Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll legacy worth a rethink

Former Magpies stalwarts Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll are back in the North East tomorrow – and the time is right for a re-evaluation of their legacy.

Xisco kid could soon make unlikely United comeback

CAN there really be a future at St James' Park for one of the most derided players in Newcastle United's modern history?

Alan Pardew stands by sent-off skipper Fabricio Coloccini

ALAN Pardew launched a staunch defence of Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini after a damaging day that saw three new players added to his list of absentees.

Blyth Spartans' old heads need to earn their corn

WITH funds tight at Croft Park, caretaker manager Paddy Atkinson has called on his experienced Blyth Spartans players to provide value for money.

Newcastle's Euro rivals Club Brugge facing a crisis

NEWCASTLE United’s next Europa League opponents Club Brugge have been plunged into turmoil with their manager Georges Leekens facing the sack.

James McClean gives rare interview to chief sports writer Mark Douglas

In a rare interview, James McClean opens up to chief sports writer Mark Douglas about his loss of form, his international nightmare and how life has changed during a remarkable year

Martin O'Neill's faith in homesick James McClean

MARTIN O’Neill insists he still has complete faith in James McClean after it emerged that a close friend will move to the North East to help out the “homesick” Irish winger.

Nile Ranger is on his last warning now

TROUBLED Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been handed a final written warning by the club.

James Perch leads praise for captain Fabricio Coloccini

THE heartfelt tributes to Fabricio Coloccini’s outstanding individual performance in Sunday’s derby match continued from both inside and outside the Newcastle United camp.

Newcastle United so cool but Sunderland in a real flap

AS the final whistle approached on another tempestuous Wear-Tyne derby, it was Alan Pardew doing his best Sir Alex Ferguson impression, pointing frantically at his watch as Sunderland’s supporters urged their team on to victory.

Papiss Cisse warns Cheick Tiote he's in for a fight

PAPISS Cissé has warned Newcastle team-mate Cheick Tioté not to expect an easy ride when Senegal meet Ivory Coast tonight – in a match with huge ramifications back home in Tyneside.

Martin O'Neill interested in signing James McFadden

MARTIN O’Neill is interested in signing free agent James McFadden because he doubts James McClean and Adam Johnson can get through the season unscathed.

Alan Pardew insists there is no rift with Demba Ba

ALAN Pardew has insisted there are “no problems” between himself and Demba Ba – despite unsettling comments from both the player’s agent and his brother in recent days.

Players can follow Demba Ba's lead says Steve Harper

STEVE Harper has urged Newcastle United’s fringe players to follow Demba Ba’s lead and fight their corner on the field, even if the striker’s agents insist on talking for him off it.

'Daft' James McClean has learned his lesson says O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill last night described James McClean as “daft” as the Sunderland manager insisted his player had at long last learned his lesson after his latest Twitter controversy.

Interview: SAFC Midfielder Craig Gardner

BRITAIN’S Golden summer has cast a long shadow over the Premier League.

Craig Gardner just happy to play for Martin O'Neill

CRAIG Gardner is happy to shelve his midfield ambitions and get stuck into the right-back role to help power Sunderland’s top eight ambitions.

Irish eyes will be on new boy David Meyler

DAVID Meyler starts his international career tonight the day after Sunderland team-mate James McClean was told how lucky he is still to have one.

Is social networking a good thing for professional sport?

SIR Alex Ferguson spoke for a generation of coaches when, on the eve of the season, he surveyed the wreckage of a digital indiscretion that cost his most senior defender Rio Ferdinand £45,000.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul suffers injury scare

NEWCASTLE United have suffered another injury scare after Tim Krul was ruled out of Holland’s midweek World Cup qualifier with an elbow injury.

Sunderland AFC set to talk to James McClean over tweets

SUNDERLAND intend to remind James McClean of his responsibilities when he returns to Wearside after the winger became embroiled in another social media row over the weekend.

James McClean in Twitter attack on Giovanni Trapattoni

JAMES McClean has put his international career in jeopardy before it has properly got going with another Twitter tirade.

Louis Saha: Sunderland AFC are an attacking threat

LOUIS Saha believes Sunderland fans can expect to see a more free-flowing team this season.

Danny Simpson committed to playing for Newcastle

IN his first interview since talks over a new deal broke down, chief sports writer Mark Douglas finds Danny Simpson in bullish mood after the close of the transfer window.

Cup-tie striker dilemma for boss Abbott

CARLISLE United will be without striker Jake Jervis for this evening’s Capital One Cup visit of Ipswich Town, writes MARK SMITH.

If Demba Ba's happy off the park the goals are sure to follow

DEMBA Ba is staying at Newcastle United and is happier than he's ever been.

Wolves tell Sunderland to up Steven Fletcher offer

WOLVES have told Sunderland to increase their bid for Steven Fletcher to at least £12million as they prepare to play hardball over their prized asset.

Boy, 7, killed after fall from traction engine at Beamish

Tragedy hit a popular North East family attraction when a young boy died in an accident involving a steam traction engine

Blyth Spartans rivalry is strong, says Phil Turnbull

IT may prove more straightforward than even their past two meetings, but Phil Turnbull insists Gateshead against Blyth Spartans – in any format – remains a “big fixture with big rivalry”.

Sunderland target Steven N'Zonzi wants a transfer

SUNDERLAND have been given the green light to bid for Steven N'Zonzi after he handed in a transfer request at Blackburn Rovers.

Gael Bigirimana expected to join Newcastle United

NEWCASTLE United are set to clinch the signing of promising Coventry City youngster Gael Bigirimana in the next few days – and set him the challenge of breaking into the first team next season.

All the power lies with Senegal star Demba Ba

So, will he or won’t he? Mark Douglas attempts to untangle the messiest transfer saga of the summer – the one enveloping Newcastle’s top scorer Demba Ba.

Ba thanks fans but doesn't re-assure them on future

DEMBA Ba has thanked Newcastle United’s fans for their support in an “amazing” season.

Newcastle United's South Africa adventure is in doubt

NEWCASTLE United will have to rethink their pre-season plans after reports that the Vodacom Challenge has been cancelled.

Mathieu Debuchy keen on a move to Newcastle United

IN-DEMAND defender Mathieu Debuchy wants to snub Continental interest and move to Newcastle United this summer, The Journal can reveal.

Interview: Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr

NEIL CAMERON speaks to the unsung hero finally getting the recognition for saving Newcastle United a fortune in the transfer market, via some astute scouting.

Keith Gillespie blasts SAFC star James McClean

FORMER Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie has launched a scathing attack on Sunderland winger James McClean's decision to turn out for the Republic of Ireland.

Martin O'Neill can end SAFC trophy famine

SUNDERLAND’S 1973 FA Cup hero Jimmy Montgomery believes Martin O’Neill can bring a trophy to Wearside and end almost 40 years of hurt for the long-suffering support.

Danny Guthrie one of 11 to leave Newcastle United

NEWCASTLE United released a whole team’s worth of footballers yesterday, but there were no surprises in the 11 names who will not wear the famous black-and-white shirt again.

Peter Lovenkrands will fight on for charity

PETER Lovenkrands is sweating on his Newcastle United future – and that isn’t just down to the Dubai sun.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer