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Not so tricky, Ricky

From the BBC, Tuesday - we always knew he was a wrong 'un.....

The man who scored the winning goal when Hereford United famously knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup in 1972 has been jailed for money laundering.

Ricky George, 72, was sentenced to two years and his son Adam, 40, has also been jailed, for 15 months.

The fraud involved the sale of a house without the knowledge or consent of the owner, Hertfordshire Constabulary say.

Adam George, 40, of Burleigh Road, St Albans received £120,000 into a business account from his father, Richard George, of Hadley Grove, Barnet who were both found guilty.

The money was then laundered through his own bank account and that of his father and Jogi, his father's friend.

When the buyer of the house found out he had been a victim of fraud and had lost £250,000, he had a heart attack, police say, from which he has "thankfully" recovered.

George will always be known as the man who scored "the other goal" in that famous FA Cup third round replay win for non-league Hereford United over Newcastle United in January 1972.

The goal that lives longest in the memory - and gets far more regularly shown - was Hereford's equaliser, Ronnie Radford's 35-yard rocket.

It was almost half an hour later before George had his own moment of fame, when he turned in the box to angle home a low right-foot shot across Newcastle keeper Willie McFaul.

League Cup stuff

Newcastle enter what remains known as the Carabao Cup at the Second Round stage, when the winners of 35 First Round ties below are joined by 15 Premier League sides not involved in European competition.

The Second Round draw will take place on Thursday evening (live on Sky) and it's anticipated that it will again be divided into Northern and Southern sections, with PL sides seeded so that they avoid each other.

Given the confusion of last season's draw though, anything is possible with this lot.

Should a tie be drawn after 90 minutes, no extra time will be played and a penalty shootout will be staged in order to determine the winning side.

Tue 14.08.2018:

Blackpool 3-1 Barnsley
Carlisle United 1-5 Blackburn Rovers
Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Fleetwood Town (3-4 pens)
Grimsby Town 0-2 Rochdale
Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Bradford City (4-2 pens)
Mansfield Town 6-1 Accrington Stanley
Middlesbrough 3-3 Notts County (4-3 pens)
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Bury (10-9 pens)
Oldham Athletic 0-2 Derby County
Port Vale 0-4 Lincoln City
Preston North End 3-1 Morecambe
Rotherham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic
Scunthorpe United 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield United 1-1 Hull City (4-5 pens)
Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Burton Albion

Bristol City 0-1 Plymouth Argyle
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Crawley Town
Cambridge United 1-4 Newport County
Cheltenham Town 2-2 Colchester United (6-5 pens)
Exeter City 1-1 Ipswich Town (4-2 pens)
Millwall 0-0 Gillingham (3-1 pens)
MK Dons 3-0 Charlton Athletic
Norwich City 3-1 Stevenage
Oxford United 2-0 Coventry City
Portsmouth 1-2 AFC Wimbledon
QPR 2-0 Peterborough United
Reading 2-0 Birmingham City
Southend United 2-4 Brentford
Swindon Town 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
Tranmere Rovers v Walsall
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Luton Town
Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Northampton (7-6 pens)
Yeovil Town 0-1 Aston Villa Sky

Thu 16.08.2018:
mackems v Sheffield Wednesday Sky

Honours even

West Brom U23s  1  Newcastle U23s  1

Following the shortest pre-season fixture programme we can recall (one public friendly and another couple of obscure and low-key kickabouts), United's U23s returned to competitive action on Monday.

Ben Dawson's side faced their Albion counterparts behind closed doors at the Baggies Palm training ground on the outskirts of Walsall. 

Falling behind to an eighth minute effort from Nathan Ferguson (although the WBA reporter gave it as an own goal), Newcastle trailed 0-1 at the interval.

Introducing new signing Rosaire Longelo for the second half, the winger took just four minutes to make an impact - feeding the ball to Owen Bailey, whose pass across the box was turned in by Callum Roberts.

The Magpies second string open up their home campaign on Monday week (20th) against the mackems at SJP (7pm).

Woodman, Sterry, Bailey, O’Connor, Gibson (Cass 89), Barlaser, Watts, Roberts, S. Longstaff, Fernandez (Longelo 46), Charman (Sorensen 71).  
Subs n/u:
Huuhtanen, M. Longstaff.

