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Everton (a) ST holder sale from Mon 22.10
Newcastle return to Premier League action on Saturday,
when former Magpies boss Chris Hughton arrives on Tyneside with his Seagulls side.
It's an old-fashioned, non-televised, 3pm kick-off and tickets are on public sale
now, with additional availability in Level 7 due to the visitors returning
Pre-game Anti-Ashley protests led by the Magpie Group are set to continue on
Florian Lejeune remains sidelined and this game won't
come in time for Salomon Rondon to return after injury.
Paul Dummett missed out on a Welsh call-up due to a hamstring issue but is
anticipated to be available.
A thigh injury saw Ciaran Clark withdraw from the Ireland squad on Tuesday and
However both Yoshinori Muto and Kenedy seem to have suffered no ill-effects
after leaving the field against Manchester United and are in training.
Coral matchday betting is
Current odds: NUFC 6/5, Draw 11/5, BHAFC 11/5
Their "Your Call"
option allows you to create bespoke odds and we've cobbled a few examples
Game to be a draw, goal in both halves 11/2 here
Newcastle win to nil, score in both halves
Newcastle win, BTTS in first half 11/1
Yedlin to be carded, Perez score 11/1
Game to be a draw, BTTS, Muto score 13/1
Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:
2017/18 drew 0-0
2016/17 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey
1991/92 lost 0-1
1990/91 drew 0-0
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)
Chris Hughton has won just once against his former club Newcastle as a
manager - and is yet to accomplish that feat on Tyneside in four visits:
2012/13 Newcastle 1 Norwich 0
2012/13 Norwich 0 Newcastle 0
2013/14 Newcastle 2 Norwich 1
2013/14 Norwich 0 Newcastle 0
2016/17 Newcastle 2 Brighton 1
2016/17 Brighton 1 Newcastle 2
2017/18 Brighton 1 Newcastle 0
2017/18 Newcastle 0 Brighton 0
United have endured an eight game winless start to the
season, something they've only experienced once before in Premier League
history - 2015/16 seeing Newcastle draw three and lose five before breaking that
run with a 6-2 beating of Norwich City at SJP.
Following home defeats by Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and
Leicester City this season, United are hoping to avoid their fifth successive league
loss at SJP.
Having also lost four in a row in both 2014 and 2015, Newcastle were beaten five times
in succession on home soil last season (between November and December), the first time that fate has
befallen them in 24 Premier League seasons.
One has to go back to the 1953/54 season to find
the previous five game losing league run at SJP, which was extended to six
games before thankfully ending with a 4-0 win over Cardiff City.
(Defeat to Leicester meant that Newcastle made
some unwanted history, never having begun a season with four successive home
league defeats before).
BHAFC: Davy Propper misses out, Gaetan Bong is doubtful after injury forced him to pull out of
the Cameroon squad last week and late decisions on Pascal Gross and Dale
Stephens will be made.
Striker Glenn Murray currently has 99 goals in all competitions for Albion in
his two spells at the club, needing one more to edge ahead of ex-Magpie Kit
Napier and become their leading post-WW2 scorer.
The Seagulls arrive on Tyneside in thirteenth spot, with eight points. They
were acquired from home victories over Manchester United and West Ham, a home
draw with Fulham and a point at Southampton.
Albion's only away goals came in that 2-2 draw along the coast, with defeats
at Watford (0-2), Liverpool (0-1 and Manchester City (0-2) on the road.
Last season saw Brighton win just twice away in the PL: 3-0 at West Ham in
October 2017 and 1-0 at Swansea in November. Since that success they've gone
18 away games in the PL without a victory.
Along with relegated West Bromwich Albion, Brighton scored ten goals away from
home in the PL last season - the joint lowest total in the league.
Eight of those ten were scored in the first half of games, while both their
away goals this season to date came after half time.
Referee: Andre Marriner
- a quick return for the whistler from the West Midlands, who was in charge of
our 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace last month.
Given that it cost him £60K for some innocuous press conference comments
ahead of that game, Rafa Benitez will doubtless be minding his P's and Q's...
sponsors CentrAle at the Central station have new beers
from Cloudwater, a barrel aged stout from the Rigg & Furrow Brewery in
Northumberland and an American pumpkin beer for Halloween!
