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Ticket news:

Hull (h) Public sale now

Palace (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Stoke (a) Member sale now
Swansea (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
Spurs (a) ST holder sale now (zero points)
 
Stadium art
:
SJP giveaway



T
ake one iconic aerial photo of St. James' Park unadorned by commercial branding....and cut it up into four pieces.

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

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

These unique items will be on sale soon via NUFC.com, but while final preparations are made, we've got one of each to give away in a free-to-enter competition.

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

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

The closing date is Wed Sep 24th @ 8pm, subject is: SJP. No purchase necessary, no age restriction and entries welcome from anywhere in the world, although free prize delivery is restricted to UK addresses only. 

Those choosing their own subject line will be disqualified (except for the ongoing HM Forces email restriction). 

Latest:
Jonas: update



Update: further details from the Gutierrez TV interview reveal that the initial diagnosis of his testicular cancer came a scan that he underwent after suffering an injury during the home game against Arsenal in May 2013.

After having the affected testicle removed in Argentina, during October, Jonas returned to Newcastle and played one reserve game in December before joining Norwich City on loan, making four appearances in as many months.     

Five months on from the surgery, a check up revealed traces of cancer had returned and at that point he was prescribed a course of chemotherapy, during which he lost his trademark flowing locks.

Putting together the above into a timeline does raise a number of questions, in particular the short interval between surgery and returning to playing, plus what medical checks were carried out before joining Norwich.

And finally, was including Jonas in Newcastle's 25 man Premier League squad this season a confidence booster for him or indicative of a possible playing return?

24 hours after the player made his announcement, NUFC released their own statement:

Newcastle United can confirm that winger Jonas Gutierrez is continuing to receive treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The Club has been aware of Jonas' condition for some time but has respected his wish for privacy as he undergoes treatment with his friends and family around him.

Newcastle United managing director, Lee Charnley, said: "We have and will continue to offer Jonas our full support.

"We thank our fans for their kind messages of support for Jonas and the thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected to Newcastle United are with him at this time."

The club kindly requests that Jonas' privacy is respected ahead of further enquiries.

Tuesday evening saw the publication of quotes from Jonas Gutierrez given to a TV station in his native Argentina, confirming why he's not featured in the Newcastle squad this season:

"When I confirmed that I had cancer I went home crying. This was the most difficult game I had to play.

"I detected a tumour in a testicle. I came here and I assumed the costs, despite having a contract with Newcastle.

"Money is not important. What is important is health and I had to start chemotherapy. It was hard to find my hair falling out. I did not want to cut it. I wanted to hold on.

"Fighting cancer makes the rest of the problems are insignificant. I decided to tell my story because maybe is will help people who have cancer."

"I removed the left testicle. I returned to England and Newcastle told me to leave."

Concerned about testicular cancer? click here

Premier League:
Hull City (h)

The attention switches to St. James' Park this coming Saturday, when a Tigers side looking for their fourth successive victory on Tyneside provide the opposition. 

Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets remain on public sale.



Since this happened on March 1st we've taken just eight points from a possible 42, scored 9 and conceded 29.

That and many other facts illustrating our ongoing decline have seen the founding of a "SackPardew.com" website and linked facebook and twitter presences. 

The un-named site owners are orchestrating fan protests before and during Saturday's game including a large-scale display of leaflets like these:

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong and Rolando Aarons are all missing through injury, while Papiss Cisse and Ryan Taylor are back in training but remain unavailable.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
 
Hull to win @
13/5
Hull to win 3-2 @ 45/1
Newcastle to score first and fail to win @
9/4

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


HCFC:
Ahead of this game, Steve Bruce's side drew 2-2 at home with West Ham on Monday. 

On-loan Hatem Ben Arfa is ineligible to play against his parent club, but there's nothing to prevent him from taking a place in the visitor's dugout....

Referee:
Neil Swarbrick - sighted twice at SJP last season, for a 0-2 loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup and a 0-4 league defeat by Spurs.

