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A 1-3 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday ensured that West Bromwich Albion will
join Sheffield United in the Championship next season - and Baggies boss
Sam Allardyce can no longer boast about never having been relegated from
the top flight.
Attention now switches to Craven Cottage on Monday evening, when
Newcastle will confirm their own top flight status if Fulham fail to
beat Burnley - and defeat for Scott Parker's side will consign them to
the second tier.
Current PL table - bottom eight:
Leicester City 2-4 Newcastle
Leeds United 3-1 Spurs
Sheffield United 0-2 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-0 Southampton
Wolves 2-1 Brighton
Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United
West Ham 0-1 Everton
Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Fulham v Burnley (8pm) Sky
Leicester City 2
Arguably the most unexpected result of Steve Bruce's 73 Premier League
games in charge of Newcastle United arrived at the King Power Stadium on Friday
While a 4-2 success against a Leicester side eyeing Champions League
qualification was eye-catching enough, to be leading the Foxes by four
clear goals at one point was nothing short of sensational.
The yellow-clad Magpies had already missed two decent chances to open
the scoring, when the alertness of Joe Willock saw him catch Caglar Soyuncu
dawdling in possession
before coolly poking home on 22 minutes.
And that lead was
deservedly doubled before the break when the unlikely figure of Paul Dummett powered in a header from a
Matt Ritchie corner. The last time he scored, Daryl Janmaat claimed the
A change of ends brought no alteration in the flow of the game,
Ritchie's outstanding pass down the left flank tempting Timothy Castagne
in an abortive backpass that set up Callum Wilson
to stroll forward and fire past Kasper Schmeichel in the 64th minute.
And Wilson was at it again nine minutes later, seizing on Miguel
Almiron's pass. Striking the post with his first effort, he slammed the
rebound into the net from the narrowest of angles, to the bafflement of
Some late discomfort followed when Marc Albrighton blasted into the roof
of the net on 80 minutes and Martin Dubravka was caught out again by the
in-form Kelechi Iheanacho six minutes later.
Dubravka's instinctive block to deny old boy Ayoze Perez moments later
ended faint hopes of an unlikely Foxes revival and Jamie Vardy's header
onto the roof of the net was to be our final moment of anxiety.
The three points catapulted The Magpies from 17th to "the dizzying"
heights of 13th (14th within 24 hours) - opening up a 12 point gap on third bottom Fulham.
A single point from the last three games will guarantee top
flight football at SJP next season - and anything other than a
Fulham victory over Burnley on Monday night will complete the task
without our kicking another ball.
Hardly cause for street parties, but by our standards, the revival since
losing at Brighton has been substantial - aside from last week's damp
squib against Arsenal. 11 points from a possible 18 looks rather better
when considering the previous 11 came from a possible 54.
A bad night for Leicester then on the fifth anniversary of them lifting
the Premier League title, but they could still end up in possession of
the FA Cup and a place among the elite of Europe next season.
Victory for Newcastle meanwhile came 66 years to the day that they last
lifted domestic silverware.
Like winning the odd battle but never the war, staying up is still no
substitute for actual success - no matter how lucrative. It's exactly
the task that Bruce was set though; the perfect front man for the
football club that we are.
Team: Dubravka, Murphy, Krafth, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Willock
Almiron (Hendrick 88), Wilson, Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 84).
Subs n/u: Gillespie, Lewis, Manquillo, Clark, Gayle, Carroll.
Goals: Willock 22, Dummett 34, Wilson 64, 73.
LCFC: Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu, Periera, Ndidi
Tielemens, Albrighton, Maddison (Mendy 77), Iheanacho, Vardy.
Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Amartey, Choudhury, Thomas, Praet,
Goals: Albrighton 80, Iheanacho 87.
Jonny Evans was injured in the warm-up and replaced in the starting
line-up by Marc Albrighton.
"Absolutely pleasing, especially the first half. Some of the
counter attacking was excellent, delighted with the win.
"We said before the game Joe Willock has forced his way into the team
by what he has done as a sub. He is a really smashing young player.
