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Ticket news:
Cardiff City (a) Public sale now
Man City (a) ST holder sale (
0 points)
Chelsea (h) Public sale (online)

Not so tricky, Ricky

From the BBC, Tuesday - we always knew he was a wrong 'un.....

The man who scored the winning goal when Hereford United famously knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup in 1972 has been jailed for money laundering.

Ricky George, 72, was sentenced to two years and his son Adam, 40, has also been jailed, for 15 months.

The fraud involved the sale of a house without the knowledge or consent of the owner, Hertfordshire Constabulary say.

Adam George, 40, of Burleigh Road, St Albans received £120,000 into a business account from his father, Richard George, of Hadley Grove, Barnet who were both found guilty.

The money was then laundered through his own bank account and that of his father and Jogi, his father's friend.

When the buyer of the house found out he had been a victim of fraud and had lost £250,000, he had a heart attack, police say, from which he has "thankfully" recovered.

George will always be known as the man who scored "the other goal" in that famous FA Cup third round replay win for non-league Hereford United over Newcastle United in January 1972.

The goal that lives longest in the memory - and gets far more regularly shown - was Hereford's equaliser, Ronnie Radford's 35-yard rocket.

It was almost half an hour later before George had his own moment of fame, when he turned in the box to angle home a low right-foot shot across Newcastle keeper Willie McFaul.

League Cup stuff

Newcastle enter what remains known as the Carabao Cup at the Second Round stage, when the winners of 35 First Round ties below are joined by 15 Premier League sides not involved in European competition.

The Second Round draw will take place on Thursday evening (live on Sky) and it's anticipated that it will again be divided into Northern and Southern sections, with PL sides seeded so that they avoid each other.

Given the confusion of last season's draw though, anything is possible with this lot.

Should a tie be drawn after 90 minutes, no extra time will be played and a penalty shootout will be staged in order to determine the winning side.

Tue 14.08.2018:

Blackpool 3-1 Barnsley
Carlisle United 1-5 Blackburn Rovers
Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Fleetwood Town (3-4 pens)
Grimsby Town 0-2 Rochdale
Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Bradford City (4-2 pens)
Mansfield Town 6-1 Accrington Stanley
Middlesbrough 3-3 Notts County (4-3 pens)
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Bury (10-9 pens)
Oldham Athletic 0-2 Derby County
Port Vale 0-4 Lincoln City
Preston North End 3-1 Morecambe
Rotherham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic
Scunthorpe United 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield United 1-1 Hull City (4-5 pens)
Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Burton Albion

Bristol City 0-1 Plymouth Argyle
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Crawley Town
Cambridge United 1-4 Newport County
Cheltenham Town 2-2 Colchester United (6-5 pens)
Exeter City 1-1 Ipswich Town (4-2 pens)
Millwall 0-0 Gillingham (3-1 pens)
MK Dons 3-0 Charlton Athletic
Norwich City 3-1 Stevenage
Oxford United 2-0 Coventry City
Portsmouth 1-2 AFC Wimbledon
QPR 2-0 Peterborough United
Reading 2-0 Birmingham City
Southend United 2-4 Brentford
Swindon Town 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
Tranmere Rovers v Walsall
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Luton Town
Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Northampton (7-6 pens)
Yeovil Town 0-1 Aston Villa Sky

Thu 16.08.2018:
mackems v Sheffield Wednesday Sky

Honours even

West Brom U23s  1  Newcastle U23s  1

Following the shortest pre-season fixture programme we can recall (one public friendly and another couple of obscure and low-key kickabouts), United's U23s returned to competitive action on Monday.

Ben Dawson's side faced their Albion counterparts behind closed doors at the Baggies Palm training ground on the outskirts of Walsall. 

Falling behind to an eighth minute effort from Nathan Ferguson (although the WBA reporter gave it as an own goal), Newcastle trailed 0-1 at the interval.