Travel:

Metro: No scheduled service disruptions

Soccerbus: Details of the X50 Soccerbus linking the Metrocentre Coach Park and the X40 Great Park & Ride connecting from the north of the city are online here

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: tbc

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on talkSPORT

Stats:

Tigers in Toon - all-time record:

2013/14 lost 2-3 Remy 2
2008/09 lost 0-1 (FAC)
2008/09 lost 1-2 Xisco
1997/98 won 2-0 Rush, Hamilton (LC)
1990/91 lost 1-2 Clark
1989/90 won 2-0 McGhee 2
1935/36 won 4-1 Pearson, Connelly 2, Weaver
1934/35 won 6-2 Smith 2, Pearson 2, Gallantree, Wilson
1929/30 drew 1-1 Lang (FAC)
1912/13 won 3-0 Hibbert, Rutherford, Hudspeth (FAC)
1910/11 won 3-2 Shepherd 2, Veitch (FAC)

Latest Premier League fixtures:

Sat 20.09.2014:
QPR v Stoke City (12.45pm) BT
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Burnley v mackems
Swansea City v Southampton
West Ham v Liverpool (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 21.09.2014:
Leicester City v Manchester United (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v West Bromwich Albion (1.30pm)
Everton v Crystal Palace (4pm)
Manchester City v Chelsea (4pm) Sky

 


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


Loan lads:
Geordie - in the Champions League


Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:



Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
The defender (pictured) made his Roma debut during a 5-1 home win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Next game: Cagliari (h) Serie A, Sunday.

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

Darlow was between the posts and Lascelles on the bench for Wednesday's eventful home meeting with Fulham in the Championship.

A see-saw game eventually went 5-3 in Forest's favour, sending them to the top of the table. Lascelles made a late appearance in the 90th minute and managed to be booked during the six additional minutes played.

Next game:
Millwall (a) Championship, Saturday.

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
The on-loan winger played for 77 minutes of a 2-1 home victory over Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday, claiming an assist for his side's opener.

Next game:
Fiorentina (a) Europa League, Thursday.

Freddie Woodman (Hartlepool United)

The Magpies custodian watched from the bench on Tuesday evening as the Monkey Hangers lost 1-5 at Northampton Town in League Two.

Next game: Plymouth Argyle (a) League Two, Saturday

Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull City)
A Tigers debut came from the bench in the 79th minute of Monday night's 2-2 home draw with West Ham in the Premier League.

Next game:
West Bromwich Albion (a) Capital One Cup, Wednesday 24th (ineligible to play against Newcastle).

 

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Premier League:
Humped in Hants

Southampton  4  Newcastle  0

Match report

Compo:
Gibbo book winners

Including yarns about Jackie Milburn, George Best and Sir Bobby Robson, John Gibson's new book The Gibbo Files retails at £9.99 and is available from The Back Page on St. Andrews Street, the Chronicle and local booksellers.

John will be signing copies of the book and telling tales at a charity night to be staged at The Barking Dog, Kings Road North in Wallsend this Friday, September 19th.

Tickets are £10 and former Magpies including Tommy Cassidy, Ron McGarry and John McNamee will attend. Tickets are £10 from Bill Bruce on 07753 573613.

We had tickets for that do plus a signed copy of the book up for grabs and asked which side that Newcastle were playing in Dublin the night that goalkeeper Mick Mahoney was felled by a brick during a UEFA Cup tie.

Most folks correctly recalled that it was Bohemians and half a dozen or so of those answered confirmed that they were present on that crazy night at Dalymount Park! 

Pairs of tickets to the talk-in are en route to both Steven Cumming and Olly Scholes, while an autographed copy of the book goes to Craig Govender

PS: If Wallsend is the wrong end of town for you, then Gibbo will be hosting a similar event at Northern League club Dunston UTS on Thursday September 25th.

Appearing with John will be Malcolm Macdonald and the event gets underway at 7pm. Tickets are £5 including a pie and pea supper, available from the clubhouse or by calling 0191 493 2935. All proceeds go to the club.

Old boy:
Shola spotted 



While his old team were sinking without trace at Southampton, Shola Ameobi made a competitive debut for Gaziantep in the second tier of Turkish football.

Wearing his familiar number 23 shirt, Ameobi (pictured above in the all white strip) completed all 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw away to Kayserispor, collecting a booking within three minutes of the opening whistle.

Shola's debut had been delayed a week due to serving a suspension following the red card that curtailed his final appearance for Newcastle last season, at Anfield.

2014/15:
Young Vic audition



Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has completed a loan move to Hartlepool United, joining the League Two club for a month.

The terms of the temporary switch to Victoria Park allow the 17 year-old England youth international to represent the Magpies in U18 and U21 fixtures if required.

