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Crystal Palace (a) SOLD OUT
Sheff U (h) Forwarding/resale/resale seats now
Burnley (a)
ST sale now, 57 points
Brighton (h) SOLD OUT
Man United (a) ST sale now, 80 points

No Atlantic crossing

We understand Newcastle have abandoned attempts to arrange a pre-season tour of the USA, after no suitable financial package could be agreed upon.

Negotiations over alternative destinations are now in progress, with claims of various long haul and European venues appearing in recent days.  

United played three matches in the USA in 2023 as part of the "Premier League Summer Series", facing Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea. 

There's no equivalent PL event this year, but Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have all arranged their own stateside kickabouts.

PS: The format of the 2023 SELA Cup event is expected to be repeated this year, with the Magpies and three as-yet unidentified sides each playing two games at Gallowgate over the weekend of August 10th/11th.

FAC update

Changes to the FA Cup competition from next season for a minimum of six seasons were announced by the FA on Thursday as follows:

Scrapping of all replays from FAC1 onwards - for NUFC that puts an end to FAC3R and FAC4R; FAC5R had previously been scrapped. 

No midweek FAC round scheduling, ending the recent trend of playing the Fifth Round in midweek.

FAC4 played over six days from Friday to Wednesday.

No PL games scheduled on FAC4, FAC5 and FAC QF weekends but FACF to be played on the Saturday of the penultimate weekend of the PL season*. No PL games to be played on that Saturday or the Friday night.

* by our calculations that's May 17th 2025.

PS: The PL have also announced that the mid-season break that has existed in different formats over recent seasons won't be continued.

European update

Champions League exits for Manchester City and Arsenal on Wednesday and defeats in the Europa League for Liverpool and West Ham on Thursday mean that hopes of a fifth Champions League spot next season for English clubs are virtually extinguished.

With one of the two "wild card" places locked in for Serie A, the Bundesliga currently holds the second-best UEFA ranking coefficient with the Premier League in third.

That leaves seven guaranteed European spots at present; four in the Champions League, two in the Europa League and one in the Conference League. 

Those were originally allocated as follows:

PL 1st-4th in Champions League
PL 5th in Europa League
FAC winners in Europa League
CC winners in Conference League

Liverpool have the EC place as CC winners, but will take a CL place assuming they finish in the PL top four. That frees up the EC place to the team finishing sixth.

If Manchester City win the FA Cup they will remain in a CL place due to their PL position, with the sixth-placed finishers taking an EL place and the EC place opening up for the side finishing seventh in the PL.

There's no European competition place for the FA Cup Final runners-up, unless they qualify by other means.

The Premier League's last remaining side in Europe are Aston Villa, who advanced to the last four of the Conference League. 

If the Villans won that competition, they would gain a spot in next season's Europa League - unless their domestic finishing position yielded a Champions League or Europa League spot. If they didn't need that winner's place, it wouldn't be allocated to an English side.

Prediction competition:

Golf giveaway 

Available now from Crun Sports online here is an expanding range of golf club head covers, pouches and towels in some familiar designs and colours:

We have a set of head covers in any style up for grabs and to be in with a chance of winning them, simply require you to predict the final score in our next Premier League game at Crystal Palace

Email your score prediction to [email protected]  with a subject line of Golf. The closing date will be Noon BST on Wednesday April 24th. 

Open to all but delivery must be to a UK address. One entry each please. In the event of a tie, one winner will be randomly drawn from correct entries received.

Saddling up for charity  

This is father and son duo Steve and Paul McDougal, currently engaged on a charity cycle trek to Istanbul - proudly clad in their black and white shirts.    

The Geordie pair have now reached Germany on their Toon2Turkey Bike Ride, which is attempting to raise funds for men's health charity, Movember.

Keep track of their progress online here and if you're able to, please donate to the charity online here

Movember are working to address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Friday night football  

There's PL2 action at Whitley Park for the last time this season on Friday, as Newcastle U21s host their Leeds United counterparts there in a 7pm kick-off.

A 3-0 home victory for Leeds over Derby County on Monday halted their winless run at the thirteenth time of asking, while Newcastle lost 1-3 at home to Fulham on Saturday after a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion at the same venue the previous weekend.

The usual league admission arrangements apply; free to season ticket holders or £3 adults and £1 concessions payable on the gate in cash. The game will be live streamed on LUTV (subscription required).

After Friday, Ben Dawson's side have one home game remaining in PL2, facing Aston Villa at SJP on Monday April 29th. That's also a 7pm start.

Crystal Palace (a) 

The Magpies are back in action on Wednesday, with a rescheduled Premier League meeting against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

It's a non-televised, 8pm start.

