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Southampton (a)
Watford (h) Public sale now
Bournemouth (h) Public sale now
Burnley (a) ST holder sale now (
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Everton (a) ST holder sale from Tue 23.10

Villans test tonight

Newcastle's U23 side go in search of back to back league victories for the first time this season tonight, when they face Aston Villa at Walsall.

It's a 7pm start at the Bescot Stadium (aka Banks's Stadium) and admission is at
the gate, priced at £3 for adults and £1 concessions.

Team: Woodman, Cass, O'Connor, Watts, Gibson, Bailey, S.Longstaff, Roberts, M.Longstaff, Wilson, Sorensen. 
Harker, Walters, Sangare, Cabreras, Toure.

Yannick Toure is included on the bench - the 18 year-old forward signed in pre-season is yet to feature competitively at any level for United. 

Ben Dawson's side defeated Fulham 5-2 at the start of October, following that up with home and away wins over Notts County in two cup competitions.

It's almost a year to the day that the sides met last season at Walsall, with the Villans scoring six times without reply. Some retribution was then gained in April at Gallowgate with a 2-0 home win.

The action then moves to St. James' Park on Friday night, when United host their Boro counterparts in another 7pm kick-off.

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.

Book comp winner 

"To The Glory of God: Newcastle United and The Great War" is the latest book from NUFC historian Paul Joannou, covering the club's fascinating and often uncharted history between 1914 and 1918.

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 here
and a copy to give away, asking who United faced in the 1911 FA Cup Final - their last final appearance before WW1. 

The answer was Bradford City and from the correct answers received, we picked one from Thomas Guthrie in Wallsend. Thanks to all who entered.

PS: Author Paul Joannou is appearing at this year's Newcastle Book Festival, hosting a  slide show and talking about his new publication.

The hour-long event is at 11am on Thursday November 29th at Newcastle Central Library and costs £3 (tickets here or from the venue).

Southampton (a) 
rail strike update

South Western Railway report that they intend to operate an hourly service between London Waterloo and Southampton and return this Saturday, despite industrial action by the RMT.

Details of the timetable are yet to be published.

Further information online here

remier League:
Rock bottom

Newcastle  0  Brighton  1

Newcastle's failing season took another turn for the worse on Saturday, a fifth successive home reverse allied with Cardiff City's maiden win of the campaign sending Rafa Benitez's side to the foot of the table.

A typically ragged goal did the damage just before the half hour; Albion incorrectly awarded a corner that was headed back across the box and hit goalwards by Jose Izquierdo, deflecting off Paul Dummett and Beram Kayal before ending up in the back of the Magpies net.

Up to that point a promising opening by the hosts had seen Ayoze Perez denied from close range and seek to take the game to opposition. 

However that early momentum was halted by an early injury to visiting goalkeeper Mat Ryan and a more serious 16th minute stoppage after a clash of heads between Glenn Murray and Federico Fernandez.

The Newcastle defender was able to continue, but the Brighton attacker left on a stretcher and was taken to hospital for precautionary tests.

Falling behind on 29 minutes, United dominated the remainder of the second half and eight additional minutes, Jonjo Shelvey's effort saved, Yoshinori Muto heading over and a Kenedy shot clearing the bar. 

The second half would be a similar tale of wasted opportunities and meaningless possession, ultimately managing 27 scoring efforts but getting just six of those on target - Ryan notably equal to a Shelvey free kick.

Having played second fiddle for the second half, Albion almost grabbed a second in added time, but substitute Yves Bissouma shot wide with the goal gaping. 

Few of those left in the ground would begrudge visiting manager Chris Hughton celebrating his first victory at Gallowgate in five attempts since he was shown the door by Mike Ashley - present today - back in 2010. 

Regardless of the misfortune surrounding Brighton's goal though, the fact remains that a second successive 0-0 draw here against the Seagulls would have been only marginally better than losing. 

Quite simply we needed to win: for the team, the fans, the manager, the club, even for the owner.

Our ongoing failure to score goals and the continued absence of the striker we've pinned our hopes on this season are rapidly undermining the efforts that brought us a tenth place finish last season.   

