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Copa America
Miggy on the Beeb

If you fancy a change from Euro coverage, then the latest instalment of Miguel Almiron's Copa America campaign with Paraguay will be shown live on the BBC.

Their meeting with Argentina in Brasilia is available via the BBC red button at 1am on Tuesday morning, with a full replay at 7.15pm that evening.

PL opener moved

Friday saw confirmation of the Premier League's live TV selections for August - with just one of Newcastle's three games that month rescheduled for broadcast.

That's the season opener at home to West Ham, which moves to Sunday August 15th at 2pm, live on Sky Sports.

Neither the visit to Aston Villa a week later or the home meeting with Southampton on Saturday August 28th were chosen, meaning that both remain as 3pm starts.

Loan lad:
Penalty joy
for 'Pools

Sunday saw Hartlepool United seal their return to League Two after a dramatic National League playoff victory over Torquay United at Ashton Gate.

Injury meant that on-loan Magpie Lewis Cass didn't play for 'Pools, who led 1-0 until the Gulls goalkeeper headed home an equaliser in second half added time.

Extra time failed to bring any further goals and the tie was settled by a 5-4 penalty shootout win for 'Pools, including successful spot kicks from ex-Newcastle pair Jamie Sterry and Ryan Donaldson.

SJP old boy Kyle Cameron was in the starting line-up for Torquay and had two goals chalked off during his 77 minutes on the field in an enthralling encounter.

Swiss hopes
in the balance

The final games of Euros Group A were played on Sunday, with Wales qualifying for the knockout stages despite a 0-1 defeat by group winners Italy in Rome.

In Baku meanwhile, Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 with Newcastle's Fabian Schar an unused substitute for the victors.

That leaves the Swiss in third place and relying on results in other groups to see whether they make it to the last 16 as one of the best four sides in that position.

Euro 2020 fixtures via BBC online here

Bet online here: Coral Sportsbook




Fabian Schar Switzerland):
Wales (n) drew 1-1
16.06.2021 Italy (a) lost 0-3
20.06.2021 Turkey (n) won 3-1

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia):

14.06.2021 Poland (n) won 2-1
Sweden (n) lost 0-1 23.06.2021 Spain (a) Seville

Emil Krafth (Sweden):
Spain (a) drew 0-0
Slovakia (n) won 1-0
Poland (n) St Petersburg

Ryan Fraser (Scotland):
Czech Rep (h) lost 0-2
18.06.2021 England (a) drew 0-0
22.06.2021 Croatia (h) Hampden

Ten former Magpies have been named in the final Euro squads as follows: 

Valentino Lazaro
Matz Sels
France: Moussa Sissoko
Luuk de Jong, Tim Krul Patrick van Aanholt, Gini Wijnaldum
Grant Hanley
Lubo Satka
Kevin Mbabu

Euro offer:
Border force

Our pals at the Snood Store have a new Euro-flavoured range of snoods and masks available online here

To get a 25% site-wide discount, use the promo code NUFC25 until Euro Final day on Sunday July 11th.

Hoyoots etc:

Ex-Magpie Lee Clark has confirmed his departure from Sudani Premier League side Al-Merreikh SC after just three months in charge.

Clark leaves after winning four of his eight games in charge, amid speculation that he's closing in on a managerial post rather closer to home.

Ex-Magpies with new clubs:

Demba Ba Lugano (Switzerland)
Craig Baxter
Dunston UTS
Habib Beye
Red Star Paris (France) C
Tony Caig
Falkirk (Scotland) AC
Colin Calderwood
Northampton Town C
Paul Farman Barrow
Macaulay Gillesphey
Plymouth Argyle
Nacho Gonzalez
Danubio (Uruguay)
Joe Kerridge
Seaham Red Star
Peter Lovenkrands
Fremad (Denmark) M
Marcus Maddison
Spalding United
Danny Rose
Cedwyn Scott Gateshead
Florian Thauvin Tigres UANL (Mexico)
Gini Wijnaldum Paris SG (France)

Ex-Magpies now out of contract:

Sammy Ameobi Nottingham Forest
Hatem Ben Arfa
Bordeaux (France)
Papiss Cisse
Fenerbahce (Turkey)
James Coppinger
Doncaster Rovers
Nicky Deverdics
Mo Diame
Al-Gharafa (Qatar)
Shane Ferguson Millwall
Alex Gilliead Scunthorpe United
Mace Goodridge Burnley
JJ Hooper Barnet
Louis Johnson
Marske United
Achraaf Lazaar Watford
Jonathan Mitchell Derby County
Gabriel Obertan BB Erzurumspor (Turkey)
Brendan Pearson Blyth Spartans
Nile Ranger
Southend United
Loic Remy Rizespor (Turkey)
Andros Townsend Crystal Palace
Callum Williams Morpeth Town
Josef Yarney Chesterfield

Coaches etc:

Sam Allardyce
West Bromwich Albion
Ian Cathro Wolves

New York
visit confirmed

A fourth game has been added to Newcastle's pre-season schedule, with confirmation of a visit to League One Rotherham United.

