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Never mind the baubles, here's the
2018 Advent Calendar
  Day 16

Premier League:
on song!

Huddersfield Town  0  Newcastle  1


Salomon Rondon's 55th minute strike was enough to defeat relegation rivals Huddersfield at a dark, cold and wet John Smith's Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Venezuelan striker latched on to
Javier Manquillo's through ball after a flowing four man move that began with Martin Dubravka and beat goalkeeper Jonas Lossl before celebrating with team mates and away fans.

Further goals could have followed; Ayoze Perez harshly given offside when lobbing Lossl ten minutes later and substitute Matt Ritchie spurning a glorious shooting opportunity in the closing minutes of normal time.

However the home side never looked like getting back into the game once behind and have now scored just three goals in nine home games so far this season.

Aside from one exemplary intervention by Dubravka to tip over Philip Billing's 35 yard effort, the main danger had come from stadium floodlights that blinked twice in the first half but thankfully they remained illuminated.  

Presumably someone behind the scenes had accidentally put them onto their yuletide flashing setting - a power surge or whatever also resetting the stadium clock.

Appearing in their red and blue change kit for the first time in a competitive game, the Magpies were without the suspended DeAndre Yedlin and injured Federico Fernandez, while Matt Ritchie dropped to the bench. 

Again deploying a three man central defence, United struggled to maintain possession on a slick pitch, with Kenedy particularly wasteful in the early stages. 

Christian Atsu and Fabian Schar both proved unable to beat Lossl from Newcastle's only two chances of the opening period while home fans grew quieter as their side's best raids were correctly foiled by offside calls. 

It always looked like one goal would settle this contest - as it had in both meetings last season - and after Lossl denied Atsu again on 53 minutes, Rondon made no mistake to claim his fourth Premier League goal of the season from by far the best move of the match.

Five minutes later Dubravka denied Chris Lowe with a worthy block, but from that moment onwards United defended their lead without much concern to secure their second away win of the season.

Unbeaten on the road in four games since the 2-3 loss at Old Trafford in October, Rafa's side took points from visits to Southampton and Everton in addition to the victories at Burnley and now Huddersfield - our best Premier League away form since back in 2012.  

It moved us back up to 14th but more importantly six points clear of the Terriers, who remain third bottom
ahead of Southampton's fixture on Sunday.

Propping up the table after losing at home to West Ham are Fulham, our opponents at Gallowgate on Saturday - and a prime opportunity to address our home form that remains markedly inferior to that away from Tyneside. 

Full match report to follow.

Team: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Kenedy (Dummett 89), Diame, Ki (Hayden 72), Atsu, Perez, Rondon (Ritchie 81).
Subs n/u:
Woodman, Murphy, Muto, Joselu.

Booked: Lascelles.

Goal: Rondon 55.

HTFC: Lossl, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo (Sobhi 60), Hadergjonaj, Bacuna, Hogg (Mbenza 77), Billing, Lowe (Durm 60), Pritchard, Depoitre.
Subs n/u: Hamer, Kachunga, Quaner, Stankovic.

Booked: Hogg.

Crowd: 24,036 including 2,400 joyous away fans who were still belting out a rousing rendition of "Who's that team they call United..." well after the final whistle.

The Toon contingent had been in festive mood earlier, their versions of "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "Jingle Bells" along with Wham's "Last Christmas" - the "someone special" line becoming "Rafa Benitez."  

Huddling up - scoring celebrations at the John Smith's 


"It was a really important for us, and them, so to get three points here in the way that we did, with a big effort from every player, is always something you have to be satisfied with.

"Against a team so close to us in the table, and to get three points, it was a good achievement. This group of players deserves credit and today they came together and worked hard. 

"The pitch was very fast with the rain and we needed to be precise with passing the ball but they were on top of us and we didn't have the control.

"We adjusted a bit in the second half and I said that with two or three passes we can get in behind - that's what happened.

"We gave the ball away a little bit in the first half, but in the second half we were better organised. The idea was to exploit them on the counter-attack and exploit the space behind them.

(Isaac) Hayden did well because we needed some legs - we were a little bit tired - and the second ball could help them sustain their attacks so we needed to make sure that we could press.

