Burnley (a) Member sale now
Member sale now
& Arsenal (a)
Man U (a)
West Ham (a) dry
trains now also southbound
Statement from East Coast:
on the sale or consumption of alcohol on East Coast services related to
sporting events are considered on a case-by-case basis: there is no fixed
policy regarding any club's fixtures.
"In making our decision on this, we take into account past events around each
sporting fixture, and advice from the British Transport Police. As always, our
first priority is to ensure that everyone travelling has a safe and
While the usual alcohol restrictions will apply
to trains returning to Newcastle after this Saturday's game at West
Ham, East Coast have now also imposed a blanket drinks ban on services from
Newcastle before the game - impacting on anyone planning a liquid
Official clarification of the exact reason for this is awaited - along with
confirmation of whether it's a "one off" or the first instance of a
wider policy. No restrictions of any kind have been announced as yet for the
match days next month when United are in action at Arsenal and Spurs.
Cal of duty 2
Newcastle U21s 2 Crewe Alexandra U21s 1
A fourth successive victory in all competitions
for United's reserves propelled them into the last 16 of the U21 Premier
League Cup on Monday night at Whitley Park.
A brace from Callum Roberts was ultimately enough to dispatch the Railwaymen,
but some unimaginative play allowed the visitors back into the game and left
needing 30 minutes of extra time to finish the job.
The form of 17 year-old Roberts had seen him promoted to the first team squad
last weekend and his 40th minute goal was the highlight of a forgettable first
A measured forward pass from birthday boy Macaulay Gillesphey found Roberts
advancing over halfway and he played it to an overlapping Alex
Gilliead down the right.
He outpaced his marker and pulled the ball back for Roberts to guide
home a low shot from 12 yards.
Gael Bigirimana almost doubled the lead seven minutes after the break but his
shot from inside the box cannoned back off the post and from that point
United gradually dropped out of view as an attacking force.
Given every encouragement to come forward, Crewe inevitably took advantage and
levelled with 19 minutes remaining, George Cooper beating Freddie
Woodman at his near post with a low drive from just inside the box.
That stirred the home side and Gilliead made progress down the left flank but
opted to shoot at Scott Shearer rather than find the unmarked Haris Vuckic in the box.
Striker Tom Heardman then headed in Greg Olley's
right wing cross on 80 minutes but it was rightly disallowed for pushing and
extra time duly became a reality.
The introduction of Olivier Kemen brought some life into the Newcastle
midfield though and the French teenager provided the vital assist after 95
minutes, looping over a left wing centre that Roberts instantly controlled
before sidestepping Shearer and rifling home from close in.
Crewe did try to force a penalty shootout and twice tested Woodman during the closing stages, but Callum's brace proved enough to win the
Round of 16 ties are due to be completed by January 5th and no date has been
announced as yet for the draw.
There's still the chance to win a pair of sought-after VIP tickets for the derby match at SJP
Latest Premier League results:
Sat 22.11.2014: Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Everton 2-1 West Ham
Leicester City 0-0 mackems
Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City
Stoke City 1-2 Burnley
Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United
Sun 23.11.2014: Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool Hull 1-2 Spurs
Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton
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
Who's Who on sale
orders for club historian Paul Joannou's latest book can now be made direct
from the publisher online
Books cost £32.50 and various payment methods are available for anyone
unwilling to pay online, while the publishers are attempting to offset the
considerable postage charge by offering limited drop offs and pick ups
wherever possible - more details are on the site.
Page shop on St.Andrews Street, Waterstones by the Monument and in the
Metro Centre and The Evening Chronicle all now have copies in stock.
Appeal - the publishers are struggling to contact these subscribers,
please can anyone who knows these people ask that they firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicola Atkinson, West Midlands
Deborah Brown, location tbc
Gordon Young, Wallsend
Magpies attempt to secure a seventh successive victory in all competitions on
Saturday, when they head down Green Street to the Boleyn Ground for a 3pm
3-1 winners there back in January, Alan Pardew's side have only lost once
in their last eight visits to E13.
Newcastle's full allocation of around 3,000 have all been sold, adults
paying the scandalous price of £43.
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). Squad: News is awaiting on the availability or
otherwise of Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid, Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor but Cheick
Tiote is now back in training. Siem de Jong is also training but still some
time away from first team contention.
Definitely out are Fabricio Coloccini, Gabriel Obertan,
Davide Santon and Ryan Taylor.
