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Burnley
Premier League

Turf Moor
Sunday 22nd May
Kick-off 4.00pm
NB: No live UK TV broadcast
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Newcastle 2
Arsenal 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Monday 16th May
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by
  NUFC.com in 2021/22:

96


 

 

 

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Burnley (a) SOLD OUT

Premier League:
Burnley (a)




Sunday sees the Magpies bring down the curtain on what has been a remarkable season, even by our standards.

As is the case with the other Premier League games, it's a 4pm kick-off at Turf Moor and there's no live UK TV broadcast.

All 2,350 away end tickets are sold out.

Burnley go into this game out of the bottom three on goal difference and needing to equal or better the outcome of Sunday's Brentford versus Leeds game in order to retain their top-flight place.

The Magpies are assured of finishing between 10th and 14th.

Current PL table - extract:





NUFC: Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey will miss out due to injury and Ryan Fraser is doubtful. Chris Wood and Fabian Schar trained on Thursday but Javier Manquillo wasn't spotted.

Our betting partners Boyle Sports have various
match markets online here and rate this fixture as follows:

NUFC win 15/8
Draw 12/5
BFC win
11/8
NUFC win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 10/3
NUFC to score in both halves 7/2

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BFC: Matej Vydra and Ashley Westwood won't feature, while there are doubts over Ben Mee, Jay Rodriguez and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Matt Lowton will be suspended against Newcastle following his red card during a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Thursday.

Remaining PL fixtures:
Sun 22.05.2022: (all 4pm KOs):
Arsenal v Everton
Brentford v Leeds United Sky
Brighton v West Ham
Burnley v Newcastle
Chelsea v Watford
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Leicester City v Southampton
Liverpool v Wolves Sky
Manchester City v Aston Villa Sky
Norwich City v Spurs

Transport:


Trains: If any part of your journey involves Trans-Pennine trains, be aware that ongoing industrial action by RMT staff will affect their services on Sunday.

An amended timetable is now online here, where you'll also find details of ticket acceptance via other train companies on that day and the refund procedure on pre-bought tickets if you decide not to travel.

Metro: No scheduled disruptions.

Referee: Craig Pawson - a mixed bag of outcomes in the three Toon games this season that the South Yorkshire official has taken charge of.

Beginning with a 1-1 home draw against Manchester United, Pawson then oversaw the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at SJP before returning for the 0-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

VAR:
Jarred Gillett - third successive game on the screens involving Newcastle United for this official.

UK TV: None

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UK Radio: Live on talkSPORT 2

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Stats:

Following a 1-0 home win in December, victory at Turf Moor would give United their only PL win double of the season.

So far this season, Newcastle have won four games on the road - at Leeds, Brentford, Southampton and Norwich. Along with draws at Watford, Palace, Brighton and West Ham, that leaves them with a points tally of 16 away from SJP, their smallest since 2017/18 when they reached the same total.

Magpies @ Turf Moor - last 10:

2020/21 Won 2-1 Murphy, Saint-Maximin
2019/20 Lost 0-1
2018/19 Won 2-1 og(Mee), Clark
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Drew 1-1 Cisse
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort (FR)
1982/83 Lost 0-1
1979/80 Lost 2-3 Shoulder, Barton
1978/79 Lost 0-1
1975/76 Won 1-0 T.Craig(pen)

Final away game results - PL:

