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New Strips On Display Today In Inaugral Foundation 1892 Cup

Newcastle have just announced that the inaugural Newcastle United Foundation 1892 Cup will take place at the Magpies’ Academy and will feature 128 football-mad youngsters from eight local schools; each with a boys’ and a girls’ team.

The tournament is today.

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Some of the proud youngsters in the new strip today
It looks like Jamaal and Aleksandar will take part for extra training?
Jamaal seems happy about – Aleksandar not so happy


Here’s some of what’s on the Newcastle web-site today:


More than 100 children from across Tyneside will be the first to wear Newcastle United’s new 2016/17 home kit on Monday afternoon as part of a community football tournament hosted by the Club’s charitable foundation.

Thanks to official club partner Sports Direct, they will all be fully kitted out with a new 2016/17 home kit, comprising of shirts, shorts and socks – as well as boots – all of which they can take home afterwards.

The kit, which was revealed by new signing Dwight Gayle last week, will go on sale to supporters in a range of adult and junior sizes on Friday (8th July).

Newcastle United Unveil New Signing Dwight Gayle


Dwight Gayle wearing new strip last Friday


Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez will attend the tournament and give awards with some of Newcastle’s players and he said this:

“We are very pleased to be hosting this very special tournament and to bring the community and our young supporters closer to the Club. We are all looking forward to it.

“It will be great to see the children proudly wearing our new kit. I hope they have a lot of fun playing in it and hopefully they will enjoy wearing it during this season, too.”

Kate Bradley, head of Newcastle United Foundation added the following:

“Newcastle United Foundation’s work with tens of thousands of young people and their families relies on generous partners and fundraisers, so we are very grateful for the support the club and Sports Direct have given the tournament.”

“Football has an incredible capacity to engage and inspire children so we hope the tournament will be a great way for them to have fun, keep active and enjoy playing sports with their friends.”

To find out more about Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with more than 200 local primary, secondary and special educational needs schools each year, visit www.nufoundation.org.uk.

This is a terrific tournament put in place by the new Newcastle manager to bring the community and the club much closer together.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Is that Micky Quin on the far right of that photo?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Let the Rafa lution begin.

  • cyprus

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    When he isn’t glaring that’s his happy face

  • martoon

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    This seems like a good will gesture but it’s really a cunning plan by Rafa to do some early talent spotting! 🙂

  • cyprus

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I know we’re traditionalists and all that (pint, mile, Brexit etc.) but surely there’s something creative to be done with stripes. e.g. thinner black or white stripes? Much more black than white, or vice versa? Would that be too much change?

    Not that I have any ideas, just wondering.

    I don’t see why I should replace my shirt, unless I want that Wonga sign.

  • cyprus

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Noticed how the kids strategically all hid the Wonga sign? (Or maybe there isn’t one there?) Would mr. Wonga be too upset if all the players did that in this year’s squad picture?

  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t like the Puma shirts

  • G

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus, I still wear my old early 90’s one by Umbro, with a McKewans Lager sponsor, and Thick Stripes on the left side, thin stripes on the right. Still got an old Adidas one with the Grandad shirt collar, and Newcastle Brown on the front, but it’s looking a bit threadbare these days.

  • martoon

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Actually Cypress if you look closely I don’t think there is a logo on the kid’s shirts – not sure why that should be?

  • martoon

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    On a different subject I read somewhere that Rafa had the players in, yesterday, for a double training session. However I’ve not seen this in the local press etc. so I’m not sure if it’s true – anybody know for sure?

  • lesh

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11


    No Wonga logo on the kids’ strips? I think it’s something to do with not exposing kids to money lenders, gambling etc

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I think it’s the same for gambling, beer, etc (over 18s) logo promotion on young kids’ tops. I’ve seen that rule before, I’m sure.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    The kids can buy a toy gun, though…

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #14

    really hope wonga are on the way out. maybe rafa can get us a deal with santander or similar.

