Welcome the beginning of the next 12 month period. When we began this site we did not envisage it to continue on beyond a couple of months & was initially set up as a demonstration site. There will be a limit when the site will reach saturation point in terms of information, and when this occurs a decision will have to be made to obtain funding to expand the database. There are examples in all sections & the updating of the surname match record remains a priority until its complete giving a two season A to Z. The latest updates this month are ‘P & Q’. Those included are Scott Parker & recent trialist Jason Prior. June is a month where those released from clubs begin obtain new clubs & the world of transfers is open again. There is also the beginning of the European Championships in June, with several past & current players taking part. Finally, the Toon Tracker A To Z Section latest end of season updates (as far as Q) are the Current 1st. Team Players & the Ex 1st Team Friendly Players 
As indicated at the end of season Newcastle released the following 11 players:
 Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Alan Smith, Tamas Kadar, Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey, Ryan Donaldson, Stephen Folan, Jeff Henderson, Greg McDermott & Patrick Nzuri.
Andras Gosztonyi
scored the only goal of the game in the Hungarian Under 21’s 1:0 victory over Turkey in a Euro Championships Qualifier. Playing at left half, he scored the vital goal in the 81st minute.
Finland defeated Estonia 2:1 in the semi final of the Baltic Cup. Ex trialist Raitala played at left back. 
Nobby Solano left England to coach back in his home country Peru. The club to sign him up were Universitario Club of Lima. 
Having had a successful trial with Dundee last season, Carl Finnigan joined Dundee.
England defeated Belgium 1:0 in their last friendly before Euro 2012. Both Scott Parker & James Milner started the game.
Holland trounced Northern Ireland 6:0 in a friendly, with Shane Ferguson having a tough time playing for the first 81st. minutes.
Senegal defeated Liberia 3:1 in a World Cup Qualifying Group J match. Papiss Cisse played the full game up front; missing a penalty in the first half.
The Ivory Coast defeated Tanzania 2:0 in a World Cup Qualifier Group C match.  Chiekh Tiote played the first 67 minutes at left half.
Turkey defeated Portugal 3:1 in a friendly & Emre gained another cap, playing at left half before being substituted in the 72nd. minute.
Grindavik drew 2:2 with IA Akraines in the Icelandic League. Tomi Ameobi scored his first goal for Grindavik in the 34th minute. IA’s equalising goal was scored by Mark Donniger in the 85th minute.
Finland drew 1:1 with Latvia in the Final of the Baltic Cup, with the cup being decided on penalties. Latvia won the shoot out 6:5. Playing at left back for just under an hour was ex trialist Jukka Raitala
Coach Alan Thompson was surprisingly dismissed by Celtic’s boss Neil Lennon; despite their successful season.
Italy Under 21’s drew 2:2 with Republic Of Ireland, with David Santon at right back, as captain, in a European Championships Group 7 Qualifier.
The Republic of Ireland drew 0:0 with Hungary in a friendly. In goal for the first half was Shay Given & Damian Duff also featured until the 63rd minute. For Hungary Tamas Kadar came on as a 70th minute sub.
Canada played the USA in a friendly, which resulted in a 0:0 draw. David Edgar played at left back for Canada, while Onyenu came on as a 62nd. minute sub for the USA.
Matty Pattinson signed for South African side Bidvest Wits. 
France defeated Estonia 4:0 in their last friendly before Euro 2012. Cabaye started in the match & came close to scoring before being replaced in the 51st. minute. Ben Arfa came on as a 73rd minute sub.
Euro hosts Ukraine lost 2:0 in a friendly against Turkey. Emre came on a sub for Turkey in the 78th minute.
In the European Under 21’s Championships Qualifiers, The Faroe Islands lost their Group 4 match to Serbia 2:0. Joan Edmundsson featured at inside right for the Faroes, before being replaced in the 81st minute.
In Group 7 of the European Under 21’s Championships Qualifiers, Hungary defeated Liechtenstein 4:0. Andras Gosztonyi played the full game at outside right. 
Bedlington Terriers made their first signing of the summer; bringing in prolific goal scorer Paul Brayson from Harrogate Town.     
Alan Shearer unveiled an East Coast Line railway rain called ‘Blaydon Races’ in Newcastle. It was named so, to commemorate a 150 years of the ‘Races’.
Chris Hughton was appointed as Norwich City’s new manager. The announcement is quickly followed by the appointment of Colin Calderwood as assistant manager.
Liverpool finally announced that they had parted company with coach Steve Clarke.
A Celebrity Golf Tournament took place at Slaley Hall to launch the ISPS Handa Seniors Championships. Those that took part included Ryan Taylor & Steve Watson.
Malcolm MacDonald & Bobby Moncur were the guest speakers at a Age UK Men’s Health Event at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.
Recently released, Australian youth goalkeeper Alex Baird joined Dundee.
Newcastle announced they were releasing a further 6 youngsters. They were young Australian goalkeeper Alex Baird & Billy Ions who has been on loan to Middlesbrough. As well as Michael Hoganson, Ben Sayer, Louis Storey & the injured Irish Youth International Lee Toland.  On the positive side they announced that Academy contracts were being given to Rolando Arrons who had briefly been on trial from Bristol City & Maucauley Booth from Blackburn Rovers. The others to progress into the Under 18’s set up were Alex Gilliead, Maucauley Gillespie, Tom Heardman, Ryan McKinnon, James Morgan, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, & Liam Smith. They all join newly signed Lubanir Satka from Dubnica as those so far confirmed in their squad.
Gateshead signed ex Reserve goalkeeper Adam Bartlett on a free transfer from Hereford United.  
Steve Clarke is unveiled as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion, following his recent departure from coaching for Liverpool.
JUN .9th
Papiss Cisse scored Senegal’s goal in a World Cup Qualifier 1:1 draw with Uganda. His fist half goal came in the 37th minute.
The Ivory Coast drew their World Cup Qualifier with Morocco 2:2 & Tiote played the full game.
The USA won their next World Cup Qualifier Group A match, defeating Antigua & Barbada 3:1. Onyewu featured as a 57th minute sub.
The UEFA European Championships of 2012 hosted by Poland & the Ukraine got underway for the Republic of Ireland with a disappointing 3:1 defeat to Croatia. Both Shay Given & Damian Duff played.  
England & France battled it out in their opening group match of the European Championships; with honours even in a 1:1 draw. France featured Yohan Cabaye who had an excellent game, until being replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa in the 83rd minute. The England starting eleven included both James Milner & Scott Parker; with the later being substituted in the 77th minute.
Ireland’s European Championship progression took a severe setback with a 4:0 defeat to favourites Spain who dominated the game. Once again Given & Duff started in the game. Outside right Duff was replaced in the 76th minute.
England battled it out to win an ‘eventful match with Sweden 3:2. England’s opening goal came with superb header by Andy Carroll in the 23rd minute. The goal is Carroll’s first competitive one for England. Both Scott Parker & James Milner once again began the game, with Milner coming off after 61 minutes.
Group rivals France defeated hosts the Ukraine 2:0. Cabaye scored their second goal in the 56th minute played at inside left, before being replaced in the 68th minute, having given another excellent performance.
Ex coach Derek Fazakerley returned to Tyneside as the guest ‘demonstration coach’ in a two day youth coaching event with Paul Bracewell's ‘Complete Football’ at Gosforth.

Ireland 0 Italy 2, completed a poor campaign for Ireland in the European Championships. With Shay Given in goal & Duff in the side, with later just failed to clean the Italian opening goal off the line before it had crossed the line. The result left Ireland bottom of Group C & out of the competition. Holland suffered eliminate too, with Tim Krul failing to feature in any of their games. 
Oldham Athletic signed reserve & academy player from last season Dan Taylor.
England held onto a fragile 1:0 victory against hosts the Ukraine. The result saw England finish top of Group D with 7 points; & now face the runners up Group C, Italy in the Quarter Finals. Both Parker & Milner started the game, with Milner being replaced in the 70th minute. Carroll came on as a sub. in the 82nd. minute.
France had to settle for second place in Group D, losing to Sweden 2:0. Cabaye missed out on playing having picked up a knock; however, Ben Afra started before being replaced in the 59th minute. France now face favourites Spain the Quarter Finals. 
Northampton Town offered recently released Michael Hoganson a trial, which is to begin early July.
Ex reserve defender Darren Lough scored his first goal Icelandic side KA Akureyri. He found the net in the 88th minute in a 3:2 league victory over Thor.
Ponteland United manager Michael Havelock signed ex Newcastle reserve Roy Gordon, whom played for West Allotment Celtic last season. Roy’s role is to be that of joint assistant along with ex Sheffield United Chris Armstrong who also joined the club on June 22nd.
Paul Cannell was signing copies of his new book ‘..ucking Hell its Paul Cannell’ at the Back Page Supporters Club shop in Newcastle, with the book having been released a few days prior.
France lost their UEFA Quarter Final tie with Spain 2:0. The nearest they came to scoring was a great free kick from Yohan Cabaye which was saved. Their was no appearance from Ben Arfa.
England fought out a 0:0 draw with Italy in the Quarter Finals of European Championships. The resulted remained 0:0 after extra time & the inevitable outcome of the Penalty Shoot out was that England lost 4:2. Milner began the game before being replaced in the 61st minute; as did Parker who last into the 94th minute. Andy Carroll came on a sub on the hour & added some much needed muscle to England cause, but to no avail.
Birmingham city confirmed that they had appointed Lee Clark as their new Manager, following the recent departure of Chris Hughton. They also reported that Clark’s Assistant Manager would be Terry McDermott.
Derek Fazackerley
was reunited with Lee Clark as his newly appointed coach at Birmingham City.
Exiting Tottenham Hotspur was first team coach Kevin Bond; following on from Harry Redknapp’s departure from the club. Bond had brief been Newcastle’s first team coach working with Glen Roeder from June to September 2006.   
Dannie Guthrie
left Newcastle on a free transfer, joining Reading.

Fraser Foster finally decided to commit his future to Celtic & signed for them for a fee of approximately £2 million.
It was reported that Lee Clark had added to his coaching staff at new club Birmingham City; with the appointment of both Steve Watson & Paul Stephenson.  

The pre season friendly’s mark the dawn of regular football activity returning. This month also sees Olympic football action getting under, with venues including St. James Park. The ‘Toon Tracker’ now pushes further through the alphabet to surnames ‘R’ being added & now covering the completed 2010-11 & 2011-12 seasons. Those included are Wayne Routledge & French trialist William Remy among others. Finally, the latest fully amended Toon Tracker section updated this month is the ‘Current Non First Team Players’. The monthly daily ‘log’ of known happenings for July 2012 now follows in new expanded format containing a greater depth of information from matches:
Romain Amalfitano, pre contracted to join the club in June; officially became a Newcastle player from today.
Leon Best left Newcastle to sign for Blackburn Rovers for a fee reported to about £3 million.
Jeff Henderson who was on the fringes of the first team last season, signed for Sligo Rovers.
With the financial of crisis which saw Darlington players forced to leave the club still fresh in his memory, Paul Arnison signed Celtic Nation of the Northern League. The club were known until very recently as Gillford Park.
Adam Rundle began training on trial with Accrington Stanley.
Pre Season Training began for Newcastle, with many of their squad returning from the summer break.
Ex reserve Stuart Green who featured for Workington last season, left them to take up his first managerial post with Northern League side Whitehaven Amateurs.
Europa League 1st. Qualifying Round 1st. Leg matches got underway & the only ex Newcastle interest was ex reserve Aaron Spear playing for IB. Vestmannaeyja of Iceland. He came on as a 43rd. minute sub. in a 1:0 defeat to St. Patrick’s.
Newcastle signed the promising 18 year old Gael Bigiriman from Coventry City for a fee reported to be between £500 000 & 31 million.
Jonathan Woodgate returned to his old club Middlesbrough, having recently been released by Stoke City.
Bedlington Terriers secured Keiron Wrightson from Whickham.
After it was reported that ex reserve goalkeeper Mark Cook had signed for Nobby Solano’s Peruvian side Universitario. He announced on Harrogate Town’s website that he had not 7 that he remained a Harrogate player. 
JUL. 7th
Ashington kicked off their pre season friendly campaign with a 2:0 defeat to Heaton Stannington. The game was marred when bad tackle resulted in Johnny Godsmark being carried off with a broken leg. 
Marlon Harwood began a trial with Sheffield Wednesday.
Guy Bates signed for Northern Irish side Glenavon.
Bedlington Terriers signed a further ex Newcastle reserve; securing the signature of Andy Ferrell.
Lee Clark signed ‘free agent’ Peter Lovenkrands for Birmingham City.
Greg McDermott began a trial with Doncaster Rovers.
Alan Smith, recently released by Newcastle signed as a ‘free agent’ for MK. Dons.
Chris Moore, recently released by Gateshead signed for his old club Whitley Bay.
The Close House Pro-Celebrity Golf Day took place featuring current players Ryan Taylor & Shola Ameobi as well ex players Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley & John Beresford. The Best Celebrity Award was won by current first team coach John Carver.
Workington kicked off their pre season with a 1st leg 3:0 defeat to Barrow for the Chas Kendall Trophy. Mark Boyd featured in the first half.
Dan Taylor made his pre season friendly debut for Oldham Athletic in their 3:0 win over Mossley; coming on as a sub. at half time.
Newcastle’s Academy Under 18’s began their pre season, with a behind closed doors friendly against Gateshead’s Under 19’s on the 3G pitch. The game resulted in a 3:3 draw. The Newcastle goals came from ‘Lubo’ Satka on 2 minutes, & second half goals from Alex Gilliead & sub. Adam Armstrong. The Newcastle youngsters were trailing 2:1 at half time, thanks to goals from J. Lilley & L. Watson, with D. Taggart adding a third for Gateshead in the second half, before Newcastle rallied. Gateshead nearly won near he end when they were awarded a penalty, but Woodman managed to save it. The full Newcastle side featured the following (not in correct order):  FreddieWoodman, Greg Olley, Liam Henderson, Rolando Aarons, Liam Smith, Cardona Lopez, Alex Gilliead, JJ. Hooper ? (Lee Desmond), Lubo Satka, James Morgan, Tom Heardman. Known Used Sub. Adam Armstrong.   
Martin Brittain, who was released by Gateshead at the end of last season; signed for Northern League side Celtic Nation. He immediately made his debut for the club previously known as Gilford Park; making his debut along with Paul Arnison in the sides opening pre season friendly 2:1 win over Annan Athletic. 
Patrick Van Aaholt, left Chelsea once more for Vitesse Arnhem; moving on a season long loan. 
Newcastle’s 1st Team kicked off their pre season friendly programme in Germany playing against Division III side Chemnitzer at their Gellert Stadium. In front of a crowd of 6 700, they were 1:0 down at half time through a goal by Fink; scored after only 9 minutes. Sami Ameobi did find the net in the first half but it was ruled out for offside. Romain Amalfitano made his debut, with Gael Bigirimana coming on as a sub. in the second half. Despite making a number of changes in the second half, Newcastle failed to break their deadlock, in a disappointing start to their fixtures. The match referee was Alexander Sather. The Newcastle side was as follows; R.Elliot, M.Williamson (capt), J.Perch, D.Gosling, R.Taylor (Sub. D.Santon 65), Romain Amalfitano, G.Obertan (Sub.Guiterrez 74), Sami Ameobi (Sub. Demba Ba 74), H.Vuckic (Sub. Shola Ameobi 65), J.Taverner (Sub. D.Simpson 65), M.Abeid (Gael Bigirimana 65). 
Chemnitzer fielded: Phillip Pentke, Fabian Stenzel, Toni Wacksmuth, Marcel Wilke, Thomas Birk, Sascha Pfeffer, Carsten Staber (Capt), Maik Kegel (Sub. Florian Hornig 74), Josip Landeka (Sub. Anton Makanenko 78), Anton Fink (Sub. Tino Semmer 80), Benjamin Forster (Sub. David Jansen 70). 
Morpeth Town switched the venue of their pre season friendly with Ashington to the artificial pitch at the Lightfoot Stadium in Walker. Ashington ran out 5:1 winners, two of their goals being scored close together in the second half by sub. Mark Walton. Second half sub. Matty Grieve also scored the ‘screamer’ in the second half? The other ex Newcastle players were debutant Phil Cave, alongside Liam Atkin & James Taylor; with Tommy English coming on as a sub in the second half. The Morpeth side included Callum Morris at right half.
Birmingham City signed Darren Ambrose from Crystal Palace. The undisclosed fee was reported to be approximately £250 000.
York City got their Pre Season campaign underway with an emphatic 8:0 win over Huntington Rovers. Patrick McLaughlin scored in the 20th minute, in a match to raise funds for the ‘Steve Myers Safe Hands Charity’. McLaughlin’s squad number for the forthcoming npower season is No: 26.
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy played at home in another pre season friendly against Hartlepool United. Fielding an unchanged starting line up, the game resulted in a 2:2 draw with Newcastle’s goals being scored by Liam Smith 13 minutes & Rolando Aarons in the 68th minute. Callum Dobson in goal for ‘The Pools’ denied further efforts, with Armstrong & Lopez both hitting the woodwork. Both of the Hartlepool goals were scored by Connor Halpin in the second half in the 70th & 85th minutes. Hartlepool’s Dan Jones also saw an effort hit the bar. The known players who featured (not in order) were:  FreddieWoodman, (Sub. Aidan Grant 45), Greg Olley, Liam Henderson, Rolando Aarons, Liam Smith, Estoban Cardona Lopez, Alex Gilliead, JJ. Hooper ? (Lee Desmond), Lubo Satka, James Morgan, Tom Heardman. (Other Known Used Sub. Adam Armstrong)  
Hartlepool Team: Callum Dobson, Aaron Brown, Ryan Tuck, Josh Nearney (Sub. Keelan Nellis 45), Dan Jones, Lewis Turner, Brad Walker, Rhyss Harbottle, (Sub. Harbottle? 45), Thomas Mitchinson (Sub. Connor Halpin 45), Kerry Hedley, Lewis Green.
Gateshead drew 2:2 with Spennymoor Town in their first pre season friendly. Adam Bartlett made his debut in goal for ‘The Heed’. Retained James Marwood also came on as a sub in the second half.  
Team Northumbria managed to play their friendly with North Shields, switching the game to their artificial pitch. They won 1:0, with ever present Mark Bertram at left half. Both Critchlow & Cavener were not available to play & there was no ex Newcastle representation in the Shields line up. 
Doncaster Rovers defeated Cleethorpes 4:2 in their opening pre season friendly. At half time trialist Greg McDermott came on as sub at inside left when Doncaster changed their whole line up. Late in the second half one of the players got injured & manager Dean Saunders came on as a further sub to replace him & he got himself on the score sheet with a late goal in the 88th. minute. Coppinger did not play for Doncaster due to illness.
Michael Hoganson who is on trial with Northampton Town, made a good impression in the sides opening pre season friendly in Croatia scoring a goal in the sides 6:1 victory over Novigrad.
Adam Rundle came on a sub at half time on trial for Accrington Stanley in 4:1 win over Bootle,
Having not kicked a ball for Harrogate Town, Kris Gate decided to leave Harrogate.
On the cricket pitch ex reserve James Beaumont hit an impressive 56 not out for Stokesley in a North Yorkshire & South Durham Premier League match with Normanby Hall. The match resulted in a draw, James also bowling out 2 wickets for 38 runs.
Lee Toland made his debut on trial for Northern Irish side Glenavon. He started in the sides Stena Challenge Cup Tournament Semi Final 2:0 win over Hebburn Town. He sat out the final played on the same day against Stranraer which they won 1:0.
Making his debut in the final was ex reserve Guy Bates.   
Newcastle got back to winning ways with second friendly of the pre season; defeating AS. Monaco 1:0; at the neutral ground of Landsberg am Lech in Germany. The only goal of the game came from Demba Ba who out jumped their keeper to heads home close in on the goal in the 33rd. minute. Harper kept goal in a side which made many changes d uring the ninety minutes. Both sides had chances in the second half, but the score remained 1:0. The attendance of about 900, were bathed in sunshine throughout the game. The Team Line ups were:
Newcastle; Steve Harper, David Santon (Sub. Ryan Taylor 57), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, (Sub. James Perch 45), Romain Amalfitano (Sub. Gabriel Obertan 61), Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba (Sub. Sylvain Marveaux 78), Shola Ameobi (Capt) (Sub. Dan Gosling 61), Sami Ameobi (Sub. Haris Vuckic 45), Mehdi Abeid (Sub. James Tavernier 45), Gael Bigirimana (Sub. CheikTiote 61).
AS. Monaco: Daniel Subasic, Eric.Marester (Sub. Jeremy Labor 86), Andreas Wolf (capt) (Sub. Adriano Da Silva 63), Andrea Raggi (Sub. Gary Kagelmacher 63), Layvin Kurzawk (Sub. Dennis Appiah 63), Nabil Dirar (Sub. Emir Bajrami 75), Nampalys Mendy, Gary Coulibaly (Sub. Delvin N’Dinga 80), Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Sub. Tristan Dingome 75), Ibrahima Toure (Sub. Valentin Eysseric 63), Valerie Germain (Sub. Nacer Barazite 63).
Tamas Kadar began a short trial with Portsmouth.
Marlon Harwood made his debut on trial with Sheffield Wednesday, playing the first hour in a 1:1 draw with Sheffield FC.
Dale Burrell made his debut for Dunston UTS. In a 3:2 friendly won over Jarrow Roofing.
Kris Gate & Craig Baxter signed for Northern League side Bedlington Terriers.
They defeated Ryton & Crawcrook 3:0 in a friendly that evening, & they were immediately handed debuts,
along with centre forward Paul Brayson.
Whitley Bay defeated North Shields 2:1, with both of the Bays goals being scored by Lee Kerr. He netted in the 9th & 29th minute.
York City hit a convincing six goals in a 6:2 friendly victory against Pickering Town. Half time sub. Patrick McLaughlin scored twice in the 64th. & 71st. minutes. 
Glenavon won a pre season friendly 4:2 against Rathfriland. Guy Bates scored his first goal for the club in the game, finding the net in the 15th minute. Lee Toland also got himself on the score sheet, finding the net in the 31st. minute.
Chris Carr signed for West Auckland Town from Bedlington Terriers.
Willie Donachie’s Newcastle Reserves defeated Hamilton Academical 3:1 in a behind closed doors pre season friendly. An unnamed trialist, who was later identified as Anthony Koura scored two of the sides three first half goals in the 6th & 24th. minutes. His current club is Le Mans. Newcastle other goal came in the 43rd minute by Marcus Maddison. A. Crawford scored a late equaliser for Hamilton. The Newcastle line up was: J.Alnwick, B.Nicholson (Sub. R.McKinnon (Debut) 70), Y.Moyo (Sub L.Smith (Debut) 74), P.Dummett, M.Richardson, B.Miele (Sub. L.Henderson 45), B.Inman (Sub. S.Logan 55), M.Maddison (Sub. L.Satka (Debut) 45), C.Newton (Sub. E.C. Lopez (Debut) 64), JJ.Hooper (L.Desmond (Debut) 45), A.Kuora (Trialist- Debut).
Hamilton: Kevin Cuthbert, Ryan Finnie, Stephen Hendrie, Ziggy Gordon, Michael Devlin, Darren Lyon, Louis Longridge, Gary Fraser, Andy Ryan, Ali Crawford, Trialist (Martin Canning). Subs Used: Jon McShane, Conner McGlinchey, Craig Johnston, James Martin, Craig Watson, Jack McCue, Greg Docherty.  
Abdoulaye Faye signed for Hull City.
Paul Robinson who was with Jarrow Roofing last season, signed for Newton Aycliffe. He made his debut as a half time sub. in the sides 6:1 defeat to a Sunderland Reserve XI.
Stuart Pearce took charge of his first Team GB game. The match was a pre Olympic warm up friendly against Brazil & They lost 2:0. Playing at inside left The ‘Brits’ was Craig Bellamy.
Ashington defeated Alnwick Town 8:3 in their next pre season friendly, with Marc Walton hitting a hat trick. 

