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Premier League:
Spurs (a) 

Sunday sees the Magpies play the first of six Premier League games in London this season, as they head to White Hart Lane for a 1.30pm kick-off.

The game isn't live on UK TV, with the rescheduling to compensate for the home side having played Asteras Tripolis at home in the Europa League on Thursday.

That finished in a 5-1 victory for Mauricio Pochettino's side, with Harry Kane grabbing a hat trick before Hugo Lloris was dismissed late on and Kane went in goal.

United have sold their 2,200 allocation and the usual dry train alcohol restrictions will apply on the return journey from Kings Cross to Newcastle, beginning with the 16.45 departure until the end of service and also including the two Grand Central departures to the dark place.

Ahead of the game Alan Pardew said (not to as London24 said - see Coxy's Corner):

"I can feel a little bit more confidence in and around the camp. But we have to improve results full stop going forward.

"We go to Spurs and have to be disciplined and offer a threat. It’s about trying to attack the game and get a win.

"We went to Spurs last season and put in a fantastic performance. We will go back there with good memories.

"Ryan Taylor should return this week. It’s an inspirational story. I’m so pleased to put his name on the sheet to travel."


Spurs confirm that tributes will be paid on Sunday to their former player and manager Bill Nicholson, who passed away aged 85 almost exactly ten years ago.  

Nicholson also played for Newcastle as a wartime guest while serving in the Durham Light Infantry, appearing for the Magpies 19 times between April 1943 and April 1944.

The match programme is a whopping £5. 

Ryan Taylor has been added to the squad while Papiss Cisse is doubtful.

Excluding Jonas Gutierrez, the current status of the ten senior players reportedly unavailable is as follows: 

Samuel Ameobi:
(injury tbc) now available tbc
Paul Dummett: (injury tbc) now available tbc
Emmanuel Riviere:
(injury tbc) now available tbc
Cheick Tiote: (calf) now available tbc
Mike Williamson: (injury tbc) now available tbc

Rolando Aarons: (hamstring) early November
Siem De Jong: (leg) late December/early January

Adam Campbell: (hernia) no return date
Curtis Good: (hip) no return date
Davide Santon: (knee) no return date

The last public mention of Santon came in mid-August, when Alan Pardew confirmed a specialist had recently examined his problematic knee and revised the target date to resume training from September to November.  

Paddy Power match betting is online here

Newcastle to win @ 4/1
Game to end scoreless @ 10/1
Gabriel Obertan to score in a 1-0 win @ 100/1
(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

THFC: Nabil Bentaleb, Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton are injured, while Federico Fazio is suspended after marking his Premier League debut with a red card during Saturday's 1-4 defeat at Manchester City.

Recording home wins over QPR (4-0) and Southampton (1-0), Spurs were beaten at White Hart Lane by both West Brom (0-1) and Liverpool (0-3) and come into Sunday's game with just one PL win in six games. 

Anthony Taylor - first time in charge of Newcastle this season, with his only appointment in the 2013/14 campaign the FA Cup defeat by Cardiff City.

Travel: Buses replace trains until 09.50am on the line between Enfield and Bethnal Green that includes White Hart Lane Station - if you're using that route, check to make sure the work hasn't over-run:

Engineering work at Victoria Underground Station also means that sections of the District and Circle Lines are closed all weekend.


Overseas TV:
Digi Sport 1 (Svk) +HD
Fox Sports 2 (Oz) (delay)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
J Sports 4 (Japan)
NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
QQ Sports China
Sky Mexico
SuperSport 3 Africa 
TSN 2 (Canada)
TV3 Sport 2 (Den)
ViaPlay (Denmark) +HD
ViaPlay (Sweden) +HD

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Other Premier League
fixtures (3pm unless stated):

West Ham v Manchester City (12.45pm) BT
Liverpool v Hull City
Southampton v Stoke City
mackems v Arsenal
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Leicester City (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 26.10.2014:
Burnley v Everton (1.30pm) Sky
Manchester United v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

Mon 27.10.2014:
QPR v Aston Villa (8pm) Sky


Magpies @ Cockerels - Premier League era:

2013/14: Won 1-0 Remy
2012/13: Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2011/12: Lost 0-5
2010/11: Lost 0-2
2008/09: Lost 0-1
2007/08: Won 4-1 Butt, Geremi, Owen, Martins
2006/07: Won 3-2 Huntington, Martins, Butt
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Won 1-0 Jenas
2001/02: Won 3-1 Acuna, Shearer, Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 2-4 Solano, Dyer
1999/00: Drew 1-1 Speed (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 1-3 Solano
1998/99: Lost 0-2
1997/98: Lost 0-2
1996/97: Won 2-1 Ferdinand 2
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ginola
1995/96: Won 2-0 Sellars, Ferdinand (FR)
1994/95: Lost 2-4 Fox 2
1993/94: Won 2-1 Beardsley 2

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets remain available to NUFC season ticket holders. Priced at £20 (£21 by post) they allow free travel on buses, Metro, trains & ferries in Tyne and wear for three hours before and after competitive home first team games. Order online here

Ashley's Rangers loan
and share package

From the BBC, Saturday:

The Rangers board has agreed Mike Ashley's offer of a £3m loan and a proposed new share issue.

