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Palace (a) SOLD OUT
Chelsea (h)
Arsenal (a) Public sale now (50pts)
Fonseca: contact confirmed

Following Wednesday's confirmation that Steve Bruce had left the club, speculation as to the future management structure and who will be in it continues.

While the Dutch press linked Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars with a similar role at SJP, former AS Roma Coach Paulo Fonseca has spoken to Newcastle's owners via Zoom about succeeding Bruce.

Fonseca had similar talks with Spurs last summer, but ultimately failed to reach agreement on terms and saw their next choice Nuno Espirito Santo take the job.

Interim Coach Graeme Jones will be in charge at Crystal Palace on Saturday, amid claims that he could remain in that role against both Chelsea and Brighton ahead of the November international break.

If accurate, that would then see the visit of Brentford to Tyneside on November 20th mark the first game of a new permanent coach/manager/whatever.

It's not beyond the realms of possibility that Bruce may have been earmarked to stay on until after the Brighton game - but the manner of Sunday's defeat to Spurs and seeing adverse crowd reaction first-hand prompted the owners into pulling the lever at that point.

Tyne mouths

You'll find an fine selection of Tooncentric snoods and masks at The Snood Store including this recent revivalist release:

For a limited time, use exclusive promo code NUFC50 to buy any snood and mask combo for just £9 here

We have snoods and masks up for grabs in another free-to-enter competition. Rather than a mystery Mag though, it's a mystery Blade this time:

This player was part of the Sheffield United side while Steve Bruce was in charge of Bramall Lane, then later transferred to SJP. Name him.

Email your answer by 5pm on Thursday, October 28th to  Subject: Snood. No age limit, competition is open to all but delivery must be to a UK postal address. One entry each please.

Premier League:
Crystal Palace (a)

The Magpies return to action on Saturday when they travel to South London for an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off against The Eagles at Selhurst Park.

All 2,800 away section tickets have been sold, while Graeme Jones will be in charge of the side following Wednesday's parting of the ways with Steve Bruce.

NUFC: Jonjo Shelvey is suspended as a result of his dismissal against Spurs.

Miguel Almiron is available again after missing the Spurs game following his late return from international duty.

Latest Boyle Sports match odds:

NUFC win 14/5
Draw 5/1
Palace win 10/11

NUFC to win to nil 6/1
(increases to 10/1 via Bet Builder option)

HT/FT odds:
Palace/Palace 21/10
Draw/Palace 4/1
Draw/Draw 9/2
Draw/NUFC 15/2
Palace/Draw 14/1
NUFC/Draw 14/1
NUFC/Palace 22/1
Palace/NUFC 33/1

HT 0-0, FT 2-0 NUFC 50/1
(repeat of 2020/21 game)

Find those and more online here

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Ahead of our visit, Patrick Vieira's side shared four goals at Arsenal on Monday evening. They did that without the ill Wilfried Zaha, but he's expected to be available for selection on Saturday.

Also in with a chance of returning from injury is Eberechi Eze, who is yet to feature this season. Nathan Ferguson remains sidelined.

At Selhurst Park this season, Palace are unbeaten in all four PL games but have won just one of them, a 3-0 success against Spurs. Draws were played with Brentford (0-0), Brighton (1-1) and Leicester City (2-2).

Darren England - first Newcastle appointment of the season for the official from Doncaster, who was last spotted in charge of our 4-2 win at Leicester City last May.

VAR: Lee Mason

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UK Radio: Live on BBC 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on talkSPORT 2

Upcoming PL fixtures:

Fri 22.10.2021:
Arsenal v Aston Villa (8pm) Sky

Sat 23.10.2021:
Chelsea v Norwich City (12.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (3pm)
Everton v Watford (3pm)
Leeds United v Wolves (3pm)
Southampton v Burnley (3pm)
Brighton v Manchester City (5.30pm)

Sun 24.10.2021:
Brentford v Leicester City (2pm)
West Ham v Spurs (2pm)
Manchester United v Liverpool (4.30pm)


Magpies v Eagles @ Selhurst - all time:

2020/21 won 2-0 Wilson, Joelinton
2019/20 lost 0-1
2018/19 drew 0-0
2017/18 drew 1-1 Diame
2015/16 lost 1-5 Cisse
2014/15 drew 1-1 Cisse
2014/15 won 3-2 (aet) Riviere 2, Dummett (LC)
2013/14 won 3-0 Cabaye, og(Gabbidon), Ben Arfa
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

Bruce goes, coaches stay:
End of an error

From NUFC, Wednesday morning:

Newcastle United can confirm that Steve Bruce has left his position as head coach by mutual consent.

