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Another guard of
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
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
about mask wearing, identity checks,
food and drink etc - pay particular attention to MATCHDAY FAQS.
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
NUFC: Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow and Ryan Fraser remain
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.
Coral offer new
£20 in free bets when
you bet £5
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.
MCFC: 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.
Referee: 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
Live on Sky Sports
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport
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:
Latest PL results:
Leicester City 2-4 Newcastle
Leeds United 3-1 Spurs
Sheffield United 0-2 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-0 Southampton
Wolves 2-1 Brighton
Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United
West Ham 0-1 Everton
Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Fulham 0-2 Burnley
Manchester United 1-2 Leicester City
Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
Upcoming PL games:
Aston Villa v Everton (6pm) Sky
Manchester United v Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky
Newcastle v Manchester City (8pm) Sky
Burnley v Leeds United (12.30pm) BT
Southampton v Fulham (3pm) Sky
Brighton v West Ham (8pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Noon)
Spurs v Wolves (2.05pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (4.30pm)
Everton v Sheffield United (7pm)
Manchester United v Fulham
Southampton v Leeds United (6pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester City (7pm) BT
Chelsea v Leicester City (8.15pm) Sky
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
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)
Newcastle U18s 4
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
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
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
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
Subs n/u: Banda, Green.
Current movements of our six loanees:
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.
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.
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.
Aldershot (a) National League, Saturday.
With three games left, 'Pools are fourth in the table. Promotion works
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.
Leicester City 2
Former Magpies leaving their current clubs include:
Demba Ba (Istanbul Basaksehir)
Nicky Deverdics (Gateshead)
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
A spot of
Newcastle U23s 1
Aston Villa U23s
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
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
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
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Season 2020/21 |
NUFC released details of plans to
reimburse season ticket holders on 29.10.2020
Further information from NUFC followed on 10.02.2021
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.
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.
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
Fixtures released 16.06.2021
Begins Saturday 14.08.2021
Ends Sunday 22.05.2022
Transfer window 09.06-31.08
events @ SJP:
Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR
Rugby League WC Finals:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)
International Magpies |
National Service |
Euro 2020 rescheduled:
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....
all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
12th May |
Born Or Died:
John Henderson Blackley born, Falkirk, Scotland.
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.
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.
Cave born, Newcastle.
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,
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
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
Representative XI (a)|
United maintained their 100% record on what was their
first overseas tour, winning for the fourth time in
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
1913 Danish XI (a)
Hall 2, Hewison, Finlay
A decade later and the Magpies were back in Copenhagen
for the third time, kicking off a trio of games with
During the series of games, Newcastle faced Nils
Middelboe as they had nine years earlier and were impressed enough to sign him on amateur
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
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.
action from 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.
Gordon, Hair 2, Stubbins 5, Carr 2,
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.
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
The travelling party toured the nearby Volkswagen car
factory before this game.
Craig, Clark, Anderson, McGrath, Iley, Suddick, Hilley,
Cummings, Penman, Allen.
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 3-1 (1-1)
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.
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
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
Richard Offiong's brace and one from Chris Moore were enough to set up
a two-legged playoff final against Ipswich Town.
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
There was still time for Darren Ambrose to score though and the point proved to
be invaluable in securing a UEFA Cup spot.
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.
NUFC.com match report
Queen's Park Rangers (a) 2-1 (2-1)
P37, 41pts, 13th/20
(Elliot 81-two bookings)
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.
NUFC.com match report
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.
NUFC.com match report