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Four goal salute 

Result from Dunedin:
  4  Sydney  0

United's second pre-season game saw them face Australian A League side opposition at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand - where the temperature at kickoff was just 8 degrees.

Alan Pardew's side went ahead on 18 minutes when the Sydney goalkeeper Ivan Necevski made an absolute hash of a clearance on the edge of his area. 

Emmanuel Riviere played the loose ball into the path of Siem De Jong and he registered a second pre-season goal, finding the back of the empty net from 18 yards.

Sydney fell further behind just eight minutes later, when a spell of Newcastle pressure ended up with Yoan Gouffran laying the ball across the six yard box from the right hand side of the box for Emmanuel Riviere to force home.

That goal came shortly before a minute's applause from the Newcastle supporters in the stadium, acknowledging 28 year-old Liam Sweeney on 28 minutes.

The Magpies side made it 3-0 on 33 minutes, when a speculative left footed effort from distance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa took a hefty deflection off the Sydney captain Saša Ognenovski and beyond the goalkeeper.

Wearing the 23 shirt formerly owned by Shola Ameobi*, Haris Vukci arrived in place of De Jong for the second half, with Riviere (wearing 29*) then making way for Spaniard Ayoze Perez soon after.

A second minute of applause was then observed in memory of 63 year-old John Alder on 63 minutes - just about the time Rob Elliot was called into action for the first time to palm away a bouncing effort from 18 yards by former Fulham reserve striker Corey Gameiro. 

Further replacements then saw Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Armstrong, Paul Dummett, Lubo Satka and Adam Campbell enter the fray.

And Campbell's first contribution was to play in Adam Armstrong, who sold his covering defender a dummy before beating Necevski at his near post on 82 minutes. 

Two local lads combining for the goal was possibly the most fitting tribute of all in this game.

A note of appreciation for Kane Wintersgill, whose efforts to gather together Newcastle fans going to the game took on a whole new significance following the events of flight MH17. 

Thanks are due to him for the contribution that he - and various others out in Dunedin - made to ensure that the tributes were honourably paid.  

Team: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini (Campbell 81), S.Taylor (Satka 76), Haidara (Dummett 76), Gouffran (Armstrong 76), Anita, Colback (Abeid 68), Aarons (Ameobi 68), De Jong (Vuckic 46), Riviere (Perez 54).
Subs n/u:
Alnwick, Woodman.

*Note that the squad number allocation is subject to change until the official list is submitted to the Premier League and published.

Sydney: Necevski, Ryall, Petkovic, Gameiro (Burgess 81), Ibini, Ognenovski, Antonis, Carle (Dimitrijevic 55), Abbas, Brosque (Triantis 62), Gersbach.
Subs n/u: Janjetovic, Jurman,  Timetheou, Muata-Marlow.

Booked: Ognenovski, Triantis.

Crowd: tbc

Referee: Campbell-Kirk Waugh.

Match footage now online.

View from the away section - from Paris Pete


Crowd: tbc - pre-match estimates were of a 10,000 turnout in a stadium with a fixed roof holding 30,000.

Good to hear the black and white exiles were enjoying themselves and knew the words to "dodgy 'keeper"...

Toon followers congregated in the Terrace Bar before Tuesday's game, where TV3 reporter Dave Goosselink took the above photo.   

The Newcastle side appeared in training tops with the message "in memory of John & Liam". 

Before kickoff, Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini went into the Newcastle fan section of the stadium to lay wreaths on seats set aside for the two fallen fans.  

An immaculately-observed minute's silence followed as messages and images were displayed on big screens at the venue. Both sides also wore black armbands.

Marketed under the banner of Football United Tour 2014, the organisers have also signed up West Ham - although the two Premier League sides won't face each other. 

This is the only Football United game at this venue, with West Ham facing Wellington Phoenix the following day at Eden Park in Auckland on the North Island.


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


Tinkering - result 

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.

Another sad loss
Lockwood RIP  

We're sorry to report the death of another Newcastle supporter, Jon Lockwood, at the age of just 31.  

Known to message board posters as Gejon and Cajun, Hitchin-born Jon lived in nearby Stevenage and regularly visited SJP with his pals to cheer on the lads. 