He leaves the Magpies after more than two years in charge, having steered the club to 13th and 12th-place finishes in the Premier League and reaching the quarter-final stage in both the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup during his tenure.

Newcastle United would like to place on record its gratitude to Steve for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.

Steve Bruce said: "I am grateful to everyone connected with Newcastle United for the opportunity to manage this unique football club.

"I would like to thank my coaching team, the players and the support staff in particular for all their hard work. There have been highs and lows, but they have given everything even in difficult moments and should be proud of their efforts.

"This is a club with incredible support, and I hope the new owners can take it forward to where we all want it to be. I wish everyone the very best of luck for the rest of this season and beyond."

Graeme Jones will lead the team on an interim basis, starting with Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace, and will be supported by the coaching team of Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith.

The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course.

The club will not be making further comment at this time.

The next permanent manager market as priced by Boyle Sports is online here

Bruce quotes

In conversation with The Telegraph:

"By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me, but it has been very, very tough.

"To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage head or whatever. And it was from day one.

"When we were doing okay results-wise, it was, ‘Yeah, but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky’. It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.

"I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle. It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters.

"It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that.

"They have been worried about me, especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she’s just a fantastic woman, wife and mother and grandmother. She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years.

"I can’t take her for granted, she has spent her whole life following me around from football club to football club and if I was to say to her tomorrow, I’ve been offered a job in China, or anywhere, she would say, ‘Steve, is this right for you, do you want to do it?’ And she’d back me again.

"I’m 60 years old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager — until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that.

"I really have to thank all the people who have worked alongside me, because I can be demanding and I can be hard work – especially when I was younger.

"When we get beat, I get very low, but when you are managing in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan, Hull, sunderland you do get better at dealing with it. You have to."

PS: The Express claim that Newcastle players nicknamed Bruce "Mike Bassett" due to the abrasive nature of some media appearances.

Bruce stats

Steve Bruce leaves Newcastle United having not quite reached his century of games, three short of the ton, 84 of those in the Premier League.

So how does his league record of 23 wins, 23 draws and 38 defeats compare with his predecessors?

In short, worse than Graeme Souness, the same as Ruud Gullit and better than Steve McClaren.

His percentages are: 27.4% wins and 36.5% points won (92 from a possible 252). Rafa Benitez's Premier League stats were slightly better at 31.4% and 39.6% respectively.

As is the case with all NUFC managers, their budgets, squads and circumstances are all different and difficult to compare but Bruce inherited some big money signings and was given more than most to spend.

In comparison to the six other main managers under Ashley (Allardyce, Keegan*, Hughton, Pardew, McClaren and Benitez) his record is similar, although Pardew and McClaren stand out as the best and worst by some distance.

But that's where his appointment was a bad one - he was brought in to keep things chugging along. Get one more point than the bottom three and with a bit of luck and a favourable following wind get into mid-table.

And yes, he was lucky at times. There are many occasions when things went his way unexpectedly.

The 0-3 defeat at Brighton in March 2021 had even the Bruce supporters readying themselves for relegation. Our biggest game for years and our worst performance in living memory. This was Bruce giving it his best shot.

But the demise of Fulham - who had looked certain to overtake us - and the amazing form of Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock in the final nine games of the season saved his bacon.

They say the final league table never lies but for us to finish the 2020/21 season in 12th position, 17 points ahead of Fulham was ridiculous.

Did Bruce deserve any credit for that turnaround? Only if he takes full responsibility for the absolute shambles that preceded it. The run of results and performances between December 2020 and the win at Burnley are as bad as anything in our Premier League era.

The fear was we would endure the same experience that Aston Villa had with Bruce and it was incredibly similar. That was just the job for Ashley but not for the rest of us.

Full Premier League managerial stats here.

* John Carver and Joe Kinnear managed a similar number of games to Kevin Keegan and Chris Hughton (post-Keegan) but their positions were always seen as interim.

The usual suspect

After the new administration succeeded in getting Br(uc)exit done, we thought it worthwhile revisiting our reaction to his installation at SJP in July 2019:

So all the talk of progressive football has been sacrificed on the altar of expedience and we're now saddled with a John Carver/Steve McClaren reboot.

We don't really care about his club hopping or the plight he's left Wednesday in; Bruce's mackem connection or his perception as an Old Trafford apologist is of little consequence.

