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Saturday 22nd September
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Newcastle 1
Arsenal 2
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 15th September
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2018/19:




Ticket news:
Crystal Palace (a) Public sale now
Leicester City (h) Public sale now
Manchester United (a)
Leicester City (h) Member sale now

Wishful thinking?:
Price drop claim

From The Shields Gazette, Tuesday:

Mike Ashley is prepared to lower his asking price for Newcastle United – as fans step up their protests against him.

Ashley put the club up for sale 11 months ago as the team battled to stay in the Premier League.

The billionaire – who is focused on his Sports Direct empire – had indicated that he was looking for upwards of £380million.

However, the Gazette understands that Ashley is ready to revise his expectations and consider bids closer to £300million.

Ashley broke off takeover talks with financier Amanda Staveley in January.

Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners had lodged an offer of £250million, which was rejected by Ashley.

An associate of Ashley labelled talks with Staveley as a “complete waste of time”.

Ashley has had no success in finding an alternative buyer up to now.

United fans, angered by two relegations and years of under-investment in his 11 years as owner, have stepped up their protests against Ashley this season.

In a word, "bizarre". In another word, "suspicious". To be filed under "believe it when it happens".

Premier League:
It's the old 1-2. Again.

Newcastle  1  Arsenal  2

Match report

Latest PL results:

Sat 15.09.2018:

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool
Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester City
Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 3-0 Fulham
Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal
Watford 1-2 Manchester United

Sun 16.09.2018:
Wolves 1-0 Burnley
Everton 1-3 West Ham

Mon 17.09.2018:
Southampton 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Old boy:
Back down under

Good - overjoyed

Former Newcastle defender Curtis Good has made a return to his native Australia, rejoining his hometown club Melbourne on a 12 month contract.

The 25 year-old was a free agent following the expiration of his six year deal at Gallowgate in the summer and had unsuccessful trial periods with Netherlands club PEC Zwolle and Blackpool. 

Good left Melbourne to join United in 2012 when it was known as Melbourne Heart and returns to the renamed A-League side Melbourne Victory.

He's the second former Magpie at the club, joining much-travelled forward James Troisi in Victoria. 

Also lining up in the A-League this coming season are Siem De Jong (Sydney FC) and Steven Taylor (Wellington Phoenix), with rumours that Obafemi Martins could also soon be joining the latter.

Loan lads

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
Bristol City (h) Championship, Tuesday.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Sheffield Wednesday (h) Championship, Wednesday.

Rolando Aarons (Slovan Liberec)
There was a losing debut for the winger on Sunday in the Czech Liga, beaten 0-2 away at Dukla Prague. Aarons played for the opening 58 minutes.

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
Sunday's Super Lig visit to Rizespor ended in a 1-1 draw, our man appearing for the opening 55 minutes.

Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman
(Accrington Stanley) 
Midfielder Dan was a 61st minute arrival from the bench as Stanley played out a 1-1 draw at Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town in League One on Saturday. 

However striker Luke wasn't in the matchday 18.

Josef Yarney
The Shrimps continue to struggle in the lower reaches of League Two, beaten 0-2 at Crawley Town on Saturday. Defender Yarney played the full game and received his third yellow card of the season.

Talking shop:
Foodbank benefit night

Coming to the Tyneside Irish Centre on Thursday 11th October is another evening organised by the True Faith fanzine at which various interested parties will debate "how to take the fight to Mike Ashley."

In addition to local "faces", Guardian journalist David Conn will also be present, along with representatives from Liverpool and Glasgow Rangers fan groups who have experienced club ownership issues previously.  

Tickets are £10 (plus booking fee) with all proceeds going to fund the work of the Newcastle United Fans Foodbank. Book tickets online here

Old boy haunts Toon

Liverpool U18s  4  Newcastle U18s  1

Boosted by back to back 1-0 successes, Newcastle's youngsters travelled to Kirkby on Saturday and within
four minutes of the start, a Tyneside-born player had opened the scoring. 

Sadly for the black and whites though, it was former Magpie youngster Luis Longstaff who put the Reds ahead and although that was the only goal of the opening half, Liverpool soon wrapped up the win.

