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Ticket news:
Chelsea (h) Public sale now
Forest (a) ST holder sale now, 0 points
Man City (a) Member sale now
Arsenal (h) Member sale now

Special K for supper

Former Magpie player and manager Kevin Keegan is back on Tyneside next month for a charity evening - staged back where it all began for him here in 1982.

Now known as the Radisson, the former Gosforth Park Hotel hosted a packed press conference at which Keegan's arrival at the club was confirmed.

He's returning there on Friday September 7th to raise funds for Beacon Hill School in Wallsend, a vital resource for youngsters with learning difficulties. 

Tickets are £50 per person/£500 per table including a three course meal, with a limited VIP option for £75. 

Bookings online here or via 0191 234 1666.

Thanks to organisers Premier Transport we have a pair of tickets up for grabs and simply require you to briefly explain what is happening here in 1995:

Email your answer to

Closing date is this coming Friday @ 5pm - one entry per person please. Prize consists of two tickets for the evening including food only. Any other expenses - drinks, transport, hotels etc - aren't included. 

Tyne-wear test tonight

Following a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in their opening game, Newcastle's U23 face the mackems this evening (Monday) at SJP in a 7pm kick-off. 

Ticket details have now been confirmed, with home fans able to gain access as usual to the East Stand, with free entry for current season ticket holders and members or else £3 for adults and £1 concessions.

Visiting fans however are required to purchase tickets ahead of the game and no pay turnstiles for mackems will be open - it doesn't take a great deal of thought to see how that plan is less than watertight....

The two sides have been in different leagues since a re-jigging of reserve football in 2012, the mackems now demoted to join us in Division Two.

However there was an U23 derby last season in the Premier League International Cup; United winning 11-10 on penalties after a 2-2 draw on wearside.

The red and whites began their season with a 1-2 defeat by Stoke City at Eppleton last Monday.

Tyne-wear Derbies - PL Reserve League:

2012/13 drew 2-2 Inman, Campbell
2011/12 drew 3-3 Obertan, Gosling, Donaldson
2008/09 lost 1-2 Godsmark
2007/08 lost 1-3 og (KP)
2005/06 won 3-2 Finnigan, Carroll, Smylie (KP)
2004/05 drew 1-1 Guy (KP)
2003/04 won 3-1 Ferrell 2, Guy
2002/03 lost 0-1 (GS)
2001/02 lost 2-4 English, McMenamin (KP)
2000/01 lost 0-1 (KP)
1999/00 won 3-1 McMahon, Robinson, Gall (KP)

(All at SJP except GS=Gateshead Stadium, KP=Kingston Park)

PL Cup draw made

Newcastle's U23 side have been drawn in Group H of this season's Premier League Cup, where they will face 
Southampton, Leeds United and either Newport County or Notts County.

Each side faces the other at home and away, with a date for the Newport v Notts playoff yet to be fixed.

Last season saw the Magpies negotiate their way out of a group comprising of Burnley, Swansea City and Colchester United before beating Bournemouth in the last sixteen of the competition.

They were then eliminated in the Quarter Finals by Sheffield United.

remier League:
Slim pickings 
at lunchtime

Cardiff City
  0  Newcastle  0

One point gained or two thrown away? 

Whatever your view, this was an awful Saturday in South Wales for Newcastle - both sides colluding to create instantly forgettable football on live TV.

United's shortcomings were more memorable though, in the form of a red card and a missed penalty kick. 

95 minutes of uninspired toil had seen the visitors field four different players at right back, one of that quartet - Isaac Hayden - dismissed in the 66th minute.

Just when we appeared to have escaped with a point after an equally toothless Cardiff side failed to create a goal or even an effort on target, a stray hand in the home area gave us the opportunity of victory.

Sadly though with designated penalty taker Matt Ritchie already off the field and Joselu not trusted to reprise his rotten effort against Burnley last season, the burden from 12 yards fell to Kenedy.

The Brazilian had struggled to make any significant impact all afternoon, more interested in attempting selfish dribbles than passing the ball.

His run-up was far from purposeful and resembled a poor dead ball attempt from slightly further out just minutes before, side-footing straight at goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who had no problem in saving a second spot kick in as many appearances this season.

Kenedy was actually lucky to still be on the pitch at all; kicking out at Victor Camarasa during the first half right in front of hapless referee, Craig Pawson. 

