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Fulham (h) Public sale now
Liverpool (a)
Watford (a)
Manchester United (h) Public sale now
Blackburn FAC (h) Public sale now
U21s v mackems (a) ST holder sale now (
40 pts)
Chelsea (a) ST holder sale now (
0 pts)
Cardiff City (h) Member sale now


Never mind the baubles, here's the
2018 Advent Calendar
  Day 18

Asia Cup: two away

In addition to the expected selection of
Newcastle midfielder Ki Sungyueng by South Korea for next month's Asian Cup Finals, his club colleague Yoshinori Muto has also been called up by Japan.

The 24 nation event runs from January 5th until February 1st in the United Arab Emirates and as we've found with African Cup of Nations selections, countries do often exercise their right to remove players from their clubs a full fortnight beforehand.

It's claimed that Sungyueng could miss up to seven Premier League games and potentially depart after the Fulham game on Saturday, but Japan appear to have a different view - the official NUFC website reporting that Muto will be available for club selection up until the visit of Manchester United on January 2nd. 

07.01.2019 South Korea v Philippines Dubai
11.01.2019 Kyrgyzstan v South Korea Al Ain
16.01.2019 South Korea v China Abu Dhabi

09.01.2019 Japan v Turkmenistan Abu Dhabi
13.01.2019 Oman v Japan Abu Dhabi
17.01.2019 Japan v Uzbekistan Al Ain

Premier League:
TV changes revealed 

Delayed until after the Champions League draw took place on Monday, the Premier League have now confirmed their February live TV selections as follows:

Sat 02.02.2019 Spurs (a) 12.30pm Sky 
Mon 11.02.2019 Wolves (a) 8pm Sky

The following games are unchanged:

Sat 23.02.2019
Huddersfield Town (h) 3pm
Wed 27.02.2019 Burnley (h) 7.45pm

Those two live games present yet more travel hurdles for away followers, with rail engineering work over the weekend of the Spurs game extending journey times significantly.

Yet another Monday live game meanwhile will further complicate life for some fans - and mean that others simply cannot attend as real life intervenes.

Checkatrade Trophy:
mackems (a)
ticket details

Tickets for Newcastle U21's Checkatrade Trophy last 16 tie at the stadium of plight next month are now on sale to ST holders with 40 or more loyalty points.

The tie is all ticket and Newcastle have received an allocation of 2,800 seats - 2,000 less than the away club are entitled to under competition rules. 

Note that away season tickets aren't in use for this fixture.

In an apparent attempt to deter fans from attending, adult admission has been set for everyone at £15 (£5 for U16s/over-65s). The mackems claim that the increase is to cover their security costs.

Admission to their home tie in the last round of same competition earlier this month was just £3, while their FA Cup defeat by Walsall meanwhile was £10.

It's a 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday January 8th 2019 and a result must be achieved on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes then the tie will go straight to penalties.

As a top-flight side, United will field their U21s with some scope to include over age players. It's officially a first team game for the third-tier mackems.

Last 16 draw:

Rochdale v Manchester City U21s
mackems v Newcastle U21s
Accrington Stanley v Bury
Port Vale v Shrewsbury Town

Southend United v Portsmouth
Chelsea U21s v Peterborough United
Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town v Oxford United/Spurs U21s


Premier League:
on song!

Huddersfield Town  0  Newcastle  1


Match report

Latest PL results:

Sat 15.12.2018:
Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Newcastle
Spurs 1-0 Burnley
Watford 3-2 Cardiff City
Wolves 2-0 Bournemouth
Fulham 0-2 West Ham

Sun 16.12.2018:

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Chelsea
Southampton 3-2 Arsenal
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United

Premier League:
Fulham (h)

United's final home game of 2018 sees Fulham visit SJP for an old-fashioned 3pm kickoff this Saturday.

Tickets remain on public sale.

NUFC: DeAndre Yedlin is available following suspension, but Jonjo Shelvey remains out and Florian Lejeune is short of match fitness. Federico Fernandez is a doubt.

Coral matchday betting is online here

FFC: Ryan Sessengnon is set to return. 

Ex-Magpie Aleksandar Mitrovic is set for a first game against his former employers, having got through the West Ham game on Saturday without collecting the booking that would have seen him suspended. 

