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Book giveaway

Released to excellent reviews, Dan Jackson's recent book "The Northumbrians" attempts to capture and explain the distinctiveness of our own region.

Our final stocks of
author-signed hardback copies can be ordered here for £20 including free UK delivery.

And thanks to Hurst Publishers, we have an author signed book to give away in a free competition.

To be in with a chance of winning it, send your answer to this question to by 8pm on Monday, November 25th.

The world's first turbine-powered steamship was built on Tyneside in 1894 and now resides in Newcastle Discovery Museum. What is it called?

Competition open to anyone on the planet but the winner must supply a UK postal address. One entry each please, no age limit. Subject: Book.

Aston Villa (a)

Following the international break, Newcastle return to Premier League action away at Aston Villa this coming Monday night, November 25th.

It's an 8pm start at Villa Park on Sky Sports and all away section tickets have been sold.

Following victory at West Ham, United are looking to record consecutive away successes in the PL for the first time since January 2018 (1-0 at Stoke following 3-2 at West Ham). 

NUFC: Sean Longstaff sits this one out as he serves the third and final game of his suspension.

Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, Magpies boss Steve Bruce confirmed that both Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar were continuing to train and in contention to play against Villa on Monday.

With Jamaal Lascelles already sidelined until next year due to injury, Ciaran Clark is also a doubt to face his former side after picking up a knock while on international duty with Ireland this week. 

Bruce also confirmed that Matt Ritchie was no nearer a playing return with the ankle problem that has plagued him since August requiring a further visit to see a specialist in recent days.

Should Dwight Gayle feature for United, he'll no doubt receive a similar sort of negative reception to that of former Villa boss Steve Bruce.

Gayle spent last season on loan at rivals West Bromwich Albion and netted twice against Villa - the second of which came at Villa Park in the playoff semi-final. 

However the Baggies ended up losing that game 1-2 and Gayle was dismissed - sitting out the second leg as Villa made it though to the playoff final at Wembley. 

Coral matchday betting will appear here.

AVFC: The calf injury which forced goalkeeper Jed Steer off in the early stages of Villa's 1-2 loss at Wolves will sideline him until the end of 2019.

Steer was making his PL debut at Molineux, having been drafted in to replace first-choice Tom Heaton after he pulled up in training with a calf problem - and withdrew from the England squad. 

Steer was replaced against Wolves by Orjan Nyland, who was also making his top-flight bow.

However the 29 year-old Norwegian is no stranger to Villa Park, having made 23 starts last season in the Championship. He also lined up against our U23 side there in Premier League 2 earlier this month.

Villa come into this game on the back of three successive defeats; 0-3 at Manchester City, 1-2 at home to Liverpool and 1-2 at Wolves.

On home ground they've seen off Everton (2-0) and Brighton (2-0), were held by West Ham (0-0) and Burnley (2-2) and beaten by Bournemouth and Jurgen Klopp's side (both 1-2).


Overnight road closures should be listed here

The following twitter accounts are worth a look: @HighwaysNEAST

Referee: Lee Mason - first NUFC posting of the season for the whistler from Lancashire. Mason's most recent game involving us was the 3-2 home victory over Everton at SJP last March.

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Opposite Times Square on Clayton Street West, The Dog and Parrot are now showing Sky PL live games. Get a Meat:Stack burger, fries & a craft can for just £10 every day including matchdays.

Sat 23.11.2019: 
West Ham v Spurs (12.30pm) BT
Bournemouth v Wolves (3pm)
Arsenal v Southampton (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (3pm)
Everton v Norwich City (3pm)
Watford v Burnley (3pm)
Manchester City v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 24.11.2019:
Sheffield United v Manchester United (4.30pm) Sky

Mon 25.11.2019:
Aston Villa v Newcastle United (8pm) Sky

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 

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Live on BBC Radio Newcastle


This will be Newcastle's fourteenth successive Monday night game in the Premier League to have been played away from St. James' Park.

Dec 2012 Wigan Athletic (h) won 3-0
Dec 2012 Fulham (a) lost 1-2
Aug 2013 Manchester City (a) lost 0-4
Sep 2013 Everton (a) lost 2-3
Apr 2014 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
Sep 2014 Stoke City (a) lost 0-1
Apr 2015 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
Sep 2015 West Ham (a) lost 0-2
Mar 2016 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
Oct 2017 Burnley (a) lost 0-1
Apr 2018 Everton (a) lost 0-1
Nov 2018 Burnley (a) won 2-1
Feb 2019 Wolves (a) drew 1-1
Apr 2019 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
Nov 2019 Aston Villa (a) tbc

Toon @ Villa Park - PL era:

2016/17 drew 1-1 og(Elphick) (Ch)
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 drew 0-0
2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole

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Benfica @ Benton

Looking to end a run of three successive defeats, Newcastle's U23 side return to action on Friday evening, when they begin their Premier League International Cup campaign against Benfica's B team.

