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Alan Pardew reveals his new matchday attire
"It is very,
very painful. We have all had beatings before but how you recover is what
makes you what you are. We can talk about tactics until we're blue in the
"I have been saying all week that we must handle the occasion but from
the off, we didn't and we got blown away by a far superior team on the
Yet more Pardew ramblings post-Southampton? Wrong.
Those are the thoughts of one Steve Bruce, following a 1-5 defeat for his
mackem side here in October 2010.
That's the same Steve Bruce who returns to SJP on Saturday, boosted in his
quest to secure points for Hull City by the threat of protests. Regardless of
whatever in-house disputes we have though, he must be stopped and sent away
empty-handed once more.
The Tigers will come in good heart and look to make a positive start, taking
advantage of what was incorrectly termed "mass hysteria" by Pardew -
yet another example of him misreading a situation.
Just as the protests back in May weren't unanimous, then the anti-Pardew abuse
at Southampton wasn't coming from everyone present - and we don't mean Carver.
Some travelling fans chose to leave in disgust at the performance and/or the
abuse, while initial attempts at unfurling the banner that ended up on the
front row resulted in supporters confronting one another. Moving on to Saturday and regardless of their opinion of the manager, not
everyone attending will be waving a Sack Pardew placard. For those who choose
not to vote with their feet and boycott though, this is the only opportunity
to protest and try and effect change.
One by-product of the Ashley era is that some supporters of long standing have
dropped out - altering the mix of the crowd and removing elements of our core
support with a consequent negative effect on the atmosphere.
So if nothing else, the prospect of SJP being occupied by motivated and vocal
home supporters should be taken as a positive and used effectively in that
Toxic though the atmosphere was against Cardiff, among the vocal protests lay
the strongest backing to the team for many months - a far cry from deathly
silences when the likes of Spurs, Everton and Swansea came, saw and conquered
without a whimper on or off the field.
And although Cardiff contributed vastly to their own downfall that day, the
record books will show that our 3-0 win is the largest margin of victory at
SJP in 2014.
Of course, actually having something to support would help immeasurably,
something that the players must bear great responsibility for. Perhaps some of
the bile destined for Pardew could be redirected at coasters like Moussa
Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Cheick "Lazarus" Tiote....
Any debate triggered has to be about the direction of the club, even more so
than what we consider to be a wholly justified mass vote of no confidence in
Without a change in the structure, his replacement - whether next week or next
year- will be of similar standing to both Hughton and Pardew,
compromised and emasculated from day one...and doomed to failure.
Regardless of that though, we're at such a low ebb that any boost to the
dressing room gained by hoofing Pardew out NOW would be eagerly taken. If it
did turn out to be Fabricio Coloccini though, that might further divide the
Our own reading is that the owner has no intention of making a managerial
change until midway through the season. We believe he's mistaken and that not
acting now betrays a lack of knowledge, both personally and from those he
surrounds himself with. It's too late.
Regardless of the protests though, Ashley doesn't care as long as he's got
your money and those TV cameras focus on his SJP placards in the Premier
League. A far more telling protest would be to take advantage of the brief
season ticket deal opt out window next January.
Alan Pardew has two roles - first team coach and club mouthpiece - and has
been thoroughly unconvincing in both roles throughout 2014.
Some faces have changed, but the downbeat aspect of the team and their lack of
spirit remains, as do his excuses - like many, we're at the stage where we
take most of his public utterances as a personal affront.
Back to Saturday and regardless of the managerial issue,
what remains is the task of trying to earn three vital points against a team
who are our rivals (notwithstanding the fact that we've loaned them an asset
that may well help them win points in other games to finish above us).
Setting fan against fan won't help anyone's
cause, while interruptions to the game would only give our numerous critics -
and the footballing authorities - ammunition.
Protest and support, or support. The
choice remains yours, but don't be guilty of doing neither.
As an aside, some readers have questioned why we linked to the protest website
- our response is public interest.
It's the same mindset that saw us publicise the fan march that got NCJ banned
and within days also provide details for anyone interested in joining the
club's fan forum. We received identical criticism from radically opposed fans
- which usually reassures us that we're on the right lines...
In all cases, the opportunity is given to see what is suggested and make a
personal decision whether to support it, work against it, or modify your
behaviour accordingly if desired.
Alternatively, just ignore it and do nothing, it's your call and we remain
nothing more than a
website. Plans to found our own religion remain resolutely on hold.
PS: We don't have any monopoly on discontent, with a Hull City fan
protest group issuing a statement on Friday urging their own supporters not to
abuse one another.
That follows booing between different sections of the home support at one
point during last Monday's game against West Ham.
Premier League: Hull
The attention switches to St. James' Park
Saturday, when a Tigers side looking
for their fourth successive victory on Tyneside provide the opposition.
Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets remain on public sale.
It's not known whether owner Mike Ashley will attend.
The sackpardew.com campaign have published details
of their planned protests at Saturday's game online
A message from Northumbria Police:
The Police will facilitate peaceful protest.
The Police will not seize any banners (unless they are grossly offensive).
The safety and enjoyment of all attending football matches is our priority.
Since we last played Hull in March, we've taken just eight points from a
possible 42, scored 9 and conceded 29.
Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong and Rolando Aarons are all missing
through injury, while Papiss Cisse and Ryan Taylor are back in training but
win @ 13/5
Newcastle to score first and fail to win @
9/4 Riviere to score in a 1-0 in @ 25/1
Hull to win 3-2 @ 45/1 (NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to
fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).
Robert Snodgrass is a long-term injury victim.
Ahead of this game, Steve Bruce's side drew 2-2 at home with West Ham on
On-loan Hatem Ben Arfa is ineligible to play against his parent club, but
there's nothing to prevent him from taking a place in the visitor's dugout....
Neil Swarbrick - sighted twice at SJP last season, for a 0-2 loss to
Manchester City in the Capital One Cup and a 0-4 league defeat by Spurs.
Pub Watch:The Bodega
125 Westgate Road, NE1 4AG
of the most popular venues in Newcastle, and the pub where staff from other
pubs go for a drink, The Bodega
boasts a traditional long bar, Victorian stained glass domes, elaborately
tiled floors, and lots and lots (and lots) of history.
CAMRA Tyneside 2014 Real Ale Pub of the Year, you can also expect a true
commitment to offering the very best real ale.
that with a great mix of people, large screen plasma TVs, and friendly staff,
it's the perfect place to relax before or after visiting nearby St James'
Park, the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, or virtually anywhere else.
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Mover tickets are available for NUFC season ticket holders to buy,
Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro,
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walking, talking, looking
Ahead of kickoff on
Saturday, here are a few different possible ways to while away your time -
aside from imbibing and/or daubing bedsheets:
NUST Public Meeting @ 12 noon in the Miners Institute, Neville Hall,
opposite the Union Rooms by the station, running until 1.30pm.
Titled "Political Football", MPs Ian Mearns and Mary Glindon,
Supporters Direct rep Kevin Rye and Kevin Miles from the Football Supporters
Federation will discuss the ongoing attempts to improve supporter engagement
and football governance generally.
Four years on from a Government Select Committee that asked the Premier
League to bring forward proposals for legislative change, very little appears
to have been done to give fans a voice in the way their clubs are run.
Tyneside Memory Walk @ 11am, Baltic Square, outside the Baltic Arts
Centre on Gateshead quayside NE8 3BA.
The widow of Newcastle United legend Charlie Crowe is to officially open
the Alzheimer's Society's Memory Walk
Ruth Crowe will cut a ceremonial ribbon on the Millennium Bridge to get the
dementia charity's flagship fundraising and awareness-raising event under way
More than 1,000 people will take part in the Memory Walk which is expected to
raise more than £40,000 to boost the charity's coffers.
'I'm really glad that I have been able to help the Alzheimer's Society
because the fight against dementia is close to my heart,' said Ruth, who
lives in Wallsend.
'I'm absolutely determined to do whatever I can to help people with dementia
and their loved ones because I know from Charlie's experience that we need to
do more to fight it. It's a terrible disease.'
Charlie was the last surviving member of the 1951 FA Cup-winning team but
developed dementia and died in North Tyneside Hospital in 2010 at the age of
Ruth added: 'Charlie didn't know he was dying by inches because it is a
slow, long drawn-out illness. They should have called it the long goodbye.
'He had dementia for 12 years before he died at the age of 85. I still
remember the assessment with Charlie being asked to remember how many things
were on a tray under a cloth. It was a memory test and it was then that the
doctors knew for certain that something was wrong.
'Charlie changed completely. When I used to go and see him in his care
home I would see him walking up his corridor to his room and he would smile
but he didn't have much conversation.
'When this illness hits them you are not prepared for it. You have lots
of banter with them and lots of laughs and then it all starts to change but
I'm glad Alzheimer's Society is doing all it can to make things better.'
Ruth spoke out as she teamed up their daughter Lesley Edmondson and
Newcastle-based Alzheimer's Society staff at Millennium Bridge to launch the
second ever Tyneside Memory Walk.
She said: 'It is important that we are having the Memory Walk because it
raises money and it raises awareness which is vitally important to people with
dementia and their carers.
'There are almost 35,000 people who have dementia in the North East but
nowadays there are lots of stories about dementia which shows we are moving in
the right direction and it just shows how good it is to have things like
Lesley added: 'Everyone you talk to seems to have someone in their family
who has dementia or they know someone who is affected by the disease. Now it
is getting a lot of publicity which it deserves because it is possibly the
biggest challenge facing our communities.'
As seen in the official 2014/15 Premier League
handbook some weeks ago, Newcastle have now belatedly supplied details of the
third kit, which goes on sale from Saturday and will be worn away at Stoke
City on Monday week.
In their launch blurb, they claim that the design was chosen in conjunction
with the fans forum last season, although that's disputed.
It's yet to be confirmed whether a red, white and blue kit was among discarded
(this is confusingly the fourth kit to be revealed, but the third to go on
sale, with the predominantly white one worn against Real Sociedad in August
available to buy nearer Christmas)
Having taken maximum points from their most recent two visits to Rockcliffe
Park, Newcastle's U18s go there on Saturday (11am) in search of a
morale-boosting first league success of the season.
Dave Watson's side have taken just one point from their first four fixtures
thanks to a 1-1 home draw with Stoke City - the only time they've actually
taken the lead.