WBA: Palmer, Meredith, Harmon (Dyce 86), Wilding, Ferguson, Healy, Soule, Brown, Morton, Azaz, Clayton-Phillips. 
Subs n/u:
Hose, Tulloch, Rogers, trialist.

No less than 23 players who featured at this level last season have now left the club but the starting XI still has a familiar look to it.

Freddie Woodman, Sean Longstaff, Victor Fernandez, Callum Roberts and Jamie Sterry all featured for the senior side in pre-season - right back Sterry one of several options available to Rafa Benitez if DeAndre Yedlin's knee injury is as serious as feared. 

Liam Gibson is set for a first competitive outing since May 2017, having endured further treatment for colitis and there's a first U23 start for Kelland Watts, whose last pitch action was for England U19s in July.    

Winger Rosaire Longelo makes the bench following his recent signing but fellow new arrival Yannick Toure isn't included and there's no sign of either Rolando Aarons or Achraf Lazaar.

Newcastle did the double over the Baggies
in Premier League 2 Division Two last season, following up an early 4-0 victory in the West Midlands with a 2-0 success at Whitley Park.

The hosts completed last season bottom of the table with just nine points from 21 games (we were second bottom with 20).

Loan lads

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
The striker was an unused substitute on Tuesday, as Albion won 1-0 at home to Luton Town in the League Cup.   

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Remaining on the bench, midfielder Jack looked on as Forest were held 1-1 by Bury at the City Ground in the League Cup on Tuesday - eventually progressing 10-9 in the penalty shootout that followed.

Josef Yarney (Morecambe)
A second Shrimpers outing for the defender brought a second defeat on Tuesday, Morecambe beaten 1-3 away at Preston North End in the League Cup.

Premier League:
Cardiff City

This Saturday sees United venture to South Wales for a 12.30pm kick-off at Cardiff City Stadium that will be televised live by Sky Sports.

Coral match betting will appear here

Florian Lejeune is a long-term absentee while news on the severity of the knee injury suffered by DeAndre Yedlin against Spurs is awaited. 


If you're looking for a pre-match venue in Cardiff, the Pontcanna Inn is 1.2 miles away from the ground and open from 10am for drink (8am for food) with free parking more details here

CCFC: Aron Gunnarsson is sidelined and Kenneth Zohore is doubtful.

Neil Warnock's Bluebirds began life back in the Premier League on Saturday with a 0-2 loss at Bournemouth.

Ineligible to play against his parent club was Harry Arter but he's expected to face United. Fellow new boy Victor Camarasa may make his City debut, while Josh Murphy (brother of Jacob) could be promoted from the bench to the starting lineup.  

Craig Pawson - the South Yorkshire whistler found his red card at the weekend in the Wolves v Everton game. His last Toon outing was the 1-0 home victory over Manchester United back in February.

: Live on Sky Sports

If you aren't going to Wales, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square
will have the game on their big screen TVs with food and drink offers as follows:

£2.50 pints for the duration of the game.
Kronenbourg 1664 & Woodpecker Bottles £1.50
Pizza & a pint for £7
Massive Nachos £3
Bacon Baps & Hot Dogs £1.50
Two Dine for £10

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

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio:
None (tbc)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 18.08.2018:

Cardiff City v Newcastle (12.30pm) Sky
Everton v Southampton (3pm)
Leicester City v Wolves (3pm)
Spurs v Fulham (3pm)
West Ham v Bournemouth (3pm)
Chelsea v Arsenal (5.30pm) BT

Sun 19.08.2018:
Burnley v Watford (1.30pm)  
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town (1.30pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

Mon 20.08.2018:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky


NUFC v Warnock teams on the road:

2016/17 Cardiff City won 2-0
2014/15 Crystal Palace won 3-2 (LC)
2011/12 QPR drew 0-0
2009/10 QPR won 1-0
2009/10 Crystal Palace won 2-0
2006/07 Sheffield United won 2-1
1992/93 Notts County won 2-0
1990/91 Notts County lost 0-3

Magpies @ Bluebirds - last 10 (competitive):

2016/17 won 2-0 Atsu, Hayden
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy 2
2009/10 won 1-0 Coloccini
1983/84 won 2-0 Keegan, Beardsley
1981/82 won 4-0 Varadi 3, Davies(pen)
1980/81 lost 0-1
1979/80 drew 1-1 Shinton
1978/79 lost 1-2 Connolly
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
1963/64 drew 2-2 Cummings, McGarry(pen)

Premier League:
Heads you lose

Newcastle  1  Tottenham  2

Match report is online here

Departure looms:
Saivet update

News outlets in Turkey reported on Monday that Henri Saivet had now arrived in the country, as the midfielder nears a departure from SJP. 