Introducing new signing Rosaire Longelo for the second half, the winger took just four minutes to make an impact - feeding the ball to Owen Bailey, whose pass across the box was turned in by Callum Roberts.

The Magpies second string open up their home campaign on Monday week (20th) against the mackems at SJP (7pm).

Woodman, Sterry, Bailey, OíConnor, Gibson (Cass 89), Barlaser, Watts, Roberts, S. Longstaff, Fernandez (Longelo 46), Charman (Sorensen 71).  
Subs n/u:
Huuhtanen, M. Longstaff.

WBA: Palmer, Meredith, Harmon (Dyce 86), Wilding, Ferguson, Healy, Soule, Brown, Morton, Azaz, Clayton-Phillips. 
Subs n/u:
Hose, Tulloch, Rogers, trialist.

No less than 23 players who featured at this level last season have now left the club but the starting XI still has a familiar look to it.

Freddie Woodman, Sean Longstaff, Victor Fernandez, Callum Roberts and Jamie Sterry all featured for the senior side in pre-season - right back Sterry one of several options available to Rafa Benitez if DeAndre Yedlin's knee injury is as serious as feared. 

Liam Gibson is set for a first competitive outing since May 2017, having endured further treatment for colitis and there's a first U23 start for Kelland Watts, whose last pitch action was for England U19s in July.    

Winger Rosaire Longelo makes the bench following his recent signing but fellow new arrival Yannick Toure isn't included and there's no sign of either Rolando Aarons or Achraf Lazaar.

Newcastle did the double over the Baggies
in Premier League 2 Division Two last season, following up an early 4-0 victory in the West Midlands with a 2-0 success at Whitley Park.

The hosts completed last season bottom of the table with just nine points from 21 games (we were second bottom with 20).

Loan lads

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
The striker was an unused substitute on Tuesday, as Albion won 1-0 at home to Luton Town in the League Cup.   

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Remaining on the bench, midfielder Jack looked on as Forest were held 1-1 by Bury at the City Ground in the League Cup on Tuesday - eventually progressing 10-9 in the penalty shootout that followed.

Josef Yarney (Morecambe)
A second Shrimpers outing for the defender brought a second defeat on Tuesday, Morecambe beaten 1-3 away at Preston North End in the League Cup.

Premier League:
Cardiff City

This Saturday sees United venture to South Wales for a 12.30pm kick-off at Cardiff City Stadium that will be televised live by Sky Sports.

Coral match betting will appear here

Florian Lejeune is a long-term absentee while news on the severity of the knee injury suffered by DeAndre Yedlin against Spurs is awaited. 


If you're looking for a pre-match venue in Cardiff, the Pontcanna Inn is 1.2 miles away from the ground and open from 10am for drink (8am for food) with free parking more details here

CCFC: Aron Gunnarsson is sidelined and Kenneth Zohore is doubtful.

Neil Warnock's Bluebirds began life back in the Premier League on Saturday with a 0-2 loss at Bournemouth.

Ineligible to play against his parent club was Harry Arter but he's expected to face United. Fellow new boy Victor Camarasa may make his City debut, while Josh Murphy (brother of Jacob) could be promoted from the bench to the starting lineup.  

Craig Pawson - the South Yorkshire whistler found his red card at the weekend in the Wolves v Everton game. His last Toon outing was the 1-0 home victory over Manchester United back in February.

