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Ticket news:
Southampton (a) member sale now
Hull City (h) member sale now

Palace (a) ST holder sale now (zero points) 

Window watch

The latest transfer window closes at 11pm tonight. 

Outgoings: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has now arrived in Rome for a medical, ahead of joining the Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the remainder of the season. 

Possible permanent/loan moves for any of the following:

Mehdi Abeid, Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic.

(nb: The window then re-opens in a week or so for so-called emergency loans to Football League clubs)  

Incomings: ????

Monday brought a claim of interest from Newcastle in a loan move for Manchester City central defender Matija Nastasic, although a clutch of other clubs were also mentioned in connection with the 21 year-old Serb.

Earlier speculation concerning Jermain Defoe joining from Toronto was soon rubbished - although the striker may return to the Premier League following a change of manager at his current club. 

Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon remains the most-linked transfer target, with the 23 year-old French striker on target for the fourth time this Sunday as his side were beaten 1-2 at Metz.

Monday saw the player updating his social network accounts to confirm he'd joined up with the French national squad at Clairefontaine.

Sunday also brought claims of interest in 25 year-old Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, who is yet to play this season for his current club, Atletico Madrid. Monday found him having a medical at Southampton.

Window dealings:

In (9):
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow.

Out (8): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy, Sylvain Marveaux.

Unlikely lad:
Target departs

Chelsea confirmed on Sunday that they had completed the permanent signing of Loic Remy from QPR for an undisclosed fee that's reported to be around £10.5m.

The 27 year-old French international striker was linked with various Premier League clubs following a loan spell at Newcastle last season, but began the current campaign at Loftus Road after a move to Liverpool broke down.

Remy's Stamford Bridge switch ends any lingering hopes that the player would be enticed back to Tyneside, but the player never gave the slightest indication that any return to the black and whites was in the offing.   

PS: The former Magpie contingent at QPR was further reduced on Saturday, when defender Danny Simpson was sold to fellow Premier League side Leicester City.   

Premier League
Warnock's Wilf denies Williamson winner

Newcastle  3  Crystal Palace  3

Newcastle and Crystal Palace shared six goals at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon as Alan Pardew's side threw away victory in the fifth minute of added time.

First competitive goals for Daryl Janmaat, Rolando Aarons and Mike Williamson looked to have given United their first Premier League victory of the season but Wilfried Zaha came off the bench to grab a late equaliser for Neil Warnock's first game in charge of the Eagles.

The Magpies had twice come from behind after Palace had taken the lead at the start of each half but the introduction of Aarons looked to have swung the game back in the black and white's favour as he scored and made the goals that put us 3-2 up.

But with 11 men back in the box to defend a late free-kick a nod-down found Zaha unmarked 15 yards out and his low shot went in via Tim Krul's right hand post to snatch a late point.

Palace went ahead after just 30 seconds when Krul could only push Marouane Chamakh's shot from the edge of the box onto the post and Dwight Gale was able to lift the ball over Krul and into the Leazes net.

United dominated the opening 45 minutes but Jason Puncheon narrowly failed to double the lead as his shot just cleared the crossbar after finding space on the left edge of the box.

Moussa Sissoko thumped a low effort just wide as United broke at pace and Yoan Gouffran and Remy Cabella combined to set up their fellow countryman.

But three minutes later the scores were level when Cabella and Janmaat exchanged passes and when the Dutch defender's first shot was charged down he managed to force the rebound past Julian Speroni.

Despite the home side's dominance in terms of possession, Palace still looked threatening before and after the break and Puncheon put the visitors back in front when he teed himself up for a volley that deflected off Fabricio Coloccini and past Krul.

The pattern of the first half continued as Pardew's side failed to turn possession into chances, while our defence continued to look vulnerable when the Eagles broke.

Aarons joined the play in the 67th minute, replacing Gouffran and made an immediate impact. He had already made a couple of threatening runs before getting on the end of a Cabella corner to nod the ball in to equalise.

Substitute Zaha had a goal disallowed after carelessly drifting offside and with Vurnon Anita and Ayoze Perez on for Janmaat and Siem De Jong, Newcastle continued to press.

