ST. JAMES PARK REVIEW- SEASON 2013-14
 
JUN.15th.2013, A successful end to the 2012-13 Season. saw Newcastle’s Women’s team hold an ‘Award’s Presentation Night’ in the Centenary Suite at St. James Park. Having been promoted into the FA Premier Women’s Northern Division they had completed the season in 6th. place. Among those recognised for their contribution that season were; Beth Gardener – Most Improved Player, Top Goal Scorer – Stacy Crooks, Managers Player of the Year – Charlotte Potts, Players Player of the Year – Sarah Wilson.  
 
JUNE 20th:2013- ‘Shearer’s Bar’ at St. James Park is no more, as work began on a major refurbishment of the bar, removing the name ‘Shearer’s’. The bar, which was originally opened by the man himself back in December 2004; will simply be called  ’Nine’, when it reopens.
 
JUL.12th.2013. The new ‘Nine’ Bar opened today at the Gallowgate End, West Corner of St. James Park.
 
AUG.9th.2013 The ‘Nine’ Bar at St James Park was officially launched with a VIP event, featuring Steve Taylor, Shola Ameobi & Rob Elliot.  
 
AUG.18th. 2013, The St. James Park Gates returned to ground, following a donation from sponsors Wonga. They had been sitting in Sir John Hall’s Woolsington Hall garden since they were removed in 1999 & needed a quick refurbishment from a local company.    
 
AUG.24th.2013, The fully restored Gates at St. James Park were officially unveiled to the public a little further down the side of the ground on Barrack Road, from were they originally were, in front of the Milburn Stand. The brief ceremony was performed by Sir John Hall & a young Junior Magpie at 11am. 
 
SEP.11th.2013: STEVE HARPER’S TESTIMONIAL: ‘20 Year Charity Match’. NUFC ‘LEGENDS’ XI v AC MILAN GLORIE, Draw  0 (0) : 0(0), Lost 1:2 on Pens. Penalty Shoot out Goal Scorers: ALAN THOMPSON (NUFC), PAULO DI CANIO, ALESSANDRO COSTACURTA, MILAN.
Both sides had their chances, with the closet coming to Tino Asprilla who had a header ruled for offside & Andy Cole who hit the post with a fine shot. Coach Steve Stone also got to ‘wear the shirt as did the introduction of the late Gary Speed’s two sons Ed & Tommy Speed; who came on later in the game, which was applauded by fans. The stalemate was decided on penalties for the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy. You can guess the rest. First Peter Beardsley had his spot kick saved as did Tino. Next Mr. Harper’s effort hit the keepers legs. After hitting home there first two, they then had theirs saved by Pav. Thankfully ALAN THOMPSON spared our blushes and scored his. It remain 2:1, with Joey Barton’s penalty being tipped onto the post. Ex trialist MASSIDO ODDO featured for the Italian’s & he had his spot kick saved . The referee was Mark Clattenburg (Durham) & the Attendance of 50 793 attendance raised thousands for his chosen charities of The Great North Children’s Hospital, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation & Newcastle’s own foundation.
NUFC LEGENDS: STEVE HARPER (SUB-  30 SHAY GIVEN), (SUB- 60 PAV SRNICEK), NOBBY SOLANO (SUB- 50 STEVE WATSON), (SUB- 75 STEVE STONE), DARREN PEACOCK (SUB- 50 BRIAN KILCLINE), (SUB- 75 OLIVER BERNARD), NIKOS DABIZAS, JOHN BERESFORD (SUB- 35 ALESSANDRO PISTONE), LEE BOWYER (SUB- 60 JOEY BARTON), ROB LEE (SUB- 35 NICKY BUTT), (SUB- 60 KEVIN NOLAN), (SUB- 85 ED SPEED), RUEL FOX (SUB- 35 KEITH GILLESPIE), (SUB- 65 PAUL KITSON), DAVID GINOLA (SUB- 50 SCOTT SELLARS), (SUB- 65 ALAN THOMPSON), ALAN SHEARER (SUB- 50 ANDY COLE), LES FERDINAND (SUB- 20 TINO ASPRILLA), (SUB- 50 PETER BEARDSLEY), (SUB- 85 TOMMY SPEED).
AC MILAN GLORIE: SEBASTIANO ROSSI (SUB- 41 MASSIMO TAIBI), GIUSEPPE PANCARO (SUB- 51 PIETRO VIERCHOWOD), GIUSEPPE FAVALLI, FRANCO BARESI (SUB- 42 ROBERTO MUSSI), PAOLO MALDINI, MASSIDO ODDO (SUB- 51 IBRAHIM BA), ALESSANDRO COSTACURTA, MARK VAN BOMMEL (SUB- 79 ROBERTO LORENZINI), GIANLUIGI LENTINI (SUB- 51 DANIELE MASSARO), PAULO DI CANIO, MAURIZIO GANZ (SUB- 41 CHRISTIAN LANTIGNOTTI).
 
