BULLETIN 73 - JUNE 2017 REVIEW 

The summer break and the inevitable transfer speculation got underway.  However by the end of the month there was still only rumours and .new faces landed; although those to be released from the were finding new clubs.
 
The addition to the websites database this month, to complement the season review is a ‘2016-17 is a complete overhaul & update of all the current 1st Team & Non 1st. Team records up to the end of the season. These total 41 1st Team & 57 non 1st Team players.If we add the ex player Toon Tracker totals of 537 to that; then this gives the website a grand total of 635 Toon Tracker Profiles from 2010+ 
 
Tragically, there has been the sad news that Chieck Tiote died on June 5th aged only 30, while training from a heart attack. While later in the month on June 18th  Albert Franks died aged 81.Obituaries for both players can be seen below.

CHEICK ISMAEL TIOTE - OBITUARY

ROLE: MIDFIELDER
HEIGHT: 5. 11 (2014)  WEIGHT: 11. 09 (76kg) (2012).
DOB: JUN. 21ST. 1986, YAMOUSSOUKRO, IVORY COAST.
DIED: JUN.5th.2017 (Aged 30) BEIJING, CHINA.

CAREER
FC. BIBO (IVORY COAST) (YOUTH- 1998 To 2005). RSC. ANDERLECHT (BELGIUM) (2005 To JUL.2008)
RODA J C (HOLLAND) (LOAN- 2007 To 2008).
FC TWENTE (HOLLAND) (TRANSFER FEE- £2.2 MILLION JUL.2008 To AUG.2010).
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE- £3.5 MILLION: AUG. 26th. 2010 To FEB.2017)
BEIJING ENTERPRISES GROUP FC (CHINA- UNDISCLOSED FEE- REPORTED TO BE APPROX: £1 MILLION-  FEB.6th.2017 To JUN.5th.2017- Died in Training. 11 League Apps; 0 Goals) 

NUFC: 1st. TEAM APPEARANCE RECORD
Total Apps; 143 (+13), (139 League); 1 League Goal.
*DEBUT- SEP.18th.2010 v EVERTON, Won 1;0

HONOURS
IVORY COAST: FULL INTERNATIONAL CAPS: 51, 1 GOAL  :-
JUN.13th..2009, CAMEROON, Won 2:1. START-
AUG.19th.2009, TUNISIA. SUB- 66 mins (At Outside Left0
NOV.18th.2009, GERMANY, Draw 2:2, International Friendly.  START- Inside Right. Replaced- 87 Mins.
JAN.4th.2010, TANZANIA, International Friendly. SUB- 45 mins (At Right Half).
JAN.7th.2010, RWANDA, Won 2:0, International Friendly. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 64 mins.
JAN.11th.2010, BURKINA FASO, Draw 0:0, Africa Cup of Nations Group B. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 81 mins
JAN.15th.2010, GHANA, Won 3:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group B. START- Inside Right.
JAN.24th.2010, ALGERIA, Lost 2:3 (AET), Africa Cup Of Nations Quarter Final. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 72 mins. 
MAR.3rd.2010, SOUTH KOREA, Lost 0:2, International Friendly. START- Inside Right.
MAY 30th.2010, PARAGUAY, Draw 2:2, International Friendly. START- Outside Right.
JUN.4th.2010, JAPAN, Won 2:0, International Friendly. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 88 mins.
JUN.15th.2010, PORTUGAL, Draw 0:0, World Cup Finals, Group G. START- Inside Right.
JUN.20th.2010, BRAZIL, Lost 1:3, World Cup Finals, Group G. START- Inside Right.
JUN.25th.2010, N.KOREA, Won 3:0, World Cup Finals, Group G. START- Inside Right.
AUG.10th.2010, ITALY, Won 1:0, International Friendly. START- Inside Right.
SEP.4th.2010 v RWANDA, Won 3:0. African Cup of Nations Qual. START-
OCT.9TH. 2010 v BURUNDI., Won 1:0, African Cup of Nations Qual. START- 
NOV.17th.2010, POLAND, Lost 0:3, International Friendly. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 90 mins.
JAN.17th.2012, LIBYA, Won 1:0, International Friendly. START-
JAN.13th.2012, TUNISIA, Won 2:0, International Friendly. START- Red Card 2nd Half.
JAN.22nd.2012, SUDAN, Won 1:0, African Cup of Nations Group B. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 80 mins. 
JAN.26th.2012, BURKINA FASO, Won 2:0, African Cup of Nations Group B. START- Outside Right.
FEB.8th.2012, MALI, Won 1:0, African Cup of Nations Semi Final. START- Left Half.
FEB.12th.2012, ZAMBIA, Draw 0:0 (AET), Lost 7:8 On Pens. African Cup of Nations Final. START- Outside Right.
(Scored 1 Penalty in the Shoot Out).   
FEB.29th.2012, GUINEA, Draw 0:0,  International Friendly. START- 
JUN.2nd.2012, TANZANIA, Won 2:0, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Left Half. Replaced- 63 mins
JUN.9th.2012, MOROCCO, Draw 2:2, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Left Half.  
OCT.13th.2012, SENEGAL, Won 2:0 (Match Abandoned 76 mins & Tie Awarded to Ivory Coast) African Cup of Nations Qualifying Play Off 2nd. Leg. START-
NOV.14th.2012, AUSTRIA, Won 3:0, International Friendly. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 52 mins.
JAN.14th.2013, EGYPT, Won 4:2, International Friendly. START- Outside Right.
JAN.22nd.2013, TOGO, Won 2:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group D. SUB- 63 mins.
JAN.26th.2013, TUNISIA, Won 3:0, Africa Cup of Nations Group D. START- Inside Right.  
FEB.3rd.2013, NIGERIA, Lost 1:2, Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final. 1 GOAL- 50 mins. START- Inside Right.
MAR.23rd.2013, GAMBIA, Won 3:0, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Outside Right.
JUN.8th.2013, GAMBIA, Won 3:0, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Inside Right.
SEP.7th.2013, MOROCCO, Draw 1:1, World Cup Qualifier Group C. START- Inside Right. Replaced- 87 mins.
OCT.12th.2013, SENEGAL, Won 3:1, World Cup Qualifier African 3rd Rd. START- Outside Right.
MAR.5th.2014, BELGIUM, Draw 2:2, International Friendly. START- Outside Right.
MAY 31st.2014, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, Lost 1:2, International Friendly. START- Left Half. Replaced- 45 mins
JUN.4th.2014, EL SALVADOR, Won 2:1, International Friendly. START- Left Half. Replaced- 73 mins.
JUN.15th. 2014, JAPAN, Won 2:1, World Cup Group C Match 1. START- Outside Right.
JUN.19th.2014, COLUMBIA, Lost 1:2, World Cup Group C Match 2. START- Outside Right.
JUN.24th.2014, GREECE, Lost 1:2, World Cup Group C Match 3. START- Outside Right. Replaced- 61 mins.
SEP.6th.2014, SIERRA LEONE, Won 2:1, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START-
SEP.10th.2014, CAMEROON, Lost 1:4, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START-
OCT.11th.2014, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Won 2:1, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START-
OCT.15th.2014, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Lost 0:1, Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group D. START
JAN.11th.2015, NIGERIA, Won 1:0, International Friendly. START.
JAN.15th.2015, SWEDEN, Lost 0:2, International Friendly. START-
JAN.20th.2015, GUINEA, Draw 1:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group Match 1. START-
JAN.24th.2015, MALI, Draw 1:1, Africa Cup of Nations Group Match 2. START-
 
