Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

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  Number of Newcastle
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Ticket news:
Wolves (h) Public sale now

West Ham (a) SOLD OUT
Bournemouth (h) Public sale now
Villa (a) ST holder sale now (
Sheffield United (a) ST holder sale now (

Shot shy:
No-strike clause?

Sunday's visit of Wolves to Gallowgate will be United's tenth PL game of the season and after nine they've managed just five goals - their lowest total since also netting five in nine to start the 2005/06 campaign.

A certain Alan Shearer started all nine of those games back in 2005 and managed to score just once - equaling the return of our current number nine at this stage.

A failure to score on Sunday would make five goals from the first ten games the lowest total in the club's entire history going back to 1893, eclipsing the previous total of six. That record was set....last season.

NUFC goals scored after ten games - PL seasons:

2019/20: ? goals

2018/19: 6 goals
2017/18: 10 goals
2015/16: 12 goals
2014/15: 11 goals
2013/14: 14 goals
2012/13: 12 goals
2011/12: 15 goals
2010/11: 19 goals
2008/09: 12 goals
2007/08: 17 goals
2006/07: 7 goals
2005/06: 8 goals
2004/05: 21 goals
2003/04: 15 goals
16 goals
2001/02: 18 goals
2000/01: 11 goals
1999/00: 20 goals
1998/99: 15 goals
1997/98: 12 goals
1996/97: 20 goals
1995/96: 26 goals
1994/95: 27 goals
1993/94: 15 goals

PS: Our worst-ever goal total in a 38 game PL season remains 35 in 1997/98. If we're to beat that sparse return, we need to find our shooting boots PDQ....

Local action:
Senior Cup update

Following the conclusion of this week's First Round ties, the Quarter Finalists of this season's Northumberland Senior Cup are now known.

Tuesday saw Whitley Bay score six goals without reply at home to Newcastle University, with Blyth Spartans also encountering little resistance as they won 4-0 away at Heaton Stannington on Wednesday.

Things were rather closer between Bedlington Terriers and Ashington, with the lead changing hands several times before the Terriers scored late on to win 3-2.

Those three successful sides now advance into the last eight, where they join five others who enter at that stage, including Newcastle United U23s.

The following ties are due to be played on or before Saturday January 25th 2020:

Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v Newcastle United
North Shields v West Allotment Celtic
Bedlington Terriers v Blyth Spartans

The last four seasons of this competition have seen as many different sides lift the trophy; current holders Morpeth, ourselves in 2018, Blyth the year before that and North Shields back in 2016.

Look North:
Book offer

Dan Jackson's new book "The Northumbrians" takes a fresh look at the history of our region and how its' diversity and culture has evolved over centuries. 

We have a limited number of author-signed copies for sale at the cover price of 20 inc. free UK delivery. Orders can be made online here

PS: There's a canny interview with the author here

Premier League:
Wolves (h)

The Magpies are next in home action on Sunday, when the men from Molineux provide the opposition in a 2pm start that is live on Sky Sports.  

remain on public sale. 

Newcastle's home record against Wolves doesn't make for great reading, with a draw and two defeats since we collected three points at SJP, back in April 2011.

We've also not managed to keep 11 players on the park in either of their last two visits; Vurnon Anita getting an early bath back in September 2016 and DeAndre Yedlin dismissed during the December 2018 meeting. 

NUFC: Isaac Hayden completes his suspension by sitting out this game, while news on the possible availability of Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie is awaited.

WWFC: Romain Saiss is doubtful with a hamstring issue and Pedro Neto is recovering from a heel problem.

Away from home this season, Wolves have been beaten just once in four games - a 2-3 loss at Everton. Draws at Leicester (0-0) and Crystal Palace (1-1) were eclipsed by a fine 2-0 success at Manchester City.

Before their trip to Tyneside, Nuno Espirito Santo takes his team to Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday night, their ninth tie of the season so far.

And there's no respite for them after their SJP visit, with a League Cup tie against Aston Villa looming the following Wednesday, followed by a trip to Arsenal.


Wolves in Toon - last 10:

2018/19: lost 1-2 Perez
2016/17: lost 0-2
2011/12: drew 2-2 Cisse, Gutierrez
2010/11: won 4-1 Nolan, Shola Ameobi, 
Lovenkrands, Gutierrez
2003/04: drew 1-1 Bowyer
1992/93: won 2-1 Kelly 2
1991/92: lost 1-2 og(Madden)
1990/91: drew 0-0
1989/90: lost 1-4 Brock
1982/83: drew 1-1 Wharton


Train: Engineering work in the Kings Cross area means that no trains will depart before 10.30am - extending journey times to Newcastle.