Where do we go from here? With two points from a possible 27 after nine games, the answer is inevitable unless there's the most almighty reversal of fortune.

Yes, there'll be a trip to Brighton next April, but after that it'll be Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Brentford and Bristol - which will do nothing to prevent the club's value diminishing still further. 

Cut your losses Mike, just sell up and **** off. 

Team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Muto (Joselu 74).
Subs n/u: Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Hayden, Atsu, Murphy.

BHAFC: Ryan, Saltor (Bernado 68), Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo (Bissouma 80), March, Murray (Locadia 16).
Subs n/u: Button, Andone, Balogun, Knockaert.

Booked: Kayal, Jahanbakhsh. 

Goal: Kayal 29.

Crowd: 50,329 including 1,600 happy travelling fans. Former NUFC Chairman Chris Mort was present.


Seagulls @ St. James' - all time:

2018/19 lost 0-1
2017/18 drew 0-0
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)

Newcastle have now endured a nine game winless start to a Premier League season for the first time, today's outcome meaning we'd eclipsed the eight game barren opening to the 2015/16 campaign.

One has to go to 1898/99 to find a worse opening sequence of results, our maiden top-flight campaign beginning with six losses and four draws.

Nine games without a victory is by no means our worst run of form in the PL, Rafa's United enduring an identical run between October and December 2018. 

And 1999 was particularly bleak, with a 14 game winless run running from April until September. 

The Magpies also made it five successive league defeats at SJP, emulating a run in November and December 2017 which is their worst home PL run - one less than their longest of all-time, six losses between September and October 1953.

In terms of losing home starts, five off the belt to start a season is a new low in our entire history.

United ended the day bottom of the table, the first time that they've been in 20th since October 2015 following a 1-6 loss at Manchester City.

Chris Hughton has now won twice against former club Newcastle as a manager - this being his first victory on Tyneside in five 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
2018/19 Newcastle 0 Brighton 1


"We'll just carry on trying to win games and try to find three teams worse than us.”

"Sometimes, you lose games without creating too much or because the other team is too strong and you have to defend; today, we were in control, we had the chances, and they scored a goal from a corner that was not even a corner. 

"After, they were just wasting time.

“I think after a game like this one, you have to say we did almost everything to win. ‘Almost’, meaning we were not good enough in the final third and didn’t take our chances but in terms of the effort of the players, you cannot ask for more.

"I am confident that if the team continues playing and working as hard as today then we will score goals.

"Everyone can see that the team tried everything. Sometimes, when you talk about games when you talk about us having to defend against some teams. 

"Today we had 27 attempts. We had control, they had a corner, which wasn’t a corner, and they scored. 

"The last five minutes they had some chances when we were giving the ball away. Too many things, too much control, we have to be more clinical in the final third.

"Today, we were so much in control, we were making crosses. We put Ritchie on the left-hand side to be sure that we could deliver some crosses and then we put Joselu on.

"But we had control of the game, so they were not a threat at that time.

"Then to change something when you are in control, we did with a striker to have more presence in the box and after, we were conceding more things.

"But I will repeat, we were so much in control that it was better to carry on doing what we had to do.

"We knew it could be like that (playing long balls forward) because they were waiting and pressing and especially Jonjo (Shelvey), trying to stop him playing.

"Then when you cannot play easily, you have to find a solution and then strikers with mobility could be an option.

"But it's not just if you play long, if you play high or not, if you play long, on the floor, it could be fine. But at the same time, we knew it could be like that and we had to win the second ball.

"It's something that we were expecting, but again I will say we have to be more precise when we move the ball.

“Everybody's a bit down now. We have lost a game we deserved to win or at least get something. It's difficult to explain when you have these situations.

“I have said before it's difficult. It's still difficult. It's a long race. We have to keep going and we have to make sure we keep going at this level and score goals. 

"I'm still convinced
(we can avoid relegation)."

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.

While the constant time-wasting of the visitors was a massive irritation, no amount of added time would have been enough to save us today.