Family and friends of Jon have had a private collection to pay for a wreath, with other funds donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Anyone who wishes to follow suit in memory of Jon can do so online here

John and Liam RIP  

Former Magpie Steve Harper played for current club Hull City in a pre-season kickabout at Harrogate on Monday, wearing a black armband for John and Liam.

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 Sunderland and Newcastle supporters 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."

Latest TV pictures from Ukraine show a train reported to be carrying over 280 bodies departing for Kharkiv, where onward transit to Amsterdam now agreed. It's not known whether John and Liam are on board that train though, with the bodies still to be identified. 

The complete unreality of this situation from a Tyneside perspective remains; with news updates from Kiev and Moscow and the train en route to Kharkiv - all stops on United's European tour in previous seasons. 

Like seeing their personal possessions pictured in the media scattered across a foreign field, it's all difficult to take in. Make that impossible.    

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 started by Sunderland fans passed the £27,000 mark on Tuesday morning, with red and whites, black and whites and followers of other teams making contributions 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".

Those funds will serve the original purpose of funding floral tributes to John and Liam from Sunderland fans, with the remainder donated to charities selected by the families of the two lads.

These are the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

A separate fundraising page by Toon fans entitled "flag and funeral cost" has since opened up online here. That has raised over £6,000 to date.  

Donations to both funds have also come via collections from as far afield as Oxfordshire, with Toon fans who support non-league side Thame United organising a whip round before Saturday's home friendly match. 

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

NB: we've heard from readers who donated to the fund established by Sunderland fans and wanted to us make that fact known, thus contradicting press reports that this is an entire SAFC enterprise. 

That's not being petty or detracting from the laudable actions of Sunderland fans - rather, it's an attempt to show that the collection is a fine example of football supporters uniting in a common cause. 

And for those outside the region relying on the media - who could logically conclude from the coverage that John and Liam's fellow Newcastle fans haven't reacted - it's worth stating that it's obviously not the case.

PS: it's worth mentioning that many of comments posted online come from Newcastle fans recognising and rightly praising the efforts of their Wearside counterparts. 

John Liam

Victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on Thursday included two Newcastle United supporters travelling to support their team in New Zealand.  

We're desperately sad to report that they were John Alder and Liam Sweeney. Both were well known to away followers, particularly John, whose usual matchday attire led to the affectionate nickname of "The Undertaker".  

Both were in attendance at Oldham last Tuesday, doing what they loved. Our thoughts are with their friends, families and the many fans who knew them by sight.

Watching Newcastle will never be the same again.

Updates: Berwick Rangers, Whitley Bay, Dunston UTS, Blyth Spartans and Darlington (versus Sunderland) all staged a minute's silence before games on Saturday. 

Gateshead FC staged a well-observed minute's silence before Friday's friendly against Newcastle U21s and the Newcastle United Women's side did so on Sunday. 

And it's not just football, with the Newcastle Diamonds Speedway team holding a silent tribute ahead of their meeting with Berwick at Brough Park on Sunday. 

Present and ex-NUFC players including Tim Krul, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong, Paul Dummett, Ryan Taylor, Steve Harper, Michael Bridges, Yohan Cabaye and Joey Barton posted their tributes on social media.

Youth team player Kyle Cameron meanwhile dedicated United's 6-2 win in a Swedish tournament on Friday to John and Liam. The team also wore black armbands.

NUFC issued a statement on Friday morning expressing their own condolences and confirming the following:

Players and staff will wear black armbands during both games in New Zealand as a mark of respect.

A tribute of unspecified form will be organised at the Manchester City home game on Sunday August 17th.

NUFC club statement regarding John and Liam

Thanks to Paul English for John's photo, taken at the Eintracht Frankfurt away game back in 2006. The photo of Liam has been provided by his family.

BCD Friendly:
Eight goals shared with The Doonhamers 

Newcastle XI  4  Queen of the South  4

A behind-closed-doors friendly with Queen of the South took place at Darsley Park on Tuesday and eight goals were shared.

Callum Roberts scored twice and Hatem Ben Arfa also played and scored with Gael Bigirimana getting the other goal.

More details to follow.

Do you play for Hull?  

Something that lifted our mood slightly was seeing this photo taken after United arrived at Dunedin Airport on Sunday - we've posted it on that basis for you to see. 