Peter Ramage
featured on trial for Crystal Palace in the first half of a pre season 5:1 win over Lewes. Ramages trial with Palace began on July 16th.
Newcastle drew 1:1 with Fenerbahce of Turkey in their third friendly. The match took place Ritzing in Austria. Newcastle’s goal, was a first for young Frenchman Mehdi Abeid, who netted in the 76th. minute in front of a crowd of about 2000. Fenerbahce’s goal was scored in the 90th minute by C.Baroni. The match referee was Paul Petho.
NUFC: Rob Elliot, Danny Simpson (Sub. Davide Santon 68), James Tavernier, Fabrico Coloccini (Capt), RyanTaylor, Chek Tiote (Sub. Gael Bigrimana 59), Dan Gosling (Sub. Mehbid Abeid 73), Gabriel Obertan (Sub. Shola Ameobi 75), Sylvain Marveaux (Sub. Jonas Gutierrez 59), Haris Vuckic (Sub. Sami Ameobi 45), Demba Ba (Sub.Papiss Cisse 68).
Fenerbahce: Mert Gunok, Orhan Sam, Bekir Irtegun, Serdar Kesimal, Hasan Ali Kaldirim, Mehmet Topal (Sub. Henri Bienvenu 85), Cristian Baroni, Dirk Kuyt (Sub. Semih Senturk 68), Alex De Souza (Capt) (Sub. Selcuk Sahin 68), Miroslav Stoch, Moussa Sow (Sub. Mehmet Topuz 45).         
Dave Watson’s Newcastle’s Under 17’s began their involvement in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup with a 4:0 victory over County Fermanagh Under 17’s. The goal scorers were Greg Olley (10 + 53 mins), Adam Campbell (50 + About 80 mins), and the attendance was noted as approximately 350.
NUFC: Freddie Woodman, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen (Sub. Macauley Booth 60), Lubo Satka, Lee Desmond, Rolando Aarons (Sub. Estoban Cardona Lopez 60), Greg Olley (*Debut- Sub. Jamie Sterry 65), Adam Armstrong (*Debut- Sub. Jordan Storey), Liam Smith, Adam Campbell, Alex Gilliead (Sub. Jonathan Quinn 50).  
Pre Season friendly action for Bedlington Terriers saw them see off Worksop Town 2:0, Paul Brayson scored both of Bedlington’s goals.
Whitley Bay defeated Seaham Red Star 3:1 in their next pre season friendly. Lee Kerr was once again on the score sheet, scoring in the 70th minute.
Newcastle Benfield outclassed Gosforth Bohemians with a resounding 10:0 victory. Among the goal scorers was Brian Dodsworth won hit a hat trick. 
Penicuik Athletic began their pre season preparations with an easy 7:0 victory over Peebles Rovers. Ex Newcastle reserve Keith Barr scored from the spot in the 44th. minute. 
Leon Best made his debut for Blackburn Rovers in a pre season friendly against Fleetwood town which they won 2:0.
Dan Taylor featured again for Oldham Athletic in a 2:0 pre season win over York City. He started in the game at outside left. Before being replaced in the 63rd minute.
Ryan Donaldson featured as a trialist for St. Johnstone at outside right in a friendly
1:1 draw with Cowdenbeath.
Darren Ambrose made his debut for Lee Clark’s Birmingham City in their first pre season friendly. The match against Borussia Munchengladbach ended in a 2:2 draw, with Ambrose coming on at half time at outside left. Also featuring in the game in the first half were Gary Caldwell & Stephen Carr
The Netherlands National team appointed Patrick Kluivert as their new assistant coach. It was stated he would also continue his youth team coaching role with FC. Twente.
Glynn Hodges joined QPR as their new fist team coach.
A team made up of ex Hereford United players played a friendly against the clubs fans billed as Hereford United Legends XI v Hereford Fans XI. The Legends won the one side match 10:2, with Andy Ferrell scoring twice & half time substitute Steve Guinan got one.
Newcastle Under 17’s continued their Milk Cup campaign with a convincing 6:0 victory over Mexican side Pachuca. In front of a crowd of over 200, the goal scorers were: Adam Campbell (2), Alex Gilliead, Greg Olley, Rolando Aarons & Ryan McKinnon.
NUFC Reserves played a behind closed doors friendly at home against Ashington. They won 5:1, thanks to goals from Brad Inman (2), JJ. Hooper, Marcus Maddison & Michael Richardson. Tommy English scored the Ashington goal.  
Newcastle Line up was; Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Yven Moyo, Steven Logan, Paul Dummett, Michael Richardson, Marcus Maddison, Brendan Miele, JJ. Hooper, Brad Inman, Connor Newton.
Ryan McCorrigan made his debut on trial with Mansfield Town. After coming on as a half time sub at inside left at half time, he scored a minute later & he got a second goal in the 90th. minute. Mansfield won the game against Hucknall 3:0.  
Marlon Harwood got another run out on trial with Sheffield Wednesday as a 50th minute sub.
They lost the game to Sporting Lisbon 2:0.
Newcastle Under 17’s progressed to the Semi finals of the Milk Cup with a 3:1 win over CSKA Moscow. In a game watched by about 300 spectators, they trailed 1:0 at half time but rallied to win 3:1, with goals from Adam Campbell (2) & Liam Smith
NUFC: Freddy Woodman, (Sub. Aidan Grant 55), Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen (Sub. Jamie Sterry 40), Lubo Satka, Macauley Booth, Rolando Aarons, Greg Olley (Sub. James Morgan 60), Adam Armstrong, Liam Smith (Sub. Jonathan Quinn 50), Adam Campbell, Alex Gilliead (Sub. Estaban Cardona Lopez 50).   
Ryan Donaldson featured for a Carlisle United XI on trial verses Durham City. The game resulted in a 3:0 victory for Carlisle, with Donaldson playing the whole game at inside left.
Jamie Smith who featured for the clubs academy team last season has now joined The University College of Dublin club & made his debut for them in a friendly verses Stevenage. They lost the match 4:3, with Smith coming on as a sub at half time at outside right.
Gateshead lost 2:0 at home York City in their next friendly. Bartlett again started in goal, with Marwood coming on as a sub in the game in the 59th minute. McLaughlin featured for York before being replaced in the 62nd. minute.  
Blyth Spartans signed last seasons loan player Joe Kendrick & he made his second debut in a friendly 3:1 win over Sunderland RCA.
In the Semi Final of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup Under 17’s Premier Section Newcastle’s academy side defeated Bolton Wanderers 2:0, Both goals came in the first period & were scored by Adam Campbell (Penalty) & Rolando Aarons.
NUFC: Freddy Woodman, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen, Lubo Satka, Lee Desmond, Rolando Aarons, Greg Olley, Adam Armstrong, Liam Smith, Adam Campbell, Alex Gilliead (No Subs Were Used).  
Chester-Le Street defeated Gateshead Leam Rangers 7:0 in a pre season friendly. Ex academy players Glen Reay & Scott Donaldson were on the score sheet.
Ashington defeated West Allotment Celtic 8:2. among the Ashington scorers were Liam Atkin & Matthew Grieve.  
Despite hitting two goals for Norhampton Town in a friendly Michael Hoganson did not get to sign for them. His goals came in the 34th & 56th minute in a 4:0 friendly victory over Cogenhoe United.
Olympic Games Football arrives on Tyneside & for a brief period of time the ground is once again named ‘St. James Park’. The countries taking park are all classed as fielding with under 23’s line ups & are allowed 3 ‘over age’ players in the squad.
The first time in its history that it has been a venue for competition, the opening match of day one at St. James featured Group B matches Mexico verses South Korea. The game was of the first two back to back fixtures at the ground that day & resulted in a 0:0 draw, with both sides having a number of chances, but failing to break the deadlock. In the second game Switzerland were awarded a penalty soon after the kick off against Gabon. This was slotted home by Admir Mehmedi , but it was disallowed & he stepped to fire home the retaken penalty in the 4th. minute. Just before half time in the 44th. minute Gabon equalised to the applause of the Newcastle public. The scorer Pierre Aubameyang celebrated with a ‘martins style’ summersault which further warm the hearts of the Geordie public. In the second half, the Swiss had Oliver Buff sent off with second yellow card after a dive in the box in the 77th. minute. Gabon had the better of the chances & hit the bar with a great effort, but the score remained 1:1. Gabon firstly had Nono stretchered off injured & then in the 89th minute a further played was also stretchered off & not replaced. The attendance for both games was about 15 748, although for the later a lot of South Korean fans seem to have left the stadium.
The full team line ups were: Match 1 (Referee: Slim Jedidi- Tunisia):
MEXICO: Jose de Jesus Corona Rodriguez, Carlos Salcido, Hiram Mier Alanis, Darvin Chavez Ramirez, Diego Reyes Rosales, Neste Vidrio Serrano, Miguel Ponce Briseno, Hector Herrera Lopez (Sub. Jorge Enriquez Gracia 71), Marco Fabian De La Mora (Sub. Raul Jimenez Rodriguez 85), Javier Aquino Carmona, Oribe Peralta Morones (Sub. Giovani Dos Santos Ramirez 66).
SOUTH KOREA: Sung-Ryong Jung, Suk-Young Yoon, Young-Gwon Kim, Seck-Ho Hwang, Chang-Soo Kim, Sung-Yong Ki, Bo-Kyung Kim, Tae-Hee Nam (Sub. Dong-Won Ji 86), Koo Ja-Cheol, Jong-Woo Park, Chu-Young Park (Sub. Sung-Dong Baek 76).
Match 2 (Referee: Wilmar Roldan- Columbia):
SWITZERLAND: Diego Benaglio, Michel Morganella, Timm Klose, Ricardo Rodriquez, Fabian Schar, Xavier Hochstrasser, Fabian Frei, Steven Zuber (Sub. Pajtim Kasami 68), Oliver Buff (Sent Off- 78), Admir Mehmedi, Innocent Emeghara (Sub. Amir Abrashi 84).
GABON: Didier Ovono, Henry Ndong, Muller Dinda, Alexander N’Doumbou, Merlin Tandjigora, Levi Madinda, Mabikou Boussoughou, Franck Engonga, Jerry Obiang Obiang, Pierre Aubameyang, Allen Nono (Sub. Axel Meye Me Ndong 73).
Newcastle’s Under’s 17’s Academy lost the final of the Premier Section of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup; losing 3:0 to Desportivo Brazil. The Brazilan goal scorers were: Bruno Conceicao (44), Aguilar Oliveira (60) & Caio Ramalho (89). The line up for this final gallant effort of the tournament was: Freddie Woodman, Lee Desmond, Lubo Satka, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen, (Sub. Jamie Sterry 61), Greg Olley (Sub Estonban Cardona Lopez 57), Liam Smith, Adam Campbell, Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Alex Gilliead.
Newcastle’s Reserves played a behind closed doors friendly at home at Darlsley Park, against Team Northumbria, winning 2:0. After goal first half played thirty minutes each way, Newcastle scored through Michael Richardson in the 48th. minute, with effort being fumbled by the students keeper Andy Jennison into the net. Brad Inman added the second in the 56th minute. NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley, Connor Newton, Michael Richardson, Stephan Logan, Marcus Maddison, Brendan Miele, JJ. Hooper, Brad Inman, Yven Moyo (Sub. Dennis Knight 15 mins).     
Stuart Pearce’s Team Great Britain played their first football Olympic Games Mens Group Match. They led through a Craig Bellamy goal in the 19th minute in a bad tempered match which they did not kill off & paid the price when Senegal equalised & the game ended in a 1:1 draw. Bellamy played in a centre forward role before being replaced in the 79th minute.
Newcastle played the first of their two Algarve matches for the ‘XII Trofeo Guadiana against Olympiakos. The match began quietly, until  Steve Taylor marked his come back from serious injury scoring Newcastle’s goal in the 25th. minute with a deflected shot.  Modesto was sent off for a bad tackle on Amalfitano in the 73 minutes. The Greeks equalised in the 79th minute, through Mitroglu. The match now went to a penalty shoot out which bizarrely ended in a 4:4 draw. Cisse firstly missed for Newcastle, before Vuckic, Amalfitano, Perch & Abeid all scored & Krul saved one penalty shot by Tatos. There penalty converters were Abdoun, Maniatis, Pantelic & Holebas. The rules of the competition so far give Olympiakos 10 points & 8 penalty conversions from their drawn on penalties matches. The attendance for the game was about 600 & the referee was Joao Ferreira. Newcastle now face Braga in the next game.
Team: Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, James Perch (Steven Taylor (Sub. Paul Dummett 45), Gael Bigirmana, Dan Gosling (Sub. Medhi Abeid 36), Gabriel Obertan (Sub. Sami Ameobi 72), Haris Vuckic, Shola Ameobi (Sub. Papiss Cisse 72), Romain Amalfitano.        
OLYMPIAKOS: Roy Carroll, Tasos Papazoglou, (Sub. Manolas Konstantinos 45), Fejsa (Sub. Francois Modesto 45), Djebbour Rafik (Sub. Kostas Mitroglou 45) (Sub. Karagounis Vasileios 87), Giannis Fetfatzidis (Sub. Andreas Tatos 45), Siovas Dimitris, Dielna Claude (Sub. Jose Holebas 45), Lykogiannis Ch (Sub. Vlahodimos 45), Marinaldo da Silva (Sub. Maniatis 45), Diogo Luis Santo (Sub. Djamel Abdoun 45), Torosidis Vasileios (Sub. Maeko Pantelic 69).   
Billy Knott made his first team debut for Sunderland as a 80th minute substitute at inside right,  in a disappointing 1:0 defeat to Hartlepool United. Titus Bramble also played in the game at centre half.
Algarve Tournament Day Two, & Silverware !. Newcastle defeated SC Braga 2:1 to win the Trofeo Guadiana. All the goals came in the second half, with Demba Ba (63 minutes) & Ryan Taylor (72 minutes) doing the honours. Ba’s opener came after Newcastle were awarded a penalty which he took & was saved but he was quick off the mark to score with rebound. Taylors goal from a well placed free kick. Amorim scored the Braga goal in the 68th minute & Douglao for Braga was sent off in the second half in the 83rd minute. Ex Newcastle player Viana came on as sub for the position. The attendance for the game was about 600 & the referee was Paulo Batista. 
NUFC: Steve Harper, Dannie Simpson, James Tavernier, Fabricio Coloccini (Capt), Ryan Taylor, Sami Ameobi (Sub. Gabriel Obertan 88), Cheick Tiote (Sub. Yohan Cabaye 70), Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Sub. Haris Vuckic 85).
SC BRAGA: Beto, Baiano, Douglao, Paulo Vinicius, Luis Alberto (Sub. Custodio 70), Ruben Amorim (Sub. Mossoro 79), Carlao (Sub. Eder 45), Paulo Cesar (Capt), Ismaily, Manoel (Sub. Ze Luis 45), Djamal (Sub. Hugo Viana 70). 
Birmingham City gave a disappointing display in a friendly 1:0 defeat to Cheltenham Town. The game saw Peter Lovenkrands make his debut at outside left coming on as a sub, at half time. Darren Ambrose & Stephen Carr also featured.
Phil Airey was on the mark for Spennymoor Town in a 4:0 friendly victory over Esh Winning, having joined the club earlier in the month.
Chris Carr scored on his debut for West Auckland Town in the 42nd. minute, in their 3:0 friendly win over Chester-Le-Street.
York City drew 1:1 with Grantham Town thanks to a 30 yard goal from Patrick McLaughlin.
Tommy Cassidy & Paddy Atkinson’s Blyth Spartans were held to a 0:0 draw by Tonbridge Angels. They handed a start in the match to ex reserves on trial, Patrick Nzuzi & Andy Mogwo.    
Kris Gate scored his first goal for Bedlington Terriers in a 3:1 win friendly over Tonbridge Angels. Having started the match his gal came in the 47th minute. Andy Ferrell also came close to scoring in the game with a shot which the keeper managed to tip around the post.
Michael Hoganson began a trial with Derby County & featured at left back in their 1:0 win over Burton Albion; before being substituted in the 77th minute. 
James Beaumont hit his highest score this season in bat for Stokesley. However his 83 runs were not enough with his side losing by 4 wickets to Sedgefield, 194 for 7 to 195 for 6.    
Team GB. defeated the United Arab Emirates 3:1, to give Stuart Pearce’s side their first win. Craig Bellamy’s cross assisted the sides opening goal in the 16th minute. Playing at inside left he was replaced in the 83rd minute.
St. James Park 2012 Olympics Venue Day 2. In front of a crowd of 24 936, Japan defeated Morocco 1:0, in their Group D match; thanks to an 84th minute goal from Nagai. The first match referee was Svein Moen (Norway) & the teams were-
JAPAN: Shuichi Gonda, Yuhei Tukunaga, Maya Yoshida, Gotoku Sakai, Daisuke Suzuki, Takahiro Ogihara, Hiroshi Kiyotake (Sub. 89 Kenya Sugimoto), Yaki Otsu (Sub. 78 Manabu Saito), Keigo Higashi, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kensuke Nagai.
MOROCCO: Mohamed Amsif, Abdelhmid El Kaoutari, Yassine Jebbour, Mohamed Aberhoun, Houssine Kharja, Driss Fettouhi (Sub. 87 Soufian El Hassnaoui), Abdelaziz Barrada, Zakaria Labyad Abdellotif Noussir, Nordir Amrabat (Sub. 71 Imad Najah), Soufiane Bidaoui (Sub. 74 Omar El Kaddouri).      
Match Two between Spain & Honduras saw a surprise 1:0 victory for Honduras. The only goal of this Group D game was scored by Bengtson after only 7 minutes. There  were a number of yellow cards dished out my match referee Juan Suto of Venezuela in this bad tempered affair in front of s lightly larger crowd of 26 523. The teams were
SPAIN: David De Gea Quintena, Jordi Alba Ramos, Alberto Botia Rabasco, Alvario Dominquez Soto, Martin Montoyn Torralbo, Java Martinez Aginaga (Sub. 83 Cristian Tello Herreran), Isco Francisco Roman Alarcan Suarez (Sub. 66 Rodrigo Moreno Machado), Koke Jorge Resurrecian Merodia (Sub. 45 Arder Herrera Aguera), Adrian Lopez Aluarez, Juan Manuel Mata Garcio, Iker Muniain Goni.
HONDURAS: Jose  Alberto Mendoza Posas, Maynor Alexis Figueroa Rochez, Wilmer Cristanto Casildo, Johnny Harold Leveron Ucles, Jose David Velasquez Colon, Roger Espinoza Rominez (Sub. 72 Orlin Orlando Peralta Gonzales, Roberto Mario Martinez Hernandez, Arnold Fabian Peralta Sosa, Andy Aryel Najar Rodriguez (Sub. 57 Alfredo Antonia Mejia Escabar), Luis Fernando Garrido, Jerry Ricardo Bengtson Bodden (Sub. 81 Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon).
Leon Best was carried off on a stretcher with a serious knee injury for Blackburn Rovers. The friendly against AEK Athens ended in a 2:1 win, with Best scoring a superb goal his sides victory, in the 30th. minute. He also had an 11th minute strike disallowed for offside. 
Sunderland Reserve XI defeated Histon 3:1 in a friendly, with Billy Knott firing in a goal in the 53rd. minute.                
Fitz Hall signed for Watford from QPR on a free transfer?
Newcastle confirmed that negotiations had now been competed & that Curtis Good from Melbourne Hearts had signed for the club. This followed a short successful trial.
St. James Park hosted women’s football for the first time in many years. The Olympics 2012 matches were again ‘back To back’ games, with Group F Canada verses Sweden in the first game. A small crowd of 12 719 witnessed the game refereed by Eun-Ah Hong (Korea). Sweden hit two goals early in the game from Hammarstrom in the 14th minute & then Jacobsson in the 16th. minute. The Canadian goals in reply were both scored by Tancredi in the 44th & 84th minute. The teams were
CANADA: Erin McLeod, Rhian Emilie Wilkinson, Lauren Sesselmann, Carmelina Moscato, Marie Eve Nault (Sub. 86 Chelsea Blaine Stewart), Diana Beverly Matheson, Sophie Diana Schmidt (Sub. 88 Kelly Parker), Desiree Rose Marie Scott, Christine Margaret Sinclair, Melissa Palma Julie Tancredi, Jonelle Filigno (Sub. 75 Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle).
SWEDEN: Hedvig Lindahl, Emma Berglund, Linda Sembrant, Sara Thunebro, Lina Nilsson, Marie Hammarstrom, Kosovare Asllani (Sub. 63 Johanna Almgren), Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer (Sub. 53 Lisa Dahlqvist), Sofia Jacobsson, Lotta (Charlotte) Schelin.
Match two featured France & Columbia & resulted in a 1:0 win for France. The only goal of the game came after only 5 minutes, scored by Thornis. The attendance at this second game was 13 184 & the game was refereed by Quetzalli Avarado Godinez (Mexico). The team line ups were as follows:
FRANCE: Srah Bouhaddi, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard, Sonia Bompastar (Sub. 45 Laure Boulleau), Corine Petit- Franco (Sub. 84 Sabrina Viguier), Camille Abily, Luisa Necid, Sandrine Soubeyrand (Sub. 55 Elise Bussaglia), Eladie Thornis, Marie-Laure Delie, Gaetane Thiney.
COLUMBIA: Sandra Milena Sepulveda Lopera, Natalia Gaitan Laguado, Natalia Ariza Diaz, Yulieth Paola Dominguez Ochoa, Kelis Johana Peduzine Vargas, Katherine Nataly Arias Pena, Daniela Montoya Quinoz, Marie Catalina Usme Pinedu (Sub. 45 + 2 Yoreli Hazleydi Rincon Torres), Carmen Eilsa Rodallega, Ingrid Yulieth Vidal Isaza (Sub. 81 Tatiana Ariza Diaz), Orianica Velasquez Herrera (Sub. 68 Melissa Marie Ortiz Matallana).      