Woodman signed his first professional contract earlier this year and becomes the first Magpie to join Pools on loan since Ryan Donaldson back in 2011. Marlon Harewood is the only SJP old boy currently in Colin Cooper's squad.   

With only the briefest of introductions to his team mates, Freddie was included in the squad for Tuesday's game at Northampton Town, taking squad number 31 and looking on from the bench as the Cobblers ran out 5-1 winners.

Non-league
:
Cup action


Following a 0-0 draw on Sunday, a 3-0 home win for Blyth Spartans over Darlington 1883 in their FA Cup replay on Tuesday attracted 652 fans to Croft Park. 

Elsewhere, Dunston UTS posted a 2-0 win over fellow Northern League side Markse United, but Ashington were beaten 0-1 on the road at Scarborough Athletic.

Second Qualifying Round draw:

Shildon or Whitby Town v Stalybridge Celtic
Buxton v Newcastle Benfield
Skelmersdale United v Blyth Spartans
Dunston UTS v Spennymoor Town

(Ties played on/around Sat 27.09.2014: £4.5K to winners)

2014/15:
Tom gets the nod

Newcastle U21s  2  Wolves U21s  1

Match report

 

Captain in the frame?:
Colo claims emerge




From The Telegraph, Monday - tagged as exclusive:

Fabricio Coloccini will be a surprise contender to take over team affairs at Newcastle United if Mike Ashley, the club’s owner, eventually decides to sack Alan Pardew as manager.

Ashley has resisted calls to get rid of Pardew after Newcastle’s dismal start to the season, which has left the club bottom of the Premier League table and still without a victory.

More bad results, however, could force Ashley’s hand and result in his looking for a successor to Pardew.

While Steve Bruce and David Moyes have been touted as long-term candidates, Coloccini, the Newcastle captain, could get a chance to show his credentials. 

Pardew handed overall control to his assistant John Carver when he was serving a stadium ban last season, but Coloccini also took on a greater role to fill the void.

Coloccini delivered half-time team talks in the absence of Pardew and has become more involved on the training pitch between games.


Internationals:
Young / old boys


Scotland's U16 side were in action at the Cappielow ground of Morton on Sunday, losing 0-1 in a friendly fixture to their Dutch counterparts.

The home side included young Magpies Mackenzie Heaney and Owen Gallacher in their starting XI, the latter the son of former United player John Gallacher. 

However it was another SJP old boy whose offspring scored the only goal of the game, Justin Kluivert - Patrick's lad - netting the winner from close range.   

The two sides met again on Tuesday at the same venue, with the Dutch prevailing 3-1.


Academy
:
No home comforts


Newcastle U18s  1  Bolton U18s  3




It's not just the first team that are unable to acquire the winning habit this season, with United's U18s making a fourth unsuccessful attempt to collect maximum points on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead through Austrian midfielder Chris Cvetko, Bolton were pegged back before the half hour mark by Sean Longstaff. Debutant Tayshan Hayden-Smith (pictured) began the move before Jamie Holmes centred from the left for Longstaff to net his third goal of the season.  

Bolton however won it thanks to a second half brace from Welsh youth international forward Jamie Thomas, leaving United hoping to kick start their season next Saturday with what would be a third successive win against Middlesbrough at their Rockcliffe Park home. 

Team: Woodman, Cobain (Newberry 71), Pollock, Cameron, Laidler, Storey, Drennan, Longstaff,  Hayden-Smith (Hunter 55), Holmes (Hall 57), Charman.
Subs n/u: Woolston, Ward.

 

1914:
Staunch to the end




There's still time to visit the free Toon Times exhibition at Newcastle Discovery Museum before the doors close finally on October 5th and tickets are now on sale for another related event at the same event.

Saturday September 27th will see club historian Paul Joannou give an hour-long talk on "Newcastle United Football Club and the Great War."

100 years after the outbreak of hostilities, Paul provides an overview of how the war affected the Magpies and recounts some of the stories of those in black and white who served King and country.

Venue is the Archives Education Room at the Discovery Museum and start time is 11.30am. Tickets cost £4, bookable in advance from the museum shop and here

(The accompanying photo is of the inscription carried on the rear of the Military Medal, first awarded in WW1). 


Old boy
:
Winning start at Stan


 

Handed the reins on a temporary basis following the departure of manager James Beattie, former Newcastle midfielder Paul Stephenson made a winning start in charge of Accrington Stanley on Saturday, as his side recorded a 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon.