Anyone planning to travel from Leeds to Newcastle on Sunday should also be aware that buses will replace trains to York until lunchtime.

Dedicated match buses run from the Metro Centre (X50) and Gosforth Great Park (Q3) details

Buses replace Metro services between
South Shields and Chichester all weekend.

Opposite Times Square on Clayton Street West, The Dog and Parrot are now showing Sky PL live games. Get a Meat:Stack burger, fries & a craft can for just 10 every day including matchdays.

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Fri 25.10.2019:
Southampton v Leicester City (8pm) Sky

Sat 26.10.2019:
Manchester City v Aston Villa (12.30pm) BT
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton (3pm)
Watford v Bournemouth (3pm)
West Ham v Sheffield United (3pm)
Burnley v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 27.10.2019:
Newcastle v Wolves (2pm) Sky
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (4.30pm)
Liverpool v Spurs (4.30pm) Sky
Norwich City v Manchester United (4.30pm)

The NUFC Foodbank collection will be taking place on Strawberry Place from Noon - please support it with donations of food or cash if you're able to.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire). Last in charge of us for the 4-0 win at Fulham in May and was last at Gallowgate for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield in February.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: to follow 

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Not just beer... our sponsors CentrAle have a selection of locally-produced Gin, Vodka & Rum and a range of wines with a local connection, including bottles from
Gateshead-based Laneberg Wines.

Unlikely lads:
The thick of it

Making a return to management with Southend United on Tuesday two months after leaving Macclesfield Town, Sol Campbell saw the task facing him at first hand as the Shrimpers were beaten 1-7 by Doncaster Rovers in League One - their worst-ever home defeat.

Also arriving at Roots Hall to provide coaching to the Southend strikers is former Magpie Andy Cole.

Fellow League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon meanwhile continue with SJP old boy Glyn Hodges in charge after parting company with Manager Wally Downes.

The Wombles assistant boss took over on a temporary basis when Downes was suspended following allegations of placing multiple bets on football matches. 

Under his guidance, Wimbledon have won four games out of five and he's unsurprisingly favourite to be given the job on a permanent basis. 

Loan lads

Updates on United's nine current players out on loan:

Dan Barlaser (Rotherham United):
Midfielder Dan got on for the final 11 minutes of an impressive 2-0 success at Ipswich Town in League One on Wednesday.

Nathan Harker (Blyth Spartans):
The goalkeeper remains idle, unable to force his way back into the side for Wednesday night's 4-0 win at Heaton Stannington in the Northumberland Senior Cup First Round on Wednesday.

Freddie Woodman (Swansea City):

There were more home discomforts for the Jacks on Tuesday, as they lost at the Liberty Stadium for the third time in four Championship matches.

The latest side to take all three points were Brentford, who scored three goals without reply against Freddie, the most goals he's conceded in a senior game since back in 2015 when he was on loan at Crawley Town.

Rolando Aarons (Wycombe Wanderers):
It finished 1-1 against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in League One on Tuesday, Rolando named among the substitutes and introduced on 70 minutes.

Kelland Watts (Stevenage):
A 0-1 reverse at Swindon Town on Tuesday leaves Stevenage a point adrift at the foot of League Two, Kelland continued in a midfield role and completed the full 90 minutes.

Liam Gibson (Grimsby Town):
The on-loan defender was grateful to Mariners 'keeper James McKeown, who saved a first half penalty that Gibson had given away by tripping an opponent.

Liam completed the entire game away at Cambridge United in League Two, which ended scoreless.

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday):

The Owls sit third in the Championship following a 1-0 home victory over Stoke City on Tuesday. However midfielder Murphy failed to make it into an unchanged starting lineup and was also omitted from the bench. 

Elias Sorensen (Carlisle United):

Another black night for the Cumbrians, who perished 0-2 at home to Northampton Town in League Two on Tuesday night - their fourth successive league loss.

Elias was an unused replacement.

Achraf Lazaar (Cosenza)
Chievo (h)
Serie B, Saturday.

