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FA Cup Fourth Round

St. James' Park
Saturday 26th January
Kick-off 3.00pm
Last Match

Newcastle 3
Cardiff City 0
Premier League
St. James' Park
Saturday 19th January
Match report

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2018/19:



Watford FAC (h) Public sale now
Manchester City (h) Public sale now
Spurs (a)
Wolves (a) Member sale now
Huddersfield (h) ST holder sale now

County cup:
Senior Cup: all off

All three of this season's Northumberland Senior Cup
Quarter Final three ties scheduled for tonight have been postponed due to the weather.

Grass pitches at both Heaton Stannington and Newcastle Benfield were ruled unfit at lunchtime, with the artificial surface used by West Allotment Celtic belatedly going the journey at 6.45pm. 

New dates:

30.01.2019 Heaton Stannington v Morpeth Town
30.01.2019 Newcastle Benfield v North Shields
tbc West Allotment Celtic v Bedlington Terriers 

Senior Cup holders Newcastle U23s will host Blyth Spartans at Whitley Park on Tuesday February 5th (7.45pm)

(NB: that tie is subject to possible postponement should Spartans require a replay of their FA Trophy tie against Leyton Orient).

Watford (h)

Newcastle will attempt to end a sequence of five FA Cup Fourth Round defeats when fellow Premier League side Watford visit SJP this Saturday.

Kick off against the Hornets is at 3pm and tickets are now on public sale priced £10 adults and £5 concessions, with only lower bowl areas initially on sale. The visitors have an initial 6,000 allocation. 

As was the case in the Third Round, those prices will rise to £20 adults and £10 concessions around 24 hours before kick-off. 

The winners of the tie will feature in the draw for the Fifth Round, staged during BBC1's One Show from 7pm on Monday evening.

NUFC: Fitness updates on Karl Darlow, Mo Diame, Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey are awaited. Kenedy and Federico Fernandez should both be available following illness.

Yoshinori Muto remains on international duty, while Ki Sungyeung has returned but is out injured.

Paddy Power have a new customer offer of a free £2 FA Cup bet on all 13 ties played on Saturday and Sunday for any new sign-ups placing a £5 bet on Friday's Arsenal v Manchester United tie.

Find that online here

Deposits using credit/debit cards or PayPal only. Free bets are only valid for the specified matches and are awarded at 10am on Sat 26th of January. Free bet stakes not returned with winnings. T&C's Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.

WFC: The Hornets reached this stage thanks to a 2-0 Third Round victory at non-league Woking.

Coral matchday betting is online here

Coral's new punter offer is bet £10 receive £30 in free bets. Terms & conditions apply online here

The Ware Rooms
on Carliol Square will have these offers on Saturday:

Pizza and a pint £7
Two Dine for a Tenner
20% discount for NUFC season ticket holders
before and after the
Watford FAC game.

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


The Magpies have won just two of the last ten all-Premier League FA Cup ties they've played in:

2004/05 Spurs (h) won 1-0 QF

2004/05 Manchester United (n) lost 1-4 SF
2005/06 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1 QF
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3 R4
2008/09 Hull City (a) 0-0 (lost replay 0-1) R3
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 2-1 R3
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2 R3
2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1 R3
2015/16 Watford (a) lost 0-1 R3
2017/18 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3 R4

However they've lost just one of their last ten FA Cup Fourth Round ties against all sides at home: 

1989/90 Reading won 4-1 (replay)
Nottingham Forest drew 2-2
Rotherham United won 2-0 (replay)
Luton Town drew 1-1
Swansea City won 3-0
Nottingham Forest lost 1-2
Stevenage Borough won 2-1 (replay)
Bradford City won 3-0
Sheffield United won 4-1
2004/05 Coventry City won 3-1

NUFC v Watford - FAC meetings:

Lost 0-1 (a) R3
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (a) R3R3
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (h) R3R2
1988/89 Drew 2-2 (a) R3R
1988/89 Drew 0-0 (h) R3
1931/32 Won 5-0 (h) QF
1923/24 won 1-0 (a) R3

Hornets in Toon - all time:

2018/19 won 1-0 Perez
2017/18 lost 0-3
2015/16 lost 1-2 Janmaat
2009/10 won 2-0 Lovenkrands, Pancrate
2006/07 won 2-1 Martins(2)
1999/00 won 1-0 Gallacher
1992/93 won 2-0 Peacock, Lee
1991/92 drew 2-2 Hunt, Clark
1990/91 won 1-0 Quinn(pen)
1989/90 won 2-1 Quinn, Gallacher
1988/89 drew 0-0 (FACR)
1988/89 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1987/88 won 3-0 O'Neill, Wharton, Tinnion
1986/87 drew 2-2 Anderson, McDonald
1985/86 drew 1-1 Gascoigne
1984/85 won 3-1 Megson, Cunningham, Reilly
1981/82 lost 0-1
1980/81 won 2-1 Hibbitt, Shinton
1979/80 lost 0-2
1931/32 won 5-0 Allen 3, Boyd, Richardson (FAC)

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire) last seen when making his Premier League debut last April - a 0-1 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

Coote is no stranger to Cup games involving NUFC, taking charge of a 4-1 League Cup home success over Northampton Town in 2015 and our terrible 0-3 FA Cup defeat at Oxford United in 2017.


