Huddersfield Town (a) ST holders now
Real Sociedad (h) Public sale now
Manchester City (h) Public sale now
Aston Villa (a) ST holder sale now (25 points)
(n) / Schalke (a)
For anyone in Dusseldorf on Friday night, the first game of the Bundesliga
Second Division season sees local side Fortuna at home to Braunschweig.
Games five and six of United's eight game pre-season schedule takes them
to Germany this Saturday and Sunday, for the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup.
The Bundesliga side will host the four team event at their Veltins Arena home
in the city of Gelsenkirchen (twinned with Newcastle since 1948), with Spanish
side Malaga, ourselves and West Ham completing the line-up.
As was the case in New Zealand recently however, the two Premier League clubs
won't play each other.
The organisers have now confirmed a slight alteration to kick-off times on
both days as follows:
Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga v Newcastle 3.30pm Sat 02.08.2014 Schalke 04 v West Ham 5.45pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Malaga v West Ham 3.30pm
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 v Newcastle 5.45pm
(Times above are local to Germany - BST +1 hour)
The change is to delay kickoff in the second game each day by 15 minutes -
presumably to cater for a possible penalty shootout to decide the earlier game
Anyone not going to the games can watch them via the free to air UK satellite
channel, Quest (details below). Tournament rules: The Schalke 04 Cup will take place over two days, each featuring two
matches of 2 x 45 minutes duration. Points will be awarded according to a
special system, with the winners of each game receiving three points.
If a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will go straight to a penalty
shootout. The shootout winners will receive two points. The tournament will be
won by the team with the highest number of points from two games.
NUFC have now ended their sale to ST holders and members but tickets will be
available for the Newcastle sections from the box office at the Veltins
NB: tickets are sold per day, so you'll need two to watch both games.
However they do allow access to the West Ham game played in the same stadium
on the same day.
From the official Veltins Arena website:
If you plan on using public transportation in order to get to the Veltins-Arena
it is advised that you take tram No. 302 from the lower level of Gelsenkirchen
railway station (Hauptbahnhof) in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer until
you reach the “Veltins-Arena” stop.
Step-free access is available from “Willy-Brandt-Allee” stop, slightly
further away from the Veltins-Arena.
The local transport authority makes sure there are extra trams to all
Schalke 04 matches and other major events held in the Veltins-Arena. Holders
of match or event tickets are entitled to use all public transport services in
the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) region free of charge. Details are online
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
Squad: Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat will be with
the squad in Germany but not considered for selection.
Remy Cabella is expected to make his United debut, while it's yet tbc whether
the knock Siem De Jong picked up against Wellington Phoenix is serious enough
to sideline him.
Yet to be sighted in pre-season games are Ryan Taylor and Mike Williamson -
although both have been seen in first team training. Hatem Ben Arfa and Shane
Ferguson remain with the reserve squad while the whereabouts of Jonas
Gutierrez are still to be disclosed...
Malaga: Like United, the Spanish side have prepared for the coming season
with two games against Australian A League opposition - going down under to
beat Adelaide United 5-1 before drawing 1-1 with Perth Glory.
Our previous meeting with the team who registered an 11th place finish in
La Liga last season came in another meaningless kickabout during September
Already out of the Intertoto Cup, United accepted an invitation to undertake
some warm weather training in Spain during an international break - and face
Malaga at their Rosaleda Stadium for the Costa Del Sol Cup.
Alan Shearer and Shola Ameobi were among those who trained but didn't feature
in the game that Malaga won 2-0. Instead, Graeme Souness populated his team
with untried youngsters including Carl Finnigan, Alan O'Brien, Liam Atkin,
David Edgar, Kris Gate and Paul Huntington, while Coach Dean Saunders also
strutted his stuff.
Schalke: Looking to improve on a third place finish last season by closing
the gap on Borussia Dortmund and champions Bayern Munich, coach Jens Keller
has been drilling his squad at a training camp in Austria. That concluded with a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday, thanks to goals
from Joel Matip and Tranquillo Barnetta - the latter an attacking midfielder
tracked by United as a replacement for Kevin Nolan back in 2011.
A total of eight Schalke players saw service at the World Cup Finals in
Brazil; triumphant German duo Julian Draxler and Benedikt Höwedes,
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana), Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Tranquillo
Barnetta (Switzerland), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands), Atsuto Uchida
(Japan), Joel Matip and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon). Following the tournament, Schalke will head to England for another
pre-season game against Premier League opposition, this time Spurs.
