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Hull City (a) SOLD OUT
Girona (h)
Public sale now
Brest (h)
Public sale now

Serb joins 

Saturday saw confirmation that Newcastle have completed the signing of 19 year-old Serbian Miodrag Pivas.

The defensive midfielder has joined from Serbian Super League side FK Jedinstvo for an undisclosed fee.

Wilson's back.... 

Newcastle have been hit by a further injury blow, with confirmation that Callum Wilson has left the club's training camp due to injury.

Speaking on Friday, Eddie Howe said:

"Callum (Wilson) has just gone to see a back specialist just to have a little procedure on his back...Its just something hes been feeling a little bit so were just getting it checked out. Lets see (if he'll be fit for the start of the season).

The 32 year-old has one year on his current contract and although in the squad that travelled to Germany, was absent from group photographs taken in recent days. 

Howe: doubts grow

From The Times on Friday, quotes from Eddie Howe that seem to indicate issues behind the scenes at SJP, even without throwing the England job into the mix:

(BBC Radio Newcastle interviewed Howe on Friday, but the following quotes originate from a separate written media press conference):

Eddie Howe has warned Newcastle they risk losing him to England if they weaken his control at the club.

Howe, who is favourite to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager, has lost his key boardroom allies Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, who sold their six per cent shareholding in Newcastle last week.

The 46-year-old fears their departures may lead to his power being diminished and, in his first public comments since Southgate's resignation last week, sought reassurances that the restructuring must be right for him.

I absolutely want to stay but it has to be right for me and the football club, said Howe. Theres absolutely no point in me saying Im happy staying at Newcastle if the dynamic isnt right. Im certainly not serving Newcastle well if I do that.

So, as long as I am happy, feel supported, feel free to work in the way that I want to work, I have not thought of anything else other than Newcastle.

I absolutely love the club. I love the supporters. I love where I am at in my career. There is no better place for me to be. That is how I feel.

Newcastle have appointed a new sporting director (Paul Mitchell) and a performance director (James Bunce) in the past month and the chief executive Darren Eales said on Tuesday what we have to do is to channel Eddie onto what he does best and that is on the grass. With that he is phenomenal.

Howe added: There has been a lot of change at the football club this summer. It has been a very difficult summer for everyone connected with the club. With change comes always a new feeling.

You can point to PSR, Amanda and Mehrdad, a change in sporting director which, of course, influences me. These are all big changes. That is why Ive made the points that I have because this has to work for Newcastle.

Its not about me as the manager. Im slightly irrelevant. Its about making sure Newcastle United is as strong as it can be for the next season and beyond. Weve all got to come together and make sure we are the force that we want to be.

For me, its not about England. That is absolutely someone elses conversation, not mine. Mine is Newcastle. To speak about something else while manager of Newcastle is wrong. I dont think I have to say the answer again. The answer is clear.

Howe has had considerable power in the transfer market since he was appointed Newcastle head coach in November 2021 and he was asked if having control of transfers would impact his happiness at Newcastle.

At any football club it cant be one mans decision and I wouldnt expect that to be the case, he added. I think collaboration on every level is vital. There has to be a unity around every decision because it is so big now. That collaboration is important to me. 

"Its difficult because Amanda and Mehrdad have been incredible for the football club along with everyone else. It has been a real team effort since I have been here. I built up a strong relationship with them. They were very active and vocal and supportive.

In a candid half hour interview at the Adidas HQ in Germany on Friday he was asked if he expected to be in charge of Newcastle for their first day of the season against Southampton on August 17.

As long as Im happy in the position that Im in, he replied. As long as I feel supported by the football club and free to work in the way that I want to work, yes. That is the crucial thing.

Im not talking about England. England is not even on my focus, its all about Newcastle it has been all summer. I think England is a very special job for someone. I am very patriotic and Im not ashamed to say that. I love my country. I want my country to do well. I was gutted for Gareth and the lads that they did not win the Euros but I dont have that job like a burning sensation in me that I have to do it at some stage.

I have been really happy for two-and-a-half years. I have loved every second of the relationships that Ive had and the way Ive been able to work. I think that has brought success.

