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Craven Cottage
Sunday 12th May

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The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
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Soccer Sevens:
Champions again! 

Newcastle U23s retained the Soccer Sevens Tournament title in Hong Kong's Happy Valley on Sunday, defeating Glasgow Rangers in extra time once again.

Match footage is online here

Trailing 0-2 at half time, the Magpies fought back to lead 3-2 with 90 seconds of normal time remaining before their opponents levelled.

That took the Final into four minutes of sudden death extra time, both sides then forfeiting a player.

A memorable finish from captain Owen Bailey - who had gone in goal for the extra time - gave United a 4-3 victory and silverware for the third time, following successes in both 2012 and 2018.

Topping their group on Saturday to qualify for the knockout phase on Sunday, United beat Portuguese side Portimonense 2-0 in the Quarter Final.

That set up a semi-final tie against local side Kitchee and after the most unadventurous of first halves, United took control and won it with relative ease thanks to a brace from Elias Sorensen. 

That set up a rematch with Rangers in the final - last year's meeting going our way thanks to a 1-0 success in extra time. 

Ben Dawson's conceded their first goal of the tournament within the opening minute through Andrew Dallas and he repeated the feat shortly afterwards.

At half time United trailed 0-2 but Owen Bailey halved the deficit within three minutes, heading home a corner. 

And within seconds Luke Charman shot against the post and saw the rebound end up in the net off the back of the Gers 'keeper for an own goal.

With three minutes of normal time left the black and whites took the lead, Elias Sorensen netting from the penalty spot after Rosaire Longelo was barged over inside the area.

Back came Rangers though and they levelled when Josh McPake shot home via a post with 90 seconds remaining to force extra time.

Then came Bailey's memorable winner, slotting home just inside the box to the delight of the North East sympathisers in attendance.

Saturday:  

G1: Kerry Yau Yee League Select won 1-0 
Watts
footage here

G2: Kashima Antlers won 1-0 
Sorensen
footage here

G3: Brighton & Hove Albion drew 0-0
No scorer

Sunday:

QF: Portimonense won 2-0 
Sorensen(pen), Allan
footage here

SF: Kitchee won 2-0 
Sorensen 2
footage here

F: Rangers won 4-3 
Bailey 2, Sorensen, OG
footage here

Squad: Harker, Bailey, Watts, Cass, M. Longstaff, Longelo, Sorensen, Allan, Walters, Charman. 

PS:
It was a double celebration on Sunday, with a Wallsend Boys Club side including old boys Steve Harper, Keith Gillespie and John Watson winning the Masters Section of the tournament.




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Latest:
Still talking

Chronicle, Saturday:

Rafa Benitez is now understood to be back at his home in the Wirral after contract discussions with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley - but talks remain ongoing between the two parties.

Ashley and Charnley held face to face meetings in London with Benitez to discuss the level of their ambition but the ex-Liverpool boss returned to his home yesterday and contact since then has been over the phone.


Negotiations between the trio began at an undisclosed venue in London on Thursday - it's disputed whether the various parties reconvened for further discussions on Friday and it's also unclear whether others were present ie SD cohorts Keith Bishop and Justin Barnes.

2018/19:
Cup action @ SJP 

If you're at a loose end on Thursday of this week (23rd) then SJP is hosting the
Northumberland FA Minor Cup Final.

Northern Alliance sides Cullercoats and Blyth Town will be competing for silverware at Gallowgate thanks to the intervention of competition backers Stelrad - who also sponsor NUFC.

Its a 7.30pm kick-off and admission is 5 adults and 3 concessions at East Stand turnstiles.

Foodbank fundraiser:
Mini surfer sale

Following numerous requests, the worflags group have produced a miniature version of the "We are the Mags" surfer flag that debuted on the Gallowgate End before the Liverpool game.

These are 6 each and all profits from sales will go to the Newcastle United Foodbank, with the intention of maintaining support to that cause during the close season. Order online here

Injury:
Yedlin update

Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin looks to have been ruled out of international duty this close season, as he recovers from groin surgery.

