'THEY WORE THE NEWCASTLE SHIRT'

ARCHIVE NEWS BULLETINS ONE To TWELVE


BULLETIN No: 1- JUNE
2011 - REVIEW


Welcome to this demonstration trial website produced by a small group of amateur enthusiasts of the club. This first news entry onto the site is to give an example and cross section from a number of the sub divided sections as outlined on the home page. Examples from the vast & ever expanding historical & statistical database of this fine Tyneside club.
The web published articles on this site have been thoroughly researched & have been chosen at random for inclusion to try to give the reader a good variety & scope of Newcastle related topics. The selections have also tried to cover both various previous eras & more modern times.        

Entries research & selected for inclusion this month are as follows: 

The Season Review comes from the World War I era & is the 1915-16 season.

'Before They Were United'-  takes the reader to the very earliest beginnings, looking at the Stanley Cricket Club (1880 To 1882)

The St. James Park section also goes back to the very first offical football played there; with details of the Newcastle Rangers, the first club to make the ground their home.

1st. Team Player Profile selection is Wilfred Innerd, from the Edwardian era.
           
World War II Guest Player is Alec Lockie, who was regular with local rivals Sunderland.

The 1st. Team Friendly Player chosen is Wesley Ngo Baheng, a relativel recent departure from the club.
              
Non 1st. Team  Player inclusion is young Irish player Michael McCrudden, now with Derry City.

Trial Player selection is Faroe Islands International Christian Mouritsen.

Finally, the World War One 'Player XI' Profile is Oscar Fox, who featured in a Bill McCracken XI as a guest from Bradford City. 

This months - 2010-11 season player & ex player appearance or management record for all known playes, covers players whose surname begins with 'A'. This includes, among the many entries, the recent coaching exploits of Roy Aitken  

Finaly, it is intended that each research bulletin will conclude with news 'snippits' on the happenings of players who have been or are still associated with the club from the previous month. In this case this is June 2011, which is now outlined below.

                                                                                              
'TOON TRACKER'- JUNE 2011

June 1st. Ex 'Toon' manager, Sam Alladyce signs as the new manager of West Ham United. 

June 2nd. Ex Newcastle Reserve Liam Atkin, leaves Ashington & signs for Blyth Spartans.

June 3rd. Veteran goalkeeper & ex Newcastle trialist Brad Friedel signs for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

June 4th. Oguchi Onyewo got another cap fior the USA in a 4:0 friendly defeat to Spain. He began the game at right back & as replaced at half time.

June 5th. Australia defeated New Zealand 3:0 in a friendly international. The third goal scored 3 minutes into injury time; was put through by ex reserve James Troisi. 

June 7th. Australia featured in a further friendly & this time they were held to a 0:0 draw by Serbia. Coming on as a sub. at half time to gain a further cap was James Troisi

June 7th. The club releases reserve players, Mathew Grieve, Dan Leadbitter & Patrick McLaughlin.
Later in the month on JUne 28th. Leadbitter signs for Torquay United. Prior to this, the club also released academy players, Nathan Evans, Andy Mogwo, Ryan Page & Ben Robinson; with Ryan Page having been signed prior to the season ending by Northern League Division I side North Shields on February 18th.2011.

June 9th. Michael Chopra exits Cardiff City to sign for Ipswich Town for a Transfer Fee  of £1.5 million.

June 9th. Mansfield Town release ex Newcastle reserve Steven Istead, who signs for Eastwood Town. 

June 10th. Yohan Caban signs from Lille for a fee of approximately £4.5 million.

June 10th. Ex reserve Mark Doninger hit 2 first half goals in IK Akranes 3:1 win over IR in an Icelandic League match. 

June 12th. Ex Preston manager & ex Newcastle Academy coach Alan Irvine signs up as Academy Director for Everton.

June 12th. For the first time since its inception, the Northern Masters Over 35's Ex Players Tournament does not feature a Newcastle side & switches its venue over the border to Glasgow. Only Sunderland feature from the North East. The Newcastle interest in this 6-A-side cvompetition came from the Kilmarnock side who featured Ray Montgomerie, who was a reserve at Newcastle in the late 1970's. They played two matches, a 3:2 defeat to Sunderland & a 4:2 win over Motherwell, ending in 2nd. place in their group.

June 14th. Following another defeat Terek Grozny of the Russian Premier League sack their Head Coach Ruud Gullit, after only 5 months in the post. For the record, Gullit who joined the club during their 'winter break' on January 18th; guided the club through 13 matches, of which they won 3, frew 3 & lost 7.

June 16th. After talks over a new contract stalled, it was announced club captain Kevin Nolan had signed for West Ham. The undisclosed fee was reported to have been between £3 & £4 million. 

June 17th. Senegal International Demba Ba signs for Newcastle from newlt relegated West Ham. 

June 18th. French Under 21's International, Sylvain Marveaux agrees to join Newcastle from Rennes on a free transfer. The move is completed on July 1st .

June 18th. The Seco Mersey Masters Over 35's  6-A-Side Tournanment, saw ex player John Barnes assist his old club Liverpool. In the group stage they defeated Everton 5:1 & Blackpol 2:1, before winning the tournament with a 5:1 victory over Bolton. The Blackpool side alsi included ex Newcastle reserve Tony Dinning who also featured in Blackpools 2:1 win over Everton. 

June 18th. The Paul Gascoigne & Jimmy Greaves, do their first 'takin in' show of their tour at Bournemouth Pavillion. National press reports on the show are favourable, following a successful show.

June 19th. Ex Newcastle reserve, Ross Gardner resigns for Northern League side Shildon
 
June 22nd. Chris Hughton, the popular ex manager & coach, is appointed as manager of Birmingham City.

June 22nd. Ex Newcastle reserve, Andy Ferrell signs for Barrow, having previously been released by Gateshead on May 4th.
 
June 23rd. Squad player Ben Tozer exits from the toon on a free transfer to Northampton Town.

June 23rd. Ex academy player and brother of Shola & Sami; Tomi Ameobi hit 2 goals for Bi- Bolungarvik in their Icelandic Cup 1st. Round 4:1 win over Briedablik. Also in the side was ex Toon reserve Nicky Deverdics

June 23rd. Frankie Bunn, left his post as Academy Coach to join Rochdale as their new Assistant Manager.

June 24th. Ex Newcastle reserve, Carl Finnigan joins St. Johnstone.

June 25th. Ex Newcastle reserve, Mark Boyd signs for Workington. 

June 25th. Ex Newcastle reserve Ross Gardner re signs for Northern League side Shildon

June 25th. The Jack Charlton Disabled Angler's Children's Day took place. Over 50 young angler's took part, with Jack in attendance handing out trophy's. 

June 26th. The Seco Yorkshire Masters Over 35's Tournament saw ex fringe player Darren Huckerby steel the show, turning out for the Leeds United side. He gained both the highest goal scorer & player of the tournament awards. He asisted the side to a 3:2 win over Barnsley & a 4:3 win over Huddersfield; scoring 2 goals in each game in the group stage. In the final he hit 4 goals in the sides 5:3 victory over Sheffield United.

June 28th. Ex first team player Oguchi Onyewu, free transfer from AC Milan to Sporting Lisbon

June 30th. Ex first teamer David Rozenhal signs for Lille.    

JUNE 30th. Ex first teamer Garry Brady leaves St. Mirren to join Brechin Citry.   

June 30th. Ex Newcastle Players annual charity fund raising 'Heroes' Golf Day at Ponteland Golf Club. This event is now into its 15th year & this years event organised by Bob Moncur & Mick Martin; included Mat Le Tissier as guest of honour. Former players that took part this year were; 'Pop' Robson, Gordon Marshall, Bert Garrow, John Craggs, Ron Guthrie, Irving Nattrass, Dave Hilley, John Cowan, Les O'Neil, Jim Scott, Stu Barrowclough, Bill Rafferty, Mick Barker, Dave Barton, Peter Haddock, Joe Allon, John Connelly & Charlie Woods. Steve Stone also took part & also spotted adding their support were ex Sunderland players Jim Mongomery & Gary Bennett.
              

The England Under 21 National side featured in the 2011 European Under 21's Championships in June; managed by Stuart Pearce. After a successful warm up friendly against Norway on June 5th. which they won 2:0, they then travelled to Switzerland for the championships. In their first Group stage match they fought back to gain a credible 1:1 draw with Spain on June 12th. Next up were the Ukraine on June 15th, but this resulted in a frustrating 0:0 draw. Finally they faced the Czech Republic on June 19th. & after leading they lost 2:1 in a disappointing exit from the competition finishing 3rd in the group; having gained only 2 points.

Finally, pre season friendly action began early for Northern League side Bedlington Terriers, as they took up the invitation to play 2 matches in the USA. The first was on June 28th. & captained by ex Newcastle reserve Stuart Elliott they beat Niagera United 4:1. Paul Brayson "trialist" hit 2 of the sides goals. Unfortunately the side suffered injuries & coach Paddy Atkinson entering the fray as a sub. after only 20 minutes. Veteran Atkinson, the ex Newcastle reserve scored for the side in the 67th minute. The next day the patched up side took on FC Buffalo for the 'Lord Bedlington Cup'. They were well beaten 5:1, with Elliott & Brayson again in the side. Unfortunately Elliott was red carded in the second half, with Brayson getting Bedlington's late consulation goal in the 86th. minute. 

It is also worth noting that ex academy & reserve player James Beaumont continues his career as an accomplished professional cricketer. This simmer he has continued to play for Stokesley who are in the Darlington Building Society North Yorkshire & South Durham Cricket League Premier Division. During the month of June he featured in 2 league & 2 cup matches for the club; hitting 82 runs.      
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NEWS BULLETIN - TWO 
JULY 2011 - REVIEW
 
Following the successful launch of this research & information website, welcome to Bulletin Two. In the past month John & I have been ‘busying away’ looking from old to new to build on what was produced & put onto the website last month.
 
This months research additions begin with continuation of the World War I years; looking at the 1916-17 season. This was the only time in the clubs long & varied history that saw all activities for a full season. The devastating effects of the Great War were taking its tool & it was left to Bill McCracken to form a number of elevens to keep the football alive. In the St. James Park section we see the completion of the Newcastle Rangers story with more results coming to light from recent research & also an additional summary of all the clubs known players; including a special profile on John Edward Shilton. Although Shilton only played in a handful of Newcastle Rangers matches during the 1883-84 season, he went on to be perhaps the most successful sportsman linked with the club; having a very successful career in cricket.
 
The next ex first team player to be included for this month is John William Donnelly. His short career at Newcastle detailed, including his first team participation in the league which came about following the end of World War I, the Northern Victory League. Bringing us up to current times, Frank Danquah is the new currently active ex player profile. Frank featured mostly as a reserve, but he did feature for the first team in a friendly. His profile spans from his earliest days through to his current club. There is one more player focused upon this month & he is Robert Thornton Young. Young, was a Sunderland player, who was also a war time & after the war guest in a number of different Player XI’s which allows for his inclusion into this site.  Many of these player profiles now have a continuation section added give a comprehensive known playing record season by season. Those that have not, will have theirs added on soon. 
 
Finally, player appearance records from last season, 2010-11 covers those with the surname ‘B’.  This covers all current & ex first team players as well as non first team players. aming those focused upon are Michael Bridges as his varied playing career comes to an end, & ex reserve goalkeeper Ian Bennett; who career has seen a resurgence at Huddersfield Town.
The Previous month's 'A's also get an update to include this months pre season action. 

Ending on a sad note, one of Newcastle’s most respected World War II players, Charles Woolett, has died.
Below is a brief Obituary. 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Charlie Woollett, Born: NOV.25th.1920. Died: JULY 16th.2011 (Aged 90).
The WWII winger made 75 appearances at Newcastle, scoring 13 goals.   
 
 
'TOON TRACKER'

PLAYER & CLUB NEWS SNIPPITS

JULY 2011

 
The month of July gives the reader an abundance of information, with the usual deluge of pre season friendly matches getting underway as well as further action in the transfer market. A summary of happenings from the busy month of July are as follows:-
 
JULY 1st.  French Under 21 International, Medhi Adeid signs from Lens for no fee under the Bosnia Ruling.
 
JULY 1st.  Recently released reserve, Patrick McLaughlin signs for York City & made his debut for them on July 8th scoring in a 5:0 victory over Tadcaster Albion. He also featured in a 2:1 friendly defeat to Sunderland on July 13th. 

JULY 1st. Ex Reserve Stuart Green began a trial with Carlisle United.
 
JULY 2nd.  Blyth Spartans got their pre season programme underway with a 2:0 win over Partick Thistle; handing new signing ex reserve, Liam Atkin his debut. Ex reserve Phil Cave joined the fray after half an hour.   
 
JULY 4th.  Ex fringe player, Brian Kerr signs for Arbroath & makes his debut as a sub. in a 2:1 friendly win over Raith Rovers on July 8th.
 
JULY 4th. Adam Rundle is released by Morecambe & signs for Darlington. Last season saw Adam play on loan for Gateshead & in his early days was a reserve at Newcastle.
 
JULY 5th.  Retired player Dietmar Hamann signed to become manager of Stockport County.

JULY 7th.  Steven Caldwell departs from Wigan to join Birmingham City. 

JUL.7th. Carl Finnigan kicks off his pre season action with his new club St. Johnstone, in their 2:0 friendly win over Arbroath. A few days later on July 9th, he scored his first goal in the sides 1:1 draw with Drogheda United.
 
JULY 8th.  Carlisle kick off the pre season programme with an easy 5:1 victory over Kendal Town, with ex reserve Adam Collin keeping goal in the first half. Stuart Green made his debut & scored after only 3 minutes.  

JULY 8th. Having been released by Blackpool on May 25th. Marlan Harwood moves abroad to sign for Chinese side Guangzhou R & F. The following day on July 9th. Harwood makes his debit for the club in a 2:1 league win over Yanbian Baekdu Tigers; coming on as a 55th. minute substitute.     
  
JULY 9th.  Manager Ian Bogie gets his Gateshead sides pre season friendly programme underway with a 1:0 defeat to Lee Clark’s Huddersfield Town. Making his debut for Gateshead as a trialist was ex reserve Chris Moore who had been with Darlington last season. Others involved of ex Newcastle interest were; Martin Brittain, Kris Gate, Craig Baxter & goalkeeper Paul Farman. The Huddersfield side saw ex Newcastle reserve Kris Thackray enter the fray on 10 minutes. Last season he featured for Italian clubs Cosenza & Andria BAT. last season. Thackray also got a run out for Huddersfield on July 14th. in a 2:0 defeat to Sheffield FC & then on July 21st against AFC Emley.    
 
JULY 9th. Nobby Solano makes a second half debut for Hartlepool United in their opening Dutch tour game. This was against AGOVV. Apeldoorn & they won 2:0. In the second match on July 16th; he gets to start in the sides 2:2 draw with FC Den Bosch.
 
JULY 9th.  Ex reserve Ross Gardner opened his goal scoring account for Shildon a friendly 2:0 win over Richmond.
 
JULY 9th. Paul Brayson scores on his friendly debut for Harrogate Town in a 2:1 defeat to Tadcaster Albion.
 
JULY 9th. Burnley begin their pre season at Altringham; winning 4:2. David Edgar features here & in the following 3:0 win over Bury on July 13th. In the Altringham game, their side included ex toon reserve Kevin Gall, who made his debut as sub. Gall also got to play against a Manchester City XI on July 16th, narrowly losing out 2:1. The City side included a certain Craig Bellamy.
 
JULY 9th. The Seco London Masters Over 35’s 6-A-Side Tournament, QPR side featured Wayne Fereday. The side defeated Chelsea in match 1 & then drew 4:4 with West Ham in the match 2, giving them 1st place in Group B. They them faced Watford in the final & lost 3:2. 
 
JULY 9th. Ex reserve Andy Ferrell made his debut for Barrow verses an Oldham Athletic XI, in an impressive 2:0 win. Ex Newcastle trial player Robin Hulbert also played in the first half.
 
JULY 10th.  Lee Bowyer, a free agent release by Birmingham City; signs for Ipswich Town.  Bowyer makes his debut days later as a sub. on July 12th . Here Ipswich ran out 2:0 winners over FC Eindhoven. He then got to start in the sides 2:2 draw with FC Den Bosch on July 14th. 
 
JULY 10th. Just a quick congratulatory mention to NUFC Under 16's whose involvement in the Total football Youth Tournament & culminated in them progressing to the final. This was against Wolves & they won 2:1.
 
JULY 11th.  Stoke City acquired free agent Jonathan Woodgate.
 
JULY 12th.  Michael Chopra opens his goal scoring account for his new club Ipswich Town; hitting two in a friendly 2:0 win over FC. Eindhoven.
 
JULY 12th. Free agent Kieron Dyer signs a one year deal with QPR.
 
JULY 12th. Darlington sign ex reserve Adam Rundle who had been released by Morecambe on July 4th.
 
JULY 12th. Steve Guinan makes his debut as a half time sub; for Kidderminster Harriers & finds the net on the hour in the sides 3:0 win over Bishops Cleeve.  
 
JULY 13th. Kenny Dalglish gets his first pre season Liverpool game on their Chinese Tour, off to a wining start, defeating Guangdong 4:3; with a certain Andy Carroll getting one of the goals late in the game. Their next game the 16th. saw them see off a Malaysia All Stars XI 6:3. A foul on Carroll on 25 minutes saw the penalty converted to open the scoring.  
 
JULY 13th. Ex player Peter Jackson brings ex toon reserve keeper Jonny Brain on trial to Bradford City. He features in the sides 7:1 hammering of Sigsden, but fails to gain a contract.  
 
JULY 13th. Paul Brayson got another goal for Harrogate Town in a 3:1 friendly win over Gateshead; converting a penalty in the first minute.
 
JULY 13th. Fit again Titus Bramble is back in the centre of Sunderland’s defence as they run out 2:1 winners over York City. He also features in their German Tour opener when they drew 1:1 with Arminia Bielefeld
 
JULY 13th. Andreas Aristidou ex trial goalkeeper now with Preston made his first senior appearance in a pre season friendly, with side defeating Fleetwood 4:0. Days later on July 18th he was also in the side that drew 1:1 with Kilmarnock. 

JUL.13th. Torquay United give a pre seasaon debut to Dan Leadbitter at right back in their 2:1 friendly win over Tiverton. Unfortunately during the pre season Dan picked up a hamstring injury which has since kept him out of action. 


JUL.13th. Stirling Albion set up the opportunity for players to come on trial at their club & to pay them £200 for this opportunity. One of those who were successful in doing this, was ex trial youth goalkeeper Sam Filler. His friendly debut for them was against a Glasgow Rangers XI & they lost 1:0. The match was a testimonial for Peter McKenzie.
 
JULY 14th. NUFC Reserves get their first practice match in behind closed doors; losing to Hamilton Academicals 2:0.
 
JULY 15th. The first team get their pre season friendly programme underway with a comfortable 2:0 win over Darlington. Goal scorers being Joey Barton & young Sami Ameobi. Unfortunately the result is marred by a pitch invasion which halted play for about 10 minutes. There were substitute first team debuts for Yohan Cabaye, Paul Dummett & Michael Richardson. Unfortunately for Darlington, ex Newcastle reserve defender Paul Arnison injured was injured after half an hour & had be substituted. Darlington also gave a debut to ex Newcastle academy player Adam Rundle
 
JULY 15th. Ex reserve Matty Grieve on trial with Orient, makes his friendly debut on the sides tour of Finland. Orient ran out 3:2 winners against Tampere ‘Lives’.
 
JULY 15th. QPR begin their pre season friendly programme with a 1:0 win over Harrow Borough. ‘Ex Toony’ Fitz Hall started alongside ex reserve Bradley Orr; with Peter Ramage coming on at half time. 
 
JULY16th. NUFC Reserves travelled to Berwick Rangers to play a friendly in heavy rain & run out 2:1 winners, with goals from first name Yven Moyo & Brandon Miele.
 
JULY 16th. Kazenga Lua Lua returns on loan to Brighton until January.   

JUL.16th. Recently departed fringe player Ben Tozer made his debut in a pre season friendly for Northampton Town. This was in a 'Maunsell Cup' 1:0 defeat to Brackley Town. 
 
JULY 16th. Gateshead’s 2:0 lead in a friendly against Carlisle United was brought to a halt after 58 minutes; when heavy rain cause an abandonment. There were further run outs for Farman, Baxter, Gate, & trialist Moore.  A few days later a similar line up defeats Kendal 4:0 on July 19th & Gate gets on the score sheet.
 
JULY 16th. Team Northumbria lose out to 2:5 to Sunderland RCA in a friendly, with ex Newcastle reserve Mark Bertram scoring one of the goals. Sunderland RCA continue to have on their coaching staff veteran George Herd. The ex Sunderland player, who once wore the Newcastle shirt in Jackie Milburn’s Testimonial in 1967. 
 
JULY 16th. Ross County complete the last of their 5 pre season warm ups, losing 2:1 to Kilmarnock. Ex Newcastle reserve Colin McMenamin featured up from or as a sub in this game & all the others. His debut being on July 2nd; as a sub. in a 2:0 win over Brora. He scored his first goal for Ross on July 12th in a 2:0 win over Keith.
 
JULY 16th. Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City get their pre season programme underway with a 1:0 win at Cork City. The side included veteran defender Stephen Carr.
 
JULY 16th. Tottenham Hotspur lost their opening friendly to the Kaiser Chiefs 1:0. Jermaine Jenas got to start in the game. 
 
JULY 16th. A battling Consett go down 2:1 to a Sunderland XI, despite a penalty goal from ex Newcastle fringe player Marc Walton.     
 
JULY 16th. Whitley Bay ‘stonked’ Hoddesdon Town 8:0, with ex toon trial player Lee Kerr in the side.
 
JULY 16th. Ashington, coached by ex reserve Neil Winskill; also got a high scoring pre season victory, seeing off Ponteland United 7:0. Among the scorers were ex Newcastle reserves James Taylor & Darren Lough
 
JULY 16th. Ex reserve Keith Barr continues his Penicuik Athletic career as their pre season programme gets underway with an impressive 2:0 win over Glasgow Rangers Under 19’s
 
JULY 16th. Mark Boyd, the former Newcastle reserve released by Barrow makes his debut for Workington in a 1;0 defeat to Whitehaven
 
JULY 16th. The Seco Central Master Over 35’s 6-A-Side Tournament featured among other an ex player Nottingham Forest team. The team included Steven Guinan who had the distinction of making a ‘one off’ sub. appearance for Newcastle in Stuart Pearce’s testimonial many years prior. In the masters for Nottingham, Guinan scored in both games; in a 4:1 victory over Peterborough & in a 7:3 defeat to Derby County.      
 
JULY 18th.  Shay Given signed for Aston Villa for  a reported £3.5 million from Manchester City.
 
JULY 18th. Ex reserve Stephen Brennan continues fight for a first team place with Bray Wanderers & he features in the sides 1:1 friendly draw with a Liverpool XI.
 
JULY 19th. NUFC Under 18's academy side begin their pre season friendly programme with a behind closed doors home friendly against Hartlepool United. They lose out 2:1, with Billy Ions getting the Newcastle goal.
 
JULY 19th. Hereford United & ex Toon reserve keeper Adam Bartlett keeps a clean sheet in a pre season 3:0 victory over Molina Segura.
 
JULY 19th. Ex Newcastle reserve Chris Basham continues to battle for a first team place at Blackpool, featuring in a friendly 2:0 defeat against Glasgow Rangers. 

JUL.19th. Stuart Green featured for the last time in a Carlisle United friendly. The game against Morecambe ended in a disappointing 2:1 defeat; bringing an end his trial with club which ended the following day

JUL.19th. Brad Friedel made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in a 1:1 draw with Orlando Pirates. 
 
JULY 20th. ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce took his West Ham side to play FCK Copenhagen & won 1:0; giving a debut to Kevin Nolan, playing alongside Scott Parker. Prior to this the side had been defeated by FC Basel & Young Boys in Switzerland with Abdoulaye Faye making his debut against Young Boys on July 11th.
 
JULY 20th. Newcastle's 1st Team playing in their opening USA Tour game. The game against Sporting Kansas City ended in a 0:0 draw & saw Sylvain Marveaux & Demba Ba make their debuts for  & starts for Ben Arfa & Dan Gosling in front of a crowd of 16 131. In goal was Tim Krul.
 
JULY 20th. Matthew Grieve continues his trial at Orient, featuring in the sides Finland Tour 5:0 victory over SJK.
 
JULY 21st. NUFC Reserve coach Peter Beardsley saw his side begin their Dutch Tour with a 2:2 draw with HVV. Hollandia. On the score sheet were Joey Barton after 16 minutes & Ryan Donaldson on 80. The game gave a non first team debut for Cabaye & a return to action after being on loan for Wayne Routledge & Xisco.
 
JULY 21st. Disappointing ex loan player Nacho Gonzalez leaves Valencia & signs for Belgium side Standard Liege.
 
JULY 22nd. Former Newcastle captain & reserve coach Tommy Craig is appinted as St. Mirren’s coach/assistant manager.
 
JULY 22nd. Recently departed reserve Aaron Spear joins the ex toon Icelandic invasion & signs IBV. Two days later on July 24th he makes his debut against Fram in an Urvalsdield (Icelandic League) match.  
 
JULY 22nd. Ex reserve keeper Ben Smith continues his Shrewsbury Town career, assisting his side to an impressive 2:0 win over Wolves.
 
JULY 22nd. Joe Kendrick, ex reserve; leaves Bray Wanderers after featuring regularly in their defence during the 2011 season; & signs for Mansfield Town. He had had a trial with the ‘Stags’ a few days prior & impressed on July 19th in their 1:0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
 
JULY 23rd. NUFC senior teams second game of their US Tour ended in a disappointing 1:0 defeat to Orlando City. Fringe Player Fraser Forster played in goal.
 
JULY 23rd. NUFC Reserves defeated FC. Ultrecht 3:2 with goals from Joey Barton, Michael Richardson & Ryan Donaldson. The academy side also played in Scotland & drew 2:2 with Edinburgh University.
 
JULY 23rd. Glen Reay gets on the score sheet with a penalty, for his new club Chester-Le-Street in a thrilling 44 draw with Cumnock Juniors. Ex reserve, Reay had previously been with Washington during the 2010-11 season.
 
JULY 23rd. Stoke City give Jonathan Woodgate is debut in a 1:0 friendly defeat to Aldershot.

JUL.23rd. Ex Newcastle Garry Brady made his competitive debut for Brechin City against Falkirk in a Ramsden Scottish Challenge Cup 1st. Rd. which they lost 2:1.

JUL.23rd. Sam Filler made his competitive debut for Stirling Albion in a Ramsden's Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round tie against Deveronvale, which Stirling won 3:1.    

JUL.23rd. Brian Kerr made his competitive debut for Arbroath in their Ramsden Cup 1st. Rd. 2:1 defeat to Dundee.
 
JUL.24th. Steven Istead gets a run out as a sub. for his new club Eastwood Town in a 4:0 defeat to a Derby County XI.
 
JUL.24th. After featuring throughout the clubs pre season programme, ex reserve goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay is in the Dumbarton side which battles into the 2nd. Rd. of the Ramsden’s Challenge Cup. The game against East Stirling saw them run out 3:2 winners. 
 
JULY 24th. KR. Reykjavik assisted by 32 year old ex Newcastle reserve Bjorni Gudjonsson who is a regular in the side, as they battle for top spot in the Icelandic league. They defeated Breidablik 4:0.  

JULY 26th. Newcastle 1st. Team ended the American tour in style, with a convincing 3:0 win over Columbus Crew. The goal scorers were, Shola Ameobi after 9 minutes, Coluccini on about 53 minutes & the third was scored in injury time by Vuckic.
 
JULY 26th. NUFC Reserves played the final match of their Dutch Tour, losing 3:2 to Almere City. The Newcastle goals were scored by Nile Ranger & Sami Ameobi. The academy side were also in action; beating Dundee United 4:1.  

JULY 27th. Newcastle Benfield’s ex Toon reserve Brian Dodsworth makes a comeback following injury in the sides 2-0 win over a Darlington XI.
 
JULY 27th. Gateshead continue their strong pre season form with a 5:2 beating of Whitley Bay. Kris Gate opened the scoring after only 2 minutes. For Bay, ex Newcastle reserve & 3 times FA. Vase winner Damon Robson was one of their scorers.    

JUL.27th. Standard Liege played in a European Champions League 3rd. Qualifier Round tie against Zurich in a game that ended in a 1:1 draw. Playing for the Belgium's making his debut, was Newcastle's 'brief acquaintance' Nacho Gonzalez, who scored his sides goal in the 90th. minute after coming on as a late sub. 

JULY 29th. The Newcastle Academy side completed its matches in Scotland with a 3:2 defeat to Hearts. The sides goal scorers were Alex Nicholson & an 'unnamed' sub, who was later revealed as 'J.J.' Hooper from Cray Athletic. 
 
JULY 29th. Ex reserve Stuart Green parted company with Wycombe Wanderers & joined Blue Square North side Workington. He made his debut on the same day in a friendly for the Chas Kendall Trophy against Barrow. The game ended in a 1:1 draw with Green scoring in the 41st. minute. Workington lost the subsequent  penalty shoot out 6:5. One of Barrow's penalty scorers was ex reserve Andy Ferrell & ex trialist Robin Hulbert also converted his.

JUL.29th. Aston Villa sign Charles N'Zogbia for a free of £9.5 million & Charles is unveiled with the squad number 10 shirt.

JULY 30th. Spennymoor Town entertained Newcastle's reserves & led for a while in front of a crowd of 1, 127. The game ended in a 4:2 win for the Newcastle XI, with two goals from Nile Ranger (1 Pen) & two from Brad Inman.
  
JULY 30th A Sunderland XI were held to a 0:0 draw with Gateshead, who again featured Farman, Gate, Baxter & Moore. Sunderland’s first team also played & they lost 1:0 to Burnley. This was thanks to a penalty conceded by Titus Bramble. The Burnley side included ex player David Edgar.

JULY 30th. Chelsea faced Aston Villa in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy Friendly Tournament& won 2:0. Patrick Van Aaholt cam on as a sub. in the second half. Playing for Aston Villa were Shay Given & Stephen Ireland.

JUL.30th. Carl Finnigan made his competitive debut for St. Johnstone as a sub. in a 2:0 defeat to Glasgow Rangers.
 
JULY 30th. Blyth Spartans saw off Ashington 4:0, goals included a Phil Cave penalty. The Ashington side included, Darren Lough & James Taylor.
 
JULY 30th. Ex Newcastle Reserve Tommy English got his first goal for Bedlington Terriers, in their 6:1 hammering of Selby Town. 
 
JULY 30th. York City, included Patrick McLaughlin in their side which defeated Hartlepool 2:1. The ‘Pools’ gave a run out to Nobby Solano. 

JULY 30th. Harrogate Town lost out in their annual pre season challenge match against Harrogate Railway; for the John Smith's Trophy. The game ended in a 1:1 draw with centre forward Paul Brayson being substituted during the game. His side then lost on penalities 4:2. 
 
JULY 31st. Newcastle's 1st. Team pre season friendly programme takes a backward step with a 3:2 defeat to Leeds United in front of 20 457. Toon goals were scored by Stephen Taylor on 35 minutes & Haris Vuckic on 77 minutes. The line up gave more first team action to Frazer Forster, youngster Paul Dummett as a sub. & Sami Ameobli replacing big brother Shola. The Leeds line up included ex Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien.

JUL.31st. Ex Trial  Player Joonas Kolkka from Finland, who was at the club briefly in 1995; was transferred from NAC Breda to Willem II 

JULY 31st. Fringe player Michael Richardson goes out on loan to Leyton Orient. 

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BULLETIN No. 3 - AUGUST 2011 _ REVIEW

 
Hi and Welcome to a slightly earlier September Bulletin. Due to holiday commitments the bulletin itself has gone live at the end of August to let the reader know that the new 4 articles will be later but should be on line by the end of the month. With full time work committments I have also had to make the decision to make the new articles bi-monthly from now on. The actual monthly news update from the previous will continue as will the current players A to Z on a monthly basis
 
This months research additions this month, begin with a return to the ‘Before They Were United’ era to complete the story of the Stanley Football & Cricket Club. Having already detailed the clubs cricket activities we now focus upon the Stanley Football Clubs matches and actovties, taking the reader  up to the change of name to Newcastle East End. Following on & stay with the pre United Era another addition this month is to detail the clubs which joined forces with East End as they grew & strengthened; beginning with Rosewood. The club which formed as a break away club was Heaton Association side, which formed in those very earliest days; taking a number of the Stanley players with them. Newcastle East End:  An Amalgamation & a Breakaway.        
 
In focus this month on the ex player profile front is the first team player Benny Craig. Whose career in the 1930’s carried onto into the war. The ex non first team profile focused upon this month is Tomi Ameobi, brother of Shola & Sami; who is currently playing for Icelandic side Bi/Bolungarvik. There are also ‘hot off the press’ new research finding updates on two of last months entry’s; John Donnelly & Robert Young.
 
