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1 Newcastle 1
A match Newcastle United seemed destined to win but then apparently lost
ended up producing their first away point of the season on Saturday - but
yet again, their inability to retain a lead was to prove costly.
United had never won at Vicarage Road in ten previous top-flight visits, but
should have prospered following Sean Longstaff's long-range strike on 23
The midfielder had sent two previous efforts wide of the target but made no
mistake with the third - a sweetly-struck effort from outside the box into the top
However Lobby's failure to find an empty net after Allan Saint-Maximin had
gobbled up Craig Cathcart's back pass and caught out goalkeeper Ben Foster just before half time was the first of several
massive chances to seal the victory that the visitors squandered.
Foster denied both Miggy Almiron and Joelinton in the 65th minute before
Surprise starter Joe Willock (ruled out by Steve Bruce on Friday due to a
toe injury) was unable to force his shot home shortly afterwards.
That level of profligacy was almost inevitably punished, an unmarked Ismaila Sarr
heading home after a 72nd minute corner from old boy Danny Rose was flicked
on by Josh King. That Miggy gave the corner away needlessly only added to
The goal was slightly against the run of play, although United in general
were fading and Saint-Maximin in particular was struggling in his role of
leading the line. There would be a brief cameo appearance by Dwight Gayle
late on - his first PL minutes of the season.
Chances were still made and missed by the blue-clad Magpies though; Ciaran
Clark holding his head in his hands after nodding a Matt Ritchie centre wide
of the target from close range on 80 minutes.
Three minutes from the end the Hornets looked to have completed their
comeback when Karl Darlow pushed a shot from ex-Magpie Moussa Sissoko into
the path of Joshua King, who finished with ease.
King peeled off his shirt and celebrated wildly with colleagues and home fans
behind the goal - only for VAR official Craig Pawson to rule that the scorer
was offside and chalk the goal off.
Having woken up the home crowd, Watford tried to find a legitimate winner
but it was to be United who missed the most glaring opportunity to collect
three points; Jacob Murphy galloping forward in the fourth minute of injury
time but failing to chip Foster as he came off his line.
Massive relief for Newcastle's Head Coach then that his side avoided defeat
and have now lost just once in their last four outings. Ticking along, to
coin a phrase.
While he may claim to see progress on the field though, it was another
afternoon of frustration for the travelling support, watching their side
repeatedly pin the opposition on the ropes but fail to administer the
For all Bruce's talk of terrific performances, his side blew the chance of
victory against what were sitting ducks and for much of the game were able
to get away with free kicks and throw-ins that were beyond sloppy. Set
pieces are meant to be a threat to the opposition, not ourselves.
Again there was no lack of effort and retaining the four at the back that
they ended the last game with served United well. The absence of Callum
Wilson for a third game however overshadows our attacking efforts and and
puts too much emphasis on Saint-Maximin.
It also has to be said that Newcastle enjoyed some moments of good
fortune that were ultimately instrumental in them taking a point from this
In addition to the home goal being disallowed, United also benefited from
another positive VAR decision; Pawson advising that a melee in our box
failed to meet the criteria for a penalty.
Debutant referee Jarred Gillett meanwhile contrived to award a free kick in
favour of Karl Darlow after he cleaned out Tom Cleverley in the first half -
and ignored Javier Manquillo braying the ball away when a foul was called,
despite the full back already having a yellow card. It's a good job it
wasn't Mike Dean today...
All that in our favour and we still failed to break our duck at the sixth
time of asking. If these teams do meet again next season, it's a fair bet it
will be in the Championship.
Darlow, Manquillo, Hayden, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Almiron (Murphy 79),
Willock (Gayle 83), S.Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
Subs n/u: Gillespie, Lewis, Krafth, Schar, Hendrick, Anderson,
Booked: Manquillo, Ritchie, Darlow.
Goal: S.Longstaff 23.
Foster, Kiko (Ngakia 67), Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Rose, Kucka (Pedro 64),
Sissoko, Sarr, Cleverley (Tufan 46), Dennis (Etebo 75), King.
Subs n/u: Elliot, Sema, Masina, Kabasele, Cucho.
The half-time replacement of Watford's Tom Cleverley was deemed a concussion
substitute, meaning that they still had their allowed three changes to make.
Despite that though, the hosts still ended the game with 10 men after
substitute Peter Etebo limped off deep into added time before the final
whistle blew almost immediately after the game restarted.
Booked: Dennis, Troost-Ekong, Rose, Cathcart.
Goal: Sarr 72.
Crowd: 20,650 including 2,200 away fans who abused Steve Bruce and
Elton John in approximately equal measure. They are both still standing
Both ex-Magpies in the Hornets line-up were singled out by the travelling
support; Danny Rose reminded of his time on wearside and Moussa Sissoko
honoured with a rewording of his own tune, now changed "It's tragic you
know, nobody wants Sissoko."
Steve Bruce said:
"We’ve played well again, and
created enough chances to win three games. I’ve got to take the positives
"I’ve enjoyed watching us again, it’s just a shame we didn’t take the
chances that came our way.
