ST.JAMES PARK- 2016-17-  REVIEW
 
JUL.13TH.2016, The club announced it was backing a Gallowgate End Giant Flag back at the group to ‘enhance the match day atmosphere’. 
 
JUL.14TH.2016, A talk in ‘Evening with Anthony Joshua, the world heavy weight boxing champion took place in the Bamborough Suite at the ground. 
 
JUL.28th.2016, The club made a Press Release confirming retails of how season tickets holders can receive their 10% discount off their SJP Season Tickets

AUG.1st.2016 St. James Park once again hosted  Fans Open Day Training Session. 
The schedule began with the opening of fan zone & gates into the ground at 9am. At 9.45am NUFC Foundation & Academy held a Training Session. This was followed by a 1st Team Training Session at 10.30am. Events on the pitch came to an end at 12.30 with a Fans Challenge; with the Fanzone closing at 2pm. Only Sissoko & the injured players were missing from the squad involved. Once again the event attracted the fans in their thousands.

AUG.10th.2016, The 1st ‘Fans Forum’ of the season took place in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite at the ground. Rafa Benítez made a surprise appearance and spoke with forum members for about 45 minutes. Topics on the planned agenda included the club's digital development project - which will lead to the launching of a new website later in the year. Other subjects were club membership, shirt sponsorship and the development of training facilities. add

AUG.13TH.2016, The massive 52 079 turned out to witness Newcastle first home game in the Championship, left disappointed; with club losing 2:1 However, the ‘Gallowgate Fans Group’ raised more than £5000 prior to the game, & with the clubs backing they invested it with the purchase of 470 flags which will made their debut 30 minutes before the game, setting up a great atmosphere.
SEP.7TH.2016, SJP hosted the annual ‘Sight North East Exhibition’ presented by the Sight Service.
 
SEP.15th.2016, After arriving on Barrack Road, adjacent to the ground on September 8th.The Alan Shearer Statue was officially unveiled by Alan at lunchtime, with Sir John Hall & Freddie Shepherd. It was sculpted by Tom Maley and shipped in from China last year, & is situated on the site of a former public toilet. Cast in bronze and standing nine foot tall, "Local Hero" has been nine years in the making, with former club Chairman Freddy Shepherd provided the necessary funding. Also in attendance were Kevin Keegan & Terry McDermott & also Steve Harper.
 
SEP.25TH.2016, live boxing returned to the area in the vicinity of the ground. The Milburn Suite was the venue at St. James Park. The return of boxing to St James for the first time in 49 years, when the Old nearby St. James Hall; was closed; hosted by Steve Wraith and Pat Barrett’s Black Flash Promotions. There was a seven fight card; with special guests including Billy Hardy, former world champion Scott Quigg, as well as Bradley Saunders, Zelfa Barrett, Matty Ryan, Lyndon Arthur and Sean Ben Mulligan. All 7 bouts were over four rounds of three minutes per round; & it was attended by about 600 spectators; with all fights going the distance bar one. Running Order;………..
Bout One; JAMES BARNES V CURTIS GARGANO
Referee scores contest 40 to 37 Points in favour of Super Middleweight James Barnes (DOB: 18/7/82, York) over Light |Heayweight Curtis Gargano (DOB; 23/1/84, Manchester) .
 
Bout Two; ADAM (‘The Whirlwind’) WATSON v MICHAL VOSYKA
Referee scores contest 40 to 36 Points in favour of Middle weight Adam Watson (DOB: 26/2/91; Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham) over Super Welterweight Michal Vosyka (DOB: 27/2/74, Kladno, Czech Republic).      
 
Bout Three; CARL WILSON V JINDRICH (‘The Tornado’)VALECKY
Wilson won in the 3rd Round; after 2 mins 56 secs, when the fight was stopped by the referee after an onslaught by Heavyweight Carl Wilson (DOB; 15/1/85 Darlington, Co. Durham) over Cruiserweight Jindrich Valecky (DOB: 4/7/1974,Ceska Trebova, Czech Republic)   
 
Bout Four; NEIL HEPPER v ALEC BAZZA
Referee scores contest 40 to 36 Points in favour Of Super LightWeight Neil Hepper (DOB; 6/3/88, Darlington, Co. Durham) over Super Lightweight Alec Bazza (DOB: 4/8/88, Belfast, N. Ireland). 
 
Bout Five; BILLY (‘Too Sharp’) SNAITH v RUDOLF DURICA
Referee scores contest 40 to 36 Points in favour of Super Welterweight Billy Snaith (DOB; 19/2/88, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham over Super Welterweight Rudolf Durica (DOB: 1/7/79, Slovakia) 
 
Co-Main Event Bout; JEFF SAUNDERS V JAMES GORMAN
Referee scores contest 40 to 36 Points in favour of Super Lightweight Jeff Saunders (DOB; 12/9/91, Stockton, Co. Durham) over Super Lightweight James Gorman (DOB; 1/8/79, Belfast, N. Ireland) .
 