It's a 7pm kick-off at Whitley Park and the usual reserve league entrance arrangements apply: free to season ticket holders and members or else £3 adults and £1 concessions on the gate.

In the absence of a replacement for departed coach Neil Redfearn, the black and whites are expected to be overseen again by Ben Dawson.

Along with ourselves and the Portuguese side, German outfit Hertha Berlin and Blackburn Rovers comprise Group C, with each side playing the other once and all games being played in England.

We're the only side yet to feature, with Benfica beating Hertha Berlin 2-1 back in September and the Germans defeating Blackburn 2-1 last week.  

24 teams enter this competition - 12 domestic, 12 overseas - with six group winners and the two best runners-up progressing to the knockout stages.

Now in its sixth season, this is only the second time that Newcastle have opted to enter, their other involvement in 2017/18 ending in defeat at the semi-final stage to eventual winners, Porto.

PS: This is the first of three games in eight days for Newcastle's second string - all of which are in different competitions.

Following Friday's meeting with Benfica, United are back at Whitley Park on Monday night (25th) for a Premier League 2 meeting with Stoke City (7pm).

And Friday week (29th) sees them return to Premier League Cup action, away at Scunthorpe United. That's a 7pm start at what used to be referred to as Glanford Park but now rejoices in the title of the Sands Venue Stadium.

Our Oatein competition has now closed 
and five entrants were randomly picked, each winning three boxes of Hype bars.

Spurs Cup test

United's U18 side return to action on Saturday, when they face their Spurs counterparts in the Premier League Cup.

Kick-off at Little Benton is 11am and at stake is a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Neil Winskill's side have three points from their two games to date, following a 2-3 defeat at Stoke and 3-1 home success against West Ham.

That leaves them top of the team group on goal difference ahead of this final game, all four teams with three points apiece.

Only the six group winners are assured of a place in the last eight, with the last two places taken up by the best two runners-up.
PS: Newcastle's FA Youth Cup Third Round tie against Norwich City will be played Tuesday December 10th at Carrow Road.

It's a 7pm start and admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions, with the Wensum Area of the City Stand open. No advance tickets will be sold.

Country calls:
Clark v Dubravka 
in Euro playoffs?

Following Tuesday night's final set of group stage games, 20 of the 24 sides that will contest Euro 2020 next summer are now known as follows:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales.

The remaining four places will be decided via play-offs involving no less than 16 countries. They consist of one-legged semi-finals on March 26th 2020 and one-legged finals on March 31st 2020.

The Finals draw takes place on November 30th, with the playoff pairings formally confirmed on Thursday, although some are known now:

Iceland v Hungary/Romania
Bulgaria/Israel v Israel/Hungary

Bosnia & Herzegovina v Northern Ireland
Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

Scotland v Bulgaria/Israel/Romania/Hungary
Norway v Serbia

Georgia v Belarus
North Macedonia v Kosovo

From a Magpie point of view, Fabian Schar (Switzerland), Emil Krafth (Sweden) and Jetro Willems (Netherlands) are possible participants in next summer's tournament.

The playoffs meanwhile promise to pit Ciaran Clark's Ireland against Martin Dubravka's Slovakia in Bratislava or Trnava - with the winners of that set to meet either Bosnia or Northern Ireland.

However due to the vagaries of UEFA's rules, it's still possible that the pairings could be altered and Ireland and Slovakia not face each other at the semi-final stage. 

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia):

19.11.2019 Azerbaijan (h) won 2-0 ECQ
Needing to collect three points and hope that Wales and Hungary drew in order to qualify for Euro2020 automatically, Slovakia kept their side of the bargain but still ended up in the playoffs.

Dubravka played another 90 minutes in Trnava and recorded a clean sheet without too much trouble. 

16.11.2019 Croatia (a) lost 1-3 ECQ
The Newcastle completed the entire game in Rijeka, picking up a yellow card for his troubles.

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay):
19.11.2019 Saudi Arabia (a) drew 0-0 FR
Almiron retained his place in the starting lineup and completed the entire game in Riyadh.