Metro: There will no service between Tynemouth and St James in either direction all day Saturday (and until around 6.30pm on Sunday). The usual service 900 replacement buses will operate.


There's yet another RMT strike, which will reduce the amount of Northern Rail services that operate across the region, especially post-match. 


Road closures start one hour before kick-off on:

Leazes Terrace and area around the East Stand
Strawberry Place between the junction with Barrack Road and the Strawberry Pub/ Strawberry Lane at junction with Strawberry Place.

Closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.

Road closures start about one hour after the start of the match on:

Strawberry Place at junction with Leazes Park Road
Leazes Park Road from Percy Street and Strawberry Place junctions
Terrace Place

Closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.


Northumbria University offer weekend car parking to the public for £4 all day (or £1 per hour). 500 spaces are available at Lipman and City Campus East: book online here
or turn up to pay & display.

Dedicated match buses run from Metro Centre (X50) and Gosforth Great Park (Q3) More details here

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: 
Astro SuperSport 4/Go (Malaysia)
6'Eren (Denmark) +HD
DAZN (Germany)
Digi GO (Czech Republic)
Digi Sport 7 (Slovakia)
EuroSport 2 Sweden HD
EuroSport Player Den/Swe
SportKlub 4 Serbia
Sportsnet Now Canada
SuperSport 3/5 Za +HD
Viaplay (Fin/Nor) +HD
ViaSport 2 HD (Norway)

UK Radio:
None (tbc)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

FA Cup Fourth Round ties:

Fri 25.01.2019:
Arsenal v Manchester United (7.55pm) BBC

Sat 26.01.2019:
Accrington Stanley v Derby County (12.30pm) BT
Swansea City v Gillingham (3pm)
Shrewsbury Town v Wolves (3pm)
Brighton v West Bromwich Albion (3pm)
Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers (3pm)
Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic (3pm)
Newcastle v Watford (3pm)
smoggies v Newport County (3pm)
Manchester City v Burnley (3pm)
Portsmouth v QPR (3pm)
Millwall v Everton  (5.30pm) BBC
AFC Wimbledon V West Ham (7.45pm) BT

Sun 27.01.2019:
Crystal Palace v Spurs (4pm) BT
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday (6pm) BBC

Mon 28.01.2019:
Barnet v Brentford (7.45pm) BT

CentrAle 2019 
opening hours: 

Mon-Fri 11:00-20:00
Sat 09:00-19:00
Sun 11:00-17:00

It's all about the Wylam: 

Brewery 'specials' now in stock include Hank Marvin (an 8.6% Double IPA) and Searching for the Joys Again (a 4.7% 'Smashable Pale').

Plus, their supercharged iconic IPA Jakehead is in cans for the first time.

Point salvaged

Notts County U23s  2  Newcastle U23s  2

Match report

Premier League:
Triple boost?

Ahead of Newcastle's Premier League visit to Wembley next month, our opponents Spurs are experiencing several personnel issues.

Already without Harry Kane with an ankle problem, Mauricio Pochettino must now reckon without the services of hamstrung Delli Ali until March.

And while we've lost Ki Sungyueng due to injury, South Korea's progress in the Asian Cup looks increasingly likely to rule out Heung-Min Son.

After taking 120 minutes to see off Bahrain on Tuesday, South Korea meet Qatar in the Quarter Finals on Friday - the winners of that tie facing either Australia or UAE on Tuesday 29th.

The Final is on Friday week, February 1st,

PS: Moussa Sissoko is pencilled in to return from a groin strain against former club Newcastle. 

Premier League:
Absolutely Fab-ulous

Newcastle  3  Cardiff City  0

Match report

Loan move:
Seasider Sorensen

Newcastle reserve striker Elias Sorensen has agreed a loan move to League One side Blackpool for the remainder of the current season.

The 19 year-old has scored 19 goals for United's U23 side to date and marked his U21 debut for Denmark last week by netting twice in two friendly matches against Mexico.

Blackpool currently sit eighth in the table - eight points off a playoff spot - and Sorensen could be in line for a senior bow at Coventry City on Saturday.

Having appeared for Newcastle in the Checkatrade Trophy derby last month, his adopted side are due to play at the stadium of plight in February. 

Before that there's a visit to Accrington Stanley, bringing possibility of playing against Newcastle loan pair Liam Gibson and Dan Barlaser.

Elias is the latest Magpie to make a temporary switch to the Tangerines, with midfielder Sean Longstaff spending the last season there and amassing nine goals from 45 appearances.

Previously, midfielder duo Liam Smith and Dan Gosling both spent time at Bloomfield Road. 

Sorensen joins a club who remain in turmoil, with the antics of Blackpool's owners leaving many fans in open revolt and boycotting home games.


Update: NUFC confirmed on Tuesday that Ki had been recalled from international duty due to injury. 

Having sustained a hamstring injury during South Korea's Asian Cup opener against the Philippines, Newcastle's Ki Sungyueng has been ruled out of the remainder of the competition.

The midfielder is now set to return to Tyneside, while in his absence, South Korea are in last 16 action on Tuesday facing Bahrain in Rashid.