Latest PL results/fixture:

Sat 20.10.2018:
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton
Cardiff City 4-2 Fulham
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Newcastle 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion
West Ham 0-1 Spurs
Wolves 0-2 Watford
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Liverpool

Sun 21.10.2018:
Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Mon 22.10.2018:
Arsenal v Leicester City (8pm) Sky

New on the shelves of our sponsors CentrAle are this trio of Toon-themed beers from Fanscapes.

KK lager, 1892 pale ale and Cathedral dark ale are all available separately, or together in a gift box with one bottle of each for £10 - stocks are limited.

FA Cup:
Sweet FA for old boys 

An excellent of 2,520 watched Northern League side Dunston UTS bow out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage on Saturday lunchtime - beaten 0-4 at home by neighbours Gateshead

Tynesiders boss Steve Watson named three former Newcastle players in his lineup, defender Mike Williamson and midfield duo Jack Hunter and Greg Olley - the latter who opened the scoring.

Match action is online here

At Croft Park meanwhile, a tight tie ended with Blyth Spartans losing 0-1 to York City in front of a crowd of 1,378 including old favourite Alan Shoulder.

Spartans manager and ex-Magpie Alun Armstrong selected former United pair Jamie Holmes and Alex Nicholson, while the Minstermen had SJP old boy Adam Bartlett between the posts.

Meanwhile, a Hartlepool United side featuring both Ryan Donaldson and Ryan McLaughlin edged past Kidsgrove Athletic 1-0 to reach the First Round.

Monday evening sees the draw for the First Round Proper of the competition staged at 7pm on BBC2. Ties are played over the weekend of November 10th. 

Deja Blue

Everton U18s  7  Newcastle U18s  1

Following a two week break from their exertions, Newcastle U18s returned to action at Finch Farm on Saturday but lost for the fifth successive game. 

Facing a table-topping Toffees side that had won six and drawn the other one of their league games, the black and whites fell behind after four minutes when Korede Adedoyin beat goalkeeper Otto Huuhtanen.

Ellis Simms then doubled Everton's advantage on 25 minutes before Newcastle halved the deficit six minutes later, Thomas Cole reacting first to reach Deese Kasinga's shot when it rebounded off a post.

It was 1-3 at the interval when Simms netted on 35 minutes and Adedoyin got his second two minutes after the restart.

Simms competed his hat-trick five minutes later before getting his fourth and Everton's sixth in the 71st minute. 

Adedoyin then completed the rout seven minutes from the end for a second treble against United in successive games, visiting coach Dave Watson watching his side concede seven goals to his old employers for the second time in 2018.

Eight games played, 31 goals conceded. Wow.

Team: Huuhtanen, Ebanks, Gamblin, McEntee (Brannen 71), Rounsfell, Reed, Young, Allen (De Bolle 59), White, Kasinga (Gilchrist 46), Cole.
Subs n/u: Brown, Anderson. 

Loan lads:

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
It finished 1-1 away to Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig on Friday, but Saivet remained sidelined due to injury. 

Dwight Gayle
(West Bromwich Albion)
No goal for Gayle in his 76 minutes on the field, as Albion were beaten 0-1 at Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Saturday.

Jack Colback
(Nottingham Forest)
Almost 30,000 fans were at the City Ground on Saturday to see Norwich City beat Forest 2-1 in the Championship - Colback completing the full 90.

Dan Barlaser/Luke Charman
(Accrington Stanley) 
Stanley's fine start to life in League One continued on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Peterborough United. Dan played the opening 80 minutes and was booked but Luke was omitted from the matchday squad.

Josef Yarney
Defender Josef played the entire game on Saturday, as Morecambe were beaten 0-1 at home in League Two by Colchester United.

Rolando Aarons
(Slovan Liberec)
The winger was a 63rd minute arrival from the bench on Sunday, as ten man Liberec were beaten 0-1 at home by Slavia Prague in the Czech Liga.

Number change

"A football club? Sorry, wrong number"

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 access charge.

Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02).

Deal denial

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 money.” 

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 anything. 

"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.”

Hornets deal done 

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 agreement.

Unlikely lad:
Jags get ex-Mag

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 is assisted at Firhill by fellow SJP old boy Brian Kerr, who had latterly been in charge of Junior side East Kilbride.

Premier League:
Southampton (a)

The Magpies make the 646 mile round to Hampshire this Saturday 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.