IVORY COAST UNDER 23’s APPEARANCE
AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS- FINAL RUNNER UP: 2012 (IVORY COAST).  
EREDIVISE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER: 2009-10 (FC. TWENTE).
DUTCH SUPER CUP FINAL- WINNER: JUL.2010 (FC. TWENTE).
KNVB CUP FINAL-RUNNER UP: 2007-08 (RODA JC), 2008-09 (FC. TWENTE)
BELGIUM FIRST DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP- WINNER 2005-06, 2006-07 (RSC ANDERLECHT). 
BELGIUM SUPER CUP FINAL WINNER: 2006, 2007 (RSC. ANDERLECHT).
TROFEO INTERNATIONAL GUADIANA (ALGARVE)- WINNER JUL.2012 (NUFC).
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Cheick Tiote began playing football as youngster bare foot locally in Yamoussoukro. His first club as youth was FC Bibo. He was talent spotted by Anderlecht in 2005, who signed him up. He initially turned out in their second team, before gaining his senior debut in a Belgium Cup 6;5 defeat to Geel in November 2005. At first, a young Tiote struggled to gain a regular place and in the following season only got 3 senior outings sustaining injuries. However, during the 2007-08 season he went out on loan to Dutch side Roda JC; making his debut on September  2nd in a 5;3 victory over VVV Venlo. Soon after he scored his first senior goal against Feyenoord. In total he made 26 league appearances in the side; scoring 2 goals. In the summer of 2008, Tiote signed for FC Twente. As the season got underway he made his debut for them on August 13th in a Champions League Qualifying defeat to Arsenal. His side reached the final of the Dutch KNVB Cup, facing Heerenveen in the final. The game ended in a 2;2, with his losing out on penalties. He was now a regular in the side, notching up a total of 41 senior starts that season. During the following season Tiote had a number of suspensions, but he was still a first team regular and he featured at the end of the season as a sub in a 2;0 victory over NAC Breda. The result saw his side claim the league title. Tiote’s reputation as a hard tackling busy midfield player grew and he began to catch the eye of a number of clubs; despite only getting limited match time the following season. It was Newcastle who would swoop to sign him on August 26th 2010 for a £3.5 million fee. His Newcastle debut came on September 18th verses Everton in a 1;0 win. Later that season, Cheick scored his only competitive goal for the club in a game which was one the high points of the season. His only goal for Newcastle came on February 5th; in a dramatic come back; gaining a 4;4 draw against Arsenal. By the end of his first season he had featured for fir the first team on 28 occasions. 
 
The 2011-12 season began well for Tiote, being regularly selected in the starting eleven. Unfortunately on October 22nd he sustained a broken nose in a 1:0 win over Wigan. Before Christmas he was back in the and went on to feature 24 times as the side completed the season in style gained 5th place & Europa League Qualification.  Unfortunately his yellow card tally had hit 25 by the end of his second season, such was the competitive, combative nature of his game. A similar pastern followed the following season, along with a further injury problem occurring. .During the 2013-14 season Tiote stepped to captain the side in a 2;2 draw with ??? on October 19th 2013  . His start the following season was held back due to a hamstring injury & it was not until September that featured in a 2;2 draw with Hull; assisting one of his sides goals. During the troubled 2015-16 season, when the club were initially managed by McClaren;  Tiote clocked up20 appearances in the side which would ultimately be relegated & as new players were brought in his selection in the side became much reduced. That summer as the club rebuilt itself ready to push for promotion back out of the Championship,. Tiote was retained in the squad but only featured three more times in the side that season & on February 9th 2017 he was signed by Chinese side Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee reported to be about 31 million. He gained his debut quickly playing against Qingdao Huanghai in a2;1 defeat in that seasons opener. His last of 11appearances was on June 3rd 2017 when they defeated Baoding Yingli Yitong 4;2. Tragically, Cheick Tiote died only two days later; sustaining a fatal heart attack in training on June 5th. He was aged only 30
 
No tribute to Cheick Tiote would be complete without highlighting his international career with the Ivory Coast; which began  in 2009 in a friendly matches. He soon went on to feature for them in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2012, the Ivory Coast reached the final; with Tiote a starting eleven selection regular. They faced Zambia in the final. The game ended in a draw and went to a penalty shoot out; with Tiote slotting home his spot kick. Unfortunately they went onto loose8;7.  During his ‘cut short’ international career ,Tiote scored one goal in 2013 in the Africa Cup of Nations; when they lost 2;1 to Nigeria. In total he featured for his country on 51 occasions
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ALBERT JOHN FRANKS- OBITUARY

DIED: JUN.18th.2017, GATESHEAD (Aged 81).
DOB: APR.13th.1936, BOLDON COLLIERY, Co. DURHAM.
POSITION: HALF BACK. HEIGHT: 5.10
 
Career:
SOUTH TYNE JUNIORS, JARROW POLICE (CADETS), BOLDON CW.
SUNDERLAND AFC (AMATEUR- 1953)
NUFC (TRANSFER FEE_ £50; DEC.1953 To MAR.1960).
GLASGOW RANGERS (TRANSFER FEE- £6 500 MAR.1960 To NOV.1961-3 League Apps;0Goals),
MORTON (LOAN- 1961; 13 League Apps,2 Goals)
LINCOLN CITY (NOV.16th.1961 To JAN.1964- 66 Apps (58 League); 6 Goals, 5 League).
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (FREE TRANSFER FEE- JAN.1964 To MAY 1964- 10League Apps, 2 Goals).
SCARBOROUGH (PLAYER/MANAGER JUL.1st.1964 To DEC.1965- 55 League Apps; RETIRED).
 
Honours:
RAF XI APPEARANCE- 1954.
DURHAM FA YOUTH v NORTHUMBERLAND FAXI APP. (capt)
DURHAM SCHOOLS CRICKET XI
 
NUFC: 1st TEAM RECORD; Total /Apps; 75, 72 League; 4 League Goals
*DEBUT- FEB.16TH.1957 v LUTON TOWN, Lost 1;4.

