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Reserves on top

Newcastle U21s  3  Brighton U21s  1

Peter Beardsley's side extended their unbeaten run this season to five games on Monday, as they regained first place in the table by beating basement side Brighton.

However, the final score doesn't tell the full story of an eventful 90 minutes that were played behind closed doors at Darsley Park, after a late switch from Whitley Park.

After a month without a competitive game, United started with a quartet of players boasting senior team experience in the shape of Rob Elliot, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic and Ryan Taylor - the latter continuing his comeback after two recent reserve team friendly outings.  

Albion included on-trial Chike Kandi in their starting lineup and the former Chelsea striker's physical presence proved to be a handful for the home defence early on.

Restricting United to shots from distance by Alex Gilliead and Dan Barlaser, Shamir Fenelon forced a block from Elliot after 14 minutes. The striker did rather better six minutes later though, when Kandi forced his way in from the left before pulling the ball back for Fenelon to net.

United struggled for a response and barely had the ball in the Brighton box until a neat passing move ended when Vuckic was illegally denied by Glen Rea, who clearly blocked a goalbound shot from close range on the line.

Visting captain Rea was shown a straight red before midfielder Taylor beat Christian Walton the resultant penalty, sending the teams in level at the interval.

Elliot was again tested just seconds after the restart, making a flying leap to tip away George Cole's shot.

From that point on though, Newcastle began to make their numerical advantage count and after Barlaser shot narrowly wide, Callum Roberts centred for Bigirimana to be beaten to the ball by a defender in the six yard box. 

From the resultant corner though, Roberts dropped the ball at the near post for Lubo Satka to help it on and Vuckic climb and head in at the far post for 2-1.

Roberts was again to the fore as United made it 3-1 just six minutes later, taking Facundo Ferreyra's through ball and powering down the United right before snaking into the area and teeing up Dan Barlaser to shoot home.

The Seagulls were reduced to nine men on 74 minutes, after an off the ball incident involving Ferreyra and Danny Pappoe saw the visiting defender shown a straight red card, apparently for violent conduct.

After some confusion, play restarted with a direct free kick deep in the Albion area and all nine of their players on the goal line - Ryan Taylor trying his luck but seeing a rising shot charged down.

Despite the extra two men though, Newcastle didn't seriously test Walton again, the final whistle sounding to confirm a full 90 minute workout for Ryan Taylor for the first time since back in August 2012.

Team: Elliot, Williams, Gillesphey, Taylor, Satka, Bigirimana, Gilliead, Barlaser (Kemen 81), Ferreyra, Vuckic, Roberts. Subs n/u: Mbabu, McKinnon, Olley, Heardman.

Booked: Williams


Unlikely lad:
Old boy pays the price

News from St.Andrews on Monday that Birmingham City had parted company with manager Lee Clark following a poor start to the season.

The Blues sit fourth bottom of the Championship after recording just two wins plus five draws in their dozen league games so far this time round - having flirted with relegation until the final moments of last season.  

Following Clark out of the door is fellow former Magpie Steve Watson, with SJP old boys Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley having left back in February.

Unaffected by the managerial change so far though is another ex-Magpie, City's U21 coach Alan Thompson

Premier League:
Magpies win match: 
do not adjust your set 

Newcastle  1  Leicester City  0

Another typically bonkers afternoon on Tyneside ended with United securing a first Premier League win of the season at the eighth attempt, thanks to a second half strike from the most unlikely source of Gabriel Obertan.

However the largest home crowd of the season almost didn't have a match to watch at all, as some cowboy workmen succeeded where fan protest groups failed - emptying the St.James' Park stands at kickoff time.

The source of the disruption was the recently-installed Leazes End scoreboard that debuted on Saturday, but was noted before the turnstiles opened to have a loose section dangling, causing a potential hazard.

While efforts to secure the section began, crowd safety concerns dictated that fans were locked out and large crowds formed around the ground as kick-off approached.

The all-clear was eventually given and fans admitted shortly after 3pm, the match getting underway at 4pm.   

By kickoff, Newcastle's starting XI had also altered, with Cheick Tiote reportedly sustaining a head injury at some point in the warm up (presumably not from falling debris). 

He dropped out of the matchday squad, Vurnon Anita stepping up from the bench and the elusive Facundo Ferreyra taking his place among the substitutes.

