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The Never-Ending Tour

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  games attended by in 2021/22:



Norwich (h) Public sale now
Season tickets (h)
Public sale now

Blyth Spartans (a)

Chris Hogg's second string continue pre-season against National North side, Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night.

Kick-off at Croft Park is at 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale as follows:

Adults: 10 seats, 8 standing
Over 65s: 7 seats, 5 standing
U16s: 5 seats, 3 standing

Additional information from BSFC:

If you do not have online access, you can purchase your ticket by ringing the club office 01670 352373 between 9am and 12pm Monday to Friday, and pay with a debit or credit card. Your ticket can then be collected from the social club.

We strongly encourage all supporters to purchase tickets in advance - a cash turnstile will be available at the Kingsway End of the ground (by the BSFC club).

NUFC: To follow

BSFC: Former Magpie reserve forward Lewis McNall is now at Blyth, along with fellow SJP old boy Nicky Deverdics.

Back in the Spartans squad is club legend Robbie Dale, after reversing his decision to retire last season. That rather grand mural of him pictured above is on the side of a chip shop adjacent to Croft Park.

Gunners outing
for Willock

Sunday saw Arsenal play their penultimate pre-season fixture, beaten 1-2 at home by Chelsea at the Emirates.

Omitted from squads for games against Millwall and Watford in recent days, Joe Willock was among 14 substitutes as speculation over his future continues.

Gunners Head Coach Mikel Arteta turned to Willock during the second half and the former Magpie loanee thought he'd levelled when his powerful shot hit the crossbar and dropped over the line.

With VAR not in operation, the on-field officials didn't award what TV replays quickly showed was a valid goal.

Speaking after the game, Arteta gave few clues about the immediate future of Willock and other players whose place in Arsenal's 25 man squad is in doubt.

The Gunners conclude their pre-season preparations at Spurs on Sunday.

Can you hear the
Geordies sing...?

The short answer is yes, on a fine crowd compilation online here courtesy of our favourite YouTube channel Newcastle United 1980 - 1994 Video's.

J-League return
claimed for Muto

Japanese media outlets are reporting that Newcastle's unwanted forward Yoshinori Muto has agreed a permanent transfer to Vissel Kobe in his native Japan for an undisclosed fee.

The 29 year-old began his professional career at hometown club Tokyo FC, who have also been credited with recent interest in signing him.

Leaving there for Bundesliga side Mainz in 2015, he headed to Tyneside three years later but managed just two goals from 28 senior appearances in all competitions (10 starts).

Following an unsuccessful loan spell at Spaniards Eibar last season, Muto began the last year of his Magpies contract back in pre-season training but hasn't been sighted since a brief outing against York City. 

Shear joy


The latest Magpin release commemorates the first of 206 competitive goals for Alan Shearer in a black and white shirt.

Badge #3 in the ShearMagic collection depicts the sheet metal worker's son in the immediate aftermath of scoring against Wimbledon at the Leazes End in August 1996.

All three badges in the series are available to purchase online here

Old boys build up
a Head of steam

Gateshead  4  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report

Brewers droop
after early blows

Burton Albion  0  Newcastle 

Match report

Watch the goals online here


Donny dumped

Saturday saw Newcastle's U18 side retain their 100% record in pre-season with a 5-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

That followed wins over Nottingham Forest (4-3) and Spennymoor Town (1-0) the previous weekend in 60 minute games.

Spennymoor were a late replacement for Glasgow Rangers, who pulled out.

The young Magpies are due to face both Carlisle United and Sheffield United before their league season opener at home to Burnley on August 14th.

Leading the way with three goals so far in pre-season are Kyle Crossley and Ben Parkinson. Michael Ndiweni has two, with Ciaran Thompson and Nathan Nkunku registering one apiece.

U18 fixtures are online here

The North Division increases by one team from 13 to 14 this time round with the addition of Nottingham Forest.

Norwich City (h)

Newcastle round off their pre-season by hosting fellow Premier League side Norwich City at SJP on Saturday.

That was arranged some time ago, after issues in confirming the usual home kickabout against overseas opposition due to pandemic-related movement issues.