14.11.2019 Bulgaria (a) won 1-0 FR
Miggy netted for a second time in three internationals. Booked on 85 minutes, he was then replaced four minutes later in Sofia.

DeAndre Yedlin (USA):

20.11.2019 Cuba (n) won 4-0 CNL
DeAndre started the game sporting a big-hair look - rather than plaits - and was substituted in the 59th minute. The US were already three up at that point at the Truman Bodden Stadium in George Town, Caymans. Half-time saw the sides troop off to dressing rooms seemingly in a different town....

15.11.2019 Canada (h) won 4-1 CNL 
The Magpies defender appeared from the bench for the last four minutes in Orlando.

Ciaran Clark (Ireland):
18.11.2019 Denmark (h) drew 1-1 ECQ
The Newcastle defender was a half time arrival from the bench for Mick McCarthy's side, who were held by the Danes in Dublin.

14.11.2019 New Zealand (h) won 3-1 FR
Clark made his first international appearance on Thursday since a Nations League tie against Wales back in September 2018.

He played the full 90 minutes of a 3-1 friendly victory over New Zealand in Dublin.

National service II

Matty Longstaff (England U20s):
19.11.2019 Iceland U21s (h) won 3-0 FR
Our lad was in the starting XI at Adams Park - a venue he played at for Newcastle U23s back in February 2018. 

England won comfortably but Longstaff wasn't on the scoresheet in his 72 minutes of action.

14.11.2019 Portugal (a) won 4-0 FR
Matty's first England outing was as a 72nd minute substitute in Agueda.

Joe White (England U18s):

18.11.2019 Czech Republic (n) won 1-0 FR
White won another cap on Monday, returning to England's starting lineup in Spain.

16.11.2019 Norway (n) drew 4-4 FR
Joe came off the bench in the last minute of another kickabout at the Pinatar Arena.

14.11.2019 Russia (n) won 5-2 FR
There was an international bow for midfielder Joe on Thursday at the Pinatar Arena in Spain.

Joe was named in the starting XI but didn't mark his debut by getting on the scoresheet before being replaced on 72 minutes.

Oisin McEntee (Ireland U19s):
19.11.2019: Austria (a) lost 0-2 ECQ
A third start for McEntee, who retained the armband in Salzburg and was substituted in the 90th minute of the match.

That meant a third place finish for Ireland in their qualifying group after this week's trio of fixtures - missing out on qualification as a result.

16.11.2019 Gibraltar (n) won 13-0 ECQ
Oisin captained the side again in Straßwalchen and played the first half, by which time his side were 4-0 up. They added another nine after the break.

14.11.2019 Switzerland (a) lost 1-2 ECQ
The Magpies defender led his side out in Salzburg and opened the scoring within two minutes of the first whistle.

Reduced to 10 men on 65 minutes with score at 1-1, the Irish then fell behind before Oisin had a chance to level with seven minutes left. However he was unable to keep his effort on target.

Elias on target

Updates on United's nine current loan players:

Elias Sorensen (Carlisle United):
Unable to force his way into the first team, our Danish striker got a start for Carlisle reserves in Tuesday's Central League Cup game.

And Sorensen's 90 minute stint brought him a goal, shooting home to round off a 4-0 victory away to Morecambe.

Nathan Harker (Blyth Spartans):
The goalkeeper returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday's National League North visit to Boston United but couldn't prevent a 0-2 defeat.

Kelland Watts (Stevenage):
Having limped off through injury during the first FA Cup meeting with Peterborough United, the young Magpie was missing from the Stevenage squad for Tuesday's replay at London Road. 

In his absence Posh ran out 2-0 winners.

Liam Gibson (Grimsby Town):
The Mariners bowed out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, beaten 0-2 at Newport County in their First Round replay. Liam played the full 90.

Rolando Aarons (Wycombe Wanderers):
And Wycombe's interest in the competition also ended on Wednesday, defeated 1-2 at home in extra time by Tranmere Rovers.

Rolando wasn't involved in the game, presumably due to injury - having played in the first meeting of the sides and therefore cup-tied himself.

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday):
West Bromwich Albion (a) Championship, Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Swansea City):

Millwall (h) Championship, Saturday.

Dan Barlaser (Rotherham United):
MK Dons (a) League One, Saturday.

Achraf Lazaar (Cosenza)

Ascoli (a) Serie B, Sunday.

Non-League fundraiser:
Vase recollections

Following the success of the download version, "Northern Goal" by local writer Mark Carruthers is now available to buy in paperback via Amazon. 