In addition to 3 & 4 bottle and 6 can gift boxes, we have Beer Advent
Calendars: 24 beers of your choice, a splendid present for a beer lover.
Come and say hello if
you're visiting Craft Beer Calling at
Wylam Brewery in Newcastle Exhibition Park.
PL games with these offers:
Due to engineering work, buses will replace metro services in both
directions between Chichester and South Shields until Saturday November 3rd.
Due to RMT strike action on Saturday, Northern Rail services across
the region will be severely affected.
Dedicated match buses run from Metro Centre (X50) and Gosforth Great Park
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.
Rooms on Carliol Square will be showing the 12.30pm and 5.30pm
Pizza and a pint £7
Two Dine for a Tenner
20% discount for NUFC season ticket holders before and after the Brighton
The Ware Rooms are at 17 Carliol Square NE1 6UQ - 5 minutes walk from
both Monument and Manors Metro.
Astro SuperSport 2 (Malaysia)
beIN Sports MENA 9 HD
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Canal+ Sport Online (Poland)
DIRECTV Sports South America
DIRECTV Sports Caribbean
Flow Sports app
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NBC Sports Gold (USA)
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SKY NET Sports 3
Sky Planeta Football (Mexico)
SportsNavi Live (Japan)
SportsNet 1 (Canada) +HD
SPOTV (South Korea)
SPS HD (Mongolia)
SSports Live (China)
SuperSport 6 Za +HD
Watch ESPN Brazil
UK Radio: None
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Please don't forget that the NUFC
Fans Food bank collection stall opens on Strawberry Place from 1pm. Food
or cash donations equally welcome!
Latest PL fixtures:
Chelsea v Manchester United (12.30pm) Sky
Bournemouth v Southampton (3pm)
Cardiff City v Fulham (3pm)
Manchester City v Burnley (3pm)
Newcastle v Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm)
West Ham v Spurs (3pm)
Wolves v Watford (3pm)
Huddersfield Town v Liverpool (5.30pm) BT
Everton v Crystal Palace (4pm) Sky
Arsenal v Leicester City (8pm) Sky
"A football club? sorry, wrong
From NUFC, Friday:
Newcastle United has launched a brand new local rate telephone number for
supporters wanting to purchase tickets or contact the club.
The new number, 0344 372 1892, is
live now and was introduced following feedback from supporters.
The 0344 local rate number replaces the
prefix 0844, which carried a cost of 7p per minute plus callers' network
Calls cost no more than calls to
geographic numbers (01 or 02).
Following a two week break from their exertions, Dave Watson's U18 side are
in league action on Saturday, facing Everton at their Finch Farm
It's a 1pm kick-off and United will hope to halt a run of four
successive league and cup losses, conceding 16 times and scoring just twice in
The omens are hardly great though, the free-scoring Toffees currently top of
the North Group after winning six times and drawing their other outing.
Last season saw Everton collect maximum points from Newcastle thanks to a 2-1
win on Tyneside that was followed a 7-0 romp on Merseyside in March.
stop-start U23 season recommences this coming week, with Premier League 2
fixtures on both Monday and Friday as follows:
Monday night sees Ben Dawson's side visit Walsall's Bescot Stadium (aka
The Banks's Stadium) to face Aston Villa in a 7pm start.
Tickets are available on the gate on the
night, priced at £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
The action then moves to St. James' Park on Friday
night, when United host their Boro counterparts in another 7pm
Usual spectator access arrangements will apply to that latter game; East Stand
turnstiles open and admission free for current ST holders & members, or
else £3 adults and £1 concessions.
Galatasaray (a) Turkish Super Lig, Friday.
(West Bromwich Albion)
Wigan Athletic (a) Championship, Saturday.
Norwich City (h) Championship, Saturday.
Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman
Peterborough United (a) League One, Saturday.
Colchester United (h) League Two, Saturday.
Slavia Prague (h) Czech Liga, Sunday.
An unprecedented level of interest in Saturday's FA Cup tie between Dunston UTS and
Gateshead means that it's now a complete 2,500 sellout.
For anyone unable to be part of a record home crowd for the Northern League
side, the BBC will have live coverage online online
here and via the red button.
