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Saturday 26th January
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Spurs (a) SOLD
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Senior Cup: all off
All three of this season's Northumberland Senior Cup Quarter
Final three ties scheduled for tonight have been postponed due to the weather.
Grass pitches at both Heaton Stannington and Newcastle Benfield were ruled
unfit at lunchtime, with the artificial surface used by West Allotment Celtic
belatedly going the journey at 6.45pm.
30.01.2019 Heaton Stannington v Morpeth Town
30.01.2019 Newcastle Benfield v North Shields
tbc West Allotment Celtic v Bedlington Terriers
Senior Cup holders
Newcastle U23s will host Blyth Spartans at Whitley Park on Tuesday February 5th
(NB: that tie is subject to possible postponement should Spartans require a
replay of their FA Trophy tie against Leyton Orient).
Newcastle will attempt to end a sequence of five FA Cup Fourth Round defeats
when fellow Premier League side Watford visit SJP this Saturday.
Kick off against the Hornets is at 3pm and tickets are now on public
sale priced £10 adults and £5 concessions, with only lower bowl areas initially on sale. The
visitors have an initial 6,000 allocation.
As was the case in the Third Round, those prices will rise to £20 adults and £10 concessions around 24 hours before
The winners of the tie will feature in the draw for the Fifth Round, staged
during BBC1's One Show from 7pm on Monday evening.
NUFC: Fitness updates on Karl Darlow, Mo Diame, Paul Dummett and Jonjo
Shelvey are awaited. Kenedy and Federico Fernandez should both be available
Yoshinori Muto remains on international duty, while Ki Sungyeung has returned
but is out injured.
Paddy Power have a new customer offer of a free £2 FA Cup bet on
all 13 ties played on Saturday and Sunday for any new sign-ups placing a
£5 bet on Friday's Arsenal v Manchester United tie.
Find that online
Deposits using credit/debit cards or PayPal only. Free bets are only valid
for the specified matches and are awarded at 10am on Sat 26th of January. Free
bet stakes not returned with winnings. T&C's Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Hornets reached this stage thanks to a 2-0 Third Round victory at non-league
Coral matchday betting is
new punter offer is bet £10 receive £30 in free bets. Terms &
conditions apply online
The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square will have these offers on Saturday:
Pizza and a pint £7
Two Dine for a Tenner
20% discount for NUFC season ticket holders before and after the
The Ware Rooms are at 17
Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from both Monument and Manors Metro.
The Magpies have won just two of the last ten all-Premier League FA Cup ties
they've played in:
2004/05 Spurs (h) won 1-0 QF
2004/05 Manchester United (n) lost 1-4 SF
2005/06 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1 QF
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3 R4
2008/09 Hull City (a) 0-0 (lost replay 0-1) R3
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 2-1 R3
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2 R3
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1 R3
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1 R3
2017/18 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3 R4
However they've lost just one of their
last ten FA Cup Fourth Round ties against all sides at home:
1989/90 Reading won 4-1 (replay)
1990/91 Nottingham Forest drew 2-2
1992/93 Rotherham United won 2-0 (replay)
1993/94 Luton Town drew 1-1
1994/95 Swansea City won 3-0
1996/97 Nottingham Forest lost 1-2
1997/98 Stevenage Borough won 2-1 (replay)
1998/99 Bradford City won 3-0
1999/00 Sheffield United won 4-1
2004/05 Coventry City won 3-1
NUFC v Watford - FAC meetings:
2015/16 Lost 0-1 (a) R3
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (a) R3R3
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (h) R3R2
1988/89 Drew 2-2 (a) R3R
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (h) R3
1931/32 Won 5-0 (h) QF
1923/24 won 1-0 (a) R3
Hornets in Toon - all time:
2018/19 won 1-0 Perez
2017/18 lost 0-3
2015/16 lost 1-2 Janmaat
2009/10 won 2-0 Lovenkrands, Pancrate
2006/07 won 2-1 Martins(2)
1999/00 won 1-0 Gallacher
1992/93 won 2-0 Peacock, Lee
1991/92 drew 2-2 Hunt, Clark
1990/91 won 1-0 Quinn(pen)
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Gallacher
1988/89 drew 0-0 (FACR)
1988/89 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1987/88 won 3-0 O'Neill, Wharton, Tinnion
1986/87 drew 2-2 Anderson, McDonald
1985/86 drew 1-1 Gascoigne
1984/85 won 3-1 Megson, Cunningham, Reilly
1981/82 lost 0-1
1980/81 won 2-1 Hibbitt, Shinton
1979/80 lost 0-2
1931/32 won 5-0 Allen 3, Boyd, Richardson (FAC)
Coote (Nottinghamshire) last seen when making his Premier League debut last
April - a 0-1 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion.
Coote is no stranger to Cup games involving NUFC, taking charge of a 4-1
League Cup home success over Northampton Town in 2015 and our terrible 0-3 FA
Cup defeat at Oxford United in 2017.
