Cardiff (h) Public
Newcastle 1 Swansea
"Of course I haven't lost the
- it's down there, first on the right...."
Alan Pardew became the first Newcastle
manager ever to preside over five successive Premier League defeats, as
Swansea eased their relegation fears thanks to goals in
added time at the end of each half on Saturday.
A woeful lack of quality from both sides left another 50K+ home crowd
suffering in silence, the lifeless nature of the match giving it the air of a
And although a fifth successive defeat came to pass, the timing of both City
goals - and United breaking their own scoring famine - meant that dissenting
voices were only evident at full time: for 90 minutes this was a silent vigil.
Given his side's decline, the point that looked inevitable as the game moved
into second half added time would have been seized upon by the manager as
proof that the rot had been stopped - regardless of the feeble display that
his disenchanted rabble of a side had served up.
An ill-advised lunge by Cheick Tiote on former smoggy Marvin Emnes changed all
that though, stand-in referee Anthony Taylor correctly awarding a penalty and
City striker Wilfried Bony shooting past Tim Krul.
Taylor had stepped up from fourth official duty after half an hour, when Chris
Foy decided that he was unable to continue in the middle. The match referee
had taken an early blow in the face from a ball that was blocked by Fabricio
Coloccini, falling to the floor before resuming following some treatment from the
Having clung to the return of Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy like a life raft
in the lead up to this game, Pardew opted to name both players on the
bench, prompting inevitable comments of the "fit enough to play, fit
enough to start" variety from fans and pundits alike.
And with a certain degree of inevitability, both players were on the field by
the 40th minute mark, not because our colander-like defence had been breached,
but due to injuries picked up by two of our front trio.
Fielding Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Dong and Papiss Cisse (the Hatem Ben Arfa
"situation" dealt with by allowing him to return to France on
Thursday with an alleged injury), the wide right role handed to Cisse didn't
look to suit him and almost immediately he was hobbling with a leg problem.
Cisse's removal saw the arrival of Debuchy and a return to midfield for Vurnon
Anita, while Remy replaced a dazed- looking De
Jong shortly before the half time interval.
By then though, SJP had witnessed an all-too-rare goal, made even more of a
collector's item by coming from Ameobi and involving an assist from De Jong.
Krul's long punt upfield was nodded on to De Jong by Shola, who took the Dutchman's
return pass before turning to hit a low
shot beyond Michel Vorm to register his first Premier League strike in a
remarkable 1,399 minutes and only a second in his last PL 55 outings.
But rather than building on that lead though, the Magpies never looked like scoring
twice for the first time at home in 2014 and continued in much the same sloppy
A brief flurry from Swansea before the break saw them level with the simplest of goals,
Wilfried Bony leaving his marker Mike Williamson for dead before heading a
right wing corner in unopposed at the near post.
The second period continued in a similar style with only a scuffed Dan Gosling
volley and a speculative Vurnon Anita effort bothering Vorm.
Krul looked like he'd earned his side a point later on, when scurrying off his line
to block Bony's run with his legs
but neither side looked like adding to their first half strikes until the game
moved into added time.
A home attack broke down in the City box and as the visitors swarmed forward,
substitute Emnes sped into the box but looked to have been crowded out by
However Tiote opted to dive in and upend his opponent with a ridiculous challenge.
That saw him booked and handed Swansea the chance to record their first away
win under the guidance of Garry Monk and put some daylight between themselves
and the bottom three.
Three games remaining then, and with the nightmarish prospect of what awaits
us at the Emirates and Anfield, there's just one more afternoon of purgatory
on Barrack Road before we can turn our back on this shower - and
begin to worry about which three teams could possibly contrive to finish below
us next May....
Gut-wrenching though it is to admit, as Bony ran up to take that penalty, our over-riding feeling was rooting for him to beat Krul -that's how much of a
head f*ck watching this rubbish week after week has become.
And just as sadly, we'd willingly see Cardiff come here and win for the second
time this season, were another home loss enough to prompt the demise of this
discredited buffoon who calls himself the manager. Presumably the squad won't risk a lap of "honour"
whatever the score....
Putting aside the "bigger picture" view we subscribe to that whoever
fills the manager/coach role is immaterial while the current status quo
prevails, something has to change if this end of season hangover isn't to
become something far more elongated and debilitating.
Tasked with achieving a top ten finish, home wins by Stoke City and Crystal
Palace next weekend would see Pardew take his side to Arsenal the
following Monday languishing in eleventh spot.
Despite that though, his post-match burbling suggested he would have been content with a
draw - an appalling lack of ambition mirrored in the
inspid, pride-free apology of a performance he presided over, that again
prompted scores of fans leaving with the score 1-1.
Thanking the fans for their backing (in reality not booing him or his side,
but providing a vote of no confidence by their lack of support) was pathetic,
while his suggestion that the winning goal could have been prevented had he
been on the touchline just invited further derision - what did he intend to
do, tackle an opponent?
And maintaining his inconsistent streak, Pardew expressed his delight at
returning to the dugout for our next game - having previously spoken about
watching from the stands after his ban ended in a bid to modify his behaviour.
Yet more stream of consciousness twaddle and like his formations, tactics and
motivational speeches, totally ignored by a dressing room that propelled him
to the manager of the year title two years ago.
Now they just want to propel him. And so do we. A change of direction is
needed, because everyone is heartily sick of going backwards.