Ex academy starlet Louis Storey signed for Northern League side Ashington.

QPR defeated Wycombe Wanderers 3:0 in a game which saw Kieron Dyer return after his serious injury at the start of last season. He came on as sub in the 73rd minute & assisted the third goal.       

Hello & Welcome to Bulletin. The month of August began with pre season friendly’s, transfers & Olympic football,
which made way for the opening of the new league season & the couples re-involvement in competitive European football. 
With the ‘Toon Tracker’ we now reached the currently playing surname ‘S’. It has certainly proved to be a popular surname initial & those included among many are the late; Gary Speed. This month also sees the final update instalment to bring the Toon Tracker sections up to date & covers the rest of the Current Ex 1st. Team Players. There has also been a further trawling back over of ex players revealing the following have so far been missed out & are now added for completeness. This month ex fringe first team player Matty Pattison, as well ex trialist Jukka Raitala, are added (with others to follow). New information has also come to light on Donald Bell VC & his profile is updated now to include this. Finally, the review of August’s various activities now follows. A month which began with the last of Olympics at St. James Park & the last of the pre season friendly’s leading into the opening games of the season. Also transfers in abundance as the widow draws to close.
A strong Newcastle Reserve XI, guided by Willie Donachie & Peter Beardsley emerged victors by 4:1 at Gateshead. The match saw new signed Curtis Good make his debut at left half before being replaced in the 78th minute. Newcastle’s goals began in the 6th minute when Medhi Abeid fired home. Romain Amalfitano then scored in the 22nd. minute. A Gateshead goal followed in the 26th minute, through Cummins. In the second Gateshead came close equalising, with Dummett blocking an effort on the line. Newcastle then made it three in the 72nd minute through Connor Newton. Marcus Maddison got the fourth of the night with lob over Adam Bartlett. The Gateshead line up also included trialist Ryan McGorrigan who came on at half time at centre forward, having begun a trial with Gateshead that morning. James Marwood also made an appearance on the hour. The match which was refereed by Scott Duncan of Kingston Park & was watched by a crowd of 1 274.
NUFC XI: Rob Elliot, Michael Richardson, Paul Dummett, Gael Bigirimana, James Tavernier, Curtis Good (Sub. 78 Michael Riley), Romain Amalfitano (Sub. Alex Nicholson 45), Connor Newton (Sub. 78 Dennis Knight), JJ. Hooper (Sub. 45 Marcus Maddison), Medhi Abeid (Sub. 83 Liam Henderson), Brad Inman.
GATESHEAD: Adam Bartlett, Glenn Wilson (Sub. 45 Carl Magnay), Paddy Boyle, Ben Clark, James Curtis, Jamie Chandler (Sub. 60 James Marwood), Michael Cummins (Sub. 45 Chris Bush), Phil Turnbull, Nathan Fisher (Sub. 45 Ryan McGorrigan), Liam Hatch (Sub. 45 Yemi Odubade), James Brown (Sub. 45 Josh Gillies).   
St. James Park hosted the last of its group matches, with a good turn out of 25 201 seeing the men’s Under 23’s from Brazil defeat New Zealand 3:0. The match referee was Bakary Gassama of Gambia & Brazil’s goal scorers were: Danilo (23), Leandro Damiao (29) & Sandro (52). The team line ups were as follows:
BRAZIL: Gabriel Vasconelos Ferreira, Thiago Emiliano da Silva, Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior, Rafael Pereira Da Silva, Danilo Luiz da Silva, Alex Sandro Lobo Silva, Juan Guilherme Nunes Jesus (Sent Off- 76), Sandro Ranieri Guimaraes Cordeira (Sub. 82 Romulo Borges Monteiro), Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (Sub. 76 Alexandre Pato Rodrigues da Silva), Leandro Damiao da Silva dos Santos (Sub. 80 Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior).
NEW ZEALAND: Michael O’Keefe, Ryan William Nelsen, Ian Hogg, Thomas Jefferson Smith, Adam Thomas (Sub. 45 Tim Myers), Michael Ryan McGlinchey, Marco Rojas (Sub. 81 Dakota Lucas), Kosta Barbarouses (Sub. 45 Cameron Howieson), Shane Smelter. Christopher Wood, Tim Payne.
Stuart Pearce’s Team GB progressed through the group stage in their final game, defeating Uruguay 1:0. Craig Bellamy captained the side with an energetic performance, before being substituted in the 77th minute. 
Greg McDermott featured on trial for Burton Albion in a 3:1 defeat in a friendly against Leicester City. McDermott came on as a sub in the 69th minute at inside right.
Ashington defeated North Shields 3:1 in their latest pre season friendly. Louis Storey likely made his debut  & scoring from the penalty spot in the second half for Ashington was Phil Cave.    
‘Free agent’ Andy O’Brien signed for US. Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps.                   
Sean Hessey signed for Barrow following a successful brief period on trial with them.    
Jukka Raitala made his debut for Herenveen in 4:0 win over Rapid Bucarest. He featured at right half in this Europa League 3rd. Qualifying 1st. Leg match.
St. James Park hosted the Women’s Quarter Final tie between the USA & New Zealand, with the USA winning 2:0. The match, which was refereed by Jessica Salome Di Iorio of Argentia had a poor attendance of only 10 441.The teams were:
USA: Hope Amelia Solo, Christie Patricia Rampone, Rachel Marie Buehler, Amy Elizabeth Le Peilbet, Kelley Maureen O’Hara, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Powell Heath, Megan Anna Rapinore (Sub. 71 Heather Ann O’Reilly), Mary Abigail Wambach, Lauren Nichole Cheney (Sub. 90+1 Amy Joy Rodriguez Shilling), Alexandra Patricia Morgan (Sub. 81 Sydney Rae Leroux).
NEW ZEALAND: Jenny Lynn Bindan, Rebecca Katie Smith, Ria Dawn Percival, Katie Cherie Hoyle (Sub. 90+5 Annalie Antonia Longo), Abby May Erceg, Alexandra Lowe Riley, Betsy Doon Hasselt, Kirsty Lee Yallop (Sub. 57 Hayley Rose Moorwood), Amber Kornie Rose Heron, Hannah Lilian Wilkinson (Sub. 77 Rosemary Eleanor Florence White), Sarah Joelle Gregorius.
Ian Bogie’s Gateshead defeated a Sunderland XI 4:3, in an exciting match; with trialist Ryan McGorrigan scoring twice. Adam Bartlett & James Marwood also featured.
Ryan Donaldson got another run out on trial with Carlisle United. He featured in their 2:1 defeat to Middlesbrough as a sub in the 59th minute playing as a centre forward.
Tomas Kadar began a trial with Dutch side Roda JC.        
Newcastle continued their pre season friendly programme with a trip to Holland to face ADO Den Haag. Newcastle had the best of the chances nut the game ended in a 0:0 stalemate. The match was refereed by Pieter Vink of Holland in front of a crowd of 7 120. The team line ups were as follows:
NEWCASTLE: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor (Sub. 71 James Perch), Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor (Sub. 64 Mike Williamson), Davide Santon (Sub. 82 Danny Simpson), Cheik Tiote (Sub. 71 Gael Bigrimana), Gabriel Obertan (Sub. 71 Shola Ameobi), Haris Vuckic (Sub. 64 Dan Gosling), Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Sub. 82 Romain Amalfitano), Jonas Guiterrez.         
DEN HAAG: Gino Coutintro, Vito Wormgaar, Kenneth Omervo (Sub. 58 Dion Malone), Danny Holla (Capt) (Sub. 45 Christian Supusepa), Kevin Jansen, Aaron Meijers, Rydell Poepan, Jenss  Toornstra (Sub. 45 Stanley Elbers), Tjaronn Chery, Mike van Duinen (Sub. 45 Charlton Vincento), Gabar Horvath (Sub. 86 Tom Beugelsdijk).
The Quarter Final tie of Olympic Men’s football between Brazil & Honduras marked the final usage of St. James Park as a venue for the event. The public came from far & wide & was also well supported locally to give a great attendance of 42 166. The eventful game had plenty of action & more than its fair share of ‘bad’ tackles resulting in 4 yellow cards for Brazil & 5 yellow + two extra to make rd cards for Honduras. The favourites Brazil found themselves a goal down when Martinez expertly struck a shot into the far corner in the 12th minute. The first red card came just after the half hour, & in the 35th minute Brazil had pulled themselves level through Leandro Damio. In the second half Honduras got themselves ahead again despite having only ten men when Espinoza place a fine shot into the net in the 48th minute. Three minutes later in 51st minute Brazil were awarded a penalty & pull level, with Neymar converting it. On the hour Brazil took the lead when some creative play & fancy footwork saw Leandro Damio get his second. Honduras refused to give in put when the suffered another red card in the 90th minute the result was sealed. Both sides got great applause at the end of the game. Match referee Felix Brych of Germany had a tough job on his hands with one! The team line ups were as follows:
BRAZIL; Gabriel Vasconelos Ferreira, Thiago Emiliano da Silva, Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior, Rafael Pereira Da Silva, Juan Guilberme Nunes Jesus, Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior, Sandro Ranieri Guinaraes Cordeiro (Sub. 42 Danilo Luiz da Silva), Romulo Borges Monteiro, ‘Hulk’ Givanildo Vieira de Souza (Sub. 64 Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva), Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, Leandro Damio da Silva dos Santos (Sub. 89 Alexandre Rodrigues ‘Pato’ da Silva.
HONDURAS: Jose Alberto Menduza Posas, Maynor Alexis Fiqueroa Rochez, Wilmer Crisanto Casildo (Sent Off 33), Johnny Harold Leveron Ucles, Orlin Orlando Peralta Gonzales (Sub. 59 Fredo Antonio Almejia Escobar), Jose David Velasquez Colon, Roger Espinoza Ramirez (Sent Off 90), Mario Roberto Martinez Hernandez, Arnold Fabian Peralta Sosa, Luis Fernando Carrido (Sub. 73 Alexander Agustin Lopez), Jerry Rocardo Bengtson Bodden (Sub. 87 Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon).                                
Stuart Pearce’s Team GB’s dream of an Olympic medal cruelly came to an ended against South Korea. They could only draw 1:1, in as game which they had the better of. After extra time the score remained unchanged & went to a penalty shoot out. Pearce’s agonisingly watched with the shoot out poised at four, four & Sturridge then had his tame effort saved. The Korean’s then blasted in their fifth to make it 5:4 & go through to the semi final. Craig Bellamy had started the game at inside left before being substituted late in the game in the 85th minute. 
Sunderland travelled to Sweden to play Helsingborgs IF in a friendly they lost 2:0. Titus Bramble got another start at left back & Billy Knott got mote first team experience under his belt; coming on as a 69th minute sub.
Middlesbrough took on York City coming out on top with a late goal for a 2:1 win. Boro gave Jonathan Woodgate his returning debut at left back before he was replaced in the 68th minute. The York line up featured Patrick McLaughlin in the first half at inside right.  
West Ham played Ipswich Town in a friendly. Michael Chopra scored in the 15th minute with a penalty; in his sides 3:1 win.
Hartlepool United entertained Hull City, in a game which ended in a 1:1 draw. Hull featured Abdoulaye Faye in the first half at left back.
Scottish league football got underway & Lewis Guy scored on his debut for Tommy Craig’s St. Mirren. His 32nd minute goal helped his side gain a 2:2 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Celtic got their Scottish Premier campaign underway with a 1:0 win over Aberdeen, giving Fraser Forster his first league appearance since signing for them, having only previously played on loan for them.
In non league North Eastern friendly matches, Blyth Spartans were action against Team Northumbria. They won a close fought match 3:2 thanks to a goal from Joe Kendrick. Rob Cavander scored of the Northumbria goals.
A very strong Newcastle XI, featuring many first team players travelled down Hartlepool United for a pre season friendly. The match was a very one sides affair with Newcastle gaining a 5:1 victory. They were three up by half time, with goals from Shola Ameobi on 3 minutes, Sylvain Marveaux on 4minutes, a penalty fired in by Marveaux in the 12th minute. A goal from Haris Vuckic in the 53rd minute saw Newcastle increase their lead in the second half, before  Hartlepool pulled a goal back through Sweeney in the 62nd minute. Gabriel Obertan got Newcastle’s fifth in the 85th minute. A small crowd of 4 802 watched the game, with over half being Newcastle fans & the referee was David Webb of Lancashire. Newcastle’s ‘first team’ debutants as subs. were Jak Alnwick & Curtis Good. The team line ups were:
NEWCASTLE: Steve Harper (Sub. 84 Jak Alnwick), Danny Simpson (Sub. Curtis Good 73), Steve Taylor (Sub. 45 Hatem Ben Arfa), Mike Williamson, James Tavernier, James Perch (Sub. 73 Ryan Taylor), Gael Bigirimana (Sub. 60 Medhi Abeid), Sylvain Marveaux (Sub. 59 Gabriel Obertan), Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano (Sub. 80 Davide Santon), Shola Ameobi (Capt) (Sub. 45 Haris Vuckic.
HARTLEPOOL: Scott Flinders, Neil Austin, Jack Baldwin, Peter Hartley, Evan Harwood (Sub. 45 Darren Holden), Jonathan Franks (Sub. 87 Ben Wignall), Simon Walton (Sub. 67 Paul Murray), Anthony Sweeney, Andy Monkhouse (Sub. 75 Nathan Luscombe), Luke James (Sub. 75 James Poole), Steve Howard. 
Freddie Woodman got his first cap at Under 17’s level of England. He started their game verses the Faroe Islands & kept a clean sheet in their 2:0 win in the first game of the Nordic Cup Tournament.       
Newcastle’s reserves played a behind closed doors friendly against Leeds United. The game resulted in a 1:1 draw with both goals coming in the first half. Leeds scored first  from a penalty scored by Poleon in the 20th minute & Paul Dummett equalised in the 44th minute. JJ. Hooper found the net in the second half but it was ruled offside. The team line ups were as follows:
NUFC RESERVES: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson (Sub. 45 Steven Logan), Curtis Good (Sub. 63 Michael Riley), Michael Richardson (Sub. 61 Dennis Knight), Paul Dummett, Brad Inman, Connor Newton, Mehdi Abeid (Sub. 45 ‘Lubo’ Satka), Yven Moyo (Sub. 45 Marcus Maddison), Haris Vuckic (Sub. 45 JJ. Hooper), Adam Campbell (Sub. 61 Brendan Miele).
LEEDS RESERVES: Alex Cairns, Lewis Turner (Sub. 50- ‘Trialist’), Trialist, Paul Connolly (Sub. 60 Ross Killock), Charlie Taylor, Zac Thompson, Danny Pugh, Dominic Poleon, Trialist (Sub. 80 Ramon Nunez), Nathan Turner, Robbie Rogers.          
Sunderland completed their pre season friendly programme with a 1:1 draw at Derby County. They led from the 71st minute, before Derby equalised near the end. Bramble picked up an injury & did not play, but Billy Knott gained note first tem experience, coming on as an 80th minute substitute at centre forward. 
Ryan McGorrigan got another run on trial with Gateshead. He played the whole reserves pre season friendly against Darlington at outside left. Darlington won the game 4:0. 
Aug.8th. Shildon defeated Blyth Spartans 3:1. Phil Airey featuring for Blyth on trial. He score Blyth’s only goal in the game in the second half. Joe Kendrick assisted the goal 
England Under 17’s drew 0:0 with Norway with Freddie Woodman in goal. The result put the young England side through to the final of the Nordic Cup. This was held on August 11th but Freddie only got to watch from the bench. Unfortunately England lost the final to Sweden 2:0.
Craig Bellamy signed on a free transfer for Cardiff City.
Ex trialist goalkeeper Arestidou, signed for Morecambe. 
Newcastle’s final pre season friendly turned out to be a poor showing for Alan Pardew & John Carver. Travelling to Cardiff City they lost 4:1 & were 3:0 down by half time. The goal scorers for Cardiff were: Aron Gunnarson 16th & 26th minutes, Joe Ralls 20th minute & Etiem Velikonja 76th minute. Newcastle’s only goal came in the 49th minute from a penalty scored by Shola Ameobi. The attendance was 9 682 & the Referee was Mark Whitby from Swansea. One of the few high points for Newcastle was first team debut as a sub. of Adam Campbell. The line ups were as follows:
NUFC: Tim Krul, Fabrico Coloccini (Sub. 45 Mike Williamson), Steven Taylor (Sub. 63 Dan Gosling), Davide Santon, Cheik Tiote (Sub. 71 Romain Amalfitano), Gabriel Obertan (Sub. 84 Adam Campbell), Ryan Taylor (Sub. 28 James Perch), Sylvain Marveaux (Sub. 45 Haris Vuckic), Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi.
CARDIFF: David Marshall (Sub. 83 Joe Lewis), Kevin McNaughton (Sub. 73 Darc Blake), Andrew Taylor, Mark Hudson (capt), Ben Turner, Peter Whittingham, Craig Conway, Joe Ralls (Sub. 71 Robert Earnshaw), Jordon Mutch (Sub. 45 Filip Kiss), Aran Gunnersson (Sub. 45 Don Cowie), Heidar Helguson (Sub. 33 Etien Velikonja).
Dave Watson’s Under 18’s Academy side played a friendly against Tommy Cassidy & Paddy Atkinson’s Blyth Spartans. It  was played at Darlsey Park, behind closed doors & was initially played 30 minutes each way. Then a third period of 15 minutes was added to give the players a better work out. The ‘extra time’ worked in Newcastle’s favour as they were trailing 2:1 & then went on to win 3:2. Blyth opened the scoring after only 5 minutes through Ash Davies. Jonathyn Quinn then equalised for Newcastle in the 28th minute 7 then right on half time in the 30th minute, Jordon Mellish put Blyth back in front. In the second half, Mellish also hit the bar with an effort. In the third period of play Newcastle equalised through junior debutant Daniel Barlasser in the 65th minute & then in the 74th minute when a draw looked likely, up popped Greg Olley to stab home a parried shot for the winner. Newcastle also handed an under 18’s debut to Ben Drennan. The Blyth side included ex reserve Joe Kendrick. The teams were as follows; with only eight of the Blyth line up known :
NUFC UNDER 18’s: Jonathan Mitchell, James Morgan, Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Ben Drennan, Rolando Aarons (Sub. 2nd. Half- Greg Olley), Liam Smith, Steven Logan, Esteban Cardona Lopez (Sub. 2nd. Half- Daniel Barlasser), Jonathyn Quinn, Alex Gilliead.
BLYTH (known players): Conor Grant, Joe Kendrick, Wayne Buchanan, Tom Berji, Jordan Mellish, Ash Davies, Robbie Dale, Craig Farrell.
Willie Donachie’s Reserves XI travelled to play a Blackpool XI, for a Behind Closed Doors Friendly. The first half was goalless, although Grundson hit the post for Blackpool. In the second half, Blackpool score first through Jamie Menagh, before substitute Dennis Knight equalised. Again, only the full Newcastle team is known which was as follows:
NUFC RESERVES: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Curtis Good, Paul Dummett, Shane Ferguson (Replaced- 70 mins), Marcus Maddison Gael Birgirimana, Michael Richardson, Connor Newton, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper. Subs (Known): Dennis Knight, Alex Nicholson.
BLACKPOOL (known players): Chris Basham, Elliot Grundson, Craig Cathcart, Isaiah Osbourne, Tiago Gomes, James Menagh.          
Ian Bogie’s Gateshead opened their Blue Square Bet Premier League campaign away to Luton Town & gained a commendable 2:2 draw. The match saw a competitive league debut for goalkeeper Adam Bartlett. James Marwood also featured as a sub. in the 67th minute.
Barrow drew their opening league game with AFC Telford 0:0. The game marked the competitive of Sean Hessey for Barrow. 
For our Northern League clubs, their competitive season got underway with FA. Cup Extra Preliminary Round matches. Starting with Whitley Bay they saw off the challenge of Bridlington Town; defeating them 2:1. Returning debutant Chris Moore got Whitley’s first goal.    
Bedlington Terriers defeated a spirited Morpeth Town, 2:1. Old boys Andy Ferrell & Paul Brayson both scored on their competitive match debuts for Bedlington in their 2:1 victory.
Newton Aycliffe had to settle for a 1:1 draw with Holker Old Boys. They had got off to a flying start when Paul Robinson fired in the opening goal after only 2 minutes on his competitive debut for them.
Ashington were also held to a 1:1 & their game with Sunderland RCA. now requires a replay. There were competitive debuts for recently released Louis Storey at inside right & also for ex reserve Phil Cave. Other ex Newcastle non first teamers involved in the match were they lost 6:0 Liam Atkin, James Taylor, Tommy English & Marc Walton.    
Stuart Green’s first competitive match in charge of Whitehaven; saw them outplayed in their FA, Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie when they lost 6:0 to Shildon.  
Another ‘new starter’ in managerial terms’ was ex reserve Roy Gordon who saw his first competitive match as assistant manager at Ponteland United. They lost 4:0 to Red House Farm in their opening Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance Division One match.
Competitive action began for some clubs in the newly named Capital One League Cup 1st Round ties. Middlesbrough progressed into the next round with a 2:1 win over Bury. Jonathan Woodgate made his returning competitive debut in the game at right half.
Carlisle United also progressed defeating Accrington Stanley 1:0. Ever present goalkeeper Adam Collin kept a clean sheet, with the Accrington side featuring ex trialist Charles Barnett.
MK Dons drew 1:1 with Cheltenham, & then won through on penalties 5:3. Alan Smith now a permanent player with the Dons came on as a sub in the 61st minute. 
Dean Saunders’ Doncaster Rovers draw their tie with newly promoted York City 1:1 & then won the subsequent penalty shoot out 4:2. James Coppinger featured for Doncaster & Patrick McLaughlin was in the York side, before being substituted in the 87th minute. 
Hull City also drew their tie with Rotherham United 1:1 & they won their penalty shoot out 8:7. The game saw the competitive debut of Abdoulaye Faye at right back, before being replaced in the 73rd minute.  
The FA. Community Shield prelude to the new season, saw Manchester City defeat Chelsea 3:2. James Milner played the whole 90 minutes.
Liverpool defeated Sami Hyypia’s Bayer Leverkusen 3:1; in an emotional return for Sami to his old club. Andy Carroll came on from the bench at half time to skilfully score in the second half & Jose Enrique began the game before being replaced at half time. 
Shay Given announced that he was retiring from playing international football for Ireland & is to concentrate on club football. Shay is the current highest ever capped player for his country having gained 125 caps.
Preston North End defeated Huddersfield Town 2:0 in the League Cup, with Paul Huntington making his competitive debut for Preston.
Gateshead defeated Mansfield Town in the league, handing a competitive debut to Ryan McGorrigan as a 84th minute sub. Bartlett again started & Marwood was a sub coming on in the 67th minute.
Ashington defeated Sunderland RCA in the replay of their FA. Cup Extra Preliminary Round match. Marc Walton featured in the tie which Ashington won 2:1. 
Alan Pardew took part in a successful charity fund raising ‘Talk In’ at the Bamburgh suite at the ground.   
Newcastle’s Reserves continued their behind closed doors friendly preparations with a trip to play an Oldham Athletic Reserve XI. The Newcastle side were two up at half time, before Oldham pulled one back in the second half to make the final score 2:1. The goal scorers were Adam Campbell & Brad Inman, with Oldham’s goal coming from a ‘trialist. The Oldham side featured Dan Taylor. The know details of the team line ups were as follows:
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson (Sub. Steven Logan), ‘Lubo’ Satka, Curtis Good, Yven Moyo, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison (Sub. Brendan Miele), Connor Newton, Michael Richardson Medhi Abeid, Brad Inman (Sub. Dennis Knight), Adam Campbell (Sub. JJ. Hooper).
OLDHAM (Included) : Dean Bouzaris, Connor Brown, Connor Hughes, Carl Winchester, Matt Smith, Daniel Taylor, A Trialist. (Subs 2nd. Half- Joe Cooper, Luke Wandless, Chris Sutherland, Tomas Jones).   
Newcastle’s Under18’s also played again as their pre season preparations came to an end. They defeated Clyde at home at Darsley Park, 3:1. The Newcastle side dominated the first half & were 3:0 up at half time, with clued pulling a goal back in the second half to make it 3:1. The goals came from Roland Aarons (4 minute Penalty), Liam Smith (32 minute Penalty) & Alex Gilliead (33 minutes); with Clydes goal coming in the 48th minute from Sean Doherty. Only the Newcastle line up is known with the new name of Richard Danquah noted.
NUFC: Freddie Woodman, James Morgan, Ben Drennan, Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Rolando Aarons, Richard Danquah, Liam Smith, Greg Olley, Jonathyn Quinn, Alex Gilliead. (Sub. Used- Daniel Barlas(s)er).
CLYDE (Included): Sean Doherty.  
Ex player Neil Simpson whose main carer was with Aberdeen, was given a testimonial ‘Benefit Match’ against a Manchester United XI. They won in front of a paxked house of 22 199, with goals from Jonathan Hayes (38) & Joe Shaughnessy (73); before Anderson pulled on back in the 84th. minute. Simpson kicked off the game before coming off. The tremendous occasion was refereed by Scotland’s Kevin Clancy. Those involved were as follows:
ABERDEEN: Jamie Langfield, Isaac Osbourne (Sub. 66- Joe Shaughnessy), (Sub 79 Brian Irvine), Russell Anderson (Sub. 45 Andrew Considine), Mark Reynolds, Gary Naysmith (Sub. 64 Nicky Law), Chris Clark (Sub. 79 Doug Bell), *Neil Simpson (Sub. 1 Stephen Hughes), (Sub 45 Gavin Rae), Robert Mileson (Sub. 79 Steve Tosh), Jonathan Hayes (Sub. Scott Vernon 45), Michael Paton (Sub. 82 Jason Brown), Mitch Megginson (Sub. 73 Doug Rougvie), Josh Magennis.
MAN. UTD: XI: David De Gea (Sub. 45 Samuel Johnston), Michael Keane, Tyler Blackett (Sub. 68 Quentin Fortune), Thomas Thorpe, Rio Ferdinand (Sub. 45 Clayton Blackmore), Nicholas Powell (Sub. 59 Daren Fletcher), Anderson, Federica Macheda (Sub. 45 Dwight Yorke), Bebe, Ryan Giggs (Sub. 59 Larnell Cole), Paul Scholes (Sub. 45 Januzaj).      
Lee Clark’s Birmingham City demolished Barnet 5:1 in the Capital One League Cup 1st. Round tie. Goal scorers included competitive debutants: Stephen Caldwell (Centre Half- 49 mins), Darren Ambrose (Inside Right- 54 mins), Pater Lovenkrands (Forward- 90 +1 mins)
Crystal Palace battled to a 2:1 win over Exeter City in their League Cup tie. Peter Ramage made his retuning competitive debut for Palace in the game at right back. 
Ipswich Town defeated Mark McGhee’s Bristol Rovers in their Capital One League Cup 1st. Rd tie, despite a missed penalty by Michael Chopra.
David Edgar played at right back for Burnley in their League Cup 3:1 win over port Vale. 
Ben Tozer featured at right back for Northampton Town in their 2:1 cup win over Cardiff City.  
Blyth Spartans signed Phil Airey following a successful trial.  
‘Free agent’ Marlon Harewood signed for Barnsley.   

