Aston Villa (a) SOLD OUT
Crystal Palace (h) Public sale now
Gillingham (a) Member sale now (not online)
Southampton (a) ST sale now (zero points)
League: Aston Villa (a)
The Magpies head to
Aston for a 12.45pm kickoff on Saturday looking for a third
successive victory at Villa Park, after successive 2-1 victories there.
If they are to secure maximum points here though, Alan Pardew's side will
need to end a run of five straight away defeats since their 4-1 success at
Hull back in March.
United have sold their 2,800 allocation
Squad: Siem De Jong is expected to join the squad
and be ready for a competitive debut, but Cheick Tiote has failed to recover
from his "injury" and is still sidelined.
There's mixed news on the longer-term injury front, with Papiss Cisse a
couple of weeks from returning to training but Davide Santon now not
expected to feature until November due to a troublesome knee injury.
Hatem Ben Arfa remains excluded from the senior squad, while
Facundo Ferreyra completed 90 minutes for the reserve side on Monday
and got on the scoresheet.
Newcastle to win @ 9/5 Newcastle to win 2-1 @ 9/1 Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 23/10
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to
fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).
AVFC: The Villans side got
off to a winning start on Saturday, with a 1-0 victory away to Stoke City.
Manager Paul Lambert handed debuts to Aly Cissokho, Philippe Senderos and
Kieran Richardson but a thigh problem meant that Joe Cole wasn't
Both he and new signing Carlos Sanchez will be in Saturday's squad but Jores Okore (knee) is doubtful
and Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (leg) out.
Saturday saw former Magpie Charles N'Zogbia play 71 minutes after recovering
from an Achilles problem that had kept him out of first team action since
Shay Given was on the bench for Villa, back in Lambert's squad since a loan
spell at Boro last season. The United old boy featured in pre-season and is
acting as cover for first-choice Brad Guzan after fellow goalkeeper Jed Steer joined
Birmingham City on loan.
Travel: There are no scheduled disruptions to train services to/from
Birmingham New Street on Saturday.
New season Magpie Mover tickets are now available for NUFC season
ticket holders to buy, 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
Premier League fixtures:
Saturday 23 August 2014: Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Burnley
Everton v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky
Sun 24.08.2014: Hull City v Stoke City (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v QPR (1.30pm)
mackems v Manchester United (4pm) Sky
Manchester City v Liverpool (8pm) Sky Referee:
Mike Dean - who presided over both our previous victories in this
fixture, back in January and September 2013.
TV: Live on BT Sport
6'Eren (Denmark) +HD
Be Sport 1 (Belgium) +HD
beIN Sports Mena 1/11 HD
Benfica TV2 +HD
C+ Sport (France/Poland/Esp) +HD
Digi Sport 1 (Cze/Hun/Svk) +HD
Fox Sports 1 (Australia)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Futbol 2 (Ukraine) +HD
GO Sports 2 +HD
GOL T (Spain)
LTV 1 (Lumiere TV1)
MTV Sport 2 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live (USA)
Nova Sport (Bulgaria)
NTV Plus Futbol +HD
OLL TV (online)
OTE Sport 1 +HD
SportsNet Ontario +HD
Stod 2 Sport 2 +HD
SuperSport 3 (Za) +HD Sportsnet World
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV3+ (Den) +HD
ViaPlay (Den/Swe) +HD
Viasat Football (Swe) +HD
Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sport
NE Radio: Live commentary on BBC Newcastle
Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT
Toon @ Villa Park
- Premier League era:
2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran 2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye 2011/12 drew 1-1 Best 2010/11 lost 0-1 2008/09 lost 0-1 2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen 2006/07 lost 0-2 2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia 2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien 2003/04 drew 0-0 2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer 2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer 2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano 2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC) 1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson 1998/99 lost 0-1 1997/98 won 1-0 Batty 1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark 1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand 1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole 1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole
2014/15: Bairns face Devils
After losing their
season opener 1-2 to the mackems last weekend, Saturday sees Newcastle's U18
side kick off their home campaign against Manchester United.
The Red Devils began their own season with a goalless draw against Bolton
Wanderers and were beaten both home and away last season by the Magpies -
results which helped dispel memories of Man U's 7-1 win on Tyneside back in
Kickoff at Little Benton for a 12.30pm start - all welcome, free
entry and parking.