Kickoff is at 12.30pm and if the scores are level after 90 minutes,
then the tie will go to a replay.
From The Scotsman, Thursday:
Derek Llambias has rubbished claims that Mike Ashley is the
driving force behind a reported buyout plan for Greenock Morton.
The former Rangers chief executive hinted that he and other investors in the
Cappielow outfit may consider a takeover but admitted that any movement would
be a “long way off”.
But Llambias did pour cold water on suggestions that Newcastle United owner
Ashley was backing any prospective bids, insisting: “We don’t need his
He added: It’s got nothing to do with Mike Ashley. Morton’s not a very
expensive club to buy, is it? I’ve no idea what the price would be, but it’s
not a huge investment.”
Llambias and ex-Magpies scout Graham Carr paid a low-key visit to the
Championship club on Monday, where they took in a reserve match and met chief
executive Warren Hawke and manager Jonatan Johansson.
The 61-year-old added: “We were shown round the club - it’s a nice little
club, with potential, so watch this space, but we’re not committing to
"The main thing was to look at the reserves and have a look at Alexander
Easdale [son of Morton investor and former Rangers chairman Sandy]. “Morton
have some good quality coming through.
"Whenever I’ve got the chance to see a player, I ask Graham (Carr)
to come along and have a look. He’s a good friend of mine and he’s got an
eye for a player and plenty of experience.”
"To The Glory of God:
Newcastle United and The Great War" is the latest book from NUFC historian
Joannou, covering the club's fascinating and often uncharted history between
1914 and 1918.and
to give away.
Over 150 Magpie players and officials took part in what was meant to the be
war to end all wars, with no less than 23 sacrificing their lives.
We have some author-signed
copies available for purchase online
To be in
with a chance of winning it, email
your answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Noon on
United's last FA Cup Final
appearance before WW1 came in 1911, who did they play in the Final?
No age limit and open to anyone on the planet, one entry each please.
Away fans attending the Premier League
fixtures between Newcastle and Watford this season will once
again be able to do so at a reduced rate.
In addition to the league-wide away ticket cap, the two clubs have again
agreed a reciprocal pricing arrangement that reduces adult prices to £25 for
Hornets fans travelling to Tyneside next month and their counterparts at
Vicarage Road in December.
This will be the third season that the £25 price has been applied - meaning
Newcastle supporters will pay the same price in 2018 as they did at Watford
back in 2007 - the last PL visit that wasn't subject to a reciprocal
Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle have appointed Gary Caldwell as
their new manager.
The 36 year-old former Magpie has been out of football since leaving his post
as Chesterfield boss last year, having started his managerial career at Wigan
Athletic in 2016.
Caldwell will be assisted at Firhill by fellow SJP old boy Brian Kerr,
who had latterly been in charge of Junior side East Kilbride.
too strong for Toon
3 Newcastle 2
report is online here
The Magpies make the 646 mile round to Hampshire on Saturday week (27th) to
face a Southampton side managed by miserable Mark Hughes.
It's an old-fashioned, non-televised, 3pm kick-off at St.Mary's
Stadium and Newcastle's 2,500 allocation is now sold out - 700 less than they
were allocated a year ago for a Sunday 4pm kick-off.
Coral matchday betting will appear here
Toon @ Saints - Premier League era:
2017/18: Drew 2-2 Hayden, Perez
2015/16: Lost 1-3 Townsend
2014/15: Lost 0-4
2013/14: Lost 0-4
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer*
1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed*
1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann*
1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee
1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark*
1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer*
1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson*
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole*
* At the Dell, all subsequent games at St. Mary's
The RMT union are taking strike action on South Western Railway from
00.01 on Tuesday October 23rd to 23.59 on Saturday October 27th
That means that their services will be will vastly reduced
or non-existent, with only a very limited number of bus replacements on some
That includes the route from London Waterloo to
Southampton and various other services in and around Hampshire etc. meaning
that Newcastle supporters who planned on using those trains to reach St.
Mary's will be affected map.
services serve Southampton from London via (albeit slower and less frequent),
while Cross Country trains run to Southampton via Reading, allowing
connections from London Paddington.
National Express also run daily coach services from London
Victoria to Southampton and return.