The Millers will host the Magpies at New York Stadium on Tuesday July 27th. Kick-off will at 7pm.

This will be Newcastle's second-ever visit to the ground that opened in 2012, following a 1-0 success there during the 2016/17 Championship-winning season.

Also confirmed so far are visits to York City, Harrogate Town and Burton Albion - with one or possibly two home friendlies also pencilled.

Teen tracked

The Athletic
claim that Newcastle are close to agreeing a three year contract for free agent Remi Savage.

The 19 year-old defender had been with Liverpool since the age of nine, signing a first professional contract at Anfield in 2020. However he's reportedly turned down an extension in order to move on, with an undisclosed compensation fee payable by any club that signs him.

Assuming the deal is concluded, Savage will follow Niall Brookwell (Liverpool), Stan Flaherty (Arsenal) and Matty Bondswell (RB Leipzig) into the U23 squad.

It's also anticipated that United will conclude a deal for striker Cameron Ferguson, who spent the closing weeks of last season on trial with the club.

The 18 year-old was most recently with Tranmere Rovers after spending time at Everton as a schoolboy. He's the son of former Magpie Duncan Ferguson.

1881 and all that:
Chronicled: part II

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

Presenter Matt Ketchell is joined by club historian Paul Joannou to discuss the formative years of the club that would become Newcastle United.


Sunday service
for Moyes boys

Next season's Premier League fixture list sees Newcastle kick off at home for the fifth time in the last six top-flight seasons, hosting West Ham on Sunday August 14th. It's a 2pm kick-off live on Sky.

Our season ends at Burnley on Sunday May 22nd, the previous weekend's fixtures pencilled in for Sunday May 15th to avoid a clash with the FA Cup Final on the Saturday. In our case that's a home game with Arsenal.

The usual mangling by TV means that it's unclear precisely how much pain will be endured for travellers (especially the dreaded Monday night slot), but the only definite midweek away trip at this stage is to Liverpool on December 15th (the Goodison visit is set for Tuesday December 28th, but that's a Bank Holiday this year).

TV schedules for September are promised by July 5th, with just one of United's first three games in August broadcast live.

The tail end of 2021 seems gruesome, while seeing in 2022 at Southampton is plain urine extraction. A run of four successive away games in London from February meanwhile just looks plain lazy - and will doubtless coincide with some large-scale rail engineering work....

In terms of non-TV movements, Leicester's group stage participation in the Europa League should see our visit there in mid December changed from the Saturday.

An additional international break looks to have been inserted on the final weekend of January 2022, with the FA Cup Fourth Round on the first weekend of February.  

NUFC 2021/22 fixtures:
(all subject to alteration for TV)

Sun 15.08.2021 West Ham (h) 2pm
Sat 21.08.2021 Aston Villa (a) 3pm
Wed 25.08.2021 LC2
Sat 28.08.2021 Southampton (h) 3pm

Sat 11.09.2021 Manchester United (a)
Sat 18.09.2021 Leeds United (h)
Wed 22.09.2021 LC3
Sat 25.09.2021
Watford (a)

Sat 02.10.2021 Wolves (a)
Sat 16.10.2021 Spurs (h)
Sat 23.10.2021 Crystal Palace (a)
Wed 26.10.2021 LC4
Sat 30.10.2021
Chelsea (h)

Sat 06.11.2021 Brighton (a)
Sat 20.11.2021 Brentford (h)
Sat 27.11.2021 Arsenal (a)

Wed 01.12.2021 Norwich City (h)
Sat 04.12.2021 Burnley (h)
Sat 11.12.2021 Leicester City (a)
Wed 15.12.2021 Liverpool (a)
Sat 18.12.2021 Manchester City (h)
Wed 22.12.2021 LC5
Sun 26.12.2021 Manchester United (h)
Tue 28.12.2021 Everton (a)