Cup: Gillingham (a) update
Online sales of tickets for Tuesday's
Capital One Cup trip to Gillingham have ended, but the remaining
places will be on sale to ST holders and members from the SJP Box office on
Saturday (9am-4pm) and Monday (10am-4pm).
Prices: £20 adults, £15 over-65s, £10 U18s, £7 U12s.
Back Page Travel have seats available on their bus, leaving at 10am,
priced £40. Call into the shop during opening hours or ring them on 0191
Thursday saw the first legs of Europa
League Qualifying Round ties involving Hull City and Spurs - both of which
have possible ramifications for Newcastle's fixture list.
If either or both sides are victorious, they'll play Group Stage ties on
Thursdays before facing United in the Premier League and be granted an
additional rest day - meaning that our games will almost certainly be
rescheduled on Sundays.
The Tigers lost 0-1 away to Sporting Lokeren in Belgium, which means that
Steve Bruce & Co. have work to do on Humberside next week if their visit
to SJP on Saturday September 20th isn't to go ahead as scheduled.
Spurs meanwhile are rather better placed following a 2-1 win in Cyprus over
AEL Limassol. Assuming no slip-ups on home turf, progression for them will
mean that our visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday October 25th will
Both ties conclude this Thursday, August 28th.
Howay the lads: Going home
Every seat was taken
in St.Mary's Cathedral on Thursday morning, as family and friends gathered
for the funeral of MH17 victim Liam Sweeney in central Newcastle.
Representing NUFC were Alan Pardew, John Carver, Fabricio Coloccini, Lee
Charnley and club ambassador Bob Moncur, as a moving rendition of
the "Local Hero" theme on the organ accompanied the
A black and white scarf and shirt were placed on Liam's coffin, while the
service opened with "Jerusalem." A poetic tribute was read
out by two fellow supporters.
The funeral cortege then paused briefly on Barrack Road opposite St.James'
Park, where mourners gathered to remember happier times and raise a glass to
PS: Tributes were also paid to John Alder during and after Thursday's
service, which members of his family attended. News of his formal
identification is awaited.
Internationals: Dutch duo selected
Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has named
Magpies pair Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat in his squad for away
games against Italy and Czech Republic next month.
The duo are among a 25 man selection for a friendly in Bari on Thursday
September 4th against Italy and a European Championship qualifying tie against
the Czechs in Prague the following Tuesday, September 9th.
Meanwhile, Ireland have included Rob Elliot in a 36 man squad selection
for two upcoming fixtures in September.
The Magpies custodian is one of four goalkeepers named for a kickabout against
Oman in Dublin on Wednesday September 3rd, after which a reduced roster will
be confirmed for their European Championship Qualifier against Georgia in
Tbilisi four days later.
Wales name their squad on Wednesday for a Euro 2016 qualifier away to Andorra,
while France reveal their selection 24 hours later for meetings with Spain
(Paris, September 4th) and Serbia (Belgrade, September 7th).
U21s: Ashington (a)
an early season gap in their competitive fixture list, Newcastle U21s will
face Ashington on Thursday August 28th in a friendly match.
Officially billed as a Magpies XI, kickoff at Woodhorn Lane is 7.30pm
and admission is by paying at the gate, £tbc.
The ground is adjacent to Wansbeck General Hospital, postcode NE63 9FW.
Before that, United's U21 side play their first U21 league game of the
season this coming Monday, when Reading are the visitors to Whitley
Park for a 1pm kickoff.
(That photo is taken from last season's Northern League Easter groundhop,
when the official attendance for the Ashington v Crook Town game was 597 -
and a horse).
Proud sponsors of
lad: Old boy has a Blast
Ex-Magpie Michael Chopra has been unveiled as the star signing of Kerala
Blasters, one of eight teams competing in the new Indian Super League (ISL).
Owned by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Blasters have also enlisted
David James in a player / coach role.
Chennai will compete against Atlético de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos, Team Chennai, Mumbai City, North East United, Pune City and
a team from Goa in the three month event that gets underway in October.
League: New intake unable to
make Citizens' arrest
Newcastle's Capital One Cup Second Round tie against Gillingham will be staged at Priestfield
next Tuesday at 7.45pm.