And even the claim that the man who allegedly bleeds black and white once preferred Norwich City to Newcastle doesn't particularly matter - football is a lie, as his predecessor was fond of saying. 

Regardless of your viewpoint of Rafa though, this appointment cannot be seen as anything other than a retrograde step - a man who previously boasted of his dislike of tactics. 

This is the very opposite of ambition, but an appointment that nicely mirrors our grubby, unloved, derided shell of a football club.

One of the game’s greatest mercenary managers is now in residence at his "spiritual home", for now. 

Acutely aware of the frosty reception awaiting, Bruce has accepted the job with open arms knowing that the worst case scenario is a multi-million payout.

The job title given to him of Head Coach seems significant: with just over three weeks to go until the transfer window closes, let's hope that whoever is actually in charge of recruitment on Barrack Road has a coherent and credible plan to avoid what looks like nothing but a relegation fight.

Whether the club have shown some foresight in appointing Bruce remains to be seen; perhaps they've merely acquired a manager with promotion to the top flight on his CV, 13 months before he's needed. 

We may have got the timescale wrong in the last paragraph, but the direction of travel was correct.....

Unlikely lad:
Goats get Tayls!

Sporting his familiar number 27, this is former Magpie Steven Taylor playing in a Dubai Amateur Football League fixture earlier this week.

The 35 year-old defender announced his professional playing retirement back in September, terminating his contract with Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

Tayls turned out for the interestingly-named Slugs & Goats soccer club on Wednesday, conceding a penalty but helping his side to a 3-1 win over DHL Dragons. A club insider called his performance sluggish....

Premier League:
Welcome to our world

Newcastle  2  Spurs  3

Match report


Colliers fixture
date confirmed

The draw for this season's Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup
Quarter Final took place on Wednesday; Newcastle U23s rewarded for defeating Benfield with a trip to Northern League Ashington.

Ashington v Newcastle United U23s

Bedlington Terriers v Newcastle University
Morpeth or Whitley Bay v Blyth Spartans
North Shields v Heaton Stannington

It's a decade since the teams last met in this competition, United winning 2-0 at Whitley Park in November 2011.

Ashington confirm that the tie will be a 7.30pm kick-off at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday December 14th.

Loan lads

Updates on Newcastle's loan contingent:

Kelland Watts (Wigan Athletic)

AFC Wimbledon (a) League One, Saturday.

Rodrigo Vilca (Doncaster Rovers)

Cheltenham Town (h) League One, Saturday.

Jake Turner (Colchester United)
Port Vale (a) League Two, Saturday.

Lewis Cass (Port Vale)
Colchester United (h) League Two, Saturday.

Matty Longstaff (Aberdeen)
Hibernian (h) Scottish Premiership, Saturday.

Oisin McEntee,
Tom Allan (Morton)
Queen of the South (a) Scottish Championship, Saturday.

Premier League:
PL meet, Charnley
represents NUFC

From The Guardian, Monday:

The hostility among Premier League clubs to the Newcastle United takeover was underlined on Monday when they voted through legislation designed to prevent the Saudi owners from striking lucrative sponsorship deals.

Newcastle made it clear at the emergency meeting of all 20 clubs that they considered the rule change, which will temporarily ban commercial arrangements that involve pre-existing business relationships, to be anti-competitive.

They were represented by Lee Charnley, the incumbent managing director, rather than Amanda Staveley, the director and minority stakeholder, who is now responsible for running the club on a day-to-day basis. Charnley is understood to have made it clear that his club had legal advice to say that the amendment was unlawful.

But the clubs pressed on with the vote and it was passed 18-2. Standing in opposition with Newcastle were Manchester City, whose Abu Dhabi-based owners have benefited in the past from what are known as related party transactions. An example was the deal that saw Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-government owned carrier, sponsor them.

Many of the clubs in the Premier League are worried that Newcastle’s Saudi owners might conclude deals in the oil-rich Kingdom which could give them an advantage. The clubs want pre-emptive measures to be put in place that would either prevent this or ensure that fair market value was paid.

The rule will be in force for the next month – and it will apply to all 20 clubs – but many of them want it or something similar to become a permanent feature. A working party is to be set up – comprising a cross-section of clubs – to investigate what, if any, changes should be made. Newcastle have been asked whether they would like to be on it.

The league was already looking into such issues and they remain involved in a long-running investigation into whether City have breached financial fair play regulations. City have denied any wrongdoing.

Following the Newcastle takeover, the 19 other clubs demanded a special meeting with the league, wanting to understand why the deal had been signed off. That meeting took place last Tuesday, with some clubs attending in person at the league’s Paddington HQ and others dialling in via conferencing software.

