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Newcastle 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Premier League
St. James' Park
Saturday 2nd March
Match report to follow

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2023/24:




Chelsea (a) SOLD OUT
West Ham (h) Member ballot Mon 04.03, 10am
Manchester City (a) ticket details awaited

The lively lads return

Newcastle  3  Wolves  0

Match action is online here

No VAR controversies, no extra time, no bookings, no penalties, no goals conceded, three goals scored and three points made it a pleasurable afternoon on Tyneside for Eddie Howe and his side despite the heavy rain.

The Magpies boss celebrated his 100th Premier League career victory as United made a timely return to their trademark pressing game, ending a winless four game run at Gallowgate with their first home success of 2024.

Wolves were unbeaten away from Molineux this year, arriving on the back of eye-catching league wins at Chelsea and Spurs. However their top scorers Hwang Hee-Chan and Matheus Cunha were both injured and although looking dangerous in the opening exchanges, Martin Dubravka wasn't seriously tested. 

Making just one change from the starting line-up at Blackburn - Sven Botman for Jamaal Lascelles - the hosts took a 14th minute lead when a Bruno Guimaraes shot deflected off a defender and fell nicely for Alexander Isak to head home at the Gallowgate End.

Dan Burn had the chance to double that lead but pulled his shot wide soon after before another counter-attack from United on 33 minutes ended with Jacob Murphy crossing from the right towards Isak; a combination of goalkeeper and defender succeeding only in setting up the arriving Anthony Gordon to slam in the loose ball.

Visiting custodian Jose Sa collided with the goal frame while conceding the opener and failed to reappear after the break; replacement Daniel Bentley nowhere near Joe Willock's diving header, but a defender's boot doing just enough to send the effort wide of the target.

Almost inevitably there would be a fresh injury concern for Newcastle, Kieran Trippier pulling up and leaving the field to be replaced by Tino Livamento.

Wolves had begun to commit more bodies forward in an attempt to gain a foothold in the game as it entered the final quarter, Newcastle taking the opportunity to bring on fresh legs in the shape of Miggy Almiron, Harvey Barnes and Lewis Miley that swung the balance of play back in their favour.

Chances of more goals at either end weren't greatly abundant - although Dubravka made two stops of note and a fine no-look pass by the lively Bruno gave Miggy the chance to test Bentley from close in.

What was a morale-boosting afternoon ended on a high note in the second minute of added time; Fabian Schar picking out Livramento down the right and the full back running on into the Wolves box, rounding one opponent and managing to force the ball into the net as he clashed with defender Rayan Ait-Nouri.  

The victory took Eddie Howe's side above their opponents and Brighton up to eighth in the table.

More to follow.

Team: Dubravka, Trippier (Livramento 52), Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock (L.Miley 70), Guimaraes, Longstaff, Murphy (Almiron 70), Isak (Barnes 69), Gordon (Anderson 90+3).
Subs n/u: Karius, Krafth, Hall, Lascelles.

Booked: None.

The threat of a two-match PL suspension continues to hang over Bruno Guimaraes, who
has been on nine bookings for the last six games. Anthony Gordon is two PL yellows away from suffering the same fate.

Goals: Isak 14, Gordon 33, Livramento 90+2.

WWFC: Sa (Bentley 46), Kilman, Dawson, Toti (H.Bueno 60), Semedo, M.Lemina (Traore 81), Doyle, Alt-Nouri, Sarabia, Bellegarde (Chirewa 82), Neto (Fraser 46).
S.Bueno, Doherty, N.Lemina, Okoduwa.


52,206 including around 3,000 in the away section.

Launching his re-recorded version of SJP anthem "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)" on the pitch before kick-off was Mark Knopfler.

Not Lee Charnley

The guitarist is joined by over 60 renowned artists on a new version of the 1983 instrumental, with proceeds benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The track is released later this month and will be available on vinyl, CD and download. More details

Eddie Howe

"Sometimes you just have to find a way to get over the finishing line and you know then that there are better performances ahead. I think we were in that moment today.

"I don’t think today was ever going to be a classic Newcastle performance, but I think it’s a building bridge closer to where we want to be.

"I thought Blackburn was very similar. We got through, that was the main thing. Today was slightly better again and I’d like to think now with the strength of the group returned that we will hopefully see continued improvement in performances.

"It was a big win. We knew being back at home having not won for a while... our home form has been so good since I came to the football club.

"Staying up and making the top four, our home form was the bed rock of all our success so to have probably our first wobble here was a concern. We're delighted to win today, it was a big win for us.

"We made a slight tweak to our normal way of playing. We always analyse our opposition and I know there are a lot of people who say we play the same way every week but that's not the case, there is always tweaks and little things we try to try and that was one today to maybe play slightly more transitional."

