ARCHIVE NEWS - NOVEMBER 2009
29th November 2009 - FA Cup Third Round Draw
Newcastle will get their 2009/10 FA Cup campaign underway with an away tie at Plymouth Argyle. The match is due to be played on either Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd January 2010.
Celebration time for Peter Lovenkrands and Marlon Harewood
28th November 2009 - Newcastle United 3 Swansea City 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper (Krul 46), Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie (Pancrate 76), Smith, Nolan, Gutierrez, Harewood (Ranger 68), Lovenkrands - Subs not used: Khizanishvili, R Taylor, LuaLua, Kadar.
Scorers: Harewood 8, 28, Lovenkrands 21 - Attendance: 42,616
Chris Hughton: "I asked for a high tempo start and after half an hour I was delighted. I couldn't have asked for any more. It would have been nice to add a couple more of course. Take nothing away from Swansea, they're a side in form and we were never going to get it all our own way. It was certainly an excellent first half and I am delighted with the result."
27th November 2009 - Gazza Back In Toon
Paul Gascoigne is back at Newcastle in a coaching role with the club's Academy. The opportunity was afforded him by former international and Newcastle team mate Peter Beardsley.
Gazza said: "I am really well, fit and healthy, training really hard with the kids. Pete picks me up and we go into training. I am enjoying playing football and keeping myself busy. Pete has been fantastic with me, making sure I have bread and milk in the fridge and stuff like that. It has been good to be involved with the kids. Hopefully it will progress with me doing some of my coaching badges again. I am so happy to be back in the game. I’m feeling good about myself and having something to get up for every morning is a great feeling."
Beardsley added: "He gave me the credit but he deserves the credit. The kids love him being at the academy and it is great for him to be joining in every day. We go to play in the Youth Cup at Doncaster next week and he will be with us there. It is fantastic to have him around the place."
Peter Beardsley had told the academy youngsters that a ‘friend’ would be dropping by to take in the session and they were thrilled when it emerged that this was none other than Newcastle United legend Paul Gascoigne.
One of the academy starlets commented: "Gazza was brilliant, he had us all in hysterics, joking and laughing around but as soon as the training got going he showed us that you have to concentrate and apply yourself."
23rd November 2009 - Preston North End 0 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Deepdale, Preston - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Simpson (Kadar 65), S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie (Lovenkrands 90), Smith, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll (Ranger 62), Harewood - Subs not used: Krul, Donaldson, Geremi, Pancrate.
Scorer: Nolan 74 - Attendance: 16,925
Chris Hughton: "For me it's a massive result. You've got to take it all into context. We lost Ryan Taylor in the warm-up. Andy Carroll played, he was ill all day, and had no right to be out there. These (Preston) are a quality side. I've no doubts they will be there come the end of the season. To come here and get a result. It's testament to that group of lads in there."
A sublime Kevin Nolan strike secures three points at Preston
23rd November 2009 - FA Cup Draw
Newcastle will learn their FA Cup third round opponents on Sunday afternoon. The draw will be made live on ITV1 following live coverage of the Kettering Town versus Leeds United second round tie.
21st November 2009 - Fabrice Signs On
Following a successful two week trial period French midfielder Fabrice Pancrate has been signed until the end of the season. The 29 year old who will wear squad number 21 arrives on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint Germain in the summer. Fabrice has agreed a deal until the end of the season with the option to extend his contract.
20th November 2009 - Fraser Extends Stay At Norwich
Newcastle have agreed to a request from Norwich City to extend the loan deal for goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Fraser will stay with the Canaries until the end of the season. The club have also relaxed the conditions of the deal to allow the youngster to play in the FA Cup. Fraser is enjoying a successful spell of first team football having kept eight clean sheets in twelve games.
14th November 2009 - The 'Yes We Can' Campaign
Following the lauch of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust campaign to buy the club, Trust chairman Coin Whittle explains how a bid to buy the club would work.
What is Yes We Can?

It's a simple campaign launched to rescue the club from its current state by bringing together the fans, business and private investors in a credible bid to buy the club outright. Fans are central to the campaign and this is their chance to come together and invest (not give) in the club. We see NUFC as a great investment and fans can invest in a number of ways from cash to part of their pensions. The campaign will last six weeks and fans need to deposit 10% of their investment which will be held in a secure account by a local solicitors and returned should the buy out not happen.
How does the plan work?
A clear one member one vote structure ensures no one ever owns more than anyone else. Members will be able to vote and stand for election, with a view to taking a position on the Trust board, which will be responsible for appointing supporters representatives to the Board of Newcastle United Football Club. A club President will be elected by members who will bring in their team.
Initially the Supporters Trust will work to raise an appropriate market price to buy out the current owner and is dependent on the current financial position of the club with plans to capitalise the club to enable investment both on and off the pitch. In addition, we will reveal a model that will ensure a long-term stable business plan to be implemented by the elected Board, headed by the President.
The investment in NUFC will aim to return annual interest of 2% on funds invested. A total of 200m would cost the club 4m per year (against a current annual interest cost of 9m). This would provide significant working capital for player transfers and football related business. Dependent on the success of the initial launch, phase two will involve an intensive campaign aiming to reach much larger numbers of fans, especially ex-pats.
How can I invest?
You can invest directly into the account set up with a local solicitor or you can take advice from an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) about a product called a SIPP. It releases part of your pension and allows you to invest it in the club. We will be launching a list in the next few days of 27 IFAs who can advise you. If you want to invest cash, you would be expected to put 10% down of your proposed investment called Proof of Funds so a minimum investment of £1,500 would mean £150 lodged with a local solicitor.
Fans are central to the campaign and this is their chance
What if I can't afford £1,500?
