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The Never-Ending Tour

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Norwich (h) Public sale now
Season tickets (h)
Public sale now

Old boys build up
a Head of steam

Gateshead  4  Newcastle U23s  1

A Gateshead side led by Mike Williamson and stacked with ex-Mags deservedly beat United's current second string at the International Stadium on Saturday. 

One of those, Adam Campbell, fired the Tynesiders ahead after 12 minutes, before former SJP reserve midfielder Greg Olley made it 2-0 just before the half hour.

The visitors struggled to get back into the game before the interval, Newcastle striker Dylan Stephenson seeing his 40th minute effort disallowed for offside.

Rather than swapping the entire side as they had a week earlier at Darlington, the Magpies made just two half time changes - one of whom made an instant impact.

It took Stan Flaherty just three minutes to make a surging forward run before finding Stephenson, whose left foot effort skidded under the 'Heed goalkeeper.

Gateshead regained their two goal lead almost immediately however; former NUFC trialist Cedwyn Scott racing on to a through ball before shooting home.

A steady stream of United replacements followed, but it was home substitute Paul Blackett who was next to net, doing so with his first touch on 64 minutes.

That was to be the final goal of the game but a demoralised Newcastle side could have ended up on the end of a heavier defeat if the home side had taken the further chances that came their way.

A trio of players who appeared for the first team at Burton - messrs Allan, Young and White - all started, while there was a first sighting of United's Peruvian midfielder Rodrigo Vilca after a long-term injury.

Newcastle are in action again on Tuesday night, away at fellow National League North side Blyth Spartans.

Team: Brown (Thompson 46), Barrett (Scott 60), Bondswell (Oliver 72), Savage (Cross 72), Wiggett (McEntee 60), de Bolle (Thomson 72), Allan (Vilca 60), Young (Brockwell 60), Stephenson (Ferguson 72), White (Flaherty 48), A.Wilson (Longelo 72).
Subs n/u: None

GFC: Chapman, Tinkler, Wombwell, Storey, Williamson (Bolton 83), Hunter (Trialist 66), Greenfield, Bailey (Nash 83), Olley, Campbell (Thomas 83), Scott (Blackett 64)
Sub n/u: Guthrie.

'Heed's ex-Magpie contingent has gained another member in the shape of defender Owen Bailey, who faced his old side after agreeing a permanent contract.

Referee: Martin Coy

Crowd: 833

Shear joy


The latest Magpin release commemorates the first of 206 competitive goals for Alan Shearer in a black and white shirt.

Badge #3 in the ShearMagic collection depicts the sheet metal worker's son in the immediate aftermath of scoring against Wimbledon at the Leazes End in August 1996.

All three badges in the series are available to purchase online here


Brewers droop
after early blows

Burton Albion  0  Newcastle 

With Coach Graeme Jones back on club duty after his England diversion, goals from Jacob Murphy and Joelinton gave Newcastle a routine victory at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday evening.

Joelinton's sixth minute pull back from the left hand side of the Burton box was aimed at Isaac Hayden, but his mis-kick fell into the path of Murphy to volley in.

The Brazilian doubled United's advantage just 54 seconds into the second period, heading home Ryan Fraser's corner kick in front of the well-filled away terrace.

Further United goals could have come from Murphy and substitutes Dwight Gayle and Joe White, but League One Albion kept the deficit within manageable proportions - although their best chance of the game was a Murphy back pass that had Mark Gillespie scrambling.

As was the case at Rotherham on Tuesday, the continued absence of Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow saw Freddie Woodman and Gillespie get 45 minutes each.

Concerningly though, a lengthening outfield player injury / sickness list has now extended to include Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey, Elliot Anderson and Javier Manquillo.

And while Miguel Almiron is set to come back in imminently, there remains a worrying lack of movement in terms of squad acquisitions - one by-product of the spate of contract extensions in 2021.

With Steve Bruce admitting that the club were yet to make a formal bid for any player, an inability to function even in the loan market does nothing to suggest that things will be any brighter in a fortnight when the real stuff kicks off.

