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Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Sunday 25th August
Kick-off 4.30pm
Live on SkySports
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Newcastle 1
Premier League
Carrow Road
Saturday 17th August
Match report to follow

The Never-Ending Tour

  Number of Newcastle
  games attended by in 2019/20:


Newcastle United Supporters Trust  
now has almost 9,000 members, click 
on the logo above for further details.


Ticket news:
Spurs (a)
Leicester LC (h) Public sale now
Watford (h) Public sale now
Liverpool (a) ST holder sale now (
0 pts)
Brighton (h) Member sale now

s (a)

This Sunday sees The Magpies make their first appearance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - last season's scheduled visit being switched to Wembley Stadium following construction delays.

The Magpies have sold their full 3,000 allocation and those places are located in the lower tier of the North East Corner. The photo above shows Aston Villa fans occupying that area earlier this month.

The game is a 60,000 sell-out and i
t's a 4.30pm start, live on Sky Sports.

Spurs have published a guide to their new home which can be downloaded
online here. Worthy of note is their very strict policy on bags and the fact that the entire stadium is cashless.

This will become the 58th different ground we've played on competitively in the Premier League. 

NUFC: Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu and Florian Lejeune remain unavailable, but Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin are both predicted to feature.

Coral matchday betting online here:

12/1 Newcastle to win
24/5 the draw
2/9 Spurs to win
33/1 Newcastle to win 1-0
7/1 match to end in a score draw
match to end 0-0

Their "Your Call" option allows you to create bespoke odds and we've cobbled
some together:

THFC win to nil, score 3.5 or more 11/2
THFC win to nil, win at HT & FT 6/4
THFC win, draw at HT
THFC win, BTTS, THFC score both halves 13/5
NUFC win to nil 22/

THFC: Heung-min Son is available for the first time this season after completing a suspension. Missing out are Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Dele Alli and Juan Foyth.

The Cockerels have four points from their opening two games, coming from behind to beat Aston Villa at home and then levelling twice to claim a point from a 2-2 draw at Manchester City.


Updated travel advice issued by Spurs is here

This game coincides with the closure of London Kings Cross station, with no trains running beyond Peterborough on Saturday and Sunday.

That will cause massive travel problems across the Bank Holiday weekend and although it is possible to travel to London from Newcastle on matchday with extended journey times, in reality there's a very high probability of further delay and disruption. 

And as for getting home, good luck with that - if you're quick off the mark at full time there is a connection via Bedford to a 22.22 departure from Peterborough reaching Newcastle at 02.08.

Alternatively that same 02.08 arrival can be intercepted at Doncaster by going via Sheffield or York by going via Manchester. 

Replacement buses will run between Peterborough and Bedford, allowing passengers to continue their journey to and from London St. Pancras (next door to Kings Cross).

In addition, there are engineering works at Newark that will further disrupt some train services across the weekend.

Network Rail confirm that no alcohol will be allowed on those replacement bus services - that's a requirement for all journeys of this type and has nothing to do with football fans travelling on them.

PS: Cross Country Trains have announced various cancellations and bus replacement services on Sunday. They don't serve any London stations, but if anyone's alternative route to or from Spurs includes their services, check your timings.

Further information is online here

Travel 2:

There's no metro service between Wallsend and Tynemouth all day Saturday and until 6.30pm on Sunday. Replacement bus 900 operates.


Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:

2018/19: Lost 0-1
2017/18: Lost 0-1
2015/16: Won 2-1 Mitrovic, Perez
2014/15: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2014/15: Won 2-1 Ameobi, Perez
2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2

Referee: Mike Dean - the Magpies failed to win any of the three games involving them that he took charge of last season: a 1-2 home loss to Wolves, a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth and the 1-1 stalemate away at Brighton.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV:
To follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

Upcoming PL

Fri 23.08.2019
Aston Villa v Everton (8pm) Sky

Sat 24.08.2019:
Norwich City v Chelsea (12.30pm) BT
Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton (3pm)
Manchester United v Crystal Palace (3pm)
Sheffield United v Leicester City (3pm)
Watford v West Ham (3pm)
Liverpool v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 25.08.2019:
Bournemouth v Manchester City (2pm) Sky
Spurs v Newcastle (4.30pm) Sky
Wolves v Burnley (4.30pm)

Our sponsors CentrAle
have the entire range of Blaydon's Firebrick Brewery bottled and canned beers in stock, including their excellent Tyne 9 black lager (and the proper branded pint glass to sup it from).