And it was that man Aarons who cut inside from the left before his expertly curled chip appeared to have found the net after hitting the upright. Williamson was on hand to slot home after the ball hit a defender and he joyfully celebrated his first ever goal and what looked to be the winner.

Seven minutes of added time - largely for Speroni's timewasting - was played and in the fifth of that Zaha got his dramatic late strike to ensure that both sides still look for their first three-point haul.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat (Anita 79), Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, De Jong (Perez 79), Gouffran (Aarons 67), Riviere.
Subs: Elliot, Dummett, S.Taylor, Obertan.

Booked: Aarons.

Goals: Janmaat 37, Aarons 73, Williamson 88.

CPFC: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ward, Bolasie (Murray 83), Chamakh (Campbell 52), Gayle (Zaha 70).
Subs n/u: Hangeland, Hennessey, Williams, Bannan.

Booked: Mariappa, Chamakh, Murray.

Goals: Gayle 1, Puncheon 48, Zaha 90+5.

Crowd: 49,226
including Mike Ashley and Hatem Ben Arfa - who didn't sit together....

Mike Jones - Chester-based whistler who
infamously disallowed Cheick Tiote's wonder "goal" against Manchester City back in January.

Alan Pardew said after the game:

"Our fans went mad
(when Williamson scored) and we got dragged along a little bit with it. Perhaps we got wrapped up in the crowd trying to get a fourth and it's frustrating to concede.

"When a team comes here and wastes time from the moment the game kicks off on goal kicks...time and time again they took ages on everything, and then they are 3-2 down and he gives them seven minutes.

"I don't know, it just didn't sit right with me. I suppose he could just go, 'Oh, the letter of the law' and all that, but I don't know. Just in the spirit of the game I thought that was wrong.

"But anyway, I'm not going to bleat on about that too much. We should have won and we didn't.

"For Siem
(De Jong) - that wasn’t a true reflection of him. He wasn’t fit in terms of match fit, we played him because he might have that one bit of quality.

“He had a couple of moments but we can work on him because he’ll be around us (not away with Holland). 

“We have got lots of midfield players and we have real strength in there. Cheick
(Tiote) will be back and that is going to add to us. Add to our solidarity in terms of that midfield.

“Jack (Colback) will get a boost, so we have what looks a lot of positives to come back but I won’t know until Thursday week, it is a long time to wait until the next game.”


Eagles @ Magpies - all time:

2014/15 Drew 3-3 Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson
2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse
2009/10 Won 2-0 og(Derry), Ranger
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC)
1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer
1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie
1987/88 Won 1-0 Gascoigne (FAC)
1983/84 Won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan, Ryan
1982/83 Won 1-0 Waddle
1981/82 Drew 0-0
1978/79 Won 1-0 Shoulder
1972/73 Won 2-0 Hibbitt, Nattrass
1971/72 lost 1-2 Dyson
1970/71 Won 2-0 Robson 2
1969/70 Drew 0-0
1964/65 Won 2-0 Suddick, McGarry
1946/47 Won 6-2 Bentley, Pearson, Shackleton 2, Stobbart, Wayman(FAC)
1919/20 Won 2-0 Dixon, Hall (FAC)
1906/07 Lost 0-1 (FAC)

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 30.08.2014:
Burnley 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester City 0-1 Stoke City
QPR 1-0 mackems
Swansea City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
West Ham 1-3 Southampton
Everton 3-6 Chelsea

Sun 31.08.2014:
Aston Villa 2-1 Hull City
Spurs 0-3 Liverpool
Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets are 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

Bairns off the mark

Stoke City U18s  1  Newcastle U18S  1

Having lost their opening two games against the mackems and Manchester United, Saturday saw United's U18 side pick up their first point of the season in Staffordshire.

The Potters were fresh from beating Liverpool 7-1 and Boro 2-0 but were behind at the break thanks to striker Luke Charman's first goal at this level.

It could have been even better for Dave Watson's side, had Jordan Storey not missed a second spot kick in as many games after Jamie Holmes was impeded.

City then earned a share of the points when Newcastle conceded their third penalty in as many games and in form forward Charles Weston-Hayles shot home.

Team: Pearson, Cobain, Pollock, Cameron, Laidler, Storey, Drennan, Kerridge, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes.
Subs: Robinson, Atkinson, Newberry, Hunter, Ward.