Straight after it, the 19 clubs met on their own to discuss the financial implications of having the Saudis as competitors. It led to the draft of the temporary ban on related party transactions – Newcastle would be notified of this – and then to Monday’s meeting.

Stadium of delight!

mackems U23  1  Newcastle U23s  2

Match report

Premier League:
TV times

A week later than expected, the latest live Premier League TV selections were announced on Monday as follows:

Tue 30.11.2021 Norwich City (h) 7.30pm  Am

Sat 04.12.2021 Burnley (h) 3pm (no TV)
Sun 12.12.2021 Leicester City (a) 2pm Sky
Thu 16.12.2021 Liverpool (a) 8pm BT
Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h) 2pm Sky
Mon 27.12.2021 Manchester United (h) 8pm Sky
Thu 30.12.2021 Everton (a) 7.30pm Am

Sun 02.01.2022 Southampton (a) 2pm (no TV)

Only alterations up to January 3rd 2022  were announced, meaning that United's other two PL games in January are yet to be confirmed:

15.01.2022 Watford (h)
22.01.2022 Leeds United (a)

It's claimed that the outstanding TV games for January will be announced on Monday (25th).

Club/police confirm racism investigation

NUFC statement, Monday - reportedly in response to a photo doing the rounds on social media showing someone making a Nazi salute in the Leazes End:

Newcastle United is aware of an alleged racist gesture made by an individual towards Tottenham Hotspur supporters inside St. James' Park during Sunday's match. An investigation is under way and the police have been made aware.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "We can confirm we are investigating an alleged racist incident during Newcastle United’s home fixture with Tottenham at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

"Enquiries are ongoing with the club to identify anyone involved and ascertain whether criminal offences have been committed.

"As a Force, we do not tolerate hate crime of any kind within our communities and are committed to taking swift and robust action against perpetrators."

Memories of
Maiden Castle

Saturday saw a double badge release from Magpin, with black & white and white & black versions of the club's training shirt from the entertainers era.

Orders are open now - click on the image above for more information.

PS: pre-orders for the Magpin Shay Given charity badge and the SJP t-shirt have now closed, but limited quantities of both are still available online here

Got out of our club

Our coverage and reflections on the change of club ownership are



The latest episode of a free NUFC history Podcast series hosted by the Chronicle is now available online here

Presenter Matt Ketchell and club historian Paul Joannou are joined by Supermac and John Gibson to reflect on the 1970s. Bet his boutique gets a mention....

Premier League:
Brighton (a) COVID

FYI anyone going to the Brighton away game, the following advice has been published - note that while similar checks have theoretically been in place at other PL grounds we've played at, Brighton have been asking for the specified documents before games this season:


1. In order to enter the Stadium, supporters must confirm their COVID status. This may involve showing:
(a) a valid NHS COVID Pass in your name evidencing that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
(b) proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test in your name taken in the preceding 48 hours (evidenced either via the NHS COVID Pass or in the form of an official NHS email or text message); or
(c) evidence of natural immunity in your name via the NHS COVID Pass, and photo ID matching the name on the COVID Pass or negative test (as applicable).

Premier League:
On sale dates

NUFC have now published the ticket sale dates for home matches until the end of 2021 as follows:

Sat 20.11.2021 Brentford (h)
Mon 25.10.2021 ST holders/members
Mon 01.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Mon 08.11.2021 Public sale (all)
Tue 30.11.2021 Norwich City (h)
Tue 09.11.2021 ST holders/members
Tue 16.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Tue 23.11.2021 Public sale (all)

Sat 04.12.2021 Burnley (h)
Wed 10.11.2021 ST holders/members
Wed 17.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Wed 24.11.2021 Public sale (all)

Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h)
Mon 22.11.2021 ST holders/members
Mon 29.11.2021 Public sale (online)
Mon 06.12.2021 Public sale (all)

Mon 27.12.2021 Manchester United (h)
Tue 30.11.2021 ST holders/members
Tue 07.12.2021 Public sale (online)
Tue 14.12.2011 Public sale (all)






Season 2021/22

2021/22 match tickets shown as being on public sale require registration on the NUFC ticket website - this can be done in advance of the ticket sale.

Sat 23.10.2021 U18s v Everton U18s (a) @ Finch Farm, 12.30pm. U18 Premier League.

Sat 23.10.2021 Crystal Palace (a) @ Selhurst Park, 3pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 2,800.

