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Ticket news:
Sheff Wed (a) pay on the gate
Huddersfield (a) ST holders now
Schalke 04 Tournament ST holders now
Real Sociedad (h) Public sale now (online)
Manchester City (h) ST holder / member sale now
Aston Villa (a) ST holder sale now (50 points)
Sheffield Wednesday (a) 

Newcastle's first team return to domestic friendly action this Wednesday night against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough (7.45pm).

The Owls have now belatedly confirmed that Newcastle fans can pay on the gate at Hillsborough (Leppings Lane End). Prices are £15 adults and £5 OAPs/U18s.

Only three sides of the ground will be open for this game, with the North Stand unused.


Due to engineering works, no trams are running between Sheffield city centre and Hillsborough. 

Bus replacement services operate on both the Middlewood and Malin Bridge lines that run near to the stadium.

Squad: to follow

Owls: to follow

Following low-key victories at York and Bury, Stuart Grey's side lost 1-2 to Russian side Arsenal Tula in Slovenia. They drew 2-2 at Doncaster on Sunday. 

A 30,000 crowd witnessed our most recent visit to Hillsborough, when four goals were shared with the Owls in a Championship game on Boxing Day 2009.

Our last friendly meeting came at Hillsborough almost eleven years to the day, when a 15,000 crowd saw the home side win 4-3 with future Magpie flop Shefki Kuqi grabbing the winner.

Kieron Dyer, Lomana LuaLua and Shola Ameobi scored our goals on the same night as a separate Newcastle XI put six past Hartlepool without reply.

Wednesday have since dropped down a league and returned to the second tier, with former Magpies Leon Best and Oguchi Onyewu playing for them this season.

However both have now departed, with Best back at parent club Blackburn Rovers (and on the transfer list). "Gooch" meanwhile is again a free agent and has been spotted training with MLS side DC United. 

Referee: tbc

UK TV coverage: none

Overseas TV coverage: none


New season Magpie Mover tickets are now available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy, Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here


Welling-toon army 

Wellington Phoenix  0  Newcastle  1

Match report online here 

Match footage is online here reader and Toon exile Dale Imray compiled a video of Newcastle fans walking en masse to the ground before Saturday's game online here via youtube

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Paisley lark:
Happy return for TC  

Ex-Newcastle United player and coach Tommy Craig has been on Tyneside with St.Mirren in recent days, ahead of his first full season in charge of the SPL side.

And following a narrow 4-2 victory at Blyth Spartans on Saturday, a training session at the Magpies' Little Benton  facility on Monday clearly had the desired effect on the Buddies - who went to Whitley Bay and won 10-0.

Winning start for teens  

A Newcastle Academy side are once again over in Northern Ireland for the annual Milk Cup tournament, getting off to a winning start on Monday afternoon.

The young Magpies began their group stage games with a 2-0 win over Japanese side Ichifuna in Limavady, thanks to first half goals from Sean Longstaff and Dan Ward.

Next up are local side County Londonderry in Coleraine on Tuesday (8pm) before Spanish opposition in the shape of Espanyol in Portstewart on Wednesday (7pm).

United's group stage placing then will dictate who their opponents will be on the remaining two days of the event, on Thursday and Friday.

Squad: Woolston, Trodd, Gibson, Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Johnson, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes, Heaney, Suddick, Atkinson, Ward, Broccoli, Tatters, Newberry.

(Forward Callum Roberts is expected to link up with his colleagues on Tuesday, after a late callup to United's U21 squad saw him appear in the Oberndorf Tournament over the weekend).

Toon triumph 
with a "Tim"

United's 17 man squad in Germany

Newcastle's development side were in Germany over the weekend at the Oberndorf Tournament, and although they couldn't repeat their trophy-winning successes of 1997 and 2005 still manage to grab the headlines.

A win, a draw and a loss in their group games left Peter Beardsley's side out of contention going into a playoff against home-based Team Schwarzwald on Saturday.

But with the score tied at 1-1 and penalties looming, United took inspiration from Dutch boss Lous van Gaal at the World Cup - and replaced their goalkeeper.