Fidel O'Rourke beat goalkeeper Dan Langley to double Liverpool's advantage within 60 seconds of the restart and when Bobby Duncan made it 3-0 on 49 minutes a third defeat of the season looked an inevitability.

O'Rourke then grabbed a second on 64 minutes before Newcastle reduced the arrears through Jack Young in the very last minute.

Team: Langley, McEntee (Gilchrist 67), Swailes (Gamblin 64), Rounsfell, Allen, Cole, Joyce, Kasinga, Ebanks, Young, Reed.
Subs n/u: Brown, Harrison, Anderson.

Booked: Joyce.

More Whitley woe

Newcastle U23s  0  Southampton U23s  1

Match report

PS: United's U23 Premier League Cup fixtures for this season have now been confirmed as follows:

Thu 04.10.2018 Notts County (h) 7pm
Fri 09.11.2018 Southampton (a) 7pm
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) 7pm
Tue 22.01.2019 Notts County (a) 2pm
Fri 08.02.2019 Southampton (h) 7pm
Mon 25.02.2019 Leeds United (a) 7pm

The three home games are to be staged at Whitley Park, Southampton will host us at their Staplewood Training Ground and Notts County are using the New Manor Ground at Ilkeston where Newcastle played in the FA Youth Cup back in 2015.

Leeds United meanwhile have scheduled our visit for their alternative reserve venue of Nethermoor - the home of non-league Guiseley.

2017/18 PDF:
Book update

FAO "Newcastle United Ultimate Record" owners:

The 2017/18 season update for Paul Joannou's fine book is now available and has been emailed to those who previously asked to receive those PDFs.

If you haven't received a copy yet and wanted one, please contact asap. 

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (a)

The Magpies head to South London on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Tickets are now on public sale to away followers.

Coral match betting will appear here

NUFC: Florian Lejeune remains out and news on the availability of Jamaal Lascelles is awaited.

Our sponsors CentrAle have an unrivalled choice of local beers and spirits in their shop at Central station. 

Opening hours: 
Weekdays 11am-8pm Saturdays 9am-7pm
Sundays 11am-5pm

(20 minutes free parking in station short stay car park outside Sainsburys - press green button on the ticket machine for a 20 minute free ticket).

CPFC: To follow

The Eagles have won on the road at Fulham (2-0) and Huddersfield Town (1-0) so far this season, losing 1-2 away to Watford.

Both their home games resulted in 0-2 defeats, with Liverpool and Southampton both collecting the points.

Andre Marriner - who took charge of the corresponding game last season and was last seen in the middle for March's home win over Southampton.

: None

Overseas TV:  to follow

UK Radio:
tbc (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Latest PL fixtures: 

Sat 22.09.2018:

Fulham v Watford (12.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Bournemouth (3pm)
Cardiff City v Manchester City (3pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (3pm)
Leicester City v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Liverpool v Southampton (3pm)
Manchester United v Wolves (3pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Spurs (5.30pm) BT

Sun 23.09.2018:

West Ham v Chelsea (1.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Everton (4pm) Sky


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2017/18 drew 1-1 Diame
2015/16 lost 1-5 Cisse
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Compo winner

Coming to the Customs House in South Shields this month is The Fulstow Boys, a new production from Teesside playwright Gordon Steel and with a cast including Wallsend-born actor David Nellist.

The play recounts the story of a soldier accused of desertion and shot at dawn in the First World War, and subsequent attempts to grant him a pardon and erect a memorial to him and his comrades. 

The Fulstow Boys runs from Monday September 24th until Saturday 29th at 7.30pm (with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday) book online here

We had a pair of tickets to give away and asked for the name of the renowned former Magpie instrumental in founding The People's Theatre in Heaton. 

It was of course Colin Veitch and from our bulging inbox, the entry from David Fraser was selected as the winner. Thanks to everyone who entered.


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

Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed
Matchdays: 9am-Half-time

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

Fri 21.09.2018 U23s v Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Ground, 2pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 22.09.2018
U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.09.2018 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. £30 adults, £20 OAPs (65 and over)/ students/ 18-21s, £16 U17s. Restricted view tickets £28 adults, £19 others, £15 U17s.

