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Malaga (n) / Schalke (a)


Update: 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 each day.

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 Arena. 

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 here

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

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... 

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 2005.

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.

UK TV: Quest TV
(Sky 167, Virgin 172, Freeview 37)

Overseas TV: 
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 down position. 

Boasting a retractable roof, the Arena staged the 2004 Champions League Final and five matches in the 2006 World Cup Finals, including England's defeat on penalties by a Portugal side featuring 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.

Ay catcher!

Sheffield Wednesday  0  Newcastle  1




Match report online here


Bowling for...milk  

Update: Newcastle contested the Bowl Final on Friday against Chertanovo Academy but went down 0-2 in Portstewart.

Kicking off on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Japanese side Ichifuna thanks to goals from Dan Ward and Jamie Holmes, the young Magpies were then beaten 0-1 by County Londonderry on Tuesday.

A 1-2 defeat by Spanish side Espanyol on Wednesday with Luke Charman on target meant Newcastle finished 13th in the 24 team Premier section of the tournament.

The final two days of the competition thensaw six pieces of silverware up for grabs, with United in the fourth most prestigious category alongside three other sides.

Thursday brought a 3-1 semi-final victory over County Antrim in the small town of Clough - scorers tbc.

Squad: Woolston, Trodd, Gibson, Hunter, Pollock, Cameron, Johnson, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes, Heaney, Suddick, Atkinson, Ward, Broccoli, Tatters, Newberry.

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U21 fixture list  

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 venues.   

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 returns.

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, West Ham).

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 exists.

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. 

Mon 18.08.2014 Bolton (a) Leyland
Mon 25.08.2014 Reading (h) (1pm) WP

Mon 15.09.2014 Wolves (h) SJP
Fri 19.09.2014 Arsenal (a) Borehamwood
Fri 26.09.2014 Stoke City (a) Macclesfield

Mon 20.10.2014 Brighton (h) SJP
Mon 27.10.2014 Middlesbrough (a) Hartlepool

Mon 03.11.2014 Aston Villa (h) SJP

Mon 01.12.2014 Blackburn Rovers (a) Leigh
Mon 15.12.2014 West Brom (h) WP

Mon 05.01.2015 Derby County (a) venue tbc
Mon 12.01.2015 Bolton Wanderers (h) WP
Fri 23.01.2015 Reading (a) (1pm) RFC training ground

Mon 09.02.2015 Arsenal (h) SJP
Mon 23.02.2015 Wolves (a) Telford FC

Mon 09.03.2015 Stoke City (h) SJP
Mon 16.03.2015 Brighton (a) Amex Stadium

Tue 07.04.2015 Middlesbrough (h) SJP
Wed 15.04.2015 Derby County (h) WP
Mon 20.04.2015 Aston Villa (a) Villa Park

Mon 04.05.2015 Blackburn Rovers (h) SJP
Mon 11.05.2015 West Brom (a) Ricoh Arena

Moors meet Magpies  

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 concessions).

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 the Magpies.

John 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 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 Road. 

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 years.  

Chatty Mags  

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 28.08.2014 John Beresford with Joe Allon @ The Staith House, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA. Tickets £15 (including pie and peas) from the venue. 

Welling-toon army 

Wellington Phoenix  0  Newcastle  1

Match report online here 

Match footage is online here

Paisley lark:
Happy return for TC  

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 SPL side.

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.

Toon triumph 
with a "Tim"

United's 17 man squad in Germany

Newcastle's 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 on Saturday.

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 goalkeeper.

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 winners:


Muller scored 0-1
Quinn scored 1-1
Bruno scored 1-2
Roberts missed 1-2
Bob saved 1-2
Heardman missed 1-2
Chiurazzi saved 1-2
Barlaser scored 2-2
Bozkurt scored 2-3
Gillesphey scored 3-3
Muller saved 3-3
Quinn scored 4-3

Sunday saw Newcastle again paired with Frankfurt in their final game and Callum Roberts netted, only for the Germans to level and send this game to penalties as well.

With no less than 18 spot kicks taken, Jordan Storey eventually hit the crucial one in an 8-7 toon win:

Hauser scored 0-1
Barlaser scored 1-1
Lifka missed 1-1
McKinnon scored 2-1
Doerner scored 2-2
Smith missed 2-2
Mohr scored 3-2
Storey scored 3-3
Wolf scored 4-3
Drennan scored 4-4
Doerner scored 5-4
Barlaser scored 5-5
Hauser scored 6-5
McKinnon scored 6-6
Mohr scored 7-6
Smith scored 7-7
Wolf saved 7-7
Storey scored 8-7

Oberndorf Tournament results:

Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 (Roberts)
Fluminense Rio De Janeiro drew 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 fringe act  

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. 