Metro: There will no service between Tynemouth and St
James in either direction all day Saturday (and until around 6.30pm on
Sunday). The usual service 900 replacement buses will operate.
There's yet another RMT strike, which will reduce the amount of Northern
Rail services that operate across the region, especially post-match.
Road closures start one hour before kick-off on:
Leazes Terrace and area around the East
Strawberry Place between the junction with Barrack Road and the Strawberry
Pub/ Strawberry Lane at junction with Strawberry Place.
Closures will remain in place until
approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.
Road closures start about one hour after
the start of the match on:
Strawberry Place at junction with Leazes
Leazes Park Road from Percy Street and Strawberry Place junctions
Closures will remain in place until
approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.
Fourth Round ties:
Northumbria University offer
weekend car parking to the public for £4 all day (or £1 per hour). 500
spaces are available at Lipman and City Campus East: book online here
turn up to pay & display.
Dedicated match buses run from Metro Centre (X50) and Gosforth Great Park
Astro SuperSport 4/Go (Malaysia)
6'Eren (Denmark) +HD
Digi GO (Czech Republic)
Digi Sport 7 (Slovakia)
EuroSport 2 Sweden HD
EuroSport Player Den/Swe
SportKlub 4 Serbia
Sportsnet Now Canada
SuperSport 3/5 Za +HD
Viaplay (Fin/Nor) +HD
ViaSport 2 HD (Norway)
UK Radio: None (tbc)
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Arsenal v Manchester United (7.55pm) BBC
Accrington Stanley v Derby County (12.30pm) BT
Swansea City v Gillingham (3pm)
Shrewsbury Town v Wolves (3pm)
Brighton v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers (3pm)
Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic (3pm)
Newcastle v Watford (3pm)
smoggies v Newport County (3pm)
Manchester City v Burnley (3pm)
Portsmouth v QPR (3pm)
Millwall v Everton (5.30pm) BBC
AFC Wimbledon V West Ham (7.45pm) BT
Crystal Palace v Spurs (4pm) BT
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday (6pm) BBC
Barnet v Brentford (7.45pm) BT
It's all about the Wylam:
Brewery 'specials' now in stock include Hank Marvin (an
8.6% Double IPA) and Searching for the Joys Again (a 4.7%
Plus, their supercharged iconic IPA Jakehead is in cans
for the first time.
County U23s 2 Newcastle U23s 2
Ahead of Newcastle's Premier League visit to Wembley next month, our opponents
Spurs are experiencing several personnel issues.
Already without Harry Kane with an ankle problem, Mauricio Pochettino must now
reckon without the services of hamstrung Delli Ali until March.
And while we've lost Ki Sungyueng due to injury, South Korea's progress in the
Asian Cup looks increasingly likely to rule out Heung-Min Son.
After taking 120 minutes to see off Bahrain on Tuesday, South Korea meet Qatar
in the Quarter Finals on Friday - the winners of that tie facing either
Australia or UAE on Tuesday 29th.
The Final is on Friday week, February 1st,
PS: Moussa Sissoko is pencilled in to return from a groin strain
against former club Newcastle.
3 Cardiff City 0
Newcastle reserve striker
Elias Sorensen has agreed a loan move to League One side Blackpool for
the remainder of the current season.
The 19 year-old has scored 19 goals for United's U23 side to date and marked his U21 debut for Denmark last week by netting twice in two
friendly matches against Mexico.
Blackpool currently sit eighth in the table - eight points off a playoff spot
- and Sorensen could be in line for a senior bow at Coventry City on Saturday.
Having appeared for Newcastle in the Checkatrade Trophy derby last month, his
adopted side are due to play at the stadium of plight in February.
Before that there's a visit to Accrington Stanley, bringing possibility of
playing against Newcastle loan pair Liam Gibson and Dan Barlaser.
Elias is the latest Magpie to make a temporary switch to the Tangerines, with
midfielder Sean Longstaff spending the last season there and amassing nine
goals from 45 appearances.
Previously, midfielder duo Liam Smith and Dan Gosling both spent time at
Sorensen joins a club who remain in turmoil, with the antics of Blackpool's
owners leaving many fans in open revolt and boycotting home games.
Update: NUFC confirmed on Tuesday
that Ki had been recalled from international duty due to injury.
Having sustained a hamstring injury
during South Korea's Asian Cup opener against the Philippines, Newcastle's Ki Sungyueng
has been ruled out of the remainder of the competition.
The midfielder is now set to return to Tyneside, while in his absence, South
Korea are in last 16 action on Tuesday facing Bahrain in Rashid.
United's other representative at the tournament in the Middle East is Japan's Yoshinori Muto,
who has played twice and scored once so far.
Japan's last 16 opponents were Monday are Saudi Arabia and our man completed
90 minutes before being replaced as his side won 1-0 in Sharjah.
Japan's reward is a Quarter Final tie against Vietnam in Dubai on
The event runs through until February 1st.
