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Sports Direct 
Arena part II?

From the Manchester Evening News, Thursday:

Oldham Athletic are on the verge of signing a significant sponsorship deal that could see Boundary Park renamed.

M.E.N. Sport understands Latics officials are in advanced talks with sportswear giants Sports Direct over a five-year agreement.

If signed off it would see the company, owned by Newcastle United supremo Mike Ashley, take over the running of the club shop - which will be moved to the new stand currently under construction at the ground.

It would also see Sondico, a subsidiary of Sports Direct, manufacture Oldham’s shirts - and those shirts would be sponsored by Sports Direct.

Latics officials declined to comment but it is understood lengthy talks are close to a conclusion however, any announcement could not be made until the existing deal with JD Sports comes to an end on May 31.

The move may also see Alan Pardew’s Magpies head to League One Latics for a pre-season friendly and could no doubt open the door for a relationship between the clubs that may see some of the Toon’s younger players lent out to gain valuable experience.

No sums have been disclosed although the proposed deal is thought to be the biggest commercial agreement in Oldham’s history and may approach seven figures over the duration of the contract.

It is understood if the deal goes through the club shop, which will be run by Sports Direct with the club taking a percentage of profits, would be based there.

Harvey plaque unveiled

A quarter of a century after his passing, a long-overdue permanent memorial to former Newcastle United player and Manager Joe Harvey has been established at SJP.

Due to the efforts of the Fairs Club, funds were raised and permission obtained for a half tonne, 5ft by 3ft bronze plaque to be placed on an external wall of the Gallowgate End, near to the Jackie Milburn statue.

Fans, family, former players and the media gathered on Thursday for the unveiling, 1955 FA Cup winner Vic Keeble and 1969 Fairs Cup winner Bob Moncur joining Joe's son, Ken Harvey in pulling back the curtains. 

Also present at the ceremony were other former players from Joe's time at the club, including Frank Clark, John Craggs, David Craig, Wyn Davies, Keith Dyson, Alan Foggon, Tommy Gibb, Ron Guthrie, Pat Howard, Dave Hilley, Malcolm Macdonald, Gordon Marshall, Tommy Robson, Ron McGarry, John McNamee & Jimmy Scott.  


Captain of 2nd division promotion team 1948
Captain of FA Cup Winners 1951
Captain of FA Cup Winners 1952
Coach of FA Cup Winners 1955

2nd Division Champions 1965
European Intercities Fairs Cup winners 1969
Anglo-Italian Cup winners 1973
Texaco Cup winners 1974
FA Cup finalists 1974
Texaco Cup winners 1975

Funded by the Fairs Club
Artwork by John McNamee Jnr.
Designed by Bill Gibbs

Premier League
Arsenal (a)

Assuming he's not been kidnapped or deported before then, Alan Pardew returns to the Newcastle dugout after his ban when United side visit the Emirates on Monday.

Kickoff in this Sky Sports-televised game is at 8pm and all 1,800 away tickets are sold, United subsidising the cost by £10 per adult ticket from their away fan fund.

The Magpies go to a ground where they conceded seven goals last season looking to end a run of five successive Premier League defeats - the club's worst run since a six game losing streak
in December 1986 and January 1987.   

Moussa Sissoko is back in training, but Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse won't play again this season. 

The current whereabouts, mood and fitness of Hatem Ben Arfa remain undisclosed but he wasn't spotted at training on Thursday. Both Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux took part.

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle to win @ 15/2
Newcastle to win to nil @ 19/1
No Newcastle goalscorer @ 10/11

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

AFC: Kieran Gibbs, Serge Gnabry, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott remain on the sick list. Abou Diaby made a 45 minute comeback in a reserve game on Tuesday after over a year on the sidelines.

The Gunners have been beaten just once on home soil this season, losing 1-3 to Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the season back in August.

Since then they've drawn five and won 11 at the Emirates, conceding just eleven goals in the process - sharing that lowest total in the division with Chelsea.

Neil Swabrick - fourth appointment of the season involving United, following the 0-2 home loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace and 0-4 defeat by Spurs at SJP. 


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.   

London Overground and DLR services will be unaffected.

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports 1.

