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Newcastle 1
Manchester City 0
Carabao Cup Third Round
St. James' Park

Wednesday 27th September
Match report to follow

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Hit the road Pep!

Newcastle  1  Manchester City  0 

Already bemoaning the fact that his side had to travel home by coach due to an absence of flights, City boss Pep Guardiola saw his hopes of Carabao Cup glory grounded at St. James' Park on Wednesday night. 

A 53rd minute strike by Alexander Isak ensured that Manchester City exited from this competition in the round that they entered for the first time since 2012 - and also lost their unbeaten domestic record this season. 

Before Pep & Co. had even begun their journey though, the draw for the Fourth Round draw took place and sent Newcastle across the M62 to the red half of Manchester, in a repeat of last season's Final.

That last 16 tie should be on Wednesday November 1st, with the Manchester PL derby at Old Trafford scheduled for the previous Sunday. Newcastle's fixture programme sees them at Wolves the Saturday before and at home to Arsenal the following Saturday.    

A Red Devils reunion is scant reward for a fabulous second half display from Eddie Howe's side, who had struggled in the opening 45 minutes but emerged revitalised after the interval and set about City.  

Isak was one of ten changes from Sunday's eight-goal record breakers, with only Nick Pope remaining from the starting line-up at Bramall Lane.

As well as first club starts for Tino Livramento, Lewis Hall and Lewis Miley, Paul Dummett featured for the first time in over a year and there was an unexpected and most welcome return from injury for Joelinton.

The Brazilian's strong forward run eight minutes after the restart was crucial; Jacob Murphy smartly gaining ground before finding Joelinton, who manoeuvered into the area and centred for Isak to convert at the Gallowgate End.

An uncomfortable opening period for the hosts had seen them struggle to retain possession and they took 41 minutes to create anything meaningful; Joelinton's tackle igniting a counter-attack and Isak playing Jacob Murphy in, only for him to be denied by goalkeeper Stefan Ortega making a timely block with his foot. 

A slicker and more composed City side dominated and racked up a vastly superior pass total, but were only an intermittent threat to Pope's goal - the custodian earning his fourth successive clean sheet by sticking out a boot to deny Julian Alvarez, with the Argentinean also firing across goal from a tight angle.

With Anthony Gordon and Bruno Guimaraes on for Hall and Miley, Eddie Howe's side were unrecognisable from the opening half; their energy and industry prompting roars of approval from the crowd as home players threw themselves into tackles, blocks and clearances both and after what proved to be the winner.  

Gutsy displays from Dummett and Jamaal Lascelles plus a man of the match showing from Livramento and a committed performance from Matt Targett saw an unfamiliar back four collectively defend superbly.

They kept out a strong, if not first choice, City forward line who never looked like fashioning an equaliser. Their manager meanwhile broke off from moaning about motorways to talk his way into the referee's notebook after visiting the home technical area at one point.

A tight calf saw Isak withdrawn as a precaution, while Dummett went off with cramp and Bruno remained on following treatment for an ankle knock. It was later confirmed that illness kept Martin Dubravka and Dan Burn out, while Callum Wilson and Sven Botman were carrying knocks from the weekend and unavailable. 

An unexpected and welcome win over the toughest of opponents was deservedly celebrated on and off the field at full time, as the upward trajectory of this season continues. Still fighting on four fronts....

Full match report to follow.

Team: Pope, Livramento, Lascelles, Dummett (Schar 90+4), Targett, L.Miley (Guimaraes 46), Tonali (Anderson 90), Hall (Gordon 46), J.Murphy, Isak (Almiron 62), Joelinton.
Subs n/u: Karius, Trippier, Manquillo, Ritchie.

Booked: Guimaraes, Tonali.

Goal: Isak 53.

MCFCOrtega, Lewis, Akanji, Ake (Nunes 68), Gvardiol, Gomez Martin, Phillips, Kovacic (Doku 68), Bobb, Alvarez (Foden 74), Grealish.
Subs n/u: Carson, Ederson, Dias, Hamilton, Walker, Haaland.

Booked: Akanji, Phillips. (not on pitch) Guardiola.

Crowd: 51,692 including an extended away section up in L7 that looked to be just over 4,000.

The travelling support gave us one second half collector's item, namely a chorus of "you only sing when you're winning", something heard only once in a blue moon when these teams meet.....

Chris Kavanagh - a third appointment of 2023 for the whistler from Ashton-under-Lyne, barely five miles away from the Etihad Stadium. 

Presiding over the 2-1 win at Brentford, he returned for our 0-2 home loss to Arsenal - both games seeing him make controversial penalty calls influenced by VAR - which
wasn't in operation for this tie.

