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Old April 8th, 2010, 10:57 AM   #121
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Thanks.

It was a bit of a 'labour of love' for me. As a lifelong supporter of Newcastle United, I have accumulated a lot of information about the goings on there (on and off the field) over the years.

As I put this third post together though, even I was surprised that there was such a large number of plans to move or develop the ground (that reached the 'detail' stage) that never came to anything.

If asked before this, I would have probably said "four or five", I certainly never realised there were the TEN, listed above!

Indeed, I am seriously (still) expecting people on here to tell me about 'other failed plans' that I have NOT included!!!

That wouldn't surprise me at all . .
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1969 . . . A HISTORIC year in the
long and illustrious history of NEWCASTLE UNITED FC.












ALL of the above are actual original items from 1969.
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wow ... great post. Unfortunately that was the end of an era for us and nothing but decline into the 80's apart from a few 'oil drum' cup wins in the early 70's but in reality nothing but decline which bottomed out under that bloody shocking season with Ardiles at the helm in 92 .. then came Keegan !

btw.. do you have all those match programmes in full NH?
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wow ... great post. Unfortunately that was the end of an era for us and nothing but decline into the 80's apart from a few 'oil drum' cup wins in the early 70's but in reality nothing but decline which bottomed out under that bloody shocking season with Ardiles at the helm in 92 .. then came Keegan !

btw.. do you have all those match programmes in full NH?

Yes, I had all those programmes, but a few years back I gave them all to my nephew. In 1968/69 I could barely even afford to go to the home games, but I got friends to bring me the 'away game' programmes back!

I still have the original programme from the FINAL (the Home Game) as I bought three of them at the time. Gave one to my nephew (with all the others) and recently sold one on eBay!

I have lots of other Fairs Cup souvenirs and cuttings from those days.

I got a season ticket in the Centre Paddock (standing area) the following year, on the back of the Fairs Cup win, so I guess you could say that I was a "GLORY HUNTER" . . . (a 'sadly unfulfilled' Glory Hunter!!!)
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Saw every home game of the Fairs Cup and still have all the home game programmes and a few of the away game programmes.
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Newcastle United release 2009 financial results
May 1 2010 by Adam Jupp, Evening Chronicle


THE state of Newcastle United’s finances to 2009 can today be revealed.

The club has published its latest set of accounts, which covers the period leading up to its relegation to the Championship.

Details of major developments during the course of the Magpies’ successful promotion campaign are also given in the papers, which reveal:

The legal case resulting from the departure of ex-boss Kevin Keegan cost the club more than £5.3m

United’s wage bill soared to more than £71.1m by the end of its time in the Premier League

Newcastle United FC now owes owner Mike Ashley £111m

The sports billionaire has ploughed an extra £25.5m into the club’s coffers

Player costs worth more than £21m have been saved since relegation.

United’s accounts were due to be filed at Companies House at the end of March but they were posted late by the club.

They have now been made available and tell of the impact of dropping from English football’s top flight.

The director’s report, signed by MD Derek Llambias, says: “A disappointing 2008/09 season for Newcastle United culminated in an 18th place finish in the FA Premier League and relegation to the Football League Championship for the 2009/10 season.

“The financial effects of relegation will be most evident in the financial statements for the year ending June 30 2010 but it has also impacted on the results for the year under review.”

It goes on to reveal the club’s turnover fell to £86.1m from £99.4m the year before.

Despite the reduced income, the wage bill rose to £71.1m from £70m in 2008/9 and that meant salary costs ate up a staggering 82.6% of all the cash coming into the club.

Later in the accounts, it is revealed that since relegation wage bill savings have been made, which will include the departure of high-earning players like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Damien Duff.

The papers state: “The playing registrations of certain players have been disposed of subsequent to the balance sheet date for a total consideration, net of associated costs, of £21,103,000.”

It adds: “Subsequent to the balance sheet date, the playing registrations of certain players have been acquired for total consideration, including associated costs of £3,221,000.” That will take account of the signing of players including Mike Williamson, Fabrice Pancrate and Danny Simpson.

The level of Mike Ashley’s investment in the Toon is also revealed.

He is now owed £111m by the club, which must be paid back to him immediately in the event of a change in ownership.

