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TV times

Wednesday saw the Premier League confirm that February's full fixture programme will be televised live in the UK, with Newcastle's games as follows:

Tue 02.02.2021 Crystal Palace (h) 8.15pm BT
Mon 15.02.2021 Chelsea (a) 8pm Sky
Sun 21.02.2021 Manchester United (a) 7pm BT

Details of two NUFC games are still tbc, with Amazon Prime and BBC yet to announce February schedules:

06.02.2021 Southampton (h)
27.02.2021 Wolves (h)

Aston Villa (a)

Saturday sees Steve Bruce return to yet another one of his former clubs, when Newcastle face Aston Villa in a rearranged Premier League fixture at Villa Park.

And he does so as one of United's
worst PL managers in statistical terms, the current onfield malaise seeing his status steadily eroded in recent weeks.

Bruce is now below Graeme Souness (but with two less points), about on a par with Ruud Gullit and with only Steve McClaren less successful among the more than 20-game permanent managers stats

It's an 8pm KO at Villa Park and live coverage is provided by Sky Sports.

A 0-2 loss last season was our first defeat there in seven visits, but United haven't won any of their four games there since a 2-1 PL triumph in 2013/14.

The fixture was due to be played on Friday December 4th, but postponed following positive COVID tests in the Magpies squad. Villa then encountered similar issues, the closure of their training ground seeing an U23 side represent the club in the FA Cup.

With PL games against Spurs and Everton called off, Dean Smith's side returned to action at Manchester City on Wednesday - 19 days after their previous league game. City won that 2-0.

NUFC: News on the availability of Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Dwight Gayle is awaited, after the trio were unavailable for the trip to Arsenal.

Allan Saint-Maximin is back in full training but by no means guaranteed to feature in this game. He hasn't played since the 0-2 home loss to Chelsea in late November - an 11 game absence.

AVFC: John McGinn is suspended and Kortney Hause injured. Trezeguet is a doubtful starter.

Villa boss Dean Smith was red-carded during Wednesday's 0-2 defeat at Manchester City.

Referee: Simon Hooper - a swift return for the Wiltshire whistler, who took charge of Newcastle's 2-5 loss at Leeds last month.

VAR: Paul Tierney


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Coral rate a Newcastle success on Saturday at 5/1, with the draw priced at 10/3 and a Villans victory 8/15.

Our usual scoreless at half time, losing at full time bet is 19/4 for this game, with the added misery of losing to nil upsizing that to 13/2.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

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UK Radio: Live on BBC 5 Live Sport

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Toon @ Villa Park - PL era:

2019/20 lost 0-2
2016/17 drew 1-1 og(Elphick) (Ch)
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 drew 0-0
2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole

Latest PL results/fixture:

Sat 16.01.2021:

Wolves 2-3 West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United 0-1 Brighton
West Ham 1-0 Burnley
Fulham 0-1 Chelsea
Leicester City 2-0 Southampton

Sun 17.01.2021:
Sheffield United 1-3 Spurs
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Mon 18.01.2021:
Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

Tue 19.01.2021:
West Ham 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea

Wed 20.01.2021:
Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa
Fulham 1-2 Manchester United

Thu 21.01.2021:
Liverpool 0-1 Burnley

Sat 23.01.2021:

Aston Villa v Newcastle (8pm) Sky

Clark signs on

Update: He didn't feature in our rundown below as he's yet to make a competitive senior debut for the club, but full back Lewis Cass has signed a contract extension keeping him at SJP until 2022.

He's currently on loan at National League Hartlepool United.

(For clarity we also omitted Kelland Watts from the defenders listing despite him playing once for the first team. He's out on loan at League One Plymouth Argyle and we're unsure of the duration of his current deal with Newcastle).

Magpies defender Ciaran Clark has put pen to paper on a two year contract extension, keeping him at Gallowgate until 2023.

The 31 year-old Ireland international has made 103 senior appearances in all competitions since arriving from Aston Villa during August 2016.

Earlier: Here's a quick update on the status of our current crop of defenders - the date in brackets refers to the known contract expiration date of the player:

DeAndre Yedlin (2021) comments by the player suggest that he's yet to hear what Newcastle's plans are. Recently spoken of in connection with moves to an un-named MLS side and Trabzonsor in Turkey.

Javier Manquillo (2024) Linked with a move to Villarreal in this window by Spanish news outlets this week.