This month’s 2010-11 + player appearance records is surname ‘C’ which should be on later in the month. It includes new boy Yohan Cabaye as well ex players such as Andy Carroll & the Caldwell brothers, Steven & Gary.
 
The month of August has saw a very busy month for happenings within the club & with the numerous ex players, still active out their far & wide involved in action. Below is August’s news round up.
 
 'TOON TRACKER' 

NEWS UPDATE & BULLETIN AUGUST 2011.
 
Ex & current players debuts abound as the pre season preparations come to damp end and the season begins in earnest. 

AUG.1st. Liverpool won a high profile friendly against Valencia 2:0. Andy Carroll was on the score sheet again with a 43 minute goal.
 
AUG.2nd. The club sent a strong reserve side to nearby Gateshead & attracted a health crowd of over 2 100. It was Gateshead who opened the scoring, but Newcastle were more prominent in the second half & won 3:1. Sami Ameobi scored a goal in each half & the reserves second goal was an own goal, which came as a result of his cross. Steve Harper played in goal. The Gateshead side contained ex Newcastle reserves Kris Gate, Chris Moore & as a sub Craig Baxter.
 
AUG.2nd. After a 1st Leg 1:1 draw with Odense BK on July 27th; Paranthinaikos lost 4:3 in their 2nd Leg tie in the UEFA Champions League 3rd. Qualifying Round. Playing for the Greek side was Jean Alain Boumsong.  
 
AUG.3rd. Goalkeeper Scott Pocklington puts in a fine display in Newton Aycliffe’s 4:2 defeat to Darlington in a pre season friendly. His performance prompts Darlington to sign him up & gets the No.24 squad number. Although he’s been on the bench throughout August, he continues to be an unused sub. at present. Scott was a trial player withy academy in the pre season of 2009.   
 
AUG.4th. Stoke City gave new signing Jonathan Woodgate his competitive debut. This was in Stoke’s 1:0 UEFA Europa League 2nd Leg 1:0 win over Hajdula Split. 
 
AUG.5th.  Peter Ramage signed for Crystal Palace & made his competitive debut for Crystal Palace the following day on August 6th. Their line up also included Darren Ambrose, as the  npower championship got underway. They lost 2:1 to Peterborough.  
 
AUG.5th. Newcastle Reserves were in action again, travelling to Ashington. They won 2:1 with first half goals from Brad Inman & Phil Airey. Matty Grieve made his debut in the heart of the Ashington defence alongside fellow ex reserves James Taylor, Darren Lough & Johnny Godsmark.   
 
AUG.6th. Newcastle 1st. Teams final pre season friendly against Fiorentina came to wet premature end in a deluge of rain after 63 minutes. The score at this point was 0:0, with only 12, 656 home fans witnessing the game. 
 
AUG.6th. Newcastle's Academy side dominate in a final pre season friendly 6:1 hammering of Annan Athletic. On the score sheet hitting 2 goals is trial player Jonathan Hooper from Cray Athletic. The other scorers were Adam Campbell, Billy Ions, Lewis Aird & Dan Taylor
 
AUG.6th. Kevin Nolan made his competitive league debut for West Ham in 1:0 defeat to Cardiff City.
 
AUG.6th. Nobby Solano makes his competitive debut for Hartlepool in the sides npower League 1 2:2 draw with MK Dons.
 
AUG.6th. Ipswich Town’s Championship league opener against Bristol City got off to a good start with a 3:0 win. Michael Chopra scored twice on his debut, in the 13th & 60th minutes. Also making his debut was Lee Bowyer.
 
AUG.6th. On Loan to Leyton Orient, Michael Richardson made his debut as a sub, for them against Walsall in a 1:0 league defeat. On August 9th he got to start in the sides Carling League Cup 1st Round tie with Southend United. He scored after 23 minutes, but his side lost 3:2.
 
AUG.6th. Ben Tozer made his league debut for Northampton Town in a 0:0 draw with Accrington Stanley.
 
AUG.6th. Steven Caldwell made his league debut for Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City against Derby County. They lost out 2:1 with Stephen Carr also in the defence. 
 
AUG.6th. Kagenga Lua Lua made his second debut on his second loan stint with Brighton & Hove Albion. They got their league campaign off to a good start with 2:1 win over Doncaster Rovers, who also featured ex Toon reserve Jamie Coppinger.
 
AUG.6th. Charles N'Zogbia made his friendly debut for Aston Villa in a 1:1 at Braga, scoring a 39th minute goal.
 
AUG.6th. Colin McMenamin made his league debut for Ross County. The game with Greenock Morton ended in a 0:0 draw.

AUG.6th. Ex reserve David Cowan makes his debut on trial for East Fife. 

AUG.6th. Dan Mullen, ex youth trial goalkeeper, signed for Northern Alliance Division II side New Fordley.
 
AUG.7th. The Community Shield held at Wembley, saw a late goal by Manchester United win the trophy, defeating rivals Manchester City 3:2. City’s line up included James Milner.
 
AUG.8th. Oxford United obtain the services of ex fringe player Lewis Guy; who was transferred from MK. Dons. He made his debut at his new club a few days later on August 10th; as a sub. in 3:1 defeat to Cardiff City after extra time in the Carling Cup.
 
AUG.8th. A Newcastle Reserve XI held a full scale behind closed doors practice match against a Middlesbrough XI & ran out 8:2 winners. Goals came from Sami Ameobi (2), Phil Airey (2), Nile Ranger, James Henderson & French trial forward called Mamodou Doucoure & an own goal. Doucoure is from Lens.
 
AUG.8th. Workington completed their pre season friendly programme with a convincing 6:1 victory over Kendal. On the score sheet was ex reserve Mark Boyd with an excellent 25 yard shot & also Stuart Green.
 
AUG.9th. Newcastle sign, ex Bordeaux winger, Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United for £3 million.
 
AUG.9th. It is confirmed that South Shields now have ex Newcastle & Gateshead full back Paul Talbot in their ranks.
 
AUG.9th. A Celtic Legends XI defeated a Manchester United Legends XI, with sides which incuded a number of non footballer celebrities as well as players. Playing alongside Henrik Laussen, for Celtic in the second half, was Alan Thompson. The game ended in a 5:2 win for the Celtic side in a Testimonial match for John Kennedy, with funds going to the Oxfam’s East Africa fund. ‘Thompa’ was replaced by a further substitute in the last 15 minutes.
 
AUG.10th. Loan Deals for both James Tavernier & Phil Airey commence, with James going to Carlisle United & Phil to Scottish Premier side Hibs.  

AUG.10th. Xisco went back out on loan for another season long stint with Deportivo La Coruna, who are in the Spanish Segunda Division. Spaniard Xisco (Francisco Jimenez Tejada) exits Newcastle but does not get a first team run out in August.
 
AUG.10th. Aaron Hughes opens the scoring for Northern Ireland after 5 minutes in their European Championships Qualifier 4:0 win over the Faroe Islands. In the Faroe’s side is Joan Edmundsson & also Christian Mouritsen from the bench for the last 15 minutes. Mouritsen previously had a trial with Newcastle.
 
AUG.10th. Emre Belozoglu scored an 8th. minute penalty for his country Turkey in a 3:0 friendly win over Estonia. Playing at left half he was replaced at half time.   
 
AUG.10th. Gary Speed's Wales & Australia played each other in an international friendly, with the later coming out on top in a 2:1 win. Wales were assisted by Craig Bellamy on the left wing, while the Aussies brought on ex reserve James Troisi in the 70th minute.  

AUG.11th. After months of speculation Jose Enrique de la Sanchez Diaz leaves Newcastle & signs for Liverpool for £6 million. 
  
AUG.13th.2011 Newcastle's 1st. Team got their Premiership season underway with a credible 0:0 draw with Arsenal at home in front of over 45 000. Competitive league debuts were made by Demba Ba who was replaced at half time; & Yohan Cabaye. At half time Gabriel Obertan made his debut & he put in a lively performance. Rock solid in defence was Collicini with a man of the match performance.  
 
AUG. 13th. Premiership Debuts for Charles N'Zogbia & a clean sheet for Shay Given in their opener for Aston Villa The game with Fulham ended in a  0:0 draw. The Fulham side included Damien Duff & Aaron Hughes making his 400th. league appearance.
 
AUG.13th. Keiren Dyer’s debut for QPR. was a brought to unfortunate halt early in the game when he sustained a fractured ankle. QPR, whose side included Fitz Hall & sub. Bradley Orr (ex Newcastle reserve); lost out to Bolton Wanderers 4:0.
 
AUG.13th. Liverpool draw 1:1 with Sunderland & Andy Carroll had a goal disallowed. Making his debut was their new signing Jose Enrique.
 
Aug.13th. At Championship level West Ham United defeated Doncaster Rovers 1:0 thanks to a 5th minute goal by Kevin Nolan.
 
AUG.13th. Calvin Zola-Macongo got his first goal of the season after 14 minutes for Burton Albion in the sides 1:1 draw with Shrewsbury Town. He also claimed his sides only goal the following weekend in their 1:0 won over Southend United.
 
AUG.13th. James Tavernier is given the Squad No. 22 & makes his debut on loan for Carlisle United in a 2:0 league win over Bury.  

AUG.13th. Ex Newcastle player Garry Brady got his first goal for his new club Brechin City. Unfortunately his side lost the Scottish Division II match to Cowdenbeath 3:1.
 
AUG.13th the Blue Square Premier League got underway & Gateshead got a 3:2 win at Kidderminster Harriers. The winner was scored in the 80th minute by Kris Gate. In goal for Gateshead was Paul Farman & coming on as a sub in the second half was Chris Moore; making his competitive debut. For the opposition Steven Guinan made his debut.
 
AUG.13th. York City kicked off their Blue Square Premier campaign with a 2:1 win over Ebsfleet United. Patrick McLaughlin made his competitive debut for York.
 
AUG.13th. Barrow gave Andy Ferrell his league debut in a 1:1 draw with Tamworth. Also in the side was ex NUFC trial player Robin Hulbert.
 
AUG.13th. Blyth Spartans Blue Square (North) opening game against Histon Town ended in a 2:2. Liam Atkin made his competitive debut coming on as a sub. Also in the Blyth side was regular full back Phil Cave.
 
AUG.13th. Harrogate Town’s Blue Square (North) season got underway with a 3:2 win over Altringham. Paul Brayson netted twice in the first half on his competitive debut. Fellow Blue Square North side Workington kicked off their league campaign with a 2:1 defeat to Boston United; giving Mark Boyd & Stuart Green their competitive debuts. Between the sticks for Boston was over 40’s veteran goalkeeper Paul Bastock a trialist at Newcastle back in 1989. 
 
AUG.13th The Northern League Division 1 also got underway & saw Newcastle Benfield get their campaign off to a good start with a 4:1 victory over Guisborough. Brian Dodsworth played.
 
AUG.13th. Northern League side Bedlington Terriers defeated South Shields 4:2. Tommy English made his competitive debut in the side & scored his opener on 15 minutes. The Bedlington line included regulars & ex Newcastle reserves Chris Carr & Stuart Elliott. Featuring for South Shields, making his debut in the side was Paul Talbot.
 
AUG.13th. Ashington were held to a 1:1 by Norton & Stockton in their Northern League Division 1 opener. At centre was Matty Grieve making his debut. Also in the side were Jame Taylor, Darren Lough & Johnny Godsmark.
 
AUG.13th. Simon Bishop made his debut for Bishop Auckland in a 3:2 Northern League defeat to Billingham Synthonia. ‘Bish’ the veteran goalkeeper & Ex Newcastle reserve spent last season assisting Spennymoor Town.  
 
AUG.14th. Phil Airey on loan to Hibs. Makes his debut as a sub. in their 4:1 league defeat to Kilmarnock.
 
AUG.15th. Swansea City gave a league debut to new signing Wayne Routledge in a premier league ‘baptism of fire’ against Manchester City, which they lost 4:0.
 
AUG.15th. Chelsea reserves captained by Patrick Van Aaholt got their league campaign underway with a 3:2 win over Sunderland. The central defender scored one of his sides goals. In Sunderland side making his comeback from an injury ex Toon trialist & Chelsea academy player Billy Knott,
 
AUG.15th. Newcastle announced two new academy signings following their brief trial. Namely Jonathan Hooper from  & Lee Desmond.
 
AUG.16th. A Newcastle Reserve XI defeated Gateshead’s reserves 5:0 in a behind closed doors friendly. French Trialist Darnel Situ netted twice. The other goal scorers were Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger & Sylvain Marveux & a trialist William Remy.
 
AUG.16th. Free Transfer player, Abudoulaye Faye made debut for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham as a sub. in the sides  convincing 4:0 victory over Watford. West Hams last goal was scored by Scott Parker in the 91st. minute & Kevin Nolan also played.
 
AUG.16th. Lewis Guy scored his first goal on 52 minutes, for Oxford United in his sides 2:0 league win over Shrewsbury Town. Playing in goal for Shrewsbury was ex Academy goalkeeper Ben Smith.
 
AUG.16th. Gateshead continue their brilliant run of results with a 3:0 victory over Mansfield Town. Mansfield gave a debut to ex Newcastle reserve Joe Kendrick.
 
AUG.18th. Fraser Forster’s made his return for second period on loan debut with Celtic. The game was a UEFA Europa League 1st. Leg 0:0 draw with Swiss side FC. Sion. Unfortunately they lost the 2nd leg & Celtic looked to be making an early exit from the competition. However, due to Sion fielding an ineligble player, a decision was made to award the tie to Celtic.   
 
AUG.20th. ‘Derby’ day comes early in the season & despite a hostile reception & having a tough first half, Newcastle came out on top against Sunderland (‘Nothing sweeter’). The history maker this time was Ryan Taylor with an unstoppable free kick to score the only goal of the game.  
 
AUG.20th. Ex Testimonial ‘Guest’ player Steven Guinan of Kidderminster Harriers, scored both his sides goals in their 2:1 league win over Cambridge United.
 
AUG.20th. Newcastle's Academy side kicked off their league campaign with an entertaining 4:3 victory over Chelsea. Jonathan Hooper staked his claim in the side with an impressive second half hat trick. The sides other goal was scored Brandon Miele. Also making his debut for the academy as a sub was Michael Hoganson. One of Chelsea’s goals was put through his own net by Alex Nicholson.  
 
Aug.20th. Liam Atkin netted twice for Blyth Spartans in their 3:0 league win over Bishop's Stortford.
 
AUG.20th. Ex trialist Lee Kerr hit an unstoppable 25 yard shot past ex reserve keeper Simon Bishop, in Whitley Bay’s 2:1 win over Bishop Auckland in the Extra Preliminary Rd tie of the FA. Cup.  
 
AUG.20th. Consett were on the receiving end of a 2:1 defeat to Shildon, despite a thundering 30 yard shot by ex fringe player Mark Walton in an Extra Preliminary Rd. tie of the FA. Cup. Also in the Consett side were ex reserves Dale Burrell & Craig Robson. Shildon featured ex reserve Ross Gardner as a sub. 

AUG.20th. Jonny Brain made his competitive denbut for Nantwich Town in a 3:0 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue in the Evo Stik Premier Division.
 
Aug.22nd. Brad Friedel finally gets to make his competitive debut for Tottenham Hotspur in their 3:0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United. 
 
AUG.22nd. Team Northumbria’s ex Newcastle reserve & academy player Dean Critchlow got one of his sides goals in Northern League Division II 3:2 win over Gilford Park.
 
AUG.23rd. Steven Istead, the ex Newcastle reserve, made his competitive debut for
Blue Square league Eastwood Town; featuring in their 2:1 win over Gloucester City.
 
AUG.23rd. Chris Moore scored his first competitive goal for Gateshead, in the sides 3:1 win over Southport as they battle for top spot in the league table with Dean Saunders’ Wrexham
 
AUG.24th. An early casualty on the managerial front is ex player Peter Jackson, whom parts company with Bradford City.
 
AUG.25th. After a shaky first half, Newcastle's 1st. Team defeated Scunthorpe United 2:1 after extra time in the 2nd Round of the Carling Cup. On score sheet with another superb free kick was Ryan Taylor, The winner was scored by Sami Ameobi, getting his first senior goal. The game saw Sylvain Marveaux make his competitive debut.
 
AUG.26th. After a great deal of ‘off the pitch goings on’ between player & club, Joey Barton is the latest player to exit from Newcastle to the sadness of many fans. His new ‘home’ on free transfer is premiership new boys QPR. 

AUG,26th. Ex reserve Alex Francis, previously with Spennymoor Town; signs for Stuart Aldersons West Auckland Town. A day later on August 27th. Francis made his debut as a 51st minute sub, in a 3:0 defeat Newcastle Benfield.  
 
AUG.27th. The clubs academy side lost 2:1 to Aston Villa. Scoring for Newcastle was Adam Campbell. Making his competitive debut in goal for the junior side was Alex Baird.
 
AUG.27th. Ben Tozer got another start for Northampton Town in their 2:0 defeat to Morecambe.

AUG.27th. Paul Arnison celebrates his comeback from injury with a 41st. minute goal in Darlington’s 2:1 league win over Grimsby Town. Also making his competitive debut in the game for Darlington was ex reserve Adam Rundle, who featured for Gateshead last season.    
 
AUG.27th.  Bedlington Terriers got themselves into their record books, with a massive 15:0 home trouncing of a poor Stokesley side in the Northern League. Tommy English scored 2 & in the side were both Chris Carr & Stuart Elliott.
 
AUG.27th. Newcastle Benfield continued their excellent start to the season with a convincing 5:0 win over Stuart Alderson’s West Auckland. Ex reserve Brian Dodsworth got Benfield’s third goal.
 
AUG.28th. The Toon 1st. Team continued the unbeaten start to the season with a 2:1 win over a tricky Fulham side. Both goals came in the second half from Leon Best. Demba Ba also hit the bar with a deflected shot & credit to Tim Krul,  who made some tremendous saves. Alan Smith made a rare appearance as a late substitutions, with Haris Vuckic giving way to him, having been on the field for only 7 minutes. The match was played in front of a Bank Holiday weekend crowd of 42 684. Not on the bench was Nile Ranger, who sadly had made the headlines over the weekend for being involved in a fight in the Bigg Market.    
 
AUG.28th. West Ham United defeated Nottingham Forest in the league; assisted by 24th. minute goal by Kevin Nolan. Abdoulaye Faye came off the bench to feature.
 
AUG.30th. Davide Santon signs for Newcastle from Inter Milan for an undisclosed fee, reported to be about £5.3 million. The Italian international left back arrives on Tyneside & gains the squad No. 3 vacated by Enrique.
 
AUG.30th. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is signed for an undisclosed fee of about £100 000 from Charlton Athletic. Irish born, Elliot has previously had loan spells with Accrington Stanley.
 
AUG.30th. Newcastle's Reserve team finally began their league programme away at Wolves & gained a 1:1 draw thanks to a goal from centre forward Sami Ameobi. The game was watched by an attendance of 365, but on a sad note, Jeff Henderson was stretched off injured following red card rated tackle from Ebanks-Landell. Abeid also got his first competitive reserve run out for the club, playing at inside right.
 
AUG.30th. Player / Manager Lee Makel assists Cowdenbeath in a 6:0 victory over East Fife in the semi final of the Fife Cup. 

AUG.31st. Scott Parker seals a £5 million move from West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur.
 
AUG.31st. Craig Bellamy moves on free transfer from Manchester City to Liverpool; just hours before the dead line.
 
AUG.31st. Jemaine Jenas moves from Tottenham Hotspur to Aston Villa on a season long loan.
 
AUG.31st. Patrick Van Aaholt also goes on a season long loan, moving from Chelsea to Wigan Athletic.
 
AUG.31st. Shefti Kuqi, ends his brief spell without a club; signing for Oldham Athletic.

AUG.31st. Liam Atkin left Blyth Spartans & returned to mhis old club Ashington, having made just 4 league appearances for Blyth. The last of these had been on August 27th; coming on as a sub. in a 2:0 defeat to Gainsborough Trinity. Atkin had also worked during the summer as a coach for the NUFC Foundation.   
 
AUG.31st. Recent trialist Daniel Situ, after a further brief trial with Swansea City; try's to sign for the premiership new boys, but the contractual arrangements hit problems.
 
AUG.31st. Having been released at the end of the season by Blackburn Rovers, ex player Zurab Khizanishvili signs for Turkish side Kayerispor for a fee of £250 000.     
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          BULLETIN No. 4 – SEP. 2011 - REVIEW

 
This month sees the exhausted research team tread water, before the next bi- monthly additions. However, the surnames A,B,C. will be brought right up to date to the end of September & players with the Surname ‘D’ will be added. Here such greats as Nikos Dabizas can be found, as his long & rewarding playing career comes to an end. The icon that is Kenny Dalglish also makes it on to the Toon Tracker, thanks to his apperarance as a sub, in Peter Beardsley's Testimonial back in 1999.  

Finally, don’t forget, if there is any reader or player out there with anything they feel should be included or changed; just send me an email.

Beginning on a sad note, Billy Thompson Newcastle's earkly 1960's centre half died at the end of the month & below is brief orbituory.

‘TOON TRACKER’ 
CLUB & PLAYER RELATED NEWS SNIPPETS  
 
 SEPTEMBER 2011.
 
ORBITUORY

WILLIAM (BILLY) THOMPSON

Died: SEP.30th.2011 (Aged 71) In Hospital.

Newcastle 1st. Team Appearances- League & Cup, 88 (+1 as sub);  1 Goal.

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With the season underway, a few more ex player debuts still occurred & their has been an international break. This saw some of the current squad & numerous ex players travelling far & wide to play for their respective countries. The now preferred format running from day to day throughout the month begins with the England Under 21’s & senior National team in action, highlighting those who ‘wore the shirt’.
 
SEP.1st. Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21’s got a resounding 6:0 victory over Azerbaijan in their Group 8, European Championships Qualifier.
 
SEP.2nd. England full national team continued to top Group G, following a 3:0 win over Bulgaria. Playing at right half for the full duration was Scott Parker, with James Milner coming on as a 61st. minute sub.   
 
SEP.2nd. Our Welsh rivals in Group G, put up a battling display to beat to Montenegro 2:1. Craig Bellamy featured in a match, but was suspended for the next the game. Wales, managed by Gary Speed, were now in a more buoyant mood to face England in their next game. 
 
SEP.2nd. Northern Ireland were less successful in their European Championships qualifier when they faced Serbia in a Group C match. They lost 1:0 despite the best efforts of regular defender Aaron Hughes. The defeat left then struggling in 5th. place.
 
SEP.2nd. The Republic of Ireland ground out a 0:0 draw with Slovakia in their Group B game; giving goalkeeper Shay Given another clean sheet. On the right wing for the Irish was Damien Duff.
 
SEP.2nd. Group C also includes the Faroe Islands & our very own first team fringe player Joan Edmundsson. He featured at inside left, in his countries brave fight against football giants Italy, which they only lost 1:0. Also in the squad was ex trial player Christian Mouritsen, who came on as a late sub. in the 87th. minute. The result left them at the bottom of the table. The winning Italian side included ex loan player Giuseppe Rossi, playing at inside left & was replaced with half an hour to go.

SEP.2nd. Northern Ireland Under 21’s lost their Group 4 European Qualifier to Serbia 1:0. On the right wing was our young rising star Shane Ferguson, who was replaced in the 77th. minute. Ex reserve Patrick McLaughlin featured at centre half.
 
SEP.2nd. Georgia in Group F, managed by Temuri Ketsbaia; lost 1:0 to Latvia. In the Georgian starting eleven was ex player Zurab Khizanishvili at right back.
 
SEP.2nd. Turkey played Kazakstan in their European Championship Group A Qualifier & claimed a narrow 2:1 victory. Battling away on the left side of the midfield was Emre Belozoglu who was replaced on the hour.  
 
SEP.2nd. Australia featured in a World Cup Qualifying - Asia Group D match against Thailand & won 2:1. Ex reserve James Troisi made a brief cameo appearance as a 90th. minute sub.    
 
SEP.2nd. The Greek under 21’s side were also in action in an European Championship Qualifier match against Cyprus. The side coached by ex NUFC Georgios Georgiadis, won the Group 1 match 2:0.
 
SEP.3rd. The clubs Academy side got win, defeating West Brom. in an Academy League match. The sides goals came from Dan Taylor after 65 minutes & the winner was scored from the penalty spot on 89 minutes by Dennis Knight.
 
SEP.3rd. Scotland’s Group I European Championship Qualifier against a strong Czech. Republic side, saw them have a 2:1 lead snatched away in the dying minutes. The game ended in a 2:2 draw, following an equalising controversial penalty. At right back gaining yet another cap for his country was Gary Caldwell.
 
SEP.3rd. Northern Ireland’s Under 19’s played the first of two friendly matches against Switzerland. This game ended in a 0:0 draw & saw an appearance in the side by current academy player Lee Toland
 
SEP.3rd. Back on the domestic football front, English Division I side Oldham Athletic gained a 1:1 draw with Lee Clark’s Huddersfield Town. Scoring a debut goal after only 6 minutes for Oldham was debutant, Shefki Kugi; scoring with a header which gave ex Newcastle reserve Ian Bennett no chance. Kuqi was replaced with 10 minutes to go.
 
SEP.3rd. Peter Reid’s ‘troubled’ Plymouth Argyle were defeated 2:1 by Burton Albion. Regular goal scorer & ex Newcastle reserve Calvin Zola-Macongo added another to his tally, finding the net in the 57th. Minute.   
 
SEP.3rd. Stuart Green got on the score sheet for Workington in the 1st minute, but the side lost on the day 3:1 to FC. Halifax.
 
SEP.3rd. Our friends over the river; Gateshead continued their brilliant form with a 2:0 victory over Alfreton. Scoring both goals in the second half was ex Newcastle fringe player Kris Gate.
 
SEP.3rd. Liam Atkin quickly gets back into the action, following his further return to Ashington; featuring in the sides 2:1 win over Northallerton.
 
SEP.3rd Mark Walton hit 3 of his sides goals in an 8:1 hammering of Stokesley in the Northern League. Dale Burrell & Craig Robson also played. 

SEP.4th. Xisco made his first senior appearance of the season back on loan with Deportivo La Coruna. He came on as a 23rd minute sub. in a 1:0 defeat to Hercules & has the squad number nine.  

SEP.4th. The SELCO Masters Grand Final at Manchester Arena. Matches featuring ex Newcastle players...1st Rd. Manchester United 2 Aston Villa 1, Andy Cole plasyted for United. Leeds United 6 Liverpool 4, Goal Scorers- Darren Huckerby (1) Leeds, Dean Saunders (2) Liverpool. Semi Final- Leeds United 3 Manchester United 0. Scorer- Darren Huckerby (2); Andy Cole platyed for the losers. Final- Glasgow Rangers 8 Leeds United 3, Scorer- Darren Huckerby (2), earning him the tournaments Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals. 
 
SEP.5th. England Under 21’s, guided by Stuart Pearce; claimed another convincing victory; winning 4:1 against Israel. Getting a run out was our very own Dan Gosling, who rounded off a good game with 62nd. minute goal, before being replaced a few minutes later.
 
SEP.5th. Northern Ireland & Switzerland’s Under 19’s met again in a friendly, but it was the Swiss who claimed victory with a 2:0 win. The game gave further junior international experience to Lee Toland.
 
SEP.6th. England saw off a defiant Wales side, whom Gary Speed had prepared well for the match. The hard earned 1:0 win was assisted by James Milner, playing in a more central midfield role. Coming on from the bench were Scott Parker on 73 minutes & then in the 89th. minute Andy Carroll.
 
SEP.6th. Scotland’s hopes of a chance in the play offs for European qualification were boosted with a fine 1:0 win over Lithuania. Once again Gary Caldwell was in the thick off the sides defensive action.
 
SEP.6th. Any lingering hopes of qualification for Northern Ireland were dashed with a 4:1 defeat to Estonia; despite the best efforts of Aaron Hughes.
 
SEP.6th. The Republic of Ireland gave themselves a fantastic chance of European Championship qualification with a commendable 0:0 draw with Russia. The efforts of both Shay Given & Damien Duff assisted greatly.
 
SEP.6th.  New signing Davide Santon was capped for Italy’s Under 21’s  in a  European Championship Group 9 qualifying 3:0 win over Hungary. At left back for Hungary was Tamas Kadar who was replaced with 11 minutes to go.
 
SEP.6th. France continued to struggle in European Championship Qualifying Group. At inside right in a 0:0 draw with Rumania was recent signing Yohan Cabaye, who was substituted with only 15 minutes remaining.              
 
SEP.6th. Northern Ireland’s Under 21’s hopes of European Championship qualification took another turn for the worse, with a 3:0 defeat to Denmark. Shane Ferguson featured throughout in a more defensive role.
 
SEP.6th. The Faroe Islands lost out again in their European qualifier, being defeated 3:1 by Serbia. Joan Edmundsson played the full game at inside left while Christian Mouritsen was a sub. after 78 minutes.  
 
SEP.6th. Ketsbaia’s Georgia could only claim a 1:1 draw with Malta in the European qualifier group match. Once again Zurab Khuzanishvili was a right back.
 
SEP.6th. Also on international duty in a friendly for Argentina was Jonas Gutierrez He came on as a 68th. minute sub. in the sides 3:1 victory over Nigeria.
 
SEP.6th. A surprise defeat for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy holders Carlisle United in their 1st. Round tie against Accrington Stanley. They lost 3:2 with on loan James Tavernier at right back & ex reserve Adam Collin in goal. Coming on as a 78th. minute sub. for the winners, was ex reserve Sean Hessey.
 
SEP.7th. A Newcastle Reserve XI took on Sunderland in a reserve behind closed doors friendly. They lost 4:3 with the Sunderland side featuring Titus Bramble. Goal scorers for Newcastle were Danny Guthrie, Michael Richardson & an un named trialist. Unfortunately Abeid was stretched off with an injury.    

SEP.7th. Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3:0 in their World Cup Group D Qualifier, with David Edgar playing the full game at left back.  
 
SEP.7th. Newton Aycliffe’s Scott Pocklington marked his return following a short stint (trial?) with Darlington; with good performance assisting his side to a 1:1 draw in the league against Norton & Stockton. 
 
SEP.7th. Ayr United, managed by ex reserve Brian Reid defeated Scottish Premier side Hearts in a penalty shoot to win their Scottish Communities League Cup tie. The game had ended in a 1:1 draw after extra time, with Ayr winning the shoot out 4:1.
 
SEP.8th. To gain experience & assist our friends across the water, Jak Alnwick goes on a one month loan to Gateshead.

SEP.8th. An ex players match took place at Derby County's Pride Park between an England Legends XI & Wales XI for the John Hartson Trophy in aid of the testicular cancer charity. The England XI won 6:0 & Dave Beasant saved a penalty. It is still be confirmed if either Andy Cole or Les Ferdinand played for England. Featuring for Wales were Paul Bodin & Dean Saunders, with the appearance of Gary Speed Still to be confirmed.

SEP.9th. After a successful trial, ex reserve full back David Cowan signed a short term contract with Cowdenbeath up to January 2012.  
 
SEP.10th. Newcastle's Academy side made 3 wins out of 4, with a 3:2 away victory over Manchester City’s Under 18’s. The City side managed & coached by Scott Sellars & Adam Sadler were undefeated prior to this game. Scoring for Newcastle were Remie Streete, Dennis Knight & J.J.Hooper; who got the winner in the 90th minute. The later scored the winner in the last minute. On the bench as an unused sub. was a new name in the academy squad; Estaban Cardona-Lopez.
 
SEP.10th. Scott Parker made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in their 2:0 win over Wolves. The Squad No. 8 was replaced for the last 6 minutes.
 
SEP.10th. Craig Bellamy’s debut was not such a happy occasion when a frustrated Liverpool side could not force an equaliser in a 1:0 defeat to Stoke City. Bellamy wearing Squad No. 39, had come on as a sub. in the 67th minute. 
 
SEP.10th. Shefki Kuqi got another goal for Oldham in a 1:1 draw with Stevenage Borough.
 
SEP.10th. David Rozenhal got his first start of the season at Lille, but put through his own net on 8 minutes. Lille went on to win the league game against St. Etienne 3:1.
 
SEP.10th. Oguchi Onyewo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon at right back in a 3:2 Primeira Liga win over Pacas de Ferreira.    
 
SEP.10th. Alex Francis scored his first goal for West Auckland Town in the sides FA. Vase 1st. Qualifying Round, 3:1 win over Cleaton Moor Celtic.
 
SEP.10th. Bedlington Terriers gave Stokesley another hammering this time 9:1 in the 1st. Qualifying Round of the FA. Vase. Tommy English was on the score sheet.
 
SEP.10th. Chester-Le-Street exited from the Fa. Vase in their 1st Qualifying Round tie despite having ex reserve Glenn Reay in the side. The lost 5:3 to Bishop Auckland.   
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SEP.10th. Matty Grieve & Darren Lough both scored goals for Ashington in their Northern League 3:2 win over Billingham Town. Also in the side were James Taylor & Liam Atkin.
 