No contest

mackem U23s  0  Newcastle U23s  2

Match report

More Blues
at the Bridge

Chelsea  1  Newcastle  0

Match report

Mexican not on 
the menu for Mike

The Athletic portal reports that Mike Ashley held a meeting in London last week with two Mexican businessmen interested in buying Newcastle United. 

However, they claim that: "Ashley is said to have come across as 'rude' and the conversation came to nothing." 

It's uncertain whether the Mexicans are the same ones linked to the club earlier in 2019, said to be the Orlegi Group who control Liga MX side Santos Laguna.

The Athletic also report that: "the two businessmen revealed to Ashley a fascination with Newcastle dating back to the 2005 movie Goal!"

It's unclear whether their preferred candidate to replace Steve Bruce is the renowned Erik Dornhelm..... 

Reds romp

Liverpool U18s  3  Newcastle U18s  0

The young Magpies returned to league action on Saturday after a two week break, but a three goal deficit at the interval made the outcome at the Kirkby Academy a foregone conclusion. 

Liverpool's England international James Balagizi netted in the 11th and 26th minutes, before the 16 year-old crossed for James Norris to head in after 34 minutes.

There was a new face in the Newcastle lineup; midfielder Stan Flaherty beginning the season with Arsenal but given permission to find a new club. He's linked up with United following a short trial at West Ham.  

And the trialist came closest to reducing the arrears after the interval, trying his luck with a shot that was deflected onto the Liverpool crossbar.

Team: Brown, Gilchrist, Oliver, Brannen, Midgley (Scott 69), Stephenson (Harrison 65), White, Gamblin (de Bolle 65), Reed, Flaherty, Anderson.
Subs n/u: Marshall, Nicholson.

Booked: Midgley.

Premier League:
TV changes

Almost a week late, the the December 2019 and January 2020 fixture alterations appeared last week. Games in red are changed, games in black are unaltered:

Thu 05.12.2019 Sheffield United (a) 7.30pm Am
Sun 08.12.2019 Southampton (h) 2pm (no TV)

Sat 14.12.2019 Burnley (a) 3pm (no TV)
Sat 21.12.2019 Crystal Palace (h) 3pm (no TV)
Thu 26.12.2019 Manchester Utd (a) 5.30pm Am
Sat 28.12.2019 Everton (h) 3pm (no TV)

Wed 01.01.2020 Leicester City (h) 3pm BT
Sat 11.01.2020 Wolves (a) 3pm (no TV)
Sat 18.01.2020 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm Sky
Tue 21.01.2020 Everton (a) 7.30pm (no TV)

Our visit to Bramall Lane was originally meant to be on Tuesday December 3rd, but an elongation of the Amazon Prime coverage to three days sees us face Sheffield United on a Thursday night instead.

That rearrangement means the following Saturday's home game against Southampton moves to a non-televised 2pm slot on Sunday 8th.

Uniquely in the Premier League era, we're allowed the dubious pleasure of seeing Turf Moor in the daylight, with our game at Burnley and the following Saturday's visit of Palace to SJP unchanged.

Our second Amazon Prime game sees the Magpies heading to Old Trafford for a 5.30pm kick-off on Boxing Day, but Everton's trip to Tyneside two days later is a non-televised 3pm start.

It's also a 3pm kick-off at home to Leicester City on New Years Day but that will be shown live on BT.

Newcastle's game away to Wolves isn't selected for live transmission on Saturday 11th and stays as a 3pm start, but the following week's home clash with Chelsea moves back to 5.30pm in order to accommodate Sky.

And finally for now, the Tuesday night trip to Goodison Park on January 21st isn't on TV but now kicks off at 7.30pm rather than 7.45pm.

Sunday for Geordies:
Ticket winner

Billed as a celebration of North East songwriters, 
Hall 2 of the Gateshead Sage is to host The Great Geordie Songbook on Sunday November 3rd.

Local musicians, actors and comedians will pay tribute to the work of songwriters from music hall stars Joe Wilson and Geordie Ridley to Alex Glasgow and Alan Hull. 

Anyone who went to Mr Corvan's Music Hall or The Great Joe Wilson stage shows will recognise some familiar cast members in this new production.

Tickets are on sale now priced 20 (+booking fee) online here and there are 4pm & 8pm shows.