Emil Krafth (2023) Linked with a move to Istanbul Basaksehir in this window by Turkish news outlets this week.

Fabian Schar (2021) Reportedly keen to move on, but an option to extend his current deal by 12 months exists, should Newcastle wish to exercise it. 

Federico Fernandez (2021) tbc

Jacob Murphy (2021) tbc

Completing the picture are Paul Dummett (2022), Florian Lejeune (2022), Jamaal Lascelles (2024) and Jamal Lewis (2025).

That leaves Achraf Lazaar (2021), who is anticipated to finally leave the club this month, having never made his Premier League debut and not featured in a league fixture for United since January 2017.

Trialist signs
for Cumbrians

Although failing to win a contract during his trial with Newcastle, Hebburn Town striker Cedwyn Scott has secured a short-team deal at League Two Carlisle United.

The 22 year-old played in a trio of U23 games for the Magpies back in November, before moving on for a similar stint with the Cumbrians.

And after scoring twice for Carlisle's second string, Hexham-born Scott is to remain at Brunton Park for the remainder of this season.

Monochrome set


Having previously featured the Football Bobbles hat inspired by United's 1970's "Brazil" change kit, here's the home counterpart, now available exclusively here



To be in with a chance of winning a hat, identify the Newcastle player pictured above, who made over 250 appearances for the club during the 1970s.

Email your entry by 8pm on Monday 25th January. Subject: Hat. No age limit, open to anyone on the planet but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry each please.

More absolute sh*te

Arsenal  3  Newcastle  0

Match report

(In case you think we've descended to random profanities in our headlines, Steve Bruce described the performance of his side in their last game as "absolute sh*te")

The Borrowers:
Light delight
for Kell

Current movements of our remaining seven loanees:

Kelland Watts
(Plymouth Argyle)
To his evident delight, Kell was part of the Pilgrims side that triumphed 2-1 at the mackems in League One on Tuesday - their first away success this season.

Florian Lejeune
(Deportivo Alaves)
Tuesday saw Alaves beaten 1-2 at home by Sevilla in La Liga, Lejeune playing the full game and collecting a booking.

Freddie Woodman
(Swansea City)
A waterlogged pitch at Ewood Park saw Swansea's Championship visit to Blackburn postponed on Tuesday.

Mo Sangare
(Accrington Stanley)
The midfielder remains out of the side following a hamstring injury and in his absence Stanley went down 0-3 at Hull City in League One on Tuesday.

Yoshinori Muto
The forward was included in the starting lineup for Thursday's home meeting with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Fouled early on for a penalty kick that was converted by the Eibar goalkeeper, Muto completed 77 minutes of a game that Madrid won 2-1.

Elias Sorensen
(Almere City)
Dordrecht (h) Eerste Divisie, Friday.

Lewis Cass
(Hartlepool United)
Weymouth (a) National League, Saturday.

Youth derby
rained off

A saturated pitch at Whitley Park saw the postponement of Newcastle's U17 Premier League Cup tie against the mackems on Tuesday night.

This final group stage game was for nothing more than local pride, neither side able to reach the knockout stages - assuming that the competition continues.

The young Magpies are due to play their first U18 Premier League game of 2021 away at Leeds this Saturday.

Giveaway answer:
Mask winners

New for 2021 in The Snood Store range are a selection of NUFC-themed face masks replicating their snood designs and including this popular skyline one:

The full range is online here with a 10% discount available all NUFC-themed designs via promo code NUFC10.

We had a couple of masks to give away in our latest free-to-enter competition and asked you to identify the former Magpie behind the mask.

It was of course Gini Wijnaldum and masks will be going to correct answer providers Adrian Conway and Margaret Patrick. Thanks to all who entered.

Leeds United (h)

Following a run of four successive away games in league and cup, Newcastle return home on Tuesday week (26th) as Marcelo Bielsa makes his first visit to SJP.

's a 6pm start, live on BT Sport.

NUFC: To follow

LUFC: To follow

Referee: Anthony Taylor - first Toon posting of the season for the official from very near Manchester.

Taylor's most recent Newcastle game was the 1-3 home loss to Liverpool that concluded last season in July.