With Krul, Janmaat and Dummett all recovering from injuries that kept them from international duty last week, the only other change from the lineup that drew with Swansea saw Steven Taylor come in for Mike Williamson. 

Starting back to back league games for the first time since January 2013, Gabriel Obertan's lung-busting break upfield from a Leicester corner should have led to an eighth minute opener for Newcastle - only for Fabricio Coloccini to miss the target when perfectly placed.

Defensive colleague Paul Dummett then won possession deep in City territory before trying his luck, his on-target effort from distance not troubling Kasper Schmeichel.

Within seconds though the Foxes counter-attacked and Matthew James could only direct a weak shot at Krul - a rare piece of forward play by Nigel Pearson's side.  

Despite posing little threat though, City came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when Marc Albrighton's deep centre from the left spun on to the outside of Krul's left post before deflecting safely away.

At the other end meanwhile, a half chance for Papiss Cisse saw him get his shot away and it take a deflection that momentarily looked to be taking it into the goal before it passed wide of the target.

Moussa Sissoko had similar ill fortune via a rebound five minutes into the second half, before Cisse came still closer when latching on to a back pass and taking the ball round the goalkeeper. As the angle reduced though, his first time effort ended up only in the side netting. 

Keeping the pressure on, Schmeichel clawed away Jack Colback's free kick before Taylor could do nothing but lift his first-time effort over the bar with an hour played.

At the other end, Leicester entertained thoughts of snatching a goal introducing strike duo David Nugent and Jamie Vardy as one or two dangerous crosses caused some noticeable discomfort in the home defence.

Then came the breakthrough, as
Richie de Laet's fierce shot rebounded off Colback on the edge of the box and fell kindly for Cisse in acres of space. 

He crossed the halfway line before spraying a pass out towards Obertan on the left. Continuing his forward run, the Frenchman cut across the edge of the area to elude two defenders before firing in a low shot for only his second-ever league goal and a first since back in February 2012 at Blackburn.

There were a few scares at either end in the remaining time played, with Krul pulling off one good block after a corner and Cisse planting a header into the ground from substitute Ayoze Perez's cross that Schmeichel reached.

If Obertan ended the day as the matinee idol of the SJP crowd though, then the b
ig screen hero was the engineer who turned out to secure the offending piece of board and allow the match to go ahead at all. 

As he celebrates victory on Saturday in what was his 700th match as a manager, Alan Pardew might wish to raise a glass in his direction.  

Krul, Janmaat, Dummett (Haidara 72), S.Taylor,  Coloccini, Anita (Perez 59), Colback, Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran (Cabella 90+2, Cisse.
Subs n/u:
Elliot, Abeid, Armstrong, Ferryra.


Obertan 71  

LCFC: Schmeichel, de Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Cambiasso (Knockaert 79), Albrighton (Vardy 56), James, Drinkwater, Schlupp (Nugent 56), Ulloa. 
Subs n/u:
Hammond, King, Hamer, Wasilewski.

Booked: de Laet, Moore, Ulloa

Crowd: 51,866 - highest of the season to date. The visitors sold their full allocation o
f 3,235 places. Owner Mike Ashley was again in attendance and reportedly visited the home dressing room after the game.

There were reports of objects thrown on Level Seven between home and away fans during the game, while what have been described as brief skirmishes took place after full time and continued outside the Leazes End. 

After being the source of the delay, the new big screen operated effectively once repairs had been carried out. 

As is the case at other similarly-equipped grounds, the pre-game period saw several goal montages played, including one of previous meetings with Leicester. 

The sharp-eyed will also have seen some rarely-aired footage of a 3-0 home derby victory in November 1969 featuring goals from Keith Dyson and the Mighty Wyn.

Following kickoff, the screen relayed the action on the field, cutting away to static Sports Direct or Puma logos when there were breaks in play for set pieces or injuries.

And having posted team lineups beforehand, scores from elsewhere in the Premier League were of course relayed - the appearance of this one kick-starting cheers across the areas that could see it, before the 10,000 unsighted punters joined in once the PA announcer read it out:

Referee: Martin Atkinson - second appointment of the season for the West Yorkshire-based whistler, who took charge of August's 0-2 home loss to Manchester City.

Atkinson had a rather less eventful afternoon than his last game - abandoning Tuesday's international between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade during the first half after a number of incidents involving the crowd and both teams. 