United's other representative at the tournament in the Middle East is Japan's Yoshinori Muto, who has played twice and scored once so far.

Japan's last 16 opponents were Monday are Saudi Arabia and our man completed 90 minutes before being replaced as his side won 1-0 in Sharjah.

Japan's reward is a Quarter Final tie against Vietnam in Dubai on Thursday. 

The event runs through until February 1st.

Speech therapy

Update: The Chronicle's take on Saturday's Rafa - Ashley meeting was more of the "talks about talks" variety, with the owner seeking a meeting to discuss transfer-related business.

With two thirds of the transfer window already gone, should that meeting not have been held in December - before the owner went on holiday?

From the Mail, Saturday:

Mike Ashley and manager Rafa Benitez held talks at St James' Park on Saturday night, Sportsmail can reveal.

The Magpies were 3-0 winners over Cardiff City to move out of the relegation zone and two points clear of danger.

And after full-time a beaming Ashley headed for Benitez's office to offer his congratulations and re-open a dialogue with the Spaniard.

Sportsmail reported on Saturday that the owner was keen to re-engage with the boss, who remains frustrated by a lack of progress in the transfer market this month.

But with Ashley now close to conceding defeat in his effort to sell the club, the pressure is on to provide the players Benitez believes they need to stay in the Premier League.

Ashley was joined by close aide Justin Barnes during the discussions with Benitez, and supporters will be hoping promises were made.

Benitez's contract expires at the end of the season and he would need the team to survive and guarantees from Ashley over future investment before he commits to a new deal.

Ashley was last at St James' Park in November, since when he has been unable to sell the club with none of the interested parties having the financial means to fund a deal.

This is the first time he has spoken to Benitez since the autumn.

(Photos of Ashley at the game on Saturday showed him in the company of Barnes and his PR man Keith Bishop, but Lee Charnley wasn't pictured. Rumours that Dennis Wise would attend proved incorrect).

Derby deadlock

Newcastle U18s  1  mackem U18s  1

United's youngsters secured a second successive 1-1 home draw on Saturday at a chilly Little Benton, thanks to Thomas Cole's second half equaliser.

The midfielder beat visiting goalkeeper Adam Cameron at the second attempt on 75 minutes to cancel out Connor Slack's 62nd minute opener.

The first half saw Newcastle dominate possession without posing a threat in the final third - a familiar story this season for the league's lowest scorers.

Things were little different after the restart and a scoreless draw looked a distinct possibility until just after the hour, when home custodian Dan Langley spilled a low cross from Ryan Leonard out on the mackem left and Slack bundled the ball in.

A flowing move totally out of keeping with the rest of the game produced an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining - Jack Young, Kain Reed and George Rounsfell all involved before Cole saw his first shot saved, but was able to convert from the rebound.

Pressing for the winner, the black and whites hit a post following a 78th minute corner and Reed then rounded the 'keeper only for his goalbound effort to be cleared off the line by a visiting defender.

There was almost a sucker punch in the second minute of added time, but Langley atoned for his earlier error by blocking Ryan Leonard's shot after the midfielder broke into the United area.    

Team: Langley, Ebanks (Scott 87), Rounsfell, Joyce, Swailes, Allen, Cole, Young, Harrison (de Bolle 79), White, Reed. Subs n/u: Brown, Oliver, Anderson.

oan lads:

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion)
A routine 2-0 success at Bolton Wanderers on Monday saw Albion move into third position in the Championship. Gayle played the entire game.

Henri Saivet (Bursaspor)
It ended 1-1 at home to Fenerbahce in the Turkish SuperLig on Monday with Saivet in the starting XI but failing to reappear for the second period.

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)

Martin O'Neil's return to Forest as manager got off to a poor start on Saturday, as the hosts lost 0-1 to Bristol City in the Championship.

Jack completed the full 90 minutes and inexplicably avoided his usual booking.

Dan Barlaser
, Liam Gibson
(Accrington Stanley) 
Both sides were down to ten men and the game scoreless after 90 minutes of Accrington's visit to Charlton Athletic in League One on Saturday.

By full time though, the Addicks had won 1-0 - Dan penalised for handling in his own area and Charlton converting the resultant spot kick.

Barlaser played the entire game, while Liam was booked and then withdrawn after 85 minutes.

Premier League:
Manchester City (h)

The defending Premier League champions provide the opposition to Newcastle at SJP on Tuesday January 29th in an 8pm kickoff on BT Sport. 

Tickets are now on public sale. 

NUFC: To follow

Coral matchday betting will appear here

MCFC: To follow

Stats: To follow

Referee: Paul Tierney - third toon appearance of the season to date, following on from the 1-2 home defeat by Chelsea and 0-3 loss to West Ham on Tyneside.

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV: To follow

Three minute 
hero - again

Having marked his first U21 appearance for Denmark by scoring the only goal of the game, Newcastle reserve striker Elias Sorensen repeated the feat on Saturday.

The 19 year-old missed out on a possible first team selection for United in the FA Cup following his first international call-up at U21 level for a training camp in Mexico.

Coming off the bench at half time on Wednesday, Elias (the youngest player in the squad) took just three minutes to find the net in a 1-0 friendly win over the hosts in Mexico City.  