Sat 29.09.2018
U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sat 29.09.2018 Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 01.10.2018 U23s v Fulham (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Thu 04.10.2018
U23s v Notts County (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 06.10.2018 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.10.2018 Manchester United (a) @ Old Trafford, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 09.10.2018
U23s v Notts County (a) @ Meadow Lane, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Trophy.

Sat 20.10.2018 U18s v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.10.2018 Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Mon 24.09.2018 (online), Mon 01.10.2018 (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 06.10.2018
Man U (a) 5.30pm BT
Mon 26.11.2018
Burnley (a) 8pm Sky

(TV picks up to 26.11.2018 announced)

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 in Group G:

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

U23 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in Group H:

Thu 04.10.2018 Notts County (h) 7pm
Fri 09.11.2018 Southampton (a) 7pm
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) 7pm
Tue 22.01.2019 Notts County (a) 2pm
Fri 08.02.2019 Southampton (h) 7pm
Mon 25.02.2019 Leeds United (a) 7pm

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

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018

U18 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in
Group F:

Sat 29.09.2018 Manchester United (a)
Sat 10.11.2018 Chelsea (h)
Sat 08.12.2018 Norwich City (h)

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 29.09.2018
Eastleigh 3pm
Sat 06.10.2018
Dagenham & Redbr 3pm
Sat 27.10.2018
Aldershot Town 3pm

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.

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)
Other: £20-90 (U16s £10-£90)

Prices: Challenge Cup final
Other: £15-£45 (U16s £5-£45)

06.09.2019 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

05.01.2019-01.02.2019 Asian Cup Finals
06.06.2019-30.06.2019 Copa America Finals
07.06.2019-30.06.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Grauniad
seem to believe that a certain Serb is still playing for us - despite publishing photographic evidence to the contrary:

(Fenwick Marley)

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

On This Day in History
18th September

Born Or Died:

1904 Jack Little born, Dunston.

Full back who joined United from Crook Town in January 1927 and made his debut in a 1-3 away defeat to Cardiff City -finishing on the losing side in the other two first team games he played that same season.

Released in May 1928, Jack joined Southport and was in the side that faced his former club in the Fourth Round of the 1931/32 FA Cup, when the Magpies took three games to dispose of the Sandgrounders.

After a spell with Chester City and a brief stint as player/trainer of French side Le Havre, Little returned to England and appeared for both Northampton Town and Exeter City.

Appearing for Southport once again in wartime football, Jack also played for local sides Fleetwood Hesketh and High Park.

Settling in Southport and working at the town's gas works his death was reported in the Lancashire town in July 1988.

1939 Ken Hale born, Blyth.

Inside forward who was briefly with Everton before joining Newcastle as a junior, understudying Ivor Allchurch and George Eastham for much of his time at SJP.

Debuting during a 3-3 draw at Spurs in December 1956, Hale's first senior goals for United also came in London - during a 3-4 loss at Fulham the following October.

Following the installation of Joe Harvey as manager however Ken joined Coventry City in December 1962 for £10,000, winning a Division Three championship medal during his time at Highfield Road.

A successful footballer for the Army XI, Ken later played for Oxford United - winning another Division Three gong - before returning to the North East with Darlington. 

Serving as Quakers caretaker boss, he joined Halifax Town in 1972 as player/coach before retiring in order to concentrate on coaching at the Shay. 

Ken then managed Hartlepool United between 1974 and 1976 - once completing a 40 mile sponsored walk to try and raise funds for cash-strapped 'Pools.

Living in Seaburn, he later ran a newsagents on wearside and also worked for the local health authority. His death was recorded in January 2015.

1974 Sulzeer Jeremiah "Sol" Campbell born, Newham. (2010-11)

Capped 73 times for England, Sol enjoyed success during a playing career at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur & Portsmouth, winning two Premier League Championships, four FA Cup Finals and a League Cup Final. 

Exiting from Fratton Park in May 2009, he unexpectedly signed for League Two club Notts County, but played only one game for those Magpies before moving on as a result of the fragile finances at Meadow Lane. 