We had a pair of tickets for the 8pm performance up for grabs and asked you to tell us the missing word in the following local song title:

Keep your feet still Geordie ***** 

It was of course Hinny (we accepted other spellings) and a pair of tickets are on their way to Nick Ryland.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Strawberry Place development

There's still time to lodge objections to plans submitted to redevelop Strawberry Place, which if passed would restrict any future extension to SJP and obscure the current views of it across the city skyline.

To do so, access the NCC website
online here or email including name and contact details and quoting ref: 2019/0879/01/DET

Some background to the plans can be found in a recent Chronicle article online here while the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) have engaged a solicitor to submit their own objection details here.

More rail disruption

Network Rail have confirmed their plans for further upgrades to the East Coast Main Line between London Kings Cross and Newcastle in 2020.

A further two complete shutdowns of Kings Cross are scheduled, on Saturday Jan 25th & Sunday Jan 26th 2020 (FA Cup Fourth Round weekend) and Saturday 29th Feb & Sunday 1st Mar 2020 (Burnley home).

Five other weekends will see partial closure and reduced services running on the ECML as follows:

Sat 4th Jan & Sun 5th Jan (FAC 3)
Sat 11th Jan & Sun 12th Jan (Wolves away)
Sat 18th Jan & Sun 19th Jan (Chelsea home)
Sat 8th Feb & Sun 9th Feb (Arsenal away tbc)*
Sat 15th & Sun 16th Feb (Arsenal away tbc)*

*winter break fixture, weekend to be played yet tbc 

Further announcements regarding planned work after February 16th will follow, with some or all of our away games at Crystal Palace, Southampton, Bournemouth, Watford and Brighton likely to be affected.  

PS: The latest Metro weekend line closure coincides with our home game against Bournemouth on Saturday November 9th. Buses will replace Metros from Wallsend to Monkseaton in both directions all day.   


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2019/20

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

NUFC home age categories:

Juniors: U18s
Young Adults: 18-21s
Seniors: over-65s

(NB: Away game age categories vary from club to club and do not follow the above)

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am unless otherwise notified. 

If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also usually come into effect 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 Premier League 30 away ticket price cap scheme has been extended for a further three season and will now conclude at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Sat 26.10.2019 U18s v West Ham (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup Group Stage.  

Sun 27.10.2019 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Cheapest tickets 35. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 28.10.2019 U23s v Boro (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 02.11.2019 West Ham (a)
@ London Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. (Allocation: 3,000).

Mon 04.11.2019 U23s v Aston Villa (a) @ Bodymoor Heath Training Ground, 7pm. Premier League 2. Behind Closed Doors.

Fri 08.11.2019 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, Noon. Premier League Cup Group Stage.

Sat 09.11.2019 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 09.11.2019 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Cheapest tickets 35. 

Tue 12.11.2019 U21s v Port Vale (a) @ Vale Park, 7.45pm. EFL Trophy Group Stage.

Fri 22.11.2019 U23s v Benfica (Portugal) (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League International Cup Group Stage.

Sat 23.11.2019 U18s v Spurs (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup Group Stage.  

Mon 25.11.2019 U23s v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Mon 25.11.2019 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. 30 adults, 25 students & armed forces. 22 Over 65s, 17 U21s, 10 U18s. (Allocation: tbc). Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 29.11.2019 U23s v Scunthorpe United (a) @ Glanford Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup Group Stage.

Sat 30.11.2019 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.11.2019 Manchester City (h)
@ SJP, 12.30pm. Premier League. Member sale Tue 29.10.2019, public sale Tue 05.11.2019 (online), Tue 12.11.2019 (in person, by phone). Live on BT Sport.

Thu 05.12.2019 Sheffield United (a)
@ Bramall Lane, 7.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 30 points. 30 adults, 25 over-60s, 20 students/U18s-U21s, 16 U18s. (Allocation: tbc). Live on Amazon Prime.

NUFC Live on TV:

Sun 27.10.2019 Wolves (h) 2pm Sky
Mon 25.11.2019
Aston Villa (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 30.11.2019
Man City (h) 12.30pm BT
Thu 05.12.2019 Sheff Utd (a) 7.30pm Am
Thu 26.12.2019
Man Utd (a) 5.30pm Am
Wed 01.01.2020 Leicester City (h) 3pm BT
Sat 18.01.2020 Chelsea (h) 5.30pm

(TV picks up to 23.01.2020 announced)

Toon Army America have listed Toon TV venues in USA & Canada online here

NUFC Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 13.12.2019
Feb 2020
Fri 24.01.2019 Mar 2020
Fri 21.02.2020 Apr 2020
Fri 03.04.2020 May 2020
Mon 11.05.2020 17.05.2020 (final game)

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 (draw will take place around the time of Round 2 on 30.11.2019).

