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Ticket news:
Aston Villa (a) SOLD OUT
Crystal Palace (h) Public sale now
Gillingham (a) Member sale now (not online)
Southampton (a) ST sale now (zero points)

Premier League
Aston Villa (a)

The Magpies head to Aston for a 12.45pm kickoff on Saturday looking for a third successive victory at Villa Park, after successive 2-1 victories there.

If they are to secure maximum points here though, Alan Pardew's side will need to end a run of five straight away defeats since their 4-1 success at Hull back in March.

United have sold their 2,800 allocation of tickets.

Squad: Siem De Jong is expected to join the squad and be ready for a competitive debut, but Cheick Tiote has failed to recover from his "injury" and is still sidelined.

There's mixed news on the longer-term injury front, with Papiss Cisse a couple of weeks from returning to training but Davide Santon now not expected to feature until November due to a troublesome knee injury. 

Hatem Ben Arfa remains excluded from the senior squad, while Facundo Ferreyra completed 90 minutes for the reserve side on Monday and got on the scoresheet.

Paddy Power match betting is online here
Newcastle to win @ 9/5
Newcastle to win 2-1 @ 9/1
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet @ 23/10

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

The Villans side got off to a winning start on Saturday, with a 1-0 victory away to Stoke City.

Manager Paul Lambert handed debuts to Aly Cissokho, Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson but a thigh problem meant that Joe Cole wasn't involved.

Both he and new signing Carlos Sanchez will be in Saturday's squad but
Jores Okore (knee) is doubtful and Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (leg) out.

Saturday saw former Magpie Charles N'Zogbia play 71 minutes after recovering from an Achilles problem that had kept him out of first team action since April 2013. 

Shay Given was on the bench for Villa, back in Lambert's squad since a loan spell at Boro last season. The United old boy featured in pre-season and is acting as cover for first-choice Brad Guzan after fellow goalkeeper Jed Steer joined Birmingham City on loan.

Travel: There are no scheduled disruptions to train services to/from Birmingham New Street on Saturday.

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

Other Premier League fixtures:

Saturday 23 August 2014:
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Burnley
Everton v Arsenal (5.30pm) Sky

Sun 24.08.2014:
Hull City v Stoke City (1.30pm) Sky
Spurs v QPR (1.30pm)
mackems v Manchester United (4pm) Sky

Mon 25.08.2014:
Manchester City v Liverpool (8pm) Sky

Referee: Mike Dean - who presided over both our previous victories in this fixture, back in January and September 2013.

UK TV: Live on BT Sport

Overseas TV:

6'Eren (Denmark) +HD
Be Sport 1 (Belgium) +HD
beIN Sports Mena 1/11 HD
Benfica TV2 +HD
C+ Sport (France/Poland/Esp) +HD
Digi Sport 1 (Cze/Hun/Svk) +HD
ESPN Caribbean
Fox Sports 1 (Australia)
Fox Sports 2 HD (Ned)
Futbol 2 (Ukraine) +HD
GO Sports 2 +HD
GOL Stadium
GOL T (Spain)
Idman TV
LTV 1 (Lumiere TV1)
MTV Sport 2 (Finland)
NBC Sports Live (USA)
Nova Sport (Bulgaria)
NTV Plus Futbol +HD
OLL TV (online)
OTE Sport 1 +HD
PremierLeaguePass (NZ)
SportKlub 2
SportsNet Ontario +HD
Stod 2 Sport 2 +HD
SuperSport 3 (Za) +HD
Sportsnet World
TV2 Sport Premium HD
TV3+ (Den) +HD
ViaPlay (Den/Swe) +HD
Viasat Football (Swe) +HD

UK Radio: Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sport

NE Radio:
Live commentary on BBC Newcastle

Overseas Radio: Live commentary on


Toon @ Villa Park - Premier League era:

2013/14 won 2-1 Ben Arfa, Gouffran
2012/13 won 2-1 Cisse, Cabaye
2011/12 drew 1-1 Best
2010/11 lost 0-1
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 lost 1-4 Owen
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 won 2-1 Ameobi, N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 2-4 Kluivert, O'Brien
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 won 1-0 Shearer
2001/02 drew 1-1 Shearer
2000/01 drew 1-1 Solano
2000/01 lost 1-0 (FAC)
1999/00 won 1-0 Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-1
1997/98 won 1-0 Batty
1996/97 drew 2-2 Shearer, Clark
1995/96 drew 1-1 Ferdinand
1994/95 won 2-0 Lee, Cole
1993/94 won 2-0 Allen (pen), Cole

Bairns face Devils

After losing their season opener 1-2 to the mackems last weekend, Saturday sees Newcastle's U18 side kick off their home campaign against Manchester United.