Forget ambition, forget austerity. If we were playing in the Northern League
you'd look at the lack of heart, lack of pride and lack of commitment from the
eleven players sent out wearing our shirts and do something about it. And
short of emptying the dressing room, the bloke who took the plaudits should
now suffer the consequences.
Whether the mechanism to achieve such a change exists is open to question
though, with the financial burden of paying off the current boss presumably a
cost that the football club would have to bear.
And whether there's anyone on the payroll capable of securing a credible
candidate to fill the vacancy is another moot point - unless the third coming
of JFK awaits as the latest ignominy to befall us....
Pardew mentioned Bobby Robson's side in his pre-match waffle. Today further
emphasised to us that like the late Knight, there came a point when he had
nothing left to say to his players, no cards left un-played. Maybe his current
no.2 could share his recollections of that time...
The failure to appreciate that and act saw Robson remain in post at the end of
the 2003/04 campaign, only to then be ejected just four games into the
following season - when it became apparent that nothing had changed.
Exactly ten years on, that time has now arrived for the second-longest serving
manager in the division to be relieved of his duties after the
final whistle at Anfield next month - the same venue that the previous
administration should have made Robson's last in 2004.
Team: Krul, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Anita, Gosling (Armstrong
81), Tiote, Gouffran, De Jong (Remy 40), Cisse (Debuchy 21), Sh Ameobi.
Subs n/u: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor.
Booked: Gosling, Tiote.
Goal: Sh.Ameobi 23.
SCFC: Vorm, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, De
Guzman, Routledge (Bartley 90+4), Hernandez (Emnes 81), Bony.
Subs n/u: Tremmel, Taylor, Fulton, Dyer, Ngog.
Goals: Bony 45+1, 90+2.
Crowd: 51,057, including 800 Swans' followers.
Chris Foy - fourth appointment this season involving Newcastle,
following a 1-0 home win over Fulham, 1-0 win at Spurs and 0-0 draw at Norwich.
Foy was replaced by fourth official Anthony Taylor after 31 minutes, after
suffering an early bang in the face.
Taylor's only previous game involving United this season was the 1-2 home loss
to Cardiff City in the FA Cup.
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Alan Pardew acquired another unwanted
record for his expanding collection; namely that of the first United
manager to lose five successive Premier League games.
United last lost five league games in succession during March and April 1992,
when Kevin Keegan's attempts to stave off relegation to the third tier
faltered - only for that 1-0 home win over Pompey to end the sequence.
And in terms of top flight seasons, December 1986 and January 1987 saw Willie
McFaul's side reel off six First Division
defeats in a row.
Pardew had previously shared the four defeat total with Kenny Dalglish
(1997/98), Graeme Souness (2004/05) & Kevin Keegan (2007/08) and himself
(2012/13). We also lost four on the bounce in both 2007/08 & 2008/09
seasons under multiple "managers".
Pardew's seven game ban:
15.03.2014 Fulham (a) lost 0-1
22.03.2014 Crystal Palace (h) won 1-0
25.03.2014 Everton (h) lost 0-3
29.03.2014 Southampton (a) lost 0-4
05.04.2014 Manchester United (h) lost 0-4
12.04.2014 Stoke City (a) lost 0-1
19.04.2014 Swansea City (h) lost 1-2
Ameobi's goal was the 78th of his SJP career and the 42nd in
the Premier League - the 41st arriving way back in December 2012 against QPR at
the Leazes end.
This latest goal moved him up to fourth in the club's all-time Premier League
1. Alan Shearer 148
2. Peter Beardsley 46
3. Andy Cole 43
4. Shola Ameobi 42
5. Les Ferdinand 41
finally scored after 383 minutes of play - and have netted just twice in 563 minutes of the artless slop that passes for football
round our way.
In nine Premier League home games since Boxing Day, we've scored just
three times - as many as the mackems managed in their single visit to
home game to play, United have managed to score just 20 times in the
Premier League at SJP to date - with five of them in one game, against Stoke
Our lowest seasonal total in the Premier League to date is 22 (reached in
1997/98 and 2006/07), while both 2012/13 and the 2008/09 relegation campaign saw
Just 9 of that 20 have come in the first half of games, while the
"end" split is 16/4 in favour of the Gallowgate, despite today's
effort from Shola - the first to be netted at the Leazes End in 2014.
Fans at that end had previously witnessed only Yohan Cabaye's shot against Liverpool, a Yoan Gouffran
back header against West Brom and Loic Remy's Boxing Day opener against the
PL home scoring record to date 2013/14:
23, Dummett 56
68, Remy 89
2, Gouffran 38
36 Sissoko 57
44,56 Gouffran 48
Cabaye 66 Cisse 80pen
Swans @ SJP - all-time:
2013/14 lost 1-2 Sh.Ameobi
2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)
“It was a really cruel blow for the club and the team. It was a game that
looked like it was heading for a draw, but we just switched off on our own set
play and it’s cost us at least a point.
“We had the numbers back to deal with
it, we just didn’t concentrate and I think that is one of those situations
that, if I had been on the touchline, I could have influenced that situation.
“I’m looking forward to getting back
on to the touchline against Arsenal for sure. “It is very frustrating
(not to be allowed in the dugout) - that’s how it is for us. When the
manager is not on the sideline you can’t influence as I would have done.
“I was pleased with the crowd today because I thought they gave us a
platform to try and win the game. I’m absolutely choked for them we haven’t
given them the sort of result we wanted.
“The position we were in the game, we
didn’t deserve that. I don’t want to be the first manager who has lost
five Premier League games here on my CV.
“I’m absolutely choked for the players
and the staff because I think even a point would have been something to carry
“I think it’s important we win one of
our last three games to secure a top 10 finish. Teams are chasing us down and
that’s the last thing we wanted. A win today would have probably secured it.
“It was a game that was looking like
finishing a draw. We played a lot better and that last goal was a real killer
blow. That should not have been allowed to happen.
“We made three of four errors in that
goal. I felt we should have won the game. Errors at the end of both halves had
cost us dear.
“Their effort was there for all to see.
We keep making errors and we are getting punished. You can’t afford to do
that with the run we are on. We’ve got to grin and bear it.
“That’s five defeats and there is
nothing more to say. But today was a cruel blow. We will work hard and make
sure that in the next three games we get a win.
“We have been beaten by some good teams
and we’ve probably not been good enough, but today we were good enough to
win this game and we should have come out of it with at least a point and I
thought we should have won it.
“But as a team we have made some errors
and it has cost us, Swansea got a break at the end of each half and they have
capitalised through that.
“There was not much to be said really
other than we are going to have to work hard this week and try and get us a
win before the end of the season for sure and the sooner the better.”
Remaining Premier League results/fixture:
(3pm unless specified)
Spurs 3-1 Fulham
Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton
Cardiff City 1-1 Stoke City
West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 1-2 mackems
Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool
Hull City 0-3 Arsenal
Everton 2-0 Manchester United
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky
A 16 minute appearance from the bench was enough to earn former Magpie Yohan
Cabaye the first silverware of his Paris Saint Germain career on
The French international midfielder was introduced during the second half of
the League Cup Final between PSG and Lyon, with his side 2-1 ahead in the
Stade de France.
And that's how it stayed, meaning that Cabaye completes a clean sweep of
domestic honours, having appeared for Lille in their 2011 French Cup Final
success and also helped his side win Ligue 1 that same season.
Saturday was the 17th game he's played for PSG.
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in the frame
A 2-2 draw
against Southport in front of a crowd of 2,121 at the International Stadium
on Friday made it ten games without defeat for Conference side Gateshead.
The Tynesiders remain fifth in the table and occupy the final playoff position,
but a 1-0 home victory by their nearest rivals Braintree leaves the pressure
firmly on, ahead of their final two scheduled fixtures.
Remaining GFC fixtures:
Mon 21.04.2014 Macclesfield Town (a) (3pm)
Sat 26.04.2014 Cambridge United (h) (5.30pm)
Sides finishing second to fifth will meet in two-legged semi-finals staged on
Wed 30.04.2014 /Thu 01.05.2014 and Sun 04.05.2014. That will then decide
the two sides who play at Wembley on Sunday May 18th to decide which club
joins champions Luton Town in going up.
Aside from the latest episode of
torture at SJP, there's a wealth of football action across the region this
weekend - including another Northern League groundhopper event.
For the uninitiated, part of the Northern League's 125th anniversary
celebrations has seen staggered kickoffs at various games, allowing fans to
watch two...or more.
The last - and maddest - of these events is the Easter Hop and although the
organised travel is all booked out, there's nothing to stop anyone turning
up and paying on the gate (around £4-£6 per game).
North Shields 3-0 West Allotment Celtic
Whitley Bay 2-1 Newcastle Benfield
Ashington 7-3 Crook Town
Jarrow Roofing BCA 1-0 Heaton Stannington
Washington 1-1 Seaham Red Star
Birtley Town 3-1 Chester-le-Street
Consett 0-1 Durham City
Ryton 1-1 Crawcrook Albion v Whickham
Bishop Auckland v Crook Town Noon (D1)
Spennymoor Town v Team Northumbria 3pm (D1)
Newton Aycliffe v Shildon 6pm (D1)
Details of the other Northern League games over the weekend, directions
and other information is here
Magpie Alan Shearer is the special guest at a talk-in event in South
Shields next month - and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs in a
The club's record goalscorer appears at Hedworth Hall on Thursday May 8th from
7pm and tickets are on sale now.
These are priced at £30 entry only, £50 standard and £100 VIP (£70 VIP
tickets are sold out).
Bookings can be made online
here or direct from the venue
(which avoids the online booking fee).
To be in with a chance of winning two standard tickets, simply
to say where
the above photo of Al and his fellow BBC pundit Robbie Savage was taken.
The closing date is Fri April
24th @ 5pm and the subject is: Al. Those who choose their own
subject line will be disqualified (except for the HM Forces email restriction
that we're aware of).
There's no age restriction and readers are free to enter regardless of where
they are on the planet. One entry per person please, no purchase necessary.
Prize consists of two admission tickets to the event including food - any
other costs (drinks, travel etc.) are excluded.
PS: tickets are also on sale now for this year's Black & White
Reunion event, at Dunston's Lancastrian Suite.
Defenders are on the menu this time round and appearing will be: John
Anderson, Olivier Bernard, John Beresford, John Carver, Frank Clark, David
Craig, Pat Howard, Steve Howey, Peter Jackson, Irving Nattrass & Darren
John Gibson will be hosting the event and local comic Gavin Webster will also
appear. Telling jokes, obviously.
