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Southampton 0 |
St. Mary's Stadium
Saturday 7th March
The Never-Ending Tour
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games attended by
NUFC.com in 2019/20:
Newcastle FA Cup
tie live on BBC
While details of the Premier League
schedule and TV listings are awaited, the FA Cup Quarter Final
channel selections have now been confirmed.
Exact dates and kick-off times are yet to be announced, but the BBC
will show Newcastle's home tie with Manchester City and the Norwich
City versus Manchester United match live over the weekend of June
27th and 28th.
BT Sport meanwhile will televise Sheffield United versus Arsenal and
Leicester City versus Chelsea over the same weekend.
Semi Finals are set to be played at Wembley over the weekend of July
18th and 19th, with the Final at the same venue on August 1st.
With confirmation received that all 92 outstanding Premier League
games are to be televised live in the UK, preparations to release
the confirmed schedule continue.
Amazon Prime have four of those games and have now confirmed that
they will be free to air and can be viewed without the requirement
to take out membership.
The BBC will also broadcast four games without additional charge,
while Sky Sports have announced that 25 of their games will be free
to air, making a grand total of 33.
Those free to air Sky games are expected to appear on the
free-to-air ‘Pick’ Channel (159 on Sky and 144 on Freeview.)
Of the 59 that remain and will require payment to view, Sky will show 39 and BT Sport have the
Games are expected to resume on June 17th and further details of
scheduling and the grounds to be used are understood to be imminent.
Fan groups lobby
NUFC over refunds
The Football Supporters Association have conducted a survey of the
refunds offered by all 20 Premier League clubs to holders of match
They confirm that Newcastle remain the only side yet to publish any
guidance, contact with them yielding only a "plans yet to be
confirmed" statement, mirroring unsuccessful attempts by the
Newcastle United Supporters Trust to get an answer.
At stake are season ticket refunds for five PL home games and one-off ticket
purchases for the Manchester City home cup tie, the Bournemouth away
PL game and both the Sheffield United and West Ham PL home games.
In addition, the club have continued to take direct debits since
March for some 2020/21 season ticket holders - an action that no
other top-flight club has emulated.
Writing in The Times on Tuesday, Martin Hardy reports that
Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff has received a five year
contract offer from Italian side Udinese.
The 20 year-old is in the final weeks of his current deal at SJP
after failing to reach agreement on an improved one, with any new
club obligated only to pay United a nominal compensation fee for his
Speculation over a move has ramped up in recent months, with press
claims of interest from overseas clubs including Borussia Dortmund,
Marseille, Atalanta and Inter Milan and rumours of Everton more
Repeating the story, Sky Sports claimed that Udinese had offered
Matty a weekly salary of £30,000 - rather more than the claimed £800
he's currently on and an amount that his present club failed to
match (their final offer said to be less than £15K).
Academy product Matty made his senior debut under stand-in coach
Matt Dawson at the Asia Trophy in China last July, rounding off
pre-season with a fine goal against St. Etienne at SJP before Steve
Making a competitive senior bow against Leicester City in the League
Cup soon after, the younger of the two Longstaff brothers then had a
memorable introduction to the Premier League, scoring the winner at
home to Manchester United.
On target again in the return game at Old Trafford and netting
against Rochdale in the FA Cup, his twelfth and most recent
appearance came during the FA Cup replay victory at Oxford back in
Matty continues to train with Newcastle, but given the possibility
of incurring an injury in the limited time that he may have left as
a Magpie , it doesn't seem likely that he'll add to that figure when
the Premier League resumes later this month.
His seemingly inevitable departure will increase speculation over
the future of Sean Longstaff, under contract until 2022 but not a
regular starter under Bruce.
Whether the takeover paralysis has played any part in Matty's
unfolding contract situation is unclear, but it does look to be the
same muddled thinking that has made our recruitment policy so
The failure of our Academy to develop young English talent meant
that we once bought in Jermaine Jenas and Darren Ambrose - and a
continuation of that issue resulted in our taking a punt on Jacob
Through the Academy then comes Matty, who quickly moves up to the
reserve side and more than holds his own, before jumping straight
into the Premier League without a loan move to a smaller club.
Rather than fatten up the golden goose to make a killing in a couple
of years though, it seems that we lack the belief, desire or talent
to actually fashion our raw material into something more valuable.
