ST. JAMES PARK
 
SEASON 2012-13
 
For the 2012-13 Season the clubs ground capacity was recorded as 52 404. The other non Newcastle football activities that took place at the ground that season now follows; with the controversy over the renaming of the ground continued into this season. Thus prior to the Olympics, the ground was boldly named in big letters ‘The Sports Direct Arena’. There was nothing to report through June, however as July progressed, the Sports Direct.com Arena signs came down & the ground reverted short term to being called St. James Park. This was because the strict rules that had to applied which apply to advertising at an Olympic venue; with Newcastle’s ground being selected to host both men’s & women’s Olympic football. The damp weather & some ticket allocation delays did spoil the occasion for some visitors, but by the second more entertaining match the ‘carnival atmosphere’ won through.    
 
JUL.26th.2012, Match 1:- MEXICO v SOUTH KOREA, Draw 0(0) : 0(0).
Olympic Games Football: Mens Group B
The countries sides taking part are all classed as under 23’s teams, however, they were allowed to include 3 ‘over age’ players in the squad. This was the first time in the clubs history that an Olympic Games fixture had been held at St. James Park hosting an event. The opening day saw 2 ‘back to back men’s group matches take place. The attendance for both games was about 15 748, although for the later a lot of South Korean fans seem to have left the stadium.  There was no separate match programme for any of the games, with two official programmes being sold at ground during the matches, one for the whole Olympic Football Competition & also the official programme for the whole ‘London 2012 Olympic Games’.
Match 1- Both sides having a number of chances, but failing to break the deadlock. Match 1 Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia).
MEXICO: Jose de Jesus Corona Rodriguez (Capt), Carlos Salcido, Hiram Mier Alanis, Darvin Chavez Ramirez, Diego Reyes Rosales, Neste Vidrio Serrano, Miguel Ponce Briseno, Hector Herrera Lopez (Sub. Jorge Enriquez Gracia 71), Marco Fabian De La Mora (Sub. Raul Jimenez Rodriguez 85), Javier Aquino Carmona, Oribe Peralta Morones (Sub. Giovani Dos Santos Ramirez 66).
SOUTH KOREA: Sung-Ryong Jung, Suk-Young Yoon, Young-Gwon Kim, Seck-Ho Hwang, Chang-Soo Kim, Sung-Yong Ki, Bo-Kyung Kim, Tae-Hee Nam (Sub. Dong-Won Ji 86), Koo Ja-Cheol (capt), Jong-Woo Park, Chu-Young Park (Sub. Sung-Dong Baek 76).
JUL.26th.2012, Match 2:- SWITZERLAND v GABON, Draw 1(1):1(1), Men’s Group B.
Goal Scorers: Admir Mehmedi (4- Pen, Switzerland), Pierre Aubameyang (44, Gabon).
 Admir Mehmedi , but it was disallowed & he stepped up to fire home the retaken penalty in the 4th. Aubameyang celebrated with a ‘martins style’ summersault which further warm the hearts of the Geordie public. In the second half, the Swiss had Oliver Buff sent off with second yellow card after a dive in the box in the 77th. minute. Gabon had the better of the chances & hit the bar with a great effort, but the score remained 1:1. Gabon firstly had Nono stretchered off injured & then in the 89th minute a further played was also stretchered off & not replaced. Match 2 Referee: Wilmar Roldan (Columbia).
SWITZERLAND: Diego Benaglio (Capt), Michel Morganella, Timm Klose, Ricardo Rodriquez, Fabian Schar, Xavier Hochstrasser, Fabian Frei, Steven Zuber (Sub. Pajtim Kasami 68), Oliver Buff (Sent Off- 78), Admir Mehmedi, Innocent Emeghara (Sub. Amir Abrashi 84).
GABON: Didier Ovono (Capt), Henry Ndong, Muller Dinda, Alexander N’Doumbou, Merlin Tandjigora, Levi Madinda, Mabikou Boussoughou, Franck Engonga, Jerry Obiang Obiang, Pierre Aubameyang, Allen Nono (Sub. Axel Meye Me Ndong 73).
 