NUFC: Woodman (Gillespie 46), Murphy (Allan 83), Schar (Lascelles 63), Krafth (Clark 63), Fernandez (Watts 79), Ritchie (M.Longstaff 76), Hayden (Young 83), S.Longstaff (Lewis 63), Hendrick, Joelinton (Gayle 55), Fraser (White 55).
Sub n/u: Langley

BAFC: Garratt, Brayford (Borthwick-Jackson 83), Oshilaja, Hemmings (Powell 38 [Patrick 75], Akins, Smith, O'Connor, Leak, Maddox (Trialist A 64), Hamer, Mancienne (Shaughnessy 64).
Sub n/u: O'Hara, Balcombe, Morris, Blake-Tracy, Taylor.

Crowd: 3,598 including around 1,200 travelling supporters.

Once again, some reported congestion outside the ground saw the kick-off delayed - albeit just by five minutes.

Referee: James Oldham

Steve Bruce:

"It’s about working our way up. We’re four weeks in. You’ve seen the difference. They looked fresher and full of running, which obviously you want to see. I was pleased with the performance.

"We haven’t made a bid for anybody - yet. We’ve got one or two irons in the fire. I’m confident that we’ll bring two or three new players in, but we’ll have to wait another week or so.

"We’re doing our utmost to try to make Joe Willock work, we’re doing everything we possibly can.

"He’s Arsenal’s player and we must respect that. But, we can only explore it for so long - and that time is going a bit short. We can’t wait forever.

"We’ve made it pretty obvious all summer that he’s our number one target, so we’ll keep working away at it and see if something can develop."

Asked about his contractual situation and claims of a new three year deal:

"I honestly do not know where it came from: that was news to me.”

Asked if his current contract would end next summer (2022):


Shadow play:
Change kit on sale

Friday morning saw the official release of  Newcastle's 2021/22 Castore away kit, described as black, gold and grey. Shorts are black, socks are black and gold (with alternate gold shorts and socks in the event of a colour clash with the home club).

Being of a certain vintage, the shirt pattern suggests the 1979 Joy Division album cover "Unknown Pleasures" (expect our match report of the first competitive airing to be titled "New Dawn Fades"....)

It's a bargain £65.00 (not including delivery - but generously free for orders over £150...)

Norwich City (h) -
tickets on sale

Due to a "small amount" of positive COVID tests in the senior squad, Norwich cancelled pre-season games against Coventry City (Wednesday) and Sheffield United (Saturday).

However the Canaries are pressing on with plans to stage a home kickabout against Gillingham this coming Tuesday - which presumably means that they intend to fulfil Saturday's game at Gallowgate. 

Ticket details have been announced for Newcastle's final pre-season friendly, at home to Norwich City on Saturday 7th August, kick-off 2pm.

Tickets are now on public sale online, priced at £10 adults and £5 concessions, with prices rising to £20 and £10 respectively on match day.

Only the lower bowl is on sale.

The club have also issued the following advice:

"Supporters should only attend the fixture if they are free of any COVID-19 symptoms, and are also encouraged to maintain good hand hygiene and wear face coverings in crowded areas unless exempt."

(Hand sanitisers were in evidence around the stadium at the Sheffield United home game in May).

PS: The Spurs v Arsenal friendly to be played the same weekend as our meeting with Norwich has been designated as a test event for the NHS COVID pass.

Meanwhile Chelsea have announced that entrance to their home games at Stamford Bridge will be dependent on producing either evidence of COVID vaccination or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours.

Logically, that ruling will also apply to away supporters - although Newcastle's PL visit isn't until next March.

Blyth Spartans (a)

Following their visit to Gateshead on Saturday, Chris Hogg's second string continue pre-season against another National North side, Blyth Spartans on Tuesday evening.

Kick-off at Croft Park is confirmed as 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale:

Adults: £10 seats, £8 standing
Over 65s: £7 seats, £5 standing
U16s: £5 seats, £3 standing

Additional information from BSFC:

If you do not have online access, you can purchase your ticket by ringing the club office 01670 352373 between 9am and 12pm Monday to Friday, and pay with a debit or credit card. Your ticket can then be collected from the social club on match day.

Depending on availability, the plan is to operate a cash turnstile as normal, though we strongly encourage all supporters to purchase tickets in advance.

NUFC: To follow

BSFC: Former Magpie reserve forward Lewis McNall is now at Blyth, along with fellow SJP old boy Nicky Deverdics.