Included in the starting XI for a further kickabout on Saturday against the same opponents, Sorensen opened the scoring after three minutes when in the right place to turn home a shot which rebounded off the Mexican goal frame.

The hosts recovered however to win the game 2-1.

This training camp is part of the selection process to decide which players will represent Denmark at the European U21 Championship Finals this June.  

Deja ****ing vu:
You never learn

Update: Wise himself tweeted on Sunday to deny that he was currently acting in any advisory capacity at NUFC.

The Times
newspaper report that Dennis Wise has once again reared his ugly head, reportedly back in cahoots with Mike Ashley - although it's open to question whether he ever actually wasn't.

Wise is believed to be working as an advisor to the Sports Direct owner and helped broker a deal that saw Rio Ferdinand's clothing range appear on the shelves - and Ferdinand appear on TV to spout complete nonsense about the situation at NUFC.

Details of the former England international's time in the employ of Newcastle a decade or so ago were published in Kevin Keegan's book last year, while more recently Wise was mentioned in court action between Ashley and ex-associate Tony Jimenez. 

Claims that Wise had met Lee Charnley recently have been denied by NUFC, but it's also reported that he's been in the company of Justin Barnes - another Ashley acolyte who is influential in club matters.

It's surely only be a matter of time before we get the full gang back together - and JFK returns....

"a regrettable remark"

From Bloomberg, Thursday:

Billionaire Mike Ashley, no stranger to details of his bar-room antics being discussed in court, faces an unusual new claim in a British lawsuit: He may have feared “being locked up in Dubai” over comments he made in a bar more than a decade ago.

Ashley - who has a “completely different” account of the events - feared the consequences of remarks in 2008 that were insulting to the Dubai royal family, the Islamic faith and the former soccer player and manager Kevin Keegan, a former associate told a London judge. Details of the allegation against Ashley, which he denies, emerged in a judgment published Wednesday.

Tony Jimenez, the former co-owner of Charlton Athletic Football Club, made the allegation in response to a London lawsuit filed by Ashley. Ashley “flatly denies that he ever made any comment about the Dubai royal family, the Islamic faith or Kevin Keegan whether as wrongly alleged by Mr Jimenez based on hearsay evidence, or at all,” his spokesperson said by email.

The Sports Direct International Plc owner “was shaking and saying he and his business empire faced ruin” after the incident, a court judgment in the early stages of a lawsuit between the two men said, citing Jimenez.

Jimenez says Ashley “came to see him at 4am. on 17 September 2008 in a panic worried about being locked up in Dubai and facing adverse press reporting in the U.K.,” after making comments at the Bahri Bar in Dubai where undercover journalists were present, judge Matthew Marsh said in a judgment Wednesday.

Ashley disputes those claims, saying he was “relatively unconcerned about the incident in the bar and its consequences” and more concerned about the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. at the time “and the risk that HBOS, in which he had substantial holdings, might fail,” the judgment says.

Marsh’s judgment on Wednesday was on a pre-trial issue about jurisdiction, and not on the case itself.

Ashley “now says that he may have made a regrettable remark in the Bahri Bar, directed towards those with whom he had been in negotiation earlier that day,” Marsh said in the judgment. Jimenez, who Ashley described in previous court filings as a former friend, says the comments were “more widely directed.”

A lawyer for Ashley declined to immediately comment.

A judge found in a previous, separate case that Jimenez had lied, but “the fact that Mr. Jimenez has told lies on previous occasions, and his evidence has been found to be unreliable, does not mean he is lying in this case,” Marsh said in the ruling.

Cup of joy (?!)

Blackburn Rovers  2  Newcastle  4
(after extra-time, 2-2 FT)

Goals and highlights online here (BBC)

Match report


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2018/19

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

The SJP Box Office is in the Milburn Stand, just up from the Bobby Robson Statue.

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

SJP Box Office phone: 0344 372 1892 

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

Milburn Stand Box Office opening:

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

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

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

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

City guide

NE guide here

NUFC members get 25% off LNER standard and first class advance fares travelling on any day (see below for excluded dates). 

Book by logging in to and then enter NUFC followed by supporter number, without spaces ie NUFC123456

Offer open until 23.05.2019. Not valid in conjunction with other offers or railcards.

Excluded dates: 
16.02-24.02, 18.04-22.04, 03.05-06.05.

Sat 26.01.2019 Watford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. FA Cup Fourth Round. (Lower bowl only initially). Public sale now. £10 adults, £5 concessions (NB: rising to £20 adults & £10 concessions on matchday).

Tue 29.01.2019 Manchester City (h)
@ SJP, 8pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Live on BT Sport.

Fri 01.02.2019
U23s v Wolves (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 02.02.2019
U18s v Wolves (a) @ Wolves Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 02.02.2019 Spurs (a)
@ Wembley Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,200. Live on Sky Sports.

Tue 05.02.2019
U23s v Blyth Spartans (h) @ Whitley Park, 7.45pm. Northumberland Senior Cup.