A celebration of this region's love affair with the FA Vase over four decades, tales from the nine winning sides have been lovingly compiled. 

The likes of Whitley Bay, Dunston UTS, North Shields, Morpeth Town and Blue Star all feature.

Books cost £11.99 and can be ordered here with profits shared between the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the If U Care Share Foundation.

Fond recollections
(the other) Wor Al

From The Guardian:

Philippe Albert, felt comfortable in Newcastle. ‘I came from the same kind of world,’ he says.

“When we travelled back to Newcastle from London, we often had five or six hours to kill on the coach. On the way Steve Watson used to bring videos and Viz comics. Even if we didn’t understand everything, Kevin and the whole team were always laughing. On the way back, before we got on the motorway, Kevin used to stop the coach at a petrol station, go and buy some drinks out of his own pocket and bring them back for the team: red wine, white wine, lager, water, soft drinks. Then, when we passed a certain place on the M1, he would buy us all fish and chips.”

Philippe Albert loved Kevin Keegan and not just because of the chips. As we talk around his kitchen table at his house near Charleroi, Belgium, Albert remains enchanted by the Englishman’s warmth and optimism, just as he was in 1994, when Keegan sold the central defender the dream of playing for Newcastle United.

“Keegan was a big part of why every player came to Newcastle,” Albert says. “When you speak to him, you just want one thing: to join the club. You don’t need to talk about money; he was just so charismatic. As a kid, I would watch him on television playing for Liverpool or Hamburg and a few years later I was playing under him. Keegan was a world star. Even if I had played just six months under him, that would have been the best time of my life. When I met him, I knew straight away.”

A graceful, goalscoring centre-back with a moustache, Albert quickly became a cult hero on Tyneside, fitting perfectly into the side that would become known as The Entertainers. He joined Newcastle for £2.6m on his 27th birthday (nabbing the No 27 shirt) after some brilliant performances at the 1994 World Cup, in which he helped Belgium to the knockout stages with goals against the Netherlands and Germany. Keegan, moonlighting as a BBC pundit at the tournament, was particularly impressed and a meeting in Leeds – “to avoid the press” – was arranged. It took 15 minutes to convince Albert to sign.

We talk a lot about Kevin. Even certain English words that Albert uses here, first learned during those early days in Newcastle – “tremendous” and “wow factor” – are straight out of Keegan’s lexicon: close your eyes and you can hear the Englishman say them. The stories come pouring out of Albert, small anecdotal ones that might not define Keegan’s tenure as Newcastle manager but show how he cared and the lengths to which he went.

“We used to have three or four thousand fans watching first-team training,” remembers Albert. “The people were tremendous. Kevin was always the last one in to take a shower. If he had to sign 800 autographs, he would do it. No names but I remember two players wanted to leave straight after training. I remember Keegan grabbed them by the neck and told them: ‘You go back. Sign for those people – they are paying your wages.’ That’s Kevin.

If that was a pleasant surprise, Albert was shocked to learn that Newcastle needed to report to St James’ Park only 90 minutes before a home game and, apart from an attacking philosophy, there “wasn’t much tactical instruction. We were told to keep the ball, and the players up front did the rest.

“Les [Ferdinand] was the best header of the ball I’ve seen. Better than Alan Shearer. He would jump and just stay in the air, floating. Tino [Asprilla] was also a great player. When he wanted to play, he could win a game by himself. But when he didn’t want to play, it was like playing with 10 men. That’s difficult in the Premier League. He was a funny guy: he might not wake up for training, be 40 minutes late and then two days later would score a hat-trick against Barcelona in the Champions League. He was different.”

Keegan put a premium on togetherness. “Once a month, normally on a Monday night, we would go out for a meal, even the reserves. Afterwards some players would go home, some would go out, mingle with the fans maybe. Personally I always liked Martha’s Bar.”

Newcastle was a perfect fit for Albert. The relaxed atmosphere and climate in the north-east suited him – he had turned down offers from Juventus and Fiorentina on account of Italy being too hot and the pre-season too long – and his own working-class upbringing seemed to endear him to the locals.

“Day in, day out I would regularly just go out in the streets, shopping with my wife,” says Albert. “I would talk to people – that’s just how I was raised. People liked that, I think.

“I think this is why I settled very well in Newcastle. I came from the same kind of world. My dad worked for 36 years in a metal factory, from 14 until 50 years of age. We had everything we wanted to be happy but not a lot of money. We didn’t go on holidays, because it was impossible financially, but I had no problem with this. It was a normal life.”