Third time lucky?

Having started their season with a 0-6 loss at Reading and a 1-2 home defeat by West Ham, Newcastle's U23 side will hope for a better outcome when they return to action this coming Friday night.

Their opponents in a 7pm kick-off at St. James' Park are a Manchester United side in rather better form; following up a 5-0 success against West Bromwich Albion with a 2-0 victory over Reading.

The Magpies enjoyed contrasting fortunes against the Red Devils at this level last season; winning 4-1 at Leigh but conceding five goals without reply in the return fixture at Gallowgate.

The usual admission arrangements will apply, with the East Stand open for spectators and entry free for season ticket holders and members, or else 3 adults and 1 concessions payable at the turnstiles.

League Cup:
Leicester City

Newcastle will face Leicester City in their League Cup Second Round tie at SJP this coming Wednesday August 28th

It's a 7.45pm kick-off and a result must be achieved on the night, via 30 minutes extra time or failing that, a penalty shootout.

The only all-Premier League tie at this stage comes between our Sunday trip to Spurs and a Saturday home game against Watford. It isn't televised live.

Tickets are 10 adults and 5 concessions (20 and 10 on the day) and on public sale now. Only the lower stands will be open for home fans.

There's been some debate regarding the likely size of the crowd for this game, with most estimates pointing at less than 20,000 attending.

Here are our ten smallest SJP attendances in the League Cup since it was founded in 1960:

15,211 Reading 1989
14,906 Preston North End 1963
14,520 Sheffield United 1988
14,372 Scunthorpe United 1961
14,083 Mansfield Town 1992
12,778 Boro 1990
12,595 Sheffield United 1962
9,197 Crewe Alexandra 1991
9,130 Colchester United 1960
9,073 Bury 1980

The most recent sub-20K turnout at Gallowgate in this competition was the visit of Mansfield Town in August 1992, when we were in the second tier.

The smallest League Cup crowd at SJP in the Premier League era was the 20,577 present when Spurs came here in August 2008 - just a fortnight after the departure of manager Kevin Keegan.  

In terms of the FA Cup, the 15,805 who bothered to attend a Third Round replay against Plymouth Argyle in January 2010 made up our smallest SJP cup attendance since 1920.

NUFC: To follow

Coral matchday betting will appear here

The Magpies have never faced the Foxes in this competition previously.

Assuming he's in the City squad, the tie will see Ayoze Perez return to Gallowgate for the first time since his close season switch to Leicester. 


Last 10 League Cup Second Round ties:

2008/09 Coventry City (a) won 3-2
2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3
2010/11 Accrington Stanley (a) won 3-2
2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1
2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0
2014/15 Gillingham (a) won 1-0
2015/16 Northampton Town (h) won 4-1
2016/17 Cheltenham Town (h) won 2-0
2017/18 Nottingham Forest (h) lost 2-3 (aet)
2018/19 Nottingham Forest (a) lost 1-3

Referee: tbc

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
None (tbc)

UK Radio: TBC (if any)

Local Radio:
Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

League Cup Second Round ties:

Tue 27.08.2019:
Rochdale v Carlisle United
Preston North End v Hull City
Grimsby Town v Macclesfield Town
Nottingham Forest v Derby County
Burton Albion v Morecambe
Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United v Stoke City
Crewe Alexandra v Aston Villa
Southend United v MK Dons
Fulham v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Colchester United
Bristol Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City v Luton Town
Watford v Coventry City
Oxford United v Millwall
Newport County v West Ham Sky
Crawley Town v Norwich City
Plymouth Argyle v Reading

Wed 28.08.2019:
Burnley v mackems Sky
Lincoln City v Everton 
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Bournemouth v Forest Green Rovers
QPR v Portsmouth
Swansea City v Cambridge United

Hats for heroes:
Giveaway winner

Commemorating our former number 9 (and 10) and two classic kits, the latest release from Football Bobbles is a reversible Ferdinand bucket hat, in the colours of the home and away strips of our 1995/96 campaign.

Order online
here for 22.80 +p&p. Please note that hats come in four different head sizes.