The accounts add: “Subsequent to the year end, the ultimate controlling party, Mr MJW Ashley, has advanced additional funding of £25.5m.”

Under a heading of “Change of Team Management,” the papers state: “In September 2008 Kevin Keegan left his position as first team manager and subsequent to the year end, in October 2009, a Premier League Manager’s Tribunal upheld a claim of constructive dismissal brought by Mr Keegan in relation to his departure.

“Costs relating to this matter, totaling £5,342,000 (including staff costs of £2,256,000) have been charged in full in the year to June 30 2009.

“In January 2008, Sam Allardyce’s contract was terminated. Costs relating to this and the accompanying changes in backroom staff, totalling £4,597,000, were recognised in the prior year.”

It is also revealed £1,357,000 was paid to the club’s solicitors Freshfields Bruckhaus Dennger for the services of former chairman Chris Mort, who was at St James’ between June 2007-June 2008.
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. . . and do you remember this "40 Years Later" reunion, from last June?

It was forty years ago today, when Joe Harvey’s
boys taught them how to play!

11th June 2009



You have to go back to a year when The Beatles gave their last public performance, the Woodstock Festival was first held, Pelé scored his 1,000th goal, England were still World Champions, the first message was sent over ARPANET (the forerunner of the internet), Richard Nixon became the 37th President of the United States of America, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet made its maiden flight, war existed in Vietnam, the Communist Party controlled the East and the West put the first man on the Moon, for the last time Newcastle United Football Club won a major trophy.

That year was 1969 and Newcastle won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

The 1967/68 season had seen Newcastle finish 10th in the First Division, but due to the fact the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup had an obscure one club per city rule, it meant Newcastle qualified for it’s first European competition ahead of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal because Liverpool and Chelsea had already qualified further up the table.

The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup started in 1955 and was originally a tournament open to cities that had hosted trade fairs, and not necessarily football clubs - cities with more than one club sent representative teams. Barcelona won the first tournament, beating a London XI in the final.

By the mid-1960s, the cup was exclusively for football clubs who usually qualified by virtue of a high finish in their domestic league. The competition was renamed UEFA Cup in 1971 dropping any links with trade fairs and removing the one club per city rule.

For the 1968-69 competition each round was played over two legs, and the 1st round lined up with the likes of Liverpool, Juventus, Marseille, Feyenoord, Lyon, Valencia, Fiorentina, Napoli, Chelsea, Leeds United, SV Hamburg, Sporting Lisbon, Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao all taking part.

The 1st Round saw Newcastle given a tough draw against the mighty Feyenoord, who were eventual Dutch Champions that season. Feyenoord had a side packed full of internationals with masses of European experience and they eventual went on to win the European Cup in 1970.

Despite the huge gulf between the teams, goals from Jim Scott, Pop Robson, Tommy Gibb and Wyn Davies saw Newcastle cruise to a 4-0 victory at St James’ Park with some free flowing football their more illustration opponents would have been proud of.

The second leg was much tougher encounter for Newcastle, as the Dutch side played their usual brilliant inventive football that was missing on Tyneside. The game was one-way traffic with Newcastle forced into a rear guard action and thanks to a magnificent defensive display from defenders Ollie Burton and John McNamee United restricted Feyenoord to only a 0-2 win, meaning Newcastle had arrived on the European scene with an impressive 4-2 aggregate victory that surprised many experts.

Up next in the 2nd Round were Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. Sporting had finished runners-up to Benfica in the Portuguese First Division and were another side liberally sprinkled with full internationals.

Two extremely close ties eventually saw Newcastle win 2-1 on aggregate to enhance their European pedigree even further.

In the 3rd Round Newcastle drew Real Zaragoza of Spain, the Spaniards had appeared in the Final twice in the last five years, winning it once, and they started the tie as favourites.

The first leg in Spain was played on New Years Day and there was no New Years joy for the Magpies, as they went down 3-2 with goals from striking duo Pop Robson and Wyn Davies.

Although defeated, Newcastle had two away goals and the knowledge that although fast and skilful in attack the Spaniards defence looked vulnerable.