However earlier claims of a permanent deal for the
27 year-old have disappeared and instead, another loan move is on the cards, this time to Bursaspor.

As an aside, it's also claimed that on Bursaspor's wish list before the Turkish transfer window closes at the end of the month is alleged striker Seydou Doumbia - formerly of this parish.

Saivet spent the second half of last season on loan at fellow Super Lig side Sivasspor, having previously been farmed out to French club St. Etienne. However, neither side showed any inclination to buy him.

The player cost United £5m when signed from Bordeaux during the January 2016 transfer window and has three years remaining on his Magpies contract.

Senegal international Saivet made the last of his eight senior appearances in a black and white shirt during the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea back in January.

His departure leaves Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar as the last two senior players omitted from United's current first team squad but still at the club.

PS: Also heading to the Turkish Super Lig is striker Islam Slimani, who has joined Fenerbahce.

The 30 year-old Algerian spent five months on loan at United from Leicester City earlier this year and has now made a season-long move to the Istanbul side. 

U18 Cup draw made

The draw for the U18 Premier League Cup took place on Monday, with Newcastle's youngsters selected in Group F along with Manchester United, Norwich City and reigning champions Chelsea.

Each side faces the other once and details of the fixtures are still awaited, with the following dates set aside for games to be played:

Sat 29.09.2018
Sat 10.11.2018
Sat 08.12.2018

24 teams enter the competition, with the initial stage seeing six group winners and the two best runners-up advance to the knockout section.

Introduced last season, Dave Watson's young Magpies lost 2-3 to Brighton on Tyneside before winning 2-1 away to Blackburn. A 1-2 defeat away to eventual champions Chelsea then ended their involvement. 

Reserve duo confirmation

Ahead of Monday's U23 season opener away to West Bromwich Albion, United have confirmed the signing of striker Yannick Toure and winger Rosaire Longelo.

17 year-old Swiss youth international Yannick (above) arrives with a prolific scoring record for former club Young Boys Berne.

Toure was born in Senegal and is now a free agent after his Young Boys contract expired, meaning that United had to pay only an undisclosed compensation figure. 

Longelo meanwhile (above) is an 18 year-old wide player who was free agent following the expiration of his contract at West Ham over the summer.

Longelo - whose younger brother Manny remains with the Hammers - was the un-named trialist who played for Newcastle U23s in their friendly at Barrow last month, showing a good turn of pace when deployed down both wings.

Eligible to play for DR Congo through his parents, Rosaire spent time on trial at both Norwich City and Boro in the closing weeks of last season but has now signed an initial one year contract with the Magpies.

City slicker 

Manchester City U18s  6  Newcastle U18s  0

Despite having won 5-2 there last season, United's 
U18 side were massive underdogs in their opening league game of the season at City on Saturday. 

And sadly that's how it worked out, with the hosts taking just eight minutes to ruin any hopes that Magpies 'keeper Dan Langley had of a clean sheet. 

Full back Alpha Diounkou claimed the opener but whether he intended to cross or shoot is unclear.

That lead was then doubled midway through the first half when D’Margio Wright-Phillips (son of Shaun) centred for Lewis Fiorini to confidently head home.

The Newcastle defence made it to half time without further incident, but within seconds of the resumption had allowed Wright-Phillips to score from a tap in.

It then became the Henri Ogunby show, as the Bolton-born forward bagged a hat trick within half an hour, firing home in the 48, 65 and 74th minutes.

Dave Watson's side will hope for better when West Bromwich Albion visit Tyneside next Saturday - the Baggies without a game on opening weekend.

Team: Langley, Barrett, Gamblin, Allen, Swailes, McEntee, Reed, Young, Cole, Joyce, Kasinga.
Subs n/u: Rounsfell, Brown, Ebanks, Scott, Brannen.

Coming events

Some dates for your diary:

Thu 06.09.2018 to Sat 15.09.2018 various venues.

