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Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League

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

Manchester United 3
Newcastle 2

Premier League

Old Trafford
Saturday 6th October

Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2018/19:





Brighton (h) Public sale now
Southampton (a)
Watford (h) Public sale now
Bournemouth (h) Public sale now
Burnley (a) ST holder sale now (
25 pts)
Everton (a) ST holder sale from Mon 22.10

Premier League:
Brighton (h)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coral matchday betting is online here

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

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

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

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

Newcastle win, BTTS in first half 11/1 here

Yedlin to be carded, Perez score 11/1 here

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


Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

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

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

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

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

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

Having also lost four in a row in both 2014 and 2015, Newcastle were beaten five times in succession on home soil last season (between November and December), the first time that fate has befallen them in 24 Premier League seasons.

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

(Defeat to Leicester meant that Newcastle made some unwanted history, never having begun a season with four successive home league defeats before).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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


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

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

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

UK TV: None

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

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

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

Latest PL fixtures:

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

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

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

Number change

"A football club? sorry, wrong number"

From NUFC, Friday:

Newcastle United has launched a brand new local rate telephone number for supporters wanting to purchase tickets or contact the club.

The new number, 0344 372 1892, is live now and was introduced following feedback from supporters.

The 0344 local rate number replaces the prefix 0844, which carried a cost of 7p per minute plus callers' network access charge.

Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02).

Toffees test

Following a two week break from their exertions, Dave Watson's U18 side are in league action on Saturday, facing Everton at their Finch Farm Academy.

It's a 1pm kick-off and United will hope to halt a run of four successive league and cup losses, conceding 16 times and scoring just twice in that sequence.

The omens are hardly great though, the free-scoring Toffees currently top of the North Group after winning six times and drawing their other outing. 

Last season saw Everton collect maximum points from Newcastle thanks to a 2-1 win on Tyneside that was followed a 7-0 romp on Merseyside in March.

Double dose

Newcastle's stop-start U23 season recommences this coming week, with Premier League 2 fixtures on both Monday and Friday as follows:

Monday night sees Ben Dawson's side visit Walsall's Bescot Stadium (aka The Banks's Stadium) to face Aston Villa in a 7pm start.

Tickets are available on the gate on the night, priced at £3 for adults and £1 concessions.

The action then moves to St. James' Park on Friday night, when United host their Boro counterparts in another 7pm kick-off.

Usual spectator access arrangements will apply to that latter game; East Stand turnstiles open and admission free for current ST holders & members, or else £3 adults and £1 concessions.

Loan lads:

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

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

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

Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman
(Accrington Stanley) 
Peterborough United (a) League One, Saturday.

Josef Yarney
Colchester United (h) League Two, Saturday.

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

UTS tie:
sold out

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

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

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

Deal denial

From The Scotsman, Thursday:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Competition time:
Book giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hornets deal done 

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

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

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

Unlikely lad:
Jags get ex-Mag

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

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

Caldwell will be assisted at Firhill by fellow SJP old boy Brian Kerr, who had latterly been in charge of Junior side East Kilbride.

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

Manchester United
  3  Newcastle  2

Match report is online here

Premier League:
Southampton (a)

The Magpies make the 646 mile round to Hampshire on Saturday week (27th) to face a Southampton side managed by miserable Mark Hughes.

It's an old-fashioned, non-televised, 3pm kick-off at St.Mary's Stadium and Newcastle's 2,500 allocation is now sold out - 700 less than they were allocated a year ago for a Sunday 4pm kick-off.

NUFC: To follow

Coral matchday betting will appear here


Toon @ Saints - Premier League era:

2017/18: Drew 2-2 Hayden, Perez
2015/16: Lost 1-3 Townsend
2014/15: Lost 0-4
2013/14: Lost 0-4
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer*
1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed*
1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann*
1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee
1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark*
1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer*
1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson*
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole*

* At the Dell, all subsequent games at St. Mary's

SFC: To follow 



The RMT union are taking strike action on South Western Railway from 00.01 on Tuesday October 23rd to 23.59 on Saturday October 27th

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

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

Southern services serve Southampton from London via (albeit slower and less frequent), while Cross Country trains run to Southampton via Reading, allowing connections from London Paddington.

National Express also run daily coach services from London Victoria to Southampton and return. 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Sat 27.10.2018:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolves (3pm)
Fulham v Bournemouth (3pm)
Liverpool v Cardiff City (3pm)
Southampton v Newcastle (3pm)
Watford v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leicester City v West Ham (5.30pm) BT

Sun 28.10.2018:
Burnley v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Everton (4pm) Sky

Mon 29.10.2018:
Spurs v Manchester City (8pm) Sky


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

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

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

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

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

SJP Box Office phone: 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

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am. If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also happen then.