Joe Willock will reportedly play no further part in the remaining games this season, as he continues to struggle with an achilles problem.

Callum Wilson has now returned to full training and is set for a place on the bench. He's netted two of our last three goals away to Palace in the PL.

Nick Pope, Miggy Almiron, Matt Targett, Joelinton, Lewis Miley and Kieran Trippier remain out - it's unclear whether any of them will be back for this game.

Sandro Tonali remains unavailable due to suspension, while Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles are both long-term absentees with ACL injuries.

The threat of suspension has finally been lifted from Bruno Guimaraes
after the 32 game mark.

PFC: Sam Johnstone, Cheick Doucoure, Marc Guehi and Rob Holding are all currently sidelined.

Ahead of our visit, the Eagles are at home to West Ham on Sunday.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
to follow

UK Radio:
None - updates on BBC Radio 5 Live

Tom Bramall - a third Newcastle game of the season for the Manchester-based whistler and his first away from SJP, following the 2-0 win over Burnley and 4-4 draw with Luton Town.

Chris Kavanagh


With four away games still to play, Newcastle's tally of 26 PL goals on the road is the seventh highest they've achieved in 29 seasons of playing in that competition

2001/02 scored 34 (19 away games)
2022/23 scored 32 (19 away games)
1993/94 scored 31 (21 away games)
1995/96 scored 28 (19 away games)
2002/03 scored 27 (19 away games)
2011/12 scored 27 (19 away games)
2023/24 scored 26 (15 away games)

Since Christian Benteke beat Karl Darlow at Selhurst Park in October 2021, Palace have failed to score a goal against United in all five league and meetings - a run of 484 minutes without conceding.

Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2022/23 drew 0-0
2021/22 drew 1-1 Wilson
2020/21 won 2-0 Wilson, Joelinton
2019/20 lost 0-1
2018/19 drew 0-0
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 drew 0-0 (AI)
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

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 20.04.2024:
Luton Town v Brentford (3pm)
Sheffield United v Burnley (3pm)
Wolves v Arsenal (7.30pm) Sky

Sun 21.04.2024:
Everton v Nottingham Forest (1.30pm) Sky
Aston Villa v Bournemouth (3pm)
Crystal Palace v West Ham (3pm)
Fulham v Liverpool (4.30pm) Sky

Tue 23.04.2024:
Arsenal v Chelsea (8pm) TNT

Wed 24.04.2024:
Wolves v Bournemouth (7.45pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (8pm)
Everton v Liverpool (8pm) Sky
Manchester United V Sheffield United (8pm)

Thu 25.04.2024:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Tube etc: TfL status updates online here

disruption updates
online here

Country call for Kuol 

Newcastle's Garang Kuol is currently on  international duty with Australia at the U23 Asian Cup in Qatar.

Australia are in Group D at the 16 team event and lost 0-1 to Indonesia in their second game on Thursday. Kuol was introduced as a 75th minute replacement. 

The Olyroos played out a 0-0 draw in Doha on Monday, with Kuol arriving as a 69th minute substitute.

Sunday then sees them face the hosts, also in Doha.

Kuol - joined by elder brother Alou in the squad - was selected after helping Australia reach the final of the WAFF (West Asian Football Federation) Championships in Saudi Arabia last month.

The top three sides in the competition will earn a place in the Olympic Football tournament in Paris between July 24th and August 9th. The side that finishes fourth enters a qualification playoff.

Staveley update 

Updates from Companies House involving subsidiary companies related to Newcastle United caused a stir on Wednesday morning, specifically the resignation of Amanda Staveley from a number of directorships.

However, these updates were explained as administrative rather than strategic, with her position as a director of Newcastle United Football Company Limited unchanged - that company established back in 1890. 

Club CEO Darren Eales is now also a director of that company, which is in keeping with previous holders of that post including David Stonehouse etc.

Loan lads 

Ryan Fraser (Southampton): 
Cardiff City (a) Championship, Saturday.

Isaac Hayden (QPR):

Preston North End (h) Championship, Saturday.

Jamal Lewis (Watford):
Hull City (h) Championship, Saturday.

Harrison Ashby (Swansea City):
Huddersfield Town (a) Championship, Saturday.

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic): 
Portsmouth (a) League One, Saturday.

Matty Bondswell (Newport County):

Salford (h) League Two, Saturday.

Dylan Stephenson (South Shields):

Southport (h) National League North, Saturday.

Michael Ndiweni (Annan Athletic):
Edinburgh City (a) Scottish League One, Saturday.

Jeff Hendrick (Sheffield Wednesday):

Blackburn Rovers (a) Championship, Sunday.

Yankuba Minteh (Feyenoord):

Feyenoord will enjoy home advantage on Sunday when they face NEC in the Dutch Cup Final.