SEP.10th. Finally, FA. Vase Holders Whitley Bay easily saw off the challenge of Jarrow Roofing, with a 4:1 win Ex reserve Damon Robson got 2 & ex trialist Lee Kerr got another.
 
SEP.12th Newcastle's 1st. Team battle it out in a 0:0 draw with a revitalised QPR. Sylvain Marveaux came on as a 82nd. sub. Joey Barton featured on his debut for QPR. 

SEP.12th. Joonas Kolkka ex trialist, made his debut for Willem II as a 75th minute sub. in a 2:0 win over Emmen in the Dutch Eerste Division.

SEP.13th. A strong Newcastle Reserves side hammered Norwich City 6:0. Dan Gosling hit a hat trick with goals on 11 minutes (penalty), 39 & 90 minutes. Other scorers were Greg McDermott on 14 minutes, Michael Richardson on 21 minutes & Ryan Donaldson on 81 minutes. Davide Santon made his competitive debut for the club.   
 
SEP.13th. Patrick Van Aaholt made his debut on loan for Wigan Athletic in a 2:1 Carling Cup 3rd Round defeat to Crystal Palace. Darren Ambrose got Palace’s first goal on 24 minutes & in their defence was Peter Ramage. 
 
SEP.13th. David Cowan got his first run out for Cowdenbeath, but in the ‘A’s (reserves). Also in the side was Cowdenbeath veteran & ex 1st team fringe player Lee Makel. Their side defeated Queen’s Park ‘A’s 5:1 on the night. 

SEP.13th. Andreas Arestidou got to make his senior competitive debut in Preston North Ends Carling Cup 3rd. Rd, 2:0 win over Charlton Athletic. 
 
SEP.14th. Ex Player Mark Stimpson signed as manager for Kettering Town, having already had a trial in the job taking charge of the side in their previous game on September 10th when they defeated Lincoln City 2:0 in a Blue Square Premier League match.
 
SEP.14th. Ex fringe player, Frank Wiafe Danquah began his trial with Gateshead, turning out for their reserves in a 2:0 defeat to Carlisle United.
 
SEP.13th. Newcastle Benfield defeated South Shields 3:0 in their FA. Cup Preliminary Round Replay. One of the goals was scored by ex reserve Brian Dodsworth

SEP.15th. Obafemi Martins scored his first goal of the season for Rubin Kazan in a Europa League Group A, 3:0 win over Shamrock Rovers. He netted aftr only 2 minutes into the game.
 
SEP.15th. Ex reserve Paul Dunn left Ashington to join North Shields, having only managed 1 appearance that season August 29th as a 69th minute sub. in a 4:1 defeat to Bedlington Terriers. 
 
SEP.16th. Having not played ay any level for the club for over a year due to injury’s, FabrioZamblera's contract with Newcastle was ended by mutual consent.
 
SEP.17th. Newcastle were held to a 1:1 draw with Aston Villa. Our goal was put past super stopper Shay Given in the 57th minute by Leon Best. Charles N'Zogbia started for Aston Villa & Stephen Ireland cam on as 68th minute sub.  
 
SEP.17th. Newcastle's Academy defeated Everton 1:0 thanks to a 45th minute goal from Remie Streete.
 
SEP.17th. Joey Barton scored his first goal for QPR after only 8 minutes, in the sides 3:0 over Wolves.
 
SEP.17th. Nobby Solano scored his first competitive goal for Hartlepool, in the sides 3:0 victory over Bury.
 
SEP.17th. Patrick Van Aaholt scored his first goal for Wigan Athletic in a 3:1 league defeat to Everton. 
 
SEP.17th. York City defeated top team Wrexham 3:0 in a convincing display. Recent departed reserve Patrick McLaughlin got the sides first goal after only 4 minutes.
 
SEP.17th. Steven Guinan got a 51st minute goal for Kidderminster Harriers in a 3:1 win over Alfreton.
 
SEP.17th. Blyth Spartans came out on top in a close fought match against Boston United. They won 1:0 thanks to a Phil Cave penalty. Boston featured ever present veteran keeper Paul Bastock now in his early 40’s & back in the late 1980’s had a trial with Newcastle.
 
SEP.17th. Whitby Town, managed by Tommy Cassidy progressed in their FA. Cup 1st Qualifying Round tie against Parkgate; defeating them 3:1.
 
SEP.17th. Ex reserve Gareth McAlindon got his first goal for an improving Ryton & Crawcrook Albion side in a 2:1 win over Whitehaven.
 
SEP.17th. The Stokesley Cricket Club season of action finally comes to an end with a draw with Hartlepool. Ex reserve James Beaumont hit 4 runs & bowled out 3 wickets for 50 runs. The club ended their Darlington Building Society North Yorkshire & South Durham Premier Cricket League campaign in 8th. place.
 
SEP.17th. ‘Punching above their weight’ Hebburn Town defeated Jarrow Roofing 2:0 in their FA. Cup 1st. Qualifying Round replayed tie. Ex first team player  Jamie McGlen was in their side.
 
SEP.17th. Bedlington Terriers were too strong for Newcastle Benfield; defeating them 4:0 in their FA. Cup 1st. Qualifying Round tie. Both Tommy English & Stuart Elliott played. Brian Dodsworth came on as a 58th minute sub for Newcastle Benfield to no avail.
 
SEP.17th. Ashington & Shildon’s FA. Cup 1st. Qualifying Round tie ended in a 0:0 stalemate. Ross Gardner was in the Shildon line up & Liam Atkin, Darren Lough & Matty Grieve featured for Ashington.         
 
SEP.17th. Finally North Shields gained a 1:0 victory over Team Northumbria in their Northern League Division II fixture; thanks to a goal by ex reserve & Ashington defender Paul Dunn.

SEP.17th. Ex reserve Mark Doninger scored again in the final game of the season for IA Akranes. This was in a 4:1 defeat to Leiknir Reykjavik. However they won KA 5:0 the previous week on September 10th, with Mark getting ione of the goals. The results secured their position as champions of the Icelandic League Division I (Deild 1).     

SEP.20th. NUFC’s Carling Cup 3rd. Round tie away to Nottingham Forest ended at 2:2 after 90 minutes & went to extra time; before eventually running out 4:3 winners with a later Coloccini winner. Newcastle’s first two goals came from Peter Lovenkrands after 39 & 60 minutes, from the penalty spot. The other injury time goal was put through by Danny Simpson. In goal making his debut was Rob Elliot.
 
SEP.20th. The reserves obtained a 1:1 draw at Chesterfield, thanks to a goal on 33 minutes by Moyo. Making a return after a long injury for the reserves was Samuel Adjei.
 
SEP.20th. Ashington & Shildon’s replayed tie ended in a nother draw, this time the score was 2:2. featuring were Darren Lough, Johnny Godsmark & Liam Atkin who converted his sides first penalty in a 5:3 victory.
 
SEP.20th. Manchester United defeated Leeds United 3:0 in their Carling Cup 3rd Round tie. Michael Owen scored twice in his first senior appearance of the season.
 
SEP.20th. Stoke City progressed through their Carling Cup 3rd Round tie against Tottenham Hotspur 7:6 on penalties; after the game ended in a 0:0 draw after extra time. Featuring for the losers was Sebastian Bassong
 
SEP.20th. Ex reserve Kevin Gall made his league debut for Workington in a 2:0 defeat to Gainsborough Trinity.
 
SEP.21st. Consett defeated a courageous Hebburn Town 4:1 in their Durham Challenge Cup tie. Goal scorers included ex reserve Dale Burrell & Marc Walton.
 
SEP.22nd. Gateshead reserves lost a close fought match against Sunderland reserves 1:0, giving a debut to on loan Jak Alnwick. Also getting a run out on trial, was reserve Frank Danquah.
 
SEP.22nd. Ex Academy player Ryan Page got one of North Shields goals in a 3:0 league win over Esh Winning. 
 
SEP.23rd. Doncaster Rovers signed Dean Saunders as their new manager, having negotiated a move away from Wrexham. The following day he took charge of his first game & ‘Donny’ won 1:0 against Crystal Palace. Playing in Saunders sides’ forward line was Jamie Coppinger.
 
SEP.24th. The clubs 1st. Teams unbeaten run continued, with a 3:1 home win over Blackburn Rovers. Demba Ba scored a man of the match hat trick, with goals on 27, 30 & 54 minutes, in front of 46 236.
 
SEP.24th. Newcastle's Academy were held to a 1:1 draw with Sheffield United. The Newcastle goal was scored by Louis Storey
 
SEP.24th. Paul Dunn scored another goal for North Shields with a great 25 yard free kick in the sides 11 draw with Whickam in Northern League Division II. This and his other permances that month earned him the 'Robins' Player of The Month award.  
 
SEP.24th. Stuart Alderson's West Auckland overpowered Marske United 6:2 in their FA. Vase 2nd Qualifying Round tie. Ex reserve Alex Francis scored after only 9 minutes
 
SEP.24th. Hebburn Town powered through their FA. Vase 2nd Qualifying Round against Brandon United, with a 6:0 victory. Jamie McGlen came on as a sub.
 
SEP.24th. Ryton & Crawcrook Albion’s FA. Vase 2nd Qualifying Round tie against Crook Town went to extra time. They lost out 3:1 despite having veteran midfielder & ex Newcastle reserve Gareth McAlindon in the side.
 
SEP.24th. Sunderland RCA continued their bright start to season, watched on by one of footballs most senior coaches George Herd. They defeated Bishop Auckland 5:3 in their FA. Vase 2nd Qualifying round tie. Simon Bishop was once again in goal for the ‘Bishop’s’.
 
SEP.24th. Finally South Shields progressed in their 2nd Qualifying Round FA Vase tie against Birtley Town, winning 2:1, with reserve Paul Talbot in the side.
 
SEP.28th. Newcastle's Reserves continued their excellent form with a 5:3 away win at Swansea City. The goals came from Michael Richardson on 10, Shane Ferguson on 15, Dan Gosling on 22, Nile Ranger on 48 & Greg McDermott on 51 minutes. The match gave another run out for goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
 
SEP.28th. Gateshead played a behind closed doors reserves friendly with Glasgow Rangers & lost 4:0. Making a ‘guest’ appearance for Gateshead was current academy player Lee Toland. The game also gave run outs for on loan Jak Alnwick & on trial Frank Danquah; with Martin Brittain & Craig Baxter. Also getting a game as a half time sub; returning from injury, was ex reserve James Marwood.    
 
SEP.30th. Reserve goalkeeper Ole Sodenberg began a one month loan stint with Darlington.

SEP.30th. N.E. Football Writers Awards 'Player of the Year'; Colocinni.

Updated: 01.12.2011

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BULLETIN No. 5   - OCTOBER 2011 REVIEW
 
once again to the website dedicated to the development & expansion of historical & statistical information on our great Tyneside club. In this next bi-monthly update the latest player to be given a player profile is a very special one indeed. John Shiel, the pre war player who is Newcastle’s oldest living ex footballer. I have been privileged to meet him recently & I’ve included some little anecdotes he told me of. The season in focus remains 'Before United' & is the 1882-83 season, Newcastle East End's first following their change of name from Stanley FC. A season which saw the fledgling side enter cup into competitions for the fitrst time, An addition to this the East End clubs first amalgamation club Rosewood & the breakaway club Heaton; are improved upon with the addition of Player Roll of Honours. Finally, the next letter of the alphabet is ‘E’ for the Toon Tracker to give detailed appearances records on; giving the reader an insight into such ex players as David Edgar & Jose Enrique.      
 
                                                                                           
OCT.1st. NUFC. continue their unbeaten run in league & cup competition, with a hard fought 2:1 win away to Wolves. Goals from Demba Ba (17 minutes) & Jonas Gutierrez (38 minutes) & for Wolves Fletcher (88 minutes) were watched by a crowd of only 26,561.Tim Krul made some tremendous saves in a man of the match performance.
 
OCT.1st. Newcastle’s Academy came out on top in their ‘Derby’ match with Sunderland defeating them 4:0. The toon were one up at half time with a goal scored by Ryan McGorrigan on 42 minutes. In the second half Michael Hoganson got the second on 72 minutes, then on 74 minutes J.J. Hooper scored. The final goal came a minute later from Adam Campbell.
 
OCT.1st. Ole Soderberg made his Darlington debut on loan, keeping a clean sheet, in a 2:0 victory over Newport County. 
 
OCT.1st. There was an ex Newcastle goal scorer in Premiership in the form of Andy Carroll in the Liverpool v Everton ‘Derby’ match. The goal assist came from Jose Enrique after Craig Bellamy had begun the move. Playing for Everton were Louis Saha & Sylvain Distin. Liverpool won on the day 2:0.
 
Oct.1st. Ex toon goal scores in the npower Championship were found in the Crystal Palace verses West Ham game. The game ended in a 2:2 draw with Darren Ambrose opening the scoring on 6 minutes. Kevin Nolan replied with a goal on 16 minutes.
 
OCT.1st. Ipswich Town regained their form & defeated Brighton 3:1; thanks to two second half goals from Michael Chopra.
 
OCT.1st. npower League II’s Accrington Stanley defeated Aldershot 3:2. Ex reserve Sean Hessey got the first for Accrington on 11 minutes, whose winner was put through by ex trial player Charles Barnett on 88 minutes.
 
OCT.1st. Northampton Town defeated Barnet 2:1 & their winner was clinched in the 89th minute by ex fringe player Ben Tozer.
 
OCT.1st. FA. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round ties saw a number ex Newcastle players in action. Blyth Spartans struggled to overcome a determined Bedlington Terriers 2:1. Ever present Phil Cave played for the winners, with Stuart Elliott & Tommy English turning out for Bedlington.
 
OCT.1st. Northern League Division II side Hebburn Town defeated Runcorn Linnets in their 2nd Qualifying round tie. The side included Jamie McGlen.
 
OCT.1st. Ashington were held to a 3:3 draw in their tie with Vauxhall Motors. Ex Newcastle reserves James Taylor, Darren Lough, Liam Atkin & Johnny Godsmark all featured.
 
OCT.4th. Newcastle Reserves continued their great start with a convincing 3:0 win over Bolton Wanderers. The goal scorers were Sami Ameobi on 24 minutes, & two goals from Sylvain Marveaux on 60 & 76 minutes. The side included Steve Harper in goal, continuing his comeback from injury & coming on as a sub. JJ. Hooper.
 
OCT.4th. Sunderland’s Reserves also claimed another league  victory, beating Wigan Athletic 3:1. Ex trialist Billy Knott was a 9th minute 
 
OCT.4th. Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (North) 2nd Round action at Accrington Stanley verses Tranmere Rovers had to be abandoned after 39 minutes due to serious head injury to a player. They had been trailing 2:1 at that point, with Charles Barnett in the side.
 
OCT.4th. Lee Clark’s Huddersfield Town  played out a 2:2 draw with Bradford City in their Johnstone’s Paints 2nd Round tie, before losing the penalty shoot out 4:3; exiting from the competition.
 
OCT.4th. Preston North End had better luck in their 2nmd round tie with Morecambe. Their game also ended in a 2:2 draw, but they won through the penalty shoot out 7:6. Ex trial goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou assisted in their progression 
                       
OCT.4th. Injury hit Gateshead’s table topping start to the season was halted with a 4:1 defeat to Wrexham. Kris Gate scored their only goal, with Paul Farman in goal.
 
OCT.4th. Ashington & Vauxhall Motors played out their FA. Cup 2nd Qualifying Rd & won through 1:0. The line up included James Taylor, Liam Atkin & Johnny Godsmark.
 
OCT.5th. Gateshead’s Reserves played a behind closed doors friendly with Livingston which ended in a 1:1 draw. On loan Jak Alnwick played in goal alongside Martin Brittain & James Marwood coming back from injury.
 
OCT.6th. Gateshead’s injury woes in defence were eased with a one month loan agreement for Newcastle Reserve Jeff Henderson. He quickly got to make his debut a couple of days later on October 8th in the sides 1:0 verses Ebbsfleet United. Henderson scored his sides only goal with a header on 40 minutes.
 
OCT.6th. Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21’s overcame Iceland with a 3:0 to top Group 8 in the European Championships Qualifier.
 
OCT.6th. Georgios Georgiardis Greek Under 21’s also won their Group 1 Qualifier 2:0 over San Marino.
 
OCT.6th. PatrickV an Aaholt played the full 90 minutes at right half in Holland Under 21’s 1:0 victory over Austria in Group 10.
 
OCT.6th. Slovenia’s Under 21’s gained 1:1 draw Sweden with Haris Vuckic in the side gaining another cap at that level.      
 
OCT.6th. Lee Toland got a late call from the bench to make an 89th minute cameo appearance for North Ireland Under 19’ in their 5: defeat to Germany.
 
OCT.7th. European Championships Qualifier Group G. England 2 : Montengro 2. Scott Parker was the only ex Newcastle player to see any action in the away game played in constant rain. Parker put in a solid performance at left half, with England hanging on for a draw at the end.
 
OCT.7th. France continued top Group D, following a 3:0 win over Albania in their European Championships Qualifier. Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye started at Inside Right, but sustained an injury & was replaced after 47 minutes. 
 
OCT.7th. Gary Speed’s Wales continued their good run of form in their Qualifier with 2:0 victory over Switzerland. Craig Bellamy played the full 90 at Inside Left.
 
OCT.7th. The Republic Of Ireland defeated Andorra 2:0 in the ‘Euro’ Qualifier. Shay Given once more kept a clean sheet, with Damian Duff also playing before being replaced on 75 minutes.
 
OCT.7th. Italy drew 1:1 with Serbia, with Giuseppe Rossi in their side in their Qualifier. He played the full game at inside left.
 
OCT.7th. Argentina v Chile . Jonas Gutierrez came on a 85th minute sub. Argentina gained a comfortable 4:1 win the this South American Group World Cup Qualifier  
 
OCT.7th. Australia also played an international. It was a friendly against Malaysia & they won easily 5:0. Ex fringe player James Triosi came on as a sub at half time. 

OCT.7th. David Edgar got another cap for Canada in their World Cup qualifying 7:0 thrashing of St. Lucia.  
 
OCT.7th. Italy’s Under 21’s easily defeated Liechtenstein 7:2 in their European Championship Qualifier. At right back was Newcastle’s Davide Santon, who was replaced after 74 minutes.  
 
OCT.7th. JoanEdmundsson got a start for the Faroe Islands Under 21’s in their 4:0 defeat to Denmark. Unfortunately he missed a penalty. The match was a European Championships Qualifier.
 
OCT.8th. Newcastle Academy, gained a 1:1 draw with Barnsley. The Newcastle goal came from Adam Campbell after 50 minutes.
 
OCT.8th. Scotland got a narrow 1:0 win over Liechtenstein in the ‘Euro’ Qualifier. GaryCaldwell gained yet another cap for his country at right back.  
 
OCT.8th. Hungary’s Under 21’s lost 2:1 to Turkey with Tamas Kadar getting a game.
 
OCT.8th. Lee Toland got to start for North Ireland Under 19’s in their 3:1 victory over the Belarus. 

OCT.8th. Ex trialist Andras Gosztonyi scored for Hungary Under 21's in their European Championships Group 7 Qualifier against Turkey which they lost 2:1.   
 
OCT.8th. Dan Leadbitter, now on road back to fitness following his injury; finally got to make his senior debut for Torquay United. He came on as a sub at half time, in the sides 1:0 defeat to Bradford City. 
 
OCT.8th. Patrick McLaughlin hit 2 of York City’s goals in their emphatic 6:2 victory over Braintree.  He netted on 28 & 41 minutes.
 
OCT.8th. Johnny Godsmark got himself back into finding the net, hitting one of his sides goals in Ashington’s convincing 5:1 Northern League win over Jarrow Roofing. Also in the side were regulars Taylor, Atkin & Grieve.
 
OCT.9th. Following a glittering ‘Entertainer Night’ at Newcastle Civic Centre, the Ex Newcastle XI ‘Keegan’s Entertainer’s with guests played against an Liverpool XI & guests, billed as Roy Evans Spice Boys. In a ‘re-inaction’ of the famous 4:3 defeat which put an end to Newcastle’s dreams of winning the league title back in 1996. This more light hearted affair played at Kingston Park; raising a lot of money for the nominated charities. Exclusive Match Report; Unfortunately the match which kicked off 15 minutes due to traffic mayhem; finished in a 4:1 win to Liverpool. Assisting Keegan in the dug out was Terry McDermott & for Roy Evans, Sammy Lee The Newcastle goal was scored by Steve Watson on about 13 minutes. This advantage was quickly wiped out with a goal from Steve McManaman on about 20 minutes. John Durnin made it two on about 44 minutes & then into injury time in first half, ex reserve Terry’s son Neale McDermott made it three. He had come on as a sib. In the 34th minute along with celebrity player Ralf Little. Tino hit the bar with an effort & the Newcastle side got a penalty on 50 minutes, but unusually Alan Shearer effort blast off bar. John Durnin killed things off with a fourth on 65 minutes with a penalty. Dietmar Hamann & Bruce Grobbelar were the only two players to play the full ninety. Their side also included well known players like Phil Babb, Mark Wright & Gary McAllister. Neale McDermott was replaced on 52 by Ex Big Brother winner Anthony Hutton. The Newcastle XI Line Up with approximate substitutions was as follows: Pavel Srnicek (replaced Steve Wraith 75), Steve Watson, John Beresford (Robbie Elliott -About 40), Darren Peacock (Brian Kilcline 30), (Steve Harmison 60),  Phillipe Albert (Steve Howie 32) (Phillipe Albert 55), Rob Lee (Mark Allison 60), Lee Clark (Liam O’Brien 21) (John Berseford 50), Alan Shearer (Tino Asprilla 61), Tino Asprilla (Keith Gillespie 40), Paul Bracewell (Ruel Fox 24), (Brian Kilcline 78), David Ginola. Fox also came back on again on 61 minutes, but not sure who he replaced. The non footballer  second half subs. were England Cricketer Steve Harmison & also Mark Allison, the Geordie USA ‘mega-marathonist’. For the record the referee was Colin Webster.
 
OCT.9th. Cheick Tiote gained another international cap for Ivory Coast in their table topping African Nations Qualifying Group 8 match. They defeated Burundi 2:1 after a close fought match.  

OCT.9th. Well travelled Paul Robinson made his returning debut as a 83rd minute sub. for Southern League Chesham United on his return from Winsor & Eton. Chesham drew 1:1 Hemel Hemstead. Robinson had resigned for Chesham in September, having previously been them until January 2011.
 
OCT.10th. Gateshead reserves lost 2:1 to Bradford City in a Central League (East Division) match. In goal once again was Jak Alnwick, playing in  side that included Martin Brittain & Frank Danquah as a half time sub.
 
OCT.11th. Gary Speed’s Wales kept up their winning streak with a ‘Euro’ Group G Qualifier, 1:0 win over Bulgaria. Craig Bellamy played the full game at inside left.

OCT.11th. Scotland’s dream of European championships Qualification were ended with a 3:1 defeat in Spain in their Group I match. At centre half was Gary Caldwell.
 
OCT.11th. The Republic of Ireland secured a chance in the play offs for qualification with a Group B 2:1 victory over Armenia. As always Shay Given was in goal. Damian Duff play on the right wing.
 
OCT.11th. Our rising French star Yohan Cabaye featured for France again, as they were held to a 1:1 draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Group D match. He started as a forward & was replaced after 61 minutes.
 
OCT.11th. Turkey defeated Azerbaijan 1:0 in their Group A Qualifier. Emre featured at outside right before being replaced on 78 minutes.     
 
OCT.11th. Ketsabia’s Georgia lost 2:1 to Greece in their Group F Qualifier. At right back for Georgia was Khizanishvili.
 
OCT.11th. Italy’s Under 21’s defeated Turkey 2:0 in their European Championships qualifier. Davide Santon play the full game at right back.
 
OCT.11th. Northern Ireland Under 19’s their European Championships Qualifier to Montenegro 2:1. At right was Newcastle’s Lee Toland.
 
OCT.12th. Newcastle’s Reserves played another behind closed doors friendly. This time against a York City XI & won 3:1. The goal scorers were Abeid who netted twice on 21 & 28 minutes & Stephen Folan who got one on 23 minutes. In goal for his first reserve outing was Jonathan Mitchell & on 74 minutes he was replaced by under 16’s developing youngster Freddie Woodman. Phil Airey continued his road to recovery from injury playing for the first hour or so.    

OCT.12th. Canada drew 0:0 in a further World Cup Qualifying match with Puerto Rico. David Edgar featured at right back.  
                                
OCT.12th. Blackpool signed ‘free agent’ Lomana Lua Lua. He had previously been on trial with Brighton & a couple of other clubs.
 
OCT.12th. North Shields lost to Morpeth Town 2:1 in the 1st. Round of the Northumberland Senior Cup. The North Shields goal was scored by ex reserve Paul Dunn.
 
OCT.12th. Team Northumbria saw off the challenge of West Allotment Celtic in their Northumberland Senior Cup 1st. Round tie. The West Allotment side included ex Academy player Andy Mogwo. The ‘students’ side won 4:1 on the night with a side that included Mark Bertram.     

OCT.12th. Kevin Gall joined Guiseley after only a month at Workington. He now joins up with assistant manager / player & ex Toon player Chris Holland.
 
OCT.14th. Peter Beardsley moved on from being Newcastle’s reserve team coach & took up an appointment with the club as Football Development Manager. Willie Donachie took over in his role in the short term, with reserve team still unbeaten this season in the league.
 
OCT.15th. Newcastle’s Academy team continued their run of fine form with a 4:0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday. The goals from DanTaylor who got two on  24 & 83 minutes. MarcusMaddison put through the first on 14 minutes & Brandon Miele got one on 62 minutes. Making his reserve team debut as a late sub. on 84 minutes was Estaban Lopez Cardona.
 
OCT.15th. Lomana Lua Lua made his debut as a 73rd minute sub. for Blackpool in a 4:0 defeat to Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United. Kevin Nolan also featured in the game for West Ham.
 
OCT.15th On the score sheet in the Premier League was James Milner with an excellent 71st minute strike for Manchester City in their table topping 4:1 victory over Aston Villa. In the losing side was Shay Given & Stephen Ireland, who was replaced by Charles N'Zogbia after 55 minutes.
 
OCT.15th. Michael Chopra got another goal for Ipswich Town in a 2:2 draw with his old club Cardiff City.
 
OCT.15th. Ex reserve Colin McMenamin netted for Ross County after 39 minutes, in their 2:1 Scottish Division I win over Dundee.
 
OCT.15th. FA. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round action saw Northern League Division II side Hebburn Town continue to ‘punch above their weight’ with a tremendous 4:2 victory over Radcliffe Borough, At inside right was ex first team player Jamie McClen.
 
OCT.15th. Blyth Spartans defeated Tommy Cassidy’s Whitby Town 2:1 in their FA. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round match. Making his debut for Blyth at centre forward was ex reserve Richard Offiong. Blyth regular Phil Cave also featured at left back.
 
OCT.15th. Finally, Ashington also progressed in their FA. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round tie; defeating Guiseley 1:0. The gallant Ashington side included ex reserves, James Taylor, Liam Atkin, Matty Grieve & Johnny Godsmark.
 
OCT.16th. Newcastle’s first team maintained their undefeated start to the season, with a ‘never say die’ 2:2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur having came from behind twice in the game. Tottenham’s opener came from a penalty after Steven Taylor had bundled a play over in the box. DembaBa equalised on 48 minutes. Sub.Shola Amoebi equalised again on 86 minutes in front of a a noisy 46 420 Crowd. Davide Santon also came on as a sub on 77 minutes to make his senior debut for the club.
 
OCT.18th. Newcastle’s Reserves, won an exciting league match 3:2 against Liverpool on a cold windy night at the Blue Flames Ground, Benton. After having a penalty saved in the first half, Nile Ranger hit two goals on 47 & 53 minutes. Liverpool had scored first through R.Sterling on 31 minutes. However, Newcastle went 3:1 up on 58 minutes with an effort by Michael Richardson; before they pulled one back with 20 minutes to go, with M.Roberts scoring. Recently signed ‘back up’ keeper, RobElliot got another run out in goal.
 
OCT.18th. Gateshead gave away a two goal lead to lose 3:2 at home to Southport in a Blue Square Premier League match. On loan goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick made his first team debut in goal. 
 
OCT.18th. Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool sent their first team squad to play in a friendly with Glasgow Rangers; in aid of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Rangers won on the night 1:0; although Andy Carroll went close with a header near the end of the game. Also getting a run out at outside left was Craig Bellamy, With Jose Enrique coming on as a sub. on 77 minutes.
 
OCT.19th. Ex reserve & ex Gateshead defender Paul Talbot got a rare goal, scoring for South Shields in their Northern League 4:1 win over Newton Aycliffe.

OCT.19th. Everton announced that Duncan Ferguson, who was studying for his UEFA Coaching badge would begin assisting coaching, Alan Irvine with their clubs Academy side.  
 
OCT.20th. There was UEFA Europa League action for Chris Hughton’s Birmigham City. They defeated Club Brugge away 2:1, despite a serious head injury to Ivanez. Steven Caldwell played.   
 
OCT.20th. Fulham failed to get a result in their Europa League gamer against Wisla Krakow. They lost 1:0, despite having Aaron Hughes back & Damien Duff also in the side. 
 
OCT.20th. Tottenham Hotspur lost a close tussle with Russian side Rubin Kazan, 1:0.
Sebastian Bassong started in the game for Spurs. Obafemi Martins came on as a sub on the hour for the opposition.
 
OCT.20th. Celtic got a good away draw against Stade Rennes, 1:1 in their Europa League group match; with ever present choice Fraser Forster, between the sticks
 
OCT.20th. It is announced that England Under 21’s Coach Stuart Pearce is to be the coach of the Great British Olympic football team next summers 2012 Olympics.
 
OCT.20th. Olivier Bernard began his football column in the Evening Chronicle, newspaper; in association with ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.     
 
OCT.21st. Steven Istead captain of Eastwood Town, stepped in as a caretaker manager to fill the void short term. His brief time in charge saw 2 defeats in a row & the day after it was announced that a replacement had been found, the side registered a 2:1 win over Vauxhall Motors on October 29th. The clubs new manager is John Ramshaw who possibly has Newcastle connection to be confirmed).   
 
OCT.22nd. Newcastle ground out a 1:0 home win over Wigan Athletic in front of the biggest home attendance of the season of 48 420. The goal which finally came in the 81st. minute was Yohan Cabaye’s first for the club; stretching their unbeaten run to 9 league games. Tim Krul continues to deserve the keeper’s shirt, & he produced a world class save in the first half.
 
OCT.22nd. Only one other ex Toon player got on the score sheet, with CraigBellamy getting Liverpool’s goal just before half time in their 1:1 draw with Norwich. A chance fell to Andy Carroll near the end, but his header went agonisingly wide.
 
OCT.22nd. York City overpowered Hayes & Yeading with a 4:2 away win in their Blue Square Premier match. Patrick McLaughlin got one of the goals with a strike on the hour.
 
OCT.22nd. Ashington easily outplayed Stokesley, defeating them 7:0 in the Northern League. Johnny Godsmark claimed one of the goals. Also playing were ex reserves James Taylor, Liam Atkin & Matty Grieve.
 
OCT.22nd. Whitley Bay continued to press the top sides in the Northern League, defeating Norton & Stockton 3:1. Their last was put through with a minute to go by ex reserve Damon Robson. Ex trialist Lee Kerr came on as a sub.
 
OCT.22nd. There were a number of North East sides in action in FA. Carlsberg Vase 1st Round ties. These included Bedlington Terriers who put in a great performance to toppled Sunderland RCA who are coached by George Herd. Bedlington won 4:1, with ex reserve Tommy English claiming the last goal in the 89th minute. Also in the winning side was ever present Stuart Elliott.
 
OCT.22nd. West Auckland saw off a determined effort by Shildon with a 3:2 win in their FA. Vase 1st Round match. One of their goals came about from a cross by ex reserve, Alex Francis; which was defected in off Paxton as an own goal.
 
OCT.22nd. South Shields lost out to Billingham Town 5:2 in their FA. Vase 1st. Round match; despite having ex reserve defender Paul Talbot in the side.
 
OCT.22nd. Consett’s attempts to progress to the next round of the FA. Vase will now have to go to a replay, with their game against Guisborough Town ending in a 4:4 draw. Ex reserves, Mark Walton, Craig Robson & Dale Burrell all featured for the ‘Steelmen’.                

OCT.22nd. Kevin Gall made his Blue Square League ebut for Guiseley in a 2:0 win over Hyde.
 
OCT.22nd. Hebburn Town lost out to Newcastle Benfield 2:1 in their 1st Round of the Vase tie. Jamie McClen featured for them in midfield.
 
OCT.22nd. Finally, on the score sheet in the Northern League Division II was Kieron Wrightson; finding the net for Whickham in their 3:2 win over Easington Colliery.
 
OCT.22nd. Whitby Town continued their poor run of form losing to Woodley Sports 3:1 in the FA. Trophy. The result came on the back of FA Cup exit to Blyth Spartans the previous weekend, & was described as the ‘final straw’ for Tommy Cassidy & he resigned as the clubs manager. Whitby have so far had a poor start to the season in the Evo Stik Premier league, only winning once in 14 games.
 