"He was not playing too many games so to come here and do well -
(I am) really pleased with that.

"The main thing for strikers is to create chances for them. In this case, he
(Rondon) is working really hard for the team.

"We had to adjust the shape of the team at half-time, and we had more control in the second half. He did a great job and finished with a great goal.

"He is doing what we expected a striker of his experience to do – score goals and hold the ball up well, especially away from home.

"We scored a great goal and afterwards, had another one disallowed. But it was the only way against a team that is so strong physically and pushing all the time.

"Be sure you defend well and, when you get the chance, try to cause them some problems. 

"It is an important win because we were playing a team close to us. We felt the pressure, and they did too.

"It's very clear: I have said since August, we have problems and we'll be fighting at the bottom of the table. Every time you get three points, you have a little more confidence."


Salomon Rondon scored his fifth goal of the season for Newcastle - and his fourth in the Premier League.

United's 111th away victory in the Premier League was a first-ever top flight win here. That leaves Brighton and Watford as the two remaining current PL sides we're yet to claim maximum points against on the road.

A second away victory in the PL
this season means that we've matched our previous worst totals across a whole campaign, managing only a pair in 2003/04, 2008/09, 2012/13 and 2015/16.

Two wins and four draws from our opening eight away games means that Rafa's side have collected 10 points away from SJP so far this season - one more than they managed in the entire 2015/16 away campaign.

Terriers tests - last 10 away games:

2018/19 won 1-0 Rondon
2017/18 lost 0-1
2016/17 won 3-1 Ritchie, Murphy, Gayle
1983/84 drew 2-2 Beardsley, Mills
1971/72 drew 0-0
1970/71 drew 1-1 Smith
1964/65 won 1-0 McGarry
1963/64 lost 0-3
1962/63 lost 1-2 Penman
1961/62 lost 1-2 White

Referee: Anthony Taylor - a rare departure from Manchester for the much-maligned whistler.

Latest PL results/fixtures:

Sat 15.12.2018:
Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Newcastle
Spurs 1-0 Burnley
Watford 3-2 Cardiff City
Wolves 2-0 Bournemouth
Fulham 0-2 West Ham

Sun 16.12.2018:

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Southampton v Arsenal (1.30pm) Sky
Liverpool v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

Loan lads:
Aarons Czechs out 

Rolando Aarons (Slovan Liberec)

Saturday saw Slovan play out a 0-0 draw in Prague at Bohemians 1905 in the Czech League. Aarons was only trusted to be brought on as a 90th minute substitute for what was the final game of his loan spell there.

Aarons played 769 minutes across thirteen games for the mid-table side (starting nine times) but failed to score a single goal.

The Czech League now closes down until February and 23 year-old winger Rolando will return to SJP, where he's under contract until 2021 but was unable to claim a first team squad place this season.

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
The on-loan striker completed 90 minutes as Albion collected a 2-1 win at promotion rivals Sheffield United in the Championship on Friday.

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
It finished scoreless away to Goztepe in the Turkish Super Lig on Friday, Henri completing 88 minutes.

Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman 
(Accrington Stanley) 
An uncomfortable afternoon for Accy at Roots Hall, beaten 0-3 by Southend United in League One on Saturday. Dan played the full game but Luke wasn't involved in the matchday squad at all.

Josef Yarney (Morecambe)
Things were little better at Sincil Bank in League Two on Saturday, as Morecambe lost 1-3 to Lincoln City. Josef played the full game for the Shrimps.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)

Derby County (a) Championship, Monday.

Magpies beaten 

Southampton U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1


United's U23 side completed their 2018 fixtures away to Southampton on Friday night, losing for the first time in eight league and cup outings.

New Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was among the small crowd at Staplewood Training Ground and watched his development side dominate the game without making a breakthrough in the first half.

Following his return to fitness, Magpies defender Jamie Sterry was in the starting lineup and his crucial clearance denied the hosts in the 21st minute.  

Midfielder Will Smallbone then drilled a shot from distance off the crossbar after 23 minutes before visiting custodian Nathan Harker blocked a low effort from Nathan Tella at the expense of a corner.