We ha
d one to give away and asked what ground wor Les was in action on below during 1995:

It was of course White Hart Lane and from the correct answers received, a hat will be on the way to Philip Archbold. Thanks to all who entered.

Loan lads:
The borrowers

Updates on United's seven current loan players:

Freddie Woodman (Swansea City):
Another victory the Jacks, who won 3-1 at QPR in the Championship on Wednesday to go second in the table. Woodman played the full game and was yellow-carded.

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday):
The winger played his part in setting up the only goal of a home victory over Luton Town on Tuesday - a result that took the Owls to the top of the Championship table.

Kelland Watts (Stevenage):
Having debuted on Saturday in a 0-0 draw at Leyton Orient, there was another 90 minute runout for defender Kell on Tuesday night. However he finished on the losing side as Stevenage were beaten 0-1 by Bradford City in League Two.

Elias Sorensen (Carlisle United):

The Danish striker was an unused substitute on Tuesday night, as the Cumbrians were beaten 0-2 at Cheltenham Town in League Two.

Liam Gibson (Grimsby Town):
The Mariners recovered from a 0-2 deficit to draw 2-2 at home to Colchester United in League Two on Tuesday but Liam wasn't in the matchday squad.

Nathan Harker (Blyth Spartans):
Pointless after their opening four league games, the green and whites are away to Bradford Park Avenue this coming Saturday.

Dan Barlaser (Rotherham United):
The Millers are an enforced period of idleness, with Tuesday's home meeting with Bury called off due to ownership issues at the Shakers. Saturday's home game with Portsmouth meanwhile has had to be postponed due to a nearby festival.

Dragons' done?

The Welsh squad for two international matches next month has been announced and there's no place for Newcastle defender Paul Dummett.

Asked about that omission, Welsh coach Ryan Giggs told reporters that:

"I spoke to Paul (Dummett) and he really wanted to concentrate on club football. He felt that he's had a lot of hamstring problems so he just felt he wanted to make sure he was fit for Newcastle. That was it really.

"I've got centre-halves who are playing, and I was considering him for that centre-half position, but it's not a problem.

"Obviously he's playing in the Premier League and he's a good defender, but I've got options so it's not a problem."

Dummett's international involvement has been fitful since a belated first senior cap came against the Dutch in Amsterdam in June 2014.

Fitness problems delayed a second cap - also against Holland - until November 2015 and he then made himself unavailable for selection while Chris Coleman was in charge of Wales.

Reversing that decision following the installation of Giggs saw him return in a Nations Cup tie against Ireland last September and start a game for the first time when facing Denmark in November.

His fifth and possibly final cap then came against Trinidad & Tobago at Wrexham last March.

Confirmed international call-ups:

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay):

Thu 05.09.2019 Japan (a) FR Kashima
Tue 10.09.2019 Jordan (a) FR Amman

Ciaran Clark (Ireland):
Thu 05.09.2019 Switzerland (a) ECQ Dublin
Tue 10.09.2019 Bulgaria (a) FR Dublin

Premier League:
Pukki's blinder

Norwich City  3  Newcastle  1

Match report

Ludwig confirmed 

Monday saw United belatedly confirm the permanent signing of defender L
udwig Francillette, who joins the U23 squad on a contract of undisclosed duration.

The French-born 20 year-old was seen posing for photos inside St. James' Park two weeks ago but no announcement was made at that point.

Ludwig appeared as a trialist in United's opening U23 pre-season game against Hibernian last month (pictured), having also turned out for St. Mirren against Stenhousemuir a few days earlier.

He's been playing amateur football in France and represented Guadeloupe as a youngster.

Francillette is the third signing for Neil Redfearn's U23s this summer, following 21 year-old former Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott and 20 year-old ex-Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jake Turner.

Their arrivals following the release of defender Josef Yarney, midfielder Juan Cumbreras and goalkeeper Otto Huuthanen.

Also leaving was Callum Roberts, who has now joined Middlesbrough on trial and played twice for their U23 side in recent days.

Irons forge a victory

Newcastle U23s  1  West Ham U23s  2

Match highlights online here

Match report

learn Cup fate

The draw for this season's Premier League U18 Cup has taken place, with United's youngsters placed in Group E alongside Stoke City, Spurs and West Ham.