"It’s not new to us that we played a back four. We changed after Brighton
(away, last season). We’ve got have the ability to change, and,
certainly, we’ve played well in the last couple of games with it.'
"The game should have been put out
of sight but you can't come here and dominate the way we did and create the
chances we had and miss them.
"We nearly got punished for it at the
end, which would have been totally unjust in my opinion. Our performance was
terrific, we've done okay of late and haven't managed to get that first win.
"We were sloppy on too many occasions. The hardest part of the game is to
score a goal, and that is a bit of mentality; you've got to go cold in front
"We've played very well and should have
come here and won the game comprehensively.
"You can't dominate like we did and only be 1-0 up. The game should be
over. And we nearly got punished. Watford always had some part in the game
and in the last 10 minutes they caused us problems but overall we were by
far the better team.
"Both teams wanted to win it and we know
how crucial it is to get our first win. We went all out for it. It's
disappointing we didn't get it. We've got the makings of a half-decent team
and we've got to remember that.
"When you are up against it, you have to
see it through. All I'm trying to concentrate on is the team and how I can
affect a match.
"I've got to try and ignore everything else. It's not very pleasing, I
understand their frustrations but I'm not walking away."
On the unexpected participation of Joe Willock:
"He actually kicked the floor on
Tuesday, and it was a sore one where we actually thought, the medical
people, that he’d maybe done a metatarsal.
“We put him in a boot, because he was
sore. And then he’s had a scan, and he’s done something to the bottom of his
foot. It’s an impact injury.
in on Friday, and said he felt much better and wanted to give it a go. So we
encouraged him to train, which he did. He came through it, and I thought did
"It’s a pity he didn’t take one of his chances. I thought, when I first
looked at it, it was a penalty, but unfortunately it wasn’t.”
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Referee: Jarred Gillett - the Australian became the first
overseas official to take charge of a Premier League fixture* and it's
fair to say he had a baptism of fire.
Seven bookings of varying correctness and some bewildering decisions
that left both sides with a full complement of players made the game
entertaining, if chaotic. It was debatable at times whether he was
applying soccer law or an Aussie Rules interpretation.
* former PL whistler Dermot Gallagher was born in Dublin, but that's not
VAR: Craig Pawson.
Latest PL results/fixture:
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa
Everton 2-0 Norwich City
Leeds United 1-2 West Ham
Leicester City 2-2 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Newcastle
Brentford 3-3 Liverpool
Southampton 0-1 Wolves
Arsenal 3-1 Spurs
Crystal Palace v Brighton (8pm) Sky
The Magpies are now winless in their opening six PL games, their worst
opening to a season since 2018/19 when it took them 11 games to break
was Newcastle's eleventh top-flight visit here and
they still await an away success (six draws, five losses).
In terms of Premier League visits only, United have drawn four and
As was the case in each of their previous two visits to Vicarage Road,
Newcastle led 1-0 at half time again but failed to win.
Sean Longstaff netted his third PL goal for the club, following
strikes at home to Burnley in February 2019 and away at Bournemouth in
The Ashley era - NUFC after six PL games:
2007/08: 11 points, 5th
2008/09: 4 points, 19th
2010/11: 7 points, 10th
2011/12: 12 points, 4th
2012/13: 9 points, 9th
2013/14: 7 points, 16th
2014/15: 3 points, 19th
2015/16: 2 points, 19th
2017/18: 9 points, 9th
2018/19: 2 points, 18th
2019/20: 5 points, 17th
2020/21: 8 points, 14th
2021/22: 3 points, 17th
Magpies @ Vicarage Road - all-time:
2021/22 Drew 1-1 S.Longstaff
2019/20 Lost 1-2 Gayle
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Rondon
2017/18 Lost 1-2 Perez
2015/16 Lost 1-2 Lascelles
2015/16 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 Won 2-1 Coloccini, Carroll (Championship)
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Dyer
2006/07 Drew 2-2 (won 5-4 pens) Sibierski, Parker (LC)
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Dabizas
1992/93 Lost 0-1
1991/92 Drew 2-2 Kelly, Hunt
1990/91 Won 2-1 Anderson, Quinn (D2)
1989/90 Drew 0-0
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1988/89 Drew 2-2 Brock, Mirandinha (FAC)
1988/89 Lost 1-2 McDonald (FMC)
1987/88 Drew 1-1 Anderson
1986/87 Lost 0-1
1985/86 Lost 1-4 OG
1984/85 Drew 3-3 Beardsley, Wharton, McDonald
1981/82 Won 3-2 Varadi, Todd 2 (D2)
1980/81 Drew 0-0
1979/80 Lost 0-2
1978/79 Lost 1-2 Pearson (FLC)
1923/24 Won 1-0 Seymour (FAC)
Winning run ends
Blackburn U18s 2 Newcastle U18s 1
Following successive 3-0 victories, Newcastle's
youngsters lost by the odd goal in three at Brockhall on Saturday.