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

The three-season Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed 05.12.2018 Everton (a) @ Goodison Park, 7.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale (25 points) from Mon 22.10.2018. Adults £30, £23 over-65s, U18s £18. Allocation: tbc, lower tier sold initially. 

Sat 08.12.2018
U18s v Norwich City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sun 09.12.2018 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Sale details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Wed 12.12.2018
February 2019
Fri 25.01.2019 March 2019
Fri 22.02.2019 April 2019
Fri 05.04.2019 May 2019

NUFC Live on TV:

Mon 26.11.2018
Burnley (a) 8pm Sky
Sun 09.12.2018 Wolves (h) 4pm Sky
Wed 02.01.2019 Man United (h) 8pm Sky
Sat 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a) 5.30pm BT
Tue 29.01.2019 Man City (h) 8pm BT

(TV picks up to 30.01.2019 announced)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarter Final:

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

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

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018

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

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

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

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

Next three GFC home games:

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

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.


International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

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


Elliot Anderson (Scotland U17s):
EC Qualifying Round:
Fri 26.10.2018 Kosovo (n) Paphos 
Mon 29.10.2018 Cyprus (a) Paphos
Thu 01.11.2018 Switzerland (n) Paphos

Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
19th October

Born Or Died:

1892 John Finlay born, Riccarton, Scotland. (1909-27)

A £775 signing from Airdrieonians, "Jock" began a lifelong association with Newcastle when debuting as a 16 year old away to Blackburn Rovers in September 1909.

Making the left half position his own, Finlay's final first team appearance came in April 1924, but he remained on the United coaching staff for a further six years.

Jock died in March 1933 and was cremated, requesting that his ashes be scattered from Scafell Pike in the Lake District.

1924 Jeremiah Lowery born, Newcastle.

Goalkeeper who signed for Newcastle from the local Parsons works side and made his senior Magpies debut in a 2-1 away win against Huddersfield Town in April 1950.

Retaining his place for the remaining four games due to the unavailability of first -choice custodian Jack Fairbrother, Jerry would manage just one further game, a 6-0 home win over Stoke City in August 1951.

Moving to Lincoln City in February 1952 at a cost of £750, Lowery was a regular starter at Sincil Bank before joining non-league Peterborough United two years later.

Later spells at Barrow, Crewe Alexandra & Wisbech Town followed and Jerry remained in East Anglia, working with disabled people.

He was living in Peterborough at the time of his death in September 2007. 

1954 Sam Allardyce born, Dudley, West Midlands. (Manager, 2007-08)

As a player: Bolton, mackems, Millwall, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Coventry, Huddersfield, Bolton, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion, Limerick, Preston North End.

As a manager: Limerick, Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, mackems, England, Crystal Palace, Everton.

Appointed as Magpies boss in succession to Glenn Roeder by then-Chairman Freddy Shepherd in May 2007 (claiming on arrival that he'd turned down the job in 2005),  "Big Sam" arrived to find that Mike Ashley had completed his takeover of the club.

However, he still received backing to overhaul the squad, spending over £20m to bring in Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Habib Beye, David Rozehnal, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Geremi, Cacapa & Abdoulaye Faye.

A 3-1 opening day success at his old Reebok Stadium stamping ground began a five game unbeaten run in all competitions that ended with a 1-0 loss at Derby County.

Continuing problems away from home were to dog Allardyce and it took until December to register a clean sheet on the road - in a miserable 1-0 victory at Fulham.

For many fans though, the brand of football Allardyce tried to impose on the side wasn't worth watching - and his habit of laying the blame at anyone but himself grew tedious.

Sam achieved the worst of both worlds: a team that were neither exciting to watch nor defensively sound. In the final analysis, those players whom he brought to the club let him down - on and off the field.

Mike Ashley had looked at dumping Allardyce before the season began but was persuaded to give him a chance.

The owner's habit of watching away matches with the travelling support then gave him first-hand experience of the discontent - notably at Wigan on Boxing Day, when fans chanted "we're sh*t and we're sick of it."

And after a 0-0 draw in appalling conditions at Championship side Stoke City in the FA Cup, Ashley wielded the axe, installing Kevin Keegan on the day that the Potters visited Tyneside in the replay.

Receiving a claimed £4m payoff (and buying a plush Spanish Villa that he named Casa St. James') Sam returned to management in December of that year, at Blackburn.