2020/21 Won 2-0 at Fulham
2019/20 Drew 0-0 at Brighton
2018/19 Won 4-0 at Fulham
2017/18 Lost 0-1 at Spurs
2015/16 Drew 0-0 at Aston Villa
2014/15 Lost 1-2 at QPR
2013/14 Lost 1-2 at Liverpool
2012/13 Won 2-1 at QPR
2011/12 Lost 1-3 at Everton
2010/11 Drew 2-2 at Chelsea
2008/09 Lost 0-1 at Aston Villa
2007/08 Lost 1-3 at Everton
2006/07 Drew 1-1 at Watford
2005/06 Drew 0-0 at Birmingham City
2004/05 Lost 0-2 at Everton
2003/04 Drew 1-1 at Liverpool
2002/03 Drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion
2001/02 Lost 1-3 at Southampton
2000/01 Lost 0-3 at Liverpool
1999/00 Drew 0-0 at Derby County
1998/99 Lost 0-2 at Leicester City
1997/98 Lost 0-1 at Blackburn Rovers
1996/97 Drew 0-0 at Manchester United
1995/96 Drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest
1994/95 Lost 0-1 at Blackburn Rovers
1993/94 Lost 0-2 at Sheffield United

Magpin:
Trio released

There's a proliferation of new badges from Magpin this Saturday, with no less than three on sale from Noon.

Honouring the contribution of Eddie Howe to our survival, there's a badge capturing him in celebratory mode, plus club and country badges for Bruno Guimarares.

Find them all online here


Sunday service:

End of season party: exclusive promo code

This coming Sunday sees outdoor venue Central Park in Newcastle's Times Square host a "Toon Toon Black & White Party" from 2pm onwards. 

Celebrating United's achievement of retaining top-flight status, Sky Sports' Keith Downie is joined on stage by ex-Magpies Steve Howey and John Beresford - plus DJs, live music and PL coverage on big screen TV from 4pm.

Tickets are available now online here for just £10 plus booking fee by using the promo code TOON50OFF

Latest:
Henderson links
played down




Update: Speaking to the media on Friday, Eddie Howe confirmed that the club weren't "close to signing anybody at this moment in time" and that claims to the contrary were "far from the truth."


From The Manchester Evening News, Thursday:

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. Sources say Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday and a deal is ‘99% done’.

It is understood discussions have been held over a season-long loan but a permanent transfer has not been ruled out.


The Whitehaven native is under contract at Old Trafford until 2025 and was unable to make a loan departure this season - ending up with just three cup outings.

Henderson had played 26 times for the Red Devils in all competitions in 2020/21 - including 13 games in the Premier League plus his first senior England cap .

That followed successive season-long switches to Sheffield United, the second of which saw him make 36 top-flight appearances.

Henderson's likely departure for pastures new next season (at least) looks to be a consequence of incoming Manchester United boss Erik tan Haag opting to retain David de Gea as his first choice custodian.

Loan lad:

Matty's off
to Wembley!


On-loan Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff was an unused substitute on Wednesday night, as Mansfield Town made it to League Two playoff final.

2-1 ahead following the home leg of their semi-final against Northampton Town, the Stags won 1-0 at Sixfields Stadium to book their place at Wembley.

While Matty had no opportunity to add to his six goals this season, there was a busy 90 minute shift for club colleague and SJP old boy James Perch at the ripe old age of 36.
 
Mansfield will face Port Vale in the playoff final on Saturday May 28th, after they beat Swindon Town on penalties following a 2-2 draw on aggregate.

Internationals:
Double chance
for Anderson


Following an eye-catching loan spell at Bristol Rovers, there's a further chance for Elliot Anderson to impress ahead of next season, with the Newcastle youngster named in the latest Scotland U21 squad.

The 19 year-old is among 22 players selected for European U21 qualifiers against Belgium and Denmark as follows:

05.06.2022 Belgium (a) Sint-Truden
10.06.2022 Denmark (a) Vejle

This is the third Scotland U21 squad that Anderson has been named in, but he's yet to get any pitch time at this level.

PS: There's no place in the squad this time for fellow Magpie Lucas De Bolle. 

2022/23:
USA pre-season
tournament off

From The Mail, Tuesday:

The pre-season preparations of Newcastle United and Wolves have been thrown into disarray after a US tournament was cancelled at short notice.