Paul Dunn made his competitive debut for Morpeth Town in a FA Cup Extra Qualifying Rd 2:1 defeat to Bedlington Terriers. Bedlington’s goal scorers were debutants Andy Ferrell & Paul Brayson. Callum Morris also featured for Morpeth.
England defeated Italy 2:1 in an International Friendly held in Switzerland. Andy Carroll started up front before being replaced at half time & James Milner came on in the second half on 62 minutes & made a big impact in the game goal; assisting the winning goal from Defoe.
Michael O’Neil’s Northern Ireland side defeated Finland 3:2 in their friendly match. Newcastle’s Shane Ferguson scored their opening goal after only 7 minutes.
Gary Caldwell started Scotland’s 3:1 friendly victory over Australia.
Following lengthy negotiations & a successful medical Dutch International Vurnon Anita signed for Newcastle from Ajax for £6.67 million.
Sunderland signed ‘free agent’ Louis Saha, who was released in the summer by Tottenham Hotspur.
Shefki Kuqi signed for Scottish premier League side Hibs.
Ian Bogie & his Gateshead coach Terry Mitchell did a ‘Talk In’ at the Corporation Club, Gayeshead.
Alan O’Brien released by Gateshead at the end of last season, signed for Hungerford Town.
Ryan Donaldson signed a short term contract with Gateshead. The club also announced that Ryan McGorrigan was being offered a contract with Gateshead following his trial.
Cardiff City defeated Huddersfield Town 1:0 in their opening Championship league game of the season. Craig Bellamy played the full game at outside left.
Newcastle’s 2012-13 season Premier League campaign got underway with a tough home game against Tottenham Hotspur. After a goalless first half where Spurs hit the woodwork, Newcastle came out the stronger in the second half it was Demba Ba who opened up the scoring in the 54th minute with a great effort. Spurs however, drew level through Defoe in the 76th minute; before Hatem Ben Arfa was brought down in the box & he converted the penalty in the 80th minute. The game marked the competitive debut of new signing Vurnon Anita who came as a sub in the 71st minute. The match also saw manager Alan Pardew ‘banished’ to the stands for pushing an official in an attempt to draw his attention to an incident. A massive attendance of 52 385 witnessed the 2:1 victory to get the season off to a great start. The game was refereed by Martin Atkinson of Bradford & the teams were as follows:
NUFC: Tim Krul, James Perch, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Sub. 71 Vurnon Anita), Jonas Gutierrez (Capt), Demba Ba (Sub. 85 Gabriel Obertan), Papiss Cisse.
SPURS: Brad Friedel, Kyle Walker, William Gallas (Capt), Younes Kaboul, Benait Assou-Ekotto, Jake Livermore, Sandro (Sub. 84 Harry Kane, Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, (Sub. 68 Rafael Van Der Vaart), Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe.
Willie Donachie’s Reserves ‘development team’ were also in action in their opening league game. They also played Tottenham Hotspur at home, & the game was played behind closed doors at Darlsey Park. The game proved a high scoring event with Newcastle coming out on top in a 6:4 score line. Adam Campbell gained an impressive hat trick; scoring in the 3rd 16th & 36th minute. New signing Curtis Good marked his competitive reserve debut with a goal in the 6th minute & Haris Vuckic also scored in the first half to give a 5:1 half time lead. Ryan Mason scored the Spurs goal. In the second half Brad Inman extended Newcastle’s lead in the 69th minute, before their opponents made a late show of it; with Yago Falque scoring in the 71st & 78th minutes & Cristian Ceballas scoring in the 77th minute. Newcastle’s new signings Satka & Bigirimana also also made his competitive reserve debut. Match referee was Glen Hart of Darlington & the two team line ups were as follows:
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Yven Moyo, Curtis Good, ‘Lubo’ Satka, Medhi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Marcus Maddison (Sub. 45 Brad Inman), Adam Campbell, Haris Vuckic (Sub. 68 Alex Nicholson), Michael Richardson (Sub. 45 Connor Newton).
SPURS: Jonathon Miles (Sub. 81 Lawrence Vigeroux), Adam Smith (Sub. 17 Masan Bush) (Sub. 72 Joshua Onomah), Nathan Byrne, Grant Hall, William Ekong, Tom Carroll, Yago Falque, Ryan Mason, Souleymone Coulibaly, Jack Manns, Cristian Ceballas.
Dave Watson’s Under 18’s Academy side completed an unusual trio of matches, by facing Tottenham Hotspur’s Under 18’s, in their opening Professional Development League match at home at their Little Benton training ground. It was the Spurs youngsters who came out on top in this one defeating a very young Newcastle side 4:0. The could have been mote than two up at half time through goals from Laste Dombaxe (12) & Shaq Coulthirst (32). They then extended their lead through Kenny McEvoy (48). They completed their scoring through Darren McQueen (86). Prior to this Liam Smith had a penalty saved in the 58th minute. Watson gave academy competitive debuts to Woodman, Morgan, Drennan, McKinnon & Armstrong who started & to subs. Atkinson & Barlaser. The two teams were:
NUFC: Freddie Woodman, James Morgan (Sub. 82 James Atkinson), Ben Drennan, Steve Logan (Sub. 72 Daniel Barlaser),Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Greg Olley, Liam Smith, Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong, (Sub. 68 Jonathyn Quinn), Estoban Cardona Lopez.
SPURS: Luke McGee, Alex McQueen, Sam Smith, Laste Dombaxe, Tom Gardiner (Sub. 74 Connor Ogilvie), Dominic Ball, Dominic McQueen, Ruben Lameires, Shaq Coulthirst, Harry Winks, Kenny McEvoy (Sub. 86 Victor Zapata).         
In the Premier League, Sunderland gained a credible 0:0 draw at Arsenal, & Louis Saha made his debut as a 64th minute substitute were squad number 25.  
Chris Hughton’s Norwich City couldn’t have got to a worse start, when they suffered a 5:0 defeat at Fulham. Damien Duff opened the scoring for the Londoners in the 26th minute. Aaron Hughes also played.
Reading drew 1:1 with Stoke City, giving Dannie Guthrie his competitive debut, wearing the No.20 shirt for his new club.      
Big Sam’s newly promoted West Ham United got off to a winning start thanks a goal from Kevin Nolan in the 40th minute. Playing for Villa were ex Newcastle trio, Shay Given, Stephen Ireland & Charles N’Zogbia.
Steve Clarke’s West Brom gained a convincing 3:0 victory over an out of sorts Liverpool. Their 78th minute sub. Andy Carroll could do little to change matters. 
Swansea City hammered QPR 5:0 in London, with line up which included Wayne Routledge. An unused sub. on the bench following his bad injury last year was Kieron Dyer.
In the championship, Middlesbrough lost 1:0 at Barnsley. Jonathan Woodgate made his returning competitive debut in the game, wearing the squad number 39.
Crystal Palace lost 3:2 at home to Watford & number 29 was returning debutant Peter Ramage.
Lee Clark’s Birmingham City drew 1:1 with Charlton & all 3 new ex Newcastle signings, Steven Caldwell, Darren Ambrose & Peter Lovenkrands all started in the game.  
Hull City defeated Brighton 1:0, with Abdoulaye Faye at right back Kazenga Lua Lua came on as a sub for Brighton in the 68th minute.
Blackburn Rovers featured new signing Bradley Orr in a 1:1 draw at Ipswich; whose line up included Michael Chopra.
Finally, Burnley defeated Bolton Wanderers 2L0 with David Edgar in the side.
In League 1, Oldham athletic lost 2:0 to MK Dons, giving ex Newcastle youngster Dan Taylor his debut as a sub. in the 80th minute. Alan Smith came on as a sub a minute later for the winners.
Paul Huntington started for Preston in their 0:0 draw with Colchester.
Dean Saunders’ Doncaster Rovers got their league one campaign off to a good start with a 3:0 win oat Walsall. James Coppinger came on as a sub in the game.   
Dropping down to League 2, York City found life tough going, & lost 3:1 at home to Wycombe Wanderers. Patrick McLaughlin featured for York.
Gateshead continued their undefeated start in the Blue Square Premier League, gaining a 1:1 draw with Forest Green Rovers. Their was a debut for Ryan Donaldson as a 76th minute sub. Bartlett once again started in goal. Marwood also came on as a sub. with McGorrigan sitting it out on the bench.   
Elsewhere in the Blue Square Premier, Sean Hessey featured for Barrow in their 3:P1 defeat at Woking.
In the Scottish Premier League, Hibs defeated St. Mirren 2:1, giving a debut to new signing Shefti Kuqi as a sub. in the 84th  minute.
It was also the opening day of the season in the Blue Square (North) League, were Workington defeated Stalybridge 4:1. Mark Boyd made his competitive debut before being replaced near the end in the 82nd. minute.
Tommy Cassidy’s Blyth Spartans gave away a last minute penalty, leading to a 2:1 defeat at Witton Albion. There was a returning debut for Joe Kendrick at left back & for forward Phil Airey, who was replaced in the second half. Airey had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.
The newly named Ebac Northern League also got their fixtures underway & first up in the round up of results is Ashington who defeated Billingham Synthonia 2:1. Their were starts for man of the match Liam Atkin at centre half, James Taylor at outside right, Marc Walton at centre forward who scored in the 43rd minute & Phil Cave at outside left; who hit the winner in the 82nd minute. There were also substitute appearances for Louis Storey & Callum Little.
West Auckland Town defeated Newcastle Benfield 3:2 on a closely fought game. The winners featured new signing Adam Rundle at outside left. He marked his first league appearance for the club with an excellent 30 yard strike late in the game. Chris Carr also featured at centre half.
Whitley Bay defeated Billingham Town 2:1. Chris Moore scored in the 28th minute & Lee Kerr at centre forward who had an effort cleared off the line.    
Bedlington Terriers got a convincing 6:2 win over Durham City. Paul Brayson scored twice in the first half, & Kris Gate also found the net in the first half. There were also appearances from Craig Baxter at right back, Stuart Elliott at right half, Andy Farrell at inside right & Keiran Wrightson as a sub.
Celtic Nation defeated South Shields 1:0. Paul Talbot entered the fray as a sub Shields
Dunston UTS lost 3:1 at home to Shildon, featuring summer signing Dale Burrell at inside right.
Newton Aycliffe lost 1:0 at Marske United, with Paul Robinson featuring up front for Aycliffe. Scott Pocklington also played in goal.
Team Northumbria lost at Spennymoor town, 3:0, with Rob Cavener in the side at left half.
Last but not least Consett drew 2:2 with Sunderland RCA, & Craig Robson was in the Consett side.
Icelandic side KR, defeated Stjarnan in the final of the Icelandic Cup. Playing at left half for the winners was Bjarni Gudjonsson.
Everton defeated Manchester United 1:0 in the last of the premier league opening fixtures. Sylvain Distin played at right half for Everton.
Norwich City’s Chris Hughton signed Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong. The undisclosed fee was reported to be about £4 million.
James Troisi finally got to leave Kayserispor Kulubu of Turkey, having walked out on the club back on April 21st. His transfer fee to Juventus was ½ Million euros & it was announced that the Italian giants intended to first send him out on loan to Atlanta. 
Ipswich Town drew 1:1 with Watford in the Championship. Ipswich 90th minute equaliser came from Michael Chopra.
In the Northern League, Ashington defeated Whitley Bay 3:1. Lee Kerr had given Whitley the lead, before Marc Walton scored twice for Ashington. Their third goal came from Callum Little.
Lubo’ Staka played at centre half for Slovakia Under 18’s in their opening match in the Memorial Vaclava Jezka Tournament match in the Czech Republic. They defeated the Ukraine 1:0.
Chelsea defeated Reading 4:2, despite Danny Guthrie scoring first with free kick for Reading in the 29th minute.        
In the Northern League it was Paul Brayson (with 2) & Andy Ferrell (l) that were on score sheet again for Bedlington Terriers as they continued their impressive start to the season. They defeated Billingham Synthonia 3:2.
West Auckland Town also got a win, beating Billingham Town 4:0. Adam Rundle scored one of their goals.
Lastly Hebburn Town defeated Newton Aycliffe 4:1, with Aycliffe’s only goal in the game being scored by Paul Robinson. 
Newcastle’s UEFA Europa League campaign began away at Atromitos in the 1st Leg of the 3rd. Qualifying Play Off Round. It was the Greeks who scored first in the 23rd minute through Denis Epstein. It was at the end of first half injury time that Newcastle equalised, through a Ryan Taylor free kick (45 +1 minutes). The starting line up s saw a competitive first team debut for new signing Gael Bigirimana & in the second half their substitute debut appearances for Romain Amalfitano & local youngster Adam Campbell. The latter aged only 17 years & 236 days, becoming the youngest ever first team player in European competition. A title previously held by Andy Carroll. After the early scare of going behind, Newcastle were little troubled in the second half & with the away goal, the home fixture with a stronger line up not playing in 35o C heat; things look good for Newcastle to progress in the competition. The attendance was 4 872 & the match referee was Alan Yefet of Israel. 
NUFC: Steven Harper, James Perch, James Tavernier, Mike Williamson (Capt), Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling (Sub. 65 Ramain Amalfitano), Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux (Sub. 70 Jonas Gutierrez), Papiss Cisse (Sub. 75 Adam Campbell).  
ATROMITOS: Charles Itandje, Ioannis Skondras, Sokratis Fytanidis, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Konstantihos Giannoulis (Sub. 87 Athanisis Karagounis), Matias Iglesias, Nikola Belijic (Sub. 60 Martinaldo Chumbinho), Elini Dimoutsos, Eduardo Luiz Brito, Denis Epstein, Njazi Kuqi (Sub. 60 Apostolos Karamanos).    
Slovakia Under 18;s lost their next match in the Memorial Vaclava Jezka Tournament going down 1:0 to Hungary. Satka again played the whole game at Centre Half.
Gateshead defeated Stockport County 2:1 in a closely fought match. Ryan Donaldson got himself his first goal for the club in the 55th minute, but then got sent off in the 82nd minute as Gateshead hung on for the win.
Newcastle found the away league fixture at Chelsea came too close following the exploits in Europe; going down 2:0. The match was fairly even with Cisse clipping the bar with an effort, before Torres went down in the box claming a penalty. Up stepped Hazard to put the Blues ahead in the 22nd minute. It was in the 3rd. minute of first time injury time that Chelsea got their second through Torres. The match attendance was 41 718 & the referee was Phil Dowd from Staffordshire. 
NUFC: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson (Sub. 63 Ryan Taylor), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Sub. 74 Sylvain Marveaux), Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (Sub. 76 James Perch), Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.       
CHELSEA: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Tim Cahill, Ashley Cole, Raul Meireles (Sub. 87 Frank Lampard), John Obinna ‘Mikel’, Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata (Sub 66 Ramires Santos do Nascimento), Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres.
Newcastle’s Under 18’s travelled to Southampton for a morning kick off & they went down 2:1. The Saints youngsters were one up at half with a goal from Harrison Reed on 8 minutes. They doubled their lead in the 55th. minute through Ryan Seager, before Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong pulled one back in about 72nd minute. The team line ups for the two sides were:
NUFC: Jonathan Mitchell, James Morgan, Ryan McKinnon, Lee Desmond, Ben Drennan, Greg Olley, Steven Logan, Adam Armstrong, Jonathyn Quinn, Estoban Cardona Lopez (Sub. 60 Daniel Barlaser), Alex Gilliead.
SOUTHAMPTON: Chris Johns, Jason McCarthy, Will Wood, Bevis Mugabi, Jordan Turnbull, Dominic Gape, Harrison Reed (Sub. 72 Jake Hesketh), Jake Flannigan (Sub. 72 Charlie Higgins), Gregory Ariyibi, Sam McQueen (Sub. 45 Omar Rowe), Ryan Seager.   
‘Lubo’ Satka again featured at centre half for Slovakia Under 18’s in their 3rd / 4th place play off match of the Memorial Vaclava Jezka Tournament against Turkey. The game ended in a 0:0 draw, with the Slovakian’s winning the penalty shoot out & Satka fired home his penalty.
Elsewhere in the Premier League Fulham took a 3rd minute lead through Damien Duff but ended up losing 3:2 to Manchester United.
Norwich City’s nee signing Bassong made his debut at right half, wearing his new squad number 5. Their league match with QPR ended in  a 1:1 draw.
It was FA Cup Preliminary Round match day for the regions remaining Northern League clubs in the competition. A very strong Bedlington Terriers line up travelled the short distance to Whitley Bay & easily won 3:0. Bedlington went ahead early in the game & after Kris Gate had hit the post, a Craig Baxter effort was blocked & judged to have been handled in the box. Paul Brayson covered the penalty in the 44th minute. In the second half Brayson scored again in the 70th minute, making it 3:0. The Bedlington line up also included Stuart Elliott & Andy Ferrell. Whitlrey’s side included Lee Kerr & Chris Moore.
Ashington knocked out Marske United with a 4:1 win, in their FA Cup Preliminary tie. Marc Walton scored a hat trick, which began with a 2nd minute penalty.
Chris Carr scored West Auckland Town’s last goal in a 4:1 victory over a battling Birtley Town in their FA. Cup Preliminary round tie.
Consett were in a 3:0 defeat in Northern League. They entertained newly reformed Darlington 1883. Playing for Consett was Craig Robson
Team Northumbria defeated Newton Aycliffe 3:0 in their Northern League match. Newly signed Ben Sayer, playing at inside left, scored the students third goal in the 89th minute. Also in the winning team was RobertCavaner?? .
Dean Critchlow also came on as a sub in the second half. Ever present keeper Scott Pocklington was between the sticks for Aycliffe.
In the Evo Stik Premier League Bkyth Spartans led Hednesford through Phil Airey’s first goal for the club. He slotted in one on one with goalkeeper in the 3rd minute. However, their opponents got back into the game & came out on top with a 2:1 score line. Joe Kendrick also featured for Blyth. 
Finally on the cricket pitch Stokesley defeated Middlesbrough by 58 runs; 218 for 5 to 162 all out. James Beaumont hit a respectable 45 runs before being out lbw & bowled took 1 wicket for 28 runs.   
On the transfer front Barrow signed Chris Moore from Whitley Bay.
Coventry City announced they had parted company with manager Andy Thorn following a poor start to the season. Andy had held the post since April 2011. 
Freddie (Alfred) Fletcher Born Mar.20th.1941, Greenock, Scotland; the clubs ex Chief Executive from Sir John Hall era, Died today aged 71 after bravely battling a serious illness.
Chris Moore made his Blue Square Premier debut for Barrow, in a 2:0 league defeat to Macclesfield.
Ex magpie Callum Morris left Morpeth Town on a free transfer to sign for Scottish Division One side Dunfermline Athletic. Earlier in the summer he’d had trials with Barrow, Gillingham & OFI Crete.
Gateshead drew 1:1 with Lincoln City. James Marwood scored his first goal for Gateshead in the 44th. minute. It was a lead they held on until the 89th minute. Ryan McGorrigan came on as a sub in the 69th minute & Bartlett played in goal. In goal for Lincoln was Paul Farman.
In Evo Stik Premier League, Blyth Spartans defeated Whitby Town 3:1. Phil Airey got Blyth’s first early in the game & Joe Kendrick scored their second with a penalty in the 90th minute. 
In the Northern League Bedlington Terriers defeated a strong Ashington side 4:0. The goal scorers included Stuart Elliott in the 24th minute & two from Paul Brayson. He scored in the 36th minute & then in the 89th minute with penalty.
Hebburn Town defeated Team Northumbria 2:0, with ex academy player Stephen Foster scoring one of the goals.
There was a high scoring game in the Northern League Division II, with Stuart Green’s Whitehaven winning at Ryton & Crawcrook 6:4.   
Newcastle Reserves had their league match with Southampton cancelled & they arranged to play Gateshead Reserves in a Behind Close Doors Friendly instead. They won the game 1:0, thanks to 9th minute goal from Marcus Maddison. There are no details of the Gateshead team line up, although it is known that ex reserve Ryan McGorrigan played. The teams were as follows:
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley, Connor Newton, Curtis Good, Paul Dummett (Sub. 45 ‘Lubo’ Satka), Marcus Maddison (Sub. 45 Dennis Knight), (Sub. 71 Steven Logan), Medhi Abeid (Sub. 83 Paul Dummett), JJ. Hooper, Michael Richardson, Brad Inman.
GATESHEAD: Jordan Nixon, Michael Roberts, Lee Mole (Sub. 56 Lewis Galpin), Jack Lilley, Lance McGlen, Rob Ramshaw, David Luke, Luke Carr, Callum Patton, Peter Ravenhill (Sub. 60 Jamie Barton), Ryan McGorrigan (Sub. 60 Michael Sweet)
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy side also played a Behind Closed Doors Friendly. This was against Monkseaton Academy & they won 7:0. The Newcastle youngster led 4:0 at half time with two goals from Alex Gilliead in the 10th. & 14th minutes a goal from Daniel Barlaser in the 30th minute & a goal from Estoban Cardona Lopez. In the second half Jonathyn Quinn scored twice. Unfortunately the scorer of the other goal is not known & neither is the sides full team line up. The score emded 7:0.    
Birmingham City Lost 3:2 (After Extra Time) against Coventry City in the 2nd Round of the Capital One League Cup. Their first goal was scored in the 4th minute by Peter Lovenkrands. Darren Ambrose & Stephen Caldwell also played.
Dunfermline Athletic defeated Montrose 3:0 in the 2nd Round of the Scottish Communities League Cup. The winners handed newly signed Callum Morris his debut at right half.
Newcastle’s 2nd. Leg Europa League 3rd Round Play Off tie with Atromitos.
Despite losing Ryan Taylor to injury early in the game, Newcastle started brightly & the substitute who replaced Haris Vuckic opened the scoring for Newcastle with a deflected shot in the 20th minute. The score remained 1:0 at half time, although Newcastle road there luck near the break ‘taking their foot of the pedal’ & almost conceded a penalty which many a referee would have given. In the second half the result could have changed for both sides, but remained 1:0 & after this unimpressive display the club now await the draw for the group stage. The attendance on the night was 29, 242 & game was refereed by Stephan Studer (Switzerland). The team line
ups were as follows:
NUFC: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabrico Coloccini, Ryan Taylor (Sub. 11 Haris Vuckic), Gael Bigirimana, James Perch (Sub. 59 James Tavernier), Sylvain Marveaux (Sub. 90 + 2 Romain Amalfitano),
Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling, Demba Ba.
ATROMITOS: Charles Itandje, Ioannis Skondras, Kostas Giannoulis, Sokratis Fytanidis, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Brito (Sub. 88 Njazi Kuqi), Walter Iglesias, Elini Dimoutsos (Sub. 85 Pitu), Denis Epstein, Tasos Karamanos, Chumbinho (Sub. 75 Nikola Beljic).  
Ron McGarry was the pre match  ‘Talk In’ guest at newly opened No. 9 club.
The day before the transfer deadline, put an end to rumours that Andy Carroll was going to return to Newcastle; as he joined West Ham United on a season long loan.
Joey Barton completed a move to Marseille on a free transfer.
Paul Dummett went out on loan from Newcastle to St.Mirren.
James Coppinger went on loan from Doncaster Rovers to Nottingham Forest. 
Oguchi Onyewu went out on loan from Sporting Lisbon to Malaga.