By contrast, Boro's youngsters come into this game after a 6-0 win away to
Bolton and 3-2 home success against Liverpool. Local lad Junior Mondal has
played his part in that success with six goals so far this season, signing a
first professional contract at the Riverside on Friday.
For United, Wearside-born goalkeeper Kieran Stoker is promoted from the U16
squad and is in line to make his U18 debut.
United's U21 side break new ground on Monday night, when they take on
their Arsenal counterparts at the Meadow Park home of non-league Boreham Wood
Kickoff is at 7pm and admission is listed as being free to all on the
Premier League website. The ground is on Broughinge Road, WD6 5AL.
Squad details to follow Hat
Contrary to reports that the loan deal that took Hatem
Ben Arfa to Hull City on transfer deadline day contained no recall
provision, it's now emerged that the player and the two clubs all have
provision to end the agreement.
Given the poor standing of the player in the Newcastle dressing room though,
it's difficult to envisage seeing Hatem again in a black and white shirt -
regardless of whether Alan Pardew remains in post or
Internationals: Freddie called up
Currently on loan at League Two side Hartlepool United, Newcastle reserve
goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been drafted into the England U18 squad
following the withdrawal of another player.
Woodman is one of two custodians in the selection for a friendly match against
Italy on Wednesday afternoon in the Adriatic coastal town of Caorle.
Quotes: "as tough as
it's ever been"
Alan Pardew news conference, Thursday:
""This situation at the moment is almost like mass hysteria, to a
degree. It's really gone to a level which makes it really difficult for
players to perform in. I am hoping we can turn that around.
"There's nothing I can do about that. I can't affect things I can't
affect. The only thing I can really affect this Saturday is the team, my
manner, my bench's manner and everything else that we do in terms of our
conduct in that game.
"Am I the best person to sort it out? I think so, but I don't think our
fans agree with that! They (Chronicle)
did a poll today - 98 per cent didn't want me, so I am up a few per cent.
"There's nothing I can do to stop them protesting and I don't intend to,
but all I do hope is that they give the team the chance to win the game and
that the protest comes quickly and goes as quickly and hopefully we take the
lead and we can see the game out.
"I think the worst scenario would be still protesting when we're winning
- that would be unwelcome and puts the win in jeopardy.
"I think I'm kind of resolved to how the stadium is going to be and I
think I've prepared the players for that, I'm hoping that myself and the team
can handle it.
"People take this as an arrogance or some sort of ego trip or something -
it's nothing of the kind. It's trying to be professional with my job.
"I've signed a contract here to be the manager for a long time and there
were scenarios when it was good for me and now at this time it isn't.
"I need to make sure that I'm the same standards. Now the standards on
the football pitch at the moment are not the levels that I've had at this
football club and not the level we had at the start of this season.
"We need to banish that performance at Southampton and get it out of the
memory as quick as we can.
"It's not been an easy week because after the events of Southampton, as
manager you have to reflect and the performance really upset me going back to
my old team.
"It wasn't a performance I was proud of in any shape or form.
"We spoke to the group about it we have some new players and I'm not
going to offer any excuses. We need to make sure that if we go behind in games
we have to show a better spirit as a group than we did in that game.
"But you know, in the season you get games when it gets away from you
completely. It happened to some top teams last year - Arsenal had two or three
times they got well beat - five and six - it happens in a Premiership season
when it just doesn't work.
"It's bad timing for us because obviously the start we've had - we didn't
get the win that we needed before then and so it's put added pressure on us,
particularly myself - I'm fully aware of that.
"I've spoken to Mike (Ashley) we had a long conversation on Sunday
and obviously he was disappointed in the performance as he has a right to as
the owner, and he reflected that to me.
"The one thing that we both agreed on was that we really needed to focus
on this Saturday and try and get a win for the football club.
"I think that's very important that certain issues, particularly the
issue regarding me somewhat take a bit of a back seat in terms of the team
because it's going to be a difficult environment if we have the atmosphere we
had at Southampton for long periods.
"It never really come up if I'm honest and if that sounds like I'm sort
of trying to fudge the issue, then I'm not.
"We talked about the team, we talked about a couple of things that were a
problem and also about the performance and of course he was upset about the
performance and really we focused on that.
"I never asked for any assurance - all I do know is that I've signed a
long contract here for good and bad. We've had some great times that seem to
have been forgotten recently.
"We've had some tough days as well and this will be one of our toughest.
I can think of some tough games that I've had as manager here but the
environment for the players on Saturday will probably be as tough as it's ever
"We have to accept and we have know that Hull are going to come and make
good use of our situation and make it difficult for us.
"I think you're fighting for your job in terms of the record on the back
end of last year and the record we've got at the start of this year but we've
got a different squad this year and one of two - like all players in the
Premiership - are finding the adjustment tough.
"Some can take straight to it, I remember when we bought Cabaye that year
we brought him in and three or four others with him and we just hit the ground
"Everyone's surprised that happened and it is a surprise I think, because
the more knowledgeable you get about players coming and adjusting to the
Premiership it takes time and I think one or two of our players particularly
without the win have found that a little bit tough.
"But we have all that, all them excuses and everything else this Saturday
and get this magnificent football club - because that's what it is - a win.