Update: The Chronicle's take on
Saturday's Rafa - Ashley meeting was more of the "talks about talks"
variety, with the owner seeking a meeting to discuss transfer-related
With two thirds of the transfer window already gone, should that meeting not
have been held in December - before the owner went on holiday?
From the Mail, Saturday:
Mike Ashley and manager Rafa Benitez held talks at St James' Park on Saturday
night, Sportsmail can reveal.
The Magpies were 3-0 winners over Cardiff
City to move out of the relegation zone and two points clear of danger.
And after full-time a beaming Ashley
headed for Benitez's office to offer his congratulations and re-open a
dialogue with the Spaniard.
Sportsmail reported on Saturday that the owner was keen to re-engage with the
boss, who remains frustrated by a lack of progress in the transfer market this
But with Ashley now close to conceding
defeat in his effort to sell the club, the pressure is on to provide the
players Benitez believes they need to stay in the Premier League.
Ashley was joined by close aide Justin
Barnes during the discussions with Benitez, and supporters will be hoping
promises were made.
Benitez's contract expires at the end of the season and he would need the team
to survive and guarantees from Ashley over future investment before he commits
to a new deal.
Ashley was last at St James' Park in
November, since when he has been unable to sell the club with none of the
interested parties having the financial means to fund a deal.
This is the first time he has spoken to
Benitez since the autumn.
(Photos of Ashley at the game on Saturday showed him in the company of
Barnes and his PR man Keith Bishop, but Lee Charnley wasn't pictured. Rumours
that Dennis Wise would attend proved incorrect).
U18s 1 mackem U18s 1
secured a second successive 1-1 home draw on Saturday at a chilly Little
Benton, thanks to Thomas Cole's second half equaliser.
The midfielder beat visiting goalkeeper Adam Cameron at the second attempt on
75 minutes to cancel out Connor Slack's 62nd minute opener.
The first half saw Newcastle dominate possession without posing a threat in the
final third - a familiar story this season for the league's lowest scorers.
Things were little different after the restart and a scoreless draw looked a
distinct possibility until just after the hour, when home custodian Dan Langley
spilled a low cross from Ryan Leonard out on the mackem left and Slack bundled the ball in.
A flowing move totally out of keeping with the rest of the game produced an
equaliser with 15 minutes remaining - Jack Young, Kain Reed and George
Rounsfell all involved before Cole saw his first shot saved, but was able to
convert from the rebound.
Pressing for the winner, the black and whites hit a post following a 78th
minute corner and Reed then rounded the 'keeper only for his goalbound effort
to be cleared off the line by a visiting defender.
There was almost a sucker punch in the second minute of added time, but Langley
atoned for his earlier error by blocking Ryan Leonard's shot after the
midfielder broke into the United area.
Team: Langley, Ebanks (Scott 87), Rounsfell, Joyce, Swailes, Allen,
Cole, Young, Harrison (de Bolle 79), White, Reed. Subs n/u: Brown,
Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
routine 2-0 success at Bolton
Wanderers on Monday saw Albion move into third position in the Championship.
Gayle played the entire game.
Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
It ended 1-1 at home to Fenerbahce in the Turkish SuperLig on Monday with
Saivet in the starting XI but failing to reappear for the second period.
Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
O'Neil's return to Forest as manager got off to a poor start on Saturday, as
the hosts lost 0-1 to Bristol
City in the Championship.
Jack completed the full 90 minutes and inexplicably avoided his usual booking.
Dan Barlaser, Liam Gibson
Both sides were down to ten men and the game scoreless after 90 minutes
of Accrington's visit to Charlton Athletic in League One on Saturday.
By full time though, the Addicks had won 1-0 - Dan penalised for handling in
his own area and Charlton converting the resultant spot kick.
Barlaser played the entire game, while Liam was booked and then withdrawn
after 85 minutes.
Manchester City (h)
The defending Premier League champions provide the opposition to Newcastle at
SJP on Tuesday January 29th in an 8pm kickoff on BT Sport.
Tickets are now on public
NUFC: To follow
Coral matchday betting will appear here
Tierney - third toon appearance of the season to date, following on from the
1-2 home defeat by Chelsea and 0-3 loss to West Ham on Tyneside.
TV: Live on BT Sport
Overseas TV: To follow
hero - again
marked his first U21 appearance for Denmark by scoring the only goal of the
reserve striker Elias Sorensen repeated the feat on Saturday.
The 19 year-old missed out on a possible first team selection for United in the FA Cup
following his first international call-up at U21 level for a training camp in
Coming off the bench at half time on Wednesday, Elias (the youngest player in
the squad) took just three minutes to find the net in a 1-0 friendly win over
the hosts in Mexico City.
Included in the starting XI for a further kickabout on Saturday against the
same opponents, Sorensen opened the scoring after three minutes when in the
right place to turn home a shot which rebounded off the Mexican goal frame.
The hosts recovered however to win the game 2-1.