By contrast, his opposite number Harry Lewis in the home goal had nothing to do before half time.

The Newcastle goal survived two near escapes in quick succession, before a close range finish from Smallbone on 54 minutes broke the deadlock.

Having set up the opener, Jonathan Afolabi doubled Southampton's lead eight minutes later, prodding a shot following Tella's centre from the right.

A rare excursion into the Saints box on 74 minutes ended with Sorensen feeding the ball in the left and O'Connor upending Rosaire Longelo as he ran in.

Callum Roberts converted the resultant spot kick for his ninth league goal of the season but that was as good as it got for Ben Dawson's side, who pushed on in the closing stages but created virtually nothing.

Team: Harker, Sterry (Longelo 46), Gibson,
M. Longstaff, Bailey, Watts, Allan, Sangare (Cumbreras 85), Sorensen, Roberts, Wilson (Toure 59).
Subs n/u: Huuhtanen, McEntee.

SFC: Lewis, Ramsay (Kpohomouh 90+4), Vokins, O'Connor, O'Driscoll, Klarer, Smallbone, Hamblin, Afolabi, Slattery, Tella (Robise 79). 
Subs n/u:
Rose, Jankewitz, Norton. 

Booked: O'Connor, Slattery, Robise.

Referee: Josh Smith.

Premier League:

Friday saw Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez named the PL manager of the month for November, claiming the award for the seventh time after three consecutive wins during that month.

Five managers have won more than Rafa's haul of seven, but none of them are currently in post: Martin O'Neill (8), Harry Redknapp (8), David Moyes (10), Arsene Wenger (15) and Sir Alex Ferguson (27).

The last current Magpies boss to win the award was Alan Pardew in November 2014 while Rafa's previous success was as Chelsea manager back in April 2013.

NUFC PL MOTM winners:

Kevin Keegan: (5)
Nov 1993, Aug 1994, Feb 1995, Aug 1995, Sep 1995

Bobby Robson: (6) Feb 2000, Aug 2000, Dec 2001, Feb 2002, Jan 2003, Oct 2003 

Alan Pardew: (2) Nov 2013, Nov 2014

Rafa Benitez: (1) Nov 2018

SJP as it was:
SJP prints

Update: the deadline for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas was Friday 16th December, but orders may still be fulfilled depending on location.

If you need prints before Christmas, please email before placing an order.

Beardsley, Waddle, Gazza, the Scoreboard, the Corner, the Benches. St. James' Park as it was in 1985, seen through the eyes of local illustrator Marcus Reed.

This cracking print is available now in a limited edition A1 size (£65) or A2 open edition (£40) online here


All prints come unframed, although framed copies are available for local delivery - details on the website.

Sorensen steps up

Reserve striker Elias Sorensen has been called up to Denmark's U21 side - his first selection at that level. 

The 20 year-old has previously represented his nation at both U17 and U19 level and is in the U21 party for two friendly games in Mexico next month.

Hopefully Sorensen will still be available to face the mackems in the Checkatrade Trophy on January 8th, with the Danish tour listed as running from the 10th until the 20th.

The two games give Elias an opportunity to force his way into the squad for the European Championship Finals staged in June 2019. Denmark U21s are in the same group as Germany, Serbia and Austria for the 12 nation tournament staged in Italy. 

The in-form striker is out of contract at the end of this season and an initial offer was rebuffed, although he's said to be happy to remain on Tyneside.

A similar situation saw his reserve colleague Sean Longstaff put pen to paper on a new four year deal recently, having rejected the original terms offered.

Premier League:
Wembley or White 
Hart Lane - update

Wednesday saw Spurs confirm that they are to continue to use Wembley Stadium for home games until at least Sunday January 13th, when they will host Manchester United in the Premier League. 

That was provisionally scheduled to be the first played at their new stadium, but further delays in construction and commissioning of it mean that another game will now be the inaugural one.

The next Spurs game after that is a Wednesday evening meeting with Watford on January 30th, although a weekend game seems favourite - which means it's more likely to be the visit of Newcastle United on or around Saturday February 2nd.