This will be the sixth time that boss Claudio Ranieri has occupied the away dugout at SJP, Fulham becoming the fourth different club he's overseen:

2015/16 Newcastle 0 Leicester City 3 (PL)
2007/08 Newcastle 2 Juventus 0 (Fr)
2003/04 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1 (PL)
2002/03 Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1 (PL)
2001/02 Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2 (PL)


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 th
e Fulham game.

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


Cottagers in Toon - last 10:

2016/17 lost 1-3 Murphy
2013/14 won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2012/13 won 1-0 Cisse
2011/12 won 2-1 Best 2
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 won 2-0 Viduka, Owen
2006/07 lost 1-2 Parker
2005/06 drew 1-1 N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 1-4 Bellamy
2003/04 won 3-1 O'Brien, Speed, Robert

Referee: Martin Atkinson - second Newcastle game of the season for the West Yorkshire-based official, after the opening day 1-2 home defeat to Spurs.


Metro: No scheduled disruptions this weekend.


There's another RMT strike action on Saturday, 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 Stand
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 Park Road
Leazes Park Road from Percy Street and Strawberry Place junctions
Terrace Place

Closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.

Dedicated match buses run from Metro Centre (X50) and Gosforth Great Park (Q3) More details here


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 or turn up to pay & display.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: to follow 

UK Radio: tbc (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Fri 21.12.2018:
Wolves v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Sat 22.12.2018:

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

Sun 23.12.2018:

Everton v Spurs (4pm) Sky

Our sponsors Centrale on Newcastle station will be open right through until Christmas Eve for any last minute gifts.

They can make up great gift boxes containing your choice of beers, or pick them for you if you'd rather trust their tastes.

Gift vouchers (in multiples of £5) are also available.

Opening hours:

Tue 18th -Fri 21st: 10:00 - 20:00
Sat 22nd: 09:00 - 19:00
Sun 23rd: 10:00 - 18:00
Mon 24th: 10:00 - 17:00

Loan lads:
Aarons Czechs out 

Rolando Aarons (Slovan Liberec)

Saturday saw Slovan play out a 0-0 draw in Prague at Bohemians 1905 in the Czech League. Aarons started and was replaced in the 90th minute for what was the final game of his loan spell there.

Aarons played 769 minutes across thirteen games for the mid-table side (starting nine times) but failed to score a single goal.

The Czech League now closes down until February and 23 year-old winger Rolando will return to SJP, where he's under contract until 2021 but was unable to claim a first team squad place this season.

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
The on-loan striker completed 90 minutes as Albion collected a 2-1 win at promotion rivals Sheffield United in the Championship on Friday.

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
It finished scoreless away to Goztepe in the Turkish Super Lig on Friday, Henri completing 88 minutes.

Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman 
(Accrington Stanley) 
An uncomfortable afternoon for Accy at Roots Hall, beaten 0-3 by Southend United in League One on Saturday. Dan played the full game but Luke wasn't involved in the matchday squad at all.

Josef Yarney (Morecambe)
Things were little better at Sincil Bank in League Two on Saturday, as Morecambe lost 1-3 to Lincoln City. Josef played the full game for the Shrimps.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)

It finished scoreless in the East Midlands derby on Monday night, Colback supplying his usual 90 minutes and booking away at Derby in the Championship.

Premier League:
Wembley or White 
Hart Lane - update


Update: Sunday saw a test event at the new Spurs stadium, with 6,000 spectators allowed inside for a look around. It's reported that away fans will be located at pitchside in the North East Corner and get 3,000 seats.

Spurs confirm that they will use Wembley Stadium for home games until at least Sunday January 13th, when they host Manchester United in the Premier League. 

That fixture was provisionally scheduled to be the first played at their new stadium, but further delays in the construction and commissioning of it mean that another game will now be the inaugural one.

The next Spurs home game after that is a Wednesday evening meeting with Watford on January 30th, although a weekend fixture seems favourite - which means it's more likely to be the visit of Newcastle United on Saturday February 2nd at 12.30pm (live on Sky).

A further progress report is scheduled for the week commencing Monday January 7th.

No news may be good news....eventually

unverified claims circulated over the weekend that another bid with US backing was being overseen by Garry Cook - former Manchester City CEO who was also involved with Ashley when working for Nike. 

Former Chelsea and Manchester United CEO Peter Kenyon remains in discussions to acquire the club from Mike Ashley, using finance reportedly provided by US based Rockefeller Financial Management. 