Back in the Spartans squad is club legend Robbie Dale, after reversing his decision to retire last season. That rather grand mural of him pictured above is on the side of a chip shop adjacent to Croft Park.

Stand-in striker saves Bruce's blushes

Rotherham United  1  Newcastle  1

Watch the goals online here

Match report

Hammers reveal
opening game info

West Ham travel to SJP for the opening Premier League game of the new season on Sunday August 15th, and have now published sale details and criteria for their allocation of places in Leazes Level 7.

Announcing that they've taken 3,000 seats, The Hammers also list the adult ticket price as £30 - which falls in with the Premier League's pricing policy.

The £30 cap was introduced in 2016 for an initial three seasons and then extended for the same period in 2019.

Notwithstanding the fact that there were no away fans for the entirety of last season (and part of the 2019/20 campaign), the current £30 cap agreement will expire at the end of this one.

Chronicled: part VIII

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

Presenter Matt Ketchell and NUFC club historian Paul Joannou are joined by local author Dan Jackson to recount United's maiden visit to Wembley in 1924.
U23s fixtures out

The Premier League 2 fixtures for next season are now available, with United seeking to improve on their last place finish in Division Two last season and win promotion at what would be the eighth attempt.

An extension of the competition this season takes both divisions from 13 to 14 sides; Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest both added to Division Two.

Leeds United and Crystal Palace both gained promotion to Division One last season, with Southampton the only team relegated in order to balance the leagues.

All games kick off at 7pm unless stated otherwise and home games are expected to be played at Whitley Park except for two at Gallowgate, marked as SJP.

As yet there has been no indication if or when spectators will be admitted.

U23 fixtures are online here

PS: United's second string will again enter an U21 team in the EFL Trophy aka Papa John's Trophy this season. Their group stage ties are as follows:

Sheff Wed (a) 7pm
05.10.2021 Harrogate (a) 7.45pm
09.11.2021 Mansfield (a) 7.45pm

Those ties are expected to be played at the main home ground of the EFL host side.

U18s fixtures out

Newcastle's U18 side have had their Premier League fixtures for the new season confirmed as follows:

U18 fixtures are online here

The North Division increases by one team from 13 to 14 this time round with the addition of Nottingham Forest.

Danish departure:
Elias exits

Monday saw NUFC confirm the permanent departure
of reserve striker Elias Sorensen to Danish second tier side Esbjerg.

The 21 year-old hadn't featured in pre-season for either the senior or U23 sides and  was in the last year of his contract at Gallowgate. He's signed a four year deal at his new club.

Sorensen follows fellow striker Yannick Toure out of SJP this summer, both once tipped for great things after making promising starts to their Toon careers.

While Toure failed to progress while at United though, the rot set in with Sorensen during a trio of unimpressive loans - failing to hold down a regular place at Carlisle United and barely getting his boots dirty at Blackpool.

Two pre-season outings for Newcastle's first team during the Asia Trophy were followed by a season-long switch to Dutch second tier side Almere, but Elias again found himself relegated to the bench as an abortive promotion attempt reached a climax.

And while a run of goals for United's U23 side in the 2018/19 season led to calls for Sorensen to be promoted to the senior squad, those diehards regularly in attendance at Whitley Park were rather less enthusiastic.

Arsenal win
without Willock

Having cancelled their pre-season trip to the USA, Arsenal hastily-arranged a training ground kickabout against Millwall on Saturday.

And although Mikel Arteta used 20 players during the course of a game that his side won 4-1, Joe Willock wasn't sighted.

Next up for the Gunners is a home friendly against Chelsea this coming Saturday.

Crowd pleaser

Doncaster Rovers  2  Newcastle  3

Match report

Dylan's double delight

Darlington  1  Newcastle U23s  3

Goals are online here

Match report

Unlikely lads

Former Magpie Patrick van Aanholt is in the process of completing a free transfer move to Turkish side Galatasaray.