"We knew coming here we needed our goalkeeper playing well and the
team playing well. We made it a bit hairy towards the end.
"We are not safe, for the Premier League you can't take it for
granted. We are almost there. Until it is done, we have to get ready for the
"Once the big players have returned it makes a difference. We have
struggled with injuries and Covid-19 and that has been a major change.
"I felt we took a backwards step
too early after conceding a poor goal (at home to Arsenal). The
energy and drive of the team was pretty evident tonight and we get the early
chance to go on the front foot and what a difference it makes.”
"We were deadly on the counter attack and the difference was the big
lads being fit at the top end of the pitch.
"We could not just see it through at 4-0. It would not be Newcastle
otherwise but I am really pleased. My staff have work tirelessly to make
sure we got to this position. We have turned it around at the right time.
"I have said quietly for weeks that we'd be okay when we got our big
players back. My staff have work tirelessly to make sure we got to this
position. We have turned it around at the right time.
"Normally it is enough. We are in the dizzying heights of 13th. We
haven't done it yet but we have made big strides in the last few weeks."
On Joe Willock:
"He's enjoying his football. We have taken the reins off him and let
him run forward and that was probably what we didn't have enough of in
January, that forward-running midfielder who likes to score. We'd love to
keep him but he has got a big future."
Darren England - third Toon game of the current campaign
presided over by the Doncaster whistler, following the 2-1 home win over
West Bromwich Albion and 1-2 loss to Crystal Palace at SJP.
VAR: Paul Tierney
NUFC after 35 games - last four seasons:
2017/18: W11, D8, L16. Gd -9
(scored 35, conceded 44) 41 points
2018/19: W11, D8, L16. Gd -9
(scored 35, conceded 44) 41 points
2019/20: W11, D10, L14. Gd -16
(scored 36, conceded 52) 43 points
2020/21: W10, D9, L16. Gd -18
(scored 40, conceded 58) 39 points
Joe Willock scored for the fourth successive PL appearance - the
first Magpie to achieve that since Papiss Cisse in 2012 (he went on to
score in six successive games). The Arsenal loanee now has five goals
Paul Dummett netted his fourth goal in Newcastle colours, over
five years after his third, which came against Manchester United at SJP
in January 2016.
Callum Wilson's brace took him on to 12 for the season, all in
the Premier League and all scored in the second half of games.
The three points took United's away points haul in the Premier League to
501 from 497 games.
United have now scored 18 goals in their 18 PL away games this
season - exactly matching their total in each of the previous three PL
seasons, ahead of their final day visit to Fulham.
Following victories at West Ham, Crystal Palace, Everton and Burnley,
United won away from home for the fifth time in the PL this
season - matching their 2019/20 total.
The Magpies scored four or more goals away from home in the PL for the first time
this season and the thirteenth time in 497 attempts:
2020/21 Leicester City 4-2
2019/20 Bournemouth 4-1
2018/19 Fulham 4-0
2013/14 Hull City 4-1
2007/08 Spurs 4-1
2005/06 mackems 4-1
2005/06 West Ham 4-2
2001/02 smoggies 4-1
2001/02 Bolton Wanderers 4-0
2001/02 Leeds United 4-3
1998/99 Derby County 4-3
1998/99 Coventry City 5-1
1993/94 West Ham 4-2
Martin Dubravka reached 100 games for the club (98 in the PL +
two in the FA Cup)
This was the 50th senior competitive game in all competitions
that Newcastle have played behind closed doors due to the pandemic since June 2020.