The Newcastle United owner put forward a financial package on Friday, as did businessman Brian Kennedy.

Following overnight discussions, directors agreed to Ashley's offer on Saturday morning with an official announcement expected on Monday.

It is understood that, as part of the agreement, chief executive Graham Wallace will step down.

English businessman Ashley, who owns 8.29% of the Glasgow club's shares, had called for the removal of Nash and Wallace as part of his offer. Nash resigned as a director on Friday.

As it stands, under Scottish FA agreement Ashley is not allowed boardroom influence or more than 10%.

But his underwriting of a share issue could take his stake above that threshold if there is not enough buy-in from other investors.

Kennedy was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to take over Rangers in 2012

Rangers need a financial injection to cover wages beyond November and Sale Sharks owner Kennedy became a surprise latecomer in the battle for control.

In response to the news that Ashley's offer had been accepted by the board, Kennedy said he was "disappointed for Rangers" but would not be commenting further.

Former director Dave King had also offered fresh funding to Rangers but could not agree a deal following talks with key shareholder Sandy Easdale and the board.

Before returning to his South African business base on Thursday, King issued a statement saying that his group's offer remained on the table and that he was hopeful it would be accepted.

In response to news of Ashley's offer, King insisted it did not affect his own bid "in any way".

Ashley, who already has control of Rangers' shirt sales and retail division and owns the naming rights for Ibrox Stadium, refused to back King's proposal.

Sandy Easdale, who controls a 26% block of shares, also declined to agree to King's proposals.

While Ashley is demanding two representatives on the board, King also wanted to choose its chairman.

Nash, the former Arsenal and Liverpool executive, had been employed as a financial consultant by Rangers before joining the board in July.

Wallace, currently on a family holiday in Greece, and Nash had been supportive of the bid by King's group, which includes fellow Scottish businessmen George Letham and Paul Murray.

Rovers return

Having seen a recent upturn in results halted by a 1-4 home loss to Everton last Saturday, United's youngsters travel to Brockhall in search of points on Saturday.

Kick-off is listed as 11am in the latest Premier League bulletin, but NUFC confirm that they are working to the originally-published 12.30pm start time that is also referred to on the official BRFC website. 

Blackburn's only win so far this season came on the road (at Stoke), with losses on home turf to both Manchester clubs (1-4 twice) and Everton (0-4). 

Two meetings with Rovers last season favoured the home side, with United losing 1-4 in Lancashire but triumphing 2-1 at Little Benton in the return.

Squad: Stefan Broccoli, Kyle Cameron, Luke Charman, Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Jack Hunter, Louis Johnson, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Sean Longstaff, Michael Newberry, Lewis Suddick, Daniel Ward, Owen Wheeler.

A loan taking U18 squad players James Atkinson and Andy Hall to Barnsley for a month has been agreed, but defender Atkinson has already returned, suffering a knee injury soon after linking up with the Tykes.   

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Book giveaway:
Hit the north

Since the 1990s, journalist Michael Walker has spent far too much time in press boxes and on terraces reporting on the fortunes of the North East's "big three" and many other clubs across the region. The fruits of his not inconsiderable labours are now available as "Up There"

Described by the publishers as "part social-history, part travelogue", it tries to give the importance of football in these parts some sort of rational context and answer that one giant question - why do we keeping f*cking up? 

Dipping into his own back pages to build a narrative ,the author also sought out a number of football personalities with a tale to tell, ranging from Stan Anderson to John Hall, Howard Kendall to Alan Kennedy and Rob Lee.

Highlighting the vast collection of silverware amassed by home-grown managers and players and examining how that talent dried up, "Up There" transcends club rivalries and aims for the bigger picture - entries in the index for Tony Blair and Ernest Bevin sit next to Peter Beardsley.

Having said that though, a healthy proportion of the book is devoted to Gallowgate matters, with some particularly strong coverage of events involving messrs Hall, Ashley, Keegan and press bans etc. that debunk a few myths.

"Up There" is available from all good bookshops now and can be ordered direct from the publishers here. Michael will also be signing copies in Newcastle late next month (details tbc) accompanied by former Magpie Rob Lee.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just email us here with your answer to this question:

Gaining promotion in 1984, the-then Newcastle manager attempted to sign Steve Bruce, Mark Hateley and Kevin Sheedy, but was blocked by the club's board and resigned. Who was that manager?

The closing date is
Sun Oct 26th @ 11pm, subject is: Up. No purchase necessary, no age restriction and entries welcome from anywhere in the world, although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only. 

Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified. 

Finger clicking good

Issue 115
of True Faith is now available in digital-only format. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Online subscriptions cost £17.99 annually, with a £5.99 quarterly option. Ten issues per season, each one has a minimum of 100 pages and subscribers also get free access to over 30 back issues.

Loan lads:
The borrowers 

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
A night to forget for the defender, who completed the full 90 minutes of a 1-7 home hammering by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Next game: Sampdoria (h) Serie A, Saturday

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

Usual rules applied for manager Stuart Pearce at Watford in the Championship on Tuesday, with goalkeeper Darlow starting and defender Lascelles on the bench. That was unchanged at full time, when the score was 2-2.
Next game: Blackburn Rovers (h) Championship, Saturday.

Remie Streete (Port Vale)
Another unused substitute selection for the defender on Tuesday night, as Scunthorpe United shared four goals at Vale Park in a League One fixture.
Next game: Leyton Orient (h) Saturday.

Jonathyn Quinn (Blyth Spartans)
A first Spartans start for Quinn against Skelmersdale United at Croft Park in a Northern Premier League game on Tuesday. Jonny's second Blyth goal put his side ahead but the visitors levelled and it ended up 1-1.
Next game: Leek Town (a) FA Cup Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The winger played 71 minutes of a 0-0 draw away to Dinamo Minsk in the Europa League on Thursday.
Next game:
Nice (h) Ligue 1, Sunday.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
Next game:
Liverpool (a) Premier League, Saturday.

Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)

The final game of Freddie's month-long loan saw him remain on the bench as 'Pools were beaten 1-3 at Accrington Stanley in League Two on Tuesday.

Fan Forum #5 minutes

Monday saw the fifth meeting of the fan forum run by NUFC, what they "term an opportunity for members to quiz the club on any issues on behalf of all supporters, as well as being the club's opportunity to redress the balance with facts. All questions and answers are published on the club's website for the wider fan base".

minutes are available online here

A few things that caught our eye:

Ambitions for the current season:

"The club's minimum target this season is to finish in the top ten of the Premier League."

Whether that tenth place is the trigger for staff bonuses to be paid this season wasn't elaborated upon.

Striker arrival in next transfer window:

"....additional attacking players had been pursued. The club are continuing to look at potential targets but stressed no guarantee could be made in reference to January."

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa situation:

"The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties. There is the possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him*.

"The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer. Because the deal with AS Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible. 

"The club's view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term view, the club let him leave."

* reported as £6.7m by Sky Sports in January 2013

That appears to back up the one in / one out line that was peddled by the club in the closing days of the last transfer window - what does occur to us was that the "replacement transfer" that couldn't be completed was actually a permanent switch for Jamaal Lascelles from Forest, which could only then be concluded as a loan leading to a future transfer.  

Recall rumours for the Nottingham Forest loanees:

the club are delighted to have secured both Jamaal (Lascelles) and Karl Darlow and while they will be big assets to the squad in future, it was not true that they could be recalled from their current loan deals until the end of the 2014/15 season."

The question of why Lascelles was part of the Premier League squad list NUFC submitted in September (but Darlow wasn't) didn't then get asked by forumites.

Regarding the story about Lascelles and the fact that the club confirmed it was wrong, it's yet to be seen whether the media outlets who published that would be subject to a ban. If they consider it "patently untrue" then they'll be out, or if "incorrect information" then they'll stay in.

Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (i):

Asked how NUFC communicated information on this:

The club used social media and club website, sent emails to broadcasters and journalists and gave face-to-face updates to reporters and TV/radio personnel, while stewards around the stadium used loud hailers to communicate with fans.

There's a danger here that the club are relying on social media to get messages out, regardless of whether fans use those networks - or could even connect to them.

Our reading of the "loudhailer" comment is that there's no PA system around external areas of SJP - in contrast to other Premier League stadia (eg Old Trafford, Anfield), where announcements are regularly made on matchdays.

That begs the question of how emergency situations would be dealt with if turnstiles were already open and fans were leaving and arriving at the same time. Those inside the ground would hear the PA, but those outside wouldn't be able to.

Given the large number of spectators unfamiliar with SJP who will attend both rugby events in 2015, it's surely worth reviewing all possible communication channels.        

Leicester City (h) kickoff delay (ii):

When asked about fans adversely affected by the late finish to the game because of booked trains, the club responded by saying that:  

Those supporters are asked to write to the club's Box Office (St. James' Park, Newcastle, NE1 4ST) so that the club can assess complaints on a case-by-case basis.

(We're aware of some of who left the game early because of service specific ticket bookings and others who stayed and were charged additional fares on later trains. Anyone who used public transport other than the train ie coach services or flights may also wish to write to the club).

Country calls

Update: Scotland U16s have selected United youngster Owen Gallacher for their Victory Shield opener. 

The striking son of former Magpie John Gallacher is in the squad for the game against Northern Ireland at St Mirren on Friday October 31st. The tie is live on Sky.    

Two young Magpies are away on international duty this week as follows: 

Kyle Cameron (Scotland U18s):
Tue 21.10.2014
Czech Republic (a) Hradec Králové FR

The Newcastle defender started on the bench and was introduced into the action around the hour, providing an assist in a 2-0 victory for the Scots.

Thu 23.10.2014 Czech Republic (a) Hradec Králové FR

Promoted to the starting XI and playing for 80 minutes, Kyle helped his side to a 3-2 success.  

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Sat 25.10.2014 Cyprus (a) Paphos ECQ
Mon 27.10.2014 Macedonia (n) Paphos ECQ
Thu 30.10.2014 France (n) Paphos ECQ

Mackenzie Heaney (England U16s):
Fri 31.10.2014 Wales (a) Bangor Victory Shield

Old boy:
Willie and Vic

Having been out of football for eight months since resigning as Newcastle U21 coach in February, Willie Donachie has been appointed assistant to new Hartlepool United boss Paul Murray. 