Sat 01.01.2022 Southampton (a)
Wed 05.01.2022 LCSF(1)
Sat 08.01.2022 FAC3
Wed 12.01.2022 LCSF(2)

Sat 15.01.2022 Watford (h)
Sat 22.01.2022 Leeds United (a)

Sat 05.02.2022 FAC4
Wed 09.02.2022
Everton (h)
Sat 12.02.2022 Aston Villa (h)
Sat 19.02.2022 West Ham (a)
Sat 26.02.2022 Brentford (a)
Sun 27.02.2022 LCF

Sat 05.03.2022 Brighton (h)
Wed 09.03.2022 FAC5
Sat 12.03.2022
Chelsea (a)
Sat 19.03.2022 Crystal Palace (h)
Sat 19.03.2022 FAC6

Sat 02.04.2022 Spurs (a)
Sat 09.04.2022 Wolves (h)
Sat 16.04.2022 Leicester City (h)
Sat 16.04.2022 FACSF
Sat 23.04.2022 Norwich City (a)
Sat 30.04.2022 Liverpool (h)

Sat 07.05.2022 Manchester City (a)
Sat 14.05.2022 FACF
Sun 15.05.2022 Arsenal (h)
Sun 22.05.2022 Burnley (a)

We bid farewell to West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Sheffield United; to be replaced by Watford, Norwich City and Brentford.

fixture list

Benitez moves
closer to Toffees

Various news outlets reported on Wednesday evening that former Newcastle Manager Rafa Benitez was close to taking charge of Everton.

The 61 year-old Spaniard has been out of football since ending his ill-fated stint in China back in January.

Were Benitez - who still lives in the North West following his time in charge at Anfield - to take the job, then he'd become the first person ever to manage both Liverpool and Everton.

Midfield claims

It's a case of two midfielders going and one staying, if speculation in the media this week is any indication.

The Mail report that agreement has been reached on an extended contract for Jacob Murphy, whose current deal at SJP expires imminently. Credence was added to that claim by sightings of Murphy training at Darsley Park ahead of formal pre-season training recommencing next month (Paul Dummett and Kell Watts were also present).

Claims have resurfaced meanwhile over the future of Matt Ritchie, under contract at SJP until 2023 but once again said to be favouring a move south to an unspecified club for family reasons.

And the future of Matty Longstaff is once again being discussed, with Italian paper Corriere Dello Sport running the same tale about interest from Udinese that was doing the rounds this time last year.

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.


PL list - first draft

The Premier League have published a list of players released by their clubs - although those lists are provisional at this stage and can be altered until June 23rd.

As expected, Newcastle's list includes both Christian Atsu and Henri Saivet, with the inclusion of Andy Carroll prompting comment, given that NUFC are yet to officially confirm the striker's fate (and rumours of a new 12 month deal continue to circulate).

The club are also yet to announce whether Federico Fernandez and Jacob Murphy have agreed contract extensions, with their omission from the list suggesting that has happened or is still ongoing.

The PL list also omits Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar, both now believed to be retained until 2022 after NUFC exercised the 12 month option they held.

There's also no mention of Dwight Gayle, who is understood to have agreed an extended deal to remain at SJP until 2024 - although again that's yet to be officially announced by the club.

Development squad:
Academy exodus

Academy players released: Owen Bailey, Lewis Brannen, Tai Ebanks, Ludwig Francillette, Lucas Gamblin, Josh Gilchrist, Josh Harrison, Florent Indalecio, Oliver Marshall, Tom Midgley, George Rounsfell, Kyle Scott, Jude Swailes, Yannick Toure, Oliver Walters.

All but four of those came through the club's youth set-up, but proved unable to progress further.

The four exceptions are:

Ludwig Francillette (22): Towering centre half born in Guadeloupe who was playing minor league football in France when his agent secured a trial at United during 2019.

Played in warm-up games ahead of the 2019/20 season, he signed permanently and got as far as training with the senior side ahead of the Rochdale FA Cup tie.

Florent Indalecio (24): Striker whose back story was far more impressive than the 410 goalless and incident-free minutes he managed for the U23 side last season.

Secured on a short-term deal in October 2020, the Frenchman had been with St. Etienne alongside Allan Saint-Maximin a decade earlier, and ASM seems to have played a part in his arrival at SJP.