Mon 25.10.2021 U23s v Wolves U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Fri 29.10.2021 U23s v Norwich City U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 30.10.2021 U18s v Manchester City U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League. Note new KO time.

Sat 30.10.2021 Chelsea (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League.

Fri 05.11.2021 U23s v Southampton U23s (h) @ Staplewood Training Ground, 3pm. Premier League 2. BCD - no fans permitted.

Sat 06.11.2021 U18s v Leeds United U18s (a) @ Thorp Arch, Noon. U18 Premier League.

Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton & Hove Albion (a) @ Amex Stadium, 5.30pm. Premier League. SOLD OUT. Allocation: 3,100. Live on BT Sport.

Tue 09.11.2021 U23s v Mansfield Town U23s (a) @ Field Mill, 7.45pm. Papa John's Trophy.

Wed 17.11.2021 U23s v Huddersfield Town U23s (h) @ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League Cup.

Sat 20.11.2021 U18s v mackem U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 20.11.2021 Brentford (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Premier League. ST holder/member sale from Mon 25.10.2021.

Mon 22.11.2021 U23s v Nottingham Forest U23s (a) @ Impact Arena, Alfreton, 7pm. PL2.

Tue 23.11.2021 U17s v Leeds United U17s (a) @ Thorp Arch, 7pm. U17 Premier League Cup.

Sat 27.11.2021 U18s v Southampton U18s (h) @ Little Benton, 11am. U18 Premier League Cup.

Sat 27.11.2021 Arsenal (a) @ Emirates Stadium, 12.30pm. Premier League. Member sale now. £30 adults, £16 Seniors/17/18s, £10 U16s. Allocation: tbc. Live on BT Sport.

2021/22 PL season:
Season ends Sun 22.05.2022


Live TV confirmation dates:  

all "approximate dates"

overdue Jan 2022
Tue 14.12.2021
Feb 2022
Mon 24.01.2022
Mar 2022
Mon 21.02.2022
Apr 2022
Mon 04.04.2022
May 2022

NUFC Live on TV:

Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton (a) 5.30pm BT
Sat 27.11.2021
Arsenal (a) 12.30pm BT
Tue 30.11.2021
Norwich City (h) 7.30pm  Am
Sun 12.12.2021 Leicester City (a) 2pm Sky
Thu 16.12.2021 Liverpool (a) 8pm BT
Sun 19.12.2021 Manchester City (h) 2pm Sky
Mon 27.12.2021 Manchester United (h) 8pm Sky
Thu 30.12.2021 Everton (a) 7.30pm Am
Sun 02.01.2022 Southampton (a) 2pm (no TV)

(TV picks to Mon 03.01.2022 made).

FA Cup Round dates
(NUFC enter in Round 3 - draw for that will be after Round 2 ties over weekend of 04.12.2021).

R3: Sat 08.01.2022
R4: Sat 05.02.2022
R5: Wed 02.03.2022
QF: Sat 19.03.2022
SF: Sat 16.04.2022
F: Sat 14.05.2022

Northumberland Senior Cup:

Second Round:

14.12.2021 Ashington v Newcastle United U23s
Date tbc Bedlington Terriers v Newcastle Universit
Date tbc
Morpeth or Whitley Bay v Blyth Spartans
Date tbc North Shields v Heaton Stannington

(Second Round ties to be played by 22.12.2021. The Morpeth Town v Whitley Bay First Round tie is scheduled for

Papa John's Trophy:
(NUFC U21s in Northern Group H)

FA Youth Cup:
(NUFC U18s enter in Round Three)

U23 PL Cup:
(NUFC U23s in Group G with Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Watford)

U18 PL Cup:
(NUFC U18s in Group A with Leicester, Forest, Southampton)

U17 PL Cup:
(NUFC U17s in Group B with Leeds United, the mackems and Boro)

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League WC Finals:

The opening game is now scheduled to be played at SJP
on Sat 15.10.2022.

International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 

24.01.2022-02.02.2022 tbc
Coxy's Corner

Whoops, He did it Again...

From the BBC Sport website, this expected goals stat is a bugger isn't it? especially when the actual scoreline is different.....

(John Howarth)

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

On This Day in History
21st October

Born Or Died:

1959 Kevin Sheedy born, Builth Wells, Wales. (1992-93)

Almost a forgotten man as far as his SJP career is concerned, but compared to some of the misfits he replaced (eg Terry Wilson) this free transfer was a wise move by KK. 