SEP.23rd.2013 The 1st ‘Fans Forum’ Meeting in the Joe Harvey Suite.
Those Present: Lee Charnley (Club Secretary), Kate Bradley (Head of NUFC Foundation), John Irving (NUFC Financial Director), Lee Marshall ((Supporters Liaison Manager), Bob Moncur (Club Ambassador), Steve Storey (Head of Safety & Security), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Stephen Tickle (Box Officer Manager).
Supporters Representatives Present: Gareth Beard, Steve Cole, Peter Fanning, Chris, Forster, Liam Hall, Steve Hastie, Susan Joyce, Sharon Lee, Michael McCarthy, Andrew McClay, Phil Patterson, Paul Robson, Vishal Vedhara.
Guest: Kevin Miles (FSF Observer).
Questions focused around the clubs long term interests, the five year plan & that summers appointment of the Director of Football. 
 
OCT.6th.2013, Steven Taylor was a guest at the ‘Herblife’ Nutritional Lifestyle Event at St. James Park.
 
JAN.6th..2014 The 2nd. ‘Fans Forum’ Meeting in the Joe Harvey Suite.
Those Present: Lee Charnley (Club Secretary), Kate Bradley (Head of NUFC Foundation), John Irving (NUFC Financial Director), Lee Marshall (Meeting Chair- Supporters Liaison Manager), Bob Moncur (Club Ambassador), Steve Storey (Head of Safety & Security), Eddie Rutherford (Head of Facilities), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Stephen Tickle (Box Officer Manager). Wonga Sponsors Representatives; Damian Peachey & Nick Stone.
Supporters Representatives were in attendance: Gareth Beard, Steve Cole, Thomas Concannon, Chris Forster, Gordon Gilchrist, Liam Hall, Steve Hastie, Mark Jankowski, Susan Joyce, Sharon Lee, Michael McCarthy, Andrew McClay, Phil Patterson, Vishal Vedhara.   
Questions focused around the clubs expulsion from the meeting of the NUST group for breaking protocol on publishing minutes from the previous forum. The clubs/managers approach to cup matches & the overall clubs ambition. There was also questions levied on the clubs ban on NJC Media & questions on youth development.
There was also a presentation from guest Jonathan Foster on behalf ‘Division 92’ a group dedicated to the ground having a singing section to enhance the atmosphere at games.
 
JAN.30th.2014, Ex footballer Tony Cottee was the guest speaker at a ‘Bravehearts’ Charity Dinner, which was held in St. James Park. Among those at the event were John Carver.
 
JAN.31st.2014, English Schools FA Presentation; by Dave Woolaston (ESFA Chairman) A lunch time presentation took place within St. James Park to award three local Schools FA men for their 40 years service, They were 1. Neil Pont, for years managing & coaching local Northumberland schools football & more recently as the NSFA Secretary. 2. John Farnie, of Wallsend Schools FA & Schools referee. 3. Peter Tracey, a Schools & Under 18’s referee, who has assisted in the development of local women’s football. All three have at some point bee chairman of the Northumberland Schools FA. 
 