Albert’s early football development began locally in the South Tyneside area with Jarrow & Boldon. As left sided player, he became a half back and after a time as a police cadet & for a short period in 1953 he signed as an amateur for Sunderland. During those early years Albert also captained the Durham FA Youth side  However, his workmanlike displays caught Newcastle’s eye & in December 1953 they signed him for £50. Competition for places, during those cup winning years was fierce and his early seasons at St. James Park  were spent at reserve level. It was not until the 1956-57 season that finally broke into the first team  This was on February 16th 1957; in a 4;1 defeat to Luton Town; ending the season with 7 starts; mostly at left half. By the 1957-58 he was regular in the first team & would go to make 72 league and 3 FA Cup appearances in the side; scoring 4 goals. His first goal at Newcastle came on April 5th 1958, in a 3;2 defeat to Blackpool. During his early years with Newcastle, Albert did National Service & got to Represent the RAF in Germany. A change in management saw Franks become less of a regular in the side and after a solid 1958-59 season when club finished 11th; during his last season only got selected on 3 occasions; the last of which was on January 23rd 1960; in 2;0 defeat to Leicester City. This was the last of 72 league appearances, scoring 4 goals & a further 3 FA Cup appearances.
 In March  1960 he transfer to Scottish giants Rangers for a fee of £6500. Things did not work out well over the border & after brief stint on loan with Morton; he signed for Lincoln City in November 1961. Later that month he made hid League Division II debut for them in a 1;0 defeat to Notts County. Here he once again found regular first team football. He would remain with the ‘Imps’ until 1964 & notched 66 senior appearances (58 League).His last game for Lincoln was on May 18th 1963 in a 2;1 defeat to Barrow. This was followed a short period with his final club: Scarborough as player / manager. Here he would make a further 55 appearances before hanging up his boots in December 1965. After professional football Albert returned to his police training days & joined Durham Constabulary. He also kept his hand in; managing and playing for their football team. During his 22 years with the force working in CID he was given 22 commendations. Later he worked as a security consultant & was a regular playing indoor bowls at Chester Le Street.  Albert passed away on June 18th  2017 aged 81.
 
JUN.2nd
 
Daryl Murphy played for the opening 64 minutes of Scotland’s 3;1 friendly defeat to Mexico.
 
France defeated Paraguay 5;0 in a friendly. Moussa Sissoko was among the goal scorers. He found the net in the 76th minute having come on as a sub at half time.  Florian Thauvin came on as a sub in the 80th minute.
 
Gael Bigirimana signed for Motherwell.
 
Steve Watson did a Talk In at the Teams Club, Gateshead in aid of Redheugh Boys Club.
 
Newcastle Legends (ex players) held the annual dunner at the Village Hotel, Wallsend. Those in attendance included; Pop Robson, John McNamee, David Craig, Frank Clark, Ron Guthrie, Ron McGarry, Les O’Neil, Chris Guthrie, Brian Ferguson, Jimmy Smith. Martin Burleigh, Dave Hilley, Jimmy Smith, Ray Ellison, Stewart Mitchell, John Cowan, Charlie Woods & Les O’Neil, Keith Kennedy & guest speaker Alan Kennedy & also Ex reserve/ youth players: Dave Lawson, Stewart Fellows, Dave Clarke & Dave Embleton
 
JUN.3rd
 
On the cricket pitch, James Beaumont assisted Middlesbrough against his old club Stokesley. He hit 42 runs in a 197 for 8 to171 for 8 result.
 
JUN.4th
 
Ireland beat Uruguay 3;1 in a friendly. Daryl Murphy came on as 64th minute sub.
 
USA drew 1;1 with Venezuela in a friendly. Deandre Yedlin played in the defence coming off in injury time.
 
Holland defeated the Ivory Coast 5;0 in friendly. Georginio Wijnaldum was a 64th minute sub. Doumbia was an unused sub for the Ivory Coast.
 
JUN.5th
 
Cheick Tiote died aged only 30, tragically of a heart attacking while training with his club in China.
 
England Under 20’s progressed in their World Cup defeated Mexico 1;0. Freddie Woodman played in goal, while Adam Armstrong featured up front, before coming off in the 70th minute.
 
Chancel Mbemba played the Democratic Republic of Congo in their 2;0 friendly win over Botswana.
 
Hungary lost 3;0 to Russia in friendly, with Tomas Kadar featuring at right half in the first half.
 
JUN.7th
 
Stuart Green was appointed as manager of Cleator Moor Celtic.
 
JUN.8th
 
England Under 20’s defeated Italy 3;1 in their Under 209’s World Cup Semi Final. Freddie Woodman played in goal, while Armstrong remained on the bench.
 
The USA defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2;0 in as World Cup Qualifier. DeAndre Yedlin featured at right half
 
JUN.9th
 
Newcastle Announced the following players were being Released; 1st TEAM- SAMMY AMEOBI, VURNON ANITA, LUBOMIR SATKA, HARIS VUCKIC. Non 1st TEAM- GIDEON ADU-PEPRAH, STEFAN BROCCOLI, JAMIE HOLMES, DAN LOWTHER, BEN SMITH, The club also announced the following youngsters were being 2 Year Scholarships; MAX ALLEN, RYAN BARRETT, THOMAS COLE, SAM JOYCE, DEESE KASINGA MADIA, OISIN McINTEE, JACK YOUNG.
 
France defeated Sweden 2;1 in a World Cup Group Qualifier. Moussa Sissoko played at inside right. 
 
Holland beat Luxembourg 3;1 in their World Cup Qualifier in Group A. Georginio Wijnaldum played at left half.
 
In Group B, The Faroe Islands lost 2;0 to Switzerland. Joan Edmundsson played for the Faroes.
 
Adam Rundle signed for Dunston UTS.
 
JUN.10th
 
The Democratic Republic of Congo beat Congo Brazzaville 3;1 in their Group G African Cup of Nations Qualifier,  Chancel Mbemba played & scored in the 91st minute. 
 
JUN.11th
 
Paul Simpson’s
England Under 20’s won the final of the Under 20’s World Cup in dramatic fashion against Venezuela. Having been 1;0 at half time, the game looked to be remaining that way in the second half. However, their opponents were awarded penalty in the 74th minute. Despite starting to dive the wrong way Freddie Woodman made a great one handed save & England held on to win the trophy. Freddie gained the Golden Glove Award for best goalkeeper in the Tournament. Adam Armstrong frustratingly was a unused sub on the bench.
 
The Republic Of Ireland drew 1;1 with Austria intheir World cup Qualifier. Daryl Murphy was 56th minute sub.
 
Serbia drew 1;1 with Wales in their World Cup Group Qualifier. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 85th minute & came off with 2 minutes to go.
 
Finland lost to Ukraine 2;1 in their World Cup Qualifier group match. Raitala featured at centre half.
 
JUN.12th
 
The USA drew 1;1 with Mexico in a World Cup Qualifier  DeAndre Yedlin featured at right back. 
 
JUN.13th
 
A memorial service was held in Beijing for Cheick Tiote.    
 
Australia lost 4;0 to Brazilin a friendly. James Troisi featured at inside right until 11 minutes to go.
 
John Robertson was signed as Inverness Caledonian Thistle new manager.
 
JUN.14th
 
Hartlepool United sign ‘free agent’ Ryan Donaldson.
 
JUN.15th
 
Following his successful loan; Young Boys signed Kevin Mbabu for an undisclosed fee.
 
JUN.17th
 
Paul Bracewell
, Sunderland’s Assistant Manager left the club.
 
John Beresford was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours.
 
On the cricket pitch James Beaumont hit a commendable 41 runs for Middlesbrough & also bowled out a wicket in their defeat by 7 wickets to Marton.
 
JUN.19th
 
Australia lost their Confederations Cup opener 3;2 to Russia. James Triosi was a 71st minute sub 
 
JUN.21st
 
Chief Scout Graham Carr left Newcastle by ‘mutual consent’
 
Morecambe signed Adam Campbell.
 
JUN.22nd
 
Matz Sels
went out on loan to Anderlecht.
 