OCT.23rd. Incredibly 24 hours later it was announced by Workington that after 4 seasons as assistant manager, Viv Busby had decided to retire from the game & planned to move to live in Spain. His departure although more amicable, was sadly on the back of a 2:1 defeat to Boston United in a Blue Square North match the day before. The clubs website thanked him for his four seasons acting in the role.  
 
OCT.23rd. Everton’ continued wit their improve run of form in the premiership; with a 3:1 win over Fulham. Saha got his sides third in the 90th. minute.
 
OCT.24th.  Steve Harper goes out on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion. He is immediately given the squad number 21 & makes his debut that evening in a league match against Sam Allardyce’s West Ham. Sadly he’s on the losing end of a 1:0 defeat, thanks a 17th minute goal scored by Kevin Nolan.
 
OCT.24th. After run of poor results ex toon coach Derek Fazackerley leaves his post with Leicester City as Assistant Manager by mutual consent; together with manager Sven-Goren Eriksson.
 
OCT.25th. Carling Cup 4th Round action saw ‘big guns’ Manchester United progress with a comfortable 3:0 win over Aldershot. Getting a rare run out & scoring a goal in the 41st minute was Michael Owen.
 
OCT.25th. Crystal Palace also won their 4th Round tie with a 2:0 win over Southampton. Darren Ambrose found the net on 73 minutes & Palace also had Peter Ramage in their line up at right back.
 
OCT.25th. The other Newcastle interest in that evenings Carling Cup 4th Round ties, was with Burnley. Sadly they lost 1:0 to Cardiff City, despite fielding David Edgar in defence.
 
Oct.25th. Involved in League One action was Oldham Athletic who battled to a 3:3 draw with Preston North End. Scoring once again for Oldham was Shefki Kuqi. 
 
OCT.26th. Carling Cup 4th Round action for the 1st. Team, saw the side travel to face Blackburn Rovers away. Newcastle found themselves 2:0 down & with all 3 subs. on, including Sami Ameobi it was two minutes into injury time when Danny Guthrie unleashed a tremendous shot to pull one back. Incredibly in the last of the 5 minutes of injury time a sublime free kick by Yohan Cabaye saw the side gain extra time & the chance to progress to the Quarter Finals. In the first half Newcastle had a genuine penalty claim turned down & Demba Ba also hit the post with a fine shot; in front of a pitiful small crowd of 10 682 which included over 3 500 Newcastle fans. Unfortunately they scored again in extra time before Peter Lovenkrands was impeded to gain a penalty which he converted on 105 minutes. In the very last minute of extra time ‘heartbreak’ as a tired Newcastle defence leaked a fourth ending their unbeaten run in all competitions. Final score 3:4.
 
OCT.26th. Willie Donachie’s Newcastle reserves side played a behind closed doors friendly with a Leeds United Reserves XI at Darlsey Park. They won 3:2 thanks to two goals by DanTaylor & a penalty from Phil Airey. Youngster Jonathan Mitchell got a run out in goal & Adam Campbell & Brandon Miele came on as a subs.   
 
OCT.26th. Everton fought bravely against Chelsea in their 4th Round tie; but lost out in the end 2:1 after extra time. Everton’s goal was scored by LouisSaha after 83 minutes.
 
OCT.26th. Liverpool overcame a gallant effort by Stoke City in their 4th. round match; winning 2:1. Andy Carroll had a few efforts saved & Craig Bellamy came on as a sub in the last ten minutes & had a shot which hit the post. Jonathan Woodgate played the full game for Stoke.    
 
OCT.26th. Manchester City despite fielding a ‘weakened side’ overwhelmed Wolves in a 5:2 victory in their 4th. Round tie of the Carling Cup. James Milner came on as a late sub.
 
OCT.26th. In the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Community League Cup, Celtic defeated Hibs. with a convincing 4:1 win. In goal for Celtic was Fraser Forster.    

OCT.26th. Brian Reid’s Ayr United continued their fine run in the Scottish League Cup; defeating St. Mirren away 1:0. Scottish Division One Ayr are now just one match away from reaching the final.
 
OCT.26th. Dropping down into the world of non league football & Consett replayed their FA.Vase tie with Guisborough Town; coming out on top with a 3:1 win. Mark Walton scored two of his sides goals.
 
OCT.26th. Sunderland Reserves hit Hartlepool Reserves for six, defeating them 6:1. Ex trialist Billy Knott came on as a half time sub. in the Central League Cup tie.    
 
OCT.26th. Gateshead’s reserves lost to Middlesbrough 4:1, in a match which saw ex reserve Chris Moore play, beginning his comeback from injury. Paul Farman played the first half in goal & Martin Brittain also featured.

OCT.26th. Standard Leige defeated Zulte-Waregem 2:1 in the Belgium Cup, with the winner coming com,ing from a 90th minute penalty scored by Nacho Gonzalez.
 
OCT.27th. England Under 16’s defeated Wales 4:0 in a Victory Shield International. Getting his first call up, coming on as a sub. during the second half was Alex Gilliead. Alex is in the clubs junior Academy set up & looks to have potential for the future.  
 
OCT.28th. Newcastle first team hold a training session ‘open day’ at St. James, free to the public, attracting about 5 000. The entertainment included warm ups & a cross bar shoot out competition with fans participating. There was also a practice match played on a reduced size pitch about ten minutes each way with the ‘bibbed’ players taking on players in ‘all black tops’. The Bibs came out on top 3:2, with Obertans scoring one in each half. The winner came from an own goal close in, giving Krul no chance. Playing for the losing side was a fan ‘Pete’ decked head to foot in black & white; who won a dubious penalty. He promptly blasted it in past Elliot. Their other goal was good effort from Nile Ranger. The fun atmosphere can only help maintain the ‘feel good factor’ around the club at present.           
 
OCT.28th The Irish League season came to an end, Michael O'Neil's Shamrock Rovers claiming the tritle 4 points clear of rivals Sligo Rovers; following a 4:0 victory for Shamrock over Galway United.  
         
OCT.29th.  FA. Cup 4th. Qualifying Round day saw Gateshead see off the gallant efforts of Northern League Division II’s Hebburn Town, with a 3:0 win. On loan goalkeeper Jak Alnwick kept a clean sheet backed up by defenders Craig Baxter & on loan Jeff Henderson. Ex fringe players Martin Brittain & Kris Gate also featured. There was no place in the Hebburn squad for Jamie McClen. 
 
OCT.29th Blyth Spartans held off the strong challenge of Droyslden in their 4th. Qualifying Round tie; earning a home replay with a 0:0 draw. Playing for Blyth were Phil Cave & Richard Offiong.
 
OCT.29th. York City lost 2:1 to Wrexham in their 4th Qualifying Round match. Patrick McLaughlin got York’s goal with a 58th minute free kick. 
 
OCT.29th. Barrow defeated Witton Albion 4:1 in their 4th. Qualifying Round tie. Ex reserve Andy Ferrell cam on as a late sub. for Barrow in injury time.
 
OCT.29th. Ashington’s FA. Cup run came an end as they lost away to Grimsby Town, 5:0. Playing for Ashington were Liam Atkin, James Taylor, Matty Grieve & Johnny Godsmark.
 
OCT.29th. Darlington faced Hinckley United in their FA. Cup 4th. Qualifying Round tie. Paul Arnison featured at right back in the 1:1 draw, but Ole Sodenberg was not included as he has returned to Newcastle following his loan period.
 
OCT.29th. Kidderminster Harriers drew 0:0 with Corby Town in their 4th. Qualifying Round. Steven Guinan came on as a sub about 10 minutes into the second half.
 
OCT.29th. Didi Hamann’s Stockport lost 1:0 to Southport in their FA. Cup match.
 
OCT.29th. In the Premiership Andy Carroll notched a goal on the stroke of half time in Liverpool’s 2:0 win over West Brom. Jose Enrique also came close with a fine effort, & Craig Bellamy also featured.
 
OCT.29th. Shefki Kuqi scored twice in the first half; once from the penalty spot, in Oldham’s 3:3 win draw Carlisle in league one. Adam Collin was the ever present keeper for Carlisle.
 
OCT.29th. Ex reserve Calvin Zola Macongo got one of Burton Albion’s goals in their 6:3 victory over Barnet. His goal was hit home on 90 minutes, in the highest scoring league game of the day.     
 
OCT.29th. Finally in the Northern League an 85th minute Alex Francis strike wasn’t enough to salvage West Auckland Town a point as they lost 2:1 to Newton Aycliffe; who had ex trialist Scott Pocklington in goal. 
 
OCT.31st.  A tremendous performance away at Stoke City earned a deserved 3:1 for Newcastle taking them above Chelsea into 3rd place in the Premier League. Another hat trick for top scorer Demba Ba. The two in the first half were scored on 11 & 40 minutes & a second half penalty on 81 minutes which killed off a more spirited performance by Stoke in the second half. Stoke’s goal came from a penalty by Walters on 75 minutes. The attendance on the night was 26 564. Steven Taylor bravily played with a broken nose protected by a face mask.
 
OCT.31st Gateshead reserves progressed in their Durham Challenge Cup tie against South Shields, with a 3:0 win. Paul Farman cam on in goal at half time & Chris Moore & Martin Brittain also played. Playing at left back for South Shields was ex reserve left back Paul Talbot. 

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Club, Player & Ex Player Bulletin No. 6 – November 2011 Review
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During this month current players still with the club & ex players at all levels appearance records will be added with the surname ‘F’. Other additions this month are in the player profiles. Here 2010+ appearances of ex players include, both Abdoulaye Faye & Amdy Faye & Gateshead’s Paul Parman. The ex non first team player profile of Michael McCrudden is brought right up to date now the Irish season is over; as is ex trialist Christian Mourtisen’s, now the Icelandic season is over.   
 
‘TOON TRACKER’ - NOVEMBER 2011
 
This month sees more managerial movement & there are more loan moves. The club continuing their unbeaten premiership run equalling the 11 match run of the 1994-95 season. The clubs reserves & academy sides also continue their impressive starts to the season. Finally another international break sees more caps for both current & ex Newcastle players.    
 
OBITUARY
 
It is with a very sad heart that we record the untimely death of the football legend
Gary Speed. He died at his home in Cheshire on November 27th. aged only 42. Gary Andrew Speed, the proud holder of the MBE & the previous holder of the record for the most Premiership appearances; was capped 85 for Wales & the current manager of the much improved National side under his guidance. His time with Newcastle from the Dalglish era through to being one of Bobby Robson’s ‘Blue Chip’ players saw him make FA. Cup final appearances & clock up a total of 275 (+9 sub) senior appearances for Newcastle, scoring 40 goals. My own top memory of ‘Speedo’ is his goal that got us into the semi Final of the UEFA Cup against PSV (Unforgetable).      
 
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NOV.1st. Newcastle’s Reserves kept up their impressive start to the season with a 2:0 reserve league win over Wigan Athletic. The goals came from Haris Vuckic on 20 minutes & Medhi Abeid on 75 minutes.
 
NOV.1st. Blyth Spartans won their FA. Cup 4th. Qualifying Round Replay with Droylsden 2:1 & now face Gateshead in the 1st Round (proper). Featuring in the victory were both Phil Cave & Richard Offiong.
 
NOV.2nd. Lomana Tresor Lua Lua scored one in the first half & one in the second half, in Blackpool’s 5:0 thrashing away to Leeds United in the Championship.
 
NOV.2nd. Ex goalkeeper Tommy Wright announced his resignation as manager of Irish side Lisbon Distillery. On November 5th. following a lot of speculation;  it was confirmed that he had been appointed as the new St. Johnstone coach assisting manager Steve Lomas. The pair almost took charge of their first league game on November 7th against Aberdeen but the game got postponed due to dense fog. It would be on November 19th. that the pair took the reigns for a Scottish League match with Motherwell, which they unfortunately lost 2:1.    
 
NOV.2nd. In the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Rd; West Auckland blasted Bishop Auckland 6:2. Alex Francis also hit the post with a shot.
 
NOV.2nd. Newton Aycliffe defeated Chester-Le-Street 3:0 in their Durham Challenge Cup tie, with Scott Pocklington keeping another clean sheet.  
 
NOV.2nd. Team Northumbria continued their winning form in Northern League Division II, defeating Easington Colliery 4:2; with 2 goals from Dean Critchlow.
 
NOV.3rd. It took only 5 minutes for Damien Duff to score in Fulham’s 4:1 victory over Wisla Krakow in the Europa League.  
 
NOV.3rd. Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City battle in a 2:2 draw with Club Brugge in their Europa League group match. Steve Caldwell featured in the game. Hughton was also announced as the English Championship Leagues Manager of the Month. Unbeaten Huddersfield Town’s Lee Clark was also named as Division Ones manager of the month.
 
NOV.3rd. Celtic won their Europa League group match with Stade Rennes 3:1 & Fraser Forster played in goal.  
 
NOV.3rd. Goalkeeper Ole Sodeberg went back out on loan as an emergency for Chesterfield. On November 5th. he made his debut for them in a 2:2 draw in the league verses Yeovil Town.
 
NOV.3rd. Gateshead’s Paul Farman ex toon academy goalkeeper, went out on loan to Lincoln City.
 
NOV.5th. Newcastle’s first team maintained their inbeaten start to the season despite a nervous finish; defeating Everton 2:1. The game saw the club get their biggest home attendance of the season of 50 671. Newcastle’s first goal came from an own goal put through by Heitinga after only 12 minutes. Ryan Taylor volleyed in the second on the half hour.   
 
NOV.5th. Joe Joyces Academy side also won that morning, defeating Huddersfield Town’s Under 18’s 4:0. J.J. Hooper got the first, Adam Campbell scored two & Dennis Wright scored.
 
NOV.5th. James Tavernier made his last appearance on loan for Carlisle United in their 0:0 with Exeter & returned to Newcastle after cocking up a total of 17 Division I, Carling Cup & Johnstone’s Paints Trophy appearances for the Cumbrians.
 
NOV.5th. Dropping down through the leagues to the Blue Square Premier League finds the next ex Toon goal scorer from Saturday’s matches. With Martin Brittain getting Gateshead’s equaliser in a 2:2 draw with Braintree. The game also saw Jak Alnwick make another first appearance, in a  side that featured Craig Baxter & Kris Gate, who was later replaced by Chris Moore.     
 
NOV.5th. In the Northern League West Auckland continued their great form with a 3:1 win over Billingham Synthonia. Alex Francis got the scoring off to an early start with a 9th. minute penalty.  
 
NOV.5th. Consett ran out 4:3 winners over South Shields. Dale Burrell scored on 49 minutes & Mark Walton well into the second half.
 
Nov.5th. Jermaine Jenas finally got to make his senior debut for Aston Villa, following injury; coming on as a sub. Villa defeated Norwich City on the day 3:2. Also playing for the winners were; Shay Given & Charles N'Zogbia.
 
NOV.5th. Paul Farman made his debut on loan for Lincoln City in a Blue Square Premier 2:1 win over Barrow.
 
NOV.6th. Paul Gascoigne & Jimmy Greaves continue their ‘Tour’ with a successful night in the North East at Gateshead Sage. Further venues in the South are to follow. 
 
NOV.6th.  Colin Calderwood ex Newcastle assistant manager is ‘relieved of his duties’ as Hibs. manager, following a run of poor results.
 
NOV.7th. Dietmar Hamann announced he had decided to resign as Stockport County manager.
 
NOV.7th. Newcastle appoint Dave Watson as their new Academy Coach to work with academy director Joe Joyce who has been covering the post in addition to his role as Academy Director. Ex Norwich & Everton defender Watson made over 400 league appearances for Everton scoring 23 goals & was capped for England 12 times. 
 
NOV.8th.  Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Quarter Final ties saw Oldham defeat Crewe Alexandra 3:1. With Kuqi adding another two goals to his tally. He scored in the 12th. & 59th. minutes.
 
NOV.8th. Bishop Auckland lost out to Sunderland RCA after extra time 4:3, in a closely fought Northern League Brooks Memorial Cup 2nd Rd, tie. RCA managed by Neil Hixon & assisted by the ever present George Herd continue their outstanding start to the season. 
 
NOV.8th. General Manager of West Auckland Town, Stuart Alderson must have been pleased as his side easily progressed through their 2nd Round tie with a 5:0 victory over Horden CW. 
 
NOV.9th. Chesterfield won a dramatic JPT Quarter Final tie with Tranmere Rovers 4:3. On loan Ole Sodenberg got another chance to shine in goal.
 
NOV.9th. Bedlington Terriers played their Northern League Cup 2nd Round match against Crook Town, & won 4:2. Their goal scoring on the night was completed Stuart Elliott.
 
NOV.9th. Newcastle Benfield overcame Ryton & Crawcrook in their 2nd. Round tie. They won 3:0 with their final goal of the evening being scored by Brian Dodsworth.
 
NOV.9th. The highest scoring game of the round was between Team Northumbria & Esh Winning, with the former running out 8:5 winners. Although he did not score  Dean Critchlow had a good game. 
 
NOV.10th Newcastle fans woke up to the morning news that the club had decided to further change the name of the ground from sportsdirect.com@ St. James Park to rename it as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’, until a sponsor is found to purchase the naming rights. Initial reactions from fans on the internet showed a great deal of disapproval for this further change.  
 
NOV.10th. The European Under 21’s Group Qualifiers, saw Stuart Pearce’s England side easily defeat Iceland 5:0. Sami Ameobi got his chance at that level on 11 minutes coming on as a substitute. 
 
NOV.10th. Slovenia won 2:0 in their European Under 21’s Group Qualifying match with Lithuania. Haris Vuckic start at centre forward & was replaced on 89 minutes.    
 
NOV.11th. Demba Ba played in Senegal’s friendly match against Guinea which they won 4:1.
 
NOV.11th.  Emre appeared for Turkey in their European Championship Play off 1st. Leg with Croatia, but they lost 3:0, virtually ending Turkey’s chances of Euro 2012 qualification. After the game it is understood Emre was considering retiring from international football.
 
NOV.11th Republic of Ireland got a tremendous European Championships Qualifying Play Off 1st. Leg win; defeating Estonia 4:0. Shay Given & Damien Duff both featured.
 
NOV.11th. Scotland defeated Cyprus 2:1 in an international friendly & Gary Caldwell played at right back.
 
NOV .11th. Ketsbia’s Georgia defeated Moldova 2:0 in an international friendly, with Khizaniskvil at right back, being replaced 4 minutes from the end.
 
NOV.12th. England defeated Spain gallantly 1:0 in an international friendly in front of over 87 000 spectators. Both man of the match Scott Parker & James Milner played in this victory, albeit a slightly lucky one; with Spain hitting the post & coming close on a number of occasions.
 
NOV.12th. Craig Bellamy scored Wales second goal after 16 minutes, in their 4:1 friendly win over Norway. Gary Speed’s record since taking charge continues to flourish. 
 
NOV.12th. Canada drew 0:0 with St. Kitts & Nevis in a World Cup Qualifier. David Edgar played at right back.
 
NOV.12th. FA. Cup 1st Round action saw Ian Bogie’s Gateshead travel to Blyth Spartans. There was no giant killing act, with a largely dominant Gateshead winning 2:0. Jak Alnwick, Craig Baxter, Kris Gate & Martin Brittain (replaced by Chris Moore)  all played for the winners. Blyth’s line up included Phil Cave & substitute Richard Offiong.
 
NOV.12th. Carlisle United also cruised their 1st. Round tie, defeating non league Alfreton Town 4:0, with Adam Collin keeping a clean sheet.
 
NOV.12th. It was a completely different story for ex reserve goalkeeper Johnny Brain as he played for non league Nantwich Town in their 6:0 defeat to league side MK Dons in their FA. Cup 1st. Round tie.
 
NOV.12th. FA. Cup 1st. Round action also saw Kuqi continue his prolific goal scoring record with a 4 minute penalty for Oldham as they knocked out Burton Albion with a 31 win.
 
NOV.12th. Dropping down to the Northern League, Dale Burrell scored one of Consett’s goals in a 2:2 draw with Shildon.
 
NOV.12th. West Auckland won 2:1 against Billingham Town to maintain joint top position in the league table. On the score sheet after 71 minutes was Alex Francis.
 
NOV.12th. In the Northern League Division II, Whickham lost to North Shields 2:1. The Whickham goal was scored by ex reserve Keiran Wrightson.
 
NOV.14th. Stuart Pearce’s Under 21’s suffered a rare defeat to Belgium 2:1. Young Sami Ameobi started in the game & was replaced after 63 minutes. 
 
NOV.14th. Blyth Spartans released Richard Offiong following his trial with them.
 
NOV.15th. England played another friendly at Wembley, this time verses Sweden. They won 1:0 & the game featured James Milner who came on as a sub on 57 minutes. 
 
NOV.15th. Yohan Cabaye featured for France in a friendly against Belgium, which they
 
NOV.15th. Hungary Under 21’s played Italy in a Under 21’s Qualifier, which the latter won 2:0. Tomas Kadar played at left back for the Hungarians but Davide Santon was an unused sub. for Italy. Also playing for the HUngastian side was Andras Gosztonyi.
 
NOV.15th. Northern Ireland Under 21’s had Shane Ferguson in the starting line up against Serbia. They lost the qualifying group match 2:0.
 
NOV.15th. Republic Of Ireland drew 1:1 with Estonia to secure European Championships Qualification in the 2nd leg of the play off. Shay Given. & Duff both played. Duff was replaced with about ten minutes to go.
 
NOV.15th.Locally, in the Northern League, saw Ashington recover from being two down to draw 2:2 with South Shields. Both Ashington’s goals came in the final fifteen minutes from Godsmark & James Taylor. 
 
NOV.16th. Newcastle’s Reserves lost to Sunderland 3:0 at the Stadium of Light, despite briefly recruiting on loan Jak Alnick & Jeff Henderson from Gateshead. Samuel Adjei got to play for the first hour before being replaced by J.J. Hooper.
In the Sunderland line up was ex trialist Billy Knott. It was Willie Donachie’s first reserve league defeat of the season in front of a crowd of 3826.     
 
NOV.16th. Leicester City appointed Nigel Pearson, Newcastle’s ex coach; as their new manager. His move from Hull City was secured with a compensation package. His first game in charge on November 20th saw Leicester defeat Crystal Palace 3:0.
 
 NOV.16th. In the Northern League, Newcastle Benfield continued their improved run of form; defeating Billingham Town 5:2. Brian Dodsworth got one of the goals.  
 
NOV.18th. Ex trialist Joonas Kolkka scored his first goal for Willem II in the 80th minute, in a 2:1 defeat to Almere City in a Dutch League fixture. He had came on as a sub. in the game twelve minutes prior. 
 
NOV.19th. Newcastle’s first team unbeaten premiership run came to at Manchester City. They lost 3:1 thanks to two penalty kicks & a rare defensive error by Ryan Taylor, which allowed Richards in to score. Ben Artha hit the post before substitute Dan Gosling got Newcastle’s consolation goal in the 89th minute in front of 47. 408.
 
NOV.19th. Newcastle’s Academy side lost 2:1 to Middlesbrough, with Adam Campbell getting the Newcastle goal.

NOV.19th. Elsewhere in the Premiership Wigan battled to a 3:3 draw with Blackburn. Gary Caldwell scored a rare goal with a header on the half hour.
 
NOV.19th. In the English League One, Lee Clark & Terry McDermott’s Huddersfield Town made football league history, breaking a 123 year old record by defeating Notts. County 2:1. The record for their unbeaten record in league fixtures now stands at 43 games. Ex reserve keeper, Ian Bennett kept goal for the game.
 
NOV.19th. Chesterfield’s wows at the football of League One continue when they lost 5:2 to Oldham. Not one to remember for on loan goalkeeper Ole Sodenberg. The fifth Oldham goal came in the 58th minute & was scored by Kuqi.
 
NOV.19th. In League Two, Burton Albion continued their good run of form with a 3:2 win over Andy Fensome’s Hereford United. Calvin Zola got Burtons first goal in the game.
 
NOV.19th. In the lower reaches of the League Two table, Northampton Town’s troubled form continued as they crashed to a 7:2 defeat by Shrewsbury Town. Northampton first goal came from Ben Tozer on 48 minutes.
 
NOV.19th. In Gateshead’s 1:1 draw with Alfreton Town in the Blue Square Premier League, Chris Moore got Gateshead’s equalising goal in a side. Jak Alnwick clocked up another on loan appearance in goal, with Ex players to start being Craig Baxter, Kris Gate & Martain Brittain who was later replaced by James Marwood.
 
NOV.19th. Celtic climbed back into second spot in the Scottish Premier League, 10 pints adrift of Rangers, with a game in hand; following a 2:0 win over Inverness. Another clean sheet for Fraser Foster.             
 
NOV.19th. In the Scottish Cup 3rd Round Brian Reid’s Ayr United drew 2:2 with Montrose.
 
NOV.19th. Dropping down now to the Midland Alliance League & Studley Town. They defeated Heather St. John’s 2:1 & ex academy midfielder Paul O’Brien scored his first gaol of the season for them after 35 minutes. 
 
NOV.19th. In the FA Vase 2nd Round Ashington defeated Norton & Stockton 1:0. Johnny Godsmark got the goal. Also in the team were James Taylor, Liam Atkin & Matty Grieve.
 
NOV.19th. Newcastle Benfield also progressed defeating Barton Town Old boys 2:1.
Brian Dodsworth hit the winner in the 88th minute with an overhead kick.  
 
NOV.19th. Bedlington Terriers, unfortunately did not progress, losing 4:3 in a seven goal thriller. Both Chris Carr & Stu Elliott started the game, but Elliott got sent poff after giving away a penalty. 
 
NOV.19th. Finally, in the FA. Vase 2nd. Round, current holders Whitley Bay cruised into the next round with a 4:1 victory over Tadcaster Albion. Both Damon Robson & Lee Kerr came on as a subs.
 
NOV.19th. Consett’s FA Vase tie with Ramsbottom United saw them win 4:2, thanks to two goals from Mark Walton. It is likely he also featured on November 23rd when they defeated Northallerton Town 5:2 in Northern League Cup 2nd Round tie
 
NOV.21st. Kazenga Lua Lua’s successful loan with Brighton & Hove Albion has led to him sighing a permanent deal with club for an undisclosed fee.
 
NOV.21st. Steve Harper’s loan stay with Brighton ending with him have started in a total of 5 matches, keeping 2 clean sheets.
 
NOV.21st. Nile Ranger’s expected loan move following his ‘troubled’ night life on Tyneside came off with announcement that he was to spend time with Barnsley. 
 
NOV.21st. Finally, James Tavernier went out on a further loan, this time to Sheffield Wednesday.      
 
NOV.21st. Ex player Habib Baye also went out on loan from Aston Villa to link up with Dean Saunder’s Doncaster Rovers.
 
NOV.22nd. Newcastle’s Reserves suffered another defeat, losing 4:0, in a league match played behind closed doors. The side performed poorly despite the presence of a number of players with first team experience including; Elliot in goal, Santon, Kadar & Vuckic. 
 
NOV.22nd. In the Quarter Finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup Blyth Spartans lost 2:1 at home to Newcastle Benfield. Left Back Phil Cave missed a penalty for Blyth & was later substituted. Right winger Brian Dodsworth featured for Benfield & scored his sides first goal after 40 minutes.
 
NOV.22nd. Whitley Bay crashed out of the Northumberland Senior Cup in their Quarter Final tie with Team Northumbria. They lost 5:0 despite the presence of Damon Robson & Lee Kerr. Awaiting confirmaton that both Mark Bertram & Dean Critchlow were in the Team Northumbria side.
 
NOV.23rd. Bedlington Terriers played Morpeth Town in their Northumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final tie & the game ended them battling through 2:0. Both Chris Carr & Stu Elliott played.
 
NOV.24th. After a brief return to Evo Stik Southern League Premier Division side, Chesham United; Paul Robinson transferred to fellow Southern League side Didcot Town. Paul’s last appearance on his brief return at Chesham was on November 16th. when they defeated Didcot 2:1 in the Berks. & Bucks. Senior Cup 2nd. Round. 
 
NOV.26th. A resilient performance by AlanPardew's Newcastle’s first team at Old Trafford saw Newcastle gain a valuable point in a 1:1 draw with Manchester United in front of a crowd of 75 594. Demba Ba scored the equalising goal with a hotly disputed penalty, which he calmly converted on 64 minutes. Heroics in goal again from Tim Krul & after Gutierrez was sent off with 12 minutes to go, the defence bravely kept the opposition at bay. The excellent full stretch block on the line by Danny Simpson is also worth a mention.
 
NOV.26th. In the npower Championship, defender David Edgar scored twice for Burnley in their 3:2 win over Nigel Pearson’s Hull City.      
 
NOV.26th. Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United kept themselves in second place in the Championship with a 3:1 victory over Derby County. West Ham’s second goal was scored by Kevin Nolan on 64 minutes.
 
NOV.26th. In The Blue Square Premier League Ian Bogie’s Gateshead gained an early lead through a Martin Brittain goal on 11 minutes. The match with Fleetwood ended in a 1:1 draw. The line up included Jak Alnwick, Craig Baxter, Kris Gate & Chris Moore, with James Marwood & James Henderson coming on as subs.
 
NOV.26th. Darlington defeated Tamworth 2:0, in their Blue Square Premier game. Adam Rundle scored Darlo’s first goal on 55 minutes. Also in the side was Paul Arnison.
 
NOV.26th. Ross County maintained their position at the top of the Irn Bru Scottish 1st Division with a 3:0 victory over Livingston. Colin McMenamin scored two goals in quick succession in the 72nd & 74th minute to seal the win.
 
NOV.26th. In the Northern League Division I, Whitley Bay beat Bishop Auckland 3:1. Ex trialist Lee Kerr scored a penalty after 12 minutes & Kerr also scored in the second half. Damon Robson also featured in the side.
 
NOV.26th. In Northern League Division II, Team Northumbria maintained top spot in the league table after battling to a 2:0 win over Brandon. Ex reserve Dean Critchlow got one of their goals after 75 minutes.
 
NOV.26th. A Debut appearance for Barnsley as a 64th. minute sub. for Barnsley for Nile Ranger on their 2:1 away win at Leeds United.    
 
NOV.26th. James Tavernier also made his on loan debut for Gary Megson’s Sheffield Wednesday. He featured for the full game at left half, in which they defeated Leyton Orient 1:0.       
 
NOV.26th.  Mehdi Abeid made his international debut for Algeria Under 23’s in their African Championships Olympics Qualification event match. He played the full game in a 1:0 win over Senegal. 

NOV.26th. Habib Beye made his debut for Doncaster Rovers wearring the squad numner 41, in a 0;0 draw with Watford.
 
NOV.28th. Team Northumbria breezed through their Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup 2nd. Round tie; defeating Ryton & Crawcrook 6:0. Dean Critchlow got one of their goals in the first half.  

NOV.29th. Hibs appint Liam O'Brien as first team coach to manager Pat Fenlon.
 
NOV.29th. NUFC Reserves defeated Ashington 2:0 in the Quarter Final tie of the Northumberland Senior Cup. Both goals were score by Brad Inman in the second half on 57 & 75 minutes in front of a crowd of 317. Also in the side making their reserve debuts were goalkeeper Alex Baird & Lee Toland.  Ashington featured ex reserves James Taylor, Liam Atkin, Johnny Godsmark & also Matty Grieve as a 84th minute sub.      
 
NOV.29th. In the Carling Cup Quarter Finals Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool verses Chelsea produced a first half penalty which Andy CarroIl saw saved by the Chelsea goalkeeper. Liverpool still won 2:0 on the night with Craig Bellamy assisting both goals. Jose Enrique also played.
 
NOV.29th. York City defeated Lincoln City in the Blue Square Premier 2:0. Paddy McLaughlin scored for York on 56 minutes against ol loan from Gateshead keeper Paul Farman.     
 
NOV.30th. Sporting Braga defeated Chris Hughton’s Burmingham City 1:0 in the Europa League. Stephen Caldwell played for Birmingham. The Braga goal came from Hugo Viana in the 51st. minute.  
 
NOV.30th. Tottenham Hotspurs game with PAOK in the Europa League resulted in a 2:1 defeat. Ex Newcastle player Sebastian Bassong featured for Spurs.
 
NOV.30th. FK. Rubin Kazan obtained a comfortable 4:1 win over Michael O'Neil's Shamrock Rovers. Obafemi Martins scored the sides fourth just over an hour into the game.  

NOV.30th. Nacho Gonzalez came on as a 87th. minute sub for Standard  Leige in their Europa League 3:0 win over Hannover 96.
 
NOV.30th. A tremendous effort from Crystal Palace against Manchester United in the Quarter Finals of the Carling Cup saw them win through to the semi finals in extra time; winning 2:1 at Old Trafford. Half time sub. Darren Ambrose scored Palace’s first on 66 minutes.  