Overseas TV: 
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Magpies @ Gunners - Premier years

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)

All time record v Arsenal:

Remaining Premier League fixtures:

Sat 26.04.2014:

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

Sun 27.04.2014:
mackems v Cardiff (Noon) Sky
Liverpool v Chelsea (2.05pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Man City (4.10pm) Sky

Sat 03.05.2014:
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

Sun 04.05.2014:
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm) Sky
Chelsea v Norwich City (4pm) Sky

Mon 05.05.2014:
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Tue 06.05.2014:
Manchester United v Hull City (7.45pm)

Wed 07.05.2014:
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

Shearer comp: 
ends Friday

Former 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 free competition.

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
email us 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 Peacock.

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. 

Bookings can be made online here or via Premier Sports on 0191 280 5603.

Two heroes, one villain

Keith Burkinshaw helps induct Ardiles, 2009

The 2014 inductees to the National Football Museum Hall of Fame have been announced, comprising of nine players - including a trio of former Magpies.

Alan Shearer and Michael Owen plus a representative of Hughie Gallacher are set to be honoured at a dinner in Manchester this coming October.

Established in 2002, Shearer was actually selected while still a Newcastle player two years later but has never previously attended to receive his trinket.

The Hall of Fame now includes over 100 personalities and SJP old boys already inducted include Ossie Ardiles, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Jack Charlton, Kenny Dalglish, Paul Gascoigne, Kevin Keegan, Jackie Milburn, Bobby Robson, Ian Rush, Len Shackleton and Graeme Souness.

Reserves go to ground

Having regained the Northumberland Senior Cup at SJP on Tuesday evening, United's reserve team round off their U21 league campaign behind closed doors on Friday.

Peter Beardsley's side entertain fellow underachievers Arsenal at Darsley Park in a 1pm kickoff, both sides assured of a bottom half finish and a place in the lower division of next season's reformatted U21 competition.

That 11 team competition is set to include Newcastle, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, the smoggies, Reading, Stoke City, Spurs, West Bromwich Albion and Wolves.

In 20 league games to date, United have won just four times and conceded 51 goals - more than any other side in the. 43 players have appeared in those games so far. 

Fanzine farewell: 
Ink or swim

In the wake of
The Mag ending printed publication, sister fanzine True Faith have also called time on producing a paper format following their new issue, available now.

And although the presses will stop after issue 111 TF will continue publishing digitally on an issue-by-issue basis in addition to their daily website ramblings.

More details of the new issue can be found
online here and it can be bough online here in addition to local news vendors and street sellers before the Cardiff home game. 

Canaries v Magpies

Saturday sees Newcastle' U18 side play the penultimate game of their season, when they travel to Norfolk and face their Norwich City counterparts. 

Kickoff at the Canaries' Colney training ground is at 11am and the young Magpies will look for a third successive victory, having won six of their last seven outings. 

City by contrast have taken maximum points just once in seven games and lost the corresponding fixture exactly a year ago 0-6, when their FA Youth Cup commitments resulted in a virtual schoolboy XI taking to the field. 

Non-League #1
The Money shot

Saturday sees Conference side Gateshead play the final game of their regular season, knowing that they are just 90 minutes away from a place in the promotion play-offs.

The Tynesiders sit fifth in the final playoff slot, going into a home game against a Cambridge United side managed by ex-Newcastle Academy coach Richard Money.

Avoiding defeat against the U's will ensure that the 'Heed will compete in the playoffs, even if nearest challengers Braintree Town beat Grimsby Town in their final fixture. 

Kickoff at the International Stadium is at 5.30pm and NUFC season ticket holders can take advantage of a £5 saving on the £14 adult ticket price, paying just
£9 for entry on production of their season ticket card. 

A discount deal offering all accompanied U16s entry (not just ST holders) for £2 remains in force, while over 60s are admitted for £9, and 16/17 year olds/Students £7.

Two-legged playoffs home and away are played on Wed 30.04.2014 / Thu 01.05.2014 and Sun 04.05.2014, with the winners meeting at Wembley on Sunday May 18th to decide who joins champions Luton Town in League Two.

Gateshead failed to achieve re-election to Division Four back in the 1959/60 season and have played at various levels of the non-league game since then.

Gateshead v Cambridge United matchday guide

No Senior Cup shock

Newcastle Res  4  Blyth Spartans  0

See the goals online here courtesy of BSAFC TV

Match report

NL Final KO confirmed

Rounding off the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Northern League, St.James' Park will host the League Cup Final between Whitley Bay and Marske United.

