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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
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.
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
in the balance
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
Bet online here:
Fabian Schar Switzerland):
12.06.2021 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
18.06.2021 Sweden (n) lost 0-1 23.06.2021 Spain (a) Seville
Emil Krafth (Sweden):
Spain (a) drew 0-0
18.06.2021 Slovakia (n) won 1-0
23.06.2021 Poland (n) St Petersburg
Ryan Fraser (Scotland):
14.06.2021 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
Austria: Valentino Lazaro
Belgium: Matz Sels
France: Moussa Sissoko
Netherlands: Luuk de Jong, Tim Krul Patrick van Aanholt, Gini
Scotland: Grant Hanley
Slovakia: Lubo Satka
Switzerland: Kevin Mbabu
Our pals at the Snood Store have a
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To get a 25% site-wide discount, use the promo code NUFC25
until Euro Final day on Sunday July 11th.
Ex-Magpie Lee Clark has confirmed his departure from Sudani
Premier League side Al-Merreikh SC after just three months in
Clark leaves after winning four of his eight games in charge, amid
speculation that he's closing in on a managerial post rather closer
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 Watford
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 Gateshead
Mo Diame Al-Gharafa
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
Sam Allardyce West Bromwich Albion
Ian Cathro Wolves
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
Also confirmed so far are visits to York City, Harrogate Town and
Burton Albion - with one or possibly two home friendlies also
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
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
Presenter Matt Ketchell is joined by club historian Paul Joannou
to discuss the formative years of the club that would become Newcastle
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
Lucas de Bolle, Joe Oliver, Josh Scott,
Five further U23 players have also been offered contract extensions
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
2026 Isaac Hayden, Allan Saint-Maximin.
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Season 2021/22 |
Mon 05.07.2021 NUFC Players return for pre-season
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
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.
The 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.
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:
Magic Weekend XIV
(held over from 2020):
Castleford Tigers v Salford
St Helens v Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC
Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield
Wigan Warriors v Warrington
Leigh Centurions v Hull KR
Rugby League WC Finals:
England v Samoa (2.30pm)
International Magpies |
National Service |
Miguel Almiron (Paraguay)
Copa America group games:
14.06.2021 Bolivia (n)
21.06.2021 Argentina (n) Brasilia
24.06.2021 Chile (n) Brasilia
The tournament then goes to a knockout format to 10.07.2021.
Whoops, He did it Again...
What's this all about then?
for a rambling explanation of sorts....
On This Day in History |
20th June |
Born Or Died:
Neil Redfearn born, Dewsbury.
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
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
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
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
Liverpool Women - although he resigned after just one competitive
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.
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.
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.
Future United flop Silvio Maric made his debut in the
World Cup Finals as a second half substitute against Japan
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.
1998 Out-of-contract Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop was widely
linked with a move to West Ham - a move that subsequently
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
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.
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.
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
pair James Milner and Steven Taylor were in the England
U21 side beaten by the Dutch in an epic European U21
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
2010 Spanish Primera Liga side Deportivo La Coruna announced that they
would host Newcastle United in pre-season, contesting the annual Trofeo Teresa
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.
2020 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.