Garang Kuol (Volendam):

Our man is on international duty with Australia U23s.

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac):
A 1-2 home loss to Radnicki Kragujevac in the Serbian Super Liga on Monday saw Vilca remain on the bench. 

Last gasp victory 
is Taylor made!

Newcastle U18s  4  Liverpool U18s  3

There was a memorable night for Newcastle U18s under the Whitley Park floodlights on Tuesday, coming from behind to defeat Liverpool despite being a man short.

The opening 45 minutes gave little indication of what was to follow, Liverpool going ahead in the 16th minute when Afolami Onanuga's unstoppable shot from outside the box crashed home off the left hand post.

Little had been seen of United as an attacking force before the interval, home 'keeper Aidan Harris denying Keiran Morrison after 28 minutes to keep it at 0-1.

United got the second period off to a great start when a corner from the right dropped for Josh Donaldson, who forced the ball home.

Donaldson then put his side ahead on 59 minutes after good work from Matheos Ferreira, the Magpies striker
finding the bottom right hand corner from 18 yards.

That lead only lasted for three minutes though; Trent Kone-Doherty converting a penalty following a shove on Josh Sonni-Lambie by Harry Powell in the box.

With the game at 2-2, the young Magpies were reduced to ten men in the 71st minute when Logan Watts saw red for a full-blooded, studs-up tackle on Onanuga.

The Reds then regained the lead three minutes later with the hosts down to nine men - Paul Brayson off the pitch injured - visiting substitute Ollie O'Connor heading in Joe Bradshaw's cross from the right.

Incredibly though it was all square again on 77 minutes; Liverpool's Tyler Martin heading into his own net after a centre from the right was swung into the box.

Another injury saw United's Darren Palmer replaced by Matty Taylor as the ten men continued to press forward - Ferreira bringing a noteworthy stop out of Kornel Misciur with three minutes of normal time left.

Five minutes of added time were in the process of being announced when another powerful surge from Donaldson gave Taylor the chance to shoot. 

And the 16 year-old cleverly converted a low effort for his first goal at this level, incredibly making it 4-3 to United. 

Some heroic blocking and defending from the ten men then kept Liverpool at bay, a gutsy second half display bringing just reward when Harris brilliantly tipped over a dipping shot.

The final whistle then sounded with six additional minutes played - an epic effort from the black and whites, ending a run of five successive home losses that had stretched back to January. 

Victory also saw United complete a league double over the Reds following a 2-1 win on Merseyside in October when Sean Neave and Tom Bryant were on target.

Team: Harris, Watts, Bryant, Johnson, H.Powell, Palmer (Taylor 81), Bloomer, Ferreira (Durrant 38), Donaldson, O'Donovan, Brayson (Wooster 75).
Subs n/u: Ad.Harrison, Old.

Booked: H.Powell.

Sent off: Watts.

Crowd: 141 (free admission).

Isak burglary - 
arrests made

From the BBC, Monday:

Four people have been charged in connection with a series of high-value burglaries which included the home of a Premier League footballer.

The home of Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak in Darras Hall, Northumberland, was broken into and his car stolen earlier this month.

Cash, thousands of pounds of designer clothes, and jewellery worth £1m was also taken from other homes in Sunderland and Newcastle.

Det Insp Shaun Fordy, from the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU), said "these types of crimes will not be tolerated".

Isak's home was broken into on 4 April but his car was later found abandoned three-miles away in Dissington, police said.

Cash, expensive clothes and jewellery worth £1m were taken from a house on Clayton Road in Jesmond in March.

Jewellery worth £100,000, designer clothes and money were also taken from a house on Woodlands Grove in Sunderland.

Some of the property was later recovered by officers, NEROCU said.

Four Croatian nationals, aged 23, 27, 31, and 42, who had recently travelled to the UK from Italy, were arrested on Friday in the West Midlands.

They have been charged with burglary and are due to appear at Bedlington Magistrates' Court later.

Det Insp Fordy said the arrests had been made by NEROCU working in partnership with Northumbria Police.

“This operation demonstrates that these types of crimes will not be tolerated in our region, and the incredible lengths we will go to protect our communities," he said.

Wor Bella - tickets 
still available

Following a successful tour of the region two years ago, Wor Bella returns to the stage in both London and Newcastle later this month.

Playwright Ed Waugh's work about the prolific female footballer Bella Reay runs at Clapham's Bread & Roses Theatre for three nights from this Monday (April 22nd), switching to Newcastle's Theatre Royal for a trio of shows over the following weekend.

More details/bookings online here

Ed's play centres on Bella's starring role for Blyth Spartans Ladies in the 1918 Munitionettes Cup final, played before an aggregate crowd of 22,000 fans at Gallowgate and Ayresome Park. 