JUL.29th.2012, Olympic Games Football, Match 1, JAPAN v MOROCCO, Won 1(0):0(0).
Olympic Games Men’s Group D. Goal Scorer: Nagai (84).
Attendance: 24 936. Referee: Svein Moen (Norway).
JAPAN: Shuichi Gonda, Yuhei Tukunaga, Maya Yoshida (Capt), Gotoku Sakai, Daisuke Suzuki, Takahiro Ogihara, Hiroshi Kiyotake (Sub. 89 Kenya Sugimoto), Yaki Otsu (Sub. 78 Manabu Saito), Keigo Higashi, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kensuke Nagai.
MOROCCO: Mohamed Amsif, Abdelhmid El Kaoutari, Yassine Jebbour, Mohamed Aberhoun, Houssine Kharja, Driss Fettouhi (Capt) (Sub. 87 Soufian El Hassnaoui), Abdelaziz Barrada, Zakaria Labyad Abdellotif Noussir, Nordir Amrabat (Sub. 71 Imad Najah), Soufiane Bidaoui (Sub. 74 Omar El Kaddouri).      
JUL.29th.2012, Match 2: SPAIN v HONDURUS, Lost 0(0) : 1(1), Olympic Games Mens Group D. 
Goal Scorer: Bengtson (7). Attendance: 26 523. Referee: Juan Suto (Venezuela).
‘A bad tempered affair with a number of yellow cards shown’.
SPAIN: David De Gea Quintena, Jordi Alba Ramos, Alberto Botia Rabasco, Alvario Dominquez Soto, Martin Montoyn Torralbo, Java Martinez Aginaga (Capt) (Sub. 83 Cristian Tello Herreran), Isco Francisco Roman Alarcan Suarez (Sub. 66 Rodrigo Moreno Machado), Koke Jorge Resurrecian Merodia (Sub. 45 Arder Herrera Aguera), Adrian Lopez Aluarez, Juan Manuel Mata Garcio, Iker Muniain Goni.
HONDURAS: Jose  Alberto Mendoza Posas, Maynor Alexis Figueroa Rochez, Wilmer Cristanto Casildo, Johnny Harold Leveron Ucles (Capt), Jose David Velasquez Colon, Roger Espinoza Rominez (Sub. 72 Orlin Orlando Peralta Gonzales, Roberto Mario Martinez Hernandez, Arnold Fabian Peralta Sosa, Andy Aryel Najar Rodriguez (Sub. 57 Alfredo Antonia Mejia Escabar), Luis Fernando Garrido, Jerry Ricardo Bengtson Bodden (Sub. 81 Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon).
 
JUL.31st.2012, Match 1, CANADA v SWEDEN, Draw 2(1) : 2(2),
Olympic Gamers Women’s Group F .
This match was the first women’s football to take place at SJP in many decades. The Olympics 2012 matches were again These ‘back To back’ games, had A small attendance of 12 719 witnessed the game. Referee: Eun-Ah Hong (Korea). Goal Scorers: Hammarstrom (14, Sweden), Jacobsson (16, Sweden); Tancredi (44 + 84, Canada).
CANADA: Erin McLeod, Rhian Emilie Wilkinson, Lauren Sesselmann, Carmelina Moscato, Marie Eve Nault (Sub. 86 Chelsea Blaine Stewart), Diana Beverly Matheson, Sophie Diana Schmidt (Sub. 88 Kelly Parker), Desiree Rose Marie Scott, Christine Margaret Sinclair (Capt), Melissa Palma Julie Tancredi, Jonelle Filigno (Sub. 75 Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle).
SWEDEN: Hedvig Lindahl, Emma Berglund, Linda Sembrant, Sara Thunebro, Lina Nilsson, Marie Hammarstrom, Kosovare Asllani (Sub. 63 Johanna Almgren), Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer (Capt) (Sub. 53 Lisa Dahlqvist), Sofia Jacobsson, Lotta (Charlotte) Schelin.
JUL.31st.2012, Match 2, FRANCE v COLOMBIA, Won 1(1) : 0(0).
Olympic Games Women’s Group G. Goal Scorer: Thornis (5).
Attendance: 13 184, Referee: Quetzalli Avarado Godinez (Mexico).
FRANCE: Srah Bouhaddi, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard, Sonia Bompastar (Sub. 45 Laure Boulleau), Corine Petit- Franco (Sub. 84 Sabrina Viguier), Camille Abily, Luisa Necid, Sandrine Soubeyrand (Capt) (Sub. 55 Elise Bussaglia), Eladie Thornis, Marie-Laure Delie, Gaetane Thiney.
COLOMBIA: Sandra Milena Sepulveda Lopera, Natalia Gaitan Laguado (Capt), Natalia Ariza Diaz, Yulieth Paola Dominguez Ochoa, Kelis Johana Peduzine Vargas, Katherine Nataly Arias Pena, Daniela Montoya Quinoz, Marie Catalina Usme Pinedu (Sub. 45 + 2 Yoreli Hazleydi Rincon Torres), Carmen Eilsa Rodallega, Ingrid Yulieth Vidal Isaza (Sub. 81 Tatiana Ariza Diaz), Orianica Velasquez Herrera (Sub. 68 Melissa Marie Ortiz Matallana).   
 