The referee played his part in a frustrating afternoon, started off by booking Matt Ritchie, despite two home players injuring each other as our man attempted to win the ball fairly.

Pawson then showed no mercy in dismissing Isaac Hayden for a 67th challenge on Josh Murphy in the middle of the field, but then failed to red card Harry Arter for a comparable assault on Joselu soon after.

Ayoze Perez had two chances in the first half, finding Etheridge on both occasions, although the 'keeper almost let in Joselu when he spilled Kenedy's shot.

Martin Dubravka almost got in trouble when delaying a clearance but thankfully the block went away from goal, while a tenth minute header from Sol Bamba was cleared from in front of the line.

The game soon lost its way though and with Kenedy escaping punishment, Javier Manquillo was also lucky to stay on after continuing to pull back Josh Murphy having already been booked - the former Norwich winger showing the Spaniard a clean pair of heels.

Having had treatment before the break, Manquillo was replaced by Hayden at half time but the wantaway substitute looked equally uncomfortable.

After several indiscretions, Hayden's challenge on Murphy in the 66th minute saw Pawson go for his pocket, pause and then show a straight red.

(Apologising later via social media, Hayden rightly called the tackle needless and stupid - he's right).

United arguably played their best football a man short and when Arter wasn't dismissed for his terrible hack, a sense of injustice seemed to fire-up Rafa's side.

Mo Diame was fouled on the "D" but Kenedy wasted the free-kick hitting it low into the wall, with Joselu slicing the follow-up out for a throw.

Then came the penalty incident, after substitute Yoshinro Muto's ball across the box was clearly handled by Bluebirds Captain Sean Morrison.

Kenedy duly stepped for the penalty in front of the away fans. He may have been confident, but he certainly didn't look it and a quick poll of fellow sufferers confirmed that the miss was no shock.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal next up in the league for Rafa's side, a barely-deserved draw today at least got us off zero points.

However, spurning the golden opportunity for a win that unexpectedly dropped in our lap was careless - and potentially of great significance come next May. 

Quite what the future holds for Neil Warnock's City side remains to be seen, but their failure to beat our ten men or even score against us doesn't bode well.   

Few of our lot enhanced their reputations though and had the continuing shortages at right back not forced Rafa's hand with substitutions then there were plenty of candidates to be hauled off.

Former Swansea man Jonjo Shelvey did what he could to silence the "Harry Potter" chants from home fans, supplying some incisive passes that neither Joselu nor Perez could capitalise on sufficiently.

A sizeable improvement over the next three games is required if we're to avoid travelling to Crystal Palace next month for a "relegation six pointer".

We're not his greatest fans, but the likely return of DeAndre Yedlin next weekend is positive news. The enforced sidelining of Hayden meanwhile gives more urgency to the task of integrating Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez, while Salomon Rondon's lack of match fitness has to be addressed quickly.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Dubravka, Manquillo (Hayden 46), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 70), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 65), Joselu.
Subs n/u: Darlow, Fernandez, Ki, Rondon.

Sent off: Hayden - 67 violent conduct.

Booked: Ritchie, Manquillo.

CCFC: Etheridge, Ecuele, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Arter, Camarasa (Reid 76), Ralls, Murphy (Mendez-Laing 78), Zohore, Hoilett (Paterson 83).
Subs n/u: Smithies, Cunningham, Madine, Richards.

Booked: Camarasa, Arter.

Craig Pawson - the South Yorkshire whistler was shocking for both sides, showing his red card last week during the Wolves versus Everton game and brandishing  it again here.  

Pawson's last Toon outing had been the 1-0 home victory over Manchester United back in February but take a look at his remarkably similar performance in our defeat at Huddersfield Town a year ago.

Crowd: 30,720 - far from a sell-out for City's first home game back in the Premier League, with around 2,500 unused seats in both home and away areas.

Those present included Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan, sporting a home shirt tucked into some slacks that were belted up to his armpits. Oh dear.

One wayward attempt on goal from Josh Murphy prompted a sarcastic chorus of "you're just a sh*t Jacob Murphy" from the travelling contingent. 


"It was a difficult game against a physical team, and we played a lot with 10 players.

"We had Javier Manquillo who was injured and then Hayden came in and got sent off - so we had too many problems. In the end to get a point, it could be better, but we cannot complain too much.