Yet to referee a PL game this season,
Kavanagh has taken charge of just two EFL fixtures to date.


Eddie Howe:

Pre-game, the run last year was in our thoughts. It was an inspiration to us and helped our season, albeit the final maybe affected our league results. We look back on it with real pride.

"We want to try and go one further if we can but there is a long way to go at this stage. We are still there fighting.

"We were slightly imbalanced so we made changes at half time and were much better. The second half display was very, very good. I don't know whether we deserved it because it was a game of few chances but the players' attitude was first class.

"It was a game of two halves The first was tough and City played well. We didn't but defended well as we didn't have the ball.

"Second half we were excellent in most aspects, defensively and offensively. We attacked well and probably deserved to win in the end.

"There were tactical changes but the biggest thing was in belief. This is not a reflection on the lads we took off but the lads we brought on made a big difference. 

"With the ball we were a better team completely."

On Tino Livramento:

"He's trained really well. He's got great competition with Kieran Trippier for Premier League and Champions League time but we're going to have so many games this year. It was such an impressive performance...a great full debut for him."

On Joelinton:

"He was excellent in the second half and epitomised the improvement in the team's performance. For fitness levels and the fact he hasn't trained or played that much in the last few weeks, full credit to him."

On Lewis Miley:

"He's a player of outstanding talent and real potential. That's why I trusted him to play today - I don't just give opportunities for the sake of it. He's earned it - he'll grow from it."


Tonight brought a first home win for Newcastle in all competitions over City in six attempts:

2023/24 Won 1-0 Isak (LC)
2022/23 Drew 3-3 Almiron, Wilson, Trippier
2021/22 Lost 0-4
2020/21 Lost 3-4 Krafth, Joelinton(pen), Willock
2019/20 Lost 0-2 (FAC)
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Willems, Shelvey
2018/19 Won 2-1 Rondon, Ritchie (pen)

City last failed to find the net on a visit to SJP in the 2005/06 season, when Newcastle won 1-0 in the PL. Their blank tonight was the first in 18 games here.

This was the first time since 2012/13 that the Magpies benefited from the exemption to this stage of the competition for European participants. 

It was the fifth time that the two sides were paired in the history of the League Cup. Newcastle have now won two to City's three: 

2023/34 R3 won 1-0 (SJP)
R4 won 2-0 (Etihad)
R4 lost 0-2 (SJP)
R4 replay lost 0-2 (SJP)
1994/95 R4 drew 1-1 (Maine Road)
1975/76 F lost 1-2 (Wembley)

Carabao Cup Third Round results:

Tue 26.09.2023:
Bradford City 0-2 Boro
Exeter City 1-0 Luton Town
Ipswich Town 3-2 Wolves
Mansfield Town 2-2 Peterborough United (3-1pens)
Port Vale 2-1 Sutton United
Salford City 0-4 Burnley
Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace

Wed 27.09.2023:
Aston Villa 1-2 Everton 
Blackburn Rovers 5-2 Cardiff City
Bournemouth 2-0 Stoke City
Brentford 0-1 Arsenal
Chelsea 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham 2-1 Norwich City
Lincoln City 0-1 West Ham United
Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City
Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester City

Fourth Round draw:

Mansfield Town v Port Vale
Ipswich Town v Fulham
Manchester United v Newcastle
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers
West Ham v Arsenal
Everton v Burnley
Exeter City v Middlesbrough

Magpies v Red Devils in League Cup:

2022/23 lost 0-2 (Wembley)
2012/13 lost 1-2 (Old Trafford)
won 2-0 (SJP)
1976/77 lost 2-7 (Old Trafford)

Champions League:

For anyone who missed out on the PSG home ticket ballot, Anarchy Brew Co have space left to watch the tie live on a 4m screen in their tap room just off Benfield Road (a short walk from Walkergate Metro).  

To guarantee your
place, reserve online here

Young Parisians.... 

Admission details for Newcastle's European U19 Youth League tie against PSG next Wednesday (October 4th) have now been confirmed.

The tie is a 3pm kick-off at Gateshead International Stadium and tickets are now on public sale direct from them online here

Prices are 5 adults and 2 concessions (over 65s and U18s). Advance purchase online only: no admission on the day, no cash turnstiles and NUFC memberships and season tickets are not valid.

A 1,500 capacity limit applies, main stand only open, seating is unreserved, gates open at 2pm. 

United were beaten 0-4 at AC Milan in their opening tie, while PSG lost 0-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund.  