: Live on Sky Sports

If you aren't going to Wales, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square
will have the game on their big screen TVs with food and drink offers as follows:

£2.50 pints for the duration of the game.
Kronenbourg 1664 & Woodpecker Bottles £1.50
Pizza & a pint for £7
Massive Nachos £3
Bacon Baps & Hot Dogs £1.50
Two Dine for £10

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

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio:
None (tbc)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Latest PL fixtures:

Sat 18.08.2018:

Cardiff City v Newcastle (12.30pm) Sky
Everton v Southampton (3pm)
Leicester City v Wolves (3pm)
Spurs v Fulham (3pm)
West Ham v Bournemouth (3pm)
Chelsea v Arsenal (5.30pm) BT

Sun 19.08.2018:
Burnley v Watford (1.30pm)  
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town (1.30pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

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


NUFC v Warnock teams on the road:

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):

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
1963/64 drew 2-2 Cummings, McGarry(pen)

Premier League:
Heads you lose

Newcastle  1  Tottenham  2

Match report is online here

Departure looms:
Saivet update

News outlets in Turkey reported on Monday that Henri Saivet had now arrived in the country, as the midfielder nears a departure from SJP. 

However earlier claims of a permanent deal for the
27 year-old have disappeared and instead, another loan move is on the cards, this time to Bursaspor.

As an aside, it's also claimed that on Bursaspor's wish list before the Turkish transfer window closes at the end of the month is alleged striker Seydou Doumbia - formerly of this parish.

Saivet spent the second half of last season on loan at fellow Super Lig side Sivasspor, having previously been farmed out to French club St. Etienne. However, neither side showed any inclination to buy him.

The player 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.

PS: Also heading to the Turkish Super Lig is striker Islam Slimani, who has joined Fenerbahce.

The 30 year-old Algerian spent five months on loan at United from Leicester City earlier this year and has now made a season-long move to the Istanbul side. 

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

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. 

Reserve duo confirmation

Ahead of Monday's U23 season opener away to West Bromwich Albion, United have confirmed the signing of striker Yannick Toure and winger Rosaire Longelo.

17 year-old Swiss youth international Yannick (above) arrives with a prolific scoring record for former club Young Boys Berne.

Toure was born in Senegal and is now a free agent after his Young Boys contract expired, meaning that United had to pay only an undisclosed compensation figure. 

Longelo meanwhile (above) is an 18 year-old wide player who was free agent following the expiration of his contract at West Ham over the summer.

Longelo - whose younger brother Manny remains with the Hammers - was the un-named trialist who played for Newcastle U23s in their friendly at Barrow last month, showing a good turn of pace when deployed down both wings.

Eligible to play for DR Congo through his parents, Rosaire spent time on trial at both Norwich City and Boro in the closing weeks of last season but has now signed an initial one year contract with the Magpies.

City slicker 

Manchester City U18s  6  Newcastle U18s  0

Despite having won 5-2 there last season, United's 
U18 side were massive underdogs in their opening league game of the season at City on Saturday. 

And sadly that's how it worked out, with the hosts taking just eight minutes to ruin any hopes that Magpies 'keeper Dan Langley had of a clean sheet. 

Full back Alpha Diounkou claimed the opener but whether he intended to cross or shoot is unclear.

That lead was then doubled midway through the first half when DíMargio Wright-Phillips (son of Shaun) centred for Lewis Fiorini to confidently head home.

The Newcastle defence made it to half time without further incident, but within seconds of the resumption had allowed Wright-Phillips to score from a tap in.

It then became the Henri Ogunby show, as the Bolton-born forward bagged a hat trick within half an hour, firing home in the 48, 65 and 74th minutes.

Dave Watson's side will hope for better when West Bromwich Albion visit Tyneside next Saturday - the Baggies without a game on opening weekend.

Team: Langley, Barrett, Gamblin, Allen, Swailes, McEntee, Reed, Young, Cole, Joyce, Kasinga.
Subs n/u: Rounsfell, Brown, Ebanks, Scott, Brannen.

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.