Co-Main Event Bout; SAM BEST V TOMISLAV RUDAN
Referee scores contest 40 to 36 Points in favour of Light Heavyweight Sam Best (DOB- 5/3/93, Ashington, Northumbeland) over Cruiserweight Tomislav Rudan (DOB; 11/1/88, Sibevik, Croatia)  .
 
OCT.6TH.2016; The Newcastle Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) held their Player of the Year Award ceremony at SJP. The award was presented to Rob Elliot.
 
OCT.7TH;2016- ‘One night at St James’ with Tino Asprilla & Keith Gillespie – Talk In at the NINE Bar, SJP
 
OCT.8th;2016- ‘The Entertainers’20th Anniversary Dinner (for the players taking part in tomorrows game); at the Bamburgh Suite, SJP. Those at the pre match do were; Steve Howey, Nikos Dabizas, Brian Kilcline, Ruel Fox, Tino Asprilla, Rob Lee, John Beresford, Darren Peacock, Liam O’;Brien, Keith Gillespie & Joe Allon   
 
OCT.7th & 8th.2016; Also on offer in a separate Suite at SJP in the Milburn Stand was a Beer Festival
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NOV.1st.2016, SJP hosted a Heart Foundation Charity Dinner was held in the Bamborough Suite with the NUFC Foundation presenting their annual awards. It was attended by Rafa Benetez & a number of the current players; including Vurnon Anita, Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Dwight Gayle & Isaac Hayden. Others present included Steve Harper & Lee Charnley.   

NOV.5th.2016, NUFC v CARDIFF CITY league match was preceded by a special ‘Gallowgate Flags’display waiving of flags in honour 12 club legends: Colin Veitch, Bill McCracken, Hughie Gallacher, Stan Seymour, Jackie Milburn, Joe Harvey, Bob Moncur, Malcolm Macdonald, Kevin Keegan, Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson

NOV.17TH 2016, The Annual Bravehearts NE Awards were held in the Bamborough Suite at SJP. Presenting the awards were Karl Darlow  Joseph Craig MBE (ParaOlympic gold medalist)  & Carol Malia from BBC Look North

DEC.6TH.2016, An Evening with DARTS LEGENDS; Keith Deller, Bobby George, Steve Beaton & Kevin Painter in the Bamburgh Suite. (Eric Bristow was withdrawn from the event after making insensitive controversial comments on TV about recent abused footballers who have spoken out). The night was a well attended great success, with each darts legend in the above order, taking on 4 members of the audience; whose chance came via a raffle. It was a close call on a couple of occasions, but they manage to win every match. 
 
DEC.6th.2016, The NINE Bar at the ground also hosted a busy Quiz Evening to raise funds for the Gallowgate Flags Fund. The successful evening raised £1700;with prizes being presented by first team players Paul Dummett & Matt Ritchie.
 
DEC.11TH 2016, Junior Magpies Xmas Party at SJP. A number of the current players attended.
 
MAR.7th. 2017; Newcastle played Reading away in the Championship, with game ending in a 0;0 draw. The clubs issued around 4000 free tickets for fans to view the game on a live ‘Beam Back’ in both the Nine Bar & The Platinum Club.
 
MAR.28th 2017; The clubs long serving, much loved ex tea lady Kath Cassidy died aged 90.
 
APR.3rd.2017
, It was announced that St James Park would host both the European Rugby Champions Final & Challenge Cup Final in May 2019. 
 
APR.6th.2016: The club released their financial report for the previous (2015-16) Season; which MD, Lee Charnley described as ‘extremely disappointing’.
Brief Outline of Results;
Turner Over £125.8m. Operational Profit £0.8m.
Profit After Tax- £4.6m (down from 32.5m).
Wage Bill Up to 59.4 %. The Loan Debt Remained Unchanged at £129m.
(On Dec.21st.2015, St, James Holdings controlled by Mike Ashley provided an additional loan of £33m). Average Home League Attendances= 49 754.
Media Income Dropped to 72.7m. Operation Expenses up to 96.5m.
Transfer Spending Up To June 2016 Rose to £70.7m.
 
 
APR.26th.2017, That morning saw breaking news that the grounds of two football clubs had been ‘raided’; West Ham United’s London Stadium & Newcastle United’s St. James Park. The press & media reported it was part of an investigation into Income Tax & National Insurance fraud. Items such as files, computers, laptops & mobile phones were taken away. HMRC stated several people in the football industry had been taken in by police to be questioned as part of their enquiry. One of those was Newcastle’s Managing Director Lee Charnley  No charges were ever pressed. Later in the day news of arrests for questioning in France began to filter in; among those were Sylvain Marveaux. 
 
