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Ticket news:

Burnley (a) Member sale now
Chelsea (h) Member sale now
West Ham (a) & Arsenal (a) SOLD OUT
Spurs (a)
& Man U (a) SOLD OUT

Travel update:
West Ham (a) dry trains now also southbound 


Statement from East Coast:


"Restrictions 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 comfortable journey."


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 breakfast.... 

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
(after extra-time)


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 United  
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 half.

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 tie. 

Round of 16 ties are due to be completed by January 5th and no date has been announced as yet for the draw.

Team: Woodman, Olley, Gibson, Bigirimana, Gillesphey, Satka, Gilliead, Barlaser, Heardman (Kemen 83), Roberts, Vuckic.
Subs n/u: McKinnon, Pearson, Ward, Longstaff.

Booked: Barlaser

Referee: I.Turner

Crowd: 317 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup - other Round of 32 ties:

Thu 20.11.2014:
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Derby County 

Mon 24.11.2014:

Ipswich Town 0-1 Southampton
Reading 3-0 QPR
Boro 1-0 Hull City

Tue 25.11.2014:
West Ham 1-1 Millwall (8-7 on pens)
Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa
Watford 3-2

Wed 26.11.2014:
Charlton Athletic v Brighton

Friday 05.12.2014:
Manchester City v mackems

Mon 08.12.2014:
Sheffield United v Stoke City

Tue 09.12.2014:
Leicester City v Leeds United

Fri 12.12.2014:
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

date tbc:
Fulham v Norwich City
Huddersfield Town v Everton

(Blackburn Rovers received a bye)

Premier League:
Masters of six

Newcastle  1  QPR  0

Match report

There's still the chance to win a pair of sought-after VIP tickets for the derby match at SJP online here

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

Mon 24.11.2014:

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 here

Toon tome:
Who's Who on sale


Online orders for club historian Paul Joannou's latest book can now be made direct from the publisher online here

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.  

Alternatively, The Back 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 email

Nicola Atkinson, West Midlands
Deborah Brown, location tbc
Gordon Young, Wallsend

Premier League:
West Ham (a)

The 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 KO.

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 Cardiff City.

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.

Referee: Mike Dean -

Travel: no relevant scheduled disruptions to Underground and Overground services. TfL website online here

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
(3pm unless specified): 

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:

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



If 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 details here

Admission is just 2 and start time is 7pm. To reserve places email or telephone 0191 215 0821 or 07763 985686. Grounsell Park can be found on Newton Road, High Heaton, NE7 7HP details

Where's 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 Saturday.    

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 released. 

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 this month.

Local ties for 
local people 

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:


Whitley 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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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.

Team: Woolston, Cobain, Newberry, Cameron, Laidler, Storey (Hunter 65), Drennan, Longstaff, Ward (Suddick 81), Johnson (Charman 65), Heaney. Subs n/u: Pearson, Pollock.

The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

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.

Sylvain 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 late leveller.

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.


Talk-in comp:
Sir Les giveaway 

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. 

e 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.    

Closing 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. 

PS: 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 ground

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 tragedy.  

There's an open invitation to anyone wishing to attend future fan group/police meetings, with supporters aged between 16 and 25 particularly under-represented. 

Meetings take place quarterly on weekday evenings at a location in Newcastle. Email here 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 

Wall art:
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, these are available either as an A3 size single image piece or four separate A4 pieces that combine to create a single image.

Featuring polished edge panels with no visible fixings create a three dimensional effect that one of our competition winners termed, "absolutely stunning"


See more illustrations and details here (pdf)

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 (pdf)


Premier League:
Burnley (a) 

Tuesday 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 Clarets. 

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.

Phil Dowd

UK TV: none

Overseas TV:

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League fixture
(7.45pm unless specified): 

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

to follow

Old boy:
Richardson reappears

Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans confirm that ex-Newcastle midfielder Michael Richardson has now signed on the dotted line at Croft Park. 

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 debut.

A succession of loans saw him appear for Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley, making a combined total of 24 appearances and finding the net once. 

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.

Cisse on target

Watch Cisse's goal online here

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 Wednesday.  

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.

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 13th December.

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 in 1993.

Tickets will be available on the day as follows:

Barry Kitchener Stand (5 adults, 1 U16s)
Executive Lounge (10 adults, 5 U16s)

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Next Match

West Ham United
Premier League

Boleyn Ground
Saturday 29th November
Kick-off 3.00pm

Last Match

Newcastle 1
Queens Park Rangers 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 22nd November
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

New season opening Hours: TBC

Paid-for matchday ticket collections take place from the windows at the back of the Gallowgate End Stand, above NINE Bar.