Fri 07.09.2018
Kevin Keegan talk-in at Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, in aid of Beacon Hill School. Bookings via 0191 234 1666 or

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

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

Thu 16.08.2018 League Cup Second Round draw @ 7pm. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 18.08.2018 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 18.08.2018 Cardiff City (a) @ Cardiff City Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. Public sale now. £30 adults, £26 60+ years, £21 16-21 years, £16 U16s. Allocation: 2,900 tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

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 (online), Fri 17.08.2018 (in person/by phone). 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. ST holder sale now, 0 points. £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. Club advertised that member sale was from Tue 14.08.2018, but they didn't appeat online then. 
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:

Sat 18.08.2018 Cardiff (a) 12.30pm
Sun 26
.08.2018 Chelsea (h) 4pm
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

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

Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

The Express
managed to confuse arrivals with departures, unless we really did have to pay Real Sociedad to take our lad away....

"Benitez has splashed out £25m acquiring the services of Yoshinori Muto, Mikel Merino, Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka, Salomon Rondon and Ki Sung-yeung."

(Colin French)

And The Mirror were similarly afflicted:

"Newcastle did manage to sign Mikel Merino, Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar, Yoshinori Muto, Salomon Rondon and Federico Fernandez"

(B D)

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

On This Day in History
15th August

Born Or Died:

1924 Ray King born, Amble. 

Goalkeeper who was one of three brothers from Radcliffe (near Amble) to play league football; George for Hull City and Frank at Everton and Derby County.

Playing for United in wartime football, Ray also guested for Chester City and Wolves while serving in the Army.

Making his official senior debut in a unique two-legged FA Cup tie against Barnsley in January 1946, Ray suffered a number of injuries and left Gallowgate soon after for a brief stint at Leyton Orient. 

Returning to his former club Amble as an outfield player, King then appeared in goal for Ashington Reserves and was soon called into to the first team by Colliers boss (and former Magpie) Jimmy Denmark.

King's brother George then pulled a few strings with his club Port Vale and Ray moved down to the Potteries in 1949 for an eight year stint with the Valiants.

He won one England B cap, playing in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel during 1954 alongside future United boss Bill McGarry.

Joining Boston United, Ray became involved in management, taking charge at both Poole Town and Sittingbourne. He also spent time coaching at Luton Town. 

Settling in Dorset, King worked both as a physiotherapist and a painter & decorator and remained in football coaching Oxford before returning to Amble. 

His autobiography "Hands, Feet and Balls" was published in 1998 and a second volume, "To the End of the Road" appeared in 2011.

Following the death of his wife in 2009, Ray relocated to Thailand and lived in Bangkok with his son Gary. He passed away in July 2014, shortly before his 90th birthday. 

Recollecting his time at SJP, Ray spoke of a wartime game at Bradford that had a pivotal effect on his time at Newcastle:

(future Magpie Len Shackleton) went off on a typical run in the first half, weaving and swaying past five Newcastle players.

"As he was approaching my goal, I looked to narrow the angle but in taking a couple of steps he made up his mind and chipped me. 

"Though off balance, I desperately threw myself backwards. I managed to flick the ball over the top but in doing so literally punched the crossbar. I was in agony.

"It felt just like it did when I guested for Chester at Everton over the Christmas holidays. I saved a penalty from Tommy Lawton but he smashed the ball so hard that it broke the scaphoid in my right wrist. 

"I'd been put in plaster and told I'd be like that for nine months - the scaphoid is apparently the smallest bone in the body and the most difficult to heal.

"The pain was as bad at Bradford but Newcastle's trainer Norman Smith came on, threw some cold water on my wrist, and said: `Come on son, you're getting soft!'

"I went to the hospital and the worst fears were confirmed but United kept the news from me and I played 15 more games with a broken wrist. 

"I remember saving another penalty in an FA Cup tie against Barnsley at SJP in the pouring rain - George Milburn, Jackie's cousin, took it - the pain was excruciating.

"Of course my confidence started to go. The army doctor dismissed it as a slight sprain but eventually I insisted on seeing a specialist at the RVI in Newcastle and he advised me never to ever play football again because I had brittle bones. 

"That was the end of me at United. I was heart-broken. I didn't receive a penny in compensation. I was just chucked on the scrapheap."