VAR: Jarred Gillett

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio: Live on talkSPORT

ocal Radio: Live on BBC Newcastle


Leeds @ SJP - last 20 visits:

2016/17 drew 1-1 Lascelles (Ch)
2013/14 won 2-0 Cisse, Gouffran (LC)
2009/10 drew 0-0 (FR)
2003/04 won 1-0 Shearer (PL)
2002/03 lost 0-2 (PL)
2001/02 won 3-1 OG, Dyer, Bellamy (PL)
2000/01 won 2-1 Solano, Acuna (PL)
1999/00 drew 2-2 Shearer 2 (PL)
1998/99 lost 0-3 (PL)
1997/98 drew 1-1 Ketsbaia (PL)
1996/97 won 3-0 Shearer 2, Ferdinand (PL)
1995/96 won 2-1 Lee Beardsley (PL)
1994/95 lost 1-2 Elliott (PL)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole (PL)
1989/90 won 5-2 Quinn 4, Gallacher (D2)
1983/84 won 1-0 OG (D2)
1982/83 won 2-1 Waddle, Keegan(pen) (D2)
1982/83 lost 1-4 Clarke (LC)
1980/81 drew 2-2 Davies, Rafferty (FR)
1977/78 won 3-2 Burns 2, Kennedy (D1)

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Tue 26.01.2021:

Crystal Palace v West Ham (6pm) BT
Newcastle v Leeds United (6pm) BT
Southampton v Arsenal (8.15pm) BT
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City (8.15pm) BT
Wed 27.01.2021:
Burnley v Aston Villa (6pm) BT
Chelsea v Wolves (6pm) BT
Brighton v Fulham (7.30pm) BT
Everton v Leicester City (8.15pm) BT
Man Utd v Sheffield United (8.15pm) BT

Thu 28.01.2021:
Spurs v Liverpool (8pm)

Lost the points,
lost the plot

Sheffield United  1  Newcastle  0

Match report

PL respond:
Arbitration update

Replying to a letter sent by Blaydon MP Liz Twist regarding the proposed NUFC takeover, Premier League CEO Richard Masters has said the following:

"In relation to any specific ongoing legal matters Newcastle United recently announced that they have commenced arbitration matters against the Premier League in connection with the proposed takeover of the club.

"Arbitrations are held in private and this is no exception.

"There are generally good reasons why parties choose to have disputes resolved by way of confidential arbitration: for example, it can be more informal, it protects sensitive information and it encourages honestly and frankness from parties and witnesses."

"I would like to reiterate that it is the Premier League's desire to have the matter resolved in a timely manner."


NUFC QC Nick De Marco attended the Arsenal v NUFC FA Cup tie and tweeted that he'd met NUFC officials beforehand.

NCSL failed to get a response from Johnson, but did take part in a Zoom Call with a House of Commons official.

NCSL wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the proposed takeover and a lack of progress.

NCSL confirmed they had received a letter from the PL claiming that it was they who had leaked arbitration information - and threatening legal action.

NUFC confirmed that it had issued arbitration proceedings against the EPL with no time scale on a resolution.

17.11.2020 NCSL confirmed that their QC, Robert O’Donoghue was reviewing the EPL's response to their letter.

27.10.2020 The PL received a "Letter Before Action" from "Newcastle Consortium Supporters Ltd" seeking a ruling from The Competition Appeal Tribunal over a possible regulatory breach by the PL during the PCP takeover.

14.09.2020 QCs Nick De Marco and Shaheed Fatima of Blackstone Chambers confirmed that they were acting for Newcastle United against the PL.

Their involvement comes at the instigation of lawyers acting for Mike Ashley following the breakdown of the PCP takeover.



Season 2020/21

NUFC released details of plans to reimburse season ticket holders on October 29th:

Details are online here

Various options are available depending whether fans are on long-term deals.

Phased refunds or credits are available, but for some these options will run alongside existing direct debit payments - in other words they'll be receiving money back while continuing to pay.

Long-term deals expiring at the end of this season (2020/21) will now automatically be extended to next season (2021/22).

23.01.2021 U18s v Leeds United (a) @ Thorp Arch, 11am. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Sat 23.01.2021 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 8pm. Premier League. Note new date/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 26.01.2021 Leeds United (h) @ SJP, 6pm. Premier League. Note new KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on BT Sport.

Sat 30.01.2021 Everton (a)
@ Goodison Park, 12.30pm. Premier League.
Note new KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on BT Sport.

Sat 30.01.2021 U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Mon 01.02.2021 U23s v Burnley (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Tue 02.02.2021 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 8.15pm. Note new date/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on BT Sport.