Ed Waugh's latest play, "The Great Joe Wilson" will be performed at Darlington, Whitley Bay, Gateshead, Stanley and South Shields more details here

Thu 06.09.2018 John Beresford talk-in, @ Hillheads, Whitley Bay FC. £10 from the Seahorse Bar or WBFC club shop on home matchdays.

Fri 07.09.2018
Kevin Keegan talk-in at Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, in aid of Beacon Hill School. Bookings via 0191 234 1666 or

Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club North Shields. Recalling the 1969 semi-final against Rangers, along with players from both sides. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985 198222.


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

The new ticket website is now live and existing users need to re-register. Do that online here and read their FAQs here.

Magpie Movers are on sale now to 2018/19 ST holders here, priced £30 (no discounts).

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: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas


Online Box Office is here

On sale dates are here

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am. If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also happen then.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

The three-season Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Thu 16.08.2018 League Cup Second Round draw @ 7pm. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 18.08.2018 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 18.08.2018 Cardiff City (a) @ Cardiff City Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now. £30 adults, £26 60+ years, £21 16-21 years, £16 U16s. Allocation: 2,900 tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 20.08.2018
U23s v mackems (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 25.08.2018 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 26.08.2018 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Fri 17.08.2018 (in person/by phone). Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 01.09.2018
U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.09.2018 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, Noon. Premier League 2.

Sat 01.09.2018
Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £23 OAPs / 16-21 years, £18 U18s. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 04.09.2018
U23s v Doncaster Rovers (a) @ Keepmoat Stadium, 7pm. CheckaTrade Trophy. £5 adults/ concessions, £1 U17s. East Stand only open.

Fri 14.09.2018 U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 15.09.2018
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.09.2018 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Club advertised that member sale was from Tue 14.08.2018, but they didn't appeat online then. 
Public sale Tue 21.08.2018 (online), Tue 28.08.2018 (in person/by phone).

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 12.10.2018
December & January
Wed 12.12.2018 February
Fri 25.01.2019 March
Fri 22.02.2019 April
Fri 05.04.2019 May

NUFC Live on TV:

Sat 18.08.2018 Cardiff (a) 12.30pm
Sun 26
.08.2018 Chelsea (h) 4pm
01.09.2018 Man City (a) 5.30pm*
Sat 06.10.2018
Man United (a) 5.30pm*
Mon 26.11.2018
Burnley (a) 8pm

All on Sky except *BT

(TV picks up to 26.11.2018 announced)

League Cup (aka Carabao Cup):
United enter in Round 2.

R2 Tue 28/Wed 29.08.2018
R3 Tue 25/Wed 26.09.2018
R4 Tue 30/Wed 31.10.2018
R5 Tue 18/Wed 19.12.2018
SF1 Tue 08/Wed 09.01.2019
SF2 Tue 22/Wed 23.01.2019
F Sun 24.02.2019

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 Sat 05.01.2019
R4 Sat 26.01.2019
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
Sat 18.05.2019

Checkatrade Trophy:
United enter in the First Round and were drawn in Group G along with Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Notts County:

Tue 04.09.2018 Doncaster R (a) 7pm
Tue 09.10.2018 Notts C (a) 7.45pm
Tue 13.11.2018 Grimsby T (a) 7.45pm

FA Youth Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018

U18 Premier League Cup:

Sat 29.09.2018 opposition tbc
Sat 10.11.2018 opposition tbc
Sat 08.12.2018 opposition tbc

Gateshead FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £10 entry for National League home games (usually £15).
16 & 17 year old admission £5, U16s £3.

Next three GFC home games:

Sat 25.08.2018
Leyton Orient 3pm
Sat 01.09.2018
Maidstone United 3pm
Tue 04.09.2018
Harrogate Town 7.45pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019
Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales
online here

Prices: Champions Cup final:
Premium: £120 (U16s £120)
Cat 1: £90 (U16s £90)
Cat 2: £75 (U16s £75)
Cat 3: £60 (U16s £25)
Cat 4: £45 (U16s £25)
Cat 5: £35 (U16s £15)
Cat 6: £20 (U16s £10)

Prices: Challenge Cup final
Cat 1: £45 (U16s £45)
Cat 2: £30 (U16s £15)
Cat 3: £20 (U16s £10)
Cat 4: £15 (U16s £5)

??.08.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.