Brendan Pearson was the substitute handed the Tim Krul role and he proceeded to emulate his club colleague, saving three spot kicks as United ran out 4-3 winners:


Muller scored 0-1
Quinn scored 1-1
Bruno scored 1-2
Roberts missed 1-2
Bob saved 1-2
Heardman missed 1-2
Chiurazzi saved 1-2
Barlaser scored 2-2
Bozkurt scored 2-3
Gillesphey scored 3-3
Muller saved 3-3
Quinn scored 4-3

Sunday saw Newcastle again paired with Frankfurt in their final game and Callum Roberts netted, only for the Germans to level and send this game to penalties as well.

With no less than 18 spot kicks taken, Jordan Storey eventually hit the crucial one in an 8-7 toon win:

Hauser scored 0-1
Barlaser scored 1-1
Lifka missed 1-1
McKinnon scored 2-1
Doerner scored 2-2
Smith missed 2-2
Mohr scored 3-2
Storey scored 3-3
Wolf scored 4-3
Drennan scored 4-4
Doerner scored 5-4
Barlaser scored 5-5
Hauser scored 6-5
McKinnon scored 6-6
Mohr scored 7-6
Smith scored 7-7
Wolf saved 7-7
Storey scored 8-7

Oberndorf Tournament results:

Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeiro drew 0-0
Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-3
Team Schwarzwald drew 1-1 (Quinn) (won 4-3 pens)
Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 (Roberts) (won 8-7 pens)

Matches were 25 minutes each in the group stages, extending to 30 minutes for the playoffs.

United finished fifth in the eight team event, that was won for the second successive year by Fluminense. 

Squad: Dan Barlaser, Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley, Brendan Pearson, Jonathyn Quinn, Carl Robinson, Callum Roberts, Liam Smith, Jordan Storey, Callum Williams.

Boston knee party:
Reds reject Remy  

Sky Sports News reported on Sunday afternoon that the proposed transfer of QPR striker Loic Remy to Liverpool had been abandoned "after concerns over his medical".

The French international who spent last season on loan at Newcastle had travelled to Boston in order to link with up the Reds on their US tour.

Press reports last week claimed that the deal was done, the medical checks passed and personal terms agreed, with only an unspecified paperwork issue to be resolved before a formal announcement of the transfer.   

Old boy:
Edinburgh fringe act  

Released by Newcastle at the end of last season after having failed to make a competitive senior appearance, midfielder Michael Richardson was spotted on Sunday playing as a trialist for Scottish side Hibernian.

The 22 year-old Tynesider came off the bench for the final 17 minutes of a 0-1 friendly reverse to Dundee United at Easter Road. Joining the demoted side for pre-season training, Michael is expected to get more pitch time against East Fife on Wednesday. 

Richardson joined the Magpies following a trial in 2010 and was loaned to Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley. His only senior action came in brief outings at Darlington in 2011 and Motherwell two years later. 

Four goal salute 

Newcastle  4  Sydney  0

Match report online here 

Match footage online here

Malaga (n) / Schalke (a)


Update: the organisers have now confirmed a slight alteration to kickoff times on both days as follows:

Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga v Newcastle 3.30pm
Sat 02.08.2014 Schalke 04 v West Ham 5.45pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Malaga v West Ham 3.30pm

Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 v Newcastle 5.45pm

(Times above are local time in Germany) 

The change is to delay kickoff in the second game each day by 15 minutes - presumably to cater for a possible penalty shootout to decide the earlier game each day.

United's pre-season preparations continue in Germany this coming Saturday and Sunday (August 2nd and 3rd), when they take part in the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup.

The Bundesliga side will host the four team event at their Veltins Arena home in the city of Gelsenkirchen (twinned with Newcastle since 1948), with Spanish side Malaga, ourselves and West Ham completing the lineup.

As was the case in New Zealand recently however, the two Premier League clubs won't play each other.

Tournament rules:

The Schalke 04 Cup will take place over two days, each featuring two matches of 2 x 45 minutes duration. Points will be awarded according to a special system, with the winners of each game receiving three points. 

If a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty shootout. The shootout winners will receive two points. The tournament will be won by the team with the highest number of points from two games.


Currently on sale from NUFC to season ticket holders and members: £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. 

NB: tickets are sold per day, so you'll need two to watch both games. However they do allow access to the West Ham game played in the same stadium on the same day.