Flo reached Tyneside via surgery to remove a cancerous tumour on his knee, non-league football in his homeland, failed trials in the USA and a spell working on building sites in Australia.

Kyle Scott (23): Central midfielder who represented England, Scotland and USA internationally before arriving as a free agent at SJP in 2019 following his release by Chelsea.

He leaves having started just 14 out of 58 reserve games in all competitions played during his time at United and failing to break his scoring duck. Scott spent time with MLS side Cincinnati earlier this year but failed to conclude a move.

Yannick Toure (20): Senegal-born forward who grew up in Switzerland and played for them at international youth level. United signed him in 2018 after his contract at former club Young Boys Berne expired, paying an undisclosed compensation fee.

Fitness issues affected his availability for the U23s last season; he leaves having scored 14 goals in 60 U23 league and cup appearances (38 starts).

There's better news for the following five youngsters, who have all agreed new deals to remain at the club following their contributions to United's FA Youth Cup campaign last season. They also all got some pitch time at U23 level:

Nathan Carlyon, Lucas de Bolle, Joe Oliver, Josh Scott, Dylan Stephenson.

Five further U23 players have also been offered contract extensions as follows:

Ryan Barrett, Will Brown, Oisin McEntee, Mo Sangare, Adam Wilson.


Based on information published by NUFC plus media claims yet to be confirmed by them (marked tbc), here's the current first team squad ordered by contract expiration date:

2021 Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll, Federico Fernandez, Jacob Murphy, Henri Saivet

2022 Thomas Allan tbc, Lewis Cass, Paul Dummett tbc, Florian Lejeune, Matty Longstaff, Sean Longstaff, Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar, Elias Sorensen, Jack Young tbc, Kelland Watts tbc.

2022 Steve Bruce

2023 Ciaran Clark, Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Dan Langley, Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Freddie Woodman.

2024 Miguel Almiron, Elliot Anderson, Dwight Gayle tbc, Jeff Hendrick, Jamaal Lascelles, Javier Manquillo, Callum Wilson.

2025 Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Ryan Fraser, Joelinton, Jamal Lewis.

Isaac Hayden, Allan Saint-Maximin.




Season 2021/22

Mon 05.07.2021 NUFC Players return for pre-season training.

Sun 18.07.2021 York City (a)
@ LNER Community Stadium, 2pm. Friendly.

Sun 18.07.2021 Harrogate Town (a) @ Wetherby Road, KO tbc. Friendly.

(The senior squad will be divided up to fulfil both fixtures on the same day, with both venues near to United's proposed training base of Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate at Thorpe Underwood.)

Sat 24.07.2021 U23s v Darlington (a) @ Blackwell Meadows, 3pm. Friendly.

Tue 27.07.2021 Rotherham United (a)
@ New York Stadium, 7pm. Friendly.

Fri 30.07.2021 Burton Albion (a)
@ Pirelli Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly.

e Peterborough Telegraph have claimed Peterborough United will face Newcastle in Portugal, with both clubs in the country for training camps. However, the removal of green light status for UK travellers to that country may render that unworkable.

It's anticipated there will be one or possibly two first team friendlies at SJP against overseas opposition, but again that may depend on COVID restrictions. 

Sat 31.07.2021 U23s v Gateshead (a) @ International Stadium, 3pm. Friendly.

Tue 03.08.2021 U18s v Carlisle United (h) Little Benton, KO tbc. Friendly.

w/c Mon 09.08.2021 Carabao Cup Second Round draw includes, NUFC, staged at some point during First Round ties.

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

2021/22 PL season:

Transfer window ends 31.08.2021
Ends Sunday 22.05.2022

Papa John's Trophy:
GS1: w/c 30.08.2021
GS2: w/c 04.10.2021
GS3: w/c 08.11.2021
R3: w/c 29.11.2021

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

Miguel Almiron (Paraguay)
Copa America group games:

Bolivia (n) won 3-1
Argentina (n) Brasilia
24.06.2021 Chile (n) Brasilia
28.06.2021 Uruguay (n) Rio

The tournament then goes to a knockout format to 10.07.2021.

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
20th June

Born Or Died:

1965 Neil Redfearn born, Dewsbury.
(coach 2018,2019)

Having had a brief and low-key spell as Assistant U23 Coach in 2018, Redfearn returned to the club ahead of the 2019/20 season to take charge of the U23s.

Instead of joining his players at a Spanish training camp however, the departure of Rafa Benitez saw him drafted in with Ben Dawson to oversee the first team pre-season.