Alan Pardew:

"When I came into the ground and looked up, the big TV in the corner looked a bit vulnerable - I thought ’how’s that appeared?’ 

"But give credit to Nigel Pearson and his Leicester staff, they didn’t make a big deal of it, they were relaxed about the whole thing and I thank them for that.

"I know the word desperation is sometimes not the right vocabulary for a football manager, but we were desperate today and it was an important win for everybody.

It was nice to see the owner come in the dressing room
(after the game). I
  know it's a misconception that he doesn't care, that he doesn't love the club. Of course he does.

"When you have been a manager as long as I have and experienced a team that's not functioning, you have to work doubly-hard and try to protect yourself from the pressures that are coming.

"I have had to take a lot of criticism and I have accepted that, you have to. But the most important thing is we can move on from this because this isn't going to be the be all and end all for us, beating Leicester.

"We need to beat some top teams and we need to improve as a team. It will help us this week in our work and instill some confidence in some players who I know can be better than they are showing.

"I tend to watch (Match of the Day) even when it's nasty and horrible (presumably he means when Robbie Savage is on). It's important for me to keep up to date with what's being said about your team and other teams. But certainly I will watch it with a smile tonight.

"We have been playing under huge pressure, we have been working under huge pressure - you can't get away from it in this city - and it's difficult.

"We showed great character and resolve. When you’ve not won for a while you lack confidence to see things out and it was pleasing to be able to do that this time.”

"Gabriel’s a player that needs to build his own self- confidence. He’s been terrific for us in the last couple of games and I had a feeling he could come and still be a great player for us. 

"He’s only young and still has a lot to offer.”

Gabriel Obertan:

"I have always been confident in myself and my ability, so it might be a surprise for some people, but not for me. I have been grinding quite a while for this and it's just a great feeling at the moment.

"I just kept on working hard. I know the most important thing is working when people don't see you.

"It's easy to train when you have got the coaches patting you on the back, but these moments when you are by yourself are the moments when you really have to work hard and dig deep."

Old boy Nigel Pearson:

"I don’t think it (the delay) had any effect on us. Both sets of players seemed very relaxed about it. There’s a tendency to put added weight on circumstances like that, but once we knew the timescale we were working to that was fine, it was only another hour. 

"Both sets of players and officials dealt with the situation well. There was no friction at all from our point of view. The biggest disappointment is that we were in the game enough to have got something out of it. 

"The sucker punch was conceding a goal on the counter attack. It was a disappointing outcome for us but it's something we'll have to deal with. 

"We felt at times we could have played with a bit more intensity in the first half but that happens from time to time. We managed the game relatively well in the first half, limited the chances they had and put them under a bit of pressure. 

"Ultimately, when our attacking situations arose we weren't able to do quite enough with them. During games you get opportunities to score but also we need to defend in the right way as well. 

"We had some very promising situations but what we didn't do is find enough quality to take advantage. We got into their box on a number of occasions late in the game and didn't produce enough clear quality to create chances - we need to get better at it."


United secured their first Premier League victory at the ninth attempt (eight this season), since Cardiff City were beaten 3-0 at SJP back in May. We'd lost four and drawn four before today.

The win over Leicester also saw Newcastle score the opening goal in a Premier League match for the first time this season - a feat last accomplished at Anfield in the closing game of last season.

Steven Taylor played his 250th competitive senior game in all competitions for United (231 starts). He debuted against Real Mallorca in the UEFA Cup in March 2004.

Season-opening winless runs (PL only):

2014/15: won the eighth game
won the third game
2012/13: won the first game
2011/12: won the second game
2010/11: won the second game
2008/09: won the second game
2007/08: won the first game
2006/07: won the first game
2005/06: won the sixth game
2004/05: won the fifth game
2003/04: won the seventh game
2002/03: won the first game
2001/02: won the third game
2000/01: won the second game
1999/00: won the eighth game
won the fifth game
1997/98: won the first game
1996/97: won the second game
1995/96: won the first game
1994/95: won the first game
1993/94: won the fourth game

NUFC last six PL seasons after eight games:

2014/15: 7 points, 18th (scored 8, conceded 14)
2013/14: 11 points, 10th (scored 11, conceded 14)
2012/13: 10 points, 11th (scored 9, conceded 12)
2011/12: 16 points, 4th (scored 11, conceded 6)
2010/11: 8 points, 13th (scored 12, conceded 12)
2008/09: 6 points, 19th (scored 9, conceded 15)
2007/08: 14 points, 9th (scored 13, conceded 10)