Matchday ticket sales are from the Box Office in the Milburn Stand, just up the slope from the Sir Bobby Robson Statue.

SJP Box Office phone: 0844 372 1892*
(Open for away ticket sales and enquiries during the above Box Office hours).

* 0044 870 444 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

SJP season ticket info is here

A 12 game part season ticket starting with the visit of the mackems on December 21st is now on sale until Sun 7th December (which means that the mackem tickets will go on member sale after that date).

Prices are from 322 adults, 158 bairns and 189 for 18-21 year olds and students, and 297 for OAPs. A limited amount of family enclosure tickets are also available.

SJP seating plan is here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am - with any points reduction for away tickets becoming effective at the same time.

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. 

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sat 29.11.2014 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 Premier League. Pay on the gate, 4 adults, 2 concs, U16s free.

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: tbc.

Sat 06.12.2014 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 BBC2, 7pm.
Involves NUFC. 

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 Sky Sports.

Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a)
@ Old Trafford, 3pm, Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation 3,000. 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 Quarter-finals:

Tue 16.12.2014 Derby v Chelsea Sky
Tue 16.12.2014 Sheff United v Soton
Wed 17.12.2014
B'mouth v Liverpool Sky
Wed 17.12.2014 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

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:
Sat 13.12.2014
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:
Sat 06.12.2014
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)

Gateshead 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

home League games

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.

Upcoming home 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:

Sat 30.05.2015:
Salford Red Devils v Widnes (2.30pm)
Hull FC v Hull KR (4.45pm)
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7pm)

Sun 31.05.2015:

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.


International Magpies
National Service

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 Tuesdays. 

On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

2014/15 match dates :
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

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
25th November

Born Or Died:

1897 James Keen born, Walker.

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. 

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.

1925 Ernest Whittle
born, Stanley. 

Inside forward signed from South Moor Juniors who played in one War League game for United (a 4-1 home win over Hartlepools in February 1945).

Joining Lincoln City in 1950, Ernie scored 62 goals in 145 appearances for the Imps, before Bill Shankly took him to Workington three years later.

He also played for Chesterfield and Bradford Park Avenue before ending his career with Scarborough. Ernie passed away in 1998.

Death of Bob McColl, 83.

1965 David Kelly born, Birmingham.

Starting 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 Two.   

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 1988.

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 1990.

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. 

A popular 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 at SJP.

That 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 who.....

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 bedlam.

We won 1-0, went on to win at Leicester the next week and avoided the drop. 

Youtube footage is online here

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 class. 

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 this club.

Whether Kelly left Tyneside whispering that "my work here is done" isn't recorded, but in the weird world of 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 season. 

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 Motherwell. 

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.


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1893 Liverpool (h)
Division Two 
Debut for Scotsman Tom Rogers, at left back.

1899 Preston North End (h)
Division One 
Debut for Scotsman Alex Gardner, who played for United in a variety of positions in his eleven years with the club.

1905 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Orr, McWilliam 
Raybould, West 2(10pen,?pen)

1911 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Division One 
Hay, Hibbert

1922 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
Division One 

1933 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Lang, Williams, Weaver 
Astley, Waring
Goal on his debut for centre forward Ron Williams.

1939 Middlesbrough (a)
Stubbins, Clifton

1944 Bradford City (a)
Wayman, Gordon
Harvey 2, Shepherd 2, Hinsley


1950 Charlton Athletic (h)
Division One 
Milburn 2, Walker 
Hurst, Kiernan
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.

1961 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 
S.Matthews, Mudie, Thompson

1967 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Division One 
Bennett 2, Davies, Elliott 

Testimonial game staged at Darlington's Feethams for Dickie Deacon against a combined Middlesbrough and Newcastle XI.
1978 Oldham Athletic (h)
Division Two 
1987 Shrewsbury (h) 2-1
Simod Cup First Round 
Mirandinha, Bogie

1989 Sheffield United (h)
Division Two 
Gallacher, Quinn 
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)
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 (Italy) (a)
UEFA Cup 3rd Round 1st Leg
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 spirits. match report

Youtube footage is online here

Rampant Italian Totti running towards 
the camera - not a welcome sight 
on this occasion...

2003 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. match report

2004 Sochaux (France) (a)
UEFA Cup Group Game 3
Bowyer(29), Ameobi(46),
Bellamy(75), Robert(90)
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. match report

2012 Southampton (a)
Premier League
Lallana(34), Ramirez(60)
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. match report


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