WHUFC: The Hammers have injury
doubts over Stewart Downing, Diafra Sakho, Alex Song and Enner Valencia.
Striker Modibo Maiga - once hotly pursued by Newcastle - has been loaned back
to former club Metz, while Ravel Morrison is on temporary detachment at
Ex-Magpies Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan both completed the full 90 minutes of
Saturday's 1-2 defeat at Everton.
Beginning the season with home defeats by Spurs (0-1) and Southampton, Big Fat
Sam's side then won three on the bounce against Liverpool (3-1), QPR (2-0) and
Manchester City (2-1) before being held 0-0 by Villa.
Overseas TV: tbc UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Other Premier League fixtures
(3pm unless specified):
Sat 29.11.2014: West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal (12.45pm) Sky
Burnley v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Stoke City
Manchester United v Hull City
QPR v Leicester City
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
mackems v Chelsea (5.30pm) Sky
Sun 30.11.2014: Southampton v Man City (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v Everton (4pm) Sky
Magpies @ Upton Park: Premier Years:
2013/14: Won 3-1 Cabaye 2, Remy 2012/13: Drew 0-0 2010/11: Won 2-1 Nolan, Carroll 2008/09: Lost 1-3 Owen 2007/08: Drew 2-2 Martins, Geremi 2006/07: Won 2-0 Duff, Martins 2005/06: Won 4-2 Owen 3, Shearer 2002/03: Drew 2-2 Bellamy, Jenas 2001/02: Lost 0-3 2000/01: Lost 0-1 1999/00: Lost 1-2 Speed 1998/99: Lost 0-2 1997/98: Won 1-0 Barnes 1996/97: Drew 0-0 1995/96: Lost 0-2 1994/95: Won 3-1 Lee, Mathie, OG 1993/94: Won 4-2 Cole, Lee 2, Mathie
you're at a loose end on Wednesday December 10th, the Heaton History Group
have two special guests to speak about local football.
The Grounsell Park home of Heaton Stannington will see Kevin Mochrie
deliver a talk on the history of "The Stan", while Paul Brown
will cover the formative years of Newcastle United.
Paul is the author of the book "All with Smiling Faces" that
covers the period 1881 to 1910 more
Admission is just £2 and start time is 7pm. To reserve places email email@example.com
or telephone 0191 215 0821 or 07763 985686. Grounsell Park can be found on
Newton Road, High Heaton, NE7 7HP details
Walid?: Relatively speaking
Following the recent arrival of Samuel Perez
- brother of Ayoze - at Blyth Spartans, the brother of another current Magpie
has joined one of our local non-league sides.
The player is question is Mehdi Abeid, whose younger brother Walid is
now on the books of Northern League First Division side Durham City.
Following receipt of his international clearance, the 21 year-old winger
debuted from the bench during a 1-2 home defeat by Billingham Synthonia on
Following Medhi from his native France where he'd played for St. Etienne at
youth level, Walid spent part of the 2011/12 season with Fulham before being
Appearing on trial for Boro reserves in a friendly against Synners in July
2012, Walid also played for Newcastle's second string in a behind closed doors
game later that year but wasn't retained.
PS: Another SJP sibling was in action for his current club on Sunday, Luuk
De Jong netting for PSV Eindhoven during a 1-1 draw at Groningen - his
ninth goal in all competitions this season. Yes, that Luuk De Jong.
Things were rather less clever for Shola Ameobi though, who made an eighth
unsuccessful attempt to finish on the winning side for Turkish side Gazientep
BB on Sunday.
The third Ameobi brother, Tomi has been appearing for Canadian side Edmonton
FC in the NASL and netted four times in the Fall season that ended earlier
Local ties for
Monday saw the draw for the last 32 of the FA
Vase take place, and six of the eight remaining Northern League sides came out
of the hat together as follows:
Bay v Dunston UTS Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Shildon
AFC Darwen or Chadderton v Newcastle Benfield Seaham Red Star v North Shields
Consett v Marske United
Ties are scheduled to be played on Sat Dec 6th.
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U18s: Devils at the double
Manchester United U18s 2
Newcastle U18s 0
A goal in each half from Marcus Rashford condemned Newcastle's youngsters to
defeat on a damp Friday evening at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground.
The Manchester-born striker turned 17 last month and shot his side ahead on 39
minutes his 20 yard effort looking to deceive visiting 'keeper Paul Woolston.
Rashford then doubled his side's lead six minutes before full time, converting
a free kick with a low shot from outside the area.