The 25 year-old had been spoken of as a possible inclusion in the USA squad for the Concacaf Gold Cup Finals that begin in mid June.

However latest reports from his home country suggest that he won't resume training until nearer the end of June and therefore will be omitted from their tournament squad.

Championship:
Villans or Rams

Update:
Wednesday evening saw Derby County win 4-2 against Leeds at Elland Road to confirm their place in the Championship play-off at Wembley, where their opponents will be Aston Villa. 

Earlier:
West Bromwich Albion's hopes of promotion to the Premier League were ended by rivals Aston Villa in a penalty shootout on Tuesday - a turn of events that could yet benefit Newcastle United.

Trailing 1-2 after the first leg and unable to field the suspended Dwight Gayle following his dismissal at Villa Park, the Baggies drafted fellow Magpie loanee Jacob Murphy into their starting XI. 

He played for the first 82 minutes as Albion squared the tie and then took to it extra time, only to then be beaten 4-3 in the penalty shootout.

It had been reported that the agreed sale price of Salomon Rondon this summer would increase should his parent club West Brom be in the Premier League.

Failing to gain promotion though means that it remains at 16.5m for a player who turns 30 in September and will be a free agent in a year.

24 goals this season from Gayle took Albion close to promotion and they would doubtless be keen to retain him at the Hawthorns. However, it's by no means certain that the player would favour that - and Murphy simply didn't do enough to warrant keeping.

Championship play-offs:

Sat 11.05.2019: Villa 2-1 West Brom
Sat 11.05.2019: Derby 0-1 Leeds
Tue 14.05.2019
West Brom 1-0 Villa
Wed 15.05.2019 Leeds 2-4 Derby

Play-off final @ Wembley (3pm)

Mon 27.05.2019:
Aston Villa v Derby County

50 years on:
Rangers recollections 

In an extract from his upcoming book, "The Amazing Journey", author Matthew Watson-Broughton gives some background to United's 0-0 draw against Rangers at Ibrox in the Fairs Cup half a century ago.

Find that online here

Copies of the book can be pre-ordered online here for 19.99 including free UK postage (for an author-signed copy add NUFC.com to delivery instructions.)

2018/19:
First departures 

Newcastle forward Callum Roberts has taken to social media confirming his exit from the club, ahead of an imminent contract expiration. 

The 22 year-old Tynesider played his final game for the club in Monday's U23 defeat at Southampton, ending a 14 year association with the Magpies.

Graduating from the juniors to debut for the club's reserve side during 2013, winger/attacker Callum 
made his senior bow in January 2015 from the substitute's bench in a 0-1 FA Cup loss at Leicester City.

Loan spells at Gateshead and Kilmarnock failed to help him break into the first team squad at SJP, until an unexpected call-up back in January.

Handed a starting berth for an FA Cup Third Round replay at Blackburn along with fellow reserve Sean Longstaff, both lads netted in a 4-2 victory.

While Longstaff retained his place in the first team squad, Roberts wasn't so fortunate and instead an ill-fated loan move to League Two Colchester United followed, where he barely featured.

Claims of interest from several un-named Championship side have emerged, along with links to clubs in Germany and Greece.

The latter is reportedly Panathinaikos, where recruitment comes under the remit of Sporting Director and former Magpie defender Nikos Dabizas. 

Meanwhile, Academy goalkeeping coach Steve Harper is also leaving his position, having joined the club's backroom staff as U16 coach in 2016.

Stepping up to become lead goalkeeping coach for the club's U18 and U23 sides this season, Harper's final club duties will be at this weekend's Soccer Sevens Tournament in Hong Kong. 

He'll then revert to his other role of Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach under Michael O'Neill for two Euro 2020 qualifiers in June.