The Northern League First Division duo secured their places in the semi-final ties played on Easter Monday, Whitley winning 3-2 away at Whitehaven and Marske recording a 4-1 success at Ashington.

Those two sides now meet at Gallowgate on Tuesday May 6th and a 7.15pm kickoff has now been agreed. 

Spectator entry will be by paying at East Stand turnstiles on the night, £tbc. A match programme will be produced and following a coin toss, Marske have been selected as the home team.

NUST meeting

Newcastle United Supporters' Trust press release:

NUST is holding a public meeting to discuss Mike Ashley's planned sale of the lease on land adjacent to the Gallowgate End at St James' Park. 

This will take place on Thursday 1st May in The Lecture Room of the Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle , NE1 1SE (near the Central Station) and will commence at 7.30pm and finish no later than 9.00pm.

We are concerned that future development of this land, potentially unsympathetic to the future expansion of St James' Park may act to inhibit the future growth under future ownership arrangements. 

The Trust board has been pursuing a number of courses of action and would welcome the opportunity to share this information and take questions regarding the sale of the lease of the land from Trust members and other supporters who may wish to attend.

So far the Trust has made a Freedom of Information Act application to discover the identity of potential developers in order to open dialogue and explain our position.

Unfortunately, Mike Ashley's employees at Newcastle United have so far declined to answer any of the media's questions on the subject so we are unable to outline any safe-guards the club has put in place to safe-guard the club's future growth potential and indeed the destination and use of any monies raised from the sale of a club asset. 

As an associated matter, the Trust is in the process of applying to have St James' Park registered as an Asset of Community Value and Kevin Rye of Supporters Direct will attend as a guest speaker.

The Trust also makes an invitation to those supporters with expertise in Planning to join a working group to support the Trust to develop its position regarding future development.

PS: NUST are organising a comedy night at the Stand club on High Bridge with proceeds going to fund free football coaching courses for local school children. 

Gavin Webster, John Scott, Lee Kyle and Seymour Mace will provide the gags on Monday 19th May from 8.30pm and tickets cost just £10 online here

Premier League
Record breaker

Newcastle  1  Swansea City

Match report is online here

Old boy celebrates 
treble achievement 

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 Saturday.

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.


Ultimate who's who: deadline approaching

Of a similar size and weight to 2011's Ultimate Record, "Newcastle United: The Ultimate Who's Who" is a completely separate, newly -compiled book from club historian Paul Joannou to be published in November.    

Boasting over 1,800 profiles and photos of Toon players and officials, the last date for subscriber copies to be ordered is now only weeks away - place your order online here 

Subscriber copies are individually numbered, feature a personalised certificate mounted within the book, and allow the name of the purchaser to appear on a roll of honour that is reproduced in every copy of the book.

Advance purchase price of £30 is the same as the cover price but subscribers get their copy hand-delivered or posted to them at any address in the UK for no extra charge (overseas orders welcome, shipping at cost).

Premier League:
Clarets follow Foxes

Easter Monday saw the second side to attain promotion from the Championship confirmed, with Burnley joining Leicester City in next season's top-flight.

The Clarets have only played in the Premier League once before - going the opposite way to Newcastle in 2009 - and secured their place thanks to a 2-0 victory over Watford at Turf Moor.

Joining the celebrations was Burnley's ex-Magpie David Edgar, who has featured in the side recently, but spent Monday on the substitute's bench. 

Loan lads:
The Borrowers 

Conor Newton / Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
Partick Thistle (a) SPFL, Friday.

The SPFL league season concludes on Saturday May 10th, with the Buddies possible participants in the relegation play-offs. That means that neither player will return to United before the end of the season.

Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
Nimes (h), Ligue 2, Friday. 

James Tavernier/Haris Vuckic (Rotherham United)
MK Dons (h) League One, Saturday.

The Millers have now confirmed their participation in the end of season playoffs, with a two-legged semi-final set for Saturday May 10th and either Tuesday May 13th or Thursday May 15th.

Those dates mean that neither player will return to SJP before the end of the Premier League season.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City)
Leeds United (h) Championship, Saturday.

Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
Manchester United (a) Premier League, Saturday. 

Curtis Good (Dundee United)
An injury setback for the defender means that his hopes of featuring for Dundee United again this season have taken a nose-dive, including the Scottish Cup Final at Parkhead on May 17th against St.Johnstone.