In the return leg at St James Park the Spaniards opted for a defensive line-up but their plans were ripped to shreds after only two minutes. Gibb laid the ball out to Robson on the right-flank by the half-way line. Pop cut-inside and as a couple of defenders converged on him he accelerated through the gap before unleashing a 30-yard thunderbolt that flew into the roof of the net.

On 26 minutes a diving header saw Gibb score from a Robson corner to make it 2-0, however Zaragoza got one back just before half-time. The second half was on a knife-edge, but there were no more goals, and the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate with Newcastle progressing through on away goals.

Newcastle had reached the Quarter-Finals and again faced Portuguese opposition, this time in the form of Vitoria Setubal who had beaten Italian League leaders Fiorentina in the last round. The 1st Leg at St James' Park attracted the biggest Tyneside crowd so far in the competition, with over 57,000 fans turning up. Those fans were rewarded with a fantastic display of attacking football by Newcastle United, as the home side scored 2 goals in the first half, and 3 in the second half. The Davis Robson partnership upfront was too much for the Portuguese side, with Wyn Davis scoring in the first half, and Pop Robson getting 2 goals in the second.

In the 2nd Leg in Portugal another Wyn Davis goal in the first half made the score 1-1 at half time, and 6-2 on aggregate, as Newcastle looked to have the tie well and truly sawn up. However, 2 goals in the second half by Vitoria Setubal gave Newcastle a slight scare but they held on to lose 3-1 on the night, but win the tie 6-4 on aggregate.

Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers stood between Newcastle and their first cup final since 1955. The league season was now all but over, with Newcastle just having one game left to play, and Rangers losing out to Celtic in both the league and Cup.

The first leg was at Ibrox in front of over 75,000 all-ticket fans, which included 12,000 travelling up from Tyneside, and the Battle of Britain was a tense and tight affair. Newcastle's defence was again magnificent, snuffing out Rangers for whole 90 minutes courtesy of some world class saves, including one from the penalty spot, from man of the match Willie McFaul.

The second leg back on Tyneside took place 4 days after the last league game of the season, and again was a very tough and tight affair standing at 0-0 at half time. Over 59,000 fans had crammed into St James Park and the entire Gallowgate End (it was used by away fans in those days) was overflowing with an estimated 22,000 thousands Rangers fans. The city had been a sea of Blue and White, with most Rangers fans drinking in the bars and on the streets all day.

At the start of second half the deadlock was finally broken by Newcastle when Jim Scott blasted a brilliant cross-shot into the roof of the net from close range.

On 77 minutes a Jackie Sinclair goal finished off Rangers. Ollie Burton's free-kick was glanced to Sinclair by Wyn Davies, and Sinclair gleefully slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Following the goal the Gallowgate End erupted into a riot as Rangers fans spilled onto the pitch in an obvious attempt to get the game abandoned. The referre was forced to take the players off the pitch for 17 minutes to allow the Police to restore order and clear the bottles from the pitch. Newcastle then held on for the final minutes playing the game with a wall of Police in front of the Gallowgate End, but sadly the trouble didn't end there, as the Rangers fans went on the rampage in the city centre after the match smashing shop windows, burning cars and fighting with the police.

After dispensing of Rangers, Newcastle United would contest the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final against little known Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa.

Ujpest had impressed a lot of people along the way to the final beating some good teams and building up quite a reputation. In the Quarter-Finals they beat competition favourites Leeds United with ease 3-0 on aggregate. On the eve of the final the Leeds manager Don Revie laughed off Newcastle's chances by saying "If they borrowed Billy Bremner, Bobby Charlton and George Best they (Newcastle) might stand a chance".

Ujpesti Dozsa reputation was not without merit as they had six Hungarian internationals in their team, and had won every game bar one in the competition so far.
Newcastle took to the field for the first leg at St James' Park in a confident mood in front of nearly 60,000 screaming Geordies.

Bobby Moncur was the unlikely Newcastle hero scoring twice in the second half as home side ran out confortable 3-0 winners. His first was from a rebound as Wyn Davies shot was only parried by the Hungarian keeper, and his second came after a one-two with Benny Arentoft saw his low shot nestle into the back of the net. Jim Scott added a third to put Newcastle into a commanding position for the second leg in Hungary.