PS: A few media outlets have commented on the club's decision to release Lewis McNall - without realising that the reserve striker was actually let go by United back in 2018 online here

The confusion seems to have arisen after Lewis tweeted recently about looking for a new playing opportunity. He's actually just got back to full fitness following an injury in April 2018. 

Premier League:
Asia Trophy update

Details of Newcastle's participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy in July have been confirmed.

Newcastle kick off the event by facing Wolves at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday July 17th at 6pm local time, before Manchester City and West Ham meet there at 8.30pm.

All four PL sides then move on to the Hongkou Stadium Shanghai on Saturday July 20th, with the losing sides facing each other at 6pm ahead of the final between the winning pair at 8.30pm.

The four clubs involved have taken allocations of tickets for each venue and will be selling these direct to their own fans.

NUFC began selling theirs to season ticket holders on Tuesday, priced at 32 for Nanjing and 43 for Shanghai - tickets covering the full day and both games at each venue.

That looks to be in a higher price bracket than Wolves, who are flogging theirs for 21 and 32.

That process of obtaining tickets looks to be easier for UK based fans than official guidance published by the PL of buying from two separate agencies in China (one for each venue).  

The published capacities of each ground are 61,000 (Nanjing) and 33,060 (Shanghai).

PS: Wolves have also published a FAQ here

Premier League:
Thames cruise

Fulham  0  Newcastle  4

Match report

U23s:
Second string end 
up empty-handed 


Southampton U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report

Internationals:
Miggy selected 



Having made a timely recovery from the hamstring problem that sidelined him for Newcastle's closing three games of the season, Miguel Almiron is set to represent his country over the summer.

The 25 year-old midfielder is in an initial 40 man selection for Paraguay's Copa America campaign which kicks off on June 14th in Brazil.

12 teams including Venezuela and Japan are contesting the bi-annual tournament, while Paraguay drawn in Group C along with Qatar, Argentina and Colombia. 

That runs through July 7th, meaning that Almiron will be permitted a late return to pre-season training at United.

Loans
:
Henri in peril 

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
With two games left, Bursaspor remain in the last of the three Turkish Super Lig relegation spots - one point adrift and with an inferior goal difference.

Sunday sees them host fellow strugglers Goztepe before their final fixture takes them to Yeni Malatyaspor on Saturday week, 25th. 

Academy:
SuperCupNI draw 

Newcastle United will once again be sending a team to contest the NI Super Cup tournament (formerly the Milk Cup) this year, with an U17 squad participating in the Premier Section. 

The event runs from Monday July 29th until Friday August 2nd at venues across Northern Ireland and United's Group E opponents are FC Edmonton (Canada), Hull City and County Londonderry.

Venues and dates/kick-off times are awaited.

PS: Tyneside will also be represented at U15 level this year, with a team from Wallsend Boys Club entering the Junior section.

U23s:
Cup disappointment 

Everton U23s  1  Newcastle U23s  0

Match report

Old boys:
Hoy oots 

Ex-Magpies now
free agents include:

Mehdi Abeid (Dijon)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Rennes)
Adam Campbell (Morecambe)
Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Nicky Deverdics (Wrexham)
Ryan Donaldson (Hartlepool United)
Brad Inman (Rochdale)
Dan Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers)
Sylvain Marveaux (Lorient)
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz)
Danny Simpson (Leicester City)
Ryan Taylor (Fleetwood Town)

2019/20:
Kit claim 

After online claims of designs for next season's NUFC kits emerged in February online here, this leaked version of the home design is now doing the rounds.

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Available to pre-order ahead of publication in late May (to coincide with the anniversary of United's 1969 Fairs Cup Final success).

Priced 19.99 pre-orders made here will get free UK postage (for an author-signed copy add NUFC.com to delivery instructions.)

More info via twitter @AmazingFairsCup

Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

 
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 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
here

NE guide here

NUFC members get 25% off LNER standard and first class advance fares travelling on any day (see below for excluded dates). 