Leicester have now lost eight times at home in the PL this season
- one more than Newcastle (they've played one more)
United scored four goals away to Leicester for the first time since
December 1990, when they lost 4-5 at nearby Filbert Street in the
Magpies @ Foxes - Premier League era:
2020/21 won 4-2 Willock, Dummett, Wilson 2
2019/20 lost 0-5
2018/19 won 1-0 Perez
2017/18 won 2-1 Shelvey, Perez
2015/16 lost 0-1
2014/15 lost 0-3
2014/15 lost 0-1 (FAC)
2009/10 drew 0-0 (Ch)
2003/04 drew 1-1 Ambrose
2001/02 drew 0-0
2000/01 drew 1-1 Speed
1999/00 won 2-1 Shearer, Ferguson
1998/99 lost 0-2
1997/98 drew 0-0
1996/97 lost 0-2
1994/95 won 3-1 Cole, Beardsley, Elliott
1992/93 lost 1-2 O'Brien (Ch)
(At Filbert Street until 2001/02. At Walkers / King Power Stadium
thereafter. All PL unless indicated otherwise).
The history boys
Newcastle U18s 6
Perhaps inspired by the endeavours of their senior colleagues the night
before, United's U18 side went goal crazy in the rain at Little Benton on
Beaten 0-2 in the Black Country back in March, The Magpies scored six
without reply - their largest victory at this level since a 6-0 home over
Arsenal in 2015.
Winless in their last three league games, Newcastle were ahead within five
minutes when James Huntley fired in.
That's how it stayed at the interval, with the hosts in the ascendancy but
Wolves threatening periodically and hitting the crossbar just on 45 minutes.
From the restart though, United were obviously looking to seal victory at
the earliest opportunity and Kyle Crossley immediately tested the visiting
Ethan McLeod thought he'd levelled on 50 minutes when he intercepted a
wayward pass to shot on goal; but his celebrations were cut short when the
ball bounced off the inside of a post and away to safety.
And within five minutes the Geordie goal glut had begun, Crossley forcing in
a rebound and then striding in from the left to make it 3-0 on 64 minutes.
Crossley's rampaging forward run in the 73rd minute then set up the attack
that ended in recently-arrived replacement Michael Ndiweni nodding home.
4-0 then became 5-0 with two minutes of normal time left, when a corner from
the United left ended up in the net via fellow substitute Liam Chrystal.
Ndiweni had the freedom of the Wolves box in added time to notch his second
and reach the half dozen for a rampant United, who flourished in the wet and
were rewarded with both goals and a rare clean sheet.
This was the first of three home games in a week for the U18s, who now lock
horns with the mackems on Tuesday after sharing eight goals with them
If it stops raining before then, the groundsman might want to get his
PS: the mackems won 4-3 at Everton on Saturday, their first success
in 11 games.
Team: M.Thompson, Oliver, Carlyon, Barclay, de Bolle
(Thomson 66), Miley, Stephenson (Ndiweni 65), C.Thompson, Huntley (Chrystal
75), Crossley, Scott.
Subs n/u: Banda, Stewart.
Current movements of our six loanees:
Freddie Woodman (Swansea City)
Already assured of participation in the Championship playoffs, City
lost 0-2 at promoted Watford on Saturday with Freddie between the posts.
That result and other scores saw them finish fourth and set up a
two-legged semi-final against Barnsley on May 17th and 22nd, away then at
The winners of that will then face either Bournemouth or Brentford in the
Final at Wembley on May 29th.
Woodman already has one trophy this season, winning the "Golden Glove"
(pictured) award for most Championship clean sheets - no less than 20.
There was no sign of the on-loan forward as Almere won their
penultimate game of the main Eerste Divisie season, a 3-1 success away
at Utrecht's second team.
That means that they'll play their final game of the season at home to PSV's
shadow side on Wednesday with the possibility of automatic promotion
'Pools lost 2-4 at home to Maidenhead United in the National League on
Saturday, with Lewis named on the bench and introduced after 53 minutes.
With three games left, they remained fourth in the table, eight points clear
of fifth-placed Halifax, who also lost.
Promotion will be clarified
Champion gets automatic promotion
2nd/3rd take playoff SF places
4th-7th take playoff QF places
Were 'Pools to end up in the playoff final, that is currently
scheduled for June 19th at a venue yet to be confirmed.
Saturday saw Alaves share four goals at home to Levante, coming from
1-2 down thanks to a late leveller from Joselu.
Flo completed the full game as his side inched two points clear of the
relegation places - although three of the four sides beneath them have a
game in hand.