Were in the flux of change, its just happened. I cant say with a definitive answer where that will lead. I hope it leads to everything that Ive just said. I'm not really seeking assurances. It'll be a feeling because the club have made decisions.

I don't think I have the right to challenge those or the want to challenge those decisions. The club has to choose its direction and that is absolutely their right.

Ive got no issue with that, but obviously I have to be happy in my work. I have to feel that this is something that can benefit me and the football club for it to work. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

Howe signed an improved deal last summer at Newcastle which moved his salary beyond 6 million-a-year and sees his contract now run until 2027.

He admitted the summer had been difficult when Elliot Anderson and Yankuba Minteh were sold to avoid a potential points deduction for breaking the Premier Leagues profit and sustainability rules.

Its been a very difficult summer for everyone connected with the club, he added. Im not sure if unsettled is the right word really. I havent been unsettled.

The transfer window closes on September 2 and England play their next game on September 7, in the Nations League against the Republic of Ireland.

96 tears:
"Love It..." offer

Following a successful run there last year, "Love It If We Beat Them" returns to the Live Theatre on Newcastle Quayside from September 10th to the 28th.

Rob Ward's play mixes football and politics against a backdrop of Newcastle's fruitless pursuit of the 1995/96 Premiership title. readers can buy tickets for just 19.96 by using promo code NUFC

The discount also extends to personal callers at the box office but is only valid until the start of the PL season on August 17th. 

Nippon 8:
And it stoned me

Ahead of United's first games there in almost 30 years, our Japan correspondent Simon Moran talks about cars and cava here

Home game ballot
procedure altered 

From NUFC, Friday:

Following a consultation process with supporters, Newcastle United is making changes to how Mags+, Mags and Junior Mags Members can apply for home match tickets for the upcoming season.

As part of its commitment to fan engagement and improving membership benefits, the club has conducted a series of workshops and commissioned surveys to gauge supporters feedback, and ideas, ahead of the 2024/25 campaign at St. James Park.

Following a review of feedback, and after further supportive discussions with its Fan Advisory Board (FAB), the Club can announce the following process for members wanting to attend home matches. Details of the survey results and FAQs can be found here.

The club will continue to operate a Member Ballot for the majority of available home match tickets, with 65% of members surveyed in favour of retaining a ballot model. However, the ballot process will change to allow members that are successful in the ballot to select their seat within a specified time period.

A small percentage of available home match tickets will be retained for a new, later Member General Sale Period on a first come, first served basis with 66% of respondents in favour having this option available.

Mags+, Mags and Junior Mags Members must use the Clubs online ticketing platform to enter the ballot for home match tickets. As part of this process, members will be asked to select one of the following seating areas (subject to eligibility and availability):

Family Stand
Rest of Stadium
Accessible tickets
Once the ballot is drawn, members who are successful in the ballot will receive email confirmation.

Successful members (or relevant Lead Bookers) will then have 48 hours to log on to the online booking system to select their specific seat(s), complete the transaction and make a payment.

If a seat is not selected AND payment is not completed within the 48-hour period, the member will lose their guaranteed access to a home match ticket and will need to apply through the subsequent Member General Sale Period.

Following the Mags+, Mags and Junior Mags Member Ballot, a Member General Sale Period will take place.

As part of this process, a ring-fenced portion of home match tickets will go on sale, at a specified date and time, exclusively on the clubs online ticketing platform.

It will operate on a first come, first served basis, and will only be open to Mags+, Mags and Junior Mags Members who do not already have a ticket for the relevant match.

Members logging in before tickets go on sale will be held in an online queue. Once tickets go on sale, all members waiting to purchase a ticket will be randomly assigned a designated queue number. This stops supporters needing to log in hours in advance and supports efforts to combat ticket touting bots.

Once at the front of the queue, supporters will have TEN MINUTES to access the website and complete their purchase. If they fail to do so, they will be moved to the back of the queue.

The club strongly advises members not to leave their device unattended during this time as they may miss the buying window and important messaging.