NUFC: Salomon Rondon remains unfit, amid claims that he's a month away from returning. Florian Lejeune is also still sidelined.

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

SFC: To follow.

The Saints have issues of their own, with just one Premier League victory so far this season - a 0-2 success at Crystal Palace in early September.

Since then they've drawn 2-2 at home to Brighton, lost a trio of games (0-3 at Liverpool, 0-2 at Wolves and 0-3 at home to Chelsea) and then drew 0-0 at Bournemouth last weekend.

That all means that when they kick off against Newcastle on Saturday they won't have scored a PL goal in 385 minutes of play. 




South Western Railway report that they intend to operate an hourly service between London Waterloo and Southampton and return this Saturday, despite industrial action by the RMT.

Details of the timetable are yet to be published.

Further information online here

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 routes.

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.

Southern 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. 

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Sat 27.10.2018:
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

Sun 28.10.2018:
Burnley v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Everton (4pm) Sky

Mon 29.10.2018:
Spurs v Manchester City (8pm) Sky


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

The new ticket website is now live and existing users need to re-register. Do that online here and read their FAQs here.

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 372 1892 

Online Box Office is here
On sale dates are here
SJP seating plan is here

Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed
Matchdays: 9am-Half-time

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am. If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also happen then.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members*. All ST holders are automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

The three-season Premier League £30 away ticket price cap scheme concludes at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Mon 22.10.2018 U23s 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. Allocation: 2,450. 

Thu 01.11.2018 Fairs Club talk-in at King Street Social Club North Shields. Tickets £10 from Harry Watson on 07985 198222.

Fri 02.11.2018 U23s v Manchester United (a) @ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 03.11.2018 U18s 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.

Sat 10.11.2018 U18s v Chelsea (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sat 10.11.2018 Bournemouth (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Tue 13.11.2018 U21s v Grimsby Town (a) @ Blundell Park, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Trophy.

Sat 24.11.2018 U18s 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, 0 points. Adults £30,  OAPs/U18s- U21s £20, U18s £15. Allocation: tbc. 
Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 30.11.2018
U23s v Leeds United (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 01.12.2018 U18s 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 24.10.2018, public 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 Tue 23.10.2018. Adults £30, £23 over-65s, U18s £18. Allocation: tbc, lower tier sold initially. 

Sat 08.12.2018
U18s v Norwich City (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sun 09.12.2018 Wolves (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Member sale from Mon 29.10.2018, public sale Mon 05.11.2018 (online), Mon 12.11.2018 (in person/by phone). Live on Sky Sports.

Live TV confirmation dates:  

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:

Mon 26.11.2018
Burnley (a) 8pm Sky
Sun 09.12.2018 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)

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 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:

First Round:
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

Quarter Final:

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 26.01.2019)

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
Group F:

Sat 29.09.2018 Man United (a) lost 0-1
Sat 10.11.2018 Chelsea (h) 11am
Sat 08.12.2018 Norwich City (h) 11am

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

Next three GFC home games:

Sat 27.10.2018
Aldershot Town 3pm
Sat 17.11.2018
Sutton United 3pm
Tue 27.11.2018
Solihull Moors 7.45pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.


International Magpies
National Service

2018/19 international breaks:

Thu-Tue 15-20.11.2018
Mon-Tue 18-26.03.2019

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...

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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
22nd October

Born Or Died:

1911 Harry Ware born, Birmingham. 

Inside right who followed Tom Mather - his boss at Stoke City - to Gallowgate and marked his debut against Fulham with a goal at SJP in September 1935.

Sold to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 1937, he quickly moved on to Norwich City and later played for Northwich Victoria - becoming manager at the Drill Field after World War II.

Harry also coached the Dutch side Haarlem before returning to England, joining the staff at Port Vale. 

After a stint as Crewe Alexandra manager, Ware renewed his association with Stoke City, serving the Potters as trainer, reserve coach and scout. He died in October 1970.

1980 Ian Martin born, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. (1997-2000) 

Born in Northern Ireland but emigrating with his family to Western Australia at the age of just one, goalkeeper Ian learnt his trade at the John Curtin College and played for Joondalup City Juniors.