From the official Veltins Arena website:

If you plan on using public transportation in order to get to the Veltins-Arena it is advised that you take tram No. 302 from the lower level of Gelsenkirchen railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer until you reach the “Veltins-Arena” stop.

Step-free access is available from “Willy-Brandt-Allee” stop, slightly further away from the Veltins-Arena.

The local transport authority makes sure there are extra trams to all Schalke 04 matches and other major events held in the Veltins-Arena. Holders of match or event tickets are entitled to use all public transport services in the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) region free of charge. Details are online here

UK TV: Quest TV (Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)

Overseas TV: 
Abu Dhabi Sports 2 +HD
Abu Dhabi Sports 3 +HD
Fox Sports 4 (NED)
La Liga TV
Sport 1 TV (GER)
Sport 5 (CZ)

These games are in stark contrast to our last two games on German soil back in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco - the latter played on a neutral field in deepest Bavaria....

Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games in the 1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena AufSchalke) has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which reduces to 54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down position. 

Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on penalties by a Portugal side featuring SJP old boy Hugo Viana.    

United's last meeting with Schalke 04 was in May 1960, when Charlie Mitten's side triumph 3-0 in front of 10,000 fans during a post-season perambulation that also included visits to Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain. 

The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his Schalke deal was cancelled.

Chatty Mags  

Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players include the following:

Fri 08.08.2014 Jinky Jim Smith, Tommy Cassidy, Olivier Bernard, John McNamee Paul Cannell, Ron McGarry @ The Leazes End Club*, Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PG. Tickets £5 from Bill Bruce on 07753 573613 
(all proceeds donated to charity).

*That's the new name of the former Companions Club and this event has been organised to mark that change.

Fri 08.08.2014 Steve Howey and Eric Gates @ North Durham Academy Theatre. Tickets £10 (including pie and peas) from the venue, High Street, Stanley, DH9 0TW or via 01207 291152. 

Thu 28.08.2014 John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and peas) from the venue. 

mackems take old boy 

Friday saw former Newcastle loan defender Patrick van Aanholt end his stay at Chelsea, moving to wearside for an undisclosed fee on a four year contract.  

The Dutch international was signed by United during their Championship season back in January 2010, following an injury to first choice left back Jose Enrique and went on to make seven appearances.

Moving to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Van Aanholt had faced United earlier in the 2009/10 season during a loan spell with Coventry City.

Featuring briefly in Chelsea's first team, Patrick netted against Newcastle in our 4-3 League Cup victory the following year, before further loans saw him appear in the colours of both Leicester City and Wigan Athletic.

Farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012, van Aanholt remained at the Gelredome for the following two and a half seasons - during which time he had a first senior outing for the Dutch national side. 

Dons to host 
Toon opponents

Newcastle's pre-season home opponents Real Sociedad have been paired with Aberdeen in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League - sending the Spaniards to Pittodrie just days before they are due on Tyneside.

The Dons will travel to San Sebastien on Thursday July 31st before Sociedad visit the Granite City on Thursday August 7th - three days before playing at SJP.

£2m payout anticipated  

Speculation over the future of Fraser Forster continues, with the ex-Newcastle goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in a Champions League Qualifier for Celtic on Tuesday.

The 26 year-old England international custodian was the subject of a bid from Southampton in recent days that was described the Parkhead club as "derisory", but an improved offer from the Saints is anticipated. 

The Scottish champions are seeking between £7.5m and £9m for Fraser and seem happy to cash in on him, signing ready-made replacement Craig Gordon on a free transfer.

Departing from Tyneside in 2012 without making a senior competitive appearance for United, it's reported that a 25% sell-on clause was inserted in the deal when Celtic paid £2.2m for his services.

Tinkering - result 

further photos appearing online show that the new home shirt has a black back panel, rather than the white one favoured by Puma previously.

Our Far East correspondents supply this image of the new season NUFC home shirt - which is not quite as severe as prototypes leaked online, but won't win any new friends amongst devotees of classic black and white stripes. 

It's what's in them that remains the priority of course.

John and Liam RIP  

Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of John Alder and Liam Sweeney as they wait for news of the efforts to repatriate the victims of flight MH17.

Fundraising Update: a collection for the John and Liam flag and funeral fund taken at Spennymoor Town versus Hamilton Academical on Thursday night raised £180.

