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Ticket news:
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Schalke 04 Tournament ST holders now
Real Sociedad (h) Public sale now (online)
£2m payout anticipated  

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 anticipated. 

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 transfer.

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.

Four goal salute 

Newcastle  4  Sydney  0

United's second pre-season game saw them face Australian A League side opposition at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand - where the temperature at kick-off was just 8 degrees.

Alan Pardew's side went ahead on 18 minutes when the Sydney goalkeeper Ivan Necevski made an absolute hash of a clearance on the edge of his area. 

Emmanuel Riviere played the loose ball into the path of Siem De Jong and he registered a second pre-season goal, finding the back of the empty net from 18 yards.

Sydney fell further behind just eight minutes later, when a spell of Newcastle pressure ended up with Yoan Gouffran laying the ball across the six yard box from the right hand side of the box for Emmanuel Riviere to force home.

That goal came shortly before a minute's applause from the Newcastle supporters in the stadium, acknowledging 28 year-old Liam Sweeney on 28 minutes.

The Magpies side made it 3-0 on 33 minutes, when a speculative left footed effort from distance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa took a hefty deflection off the Sydney captain Saša Ognenovski and beyond the goalkeeper.

Wearing the 23 shirt formerly owned by Shola Ameobi*, Haris Vukci arrived in place of De Jong for the second half, with Riviere (wearing 29*) then making way for Spaniard Ayoze Perez soon after.

A second minute of applause was then observed in memory of 63 year-old John Alder on 63 minutes - just about the time Rob Elliot was called into action for the first time to palm away a bouncing effort from 18 yards by former Fulham reserve striker Corey Gameiro. 

Further replacements then saw Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Adam Armstrong, Paul Dummett, Lubo Satka and Adam Campbell enter the fray.

And Campbell's first contribution was to play in Adam Armstrong, who sold his covering defender a dummy before beating Necevski at his near post on 82 minutes. 

Two local lads combining for the goal was possibly the most fitting tribute of all in this game.

A note of appreciation for Kane Wintersgill (pictured below with Alan Pardew), whose efforts to gather together Newcastle fans going to the game took on a whole new significance following the loss of flight MH17. 

Thanks are due to him for the contribution that he - and various others out in Dunedin - made to ensure that the tributes were honourably paid.  


Team: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini (Campbell 81), S.Taylor (Satka 76), Haidara (Dummett 76), Gouffran (Armstrong 76), Anita, Colback (Abeid 68), Aarons (Ameobi 68), De Jong (Vuckic 46), Riviere (Perez 54).
Subs n/u:
Alnwick, Woodman.

*Note that the squad number allocation is subject to change until the official list is submitted to the Premier League and published.

Sydney: Necevski, Ryall, Petkovic, Gameiro (Burgess 81), Ibini, Ognenovski, Antonis, Carle (Dimitrijevic 55), Abbas, Brosque (Triantis 62), Gersbach.
Subs n/u: Janjetovic, Jurman,  Timetheou, Muata-Marlow.

Booked: Ognenovski, Triantis.

Referee: Campbell-Kirk Waugh.

Match footage now online.

Alan Pardew commented after the game:

"We started with a very strong side, particularly in memory of Liam and John, which I thought was only right.

"It was important to pay our respects as Liam and John were not just ordinary fans, they were a little bit special in their support.

"They were coming all the way to New Zealand to watch us and we had to make sure that their memory was in this stadium.

"Nice to see all the new boys contribute in a really positive way, it is obvious we’ve more offensive options now with the arrival of Siem, Riviere and Ayoze.

"All three were terrific and Jack’s energy in midfield was great, that really got us playing on the front foot.

"It was a good night on the pitch and we can be proud of how we conducted ourselves off it too."

View from the away section - from Paris Pete


Crowd: tbc - pre-match estimates were of a 10,000 turnout in a stadium with a fixed roof holding 30,000.

Good to hear the black and white exiles were enjoying themselves and knew the words to "dodgy 'keeper"...

Toon followers congregated in the Terrace Bar before Tuesday's game, where TV3 reporter Dave Goosselink took the above photo.   

The Newcastle side appeared in training tops with the message "in memory of John & Liam". 

Before kickoff, Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini went into the Newcastle fan section of the stadium to lay wreaths on seats set aside for the two fallen fans.  

An immaculately-observed minute's silence followed as messages and images were displayed on big screens at the venue. Both sides also wore black armbands.

Marketed under the banner of Football United Tour 2014, the organisers have also signed up West Ham - although the two Premier League sides won't face each other. 

This is the only Football United game at this venue, with West Ham beaten 1-2 by Wellington Phoenix the following day at Eden Park in Auckland on the North Island.