On Kieran Trippier:

"He felt something in his calf and had to come off the pitch. That is a concern for us. I don't know how serious it is."

Tim Robinson - a third Toon appointment this season, after the 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace and 0-3 defeat at Everton.

David Coote.

Foodbank: Day two of the first weekend Food Market of 2024 is taking place at Anarchy Brewery today. Entry is free and open until 4pm. 

There's live music in addition to some top local scran vendors and of course some fine Anarchy brews.

Latest music times etc. via Anarchy facebook


Newcastle kept their first clean sheet in seven league and cup games, keeping their opponents at bay for the first time in no less than 10 Premier League fixtures.

Alexander Isak moved on to 21 PL goals for the black and whites, one less than Laurent Robert and two behind Kieron Dyer and team mate Miguel Almiron. The Swede is our PL top scorer this season with 11 and clear ahead with 15 in all competitions.
Anthony Gordon now has 10 PL goals for United, a total putting him level with current colleague Jamaal Lascelles and Leon Best, Nicos Dabizas, Robbie Elliot, Paul Kitson and Aleksandar Mitrovic. 

Tino Livramento's debut goal for the Magpies made him the 168th different player to score in the PL. He's the 19th different Newcastle player to net for the club in the PL so far this season.

Tino's only other senior strike came in the PL League for Southampton at home to Burnley in October 2021, Nick Pope in goal for the Clarets that day. 

For the third successive PL game, one of Newcastle's substitutes got on the scoresheet, following on from Matt Ritchie at home to Bournemouth and Joe Willock away at Arsenal.

Isak's goal was Newcastle's 1,500th in the Premier League in their 1,099th game in the competition.

Gordon's effort then brought up the 900 mark for the Magpies in their 550th Premier League home game. 

Wolves @ SJP - PL era:

2023/24 won 3-0 Isak, Gordon, Livramento
2022/23 won 2-1 Isak, Almiron
2021/22 won 1-0 Wood
2020/21 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2019/20 drew 1-1 Lascelles
2018/19 lost 1-2 Perez
2016/17 won 2-0 Ritchie, Gouffran (LC)
2016/17 lost 0-2 (Ch)
2011/12 drew 2-2 Cisse, Gutierrez
2010/11 won 4-1 Nolan, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez
2003/04 drew 1-1 Bowyer
1992/93 won 2-1 Kelly 2 (D1)

Latest Premier League results/fixtures:

Sat 02.03.2024:

Brentford 2-2 Chelsea
Everton 1-3 West Ham
Fulham 3-0 Brighton
Newcastle 3-0 Wolves
Nottm Forest 0-1 Liverpool
Tottenham 3-1 Crystal Palace
Luton 2-3 Aston Villa

Sun 03.03.2024:
Burnley v Bournemouth 1pm Sky
Manchester City v Manchester United 3.30pm Sky

Mon 04.03.2024:
Sheffield United v Arsenal 8pm Sky

Old gold medalists
Wey aye Manny!

Saturday saw Wolves fan Manny Singh Khan and his son Jeevan complete a 195 mile charity walk from Molineux to St.James' Park after four and a half days on the road.

The duo are raising money for Dementia UK and have raised £50K for their latest endeavour, boosting their ongoing total to within touching distance of £200K.

If you're inspired to help them, you can do so here

More home discomfort

Newcastle U18s  1  'Boro U18s  3

It's now four home defeats on the bounce for United's U18 side, their latest reverse coming in a rearranged fixture at a damp Little Benton on Saturday morning.

What proved to be a rare home foray in the opening half saw winger Matheos Ferreira test visiting 'keeper Shea Connor after just three minutes.

The Teessiders then opened the scoring with their first serious attack Frankie Coulson fired in from just inside the box with seven minutes played.

A low-key contest saw United reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when Harry Powell received a straight red for a tackle on Prince Acheampong in the centre of the field that left the visiting player shouting in pain.

Boro failed to make that numerical superiority count though, punished with 11 minutes of normal time left when Logan Watts scored in slightly bizarre fashion. 

The defender hit a speculative low shot from the edge of the box that the bottom corner of the net, 'keeper Connor presumably unsighted and rooted to the spot.

That sparked a brief period of pressure from the black and whites who made two substitutions as they sought to claim what would have been an unlikely winner.

However, the Teessiders renewed their efforts and regained the lead in the first minute of added time when Charlie Lennon slotted the ball between the 'keeper and post from inside the area.

Four minutes later 'Boro got their third when substitutes Anton Palmer and Moah Muwana combined to set up Coulson for his second, netting from point-blank range.