Several other top-flight clubs are hosting continental opponents this weekend with Spaniards Athletic Bilbao, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Getafe, Real Osasuna, Sevilla and Valencia all heading to these shores. Serie A outfit Atalanta are also visiting the UK.

Ironically, Norwich have now been hit with an outbreak of COVID in their squad....

It's a 2pm kick-off and tickets are now on public sale online, priced at 10 adults and 5 concessions. Prices rise to 20 and 10 respectively on match day.

Only the lower bowl is on sale.

The NUFC Foodbank collection point returns to Strawberry Place on Saturday and will be open for donations of cash and provisions from Noon.

It remains to be seen whether Callum Wilson or Allan Saint-Maximin return to the squad, while Martin Dubravka, Javier Manquillo and Jonjo Shelvey are yet to play in pre-season.

Karl Darlow isn't expected to feature but is anticipated to be back in training this week.

Due to a "small amount" of positive COVID tests, Norwich cancelled friendlies against Coventry City last Wednesday and Sheffield United last Saturday.

However the Canaries are pressing on with plans to stage a home kickabout against Gillingham this Tuesday. 

NUFC issued the following advice:

"Supporters should only attend the fixture if they are free of any COVID-19 symptoms, and are also encouraged to maintain good hand hygiene and wear face coverings in crowded areas unless exempt."

(Hand sanitisers were in evidence around the stadium at the Sheffield United home game back in May).

PS: The Spurs v Arsenal friendly to be played this weekend has been designated as a test event for the NHS COVID pass.

Meanwhile Chelsea have announced that entrance to their home games at Stamford Bridge will be dependent on producing either evidence of COVID vaccination or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours.

Logically, that ruling will also apply to away supporters - although Newcastle's PL visit isn't until next March.

Shadow play:

Change kit on sale

Friday saw the official release of  Newcastle's 2021/22 Castore away kit, described as black, gold and grey.

Shorts are black, socks are black and gold (with alternate gold shorts and socks in the event of a colour clash with the home club).

Being of a certain vintage, the shirt pattern suggests the 1979 Joy Division album cover "Unknown Pleasures" (expect our match report of the first competitive airing to be titled "New Dawn Fades"....)

It's a bargain 65.00 (not including delivery - but generously free for orders over 150...)

Stand-in striker saves Bruce's blushes

Rotherham United  1  Newcastle  1

Match report

Watch the goals online here

Hammers reveal
opening game info

West Ham travel to SJP for the opening Premier League game of the new season on Sunday August 15th, and have now published sale details and criteria for their allocation of places in Leazes Level 7.

Announcing that they've taken 3,000 seats, The Hammers also list the adult ticket price as 30 - which falls in with the Premier League's pricing policy.

The 30 cap was introduced in 2016 for an initial three seasons and then extended for the same period in 2019.

Notwithstanding the fact that there were no away fans for the entirety of last season (and part of the 2019/20 campaign), the current 30 cap agreement will expire at the end of this one.

Chronicled: part VIII

The latest episode of a free NUFC history Podcast series hosted by the Chronicle is now available online here

Presenter Matt Ketchell and NUFC club historian Paul Joannou are joined by local author Dan Jackson to recount United's maiden visit to Wembley in 1924.
U23s fixtures out

The Premier League 2 fixtures for next season are now available, with United seeking to improve on their last place finish in Division Two last season and win promotion at what would be the eighth attempt.

An extension of the competition this season takes both divisions from 13 to 14 sides; Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest both added to Division Two.

Leeds United and Crystal Palace both gained promotion to Division One last season, with Southampton the only team relegated in order to balance the leagues.

All games kick off at 7pm unless stated otherwise and home games are expected to be played at Whitley Park except for two at Gallowgate, marked as SJP.

As yet there has been no indication if or when spectators will be admitted.

U23 fixtures are online here

PS: United's second string will again enter an U21 team in the EFL Trophy aka Papa John's Trophy this season. Their group stage ties are as follows:

Sheff Wed (a) 7pm
05.10.2021 Harrogate (a) 7.45pm
09.11.2021 Mansfield (a) 7.45pm

Those ties are expected to be played at the main home ground of the EFL host side.