Senior Cup date set

A new date for the Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final between Ashington and Newcastle U21s has been agreed after the original slot fell victim to the weather.

The Colliers will host the Magpies at Woodhorn Lane on Thursday May 2nd at 7.30pm. There's no provision for extra time or a replay; if the scores are level after 90 minutes then the tie will be settled on penalties.

Advance purchase tickets are valid for the new date. Anyone unable to make the rescheduled tie can apply for a refund via [email protected]

At stake is a trip to SJP in the final, against either Blyth Town or Newcastle Benfield. Their semi-final meeting is scheduled for Wednesday April 24th.

Good vibrations!

Newcastle  4  Spurs  0

Match report

Match footage


Join Hall.....

Speaking to Chronicle scribe Lee Ryder following the 4-0 home win over Spurs, Lewis Hall confirmed that the terms switching his loan move from Chelsea to a permanent transfer had been met:  

"I am here now as a Newcastle player and I really enjoy it. The future looks really good for the club with so many young and talented players. It is going in the right direction."

"I played a lot of my early senior appearances at left-back or wing-back. But I like to be versatile and play in other positions if required.

"I used to be a midfielder when I was younger but wherever the gaffer wants me to play I will play."

The 19 year-old made his twelfth Premier League appearance as a Magpie on the day that victory for Newcastle confirmed they'd finish 14th or higher. 

The second stipulation that Hall to be named in 30 or more first team squads was also met, meaning that a £28m switch from Stamford Bridge is now locked in.


ST renewal / price increase confirmation

NUFC confirmed on Friday that the 2023/24 season ticket price increase will be repeated for 2024/25 season tickets: an average of 3.3% achieved by raising adult prices by 5% and freezing junior prices.

The renewal period has also been brought forward this year from June/July to April/May.

Individual match day prices weren't announced.

From NUFC, Friday:

Newcastle United can announce that the renewal process for 2024/25 season tickets will open on Tuesday, 23rd April.

Supporters will be able to renew their existing season tickets here until 5pm on Monday, 20th May. Season ticket holders who renew their ticket will also be able to enrol in soon-to-be-confirmed cup schemes.

The club has once again frozen prices for all junior categories, while thousands of supporters will continue to pay prices set during the 2011/12 season as part of a long-term price freeze deal.

Prices for all remaining season ticket categories will rise by 5%, ensuring a blended average price rise of 3.3% across St. James' Park.

The club has continued to invest in enhancing the matchday experience at St. James' Park, including adding licensed standing, improved concourses, new digital services and an exciting new fan zone - the St. James' STACK, presented by Sela - which is set to open this summer. Work to enhance stadium connectivity will also commence soon.

The club has also commissioned an ongoing comprehensive feasibility study with a leading global agency to explore what is possible in terms of expanding and enhancing the stadium in future.


The renewal process for existing season ticket holders will open at 10am on Tuesday, 23rd April and renewals should be completed online here

The deadline for season ticket renewals is 5pm on Monday, 20th May. For those wishing to pay by monthly Direct Debit, this will allow the first payment to be taken on Wednesday, 5th June, to allow for payment over nine months.

Season ticket prices for the 2024/25 season can be found here


Season tickets can be paid up front in full, or, for additional flexibility and convenience, via monthly direct debit. Instructions will be included during the renewal purchasing process.


Information on cup schemes will be confirmed at the point renewals open. Season ticket holders will be need to opt in to each cup scheme separately at the time of renewal. Those season ticket holders on long term price-freeze deals will need to log on to their account and opt in to each cup scheme they wish to join. The cup scheme opt-in period will open on Tuesday, 23rd April and close on Friday, 21st June, at 5pm.


During the renewal process, supporters will be able to buy or renew their Magpie Mover pass for transit to and from St. James' Park on home matchdays (subject to terms and conditions). Magpie Mover passes must be paid for in full by debit/credit card at the time of the transaction.



Our aim is to ensure that all enrolled season ticket holders can enjoy eligible matches from their existing season ticket seat.

However, for some domestic and/or European matches (subject to qualification), seating requirements in specific areas may result in your existing season ticket seat not being available.

Should this be the case, an alternative seat will be offered for affected matches.


Season ticket holders will once again be able to transfer tickets to eligible registered family members or friends if they are unable to attend a match. This will be supported by ID checks at St. James' Park.

Eligibility to access future rounds/finals of cup competitions will remain with the original season ticket holder.


All season ticket holders will need to download their digital season ticket once for the full season.

For cup matches, separate individual match tickets will need to be downloaded.