Claims of interest from other groups are unverified while financial consultants representing Kenyon have been on Tyneside, although there's been a clear reluctance to use the phrase "due diligence".

The £300m asking price that has been bandied around isn't fixed in terms of a one-off payment and a form of down payment could be acceptable, given proof of sufficient funds.

However the chances of a successful conclusion before the end of the January transfer window are lessening by the way, leading to further uncertainty over what - if any - budget Rafa has to work with. 

PS: Fresh claims of agreement deal for the Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron have again been rubbished by the MLS side's President, although it appears that contact is ongoing with NUFC.

FA Cup ticket sale

Tickets for the FA Cup Third Round home tie against Blackburn Rovers next month are on public sale.

Advance ticket prices: £10 adults, £5 concessions. 
Matchday prices rise to £20 and £10 respectively. 

Announced as a 3pm kickoff on Saturday January 5th 2019, the tie was then selected for live overseas TV transmission and is now a 5.30pm start. Note that it isn't shown live on UK TV.

Magpies beaten 

Southampton U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report

Premier League:

Friday saw Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez named the PL manager of the month for November, claiming the award for the seventh time after three consecutive wins during that month.

Five managers have won more than Rafa's haul of seven, but none of them are currently in post: Martin O'Neill (8), Harry Redknapp (8), David Moyes (10), Arsene Wenger (15) and Sir Alex Ferguson (27).

The last current Magpies boss to win the award was Alan Pardew in November 2014 while Rafa's previous success was as Chelsea manager back in April 2013.

NUFC PL MOTM winners:

Kevin Keegan: (5)
Nov 1993, Aug 1994, Feb 1995, Aug 1995, Sep 1995

Bobby Robson: (6) Feb 2000, Aug 2000, Dec 2001, Feb 2002, Jan 2003, Oct 2003 

Alan Pardew: (2) Nov 2013, Nov 2014

Rafa Benitez: (1) Nov 2018

Sorensen steps up

Reserve striker Elias Sorensen has been called up to Denmark's U21 side - his first selection at that level. 

The 20 year-old has previously represented his nation at both U17 and U19 level and is in the U21 party for two friendly games in Mexico next month.

Hopefully Sorensen will still be available to face the mackems in the Checkatrade Trophy on January 8th, with the Danish tour listed as running from the 10th until the 20th.

The two games give Elias an opportunity to force his way into the squad for the European Championship Finals staged in June 2019. Denmark U21s are in the same group as Germany, Serbia and Austria for the 12 nation tournament staged in Italy. 

The in-form striker is out of contract at the end of this season and an initial offer was rebuffed, although he's said to be happy to remain on Tyneside.

A similar situation saw his reserve colleague Sean Longstaff put pen to paper on a new four year deal recently, having rejected the original terms offered.

Premier League:
Liverpool (a)

Just for a change, Boxing Day sees United on the road again, heading to Anfield for a non-televised 3pm KO.

All tickets have been sold -allocation size tbc.

NUFC: To follow.

Coral match betting will appear here.

LFC: To follow.


Magpies @ Anfield: Premier League era:

2017/18: Lost 0-2
2015/16: Drew 2-2 Cisse, Colback
2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 1-2 og(Skrtel)
2012/13: Drew 1-1 Cabaye
2011/12: Lost 1-3 og(Agger)
2010/11: Lost 0-3
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2006/07: Lost 0-2
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 1-3 Kluivert
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2003/04: Lost 1-2 Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 2-2 Speed, Shearer
2001/02: Lost 0-3
2000/01: Lost 0-3
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1998/99: Lost 2-4 Solano, Andersson
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 3-4 Gillespie, Asprilla, Barton
1995/96: Lost 3-4 Ferdinand, Ginola, Asprilla
1995/96: Won 1-0 Watson (LC)
1994/95: Lost 0-2
1993/94: Won 2-0 Lee, Cole

NUFC Boxing Day Record - last 20:

2016/17: Sheffield Wednesday (h) lost 0-1
2015/16: Everton (h) lost 0-1
2014/15: Manchester United (a) lost 1-3
2013/14: Stoke City (h) won 5-1
2012/13: Manchester United (a) lost 3-4
2011/12: Bolton Wanderers (a) won 2-0
2010/11: Manchester City (h) lost 1-3
2009/10: Sheffield Wednesday (a) drew 2-2
2008/09: Wigan Athletic (a) lost 1-2
2007/08: Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07: Bolton Wanderers (a) lost 1-2
2005/06: Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
2004/05: Blackburn Rovers (a) drew 2-2
2003/04: Leicester City (a) drew 1-1
2002/03: Bolton Wanderers (a) lost 3-4
2001/02: smoggies (h) won 3-0
2000/01: Leeds United (h) won 2-1
1999/00: Liverpool (h) drew 2-2
1998/99: Leeds United (h) lost 0-3
1997/98: Derby County (a) lost 0-1



There are no trains on Boxing Day. 

These traffic Twitter accounts are worth checking:



UK TV: None

Overseas TV:  to follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Festive PL fixtures:

Wed 26.12.2018:
Fulham v Wolves (12.30pm) Sky
Burnley v Everton (3pm) 
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City (3pm)
Leicester City v Manchester City (3pm)
Liverpool v Newcastle (3pm)
Manchester United v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Spurs v Bournemouth (3pm) 
Brighton v Arsenal (5.15pm) Sky 
Watford v Chelsea (7.30pm) Sky  

Thu 27.12.2018:
Southampton v West Ham (7.45pm) Sky

Sat 29.12.2018:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton (3pm)
Fulham v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leicester City v Cardiff City (3pm)
Spurs v Wolves (3pm)
Watford v Newcastle (3pm)
Liverpool v Arsenal (5.30pm) BT

Sun 30.12.2018:
Crystal Palace v Chelsea (Noon) Sky
Burnley v West Ham (2.15pm)
Southampton v Manchester City (2.15pm) Sky
Manchester United v Bournemouth (4.30pm) Sky

Tue 01.01.2019:
Everton v Leicester City (12.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v Fulham (3pm)
Cardiff City v Spurs (5.30pm) Sky

Wed 02.01.2019:
Bournemouth v Watford (7.45pm)
Chelsea v Southampton (7.45pm)
Huddersfield Town v Burnley (7.45pm)
West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm)
Wolves v Crystal Palace (7.45pm)
Newcastle v Manchester United (8pm) Sky

Thu 03.01.2019:
Man City v Liverpool (8pm) Sky


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.

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 372 1892 

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

Sat 22.12.2018 Fulham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Wed 26.12.2018 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT

Sat 29.12.2018 Watford (a)
@ Vicarage Road, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. 

Wed 02.01.2019 Manchester United (h)
@ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 05.01.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h)
@ SJP, 5.30pm. FA Cup Third Round. (Lower bowl only open), Public sale now. £10 adults, £5 concessions (NB: £20 adults and £10 concessions on matchday).

(No metro service all day on 05.01.2019 between Tynemouth & St. James').

Tue 08.01.2019 U21s v mackems (a) @ stadium of plight, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Trophy. ST holder sale now, 40 points. £15 adults, £5 concessions. Allocation: 2,800.

Sat 12.01.2019 U18s v Manchester City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 5.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £30 adults, £23.50 U20s/students. Allocation: tbc.  Live on BT Sport.

Mon 14.01.2019
U23s v West Bromwich Albion (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 19.01.2019 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 19.01.2019 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale now. Public sale Tue 18.12.2018 (online), Thu 27.12.2018 (in person/by phone).

Tue 22.01.2019 U23s v Notts County (a) @ New Manor Ground, Ilkeston, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

Tue 29.01.2019 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale from Thu 20.12.2018, Public sale Fri 28.12.2018 (online), Mon 07.01.2019 (in person/by phone). Live on BT Sport.

Fri 01.02.2019
U23s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 02.02.2019
U18s v Wolves (a) @ Wolves Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 02.02.2019 Spurs (a)
@ venue tbc, 12.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 05.02.2019
U23s v Blyth Spartans (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.45pm. Northumberland Senior Cup.

Fri 08.02.2019
U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 09.02.2019 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Rovers Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 11.02.2019 Wolves (a)
@ Molineux, 8pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

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:

Wed 02.01.2019 Man United (h) 8pm Sky
Sat 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a) 5.30pm BT
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)

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 Sat 05.01.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h)
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 are fielding an U21 side:

Last 16:
Tue 08.01.2019
mackems (a) 7.45pm

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) 2pm
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:

Quarter Final:
Wed 23.01.2019 Heaton Stan v Morpeth
Wed 23.01.2019 Benfield v North Shields
Wed 23.01.2019 WA Celtic v Bedlington
Tue 05.02.2019 NUFC v Blyth Spartans

Gateshead FC have reduced admission prices for NUFC ST holders attending their National League home games to £10 adults.