That completed a league double over the Magpies for the Red Devils, following
their 3-2 win on Tyneside in August.
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
An eighth Tigers outing for Hatem on Sunday but he's still to finish on
the winning side after Hull lost 1-2 at home to Spurs in the Premier League.
Marveaux (Guingamp) The winger played all 90 minutes of a 0-1 home defeat by Rennes in Ligue
1 on Saturday.
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) Both played the full game as Forest won 3-0 away at Wolves in the Championship
on Saturday. Lascelles picked up his second yellow card of the season.
Adam Campbell (Hartlepool United) Campbell came on in the 67th minute for his debut as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at home to York City
in League Two on Saturday.
Tom Heardman (Gateshead)
Heardman started but was substituted after 51 minutes of a dramatic 2-2 draw
at Torquay United in the Conference on Saturday.
Three goals were scored in the
final few minutes as the Tynesiders came from behind to lead before Torquay's
Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans) Quinn remained on the bench as Spartans beat Kings Lynn Town 3-2 at Croft
Park in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma) The defender sustained a hamstring problem while on international duty and
is expected to be out until early December.
Returning to SJP on Saturday as QPR's current Director of Football, Les
Ferdinand will have Newcastle on his mind again next March when he appears
at a talk-in.
Friday March 27th sees the former Magpie favourite in conversation at the
Lancastrian Suite in Dunston and tickets are on sale now here,
priced at £40 and £60.
have a pair of VIP seats up for grabs, and to be in with a chance of
winning them, email
us here with the answer to the following question:
The image above was taken in October 1995 as United crushed JFK's Wimbledon
6-1. Sir Les scored three times but we'd like you to tell us who was keeping
goal for the Wombles by the time he completed his hat trick.
date is Sat Nov 29th @ 3pm, subject: Les. No purchase
necessary. Prize is of tickets only. No transport, refreshments, bribes etc.
will be paid. Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified.
MJK Sports also have further stocks of replica 1984 Newcastle shirts signed by
Kevin Keegan and available both framed and unframed. Find more details here
Premier passions: Common
A pre-arranged meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland followers at a neutral
location on Wednesday night resulted in no arrests or injuries, with only an
outbreak of common sense to report.
No bus convoys or special metros were scheduled and the police helicopter was conspicuous
by its absence, as fan groups from NUFC and SAFC gathered in Gateshead to
discuss the upcoming derby match on December 21st.
Having inadvertently united both sides of the Tyne/Wear divide by advocating a
so-called "bubble match" last January, Northumbria Police presided
over this joint meeting of two groups who previously met separately.
Both groups were established in 2014 following an invitation from the police to
interested parties, with informal gatherings taking place where both sides can
communicate directly on whatever matters arise.
So far this has included discussion on derby match policing policy, the issue
of peaceful protest by fan groups inside and outside SJP, concerns over pyro
devices and ongoing dialogue regarding away travel.
Wednesday's meeting saw unanimous agreement to work together under the slogan
of "a Derby to be proud of", highlighting positive aspects of the
rivalry and building on the thawing in relationships following the MH17
There's an open invitation to anyone wishing to attend future fan group/police
meetings, with supporters aged between 16 and 25 particularly
Meetings take place quarterly on weekday evenings at a location in Newcastle.
to get involved.
(For the avoidance of doubt, these meetings aren't related to Newcastle
United's fans forum initiative).
PS: a warts-and-all reminder of derby day has been captured in a short
film that can be viewed here
A room with a view
Following the positive feedback when we gave away a couple of prototypes last
month, Tyneside-based firm Aurora now proudly present a range of unique
acrylic artworks based on an aerial view of St.James' Park.
Exclusive to NUFC.com, these are available either as an A3 size
single image piece or four separate A4 pieces that combine to create a
Featuring polished edge panels with no visible fixings create a three
dimensional effect that one of our competition winners termed, "absolutely
A3 works cost £40 and the A4 ensemble is £70 and for
orders made before Christmas, buy both for £95. Prices don't include
delivery but can be shipped at cost or collected free of charge from the
factory in NE23. Orders/enquiries via 0191 2146474 or email here
PS: Aurora are also licenced to reproduce works by local artist
John Coatsworth and have pieces featuring the SJP-themed painting, Going
to the Match here
week (December 2nd) sees United making their competitive return to Turf Moor
after a 31 year absence, in a first-ever Premier League meeting with the
Kickoff is at 7.45pm and tickets for the away section remain on sale to NUFC
members and ST holders.