Australia drew 1;1 with the Cameroon in the Confederations Cup. James Triosi was 65th minute sub
 
Slovakia Under 21’s won their European Championship group match verses Sweden 3;0.Lubomir Satka scored in the 73rd minute. 
 
JUN.23rd
 
FC Twente signed Haris Vuckic on a free transfer.  
 
Rochdale signed Brad Inman on a season long loan.
 
JUN.25th
 
Australia drew 1;1 with Chile in Group B of the Confederations Cup. James Troisi scored in the 42nd minute.
 
JUN.27th
 
‘Lubo’ Satka
signed a permanent deal move to FC DAC 1904;following his successful loan period..
 
JUN.28th
 
Birmingham City now managed by Harry Redknapp; appointed Kevin Bond as assistant manager.
 
JUN.30th
 
Seydou Doumbia
went on loan to Sporting Lisbon.
 
Tottenham Hotspur appointed Scott Parker as an Under 18’s Coach & Club Ambassador.

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BULLETIN 74  - JULY 2017 REVIEW
 
The long awaited next signed arrived early in the month with arrival of Florian Lejeune from Eibar. In the middle of the month the club signed Jacob Murphy from Norwich. Next through the door soon after was Javier Manquillo.  The Toon Tracker profiles can now be found added to the website. Two trialists were also brought in. The club had a further look at Josef Yarney & also recently released Arsenal fringe player; Stefan O’Connor; signing both. The latter now also gets added into the websites players. Their was also the arrival of season long loan of Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the month. (His profile will appear next month). There were also youngsters Thomas Cole, Deese Kasinga, Oisin McEntee, Sam Joyce, Max Allen, Jude Swails & Kyle Soper in the NI Super Cup making their bows; pre season. The ex Player Toon Tracker database also saw 2 more retired players ‘put on the shirt’ once more for the Pavel Cup. Namely Paul Gascoigne & Derek Bell. There profiles too are now added.
 
July was successful month of pre season friendly matches at all three levels of first team, under 23’s & under 18’s. The seniors remained unbeaten throughout July, until they travelled to Germany. while the Unde23’s defeated AZ in the final of the Whitby Town Challenge Cup & the youngsters got 4th  place on the Premier Section of the NI Super Cup. Finally, The addition to the websites database this month, to complement the season review is a ‘2016-17 Review of the other goings on at St. James Park’.
 
JUL.1st
 
Charlton Athletic appointed Lee Bowyer as their new assistant manager.
 
Dunston UTS signed goalkeeper Aidan Grant.
 
It was a good day on the cricket front for our two ex reserves. Owen Peterson hit 29 runs in Whiteleas164 to 136 victory over Bill Quay in the Readers Durham League Division One.
 
Middlesbrough drew with Hartlepool 220 to 168 for 9, in the Darlington Building Society NYSD Premier Division. James Beaumont bowled  out 4 wickets for 64runs & also hit 2 runs in bat.  
 
JUL.4th
 
Newcastle signed Florian Lejeune
for an undisclosed fee reported to be about £8.7 million from Eibar. 
 
Glasgow Rangers crashed out of the Europa League, losing their 1st Qualifying Rd 2nd leg match 2;0 to Progres Niederkorn. James Tavernier featured at left back & had also played in their 1st. Leg 1;0 win on June 29th
 
Gael Bigirimana scored on his friendly debut for Motherwell. He netted in the 43rd minute in a 2:0 victory over Livingston; playing the opening half.
 
Consett began their pre season friendly programme with a 2;1 at Berwick Rangers. Ryan McKinnon played the first half at right half.
 
Blyth Town signed Ryan McGorrigan.
 
JUL.5th
 
Tom Heardman
went out on loan to Bury.
 
JUL.6th
 
Leeds United signed recently released ‘Free Agent’ Vurnon Anita.
 
Having brought in Josef Yarney for another trial & also Stefan O’Connor; who has recently been released by Arsenal at the beginning of the week; both were signed.
 
Gateshead began their pre season friendly with a 1;0 closely fought win over Dunston UTS. Paddy McLaughlin played the opening 45min. Dunston gave a debut to new keeper Aidan Grant. Burrell also played.
 
Dunston UTS signed Chris Carr.
 
Andy Mogwo signed for Washington.
 
Craig Robson joined his old club Whickham.
 
JUL.7th
 
Alex Gilliead
returned on loan to Bradford City.
 
Hebburn Town signed Meckhack Kanda
 
Carl Robinson signed for Team Northumbria.
 
Anderlecht lost 4;1 to Red Bull Salzberg in a friendly. Matz Sels made his debut.
 
JUL.8th
 
Gateshead defeated Motherwell 3;2 in the preseason friendly. Paddy McLaughlin was introduced at half time; while Gael Bigirimana featured for the first 68 minutes. 
 
Morpeth opened up there pre season campaign with credible 0;0 draw with Berwick Rangers. Ben Sayer played the full game.
 
Bishop Auckland defeated Willington Town in their pre season opener. Michael Hoganson was among the goal scorers; netting in the 84th. minute. Pocklington also featured.
 
Ipswich Town beat Drogheda 5;0 in a friendly & featured Steven Taylor.
 
JUL.9th
 
The 2nd Pavel Cup Charity Match was held at Dunston UTS; to celebrate the life of Pav & also ex Felling FC Chris Heron. Match. PAVEL SRNICEK XI beat FELLING OLD BOYS 7(4) : 1(1).The goals corers were; STEVE HARPER (6), KEITH GILLESPIE (3 GOALS- 17,Approx 50 & 68), PAULROBINSON (28), PETER BEARDSLEY (36), PAUL GASCOIGNE (75), Pavel XI.
TONY CLARK (23), Felling. Attendance; Almost 500. Referee; Barry Sweeney (Newcastle). Gillespie also hit the post in the 24th. minute & Paul Brayson disallowed allowed goal for offside 66mins. (Played 40mins each way).
PAVEL XI: CHRIS ELLIOTT (Ex Bradford City), DARREN PEACOCK (SUB- 40  CAMERON GASCOIGNE (Gazzas Cousin), STEVE HOWIE (SUB- 45  UNKNOWN), UNKNOWN (SUB- 45- KEITH GILLESPIE), STUART ELLIOTT, LORENZO (capt- Pavs mate) (SUB- 17 PAUL ROBINSON)), KEITH GILLESPIE (SUB- 25 STEVE PREEN) (SUB- 45 UNKOWN), UNKNOWN YOUNGSTER 2 (SUB- 17 PAUL BRAYSON) (SUB- 45 UNKNOWN), STEVE HARPER (SUB- 25 UNKNOWN- ANDREW BULFORD?) (SUB- 45 PAUL GASCOIGNE) , PAUL GASCOIGNE (SUB- 17 JAMIE McCLEN) (SUB-45 STEVE HARPER), PETER BEARDSLEY. LATER SUBS- BILLY ASKEW (53-Off – SUB 70 Unknown GAVIN WEBSTER), DEREK BELL (SUB 55), PAUL WATSON (SUB- 77, Replaced Gascoigne)  (Player /Manager PAUL WATSON ) 
FELLING FC: (Line Up From Match Programme Named Squad); MARK COLLINGWOOD, CHRIS PARKER, JAMES MACCOY, DAVID BUTTERFIELD, ANDY WILCOX, MARC LOCKWELL, CHRIS LIDDLE, MARK LIDDLE (capt), TONY CLARK, RAY OSHIN, LEE RYDER, PAUL GRAY, IAN BROWN, DANNY POSTHILL, LEE LOWE, DEAN ASKINS, DAVID WALKER, ANDY GREEN, STEPHEN HANDY,PAUL DONNELY, JOHN MOLE, DAVID BROWN, GARETH VINCENT, DAVE SMITH, ALAN PEGRAM.(Managers- STEVE WRAITH & ROB WRAITH)
 
Mike Williamson joined Oxford United at a training camp on trial.   
 