United trailed 0-2 at the break after Rovers scored through Evan Cunningham
and Harry Leonard.
Visiting striker Michael Ndiweni reduced the arrears with his fifth league
of the season 11 minutes after the restart but an equaliser eluded the
Team: Banda, Barclay, Green (Stewart 84), C.Thompson, Nicholson,
J.Miley (Robertson 71), J.Turner-Cooke, Parkinson (Donaldson 76), L.Miley,
Subs n/u: Bessent, Cooper.
Updates on Newcastle's loan contingent:
Matty Longstaff (Aberdeen)
The Magpie midfielder languished on the bench for a second
successive game as The Dons lost 1-2 loss away to St.Mirren in the Scottish Premiership
Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic)
The defender played all 90 minutes of Wigan's 2-0 home success
against Cheltenham Town on Saturday - an outcome that leaves them top of
Rodrigo Vilca (Doncaster Rovers)
Rovers were beaten 1-2 by Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in League One
on Saturday, with Vilca introduced from the bench on 72 minutes.
Lewis Cass (Port Vale)
The Valiants climbed to fourth position in League Two, thanks to
a 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe on Saturday. Lewis completed the entire match.
Jake Turner (Colchester United)
It finished nowts apiece at Swindon on Saturday in League Two,
with goalkeeper Jake watching the bench as usual.
Tom Allan (Morton)
Both lads played the full game on Saturday as Morton ended a four
game losing run in the Scottish Championship by drawing 0-0 at Ayr United.
Stiffs sunk again
Fulham U23s 3 Newcastle U23s 1
The heart of the matter
Available now in hardback is the latest book by author and
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Selecting 11 games with a personal significance from 1963 to 2019, Chaplin
speaks to players who were involved, in addition to recounting his own life
We have a limited number of author signed copies available to order now
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Included in the book is a conversation with a then-current Newcastle
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The next set of Premier League fixture moves for live TV
transmission were belatedly announced on Wednesday.
Two of Newcastle's three PL games in November have been chosen as follows:
Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 27.11.2021 Arsenal (a) 12.30pm BT
With their other game unchanged:
Sat 20.11.2021 Brentford (h) 3pm
In terms of travel, rail journey times to and from London on both November
6th and 27th are extended due to track work between Doncaster and
PS: Turning to December, Leicester City's Europa League campaign is
set to impact on Newcastle's fixture list.
The Foxes face Napoli in Italy on Thursday December 9th, meaning that our
visit to the King Power Stadium the next weekend almost certainly won't be
on Saturday 11th - whether chosen for live TV or not.
Joe Kinnear update
From The Telegraph, Wednesday:
The family of Joe Kinnear have announced that the former football
legend is battling "late stage" dementia.
His family have gone public about his progressive brain decline to raise
awareness about the woefully overlooked link between the game and its
detrimental impact on the brain.
Joe was diagnosed with an aggressive form of early onset vascular dementia
in 2015, the year after leaving Newcastle United.
Chronicled: part XVI
The latest episode of a free NUFC history Podcast series hosted
by the Chronicle is now available
Presenter Matt Ketchell and NUFC club historian Paul Joannou
are joined by lifelong fan Alan Candlish, who gives his recollections
of our last domestic FA Cup Final triumph in 1955.
We all hate leads
Newcastle 1 Leeds United 1
Newcastle U23s 2 Stoke City U23s 3
Senior Cup change
U23s have rearranged their Northumberland Senior Cup tie against
Newcastle Benfield that had been set to go ahead this coming
The Northern League side are in FA Vase action on Sunday and have to
factor in a possible midweek replay.
The First Round tie will now be staged at Whitley Park on Wednesday
October 13th (7.30pm).
Saturday sees Newcastle attempt to win their first Premier League game of
the season at the seventh time of asking, facing Wolves at Molineux in an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.
This will be the seventh time that these two sides have met on this ground
in the Premier League and United are unbeaten in the previous six; winning
once and registering 1-1 draws in the other five.
One has to go back to November 1977 to find the last time that the Magpies
lost at Molineux in the top flight; a 0-1 defeat during a Division One
season that would end in relegation.
The last five PL games both home and away were all 1-1 draws, with no less
than eight of the dozen games to date in that competition ending in that
Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, Paul
Dummett, Freddie Woodman, Callum Wilson and Jamaal Lascelles all
missed the 1-1 draw away at Watford due to injury and fitness issues.
Bruno Lage saw his side claim their second PL victory of the season on
Sunday, a 1-0 success at Southampton.
That came on the back of a 2-0 victory at Watford, having begun their away
fixture list by going down 0-1 at Leicester.
On home ground, Wolves are goalless and pointless after three games; beaten
0-1 at Molineux by Spurs and Manchester United and going down 0-2 there to
Upcoming PL fixtures:
Manchester United v Everton (12.30pm) BT
Burnley v Norwich City (3pm)
Chelsea v Southampton (3pm)
Leeds United v Watford (3pm)
Wolves v Newcastle (3pm)
Brighton v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Leicester City (2pm) Sky
Spurs v Aston Villa (2pm)
West Ham v Brentford (2pm)
Liverpool v Manchester City (4.30pm) Sky
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: None
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle and relayed online
via NUFC TV.