Book by logging in to LNER.co.uk/NUFC25 and then enter NUFC followed by supporter number, without spaces ie NUFC123456

Offer open until 23.05.2019. Not valid in conjunction with other offers or railcards.

Thu 23.05.2019 Cullercoats v Blyth Town @ SJP, 7.30pm. Stelrad Northumberland FA Minor Cup Final.

Thu 13.06.2019 PL fixture release.

Tue 02.07.2019
Pre-season commences.

Wed 17.07.2019 Wolves (n) @ Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, China, 6pm local time. PL Asia Trophy. ST holder sale now.
Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 20.07.2019 Manchester City or West Ham (n)
@ Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China, 6pm or 8.30pm local time. PL Asia Trophy. ST holder sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 29.07.2019-Fri 02.08.2019 U17s v
FC Edmonton (Canada) / Hull City / County Londonderry @
various venues across Northern Ireland. SuperCupNI.

Thu 08.08.2019 Transfer window closes 

Sat 10.08.2019
PL opening games 

NUFC Live on TV:

Wed 17.07.2019
Wolves (n) Sky
Sat 20.07.2019
team tbc (n)
Sky

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

Rugby League:

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

International Magpies
National Service

14.06.2019-07.07.2019 Copa America Finals (with Paraguay, Venezuela, Japan)

21.06.2019-19.07.2019 AFCON Finals 
(with Ghana, who are in Group F):

25.06.2019 Ghana v Benin
29.06.2019 Cameroon v Ghana
02.07.2019 Guinea-Bissau v Ghana

02.09.2019-10.09.2019
Internationals
07.10.2019-15.10.2019 Internationals
11.11.2019-19.11.2019 Internationals

 
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
19th May


Born Or Died:

1937 Barrie Thomas born, Measham, Leicestershire. (1962-64)

Centre forward who worked down the mines before signing for Leicester City, only for national service to halt his progress.

Joining Mansfield Town before moving on to Scunthorpe United in 1959, Thomas was the top scorer in the Football League with 30 goals in 22 games when fellow Second Division side Newcastle bid a record 45,000 for him in early 1962.

The Iron opted to cash in and a deal was concluded with John McGuigan also moving from Gallowgate to the Old Showground - while both Leeds United and Manchester United made their interest known. 

Debuting in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at SJP, Thomas first found the net in his third game - away at Swansea - and Walter Winterbottom quickly called him up to an England training session, although he failed to make the 1962 World Cup squad.

However
his time at SJP was blighted by injury and criticism from some fans and colleagues and while netting hat tricks against Boro, Plymouth and Rotherham, he failed to fire his side to promotion.   

Losing his place to Ron McGarry, Barrie reluctantly returned to Scunthorpe early in 1964. His scoring touch remained despite fitness issues and as Newcastle celebrated promotion the following May, he netted five as the Iron beat Luton Town 8-1. 

Injury ended his playing career at Barnsley, after which he had a spell managing local non-league side Measham Swifts. 

1959 Keith Guy born, Seaham.
(1975-77)

Midfielder who appeared for Deneside Juniors, Seaham Boys and had an England schoolboy trial.

Scouted by Tommy Jordan, Keith joined United and played in the FA Youth Cup run to the Semi Final stage in the 1975/76 season - along with namesake Alan.

However, he failed to win a professional contract and signed for Hartlepool United on a free transfer in 1977.

After a dozen outings at the Vic, Keith then joined local leaguers Seaham Red Star.  

1976 Brendan Markey born, Dublin.
(1995)

Striker who joined United on trial before the 1995/96 season and appeared off the bench to replace Les Ferdinand in a 3-1 friendly win at Rushden & Diamonds in July.

Reportedly turning down a contract offer from Newcastle, Markey continued playing for Bohemians until a 60K transfer to a Millwall side managed by Mick McCarthy was finalised in December 1995.

Injury problems meant he never made a competitive debut for the Lions and within a year he'd been loaned to Dundalk and then back to Bohemians.