During a thirty year coaching career, Donachie served Oldham Athletic, Everton, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town and Millwall.

Managing Millwall in his own right, Willie's association with United began in 2009 when he joined the Academy staff. Subsequently taking over reserve team duties, he left following a dressing room confrontation with defender Remi Streete after a reserve derby defeat. 

PS: Donachie's old team visit Victoria Park next Monday evening, but rather than Pools, Newcastle will face their Boro counterparts there in an U21 Premier League game.

John Alder
Home, Newcastle

Police statement, Thursday:

"The family of MH17 victim John Alder would like it to be known that John's body has now been returned to Gateshead and would like to express their gratitude for all the support and good wishes received during this long and difficult period. 

"Preparations are now being made for a private funeral service for John's family and friends later this month."

A message on behalf of John's sister, Joyce:

As those who knew him will be aware, John was a very private person and we'd like to say our farewells to him along with family members and his close friends. For this reason the date of the funeral has not been publicised.

Your understanding is appreciated and once again, we'd like to place on record our thanks for the countless kind thoughts and gestures from John's fellow football fans - they have been a great source of comfort to his family. 

Premier League:
Off to see Big Scam 

The palatial splendour of Upton Park: yours for £43

While travelling toon fans have seen price reductions for six Premier League games this season due to reciprocal pricing agreements and the Away Fan Fund, the stark reality of admission costs will soon be reinforced.

In return for an average view and facilities reminiscent of a cattle mart in a tube station, Newcastle fans will pay the bargain price of £43 - £1 more than last season.

That puts them top of the rip-off chart thus far, but with many other pricier outfits yet to show their hand:  

Prices paid/confirmed so far this season: 

£43 West Ham
Aston Villa
£31 Spurs * 
£25 Southampton, Swansea City
£20 Everton, Stoke City
£15 West Bromwich Albion

Looking at the other games, indications are that we'll pay the following (with slightly cheaper ones at some venues, ie lower tier at Chelsea): 

Chelsea £55
Liverpool £52
Manchester City £51
Manchester United £46
QPR £45 
Burnley £40
mackems £40
Crystal Palace £32

tbc (last season price in brackets):

Arsenal (£25.50)
Hull City (£30)
Leicester City (n/a) (mackems paying £35 next month, which makes them Cat B. Cat A is £40).

PS: Both Burnley and Liverpool have classified their home games against Newcastle higher than their meeting with the mackems. That means that we can expect to pay £5 more at Turf Moor and up to £9 more at Anfield. 

Twenty's plenty:  the FSF campaign is online here

Capital One Cup:
Manchester City (a) 

Wednesday sees Newcastle on the road to the Etihad Stadium for a Fourth Round Capital One Cup tie against the current holders, Manchester City.

Kickoff is at 7.45pm and the Magpies have sold their full allocation of around 3,000.
As usual in this competition, the tie must conclude on the night - via extra time and penalty kicks if required.

United have
failed to beat City in 17 league and cup games and lost the last 11 meetings. The last Magpies scorer was Demba Ba at SJP in 2012, 489 minutes ago.

We exited from this competition at the same point last season when losing 2-0 to City in extra time at SJP.

Our first cup tie at the Etihad Stadium provides a further opportunity to record a maiden victory at that venue - over a decade after our first visit in May 2004. 

Our ten visits there ended in two draws and eight defeats and we've only held the lead twice, repelling City for 40 minutes following Alan Shearer's 9th minute opener in February 2005 and defending a 29th minute strike from Obafemi Martins for nine minutes in September 2007.    

The Quarter Final draw will take place live on Sky Sports on Wednesday night, following their coverage of our tie. Those ties will be played in w/c Monday 15.12.2014. 

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Adam Campbell remain sidelined through injury. 

Paddy Power match betting will follow here

MCFC: Ahead of the tie, City are at West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.

The current Capital One Cup holders put seven past Sheffield Wednesday without reply in the last round to make it seven ties in this competition since Aston Villa won a Third Round tie 4-2 at the Etihad in 2012. 

In those seven victories, City have scored 29 goals and conceded two.

Stuart Attwell - Warwickshire-based whistler who was once the bright hope of the Select Group of Referees and the youngest person to take charge of a Premier League game.

We first encountered him competitively on Boxing Day 2009 when he officiated our 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 26.

A trio of Premier League away games then followed: a 1-1 draw at Wolves in August 2010 when he booked a dozen players, a 0-0 draw at Blackburn in February 2011 and a 0-1 loss at Villa two months later.

Attwell was demoted to the Football League list in early 2012 and hasn't returned.

Live on Sky Sports (highlights on BBC1 at 11.05pm)

Overseas TV:  
beIN Sports (France)

ESPN Caribbean
Setanta Sports Australia
sportdigital (Germany)
Sport TV1 (Portugal)
SuperSport 3 Africa

TV10 Sweden

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Other Capital One Cup Fourth Round ties:

Tue 28.10.2014:
Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Derby County
Liverpool v Swansea City
MK Dons v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea Sky

Wed 29.10.2014:
Stoke City v Southampton
Spurs v Brighton and Hove Albion


This will be our 136th game in this competition since it was founded in 1960. To date we've recorded 62 wins, lost on 55 occasions and drawn 18. Conceding 186 goals, we've scored 216.