Sports Direct v NUFC 
- tribunal decision

Friday saw the Competition Appeal Tribunal rule that the Sports Direct claim against Newcastle United was insufficient to merit the granting of an injunction against the club.

The case will proceed to trial unless an alternative solution can be reached, with no delay to the June home kit launch permissible, regardless of whether said trial has taken place by then.

Sports Direct are challenging the club's plans to sell next season's shirts themselves and via retailer JD Sports - the latter gaining an exclusive licence. 

Earlier: details of next season's Adidas kit releases came out during the tribunal, including a home kit launch on June 7th, the away kit in July and a third kit in August.

Figures disclosed during the tribunal also suggest that the Adidas production run is around 375,000 shirts.

Hong Kong return
now confirmed

The annual Hong Kong Soccer Sevens competition returns between May 24th and 26th, with Newcastle United U21s among the 16 teams participating.

The Magpies have won the event three times and are joined by defending champions Aston Villa, Brighton, Fulham, West Ham, Leicester City and Rangers.

The group stage draw paired them with Leicester City, Tai Po and Singapore Cricket Club.

PS: The veterans section of the Soccer Sevens will also run at the same time, with Wallsend Boys club defending their Masters crown.   

Sandro D-Day 

The deadline for a response by Sandro Tonali to FA charges arising from multiple breaches of football betting rules was Friday April 5th. No timescale for the case being dealt with has been mentioned as yet.

The Italian midfielder is currently suspended from all forms of football until August 27th 2024 - just under a fortnight after the next PL season kicks off. 

Toon down under

Newcastle have confirmed two post-season games in Australia, both to be staged as part of the Global Football Week in Melbourne.

United will face fellow Premier League side Spurs at the 95,000 seat Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday May 22nd at 7.45pm (local time). 

On Friday May 24th they'll move to the 53,000 capacity Marvel Stadium and face the A-League All Star Men. That's a 5.15pm kick-off, followed by a game between the A-League All Star Women and Arsenal Women at 8.05pm.

It's yet to be confirmed whether one or both of our games will be broadcast live in the UK.

Tickets available online here

Privacy policy



Season 2023/24

Digital ticketing FAQs here

ST home ticket transfer
info here

ST home ticket resale
info here

ST holders on long-term deals will have a price freeze for 2024/25 with standard pricing returning for 2025/26.  

Future STs:
No additional sale, none planned, no waiting list in operation.

 2024/25 details awaited.

SJP seating plan is here  

Away tickets: The PL £30 away ticket price cap for adults applies this season and also in 2024/25. A review is then scheduled.

Fri 19.04.2024 U21s v Leeds United (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2. Note new date and KO time.

Sat 20.04.2024 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note new date.

Tue 23.04.2024 ST renewals open, 10am.

Wed 24.04.2024 Crystal Palace (a)
@ Selhurst Park, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,700 tbc. No live UK TV.

Fri 26.04.2024 U21s v Stoke City (a) @ bet365 Stadium, 7pm. PL2.

Sat 27.04.2024 U18s v Everton (a)
@ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 27.04.2024 Sheffield United (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Forwarding/ resale/resale seats now. No live UK TV.

Mon 29.04.2024 U21s v Aston Villa (h)
@ SJP, 7pm. PL2. Note new date and venue.

Thu 02.05.2024 U21s v Ashington (a)
@ Woodhorn Lane, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final. Note new date.

Sat 04.05.2024 U18s v Leeds United (h)
@ Little Benton, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sat 04.05.2024 Burnley (a)
@ Turf Moor, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 57 points. £30 adults, £27 seniors, £25 U22s, £20 U18s. Allocation: 2,300 tbc. No live UK TV.

Wed 08.05.2024 U18s v Boro (a)
@ Riverside Stadium, 7pm. U18 Premier League. Note new date and venue.

Sat 11.05.2024 Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Forwarding/resale opens Fri 19.04.2024, 10am. Resale seats on sale Mon 22.04.2024. No live UK TV.

Wed 15.05.2024 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 80 points. £30 adults, £20 seniors/18-20s, £20 juniors. Allocation: 3,000 tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Sun 19.05.2024 Brentford (a)
@ Gtech Community Stadium, 4pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Allocation: tbc. Live TV tbc (if any).

Mon 20.05.2024 ST renewal deadline, 5pm.

Wed 22.05.2024 Spurs (n)
@ Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. 7.45pm local. Friendly.

Fri 24.05.2024 A-League All Stars (n)
@ Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia. 5.15pm local. Friendly.

NUFC live on TV:

Wed 15.05.2024 Man U (a) 8pm Sky

2024/25 PL season:

Fixture release: ??.06.2024
Fri 16.08.2024 (at least one game)
Ends: Sun 25.05.2025 (all games)

(No games on Tue 24.12.2024) 

Northumberland Senior Cup SFs:

02.05.2024 Ashington v NUFC U21s
24.04.2024 Blyth Town v Ncle Benfield

Other events @ SJP:

Fri 31.05.2024 England Women v France Women, 8pm, ECQ. General sale now.