Newcastle United operates an Official Re-Sale Platform. If match tickets are sold out, Mags+, Mags and Junior Mags Members can access seats made available for re-sale by season ticket holders on a first come, first served basis.

Seats can become available up to three hours before kick-off.

'Keeper conundrum:
Paradise lost?

Currently absent from Newcastle's pre-season training camp after his Euro participation, the future of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka remains unresolved as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

Nick Pope's return coupled with the arrival of Odysseas Vlachodimos from Nottingham Forest was predicted to see the 35 year-old Slovakian depart from Gallowgate.

Celtic were mooted as a possible destination following the retirement of Joe Hart, but the Scottish champions have signed Kasper Schmeichel after acquiring fellow custodian Viljami Sinisalo from Aston Villa.

Germany calling

Newcastle continue to prepare for the new season at a training camp within the adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

International participation means that Miguel Almiron, Martin Dubravka, Anthony Gordon, Bruno Guimaraes, Fabian Schar and Kieran Trippier will all have additional time off.

Emil Krafth and Alexander Isak have linked up with the squad, both played for Sweden after the end of the last club season.

Of the three returning domestic loanees, there was no sign of Ryan Fraser or Isaac Hayden but Jamal Lewis was spotted.

Matt Targett hasn't travelled and continues to work on his fitness at Darsley Park.

Development squad players Jamie Miley, Cathal Heffernan and Treven Sanusi are in Germany, along with Garang Kuol, He wears  squad number 32 vacated by Elliot Anderson.

Speaking of numbers, Lloyd Kelly has taken 25, Odysseas Vlachodimos 19 and John Ruddy 26 - the latter vacant since Karl Darlow's departure. Harvey Barnes meanwhile wore 11 - available following Matt Ritchie's exit.

Recently-appointed Sporting Director Paul Mitchell and Performance Director James Bunce were present, along with CEO Darren Eades and CCO Peter Silverstone.

Also spotted was director Jamie Reuben but Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi weren't there and have now left the club.   

It's also claimed that Eddie Howe's side will face both Gateshead and Leeds United behind closed doors at some point in pre-season.

A behind closed doors kickabout against Burnley has been announced by the Championship side on an as yet undisclosed date. It's one of five friendlies that the Clarets will play at their training ground.

It's assumed that the behind closed doors games are to meet the conditions of Sandro Tonali's ban, allowing him to get some match practice before his return in late August.

Pre-season public games (confirmed):

Sat 27.07.2024
Hull City (a)
Wed 31.07.2024 Urawa Red Diamonds (a)
Sat 03.08.2024 Yokohama F Marinos (a)
Fri 09.08.2024 Girona (h)
Sat 10.08.2024 Brest (h) 

There's no weekend ticket or discount for purchasing both home games together. 
2024/25 season Magpie Mover tickets are on sale to season ticket holders here. The price remains 25, more details here. 

ST holders must be logged on to their NUFC ticket account on order to purchase Magpie Movers.

Due to transport funding restrictions, NUFC members cannot purchase Magpie Movers. 

Magpie Mover tickets are not valid for home friendlies.


In addition to photos of the senior squad using the sports facilities at the adidas HQ, Newcastle have recorded interviews with some key figures in Germany:

CEO Darren Eales here

Sporting Director Paul Mitchell here

Meanwhile, the club have published their first Fan Engagement Review document, which is explained here
. The actual report is here

Ready, Eddie, go?

News of Gareth Southgate's resignation as England manager on Tuesday triggered media speculation that Eddie Howe is on the FA's shortlist to replace him.

The Times claim that the Newcastle boss is the FA's preferred candidate, along with the unattached Graham Potter and England U21 boss Lee Carsley.

50 year-old Carsley has been in charge of the U21s since 2021, winning the Euros last year while Potter has been jobless since leaving Chelsea in April 2023.

Interviewed via Zoom on Tuesday, United CEO Darren Eales pledged to rebuff any potential approach for Howe, saying that:

"Eddie is under a long-term contract with the club. You see him, he loves the day to day of club football and we have an exciting project here in terms of the commitment from the ownership and the journey we want to go on. 