Team: Harris, R.Powell, Watts, Milmore, Craggs, H.Powell, Ferreira (Cogdon 86), Palmer (O'Donovan 64), Brayson, Neave, Emerson (Bloomer 86).
Subs n/u: Ad.Harrison, Wooster.


The Borrowers
Foxes falter

Isaac Hayden (QPR):
A stunning 2-1 win for the R's at table-toppers Leicester City in the Championship on Saturday. Isaac completed the entire 90 minutes.

Jamal Lewis (Watford):
The Hornets lost 0-1 at Millwall in the Championship on Saturday, the only goal coming in the third minute. Jamal played the full game.

Dylan Stephenson (South Shields):
Shields lost 1-3 at King's Lynn in National League North on Saturday. Dylan was in the starting line-up.

Michael Ndiweni (Annan Athletic):
Annan drew 1-1 at Falkirk in Scottish League One on Saturday. Michael started and was subbed in the 59th minute when it was goalless. Falkirk scored two minutes later but Athletic grabbed a point in the fourth minute of added time.

Rodrigo Vilca (Vozdovac):
Spartak Subotica (h) Serbian Super Liga, Sunday.

Ryan Fraser (Southampton):
A knee injury meant that Fraser missed the amazing 4-3 win at Birmingham City in the Championship on Saturday. 

Jeff Hendrick (Sheffield Wednesday):
Hendrick wasn't in the squad for the 1-0 win at Rotherham in the Championship on Saturday.

Harrison Ashby (Swansea City): 
The Swans compounded a miserable week for Blackburn Rovers beating them 2-1 in the Championship on Saturday. Harrison wasn't in the squad as he returns to fitness following injury.

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic):
Watts wasn't in the squad for the 2-4 loss at Fleetwood Town in League One on Saturday.

Matty Bondswell (Newport County):
No place for Matty in the squad for the 0-1 home loss to Mansfield Town in League Two on Saturday.

Yankuba Minteh (Feyenoord)
PSV Eindhoven (a) Eredivisie, Sunday.
Garang Kuol (Volendam):
The Australian international was again named on the bench for Friday's Eredivisie home meeting with NEC, remaining there as his side were beaten 2-5.

Second string update

Next up for United's U21s is a PL2 fixture against Wolves on Monday night, staged at the Aggborough home of National League side Kidderminster Harriers. 

That's the start of a busy month for Ben Dawson's side, who are scheduled to play six league and cup games including three at Whitley Park:

Mon 04.03.2024 Wolves (a) 7pm
Fri 08.03.2024 Chelsea (h) 7pm
Tue 12.03.2024 Bedlington Terriers (h) 7.30pm
Mon 18.03.2024 mackems (a) 1pm
Fri 22.03.2024 Boro (a) 7pm
Fri 29.03.2024 Aston Villa (h) 7pm

PS: The U21s' PL home meeting with West Bromwich Albion, scheduled for Saturday April 6th will now go ahead on Friday April 5th with a 7pm start. Venue remains unchanged, at Whitley Park.  

Chelsea (a)

Newcastle return to action when they travel to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League fixture on Monday (11th).

It's an 8pm kick-off live on Sky Sports. 

: tbc

CFC: To follow



UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio:

Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Tube etc: TfL status updates
will appear here

Rail disruption updates
online here

Stats: to follow

Upcoming Premier League fixtures: to follow

FA Cup:

Manchester City (a)  

Newcastle's FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium will be played on Saturday 16th March with a 5.30pm kick-off

The tie will be shown live on BBC1 and an outcome must be achieved on the night. Ticket details are awaited but adult tickets will be £35.


Sat 16.03.2024:
Wolves v Coventry City (12.15pm) ITV1
Manchester City v Newcastle United (5.30pm) BBC1

Sun 17.03.2024:
Chelsea v Leicester City (12.45pm) BBC1
Manchester United v Liverpool (3.30pm) ITV1

The two sides have already met twice in the Premier League this season; United beaten 0-1 at the Etihad Stadium in August and 2-3 on Tyneside in January.

Eddie Howe's side did get the better of Pep Guardiola's lot in this season's Carabao Cup at SJP, winning 1-0. 

The Magpies are unbeaten in cup competitions at the Etihad - their sole visit to date a 2-0 League Cup success back in October 2014. Less thrillingly, we've lost seventeen of our nineteen league visits, drawing the other two. Since DeAndre Yedlin netted in 2018 we've endured 510 scoreless minutes at that venue.

City's home form in the FA Cup doesn't bode well; they have won all 12 ties there since losing 0-2 to Boro in 2015. Those dozen victories have seen a total of 52 home goals scored and conceding five.

This is Newcastle's fifth successive away draw in this competition since losing to Cambridge United at Gallowgate back in January 2022.