Priestfield has a capacity of 12,000 and
United were allocated 1,295 tickets on the uncovered "temporary" Brian Moore Stand behind
one goal (see photo).
A result must be achieved
on the night - via extra time and penalties if required - and the winners will
enter the Third Round draw on Wednesday after the Bradford City versus Leeds
United tie is transmitted live on Sky.
GFC: Peter Taylor's side visit Barnsley in League One on Saturday,
having registered a win, a draw and a defeat thus far in their three league
Danny Kedwell has scored in all three of those league games, the 31 year-old
former non-league striker having netted ten times in the whole of last
Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has arrived on loan from Millwall, the much-travelled
33 year-old facing Newcastle on four occasions while at Derby County - and
never finishing on the losing side.
Our only previous meeting with the Kent side came at Priestfield in the same round of the competition back in September 1976. Goals from Tommy
Cassidy and Paul Cannell set up a 2-1 win, witnessed by 11,203 fans.
The Gills have made it to this point in the competition thanks to a 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town
- an improvement on last season, when they were beaten 0-2 at home in the First Round
by Bristol City.
Paddy Power match betting will appear here
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) on the Football League list
since 2008, this will be his first senior game involving Newcastle United.
UK TV: None (highlights, BBC1 @ 11.05pm Wednesday)
Overseas TV: None
Priestfield (postcode ME7 4DD) is a ten minute walk from
Gillingham railway station and the fastest (but also the most expensive)
trains from London go from St.Pancras.
In the event of extra time and penalties, the following may be worth
noting: Last trains from
Gillingham to London: 22.20 to St Pancras via Stratford 22.24 to Charing Cross via London Bridge 23.36 to Victoria
NB: Engineering works at London Bridge on Tuesday will affect
anyone seeking to change at that station to the London Underground - find more
This will be our 134th game in this competition since it was
founded in 1960. To date we've recorded 60 wins, lost on 55
occasions and drawn 18. Conceding
184 goals, we've scored 212.
have emerged unscathed from their last thirteen Second Round ties (seven on
a two-legged basis) and last lost in this round to the smoggies back in
1990/91 Middlesbrough lost 1-2 (on agg) 1991/92 Crewe Alexandra won 5-3 (on agg) 1992/93 Middlesbrough won 3-1 (on agg) 1993/94 Notts County won 11-2 (on agg) 1994/95 Barnsley won 3-1 (on agg) 1995/96 Bristol City won 8-1 (on agg) 2000/01 Leyton Orient won 3-1 (on agg) 2001/02 Brentford (h) won 4-1 2007/08 Barnsley (h) won 2-0 2008/09 Coventry City (a) won 3-2 2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3 2010/11 Accrington Stanley (a) won 3-2 2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1 2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0
(the "missing years" are those campaigns when the club entered the
competition after the Second Round due to their European club competition
Full Second Round Draw:
Tue 26th Aug:
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday
Bournemouth v Northampton Town
Brentford v Fulham
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Derby County v Charlton Athletic Gillingham v Newcastle
Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest
Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Millwall v Southampton
MK Dons v Manchester United
Norwich City v Crawley Town
Port Vale v Cardiff City
Scunthorpe United v Reading
Swansea City v Rotherham United
Swindon Town v Brighton
Watford v Doncaster Rovers
West Bromwich Albion v Oxford United
West Ham v Sheffield United
Walsall v Crystal Palace
Wed 27th Aug:
Aston Villa v Leyton Orient
Birmingham City v mackems
Bradford City v Leeds United
Burton Albion v QPR
Stoke City v Portsmouth
Internationals: Young Lions
call for Paul
Woolston (England U17s):
Wed 27.08.2014 Czech Republic (Kidderminster) FR
Fri 29.08.2014 Portugal (Chesterfield) FR
Sun 31.08.2014 Italy (Burton) FR
PS: Newcastle youngster
was replaced in the England U16 squad for Wednesday's friendly with Belgium
at St.Georges Park - reason tbc.
