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Ticket news:
Southampton (a) SOLD OUT
Hull City (h) member sale now

Palace (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Stoke City (a) ST holder sale now (zero points) 

Friendly rivalry
Following in 
KK's footsteps

This Sunday sees the annual staging of the Great North Run, bringing thousands of participants to Tyneside clad in a bewildering variety of sports kits and costumes.

In amongst that throng will be Toon fan Chris Morton, who has taken inspiration from the half Newcastle / half Sunderland shirt worn by Kevin Keegan for the 1981 run and will run the race clad in his own 2014 version.   

Originally from Morpeth, Chris will be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his late father, Ken. If you'd like to contribute, you can so so here and leave a message backing the black and whiter. 

Double departure
Hat's your lot

The latest transfer window closed on Monday evening with no hint of further signings by Newcastle and the hoped-for striker arrival unsurprisingly failing to happen.

Instead, United's primary focus was to reduce the size of their squad - an interesting method of dealing with their current defensive and attacking shortcomings....

Hatem Ben Arfa was the subject of a late loan bid by Hull City, arriving on Humberside by car some time after the 11pm deadline to a hero's welcome from City fans.

However the Tigers had successfully applied for an extension to allow a deal to be finalised, having earlier filed preliminary paperwork with the Premier League. 

A season-long loan deal was then officially announced by Hull at 00.45am, ending the Frenchman's time at SJP - with his Newcastle contract expiring next summer.

Current PL rules mean that Ben Arfa will not be available to play for City at SJP on Saturday week or in the return game at the KC Stadium next January. 

Born in the Parisian suburbs of Tunisian parentage, Hatem left Marseille for Newcastle in late August 2010 on a one season loan deal and debuted from the bench in a 0-2 home defeat by in mid September.

off the mark in spectacular style with the winning goal at Everton a week later, Hatem's fourth game in our colours ended after just seven minutes when stretchered off at Manchester City - a victim of a tackle from Nigel De Jong that broke the Frenchman's left leg in two places. 

January 2011 brought confirmation that a permanent deal had been agreed between United and Marseille, Hatem becoming Alan Pardew's first acquisition when he signed a four and a half year deal.

He returned to action just under a year after his injury at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and although Premier League appearances were mainly from the bench he scored a staggering solo effort against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup during January 2012.

That was described by Pardew as: "..the greatest goal, in my opinion, I have ever seen with my eyes because just the technical part of it - to beat six players, to skip past people, left-foot, right-foot, cut-back, accelerate, everything that was involved in it."

Finding the net six times for United that season
including an effort at Gallowgate against Bolton Wanderers that received much acclaim, Ben Arfa then appeared twice for France in the Euro 2012 Finals.

That national service saw him make a delayed return to action in pre-season, but he hit the ground running with goals in our opening two home league games.

Hamstring problems
sidelined him 
before what looked like a risky comeback at Fulham saw Ben Arfa bag a beauty before coming off after aggravating his ailment.

Returning from a four month injury layoff against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League, Hatem had a run in the side that belatedly secured top flight status in their penultimate game -
ing a penalty in that win at QPR.

Scoring in back to back wins over Fulham and Aston Villa early
in the 2013/14
season, a chunky-looking Ben Arfa struggled for both form and fitness and gradually found himself eased out of United's starting XI.

The sale of Yohan Cabaye early in 2014
seemed to
give him a route back into the side, but due to a breakdown in relations with Pardew that never materialised.

Nowhere near the French squad for the 2014 World Cup, United made their intentions clear by handing new arrival Siem De Jong the number 10 squad number and excluding Ben Arfa from first team pre-season, banishing him to train with the U21 development side.  

He leaves having made 55 starts and 31 substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring 14 times.

Whatever Ben Arfa does or doesn't go on to achieve in the game, he goes down as another who wasted his talents in a black and white shirt.

Whether that was down to errant behaviour on the part of the player, or poor management from the club's leadership depends on your standpoint.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the remainder of the season. Confirming the signing, the Italian side stated that a £1m loan fee will be paid and the option of a permanent move at a cost of £5.5m has been negotiated.   

Born in the Central African Republic, Yanga-Mbiwa left Montpellier in the January 2013 transfer window for a claimed £6.7m.

Debuting off the bench in the closing stages of a vital 2-1 win at Aston Villa, Mapou found himself pressed into service as an emergency central midfielder.