The young Magpies will return to Gateshead when they face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday October 25th (3pm), with the home tie against AC Milan a 2pm start at Whitley Park on Wednesday December 13th.

Premier League:
Lane sailing

Sheffield United  0  Newcastle  8  (E-I-G-H-T)

See the goals online here

Match report

Flash sale 

If you're quick then there's the chance to snaffle one of the fine Dinha reversible bucket hats from Football Bobbles, currently reduced to 14.99 online here

Unlikely lad:
Fergie's Highland fling 

SJP old boy Duncan Ferguson has been confirmed as the new boss of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are currently bottom of the Scottish Championship. He's agreed a three year contract. 

The 51 year-old began his managerial career earlier this year at League One Forest Green Rovers, his first permanent post after interim roles at Everton.

However that proved to be less than successful, winning just one of his 18 games as the side were relegated and Ferguson departed in July.

Burnley (h) 

Saturday sees United look to record a third successive Premier League victory and clean sheet when the Clarets visit SJP for an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off.

The member ballot has now concluded while season ticket holders can now resell and forward tickets. Any resold tickets will be available online to members. 

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Ahead of their visit to Tyneside, Burnley made the short journey to Salford City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, running out 4-0 winners.

After their first five games
back in the Premier League, the side overseen by Vincent Kompany and former SJP workie ticket Craig Bellamy have a solitary point.

That came from a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest in what has been their only PL away game to date. Home meetings with Manchester City, Aston Villa, Spurs and Manchester United all ended with the visitors leaving Turf Moor in possession of the three points. 

Referee: Thomas Bramall from Manchester. 

A new name to us, although he has previously taken charge of United U21s. This will be the tenth Premier League game that the 33 year-old has handled, just over a year after his first one.

Jarred Gillett

No scheduled closures.

There will be no lift access from platform level at Monument, with alternatives in service at Central, Haymarket and St James.

Rail disruption updates: online here

Rail union ASLEF has announced a strike on Saturday, with the following train companies affected:

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, c2c, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway; Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, GWR, Island Line, LNER, Northern, Southeastern; Southern, Gatwick Express, South Western, TransPennine, West Midlands Trains.

A further strike is scheduled for Wednesday 4th October, plus an overtime ban on Friday 29th September and Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October.

Buses: D
espite earlier publicity to the contrary, we now understand that the X50 football service from the Metro Centre will not be affected by strike action.

Road closures:
Temporary road closures around the ground will be in place from an hour before kick-off until 30 minutes after the final whistle.

 The usual stall and bucket shakers will be on Strawberry Place. NUFC
Director Jamie Reuben continues to match all cash donations made on home PL matchdays.

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
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UK Radio: None

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Hospital Radio: Radio Tyneside commentary is accessible free of charge in local hospitals via Hospedia.


Clarets @ SJP - last 10:

2021/22 won 1-0 Wilson
2021/22 drew 0-0 (lost 3-4 pens) LC
2020/21 won 3-1 Saint-Maximin, Wilson 2
2019/20 drew 0-0
2018/19 won 2-0 Schar, S.Longstaff
2017/18 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2014/15 drew 3-3 S.Taylor, Colback, Sissoko
1982/83 won 3-0 Waddle, Varadi, Keegan
1979/80 drew 1-1 Davies
1978/79 won 3-1 Withe, Shoulder, Cassidy

Latest Premier League games:

Sat 30.09.2023:
Aston Villa v Brighton (12.30pm) TNT
Bournemouth v Arsenal (3pm)
Everton v Luton Town (3pm)
Manchester United v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Newcastle v Burnley (3pm)
West Ham v Sheffield United (3pm)
Wolves v Manchester City (3pm)
Spurs v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 01.10.2023:

Nottingham Forest v Brentford (2pm) Sky

Mon 02.10.2023:
Fulham v Chelsea (8pm) Sky

Tue 03.10.2023:
Luton Town v Burnley (7.30pm)

The borrowers: 
Loan lads

Max Thompson (Northampton Town):
With Max in goal, a young Town side exited from the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, drawing 2-2 at home with Chelsea U21s and losing 4-3 in the shootout.

Yankuba Minteh (Feyenoord):

The unplayed portion of Sunday's Eredivisie visit to Ajax is set to be played behind closed doors this Wednesday afternoon. Feyenoord held a 3-0 lead at the point that home fans threw missiles on the field.

Jeff Hendrick (Sheffield Wednesday):
mackems (h) Championship, Friday.
Harrison Ashby (Swansea City):
Millwall (a) Championship, Saturday.

Ryan Fraser (Southampton):
Leeds United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Jamal Lewis (Watford):

Boro (h) Championship, Saturday.