"We are really excited about this season ahead. For us, he is exactly the right man for the project we are on at Newcastle United and that is why we are committed to a long term deal with him. Thats why we think hes the right man for Newcastle. We love him.

"Ive spent the last three months with Eddie in terms of how were planning for Newcastle United for the season ahead.

"For us as a club Eddie has done a brilliant job. Hes a great developer of players. He gets the psyche of the club and Newcastle and the fans. Weve seen that with the way the team and the supporters have that affinity.

Eales also revealed that Howe agreed an extension to his Newcastle contract last year.

I dont want to talk on it but its a multi-year deal and in those circumstances, like any employee from us, there will have to be compensation paid.

"Again, its hypothetical but hes under a multi-year deal, theres not a set number, its about hes our employee so from that perspective were not looking to release Eddie for all the reasons Ive spoken about.

"Hes a top coach, hes the right coach for Newcastle United at the right moment and this is the coach we want to lead the club for the future."

Howe meanwhile hasn't made any public comment but is scheduled to speak to the media later this week. 

He's previously stated a preference for the day-to-day management of a club side but also expressed a desire to lead England at some stage in his career.

Coral odds
here (in Football Specials):

Howe 9/4
Carsley 11/4
Potter 7/2

Toon teen in action 

The U19 European Championship finals are currently taking place in Northern Ireland, with Newcastle's Travis Hernes selected in the Norwegian squad. 

The midfielder was in the starting line-up for Monday's group stage opener against Italy, playing 80 minutes as his side were beaten 1-2 at Seaview in Belfast.

Hernes then kept his place for Thursday's meeting with Ukraine at the same venue, which ended scoreless. Travis completed 68 minutes.

Norway conclude their group stage games against hosts Northern Ireland on Sunday.

Here are the 
young men

Update: there's news of an addition to the pro contract list below in the shape of teenage goalkeeper James Taylor, who featured for Hemel Hempstead Town last season.

Newcastle confirm that 11 players have signed their first professional contracts at Gallowgate:

Aidan Harris, Dylan Charlton, Anthony Munda, Harry Powell, Rory Powell, Johnny Emerson, Sean Neave, Scott Bailey, Josh Donaldson, Adam Harrison and Darren Palmer.

Meanwhile, an intake of 14 new scholars was announced by United's Academy:  

Will Anderson, Guy Bloomer, Jude Cogdon, Jake Durrant, Matheos Ferreira, Henry Johnson, Tyler Jones, Alex ODonovan, Matt Taylor, Mo Waddani, Kacey Wooster, Kayden Lucas, Ezra Tika-Lemba and Aaron Epia. 

Three of those were previously with other clubs:

Kayden Lucas striker, Clevedon Town
Aaron Epia defender, Everton
Ezra Tika-Lemba defender, West Ham


First team arrivals and departures:


Odysseas Vlachodimos Nottingham Forest
John Ruddy unattached
Lloyd Kelly unattached
Lewis Hall Chelsea 

Elliot Anderson Nottingham Forest
Yankuba Minteh Brighton
Paul Dummett unattached
Matt Ritchie unattached
Loris Karius unattached
Kell Watts unattached
Jeff Hendrick unattached  

Old boys:
Unlikely lads

SJP old boys with new clubs/jobs include:

Craig Bellamy
Wales Manager
Kyle Cameron
St.Johnstone (loan)
Adam Campbell
Hartlepool United
Lewis Cass
Grimsby Town
Ian Cathro
Estoril (Portugal) Head Coach
Luke Charman
Hartlepool United
Stephen Clemence Barrow Head Coach
Kyle Crossley South Shields
Mathieu Debuchy Lille (France) C
Ryan Donaldson
Blyth Spartans
Cameron Ferguson Inverness CT (Scotland)
Owen Gallacher Stockton Town
Dan Gosling
Jamie Holmes
North Shields
Jack Hunter
Hartlepool United
Al-Gharafa (Qatar)
Dan Langley
Morpeth Town
Michael Ndiweni Darlington (trial)
Michael Newberry Cliftonville
Scott Parker
Burnley Manager
Ben Pollock
Allan Saint-Maximin
Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Antoine Sibierski
Troyes DoF (France)
Moussa Sissoko
Dylan Stephenson
Dagenham & Redbridge
Jude Smith
Carlisle United
Lewis Suddick
North Shields
Ben Tozer
Forest Green Rovers
Dan Ward South Shields
Kell Watts Cambridge United
Callum Williams Tow Law Town