The Red Devils began their own season with a goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers and were beaten both home and away last season by the Magpies - results which helped dispel memories of Man U's 7-1 win on Tyneside back in September 2012.

Kickoff at Little Benton for a 12.30pm start - all welcome, free entry and parking.

League Cup:
Gillingham (a) update

Online sales of tickets for Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Gillingham have ended, but the remaining places will be on sale to ST holders and members from the SJP Box office on Saturday (9am-4pm) and Monday (10am-4pm).

£20 adults, £15 over-65s, £10 U18s, £7 U12s.

Back Page Travel have seats available on their bus, leaving at 10am, priced £40. Call into the shop during opening hours or ring them on 0191 261 5005. 

Europa League:

Thursday saw the first legs of Europa League Qualifying Round ties involving Hull City and Spurs - both of which have possible ramifications for Newcastle's fixture list.

If either or both sides are victorious, they'll play Group Stage ties on Thursdays before facing United in the Premier League and be granted an additional rest day - meaning that our games will almost certainly be rescheduled on Sundays. 

The Tigers lost 0-1 away to Sporting Lokeren in Belgium, which means that Steve Bruce & Co. have work to do on Humberside next week if their visit to SJP on Saturday September 20th isn't to go ahead as scheduled. 

Spurs meanwhile are rather better placed following a 2-1 win in Cyprus over AEL Limassol. Assuming no slip-ups on home turf, progression for them will mean that our visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday October 25th will alter.  

Both ties conclude this Thursday, August 28th. 

Howay the lads:
Going home

Every seat was taken in St.Mary's Cathedral on Thursday morning, as family and friends gathered for the funeral of MH17 victim Liam Sweeney in central Newcastle.

Representing NUFC were Alan Pardew, John Carver, Fabricio Coloccini, Lee Charnley and club ambassador Bob Moncur, as a moving rendition of the "Local Hero" theme on the organ accompanied the coffin's entrance.

A black and white scarf and shirt were placed on Liam's coffin, while the service opened with "Jerusalem." A poetic tribute was read out by two fellow supporters.

The funeral cortege then paused briefly on Barrack Road opposite St.James' Park, where mourners gathered to remember happier times and raise a glass to Liam. 

BBC news report

PS: Tributes were also paid to John Alder during and after Thursday's service, which members of his family attended. News of his formal identification is awaited.

Dutch duo selected

Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has named Magpies pair Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat in his squad for away games against Italy and Czech Republic next month.

The duo are among a 25 man selection for a friendly in Bari on Thursday September 4th against Italy and a European Championship qualifying tie against the Czechs in Prague the following Tuesday, September 9th.

Meanwhile, Ireland have included Rob Elliot in a 36 man squad selection for two upcoming fixtures in September.

The Magpies custodian is one of four goalkeepers named for a kickabout against Oman in Dublin on Wednesday September 3rd, after which a reduced roster will be confirmed for their European Championship Qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi four days later. 

Wales name their squad on Wednesday for a Euro 2016 qualifier away to Andorra, while France reveal their selection 24 hours later for meetings with Spain (Paris, September 4th) and Serbia (Belgrade, September 7th).  

Ashington (a) friendly


Covering an early season gap in their competitive fixture list, Newcastle U21s will face Ashington on Thursday August 28th in a friendly match.

Officially billed as a Magpies XI, kickoff at Woodhorn Lane is 7.30pm and admission is by paying at the gate, £tbc.
The ground is adjacent to Wansbeck General Hospital, postcode NE63 9FW.

Before that, United's U21 side play their first U21 league game of the season this coming Monday, when Reading are the visitors to Whitley Park for a 1pm kickoff.

(That photo is taken from last season's Northern League Easter groundhop, when the official attendance for the Ashington v Crook Town game was 597 - and a horse). 

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Unlikely lad:
Old boy has a Blast

Ex-Magpie Michael Chopra has been unveiled as the star signing of Kerala Blasters, one of eight teams competing in the new Indian Super League (ISL).