Each club faces the other at home or away in the group Stage, with the six group winners and two best runners-up qualifying for the Quarter Finals.

Confirmation of ties is awaited, but the Spurs website claims that they will be away to Newcastle on Saturday November 23rd.

And by a process of elimination, our other match days and opponents look to be as follows:

Saturday September 28th Stoke City (a) tbc
Saturday October 26th West Ham (h) tbc

PS: There's also an U16 competition, which utilises the same groups. 

Old boy:
Instant hero

Former Magpie Joselu got off to a winning start for his latest club Deportivo Alaves on Sunday, scoring the only goal of the game to defeat Levante.

The striker took 55 minutes of his debut to head home a corner kick at the near post and give his side victory in front of just 12,000 fans.

Completing 86 minutes of the game, Joselu also picked up a booking.

See his goal online here


Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2019/20

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

NUFC home age categories:

Juniors: U18s
Young Adults: 18-21s
Seniors: over-65s

(NB: Away game age categories vary from club to club and do not follow the above)

On the opening day of ticket sales, they begin at 10am unless otherwise notified. 

If advance notice of a points reduction for away tickets has been given, that will also usually come into effect 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 Premier League 30 away ticket price cap scheme has been extended for a further three season and will now conclude at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Heading to the Toon?

City guide

NE guide here

Fri 23.08.2019 U23s v Manchester United (h) @ SJP, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 24.08.2019 U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 25.08.2019 Spurs (a) @ Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 4.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT (Allocation: 3,000) Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 28.08.2019 Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 7.45pm. League Cup Second Round. 
10 adults, 5 concessions (rising to 20 and 10 on the day). Public sale now.

Sat 31.08.2019 U18s v West Bromwich Albion (a) @ WBA Academy, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 31.08.2019 Watford (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. Adults 35 and upwards.

Tue 03.09.2019 U21s v Macclesfield Town (a) @ Moss Rose, 7.45pm. Checkatrade Cup Group Stage.

Sat 14.09.2019 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 14.09.2019 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 12.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 0 points. 30 adults, 22.50 over 65s, 15 17- 21s,  9 U16s. (Allocation: tbc) Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 16.09.2019 U23s v Norwich City (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 21.09.2019 U18s v mackems (a) @ Eppleton Colliery Welfare, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.09.2019 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) @ SJP, 5.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale from Tue 27.08.2019 (online), Tue 03.09.2019 (in person / by phone). Live on Sky Sports.

NUFC Live on TV:

Sun 25.08.2019 Spurs (a) 4.30pm Sky
Sat 14.09.2019 Liverpool (a) 12.30pm BT Sat 21.09.2019 Brighton (h) 5.30pm Sky
Sat 28.09.2019 Leicester (a) 5.30pm* Sky
Sun 06.10.2019 Man Utd (h) 4.30pm Sky
Sun 27.10.2019
Wolves (h) 2pm Sky

(*Moves to Sun 29.09.2019 4.30pm on Sky if Man City have a CL tie on 01.10.2019. Confirmation will follow after the CL Group Stage draw is staged on Thu 29.08.2019.)

(TV picks up to 27.10.2019 announced)

In addition, the following two games are already confirmed for live TV transmission (but in theory could yet be altered).

Tue 03.12.2019
Sheff Utd (a) 7.45pm Am
Thu 26.12.2019
Man Utd (a) 3pm Am

Toon Army America
have compiled a listing of Toon TV venues in USA and Canada that is online here

NUFC Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Mon 16.09.2019
Nov 2019
Fri 11.10.2019 Dec 2019/Jan 2020
Fri 13.12.2019 Feb 2020
Fri 24.01.2019 Mar 2020
Fri 21.02.2020 Apr 2020
Fri 03.04.2020 May 2020
Mon 11.05.2020 17.05.2020 (final game)

League (Carabao) Cup:

R2: Leicester City (h)
Wed 28.08.2019
w/c Mon 23.09.2019
w/c 28.10.2019
w/c 16.12.2019
w/c 06.01.2020
w/c 27.01.2020
F Sun 01.03.2020

FA Cup:

United enter in Round 3.