On Jonas Gutierrez:
"We send our love to Jonas and the messages of support we have had
are fantastic. I really hope he comes back sooner than later.
On John Carver:
"This is a guy who absolutely loves this football club as much as any fan
we've had. Trust me he lives and breathes this football club, he's got black
and white blood flowing.
"He's worked here for some unbelievable managers - Sir Bobby Robson for
one. He's done every role at this football club.
"Do you think before the start of the game that he wants to see the
manager banners going up and the negativity towards the team?
Of course not and he tried to defend it - albeit in the way John Carver does,
which is that way and he's apologised for that kind aggression - that's all it
was, a slight bit of aggression.
"For me he just wants to protect the team and I think it's been an
over-reaction in the strongest kind of form and I hope our fans accept that
for him, he's hurting as much as them."
Proud sponsors of
apologise following fan abuse
Club statement, Thursday:
Newcastle United received a number of complaints from supporters regarding the
conduct of its coaching staff during and after the defeat to Southampton on
Saturday, 13th September.
This matter has now been dealt with internally.
Following the conclusion of the Club's enquiries, assistant manager John
Carver, said: "My sole focus on Saturday, as it always is, was on trying
to gain three points for Newcastle United and preparing the players to the
best of my ability.
"This included keeping them focused on their roles and duties in the
upcoming 90 minutes.
"In the warm-up, I was disappointed to see banners that could, in my
opinion, distract the players and take focus away from the job in hand -
namely winning the match.
"I went over to our fans to ask them to help us and requested that they
take the banners down. The vast majority of supporters back the team through
thick and thin and I am very proud to be one of them.
"I was met with abuse from one supporter and I regret that I responded
inappropriately. I sincerely apologise for any offence caused by my reaction.
"Every fan is entitled to an opinion, positive or negative, and I respect
that. I hope fans will understand that I, like them, only wanted what was best
for the team.
"I am proud to work for my home town club and would ask every supporter
to back the players and all staff, as they really can make a difference."
Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, said: "I am very sorry for the
ill-advised comment I posted privately on Twitter on Sunday morning, which was
subsequently made public.
"It was never my intention, of course, for my response to enter the
"My response was a reaction to significant personal abuse I received from
a number of fans which I felt exceeded that which was fair and balanced.
"That said, I understand my response was unacceptable and I regret my
actions and apologise for any offence caused."
Thanks for that lads, that leaves just the apologies to come from the
manager and the players for their own insulting performances at St.
art: SJP giveaway
one iconic aerial photo of St. James' Park unadorned by commercial
branding....and cut it up into four pieces. That's the slightly unlikely premise of a Tyneside-based company who
have produced this stunning glass effect
acrylic wall art image of the
stadium in full colour.
Each A4-sized quarter has
polished edges, doesn't
require framing and is supplied with wall
mounting. In addition to the
four-piece edition pictured above, the same SJP image is also available in a
single piece A3 size edition.
These unique items will be on sale
soon via NUFC.com, but while final preparations are made, we've got one of
each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.
be in with a chance of winning one, email
us herewith your answer to this question:
Known as the East Stand since opening for business back in 1973, what
was the standing terrace that previously occupied that side of St. James' Park
usually known as?
date is Wed Sep 24th @ 8pm, subject is: SJP. No purchase
necessary, no age restriction and entries welcome from anywhere in the world,
although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only.
Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified (except for the
ongoing HM Forces email restriction).
League: Cisse: club &
Having returned to full training following the knee
injury that has sidelined him since the home game against Swansea City in
April, a comeback for Papiss Cisse is anticipated at Stoke City
on Monday week - although he could yet be play some part in Wednesday's
Capital Cup trip to Crystal Palace.
Assuming that he does feature against the Potters however and at Swansea on
the following Saturday, a hasty callup at international level is then
Having won their opening two African Nations Cup qualifiers, positive results
in next month's double-header against Tunisia would seal qualification for the
Final tournament - staged in Morocco from January 17th.
Assuming he's a) fit and b) still a Newcastle playe by then, Cisse would stand
to miss six Premier League fixtures and the FA Cup Third Round tie while away
representing his country in those finals.
PS: while the return of our number 9 would be a boost, it's perhaps
wise to recall his lack of firepower - managing just four Premier League
strikes in the 12 months before his injury, at an average of 481 minutes per
Update: further details from the Gutierrez TV interview reveal that the
initial diagnosis of his testicular cancer came a scan that he underwent after
suffering an injury during the home game against Arsenal in May 2013.
After having the affected testicle removed in Argentina, during October, Jonas
returned to Newcastle and played one reserve game in December before joining
Norwich City on loan, making four appearances in as many
Five months on from the surgery, a check up revealed traces of cancer had
returned and at that point he was prescribed a course of chemotherapy, during
which he lost his trademark flowing locks.
Putting together the above into a timeline does raise a number of questions,
in particular the short interval between surgery and returning to playing,
plus what medical checks were carried out before joining Norwich.
And finally, was including Jonas in Newcastle's 25 man Premier League squad
this season a confidence booster for him or indicative of a possible playing
24 hours after the player made his announcement, NUFC released their own
Newcastle United can confirm that winger Jonas Gutierrez is continuing to
receive treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The Club has been aware of Jonas' condition for some time but has respected
his wish for privacy as he undergoes treatment with his friends and family
Newcastle United managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "We have and will
continue to offer Jonas our full support.