Training with former club Arsenal, Campbell rejoined the Gunners on a short-term deal in early 2010 and played 14 times, netting in a Champions League tie against FC Porto. 

Almost a year after a deal was first mooted, the free agent - who by then was living in Northumberland and married to a local lass -  became a Magpie in August 2010.

Campbell was reunited at SJP with former White Hart Lane colleagues Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, debuting with a 45 minute stint during a 3-1 reserve victory at the stadium of plight.

A senior bow followed in our remarkable 4-3 League Cup win at Chelsea three weeks later, returning to Premier League action in place of the injured Fabricio Coloccini in the first half of a 1-2 loss at Manchester City.

However, Sol struggled for fitness and was soon found wanting, his immobile display aiding a 1-3 defeat at West Bromwich Albion that cost Hughton his job.

Retaining his place for Alan Pardew's first game, Campbell played just twice more for the first team - an awful 0-4 loss at Stoke in March 2011 his final sighting. 

Leaving United at the end of the season, Sol belatedly announced his retirement a year later
which seemed to be a case of stating the bleedin' obvious....

The child of Jamaican parents, Campbell joined his wife's interior design company and wrote an autobiography published in 2014.  

That included claims of institutionalised racism from the FA, and he has positioned himself as a campaigner for racial equality. 

2015 saw Sol fail to gain approval to become the Conservative candidate for office of London Mayor.

Anyone for tennis? 
Sol at Wimbledon in 2014

Lge LC Tot
A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
4 3   1     5 3

1975 Richard Appleby born, 
Middlesbrough (1991-95)

The younger of the two Appleby brothers to have played for United, Richie's first team involvement at SJP was restricted to Anglo Italian Cup games against Cesena and Bari in late 1992 (along with brother Matty).

A loan spell with Darlington followed, before his official release from Newcastle saw the midfielder sign for Ipswich Town - making his league debut for them in January 1996.

However no long-term deal was agreed and free agent Richie on moved to Swansea City the following season, becoming a popular figure with fans at the Vetch Field.

2001 saw him follow ex-Swans manager Jan Molby to Kidderminster Harriers and then on to Hull City with the Dane the following year. 

A brief return to Kiddy came in 2004, before the one-time England youth international moved into non-league circles with Forest Green Rovers.

Appleby then linked up with Welsh Premier League side Llanelli in 2006 but failed to establish himself in the side, departing from Stebonheath Park the following year.

Like his brother Matty, he later worked as a commercial deep sea diver.

1977 Paul Arnison born, Hartlepool.

Having appeared at junior and reserve level, full back Arnie was declared surplus to requirements without playing a senior game by Bobby Robson in January 2000.

He joined his hometown club on trial after a brief stint at York City and quickly moved on a free transfer, remaining at Victoria Park for the duration of his 3 year deal.

Joining Carlisle (initially on loan again), he won a deal but was unable to prevent the Cumbrians losing their league status.

A return to the Football League came at the first attempt and the following season Arnie was part of the side that won the League Two championship, also becoming captain.

Released following their League One playoff semi-final defeat, it was rumoured that Arnison was set for a return to Hartlepool or a reunion with ex-Carlisle boss Paul Simpson at Shrewsbury.

In the event though he joined Bradford City, signing a two year deal with the Bantams.

2009 saw Arnie a free agent again, playing in a pre-season friendly against the Magpies for Darlington, subsequently joining them on a permanent transfer.

The highlight of his time at the Quakers was playing at Wembley Stadium in their 2011 FA Trophy Final win over Mansfield, but along with the rest of his team mates, Arnie had his contract terminated in January 2012 by the club's administrators.

Playing on in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid relegation from the Conference, Paul featured in Darlo's final game against Kettering Town the following April before leaving as the club was reconstituted.

Arnie's next port of call was Carlisle-based non-leaguers Celtic Nation, who renamed themselves from Gillford Park as they took their place in the Northern League First Division for the 2012/13 season.   

By January 2013 though, Paul had been persuaded to continue his playing career in Australia, joining the Queensland-based Sunshine Coast club.