However he's not yet given up hope of making it to Brazil this summer with the Australian World Cup squad. 

Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos):
The Greens face PAOK in the Greek Cup final at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on 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)

German trip latest

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

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 slightly.

(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 since 1948). 

claims emerge

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 year.

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 Auckland.

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Emirates Stadium
Monday 28th April
Kick-off 8.00pm
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St. James' Park
Saturday 19th April
Match report's
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Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2013/14

The ticket office has now re-opened on the first floor of the SJP club shop, under the Gallowgate End towards the Strawberry.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 11am-5pm

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 here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle 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 here


Fri 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: 1,800. 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. 

Tue 06.05.2014 Whitley Bay v Markse United @ SJP, 7.15pm. Northern League Cup Final. 

Sun 11.05.2014 Liverpool (a)
@ Anfield, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800 tbc.

Guidance from LFC:

Included in the allocation are a number of tickets marked 'restricted view' and 'severely restricted view'.

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 Club.
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.

Altoonative Travel is the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and sustainable methods available.

Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:

NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Mon 28.04.2014 Arsenal (a) 8pm 



NUFC Live on BT:
None currently scheduled  


Live Music @ SJP:

Sat 31.05.2014
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

RUWC match 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


International Magpies
National Service
Future international dates:

09.05.2014 to 21.05.2014 UEFA U17 Final tournament (Malta) 

Group A: England, Holland, Turkey, Malta
Group B: Scotland, Germany, Portugal,  Switzerland.

(Adam Armstrong/Freddie Woodman)
Fri 09.05.2014 Malta (a) (Ta’Qali)
Mon 12.05.2014 Turkey (n)  Gozo)
Thu 15.05.2014 Holland (n) (Paola)

Sun 18.05.2014 Semi Finals
Wed 21.05.2014 Final

(all above games live on Eurosport)


26.05.2014 Australia v S'Africa (Sydney)
France v Norway (Paris) 
Scotland v Nigeria (Fulham)
Bosnia v Ivory Coast (tbc) 

France v Paraguay (Nice) 
Greece v Nigeria (Chester) 
Argentina v T & T (Rosario) 
04.06.2014 El Salvador v I'Coast (Frisco) 
Croatia v Australia (tbc)
Arg v Slovenia (Buenos Aires)
07.06.2014 USA v Nigeria (Jacksonville)
France v Jamaica (Lille)


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 Tuesdays. 

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

2014/15 match dates :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

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...

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On This Day in History
24th April

Born Or Died:

1929 David Boyle born, Tynemouth. 

Inside forward who failed to make a senior appearance at SJP, moving on to Berwick Rangers, Barnsley, Crewe and Chesterfield.

A spell at Bradford City between 1956 and 1960 saw him play alongside future Magpie Trevor Hockey, before joining Scarborough.

After ending his career at Bacup Borough, David worked for Allied Bakeries in Bradford. 
In later life, he became a highly-rated crown green bowls player until illness forced him to retire. He passed away in November 2009.

1962 Stuart Pearce born, Hammersmith, London. (1997-99)

England international penalty misser & taker, fully-qualified spark, punk fan, Pizza Hut advert star and belatedly, a Magpie.

Beginning in non-league with Wealdstone, Pearce first faced United when playing at Coventry City, before a 12 year association with Nottingham Forest raise his profile.

Having provided the opposition for his City Ground testimonial in May 1996, Newcastle signed the defender the following year and Psycho proved to be probably the most effective (& popular) of Kenny's Dad's Army.

24 hours after moving to SJP on a free transfer from Forest, 35 year-old Pearce debuted in the number 3 shirt in a 3-2 pre-season win at Birmingham City. 

His only competitive strike came from a free -kick against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, although he did belt one home in a pre-season game at SJP against Juventus. 

A Cup Final appearance against Arsenal followed but his time on Tyneside drew to a close after Gullit's appointment as Manager.

Pearce continued playing in the top flight with West Ham, but suffered two broken legs within six months, which sidelined him for most of the 1999/00 season.

However, that same season saw him reverse his international retirement at the request of Kevin Keegan - then England boss -, two further caps boost his total to 78 (although none came during his time at SJP).

Pearce followed KK to Manchester City in 2001, playing one final season as captain and helping them achieve promotion to the top flight.

Concentrating on coaching, Pearce assisted Keegan and succeeded him as full-time City boss in March 2005, initially on a caretaker basis. 