Following the success of the 2013 reunion, this year's event will be staged on
a Sunday lunchtime once again, kicking off at Noon on Sunday 18th May.
Tickets are £20 for entry only and £35 for
VIP places - the latter including lunch - and The Stroke Association stand to
benefit from funds raised.
can be made online
here or via Premier Sports on
0191 280 5603.
Northern Premier League side Blyth
Spartans face the task of playing on successive days next week, having
failed in an attempt to get one of the games altered.
Closing their home programme with the visit of Whitby Town to Croft Park for a
3pm start on Easter Monday, Blyth are then in action the following
night in the Techflow Group Northumberland
Senior Cup Final.
Their opponents at Gallowgate in a 7pm KO on Tuesday are Newcastle
Reserves and the final will be played
to a finish - via extra time and penalties if required.
Admission can be gained by paying at the East Stand turnstiles - £6 adults,
£3 concessions. NB: NUFC season ticket holders and members do not receive free
Since lifting the trophy after beating Blue Star in 1994, Spartans have lost
nine times in the final - six of them against Newcastle - the most recent
coming in 2011.
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after the first leg in Crete, a 3-0 home win by Panathinaikos on Wednesday was
enough to see off OFI and ensure a place in this season's Greek Cup Final.
The Athens side took just 20 minutes of the second leg to cancel out OFI's
lead, with on-loan Magpie Mehdi Abeid bagging his eight goal in all
competitions for the Greens.
Mehdi's goal online here
Mehdi and his current team mates face PAOK in the final at the
Olympic Stadium in Athens this coming Saturday.
And after that, Panathinaikos will embark on an end of season mini league,
where the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth do battle to decide
who joins champions Olympiakos in the Champions League.
A frantic schedule means that each side must play six games in just 18 days,
Panathinaikos facing this task:
Tue 29.04.2014 Atromitos (a)
Sat 03.05.2014 PAOK (h)
Tue 06.05.2014 Asteras Tripolis (a)
Sat 10.05.2014 Asteras Tripolis (h)
Tue 13.05.2014 Atromitos (h)
Fri 16.05.2014 PAOK (a)
Other current Toon
James Tavernier/Haris Vuckic (Rotherham United)
A remarkable game at Molineux on Friday saw Wolves record a 6-4 win over the
Millers. Both on-loan Magpies began the game, with Haris replaced on 69
Rotherham now host Port Vale on Easter Monday.
Recalled to the starting XI for a Championship visit to Nottingham Forest on
Saturday, Fergie didn't reappear after the half time interval. City were
Next up for City is an Easter Monday home meeting with Blackburn Rovers.
/ Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
A morale-boosting 2-0 home win over Hibernian in the SPFL on Saturday was
achieved thanks to another 90 minute shift from Conor Newton and an unused sub
role for Adam Campbell.
Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
The winger began on the bench for City as they came up against Liverpool at
Carrow Road in the Premier League on Sunday.
Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
A 1-2 loss at AS Nancy in Ligue 2 on Friday saw the United winger complete
the full game.
(Dundee United) (injured)
After recovering from a hip problem sustained during his senior international
debut for Australia, Curtis is due to resume training on Tayside next week and
could be in contention for a squad place when Motherwell visit Tannadice in
the SPFL on Saturday.
There's the prospect of another cup final appearance to add to the defender's CV,
following an outing for Bradford City against Swansea City in
the 2013 League Cup Final.
The Tangerines will face St.Johnstone in
the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday May 17th, staged this season at Celtic Park due to
rebuilding work at Hampden Park.
Assuming he's not been kidnapped or deported
before then, Alan Pardew returns to the Newcastle dugout after his eight game
ban when his side visit the Emirates on Monday week (April 28th), live on Sky
Kickoff is at 8pm and all 1,800 away tickets have been sold,
United subsidising the cost by £10 per adult ticket from their away fan fund.
Squad: Moussa Sissoko may return after injury, but Davide Santon isn't
expected to play again this season and the knee problem that resulted in Papiss
Cisse leaving the field during the home loss to Swansea is anticipated to
The current whereabouts, mood and
fitness of Hatem Ben Arfa remain undisclosed.
Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 13/2
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to
fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).
The RMT trade union have
announced a two day strike
by London Underground staff, beginning on Monday at 9pm -
midway through our visit to the Emirates Stadium.
A recent strike call was ultimately called off, while a reduced service
continued on some lines during previous industrial action. If this strike does
go ahead however, beware that parts of the network usually begin to close down
ahead of the actual declared start time - meaning that journeys to the stadium
may well be affected.