Mags @ Molineux - last 10:
1-1 Murphy (PL)
1-1 Almiron (PL)
1-1 Hayden (PL)
1-0 Mitrovic (Ch)
2-1 Ba, Gutierrez (PL)
1-1 Carroll (PL)
1-1 Shearer (PL)
2-3 Jenas, Shearer(pen) (FAC)
2-0 LuaLua 2 (FR)
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Season 2021/22 |
2021/22 season tickets have now been withdrawn from sale.
2021/22 match tickets
shown as being on public sale require registration on the NUFC
ticket website - this can be done in advance of the ticket sale.
Fri 01.10.2021 U23s v Boro U23s (h) @ SJP, 7pm.
Premier League 2.
Sat 02.10.2021 U18s v Manchester United U18s (h) @ Little
Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 02.10.2021 Wolves (a) @ Molineux, 3pm. Premier League.
Member sale now. Adults
£30, Over 65s/18-21 years £26.50, 12-17 years
£16, U12s £14,
Tue 05.10.2021 U21s v Harrogate
Town (a) @ Wetherby Road, 7.45pm.
Papa John's Trophy Group Stage.
Mon 11.10.2021 U23s v Birmingham City U23s (h) @ Whitley
Premier League Cup.
Wed 13.10.2021 U23s v Newcastle Benfield (h) @ Whitley
Northumberland Senior Cup.
Sat 16.10.2021 U18s v Nottingham Forest U18s (h) @ Little
Benton, 2pm. U18 Premier League Cup.
Sun 17.10.2021 Spurs (h) @ SJP, 4.30pm. Premier League.
Category A game: cheapest adult ticket £40. ST holder / member
sale now, public sale Mon 27.09.2021 (online), Mon 04.10.2021
Live on Sky Sports.
2021/22 PL season:
Season ends Sun 22.05.2022
Live TV confirmation dates:
all "approximate dates"
Mon 11.10.2021 Dec 2021/Jan 2022
Tue 14.12.2021 Feb 2022
Mon 24.01.2022 Mar 2022
Mon 21.02.2022 Apr 2022
Mon 04.04.2022 May 2022
NUFC Live on TV:
Sun 17.10.2021 Spurs (h
Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 27.11.2021 Arsenal (a) 12.30pm BT
(TV picks to Sun 28.11.2021 made).
FA Cup Round dates:
(NUFC enter in Round 3)
R3: Sat 08.01.2022
R4: Sat 05.02.2022
R5: Wed 02.03.2022
QF: Sat 19.03.2022
SF: Sat 16.04.2022
F: Sat 14.05.2022
Northumberland Senior Cup:
Ashington v Blyth Town
NUFC U23s v Benfield
Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
West Allotment Celtic v North Shields
(To be played by Sun 17.10.2021)
Blyth Spartans, Heaton Stannington and Newcastle University all received
byes to Round Two.
Papa John's Trophy:
(NUFC U21s in Northern Group H)
FA Youth Cup:
(NUFC U18s enter in Round Three)
U23 PL Cup:
(NUFC U23s in Group G with Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town
U18 PL Cup:
(NUFC U18s in Group tbc with Leicester, Forest, Southampton)
U17 PL Cup:
(NUFC U17s in Group B with Leeds United, the mackems and Boro)
Other events @ SJP:
Rugby League WC Finals:
The opening game is now scheduled to be played at SJP
on Sat 15.10.2022.
International Magpies |
National Service |
Whoops, He did it Again...
A rather unexpected accumulation of
points at Watford, according to the BBC website anyway....
(Kris Pedersen, Cappuccino Kid,
Sky Sports meanwhile reveal United's secret weapon - yet
(Anthony Daley )
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
26th September |
Born Or Died:
1943 Christopher Robin Anthony
"Kit" Napier born, Dunblane, Scotland.
Striker who had brief spells at
both Blackpool and Preston North End, before
hitting form at Workington and signing for
Newcastle for £18,000 in November 1965.
Debuting on the wing in a 2-0 home win over Blackpool shortly
after signing, that would be the only time Kit
finished on the winning side for United, his
final senior outing a 0-2 loss at Roker
Park during January 1966.
Having failed to make the step up
from Division Three to the top flight, Napier
agreed to drop back down two leagues in September
1966, Newcastle selling him to Brighton & Hove
Albion for £8,500.
Kit would enjoy six seasons at the Goldstone
Ground, finishing top scorer for five of them and
playing over 250 games.
He's recalled as a cult figure by Seagulls
loyalists, once scoring direct from a corner and
also netting with an effort not unlike Dion
Dublin's infamous robbing of Shay Given.
That saw him chosen appear on one of the hall of
fame display panels installed outside Albion's new
Amex Stadium in 2011.