SJP old boys on the move - first team:

Sammy Ameobi Middlesbrough
Christian Atsu
Al Raed (Saudi Arabia)
Demba Ba
Lugano (Switzerland)
Fabricio Coloccini
Aldosivi (Argentina)
Ryan Donaldson
Morpeth Town
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
Southend (trial)
Nacho Gonzalez
Danubio (Uruguay)
Achraf Lazaar
Reading (trial)
Kazenga LuaLua
Genclerbirligi (Turkey)
Sylvain Marveaux
Charlotte FC (USA)
Danny Rose
Florian Thauvin Tigres UANL (Mexico)
Andros Townsend Everton
Gini Wijnaldum Paris SG (France)

SJP old boys:
Unlikely lads:
reserves etc.

Former Newcastle reserve/junior players and staff with new clubs:

Mikel Antia Charlotte FC (USA) C
Kieren Aplin
Hebburn Town (loan)
Yannick Aziakonou
Owen Bailey
Gateshead (trial)
Craig Baxter
Dunston UTS
Rafa Benitez
Everton M
Habib Beye
Red Star Paris (France) C
Tony Caig
Falkirk (Scotland) AC
Kyle Cameron
Notts County
Colin Calderwood
Northampton Town C
Ian Cathro Spurs C
Nicky Deverdics Blyth Spartans
Joan Edmundsson Waasland-Beveren (Belgium)
Paul Farman
Owen Gallacher
Crawley Town
Macaulay Gillesphey
Plymouth Argyle
Alex Gilliead
Bradford City
Jamie Harley Everton (Sports Science)
Mackenzie Heaney York City
Michael Hoganson
Louis Johnson
Guisborough Town
Joe Kerridge
Seaham Red Star
Peter Lovenkrands
Fremad (Denmark) M
Marcus Maddison
Spalding United
Ryan McGorrigan
Callum Morris
Morpeth Town
Scott Parker
Bournemouth M
Cedwyn Scott
Louis Storey Gateshead P/C
Steve Stone Burnley C

Pledge reaches £100K

Launched here on April 10th, the 1892 Pledge scheme launched by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) has now passed the £100K milestone.

The scheme aims to build up funds to achieve supporter representation in the event of the club's future sale.






Season 2021/22

The season ticket renewal cut off date was 5pm on Fri 23.07.2021. Public sale has now begun.

NUFC confirm that new ST cards will be issued for this season.

Tue 03.08.2021 U23s v Blyth Spartans (a) @ Croft Park, 7.30pm. Friendly. Public sale now from home club, £10 adults (seats), £8 (standing).

Sat 07.08.2021 Norwich City (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Friendly. Online sale now, £10 adults, £5 concessions, (£20 and £10 on the day of the game).

Sun 08.08.2021 U23s v Liverpool U23s (a) @ LFC Academy, Kirkby, 1pm. Friendly.

Tue 10.08.2021 or Wed 11.08.2021 Carabao Cup Second Round draw includes NUFC, precise date/time tbc.

Sat 14.08.2021 U18s v Burnley (h) @ Little Benton, 1pm. U18 Premier League.

Sun 15.08.2021 West Ham (h) @ SJP, 2pm. Premier League. Ticket details tbc. Live on Sky Sports.

Mon 16.08.2021 U23s v Reading (h)
@ Whitley Park, 7pm. Premier League 2.

Sat 21.08.2021 U18s v Wolves (a) @ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, 11am. U18 Premier League.

Sat 21.08.2021 Aston Villa (a) @ Villa Park, 3pm. Premier League.
Ticket details tbc.

Mon 23.08.2021 Birmingham City (a) @ St. Andrews', 7pm. Premier League 2.

2021/22 PL season:

Transfer window ends 31.08.2021
Season ends Sunday 22.05.2022


Live TV confirmation dates:  

these are all "approximate dates"

Fri 07.08.2021
Oct 2021
Thu 16.09.2021 Nov 2021
Mon 11.10.2021
Dec 2021/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:

Sun 15.08.2021 West Ham (h)
2pm Sky
Fri 17.09.2021 Leeds United (h)
8pm Sky

(TV picks to 27.09.2021 made).

Papa John's Trophy:

Newcastle U21s were drawn in Northern Group H, along with Harrogate Town, Mansfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

w/c 30.08.2021
GS2: w/c 04.10.2021
GS3: w/c 08.11.2021
R3: w/c 29.11.2021

Ties listed by EFL as follows:

31.08.2021 Sheff Wed (a) 7pm
05.10.2021 Harrogate (a) 7.45pm
09.11.2021 Mansfield (a) 7.45pm

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: 

24.01.2022-02.02.2022 tbc
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
1st August

Born Or Died:

1892 Robert McIntosh born, Dundee, Scotland. (1920-24)

Midfielder signed by Newcastle from his hometown club Dundee ahead of the 1920/21 season, at a cost of £1,250.