That game was also preceded by a minute's tribute in memory of the two Toon fans (thanks to reader Nathan Hart for the photo).



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 here


Marveaux loaned out 

Unwanted Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveuax returned to his native France on Tuesday, agreeing to join Ligue 1 side, Guingamp, on a season-long loan. 

Marveaux arrived on Tyneside in 2011 from Rennes and has played 57 times in all competitions, scoring twice. With two years remaining on his contract, he's not featured in the first team since last March and wasn't included in the squad that are currently in New Zealand.

Incidentally, Guingamp was the final resting place for the unique talents of former Magpie, Stephane Guivarc'h.

Tinkering - result 

Our Far East correspondents supply this image of the new season NUFC home shirt - which is not quite as severe as prototypes leaked online, but won't win any new friends amongst devotees of classic black and white stripes. 

It's what's in them that remains the priority of course.

BCD Friendly:
Doonhamers draw 

Newcastle XI  4  Queen of the South  4

A behind-closed-doors friendly with second tier Scottish side Queen of the South was staged at United's Darsley Park training ground on Tuesday.

The Doonhamers held a two goal advantage at the break thanks to a Gavin Reilly brace, but a Newcastle side including Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana and Gabriel Obertan then hit back with three goals of their own.

Substitute Kevin Dzierzawski made it 3-3 and Iain Russell looked to have won it for the visitors, only for the Magpies to find a late goal and tie the scores again.  

The order that Newcastle scored their goals in isn't yet known, but young forward Callum Roberts grabbed a brace, while Ben Arfa and Bigirimana also netted.

Next up for Peter Beardsley's U21 side is a tournament in the town of Oberndorf in Southern Germany that gets underway this coming Friday. 

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John and Liam RIP  

Former Magpie Steve Harper played for current club Hull City in a pre-season kickabout at Harrogate on Monday, wearing a black armband for John and Liam.

Newcastle fan and John Alder's MP Ian Mearns spoke in the House of Commons on Monday, referring both to the "extraordinary" supporter John and the current efforts of Sunderland and Newcastle supporters in raising funds for charitable causes.

Urging the Prime Minister to help repatriate the bodies of both local men, David Cameron's response was as follows:

"It's right to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives, to John Alder and Liam Sweeney. It's heartbreaking, the families that have been ripped apart by this, the lives that have been snuffed out due to this appalling tragedy."

Latest TV pictures from Ukraine show a train reported to be carrying over 280 bodies departing for Kharkiv, where onward transit to Amsterdam now agreed. It's not known whether John and Liam are on board that train though, with the bodies still to be identified. 

The complete unreality of this situation from a Tyneside perspective remains; with news updates from Kiev and Moscow and the train en route to Kharkiv - all stops on United's European tour in previous seasons. 

Like seeing their personal possessions pictured in the media scattered across a foreign field, it's all difficult to take in. Make that impossible.    

Family, friends and fans gathered outside SJP on Monday lunchtime to pay their respects to Liam and John. 

Ex-Chairman Sir John Hall was present to hear tributes read out, before a minute's applause. Family members then spent time in the stadium, viewing flowers and messages placed on seats their loved ones occupied.   

An online collection started by Sunderland fans had passed the £30,000 mark by Wednesday, with red and whites, black and whites and followers of other teams (including Ukrainians Donetsk contributing online here 

And the safcmuseum twitter account has put signed Newcastle and Sunderland shirts and memorabilia up for auction, with proceeds going to the same cause.

As one wrote, "this transcends football rivalry".

The collection served the original purpose of funding floral tributes to John and Liam from Sunderland fans, organiser Gary Ferguson placing those outside SJP on Tuesday:


All other monies will be donated to charities selected by the families of the two lads: the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

A separate fundraising page by Toon fans entitled "flag and funeral cost" was then opened up online here. That has raised over £7,000 to date.  

Donations to both funds have also come via collections from as far afield as Oxfordshire, with Toon fans who support non-league side Thame United organising a whip round before Saturday's home friendly match.

A bucket collection for the flag and funeral fund for John and Liam will be taken at Spennymoor Town FC ahead of their game against Hamilton Academical on Thursday.

Books of condolence have been opened at St Andrew’s Church on Newgate Street and St Mary’s Cathedral on Clayton Street - both in Newcastle City Centre.

NB: we've heard from readers who donated to the fund established by Sunderland fans and wanted to us make that fact known, thus contradicting press reports that this is an entire SAFC enterprise. 

That's not being petty or detracting from the laudable actions of Sunderland fans - rather, it's an attempt to show that the collection is a fine example of football supporters uniting in a common cause. 