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                                        They Wore The Newcastle Shirt - Bulletin No.7 – DECEMBER 2012 - REVIEW
 
Happy New Year & Welcome to ‘They Wore The Newcastle Shirt- Bulletin No. 7.
This years first bi-monthly additions are as follows: A new player profile in the form of Pre WWII reserve player Harry Gibbon. Those in cricketing circles may recognise the name for his many Durham County appearances from 1925 well into the 1930’s. The next episode in the history of St. James Park is this months other historical research addition. Here the early days of Newcastle West End are explored in Newcastle West End- Pre St. James Park: Part 1. This months ‘Toon Tracker’ surname appearance records addition is ‘G’. Those careers covered from 2010-11 onwards include; Shay Given & Diego Gavilan. The final Toon tracker of 2011, covering December saw a busy period of games for the club through the Christmas period & more ex player exploits from far & wide.  
 
Toon Tracker – DECEMBER 2011
 
DEC.2nd. The first match in charge of Hibs, for Pat Fenlon & assistant Liam O’Brien, was a false start. Their game with Motherwell was abandoned at half time, because the floodlights caught fire; with Hibs winning 1:0.
 
DEC.2nd. The only FA. Cup 2nd Round tie of the evening was between Yeovil Town & Fleetwood Town which ended in a 2:2 draw. Yeovil’s regular right back Paul Huntington played the whole game.
 
DEC.3rd. A full house at ‘St. James’ of 52 305 couldn’t spur Newcastle’s first team onto a win, losing 3:0. A battling display saw Tim Krul save a penalty & still trying to equalise in the last minute when Chelsea broke away to two in quick succession in the 89th & 90th minute; exploiting injuries to already replaced Colocinni & Steven Taylor. The 3:0 score line was harsh to say the least on Newcastle after such a fine display. Hitting the woodwork twice were Demba Ba & Shola Ameobi & having an effort cleared off the line from Sami Ameobi.  
 
DEC.3rd. Newcastle’s Academy side were also in action verses Nottingham Forest & won 2:1 with goals from Dennis Wright & Marcus Maddison.
 
DEC.3rd. A round up of FA Cup 2bd Round action begins at Ian Bogie’s Gateshead, where a last minute goal by Tamworth, following an error by Jak Alnwick led to a 2:1 Tamworth victory. The other Newcastle related players in the Gateshead line up were Baxter, Gate, Brittain, Moore & late sub Marwood.
 
DEC.3rd. Carlisle United also exited from the FA Cup, way to Charlton Athletic 2:0. Ever present Adam Collins was goal for Carlisle.
 
DEC.3rd. Finally, Kuqi featured for Oldham in their 1:1 draw with Southend, with a replay of their 2nd. Round tie now being required.
 
DEC.3rd. In the English Championship, Kevin Nolan scored in the 52nd. minute for West Ham but they lost 2:1 to Burnley, who had David Edgar in the line up.
 
DEC.3rd. Nile Ranger made another appearance for Barnsley, before being replaced in the last 15 minutes. Barnsley came out on top in a thrilling 4:3 victory over Peterborough.
 
DEC.3rd. In the Blue Square Bet Premier, York City pummelled Kettering 7:0 & Paddy McLaughlin scored in the 50th minute with a tremendous shot.
 
DEC.3rd. In the Irn Bru Scottish 1st Division, Ross County continued to head the table by 9 points; with a comprehensive 3:0 victory over Raith Rovers. Colin McMenamin scored one on half time & then got a second just after the hour mark.     
 
DEC.3rd. In the Blue Square North, Harrogate Town suffered a 5:1 defeat at the hands of Solihull Moors. Paul Brayson scored Harrogate’s only goal on 77 minutes.
 
DEC.3rd. A high scoring nine goal thriller saw Nantwich Town defeat Whitby Town 5:4, in their Evo-Stik Premier Division match. Ex reserve goalkeeper Jonny Brain was between the sticks for Nantwich. 
 
DEC.3rd In the FA Vase 3rd Ashington were pitted against Spennymoor Town & claimed a good 2:0 win. Ashington’s ‘killer’ second goal came from Johnny Godsmark with a tremendous solo run & finish. Liam Atkin, James Taylor & late sub. Matty Grieve all featured.
 
DEC.3rd. Current FA. Vase holders Whitley Bay progressed convincingly with a 5:1 home victory over Bridlington Town. Both Damon Robson & Lee Kerr played.
 
DEC.3rd. Consett’s progression the FA. Vase came to an end as they lost their 3rd Round tie to Billingham Synthonia, 4:0.  Ex Newcastle trio, Mark Walton, Craig Robson & Dale Burrell all played for Consett.
 
DEC.6th. Hartlepool United decide to terminate the contract of head coach Mick Wadsworth, relieving him of his duties; following a recent run of poor results.
 
DEC.6th. In the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Semi Finals, Oldham Athletic defeated Bradford City, 2:0. Kuqi scored his sides second goal on 80 minutes. 
 
DEC.6th. In the Blue Square Bet Premier League, Kidderminster Harriers defeated Bath City 4:1. Stephen Guinan scored one of their goals after 33 minutes.
 
DEC.6th. In the Northern League, Whitley Bay defeated Billingham Synthonia 5:2. Damon Robson scored the first Bay goal after 12 minutes.
 
DEC.7th. Jeff Henderson’s loan stint with Gateshead ended & he returned to Newcastle.
 
DEC.7th. Newcastle Benfield gave Frank Danguah his debut verses South Shields in a 4:0 win in the Northern League
 
DEC.7th. Dean Saunder’s Doncaster Rovers signed up free agent Lamine Diatta on a short term contract through to February.
 
DEC.8th. Newcastle’s Under 18’s under the guidance of Dave Watson, won their FA. Youth Cup tie at home to Darlington 3:0, in front of a crowd in excess of 1 000. The Newcastle goals came from Remie Street on 29 minutes in the first half, then by Marcus Maddison in the 71st minute & Adam Campbell on 76 minutes.
 
DEC.9th. The funeral of Gary Speed was held as a private funeral in Wales. Details of a public memorial in the new year will be released soon. The tributes left at his ex club grounds, including Newcastle’s now run into many 100’s.    
 
DEC.10th. Newcastle’s dip in form continues as they crashed 4:2 at Norwich City. With a defence ravaged by injuries Newcastle were Norwich’s equals in the first half with Demba Ba scoring on half time. He also scored Newcastle’s second on 71 minutes. However, prior to that Norwich had taken the lead & Dan Gosling got sent off 66 minutes. In the end the ten man Newcastle couldn’t pull it back in front of a crowd of 26 816.
 
DEC.10th. In the npower Championship Chris Basham scored in the 36th minute in Blackpool’s 2:2 draw with Southampton. He was replaced with just less than ten minutes to go by Lomana Lua Lua.


DEC.10th Ipswich Town defeat Barnsley 5:3 in the Championship & Michael Chopra got himself on the score sheet on 68 minutes. Others involved were Lee Bowyer for Ipswich & Nile Ranger as a sub for Barnsley with 20 minutes to go.      
 
DEC.10th. In the FA. Trophy 1st Round Ian Bogie’s Gateshead defeated Mark Stimpson’s Kettering Town 3:2. Kris Gate scored Gateshead’s second goal on the half hour. Also involved for Gateshead were Chris Moore & Martin Brittain who was a late sub. on 80 minutes.   
 
DEC.10th. Newcastle Benfield’s 2:1 defeat to Marske United in the Northern League, saw them field Frank Danquah on trial at outside left, replacing the injured Brian Dodsworth.
 
DEC.10th. West Auckland maintained their tussle at the top of the Northern League, with a 4:2 victory over South Shields. Alex Francis scored one of Auckland’s goals with a second half penalty.
 
DEC.13th. Newcastle’s Reserves drew 1:1 with Bolton Wanderers in a home league game behind closed doors. Dan Taylor scored Newcastle’s goal after only 9 minutes, converting a cross from Sam Adjei. In the second half Joan Edmundsson hit the bar, before Bolton equalised 6 minutes from time.
 
DEC.13th. Tommy English transferred from Bedlington Terriers to fellow Northern League side Ashington. His move came in time to feature that evening, making his debut on the hour as a sub. in a 2:0 defeat to Dunston UTS.  
 
DEC.13th. Oldham went through in their FA Cup 2nd Round replay, defeating Southend 1:0, with Kuqi in the side.
 
DEC.13th.Yeovil Town lost their FA Cup replay 2:0 to Fleetwood Town. Paul Huntington started in the game & Alan O’Brien came on as a sub. for Yeovil.
 
DEC.13th In The Northern League high flying West Auckland, featuring Alex Francis battled to an entertaining 5:5 draw with South Shields.
 
DEC.14th. Despite a Europa League 1:0 win over Maribor, Chris Hughton’s Birmingham exited the competition in the group stages.             
 
DEC.14th. Fulham defeated Odense 2:0 in their Europa League group match to progress into the next round. Their side featured both Aaron Hughes & Damien Duff. 
 
DEC.14th. In the Northern League, Consett continued their poor form, suffering a 4:2 defeated to Newcastle Benfield. Mark Walton scored Consett’s second.
 
DEC.14th. Shamrock Rovers announce that Michael O’Neil was stepping down as the clubs manager at the end of the month when his contract ends; following his very successful time with them. Speculation grew that he would soon be announced as the new manager of the Northern Ireland national side.
 
DEC.16th. Following the departure of Steve Cuggy, Blyth Spartans appointed Tommy Cassidy as their new manager. Unfortunately his first game in charge on the 17th was postponed due to frozen pitch.
 
DEC.17th. Newcastle played out a goalless draw with Swansea City in front of 51, 767. Before the game, in the presence of Gary Speed’s family there was a Welsh hymn ‘Bread of Heaven’ sung as a tribute to the late midfielder. Both Demba Ba & Coloccini both hit the woodwork in a one sided frustrating affair.
 
DEC.17th. In npower English Division II, Calvin Zola scored Burton Albion’s goal in a 1:1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.
 
DEC.17th Adam Rundle got a first half goal for Darlington in their Blue Square Premier 2:0 win over Cambridge United.
 
DEC.17th. Over in Scotland in the Irn-Bru 1st. Division, Colin McMenamin got another goal for Ross County; a late equaliser, in their 1:1 draw with Dundee.
 
DEC.17th. Tommy English got his first goal for Ashington following his move from Bedlington Terriers, in their Northern League 2:2 draw with Guisborough.
 
DEC.17th. Ex academy player Scott Donaldson got one of Chester-Le-Street’s goals in a 4:3 victory over Horden CW. in the Division II of the Northern League. 
 
DEC.18th. Liverpool defeated Aston Villa 2:0, with Craig Bellamy scoring after 11 minutes & making the second direct from his corner. Enrique started in the game, Carroll came on as a sub. & N’Zogbia featured for Villa.
 
DEC.19th. Frankie Bunn was relieved of his post along with manager Steve Eyre at Rochdale, with club having a very poor season.
 
DEC.20th. Newcastle’s Reserves won a home behind closed doors friendly 3:2 against a Kilmarnock XI. At half time the score stood at 2:2, with Newcastle’s goals coming from Yven Moyo & Phil Airey. Substitute Joan Edmundsson scored the winner in the second half.                   
 
DEC.20th. Promising reserve player Dan Taylor went out on short term loan to Ashington.
 
DEC.21st. Newcastle’s dip in form continued as a ‘gun how’ side twice drew level with West Brom. at home, but lost in the last few minutes 3:2. Prolific goal scorer Demba Ba continues his brilliant season, with another 2 goals on 34 & 81 minutes in front of just over 51 000. Haris Vudkic started the game & also hit the bar with a tremendous effort from 25 yards.  
 
DEC.26th. Newcastle got back to winning ways with a 2:0 victory at Bolton Wanderers in their Boxing Day fixture. Newcastle’s goals both came in the second half from Hatem Ben Arfa on 69 minutes & from Demba Ba, in the 71st. minute; in front of a crowd of 26 080.
 
DEC.26th. Gateshead’s Boxing Day fixture with Darlington ended in a 1:1 draw. The Heed’s goal came from Martin Brittain in the 53rd minute. Gateshead also fielded, Baxter, Gate, Moore & later Marwood as sub; while playing for Darlington were Paul Arnison & Adam Rundle.     
 
DEC.26th. Tommy Cassidy discovered the difficult job he has in hand at Blyth Spartans in his first game in charge away at Workington when they lost 2:0. Mark Boyd featured for the victors with ever present Phil Cave in Blyth’s defence.
 
DEC.26th. Dan Taylor celebrated his debut on loan a Ashington with a goal in their 4:2 Northern League victory over Bedlington Terriers.    
 
DEC.26th. In the English Championship, Lee Bowyer got an early 4th. minute goal for Ipswich Town in their 1:1 draw with Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City. 
 
DEC.26th. In League I, Ex Newcastle defender, Paul Huntington scored a rare goal for Yeovil Town in their 3:2 to Charlton Athletic.
 
DEC.26th.  Over the border in the Scottish Division I, Colin McMenamin scored again Ross County in their 1:1 draw with Falkirk.
 
DEC.28th. Michael O’Neil is announced officially as the new Northern Ireland manager.
 
DEC.30th. A closely fought away game at Liverpool saw a strong Newcastle side lose 3:1 in front of a crowd of 44 372. The Newcastle goal came first from an own goal by Agger after 25 minutes. Demba Ba came closest to scoring for Newcastle, when he a great effort blocked o the line, Craig Bellamy scored 2 of Liverpool’s goals on 30 & 67 minutes. Their side also featured Enrique & Andy Carroll, who hit the bar with a header. The result saw Newcastle end the year in a solid 7th. place, having played 19 of their games. 
 
DEC.30th. The last Saturday of league football for 2011 saw relatively few ex Toon players on the score sheet. In the Premiership, Aston Villa gained a tremendous 3:1 win at Chelsea. Stephen Ireland got their first goal on 28 minutes.
 
DEC.30th. In League One Paul Huntington scored again for Yeovil, but it was not enough against Bournemouth whom they lost too 3:1.
 
DEC.30th. Calvin Zola scored for Burton Albion in League Two; assisting his side gain a 2:2 draw at Morecambe.

Last Updated: Jan.1st.2012- J.Tinniswood & J.Allan.

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They Wore The Newcastle Shirt –
 
Bulletin No: 8  - January 2012 - Review
 
A major update of the Toon Tracker information is underway for those players careers from 2010+ with surnames A to G who have been entered onto this website since its inception. There will also be the addition in the ‘C’s to new player Papiss Cisse. Also this month sees the addition of players present & past still out there with the Surname ‘H’.  Here among others can be found Steve Harper. Below this months ‘Toon Tracker’ for the month of January sees the transfer ‘window’ open & close with a number of moves. There is also cup action involving the club & various ex players.
 
TOON TRACKER – JANUARY 2012
 
JAN.1st. Jak Alnwick returned from his loan period with Gateshead.
 
JAN.1st. Newcastle take a look on trial of Jason Prior from Ryman League side Bognor Regis. His tremendous goal scoring record of 95 goals in 118 for Bognor has attracted the interests of number of professional clubs. 
 
JAN.1st. Ashington were the first club of 2012 to announce the signing of an ex Newcastle playing, with Mark Walton joining them from Consett.
 
JAN.2nd. Joey Barton got on the score sheet for QPR. with an 11th minute goal. However, he was controversially sent off in the 36th. minute & his side went on to lose 2:1 to Norwich City in the Premier League.
 
JAN.2nd. In the Northern League, Mark Walton made his debut for Ashington in the sides 3:1 victory over Norton & Stockton. He rounded off a good display with a 74th. minute goal.
 
JAN.2nd. In Division II of the Northern League, Team Northumbria extended their lead at the top of the table, with a 3:2 win over Crook Town. Dean Critchlow opened the sides scoring after only 2 minutes.    
 
JAN.2nd. Paul Farman’s loan stint with Lincoln City came to an end due to injury. Prior to return to Gateshead, Farman made 8 appearances for Lincoln.
 
JAN.3rd. Manchester City comprehensively defeated Liverpool 3:0. Their third came from a James Milner penalty with 15 minutes to go. Liverpool fielded Carroll & Enrique from the start, with Bellamy coming on as a sub. 
 
JAN.3rd. Chester-Le-Street defeated Seaham Red Star 5:2 in Northern League Division II. Ex academy player Scott Donaldson scored one of their goals in the first half.
 
JAN.3rd. Nicky Deverdics signs for TeamNorthumbria
 
JAN.4th. Newcastle accomplished an incredible 3:0 victory over Manchester United at home in the Premiership in front of a attendance of 52 299. Demba Ba got Newcastle’s first on 33 minutes, with a tremendous shot on the turn. The second came from a ‘Beckhamesque’ free kick by Yohan Cabaye in off the bar on 46 minutes. As the game entered injury time the ‘icing on the cake’ came from Jones with blundered attempt to head back to his keeper; with an own goal. The night also marked the announcement & the wearing for the first time of the new shirt sponsorship deal with ‘Virgin Money’. Two days later Demba Ba was named Barclays Player of the Month.      
 
JAN.4th. Sunderland’s reserves registered a 2:0 league win over Arsenal. The sides second goal came from ex trialist Billy Knott on 23 minutes.
 
JAN.4th. Yeovil Town announced that they releasing ex Newcastle reserve Alan O’Brien.
 
JAN.6th. With his loan period with Oxford United, Lewis Guy now ended his contract with the MK Dons by mutual consent.
 
JAN.6th. Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool cruised through the first of the FA. Cup 3rd Round ties. Their Friday evening match with Oldham Athletic saw them run out 5:1 victors. Craig Bellamy scored on the half hour & Andy Carroll ended his goal drought with goal in the 89th. minute. Kuqi was in the Oldham side.
 
JAN.7th. Newcastle’s home 3rd Round tie with Blackburn saw a much reduced turn out of 30 876. They were 1:0 down at half thanks to Goodwillie goal on 35 minutes. However, in the second half they fought back & equalised after a fantastic individual  skilful run by Hatem Ben Arfa on 70 minutes. With the 4 minutes of injury time almost up at the end of game, Jonas Gutierrez popped in the winner in a thrilling finale & a rare wearing of the ‘spiderman mask’.        
 
JAN.7th. Dave Watson’s Newcastle Academy, got the New Year off the good start with 4:2 league win over Huddersfield Town. Michael Hoganson hit two on 24 & 71 minutes. The other scorers were Marcus Maddison on 61 minutes & Adam Campbell in the 89th. minute.  
 
JAN.7th. Fulham comfortably defeated Charlton Athletic in their FA. Cup 3rd Rd tie. The 4th came from Duff whose shot on 87 minutes was deflected in.
 
JAN.7th. Blackpool travelled the short distance up the coast to Fleetwood Town for their 3rd. Round tie. They won through easily with a 5:1 victory, with Lomana Lua Lua hitting their opening goal after 24 minutes.
 
JAN.7th. In the Blue Square Premier Gateshead gained a narrow 2:1 win over Stockport County. Chris Moore popped in the winner on 64 minutes.
 
JAN.7th. Also in the Blue Square Premier, Kidderminster Harriers registered another win, defeating Hayes & Yeading 3:1. Guinan scored in the 82nd. minute.
 
JAN.7th. A brief mention to Tommy Cassidy, whose Blyth Spartans side registered their first point under his reign with well earned 1:1 draw at Boston United.
 
JAN.7th. In the Northern League Division II, Nicky Deverdics, now back from Iceland & signed on the 3rd. for Team Northumbria; was on the score sheet on his debut for his new club. They saw off the strong challenge of Northallerton Town, with a 5:4 victory. The goal assist came from Mark Bertram.          
 
JAN.7th. Also in Division II of the Northern League, ex reserve Paul Dunn got himself a goal in North Shields 2:0 win over Easington Colliery.
 
JAN.10th. Newcastle’s Reserves defeated Wigan Athletic 3:1 in a home league match behind closed doors. The Newcastle goals came from Remie Streete just before half time. Then in the second half Brad Inman added a second on 73 minutes, after Sami Ameobi went off with knee injury. The third goal came from Bognor Regis trialist Jason Prior on his debut in the 77th minute.
 
JAN.10th. The Carling League Cup Semi Final 1st. Leg tie between Crystal Palace & Cardiff City, saw Palace edge it at home 1:0. Their goal came as a result of a Darren Ambrose free kick.  
 
JAN.11th. James Tavernier returned to Newcastle following his period on loan with Sheffield Wednesday.
 
JAN.11th. Ex trialist Billy Knott now at Sunderland, went out on loan to AFC. Wimbledon.
 
JAN.11th. Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool travelled to Manchester City for the other Carling League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg tie & won 1:0. Liverpool started with both Andy Carroll & Craig Bellamy, with Enrique coming on as a sub in the second half. James Milner started for City. 
 
JAN.12th. Demba Ba, at Inside Left, scored Senegal’s only goal on 23 minutes, in a 1:0 friendly win over Sudan. Papiss Cisse came on as a sub. at centre forward 
 
JAN.13th. Tiote started for The Ivory Coast in a 2:0 friendly win over Tunisia, but was sent off in the second half.
 
JAN.13th. Stephen Glass took up the post as Assistant Coach with Shamrock Rovers.
 
JAN.14th. The only Premiership goal from an ex Newcastle player was scored by Damien Duff for Fulham on 56 minutes; in a 3:1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
 
JAN.14th In the npower Division II, Calvin Zola scored Burton Albion’s only goal, in their 2:1 defeat at Plymouth.
 
JAN.14th. In the Blue Square Premier York City kept up their challenge for promotion with a resounding 6:2 victory over Salisbury. Patrick McLaughlin scored two, one in the first half & then he hit a terrific shot three minutes from time.
 
JAN.14th. In the Blue Square North, Harrogate Town defeated Bishops Stortford 4:3, with Paul Brayson finding the net after 35 minutes.
 
JAN.14th. Severe frost led to the cancellation of many of the Northern League games, with only three Division I fixtures surviving. Newton Aycliffe played out a 0:0 draw with Billingham Synthonia, with ex trialist Scott Pockington keeping another clean sheet. Ex reserve Ross Gardner who came close to scoring for Billingham.                
 
JAN.14th. In Division II of the Northern League. Team Northumbria’s match with Chester-Le-Street survived the cold snap, & they further improved on their position at the top of the league table; with a 5:1 win. Nicky Deverdics scored again.
 
JAN.14th. Ex trialist Billy Knott made his debut at Wimbledon as a 76th. minute sub. in a 2:1 win over Port Vale.
 
JAN.15th. Just under 50. 000 fans saw Newcastle defeat Q.P.R. 1:0 at home. The only goal of the game came from Leon Best on 36 minutes. A rash challenge saw Yohan Cabaye stretchered off with an injury in an otherwise fairly low key game.
 
JAN.15th. Senegal won 1:0 against Kenya Under 21’s in their last friendly before the African Nations Cup. Demba Ba played in the game & new signing Papiss Cisse scored the only goal on 63 minutes.
 
JAN.16th. Desperate attempts to find a financial saviour for Darlington fall on stony ground & the administrators announce the termination of all players & staff. Included sadly among the players are ex Newcastle reserves Paul Arnison & Adam Rundle. On Jan. 18th. they get a reprieve until the end of month following a massive local fund raising effort.        
 
JAN.17th. Newcastle’s Reserves played a behind closed doors friendly against a Leeds United reserve XI & lost 2:0. Ex first team player Matty Pattinson began his trial with Leeds with a goal in the game. The game was to see another run out for trialist Prior, but he did not play due to picking up an injury in training.
 
JAN.17th. or 16th. The Ivory Coast completed their second friendly match with a 1:0 win over Libya & Tiote played.
 
JAN.17th. Newcastle plunged into the transfer window big style, swooping to buy Senegal International Papiss Demba Cisse for an undisclosed fee, reported to be about £10 million, on five & a half year contract deal.
 
JAN.17th. Patrick Van Aaholt went back out on loan, this time to Dutch side Vitesse Arnheim.
 
JAN.17th. Ian Bogie’s Gateshead replayed their FA. Trophy tie at Braintree. They battled into extra time with ten men & gain a 1:1 draw. In the penalty shoot out that followed they won 4:3, with sub. Chris Moore hitting home the winning penalty. Also in the side was former Newcastle reserve James Marwood, whom Moore had replaced & Craig Baxter.   
 
JAN.18th. Mark McGhee is announced as the new Bristol Rovers manager. His first game in charge on the 21st saw them defeat Cheltenham away 2:0.
 
JAN.18th. Oldham lost their 1st Leg tie of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area Final 2:1 to Chesterfield. Kuqi played.    
 
JAN.19th Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy side saw off the challenge of Watford with a 2:1 win in the 4th. Round of the FA. Youth Cup. Two Goals in two minutes on 24 & 26 minutes from Michael Hoganson & Dennis Knight saw them win through in front of a small crowd of 889. 
 
JAN.20th Phil Airey went out on a months loan to nearby Gateshead.      
 
JAN.21st. ‘A bad at the office’ for Newcastle whose second half collapse ended in a 5:2 defeat at Fulham. Newcastle scored first with a great first half strike on 43 minutes from Dannie Guthrie. Newcastle conceded four in the second half before they scored again with a good individual effort from Ben Arfa in the last five minutes. Damien Duff featured for Fulham & it was a challenge against which brought about a questionable penalty from which they scored & turned the game on its head. The attendance for the day was 25 692.
 
JAN.21st Senegal played their opening Group A- African Cup of Nations match against Zambia & lost 2:1. Demba Ba started at outside left; while new signing Papiss Cisse came on as a sub. in the 67th. minute.  
 
JAN.21st. In the Premiership, Liverpool lost 3:1 at relegation strugglers Bolton Wanderers. Their only goal came from Craig Bellamy on 37 minutes.
 
JAN.21st. In the npower championship, Blackpool defeated Crystal Palace 2:1, with their winner coming in the 90th minute from Chris Basham.
 
JAN.21st. In the Irn Bru Scottish Division I, Queen of the South drew 2:2 with Livingston. Their equalising goal came in the 81st. minute, when ex reserve Ryan McGuffie fired home a penalty kick.  
 
JAN.21st. Gateshead were reduced to 10 men in their Blue Square Premier fixture with Lincoln City; who also had a player sent off. Gateshead’s red carded player was ex reserve James Marwood; who was sent off in the 70th. minute The game ended in a 3:3 draw, with on loan Phil Airey making his debut as a 79th. minute sub. Craig Baxter also played.
 
JAN.21st. Paul Brayson score a first half penalty & then got a another goal in the second half for Harrogate Town. Unfortunately, they suffered a 5:2 defeat to Altringham.  
 
JAN.21st. FA. Vase holders Whitley Bay cruised through their 4th. Round home tie, defeating South Park 5:0. Damon Robson scored the fifth in the 89th minute, rounding off a convincing display; having come on as a sub. Ex trialist Lee Kerr also started in the game. 
 
JAN.21st. Newcastle Benfield were beaten 2:1 late on in the game against Herne Bay in their FA. Vase 4th. Round match. Ex reserve Brian Dodsworth got the Benfield goal in the 35th. minute.  
 
JAN.21st. West Auckland Town won through their 4th Round tie of the FA.Vase, defeating Bitton 3:1. Alex Francis will possibly lay claim to Auckland’s equaliser when a cross from his was deflected in for a goal early in the second half.
 
JAN. 21st. Ashington progressed through their FA. Vase 4th. Round match, beating Newport Pagnell away, 3:2. Godsmark set up Ashington’s first goal. Ex reserves, Matty Grieve, James Taylor & Liam Atkin all played.  
 
JAN.21st. Billingham Synthonia’s 4th Round tie of the FA. Vase against Runcorn, ended in stalemate with a 0:0 draw. Ex reserve Ross Gardner came on as a 69th. minute sub for Billingham.
 
JAN.21st. In the Northern League Division II, Team Northumbria kept up their dominance at the top of the league table, with a 2:0 victory over Thornaby. Nicky Deverdics scored with free kick in the 44th. minute.
 
JAN.22nd. The Ivory Coast played their opening Group B match in the African Cup of Nations & defeated Sudan 1:0. Tiote played most of the match, before being replaced on 80 minutes.      
 
JAN.24th. Jason Prior’s unfortunate injury while on trial persisted & his trial was brought to a end.
 
JAN.24th. In the Semi Final second leg of the Carling Cup, a gallant display at Cardiff City, from Crystal Palace saw the game end at 1:0 after extra time. In normal time Palace had been reduced to ten men & Darren Ambrose was then substituted for a defender. Cardiff won the penalty shoot 3:1 for a place in the Cup Final at Wembley.
 
JAN.24th. In the Northern League, Ashington were 4:1 winners over current champions Spennymoor Town. On loan Dan Taylor scored in the 44th. minute, after being assisted by Mark Walton. In the first minute of the second half Tommy English slotted the ball through to Dan Taylor who scored again. James Taylor also played.  
 
JAN.24th. Recent trialist Jason Prior, leaves Bognor Regis & signs for AFC. Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee.
 
JAN.24th. Alan O’Brien (recently released by Yeovil Town), went on trial to Tommy Craig’s St. Mirren.
 
JAN.25th. Liverpool held Manchester City to a 2:2 draw in the other second leg of Carling Cup Semi Final tie. Their second was fired home by Craig Bellamy on 74 minutes. Enrique started in the game & Andy Carroll came on as a late sub. The aggregate over two legs was 3:2 to Liverpool & silverware of Dalglish’s side now beckons.  
 
JAN.25th. Senegal lost again in African Nations Cup, getting beaten by Equatorial Guinea 2:1. Both Demba Ba & Cisse played.
 
JAN.26th. The Ivory Coast defeated Burkino Faso 2:0 in their second group match of the African Nations Cup & Tiote played the full game.
 
JAN.27th. Newcastle’s Reserves suffered a heavy defeat 6:0 at the hands of Manchester United at Altringham. Unfortunate goalkeeper Ole Sodenberg is credited with the second palming the ball into his own net. 
 
JAN.28th. A FA. Cup 4th. Round exit down at championship side Brighton for Newcastle’s first team. In an evenly contested match, it took a wicked deflection off Mike Williamson foot from a cross, which became an own goal with just less than 15 minutes to go. The goal proved decisive & despite substitutions, Newcastle couldn’t manage an equaliser & the dream of silverware is over yet again for another year. 
 
JAN.28th. Newcastle’s Academy side continued their good season with a 4:1 victory over Nottingham Forest. The goals came from Dennis Knight  who got two (one Pen), Adam Campbell & Miele. 
 
JAN.28th. Under threat Darlington, got a great attendance for their Blue Square Premier match with York City. Adam Rundle scored their first goal on 43 minutes in a game which ended in a 2:2 draw. 
 
JAN.28th. In the Irn-Bru Scottish First Division, Ross county continue to dominate & they won their game with Livingston 3:0. Ex reserve Colin McMenamin scored twice in the game on 28 minutes & with 8 minutes to go.  
 
JAN.28th. Billingham Synthonia travelled to Runcorn for their FA. Vase 4th. Round Replay & won 2:1. Ross Gardner started in the game.
 
JAN.28th. Amazing result of the day in the Northern League went to Team Northumbria who hammered Easington with a resounding 14:0 score line. Ex reserves  Nicky Deverdics bagged two & Mark Bertram one in what must have been a very ‘one sided affair’. 
 
JAN.28th. AFC Wimbledon got beat 2:1 off Aldershot Town. Recent trial player Jason Prior came on as a 74th.minute sub. Ex trialist Billy Knott also played.    
 
JAN.28th. In the Semi Final of the Scottish Communities League Cup it was heart break for Brian Reid’s Ayr United, as they lost 1:0 to Kilmarnock kin extra time.
 
JAN.29th. Senegal completed their group matches bottom & out of the African Cup of Nations, with a final game 2:1 defeat to Libya. Demba Ba started in the game, before being replaced by Papiss Cisse at half time. 
 
JAN.29th. Alan Smith’s loan move to MK Dons. was completed.
 
JAN.29th. In the Semi Final of Scottish Communities League Cup, Celtic defeated Falkirk 3:1 to reach the final. Fraser Forster was in goal for the game. 
 
JAN.30th. In the Northern Final 2nd. Leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Chesterfield defeated Oldham Athletic 1:0 to progress to main final at Wembley. In the losers side was Kuqi at inside left.
 
JAN.30th. Gateshead Reserves defeated Shildon in the Quarter Final of the Durham Challenge Cup. Chris Moore scored the third. Martin Brittain & Kris Gate coming back from injury also played.
 
JAN.31st. Willie Donachie’s Newcastle Reserves Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final tie with Bedlington Terriers resulted in a convincing 5:1 victory to Newcastle. Paul Dummett opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Patrick Nzuzi doubled the score on 36 minutes. Under 17’s Welsh International Alex Nicholson replaced injured Remi Streete after only 17 minutes & four minutes into the second half he added a third. Phil Airey played, briefly back from being on loan at Gateshead. It was Airey who scored next on 74 minutes. In the 78th. minute sub. Dan Taylor completed the scoring. Turning out in the Bedlington line up was ex reserve Chris Carr. Art half time Stuart Elliott also came on as a substitute.      
 
JAN.31st. Transfer ‘Window’ deadline day saw James Tavernier also go out on loan to league one side MK. Dons, joining Alan Smith for the remainder of the season. Mk Dons played that evening in a 1:1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday & Alan Smith made his debut as a 70th. minute substitute. 
 
