings, Penman, Allen.

1984 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 3-1 (1-1)
Division Two 
80pts, 3rd/22
Keegan(22), Waddle(50), Beardsley(85)
Kevin Keegan played the final competitive game of his career, with United's top-flight return already secured. 

Under cloudless skies at a packed SJP, KK ended as he began, opening the scoring after Chris Waddles' shot rebounded off a post.

And although Gerry Ryan threatened to spoil the party with an equaliser before half time, Waddle's header and Peter Beardsley's masterly chip over Joe Corrigan ensured that things ended on the highest of high notes.
Youtube footage is online here

Keegan then went on a lap of honour round the ground before taking to the microphone and imploring the club's directors to invest in players ahead of their top flight return.

Ello, Ello, Ello, we are the Geordie Boys...


1993 Former Magpie defender Frank Clark was appointed as successor to Brian Clough as Nottingham Forest Manager.

He lasted until December 1996, when replaced by  Stuart Pearce, later to join Newcastle.

2001 United's U17s overcame sweltering conditions and a highly-rated smoggies side to win 3-1 in front of 2,669 fans at SJP. 

Richard Offiong's brace and one from Chris Moore were enough to set up a two-legged playoff final against Ipswich Town. 

2004 Southampton (a)
P37, 55pts, 6th/20
Ameobi(7), Bowyer(35), Ambrose(90)
Beattie(19), og(Bramble)(39), Griffit(88)

A deeply disappointing night at St. Mary's, as Champions League qualification slipped through Newcastle's fingers. 

Twice United were in front but with the home side down to 10 men after Kevin Phillips limped off injured with all subs used, Griffit got what seemed to be an unlikely winner. 

There was still time for Darren Ambrose to score though and the point proved to be invaluable in securing a UEFA Cup spot. match report

2009 Newcastle reserves retained the Northumberland Senior Cup following a 4-0 win over Northern League Ashington at SJP.

A Xisco brace and efforts from Ben Tozer and Mark Doninger saw off the Colliers. match report

2013 Queen's Park Rangers (a) 2-1 (2-1)
Premier League
P37, 41pts, 13th/20
Ben Arfa(18pen),
(Elliot 81-two bookings)
QPR's Jose Bosingwa ensured United retained their Premier League status in the penultimate game of the season with two howlers to gift us victory.

Future Magpie Loic Remy put the home side ahead from the spot before the R's defender gave away a needless penalty that Hatem Ben Arfa smashed home.

Bosingwa then left a backpass short that fell to the feet of Yoan Gouffran who found the empty net with a first time effort.

Typically, United complicated matters by the dismissal of goalkeeper Rob Elliot for a second booking after a dubious handball. 

Such was the ineptitude of the already relegated R's though that they rarely troubled substitute 'keeper Steve Harper. match report

2019 Fulham (a)
Premier League
45pts, 13th/20
Shelvey(9), Perez(11), Schar(61), Rondon(90)

Sizeable doubts remained over the future of the manager and many of his players, but Rafa Benitez and his side signed off for the season with an emphatic success at Craven Cottage.

Goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon delighted thousands of away supporters - including around 1,500 who arrived in a flotilla of specially-chartered river boats. match report