Family, friends and fans gathered outside SJP on Monday lunchtime to pay their respects to Liam and John. 

Ex-Chairman Sir John Hall was present to hear tributes read out, before a minute's applause. Family members then spent time in the stadium, viewing flowers and messages placed on seats their loved ones occupied.   

An online collection established by Sunderland fans has now passed the £32,000 mark, with red and whites, black and whites and followers of other teams (including Ukrainians Shaktar Donetsk) contributing online here 

And the safcmuseum twitter account has put signed Newcastle and Sunderland shirts and memorabilia up for auction, with proceeds going to the same cause.

As one wrote, "this transcends football rivalry".

The collection served the original purpose of funding floral tributes to John and Liam from Sunderland fans, organiser Gary Ferguson placing those outside SJP on Tuesday:


All other monies will be donated to charities selected by the families of the two lads: the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

A separate fundraising page by Toon fans entitled "flag and funeral cost" was then opened up online here. That has raised over £7,000 to date.  

NUFC club statement regarding John and Liam

Books of condolence were opened at St Andrew’s Church on Newgate Street and St Mary’s Cathedral on Clayton Street - both in Newcastle City Centre.

Newcastle fan and John Alder's MP Ian Mearns spoke in the House of Commons on Monday, referring both to the "extraordinary" supporter John and the current efforts of football fans in raising funds for charitable causes.

Urging the Prime Minister to help repatriate the bodies of both local men, David Cameron's response was as follows:

"It's right to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives, to John Alder and Liam Sweeney. 

"It's heartbreaking, the families that have been ripped apart by this, the lives that have been snuffed out due to this appalling tragedy."


In (6): Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat.

06.06.2014 Striker Ayoze Perez (20) CD Tenerife.
09.06.2014 Midfielder Jack Colback (24) unattached.
01.07.2014 Midfielder Siem De Jong (25) Ajax. 
13.07.2014 Midfielder Remy Cabella (24) Montpellier.
16.07.2014 Striker Emmanuel Riviere (24) Monaco.
17.07.2014 full back Daryl Janmaat (24) Feyenoord.

Out (7): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.

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Wednesday 30th July
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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

The ticket office is on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Off-season opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun closed

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

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

NB: 2013/14 ST holders renewing with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.

New ST cards will only be issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or moving seats.

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

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

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Tue 29.07.2014 U18s v County Londonderry (Northern Ireland) (a) @ Showgrounds, Coleraine, 8pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup 

Wed 30.07.2014 U18s v Espanyol (Spain) (n) @ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup. 

Wed 30.07.2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 7.45pm. Friendly. ST holder sale now, £15 adults, £5 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 31.07.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Fri 01.08.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 3.30pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.45pm. Live on Quest TV.

Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.45pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 U12 seats. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on Quest TV. 

Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @ Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm (public game)

Tue 05.08.2014
Huddersfield Town (a) 
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. ST holder sale now, £15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Sun 10.08.2014
Real Sociedad (h) @ SJP, KO 1.30pm. Friendly. Public sale now (online), Mon 28.07.2014 (by phone, in person). £15 adults, £5 concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.

Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be 14.08)

Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. ST holder/ member sale now, public sale Tue 29.07.2014 (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live on Sky.

Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, 50 loyalty points. £41 adults, £33 over-65s, U21s, NUS, Armed Forces, £17 U18s, £12 U8s (£1 reduction applies for restricted views). Live on BT.

Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

2nd Round w/c 25.08.2014
3rd Round
w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

U21 Premier League 2014/15:

United will play in Division 2 along with:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Reading, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.

(Division 1 is composed of: Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Norwich City, Southampton, mackems, Spurs, West Ham).

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:
3rd Round by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Sun 17.08.2014
Manchester City (h) 4pm
Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 23.08.2014
Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

NUFC Live on Quest TV:
Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n) 2.30pm BST
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke (a) 4.30pm BST

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot

11.2014/12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis for any left


International Magpies
National Service
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:

The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Group D:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)

Group G:
06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v team tbc**

(** either Botswana or Guinea-Bissau)

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)

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
28th July

Born Or Died:

1906 Isaac Tate born, Gateshead.

Goalkeeper who signed for the princely sum of £5 from Marley Hill in August 1923.