United's last meeting with Schalke came back in May 1960, when a Len White
brace and one from John McGuigan gave us a 3-0 success in Germany.
TV: Quest TV (Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)
Abu Dhabi Sports 2 +HD
Abu Dhabi Sports 3 +HD
Fox Sports 4 (NED)
La Liga TV
Sport 1 TV (GER)
Sport 5 (CZ)
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
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 SJP old boy Hugo Viana.
United's last meeting with Schalke 04 was in May 1960, when Charlie Mitten's
side triumph 3-0 in front of 10,000 fans during a post-season perambulation
that also included visits to 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.
Next season's reserve team programme has
now been published, with a further restructuring seeing United in the same
league as Brighton, but not the mackems!
For home watchers, up to seven league games have been pencilled in for
St.James' Park, with just four at the Northumberland FA home of Whitley Park
and none at the club's Darsley Park training ground.
And for those of a groundhopping persuasion, visits to the Moss Rose ground of
Macclesfield Town and the Meadow Park home of Borehamwood are both new NUFC
Rather bizarrely, football also returns to Coventry's Ricoh Arena - although
West Bromwich Albion U21s will be the home team, rather than the Sky Blues.
Following on from last season when one 22 team national league was played and
teams met each other just once, a more traditional home and away format
The final 2013/14 league table was used to create Divisions 1 and 2, with our
lowly 21st place finish consigning us to the lower competition.
It's now become apparent that 24 teams will contest the two leagues, with last
season's top 12 forming Division 1 and two clubs awarded Category 1 Academy
status - Brighton and Derby - joining Division 2:
Division 1: Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, Liverpool,
Manchester City, Manchester United, Norwich City, Southampton, mackems, Spurs,
Division 2: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers,
Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Reading,
Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.
There will be a two-up, two-down movement between the two divisions and the U21
Cup will again be played. The prospect of live games on Sky and BT now
Unless stated, all game below have 7pm kickoffs and are subject to
alteration - often at very short notice. Note that not all games may be
accessible to the public.
An additional pre-season game for Peter Beardsley's U21 side has been
announced, at Spennymoor Town on Wednesday August 13th @ 7.30pm.
Admission to the Brewery Field is by paying at the gate on the night: £4 (£2
Reigning Northern League champions Spenny will kick off their Northern Premier
League season at Padiham four days later and include ex-Newcastle reserve
centre forward Dan Taylor in their squad.
Over 1,100 fans were present for the last meeting of the sides back in July
2011, Nile Ranger and Brad Inman both netting twice during a 4-2 victory for
and Liam RIP
Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of John Alder
and Liam Sweeney as they wait for news of the efforts to repatriate the
victims of flight MH17.
Over £40K has been raised by two separate online collections
here and here.
Thanks to NUFC.com reader David T for the following images
taken at Kuala Lumpur airport:
Unlikely lad: Dons check on old boy
Looking to fill a midfield vacancy for a
toon discard after previously relying on Alan Smith and Dietmar Hamann, MK Dons
have turned to Matty Pattison.
Now 27, Pattison has been playing in his native South Africa since 2009 but is
keen on a return to English football and appeared as a trialist for the League
One outfit against Cambridge United on Tuesday evening.
Matty made 15 senior appearances for Newcastle during the 2006/07 season and
joined Norwich City in 2008 following a successful loan period at Carrow
Meanwhile, another ex-Magpies midfielder is currently training at a League One
club, with Colchester United assessing Harlow-born Darren Ambrose.
Still only 30, Ambrose saw out the final months of his contract with
Birmingham City on loan to Greek side Apollon Smyrni last season - knee
problems having restricted him to just ten City outings in two
Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players
include the following:
Fri 08.08.2014 Jinky Jim Smith, Tommy Cassidy, Olivier Bernard, John
McNamee Paul Cannell, Ron McGarry @ The Leazes End Club*, Leazes Park
Road, NE1 4PG. Tickets £5 from Bill Bruce on 07753 573613
(all proceeds donated to charity).
*That's the new name of the former Companions Club and this event has been
organised to mark that change.
Fri 08.08.2014 Steve Howey and Eric Gates @ North Durham Academy
Theatre. Tickets £10 (including pie and peas) from the venue, High Street,
Stanley, DH9 0TW or via 01207 291152.
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.
