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07.05.2017… Barnsley (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Barnsley 0

St. James’ Park… Sunday May 7th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,276

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

Those last five crazy minutes. That’s why we do it….

Dwight Gayle was wandering back to the halfway line for the restart as the the news came through. The noise was incredible. Laughing one minute, crying the next, utter hysteria…

Then the final whistle and the wait for word from Villa Park; and then, for the second time, the noise…

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Second Half: 3-0 Up, All Eyes On Villa Park…

It feels like more of an achievement than 1993 or 2010. It was harder earned, there were setbacks along the way…

After wins at Brighton and Huddersfield, the title looked like a foregone conclusion. However, leaving Portman road last month, there were real doubts as to whether automatic promotion would be achieved at all. But when it mattered, into the last three games and seven points behind, the players pulled it off. Brighton didn’t bottle it, the league table doesn’t lie, we were just that little bit better…

Newcastle United, EFL Champions 2017, and a small taste of what could have happened on the last day in 1996, if only the stars had aligned…

Thank You Rafa…

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Champions…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Hayden (Haidara 13), Mbemba, Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey (Diame 72), Colback, Gouffran, Perez (Gayle 80), Mitrovic

Not Used; Lazaar, Anita, Darlow, Murphy

Goals; Perez (23), Mbemba (59), Gayle (90)

Barnsley; Davies, Janko, Jackson, MacDonald, Elder, James, Hedges (Watkins 54), Scowen, Moncur, Kent (Williams 74), Bradshaw (Lee 74)

Not Used; Townsend, Evans, Mowatt, Jones

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

17.04.2017… Ipswich Town (a)…

Ipswich Town 3 Newcastle United 1

Portman Road… Monday April 17th… 3pm

Attendance: 25,684 (1,952 away fans)

Ticket: £32.50 – Programme: £4 (Special Edition)

Not the best of afternoons. In fact, the loudest cheer came on the train on the way back towards Peterborough, when Huddersfield conceded a late equaliser at Derby…

Ipswich’s largest home gate of the season, 2,334 more than attended the derby game against Norwich…

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First Half: Newcastle Attack…

Most likely the last time that I’ll ever attempt to sit quietly in the home end when i can’t get a ticket. Even if you win, it’s really not worth it. It really isn’t very nice to hear what the home supporters think of your club, and your support, when you have absolutely no right of reply; and, in this instance, whilst losing…

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Second Half: Ipswich Kick Off…

Ipswich Town; Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Berra, Kenlock (Emmanuel 77), Ward, Skuse, Huws, Lawrence (YC) (Pitman 89), McGoldrick (YC) (Smith 86), Sears

Not Used; Crowe, Bru, Diagouraga, Samuel

Goals; Sears (42), McGoldrick (69), Huws (90+3)

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin (YC) (Gamez 78), Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie (Mitrovic 82), Shelvey, Hayden (YC), Atsu, Diame (Gouffran 61), Murphy

Not Used; Elliot, Mbemba, Colback, Perez

Goals; Murphy (62)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

14.04.2017… Leeds United (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Leeds United 1

St. James’ Park… Friday April 14th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 52,301

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

Our best performance in months, in fact, we should have won with something to spare. But a late, late goal spoilt the night…

One of those goals that still hurts the day after…

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First Half: Newcastle Take a Corner…

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Second Half: Midfield Action Under the Milburn Stand..

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Dummett, Hayden (Colback 79 (YC)), Lascelles, Mbemba, Shelvey (YC), Ritchie (Yedlin 84), Mitrovic, Perez (Diame 90), Gouffran

Not Used; Hanley, Elliot, Atsu, Murphy

Goals; Lascelles (67)

Leeds United; Green, Ayling, Bartley (YC), Jansson (YC), Berardi (Taylor 78), Bridcutt (Doukara 76), Phillips (YC), Roofe, Hernandez, Pedraza (Sacko 61), Wood

Not Used; O’Kane, Dallas, Vieira, Peacock-Farrell

Goals; Wood (90+5)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

01.04.2017… Wigan (h)…

Newcastle United 2 Wigan Athletic 1

St. James’ Park… Saturday April 1st… 3pm

Attendance: 51,849

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

A nervy afternoon at St. James’ Park but one that ended with the desired outcome…

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Wigan Warm Up…

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Second Half Action…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Colback, Gouffran (Hayden 70), Diame (YC) (Atsu 63), Gayle (Perez 80)

Not Used; Mbemba, Elliot, Gamez, Mitrovic

Goals; Gayle (36), Ritchie (57)

Wigan Athletic; Gilks, Connolly, Buxton, Burn (YC), Hanson, Power, MacDonald (Morgan 61), Warnock, Jacobs, Morsy (YC) (Gilbey 46), Bogle (Colclough 46)

Not Used; Perkins, Obertan, Haugaard, Byrne

Goals; Jacobs (50)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

18.03.2017… Birmingham (a)…

Birmingham City 0 Newcastle United 0

St. Andrew’s… Saturday March 18th… 3pm

Attendance: 19,796 (3,300 away fans)

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3

Not a game that will live long in the memory, but with Brighton and Huddersfield both losing, we ended the weekend another point closer to our aim…

Were it not for Matt Ritchie having a goal ruled out (incorrectly) for offside, then it would have been three…

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First Half: Newcastle Attack…

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Second Half: Birmingham Attack…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Nsue, Bielik, Shotton, Robinson, Grounds, Tesche, Davis, Kieftenbeld, Gardner (Gleeson 90), Jutkiewicz (Donaldson 87)

Not Used; Legzdins, Adams, Maghoma, Frei, Dacres-Cogley

Goals; None

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Diame, Colback, Ritchie, Perez (Shelvey 78), Gouffran (Atsu 82), Murphy (Gayle 63)

Not Used; Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Mitrovic

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…