Foxes in Toon - last 20:

2014/15 won 1-0 Obertan
Won 1-0 Guthrie
2003/04 Won 3-1 Ameobi, OG, Jenas
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort
1999/00 Lost 0-2 No scorer
1998/99 Won 1-0 Glass
1997/98 Drew 3-3 Barnes, Tomasson, Beresford
1996/97 Won 4-3 Shearer 3, Elliott
1994/95 Won 3-1 Albert 2, Howey
1992/93 Won 7-1 Kelly 3, Cole 3, Lee
1991/92 Won 2-0 Hunt, Clark
1990/91 Won 2-1 McGhee, Sloan
1989/90 Won 5-4 McGhee 2, Quinn 2, Gallacher
1986/87 Won 2-0 Goddard, Wharton
1985/86 Won 2-1 Clarke, Beardsley
1984/85 Lost 1-4 Beardsley
1982/83 Drew 2-2 McDermott, Keegan
1981/82 Drew 0-0
1979/80 Won 3-2 Shoulder 2 (2 pens), Cartwright

Latest Premier League results:

Sat 18.10.2014:
Manchester City 4-1 Spurs
Arsenal 2-2 Hull City
Burnley 1-3 West Ham
Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
Everton 3-0 Aston Villa
Southampton 8-0 mackems

Sun 19.10.2014:
QPR 2-3 Liverpool
Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

Mon 20.10.2014:
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Manchester United

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. 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

Another happy 
return for old boy

U18s  1 Everton U18s  4

Having guided his side to a 5-2 victory on Tyneside back in February, former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Sheedy returned on Saturday to claim another three points.

His former Goodison colleague Dave Watson had overseen a recent resurgence by the Magpies that saw them beat Derby County and draw with high-flying Manchester City, but that came to an abrupt end at Little Benton. 

Goalscoring hasn't been a problem for the Toffees and after missing a number of good opportunities, Calum Dyson netted after 15 minutes and Nathan Holland doubled their lead with a 28th minute penalty.

Harry Charsley then made it 3-0 just before the hour mark with an eye-catching solo effort before Dyson claimed his second of the afternoon moments later as the Toffees  recorded a fifth successive league victory.

United's only response came in the closing seconds when Joe Kerridge flighted home a fine free kick to claim his first goal of the campaign.

Squad: Woolston, Cobain, Hunter, Cameron, Gibson, Drennan, Longstaff, Heaney (Ward 75), Bell ( Kerridge 57), Johnson, Charman (Storey 65). Subs n/u: none.

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Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
The midfielder completed 90 minutes at the Emirates on Saturday in a 2-2- Premier League draw with Arsenal.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
Three first half goals put Roma firmly in the driving seat at home to Chievo in Serie A on Saturday, with another 90 minute shift but in by Yanga. It finished 3-0.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The on-loan winger claimed an assist in a much-needed 2-1 win at Lille in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

The new manager syndrome accounted for Forest's unbeaten start in the Championship on Saturday, as Cardiff City ran out 2-1 winners in Wales.

Goalkeeper Darlow played the full game while defender Lascelles was once again restricted to bench duty.

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
The defender watched from the bench as a ten man Vale side lost 1-2 at Preston in League One on Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)
A 1-2 home reverse at the hands of Luton Town in League Two on Saturday saw Freddie remain on the bench. His current loan spell ends with a visit to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday evening. 

Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
Having got off the mark for Blyth on Monday night, striker Quinn appeared for the final nine minutes of a 1-2 loss at Barwell in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.

Book giveaway
Hit the north

Since the 1990s, journalist Michael Walker has spent far too much time in press boxes and on terraces reporting on the fortunes of the North East's "big three" and many other clubs across the region. The fruits of his not inconsiderable labours are now available as "Up There"

Described by the publishers as "part social-history, part travelogue", it tries to give the importance of football in these parts some sort of rational context and answer that one giant question - why do we keeping f*cking up? 

Dipping into his own back pages to build a narrative ,the author also sought out a number of football personalities with a tale to tell, ranging from Stan Anderson to John Hall, Howard Kendall to Alan Kennedy and Rob Lee.

