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Ticket news:
(a) / Liverpool (a) SOLD OUT
Swansea (h) / Cardiff (h) Public sale
Premier League
Swansea City

Saturday sees the Swans migrate to Tyneside for an old fashioned 3pm kick-off, with tickets still on public sale.

NUFC box office Easter opening hours:  

Saturday: 9am-3pm
(Box Office located in Milburn Stand near SBR statue)

Sunday: closed

Easter Monday: closed

City's three season sojourn in the Premier League is still under threat - although a second successive win at SJP would strengthen their hand considerably.

And were that to happen, then Alan Pardew would acquire another unwanted record for his expanding collection; namely that of the first United manager to lose five successive Premier League fixtures. 

At present he shares the four defeat total with Kenny Dalglish (1997/98), Graeme Souness (2004/05) & Kevin Keegan (2007/08) and himself (2012/13). That most recent one - in November 2012 - saw the fourth loss racked up at Stoke following defeat at Southampton and ended with a 3-0 home victory over Wigan.   

(We also lost four on the bounce in both 2007/08 & 2008/09 seasons under multiple "managers"). 

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, 1986/87 saw us reel off six First Division defeats in a row around the festive season under the guidance of Willie McFaul. 

This is the end, my friend.... well sort of.

The final-ever edition of The Mag will be on sale from street sellers around SJP on Saturday, as well as from local newsagents.

After 25 years, commercial pressures mean that issue 289 will be the last paper copy and the fanzine is continuing online only.  

The final issue is also on sale
here for just 3 with free postage in the UK

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are on course to return, but Moussa Sissoko is still out. Having been seen catching a flight out of Newcastle on Thursday, Hatem Ben Arfa won't be involved - officially due to an injury.

Steven Taylor is expected to be OK after leaving the field against Stoke but a hamstring problem is predicted to sideline Davide Santon for the remainder of the season.

News on the fitness of Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux is awaited.

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle not to score @ 5/2

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

SCFC: The Jacks will come to Gallowgate minus Chico Flores, who is suspended following his red card during Sunday's 0-1 home defeat by Chelsea. Striker Michu meanwhile continues to struggle with an ankle problem.

Visiting boss Garry Monk goes looking for the first away win - and clean sheet - of his managerial career so far, having taken just two points from a possible 15, as a result of drawing at Stoke and Arsenal.

Beaten at Liverpool, Everton and Hull under Monk, their trio of away wins came in the first half of the season under previous Michael Laudrup - at West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Fulham. 

On the road this season, City have scored as many as Newcastle (26) but conceded three fewer (16 vs 19).  
Referee: 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.

The Back Page Easter Opening Hours:

Sat: 9am - 3pm 5pm - 6pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm
Mon: 10.30am - 4.30pm

UK TV: None

Overseas TV:
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beIN Sports Premier League HD (SE Asia)
C+ Futbol (Spain) +HD
Foot+ (France)
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Fox Sports Plus (Australia) (red button)
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NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
QQ Sports Live (China)
Setanta Sports 1 (Ireland)
Sky Mexico
SuperSport Select 2 (Africa)
TV3+ (Denmark) +HD

UK Radio:

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

No scheduled engineering work today

The MJS emporium in Birtley will be open as follows over the holiday weekend - click on the logo for more details:

Sat: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sun & Mon: Closed


The Magpies go into this game without a goal in their last 360 minutes of play - and just one in in 540 minutes of the artless slop that passes for football round our way.

And the sad truth of our form in 2014 is that in seven games we've scored just twice at home - and the mackems managed three in their single visit to SJP.       

With two
home games to play, United have managed to score just 19 times in the Premier League at SJP to date - with five of them in one game, against Stoke City.

Just 8 of the 19 have come in the first half of games, while the "end" split is 16/3 in favour of the Gallowgate, with Leazes End spectators seeing just Yohan Cabaye's shot against Liverpool, a Yoan Gouffran back header against West Brom and Loic Remy's Boxing Day opener against the Potters - seven home games ago. 

Our lowest seasonal total in the Premier League to date is 22 (reached in 1997/98 and 2006/07), while last season and the 2008/09 relegation campaign saw 24 netted. 