"We thank our fans for their kind messages of support for Jonas and the
thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected to Newcastle United are with
him at this time."
The club kindly requests that Jonas'
privacy is respected ahead of further enquiries.
Tuesday evening saw the publication of quotes from Jonas Gutierrez
given to a TV station in his native Argentina,
confirming why he's not featured in the Newcastle squad this season:
"When I confirmed that I had cancer I went home crying. This was the most
difficult game I had to play.
"I detected a tumour in a testicle. I
came here and I assumed the costs, despite having a contract with Newcastle.
"Money is not important. What is
important is health and I had to start chemotherapy. It was hard to find my
hair falling out. I did not want to cut it. I wanted to hold on.
"Fighting cancer makes the rest of
the problems are insignificant. I decided to tell my story because maybe is
will help people who have cancer."
"I removed the left testicle. I
returned to England and Newcastle told me to leave."
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The on-loan winger started his side's Europa League tie away to Fiorentina
on Thursday, earning a booking and playing 52 minutes as Guingamp were beaten
AS Monaco (a) Ligue 1, Sunday.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma) The defender (pictured) made his Roma debut during a 5-1 home win over
CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Next game: Cagliari (h) Serie A, Sunday.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Darlow was between the posts and Lascelles on the bench for Wednesday's
eventful home meeting with Fulham in the Championship.
A see-saw game eventually went 5-3 in Forest's favour, sending them to the top
of the table. Lascelles made a late appearance in the 90th minute and managed
to be booked during the six additional minutes played.
Next game: Millwall (a) Championship, Saturday.
Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)
The Magpies custodian watched from the bench on Tuesday evening as the
Monkey Hangers lost 1-5 at Northampton Town in League Two.
Next game: Plymouth Argyle (a) League Two, Saturday
Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
A Tigers debut came from the bench in the 79th minute of Monday night's 2-2
home draw with West Ham in the Premier League.
Next game: West Bromwich Albion (a) Capital One Cup, Wednesday 24th
(ineligible to play against Newcastle).
If any male supporter mislaid their glasses
during last Saturday's visit to Southampton, email email@example.com and we may have some good news for you.....
out on the Town
Following John Gibson's appearance in Wallsend
on Friday night, he'll be
hosting a similar event at Northern League club Dunston UTS next Thursday,
Appearing with John will be Malcolm Macdonald and the event gets underway at
7pm. Tickets are £5 including a pie and pea supper, available from the
clubhouse or by calling 0191 493 2935. All proceeds go to the club.
The event is part of John's promotion of his new book, "The Gibbo
Files", available for £9.99 from local booksellers including The Back
Page on St. Andrews Street.
boy: Shola spotted
While his old team were sinking without trace at Southampton, Shola Ameobi made
a competitive debut for Gaziantep in the second tier of Turkish football.
Wearing his familiar number 23 shirt, Ameobi (pictured above in the all white
strip) completed all 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw away to Kayserispor, collecting
a booking within three minutes of the opening whistle.
Shola's debut had been delayed a week due to serving a suspension following
the red card that curtailed his final appearance for Newcastle last season, at
PS: Friday saw Shola net his first goal in Turkish football, converting a
penalty in a 1-1 draw against Adanaspor.
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2014/15: Crystal Palace (a)
United visit Selhurst Park for a Capital
One Third Round tie against Crystal Palace this coming Wednesday (24th).
Kickoff is at 8pm and as usual in this competition, the tie must conclude on the night - via
extra time and penalty kicks if required.
The Fourth Round draw will take place live on Sky Sports on Wednesday night,
following their coverage of the Spurs v Nottingham Forest tie.
Tickets remain on sale to NUFC ST holders and members, with Newcastle fans in
blocks R, S and T of the Arthur Wait Stand. Due to lack of demand, Palace
haven't yet sold any seats to home fans in the rest of that stand.
After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, this adds another
595 miles for those on the road from Tyneside - and to make matters
worse, the league visit to Palace next February is also on a midweek night.
Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong and Rolando Aarons are all missing
through injury, while Papiss Cisse and Ryan Taylor are back in training but
Paddy Power match betting will appear online here
Eagles must play a trio of matches in just seven days, travelling to Everton
on Sunday before entertaining Leicester City on Saturday week.
By contrast, United will face a manageable three games in a ten day period,
facing Hull City at home on Saturday and Stoke City away on Monday week. Referee:
Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) whistler who made his bow in the Premier
League during the 2013/14 season but has never previously taken charge of any
competitive senior fixture involving United.
Travel: no scheduled disruptions
UK TV: None
Overseas TV: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
If you're looking for positives, United will go to Selhurst in search of a fifth
successive win over Palace there. Less comfortingly though, we've lost 17
of our 26 League Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides since 1993 and
won only one of the last eight (Chelsea away in 2010).