"I was watching so many things today that I have my opinions but I will not give my opinions about the
(referee’s) decision (to dismiss Hayden).

On the missed spot kick:

"It was a poor penalty, he's not happy he missed a good chance. 

"A young player that has talent and he has to learn about the game and these kind of games. He will understand he can make the difference for us in one way, or the other way; it has to be in the positive way because he’s a great player.

We win as a team and lose as a team. I am not concerned about the fact he missed a penalty - he has to take responsibility."

On Manquillo:

"We don’t know - still, it’s too early - but he twisted his ankle. It could be a foul but was not even
(given as) a foul. We will see if it is not very serious, and hopefully we have DeAndre Yedlin for next week.”

Latest PL results/fixture:

Sat 18.08.2018:

Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle
Everton 2-1 Southampton
Leicester City 2-0 Wolves
Spurs 3-1 Fulham
West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal

Sun 19.08.2018:
Burnley 1-3 Watford
Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield Town
Brighton 3-2 Manchester United

Mon 20.08.2018:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky


Rafa Benitez
reached his half century of Premier League games
as Newcastle manager, collecting his 13th draw to go with 15 wins and 22 defeats.

Newcastle's ten game winning run in league games against Cardiff ended, but taking a point means that they remain unbeaten in 11 league meetings since a 0-1 loss at Ninian Park in February 1981.

Jacob and Josh Murphy became the second set of twins to face each other in the Premier League when the former appeared as a 70th minute substitute.

The first pair were Michael Keane and twin brother Will, who met when Burnley played Hull City back in September 2016.

Isaac Hayden is the fifth Newcastle player to have been dismissed during a Premier League game after having arrived from the substitute's bench - although only four of those resulted in suspensions:

1997 Keith Gillespie Arsenal (a) on 52, off 79 
2005 Steven Taylor Aston Villa (h) on 52, off 73
2014 Paul Dummett Liverpool (a) on 82, off 87*
2016 Jamaal Lascelles Everton (a) on 44, off 90
Isaac Hayden Cardiff (a) on 46, off 67

* subsequently rescinded on appeal

NUFC v Warnock teams on the road:

2018/19 Cardiff City drew 0-0
2016/17 Cardiff City won 2-0
2014/15 Crystal Palace won 3-2 (LC)
2011/12 QPR drew 0-0
2009/10 QPR won 1-0
2009/10 Crystal Palace won 2-0
2006/07 Sheffield United won 2-1
1992/93 Notts County won 2-0
1990/91 Notts County lost 0-3

Magpies @ Bluebirds - last 10 (competitive):

2018/19 drew 0-0
2016/17 won 2-0 Atsu, Hayden
2013/14 won 2-1 Remy 2
2009/10 won 1-0 Coloccini
1983/84 won 2-0 Keegan, Beardsley
1981/82 won 4-0 Varadi 3, Davies(pen)
1980/81 lost 0-1
1979/80 drew 1-1 Shinton
1978/79 lost 1-2 Connolly
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings


Newcastle U18s  0  West Brom  U18s  3

Having shipped six goals without reply at Manchester City on opening weekend, Newcastle's U18s found no home comforts at Little Benton on Saturday.

Unlucky to be trailing 0-1 at the break after Eoin Ashton gave Albion a 33rd minute lead, the visitors proceeded to dominate the second half.

Dan Langley was beaten by Morgan Rogers after 57 and 78 minutes, but the Magpies custodian made a series of saves to avoid what could have been a far greater margin of defeat.

Team: Langley, Barrett, Gamblin, Allen (White 80), Swailes, McEntee, Ebanks, Rounsfell (Scott 63), Cole, Young, Kasinga.
Subs n/u: Reed, Marshall, Brannen.

Loan lads

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
The Baggies blitzed Steve McClaren's struggling QPR side at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, triumphing 7-1 in the Championship.

Striker Gayle appeared for 83 minutes and his first as an Albion player put them 4-1 up in the 67th minute.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Our upcoming League Cup opponents shared four goals with Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Saturday.

Midfielder Colback played the full game at the DW Stadium, collecting his second booking this season.

Josef Yarney (Morecambe)
A 0-1 reverse at Stevenage in League Two on Saturday means that the Shrimpers have lost all four league and cup games so far this season.

Defender Yarney completed 90 minutes and was yellow carded.