The victim of another club takeover when sacked by Ewood incomers The Venky's Group in December 2010, Allardyce then took charge of newly-relegated West Ham in June 2011, managing to sneak them back in to the Premier League via the playoffs.

Successfully keeping the Hammers in the Premier League over the next three seasons, he guided them to 10th, 13th and 12th place finishes before departing from the Boleyn Ground in summer 2015.

Allardyce was soon back in management though, joining the mackems that October and keeping them up - at our expense.

Rewarded with the role of England Head Coach following Roy Hodgson's departure, he signed a two year deal in July 2016.

However, Sam's reign lasted just one game and 67 days, before falling victim to a newspaper sting - a hidden camera catching him making claims about players and agents that went against FA regulations.

Leaving his post "by mutual consent", he also benefited from an undisclosed but substantial payoff from the FA.

The managerial merry-go-round then saw Allardyce replace Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace in December 2016 and he successfully kept them in the Premier League before departing at the end of that season.

Next came a stint at Goodison Park between November 2017 and May 2018 in which he succeeded in taking the Toffees from the relegation zone to eighth, but remained an unpopular figure - leaving with another bag of cash in lieu of the remaining 18 months of his contract.

1961 Phil Leaver born, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. (1977-82)

Defender who moved from his native East Midlands to Tyneside as a youngster and attended Kenton School. 

Phil came through United's junior and reserve ranks, but had the misfortune to be called up for senior service at a low ebb in our history.

Having just been handed a professional deal, defender Leaver played alongside Stuart Boam in a 3-2 League Cup home win over Bury during August 1980. 

Within hours Bill McGarry had been sacked as and Joe Harvey installed as caretaker boss, leaving Phil back in the reserves.

Arthur Cox then preferred to field the likes of Kenny Mitchell, Bruce Halliday and Peter Haddock in his defence and Leaver left. 

A later career in the non-league saw him play for Whitley Bay, Newcastle Blue Star, North Shields, Washington, Blyth Spartans and Durham City, also coaching at Consett.

Away from football, Phil entered the teaching profession and taught Geography at Excelsior Academy in the West End of the city.  

1977 Habib Beye born, Suresnes, France.

United fans had a first glimpse of their future right back when the French-born Senegal international appeared at SJP for Marseille in a UEFA Cup Semi Final back in 2004. 

August 2007 saw the, former Paris SG and Strasbourg player Beye made a £2m switch from the Velodrome to Gallowgate, debuting the following month in a defeat at Derby.

Quickly becoming a crowd favourite for both his defensive quality and forward forays, a version of the "Happy Days" theme tune dedicated to him grew in popularity.

The only goal of Beye's United career came at SJP in December 2007, as he pushed forward in added time and won a corner at the Gallowgate End, nodding home Emre's flag kick amid scenes of great celebration.

Returning from international duty at the African Nations Cup to find that he had a new manager, Habib was to play a valuable role in the late season resurgence under KK.

Beye's second season saw him red-carded in the home draw with Manchester City (a decision later overturned) and a savage tackle from Lee Cattermole at Wigan on Boxing Day sidelined him for 12 games - yet another blow to our hopes of staying up.

A comeback came at home to Arsenal in March 2009, but soon after appearing from the bench to replace the ailing Sebastien Bassong, an injury to Steven Taylor forced Beye into central defence.

What proved to be Beye's final game for the club was the 1-0 home defeat by Fulham, with a hamstring injury ruling him out of the final day trip to Aston Villa - although he made himself available, only for Alan Shearer to omit him on medical advice.
Despite United's relegation, the apparently- inevitable appointment of Shearer as permanent Newcastle boss looked likely to see Beye stay - the right back having been one of the players Shearer publicly stated he'd retain to rebuild his side around.

However, with the club in a state of total confusion and no apparent strategy for the new season, August 2009 saw Beye depart, having said the previous month that:

"I'd like nothing more than to stay and help the team get back to where it belongs but there is no chance of us being promoted the way things are going. 

"Training has been good and no one is slacking or taking it easy. But there is a sense that everything is just drifting.

"This cannot go on, it really can't. I feel for the good of my career I have to get away because it is dragging me down."

A late decision not to join Hull City saw him opt instead to sign for Aston Villa for £2m at the start of what was the third and final year of his SJP deal.

His debut saw him return to the scene of United's relegation when he played in an opening day loss to Wigan at Villa Park.

However, first team opportunities then proved to be few and far between under manager Martin O'Neill.

Beye did make a brief sub appearance at SJP as Newcastle won 6-0 in August 2010 against a Villa side selected by caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.

And a first league start for almost a year then followed at home to Chelsea in mid- October, as incoming manager Gerard Houllier opted to rest Luke Young.