R3 Sat 04.01.2020
R4 Sat 25.01.2020
R5 Wed 04.03.2020
R6 Sat 21.03.2020
SF Sat 18.04.2020
Sat 23.05.2020

EFL ( Trophy (U21s):
United enter in Round 1 in Group D, playing each of the following three sides once: 

03.09.2019 Macclesfield Town (a) 7.45pm
08.10.2019 Shrewsbury Town (a) 7.30pm
12.11.2019 Port Vale (a) 7.45pm

U23 Premier League Cup:
Participation/details tbc

U23 Premier League International Cup:
Fri 22.11.2019 Benfica (h) 7pm
Wed 11.12.2019 Hertha Berlin (h) 7pm
Fri 20.12.2019 Blackburn Rovers (h) 7pm
(All games at Whitley Park)

U18 Premier League Cup:
United enter in Group E, playing each of the following three sides at home or away:

Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham 

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

National League North side Gateshead are again offering a 5 discount for all NUFC season ticket holders on the adult price of 15. U16s 2, U12s free with paying adult.

Next games:

Sat 24.08.2019 Farsley (h) 3pm
Sat 31.08.2019 Brackley (h) 3pm
Tue 03.09.2019 Spennymoor (h) 7.45pm
Sat 14.09.2019 Boston United (h) 3pm

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby Union:

Fri 06.09.2019 England v Italy. Friendly.

Rugby League:

Sat 23.10.2021 Opening ceremony and first game of Rugby League World Cup.

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks 2019/20:


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
22nd August

Born Or Died:

1985 Lewis Guy born, Penrith.

England schoolboy international forward who played for Carlisle Northbank as a youngster, travelling to Tyneside to train with Newcastle from the age of ten onwards and going on to feature at junior and reserve level, 

Appearing for the first team during their pre-season tour of the Far East in 2004, Guy's sole competitive senior game came when replacing Craig Bellamy in the 79th minute of a UEFA Cup home tie against Sporting Lisbon in December that year.

Within four months Lewis had been loaned out to League One side Doncaster Rovers, scoring three times in nine games.

Released by United that summer, Guy joined Rovers permanently and featured as they won the Football League Trophy in April 2007, beating Bristol Rovers 3-2 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

He later played for Hartlepool United (loan), Oldham Athletic (loan), MK Dons, Oxford United (loan) St.Mirren, Carlisle United (trial), Gateshead, Barrow, Chorley and Annan Athletic, leaving the latter in 2016.

1986 Stephen Ireland born, Cork, Ireland.

Midfielder who arrived at SJP on loan from Aston Villa on the last day of January 2011, amid reports that he failed his medical. That was denied, but it soon became clear we'd signed a knacker who was knacked.

Managing just two substitute outings during his loan, a knee problem ruled him out of the first nine games following his arrival (one of which was against his parent club). 

Belatedly debuting from the bench in a 0-0 home draw with Manchester United that April, Ireland then did the same four days later during a 1-1 draw at Blackpool - and then returned to Villa with an ankle injury.
His Toon career consisted of 49 minutes and one apology - after he and fellow injured Irishman Leon Best broke a pre-match curfew and were photographed in a nightclub on the night before a match. 

A product of Cobh Town Schoolboys, Ireland had won the Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools Skills Competition Final at Old Trafford as both a ten and eleven year old and later played for Cobh Ramblers junior side.

Starring in a youth tournament staged in Limerick, Ireland reportedly fielded offers from 22 British clubs for trials and ended up signing for Manchester City aged 15.

Ireland replaced Joey Barton in City's first team during in September 2005 and netted for them in a 1-1 draw at SJP during our 2008/09 relegation season. 

Leaving City in 2010 as makeweight in the acquisition of James Milner from Aston Villa, Ireland signed soon after Kevin Macdonald took temporary charge following Martin O'Neill's departure from Villa Park.

Debuting on his 24th birthday, Villa lost 0-6 to Newcastle at SJP and Ireland was later publicly rebuked by incoming Villa manager Gerard Houlier for a lack of effort.

The arrival of Alex McLeish saw him back in favour and he won Villa's 2011/12 player of the season award. Ireland kept his place under Paul Lambert but again had further fitness issues and watched our 2-1 win at Villa in January 2013 from the bench. 

Joining Stoke City on loan the following season, a permanent move to the Potters was concluded in January 2014 and his contribution to the cause saw him earn a new three year contract that summer.