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic):
Portsmouth (h) League One, Saturday.

Matty Bondswell (Newport County):
Salford City (a) League Two, Saturday.

Joe White (Crewe Alexandra):

Wrexham, League Two, Saturday.

Jay Turner-Cooke (St Johnstone):
Livingston (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Cameron Ferguson (Forfar Athletic):
East Fife (a) Scottish League Two, Saturday.

Isaac Hayden (Standard Liege):
OH Leuven (a) Belgian First Division, Saturday.

Garang Kuol (Volendam):
PSV Eindhoven (a) Eredivisie, Saturday.

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac):
Novi Pazar (a) Serbian Super Liga, Saturday.

PSG (h) 

The second game of Newcastle's Champions League Group Stage campaign sees reigning French Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain to SJP for the first time since their formation in 1970.

It's an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday October 4th and shown live on TNT Sports

There was no public sale for this tie, with season ticket holders who signed up to the relevant cup scheme receiving tickets for their own seats (or alternatives issued to them at NUFC's discretion to accommodate visiting VIPs etc.) 

These can now be forwarded or resold to NUFC, with any resold tickets available online to members on a first come, first served basis from 10am on Thursday. 

A ballot of season ticket holders not signed up to the relevant cup scheme and members has now finished. Anyone who received a ticket from the ballot has no legitimate option to resell or forward that ticket - but there's nothing to prevent forwarding the relevant confirmation email before downloading the ticket....

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PSGThe visitors face a league trip to Clermont on Saturday. It's unclear whether Kylian Mbappe will feature after injury forced him off during the opening half of PSG's 4-0 win over Marseille last Sunday.

Expect to see ex-Magpie Yohan Cabaye at SJP for this tie; the retired midfielder now has an off-field role with PSG's academy, who face Newcastle U19s over the river at Gateshead on Wednesday afternoon. 

Referee: TBC 


The early closure of Haymarket station during this week has been suspended on Wednesday.

There will be no lift access from platform level at Monument, with alternatives in service at Central, Haymarket and St James.

Rail disruption updates: online here

Rail union ASLEF has announced a strike for today, with the following train companies affected:

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, c2c, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway; Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, GWR, Island Line, LNER, Northern, Southeastern; Southern, Gatwick Express, South Western, TransPennine, West Midlands Trains.

Buses: D
espite earlier publicity to the contrary, we now understand that the X50 football service from the Metro Centre will not be affected by strike action.

Road closures:
Temporary road closures around the ground will be in place from an hour before kick-off until 30 minutes after the final whistle.

 The usual stall and bucket shakers will be on Strawberry Place
from 6pm.

UK TV: Live on TNT Sports

Overseas TV:
to follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Hospital Radio: Radio Tyneside. commentary  accessible free of charge in local hospitals via Hospedia.


This will be Newcastle's thirteenth Champions League fixture at Gallowgate, with the previous dozen bringing seven home wins and five losses. They are yet to draw a game at SJP in this competition.  

NUFC in the Champions League @ SJP:

1997/98 Croatia Zagreb won 2-1
1997/98 Barcelona won 3-2
1997/98 PSV lost 0-2
1997/98 Dynamo Kiev won 2-0
2002/03 Zeljeznicar won 4-0
2002/03 Feyenoord lost 0-1
2002/03 Juventus won 1-0
2002/03 Dynamo Kiev won 2-1
2002/03 Inter Milan lost 1-4
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen won 3-1
2002/03 Barcelona lost 0-2
2003/04 Partizan Belgrade lost 0-1 (lost 3-4 pens)

This will be the seventh occasion that a side from the French league has played competitively at SJP:

1977/78 Bastia lost 1-2 (UE)
1996/97 Metz won 2-0 (UE)
1996/97 Monaco lost 0-1 (UE)
2001/02 Troyes drew 4-4 (IC)
2003/04 Marseille drew 0-0 (UE)
2012/13 Bordeaux won 3-0 (EU)

Fortress Little Benton!

Newcastle U18s  3  Blackburn Rovers U18s  0

It's now played three won three at home this season for United's U18 side, following their latest conquest against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

A bright start by the black and whites failed to produce a goal, both Joe Brayson and Darren Palmer firing narrowly wide from Leo Shahar's deliveries.

Rovers were given the chance to open the scoring on 34 minutes when goalkeeper Aidan Harris impeded Junior Nsango at the cost of a penalty.

Nsango got up to take the kick but pinged his effort of the angle of crossbar and post - United's Travis Hernes rattling the goal frame at the other end soon after.