46 year-old Stephenson has been on the League Two club's staff since 2012, spending the last year working as Beattie's assistant. That followed previous coaching roles at Hartlepool, Norwich City and Huddersfield Town. 


Statement
:
Not for sale!


In response to an article by The Daily Telegraph which claimed Mike Ashley was putting the club up for sale, Newcastle have released the following statement:

"Newcastle United has today banned the Daily Telegraph with immediate effect following a report published in its paper yesterday (Thursday, 11th September), headlined 'Newcastle United For Sale As Ashley Eyes Rangers', as well as a follow-up article from the same reporter which appears in the Daily Telegraph today (Friday, 12th September).

"The reports by Luke Edwards on 11th September, and again today (12th September), are wholly inaccurate and written with the intention of unsettling the Club, players and its supporters.

"This is disgraceful journalism for which the Club and its supporters should receive a full and unreserved apology from those concerned.

"The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United.

"For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price.
The Club cannot be stronger in stating its position on this matter.

 

"It is not acceptable for newspapers to print factually inaccurate reports that are damaging to the Club and to fail to check facts with Newcastle United ahead of publication and then expect to receive access to the Club.

"Newcastle United will not tolerate this and will take such action as it deems appropriate.

"The ban extends to all reporters working for, or freelancing on behalf of, the Daily Telegraph, as well as Luke Edwards in any capacity he may have working for the paper's sister title or on a freelance basis."

PS: linked to the sale story were claims that Ashley was preparing a takeover of Rangers, but that was at last partially quashed by a statement to the London Stock Exchange on Friday confirming that he would not be participating in the Ibrox club's current share issue.     

Fanzine:
Tablets of Toon



Issue 114
of True Faith is now available in digital-only format. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Online subscriptions cost £17.99 annually, with a £5.99 quarterly option. Ten issues per season, each one has a minimum of 100 pages (114 clocks in at 108 pages. 

Subscribers also get free access to 34 back issues.

2014/15:
More cuts


Wednesday saw United confirm further reciprocal pricing deals with two Premier League sides - and announce a discount on ticket prices for a third away day.

Following on from agreements reached with Southampton and Stoke City, travelling fans will now pay less for the games with Swansea City and Everton, while the visit to Spurs will also be subject to a price restriction.

Less positively, we understand that last season's reciprocal agreement with West Bromwich Albion is unlikely to be repeated. 

Swansea City: £25 adults, £12.50 concessions
(this still represents a price increase on 2013/14 when adults were charged £20, but better than the £35 that Toon fans had to fork out in the two previous visits). 

Everton: £20 adults, £10 concessions
(that's a rather more real world price to occupy a 19th century hovel with awful sightlines than the £33 last season and the £39 in 2012/13)

Spurs away: NUFC will subsidise their support for the visit to White Hart Lane from the away fans fund:
 
£31 adults, £14 OAPS, £12 juniors (upper)
£27 adults, £11 OAPs, £9 juniors (tier)

(2013/14 adult prices were £41 upper, £37 lower)

(for clarity, the reciprocal rates apply to away fans attending each game against that side and reaching an agreement of this type allows the home club to offer discounted tickets to home fans without any fear of sanction for flouting parallel pricing guidelines).  

2014/15:
Rhinos, Dragons etc.

Confirmation that St. James' Park will host the rugby league "Magic Weekend" on Saturday May 30th and Sunday May 31st 2015, a week after United's Premier League season ends at home to West Ham. 

The event sees three full-length games played each day, meaning that all 12 Super League clubs will take to the field: Catalans Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Hull, Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors.

First played in 2007, previous stagings were at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Edinburgh's Murrayfield and since 2012, at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. Daily attendances have varied between 25K and 36K.

Plans to host a fourth successive event at the Etihad in 2015 were reportedly abandoned due to reconstruction work at the stadium to increase the capacity, meaning that an alternative venue was required.

Rugby League matches have previously been hosted at SJP, with Great Britain beating Australia 15-5 in a Test Match back in 1909. 22,000 spectators were present. 

Memorabilia:
Signed KK shirts
/boots




For more information click here.

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

Screen:
Howay the LEDs



Club press release, Monday:

Newcastle United are to install a giant screen at St. James' Park. 

The 60-metre square LED screen, manufactured by sports technology specialists ADI, will be situated on the glass panelling in the North-East corner of the stadium in the Leazes End
(pictured above), and will be visible to more than 40,000 spectators on matchdays.