Sportsmail understands the Premier League pair were due to cross the Atlantic and take part in the first 'Ohio Cup' during July, along with two sides from Spain thought to be Villareal and Valencia.

Plans were at a very advanced stage, according to insiders, with the finishing touches being put to a tournament which would have seen two matches hosted in Cincinnati and two in Columbus.

However, both English sides have been left fuming after the plug was suddenly pulled - with barely any explanation.

Wolves are still expecting to travel to the US but are now in talks with MLS clubs to try to arrange fixtures. Newcastle are exploring their options.

The scheduling of MLS games throughout July makes playing games against US sides in their own country problematic - Newcastle's last stateside jaunt in 2015 pitting them against a Mexican side and two domestic outfits in leagues below MLS level. 

2021/22:
PL beckons for
Terriers or Trees


The pursuit of the final Premier League promotion place via the playoffs continues, with the identity of the two finalists now confirmed.

Monday's tie saw Huddersfield Town eliminate Luton Town 2-1 on aggregate, before Nottingham Forest disposed of Sheffield United via penalties on Tuesday, after the sides were locked at 3-3 on aggregate.

The Terriers and the Tricky Trees now meet at Wembley on Sunday week, May 29th, to determine who follows Fulham and Bournemouth into the top flight.

Premier League:
Gunner be starting something

Newcastle  2  Arsenal  0

Match report


Exit:
Jake heads out

Ahead of Newcastle revealing their Academy and Development retained lists, goalkeeper Jake Turner has confirmed that he's leaving after no contract offer was made to him.

Now 23, Turner joined United in 2019 as a free agent after previous club Bolton Wanderers went into administration.

Appearing for the U23s, a loan move to
League Two Morecambe followed in September 2020 where he made 17 appearances in all competitions before losing his place and returning to SJP.

This season then saw him loaned out to fellow fourth tier side Colchester United, playing 14 times in league and cup.

What proved to be his final game in a Newcastle shirt was a 2-4 loss to Boro U23s at the Riverside last month.

Old boy:
Unlikely return
now forecast


Multiple media reports assert that incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will be assisted by Steve McClaren - over 20 years after his previous spell on the Old Trafford coaching staff ended.

Working under Sir Alex Ferguson for two years before leaving in 2001
to manage Boro and then the England national team, McClaren's next appointment was at Dutch club FC Twente - where ten Hag was his assistant.

It completes a remarkable turnaround for 61 year-old McClaren, whose stock has fallen since a disastrous reign at Newcastle during the 2015/16 season.

Since then he's boomeranged back to former club Derby twice, book-ending stints with
Maccabi Tel Aviv and QPR plus some cringeworthy Sky TV punditry.

The Borrowers:
National service

Post-season international action that's likely to involve Newcastle players (tbc denotes that squad details are awaited):

Bruno Guimares (Brazil):
02.06.2022 South Korea (a) Seoul FR
06.06.2022 Japan (a) Tokyo FR

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay) tbc
02.06.2022 Japan (a) Sapporo FR
10.06.2022 South Korea (a) Suwon FR

Chris Wood (New Zealand) tbc
05.06.2022
Peru (n) Barcelona FR
14.06.2022
Costa Rica (n) Doha WCPO

Fabian Schar (Switzerland) tbc

02.06.2022 Czech Republic (a) Prague NL
05.06.2022 Portugal (a) Lisbon NL
09.06.2022 Spain (h) Geneva NL
12.06.2022 Portugal (h) Geneva NL

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia) tbc
03.06.2022
Belarus (a) Borisov NL
06.06.2022 Kazakhstan (h) Trnava NL
10.06.2022 Azerbaijan (a) Baku NL
13.06.2022 Kazakhstan (a) Nur-Saltan NL

Emil Krafth (Sweden) tbc
02.06.2022
Slovenia (a) Ljubljana NL
05.06.2022 Norway (h) Stockholm NL
09.06.2022 Serbia (h) Stockholm NL
12.06.2022 Norway (a) Oslo NL

Jeff Hendrick (Ireland) tbc
04.06.2022 Armenia (a) Yerevan NL
08.06.2022 Ukraine (h) Dublin NL
11.06.2022 Scotland (h) Dublin NL
14.06.2022 Ukraine (a) venue tbc NL

Scotland also face one WC qualifier and three NL ties in June - it remains to be seen whether Ryan Fraser is included.