FEB.24th.2014 The 3rd. ‘Fans Forum’ Meeting in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite.
Those Present: Lee Charnley (Club Secretary), Kate Bradley (Head of NUFC Foundation), John Irving (NUFC Financial Director), Lee Marshall (Meeting Chair- Supporters Liaison Manager), Steve Storey (Head of Safety & Security), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Stephen Tickle (Box Officer Manager). Wonga Sponsors Representatives; Damian Peachey & Nick Stone.
Supporters Representatives in attendance were: Gareth Beard, Steve Cole, Thomas Concannon, Chris Forster, Gordon Gilchrist, Steve Hastie, Mark Jankowski, Susan Joyce, Sharon Lee, Michael McCarthy, Andrew McClay & Vishal Vedhara (Equalities Representative).
(Apologies from Bob Moncur, Club Ambassador & 3 fans reps)   
Questions focused around the clubs improved finances which were released for the period up to Jun.2013. A brief outline shows an improved total turn over of 95.9 million (Up from 93.3); with commercial revenue up 24.2% to 17.1 million. This increased turn over was despite the poor 16th place finish in the Premier League. The transfer buys of Debuchy, Gouffran, Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Good & Mbabu cost an outlay of 28.7 million. The club recouped 11.1 million with the sales of Best, Ba & Forster (1.6 million after amortisation). The clubs operational loss was down by 5.1 million to 616 000 & an overall profit up 1.4 million from 2011-12 to 9.9 million. The interest free debt to the owner of 129 million, remained ‘static’. The board explained the club was well within the rules of the mandatory Financial Fair Play Rules which all clubs have to abide by. Overall in ‘lay persons’ terms the figures show the club is in a fairly health state & transfer activity to improve the squad is expected. The fans posed the question of the sale of Cabaye & why he was nor replaced & it was implied there should have been a plan for a replacement. Questions also quizzed the clubs ambition & it was felt that the both cup exits could have been different on the day. The fans explained how a cup run can promote a clubs profile a great deal. The board stated the club was not aiming for a mediocre league position & aimed to finish in the Premier League as high as it possibly could. The position of the Under 21’s Manager was clarified, confirming the appointment of Peter Beardsley, assisted by Dave Watson (Academy Coach). As for the replacement of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, the situation would be reviewed in the summer.        
 
MAR.1st.2014. Stand Up Comedy Event in one of the suites at St. James Park. The show was headlined by GARY DELANEY, supported by GEORGE ZACH. Compered by Si Burgess.
 
APR.24th.2014.  The unveiling of THE JOE HARVEY MEMORIAL PLAQUE took place on the ‘Gallowgate Wall’, on the outside of the St. James Park ground, next to the club shop. The plaque is an impressive 5ft by 3ft & is a fitting tribute to man who did so much for Newcastle as a captain & then as a manager. Bob Moncur & Vic Keeble, along with Joe’s son did the honours. The following other ex players who came along to lend their support were; Ron McGarry, Tommy Robson, Dave Hilley, Gordon Marshall, Jim Iley, Frank Clark, David Craig, Wyn Davies, Jim Scott, John McNamee, Alan Foggon, Keith Dyson, Ron Guthrie, Malcolm Macdonald & Pat Howard. Also spotted in the crowd was current club director John Irving.
 