Highlighting the vast collection of silverware amassed by home-grown managers and players and examining how that talent dried up, "Up There" transcends club rivalries and aims for the bigger picture - entries in the index for Tony Blair and Ernest Bevin sit next to Peter Beardsley.

Having said that though, a healthy proportion of the book is devoted to Gallowgate matters, with some particularly strong coverage of events involving messrs Hall, Ashley, Keegan and press bans etc. that debunk a few myths.

"Up There" is available from all good bookshops now and can be ordered direct from the publishers here. Michael will also be signing copies in Newcastle late next month (details tbc) accompanied by former Magpie Rob Lee.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just email us here with your answer to this question:

Gaining promotion in 1984, the-then Newcastle manager attempted to sign Steve Bruce, Mark Hateley and Kevin Sheedy, but was blocked by the club's board and resigned. Who was that manager?

The closing date is
Sat Oct 25th @ 9pm, subject is: Up. 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. 

Stopping the strippers 

From the NUST, Thursday:

Newcastle United Supporters Trust can confirm that its application to have St James' Park listed as an Asset of Community Value has been successful.

The introduction of the Localism Act 2011 provided an opportunity for football fans to protect their stadiums and have them classified as an 'asset for the community'.

Following successful high profile applications to protect grounds such as Old Trafford and Anfield, amongst many others, NUST, supported by national fans organisation Supporters Direct, submitted an application to have St James' Park listed as an ACV.

We are pleased to report the application has been approved, recognising St James' Park and the history surrounding it, as an asset to its community.

With a Newcastle City Council spokesman saying: "We confirm that Newcastle City Council has determined that St James' Park is an Asset of Community Value. "

The listing is five years and also includes a right to bid should St.James' Park be put up for sale. A right to bid can be lodged by the group concerned within six weeks, with finance secured in a period of up to four-and-a-half months.

It means St.James' Park can't be sold without the local community being told about it, and them being given the opportunity to bid for it themselves.

One of the positives we've always had as Newcastle fans is that whoever owns the club doesn't also own the land, with the Freemen of the City retaining the title of the land.

So making St.James' Park an 'Asset Of Community Value' is at the moment mainly symbolic, though as football fans you never know what is around the corner and one day the Freemen may change their position, for whatever reasons.

The Trust's highlighting of concerns over the selling of a lease on land opposite the stadium is a case in point, in terms of looking at our club on a long-term basis.

In March this year it emerged that Newcastle United had placed the lease on a 1.62acre plot of land on Strawberry Place, next to St James' Park, up for sale. 

If the lease is sold the land could be developed into hotel and/or student accommodation. This patch of land currently allows for the future possibility of expanding St.James' Park at the Gallowgate End. 

However, if the land was developed then it would remove all realistic possibility of expanding the stadium capacity, no matter what potential changes of circumstances in the future.

Reporting of the above has tended to focus on the NUST action being an attempt to spike Mike Ashley's guns, but as they themselves have pointed out it's an attempt to safeguard the future of our home - regardless of what happens in the SJP boardroom or the Civic Centre. 

To clarify though, the actual name of St.James' Park is not a tangible asset of value and therefore any move to rename it wouldn't be covered by the Localism Act.

Nations Cup negatives may be club positives 

Update: Plans for the African Cup of Nations finals early next year look to be in turmoil, with host nation Morocco threatening to withdraw amid concerns over Ebola.

The AFCON organisers have contacted both Ghana and South Africa regarding their availability as alternative tournament hosts, but the event is anticipated to go ahead in the scheduled slot at this stage. 

Qualifying matches for January's African Nations Cup Finals continued on Wednesday, but both Newcastle players in action finished up on the losing side. 

Having been held 0-0 at home in Dakar on Friday, another goalless draw for Senegal looked on the cards in Monastir - only for Tunisia to break the deadlock four minutes into second half added time and claim all three points. 

Magpies striker Papiss Cisse (pictured) started and was replaced late in the second half by SJP old boy Demba Ba.

Meanwhile, an eventful game in Abidjan saw Ivory Coast beaten 3-4 at home by DR Congo, with United's
Cheick Tiote retaining his place in the Elephants' starting XI.

Recovering from a 1-3 deficit to draw level despite seeing a player sent off, Ivory Coast pushed forward in search of a winner - and were caught by an 89th minute sucker punch.

The double defeats leave both Senegal and Ivory Coast with work to do in their final two qualifiers next month, if they are to make it to the finals in Morocco in January.