Ex-Magpies looking for new clubs include:

Mehdi Abeid Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey)
Chris Basham Sheffield United
Ciaran Clark
Stoke City
Shane Ferguson Rotherham United
Dwight Gayle Derby County
Paul Huntington
Carlisle United
Kazenga LuaLua Charlton Athletic
Jonathan Mitchell
Harrogate Town
Islam Slimani
Anderlecht (Belgium)
Patrick van Aanholt
Galatasaray (Turkey)
Josef Yarney
Tranmere Rovers

Off-field departures include:

Habib Beye Red Star Paris (France)
Ankaragucu (Turkey)
Steve Guppy
Nashville SC (USA)
Kevin Nolan West Ham

Privacy policy


Season 2024/25

NUFC ticketing website online here

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

2024/25 ST prices
online here

2024/25 Member info online here

SJP seating plan is online here  

Season ticket holder cup schemes closed at 5pm on Fri 21.06.2024. No applications are possible after that date.

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

Away tickets:
The PL 30 away ticket price cap for adults applies in 2024/25. A review is then scheduled.

Sat 27.07.2024 Hull City (a) @ MKM Stadium, 2pm. Friendly. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 4,500.

Wed 31.07.2024 Urawa Red Diamonds (a)
@ Saitama Stadium, Japan, 7.30pm local time. Friendly. Pre-sale from NUFC has now ended. Home club ticket sale information is online here

Sat 03.08.2024 Yokohama F Marinos (a)
@ National Stadium, Toyko, Japan 7pm local time. Friendly. Pre-sale from NUFC has now ended. Home club ticket sale information is
online here

Sun 04.08.2024 U21s v South Shields (a) @ 1st Cloud Arena, 1pm. Friendly.
Public sale now from SSFC, 10 adults, 7 concessions, 3 U18s online here

Fri 09.08.2024 Girona (Spain) (h) @ SJP, 7.30pm. Friendly. Public sale now, 25 and 20 adults, 15 and 10 concessions.

Sat 10.08.2024 Stade Brestois 29 (France) (h)
@ SJP, 4pm. Friendly. Public sale now, 25 and 20 adults, 15 and 10 concessions.

Wed 14.08.2024 Carabao Cup Second Round draw takes place @ 10pm.

Sat 17.08.2024 Southampton (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. No live UK TV.

Sun 25.08.2024 Bournemouth (a)
@ Vitality Stadium, 2pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky.

Sun 25.05.2025
PL season ends.

NUFC live on TV:
Sun 25.08.2024 Bournemouth (a) 2pm Sky
Sun 01.09.2024 Spurs (h) 1.30pm Sky
Sun 15.09.2024 Wolves (a) 4.30pm Sky
Sat 28.09.2024 Man City (h) 12.30pm TNT

(PL Selections made to Mon 30.09.2024).

Live TV release dates:

Oct: Between 22.07.2024 & 19.08.2024
Nov: Between 02.09.2024 & 13.09.2024
Dec: Between 16.09.2024 & 14.10.2024
Jan: Between 16.09.2024 & 14.10.2024
Feb: Between 14.11.2024 & 09.12.2024
Mar: Between 02.01.2025 & 24.01.2025
Apr: Between 27.01.2025 & 28.02.2025
MW35: Between 17.03.2025 & 21.03.2025
MW36: Between 24.03.2025 & 28.03.2025
MW37: Between 31.03.2025 & 04.04.2025
MW38: Following MW37

Carabao Cup Round dates:

w/c Mon 26.08.2024
w/c's Mon 16.09.2024 / 23.09.2024*
w/c Mon 28.10.2024
w/c Mon 16.12.2024
SF1: w/c Mon 06.01.2025
SF2: w/c Mon 03.02.2025
F: Sun 16.03.2025

* split over two midweeks

FA Cup Round dates
(NUFC enter in Round 3: draw takes place on or around Mon 02.12.2024).