Returning to his birthplace aged 15, Ian was called up to the Northern Ireland U16 side and coached by former Magpies 'keeper and manager Willie McFaul. 

Appearing in the European Championships, Martin also featured at the Milk Cup and was between the posts as his side were beaten 1-7 by Newcastle.

Returning to Australia while searching for a club in England, a trial with Darlington came to nothing when Quakers boss and former Northern Ireland custodian Jim Platt was sacked, but a tryout with Newcastle led to Ian securing a two year YTS deal.

Capped by Northern Ireland at youth level during his time at SJP and named on the bench by Ruud Gullit for a first team friendly at Reading in 1999, Ian was part of a player clearout instigated by Sir Bobby Robson in May 2000, at the end of his first season. 

Returning to Northern Ireland and signing for hometown club Coleraine, Ian later played for Australian side Adelaide City Force but returned to England in 2004 with Conference side Leigh - where he deputised for ex-Toon 'keeper, injured Gary Kelly.

1981 Mark Boyd
born, Carlisle

Ball-playing midfielder who joined Newcastle as a fourteen year old schoolboy and was handed a three-year professional deal on his 17th birthday by then-boss Kenny Dalglish amid interest from Manchester United.

Described by Sir Bobby Robson as the most naturally gifted player in the club when he succeeded Ruud Gullit, Mark had fitness issues and ultimately failed to make the grade, exiting SJP in summer 2002.

On the recommendation of Sir Bobby, "Skip" landed a two-year deal with Port Vale (after an unsuccessful trial at Carlisle). 

Later returning to Brunton Park, Boyd also went on to play for Gretna, Macclesfield Town, Shamrock Rovers (trial), Scarborough (trial), Stockport County (trial), Accrington Stanley, Southport and Sligo Rovers.

Joining Barrow in 2008, Mark was part of the side who won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2010, exiting Holker Street a year later.

Later moves took him to Droylsden, Harraby Catholic Club, Workington and Celtic Nation - becoming player/manager in August 2014. 

When they folded, Boyd joined Carlisle City, who took over Nation's Gilford Park ground.

1993 Gael Bigirimana born Bujumbura, Burundi. (2012-16)

Midfielder who moved from Burundi to England (via a spell in Uganda) as a youngster and settled with his family in the Coventry area. 

Turning up unannounced at Coventry City's training ground to request a trial when aged 11, he was reportedly sent away - only to be called back by a member of the coaching staff when they saw how fast he could run!

Returning the following day for a trial - when he admitted lying about having any playing kit or boots - Bigi made an immediate impression and signed schoolboy forms.

Later entering Coventry's youth academy, Gael signed a professional contract in the summer of 2011 and was handed his first team debut by Toon old boy Andy Thorn in the season opener against Leicester City.

United's interest in Bigi emerged in May 2012, when a bid said to be between £500K and £1m was made, although the final deal was officially for an undisclosed fee.

It was speculated that Bigi would be loaned out but after featuring in pre-season first team games, he remained in situ and a senior debut followed against Atromitos in Athens.

Making 25 first team appearances that season, he scored once with a spectacular effort in a home league win over Wigan. 

Eligible to represent England, Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo, Gael was called up by England for the 2013 U20 World Cup Finals.

Playing in a warm-up game against Uruguay, his participation in the tournament consisted only of an 89th minute substitute appearance for the Young Lions against Iraq.

Beginning his second season as a Magpie, Bigi's fleeting international bow meant that he was given extended time off and didn't link up with the first team in pre-season.

What proved to be Bigirimana's sole senior action of the 2013/14 season was a Capital One Cup game at Morecambe, with injury limiting his availability and seeing possible loan deals abandoned as a consequence.

Appearing in first team friendlies at Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, Gael continued to be excluded from the first team and a stint training with Yeovil Town failed to result in a loan offer from the League One side.

February 2015 saw him complete a surprise loan move to Scottish side Rangers along with fellow discards Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu.

However, an undisclosed medical condition prevented Bigi from playing in Scotland and he returned to Tyneside as new manager Steve McClaren took over.

Featuring for the first team in pre-season - including a farcical appearance in central defence against Portland Timbers - Bigi was then loaned back to Coventry City.