This training camp is part of the selection process to decide which players
will represent Denmark at the European U21 Championship Finals this
You never learn
Update: Wise himself tweeted on Sunday to deny that he was
currently acting in any advisory capacity at NUFC.
The Times newspaper report that Dennis Wise has once again reared his
ugly head, reportedly back in cahoots with Mike Ashley - although it's open to
question whether he ever actually wasn't.
Wise is believed to be working as an advisor to the Sports Direct owner and
helped broker a deal that saw Rio Ferdinand's clothing range appear on the
shelves - and Ferdinand appear on TV to spout complete nonsense about the
situation at NUFC.
Details of the former England international's time in the employ of Newcastle
a decade or so ago were published in Kevin Keegan's book last year, while more
recently Wise was mentioned in court action between Ashley and ex-associate
Claims that Wise had met Lee Charnley recently have been denied by NUFC, but
it's also reported that he's been in the company of Justin Barnes - another
Ashley acolyte who is influential in club matters.
It's surely only be a matter of time before we get the full gang back together
- and JFK returns....
"a regrettable remark"
From Bloomberg, Thursday:
Billionaire Mike Ashley, no stranger
to details of his bar-room antics being discussed in court, faces an unusual
new claim in a British lawsuit: He may have feared “being locked up in Dubai”
over comments he made in a bar more than a decade ago.
Ashley - who has a “completely different”
account of the events - feared the consequences of remarks in 2008 that were
insulting to the Dubai royal family, the Islamic faith and the former soccer
player and manager Kevin Keegan, a former associate told a London judge.
Details of the allegation against Ashley, which he denies, emerged in a
judgment published Wednesday.
Tony Jimenez, the former co-owner of
Charlton Athletic Football Club, made the allegation in response to a London
lawsuit filed by Ashley. Ashley “flatly denies that he ever made any comment
about the Dubai royal family, the Islamic faith or Kevin Keegan whether as
wrongly alleged by Mr Jimenez based on hearsay evidence, or at all,” his
spokesperson said by email.
The Sports Direct International Plc owner
“was shaking and saying he and his business empire faced ruin” after the
incident, a court judgment in the early stages of a lawsuit between the two
men said, citing Jimenez.
Jimenez says Ashley “came to see him at
4am. on 17 September 2008 in a panic worried about being locked up in Dubai
and facing adverse press reporting in the U.K.,” after making comments at
the Bahri Bar in Dubai where undercover journalists were present, judge
Matthew Marsh said in a judgment Wednesday.
Ashley disputes those claims, saying he
was “relatively unconcerned about the incident in the bar and its
consequences” and more concerned about the collapse of Lehman Brothers
Holdings Inc. at the time “and the risk that HBOS, in which he had
substantial holdings, might fail,” the judgment says.
Marsh’s judgment on Wednesday was on a
pre-trial issue about jurisdiction, and not on the case itself.
Ashley “now says that he may have made a
regrettable remark in the Bahri Bar, directed towards those with whom he had
been in negotiation earlier that day,” Marsh said in the judgment. Jimenez,
who Ashley described in previous court filings as a former friend, says the
comments were “more widely directed.”
A lawyer for Ashley declined to
A judge found in a previous, separate case
that Jimenez had lied, but “the fact that Mr. Jimenez has told lies on
previous occasions, and his evidence has been found to be unreliable, does not
mean he is lying in this case,” Marsh said in the ruling.
Rovers 2 Newcastle 4
(after extra-time, 2-2 FT)
and highlights online here (BBC)
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The new ticket website is now live and existing
users need to re-register. Do that online here
and read their FAQs here.
The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the
back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.
SJP Box Office phone: 0344
Online Box Office is here
sale dates are here
SJP seating plan is here
Milburn Stand Box Office opening:
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?
NUFC members get 25% off LNER
standard and first class advance fares travelling on any day (see below
for excluded dates).
Book by logging in to LNER.co.uk/NUFC25 and then enter NUFC followed by
supporter number, without spaces ie NUFC123456
Offer open until 23.05.2019.
Not valid in conjunction with other offers or railcards.
16.02-24.02, 18.04-22.04, 03.05-06.05.
Sat 26.01.2019 Watford (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. FA Cup Fourth Round. (Lower bowl
only initially). Public sale now. £10 adults, £5
concessions (NB: rising to £20 adults & £10 concessions on
Tue 29.01.2019 Manchester City (h)
@ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live
on BT Sport.
v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.
v Wolves (a) @ Wolves Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 02.02.2019 Spurs (a)
@ Wembley Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. SOLD
OUT. Allocation: 3,200. Live
on Sky Sports.
v Blyth Spartans (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.45pm. Northumberland Senior Cup.
v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Rovers Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Mon 11.02.2019 Wolves (a)
@ Molineux, 8pm. Premier League. Member sale
now. £30 adults, £17 18-21s/over
65s, £14 U17s, £12 U12s. Allocation: tbc. Live
on Sky Sports.
v Reading (a) @ Adams Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.
v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 23.02.2019 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale
now, public sale Mon 28.01.2019 (online), Mon 04.02.2019
(in person/by phone).
v Leeds United (a) @ Nethermoor, Guiseley, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
Wed 27.02.2019 Burnley (h)
@ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. sale details tbc.