A first start at right back in the scoreless home draw with Metalist Kharkiv, was then followed by a return to his more usual central defensive role later in the month, following an injury to Fabricio Coloccini.

The return of Colo to fitness in May 2013 then saw him recalled and Yanga deputise at left back for the absent Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara away at West Ham.

23 league appearances (six from the bench) plus three cup starts
came during
the 2013/14 season and Mapou was dismissed in the home game against Liverpool.

Amassing the most pitch time in this pre-season - although he was frequently shoehorned into the right back role - Mapou hasn't been sighted since coming off the bench in our home friendly against Real Sociedad.

Window dealings*:

In (9): Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Facundo Ferreyra, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow.

Out (10): Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, James Tavernier, Romain Amalfitano, Mathieu Debuchy, Sylvain Marveaux, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa.

* Strictly speaking this should read 9 in, 12 out, given that messrs Darlow and Lascelles instantly left on loan.

Premier League:
Warnock's Wilf denies Williamson winner

Newcastle  3  Crystal Palace  3

Match report

Signed KK shirts

For more information click here.

Update: signed KK boot/photo montage now also on sale.

Still waiting for Spurs

News of the anticipated alterations to Premier League fixtures caused by the participation of Spurs in the Europa League Group Stage is still awaited.

Reaching that stage of the competition entitles Spurs to ask the Premier League for their next domestic game to be delayed by a day, meaning that our visit to White Hart Lane would alter to Sunday October 26th, KO tbc.  

From the official Spurs website, July 14th:

Saturday matches are subject to being moved to Sundays should we progress into the Europa League Group Stage.

2014/15 season Magpie Mover tickets are 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

U21 fixture changes

Latest alterations:

Arsenal U21s v Newcastle U21s now Mon 22.09.2014 (was previously Fri 19.09.2014). Venue and kickoff time remain unchanged, 7pm @ Meadow Park, Boreham Wood. 

Stoke City U21s v Newcastle U21s now Fri 14.11.2014 (was previously Fri 26.09.2014). Venue and kickoff time remain unchanged, 7pm @ Moss Rose, Macclesfield.


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Saturday afternoon fever:
Get down the local

Coinciding with an international break, the fifth annual Non League Day will be staged this coming Saturday - when grass roots football takes centre stage here

It's a perfect time to mention "for the love of football" - a non-league website dedicated to leagues and teams in the region that has grown rapidly in its first season. 

You'll find their full Non League Day fixture listing here - helpfully presented with venue postcodes - and a rich variety of other content on their main site here

PS: Ahead of Saturday's games, Blyth Spartans are running ebay auctions for replica shirts - one signed by Lionel Messi here and one by Peter Beardsley here

Profits from both sales will benefit the Scott Bell Fund, a charity set up by the former Spartans striker to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and to aid people suffering from MND in the North East.




National service

Monday saw Jack Colback link up with the England squad, although an unspecified knock picked up on club duty for Newcastle on Saturday meant that he sat out training.

And by Tuesday England boss Roy Hodgson was briefing reporters that that midfielder wouldn't be fit enough to take any part in Wednesday's game against Norway.

Senior Call-ups:

Jack Colback (England):
Wed 03.09.2014 Norway (h) Wembley FR
Mon 08.09.2014 Switzerland (a) Basel ECQ

Rob Elliot (Ireland):
Wed 03.09.2014 Oman (h) Dublin FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Georgia (a) Tbilisi ECQ 

Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands):
Thu 04.09.2014 Italy (a) Bari FR
Tue 09.09.2014 Czech Republic (a) Prague ECQ

Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (France):
Thu 04.09.2014 Spain (h) Paris FR
Sun 07.09.2014 Serbia (a) Belgrade FR

Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast):
Sat 06.09.2014 Sierra Leone (h) Abidjan ACNQ
Wed 10.09.2014 Cameroon (a) ACNQ

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland):
Sun 07.09.2014 Hungary (a) Budapest ECQ

Paul Dummett (Wales):
Tue 09.09.2014 Andorra (a) ECQ


Ayoze Perez (Spain U21s):

Thu 04.09.2014 Hungary (a) Felscut ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Austria (h) Puertollano ECQ

Jamaal Lascelles (England U21s):
Fri 05.09.2014 Lithuania (a) Kaunas ECQ
Tue 09.09.2014 Moldova (a) Tiraspol ECQ

Haris Vuckic (Slovenia U21s):
03.09.2014 Andorra (h) Ajdovscina ECQ
08.09.2014 Estonia (a) Rakvere ECQ