Making his senior international debut for Burundi against DR Congo in November 2015, Gael secured the release from the final year of his Magpies deal in the following August and promptly signed for the Sky Blues.

A free agent the following summer, Gael then joined Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, getting off the mark for his new club in a League Cup tie against Ross County.

By his 25th birthday he had clocked up 46 appearances and three goals for the Steelmen.

1999 Isaac Gamblin born, sunderland.

Defender who played for Redby Whites as a youngster subsequently linking up with United's Academy.

Named on the bench during the previous season without playing, Isaac's U18 debut was as a substitute during a 1-4 defeat at Derby County during January 2017.

Failing to make a competitive appearance for the U23s, he did feature in friendlies against Hebburn Town and Whitley Bay during 2017.

Appearing for United U18s in both league and FA Youth Cup games during the 2017/18 campaign, Gamblin wasn't retained and moved on in June 2018, later signing for Northern League Washington.

As Isaac left the club however, his younger brother Lucas - also a defender - accepted a scholarship at United's Academy. 

The pair did play together for the U18s in March 2018 but won't recall the occasion fondly - a 0-7 defeat away to Everton.

What Else?

1898 Bury (a)
Division One 


1904 Stoke (a)
Division One 

1910 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Higgins(18), Shepherd(26,43,75,76), Stewart(86)

1921 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
Quinn(32), Roberts(0-2)

1924 South Shields (h)
Scorers tbc 
Ingham Infirmary Cup Final, 1st leg.

1927 Sheffield United (h)
Division One 

1932 West Bromwich Albion (h)
Division One 
Cape(36), McMenemy(52), J.R.Richardson(83)

1938 West Ham United (a)
Division Two 

1949 Liverpool (a)
Division One 
Mitchell(18), Thompson(28)
Liddell(6), Baron(70)
Referee Reg Mortimer was at the centre of controversy, disallowing what would have been a Bobby Mitchell winner for ungentlemanly conduct.

Mitch shouted "right" before netting and although the he maintained that his call was to a colleague and no home player was close to him, the official ruled that his intent was to mislead an opponent. 

1949 Meanwhile, Newcastle reserves ran out 1-0 winners at Barnsley thanks to George Hannah's fifth minute effort.

United were captained at Oakwell by former Tyke Ted Robledo, "who received a cordial reception" according to the local paper.

1955 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
Monkhouse(67), Keeble(81), Davies(84)
Good second half displays from reserve wing duo Alec Tait and Bill Punton helped United to victory. Ken Waugh made his senior home debut, in defence.

1956 British Olympic XI (h) 5-0 (3-0)
Ahead of the Olympic Games in Melbourne the following month, a representative XI came to SJP for this Monday night floodlit kickabout.

And after notching a hat trick in a 3-1 reserve win at Blackburn the previous Saturday, Bill Curry supplied another goal-laden display.

That earned him a first team recall for the following weekend and he didn't disappoint, scoring in a 1-1 draw at Charlton.

1960 Manchester United (a) 2-3 (0-1)
Division One 
Hughes(56), Stokoe(87pen)
10), Stiles(51), Setters(72)
The small Old Trafford crowd was a reflection of the fact that both sides were in the bottom half of the league.

The home side should have gone two ahead
before the break but Dennis Viollet fired high and wide from the spot.

Elsewhere, the second Division match at Charlton's Valley finished 6-6 with Brian Clough netting a hat trick for the visitors Middlesbrough.

1960 A fifteen year old Bob Moncur signed apprentice professional forms with Newcastle.

1966 Blackpool (a)
Division One 
Moir(6,17), Skirton(31,58), Charnley(37), Robson(56)
Four up at the break, the Seasiders quickly added two more and had another from Les Lea ruled out.

Unbelievably, this was the only home league game that Blackpool won all season as they were relegated in 22nd and last place.

Future Bloomfield Road hero Alan Suddick was in the Newcastle side but had joined the Tangerines within two months.