A further progress report is scheduled for the week commencing Monday January 7th.

Premier League:
TV dates delay

Although due to be released last Wednesday, the Premier League have confirmed that they will delay publication of the February 2019 TV live games until after Champions League draw next week.

Four PL teams have made it through to the last 16 of that competition and will learn their fate this coming Monday (December 17th), with the TV alterations confirmed at an unspecified point after that.

The Newcastle games "at risk" this time round are:

Sat 02.02.2019 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Sat 09.02.2019 Wolves (a)
Sat 23.02.2019 Huddersfield Town (h)
Wed 27.02.2019 Burnley (h)

Checkatrade Trophy:
mackems (a) details

Newcastle's U21 side will play their last 16 tie in the Checkatrade Trophy at the stadium of plight on Tuesday January 8th 2019.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and a result must be achieved on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes then the tie will go straight to penalties.

The tie is all ticket and Newcastle will receive an unspecified allocation of seats. Details of how and when they go on sale are yet to be confirmed, but tournament rules permit up to 5,000 for visitors.

Ticket prices have been confirmed however - and in what looks like an attempt to deter fans from attending, adult admission has been set at £15 (£5 for U16s/ over-65s).

That compares unfavourably with their home tie in the last round of same competition less than two weeks ago, when adult admission was just £3

Tickets for their FA Cup defeat by Walsall meanwhile were £10, tempting just over 8,200 punters.

As a top-flight side, United will field their U21s with some scope to include over age players. It's officially a first team game for the third-tier mackems.

Last 16 draw:

Rochdale v Manchester City U21s
mackems v Newcastle U21s
Accrington Stanley v Bury
Port Vale v Shrewsbury Town

Southend United v Portsmouth
Chelsea U21s v Peterborough United
Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town v Oxford United/Spurs U21s

No news may be good news....eventually

Former Chelsea and Manchester United CEO Peter Kenyon remains in discussions to acquire the club from Mike Ashley, using finance reportedly provided by US based Rockefeller Financial Management. 

Claims of interest from other groups are unverified while financial consultants representing Kenyon have been on Tyneside, although there's been a clear reluctance to use the phrase "due diligence".

The £300m asking price that has been bandied around isn't fixed in terms of a one-off payment and a form of down payment could be acceptable, given proof of sufficient funds.

However the chances of a successful conclusion before the end of the January transfer window are lessening by the way, leading to further uncertainty over what - if any - budget Rafa has to work with. 

PS: Fresh claims of agreement deal for the Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron have again been rubbished by the MLS side's President, although it appears that contact is ongoing with NUFC.

last ones

We're getting low on author-signed copies of "To the Glory of God" by Paul Joannou, a detailed account of Newcastle United during the First World War written by the club historian.
Order online here

FA Cup ticket sale

Season ticket holders can now buy tickets for the FA Cup Third Round home tie against Blackburn Rovers next month.

Advance ticket prices: £10 adults, £5 concessions. 

Season ticket holders in areas not on sale can now buy seats in alternative areas along with members. Only the lower areas are on sale at this point.

The public sale begins this coming Monday.

Matchday prices rise to £20 and £10 respectively. 

Announced as a 3pm kickoff on Saturday January 5th 2019, the tie was then selected for live overseas TV transmission and is now a 5.30pm start. Note that it isn't shown live on UK TV.

Premier League:
Fulham (h)

United's final home game of 2018 sees Fulham visit SJP for an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff on Saturday.

Tickets remain on public sale.

NUFC: DeAndre Yedlin is available following suspension, but Jonjo Shelvey remains out.

Coral matchday betting will appear here.

FC: To follow. 

Ex-Magpie Aleksandar Mitrovic is set for a first game against his former employers, having got through the West Ham game on Saturday without collecting the booking that would have seen him suspended. 