Tricky Trees on TV

Newcastle face a trip to Nottingham Forest in the Second Round of this season's League Cup - the Championship side having knocked the Magpies out of the competition at the same stage last season.

The tie will be staged on Wednesday August 29th and is live on Sky Sports with a 7.45pm kick-off. A result must be achieved on the night via 90 minutes play or a penalty shootout (there's no extra time). 

That comes between our Sunday PL home meeting with Chelsea and the following Saturday's PL visit to Manchester City.

Our last visit to the City Ground in this competition was in 2011, when goals from Peter Lovenkrands (2), Danny Simpson and Fabricio Coloccini earned a 4-3 victory in a Third Round tie.

And last season's exit came at Gallowgate, when a 97th minute winner saw Forest win 3-2, Rolando Aarons and Aleksandar Mitrovic on target for us. 

Forest made it through to the Second Round via a penalty shootout, beating Bury 10-9 after the sides played out a 1-1 draw on the banks of the Trent.

Tue 28.08.2018:
AFC Wimbledon v West Ham Sky
Blackburn Rovers v Lincoln City
Burton Albion v Aston Villa

Wed 29.08.2018:
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle Sky

Date tbc:
Doncaster Rovers v Blackpool
Everton v Rotherham United
Hull City v Derby County
Leeds United v Preston North End
Leicester City v Fleetwood Town
Boro v Rochdale

Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
Walsall v Macclesfield Town
West Bromwich Albion v Mansfield Town
AFC Bournemouth v MK Dons
Brentford v Cheltenham Town
Brighton v Southampton
Cardiff City v Norwich City
Fulham v Exeter City
Millwall v Plymouth Argyle
Newport County v Oxford United
QPR v Bristol Rovers
Reading v Watford
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Wycombe Wanderers v Forest Green Rovers

Not bonny on Clyde

As followers of another club that Mike Ashley and his cohorts have been involved with, you'd expect that Rangers fans would have tales to tell - and they do.   

Two of their number have now contributed to a True Faith podcast lifting the lid on murky goings-on in Govan - it's worth a listen:
online here

PS: Speaking of True Faith, the fanzine is to make a welcome return to a printed format, with the first edition available in time for the Leicester City home game in late September.

Departure looms:
Saivet update

Update: News outlets in Turkey report that Saivet has now completed his medical and trained with his future colleagues.

It's yet to be confirmed whether he's now put pen to paper, but he wasn't named in the matchday squad for Saturday's home meeting with Kayserispor. 

Magpies midfielder Henri Saivet is to spend this season on loan at Turkish Super Lig side Bursaspor.  

The 27 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Sivasspor and their coach Samet Aybaba has now left there in favour of Bursaspor.

Saivet cost United £5m when signed from Bordeaux during the January 2016 transfer window and has three years remaining on his Magpies contract.

Senegal international Saivet made the last of his eight senior appearances in a black and white shirt during the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea back in January.

His departure leaves Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar as the last two senior players omitted from United's current first team squad but still at the club.

Call-up claim

From the Liberia Sports website, Thursday:

Newcastle United midfielder Mo Sangare has been included in Coach Thomas Kojo’s 13-man foreign based squad ahead of Liberia's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. 

The Lone Star will take on the Democratic Republic of Congo on 9th September 2018 in Monrovia. Sangare, 19 plays for the Newcastle U23 side which plays in the Premier League Reserve League.

The player was born in Monrovia but moved to England at the Age of 14’ and has been desperate to represent his land of birth. 

Premier League:
Heads you lose

Newcastle  1  Tottenham  2

Match report

U18 Cup draw made

The draw for the U18 Premier League Cup took place on Monday, with Newcastle's youngsters selected in Group F along with Manchester United, Norwich City and reigning champions Chelsea.

Each side faces the other once and details of the fixtures are still awaited, with the following dates set aside for games to be played:

Sat 29.09.2018
Sat 10.11.2018
Sat 08.12.2018

(The Premier League website lists all three of our ties with dates tbc: Norwich and Chelsea at home and Manchester United away). 

24 teams enter the competition, with the initial stage seeing six group winners and the two best runners-up advance to the knockout section.

Introduced last season, Dave Watson's young Magpies lost 2-3 to Brighton on Tyneside before winning 2-1 away to Blackburn. A 1-2 defeat away to eventual champions Chelsea then ended their involvement. 