Live TV confirmation dates:
these are all "approximate dates"
Fri 25.01.2019 March 2019
Fri 22.02.2019 April 2019
Fri 05.04.2019 May 2019
NUFC Live on TV:
Tue 29.01.2019 Man City (h) 8pm BT
Sat 02.02.2019 Spurs (a) 12.30pm Sky
Mon 11.02.2019 Wolves (a) 8pm Sky
(TV picks up to 27.02.2019 announced)
United enter in Round 3.
R3 Sat 05.01.2019 Blackburn (h) drew 1-1
R3R Tue 15.01.2019 Blackburn (a) won 4-2
R4 Sat 26.01.2019 Watford (h)
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
F Sat 18.05.2019
U23 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in Group H:
Thu 04.10.2018 Notts County (h) won 2-1
Fri 09.11.2018 Southampton (a) drew 1-1
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) won 2-0
Tue 22.01.2019 Notts County (a) drew 2-2
Fri 08.02.2019 Southampton (h) 7pm
Mon 25.02.2019 Leeds United (a) 7pm
Northumberland Senior Cup:
United enter at the Quarter Final stage:
Wed 30.01.2019 Heaton Stan v Morpeth
Wed 30.01.2019 Benfield v North Shields
Tue 05.02.2019 NUFC v Blyth Spartans
??? ??.??.2019 WA Celtic v Bedlington
FC have reduced admission prices for NUFC ST holders attending their
National League home games to £10 adults.
Next GFC home league games:
Boreham Wood 3pm
Havant & Waterlooville 3pm
Other events @ SJP:
Sat 23.03.2019 Newcastle Falcons v Sale
Fri 10.05.2019 Champions
Ticket sales online
Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.
International Magpies |
National Service |
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... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1901 Jerry Best
born, Mickley, Northumberland. (1919-20)
left who joined the Magpies from Mickley
Colliery Welfare in December 1919 (having
guested for Huddersfield Town during WW1).
By the following July though Jerry had
joined Leeds United for £100.
Another quick change of clubs though then
saw Best head for North America, where he
would appear for Providence Clamdiggers,
New Bedford Whalers (twice), Fall River
Marksmen and Pawtucket Rangers.
Returning to England in 1931, Best
appeared for Clapham Orient, Darlington
and Hull City, ending his days with
His death was recorded in 1975.
Williams born, Llansamlet, Wales. (1933-35)
Welsh international forward signed
from Swansea Town for £1,500, making a
goalscoring debut in a 3-2 away win at Aston Villa
during November 1933.
Despite netting ten times in his opening
ten games (including a hat trick at
Everton in a 7-3 success), Ron couldn't
inspire his new side sufficiently to avoid
Remaining at Gallowgate, Williams wasn't a
regular choice in Division Two and after
eight appearances without a goal by
Christmas he departed for Chester City.
Later spells at both Swansea and Chester
followed, before ending his career with Lovells
Athletic and Milford Haven.
A keen cricketer and bowls player,
Williams served as a policeman during WW2
and later worked as a civil servant in
Swansea. His death was recorded in 1987.
Fraser born, Glasgow, Scotland.
Defender signed from Hibernian for a fee
of £3,750 and given an immediate debut in a 3-0 home win over Nottingham
Forest on New Years Day 1947.
Beginning his career at Dunoon Athletic and Ashfield Juniors on his native
Clydeside, Bob moved to Easter Road in 1937 and guested for Dumbarton during
WW2. He saw active service with the Glasgow Highlanders.
Part of the 1947/48 promotion winning side and appearing at both centre half
and full back, a foot injury forced him to retire in the summer of 1950 -
almost two years after his final senior appearance for
acted as a scout for Newcastle, he ran a
sports wholesale business on Tyneside.
Living in Ponteland, Fraser's death was recorded on Tyneside during April 2003.
Dylan Hughes born, Vancouver, Canada
Highly-rated young forward who played for our
academy side but opted to return to Canada due to
Dylan later reappeared in Europe with German sides Kaiserslauten and Jahn Regensburg before moving to
the Netherlands, where he played for RKC Waalwijk and VVV Venlo.
Having played as a youth international for both
Canada and Wales, Hughes signed for Rhyl in 2008,
with younger brother Kevin.
However, that failed to work out and Dylan is then
believed to have returned to Canada.
Steven Taylor born, Greenwich. (2000-16)
London-born but quickly returning
with his Geordie parents to Tyneside,
Steven was just 14 when debuting for
Newcastle’s U17 side against Birmingham
City in August 2000.