1948 Stuart Alderson born, Bishop Auckland, Durham. (1965-67)

Right-sided midfielder signed from Evenwood Town for the princely sum of £50 at the start of the 1965/66 season.

Stuart's first team debut came in September 1966, when replacing Pop Robson at number 7 for a 1-1 home draw against Burnley.

Keeping his place for a 0-3 loss away to Nottingham Forest the following week, he then appeared in a home friendly against Linfield before making way for Robson.

After one further outing - in a 2-0 home win over Manchester City the following month - Alderson returned to the Central League side, leaving SJP the following summer.

After a season with York City, he joined Ashington and later managed local league side West Auckland. 

Serving as General Manager at Darlington Road, Alderson and found himself dealing with the national media during 2009, as the 1909 World Cup Winners travelled to Italy and faced Juventus in a centenary friendly.

He then found himself making preparations for a Wembley Stadium visit in 2012, but West were beaten 2-0 by Northern League rivals Dunston in the FA Vase Final.

The following year saw Stuart mark half a century of involvement with West, but a second visit to Wembley in 2014 once again saw his side beaten in the FA Vase Final - this time by Sholing. 

1976 Des Hamilton born, Bradford.

Right-sided midfielder signed from Bradford City (rejecting an offer from the smoggies) in a £2m deal in March 1997, becoming Kenny Dalglish's first major Magpie signing.

A first cap at U21 level for England followed within three months of his move to SJP and appeared for United in first team games the following pre-season - including leading out the side on his return to Valley Parade. 

However, an ankle injury sustained against Juventus in Cesena less than a week before the start of the season delayed his senior debut until October 1997.

Des duly marked his first appearance with the only first team goal of his Newcastle career - shooting home at the Leazes End in a 2-0 League Cup win over Hull City.

A league debut came later than month in a 1-1 home draw with Blackburn and in his next outing - a 3-3 draw with Leicester City at SJP - Des thought he'd scored, only for the goal to be credited to under-fire striker Jon Dahl Tomasson by the club at HT.

True, the ball had brushed against the Dane, but his inability to get off the scoring mark for us saw him gifted a goal that wasn't his.

All but one of Hamilton's 18 outings for United would come in that season under Dalglish, with Des never getting a look in under Ruud Gullit - a memorable long range effort in a SJP reserve game coming just weeks before the Dutchman took charge. 

Going out on loan to Sheffield United in October 1998, Hamilton spent the second half of that season at Huddersfield Town.

Playing in pre-season games ahead of the 1999/00 season, Des twice found himself being replaced when Gullit opted to bring himself on to boost a faltering midfield.

What was to be his final appearance for United then in the final moments of a 2-0 away win against CSKA Sofia in September 1999, Sir Bobby's second game in charge. 

Injury problems then kept Hamilton out of the picture until a loan move to Norwich City in March 2000 (along with fellow Magpie discard loanee, Garry Brady).

With the 2000/01 season bringing neither a move to Carrow Road or a return to the first team fold at SJP, Des joined Tranmere Rovers for an injury-hit spell on loan.

A free agent in the summer of 2001, he signed for Cardiff City, remaining at Ninian Park for two years, before moving on to Grimsby Town.

A brief excursion to Barnet in the tail end of the 2003/2004 season followed, before Des retired from playing without making a first team appearance at Underhill.

Thanks to eagle-eyed readers of, we then tracked him down back in his native Bradford, playing for Campion in the West Riding County Amateur Premier League (and also turning out in 5-a-sides for NBK).

By August 2017, Des had taken a coaching post at non-league Eccleshill United.

PS: Des
retains legendary status among Bantams fans for his goal at Wembley Stadium in the 1996 Division Two playoff victory over Notts County.

1982 Peter Wright born, Preston.

Striker who progressed to United's U19 side but lost out to the likes of Michael Chopra, Richard Offiong and Shola Ameobi (when he  moved from defence to attack) and was released during the 2000/01 campaign.