Making his first team debut in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in September 1920, Robert's first season at SJP saw him make 33 league appearances as United finished fifth in the top flight.

His first United goal came in a Tyne -wear derby game at SJP in November 1921, earning his side a point in a 2-2 draw.

Losing his regular place in the side to Tim Curry in October 1923, McIntosh made only occasional appearances that season and played no part in the club's successful FA Cup run.  

Having failed to feature for the first team the following season, he joined Stockport County for £500 in October 1924.

1974 Dennis Lawrence born, Morvant, Trinidad & Tobago. (2000)

Giant defender who impressed Sir Bobby Robson when he faced United in an end-of- season friendly in Trinidad in May 2000.

Lawrence had an unsuccessful trial at SJP some four months later, before returning to his club, Defence Force in Jamaica.

He did subsequently appear in the Football League for Wrexham, Swansea City, and Crewe Alexandra (the latter on loan).

Returning to his native Trinidad in 2009 with 
San Juan Jabloteh, Lawrence resurfaced at former club Wrexham in March 2010 but after training with them opted to retire.

Gaining his UEFA "B" licence, Dennis was reunited with ex-Jacks team mate Roberto Martinez on the Wigan Athletic coaching staff, following him on to Everton in 2013. 

By 2017 he'd been appointed Head Coach of the Trinidad & Tobago national side.

1978 Steven Paris
born, Uphall, Scotland.

Schoolboy international goalkeeper who had been on the books of Rangers before linking up with Newcastle's Academy in 1995.

Failing to make the breakthrough at SJP, Steven returned to his native Scotland and joined Hamilton Academical in 1996.

What Else?

1959 Edinburgh Select (Scotland) (a)
1-1), Eastham(70), White(81),
Cumming(24), Bauld(50), Scott(60), Ormond(72) 
Another United visit for this annual pre-season charity fixture, played this year at Easter Road.

Team: Simpson (Harvey), Keith, McMichael, Scoular, Stokoe, Mitchell (Bell), Taylor, Eastham, White, Allchurch, McGuigan.

1970 Dundee United (Scotland) (a)

Smith(9), Davies(52)
Following the two-legged Fairs Cup tie of Sept/Oct 1969, the Terrors became frequent friendly foes.

A meeting in February 1970 at SJP followed, while this Tannadice game was restaged on Tyneside just four days later.

Jim Smith headed home Keith Dyson's cross to put United ahead and Dyson then provide the touch for Wyn Davies to lob in a second.

The victory was overshadowed by the late loss of Frank Clark with an injury to his right knee, having just returned to training following a cartilage operation on his left knee.

Team: McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, McNamee, Moncur, Robson, Dyson, Davies, Smith (Foggon 80), Mitchell. Sub n/u: Burleigh.

1977 SC Telstar (Holland) (a)

Mickelsen(25), Jonker(70)
United's pre-season programme kicked off with defeat in the Dutch town of Velsen, despite Mickey Burns taking John Bird's pass and grabbing the opening goal via a post.

Team: Mahoney, Gorry, Kennedy, Cassidy, Bird (Callachan), McCaffery, Barrowclough, Blackhall (Oates) Burns (Cannell), Gowling, T.Craig.

1978 At Croft Park meanwhile, Blyth Spartans registered a noteworthy 4-1 win over Dutch side Den Bosch.

Newcastle boss Bill McGarry was present to see striker Alan Shoulder help himself to a hat trick, while there was a debut in green and white for David Craig, after ending his long association with the Magpies.

1979 Torquay United (a)

Shoulder(14), Walker(38), Mitchell(65)
The Magpies paid their first- ever visit to Plainmoor on this Wednesday evening and quickly conceded.

Bill McGarry's side recovered to win the game however, despite Alan Shoulder seeing a 56th minute penalty saved by John Turner.

Team: Carr, Brownlie, Davies, Cartwight, Barton (Mitchell), Bird, Nicholson (Armstrong) Withe, Walker, Shoulder, Hibbitt (Cassidy).