Electing to remain in third tier football with Blackburn Rovers
after helping Brighton gain promotion in 1972, Kit
later emigrated to South
Africa where he played for Durban United and
worked in the motor trade.
Kit's death was reported in April 2019 in South
Africa, aged 75.
1958 Kenny Sansom born,
Camberwell, London. (1988-89)
An England international left back
who began his career with Crystal Palace, Kenny
arrived at United having lost his place in the Arsenal side to Nigel Winterburn.
In addition to the experience of 86 full caps and
over 300 appearances for the Gunners in an eight
year period though, Sansom also brought gambling
and alcohol addictions with him to Tyneside, plus
Signed by Jim Smith along with fellow full back
Ray Ranson in a desperate attempt to halt our
slide out of the top-flight in the 1988/89, the
pair made their debuts in a 2-1 Boxing Day victory
at Sheffield Wednesday.
However that proved to be a rare high point for
United and Sansom that season and following our
relegation, he showed an unexpected turn of pace
to leg it back to London and sign for QPR.
Later spells at Coventry City, Everton, Brentford,
Watford, Croydon, Chertsey and Slough Town then
followed before "Mr Chablis" packed in
playing and descended further into alcoholism.
Attending the Sporting Chance Clinic after
encouragement from fellow former Gunner Tony Adams
turned his life around - albeit with the legacy of
diabetes from his past.
Sansom subsequently re-invented himself as a TV
football pundit, matchday hosts at Arsenal's
Emirates Stadium and an after dinner speaker -
with a noticeable absence of bookings from the
Kenny disappeared from our screens before media
reports in August 2013 revealed him to be homeless
and sleeping rough as a result of his continued
The publicity attracted by his plight led to
intervention from the PFA and a matchday hosting job
at Crystal Palace as Sansom attempted to
conquer his addiction.
However he would continue to make media
headlines for the wrong reasons, 2020 seeing him
hospitalised following a serious assault in a
pub beer garden.
1971 Elena Marcelino born,
international centre half signed by Ruud Gullit
for £5.8m in June 1999 from Real Mallorca,
intented to play alongside fellow new defensive
arrival, Alain Goma.
Debuting on the same night as Kieron Dyer against
Dutch minnows SV Deurne, Elena's competitive bow
lasted just 45 minutes before he limped off with a
thigh strain, as Newcastle lost 0-1 at home to
Aston Villa and Alan Shearer was dismissed.
However things rapidly descended into farce for
"El Sicknote", whose miserable tally of
appearances was due to an array of injuries
- infamously including a snapped finger tendon
that kept him out for two months.
An exasperated Sir Bobby Robson never picked him
again after a 0-2 loss at Charlton in February
2001 when the player barely broke into a trot -
although yet again the player later claimed he'd
been forced into playing when injured - a familiar
Marcelino's contract was eventually paid up by
NUFC in 2003 and he left amid claims that Robson
had deliberately tried to undermine his career
because he'd been signed by Gullit - along with
more than a suggestion of racism from the manager.
He also memorably said of his former employers: "They
called me a thieving Spaniard and a bloody gypsy
who was robbing the club's cash."
Having played for Sporting Gijon and Real Mallorca
before his Tyneside sojourn, he joined Second
Division side Polideportivo Ejido in Spain for 18
Becoming a TV pundit, he appearing as a Premier
League expert (he had watched it as a spectator
for almost four seasons...)
Subsequently scouting for Liverpool during the
reign of Rafa Benitez, Marcelino later became a
FIFA-registered agent and was involved in Michael
Laudrup's appointment as Swansea City manager in
1972 Alan Neilson born,
Wegburg, Germany. (1990-95)
Defender who was born on a
military base in Germany and joined Newcastle,
initially as a trialist in 1989 after writing to
Handed his senior debut during one of Jim Smith's
last games as managed - a 2-1 win at Watford in
March 1991 - his only goal for the club came in a
1-2 defeat at Millwall the following September.
Part of the inexperienced linepup fielded by Ossie
Ardiles alongside the likes of Lee Clark and Steve
Watson, a first full cap for Wales followed in
Neilson remained at the club under Kevin Keegan
and provided centre half cover in our first two
seasons of Premier League football, before signing
for Southampton during the summer of 1995.
Reunited with KK at Fulham two years later, he
struggled with a foot problem and was released by
the Cottagers in 2001, joining
Later spells at Luton Town, Tamworth and Salisbury
City followed before Alan hung up his boots and
returning to Luton in 2008.
Joining the Kenilworth Road coaching staff,
Neilson served in a variety of roles that included
caretaker manager before his contract ended in the
summer of 2013.
By December of that year he was back in work
though, following former Hatters boss Richard
Money to Cambridge United.
Leaving the U's at the end of the 2014/15 season,
Alan began the following campaign as a Development
Coach at Norwich City. He later took charge of the
club's U23 side.