At 60 metres squared, it will be the joint-biggest screen in the Barclays Premier League and will be up and running for United's home fixture with Leicester City on Saturday, 18th October.

Photos of the installation also show an additional new Sports Direct logo being added to the wall beneath the glass panelling, in line with the East Stand branding.

PS: presumably the erection of either a permanent or temporary screen was a requirement for the bidding process SJP successfully went through to secure rugby union and rugby league events next year. 

2014/15:
Crystal Palace (a)

Newcastle visit Selhurst Park for a Capital One Third Round tie against Crystal Palace on Wednesday September 24th with an 8pm kick-off.

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

Tickets remain on sale to NUFC ST holders and members, with Newcastle fans in blocks R, S and T of the Arthur Wait Stand. Due to lack of demand, Palace haven't yet sold any seats to home fans in the rest of that stand.

Squad: Davide Santon, Siem De Jong and Rolando Aarons are all missing through injury, while Papiss Cisse and Ryan Taylor are back in training but remain unavailable.

Paddy Power match betting will appear online here

CPFC: The Eagles must play a trio of matches in just seven days, travelling to Everton on Sunday before entertaining Leicester City on Saturday week.

By contrast, United will face a manageable three games in a ten day period, facing Hull City at home on Saturday and Stoke City away on Monday week.

Referee:
tbc

Travel:

UK TV: None

Overseas TV: tbc

UK Radio: tbc

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

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.

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).

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-ever League Cup meeting. 

However, Selhurst Park itself has hosted a tie in this competition involving United, when temporary tenants Wimbledon defeated us 1-2 in a Third Round 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 

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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)

Fixtures:

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

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

Sat 20.09.2014 Hull City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

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. Member sale now. £20 adults, £5 OAPs, U17s. Live on Sky Sports.

Wed 01.10.2014 U21s v Heaton Stannington (a) @ Grounsell Park, 7pm Friendly.

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.  ST holder sale now (zero points), member sale from Mon 22.09.2014 (if any). £25 adults, £12.50 Over 60s, U16s, NUS.

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

Sat
18.10.2014 U18s v Everton (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 18.10.2014 Leicester City (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Ticket details awaited.

Mon 20.10.2014 U21s v Brighton (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Sat
25.10.2014 U18s v Blackburn Rovers (a) @ Brockhall, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 26.10.2014 Spurs (a) @ White Hart Lane, 1.30pm. Premier League. ST holder sale now (zero points), members sale from Tue 23.09.2014 (if any). Upper tier: £31, £14 over 65s, £12 U16s. Lower tier: £27, £11 over 65s, £9 U16s.  

Capital One Cup 3rd Round:

Tue 23.09.2014:
Arsenal v Southampton
Cardiff City v Bournemouth
Derby County v Reading
Fulham v Doncaster Rovers
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
MK Dons v Bradford City
Shrewsbury Town v Norwich City
mackems v Stoke City
Swansea City v Everton

Wed 24.09.2014:
Burton Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
Spurs v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City


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

Northumberland Senior Cup 1st Round:

06.10.2014 Team Northumbria v Bedlington
07.10.2014 Alnwick Town v Heaton Stan
08.10.2014 Morpeth Town v North Shields
08.10.2014 Newcastle Benfield v WA Celtic 

(The four winners of those ties then go into the Second Round draw with Ashington, Blyth Spartans, NUFC and Whitley Bay).


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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. 

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

Sat 27.09.2014
Aldershot Town
Sat 04.10.2014 Braintree Town
Sat 18.10.2014 Barnet

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

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

Sat 20.09.2014 Salford City
Wed 01.10 2014
Harrogate RA (7.45pm)
Sat 04.10.2014 Padiham

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

Rugby League Magic Weekend @ SJP:

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

Ticket details tbc.

Rugby Union World Cup @ SJP:

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

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

RUWC match ticket sales:

Now: Traveling Fan Packages
Now: Hospitality Packages

Now: English rugby club members

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 :
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:
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:
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
18th September


Born Or Died:

1904 Jack Little born, Dunston.
(1927-28)

Full back who joined United from Crook Town in January 1927 and made his debut in a 1-3 away defeat to Cardiff City -finishing on the losing side in the other two first team games he played that same season.

Released in May 1928, Jack joined Southport and was in the side that faced his former club in the Fourth Round of the 1931/32 FA Cup, when the Magpies took three games to dispose of the Sandgrounders.