Victory for Alan Pardew's side would put them into the Quarter Finals of the competition for the seventh time in the 44 years they've entered, and the first time since a single goal home defeat to Chelsea in December 2006. 

City v United - Cup Record:

2013/14 lost 0-1 (h) LC
won 1-0 (h) FAC Solano
1994/95 won 3-1 (h) FAC Gillespie 2, Beresford
1994/95 lost 0-2 (h) LC
1994/95 drew 1-1 (a) LC Jeffrey
1976/77 lost 1-3 (h) FAC Gowling
1975/76 lost 1-2 (n) LC Gowling
1974/75 won 2-0 (a) FAC Nulty, Burns
1968/69 lost 0-2 (a) FAC 
1968/69 drew 0-0 (h) FAC
1956/57 won 5-4 (a) FAC White 2, Curry, Tait, Casey
1954/55 won 3-1 (n) FAC Hannah, Milburn, Mitchell
1923/24 won 2-0 (n) FAC Harris 2

League Cup Top Scorers - current NUFC players:

3: Ryan Taylor
Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere
1: Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran

City v United - PL era:

Lost 0-4
2012/13 Lost 0-4
2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2005/06 Lost 0-3
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
2002/03 Lost 0-1
2000/01 Won 1-0 Shearer
1995/96 Drew 3-3 Albert 2, Asprilla
1994/95 Drew 0-0
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Sellars*
1993/94 Drew 1-1 Jeffrey (LC)

(games before 2003/04 at Maine Road)

Magpie back in Europe:
Globe trotter

Wednesday saw NUFC season ticket holder Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run announce the route of his latest and longest charity quest - from Lisbon to Istanbul.

Running to raise funds for The Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark intends to complete the 3,580 miles in 100 days during 2016.

His planned route will include Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

And if that wasn't enough, Mark also announced plans for further runs in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 - by which time he hopes to have completed the remaining 13,642 miles of his 20,000 mile lap of the planet. Mental.

RGR v the World to date:

2007 874 miles in GB (£34,108)
2011 3,100 miles in USA (£105,322)
2013 2,384 miles in OZ (£55,126)

Premier League:
Unlikely foxtrot winner 

Newcastle  1  Leicester City  0

Match report is online here

Reserves on top

Newcastle U21s  3  Brighton U21s  1

Match report

Unlikely lad:
Old boy pays the price

News from St.Andrews on Monday that Birmingham City had parted company with manager Lee Clark following a poor start to the season.

The Blues sit fourth bottom of the Championship after recording just two wins plus five draws in their dozen league games so far this time round - having flirted with relegation until the final moments of last season.  

Following Clark out of the door is fellow former Magpie Steve Watson, with SJP old boys Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley having left back in February.

Unaffected by the managerial change so far though is another ex-Magpie, City's U21 coach Alan Thompson

Stadium art:
SJP giveaway
- result

ake one iconic aerial photo of St. James' Park unadorned by commercial branding....and cut it up into four pieces.

That's the slightly unlikely premise of a Tyneside-based company who have produced this stunning glass effect acrylic wall art image of the stadium in full colour.  

Each A4-sized quarter has polished edges, doesn't require framing and is supplied with wall mounting. In addition to the four-piece edition pictured above, the same SJP image is also available in a single piece A3 size edition.

These unique items will be on sale soon via, but while final preparations are concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

concluded, we had one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

We asked the following question hoping for answers of The Popular Side or something of that ilk, but a few respondents seemed to have some geographic issues: 

Known as the East Stand since opening for business back in 1973, what was the standing terrace that previously occupied that side of St. James' Park usually known as?

Winners were chosen randomly as follows:

Neil Hindson, Washington (A3)
Scott and Ruth Robinson, Bristol (A4) 

Thanks to all who entered.

alt | 0845 020 5918

Next Match

Premier League

White Hart Lane
Sunday 26th October
Kick-off 1.30pm

Last Match

Newcastle 1
Leicester City 0
Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 18th October
Match report's
Never-Ending Tour
Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

New season opening Hours: TBC

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

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

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

* 0044 870 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details 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.

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.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


Sat 25.10.2014 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League. (Premier League bulletin has KO as 11am but NUFC confirm this is WRONG)

Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT.

Mon 27.10.2014 U21s v Middlesbrough (a) @ Victoria Park, Hartlepool 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Wed 29.10.2014 Manchester City (a) @ Etihad Stadium, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup Fourth Round. SOLD OUT. Live on Sky Sports.

01.11.2014 U18s v Wolves (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 01.11.2014 Liverpool (h) @ SJP, 12.45pm. Premier League. Member sale now. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 03.11.2014 U21s v Aston Villa (h)  
@ SJP 7pm. U21 Premier League.

Sun 09.11.2014 West Bromwich Albion (a) @ The Hawthorns, 1.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now. £15 adults, £5 over 60s, U21s, students. Live on Sky Sports.

Fri 14.11.2014 U21s v Stoke City (a)  
@ Britannia Stadium, 7pm. U21 Premier League.
Note amended venue - there's also some dispute over whether it's now on Thu 13.11 as per PL bulletin.

21.11.2014 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Moss Lane, Altrincham, 7pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 22.11.2014 QPR (h)
@ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now.