The month of September kicked off with a first team being held to a draw at home to Aston Villa. This was followed by an international break. The Europa League Group stage action began & there was also the newly named Capital One League Cup action. This months updates see a further re-trawl through the careers of ex  players which has revealed the following are still active in football through to the 2010-11 season+ These further additions are now added for completeness to the Toon Tracker Indexes. Ex first team players are; Warren Barton, Cacapa, Craig Moore, Ronnie Johnsen, Shaka Hislop, Steve Guppy & Niki Papavasiliou. There are also ex academy/reserve inclusions, Richard Archer, Stewart Bath, Ryan Hogg, Oliver Nicholas & Phil Pringle. The Index, now close to completion; progresses to Surnames ‘T, U, & V’ & includes Triosi,  various Taylor’s & Vuckic. Toon happenings for the month of September now follows:        
Newcastle’s Under 18’s managed to defeat Stoke City at home 1:0 in the league. The victory came thanks to a late goal from Daniel Barlaser in the 89th minute. There were under 18 competitive debuts in the game for defender Jamie Sterry & Kyle Cameron. The team line ups were:
NUFC: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Sterry (Sub. 67 Ben Drennan), Lee Desmond, Jonathyn Quinn, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Greg Olley, Steven Logan, Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons (Sub. 45 Daniel Barlaser).
STOKE: Dale Eve, Ryan Shields, Sam Westley, (Sub. 90 Peter Makrillos), Kris Scott?, Sam Coulson, Ryan O’Reilly, Jake Cook, James Alabi (Sub. 45 Edward Sanders), Jack Nardiello (Sub. 71 Marcel Barrington), Kieran Monlouis, Derice Richards. 
In the Premier League Andy Carroll made his debut for West Ham United assisting a couple of their goals in a 3:0 victory over Fulham. Kevin Nolan scored the opening goal in the first minute. Carroll later limped off with an injury in the 68th minute.
Sunderland drew 2:2 at Swansea City, with Wayne Routledge scoring for Swansea in the just before half time. Louis Saha came on as sub in the 67th minute.
James Coppinger made his debut as a 85th  minute sub. in Nottingham Forest’s 2:1 win over Charlton Athletic.
In the Championship, Ipswich Town drew 2:2 with Huddersfield Town. Michael Chopra got Ipswich’s second in the  72nd minute.
In the npower Division II, Patrick McLaughlin had an eventful afternoon in York’s 3:1 win over Oxford United. He put through his own goal in the 23rd minute & then in the second half, he scored for York in the 54th minute.
In the Evo Stik Northern Premier League, Blyth Spartans battled to a 3:3 draw with Marine. Joe Kendrick scored twice in the game; in the 7th minute with a penalty & then in the 62nd. minute. He claimed man of the match, with Phil Airey also starting up front in the game.
In the Ebac Northern League 1st. Division, Ashington battled to a 3:3 draw with West Auckland Town. Mark Walton scored twice, after 15 minutes & then later in the second half; James Taylor assisting. The ‘Colliers’ other goal came from Callum Little. Their team also included, Louis Storey & Phil Cave; while the position included Chris Carr & Adam Rundle.  
In the Northern Alliance, Blyth Town defeated Harraby United 6:3. Substitute Johnny Mann scored their 5th. goal in the 81st minute. 
Newcastle’s last Premier League game before international break was at home to Aston Villa. After a poor first half, they trailed 1:0 at half time to a Ciaran Clark 22nd minute header. Newcastle’s made a game of it in the second half & equalised through Hatem Ben Arfa who fired in powerful shot. Newcastle had another couple of good chances, but the score remained 1:1. The attendance on the day was 48 245 & the game was refereed by Lee Probert of Gloucestershire. Ex players Stephen Ireland started & N’Zogbia came on as a sub. Shay Given was an used sub. The teams were:
NUFC: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson (Sub. 38 Gael Bigirimana), Farbrico Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Guiterrez, (Sub. 86 Sylvain Marveaux), Deba Ba (Sub. 89 Gabriel Obertan), Papiss Cisse.
ASTON VILLA: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan, Karim El Ahmadi (Sub. 72 Charles N’Zogbia), Stephen Ireland, Andreas Weimann (Sub. 64 Gabriel Agbonlahor), Brett Holman, Darren Bent
Nacho’ Gonzalez scored his third penalty in three consecutive games for Standard Leige in their Belgium Pro league 4:2 defeat to Club Brugge.
Newcastle Reserves / Under 21’s Development, defeated Stoke City away 5:1.
They led 2:0 at half with goals from Brad Inman 29 minutes, & Marcus Maddison 39 minutes. Inman made it a hat trick in the second half scoring in the 51st & 68th minute, with the Newcastle side dominating the game. Trialist Ray Odiaka did get a goal back for Stoke in the 59th minute. JJ. Hooper got Newcastle’s other goal in 74th minute, with Adam Campbell also missing a penalty. The attendance was roughly 400 & the referee was Michael Sailsbury (Lancashire). The line ups were as follows:
Newcastle: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Curtis Good, Connor Newton, James Tavernier (capt), ‘Lubo’ Satka, Marcus Maddison (Sub. 67 Dennis Knight), Michael Richardson, Adam Campbell, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper.
Stoke: Daniel Bachmann, Ben Glasgow (Sub. 63 Lucas Dawson), Jordan Keane (capt), Ryan O’Reilly, Michael Clarkson, Adam Thomas (Sub. 76 Jadan Hall), George Rigg, Jordan Rochardson, Andrew Musungu, Trialist- Ray Odiaka (Sub. 61 Karim Rossi), Trialist- Abu Bakarr Karsbo.
‘Free Agent’ Michael Owen signs for Stoke City.     
West Auckland Town went to the top of the Northern League, with a 2:0 win over Consett. Chris Carr.  
Arestidou (Squad No.25), made his first team debut for Morecambe after being an unused sub prior. Morecambe defeated Accrington Stanley 2:0 in the 1st. Round of the Johnstone’s Paints Football League Trophy. In midfield for the losers was another ex trialist Charles Barnett. 
In the Northern League. Ashington lost 2:1 to Bishop Auckland. The unlucky Lewis Storey saw a shot deflect off him into his own net for the Bishops first goal.
Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21’s defeated Azerbaijan 2:0 in their European Championships Group 8 match.
In Group 7 of the Under 21’s European Championship Qualifiers, Hungary defeated the Republic of Ireland 2:1. Tomas Kadar featured for Hungary at right half. Gosztonyi also played. He began the game at left half & wss replaced in the 68th minute.   
In Group 4 of the Under 21’s European Qualifiers Northern Ireland lost 3:1 to Macedonia. Played for the Irish side at centre half was Patrick McLaughlin.
A Reserve XI friendly away to Berwick Rangers ended in a 2(1) : 1(1) defeat, in front of a small crowd of 309. The goal scorer for Newcastle Adam Campbell who found the net in the 11th. minute. Berwick goals were scored by Fraser McLaren (38 Pen) & Lee Guthrie (77). Berwick got the penalty when Ferguson was fouled in the box by Satka. The Newcastle side featured a trialst Dan Rickard. The match referee was Gavin Ross (Edinburgh).
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Steven Logan, (Sub- 45 Adam Armstrong), Michael Riley, Connor Newton, ‘Lubo’ Satka, Michael Richardson, Brad Inman, Adam Campbell, Trialist- Dan Rickard  (Sub- 75 Alex Gilliead), Dennis Knight.
BERWICK: Youssef Bejaoui (Sub- 72 Gordon Sanderson), Devon Jacobs, Dean Hoskins, Dene Droudge (Sub- 27 Dougie Brydon), Andy Mclean, John Ferguson (Sub- 72 Stuart Noble), Steven Nutman (Sub- 61 Craig Stevenson), Damien Gielty (Sub- 45 Lee Currie), Phil Addison, Fraser McLaren (Sub- 61 Darren Lavery), Kevin McDonald.   
England’s World Cup Qualifier against Moldova proved a one sided affair They won 5:0, James Milner scored in the 74th minute.
Holland defeated Turkey 2:0, giving Tim Krul a clean sheet for his country. Emre featured for the first hour at left half for Turkey, in this World cup Group D Qualifier.
In Group F of their World Cup Qualifier Michael O’Neil’s Northern Ireland lost 2:0 to Russia. Featuring at right half them was Aaron Hughes.
In Their World Cup Group C Qualifier Germany defeated the Faroe Island 3:0. Playing at outside left for the Faroe’s was Joan Edmundsson. He was substituted in the 84th minute.
In Group I of the World Cup Qualifiers France defeated Finland 1:0. Yohan Cabaye featured for the winners.
Also in Group I of the World Cup Qualifiers, were Ketsbaia’s Georgia who defeated Belarus 1:0. Playing at right back for Georgia was Khizanishvili.
The Ivory Coast defeated Senegal 4:2, in African Cup of Nations Qualifier 2nd Round 1st leg match. Papiss Cisse scored one of Senegal’s goals & Demba Ba featured as a sub.
Scotland drew 0:0, with Serbia their World Cup Group A Qualifier. At right back gaining another cap was Gary Galdwell.
In the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, Ashington lost 3:2 to West Auckland. One of Ashington’s goals was a 28th minute penalty from MarkWalton; with Liam Atkin, Phil Cave, Lewis Storey & Callum Little (Sub) all featuring. Chris Carr & Adam Rundle played for the winners.  
Dunston UTS played out a 3:3 draw in their FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round tie with Kendal Town. Outside right Dale Burrell scored for Dunston in the 15th minute.
Finally on the Cricket pitch as the season draws to near to the end, Stokesley defeated Normanby Hall by 9 wickets in the league. James Beaumont hit a good 49 runs for Stokesley & bowled out 3 wickets for 28 runs.
Stuart Pearce’s England 21’s completed their Group 8 European Championships, with a 1:0 win over Norway. The result saw his side qualify for the finals, topping the group having P8, W7, D0, L1, F24 A3, Points: 22.
Hungary’s final European Championships Qualifier saw them defeat Liechtenstein 4:0 with Tamas Kadar at right half.
In Group 4, Northern Ireland lost 3:0 to Denmark, with McLaughlin in the side.
PaulDummett got his debut for St. Mirren playing the full game in an Under 20’s league match with Motherwell. He scored for his side in their 2:1 win.
Alex Nicholson gained his Welsh Under 19’s cap against Germany in friendly. The game resulted in a 3:1.