Fri 08.02.2019
U23s v Southampton (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 09.02.2019 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Rovers Academy, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 11.02.2019 Wolves (a)
@ Molineux, 8pm. Premier League. Member sale now. £30 adults, £17 18-21s/over 65s, £14 U17s, £12 U12s. Allocation: tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 15.02.2019
U23s v Reading (a) @ Adams Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 23.02.2019
U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 23.02.2019 Huddersfield Town (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale now, public sale Mon 28.01.2019 (online), Mon 04.02.2019 (in person/by phone). 

Mon 25.02.2019 U23s v Leeds United (a) @ Nethermoor, Guiseley, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Wed 27.02.2019 Burnley (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. Premier League. sale details tbc. 

Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 25.01.2019
March 2019
Fri 22.02.2019 April 2019
Fri 05.04.2019 May 2019

NUFC Live on TV:

Tue 29.01.2019 Man City (h) 8pm BT
Sat 02.02.2019
Spurs (a) 12.30pm Sky 
Mon 11.02.2019
Wolves (a) 8pm Sky

(TV picks up to 27.02.2019 announced)

FA Cup:
United enter in Round 3.

R3 Sat 05.01.2019 Blackburn (h) drew 1-1
R3R Tue 15.01.2019 Blackburn (a) won 4-2
R4 Sat 26.01.2019 Watford (h)
R5 Sat 16.02.2019
R6 Sat 16.03.2019
SF Sat 06.04.2019
Sat 18.05.2019

U23 Premier League Cup:
United enter in the First Round in Group H:

Thu 04.10.2018 Notts County (h) won 2-1
Fri 09.11.2018 Southampton (a) drew 1-1
Fri 30.11.2018 Leeds United (h) won 2-0
Tue 22.01.2019 Notts County (a) drew 2-2
Fri 08.02.2019 Southampton (h) 7pm
Mon 25.02.2019 Leeds United (a) 7pm

Northumberland Senior Cup:
United enter at the Quarter Final stage:

Quarter Final:

Wed 30.01.2019 Heaton Stan v Morpeth
Wed 30.01.2019 Benfield v North Shields
Tue 05.02.2019 NUFC v Blyth Spartans
??? ??.??.2019 WA Celtic v Bedlington

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

Next GFC home league games:
Sat 26.01.2019
Boreham Wood 3pm
Sat 09.02.2019
Havant & Waterlooville 3pm
Sat 23.02.2019
Wrexham 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Sat 23.03.2019 Newcastle Falcons v Sale
Fri 10.05.2019 Champions Cup Final
Challenge Cup Final

Ticket sales online here

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

International Magpies
National Service

18.03.2019-26.03.2019 Internationals

06.06.2019-30.06.2019 Copa America Finals
07.06.2019-30.06.2019 AFCON Finals

Coxy's Cockup 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
23rd January

Born Or Died:

1901 Jerry Best born, Mickley, Northumberland. (1919-20) 

Outside left who joined the Magpies from Mickley Colliery Welfare in December 1919 (having guested for Huddersfield Town during WW1). By the following July though Jerry had joined Leeds United for £100.

Another quick change of clubs though then saw Best head for North America, where he would appear for Providence Clamdiggers, New Bedford Whalers (twice), Fall River Marksmen and Pawtucket Rangers. 

Returning to England in 1931, Best appeared for Clapham Orient, Darlington and Hull City, ending his days with non-league Hexham. 
His death was recorded in 1975.

1907 Ron Williams born, Llansamlet, Wales. (1933-35) 

Welsh international forward signed from Swansea Town for £1,500, making a goalscoring debut in a 3-2 away win at Aston Villa during November 1933.

Despite netting ten times in his opening ten games (including a hat trick at Everton in a 7-3 success), Ron couldn't inspire his new side sufficiently to avoid relegation.

Remaining at Gallowgate, Williams wasn't a regular choice in Division Two and after eight appearances without a goal by Christmas he departed for Chester City. 

Later spells at both Swansea and Chester followed, before ending his career with Lovells Athletic and Milford Haven.

A keen cricketer and bowls player, Williams served as a policeman during WW2 and later worked as a civil servant in Swansea. His death was recorded in 1987.

1917 Bob Fraser born, Glasgow, Scotland.

Defender signed from Hibernian for a fee of £3,750 and given an immediate debut in a 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest on New Years Day 1947. 

Beginning his career at Dunoon Athletic and Ashfield Juniors on his native Clydeside, Bob moved to Easter Road in 1937 and guested for Dumbarton during WW2. He saw active service with the Glasgow Highlanders.

Part of the 1947/48 promotion winning side and appearing at both centre half and full back, a foot injury forced him to retire in the summer of 1950 - almost two years after his final senior appearance for United.   

Later acted as a scout for Newcastle, he ran a sports wholesale business on Tyneside.

Living in Ponteland, Fraser's death was recorded on Tyneside during April 2003.

1985 Dylan Hughes born, Vancouver, Canada (2001)

Highly-rated young forward who played for our academy side but opted to return to Canada due to homesickness.

Dylan later reappeared in Europe with German sides Kaiserslauten and Jahn Regensburg before moving to the Netherlands, where he played for RKC Waalwijk and VVV Venlo.

Having played as a youth international for both Canada and Wales, Hughes signed for Rhyl in 2008, with younger brother Kevin.

However, that failed to work out and Dylan is then believed to have returned to Canada.