Handed a trial by Halifax Town manager
Paul Bracewell on the recommendation of Peter Beardsley, Wright earned a one year but failed to score as the Shaymen dropped out of the Football League in 2002 - earning headlines when dismissed against Stoke City in the FA Cup.

Embarking on a tour of various non-league sides in his native North West, Peter spent time in the colours of Burscough, Southport, Northwich Victoria, Altrincham, Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Fleetwood Town, Mossley, Kendal Town and Ribbleton Rangers.

Following an assault on a 5-a-side football official, Wright was banned from football sine die in December 2007 but later saw that reduced to two years on appeal.

Working as a plumber, he racked up more clubs on his playing CV, including two stints with Bamber Bridge, a second and third stay at Kendal and spells with Ashton United, Leek Town, Nantwich Town and Nelson.

And knowing a bit about waterworks, Peter was able to help his partner deliver their second child at home in 2013, before scoring the winner for Nelson just hours later.

What Else?

1964 Burnley (a)
United's preparations for what would be a promotion season saw them record a victory against the First Division Clarets at Turf Moor.

There was little friendly about the encounter though, with Dave Hilley and Burnley's Gordon Harris booked and several other players spoken to.

The home side survived Newcastle hitting the woodwork on no less than four occasions before Jim Iley converted Trevor Hockey's centre for the only goal of the game.

The two sides had played out a 1-1 draw on Tyneside the previous week - that pair of games the entirety of Joe Harvey's pre-season programme. 

Team: Marshall, Craig, Clark, Anderson, McGrath, Burton, Suddick, Hilley, Thomas, Iley, Hockey.

1966 Carlisle United (a)
Balderstone(9,64pen,70) og(Clark)(15) 
Less than a week after sharing four goals on Tyneside First Division Newcastle deservedly lost to their Second Division hosts at Brunton Park.

1970 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Smith(44), Foggon(54), Gibb(64)
Dougan(88), Curran(90)


1972 Birmingham City (a) 2-3 (2-2)
Division One 
Barrowclough(32), Macdonald(36)
), Hope(27), Latchford(82)

1978 Arbroath (a)
United's final pre-season test  saw them fail to impress against the Scottish First Division side at their Gayfield Park home.

1986 Durham City (a)
Allon 2, Davies, Bogie, Mcdonald (pen) Anderson, Whitehurst, McCreery 
Newcastle provided the opposition at the old Ferens Park in a benefit game for long serving Citizens duo Paul Main and Keith Anderson.

1989 A Transfer Tribunal fixed the transfer of Pompey striker Mick Quinn to SJP at £680,000.

1992 Southend United (h)
Division One 
Bracewell(10), og(Prior)(18), Clark(70)
Martin(57), Benjamin(76)
On the first day of the new Premier League, the largest crowd of the day in England saw a pile-driver from debutant midfielder Paul Bracewell open the scoring on a damp Tyneside afternoon.

Spencer Prior's own goal increased the lead and Clark sealed it. Former Magpie John Cornwell was almost unnoticed at right back for the visitors, while there were also debuts for John Beresford and Barry Venison. 
Youtube footage is online here

Ian Rush signed for Newcastle, two months short of his 36th birthday and short of match fitness - some might say injured....

1998 Charlton Athletic (h)
The beginning of the end for Kenny Dalglish as his side failed to break down the ten-man Addicks on their Premier League debut.

Richard Rufus was dismissed for Charlton after 25 minutes by referee Dermot Gallacher for an elbow on Nicos Dabizas as Gary Speed prepared to take a corner - no penalty being awarded as the ball wasn't "live".

Despite that though, a thoroughly inept display by a Magpies side for whom Dietmar Hamann and Laurent Charvet were debuting left home fans chanting "what a load of rubbish". Barely a week later, Daglish was relieved of his position.