Newcastle went ahead two minutes after the restart when Trevan Sanusi touched home Shahar's centre from the right.

That lead was in danger just four minutes later when Rovers were awarded another spot kick; Zack Stritch this time stepping up to see his effort blocked by Harris, who was on the bench in Milan on Tuesday.

Match referee Samuel Ross gave his third penalty of the afternoon on 56 minutes, Brayson sending Adam Khan the wrong way from 12 yards for 2-0.

Graham Carrick's youngsters opened up a three goal lead on the hour mark, thanks to a close range finish from substitute Josh Donaldson (initially credited by the PL reporter as Darren Palmer but now altered). 

Sanusi was then denied a fourth by Khan before going off - a lively display from the home debutant the highlight of an encouraging team performance.

One has to go back to 2016/17 for the last season that the club's U18 side took maximum points from their opening three home league games.

Team: Harris, Shahar, Charlton, Munda (Emerson 46), Watts, Craggs, Brayson (Donaldson 58), Hernes, Neave (Bryant 69), Palmer, Sanusi (R.Powell 72).
Sub n/u: Harrison.

Late agony at Albion

Brighton U21s  1  Newcastle U21s  1

Match report

Colin Ayre RIP

The passing of former Magpie Colin Ayre has been announced, at the age of 67.

The Ashington-born winger was on the books at Gallowgate from 1973 to 1975 but left without making a competitive senior appearance.

Moving to Holland to play for Ijmuiden-based Telstar, he returned to England with Torquay United before spells with Ashington and Blyth Spartans.

A longer second stint with Telstar came in 1978, before Ayre moved on to Austria, appearing for both Wacker Innsbruck and SPG Raika Innsbruck.

Returning to the North East, an elongated spell in local football saw him still playing Sunday League aged 50.

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Season 2023/24

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Future STs:
No additional sale, none planned, no waiting list in operation.

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Revised SJP seating plan is here  

Away tickets: The PL 30 away ticket price cap for adults applies this season.

Away tickets: for on sale dates and points drops will commence at 2pm, not 10am as was previously the case.  

Away tickets: NUFC ticket sale policy here 

Fri 29.09.2023 U21s v Nottingham Forest (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.

Sat 30.09.2023 U18s v Manchester United (a) @ Carrington, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.09.2023 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket Resale for ST open now, ST ticket forwarding open now. Ticket resale to members open now. Not on live UK TV.

Wed 04.10.2023 U19s v PSG (France) (h) @
Gateshead International Stadium, 3pm. European Youth League Group Stage 2. Advance tickets only, available from GFC  online here
5 adults, 2 concessions.

04.10.2023 PSG (France) (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Champions League Group Stage 2.
Ticket Resale for scheme sign-ups open now, ticket forwarding for scheme signups open now. Ticket resale to STs / members opens Thu 28.09.2023, 10am. Live on TNT Sports. 

Sat 07.10.2023 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 07.10.2023 U21s v Fleetwood Town (h)
@ Whitley Park, 2pm. Premier League Cup.

un 08.10.2023 West Ham (a) @ London Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 20 points. 30 adults, 25 senior/young person, 25 U18s. Allocation: 3,000 tbc. Not on live UK TV.

Tue 10.10.2023 U21s v Port Vale (a) @ Vale Park, 7.45pm. EFL Trophy.

Wed 18.10.2023 U21s v Newcastle Blue Star (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup.

Sat 21.10.2023 U18s v Crystal Palace (h)
@ Little Benton, 10.30am. U18 Premier League Cup.

at 21.10.2023 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.
Ticket sale schedule awaited. Not on live UK TV.

Tue 24.10.2023 U17s v Leeds United (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. U17 Premier League Cup.

Wed 25.10.2023 U19s v Borussia Dortmund (Germany) (h) @ Gateshead International Stadium, 3pm. European Youth League Group Stage 3.

25.10.2023 Borussia Dortmund (Germany) (h) @ SJP, 8pm. Champions League Group Stage 3.
Ticket sale schedule awaited. Live on TNT Sports. 

PL season ends Sun 19.05.2024 @ 4pm.

NUFC live on TV (UK KO times):

Wed 04.10.2023
PSG (h) 8pm TNT 
Wed 25.10.2023 Dortmund (h) 8pm TNT 
Sat 2
8.10.2023 Wolves (a) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 04.11.2023 Arsenal (h) 5.30pm Sky
Tue 07.11.2023 Dortmund (a) 5.45pm TNT 
Sat 11.11.2023 Bmouth (a) 5.30pm Sky  
Tue 28.11.2023 PSG (a) 8pm TNT 
Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (h) 8pm TNT 

(PL Selections made to Sun 12.11.2023*).