A broken leg sustained in a training session in May 2016 sidelined Ireland - but didn't prevent him limping down the aisle weeks later for his wedding.

Surprisingly credited with recommending a move to Tyneside from Stoke for Joselu in August 2017, Ireland remained out of action but still a Potter at that point - signing a six month contract extension as he neared a belated playing return.

He made three brief appearances as substitute for new boss Paul Lambert as Stoke headed for the relegation trap-door and was released at the end of the season. 

A trial with Bolton Wanderers was hampered by fitness issues but a short-term deal was agreed in October 2018. However Stephen left three months later without having progressed from the U23 side.

Internationally, he won six senior caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2006 and 2007, but was infamously then granted compassionate leave before a Euro qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague.

Claiming that his grandmother had died, that was disproved by reporters, as was his next excuse that it was his other granny. Ireland later admitted that he wanted to visit his girlfriend in Cork and invented the tale.

Off the field, Ireland became a figure of ridicule for his apparent addiction to bling - periodically publicised in the press when he buys another expensive car with an awful customised paint job, or posts pics of himself and his lass on social media.


What Else?

1951 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One 
A 6-0 home thrashing of Stoke City five days previously was followed by a run of three games in which only one goal was scored - before a return to form against Spurs at SJP, when United won 7-2.

1953 sunderland (h) 
Division One 
Mitchell(33pen), Keeble(61)

Debut for Jimmy Scoular at right half, who was also made captain in succession to the recently-retired Joe Harvey.

Former Magpie Shack blasted an early free kick through the Newcastle wall, before Vic Keeble was fouled to give United a penalty.

Mitchell took the kick but mishit it, the ball trickling over the goal line as mackem 'keeper Jimmy Cowan lay helpless over the other side of the goal - having dived in anticipation of where the ball should have gone....

McSeveney then scored direct from a corner for the visitors, ruled out by the linesman who spotted a push on 'keeper Ronnie Simpson.

The winner came when Keeble headed in a Milburn corner - although the two points were only confirmed thanks to Simpson's late penalty save from Trevor Ford.

1956 Cardiff City (a)
Division One 
McSeveney(10), Ford(66,77), 

Trevor Ford was rather more successful against United on the third anniversary of his missing a penalty while with the mackems.

Fellow former Rokerite John McSeveney also netted, having been denied by a linesman's decision in 1953.

1959 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-5 (0-1)
Division One 
Jones(28,53,83), Brooks

Spurs registered the same opening day scoreline at SJP as Blackburn Rovers had 12 months previously.

1959 While the first team were being thrashed by Spurs, Newcastle's reserve side began their Central League season with a 2-2 draw against Derby County.

Bobby Mitchell's penalty and a Ken Hale goal won a point at the Baseball Ground.

1962 Middlesbrough (a)
Division Two 
Fell(26), Thomas(58) 
Peacock(45), Gibson(53),
Kaye(80pen), Burbeck(90+1)

Revenge for this loss at Ayresome Park would be swift for Newcastle - who inflicted a 6-1 defeat on Boro at SJP a week later.

1970 Crystal Palace (a) 
Division One 
Following a 0-3 loss at Stoke City, United were second best on the road again, as injured duo Frank Clark and Ollie Burton were evidently missed.

Former Magpie Jimmy Scott was omitted from the Palace side and within a year had been transferred to
his hometown club Falkirk.

1981 sunderland (a)
Hawley(19), Allardyce(58) 
A shadow was cast over this friendly match when a young Newcastle fan died in an accident outside Roker Park.

Team: Carr, Brownlie (Haddock), Davies, Trewick, Barton, Halliday, Walker, Shinton (Todd), Shoulder, Wharton, Waddle. 

1987 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division One 
After beginning their season with a midweek defeat at Spurs, United bounced back to record their first league success at Hillsborough since January 1956.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Derby County (a) 
Division One 
Peacock(51), Clark(55)
Revenge was extracted for the previous season's 8-man, 1-4 Baseball Ground humiliation. 

The majority of United fans were housed in a cramped corner of the Toyota Stand down the side of the pitch and seemed to be even drunker than usual....if that were possible.
Youtube footage is onlne here

1995 Bolton Wanderers (a) 3-1 (1-0)
Premier League 
Ferdinand(17,84), Lee(77) 
A victory in United's final trip to Burnden Park, two years before the Trotters upped sticks to their shiny new, never filled and soulless edifice in Horwich.