Owned by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Blasters have also enlisted David James in a player / coach role.

Chennai will compete against Atlético de Kolkata, Delhi Dynamos, Team Chennai, Mumbai City, North East United, Pune City and a team from Goa in the three month event that gets underway in October. 

Premier League:
New intake unable to
make Citizens' arrest

Newcastle  0  Manchester City  2


Match report

Gillingham (a)


Newcastle's Capital One Cup Second Round tie against Gillingham will be staged at Priestfield next Tuesday at 7.45pm.  

Priestfield has a capacity of 12,000 and United were allocated 1,295 tickets on the uncovered "temporary" Brian Moore Stand behind one goal (see photo). 

A result must be achieved on the night - via extra time and penalties if required - and the winners will enter the Third Round draw on Wednesday after the Bradford City versus Leeds United tie is transmitted live on Sky.

(Thanks to Shaun Smith for the photo)

Squad: tbc.

GFC: Peter Taylor's side visit Barnsley in League One on Saturday, having registered a win, a draw and a defeat thus far in their three league fixtures.

Danny Kedwell has scored in all three of those league games, the 31 year-old former non-league striker having netted ten times in the whole of last season.

Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has arrived on loan from Millwall, the much-travelled 33 year-old facing Newcastle on four occasions while at Derby County - and never finishing on the losing side.

Our only previous meeting with the Kent side came at Priestfield in the same round of the competition back in September 1976. Goals from Tommy Cassidy and Paul Cannell set up a 2-1 win, witnessed by 11,203 fans.

The Gills have made it to this point in the competition thanks to a 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town - an improvement on last season, when they were beaten 0-2 at home in the First Round by Bristol City.  

Paddy Power match betting will appear here

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) on the Football League list since 2008, this will be his first senior game involving Newcastle United.

UK TV: None (highlights, BBC1 @ 11.05pm Wednesday)

Overseas TV: None


Priestfield (postcode ME7 4DD) is a ten minute walk from Gillingham railway station and the fastest (but also the most expensive) trains from London go from St.Pancras.

In the event of extra time and penalties, the following may be worth noting: 

Last trains from Gillingham to London:
22.20 to St Pancras via Stratford
22.24 to Charing Cross via London Bridge
23.36 to Victoria

NB: Engineering works at London Bridge on Tuesday will affect anyone seeking to change at that station to the London Underground - find more details online here


This will be our 134th game in this competition since it was founded in 1960. To date we've recorded 60 wins, lost on 55 occasions and drawn 18.
Conceding 184 goals, we've scored 212.

United have emerged unscathed from their last thirteen Second Round ties (seven on a two-legged basis) and last lost in this round to the smoggies back in 1990:

1990/91 Middlesbrough lost 1-2 (on agg)
1991/92 Crewe Alexandra won 5-3 (on agg)
1992/93 Middlesbrough won 3-1 (on agg)
1993/94 Notts County won 11-2 (on agg)
1994/95 Barnsley won 3-1 (on agg)
1995/96 Bristol City won 8-1 (on agg)
2000/01 Leyton Orient won 3-1 (on agg)
2001/02 Brentford (h) won 4-1
2007/08 Barnsley (h) won 2-0
2008/09 Coventry City (a) won 3-2
2009/10 Huddersfield Town (h) won 4-3
2010/11 Accrington Stanley (a) won 3-2
2011/12 Scunthorpe United (a) won 2-1
2013/14 Morecambe (a) won 2-0

(the "missing years" are those campaigns when the club entered the competition after the Second Round due to their European club competition participation).

Full Second Round Draw:

Tue 26th Aug:
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday
Bournemouth v Northampton Town
Brentford v Fulham
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Derby County v Charlton Athletic
Gillingham v Newcastle
Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest
Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Millwall v Southampton
MK Dons v Manchester United
Norwich City v Crawley Town
Port Vale v Cardiff City
Scunthorpe United v Reading
Swansea City v Rotherham United
Swindon Town v Brighton
Watford v Doncaster Rovers
West Bromwich Albion v Oxford United
West Ham v Sheffield United
Walsall v Crystal Palace

Wed 27th Aug:

Aston Villa v Leyton Orient
Birmingham City v mackems
Bradford City v Leeds United
Burton Albion v QPR
Stoke City v Portsmouth

Young Lions 
call for Paul

Paul Woolston (England U17s):
Wed 27.08.2014 Czech Republic (Kidderminster) FR
Fri 29.08.2014 Portugal (Chesterfield) FR
Sun 31.08.2014 Italy (Burton) FR

PS: Newcastle youngster Mackenzie Heaney was replaced in the England U16 squad for Wednesday's friendly with Belgium at St.Georges Park - reason tbc.

