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Premier League

Vicarage Road
Saturday 25th September
Match report to follow

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Wolves (a) Member sale now
Spurs (h) ST holder/member sale now

Premier League:
Luck of the draw

Watford  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 minutes.

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 corner.

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 anguish.

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 knockout blow.

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 game.

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.

Team:
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, Fraser.

Booked: Manquillo, Ritchie, Darlow.

Goal: S.Longstaff 23.

WFC: 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 however....

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:

"Weve played well again, and created enough chances to win three games. Ive got to take the positives again.

"Ive enjoyed watching us again, its just a shame we didnt take the chances that came our way.

"Its not new to us that we played a back four. We changed after Brighton
(away, last season). Weve got have the ability to change, and, certainly, weve 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 of goal.

"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 hed maybe done a metatarsal.

We put him in a boot, because he was sore. And then hes had a scan, and hes done something to the bottom of his foot. Its an impact injury.

"Joe walked 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 very well.

"Its a pity he didnt take one of his chances. I thought, when I first looked at it, it was a penalty, but unfortunately it wasnt.
 


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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 overseas apparently.

VAR: Craig Pawson.

Latest PL results/fixture:

Sat 25.09.2021:
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

Sun 26.09.2021:
Southampton 0-1 Wolves
Arsenal 3-1 Spurs

Mon 27.09.2021:
Crystal Palace v Brighton (8pm) Sky

Stats:

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 their duck.

This
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 lost three.

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 July 2020.

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)

2021/22:
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 Magpies.

Team: Banda, Barclay, Green (Stewart 84), C.Thompson, Nicholson, J.Miley (Robertson 71), J.Turner-Cooke, Parkinson (Donaldson 76), L.Miley, Crossley, Ndiweni.
Subs n/u: Bessent, Cooper.

Booked: Ndiweni

Borrowers:
Loan lads


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 on Sunday.

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 League One.

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.

Oisin McEntee, 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.

U23s:
Stiffs sunk again


Fulham U23s  3  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report

Book offer/compo:
The heart of the matter




Available now in hardback is the latest book by author and playwright Michael Chaplin, recounting his life and times as a long-suffering Newcastle supporter.

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 story.

We have a limited number of author signed copies available to order now
online here for 15.99.

And if you're feeling lucky, there's the chance to win a copy in a free competition, for which we simply require you to answer the following question:

Included in the book is a conversation with a then-current Newcastle player in 1988, in which he says, "I'm away to Spurs, man....divvent want to gan."

Which player made that comment?

Sends answers
via comps@nufc.com by 3pm on Monday 27th September. Subject: Book. No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry each please.

2021/22:
TV times


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 Peterborough.

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.

Latest:
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.

Retro:
Chronicled: part XVI




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 lifelong fan Alan Candlish, who gives his recollections of our last domestic FA Cup Final triumph in 1955.


Premier League:
We all hate leads
 
Newcastle  1  Leeds United  1


Match report


U23s:
Reserve reverse


Newcastle U23s  2  Stoke City U23s  3

Match report


U23s:
Senior Cup change


Newcastle U23s have rearranged their Northumberland Senior Cup tie against Newcastle Benfield that had been set to go ahead this coming Tuesday.

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).

Premier League:
Wolves (a)




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 scoreline. 

NUFC: 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.

WWFC: To follow

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 Brentford.


Referee: tbc

VAR: tbc

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Sat 02.10.2021:
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

Sun 03.10.2021:
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.

Stats:

Mags @ Molineux - last 10:

2020/21 Drew 1-1 Murphy (PL)
2019/20
 Drew 1-1 Almiron (PL)
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Hayden (PL)
2016/17 Won 1-0 Mitrovic (Ch)
2011/12 Won 2-1 Ba, Gutierrez (PL)
2010/11 Drew 1-1 Carroll (PL)
2003/04
 Drew 1-1 Shearer (PL)
2002/03 Lost 2-3 Jenas, Shearer(pen) (FAC)
2002/03 Won 2-0 LuaLua 2 (FR)
1992/93 Lost 0-1 (Ch)


 





 

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Tickets/Fixtures
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,  Allocation: tbc.