1985 Wigan Athletic (a)

McDonald(38,56), Roeder(60), Beardsley(69)
Following defeats by Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers, United concluded their first appearance at the Isle of Man Tournament with victory over the Latics in Castletown.

Team: Thomas, Hedworth, McKinnon, Davies, Reilly, Roeder, McDonald, Megson, Cunningham, Beardsley. Heard.

1987 Brondby IF (Denmark) (a)

Jensen(40pen), Neilsen(68)
United's pre-season preparations began in the town of Glostrup, near to Copenhagen.

In the home ranks was highly-rated youngster Brian Laudrup, whose elder brother Michael had just completed a move to Juventus.

Team: M.Thomas, McDonald, Bailey (Tinnion), Anderson (Stephenson), P.Jackson, Roeder, Hodges, Gascogne, Goddard, Wharton, D.Jackson (A.Thomas).

1988 Katrineholm (Sweden) (a)
Mirandinha, Hendrie, Robertson, O'Neill 
A small crowd turned up to see new arrivals Andy Thorn and John Hendrie debut on a bumpy pitch - the latter marking the occasion with a goal. 

1989 Mjallby AIF (Sweden) (a)

Quinn(15), McGhee(70), Brazil(60) 
The penultimate date in Newcastle's five game perambulation around Swedish non-entities took them to the small town of Hällevik.

Mick Quinn got off the mark for his new club - although the tribunal that would decide his transfer fee were still yet to convene. 

Team: Wright, Ranson (Anderson 46), Thorn (Kristensen 46), Scott, Sweeney, Gallacher (Brazil 46), Brock, Dillon, Fereday, Quinn, McGhee.

1990 Oadby Town (a)
og(Kirby), Gallacher, O'Brien 
The black & white "bar code" strip made its debut in this Leicestershire town, in a match arranged by Magpies director and Oadby President Peter Mallinger. 

After the match, Newcastle manager Jim Smith performed the opening ceremony on a new clubhouse at Invicta Park.

1992 York City (a)
Sheedy(17), Peacock(46), Carr(79)
The Magpies continued their pre-season preparations by easing to victory in this Saturday kickabout at Bootham Crescent. 

Team: Wright, Venison, Beresford (Neilson 46), Bracewell, Kilcline, Scott (Ranson 46), Clark, Peacock (Quinn 62), Kelly, Watson (Carr 62), Sheedy.

1994 Wrexham (a)
Mathie(35,89), Beardsley(73)

United visited the Racecourse Ground to form the opposition in Dixie McNeil's testimonial.

Some sources credited Peter Beardsley's goal as an own goal after it was deflected in by Barry Hunter - a former Magpies trainee who later found his way to the Racecourse Ground.

Team: Srnicek (Hooper 46), Neilson, Beresford, Lee, Venison, Peacock, Fox, Jeffrey (Holland 70), Beardsley, Mathie. Elliott.   

1996 S-League All Stars (a) 5-0 (2-0)

Ferdinand(7), Ginola(25pen,73), Kitson(72,88)
The second game of United's tour of the Far East was staged in front of a capacity crowd at Singapore's National Stadium.

New £15m signing Alan Shearer had linked up with the tour party but didn't appear in the game.

David Batty managed to get himself booked in what was a combative kickabout at times, while manager Kevin Keegan removed Tino Asprilla at half time after the Colombian had been guilty of a trio of bad fouls.

Team: Hislop, Barton, Beresford, Peacock (Howey 67), Batty (Lee 46), Albert (Elliott 57), Clark (Watson 67), Gillespie (Beardsley 57), Ferdinand, Asprilla (Kitson 46), Ginola.

1997 A Magpies reserve XI drew 1-1 with non-league Chorley at their Victory Park home, in a friendly staged as part of the deal taking striker David Eatock to SJP.

The home side led at half time through Andy Gayle's 22nd minute effort, before Eatock levelled 13 minutes before the end.

Team: Keen, Arnison, Woodcock, S.Elliott, Paxton, Kelly, Gibson (Lanzman 46), Barrett, Gudjonnson (Burghall 66), Pinas, Eatock. Sub n/u: Harper.