Despite looking like another behavioural breach that could see further FA punishment, Alan Pardew was actually taking part in a traditional Maori hongi greeting (rubbing noses and foreheads) with a local resident. Phew. 

Couldn't someone have mentioned this in his defence though after the David Meyler incident?


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"Fans are always there"  

Update: comments from Alan Pardew on Monday:

"None of us would be sitting here without the fans.

"Owners and managers come and go, as do players, but the fans are always there, and these two guys in particular, to go to the lengths that they did to get out here, has brought home just how important supporters are to us.

"Sometimes when you lose lives in that manner, it puts into context what we do. This season we want to give their families something to remember them by, by having a successful season.

"A lot is made of the rivalry between the two cities, and of course that is there but I would like to thank all the Sunderland fans who have paid tribute and helped raise a staggering amount already.

"I am very proud of Sunderland Football Club for the way they have conducted themselves and I want to thank them.

"It's important we represent ourselves in the right manner, especially after losing John and Liam - our supporters who were travelling out here.

"We have to conduct ourselves well on and off the pitch and get some strong results. That is what they would have wanted and that is what we want, so in memory of those guys in particular, we want this to be a successful tour.

"We have to honour these guys in the right manner because it does mean a lot to us. Their tragic loss has hurt the group.

"On Tuesday, I will be playing a very strong side. That is only right and fair in light of what's happened."

Former player passes:
Ray King RIP  

The death of ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper Ray King has been confirmed, weeks before his 90th birthday. 

Amble-born Ray was with the club between 1942 and 1946, appearing in wartime fixtures and also guesting for Chester City and Wolves while serving in the Army.

Leaving Newcastle before league football resumed, a number of injury problems saw King forced to leave the professional game after a brief stay at Leyton Orient.

However he made a successful return with Port Vale in 1949, enjoying an eight year stint with the Valiants before moving on to Boston United.

Ray later managed both Poole Town and Sittingbourne and settled in Dorset for many years before returning to his native Northumberland. 

Following the death of his wife in 2009, Ray relocated to Thailand and lived in Bangkok with his son Gary.  


Old boys expose 
young generation

Gateshead  2  Newcastle U21s  0

Match report is online here

Lancashire loss

Oldham Athletic  2  Newcastle  1

Match report online here 

Goals online here (Youtube)


Book compo result 

Local author and NUFC fan Paul Brown has researched the early history of Newcastle United for a new book examining the roots of the club through a thirty year period culminating in their FA Cup success of 1910.  

"All With Smiling Faces - How Newcastle became United" is published in and an exclusive run of personalised hardback copies can be reserved now.

Individually numbered and personalised, this special edition costs £15, which includes free delivery in the UK before publication.

More information about "All With Smiling Faces..." and a link to order copies can be found online here or by clicking on the rather fine cover artwork above.

Thanks to Goal-Post books we had two of those limited edition copies to give away and asked what injuries the main character in Geordie folk song "The Blaydon Races" sustained (the title of Paul's book is from the lyrics).

All but the terminally bewildered answered correctly that it was "two black eyes and a broken nose" (metatarsal was the most creative entry received) and books will be heading off to this pair later in the year:

Miss Dianne Renner, Tweedmouth
Simon Carmichael, Hampshire

Wellington Phoenix (a) 

Following their visit to Dunedin, the Magpies will travel on a further 380 miles over to the North Island of New Zealand for their second tour game - also on grass.

The opposition this time on their home ground of the Westpac Stadium are Wellington Phoenix - the only non-Australian side playing in the ten team A League.

Holding 34,500 fans, 27,000 tickets had been sold just over a week before Newcastle's game - which is a doubleheader along with West Ham v Sydney.

Big Sham and the Hammers kick off at 2pm local time, before Newcastle and Wellington meet at 4.30pm.

Squad:  Aarons, Abeid, Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Anita, Armstrong, Campbell, Colback, Coloccini, De Jong, Elliot, Dummett, Gouffran, Haidara, Perez, Riviere, Satka, Tiote, R.Taylor, S.Taylor, Vuckic, Williamson, Woodman, Yanga-Mbiwa.

Wellington: tbc

UK TV: Live on BT Sport 1 @ 5.30am BST.