This is something Albert has tried to continue. In 2001, shortly after finishing his football career at Fulham (with Keegan) and then Charleroi, he took up work as a greengrocer at a fruit and vegetable company, where he would work until 2012.

“I would prepare the produce for customers. I did it for 11 years and didn’t touch the money I earned in my football career. Up early, finishing late, that’s what I wanted: a normal life. I’m very proud of it. Otherwise when you stop football, you do nothing. You have no life.”

These days, alongside some TV punditry work in Belgium, he keeps busy by mucking out horses and preparing the stables for his wife’s equestrian business. He seems happy and fulfilled.

Albert’s house near Charleroi, coincidentally where Keegan’s England side played during Euro 2000, is full of Newcastle memorabilia: an aerial shot of St James’ Park is the centrepiece of his living room, a small figurine of him wearing the black and white kit stands alongside family photos in the hall. 

There are plenty of winner’s medals on show, though none from his time with Newcastle. One defeat, the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United in the 1996 Charity Shield, sticks out for Albert.

“We were outplayed, hammered,” he admits. “We had come back from Thailand and Japan in pre-season and honestly we were very tired. Some of their players like Roy Keane were professional and said nothing but some of the younger ones, they were taking the mickey, ridiculing us.

In the dressing room afterwards Keegan said nothing. But when they came to St James’ Park later that year, Kevin just gave out the team sheet and said: ‘Remember Wembley.’ That was enough: we went out there and won 5-0.”

That result, and particularly Albert’s audacious dink over Peter Schmeichel for Newcastle’s fifth goal, remains arguably the best single moment of that era for Newcastle fans. And moments like that matter, especially if there is no trophy to celebrate.

“It was a good goal,” says Albert, smiling. “After the match Keegan went around the dressing room shaking hands with everybody. He was delighted. We were given the next day off.”

Premier League:
Treble chance

Ahead of our game at Aston Villa and following on from successful visits to Spurs and West Ham, the opportunity to complete a clean away sweep against those three clubs beckons once again.

Of the 466 Premier League away games Newcastle have played, 115 have ended in victory for the Magpies - of which no less than 27 came on visits to the Villans, the Cockerels and the Hammers.

Spurs leads the way as our most successful away opponents with ten victories, there have been nine at West Ham and eight to date at Villa.

In terms of doing the treble in one season, we're in with a chance of doing this for the third time, after succeeding in both 1993/94 and 2013/14.

That first clean sweep began with our maiden PL away win anywhere, a 2-0 success at Villa when Malcolm Allen's spot kick and Andy Cole's effort rounded off a memorable trip for Toon travellers.

Another grand day out came two months later when a Peter Beardsley brace secured a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane. And the full house was secured in the closing weeks of the season, when Rob Lee struck twice and Alex Mathie and Andy Cole got one apiece in a 4-2 romp at the Boleyn Ground.

Fast forward 20 years and our next maximum point return from the three trips began when Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran earned a 2-1 win in the West Midlands.

Then came an incredible afternoon in North London, as Loic Remy put United ahead and a superhuman effort from Tim Krul then secured a clean sheet.

The final part of the trilogy then saw more French resistance banish the Hammers; Yohan Cabaye striking twice and Remy once in a 3-1 victory.  

Fast forward to 2019 and after Joelinton's winner at Spurs and efforts from messrs Clark, Fernandez and Shelvey at the London Stadium, opportunity knocks once on Monday. 

More rail disruption

Network Rail have confirmed their plans for further upgrades to the East Coast Main Line between London Kings Cross and Newcastle in 2020.

A further two complete shutdowns of Kings Cross are scheduled, on Saturday Jan 25th & Sunday Jan 26th 2020 (FA Cup Fourth Round weekend) and Saturday 29th Feb & Sunday 1st Mar 2020 (Burnley home).

Five other weekends will see partial closure and reduced services running on the ECML as follows:

Sat 4th Jan & Sun 5th Jan (FAC 3)
Sat 11th Jan & Sun 12th Jan (Wolves away)
Sat 18th Jan & Sun 19th Jan (Chelsea home)
Sat 8th Feb & Sun 9th Feb (Arsenal away tbc)*
Sat 15th & Sun 16th Feb (Arsenal away tbc)*

*winter break fixture, weekend to be played yet tbc 

Further announcements regarding planned work after February 16th will follow, with some or all of our visits to Crystal Palace, Southampton, Bournemouth, Watford and Brighton likely to be affected.  