Next three GFC home league games:
Wed 26.12.2018
Hartlepool United 3pm
Sat 29.12.2018
FC Halifax Town 3pm
Sat 05.01.2019
Maidenhead United 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Sat 23.03.2019 Newcastle Falcons v Sale
Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

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Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

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International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

05.01.2019-01.02.2019 Asian Cup Finals

Ki Sungyueng tbc
07.01.2019 South Korea v Philippines Dubai
11.01.2019 Kyrgyzstan v South Korea Al Ain
16.01.2019 South Korea v China Abu Dhabi

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?
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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
18th December

Born Or Died:

1922 Ivor Broadis born, Poplar, Isle of Dogs. (1953-55)

An England international forward with 14 caps, Ivor played in the 1954 World Cup finals as a Magpie, having first made his name during the war guesting for Spurs, Millwall and Carlisle while a serving officer in the RAF. 

He became Carlisle boss after the war and sold himself to the mackems in 1949 for £18,000 claiming that it was in the best financial interests of the club that he leave.

Next port of call was Manchester City in October 1951, for £25,000, then on to the Toon in 1953 for £20,000 where he didn't appear in the 1955 FA Cup final team and returned to Carlisle a matter of weeks later.

Broadis ended his career over the border for Queen of the South, before pursuing a career as football journalist for many years.

1955 Mickey Barker born, Bishop Auckland. (1972-79)

Left back who made his debut in 1-0 victory at West Ham in April 1975 - the first of 29 first team outings (including two as sub).

Moving on to Gillingham in 1979, Mickey returned to the region the following year with non-league sides Ferryhill & Bishop Auckland.

A move to Hartlepool United followed in 1982, following a spell playing out in the USA and Mickey ended his career with Bishops, also running a pub in the town.

1959 Kevin Dillon born, s*nderland.


Midfielder who began his career as an apprentice at Birmingham City and was handed his senior team debut in 1977 by then-Blues boss Sir Alf Ramsey. 

1983 saw him move on to Portsmouth, in whose colours he was dismissed at SJP following a clash with Peter Jackson.

Brought to SJP by his former Fratton Park boss Jim Smith on a free and with Mark McGhee and Mick Quinn shooting us into the playoffs, Dillon occupied a midfield anchor role to good effect.

However he failed to find the net for United in 76 outings, with his duck-breaking efforts resulting in some appalling misses - none worse than an away game at Wolves when he contrived to shoot wide of an empty goal with no home player in the same postcode.

The arrival of Ossie Ardiles in April 1991 saw the likes of Lee Clark, David Roche and Lee Makel promoted from the reserves and Dillon dropped before his contract was ended.

An unsuccessful trial with his beloved mackems saw him appearing for their reserves in a friendly at Blyth Spartans.

No deal was forthcoming however and his next port of call was Reading, playing for the Elm Park side until 1994.

After playing and coaching at Stevenage Borough, he joined Yeovil Town before returning to Reading in 1995 as a coach (and turning out for Fareham Town in 1997).

Dillon took over as Reading's caretaker boss in the wake of the 2003 defection of Alan Pardew from the Royals to West Ham.

However, the Royals opted to overlook him and appoint Steve Coppell instead, with Dillon remaining at the Madejski as his number two until Coppell's departure in summer 2009.

After spending some time scouting for Watford, Dillon become the new boss of Aldershot Town in November 2009 but he and his assistant, former mackem, Gary Owers, were sacked in January 2011.

Kevin later worked as a youth scout for the Scottish FA.


What Else?

1897 Burton Swifts (a)
Division Two
P13, 19pts, 3rd/16 
Leigh(3,8), Blackie(76)

1909 Sheffield United (a)
Division One
P19, 21pts, 8th/20 
Evans(43,76), Kitchen(60), Hardinge(72)

Albert Shepherd missed a spot-kick for the Magpies when it was still goalless.