Clad in the blue and red hooped away strip, a towering Les Ferdinand header from David Ginola's cross put us ahead and although Bolton levelled, Rob Lee and Les again shot home in front of the celebrating away fans.
Youtube footage is online here

1998 Chelsea (a) 
Future Magpie Celestine Babayaro gave Gianluca Vialli's side the lead at a sweltering Stamford Bridge, only for Andreas Andersson to stick out a leg for the equaliser.

Both sides tired after the break but Alan Shearer came close to a winner when his shot beat De Goey but rebounded off the post. 

In what proved to be his last game in charge, Kenny Dalglish sent on Peruvian new boy Nolberto Solano for his first team debut. match report

2001 On the road to recovery after a knee operation, Alan Shearer put himself in the frame for the derby against the mackems with two goals in a kickabout versus Hartlepool.

2004 In the wake of the sale of Jonathan Woodgate to Real Madrid it was obvious that the Chairman and Manager were not singing from the same hymn sheet. While Freddy Shepherd told the Sunday Mirror:

"Newcastle fans know that we have never been slow to spend our money at this club. Our recent record shows we can be trusted to deliver quality players. I'm not going to say too much at this stage but I think the fans will be pleasantly surprised at what results from the Woodgate deal.

"We didn't go into the Woodgate transfer without a long-term plan. All will be revealed soon."

However, the Sunday Sun quoted Sir Bobby Robson as saying of defender Woodgate:

"Do we have a player in mind to replace him? No, not really. I have no idea who we are going for. We have just lost a great player. How big a blow it is will depend upon the replacement we get in. But I have not yet given a wish list to the chairman."

Meanwhile, rumours of a Toon bid for Everton's Wayne Rooney seemed far fetched....

2005 A spectacular late strike from Kris Gate kept up the Reserves' unbeaten start to the season as United drew 2-2 with Liverpool at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle put the Reds ahead, Liam Atkin levelled just before the break and Ramon Calliste then made it 2-1 to the hosts  before Gate - who had already struck a post - crashed in an equaliser. match report

2006 After interest from French and German sides failed to result in an offer, Newcastle sold Jean-Alain Boumsong to Juventus for a claimed 3.3m plus further unspecified payments.

As part of the move, the side from Turin visited Tyneside to play a pre-season friendly in 2007, by which time they'd been promoted back to Serie A, following a forced demotion from the top flight for referee nobbling.

2007 Newcastle defender Stephen Carr made his 44th and final international appearance for the Republic of Ireland, as they beat Denmark 4-0 in a friendly played in Aarhus.

This was the end of Carr's second spell as an internationalist, having earned five caps since reversing a previous retirement in 2005.

2009 Crystal Palace (a)
Nolan(2), R.Taylor(21)

First half goals from Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor made it three wins on the bounce and a trio of clean sheets, as United's unbeaten start to the season stretched to four games.

Neil Warnock's Eagles offered little as United made it six wins from their last seven visits to SE25, only Magpies old boy Darren Ambrose looking likely to trouble Steve Harper. match report

2010 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
Barton(12), Nolan(31,87), Carroll(34,67,90+3)
Joey Barton didn't get the chance to emulate Jimmy Edwards in the handlebar stakes having vowed not to shave until we won, but nobody in their right mind expected us to claim a first league win of the season in such an emphatic fashion.

However, things could have been so different, had Villa's John Carew not blasted his early penalty high into the Gallowgate End.

Carroll completed a first senior team hat trick, doubling his Premier League scoring tally in one game - our first top-flight treble since Michael Owen at West Ham in December 2005 and the first at SJP since Alan Shearer's five against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. match report

2015 Manchester United (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Premier League
Steve McClaren's return to Old Trafford proved to be an enjoyable one as his Newcastle side battled hard, rode their luck and took a point that could even have been three from this Saturday lunchtime live TV game.

There was a competitive debut from the bench for French winger Florian Thauvin
. match report

2016 United's U23 side debuted at the Victoria Road home of Dagenham & Redbridge as they faced their West Ham counterparts.

However, they were beaten 1-3, with a late consolation coming from Tom Heardman. match report