Honours even

West Brom U23s  1  Newcastle U23s  1

Match report

Coming events

Some dates for your diary:

Thu 06.09.2018 to Sat 15.09.2018 various venues.

Ed Waugh's latest play, "The Great Joe Wilson" will be performed at Darlington, Whitley Bay, Gateshead, Stanley and South Shields more details here

Thu 06.09.2018 John Beresford talk-in, @ Hillheads, Whitley Bay FC. £10 from the Seahorse Bar or WBFC club shop on home matchdays.

Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club North Shields. Recalling the 1969 semi-final against Rangers, along with players from both sides. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985 198222.


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.

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: 0844 372 1892* 
(7p per minute plus network charge)

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

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

Mon 20.08.2018 U23s v mackems (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 25.08.2018 U18s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sun 26.08.2018 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 29.08.2018
Nottingham Forest (a) @ City Ground, 7.45pm. Carabao Cup Second Round. ST holder sale now. £10 adults, £5 12-23 years, £1 4-11 years. Allocation: 3,280.  Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 01.09.2018
U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.09.2018 U23s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, Noon. Premier League 2.

Sat 01.09.2018
Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now. £30 adults, £23 OAPs / 16-21 years, £18 U18s. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 04.09.2018
U23s v Doncaster Rovers (a) @ Keepmoat Stadium, 7pm. CheckaTrade Trophy. £5 adults/ concessions, £1 U17s. East Stand only open.

Fri 14.09.2018 U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 15.09.2018
U18s v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 15.09.2018 Arsenal (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Public sale Tue 21.08.2018 (online), Tue 28.08.2018 (in person/by phone).

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 12.10.2018
December & January
Wed 12.12.2018 February
Fri 25.01.2019 March
Fri 22.02.2019 April
Fri 05.04.2019 May

NUFC Live on TV:

Sun 26.08.2018 Chelsea (h) 4pm
Wed 29.08.2018
Forest (a) 7.45pm

01.09.2018 Man City (a) 5.30pm*
Sat 06.10.2018
Man United (a) 5.30pm*
Mon 26.11.2018
Burnley (a) 8pm

All on Sky except *BT

(TV picks up to 26.11.2018 announced)

League Cup (aka Carabao Cup):
United enter in Round 2.

R2 Tue 28/Wed 29.08.2018
R3 Tue 25/Wed 26.09.2018
R4 Tue 30/Wed 31.10.2018
R5 Tue 18/Wed 19.12.2018
SF1 Tue 08/Wed 09.01.2019
SF2 Tue 22/Wed 23.01.2019
F Sun 24.02.2019

FA Cup:
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
Sat 18.05.2019

Checkatrade Trophy:
United enter in the First Round and were drawn in Group G along with Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town and Notts County:

Tue 04.09.2018 Doncaster R (a) 7pm
Tue 09.10.2018 Notts C (a) 7.45pm
Tue 13.11.2018 Grimsby T (a) 7.45pm

U23 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round and were drawn in Group H along with Southampton, Leeds United and either Newport County or Notts County.

FA Youth Cup:
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc

R3 to be played by Sat 15.12.2018

U18 Premier League Cup:

Sat 29.09.2018 opposition tbc
Sat 10.11.2018 opposition tbc
Sat 08.12.2018 opposition tbc

Gateshead FC offer a discount to current NUFC season ticket holders of £10 entry for National League home games (usually £15).
16 & 17 year old admission £5, U16s £3.

Next three GFC home games:

Sat 25.08.2018
Leyton Orient 3pm
Sat 01.09.2018
Maidstone United 3pm
Tue 04.09.2018
Harrogate Town 7.45pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales
online here

Prices: Champions Cup final:
Premium: £120 (U16s £120)
Cat 1: £90 (U16s £90)
Cat 2: £75 (U16s £75)
Cat 3: £60 (U16s £25)
Cat 4: £45 (U16s £25)
Cat 5: £35 (U16s £15)
Cat 6: £20 (U16s £10)

Prices: Challenge Cup final
Cat 1: £45 (U16s £45)
Cat 2: £30 (U16s £15)
Cat 3: £20 (U16s £10)
Cat 4: £15 (U16s £5)

??.08.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.