In order to allow all 22 England players selected to get an hour on the field, the game was played over four 30 minute periods, with Belgium running out 4-3 winners.

oan lads:
Toon 'keeper 
holds Court

Magpies currently on temporary assignment elsewhere:

Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest)

Forest are the early leaders in the Championship after recording a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

United's recent signing Karl Darlow played his part by keeping the Cherries out at Dean Court, despite their winning and taking no less than 11 first half corners.

And although he conceded just before the hour mark, further heroics between the posts helped Forest take maximum points after they scored two quick goals.

Karl's fellow Magpie Jamaal wasn't involved on Tuesday and is yet to appear for the first team this season as recovers from a knee problem.

However the defender did make a successful return to action on Monday, playing just over an hour of Forest's 1-2 home reserve defeat to Charlton Athletic.

Next up for Forest is a three game burst in eight days beginning with Reading at the City Ground on Saturday, followed by trips to Huddersfield Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday week in the league.

Adam Campbell (Fleetwood Town)
Adam's current side sit proudly on top of the League One table after a 2-0 win at Scunthorpe on Tuesday. However the on-loan Magpie wasn't called from the bench.

He'll now hope for some pitch time this coming Saturday at home to Chesterfield. 

Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp)
Olympique Marseille (h) Ligue 1, Saturday

Chucky off the mark

Bolton U21s 3  Newcastle U21s 3

Match report

Glitter banned:
Scientists explain 
United Cup policy 

From the BBC, Saturday:

Magpies are scared of shiny objects, according to new research. 

It is widely believed that magpies have a compulsive urge to steal sparkly things for their nests, but scientists at Exeter University show that they are actually nervous of such objects, presumably because they are novel and may prove dangerous
(to league form...)

A spokesperson said: 

“We did not find evidence of an unconditional attraction to shiny objects in seems likely that the folklore surrounding them is a result of cultural generalisation and anecdotes* rather than evidence.”

*mostly about the Fairs Cup

Unlikely lad:
Nile's a Seasider

Former Magpie miscreant Nile Ranger has found himself a new club, after the hasty recruitment drive by Blackpool saw the striker sign a one year deal at Bloomfield Road. 

Ranger made his Tangerines debut from the bench in Tuesday night's 1-2 home loss to Brentford.

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Premier League:
Saints and Potters 
trips discounted

NUFC press release, Thursday:

Confirmation of a second reciprocal pricing deal followed, this time for the visit to Stoke City, where away fans will pay £20 for adult admission and £5 for juniors.

(It's worth pointing out that agreement of a reduced admission price is not only of reciprocal benefit to the travelling fans in the two fixtures concerned, but also allows the home club to reduce their ticket prices for equivalent home areas.) 

NUFC press release, Wednesday:

Football fans are set to benefit from lower away match ticket prices for one of their longest journeys of the season after Southampton agreed to an innovative reciprocal pricing scheme devised by Newcastle United.

United's reciprocal pricing deal, which was introduced during the 2013/14 campaign, offers away fans travelling to league fixtures at St. James' Park cheaper match tickets in the visitors' section if their club guarantees the same lower price for Newcastle supporters who travel to the Magpies' corresponding away league fixture.

Deals with West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City led to headline savings of 61.5% and 42.3% for Newcastle supporters at The Hawthorns and Liberty Stadium respectively last season - and now Southampton are the latest clubs to sign up to guarantee savings for travelling fans, with more clubs set to follow.

Newcastle United and Southampton have agreed to fix away ticket at the lower price of £25 for adults and £5 for concessions for their return PL fixtures during the 2014/15 season, with the sides meeting at St. Mary's in September and in the North East in January 2015.

Chatty Mags  

Upcoming talk-in events in the region involving former Newcastle players include the following:

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. 

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


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

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.
02.08.2014 Striker Facundo Ferreyra (23) Shaktar. 
09.08.2014 Defender Jamaal Lascelles (20) Nottm For. 
09.08.2014 Keeper Karl Darlow (23) Nottm For.
(both loaned back to Nottingham Forest).

