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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.
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
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
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.
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
mackems v Sheffield Wednesday Sky
West Brom U23s 1 Newcastle U23s 1
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).
Huuhtanen, M. Longstaff.
WBA: Palmer, Meredith, Harmon (Dyce 86), Wilding, Ferguson, Healy, Soule, Brown,
Morton, Azaz, Clayton-Phillips.
Subs n/u: Hose, Tulloch, Rogers,
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
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).
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.
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
NUFC: Florian Lejeune
is a long-term absentee while news on the severity of the knee injury suffered
by DeAndre Yedlin against Spurs is awaited.
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
Gunnarsson is sidelined and Kenneth Zohore is doubtful.
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.
Referee: 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.
UK TV: Live
on Sky Sports
going to Wales, The Ware Rooms on Carliol Square will
the game on their big screen TVs with food
and drink offers as follows:
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
Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle
Latest PL fixtures:
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
Burnley v Watford (1.30pm)
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town (1.30pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester United (4pm) Sky
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
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)
Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2
report is online here
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.
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
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
U18 Cup draw
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:
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.
of Monday's U23 season opener away to West Bromwich Albion, United have
confirmed the signing of striker Yannick Toure and winger Rosaire
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
meanwhile (above) is an 18 year-old wide player
who was free agent following the expiration of his contract at West Ham over
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 U18s 6 Newcastle U18s 0
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
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
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.
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
Thu 06.09.2018 John Beresford talk-in, @ Hillheads, Whitley Bay
FC. £10 from the Seahorse Bar or WBFC club shop on home matchdays.
Kevin Keegan talk-in
at Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, in aid of Beacon Hill School. Bookings via
0191 234 1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
(7p per minute plus network charge)
* 0044 870 444 1892
Online Box Office is here
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
Heading to the Toon?
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.
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.
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
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.
v Liverpool (a) @ Kirkby Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 15.09.2018 Arsenal
@ 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:
Cardiff (a) 12.30pm
Chelsea (h) 4pm
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
United enter in Round 3 - draw date tbc
R3 Sat 05.01.2019
R4 Sat 26.01.2019
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
F Sat 18.05.2019
United enter in the First Round 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 10.11.2018 opposition tbc
Sat 08.12.2018 opposition tbc
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:
Leyton Orient 3pm
Maidstone United 3pm
Harrogate Town 7.45pm
Other events @ SJP:
Fri 10.05.2019 Champions
Ticket sales online
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)
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:
Sat 05.01.2019-Fri 01.02.2019 AFCON Finals
Coxy's Cockup Corner |
Whoops, He did it Again... |
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
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
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
This Day in History
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
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
His autobiography "Hands, Feet and Balls" was published in
1998 and a second volume, "To the End of the Road" appeared in
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
Recollecting his time at SJP, Ray spoke of a wartime game at Bradford that had
a pivotal effect on his time at Newcastle:
"Shack (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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thanks to eagle-eyed readers of NUFC.com, 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
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
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.
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.
Marshall, Craig, Clark, Anderson, McGrath, Burton, Suddick,
Hilley, Thomas, Iley, Hockey.
1966 Carlisle United (a)
Less than a week after sharing
four goals on Tyneside First Division Newcastle deservedly
lost to their Second Division hosts at Brunton Park.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Smith(44), Foggon(54), Gibb(64)
Birmingham City (a) 2-3 (2-2)), Hope(27), Latchford(82)
United's final pre-season test saw them fail to
impress against the Scottish First Division side at their
Gayfield Park home.
Durham City (a)
Allon 2, Davies, Bogie, Mcdonald (pen) Anderson,
Newcastle provided the opposition at the old Ferens Park in a
benefit game for long serving Citizens duo Paul Main and
1989 A Transfer Tribunal fixed the transfer of
Pompey striker Mick Quinn to SJP at £680,000.
Southend United (h)
Bracewell(10), og(Prior)(18), Clark(70)
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.
footage is online here
1997 Ian Rush signed for Newcastle, two months
short of his 36th birthday and short of match fitness -
some might say injured....
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
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.
The beginning of the end for Ruud Gullit, after a very
public humiliation for United and debutant goalkeeper John
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.
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footage is online here
2002 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
Shola Ameobi got two - one from the spot - while Wayne Quinn,
Robbie Elliott and Christian Bassedas were the others on
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.
2005 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
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.
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
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.
footage is online here
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.
Swansea City (a)
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
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U23s made a winning start to the season for the first time since
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.