R3 Sat 04.01.2020
R4 Sat 25.01.2020
R5 Wed 04.03.2020
R6 Sat 21.03.2020
SF Sat 18.04.2020
Sat 23.05.2020

EFL ( Trophy (U21s):
United play three fixtures in Group D: 

03.09.2019 Macclesfield Town (a) lost 1-2
08.10.2019 Shrewsbury Town (a) lost 0-3
12.11.2019 Port Vale (a) 7.45pm

U23 Premier League Cup:
United play six fixtures in Group C:

04.10.2019 Hull City (a) won 1-0
08.11.2019 West Brom (h) Noon
29.11.2019 Scunthorpe United (a) 7pm
17.01.2020 Hull City (h) 1pm
10.02.2020 West Brom (a) 7pm
21.02.2020 Scunthorpe United (h) 7pm

U23 Premier League International Cup:
United play three fixtures in Group C:

Benfica (h) 7pm
11.12.2019 Hertha Berlin (h) 7pm
20.12.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h) 7pm

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United enter at the Quarter Final stage.

22.10.2019 Whitley Bay 6-0 Ncle Uni
23.10.2019 Bedlington Ter 3-2 Ashington
23.10.2019 Heaton 0-4 Blyth Spartans

Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay
Newcastle Benfield v NUFC
North Shields v West Allotment Celtic
Bedlington Terriers v Blyth Spartans
(to be played by Sat 25.01.2020)

U18 Premier League Cup:
United play three fixtures in Group E:

28.09.2019 Stoke City (a) lost 2-3
26.10.2019 West Ham (h) 11am
23.11.2019 Spurs (h) 11am

FA Youth Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 by Sat 14.12.2019
R4 by Sat 18.01.2020
R5 by Sat 08.02.2020
R6 by Sat 29.02.2020
SF by Sat 21.03.2020
by Sat 25.04.2020

National League North side Gateshead are offering a 5 discount to all NUFC season ticket holders on the adult price of 15 for home league games. U16s 5, U12s free with paying adult.

Upcoming home league games:

Sat 02.11.2019 Guiseley (h) 3pm
Sat 16.11.2019 Chester (h) 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Sat 23.05.2020/Sun 24.05.2020
Rugby League Magic Weekend.

Sat 23.10.2021
Opening ceremony and first game of Rugby League World Cup.

The 2018/19 season insert for Paul Joannou's "Newcastle United Ultimate Record" is now available as a PDF and has been emailed to those who requested it.

If you haven't received a copy yet and wanted one, email


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 



Euro 2020 Final tournament

A: Rome and Baku
B: Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen
C: Amsterdam and Bucharest
D: London and Glasgow
E: Bilbao and Dublin
F: Munich and Budapest




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
23rd October

Born Or Died:

1915 Jimmy Gordon born, Fauldhouse, Scotland. (1935-45)

Working as a miner and playing for junior side Wishaw before joining United, wing half Jimmy debuted in a 2-3 defeat at Oldham during April 1935.

However his time at SJP was blighted by both a broken leg and the outbreak of WWII, after which it was thought by the club's directors that the 30 year-old had nothing to offer the Division Two side.

Released before the resumption of league football, Jimmy joined Middlesbrough and went on to become their club captain, playing on until the age of 38.

Joining the Ayresome Park coaching staff following his retirement, Jimmy later moved on to a similar post at Blackburn Rovers and in 1969, was persuaded to join Derby County by ex-Boro colleague Brian Clough.

He helped the Rams to title success and later followed Clough to both Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, working alongside Clough and Peter Taylor throughout a golden age of trophy success at the City Ground.

Given the accolade of leading the Forest side out at Wembley in the 1980 League Cup Final, Jimmy retired the following year.

Living in Derby, he was sadly to suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the final years of his life and passed away in August 1996.

2009 saw Brian Clough's brief flirtation with Elland Road dramatised in the feature film, "The Damned United", featuring Wearside -born actor Maurice Roeves as Jimmy.

1930 Alan Monkhouse born, Stockton-on-Tees. (1953-56)

Centre forward who began his career with Thornaby, joining Millwall in 1949 and going on to score 23 goals in 69 appearances for the Third Division (South) Lions.