NUFC fans meet pre/post match @ The Four Kings bar.  NZ Mags
Facebook page


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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Next Match

Wellington Phoenix

Westpac Stadium
Saturday 26th July
Kick-off 4.30pm

Last Match

Sydney FC 0
Newcastle 4
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Tuesday 22nd July
Match report to follow's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



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.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-1pm
Sun tbc

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)

Fri 25.07.2014 U21s v Eintracht Frankfurt (n) @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, 4pm, Oberndorf Tournament.

Fri 25.07.2014 U21s v Fluminense (n) 
@ Lindenhof, Germany, 7pm. Oberndorf Tournament.

Sat 26.07.2014 Wellington Phoenix (a) 
@ Westpac Stadium, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, 4.30pm. Friendly. Tickets on sale via eventfinder in NZ. Live on BT Sport 1 @ 5.30am.

Sat 26.07.2014 U21s v  Mainz 05
@ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, 1pm. Oberndorf Tournament.

Sat 26.07.2014 U21s v team tbc
@ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc. Oberndorf Tournament.

Sun 27.07.2014 U21s v team tbc @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc. Oberndorf Tournament.

Mon 28.07.2014 U18s v Funabashi (Japan) (n) @ Scroggy Road, Limavady 3.30pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

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. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 adult U12s. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.30pm.
Live on German Sport 1 TV channel. 

Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.30pm. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 adult U12s. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on German Sport 1 TV channel. 

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, KO 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky.

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:

Subject to final confirmation, United will play in the lower of two divisions along with the following ten teams:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, smoggies, Reading, Stoke City, Spurs, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.

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:
Tue 22.07.2014 Sydney (n) 8.30am BST
Sat 26.07.2014 Phoenix (a) 4.30am BST
Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

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
22nd July

Born Or Died:

1905 Thomas Mordue, born, Horden, Durham. (1925-26)

Centre forward who joined United from Horden Athletic at a cost of £150 in November 1925, having previously played for both Herrington Swifts and Hull City.

Despite scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over Sheffield United at SJP in December of that year, the form of Hughie Gallacher limited his first team opportunities greatly in those pre-substitute days. 

The player nicknamed "Tucker" departed the following September, with Sheffield United paying £500 for his services.

Mordue later returned to the region with Hartlepools United in 1928, winding down his career at Horden Colliery five years later. 

1980 Ryan McGuffie, born, Dumfries

Full back/midfielder signed from Annan Athletic some months before team mate Colin McMenamin, having begun his senior playing career with Queen's Park.

Initially appearing as a trialist in a reserve team friendly at Scarborough in August 2000, Ryan went became a second string regular but was released in May 2002.

After trials at Macclesfield Town, Carlisle United and Queen of the South, McGuffie signed for Gretna and played over 150 games in a six year period - the high point being a goal in the 2006 Scottish FA Cup Final against Hearts at Hampden Park.

Following Gretna's demise, Ryan joined Morton and then belatedly realised his ambition of representing hometown club Queen of the South when moving to Palmerston Park on a free in 2010.

Completing a century of appearances for the Doonhamers, McGuffie then left the club in early 2014 to join Australian side St.Albans Saints.

1989 Daryl Janmaat, born, Leidschendam, Holland (2014-present)

Newcastle's sixth signing of summer 2014 was a Dutch international full back, fresh from featuring in five games at the World Cup Finals in Brazil - including Holland's remarkable 5-1 triumph over Spain. 

Arriving on a six year deal from Feyenoord for a rumoured £5m, Janmaat's previous season had seen him make 30 appearances and score twice as the Rotterdam club finished second behind Champions Ajax.

Confirmation of Daryl becoming a Magpie was delayed for around 48 hours until the deal taking predecessor Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal was concluded and announced.


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What Else?

1980 Oskarashams ATK (Sweden) (a)
Clark, Rafferty, Davies
The awesome trio of Ray Clark, Billy Rafferty and Ian Davies put Oskarashams ATK to the sword in another Swedish friendly.

1991 Mjolby Sodra (Sweden) (a)
Hunt 2, Robinson, O'Brien, Clark, Makel, Quinn
The first game of a fairly mad pre-season jaunt to Sweden that saw United playing six times in just ten days.