International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 06-11.09.2018
Thu-Tue 11-16.10.2018
Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

June/July 2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
20th August

Born Or Died:

1936 Death of William Agnew, 55.

1990 Death of Bill Curry, 54.


What Else?

1920 Blaydon-born Ray Robinson left United to join rivals Sunderland, after losing his place in the first Newcastle team.

1938 Gateshead (h) 
1-0), Cairns(2-1)
A week before the new season began, all 88 clubs participated in friendlies marking the 50th anniversary of the Football League's founding in 1888.

The League stated that "fixtures were organised without regard to league status, with a view to making the matches as attractive as possible. Neighbouring teams, where it is feasible, have been set to meet each other."

The aim was to raise money to establish of a "Football League Jubilee Trust Fund."

One of the highest crowds in the country was at Gallowgate, the presence of Hughie Gallacher in the visiting line-up an evident draw. Fellow SJP old boy Albert McInroy also appeared.  

1949 Portsmouth (h)
Division One 
Phillips(9),Clarke(41), Harris(
The reigning League champions began their defence with victory, having recorded a 4-0 success on Tyneside the previous April.

Any travelling fans from Hampshire who missed this one had to wait until November 2007 for another Pompey win at Gallowgate.

1955 Sheffield United (h) 
Division One 
Davies(23,80) Hannah(41), Keeble(34)
Waldock(81), Ringstead(88)
Newcastle recorded an opening day success but the Blades had the upper hand for the opening quarter before Reg Davies scored.

Injury left the hosts unable to select regular full backs Ron Batty and Bobby Cowell and while the former was soon back, Cowell was unable to fully recover and ultimately forced into retirement.

Meanwhile the reserves were routed 2-6 away to Wolves at Molineux.

1960 Preston North End (a) 3-2 (1-1)
Division One 

United began their new season in thrilling style at Deepdale, a late Len White effort completing his hat-trick and claiming the points.

Liam Tuohy debuted at outside left, having been signed for £9,500 from Shamrock Rovers.

1966 Aston Villa (a) 
Division One
An injury to first-choice left back Frank Clark saw Joe Harvey hand a league debut to Ron Guthrie.

1969 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One
Winger Jimmy Smith made his first appearance when coming off the bench to replace Benny Arentoft.

Meanwhile at Gallowgate, the two reserve sides faced each other, with the Owls winning 3-1. Keith Dyson netted for the Magpies.

1975 Middlesbrough (h)
Division One 
The visitors enjoyed a half time lead thanks to an Alan Gowling own goal, but total domination from United thereafter could only produce an equaliser when Macdonald's shot went in off 'Boro's ex-Mag John Craggs.

1977 Leeds United (h) 
Division One 
Burns(9), Kennedy(25,90)
Hankin(21), Lorimer(49pen) 
After this opening day win, Dickie Dinnis led his side to eleven consecutive losses.

1980 Notts County (h) 
Division Two 
Following an opening day defeat at Hillsborough, United salvaged a point at Gallowgate the following Wednesday night. 

Recalled here

1983 League of Ireland (h) 3-0

Keegan(12), Waddle(50,56)
The opening home game of the season gave supporters a chance to watch football through a security fence for the first time, this measure having been erected in the summer. Chris Waddle's two second half goals were both from close-in - a header and a toe-poke on the line.

1984 Gateshead (a)
Waddle(47), Ryan(80) Beardsley(
United crossed the Tyne to provide opposition in a joint Testimonial for Bob Topping and former Magpie favourite Terry Hibbitt.

Guesting for Gateshead was Terry's brother Kenny, who got on the scoresheet.

1991 United midfielder Billy Askew appeared before magistrates, charged with a public order offence after police had been called to a disturbance in Chester-le-Street town centre. He was fined.

1994 16 year old Paul Brayson scored eight goals, as Newcastle Juniors overcame their Hartlepool counterparts 10-1 at Durham University. 'Pools had taken the lead!

1997 After a one-season absence, Newcastle returned to the Pontins Reserve league, albeit in the Third Division. Their opening fixture was an uninspiring 0-0 stalemate against Hull at Boothferry Park.

1997 International call-ups saw Magpies new boys Jon Dahl Tomasson in World Cup Qualifying action for Denmark (lost 0-3 in Sarajevo to Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Shay Given for Ireland (0-0 at home to Lithuania).