"Ike" had a brief spell in Newcastle's first team when both Alex Mutch and understudy Bill Bradley were injured, making his debut in a 4-1 victory over West Ham United at SJP.

Despite standing at just 5'7", Tate was to move on to the Hammers on a free transfer in May 1927 and played against Newcastle on Christmas Eve of that year - when his new club won 5-2 at The Boleyn Ground.

Again failing to become first-choice, Ike joined Doncaster Rovers two years later and played on until 1935, joining the coaching staff following promotion to Division Two.

1927 Matthew McNeil born, Glasgow.

Centre half whose 6'3" inch frame was occasionally deployed by Newcastle, in place of fellow Scot Frank Brennan.

Signed from Hibs for £6,400 in December 1949, McNeil debuted in a 1-2 loss at Middlesbrough on Christmas Day 1950.

United made a profit on him when Barnsley forked out £10,500 at the start of the 1950/51 season and Matt later played for Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City and Cambridge United.

Returning to Scotland and settling in Kirkintilloch, McNeil succumbed to lung cancer in April 1977. 

1952 Derek Craig born, Ryton.

A League Cup outing against Arsenal in 1971 that ended in a 0-4 Highbury reverse proved to be the high point of centre-half Derek's SJP career - along with a Texaco Cup tie appearance three years later v Burnley.

Coming through the club's youth system, Derek was a reserve team regular until he left the club in 1975, signing up for a stint in the USA with San Jose Earthquakes.

Returning to England, Craig played for Darlington, York City and local non-league side Brandon United.

1985 Mathieu Debuchy born, Fretin, France. (2013-14)

After having looked on as Newcastle began 2013 with a 1-2 home defeat to Everton, French international right back Debuchy joined from Lille on a five and half year contract for a claimed £5m.

Attached to his hometown side Union Sport Fretin as a youngster, Matheiu joined Lille at the age of eight and came through the ranks to make the first of over 200 senior team appearances in January 2004.

2011 was a momentous year for the player, who won a French League and double Cup with Lille in May and collected his first full cap for France against Albania in November. 

Links between Newcastle and Debuchy first appeared in April 2012 and he played and scored for France against Iceland a month later, with United scouts looking on. 

Appearing for his country in all four of their Euro 2012 fixtures, Lille were then reported to have rejected two bids by Newcastle of between £4m and £6m before apparent agreement on a £6.3m fee was reached - only for a row over add-ons to erupt.

A deal still looked likely in pre-season, amid talk of Debuchy's close friendship with Yohan Cabaye and quotes attributed to the player asking to be allowed to make a switch from Lille to Tyneside.

By August however, the player had been told by Lille that they would refuse any offers to sell him and he appeared in their season-opening league win at St. Etienne.

That was to be his only club appearance in over a month though, after sustaining an ankle injury while playing for France in a friendly against Uruguay the following week.

In Debuchy's absence, Lille made it into the group stages of the Champions League and he returned from injury to feature in that competition, in addition to domestic league games and three more French caps.

Having belatedly moved to the Premier League, Mathieu debuted in a 0-0 draw at Norwich City during January 2013.

However he didn't exactly hit the ground running and ended up sharing right back duties with the unfancied Danny Simpson.

That was due in part to fitness issues, but also some questionable defending that manifested itself in needlessly-conceded penalties against Aston Villa and QPR. 

Some concerns were also raised by his apparently deliberate and successful attempt to be sent off dismissed during United's 0-6 home hammering by Liverpool.

After an improved 2013/14 season that included his first club goal (away to the mackems), speculation that the French international would follow his big mate Yohan Cabaye to PSG did the rounds.

That proved to be a false claim, but the player's acknowledgement of the fans in United's final games of the season was a strong indicator that his time as a Magpie was up, with Arsenal strongly linked.

Following protracted negotiations, Mathieu became a Gunner during July 2014, following his return from the World Cup Finals in Brazil - where he made four appearances.

United raked in around £10m-£12m, of which £5m went on Dutch World Cup right back Daryl Janmaat, who arrived from Feyenoord as an instant replacement.

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1979 Plymouth Argyle (a)
Martin, Shoulder, Withe 
Our four-match pre-season tour of South West England reached Home Park.

Among the Pilgrims squad was midfielder Gary Megson, who would later join the Magpies via Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.

