30th June 2009 - Seaside Date Switch
Our away trip to Blackpool on Tuesday 15th September has been moved to Wednesday 16th with a 7.45pm kick-off.
23rd June 2009 - Going Dutch
The sixth and final game of our pre-season schedule has now been confirmed. We are heading to Holland to play FC Utrecht at the Stadion Galgenwaard on Sunday 26th July 2009. Kick-off will be 2.30pm local time.
Our complete pre-season schedule is now confirmed as follows:
11/07/09 - Shamrock Rovers (away) - 3.00pm
18/07/09 - Darlington (away) - 12.30pm
21/07/09 - Huddersfield Town (away) - 7.45pm
26/07/09 - FC Utrecht (away) - 2.30pm local time
29/07/09 - Leeds United (home) - 7.45pm
02/08/09 - Dundee United (away) - 3.00pm
22nd June 2009 - Dublin Date Added
Newcastle United will get their pre-season friendly programme underway with a game against League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers. The match will take place at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 11th July 2009 with a 3.00pm kick-off.
Habib Beye models the new yellow change kit
22nd June 2009 - New Change Kit Announced
The club have today released details of a new change kit. The all yellow strip goes on sale later this summer and is available for pre-order from 11.00am today. Launch day for the new kit will be Thursday 23rd July. It should be noted that anybody who pre-orders or purchases the jersey between now and 26th July will automatically qualify for a 20% discount. This will apply to all orders placed through official club stores or online via the official website.
19th June 2009 - Toon Heading North
Newcastle United are coming to Scotland to play Dundee United on Sunday 2nd August 2009. The match is being staged to mark the start of Centenary Season celebrations at Tannadice Park.
17th June 2009 - Friendlies Announced
Three pre-season friendlies have just been announced for July. Two away fixtures at Darlington on the 18th and Hudderfield Town on the 21st are followed by a home game against Leeds United on Wednesday 29th.
17th June 2009 - League Fixtures Announced
Our 2009/10 Coca-Cola Championship campaign gets underway with an away fixture at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 8th August. We then have two home fixtures with Reading the visitors on Saturday 15th August followed by Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday 19th August.
Our first meeting with Middlesbrough takes place at home on 19th December with the return set for 13th March. The final match of the league season sees us in London on 2nd May to take on Queens Park Rangers.
Of our twenty three home games seven are scheduled for weekdays. Two are Monday outings - Derby County on 28th December 2009 and Sheffield United on 5th April 2010. Five are Wednesday outings - Sheffield Wednesday on 19th August 2009, Queens Park Rangers on 30th September 2009, Crystal Palace on 27th January 2010, Coventry City on 17th February 2010 and Scunthorpe United on 17th March 2010.
TV coverage of the Coca-Cola Championship is shared by Sky Sports and the BBC so it should be noted that fixtures will be subject to change for television.
Steven Taylor is part of a highly rated defensive trio
10th June 2009 - Highly Rated Trio
Tomorrow morning The Times newspaper will run with a report which states that club officials have compiled a definitive list of players they wish to move on. The hope being that they can then retain a core of the club’s best players for the Coca-Cola Championship campaign.
Those being made available for transfer include such as Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Geremi, Fabricio Coloccini, Obafemi Martins, Shola Ameobi and Xisco.
The hope is the club can generate enough income to prevent the sale of the likes of Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye. These two players along with Steven Taylor are very highly rated by the club and there will be no move to encourage any of the trio to leave.
10th June 2009 - Profitable Group Statement
A statement has been issued via The Profitable Group website this afternoon. It reads as follows: The Profitable Group can confirm that it has expressed an initial interest in acquiring Newcastle United. A preliminary discussion with the representatives appointed to handle the sale of the club has been held but contrary to some reports no direct talks have been held with either the Owner, Mike Ashley, or the Chairman, Derek Llambias.
The Group consider the leaking of The Group's interest in this matter unfortunate, and as supporters of Newcastle United seek only to serve in the best interests of the club, the fans and the local community.