Bottom-placed side Eibar collected what could yet be a priceless 1-0
victory away to Getafe on Sunday, with Muto remaining unused on the bench.
That left them rooted to the bottom of La Liga, but just two points from
safety with three games remaining of the season.
Kelland Watts (Plymouth Argyle)
Sunday saw The Pilgrims conclude their League One fixtures with a
meaningless visit to Gillingham, losing 0-1 at Priestfield to ensure an 18th
Kell was named in the starting line-up, but concerningly went to ground
in the opening seconds after a challenge.
Treated on the field for some minutes, he eventually departed on a
stretcher and was taken to hospital for assessment.
A spot of
Newcastle U23s 1
Aston Villa U23s
Sheffield United (h)
Newcastle will host Sheffield United at SJP on Wednesday 19th May
@ 6pm in front of a 10,000 crowd.
The ballot of eligible season ticket holders to distribute tickets concluded
on Sunday and the club say that fans will learn their fate on Tuesday.
Full details are
with specific guidance from NUFC
about mask wearing, identity checks,
food and drink etc - in particular read MATCHDAY FAQS.
HMRC case ends - Ashley statement
From NUFC, Thursday:
"HMRC has today given formal confirmation that it is discontinuing
the four-year long criminal investigation into the tax treatment of
agents/players payments involving Newcastle United Football Club.”
It's almost four years to the day since United's promotion
celebrations were followed by HMRC searches on club offices at SJP and
CEO Lee Charnley's home was also raided and he was taken into
custody before being released without charge.
From Mike Ashley, Thursday:
"After four years of the club
being subjected to this investigation, I am pleased that the criminal
investigation has now been discontinued.
"It is now time for the dark forces that
are preventing this football club from becoming the powerhouse that the fans
deserve, to step aside.”
If his definition of dark forces is the PL, then it may be pertinent to
ask why we failed to achieve powerhouse status in the decade plus before the
most recent takeover was first mentioned, let alone refused by the PL....
Thursday also brought notice from the Competition Appeal Tribunal that
the club had submitted a claim against the PL under the Competition Act
NUFC assert that the PL failed to adhere to rules when blocking the proposed
takeover in 2020, seeking damages, interest, costs and an injunction
requiring the PL withdraw/reconsider their decision to refuse the takeover.
Full text online here
NU, the NUFC....
Thanks to everyone who contacted us about the sign that appeared on the
door of the now-closed SJP "club shop."
For the avoidance of doubt, we obviously have nowt to do with the
twisters involved, but "we've got some Trevor Hockey tracksuits from
a mush in Shepherds Bush...."
PL confirm away
Premier League update, Wednesday:
The Premier League has today
confirmed that the final two Matchweeks of the 2020/21 season will be
limited to home fans, subject to the Government easing lockdown restrictions
in the United Kingdom.
Supporters are expected to be able to
return to stadiums from 17 May in a reduced capacity, pending the final
Government decision on planned Step 3 conditions, which will be announced
no later than 10 May.
The Premier League last week confirmed
fixtures have been rescheduled to provide an opportunity for each club to
host one home match with supporters before the end of the season.
37 will now be played on 18-19 May with the final matches of the season
kicking off at 16:00 BST on Sunday 23 May as planned.
Following consultation with clubs, it
was agreed matches would not be open to away supporters due to varying
operational challenges across the League and the need to deliver a
consistent approach, while maximising the opportunity for home-fan
Ex-Magpie Danny Guthrie has a new club, following his exit from
Walsall earlier this year.
Now 34, the midfielder has signed for Icelandic side FC Fram - his
second overseas posting following a stint with Indonesian side Mitra
Kukar in 2018.
And old boy Adam Campbell has joined Gateshead for the
second time after leaving Darlington. The 26 year-old had a
loan spell at the International Stadium while still a Newcastle player
Former reserve Lewis McNall meanwhile is now a Blyth Spartans
player, as the striker bids to re-launch his career following several
PS: Kevin Sheedy's time in charge at League of Ireland side
Waterford has ended.