We've faced Alan Pardew's former club six times in the FA Cup (all at SJP,
with Newcastle winning five and losing one) but this is the first-ever League
However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a tie in this competition involving
United, when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round in
Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon),
Ben Arfa(pen) 2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor 2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy 1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia 1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley 1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley 1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi 1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills 1978/79 lost 0-1 1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor 1971/72 lost 0-2 1970/71 lost 0-1 1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson 1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings
Tue 23.09.2014: Arsenal
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough Sky
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton
Wed 24.09.2014: Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
Spurs v Nottingham Forest Sky
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City
Wednesday saw United confirm further reciprocal pricing deals with two Premier
League sides - and announce a discount on ticket prices for a third away day.
Following on from agreements reached with Southampton and Stoke City,
travelling fans will now pay less for the games with Swansea City and Everton,
while the visit to Spurs will also be subject to a price restriction.
Swansea City: £25 adults, £12.50 concessions
(this still represents a price increase on 2013/14 when adults were charged
£20, but better than the £35 that Toon fans had to fork out in the two
Everton: £20 adults, £10 concessions
(that's a rather more real world price to occupy a 19th century hovel with
awful sightlines than the £33 last season and the £39 in 2012/13)
Spurs away: NUFC will subsidise their support for the visit to White
Hart Lane from the away fans fund:
(for clarity, the reciprocal rates apply to away fans attending each game
against that side and reaching an agreement of this type allows the home club
to offer discounted tickets to home fans without any fear of sanction for
flouting parallel pricing guidelines).
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.
Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford
Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)
U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Public sale now.
Mon 22.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Boreham Wood, 7pm. U21
Note new date.
Wed 24.09.2014 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm.
Capital One Cup Third Round. ST holder sale now (zero
points) £15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s.
U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 8pm. Premier
League. Member sale now. £20 adults,
£5 OAPs, U17s. Live on Sky Sports.
Wed 01.10.2014 U21s v Heaton Stannington (a)
@ Grounsell Park, 7pm Friendly.
U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton,
1pm. U18 Premier League. Sat 04.10.2014 Swansea City (a) @ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier
League. ST holder sale now (zero points), member
sale from Mon 22.09.2014 (if any). £25 adults, £12.50 Over 60s, U16s, NUS.
U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt
Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
U18s v Everton (h) @ Little
Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sat 18.10.2014 Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited.
Mon 20.10.2014 U21s v Brighton (h) @ Whitley Park,
U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @
Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.
Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier
League. ST holder sale now (zero points), members sale
from Tue 23.09.2014 (if any). Upper tier: £31, £14 over 65s, £12 U16s. Lower
tier: £27, £11 over 65s, £9 U16s.
Mon 27.10.2014 U21s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Victoria Park, Hartlepool 7pm. U21
Cup Round Dates:
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
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
U21 Premier League Cup Dates:
Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014 Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015 QF: no later than 02.02.2015 SF: no later than 02.03.2015 Final: no later than 30.03.2015
Northumberland Senior Cup 1st
06.10.2014 Team Northumbria
v Bedlington 07.10.2014 Alnwick Town v Heaton Stan 08.10.2014 Morpeth Town v North Shields 08.10.2014 Newcastle Benfield v WA Celtic
(The four winners of those ties
then go into the Second Round draw with Ashington, Blyth Spartans, NUFC and
Travelis 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:
Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.
On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town Sat 04.10.2014 Braintree Town Sat 18.10.2014 Barnet
A similar scheme is also in operation at Northern Premier League side Darlington
1883, where NUFC season ticket holders can gain entry to league games for £6.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Sat 20.09.2014 Salford City
Wed 01.10 2014 Harrogate RA (7.45pm) Sat 04.10.2014 Padiham
(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)
League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
The 12 team event takes place on 30.05.2015 and 31.05.2015, with three games at
SJP each day.
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
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
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
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Grundy born, Whickham. (1936-44)
Left half who appeared for United in the final game of the 1936/37 season,
deputising for the injured Bill Imrie.
United won that game 2-0 at SJP against Bradford City, but lost 4-1 at Luton 12
months later on the occasion of Arnold's second and final first team
The outbreak of war curtailed his career, but he did appear for both Liverpool
& Southport as a guest player in the War Leagues.
1939 Brian Wright born, Sunderland. (1956-63)
Defender/midfielder who was drafted into the first team after
coming through academy and reserve ranks, making his senior bow in a 3-0 defeat
at Nottingham Forest in April 1960.
An occasional starter in the first team under Charlie Mitten as United were
relegated in the 1960/61 season, Brian featured more often under Norman Smith
the following season in Division Two.
However his days were numbered when Joe Harvey took over as manager in 1962,
departing at the end of that season just before Ollie Burton arrived from
Brian went on to
become a regular with Peterborough United, playing over
300 games returning to
his hometown with Posh in 1967 in the FA Cup, only to
lose 7-1 at Roker Park.
Leaving London Road in 1972, he ended his playing career at Scarborough, before
returning to live on his native wearside.
1944 Eric Ross
born, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (1967-69)
A bespectacled left-sided midfielder (who later wore contact
lenses on the field), Eric joined United for £5,250 from Glentoran in 1967,
having spent that summer in the USA playing for Detroit Cougars.
Coming to prominence as part of the Glens squad who drew 1-1
and 0-0 with a Benfica side including Eusebio in the European
Cup, Ross joined a Northern Ireland enclave at United, including Iam
McFaul, David Craig and John Cowan.