1920 Manchester United (a)
Division One
P19, 25pts, 2nd/22 
Miller(30), Hopkin(82)

1926 Leicester City (h)
Division One
P20, 25pts, 3rd/22 
Profligacy from the penalty spot as Hughie Gallacher and Frank Hudspeth both missed for United. Hudspeth's saved effort was awarded for handball on the line, despite the ball being fisted into the goal.

1937 Swansea Town (h)
Division Two
P19, 18pts, 14th/22 

Bill Imrie's 69th minute penalty was saved by Stan Moore but he tucked in the rebound.

1943 Gateshead (a)
Copeland(10,81), Dixon(20)

1948 Everton (h)
Division One
P22, 31pts, 1st/22 
1954 Arsenal (h)
Division One
P22, 22pts, 12th/22 
Keeble(2,19), R.Mitchell(25pen,69), Milburn(46)
1965 Liverpool (h)
Division One
P21, 15pts, 19th/22 
United halted the march of an in-form Reds side who had won seven of their previous eight games.

1971 West Ham United (a)
Division One
P22, 18pts, 16th/22 
Having scored on his debut at West Brom the week before, on-loan Viv Busby netted again at Upton Park.

1974 Chester (a)
League Cup 5th Round Replay
Sealand Road's clarty pitch proved to be our undoing, as Fourth Division City followed up their ousting of Leeds United by knocking Newcastle out.

Frustrated by the acrobatic goalkeeping of Chester's Grenville Millington, the winner came when a corner wasn't cleared and City striker John James shot through a crowd of bodies past the unsighted Iam McFaul.  

1976 Aston Villa (a)
Division One
P18, 22pts, 5th/22 
Ahead when Geoff Nulty touched on a corner kick for Alan Gowling to convert, John Deehan soon repeated the trick at the other end to send the sides in level at half time. 

The winner then came from yet another corner as Deehan forced the ball over the United line from point-blank range.

1982 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-1 (1-0)
Division Two
P19, 24pts, 15th/22 
Future Owl Imre Varadi found the net at Hillsborough for a Magpies side who were once again without Kevin Keegan due to injury. Liverpool loanee Howard Gayle deputised for him once again. 

1990 Newcastle reserves beat their Leicester
City counterparts 2-0, thanks to goals from Michael Parkinson and John Gallacher.

The game marked the only appearance of trialist defender Chris Zoricich, a New Zealander who moved to England to become a professional footballer. 

After over a decade playing back in Australia and New Zealand, Zorro made a brief return to these shores at the start of the 2003/04 season, training with Mansfield Town but failing to secure a playing deal.

1993 Everton (a)
Premier League
P20, 35pts, 4th/22 
Cole(14), Beardsley(76)
Peter Beardsley was warmly welcomed on his return to Goodison Park, marking the occasion with a fine goal.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 Bradford City (a)
P18, 19pts, 15th/20

Future Magpies centre half Andy O'Brien helped the Bantams contain our twin strikeforce of Messrs Shearer and Ferguson with ease - a display which may have led to his arrival at SJP in 2001.

However, the Valley Parade ballboys were more impressive than a United side whose greatest effort on the day was getting off the team coach. match report

2000 Liverpool's seemingly endless supply of venues for reserve games saw the Magpies visit the Knowsley Road home of St. Helens Rugby League team.

And on a chilly night when Shola Ameobi netted in a 1-1 draw, the debut display of Olivier Bernard caused us to comment that he had shown "undoubted potential" match report

2001 Arsenal (a)
P17, 33pts, 1st/20
O'Brien(60), Shearer(86pen), Robert(90)
Conceding once but being battered, Ray Parlour's dismissal just before the half-time break gave United some hope. 

Craig Bellamy then walked for allegedly striking cheat Ashley Cole in the face (later rescinded) before Andy O'Brien equalised.

Alan Shearer then converted a penalty and Laurent Robert strode clear to secure United's first capital win for over five years - an amazing night that also saw us top the table.

Uri Geller later claimed credit for it all.... match report

Bellamy goes quietly....

2010 Newcastle's Premier League game at Birmingham City was called off just three hours before kick-off.

The decision was made shortly before noon when match referee Mike Jones made a pitch inspection, but poor conditions in the vicinity of the ground affected the judgment.

The playing surface and the areas in and around the stadium weren't too bad but players, officials and supporters were struggling to get to St. Andrew's, including Blues manager Alex McLeish.