R3: Sat 11.01.2025
R4: Sat 08.02.2025
R5: Sat 01.03.2025
QF: Sat 29.03.2025
SF: Sat 26.04.2025
F: Sat 17.05.2025

Replays are abolished in Proper rounds.

EFL Trophy:
(NUFC U21s in Northern Group H)

Provisional fixture list:
Tue 03.09.2024 Bradford City (a)
Tue 08.10.2024 Rotherham United (a)
Tue 12.11.2024 Mansfield Town (a)

Northumberland Senior Cup:  details tbc.

Other events @ SJP:

Sat 10.08.2024 NUWFC v AC Milan Women @ SJP, 1pm. Friendly. 

Euro 2028 - date(s) awaited

2024/25 Transfer windows :

Fri 30.08.2024
window closes
Wed 01.01.2025 window opens
Mon 03.02.2025 window closes


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
20th July

Born Or Died:

1906 David Fairhurst born, Blyth.

Left back who began his career with New Delaval Villa before joining Blyth Spartans where his form was noted by Newcastle.

A trial at St.James' Park came to nothing but Walsall signed Dave in June 1927 and he spent two years at Fellows Park before United acquired him in a 1,750 deal.

Debuting in a 2-1 win at Derby County in April 1929, Fairhurst would serve United for almost ten years, playing in every round of the FA Cup winning campaign of 1931/32. 

His two senior goals for the Magpies came in the same game - against Nottingham Forest in 1935 - and he received a single senior England cap, in a 4-1 victory over France at White Hart Lane in December 1933. 

Retiring from playing in 1946 - having featured for both Wrexham and Hartlepools in wartime games - Dave joined Birmingham City's backroom staff. 

Acting as trainer and physio in the 1947/48 season when the Blues were promoted to Division One with Newcastle, he remained at St.Andrews after City's demotion and helped them back to the top flight in 1955.

He was still living in Birmingham at the time of his death in October 1972.

1923 Donald Harnby born, Darlington. 

Full back signed from Spennymoor United who made one senior appearance for the Magpies in wartime league football (a 2-3 loss at Burnley in December 1945).

Transferred to York City in 1947, Harnby later played for Grimsby Town, joining the police force in Lincolnshire before returning for a second spell in the colours of Spennymoor.

Later coaching both Ferryhill Athletic and Horden Colliery Welfare, Don played in the Durham Cricket League for Dean and Chapter and was a keen local golfer. 

Living in Stockton-on-Tees, Don passed away in October 2009. 

1936 Bill McKinney
born, Wallsend.

Right back who served his apprenticeship as a plater at Swan Hunter Shipyard, playing junior football for both Wallsend Rising Sun and Wallsend St. Lukes.

Called up for national service in the army, Bill was selected for their national XI and after returning to Tyneside joined United.

Losing out to fellow new arrival Dick Keith in his first season at Gallowgate, Bill had to wait until December 1957 for his first team chance, in a 3-3 draw away to Spurs.

Finally becoming a first team regular in the relegation season of 1960/61, McKinney stayed in and around the first team for the following three seasons as unsuccessful promotion challenges were mounted.

Replaced by David Craig in the closing weeks of the 1963/64 season, Bill featured just twice the following season before joining Bournemouth at a cost of 2,750 in August 1965, by then struggling with a nagging Achilles injury.

Bill moved again a year later to fellow Third Division side Mansfield Town and played on at Field Mill for another two seasons. 

Joining Southern Premier League side Wellington Town (who later renamed themselves Telford United), McKinney settled in the Shropshire town of Dawley and remained there after his retirement. 

1988 Chris Basham born Hebburn.

Academy defender released by United aged 16 who played for Chester-le-Street's youth side while also attending Gateshead College's sports Academy and working in a fast food outlet.

Signed by Bolton Wanderers in 2006 when playing for Durham's county side, Chris was initially loaned to non-league Stafford Rangers.