Newcastle play their penultimate home game of the season on Friday
night, when they host Manchester City in an 8pm kick-off, shown live on Sky Sports.
NUFC: Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow and Ryan Fraser remain
Fabian Schar serves the second of his three match suspension.
Coral offer new
£20 in free bets when
you bet £5
MCFC: To follow
Stats: to follow
Live on Sky Sports
Overseas TV: To follow
UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport
Live on BBC Newcastle
Upcoming PL games:
Manchester United v Leicester City (6pm) BT
Southampton v Crystal Palace (8pm) Sky
Chelsea v Arsenal (8.15pm) Sky
Aston Villa v Everton (6pm) Sky
Manchester United v Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky
Newcastle v Manchester City (8pm) Sky
Burnley v Leeds United (12.30pm) BT
Southampton v Fulham (3pm) Sky
Brighton v West Ham (8pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Noon)
Spurs v Wolves (2.05pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (4.30pm)
Everton v Sheffield United (7pm)
Manchester United v Fulham
Southampton v Leeds United (6pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester City (7pm) BT
Chelsea v Leicester City (8.15pm) Sky
Everton v Wolves (6pm) Sky
Newcastle v Sheffield United (6pm) Sky
Spurs v Aston Villa (6pm) Sky
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (7pm) BT
Burnley v Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham (8.15pm) Sky
Arsenal v Brighton (4pm)
Aston Villa v Chelsea (4pm)
Fulham v Newcastle (4pm)
Leeds v West Bromwich Albion (4pm)
Leicester City v Spurs (4pm)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (4pm)
Manchester City v Everton (4pm)
Sheffield United v Burnley (4pm)
West Ham v Southampton (4pm)
Wolves v Manchester United (4pm)
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Season 2020/21 |
NUFC released details of plans to
reimburse season ticket holders on 29.10.2020
Further information from NUFC followed on 10.02.2021
Various options are available depending
whether fans are on long-term deals.
Phased refunds or credits are available, but for some these
options will run alongside existing direct debit payments - in other
words they'll be receiving money back while continuing to pay.
Long-term deals expiring at the end of the 2020/21 season will
automatically be extended to cover 2021/22.
Tue 11.05.2021 U18s v mackems (h)
@ Whitley Park, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Note new venue. Behind closed doors.
14.05.2021 Manchester City (h) @ SJP,
8pm. Note new day/KO time.
Behind closed doors.
Live on Sky Sports.
Sat 15.05.2021 U18s v Everton (h)
@ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.
Behind closed doors.
19.05.2021 Sheffield United (h) @ SJP,
6pm. Note new day/KO time.
ST holder ballot open now, entry only permitted if invitational
email from NUFC is received.
Live on Sky Sports.
Sun 23.05.2021 Fulham (a) @ Craven Cottage,
4pm. No away fan allocation.
Live on Sky Sports.
2020/21 NUFC programmes:
Hard copy home programmes are produced by Curtis Sport costing
Fixtures out 16.06.2021
Begins Saturday 14.08.2021
Ends Sunday 22.05.2022
Transfer window 09.06-31.08
Fixtures out Thursday 24.06.2021
Begins Saturday 07.08.2021
Ends Sunday 08.05.2022
events @ SJP:
Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR
Rugby League WC Finals:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)
International Magpies |
National Service |
Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Whoops, He did it Again...
all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
9th May |
Born Or Died:
1934 Bill Punton
born, Glenkinchie, Scotland. (1954-58)
Signed from Portadown for £6,000 in February 1954 to understudy Bobby
Mitchell, Bill debuted in a 4-3 home win over Manchester
City two months later.
Thirteenth man for United's 1955 FA Cup Final win over Manchester
City in pre-substitute days, Bill's second senior game didn't come until
Featuring sporadically during that season and the following two, his only senior Magpies goal
came against West Bromwich Albion at SJP on Boxing Day
Overlooked following a defeat by Blackpool in November 1957, Punton joined
Southend United the following summer in a swap deal involving John McGuigan.