This was our second tour fixture, coming 48 hours after a 1-1 draw at Bath City. We went on to win 3-2 at Torquay United, before losing at Exeter City by the same score.

1980 Tormelilla/Ystad XI (Sweden) (a) 3-0 (?-?)
Cartwright, Rafferty, Montgomerie 

Another pre-season tour of Sweden ended with only our second win in five games.

1985 Leicester City (a)

Beardsley, Reilly
scorers tbc

United's Isle of Man Cup campaign got off to a losing start on a Sunday afternoon at the Douglas Bowl.

1988 Nykvarn (Sweden) (a)
Robinson 2, D.Jackson, Mirandinha 

1994 Visan Pallo (Finland) (a)
Lee, Mathie
Played in the town of Kemi.

United sent a second string XI across the river Tyne to the International Stadium for a pre-season game that ended up 1-1. 

Scorer for United was Paul Brayson, who would later move on to the Tynesiders.

1999 Stoke City (a)
Dumas(41), Robinson(67)

After an inspirational performance at Reading, Ruud Gullit replaced Des Hamilton early on as we made our Britannia bow, but confirmed his retirement as player after a lethargic display. 

Recent signing Franck Dumas scored with a stunning long-range strike and striker Paul Robinson continued his pre-season scoring streak with what proved to be the winner. match report.

2000 A Magpie discards XI came back from a two-goal deficit against Workington at Borough Park to record their third pre-season victory. 

Stuart Green scored just after the break, David McMahon pulled us level on the hour and a deflected own goal from a Jamie Coppinger shot completed a 3-2 win.

2001 A strong Reserve side conspired to throw away a 2-0 half time lead at Queen of the South, allowing John Connolly's Doonhamers to get back on level terms. 

Olivier Bernard and a Stuart Green penalty had put the Magpies ahead, but a frail defensive display from Marcelino undermined their efforts. match report.

2004 Ipswich Town (a)

Kuqi(7), Couñago
United's pre-season schedule took them to Portman Road on a tropical Wednesday evening, for a well-attended friendly staged in memory of the late Northumbrian-born Town player and coach Dale Roberts.

The link was of course Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson, who was angered by the booing from home fans directed at one-time Canaries striker, Craig Bellamy.

Future Magpie striker Shefki Kuqi opened the scoring for the Tractor Boys, while a trio of former Town players lined up in black and white: messrs Ambrose, Bramble and Dyer. match report

2005 Despite almost joining Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic over the summer, it seemed that midfielder Lee Bowyer's future remained at SJP, following his Intertoto Cup goal against Deportivo la Coruna.

2006 The draw for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round took place and Newcastle were paired with FK Ventspils of Latvia.

However, the away leg was subsequently switched from the coastal town to the national stadium in Riga - partly due to the poor road links which weren't ideal for the trucks carrying TV crews and their broadcasting equipment.

2009 Magpies winger Jonas Gutierrez was named in Argentina's squad for a friendly in Moscow against Russia, but coach Diego Maradona again overlooked Fabricio Coloccini.

2010 Newcastle confirmed that they had completed the signing of free agent Sol Campbell after completing his medical.

The ex-England international
became the oldest player in the squad - six months older than Steve Harper - and would also become our oldest Premier League participant, even longer in the tooth than Ian Rush.

2012 SC Braga (Portugal) (n) Friendly
Ba(63), R.Taylor(72)
Beto of Sporting Braga was added to the list of keepers who paid the price for failing to heed the clear and present danger of Ryan Taylor over the wall.

The former Portuguese international custodian was powerless to prevent United's number 16 serving up one of his trademark dead ball conversions, propelling United to victory at the Estadio Algarve in Portugal. 

Fabricio Coloccini then lifted the rather awkwardly titled (and proportioned) Trofeu Internacional de Futebol do Guadiana as his side successfully collected some silverware, albeit something akin to a dodgy TV aerial. match report

2013 Blackpool (a)
Shola Ameobi made it three pre-season goals in as many games as Newcastle won their second friendly in four outings on a sun-drenched afternoon in Lancashire.

United's number 23 netted the only goal of the game in the fifth minute of what was a fairly sterile encounter, against a Tangerines side that included former Magpies striking partner Michael Chopra for the first time. match report

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