Overseas TV: to follow
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Magpies @ Gunners - Premier
2012/13: Lost 3-7 Ba 2, Marveaux
2011/12: Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2010/11: Won 1-0 Carroll
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2007/08: Lost 0-2 (LC)
2006/07: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 2-3 Robert, Bernard
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien, Shearer, Robert
2000/01: Lost 0-5
1999/00: Drew 0-0
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 1-3 Barton
1996/97: Won 1-0 Elliott
1995/96: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-2 Keown og, Beardsley, Fox
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Beardsley
(@ Highbury until 2005-06 season, Emirates thereafter)
Remaining Premier League fixtures:
Southampton v Everton (12.45pm) BT
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Spurs
Swansea City v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham
Manchester United v Norwich City (5.30pm) Sky
mackems v Cardiff (Noon) Sky
Liverpool v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Man City (4.10pm) Sky
West Ham v Spurs (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Hull City
Manchester United v mackems
Stoke City v Fulham
Swansea City v Southampton
Everton v Manchester City (5.30pm) Sky
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Norwich City (4pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky
Manchester United v Hull City (7.45pm)
Manchester City v Aston Villa (7.45pm) Sky
mackems v West Bromwich Albion (7.45pm)
Sun 11.05.2014 (TV picks yet tbc):
Cardiff City v Chelsea
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Hull City v Everton
Manchester City v West Ham
Norwich City v Arsenal
Southampton v Manchester United
mackems v Swansea City
Spurs v Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
cap for Alex
scoring twice in United's U18 league victory over Chelsea on Saturday, Toon midfielder
Alex Gilliead won his second England U18 cap on Wednesday night.
Alex started for the young Lions in a friendly against Germany at Rotherham
United's New York Stadium and although his side were trailing 0-1 when he was
replaced after 66 minutes, England eventually ran out 2-1 victors.
topples Tees teens
Newcastle U18s 3 Middlesbrough U18s 2
second half brace from striker Tom Heardman took him into double figures for
the season on Tuesday, as United edged a well-contested Tyne-tees derby
Having beaten Chelsea 3-2 at Little Benton on Saturday, Dave Watson's
youngsters went into this rearranged game looking for a fifth successive win
on their own ground - and an eighth home victory in nine outings this year.
And they got off to a decent start when a low shot from Ben
Drennan from the edge of the box seemed to catch out visiting goalkeeper
Joe Fryer after 18 minutes.
Boro almost hit back from the kickoff as striker Jordan Jowers exploited some
confusion in the United area and shot against the goal frame from a narrow
The equaliser wasn't long in arriving though and when Jowers was challenged in
the box by Ryan McKinnon midway through the first half, referee James Simpson
pointed to the spot - and Joe Wheatley converted.
In glorious conditions, Newcastle regained the lead barely two minutes into
the second half when Tom Heardman netted from 18 yards - Fryer again
less than impressive.
Ten minutes later Heardman struck again, after substitute Liam Gibson wormed
his way to the byline and pulled the ball across the six yard box for the 18
year-old striker to force past Fryer and a couple of covering defenders.
That never looked likely to be the end of the scoring though and Boro reduced
the arrears on 67 minutes, Lee Hetherington beating Freddie Woodman from close
A Boro equaliser seemed inevitable as the visitors began to dominate
possession, but some poor shooting and an instinctive stop from Woodman in the
final seconds of normal time ensured that United held on for the win.
There were first starts at this level for Jack Hunter and Luke Charman, while
Macaulay Gillesphey made his comeback following ankle ligament problems.
Team: Woodman, Newberry, Cameron, Hunter, McKinnon, Gillesphey,
Kerridge, Drennan (Gibson
50), Heardman, Charman, Laidler.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Tatters, Trodd, Suddick.
Fluke goal - but
defeat no accident
City 1 Newcastle 0
report is online here
Kick-off times have now been confirmed for the Schalke 04 tournament
involving United in August as follows:
Sat Aug 2nd 3pm CET and 5pm CET
Sun Aug 3rd 3pm CET and 5pm CET
NB: On the basis that any drawn game in the tournament proceeds to a
penalty shootout after 90 minutes, that second kick-off time may be pushed back
(CET is one hour ahead of UK time)
The Bundesliga club have now placed tickets on public sale to all fans without any
specific segregation details, but confirmation is awaited as to whether NUFC
will receive an allocation to sell direct to their fans.
PS: to all those asking, we have no information as yet whether other
NUFC pre-season games will be scheduled in or around Germany before or
after this tournament.
Wed 18.06.2014 Premier
League fixtures published.
Sat 16.08.2014 Premier League opening fixtures.
In addition to the Bundesliga hosts and ourselves, West Ham and Spanish Primera Division
side Malaga are also now confirmed for the tournament in the German city of Gelsenkirchen (a twin town of Newcastle
The games will be in stark contrast to United's last two games on German soil
in 2012, low-key friendlies against third tier outfit Chemnitzer and AS Monaco
- the latter played on a neutral field in deepest Bavaria....
Opened in 2001 as a replacement for the Parkstadion that hosted games
in the 1974 World Cup, the Veltins Arena (originally christened the Arena
AufSchalke) has a capacity of almost 62,000 for domestic fixtures - which
54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down
Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final
and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on
penalties by a Portugal side featuring old boy Hugo Viana.
United's last meeting with Schalke 04 came back in May 1960 when Charlie
Mitten's side won 3-0 in Germany during a post-season tour
that also saw kickabouts played in Ireland, Yugoslavia and Spain.
The only notable player link between the clubs came in 2009, when Peter
Lovenkrands moved "on a free from Germany" to SJP after his
Schalke deal was cancelled.
PS: There's an interesting article about Schalke, Lovenkrands, Freddy
Shepherd & NUFC online
Reports emanating from New Zealand
in recent days suggest that Newcastle are among a handful of Premier League
sides under consideration to participate in a pre-season tournament later this
Ourselves, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with a proposed series of
games involving Wellington Phoenix (who actually play in Australia's A League)
at their 34,500 Westpac stadium.