Failure to do so could mean that one or even two pivotal players become available for up to six Premier League games in early 2015 - a genuine good news story.

Premier League:
Spurs (a) 

This coming Sunday sees the Magpies play the first of six Premier League games in London this season, as they head to White Hart Lane for a 1.30pm kickoff.

The game isn't live on UK TV, with the rescheduling to compensate for the home side playing Asteras Tripolis at home in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Newcastle have sold their full 2,200 allocation.

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell
remain out, while there are doubts over the fitness of Cheick Tiote and Paul Dummett.

Having missed the home win over Leicester due to an array of injuries,
Sammy Ameobi, Mike Williamson and Emmanuel Riviere should all be available for selection. 

Paddy Power match betting is online here
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

THFC: to follow.

Anthony Taylor - first time in charge of Newcastle this season, with his only appointment in the 2013/14 campaign the FA Cup defeat by Cardiff City.


Overseas TV:
Digi Sport 1 (Svk) +HD
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
QQ Sports China
Sky Mexico
SuperSport 3 Africa 
TSN 2 (Canada)
TV3 Sport 2 (Den)
ViaPlay (Denmark) +HD
ViaPlay (Sweden) +HD

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League
fixtures (3pm unless stated):

West Ham v Manchester City (12.45pm) BT
Liverpool v Hull City
Southampton v Stoke City
mackems v Arsenal
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Leicester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 26.10.2014:
Burnley v Everton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

Mon 27.10.2014:
QPR v Aston Villa (8pm) Sky


Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:

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

Country calls

Two young Magpies are away on international duty this week as follows: 

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U18s):
Tue 21.10.2014
Czech Republic (a) location tbc FR
Thu 23.10.2014 Czech Republic (a) location tbc FR

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Sat 25.10.2014 Cyprus (a) Paphos ECQ
Mon 27.10.2014 Macedonia (n) Paphos ECQ
Thu 30.10.2014 France (n) Paphos ECQ

Stadium art:
SJP giveaway
- result

ake 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, but while final preparations are concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

We asked the following question hoping for answers of The Popular Side or something of that ilk, but a few respondents seemed to have some geographic issues: 

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?

Winners were chosen randomly as follows:

Neil Hindson, Washington (A3)
Scott and Ruth Robinson, Bristol (A4) 

Thanks to all who entered.

alt | 0845 020 5918

Next Match

Premier League

White Hart Lane
Sunday 26th October
Kick-off 1.30pm

Last Match

Newcastle 1
Leicester City 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 18th October
Match report to follow's
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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

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

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)


Sat 25.10.2014 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Mon 27.10.2014 U21s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Victoria Park, Hartlepool 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 29.10.2014 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Fourth Round. Member sale now £15 adults, £10 over 65s, 16-21s. U16s £5 upper, £1 lower. Live on Sky Sports.

01.11.2014 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 03.11.2014 U21s v Aston Villa (h)  
@ SJP 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 09.11.2014 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 1.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now, (zero points), £15 adults, £5 over 60s, U21s, students. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 14.11.2014 U21s v Stoke City (a)  
@ Moss Rose, Macclesfield, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

21.11.2014 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Moss Lane, Altrincham, 7pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.

Capital One Cup Fourth Round:

Tue 28.10.2014:
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Derby County
Liverpool v Swansea City
MK Dons v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Sky

Wed 29.10.2014:
Manchester City v Newcastle Sky

Stoke City v Southampton
Spurs v Brighton and Hove Albion

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

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 Round:

06.10.2014 Team North 2-1 Bedlington
07.10.2014 Alnwick 5-3 Heaton Stan
08.10.2014 Morpeth Town 2-0 N.Shields
15.10.2014 Newcastle Benfield 3-1 WAC 

(The four winners of those ties then go into the Second Round draw with Ashington, Blyth Spartans, NUFC and Whitley Bay).

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:
Wed 29.10.2014
Man City (a) 7.45pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm
Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a) 5.30pm
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm

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

Tue 11.11.2014 Lincoln City (7.45pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Sat 06.12.2014 Woking (3pm)

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

Upcoming home League games

Sat 25.10.2014 Burscough (3pm)
Wed 05.11.2014 Spennymoor (7.45pm)
Sat 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (7.45pm)

(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.

Teams: Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors.

Ticket details tbc.

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

11.2014 / 12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis.