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2019/20

The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

SJP Box Office phone: 0344 372 1892 

Online Box Office is here
On sale dates are here
SJP seating plan is here

Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed
Matchdays: 9am-Half time

NUFC home age categories:

Juniors: U18s
Young Adults: 18-21s
Seniors: over-65s

(NB: Away game age categories vary from club to club and do not follow the above)

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

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

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

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

City guide

NE guide here

Fri 22.11.2019 U23s v Benfica (Portugal) (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup Group Stage.

Sat 23.11.2019 U18s v Spurs (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup Group Stage.  

Mon 25.11.2019 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 25.11.2019 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: tbc). Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 29.11.2019 U23s v Scunthorpe United (a) @ Glanford Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup Group Stage.

Sat 30.11.2019 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.11.2019 Manchester City (h)
@ SJP, 12.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on BT Sport.

Thu 05.12.2019 Sheffield United (a)
@ Bramall Lane, 7.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: 2,865). Live on Amazon Prime.

Sat 07.12.2019 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, Noon. Premier League 2.

Sun 08.12.2019 Southampton (h)
@ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Cheapest tickets £35. 

Tue 10.12.2019 U18s v Norwich City (a) @ Carrow Road, 7pm. FA Youth Cup Third Round.  

Wed 11.12.2019 U23s v Hertha Berlin (Germany) (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup Group Stage.

Sat 14.12.2019 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Sat 14.12.2019 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: 2,450 tbc).

Mon 16.12.2019 U23s v West Ham (a) @ Dagenham & Redbridge FC, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 20.12.2019 U23s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup Group Stage.

Sat 21.12.2019 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Tue 26.11.2019 (in person, by phone). Cheapest tickets £35. 

Thu 26.12.2019 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: tbc). Live on Amazon Prime.

NUFC Live on TV:

Mon 25.11.2019 Aston Villa (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 30.11.2019
Man City (h) 12.30pm BT
Thu 05.12.2019 Sheff Utd (a) 7.30pm Am
Thu 26.12.2019
Man Utd (a) 5.30pm Am
Wed 01.01.2020 Leicester City (h) 3pm BT
Sat 18.01.2020 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

(TV picks up to 23.01.2020 announced)

Toon Army America have listed Toon TV venues in USA & Canada online here

NUFC Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 13.12.2019
Feb 2020
Fri 24.01.2019 Mar 2020
Fri 21.02.2020 Apr 2020
Fri 03.04.2020 May 2020
Mon 11.05.2020 17.05.2020 (final game)

Next transfer window:
01.01.2020 to 11pm 31.01.2020.

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 (draw will take place around the time of Round 2 on 30.11.2019).

R3 Sat 04.01.2020
R4 Sat 25.01.2020
R5 Wed 04.03.2020
R6 Sat 21.03.2020
SF Sat 18.04.2020
Sat 23.05.2020

U23 Premier League Cup:
United play six fixtures in Group C:

04.10.2019 Hull City (a) won 1-0
08.11.2019 West Brom (h) lost 0-1
29.11.2019 Scunthorpe United (a) 7pm
17.01.2020 Hull City (h) 1pm
10.02.2020 West Brom (a) 7pm
21.02.2020 Scunthorpe United (h) 7pm

Eight group winners and eight second place finishers qualify for the knockout stage.

U23 Premier League International Cup:
United play three fixtures in Group C:

Benfica (h) 7pm
11.12.2019 Hertha Berlin (h) 7pm
20.12.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h) 7pm

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

22.01.2020 Newcastle Benfield v NUFC
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
North Shields v West Allotment Celtic
Bedlington Terriers v Blyth Spartans
(To be played by Sat 25.01.2020)

U18 Premier League Cup:
United play three fixtures in Group E:

28.09.2019 Stoke City (a) lost 2-3
26.10.2019 West Ham (h) won 3-1
23.11.2019 Spurs (h) 11am

Six group winners and two runners-up (decided by total points, then goal difference then head-to-head record) qualify to the quarter-finals.

FA Youth Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 10.12.2019 Norwich City (a) 7pm
R4 by Sat 18.01.2020
R5 by Sat 08.02.2020
R6 by Sat 29.02.2020
SF by Sat 21.03.2020
by Sat 25.04.2020

National League North side Gateshead are offering a £5 discount to all NUFC season ticket holders on the adult price of £15 for home league games. U16s £5, U12s free with paying adult.