1986 Steven Taylor
born, Greenwich. (2000-16)

London-born but quickly returning with his Geordie parents to Tyneside, Steven was just 14 when debuting for Newcastle’s U17 side against Birmingham City in August 2000.

Appointed England U16 captain the following year, his league bow came in the colours of Wycombe Wanderers in December 2003 - a six game loan spell at Adams Park seeing him play under his hero, Tony Adams.

March 2004 saw Taylor's Newcastle debut, replacing Andy O'Brien during a 3-0 away win against Real Mallorca in the UEFA Cup.

A first Magpies start came three days later at the Reebok against Bolton Wanderers in the Premiership, albeit in an unfamiliar right back position.

April 2005 saw Steven red-carded during the infamous Bowyer/Dyer onfield grapple during a home game against Aston Villa, Taylor walking for a handball to prevent a goal - although his awful attempt at feigning injury was worthy of a red card on its own.

Another UEFA Cup tie against Spanish opposition saw Steve score his first senior goal. That came at SJP against Celta Vigo in November 2006 and he celebrated by running the length of the field - prompting team mates to label him "Forrest Gump".

Having made his England U21 debut in February 2004, Steven's first senior England call-up came in August 2007 - although he remained on the bench as Germany beat England 2-1 at Wembley.    

Taylor’s first taste of club captaincy came when he led Newcastle in a Carling Cup tie at Peterborough United in September 2009. However, he sustained a knee injury in a home game against West Bromwich Albion the following January, missing the rest of United's Championship-winning campaign.

And his comeback in pre-season would be halted by a shoulder injury incurred at Carlisle which would keep him out until November 2010 - by which time he'd put an end to constant speculation over his future by signing a new contract until June 2016.

Taylor started the 2011/12 season in fine form alongside Fabricio Coloccini, only for a serious Achilles injury in the home defeat to Chelsea ended his season in December.

Returning to action in pre-season ahead of the 2012/13 campaign, Steven played the same number of games (15) as the previous season before again succumbing to injury - this time a hamstring problem.

A mindless red card in the opening game of the 2013/14 season at Manchester City was followed by an injury and he remained out of the first team picture until the following January until returning to the side after injury and suspension to colleagues. 

The 2014/15 campaign began with Taylor once again out of favour, but his return to the side in place of Mike Williamson coincided with a run of victories.

Taylor's season was cut short when he ruptured his Achilles tendon after scoring in the home 3-3 draw with Burnley on the first day of 2015.

Fit again the following season, Taylor was soon sidelined with a hamstring injury that required surgery and ruled him out until the following February.

Featuring only sporadically under incoming manager Rafa Benitez, the offer of a one year "pay as you play" contract extension wasn't accepted and a low-key final outing came in the season-closing 5-1 win over Spurs after relegation was confirmed.

Amid rumours of interest from clubs in various countries, the free agent defender signed for MLS side Portland Timbers in the USA.

After just nine MLS outings (and one goal - against Seattle) Taylor and the Timbers went their separate ways in December 2016.

Returning to the UK, he joined Championship side Ipswich Town after a successful trial, but played only three times before injury intervened. 

Accepting an invitation to join pre-season training (and play in two friendlies), no new contract offer was forthcoming and he was next sighted on trial at Doncaster Rovers - facing Derby County in pre-season.

Seemingly set to join Donny, he opted to sign a two-year deal at Peterborough United and completed a half century of games for them in his first season, also scoring four times.

After 12 months at London Road though he secured his release and turned up in New Zealand at Wellington Phoenix in July 2018.

1986 Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz born Valencia, Spain (2007-11)

Left back who was a £6m signing from Villarreal in August 2007, having appeared at SJP a year after he'd featured here for the Spanish side in a 3-3 pre-season draw.

An U21 international, Jose began at Spanish side Levante, before arriving at Villarreal in 2006 via a loan spell at Celta Vigo.

Debuting in a Carling Cup tie against Barnsley at SJP, but he struggled for both form and fitness in his first two seasons at SJP - with manager Joe Kinnear preferring to play "Charles Insomnia" at left back.  

The hospitalisation of JFK in February 2009 proved to be a turning point for Enrique at SJP, marking a improvement in his form and seeing him ultimately choose to remain at the club, despite numerous claims that he was set for an exit back to Spain.   

A series of man of the match awards followed Newcastle’s demotion to the Championship, while December 2009 saw Enrique respond to further transfer speculation - this time to the mackems - by telling reporters:

"I don’t care about Sunderland. Even if the newspapers said Chelsea, I wouldn’t care. I worry for my team – I love the city, I love the club and I don’t care about signing for another team.

"I don’t read the papers because I don’t understand English that well! Some players were joking with me about what it said."

Scoring the first goal of his United career with a fine individual effort at home to Nottingham Forest in March 2010, Enrique was a mainstay of the Newcastle side on their return to the top flight.

And his 25th birthday arrived amid media speculation of transfer interest from various significant clubs, with United attempting to tie him down to a new, improved, deal.

He stayed at SJP, but only until the summer of 2011 when he followed Andy Carroll to Anfield for a claimed £5m, just as the final year of his contract commenced.