Appointed England U16 captain the
following year, his league bow came in
the colours of Wycombe Wanderers in December 2003 - a six
game loan spell at Adams Park seeing him
play under his hero, Tony Adams.
March 2004 saw Taylor's Newcastle debut, replacing Andy
O'Brien during a 3-0 away win against Real
Mallorca in the UEFA Cup.
A first Magpies start came three days
later at the Reebok against Bolton
Wanderers in the Premiership, albeit in an
unfamiliar right back position.
April 2005 saw Steven red-carded during
the infamous Bowyer/Dyer onfield grapple
during a home game against Aston Villa,
Taylor walking for a handball to prevent a
goal - although his awful attempt at
feigning injury was worthy of a red card
on its own.
Another UEFA Cup tie against Spanish
opposition saw Steve score his first
senior goal. That came at SJP against
Celta Vigo in November 2006 and he
celebrated by running the length of the
field - prompting team mates to label him "Forrest Gump".
Having made his England U21 debut in
February 2004, Steven's first senior England
call-up came in
August 2007 - although he remained on the
bench as Germany beat England 2-1 at
Taylor’s first taste of club captaincy
came when he led Newcastle in a Carling
Cup tie at Peterborough United in
September 2009. However, he sustained a
knee injury in a home game against West Bromwich
Albion the following January, missing the rest of United's Championship-winning campaign.
And his comeback in pre-season would be halted by a shoulder injury incurred at Carlisle
which would keep him out until November 2010 - by
which time he'd put an end to constant speculation
over his future by signing a new contract until June 2016.
Taylor started the 2011/12 season in fine form
alongside Fabricio Coloccini, only for a serious
Achilles injury in the home defeat to Chelsea ended his
season in December.
Returning to action in pre-season ahead of the
2012/13 campaign, Steven played the same number of
games (15) as the previous season before again
succumbing to injury - this time a hamstring
A mindless red card in the opening game of the
2013/14 season at Manchester City was
followed by an injury and he remained out of the first
team picture until the following January until returning to the side after injury and suspension to
The 2014/15 campaign began with Taylor once again
out of favour, but his return to the side in place
of Mike Williamson coincided with a run of
Taylor's season was cut short when he ruptured his
Achilles tendon after scoring in the home 3-3 draw
with Burnley on the first day of 2015.
Fit again the following
season, Taylor was soon sidelined with a
hamstring injury that required surgery and ruled
him out until the following February.
Featuring only sporadically under incoming manager
Rafa Benitez, the offer of a one year "pay as
you play" contract extension wasn't accepted
and a low-key final outing came in the
season-closing 5-1 win over Spurs after relegation
Amid rumours of interest from clubs in various
countries, the free agent defender signed for MLS
side Portland Timbers in the USA.
After just nine MLS outings (and one goal
- against Seattle) Taylor and the Timbers
went their separate ways in December 2016.
Returning to the UK,
he joined Championship side Ipswich Town
successful trial, but played only three times before
invitation to join pre-season training (and play
in two friendlies), no new contract offer was
forthcoming and he was next sighted on trial at
Doncaster Rovers - facing Derby County in
Seemingly set to join Donny, he opted to sign a two-year deal at Peterborough United
and completed a half century of games for them in
his first season, also scoring four times.
After 12 months at London Road though he secured
his release and turned up in New Zealand at
Wellington Phoenix in July 2018.
Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz born Valencia, Spain (2007-11)
Left back who was a £6m signing from Villarreal in August
2007, having appeared at SJP a year after he'd featured here for the Spanish
side in a 3-3 pre-season draw.
An U21 international, Jose began at Spanish side Levante, before arriving at
Villarreal in 2006 via a loan spell at Celta Vigo.
Debuting in a Carling Cup tie against Barnsley at SJP, but he
struggled for both form and fitness in his first two seasons at SJP - with
manager Joe Kinnear preferring to play "Charles Insomnia" at left
The hospitalisation of JFK in February 2009 proved to be a turning point for
Enrique at SJP, marking a improvement in his form and seeing him ultimately
choose to remain at the club, despite numerous claims that he was set for an
exit back to Spain.
A series of man of the match awards followed Newcastle’s demotion to the
Championship, while December 2009 saw Enrique respond to further transfer
speculation - this time to the mackems - by telling reporters:
"I don’t care about Sunderland. Even if the newspapers said Chelsea, I
wouldn’t care. I worry for my team – I love the city, I love the club and I
don’t care about signing for another team.
"I don’t read
the papers because I don’t understand
English that well! Some players were
joking with me about what it said."
Scoring the first goal of his United
career with a fine individual effort at
home to Nottingham Forest in March 2010,
Enrique was a mainstay of the Newcastle
side on their return to the top flight.
And his 25th birthday arrived amid media
speculation of transfer interest from
various significant clubs, with United
attempting to tie him down to a new,
He stayed at SJP, but only until the
summer of 2011 when he followed Andy Carroll to
Anfield for a claimed £5m, just as the
final year of his contract commenced.