Transferred to Newcastle at a cost of 11,500 in October 1953, Alan made his United debut in a 4-0 home victory over Cardiff City the following month.

Grabbing a hat trick at SJP during a 4-1 win over Sheffield United the following March, Monkhouse then played his part in our FA Cup-winning campaign in 1955.

Recalled in place of Vic Keeble, Alan's two goals helped United overcome Nottingham Forest in a Fifth Round second replay and the team went on to lift the trophy. 

Alan however returned to the reserves, having been unable to keep retain a first XI shirt in those pre-substitute days.

Moving on to York City in 1956, Alan ended his playing career with South Shields. He died in 1992.

1998 Ben Kitchen born, Newcastle.

Younger brother of Magpies reserve Alex and son of former Leyton Orient and Gateshead defender Sam, full back Ben was just six when he first joined United's Academy.   

Debuting at U18 level in a 0-0 draw away to Stoke City in August 2015, Kitchen's reserve team bow came in a 0-3 loss to Fulham at Whitley Park the following February.

An U18 regular during the 2016/17 campaign, Kitchen returned to the reserve side for the following season and acquired squad number 56 for CheckaTrade Trophy fixtures.

However, he left the club during June 2018 as part of a mass clearout of Newcastle's development squad, signing a contract at Croatian side NK Novigrad alongside fellow Magpies discard Kurtis Russell.

After a year overseas, Ben returned to the UK and won a contract with Whitby Town following a successful trial period.

What Else?

1897 Blackpool (h)
Division Two
P8, 13pts, 3rd/16 
Campbell(30), Aitken(85) 
Workmen were busy constructing a new stand at St.James' Park until the morning of the game and it was part-finished to give spectators a vantage point.

Newcastle reportedly wore light blue shirts and the visitors were in black and white.

Referee F.Bye (Sheffield) mistakenly blew for full time on 75 minutes and began to leave the field along with several visiting players, before his linesmen pointed out the error.

1901 Middlesbrough (h)
Roberts 2, A.Gardner, Birnie 
This midweek friendly was played in aid of the Tyneside Cobra Fund, established to benefit families of local men drowned when a warship of that name sank on its maiden voyage from the Tyne the previous month. 

1909 Bristol City (h)
Division One
P11, 13pts, 4th/20 
, Anderson(46)
Newcastle extended a perfect record against the Robins at Gallowgate with a fourth victory in as many seasons.

City however would avoid defeat on their next five visits to Tyneside before finally losing once again in 1992.

1912 sunderland (h)
Hospital Cup match.

1920 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Division One
P11, 16pts, 2nd/22 
Ward(13), Harris(39


1926 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
P12, 16pts, 2nd/22
MacKenzie(7), Seymour(22,33,45), 
Clark(48), McDonald(86)

Rovers had won 7-1 at Gallowgate just over a year before, but were severely punished by Newcastle, the prolific Hughie Gallacher not on the scoresheet but hugely influential.

1937 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Division Two
P12, 8pts, 18th/22 
Imrie(10), J.R.Richardson(85), Mooney(86

Played in a constant downpour, United's two late goals were scored "when darkness had almost closed" according to one reporter. 

1943 Hartlepools United (h) 0-1 (0-1)

The Magpies lined up with a front pairing of Albert Stubbins and Jackie Milburn but lost to a penalty from guest player Jim Barrett of West Ham.

A week later they lost the return fixture by the odd goal in nine, with Stubbins grabbing a hat-trick and Milburn also on target

1948 Bolton Wanderers (a) 5-1 (2-0)
Division One
P14, 18pts, 3rd/22
Gibson(8,37), Sibley(55), Taylor(79), Milburn(80)
The Magpies were having an enjoyable start to life back in the top tier, beaten just twice in their opening fourteen games and reaching the 30 goal mark here.

1948 Meanwhile, the reserves enjoyed a 5-0 victory against Sheffield United at SJP.

Andy Donaldson and Tommy Thompson both struck twice against the Blades, while Willie McCall was also on target. 

1954 Manchester United (a) 2-2 (1-0)
Division One
P14, 13pts, 13th/22 
Broadis(17), R.Mitchell(
og(Scoular), (52)Taylor(57)
There was a senior debut for Bill Curry, who became the first player to transition from the club's new youth team, the N's.

Magpies goalkeeper John Thompson also made his first team bow.