Ex-Magpie Andy Hunt made his Charlton debut, while John Barnes played what was to be his final game for United - appearing at half time and being subbed himself on 68 minutes.

His next Premier League game would come in the colours of Charlton, following a free transfer move to the Valley in February 1999.  

1999 Southampton (a)
Shearer(22pen), Speed(84)
Kachloul(58,68), Pahars(66), Hughes(78)
The beginning of the end for Ruud Gullit, after a very public humiliation for United and debutant goalkeeper John Karelse.

Shown live on Sky and in the rain at our least favourite venue, the first half saw United go in one goal up, despite losing Carl Serrant early on to the injury that ultimately cost him his playing career.
Gullit admitted post-match that he could be on his way in a very odd TV interview. match report

Youtube footage is online here

The Reserves travelled to New Ferens Park and beat non-league Durham City 5-0. 

Six of the squad, that had just arrived back from our game in Sarajevo took part in the game including all of the goalscorers.

Shola Ameobi got two - one from the spot - while Wayne Quinn, Robbie Elliott and Christian Bassedas were the others on target. match report

2002 Meanwhile, a young United side faced a Hong Kong XI in... Hong Kong.

The final score was 0-0, with coach Peter Beardsley making a late appearance in place of Michael Chopra.

The FA confirmed that the red card incurred by Jermaine Jenas at Highbury had been reduced to a yellow - and that referee Steve Bennett apologised to the player, his manager and the United players by letter. 

Nothing for the fans, whose day had been ruined by the Orpington oaf....

2008 Newcastle confirmed that the transfers of Argentinean duo Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez had been fully concluded.

However, the latter move would later result in court action by Real Mallorca that required United to compensate the Spanish club and his former employers, Velez Sarsfield.

Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Faye moved to Stoke after just one season at SJP. Confusingly, Ex- Mag Amdy Faye also joined the Potters from Charlton Athletic on the same day.

2009 Reading (h)
In a match which had echoes of our season opener almost exactly twenty years earlier, Newcastle marked the return of second tier football to SJP with a resounding victory - and a hat-trick from their centre forward. 

Back in August 1989, it was Mick Quinn who rewarded those fans who had shrugged off boycotts and protests against the club's owners to attend, smashing four in a 5-2 win over Leeds United.

Fast forward to 2009 and Shola Ameobi did his bit to alleviate the depression that had settled over Tyneside, with his first senior treble to dispose of a tepid Royals side.

Watching the game from the Milburn stand meanwhile was defender Sol Campbell. The 34 year-old free agent signed autographs and said that he was hopeful of securing a deal over the coming days. It took 11 months. match report

Youtube footage is online here

Shola: three and easy

2011 A statement released by the FA read:

"Newcastle United and Arsenal have been charged by The FA with failing to control their players following Saturdayís (13 August) fixture at St Jamesí Park.

"Both clubs have been charged following a mass confrontation of players after an incident in which Arsenalís Gervinho was also shown a red card in the 75th minute.

"Arsenalís Alex Song has been charged separately by The FA with violent conduct following an incident earlier in the same fixture."

2012 United's
Shane Ferguson netted his first senior goal for Northern Ireland against Finland in a friendly at Windsor Park.

The winger slammed home a 15 yard left footer to put his side ahead in a game that ended 3-3.

2015 Swansea City (a)
Premier League
1pt, 15th
Gomis(9), Ayew(52)
Daryl Janmaat brought back bad memories of the previous season with another senseless dismissal following the one at Leicester.

To add to the misery, Moussa Sissoko pulled his groin on the stroke of half-time and only the goalframe twice prevented an even greater margin of defeat. match report

United's U23s made a winning start to the season for the first time since 2012.

Peter Beardsley's side scored three goals without reply on a fine afternoon at City's Colney training ground, Haris Vuckic grabbing a brace and Gael Bigirimana successfully converting a penalty kick. match report