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 :
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:
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
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...

From The Telegraph's report of the home win over Leicester City:

"The corner has yet to be fully turned, but this was a start for a Newcastle side who lost Papiss Cissé to a calf problem in the warm-up.

Well, he'd been found by the time we kicked off, although his team mate Cheick Tiote was incapacitated..... 

(Malcolm Dick)

The Independent meanwhile reveal their own revolutionary new time concept in their reporting of the same game:

At three o’clock, the streets and pubs around St James’ Park were flooded with fans. The ground, however, stood empty. The screen was eventually fixed. The ground filled and despite everything Newcastle managed to get the match started within 10 minutes of its scheduled kick-off.

A 3pm kickoff started at 4pm.

What's this all about then?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
20th October

Born Or Died:

1895 James Clark born, Bensham.

Inside left who began his career with Annfield Plain and Jarrrow, debuting in a 0-0 home draw with Chelsea in January 1923.

Never a regular starter, Jimmy joined Leeds United in May 1924 for a fee of £300 - £50 less than the Magpies had paid in 1921.

However he only lasted a season at Elland Road before moving again, this time to Swindon Town.

A further transfer to Greenock Morton then followed before, Clark returned to the region in 1927 with Ashington. He later relocating to Dublin and played for Shelbourne.

A steelworker following his retirement, James was living in Gateshead at the time of his death in September 1947.

1961 Ian Rush born, St.Asaph, Wales.

There's so much that can be written about one of the master goalscorers of the modern era - unfortunately hardly any of it concerns Ian Rush's time in a Newcastle shirt.

In a 16 year spell at Liverpool (interrupted by a year in Italy with Juventus), the Welsh international striker made 660 appearances and scored a stupendous 346 goals. 

Since his appearance at SJP in an FA Cup tie for Chester City way back in January 1980 (scoring once in a 2-0 away win), Rush had plagued us, netting nine times against us between 1984 and 1995 for Liverpool.

By January 1997 though, he was part of a Leeds United side walloped 3-0 on Tyneside, seemingly going through the motions and looking old, slow and finished.

Fast forward eight months and the 36 year old was a Newcastle player, another one of Kenny Dalglish's "Dads Army" free transfers, along with John Barnes and Stuart Pearce.

With Alan Shearer injured and Les Ferdinand sold, Rush was pressed into service for a home debut against Aston Villa - turning out for Newcastle's reserves just over a week later and netting twice against Doncaster.

Rush continued to appear for the first team to little good effect, watching our famous 3-2 win over Barcelona as an unused sub.

His first senior goal for the club came in a 2-0 League Cup home win over Hull City,  while his appearance from the bench in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Everton was also worthy of note.

In what seemed almost to be a pre-destined act, the striker who had tormented the Toffees at Goodison as a Red took just 15 minutes to force the ball over the line for the only goal of the tie.

Just two more games followed before Rush's first team career at United ended, with a brief loan period at Sheffield United seeing him idle through a quartet of Championship matches without scoring.

Joining Wrexham the following season, Rush failed to score in 18 outings for them, later ending his playing career with Australian side Sydney Olympic.

Rush was named Chester City manager in August 2004 but had departed by the end of that season and failed with an application to become the new boss of Peterborough.

An ongoing Anfield association saw Rush involved with Liverpool both in coaching and ambassadorial roles, while he also served as a director of Welsh non-leaguers TNS.

Linked with the Wales national manager vacancy following the departure of John Toshack in 2010, Ian's former Newcastle colleague, Gary Speed was appointed. 

That left Rush to continue with his career as a TV pundit and PR man for Liverpool, with an involvement both in their soccer schools and overseas promotional ventures.  

1993 Louis Storey born, Newcastle.

Central half who also played for Wallsend Boys Club as both a striker and goalkeeper, concentrating on defence when joining the Newcastle Academy early in 2010. 

Debuting for the U18s in a 2-1 home win over Derby County that October, a reserve bow came with as substitute in a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers in December 2011.

Appearing for the reserves in a 3-3 draw against the mackems at SJP later that season, Storey's sole second string start then came in a 0-5 defeat by Fulham at their Motspur Park training ground.

Despite achieving the feat of starting all 28 U18 league games that season (and four FA Youth Cup ties all staged at Gallowgate), he was released by United in summer 2012.