Our most recent quarter-final tie came against City in June 2020, the visitors winning 2-0 at Gallowgate behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

This will be the second time that we've faced the Citizens in both domestic cup competitions and the league during the same season:

Nov 1994 drew 1-1 (a) LC
Dec 1994 lost 0-2 (h) LC replay
Jan 1995 drew 0-0 (h) PL
Feb 1995 won 3-1 (h) FA
Apr 1995 drew 0-0 (a) PL

Magpies v Citizens - FAC all-time:

1923/24 won 2-0 SF (n)
1954/55 won 3-1 F (n)
1956/57 drew 1-1 3rd (h)
1956/57 won 5-4 3rd R (a)
1968/69 drew 0-0 4th (a)
1968/69 lost 0-2 4th R (h)
1974/75 won 2-0 3rd (a)
1976/77 lost 1-3 4th (h)
1994/95 won 3-1 5th (h)
2001/02 won 1-0 5th (h)
2019/20 lost 0-2 QF (h)
2023/24 tbc QF (a)

As a consequence of our progress, the Premier League trip to Crystal Palace scheduled for Saturday 16th has been postponed.

(Looking further ahead, Newcastle's PL trip to Old Trafford in April clashes with semi-final weekend).

As was the case on Tuesday, there's no provision for replays and an outcome must be reached in the first meeting, via 30 minutes extra time or penalties.

This will be Newcastle's 29th appearance in the last eight of the FA Cup. To date they have progressed 17 times and exited on the other 11 occasions.

It's their first quarter-final since 2020 - a 0-2 home loss to Manchester City behind closed doors.

Four of the players from that tie featured at Ewood on Tuesday; messrs Lascelles, Schar, Longstaff and Almiron. Dubravka and Krafth were on the bench in 2020.

The last Magpie to score in a quarter-final tie was Patrick Kluivert against Spurs at SJP in March 2005 - that 1-0 success our most recent one at this stage.


1901/02 Sheffield United (a) lost 1-2 (r)
1904/05 Bolton Wanderers (a) won 2-0
1905/06 Birmingham (h) won 3-0 (r)
1907/08 Grimsby Town (h) won 5-1
1908/09 mackems (a) won 3-0 (r)
1909/10 Leicester Fosse (h) won 3-0
1910/11 Derby County (h) won 4-0
1912/13 mackems (h) lost 0-3 (2r)
1914/15 Chelsea (h) lost 0-1 (r)
1923/24 Liverpool (h) won 1-0
1929/30 Hull City (a) lost 0-1 (r)
1931/32 Watford (h) won 5-0
1946/47 Sheffield United (a) won 2-0
1950/51 Bristol Rovers (a) won 3-1 (r)
1951/52 Portsmouth (a) won 4-0
1954/55 Huddersfield (h) won 2-0 (r)
1955/56 mackems (h) lost 0-2
1960/61 Sheffield United (h) lost 1-3
1973/74 Notts Forest (n) won 1-0 (2r)
1975/76 Derby County (a) lost 2-4
1994/95 Everton (a) lost 0-1
1997/98 Barnsley (h) won 3-1
1998/99 Everton (h) won 4-1
1999/00 Tranmere Rovers (a) won 3-2
2001/02 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3 (r)
2004/05 Spurs (h) won 1-0
2005/06 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1
2019/20 Manchester City (h) lost 0-2
2023/24 Manchester City (a) tbc

Bruno off to Wembley

Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes has been selected by Brazil for upcoming kickabouts against England at Wembley and Spain at the Bernabeu this month.

The sold-out game in London is on Saturday March 23rd, moving on to play in Madrid three days later.

Meanwhile there's no place for Sven Botman in the Netherlands squad for fixtures against Scotland and Germany. The defender has been called up previously but is yet to win a senior international cap.   

Badge winner

Available online here now is badge number five in Magpin's ongoing ShearMagic series, celebrating a certain number 9's time in Toon.

And for anyone who missed out on earlier badges in the series, there's a full restock of the last four.

We had a full set to give away and asked which ground Newcastle were playing Chelsea at when Big Al sustained his serious knee injury in July 1997.

A few folks mistakenly went down the SJP/Stamford Bridge route and a couple got the wrong Shearer injury and reckoned it was the stadium of plight.

Most recalled that it was a pre-season kickabout at Goodison Park though and from the correct answers received, Nick Maxwell was randomly picked out.

Mags march on -
thanks to Martin

Blackburn Rovers  1  Newcastle  1
(Newcastle won 4-3 on penalties aet)

Match report

Match action

Canadian club
Matty off to the MLS

From Toronto FC, Thursday:

Toronto FC announced that the club has signed midfielder Matty Longstaff to a two-year contract through 2025 with an option for 2026. Longstaff will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his medicals and the International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

"I'm thrilled to welcome Matty to our squad,” said Toronto FC Head Coach John Herdman. “His Premier League experience and dynamic playing style will add depth to our midfield and complement our tactical blueprint.”

