Alan Pardew was banned from Craven Cottage on Saturday but he was present along with John Carver, Steve Stone and Peter Beardsley at Hillheads last night for the Les Todd Northumberland FA Senior Cup semi-final against Whitley Bay.
And they saw the Magpies qualify to meet either Ashington or Blyth in the final with a last-gasp goal.
The Seahorses enjoyed early possession and Jarret Rivers drove over the crossbar on five minutes before Michael McMullen was fouled just outside the penalty area – but Chris Reid’s free-kick didn’t trouble United goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell.
Neither side created much in the final third but Alex Gilliehead was lively for the Magpies, and went close to breaking the deadlock when he headed over the top.
The second half began in a similar vein, with much of the play confined to midfield but gradually Bay made less of an impact.
Newcastle’s greater fitness gave them a lift but the Seahorses had a gilt-edged chance to take the lead just past the hour mark, Paul Chow closed down before getting a shot in.
The Magpies then almost claimed the lead but Bay goalkeeper Michael Hammond denied Rolando Aarons.
It looked as if the tie would go into extra time but on 85 minutes Aarons’ effort went in off the post to secure a final spot for the Magpies