JAN.31st. Ex reserve Bradley Orr left QPR to sign for struggling Blackburn Rovers.
 
JAN.31st. Louis Saha went out on loan from Everton to Tottenham Hotspur.
 
JAN.31st. Exiting Tottenham Hotspur on loan was Sebastien Bassong, going on loan to struggling Wolves. 
 
JAN.31st. In the Premiership, Liverpool defeated Wolves 3:0. Andy Carroll ended his goal draught with a 52nd. minute shot. Craig Bellamy also scored.  
 
JAN.31st. In the Championship Ipswich Town defeated West Ham 5:1, Michael Chopra opened the scoring after only 3 minutes. 

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BULLETIN No: 9 - MARCH 2012 

 This month is a new research month & the season in focus is the next in the history of East End, before they were United; Season 1883-84. The new player profile to be added is William Wilson. He was a first team defender from the clubs Edwardian era. Details of further recent trialists who have gone on to professional career elsewhere have now emerged. These players are; Garra Dembele, Helge Haugen & Romain Faure. Their details are now being added to the Toon Tracker ever growing database, in the Trialist section. Continuing the monthly advancement of the surnames this month covers both the Initials ‘I’ & ‘J’. The recent careers of Jermaine Jenas & ex manager Peter Jackson are included. Finally, the past months ‘happenings’ as Newcastle continue to push for European place are detailed below, with the African Cup, some debuts & some further moves at non league level. 

FEB.1st. Newcastle travelled to Blackburn Rovers for a Wednesday evening Premiership match. They score the first goal through an own goal by Dann after only 12 minutes. This was in a first half in which Blackburn Rovers came close to scoring on a number of occasions. This included having a penalty saved by Tim Krul in the first half. Into injury time substitute Obertan’s broke away & slotted home coolly one on one with goalkeeper; scoring his first senior goal for Newcastle. The great pass which set him clear on goal, was from Lovenkrands who had also come on as a sub. Not a great overall performance in front of a crowd of 20 817, but the result saw Newcastle climb to 5th in the league table. The game also marked Danny Simpson’s 100th competitive appearance for Newcastle.
 
FEB.1st. Aston Villa’s Charles N’Zogbia scored in their 2:2 draw with QPR.
 
FEB.1st. Ex Newcastle trialist Garra Dembele scored for Mali in the 56th. minute; in their 2:1 Group match win over Botswana in the African Cup of Nations.
 
FEB.2nd. England Under 17’s began their Algarve Tournament with a 2:1 win over Portugal. Debutant Adam Campbell scored five minutes into the game. Campbell played until the 75th minute before being replaced.
 
FEB.2nd. Ex reserve Joe Kendrick went on loan to Tommy Cassidy’s Blyth Spartans from Mansfield Town.     
 
FEB.3rd. Newcastle Benfield announced that Nobby Solano is taking on the role of as their first team coach, although still registered as a player with Hartlepool United.
 
FEB.4th. Adam Campbell came on as a sub. in England Under 17’s 2:2 draw with Holland, in their second match.
 
FEB.4th. On loan James Tavernier made his debut for MK Dons, starting the game at right half, wearing squad number two. Alan Smith, wearing squad number eleven, also started in the sides 2:1 defeat to Lee Clark’s high flying Huddersfield Town.
 
FEB.4th. Sebastien Bassong made his debut at left half for Wolves in their 2:1 win over QPR. On loan Bassong from Spurs has given the No.21 squad number.
 
FEB.4th. Also making his debut for Blackburn Rovers was Bradley Orr, who has been given the number 18 shirt. His substitute appearances on 36 minutes, was a ‘baptism of fire’ a his side were hammered by Arsenal 7:1.
 
FEB.4th. Michael Chopra got a ‘brace of goals’ for Ipswich Town, scoring in the 64th. & 90th. minutes in the sides 3:2 victory over Coventry City. This Championship match escaped the freezing weather, which saw the majority of league & non league fixtures cancelled.
 
FEB.4th. Blyth Spartans announced they have signed ex Newcastle reserve Callum Little, after a short trial at the club. Little had a trial with Gateshead last season & was previously playing in Holland playing for FC. Emmen, but who has been without a club of late.
 
FEB.5th. Newcastle’s home match with Aston Villa was close affair; with Newcastle coming out on top 2:1 in front of an attendance of 48 569. Unfortunate Leon Best got injured after only 14 minutes. With Papiss Cisse coming on as a sub to make his debut, the script was written. On the half hour, Demba Ba opened the scoring for Newcastle afainst the run of play. The ball came to him via Ryan Taylor who looked to have been fouled, was stretched off after the goal with what initially was thought to be fracture. The introduction of Obertan followed & deep into the first half  injury time which ensued, Villa equalised. In the second half Newcastle asserted themselves more & in the 71st. minute the ball fell to the feet of Papiss Cisse & he fired in an unstoppable left foot volley into top left hand corner of the net past a helpless Shay Given. For the tense few minutes of injury time, Shola Ameobi came on, who did well to wind the clock down near the corner flag. The result took Newcastle up to 5th. place in the Premier League. The Aston Villa line up included an inventive Stephen Ireland who was replaced vat half time & a threatening Charles N’Zogbia whose goal assist cross led to the Villa goal.         
 
FEB.5th. On the evening following the home game Fabricio Coloccini was awarded the North East Football Writers Player Of The Year Award at Newcastle Civic Centre.  
 
FEB.6th. England Under 17’s defeated France 2:1 in their third game of the Algarve Tournament. Adam Campbell gained another cap at that level starting the game & he came close to scoring, hitting the post.   
 
FEB.6th. Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Liverpool for a Monday evening league fixture. Louis Saha made his debut in the game as a 70th minute sub. for Spurs. The game ended in a 0:0 draw; giving veteran keeper Brad Friedel another clean sheet & Scott Parker also put in another energetic shift. Andy Carroll came to close to scoring for Liverpool & Bellamy also played. 
 
FEB.7th. Lomana Lua Lua scored Blackpool’s opening goal on 14 minutes, in their 3:0 FA. Cup 4th. Round Replay with Sheffield Wednesday. 
 
FEB.7th. Phil Airey’s loan stint with Gateshead was brought an end. Airey was listed by Newcastle, as one of the players who would not be getting kept on & thus he was now free to approach other clubs.
 
FEB.8th. Newcastle’s Reserves fielded an XI against Gateshead in an attempt to beat the freezing weather; by hosting an indoor behind closed doors friendly. The visiting ‘Heed’ side won the game 3:2, with Newcastle’s goals coming from Phil Airey & Ryan McGorrigan. The Gateshead goals were scored by Shaw, Chandler & ex Newcastle reserve James Marwood.    
 
FEB.8th. The Ivory Coast played Mali in their Semi Final match of the African Cup of Nations. Tiote played the full 90 minutes, in his country’s comfortable 1:0 victory. Coming on for Mali as a 73rd. minute sub. was ex Newcastle trialist Garra Dembele.
 
FEB.8th. Both Ole Sodenberg & Patrick Nzuzi began a trial with Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City. They were among a number of reserve players to be released soon, announced by Newcastle last week. Nzuri returned a week later without having made any appearances at any level for Leicester.      
 
FEB.8th. Joan Edmundsson began training on trial with Norwegian side Viking Stavanger. On February 10th he featured for them in a pre season friendly verses Bryne FK, which they won 2:1.
 
FEB.8th. Paul Gascoigne accepted a settlement of £68 000, bringing to an end his claim against News Group Newspapers in the ‘phone hacking scandal’.
 
FEB.8th. David Ginola is involved in a skiing accident in the resort of Portes du Mont Blanc. He was involved in a collision with another skier which left his with broken ribs & a broken collarbone.
 
FEB.9th. Newcastle announce that Haris Vuckic has gone out on loan to Cardiff City; initially for a month. 
 
FEB.9th. Following the shock resignation of Fabio Capello from the England job. Under 21’s coach, Stuart Pearce was named as caretaker manager, with an international friendly due for the end of the month.
 
FEB.9th. Ex Newcastle goalkeeper Tommy Wright who has been acting as St. Johnstone’s assistant coach, is appointed as Northern Ireland’s national team goalkeeper coach.
 
FEB.9th. FA. Youth Cup. 5th. Round. Dave Watson’s Newcastle’s Under 18’s took on QPR at home. They were losing 1:0 at half time, although Dennis Knight hit the woodwork twice. In the second half the young Newcastle side equalised through an Adam Campbell penalty in the 82nd, minute; following Marcus Maddison being brought down in the box. In extra time it was substitute JJ. Hooper who clinched the winner & a place in the Quarter Finals with a 98th. minute header from a cross by Will Turton. Youth international Lee Toland also featured as a 111th minute sub. The attendance on the night was 1196.
 
FEB.9th. Gateshead signed ex reserve winger Alan O’Brien who has recently been with Yeovil Town.
 
FEB.11th. Newcastle worsening away form took a completed dive, as they were out classed by Tottenham Hotspur in a 5:0 hammering. Ex Magpie Louis Saha, bagged two first half goals for Spurs in the 6th & 20th minutes, in what was a poor showing by Newcastle. Their home attendance was 36 176. Also in the victorious Spurs side were Scott Parker & goalkeeper Brad Friedel. 
 
FEB.11th. Wigan Athletic improved their chances of escaping relegation with a 2:1 win over Bolton Wanderers. Gary Caldwell scored one of Wigan’s goals in the 43rd. minute.
 
FEB.11th. The 3rd & 4th Play Off Place match of the African Cup of Nations between Mali & Ghana, saw Mali win 2:0. Garra Dembele featured in the game.
 
FEB.11th. As the freezing weather continued, in the Championship, the match between  Ipswich Town & Middlesbrough was halted & abandoned after 37 minutes, when a play went off injured as a result of the frozen pitch. For the record the score stood at 0:0 & Michael Chopra featured at inside left. Virtually all of the non league sides in England were once again forced to postpone their fixtures. 
 
FEB.11th.A match that escaped the cold spell, was Cardiff City verses Leicester City, with Nigel Pearson’s Leicester side winning 2:1. Making his debut for Cardiff was Haris Vuckic, who has been the squad no.19. He featured in the first half, before being replaced at half time.    
 
FEB.12th. The Ivory Coast faced Zambia in the final of the African Cup of Nations. The game remained goalless after 90 minutes & a further 30 minutes of extra time saw no change as the closely fought game ended in a 0:0 draw. Up stepped Tiote to coolly slot home the first Ivory Coast penalty in the shoot out. However, it was Zambia who held their nerve better & against the odds they won 8:7 to lift the trophy.      
 
FEB.13th Academy player Steven Logan signed as a professional to continue at the club.      
 
FEB.14th. Newcastle’s Reserves suffered another heavy defeat. This time 6:3 at the hands of Everton. Newcastle’s first goal came from Dan Taylor in the 22nd. minute. Also in the first half Phil Airey scored on 41 minutes. McGorrigan came on as sub. for Edmundsson who had recently returned from a trial in Norway. It was Ryan McGorrigan who got Newcastle’s other goal in the 67th. minute. Two minutes later the unfortunate Paul Dummett, deflected a shot by his own goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. Adjei also featured in the second half.    
 
FEB.14th. Haris Vuckic scored his first goal for Cardiff City in a 3:1 league win over Peterborough United. He got his sides third in the game in the 40th. minute.
 
FEB.14th. Ian Bogie’s Gateshead defeated Alfreton Town, 2:1 in their rearranged FA. Trophy 3rd. Rd. tie. Included in the starting line up was Kris Gate, with ex reserves Chris Moore & Craig Baxter coming on in the second half.
 
FEB.14th. Brighton drew 2:2 with Millwall in the Championship. Kazenga Lua Lua got Brighton’s second in the 88th. minute.
 
FEB.14th. Crystal Palace also drew 2:2 in the Championship, against Bristol City. Darren Ambrose scored for Palace with penalty.
 
FEB.14th. Ipswich Town defeated Leicester City 1:0. Michael Chopra got his sides only goal in the 13th. minute.
 
FEB.14th. York City defeated Ebbsfleet United 1:0 in their FA. Trophy 3rd Round tie, with Patrick McLaughlin in the side.
 
FEB.15th. Having had unsuccessful trials with Leeds & Hibs, Matty Pattinson returned to South Africa to join their Premier Soccer League side Engen Santos earlier in the month. On the 15th he made his debut for them at right back in a 3:2 defeat to Moroka Swallows.  
   
FEB.15th. Unexpectedly high flying Huddersfield Town sacked manager Lee Clark & his coaching staff, which included assistant manager Terry McDermott, 1st. Team Coach Paul Stephenson & Development Coach Steve Watson. There last game in the role had been the previous evening when they narrowly lost to Sheffield United 1:0. Fir the record, that result still left Huddersfield in 4th. place at that point in the season… P30, W14, D13, L3, F57, A30, Points- 55.     
 
FEB.15th. Brian Reid’s Ayr United defeated Falkirk in the 5th Round of the William Hill Scottish FA. Cup to reach the quarter finals.
 
FEB.18th Newcastle’s Academy side travelled the short distance to Sunderland. The game ended in a 2:2 draw. On 36 minutes Dennis Knight scored Newcastle’s first goal, before he was given a red card after 63 minutes. Newcastle’s second goal went through off the head of Sunderland’s Lewis Gibbons as an own goal. The cross that delivered for the goal was from a Brandon Miele free kick. 
 
FEB.18th. FA. Cup 5th Round weekend, saw a weekend off for Newcastle. Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City claimed a well deserved replay at Chelsea following a gallant 1:1 draw. Featuring for Birmingham was Stephen Carr, who suffered a knee injury in the game and had to be substituted after only 13 minutes.
 
FEB.18th. Going one better were Championship side Leicester City who claimed the scalp of Premiership side Norwich City, with a 2:1 victory. Nigel Pearson’s side now wait the draw for the quarter finals. 
 
FEB.18th. Everton progressed at the expense of Blackpool with a 2:0 win. Substitute Lomana LuaLua came close to scoring for Blackpool with a shot which keeper tip onto the post. Ex Newcastle reserve Chris Basham also played for Blackpool, while the Everton line up included Sylvain Distin
 
FEB.18th. Also in Championship, Michael Chopra continued his rich vein of form, bagging another goal in Ipswich Town’s 3:0 win over Cardiff City. On loan Vuckic came on as a sub. for Cardiff in the second half to no avail.
 
FEB.18th. In League 2, Calvin Zola scored in Burton Albion’s 1:1 draw with Rotherham.    
 
FEB.18th. In the Blue Square Premier League, Gateshead lost to Forest Green 2:1. Debutant Alan O’Brien put in the cross to assist Gateshead’s goal scored by Cummins.
 
FEB.18th.Kidderminster Harriers drew 1:1 with Lincoln City thanks to a last minute equaliser by Steven Guinan, who had only been on the pitch as a sub. for a couple of minutes.
 
FEB.18th. In the FA. Vase 5th Round, the tremendous endeavours of Whitley Bay in the competition finally came to end after their 29 match unbeaten run, winning the competition in 3 consecutive seasons. It was Durham side West Auckland who’s late into injury time winner saw them progress into the next round winning the game. A great feat for General Manager & ex Newcastle player Stuart Alderson, & all the players & staff at West Auckland. These included the unfortunate Alex Francis. The ex Newcastle reserve had to be carried off on a stretcher after fracturing his leg. The tackle resulted in a red card for Scroggins & when the game finally restarted they had to play the rest of 75 minutes of the tie with 10 men. Damon Robson started in the game before being replaced very near the end by Lee Kerr. 
 
FEB.18th. Ashington’s hopes of progressing in the FA, Vase were also dashed in their 5th Round tie away at Shortwood United. They went down to a 3:0 defeat. Playing for Ashington were James Taylor & Liam Atkin. A tremendous run for Ashington, which is the furthest the side have progressed in the competition & to their management team which includes coach Neil Winskill who is an ex Newcastle reserve.
 
FEB.18th. In the Blue Square North, Tommy Cassidy’s Blyth Spartans battle to escape relegation took a set back, when they lost 2:1 at Altringham. Gaining his debut at left back was ex reserve Joe Kendrick.  
 
FEB.18th. In the Northern League Consett were held to a 2:2 draw by 10 man Newton Aycliffe. Ex reserve Dale Burrell scored one of Consett‘s goals in the 62nd minute.
 
FEB.19th. Liverpool stormed through their FA. Cup 5th Round tie; defeating Brighton 6:1. The score somewhat flattered them, with Brighton’s only goal coming from a scorcher on 17 minutes, score by Kazenga Lua Lua. For Liverpool, Andy Carroll managed to get himself n score shet at last in 57th minute. Jose Enrique also played.
 
FEB.19th. Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 0:0 draw at league one side Stevenage. Louis Saha featured for Spurs & did get the ball in the net but it went in off the head of Scott Parker who was virtually on the line & it was given offside.
 
FEB.21st. On trial Dan Taylor started for a Bradford City Reserve XI, in a behind closed doors friendly against a Chesterfield XI. He was replaced after 62 minutes in a 2:0 defeat. Taylor’s trial at Bradford had begun earlier in the week on the 20th.
 
FEB.21st. A debut equalising goal was scored by Carl Finnigan for Dundee in a 1:1 draw with Falkirk. Finnigan was transferred from St. Johnstone only the day before.
 
FEB.21st. Bedlington Terriers drew 1:1 with Dunston UTS in the Northern League. Chris Carr got a rare goal for Bedlington.
 
FEB.22nd. Newcastle’s Reserves played an away Behind Closed Doors Friendly against Hamilton Academical & lost 3:0. Making their debut’s at reserve levels during the second half as substitutes were Alex Kitchen & Jamie Smith.
 
FEB.22nd. Samuel Adjei went on trial with Hartlepool United & turned out for their reserves in a 1:1 draw with Rotherham United. He played the full 90 minutes at left half.    
 
FEB.23rd. St. James Park was the venue for a fund raising ‘Question Tyne Trophy’ event between a Newcastle team, a Falcons team & a Durham County Cricket team. The Newcastle team, who consisted of Steve Harper, Steve Taylor & Dan Gosling, won the event scoring 8 points, with the rugby fellows claiming 6 & cricketers 4. 
 
FEB.25th. Newcastle were held to a 2;2 draw by Wolves, having led 2:0 at half time, in front of an almost full house of 52 287. The Newcastle goal scorers were Cisse on 6 minutes & then Guiterrez rocked in the second on 18 minutes.
 
FEB.25th. In League One, Kuqi added to his goals tally with a 48th. minute penalty. The goal was enough to see Oldham defeat Tranmere Rovers 1:0.
 
FEB.25th. In League Two, AFC. Wimbledon battled to a 3:3 draw with Crewe. Getting his first goal while on loan, was Billy Knott, who scored Wimbledon’s opener in the 7th. minute.     
 
FEB.25th. Gateshead’s attempt to reach the semi finals of the FA. Trophy failed, went they went down 2:0 at Luton Town. Manager Ian Bogie described the performance as a flat one, although late in the game sub. James Marwood & new signing Alan O’Brien came close to scoring. Ex Newcastle reserves Kris Gate & Craig Baxter also played.
 
FEB.25th. York City also took part in a FA. Trophy Quarter Final tie. They saw off the strong challenge of Grimsby Town, defeating them 1:0. Paddy McLaughlin featured in the game.
 
FEB.25th. In The Blue Square League North, Blyth Spartans lost 2:1 away at Worcester, the result saw the threat of relegation move ever closer. A small plus point, was Joe Kendrick scoring his first goal for the Spartans in the 78th minute, with fine free kick.
 
FEB.25th. Also in the Blue Square North, Paul Brayson got a later 90th minute equaliser for Harrogate Town in their 1:1 draw with Stalybridge.
 
FEB.25th. In the Northern League, Ashington ran out comfortable winners against Stokesley; defeating them 3:0. Marc Walton got their opening in the 33rd minute & Walton got a second early into the second half. He nearly claimed a hat trick in the 78th minute, but his effort hit the post, only for fellow player Andrew Johnson to follow it up & slot it home.       
 
FEB.26th. Carling Cup Final day at Wembley Stadium saw over 89 000 witness a close match between Liverpool & Cardiff City, end in a 1:1 after 90 minutes. Extra time saw Liverpool take the lead, only to be pegged back to 2:2 with only minutes to go. A nervous penalty shoot saw Liverpool miss their first two efforts, but they won through 3:2 in the end. Both Andy Carroll, who came close with a header & Jose Enrique started in the game. Craig Bellamy came on as a sub. to also claim a winners medal. Late on in normal time, Carroll was substituted, having battled well. It  was also the first silverware for Kenny Dalglish since his return to Anfield as manager.
 
FEB.27th. Dave Watson’s Newcastle Academy Under 18’s faced Blackburn Roves at home in the Quarter Final of the FA. Youth Cup. The score stood at 1:1 at half time, with Newcastle’s goal coming from Michael Hoganson after 19 minutes. Newcastle took the lead again through JJ. Hooper after 52 minutes; however, Blackburn once again equalised taking the game into extra time. It remained 2:2 after this & went to a penalty shoot out. In typical Newcastle style they lost, with Hoganson, Hooper & Ben Sayer all missing their penalties & Blackburn claiming the tie 3:0 after pens. The attendance on the night was 2 026.      
 
FEB.28th. Italy’s Under 21’s played out a 1:1 draw with France in a friendly. Newcastle’s defender David Santon began the game at right back & was substituted at half time.
 
FEB.29th. Caretaker manager Stuart Pearce saw his England side put up s good display against Holland but loose 3:2. He made Scott Parker team captain & James Milner came on as a sub. at half time. Pearce also continued to oversee the England Under 21’s side ‘at arms length’ & they won their latest European Championships Qualifier 4:0, at Middlesbrough against Belgium
 
FEB.29th. Northern Ireland lost a friendly to Norway 3:0. Shane Ferguson was in the starting line up & was replaced in the 69th. minute. It was Michael O’Neil’s first match in charge & also the side for the first half was Aaron Hughes.   
 
FEB.29th. The Ivory Coast drew 0:0 in a friendly with Guinea & Tiote played the full game.
 
FEB.29th. Slovenia drew 1:1 with Scotland & gave Haris Vuckic his senior international debut. He came as a sub. in the 61st. minute. Gary Caldwell also gained another cap for Scotland at right back. 
 
FEB.29th. Hungary drew 1:1 in their friendly with Bulgaria & Tamas Kadar started in the match.
 
FEB.29th. France defeated Germany 2:1 in a friendly which saw Yohan Cabaye start in the game, before being substituted on the hour.
 
FEB.29th. The GarySpeed Memorial Match took place at Cardiff City’s ground between Wales & Costa Rica. It was a proud and emotional night for Wales despite losing 1:0. New manager Chris Coleman handed the captaincy of his country for the night to Craig Bellamy. 
 
FEB.29th. Australia defeated Saudi Arabia 4:2 in a World Cup Qualifier Group D match. James Troisi played just over an hour in the game.
 
FEB.29th. The Republic of Ireland drew 1:1 with Czech Republic in a friendly. Shay Given gained yet another cap & Damien Duff also featured before being substituted on 63 minutes. 
 
FEB.29th. Canada lost 3:1 to Armenia in a friendly & David Edgar played the full game at left back.
 
FEB.29th. Ketsbaia’s Georgia defeated Albania 2:1 in a friendly. Defender Khizanishvili played in the game.
 
FEB.29th. Ex trialist Raitala featured at right half for Finland in a 3:1 friendly defeat to Austria.
 
FEB.29th. Wales Under 21’s defeated Andorra 4:0 in their European Championships Group 3 Qualifier. Newcastle’s Paul Dummett came on as a sub. in the second half.
 
FEB.29th. Georgiadis saw his Greek Under 21’s side lose 1:0 to Germany, in their European Championships Group 1 Qualifying match.  
 
FEB.29th. Their was Durham County Challenge Cup success for Gateshead’s Reserves who defeated Billingham Town 4:0. Martin Brittain missed a penalty for Gateshead. Also in the Gateshead side were goalkeeper Paul Farman, James Marwood & Chris Moore.  
 
FEB.29th As the month drew to a close, there was loan transfer activity for Peter Ramage who went on an emergency loan until the end of the season to Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City.
 
FEB.29th. The last day of the month also brought another unexpected sacking for a manager. Third placed Championship side Sheffield Wednesday decided to part company with ex Newcastle player, Gary Megson. Amazingly his fine derby match win over rivals Sheffield United 3 days prior would prove to be his last in the role. 

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'Toon Tracker' Bulletin 10 – March 2012 - Review
 
The April Bulletin gives the bi-monthly break from new research, with the continuation of the Toon Tracker of surnames of current squad & ex player records from 2010, now reaching the mid alphabet stage. This month its ‘K & L’ Toon Tracker Surname updates & includes Tamas Kadar, Georgia’s manager Temuri Ketsbaia & the Lua Lua’s. Yet another ex trial player has been found, still out there plying his trade, and added. Filomeno, who is now back in Argentina, & playing for Athletico de Rafaeda. Below the previous month’s happenings in the March are outlined as Newcastle continue to push for a European qualification premier league table place.   
 
MAR. 3rd.
 
Newcastle’s Academy, bounced back with a league win away at Wolves; defeating them 2:1. Their first goal came about in the first half after Michael Riley had a goal bound header handled on the line. Brendan Miele stepped to take the penalty & made it one nil. In the second half having already had a goal disallowed. Michael Hoganson scored the winner in the 78th minute. Promising youngster Alex Gilliead came on as a sub to make his under 18’s debut in the 61st. minute.    
 
Hartlepool United gave Samuel Adjei his first team debut against the MK Dons, with Adjei having successfully took part in two ‘Pools’ reserve matches on trial in late February. His debut for the first team came as a 55th. minute sub. in a 1:1 draw with MK. Dons. Playing for the ‘Dons’ were James Tavernier & Alan Smith.  
 
In the Premiership, Charles N’Zogbia fired in the great shot for Aston Villa, in a 1:1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.
 
Birmingham City gave a debut to Peter Ramage, who has acquired the squad number 6; on loan until the end of the season from QPR. He played the full game at right half, in the game against Derby County, which ended in a 2:2 draw. Steven Caldwell also featured.  
 
The only ex Newcastle player on the score sheet in the Championship, was Michael Chopra who scored Ipswich’s first on 25 minutes; in a 3:0 victory over Bristol City.
 
In League One, Oldham Athletic gained a last minute winner, in a 3:2 victory over Sheffield United. The scorer of the winning goal was Kuqi with penalty.
 
In League Two, Ben Tozer scored one of Northampton Town’s goals, in a 2:2 draw with Cheltenham.
 
Over the border in Scotland, in the Irn-Bru 1st Division, Ross County claimed a narrow victory over struggling Queen of the South, defeating them 2:1. The ‘Queens’ goal was scored by ex Newcastle reserve, Ryan McGuffie.
 
Also in the Scottish First Division, Dundee defeated Livingston 3:2, assisted by a 56th. minute goal from Carl Finnigan,
 
Dropping down to local non-league levels, Blyth Spartans gained a valuable 2:0 win away at Colwyn Bay in the Blue Square North League. Ex Newcastle reserve Joe Kendrick secured the victory with a penalty, with 15 minutes to go.
 
Mid table Workington, had a more comfortable 3:0 score line as they saw off the challenge of Gloucester in their Blue Square League North game. Ex reserve Mark Boyd scored in the 24th. minute for Workington.
 
In the Northern League First Division, Newcastle Benfield defeated Shildon 2:1. Brian Dodsworth scored for them in the 40th minute, when he chested the ball in at close range. Ex reserve Frank Danquah was also in the side.
 
In the FA. Vase, West Auckland Town, whose general manager is ex Newcastle player Stuart Alderson; won their Quarter Final tie. They defeated Bournemouth away 2:0, despite Alex Francis’ s absence following his serious injury in the previous round.
 
MAR.4th
 
The 147th. Competitive Tyne & Wear Derby ended in a 1:1 draw, following a game full of incident, passion & excitement. Newcastle found themselves on the back foot on 24 minutes, when Sunderland were awarded a penalty after Mike Williamson was adjudged to have held Sunderland player Turner. Newcastle battled to fight back & Demba Ba had a cracking header that rattled the bar in front of a crowd of 52 388; roaring them on. However, Sunderland could have gone two up had not been for a brilliant double save from Tim Krul. In the second half Tiote fell the ground, somewhat theatrically; having been caught in the face & this led to Sessegnon being sent off just before the hour. Newcastle now lay siege on the Sunderland goal which began to live a charmed life. The introduction of Ben Arfa & Shola Ameobi gave Newcastle an increasing cutting edge going forward & after numerous shots & corners, Shola was sliced down in the box in the 82nd. minute & Newcastle were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Ba, but his tame effort was saved & with the clock now edging into injury time it look like the visitors were going to claim a rare victory. Then up stepped Shola once more; hitting home at close range, a headed knock on from Williamson in the 91st. minute & the ground erupted. A few heated exchanges followed at the final whistle, & Cattermole found himself red carded before he had reached the tunnel. The good news before the game was that captain Coloccini & Krul had both signed new 4 year contracts securing their future at the club. Note the attendance was the highest since the crowd became an ‘all seated’ stadium. 
 
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham defeated Cardiff City 2:0 in the Championship. Kevin Nolan scored in the 43rd minute. Vuckic came on as a sub. in the 35th minute. The result saw West Ham keep up the pressure for top spot in the league table, West Ham being just one point behind Southampton. 
 
Japanese League Two side Machida Zelvia kicked off their season with Ehime, but lost 2:0. The match was recently appointed Ossie Ardilles first competitive match in charge.
 
Recently departed reserve Joan Edmundsson, now signed by Norwegian side Viking Stavanger gained another pre season indoor friendly run out. This was as a 68th minute sub in a 2:2 draw with Aalesund. He also came on as a late sub a week later on March 10th in an indoor friendly 1:0 defeat to Malmo.                                
 
MAR.5th.
 
Newcastle’s Reserves lost away to Aston Villa 4:0. Two plus points from the game, were competitive reserve debuts for Steven Logan & his second half replacement Alex Kitchen.       
 
Ex Reserve Ben Webster signs for Thailand side Raj Pracha & is given the squad number. 
 
MAR.6th.
 
The Sport Newcastle ‘Rising Stars’ Awards Annual Dinner was held at Newcastle Civic Centre. In the sport of football the Rising Star award went to Newcastle Academy player Alex Gilliead. This years most promising player ‘Wor Jackie Award’ went to Newcastle reserve Remi Streete.
 
Darlington travelled with a squad to Durham City for a fund raising match to gain further funds to try to save the club. They lost on the night 1:0 & on trial for the game was Newcastle reserve Ryan McGorrigan playing at outside left.
 
Gateshead continued their return to form with a 2:0 league win over Hayes & Yeading. Kris Gate scored one of the goals in the 34th minute. Gateshead side included no less that 5 ex Newcastle Reserves as well as on loan Paul Dummett, who made his senior debut for Gateshead. The others were Paul Farman, Craig Baxter, Alan O’Brien & James Marwood.  
 
In their high profile FA. 5th. Round Replay with Chelsea; Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City were knocked out of the competition in a 2:0 defeat.
 
In the Championship Darren Ambrose’s 4th minute penalty earned Crystal Palace a 1:1 draw with Coventry City.
 
Ross County continued their domination in the Scottish First Division, defeating Partick Thistle 3:0. Colin McMenamin got one of their goals on the half hour.
 
In the Northern League Ashington defeated Consett 3:1, with ex Consett & Newcastle player Marc Walton scoring twice.

MAR.7th.
 
Jeff Henderson travelled to Bradford City for a trial & got to start for their reserves in a league match against Rotherham United Reserves. The game ended in a 0:0 draw & Henderson was replaced after 69 minutes.     
 
MAR.8th.
 
Newcastle’s Reserves played their second league game in a week; this one being against rivals Sunderland at St. James Park in front of 2 995. First team squad layers Perch & Obertan’s played, with later scoring Newcastle’s first goal after  23 minutes. The game ended in a 3:3 draw, with the game being stopped for a brief period after fans ‘removed’ sports direct signs in protest of the renaming of the ground & hurled them down towards the pitch. Newcastle’s second goal came in the 59th. minute headed in by Dan Gosling who later sent off. The third came from Ryan Donaldson heading in from Yven Moyo cross in the 86th. minute. 
 
Manchester City’s progression in the UEFA Europa League faulted in the last 16 stage. They lost their 1st. Leg tie away at Sporting Lisbon 1:0 &  James Milner played.
 
MAR.9th.
 
Newcastle release figures for the last financial year, revealing an improved operational profit of £13.3, but with an overall loss now of only £3.9 million. 
 
MAR.10th.
 
Newcastle Academy side lost at Bolton Wanderers 1:0. The only goal came in injury time & coach Dave Watson gave Under 18’s debuts as subs. to Liam Smith  & Tom Heardman. Smith came on in the 67th minute, followed by Heardman in the 75th minute.
 