Signing on again:
The Entertainer

After selling out last month, a further quantity of replica 1983/84 season toon shirts have now been signed by Kevin Keegan and are available to buy online here.

Framed shirts as pictured above cost £219.99 including carriage to UK addresses. Each one comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and photo of KK signing it.

For more details and  overseas shipping please email:

Italian job for Toon teen


Having debuted for England U17s in a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Magpies goalkeeper Paul Woolston finished on the winning side as he earned a second cap on Sunday afternoon.

England coach John Peacock left Wooly on the bench and played Norwich City's Aston Oxborough in Friday's 1-2 loss to Portugal, but the 16 year-old from North Shields was recalled for Sunday's game against Italy at Burton.

A see-saw affair saw England eventually prevail 4-3, with Woolston between the posts for the first 73 minutes and hoping to have done enough to warrant selection for the European Championship qualifiers this October in Cyprus. 

Loan lads
The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

A good week for Stuart Pearce's side ended with a 1-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday that keeps them top of the Championship.

Goalkeeper Darlow posted a third successive clean sheet while defender Lascelles appeared off the bench for the final 17 minutes of the game at Hillsborough. 

Next game: Derby County (h) Championship, Sunday September 14th.

Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
The striker spent Saturday afternoon watching from the bench as his current side were held 1-1 at home by Leyton Orient in League One.

From a possible 540 minutes so far this season, Adam has managed just 36 minutes. He's yet to find the net.

Next game: Morecambe (h) JPT Trophy, Tuesday

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
It's now three defeats in four games for the winger, who played all but five minutes of a 0-4 loss at Lorient on Saturday in Ligue 1.

Next game: Bordeaux (h) Ligue 1, Sunday September 14th.

John Alder

Statement from the Foreign Office, Friday: 

We can confirm positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family.

Eagles tie arranged

Confirmation that Newcastle's Capital One Third Round tie against Crystal Palace will take place on Wednesday September 24th with an 8pm kick-off.

That means that United will face a manageable three games in a ten day period, facing Hull City at home on Saturday 20th and Stoke City away on Monday 29th.

By contrast our opponents have to play their trio of matches in just seven days, travelling to Everton on Sunday 21st before entertaining Leicester City on Saturday 27th.

As usual in this competition, a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

Capital One Cup:
The mild bunch

Gillingham  0  Newcastle  1

Match action

Match report


Old boy:
MP looks to Scotland

Following recent stints at both MK Dons and Birmingham City, ex-Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison has now appeared at Hibernian in his quest to find a new club.

The 27 year-old has been back in the UK since ending his contract at Bidvest Wits in his native South Africa last season, also reportedly attracting the attention of fellow Scottish Championship side Rangers recently.   

Euro exchanges

Contrasting fortunes for Hull City and Spurs in their Europa League Qualifying Round ties on Thursday night should now mean that confirmed match dates and KO times for two Newcastle games will now follow.

The Tigers were beaten on away goals by Belgian side Lokeren, meaning that their visit to St. James' Park on Saturday September 20th at 3pm goes ahead as scheduled.

Victory for Spurs over AEL Limassol confirmed Group Stage qualification and Matchday 3 seems them come up against Greek side Asteras Tripolis in London on Thursday October 23rd. 

That entitles them to ask the Premier League for their next domestic game to be delayed by a day, meaning that our visit to White Hart Lane would be altered to Sunday October 26th, KO tbc.  

Pit pony excess

Ashington  1  Newcastle XI  5

Match report

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National service

Monday saw Jack Colback link up with the England squad, although an unspecified knock picked up on club duty for Newcastle on Saturday meant that he sat out training.