Upcoming home league games:

Sat 07.12.2019 Alfreton (h) 3pm
Thu 26.12.2019 Blyth (h) 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Sat 23.05.2020/Sun 24.05.2020
Rugby League Magic Weekend XIV.

Castleford v Catalans Dragons (5pm)
St Helens v Salford Red Devils (5.15pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC (7.30pm)

Huddersfield v Toronto Wolfpack (12.30pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington (2.45pm)
Wakefield Trinity v Hull KR (5pm)

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


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 



Euro 2020 Final tournament

A: Rome and Baku
B: Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen
C: Amsterdam and Bucharest
D: London and Glasgow
E: Bilbao and Dublin
F: Munich and Budapest




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
22nd November

Born Or Died:

1983 Peter Ramage born, Ashington.

As a youngster, Peter was a centre forward and his initial trial at United as a teenager came after scoring for Berwick Rangers.

However, he was persuaded to play at centre half and impressed sufficiently to be given a place at Newcastle's Academy. 

Rammy made his first team debut as a sub in the club's 100th European tie, a 4-0 home win over Olympiakos in March 2005. 

He then started his first Premier League fixture later that season at full back, in the intimidating setting of Old Trafford.

Appearing during the reigns of messrs Souness, Roeder and Allardyce, Peter was stretchered off while playing under the latter at the smoggies in August 2007.

Offered a contract extension by Kevin Keegan, Peter opted to leave SJP on a Bosman free in search of first team football - the last of his 69 appearances coming at Everton in May 2008.

That season closer saw him replace Steven Taylor for the final seconds of the game, before throwing his shirt to the away fans and departing amid a great ovation. 

Rammy joined QPR and scored the first senior goal of his career in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Loftus Road in August 2009.

The following month saw him return to his former home ground when the R's visited in the Championship, but he remained on the bench as an unused substitute.

He did make it on to the field against us in the final game of that season, but was red -carded in the fixture at Loftus Road.

And Peter's woes continued in the following campaign when he was sidelined with a serious knee injury in September 2010.

A loan deal in August 2011 saw him join Championship side Crystal Palace, where he played in the same Eagles side as former Magpie colleague, Darren Ambrose.

Ramage returned to Loftus Road only to be loaned out again, this time to Birmingham City until the end of the season but was soon back at Selhurst Park. 

Signing a one-year deal for Palace in August 2012, he helped the Eagles gain promotion back to the Premier League, scoring four times in the Championship

Loaned to Barnsley for the 2013/14 season Peter returned to Oakwell on a three month loan during October 2014 - and promptly netted on his second Tykes debut.

Returning from Barnsley in April 2015, he was released by Palace soon after and joined Indian Premier League side Kerala Blasters during August 2015.

Once that posting came to an end, January 2016 found Rammy back in England and on trial at League One Coventry City.

Despite winning a contract though, he made only a handful of appearances before being released that summer.

The final club of Peter's playing career would be Arizona United in the USA (re-titled as Phoenix Rising while he was with them.)

Making 36 appearances and captaining the side, he returned to Tyneside in 2017 and coaching at Newcastle's Academy.

August 2018 saw him heading back stateside, becoming Assistant Coach at Phoenix.  


What Else?

1902 Grimsby Town (h)
Division One
P11, 11pts, 10th/18 
Future Magpie Bill Appleyard appeared for the Mariners and "played splendidly" in the opinion of the Yorkshire Post correspondent.

1913 Liverpool (a)
Division One
P12, 11pts, 13th/20 

1919 sunderland (a)
Division One
P14, 21pts, 1st/22 

1924 Birmingham (h)
Division One
P16, 17pts, 6th/22 
Harris(13,55,70), Cowan(4-0)
With United 1-0 ahead, referee JT Howcroft was struck on the back of the head by the ball and "went down backwards like a gun shot stricken man" according to one report.

Unable to continue, Howcroft's place was taken by one of the linesman - the referee recovering sufficiently to return for the second half. 

1930 sunderland (a)
Division One
P15, 13pts, 14th/22 
Eden(11,88), Conner(29,71), Gumey(79)

1947 Cardiff City (h)
Division Two
P17, 23pts, 3rd/22 
?-1), Stobbart(2-1), Shackleton(?-1
An opening goal from Milburn after ten seconds paved the way for a comfortable win. 

The crowd witnessed an exhibition of trickery from Shack including attempts to play 1-2's with a corner flag and sitting on the ball in the manner later emulated by Kenny Wharton.