Matty turns 24 this month and has been sidelined since damaging his ACL while on loan at Colchester United in December 2022. Released by Newcastle last summer, he's continued his rehabilitation with United.

Despite being in Canada, Toronto play in the MLS Eastern Conference and previously fielded former Magpies Laurent Robert and Steve Caldwell. 

Ex-Canadian national team Coach Herdman was born in Consett and is a Newcastle fan. SJP old boy John Carver also served as their Coach for a time.

PL TV update

Tuesday saw the Premier League publish the latest instalment of their televised fixture programme and it's a case of two out of three for the Magpies:

Tue 02.04.2024 Everton (h) 7.30pm TNT
Sat 06.04.2024 Fulham (a) 3pm no UK TV
Sat 13.04.2024 Spurs (h) 12.30pm TNT 


West Ham (h)
no Metros

Early notice of a major Metro closure affecting fans travelling to and from Newcastle's home game with West Ham on Saturday March 30th (12.30pm):

Buses will replace trains between Heworth and South Gosforth in both directions for four days from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, for track renewals in Metro tunnels under Newcastle city centre.

Trains will be running frequently to all other stations but may not be to the usual timetable. During the four day line closure, no trains will stop at Monument platforms 3 or 4. Trains will run through the platforms without stopping. Any customers who would usually travel to or from Monument platform 3 or 4 should use Manors or St James station.

The replacement bus service number 900, will run between Heworth and South Gosforth/Regent Centre in both directions. 

More details online here

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Season 2023/24

Digital ticketing FAQs here

(NUST unofficial ticketing tips are

ST home ticket transfer
info here

ST home ticket resale
info here

ST holders on long-term deals will have a price freeze for 2024/25 with standard pricing returning for 2025/26.  

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

 On public sale now; £37 adults, £20 U18s. Details here FAQs

SJP seating plan is here  

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

Mon 04.03.2024 U21s v Wolves (a) @ Kidderminster FC, 7pm. PL2.

Fri 08.03.2024 U21s v Chelsea (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.
Note new date/KO time.

Sat 09.03.2024 U18s v Nottingham Forest (a)
@ Nigel Doughty Academy, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 11.03.2024 Chelsea (a) @ Stamford Bridge, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 12.03.2024 U21s v Bedlington Terriers (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.30pm. Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final.

Sat 16.03.2024 U18s v Stoke City (h)
@ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 16.03.2024 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 5.30pm. FA Cup quarter -final. Tickets £35 adults. Sales details tbc, allocation tbc. Live on BBC1.

Mon 18.03.2024 U21s v mackems (a) @ academy of plight, 1pm. PL2.

Fri 22.03.2024 U21s v Boro (a) @ Bishop Auckland FC, 7pm. PL2.

Fri 29.03.2024 U21s v Aston Villa (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. PL2.

Sat 30.03.2024 West Ham (h) @ SJP, 12,30pm. Premier League. Member ballot opens Mon 04.03.2024 10am, closes Tue 05.03.2024 10am. Resale/forwarding from Fri 08.03.2024, 10am. Ticket resale seats from Mon 11.03.2024, 10am. Live on TNT Sports.

Tue 02.04.2024 Everton (h) @ SJP, 7.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on TNT Sports.

Fri 05.04.2024 U21s v West Bromwich Abion (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. PL2. Note new date.

Sat 06.04.2024 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a)
@ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.04.2024 Fulham (a)
@ Craven Cottage, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. No live UK TV.

Sat 13.04.2024 Spurs (h)
@ SJP, 12.30pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on TNT Sports.

PL season ends Sun 19.05.2024 @ 4pm.

NUFC live on TV:

Mon 11.03.2024 Chelsea (a) 8pm Sky
Sat 16.03.2024 Man City (a) 5.30pm BBC1
Sat 30.03.2024 W.Ham (h) 12.30pm TNT
Tue 02.04.2024 Everton (h) 7.30pm TNT
Sat 13.04.2024 Spurs (h) 12.30pm TNT

(PL Selections made to Mon 15.04.2024).