JUL.10th
 
Jonas Gutierrez
signed for Argentina side Independiente.
 
JUL.11th
 
The UNDER 18’s got their pre season friendly programme underway with a game against FLEETWOOD TOWN. They won 5(2) : 1 (0) , At Home at Little Benton. Pre Season Friendly. Played in 3 Halves (2 of 35 & 1 of 20 mins). Scorers; LEWIS CASS (2 GOALS- 23 & 57), THOMAS COLE (26),KELLAND WATTS (47), THOMAS ALLAN (74). NUFC
. Unknown- 84 mins. Fleetwood. In the 88th  minute Elias Sorensen had goal ruled offside.  Jack Robson also hit the bar
NUFC: Included; MACE GOODRIDGE, MATTY LONGSTAFF, KEIRAN APLIN, JACK ROBSON, DEESE KASINGA, KELLAND WATTS, THOMAS COLE, LEWIS CASS,THOMAS ALLAN, JACK YOUNG. (SUB-3rd ½ ? ELIAS SORENSEN) A number of Trialists also featured (as subs?) among the total of 19 players that took part for Newcastle
 
Adam Laidler
signed for Heaton Stannington.
 
JUL.12th
 
Shay Given
began training on trial with Macclesfield Town.
 
JUL.13th
 
‘Free Agent’ Connor Newton
signed for Hartlepool United.
 
JUL.14th
 
‘Free Agent’ Sammy Ameobi
signed for Bolton Wanderers & promptly played in their 2;1 win over  Dundee 2;1 in a friendly. Sammy played the opening 45 minutes.
 
Newcastle 1ST TEAM opened their preseason friendly away to Ian Cathro’s HEARTS, at Tynecastle, Edinburgh. They won 2(2) ; 1(1). Scorers; DWIGHT GAYLE (2 GOALS- 4 & 26), NUFC. (Assists; De Jong & Shelvey). JAMIE WALKER (24) Hearts. Attendance;10 001. Referee; Willie Collum (Glasgow).There was a debut for new signing Florian Lejeune. Aarons hit the bar twice in first half; the first was after only 72 seconds. Gonclaves missed a pen in 23rd minute. Aaron Hughes featured for Hearts.   
 NUFC: (1st. Half): Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Cieran Clark, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Seim De Jong, Christian Atsu, Mo Diame, Jonjo Shelvey, Rolando Aarons, Dwight Gayle.
NUFC: (2nd Half): Rob Elliot (SUB- 63 Freddie Woodman), Jesus Gamez, Paul Dummett, Chancel Mbemba (SUB- 62 Grant Hanley), Florian Lejeune, Massadio Haidara (SUB-62 Jack Colback), Henri Saivet, Mo Diame (SUB- 62 Adam Armstrong), Aleksandar Mitrovic, Seim De Jong (SUB-75 Achraf Lazaar), Ayoze Perez
.
HEARTS: Jack Hamilton, Michael Smith (SUB- 74 Jordan McGhee), Asley Smith-Brown (SUB- 59 Rafa Grzelak), Krystian Nowak (SUB- 84 Alex Petkov), Aaron Hughes (SUB- 74 Jamie Brandon), Christophe Berra, Jamie Walker (SUB- 87 Angus Beith), Prince Buaben (SUB- 59 Malaury Martin), Cole Stockton (SUB- 67 Rory Currie), Don Cowie (SUB- 67 Harry Cochrane), Isma Goncalves (SUB- 81 Conor Sammon).
 
JUL.15th
 
NUFC UNDER 18’s played HARTLEPOOL UNITED at home at Little Benton in a friendly. The won 2(0) ; 0(0). Scorers; ELIAS SORENSEN (2 GOALS- 48 & 50), 
NUFC: (Included) Otto Huuhtanen (START- Replaced 45), UNKNOWN SPANISH TRIALIST Keeper  (SUB- 45); Thomas Cole (START- Replaced 45),  UNKNOWN SPANISH TRIALIST Midfielder (SUB 45), Elias Sorensen (SUB- 45), Deese Kasinga (SUB- 45), Mace Goodridge (SUB- 45).
 
Bradford City played a training camp friendly in Austria verses TV Echterdingen & won 4;1. Alex Gilliead got his first outing in the side as a half time sub.
 
Hartlepool United lost 2;1 to Harrogate Town in a friendly. Nicky Deverdics scored their goal with as free kick in the 90th minute. Conor Newton made his debut at left half, playing the first half; while Ryan Donaldson came on at half time. 
 
Notts. County defeated Bashford United in a friendly. Adam Collin played in goal for the first half, while Alan Smith was at inside left. Bashford featured ex trial player Deon Meikle
 
South Shields held Gateshead to a 1;l draw. Alex Nicholson assisted the Shields goal, while Baxter, Storey, Lough, Richardson & Finnigan all featured.. McLaughlan was a half time sub for Gateshead.
 
On the South coast Havant & Waterlooville beat Farnborough 2;0, with Jason Prior getting both goals. They came in the 49th  & a penalty in the 68th minute.
 
Finally, Whiteleas Cricket Club lost to Esh Winning 196 for 7 to 197 for 3 in the league; despite Owen Peterson hitting an impressive 95 runs.
 
JUL.16th
 
Lee Clark’s
Bury lost 3;1to Huddersfield Town in a friendly. Tom Headman made his debut as sub in the 60th.minute.
 
JUL.17th
 
NUFC UNDER 23’s kicjed off their pre season matches, away at the Northern Echo Arena, to Darlington 1883, They won 2 : 1. The goal scorers were; SEAN LONGSTAFF (8 mins; assist CALLUM SMITH), IVAN TONEY (11 mins, assist KYLE CAMERON). Toney had pen saved – 24 mins. NUFC
. TRIALIST- FENWICK 26mins , Darlington (& offside goal 44). Yarney cleared off line in 2nd second half. New signing O’Connor was handed a debut. Referee: ?  Attendance: 1 775. The Newcastle wore the new second strip for the first time.   
NUFC: (1st Half XI); Nathan Harker, Callum Williams, Kyle Cameron, Jack Hunter, Curtis Good, Stefan O'Connor, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, Daniel Barlaser, Ivan Toney, Sean Longstaff, Callum Smith.
NUFC: (2nd Half XI); Otto Huuhtanen, Michael Newberry, Josef Yarney, Stuart Findlay, Macauley Gillesphey, Ben Kitchen, Dan Ward, Liam Smith, ‘Juanito’, Owen Gallacher, Luke Charman.
DARLINGTON: Pete Jameson, Chris Hunter, David Ferguson, Phil Turnbull, Dominic Collins, Terry Galbraith, Wheatley ( Trialist A), David Syers, Fenwick (Trialist B), Nathan Cartman, James Caton. (Subs: 2nd Half-.Leon Scott, Arran Wearmouth, Josh Gillies, Richards, Gary Brown, Liam Marrs, Harvey Saunders, Milburn 

Adam Armstrong went out on loan to Bolton Wanderers.
 