*The PL games in December versus Everton (a) and Nottingham Forest (h) will be live on Amazon Prime - dates still tbc.

The PL scrapped their broadcast timetable and announced the following instead: 

August to December: Not later than 6 weeks prior to the relevant Match Round.

January to May: Not later than 5 weeks prior to the relevant Match Round.

Carabao Cup Round dates:

R4: w/c Mon 30.10.2023 Man United (a)
QF: w/c Mon 18.12.2023
SF1: w/c Mon 08.01.2024
SF2: w/c Mon 22.01.2024
F: Sun 25.02.2024 (Wembley)

FA Cup Round dates:

R3: Sat 06.01.2024
R4: Sat 27.01.2024
R5: Wed 28.02.2024
QF: Sat 16.03.2024
SF: Sat 20.04.2024
F: Sat 25.05.2024 (Wembley)

Europa Youth League Group F:

Tue 19.09.2023
AC Milan (a) lost 0-4
Tue 04.10.2023 PSG (h) 3pm
Wed 25.10.2023 Dortmund (h) 3pm
Tue 07.11.2023 Dortmund (a) 1pm CET
Tue 28.11.2023 PSG (a) 1pm CET
Wed 13.12.2023 AC Milan (h) 2pm

EFL Trophy
Northern Group B:

G1: Tue 05.09.2023 Wrexham (a) lost 0-1
G2: Tue 10.10.2023
Port Vale (a) 7.45pm
G3: Tue 14.11.2023
Crewe (a) 7.45pm

R2: w/c Mon 04.12.2023
R3: w/c Mon 08.01.2024
QF: w/c Mon 29.01.2024
SF: w/c Mon 19.02.2023
F: Sun 07.04.2023 (Wembley)

Northumberland Senior Cup First Round:

26.09.2023 Ashington 5-1
Newcastle Uni
03.10.2023 Whitley Bay v Blyth Town
03.10.2023 Bedlington Terriers v Prudhoe
North Shields v West Allotment
17.10.2023 Benfield v Heaton Stannington
18.10.2023 Newcastle United v Blue Star

(Morpeth Town/Blyth Spartans given byes)

U21 PL Trophy
Group F:

Wed 13.09.2023 Huddersfield (a) drew 1-1
Sat 07.10.2023 Fleetwood T (h) 2pm
Sat 11.11.2023 Nottingham F (h) 1pm
Fri 24.11.2023 Huddersfield  (h) 7pm
Fri 19.01.2024 Fleetwood T (a) 7pm
Mon 05.02.2024 Nottingham F (a) 7pm

U18 PL Cup Group G:

Sat 02.09.2023 Fulham (a) lost 2-3
Sat 21.10.2023 Palace (h) 10.30am
Sat 25.11.2023 Liverpool (a) 1pm

U17 PL Cup Group A:

Tue 19.09.2023 Boro (a) drew 3-3
Tue 24.10.2023 Leeds United (h) 7pm
Tue 28.11.2023 mackems (a) 2pm

Future transfer windows 2023/24:

01.01.2024 to 01.02.2024 @ 11pm

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks:

Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...


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


On This Day in History
27th September

Born Or Died:

1916 Death of Charles Randall, 32.

Serving in the Coldstream Guards, Charles was killed during the Battle of Somme. He's buried at nearby Dantzig Alley Cemetery.

1979 Jordan Tait born, Berwick-upon-Tweed (1996-99)

Academy defender who was part of the Newcastle side that won the Northern Intermediate title in 1998.

Released a year later, Jordan signed for second tier Norwich City after impressing in a trial match for their reserves.

Joining Oldham Athletic in 1999 and making his senior competitive bow in a League Cup tie that August, Tait had moved on to play for Darlington by the following season - initially on loan.

2001 saw him at Arbroath and he later played for Ross County, Ayr United, St.Johnstone, Berwick Rangers, Stenhousemuir and Scottish Junior club Arthurlie.

Combining playing with youth coaching at several clubs, Tait also worked for the Scottish FA and served as a police officer.

Later coaching at Ottowa South United Soccer Club in Canada and Finnish side Kemi Kings, by 2018 Jordan had joined the staff at Middlesbrough's Academy.

1986 Craig Baxter
born, Newcastle.

Right back who graduated from United's Academy into the reserve side, debuting against Notts County at Meadow Lane in February 2004.

Released by the Magpies in 2006, Craig moved over the Tyne to Gateshead, becoming an integral part of the team and facing his former club in numerous friendlies.