Senior Call-ups:

Jack Colback (England):
Wed 03.09.2014 Norway (h) Wembley FR
Mon 08.09.2014 Switzerland (a) Basel ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Wed 03.09.2014 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Georgia (a) Tbilisi ECQ 

Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands):
Thu 04.09.2014 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 09.09.2014 Czech Republic (a) Prague ECQ

Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 04.09.2014 Spain (h) Paris FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Serbia (a) Belgrade FR

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Sun 07.09.2014 Hungary (a) Budapest ECQ

Paul Dummett (Wales):
Tue 09.09.2014 Andorra (a) ECQ


Ayoze Perez (Spain U21s):

Thu 04.09.2014 Hungary (a) Felscut ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Austria (h) Puertollano ECQ

Jamaal Lascelles (England U21s):
Fri 05.09.2014 Lithuania (a) Kaunas ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Moldova (a) Tiraspol ECQ

Rolando Aarons (England 20s):
Fri 05.09.2014 Romania (h) Telford FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U18s): Fri 05.09.2014 Holland (a) Bury FR

Capital One Cup:
Eagles trip for Toon

Wednesday's Capital One Cup Third Round draw handed Newcastle an unwelcome midweek visit to Selhurst Park for a meeting with Crystal Palace.

After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, that 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.

Five of the 16 ties pit top-flight sides against each other with six home draws for London-based teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs, Palace and Leyton Orient). 

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).

Third Round Draw:

Arsenal v Southampton
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City

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 time the Magpies and Eagles have met in this competition. 

However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a League Cup tie involving United, when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round tie back in 1993. 

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

Unlikely Lad:
Old boy turns Posh

Former Newcastle reserve player Marcus Maddison has moved from Gateshead for a club record fee to League One side Peterborough United (reportedly £250K up front and a further £250K in staged payments).

The 20 year-old winger/attacking midfielder failed to break into the senior squad at SJP and was released in 2013, but has since begun to realise his potential over the Tyne at the International Stadium.

Netting 14 goals last season as Gateshead narrowly failed to achieve promotion to the Football League, Maddison already had four to his name this time round and has signed a four year contract at London Road.  

A successful debut followed on Saturday for the Durham-born player, introduced from the bench in the 67th minute of a 3-1 victory away to Colchester. 

Afternoon delight

Newcastle U21s  5  Reading U21s  2

Match report

Premier League:
Southampton (a)

United return to action on Saturday week (September 13th) when they make the marathon trek down to Southampton for a 3pm kickoff.

s remain on sale to NUFC members.

To follow.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 4/5
Newcastle to win to nil @ 15/8
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 6/5

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of
writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

SFC: Ronald Koeman has seen his Saints side record a defeat, a draw and a win in the Premier League since taking over at St.Mary's.

A 1-2 loss at Anfield was followed by a 0-0 stalemate with West Brom at home and a 3-1 win at West Ham.

Assuming he suffers no ill effects while on duty with England, goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to face his former club for the first time.

One player who won't be facing us is, Saphir Taider " after the loan player was sent back to his parent club Inter Milan just three weeks into a season-long deal.

Travel: to follow

Other Premier League fixtures:

Saturday 13.09.2014:
Arsenal v Manchester City (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Stoke City v Leicester City
mackems v Spurs
West Bromwich Albion v Everton
Liverpool v Aston Villa (5.30pm) Sky

Sunday 14 September 2014:
Manchester United v QPR (4pm) Sky

Monday 15 September 2014:
Hull City v West Ham (8pm) Sky

Referee: tbc


Overseas TV: tbc

UK Radio: tbc (if any)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Toon @ Saints - last 20:

2013/14: Lost 0-4
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer
1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed
1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee
1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark
1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer
1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole
1988/89: Lost 0-1 No scorer
1987/88: Drew 1-1 O'Neill
1986/87: Lost 1-4 A.Thomas
1985/86: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
1984/85: Lost 0-1 No scorer

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Next Match

Premier League

St. Mary's Stadium
Saturday 13h September
Kick-off 3.00pm

Last Match

Newcastle 3
Crystal Palace 3
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 30th August
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.

New season opening Hours: 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

2013/14 ST holders who have renewed with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.

New ST cards have only been issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or moving seats - if you haven't got yours, get in touch with the club asap.

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)

Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.

Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinn talk-in @ The Alberta Social Club, Jarrow. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824 663867.

Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. £25 adults, £5 U22s and over 65s.  Member sale now. 

Sat 13.09.2014 U18s v Bolton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 15.09.2014 U21s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Fri 19.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Borehamwood, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

20.09.2014 U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Thu 04.09.2014 (online), Mon 08.09.2014 (in person/by phone)

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.