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

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

FA Cup Round dates:

R3: Sat 06.01.2024 mackems (a) won 3-0
R4: Sat 27.01.2024 Fulham (a) won 2-0
R5: Tue 27.02.2024 Blackburn (a) drew 1-1
QF: Sat 16.03.2024 Manchester City (a)
SF: Sat 20.04.2024
F: Sat 25.05.2024 (Wembley)

2024/25 PL season:

Fixture release: date tbc (in June)
Fri 16.08.2024 (at least one game)
Ends: Sun 25.05.2025 (all games)

(No games on Tue 24.12.2024) 

Northumberland Senior Cup QF:

Tue 05.12.2023 Morpeth 1-2 Blyth Town
Tue 06.02.2024 WA Celtic 0-1 Ashington
Mon 04.03.2024 Blyth Spartans v Benfield
Tue 12.03.2024
NUFC U21s v Bedlington

SF draw:

Ashington v NUFC/Bedlington
Blyth Town v Blyth Spartans/Benfield

Other events @ SJP:

Mon 03.06.2024 England v Bosnia & Herzegovina, 7.45pm. Friendly.

Ticket sale details:

My England Football members: until Mon 04.03.2024 March (11.59pm).

General sale: Fri 08.03.2024 (12pm)

Euro 2028 - date(s) awaited

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks:


Euro 2024 takes place in ten cities across Germany from 14.06.2024 to 14.07.2024.


Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

The Guardian reporter covering our FA Cup tie at Blackburn must have been watching on a black & white telly - we played in blue:

"When at last, Newcastle threatened in a goalmouth scramble no-one in green - including Lascelles with his head - could poke the ball home." 

(Steve Dodds, Tony Brennan) 

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

On This Day in History
3rd March

Born Or Died:

1886 James Edmundson Raine born, Newcastle (1903,1904-06).

Right-sided forward who was on amateur forms at SJP, having played football while studying at both Harrogate and Sheffield.

Briefly with Newcastle in 1903, a longer association with the club came the following year, after having played one senior game in the colours of Sheffield United.

Debuting in place of Jackie Rutherford in a 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough in March 1906, the player known as Joe featured in three more games that season - netting his only goal in the last of those, a 3-0 home victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Later appearing in the Football League for Sunderland and Glossop North End, Raine also played for Bohemians (Newcastle), Reading, Stalybridge Rovers and South Shields.

Playing cricket for Benwell and Northumberland county and also rugby for Percy Park, he won international honours with the England amateur football team.

Living in Jesmond after ending his playing days and managed the Raine family steelworks on the banks of the Tyne, Jimmy rose to the rank of Major in the Durham Light Infantry during WW1.

His unexpected death came while visiting the Swiss ski resort of Davos in September 1928.

An obituary published in The Journal referred to him as a "brave soldier, sportsman and good employer."

1903 Duncan Hutchison born, Kelty, Scotland. (1929-32)

"Hurricane Hutch" is more revered by the supporters of Dundee United than Newcastle, thanks to an association with the Tannadice club that spanned some six decades.

Signed from Dunfermline in 1927, his sale to The Magpies two years later for £4,050 led to protests and match boycotts among Dundee United fans.

Hutch partially reproduced the goalscoring form that had brought him to Tyneside, but within a year of his arrival had seen fellow Scotsman Hughie Gallacher leave United - and he proved to be a tough act to follow.  

After spells at Derby County and Hull City, Hutchison re-signed for Dundee United in 1935 and played on until 1939, running "The United Bar" in the city upon his retirement.

Appointed to the Board at Tannadice in 1953, he remained in post until his death in 1973 - serving for a time as their Chairman.


1933 Stewart Mitchell born, Glasgow, Scotland. (1953-63) 

Goalkeeper signed from the Govan-based Benburb club who acted as understudy at various times to Ronnie Simpson, Bryan Harvey and Dave Hollins.

His debut saw United draw 3-3 at Preston and he also conceded four goals in each of his next three outings. 

Mitchell returned to Scotland with Third Lanark as part of the Dave Hilley deal.

However, his transfer didn't go through until some eight months after Hilley's arrival, with Stewart eventually moving to Cathkin Park in lieu of the proceeds of a promised friendly match against United that was never played.

Forced to quit the game in 1965 due to injury, Mitchell was present at Ibrox to see United's 0-0 draw in the Fairs Cup four years later. 

Living in the town of Hamilton following his playing retirement, Stewart worked in the financial services sector. He passed away in January 2023. 

1990 Emmanuel Riviere, born, Le Lamentin, Martinique (2014-17)

United's fifth close season signing of summer 2014 saw this alleged striker arrive from AS Monaco for an undisclosed fee.

Riviere had left his home on the Caribbean island of Martinique - an overseas territory of France - to join St.Etienne during 2005. 

A senior debut came in April 2009 and his first selection for France at U21 level the following year saw him line up with future SJP colleague Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.  

Making a £4.7m switch to Toulouse in July 2011, he played with Moussa Sissoko there and was an U21 colleague of both Massadio Haidara and Remy Cabella.

A mid-season move to Monaco (then in the second tier of French football) in January 2013 cost of £3m and he scored four times to help them win the title and promotion.

