Date: Saturday 7th August 2021, 2pm
Venue: St. James' Park
Admission: £10 pre-match, £20 on the day
3 - 0
Half time: Magpies
Ritchie's shot from outside the box ballooned up into the air and with
Wilson occupying a defender as it dropped, Matt Ritchie raced forward and
prodded the ball into the Gallowgate End goal.
Ryan Fraser fed the ball
forward to Dwight Gayle, whose first-time finish with the outside of his
right foot dipped beyond Krul.
Dwight Gayle volleyed Javier Manquillo's right wing centre home from
close range to round off an emphatic victory.
Full time: Magpies 3 Canaries 0
"Pre-season is nearly
finished. Our preparation has gone well. In terms of injuries, we’ve
only really got (Paul) Dummett at the moment.
managing that has been difficult with the Covid and all the rest of it. It
looks as if, hopefully, this week we’ll have a strong squad to pick from.
"We were certainly better in the second half: Jonjo Shelvey gave
us a bit more control of the ball.
"I was delighted with the defending, the goalkeeper looked assured,
and everybody who came on to the pitch knew the way we were going to
"He's important the way we play, he acts as that pivot, the
one who can find that pass and especially when we've got the pace
upfront. We need to exploit that, then Jonjo is paramount to how we
"After Burnley, I didn't think he would have a chance (of facing
West Ham) but the way he performed today, he has another week
ahead of him and let's hope he can take part in some capacity."
his admission fee alone, isn’t he? in terms of his trickery, his
pace and his power. He’s such a natural, natural footballer, the
"He brightened up the whole day, and
made us that threat. Let’s hope we can keep him fit. It’s vital we keep him
fit and well.
"You can never say never but, absolutely, 100% I will say we’re keeping
On the prospects of signing players:
"I really, really hope so…. We’re still hopeful we can get our
main target - I’ll try my utmost to make it happen. I'd love to make
a signing before West Ham.
"We’re in dialogue with Arsenal, but we have to respect he’s their
player. Until we can reach an agreement with Arsenal, and what they
want, the rest is immaterial."
Daniel Farke said:
"The first-half was good, second-half was not good. That sums up the game.
It’s always a bit disappointing when you lose the last test before the
"Our situation in the last two weeks has been a difficult one. It was
difficult to be really competitive today, we’ve only had ten players
who’ve been ready to go for 90 minutes.
"These were the ten players in the starting line-up. On the bench we had
Teemu Pukki who is just since yesterday back in team training and not
ready for 90 minutes and Kenny McLean who’s been out for 12 weeks and
has been struggling with his back this week.
"We had Jacob Lungi Sorensen as well who’s only just back from COVID. He
has many symptoms and is only just on his way to finding his legs back.
"It would have been a big surprise for a team with just ten players who
could played 90 minutes against a side who played in front of their home
fans for the first time in a while to win.
"I quite liked the first-half. We were the better side but could have
been more precise in the final third. But we were really good.
"In the second half I think some of the players were a bit tired. We’ve
been giving lots of minutes to players, more than I would have liked.
"For that, we got a bit more tired and made some mistakes. The
second-half was not on our level."
Magpies versus Canaries - PL era:
2021/22 won 3-0 Gayle 2, Ritchie (FR)
Dwight Gayle appeared in the number 34 shirt against
wearing 12 earlier in pre-season. Jamal Lewis donned the
12 shirt against his former club, having begun pre-season wearing
2019/20 drew 0-0
2016/17 won 4-3 Gayle 3, Gouffran (Ch)
2015/16 won 6-2 Wijnaldum 4, Perez, Mitrovic
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy, Gouffran
2012/13 won 1-0 Ba
2011/12 won 1-0 Cisse
2004/05 won 2-1 Jenas, Sh.Ameobi (LC)
2004/05 drew 2-2 Bellamy, Hughes
1994/95 won 3-0 Beardsley 2(1pen), Kitson
1993/94 won 3-0 Cole, Lee, Beardsley
This was his seventh non-competitive goal as a Magpie:
Jul 2016 Bohemian (a) scored after 6 minutes on the field
Jul 2016 Vitesse (h) scored after 36 minutes on the field
Jul 2017 Hearts (a) scored after 3 minutes, 25 minutes on the field
Jul 2017 Bradford City (a) scored after 50 minutes on the field
Aug 2021 Norwich City (h) scored after 8 minutes, 22 minutes on the
Javier Manquillo and Miguel Almiron got their first minutes
of pre-season , meaning that 30 players have
been used in United's six kickabouts. Absent from pre-season due to injury/illness were Martin Dubravka,
Karl Darlow and
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Murphy 90+81+45+83+45+80=424+1 goal