As a player, the midfielder had enjoyed a career in excess of 25 years since joining Nottingham Forest as a youngster and making a senior bow for Bolton Wanderers.

Spells at Lincoln City, Doncaster Rovers, Crystal Palace, Watford, Oldham Athletic, Barnsley, Charlton Athletic, Bradford City, Wigan Athletic, Halifax Town, Boston United and Rochdale then left him with almost 800 competitive senior appearances.

A player/manager role at Scarborough then followed before a brief tour of Northern non-league sides concluded at Salford City during 2008.

Having first taken charge of Halifax Town in a caretaker role in 2001, Redfearn managed Scarborough, Northwich Victoria and York City before joining Leeds United as a youth team coach in 2008. 

That Elland Road association then saw him serve as caretaker boss in 2012,2013 and 2014 before eventually being given the post full time after the third stint.

Within a year though Neil had been axed, reappearing at Rotherham United before moving into women's football as head coach of Doncaster Rovers Belles and latterly Liverpool Women - although he resigned after just one competitive fixture.

That pattern continued when he departed from Newcastle in November 2019 after just a handful of games in charge of the U23s. 

A return to coaching in the womens' game then came at Sheffield United in 2020.

1987 Death of Andy Donaldson, 62. 

A talented striker who was forced to leave the area to further his career following the emergence of Jackie Milburn.


What Else?

1990 Newcastle skipper Roy Aitken led Scotland out of the World Cup, going down by a single goal to Brazil on a damp night at the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin.

This was to be Aitken's 56th full cap for Scotland - six of which came while he was on our books.

He did make one further appearance the following year in a European Championship qualifier against Romania - by which time he had moved on to St. Mirren.

1998 Future United flop Silvio Maric made his debut in the World Cup Finals as a second half substitute against Japan in Nantes.

Croatia won 1-0 and Maric did enough in his 23 minutes of action to earn a starting place in the next group game, against Argentina.

Out-of-contract Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop was widely linked with a move to West Ham - a move that subsequently went through.

1999 Speculation in Spain that United had reached agreement with Real Mallorca to buy their central defender Elena Sierra Marcelino for a fee of 5m. This followed the acquisition the previous week of another centreback, Alain Goma from PSG.

2000 Alan Shearer equalised for England with penalty against Romania before Michael Owen made it 2-1 just on the stroke of half-time in Charleroi. But it was 2-2 shortly after the interval and a late penalty saw England's Euro 2000 dreams go out the window.

2001 The Football Association announced that following the withdrawal of Spanish side Malaga from the Intertoto Cup, Newcastle United had accepted an invitation to join the competition at the third round stage.

2002 News broke that Newcastle were close to completing the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Hugo Viana in an 8.5m deal.

2006 The re-united pairing of Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen lasted just a matter of seconds for England, before the Newcastle man was forced to crawl from the field with an injury in Cologne against Sweden.

Owen fell awkwardly when hitting a pass and badly twisted his right knee, departing on a stretcher to be replaced by Peter Crouch.

Michael Owen in agony after injuring his knee

England drew 2-2 with Sweden and won Group B but for a lot of us the World Cup was finished after Owen's horrendous injury.

2007 Magpies pair James Milner and Steven Taylor were in the England U21 side beaten by the Dutch in an epic European U21 Championship semi-final.

Stuart Pearce's men eventually bowed out 13-12 in a penalty shootout after the tie ended in a 1-1 draw.

Milner (who would have missed the final through suspension) netted twice from the spot, while Taylor (struggling badly with injury) limped forward to convert one. 

2010 Spanish Primera Liga side Deportivo La Coruna announced that they would host Newcastle United in pre-season, contesting the annual Trofeo Teresa Herrara.

Moussa Sissoko scored as France beat the Swiss 5-2 in Salvador, becoming the sixth serving Magpie to net in a World Cup Final tournament:

George Robledo Chile v USA 1950
Ivor Broadis England v Belgium 1954 (2) 
Peter Beardsley
England v Paraguay 1986
Alan Shearer
England v Tunisia 1998
Alan Shearer England v Argentina 1998 
Craig Moore Australia v Croatia 2006
Moussa Sissoko France v Switzerland 2014

Along with old boy Yohan Cabaye, Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy played the full game as France reached the knockout stage.

On-loan Magpies Freddy Woodman (Swansea City) and Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) were both in action as Championship fixtures restarted following a 15 week delay due to the COVID pandemic.