Like the latter though, he was a rare starter at first team level and after
debuting in a League Cup defeat at Lincoln, made just one league start in his
first season, at Fulham.
The following campaign was little better, as he lost his place in the side
after an opening day draw at home to West Ham, making a fourth and final senior
appearance in the League Cup, against Southampton.
Without a win in his four first team outings, Eric became a reserve team
regular and was capped at full international level by Northern
Ireland in September 1968 against Israel.
However he does appear in the official club photograph of the 1968/69 Fairs Cup
team, despite playing no part in that campaign - being dragged in to the shot
by Joe Harvey as the back row looked uneven....
A £15,000 move to Northampton Town in October 1969 followed and Ross was part
of the Cobblers side humbled 2-8 in an FA Cup tie by Manchester United, with
fellow Belfast boy George Best running in six of the goals.
A subsequent loan spell at Hartlepool United was followed by a stint playing in Canada
and Eric returned to the region in 1976 to play for local amateur side North
Emigrating to Canada, Ross later settled in Vancouver and worked as an estate
1962 Gary Brazil
born, Tunbridge Wells. (1989-90)
Forward who began his playing career as an apprentice at
Crystal Palace, moving on to Sheffield United in 1980 and then joining Preston
North End in 1986 after a loan spell with Port Vale.
Eventually establishing himself at Deepdale after being loaned out to Mansfield
Town, Gary arriving at SJP in February 1989 in a part exchange deal with Ian Bogie
and £100K heading to Deepdale.
Debuting in a 2-1 win at Coventry City, played seven times in the First
Division without scoring but struggled with injury towards the end of a season
that ended in United's relegation.
And before a ball was kicked in Division Two, Gary fell further back in the
forward pecking order after the signings of Mark McGhee and Mick Quinn.
His ill-fated time in Toon then took another wrong turning, when a stray ball
broke his nose during a squad golfing day.
Most often deployed as a substitute at SJP, Gary opted to join Fulham after
failing to break into the first team at the start of the 1990/91 season.
That move soon became permanent and he was to enjoy six years with the
Cottagers before ending his playing days at Cambridge United, Barnet and
non-league sides Slough Town and St.Albans City.
Brazil joined Notts County in 1997, recruited by
then-Magpies boss Sam Allardyce to join the youth coaching staff.
In a seven year stint at Meadow Lane he also became manager, served as
assistant boss and finally reverted to youth coaching.
A brief stint at Doncaster Rovers in 2004 was followed by a role with the FA
before Brazil returned to Craven Cottage as Fulham's U18 Academy coach.
Leaving Fulham in 2011 to work for the Premier League in the Midlands, closer
to his Nottingham home, Gary was appointed Youth team coach at Forest in May
2012 - serving briefly as caretaker boss of the first team before Stuart Pearce
Sean Hessey born, Whiston. (1997)
Defender released by Liverpool's
Academy in March 1997 along with Terry Burghall -
both players accepting invites from Kenny Dalglish
to train with Newcastle juniors.
However, that failed to work out and Hessey then
turned up on trial at Burnley in 1997.
No contract offer was forthcoming at Turf Moor, but
Sean went on
to play first team football at Wigan, Huddersfield,
Kilmarnock, Blackpool, Chester and Macclesfield
August 2010 then saw Hessey in the colours of Accrington Stanley, with a first
goal for his new club coming in a Carling Cup tie against... Newcastle United.
Leaving the Crown Ground in May 2012 to sign for Conference Premier league side,
Barrow, Sean made the switch to Welsh Premier
League side Prestatyn Town ahead of the 2013/14
Midfielder & England youth international who appeared at
junior and reserve team level for Newcastle, but failed to secure a
professional contract and was released.
Playing for Bristol City in a short trial, Damon opted to remain in the North
East and began a career in the Northern League with his hometown club, Chester-le-Street.
Later moves took him to Bishop Auckland and Horden Colliery Welfare, before
making the switch to Whitley Bay in 2006.
Damon collected an FA Vase winner's medal at Wembley Stadium in 2009 after Bay
beat Glossop North End 2-0 and returned to repeat the feat 12 months later,
after an awesome 6-1 demolition of Wroxham.
Incredibly Bay made it a hat-trick of Vase successes in 2011 and Robson
captained the side as they beat Coalville Town 3-2.
He left Hillheads in 2012.
Leon Best born, Nottingham. (2010-12)
A deadline day acquisition from Coventry City in January 2010, this Republic of Ireland
international striker began his playing career with Southampton, debuting against
United at St.Mary's in September 2004.
Loan spells at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth and Yeovil Town then followed
for the player who had been with Notts County as a youngster.
Leon then made the switch from the Saints to Coventry City in summer of 2007, lining
up against United in the 2009/10 season with Toon loanee Patrick Van Aanholt.
His Magpies bow came as a substitute in a 5-1 home win over Cardiff City in
February 2010 and he would feature during the rest of that promotion season
Netting at both Carlisle United and against PSV Eindhoven at SJP in pre-season,
an ankle injury sustained during training then sidelined Leon from the opening
weeks of Newcastles Premier League return.