Ex-Newcastle United player and coach Tommy Craig has been on Tyneside
with St.Mirren in recent days, ahead of his first full season in charge of the
And following a narrow 4-2 victory at Blyth Spartans on Saturday, a training
session at the Magpies' Little Benton facility on Monday clearly had the
desired effect on the Buddies - who went to Whitley Bay and won 10-0.
with a "Tim"
United's 17 man squad in
development side were in Germany over the weekend at the Oberndorf Tournament,
and although they couldn't repeat their trophy-winning successes of 1997 and
2005 still manage to grab the headlines.
A win, a draw and a loss in their group games left Peter Beardsley's side out
of contention going into a playoff against home-based Team Schwarzwald
But with the score tied at 1-1 and penalties looming, United took inspiration
from Dutch boss Lous van Gaal at the World Cup - and replaced their
Brendan Pearson was the substitute handed the Tim Krul role and he proceeded
to emulate his club colleague, saving three spot kicks as United ran out 4-3
Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeirodrew 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-3
Team Schwarzwald drew 1-1 (Quinn) (won 4-3 pens) Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 (Roberts) (won 8-7 pens)
Matches were 25
minutes each in the group stages, extending to 30 minutes for the playoffs.
United finished fifth in the eight team event, that was won for the second
successive year by Fluminense.
Squad: Dan Barlaser, Jamie Cobain, Ben Drennan, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex
Gilliead, Tom Heardman, Joe Kerridge, Adam Laidler, Ryan McKinnon, Greg Olley,
Brendan Pearson, Jonathyn Quinn, Carl Robinson, Callum Roberts, Liam Smith,
Jordan Storey, Callum Williams.
Old boy: Edinburgh
Released by Newcastle at the end of last season after having failed to
make a competitive senior appearance, midfielder Michael Richardson was
spotted on Sunday playing as a trialist for Scottish side Hibernian.
The 22 year-old Tynesider came off the bench for the final 17 minutes of a 0-1
friendly reverse to Dundee United at Easter Road. Joining the demoted side for
pre-season training, Michael is expected to get more pitch time against East
Fife on Wednesday.
Richardson joined the Magpies following a trial in 2010 and was loaned to
Leyton Orient, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley. His only senior action came
in brief outings at Darlington in 2011 and Motherwell two years later.
Friday saw former Newcastle loan defender Patrick van Aanholt end his
stay at Chelsea, moving to wearside for an undisclosed fee on a four year
The Dutch international was signed by United during their Championship season
back in January 2010, following an injury to first choice left back Jose
Enrique and went on to make seven appearances.
Moving to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindhoven in 2007, Van Aanholt had faced
United earlier in the 2009/10 season during a loan spell with Coventry City.
Featuring briefly in Chelsea's first team, Patrick netted against Newcastle in
our 4-3 League Cup victory the following year, before further loans saw him
appear in the colours of both Leicester City and Wigan Athletic.
Farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012, van Aanholt remained
at the Gelredome for the following two and a half seasons - during which time
he had a first senior outing for the Dutch national side.
Newcastle's pre-season home opponents Real Sociedad have been paired
with Aberdeen in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League -
sending the Spaniards to Pittodrie just days before they are due on Tyneside.
The Dons will travel to San Sebastien on Thursday July 31st before Sociedad
visit the Granite City on Thursday August 7th - three days before playing at
Speculation over the future of Fraser Forster continues, with the
ex-Newcastle goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in a Champions League Qualifier
for Celtic on Tuesday.
The 26 year-old England international custodian was the subject of a bid from
Southampton in recent days that was described the Parkhead club as
"derisory", but an improved offer from the Saints is
The Scottish champions are seeking between £7.5m and £9m for Fraser and seem
happy to cash in on him, signing ready-made replacement Craig Gordon on a free
Departing from Tyneside in 2012 without making a senior competitive appearance
for United, it's reported that a 25% sell-on clause was inserted in the deal
when Celtic paid £2.2m for his services.
Available for pre-order from various online retailers but yet to be
launched or even mentioned by NUFC is this season's Puma-supplied home shirt.
The back panel is black.
Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella,
Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat.
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.
Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain
Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.
NB: 2013/14 ST holders renewing with unchanged details and seat should
continue to use their existing ST cards.
New ST cards will only be issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or
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)
Sat 02.08.2014Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen,
3.30pm local time. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. Buy at the
venue. Day ticket - also valid Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.45pm.
Live on Quest TV.
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.45pm
Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. Buy at the venue. Day
ticket - also valid for Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on Quest TV.
Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @
Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm.
Tue 05.08.2014 Huddersfield Town (a)
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm.
ST holder sale now,
£15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.
Sun 10.08.2014 Real Sociedad (h) @ SJP, KO 1.30pm. Friendly. Public
sale now. £15 adults, £5
concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.
Tue 13.08.2014 U21s v Spennymoor
Town (a) @ Brewery Field, 7.30pm.
Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be
Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier
League. Public sale now (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live
Mon 18.08.2014 U21s v Bolton (a) @
Lancashire FA, Leyland, 7pm. Premier Reserve League Division Two. Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier
League. ST holder sale now, 25 loyalty points (zero points at 10am on Mon
adults, £33 over-65s, U21s, NUS, Armed Forces, £17 U18s, £12 U8s (£1
reduction applies for restricted views). Live
Mon 25.08.2014 U21s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park,
1pm. Premier Reserve League Division Two.
Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.
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:
Manchester City (h) 4pm
Mon 29.09.2014 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
NUFC Live on Quest TV: Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n)
2.30pm BST Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke (a) 4.30pm BST
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:
1892 Robert McIntosh born,
Midfielder signed by Newcastle from his
hometown club Dundee ahead of the 1920/21 season, at a cost of £1,250.
Making his first team debut in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in September
1920, Robert's first season at SJP saw him make 33 league appearances as United
finished fifth in the top flight.
His first United goal came in a Tyne -wear derby game at SJP in November 1921,
earning his side a point in a 2-2 draw.
Losing his regular place in the side to Tim Curry in October 1923, McIntosh
made only occasional appearances that season and played no part in the club's
successful FA Cup run.
Having failed to feature for the first team the following season, he joined
Stockport County for £500 in October 1924.
1974 Dennis Lawrence born,
Morvant, Trinidad & Tobago.(2000)
Giant defender who impressed Sir
Bobby Robson when he faced United in an end-of- season friendly in Trinidad in
Lawrence had an unsuccessful trial at SJP some four months later, before
returning to his club, Defence Force in Jamaica.
He did subsequently appear in the Football League for Wrexham, Swansea City,
and Crewe Alexandra (the latter on loan).
Returning to his native Trinidad in 2009 with
San Juan Jabloteh, Lawrence resurfaced at former club Wrexham in March 2010 but
after training with them opted to retire.
Gaining his UEFA "B" licence, Dennis was reunited with ex-Jacks team mate Roberto
Martinez on the Wigan Athletic coaching staff, following him on to Everton in
1978 Steven Paris born, Uphall, Scotland. (1995-96)
Schoolboy international goalkeeper who had been on the books of Rangers before
linking up with Newcastle's Academy in 1995.
Failing to make the breakthrough at SJP, Steven returned to his native Scotland
and joined Hamilton Academical in Summer 1996.
Oadby Town (a)
Friendly OG(Kirby), Gallacher, O'Brien
980 The black & white "bar code" strip
made its debut in this Leicestershire town, in a match
arranged by Magpies director and Oadby President Peter
After the match, Newcastle manager Jim Smith performed the
opening ceremony on a new clubhouse at Invicta Park.
York City (a)
Friendly Sheedy (17), Peacock (46), Carr (79) Tilley
3,424 The Magpies
continued their pre-season preparations by easing to
victory in this Saturday afternoon kickabout at Bootham
Friendly Beardsley(73), Mathie(35,89)
5,842 United visited the Racecourse Ground to form the
opposition in Dixie McNeil's testimonial.
Some sources credited Peter Beardsley's goal as an OG
after it was deflected in by Barry Hunter - a former
Magpies trainee who later found his way to the Racecourse
The second game of United's tour of the Far East was
staged in front of a capacity crowd at Singapore's
New £15m signing Alan Shearer had linked up with the tour
party and watched from the subs bench, but didn't appear
in the game.
David Batty managed to get himself booked in what was a
combative kickabout at times, while manager Kevin Keegan
removed Tino Asprilla at half time after the Colombian had
been guilty of a trio of bad fouls.
Barton, Beresford, Peacock (Howey 67), Batty (Lee 46),
Albert (Elliott 57), Clark (Watson 67), Gillespie (Beardsley
57), Ferdinand, Asprilla (Kitson 46), Ginola. Sub n/u:
Benfica (Portugal) (n) 0-0 (0-0)
Day one of the JD Sports tournament held at the Riverside
Stadium saw the Magpies beaten on penalties after a drab
Graeme Souness's Benfica side won 4-3 in the shootout,
Steve Watson, Stuart Pearce and Temuri Ketsbaia on target
before Gary Speed and Ralf Keidel missed from the spot.