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: tbc
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Upcoming PL fixtures:
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolves (3pm)
Fulham v Bournemouth (3pm)
Liverpool v Cardiff City (3pm)
Southampton v Newcastle (3pm)
Watford v Huddersfield Town (3pm)
Leicester City v West Ham (5.30pm) BT
Burnley v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Everton (4pm) Sky
Spurs v Manchester City (8pm) Sky
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.
Magpie Movers are on sale now to 2018/19 ST holders here,
priced £30 (no discounts).
The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.
Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the
back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.
SJP Box Office phone: 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
Heading to the Toon?
v Everton (a) @ Finch Farm, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Live TV confirmation dates:
Sat 20.10.2018 Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public
v Aston Villa (a) @ Bescot Stadium, Walsall, 7pm. Premier League 2.
Fri 26.10.2018 U23s
v Boro (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.
Sat 27.10.2018 Southampton (a)
@ St. Mary's, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club
North Shields. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985
v Manchester United (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. Premier League 2.
v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 03.11.2018 Watford (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.
Fri 09.11.2018 U23s
v Southampton (a) @ Staplewood, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
v Chelsea (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.
Sat 10.11.2018 Bournemouth (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public
Tue 13.11.2018 U21s
v Grimsby Town (a) @ Blundell Park, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Trophy.
v Boro (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Mon 26.11.2018 U23s
v Stoke City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.
Mon 26.11.2018 Burnley (a)
@ Turf Moor 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now
(25 points). Adults £30, OAPs/U18s- U21s £20, U18s £15. Allocation: tbc.
Live on Sky
v Leeds United (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.
v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 01.12.2018 West Ham (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale from Wed
sale Wed 31.10.2018 (online), Wed 07.11.2018 (in person/by phone).
Wed 05.12.2018 Everton (a)
@ Goodison Park, 7.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale
(25 points) from Mon 22.10.2018. Adults £30, £23 over-65s, U18s
£18. Allocation: tbc, lower tier sold initially.
v Norwich City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.
Sun 09.12.2018 Wolves (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Sale details awaited. Live
on Sky Sports.
these are all "approximate dates"
Wed 12.12.2018 February 2019
Fri 25.01.2019 March 2019
Fri 22.02.2019 April 2019
Fri 05.04.2019 May 2019
NUFC Live on TV:
Burnley (a) 8pm Sky
Wolves (h) 4pm Sky
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
(TV picks up to 30.01.2019 announced)
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc
R3 Sat 05.01.2019
R4 Sat 26.01.2019
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
F Sat 18.05.2019
United enter in the First Round in Group G, fielding an U21 side:
Tue 04.09.2018 Doncaster R (a) won 3-1
Tue 09.10.2018 Notts C (a) won 2-0
Tue 13.11.2018 Grimsby T (a) 7.45pm
U23 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in Group H:
Thu 04.10.2018 Notts County (h) won 2-1
Fri 09.11.2018 Southampton (a) 7pm
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) 7pm
Tue 22.01.2019 Notts County (a) 2pm
Fri 08.02.2019 Southampton (h) 7pm
Mon 25.02.2019 Leeds United (a) 7pm
Northumberland Senior Cup:
United enter at the Quarter Final stage:
Tue 23.10.2018 Bedlington v Alnwick Town
Wed 24.10.2018 WA Celtic v Ashington
Wed 24.10.2018 Heaton S v Whitley Bay
Heaton Stan/Whitley Bay v Morpeth
Newcastle Benfield v North Shields
Newcastle United v Blyth Spartans
West Allotment Celtic/Ashington v
Bedlington Terriers/Alnwick Town
(to be played on or by
FA Youth Cup:
United enter at the Third Round stage, fielding an U18 side - draw date tbc.
R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018
U18 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in
Man United (a) lost 0-1
Sat 10.11.2018 Chelsea (h) 11am
Sat 08.12.2018 Norwich City (h) 11am
FC have reduced admission prices for National League home games to £10,
£5 U18s/students, U12s free.
(NB: these discount prices were previously available only to NUFC ST holders
but have now been extended to everyone).
Next three GFC home games:
Aldershot Town 3pm
Sutton United 3pm
Solihull Moors 7.45pm
Other events @ SJP:
Fri 10.05.2019 Champions
Ticket sales online
Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.