Mon 03.06.2024
England v Bosnia & Hz, 7.45pm. Friendly.
General sale now.

Euro 2028 - date(s) awaited

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks:

Euro 2024 takes place in ten cities across Germany from 14.06.2024 to 14.07.2024.


Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
18th April

Born Or Died:

1984 Death of Stan Barber, 75.

1987 Danny Guthrie born, Shrewsbury.

Midfielder who began his career as a youngster at Manchester United's Academy, switching to Liverpool when aged 16.

Making a senior bow from the bench for Reds at home to Reading in the League Cup in October 2006, a Premier League outing followed a month later.

February 2007 saw Danny appear as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to United at SJP - his seventh and final senior game for Liverpool.

Guthrie then joined Southampton on loan for a 12 game stint which ended when the Saints lost to Derby County in the Championship playoff semi-finals.

The following season saw him on loan at Bolton Wanderers and part of the Trotters side who drew 0-0 on Tyneside in January 2008, slightly spoiling Kevin Keegan's return as Newcastle manager.

Returning to Anfield, Guthrie agreed to join Newcastle in July 2008 at a claimed cost of £2.5m, signing a four year deal.

Providing an assist and goal on his first outing in pre-season against Hartlepool, another strike came against PSV Eindhoven at SJP.

Guthrie then debuted alongside fellow new boys Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the league.

However, his first setback as a Magpie came in the infamous Hull City home game that saw fan protest both inside and outside SJP following KK's departure.

Guthrie was deservedly dismissed in the final minute after a terrible lunge on Craig Fagan that left the Tigers player with a broken leg.

Returning to a side "managed" by Joe Kinnear, Guthrie scored in successive away games at Portsmouth and Wigan.

An injury at Blackburn in January 2009 put him out for three months, returning in the home game against Chelsea as Alan Shearer became Magpies boss.

Playing an integral role in central midfield during the 2009/10 Championship season (rather than the right wing role he previously had been given), a top flight return was blighted by injury and a crucial error in the defeat at West Bromwich Albion that cost a goal and triggered Chris Hughton's departure as Manager.

New arrival Alan Pardew took seven games to pick Danny and a role understudying Cheick Tiote followed - appearing when the Ivorian was injured, suspended or away at the African Nations Cup.

Making his final United appearance in the 2-0 home win over Liverpool in April 2012, Guthrie became a free agent soon after, hitting the headlines with a wedding at Allerton Castle in Yorkshire attended by family, friends and the local constabulary.

Signing for Reading on a three-year deal in 2012, the final months of his time as a Royal were spent on loan at Fulham.

However, no permanent contract offer was forthcoming from the Cottagers and Danny joined Blackburn Rovers on a free ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

Following two seasons at Ewood Park, he found himself clubless again, maintaining fitness  playing for amateurs Oakengates Athletic near to his native Shrewsbury.

January 2018 saw Danny join Indonesians Mitra Kukar but he was back in the UK a year later, with League Two Walsall.

He left in February 2021 having played 44 times and scored just once, signing for Icelandic side Fram that May.

Guthrie helped Fram win the league and gain promotion, but off the pitch was declared bankrupt in June 2022 after accruing gambling debts.

Hanging up his boots, he became a coach at the TFA Elite youth academy in Dubai. 

2002 Matty Bondswell born, Nottingham.

Defender who was a free agent when signing for United in March 2021, following his release from Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig.

Beginning his playing career at Forest's Academy, England youth international Matt
y left the City Ground after eight years after agreeing a professional contract with Leipzig during 2018.

Playing for their junior sides, a first taste of senior professional football came in August 2020 when loaned to Dutch second tier club, FC Dordrecht.

Joining United's Development squad, he debuted from the bench for the U23s in a 0-4 loss away to Wolves in April 2021.

Loaned to Shrewsbury Town in January 2022, Bondswell was recalled two months later without playing a game.

In United's senior squad for pre-season games, Matty played 45 minutes against Benfica before brief outings in home kickabouts against Atalanta and Bilbao.

However, Matty then returned to the U21 squad and a regular starting berth in PL2.

In June 2023 he joined Newport County for a season-long loan and has made 38 appearances (12 starts) for the League Two side in all competitions.


What Else?

1896 Sheffield United (h)
Stott(17), Wardrope(30), Lennox(
Team: Henderson, McDermott, Foyers, Miller, Graham, Stott, Lennox, Collins, Thompson, Aitken, Wardrope.
SUFC: Foulkes, Whiteham, Cain, Johnson, Morren, Jones, Yates, Burridge, Hammond, Priest, Ross.