Having made his debut as a teenager for Hereford, Sheedy joined Liverpool in 1978, but made only five first team appearances in four years before moving across Stanley Park to Everton (the Reds had earlier tried to get him to join both Blackpool and Derby rather than the Toffees).

A tribunal set the fee at £100K and Kevin went on to win two Championships and a European Cup Winners Cup medal, although injury saw him miss out on an FA Cup Final success.

While a youngster at Edgar Street, Sheedy opted to play internationally for the Republic of Ireland rather than his native Wales.

That decision (based on the probability of appearing in the finals of major tournaments) was vindicated when Kevin made his full Eire debut in 1983 - and went on to win 46 caps.

Included in a record of 46 caps and nine goals in a decade of service were appearances at the 1988 European Championships and 1990 World Cup - the latter seeing him score against England. 

Four months short of ten years at Goodison came to an end when Kevin Keegan came calling, with Sheedy passing up the chance of a testimonial in order to move to SJP. 

Sheedy's debut came in a 1-1 home draw against Barnsley in February 1992 and he played 13 times as United successfully avoided relegation. His first goal for the club came in a 1-1 at Grimsby Town.

Things were much improved in the following season, with Sheedy scoring in away wins at Bristol Rovers, Peterborough and Notts County as United rose to the top of the table, en route to being crowned champions.

His final game came in a 3-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers in February 1993, after which new signing Scott Sellars took over down the left.

Leaving Newcastle, a free transfer took Sheedy to Blackpool before hanging up his boots at the end of the 1993/94 season.

Subsequent coaching roles at Blackburn Rovers and Tranmere Rovers were then followed by a stint at Hartlepool United as number two to Mike Newell.

Returning to Everton as an Academy coach in 2006, Kevin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2012 but quickly returned to his post as Toffees U18 team manager following treatment.

Following a spell coaching young players at Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabiab, the Sheedy/Newell managerial partnership was revived during 2020 at League of Ireland Waterford United.

However that proved to be short lived and they lasted just nine games before departing.

2000 Jack Young born, Hexham.

At Newcastle's Academy from the age of seven, central midfielder Jack's first taste of U18 football came from the bench against Manchester City in early 2017.

A regular starter over the following two seasons, 2018/19 saw Young's progress rewarded with an U23 debut in a Premier League Cup game versus Notts County.

The following season then brought  with a run of starts for the second string after putting pen to paper on a first professional deal.

That elongated campaign ended with a trio of unused first team substitute selections for Jack and October 2020 saw him agree a season-long loan with League Two side Tranmere Rovers.

However that was anything but successful and he returned after just five appearances.

Making a senior team bow for Newcastle in a pre-season game at Doncaster Rovers the following July, Jack featured in the next three kickabouts but returned to the U23s after a rumoured loan move failed to materialise.

What Else?

1893 Ardwick (a)
Division Two
P6, 5pts, 9th/15 
1-2), og(2-2), Wallace(3-2
Morris(30), Yates(
There was a debut for John Patten, at outside right, in our first-ever meeting with Ardwick, later re-christened Manchester City.

1893 Berwick Rangers made their first visit to SJP to face United's 'A' team in a friendly.

Bryson gave the Borderers a half time lead, but goals from Quinn (penalty), Howe and Gillespie secured victory for the Magpies.

1899 Sheffield United (h)
Division One
P8, 10pts, 5th/18 

1905 Bury (h)
Division One
P9, 9pts, 11th/21  
Appleyard(24), Veitch(43
), Orr(67)
The only senior appearance of goalkeeper Tom Rowlandson, saw him concede once but he had little else to do, as "the super- excellence of Newcastle United in all departments was most marked", at least in the opinion of the Athletic News scribe.

1911 Blackburn Rovers (h)
Division One
P9, 11pts, 4th/20  
Stewart(25,27) Wilson(30) Hay(51) 
Latheron(34), Davies(62)
There was a debut for Billy Hibbert, who in the eyes of the Athletic News scribe: "shaped as though he had played with the Tynesiders all of his life, and fitted delightfully into the new order of things."

1922 Arsenal (h)
Division One
P11, 11pts, 10th/22  
The Gunners salvaged a point thanks to an equaliser from James Hopkins, promoted to the side when inside forward Henry White gashed his hand on a broken train window en route to Newcastle. 

1933 Sunderland (h)
Division One
P11, 9pts, 20th/22  

1939 Hartlepools United (a)

Pearson(10pen), Meek(88)
Newcastle's late winner came from Joe Meek, a Tynesider on the books of Swansea Town who was guesting for the Magpies.