The option of Auckland's 25,000 North Harbour Stadium hosting games has also
been mooted, but like previous reports of United heading to South Africa, the
club haven't given any hint that future plans for friendlies involve them going
further than mainland Europe.
United have previously visited New Zealand, playing a series of four matches
against the national side in May 1985 in Christchurch, Wellington, Napier and
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Saturday 19th April
Match report to follow
Number of Newcastle games attended by NUFC.com in 2013/14:
Fixtures, Tickets etc.
The ticket office has now re-opened on the first floor of the SJP club shop,
under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.
NUFC box office Easter opening hours:
Easter Sunday: closed
Easter Monday: closed
Normal opening Hours:
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
Details of 2014/15 season ticket sales/ prices can be found online
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.
SJP season ticket info online here
SJP Stadium seating plan online here
City Centre map (PDF)
Show Racism the Red Card have a free
download of the NUFC team photo in both PDF and jpeg formats online
Tue 22.04.2014 U21s v
Blyth Spartans @ SJP, 7pm.
Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.
25.04.2014 U21s v Arsenal (h) @ Darsley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.
Note further new date, venue
change and that game is now BCD.
Sat 26.04.2014 U18s v Norwich City (a) @ Colney Training Centre, NR4 7TS. 11am. U18 Premier League.
Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a)
@ Emirates Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation:
Live on Sky Sports.
Sat 03.05.2014 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Note new date.
Sat 03.05.2014 Cardiff City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.Public sale now.
Sun 11.05.2014 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation:
Guidance from LFC:
Included in the
allocation are a number of tickets marked 'restricted view' and 'severely
Seats classed as
restricted view on Row 1 is due to personnel movement. Seats classed as
restricted view on other rows is due to stanchions supporting the Upper Tier,
which impair the view of either goal.
Any seats classed as
severely restricted view is due to supporters standing up and down and, in the
event of this happening during the game, the supporters on Rows 34 and 35 have a
very limited view of the goals due to overhang of the upper tier roof.
In purchasing a
'restricted view' or 'severely restricted view' ticket, you are accepting this
view and there can be no ticket exchanges or refunds under any circumstances.
Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford
Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)
Fri 23.05.2014 to Sun 25.05,2014 Hong Kong Soccer
7s featuring NUFC.
Group A: NUFC, Guangzhou Evergrande, HKFA U23, Hong Kong FC.
Group B: Chelsea, mackems, Kitchee, HKFC Captain's Select.
Group C: Manchester City, Rangers, HKFA team tbc, Singapore Cricket
Group D: Leicester City, Aston Villa, HKFA U21s, Yau Yee League Select.
Wed 18.06.2014 Premier League fixtures published.
Sun 27.07.2014 to
Fri 01.08.2014 Northern Ireland Milk Cup featuring NUFC.
Sat 02.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena,
Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or 5pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.
Sun 03.08.2014 NUFC v team tbc @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, KO 3pm or
5pm local time.
Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly.
Sat 16.08.2014 Premier
League kicks off.
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 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a) 8pm
NUFC Live on BT:
None currently scheduled
To mark the Northern League's 125th anniversary,
SJP will host their League Cup Final on Tue 06.05.2014 (KO tbc)
Northern League Cup Quarter Finals:
18.03.2014 Marske United 4-1 Guisborough
19.03.2014 Brandon 0-2 Whitehaven
08.04.2014 Whitley Bay 3-2 B.Auckland
15.04.2014 Tow Law Town 1-3 Ashington
Semi Final draw:
21.04.2014 Whitehaven v Whitley Bay
21.04.2014 Ashington v Marske
Live Music @ SJP:
Kings of Leon + White Lies + further support act still tbc. Tickets remain
on public sale
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
ticket sales in five batches:
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
05.2014/06.2014 via Rugby Clubs
To members of rugby clubs in England
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
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Future international dates:
09.05.2014 to 21.05.2014 UEFA U17 Final tournament (Malta)
Group A: England, Holland, Turkey,
Group B: Scotland, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland.
26.05.2014 Australia v S'Africa (Sydney)
27.05.2014 France v Norway (Paris)
28.05.2014 Scotland v Nigeria (Fulham)
30.05.2014 Bosnia v Ivory Coast (tbc)
01.06.2014 France v Paraguay (Nice)
03.06.2014 Greece v Nigeria (Chester)
04.06.2014 Argentina v T & T (Rosario)
04.06.2014 El Salvador v I'Coast (Frisco)
06.06.2014 Croatia v Australia (tbc)
07.06.2014 Arg v Slovenia (Buenos Aires)
07.06.2014 USA v Nigeria (Jacksonville)
08.06.2014 France v Jamaica (Lille)
A: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Cameroon
B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
D: Uruguay, England, Costa Rica, Italy
E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
G: Germany, Ghana, Portugal, USA
H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
(Nations in bold expected to have NUFC involvement in their squads)
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 :
2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
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Whoops, He did it Again... |
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
Hudspeth born, Percy Main. (1910-29)
of the club’s all-time appearance record for an outfield player, United paid
£100 to local amateur club North Shields Athletic for their left back in
Gradually replacing Jack Carr and Tony Whiston over the following three
seasons, Hudspeth became the bedrock of United's defence alongside Bill
Working in a Tyneside munitions factory during WW1, Hudspeth also appeared as a
guest player for the Leeds City club and served in the Royal Navy as an Able
Seaman before returning to play for the Magpies in the Victory War League of
That saw him renew the partnership with McCracken and the pair continued to
good effect when league football resumed the following season, aided by their
stifling but unpopular application of the offside rule.