Yoan Gouffran, having failed to negotiate a new contract with Newcastle; signed as a ‘free agent’ for Turkish side Goztepe Izmir.
 
JUL.18th
 
NUFC UNDER 18’s played their final pre season friendly; before heading off to Northern Ireland to the Tournament. They played CARLISLE UNITED at home at Little Benton & won 3(1);0(0). The goals came firstly from an own goal off the back of a defender (18), ADAM WILSON (58- Assist DEECE KASINGA), KIEREN APLIN (62) (Assist- KASINGA) 
 
Having begun a trial yesterday at Doncaster Rovers; Steven Taylor featured during the first of their friendly at centre half verses Derby Co. They drew 1;1. Coppinger appeared from half time.
 
Bolton Wanderers drew 0;0 with AFC Fylde in a pre season friendly. They handed Adam Armstrong his debut as a half time sub.
 
JUL.19th
 
Newcastle signed  Jacob Murphy for an undisclosed transfer fee reported to be about £10 Million (With ‘Ad Ons’ for Appearances).
 
Over in Hong Kong, Liverpool defeated Crystal Palace in the Semi Final of the Premier League Asia Cup. James Milner featured for the whole second half, while Wijnaldum came on in the 48th minute. Andros Townsend played for the first hour for Palace, while Van Aanholt was a 59th. minute sub.
 
JUL.20th
 
Gabriel Obertan
signed for Levski Sofia.
 
JUL.21st
 
Newcastle signed Javier Manquillo for a fee reported to be about £4.5 Million, from Atletico Madrid
 
They sold Daryl Murphy to Nottingham Forest for a transfer fee of £2 million.
 
Sean Longstaff went out on loan to Blackpool.
 
JUL.22nd
 
Newcastle’s FIRST TEAM played their second Pre Season Friendly, away at Deepdale to PRESTON NORTH END. After starting brightly they were held to a 1(1) ; 1(1) draw. The scorers were; ALEKSANDAR MKITROVIC (9 mins), NUFC
& TOM BARKHUIZEN (33 mins), PNE. The attendance was only 7380, with almost half being made up of Newcastle fans. The referee was Jonathan (Jon) Moss from Sunderland. Mitrovic almost scored a second hitting the post in the 27th minute. Among the numerous changes from half time onwards, were Jacob Murphy & Javier Manquillo making their debuts in the clubs new pale blue second strip. . Paul Huntington featured for Preston.
NUFC: Rob Elliot (SUB- 45 Karl Darlow) (SUB- 70 Freddie Woodman), Paul Dummett (SUB- 45 Ciaran Clark), Chancel Mbemba, Florian Lejeune (SUB- 76 Javier Manquillo), Grant Hanley (SUB- 45 DeAndreYedlin), Jon jo Shelvey (SUB- 45 Jack Colback), ‘Mo’ Diame (SUB- 45 Isaac Hayden), Seim De Jong (SUB- 62 Callum Roberts ), Rolando Aarons (SUB- 45 Jacob Murphy), Christian Atsu (SUB- 45 Ayoze Perez), Aleksandar Mitrovic (SUB- 45 Dwight Gayle)
PNE; Chris Maxwell, Marnick Vermijl, Greg Cunningham, Ben Pearson, Alan Browne (SUB- 58 Eoin Doyle), Jordan Hugill (SUB- 58 Josh Harrop), Daniel Johnson (SUB- 83 Ben Pringle), Ben Davies, Paul Huntington, Tom Barkhuizen, Callum Robinson (SUB- 67 Daryl Horgan)
 
The UNDER 23’were also in action away at nearby GATESHEAD; at the International Stadium. They won 3:0. The goals came from YASIN BEN EL-MHANNI (11- Assist Fernandez), VICTOR FERNANDEZ (44), DAN WARD (58). The attendance was 622, and referee was Paul Newhouse from Peterlee, Co. Durham. New signings Stefan O’Connor & Josef Yarney both came on as subs. The ‘Heed’ featured Paddy McLaughlin. Late in the game in the 85th minute, Burrow clipped the post with an effort 
NUFC: Nathan Harker (SUB- 70 Otto Huuhtanen), Callum Williams (SUB- 57 Michael Newberry), Macauley Gillesphey (SUB- 57 Kyle Cameron), Jack Hunter (SUB- 66 Craig Spooner), Curtis Good (SUB- 45 Stefan O'Connor), Stuart Findlay (SUB- 57 Josef Yarney), Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (SUB- 66 ‘Mo’Sangare), Dan Barlaser (SUB- 66 Owen Bailey), Ivan Toney (SUB- 66 Lewis McNall), Liam Smith (SUB- 57 Luke Charman), Victor Fernandez (SUB- 45 Dan Ward)
GATESHEAD; James Montgomery (Dan Hanford 46), Theo Vassell (SUB- 45 Wes York), Scott Barrow (SUB- 45 Jon Mellish), Fraser Kerr, Neill Byrne, Jamal Fyfield (SUB- 63 Fraser Horsfall), Robbie Tinkler (SUB- 65 Tom White), Danny Johnson (SUB- 45 Jordan Burrow), Jordan Preston (SUB- 45 Richard Peniket), Paddy McLaughlin (SUB- 65 JJ O'Donnell), Rusell Penn (SUB- 45 Kieran Green).
 
Adam Armstrong came on as a sub on the hour in Bolton’s 2;0 defeat to Fleetwood.

Boro lost 2;0 to Rochdale in a pre season friendly, Brad Inman featured a 66th. minute sub.
 
Sunderland beat Bradford City in their friendly. Alex Gilliead featured for Bradford.
 
Sean Longstaff featured for Blackpool in 7;0 hammering of non league Radcliffe.
 
Anderlecht defeated Zulte Wargem for the Belgium Super Cup; with Matz Sels in goal.
 
Finally Liverpool defeated Leicester City 2;1 in the Final of the Premier League Asia Cup. James Milner began the game, but came off in the 41sdt minute; while Wijnaldum continued playing until the 65trh minute. Danny Simpson was a half time sub for Leicester.
 
JUL.24th
 
Newcastle’s UNDER 17’s played their opening North Ireland Super Cup Tournament match. It was ‘v’ COUNTY ANTRIM at the Ballymena Showgrounds & they lost 1(0) ; 3(2
). (Played 35 mins each way) Scorers; PATRICK BURNS (5), AARON DONNELLY (35+ 1- assist THOMAS McCOMB), CAOIMHIN McCONNELL (36), Co. Antrim. JACK ROBSON (68), NUFC. There were junior debuts for McEntee, Joyce &Max Allen.
NUFC: Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Oliver Walters, Matty Longstaff, Oisin McEntee, Jack Robson, Thomas Cole, Kieren Aplin, Adam Wilson, Sam Joyce (SUB- 35 Deese Kasinga), Max Allen (SUB- 50 Jack Young).
Co. ANTRIM: Included Declan Dunne (keeper), Patrick Burns, Thomas McComb, Aaron Donnelly, Caoimhin McConnell...  (The Other Players Selected from the rest of the Premier Squad:- Nathan Best, Lee O’Brien, Paul O’Neill, Ryan Strain, Josh McGreevy, Jack O’Mahony, Caomhan McGuinness, Sean Wallace, Matthew Shannon, Paul McAdorey, Lewis McGarvey, Kofi Balmer, Paul McLaughlin)
 
Curtis Good began trial with PEC Zwolle.
 