Nearer home, Paul Robinson left Newton Aycliffe to resign for Jarrow Roofing.
England drew their second World Cup Qualifier 1:1 with the Ukraine. James Milner again played at outside right in a below par England performance.
France defeated Belarus 3:1 in their next World Cup qualifier. Yohan Cabaye featured at inside right, before being replaced in the 75th minute. 
Scotland drew their World Cup qualifier with Macedonia 1:1 with Gary Caldwell at right back.
Turkey defeated Estonia 3:0 in their next World Cup Qualifier & left half Emre scored in the 44th minute. He was replaced in the 82nd minute.
Michael O’Neil’s Northern Ireland could claim a draw with Luxembourg in their next World Cup Qualifier. The game saw a start for Shane Ferguson at outside right before being substituted in the 74th minute; as well as Aaron Hughes who featured at right back. 
A battling Georgia side coached by Ketsbaia lost 1:0 to Spain in their World Cup Qualifier. Right back Khizanishvili gained another cap.
Finland played an international friendly against the Czech Republic & won 1:0. At left back for the winners was Raitala.
Shamrock Rovers sacked manager Stephen Kenney & made assistant manager Stephen Glass the temporary caretaker manager. His first match in charge was on September 14th when they lost to Shelbourne in the FAI Cup Quarter Final.
In the Northern League, Ashington drew 2:2 with Marske United. Marc Walton claimed both their goals.
Bedlington Terriers drew 1:1 with Bishop Auckland in the Northern League. Bedlington’s goal came from penalty converted by Stuart Elliott.  
Obafemi Martins signed for Spanish side Levante, as a free agent.
The Under 21’s Development side (reserves) entertained Southampton in the league & lost 1:0. The only goal of the game came in the second half, scored by Sam McQueen in the 50th minute. The attendance for the game at Whitley Park was 324, but the match referee is not known. The lines up read:
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Yven Moyo (Sub- 77 Michael Riley), Connor Newton, Steven Logan, Curtis Good, Adam Campbell, Michael Richardson, Sami Ameobi, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper (Sub- 77 Dennis Knight).
SOUTHAMPTON: Cody Cropper, Calum Chambers, Jack Stephens, Jordan Turnbull, Ben Reeves, Andy Robinson, Jake Sinclair (Sub- 83 Alberto Seidi), Jack Cork, Joe Curtis, Sam Hoskins, Sam McQueen.    
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy travelled the short distance to play a league match against Sunderland at their Cleadon training complex. They lost the match 4:2, having trailed 3:1 at half time. The first half goal scorers for Sunderland were George Honeyman (17), Martin Smith (31) & Mikael Mandron (40- Penalty). Newcastle replied through Alex Gilliead (35). Liam Smith also hit the post with a shot in the 35th minute. In the second half, Newcastle fought back after Jonathyn Quinn hit the post in the 57th minute, then debutant sub. Macauley Gillespey scored with a deflected shot in the 82nd minute. Sunderland’s final goal came two minutes later through Mandron. The teams were as follows:
NUFC: Jonathan Mitchell, Jamie Sterry, (Sub- 72 James Morgan), Curtis Booth, Jonathyn Quinn, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Estoban Cardona Lopez, Liam Smith, Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong, Greg Olley (Sub- 72 Macauley Gillespey).
SUNDERLAND: Johnny Maddison, Reece Noble, Johnny Burn, Lewis Gibbons, Glen Lane, Ethan Robson (Sub- 80 Tom Robson), Andrew Carwright (Sub- 77 Ross Holland), Carl Lawson, Mikael Mandron, Martin Smith, George Honeyman (Sub- 58 Lynden Gooch).  
In the Barclays English Premier League, there was a debut for Michael Owen in Stoke City’s gallant 1:1 draw with Manchester City. His cameo appearance came as a 90th minute sub; wearing squad number 10.
In the Npower Championship, Cardiff City defeated Leeds United 2:1, with Craig Bellamy getting his first for the club in the 67th minute.
Hull City defeated Millwall 4:1, with Abdoulaye Faye scoring one of their goals in the 36th minute.
In Npower Division One Paul Huntington scored his first goal for Preston North End in the 90th minute. His late goal couldn’t prevent his side slipping to a 2:1 defeat to Crawley. 
In Npower Division Two Calvin Zola got 2 goals in the 25th & 66th minutes; in Burton’s 4:0 victory over Oxford United.
Gateshead lost 2:0 to Tamworth, in the Blue Square Bet Premier League. Their chances of getting anything out of the game took a dive when 56th minute sub. James Marwood got sent off in the 70th minute. Also playing for Gateshead were Adam Bartlett, Ryan Donaldson & 80th minute sub Ryan McGorrigan.   
In the Clydesdale Scottish Premier League, Lewis Guy scored his first goal for Tommy Craig’s St. Mirren in the 48th. minute; in as 2:0 win against Hearts. There was also a senior debut in the game for on loan Paul Dummett. He played the full game in a central defensive role wearing squad number 3.
Locally, in the Ebac Northern League Division One, Ashington hammered Durham City 6:2. Mark Walton claimed a hatrick; with a penalty after about 20 minutes, & second half strikes in the 48th & 64th minutes. Liam Atkin, Lewis Storey & Callum Little all featured for the winners.
In the FA. Carlsberg Vase 2nd Qualifying Round, Bedlington Terriers hit Darlington RA with a 7:0 score line. The goal scorers included a goal scored in each half by Paul Brayson & a first half goal from Kris Gate
Chester Le Street lost 2:1 to Norton & Stockton Ancients after extra time, in their FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round tie. The losers goal came from Scott Donaldson.
Newton Aycliffe’s Scott Pocklington kept a clean sheet to assist them progress in the FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round. They defeated Willington 1:0.
Finally, the summers cricket season came to an end for Stokesley in the Darlington Building Society North Yorkshire & South Durham Premier Division. The final match against Guisborough saw them defeat them by 9 wickets; 97 for 1 to 96 all out. James Beaumont hit 30 runs not out in bat & bowled out 2 wickets for 16 runs.
The result saw them end the season in 6th. position.
Newcastle battled to gain a hard fought point at Everton. The match was full of incident & ended in a 2:2 draw. The match was watched in the stands by manager AlanPardew; in the first of his two match touch line ban. It was Everton who came out with guns blazing to score first through Leighton Baines in the 15th. minute. In the second half it was sub. Demba Ba who scored to equalise in the 49th  minute. The goal being Newcastle’s 1000th Premier League Goal. After a ‘did cross the line incident’ which looked to have cross the line was not given for Everton. They then took the lead in the 88th. minute through Victor Anichebe. However, Newcastle were not to be denied & equalised through Demba Ba in the 90th minute with cool finish. The entertaining game was refereed by Mike Jones (Chester) in front of a crowd of 32 510. The team line ups were as follows (including Distin in Everton’s side):
NUFC: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye (Sub- 90 Gael Bigirimana), Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux (Sub- 45 Demba Ba), Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse (Sub- 80 Shola Ameobi).
EVERTON: Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Phil Neville, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic, (Sub- 44 Victor Anichebe), Kevin Mirallas (Sub- 83 Steven Naismith). 
Newcastle’s Under 21’s Development (Reserves) side entertained Sunderland in the league at St. James Park. the game ended in a 2(2) : 2(1) draw. The goals were scored in by Brad Inman (16) & Adam Campbell (35), with both of Sunderland’s goals being scored by Connor Wickam (8 + 49). Sadly Michael Richardson was stretchered off injured in the 70th minute. The Sunderland side featured Louis Saha & ex trialist Billy Knott; who assisted Sunderland’s first goal. The attendance on the night was a modest 1 776 & the match referee was North Easterner Iain Turner. (It was also reported as being Glen Hart of County Durham).
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Conor Newton, Michael Richardson (Sub- 70 Yven Moyo), Curtis Good (capt), Sammy Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Adam Campbell, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper.
SUNDERLAND: Jordan Pickford, Louis Laing, Blair Adams, Adam Reed, John Egan, Matthew Kilgallon, Dong Won Ji, David Vaughan, Louis Saha, Connor Wickham (Sub- 60 Jordan Laidler), Billy Knott (Sub- 83 Adam Mitchell).
In the championship Hull City defeated Leeds united 3:2 & Faye got himself on the score sheet again in the 29th minute.
South Shields defeated Horden CW 6:0, in the Preliminary Round of the Durham Challenge Cup. Defender Paul Talbot scored a rare goal in the victory.
Blyth Spartans lost 3:1 to Chorley in the Evo Stik League, despite a first half goal from Phil Airey.
York City lost 3:1 to Burton Albion in the league, despite a 9th minute goal from Patrick McLaughlin. Among Burton’s goal scorers was Calvin Zola Macongo, finding the net in the 63rd minute.
In the Brooks Milson Memorial Cup 1st Round, Whitley Bay hammered Norton & Stockton away 8:1. among the goal scorers was Lee Kerr.
In the Northern League Bedlington Terriers defeated West Auckland Town 4:2. Both Paul Brayson & Andy Ferrell were among the scorers for Bedlington; while Chris Carr got one of West Auckland’s goals. The match also marked the debut of Phil Cave who had signed earlier in the day for the club from nearby Ashington.
The UEFA Europa League group stage commence for Newcastle Away on the Island of Madera against CS. Maritimo. The resulted in a 0:0 stalemate, with Newcastle fielding a relatively inexperienced side. In the first half Dan Gosling hit the post & in as did Shola Ameobi & in the second half he had a great shot which hit the bar. Maritimo also hit the bar the second half. The small attendance was 4 000 & the referee was Rober Schorgonhofer (Austria) & the teams fielded were:
NUFC: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan (Sub- 80 Sylvain Marveaux), Romain Amalfitano (Sub- 76 Shane Ferguson), Haris Vuckic (Sub- 53 Sami Ameobi), Shola Ameobi (capt).
MARITIMO: Romain Salin, Nuno Miguel Briguel, Joao Guilerme, Sebastian Valentin Ruberge, Luis Miguel Olim, Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz Ramies Vieira, Heldon Augusto Ramas, (Sub- 54 Philipe Fidelis), David Simao (Sub- 75 Guncalo Abreu), Leocisio Julio Sami, Danilo Dias (Sub- 82 Adilson Tibes Granemann). 
Martin Brittain had second thoughts about going to Celtic Nation & instead he signed for Blyth Spartans.
Ex Cypriot player Niki Papavasiliou left his managers job with Olympiakos Nicosia & took up the managers role with Apollon Limassol.
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy side crashed to a 7:1 defeat at home to Manchester United. They were 5:0 down at half time & the only plus point was Jonathyn Quinn hit the bar with an effort. In the second Estoban Cardona Lopez scored Newcastle’s only goal in the 49th minute. Man. United scorers were James Wilson with 5 goals: 16, 31, 33, 35 & 61 mins. James Rudge 45 mins & Kenji Gorre 73 mins. James Sterry had be listed on the team sheet to play, but did not feature.
For the record the line ups from this one side game were:
Newcastle: Freddie Woodman, Ryan McKinnon, Curtis Booth, Steven Logan (Sub- 33 Macauley Gillespey), Alex Kitchen, Kyle Cameron, Alex Gilliead, Liam Smith, Jonathyn Quinn, Adam Armstrong, Estoban Cadona Lopez.
Manchester Utd: Pier Luigi Gollini, Callum Evans, Paddy McNair, Liam Grimshaw, Luis Rowley, (Sub- 45 Joshua Harrop), Jack Rudge, Ben Pearson (Sub- 63 Kenji Gorre), James Weir, Mats Daehli, Andreas Periera, James Wilson.
In the Premier League, West Ham got a late goal to equalise against Sunderland. The 1:1 draw was courtesy of Kevin Nolan in the 93rd minute.
In Npower Division II, Burton Albion gained a 1:1 draw thanks to a late goal from Calvin Zola.
In the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, Tommy Cassidy & Paddy Atkinson’s Blyth Spartans drew 1;1 with Workington. Blyth gave Martin Brittain his debut at inside right; & also had Joe Kendrick & Phil Airey in the side. Workington’s Mark Boyd started the game.   
Stuart Alderson’s West Auckland Town drew their FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round with Harrogate Town 2:2. Adam Rundle came close scoring for Auckland.
In The Northern League Bedlington Terriers defeated Billingham Synthonia with a convincing 6:0 score line. Among the scorers were Kris Gate on the half hour & Paul Brayson in the 2nd Half.
Newcastle entertained Chris Hughton’s Norwich City in the Premier League. In front of a crowd of 49 402, Newcastle ground out a 1:0 victory. Demba Ba scored the only goal of the game with a well executed effort in the 19th minute. Papiss Cisse’s goal drought continued when Newcastle were awarded a penalty before half time when Mike Williamson was fouled in the box. Unfortunately Cisse blazed the spot kick over the bar. Norwich lost Sebastian Bassong to an injury early in the first half. There were chances from both sides to score in the second half but in the end Newcastle were happy to get the three points & climb to 10th in the league table. Match referee was Neil Swarbrick (Preston). The teams were:
NUFC: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa (Sub- 85 Shola Ameobi), Vurnon Anita (Sub- 76 Cheick Tiote), Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse (Sub- 70 Gabriel Obertan), Demba Ba.
NORWICH: John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Leon Barnett, Sebastian Bassong, (Sub- 8 Michael Turner), Javier Garrido, Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson, Andrew Surman (Sub- 82 Simeon Jackson, Wes Hoolahan. Steve Morison (Sub- 70 Grant Holt). 
In the Spanish League Levante defeated Real Sociedad thanks to a late winner from debutant Obafemi Martins. Squad number 24, Martins had come on as a sub at half time & his goal came in the 87th minute.  
In the Capital One League Cup 3rd Round, Leeds United gained a great victory over Everton; defeating them 2:1. Everton’s only goal was scored by Sylvain Distin in the 81st. minute.  
The Aston Villa verses Manchester City 3rd Round Capital One League Cup finished at 2:2 in normal time, with Aston Villa winning 4:2 in extra time. Charles N’Zogbia scored for the winners on the 96th minute. The Villa side also featured Shay Given in goal, while City had James Milner in their line up. 
Newcastle travelled to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in their Capital One League Cup 3rd Round tie. In front of a 46 358 attendance Newcastle found themselves 1:0 down at half time, despite having a number of a chances. Man. United then got a second. The oppositions goals came from Anderson (44) & Cleverley (58). On the hour Papiss Cisse joined the fray & he scored in the 62 minute. He nearly got a second with sublime control & overhead kick at the edge of the box with his back to goal, hitting the bar. Newcastle pressure persisted but there was no further breakthrough & Newcastle lost 2:1 to exit from the competition. The match referee was a local man Anthony Taylor from Wythenshawe, Cheshire.
NUFC: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (Sub- 61 Shane Ferguson), Mike Williamson, James Tavernier, Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote (Sub- 71 Gael Bigirimana), Sylvain Marveux, Haris Vuckic (Sub- 61 Papiss Cisse), Shola Ameobi.
MAN.UTD: David De Gea, Marnick Vermiji (Sub- 77 Ryan Tuncliffe), Michael Keane, Scott Wooton, Alexander Buttner (Sub- 88 Robbie Brady), Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Wayne Rooney (Sub- 77 Nick Powell), Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez.      
Jermaine Jenas left Tottenham to go on loan to Nottingham Forest.
England Under 16’s began their Victory Shield matches with a convincing 5:0 win over Northern Ireland. Both Adam Armstrong and
Freddie Woodman  both started in the game, with later assisting two of the goals.
Newcastle Under 21’s (reserves) Development side travelled to Moss Lane to face Manchester United & lost out 4:2; in front of a crowd of 457. At half time Barclays Under 21’s Premier league match saw the score poised at 2:2. The Manks two goals were from Federico Macheda (14) & David Petrucci (33), while Newcastle Marcus Maddison (19) & Brad Inman (36). In the second half Man. United regained the ascendancy winning 4:2, with goals from Macheda (53) & Henriquez (90).
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Michael Riley (Sub- 87 Dennis Knight), Medhi Abeid, Conor Newton, Curtis Good, Marcus Maddison (Sub- 75 Yven Moyo), Romain Amalfitano, Adam Campbell, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper.
MAN.UNITED: Sam Johnstone, Larnell Cole (Sub- 68 Angelo Henriquez), Tom Thorpe, Michael Fornasier, Tyler Blackett (Sub- 45 Frederic Veseli), Robbie Brady, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Davide Petrucci, Jesse Lingard, Joshua King (Sub- 92 Sean McGinty), Federico Macheda.    
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley rewarded his manager Alan Pardew & his coaching room staff with a renewed unprecedented 8year contracts. The aim is to bring longer stability to the club.  
Newcastle gained a valuable point away at Reading in the Premier League. After a low key first half, the score stood at 0:0. However, it was incident all the way in the second half, with a full time score of  2:2. It was Reading who scored first in 58th minute through Jimmy Kebe. However, within a minute a superb through ball saw Demba Ba volley the ball as it arrive down to him first time, while still sprinting forward to equalise. Reading regained the ascendancy in the 62nd minute through Noel Hunt, before a cross was met by Demba Ba with a combination of his head & arm in the 83rd minute, Despite protests the goal was given & the points were shared. The attendance was 24 097 & the Referee was Andre Mariner (Sheldon, West Midlands),
NUFC: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steve Taylor, (Sub- 56 James Tavernier), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Goal Bigirimana (Sub. 70 Shane Ferguson), Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Sub- 69 Shola Ameobi).
READING: Alex McCartney, Shaun Cummings, Nicky Shorey, Adrian Mariappa, Kaspars Gorkss, Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood, Jimmy Kebe (Sub- 70 Garath McCleary), Jobi McAnuff, Noel Hunt (Sub- 86 Adam Le Fondre), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Sub- 77 Jason Roberts).     
There were few things to report about in the other main leagues, bar Calvin Zola continuing his rich vein of goal scoring. He found the net again for Burton Albion in 9th minute in their League II, 3:3 draw with Northampton.
In the Blue Square Bet Premier, Gateshead led in the first half through a first Gateshead for Ryan McGorrigan. His 31st minute goal was cancelled out in the second half when AFC Telford equalised to share the points. The ‘Heed’ also featured Adam Bartlett & Ryan Donaldson. 
Over the border in the Scottish Premier League, Tommy Craig’s St. Mirren ran out 5:4 winners in the trilling encounter with Ross County. Lewis Guy scored one of their goals with a 54th minute penalty, On loan Paul Dummett played the whole match for St. Mirren; while Colin McMenamin came on as sub for Ross in the 69th minute.
Dropping down in the non league football, Tommy Cassidy’s Blyth Spartans exited from the FA. Trophy, despite giving a start to new signing Martin Brittain. They lost their 1st Qualifying Round tie to Witton Albion 4:1.
In the Ebac Northern League, Bedlington Terriers dominance continued with a commanding 5:1 victory over Team Northumbria. In the first minute, Craig Baxter headed in a Phil Cave free kick. Paul Brayson also scored in the game, with their side also featuring Kris Gate & 80th minute Sub. Keiron Wrightson. For the students, Rob Cavener’s pass assisted their goal; while Mark Bertram, Dean Critchlow & 65th minute sub. Ben Sayer all featured.  
Also in the Northern League, Consett lost 3:2 to Hebburn Town, despite a first half strike from Craig Robson. Ex academy player Stephen Forster featured for Hebburn. 
Newton Aycliffe’s goalkeeper Scott Pocklington got sent off after 27 minutes with his side two down against Billingham Town. Things got worse for Aycliffe after his dismal & they lost this Northern League match 8:0. 



 At last, we make it to final ‘two season’ entry of the ‘The Toon Tracker’, with the addition of surnames: ‘W, X, Y Z’ (The majority being of W). Those players detailed include Viana, Marc Walton, Xisco & Calvin Zola- Makongo. This massive project, now complete, could be reintroduced with some form of financial backing; has managed to ‘track’ 385 current & ex players still involved in the game, including 5 full player profiles; with an additional cricketer. The ex players are far and wide, from Iceland to Finland to Georgia to Malta to South Africa to Paraguay to Australia (to name but a few). One late extra is the decision to now include Colin Todd; a name more associated with Sunderland. He’s currently a manager & his association with club; is his participation in a friendly Newcastle & Sunderland Combined XI back in 1969. The game is included in the clubs Ultimate Record & thus qualifies his inclusion in my eyes. A further late addition is also included with the identification of Jonny Rowell ex academy player who is now playing in Belgium.
Meanwhile back on the ‘home front’ Newcastle continued their Europa League group stage matches this month in fine style. There’s another international & then it’s the first ‘Derby’ match of the season. To give the reader easy access to finding players; the Indexes of all the A to Z of active ex & current players have been completed updated & are located on the Home Page. These now form a comprehensive record of the players from June 2010 through to the summer 2012, with the last few letters of the alphabet surnames also containing the pre season that followed. I sincerely hope that those have viewed the players detailed on the website today have enjoyed finding out the goings on of so many who are or have been connected with club. It’s a pity the website hasn’t the capacity to provide better graphics & more pictures, which would them more justice.  