1903 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
P33, 30pts, 15th/18
20,75), McClure(25)
Bill Appleyard debuted in the penultimate game of the season, as Rovers confirmed top-flight survival - United having done so in the previous game.

1903 Despite Newcastle's first team being at Ewood Park, there was First Division football at SJP, in the shape of a wear-tees derby.

The mackems ran out 2-1 winners in front of 26,000 fans, with the alternative venue needed after Roker Park's closure due to crowd trouble in a previous fixture.

1908 sunderland (h)
Division One 
P37, 42pts, 2nd/20
Holley(40), Low(57), Bridgett(65)
A week before their FA Cup Final meeting with Wolves, Newcastle surrendered both points to their lowly local rivals. 

1914 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
P37, 36pts, 11th/20
Fazackerley(46), Gillespie(49)
The Blades would go on to finish in tenth, ahead of Newcastle on goal difference.

1923 South Shields (a)
Ingham Cup Final 1st leg.

1924 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
P40, 44pts, 8th/22

1925 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
P41, 48pts, 5th/22

1928 Everton (a)
Division One 
P38, 37pts, 14th/22
Weldon(14), Critchley(55), Dean(70)
This victory for the Champions-elect at Goodison Park included Dixie Dean's 51st goal of the season - he was to make 60.

1930 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
P38, 32pts, 20th/22
Hill(8), Weaver(36),
A vital win kept Newcastle a point above second-bottom Grimsby Town with four games to play.

Ahead early on before being pegged back, United regained the lead when the injured and immobile Sammy Weaver got his head to a cross.

1931 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
P40, 35pts, 17th/22
Chandler(11), Adcock(15), Lochhead(45)

1933 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
P39, 47pts, 4th/22
Wood(28), Brown(67,85)

1936 Southampton (a)
Division Two 
P39, 44pts, 7th/22
,23), Ware(50)
Victory at The Dell clinched a fifth league double of the season for United.

Sunday Sun
reporter and ex-Magpie Colin Veitch was less than impressed, observing "there were some moments when Newcastle players invited disaster to their side by attempts at cleverness that were made to look ludicrous by their lack of success."

1938 Norwich City (a)
Division Two 
P38, 34pts, 16th/22

1949 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One 
P39, 50pts, 2nd/22
), Mitchell(39) 

Four days after scoring the only goal of the game at SJP, Jackie Milburn was on target once again but finished on the losing side at Ayresome Park.

It was a vital derby win for the hosts as they sought to avoid relegation. They did, by a point.

1949 A crowd of 14,000 were at Gallowgate to see Hexham Hearts inflict a 3-0 victory on Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Hexham hero was former Newcastle reserve Steve Howdon, who struck after 18,47 and 62 minutes. Hearts custodian Maurice Edgar had also previously been on United's books.

1951 Bolton Wanderers (h) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
P39, 45pts, 5th/22
Nat Lofthouse grabbed the only goal of the game at SJP against a United side who were ten days away from an FA Cup Final date with Blackpool.

1953 Portsmouth (a)
Division One
P40, 35pts, 15th/22
, Vaughan(70), Henderson(75), Phillips(78)
Bermudan-born right back Arnold Woollard made his debut at Fratton Park in place of Frank Brennan, but turned a Charlie Vaughan shot into his own net. 

Vic Keeble scored for United after 35 seconds, but it was all Pompey after that, future Magpie Jimmy Scoular among the scorers. "It could have been 10-1" admitted Magpies director Stan Seymour.

1953 Brennan's absence was due to national team duty, playing for Scotland in a 2-2 draw with England at Wembley.

In opposition to him - and scoring both home goals - was Ivor Broadis, who would become a club colleague at SJP within months. 

1955 Manchester United (h) 2-0 (0-0)
Division One 
P37, 38pts, 11th/22
Hannah(52), White(69) 
Albert Scanlon was in the visiting line-up and would become a Magpie some five years later.

1959 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
P39, 37pts, 15th/22
Allchurch(54), Curry(90) 
Revie(23), Peyton(46)
Bobby Mitchell continued to fill in to good effect for the Magpies at left half back.

1960 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-2 (0-1)
Division One 
P40, 44pts, 6th/22
Fantham(37), Froggatt(61)
Wednesday's second goal was scored by Redfern Froggatt, who netted for the Owls at SJP some 13 years earlier. 

1960 While the first teams met at Hillsborough, the Reserve sides did battle at St. James'. 

Ken Hale scored for United in a 1-1 draw.