APR.26th.2017, on the football field St. James Park hosted the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup Final; BLYTH SPARTANS v NORTH SHIELDS. Blyth won 3(2) : 2(0). Goal; Scorers; LUKE ARMSTRONG (2 GOALS- 24 & 43 mins), RYAN HUTCHINSON (90 mins), Blyth. DEAN HOLMES (85 mins), GARETH BAINBRIDGE (90+ 1 min), N.Shields. A much improved Shields carved out some chances in the second half cheered on by their vocal fans chanting ’NE29’. Blyth managed by Luke’s father ALUN ARMSTRONG featured, on loan goalkeeper PAUL WOOLSTON & 81st minute sub MATTY PATTISON. Unused sub for Shields was Joe Kerridge. Attendance; 1 968. Referee; Will Finnie (Luton; Newcastle University Undergraduate)   
BLYTH: PAUL WOOLSTON, DAVID CARTWRIGHT (SUB- 59 JORDAN WATSON), MICHAEL LIDDLE, SEAN REID,RYAN HUTCHINSON, NATHANBUDDLE, JARRETT RIVERS, JORDAN LAIDLER (SUB- 81 MATTY PATTISON), DANIEL MAGUIRE, LUKE ARMSTRONG, ROBBIE DALE (SUB- 90+ 2 ADAM WRIGHTSON).
N.SHIELDS: KYLE HAYES, JACK DONNISON, MARC LANCASTER (SUB- 82 GARETH BAINBRIDGE), ADAM FORSTER (SUB- 62 MICHAEL McKEOWN), CURTIS COPPEN, KEVIN HUGHES, CRAIG McFARLANE, GARY ORMSTON, LEE MASON (SUB- 73 DANIEL WILSON), RYAN CARR, DEAN HOLMES
 
MAY 10th.2017; Newcastle University held a Recruitment Fair in the Bamborough Suite at St. James Park.
 
MAY 20th.2017. RUGBY LEAGUE MAGIC WEEKEND 2017- DAY 1 at St. James Park. First Utility Super League. Scoring: 4 Points= 1 Try. 2 Points= Conversion. 40 mins each way.
Attendance for all 3 Matches : 35 361 (Total over the 2 days = 65 407)
Day One: Match 1- WIDNES VIKINGS 12 (0) : 34 (16) WAKEFIELD TRINITY
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Point Scorers- Widnes tries:  Ince (47), Cahill (76). Conversions: Chamberlain (47, 76) 
Wakefield tries: Scott Grix (19, 33), Lyne (22), Jones-Bishop (42, 68), Ashurst (74)
Conversions/Penalties: Finn (19, 33, 42, 61, 74).
Referee: Chris Kendall (Huddersfield) 
WIDNES: Rhys Hanbury, Ryan Ince, Ed Chamberlain, Charly Runciman, Jack Johnson, Jordan Johnstone, Rangi Chase, Jack Buchanan, Aaron Heremaia, Gil Dudson, Chris Houston, Sam Wilde, Hep Cahill.
Replacements/Subs: Eamon O'Carroll, Lloyd White, Alex Gerrard, Manase Manuokafoa.
WAKEFIELD: Scott Grix, Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Joe Arundel, Mason Caton-Brown, Jacob Miller, Liam Finn, Anthony England, Kyle Wood, David Fifita, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Tinirau Arona.
Replacements/Subs: Bill Tupou, Craig Huby, Kegan Hirst, James Batchelor.
 
Day One: Match 2- HULL FC 0 (0) : 45 (19) ST. HELENS
Point Scorers St Helens tries: Walmsley (16, 46), Morgan (18), Knowles (23), McCarthy-Scarsbrook (54), Makinson (62), Grace (70, 77)
Conversions: Percival (16, 18, 23, 46, 62, 70). Drop-Goals: Smith (40)  
Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham)
HULL FC: John Shaul, Stephen Michaels, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Liam Watts, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Chris Green.
Replacements/Subs: Brad Fash, Josh Bowden, Jordan Thompson, Danny Washbrook.
ST.HELENS; Tommy Makinson, Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Ryan Morgan, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, John Wilkin, Morgan Knowles.
Replacements/Subs: Luke Douglas, Luke Thompson, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Tommy Lee.
 