International Magpies |
National Service |
2018/19 international breaks:
05.01.2019-01.02.2019 Asian Cup Finals
06.06.2019-30.06.2019 Copa America Finals
07.06.2019-30.06.2019 AFCON Finals
Elliot Anderson (Scotland U17s):
EC Qualifying Round:
Fri 26.10.2018 Kosovo (n) Paphos
Mon 29.10.2018 Cyprus (a) Paphos
Thu 01.11.2018 Switzerland (n) Paphos
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:
1892 John Finlay born, Riccarton, Scotland. (1909-27)
A £775 signing from Airdrieonians,
"Jock" began a lifelong association with
Newcastle when debuting as a 16 year old away to
Blackburn Rovers in September 1909.
Making the left half position his own, Finlay's final
first team appearance came in April 1924, but he
remained on the United coaching staff for a further
Jock died in March 1933 and was cremated, requesting
that his ashes be scattered from Scafell Pike in the
1924 Jeremiah Lowery born,
Goalkeeper who signed for Newcastle
from the local Parsons works side and made his senior
Magpies debut in a 2-1 away win against Huddersfield
Town in April 1950.
Retaining his place for the remaining four games due
to the unavailability of first -choice custodian Jack
Fairbrother, Jerry would manage just one further game,
a 6-0 home win over Stoke City in August 1951.
Moving to Lincoln City in February 1952 at a cost of
£750, Lowery was a regular starter at Sincil Bank
before joining non-league Peterborough United two
Later spells at Barrow, Crewe Alexandra & Wisbech
Town followed and Jerry remained in East Anglia,
working with disabled people.
He was living in Peterborough at the time of his death
in September 2007.
1954 Sam Allardyce born,
Dudley, West Midlands. (Manager, 2007-08)
As a player: Bolton, mackems,
Millwall, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Coventry, Huddersfield,
Bolton, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion,
Limerick, Preston North End.
As a manager: Limerick, Blackpool, Notts
County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers,
West Ham, mackems, England, Crystal Palace, Everton.
Appointed as Magpies boss in succession to Glenn
Roeder by then-Chairman Freddy Shepherd in May 2007
(claiming on arrival that he'd turned down the job in
2005), "Big Sam" arrived to find that
Mike Ashley had completed his takeover of the club.
However, he still received backing to overhaul the
squad, spending over £20m to bring in Mark Viduka,
Alan Smith, Habib Beye, David Rozehnal, Jose Enrique,
Joey Barton, Geremi, Cacapa & Abdoulaye Faye.
A 3-1 opening day success at his old Reebok Stadium
stamping ground began a five game unbeaten run in all
competitions that ended with a 1-0 loss at Derby
Continuing problems away from home were to dog
Allardyce and it took until December to register a
clean sheet on the road - in a miserable 1-0 victory
For many fans though, the brand of football Allardyce
tried to impose on the side wasn't worth watching -
and his habit of laying the blame at anyone but
himself grew tedious.
Sam achieved the worst of both worlds: a team that
were neither exciting to watch nor defensively
sound. In the final analysis, those players whom he
brought to the club let him down - on and off the
Mike Ashley had looked at dumping Allardyce before the
season began but was persuaded
to give him a chance.
The owner's habit of watching away matches with the
travelling support then gave him first-hand experience
of the discontent - notably at Wigan on Boxing Day,
when fans chanted "we're sh*t and we're sick
And after a 0-0 draw in appalling conditions at
Championship side Stoke City in the FA Cup, Ashley
wielded the axe, installing Kevin Keegan on the day
that the Potters visited Tyneside in the replay.
Receiving a claimed £4m payoff (and buying a plush
Spanish Villa that he named Casa St. James') Sam
returned to management in December of that year, at
The victim of another club takeover when sacked by
Ewood incomers The Venky's Group in December 2010,
Allardyce then took charge of newly-relegated West Ham
in June 2011, managing to sneak them back in to the
Premier League via the playoffs.
Successfully keeping the Hammers in the Premier League
over the next three seasons, he guided them to 10th,
13th and 12th place finishes before departing from the Boleyn Ground
in summer 2015.
Allardyce was soon back in management though, joining the mackems
that October and keeping them up - at our
Rewarded with the role of England
Head Coach following Roy Hodgson's departure, he
signed a two year deal in July 2016.