The boyhood mackem made his Trotters senior debut at the Stadium of Light before moving to Rochdale on loan.

Back at Bolton, a knee injury sidelined Basham during the 2009/10 season, at the end of which came a permanent switch to Blackpool.

That got off to the worst of starts after just two Premier League outings for the Seasiders when he broke his leg in a reserve game.

Returning to fitness he remained at Bloomfield Road until the end of his contract in 2014, at which point he joined Sheffield United.

A decade of service to the Blades in League One, the Championship and the Premier League including a return to SJP in the COVID-affected 2019/20 season.

The 395th appearance Chris made for the club would prove to be his last however; suffering a serious ankle injury against Fulham at Craven Cottage during October 2023.  

Out of contract the following summer, Basham left as Sheffield United were relegated - his final outing at Bramall Lane having come in the closing stages of our 8-0 victory there.  

1990 Ole Soderberg born, Norkopping, Sweden. (2008-12)

Goalkeeper signed from Swedish club BK Hcken in January 2008, joining United on a four and a half year contract. 

Ole made his reserve team debut in a 3-1 victory at Morecambe against Blackburn Rovers within a month of moving to SJP. 

However, the Swedish U19 international broke a wrist while warming up for an Academy game early the following season and was sidelined for three months.

On the bench for a first team friendly at Shamrock Rovers during August 2009, Ole was an unused substitute for Newcastle's Carling Cup defeat to Peterborough at London Road the following month.

Knee surgery then kept him out of action until a successful comeback in February 2010 for the reserves at Scunthorpe, after which he sat on the bench for 19 senior team games as cover for Tim Krul.

However, that was as good as it got for Ole and after loan spells at Darlington and Chesterfield, he left Newcastle to join Norwegian side Molde BK in March 2012.

Later moves to him to Swedish clubs Kalmar FF, AFC Eskilstuna, Kalmar again and IFK Goteborg.

2022 found him at GAIS, joining them primarily as a coach but registering as a player for emergenices.

1996 Olivier Kemen born, Douala, Cameroon (2013-15)

Attacking midfielder who moved to United from French side Metz for an undisclosed compensation fee in the Summer of 2013.

Brought up in the suburbs of Paris, Olivier joined Garenne Colombes in 2005 and made the switch to Metz five years later, via a short stint at Boulogne Billancourt.

Representing France at U16 and U17 level before becoming a Magpie, Olivier's first experience of English football came in a reserve team friendly at Workington.

Making his competitive bow for the club in a 2-4 loss away to Reading in the U21 League during August 2013, Kemen appeared in a handful of reserve games that season.

A regular starter for the U18s, Olivier also became an online cause celebre for a few days in March 2014 when his "hand of God" goal against Chelsea in an FA Youth Cup tie at SJP was viewed across the planet.

Featuring for the U21s during the 2014/15 season, Kemen netted eye-catching efforts against Wolves and Blackburn Rovers and was promoted to the senior squad, being named on the bench for the first time at home to Arsenal in March 2015.

However, he was never called into service by interim boss John Carver and then missed the chance to impress new boss Steve McClaren on United's USA tour, leading France's U19 side in the European Championship Finals in Greece instead. 

After just one competitive U21 game in the 2015/16 season, Kemen made a permanent move to French side Olympique Lyonnais in August 2015.

A regular for their second team, February 2016 saw Olivier debut at senior level in a league game against Paris SG.

Remaining on the fringes of the first team, a loan to French second tier side Gazlec Ajaccio followed in early 2017 - agreeing to remain there for the following season.

Joining Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais in July 2019, Kemen moved on to Turkish side Kayserispor two years later.


What Else?

1980 Solvesborgs (Sweden) (a)
An uneventful start to a five match pre-season tour of Sweden but a fair indication of the season that was to follow.

Magpies boss Bill McGarry included Finnish trialist Leo Houtsonan in central defence alongside Stuart Boam.

1987 A young Magpies side took part in the Fifth annual Northern Ireland Milk Cup Tournament, which was officially opened by then United boss, Willie McFaul. 