And within a year Jose had a winner's medal for his collection, appearing for Liverpool in their Carling Cup Final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

His return to Gallowgate in April 2012 though was an afternoon to forget, as Liverpool lost 0-2 and ended up a man short - with Jose acting as a stand-in goalkeeper!

Fitness issues saw Jose become a forgotten man at Anfield and he turned down the chance of a return to SJP in January 2016 - becoming a free agent that summer. 

A return to Spain followed in September of that year, joining second tier side Real Zaragoza.

Although he was a regular for them in the 2016/17 season, Enrique announced his retirement in August 2017 - unable to continue playing due to knee problems.  

1997 Stefan O'Connor born, Croydon. (2017-present)

A free agent following his release by Arsenal, central defender Stefan joined United during July 2017 and was spotted for the first time playing in a reserve friendly at Darlington.

Swapping Crystal Palace for the Gunners in 2010, O'Connor's only first team appearance for Arsenal came from the bench in a 4-1 Champions League victory away to Galatasaray in December 2014.

Playing four games on loan at York City the following season, Stefan was sent out to Dutch side MVV Maastricht for the 2016/17 campaign but only featured fleetingly.

Appearing for Newcastle's U23 side without becoming a regular starter in his first season, he netted once in Premier League 2.

What Else?

1897 Woolwich Arsenal (h)
Division Two
P20, 25pts, 3rd/16 
Aitken(39), Auld(44) 

United prepared for this one at Talkin Tarn, near Brampton. In between the goals, referee Mr. Sinclair from Manchester, called over secretary Frank Watt to caution the crowd to abstain from making remarks about his decision making. This he did and the game resumed with Auld scoring two minutes later.

1904 Stoke (a)
Division One
P24, 28pts, 5th/18 
Templeton(5), Appleyard(39), McColl(54

Capes(78), Holford(81pen)

1909 Notts County (a)
Division One
P24, 35pts, 1st/20 
Amazingly, United forward Albert Shepherd had agreed prior to the game that he would leave the pitch early to catch a train - had he completed a hat trick. He duly hit four and then exited after 80 minutes.

Lawrence saved an early penalty from County's George Dodd and Shepherd got his first when taking advantage of Notts right back Morley being two minutes late for the start of the second half.

Referee Mr. Barker suffered a thigh injury and had to be replaced by one of his linesman when the score was 2-0.

1915 Bradford City (a)
Division One
P23, 18pts, 15th/20 
City had lost James Marshall with a head injury before Bob Pailor scored and then United lost Frank Hudspeth. Then goalkeeper Bill Mellor also retired hurt, leaving United down to nine men and after forcing four corners Bradford equalised.

Two pick-pockets from Leeds were under observation and then arrested during the game, being led out to great applause.

1926 Aston Villa (h)
Division One
P26, 28pts, 9th/22 
McDonald(16), Hudspeth(78pen) 
York(66), Walker(81)
Frank Hudspeth had to take (and score) the penalty twice after encroachment from a Villa player.

1932 Southport (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
United's Third Division North opponents lived to fight another day, levelling through Jimmy Cowen after Jimmy Boyd had netted in the opening seconds of play.

The two scorers repeated the feat in the replay at Haig Avenue before the tie was settled decisively at the third attempt - Newcastle scoring nine goals without reply at the neutral venue of Hillsborough.

1937 Blackpool (h)
Division Two
P27, 31pts, 4th/22 

1943 Leeds United (h)

English, Mullen 2, Carr, Stubbins 3,
Mortensen 2
A War Cup tie was to be the sole guest appearance for United by Stan Mortensen - who marked the occasion with a brace. Leeds had an early effort from Short that appeared to cross the line not given. It probably wasn't a turning point.

1954 Preston North End (h) 0-4 (0-2)
Division One
P29, 25pts, 15th/22 
Foster(19), Wayman(1,46), Baxter(0-4)
Among the goalscorers for the visitors was former Magpies centre forward, Charlie Wayman who scored at the start of each half.

1960 Leicester City (h)
Division One
P27, 27pts, 12th/22 
Walsh(4), McDonald(65)
This defeat made it 18 games since a clean sheet for Manager Charlie Mitten's inconsistent United side.

1965 Cardiff City (h)
Division Two
P28, 40pts, 1st/22 
Hilley(44), Anderson(65) 
After a New Year wobble of defeats at Swansea in the FA Cup (0-1) & Coventry in the league (4-5), United found some home comforts.

1971 Sunderland (h)
Willie McFaul saved a penalty from Gordon Harris at the Gallowgate End, as FA Cup exits for both sides saw them fill an otherwise free weekend with a kickabout.

Joe Harvey though was absent, watching some kid called Macdonald score for Luton Town in a friendly against Coventry City.

1978 Midfielder Tommy Craig left United as the internal divisions at Gallowgate grew wider, joining Aston Villa for £270,000.

1982 Grimsby Town (h)
FA Cup 4th Round 
Kilmore(65), Drinkell(78) 
Mariner Phil Crosby netted a late consolation for the Magpies in this hugely disappointing encounter. 

Bearded Mariners goalkeeper Nigel Batch kept out countless efforts from Chris Waddle and Imre Varadi, the latter hitting the bar during a frantic finale. 

There was some consolation for fans of Punk band Stiff Little Fingers who played a blinder at the City Hall later that evening. Lead singer and Toon fan, Jake Burns, offered his sympathies for our cup exit.