Within a year he'd signed for Norwich City and became a great favourite at
Carrow Road, scored in their 1962 League Cup Final win (when it was
played over two legs).
Sold to Sheffield United for £7,500 in November 1966, his final transfer took
him to Scunthorpe United - where his
boots were cleaned by a young Kevin Keegan.
Appointed player/coach of Yarmouth Town in 1969, Punton retired from playing at
the age of 40 in 1974 and was then appointed manager of the Bloaters.
Ending a 21 year association with Yarmouth when taking over Diss Town, he led them to FA Vase glory in
1994 before later scouting for Lowestoft Town.
Becoming BBC Radio Norfolk's local football pundit, Bill spent his 76th
birthday at Wembley, analysing Wroxham's 1-6 loss to Whitley Bay in the
FA Vase Final.
1946 Ian Mitchell
born, Falkirk, Scotland.
Forward who attracted the attention of a host
of clubs when impressing for Scottish Junior side Woodburn Athletic in the
early 1960s, turning down Rangers, Hibernian, Hearts, Spurs and Manchester
United in order to join Dundee United in July 1962.
A schoolboy international signed on amateur forms before turning professional
in 1963, Mitchell made over 300 appearances in the next decade, scoring 133
goals and winning recognition at U23 level for Scotland.
Scoring against Barcelona in his side's first European adventure of 1966, he
featured in both legs of the Fairs Cup tie against Newcastle during the 1969/70
Becoming a Magpie in July 1970 at a cost of £50K, Mitchell's first outing for
the club was at Tannadice in a pre-season friendly that his new employers won
A competitive debut came four months later, coming off the bench during the
away leg of the Fairs Cup tie against Pecsi Dozsa.
Three starts and one further substitute appearance followed that season, with
Mitchell's only goal coming in an FA Cup tie against Ipswich Town at Gallowgate.
Failing to feature in the side during the opening weeks of the 1971/72 season,
Ian returned to Tannadice in October of that year, in an exchange deal with
Playing on for the Tangerines until his release in September 1973, Mitchell had
a brief stay at Falkirk before joining Brechin City, playing at Glebe Park
between 1974 and his retirement three years later.
Living and working in Dundee thereafter, he sadly died in April 1996 after a long illness.
Memories of Mitchell's time as an Arab were then invoked in January 2013 when
16 year old John Souttar made his senior debut for the club - breaking Ian's 50
year record as Dundee United's youngest ever player.
1959 David Barton
born, Bishop Auckland.
Central defender who came through
the junior and reserve ranks at SJP and made a winning first team debut in
January 1978 away at Leeds United.
Remaining at the club following relegation, Barton began to force his way into
the side in the 1978/79 season, scoring on the first day of the season in a 2-1
loss at Millwall.
The 1979/80 season saw David form a partnership with Stuart Boam as United
topped the table at the turn of the year.
However, hopes of promotion nose-dived as the team lost form and Barton was
left out - scoring an awful own goal at home to Watford hardly helping his cause.
Fitness problems saw David struggle to hold down a place under new manager Arthur
Cox and what proved to be his last game came at Crystal Palace
in May 1982.
Out of the side following the arrival of Jeff Clarke, loan spells at Blackburn
Rovers and Darlington the were followed by a free transfer move to the latter
Within a year though, injury had forced Barton into retirement and United sent
a strong side to Feethams for his benefit match after gaining promotion.
David played on at non-league level with Blyth Spartans and Coundon. 1990 saw
him managing Newton Aycliffe, while he later became Spennymoor United assistant
His son Gavin played as striker in the Northern League, appearing for both Esh
Winning and Crook Town.
1962 Death of George Jobey, 76.
who played for United in both 1911 FA Cup Final games - a 0-0 draw at Crystal
Palace followed by a 0-1 loss in the replay at Old Trafford.
Frank Pingel born, Resskov, Denmark. (1989)
With Newcastle struggling for
goals and in a relegation battle, manager Jim Smith sold 'keeper Dave Beasant
to Chelsea in January 1989 in order to strengthen his squad.