Sat 06.02.2021 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

06.02.2021 Southampton (h) transmission details awaited

Mon 08.02.2021 U18s v mackems (a) @ Academy of plight, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Fri 12.02.2021 U18s v Fulham (a)
@ LSE Sports Ground, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Sat 13.02.2021 U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Mon 15.02.2021 Chelsea (a)
@ Stamford Bridge, 8pm. Note new date/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 20.02.2021 U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

Sun 21.02.2021
Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 7pm. Note new date/KO time. Behind closed doors. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 22.02.2021 U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier League 2. Behind closed doors.

Sat 27.02.2021 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Academy Stadium, 2pm. U18 Premier League. Behind closed doors.

27.02.2021 Wolves (h)
transmission details awaited

PL TV picks to 01.03.2021 made.


2020/21 NUFC programmes:

Hard copy home programmes are produced by Curtis Sport costing £3.50 available online here

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Rugby League Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):

Sat 29.05.2021
Sun 30.05.2021

2020 ticket holders have the option of a refund or a credit towards 2021 tickets.

Rugby League WC Finals

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 


Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

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On This Day in History
21st January

Born Or Died:

1901 Henry Williamson Wake born, 
Seaton Delaval. (1919-23)

Signed from local football and turning professional in 1919, half back Harry's debut came in place of Tom Curry in a 3-0 home win over Manchester City during April 1920.

Included in the side a fortnight later for a season-ending 0-1 loss at Derby County, Wake would have to wait almost two years for what was his third and final appearance for the first team - a 3-2 win at Bradford.

Transfer-listed ahead of the 1923/24 season, he moved to Cardiff City for £200, Magpies forward Alf Hagan also switching from Gallowgate to Ninian Park that summer. 

Playing for the Bluebirds in the 1925 FA Cup Final against Sheffield United, Wakes' error led to the Blades scoring the only goal.

Cardiff did lift the trophy two years later and Harry featured in the team but was unable to play in the final due to injury.

Later moving on to play for Mansfield Town, Gateshead and Wigan, he died in 1981.

1951 Roy Tunks born, Wuppertal, Germany.

Newcastle's attempts to add cover to their squad for goalkeeper Iam McFaul saw Roy arrive on trial from Division Three side Rotherham United in early August 1974.

Born in Germany while his father was posted their for army service, Tunks grew up back in Sussex and was a initially a centre forward.

Switching to goalkeeper, he joined Rotherham as a 16 year-old and within a year had been called up into the senior side before going out on loan to York City.

Appearing for Newcastle reserves in a 4-1 friendly win at Workington, he found himself on the bench for a Texaco Cup tie against Boro before playing in the Central League.

However no deal followed; Magpies boss Joe Harvey claiming at the time that Tunks lacked confidence, while the player stated years later that no fee could be agreed. 

Returning to Rotherham, Roy refused to join Liverpool on loan and allowed his contract to expire before joining Preston North End - his transfer fee set by an FA Tribunal.

Playing in 300 games before joining Wigan Athletic in 1981, a brief spell at Hartlepool United seven years later was followed by a return to Deepdale.

Retiring as a player in 1990 and beginning his coaching career, Roy also acting as PNE Assistant Manager for a time before taking on a youth development role with England.

Moving on to Blackburn Rovers in 1997, Tunks then followed Graeme Souness to Tyneside in 2004 and took over from the departing goalkeeping coach Simon Smith.

That lasted until they were ousted in 2006, after which Roy was involved with the Brad Friedel Premier Academy. 

2009 found Tunks in charge of the 'keepers at Tranmere Rovers before joining the scouting staff at Manchester City. He later coached at the Citizens' Academy.

1975 Nicky Butt
born, Gorton, Manchester.

Midfielder signed after twelve seasons at Old Trafford, during which he won six titles, two FA Cups and The Champions League.

Newcastle paid £2m for his services, with Butt flying back from Manchester United's pre-season tour of the USA to put pen to paper on a four year deal.

He was one of four debutants in an opening day 2-2 draw at Boro (along with messrs Carr, Milner and Kluivert) and four days later played at SJP for England against Ukraine.

That was the 36th cap of his international career (bowing out four months later on 39), with no less a figure than Pele calling him the best player at the 2002 World Cup).