Fri 26.09.2014 U21s v Stoke City (a) @ Moss Rose, Macclesfield, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

27.09.2014 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (h) @ Britannia Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. Ticket sale details awaited. Live on Sky Sports.

Capital One 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

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:
Mon 29.09.2014
Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

Gateshead 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. 

home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Tue 09.09.2014
AFC Telford (7.45pm)
Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford
Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town

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 qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
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 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 Botswana 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 Botswana

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?
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for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
1st September

Born Or Died:

1894 Tom Curry born, South Shields.

Defender who made his United league debut in a 1-0 victory at Arsenal the day before his 25th birthday. 

That was on the opening day of the 1919/20 season, although Tom had moved to the club before the outbreak of WW1, serving with The Royal Engineers during the hostilities.

Exiting SJP in favour of Stockport County in 1929, Curry retired within a year and joined the staff at Carlisle United as their trainer.

Five years later he took up a similar post with Manchester United and assisted Matt Busby when he took charge of the Great Britain football side at the 1948 London Olympics.

Sadly Tom perished in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. His body was later returned to Manchester for cremation in the city.

1954 Glenn Keeley born, Barking. 

Central defender Glenn began his career as an apprentice at Ipswich Town and was handed a first team debut in 1972 by manager Bobby Robson. 

A £70K transfer brought him to Tyneside in the summer of 1974, as Joe Harvey looked to bolster his defence following the loss of Bobby Moncur to the mackems.

And Keeley promptly faced Moncur and his red and whites in a Texaco Cup tie at Roker Park in August of that year, losing 1-2.

The possessor of the longest neck ever seen at SJP (excluding Jack Charlton), Glenn's time in toon wasn't particularly memorable, falling from favour after some error-strewn displays and a calamitous own goal away to Middlesbrough early in 1976.

However he did return to the side to net at the right end with a fine header in the League Cup semi-final victory over Spurs at Gallowgate. 

Appearing in the Wembley final defeat by Manchester City in that competition, Glenn's last game came in the Anglo-Scottish Cup away at Hull City in August 1976, before joining Blackburn Rovers in a £70K move.

Spending over a decade at Ewood Park, Keeley played 370 times for Rovers but is recalled more for a single game in the colours of Everton during November 1982.

Taken on loan with a view to a permanent transfer by his former Rovers boss Howard Kendall, he debuted against Liverpool at Goodison and contrived to be sent off as the Toffees were thrashed 0-5.

Remaining a Rover until 1987 when moving on to Oldham Athletic, Glenn joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in September 1988 after a loan spell at Colchester.

Signing for non-league Chorley the following February, Keeley coached at neighbouring Colne and played on for the North West Counties side until his late forties.

Gaining a degree in Sports Rehabilitation, he coached the Blackburn ladies side and also had a stint on the backroom staff at the Rovers Academy. 

Later serving as Football Development Officer for the English Federation of Disability Sport, Glenn was also involved with both able-bodied and disabled community football programmes in Bolton.

1962 Ruud Gullit born, Amsterdam.
(1998-99 "Manager")

It all made some sort of curious sense: a bold attempt by Freddy Shepherd to return to the exciting days of Kevin Keegan, after the misadventure that was Kenny Dalglish.

In a glittering playing career, the midfielder appeared for Haarlem, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Sampdoria and Chelsea - as well as winning 66 caps for Holland.

Having managed Chelsea to FA Cup final success and sixth place in the Premier League, Gullit had fallen out with Stamford Bridge Supremo Ken Bates and lost his job in February 1998.

When Dalglish walked the plank at SJP after just two games, Gullit was persuaded to take his place and infamously promised to bring "Sexy Football" to Gallowgate.

Although he did oversee a run to the FA Cup Final for a second successive season, Ruud couldn't improve on Dalglish's league record, registering another thirteenth place finish. 

After a ludicrously hectic (nine game) pre- season campaign that saw Gullit play twice (at Reading, pictured above, and Stoke) in an attempt to educate his squad, he would remain in charge for just five games.

Without a win and facing the mackems at SJP, Gullit angered fans ahead of kickoff by appearing to downplay the importance of the game, compared to the Milan derby.