Danish duo Frank Pingel and Bjorn Kristensen arrived from AGF Aarhus on trial
and while a deal for the latter would take some time to conclude, striker
Pingel's deal was made permanent for £260K after just one day on
Although supposedly a target man, Pingel failed to gel in a ground -breaking
Danish /Brazilian strikeforce with Mirandinha.
Debuting off the bench in a 3-1 loss at Aston Villa, Pingel's sole competitive
goal came at home to Liverpool, when a cross diverted off the back of his head.
He also netted in a friendly match at Boston United, but added little to the
relegation fight and was invariably substituted.
Returning to Denmark with Brondby that summer in a £200K deal, Pingel later
played for 1860 Munich (Germany), Bursaspor (Turkey), Fenerbahce (Turkey) and
Winning 11 full international caps while playing in Turkey and France, Pingel
made one final move, returning to Aarhus Fremad in 1995. He later coached at
the club and then acted as their masseur.
PS: Frank returned to England in 1999
and was at Wembley to watch Newcastle in the FA
Cup Final. Although we lost, he had a good day - having travelled
over to cheer on the winners, Manchester United.
1980 Death of Joe
Hall 5, Dodds 2, Higgins
United's post-season continental tour continued as the
reigning Division One champions faced their German
1911 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Dutton 4, Kelly 2, Duncan
48 hours after opening their German tour with a 5-0
win in Cologne, Newcastle made the short journey on to
1924 Real Sociedad
Three years after
their first visit to San Sebastian, the Magpies returned
to the Atocha Stadium to reprise their winning scoreline.
Wilf Low and Tom McDonald remained from the XI who had
played in May 1921.
Russell, Hunter, MacKenzie, Spencer, J.Gibson, Low, Cowan,
Keating, McDonald, Mitchell.
1942 Gateshead (h)
Stubbins 5, Donaldson
Albert Stubbins scored five times at SJP, a
week after guesting - and scored - for the mackems
in a 2-2 draw with Bradford Park Avenue.
He'd expected to remain with the red and whites to play
in their War Cup Semi-Final against Grimsby Town at
Roker Park, only for United's Directors to recall him
for the fixture against Gateshead.
1945 sunderland (h)
Wayman 3, Milburn, Stubbins
24 hours after VE day, a second public holiday found
United and their wearside rivals facing each other in a
3pm start at SJP.
1951 Stade Rennais
Four days after the end of their league season, United faced French opposition at SJP, in a friendly staged as part of
the Festival of Britain celebrations.
The Magpies included winger Hugh Cameron, following his
recent acquisition from Torquay United.
The game kicked off at 6pm on a Wednesday evening, with
the visitors including five French internationals in
Fellow French side Strasbourg had been due to face
United, but bad weather grounded their flight from
France at Rennes - already in the UK for games at
Huddersfield, Blackpool and Carlisle - stepped in and
travelled to Tyneside.
Cowell, Batty, Harvey, Brennan, Crowe, Walker, Taylor,
Robledo, Hannah, Cameron.
1951 Jackie Milburn was
absent from the Magpies side, scoring the winner for
England in a 2-1 defeat of Argentina at Wembley - less
than a fortnight after netting a brace there for his
club in the FA Cup Final victory over Blackpool.
1956 Ausburg City XI
Newcastle rounded off their post season
continental jaunt against a combined FC Augsburg and TSV
1847 Schwaben side under lights at the Rosenau stadium in
International XI (h)
A testimonial organised to
benefit former player and manager Joe Harvey saw him take charge of Newcastle
once more, facing Don Revie's select XI.
Former Magpie Malcolm Macdonald broke off from filming BBC's
Superstars programme to appear, while future Toon bosses Kenny Dalglish and
arrived from Celtic and Middlesbrough respectively.
Also coming from Ayresome Park for the night were John Craggs, and David
Mills while Bob Moncur journeyed from Carlisle.
Newcastle fielded a full-strength side and had an injury scare when
goalkeeper Mick Mahoney had to go off with a head injury.
However he was deemed fit enough to return for Newcastle's final home league
game against Aston Villa five days later.