Butt's NUFC future looked in jeopardy after his display in the FA Cup semi-final at Cardiff in 2005 against his former club, which he himself mentioned in a rare interview:

"It was difficult because of my United connections but I went out there to play as well as I could for Newcastle. It didn't work for me, it didn't work for anybody but obviously it came back to me. I can take that, that's part and parcel of being a so-called bigger player. But I felt like I was the scapegoat for the fans that day. 

"There were a lot of lies spoken, like how I snubbed the fans, which is a lie. I didn't, I just felt so embarrassed about getting beat 4-1 off my old team I didn't feel like doing laps of honour. I thought the best thing to do was just to get off the pitch. 

"I'm not one for milking things anyway, and not something that doesn't deserved to be milked.

"We'd just been beat, battered 4-1. I just wanted to get off. Besides some fans booed me, so I didn't want to clap them.

"Then some individuals said I was seen walking through the press room with Alex Ferguson, his arms round me, laughing and joking. Which is a lie. I was walking through the press bit with a man I admire and always will admire, someone who gave me my chance, someone who I have known since I was 12. I just happened to bump into him and we had a chat. I can assure you there was no laughing. 

"Then I heard I didn't go home with the team, that I travelled to Manchester. Which is a lie. I got on the plane with my team-mates and I flew back to Newcastle with my team-mates.

"In a way I can understand the Newcastle fans because, if they hear things like that, see me not playing well - and I hold up my hands to that - they put 2+2 together. I don't blame Newcastle fans for that."

Loaned to Birmingham City for the following season (he rejected a move to St.Andrew's before joining Newcastle), he was unable to prevent their relegation and returned to SJP. 

Butt then proceeded to turn boos to cheers the following season, beginning with two goals in a home friendly with Villarreal after coming on as a substitute.

That was the prelude to a strong season from the midfielder, who even ended up wearing the captain's armband.

2009 saw Butt celebrate his 34th birthday facing a suspension, after being sent off for the second time in his Newcastle career.

That came as a result of two yellow cards at Ewood Park, in what was the 125th start of his time as a Magpie in all competitions. His 150th start came at home in the FA Cup replay success over Plymouth in 2010.

Nicky finished the season having announced his retirement and only made five more appearances as promotion back to the Premier League was secured.

His last game saw him replace Kevin Nolan in the 76th minute of the final home game against Ipswich Town and he received a warm send-off from the capacity crowd - remarkable given the events in 2005.

After a brief stint playing for South China in Hong Kong, Butt returned to England and completed his coaching qualifications, officially joining the Manchester United coaching staff in October 2012.

Together with other players from the "class of 92", he invested in the hotel funded by the group adjacent to Old Trafford and and non league club Salford City - the latter seeing occasional appearances in TV documentaries charting their fortunes.

Remaining at Old Trafford, he held positions with reserve, youth and senior sides at various times.

1994 Jamie Smith born, Whiston, Merseyside. (2010-12)

Central defender who made his debut for United's U18 Academy side in a 2-1 victory away to Bristol City in August 2010.

Born near Liverpool, Jamie moved to Dublin with his family at the age of nine, playing for the Cherry Orchard junior club.

Capped by the Republic of Ireland at U15, U16 and U17 level, Smith briefly featured for Newcastle's reserve side but was released at the end of the 2011/12 season.

His next port of call was Irish League side UCD (University College Dublin) but that proved to be short-lived.

What Else?

1893 Middlesbrough (h)
FA Cup 1st Round 
), Reay(17)
Black(53), McKnight(2-3)
The first time the club had competed in the FA Cup under the name "Newcastle United." 

Rumours of bribery surrounded this match, with accusations of United players not trying and Boro offering incentives to switch the tie to Teesside. 

In the final, West Bromwich Albion defeated Aston Villa at the Kennington Oval, the last time the original final venue hosted the match.

1899 Stoke (h)
Division One
P23, 17pts, 17th/18
Peddie(35pen,52), Rogers(85) 

1905 Small Heath (h)
Division One
P22, 30pts, 1st/18

1911 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division One
P25, 28pts, 4th/20

1922 Birmingham (a)
Division One
P25, 27pts, 10th/22 
Hudspeth(8pen), Dixon(23),
Finlay(67), Low(74)

1928 Manchester United (h)
Division One
P26, 27pts, 5th/22
Seymour(7), Wilkinson(25,41), McKay(30) 
Debut for Willie Gillespie. Stan Seymour's opener went straight in from a corner.