Danish departure:
Elias exits

Sorensen took just eight minutes of his competitive debut for Esbjerg to find the net on Saturday - but his new side ended up losing 1-3 at home to Helsinger.

Monday saw NUFC confirm the permanent departure
of reserve striker Elias Sorensen to Danish second tier side Esbjerg.

The 21 year-old hadn't featured in pre-season for either the senior or U23 sides and  was in the last year of his contract at Gallowgate. He's signed a four year deal at his new club.

Sorensen follows fellow striker Yannick Toure out of SJP this summer, both once tipped for great things after making promising starts to their Toon careers.

While Toure failed to progress while at United though, the rot set in with Sorensen during a trio of unimpressive loans - failing to hold down a regular place at Carlisle United and barely getting his boots dirty at Blackpool.

Two pre-season outings for Newcastle's first team during the Asia Trophy were followed by a season-long switch to Dutch second tier side Almere, but Elias again found himself relegated to the bench as an abortive promotion attempt reached a climax.

And while a run of goals for United's U23 side in the 2018/19 season led to calls for Sorensen to be promoted to the senior squad, those diehards regularly in attendance at Whitley Park were rather less enthusiastic.

Unlikely lads

Former Magpie

SJP old boys on the move - first team:

Sammy Ameobi Middlesbrough
Christian Atsu
Al Raed (Saudi Arabia)
Demba Ba
Lugano (Switzerland)
Fabricio Coloccini
Aldosivi (Argentina)
Ryan Donaldson
Morpeth Town
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
Southend (trial)
Nacho Gonzalez
Danubio (Uruguay)
Achraf Lazaar
Reading (trial)
Kazenga LuaLua
Genclerbirligi (Turkey)
Sylvain Marveaux
Charlotte FC (USA)
Danny Rose
Florian Thauvin Tigres UANL (Mexico)
Andros Townsend Everton
Patrick van Aanholt Galatasaray (Turkey)
Gini Wijnaldum Paris SG (France)

SJP old boys:
Unlikely lads:
reserves etc.

Former Newcastle reserve/junior players and staff with new clubs:

Mikel Antia Charlotte FC (USA) C
Kieren Aplin
Hebburn Town (loan)
Yannick Aziakonou
Owen Bailey
Gateshead (trial)
Craig Baxter
Dunston UTS
Rafa Benitez
Everton M
Habib Beye
Red Star Paris (France) C
Tony Caig
Falkirk (Scotland) AC
Kyle Cameron
Notts County
Colin Calderwood
Northampton Town C
Ian Cathro Spurs C
Nicky Deverdics Blyth Spartans
Joan Edmundsson Waasland-Beveren (Belgium)
Paul Farman
Owen Gallacher
Crawley Town
Macaulay Gillesphey
Plymouth Argyle
Alex Gilliead
Bradford City
Jamie Harley Everton (Sports Science)
Mackenzie Heaney York City
Michael Hoganson
Louis Johnson
Guisborough Town
Joe Kerridge
Seaham Red Star
Peter Lovenkrands
Fremad (Denmark) M
Marcus Maddison
Spalding United
Ryan McGorrigan
Callum Morris
Morpeth Town
Scott Parker
Bournemouth M
Cedwyn Scott
Louis Storey Gateshead P/C
Steve Stone Burnley C

Pledge reaches 100K

Launched here on April 10th, the 1892 Pledge scheme launched by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) has now passed the 100K milestone.

The scheme aims to build up funds to achieve supporter representation in the event of the club's future sale.






Season 2021/22

ST renewals ended on Fri 23.07.2021 and the public sale began on Mon 26.07.2021.

NUFC confirm that new ST cards will be issued for this season.

Tue 03.08.2021 U23s v Blyth Spartans (a) @ Croft Park, 7.30pm. Friendly. Public sale now from home club, 10 adults (seats), 8 (standing).

Sat 07.08.2021 Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Friendly. Online sale now, 10 adults, 5 concessions, (20 and 10 on the day of the game).

Sun 08.08.2021 U23s v Liverpool U23s (a) @ LFC Academy, Kirkby, 1pm. Friendly.

Tue 10.08.2021 or Wed 11.08.2021 Carabao Cup Second Round draw includes NUFC, precise date/time tbc.