Four goal salute 

Newcastle  4  Sydney  0

Match report online here 

Match footage online here

mackems take old boy 

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 contract.  

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. 

Dons to host 
Toon opponents

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 SJP.

£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.

home clobber 

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.


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

Friendly (Schalke 04 Cup)

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Saturday 2nd August
Kick-off 3.30pm (local) 2.30pm (BST)
Live on Quest TV

Last Match

Sheffield Wednesday 0
Newcastle 1

Wednesday 30th July
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.

Off-season opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun closed

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)

Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga (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 local time. 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. 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. £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 14.08)

Sun 17.08.2014 Manchester City (h) @ SJP, 4pm. Premier League. Public sale now (online), Mon 04.08.2014 (in person/by phone) Live on Sky.

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 04.08). £41 adults, £33 over-65s, U21s, NUS, Armed Forces, £17 U18s, £12 U8s (£1 reduction applies for restricted views). Live on BT.

Mon 25.08.2014 U21s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. Premier Reserve League Division Two.

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

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:
Sat 23.08.2014
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

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
1st August

Born Or Died:

1892 Robert McIntosh born, Dundee. (1920-24)

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 May 2000.

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 2013. 

1978 Steven Paris
born, Uphall, Scotland.

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.


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1959 Edinburgh Select (a)
McGuigan, White, Eastham
scorers tbc 
Another United visit for this annual pre-season charity fixture, played this year at Easter Road.

1970 Dundee United (a)

Smith, Davies
Following the two-legged Fairs Cup tie of Sept/Oct 1969, the Terrors became frequent friendly foes.

A meeting in February 1970 at SJP followed, while this Tannadice game was restaged on Tyneside just four days later.

1977 SC Telstar (Holland) (a)

scorers tbc
Crowd tbc

1979 Torquay United (a)

Shoulder, Walker, Mitchell
scorers tbc 
The Magpies paid their first- ever visit to Plainmoor on this Wednesday evening.

1985 Wigan Athletic (a)

McDonald 2, Beardsley, Roeder
scorer tbc 
Third and final match United played in the Isle of Man Cup, held in Castletown.

1987 Brondby IF (Denmark) (a)

scorers tbc 

1988 Varmbols GoIF (Sweden) (a)
Mirandinha, Hendrie, Robertson, O'Neill 

1989 Mjallby AIF (Sweden) (a)

Quinn, McGhee, Brazil 

1990 Oadby Town (a)
OG(Kirby), Gallacher, O'Brien 
The black & white "bar code" strip made its debut in this Leicestershire town, in a match arranged by Magpies director and Oadby President Peter Mallinger. 

After the match, Newcastle manager Jim Smith performed the opening ceremony on a new clubhouse at Invicta Park.

1992 York City (a)
Sheedy (17), Peacock (46), Carr (79)
Tilley (63) 
The Magpies continued their pre-season preparations by easing to victory in this Saturday afternoon kickabout at Bootham Crescent. 

1994 Wrexham (a)
Beardsley(73), Mathie(35,89)

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 Ground.

NUFC: Srnicek (Hooper 46), Neilson, Beresford, Lee, Venison, Peacock, Fox, Jeffrey (Holland 70), Beardsley, Mathie. Elliott.   

1996 S-League All Stars (a) 5-0 (2-0)

Ferdinand(7), Ginola(25pen,73), Kitson(72,88)

The second game of United's tour of the Far East was staged in front of a capacity crowd at Singapore's National Stadium.

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.

NUFC: Hislop, 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: Watson.

1998 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 90 minutes.

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.

NUFC: Given, Charvet, Pearce, Watson, Dabizas, Hamilton (Keidel 80), Barnes (Brady 59), Ketsbaia, Andersson, Serrant, Speed.  
Subs n/u: Harper, Kelly, Elliott.

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. 

2000 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 Berwick Rangers.

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. match report

Bordering on the Riviera in Berwick

2001 1860 Munich (Germany) (h)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 2nd Leg 
Speed(5), LuaLua(80), Solano(89pen)
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. match report

 Hartlepool (a) 
 Sheff Wed (a) 


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.

A 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 side victory. 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. match report

2004 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)

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's sweet 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. match report

2005 Press reports claimed that Newcastle had made significant progress on three separate incoming transfers, namely Nicolas Anelka (Fenerbahce), Marc Viduka (smoggies) and Luis Boa Morte (Fulham).

2006 The draw for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round paired us with the Latvian league leaders FK Ventspils.

TV 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.

2007 Hull City (a)
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 applaud.

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 Grandad". match report

2008 Hertha Berlin (Germany) (n)
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. match report

2012 Newcastle's 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 Good. match report


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