After a spell with Chester City and a brief stint as player/trainer of French side Le Havre, Little returned to England and appeared for both Northampton Town and Exeter City.

Appearing for Southport once again in wartime football, Jack also played for local sides Fleetwood Hesketh and High Park.

Settling in Southport and working at the town's gas works his death was reported in the Lancashire town in July 1988.

1939 Ken Hale born, Blyth.
(1956-62)

Inside forward who was briefly on Everton's books before joining Newcastle, where he understudied Ivor Allchurch and George Eastham for much of his time at SJP.

Debuting during a 3-3 draw at Spurs in December 1957, Hale's first senior goals for United also came in London - during a 3-4 loss at Fulham in October 1957.  

However Ken failed to stake a regular place in the side and moved to Coventry City in 1962, where he would gain a Division Three championship medal.

A successful footballer for the Army XI, Ken later played for Oxford United - winning another Division Three gong - before returning to the North East with Darlington. 

He subsequently served as caretaker boss for the Quakers before joining Halifax Town in 1972 as player/coach.

Retiring in order to concentrate on coaching at the Shay, Ken then managed Hartlepool United between 1974 and 1976 - once completing a 40 mile sponsored walk to try and raise funds for cash-strapped 'Pools.

He later ran a newsagents on wearside and settled in Seaburn.

1974 Sulzeer Jeremiah "Sol" Campbell born, Newham. (2010-11)

Capped 73 times for England, Sol enjoyed success during a playing career at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur & Portsmouth, winning two Premier League Championships, four FA Cup Finals and a League Cup Final. 

Exiting from Fratton Park in May 2009, he unexpectedly signed for League Two club Notts County, but played only one game for those Magpies before moving on as a result of the fragile finances at Meadow Lane. 

Training with former club Arsenal, Campbell rejoined the Gunners on a short-term deal in early 2010 and played 14 times, netting in a Champions League tie against FC Porto. 

Almost a year after a deal was first mooted, United signed the free agent in August 2010, who by then was resident in Northumberland, married to a local lassie.

Agreeing the move despite interest from numerous clubs, Campbell was reunited at SJP with former White Hart Lane colleagues Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood.

However, his fitness was always under question and after a reasonable start some poor displays at West Brom and Stoke, in particular, saw him drift out of the side.

And with Hughton and Calderwood having left, his own departure at the end of the season was inevitable.

Despite not having kicked a ball in almost a year, Campbell announced his retirement in May 2012
which seemed to be a case of stating the bleedin' obvious....

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A S G A S G Ap Su Gl
4 3   1     5 3

1975 Richard Appleby born, 
Middlesbrough (1991-95)

The younger of the two Appleby brothers to have played for United, Richie's first team involvement at SJP was restricted to Anglo Italian Cup games against Cesena and Bari in late 1992 (along with brother Matty).

A loan spell with Darlington followed, before his official release from Newcastle saw the midfielder sign for Ipswich - making his league debut for them in January 1996.

However no long-term deal was agreed and free agent Richie on moved to Swansea City, where he was a popular figure with the fans at the Vetch Field.

2001 saw him follow ex-Swans boss Jan Molby to Kidderminster Harriers and then on to Hull with the Dane the following year. 

A brief return to Kiddy came in 2004, before the one-time England youth international moved into non-league circles with Forest Green Rovers.

Appleby then linked up with Welsh Premier League side Llanelli in 2006 but failed to establish himself in the side, departing from Stebonheath Park the following year.

Like his brother Matty, Richie now works as a commercial deep sea diver.

1977 Paul Arnison born, Hartlepool.
(1994-2000)

Having appeared at junior and reserve level, full back Arnie was declared surplus to requirements without playing a senior game by Bobby Robson in January 2000.

He joined his hometown club on trial after a brief stint at York City and quickly moved on a free transfer, remaining at Victoria Park for the duration of his 3 year deal.

Joining Carlisle (initially on loan again), he won a deal but was unable to prevent the Cumbrians losing their league status.

A return to the Football League came at the first attempt and the following season Arnie was part of the side that won the League Two championship, also becoming captain.

Released following their League One playoff semi-final defeat, it was rumoured that Arnison was set for a return to Hartlepool or a reunion with ex-Carlisle boss Paul Simpson at Shrewsbury.

In the event though he joined Bradford City, signing a two year deal with the Bantams.