Rolando Aarons (England 20s):
Fri 05.09.2014 Romania (h) Telford FR

Adam Armstrong, Freddie Woodman (England U18s): Fri 05.09.2014 Holland (a) Bury FR

Owen Gallacher (Scotland U16s):
Sun 14.09.2014 Netherlands (h) Morton FR
Tue 16.09.2014 Netherlands (h) Morton FR

On standby:

Lubo Satka (Slovakia U21s):
04.09.2014 Scotland (h) Senec ECQ
08.09.2014 Holland (a) Tilburg ECQ

Unlikely lad
Target departs

Chelsea confirmed on Sunday that they had completed the permanent signing of Loic Remy from QPR for an undisclosed fee that's reported to be around £10.5m.

The 27 year-old French international striker was linked with various Premier League clubs following a loan spell at Newcastle last season, but began the current campaign at Loftus Road after a move to Liverpool broke down.

Remy's Stamford Bridge switch ends any lingering hopes that the player would be enticed back to Tyneside, but the player never gave the slightest indication that any return to the black and whites was in the offing.   

PS: The former Magpie contingent at QPR was further reduced on Saturday, when defender Danny Simpson was sold to fellow Premier League side Leicester City.   

Bairns off the mark

Stoke City U18s  1  Newcastle U18S  1

Having lost their opening two games against the mackems and Manchester United, Saturday saw United's U18 side pick up their first point of the season in Staffordshire.

The Potters were fresh from beating Liverpool 7-1 and Boro 2-0 but were behind at the break thanks to striker Luke Charman's first goal at this level.

It could have been even better for Dave Watson's side, had Jordan Storey not missed a second spot kick in as many games after Jamie Holmes was impeded.

City then earned a share of the points when Newcastle conceded their third penalty in as many games and in form forward Charles Weston-Hayles shot home.

Team: Pearson, Cobain, Pollock, Cameron, Laidler, Storey, Drennan, Kerridge, Longstaff, Charman, Holmes.
Subs: Robinson, Atkinson, Newberry, Hunter, Ward.

Italian job for Toon teen


Having debuted for England U17s in a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Magpies goalkeeper Paul Woolston finished on the winning side as he earned a second cap on Sunday afternoon.

England coach John Peacock left Wooly on the bench and played Norwich City's Aston Oxborough in Friday's 1-2 loss to Portugal, but the 16 year-old from North Shields was recalled for Sunday's game against Italy at Burton.

A see-saw affair saw England eventually prevail 4-3, with Woolston between the posts for the first 73 minutes and hoping to have done enough to warrant selection for the European Championship qualifiers this October in Cyprus. 

Loan lads
The borrowers

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
A first Fleetwood start for Adam came in Tuesday's JPT Trophy home tie against Morecambe, but he didn't have the best of nights and was replaced after 60 minutes. Morecambe went on to win 3-1.

Next game: Oldham Athletic (a) League One, Saturday

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

A good week for Stuart Pearce's side ended with a 1-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday that keeps them top of the Championship.

Goalkeeper Darlow posted a third successive clean sheet while defender Lascelles appeared off the bench for the final 17 minutes of the game at Hillsborough. 

Next game: Derby County (h) Championship, Sunday September 14th.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
It's now three defeats in four games for the winger, who played all but five minutes of a 0-4 loss at Lorient on Saturday in Ligue 1.

Next game: Bordeaux (h) Ligue 1, Sunday September 14th.

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)

Next game: West Ham (h) Premier League, Monday September 15th (unless he plays for the reserves).

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)

Next game:
Empoli (a) Serie A, Saturday September 13th.

John Alder

Statement from the Foreign Office, Friday: 

We can confirm positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family.

Capital One Cup:
The mild bunch

Gillingham  0  Newcastle  1

Match action

Match report


Old boy:
MP looks to Scotland

Following recent stints at both MK Dons and Birmingham City, ex-Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison has now appeared at Hibernian in his quest to find a new club.

The 27 year-old has been back in the UK since ending his contract at Bidvest Wits in his native South Africa last season, also reportedly attracting the attention of fellow Scottish Championship side Rangers recently.   

Pit pony excess

Ashington  1  Newcastle XI  5

Match report

Eagles tie arranged

Confirmation that Newcastle's Capital One Third Round tie against Crystal Palace will take place on Wednesday September 24th with an 8pm kick-off.