AUG.1st.2012, BRAZIL v NEW ZEALAND, Won 3(2) : 0(0), Olympic Games Men’s Group C.
Goal Scorers: Danilo (23), Leandro Damiao (29), Sandro (52).
Attendance: 25 201, Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia).
BRAZIL: Gabriel Vasconelos Ferreira, Thiago Emiliano da Silva (Capt), Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior, Rafael Pereira Da Silva, Danilo Luiz da Silva, Alex Sandro Lobo Silva, Juan Guilherme Nunes Jesus (Sent Off- 76), Sandro Ranieri Guimaraes Cordeira (Sub. 82 Romulo Borges Monteiro), Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (Sub. 76 Alexandre Pato Rodrigues da Silva), Leandro Damiao da Silva dos Santos (Sub. 80 Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior).
NEW ZEALAND: Michael O’Keefe, Ryan William Nelsen (Capt), Ian Hogg, Thomas Jefferson Smith, Adam Thomas (Sub. 45 Tim Myers), Michael Ryan McGlinchey, Marco Rojas (Sub. 81 Dakota Lucas), Kosta Barbarouses (Sub. 45 Cameron Howieson), Shane Smelter. Christopher Wood, Tim Payne.
 
AUG.3rd.2012, USA v NEW ZEALAND, Won 2 : 0, Olympic Games Women’s Quarter Final.
Goal scorers: Warnbach (27), Leroux (87).
Referee: Jessica Salome Di Iorio (Argentina), Attendance: A small crowd of 10 441.
USA: Hope Amelia Solo, Christie Patricia Rampone (Capt), Rachel Marie Buehler, Amy Elizabeth Le Peilbet, Kelley Maureen O’Hara, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Powell Heath, Megan Anna Rapinore (Sub. 71 Heather Ann O’Reilly), Mary Abigail Wambach, Lauren Nichole Cheney (Sub. 90+1 Amy Joy Rodriguez Shilling), Alexandra Patricia Morgan (Sub. 81 Sydney Rae Leroux).
NEW ZEALAND: Jenny Lynn Bindan, Rebecca Katie Smith (Capt), Ria Dawn Percival, Katie Cherie Hoyle (Sub. 90+5 Annalie Antonia Longo), Abby May Erceg, Alexandra Lowe Riley, Betsy Doon Hasselt, Kirsty Lee Yallop (Sub. 57 Hayley Rose Moorwood), Amber Kornie Rose Heron, Hannah Lilian Wilkinson (Sub. 77 Rosemary Eleanor Florence White), Sarah Joelle Gregorius.
 