Sat 14.08.2021 U18s v Burnley (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 15.08.2021 West Ham (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 16.08.2021 U23s v Reading (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 21.08.2021 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.08.2021 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League.
Ticket details tbc.

Mon 23.08.2021 Birmingham City (a) @ St. Andrews', 7pm. Premier League 2.

2021/22 PL season:

Transfer window ends 31.08.2021
Season ends Sunday 22.05.2022


Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 07.08.2021
Oct 2021
Thu 16.09.2021 Nov 2021
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 15.08.2021 West Ham (h)
2pm Sky
Fri 17.09.2021 Leeds United (h)
8pm Sky

(TV picks to 27.09.2021 made).

Papa John's Trophy:

Newcastle U21s were drawn in Northern Group H, along with Harrogate Town, Mansfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

w/c 30.08.2021
GS2: w/c 04.10.2021
GS3: w/c 08.11.2021
R3: w/c 29.11.2021

Ties listed by EFL as follows:

31.08.2021 Sheff Wed (a) 7pm
05.10.2021 Harrogate (a) 7.45pm
09.11.2021 Mansfield (a) 7.45pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):

Sat 04.09.2021
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC

Sun 05.09.2021
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

24.01.2022-02.02.2022 tbc
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

From The People newspaper, a star in stripes - but not black and white ones....

(Len Eschle, Jean Johnson)

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

On This Day in History
2nd August

Born Or Died:

1994 Emil Krafth born Stockholm, Sweden (2019-present) 

United's search for a right back saw them strike a 5m deal for Swedish international Emil from French side Amiens hours before the August 2019 transfer window closed.

Krafth had played in his native Sweden for Oster and Helsingborg, leaving there in 2015 when sold on to Italian side Bologna.

Loaned to Amiens for the 2018/19 season, that switch was made permanent at a cost of 1.8m just weeks before Newcastle made their interest known. 

Representing Sweden at U19 and U21 level, a full cap came during January 2014 and Emil played twice at the 2018 World Cup Finals, including the Quarter Final loss to England.

An ill-starred debut came in a 1-3 defeat at Norwich City and he was in and out of the side, Steve Bruce preferring to start with Javier Manquillo or DeAndre Yedlin.

Following the resumption of the PL season in June 2020, a shortage of central defenders saw Krafth play in that position but he was then added to the injured list.

It was a similar tale the following season as United settled on a five man defence featuring two wing backs, Krafth one of multiple players deployed at centre half.

His maiden goal for the club opened the scoring against Champions, Manchester City at SJP in May 2021 but United lost 3-4.

Emil then concluded that season by making four appearances for Sweden at the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

Lge FAC LC Eur Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
25 8 1 3     4           32 8 1


What Else?

1969 Hull City (a)

The second of Newcastle's three pre-season games was this loss to the Division Two Tigers at Boothferry Park. 

The margin of defeat could have been greater, had Iam McFaul not saved a 39th minute Ken Houghton penalty - having also kept out a spot kick against Hearts four days earlier.

Full back Ron Guthrie was stretchered off on 75 minutes with knee and ankle injuries.

1975 Carlisle United (a)
Anglo-Scottish Cup

Two Bobby Owen efforts got Newcastle's Anglo-Scottish group campaign off to a bad start - against a side who were preparing for life back in Division Two following their relegation.

The Cumbrians had Martin Burleigh in goal but the SJP old boy was never seriously threatened by Supermac & Co.

New signing Alan Gowling watched from the stands, while injury kept Geoff Nulty and Stewart Barrowclough out of the action.

Team: Mahoney, Nattrass,  Kennedy (Cannell), Keeley, Hibbitt, Howard, Bruce, Cassidy, Macdonald, Burns, Barrowclough. Sub n/u: McFaul.

1988 Gullringens (Sweden) (a)
Game five of United's Swedish tour saw them unable to add to their 20 goal haul. However manager Willie McFaul was undaunted:

"We are still very much at an experimental stage; in some of the previous games we have played with three central defenders.

"In this match we decided to try a new system. We didn't bring Mirandinha on until near the end and I was quite happy with the way things worked out.