That means that United will face a manageable three games in a ten day period, facing Hull City at home on Saturday 20th and Stoke City away on Monday 29th.

By contrast our opponents have to play their trio of matches in just seven days, travelling to Everton on Sunday 21st before entertaining Leicester City on Saturday 27th.

As usual in this competition, a result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required.

After a 610 mile round trip to Gillingham in the last round, this adds another 595 miles for those on the road from Tyneside -  and to make matters worse, the league visit to Palace next February is also on a midweek night.

Five of the 16 ties pit top-flight sides against each other with six home draws for London-based teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Spurs, Palace and Leyton Orient). 

If you're looking for positives, United will go to Selhurst in search of a fifth successive win over Palace there. Less comfortingly though, we've lost 17 of our 26 League Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides since 1993 and won only one of the last eight (Chelsea away in 2010).

Third Round Draw:

Arsenal v Southampton
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City

We've faced Alan Pardew's former club six times in the FA Cup (all at SJP, with Newcastle winning five and losing one) but this is the first time the Magpies and Eagles have met in this competition. 

However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a League Cup tie involving United, when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round tie back in 1993. 

Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa(pen)
2009/10 won 2-0 Nolan, Ryan Taylor
2004/05 won 2-0 Kluivert, Bellamy
1997/98 won 2-1 Tomasson, Ketsbaia
1994/95 won 1-0 Beardsley
1983/84 lost 1-3 Beardsley
1982/83 won 2-0 Waddle, Varadi
1981/82 won 2-1 Waddle, Mills
1978/79 lost 0-1
1972/73 lost 1-2 Tudor
1971/72 lost 0-2
1970/71 lost 0-1
1969/70 won 3-0 Davies, Dyson, Robson
1964/65 drew 1-1 Cummings

Unlikely Lad:
Old boy turns Posh

Former Newcastle reserve player Marcus Maddison has moved from Gateshead for a club record fee to League One side Peterborough United (reportedly £250K up front and a further £250K in staged payments).

The 20 year-old winger/attacking midfielder failed to break into the senior squad at SJP and was released in 2013, but has since begun to realise his potential over the Tyne at the International Stadium.

Netting 14 goals last season as Gateshead narrowly failed to achieve promotion to the Football League, Maddison already had four to his name this time round and has signed a four year contract at London Road.  

A successful debut followed on Saturday for the Durham-born player, introduced from the bench in the 67th minute of a 3-1 victory away to Colchester. 

Afternoon delight

Newcastle U21s  5  Reading U21s  2

Match report

Premier League:
Southampton (a)

United return to action on Saturday week (September 13th) when they make the marathon trek down to Southampton for a 3pm kickoff.

s remain on sale to NUFC members.

To follow.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 4/5
Newcastle to win to nil @ 15/8
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 6/5

(NB: quoted odds were accurate at the time of
writing, but subject to fluctuation - click on the link above to display current live odds).

SFC: Ronald Koeman has seen his Saints side record a defeat, a draw and a win in the Premier League since taking over at St.Mary's.

A 1-2 loss at Anfield was followed by a 0-0 stalemate with West Brom at home and a 3-1 win at West Ham.

Assuming he suffers no ill effects while on duty with England, goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to face his former club for the first time.

One player who won't be facing us is, Saphir Taider  after the loan player was sent back to his parent club Inter Milan just three weeks into a season-long deal.

Possible debutants are Belgian international defender Toby Alderweireld - signed on loan from Atletico Madrid - and Austrian midfielder Sadio Maane, who completed a permanent deadline day move from Red Bull Salzburg.

Travel: no relevant scheduled rail engineering works

Other Premier League fixtures:

Saturday 13.09.2014:
Arsenal v Manchester City (12.45pm) BT
Chelsea v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Stoke City v Leicester City
mackems v Spurs
West Bromwich Albion v Everton
Liverpool v Aston Villa (5.30pm) Sky

Sunday 14 September 2014:
Manchester United v QPR (4pm) Sky

Monday 15 September 2014:
Hull City v West Ham (8pm) Sky

Referee: tbc


Overseas TV: tbc

UK Radio: tbc (if any)

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT


Toon @ Saints - last 20:

2013/14: Lost 0-4
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer
1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed
1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee
1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark
1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer
1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole
1988/89: Lost 0-1 No scorer
1987/88: Drew 1-1 O'Neill
1986/87: Lost 1-4 A.Thomas
1985/86: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
1984/85: Lost 0-1 No scorer

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St. Mary's Stadium
Saturday 13th September
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Premier League

St. James' Park
Saturday 30th August
Match report's
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Number of Newcastle games attended by in 2014/15:



Fixtures, Tickets etc.
Season 2014/15

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

New season opening Hours: TBC

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

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

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

* 0044 870 1892 from overseas

Online Box Office is available here

2014/15 season ticket details here

On the opening day of ticket sales, they officially commence at 10am.