It's also unclear whether Jamal Lewis could be in line for a recall to the Northern Ireland squad for their NL ties, following an operation on his groin earlier this year. He has been seen training along with the Magpies first team recently.

The Borrowers:
Loan lads


Rodrigo Vilca (Universitario)
Sporting Cristal (h) Primera Division, Sunday.

Matty Longstaff (Mansfield Town)
Port Vale (n) League Two playoff Final, Wembley Saturday May 28th.

Old boys:
Hoyoots

Former Magpies now out of contract at their current clubs include:

Jak Alnwick (St. Mirren)*
Andy Carroll
(West Bromwich Albion)
Carl Finnigan (Morpeth Town)
Paul Huntington (Preston North End)
Neil McDonald (Barrow Asst Mgr)
Mark McGhee (Dundee)
Steve Watson (Chester FC Mgr)

*Alnwick has now signed for Cardiff City.
 


 





 

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Tickets/Fixtures
Season 2021/22


The deadline for 2022/23 renewals for existing ST holders was 5pm on Thursday May 19th.

NUFC are yet to confirm how they will allocate unsold season tickets.

New season ticket cards will be produced for the 2022/23 season.

Sun 22.05.2022 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 4pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,350. 

Thu 16.06.2022 PL fixture release.

Fri 01.07.2022
Pre-season training commences.

Sat 06.08.2022
PL season starts.

Mon 14.11.2022
PL season halts.

Mon 26.12.2022
PL season restarts.

Sun 28.05.2023 PL season ends.

Carabao Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 2)


R2: w/c Mon 22.08.2022
R3:
w/c Mon 07.11.2022
R4:
w/c Mon 19.12.2022
QF:
w/c Mon 09.01.2023
SF1: w/c Mon 23.01.2023
SF2: w/c Mon 30.01.2023
F: Sun 26.02.2023 (Wembley)


FA Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 3)

R3: Sat 07.01.2023
R4: Sat 28.01.2023
R5: Wed 01.03.2023
QF: Sat 18.03.2023
SF: Sat 22.04.2023
F: Sat 03.06.2023 tbc (Wembley)

NUFC Live on TV:
None currently scheduled.


Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League Magic Weekend:

Sat 09.07.2022:
Wakefield v Toulouse (2.30pm)
St Helens v Wigan (4.45pm)
Leeds v Castleford Tigers (7pm)

Sun 10.07.2022:
Huddersfield v Salford (1pm)
Catalans v Warrington (3.15pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (5.30pm)


Rugby League WC Finals:


Sat 15.10.2022:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)

 

 
International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

2022/23:
19.09.2022-27.09.2022
21.11.2022-18.12.2022 (WCF)
20.03.2023-28.03.2023
 
Coxy's 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
21st May


Born Or Died:

1895 Andy Smailes born, Radcliffe, Northumberland. (1919-22)

Inside right signed from Blyth Spartans at a cost of £300, having begun his playing career with Ashington.

Debuting for Newcastle in a 1-2 defeat at Sheffield United in December 1919, Smailes marked his SJP debut with a goal in a 2-1 victory over the Blades a week later.

Enjoying his best season in 1920/21 when netting 18 league goals - one less than top scorer Neil Harris - Smailes fell from favour and played his final game in a 0-2 loss away to Sheffield United in September 1922.

Signing for Sheffield Wednesday in a £1,500 deal the following month, Smailes moved on again 12 months later to Bristol City.
 Rotherham August 1929

Joining Rotherham as a centre half in August 1929, he switched from player to trainer in 1934 and was Millers boss from 1952 to 1958 - narrowly failing to gain promotion to the First Division on goal average in 1955.