2009 saw Arnie a free agent again, playing in a pre-season friendly against the Magpies for Darlington, subsequently joining them on a permanent transfer.

The highlight of his time at the Quakers was playing at Wembley Stadium in their 2011 FA Trophy Final win over Mansfield, but along with the rest of his team mates, Arnie had his contract terminated in January 2012 by the club's administrators.

Playing on in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid relegation from the Conference, Paul featured in Darlo's final game against Kettering Town the following April before leaving as the club was reconstituted.

Arnie's next port of call was Carlisle-based non-leaguers Celtic Nation, who renamed themselves from Gillford Park as they took their place in the Northern League First Division for the 2012/13 season.   

By January 2013 though, Paul had been persuaded to continue his playing career in Australia, joining the Queensland-based Sunshine Coast club.

1990 Scott Pocklington born, Newton Aycliffe. (2009)

Goalkeeper who joined Darlington in 2006 and was named as a substitute without ever making a first team appearance.

Loaned out to Northern League side Seaham Red Star for part of the 2008/09 season, financial meltdown at the Quakers saw Scott part of a mass exodus in May 2009.

Appearing in pre-season games for United's U18 side, Pocklington made his competitive debut in a 1-2 home defeat to Aston Villa but wasn't called upon again.

Scott subsequently appeared for Northern League sides Newcastle Benfield, Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland.
 

  
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What Else?

1897 Burton Swifts (h)
3-1
(2-0)
Division Two 
Wardrope, R.Allen, Stott
Yardley
12,000

1905 Edinburgh St.Bernard's (a)
2-2
(0-1)
Friendly 
Hardinge 2
scorers tbc 
20,000

1909 Sunderland (a)
2-0
(1-0)
Division One 
Stewart(14), Shepherd(88)
40,000
The actual crowd was far in excess of the 40,000 who paid, and such was the crush that the players couldn't reach the dressing rooms at half time and had to remain on the pitch. 

Police horses were brought in to clear the playing surface while the match was in progress and one stampeded when hit by the ball, while another was supposedly stabbed by a spectator.

1911 Northampton Town (a)
2-1
(1-1)
Friendly 
Kelly, Stewart
scorer tbc 
10,000 
Hospital Cup

1920 Preston North End (a)
2-3
(2-1)
Division One 
King, Harris 
Roberts, Woodhouse 2
20,000

1926 Derby County (a)
1-1
(1-0)
Division One 
og
Storer
26,306

1933 Blackburn Rovers (a)
2-3
(1-2)
Division One 
Cape, J.R.Richardson 
Bruton 2, Halsall
14,066

1937 Burnley (h)
2-2
(0-2)
Division Two 
Smith, lmrie (pen) 
Fisher, Brocklebank
14,982

1943 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
2-1
(1-0)
Wartime
Stubbins, Dixon
Shackleton
9,896
Future Magpie Len Shackleton was on target for Bradford PA at Gallowgate.

1948 Charlton Athletic (a)
0-0
(0-0)
Division One 
56,711
United failed to score for the first time since returning to the top flight, but a clean sheet at the Valley meant that they'd lost just one of their opening nine games.

1954 Leicester City (a)
2-3
(2-0)
Division One 
Mitchell (pen), White 
Morris, Froggatt, Griffiths
38,038
Defeat at Filbert Street came despite Len White finding the net for the eighth time in seven outings.

1957 Portsmouth (a)
2-2
(1-2)
Division One 
Curry, Hill 
McClellan, Weddle
32,093
The second of Jimmy Hill's two senior Magpie goals earned his side a point at Fratton Park.

1963 Southampton (a)
0-2
(0-2)
Division Two 
Kirby(16), O'Brien(19)
18,540 
Debut for inside left Alan Kirkman, signed from Rotherham but who lasted just four months at SJP before joining Scunthorpe United.

He managed just five appearances for the Magpies, scoring once but finishing on the losing side four times.

Saints scorer George O'Brien had bagged two goals a week earlier at SJP in a 2-2 draw.

1963 Meanwhile in the Central League, those fans who hadn't made it down to the midweek game at The Dell saw Uniteds Reserve side beat their Huddersfield Town counterparts 1-0.

The only goal of the game came from Les O'Neill.

1965 Burnley (h)
3-2
(1-1)
Division One 
Hilley, Bennett, Anderson 
Lochhead 2
35,883
  1971 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
2-0
(2-0)
Division One 
Hibbitt, Tudor 
29,347 
Debut for Pat Howard.