Almost inevitably we'll spend money on a replacement signing and pay
him more, but get less value for money and end up recouping a
fraction of the outlay.
Conversely, the extra benefit of having a hometown player in the
side rather than some imported mercenary has always been persuasive
for us, but that hardly came to pass with Killingworth's own Jack
Colback did it? Local isn't always better, but potential is beyond
In terms of a knock-on effect on younger players joining the Academy
or staying, Matty's likely loss arguably makes the argument to join
United stronger: unlike previous times, there is a route to senior
football from Little Benton - it's just not the Newcastle first
If you're just a breeding ground for other clubs though, what's the
point in funding an Academy? Better then just to take other people's
players - or borrow them.
Like much of what has happened at Newcastle since 2007, it's
difficult to see what the point is - another reason that we
desperately need a change of ownership, regardless of the merits or
otherwise of the Saudis.
Matty might still leave under a different administration, but you'd
like to that it was a measured decision and part of a coherent
strategy. There's precious little evidence of that currently.
Having won an ownership battle in 2019 that threatened the existence
of the club, fans of Gateshead FC are mobilising once again
in the face of COVID-19.
Under the banner of Gateshead Soul, a crowdfunding campaign aims to
boost the transfer budget of the National League North side when
they return to action.
Managed by former Magpie defender Mike Williamson (pictured), the
Tynesiders were just outside the playoff places when their season
was halted in March.
It still remains to be seen how the current season will resolve
itself and when the next campaign will resume.
A variety of donation options from just £5 are available, with
different amounts giving access to various merchandise and match
Find more details
Whilst waiting for football to resume and that "other thing" to
conclude, the True Faith fanzine have augmented their regular
podcast schedule with a couple of one-offs that are well worth a
The first one is an extended interview
here by Marc Corby with former Magpie duo Jamie McClen and
Owen Peterson - who both came through the club's academy, Jamie
making it into the first team.
Also available from True Faith is a chat between Marc and NUFC fan /
shirt collector Gavin Haigh
Both podcasts are free to air via spotify. Due to the lockdown,
interviews were conducted by phone - you might find the McClen /
Peterson one an easier listen via headphones rather than speakers.
email@example.com is still looking to add these NUFC
match-worn players shirts to his collection:
1968/69 Fairs Cup Final
1975/76 Away (Yellow/Green)
1975/76 League Cup Final
1985/86 Away (Silver/Blue star)
1987/88 Blue away (Luton)
Plus any NUFC match
worn/players shirts from the 1970s and early 1980s.
Neil Wastell RIP
We're greatly saddened to report that lifelong Newcastle fan Neil Wastell
lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.
From Rotherham to Rotterdam and countless streets, stations, bars
and terraces in between, "Flapper" was a familiar and friendly face
at all of them for decades.
We extend our sincere condolences to Karen, Nigel, Kev and the rest
of Neil's family, plus the many friends unable to say their goodbyes
due to lockdown.
Heartfelt and fitting tributes have come from many fellow travellers
and we'll add our own - simply a cracking lad.
- last lot
Having inflicted dozens of pointless NUFC related questions on you
since late March, here are answers to the final selection, for now at least:
1. Jacob Murphy was loaned out by United to Sheffield
Wednesday for the current season, but which club signed him on a
temporary basis in January 2019?
West Bromwich Albion
2. Which Hungarian-born player appeared for the Magpies
during the Championship season of 2009/10?
3. Alan Shearer missed part of the 1997/98 season after being
injured in a pre-season game against Chelsea. At what ground was
that game played?
4. Newcastle's most recent three competitive goals in European
games were scored by the same player. Who?
5. Andy O'Brien famously put the ball in the mackem net, but in
which year - 2001, 2002 or 2003?
6. Which player arrived at Gallowgate ahead of the 1998/99
season with a newly-acquired World Cup winner's medal?
7. Which two lower league clubs did Kevin Nolan manage after
Leyton Orient and Notts County
8. Which former Magpies boss died weeks before two of his former
clubs met in the FA Cup this season?
9. Due to the unavailability of Valley Parade, which venue
hosted the Bradford City versus Newcastle League Cup tie in
The Odsal Stadium
10. Moussa Sissoko marked his Magpies home debut in February
2013 by scoring twice against which side?