And within a year Jose had a winner's
medal for his collection, appearing for
Liverpool in their Carling Cup Final
victory over Cardiff City at Wembley
His return to Gallowgate in April 2012
though was an afternoon to forget, as
Liverpool lost 0-2 and ended up a man
short - with Jose acting as a stand-in
Fitness issues saw Jose become a forgotten
man at Anfield and he turned down the
chance of a return to SJP in January 2016
- becoming a free agent that summer.
A return to Spain followed in September of
that year, joining second tier side Real
Although he was a regular for them in the
2016/17 season, Enrique announced his
retirement in August 2017 - unable to
continue playing due to knee
1997 Stefan O'Connor born, Croydon. (2017-present)
A free agent following his release by
Arsenal, central defender Stefan joined
United during July 2017 and was spotted
for the first time playing in a reserve
friendly at Darlington.
Swapping Crystal Palace for the Gunners in
2010, O'Connor's only first team
appearance for Arsenal came from the bench
in a 4-1 Champions League victory away to
Galatasaray in December 2014.
Playing four games on loan at York City
the following season, Stefan was sent out
to Dutch side MVV Maastricht for the
2016/17 campaign but only featured
Appearing for Newcastle's U23 side without
becoming a regular starter in his first
season, he netted once in Premier League
1897 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
P20, 25pts, 3rd/16
United prepared for this one at Talkin Tarn, near Brampton. In between the
goals, referee Mr. Sinclair from Manchester, called over secretary Frank Watt to
caution the crowd to abstain from making remarks about his decision making. This
he did and the game resumed with Auld scoring two minutes later.
1904 Stoke (a) )
P24, 28pts, 5th/18
Templeton(5), Appleyard(39), McColl(54
1909 Notts County (a)
P24, 35pts, 1st/20
Amazingly, United forward Albert Shepherd had agreed prior to the game
that he would leave the pitch early to catch a train - had
he completed a hat trick. He duly hit four and then
exited after 80 minutes.
Lawrence saved an early penalty from County's George Dodd
and Shepherd got his first when taking advantage of Notts right back Morley being two minutes late for the
start of the second half.
Referee Mr. Barker suffered a thigh injury and had to be
replaced by one of his linesman when the score was 2-0.
1915 Bradford City (a)
P23, 18pts, 15th/20
City had lost James Marshall with a head injury before
Bob Pailor scored and then United lost Frank Hudspeth. Then
goalkeeper Bill Mellor also retired hurt, leaving United down
to nine men and after forcing four corners Bradford
Two pick-pockets from Leeds were under observation and
then arrested during the game, being led out to great
1926 Aston Villa (h)
P26, 28pts, 9th/22
Frank Hudspeth had to take (and score) the penalty twice
after encroachment from a Villa player.
1932 Southport (h) )
FA Cup 4th Round
United's Third Division North opponents
lived to fight another day, levelling through Jimmy Cowen after Jimmy
Boyd had netted in the opening seconds of play.
The two scorers repeated the feat in the replay at Haig Avenue before the tie
was settled decisively at the third attempt - Newcastle scoring nine goals
without reply at the neutral venue of Hillsborough.
1937 Blackpool (h)
P27, 31pts, 4th/22
1943 Leeds United (h)
English, Mullen 2, Carr, Stubbins 3,
A War Cup tie was to be the sole guest appearance for United by Stan
Mortensen - who marked the occasion with a brace. Leeds had an early effort from
Short that appeared to cross the line not given. It probably wasn't a turning
Preston North End (h) 0-4 (0-2)0-4)
P29, 25pts, 15th/22
Foster(19), Wayman(1,46), Baxter(
Among the goalscorers for the visitors was former
Magpies centre forward, Charlie Wayman who scored at the
start of each half.
Leicester City (h)
P27, 27pts, 12th/22
This defeat made it 18 games since a clean sheet
for Manager Charlie Mitten's inconsistent United side.
Cardiff City (h)
P28, 40pts, 1st/22
After a New Year wobble of defeats at Swansea in the
FA Cup (0-1) & Coventry in the league (4-5), United found
some home comforts.
Willie McFaul saved a penalty
from Gordon Harris at the Gallowgate End, as FA Cup exits for both sides saw
them fill an otherwise free weekend with a kickabout.
Joe Harvey though was absent, watching some kid called
Macdonald score for Luton Town in a friendly against
1978 Midfielder Tommy Craig left United as the internal
divisions at Gallowgate grew wider, joining Aston Villa
Grimsby Town (h)
FA Cup 4th Round
Mariner Phil Crosby netted a late consolation for the
Magpies in this hugely disappointing encounter.
Bearded Mariners goalkeeper Nigel Batch kept out countless efforts
from Chris Waddle and Imre Varadi, the latter hitting the bar
There was some consolation for fans of Punk band Stiff
Little Fingers who played a blinder at the City Hall later
that evening. Lead singer and Toon fan, Jake Burns,
offered his sympathies for our cup exit.