This will be the sixth time that boss Claudio Ranieri has occupied the away dugout at SJP, Fulham becoming the fourth different club he's overseen:

2015/16 Newcastle 0 Leicester City 3 (PL)
2007/08 Newcastle 2 Juventus 0 (Fr)
2003/04 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1 (PL)
2002/03 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1 (PL)
2001/02 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2 (PL)


The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square will have these offers on Saturday:

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

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


Cottagers in Toon - last 10:

2016/17 lost 1-3 Murphy
2013/14 won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2012/13 won 1-0 Cisse
2011/12 won 2-1 Best 2
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 won 2-0 Viduka, Owen
2006/07 lost 1-2 Parker
2005/06 drew 1-1 N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 1-4 Bellamy
2003/04 won 3-1 O'Brien, Speed, Robert

Referee: tbc


Metro: No scheduled disruptions this weekend.


There's another RMT strike action on Saturday, which will reduce the amount of Northern Rail services that operate across the region, especially post-match. 


Road closures start one hour before kick-off on:

Leazes Terrace and area around the East Stand
Strawberry Place between the junction with Barrack Road and the Strawberry Pub/ Strawberry Lane at junction with Strawberry Place.

Closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.

Road closures start about one hour after the start of the match on:

Strawberry Place at junction with Leazes Park Road
Leazes Park Road from Percy Street and Strawberry Place junctions
Terrace Place

Closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.

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.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: to follow 

UK Radio: tbc (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Fri 21.12.2018:
Wolves v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Sat 22.12.2018:

Arsenal v Burnley (12.30pm) Sky
Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion (3pm)
Chelsea v Leicester City (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Southampton (3pm)
Manchester City v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)
West Ham v Watford (3pm)
Cardiff City v Manchester United (5.30pm) BT

Sun 23.12.2018:

Everton v Spurs (4pm) 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.

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 22.12.2018 Fulham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Wed 26.12.2018 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT

Sat 29.12.2018 Watford (a)
@ Vicarage Road, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. 

Wed 02.01.2019 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 05.01.2019
U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ WBA Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 05.01.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 5.30pm. FA Cup Third Round. (Lower bowl only open), ST holder & member sale now, public sale 10am on Mon 17.12.2018. £10 adults, £5 concessions (NB: prices rise to £20 adults and £10 concessions on matchday).

(No metro service all day on 05.01.2019 between Tynemouth & St. James').

Tue 08.01.2019 U21s v mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Trophy. Ticket details awaited.

Sat 12.01.2019 U18s v Manchester City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 5.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £23.50 U20s/students. Allocation: tbc.  Live on BT Sport.

Mon 14.01.2019
U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 19.01.2019 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.01.2019 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale now. Public sale Tue 18.12.2018 (online), Thu 27.12.2018 (in person/by phone).

Tue 22.01.2019 U23s v Notts County (a) @ New Manor Ground, Ilkeston, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

Tue 29.01.2019 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale from Thu 20.12.2018, Public sale Fri 28.12.2018 (online), Mon 07.01.2019 (in person/by phone). Live on BT Sport.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

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

NUFC Live on TV:

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.

R3 Sat 05.01.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h)
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 are fielding an U21 side:

Last 16:
Tue 08.01.2019
mackems (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) drew 1-1
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) won 2-0
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:

Quarter Final:
Wed 23.01.2019 Heaton Stan v Morpeth
Wed 23.01.2019 Benfield v North Shields
Wed 23.01.2019 WA Celtic v Bedlington
Tue 05.02.2019 NUFC v Blyth Spartans

Gateshead FC have reduced admission prices for NUFC ST holders attending their National League home games to £10 adults.

Next three GFC home league games:
Wed 26.12.2018
Hartlepool United 3pm
Sat 29.12.2018
FC Halifax Town 3pm
Sat 05.01.2019
Maidenhead United 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Sat 23.03.2019 Newcastle Falcons v Sale
Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

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International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

05.01.2019-01.02.2019 Asian Cup Finals

Ki Sungyueng tbc
07.01.2019 South Korea v Philippines Dubai
11.01.2019 Kyrgyzstan v South Korea Al Ain
16.01.2019 South Korea v China Abu Dhabi

06.06.2019-30.06.2019 Copa America Finals
07.06.2019-30.06.2019 AFCON Finals

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On This Day in History
16th December

Born Or Died:

1880 William Agnew born, New Cumnock, Scotland. (1902-04)

Defender who featured also for our wearside and teesside rivals, sandwiched by a return to his native Kilmarnock during which he was capped three times at international level.