1989 Ciaran Clark born,
seventh close season signing of 2016, defender
Clark had spent his entire playing career at Aston
Villa before opting to jump ship to another
Joining Villa at
the age of eleven, he made a senior debut in
August 2009 and went on to rack up 159 appearances
in all competitions - the last of which came
against Newcastle at Villa Park in May 2016.
respectable goal tally of ten included one against
the Magpies at Gallowgate in 2012 and he wore the
captain's armband at one stage of his Villans
Representing England at youth level, Clark took
advantage of his Irish parentage to play for
Ireland, appearing twice at Euro 2016, to take his
cap haul to 19.
His first United appearance saw him concede a penalty
at home to Reading but he found the net during the 6-0
hammering of QPR at Loftus Road in September 2016.
Further goals followed against Brentford and
Bristol City at SJP and he played an integral part
in United's Championship success.
Retaining his starting place in the Premier
League, an initial pairing with new arrival
Florian Lejeune lasted only 35 minutes before the
Frenchman was injured - opening the door for
Ciaran to renew his partnership with Jamaal
It was a similar scenario at the start of the
next season, Lejeune soon sidelined and Clark
called upon and adding to his goals total
with a header against Arsenal.
A succession of injuries hindered his
availability in the latter part of 2018/19 and
the following season was a mirror image - in and
around the side and scoring the occasional goal
but back on the treatment table for an extended
period of time.
Amid speculation over his future as he entered
the final year of his deal, in the event it was
Lejeune who left on loan as Ciaran stayed,
ending another prolonged absence when facing
Blackburn in a League Cup tie in September 2020.
The following January then saw Clark agree a two
year extension to remain a Magpie.
1991 Paul Dummett born,
Defender who first played for
United's junior sides aged nine and broke into the
U18s in the early weeks of the 2008/09 season.
A reserve debut followed in a 2-1
victory over the mackems at Eppleton in January
2009, scoring his first goal at that level against
Huddersfield Town in April 2010.
Having played for the first team in the pre-season
game at Darlington in July 2011, Dummy then joined
the reserve tour of Holland - only to be hastily called up as cover for the senior side
That meant him jetting over Amsterdam to Columbus
in time for him to play 36 minutes at centre half
in the 3-0 win over Crew.
Paul then made a brief appearance from the bench
in the friendly defeat at Leeds United, before a
first competitive squad selection saw him named as
an unused substitute for a 4-3 Carling Cup win at
Loaned to Gateshead in March 2012, the following season saw a temporary
switch to SPL St. Mirren before a return to
Tyneside for a senior bow in Newcastle's FA Cup
loss at Brighton in January 2013.
Paul returned to the Paisley club and collected a League Cup winners' medal after a 3-2 victory over Hearts at
A Premier League debut from the bench
in a 0-4 loss at Manchester City in August
2013, the start of a season that saw him
sharing left back duties for the first team with
Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara.
If the high point was scoring his first senior
goal with a crafty run and finish against Liverpool, then a red card
within five minutes of taking to the field in the
return at Anfield was a low - although it was
Scoring the winner at Crystal Palace in the Capital One
Cup in September 2014, he was sidelined through injury
from the following January, coming back for the
games to help United avoid
Missing the opening months of the following
season, Dummy returned to be a regular selection
at left back under both Steve McClaren and Rafa
Gallowgate after relegation he began the 2016/17
season in the side, with Massadio Haidara still
sidelined and new arrival Achraf Lazaar used
44 starts and one sub appearance made Paul
United's most frequent performer during the
promotion season, although he failed to add to his
club goal tally.
Remaining on the bench at Bristol City denied him
a full set of games, while a red card at
Nottingham Forest that was rescinded saw him avoid
serving a suspension.
Selected for United's top-flight return,
Paul lasted just seven minutes though before
injury forced him off against Spurs and
sidelined him for four months.
Regaining his place and seeing off the challenge
of loan acquisition Antonio Barreca in the
latter part of the 2018/19 season, Dummy then
battled for the left back spot with Jetro
Willems following the arrival of Steve Bruce.
In classic Magpies style though, both were
seriously injured in successive league games
during January 2020 - a hamstrung Dummett
omitted from the PL squad for the second half of
that season, while Danny Rose was hastily
borrowed from Spurs.
Since then his spells in the first team have
been brief due to a series of injuries.
Previously recognised by Wales at both U18 and U19
level, Dummy's first Welsh U21 cap was against
Austria in November 2010.
And after a place on the bench for the senior side
against Serbia in September 2013, a first full cap
came against the Dutch in Amsterdam the
Further fitness problems then delayed his second
cap until November 2015, when he again came off
the bench against Holland - this time at Cardiff's
Making himself unavailable
for selection while Chris Coleman was in charge, a
reversal of that decision followed the
installation of Ryan Giggs as national team boss.
Returning in a Nations Cup home tie against
Ireland during September 2018, Paul then started a
game for the first time when facing Denmark in
Cardiff two months later,
His fifth cap then came against Trinidad &
Tobago at Wrexham in March 2019, with an omission
from the squad for games during the following
September confirmed by Giggs to be the player's
own choice in order to try and maintain his
fitness for club football.