His final club was to be Noosa Lions and he bowed out with victory in the Grand Final (despite him missing a penalty) before hanging up his boots on his 40th birthday.

Working as a part-time coach in the Brisbane/Sunshine Coast area while still playing, Arnie now offers his own full-time courses to aspiring youngsters.  

1990 Scott Pocklington born, Newton Aycliffe. (2009)

Goalkeeper who joined Darlington in 2006 and was named as a substitute without ever making a first team appearance.

Loaned out to Northern League side Seaham Red Star for part of the 2008/09 season, financial meltdown at the Quakers saw Scott part of a mass exodus in May 2009.

Appearing in pre-season games for United's U18 side, Pocklington made his competitive debut in a 1-2 home defeat to Aston Villa but wasn't called upon again.

Scott later appeared for Northern League sides Newcastle Benfield, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, South Shields and Bishops once again.

What Else?

1897 Burton Swifts (h)
Division Two 
Wardrope, R.Allen, Stott

1905 Edinburgh St. Bernard (a)
3,000 approx
The visit of the King to Edinburgh resulted in a public holiday and United provided the opposition for a Monday afternoon friendly at the Royal Gymnasium Grounds.

Fielding all but one of the side that had beaten Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park the previous Saturday, United trailed 0-2 at one point before a brace from Harry Hardinge saved their blushes.

Bernard were a Scottish Second Division side at the time and had drawn 2-2 away at Cowdenbeath two days earlier.

The poor crowd was blamed in part on the rival attraction across the city of a derby meeting between Hibernian and Hearts.

1909 Sunderland (a)
Division One 
Stewart(14), Shepherd(88)
The actual crowd was far in excess of the 40,000 who paid, and such was the crush that the players couldn't reach the dressing rooms at half time and had to remain on the pitch. 

Police horses were brought in to clear the playing surface while the match was in progress and one stampeded when hit by the ball, while another was supposedly stabbed by a spectator.

1911 Northampton Town (a)
1-1), Stewart(70)
Hospital Cup match.

1920 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
King, Harris 
Roberts, Woodhouse 2

1926 Derby County (a)
Division One 

1933 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
Cape, J.R.Richardson 
Bruton 2, Halsall

1937 Burnley (h)
Division Two 
Smith, lmrie (pen) 
Fisher, Brocklebank

1943 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Stubbins, Dixon
Future Magpie Len Shackleton was on target for Bradford PA at Gallowgate.

1948 Charlton Athletic (a)
Division One 
United failed to score for the first time since returning to the top flight, but a clean sheet at the Valley meant that they'd lost just one of their opening nine games.

1954 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
White(20), Mitchell(41pen)
Morris(2-1), Froggatt(2-2), Griffiths(2-3)
Defeat at Filbert Street came despite Len White finding the net for the eighth time in seven outings.

1957 Portsmouth (a)
Division One 
Hill(33), Curry(71)
McClellan(26), Weddle(41)
The second of Jimmy Hill's two senior Magpie goals earned his side a point at Fratton Park.

1963 Southampton (a)
Division Two 
Kirby(16), O'Brien(19)
Debut for inside left Alan Kirkman, signed from Rotherham but who lasted just four months at SJP before joining Scunthorpe United.

He managed just five appearances for the Magpies, scoring once but finishing on the losing side four times.

Saints scorer George O'Brien had bagged two goals a week earlier at SJP in a 2-2 draw.

1963 Meanwhile in the Central League, those fans who hadn't made it down to the midweek game at The Dell saw Uniteds Reserve side beat their Huddersfield Town counterparts 1-0.

The only goal of the game came from Les O'Neill.

1965 Burnley (h)
Division One 
Bennett(8), Anderson(
2-2), Hilley(3-2)
A fiery encounter against the league leaders which saw the referee call the players together in the 63rd minute to lecture them about the rough tactics.

 1971 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Hibbitt(42), Tudor(36) 
Debut for Pat Howard. Wolves' Mike Bailey had a 25-yard screamer disallowed for Derek Dougan standing in an offside position while they were down to ten men - John Richards off injured. 