Victories over Home Farm (4-3), North Olmsted (4-0) and Antrim Town (8-0) set up a Quarter Final meeting with Motherwell in Portrush.

However, United's good run ended with a 2-5 defeat to the Steelmen.

1999 Livingston (Scotland) (a) 1-2 (0-1)
Bingham(24), McManus(49)

A first visit to Almondvale resulted in an embarrassing defeat for Ruud Gullit's new-look United side.

Kieron Dyer got his first goal for the club with a six-inch tap-in from Temuri Ketsbaia's cross, but that was a late highlight on a night when the cold and damp weather mirrored our play.

The Georgian was United's only goal threat and came close twice with efforts in the closing stages, but the 2,000 Toon fans present still gave their side some stick. 

Clown 'keeper Lionel Perez reacted badly to catcalling by gesturing back, which only increased the levels of abuse. match report

1999 A crowd of 400 were at Portland Park to see Newcastle reserves defeat Ashington 4-1.

David McMahon, Stuart Green, Andy Walker and Paul Robinson all found the target - the latter earning a spot in the first team squad for a trip to Dundee United 48 hours later. 

2000 The United squad were in the USA and held their first training session, ahead of games against MLS sides DC United and Columbus Crew.

The venue was the sports facility of Georgetown University in Washington.

Ever obliging, Al appears to be 
autographing his jockstrap 
- while still on - for an admirer....

2002 VV Capelle 
(Holland) (a)
Robert(29), Ameobi(65), Solano(83), Griffin(88)
Bobby Robson's side began their pre-season tour of the Netherlands in the suburbs of Rotterdam against a local side.

United fielded two different XIs in each half, with new acquisition Hugo Viana making his first appearance for the club. match report

2005 Former United boss Ossie Ardiles was sacked as coach of Tokyo Verdy, after just over two years at the J-League club.

2007 Newcastle's U18 side began their pre-season programme with a 3-1 home success against Swindon Town. Defender Callum Morris was among the scorers.

2011 Sporting Kansas (USA) (a)

Newcastle's three match tour of the USA began in searing heat with first sightings of Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux in action. 

However there were further injury concerns for manager Alan Pardew, who was deprived of the services of Dan Gosling after he left the field for treatment to a facial wound.

More worryingly, Hatem Ben Arfa then departed on a stretcher just after the half hour mark and was soon making his way to France for an appointment with a specialist.

A 7.30pm start at the recently-inaugurated LiveStrong Stadium gave only partial relief from the heatwave, with players taking on water regularly and fans sampling the half dozen different draught beers on sale within the stadium. It's a tough life on the road.... match report

2013 Rio Ave (Portugal) (a)

Hassan(5,9), Braga(26)

Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub twice had rookie goalkeeper Jak Alnwick fishing the ball out his net in the opening ten minutes of this low-key kickabout.

Midfielder Braga then added to the misery before United were sighted as an attacking force
and although Shola Ameobi narrowed the deficit, substitute 'keeper Rob Elliot blocked a spot kick to keep the score down. match report

2016 Doncaster Rovers (a)

Hayden(51), Perez(90)
United's second pre-season fixture took them to the Keepmoat Stadium home of League Two Rovers.

And Rafa's squad came from two goals down at the break to level near the end of a game that saw four Rovers players leave the field with injuries.

Despite strong links with a move to Anfield, Gini Wijnaldum appeared late on to a mixed reception from a large away following. match report

Jack Colback agreed a loan move to Nottingham Forest for the full season, having spent the second half of the previous season at the City Ground.

2019 West Ham United (n)
1-0 (1-0)


Yoshinori Muto's strike secured third place for Newcastle in the Premier League Asia Trophy in the Chinese city of Shanghai.

With Steve Bruce and coaches Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew watching from the stand (lacking the necessary visas to play any more active part), Ben Dawson again oversaw the team. match report

2020 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)
0-0 (0-0)
Premier League
P37, 43pts, 13th/20
The penultimate game of the restarted season ended with the Seagulls collecting a point that guaranteed top flight survival, having failed to score against a central defensive pairing of Emil Krafth and Danny Rose. match report