And for those outside the region relying on the media - who could logically conclude from the coverage that John and Liam's fellow Newcastle fans haven't reacted - it's worth stating that it's obviously not the case.

PS: it's worth mentioning that many of comments posted online come from Newcastle fans recognising and rightly praising the efforts of their Wearside counterparts. 

John Liam

Victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash on Thursday included two Newcastle United supporters travelling to support their team in New Zealand.  

We're desperately sad to report that they were John Alder and Liam Sweeney. Both were well known to away followers, particularly John, whose usual matchday attire led to the affectionate nickname of "The Undertaker".  

Both were in attendance at Oldham last week, doing what they loved. Our thoughts are with their friends, families and the many fans who knew them by sight.

Watching Newcastle will never be the same again.

Updates: Berwick Rangers, Whitley Bay, Dunston UTS, Blyth Spartans and Darlington (versus Sunderland) all staged a minute's silence before games on Saturday. 

Gateshead FC staged a well-observed minute's silence before Friday's friendly against Newcastle U21s and the Newcastle United Women's side did so on Sunday. 

And it's not just football, with the Newcastle Diamonds Speedway team holding a silent tribute ahead of their meeting with Berwick at Brough Park on Sunday. 

Present and ex-NUFC players including Tim Krul, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong, Paul Dummett, Ryan Taylor, Steve Harper, Michael Bridges, Yohan Cabaye and Joey Barton posted their tributes on social media.

Youth team player Kyle Cameron meanwhile dedicated United's 6-2 win in a Swedish tournament on Friday to John and Liam. The team also wore black armbands.

NUFC issued a statement on Friday morning expressing their own condolences and confirming the following:

Players and staff will wear black armbands during both games in New Zealand as a mark of respect.

A tribute of unspecified form will be organised at the Manchester City home game on Sunday August 17th.

NUFC club statement regarding John and Liam

Thanks to Paul English for John's photo, taken at the Eintracht Frankfurt away game back in 2006. The photo of Liam has been provided by his family.

Unlikely lad:
Conference chance 
for SJP old boy

Ahead of their return to the Conference following a 12 year absence, Dover Athletic have signed former Newcastle reserve midfielder Nicky Deverdics.

Since leaving United in 2006, the 26 year-old has played in Scotland (Gretna), England (Gateshead, Barnet, Blyth Spartans, Alfreton Town), Iceland (BÍ/Bolungarvík) and most recently, TB Tvøroyri (Faroes).

Another sad loss:
Lockwood RIP

We're sorry to report the death of another Newcastle supporter, Jon Lockwood, at the age of just 31.  

Known to message board posters as Gejon and Cajun, Hitchin-born Jon lived in nearby Stevenage and regularly visited SJP with his pals to cheer on the lads. 

Family and friends of Jon have had a private collection to pay for a wreath, with other funds donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Anyone who wishes to follow suit in memory of Jon can do so online here

Do you play for Hull?  

Something that lifted our mood slightly was seeing this photo taken after United arrived at Dunedin Airport on Sunday - we've posted it on that basis for you to see. 

Despite looking like another behavioural breach that could see further FA punishment, Alan Pardew was actually taking part in a traditional Maori hongi greeting (rubbing noses and foreheads) with a local resident. Phew. 

Couldn't someone have mentioned this in his defence though after the David Meyler incident?

Former player passes
Ray King RIP

The death of ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper Ray King has been confirmed, weeks before his 90th birthday. 

Amble-born Ray was with the club between 1942 and 1946, appearing in wartime fixtures and also guesting for Chester City and Wolves while serving in the Army.

Leaving Newcastle before league football resumed, a number of injury problems saw King forced to leave the professional game after a brief stay at Leyton Orient.

However he made a successful return with Port Vale in 1949, enjoying an eight year stint with the Valiants before moving on to Boston United.

Ray later managed both Poole Town and Sittingbourne and settled in Dorset for many years before returning to his native Northumberland. 

Following the death of his wife in 2009, Ray relocated to Thailand and lived in Bangkok with his son Gary.  

Book compo result 

Local author and NUFC fan Paul Brown has researched the early history of Newcastle United for a new book examining the roots of the club through a thirty year period culminating in their FA Cup success of 1910.  

"All With Smiling Faces - How Newcastle became United" is published in and an exclusive run of personalised hardback copies can be reserved now.

Individually numbered and personalised, this special edition costs £15, which includes free delivery in the UK before publication.

More information about "All With Smiling Faces..." and a link to order copies can be found online here or by clicking on the rather fine cover artwork above.