However, Sam's reign lasted just one game and 67 days,
before falling victim to a newspaper sting - a hidden
camera catching him making claims about players and agents that went
against FA regulations.
Leaving his post "by mutual consent", he
also benefited from an undisclosed but substantial
payoff from the FA.
The managerial merry-go-round then saw Allardyce
replace Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace in December
2016 and he successfully kept them in the Premier
League before departing at the end of that season.
Next came a stint at Goodison Park between November
2017 and May 2018 in which he succeeded in taking the
Toffees from the relegation zone to eighth, but
remained an unpopular figure - leaving with another
bag of cash in lieu of the remaining 18 months of his
1961 Phil Leaver born,
Wirksworth, Derbyshire. (1977-82)
Defender who moved from his native
East Midlands to Tyneside as a youngster and attended
Phil came through United's
junior and reserve ranks, but had the misfortune to be
called up for senior service at a low ebb in our history.
Having just been handed a professional deal, defender Leaver
played alongside Stuart Boam in a 3-2 League Cup home
win over Bury during August 1980.
Within hours Bill McGarry had been sacked as and Joe
Harvey installed as caretaker boss, leaving Phil back in the reserves.
Arthur Cox then preferred to field the likes of Kenny
Mitchell, Bruce Halliday and Peter Haddock in his
defence and Leaver left.
A later career in the non-league saw him play for Whitley Bay, Newcastle Blue
Star, North Shields, Washington, Blyth Spartans and
Durham City, also coaching at Consett.
Away from football, Phil entered the teaching
profession and taught Geography at Excelsior Academy
in the West End of the city.
1977 Habib Beye born, Suresnes,
United fans had a first glimpse of
their future right back when the French-born Senegal
international appeared at SJP for Marseille in a UEFA
Cup Semi Final back in 2004.
August 2007 saw the, former Paris SG and
Strasbourg player Beye made a £2m switch from the
Velodrome to Gallowgate, debuting the following month
in a defeat at Derby.
Quickly becoming a crowd favourite for both his
defensive quality and forward forays, a version of the
"Happy Days" theme tune dedicated to
him grew in popularity.
The only goal of Beye's United career came at SJP in
December 2007, as he pushed forward in added time and
won a corner at the Gallowgate End, nodding home
Emre's flag kick amid scenes of great celebration.
Returning from international duty at the African
Nations Cup to find that he had a new manager, Habib
was to play a valuable role in the late season
resurgence under KK.
Beye's second season saw him red-carded in the home
draw with Manchester City (a decision later
overturned) and a savage tackle from Lee Cattermole at
Wigan on Boxing Day sidelined him for 12 games - yet
another blow to our hopes of staying up.
A comeback came at home to Arsenal in March 2009, but
soon after appearing from the bench to replace the
ailing Sebastien Bassong, an injury to Steven Taylor
forced Beye into central defence.
What proved to be Beye's final game for the club was
the 1-0 home defeat by Fulham, with a hamstring injury
ruling him out of the final day trip to Aston Villa -
although he made himself available, only for Alan
Shearer to omit him on medical advice.
Despite United's relegation, the apparently-
inevitable appointment of Shearer as permanent
Newcastle boss looked likely to see Beye stay - the
right back having been one of the players Shearer
publicly stated he'd retain to rebuild his side
However, with the club in a state of total confusion
and no apparent strategy for the new season, August
2009 saw Beye depart, having said the previous month
"I'd like nothing more than to stay and help
the team get back to where it belongs but there is no
chance of us being promoted the way things are going.
"Training has been good and no one is slacking or
taking it easy. But there is a sense that everything
is just drifting.
"This cannot go on, it really can't. I feel for
the good of my career I have to get away because it is
dragging me down."
A late decision not to join Hull City saw him opt
instead to sign for Aston Villa for £2m at the start
of what was the third and final year of his SJP deal.
His debut saw him return to the scene of United's
relegation when he played in an opening day loss to
Wigan at Villa Park.
However, first team opportunities then proved to be
few and far between under manager Martin O'Neill.
Beye did make a brief sub appearance at SJP as
Newcastle won 6-0 in August 2010 against a Villa side
selected by caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald.
