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Premier League:
Baggies drop

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:

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
13 Palace 34 -20 41
14 Newcastle 35 -18 39
15 Brighton 35 -5 37
16 Southampton 34 -20 37
17 Burnley 34 -16 36
18 Fulham 34 -20 27
19 West Brom 35 -36 26
20 Sheffield U 35 -44 17 R

PL results/fixture:

Fri 07.05.2021:
Leicester City 2-4 Newcastle

Sat 08.05.2021:
Leeds United 3-1 Spurs
Sheffield United 0-2 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

Sun 09.05.2021:

Wolves 2-1 Brighton
Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United
West Ham 0-1 Everton
Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Mon 10.05.2021:
Fulham v Burnley (8pm) Sky


Fox hunters!

Leicester City  2  Newcastle 

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 night.

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 assist.

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 Wesley Fofana.

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 (S.Longstaff 77), Almiron (Hendrick 88), Wilson, Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 84).
Subs n/u: Gillespie, Lewis, Manquillo, Clark, Gayle, Carroll.

Booked: Krafth.

Goals: Willock 22, Dummett 34, Wilson 64, 73.

LCFC: Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu, Periera, Ndidi (Perez 63), Tielemens, Albrighton, Maddison (Mendy 77), Iheanacho, Vardy.
Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Amartey, Choudhury, Thomas, Praet, Under.

Booked: Iheanacho.

Goals: Albrighton 80, Iheanacho 87.

Foxes defender Jonny Evans was injured in the warm-up and replaced in the starting line-up by Marc Albrighton.

Steve Bruce:

"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 next challenge.

"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."

Referee: 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 for NUFC.

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 Second Division.

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  Wolves U18s  0
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 Saturday.

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 'keeper.

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 recently.
If it stops raining before then, the groundsman might want to get his hosepipe out....

PS: the mackems won 4-3 at Everton on Saturday, their first success in 11 games.

Thompson, Oliver, Carlyon, Barclay, de Bolle (Thomson 66), Miley, Stephenson (Ndiweni 65), C.Thompson, Huntley (Chrystal 75), Crossley, Scott.
Subs n/u: Banda, Stewart.

The Borrowers:
Loan lads

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 home.

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.

Elias Sorensen
(Almere City)
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 still alive.

Lewis Cass
(Hartlepool United)
'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 as follows:

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.

Florian Lejeune
(Deportivo Alaves)
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.

Yoshinori Muto (Eibar)
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 place finish.

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 bother

Newcastle U23s  1  Aston Villa U23s  2
Match report


Sheffield United (h)
ticket update

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 online here with specific guidance from NUFC here  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 Darsley Park.

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 1998.

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

We are(n't) the
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
supporter ban

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.

Matchweek 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 attendance.

Blank Holiday

Newcastle  0  Arsenal  2
Match report

Old boys:

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 in 2015.

Former reserve Lewis McNall meanwhile is now a Blyth Spartans player, as the striker bids to re-launch his career following several serious injuries.

PS: Kevin Sheedy's time in charge at League of Ireland side Waterford has ended.

Manchester City (h)

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 out, while Fabian Schar serves the second of his three match suspension.

Coral offer new sign-ups
20 in free bets when
you bet 5 here

MCFC: To follow

Referee: tbc

VAR: tbc

Stats: to follow

UK TV: Live on Sky Sports

Overseas TV: To follow

UK Radio: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Local Radio: Live on BBC Newcastle

Upcoming PL games:

Tue 11.05.2021:

Manchester United v Leicester City (6pm) BT
Southampton v Crystal Palace (8pm) Sky

Wed 12.05.2021:
Chelsea v Arsenal (8.15pm) Sky

Thu 13.05.2021:
Aston Villa v Everton (6pm) Sky
Manchester United v Liverpool (8.15pm) Sky

Fri 14.05.2021:
Newcastle v Manchester City (8pm) Sky

Sat 15.05.2021:
Burnley v Leeds United (12.30pm) BT
Southampton v Fulham (3pm) Sky
Brighton v West Ham (8pm) Sky

Sun 16.05.2021:
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Noon) Sky
Spurs v Wolves (2.05pm) Sky
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (4.30pm) Sky
Everton v Sheffield United (7pm) BT

Tue 18.05.2021:
Manchester United v Fulham (6pm) Sky
Southampton v Leeds United (6pm) Sky
Brighton v Manchester City (7pm) BT
Chelsea v Leicester City (8.15pm) Sky

Wed 19.05.2021:
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

Sun 23.05.2021:

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)




Season 2020/21

NUFC released details of plans to reimburse season ticket holders on 29.10.2020 here

Further information from NUFC followed on 10.02.2021 here

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.