Paddy Power match betting will appear here Squad: To follow.
BFC: To follow.
Referee: Phil Dowd
UK TV: none
Overseas TV:tbc UK Radio: tbc
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Other Premier League fixtures
(7.45pm unless specified): Tue 02.12.2014: Leicester City v Liverpool
Manchester United v Stoke City
Swansea City v QPR
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (8pm)
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham (8pm)
Wed 03.12.2014: Arsenal v Southampton BT
Chelsea v Spurs
Everton v Hull Goodison Park
mackems v Man City
Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans confirm that ex-Newcastle
midfielder Michael Richardson has now signed on the dotted line at Croft
Now 22, Michael was released by United last season having got as far as the
first team bench during four years at SJP, but failing to make a competitive
A succession of loans saw him appear for Leyton Orient, Gillingham and
Accrington Stanley, making a combined total of 24 appearances and finding the
Richardson joins fellow former Magpie Alex Nicholson at Croft Park - plus
current NUFC loanee Jonathyn Quinn - and was an unused substitute on Saturday
as Kings Lynn were beaten 3-2 at Croft Park.
Having watched from the bench as his side qualified for the African Nations
Cup Finals by beating Egypt at the weekend, Papiss Cisse was included
in Senegal's final qualifier on Wednesday against Botswana.
And the Magpies striker scored his side's second midway through the first half
in Dakar, collecting a low centre from the right and taking a touch before
rifling his shot home. Senegal went on to win 3-0.
Elsewhere, a 0-0 draw for Ivory Coast against Cameroon was enough for Cheick
Tiote's side to confirm their place at the finals - although the United
midfielder wasn't in their squad due to injury.
Also missing out was fellow Magpie Mehdi Abeid, whose Algeria side had already
ensured their spot before a meaningless 2-0 defeat by Mali on
Following the expulsion of original hosts Morocco, the Finals will go ahead as
scheduled between January 17th and February 8th 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.
They qualify as hosts, along with Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde,
Congo Brazzaville, DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal,
South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia. Nigeria missed out.
FAYC: The clash
A cynical decision by the
host club has left Toon fans unable to attend the
FA Youth Cup Third Round
tie against Millwall next month.
The Lions rejected pleas from United for an early kick-off at the Den and the
game will go ahead with a 3pm kick-off on Saturday
With the possibility of extra time and penalties - not to mention the
difficulties of getting across London - that precludes anyone from seeing the
tie and also attending United's Premier League visit to Arsenal at 5.30pm.
The tie sees Newcastle's youngsters making the first visit at any level by the
club to Millwall's current home in South Bermondsey since it was opened back
Tickets will be available on the day as follows:
Barry Kitchener Stand (£5 adults, £1 U16s)
Executive Lounge (£10 adults, £5 U16s)
U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton,
11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League.
SOLD OUT. Allocation: tbc.
Mon 01.12.2014 U21s v Blackburn Rovers (a)
@ Leigh Sports Village, 7pm. U21
Pay on the gate, £4 adults, £2 concs, U16s
Tue 02.12.2014 Burnley (a) @ Turf Moor, 7.45pm, Premier League.
Member sale now. £40 adults, £25 over-65s / 18s-21s, £18 U18s. Allocation:
U18s v Stoke City (h) @ Little Benton,
11am. U18 Premier League.
Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h)
@ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier
League. Member sale now.
Live on BT.
Mon 08.12.2014 FA Cup Third Round draw live on
Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 5.30pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Allocation 2,000. Live on Sky Sports.
Mon 15.12.2014 U21s v West Bromwich Albion (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21
Premier League. Note KO alteration. Wed 17.12.2014 Spurs (a)
@ White Hart Lane, 7.45pm, Capital One Cup Quarter Final. SOLD
OUT. Allocation 4,200.
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h)
@ SJP, 1.30pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited. Live on
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT.
Live on BT.
Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h)
@ SJP, 4.15pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited.
Live on Sky Sports.
Thu 01.01.2015 Burnley (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier
League. Ticket details awaited.
Capital One Cup
Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Tue 16.12.2014 Sheff United v Soton
B'mouth v Liverpool Sky
Tottenham v Newcastle
Capital One Cup Round Dates:
QF w/c 15.12.2014 SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015 SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015 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 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:
Second Round ties:
Whitley Bay 6-4 Alnwick Town (aet) Morpeth Town 3-2 WA Celtic (aet) Blyth 3-0 Ashington
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:
Arsenal (a) 5.30pm Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014 Everton (h) 4.15pm Sat 17.01.2015 Southampton (h) 5.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm Sat 31.01.2015 Hull City (a) 12.45pm
(Live games selected up to and including Sun 01.02.2015)
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders. On production of their current ST card, adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand is £10.