Released in 2012, Craig joined Northern League Bedlington Terriers before returning to the International Stadium a year later.

2016 then saw him exit the Tynesiders in favour of South Shields, remaining there until signing for Dunston UTS in 2021.

1987 Michael Terrell
born, Gateshead.

Midfielder who joined United following his release by the smoggies.

Appearing at Academy and Reserve level, Michael's only second string goal came in a 3-0 home victory over Boro in March 2006.

Released by United in 2006, he later won a soccer scholarship at the University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, USA (nicknamed "The Cardinals").

Remaining at the university in a coaching role, Michael later took up a similar position at Albion Hurricanes FC in Houston.

What Else?

1902 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One
P4, 6pts, 5th/18

Lee(3), Buck(25,50), Simmons(30),
Stevenson(70), McLean(84)
Having won their opening three games without conceding a goal, United returned to earth with a bump at The Hawthorns.

"Newcastle Disunited" punned the Athletic News - and it could have been even worse had Matt Kingsley not denied Jackie Kifford from the penalty spot at 1-5.
1904 Sunderland (h)
Bridgett(10), Gemmell(50)
This exhibition match was kicked off by Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Charles Beresford and among those attending were around 2,500 seamen, allowed ashore from the many naval vessels anchored on the Tyne.

1913 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One
P5, 5pts, 11th/20
Hall(11), Low(66), Hibbert(81)

Gateshead-born Teddy Davison was in goal for the visitors and despite conceding three, drew praise for his "pluck and ability" from Journal reporter "Novocastrian."

1919 Liverpool (a)
Division One
P8, 9pts, 9th/22 

1922 Glasgow Celtic (Scotland) (h)
A Wednesday visit from the Scottish side saw the visitors take a second half lead before Neil Harris levelled from close range.

United fielded Roddie MacKenzie of Inverness Clachnacuddin at right half during his month-long trial period on Tyneside.

A 100 transfer fee was subsequently agreed for the player who won Championship and FA Cup honours in a 13 year career at the club.

Team: Bradley, Russell, Hudspeth, MacKenzie, Mooney, Finlay, Keen, Hagan, Harris, McDonald, Richardson.

1924 Bury (h)
Division One
P9, 9pts, 8th/22
Urwin(40), Seymour(60) 
Bullock(65), Stevenson(80)
Tommy Urwin's first goal since arriving from Middlesbrough put United ahead and Stan Seymour doubled the advantage - only for the Shakers to hit back and nick a point.

1930 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One
P8, 10pts, 6th/22
J.R.Richardson(13), Lindsay(18,89)
What on the face of it was a routine win at Burnden Park was slightly less clear-cut: the Trotters striking Albert McInroy's crossbar at 0-0 and the Magpies custodian keeping the home side at bay with a series of fine stops. 

1933 A crowd of 10,000 were present at St. James' Park for a match to benefit the family of former Magpie Wilf Low - who had died in a car crash.

Representative "North" and "South" sides faced each other, with the Northern XI running out 6-0 winners.

Derby County's Sammy Crooks hit a hat-trick, Newbiggin-born Ernie Thompson of Blackburn Rovers netted twice and Liverpool's Jimmy MacDougall was also on target.

1941 York City (h)
,67pen,90pen) Watters(27), Birkett(30)
United maintained their unbeaten home record for the season, in part thanks to scoring three times in seven first half minutes.

1947 Fulham (a)
Division Two
P10, 12pts, 5th/22
Shepherd(10), S.Thomas(35), Grant(55)

1952 Manchester City (h)
Division One
P9, 9pts, 11th/22
Milburn(16pen), Hannah(79) 
After netting from the spot, Jackie Milburn was injured in a tackle and missed the rest of the year while recovering from a cartilage operation. He scored on his return to the team.

1958 Portsmouth (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Division One
P10, 11pts, 10th/22
1969 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
Division One
P12, 10pts, 14th/22

1972 Ayr United (Scotland) (h)
(2-0 on aggregate)

Texaco Cup 
Smith(32), Tudor(86) 
Reserve striker Paul Cannell made his first senior start for Newcastle, against Ally McLeod's Honest Men.

Another one-time Magpies reserve forward was in the opposition side - Phil McGovern - on a night when Jimmy Smith scored and was deservedly voted man of the match. 

1975 Queens Park Rangers (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One
P10, 9pts, 14th/22
United lost the first of what became three visits to Loftus Road that season, returning to win 3-1 in the League Cup and then drawing 0-0 in the FA Cup. 

Meanwhile, a freak storm at Gallowgate caused the reserve game against Sheffield United to be abandoned in the 75th minute, with the score at 1-1. Kenny Mitchell's goal was erased from the records.