The second leg in Budapest saw both sides take to the field in front of an intimidating Hungarian atmosphere, which including approximately 2,000 United fans who had ventured behind the Iron Curtain. The first half was a diaster for Newcastle, as Ujpesti scored two goals, with the usual reliable Newcastle defence felling apart under the pressure, and only a world class save just before the break prevented United from losing their aggregate lead altogether.

Half-time brought about the now legendary calm words from the Newcastle manager Joe Harvey, who stated that all they needed to do was score a goal and the Hungarians would crumble.

Harvey's words certainly did the trick because within a minute of the restart Bobby Moncur scored his 3rd of the tie. Newcastle won a corner and when the keeper's punch fell to Sinclair, who clipped the ball back in, Moncur lashed it left-footed into the roof of the net.

After that crumble the Hungarian's did. Danish international Benny Arentoft added another goal four minutes later to level the tie on the night, and the game was won on 74 minutes by substitute Alan Foggon who punished a now disillusioned Ujpesti side.

Foggon latched on to a Wyn Davies flick on, firing the ball goalwards only to see it pushed onto the crossbar by the keeper. However, Foggon was first to the rebound and finished what he had started by slotting the ball into the empty net.

The match finished 3-2 to Newcastle on the night, making it 6-2 on aggregate. The mighty men of Newcastle had done it, they had beaten Ujpesti Dozsa home and away to lift the Inter-Cites Fairs Cup.



The Newcastle players came back from Hungary to a heroes welcome. Thousands of fans packed into St James Park to see the players parade the trophy around the ground and then onto the Civic Centre where a reception was held in their honour.

This was Newcastle's first trophy since the 1955 F.A. Cup victory and it brought glory to a new generation of Geordies. Names like Joe Harvey, Bobby Moncur, Wyn Davis, Pop Robson, Frank Clark and Ben Arentoft will forever go down in folklore on Tyneside.



Newcastle United fans will forever remember those European nights back in the late sixties at St James Park, where the Geordies took on and conquered some of the best in Europe.

As fans we have been craving this kind of success ever since, despite two promotions to shout about we've had four cup final defeats and two Premier League 2nd places to endure, and now with the recent dramatic fall from grace out of the Premier League, those heady days of 1968/69 seem even further away.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley owed £111million by club
2nd May 2010, Brian McNally, Sunday Mirror



Newly-promoted Newcastle United owe Mike Ashley a staggering £111million.

Also, the Toon’s controversial owner, is now entitled to claim his debt back on demand.

The shock revelation comes in Newcastle’s latest balance sheet which shows net current liabilities of £154.3m and a net loss of £15.2m on the 2008/09 relegation campaign.

Significantly, Ashley has changed the terms of the loan to make the £111m payable whenever he requests it rather than having to wait until there is a change of ownership.

Ashley’s loan to Newcastle has increased by £11million over the financial year to June 2009 and since the year end he has ploughed another £25.5m into the financially-stricken club.

Newcastle also have a £3m loan from their bankers as well as a bank overdraft of £35m, while trade creditors are owed £15.8m.

Newcastle’s wage bill, slashed by an estimated £30m since relegation, was a massive £71m or 82.6 per cent of turnover.

The figures make depressing reading for the Toon Army as Ashley prepares to sit down to discuss transfer targets for their Premier League return with manager Chris Hughton

The accounts reveal: “The Group’s outstanding loan from Mr MJW Ashley of £111m (30 June 2008 £100m) is repayable on demand.

“Under the previous agreement in force at 30 June 2008 the loan was only repayable on demand in the event of a change of control.”


REST OF ARTICLE HERE - http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news...cle411471.html

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Old May 3rd, 2010, 12:50 PM   #129
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Cheers for posting the article NH - I do hate how the journalists sensationalise these things though. Everyone knows the club owes Ashley a lot of money and I'm sure he'll draw some of that money back when the club's in a healthy position. It's perfectly doable - Arsenal have been paying off their new stadium whilst still playing good football and having a healthy transfer budget (although admittedly, they have more income than us).