In order to allow all 22 England players selected to get an hour on the field,
the game was played over four 30 minute periods, with Belgium running
out 4-3 winners.
lads: Toon 'keeper
Magpies currently on temporary assignment
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)
Forest are the early leaders in the Championship after recording a 2-1 win
at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
United's recent signing Karl Darlow played his part by keeping the Cherries
out at Dean Court, despite their winning and taking no less than 11 first
And although he conceded just before the hour mark, further heroics between
the posts helped Forest take maximum points after they scored two quick
Karl's fellow Magpie Jamaal wasn't involved on Tuesday and is yet to appear
for the first team this season as recovers from a knee problem.
However the defender did make a successful return to action on Monday,
playing just over an hour of Forest's 1-2 home reserve defeat to Charlton
Next up for Forest is a three game burst in eight days beginning with
Reading at the City Ground on Saturday, followed by trips to Huddersfield
Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday
week in the league.
Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
Adam's current side sit proudly on top of the League One table after a 2-0
win at Scunthorpe on Tuesday. However the on-loan Magpie wasn't called from
He'll now hope for some pitch time this coming Saturday at home to
report Glitter banned: Scientists
United Cup policy
From the BBC, Saturday:
Magpies are scared of shiny objects,
according to new research.
It is widely believed that magpies have a compulsive urge to steal sparkly
things for their nests, but scientists at Exeter University show that they are
actually nervous of such objects, presumably because they are novel and may
prove dangerous (to league form...)
A spokesperson said:
“We did not find evidence of an unconditional attraction to shiny objects in
Magpies....it seems likely that the folklore surrounding them is a result of
cultural generalisation and anecdotes* rather than evidence.”
about the Fairs Cup
lad: Nile's a Seasider
Former Magpie miscreant Nile Ranger has found himself a new club, after
the hasty recruitment drive by Blackpool saw the striker sign a one year deal
at Bloomfield Road.
Ranger made his Tangerines debut from the bench in Tuesday night's 1-2 home
loss to Brentford.
Fanzine: Download festival
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of the fanzine to be published in digital-only format. Click
here for details of how to
League: Saints and Potters
NUFC press release, Thursday:
Confirmation of a second reciprocal pricing deal followed, this time for
the visit to Stoke City, where away fans will pay £20 for adult
admission and £5 for juniors.
(It's worth pointing out that agreement of a reduced admission price is not
only of reciprocal benefit to the travelling fans in the two fixtures
concerned, but also allows the home club to reduce their ticket prices for
equivalent home areas.)
NUFC press release, Wednesday:
Football fans are set to benefit from lower away match ticket prices for one
of their longest journeys of the season after Southampton agreed to an
innovative reciprocal pricing scheme devised by Newcastle United.
United's reciprocal pricing deal, which
was introduced during the 2013/14 campaign, offers away fans travelling to
league fixtures at St. James' Park cheaper match tickets in the visitors'
section if their club guarantees the same lower price for Newcastle supporters
who travel to the Magpies' corresponding away league fixture.
Deals with West Bromwich Albion and
Swansea City led to headline savings of 61.5% and 42.3% for Newcastle
supporters at The Hawthorns and Liberty Stadium respectively last season - and
now Southampton are the latest clubs to sign up to guarantee savings for
travelling fans, with more clubs set to follow.
Newcastle United and Southampton have
agreed to fix away ticket at the lower price of £25 for adults and £5 for
concessions for their return PL fixtures during the 2014/15 season, with the
sides meeting at St. Mary's in September and in the North East in January
Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players
include the following:
Thu 28.08.2014John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith
House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and
peas) from the venue.
Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinn @ The Alberta Social Club, Jarrow. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella,
Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra,
Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow.
06.06.2014 Striker Ayoze Perez (20) CD Tenerife. 09.06.2014 Midfielder Jack Colback (24)unattached. 01.07.2014 Midfielder Siem De Jong (25) Ajax. 13.07.2014 Midfielder Remy Cabella (24) Montpellier. 16.07.2014 Striker Emmanuel Riviere (24) Monaco. 17.07.2014 Full back Daryl Janmaat (24) Feyenoord. 02.08.2014 Striker Facundo Ferreyra (23) Shaktar. 09.08.2014 Defender Jamaal Lascelles (20) Nottm For. 09.08.2014 Keeper Karl Darlow (23) Nottm For.
(both loaned back to Nottingham Forest).
Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain
Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.
2013/14 ST holders who have renewed with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.
New ST cards have only been issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or
moving seats - if you haven't got yours, get in touch with the club asap.
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.