Agnew later played for Falkirk and East Stirlingshire and had a stint on the staff at Third Lanark. He died in 1936. 

1907 George Nevin born, Lintz Colliery, Durham. 

Left back who signed for Newcastle United in 1925 but failed to break into the first team and returned to local football.

A second stint at Gallowgate from 1928 proved to be more successful and he managed half a dozen outings before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday in 1930.

Again though Nevin struggled to hold down a place and he joined Manchester United, only to later return to Hillsborough. 

Finally getting a run of games for Burnley, George joined Lincoln City in 1937 and was on the books of Rochdale when league football was suspended early in the 1939/40 season due to the onset of WW2.

After retiring from football, Nevin settled in the Sheffield area, passing away in 1973. 

1929 Ivor Allchurch MBE born, Swansea.

Our record signing when joining for £28,000 from Swansea Town in October 1958, Ivor was a crowd favourite in the four seasons he played at SJP - even if United suffered the agony of relegation in 1961.

Appearing in the 1958 World Cup Finals for Wales prior to his arrival at Gallowgate, his 68 caps was a record haul at the time and led to his nickname of "The Golden Boy of Welsh football".

United succeeded where Wolves had failed with a £28,000 bid and Ivor's debut came in a 3-1 home victory over Leicester City in October 1958, scoring twice.

Although well regarded by Newcastle fans, Allchurch played for the club during a low point in their history and relegation came at the end of the 1960/61 season.

Leaving United for Cardiff City in August 1962, Ivor was awarded the MBE four years later, by which time he'd returned to play for his hometown club once again.

Moving on to Worcester City in 1968, Ivor also played for Bishoptown, Haverford West and Pontardawe Athletic and was still turning out on his 50th birthday.

Ivor passed away in 1997 and a statue in his honour was unveiled outside Swansea City's Liberty Stadium in 2005 - with a contribution to the costs of construction forthcoming from Newcastle United.

1944 John Markie born, Bo'ness, Scotland. (1962-64)

Right half who signed for Newcastle at the age of 15, having appeared for Scotland Schoolboys. 

John was part of United's 1962 FA Youth Cup winning squad but made only two first team starts, both during the 1963-64 season and both ending in defeats.

Following the arrival of Stan Anderson, Markie left on a free transfer, signing for Falkirk, serving the Bairns for over a decade and setting their appearance record. 

A switch to Clyde in 1976 was followed by a brief spell at Stenhousemuir that was curtailed by a leg injury sustained while playing against Queens Park at Hampden.

Following that Markie joined the Dundee coaching staff and coached various junior football sides in Tayside, later scouting for Arbroath.

Away from football, John worked in the petro -chemicals industry at Grangemouth.

1962 Andy Thomas born, Eynesham, Oxfordshire. (1986-88)  

Midfielder signed from Oxford United after impressed in games against us - notably a League Cup tie at The Manor Ground in October 1985 when he netted twice.

Loaned out to both Fulham and Derby County during his time at Oxford, Andy debuted for the Magpies in a 1-0 home victory over Wimbledon in October 1986.

He's remembered for a brief golden spell in front of goal soon after moving to SJP, scoring twice in successive games against Chelsea, West Ham United and Everton - the latter in a Full Members Cup tie.

However his second season at SJP was dogged by injury and Thomas played only four times in the league - what proved to be his final outing coming away at Portsmouth in May 1988.

Thomas moved on to Bradford City ahead of the 1988/89 season and later played for Plymouth Argyle.

A switch to non-league Thame United and then Oxford City then saw him take over as manager of the latter, guided them to the 1995 FA Vase final. He later took charge of Brackley Town - another side whose home ground is named St.James Park.

1977 Sylvain Distin born, Bagnolet, France. (2001-02)

Arriving on on Tyneside on loan from Paris St. Germain with a fine reputation and a Champions League pedigree, centre half Distin debuted in the 89th minute of an eventful 4-3 home victory over Manchester United during September 2001 - although he never actually touched the ball.