Former Magpie Albert Stubbins features on the cover of "Sergeant
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"; which Beatles- related record
also has a Newcastle United player on the cover?
John Lennon's "Walls and Bridges" album cover includes his drawing
of the 1952 FA Cup Final.
It's Zurab Khizanishvili
Current restrictions on pubs etc. mean that brewers are finding
alternative ways of reaching customers.
Newburn-based Hadrian Brewery have launched a weekly delivery
service across the North East, offering both draught and bottled
beers at affordable prices.
Update: Hadrian have now added a range of draught and bottled
ciders to their delivery items.
You'll find more details on their website
here and their coverage map is
here. 10% of every order is donated to local foodbanks.
Hadrian bottled beers are also available for national delivery,
details on their website.
We bagged a mixed selection of six Hadrian bottles to give away
and asked what
celebrated event on June 9th Hadrian shared their birthday with.
It was of course the Blaydon Races and from a virtual full house of
correct entries received, the beer went to Martin Ryland.
Thanks to all who entered.
PL start date set
The 2019/20 Premier League season is set to recommence on Wednesday
June 17th, when the four sides who have played one game less
complete their game in hand, ahead of a full fixture list to be
staged over the following weekend.
That's Manchester City versus Arsenal and Aston Villa versus
Remaining NUFC PL games:
Sheffield United (h)
West Ham (h)
Aston Villa (h)
Manchester City (a)
Kick-off times will be as follows:
Sat: 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm
Sun: Noon, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm
Tue, Wed, Thu: 6pm and 8pm
Six rounds of weekend fixtures at weekends and three midweek sets of
games are planned.
A rule change allowing five substitutions to be made is expected to
be adopted and VAR is set to remain in place, but other issues are
yet to be confirmed.
Among those are the eligibility of
players for the rest of the season, in particular whether changes
can be made to the squad lists submitted earlier this season.
Scenarios including the return to fitness of players since then and
the expiration of outbound loan deals for players have been
mentioned, in addition to whether squad members testing positive
for COVID-19 once games resume could be replaced whilst unavailable
due to self-isolation.
Thanks to everyone who supported the NUFC.com shirt auction in aid of the Newcastle West End Foodbank.
We're delighted to say that the final figure raised was £6,207.
Find more about the Foodbank
As and when the 2020/21 season gets underway, Newcastle will wear
shirts manufactured by Puma for the eleventh successive campaign.
It's believed that a one year extension has been signed with Puma
and kit claims have begun to emerge online.
Details remain sketchy, but two change kits will appear, one
predicted to be yellow and navy blue and the other violet.
There's no mention of on-sale dates as yet.
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| Fixtures, Tickets etc. |
| Season 2019/20 |
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all football-related activities have
ceased at SJP until further notice.
| International Magpies |
| National Service |
Euro 2020 rescheduled:
The calendar was published as follows but is expected to be
altered as a result of COVID-19 pandemic - details are awaited.
| Coxy's Cockup Corner |
| Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then? Click here
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
|On This Day in History |
4th June |
Born Or Died:
Leighton Davidson born, Aberdeen. (1930-37)
Centre half who began
his playing career at local league side Aberdeen Argyll before moving
on to Forfar Athletic.
Acquired by Liverpool in 1928, Davidson was then transferred to Newcastle
during January 1930 at a cost of £4,000.
Debuting in a 0-2
defeat at Huddersfield the following month, David kept his place in the side
for a 3-5 home loss to Sheffield United the following week but was then
confined to reserve team duty until that November.
Displacing Jack Hill in the side, he became a regular starter and played at
Wembley in the 1932 FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal.
Transfer-listed by United in March 1935 after losing his place, he remained at
the club and earned a recall that September - a month before his FA Cup
winner's medal was stolen in a burglary at his home in Monkseaton.
What proved to be his final senior
game was at Nottingham Forest in October 1936 and he left Gallowgate the
following June - opting to join Hartlepools United and signing forms in his
home just as a telegram from rivals Darlington requesting his services arrived.
After just a handful of games though, he was allowed to leave on a free
transfer that October and signed for Gateshead.
Developing his business as a chiropodist and masseur, Davidson
assisted Forest Hall and then became Monkseaton FC boss in 1948.