But by his 34th birthday, Beye had still only made nine senior appearances for the Villa and a few months later his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

By this time he was on loan at Doncaster Rovers as part of a "shop window" scheme for "big name" players to showcase themselves. He signed an 18-month contract with Rovers in February 2012.

However, relegation from the Championship soon saw that deal scrapped and Beye departed. He subsequently worked as a pundit for a French TV channel.

1989 Mark Doninger born, Gosforth.

Central midfielder who broke into the Magpies U18 side at the tail end of the 2004/05 season, scoring his first goals in a 2-1 home win over Leeds in March 2005.

A reserve debut came in a 4-3 victory against Manchester City at Kingston Park in September 2006 and he netted for the first time at that level in the return fixture.

August 2007 then saw Mark called into the first team squad by Sam Allardyce for a pre- season game at Hull, getting on for the final 25 minutes as a youthful Magpies side lost 1-0 at the KC Stadium. 

Despite captaining the reserve side in the 2008/09 season and finishing as top scorer with twelve goals, no contract offer was forthcoming and Mark left United - signing off with a goal in the 4-0 Northumberland Senior Cup success over Ashington at SJP.

Going on trial for Darlington and Durham City, Doninger joined Blyth Spartans and later had trials at Derby County, Hartlepool United, Grimsby Town and Burton Albion.

His career then took him to Sligo Rovers (Ireland), IA Akranes (Iceland), Stjarnan (Iceland), Bedlington Terriers,
Shildon, Perth Soccer Club (Australia), Valdres FK (Norway), Morpeth Town, Newcastle Benfield, West Auckland and Whickham.

What Else?

1895 Newton Heath (a)
Division Two 
Newcastle's second competitive visit to the Bank Lane ground in Clayton ended in defeat once again - although the visitors improved from their 1-5 loss six months earlier.

1901 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Division One
P8, 7pts, 10th/18 

1907 Manchester City (a)
Division One
P9, 8pts, 14th/20 

1912 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One
P9, 12pts, 4th/20 

1927 Middlesbrough (h)
Gallacher, McDonald 
McClelland 2, other scorers tbc
The Teessiders provided the opposition in a Testimonial match for Magpies trainer John
McPherson, repaying a favour from a year earlier when United took part in a benefit match for Boro trainer Charlie Cole. 

1929 sunderland (a)
Division One
P11, 10pts, 18th/22 

1935 Leicester City (h)
Division Two
P10, 11pts, 11th/22 
Ware(77), Harris(85), Cairns(90)

1940 Hull City (a)

Anderson(1-1), Barraclough(1-2)

1946 Bradford Park Avenue (a)
Division Two
P11, 13pts, 7th/22 
Horsman(8), Downie(0-2)
United could have equalised an early Avenue goal, but just as Len Shackleton was taking a penalty against his former team mate Chick Farr, he changed his mind about where to hit it and succeeded only in scuffing it directly at the goalkeeper who punched it clear.

1955 Hibernian (Scotland) (h)
Anglo Scottish League 
Reilly(12), Combe(61) 
A costly night, with United's Bobby Mitchell stretchered off with an ankle injury that sidelined him until Christmas Eve.

Team: Simpson, Waugh, Batty, Keery, Scoular, Crowe, White, Davies, Monkhouse, Keeble, Mitchell (Casey 26).

1957 Aston Villa (a) 
Division One
P13, 10pts, 16th/22 
Curry(27,67), Eastham(85) 
Myerscough(30), Dixon(40), Pace(
1-3), og(Scott 63) 
United battled back from 1-4 down at Villa Park but were left to rue a disallowed effort by Bill Punton.

1963 Portsmouth (a)
Division Two
P14, 13pts, 10th/22 
McGarry(59), Hilley(76) 
, McCann(33), McClelland(84)
This Fratton Park defeat was to be the solitary senior outing of Les O'Neil for United, at inside left.

1968 Queens Park Rangers (h) 3-2 (2-1)
Division One
P15, 14pts, 13th/22 
Dyson(7), Gibb(27),
Wilks(10), og(Moncur)(88)
A rare own goal from Bob Moncur couldn't prevent a first home win in six matches. 

John McNamee slashed wildly and the ball hit Moncur's back and sailed straight back past the keeper into the net. But Captain Bob cleared off the line minutes later to preserve the victory. This was the first-ever visit of QPR to SJP.

1971 Coventry City (a)
Texaco Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg


1974 Birmingham City (a)
Division One
P13, 15pts, 9th/22 
Burns(8), Styles(36), Hatton(79)
Newcastle's 13 match unbeaten league and cup run was brought to an abrupt halt at St.Andrews. 