34 more appearances followed, during which the left-footer displayed good aerial skill and a fair turn of pace for a big man.

However, Distin appeared to possess all the attributes a professional footballer needed, apart from any shred of loyalty or devotion to the cause. 

Rejecting a move to Bolton Wanderers before following Laurent Robert from Paris to Tyneside, it was thought Newcastle had first choice on a permanent move, only for the player to stall on signing - allegedly due to the size of his wage packet.

That prompted press speculation that he was being hawked to the highest bidder and as the season drew to a close, claims were made that among others, Bolton (again) and Blackburn Rover were in contention.

Ultimately though, Distin joined Kevin Keegan's newly-promoted Manchester City side, claiming that the fans only knew one side of the story and Newcastle were at fault for failing to concluding negotiations to his satisfaction. 

That deal was to have ramifications for United, with Sir Bobby Robson pushing through the signing of Titus Bramble from Ipswich Town to boost his defence. 

Distin's home debut the following season came against Newcastle - although he didn't have much defending to do on a day when his former side were woeful.

The ex-Magpie endured 90 minutes of sustained abuse from the travelling contingent at Maine Road that day - one greedy basket we think they shouted.

Distin exited Manchester City in similarly bad grace after running his deal down in order to join Portsmouth in May 2007. 

Winning the FA Cup with Pompey in his first season, he joined Everton in a £5m deal ahead of the 2009/10 campaign and spent six years at Goodison Park.

Making a free transfer move to Premier League newcomers Bournemouth during July 2015, what proved to be his 17th and last game for the Cherries came in the final minutes a 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Gallowgate the following March.

The conclusion of that season then saw Sylvain released.

1997 Louis Johnson born, Middlesbrough (2014-16)

Striker who was handed his U18 debut for United during a 2-1 home win over Bolton during February 2014, agreeing a youth scholarship that summer.

A regular for the juniors during the following season, Louis was named on the  bench for a first team friendly at York City in July 2015 - but wasn't called upon.

Appearing for the U18s that season but failing to feature for the U21s, Johnson was released by United in 2016.

He later appeared at Northern League side Thornaby.


What Else?

1893 Small Heath (a)
Division Two 
1-0), Crate(2-0),
3-0), Graham(4-0)
A scoring debut for locally-born Bobby Willis, at inside right.

1895 Tow Law Town (h)
FA Cup Qualifier 
Stott(30), Lennox(65),Thompson(3-0), Wardrope(4-0)

1899 Stoke (a)
Division One 
Higgins(81), A.Gardner(89)  
Turner(25), Higginson(53)

1905 Stoke (a)
Division One 

1908 Middlesbrough (a)
Stewart, Liddell (pen)
Another fundraiser, this time for the Medical Charities Fund.

1911 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
Higgins(5), Hibbert(28), Rutherford(45), McCracken(65pen), Stewart(72), Hay(82)
Hampton(38), Bache(43)
Sandy Higgins twisted his knee in scoring the opener, leaving United a man short for the remaining 85 minutes. Villa came from two goals down to draw level but the ten men went on to record their biggest win of the season. The injury sidelined Higgins for over four months.

1922 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 

1933 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
1-1), Weaver(2-2pen) 
McArdle(47), Sale(1-2pen)

1944 Huddersfield Town (h)
Bateman(22), Price(26)

1950 Stoke City (h)
Division One 
Hannah, Mitchell, G.Robledo 
The Magpies remained in third place after completing the double over the Potters.

1961 Leyton 0rient (a)
Division Two 
White, Elwood
United caught the Os in the middle of a nine-game run of league victories as they secured promotion to Division One.

1967 Southampton (a)
Division One 
A third successive draw put Joe Harvey's men up to sixth spot in the table, but also extended their winless run away from Tyneside to fifteen league games.

1970 On the eve of United's Fairs Cup encounter with Southampton, Joe Harvey signed David Ford from Sheffield Wednesday in an exchange deal with Jackie Sinclair. 

However Ford was ineligible for the tie due to the 48 hour eligibility rule.