Veteran defender David Craig was unable to appear for the Magpies due to
Team: Mahoney (McFaul 35),
Blackhall, Kennedy, Cassidy, McCaffery (Bird), Nulty, Barrowclough, Cannell,
Burns, Oates, T.Craig.
1979 Cognac (France)
24 hours after rounding off their season with a 2-0 home win over Wrexham,
Newcastle played this friendly as part of British Week in the Cognac region
The game took place at the Parc Des Sports home of the local Rugby Union
Hull City (a)
Trialist Steven Higgins made his sole senior
appearance in this kickabout, the Gateshead full back coming off the bench
to replace Ray Clarke.
The Tigers scorers at Boothferry Park included ex-Blyth Spartans
striker Les Mutrie and future Gunner and Owl Brian
1987 Nottingham Forest
The season ended in the sunshine with United snoozing
(quite literally in the case of boss Willie McFaul on the
A meaningless game was rather more charged off the field
though, with "scabs" chants
directed at home fans - a reference to the conduct of a
section of Nottinghamshire miners in the strike of
A post-match pitch invasion by away fans saw their advance
on the Trent End halted by a cordon of police horses and
seats ripped out and thrown on the pitch from the section
of the Executive stand United fans occupied.
Meanwhile other Toon fans became upwardly mobile, climbing
the floodlight pylon that was sited on the away terrace.
footage is online here
Leicester City (h)
Having already sealed promotion and the First Division
title, United signed off in memorable style in front of an
Kilcline and Barry Venison collected the trophy before
kick-off and the Magpies then proceeded to christen their
new Asics shirts with six goals in front of the Gallowgate
A seventh followed after the break as Andy Cole continued
his hat trick and the whole ground rocked to the strains
of the "gets the ball, scores a goal"
song for some time.
Rather less tuneful was Sir John Hall's post -match rendition of "We are the Champions"
caught by TV microphones.
Also on hand to join in the celebrations were local band
Lindisfarne, who performed from a lofty perch above the
Leazes End as the new Sir John Hall Stand began to take shape.
footage is online here
Team: Srnicek, Venison, Beresford (Peacock
53), Robinson, Scott, Howey (Kilcline
60), Lee, Cole, Kelly, Clark, Sellars.
All told, United scored 92 goals
and finished up with a goal difference of +54.
Final League Table:
Goals from Jimmy Crawford and Malcolm Allen gave the reserves a 2-0
win over Oldham Athletic, clinching promotion to
the First Division as champions.
Due to building work at Oldham's Boundary Park, the game was played at
Stalybridge Celtic's Bower Fold home.
A Friday night friendly to round off a mixed season for
the Reserves who met Ashington at Portland Park. This was
to be our final visit to the now-demolished ground.
home crowd joined the players in a pre-match minute's
silence in tribute to hit-and-run victim
Kirsty Sawyer, whose family benefited from the gate
P36, 54pts, 6th/20
downcast Alan Shearer blamed himself for not securing the
three points, after having his 82nd minute
penalty saved as we stumbled to our 15th draw of the
rang out at the end - presumably they would have been
cheers if Jones had dived the wrong way for Al's kick - on
a depressing day when players seemed to lack any self-belief, which was echoed in the stands.
players were misguidedly sent out on a painful lap of
"honour" with most of the 52,000 having already
left the ground as hopes of a Champions League place faded.
Empty gestures at an
A week after United's Championship- winning season ended,
the peace was shattered by a bewildering statement from
the club: NUFC
West Bromwich Albion (h) 1-1 (1-1)
United ended a run of eight successive defeats but
the point taken from the Baggies couldn't stop them dropping perilously
close to the relegation zone with two games left.
Another failure to defend from a set piece allowed Victor Anichebe to
net his usual goal against the Magpies, but Ayoze Perez soon levelled
with his seventh of the season.
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2018 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-1 (0-0)
P37, 41pts, 10th/20
finish from England striker Harry Kane proved to be the difference
between the two sides at Wembley, as the "home" side got the win they needed to
finish in the top four.