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm) Fri 26.12.2014 FC Halifax Town (3pm) Sun 04.01.2015 Wrexham (3pm) Sat 24.01.2015 Welling United (3pm)
Northern Premier League side Darlington
1883 operate a similar scheme, with NUFC season ticket holders gaining entry to
their league games for £6 - a saving of £3.
League games: Sat 29.11.2014 Lancaster City (3pm) Sat 20.12.2014 Radcliffe Borough (3pm) Fri 26.12.2014 Scarborough (3pm) Sat 03.01.2015 Brighouse Town (3pm)
(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)
League Magic Weekend @ SJP:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield (1pm)
St Helens v Warrington Wolves (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield (5.30pm)
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
Mark Allison aka
Run Geordie Run
will embark on his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul
- in 2016.
Raising funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation, Mark plans to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days via Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy,
Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.
Mark is also planning further runs in 2018,
2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining
13,642 miles of his 20K mile global lap.
Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Fri 28.11.2014 USA (a) FR Sun 30.11.2014 Brazil (n) FR Tue 02.12.2014 Australia (n) FR
(Nike Cup in Sarasota, FL, USA)
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.
2014/15 match dates :
What's this all about then? Click here
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1897 James Keen
Outside left signed from Bristol City who debuted in a 0-0 home
draw with Birmingham in September 1922.
Keen was to play just once more at first team level, in a 1-0 win over Bolton
Wanderers at Gallowgate eight months later, before moving on to join QPR.
1920 Charles Woollett born, Murton. (1942-1946)
Outside left who joined Newcastle United from Eppleton
Colliery Welfare, making over 60 appearances and scoring
five goals for the Magpies in wartime football.
Charles moved on to Bradford
City and later had a short spell with York City before
returning to Murton Colliery.
Ernest Whittle born,
Inside forward signed from South Moor Juniors who played
in one War League game for United (a 4-1 home win over Hartlepools in
Joining Lincoln City in 1950, Ernie scored 62 goals in 145 appearances
for the Imps, before
Bill Shankly took him to Workington three years
He also played for Chesterfield and Bradford Park Avenue
before ending his career with Scarborough. Ernie passed
away in 1998.
1959 Death of Bob McColl, 83.
1965 David Kelly born, Birmingham.
off at non-league Alvechurch, Kelly joined Walsall in 1981 and ended a seven
year stint at the Saddlers by scoring the goals that promoted them to Division
A decade-long senior international career with the Republic of Ireland began
with a cap against Israel in November 1987 and he joined West Ham for £600K in
That was following by a switch to Leicester City two years later, Kelly notched
a hat trick in a 5-4 Foxes win over Newcastle at Filbert Street during December
Recruited for United by Ossie Ardiles at a cost of £250K in December 1991,
"Ned" debuted in a 2-2 home draw with Port Vale and netted his first
Toon goal in another 2-2 draw, at Brighton a week later.
figure at SJP thanks to a never- say-die playing style, Kelly's
standing remains high on Tyneside - his decision to turn down the mackems in
order to join us automatically endearing himself to us:
A personal Kelly Top 5:
5. Greeted like a returning hero as he took his place among the
Toon fans at Coventry City in our first Premiership away game - despite
having been transferred by Newcastle just weeks before.
4. Celebrating with Toon fans on the touchline at Ayresome Park
in a cup game - then pushing those fans back into the stand to keep them
from the clutches of the rapidly-approaching Cleveland Constabulary.
3. Three first half goals (and a song, "David, David
Kelly - scored a hat trick on the telly...") on what proved
to be his final NUFC appearance - against former club Leicester City
in itself made the moment extra sweet for Kelly - having been forced
to seek shelter in the away section at Filbert Street 12 months
previously after City fans invaded the pitch and tried to set about
him at the end of our game.
2. Applauded on to the field when appearing as a substitute
against Newcastle at SJP in April 1997 - despite wearing the red and white shirt of you know
1. There really can be only one winner: to anyone who
didn't guess this, you either weren't born, were being held hostage
somewhere or are a bona-fide JCL.
Saturday April 25th 1992 and United were all aboard the Oblivion Express,
heading for Division Three at full speed.