1965 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One
P14, 12pts, 14th/22 
A third goalscoring blank in four games prompted United boss Joe Harvey to make a failed 80K bid for Bolton's centre forward Wyn Davies.

1971 Manchester United (h) 0-1 (0-0)
Division One
P14, 8pts, 21st/22 
The league leaders left with both points after George Best netted after 64 seconds in a game of few chances.

There was a rare outing for Magpies reserve  Chris Guthrie, while Keith Dyson was missing from the side and moved to Blackpool within days in part/exchange for Tony Green.

1974 Birmingham City (h)
Texaco Cup Semi Final, 
1st leg 
After a 0-3 away reverse in the league just days earlier, Malcolm Macdonald's second half header at the Gallowgate End ensured that United would return to St.Andrews on level terms.

1976 Birmingham City (h)
Division One
P11, 13pts, 6th/22 
Burns(1,73), T.Craig(58)
Gallagher(11), Francis(52pen)
A Tommy Craig effort from distance put United level at 2-2, before Mickey Burns grabbed the winner at the Gallowgate End.

City included Terry Hibbitt and John Connolly in their lineup, but striker Peter Withe didn't make the side for this one. All three would later play in the same Newcastle side.

1982 Crystal Palace (h) 
Division Two
P11, 15pts, 11th/22 
Beaten 1-4 by Fulham at SJP the previous week, normal service was resumed thanks to Chris Waddles's goal.

Both Terry McDermott and Steve Carney were missing for United after their dismissals at Oldham, while future Newcastle coach Paul Barron made a fine stop to deny Mick Martin.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Oldham Athletic (h)
League Cup 3rd Round
Three days after the epic 5-0 win over Manchester United, Newcastle enjoyed a rather lower profile victory against a team from the North West.

The Latics sported a maroon and blue hooped change kit that was remarkably reminiscent of our effort from the previous season.

2000 Ex-Mag hero Les Ferdinand made a frank admission to his involvement in one of the great unsolved crimes of the century. 

Yes, Big Les aided and abetted in the wanton destruction of the Blue Peter sunken garden, along with a certain Dennis Wise.

2002 Juventus (Italy) (h) 
Champions League Group Match 4

A moment Andy Griffin and the rest of us will never forget as his shot-cum-cross went in off 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon. 
Youtube footage is online here

A grey-clad United held out to end a run of three successive group game defeats and give themselves a mathematical chance of qualification - although no side had ever accomplished that feat from our position.

Juve coach Marcello Lippi: "....when you go one goal behind in front of a crowd like this one, it's not easy to come back." match report

2005 mackems (h)
P10, 12pts, 11th/20
Ameobi(34,37), Emre(63)
Lawrence(35), Elliott(41)

It was more relief than euphoria that greeted the final whistle but three points and three goals against the unwashed at SJP were massively enjoyable.

The goal that won it came from the left boot of Emre and was a free-kick to rival those of Liam O'Brien and Scott Sellars that ensured a win double over the wearsiders in 1992/93.

A penalty claim and a shot off the bar by the mackem made it a nervy finish, although Steven Taylor came close at the other end.

An amazing seven and half minute spell in the first half had seen four goals shared, with United twice throwing away the lead. 

And although our verdict on United's second was that it had gone in off Magpies old boy Stephen Caldwell, Shola Ameobi was later officially credited with the goal. match report

Youtube footage of Emre's goal is here

At a Regulatory Commission hearing, a claim for wrongful dismissal from United for  defender Habib Beye was upheld. As a result, his one-match suspension was withdrawn.

Beye was shown a red card
after just 12 minutes
by referee Rob Styles for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during our home match against Manchester City.

2010 West Ham (a)
Premier League
P9, 11pts, 9th/20
Nolan(23), Carroll(69)
Andy Carroll put a traumatic week (having had his Range Rover torched) behind him by scoring the winner that kept his side out of the bottom three and left them ninth instead.

This Saturday teatime game began with betting suspended on manager Chris Hughton losing his job, after a flurry of flutters. match report

2013 Citing their "unfairly negative" coverage of a fan protest march ahead of the previous Saturday's home game against Liverpool, NUFC informed Trinity Mirror North East that their three local titles, The Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun were all banned from SJP.

News of the ban broke the following Sunday after United's derby defeat at the stadium of plight, when Alan Pardew was prevented from answering questions posed in the press conference by writers from those papers.