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

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Premier League

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Saturday 23rd August
Kick-off 12.45pm
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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

2013/14 ST holders who have renewed with unchanged details and seat should continue to use their existing ST cards.

New ST cards have only been issued to new ST holders, those changing age bands or moving seats - if you haven't got yours, get in touch with the club asap.

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 23.08.2014 U18s v Manchester United (h) @ Little Benton, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 23.08.2014 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 12.45pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800. Live on BT Sport.

Mon 25.08.2014 U21s v Reading (h) @ Whitley Park, 1pm. U21 Premier League.

Tue 26.08.2014 Gillingham (a) @ Priestfield, 7.45pm. Capital One Cup, Second Round. Member sale now. £20 adults, £15 over-65s, £10 U18s, £7 U12s. Allocation: 1,295. NB: Online sale now ended, last remaining tickets on sale to ST holders and members in person from SJP Box office on Saturday (9am-4pm) and Monday (10am-4pm).

Thu 28.08.2014 U21s v Ashington (a) @ Woodohorn Lane, 7.30pm. Friendly.

Sat 30.08.2014 U18s v Stoke City (a) @ Clayton Wood, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 30.08.2014 Crystal Palace (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. Public sale now.

Mon 01.09.2014
Transfer window closes.

Sat 13.09.2014 Southampton (a) @ St. Marys Stadium, 3pm. Premier League. £25 adults, £5 U22s and over 65s.  ST holders now (zero points), points reduction sale date tbc. Member sale, Wed 27.08.2014. 

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.

Fri 19.09.2014 U21s v Arsenal (a) @ Meadow Park, Borehamwood, 7pm. U21 Premier League.

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

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:
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

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):

Sat 23.08.2014
Grimsby Town
Sat 30.08.2014 Chester
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:
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?
Click here  
for a rambling explanation of sorts....

On This Day in History
22nd August

Born Or Died:

1985 Lewis Guy born, Penrith.

England schoolboy international forward who played for Newcastle at junior and reserve level, travelling to Tyneside three times a week from the age of ten.

Appearing for the first team during their pre-season tour of the Far East in 2004, Guy's sole competitive senior game came when replacing Craig Bellamy in the 79th minute of a UEFA Cup home tie against Sporting Lisbon in December that year.

Within four months Lewis had been loaned out to League One side Doncaster Rovers, scoring three times in nine games.

Released by United that summer, Guy joined Rovers permanently and featured as they won the Football League Trophy in 2007, beating Bristol Rovers at Cardiff. 

Appearing as a substitute in the Wembley playoff win over Leeds United a year later, Lewis failed was later loaned out to both Hartlepool United and Oldham Athletic. 

Quitting Rovers in 2010 in favour of MK Dons, he'd joined Oxford United on loan within a year and concluded a permanent move to SPL St.Mirren in January 2012.

That saw Guy reunited with former Magpies Reserve coach Tommy Craig and he marked his debut by scoring against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. However he wasn't in the Buddies squad that won the Scottish League Cup at Hampden that season.

Lewis returned south in July 2013, joining Carlisle United after a trial. Relegation for the Cumbrians saw him exit from Brunton Park though and the following summer brought a return to Tyneside with a one year deal at Conference side Gateshead.

1986 Stephen Ireland born, Cork, Ireland.

Midfielder who arrived at SJP on loan from Aston Villa on the last day of January 2011, amid reports that he failed his medical. That was denied, but it soon became clear we'd signed a knacker who was knacked.

Managing just two substitute outings during his loan, a knee problem ruled him out of the first nine games following his arrival (one of which was against his parent club). 

Belatedly debuting from the bench in a 0-0 home draw with Manchester United that April, Ireland then did the same four days later during a 1-1 draw at Blackpool - and then returned to Villa with an ankle injury.
His Toon career consisted of 49 minutes and one apology - after he and fellow injured Irishman Leon Best broke a pre-match curfew and were photographed in a nightclub on the night before a match. 

A product of Cobh Town Schoolboys, Ireland had won the Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools Skills Competition Final at Old Trafford as both a ten and eleven year old and later played for Cobh Ramblers junior side.

Starring in a youth tournament staged in Limerick, Ireland reportedly fielded offers from 22 British clubs for trials and ended up signing for Manchester City aged 15.

Ireland replaced Joey Barton in City's first team during in September 2005 and netted for them in a 1-1 draw at SJP during our 2008/09 relegation season. 