Sat 29.11.2014 U18s v mackems (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 29.11.2014 West Ham (a) @ Boleyn Ground, 3pm, Premier League. ST holder sale now, zero points. £43 adults, £25 over-65s/U16s. Member sale from Mon 10.11.2014 (if any).

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 15.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 19.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 26.01.2015
Final Sun 01.03.2015

FA Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round w/e of 03.01.2015
4th Round w/e of 24.01.2015
5th Round w/e of 14.02.2015
6th Round w/e of 07.03.2015
SF Sat 18.04.2015/Sun 19.04.2015
Final Sat 30.05.2015

FA Youth Cup Round Dates:

3rd Round
by 20.12.2014
4th Round by 17.01.2015
5th Round by 31.01.2015
6th Round by 21.02.2015
SF1 by 07.03.2015
SF2 by 21.03.2015
Final 1 tbc
Final 2 tbc

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

Round of 32: no later than 08.12.2014
Round of 16: no later than 05.01.2015
QF: no later than 02.02.2015
SF: no later than 02.03.2015
Final: no later than 30.03.2015

Northumberland Senior Cup 2nd Round:

The draw will be conducted on or around Saturday November 1st and include:

Alnwick Town,
Ashington, Blyth Spartans
Morpeth Town, Newcastle Benfield, NUFC U21s, Team Northumbria & Whitley Bay.

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:
Wed 29.10.2014
Man City (a) 7.45pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm
Sat 13.12.2014 Arsenal (a) 5.30pm
Sun 21.12.2014 mackems (h) 1.30pm
Sun 28.12.2014
Everton (h) 4.15pm

NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm
Sat 06.12.2014 Chelsea (h) @ 12.45pm
Fri 26.12.2014 Manchester United (a) 3pm

Gateshead 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. 

home League games

Tue 11.11.2014 Lincoln City (7.45pm)
Sat 29.11.2014 Dover Athletic (3pm)
Sat 06.12.2014 Woking (3pm)

A similar scheme is also in operation at Northern Premier League side Darlington 1883, where NUFC season ticket holders can gain entry to league games for £6

Upcoming home League games

Sat 25.10.2014 Burscough (3pm)
Wed 05.11.2014 Spennymoor (7.45pm)
Sat 22.11.2014 Clitheroe (7.45pm)

(NB: home games are staged at Bishop Auckland FC's Heritage Park home)

League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

The 12 team event takes place on 30.05.2015 and 31.05.2015, with three games at SJP each day.

Teams: Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Wigan Warriors.

Ticket details tbc.

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:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

11.2014 / 12.2014 General sale 
First come, first served basis.


International Magpies
National Service
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 :
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

2014/15 African Nations Cup:
Sat 17.01.2015-Sun 08.02.2015

Group D qualifiers:
15.11.2014 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
15.11.2014 Egypt v Senegal
19.11.2014 Senegal v Botswana

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...

London24 seem to think we interviewed Alan Pardew ahead of the visit to Spurs!

“I can feel a little bit more confidence in and around the camp. But we have to improve results full stop going forward,” Pardew told

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

On This Day in History
25th October

Born Or Died:

1940 Walter Grant Malcolm born, Musselburgh, Scotland. (1957-60)

Outside right signed from Dalkeith Thistle for £800 who had appeared at schoolboy level for his country when a pupil at Musselburgh Grammar School. 

Appearing on both flanks for United's reserve side, Grant had his sole senior outing for the club in a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest in October 1959.

Within 15 minutes of his debut however, Grant sustained an injury to his right ankle and although he played on, was unable to show SJP fans his full potential.

Grant later returned to his native Scotland, joining Raith Rovers ahead of the 1960//61 season. He later appeared for Airdrieonians.

1944 Graham Carr born, Corbridge

The son of former Newcastle reserve Wilf Carr, Graham was playing centre half for South Northumberland Boys when he caught the eye of United scout Temple Lisle.

Joining the Magpies as a schoolboy, Graham played alongside the likes of David Craig, Bob Moncur and Alan Suddick but failed to win a professional contract and left SJP in 1962.

Turning out for Wallsend-based Corinthian Juniors, Carr accepted a contract from Northampton Town and won England Youth honours while at the County Ground. 

Breaking into the first team during the closing weeks of the 1964/65 season, both United and the Cobblers won promotion and Carr featured when the two sides met at SJP early in the following campaign.

Joining York City in 1968, Carr later went to Bradford Park Avenue before moving on to Altrincham and Telford United. 

An FA Trophy winner with Telford in 1971, Carr played for Poole Town before joining Dartford - finishing on the losing side for them in the 1974 Trophy Final.

After a stint with Tonbridge, a move to Weymouth following in 1976, during which his son, TV presenter Alan Carr was born. 

Appointed caretaker boss in early 1977, Graham's managerial career then took him on to Dartford and Nuneaton Borough.

Returning to Northampton in 1985, Carr steered them to the Fourth Division title in 1987 before exiting again in 1990.

A fleeting spell in charge of Blackpool was followed by spells with Maidstone United,
Kettering Town, Weymouth and finally Dagenham & Redbridge until 1996.