Fri 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.

Wed 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 3.50 online here

2021/22 dates:

PL season:

Fixtures out 16.06.2021
Begins Saturday 14.08.2021
Ends Sunday 22.05.2022

Transfer window 09.06-31.08

Championship season:
Fixtures out Thursday 24.06.2021
Begins Saturday 07.08.2021
Ends Sunday 08.05.2022

Other events @ SJP:

Rugby League:

Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):

Sat 04.09.2021
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC

Sun 05.09.2021
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR

Rugby League WC Finals:

Sat 23.10.2021:  
England v Samoa (2.30pm)


International Magpies
National Service

International breaks: 


Euro 2020 rescheduled:
Coxy's 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
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 September 1955. 

Featuring sporadically during that season and the following two, his only senior Magpies goal came against West Bromwich Albion at SJP on Boxing Day 1956.  

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 campaign.

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 2-1.

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 Alex Reid.

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. (1975-83)

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 in 1983.

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 boss.

His son Gavin played as striker in the Northern League, appearing for both Esh Winning and Crook Town.

1962 Death of George Jobey, 76.

Defender 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.

1964 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 Tyneside. 

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 Lille (France).

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 Devine, 74.


What Else?

1907 Freiburg (Germany) (a)
Hall 5, Dodds 2, Higgins
scorer tbc
Crowd tbc

United's post-season continental tour continued as the reigning Division One champions faced their German equivalents. 

1911 Fortuna Dusseldorf (Germany) (a)
Dutton 4, Kelly 2, Duncan
Crowd tbc
48 hours after opening their German tour with a 5-0 win in Cologne, Newcastle made the short journey on to Dusseldorf.

1924 Real Sociedad (Spain) (a)
1-0), Keating(2-0,3-0)
Crowd tbc
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.

Team: Bradley, Russell, Hunter, MacKenzie, Spencer, J.Gibson, Low, Cowan, Keating, McDonald, Mitchell.

1942 Gateshead (h)
Stubbins 5, Donaldson
scorers tbc
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 (France) (h)
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 their line-up.

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.

Team: Fairbrother, 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 (Germany) (a)
2-1)  White(63,85)
Schmelzinger(25), Schlump(68)
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 Bavaria.

1977 International XI (h)
Burns(67), T.Craig(78pen)
Dalglish(28,0-3), Mills(0-2,57,84)
A tes
timonial 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 Graeme Souness 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 fitness problems.

Team: Mahoney (McFaul 35), Blackhall, Kennedy, Cassidy, McCaffery (Bird), Nulty, Barrowclough, Cannell, Burns, Oates, T.Craig.

1979 Cognac (France) (a)
Shoulder(15), Withe(56)
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 of France.

The game took place at the Parc Des Sports home of the local Rugby Union side.

1983 Hull City (a)
Mutrie(23,42), Marwood(37pen)
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 Marwood.

1987 Nottingham Forest (a) 1-2 (0-2)
Division One 
47pts, 17th/22
Foster(35), Pearce(41pen)
The season ended in the sunshine with United snoozing (quite literally in the case of boss Willie McFaul on the visitors bench).

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 1984-85.

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.
Youtube footage is online here

1993 Leicester City (h)
Division One 
96pts, 1st/24
Cole(5,40,66), Lee(13),
Having already sealed promotion and the First Division title, United signed off in memorable style in front of an incredulous SJP.

Brian 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 End.

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. 
Youtube 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:

  Team P W D L Pts
1 Newcastle 46 29 9 8 96
2 West Ham 46 26 10 10 88
3 Portsmouth 46 26 10 10 88
4 Tranmere 46 23 10 13 79
5 Swindon 46 21 13 12 76
6 Leicester 46 22 10 14 76

1995 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. 

2003 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.

The 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 receipts. match report

2004 Wolves (h)
P36, 54pts, 6th/20
A 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 season.

Boos 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.

The 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. match report

Empty gestures at an empty SJP....

2010 A week after United's Championship- winning season ended, the peace was shattered by a bewildering statement from the club: NUFC statement

2015 West Bromwich Albion (h) 1-1 (1-1)
Premier League

P36, 36pts, 17th/20
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. match report

2018 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 0-1 (0-0)
Premier League
P37, 41pts, 10th/20

A smart 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. match report