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 Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Wed 13.10.2021 U23s v Newcastle Benfield (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. 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 (in person/phone) Live on Sky Sports.

2021/22 PL season:
Season ends Sun 22.05.2022

 

Live TV confirmation dates:  

NB:
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 4.30pm Sky
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:

First Round*:

05.10.2021 Ashington v Blyth Town
13.10.2021
NUFC U23s v Benfield
16.11.2021 Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Date tbc West Allotment Celtic v North Shields

(To be played by Sun 17.10.2021)

* Bedlington Terriers, 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 and Watford)

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

International breaks: 

2021/22:
04.10.2021-12.10.2021
08.11.2021-16.11.2021
24.01.2022-02.02.2022 tbc
21.03.2022-29.03.2022
 
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...


A rather unexpected accumulation of points at Watford, according to the BBC website anyway....

(Kris Pedersen, Cappuccino Kid, Richard Patterson)

Sky Sports meanwhile reveal United's secret weapon - yet another Longstaff....

(Anthony Daley )

What's this all about then? Click here 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. 
(1965-66)

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 numerous creditors.  

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 Tyneside area.

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 heavy drinking.  

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, Gijon, Spain.
(1999-2002)

Spanish 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 refrain.

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 months.

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 2012.  

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 the club.

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 February 1992.

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
Grimsby Town.

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, Harrow.
(2016-present)

United's seventh close season signing of 2016, defender Clark had spent his entire playing career at Aston Villa before opting to jump ship to another relegated club.

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.

A 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 career. 

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 Lascelles.

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.

Lge FAC LC Tot
A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
101 4 11 6 1   8     115 5 11

1991 Paul Dummett born, Newcastle.
(2008-present)

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 in the USA.

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 Nottingham Forest.

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 Hampden Park.

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 later rescinded. 

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 final four games to help United avoid relegation.

Missing the opening months of the following season, Dummy returned to be a regular selection at left back under both Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez.

Remaining at Gallowgate after relegation he began the 2016/17 season in the side, with Massadio Haidara still sidelined and new arrival Achraf Lazaar used sparingly.

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 following June.

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 ground.

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.

Lge FAC LC Tot
A S G A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
170 18 3 4 1   6 2 1 180 21 4

1993 Marcus Maddison born, Trimdon.
(2010-12)

Previously with the mackem academy, midfielder/striker Marcus joined the Magpies aged 12 and became a regular for the U18s during the 2010/11 season.

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 pre-season.

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 Ivan Toney.

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 February.

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.
 

What Else?

1896 Newton Heath (a)
0-4
(0-1)
Division Two 
Cassidy(1,
0-3,0-4), Donaldson(46)
7,000
United's third visit to the Bank Street home of the side who would become Manchester United ended in a third successive loss there. 

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 Cassidy netted.

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 (a)
2-2
(2-2)
Division One 
Peddie(28), Higgins(35) 
Priest(5), Bennett(7)
6,000
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 fixture. 

1903 Stoke (h)
1-0
(0-0)
Division One 
Rutherford(51) 
16,000
A moment of class from Jackie Rutherford won it for United, meeting Bobby Templeton's left wing centre with a fine first-time shot.

1908 Sheffield Wednesday (a)
0-2
(0-0)
Division One 
Bradshaw(65,77)
20,000
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)
0-2
(0-1)
Division One 
Lindsay(3), Boyle(65)
15,000
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 (a)
0-1
(0-1)
Division One 
Watson(39)
30,000 
Among the crowd at the Boleyn Ground was King Feisal of Iraq. 

1931 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
4-1
(1-1)
Division One 
Boyd(26,53), Bedford(3-1pen), Allen(78)
Hooper(8)
31,892
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 (h)
2-0
(0-0)
Division Two 
Cairns(
1-0,2-0
22,000
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)
3-5
(2-3)
Wartime
Moses, Stubbins, Carr
Wakefield(7), Short 2, Rutherford, Brown
6,000
The Magpies did level at 3-3 before their Yorkshire visitors found two more goals.