Ashley isn't going to drag his money out of the club prematurely as it'll only damage the club, which he owns. Besides, roughly £100m of debt, with very little interest on it, to a creditor who owns the club and therefore needs it to be healthy, when you've just been pulled out of the 2nd tier, is pretty reasonable. Especially when you look at the level of debt a lot of other clubs have.
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Agree with that, sensationalised journalism is now the 'norm' in football these days. Wanted to let everyone see it (many already would have, I know) though.
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You can always tell when the football media have nothing to talk about, they come running to us. Everything we do, good or bad has to be talked about and written about.

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Just seen this on Facebook of 'old' SJP.
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Haha, the skyline looks wierd without the stadium looming over it!

And yes, the football press will have missed us. We've always been great for a story, the crazy northerners that are far enough away to be mocked and lied about to sell papers. Funny how so many of them can't remember predicting that we'd sink without a trace though...
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Great picture - am I right in assuming that curved street in the foreground is St Thomas Crescent?
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Great picture - am I right in assuming that curved street in the foreground is St Thomas Crescent?
Yes, you're right.
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Just seen this on Facebook of 'old' SJP.

LOVE seeing those four huge floodlight pylons towering over St James's and the entire City!

Reminds me so much of night matches in the winter, with the lights shining as you approached and left the ground with them shining so high up in the dark sky, like four massive illuminated aliens!!

Listening to all that "marching" music they used to play all the time over the loudspeakers.

They're my earliest football at St James' Park memories, as a kid, from the late sixties and the early to mid seventies!
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New pitch for Toon’s return to Premier League
May 26 2010 by Adam Jupp, Evening Chronicle


THESE images show the Toon’s turf being prepared for the club’s return to the Premier League.



Now the season has drawn to a close, the Magpies’ ground staff are working to get the playing surface in perfect condition for the next campaign.

First, they stripped the top layer off the turf and got to work planting new seeds and watering it again.

And in a matter of days, green shoots were poking through and the pitch was getting ready for its first cut.

The work comes after the groundstaff team took the Championship Pitch of the Year award, which was presented to them before United’s last home game of the season.

Deputy groundsman Andrew Tully said: “This time of year is extremely important for us because we start work on relaying the pitch.

“Our process starts with shaving off the top 10mm of vegetation on the old pitch, keeping the base nice and level, re-seeding and watering.

“We put about 60 tonnes of new fibre elastic material on the pitch.



“In six days the green starts to come through again and then the pitch is ready for its first cut after 10 days.

“Ideally the weather would be warm and wet. If it’s dry, however, we have to sprinkle the entire surface with water three times a day.

“Within about six to eight weeks you’d probably be able to play a match on there, but we’re lucky this year as we’ve got a little bit of a longer summer.”

The dedicated groundsman added: “We take immense pride in what we do and for two years in a row now we’ve come runners-up to Arsenal in the Premier League groundsmen of the year award, so it was nice to eventually get our hands on the top prize . . . albeit in the Championship.

“A lot of hard work goes into what we do, it’s a real team effort and it’s always nice to get compliments from players, managers and referees about the playing surface.”
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NUFC ban the Daily Mail for spoiling England's World Cup 2018/2022 chances

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Last season Newcastle United Football Club banned reporters of The Daily Mail from all games, the training ground, and from all press conferences. This decision had been reluctantly taken after repeated irresponsible press coverage.

The Daily Mail have recently made approaches through the Association of Editors for the ban to be reviewed. Newcastle United Football Club were considering that request when The Mail on Sunday decided to publish its disgraceful story about Lord Triesman. That story was not in the best interest of English football and has had enormous adverse repercussions already with regard to the 2018 World Cup bid.

Newcastle United Football Club supports the stance taken by Gary Lineker who has ceased to provide a column for the newspaper and has been outspoken in his criticism.

The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday, will be unwelcome at Newcastle United for the foreseeable future. The club has also written to the Premier League and all other Premier League Chairmen, asking for their support in Newcastle's stance against these publications.
Link: http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20100...240137_2060552
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The Daily Mail is a crap paper so good

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I know Ashley gets knocked a fair bit - for good reason on several occasions - but this is brilliant.

I dislike the Mail intently anyway, but they deserve this treatment after publishing that story.
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