NUFC's members only away ticket policy is
still in force, with
only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the
pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.
Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford
Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)
U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little
Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier
League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800. Live
on BT Sport.
Mon 25.08.2014 U21s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park,
1pm. U21 Premier League.
Tue 26.08.2014 Gillingham (a) @ Priestfield, 7.45pm. Capital One
Cup, Second Round. Member sale now. £20
adults, £15 over-65s, £10 U18s, £7 U12s. Allocation: 1,295. NB: Online sale
now ended, last remaining tickets on sale to ST holders and members in person
from SJP Box office on Saturday (9am-4pm) and Monday (10am-4pm).
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
Travelis the public face of the Newcastle United Travel Plan, aimed to help fans attend games using the most efficient and
sustainable methods available.
Confirmed NUFC UK live TV coverage:
NUFC Live on Sky Sports:
Stoke City (a) 8pm
Sun 09.11.2014 West Brom (a) 1.30pm
NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League
home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.
On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult
admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5.
(all 3pm KOunless specified):
Sat 23.08.2014 Grimsby Town Sat 30.08.2014 Chester Tue 09.09.2014 AFC Telford (7.45pm) Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town
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
Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages
Now: English rugby club members
12-29.09.2014 General sale
General sale to the public via a ballot
11.2014/12.2014 General sale First come, first served basis for any left
The way international matches are scheduled is changing, as UEFA confirm:
The Week of Football means matches take place over six days from Thursday
to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set largely at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on
Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and
On double-header match weeks, teams will play on Thursday and Sunday, Friday
and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v team tbc*
10.09.2014 Cameroon v Ivory Coast
11.10.2014 DR Congo v Ivory Coast
15.10.2014 Ivory Coast v DR Congo
15.11.2014 team tbc* v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon
(*either Sierra Leone or Seychelles)
Group G: 06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 team tbc** v Senegal
11.10.2014 Senegal v Tunisia
15.10.2014 Tunisia v Senegal
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v team tbc**
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History
Born Or Died:
1985 Lewis Guy born, Penrith. (2000-05)
England schoolboy international forward who played for
Newcastle at junior and reserve level, travelling to Tyneside three times a
week from the age of ten.
Appearing for the first team during their pre-season tour of the Far East in
2004, Guy's sole competitive senior game came when replacing Craig Bellamy in
the 79th minute of a UEFA Cup home tie against Sporting Lisbon in December that
Within four months Lewis had been loaned out to League One side Doncaster
Rovers, scoring three times in nine games.
Released by United that summer, Guy joined Rovers permanently and featured as
they won the Football League Trophy in 2007, beating Bristol Rovers at Cardiff.
Appearing as a substitute in the Wembley playoff win over Leeds United a year
later, Lewis failed was later loaned out to both Hartlepool United and Oldham
Quitting Rovers in 2010 in favour of MK Dons, he'd joined Oxford United on loan
within a year and concluded a permanent move to SPL St.Mirren in January 2012.
That saw Guy reunited with former Magpies Reserve coach Tommy Craig and he
marked his debut by scoring against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. However he
wasn't in the Buddies squad that won the Scottish League Cup at Hampden that
Lewis returned south in July 2013, joining Carlisle United after a trial.
Relegation for the Cumbrians saw him exit from Brunton Park though and the
following summer brought a return to Tyneside with a one year deal at
Conference side Gateshead.
1986 Stephen Ireland born, Cork, Ireland. (2011)
Midfielder who arrived at SJP on loan from Aston Villa on the
last day of January 2011, amid reports that he failed his medical. That was
denied, but it soon became clear we'd signed a knacker who was knacked.
Managing just two substitute outings during his loan, a knee problem ruled him
out of the first nine games following his arrival (one of which was against his
Belatedly debuting from the bench in a 0-0 home draw with Manchester United
that April, Ireland then did the same four days later during a 1-1 draw at
Blackpool - and then returned to Villa with an ankle injury.
His Toon career consisted of 49 minutes and one apology - after he and fellow
injured Irishman Leon Best broke a pre-match curfew and were photographed in a
nightclub on the night before a match.
A product of Cobh Town Schoolboys, Ireland had won the Bobby Charlton Soccer
Schools Skills Competition Final at Old Trafford as both a ten and eleven year
old and later played for Cobh Ramblers junior side.