MAY 6th.2014, The Brooks Mileson Memorial Northern League Cup Final WHITLEY BAY v MARSKE UNITED (at SJP; as part of the oldest leagues 125 year anniversary). Score 1(1) : 2(0) (AET).
The match was a close affair, with Whitley leading in the first half through a Callum Anderson goal in the 22nd minute. With 7 minutes to go Marske equalised through a fine shot by Lev Yalcin. The game then went to extra time & led to heartbreak for Whitley Bay when they conceded a penalty in the 119th minute. It was slotted home by Craig Gott, giving a 2:1 score. The penalty was hotly disputed, resulting in the sending off of player / manager Leon Ryan. Mark Cook featured in goal for Whitley Bay. The referee was Paul E. Curry from Northumberland & the attendance was 1503.
WHITLEY BAY: MARK COOK, BRAD BROOKING (SUB- 97 MICHAEL McMULLAN), CHRIS MACDONALD, CALLUM ANDERSON, LEON RYAN, CRAIG SMITH (SUB- 66 TOM BOTT), CRAIG McFARLANE, STEPHEN BUZZEO, CRAIG HUBBARD, PAUL CHOW, ALEX KEMPSTER (SUB- 76 JARRETT RIVERS).
MARSKE: ROBERT DEAN, JOSH MYERS, LIAM O’SULLIVAN, AUSTIN JOHNSTON, ADAM WHEATLEY, ANDY COLLINS, GRAIG GOTT, GLEN BUTTERWORTH (SUB- 75 JAMIE POOLE), JAMIE CLARKE (SUB- 80 CHRIS McGILL), JOHN ALEXANDER (SUB- 55 LEV YALCIN), JOSH McDONALD
 
MAY 12th.2014, NUFC LADIES TEAM were going to be given the opportunity to play at St. James Park in an end of season friendly; between their 1st Team XI & 2nd Team XI. The game, which was to be free admission; unfortunately did not go ahead due to the very heavy rain for the past few days. This had made the pitch very soggy & the game was postponed. A new date is to be arranged. 
 
MAY 15th.2014 The 4th. ‘Fans Forum’ Meeting in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite?
Those Present: Lee Charnley (NUFC Managing Director), Kate Bradley (Head of NUFC Foundation), John Irving (NUFC Financial Director), Lee Marshall (Meeting Chair- Supporters Liaison Manager), Bob Moncur (Club Ambassador), Eddie Rutherford (Head of Facilities), Steve Storey (Head of Safety & Security), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Stephen Tickle (Box Officer Manager). Wonga Sponsors Representatives; Damian Peachey & Nick Stone.
Supporters Representatives in attendance were: Gareth Beard, Steve Cole, Chris Forster, Gordon Gilchrist, Steve Hastie, Liam Hall, Mark Jankowski, Susan Joyce, Sharon Lee. (Apologies from Michael McCarthy & Stephen Tickle).  
Questions continued to focus around the clubs approach to cup matches & the overall clubs ambition. The response was that it was accepted that the second half the season had been disappointing; although overall 10th was an improvement on the previous seasons poor 16th place finish. The bonuses paid, had been agreed with the players and staff in advance & 10th place was the minimum that could have been paid out. Their were reassurances that through the summer there would be a strengthening of the squad & that Shola Ameobi would be being recognised for his length of service to the club. On the touchy issue of silverware, the club repeated its stance that last season they had a squad that could have done a lot better & progressed further, & the same would apply next season, but that the domestic cups were not a priority compared to improving their premier league position. The view seems to be that the cup run into a final, increases the risk of relegation. The fans representatives mentioned that a number of fans had stated they are not renewing their season tickets. The club response was repeated as previously; in that roughly 6 % do not renew on average & this end of season is no different. The clubs representatives announced that the owner Mike Ashley had become officially a Director at the club. Finally, the club announced the recent expansion of its ground tour with the opening of a new roof top tour ‘for those with a head for heights’.     
 
MAY 16th,2014 The annual ‘FOOTBALL AID’ matches, took place ’back to back’ at St. James Park. Details To Follow… 
 
MAY 19th,2014 NUFC LADIES TEAM were finally given the opportunity to play at St. James Park in a rearranged end of season friendly; between their 1st Team XI & 2nd Team XI. The game, which was to be free admission; unfortunately had a 9pm kick off time & no details have come to light so far of the score, players etc. 
 
MAY 31st.2014 KINGS OF LEON In Concert at St. James Park, with 3 Support Acts-WHITE LIES, THE HORRORS & TWIN ATLANTIC. . The gig was the first date of their ‘Mechanical Bull’ European Tour. The crowd was reported as approximately 25 000. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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