Those five caps totalled 140 minutes.
1993 Marcus Maddison born,
Previously with the mackem
academy, midfielder/striker Marcus
joined the Magpies aged 12 and became a
regular for the U18s during the 2010/11
Nine goals in that campaign included
four in the 6-2 FA Youth Cup game at Dulwich Hamlet.
Progressing to the reserve side, Marcus scored his
first competitive goal in March 2012 against
West Bromwich Albion and was briefly loaned to Blyth Spartans.
With no contract offer at SJP, Maddison had trials
at SPL side St.
Johnstone in 2013 before joining
Gateshead - and netting against Newcastle in
His goals and displays for the Tynesiders caught
the eye and Peterborough United paid a claimed
£500K for him in 2014.
Six seasons as a Posh player saw him play 240
league and cup games scoring 62 goals - a good
number in the same side as fellow former Magpie
However he failed to agree fresh terms to remain
at London Road and spent a month on loan to Hull
City in February 2020.
Becoming a free agent that close season and
linked a host of clubs, Marcus was spotted
turning out for non-league Peterborough Sports
that August to retain fitness.
A move to Charlton Athletic then followed in
October 2020, but after a handful of games he
was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers the following
After ten appearances that loan was ended and
Maddison announced he would be quitting
professional football and joined eighth-tier
side Spalding United in May 2021.
1896 Newton Heath (a)
visit to the Bank Street home of the side who would become
Manchester United ended in a third successive loss
Those making the trek down from Tyneside encountered miserable Manchester weather and a rotten result for
the Magpies, who trailed from the opening seconds when Joe
And after keeping the Heathens at bay until the interval,
Newcastle began the second period in similar style -
fellow Scot Bob Donaldson shooting past Charlie Watts.
1898 Sheffield United
The Blades and the Magpies had been paired in the FA
Cup back in 1894, but this was the very first league
meeting of the two clubs.
Newcastle fell 0-2 behind on their competitive Bramall
Lane debut, but soon recovered after Jock Peddie scored
direct from a corner and Sandy Higgins
Having drawn 0-0 at Stoke 48 hours earlier, Newcastle
based themselves in Chesterfield ahead of this Monday
1903 Stoke (h)
A moment of class from Jackie Rutherford won it for United, meeting Bobby
Templeton's left wing centre with a fine first-time shot.
United travelled to Owlerton (later known as Hillsborough) in search of a
sixth successive league victory, but their perfect start to the season was
ruined by Frank Bradshaw's brace.
1914 Burnley (a)
Tommy Boyle's penalty was saved by Jimmy Lawrence in the first half when his
side were 1-0 up, but his goal settled a tight contest.
1925 West Ham United
Among the crowd at the Boleyn Ground was King Feisal of Iraq.
Newcastle had lost their previous five
games to the visitors, and the Owls were soon 1-0 ahead direct from a corner kick.
However, the Magpies roused themselves and were two ahead before former Wednesdayite Jack Allen rounded off the scoring.
1936 Blackburn Rovers
Returning to the side after missing over half of the
previous season due to injury, Billy Cairns continued to
make up for lost time - this brace taking his tally to
eight in seven games.
1942 Leeds United (h)
Moses, Stubbins, Carr
Wakefield(7), Short 2, Rutherford,
The Magpies did level at 3-3 before their Yorkshire
visitors found two more goals.
United came from
behind to record their first victory at Turf Moor in
four visits and end a worrying sequence of six winless
games for United.
1955 A Newcastle
XI visited Derwent Park to face North Eastern League side
Annfield Plain in a benefit match for loyal servant Ray
It finished 5-3 to United, centre half Frank Brennan
playing as a centre forward and scoring all five goals for
Plain's Harris and guest duo Ivey (South Shields) and
Hewetson (Ashington) netted, while Magpies coach and
former player Benny Craig appeared for the visitors, aged
Leeds United (a)
Newcastle left Elland Road with both points thanks a
second half double by Malcolm Scott - who was playing at centre
forward for the first time.
Leyton Orient (h)
League Cup 2nd Round
Orient lost the services of goalkeeper Frank George,
who was injured on 70 minutes.
Skipper Stan Charlton took over in goal as ten man Orient
hung on until conceding a late penalty that Fell
However the O's won the replay 4-2, meaning that Newcastle
had been successful in just one of their first six League
Preston North End (h) 5-2 (2-2)
Howard Kendall marked his return to Tyneside by
putting through his own goal.
Hearts (Scotland) (h)
Anderson(12), Gordon(27), Hamilton(30pen,50),
A week after
beating Linfield 7-2 at Gallowgate, another Monday evening
challenge match saw United defeated by the same score.
Stockton-born winger Keith Webster was in the
home lineup (although playing in a central role), while Jambos boss Tommy Walker resigned 24 hours after the game.
Marshall, Burton, Guthrie, Webster, McGrath, Moncur,
Robson, Noble, Suddick, Hilley, Knox.