18 year-old Bjarni Gudjonsson stole the show however, netting his first senior goal on his second appearance for Iceland - as they won against Liechenstein. 

2000 Manchester United (a) 0-2 (0-1)

Johnsen(19), Cole(68)
Future and former Magpies were on target for the home side in our season opener at a newly expanded Old Trafford.

There were competitive debuts for new boys Daniel Cordone and Carl Cort, but a foot injury sustained in pre-season by Christian Bassedas would delay his bow until November. match report

2001 United's U19s recorded a 9-1 friendly win at Ponteland. Michael Chopra and Richard Offiong both hit hat-tricks, with Joe Kendrick and Chris Moore also scoring and the other goal coming from the boot of a certain Peter Beardsley.

2002 The Reserves entertained their Middlesbrough counterparts at Gateshead International Stadium and took a 2-1 lead after Joseph Job gave Boro an early lead. 

Christian Bassedas equalised before Shola Ameobi put us in front only for Job to get his second in the last minute to make it 2-2. match report

2003 Two goals from striker Calvin Zola helped us to a fine 4-2 win against Everton Reserves at Southport's Haig Avenue.

Wayne Rooney equalised Zola's first but a second for Zola restored United's lead and Michael Chopra then raced into the box and slotted home to make it 3-1.

But back came the Toffees and Rooney again converted a fantastic effort, before Phil Cave topped a fine night for United with an even more spectacular 35 yard lob. match report

2005 West Ham (h)

(later rescinded)


Having returned from Highbury pointless but with some positives taken from a battling display, Newcastle once again revealed themselves to be incapable of playing offensively on their own ground.

Despite finishing a man short, Alan Pardew's Hammers side were rarely troubled by the home side, for whom midfielder Lee Clark made a second senior debut. match report

2006 News reports claimed that Obafemi Martins was on Tyneside for transfer talks, with Italian sources suggesting that a deal between with Inter Milan had been struck, valuing the striker at €16m (£10.9m).

Meanwhile, Inter gave the reason for the striker's non-appearance at their Spanish pre-season training camp as 'flu - although that may have been flew....

2009 Everton seemed certain to sign Magpies defender Steven Taylor, according to Sky's "well-placed sources". Well-placed up their own jacksies as it turned out....

2011 mackems (a)
Premier League
Bardsley(89 - second yellow)

Ryan Taylor rifled home a stunning free-kick (over the wall) to give United three fantastic points - despite the best efforts of "England's" Howard Webb.

The much-praised whistler missed a blatant handball by Sebastian Larsson from an early Joey Barton header that should have been punished with a penalty and a red card.

Tempers spilled over at times and there were players from both sides lucky to stay on the pitch but mackem pair Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley could have ended up in jail with some of their assaults.

Webb finally lost patience with the latter late on and issued a second yellow card to round off yet another memorable trip to the dark place. match report

2012 Alan Pardew was charged by the FA with misconduct, following his shove of the linesman during the home match with Spurs.

2013 Manchester City (a)
Premier League

Silva(6), Aguero(22), Toure(50), Nasri(75)

A miserable Monday at the Etihad, as United offered little in their opening game of the season - save for the brainless antics of Steven Taylor, who was deservedly dismissed.

Yohan Cabaye didn't feature as his alleged move to Arsenal loomed closer, while a lack of inbound transfer activity saw away fans urge their side to "spend some f*cking money", as Paul Dummett debuted. match report

2016-17-BRISTOL-CITY-v-NEWCASTLE-UNITED-20th-August-20162016 Bristol City (a)

Dwight Gayle's fourth goal in three games earned a second successive win and ended a winless away run stretching back to Spurs in December 2015.

Neither goalkeeper had a taxing afternoon at City's rebuilt Ashton Gate, but Richard O'Donnell was helpless to prevent Dwight Gayle from driving home after latching on to Mo Diame's sublime through ball. match report

2017 Huddersfield Town (a) 0-1 (0-0)
Premier League
A mistake from Jonjo Shelvey's replacement, Mikel Merino, gifted Aaron Mooy the chance to curl the winner but it could have been a different story had referee Craig Pawson waved his red card again.

He had sent off two Chelsea players the previous week and should have been brandishing it again to Town's Steve Mounie for a stamp on Isaac Hayden. And Pawson again failed to favour Rafa's side when he waved play-on following a handball in the area. match report