Later moves took him to Shamrock Rovers,
Waterford United, Newry Town, a further spell with Bohemians, Dublin City, Glenavon, Athlone Town, Dundalk, Monaghan United, St Patricks Athletic and Malahide United.

Joining Bangor City in 2010, Brendan left a year later and announced his retirement.

1987 David Edgar
born, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (2006-09)

The son of former Magpies 'keeper Eddie, David was brought up in Canada where his dad had emigrated and taken up coaching.

Early interest from Manchester United was rebuffed, but an offer from Newcastle saw David move to England aged 13 and live with relatives on Tyneside playing as a schoolboy for United.  

After signing a professional deal in 2005, David's debut came at Bolton on Boxing Day 2006, in a back four composed entirely of Academy graduates: himself, Steven Taylor, Peter Ramage & Paul Huntington.

"Eddie" then memorably marked his senior home debut by scoring an equaliser against Manchester United on New Years Day 2007.

David's first six senior outings came under no less than three different bosses (Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan).

A second senior goal came in December 2008, when he briefly pulled Newcastle back to within one goal of Liverpool at SJP, before the Reds hit back to triumph 5-1. 

David's last game for the Magpies proved to be the season-closing defeat at Aston Villa in May 2009 that confirmed our relegation - when he was dismissed late on for a foul.

Joining Premier League new boys Burnley under freedom of contract, compensation of 300K plus appearance-related payments was eventually agreed in December 2009.

However he found pitch time hard to come and joined Championship side Swansea City on loan during March 2010.

Returning to Turf Moor, David was part of the squad that returned to the Premier League in 2014 - although he wasn't retained and became a free agent.

Edgar's ex-Magpie colleague and reserve coach Lee Clark soon came calling and a two year deal was agreed taking David to Championship side Birmingham City. 

Clark departed from St.Andrew's in October 2014 and David then followed suit the next January, agreeing a loan move to fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town.

July 2015 then saw him loaned out by City to League One side Sheffield United, where he stayed for the full season making 38 appearances and scoring twice.

Joining Vancouver Whitecaps in July 2016, a freak knee injury in December of that year left David's playing future in doubt after he fell victim to a hit and run drive whilst on a golfing holiday in Arizona.

By 2018 he was back playing and agreed a deal with US side Nashville but played just a handful of games before departing.

A subsequent period in Canada with Ottawa Fury was equally short-lived and Edgar was a free agent by November 2018 when having an unsuccessful trial at the mackems.

Similar spells with Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers failed to result in a contract offer but David was more successful the following March when signing a short-term deal at Hartlepool United.

Capped by and captaining Canada at various youth international levels including the U20 World Cup on home soil in 2007, Edgar made his senior debut against Greece in 2011. 


 
 

What Else?

1929 Ambrosiana Milan (a)
1-0
(?-?)
Friendly
Chalmers
30,000

United's post-season tour got underway in stormy circumstances, Tommy Lang and an opponent dismissed for fighting.

The visiting players needed the protection of police and soldiers to leave the stadium and were unable to leave their hotel due to the crowd outside who followed them from the stadium - some brandishing knives, others throwing missiles.

Other reports tell of motor coaches being vandalised beyond repair outside the ground, resulting in the Newcastle party being forced to leave on foot - with policemen drawing their revolvers to deter a 5,000 crowd from attacking.

Magpie Jack Hill later claimed that the match ball was only half the normal size and that "deliberate kicking by the Milan team soon had our team upset".

Inter Milan were known as Ambrosiana between 1928 and 1945, with their San Siro home opening in 1926. 

1951 Cumberland XI (a)
6-5 
(3-1)
Friendly 
Stokoe 2, Hannah 2, Cameron, og
Scorers tbc 
10,000
This Cumberland Cup tie served up an eleven goal thriller at Workington's Borough Park.

1951 Newcastle's Jackie Milburn was on duty for England against Portugal at Goodison Park, scoring twice in a 5-2 success.