However, a run of poor form coupled with the sale of the club saw him replaced in 2007 by Sven - allowing him to make his part-time post of England U21 boss into a full-time job.

He took over from Fabio Capello as first team boss on a temporary basis in the build-up to Euro 2012, combining this with his U21 role and management of Team GB ahead, of the 2012 Olympics.

However, after a poor showing at the UEFA U21 Championships in Israel when England lost all of their group matches his contract wasn't renewed.

It was announced in April 2014 that he would take over as new boss of Nottingham Forest on July 1st, after having previously declined the position.

While at SJP he had a narrow escape from a road accident, when a council dustcart rolled over on top of his car - scrambling from the wreckage of his flattened Rover unscathed.

PS: Pearce has admitted that one of his proudest moments came in the summer of 1996 - when he introduced the Sex Pistols live on stage at London's Finsbury Park. 


1967 Lionel Perez born, Bagnoles-sur-Ceze, France. (1998-2000)

Goalkeeper who never dirtied a Newcastle shirt in anger, although he was an unused Premier League substitute numerous times after his baffling free transfer from the mackems in 1998 - another stunning Dalglish acquisition.

Highlights (not in his hair) included a penalty saves in a pre-season tournament on smogside and his transfer away from Tyneside, after a loan spell at Scunthorpe.

However, Lionel's finest moment remains the Wembley playoff final appearance against Charlton - for the mackems - when he conceded 11 goals (including penalties). 

After being released by United after 21 meaningless months, Perez joined Cambridge United - where he'd been on loan.

We can confirm however that he failed to hand in his Newcastle subs coat and could often be seen doing a spot of gardening clad in it (our spies are everywhere...).

Lionel became something of a cult figure (yes, cult) at the Abbey Stadium, later playing for Enfield and then Chelmsford before signing for Stevenage Borough.

Following a broken leg he retired and joined the coaching staff at Broadhall Way, which saw him back in the news in 2006.

During a stormy game against Northampton Town, TV cameras caught Perez poking Cobblers coach Dave Watson in both eyes - for which he was banned from the touchline, fined and handed a 100 hour community service order by Magistrates.

He exited Broadhall Way soon after that and returned to his native France, where he coached at FC Chusclan Laudun l'Ardoise.

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What Else?

1897 Glasgow Rangers (h)
Connell, Lennox, Smellie

1899 Hibernian (h)
Aitken, Macfarlane
McGuigan, scorer tbc 

1901 sunderland (h)
Division One 
37pts, 7th
W.Hogg(25), R.Hogg(70)

1906 Stoke (h)
Division One 
39pts, 7th
Orr, Howie, J.Rutherford 2, Veitch 
150 officers & crew from the Japanese battleship "Kashima" (newly built on the Tyne at Armstrong Whitworths of Elswick) were special guests at this game and watched from the Centre Paddock. 

They returned for the next home game, and saw United score another three goals.

1907 Glasgow Rangers (a)

1909 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
53pts, 1st
Rutherford(60,2-1,3-2), Allan(4-2)

1915 Notts County (a)
Division One
30pts, 15th 

1920 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
43pts, 7th

1926 Everton (a)
Division One 
40pts, 10th
Dean 3

1937 Bradford City (h)
Division Two 
49pts, 4th
Rogers, Smith 
17-year-old Arnold Grundy got one of only two Toon starts in this win, at left half. The season ended with a run of five wins and United finishing a respectable fourth.

1948 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 1-1 (0-1)
Division Two 
54pts, 2nd
This point confirmed United's return to the First Division, in second place behind Birmingham City. 

A few miles away at Wembley Stadium that same afternoon, Manchester United beat Blackpool 4-2 to win the FA Cup final.

1954 Chelsea (a)
Division One 
38pts, 15th
Mitchell, White
United ended the season with a victory at Stamford Bridge - their first away success since beating the smoggies at Ayresome Park on Christmas Day 1953.

1962 Bobby Moncur signed full professional forms for Newcastle, during the short managerial reign of Norman Smith.

1963 Newcastle Reserves were beaten 0-2 at SJP in the Central League by their Bolton Wanderers counterparts.

That avenged a Magpies win over the Trotters by the same margin at Burnden Park just a month previously in the same competition.

1965 Manchester City (h) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
57pts, 1st
After the excitement of the previous home game when promotion was won, almost 25,000 less home fans saw a memorable season conclude.