JUL.25th
 
Peter Beardsley’s UNDER 23’s played a friendly against WHITLEY BAY away at Hillheads. After a goalless first half, the sides also cancelled each other out in the second 45 to give 0;0 draw
. Attendance; 861; Referee; Michael Oliver from Bedlington. Russell made his under 23’s debut as a substitute.
NUFC: Nathan Harker, Craig Spooner (SUB- 66 Thomas Allen), Ben Kitchen (SUB- 66 Elias Sorensen), Kelland Watts, Owen Bailey (SUB- 56 Isaac Gamblin), Yannick Aziakonov, Callum Smith (SUB- 56 Oliver Long), Mackenzie Heaney(SUB- 56 Kurtis Russell), Lewis McNall (SUB- 56 Tyrique Bartlett), ‘Mo’ Sangare (SUB-56 ‘Juanito’),Owen Gallagher (SUB- 56 Mace Goodridge)
WHITLEY BAY: Tom Flynn, Jack Byerley (SUB- 80 Noah Summers), Michael Hall (SUB- 67 Glen Reay), Aiden Haley, Ross Wilkinson, Callum Anderson, Tom Potter, Thibault Charmey (SUB- 62 Callum Patton), Kyle Patton (SUB- 70 Scott Jasper), Alex Kempster, Peter Ravenhill (SUB- 84 Cam Cunningham)
 
Newcastle UNDER 17;s played their second NI Tournament match &bounced back with a 9(4) ; 0(0)  victory over  BEIJING DCFC MORNING STAR (China), at Ballymoney. The goal scorers were; MATTY LONGSTAFF (6 – assist ROBSON), KEIREN APLIN (16- assist- KASINGA), ADAM WILSON (3 GOALS- 30- assist ROBSON; 38 & 65 (Pen)), JACK ROBSON (3 GOALS- 32- assist LONGSTAFF; 54 assist BARRETT & 68 assist JOYCE), DEESE KASINGA (61- assist LONGSTAFF).The match saw Swails & Soper make their debuts.  
NUFC; Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Matty Longstaff, Oisin McEntee (SUB- 56 Jude Swails), Jack Robson, JackYoung, Thomas Cole (SUB- 53 Kyle Soper), Keiren Aplin, Adam Wilson, Ryan Barrett, Deese Kasinga (Sam Joyce 63).
BEIJING MS: Included Chen Haohao & Kong Lingzhi…(The Other Players involved were selected from the rest of the Squad:- ..Dong Wuyi, Huang Tao, Chen Lei, He Xi, Duan Dezhi, Hu Jiaqi, Xu Xiangyu, Lui Yanxi, Li Yixuan, Li Shihao, Wang Ze, Huang Anbang, Lu Yaorong, He Xiaoqiang, Du Boxi, Wang Chao)
 
Bury defeated Salford city 2;1 in a friendly. Tom Heardman played for the opening 66 mins.
 
Blackpool defeated Chorley 3;0in a friendly & Sean Longstaff featured, coming off with 4 minutes to go.
 
Bolton Wanders & Stockport Co played out a goalless draw; with Adam Armstrong playing for the opening 65 minutes.
 
Steven Taylor signed for Peterborough United.
 
JUL.26th
 
Newcastle 1ST TEAM played their third Pre Season friendly against BRADFORD CITY away at Valley Parade. They won convincingly 4(0) : 0(0.  The Goals were scored by DWIGHT GAYLE (50- assist ATSU), JACOB MURPHY (2 GOALS- 51 & 79- assist AARONS) & ALEKSANDER MITROVIC (76- assist AARONS
). The attendance was 7601 & the referee was Geoff Eltringham from Sunderland. Shelvey had a goal ruled out for hand ball in the 23rd minute. On loan Gilliead featured for Bradford.
NUFC: Rob Elliot (SUB- 61 Freddie Woodman), DeAndre Yedlin (SUB- 45 Javier Manquillo), Florian Lejeune (SUB- 61 Chancel Mbemba),Ciaran Clark (SUB- 77 Jack Colback), Paul Dummett (SUB- 61 Jesus Gamez), Christian Atsu (SUB- 61 Rolando Aarons), Jonjo Shelvey (SUB- 61 Seim De Jong), Isaac Hayden (SUB- 77 Henri Saivet) Matt Ritchie (SUB- 45 Jacob Murphy), Ayoze Perez (SUB- 45 Mo Diame), Dwight Gayle (SUB- 61 Aleksandar Mitrovic).
BRADFORD; Colin Doyle, Tony McMahon, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Matthew Kilgallon, Adam Chicksen, Alex Gilliead (SUB- 77 ‘Trialist’), Romain Vincelot, Jack Reeves (SUB- 73 Daniel Devine), Nicholas Law (SUB- 77 Daniel Pybus), Seamus McCartan (SUB- 77 Ellis Hudson), Alex Jones (SUB- 77 Omari Patrick).
 
Newcastle UNDER 17’s played their final Premier Group match ‘v’ KOMAZAWA UNIVERSITY FC of Japan at the Scroggy Road Ground, Limavady & won 2;0. The goals were scored by OISIN McENTEE (13- assist ADAM WILSON) & MATTY LONGSTAFF (66- Pen). Deece Kasinga penalty saved 41 mins.
NUFC; Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Oliver Walters, Matty Longstaff, Oisin McEntee, Jack Young, Kieren Aplin (SUB- 63 Ryan Barrett), Adam Wilson, Max Allen, Deece Kasinga,  Kyle Soper.
KAMAZAWA (Line Up Not Known; Team Selected from the following Squad; ..Riki TORIYAMA, Ryusei HOSOKAWA, Gaku SAITO, Yosuke HATORI, Ren NAKAMURA, Atsuhiro ETO, Hideo YAMADA, Masaki TETSUMOTO, Kazumi HOSHINA, Atsuya IKEMA, Rikuto MORITA, Masataka MIYAZAKI, Taiga OBI, Taisei KOBAYASHI, Sota KOBAYASHI, Taito HARADA, Yuya HASHIMOTO, Hiroki IZUMI)
NI SUPER CUP PREMIER SECTION; TABLE: P3, W2, D0, L1, F12, A3, POINTS: 6
 
Mike Williamson signed for Oxford United.
 
JUL.27th
 
Newcastle sold promising young starlet Lewis Gibson to Everton for a fee reported to be £6million. 
 