S.Longstaff 30+90+80+63+45+45=353+1 goal
Ritchie 90+0+64+76+45+66=341+1 goal
Hendrick 60+90+18+90+45+24=326+1 goal
Fraser 60+76+45+55+45+0=300+1 goal
Gayle 62+24+77+35+45+24=267+2 goals
Wilson 45+66+72+0+0+66=249+1 goal
Joelinton 18+0+0+55+45+45=163+1 goal
Pre-season games @ SJP - PL era:
2021/22 Norwich City won 3-0 20,139
2020/21 Stoke City lost 0-1 BCD
2019/20 Hull City won 2-0 BCD (restarted season)
2019/20 St. Etienne
won 2-1 16,686
2018/19 FC Augsburg lost 0-1 21,331
2017/18 Hellas Verona won 2-0 23,906
2016/17 Vitesse Arnhem won 3-2 19,200
2015/16 Borussia Munchengladbach lost 0-1 21,088
2014/15 Real Sociedad won 1-0 19,199
2013/14 Sporting Braga drew 1-1 16,187
2011/12 Fiorentina drew 0-0 12,656 (abandoned)
2010/11 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 16,118
2009/10 Leeds United drew 0-0 16,945
2008/09 Valencia won 2-1 31,494
2008/09 PSV Eindhoven drew 2-2 13,477
2007/08 Sampdoria won 1-0 23,078
2007/08 Juventus won 2-0 34,016
2007/08 Celtic won 4-1 30,225
2006/07 Villarreal drew 3-3 20,144
2006/07 PSV Eindhoven lost 2-3 20,185
2005/06 Yeading won 5-0 6,151
2004/05 Sporting Lisbon lost 0-1 23,446
2004/05 Rangers won 4-2 31,554
2003/04 Bayern Munich drew 2-2 32,277
2002/03 Barcelona lost 0-3 52,157
2001/02 Bilbao lost 0-1 18,189
1998/99 Juventus won 2-1 32,590
Blyth Spartans/Gateshead won 6-0 13,593
Saturday saw Newcastle end their pre-season programme on a high
note, scoring three times without reply in front of over 20,000
fans at SJP.
Much had been made of the fact that United were the only top-flight
side yet to make any acquisitions in this window, but some familiar
faces were to the fore.
No less than nine of the players involved for the hosts here
featured when City were last on Tyneside in 2020 - six of them
facing the Canaries here on that epic night back in 2016, including
both today's scorers Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.
An instantly forgettable opening half was notable chiefly for a
couple of rain showers and some inept attempts at playing out of
defence by the Newcastle back line - Emil Krafth in particular
looking uncomfortable in possession.
Starting his fourth successive game, 'keeper Freddie Woodman was equal to a fierce volley
from Pierre Lees-Melou on 12 minutes, while old boy Tim Krul reacted
angrily to an aerial challenge by home debutant Callum Wilson.
Wilson stayed at home to train while his colleagues were in friendly
action at Burnley on Tuesday and successfully completed over an hour
here, although being careful at times to keep himself intact.
That was one major boost to Steve Bruce ahead of next weekend's
season-opener at home to West Ham and another came in the shape of
half time arrival Allan Saint-Maximin.
The mercurial Frenchman had sat out the previous three games due to an
unspecified illness, but his appearance here instantly lifted the crowd
and would soon inspire his team mates to good effect. ASM later took
to social media in praise of the adulation that came his way.
A moribund opening 45 minutes was forgotten as he and Jonjo Shelvey
put United on the front foot and raised the tempo and noise levels
And within 10 minutes they were ahead, Ritchie's shot from outside the
box ballooning up into the air and Wilson occupying a defender as it
dropped for Ritchie to race forward and prod the ball into the Gallowgate End goal.
A stylish second goal then arrived after Ryan Fraser found Gayle and
a first-time finish with the outside of his
right foot dipped beyond Krul.
Newcastle's most emphatic pre-season home victory since 2007 was then
rounded off in the 88th minute, when Gayle volleyed Javier
Manquillo's right wing centre in from close range.
A grand day out then for what seemed to be legions of young fans
making their SJP debut, in what was the largest single gathering of
Toon followers since February 2020 when Burnley visited Gallowgate.
Despite the general cynicism amongst more senior watchers, that's a
significant amount of birthday treats and other promises that had
The margin of this victory over another does have to be seen in
the context of Norwich having just dealt with a COVID outbreak that
disrupted their pre-season plans and saw seven senior players absent
here (plus two more missing due to injury).
While the make-up of the starting XI for next weekend is still
anything but confirmed, the return of Wilson and Saint-Maximin was a welcome boost.
nice to see a tangible (and timely) reminder of that old terrace song, "Dwight
Gayle will always score goals."
We may be hamstrung by a lack of transfer activity, but it
nothing else, those currently bearing the goalscoring burden are at least
starting the season fit. Keeping them that way remains paramount.
A winning SJP debut for 5 year-old Robbie
Davies, pictured here with proud dad, Rob