1953 Burnley (a)
2-1
(0-0)
Division One 
Milburn(
1-1) Keery(2-1)
Holden(
0-1)
33,688
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 Scarr.

It finished 5-3 to United, centre half Frank Brennan playing as a centre forward and scoring all five goals for the visitors.

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 40. 

1959 Leeds United (a) 
3-2
(1-2)
Division One 
Allchurch(34), Scott(52,72)
McCole(2), Revie(31)
28,306
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.

1962 Leyton Orient (h)
1-1
(0-0)
League Cup 2nd Round 
Fell(86pen) 
Bolland(48)
22,452 
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 converted.

However the O's won the replay 4-2, meaning that Newcastle had been successful in just one of their first six League Cup outings.

1964 Preston North End (h) 5-2 (2-2)
Division Two 
Hilley(7), Cummings(38), McGarry(49,69),
og(Kendall)(53) 
Wilson(42), Lee(30)
34,219
Howard Kendall marked his return to Tyneside by putting through his own goal.

1966 Hearts (Scotland) (h)
2-7
(1-5)
Friendly 
Robson(4), Noble(84) 
Anderson(12), Gordon(27), Hamilton(30pen,50), Wallace(34pen,43), Traynor(70)
5,256
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. 

Team: Marshall, Burton, Guthrie, Webster, McGrath, Moncur, Robson, Noble, Suddick, Hilley, Knox.

1970 Coventry City (h) 
0-0
(0-0)
Division One
32,095
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)
1-0
(0-0)
Division Two 
Trewick(59) 
13,737
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.
Youtube footage is online here

1984 Bradford City (h)
3-1
(1-0)
League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg 
McDonald(42), Ferris(80), Wharton 84) 
Gray(1-1)
18,884 
Our second goal was scored by Paul Ferris for his only senior strike, while the Bantams included old boy Chris Withe in defence.
Youtube footage is online here

1987 Southampton (h)
2-1
(0-0)
Division One 
Mirandinha(61), Goddard(75)
Clarke(65)
18,093 
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.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Peterborough United (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Division One 
Sheedy(60) 
14,487
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.
Youtube footage is onine here

1998 Nottingham Forest (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Premiership 
Shearer(11,89pen) 
36,760
United leapt six places into third as Alan Shearer made it seven goals in four outings, beating former Magpies 'keeper Dave Beasant twice.

2000 Leyton Orient (a)
1-1
(1-1)
(3-1 on aggregate)
Worthington Cup Second Round Second Leg

Gallacher(32)
Watts(45)
9,522

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."
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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.

2001 Leicester City (h)
1-0
(1-0)
Premiership

Solano(33)
49,185
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 games unbeaten.
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2003 Arsenal (a)
2-3
(1-1)
Premiership

Robert(26), Bernard (71)
Henry(18,80pen), Silva(67)

38,112

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 side.
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2005 Michael Chopra celebrated his return to fitness a brace to beat a young Manchester United Reserve side 2-0 at Kingston Park.
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2006 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 effect: 
 
"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 by Panorama.

"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.

2009 Ipswich Town (a)
4-0
(3-0)
Championship
Nolan(30,32,51), R.Taylor(34)
27,059

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.  
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2010 Stoke City (h)
1-2
(1-0)
Premier League
Nolan(43pen)
Jones(67), og(Perch)(85)
41,915

The rollercoaster ride continued after superb away wins at Goodison and Stamford Bridge followed by this calamitous home defeat.

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 Leazes woodwork.

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.
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2012 Manchester United (a) 1-2 (0-1)
League Cup Third Round
Cisse(62)
Anderson(44), Cleverley(58)
46,358
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.
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2015 Chelsea (h)
2-2
(1-0)
Premier League
Perez(42), Wijnaldum(60)
Ramires(79), Willian(86)
48,682

Losing 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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