However, his cardinal error was to relegate Alan Shearer (and Duncan Ferguson) to the bench, watch his side turn a 1-0 lead into a 1-2 loss in monsoon conditions - and then blame his two big-name strikers.

"More a suicide note than a team sheet" was one local reporter's verdict on that decision, but had United claimed the three points then the course of club history could have been very different, with the number nine exiting and Gullit remaining in power.

Without a win in twelve games and with a host of expensive acquisitions failing to earn their keep (especially Marcelino & Maric), Gullit stood aside three days later - leaving his assistant Steve Clarke as caretaker.

In a rambling resignation speech online here
in which he even thanked his favourite local eating places, Gullit commented that:

"The moment I came to Newcastle the journalists asked me if I understood how big the job was and I thought I knew, now I know what they really meant by that".

Retreating to a media punditry role, it was to be almost five years before he made a managerial return, overseeing Feyenoord's unremarkable 2004/05 campaign before quitting.

Later hosting his own chat show on Dutch TV, Ruud's next managerial misadventure was a 10 month spell at MLS side LA Galaxy that ended in August 2008. 

He then lasted barely five months in charge of Russian side Terek Grozny before his sacking in June 2011. 

A common sight on TV screens putting the footballing world to rights, Gullit also had an involvement with the Dutch FA - but only as a bid ambassador for their World Cup hosting bids, far removed from a coaching role....

His most recent punditry saw him sat next to Alan Shearer on the BBC's sofa during their World Cup coverage and they teamed the pair up again on Match of the Day.

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What Else?

1894 Darwen (a) 
Division Two 
McKennie, A.King 2, Townley
Undistinguished debuts for T.Cambell - who didn't even stick around long enough to tell anyone his Christian name - Tom Rendell and Jock Smith.

1896 Hibernian (h) 

1897 Sunderland (h) 
Leslie, Morgan 2

1898 Sunderland (h) 

1900 Nottingham Forest (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Charles Burgess, a Scottish defender who was an early victim of the SJP boo boys during his 31 game tenure on Tyneside. 

He then signed for Portsmouth - about as far away as he could get from Gallowgate.

1902 Glasgow Rangers (h) 
Rutherford, Orr, McColl
Scorer tbc

1904 Paris Athletic (a) 
Appleyard 5, Howie 2, Orr 2, Templeton, Rutherford 
Forty eight hours before the start of the new league season, United faced continental opposition in the French Capital.

1906 Sunderland (h) 
Division One 
Appleyard(27), Rutherford(77,82), Howie(87)

1909 Bolton Wanderers (h) 
Division One 
Debut for centre half Wilfred Lawson.

1910 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
Holley(32), Coleman(87) 

1913 Blackburn Rovers (a) 
Division One 
Chapman, Latheron 2
John King moved from his native Scotland and played the first of 61 senior games for United.

1920 Everton (a) 
Division One 
Kirsopp 2, Crossley

1923 Arsenal (h) 
Division One 

1924 Blackburn Rovers (a) 
Division One 

1926 Burnley (h) 
Division One 
Hudspeth (pen) 
Beel 3, Bruton, Page

1928 Sheffield United (a) 1-3 (0-0)
Division One 
Johnson 3

1934 Brentford (h) 
Division Two 
Gallantree, Kelly 
Muttitt(18,60,89), Holliday(48), Hopkins(88)

1934 The Reserves played at West Bromwich Albion.

1937 Barnsley (h) 
Division Two 
The first of centre half Jimmy Denmark's 54 appearances at Gallowgate, following his arrival from Scottish side Third Lanark.

1945 Sheffield United (a) 0-3 (0-0)
og(Corbett), Knott, Nightingale
1948 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
Gibson, Milburn, Thompson 
Walker(pen), Jones

1951 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 7-2 (4-1)
Division One 
Mitchell(4,42), Walker(8), G.Robledo(17,75,80), Taylor(90)
Scarth(45), Bennett(47)
An amazing demolition of the league champions, achieved without the sidelined Milburn.