PL home scoring record to date 2013/14:
West Ham 0-0  
Fulham   1-0 Ben Arfa 86 
Hull City   2-3 Remy 10,44 
Liverpool   2-2 Cabaye 23, Dummett 56 
Chelsea  2-0 Gouffran 68, Remy 89 
Norwich City   2-1 Remy 2, Gouffran 38 
West Brom   2-1 Gouffran 36 Sissoko 57 
Southampton   1-1 Gouffran 27   
Stoke City  5-1 Remy 44,56 Gouffran 48 
Cabaye 66 Cisse 80pen 
Arsenal  0-1  
Man City 0-2  
mackems 0-3  
Spurs 0-4  
Aston Villa 1-0 Remy 90+2 
Crystal Palace   1-0 Cisse 90+4 
Everton 0-3  
Man United 0-4  

Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
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)

All time record v Swansea:

Remaining Premier League fixtures/results:
(3pm unless specified)

Tue 15.04.2014:
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham 

Wed 16.04.2014:
Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 2-2 mackems

Sat 19.04.2014:
Spurs v Fulham (12.45pm) BT 
Aston Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke Cardiff City
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v mackems (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 20.04.2014:
Norwich City v Liverpool (Noon) Sky
Hull City v Arsenal (2.05pm) Sky
Everton v Manchester United (4.10pm) Sky

Mon 21.04.2014:
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (8pm) Sky

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

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).

Non-League #1

'Heed remain 
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.

Non-League #2

At the Hop

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).

Good Friday:
North Shields 3-0 West Allotment Celtic
Whitley Bay 2-1 Newcastle Benfield
Ashington v Crook Town 6:30pm (D1)

Easter Saturday:
Jarrow Roofing BCA v Heaton Stannington 11am (D2)
Washington v Seaham Red Star 2:15pm (D2)
Birtley Town v Chester-le-Street 6pm (D2)

Easter Sunday:
Consett v Durham City Noon (D1)
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Whickham 3pm (D2)

Easter Monday:
Bishop Auckland v Crook Town 12 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

Strike threat
Capital woes predicted 

Our season may have gone down the tubes....but it remains to be seen whether Toon fans will be able to follow suit after our forthcoming game at Arsenal.

That's because the RMT trade union have now announced a two day strike by London Underground staff, beginning on Monday April 28th at 9pm - midway through United's Premier League 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.   

Alan Shearer giveaway

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.

Senior Cup
Spartans at the double

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 entry.

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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Loan lads:
Abeid scores again 

Trailing 0-1 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.

Watch Mehdi's goal online here

Mehdi and his current team mates will now face PAOK in the final at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on Saturday week (April 26th).

And although their hopes of winning the league title are long since over, third-place Panathinaikos are already assured of a place in the end of season playoffs, where the second Champions League spot is decided from the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth.

Current Toon loans:

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 minutes.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City)
Nottingham Forest (a) Championship, Saturday.

Conor Newton
/ Adam Campbell (St.Mirren)
Hibernian (h) SPFL, Saturday.

Jonas Gutierrez (Norwich City)
Liverpool (h) Premier League, Sunday. 

Romain Amalfitano (Dijon)
A 2-2 home draw with Metz in Ligue 2 on Monday featured the United winger for the first 77 minutes. 

Curtis Good (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 week (April 26th).

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.

Another cap for Alex

Fresh from 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.

Tom topples Tees teens

Newcastle U18s  3  Middlesbrough U18s  2

A 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 fixture.

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 angle. 

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 in.

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.

City stiffs stalemate

Newcastle U21s  0  Manchester City U21s  0

Match report

Peter Beardsley's side return to action on Tuesday when Blyth Spartans at SJP in the final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup.

Premier League
Fluke goal - but
defeat no accident

Stoke City  1  Newcastle  0

Match report is online here

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). 

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 reduces to 54,000 when rail seats at one end allowing fans to stand are locked into their down position. 

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 here

Old boy
History maker Harps

Despite conceding three goals, former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper enjoyed a successful day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, as his Hull City side beat Sheffield United 5-3 in their FA Cup Semi Final.

The Tigers will make their first-ever appearance in the FA Cup Final on Saturday May 17th against Arsenal - a serious kidney injury sustained by first-choice custodian Allan McGregor giving Harper an unexpected second chance of glory in this competition, following his losing experience with the Magpies in the 1999 Final. 

Sunday also brought a sniff of cup glory for another ex Toon 'keeper, with Tommy Wright overseeing the first Scottish Cup semi-final success that his St.Johnstone side have enjoyed in their history.

The Perth side will face a Dundee United side including fellow SJP old boy Darren Jackson on their coaching staff in the final at Celtic Park on Saturday May 17th.  

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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St. James' Park
Saturday 19th April
Kick-off 3.00pm

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Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2013/14:



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


Sat 19.04.2014 Swansea City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now. 

Tue 22.04.2014 U21s v Blyth Spartans @ SJP, 7pm. Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

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. 

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  


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
Ashington v Marske United

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.


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)
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On This Day in History
18th April

Born Or Died:

1984 Death of Stan Barber, 75.

1987 Danny Guthrie born, Shrewsbury.

Midfielder who began his playing career as a youngster at Manchester United's Academy, before switching to Liverpool when 16.