A battling Tommy Cassidy’s Blyth Spartans exited from the FA. Cup, when they lost their 2nd Qualifying Round Replay at Workington 1:0. The winning goal came from a Mark Boyd cross, headed in by Kyle May.
Daniel Barlaser made his under 16’s debut for Turkey in a friendly verses Italy. The game resulted in a 1:0 win, with Barlaser coming on as sub in the 65th minute.
In the Championship, Cardiff City defeated Birmingham City 2:1, assisted by a Craig Bellamy 39th minute goal.
In the Northern League, Dunston UTS, regained their winning form by defeating Billingham Town. Among their goal scorers was Dale Burrell.
Despite a late goal from Liam Atkin, Ashington were defeated by 2:2 by Spennymoor Town, in Northern League.
Also in the Northern League, Team Northumbria beat Sunderland RCA 3:2. The winning goal came in the 87th minute from Ben Sayers.
Newcastle reserves travelled to York City to play their reserves in a behind closed doors friendly. Newcastle’s goal scorer was Adam Campbell (45 mins), who equalised after Jamie Reed had put the ‘Minstermen’ ahead in the 8th. minute. The score stood at 1:1 at half time, with York winning the match 3:1, with a further goal from Reed in the 72nd minute & Oli Johnson in about the 85th minute. Ryan McKinnon & Alex Kitchen also took part as subs..
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson, Steven Logan, Lubo Satka, Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison, Conor Newton, Dennis Knight, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper, Adam Campbell.
YORK: Paul Musselwhite, Lee Bullock, David McGurk, Clarke Carlisle, Charles Taylor, Scott Kerr, Jonathan Smith, Daniel Kearns, Jamie Reed, Danny Blanchett,
Oliver Johnson. Subs Used: Michael Potts, Reece Kelly, Tom Allan, Rob Moncur  
Jermaine Jenas made his league debut for Nottingham Forest in a 0:0 draw with Blackburn Rovers. He came on as a 71st minute. James Coppinger also featured as a sub. in the 84th minute.
In their 2nd match of the Europa League group stage Newcastle faced what appeared to be the tough opposition of Bordeaux at home. In reality despite Bordeaux gaining more corners they rarely really threatened & by half time Newcastle had a two goal cushion. Their first half goals came from Shola Ameobi in the 16th minute, close in after fine low cross from Obertans. Then in the 40th minute another dangerous cross found Henrique facing his own poking it home into his own net The second half saw Newcastle drop a gear & play keep ball, especially once the claimed a third after Shane Ferguson fired in a cross which Papiss Cisse swung and shot in with a brilliant finish in the 49th minute. The score remained at a comfortable  . A ‘comical’ streaker then spent a while on the pitch before the stewards managed to catch him & evict him from the ground. There was little else to comment on for the remainder of the game bar one great chance Bordeaux had which Harper blocked one on one. The attendance on the night was 30 987 & the match referee was Antionio Miguel Mateau Lahoz of Spain.
NUFC: Rob Elliot (Sub. 45- Steve Harper), Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Yohan Cabaye (Sub. 61- Gael Bigirimana), Cheick Tiote (Sub- Dan Gosling 71), Vurnon Anita, Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse.
BORDEAUX: Cedric Carasso, Marc Planus, Carlos ‘Henrique’ dos Santos Souza, Benoit Tremoulinas, ‘Marino’ Ferreira Fiho, Ludovic Sane, Jaroslav Plasil (Sub. 45- Landry N’Guemo), Ludovic Obraniak (Sub. 45 Cheick Diabate), ‘Jussie’ Ferreira Vierira, Henri Saivet, Yoan Gouffran (Sub. 67- David Bellion).           
The Bar No 9 pre match ‘talk in guest’ was Keith Dyson. 
Turkey Under 16’s played a further friendly against Italy & this time they lost 2:1. Daniel Barlaser started in the game. 
Ex academy director Richard Money returned to football management; & was announced as the new manager of Cambridge United.
Malcolm MacDonald was guest speaker at Holystone Inn in Northumberland to raise funs for meningitis victim Richard Hunter.
The Prince’s Trust Charity Golf Day took place at Slaley Hall, near Hexham. Ex Newcastle players taking part were Alan Shearer, Rob Lee & Paul Bracewell. Also on the green were Steve Harmison & Ralf Liddle.
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy side got back to winning ways with a 2:1 league win at home to Aston Villa. It was Villa who scored first in the opening half through Jordan Graham in the 34th minute, with Newcastle’s best chance falling to Kyle Cameron who hit the bar with header. In the second half Newcastle equalised through Alex Gilliead in the 52nd minute & then took the lead through Alex Kitchen in the 69th minute. Villa ‘s Henry Cowans found the net in the second half but it was ruled offside. There were under 18’s debuts for Callum Roberts who in term was replaced by Mechack Kanda from Gateshead Under 18’s who has also played for Whickham this season.
NUFC: Freddie Woodman, Macauley Booth, Kyle Cameron, Steven Logan (capt), (Sub- 67 mins. Macauley Gillesphey), Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen, Jonathyn Quinn, Liam Smith, Adam Armstrong, Callum Roberts (Sub- 59 mins. Mechack Kanda).
ASTONVILLA: Line Up Included- Craig Hill, Daniel O’Brien, Jack Grealish, Henry Cowans & Jordan Graham.       
In the Premier League, Manchester City easily beat Sunderland 3:0. Their last goal came in the 89th minute from a James Milner free kick.
Swansea City fought back to gain a 2 :2 draw with Reading. Wayne Routledge scored the equalising goal in the 78th minute.
In the Scottish Premier League, St. Johnstone defeated St. Mirren 2:1. The losers only goal was scored by Lewis Guy in the 49th  minute.
Locally in the Northern League, Whitley Bay defeated Shildon 2:0. Lee Kerr got Whitley’s first goal.
Bedlington Terriers defeated Guisborough Town 2:1. Prolific goal scorer Paul Brayson got Bedlington’s opener in the 20th minute. Baxter, Gate & sub. Elliott also played.
Ashington defeated Newton Aycliffe 3:1. Marc Walton got the first of the three goals which got past former trialist goalkeeper Scott Pocklington. James Taylor scored their third & also featuring for the ‘Colliers’ were Atkin, Grieve & sub. Storey.  
Finally, in the Northumberland FA. Senior Bowl 1st. Round, Northern Alliance side Ponteland United managed by Michael Havelock & assisted by Roy Gordon; gained a great result in defeating  Walker Central 5:0.
A bad day at the office at home Manchester United saw a reversal of last season score line. Newcastle went a goal down in the 7th minute through Evans then Evra got a second in the 14th. minute. Both were badly marked headers direct from corners. The half time score stood 2:0, with Newcastle beginning to make a go of it by half time. In the second half, roared on by 52 203, DembaBa hit the bar & it then looked like it cross the line before the keeper scoped it away. As expected Howard Webb of South Yorkshire didn’t give it & plenty of corners but no goal followed. Then the goal that took any further hope away came with an excellent shot from Cleverley in the 71st minute to make it 3:0 defeat. By the end of this bruising encounter the bookings tally stood at 4:4.  
NUFC; Steve Harper, Davide Santon, James perch, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson (Sub- 63 Vurnon Anita), Hatem Ben Afra, Cheick Tiote (Sub- 80 Gael Bigirimana), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse (Sub- 63 Shola Ameobi), Demba Ba.
MAN.UTD: David De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Rio Ferdinard, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney (Sub- 79 Paul Scholes), Shinji Kagawa (Sub- 55 Antonio Valencia), Robin Van Persie (Sub- 87 Ryan Giggs).     
The Bar No. 9 pre match talk in guest was ex keeper Kevin Carr.
Newcastle Under 21’s / Reserves played Aston Villa away. In a goalless first half, Bowery had a goal ruled out for offside in the 26th. minute. In the second period, Adam Campbell got Newcastle’s first in the 59th minute. Villa equalised in the 70th minute through Graham Burke & then Abeid scored the winning goal for Newcastle in the 73rd minute, give the visitors a 2:1 victory. On a sad note Haris Vuckic came off on a stretcher with a serious injury in the final minutes. An injury which will rule him out for the rest of the season.The match referee was Neil Radford of Worcestershire.
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Connor Newton, Michael Riley, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, ‘Lubo’ Satka, Adam Campbell, Dan Gosling (Sub- 80 Marcus Maddison), Xisco (Sub- 58 Brad Inman), Haris Vuckic (Sub- 87 Brandon Meile), Romain Amalfitano.
A.VILLA: Benji Siegnit, Courtney Cameron, Enda Stevens, Ashley Westwood, Daniel Devine, Nathan Baker, Daniel Johnson (capt), Samir Carruthers, Jordan Bowery (Sub- 43 Liam Bateman), Graham Burke, Andras Stieber (Sub- 82 Jordan Graham).         
Tommy Cassidy’s reign as manager of Blyth Spartans come to a end after frustrating start to the season. The decision followed a committee meeting at the club where it was decided to terminate his contract.
Newcastle announced that they had been successful in obtaining a new shirt sponsor from the end of the season when the current one with Virgin Money ends. The new deal is loan company ‘Wonga’ & included in the deal was their right to rename the ground & they announced they would be renaming the ground back to its originals name ‘St. James Park. The official unveiling of the new St. James Park name plaque took place after the Sports direct Arena signs came down on October 17th.
In the Northern League West Auckland ran out 5:1 winners against Bishop Auckland. The goal scorers included Adam Rundle & Chris Carr.
In the Cumbria County Cup 2nd. Rd; Stuart Green’s Whitehaven absolutely trounced Parton United with a 15:0 victory.
Wales Under 19’s lost 3:1 to Sweden in a European Championship Group 10 Qualifying match. Alex Nicholson played the whole game in the centre of defence.
Australia Under 20’s lost 2:1 to Portugal. New signing Curtis Good captained the young Australian side & assisted their goal.
The Republic of Ireland’s Under 19’s defeated Luxembourg 5:2 in their European Championships Group 5 Qualifier. Brandan Miele came on as a sub. in the 76th minute. 
Slovakia Under 19’s defeated Kazakhstan 5:0 in their European Championship Group 8 Qualifier. New signing ‘Lubo’ Satka played the whole game at right half.
Paul Cannell did a Talk In at Hillheads, home of Whitley Bay FC.
Paddy Atkinson was announced as the caretaker manager of Blyth Spartans in time for this weekend fixture. His assist was named as Tom Wade.
Blyth Spartans also announced they had released Martin Brittain after featuring only 3 times.
Alex Nicholson gained further International experience for Wales Under 19’s in their 2:1 win over Slovenia. This time he stated the European Championship Qualifier at right half.
A run down of the World Cup Qualifiers  begins with Group A, with Wales defeating Scotland 2:1. At right back for Scotland was Gary Caldwell.
In Group C of the World Cup qualifiers, the Faroe Islands lost 2:1 to Sweden. The Faroes had Joan Edmundsson at outside left.  
Group D saw Turkey lose 1:0 to Romania. Emre featured, until being replaced in the 80th minute.
Also in Group D, Hungary defeated Estonia 1:0. Tomas Kadar playing the full match at centre half.  
England pulled an easy 5:0 victory over San Marino in their world Cup Qualifier in Group H. Andy Carroll came on as a sub in the 73rd minute.
Lastly in Group I, Ketsabia’s Georgia & Finland drew 1:1. The right backs for the respective sides were Khizonishvili & Raitala.
Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21’s were in action in a European Championships Qualifying Play Off 1st.Leg. They won this home leg against Slovenia, 1:0.
There was bedlam in the Africa Cup of Nations Play Off 2nd Leg match between the Senegal & the Ivory Coast. The pitch was invaded & fires were lit by fans, after the Ivory Coast’s second goal by Drogba from a penalty. The game had to be abandoned in the 76th minute with an aggregate score of 6:2 & it seems likely the result will stand allowing Tiote’s side to progress into the finals. Chieck Tiote featured for the winners & Dembe Ba  & Papiss Cisse were in the Senegalese side. Ba was substituted in the second half in the 54th minute. 
There was a further Republic of Ireland Under 19’s cap for Brendan Miele. He came on as a sub. in the 64th. minute in their 1:0 win over FYR. Macedonia, in their European Championship Group 5 Qualifier.
‘Lubo’ Staka also featured for Slovakia Under 19’s, at right half. They lost 4:0 to  Bosnia- Herzegovina in Group 8 of the European Championship Qualifiers. 
Newcastle’s Under 16’s took part in a FA. Under 16’s Tournament at their HQ. They lost 1:0 to Chelsea; then 1:0 to Blackburn Rovers. In the final game, Liam Bramley’s youngsters pulled off a 4:1 win over Aston Vila; with Adam Armstrong gaining a hat trick & Jack Elliott scoring.    
The ‘International Break’ leaves only lower league Saturday football & from it there was little to report on relating to ex Newcastle players. That takes us in the Blue Square Premier & Richard Money’s first game in charge of Cambridge United. They travelled North to face Ian Bogie’s Gateshead & they ground out a goalless draw. Gateshead started with Bartlett in goal & Donaldson in midfield, with Marwood entering the fray as a sub in the 70th minute.
In the Evo Stik Premier. Blyth Spartans first game under caretaker manager Paddy Atkinson against Buxton. Blyth travelled in vain & they suffered a 2:0 defeat, dropping for 10th to 11th place in the league. In Buxton’s line up in midfield was Steve Istead, 
Our Northern League sides were in action &the biggest scorers of the day were four times holders Whitley Bay, who defeated Team Northumbria with an emphatic 6:0 score line. Among the goal scorers was Lee Kerr with a hat trick. Team Northumbria’s side included Mark Bertram & Ben Sayers.
West Auckland Town suffered a 4:2 defeat to Billingham Synthonia. The last goal for the winning side came from a penalty after Chris Carr handled in the box & was red carded. The result leaves general manager Stuart Alderson disappointed. Adam Rundle was also in the side.
It was FA. Vase 1st Round ties day & congratulations to Morpeth Town who defeated Guisborough Town 1:0, after extra time. The winner came in the very last seconds of the game. Paul Dunn featured in the whole game at right half for Morpeth.
Also progressing into the FA. Vase 2nd Round were Bedlington Terriers. They travelled to Penrith & defeated them 2:1, thanks to two goals from Paul Brayson in the 3rd  & 48th minutes. Bedlington’s starting line up also included Craig Baxter, Phil Cave & Kris Gate; with Keiron Wrighston coming on as a sub in the second half.  
Consett will have a home replay to see if they can progress in the FA. Vase. They played out a 1:1 draw at Northallerton. Craig Robson was in their side. 
Finally, Newton Aycliffe exited from the competition losing 2:1 to Esh Winning. Aycliffe’s goalkeeper was Scott Pocklington. 
Australia played Portugal in their second Under 20’s International Friendly. Playing at right half captain Curtis Good featured until the 62nd minute. They lost the match 4:1, & Australia gave a debut at half time to goalkeeper Alex Baird, who is now in Dundee’s squad.
Newcastle’s Under 16’s completed their participation in the FA. Under 16’s Tournament at their HQ; with a Play Off match. This was verses Southampton & they won 1:0 thanks to another Adam Armstrong goal. They then finished off the weekend with a friendly match against Arsenal. This match ended in a 1:1 draw, with Newcastle’s goal coming from Daniel Barlaser. The match marked the welcome return of Lewis Aird after a lengthy time off injured.  
Wales Under 19’s lost 2:1 to Russia, with Alex Nicholson featuring in the European Championships Qualifier.
Kevin Sheedy, having successfully been treated for a cancer; returned to work as Everton’s academy coach. Kevin’s post had been temporarily covered in his absence earlier in the season from August 22nd. During his time away he has receives numerous get well messages of support on the internet & in the media. 
Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21’s defeated Serbia 1:0 in the 2nd leg of their European Championship Play Off Qualifier.
France battled to a 1:1 draw with Spain in a World Cup Qualifier. Yohan Cabaye played the whole game.
In Group A of the World Cup Qualifiers Scotland lost 2:0 to Belgium. Gary Caldwell played at right back. 
In Group C, The Faroe Islands lost 4:1 to the Republic of Ireland. Joan Edmundsson stared the game at outside left, before being replaced with 10 minutes to go.
Hungary came out on top over Turkey, winning 3:1; in their World Cup Group D
Qualifier. Tamas Kadar played at centre for the winners with Emre at outside right for the losers. 
In Group F, Michael O’Neil’s Northern Ireland gained a credible 1:1 draw with Portugal in Group F of the World Cup Qualifiers. Aaron Hughes played the full game at right back.
Ketsbaia’s Georgia lost 2:0 to Belarus in Group I of the World Cup Qualifiers with defender Zhizanishvili playing.
The Republic of Ireland Under 19’s held Germany to a 2;2 draw in their European Championships Qualifier. Brendan Miele featured until being replaced in the 81st. minute.
Slovakia Under 19’s defeated Norway 2:1 in their Group 8 European Championships Qualifier. ‘Lubo’ Satka started in the game.
In the Northern League, Ashington’s Marc Walton scored twice, the second in injury time to help his side gained a hard earned point; in a 2:2 draw with Penrith.
Consett defeated Northallerton Town 3:2, in the replay of their FA Vase 1st Round tie. Craig Robson featured.  
Darren Lough returned from Iceland following the end of his clubs season & rejoined Ashington on a temporary basis.
England’s World Cup Qualifier verses Poland, went ahead rearranged after the previous nights postponement due to a waterlogged pitch. James Milner played in the game.
Robbie Elliott set off on his 3500 mile Bicycle Ride from Sporting Lisbon. The massive journey will be calling in on Bobby Robson’s former managerial clubs, Barcelona, PSV, Fulham, Ipswich; before finishing at St. James Park. Its in aid of his & the Bobby Robson Foundation. 
Ex reserve & now chief scout Graeme Carr did a Talk In to raise funds for St. Oswald’s Hospice. The Talk In was as the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth. 
Transfer movements at Bedlington Terriers saw the club resign defender Chris Carr from West Auckland Town & sign Irishman Alan O’Brien from Hungerford Town. 
Blyth Spartans signed Ryan McGorrigan from Gateshead in time for the weekend fixture.
Newcastle’s Under 18’s left it late at Stoke City, to win 3:2. Newcastle’s Callum Roberts scored his first goal after only 35 seconds. Stoke equalised through Derice Richards in the 21st minute, then Newcastle went ahead through Jamie Sterry in the 34th minute. Newcastle held the lead for only 4 minutes, then Stoke equalised through Jake Cook. In the second half just when the game looked to be heading for a draw, Greg Olley had a shot parried & Callum Roberts got his second goal, slotting home the rebound in the 89th minute. Newcastle’s goalkeeper, making his debut was Ryan Crump.
NUFC: Ryan Crump, Macauley Booth, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen, Kyle Cameron, Jamie Sterry, Steve Logan, Liam Smith, Daniel Barlaser (Sub- 78 Greg Olley), Jonathyn Quinn, Callum Roberts.
STOKE: Dale Eve, Jake Cook, Sam Coulson, Joseph Hulme, Curtis Strong, Eddy Lecrygne, Ryan Shields (Sub- 45 Peter Makrillos), Kieran Monlouis (Sub- 77 Callum Pilkington), Kris Scott, Jack Nardiello, Derice Richards (Sub- 81 Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson)         
In the Premier League, Sam Allardyce’s West Ham defeated Southampton 4:1. Kevin Nolan got himself a goal in the 48th minute. Andy Carroll came on as a sub & on of there goals came from a free kick which went over him & his markers going straight into the net.
Manchester City defeated West Brom 2:1 in a close affair, with James Milner getting sent off in the 23rd. minute.
In the Championship, Lee Clark’s Birmingham City earned a 1:1 draw with Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City. Their goal came on the stroke of half time from Peter Lovenkrands.
In the Scottish Premier League the more open battle for the title, saw Ross County defeat Hibs 3:2, with Colin McMenamin scoring in the winner in the 83rd minute. 
It was FA. 4th. Qualifying Round day & Ian Bogie’s Gateshead’s journey to Alfreton Town proved fruitless & they lost 2:0. The ex Newcastle players whom featured were Bartlett, Donaldson & half time sub Marwood.
Caretaker manager Paddy Atkinson gained a valuable league point for Blyth Spartans in the Evo Stik Premier Division; at home to Rushall Olympic. The game marked the debut of new signing Ryan McGorrigan. He came close to scoring but his effort hit the side netting.
In the Northern League their were also debut appearances for Alan O’Brien & returning debutant Chris Carr for Bedlington Terriers. However, they lost their match 3:1 to a strong Darlington 1883 side. Also featuring in their growing ex Newcastle squad were Craig Baxter, Phil Cave, Paul Brayson & Stuart Elliott coming on as sub to play in goal for the injured Pickering.     
Premier League action & its ‘D’ Day ; yes the first Newcastle v Sunderland league encounter of the season, which saw us away first. It was another thriller, with Newcastle taking the lead through Yohan Cabaye in the 2nd minute. Newcastle looked comfortable, but then the complexion of the game changed when Cheick Tiote was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson (Bradford), for a rash change in the 25th. minute. Newcastle held on until half time going in 1:0 up & in the second half found themselves ‘under the cosh’ at times. It took Sunderland until the 86th. minute to equalise. It came from a whipped in free kick, which clipped Demba Ba & ended up in the net. Earlier in the game Demba had a splendid overhead kick go just over the bar. The remaining minutes & injury time saw Newcastle hold on and the game ended in a 1:1 draw. The attendance was 47 456. Ex Newcastle loan player Louis Saha came for Sunderland in the second half. 
NUFC: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (Sub. 79- Steve Taylor), Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa (Sub- 83 Gabriel Obertan), Demba Ba, Shola Ameobi (Sub- 38 James Perch).
SUNDERLAND: Simon Mignolet, Craig Gardner, John O’Shea, Carlos Cuellar, Danny Rose, Adam Johnson (Sub- 83 David Vaughan), Sebastian Larsson, Jack Colback, McClean, Stephane Sessegnon (Sub- 64 Louis Saha), Steven Fletcher.  
Over in Eastern Europe, England Under 17’s defeated Estonia 2:0 in their Group 7 European Championships Qualifier. Freddie Woodman kept a clean sheet in goal, while Alex Gilliead came on in the 80th minute as a sub. 
Newcastle Under 21’s Development side entertained Stoke City in the league at Whitley Park on a very wet night in front of a sparse crowd of 221. The game refereed by Andrew Miller of Durham; ended in a convincing 5:1 win for Newcastle. Xisco hit a hat trick, with goals in the 38th, 57th. & 67th. minutes; with goals from James Tavernier (32mins.) & Medhi Abeid (80). Stoke’s goal came from James Alabi in the 89th. minute. On a sour noted Alex Nicholson was injured in the first half & went off on a stretcher; having to be replaced by Riley.
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Alex Nicholson (Sub- 29 mins Michael Riley), Curtis Good, Medhi Abeid, James Tavernier, ‘Lubo’ Satka, Sylvain Marveaux, Brad Inman, Adam Campbell, Xisco (Sub- 71 mins Marcus Maddison), Romain Amalfitano.
STOKE: David Bachmann, Ben Glasgow, James Campbell, Kris Scott (Sub. 45 mins Jordan Richardson), Ben Heneghan, Jordan Keane (Capt), Jadan Hall (Sub- 45 mins Luke Coulson), Callum Bennett (Sub- 78 Karim Rossi), James Alabi, Michael Clarkson, Andrew Musungu.
Doncaster Rovers Dean Saunders signed free agent Andy Griffin to bolster his defensive options. The following evening October 23rd, he made his debut wearing squad number 19 in a 2:1 league win. He came on as a 77th minute sub. 
England Under 17’s won their next game in the European Championship Qualifying Competition; by defeating Wales 1:0. Freddie Woodman kept another clean sheet in goal.   
In the Northern League Ashington defeated Newcastle Benfield 3:0. Regular goal scorer Marc Walton scored twice in the game in the 22nd minute & with a penalty in the 67th minute, bringing his impressive tally for the season so far to 19. James Taylor fired in Ashington’s third goal in the 72nd minute.
Dunston UTS battled to 2:1 win at home to Bedlington Terriers in the Northern League. Dale Burrell scored Dunston’s first goal.  
Hebburn Town gained an impressive 4:1 victory over Whitley Bay, with Stephen Forster getting on the score sheet.
Newcastle defeated Club Brugge 1:0 in their next Group D match of the Europa League. Despite a lot of attempt on goal at half tine the game was goalless. Then early in the second half, a great bit of footwork from Sammy Ameobi in the 48th minute; saw him break away & pass through the Gabriel Obertan who raced towards the box & fired in. Both sides then had further chances to score but the score remained 1:0, with Newcastle leading their group. The attendance was 33 124, with match referee being Martin Hansson of Sweden.
NUFC: Steve Harper, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor (capt), Shane Ferguson (Sub- 81 Yohan Cabaye), Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita (Sub- 45 Shola Ameobi), Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi (Sub- 73 Fabricio Coloccini)  
BRUGGE: Bojan Jorgacevic, Tom Hogli, Carl Hoefhens (capt), Jordi Figueras, Bart Buysse, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Jonathan Blondel (Sub- 83 Thibaut Van Acker), Jesper Jorgensen, Lior Rafaelov (sub- 56 Ivan Trickovski), Carlos Bacca, Maxime Lestienne.
Also the Europa League group stage, Atletico Madrid defeated Academica 2:1, with Emre scoring in the 68th minute. 
Robbie Elliott reached his first milestone on his massive charity bike ride, by reaching the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona.