And a first league start for almost a year then
followed at home to Chelsea in mid- October, as
incoming manager Gerard Houllier opted to rest Luke
But by his 34th birthday, Beye had still only made
nine senior appearances for the Villa and a few months
later his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
By this time he was on loan at Doncaster Rovers as
part of a "shop window" scheme for "big
name" players to showcase themselves. He signed
an 18-month contract with Rovers in February 2012.
However, relegation from the Championship soon saw
that deal scrapped and Beye departed. He subsequently
worked as a pundit for a French TV channel.
1989 Mark Doninger born,
Central midfielder who broke into the
Magpies U18 side at the tail end of the 2004/05
season, scoring his first goals in a 2-1 home win over
Leeds in March 2005.
A reserve debut came in a 4-3 victory against
Manchester City at Kingston Park in September 2006 and
he netted for the first time at that level in the
August 2007 then saw Mark called into the first team
squad by Sam Allardyce for a pre- season game at Hull,
getting on for the final 25 minutes as a youthful
Magpies side lost 1-0 at the KC Stadium.
Despite captaining the reserve side in the 2008/09
season and finishing as top scorer with twelve goals,
no contract offer was forthcoming and Mark left United
- signing off with a goal in the 4-0 Northumberland
Senior Cup success over Ashington at SJP.
Going on trial for Darlington and Durham City,
Doninger joined Blyth Spartans and later
had trials at Derby County, Hartlepool United, Grimsby
Town and Burton Albion.
His career then took him to Sligo Rovers (Ireland), IA
Akranes (Iceland), Stjarnan (Iceland), Bedlington
Terriers, Shildon, Perth Soccer Club
(Australia), Valdres FK (Norway), Morpeth Town,
Newcastle Benfield, West Auckland and Whickham.
1895 Newton Heath (a)),Cassidy(1-2)
second competitive visit to the Bank Lane ground in
Clayton ended in defeat once again - although the visitors
improved from their 1-5 loss six months earlier.
P8, 7pts, 10th/18
1907 Manchester City
P9, 8pts, 14th/20
1912 West Bromwich
P9, 12pts, 4th/20
1927 Middlesbrough (h)
McClelland 2, other scorers tbc
The Teessiders provided the opposition in a
Testimonial match for Magpies trainer John
McPherson, repaying a favour from a year earlier when
United took part in a benefit match for Boro trainer
1929 sunderland (a)
P11, 10pts, 18th/22
1935 Leicester City
P10, 11pts, 11th/22
Ware(77), Harris(85), Cairns(90)
1940 Hull City (a)
Bradford Park Avenue (a)
P11, 13pts, 7th/22
United could have
equalised an early Avenue goal, but just as Len Shackleton was taking a penalty against his former team
mate Chick Farr, he changed his mind about where to hit it
and succeeded only in scuffing it directly at the
goalkeeper who punched it clear.
Hibernian (Scotland) (h)
Anglo Scottish League
A costly night, with United's Bobby Mitchell stretchered off with an ankle injury that
sidelined him until Christmas Eve.
Waugh, Batty, Keery, Scoular, Crowe, White, Davies,
Monkhouse, Keeble, Mitchell (Casey 26).
Aston Villa (a)
P13, 10pts, 16th/22
Pace(1-3), og(Scott 63)
United battled back from 1-4 down at Villa Park but
were left to rue a disallowed effort by Bill Punton.
P14, 13pts, 10th/22
Saunders(9,21,40), McCann(33), McClelland(84)
This Fratton Park defeat was to be the solitary senior
outing of Les O'Neil for United, at inside left.
Queens Park Rangers (h) 3-2 (2-1)
P15, 14pts, 13th/22
A rare own goal from Bob Moncur couldn't prevent a first home win in six matches.
John McNamee slashed wildly and the ball hit Moncur's back and sailed straight back past the
keeper into the net. But Captain Bob cleared off the line
minutes later to preserve the victory. This was the first-ever visit of QPR
Coventry City (a)
Texaco Cup 2nd Round
Birmingham City (a)
P13, 15pts, 9th/22
Burns(8), Styles(36), Hatton(79)
Newcastle's 13 match unbeaten league and cup run
was brought to an abrupt halt at St.Andrews.