His senior debut was as substitute for the Reds in a 4-3 home win over Reading in the League Cup in October 2006, with a first outing in the Premier League a month later.

February 2007 saw Danny appear off the bench in a 2-1 loss to United at SJP - his seventh and final senior game for Liverpool.

Guthrie then moved to Southampton on loan for a 12 game stint which ended when the Saints were eliminated in the Championship playoff semi-finals by Derby County. 

The following season saw him loaned out to Bolton, with his 35 appearances for the Trotters including a first career goal, away to Fulham in the League Cup on his debut.

Guthrie was part of the Bolton side who achieved a 0-0 draw on Tyneside in January 2008, slightly spoiling Kevin Keegan's return as Newcastle manager.

Returning to Anfield, Guthrie agreed to join  Newcastle in July 2008 at a claimed cost of 2.5m, signing a four year deal.

A first outing came in pre-season against Hartlepool, when Danny arrived as a half time substitute and created a goal for Damien Duff before netting himself, just eight minutes after taking to the field.

Marking a scoring home debut against PSV Eindhoven, Guthrie then debuted alongside fellow new boys Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

However, his first setback as a Magpie came in the infamous Hull City home game that was accompanied by fan protest both inside and outside SJP following KK's departure.

Guthrie was deservedly dismissed in the final minute after a terrible lunge on Craig Fagan that left the Tigers player with a broken leg.

Returning to a side by then "managed" by Joe Kinnear, Guthrie featured in a 2-2 draw at Everton and scored in successive away games at Pompey and Wigan.

An injury at Blackburn in January 2009 put him out for three months, with a first team comeback in the home game against Chelsea coinciding with the installation of Alan Shearer as Newcastle manager.

The 2009/10 Championship season was a good one for Danny and his displays were instrumental in returning United to the Premier League at the first time of asking - especially when occupying his favoured central role, rather than on the right wing.

Back in the top-flight though, a knee injury meant that Guthrie's first competitive game of the season didn't come until October. 

A crucial error in the West Bromwich Albion defeat in December 2010 cost a goal and triggered Chris Hughton's exit, with Alan Pardew taking seven games to pick Danny  for the 1-1 draw at the mackems.

Amid talk of a loan move to Nottingham Forest, hamstring problems again sidelined Guthrie, before a recall came when deputising for the suspended Cheick Tiote.

That pattern continued in 2011/12 but with Tiote injured and on African Nations Cup duties, Guthrie played 19 times, scoring a belter at Fulham and also notching at Blackburn Rovers in a League Cup tie.

Making his final United appearance in the 2-0 home win over Liverpool in April 2012, Guthrie became a free agent soon after, hitting the headlines with a wedding at Allerton Castle in Yorkshire attended by family, friends and the local constabulary.

Joining Reading on a three-year deal ahead of the 2012/13 season, he soon came into conflict with boss Brian McDermott and was dropped and fined at one point.

The arrival of Nigel Adkins saw Guthrie back in the side but results hardly improved for the Royals, with demotion back to the Championship following.

Four goals and over 30 league appearances has seen Danny help Reading into a playoff place with four games still remaining this season.


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1896 Sheffield United (h)
Wardrope 2, Lennox

1903 Blackburn Rovers (a)
Division One 
30pts, 15th
Bowman 2, McClure
There was a debut for Bill Appleyard in the penultimate game of the season.

1903 While the first team were on duty at Ewood Park, the mackems and Middlesbrough drew 1-1 in a First Division match held at SJP in front of 26,000. Roker Park had been closed due to crowd trouble.

1908 sunderland (h)
Division One 
42pts, 2nd
Holley(40), Low(57), Bridgett(65)

1914 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
36pts, 11th
Fazackerley, Gillespie
The Blades would go on to finish in tenth, ahead of Newcastle on goal difference.

1923 South Shields (a)
McDonald (83) 
Ingham Cup Final 1st leg.

1924 Bolton Wanderers (a)
Division One 
44pts, 8th

1925 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
48pts, 5th

1928 Everton (h)
Division One 
37pts, 14th
Critchley, Dean, Weldon
Victory for the Champions elect at Gallowgate included one of the 60 goals scored by Dixie Dean that season.

1930 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
32pts, 20th
Gallacher, Hill, Weaver 

1931 Leicester City (a)
Division One 
35pts, 17th
Chandler, Adcock, Lochhead

1933 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
47pts, 4th
Wood, Brown 2

1936 Southampton (a)
Division Two 
44pts, 7th
J.Smith 2, Ware 

1938 Norwich City (a)
Division Two 
34pts, 16th
Imrie (pen) 

1949 Middlesbrough (a) 2-3 (2-1)
Division One 
50pts, 2nd
Milburn, Mitchell 
McCrae, Hardwick 2
Four days after scoring the only goal of the game at SJP, Jackie Milburn was on target once again but finished on the losing side at Ayresome Park.