The two sides met again at SJP in the Texaco Cup just three days later, drawing 1-1. 

Former United 'keeper Martin Burleigh debuted for Darlington after moving to Feethams on loan.

1977 Bastia (France) (a)
UEFA Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg
Despite going ahead on the Isle of Corsica when Paul Cannell forced the ball home from point blank range, two Claude Papi efforts gave the French League side a one goal lead ahead of their SJP visit.
Youtube footage is online here

Action from the UEFA Cup

1983 Cardiff City (a)
Division Two
P11, 23pts, 2nd/22
Beardsley(9) Keegan(59)
Peter Beardsley's first Toon goal came in this midweek victory, on what proved to be our final visit to City's Ninian Park ground.
Youtube footage is online here

1985 Nottingham Forest (h) 0-3 (0-1)
Division One
P13, 19pts, 10th/22 
Rice(28), Davenport(78,87)

Steve Sutton saved a spot kick by Peter Beardsley, as an out-of-sorts United made it six games in all competitions without a victory.

1987 Blyth Spartans (a)
Nicholson(9), Howey(30), McFadden(63pen)
United visited Croft Park for testimonial match honouring veteran Blyth goalkeeper Dave Clarke - who began his career at Newcastle before leaving in 1969.

A strong Toon XI included Mirandinha, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Kelly. while an earlier veterans game saw Blyth's 1977/78 FA Cup side beat a select XI that included a number of ex-Magpies 1-0, Ian Mutrie scoring.

Howard Kendall turned down the Newcastle Manager's job recently vacated by Willie McFaul, preferring to remain in charge of Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.

1991 Oxford United (h)
Division Two
P13, 13pts, 21st/24 
Hunt(15), Peacock(34,48,90) 
Durnin(3), Ford(47), Lewis(72)
An eventful afternoon for goalkeeper Tommy Wright to return in after 18 months on the sidelines, replacing the injured Pavel Srnicek. 

On-loan Gavin Maguire continued in defence and was at least partly responsible for two of the goals, as the score steadily increased at both ends. 

Eventually it seemed 3-3 was to be the final score until a ball played into the box was knocked down by Scott into the path of Gavin Peacock who completed his hat-trick.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 United debuted at the Stadium of Plight as the Reserves took a point thanks to a rare goal from Marcelino, in front of 15,241 fans.

2002 Blackburn Rovers (a) 2-5 (1-2)
P9, 13pts, 11th/20
Dunn(5pen,8), Taylor(55,74), og(Griffin)(65)

A disastrous day at Ewood Park. Alan Shearer almost dragged us back into the game but defensive blunders and goalkeeping howlers left us well-beaten. 

Nicos Dabizas was red-carded for deliberate handball but even his departure didn't help.... match report

2006 Fenerbahce (Turkey) (h)
UEFA Cup Group Stage Game 1
Glenn Roeder's lowest profile signing gave his manager three high profile points as Antoine Sibierski got our UEFA Cup group campaign off to an excellent start.

In a tight encounter against a strong Turkish side, a goalless draw seemed likely until the balding Frenchman pounced to give us a morale-boosting victory. match report

Youtube footage is online here

2009 Chris Hughton was offered the job of Newcastle's first team manager. Hughton said:

"I am honoured to be offered the job, we are still in negotiations, it is something we hope will get resolved.

"I've always felt that the manager's situation was an issue, but not the most important one. Getting results has been the most important thing.

"Once we have got Scunthorpe and Doncaster out of the way, we will have discussions with Derek Llambias."

Coming the day after quotes emerged from Mike Ashley about the one off opportunity Barry Moat had to buy NUFC, this suggested that to all and intents and purposes, we were no longer for sale. Again.

2010 United's Reserves beat their Bolton counterparts 4-1 in an afternoon kick-off behind closed doors at Darsley Park. 

Phil Airey led the way with two goals, while Sammy Ameobi and Faroe Islander Joan Edmundsson were also on target. match report

2013 Liverpool (h)
Premier League
P8, 11pts, 10th/20
Cabaye(23), Dummett(56)
Gerrard(42pen), Sturridge(72)
Alan Pardew pledged a response from the players after the previous season's 0-6 home humiliation by the Reds and his side more than delivered on that promise in what was a candidate for our match of the season.

Yohan Cabaye fired home from 30 yards to open the scoring but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa brought down Luis Suarez and was dismissed before Steven Gerrard scored from the spot.

Paul Dummett's first senior Toon goal gave ten man United a surprise lead until Suarez and Daniel Sturridge combined to level. match report