1933 Leicester City (h)
Division One
P25, 33pts, 4th/22
J.Richardson(6), Boyd(51) 

1939 Cardiff City (a)
FA Cup 4th Round 
There was a debut for goalkeeper Cam Theaker at Ninian Park in what an over- excited newsreel narrator described as "one of the finest goalless struggles ever seen in the Welsh City".
Newsreel footage is online here

1950 Manchester City (a)
Division One
P26, 27pts, 11th/22
Ahead through a fine George Hannah strike, United looked set to collect both points until a late free kick conversion by Roy Clarke saw City avoid what would have been their sixth successive defeat.

Centre forward Andy Graver stood in for Jackie Milburn and was denied a goal on what would be his only senior Magpies appearance by Bert Trautmann's fine save.

Magpies Directors Stan Seymour and Wilf Taylor weren't at Maine Road, preferring to watch Eric Wildon play for Hartlepools against Southport.

1950 City's reserves won 2-1 in a Central League game at SJP with Hixon on target for the hosts.

1956 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One
P28, 30pts, 5th/22
Casey(52), Mitchell(55) 
Following three successive draws against the Addicks at The Valley, United were worthy winners, with Charlton's Jarrow-born 'keeper Sam Bartram gaining credit for keeping the score down.

1961 Manchester City (a)
Division One
P27, 20pts, 20th/22
White(6),Allchurch(77),  Woods(82) 
Hayes(55), Barlow(61), Law(76)
An entertaining game at Maine Road saw struggling Newcastle recover from a two goal deficit to take a point, but extend their winless league run to eight games.

Visiting goalkeeper Bryan Harvey earned praise for his efforts, but Magpies Director Stan Seymour was watching Airdrie custodian Lawrie Lesley that day.

In the event though, the Scotland international joined West Ham and Dave Hollins moved from Brighton to Tyneside.

1967 Nottingham Forest (h)
Division One
P26, 17pts, 21st/22
United made it four home games without victory, but took the game to a Forest side who themselves were on a 12 game unbeaten run.

Recent arrivals John McNamee, Dave Elliott and Tommy Robson made their home debuts.

1976 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3-1 (1-0) (3-2 on aggregate)
League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg 
Gowling(3), Keeley(49), Nulty(65) 
United made it to their first League Cup Final 3-2 on aggregate, getting off to a flyer as the Cockerels waited for an offside that never came and Alan Gowling beat Pat Jennings. 

A fine header from Glenn Keeley put United on their way and Geoff Nulty finished it, before Don McAllister pulled one back.

Joyous scenes followed the final whistle as the players embarked on a lap of honour in front of delirious supporters. Even Gordon Lee was seen to smile, allegedly.
Youtube footage is online here

1978 West Ham United (a)
Division One
P25, 14pts, 21st/22
A first half effort from Derek Hales divided the sides in what was Rocky Hudson's last senior game for United. 

1984 Crystal Palace (a)
Division Two
P24, 45pts, 4th/22
McCulloch(16), Mabbutt(41), Gilbert(44)
United's enforced two week break following the 0-4 FA Cup exit at Liverpool didn't appear to have benefited them, as Alan Mullery's Eagles ran riot in the first half at Selhurst Park.

Home 'keeper George Wood did well to deny Chris Waddle and Glenn Roeder in the closing stages, but as Roeder said afterwards, "that was not promotion form."
Youtube footage is online here

1984 Heavy metal shouter and United fan Brian Johnson was turned down as he attempted to buy his way onto the United Board.

Tyneside-born Brian later revealed that he'd been approached by Jackie Milburn and began talks, but was offered only an honorary Directorship with no voting rights in return for an investment of £500K:

"I realised that it was just a big, big stitch up by these greedy men who wanted more money from some silly pop star dude who would just throw it in because of his love for the club."

1987 Northampton Town (h) 2-1 (1-0)
FA Cup 3rd Round 
The Division Four leaders were managed by former Magpie junior (and future Chief Scout) Graham Carr and fleetingly looked to be on the verge of a noteworthy result when Richard Hill levelled in the second half.

However, reality swiftly intervened and Paul Goddard's first United goal on home soil put us into the Fourth Round of the competition.
Youtube footage is online here

1989 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division One
P22, 17pts, 20th/20
Amid news that he'd had a transfer request granted, Mirandinha was named on the bench by United and appeared for the second half to partner Frank Pingel.

The Dane had played on after a clash of heads just two minutes into his home debut left him requiring treatment. 