Emmanuel then netted thirteen times in the 2013/14 season (ten in Ligue 1) including a hat trick against Montpellier as Monaco finished runners up to PSG.

Joining United on their pre-season tour of New Zealand, he made a scoring bow in a 4-0 win over Sydney United in Dunedin.

Riviere struggled in his first season, scoring just twice in 30 outings - in the League Cup at Crystal Palace and at QPR in the Premier League, the latter something of a fluke.

Injury then sidelined him until January 2016, with a trio of unproductive outings under Steve McClaren and three unused substitute selections by the incoming Rafa Benitez

Shipped off to Spaniards Real Osasuna on a season-long loan during August 2016,  Riviere failed to find the net in 17 appearances as they were relegated.

The misfit was permanently jettisoned a year later though, securing his release from United before signing for French side Metz.

Rather improbably he marked his debut with a goal against Paris St. Germain - before reality intervened and he missed an open goal. PSG ultimately won the game 5-1.

Released at the end of the 2018/19 season, the free agent secured a deal with Italian Serie B side Cosenza where he was joined by our season-long loanee, Achraf Lazaar.

Riviere left Cosenza and joined Serie A side Crotone in September 2020, signing a two-year contract. However this was terminated by the club in October 2021 for what they deemed "serious misconduct" after failing to return to the club.


What Else?

1900 Wolves (a)
Division One
P22, 22pts, 10th/18 
Jock Peddie popped up in the last minute to salvage a point for the Magpies; Wolves having made and missed a succession of second half scoring opportunities.

1906 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One
P27, 28pts, 11th/20 
James Raine debuted at outside right on his 20th birthday, while Boro won despite losing goalkeeper Tim Williamson on the morning of the game due to sickness.

His place was taken by Andrew Davidson, more usually fielded as an outfield defender.

1923 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
P31, 37pts, 3rd/22 
Seymour(31,39), Harris(48,80,85)
Neil Harris hit a second half hat-trick to give United their biggest win of the season.

1923 The home international match between Ireland and Scotland at Belfast's Windsor Park ended in a 1-0 victory for the visitors.

No current Magpies featured, but the hosts were led by 40 year-old Bill McCracken less than a month after leaving SJP to become manager of Hull City.

1934 sunderland (a)
Division One
P31, 28pts, 16th/22 
Davis(5), Shaw(75pen)
The visitors were awarded a spot kick just six minutes after going behind  but Sammy Weaver hit the woodwork with his penalty.

Newcastle's Jimmy Murray was absent following the death of his mother; Jimmy Bell replacing him but never playing again for the club due to an ankle problem.

1945 Hartlepools United (a)
Douglas(10), Brown(65)

1951 Derby County (a)
Division One
P29, 38pts, 4th/22 
G.Robledo(78), Walker(85) 
Completing a seasonal double over the Rams made it four post-war visits to the Baseball Ground without defeat for Newcastle.

1956 sunderland (h)
FA Cup 6th Round 
A tie that attracted massive interest was settled by Bill Holden's brace for the visitors to eliminate the Cup holders.

Both teams donned their away strips and a new gate receipt record for SJP was recorded - the princely sum of £9,600.

This was the most recent FA Cup meeting between the sides until 2024.
Newsreel footage is online here

1962 Bury (h)
Division Two
P31, 26pts, 16th/22 

The doomsday scenario of a second successive demotion remained for Newcastle, this defeat leaving them just four points off the bottom two relegation places in the second tier. 

Former Magpie Bob Stokoe enjoyed his first return to Gallowgate with a Shakers side that he captained and managed.

1976 Stoke City (h)
Division One
P30, 29pts, 15th/22 
Five days after their League Cup Final loss at Wembley to Manchester City, Newcastle returned to league action.

Micky Burns handed both points to the Potters on a plate when he directed a harmless-looking back pass beyond Mick Mahoney.

Mahoney's opposite number Peter Shilton then performed heroics to keep a clean sheet - including two stops to deny young substitute Rocky Hudson a first senior goal.

1976 United announced the double signing of Graham Oates and Roger Jones from Gordon Lee's former club Blackburn Rovers.

1979 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division Two
P27, 27pts, 10th/22 
Martin(18), Mitchell(27),
13), Shipperley(41), Robinson(89)

In their first fixture since the 1-4 home derby loss, United repaid the faith of those fans who returned to the scene of the crime, although the crowd was almost 20,000 less than the mackem game.

Those who were tempted back saw Mick Martin net his first goal for the club, his shot deflecting off the foot of the Addicks goalkeeper and trickling into the Leazes net.

Youtube footage is online here

1984 Fulham (a)
Division Two
P29, 55pts, 3rd/22
Beardsley(3), Keegan(67) 
Scott(4), Davies(25)

Fulham boss Malcolm Macdonald gave a nervous wave to visiting supporters on the open Putney End - clearly unsure of whether he was being cheered or jeered by his former fans.