Turning to scouting with Coventry City under Gordon Strachan, Graham later worked for Spurs and Manchester City - serving both Kevin Keegan and Sven Goran Eriksson at the latter.

Reunited with Eriksson at Notts County in 2009, Carr had left his post by early 2010 when Newcastle boss Chris Hughton (who had worked with him at Spurs) sounded him out over a scouting role at Gallowgate.

Carr's scouting success saw him awarded an eight year contract in June 2012, after the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Sylvain Marveaux were signed on the strength of his reports.

Less thrillingly, he also oversaw the loan transfer of goal-shy striker Luuk De Jong in the January 2014 transfer window.  

Rock the Carrs Bar....Carr opens a lounge  
named after him at Northampton Town

1950 Mick Mahoney born, Bristol.

The "super goalie" began his career with Bristol City before switching to Torquay from where he was signed up by Newcastle as a successor to Iam McFaul in the green jersey.

Making his debut in 1-0 home defeat to Everton in April 1975, Mick was between the posts for United's League Cup Final defeat by Manchester City in February 1976.

The relegation season of 1977/78 saw him share goalkeeping duties with Kevin Carr and Steve Hardwick, with his final outing coming in the early weeks of the following season.

Declared surplus to requirements by manager Bill McGarry (who preferred Hardwick), Mick then emigrated to the USA where he joined the Chicago Sting in a £40K deal - United making a £15 profit.

Moving to California Surf in 1979, he played in both outdoor and indoor leagues - with the same side as fellow former Magpie Graham Oates for a time.

Moving on to the Los Angeles Lazers in 1982, he retired as a player four years later and coached at the Lazers.

He later joined the staff at San Bernadino and worked as a truck driver.

1974 Paulo Baier born, Ijui, Brazil.

Midfielder who had a trial at United in 2000 during Sir Bobby Robson's reign. but was soon returning to his club, Vasco de Gama.

Baier played for a host of clubs in his home land, including: Vasco da Gama, São Luiz , Criciúma, Botafogo, Atlético, América, Goiás, Pelotas, Palmeiras, Recife & Paranaense.

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What Else?

1893 Everton (h)
Thompson 2, Sorley, Graham
Scorers tbc 

1902 Derby County (a)
Division One 

1905 Darlington (a)
Orr 3, Howie 2, Appleyard, Gosnell 
Scorers tbc 

1911 sunderland (h)
Hospital Cup Match.

1913 Manchester United (h)
Division One 

1919 Preston North End (a)
Division One 
Hibbert, Ramsay 2 
Roberts 2

1924 Cardiff City (h)
Division One 
L.Davies 2

1930 Sheffield United (a)
Division One 
H.Johnson, Dunne 2

1941 sunderland (h)

1947 Southampton (h)
Division Two 
Milburn(30), Pearson(75), Stobbart(32), Walker(53,83)
After netting five times the previous weekend at Bury, the Magpies maintained their form in front of goal against the Saints.

1952 Arsenal (a)
Division One 
Roper 2, Lishman
A fourth successive away loss was to be the last of five first team outings for United's stand -in 'keeper Bobby Robinson. 

1958 Manchester City (h)
Division One 
Eastham, McGuigan, White 2 
After scoring a hat trick in a 4-3 victory at Preston the previous Saturday, Len White grabbed another brace to make it 14 goals in as many league games.

Magpies old boy George Hannah scored his first goal for the visitors on his return to SJP. Signing for Lincoln City in 1957, the forward had made the switch to Maine Road just weeks earlier. 

1961 sunderland (h)
White 2 
Newcastle dropped ten of the team who had beaten Brighton at SJP the previous weekend - only Dick Keith remaining.

However, Middlesbrough went on to win the "Cock of The North" three team tournament. 

1967 Leeds United (a)
Division One 
Lorimer, Johanneson
Fortess Elland Road claimed another victim, in a season when Leeds lost once there - beaten in their final home league game by Liverpool. 

1969 Chelsea (h)
Division One 
United's indifferent home form continued, with success for a similarly inconsistent Blue side making it just one win in five league outings at Gallowgate.

1972 West Bromwich Albion (a) 1-2 (0-2)
Texaco Cup 
2nd Round, 1st Leg 
Brown (10pen, 27)
A small Hawthorns crowd saw their side take an early lead when Bobby Gould won a penalty despite having fouled Magpies 'keeper Willie McFaul.

Tony Brown then extended Albion's lead before Terry Hibbitt reduced the arrears from distance.

1975 Stoke City (a)
Division One 
With Gordon Lee's side looking set to lose a seventh away game in succession, Alan Gowling won United a point with a late leveller at the Victoria Ground. 

1980 Chelsea (a)
Division Two 
Lee(15,46,86), Fillery(34), Walker(43), Chivers(51)
A traumatic first team debut for defender Bruce Halliday, while Chris Withe and Chris Waddle were playing only their second games, after midweek debuts in a home won against Shrewsbury Town.

The whole sorry spectacle was captured by the BBC Match of the Day cameras, while much attention was drawn to the astronomical cost of the top category of seating in the East Stand - a whole £9. Remembered here.

1986 Aston Villa (a)
Division One 
Hodge 2
Defender Peter Jackson made his United debut, 48 hours after completing a £250K transfer from Bradford City.