In the npower Championship Dean Saunders Doncaster Rovers gained a valuable point in their battle to avoid relegation. They drew 1:1 with Sam Allardyce’s West Ham. Kevin Nolan had put the hammers ahead after only 9 minutes, before James Coppinger equalised in the 73rd minute.
 
Also in the Championship, Crystal Palace drew 1:1 at Burnley, thanks to an equalising 63rd minute penalty from Darren Ambrose. 
 
Irn Bru Scottish Division One’s Ross County continued to head the league table with another commanding performance. They defeated Hamilton 2:0 & Colin McMenamin scored in the 7th minute.
 
In the FA. Carlsberg Trophy Semi Final, York City won their first leg against Luton Town 1:0. Paddy McLaughlin was an unused sub. against Luton; whose assistant manager is ex Newcastle player Alan Neilson.
 
Workington lost 4:2 at Hinckley United despite an 18th. minute goal from ex reserve Mark Boyd, in a Blue Square North league match.
 
In the Northern League, Ashington defeated South Shields 1:0 thanks to a Marc Walton goal in the 30th. minute.
 
Jarrow Roofing defeated Town Law Town 3:2 in the Northern League, with Paul Robinson getting on the score sheet.
 
Dropping down to Division Two of the Northern League, Hebburn Town defeated Whitehaven 3:2.
‘Veteran’ Jamie McClen scored one of Hebburn’s goals. 
 
MAR.11th
 
Haris Vuckic’s loan stint with Cardiff City ends & he returns to Newcastle.   
 
MAR. 12th.
 
Newcastle travelled to an improving Arsenal for a Monday evening match in front of a crowd of 60, 095. Newcastle briefly held the lead through a 14th minute goal from Ben Arfa, before Arsenal equalised within a minute. The game looked destined to end in a draw, with Tim Krul’s man of the match performance in goal, helping the cause. Cruelly in the 5th minute of 6 minutes of injury time, Arsenal scored a winner, to make it 2:1.            
 
Gateshead’s Reserves defeated Hull City 2:1 in a Central League match. Ex Newcastle reserve Chris Moore scored their first on 19 minutes & Martin Brittain made it two in the second half with a superb curving free kick. 
 
Blyth Spartans Tommy Cassidy’s acquired another player from a higher level of football on a one month loan. This time it was ex Newcastle Reserve, Barrow’s Andy Farrell. Exiting from Blyth on the same day was loyal defender & ex Newcastle Reserve Phil Cave.
 
MAR.13th
 
Andy Ferrell makes his debut for Blyth Spartans away to Droylsden & they gain another valuable point in a 3:3 draw. Ferrell capped an excellent performance with a goal in the 73rd minute.
 
On loan from Sunderland & ex toon trialist Billy Knott got another goal for AFC Wimbledon. He scored in the 54th. minute in their 3:1 victory over Bradford City.  
 
MAR.14th.
 
North Shields pulled off a shock 2:1 win after extra time in their Brooks Mileson Memorial Northern League Cup Quartet Final tie at Newcastle Benfield. Captain and ex Newcastle reserve, Paul Dunn grabbed the winner in the 116th  minute.
 
MAR.15th
 
An afternoon fixture at Whitley Park, saw Newcastle Reserves take on Blackburn Rovers, trying to regain recently lost ground in the league. The game ended in a 0:0 draw, watched by a crowd of 309. Greg McDermott had the best chance of the game early in the second half but his effort hit the bar.
 
MAR.17th
 
Newcastle’s Academy won a home league against Stoke City 3:1. They were deservedly 1:0 down at half time due a 19th minute goal from Richardson. Newcastle equalised in the 54th. minute thanks to Alex Gilliead, getting his first goal at this level for the club. They took the lead in the 70th minute after a Marcus Maddison shot took a wicked deflection wrong footing the keeper. The side’s improved second half performance was capped in the 89th minute when JJ. Hooper claimed their third. The only Newcastle substitution in the game came at half time when, the injured Dennis Knight was replaced by Michael Riley.       
 
On an extremely sad note, the FA. Cup Quarter Final action between Tottenham Hotspur & Bolton Wanderers, ended prematurely. Bolton player Muamba collapsed in the 41st minute of the game seriously ill & was dashed to hospital with what was later said to be a heart attack. Understandably both the players & fans in the stadium were so upset the match officials made the decision to abandon the game, with score standing at 1:1. For the record the Tottenham side included Scott Parker & Louis Saha.
 
In the other FA. Cup Quarter Final tie that day; Everton drew 1:1 with Sunderland, which will require a replay back on Wearside. Everton’s team included Sylvain Distin.    
 
In the npower League One Oldham were defeated 3:2 at Rochdale, despite another goal from Kuqi in the 21st. minute.
 
In the Blue Square Bet (North) League Blyth Spartans gained another valuable point in their bid to avoid relegation. They drew 2:2 at Solihull, with Joe Kendrick scoring their first goal in the 20th minute with an excellent free kick into the top corner of the net. Andy Ferrell also featured for Blyth.
 
York City travelled to Luton Town for the 2nd. Leg of the FA Vase Semi Finals, having won the first leg 1:0. York progressed into the finals holding Luton to a 1:1 draw. Patrick McLaughlin played the full game at left half.
 
In the Scottish Division II; ex reserve goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay was hit with an unfortunate rebound to score an own goal against his club Dumbarton. The goal was one of four conceded in a 4:0 defeat to East Fife. 
 
Northern League action, saw Ashington defeat Shildon 2:0. Godsmark scored their second, expertly lobbing the goalkeeper in the 78th. minute. The result elevated Ashington to 5th. place & their starting line included ex reserves Lough, Atkin, Walton & English, Grieve coming on as a sub.
 
In the Northern League Division Two, Team Northumbria’s claim on the league tielt slightly faulted when they lost 4:1 to Esh Winning. Ex reserve Mark Bertram scored their only goal in the 20th. minute.
 
Morpeth Town kept up the pressure for the Northern League Division Two title, maintaining their second place spot, with a convincing 3:0 defeat of Whitehaven. Ex reserve defender Callum Morris gave a man of the match performance & assisted the third goal. 
 
MAR.18th
 
Newcastle’s first team got back to winning ways, defeating Norwich City at home 1:0. The only goal of the game came in the 11th. minute, when Papiss Cisse expertly fired into the net from a Jonas Gutierrez cross. Cisse had a few further chances to score & Demba Ba caused the goalkeeper to pull off a world class save with glancing header. The nearest Norwich came was with a bullet header which Tim Krul tipped over the bar. The attendance was 47,833 & the result saw Newcastle consolidate their 6th place in the Premiership table. As the game progressed Danny Guthrie was replaced by Dan Gosling & Shola Ameobi came on for Cisse.
 
Kenny Dalglish & Steve Clarke’s Liverpool won a closely fought FA. Cup Quarter Final tie with Stoke City 2:1. Carroll & Enrique both played the whole game.  
 
In the other FA. Cup Quarter Final tie Chelsea easily progressed against Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City, defeating them 5:2.
 
Their was a great win for the underdogs Kilmarnock against Celtic in the final of the Scottish League Cup. They won a memorable victory 1:0 & Celtic’s on loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster & his Celtic tram mates had to settle for a runners up medal.
 
MAR.20th.
 
Newcastle Reserves suffered a 4:2 defeat in a home league fixture against Chelsea.
In front of a small crowd of 400, Chelsea opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Lukaku. Ryan Donaldson then equalised for Newcastle in the 27th. minute. However, Chelsea led at half time following 38th minute header from Chalobah. They increased their lead in the 56th minute through Clifford & this was followed by a fourth fired home by Lukaku. It was not until the 91st minute that Newcastle got their second goal, which was scored by Jeff Henderson. Nile Ranger featured at centre forward, now back from injury and recent court appearances. The game also marked the debut at reserve level for Academy regular Marcus Maddison.     
 
In the Northern League Division II, Whickham hammered West Allotment 5:0 & ex reserve Keiron Wrightson scored his sides
last goal. 
 
MAR.21st
 
Newcastle’s Academy maintained their place at the top of the Under 18’s Group D League. They travelled to Derby County & defeated them 2:1. Derby scored first when Regan netted on 9 minutes. However, within a minute Newcastle were level, when Ryan McGorrigan scored. Newcastle’s youngsters got the winner in the second half when Ben Sayer scored in the 51st. minute. The game also marked the competitive academy under 18’s debut for Barnsley Academy trialist, Brad Kilburn at centre half.
 
In the Championship, Ipswich Town defeated Burnley 1:0; thanks a 54th minute goal from Michael Chopra.     
 
St. Mirren’s gallant Scottish FA. Cup run came to an end, with their Quarter Final tie replay with Hearts ending in a 2:0 defeat. A great effort from the team, managed by Danny Lennon & coached by Tommy Craig. 
 
MAR.22nd
 
Nile Ranger went out on an emergency loan to Sheffield Wednesday for the remainder of the season. 
 
Stevie Istead ended his time with bottom of the Blue Square North League side Eastwood Town. His contract was ended by mutual consent.
 
MAR.24th
 
Newcastle Under18’s maintain top spot their academy league group,, with a 1:1 home draw with Sheffield United. They led one nil thanks to a Ryan McGorrigan goal, but the Blades equalised in injury time to share the points. JJ. Hooper came close to scoring having an effort cleared off the line & the match saw another run out for trialist Brad Kilburn from Barnsley. 
 
Sheffield Wednesday defeated Leyton Orient 1:0 in the Championship & on loan Nile Ranger made his debut for them in the game. Wearing the squad number 31, he came on as a sub in the 61st. minute.
 
In the Premiership, Wigan Athletic gained a valuable three points away Liverpool. Their victory came courtesy of a Gary Caldwell 63rd. minute winner.
 
In the Championship, West Ham battled back to a 2:2 draw at Burnley, with Kevin Nolan getting their first goal in the 68th minute.
 
Crystal Palace lost 3:2 at Derby County, despite a 90th minute goal from Darren Ambrose.
 
Lomana Lua Lua got another for Blackpool, in their 3:1 defeat at Reading.
 
In the Irn Bru Scottish First Division, Dundee drew 1:1 with Raith. Their goal came after only 6 minutes & was scored by Carl Finnigan.
 
Also in Scottish Division I, Ross County defeated Partick Thistle, with their only goal coming from Colin McMenamin a minute before half time.
 
Ashington defeated Consett in the Northern League & both the goals for Ashington came from Marc Walton, scoring in the 25th & 30th minutes in a 2:1 win.
 
Northampton Town officially named a bar at the Sixfields Stadium in hour of their ex player & manager Graham Carr. Carr is currently a chief scout at Newcastle & an ex Newcastle reserve player. 
 
MAR.25th
 
Newcastle travelled to West Bromwich Albion and comfortable defeated them 3:1 in a front of crowd of 25 049.  Papiss Cisse scored twice in the 6th & 34th. minute & Hatem Ben Arfa got the goal in between in the 12th. minute. West Brom pulled one back in the second half through Long in the 53rd. minute, but finished the game with ten men. Coloccini went off limping replaced by Santon, Cisse went off injured, being replaced by Shane Ferguson & Shola Ameobi replaced Ben Afra in what was a very competent display.
 
MAR.27th
 
Everton took the honours in the FA. Cup 6th Round replay at Sunderland, winning 2:0. Distin featured for Everton.
 
Tottenham defeated Bolton Wanderers 3:1, in their rearranged FA. Cup 6th Round tie. Saha scored their third goal 4 minutes into injury time. Scott Parker also played.
 
York City defeated Bath City 1:0 in the Blue Square Premier. Paddy McLaughlin scored the only of the game in the 50th minute.     
 
Also in the Blue Square Premier, it was another defeat for under threat Darlington. They lost 4:2 to Wrexham. Adam Rundle scored one of their goals in the 69th. minute.
 
MAR.29th
 
Newcastle’s Reserves suffered a home league defeat to West Brom. 4:1. The game was played behind closed doors & Newcastle’s only goal came from Marcus Maddison in the 11th minute after Sawyers had scored for West Brom. in the 6th. minute. The scores were level at half time. But in the second half Jones scored after 66 minutes & then Sawyers scored in the 72nd & 88th minute to complete his hat trick. There were reserve debuts for Michael Hoganson & young Alex Gillead, who came on as a sub. in the 69th. minute.
 
MAR.30th
 
York City defeated Luton Town 2:1, in a closely fought match. Paddy McLaughlin claimed the winner in the 81st minute & gave a man of the match performance. 
 
MAR.31st
 
Newcastle’s Academy’s hopes of winning their Under 18’s league group, took a knock when they lost at Manchester United 2:1. The Manchester goals both came in the first half from Pearson & Rudge, with Newcastle’s goal coming courtesy of Dan Taylor in the 35th minute. In injury time goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell brought down Rothwell for a penalty, which he then saved well. Trialist Kilburn got another run out as did Jamie Smith & Alex Gilliead.

Soon to be released reserve goalkeeper Ole Sodenberg found himself a new club; signing for Norwegian side Molde FK. 
 
In the Premiership, Damien Duff got on the score sheet for Fulham in the 13th. minute; a 2:1 win over Norwich. In British professional football that Saturday, Duff was the only ex Newcastle player to score.
 
In the Northern League, Ashington got a late equaliser to draw 1:1 with Marske United. The goal was scored by Liam Atkin in the 94th; powerfully heading in from a Tommy English corner.
 
In the Northern League 2nd Division, Team Northumbria defeated Darlington Railway 2:0. Their second goal came from Dean Critchlow in the 58th. minute.  
 
Finally, West Auckland defeated Herne Bay 2:1 in the 2nd. leg of their FA.Vase Semi Final. Team Manager Peter Dixon & General Manager Stuart Alderson will now take the club to Wembley to face Dunston UTS in an all Northern League final.    

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They Wore The Newcastle Shirt - Bulletin 11 - April 2012 Review
  
This month sees the addition of the next instalment in the Pre United era; charting the 1884-85 season of East End. The new player addition researched is ex reserve Donald Simpson Bell; whose limited football career occurred before the outbreak of World War I. Of greater significance were his brave exploits during World War I, which led to him sadly dying but being awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. The new ‘Toon Tracker’ surname for this month is ‘M’ & includes the Mc’s as well. Among those featured, tracking their current carers from the 2010-11 season onwards; are James Milner & Gareth McAlindon. Another ex player & current manager of Ardley United; is Kevin Brock; who was previously missed by the ‘Toon Tracker’ & is now included.  Other new ex reserve ‘rediscoveries’ in lower level football also getting added to the growing database. They are Karl Collie now with Derbyshire non league side Belper Town & Rob Cavener who has joined Northern League Division II leaders, Team Northumbria.  
 
A look back now at the past month of April with the ‘Toon Tracker’ saw Newcastle’s push for a European qualification place continue & saw a number of ex players on the move. However, before we commence this, there has sadly been another loss from the ex player fold. Arthur Bottom died aged 82 & a brief obituary now follows:
 
OBITUARY:
 
ARTHUR EDWIN BOTTOM,
 
Died Apr.18th2012, Aged 82, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Born: Feb.28th.1930, Sheffield.
 
NUFC: Career Feb.1958, Transfer Fee- £4 500 To Nov.1958. Inside Right.
Total / League Apps; 11, 10 Goals. Other Clubs: Sheffield YMCA. Sheffield United, Chesterfield, Boston United, Alfreton Town. 
 
'TOON TRACKER-' APR.2012
 
APR.1st
 
Newcastle’s home game with Liverpool was a rousing affair. Although Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool did have their chances, especially a Craig Bellamy effort on 16 minutes; it was Newcastle that came out on top & finished strongly. Papiss Cisse scored the opener on 20 minutes with a header & then doubled Newcastle’s lead to make it 2:0 in the 59th. minute, with a neat bit of skill to glide past the goalkeeper to score. Mike Williamson also came close hitting the post with a header. Early in the match Andy Carroll looked to have passed Tim Krul to score but went to ground with was judged to have dived & was booked. From that point on, the massive crowd of 52 363 gave him torment. The other member of the ex Newcastle contingent Jose Enrique found the pace of Newcastle’s front line problematic. When the Liverpool goalkeeper was adjudged to head butt James Perch in the 81st. minute, Reina was sent off & he found himself in goal for remainder of the game, but had little to do as 10 man Liverpool & the Newcastle eleven going through their paces in the dying minutes.    
 
APR.2nd
 
Team Northumbria pulled a tremendous 2:1 victory at home to Team Northumbria in the Semi Final of the Northumberland Senior Cup. Dean Critchlow scored one of their goals & Mark Bertram also played.
 
Ex reserve Kris Thackray of Reggina & now on loan with Maltese side Qormi; scored his first goal for them. His goal was scored in the 77th. minute, in a 2:1 win over Mqabba in a Malta Premier League match. 
 
In the Semi Final of Brooks Mileson Memorial Northern League Cup, it was West Auckland who progressed to the final; narrowly defeating a battling Consett side 2:1. Dale Burrell assisted one the Consett goals putting in a free kick which was headed in by Bell.  
 
Young Reserve Will Turton began training on trial with Middlesbrough.
 
APR.3rd
 
The Newcastle Reserves side crashed to another heavy defeat; losing away behind closed doors to Fulham 5:0. One of the few high points for Newcastle was the debut, at competitive reserve level, of Jamie Smith, coming on as a 71st minute sub for Yven Moyo. For the record the goals for Fulham came from Alex Smith who saw a failed clearance by Patrick Nzuri rebound of him into the net. That goal separated the sides at half time, but a second half hat trick by Marcello Trotto & a goal Pajtim Kasami sunk the young second team side.      
 
York City’s Blue Square Premier Play Off hopes took a dint when they lost 2:1 to Newport. Their only goal came from high scoring defender McLaughlin.
 
APR.4th
 
Alex Gilliead, made his debut for the England Under 16’s national side. He started in a 1:0 win over Morocco, before being replaced in the 75th. minute. The match which was played 40 minutes each way & was England’s second Group C match in the Montaigu Tournament.
 
Gareth McAlindon, having recently left North Shields, made his debut for fellow Northern League Division II side Hebburn Town. He came on as a sub in their 6:0 hammering of Darlington R.A.
 
APR.6th
 
Newcastle defeated Swansea City away 2:0 in a very assured defensive performance. Although Swansea had the bulk of possession it was Newcastle & in particular Papiss Cisse who was clinical, scoring twice. His first came in the first half after 4 minutes & his second clinched the match with 20 minutes to go. His tremendous goal scoring form since joining Newcastle continues, with him netting 9 goals in 8 matches. The attendance for the game was 19 874. Newcastle used all three of their subs, beginning with the return of Ryan Taylor at the start of the second half; replacing Tiote. Shane Ferguson then came on for Demba Ba; before Dan Gosling replaced Yohan Cabaye in the 73rd. minute. 

In the Championship, West Ham’s push for promotion continued, with a comprehensive 4:0 victory over Barnsley. Their first goal was scored by Kevin Nolan on 7 minutes with close range tap in.
 
Gateshead Reserves attempt to retain the Durham County Challenge Cup failed, when they lost 3:0 to Spennymoor Town. The youthful Gateshead side did feature James Marwood, Martin Brittain & Chris Moore, but it was Spennymoor who dominated the tie
 
Finally, Les Ferdinand returned briefly to the region to take part in a talk in at Elmfield Club in Hebburn. The event was to raise funds for St. Claire’s Hospice.
 
APR.7th
 
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy side lost 2:1 to Leeds United. They were trailing 2:0 at half , due to goals from Poleon on 20 minutes after Mitchell in goal let it slip through his grasp. Leeds doubled their lead in the 27th. minute, Lerighan scored. It was almost three, but Jamie Smith made a vital clearance off the line. An improved Newcastle in the second half, saw their hopes dinted when Smith was sent off for a reckless challenge in the 74th. minute. The arrival Marcus Maddison as a sub. improved things & Dan Taylor scored Newcastle’s goal in the 77th. minute. Ex Newcastle Academy player Billy Ions was an unused sub. for the Leeds side.    
 
England Under 16’s saw their hopes of a place in the final dashed, when they faced Russia in the Semi Final. The game ended in a 2:2 draw & went to penalties, which they lost 4:3. Alex Gilliead played the whole Montaigu Tournament game. 
 
Congratulations to Celtic who won a very one sided affair at Kilmarnock 6:0, to clinch the Scottish Premier League title, way ahead of Rangers following their points deduction caused by their financial difficulties. Fraser Forster had littler do in the match, claiming himself another winners medal. 
 
Nile Ranger scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday in their 2:0 victory over Huddersfield Town. Ranger’s goal, which clinched the match, came in the 72nd. minute. Wednesday are now ahead of their rivals, with both sides remaining in the play off places.
 
Colin McMenamin scored a goal in each half of Ross County’s 3:1 win over Livingston. 
 
Gateshead defeated Barrow 2:0 in the Blue Square Premier, to keep their hopes of making the promotion play offs alive. Kris Gate scored their first goal in the 37th.minute. Alan O’Brien also saw a good effort saved.  
 
In the Northern League, Jarrow Roofing saw off the string challenge from Sunderland RCA, defeating them 3:2. Paul Robinson netted twice with two good goals, in the 23rd & 72nd minute.
 
APR.9TH
 
Newcastle continued their fine run in to the end of the season at home to relegation threatened Bolton Wanderers. The Easter Monday game was played in front of another bumper attendance of 52 264 & after a dull goalless first half, things improved in the second half. A bit if dribbling magic from Ben Arfa broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute & it was that man Cisse, who scored again with a close range tap in in the 83rd. minute. The brilliant goal assist cross for that one was from Shola Ameobi, who had replaced Demba Ba. Prior to that 64th minute change, Shane Ferguson had came on for James Perch at half time & in the last five minutes, Ryan Taylor replaced Ben Arfa.
 
England Under 16’s took on hosts France, for the 3rd / 4th place play off decider of the Montaigu Tournament. England won 1:0, with Alex Gilliead coming on as a 70th. minute sub.
 
APR.10th
 
Newcastle’s Reserves lost a close fought match 1:0 at home to Arsenal. The only goal of the game was scored in the first half by Eisfeld in the 18th. minute. In the second half Newcastle came close on a number of occasions & in the 84th. minute Michael Richardson hit the post. The substitutions in the game were; at half time when Marcus Maddison replaced Yven Moyo & Miele for Logan in the 78th. minute. The attendance at the game was 385.   
 
In the Premiership, Liverpool were 2:0 up, before going down to 10 men, following the sending off of their goalkeeper. Blackburn Rovers pulled the game back to 2:2 & Andy Carroll looked to be having another frustrating night; especially when back over looping header caused his own keeper to tip over the bar. However, in the 91st. minute he became the hero of the night with a great lunging heading giving Liverpool the 3:2 victory. 
 
APR.11th
 
QPR. defeated Swansea 4:0 in the Premiership & it was Joey Barton who opened the scoring late in the first half.
 
In the Northern League Newcastle Benfield narrowly defeated Ashington 2:1. Brian Dodsworth got the opening goal for Benfield in the first half & then in the 44th. minute Matthew Grieve equalised, before the home side gained the winner in the second half.   
 
APR.12th
 
The ground ‘previously known as St. James Park’ was the venue for an England Under 18’s Schools International match against Scotland. After a goalless, fairly low key first half; it was England who won the game 2:0. The goals came from Gateshead Colleges Michael Sweet in the 62nd. minute & then North Shields local lad Peter Glen-Ravenshill in the 80th minute. The attendance on the night was 2 535 for this Northumberland FA Centenary Shield match, where the winners received the trophy the Lloyds TSB Cup.
 
APR.13th
 
Blyth Spartans’s held their Annual Dinner, having the services of their very own team manager Tommy Cassidy as their guest speaker.
 
APR.14th
 
Newcastle’s Academy side defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3:1 away. After hitting the bar in the 18th minute, Dan Taylor opened the scoring the young ‘toon’ in 26th. minute. He also scored his sides’ third goal in the 82nd. minute, putting the result beyond doubt. Ryan McGorrigan scored Newcastle’s other goal in the 52nd. minute. 
 
Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool came back from a goal down to win their FA. Cup Semi Final tie against rivals Everton at Wembley. They equalised thanks to a back pass mistake by Distin & then won the tie in the 87th minute, thanks a back header by Andy Carroll. Prior to this Craig Bellamy had come on as a sub; injecting fresh energy into the Liverpool side & Carroll’s goal came from Bellamy’s perfect free kick cross. 
 
In the William Hill Scottish FA Cup Semi Final, it was Hibs who came out on top, with a 2:1 win over Aberdeen. First Team Coach Liam O’Brien, along with Manager Pat Fenlon & assistant manager Billy Brown now a trip to Hampden Park for the final to look forward too. 
 
In the championship West Ham demolished Brighton 6:0 as they push for promotion. Kevin Nolan was among the scorers with an 11th. minute goal.
 
Also in the Championship, Doncaster lost a two goal lead to Portsmouth who got two last minute goals to win 4:3. Doncaster’s goal scorers included Habib Beye after 3 minutes & James Coppinger after 67 minutes.  
 
In the npower Division II, Burton Albion suffered a 7:1 defeat to Bristol Rovers. Burton Albion’s only goal in the game came from Calvin Zola Macongo in the 54th. minute.
 
On a sad note in Division II, AFC Wimbledon’s Jason Prior suffered a double fracture of his leg after only 9 minutes against Crawley Town. The game ended in a 1:1 draw.
 
Despite a 2:2 draw with bath City, Darlington look to be relegated from the Blue Square Premier League. Their second goal was scored by Adam Rundle in the 81st. minute.
 
In the Irn Bru Scottish Division I, Ross County are now 20 points clear of 2nd place Dundee & can claim the title. They defeated the second place side 3:1, & McMenamin added another goal to his tally, scoring in the 61st. minute.
 
In the Blue Square Bet (North) League, Workington gained a point in a 3:3 draw away at Corby. Ex reserve Mark Boyd scored in the 69th. minute for Workington. 
 
In the Skill Training Ltd. Northern League, Ashington defeated FA. Vase finalists Dunston UTS. After just 6 minutes, Mark Walton set up Tommy English who lobbed the keeper to score. English then got a second with a 25 yard unstoppable shot in the 56th. minute.
 
Whitley Bay defeated Billingham Town 2:0 in the Northern League, with their second goal being scored Damon Robson late in the second half.  
 
Newton Aycliffe defeated Tow Law 2:1, even though they had goalkeeper (ex Newcastle trialist) Scott Pockington sent off.
 
Despite a 2:1 defeat to Fairford Town, Kevin Brock’s Ardley United completed their Unisport Hellenic Premier Division league programme in 3rd place
 
APR.15th
 
The second FA Cup Final saw Chelsea defeat Tottenham Hotspur 5:1. A score line which does not do justice to the efforts, especially in the first half, of Tottenham. Captain Scott Parker played most of the game before being replaced late in the game.
 
In the other William Hill Scottish FA Cup Semi Final, there was a surprise exit for Celtic, who lost 2:1 to Hearts who have earned an all Edinburgh club final. In goal for Celtic was on loan keeper Fraser Forster.  
 
APR.16th
 
Newcastle Reserves lost their league match 6:3 at home to Manchester United in front of a crowd of 597. They led 3:2, with goals from Brad Inman after 16 minutes, a penalty from Phil Airey on 26 minutes & a goal from Dan Taylor after 32 minutes. Keane had already scored two in the first half & in the second he got another two, with his side also scoring through Petrucci & De Laet to complete the second half battering. Donachie used all three subs to no avail; with Kitchen coming on after 55 minutes, then Nicholson & McGorrigan on 68 minutes.
 
Newcastle’s first team squad also ‘entertained the ‘Newcastle Eagles’ Basketball team to a kick about on the training ground, defeating them 4:2 in a friendly ‘kick about’. The two team then played basketball but the score from this one is not known & may not have been recorded. 
 
In Division II of the Northern League, Team Northumbria virtually guaranteed the title by defeating Morpeth Town 2:0. Dean Critchlow secured the points with an 89th.
minute goal.
 
Newcastle gave Australian Curtis Good a ten day trial. Good arrives on Tyneside from Melbourne Hearts. Good did not make any appearances for the club at any level during April, but it was reported that he sufficiently impressed to be offered a contract.
 
APR.17th
 
Greg McDermott played his first game on a weeks trial with Hartlepool United; turning out for their reserves. He featured at left half for the whole match, in which his side lost their final reserve league match with Scunthorpe United 4:1.
 
Crystal Palace drew 1:1 with Portsmouth in the Championship. Darren Ambrose scored the Palace goal converting a 71st minute penalty. 
 
APR.18th
 
Liverpool honoured Didi Hamann with Sportsman’s Dinner at which was the main guest speaker at Anfield.
 
APR.21st
 
Newcastle extended their winning run to 6 games, defeating Stoke City at home 3:0. Man of the Match Cabaye scored one in each half, nabbing the first in the 14th. minute, pouncing to head home a rebounded effort off the bar from Cisse. His second came in the second half when he fired home in the 57th. minute. In the first half Newcastle had already double their lead with Cisse coolly slotted home an effort in the 18th. minute in front of a joyous 52 162 crowd. Subs on the day were Perch for Cabaye on the hour, Shola Ameobi for Cisse in the 69th minute & Gosling for Danny Simpson in the 82nd minute. 
 
Newcastle’s Under18’s Academy side defeated Liverpool 3:2, to keep their hopes alive of winning the Group D league. Liverpool’s Ortiz converted a penalty past Mitchell in the 38th. minute. The spot kick came about due to rash challenge by Hoganson. In the 55th. minute Newcastle young side equalised through McGorrigan. In the 77th. minute Newcastle went ahead through a Maddison header, then Liverpool equalised through Gainford in the 82nd. minute. However, not to be denied, Newcastle claimed the points when Miele scored the winner in the 88th. minute.    
 
Aston Villa held on for a 0:0 draw with Sunderland, thanks to an on the line block of a certain goal by Stephen Ireland.
 
Alan Smith scored his first goal the MK Dons in their League One win over Sheffield United.
 
Colin McMenamin got another for Ross County who drew 1:1 with Greenock Morton in the Scottish Division One.
 
In The Blue Square Bet North, despite being confirmed as relegated; Blyth Spartans travelled to Hinckley United & defeated them 3:1. Joe Kendrick scored their second goal in the 28th. minute. 
 
As the Northern League reached its second last weekend, Newcastle Benfield lost 2:1 to Spennymooor Town. The Benfield goal came in the 45th. minute & was scored by Brian Dodsworth. 
 
Ashington drew 2:2 at Penrith & Marc Walton added another goal to his tally; converting a 14th. minute penalty. Walton also hit the bar in the dying minutes.
 
Jarrow Roofing went down 2:1 at Bedlington Terriers, condemning them to be relegated at the end of the season. Jarrow’s only goal in the game was scored by Paul Robinson from the penalty spot in the first half.   
 
Hebburn Town secured 3rd place & promotion from the Skill Traning Ltd. Northern League Division II; thrashing Ryton & Crawcrook 8::2. Jamie McClen was once again in the side, having been a regular in their line up throughout the season. He did not appear in the final game of the season a few days later on April 28th. Hebburn actual lost that game against Crook Town 4:1, with Gareth McAlindon featured again bringing their season to a close,
 
Morpeth Town completed their Northern League Division II campaign just missing out on promotion ending the season in 4th place, with a 1:1 draw at Thornaby. They were captained by Callum Morris who has featured in every one of their last 13 fixtures since joining the club.
 
Newton Aycliffe’s first season the first division of the Northern League saw them end their seasons fixtures in a comfortable 9th place. Ex trialist Scott Pocklington was once again between the sticks in a 4:2 defeat to Shildon.
 
APR.23rd
 
Newcastle’s Reserves got back to winning ways away at Liverpool in a behind closed doors league match. They won 2:1, having been two up before half time, through goals by Yven Moyo & Abeid. The first from Moyo was scored in the 22nd. minute & the sides second was penalty converted by Abeid in 32nd. minute; after Donaldson had been fouled in the box. Liverpool pulled a goal back in the second half, put through by Sterling in the 54th. minute. Liverpool had a play sent off with only six minutes to go. 
 
Frank Clark & Malcolm Macdonald along with Mick Horswell took part in a ‘Lets Talk Football’ show with referee Dermott Gallagher. The successful event was held at The Customs House, South Shields.           
 
APR.24th
 
Newcastle Academy Under 18’s won their game at home Barnsley 1:0, to claim themselves FA. Premier Group D winners & earn a place in the National Semi Final Play Offs. The only goal of the game was scored by Marcus Maddison in the 30th. minute.
 
Ashington defeated Billingham Synthonia 2:1, as the Northern League programme drew to near to a close. Ashington’s second was scored by Godsmark. 
 
Whitley Bay ended their disappointing end to their Northern League programme with a crushing 6:1 defeat at the hands of league leaders West Auckland. Loyal servants to the club Lee Kerr & Damon Robson both played. This result saw Whitley end their season in 6th. place; having been challenging for title earlier in the season. 
 
APR.25th
 
Ipswich Town signed ex Newcastle player Mick Harford as a scout.
 
APR.26th
 
Steve Taylor did a Charity Fund Raising ‘Talk In’ at Kingston Park. The theme was his ten years with Newcastle.  
 