1972 Derby County (a)
Division One 
Newcastle were denied a third consecutive victory at the Baseball Ground by a second half equaliser that was ultimately credited to Roger Davies - who got the final touch on a shot from Archie Gemmill.

1975 United's Tommy Craig captained the Scotland U23 side to a 4-0 victory over Romania at Falkirk's Brockville ground. Craig hit the fourth goal from the penalty spot.

1978 Fulham (a)
Division Two 
Connolly, Withe, Shoulder 
The home side's effort came from former United striker Chris Guthrie.

1990 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Division Two 
A Sunday Noon start, as Argyle opted to rent their car park out for a Christmas shoppers park & ride facility. 

A rotten 90 minutes was scant reward for the intrepid travellers who spent most of the weekend getting to and from the game, but Gavin Peacock's last minute goal provided a measure of warped justice.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Cesena (Italy) (h)
Anglo Italian 
Hubner(2), Pazzaglia(71) 
A meaningless match for already eliminated United, during which they experimented with a 3-4-3 formation, Alan Neilson, Steve Howey and Matty Appleby forming the rearguard. 

The Italians wore gloves and should have lost when they conceded a last minute penalty. However, Gavin Peacock contrived to miss it, and thus fail to complete his hat trick.

1995 Everton (h)
Premier League 
Ten man United held out for an hour after John Beresford had been dismissed for hauling down Anderi Kanchelskis.

1998 United's reserve side beat Stockport County 2-0 at the Ewen Fields ground of Hyde United, thanks to goals from Paul Dalglish and Jamie McClen.

The win was achieved under the influence of John Barnes, who coached and coaxed his young charges from a midfield berth. 

2000 Bradford City (h)
Speed(14), Dyer(70)
Ahead thanks to a grand volley from Gary Speed, Kieron Dyer then produced a classic second as he ran at the Bantams back line before a tidy finish. 

The visitors got one back late on, but United deservedly held out for the win - thanks in part to some of Alan Shearer's trademark corner flag excursions. match report

2000 Our U18 side exited the FA Youth Cup at the Third Round stage, beaten by Crystal Palace.

After a 2-2 draw at SJP, the replay was staged at the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium, not Selhurst Park.

And it was the young Eagles who showed United a clean pair of heels, running out 4-1 winners - a Michael Chopra penalty our reply.

2004 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
UEFA Cup Group Game 4
We lost our 100% record in the fourth and final UEFA Cup group stage game, but gathered the point required to confirm us as group winners.

However, it was a night that won't live long in the memory of those present, with perhaps only first-team debutant Lewis Guy or the goalscorer Craig Bellamy remembering it with any fondness. match report

2006 Watford (h)
Glenn Roeder celebrated victory over the side that he'd previously managed and played for, but his Magpies made heavy weather of seeing off the bottom-placed side.

After a tepid first 45, Obafemi Martins got on the end of a James Milner cross to powerfully head his side ahead.

However, the Hornets levelled when Algerian international winger Hameur Bouazza netted from close range following a corner.

Fit-again duo Damien Duff and Scott Parker came off the bench and the Republic of Ireland wide man set up Oba to lash home the winner. match report

Newcastle's reserves returned to action on at Altrincham's Moss Lane after a gap of a month since their last competitive outing - and promptly suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, going down 1-5 to Manchester United's second string. match report
In the absence of a competitive game, the U21s visited Northern League Bedlington Terriers for a friendly and shared six goals - United's quota coming via an own goal, Jamie Holmes and Jonathyn Quinn. match report

2015 Newcastle's U18s made it into Round Four of the FA Youth Cup - but only after surviving a mini-scare at Northern Premier League side Ilkeston.

United were 3-0 up at the break (
Lewis McNall,
Mackenzie Heaney 2) only for Town substitute Roy Lee to scored twice within four minutes to give Dave Watson's side a nervous final quarter.

Arsenal (a)
Premier League
One point from nine games left Rafa Benitez's side in the bottom three, as United fell to another defeat at the Emirates.

The margin of defeat may have been expected to be greater but there were chances to steal a point, Ayoze Perez not making the most of a couple of opportunities near the end. match report