1998 Benfica (Portugal) (n) 0-0 (0-0)
Day one of the JD Sports tournament held at the Riverside Stadium saw the Magpies beaten on penalties after a drab 90 minutes.

Graeme Souness's Benfica side won 4-3 in the shootout, Steve Watson, Stuart Pearce and Temuri Ketsbaia on target before Gary Speed and Ralf Keidel missed from the spot. match report

2000 Temuri Ketsbaia reminded the watching Bobby Robson of his qualities with two goals and a string-pulling midfield display in a pre-season game at Berwick Rangers.

Ahead through Shola Ameobi, the Borderers got back into the game after the break and at one stage it was 2-3, before a quickfire double from James Coppinger rounded off a 5-2 success in front of 2,015 fans. match report

2001 1860 Munich (Germany) (h)
Intertoto Cup Semi-final 
2nd Leg 
Speed(5), LuaLua(80), Solano(89pen)
After a fine 3-2 victory in the Olympic Stadium, United finished the job against the Germans and qualified for the Intertoto Cup Final on a 6-3 aggregate. 

Your correspondents will forever remember this game for a bizarre pre-match meeting with a certain Mr Shepherd.

On the field, new signing Laurent Robert was paraded, but took no part in the game. match report

2003 So when was the last time we scored nine goals in one night and lost? Read on....

2003 Sheffield Wednesday
(a) 3-4
Dyer(20), Ameobi(47), 
Owusu(2),  Smith(68), 
Armstrong(77),   Kuqi(79)


Managed by Sir Bobby Robson, half of United's senior squad lost at Hillsborough despite holding a 3-1 lead midway through the second half.

Future Magpie striking flop Shefki Kuqi scored the winner for third tier Wednesday. match report

2003 Hartlepool United (a) 
Bellamy(9), Shearer(17,28,35), Solano(47), Speed(52)

At the same time another Magpies senior XI were filling their boots at Victoria Park, under the command of coach John Carver. match report

2004 Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) (h)

Day Two of the Newcastle Gateshead Cup and after routing Rangers 4-2 24 hours earlier, Sir Bobby Robson's current side were anything but impressive against his old one.

Patrick Kluivert made his Toon bow in what would be the first of three visits to SJP Sporting made that season - returning for a UEFA Cup group tie and a Quarter Final. match report

2006 The draw for the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round paired us with the Latvian league leaders FK Ventspils.

TV demands saw the away leg switched to the Skonto Stadium, Riga, rather than their own home ground - saving team, fans and telly technicians a three hour trek from the Latvian capital to the coastal town.

2007 Hull City (a)
The floodwaters had receded from Hull, but provided the travelling fans with material for their repertoire on a night when there was precious little else for them to applaud.

Such was the youth and inexperience of the side that Sam Allardyce was forced to field due to injuries that goalkeeper Steve Harper remarked that he felt like "their Grandad". match report

2008 Hertha Berlin (Germany) (n)
A poor performance from Kevin Keegan's side in the first of two matches to be played at Palma's ONO Stadium in the Mallorca Cup.

Jonas Gutierrez made his Magpies debut in the stadium he had called home until just a few weeks previously. match report

2012 Newcastle's second string kicked off their preparations for the season with a 4-1 win over Conference Premier side Gateshead at the International Stadium. 

Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton and Marcus Maddison netted in front of 1,274 fans,  while new defensive arrival Curtis Good made his Magpies bow. match report

2015 Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany) (h)
A dispiriting pre-season for new boss Steve McClaren came to a close at St. James' Park.

Chancel Mbemba made his Toon bow but Thorgan Hazard (brother of Chelsea's Eden) scored the only goal of the game. match report

The reserves beat
Northern League side Ashington 4-2 at Woodhorn Lane. Owen Bailey scored twice with Adam Wilson and Lewis McNall also on target. match report

2018 SC Braga (Portugal) (a)
Horta(52), Novais(77),
Fransergio(85), Sousa(90)


Following a 0-0 draw in Porto, United moved on to Braga for their penultimate pre-season game, making their debut in the striking setting of the Municipal Stadium.

Conceding four times without reply during the second half was soon overshadowed by post match comments from Rafa Benitez that underlined a worsening relationship with his employers, as they struggled to operate in the transfer market. match report