1949 A crowd of 14,000 were at Gallowgate to see Hexham Hearts inflict a 3-0 victory on Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final.

Hexham hero was former Newcastle reserve Steve Howdon, who struck after 18,47 and 62 minutes. Hearts custodian Maurice Edgar had also previously been on United's books.

1951 Bolton Wanderers (h)
Division One 
45pts, 5th
Nat Lofthouse grabbed the only goal of the game at Gallowgate against a United side who were ten days away from an FA Cup Final date with Blackpool.

1953 Portsmouth (a)
Division One
35pts, 15th
Scoular, Phillips, Henderson, Vaughan, og
Bermudan-born right back Arnold Woollard made his debut at Fratton Park.

1955 Manchester United (h) 2-0 (0-0)
Division One 
38pts, 11th
Hannah, White 
Albert Scanlon was in the visiting lineup and would become a Magpie some five years later.

1959 Leeds United (h)
Division One 
37pts, 15th
Allchurch, Curry 
Revie, Peyton
Bobby Mitchell continued to fill in to good effect for the Magpies at left half back.

1960 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 0-2 (0-1)
Division One 
44pts, 6th
Fantham, Froggatt
Wednesday's second was scored by Redfern Froggatt, who netted for the Owls at SJP some 13 years earlier. 

1960 While the first teams met at Hillsborough, the Reserve sides did battle at St. James'. 

Ken Hale scored for United in a 1-1 draw.

1964 Scunthorpe United (a) 0-2 (0-0)
Division Two 
43pts, 7th
Lawther, Ellis
Debut for Frank Clark, who inherited the number 3 shirt from George Dalton and remained an ever-present until September 1965.

1966 Manchester United's Reserve side were the visitors to  SJP and inflicted a sound 0-3 beating on the Magpies.
1973 Manchester City (a)
Division One 
42pts, 7th
Booth, Marsh
1979 Notts County (h) 1-2 
Division Two 
Hooks, O'Brien(pen)

1981 Derby County (a)
Division Two 
39pts, 11th
McFarland, Wilson
Roy McFarland netted the first for the Rams and another goal from Keith Wilson left United still searching for their first goal away from home since January.

1987 Manchester United (h) 2-1 (1-1)
Division One 
43pts, 16th
Goddard, Roeder
An estimated 6,000 fans were locked out and missed a gritty performance by the 10 man Magpies, for whom Peter Beardsley was making a farewell appearance before leaving for Liverpool.

He provided a cross from which Glenn Roeder heading the home side ahead before departing through injury on 35 minutes.

John Anderson was then forced off after a scything tackle from Norman Whiteside, Peter Jackson soon exacting revenge and prompting a scuffle for which Keith Hackett booked him.

With Liam O'Brien in the visiting lineup, the Red Devils levelled thanks to a long range thumper from Gordon Strachan, only for Paul Goddard to fire past Gary Walsh at the Gallowgate End - leveling a club record by netting in his seventh successive game.
Youtube footage is online here (part 1)
Youtube footage is online here (part 2)
Youtube footage is online here (part 3)

1988 Prolific striker John Robertson joined United from Hearts in a 750k deal.

However he had to wait until the following season to make his debut, as our remaining matches affected issues at both ends of the table. 

1990 After many months of disagreement, fan boycotts and newspaper editorials, John Hall was co-opted onto the Newcastle board, by a clearly reluctant Gordon McKeag and his dwindling band of supportive shareholders.

1992 Millwall (h)
Division Two 
Midfielder Peter Garland made his debut following a 35K move from Spurs, on a day when future Magpie Malcolm Allen netted to deepen our plight at the wrong end of Division Two. 

1998 Manchester United (a) 1-1 (1-1)
Premier League 
David Beckham equalised an early Andreas Andersson opener, but the visitors should have claimed a second Old Trafford win within weeks, to accompany their FA Cup semi-final success against Sheffield United.

Solskjaer was dismissed for hacking down Robert Lee, who was clean through on goal. However, the draw was certainly a moral victory and effectively robbed Fergie & Co. of the title, as Arsenal romped to victory over Wimbledon to take a decisive advantage.

Andersson scoring at Old Trafford?
We couldn't believe it either...

2004 Aston Villa (a)
O'Brien(10 - professional foul)
Despite being a man short for 80 minutes, United hung on for a point against a Villa side managed by the odious David O'Bleary and including ex-Magpie Nobby Solano and future Souness recruit Ronny Johnsen. match report

2010 Preparations for Newcastle's possible Championship title-clinching game away to Plymouth were thrown into confusion, as UK flights were grounded due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

A 410 mile coach journey would hardly be the ideal preparation for a game United just needed to draw.


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