The Group will not be making any further comment at the present time.
9th June 2009 - First Potential Buyer Eyes The Toon
According to the Financial Times the club has received its first approach from a potential buyer. Their website is reporting that Profitable Group, a Singapore based investment company, has contacted Seymour Pierce. They are also stating that the prospective sale of the club comes as owner Mike Ashley has begun the process of cutting costs by instructing First Artist Corporation, the sports and entertainment agency, to sell first team players. First Artist will report directly to Ashley, raising uncertainty about the future of Alan Shearer.
Jack Hixon has urged Mike Ashley not to waste any more time
9th June 2009 - Jack Hixon Speaks Out
Scout Jack Hixon's most famous discovery was one Alan Shearer. Today, 87 year old Jack of Whitley Bay urged Mike Ashley not to waste any more time before appointing Shearer as Toon boss.
Jack said: "What is transparently obvious is that Alan Shearer loves the club beyond measure. If he doesn’t get this job with the conditions he requires to take it forward, it is a total disgrace. He has got strength, he has got determination and he has the character. What else has he got to do?"
Jack believes there is nobody in a better position to revive the Toon’s fortunes: "He is an icon of the city and of the club. He is our Shearer and that is the end of it. It is crazy if they do not give him the job because he is the right man for it."
Whilst many Newcastle fans are urging Mike Ashley to appoint Alan Shearer now, the reality of the situation is that, he is unable to do so. With the club currently up for sale, any new owners could well decide that they want to make their own appointment.
8th June 2009 - Club Statement - Board Set Price For Sale Of Club
The Board of Newcastle United can today confirm that the Club is for sale at the price of £100m. Interested parties should contact Newcastle United or Keith Harris at Seymour Pierce for further details. The Club will not be making any further comment at the present time.
7th June 2009 - Interested Parties
Keith Harris, chairman of Seymour Pierce, hired for the second time by Mike Ashley to oversee the sale of the club, had the following to say on Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "I'm confident that there will be offers for Mike to consider in quite short order. There is real and decent interest. This is not necessarily from far-flung parts of the globe and those expressing interest when it was first marketed, but this is good, gritty interest."
"It is a huge club. If you think in attendance terms last year, it exceeded Liverpool, averaging 48,000 and Liverpool a little over 45,000. If you walk around the infrastructure, the training ground, the academy, if you're a person who is willing to take a view over the next two to three years, this is a club that belongs in the top seven."
On the future of Alan Shearer, Harris commented: "Shearer is obviously a very charismatic figure in the area and Newcastle need some local interest. He is a good commercial addition, certainly in terms of generating interest among the fans. Whether he is the right man to lead the club back into The Premier League is something other people will express a view on, especially if there is going to be a change of ownership."
"This is a club that belongs in the top seven."
3rd June 2009 - Carling Cup 2009/10
Our 2009/10 Carling Cup campaign will get underway with a second round tie the week commencing 24th August. There will be 70 Football League clubs appearing in the first round with Newcastle United and Middlesbrough receiving byes as the highest placed Football League clubs in last season's league tables. The draw for round two will take place on the 11th, 12th or 13th August 2009.
1st June 2009 - Alan Shearer Statement
In a statement released tonight Alan Shearer has said: "I met Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias last week and we discussed at length the future of Newcastle United and my desire to be the manager moving forward. I made no demands but there were obvious conditions. We simply proposed an honest evaluation of what was needed to get the club back into the Premiership whilst building solid foundations for the future. I fully understand Mike Ashley's decision to sell the club as he feels it's now in the best interest of the club and the fans. I hope to know more by the end of the week"
1st June 2009 - Time Of Our Lives
The Sky Sports series 'Time Of Our Lives' features Newcastle United tonight. Sky presenter Jeff Stelling chats with David Ginola, John Beresford and Steve Howey as they look back over their time at The Toon. The programme will broadcast on Sky Sports 1 at 10.00pm, running for 60 minutes.