1954 West Bromwich Albion (a)
Division One 
Hannah, Scoular 
Nicholls 2, Allen, Ryan
1956 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 
Division One 
Broadbent, Shiner, Quixall, Finney

1962 Preston North End (a) 1-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
D.Wilson, Alston
Barely 72 hours after beating Boro 6-1 on Tyneside, United suffered their first Deepdale defeat in five visits. 

1964 Charlton Athletic (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A goalscoring debut for Pop Robson, who made sporadic first team appearances until establishing himself fully in the 1968/69 season.

1965 West Bromwich Albion (a) 2-1 (1-0)
Division One 
Hilley(5), McGarry(85) 
A first victory back in the top flight was achieved at the fourth time of asking - just a week after losing 1-0 to the Baggies on Tyneside.

1971 Leeds United (a) 
Division One 
Charlton(3), Lorimer(45), Giles(pen)(59), Madeley
(4-0), Yorath(5-0) 
The disturbances that followed referee Ray Tinkler's refusal to rule out an obviously offside goal from West Bromwich Albion the previous April saw Elland Road closed for a quartet of home league games as punishment.

However the switch to Hillsborough for this midweek game made little difference to Don Revie's side, who exploited the gaps in our defence caused by the absent Ollie Burton.

His replacement, John McNamee played what proved to be his final game for The Magpies. 

1973 Arsenal (h) 
Division One 
Injury deprived Joe Harvey of both Malcolm Macdonald and John Tudor, with the number nine shirt being worn by Tommy Cassidy.

Meanwhile the reserve side were on the road, beaten 2-3 by Manchester City at Maine Road, despite a brace from George Hope.

1976 Gillingham (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round 
Cassidy, Cannell
Debut for reserve striker Alan Guy and a competitive debut for Newcastle at Priestfield.

1979 Chelsea (h) 
Division Two 
Withe 2
Winning debut for Stuart Boam, newly arrived from Middlesbrough shortly after the crocked Irving Nattrass had gone the opposite way - one of Bill McGarry's better pieces of business.

1982 Blackburn Rovers (a) 2-1 (2-0)
Division Two 
Keegan(26), Martin(35)
After the great emotion of Kevin Keegan's United debut the previous Saturday, the bandwagon kept rolling at Ewood Park. There was a debut for John Anderson, on as substitute.

1984 Aston Villa (h)
Division One 
United stood proudly at the top of Division One for the first time since September 1950 after this fine win.
Youtube footage is online here

1987 Norwich City (a) 
Division One 
Mirandinha's debut, in doubt up to kick off, tempted thousands of United fans to Norfolk on a weekday night, complete with Brazilian shirts and for some never to be explained reason, sombreros.
Youtube footage is online here

1990 Blackburn Rovers (a) 1-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
A last gasp winner for Jim Smith's side, with virtually the only chance they created in the whole game. 

Howard Gayle - once on loan at SJP - missed a host of chances for the home side, to the great amusement of the travelling support.

1993 Red Star Belgrade striker Dragan Lukic was on trial at United, but after injuring himself in training, returned home without ever playing for the club. 

A friendly arranged for him went ahead regardless, Alex Mathie scored three in a 
6-1 beating of Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue.

1996 Keith Gillespie appeared for Northern Ireland as they lost 1-0 at home to Ukraine in a match at Windsor Park, Belfast. Chris Holland featured for the England U21 team as they recorded a 2-0 away win against Moldova and Tino Asprilla scored three of Columbia's goals as they hammered Chile 4-1.

1999 The Reserves played at Boro's Riverside and thumped them 4-1, thanks to goals from Brian Kerr(2), Des Hamilton and Paul Robinson. 

Former Magpie reserve Alun Armstrong got a consolation goal for the Smoggies.

2000 A sheet metal worker from Newcastle's grandson was born. In other words, Alan Shearer's third born was a baby boy. The lad had barely got his first nappy on and bookmakers were laying odds (ludicrously short) that he would play for England....

2001 A good night's work for Shay Given, who was between the posts for Ireland as they beat the Dutch 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier staged in Dublin.

Future Magpie Damien Duff was in the side, while Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien won his third full cap, appearing as a sub.