There had been no such problems earlier in the day for the junior side, Alan Guy's goal enough to beat the mackems at Benwell.

1980 Bristol Rovers (a)
Division Two
P8, 9pts, 8th/22
Future Magpies custodian Martin Thomas earned the Pirates a point in a game played at Ashton Gate due to fire damage at Eastville.

Also in the Rovers side that day were a pair of former Newcastle players, Aidan McCaffery and Stewart Barrowclough. 

1986 Norwich City (a)
Division One
P8, 5pts, 20th/22
Another fruitless trip to Norfolk, City making it five games unbeaten against United at Carrow Road.

Steve Bruce was in the home line-up having failed to complete a move to SJP months earlier before signing an improved contract to remain a Canary.
Youtube footage is online here

1987 The end of a brief and unhappy stay on Tyneside for midfielder Glyn Hodges, who was reunited with his former Wombles manager Dave Bassett - now at Watford - for 300K.

1988 Sheffield United (a)
League Cup 2nd Round 
1st Leg
Deane(5,33), Stanicliffe(77)
The first leg of a League Cup tie against the third tier Blades provided no respite from the five game winless league run that Willie McFaul's side were on.

1989 Watford (h)
Division Two
P8, 14pts, 6th/24
Gallacher(32), Quinn(43) 
Paul Wilkinson looped a header past Gary Kelly before John levelled after Mark McGhee helped on John Anderson's long ball.

The comeback was completed when Kevin Brock and McGhee exchanged passes in the box before in-form Mick Quinn beat Tony Coton for his tenth goal of the season.  
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Royal Antwerp (Belgium) (h)
(10-2 on aggregate)

UEFA Cup 1st Round
2nd Leg
Lee(10), Cole(26,39,88), Beardsley(36pen) 
Kiekens(75), Severeyns(77)
After Rob Lee's hat trick heroics in Belgium, it was the turn of Andy Cole to take home the match ball after running Antwerp ragged.
Youtube footage is online here

United loaned Jimmy Crawford to Rotherham United, the midfielder making playing 11 times for the third-tier Millers.

1997 Chelsea (a)
Premier League
P6, 12pts, 10th/20 
A week on from winning 1-0 at West Ham - and beating Everton by the same score at SJP in midweek - United were outwitted at Stamford Bridge.

Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet scored his first goal against the Magpies; sadly for us though. it would be far from his last....

United reserves lost 0-2 to Nottingham Forest at Kingston Park, ex-Magpie Ross Gardner appearing for the visitors. match report

2005 A Newcastle Academy XI were in friendly action at Monkseaton College, securing a 2-0 victory in blustery conditions. Carl Finnigan and Johnny Rowell netted.

2006 Spotted on Tyneside was old boy Pavel Srnicek, said to be under consideration for a short-term return to his former club, as United's goalkeeping woes continued.

2008 Blackburn Rovers (h) 1-2 (0-2)
Premier League
P6, 4pts, 19th/20
Samba(31), Roque Santa Cruz(41)

A fourth consecutive league defeat (and fifth in all competitions) was witnessed by newly-installed interim boss Joe Kinnear.

Farcically though he was forced to watch from the stands - serving the first of a two-match touchline ban oustanding from 2004.

JFK still managed to get himself in hot water, swearing live on TV while defending owner Mike Ashley on BBC's Football Focus:

"He's the one who's cleared the debts, he's the one who's put the money in. He's the one who's got Newcastle out of the s***."

Awful defending and a non-existent offside call saw United 0-2 down before rookie Rovers 'keeper Jason Brown had dirtied his gloves. 

And although Michael Owen won and then converted a penalty shortly after the restart, salvaging a point never looked likely match report

2010 Paddy McLaughlin and Phil Airey were on target as Newcastle reserves beat Wolves 2-1 at AFC Telford's Bucks Head ground. match report

A staggering announcement from the official website:

"Newcastle United have today given manager Alan Pardew and his three senior coaching staff, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman, new eight-year contracts up to the end of the 2019/20 season.

"The club has awarded the long-term contracts to ensure it has the stability necessary to achieve consistent success in the Premier League and European club competition"

2020 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Premier League
P3, 4pts, 9th/20

A ludicrous handball decision in added time allowed United to pilfer a point; Andy Carroll's header hitting a stray arm and Callum Wilson dispatching the spot kick.

Ahead through Lucas Moura's first half goal, only Karl Darlow stood between Spurs and a resounding victory - the visiting 'keeper making 11 noteworthy stops and the goal frame another two. match report