1952 Manchester United (a) 2-2 (1-0)
Division One
P16, 17pts, 10th/22 
Keeble(25), G.Robledo(85) 
Pearson(67), Aston(75)
Our second visit to Old Trafford in as many months, following an earlier 4-2 loss there in the Charity Shield.

1958 West Bromwich 
Albion (h)
Division One
P17, 19pts, 8th/22 
Kevan(9), Robson(17)
A debut for John Mitten, son of manager Charlie Mitten. Rather cruelly he was given the job of penalty taker on his debut and missed one. It was the sixth spot-kick miss of the season.

1965 Dinamo Moscow (USSR) (h) 1-4 (1-3)
Vshivtsev(10), Gusarov 
(37,60pen), Chislenko(38)  

Sub-zero temperatures and snow on the pitch made the Russians feel at home as they bossed this midweek kickabout.

Team: Marshall, Craig (Clark 46), Burton, Moncur, McGrath, Iley, Hilley, Suddick, Bennett, Penman (Robson 46), Napier.

1969 Coventry City (a) 
Division One
P20, 20pts, 11th/22 
Sandwiched between our Fairs Cup double header against Porto was this poor display at Highfield Road.

1975 Norwich City (a) 
Division One
P17, 15pts, 13th/22 
Geoff Nulty's brace made it four matches unbeaten at Carrow Road for United. 

1978 Cambridge United (h) 1-0 (1-0)
Division Two
P15, 16pts, 13th/22 
There was a debut for Gary Nicholson as United moved to seventh spot in Division Two, thanks to John Bird's effort. 

1980 Wrexham (h)
Division Two 
Wrexham hero was goalkeeper Dai Davies, who saved Alan Shoulder's penalty. One fan staged a centre spot sit-in and was led away to a chorus of boos.

1986 Chelsea (a)
Division One
P15, 11pts, 22nd/22 
A magical afternoon that culminated for some of us in a celebratory open top bus ride down Oxford Street to serenade startled seasonal shoppers with the "Blaydon Races". Drink had most definitely been taken.
Youtube footage is online here

Newcastle's Darren Huckerby travelled to Coventry City for talks after the two clubs agreed a £1m fee. He quickly signed.

1997 Southampton (h)
Premier League
P11, 18pts, 10th/20 

Two goals from John Barnes secured the points - one a rare headed goal from the former England superstar/wifebeater.

2003 Manchester City (h)
P12, 16pts, 10th/20
Ameobi(57), Shearer(77,85)
Third time unlucky for Kevin Keegan as he and his Manchester City side lost their third game in a row on Tyneside, failing to find the net yet again. match report

2008 Chelsea (a)
Premier League
P13, 13pts, 17th/20
Our record of eight defeats in a row at Stamford Bridge was mercifully ended, as JFK took his side there to grind out a point and duly did so.

As we commented though, "this is a tale of reduced circumstances, as we glorify in a 0-0 draw, having never crossed the halfway line in anger." match report

2010 Defender Mike Williamson was charged with violent conduct following an incident involving Bolton's Johan Elmander in the 1-5 thumping at the Reebok.

This came just days after a similar process was used to retrospectively punish fellow Magpie Joey Barton for an indiscretion during the home game against Blackburn Rovers.

The FA also confirmed that the red card shown to Fabricio Coloccini at the Reebok would earn him a three match suspension.

Having lost their unbeaten league record for the season with a 0-3 loss to the mackems, Newcastle's second string conceded four goals without reply to Everton.

The game was played behind closed doors at Darsley Park, sparing regular reserve watchers the pain of a thoroughly rotten display. match report

2012 Maritimo (Portugal) (h) 1-1 (1-0)
Europa League GSM5

Despite failing to record the hoped-for victory, Newcastle made it through to the Last 32 of the Europa League.

Sylvain Marveaux scored his first senior goal for the club but a late leveller from substitute Fidelis knocked United off the top of the group - the same player almost winning it in added time. match report

Having provided the opposition for the last game at their old ground six months earlier, a Magpies XI returned to Consett as the Steelmen christened their new £3m Belle View home.

Peter Beardsley turned out and Adam Campbell and Jamie Cobain scored for United in a 2-1 win on the artificial pitch. match report

2014 Queen's Park Rangers (h) 1-0 (0-0)
Premier League
P11, 16pts, 8th/20
Stand-in skipper Moussa Sissoko's first home goal for almost a year was enough to give United a sixth successive win in all competitions. match report