Leaving City in 2010 as makeweight in the acquisition of James Milner from Aston Villa, Ireland signed soon after Kevin Macdonald took temporary charge following Martin O'Neill's departure from Villa Park.

Debuting on his 24th birthday, Villa lost 0-6 to Newcastle at SJP and Ireland was later publicly rebuked by incoming Villa manager Gerard Houlier for a lack of effort.

The arrival of Alex McLeish saw him back in favour and he won Villa's 2011/12 player of the season award. Ireland kept his place under Paul Lambert but again had further fitness issues and watched our 2-1 win at Villa in January 2013 from the bench. 

Joining Stoke City on loan the following season, a permanent move to the Potters was concluded in January 2014 and his contribution to the cause saw him earn a new three year contract that summer.

Internationally, Ireland won six senior caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2006 and 2007, but was infamously then granted compassionate leave before a Euro qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague.

Claiming that his grandmother had died, that was disproved by reporters, as was his next excuse that it was his other granny. Ireland later admitted that he wanted to visit his girlfriend in Cork and invented the tale.

Off the field, Ireland remains a figure of ridicule for his apparent addiction to bling - periodically publicised in the press when he buys another expensive car with an awful customised paint job, or posts pics of himself and his girlfriend on social media.     


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1951 Bolton Wanderers (a) 0-0 (0-0)
Division One 
A 6-0 home thrashing of Stoke City five days previously was followed by a run of three games in which only one goal was scored - before a return to form against Spurs at SJP, when United won 7-2.

1953 sunderland (h) 
Division One 
Mitchell(33pen), Keeble(61)

Debut for Jimmy Scoular at right half, who was also made captain in succession to the recently-retired Joe Harvey.

Former Magpie Shack blasted an early free kick through the Newcastle wall, before Vic Keeble was fouled to give United a penalty.

Mitchell took the kick but mishit it, the ball trickling over the goal line as mackem 'keeper Jimmy Cowan lay helpless over the other side of the goal - having dived in anticipation of where the ball should have gone....

McSeveney then scored direct from a corner for the visitors, ruled out by the linesman who spotted a push on United 'keeper Simpson.

The winner came when Keeble headed home a Milburn corner - although the two points were only confirmed thanks to Ronnie Simpson's late penalty save from Trevor Ford.

1956 Cardiff City (a)
Division One 
Davies 2
McSeveney, Ford 2, 
Nugent 2

Three years to the day that he'd seen his corner ruled out, John McSeveney successfully registered against Newcastle for his latest club.

1959 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 1-5 (0-1)
Division One 
Brooks 2, Jones 3 
Spurs registered the same opening day scoreline at SJP as Blackburn Rovers had 12 months previously.

1959 While the first team were being thrashed by Spurs, Newcastle's reserve side began their Central League season with a 2-2 draw against Derby County.

Bobby Mitchell's penalty and a Ken Hale goal won a point at the Baseball Ground.

1962 Middlesbrough (a)
Division Two 
Fell, Thomas 
Peacock, Gibson, Kaye(pen), Burbeck
Revenge for this loss at Ayresome Park would be swift for Newcastle - who inflicted a 6-1 defeat on Boro at SJP a week later.

1970 Crystal Palace (a) 0-1 (0-1)
Division One 
Following a 0-3 opening day defeat at Stoke City, things were only marginally better against The Glaziers.

Palace included Jimmy Scott, who had swapped SJP for Selhurst Park in a £20K deal the previous February.

1981 sunderland (a)
Allardyce, Hawley 
A shadow was cast over this friendly match when a young Newcastle fan died in an accident outside the ground.

NUFC: Carr, Brownlie (Haddock), Davies, Trewick, Barton, Halliday, Walker, Shinton (Todd), Shoulder, Wharton, Waddle. 

1987 Sheffield Wednesday (a) 1-0 (1-0)
Division One 
After beginning their season with a midweek defeat at Spurs, United bounced back to record their first league success at Hillsborough since January 1956.
Youtube footage is online here

1992 Derby County (a) 
Division One 
Peacock(51), Clark(55)
Revenge was extracted for the previous season's 8-man, 1-4 humilation at the BBG. 