Away tickets are sold only to season ticket holders and members. All ST holders are also automatically members (a non-negotiable fee is added annually by NUFC to each ST).

A £1 administration fee per ticket applies to away sales in all competitions, with no upper limit. In addition, non-NUFC members pay the same fee on home ticket sales.

NUFC's members only away ticket policy is still in force, with only NUFC ST holders and members able to purchase tickets. NB: for the pre-season games listed below, two tickets per member number can be bought.

SJP season ticket info online here

SJP Stadium seating plan online here

Newcastle City Centre map (PDF)


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

Thu 04.09.2014 Mick Quinn talk-in @ The Alberta Social Club, Jarrow. Tickets £12 from the venue or via Luke on 07824 663867.

Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,300. 

Sat 13.09.2014 U18s v Bolton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Mon 15.09.2014 U21s v Wolves (h) @ SJP, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

20.09.2014 U18s v Boro (a) @ Rockcliffe Park, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Member sale now, public sale Thu 04.09.2014 (online), Mon 08.09.2014 (in person/by phone)

Mon 22.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Boreham Wood, 7pm. U21 Premier League. Note new date.

Wed 24.09.2014 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 8pm. Capital One Cup Third Round. ST holder sale now (zero points) £15 adults, £10 OAPs/U18s.

Sat 27.09.2014 U18s v Liverpool (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Mon 29.09.2014 Stoke City (a) @ Britannia Stadium, 8pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (zero points). £20 adults, £5 OAPs, U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Sat 04.10.2014 U18s v Derby County (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 04.10.2014 Swansea City (a)
@ Liberty Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.  

11.10.2014 U18s v Manchester City (a) @ Platt Lane, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Capital One Cup Round Dates:

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

U21 Premier League Cup Dates:

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

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:
Mon 29.09.2014
Stoke City (a) 8pm 
Sun 09.11.2014
West Brom (a) 1.30pm



NUFC Live on BT Sport:
Sat 01.11.2014
Liverpool (h) 12.45pm

Gateshead FC are offering a £5 saving on Conference Premier League home games for NUFC season ticket holders this season.

On production of their current ST card, fans pay just £10 for adult admission to the Tyne and wear Stand - a saving of £5. 

home League games 
(all 3pm KO
unless specified):

Tue 09.09.2014
AFC Telford (7.45pm)
Sat 13.09.2014 Dartford
Sat 27.09.2014 Aldershot Town

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

The 20 team event runs from 18.09.2015 to 31.10.2015 with three games at SJP:

Sat 03.10.2015 South Africa v Scotland
Fri 09.10.2015 New Zealand v Tonga
Sat 10.10.2015 Samoa v Scotland

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 qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
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 Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19.11.2014 Ivory Coast v Cameroon

Group G qualifiers:
06.09.2014 Senegal v Egypt
10.09.2014 Botswana 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 Botswana

2015/16 match dates:
Thu-Sat 03-05.09.2015
Sun-Tue 06-08.09.2015
Thu-Sat 08-10.10.2015
Sun-Tue 11-13.10.2015
Thu-Sat 12-14.11.2015 (playoff 1)
Sun-Tue 15-17.11.2015 (playoff 2)
Coxy's Cockup Corner
Whoops, He did it Again...

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

On This Day in History
2nd September

Born Or Died:

1900 Robert McKay born, Govan, Scotland.

Inside right who cost Newcastle £2,750 when he was persuaded to leave Rangers - United reaping an instant return when he fired a debut hat trick in a 5-2 home win over West Bromwich Albion.

1927 saw Bob add a First Division medal to the Scottish Cup one gained with Morton some five years earlier.

And October of that year saw him gain a first (and only) international cap for Scotland in a 2-2 draw with Wales at Wrexham.

Just over a year later however, he'd moved on to local rivals Sunderland - with left back Bob Thomson coming the other way.

Almost inevitably he scored twice for his new club in a 5-2 derby victory at Roker Park just days after joining the red and whites.

Bob later played for Charlton, Bristol Rovers, Newport County and had spells managing Dundee United and Ballymena United.