SJP echoed to chants of "Sack The Board" as future Magpie Robert Lee scored in each half.

"It will be a miracle if we escape" admitted Manager Jim Smith when asked about the increasing prospect of relegation.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Premier League
P24, 42pts, 4th/22
The second and final outing for United's green change strip was a forgettable bore draw. 

Ex-Magpie Chris Waddle played for the Owls and was roundly abused, while a rare bright spot was the form of debutant sub Keith Gillespie. 

2004 The reserves maintained a 100% record at Morecambe's Christie Park against tenants Blackburn Rovers - by 6-3 this time.

Michael Chopra led the way with a hat trick, while Martin Brittain, Shola Ameobi and Hugo Viana also got in on the act. match report

2005 United were reported to be keen on Deportivo La Coruna duo Portuguese central defender Jorge Andrade and his Uruguayan club colleague, striker Walter Pandiani.

In the end, we spent double their valuation on their team mate Albert Luque who was to rival Viana, Marcelino and Boumsong as our biggest-ever transfer market misadventure. 

2006 Blackburn Rovers (h) 0-1 (0-0)
P22, 26pts, 14th/20
A squad perpetually hamstrung by injuries, lacking any luck, bereft of confidence was now fatally, for United boss Graeme Souness, deserted by the fans.

The pre-match build up had been punctuated by a plea for unity from the Chairman and a desperate call to arms from the Manager. 
Neither cut any ice with the rank and file.  

And this time the good fortune Souness had enjoyed in recent home games was absent as his former employers returned to haunt him. It was now only a matter of time. match report

2006 While the first team were losing, our U18 side turned round a 0-1 half time deficit at home to Leeds, thanks to goals from Andy Carroll, James Troisi and Carl Finnigan.

Obafemi Martins drew a blank as his Nigeria side fell to a late Ivory Coast goal in the African Nations Cup. Also featuring for their teams in the tournament were Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye (Senegal) and Geremi (Cameroon), leaving our squad even more depleted than it already was.

2009 Nile Ranger and Jonny Godsmark goals were enough to hand the reserves a 2-1 victory against the mackems at Eppleton. match report

24 hours after Danny Simpson made his loan from Manchester United permanent, Newcastle confirmed the signing of central defender Mike Williamson from Portsmouth.

Meanwhile attempts continued to entice James Perch from Nottingham Forest, amid talk of a loan move for QPR's Fitz Hall.

2011 Transfer window rumours rumbled on, with no developments
for United's three targets: Sebastien Larsson (Birmingham City), Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City). 

Possible deals for the trio had all stalled over the unwillingness of the owning club to pay a percentage of wages for a loan - and the player to take a pay cut to allow for a permanent move to go through.

2012 Fulham (a)
Premier League
P22, 36pts, 6th/20
Guthrie(43), Ben Arfa(85)
Murphy(52pen), Dempsey(59,65,89), Zamora(68pen)

A superb strike from Danny Guthrie gave United a fully deserved interval lead and they should have been further ahead as Martin Jol's side were out-thought and out-fought on their own turf.  

However, a
shocking defensive collapse saw two penalties and a Clint Dempsey hat-trick prevent United claiming what had looked a certain fifth place to accompany their trip to Tenerife. match report

2017 Rotherham United (h)
P27, 58pts, 1st/24
Murphy(45+3), Ritchie(49,77), Perez(59)
United returned to the top of the table with an apparently comfortable home win over basement dwellers Rotherham.

However, the Millers could easily have been ahead after goalkeeper Karl Darlow dropped the ball as he slid out of his area, presenting Anthony Forde with an open goal.

DeAndre Yedlin crucially blocked him though and Darlow recovered to deny Jerry Yates a seemingly unmissable chance.

Daryl Murphy then struck his third goal in as many games during first half added time before United pulled away after the break. match report

2020 Everton (a)
Premier League

Kean(30), Calvert-Lewin(54)

For 90 minutes of this Tuesday evening game at Goodison Park Newcastle were lethargic, unimaginative and incapable of posing any threat whatsoever to the hosts - or their goalkeeper.

What followed during added time though was nothing short of incredible; substitute Florian Lejeune hooking in what looked to be nothing more than a 94th minute consolation - before the same player shot goalwards following an almighty scramble just 60 seconds later. 

Jordan Pickford stopped the effort, but crucially, the mackem flapper was behind his own goal line and by the time the ball got to him, United had an equaliser and the most unlikely of points. match report