England Under 17’s battled to a 3:2 victory over Northern Ireland in their European Championships Group 7 qualifier. Alex Gilliead came on as a sub in the second half in the 76th minute. 
Micky Quinn was the Guest Speaker at the 10th Wallsend Boys Club Annual Dinner, held at the Gosforth Park Marriott.
Middlesbrough FC held an ex legends night at the Riverside Stadium. Those in attendance included ex guest goalkeeper & Boro legend Jim Platt. Also in attendance was ex Newcastle William Day.
Newcastle Under 18's side, lost 3:1 at home to Southampton. At half time they were two up with two goals from Ryan Seager (30 & 45 mins). Early in the second half, in the 46th minute Callum Roberts got a goal back for Newcastle; but in the 67th minute Charles Higgins made it three.
NUFC: Jonathan Mitchell, Macauley Booth (Sub- 83 James Morgan), Kyle Cameron (Sub- 73 Lewis Aird), Steven Logan, Ryan McKinnon, Alex Kitchen, Jamie Sterry (Sub- 60 Daniel Barlaser), Jonathyn Quinn, Callum Roberts, Adam Armstrong, Greg Olley.
SOUTHAMPTON: Chris Johns, Tom Leggett, Bevis Mugabi, Jason McCarthy, Matt Targett, Dominic Gape, Sam McQueen (Sub- 36 mins Charles Higgins), Jake Flannigan, Harrison Reed (Sub- 61 Josh Simms), Omar Rowe (Sub- 70 Will Wood), Ryan Seager. 
In the Championship League Jermaine Jenas got on the score sheet for Nottingham Forest, in the 77th minute; in a 4:1 victory over Barnsley. Barnsley’s only goal came from Marlon Harewood in the 24th  minute. 
Also in the Championship Crystal Palace defeated Leicester City 2:1 & defender Peter Ramage scored their second in the 28th minute.
In League One, Preston gained an away point at Tranmere. The game ended in a 1:1 draw, & Preston’s goal came from Paul Huntington in the 50th minute.
In League Two, Calvin Zola found the net once again, with a winning 80th minute goal, giving Burton Albion 3points in a 1:0 win over Bradford City.
Blyth Spartans under caretaker manager Paddy Atkinson, gained a credible 4:2 league win over Frickley Athletic. Ryan McGorrigan hit the post in the first half & scored in the second, with first coming when he went down in the box & Blyth were awarded a penalty. He didn’t get to take it; however, it was saved & be punced on the rebound to score. Phil Airey came on as a sub for Joe Kendrick & Airey got two of the goals in the second half, with both being assisted by McGorrigan.

In the Northern League, Bedlington Terriers defeated Penrith 3:1. Their second after about 60 minutes came about when Alan O’Brien crossed for Paul Brayson to score with a diving header. The third goal from another O’Brien cross, with Chris Carr heading it on for Bannister to score.
Newcastle took on Steve Clarke's West Brom. in the league at St. James, in front of 49 731. They won the match 2:1 with virtually the last kick of the game deep into injury time. Newcastle scored the only goal of the first half in a scrappy performance. It came from Demba Ba on 35 minutes; when he latched onto a through ball & volleyed into the net. In the second half, West Brom deservedly drew level through Romelu Lukaku in the 55th minute & came close to going behind but for some fine goalkeeping from Tim Krul. Then deep in the 3rd minute of injury time Sammy Ameobi fired in a last desperate shot, it took a wicked deflection off Papiss Cisse & went in to win the game. The match referee was Chris Foy (Wirral).
NUFC: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson (Sub- 60 Gabriel Obertan), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye, James Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba (Sub- 73 Sammy Ameobi), Shola Ameobi (Sub- 60 Papiss Cisse.
WEST BROM: Ben Foster, Gabriel Tamur, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell, Youssuf Mulumbu, James Morrison, Peter Odemwingie, Zoltan Gera (Sub- 87 Goran Popov), Graham Dorrans (Sub- 71 Markus Rosenberg), Romelu Lukaku (Sub- 65 Shane Long).
Newcastle Under 21’s (reserves) travelled to Sunderland to play a behind closed doors friendly. It was Sunderland who came out on top 4:0. Sunderland were two up at half time thanks Jordan Laidler, who scored in the 4th & 10th minutes. In the second half Sunderland extended their lead win a penalty from Adam Reed; with Mikael Mandran getting the fourth. A trialist who came on at half time was 19 year old WALID ABEID, Medhi’s young brother who is a French Youth International.
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Conor Newton, Curtis Good, James Tavernier (capt), Michael Riley, Marcus Maddison, Brandon Miele, Dennis Knight, Brad Inman, Yven Moyo, Adam Campbell (Subs Used: 45 mins- Walid Abeid, ‘Lubo’ Staka  
SUNDERLAND: Jordan Pickford, Liam Marrs, David Ferguson, James Armstrong, Connor Oliver, Adam Mitchell, Craig Lynch (Sub- 70 Blair Adams), Adam Reed (capt) (Sub- 70 Wade Joyce), Alex Gorrin, Roarie Deacon, Jordan Laidler (Sub- 67 Mikael Mandran.    
The ‘Three Legends’ Talk Show returned to the radio airways lengthy contractual problems. The team of Malcolm Macdonald, Bernie Slaven & Micky Horswill are now with County Durham based station ‘Star Radio’.
A number of the current Newcastle squad, along with manager Alan Pardew wereVIP guests at the local premier of new James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ at the Tyneside Cinema. Those in attendance included Steven & Ryan Taylor, Jonas Guiterrez & Tim Krul.
Sunderland exited the Capital One League Cup, losing 1:0 at home to Middlesbrough. Louis Saha played the first hour but failed to find the net.
Aston Villa defeated Swindon Town 3:2 in their League Cup 4th Rd tie. Both Shay Given & Stephen Ireland played.
Tommy Craig’s St. Mirren drew 2:2 after extra time. with Aberdeen in the Quarter Final of the Scottish League Cup. They progressed by winning the penalty shoot out 4:2. Paul Dummett played the whole game.
Blyth Spartans had a bad night in the Evo Stik league against Worksop Town, crashing to a 8:1 defeat. The scene was set when Joe Kendrick missed a penalty after 3 minutes.
In the Northern League, Bedlington Terriers defeated Newcastle Benfield 4:0. Paul Brayson hit a hat trick; including a 7th minute penalty. Their first goal came in the second minute, when Craig Baxter saw his cross come off a defender & go into the net for an own goal.  
Finally, ending the month on a proud note, were Gateshead; whose under 18;s defeated Preston North End in the 1st. Round of the FA Youth Cup. The game ended 1:1 after extra time, with recent Newcastle trialist Mechak Kanda coming close to scoring. They won through in the subsequent penalty shoot out & now face Doncaster Rovers.



Europa League action continues, along with another International break. For the ‘second string’, we see the Northumberland Senior Cup action begin. For completeness, we have added a ‘New Listing’ onto the end of the now complete ‘Toon Tracker’ indexes. Its  ‘EX PLAYERS, WHO WERE PLAYING FOR THE CLUB UP TO THE SUMMER OF 2000 & HAVE SINCE RETIRED FROM THE GAME’. This additional listing, takes the reader from the pre season 2000-01. The first full season of the new millennium & goes up the summer of 2010 after 2009-10 season has ended. Up to the ‘Toon Tracker’ sections commencing in the pre season of the 2010-11 season. Also after further consideration it seems only fair the following ‘late, late’ entries to the ‘directory of current & ex players. ‘Lubo’ Satka was signed by Newcastle in May at the end of last season & played for reserves in a 7-A-Side Tournament in the same month. An unused academy sub goalkeeper Aidan Grant is also added as he featured for the club before leaving. Mick Harford now assistant manager at MK Dons was signed up in May in his new role, it seems only fair that his latest chapter of his long career is added. After further research into the role of Christian Bassedas at Velez Sarsfield, he too gets a late entry; being their General Manager. Finally Clarence Acuna seems to have retired at the end of the 2010 season, playing his last game that April. Technically as their season only runs until Autumn, it feels justified to add him in as well. Finally the discovery of an Under 17’s academy friendly line up from 2002, has led us to Josh Carmicheal who played the game on trial & is now Jarrow Roofing goalkeeper. This brings the grand total of 2010-12 Toon Tracker Player Profiles on the website to 390. Away from the website, details will continue to be kept & if a sponsor to develop it further does come up then it can be resurrected.      
Calvin Zola continued his fine run of scoring form, his goal in the 90th minute against Altringham earned them a 3:3 draw in the 1st Round of the FA Cup.
A ‘Heroes of 65’ Reunion’ of the Promotion side of 1964-65 seaso; was held at High Howden Social Club, North Shields. Of the original winning group of players, those at the event were Frank Clark, David Craig, Jim Iley, Bob Moncur, Willie Penman, Ron McGarry, Dave Elliott, Geoff Allen, Ollie Burton & Gordon Marshall; along with coach Dave Smith. Others who came along to the well organised sell out event were; Vic Keeble, Alan Foggon, John Craggs, John McNamee, Jim Scott, Pat Howard & Jack Charlton. Another present was ex junior Scottish player Harry Bryson.      
Newcastle’s Under 21’s Development side, travelled to Tottenham Hotspur,  Enfield Training Ground. The young side suffered a battering; losing 6:0. They were two down a t half time thanks to a Ryan Mason penalty on 17 minutes, This was awarded Kitchen had fouled Pritchard. Cristian Ceballos scored next in the 24th minute. In the second half a clearance rebounded off Satka for an own goal in the 50th minute. Goals followed from Alex Pritchard (56) & two from Jonathan Obika (61 & 88). The attendance at the game was about 150.
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Steven Logan, Michael Riley, Brandon Miele, Alex Kitchen, ‘Lubo’ Staka, Msrcus Maddison (Sub- 70 Alex Gilliead), Dennis Knight, Yven Moyo, Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper.
SPURS: Jonathan Miles, Ryan Fredericks, Massimo Luongo, Kevin Stewart, Jack Barthram (Sub- 71 Giancarlo Gallifuoco), Ryan Mason, Dean Parrett, Alex Pritchard, Cristian Ceballos, Andros Townsend, Jonathan Obika 
Newcastle’s Under 18’s also travelled to Tottenham Hotspur & also suffered a 4:1 defeat. They too trailed 2:0 at half time; to goals from Kenny McEvoy (19) & Roman Michael-Percil (26). Lewis Aird pulled one back in the 49th minute, before Spurs put the result beyond doubt with goals from Will Miller (62) & Laste Dombaxe (86). The later was a penalty which was given after Woodman brought down McEvoy in the box. The final score was 4:1 to the home team. Tom Heardman was handed his debut at under 18’s level as a sub.
NUFC: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Lee Desmond, (Sub- 69 Tom Heardman), Jonathyn Quinn, Ryan McKinnon, Kyle Cameron, Greg Olley, Alex Gilliead, (Sub- 72 James Morgan), Adam Armstrong, Mechack Kanda (Trialist) (Sub- 45 Lewis Aird), Macauley Booth.
SPURS: Luke McGee, Grant Ward, Thomas Gardiner, Connor Ogilivie, Samuel Smith, Filip Lesniak, Laste Dombaxe, Ruben Lameiras (Sub- 62 Victor Zapata-Caicedo), Roman Michael-Percil, Kenny McEvoy, William Miller,
It was a quite day for ex players, in the main leagues, only Jonathan Woodgate got his name on a score sheet. His rare goal came in Middlesbrough 4:1 victory at Charlton Athletic, with his goal coming in the 27th minute. 
Blyth Spartans got back to winning ways with a 1:0 league win at Stafford Rangers.
Ryan McGorrigan scored the goal in the 10th. minute. Phil Airey replaced him in the second half & also came close to scoring.
In the Northern League, Bedlington Terriers defeat South Shields 3:1. Their first goal came in the 13th minute from new signing Mark Doninger back from Icelandic football. Paul Brayson kept up prolific scoring with another goal; with his coming in the 45th minute. Others in their side were Craig Baxter, Stu Elliott, Alan O’Brien & sub. Martin Brittain. Paul Talbot played in the Shields side.
Newcastle Benfield drew 1:1 with Team Northumbria. Nicky Deverdics also fresh back from Iceland played at inside left for Benfield. Rob Cavener & Ben Sayer were in the ‘students; side. 
In the Northern Alliance, Johnny Mann, returned from injury coming on as a sub & scoring in the 66th minute for Blyth Town, They ran out easy 4:0 winners against Percy Main Amateurs.
That evening, Robbie Elliott now over his bout of sickness which jeopardise the charity bike ride at one point; arrived at PSV Eindhoven’s ground.   
Newcastle’s first team travelled to Liverpool to face a tricky league match at Anfield. Newcastle deservedly led 1:0 at half time thanks to a cracking goal from Yohan Cabaye in the 43rd minute. Liverpool battled back into the game it was Suarez who equalised for them in the 67th minute. it was nail biter at the end, with Coloccini getting sent off for a bad tackle in the 84th  minute. However, Newcastle hung on for a 1:1 draw. Jose Enrique featured for Liverpool. The attendance was 44 803 & match referee Anthony Taylor of Manchester.
NUFC: Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, H atem Ben Arfa, James Perch (Sub- 25 Danny Simpson), Yohan Cabaye (Sub- 67 Shane Ferguson), Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba (Sub- 48 Sammy Ameobi), Papiss Cisse
LIVERPOOL: Brad Jones, Andre Wusdom, Daniel Ager, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Nuri Sahin (Sub- 74 Stewart Downing), Steven Gerrard (Capt), Joe Allen, Suso (Sub- 65 Jonjo Shelvey), Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez.     
Curtis Good captain the Australian Under 19’s side in a 1:0 win over Qatar. The match was a AFC Under 19’s Championships. These World Youth Cup Group D Qualifiers were held in the United Emirates.  
Lastly Montagu & North Fenham Wizards defeated Wallsend Community 5:1, in the Pin Point Under 17’s Division One League. Among their goal scorers Mechack Kanda. 
Paul Cannell had a Talk In at ‘The Bar Beyond in Newcastle.
Newcastle took Adam Swandi on trial from the Singapore National Football Academy. Swandi is an ex Singapore Under 15’s captain & featured in the 2011 Lion Cup.
In the Northern League Whitley Bay defeated South Shields 6:1, with Lee Kerr on the score sheet.
Bedlington Terriers drew 4:4 in an exciting match with Billingham Town. Recently signed Mark Doniger scored twice for the Terriers.
Curtis Good featured again captaining Australia Under 20’s & they drew 1:1 with Syria. He played the first half at Right half, before being substituted. He sat out the third group match verses Saudi Arabia on November 8th.
Robbie Elliott now back in England took in both Fulham & then Wembley Stadium accompanied by Rob Lee. With Bobby’s ex club & country out of the way they head North.   
Ashington defeated Shildon 2:0, in the Northern League, with Marc Walton adding another goal to his tally in the 60th minute.
Robbie Elliott’s charity bike now arrived at Ipswich Town as he gets ever closer to St. James Park.
Newcastle travelled with a massive following to Belgium to play Club Brugge in their next Europa League group match. In the first half they found themselves two goals down, before rallying just before half time. Brugges goals came after 14 minutes from Trickovski & then on 19 minute from Jorgensen. A wonder strike from Vurnon Anita in the 42nd minute began the revival & then Sami set up older brother Shola Ameobi for the equaliser. Both sides had chances with both keepers pulling off great saves & at full time the score remained 2:2.  The attendance was 18 003 & the referee was Luca Banti of Italy.
NUFC: Tim Krul,  Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson (Sub- 59 Steve Taylor), James Tavernier, Sylvaon Marveaux, Chieck Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana (Sub- 72 Yohan Cabaye), Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi (Sub- 83 Romain Amalfitano).
C,BRUGGE: Bojan Jorgacevic, Ryan Donk, Carl Hoefkens, Tom Hogli, Michael Almeback, Jordi Figueras, Jesper Jorgensen, Vadis Odidja-Ofoe (Sub- 81 Nathaniel Lagrou), Ivan Trickovski (Sub- 45 Mohamed Tchite), Maxime Lestienne, Carlos Bacca
Marseille drew 2:2 with Borussia Munchengladbach in the Europa League. Joey Barton scored for them in the 54th minute.
Gateshead’s Under 18’s defeated Doncaster Rovers in the FA. Youth Cup 2nd R d & now face Derby County in the 3rd Rd. They won 2:1 & Mechack Kanda played in the gamer at outside left; before being substituted in the 73rd minute.
Sunderland’s Billy Knott went out on loan to Woking.
Newcastle’s Under 18’s academy side travelled to an away league match with Manchester United. They lost 3:0 & were 2:0 down at half time. The ‘Manks’ goal scorers were: Andreas Pereira (8 Mins), James Wilson (38 mins), Kenji Gorre (82 mins). The referee was Terry Ratcliffe of Stockport & the team line ups were:
NUFC: Freddie Woodman, Macauley Booth, Lewis Aird, Ben Drennan (Sub- 73 Tom Heardman), Lee Desmond, Kyle Cameron, Daniel Barlaser (Sub- 69 Rolando Aarons), Alex Gilliead, Adam Armstrong, Steven Logan, Jonathyn Quinn.
MAN.UTD: Pierluigi Gollini, Donald Love, Matthew Wilkinson, Liam Grimshaw (Sub- 84 Declan Dalley), Luis Rowley, James Weir, Ben Pearson, Jack Rudge (Sub- 59 Kenji Gorre), Mats Daehli, Andreas Periera, James Wilson (Sub- 68 Sam Byrne)     
In the Premier League, Gary Caldwell gets an inclusion for the wrong reasons; scoring an own goal on 43 minutes, in Wigan Athletic’s 2:1 defeat to West Brom.  
Gateshead lost 2:1 at Braintree, despite a Ryan Donaldson goal in the 29th minute.
Blyth Spartans gained another valuable point at Grantham Town. Ryan McGorrigan scored in the 51st minute. Phil Airey started in the game before being replaced by Joe Kendrick.
In the Northern League, Whitley Bay hammered Penrith 8:3 & Lee Kerr was among the goal scorers. He also had a penalty saved.
John Beresford & Joe Allen took part in a Talk In at The Holystone Inn in North Tyneside in aid of young meningitis suffer Richard Hunter.  
Newcastle slumped to a 1:0 defeat at home to West Ham United. The only goal of the game came in the first half, from Kevin Nolan who fired beyond Krul in the 37th minute. Demba Ba had an effort which was adjudged to have not crossed the line before the keeper scooped it out. Both sides had further chances in the second half but the score remained. The attendance was 51 855 & the referee was Mike Dean of the Wirral. Andy Carroll featured in the game & got a mixed reception.
NUFC: Tim krul, Dannie Simpson (Sub- 79 Gabriel Obertan), Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (Sub- 23 Vurnon Anita), Shane Ferguson, Demba ba, Papiss Cisse (Sub- 46 Shola Ameobi).
WEST HAM: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Joey O’Brien, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, George McCartney (Sub- 66 Guy Demel), Yossi Benayoun (Sub- 52 Gary O’Neil), Mohamed Diame, Mark Noble, Matt Jarvis (Sub- 34 Modibo Maiga), Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.       
‘The Three Legends’, Malcolm Macdonald, Bernie Slaven & Mick Horswill, held a launch dinner at the Ramside Hall, Durham. Other at the event included Bob Moncur, Mick Martin, Jim Platt & Sunderland legendary keeper Jim Montgomery.  
Australia Under 19’s defeated Jordan 3:0 in the Quarter Finals of the AFC Championships (2013 Under 20’s World Cup Qualifying Competition).  Captaining the side at right half was Curtis Good. They now face Iraq in the Semi Finals.
Newcastle Under 21’s Development side entertained Manchester United at Whitley Park. The closely fought match resulted in a 2:1 defeat in front of a modest 417 crowd. Conor Newton got Newcastle’s goal in the 58th minute, after Thorpe had put the visits ahead just after half time in the 47th minute. Lawrence scored the winning goal on the 65th minute. Referee: Graeme Fyvie (Sunderland).
NUFC: Jak Alnwick, Conor Newton, Yven Moyo, Medhi Abeid, James Tavernier, ‘Lubo’ Satka, Marcus Maddison (Sub- 83 Alex Kitchen), Romain Amalfitano (Sub. 40 Dennis Knight), Xisco (Sub- 53 Michael Riley), Brad Inman, JJ. Hooper.
MAN.UTD: Jonny Sutherland, Frederic Veseli, Marnick Vermiji, Tom Thorpe, Scott Wooton, Michele Fornasier, ‘Bebe’ Tiaso Manuel Dias Correia (Sub- 90 Luke Hendrie), Ryan Turnicliffe, Larnell Cole, Federico Macheda (Sub- 54 Tom Lawrence), Adanan Januzaj (Sub- 76 Charni Ekangamene).   
There was an exciting finale to the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup tie between Team Northumbria & Guisborough Town. At full time the score was 1:1 & after extra time things were tied at 2:2. Team Northumbria won through 8:7 on penalties with Rob Cavener hitting their sixth. Dean Critchlow also played. 
Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21’s defeated Northern Ireland in a friendly. Paddy McLaughlin featured at centre forward for Northern Ireland
Further Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup 2nd Round ties saw Newcastle Benfield defeat a strong Bedlington Terriers 2:1. Nicky Deverdics got the winner for Benfield & Bedlington’s goal came from a free kick Martin Brittain.
In the Cumberland Senior Cup; Stuart Green’s Whitehaven defeated Warwick Wanderers 3:1.
Shane Ferguson featured at left half for Michael O’Neil’s Northern Ireland. They drew 1:1 with Azerbaijan in a World Cup Group F Qualifier. Aaron Hughes also played at right back.
JJ. Hooper went out on loan to Northern League side Darlington 1883.
Ex reserve Bradley Orr, moved on a loan from Blackburn Rovers to Ipswich Town.
Argentina drew 0:0 with Saudi Arabia in a friendly & Coloccini played.
Following a goalless draw after extra time verses Whitley Bay, in their quarter final tie of the Northumberland Senior Cup; Blyth Spartans announced that they had given the permanent managers job to current Caretaker Manager Paddy Atkinson.
Kieran Wrightson came off the bench on trial at North Shields in their 4:2 win over Darlington RA in the Northern League.
Nigeria defeated Venezuela 3:1 in a friendly. Shola Ameobi gained his first full international cap for them coming on as a sub in the 61st. minute. he replaced ex Newcastle forward Oberfemi Martins who had started the game at inside right.
Australia Under 19’s lost their semi final with Iraq 2:0. Curtis Good once again captained the side.
Burton Albion won their FA. Cup 1st Round Replay against Altringham 2:0.
Calvin Zola got his sides second in the 75th minute.
West Auckland Town defeated Ryton & Crawcrook 4:1 in their Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup 2nd Round tie. Adam Rundle scored twice for the winners.
Newcastle continued to struggle to get a win in the premier league, with a 2:1 home defeat to Swansea City. The game watched by 49 403, was goalless at half time. In the second half Swansea’s Michu got the opener in the 58th minute. As Newcastle pressed to equalise to no avail, Swansea got another in the 88th minute through Jon