International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Express
managed to confuse arrivals with departures, unless we really did have to pay Real Sociedad to take our lad away....

"Benitez has splashed out £25m acquiring the services of Yoshinori Muto, Mikel Merino, Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka, Salomon Rondon and Ki Sung-yeung."

(Colin French)

And The Mirror were similarly afflicted:

"Newcastle did manage to sign Mikel Merino, Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar, Yoshinori Muto, Salomon Rondon and Federico Fernandez"

(B D)

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

On This Day in History
14th August

Born Or Died:

1998 Paul Woolston born, North Shields

Goalkeeper previously with the mackems who agreed a scholarship deal with Newcastle's Academy in the summer of 2014.

Paul's Magpies career had actually kicked into gear the previous March, with debuts at two levels within five days.

Promoted from the bench to start in a 2-0 home victory over Middlesbrough at U18 level, injuries and international callups then saw Paul appear for the club's U21 side.

The 15 year-old custodian kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Manchester United before making his Academy bow days later.

An England U17 and U18 international, Paul was loaned to Gateshead, Darlington and Blyth Spartans - playing regularly for the latter in 2016/17 and earning rave reviews.

However, he was unable to claim a regular reserve berth at United when returning, joining non-league South Shields on loan during early 2018.

Released by United in May 2018, what proved to be his final appearance was a memorable one - beating the mackems in a Premier League Cup tie at the stadium of plight.

Locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes, Wooly saved a penalty and scored his own spot kick as Newcastle ran out 11-10 winners.

July 2018 found Paul appearing for West Ham U23s as a trialist in pre-season but nothing further looked to have come of it. 


What Else?

1959 RCD Mallorca (Spain) (a)
crowd tbc
United visited the Estadio Lluís Sitjar to officially inaugurate RCD's floodlights in what was a three team tournament that also featured Belgians Olympic Charleroi.

Guesting for the home side was Alfredo Di Stefano. Then aged 33, the legendary Real Madrid forward was holidaying on the island.

United would go on to win the tournament on goal difference following a 5-1 victory over the Belgians - Charleroi beating RCD 4-2.

1965 Middlesbrough (h)
Hockey(5), Cummings(12), og(Jones)(39)
Two goals from Boro's Edwin Holliday weren't enough in this second Tyne-Tees pre -season meeting of 1965.

Boro fielded future Magpie Arthur Horsfield but were undone by an own goal from Gordon Jones, who contrived to head the ball into his own net after 'keeper Ed Connachan blocked a Bobby Cummings penalty. 

1968 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-1 (1-1)
Division One 
Tommy Gibb made his debut in the absence of more established midfielders and held down a first team place for over 150 consecutive games.

1971 Crystal Palace (a) 0-2 (0-1)
Division One 
Tambling(13), Taylor(
There were quiet debuts for both Terry Hibbitt and Supermac at Selhurst Park, but better was to come....

1973 Workington (a)
Hodgson 2, Gibb, McDermott
scorer tbc 
A pre-season game at Borough Park against a side whose 26 year stay in the Football League would end in 1977. 

1976 Middlesbrough (h)
Anglo-Scottish Cup 
Gowling(27,43), Barrowclough(28) 
Future Magpies boss Jack Charlton brought his Boro boys to Gallowgate and saw them deservedly routed.

1981 West Bromwich Albion (h) 0-2 (0-1)
Regis(4), Cross(90) 
In the visitor's squad were Cyril Regis, Brian Robson, Remi Moses and David Mills. United lined up with Bobby Shinton & Alan Shoulder....

1984 Hartlepool United (a) 4-2 (2-1)
Hedley(16), Dobson(53) 
Kenny Wharton's pre-season purple patch continued as he made it six goals in three games, pushing up from midfield to boost the Newcastle attack.

Billy Horner's monkey hangers were fresh from a fourteenth re-election to the Fourth Division and included former Magpie John Brownlie.

Fringe players involved for the visitors at the Victoria Ground included Ian Dawes, Tony Hayton and Darren Melville. None of them played competitively for the club.

Team: Thomas (Carr), Hedworth (Anderson), Ryan, Roeder, Clarke, Saunders, McDonald, Wharton, Waddle (Allon), Dawes, Hayton (Melville).