In 1923/24 he captained the side for their Wembley debut in the FA Cup Final
against Aston Villa, collecting the trophy after his side scored two late
An England call-up followed for Frank in October 1925 and he helped post a clean
sheet against Northern Ireland in Belfast.
More silverware was to come Hudspeth’s way – but only after he relinquished
the captaincy to Hughie Gallacher in 1926.
Undeterred, he was an ever-present in the title winning season, forming another
solid defensive partnership with Alf Maitland.
Continuing to feature in the first team until September 1928, Frank finally
lost his place after a 0-5 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
His final six games that season brought him three more goals - including two of
his trademark blockbuster penalty conversions.
Leaving SJP in 1929, Frank played for Stockport County and Crook Town before
hanging up his boots in the summer of 1931.
Two years later he was appointed Rochdale trainer, moving on to a similar
position at nearby Burnley in 1934 - eventually retiring in 1945.
Frank remained in Burnley until his death, in February 1963.
1942 James Wilson born,
Newmilns, Scotland. (1959-62)
left who was signed from Shotts Bon Accord for £750 in September 1959.
Making his first team debut the following October in a 5-0 home win over
Cardiff City, Jimmy played just once more in what became a relegation season.
Used more in the following campaign when, selected by new boss Norman Smith in
preference to Liam Tuohy, Wilson then lost his place to FA Youth Cup winner
Alan Suddick and exited from SJP.
Returning to his native Scotland, he enjoyed spells in the colours of Greenock
Morton, Aberdeen, Motherwell, Dundee and Falkirk.
Ending his career at Elgin City, he later managed Highland League sides Keith
and Cove Rangers and ran a pub in Aberdeen named after himself.
Jimmy maintained his Pittdorie associations by working as a corporate matchday
host for Dons home games and being involved with the Aberdeen ex-players
1976 Shay Given born,
Lifford, Republic of Ireland. (1997-2009).
United boss Kenny Dalglish went back to his former club Blackburn
Rovers in May 1997 to sign Shay Given at a cost of £1.5m - having previously
brought the teenage 'keeper from Celtic Park to Ewood in 1994.
Having played just twice in the Rovers first team when deputising for Tim
Flowers, Given had been out on loan at both Swindon Town and the mackems (who
it was rumoured were unable to fund a permanent transfer).
His arrival at SJP saw him tussle with Steve Harper for the goalkeeper's
jersey, taking possession by the 2000/01 season, after withdrawing a transfer
Shay began a run of 140 consecutive league appearances away at Leeds in January
2001 – broken in October 2004 when his wife gave birth and Harper deputised
By the end of the 2006/07 season, Given had risen to sixth in Newcastle’s
all-time appearance table and captained the side.
However he had also belied his “Lazarus” nickname by missing a number of
games throughout the season through injury.
A sickening collision with Marlon Harewood at West Ham in September 2006 left
Given with abdominal injuries likened by his surgeon to those suffered in car
The subject of many transfer rumours over the years (often linked to
Arsenal), Shay eventually left SJP in January 2009, with
Manchester City reportedly paying £8m.
While there was sadness at his leaving, there had been a certain air of
inevitability about it. In later years, Given had regularly spoken of the need
for the club to invest properly in the squad - but to no avail.
Shay's final United appearance came in a 0-3 loss at Blackburn, which ended in him
preventing an onfield clash between Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.
He then exited the field without the usual acknowledgement of the Toon fans,
which prompted us to write that:
"If he'd finally reached the point of no return with this bloody cowboy
outfit, then we couldn't blame him."
His departure from United left him third in the all time club appearance
list, having played 463 game in all competitions (including one sub outing).
The grass at Manchester City didn't however prove to be green, with Given
losing his first-choice status in April 2010 when he dislocated a shoulder.
Replaced by Márton Fülöp for the remaining three games of the season, Shay
then saw Joe Hart return from his loan at Birmingham City and take over
between the posts at Eastlands for 2010/11.
Given found himself restricted to a handful of
cup outings including bench duty at Wembley in the FA Cup Final win over Stoke
- for which he received a medal.
Bowing to the inevitable, Given moved on and join Aston Villa in July 2011 for a fee of around £3.5m.
Internationally, Shay became the Republic of Ireland's most-capped player of
all time in March 2010 when he made his 103rd senior appearance - he's now
He announced his international retirement in August 2012 but had reversed that
decision by January 2013, partly due to his lack of appearances at Villa.
Going on loan to Middlesbrough in November meant that Shay earned the dubious honour of
appearing for teams by the
Tyne, wear and tees, but remained out of the first team picture following his
return four months on.
Given secured a new role at Villa though in April 2014, unexpectedly joining
Paul Lambert's coaching staff following some backroom sackings at Villa
PS: no profile of Shay would be complete without mentioning the events
of Saturday 8th November 1997 at Highfield Road.
In an initially innocuous piece of play, Given claimed possession of the ball
on the edge of his six yard box and threw the ball down in preparation for
clearing it downfield.