AUG.4th.2012, BRAZIL v HONDURUS, Won 3 (1) : 2 (1),
Olypmic Games Men’s Quarter Final.
Attendance of 42 166, Referee: Felix Brych (Germany). The eventful game had plenty of action & more than its fair share of ‘bad’ tackles resulting in 4 yellow cards for Brazil & 5 yellow + two extra to make rd cards for Honduras.
Goal Scorers: Martinez (12, Honduras), Leandro Damio (35 + 90, Brazil), Espinoza (48- Honduras), Neymar (51 Pen, Brazil).  
BRAZIL; Gabriel Vasconelos Ferreira, Thiago Emiliano da Silva (Capt), Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior, Rafael Pereira Da Silva, Juan Guilberme Nunes Jesus, Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior, Sandro Ranieri Guinaraes Cordeiro (Sub. 42 Danilo Luiz da Silva), Romulo Borges Monteiro, ‘Hulk’ Givanildo Vieira de Souza (Sub. 64 Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva), Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, Leandro Damio da Silva dos Santos (Sub. 89 Alexandre Rodrigues ‘Pato’ da Silva).
HONDURAS: Jose Alberto Menduza Posas, Maynor Alexis Fiqueroa Rochez, Wilmer Crisanto Casildo (Sent Off 33), Johnny Harold Leveron Ucles (Capt), Orlin Orlando Peralta Gonzales (Sub. 59 Fredo Antonio Almejia Escobar), Jose David Velasquez Colon, Roger Espinoza Ramirez (Sent Off 90), Mario Roberto Martinez Hernandez, Arnold Fabian Peralta Sosa, Luis Fernando Carrido (Sub. 73 Alexander Agustin Lopez), Jerry Rocardo Bengtson Bodden (Sub. 87 Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon).  
 
AUG.13th.2012; First team Manager Alan Pardew & assistant manager John Carver did a ‘Pre Season Talk In’, in the Bamburgh Suite at the ‘Sports direct Arena’. 
 
After the discontent of the renaming of the ground to Sports Direct Arena continued throughout September. On OCT.9th.2012,  Newcastle announced that they had been successful in obtaining a new shirt sponsor from the end of the season when the current one with Virgin Money ends. The new deal is loan company ‘Wonga’ & included in the deal was their right to rename the ground & they announced they would be renaming the ground back to its originals name ‘St. James Park. The official unveiling of the new St. James Park name plaque took place after the Sports direct Arena signs came down on October 17th.
 
MAR.15th.2013: An event of note to take place with the grounds indoor facilities took place in the Bamburgh Suite at St. James Park  The Darts match billed as ‘Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor v Three Newcastle players’ was a great success. The player’s involved were: Steven Harper, Mike Williamson & Rob Elliot.
 
MAR.20th saw Newcastle’s Foundation hold their inaugural ‘Hall of Fame Dinner’ at St. James Park. The event saw many players from the past & present in attendance & getting ‘inducted’. Those confirmed at the event ‘from the past’ were inductees Alan Shearer, Peter Bearsley, Bob Moncur, along with Rob Lee, ‘Tino’ Asprilla, John Beresford, Pavel Srnicek, Steve Howey, Darren Peacock, John McNamee, David Craig, Alan Foggon & 1955 veteran Vic Keeble. Those from the current squad at the event were Yohan Cabaye, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Guiterrez, Shola & Sammy Ameobi, along with Gael Birigimana & coach John Carver. Receiving a managerial award for the late great  Sir Bobby Robson; was Lady Robson. Other posthumous inductees were the late Jackie Milburn & Hughie Gallagher. 
 
MAR.27th saw the NUFC Disabled Supporters Association celebrate their 15th anniversary. It was held at St. James Park in the Club 206 & was attended by both Yoan Gouffran & Romain Amalfitano.  
 
On APR..9th. Newcastle held a VIP opening ceremony opening a new bar further along from ‘Shearer’s’, where the ticket office used to be. It is aptly named ‘The Terrace Bar’. Those in attendance included current players Ryan Taylor & Steven Taylor, James Perch & Tim Krul. Also there were Bob Moncur & the clubs Managing Director Derek Llambias; along with a fire eating act.
 