APR.27th
 
Sir John Hall was Guest of Honour at Special Dinner in his name held at the Manor House, Jesmond, the Lord Manor’s official residence. Alan Shearer was among those in attendance. Sir John was presented with a scroll to mark the occasion. Freddie Fletcher of the old ‘magpie group’ was unable to be present due to ill health & his don accepted his scroll on behalf of his father.
 
Joe Allen hosted ‘An Evening with David Ginola’, who teamed up on stage with Tino Asprilla. A jovial night of reminiscence was had by all.  
 
APR.29th
 
Newcastle’s march on Europe assured saw a little complacency creep in & as a result the six game consecutive winning streak came to an abrupt end at lowly placed Wigan Athletic. At half time a shell shocked side went in 4:0 down, & despite a more concerted effort in the second half, the score remained the same. Moses opened the scoring on 12 minutes, then he double their lead in the 15th, minute. Goals from Maloney & Di Santo followed in the 36th & 45th. minutes. By Wigan’s standard the attendance of 22 187 was a good one; bolstered by a travelling 4 500 toon army. Newcastle used all three subs to no avail; with Ryan Taylor replacing Ben Afra in the 73rd minute, James Perch replacing Danny Simpson in the 81st minute & Shane Ferguson replacing Yohan Cabaye in the 83rd minute. Papiss Cisse was unlucky not score hitting the post & the bar in the second half, but it took a Coloccini goal line clearance in the dying minutes to save further embarrassment.     
 
Newcastle’s Academy Under 18’s completed their league fixtures at home to Middlesbrough. With a place in the play off semi finals secured, it gave them a chance to give debuts & trials to a number of new faces. The game was goalless for 80 minutes with the Newcastle side having  number of chances to score. However, Roberts then scored for the visitors against the run of play. They then got a second in the 88th. minute when Warnett picked up a loose ball a broke away, after JJ. Hooper had just hit the bar. Making their debuts at academy level were trialist  Macauley Booth at right back, & Newcastle Academy youngsters Lee Desmond at left half, Jonathyn Quinn at inside left & Rolando Aarons at outside left. The later was on trial from Bristol City. The other trialist who featured was Germaine Udumaga at right half. Greg Olley came on as a sub. on the hour; to make his debut at Under 18’s level. Newcastle’s other sub. in the game was Tom Heardman who came on in the 65th. minute. Estaban Cardona Lopez also got his first starts in the side, having only previously appeared as a sub.  
 
In the npower English Championship already relegated Doncaster Rovers; managed by Dean Saunders, finished their fixtures with a 3:2 defeat at home to Ipswich Town. A plus point was Habib Beye’s 90th minute goal. Doncaster ended the season in bottom place with 36 points; 4 points adrift of Coventry City in 23rd. place. James Coppinger also featured, & Michael Chopra was in Ipswich’s starting line up. Ipswich ended their season in 15th. place.    
 
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side missed out on automatic promotion, slipping behind Reading & Southampton, despite a 2:1 win over Hull City in their final league game. Once again Kevin Nolan was in the side. Finishing in 3rd place sees West Ham now battling it out in the play offs for promotion.
 
Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City ended their season defeating league champions Reading 2:0; cementing 4th. place in the league table & a place in the play offs for promotion. Birmingham had on loan Peter Ramage in the side.
 
The team the end the season in 5th place in the championship was Blackpool. Their last game at Millwall ended in a 2:2. Lomana Lua Lua started in the game & ex reserve Chris Basham came on as a sub.
 
Missing out on a promotion play off place was Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City. Gthey finished in 9th. place; despite winning their final game of the season away at Leeds United 2:1. 
 
One place behind them was Bright & Hove Albion, Kazenga Lua Lua’s club; unfortunately he remains injured at present.
 
Burnley drew 1:1 with Bristol City with David Edgar continuing his prominence in their defence. The result saw Burnley gain 13th. place in the league table.
 
In the lower half of the table were Crystal Palace whose last championship fixture with Cardiff City resulted in a 2:1 defeat. First team regular Darren Ambrose featured in the concluding game, which gave them 17th. place in the league table.
 
With play continuing in the other English npower leagues, Calvin Zola was on the score sheet for Burton Albion who notched another goal for them in the 90th minute. His goal sealed a 2:0 victory over Macclesfield.
 
On the Irn Bru Scottish 1st. Division, un league leaders Ross County, refuse to ‘take their foot off the pedal & they hammered Mid Table Hamilton 5:1. Ex reserve Colin McMenamin opened the scoring for Ross after only 5 minutes.  
 
The Blue Square Premier League programme was completed on April 28th & Ian Bogie’s Gateshead last game at home to AFC. Telford saw them gain all three points with a 3:0 victory. Ex reserve Kris Gate got the third in the 71st. minute. Also featuring in the final league game were on loan Newcastle reserve Paul Dummett. Late substitute appearances from ex Newcastle players were Alan O’Brien & James Marwood. The result saw Gateshead fall short of a promotion play off place, but still finish in a very respectable 8th. place. Unused subs on the day, but regulars in the side that season were ex reserves Craig Baxter, Martin Brittain & Paul Farman.
 
FA. Trophy finalists York City, completed their Blue Square Premier fixtures with a 1:0 won over Forest Green Rovers, securing 4th place & participation in the promotion play offs. Paddy McLaughlin contribution to the clubs cause & to York’s community was recognised after the game when he was presented with a trophy.
 
Luton Town managed by Paul Buckle & assisted by Alan Neilson, also gained a place in the play offs defeating league champions Fleetwood Town 2:0, gaining 5th. Place.
 
On a sad note financially troubled Darlington, won their final home game; defeating bottom club Kettering Town 3:1. Kettering, have struggled throughout the season & the result sees them relegated. Current manager Ashley Westwood had replaced Mark Stimpson on January 4th. to no avail. Darlington’s result could not save them from the same fate, even though they were 6 points above them, they still found themselves in 22nd place, third from bottom. Loyal to the cause ex Newcastle reserves, Paul Arnison & Adam Rundle featured.
 
In the Blue Square Bet North, Tommy Cassidy’s Blyth Spartans lost their final league 3:2 to Nuneaton. With the club stranded 9 points from the third bottom side their fate was already sealed the result was immaterial. However, a high point in the game was Joe Kendrick’s goal in the 33rd. minute, which was superb curving free kick into the top corner of the net.
 
Workington won 1:0 away to Worcester to gain 13th. place in the Blue Square North,  with Mark Boyd in the side. 
 
Two places above them were Boston United who drew 3:3 with Guiseley in heir final Blue Square North match, gaining them 11th. place. 40+ Veteran goalkeeper Paul Bostock continues to keep his place between the sticks. Paul was a trialist at Newcastle back in 1989.
 
In 15th. place were Harrogate Town, who finished in style with a 5:0 victory at Corby Town. Despite his 12 goals that season, Paul Brayson remained an unused sub. on the bench. 
 
The Skill Training Ltd. Northern League table could have be claimed by a single point by FA. Vase finalists West Auckland Town, despite losing 3:1 at Ashington. However, on Monday April 30th. Spennymoor Town played their final game, defeating Dunston UTS 1:0 to win the title by two points, leaving West Auckland to be runners up. Despite not winning the title, General manager Stuart Alderson & his team manager & coach at the club have had a tremendous season. Lets not forget the injured Alex Francis whose double leg fracture has kept him out of the remainder of the season. His earlier season exploits deserve credit.
 
Ashington’s star man was striker Marc Walton who scored a hat trick in the game. Also in the Ashington side for this game & many of their previous league matches, were ex reserves Matty Grieve, Liam Atkin, James Taylor, Tommy English, Darren Lough & Johnny Godsmark. The result gave Ashington a respectable 5th. place.
 
Veteran Coach George Herd & the management team at Sunderland RCA, saw their side end the season a place above in 4th. place. Although they still have a game outstanding they are five points behind the team above them.
 
Bedlington Terriers completed their Northern League programme with a 2:1 win over Norton & Stockton Ancients. Ex reserve Bedlington regulars, Stuart Elliott & Chris Carr both played.
 
Newcastle Benfield’s final game up at Consett saw them win 2:0. Ex reserve Brian Dodsworth was once again the side. The result saw them end the season in 12th place. The result saw Consett drop down into 15th place. Consett’s line up included regulars Dale Burrell & Craig Robson, both ex Newcastle reserves.
 
In 13th place South Shields battled to a 1:0 win over South Shields. Almost ever present left back Paul Talbot once again featured. In addition to his time at Newcastle in the reserves, Talbot had a fine career with Gateshead.
 
In the Skill Training Northern League Division II, Team Northumbria won the title 3 points ahead of second place Gilford Park. Regulars Mark Bertram & Dean Critchlow played in the final game as they defeated Whitehaven 2:0. The result saw the ‘students’ gain a place in the first division for the first time in their history.
 
North Shields, captained by ex reserve Paul Dunn; concluded their season in 8th. place, following a 6:0 victory at Thornaby.  
 
Newcastle’s Reserves took on Team Northumbria in the Final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at the ground previously known as ‘St. James Park’. They were 3:1 up at half time in front of a smaller than usual crowd of 739 & appeared to be cruising to victory. Paul Dummett had opened the scoring in the 16th minute & after Peter Watling equalised in 31st minute, pouncing on a defensive error, Newcastle were ahead again within a minute through Phil Airey. He then made it three in the 43rd minute & clipped the bar with a shot just before half time. After the break Greg McDermott had replaced Abeid. However, Davies now pulled one back for the students soon after the restart in the 48th minute; before Newcastle added a fourth through Dan Taylor in the 69th. minute. He’d only been on the pitch five minutes having replaced Airey. In the 75th. minute Ryan McGorrigan replaced Connor Newton, but Riley now made it three for the visitors just after in the 78th minute & then Davies got his second to equalise in the 88th. minute. Extra time produced no further goals; although McDermott hit the woodwork in the 119th minute & was ruled offside netting the rebound. Newcastle fired home 4 of their 5 penalties to win the shoot out 4:2. Those to convert were: Ryan Donaldson, Dan Taylor, Greg McDermott & Michael Richardson. The full line up of the victorious reserve side was as follows: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Connor Newton, Patrick Nzuri, Tomas Kadar (captain), Michael Richardson, Brad Inman, Phil Airey, Ryan Donaldson, Mehdi Abeid. Team Northumbria’s starting line up included ex reserves Mark Bertram, Dean Critchlow & Rob Cavener.    
 
Gateshead’s released details of the players they were retaining on professional contracts for next season & it only included 12 names, with only James Marwood being included from the ex Newcastle reserves at the club. Among the drastic clear out of 11 players the club announced it was releasing were the following ex Newcastle players: Kris Gate, Craig Baxter, Martin Brittain, Chris Moore, Paul Farman & recently signed Alan O’Brien.

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BULLETIN NO.12- MAY 2012 - REVIEW
  
This months bulletin completes the end of our first yearly section. I am beginning this months Bulletin with a big THANK YOU to all the Non League clubs & their secretaries who have been so helpful in providing information on their current players who have played for Newcastle. Close to home a particular thanks goes out to many of the Northern League clubs such as West Allotment, South Shields, Ryton & Crawcrook & North Shields to name but a few. Further down the non league ‘pyramid’ there is also a thank you to New Hartley. This months format of update is changing somewhat with the Toon Tracking of players surnames. This months update brings us update with surname ‘N & O’ now being added. With the season now ended, we have begun a backtracking to bring all records on all the players so far covered up to date. Updated onto the website so far are the Current Non 1st players, The Ex Trial Players, & The Ex Player Now Managers Section. By the end of next month it is envisaged that the remaining sections will all also be updated. The down side of doing this is that for now the researching of new full player profiles, season reviews & the grounds history will be temporarily halted. This will hopefully facilitate a quickening of the completion the tracking through to surname Z.      
  
MAY 1ST
 
Paul Dummett was announced Gateshead’s Player of the Month for April 2012.
 
MAY 2nd
 
Newcastle bounced from their defeat at Wigan with a tremendous 2:0 victory at Chelsea, keeping the Champions League Qualification hopes alive. Goal machine Papiss Cisse scored both. The first half opened was gem fired in from the edge of box in the 19th. minute. While the second goal is being touted as the goal of the season & was scored in the 90th. minute; with a curving volley from an angle, that left the crowd of 41 599 stunned & sent the travelling Newcastle fans into a frenzy. The first of three subs. for the Toon was Ryan Taylor after 68 minutes, who replaced injured Tiote who was stretchered off with a head injury. Shola Ameobi & Gabriel Obertans replaced Demba Ba & Ben Arfa in the 75th & 87th. minutes. 
 
In the Blue Square Bet Premier Play Off Semi Finals, York City were held to a 1:1 draw at home to Mansfield in the first leg. Paddy McLaughlin featured, before being replaced in the 82nd. minute.
 
In the Semi Final of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Northern League Cup, Bedlington Terriers lost 3:2 to FA Vase finalists West Auckland Town. Playing for Bedlington were Chris Carr? & Stuart Elliott?  (To Be Confirmed).
 
In the final of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup at Northallerton Town; Team Northumbria lost 3:2. Mark Bertram featured at left half & Dean Critchlow and Rob Cavener also featured.
 
Sunderland RCA with head coach George Herd doing a marvellous job; completed their Northern League fixtures with a 2:1 win over Dunston UTS; giving them 4th. lace in the league table. 
 
The annual Sir Bobby Robson Charity Golf Day took place at Rockcliffe Hall, near Darlington. Along with charity patron Alan Shearer were Steve Harper, John Beresford, Robert Lee & Steve Howey.
 
Sol Campbell, having left Newcastle at the end of last season, announced he had decided to retire from playing. Initially he had offers from other clubs to play on early in the season, but was suffering from a foot injury & he has now decided to make an official announcement.      
 
MAY 3rd
 
Newcastle Reserves completed their league programme, losing 3:0 behind closed doors at Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn were two up by half time through Maclaren who scored in the 32nd minute & Goulon who netted two minutes later. They also missed a penalty in the 11th minute. Blackburn got their third in the 71st minute through Blackman. Newcastle made changes at half time but to no avail. They brought on Paul Dummett for Tomas Kadar & Jamie Smith for Ryan McGorrigan. The result saw Willie Donachie’s  complete their fixtures in 5th. position in the league table. Played 22, Won 7, Drew 4, Lost 11, F38, A58, Points 25.     
 
Sam Allardyce, assisted by Neil McDonald took West Ham a step closer to Premiership football with a promotion play off semi final 1st. Leg 2:0 victory over Cardiff City. Kevin Nolan featured for West Ham.
 
Luton Town; manager by Paul Buckle & assisted by Alan Neilson, defeated Wrexham in their Play Offs Semi Final 1st. Leg tie.
 
Nobby Solano & his band ‘The Geordie Latinos’ played a charity gig for a local children’s charity at Sam Jacks, Tynemouth.
 
MAY 4th
 
Stephen Folan had a trial at Burnley & featured for their reserves in their final league game of the season at right half. The match verses Macclesfield Town ended in a 1:1 draw.
 
Blackpool defeated Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City 1:0 in their Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg match; with Peter Ramage featuring in the Blackpool side.
 
Tino Asprilla did a free ‘Talk In’ at the Green Leisure Club, Gosforth.
 
MAY 5th
 
Newcastle’s Under 18’s Academy side, having reached the national play offs, were swiftly knocked out. They lost 2:0 away to a strong Blackburn Rovers side. O’Sullivan got both goals for Blackburn in the first half. Newcastle tried to change things in the 59th minute, with a double substitution; Adam Campbell replaced Miele & Dan Taylor replaced Maddison. Alex Gilliead also came on as a sub in the 76th minute. As the game drew to a close, Campbell did get to find the net but he was offside.     
 
Scott Bell’s Benefit match took place, with his club Blyth Spartans fielding an ‘XI, including a number of ex players. They entertained a Bedlington Terriers XI, with funds going to Motor Neuron research, a condition, which sadly Scott Bell has contracted. Scott came onto the pitch & despite being on crutches; he kick off the game. The match programme gave hints of possible inclusions in sides being Olivier Bernard who did not appear & ex Blyth keeper Adam Bartlett; whose Hereford commitments prevented him from turning out. Bedlington did however have ex Newcastle reserve Gareth McAlindon in their starting line up at inside right. Things were level at half time two a piece. In the second half Bedlington coach & ex Newcastle Reserve Paddy Akinson came on as sub at left back, with Stuart Elliott remaining on the bench not kitted in a sort of role reversal, coaching from the side lines. In the second half ex Newcastle player Jamie McClen also came on as a sub for Blyth at inside right & in about the 55th minute he scored the goal of the game with a tremendous shot from just inside the box, which gave the keeper no chance. The final score of game played in great spirit in sunshine; was 4:3 to Tommy Cassidy’s  Blyth Spartans. 
 
The FA. Cup Final kicked off late for the first time in history at 5.15. There was no interest in the Chelsea camp; however. Liverpool, manager by Kenny Dalglish & coached by Steve Clarke, had Craig Bellamy & Jose Enrique in their starting line up, with Andy Carroll on the bench. With Liverpool trailing 2:0 it was Carroll who came on with ‘fire in the belly’ & he scored & nearly got another. The goal was not enough for Liverpool who lost the trophy to Chelsea 2:1.
 
It was last day of the season in the Npower League Division I & on loan Nile Ranger saw his goal for Sheffield Wednesday in the 52nd, minute earn them a 2;1 win over Wycombe Wanderers to gain second place & clinch automatic promotion.

Making the play offs were Huddersfield Town; whom despite all the managerial upheaval following the surprise sacking of Lee Clark & his coaching team a while back. They defeated Yeovil 2:0 & clinched 4th. place & a chance for promotion through the play offs. Ex reserve goalkeeper Ian Bennett was in goal in the game. The opposition Yeovil had Paul Huntington in their defence & their finishing place in the league table as 17th. 
 
Ending the season in 5th. place were MK. Dons & Alan Smith once again featured in their final game when they lost 1:0 to Walsall. Their hopes are alive as they too qualified for the play offs.
 
Missing out on any further action that season were Carlisle United, whose final game against Oldham ended in a 2:1 defeat. Almost ever present goalkeeper & ex Newcastle reserve Adam Collin featured & the result gave them an 8th place finish.
Continuing as a regular in Oldham’s forward line was Kuqi & that win saw them completed their fixtures in 16th. place.  
 
In the npower League II, Shrewsbury Town gained automatic promotion as runners up; despite being defeated 3:1 in the final game against AFC Wimbledon. Ben Smith did not feature & was once again an unused sub on the bench; however he did start in 11 of sides league fixtures that season. The result saw Wimbledon finish in 16th. place. On loan from Sunderland & ex trialist Billy Knott saw more action coming on in the game as a sub.    
 
Bristol Rovers now managed by Mark McGhee completed their league fixture with a 4:0 defeat to Dagengham & Redbridge & ended the season in 13th. place. 
 
Accrington Stanley had a mediocre league campaign & their final game against Crawley Town saw them lose 1:0. Ex trial player Charles Barnett once again featured for Accrington who ended the season in 14th. place.
 
Burton Albion saw their season end with a 17th. place finish. Regular forward Calvin Zola once again featured in their 2:1 defeat to Barnet.
 
Northampton Town managed to avoid relegation completed their league programme ion 20th. place. Ben Tozer was in their side that day as they drew 1:1 with Rotherham.
 
Relegated in second bottom place in Division II, were Hereford United. This was despite defeating Torquay 3:2, with Adam Bartlett between the sticks. Hereford will have to play the likes of Gateshead next season in the Blue Square Premier League.  
 
The league programme also came to a close in Scotland in the Irn Bru League Division I. Ross County finished in style defeating Queen of the South 5:3; already champions way ahead of the chasing pack. Ross County’s third goal was scored by ex reserve Colin McMenamin. The result condemned his ex club ‘The Queens’ to relegation in bottom place. Ex team mate Ryan McGuffie was in their side.   
 
Second place was gained by Dundee, who defeated Livingston 1:0. There was no place for Carl Finnigan in the starting line; who had featured in 5 of their games since joining the club in January.
 
Brian Reid’s Ayr United lost 3:2 to Falkirk in their final league game. The result saw them end the season in second bottom place. To avoid relegation they now face play offs for survival.
 
In the Irn Bru Scottish Division II, Cowdenbeath had already clinched the league title. They finished their fixtures with a 0:0 draw with Airdrie United. David Cowan did not get a start in the game, with the last 15 appearances for them having been in April. Coming on as a late substitute in the 85th. was veteran Lee Makel, the clubs assistant manager.
 
Dumbarton gained third place in Division II, winning their final game against Brechin 4:2. Dumbarton hopes of promotion now lie in the play offs. Ex reserve goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay had featured in 26 appearances in the side including the previous weekend & was now being rested in preparation for the play offs. 
 
In the Final of the Brookes Mileson Memorial Northern League Cup Semi Final, the tie between Team Northumbria & Spennymoor Town ended in a 3:3 draw after extra time. The ‘students first goal was scored Dean Critchlow in the 7th. minute. Both Mark Bertram at left half & Rob Cavener were in the starting line up. Team Northumbria won through to the final, knocking Spennymoor out 4:2 in the penalty shoot out.
 
MAY 6th
 
Newcastle’s last home much of season against league leaders Manchester City was a close affair. At half time the game was goalless, although Santon made a great clearance off the line. In the second half, City’s Toure scored twice in the 70th  & then in 88th. minute; in front of a lively 52 389. The packed house created a new record for the ground since it became an all seated stadium. With Europa League qualification already guaranteed; a Champions League place now looks out of reach with only one game to go. In attempt to gain something from the game, Pardew took off James Perch for Shane Ferguson, after 74 minutes & also brought Ben Arfa off for Shola Ameobi & then added Ryan Taylor for Tiote in the 82nd. minute. Prior to the match a Statue in honour of the late Sir Bobby Robson was unveiled outside the ground.
 
Ex reserve forward & brother of Shola & Sami; Tomi Ameobi joined Icelandic side Grindavik & made his debut in a 1:1 draw with FH.
 
MAY 7th
 
A new trialist arrived on Tyneside to train with Newcastle; 20 year old Christophe Lowinsky from Marseille.
 
 
In their Championship Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg, West Ham steamed into the final; defeating Cardiff City 3:0; giving an aggregate of 5:0. Kevin Nolan was among the goal scorers, netting in the 15th minute.
 
York City’s Play Off Semi Final 2nd. leg  of the Blue Square Bet Premier League, went to extra time. They won through 1:0 on the night against Mansfield Town, with Paddy McLaughlin in the side.  
 
Coach Alan Neilson watched on as Luton Town also progressed through the semi final 2nds leg tie. They were defeated on the night 2:1, but won through 3:2 on aggregate.
 
MAY 9th
 
Blackpool became the other club to reach the play off finals for promotion to the premiership. They travelled to Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City & drew 2:2 in the 2nd. leg; going though to the finals on a 3:2 aggregate. Playing for Birmingham was Peter Ramage.
 
In Scotland, in the Irn Bru Division One Play Off Semi Final 1st. Leg, Dumbarton defeated Arbroath 2:1. In goal for Dumbarton was ex reserve Stephen Grindlay; while ex fringe player Brian Kerr was in the Arbroath line up.     
 
In the Scottish Division One Relegation Play Off Semi Final 1st. Leg, Brian Reid’s Ayr United defeated Airdrie 1:0. 
 
St. Mirren took Dan Taylor & Patrick Nzuzi on trial.
 
MAY 10th
 
Northern Ireland Under 21’s lost 1:0 to Macedonia in their European Championships Qualifying Group 4 match. Shane Ferguson started I the centre of defence, but was sent off in the 88th minute; the culmination of a frustrating night for the young Irish side.  
 
Having signed a pre contract agreement with St. Mirren back in January, Lewis Guy was noted as now training with the club. 

KA Akureyri of Iceland announced they had registered ex reserve Darren Lough from Ashington. Two days later on May 12th. he made his debut at right half, in the Icelandic League for KA Akureyri; in their 3:2 win over IR Reykjavik.   

MAY 11th
 
Alan Pardew is named as the Barclays Premiership League Manager of the Year.  
 
Another new face arrives on Tyneside for a trial. The player is defender Valentin Gjokaj from Swiss side FC. Luzern.
 
A Liverpool ‘Backroom staff XI’ played a Local Press XI at Melwood in a friendly kick out. It resulted in a 10:2 victory for the Liverpool side & Kenny Dalglish hit a hat trick in the game.
  
 
MAY 12th
 
York City defeated Newport County 2:0 in the Final of of the FA. Carlsberg Trophy at Wembley. Although Paddy McLaughlin did not score, he played apart in the first goal & assisted the second in a Man of The Match performance.
 
In the npower Division One Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg, Huddersfield Town defeated MK. Dons 2:0, Ian Bennett was once again ‘between the sticks’. Alan Smith started for the Dons, but was replaced on the hour.
 
Danny Lennon’s St. Mirren, coached by Tommy Craig, completed their Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier fixtures with a 0:0 draw with Aberdeen. The result saw them completed the season in 8th. place.
 
Pat Fenlon, along with coach Liam O’Brien, saw Hibernian complete their Scottish Premier League games with a 2:0 defeat to Inverness Caledonian. The result saw them end the season second bottom in a lowly 11th. place, having avoided relegation. The Hibs line up was a weak one with the Scottish Cup Final being their next game.
 
In their Irn Bru Scottish Division First Division Play Semi Final Second Leg, Dumbarton drew 0:0 at Arbroath to reach the final with an aggregate 2:1 score. Stephen Grindlay kept a clean sheet, having made some crucial saves. For Arbroath Brian Kerr came on late in the game in the 87th. minute.
 
Unfortunately Brian Reid’s Ayr United lost their Play Off Semi Final Second Leg 3:1 to Airdrie.          
 
In the Northern Alliance Premier Division ex reserve Andy Mogwo came on as s sub. for Ponteland United & he scored with a tremendous shot in the second half. Unfortunately they lost 5:2.      
 
MAY 13th
 
Newcastle’s last Premiership game of the season away to Everton ended on a disappointing note. The slight hope of a champions league placed faded, with Europa League qualification already secured. By half time the one sided match saw Newcastle 2:0 down, with goals from Pienaar on 16 minutes & Jelavic on 27 minutes. Newcastle made more of a fight of it in the second half, but still went three down in the 65th. minute through Heitinga. It took an own goal from Hibbert to make it 3:1, in the 73rd minute; although Cisse came close on two occasions. The subs were Ryan Taylor for Santon at half time, along with Marveux for Perch & later  Shola for Tiote in the 81st. minute. With the final whitsle blown, Cahill was sent off following an incident with Cabaye. The attendance on the day was 39 517. The result Newcastle end their best season in recent years in 5th. place. Distin came on for Everton in the 70th minute; who completed their season in 7th place.        
 
Manchester City claimed the Premiership title ahead of Manchester United, with nail biting 3:2 as they just managed to over come a ten men QPR. The sending off for QPR was non other than Joey Barton who ‘took a wobbler’ in the 55th. minute. James Milner deservedly got a Premiership Champions medal, although he didn’t feature in the final game. QPR just avoided relegation 4th from bottom.
 
Manchester United defeated Sunderland 1:0, giving them runners up spot; while Sunderland ended the season in 13th. place. Getting a run out on his return from injury  was Titus Bramble at right half.
 
Tottenham Hotspur verses Fulham, ended in a 2:0 win, with Friedel keeping a clean sheet. Both Aaron Hughes & Damien Duff played for Fulham. The result saw Spurs clinch 4th place & Fulham finish in a respectable 9th. place in the Premiership.
 
Dalglish’s Liverpool suffered a disappointing 1:0 defeated at Swansea. Andy Carroll started in the game, with Bellamy coming on as a sub on the hour. There was no place for Enrique; with Liverpool ending their campaign in 8th place. Swansea featured Routledge as a sub in the 78th minute; with season culminating in 11th place.
 
Wigan Athletic pulled further away from the drop zone with another win to end their season, defeating Wolves 3:2. Gary Caldwell once again captained the side?. Wigan finished in 15th place. 
 
Aston Villa lost 2:0 at Norwich; completed a disappointing season for Shay Given & Stephen Ireland’s side. Villa’s season concluded with a lowly 16th. place finish.
 
The FA. Vase Final at Wembley saw Dunston UTS defeat West Auckland Town 2:0; with Stuart Alderson’s County Durham side having to settle for runners up medals. 
 
MAY 15th.
 
Alan Pardew got a second award after being voted ‘The League Managers Premier League Manager of the Season.
 
Newcastle’s Academy signed 16 year old Lubomir Satka who is a Slovakian Under 17’s International. He captains the side as a central defender.
 
Huddersfield Town progressed to the division I Play Off Finals, following there narrow to defeat to the MK Dons 2:1; winning 3:2 on aggregate. The Dons winner came in the 90th minute from Alan Smith. Prior to this Huddersfield keeper Ian Bennett had to be replaced due to an injury.  
 
Sami Hyypia progressed from being caretaker manager to become appointed as Bayern Leverkusen’s new first team manager. The side under his guidance for their final six games had been unbeaten in the Bundersliga & ended the season in 5th place qualifying for the Europa League. Leverkusen’s final game of the season on May 5th had been an impressive 4:1 victory over Nurenberg.  
 
Tomi Ameobi scored his first goal for Grindavik in an Icelandic League 4:3 defeat to Fram.
 
Dietmar Hamann unveiled a 3D artwork of the arena in Munich ahead of the Champions League final. 
 
Manchester United defeated a Irish Premier League XI 4:1 in Testimonial match for 1950’s goalkeeper Harry Gregg at Windsor Park. Those involved for Manchester included inside forward Michael Owen who missed two chances in the first half before being replaced in the 61st minute by Wayne Rooney. Soon after the game Manchester United announced Owen’s contract would be ending soon & would not be  being renewed. 
 
MAY 16th
 
The Final of the Brooks Mielson Northern League Cup featured Team Northumbria & FA. Vase finalists West Auckland, with the former winning 4:1.  Team Northumbria featured their three ex Newcastle reserves once again. Bertram at left half, Critchlow at centre forward & Cavener at outside left. The later scored one of his sides goal in the 21st. minute. Among Team Northumbria’s coaching staff was also ex Newcastle player Anth Lormor.   
 
Liverpool decided to terminate Kenny Dalglish’s contract as manager, despite Carling Cup silverware & a FA. Cup Final appearance. It appears the sides Premiership poor form & 8th place finish was his downfall. Kenny’s record breaking sale of Torres for over £50 million & the acquisition of Andy Carroll for £35 million will be remembered for many years. Steve Clarke made the decision to resign from the club soon after.
 
In the Irn Bru Scottish Division One Play Off Final 1st. Leg Dumbarton took on Airdrie United & the tie ended in a 2:1 win. Stephen Grindlay played for Dumbarton.
 
Mark Stimpson is appointed as the new manager of Thurrock FC.
 
MAY 17th
 
Mick Hartford is announced as a new Assistant Manager at the MK. Dons.
 
MAY 18th
 
Accrington Stanley announced that they had failed to agree new contract terms with Sean Hessey & he had left the club.
 
MAY 19th
 
Willie Donachie’s Newcastle Reserve team took part with a squad of ten players in the annual Hong Kong Citibank International 7’s Tournament. With matches played outdoors 15 minutes each way, Newcastle opened their Group D matches with a 2:0 victory over Hong Kong FA. Dragons. Both goals were scored in the first half by Steven Logan & Marcus Maddison. Their 2nd Group D match saw another victory; this time defeating Hong Kong FC, 1:0. Brad Inman scored the vital winner in the second half. The reserves 3rd & final group stage match was against Aston Villa. Newcastle again came out on top & Maddison after hit the post with an effort, it was JJ. Hooper who scored to give Newcastle a 1:0 & top the group to progress into the next days Quarter Finals. Hooper also hit the post later in the game. Among those in the squad were goalkeeper Jak Alnwick & newly signed youngster Lubomir Satha; making his debut.  
 
Sunderland also took part in the Citibank Hong Kong International 7-A-Side Tournament, with ex trialist Billy Knott in the squad. The kicked off their Group A matches with a 1:0 win over Singapore CC. This was followed by a 1:0 defeat to Kowloon & then completed their group matches with a 0:0 draw with Glasgow Rangers. They clinched 2nd place in their group to progress to the knock out stages. 
 
Captained by Kevin Nolan; Sam Allardyce & Neil McDonald’s West Ham United came out on top in the championship Play Off Final at Wembley. They defeated Blackpool 2:1 to gain promotion back into the Premiership. Nolan came close to scoring with a volley which hit the bar.
 
Scottish FA. Cup Final day was a one sided affair with Hearts defeating Pat Fenlon & Liam O’Brien’s  Hibs 5:1.
 
MAY 20th
 
Newcastle’s Reserves faced Celtic in the Hong Kong International 7-A-Side Tournament. At half time they trailed 1:0 to goal from Keating; however in the second half they fought back & goals from Adam Campbell & Brandon Miele saw them reach the semi finals to face Sunderland. New academy signing Lubomir Satka featured in the Celtic game. The semi final was close affair, but another goal from Adam Campbell sealed the tie & a place in the final. Newcastle faced Aston Villa in the final & won