Portsmouth were the visitors to SJP in a game of colossal
importance. 0-0 going into the dying minutes, Kelly took Quinn's
knockdown to bury the ball into the Gallowgate goal. Cue absolute
We won 1-0, went on to win at Leicester the next week and avoided the
A year later we were en route to the top flight - but completed that journey without
Kelly, who had been sold to Second tier side Wolves for £750K by Keegan, who believed he wasn't Premiership
KK may well have been right - but at the time we needed him he'd been there - scoring goals that were crucial to the very survival of
Whether Kelly left Tyneside whispering that "my work here
is done" isn't recorded, but in the weird world of NUFC.com
we'd have a statue in his memory outside SJP.
26 goals in two seasons at Molineux then saw Ned acquired by the mackems for
£1m in September 1995, doing his bit to relegate the mackems in the 1996/97
Spells at Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United then followed before he turned
down the chance to become Blades reserve team coach in favour of a move to
That began an association with ex-Leicester colleague Billy Davies, Kelly
ending his playing days at Mansfield Town and Derry City before joining Davies
on the touchline at Preston North End, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.
Following the departure of Davies, Kelly also left the City Ground in June 2011,
keeping a low profile until becoming the new assistant boss of former club
Walsall in January 2013 on a short-term basis.
After just nine days at Bescot though, Davies was installed as Forest boss once
again and Ned was soon on his way to the City Ground, becoming Deputy Manager.
That lasted barely a year though and Kelly was out of football until agreeing
to assist Mark Robins at League One Scunthorpe United in October 2014.
1944 Bradford City (a)
Wayman, Gordon Harvey 2, Shepherd 2, Hinsley
1950 Charlton Athletic
Division One Milburn 2, Walker
48,670 With ten minutes remaining, a second successive home
defeat looked inevitable as the visitors led 2-0, but some
Milburn magic won it for us.
Newcastle Reserves were beaten 1-2 at home by Manchester
United in a Central League game.
John McGuigan found the target for the Magpies.
1961 Stoke City (a)
Division Two Hale(pen)
S.Matthews, Mudie, Thompson
1987 Shrewsbury (h) 2-1
Simod Cup First Round Mirandinha, Bogie
1989 Sheffield United (h)
Division Two Gallacher, Quinn
27,170 Victory over the high-flying Blades made it nine games unbeaten
for Newcastle - helped by Mick Quinn's 17th goal of the season. Youtube footage
is online here
1995 Leeds United (h)
Premier League Lee(70), Beardsley(72)
36,572 Future Smoggie Brian Deane gave Leeds a half-time lead before Lukic was
beaten twice in quick succession.
The visitors included Gary Speed in their side and he had to suffer in midfield
for the final nine minutes of the game with substitute
tubby Tomas Brolin alongside him.
1999 AS Roma
UEFA Cup 3rd Round 1st Leg Totti(51pen)
45,655 After victories in Sofia and Zurich, United were
narrowly beaten in the Stadio Olimpico after Laurent
Charvet fouled Delvecchio in the box.
A 9.15pm kickoff and the inevitable post -match holdback
meant that the 2,000 travelling fans were still in the
stadium after midnight - although remaining in good
Rampant Italian Totti running
the camera - not a welcome sight
on this occasion...
Andy Griffin and Mark Kinsella reenacted
a scene from the seventies as league leaders Villa Reserves extended
their unbeaten league record to 15 matches at Walsall's Bescot
Stadium with a 3-1 win.
Memories of Franny Lee and
Norman Hunter exchanging blows came flooding back as Griff and
Kinsella let fly with fists flailing.
2004 Sochaux (France) (a)
UEFA Cup Group
Game 3 Bowyer(29), Ameobi(46), Bellamy(75),
15,713 Passage into the knockout stages of
the UEFA Cup was assured after an amazing 4-0 win in France - our
first victory on Gallic soil.
It was a night when it seemed like
nothing could go wrong for United and Sochaux even missed a penalty
which could have made it 2-1 and given us a nervy last half hour.
NUFC.com match report 2012 Southampton (a)
Premier League Lallana(34), Ramirez(60)
31,410 United's third straight league defeat
came at a soggy St. Mary's, after home losses to West Ham and Swansea.
This time it was another of Pardew's former clubs, Southampton, who piled on
the agony and as well as conceding two shambolic goals, Tim Krul and & co. had the goal frame to thank for keeping the score down. NUFC.com