1973 Birmingham City (a)
Texaco Cup 
2nd Round, 1st Leg
David Crosson made his senior debut for United, who were grateful to David Craig for a goal line clearance that left the tie on level terms ahead of the second leg

1977 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
A sixth league goal of the season from Mickey Burns (we'd only managed 12 in total) gave Richard Dinnis' side their first league win in ten outings.

1980 Shrewsbury Town (h)1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A damp Wednesday night saw over 4,000 fans stay away after United's home defeat by Swansea City the previous weekend.

Those who did turn out saw senior debuts for Chris Waddle in attack and Chris Withe at left back - both youngsters who had shown good form in the reserve team.

It wasn't pretty, but Waddle showed glimpses of his skills. Remembered here.

1988 West Ham United (a)
Division One 
Dickens(57), Stewart(81pen)
Having overseen a League Cup home win over Sheffield United - although the Magpies went out on aggregate - caretaker boss Collin Suggett couldn't repeat the trick in his first league game in charge.

The home side included future Newcastle striking hero David Kelly in their lineup.

1994 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 2-1 (2-0)
Premier League 
Watson(35), Cole(37)
With the score at 0-0, both sides were forced into changes - a dazed Paul Kitson being led from the field by the referee on his United debut and Owls striker David Hirst limping off soon after.

Wednesday - in a lurid yellow and purple kit - went behind when Steve Watson blasted home at the Gallowgate End via the unsuspecting Philippe Albert.

Andy Cole quickly got on the end of a Scott Sellars cross to beat Kevin Pressman again and although future Owl Pavel Srnicek gifted Ian Taylor a goal, United held firm.
Youtube footage is online here

1997 PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Champions League 
Wim Jonk's goal divided the sides as an inexplicably negative United performance failed to conjure up an attack worthy of the name, never mind a threat to the PSV 'keeper. 

The most potent attack of the game came as a group of Ajax fans attempted to infiltrate the home end and were forcibly ejected.

2003 Two games on the same day for our different Reserve sides. In the Premier Reserve League North, United came from behind to beat the mackems 3-1 at New Ferens Park, Michael Chopra, Nicos Dabizas and Badley Orr the scorers. match report

Meanwhile in the Pontins League. a younger side came from two goals down to beat Boston United Reserves 3-2, Lewis Guy, Martin Brittain and Ben Webster scoring second half goals. match report

2005 Our academy side were in action away at Thorp Arch against league leaders Leeds, with the home side looking for a fifth consecutive victory.

They did it with ease by winning 4-1, although Mark Doninger's effort had briefly got us back on terms in the first half.

2006 Middlesbrough (a)
United's third successive league defeat was a tale of missed chances, with James Milner, Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins all equally wasteful.

Boro's Nigerian forward Yakubu was rather less profligate though, headed in a late corner to give Boro their second win over us in eleven Premiership Riverside meetings. match report

2007 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Premier League
Martins(45), Cacapa(51), Milner(73)

For the third year running Spurs left SJP on the end of a 3-1 spanking, this defeat hastening the end of Martin Jol's White Hart Lane reign.

Obafemi Martins got another against his favourite opposition, Cacapa opened his account and James Milner notched his first club goal of the season - and our 500th home strike in the Premier League.

Joey Barton made a belated competitive debut after recovering from a broken foot, while Chris Hughton watched on from the away dugout - within four months he'd be back at SJP on Kevin Keegan's staff. match report

2011 Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League
With time running out and no sign of a breakthrough,
substitute Sylvain Marveaux set up Yohan Cabaye to notch his first goal for the club, a sweet curler at the Gallowgate End.

The three points maintained fourth place for Alan Pardew's side, who extended their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions to eleven games. match report

A 5-1 win over Stoke City at Whitley Park sent the reserves top of the league, with the identity of one of our goalscorers the source of much attention. 

Spanish misfit Xisco rattled in a 29 minute treble, his first club goals since a reserve game in 2009. James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid completed the rout. match report

2016 Ipswich Town (h)

Perez(1,73), Ritchie(78)

The visitors
trailed before any of them had touched the ball - all 11 home players involved in Ayoze Perez's opener.

Former Magpie Leon Best waddled around for the visitors, but a lack of match fitness saw former Tractor Boy Daryl Murphy omitted by Rafa Benitez from the Newcastle squad. match report