1989 Scarborough (a)
Striker Mark McGhee's header from a Kevin Brock corner divided the sides at the McCain Stadium.

Team: Wright, Anderson (Ranson 46), Sweeney, Dillon (Roche 83), Scott, Kristensen (Thorn 45), Gallacher (Brazil 75), Brock, Quinn, McGhee, Fereday. Subs n/u: Simpson, G.Kelly, D.Robinson.

1989 Michael O'Neill joined up with former United colleague Darren Jackson, after completing a £350K move to Dundee United. 

He was in good company on Tayside, with neighbouring Dundee having Albert Craig and Wes Saunders on their books, as well as assistant boss John Blackley - all ex-Mags.

1990 St.Johnstone (Scotland) (a)
Quinn(35), McGhee(53), O'Brien(55), 
Following a trio of friendlies in England and two more in Hungary, Jim Smith's Magpies moved on to Scotland and a maiden visit to McDiarmid Park - opened 12 months previously.

Fitness issues meant that United were without Benny Kristensen, Wayne Fereday and Kevin Brock but promising youngster Lee Clark made his senior team bow.

Team: Burridge, Ranson, Stimson (Sweeney 46), Aitken, Bradshaw, Scott, Dillon, O'Brien (Clark 73), Quinn, McGhee (Robinson 73), Askew (Gallacher 46). Subs n/u: Wright, Simpson.

1990 A Magpies XI won 1-0 at non-league Consett, Gary Brazil scoring the only goal of the game from Archie Gourlay's pass.

Defender John Anderson played after being omitted from the senior squad following a failure to a agree a new contract.

1993 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Premier League 
A tough baptism in the Premier League, Teddy Sheringham's goal giving former manager Ossie Ardiles a successful return to SJP. 

The rebuilt Leazes Stand was open for the first time and United gave debuts to Nicky Papavasiliou and Malcolm Allen.

The latter was an eve of season signing from Millwall, after Neil Ruddock's pre-season thuggery had robbed United of the services of Peter Beardsley. Liam O'Brien hit the post with a last minute free kick.
Youtube footage is online here

1996 Future Magpie Nicos Dabizas won his 16th senior cap for Greece as they beat Albania 2-1 in a friendly staged in Athens. 

2001 Reserve striker Colin McMenamin's prolific pre-season continued as he made it 16 goals in just eight games. 

This time it was Guisborough Town on the receiving end as McMenamin hit four of United's half dozen in a 6-1 win. Olivier Bernard and Damon Robson got the others match report.

2002 Zeljeznicar (Bosnia) (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Champions League Third Qualifying Round First Leg
The door to the Champions League swung open after this result in Sarajevo. Both Hugo Viana and Titus Bramble made their debuts. match report

2003 Newcastle Reserves played a Border Amateur Select XI at Galashiels, with Bradley Orr grabbing a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory. Martin Brittain hit a brace and Calvin Zola rounded off the scoring at Netherdale. match report

2004 Middlesbrough (a) 2-2 (1-0)

Bellamy(14), Shearer(83pen)
Downing(73), Hasselbaink

The opening game of the season saw United make the trip down the A19 in bright sunshine
and when Shearer converted a late penalty, a winning start looked on.

However that was before The hand of Smog (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink) - and referee Steve Bennett -  intervened in injury time.

Bolo Zenden's cross from the left eluded a number of players before "Fat Eddie Murphy" , stooped to meet it - missing the ball with his head but not his hand. Robbed. match report

2005 Arsenal (a)

Henry(81pen), van Persie(87)
Twelve months on and another howler from Bennett (see above) made it a miserable start to the season, after ridiculously dismissing Jermaine Jenas 32 minutes into our last ever league game at Highbury.

The ten men held on bravely but Charles N'Zogbia conceded a late penalty that Thierry Henry converted and Robin van Persie scored a second to seal the defeat.

Bennett later rescinded the red-card, reducing it to a yellow, after studying video evidence. As always though, the rethink wasn't a fat lot of use after the game. match report
2006 United's reserve side beat Conference North side Workington 1-0 at Borough Park thanks to late Andy Carroll effort.

The striker's header ended up in the back of the net via post and 'keeper. match report

2007 Having featured for the Magpies first team in pre-season under new boss Sam Allarydce, Andy Carroll joined Championship side Preston North End on loan.