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-0 (1-0)
P24, 32pts, 12th/21
The start of a brief Magpies career for substitute
striker Anth Lormor, on a day when Gazza made an
impression on the opposition - and signed for them six
footage is online here (part I)
Youtube footage is online here (part II)
Zenith Data Systems Cup
A poor game at Ayresome Park saw Boro seal a place
in the ZDS Northern area final, where they would overcome
Aston Villa to set up their first Wembley tie.
United returned here four months later to lose 1-4 in the league, consigning themselves to a promotion playoff against the
mackems and ensuring Boro avoided relegation.
footage is online here
Rotherham United (a) 1-1 (1-0)
FA Cup 4th Round
United fans fought with locals on the Tivoli end in
this cup tie, played in front of Millmoor's first
full house since 1971.
The Millers sought to cash in by increasing ticket prices
for the away fans, but the Magpies refused to pass on the
extra £2.50 to their fans and reported them to the
Nigel Johnson equalised with his knee as Dean Barrick's indirect free
kick rebounded off Pavel Srnicek's post, while old boy Tony
Cunningham led the line for Rotherham.
footage is online here
Bradford City (h)
FA Cup 4th Round
Hamann(33), Shearer(52), Ketsbaia(86)
An uncomfortable opening half hour at the hands of the
lower league Bantams was ended when Didi Hamann forced the ball in after Temuri
Ketsbaia's effort was blocked.
Robbie Blake then missed a good chance to level for City early in the second
half before Shearer pounced to double the lead.
The two scorers then combined late on for Georgian Ketsbaia to supply a
2003 Another bleak game at
Gateshead Stadium as United lost 1-2 to Blackburn's second
string on a Thursday afternoon.
Corradi Grabbi scored twice in the first half for future
Magpie coach Alan Murray's side while Diego Gavilan
Steve Harper was sent off by referee Nigel
Miller for kicking Ciaran Donnelly as he cleared the ball
upfield and the ref awarded Rovers a spot-kick. Substitute
'keeper Adam Bartlett failed to keep out Grabbi's penalty.
P24, 29pts, 12th/20
Things had been very quiet. Too quiet....but thanks to Craig
Bellamy's now legendary gob, United were needlessly thrust into the
headlines once again, giving Sky and the red-tops more meaty
storylines to feast on.
After being told that he would be
playing on the right wing at Highbury, Bellamy reeled off a string of
expletives and almost instantly developed a hamstring injury.
According to Souness, it seemed as if this had miraculously cleared up
by the Saturday as Bellamy appeared to be trying to avoid a Dyer-like
backlash from fans and press alike.
Bellamy however wasn't picked and he and Souness then gave
contradictory post-match interviews in the stadium, making us the
Premiership's favourite laughing stock again.
The situation was
exacerbated further on Sunday evening as Sky revealed
(with great relish) that their source close to the club
confirmed that Bellamy had planned to feign injury before
Thursday's training session - something Souness later
Bellamy never played for the club
again and was packed off on loan to Celtic.
NUFC.com match report
2006 With barely a
minute of the reserve game against Everton remaining, Newcastle's
unbeaten home record for the season looked to have ended at the eighth
However, striker Carl Finnigan had other ideas, striking his third
goal in successive games at Kingston Park to force a 2-2
United had trailed for the fourth home game in a row, as Victor Anichebe took
advantage of defensive lapses and netted twice.
However, midfielder Matty Pattison then struck from distance before
half time to set up an interesting second half.
United's Reserve side earned a well -deserved point
against more experienced opponents at Wigan's Robin Park.
Trailing to a first half header from Swedish midfielder
Andreas Johansson, Newcastle got back on to level terms
thanks to debutant striker Jonny Godsmark after the break.
NUFC.com match report
2009 Joe Kinnear made his first signing as
manager, bringing Dane Peter Lovenkrands to
SJP for the rest of the current season.
After securing his release from previous club Schalke 04,
the 28 year-old forward had been training with
United for two weeks before agreeing terms - signing on a
free (from Germany), as the song goes....
2010 West Bromwich Albion (a)
FA Cup 4th Round
A remarkable display from referee James Linnington decided this tie. He couldn't
have been more of a homer had he christened his offspring Bart, Lisa
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2013 Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran
was confirmed as Newcastle's
third signing of the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old arrived at Darsley Park after a undisclosed fee estimated at £2.1m
was agreed with the French Ligue 1 side.
Gouffran was in the final six months of his contract at the Stade Chaban Delmas
and put pen to paper on a four and a half year deal.
P23, 21pts, 18th/20
A third loss to Watford in as many months came amid baffling team selections,
odd tactics and woeful finishing.
And although Steve McClaren moaned about an offside opener straight after
the interval, United got what they deserved as the
Hornets stung the Magpies again.
A late header from Jamaal Lascelles gave some hope of a fight back but some
good heading opportunities were embarrassingly fluffed as three more points