MAY 1st.2013: Northumberland FA Senior Cup Final At St. James Park.
Whitley Bay Verses Ashington. In front of a crowd of 1 559. Ashington won a one sided match 3(2): 0(0). The goal scorers were Andrew Johnson (9 mins), Mark O’Dea (37 mins), Marc Walton (73 mins).
The match referee was Paul Keogh of Blyth. Ashington’s line also included right back James Taylor, Liam Atkin at centre half, Matthew Grieve at left half; with Johnny Godsmark coming on as a sub in the second half. 
WHITLEY BAY: Kyle Hayes, Brad Brooking, James Novak, Callum Anderson (Sub- 65 Brian Smith), Chris Reid, Craig McFarlane, Chris Fawcett (Sub- 78 Ian Watson), Lee Paul Scroggins, James Fairley (Sub- 82 Lewis Burns), Paul Chow, Paul Robinson
ASHINGTON: Karl Dryden, James Taylor, Craig Scott, Paul Anthony, Liam Atkin, Matthew Grieve, Andrew Johnson, Mark O’Dea (Sub- 86  Andrew Dugdale), Marc Walton (Sub- 83 Gareth Bainbridge), Glen Taylor, Andrew Dobby (Sub- 67- Johnny Godsmark). 
 
MAY  20th 2013; saw St. James Park, played host to one final quickly arranged game. It was a friendly for the two clubs affected by hooliganism by Newcastle fans prior to Wigan Athletic game. With only friends & family to witness the game, Wigan Cosmos defeated Goose Green FC 2:0. The goal scorers were Liam Dainty & Chris Needham.
WIGAN COSMOS: Phil Walsh, Cal Jones (Capt), Liam Dainty, Matt Lewis, Adam Pendlebury, Jack Callaghan, Niall Harmer, Michael Gough, Alex Rigby, Matthew Benson, Damian Sharratt.
SUBS: Chris Needham. (Other subs not confirmed if they played: Mathan Evans, Daniel Young, ‘Spud’, Lee Hilton, Chris Curran, Mike Landy, Andrew Davison).    
GOOSE GREEN: (Team line up not known).
 
MAY 31st. FOOTBALL AID CHARITY MATCHES…
GAME 1: NUFC ‘HOME’ v NUFC ‘AWAY. Won 7(1):5(5). (14 a side)
Goal Scorers: ‘HOME’- G.MURRAY (5, 56, 68, 73, 89- Man of Match), C.STEWART (48), C.MURRAY (61). ‘AWAY’- J.MORAN (21), M.DALTON (25, 30, 37), T.BERJ (43).
‘HOME’: EDDIE RICHARDSON, ADAM CANNING, PATRICJ JOHNSON (capt), MARK WILKS, CALUM MURRAY, JOHN DUFFY, BALJINDER SINGH, GRAEME MURRAY, AIDAN MOORE, JAMIE REID, DEAN SCOTT, ANDREW PATTERSON, IAN CARR, CARL STEWART.
MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON
‘AWAY’: DANIEL LLOYD, NEIL WHARTON (capt), TOM BERJ, JOHN MORAN, STEPHEN DOBSON, SHAUN PORRITT, THOMAS APLIN, MICHAEL DALTON, M. MUZAKKIR ALI, MICHAEL NEWBERRY, CHRIS JEFFREYS, NEIL GALLAGHER, MARK FLETCHER, JAMES POMEROY.
 
MAY 31st. FOOTBALL AID CHARITY MATCHES…
GAME 2: NUFC ‘HOME; v NUFC ‘AWAY’, Lost 2(1):6(1), (14 a side)
Goal Scorers: ‘HOME’- T.RICKEARD (23), S.FOREMAN (68). ‘AWAY’- S.SCHOFIELD (37, 62 ), M.BEARE (51, 58), S.PARFITT (65, 80+),   
‘HOME’: ASHLEY PRICE, PHILIP MUDIE, KRISTIEN HARRISON, LIAM RICHARDSON, CRAIG BOWES, KEITH HAMBLING (capt), TERENCE LAPSLEY, TERRY RICKEARD, STEVEN WESTHEAD, PAUL EVANS, STEVEN FOREMAN, ALEX PYCOCK, SION ROPER, MARTIN MACQUARRIE.
‘AWAY’: ALAN MORTON, PATRICK KIEFER, DARRAGH LYDON, LEE BRYANT, RYAN MULDOON, RYAN PARFITT, JOSHUA ALLISON, STUART SCHOFIELD (capt), CRAIG ATHERTON, SIMON PARFITT, MICHAEL KNIPE, BENJAMIN ALLISON, MICHAEL MELLORS, MARK BEARER.   
 




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