The majority of United fans were housed in a cramped corner of the Toyota Stand down the side of the pitch and seemed to be even drunker than usual....if that were possible.
Youtube footage is onlne here

1995 Bolton Wanderers (a) 3-1 (1-0)
Premier League 
Ferdinand(17,84), Lee(77) 
A victory in United's final trip to Burnden Park, two years before the Trotters upped sticks to their shiny new, never filled and soulless edifice in Horwich.

Clad in the blue and red hooped away strip, a towering Les Ferdinand header from David Ginola's cross put us ahead and although Bolton levelled, Rob Lee and Les again shot home in front of the celebrating away terrace.

1998 Chelsea (a) 
Future Magpie Celestine Babayaro gave Gianluca Vialli's side the lead at a sweltering Stamford Bridge, only for Andreas Andersson to stick out a leg for the Newcastle equaliser.

Both sides tired after the break but Alan Shearer came close to a winner when his shot beating De Goey but rebounded off the inside of the post. 

In what proved to be his last game in charge, Kenny Dalglish sent on Peruvian new boy Nolberto Solano for his first team debut.

2001 Alan Shearer put himself in the frame for the derby against the mackems with two goals in a practice game against Hartlepool. A place on the subs bench was the main aim for Al, who was recovering from a knee operation.

2004 In the wake of the sale of Jonathan Woodgate to Real Madrid it was obvious that the Chairman and Manager were not singing from the same hymn sheet. While Freddy Shepherd told the Sunday Mirror:

"Newcastle fans know that we have never been slow to spend our money at this club. Our recent record shows we can be trusted to deliver quality players. I'm not going to say too much at this stage but I think the fans will be pleasantly surprised at what results from the Woodgate deal.

"We didn't go into the Woodgate transfer without a long-term plan. All will be revealed soon."

However, the Sunday Sun quoted Sir Bobby Robson as saying of defender Woodgate:

"Do we have a player in mind to replace him? No, not really. I have no idea who we are going for. We have just lost a great player. How big a blow it is will depend upon the replacement we get in. But I have not yet given a wish list to the chairman."

Meanwhile, rumours of preparing a bid for Everton's Wayne Rooney seemed far fetched....

2005 A spectacular late strike from Kris Gate kept up the Reserves' unbeaten start to the season as United drew 2-2 with Liverpool.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle had given the Reds the lead after 15 minutes only for United's Liam Atkin to level just before the break.

Ramon Calliste restored Liverpool's lead before Gate - who had already struck a post - crashed in an equaliser to secure a point at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground. match report

2006 After interest from French and German sides failed to result in a formal offer, Newcastle sold  Jean-Alain Boumsong to Italian side Juventus for a claimed £3.3m plus further unspecified staged payments.

As part of the move, the side from Turin visited Tyneside to play a pre-season friendly in 2007, by which time they'd been promoted back to Serie A, following a forced demotion from the top flight for referee nobbling.

2007 Newcastle defender Stephen Carr made his 44th and final international appearance for the Republic of Ireland, as they beat Denmark 4-0 in a friendly match played in Aarhus.

This was the end of Carr's second spell as an internationalist, having earned five caps since reversing a previous retirement in 2005.

2009 Crystal Palace (a)
Nolan(2), R.Taylor(21)

First half goals from Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor made it three wins on the bounce and a trio of clean sheets, as United's unbeaten start to the season stretched to four games.

Neil Warnock's Eagles offered little as United made it six wins from their last seven visits to SE25, only Magpies old boy Darren Ambrose looking likely to trouble Steve Harper. match report

2010 Aston Villa (h)
Premier League
Barton(12), Nolan(31,87), Carroll(34,67,90+3)
Joey Barton didn't get the chance to emulate Jimmy Edwards in the handlebar stakes having vowed not to shave until we won, but nobody in their right mind expected us to claim a first league win of the season in such an emphatic fashion.

However, things could have been so different, had Villa's John Carew not blasted his early penalty high into the Gallowgate End before Barton crashed in the opener, Nolan and Carroll also notching before the break.

It would be nice to think that some of the witty Villans who glorified in our relegation in 2009 were among the disconsolate travelling fans who deserted their L7 perch as we hit three more in the second half without reply.

Carroll completed his first senior team hat trick, doubling his Premier League scoring tally in one game. In doing so, he became the first Magpie to net a top flight treble since Michael Owen at West Ham in December 2005.

His hat trick was the first by a home player at SJP in the Premier League since Alan Shearer's five against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. match report

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