Linked with a move to Gateshead, Louis joined Ashington, netting the winner on his Northern League debut against Billingham Synthonia after coming off the bench.

2013 then saw Storey move on to Team Northumbria, remaining with the Students during the 2014/15 season.


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1894 Leicester Fosse (a)
Division Two 
Dickson, Thompson, Willis, Smith(pen) 
Arthur, Henrys, Miller 2

1900 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
Peddie 2 
Tracey 2, McKie

1906 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One 
Appleyard 3 

1923 Middlesbrough (a)
Division One 

1928 Arsenal (h)
Division One 
Thompson 2(1pen), Brain

1934 Manchester United (h)
Division Two 
1945 Blackpool (h)
Wayman, Clifton
scorers tbc
1951 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
Milburn 2(1pen), G.Robledo

1953 Falkirk (a)
Milburn, og 
scorers tbc
United travelled to Brockville and played a friendly to officially christen The Bairns' new floodlights.

1956 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Fagan, Johnstone, Dyson
1962 Leeds United (a)
Division Two 
Scorer for Leeds was South-African winger Albert Johanneson
- one of the first black footballers to make his mark on the English game.
Liverpool Reserves visited St. James' Park. Tuohy and Watkin scored for United in the 2-0 victory.


1967 Glentoran (a)
scorers tbc 
A Friday night friendly at the Oval in East Belfast on a weekend when international football left us without a league game.

1973 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
Moans-a-plenty from the visitors as Ron Harris was penalised for hacking down Macdonald in the box.
On a wet Tyneside afternoon, Mac buried the penalty and sealed the win late on, cementing his position as the First Division's leading scorer.

1979 Watford (a)
Division Two 
Mercer, Blissett
1984 Nottingham Forest (h)
Division One 

1990 Ipswich Town (a)
Division Two 
Gayle, Milton 
United seemed to salvaged a point with a late Benny Kristensen effort, but after it was ruled out, he was sent off for swearing at the linesman, in Danish. 

Magpies boss Jim Smith had to be forcibly restrained from throttling the referee at the final whistle.

1996 Manchester United (h) 5-0  (2-0)
Premier League 
Peacock(12), Ginola(30), Ferdinand(63), Shearer(75), Albert(83)
Amazing, Incredible. Fantastic - and immortalised in the hastily released video, 'Howay 5-0'.

To paraphrase that Norwegian commentator's speech:  "Alex Ferguson, Jimmy Nesbitt, Zoe Ball, Angus Deayton, Bobby Charlton, your boys took one hell of a beating." 

Of course, Fergie's side still won the title....

Find youtube footage online here

2005 United issued a statement to the effect that first team training sessions would relocate with immediate effect from the club's Darsley Park base to the adjacent Little Benton home of the Academy.

This followed further injury scares regarding first team players who were using the training surfaces at Darsley Park - which would be modified before being used again.

Graeme Souness said:

"To say I am suicidal about the current state of affairs is not far off the mark. It is very difficult to take because it is happening all the time. There never seems to be any let up."

2006 In what were at times farcical conditions at Little Benton, Kevin Ball's mackem U18 side recorded a deserved 2-0 Tyne-wear derby victory to maintain their position as league leaders.

Heavy pre-match rain saw the game played on a sodden pitch, with a further downpour early in the first half making things even more of a lottery.

2008 Manchester City (h)
Premier League
Ameobi(44), og(Dunne)(63)
Beye(12)(later rescinded)
Robinho(14pen), Ireland(86)
United came close to a famous result in the face of some rough justice, after once again falling victim to bungling whistler, Rob Styles.

When the rotten ref awarded a 12th minute penalty and sent off Habib Beye it felt like our world was set to implode once more.

The display that followed however was gutsy and heart-warming on a cold and wet night at SJP, with only a late leveller from future Magpie flop Stephen Ireland seeing reality intervene. match report

2009 Scunthorpe United (a) 1-2 (0-0)

Exactly thirteen years after trouncing Manchester United 5-0 at St. James' Park, Newcastle limped to an awful defeat in front of 9,000 in a field in Lincolnshire with three borrowed bodies.

The final whistle at Glanford Park saw Toon fans fighting amongst themselves as Chris Hughton's manager of the month crown well and truly fell off and our winless October streak continued. 

Thankfully normal service was soon restored and with Geremi banished never to be seen again, the team returned to top spot the following weekend and would remain there until the season's end. match report


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