"This is the time to try new things out and people shouldn't read too much into the results. We are trying to develop the right blend and I have been pleased with what I have seen so far."

Team: Thomas, Cornwell, Thorn, Scott, Wharton, Stephenson, Craig, Bogie, Gourlay, Robinson, Hendrie. 

(Peter Jackson, Robertson & Mira were all brought on as 75th minute substitutes - tbc who they replaced). 

1989 Falkenberg (Sweden) (a)
scorer tbc(2)
United concluded a five game tour of Swedish minnows with a 60 minute game against a local XI in the town they'd been based in.

Team: Kelly, Ranson (Sweeney), Thorn (Scott), Anderson, Stimson, Gallacher (Fereday), Dillon, Kristensen, Brazil, O'Neill, McGhee (Quinn) 

1994 A double signing, as left back Jason Drysdale joined from Watford and Steve Guppy came from Wycombe Wanderers. However neither managed to establish themselves at SJP and were soon to depart.

1998 Middlesbrough (a)
United won what appeared to be Jim'll Fix It badges as we beat the Smoggies 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Alan Shearer had scored from the spot in normal time with an audacious chip and Lionel Perez saved twice in the shootout. 

The day was overshadowed by some ludicrous events surrounding the sale of Keith Gillespie - with Sunday papers claiming we'd flogged him to Bryan Robson's smoggies.

At a time when good club PR was in short measure, Kenny Dalglish gave one of his worst TV interviews, claiming he knew nothing about the sale - which fell through. match report

2001 Pedro Dimas got a 15 minute hat-trick at New Ferens Park, Durham in a reserve friendly that United won 5-0. Diego Gavilan and an own goal completed the scoring. match report

2002 A Reserve XI beat  Oldham 2-1 at Boundary Park, all the goals coming inside the first 21 minutes. 

Shola Ameobi and an own goal had put us 2-0 up in front of 4,715. match report

2007 Although billed as a reserve friendly, the presence of youth boss Joe Joyce in the visiting dugout at Workington told the real story - as his Academy lads succumbed 0-1 to older, more experienced opponents. match report

2009 Dundee United (Scotland) (a)
Newcastle's final pre-season warm-up game ended in a draw at Tannadice.


Andy Carroll, wearing United's new third kit of royal blue and black stripes, scored on the hour but Goodwillie's spot kick levelled.


Steve Harper had already saved one penalty from Swanson five minutes after taking the lead, when a dubious award for handball against Kevin Nolan was given. match report

2011 A strong Magpies XI under the direction of Alan Pardew faced Gateshead at the International Stadium and won 3-1.

With reserve coach Peter Beardsley watching from the stands, there was barely room on the visitors bench for messrs Pardew, Carver, Stone and Woodman plus assorted subs.

The Tynesiders led through an early penalty, before two efforts from Sammy Ameobi book-ended a Jamie Curtis own goal. match report

Another reserve visit to Gateshead ended in a 2-1 win for United thanks to Adam Campbell's brace. match report

2014 Malaga (Spain) (n)
Darder(25), Castillejo(32,43)
Day one of the Schalke 04 Tournament in Germany saw United taught a lesson by the Spanish side, who raced into a 3-0 lead and could easily have doubled it. 

Remy Cabella debuted, but our only positive spell followed a raft of replacements, when Gabriel Obertan shot home after a corner.

Future Magpie Jesus Gamez was in the Malaga line-up, but within days had been sold on to Atletico Madrid. match report

2017 Wolfsburg (Germany) (a) 3-1 (2-0)

Mitrovic(37), Ritchie(43),

Following their game at Mainz, Newcastle remained in Germany for a midweek game against another Bundesliga side
- played at their Academy stadium rather than the adjacent first team ground. match report

2018 It was confirmed that Yoshinori Muto had signed a four-year deal after being granted a work permit.

The Japanese international striker joined from Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05 for a claimed 10m. He had faced United in pre-season almost exactly a year earlier.

Shortly after confirmation of the loan arrival of defender Jetro Willems from Eintracht Frankfurt, United announced the permanent transfer of Allan Saint-Maximin.

The French-born 22 year-old winger joined from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice for a reported 20m, Newcastle beating Watford to his signature.