Newcastle's UNDER 23’s played CELTIC at Whitby Town’s Turnbull ground; in a four team tournament semi final. They won 2(0) : 1(1). Scorers; JOE THOMSON (36), Celtic. IVAN TONEY (2 GOALS- 58 & 60 – assist Callum Roberts). NUFC. Attendance; 829, Referee; Braden Krampert (Ontario, Canada).
NUFC: Paul Woolston, Callum Williams (SUB- 50 Michael Newberry), Kyle Cameron, Jack Hunter, Stefan O'Connor, Stuart Findlay, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (SUB- 76 Luke Charman), Dan Barlaser, Ivan Toney (SUB- 80 Owen Gallacher), Callum Roberts (SUB- 69 Kelland Watts), Victor Fernandez (SUB- 65 Callum Smith).
CELTIC: Ross Doohan, Sam Wardrop, Lewis Bell, Robbie Deas, Wallace Duffy, Kerr McInroy, Regan Hendry, Joe Thomson, PJ. Crossan, Ewan Henderson, Aidan Nesbitt. Subs: (Not known if used) Max Potter, Stephen Welsh, Keiran P. Campbell, Ciaran Diver, Broque Watson, Ross McLaughlin & Ryan Mullen.
 
The UNDER17’s lost their Premier Section Semi Final match in the  NI Super Cup v RIGHT TO DREAM (Ghana), 1(1) ; 2(0) in a well contested match in Coleraine. Scorers; MATTY LONGSTAFF (Approx 5 mins), NUFC. IBRAHIM SADIQ (64), MIKKEL DUMSGAARD (65), Rt. To Dream.
NUFC: Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Oliver Walters, Matty Longstaff, Oisin McEntee, Jack Young, Kieren Aplin, Adam Wilson, Ryan Barrett, Max Allen, Deese Kasinga.
RT To DREAM; Rasmus From,  Teodore Voss, Marcus Gudmann, Maxwell Wolgazi, Keanin Ayer, Mohammed Diomande, King Baidoo, Mohammed Kusus, Kelvin Owusu-Boateng, Ibrahim Sadiq, Mikkel Dumsgaard
 
JUL.28th
 
Newcastle signed Spanish Under 21 International  Mikel Merino on a season long loan from Borussia Dortmund.
 
NUFC UNDER 17’s lost 2(2) ; 0(0) to O’HIGGINS (Chile) in the NI Super Cup 3rd. /4th Place Play Off, at the Clough, Ballymena. Scorers; WILSON MARTINEZ (2 GOALS- 1st Half)
NUFC: Line Up Not Known (Official Reported they field an ‘extremely youthful side’).. selected from Squad of… Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Oliver Walters, Matthew Longstaff, Josh Skivington (goalkeeper), Oisin McEntee, Jack Robson, Jack Young, Thomas Cole, Keiren Aplin,  Adam Wilson, Ryan Barrett, Will Brown, Sam Joyce, Max Allen, Deese Kasinga Madia, Jude Swails, Kyle Soper)
O’HIGGINS In Addition To Wilson Martinez, the Line Up was Selected form the following Squad; ..Mauro Pizarro, Diego Valenzuela, Bastain Riquelme, Moises Gonzalez, Jose Basualto, Julio Zuniga, Jarol Chamorro,  Williams Munoz, Matias Torres, Bastian Vergara, Leandro Ortubia, Arturo Pozo, Daniel Monardes, Matias Miranda, Yerko Gonzalez, Hugo Figueroa, Christian Pizarro.
 
Anderlecht played out a 0;0 draw with Antwerp, in their opening Belgium League match; handing Matz Sels his league debut.   
 
JUL.29th
 
Newcastle travelled to Germany for the next bit of their preseason friendly preparations& faced  FSV Mainz 05’at the Opel Arena. They lost 1(0) : 2(1).
The goals were scored by; LEVIN OZTUNALI (5- assist Pablo De Blasis), VIKTOR FISCHER (84- assist Suat Serdar), FSV. JESUS GAMEZ (65), NUFC. Attendance; 6470, Referee; Christian Dingert (Thallichtenberg, Germany). Newcastle gave newcomer Merino his debut as a late sub.
NUFC: Karl Darlow (SUB- 60 Freddie Woodman), DeAndre Yedlin (SUB- 27 Javier Manquillo), Ciaran Clark (SUB- 45 Chancel Mbemba), Florian Lejuene (SUB- 79 Mikel Merino), Paul Dummett (SUB- 45 Jesus Gamez), Jack Colback (SUB-60 Jonjo Shelvey), Jacob Murphy (SUB- 60 Isaac Hayden), Mo Diame (SUB- 60 Ayoze Perez), Matt Ritchie (SUB- 45 Rolando Aarons), Siem De Jong (SUB- 60 Christian Atsu), Aleksandar Mitrovic (SUB- 60 Dwight Gayle).
FSV; Rene Adler (SUB- 61 Robin Zentner), Daniel Brosinski (SUB- 61Gerrit Holtmann), Stefan Bell (SUB- 45 Leon Balogun), Abdou Diallo, Giulio Donati (SUB- 61 Karim Onisiwo), Danny Latza (SUB- 61 Jose Rodriguez), Fabian Frei (SUB- 61 Suat Serdar), Pablo De Blasis (SUB- 61 Viktor Fischer 61), Alexandru Maxim (SUB- 61 Phillipp Klement), Levin Öztunali (SUB- 61 ‘Jairo’ Samperio), Yushinori Muto (SUB- 45 Kenan Kodro).
 
Back at Whitby Town’s Turnbull Ground, the final of Challenge Cup took place with Newcastle’s UNDER 23;s playing AZ ALKMAAR. They won 4;1, to claim the trophy. The scorers were IVAN TONEY (3; 2- 1st Half & 71 (Pen), MO SANGARE (90+1), NUFC. ABDEL MALEK EL HASNAOUI (90), AZ.  Attendance ?? Referee: Jose Luis Lopez (Madrid, Spain)
NUFC: Nathan Harker, Michael Newberry, Kyle Cameron (SUB- 78 Ben Kitchen), Jack Hunter (SUB- 69 Mo Sangare), Josef Yarney, Macualey Gillesphey (capt), Luke Charman (SUB- 81 Owen Bailey), Daniel Barlaser (SUB- 69 Callum Williams), Ivan Toney (SUB- 74 Owen Gallacher), Callum Roberts (SUB- 69 Yasin Ben El-Mhanni), Victor Fernandez (SUB- 47 Callum Smith).
AZ; Koen Bucker, Kick Groot, Pantelis Hatzidiakos, Justin Bakker, Joris Kramer, Mees Hoedemaker, Abdel Malek El Hasnaoui, Viktor Einarsson, Ferdy Druijf, Jamie Jacobs, Jonatan Ingi Jonsson. (Subs (tbc);- Joeri Church, Danny Muhl, Jasper Schendelaar, Rens Van Der Wacht, Furkan Kurban, Mees Kaandorp, Matthis Hardijk, Kai Koreniuk.)

Football in Scotland, at lower league level got underway & Berwick Rangers faced Motherwell in the 1st Round of the Scottish League Cup. They lost 1;0, to a side that included Gael Birgimana making his competitive debut for them. 
 
Our Northern League clubs are almost through their preseason fixtures & Morpeth Town played North Shields for the JR Cleator Cup & won 3;0. Ben Sayer scored with a64th minute penalty & Forster also played. 
 
Bluth Spartans & South Shields played out a competitive 2;2 draw in a friendly. Carl Finnigan got Shields second with a 77th minute penalty. They fielded Baxter, Lough, Storey, Nicholson & Richardson at various points of the game.

 





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