Later scouting for Charlton, Bob had returned to his native Glasgow when his death was recorded in May 1977. 

1925 Ernie Taylor born, Sunderland.

A wartime signing from Hylton Colliery, diminutive inside forward Ernie played for United in wartime football, his Royal Navy service as a submariner also seeing him appear for Plymouth Argyle. 

His competitive debut for the Magpies came in the FA Cup versus Barnsley in 1946 and he was part of United's 1951 FA Cup winning side before moving on to Blackpool - where he repeated the feat at Wembley in 1953.

Taylor received international recognition later that year, but his first and last England cap was the 6-3 home defeat by Hungary.

A transfer to Manchester United in the aftermath of the 1958 Munich Air Disaster saw him reach a third final, but he had to settle for a runners-up medal.

Ending his league career at his hometown club, Ernie played briefly for Altrincham and then Derry City in Northern Ireland.

Emigrating to New Zealand he worked as a football coach before returning to North West England and working for Vauxhall Motors.

Ernie was living in Birkenhead at the time of his death, in April 1985. 

1953 Paul Cannell born, Newcastle.

Centre forward who began his footballing career with the mackems and played for England Schoolboys before moving to SJP.

Paul made his first team debut in a Texaco Cup against Ayr United at SJP in September 1972, although he had to wait until March 1974 to make his competitive league bow, replacing the absent Malcolm Macdonald.

However it was only after the sale of Mac to Arsenal that Cannell became a regular choice, scoring 12 league goals in 1976/77 - just two less than top scorer Mickey Burns.

Having spent the close seasons of 1976 and 1977 playing in the North American Soccer League with Washington Diplomats, Paul emigrated late in 1977 after being declared surplus to requirements at Gallowgate by new manager Bill McGarry.

Remaining out in the USA until 1981 and also played for the Memphis Rogues, Detroit Express and Calgary Boomers (who took on the Memphis franchise in 1981).  

Cannell returned to England in 1981 and played for North Shields, Mansfield Town, Berwick Rangers and Blyth Spartans, leaving Croft Park at the end of the 1983/84 season.

Since then Paul has been connected to various local business ventures such as pubs, nightclubs, discos, taxis and even a foray into quiz books. He later became landlord of The Alexandra pub in North Shields.

Cannell released a biography in 2012 with a title that colourfully referred to an expletive that rhymes with his name....

1982 Joey Barton born Huyton.

A boyhood Evertonian, midfielder Barton was with the Toffees as a schoolboy before switching to Manchester City in 1999.

Making his first team debut for Kevin Keegan's City side against Bolton in April 2003, Barton won his first senior England cap against Spain at Old Trafford in April 2007.

Moving to SJP in a £5.8m deal three months later, Barton's first team debut was delayed until October 2007 after breaking a bone in his foot in a pre-season friendly at Carlisle.

His first Magpies goal came from the penalty spot at Fulham in December 2007 and he repeated that trick in a home game against West Bromwich Albion in October 2008.

Within a month though he was sidelined again after clashing with Wigan's Lee Cattermole, an abortive comeback ending with him limping off at Manchester City in January 2009. 

Barton began the 2009/10 season still at SJP, despite seemingly playing his last game for the club in a 0-3 loss Liverpool on his native Merseyside the previous May - seeing red for a ridiculous challenge on Xabi Alonso.

A post-match row with Shearer in the Anfield dressing room saw Barton banned from the club, but he returned as a substitute in the opening Championship game at West Brom, by which time Al was a BBC pundit again. 

That was despite a training ground spat with a number of fellow first teamers and interim manager Chris Hughton just hours earlier.

Injury then sidelined Barton yet again in September 2009, with a broken metatarsal keeping him out until the following March - when he contrived to miss a penalty at Hartlepool in his reserve team comeback.

Reappearing for the tail end of the promotion season, Joey scored from a free kick in the win at Peterborough and dedicated the goal to the club's medical staff, who had seen him through yet another dose of rehab.

United's Premier League return then saw him net the winning penalty in a pre-season shootout success against Deportivo (after missing one in normal time) and then net his first Newcastle goal from open play with a stunning strike in the home opener v Villa.

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The 6-0 victory that day was enough to see him discard the moustache that he'd vowed to grow until the Magpies won their first game back in the top flight - Barton having shaved it off before post-game interviews.