1970 Coventry City (h)
The Sky Blues collected their first point on Tyneside
in five visits, while home fans were left frustrated by a
second successive goalless draw on home territory.
1981 Orient (h)
Newcastle's third home win and clean sheet from the
start of the season came about when Kenny Wharton forced
the ball goalwards and John Trewick banged it over the
line into the Gallowgate End net.
footage is online here
Bradford City (h)
League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg
McDonald(42), Ferris(80), Wharton 84)
Our second goal was scored by Paul Ferris for his only
senior strike, while the Bantams included old boy Chris
Withe in defence.
footage is online here
United's first win in seven league and cup games gave boss Willie
McFaul some breathing space.
There was a debut for John Cornwell, following his move
from Leyton Orient.
footage is online here
Peterborough United (a) 1-0 (0-0)
United made it 12 league and cup games without defeat, as
a Geordie invasion of London Road saw Kevin Sheedy
strike his third toon goal.
footage is onine here
Nottingham Forest (h) 2-0 (1-0)
United leapt six places into third as Alan Shearer
made it seven goals in four outings, beating former
Magpies 'keeper Dave Beasant twice.
Leyton Orient (a)
(3-1 on aggregate)
Worthington Cup Second Round Second Leg
2-0 up after the first leg at SJP, there was never really
any threat of an upset at Brisbane Road, despite O's
Chairman Barry Hearn pledging to make it "a
real East End night, with bangers and mash and lager and a
lot of noise."
2000 Winger Pedro
Dimas signed on a free transfer from Porto in his native
Portugal, after Bobby Robson used contacts within
his former club to persuade the player to reject offers
from Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.
Leicester City (h)
Rather less memorable than the 4-3 win over Manchester
United that preceded it, but Nobby Solano's goal and a
first league clean sheet of the season made it 12 home
Robert(26), Bernard (71)
Jermaine Jenas' stray arm and Titus Bramble's wayward kick
cost us two vital goals with JJ also culpable at a
set-piece for the other Gunners effort.
It was desperately
disappointing given the otherwise excellent performance
which should have seen us take a point after coming back twice against
a depleted home
Michael Chopra celebrated his return to fitness a brace to
beat a young Manchester United Reserve side 2-0 at
The following statement from Kevin Bond was issued via his
legal advisors, after confirmation from Newcastle United
that he had been relieved of his position with immediate
"I am extremely disappointed that Newcastle United
Football Club has chosen to terminate my contract without
carrying out any proper investigation into the allegations
made against me in Panorama.
"My lawyers will shortly be going to court to compel
the BBC to release full transcripts of the recordings.
"Rather than waiting for this and the outcome of any
FA investigation, NUFC have made their decision solely on
the basis of a few sentences carefully selected and edited
"I intend to pursue all legal avenues to vindicate my
reputation and restore my career and livelihood."
Bond found himself on
so-called gardening leave after it became known that he
would feature in a BBC Panorama programme, being absent
from the squad that travelled to Estonia and
failing to reappear after.
2008 The sound of jaws dropping was audible as it
was announced that taking over from caretaker manager
Chris Hughton would be former Wimbledon boss Joe Kinnear.
Ipswich Town (a)
United returned to the top of the Championship after a
fine resounding win at Portman Road, on a
day dedicated to the late Sir Bobby Robson.
Three goals in a blistering five minute first half spell
blew away the Tractor Boys and Kevin Nolan completed a
fine hat-trick in the second half with Ryan Taylor
our other scorer.
Town boss Roy Keane bristled and evaded questions about
his future, but stayed in post until January 2011 -
slightly longer than his opposite number Chris Hughton.
2010 Stoke City (h)
The rollercoaster ride continued after superb away wins at
Goodison and Stamford Bridge followed by this calamitous
A Kevin Nolan penalty had given United the lead, following
a needless challenge by ex-smoggie Robert Huth on Andy
Carroll, but the Potters equalised when ex-mackem striker
Kenwyne Jones headed in, having already twice found the
James Perch then intervened to divert a late corner and
plant a firm header past Tim Krul to gift all three points
to the Potters.
2012 Manchester United
(a) 1-2 (0-1)
League Cup Third Round
A first goal of the season from Papiss Cisse wasn't
enough to keep our League cup hopes alive - although he
came close to forcing extra time with an outrageous
overhead kick attempt that struck the bar.
Cisse made an instant impact after arriving as a second
half substitute, but Alan Pardew's side were already two
down by then after shots from the edge of the box by
Anderson and Tom Cleverley had eluded Rob Elliot.
Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa were all rested
for the tie, but a bolder team selection could have seen
that 41 year away hoodoo against the Red Devils ended.
Chelsea (h) Ramires(79), Willian(86)
three league games and then a meek League Cup exit to second tier
Sheffield Wednesday wasn't ideal preparation to face the Champions, but United almost
managed a memorable victory.
Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum gave them a two-goal lead and a fourth successive
win over Chelsea loomed until late heartbreak -
Tim Krul denying Ramires in the final minute to help ensure a point.
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