1967 Chelmsford City (a)
2-0 
(2-0)
Friendly 
Allen(2), Bennett(18) 
2,210

United ended their season with a Friday night kickabout at New Writtle Street against their Southern League hosts.

Team: Marshall, Craig, Clark, Elliott, McNamee, Moncur, Robson, Bennett, Davies, Hilley, Allen.

1985 New Zealand FA (a)
2-2 
(0-0)
Friendly 
Beardsley(49,76pen) 
Sumner(74pen), 
Walker(87)
4,000 
This second meeting with the "All Whites", was staged at The Basin cricket ground 
in Wellington.

Team: Thomas (Kelly), Brown, Saunders, Roeder, Clarke, Anderson, Gascoigne, Haddock, McDonald, Beardsley, Reilly.

Youtube footage is online here

1987 England and Brazil drew 1-1 in a Rous Cup tie at Wembley, with future United striker Mirandinha on target for the visitors just seconds after Gary Lineker's opener.

Soon to be ex-Magpie Peter Beardsley was in home side, along with old boy Chris Waddle and future black and whites Stuart Pearce and John Barnes.

Youtube footage is online here


2001 Aston Villa (h)
3-0
(2-0)
Premiership
51pts, 11th/20
Glass(9), Cort(13),
og(Delaney)(74)
Speed(84)
Taylor(84)
51,506
Gary Speed and Ian Taylor were dismissed near the end of this one but both red cards were later rescinded. David Ginola was humiliated by John Gregory, being hauled off before half-time.

All was not well in the Villa Park dressing room with Gregory spoken to by the police after his foul-mouthed tirade on the touchline. 

A disconsolate Paul Merson also made his feelings clear using 'industrial' language in the post-match press conference.
NUFC.com match report

2001 Newcastle U17s were thrashed 0-5 by Ipswich Town at Portman Road in the first leg of their play-off final. 

Future Magpie Darren Ambrose was in the Town side, while Michael Chopra and Peter Ramage appeared for the black and whites.
NUFC.com match report

2009 Unsurprisingly, United's last-ditch attempt to ensure defender Sebastien Bassong's availability for the season closer failed and he would serve the first of a two-match suspension against Aston Villa.

The wrongful dismissal claim was heard and rejected by an FA Commission - a two-match ban the consequence of having already been sent off earlier in the season, at Wigan.

2010 Argentina Coach Diego Maradona confirmed that Jonas Gutierrez was in his 23 man squad for the World Cup Finals in South Africa. However there was no place for his club colleague, Fabricio Coloccini.

2013 Arsenal (h)
0-1
(0-0)
Premier League
42pts, 16th/20
Koscielny(52)
Free from the threat of relegation, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew pledged that his side would put on a show in this final game of the season in front of a sold-out SJP. 

However, United failed to score for the third successive home game and seldom looked like doing so, as the visitors collected the three points that ensured Champions League qualification at the expense of rivals Spurs. 

And Pardew was indebted to the departing Steve Harper for ensuring that roughly half of the crowd remained in their places to give the long-serving 'keeper a fitting send-off, sparing some support for his colleagues. 

Captain for the day, Harper made a couple of useful stops and looked visibly moved when the 37th minute of the game came around and the whole of SJP took his squad number as their cue to applaud him.
NUFC.com match report


Harps after his 199th - and last
 - competitive game for United

2016 French media outlets reported that ex-Newcastle United player David Ginola had suffered a suspected heart attack.

The 49 year-old was airlifted to hospital in Monaco after falling ill after playing in a charity football match at a golf event. 

It later transpired that Ginola's heart had been stopped for up to eight minutes and he survived only due to the intervention of a paramedic with a defibrillator.

Surgeons then performed a quadruple bypass operation from which he soon recovered.

2018 Rugby League Magic Weekend was staged once again at St. James' Park for an unprecedented fourth successive year and attracted 38,881 observers.