Starring in a youth tournament staged in Limerick, Ireland reportedly fielded
offers from 22 British clubs for trials and ended up signing for Manchester
City aged 15.
Ireland replaced Joey Barton in City's first team during in September 2005 and
netted for them in a 1-1 draw at SJP during our 2008/09 relegation season.
Leaving City in 2010 as makeweight in the acquisition of James Milner from
Aston Villa, Ireland signed soon after Kevin Macdonald took temporary charge
following Martin O'Neill's departure from Villa Park.
Debuting on his 24th birthday, Villa lost 0-6 to Newcastle at SJP and Ireland
was later publicly rebuked by incoming Villa manager Gerard Houlier for a lack
The arrival of Alex McLeish saw him back in favour and he won
Villa's 2011/12 player of the season award. Ireland kept his place under Paul
Lambert but again had further fitness issues and watched our 2-1 win at Villa
in January 2013 from the bench.
Joining Stoke City on loan the following season, a permanent move to the
Potters was concluded in January 2014 and his contribution to the cause saw him
earn a new three year contract that summer.
Internationally, Ireland won six senior caps for the Republic of Ireland
between 2006 and 2007, but was infamously then granted compassionate leave
before a Euro qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague.
Claiming that his grandmother had died, that was disproved by reporters, as was
his next excuse that it was his other granny. Ireland later admitted that he
wanted to visit his girlfriend in Cork and invented the tale.
Off the field, Ireland remains a figure of ridicule for his apparent addiction
to bling - periodically publicised in the press when he buys another expensive
car with an awful customised paint job, or posts pics of himself and his
girlfriend on social media.
Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One 40,000 A 6-0 home thrashing of Stoke City five days
previously was followed by a run of three games in
which only one goal was scored - before a return to
form against Spurs at SJP, when United won 7-2.
Division One Mitchell(33pen), Keeble(61)
Debut for Jimmy Scoular at right half, who was also
made captain in succession to the recently-retired Joe
Former Magpie Shack blasted an early free kick through
the Newcastle wall, before Vic Keeble was fouled to
give United a penalty.
Mitchell took the kick but mishit it, the ball
trickling over the goal line as mackem 'keeper Jimmy
Cowan lay helpless over the other side of the goal -
having dived in anticipation of where the ball should
McSeveney then scored direct from a corner for the
visitors, ruled out by the linesman who spotted a push
on United 'keeper Simpson.
The winner came when Keeble headed home a Milburn
corner - although the two points were only confirmed
thanks to Ronnie Simpson's late penalty save from
Cardiff City (a)
Division One Davies 2
McSeveney, Ford 2,
35,833 Three years to the day that he'd seen his corner
ruled out, John McSeveney successfully registered
against Newcastle for his latest club.
Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-5 (0-1)
Division One Eastham
Brooks 2, Jones 3
Spurs registered the same opening day scoreline at SJP
as Blackburn Rovers had 12 months previously.
While the first team were being thrashed by Spurs,
Newcastle's reserve side began their Central League
season with a 2-2 draw against Derby County.
Bobby Mitchell's penalty and a Ken Hale goal won a
point at the Baseball Ground.
Division Two Fell, Thomas
Peacock, Gibson, Kaye(pen),
30,841 Revenge for this loss at Ayresome Park would be
swift for Newcastle - who inflicted a 6-1 defeat on
Boro at SJP a week later.
Crystal Palace (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One Birchenall
a 0-3 opening day defeat at Stoke City, things were
only marginally better against The Glaziers.
Palace included Jimmy Scott, who had swapped SJP for
Selhurst Park in a £20K deal the previous February.
shadow was cast over this friendly match when a young
Newcastle fan died in an accident outside the ground.
Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division One D.Jackson
22,031 After beginning their season with a midweek defeat
at Spurs, United bounced back to record their first
league success at Hillsborough since January 1956. Youtube footage is online here
Derby County (a)
Division One Peacock(51), Clark(55)
17,522 Revenge was extracted for the previous season's
8-man, 1-4 humilation at the BBG.