However, injuries to other strikers saw him make a number of Premier League
starts and he hit a memorable hat-trick against West Ham, one of the comeback
goals against Arsenal and strikes against Birmingham and Everton after Andy
Carroll had departed.
The 2011/12 season saw that rich vein of form continue as he grabbed both goals
in the win over Fulham and a vital equaliser at Villa Park two days before his
First recognised by the Republic of Ireland at U21 level in March 2008, Leon made his
full international debut in a friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage in May
The arrival of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse on Tyneside saw Best declared surplus
to requirements and he departed for Blackburn Rovers for a £3m fee in July 2012.
However, he sustained a cruciate ligament injury almost immediately in a pre-season friendly
and didn't make his competitive debut for Blackburn until March 2013.
Scoring his first Rovers goal in the opening Championship game of the following
season, Best failed to command a regular first team place at Ewood Park and was
loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday in February 2014.
Five goals in 16 appearances followed, but no deal keeping the striker at
Hillsborough was forthcoming and Best agreed a loan move to fellow Championship
side Derby County for the 2014/15 campaign.
And he got off the mark in his eighth Rams outing, returning to his home town
to salvage a point against Nottingham Forest just days before his 28th
Linfield goalkeeper Willie McFaul impressed United
officials sufficiently despite conceding seven to be
invited over to Tyneside.
1970 West Ham United
Division One Robson 2
25,841 According to the programme notes the referee was
"a professional pavior". You don't get many of
1973 Morton (a)
Texaco Cup Tudor, Smith
1981 Norwich City (a)
Division Two Waddle(11)
14,384 Waddle opened the scoring with Newcastle's 5000th
league goal which was also our first away goal for 903 minutes. McGuire missed a penalty for the home
team, hitting the post, but we still lost.
1989 Reading (a)
League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg Gallacher
Senior 2, Taylor
A fairly miserable evening at Elm Park, but a two
goal deficit was turned round in the second leg.
1992 Bristol City (h)
Division One O'Brien(40), Peacock(45pen,68pen), Carr(64), Brock(86)
29,465 The promotion bandwagon was now in full swing, with a
seventh successive league win for Kevin Keegan's side. Youtube
footage is online here
Bristol City (a)
League Cup 2nd Round
1st Leg Peacock(8), Sellars(22), Ferdinand(30), Gillespie(46), Lee(85)
15,952 Scott Sellars scored on his return to first team duty
after an eleven month absence through injury. Bristol-born
defender Darren Peacock meanwhile set United on their way with an early goal at
Coventry City (a)
Premiership Dabizas(14), Shearer(42,90), Speed(43), Glass(58)
22,656 Just weeks after the arrival of Ruud Gullit, Newcastle
racked up a third victory in seven days - Southampton thumped 4-0 and Partizan Belgrade
2-1, both at SJP.
seemingly come in and waved his magic wand, even if he was
still unable to stimulate the moribund Stephane Guivarc'h.
Sheffield Wednesday (h) 8-0
Premiership Hughes(11), Shearer (30,33pen,42,81,84pen)
36,619 This was the stuff of fairytales as Bobby Robson's first game on
Tyneside as Newcastle manager saw United register a first
league win of the season at the eighth time of asking.
Aaron Hughes got things underway with his first goal for
the club, having persuaded Bobby that he was up to the
task of replacing the suspended Nicos Dabizas - and a loan
deal for veteran defender Colin Hendry wasn't needed.
Enter Alan Shearer, who equalled Andy
Cole's Premiership scoring record (for Manchester United
against Ipswich Town) and proceeded to complete a 12
minute hat trick at the Gallowgate End.
What unused Owls substitute 'keeper made
it all wasn't recorded - but Pavel Srnicek was probably
trying not to celebrate... NUFC.com match
Shearer and Pressman: one hand,
celebration - two hands, frustration
Gary Caldwell and Richard Offiong gave the Reserves a 2-1
win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Joseph Job had
equalised for 'Boro before Offy's late winner. NUFC.com
30,709 Stephen Carr drove in a
30-yard screamer to give a generation of Newcastle fans a new
experience - a league win at Southampton.
More than 32 years had passed since Supermac and Stewy Barrowclough scored in a 2-1 win at The Dell before
this success. The victory was United's first on
their Premiership travels since October 2003 - ending a winless run of
Saints old boy Alan Shearer
had given us the lead just before half-time - although the Premier
League misers credited it as an own goal to David Prutton - but Anders Svensson had equalised after the break. NUFC.com match
2005 A first
half goal from Manchester City striker Ishmael Miller was enough to beat
Newcastle Reserves at the Sport City Stadium, as the home side
maintained their unbeaten start to the season. NUFC.com match
The infamous BBC Panorama investigation into alleged corruption in
the Premiership was screened.
Assistant Manager Kevin Bond featured but taking a starring role was
Sam Allardyce and his son Craig.
2009 Plymouth Argyle (h)
Championship S.Taylor(6), Nolan(61), Carroll(84)
the Pilgrims becoming the first side to score at SJP in the Championship, United
recovered to claim their fourth successive home league win - following their
first loss of season at Blackpool the previous midweek.
Shola Ameobi to injury after the previous home game, Chris Hughton then saw
Danny Simpson limp off this time round. NUFC.com match