Jacko had an eventful first outing alongside Glenn Roeder in our defence, needing three stitches in a head wound after a first half clash with Villa striker Garry Thompson.

Midfielder Steve Hodge scored both goals but within days had moved from Villa to Spurs and faced us in both league and FA Cup games the following February. 

1989 West Bromwich Albion (h) 0-1 (0-1)
League Cup 3rd Round
A first half goal from defender Chris Whyte ended United's run of seven successive home wins in all competitions.

1995 Stoke City (a)
League Cup 3rd Round 
Beardsley(30,39), Ferdinand(52), Peacock(73) 
Our final visit to the Victoria Ground before closure saw a century-old club record of scoring in eight consecutive games equalled by Les Ferdinand. 

Stoke had Ian Clarkson dismissed for bundling Ginola over, while the locals took defeat badly with serious outbreaks of trouble to follow the pre-match skirmishes.

1997 Blackburn Rovers (h) 1-1 (1-0)
Premier League 
Injuries saw Kenny Dalglish use winger Keith Gillespie as makeshift centre forward and he volleyed United ahead with a fine effort that gave Tim Flowers no chance.

Rovers gained a point though when a shot from Chris Sutton beat Pavel Srnicek with the aid of a deflection, while Des Hamilton twice denied the visitors with goal line clearances. 

Future Magpies Damien Duff and Kevin Gallacher appeared for Roy Hodgson's side.

1999 Derby County (h)
og(Eranio)(41), Shearer(52)
A Monday night TV game and a comfortable win for United, after Silvio Maric touched on Nolberto Solano's cross and Stefano Eranio helpfully knocked it home.

The Peruvian then centred again and with the Croatian well-placed to shoot, Alan Shearer's well-timed run saw him arrive to fire home.

However the injury woes of Bobby Robson's side showed no sign of ending, as he was able to field Marcelino, Sandro Pistone and Duncan Ferguson but lost both Warren Barton and Kieron Dyer during the game. match report

2001 A 2-1 win for the Reserves at Sheffield Wednesday with Shola Ameobi scoring twice. match report

2003 Portsmouth (h) 

Speed(17), Shearer(28pen), Ameobi(61)
A fourth successive league victory for United could have been by a more emphatic margin, with old boy Shaka Hislop having a busy afternoon on his return to Tyneside. match report

2005 A strong Newcastle Academy side were in friendly action, running out convincing 7-0 winners on a damp night in County Durham.

Postponed from pre-season, United beat Northern League side Esh Winning in front of around 140 fans at their West Terrace ground.

Kris Gate led the way with a hat-trick, while Marc Walton grabbed two. Liam Atkin and Nicky Deverdics completed the scoring.

Appearing as a sub was Egyptian youngster Mohammed Al Gabbas - one of the winners of the Arab SoccaStars talent show - whose prize was a year at our Academy. However, this proved to be his sole public appearance.

2006 Portsmouth (h)
Carling Cup 3rd Round
Rossi(48), Solano(53,90)

This was played in an SJP monsoon but appropriately named referee A.Marriner, allowed it to go ahead.

Given a starting berth for the first time, on-loan striker Guiseppe Rossi repaid his selection with a finely-taken goal and a lively display to help ease us into the Fourth Round.

Glenn Roeder's reward for winning this tie was a Fourth Round trip to his former club Watford. match report

2007 Harry Kewell opened the scoring for Liverpool Reserves after half an hour at Warrington, heading in a Sebastian Leto corner from the right but Jonny Godsmark replied for Lee Clark's side three minutes before half-time.

Jordy Brouwer got Liverpool's winner eight minutes after the break when Fraser Forster seemed to fumble a Lindfield cross and Bouwer knocked the ball into the empty net. match report

2008 mackems (a)
Premier League

Cisse(20), Richardson(75)
United's proud unbeaten record on wearside was ended after 12 games, or 28 years & 6 months. This was also their first top-flight reverse there since March 1967.

Ameobi's header in from Geremi's free kick had raised hopes of leaving here with a second successive draw, but Richardson's deadly free kick flew past Shay Given to deservedly win it for Roy Keane's side. 

However, that conversion surely couldn't have come as a shock to anyone - Match of the Day having highlighted him hitting the woodwork once and seeing another one wrongly ruled out at Fulham the previous weekend.

And if anyone missed that, the cover photo of the match programme for this game also featured a photo of the latter effort. D'Oh! match report

2010 From the BBC:

Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has admitted assaulting a man in a nightclub.

At Newcastle Crown Court the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault and was fined £1,000. He was also ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.

The court heard he threw his drink over Michael Cook in Newcastle nightclub Blu Bambu in December.

Carroll said his glass accidentally slipped out of his hand and caused a cut to Mr Cook's eyebrow. He was also ordered to pay court costs of nearly £1,500.

Carroll had earlier denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm - a charge which was dropped when he pleaded guilty to the lesser offence.

2012 Club Brugge (Belgium)
(h) 1-0
Europa League GSM 3


A moment of magic from Sammy Ameobi set up
Gabriel Obertan to net his first goal of the season and fire United three points clear in their group.

The Belgian League leaders threatened a late equaliser but duly became the fifth side from that country to be defeated on Tyneside. match report


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