After a decent season on the pitch, often captaining and leading the side to some notable performances, Barton fell foul of the club's management by making some very public statements about not being offered a new contract and the club's transfer policy.

Using his Twitter account, Barton criticised the departure of his team mates, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique and was immediately placed on the transfer list on a "free".

Missing from the club's USA pre-season tour after being refused a visa due to his criminal record (although he travelled there for his holidays only weeks earlier, Barton instead joined the reserves' tour of Holland.

After some temporary bridge-building, he was selected for the season-opener at home to Arsenal - where he was instrumental in the dismissal of Gunners striker, Gervinho.

What proved to be his final outing came in a 1-0 win at the mackems before signing for
Premier League newcomers QPR and debuting against United.

Another chapter was written in the Barton biography when he was infamously sent off in the season-closer at Manchester City. 

Tangling with Carlos Tevez, he floored Sergio Aguero before attempting to head-butt Vincent Kompany.

Banned for 12 matches at the start of the 2012/13 season, his QPR seemed effectively over with no squad number or training ground locker allocated at the start of the season.

Joining Marseille on a season-long loan, Joey played 30 times for the French side and boasted of winning a permanent deal there.

However no agreement was reached and he returned to Loftus Road, featuring for QPR in their first Championship game alongside fellow ex-Magpie Danny Simpson. 

September 2013 saw Barton make his first playing return to Gallowgate, donning black and white once more for the Newcastle Legends side who faced AC Milan Glorie in a charity testimonial for Steve Harper.

Afforded a rousing reception when taking to the field, Barton then proceeded to boost his reputation on Tyneside further by making his mark on a certain Milan player called Di Canio.

PS: we don't have space to list all of Barton's various misdemeanours, court cases, prison time and community service.


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1893 Woolwich Arsenal (a) 
Division Two 
Sorley, Crate
Shaw, Elliott 
The first ever league game for Newcastle United. Also, the only recorded appearances of fellow Scots J. Bowman and goalkeeper Andrew Ramsay for United.

1895 Hibernian (h) 
Scorers tbc 

1896 Sunderland (h) 
Aitken 2 
Gillespie, Campbell

1899 West Bromwich Albion (a) 
Division One 
Peddie (pen)
Debut for Dave Gardner.

1901 Middlesbrough (a) 
Scorers tbc

1903 Aston Villa (h) 
Division One 
Debut for Jimmy Howie.

1905 Sunderland (a) 
Division One 
Howie(14), Orr(72)
Bridgett(3,48), Gemmell(68)
First of nine appearances for Harry Hardinge at centre forward, during which time he only netted once and was subsequently sold to Sheffield United.

1908 Bradford City (h) 
Division One 
The only appearance of Bob Blanthorne, who sadly broke his leg and never played for United again. Fellow debutant Jimmy Stewart was rather more successful, netting 53 goals in 138 first team games.

1908 United's reserves were at the Victoria Ground, Hartlepool to play the first match on what had formerly been a rugby pitch against the newly formed Hartlepools United.

However 'Pools ran out 6-0 winners.

1909 A Newcastle reserve team travelled to Carlisle and played before a crowd of 3000 to officially open Brunton Park, winning 2-0.

1911 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
Stewart 2 
A debut appearance for Jimmy Hay, the former Celtic and Scotland Captain. Also making his entrance was Bill Kelly, who had returned to his native Tyneside after a spell with Watford.

1912 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One 
McDonald, Rutherford 
Scoring debut for John McDonald at outside left, after his move from Liverpool.

1914 West Bromwich Albion (h) 
Division One 
Bentley, Bookman 

1922 Everton (a) 
Division One 
Harris, McDonald
Brewster, Irvine, Williams 

1925 Glasgow Rangers (h) 
Archibald, Muirhead

1931 Birmingham (a) 
Division One 
Briggs 2, Curtis, Bradford 

1933 Leeds United (a) 
Division One 
J.Milburn(pen), Cochrane, Hydes
The opening goal was a penalty scored by Jack Milburn from Ashington... but not THE Jackie Milburn - he was only nine at the time! Christened John, Jack played at left-back with Leeds alongside his brother George.

1939 Swansea Town (h)
Division Two 
Bowden 3, Pearson 2, Hamilton, Scott, Cairns
The last game of the abortive 1939/40 league season. Bowden never played football again and his hat trick was expunged from the records.