Managing Scarborough between 1959 and 1961, Andy's passing was recorded in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet during October 1978. 

1975 Laurent Robert born, Saint-Benoit, 
La Réunion. (2001-05)

French international left winger who began his career with Montpelier and was signed from Paris St.Germain in August 2001 at a cost of £9.5m. 

Introduced to the SJP crowd ahead of the Intertoto tie with 1860 Munich, Laurent's first outing was in Robert Lee's testimonial against Athletic Bilbao, before a debut in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, with Bobby Robson saying,  "I think we have signed a gem". 

Robert's first goal came in his third game ofr the club and was a memorable effort to cap a 4-1 win at the smoggies. Three more strikes then followed in four-goal victories (4-3 at home to Man United, 4-0 at Bolton and 4-1 at home to Ipswich in the League Cup), before sealing our famous Highbury victory as we topped the table. 

Five more goals and various assists followed that season as United finished fourth, going one place better in the following campaign - although Laurent enjoyed a less prolific season in front of goal.

A dozen netbusters followed in what proved to be Sir Bobby's last full campaign in charge, including two stupendous efforts in a home win over Spurs in December 2003.

However, those goals and other wonderful free kick conversions were becoming less and less representative of Robert's input, while writing a regular comment column on his own website (often critical of the club) hardly endeared him to colleagues and fans.

Grappling on the training pitch with Andy Griffin and storming into the SJP press room to confront a reporter showed some of the gallic fire in his belly, but an awful display on the night we exited from the UEFA Cup in Marseille showed up his unreliability.

The final season of Robert's SJP career was something of a long goodbye, his attitude never likely to prove popular with the newly-installed Graeme Souness.

This had come to a head by the time United played the second leg of their UEFA Cup Quarter Final away to Sporting Lisbon.

Robert watching from the stand as his side threw away a lead having being dropped following pre-match comments in the press criticising club performances, tactics and transfers - claiming (correctly) that United had gone backwards in twelve months.

With no communication between him and Souness a parting was inevitable and following a farewell bow against Chelsea when he left the SJP pitch clad only in grey underpants, his bags were packed.



Pantaloon

Joining Portsmouth on a season-long loan, the departure of French boss Alain Perrin soon sent that into a tailspin - after just one goal and a public refusal to be among the substitute in a game at the mackems.

Nominally a Newcastle player again in late 2005, he was released from his deal and joined Portuguese side Benfica in 2006.

After just one year in Lisbon though, he was sold on to Spanish side Levante and after an
equally uninspiring spell in La Liga returned to England with Derby County in 2008.

However, Robert played just four times for the Rams and could do nothing to halt their headlong slide into the Championship.

His next stop was Canada, signing for MLS side Toronto after a successful trial, playing under his former United coach John Carver.

That lasted barely five months though before the winger was on the move again, linking up with his one-time Magpies team mate Nicos Dabizas at Greek side Larissa.

Back in France by 2009 Robert tried to keep fit by training with former club PSG - along with fellow free agent, Fabrice Pancrate.

And when the latter was offered a trial at SJP, Robert encouraged him to go - before urging United to let him return, when a deal was agreed for Pancrate. Chris Hughton mysteriously lost his number though....

Hanging up his boots, Laurent returned to former club Montpellier during 2014 as a coach, assisting their youth and women's teams.

1990 James Marwood born St. Albans.
(2006-09)

Reserve and Academy midfielder who made his second string debut off the bench in March 2007 against Sheffield United at Chesterfield's former Saltergate home.

The son of former Hull City, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday & United winger Brian, James failed to win a professional deal at SJP and was released in 2009, having suffered numerous injury setbacks.