1995 Hartlepool United (a) 4-0 (2-0)
Allen(22,45), Kitson(57), Brayson(70) 
The Magpies gave a debut outing to their new Adidas home kit in a benefit match for Geordie boy and long-time Pools servant Brian Honour.

The former S&N Blue Star logo had been replaced by the iconic Brown Ale label and the shirt was soon hailed as a design classic, selling by the lorryload.

Striker Malcolm Allen led the way with two goals after his return from injury, while reserve forward Paul Brayson also netted.

Former Magpies Joe Allon and Rob McKinnon were in the 'Pool side.

NUFC: Harper (Keen), Hottiger, R.Elliott, Barton (S.Eliott), D.Peacock, Howey (Thornton), R.Appleby (Beardsley), Kitson, Ferdinand (Brayson), Allen, Sellars (M.Appleby).

1997 Hands up everyone who thought this signing was a masterstroke? 

Canny Kenny lured one of Serie A's brightest young stars, Italian U21 captain Alessandro Pistone to SJP for the bargain fee of £4.5m. 

Meanwhile in Milan, the Inter board laughed all the way to the bank.....

1999 Motherwell (a)

Elliott(56pen), McMahon(89)
Ramsey(9), Nevin(42)
34 (three away fans)
A behind-closed-doors early afternoon friendly at Motherwell's Dalziel Park training ground gave squad members not involved at Dundee United that evening a run-out. match report.

1999 Dundee United (a)
Dodds(7), Paterson(21) Jonsson(62) 
Only a fantastic strike from Paul Robinson managed to raise a cheer from the United fans who trekked to Tannadice. However, his late effort was way too little, way too late. match report.

2000 DC United (USA) (a)
Moreno(28), Llamosa(33), Marino(51)

United played the first game of their US mini -tour against an MLS side who appeared to treat it as if it was the World Cup final.

The same couldn't be said for Bobby Robson's side, for whom Daniel Cordone looked our best performer and capped his performance with a goal in the RFK Stadium. match report.

2002 De Tubanters (Holland) (a)

LuaLua, Shearer 3, Robert 2, Marcelino, og, Bassedas
The second of our Dutch pre-season friendlies and something of a romp.... match report

2002 Meanwhile, the Reserves were in action against York City in a behind closed doors game at Maiden Castle.

The Minstermen won 3-1, with ex-United striker Alex Mathie among their scorers, while Alan O'Brien netted the United consolation.

Team: Karelse, Labonte, Dunn, Kendrick 
Carr, Orr, Moore, Webster, Zola, English,  
Alan O'Brien.

2003 Newcastle's Academy side got their pre-season campaign underway with a 2-3 defeat by Dallas - that's an American side, not the carpet people...Marc Walton and Carl Finnigan were on target for the Magpies.  

Fulham reported that an official bid of an undisclosed amount for winger Luis Boa Morte by Newcastle had been rejected.

2006 Lillestrom SK (Norway) (a)
(won 4-1 on aggregate)

Intertoto Cup 3rd Round 2nd Leg

Ameobi(29,36), Emre(90)
At the third time of asking, United progressed  into the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto, after a surprisingly comfortable win in Norway, following the 1-1 draw at SJP.

Two first half goals from Shola Ameobi and a late strike from Emre won the tie and in the stifling Oslo heat, Glenn Roeder's side never looked in any real trouble.

The major surprise of the day was a brand new, unadvertised "European kit" sported by United, officially sky blue and black. match report

2007 It was confirmed that Joey Barton had broken a bone in his foot during the previous day's friendly at Carlisle and would be sidelined for up to six weeks.

2009 United Reserves won the second game of their pre-season programme when they beat FA Vase holders, Whitley Bay, 3-1 in an entertaining game at Hillheads.

Brad Inman led the way with two strikes, sandwiching a Wesley Ngo Baheng effort, while Bay's reply came from one-time Toon trialist Lee Kerr, in front of over 1,000 fans. match report

Confirmation of Newcastle's capture of midfielder Dan Gosling  was finally forthcoming, as the deadline for Everton to appeal against the FA's decision over his contractual status passed with no contact from Goodison.

After a meeting with Mike Ashley and JFK, former striker Mick Harford opted not to take up a job offer at United assisting our recently-arrived Director of F***all.


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