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Newcastle United 2008

Only two days after meeting with Chelsea in the Barclay’s Premier League, it was time for the Football Aid magpies to take to the pitch. Standing in the tunnel where 48 hours ago Michael Owen and Mark Viduka had prepared, were fifty-five men, all eager to be filling their shoes with ninety minutes of action at St James.

Wednesday 7th May 2008
Newcastle Home Vs Newcastle Away
St James Park
KO: 8:00 pm
Match Officials: Mike White, Colin Piggott and Joe Buglass
Legends: Ian Bogie and John Anderson

A boisterous crowd enjoyed a good exchange in the opening stages of the game as both sides had good chances to take the lead. The home team had the first attempt after home midfielder Scott Hood was fouled on the edge of the away 18 yard box. The industrious Peter Lilley blasted the free-kick off the wall before his volley was also charged down. The ball then broke to Mal Devine, who sent a looping strike goalward from 30 yards, only to see his attempt clawed away by inspired keeper Marcus Duncan in the away goal.

The away side were stung by this early scare and attempted to strike back themselves. Alex Walmsley was at his best as both he and Anderson linked well in their attempts to undo the tight home defence. They were however strongly repelled by a solid back line. Home defenders John Anderson and Mal Devine were imperious throughout the challenges and forced the workmanlike away side into drives from long range.

Chances were beginning to appear for the home side as Scott Hood and Robert Tait began involving the wide men more effectively. After twenty minutes, a cross by Barry Maclure was sent over the bar by Peter Lilley who had drifted in from the right. It was a difficult chance but it emphasised the good movement that the home attack was beginning to produce.

Further chances were beginning to appear for the home side with legend Ian Bogie becoming involved from the left. As the match approached half time the former Newcastle United professional broke from his own half before playing in David Mount. Keeper Marcus Duncan came off of his line out quickly and forced the forward wide enough to avert what would have been a brilliant chance.

Before half time, the away side had a few chances coming through the efforts of Alex Walmsley and Lee Bryant, who worked tirelessly to get their strikers involved.

As the whistle sounded for half time, a fair 0-0 draw was displayed due to the good play of both defences and some solid goalkeeping.

Half Time: Newcastle Home 0-0 Newcastle Away

The second half started with a charge from the away side who looked galvanised after their break. Away players Martin Bell and Malcolm Cheetham were beginning to cause problems adding a new dynamism to the attacking line.

However, it was the home side that broke the deadlock with a cool finish from the ever dangerous David Mount. John Anderson made the tackle within his own half before his side swiftly broke up the pitch. This led to Peter Lilley deftly picking out the run of Mount, who managed at last to get the better of Marcus Duncan, putting the ball right into the back of the net.

After scoring the first goal, Bogie’s side seemed to sense their chance of driving home their advantage. A second goal soon followed with striker David Mount involved heavily with the play. The striker picked the ball up inside his opponents half and slipped a ball out to Scott Hood who was then instantly fouled inside the area by Away centre half James Ferguson. Peter Lilley converted the consequential penalty with ease and the game began slipping further from the away side.

The second half substitutes were now beginning to have a bigger influence on the match, with Kevin Crawley becoming particularly significant. A good exchange between Scott Hood and Stephen Starkey put the centre midfielder through before then being fouled on the edge of the area. Crawley stepped up to take the free kick, however his shot flew over the bar.

The home side did not have to wait too much longer to strengthen their lead as Anderson’s men attempted to get themselves back into the match. A break in the play left Jonathan Appleby through on goal, and a sublime lob gave the home side a 3 goal advantage. Appleby’s extravagant chip was selected as one of the Football Aid ‘goals of the season’ and can be viewed in the gallery section.

At this stage it was not all one way traffic as the away side battled hard to force their way forward. Chances fell to home keeper Shane Green, who had already made some great saves in the game, however the away strikers just couldn’t convert the chances into goals.

The final goal was scored in the dying minutes after a good shot from Peter Lilley was saved and the rebound was neatly tucked away by the impressive Robert Tait.

Full Time: Newcastle Home 4 – 0 Newcastle Away

Man of the Match Home: Robert Tait
Man of the Match Away: Darryll Beecham
Moment of the Match: Jonathan Appleby

Home Team: Green, Devine, Bogie, Anderson, Devine, Hood, Lilley, Maclure, Mount, Tait, Appleby Subs: Crawley, Starkey, Weightman

Mascot: Jack Appleby and Harry Tait

Away Team: Duncan, Robertson, , Anderson, Beecham, Ferguson, Moseby, Bryant, Walmsley, Newport, Bell, Cheetham Subs: Kennedy, Rice, Green, Stidwell

Mascot: Daniel Tyler


There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his website for full order details.

In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at -

A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s nominated charities.