After trials at both Darlington and Carlisle, he signed for Blyth Spartans and later joined Gateshead, via a stint at Northern League side, Team Northumbria.

Loaned to AFC Halifax during the 2011/12 season, James later returned to the International Stadium and agreed a new contract with the Tynesiders in 2012.

Marwood helped Gateshead secure a third -place finish in the Conference and a place in the promotion playoff final in May 2014. 

Beaten 1-2 by Cambridge United at Wembley SPFL side St.Mirren took advantage of his free agent status and he debuted against Motherwell the following August.

Life in Paisley failed to work out for Marwood though and he left in January 2015 after failing to score in 15 league and cup
games.

Joining Forest Green Rovers for the rest of that season, he subsequently returned to Gateshead but was released in May 2016. 

Turning to coaching and completing his UEFA B licence, James moved to the USA with San Diego-based PDL side SoCal Surf Soccer. 

1991 Max Johnson born, Norwich.
(2007-10)

Academy 'keeper signed from Bury in 2007, only to sustain knee ligament damage on his debut that sidelined him for five months.

Appearing for the club's U18s, Max also guested for Chorley in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2009/10 season and had a stint on loan at Motherwell soon after.  

Regular bench cover for Newcastle's reserve side, Johnson made his second string debut against Boro at Whitley Park in April 2010.

Leaving United soon after, his next port of call was
 Inverness Caledonian Thistle, before training with Colorado Rapids over in the USA the following summer. 

Beginning the 2011/12 campaign back in the region with Blyth Spartans, Max was then spotted in the colours of non-league sides Bacup Borough and Woodley Sports, while also training with Manchester City.  

Graduating to the City reserve team squad, he unfortunately suffered another knee injury while playing in a training ground game in February - assisting with coaching at City's Academy while regaining fitness.

A short-term move to Barrow in March 2013 as cover failed to see Max play for the Bluebirds, but he continued his coaching career at Manchester City and as part of the Manchester International Football Academy.

 

What Else?

1905 Berlin Britannia (n)
10-1 
(?-?)
Friendly 
Scorers tbc
Scorer tbc
Crowd tbc
The fifth and final match of United's post-season tour saw them move on to Germany and preserve their 100% record.

The hosts scored from a free kick.

1911 Basle (Switzerland) (a)
7-1 
(some sources give 7-0) (?-?)
Friendly 
Scorers tbc
Scorer tbc
5,000 

1922 GAIS (Sweden) (a)
3-1 
(1-0)
Friendly 
Smailes, McDonald, Dixon 
Scorer tbc
4,248
Following two games in Norway, United's end of season tour moved on to Sweden and a fixture in Gothenburg.

1924 Everton (n)
2-3 
(?-?)
Friendly 
Cowan, Keating
Chadwick 2, Cock
Game six of Newcastle's post-season tour of Spain saw them arrive in Barcelona to face their First Division rivals at Camp de Les Corts.

At stake was the Barcelona Cup, which duly returned to Goodison Park, thanks in part to the efforts of Toffees player and future Magpies boss, Duggie Livingstone.

Team: Bradley, Russell, Hunter, Curry, Spencer, Gibson, MacKenzie, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, Mitchell.

1945 Gateshead (h)
3-1
(0-0)
Wartime
Carr(1-1), Stubbins(2-1), Milburn(3-1)
Johnson(0-1)
18,000
Gateshead went through to the final of the Tyne, wear and tees Cup competition 4-3 on aggregate.

1946 IFK Norrkoping (Sweden) (a)
0-5
(0-0)
Scorers tbc
20,000
Following 7-0 and 6-0 successes in Norway, United's post-season moved on to Sweden and a rather different outcome.

1947 Blackburn Rovers (n)
1-0 
(0-0)
Friendly 
Hair(
1-0)
9,000 
Still with three league matches to play, Newcastle journeyed to Workington to play a Cumberland Cup match against Rovers.