Day One: Match 3- WIGAN WARRIORS 24 (12) : 24 (6) WARRINGTON WOLVES
Point Scorers Wigan tries: Liam Marshall (9, 24, 46), Burgess (79)
Conversions/Penalties: Woods (9), Williams (24, 46, 71) 
Warrington tries: Clark (14), Ratchford (52), Lineham (57), Hughes (74)
Conversions/Penalties: Ratchford (14, 57, 66, 74) 
Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield)
WIGAN: Lewis Tierney, Tom Davies, Liam Forsyth, Joe Burgess, Liam Marshall, George Williams, Josh Woods, Frank Nuuausala, Michael McIlorum, Ryan Sutton, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Sean O'Loughlin.
Replacements/Subs: Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Jack Wells, Callum Field.
WARRINGTON: Stefan Ratchford, Matthew Russell, Jack Hughes, Ryan Atkins, Tom Lineham, Kevin Brown, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Michael Cooper, Benjaman Jullien, Ben Westwood, Joe Westerman.
Replacements/Subs: Dom Crosby, Joe Philbin, Brad Dwyer, George King.
 
MAY 21st.2017; RUGBY LEAGUE MAGIC WEEKEND DAY 2 at St. James Park. First Utility Super League. Scoring: 4 Points= 1 Try. 2 Points= Conversion. 40 mins each way.
Attendance for all 3 Matches : 30 046 (Total over the 2 days = 65 407)
Day Two: Match 1- CATALANS DRAGONS 10 (6) : 18 (6) HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS.
Point Scorers- Catalan tries: Myler (4), Thornley (48) Conversions: Walsh (5)
Huddersfield tries:Gaskell (12), Sam Rapira (72), Adam O'Brien (75) Conversions/Penalties: Martyn Ridyard (39, 72,76
Referee: Chris Campbell (Widnes)
CATALANS:.Tony Gigot, Vincent Duport, Krisnan Inu, Iain Thornley, Fouad Yaha, Luke Walsh, Richie Myler, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Ben Garcia, Sam Moa, Paul Aiton, Remi Casty.
Replacements/Subs; Mickael Simon, Alrix Da Costa, Ugo Perez, Jordan Dezeria.
HUDDERSFIELD: Jake Mamo, Jermaine McGillvary, Lercy Ludjoe, Aaron Murphy, Darnell McIntosh, Lee Gaskell, Martyn Ridyard, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Shannon Wakeman, Dale Ferguson, Alex Mellor, Ryan Hinchcliffe
Replacements/Subs; Sam Rapird, Paul Clough, Adam O’Brien, Ollie Roberts
 
Day Two: Match 2- LEIGH CENTURIONS 22 (12) : 36 (24) SALFORD RED DEVILS
Point Scorers; Leigh tries: Fleming (7), Brown (19), Crooks (48), Dawson (63)
Conversions: Drinkwater (7, 20, 49)
Salford tries: Murdoch-Masila (9, 22), Welham (25), Johnson (33, 66), Evalds (56).
Conversions:  O'Brien (16, 23, 26), Dobson (33, 59, 75)
Referee: James Child (Dewsbury)
LEIGH: Mitch Brown; Matt Dawson, Ben Crooks, Matty Fleming, Adam Higson (Sent Off- 55); Ryan Hampshire, Joshua Drinkwater; Lachlan Burr, Liam Hood, Harrison Hansen, Ciry Paterson, Atelea Vea, Glenn Stewart.
Replacements/Subs: Eloi Pelissier, Gareth Hock, Danny Tickle, Sam Hopkins.
SALFORD RED DEVILS: Gareth O'Brien, Greg Johnson, Kris Welham, Junior Sa'u, Niall Evalds; Robert Lui, Michael Dobson; Craig Kopczak, Logan Tomkins, Lama Tasi, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Josh Jones, Olsi Krasniqi.
Replacements/Subs: Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Ryan Lannon, Kris Brinning.
 
Day Two: Match 3- CASTLEFORD 29 (6) : 18 (6) LEEDS RHINOS
Point Scorers Castleford tries: Gale (4), Eden (48, 50, 64), Holmes (57)
Conversions: Gale (4, 48, 51, 65). Drop-goals: Gale (73)
Leeds tries: Watkins (15), Moon (67), Sutcliffe (78). Conversions: Sutcliffe (35, 68, 78)
Referee: Phil Bentham (Leigh)
CASTLEFORD: Zak Hardaker; Grag Minikin, Jake Webster, Michael Shenton, Greg Eden; Tom Holmes, Luke Gale; Andy Lynch, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Mike McMeeken, Adam Milner.
Replacements/Subs: Nathan Massey, Junior Moors, Matt Cook, Alex Foster.
LEEDS RHINOS: Ashton Golding; Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Liam Sutcliffe, Ryan Hall; Danny McGuire, Joel Moon; Brad Singleton, Matt Parcell, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Ferres, Stevie Ward, Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
Replacements/Subs: Rob Burrow, Ash Handley, Brett Delaney, Antony Mullally.
 
 





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