1974 Aberdeen (a)
1-1
(1-1)
Texaco Cup 
Macdonald 
Young
13,500
 
 
1976 Leeds United (a) 2-2 (0-0)
Division One 
Cannell, Cassidy 
McNiven, Harris
35,098

 

1982 Shrewsbury Town (a)
1-2
(1-1)
Division Two 
Varadi(30)
Bates(32), Brown
7,907
Ex- Magpies loan striker Alan Brown again found the target in this Gay Meadow loss.

1990 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 2-2 (1-1)
Division Two 
McGhee 2 
Hirst, McCall
30,628 
A tremendous game featuring two great goals from McGhee and the best club displays that Darren Bradshaw and Neil Simpson managed - even Wayne Fereday was tolerable, setting up one goal.

David Hirst and a late Steve McCall equaliser earned the Owls a point after veteran Trevor Francis had appeared as a substitute.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Swindon Town (a)
2-2
(2-0)
Premier League 
Clark(37), Allen(45pen)
Ling(60), Mutch(62)
15,393 
United welcomed back Peter Beardsley after his pre-season cheekbone injury, as a two goal lead and a saved penalty (Tommy Wright from ex-Mag Paul Bodin) just weren't enough to gain the win.  

The acrobatic goal celebration from Town's Andy Mutch featured on the opening titles of Grandstand for some months afterwards.
Youtube footage is online here

1994 Arsenal (a)
3-2
(2-1)
Premier League 
og(Keown)(7), Beardsley(45pen), Fox(74)
Adams(9), Wright(88)
36,819
A sixth consecutive Premier League success from a rampant United, fresh from their midweek return to the European stage - where they'd beaten Antwerp 5-0 in Belgium. 

2002 Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)(a)
0-2
(0-1)
Champions League
Group E Match 1
Shatskikh(16), Khatskevitch(62)
42,500
Not a great start to the Champs League campaign, as we made our second trip to the Ukraine in five years, but faltered in front of less than half the number present in 1997. 
NUFC.com match report

A variety of official & unofficial programmes/ team sheets were sold. Here's a selection:
 

2005 Blackburn Rovers (a) 3-0 (0-0)
Premiership
Shearer(62), Owen(66), 
N'Zogbia(85)
20,725
Potential banana skin was written all over this fixture for Souness and his Magpies as he made a first return to his former Ewood Park home.

Waiting for him were the Rovers fans who had turned on him and a Craig Bellamy, now  a Rover after clashing with Souness the previous season and being exiled to Celtic. 

In the end, it was a dejected Bellamy who left the field after a nightmare home debut -  after Alan Shearer ended his Premiership goal drought and Michael Owen got his first in a black & white shirt. 

Steven Taylor's second yellow card for the slightest tug on Bellamy made it a nervy last 18 minutes until Charles N'Zogbia's expert finish late on sealed the victory.
NUFC.com match report

2006 An amazing night for the Reserves, who preserved their 16-month unbeaten home record - despite giving opponents Manchester City a three goal start.

Within 26 minutes fortress Kingston Park had been well and truly breached, as City raced into a 3-0 lead.

Carl Finnigan got one back before the break, but 83 minutes had gone before the same player pulled the score back to 2-3.

Paul Huntington then stole in to hit a first time shot that ended up in the goal via visiting 'keeper Hart, before fellow defender 
David Edgar swept home a late winner.
NUFC.com match report

2007 Having seen his senior side lose their unbeaten record the previous evening, Sam Allardyce was at SJP to see his second string similarly beaten.

A more experienced Boro side scored a goal in the closing stages of both halves to maintain their own good start to the season.

NUFC.com match report


2010 Everton (a)
1-0
(1-0)
Premier League
Ben Arfa(45)
38,019
After the desperately disappointing home loss to Blackpool, Newcastle bounced back in style to earn their second league win of the season, thanks to a fine team display and a wonderful goal from Hatem Ben Arfa. 

The on-loan Frenchman hit a stunning left-footed shot near the end of the first half to give United a first victory in eight games at Goodison Park and extend a winless start to the season for the Toffees.

NUFC.com match report


2012
For the second successive season the points were shared at SJP in the reserve derby, as Magpies duo Brad Inman and Adam Campbell continued their own scoring contest, both netting in the 2-2 draw.
NUFC.com match report

 

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