However, as was later written by numerous reporters, he was the only Irishman
who didn’t know where Dublin was – City striker Dion Dublin appearing from
behind him and scoring a perfectly legitimate goal by tapping the loose ball
into the United net.
1896 Burslem Port Vale
Last game of the season and despite the defeat, United
finished 5th in the league.
1897 St.Mirren (h)
Stewart, Smellie, Aitken
1898 Stoke (h)
1901 Manchester City
1907 Bolton Wanderers
Marsh 2, White, Gaskell
This was the final game of the Championship winning
season and saw a debut for George Jobey, signed from
Morpeth Harriers for the princely sum of £10.
1908 Middlesbrough (a)
The season ended with United losing their final two
games to the mackems and then the smoggies. This saw them
drop to fourth, having been second since Christmas Day.
1912 Aston Villa (a)
1921 Middlesbrough (a)
1935 Bolton Wanderers
Milsom, Westwood 2
The Reserves travelled to Villa Park while the First
team entertained Bolton at St. James'.
1955 Preston North End (h)
Davies, Hannah, Milburn
Higham 2, Baxter
Alf McMichael and Tommy Casey appeared for Northern
Ireland as a John Charles hat trick gave Wales a 3-2
victory at Windsor Park, Belfast.
In the Wales team was future Magpie Ivor Allchurch, alongside his brother Len.
Aston Villa (h)
1962 Derby County (h) 3-0 (2-0)
Fell (pen), Hale, Thomas
1963 Bury (h)
1966 Blackpool (a)
1968 Fulham (a)
1974 Birmingham City (h)
1981 Grimsby Town (h) 1-1 (0-1)
McDermott(18), Varadi, Wharton, Keegan
Blackburn Rovers (a) 1-1 (0-0)
Future United coach Derek Fazackerley, netted
from the spot for Rovers.
Wark(57) Gillespie(69), Walsh(80)
Joe Fagan's side remained in fourth positon
after John Wark,
Gary Gillespie and Paul Walsh
all beat Martin Thomas.
United managed a late consolation when Neil McDonald shot
past Bruce Grobbelaar from the penalty spot - our first
Anfield goal in six league and
There was a debut for Brian Tinnion, at left back, as Neil
McDonald was sent off for moaning to the referee.
Clark scored a hat-trick for the Toffees, who were well on
their way to becoming champions.
footage is online here
Ipswich Town (h)
Having beaten Oldham and Sheffield Wednesday at home
in the previous week, Ossie Ardiles saw his side held by
John Lyall's outfit.
Derby County (a)
An Easter Monday disaster, as referee Brian Coddington
sent off Kevin Brock, Kevin Scott and Liam O'Brien and banished
coach Terry McDermott
from the bench as United were left in a relegation
position with only two games left.
Paul Williams gave the Rams an early lead from the penalty
spot, with future Magpie Paul Kitson doubling the lead
before half time.
A second half onslaught from nine-man United - backed by
frenetic support - saw Gavin Peacock hit the bar and then
pull one back after 49 minutes.
Dreams faded with 20 minutes remaining though when Craig
Ramage got Derby's third and within two minutes Liam
O'Brien had walked, reducing us to eight men.
Ramage then claimed a fourth and United fans ripped seats out
of the Osmaston Stand and frisbeed them on to the field, before trouble flared
outside the Baseball Ground.
footage is online here
the seats out for the lads..."
1994 After finally becoming a first choice for
United, defender Alan Neilson made his senior Welsh debut
Charlton Athletic (h)
Speed(22), LuaLua(46), Shearer(89)
Alan Shearer got his long -awaited 200th Premiership
goal in what was his 400th club start. His late strike to
beat Dean Kiely at the Gallowgate End also brought up a
century of first team goals for the season.
LuaLua celebrates in
Norwich City (a)
After successive 1-4 losses at Sporting Lisbon (Thursday)
and against Manchester United at Cardiff (Sunday), a weary
squad and support moved
on to Carrow Road on Wednesday night.
Patrick Kluivert's late effort looked to have won a point
and stopped the rot, only for Dean Ashton
to head home deep into added time and give City what
turned out to be false hope of avoiding relegation.
Kevin Keegan's side made it six games without loss and
five wins in a row against our alleged rivals.
One of the easiest victories KK presided over saw Roy
Keane's awful side and their meek followers comfortably
dispatched by two first half Michael Owen goals.
After the victory, KK commented:
"I don't care what anybody says, you can go around
the world twice if you like and you would not get an
atmosphere like that anywhere else."
reserves recorded their biggest win of the season
- after falling behind to an early goal
- beating Huddersfield Town Reserves 5-1.
Haris Vuckic, Paul Dummett, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Callum
Morris and Phil Airey all netted at Whitley Park after the Terriers
had gone ahead within 90 seconds.
a valiant effort from an Ashington side containing various ex-Mags, the
reserves booked their
place in the Senior Cup Final with a 2-0 win at Whitley
Park - thanks to goals from Brad Inman and Michael Richardson.
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West Bromwich Albion
United ended a
losing sequence of four away games with a point at The Hawthorns
- but Yoan Gouffran's first half goal wasn't a true
reflection of their first half dominance.
Baggies boss Steve Clarke paired Shane Long and Romelu
Lukaku, but Newcastle' ineptness was as
much to blame as Albion's increased efforts for the full
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