Later taking charge of Whitley Bay
and scouting locally for West Bromwich Albion, David went on to manage Ashington
for over a decade from 1955.
(He did verbally
agree to join Gateshead in 1960, only to
backtrack within 24 hours and remain at Portland Park).
passed away in May 1969.
David's son Peter joined Newcastle as an amateur during 1948 and after a
spell at the mackems played golf for Northumberland.
Vancouver All Stars (a) 5-2 (2-1)
The fifth game of United's
North American tour saw them in action at Callister Park on a pitch
that had hosted a rodeo just a week earlier and was
Jackie Milburn netted twice and added five more at the
same venue against the same opposition just three days later.
By the end of the ten game
tour we'd scored 79 goals - and he was responsible for 31.
Team: Fairbrother, Cowell, Graham,
Harvey, Fraser, Dodgin, Walker, Houghton, Milburn, G.Robledo, Mitchell.
1952 Griqualand West
G.Robledo, T.Robledo, Milburn
The never-ending South African tour continued with
this match in Kimberley.
1972 Santos (Brazil)
victory and a draw in their two games staged in Thailand,
United moved on to face Brazilian opposition in Hong
John Tudor's header and a fine long range effort from Tony
Green gave the Magpies a half-time lead in the National
However, the Magpies then encountered the
brilliance of Brazilian legend Pele, who hit a 15 minute
hat-trick before being substituted in the 65th minute.
"We might as well have been trying to stop a flash
of lightning" bemoaned Frank Clark.
The Maestro....and Pele
Yamaha Motor (a)
The Japan Cup campaign continued with a game in the
city of Nagoya, against a side who qualified for the event
by winning the previous season's all Japan Championship
finals (aka the Emperor's Cup).
The victory meant that United only needed to draw their
last game to win the trophy, which was a large blue Jade
vase provided by the sponsors, Kirin.
Anderson, Wharton, McCreery, Clarke, Carney, Keegan,
McDonald, Varadi, McDermott (Martin), Waddle.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band brought their
"Born in the USA" tour to SJP, playing on a stage
built at the Leazes End.
In the first of two gigs on consecutive nights at SJP, a
slightly below capacity crowd of 35,000 was in attendance.
The Boss @ The Mansion on
Born in the USA, Badlands, Out in the Street, Johnny
99, Atlantic City, The River, Working on the Highway,
Trapped, Prove it all Night, Glory Days, The Promised
Land, My Hometown, Thunder Road, Cover Me, Dancing in the
Dark, Hungry Heart, Cadillac Ranch, Downbound Train, I'm
on Fire, Pink Cadillac, Racing in the Street, Rosalita,
Born to Run, Bobby Jean, Ramrod, Twist & Shout.
Two future Newcastle
players caught the eye for England U21s, as they secured a
3-0 victory against Sweden at Huddersfield.
Wimbledon striker Carl Cort netted twice for Peter
Taylor's side, while Ipswich Town's promising midfielder
Kieron Dyer caught the eye and earned promotion to the
Dyer would soon be on his way to SJP at a cost of £6m,
while Cort joined him just over a year later in a £7m
United duo James
Beaumont and Ross Gardner were placed on the transfer list
by the club following their unsuccessful action against
Academy coaches, Kenny Wharton and Peter Beardsley.
In an unfortunate
statement the club announced they were: "delighted with
the outcome" and "disappointed that the two players
took this course of action."
It went on: "The
decision clearly vindicates the support given to Kenny
Wharton and Peter Beardsley by the Club."
2005 A bad night for the men in Green, as Ireland
surrendered a two-goal lead in Dublin to Israel, who
levelled before the interval.
The second half saw the home side search for a winner in
vain, with United's Andy O'Brien being sent off in the
closing stages - just days before completing a transfer to
O'Brien was the victim of
some disgraceful play-acting from the Israeli keeper, Dudu
Awat, near the end of an enthralling World Cup qualifier
which the home side were desperately unlucky not to win.
Shay Given was between the posts, while future Magpie
Damien Duff also appeared.
2011 Newcastle 'keeper Tim Krul had a full
international debut to remember, keeping a clean sheet as
Holland drew 0-0 with Brazil in a friendly match staged in
The 23 year-old managed to frustrate both the home side and 54,000 Brazilian fans
as he confidently completed 90 minutes.