1944 Leeds United (a)


1950 Bolton Wanderers (a) 
Division One
P14, 20pts, 2nd/22  
Taylor(20), G.Robledo(77), 
With Trotters manager Walter Rowley resigning days before this game, United took full advantage - collecting two points that put them joint-top of Division One with Arsenal.

1950 United's reserves gained a 1-0 win over Barnsley at SJP, with Northern Irish teenager Jimmy Coulter marking his debut after joining from Linfield by scoring the winner.

1958 TSV Munich (Germany) (h) 3-0 (2-0)
Hughes(7), Allchurch(28), Eastham(88)
The second of four home friendlies against continental opposition that United played within a three month period.

These were staged under floodlights by the club and broke the tradition of midweek kickabouts against Scottish opposition.

Team: Harvey, Keith, McMichael, Franks, Stokoe, Bell, Hughes, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan.

1961 Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 5-0 (2-0)
Division Two
P14, 14pts, 12th/22 
Leek(10,33,70), Tuohy(72), Hale(74) 
After scoring twice in a 7-2 win at Bury, Ken Leek went one better against Albion, who wore an all-white strip.

1963 Alf McMichael's XI 
(h) 4-5
Kirkman(2), Cummings(31), Taylor(43,79)  
Melia(30) Milburn(32,60), Bingham(73,80)
A testimonial for the long- serving defender saw former Newcastle junior Bobby Cummings lead the United attack in the absence of the injured Ron McGarry, his goal helping to clinch a return move to SJP from Aberdeen.

Former Magpie Jackie Milburn scored twice for the International All-Stars, with SJP old boy Bobby Mitchell also featuring alongside Alf McMichael and Dick Keith.

Team: Hollins, McKinney, Dalton, Markie, McGrath, Iley, Suddick, Hilley, Cummings, Kirkman, Taylor.

1970 Pecsi Dozsa (Hungary) (h) 2-0 (1-0)
Fairs Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg
What was to be United's final -ever home Fairs Cup tie saw Wyn Davies net twice with headers and Bob Moncur hit the woodwork.

The Mighty Wyn also struck the crossbar and had a goal dubiously ruled out as he went in search of his hat trick. 

Various penalty appeals were also ignored by the German referee, including a foul on Tommy Gibb that Magpies boss Joe Harvey called "the worst penalty decision I have ever seen."

1972 Manchester United 
(h) 2-1
Division One
P14, 15pts, 11th/22  
Tudor(68), Hibbitt(76)
Victory against Matt Busby's side was achieved without the injured Malcolm Macdonald - John Tudor wearing the number nine shirt and Gordon Hodgson making one of only eight league starts for the Magpies.

1975 SK Brann (Norway) (a)
Supermac put United ahead early in this midweek kickabout in Bergen, only for the home side to equalise in the closing stages.

1978 Charlton Athletic (a) 1-4 (1-1)
Division Two
P11, 12pts, 11th/22
Flanagan(31pen), Robinson(73,84), Gritt (87)
United went ahead at the Valley through Nigel Walker before conceding a spot kick that Lawrie Madden sent into space.

Fellow Addick Mike Flanagan did rather better though when another penalty was awarded soon after, beating Steve Hardwick with ease.

1989 Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 3-0 (1-0)
Division Two
P13, 26pts, 2nd/24 
Mick Quinn made it fourteen goals in just thirteen league starts thanks to a second hat trick for his new club.

This proved to be our final victory at the Seagull's former Goldstone Ground home.
Youtube footage is online here

1995 Wimbledon (h)
Premier League
P10, 27pts, 1st/20 
Howey(31), Ferdinand(35,41,63), Clark(59), Albert(84)
In-form striker Les Ferdinand netted for the seventh successive game as the Dons fell apart and 'keeper Paul Heald was dismissed. 

To the cheers of the SJP crowd, Vinnie Jones took over in between the posts, conceding three but making two noteworthy stops.
Youtube footage is online here

Newcastle gave a week's trial to Torquay's young striker Rodney Jack, who eventually moved to Crewe 18 months later after being linked with a host of clubs.

1999 FC Zurich (Switzerland) (a)
UEFA Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg  
Maric(51), Shearer(60)
Victory on our competitive debut in Switzerland included Silvio Maric's first ever Toon goal and what proved to be the final senior outing for Carl Serrant before injury forced him to retire. match report

2000 Everton (h)
P10, 16pts, 4th/20

United's possession was not converted into clear cut chances as the Toffees made us pay with a swift counter-attack prompted by a cheeky back heel from old boy Gazza. 