The two sides met again at SJP in the Texaco Cup just
three days later, drawing 1-1.
1974 Former United 'keeper Martin Burleigh debuted for
Darlington after moving to Feethams on loan.
Bastia (France) (a)
UEFA Cup 2nd Round
Despite going ahead on the Isle of Corsica when Paul
Cannell forced the ball home from point blank range, two
Claude Papi efforts gave the French League side a one goal
lead ahead of their SJP visit.
footage is online here
Action from the UEFA Cup
Cardiff City (a)
P11, 23pts, 2nd/22
Peter Beardsley's first Toon goal came in this midweek
victory, on what proved to be our final visit to City's
Ninian Park ground.
footage is online here
Nottingham Forest (h) 0-3 (0-1)
P13, 19pts, 10th/22
Steve Sutton saved a spot kick by Peter Beardsley, as an
out-of-sorts United made it six games in all competitions
without a victory.
Blyth Spartans (a)
United visited Croft Park for testimonial match
honouring veteran Blyth goalkeeper Dave Clarke - who
began his career at Newcastle before leaving in 1969.
A strong Toon XI included Mirandinha, Paul Gascoigne and
Gary Kelly. while an earlier veterans game saw Blyth's
1977/78 FA Cup side beat a select XI that included a
number of ex-Magpies 1-0, Ian Mutrie scoring.
1988 Howard Kendall turned down the Newcastle
Manager's job recently vacated by Willie McFaul,
preferring to remain in charge of Spanish club Athletic
Oxford United (h)
P13, 13pts, 21st/24
Durnin(3), Ford(47), Lewis(72)
An eventful afternoon for goalkeeper Tommy Wright to
return in after 18 months on the sidelines, replacing the
injured Pavel Srnicek.
On-loan Gavin Maguire continued in defence and was at
least partly responsible for two of the goals, as the
score steadily increased at both ends.
Eventually it seemed 3-3 was to be the final score until a
ball played into the box was knocked down by Scott into
the path of Gavin Peacock who completed his hat-trick.
footage is online here
debuted at the Stadium of Plight as the Reserves took a
point thanks to a rare goal from Marcelino, in front of
Blackburn Rovers (a) 2-5 (1-2)
P9, 13pts, 11th/20
Dunn(5pen,8), Taylor(55,74), og(Griffin)(65)
A disastrous day at Ewood Park. Alan Shearer almost dragged
us back into the game but defensive blunders and
goalkeeping howlers left us well-beaten.
Nicos Dabizas was red-carded for deliberate handball but
even his departure didn't help....
Fenerbahce (Turkey) (h)
UEFA Cup Group Stage Game 1
Roeder's lowest profile signing gave his manager three
high profile points as Antoine Sibierski got our UEFA Cup
group campaign off to an excellent start.
In a tight encounter
against a strong Turkish side, a goalless draw seemed
likely until the balding Frenchman pounced to give us a
Youtube footage is online here
2009 Chris Hughton was offered the job of
Newcastle's first team manager. Hughton said:
"I am honoured to be offered the job, we are still
in negotiations, it is something we hope will get
"I've always felt
that the manager's situation was an issue, but not the
most important one. Getting results has been the most
"Once we have got
Scunthorpe and Doncaster out of the way, we will have
discussions with Derek Llambias."
the day after quotes emerged from Mike Ashley about the
one off opportunity Barry Moat had to buy NUFC, this
suggested that to all and intents and purposes, we were no
longer for sale. Again.
2010 United's Reserves beat their Bolton
counterparts 4-1 in an afternoon kick-off behind closed
doors at Darsley Park.
Phil Airey led the way with two goals, while Sammy Ameobi
and Faroe Islander Joan Edmundsson were also on target.
2013 Liverpool (h)
P8, 11pts, 10th/20
Alan Pardew pledged a response from
the players after the previous season's 0-6 home
humiliation by the Reds and his side more than delivered
on that promise in what was a candidate for our match of the season.
Yohan Cabaye fired home from 30 yards to open the scoring
but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa brought down Luis Suarez and was
dismissed before Steven Gerrard scored from the spot.
Dummett's first senior Toon goal gave ten man United a
surprise lead until Suarez and Daniel Sturridge combined