2003 The Reserves lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Kingston Park. Darren Ambrose scored after the break after Balaban and Davis gave Villa a 2-0 half-time lead. Steve Harper left the field with what looked like a hamstring injury on the day after the transfer deadline. match report

2004 Peter Ramage gave Tommy Craig's second string a winning start to the Premier Reserve League North campaign with a 68th minute winner against Everton.

Rammy's header from a Martin Brittain corner was cleared off the line but the centre-back crashed the rebound in from close range. match report

Not much else happened on September 1st but that allowed us to reflect on a quite incredible August:

01 Bobby unhappy about Shepherd quotes in media that this was his final season
02 Bernard confirms contract stalemate
03 Bowyer ill, joins Given, O'Brien, Ambrose, Woodgate, Jenas and Taylor on sidelines
04 Lost
1-2 at Celtic: Shearer subbed and academy players on bench. Dressing room arguments involving Dyer & Shearer
05 Training ground closed due to eye infection - players told to train on their own in local parks
06 Reserves off, training suspended
07 Training suspended
08 Robson confirms Shearer Celtic bid
09 Robert joins sick list / reserves off
10 Bramble injury requires scan
11 Boro game call-off plea rejected by PL
12 Injury and illness mean Elliott gets recall to first XI despite being transfer-listed  
13 Dyer bust up with Bobby over right wing
14 Concede last minute goal: Boro (a) 2-2
15 Bobby denies any problem with Dyer
16 Shearer linked with Man Utd move
17 Dyer agent rubbishes talk of rift
18 Dyer booed at SJP playing for England / reserves off
19 Dyer publishes unconvincing apology
20 Woodgate signs for Real Madrid
21 Onfield disarray: Spurs (h) lost 0-1
22 Sunday papers: Freddy says we have a defender lined up / Bobby says he has no idea who we could sign.
23 Defenders needed: Rooney bid made
24 NUFC Rooney deal conspiracy statement 
25 Blow 2 goal lead: Norwich (h) drew 2-2
26 Bobby reacts to Bellamy outburst
27 Shearer / Dyer dropped for Villa (a)
28 Onfield disarray: Villa (a) lost 2-4
29 Bookies cut odds on Bobby sacking
30 Bobby sacked
31 No movement in or out before the transfer deadline

2005 After the transfer window closed our movements were something like this:


2006 In the early hours of Friday September 1st, Newcastle made their third signing as the transfer window closed. Along with Giuseppe Rossi (loan) and Antoine Sibierski, free agent Olivier Bernard returned to Tyneside.

However, the French left-back who had been released by Rangers was completely unfit for purpose and failed to make a single first team appearance in his second spell at the club.

2007 Wigan Athletic (h)
Premier League

With just three minutes to play and our scoreless home league run standing at the 647 minute mark, another blank return loomed for United.

Enter our old pal Titus Bramble, whose shabby clearance out of defence fell to former colleague Steven Taylor.

The ball ended up with Oba Martins out on the right flank and he
powered forward before crossing for Michael Owen to head home at the near post. Thank you and goodnight. match report

2008 "Striker" Xisco arrived from Deportivo La Coruna and midfielder Nacho Gonzalez from Valencia as the Milner transfer money failed to bring in Keegan's promised "wow" signings.

Xisco signed a five year deal, while Nacho joined on a season-long loan.

Meanwhile, Joey Barton stayed put as his rumoured moves to Aston Villa or Portsmouth came to nothing. Similarly, Alan Smith's supposed move to Goodison never materialised.

A new and improved three-year deal was apparently offered to Michael Owen, contradicting press claims that it was only an extra year with reduced wages.

2009 The transfer window closed at 5pm with Newcastle confirming only that they had re-signed free agent Peter Lovenkrands on a three-year contract.

And despite numerous scare stories, there were no further first team squad departures, with messrs Carroll, Nolan, Barton, Geremi, Coloccini, Gutierrez,  Butt, Krul, Enrique & Steven Taylor all staying put.

2010 United named their Premier League playing squad for rest of 2010, coming in two names under the 25 permitted as follows: 

Ameobi, Barton, Ben Arfa, Best, Campbell, Coloccini, Enrique, Forster, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Harper, Krul, Lovenkrands, Nolan, Perch, Routledge, Simpson, Smith, R.Taylor, S.Taylor, Tiote, Williamson, Xisco.


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