Meanwhile, Newcastle officials including Stan Seymour were in Preston to conclude the signing of goalkeeper Jack Fairbrother from North End.

1952 Natal (a)
6-2 
(5-0)
Friendly 
G.Robledo 4, Harvey, Davies 
Scorers tbc
8,000
The second game of United's exhausting post-season tour of Southern Africa, complete with the FA Cup.

The Magpies returned to England almost two months later, after playing a gargantuan sixteen friendlies.

1969 Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) (h) 2-0 (0-0)
(2-0 on aggregate)
Fairs Cup Semi Final
2nd Leg 
Scott(52), Sinclair(77)
59,303
After Iam McFaul's penalty save at Ibrox had kept the tie scoreless after the first leg, second half goals from two of our Scottish-born players sent us into the final.

Sinclair's goal sparked a hail of bottles from the Rangers fans in the Gallowgate End on to the field - and a pitch invasion that followed halted play for 17 minutes.


 
Police made 30 arrests - all but five of which were from Clydeside - and 89 fans needed medical attention.

Trouble had flared before the game in the city centre with pubs and shops vandalised, while visiting fans forced a gate at the Gallowgate End open to gain entry to the ground.

And there had been a brief stoppage before half time in the tie, when Rangers supporters spilled on to the field after a bottle was thrown at their own 'keeper, Gerhardt Neef.

1973 Crystal Palace (h)
5-1 
(2-0)
(5-1 on aggregate)
Anglo Italian Cup 
Barrowclough(19),
Macdonald(38,79,86), 
Gibb(75) 
Cannon(81)
12,510
After a scoreless first leg at Selhurst Park, this victory gave Newcastle a place in the final against Fiorentina.

1982 Newcastle midfielder Mick Martin played for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 1-0 to Chile in a friendly international in Santiago.

1988 Bobby Robson's England side were grateful to Peter Beardsley, who scored the only goal of the game to beat Scotland at Wembley in a Euro Championship warm-up.

1991 Less than 24,000 fans turned up at Wembley to see Graham Taylor's England side beat the USSR 3-1 in a friendly international.

Future Magpie David Batty won the first of his 42 senior international caps when appearing as a substitute.
 
1999 24 hours before kicking off at Wembley against Manchester United, the Magpies were settling in to their FA Cup Final hotel, the West Lodge Park in Hadley Wood.

2000 Tobago XI (a)
4-2 
(2-0)
Friendly
Gallacher(20), Gavilan(23), Solano(67,89) 
James(55), Hutchinson(84pen)
4,000
The second of our two post-season games in the West Indies saw United move on from Trinidad to neighbouring Tobago. 

Team: Given, Griffin, McClen (Kerr 69), Goma (G.Caldwell 69), S.Caldwell (Domi 79), Howey, Lee, Gavilan, Robinson, Gallacher (Green 69) Solano.

2005 Little over a week after his 26th birthday, Newcastle confirmed that midfielder Jamie McClen had been released by the club.

That brought an end to the Toon career of a man labelled in some quarters as "the luckiest **** on Tyneside" - even if many fans still didn't know his name (McClen not McGlen...).

2008 The London Evening Standard stated that Chris Mort would be standing down as Newcastle Chairman with immediate effect.

His replacement was announced as Derek Llambias, an Ashley associate and Managing Director of a London casino. The story came as something of a shock to North East journalists - the shape of things to come....

2014
United 'keeper Freddie Woodman saved a spot kick as England won the European U17 Championship final on penalties.

With the game locked at 1-1, the Three Lions beat Holland 4-1 in a shootout to claim the silverware in Malta.

Fellow Magpie Adam Armstrong watched from the bench after turning his ankle during the semi-final win over Portugal.


2016 Following a successful event in 2015, Rugby League's Magic Weekend returned to SJP and attracted a crowd of 39,331.

2017 30,046 were present at SJP for day two of Rugby League Magic Weekend - the third successive year United had hosted the event.