1944 Gateshead (h)
Stubbins, Porter, Carr

1950 Portsmouth (a) 
Division One 




1953 Liverpool (h)
Division One 
Keeble, Milburn, Mitchell 2 
1959 Birmingham City (h)
Division One 
1961 Plymouth Argyle (h) 
Division Two 
Kirby, Carter
1967 Stoke City (h) 1-1
Division One 
1968 Southport (a) 2-0
League Cup 2nd Round
Robson(pen), Sinclair 
An easy passage to the next round was secured at Haig Avenue.
1969 Sheffield United (a) 0-2
League Cup 2nd  Round
Woodward, Tudor
Future Magpie John Tudor scored for The Blades, as we were eliminated at the first time of asking for the fifth season out of six.

1970 West Bromwich Albion (a) 
Division One 
Dyson(30), og(Wilson)(88)
United registered a first away win in fifteen attempts since the previous December - although they needed a helping hand from the hosts at the Hawthorns. 

1972 Crystal Palace (a) 
Division One 
Kellard(pen), Wallace
A third successive defeat saw United drop to 15th place - which proved to be their lowest position of the season.

1978 Cambridge United (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division Two 
Bill McGarry handed a debut to full back John Brownlie as the Magpies made their first ever trip to the humble surroundings of the Abbey Stadium.

1980 Bury (a) 
League Cup 2nd Round
2nd Leg
(3-3 agg, lost on away goals) 
Caretaker boss Joe Harvey suffered the ignominy of an early League Cup exit on away goals to the Fourth Division side.

And to make matters worse, three of his former players were involved for the Shakers - Pat Howard and Keith Kennedy on the field and Jim Iley in the manager's chair.

1981 A goaless draw at SJP against Bury Reserves gave Central League watchers an opportunity to see Australian International trialist George Christopoulos in action. 

He was to return home though, after a protracted saga failed to secure the necessary work permit.

Christopoulos played for AEK Athens in Greece before returning to Australia and appearing for South Melbourne and Canberra Arrows. He also won 13 caps for the national side.

He later owned a bar and music venue in Melbourne and worked as a player's agent.

1989 Oldham Athletic (h) 
Division Two 
Quinn 2(1pen)
Mick Quinn (pictured on the programme cover celebrating his four-goal debut against Leeds) fired in another two against one of his former clubs, making it seven goals in his first three games for United.

1992 Luton Town (h) 
Division One 
Clark(35), Kelly(44)
Possibly the first real sign of things to come in this promotion season, with an attacking performance that in all reality could have seen United hit ten.

1999 Bobby Robson was announced as United's new boss less than a week after the departure of Gullit. The official site declared:

"Robson will become the fifth Newcastle United manager of the decade following in the footsteps of Jim Smith, Ossie Ardilles, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit."

Ermmm....whatever happened to that Keegan bloke then?

2002 Liverpool (a)

Speed(80), Shearer(88)
Hamann(54), Owen(73pen)

Future and former Magpies netted against us, but Gary Speed and Alan Shearer salvaged an unlikely point.

Substitute Craig Bellamy made a successful comeback from injury and laid on Speed's goal. match report

2004 Terry Venables seemed likely to be Sir Bobby's successor as he was in the North East for talks. It wasn't a popular choice....

2005 Malaga (Spain) (a)
Hidalgo(76pen), Couñago(80)

The Spaniards won the Costa del Sol Trophy against a United side containing Academy lads Carl Finnigan, Alan O'Brien, Liam Atkin, David Edgar, Kris Gate and Paul Huntington.

Perennial reserve Tony Caig was between the posts for a rare appearance when conceding two second half goals, while coach Dean Saunders waddled on as a late substitute. match report

2008 Kevin Keegan walked out on the club for the second time as his relationship with Derek Llambias, Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere and Tony Jimenez completely broke down.

A NUFC statement asserted that he had not been sacked and was still part of the club's future, while an LMA statement suggested that there was still a chance of reconciliation.

That proved not to be the case and 12 months on, the two parties faced each other in a court case that Keegan won.

2012 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
Ben Arfa (59)



Hatem Ben Arfa's fine strike - the 999th Premier League goal scored by Newcastle -  salvaged a point, with Yohan Cabaye's free kick in the final seconds coming close to securing a barely-deserved victory. match report

2013 An eventful afternoon at Whitley Park ended with Magpies striker Jonathyn Quinn hitting an eight minute first half treble for the reserves - but losing 4-5 to West Ham.

Hero for the Hammers was Elliot Lee, the son of former Magpie Rob Lee and his father was present to see Lee junior score three times. match report

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