1988 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Division One
P24, 32pts, 12th/21 
The start of a brief Magpies career for substitute striker Anth Lormor, on a day when Gazza made an impression on the opposition - and signed for them six months later.   
Youtube footage is online here (part I)
Youtube footage is online here (part II)

1990 Middlesbrough (a)
Zenith Data Systems Cup 
A poor game at Ayresome Park saw Boro seal a place in the ZDS Northern area final, where they would overcome Aston Villa to set up their first Wembley tie.

United returned here four months later to lose 1-4 in the league, consigning themselves to a promotion playoff against the mackems and ensuring Boro avoided relegation. 
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Rotherham United (a) 1-1 (1-0)
FA Cup 4th Round 
United fans fought with locals on the Tivoli end in this cup tie, played in front of Millmoor's first full house since 1971. 

The Millers sought to cash in by increasing ticket prices for the away fans, but the Magpies refused to pass on the extra £2.50 to their fans and reported them to the FA. 

Nigel Johnson equalised with his knee as Dean Barrick's indirect free kick rebounded off Pavel Srnicek's post, while old boy Tony Cunningham led the line for Rotherham.
Youtube footage is online here

1999 Bradford City (h) 
FA Cup 4th Round 
Hamann(33), Shearer(52), Ketsbaia(86) 
An uncomfortable opening half hour at the hands of the lower league Bantams was ended when Didi Hamann forced the ball in after Temuri Ketsbaia's effort was blocked.

Robbie Blake then missed a good chance to level for City early in the second half before Shearer pounced to double the lead. 

The two scorers then combined late on for Georgian Ketsbaia to supply a third. match report

2003 Another bleak game at Gateshead Stadium as United lost 1-2 to Blackburn's second string on a Thursday afternoon. 

Corradi Grabbi scored twice in the first half for future Magpie coach Alan Murray's side while Diego Gavilan replied.

Steve Harper was sent off by referee Nigel Miller for kicking Ciaran Donnelly as he cleared the ball upfield and the ref awarded Rovers a spot-kick. Substitute 'keeper Adam Bartlett failed to keep out Grabbi's penalty. match report

2005 Arsenal (a)
P24, 29pts, 12th/20
Things had been very quiet. Too quiet....but thanks to Craig Bellamy's now legendary gob, United were needlessly thrust into the headlines once again, giving  Sky and the red-tops more meaty storylines to feast on.

After being told that he would be playing on the right wing at Highbury, Bellamy reeled off a string of expletives and almost instantly developed a hamstring injury.

According to Souness, it seemed as if this had miraculously cleared up by the Saturday as Bellamy appeared to be trying to avoid a Dyer-like backlash from fans and press alike.

Bellamy however wasn't picked and he and Souness then gave contradictory post-match interviews in the stadium, making us the Premiership's favourite laughing stock again.

The situation was exacerbated further on Sunday evening as Sky revealed (with great relish) that their source close to the club confirmed that Bellamy had planned to feign injury before Thursday's training session - something Souness later confirmed.

Bellamy never played for the club again and was packed off on loan to Celtic. match report

2006 With barely a minute of the reserve game against Everton remaining, Newcastle's unbeaten home record for the season looked to have ended at the eighth attempt.

However, striker Carl Finnigan had other ideas, striking his third goal in successive games at Kingston Park to force a 2-2 draw.

United had trailed for the fourth home game in a row, as Victor Anichebe took advantage of defensive lapses and netted twice. 

However, midfielder Matty Pattison then struck from distance before half time to set up an interesting second half. match report

2007 United's Reserve side earned a well -deserved point against more experienced opponents at Wigan's Robin Park.

Trailing to a first half header from Swedish midfielder Andreas Johansson, Newcastle got back on to level terms thanks to debutant striker Jonny Godsmark after the break. match report

2009 Joe Kinnear made his first signing as manager, bringing Dane Peter Lovenkrands to SJP for the rest of the current season.

After securing his release from previous club Schalke 04, the 28 year-old forward had been training with United for two weeks before agreeing terms - signing on a free (from Germany), as the song goes....

2010 West Bromwich Albion (a) 2-4 (0-2)
FA Cup 4th Round
Olsson(17), Dorrans(31pen,72pen), Thomas(76)
A remarkable display from referee James Linnington decided this tie. He couldn't have been more of a homer had he christened his offspring Bart, Lisa and Maggie... match report

Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran was confirmed as Newcastle's third signing of the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old arrived at Darsley Park after a undisclosed fee estimated at £2.1m was agreed with the French Ligue 1 side. 

Gouffran was in the final six months of his contract at the Stade Chaban Delmas and put pen to paper on a four and a half year deal.

2016 Watford (a)
Premier League

P23, 21pts, 18th/20
Ighalo(46), Cathcart(58)

A third loss to Watford in as many months came a
mid baffling team selections, odd tactics and woeful finishing.

And although Steve McClaren moaned about an offside opener straight after the interval, United got what they deserved as the Hornets stung the Magpies again.

A late header from Jamaal Lascelles gave some hope of a fight back but some good heading opportunities were embarrassingly fluffed as three more points slipped away. match report