You can still contribute. If you want to invest any amount starting from just £10 you can donate the money to the Trust. All donations will be put together in tranches of £1,500 and will be invested by the Trust towards buying a stake.
Is my money safe?
Each partner is governed by the FSA and we follow ethical standards which will then be reflected in the way the club conducts its business under a fan buy out. The local solicitors and our other partners are respected pillars of the Newcastle legal community. Any monies raised will be lodged in a local Solicitor's high interest account and will be returned if the bid is unsuccessful, less a 5% administration fee. Other partners are also regulated by their own particular bodies. We will be releasing a full list of authorised companies working with the Trust in the near future. If the buy out fails you will get your investment back less 5% (of the 10% deposit) admin fees.
Who is involved in NUST?
The Trust has brought together established financial companies in Newcastle as well as the City Council, trade unions, expert financial advisers and city companies who are interested in the club as an investment - owned by the city and run by an elected board with fans electing a President. The supporters will be the largest investors, and the scheme is backed by the FSA and has HM Revenue & Customs approval.
Why would fans do a better job than others?
Why shouldn't they? Nobody has questioned the motives or the capacity of any other alleged potential buyer for the club (or indeed the current owners), and it should be quite obvious that Newcastle fans encompass many sectors, have many skills and have the acumen to run our club as well or better than in the past. All we know is that the current farce cannot continue, and the Trust is a way for fans to have a genuine interest in the running of the club. This idea gives the fans a democratic say in the club direction. The supporters' elected representatives will appoint the very best minds to make the most of our club and they will be accountable on facts and results on the pitch. The fans will appoint a President who will be directly elected by the certificate holders.
10th November 2009 - Reclaiming Our Football Club For The City
Newcastle fans have launched a campaign to buy our football club. Newcastle United Supporters Trust, a not for profit organisation formed in the wake of Kevin Keegan's constructive dismissal in September 2008, has spearheaded the campaign for the current owner to leave. It today asked fans to pledge funds, backed by a deposit into a special bank account, to enable a buyout. Further backers, including big names in the financial and business worlds, will be revealed in the coming days.
Launching the 'Yes We Can Campaign' on Newcastle and Gateshead's quaysides, NUST spokesman Mark Jensen said the campaign had been months in the planning.
Mark said: "We have emailed over 40,000 supporters to ask them if and how they want to buy into the campaign to lead a city wide bid to buy back the club. There are a number of ways supporters can buy into the model, which would see a democratisation of the club to ensure that the current state of the club would not be repeated. The idea is based on fans investing in the club through a number of financial opportunities which will be held by a local solicitor in an escrow account to demonstrate to Ashley that the fans have proof of funds. Supporters will be asked to pledge 10% of their investment into this account and guaranteed that the money will be returned if the bid fails. It is clear that we have no knight in shining armour to end the charade at St James' Park so we must look at how we can do this ourselves."
Celebrating the opening goal against Peterborough United
7th November 2009 - Newcastle United 3 Peterborough United 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie, Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (R Taylor 21), Carroll (Lovenkrands 78), Harewood (Ranger 77) - Subs not used: Krul, Geremi, Butt, Kadar.
Scorers: Gutierrez 15, Carroll 18, Simpson 52 - Attendance: 43,067
Chris Hughton: "It was a terrific start and before the game I had asked the lads to come out and have a go from the off. There were a few edgy moments, but that's always going to be the case. Nobody is going to come here and lie down and die, and they certainly had good moments in the game. We could have made it a little bit more comfortable, but I don't think you can complain too much about a 3-1 victory at home."
6th November 2009 - West Bromwich Albion Fixture Update
Our home match with West Bromwich Albion originally scheduled for Saturday January 16th 2010 is to be shown live on Sky Sports. The game will now be played on Monday January 18th with a 7.45pm kick-off.
4th November 2009 - St. James' Park
Following the recent statement by Mike Ashley that he intended to sell naming rights to St James' Park, managing director Derek Lambias has attempted to give a more detailed explanation of the original announcement: "Our intention is to have, for instance, sportsdirect.com@StJames'Park. We were never going to lose St James' Park."
This came after David Clelland, Parliamentary MP for the Tyne Bridge constituency had tabled the following early day motion in The House of Commons: That this House regrets the intention of the current owners of Newcastle United Football Club to consider renaming St James' Park, an integral part of the City of Newcastle and Tyneside since 1892 and renowned throughout the world of football and beyond as symbolic of the game, and of the loyalty of its supporters to their club; and calls on the club's owners to reconsider or ensure that whatever sponsorship deals they may seek, the name St James' Park lives on in football and in Newcastle.
David Faulkner, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council said: "Whilst we understand the need to maximise sponsorship income, some things are more important than money. The name St James' Park is synonymous with Newcastle United Football Club, has been for over 100 years, and absolutely must stay."
Chris Hughton: "I sympathise with the supporters. I am quite sure though that, in everybody's eyes, St James' Park will always be St James' Park. The fans give us wonderful support and there is no doubt this is their club but, for me, this is a purely commercial decision. To the fans and the people of Newcastle it will always be St James' Park."
A deflected Ryan Taylor strike secures three points at Sheffield
2nd November 2009 - Sheffield United 0 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Bramall Lane, Sheffield - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, Coloccini, Enrique, Nolan, Simpson (Ranger 76), R. Taylor, Smith, Gutierrez (Harewood 85), Butt, Carroll, Kadar - Subs not used: Krul, Donaldson, Geremi, Guthrie, Tozer.
Scorer: Morgan (og) 53 - Attendance: 26,536
Chris Hughton: "It was an ugly win. For the majority of the game I thought we handled everything they threw at us. We’ve just got to make sure we keep up the performances and stay where we are. We weren't fortunate. Steve Harper made a couple of absolutely fabulous saves and that's the quality of the keeper he is. Over the 90 minutes we deserved what we got."