1964 Scunthorpe United (a) 0-2 (0-0)
Division Two 
P41, 43pts, 7th/22
Lawther(85), Ellis(89)
There was a debut at the Old Showground for Frank Clark, who inherited the number 3 shirt from George Dalton and remained an ever-present in the side until September 1965.

1966 Manchester United's Reserve side were the visitors to SJP and inflicted a sound 0-3 beating on the Magpies.

Teenage midfielder Stewart Fellows caught the eye in just his third Central League outing, but would leave the club a year later without breaking into the first team squad.

The Stockton-born youngster later played for York City and Kings Lynn Town.

1973 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
P39, 42pts, 7th/22
Booth(45), Marsh(66)
This Wednesday night reverse at Maine Road extended United's winless league run to six games, The Journal match reporter observing that, "the pace of Newcastle's drive for Europe has dropped to a slow march."

1979 Notts County (h)
Division Two 
P36, 34pts, 12th/22
Hooks(14), O'Brien(59pen)
Wallsend native Paul Hooks opened the scoring for the visitors as United played for the third time in five days for this rearranged fixture.

Manager Bill McGarry commented:

"I felt sorry for the crowd, who kept up their support despite the setbacks. They deserve any award going."

1981 Derby County (a)
Division Two 
P39, 39pts, 11th/22
Wilson(41), McFarland(54) 
Defeat at the Baseball Ground left United still searching for their first goal away from home since January - their tally of just 26 from 39 league games the lowest of all 92 clubs.

1987 Manchester United (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Division One 
P37, 43pts, 16th/22
Roeder(12), Goddard(80) 
An estimated 6,000 fans were locked out and missed a gritty performance by the 10 man Magpies, for whom Peter Beardsley was making a farewell appearance before leaving for Liverpool.

He provided a cross from which Glenn Roeder headed the hosts ahead before departing through injury on 35 minutes.

John Anderson was then forced off after a scything tackle from Norman Whiteside, Peter Jackson soon exacting revenge and prompting a scuffle for which Keith Hackett booked him.

With Liam O'Brien in their line-up, the Red Devils levelled thanks to a long range thumper from Gordon Strachan, only for Paul Goddard to beat Gary Walsh at the Gallowgate End - equaling a club record by netting in his seventh successive game.
Youtube footage is online here (part 1)
Youtube footage is online here (part 2)
Youtube footage is online here (part 3)

1988 Prolific striker John Robertson joined United from Hearts in a £750k deal.

However he had to wait until the following season for his debut, as Newcastle's remaining five games potentially affected issues at both ends of the table. 

1990 After many months of disagreement, fan boycotts and newspaper editorials, John Hall was co-opted onto the Newcastle board, by a clearly reluctant Gordon McKeag and his dwindling band of supportive shareholders.

1992 Millwall (h)
Division Two
P43, 46pts, 21st/24 
Midfielder Peter Garland debuted following a £35,000 move from Spurs, on a day when future Magpie Malcolm Allen netted to deepen our plight at the wrong end of Division Two. United were just a point above Plymouth, two above Port Vale and three off Brighton who had a game in hand.

1998 Manchester United (a) 1-1 (1-1)
Premier League
P34, 40pts, 15th/20
David Beckham equalised Andreas Andersson's opener, but Newcastle should have won at Old Trafford for the second time in weeks, to accompany their FA Cup semi-final success against Sheffield United.

Solskjaer was dismissed for hacking down Robert Lee, who was clean through on goal. However, the draw was certainly a moral victory and effectively robbed Fergie & Co. of the title, as Arsenal romped to victory over Wimbledon to take a decisive advantage.

Andersson scoring at Old Trafford?
We couldn't believe it either...

2004 Aston Villa (a)
P33, 50pts, 5th/20
O'Brien(10-professional foul)
Despite being a man short for 80 minutes, United dug out a point against odious David O'Bleary's Villans, who included ex-Magpie Nobby Solano and future Souness recruit Ronny Johnsen. match report

2010 The grounding of UK flights due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud left plans for United's possible Championship title-clincher at Plymouth quite literally up in the air.

A 410 mile coach journey to Home Park would hardly be the ideal preparation for a game United just needed to draw.

2015 There was a memorable win for the U18s, hitting Arsenal for six at Little Benton. 

Jamie Holmes grabbed a 20 minute treble, with Luke Charman, Jamie Cobain and Kyle Cameron also netting in a 6-0 victory.

2017 Ex-Newcastle Academy player Adam Rundle's goal gave Northern League Hebburn Town a 1-0 win over a youthful Magpie XI in a friendly encounter at Victoria Road West. match report

A third successive PL2 defeat for the U23s damaged their play-off hopes, beaten 2-4 by Wolves at Molineux. Lucas De Bolle and Isaac Westendorf netted. match report