Kevin Campbell converted, having already missed a similar and far easier chance. match report

2001 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 0-2 (0-2)
P9, 14pts, 10th/20
og(Speed)(8), Poyet(20)

Sir Bobby Robson's ongoing paranoia over Gustavo Poyet saw him resort to a central defensive trio, with Aaron Hughes shackling the dangerous Uruguayan.

However, Poyet was in plenty of space when he headed home a Darren Anderton cross at the Leazes End.

Before that, Anderton was initially credited with the opener, although his aimless centre was going nowhere until it struck Gary Speed and was deflected past Shay Given.

The PL Dubious Goals Panel later agreed and credited Speed with the own goal. match report

2003 Fulham (a) 
P9, 12pts, 10th/20
Robert(16), Shearer(51pen,56)
Clark(6), Saha(8)

The kick-off at Fulham's temporary Loftus Road home was delayed for over 30 minutes due to a bomb scare, caused by a suspiciously parked car in a nearby street.

On the pitch though, the main threat to us came in the shape of old boys Magpies Lee Clark and Louis Saha, both soon on target.

With Craig Bellamy in the USA for surgery,  Shola Ameobi partnered Alan Shearer and that pair soon set up Laurent Robert to blast the ball past Edwin Van der Sar.

Shearer then levelled from spot after another Toon old boy, Alain Goma, had fouled Shola.

Our number nine then grabbed a spectacular and unlikely winner as United got their second away win in four days - following victory at the smoggies. match report

2004 Craig Bellamy issued an apology after TV cameras caught him badmouthing manager Graeme Souness following his substitution at The Valley the previous Sunday:

"My outburst wasn't really aimed at the manager on Sunday but more at the situation.

"Call me old fashioned if you want, but my view when a player is substituted is that he has been ineffective, and I didn't feel I was ineffective against Charlton Athletic.

"I know I will never get a better club than Newcastle United. There is no other club I want to play for and it would be a dream for me stay here for the rest of my career."

"I haven't any problems with what the manager is trying to do."

2004 Panionios (Greece) (a)
UEFA Cup Group Game 1
Just when a poor first UEFA Cup group game seemed to be heading for a stalemate, substitute Shola Ameobi won a late penalty to give us three precious points in Athens.

Minutes earlier Shola had tumbled in the box in fairly unconvincing fashion and his spot kick pleas were rightly waved away. 

However, the Italian referee gave the decision second time round and Alan Shearer bagged a 21st European goal for the club. match report

Joey Barton played himself back into the first team picture in front of a watching Joe Kinnear, as the reserves beat Boro 4-1 at Billingham Synthonia's Central Avenue. match report

Following the award of £2m to Kevin Keegan by a Premier League Tribunal, the former United boss won another financial battle, with confirmation that his legal costs (plus interest) must also be met by Newcastle United.

No amount was given, but if the two parties were unable to agree, the tribunal had the power to impose a figure. Some media sources claimed that the figure could even be as high as £1.5m.

The latest judgment included the following phrase:

"The Club should pay Mr Keegan’s costs on an indemnity basis given the manner in which it conducted this litigation: its defence on the primary liability issue was, in our view, wholly without merit and it chose to make entirely unfounded allegations against Mr Keegan."

2010 Press reports confirmed that Magpies striker Andy Carroll's Range Rover had been torched as it stood outside Kevin Nolan's Darras Hall home the previous night.

Living with team mate Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions for an ongoing court case for assault, Carroll had recently bought the car after signing a new contract.

The police appealed appealed for information about the fire and some graffiti that had been written on the adjacent garage door. 

2012 mackems (a)
Premier League

P8, 10pts, 11th/20
Tiote(25-violent conduct)
Only an unlucky late own goal denied United the win, despite playing with ten men for 65 minutes after Cheick Tiote saw red for a studs-up challenge. 

A resolute display spearheaded by Fabricio Coloccini looked to have been enough, but he'd been forced off through injury by the time a hopeful free kick hit Demba Ba's chin and left Tim Krul helpless. match report

2017 Crystal Palace (h)
Premier League
P9, 14pts, 6th/20
United jumped three places up to sixth in the Premier League, thanks to midfielder Mikel Merino's first goal for the club following Matt Ritchie's corner kick. match report

2019 United won the U23 derby match at Eppleton Colliery Welfare 2-0 - although that margin didn't convey the ease with which the Magpies collected three points.

Winless in 13 league games, the mackems conceded a sixth minute penalty that Luke Charman netted. Victor Fernandez then hit the second goal after the break. match report