United wore the legendary shiny skin-tight silver kit on a day when the Craven Cottage pitch had more sand on it than Druridge Bay.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Barnsley (h)
Division Two
P31, 50pts, 5th/22 
Anderson(12), Scott(22), Aitken(34), McGhee(53pen) 
United's goal glut continued, as Jim Smith's side made it 19 in six home league and FA Cup games.

John Anderson began where he'd left off in midweek against Bournemouth with another strike, while Roy Aitken netted for the only time in his Newcastle career.
Youtube footage is online here

2001 Everton (a)
P28, 38pts, 11th/20

David Unsworth netted at both ends, putting United ahead when Toffees goalkeeper Paul Gerrard pushed out Alan Shearer's cross and the ball rebounded off the Everton player's boot. 

The defender atoned by converting a penalty kick harshly awarded by referee David Elleray against Steve Caldwell, after Kevin Campbell threw himself to the floor amid hopeful shouts from home fans at the Gwladys Street End. match report

2004 Vålerenga (Norway) (h) 3-1 (1-1)
UEFA Cup Third Round 
2nd Leg
Shearer(20), Ameobi(47,89)
After a 1-1 draw in Oslo, this was a relatively comfortable passage into the last 16 of the competition, although Erik Hagen's equaliser initially caused some consternation.

Shola Ameobi's first goal was scored with his first touches after appearing as a half time replacement for the hamstrung Craig Bellamy.

And the night was memorable for Martin Brittain, Bobby Robson giving the reserve midfielder a senior debut when substituting him for the underwhelming Michael Bridges. match report

2005 Newcastle's Reserves lost their 100% record at Morecambe's Christie Park as they drew 1-1 with Blackburn's second string.

Charles N'Zogbia shot United ahead only for Jerome Watt to bring Rovers back level when he squeezed the ball past the bulky frame of Tony Caig in the Toon goal. match report

2007 smoggies (h)
P29, 37pts, 10th/20
For United it was a case 
of two points lost, as they squandered the best chances in what was a game of few chances.

At the other end Shay Given had one of his quietest days with the visitors offering little or no attacking threat.

However, Obafemi Martins and Kieron Dyer couldn't make the vital breakthrough, while Glenn Roeder delayed bringing Antoine Sibierski off the bench until near the end.

On-loan Oguchi Onyewu partnered Titus Bramble in central defence, with an unusual full back pairing of Nobby Solano on the right and Steven Taylor filling in on the other side. match report

2008 An own goal and two late efforts from Andy Carroll saw off Everton's Reserves at SJP, as Adam Sadler's second string ended a three-match winless run in some style. match report

2012 United confirmed that both Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini had signed contract extensions, keeping them at SJP until the summer of 2017 and 2016 respectively.

2012 What proved to be the only senior competitive appearance in English football for reserve winger Samuel Adjei came whilst loaned to League One Hartlepool United.

Introduced as a second half substitute in a 1-1 home draw with MK Dons, the Swedish winger sustained an injury that forced his hasty return to Tyneside.

2014 Newcastle Reserves made it five league and cup losses in succession, beaten 1-2 by basement side Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Rolando Aarons netted. match report

2018 Liverpool (a)
Premier League
P29, 29pts, 16th/20
Salah(40), Mane(55)

Despite arriving at Anfield on the back of a four match unbeaten run, what followed for Rafa Benitez's side was sadly predictable.

Magpies Captain Jamaal Lascelles ended up on the field at full time having got away with two loud penalty shouts and what seemed a certain red card late on, when he barged over Mo Salah on the edge of the box. match report

2020 West Bromwich Albion (a) 3-2 (2-0)
FA Cup Fifth Round
Almiron(33,45+1), Lazaro(47)
Phillips(74), Zohore(90+3)

Miggy Almiron's first half double helped his side into the FA Cup Quarter Finals as United
saw off the Championship leaders.

But once again they made heavy weather of what should have been a comfortable cup victory after going three up through Valentino Lazaro just after half-time.

Two late goals and a last gasp penalty shout had Steve Bruce and the five thousand travelling fans' hearts in their mouths. match report

The Mail newspaper reported that: "
Steve Bruce and Matt Ritchie were involved in a sensational training ground showdown in which the Newcastle boss physically confronted the winger and barged into him after being called a 'coward' by the player."

The incident came 72 hours after a 1-1 home draw with Wolves, when Bruce had blamed Ritchie for not passing on instructions after
arriving from the bench - result
ing in Wolves scoring.

Various media claims of tensions at the training ground emerged at the time, notably the reaction of Karl Darlow to discovering via the press that he'd lost his place in the side.