1971 West Ham United (h)
Division One 
39pts, 12th
John Tudor struck his fourth Magpies goal on his fifteenth appearance since signed from Sheffield United in January.

1974 Burnley (h)
Texaco Cup 
Macdonald (31) 
Moncur (103) 
Fletcher (25)
Texaco Cup success came against the Clarets in extra time of this one-legged final.

Captain Bobby Moncur volleyed home Jimmy Smith's cross to win it, before accepting the silverware from Sir Alf Ramsay.

Future Magpie Geoff Nulty appeared for Burnley as did Ray Hankin - who would later join the backroom staff at Gallowgate.

1976 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 3-0 (0-0)
Division One 
39pts, 15th
Macdonald 2, Burns 
A decent end to the season, although progress in both domestic cup competitions had detracted from United's league campaign.

1982 Grimsby Town (h)
Division Two 
56pts, 9th
United were in the midst of a disastrous sequence that saw them drop to ninth. 

Six defeats and a draw ensured a mediocre finishing position, while worse was to follow, with four-goal stuffings at the hands of Blackburn and QPR in the next two games. 

1991 West Ham United (a)
Division Two 
57pts, 12th
Our unbeaten run was extended to five games as the influence of recently-appointed boss Ossie Ardiles began to be seen. 

Even the staunchly southern "Daily Mail" was moved to comment that the game was a "classic exposition of footballing skills."

1996 A young Red Devils reserve side that had already won the Pontins League Division One title saw off Jeff Clarke's second string 2-0.

The game was played at Bury's Gigg Lane ground.

1999 Wimbledon (a)
Alan Shearer netted for a fourth successive game but United's winless run following FA Cup Semi Final success was extended to three games after this tepid encounter at Selhurst Park.

Some geezer called Kinnear was in charge of the Wombles and got his boat race on the programme cover. Gertcha.

2001 The Reserves ended their season in style with a 5-1 win at Bradford City. Lomana LuaLua, Diego Gavilan(2), Colin McMenamin and Stuart Green scored for United. match report

2003 Newcastle debutant Darren Ambrose netted for the reserves just before the half hour against Manchester United at SJP.

Colin Heath then levelled for the visitors, before injuries to Stephen Brennan and Carl Cort then left the Magpies down to ten men midway through the second half.

Heath then rapidly capitalised on his side's numerical advantage to net what turned out to be the winner in front of 3,000 fans. match report

2004 A winning goal in second half added time gave our reserves a 2-1 success in a rescheduled fixture away to the smoggies second string at Rockcliffe Park. 

Matty Pattison got the vital strike after Lewis Guy had given us the lead, Craddock levelling from the spot. match report

2005 Manchester United (a) 1-2 (1-0)
38pts, 14th
Rooney(57), Brown(75)

A breathtaking strike from Wayne Rooney saved a mediocre Manchester United from their first home defeat of the season as a patched-up Toon side threatened a major shock.

Darren Ambrose had given us a deserved lead at half-time with a well-taken goal after 27 minutes, seizing on a poor clearance from 'keeper Tim Howard.

Rooney was about to substituted with almost an hour gone following a dead leg in the first half, but when Peter Ramage headed infield, Rooney hit a stunning volley that flew past Given into the top corner.

Even then we looked like holding out for a point, which was the least a spirited display deserved, but Wes Brown beat a static Shola Ameobi to head the winner from a corner. match report

2006 It proved to be lucky thirteen for Tommy Craig and his young Magpies as they extended their season-long unbeaten record on home territory, beating Bolton Reserves by a solitary Carl Finnigan goal. match report

2007 Having put a spoke in the wheel of both Manchester United and the Smoggies, the reserves were unable to withstand the challenge of Bolton, who claimed the title after a deserved 3-1 victory at Leyland. 

Magpies defender David Edgar headed home a late consolation from a James Troisi corner. match report

2010 Ipswich Town (h)
99pts, 1st
Carroll(26), Ameobi(84pen)
Wickham(42), Walters(90+4)
Despite a late and ludicrously offside goal,
United managed to make it through the whole season unbeaten on home soil, with Roy Keane's Tractor Boys unable to spoil the Championship party.

Town twice came from behind to prevent United notching up their 30th win of the season and breaking through the 100 points barrier, although both were accomplished at Loftus Road the following weekend. match report


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