Thanks to Goal-Post books we had two of those limited edition copies to give away and asked what injuries the main character in Geordie folk song "The Blaydon Races" sustained (the title of Paul's book is from the lyrics).

All but the terminally bewildered answered correctly that it was "two black eyes and a broken nose" (metatarsal was the most creative entry received) and books will be heading off to this pair later in the year:

Miss Dianne Renner, Tweedmouth
Simon Carmichael, Hampshire

Wellington Phoenix (a) 

Following their visit to Dunedin, the Magpies will travel on a further 380 miles over to the North Island of New Zealand for their second tour game - also on grass.

The opposition this time on their home ground of the Westpac Stadium are Wellington Phoenix - the only non-Australian side playing in the ten team A League.

Holding 34,500 fans, 27,000 tickets had been sold just over a week before Newcastle's game - which is a doubleheader along with West Ham v Sydney.

Big Sham and the Hammers kick off at 2pm local time, before Newcastle and Wellington meet at 4.30pm.

Squad:  Aarons, Abeid, Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Anita, Armstrong, Campbell, Colback, Coloccini, De Jong, Elliot, Dummett, Gouffran, Haidara, Perez, Riviere, Satka, Tiote, R.Taylor, S.Taylor, Vuckic, Williamson, Woodman, Yanga-Mbiwa.

Wellington: tbc

UK TV: Live on BT Sport 1 @ 5.30am BST.

NUFC fans meet pre/post match @ The Four Kings bar.  NZ Mags
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In (6): 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.

Out (7): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy.

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Next Match

Wellington Phoenix

Westpac Stadium
Saturday 26th July
Kick-off 4.30pm (local)
5.30am (BST)

Last Match

Sydney FC 0
Newcastle 4
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Tuesday 22nd July
Match report to follow'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.

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-1pm
Sun 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

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 moving seats.

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)


Ongoing: Toon Times exhibition @
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle NE1 4JA. Free entry. (runs until 05.10.2014)

Fri 25.07.2014 U21s v Eintracht Frankfurt (n) @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, 4pm, Oberndorf Tournament.

Fri 25.07.2014 U21s v Fluminense (n) 
@ Lindenhof, Germany, 7pm. Oberndorf Tournament.

Sat 26.07.2014 Wellington Phoenix (a) 
@ Westpac Stadium, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, 4.30pm. Friendly. Tickets on sale via eventfinder in NZ.
Live on BT Sport 1 @ 5.30am.

Sat 26.07.2014 U21s v  Mainz 05
@ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, 1pm. Oberndorf Tournament.

Sat 26.07.2014 U21s v team tbc
@ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc. Oberndorf Tournament.

Sun 27.07.2014 U21s v team tbc @ Oberndorf Stadium, Germany, KO tbc. Oberndorf Tournament.

Mon 28.07.2014 U18s v Funabashi (Japan) (n) @ Scroggy Road, Limavady 3.30pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Tue 29.07.2014 U18s v County Londonderry (Northern Ireland) (a) @ Showgrounds, Coleraine, 8pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup 

Wed 30.07.2014 U18s v Espanyol (Spain) (n) @ Seahaven, Portstewart, 7pm. Northern Ireland Milk Cup. 

Wed 30.07.2014 Sheffield Wednesday (a) @ Hillsborough, 7.45pm. Friendly. ST holder sale now, £15 adults, £5 OAPs/U18s. Allocation: tbc.

Thu 31.07.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Fri 01.08.2014 U18s v team tbc (n) @ venue tbc KO tbc. Northern Ireland Milk Cup.

Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (n) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 3.30pm. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 adult U12s. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Schalke 04 v West Ham United @ 5.30pm.
Live on German Sport 1 TV channel.

Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 (a) @ Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 5.30pm. Schalke 04 Cup, Friendly. ST holder sale now, £11 adult standing, £8 U12 standing, £31 adult seats, £8 adult U12s. Day ticket - also valid for admission to Malaga v West Ham United @ 3.30pm.
Live on German Sport 1 TV channel. 

Mon 04.08.2014 U21s v Barnsley U21s (a) @ Oakwell Academy, 1.30pm (public game)

Tue 05.08.2014
Huddersfield Town (a) 
@ John Smiths Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. 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 (online), Mon 28.07.2014 (by phone, in person). £15 adults, £5 concessions. Lower Bowl only on sale.

Tue 13.08.2014 Capital One Cup Second Round draw involves NUFC (may be 14.08)

Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, KO 4pm. Premier League. Live on Sky.