The majority of United fans were housed in a cramped
corner of the Toyota Stand down the side of the pitch
and seemed to be even drunker than usual....if that
were possible. Youtube
footage is onlne here
Bolton Wanderers (a) 3-1 (1-0)
Premier League Ferdinand(17,84), Lee(77)
20,243 A victory in United's final trip to Burnden Park,
two years before the Trotters upped sticks to their
shiny new, never filled and soulless edifice in
Clad in the blue and red hooped away strip, a towering
Les Ferdinand header from David Ginola's cross put us
ahead and although Bolton levelled, Rob Lee and Les
again shot home in front of the celebrating away
34,795 Future Magpie Celestine Babayaro gave Gianluca
Vialli's side the lead at a sweltering Stamford
Bridge, only for Andreas Andersson to stick out a leg
for the Newcastle equaliser.
Both sides tired after the break but Alan Shearer came
close to a winner when his shot beating De Goey but
rebounded off the inside of the post.
In what proved to be his last game in charge, Kenny
Dalglish sent on Peruvian new boy Nolberto Solano
for his first team debut.
2001 Alan Shearer put himself in the frame
for the derby against the mackems with two goals in a
practice game against Hartlepool. A place on the subs
bench was the main aim for Al, who was recovering from
a knee operation.
2004 In the wake of the sale of Jonathan
Woodgate to Real Madrid it was obvious that the
Chairman and Manager were not singing from the same
hymn sheet. While Freddy Shepherd told the Sunday
"Newcastle fans know that we have never
been slow to spend our money at this club. Our recent
record shows we can be trusted to deliver quality
players. I'm not going to say too much at this stage
but I think the fans will be pleasantly surprised at
what results from the Woodgate deal.
"We didn't go into the
Woodgate transfer without a long-term plan. All will
be revealed soon."
However, the Sunday Sun quoted Sir Bobby
Robson as saying of defender Woodgate:
"Do we have a player in mind to replace him? No,
not really. I have no idea who we are going for. We
have just lost a great player. How big a blow it is
will depend upon the replacement we get in. But I have
not yet given a wish list to the chairman."
of preparing a bid for Everton's Wayne Rooney seemed
spectacular late strike from Kris Gate kept up the
Reserves' unbeaten start to the season as United drew
2-2 with Liverpool.
Florent Sinama-Pongolle had given the Reds the lead
after 15 minutes only for United's Liam Atkin to level
just before the break.
Ramon Calliste restored Liverpool's lead before
Gate - who had already struck a post - crashed in an
equaliser to secure a point at Wrexham's Racecourse
After interest from French and German sides
failed to result in a formal offer, Newcastle sold
Jean-Alain Boumsong to Italian side Juventus for a
claimed £3.3m plus further unspecified staged
As part of the move, the side from Turin visited
Tyneside to play a pre-season friendly in 2007, by
which time they'd been promoted back to Serie A,
following a forced demotion from the top flight for
2007 Newcastle defender Stephen Carr made his
44th and final international appearance for the
Republic of Ireland, as they beat Denmark 4-0 in a
friendly match played in Aarhus.
This was the end of Carr's second spell as an
internationalist, having earned five caps since
reversing a previous retirement in 2005.
Crystal Palace (a)
Championship Nolan(2), R.Taylor(21)
First half goals from Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor made
it three wins on the bounce and a trio of clean
sheets, as United's unbeaten start to the season
stretched to four games.
Warnock's Eagles offered little as United made it six
wins from their last seven visits to SE25, only
Magpies old boy Darren Ambrose looking likely to
trouble Steve Harper. NUFC.com
Aston Villa (h)
Premier League Barton(12),
Barton didn't get the chance to emulate Jimmy Edwards
in the handlebar stakes having vowed not to shave
until we won, but nobody in their right mind expected
us to claim a first league win of the season in such
an emphatic fashion.
However, things could have been so different, had
Villa's John Carew not blasted his early penalty high
into the Gallowgate End before Barton crashed in the
opener, Nolan and Carroll also notching before the
It would be nice to think that some of the witty
Villans who glorified in our relegation in 2009 were
among the disconsolate travelling fans who deserted
their L7 perch as we hit three more in the second half
Carroll completed his first senior team hat trick,
doubling his Premier League scoring tally in one game.
In doing so, he became the first Magpie to net a top
flight treble since Michael Owen at West Ham in
His hat trick was the first by a home player at SJP in
the Premier League since Alan Shearer's five against
Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. NUFC.com