In the other game,
Italians Empoli beat the smogs 1-0 to leave the following
day's Tyne -Tees derby as the 3rd/4th playoff match.
Georgian Temuri Ketsbaia reminded the watching Bobby
Robson of his qualities with two goals and a
string-pulling midfield display in a pre-season game at
Ahead through Shola Ameobi, the Borderers got back into the game after
the break and at one stage it was 2-3, before a quick fire
double from James Coppinger rounded off a 5-2 success in
front of 2,015
fans. NUFC.com match
Bordering on the
Riviera in Berwick
1860 Munich (Germany) (h)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd Leg Speed(5), LuaLua(80), Solano(89pen)
36,635 After a fine 3-2 victory in the Olympic Stadium,
United finished the job against the Germans and qualified
for the Intertoto Cup Final on a 6-3 aggregate.
Your correspondents will forever remember this game for a
bizarre pre-match meeting with a certain Mr Shepherd.
On the field, new signing Laurent Robert was paraded, but took no part in the game. NUFC.com match
So when was the last time
Newcastle scored nine goals in an evening.... and lost?
There were contrasting
fortunes for United's two teams in simultaneous
action. In the 7.15pm kick off they ran out 6-0 winners
against Hartlepool. Half an hour later at Hillsborough Sir
Bobby Robson looked on as his side squandered a
comfortable 3-1 lead.
competitive encounter at Hillsborough saw United throw
away a 3-1 lead in little more than ten minutes during the
second half to lose 4-3.
Ex-Brentford man Lloyd Owusu gave the Owls an early
lead but Dyer equalised and then Ameobi and LuaLua put
United 3-1 ahead after the break.
Back came Wednesday though, with goals from Smith, Armstrong and future Mag
Shefki Kuqi giving the home
NUFC.com match report
Meanwhile, another United
side were filling their boots at Victoria Park, Hartlepool.
Alan Shearer grabbed an 18-minute hat-trick after Bellamy
had got an early opener.
The scoring continued after the break with Solano and
Speed soon making it 6-0 before Newcaatle eased off. NUFC.com
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)
Friendly Tello(33) 23,446 24
hours after an decent display against Rangers,
Newcastle served up a simply awful 90 minutes against Sir
Bobby Robson's former side - who weren't much better.
The goal that divided the teams and saw Sporting repeat
their 1992 SJP pre-season tournament success came on 33
minutes when Chilean midfielder Rodrigo Tello'ssweet
shot eluded Harper in the Gallowgate goal.
Patrick Kluivert's much-anticipated debut came on the hour
when he replaced Alan Shearer, but neither the Dutchman
nor any of his colleagues looked remotely inspired in what
was an instantly forgettable afternoon.
Sporting would make two further returns to Tyneside that
season in the UEFA Cup, with United winning the Quarter
Final first leg after drawing the earlier Group stage tie. NUFC.com match
claimed that Newcastle had made significant progress on
three separate incoming transfers, namely Nicolas Anelka (Fenerbahce),
Marc Viduka (smoggies) and Luis Boa Morte (Fulham).
draw for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round paired us
with the Latvian league leaders FK Ventspils.
demands saw the
away leg switched to the Skonto Stadium, Riga, rather
than their own home ground - saving team, fans and telly
technicians a three
hour trek from the Latvian capital to the coastal town.
Hull City (a)
14,000(est) The floodwaters had receded from Hull, but provided
the travelling fans with material for their repertoire on
a night when there was precious little else for them to
Such was the youth and inexperience of the side that Sam
Allardyce was forced to field due to injuries that
goalkeeper Steve Harper remarked that he felt like "their
Hertha Berlin (Germany) (n)
2,000(est) A poor performance from Kevin Keegan's side in the
first of two matches to be played at Palma's ONO Stadium in
the Mallorca Cup.
Jonas Gutierrez made his Magpies debut in the stadium he
had called home until just a few weeks previously. NUFC.com
second string kicked off their
preparations for the season by with a 4-1 win over Conference Premier side
Gateshead at the International Stadium.
Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton and Marcus
Maddison all netted memorable strikes in front of a crowd of 1,274, while
there was a debut for United's newly-arrived defender Curtis
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