Mon 01.09.2014 Transfer window closes.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

2nd Round w/c 25.08.2014
3rd Round
w/c 22.09.2014
4th Round w/c 27.10.2014
QF w/c 01.12.2014
SF(1L) w/c 05.01.2015
SF(2L) w/c 19.01.2015
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

U21 Premier League 2014/15:

Subject to final confirmation, United will play in the lower of two divisions along with the following ten teams:

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, smoggies, Reading, Stoke City, Spurs, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves.

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

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:
Sun 17.08.2014
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:
Tue 22.07.2014 Sydney (n) 8.30am BST
Sat 26.07.2014 Phoenix (a) 4.30am BST
Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) 12.45pm
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

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

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


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 :
Sat-Mon 0
Wed-Fri 09-11.10.2014
Sat-Mon 12-14.10.2014
Thu-Sat 14-16.11.2014
Fri-Sun 27-29.03.2015
Fri-Sun 12-14.06.2015

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

Group D:
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**

(** either Botswana or Guinea-Bissau)

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...

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

On This Day in History
23rd July

Born Or Died:

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What Else?

1978 Trollhättans (Sweden) (a)

Kennedy, Bird
Scorer tbc
Crowd tbc
The Magpies began pre-season preparations on the West coast of Sweden, in a town to the North of Gothenburg.

1991 Orebro SK (Sweden) (a)
Quinn 4, Elliot, Clark, Robinson, Peacock
Scorers tbc
Crowd tbc
The second match of United's Swedish tour saw them in the town of Orebro (to the West of Stockholm) at the Eyravellen Stadium - one of the venues for the 1958 World Cup.

1995 Douglas Hall, Freddie Shepherd and an unnamed Tyneside restaurant owner flew to Turin with the aim of returning with unsettled Juventus star Roberto Baggio. 

Amid farcical scenes, they were shunned by the club and player, who ultimately signed for AC Milan.

1997 A Newcastle Reserve team travelled to Croft Park, Blyth, winning 1-0 thanks to a Stuart Elliott penalty in front of 2,200 fans. 

2001 Newcastle made their debut at Galabank, home of future Scottish League side Annan Athletic.

A reserve XI won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Annan old boy Colin McMenamin. Jamie McClen bagged the other. match report.

2005 FK ZTS Dubnica (Slovakia) (h)
(won 5-1 on aggregate)
Intertoto Cup 3rd 
Round 2nd Leg

United made it through to the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup, although the manner of their win (some three weeks ahead of the Premier League opening day) was hardly inspiring. 

Two second half headers from Alan Shearer brought his personal Toon tally to 194 and gave a healthy St. James' Park crowd something to belatedly cheer. match report

2005 meanwhile a Magpies XI won 5-1 at Hebburn Town in a friendly fixture, thanks to a brace from Marc Walton.

Also on the scoresheet at Victoria Road were Daryl Smylie, Scott Marshall and an OG.

2008 United's Academy U18 side began their pre-season programme by playing out a 2-2 home draw with Hartlepool United. Phil Airey and Campbell Bell netted for the Magpies.

2009 A Gateshead College XI held Newcastle U18s to a 2-2 draw in a pre-season game, with Phil Airey scoring both United goals.

2011 The second game of United's Dutch reserve tour of Holland saw them recover from a two goal deficit to claim victory over an FC Utrecht XI. Joey Barton, Michael Richardson and Ryan Donaldson netted. match report

2011 Orlando City (USA) (a)

The second leg of Newcastle's pre-season USA jaunt saw them make the 1,000+ mile journey from Kansas to Florida - and find themselves in a pitch battle over the playing surface at Orlando's Citrus Bowl stadium.

Agreeing to the fixture on condition that it was played on grass, United turned up for training to find that rolls of turf had been unfurled over the artificial surface and just as easily became dangerously loose.       

Amid some unhappiness from the United squad, the game eventually went ahead on the astro turf, which had been sanded in an attempt to try and lessen its excesses.     

With Danny Simpson heading back to England to be at the birth of his child, Ryan Taylor played at right back and quickly departed with a groin strain. It got no better.

As we commented, "for those US-based Newcastle followers present, this game did provide them with an authentic Magpies match day experience - it's just a shame that the match day in question was our FA Cup defeat at Stevenage...." match report

2013 Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal) (a)
1-1 (0-1)


Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for violent conduct as Newcastle's trip to Portugal concluded in disappointing fashion, despite an improved performance.

Once again United went behind to an early strike when a low left wing cross wasn't dealt with and the ball fell to Caetano who drove home from the edge of the box in the 15th minute.

Shola Ameobi got his second goal of the tour to at least prevent a second defeat to local opposition. Caetano and Coloccini had tangled in the 36th minute and both were dismissed. match report


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