1974 Aberdeen (a)
Texaco Cup 

1976 Leeds United (a) 
Division One 
Cassidy(80), Cannell(86)
McNiven(46), Harris(83)
A game recalled for an outrageous late leveller from Paul Cannell, who shot past David Harvey from a seemingly impossible angle in front of the away support.

1982 Shrewsbury Town (a) 1-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
Bates(35), Brown(70)
Ex-Magpie loan striker Alan Brown again found the target in this Gay Meadow loss.

1990 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
Hirst(43), McCall(90)
A tremendous game featuring two great goals from McGhee and the best club displays that Darren Bradshaw and Neil Simpson managed - even Wayne Fereday was tolerable, setting up one goal.

David Hirst and a late Steve McCall equaliser earned the Owls a point after veteran Trevor Francis had appeared as a substitute.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Swindon Town (a)
Premier League 
Clark(37), Allen(45pen)
Ling(60), Mutch(62)
United welcomed back Peter Beardsley after his pre-season cheekbone injury, as a two goal lead and a saved penalty (Tommy Wright from ex-Mag Paul Bodin) just weren't enough to gain the win.  

The acrobatic goal celebration from Town's Andy Mutch featured on the opening titles of Grandstand for some months afterwards.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Arsenal (a)
Premier League 
og(Keown)(7), Beardsley(45pen), Fox(74)
Adams(9), Wright(88)
A sixth consecutive Premier League success from a rampant United, fresh from their midweek return to the European stage - where they'd beaten Antwerp 5-0 in Belgium.
Youtube footage is online here

2002 Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)(a)
Champions League
Group E Match 1
Shatskikh(16), Khatskevitch(62)
Not a great start to the Champs League campaign, as we made our second trip to Ukraine in five years, but faltered in front of less than half the number present in 1997. match report

A variety of official & unofficial programmes/ team sheets were sold. Here's a selection:

2005 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3-0 (0-0)
Shearer(62), Owen(66), 
Potential banana skin was written all over this fixture for Souness and his Magpies as he made a first return to his former Ewood Park home.

Waiting for him were the Rovers fans who had turned on him and a Craig Bellamy, now  a Rover after clashing with Souness the previous season and being exiled to Celtic. 

In the end, it was a dejected Bellamy who left the field after a nightmare home debut -  after Alan Shearer ended his Premiership goal drought and Michael Owen got his first in a black & white shirt. 

Steven Taylor's second yellow card for the slightest tug on Bellamy made it a nervy last 18 minutes until Charles N'Zogbia's expert finish late on sealed the victory. match report

2006 An amazing night for the Reserves, who preserved their 16-month unbeaten home record - despite giving opponents Manchester City a three goal start.

Within 26 minutes fortress Kingston Park had been well and truly breached, as City raced into a 3-0 lead.

Carl Finnigan got one back before the break, but 83 minutes had gone before the same player pulled the score back to 2-3.

Paul Huntington then stole in to hit a first time shot that ended up in the goal via visiting 'keeper Hart, before fellow defender 
David Edgar swept home a late winner. match report

2007 Having seen his senior side lose their unbeaten record the previous evening, Sam Allardyce was at SJP to see his second string similarly beaten.

A more experienced Boro side scored a goal in the closing stages of both halves to maintain their own good start to the season. match report

2010 Everton (a)
Premier League
Ben Arfa(45)
After the desperately disappointing home loss to Blackpool, Newcastle bounced back in style to earn their second league win of the season, thanks to a fine team display and a wonderful goal from Hatem Ben Arfa. 

The on-loan Frenchman hit a stunning left-footed shot near the end of the first half to give United a first victory in eight games at Goodison Park and extend a winless start to the season for the Toffees. match report

For the second successive season the points were shared at SJP in the reserve derby, as Magpies duo Brad Inman and Adam Campbell continued their own scoring contest, both netting in the 2-2 draw. match report

United's U23s maintained their good start to the season after a scoreless draw against Brighton at Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium.

Newcastle reached half time level thanks to the efforts of ex-Crawley loan 'keeper Freddie Woodman, who made no less than five notable stops to deny the Seagulls. match report