  • martoon

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    lesh & Laurent – that would seem logical. However last year’s shirts seem to have it

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Martoon, that’s the thing, I’ve seen some with them on as well. My pal’s child has one with the logo on, I’m sure. Daft.

  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    I wish we could buy adult shirts without the Wonga logo

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    I think the Wonga deal expires next year.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Well I donated my bit towards the Gallowagate flag campaign. Should be an absolutely cracking atmosphere in there this season especially when we’re humping teams three and four nil. Still some big games as well coming up, Villa, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday will be massive, as will the Norwich game. I’ve never looked forward to the start of a season this much since Ashley’s first season. Even KK’s first start back was marred with Ashley’s meddling and public fall out with the manager. Really good to see everyone upbeat and not slating the club for once.

  • Spoof

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20


    it could be worse, we could be in America and they could buy a real one !

  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    ive got a 1984 replica (year of my birth) my gf got me for my 30th, not been a fan of any toon shirt since we went with Puma but to be fair this shirt is pretty nice without wonga on it!
    Id quite like a throwback with the red numbers on the back for nostalgia

  • Jack Root

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Interesting comment from some on SDJ who anyone with any football knowledge would recognise as a creative/ attacking midfielder of the highest class. He has been plagued by injuries let’s cut him some slack.

    He like Shelvey could also play a deep-lying playmaker role that has become more common with the increasing dominance of the 4-2-3-1 formation, much favoured by Rafa. Though there is much talk amongst fans that Rafa is looking to play a times a 4-4-2 formation and is looking to ensure that the playing contingent will permit this.

    Historically in a 4-4-2 formation, the two central midfielders played in one of two different ways. The first was that they both functioned as box to box midfielders, where they have equal offensive and defensive skills and are both equipped to make the forward runs necessary to assist the strikers in the box. Cabaye with his vision and flexibility gave us a multitude of options in midfield which many thought SDJ would help replicate. Anyway the other option was that one of the central midfielders stayed deep, as a defensive shield which was Tiote’s role prior to Cabaye’s departure and for me a key to a massive improvement in our overall midfield play. The other central midfielder was mainly focused on The role as the delivering “passer” The ‘destroyer’ had very little attacking tasks and primarily stayed deep to ensure that he was in a good defensive position. The ‘passer’ was the midfielder with the attacking skills, who is responsible for the attacking runs forward and also contributing the creative momentum necessary to feed the ball laterally to the wingers or forward to the strikers. A fit Shelvey but also a fit SDJ are surely in Rafa’s mind.

    The midfielders in 4-2-3-1 are used differently than in the 4-4-2. In the 4-2-3-1, the central midfielders tend to be more specialized. There are 3 central midfielders in the 4-2-3-1, with two central defensive midfielders(CDM) sitting deep in front of the defensive line and 1 central attacking midfielder(CAM) behind the lone striker. The CAM is an offensive player, typically the creative outlet to lead the team’s attack. The CDM typically sit very deep, and their main responsibility is to provide defensive cover. Some teams will play with CDM’s who have very little offensive skills, and who are only used to help control possession and move the ball laterally, but it is becoming more common that one of the CDM will remain a defensive specialist and the other will function as a deep-lying playmaker.

    This is an exciting time to be a toon fan with so many unanswered questions slowly being resolved. As many have suggested Rafa will have a few surprises along the way. I personally hope he will before too long have a fully fit SDJ because as a few have already said he’s a class act a top draw player. He could be a revelation in the Championship.q

    – See more at: http://redrants.com/the-tactics-board-deep-lying-playmaker-needs-for-mufc/#sthash.d9k7UIGG.dpuf

  • Rafa Revolution

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Hopefully someone with more morals will sponsor us next season

  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Jamal just looks ecstatic to be a Newcastle player whenever pictured. Mitro looks like hes there at gun point…
    I’ll trust rafa when it comes to team selection but I really do hope Lascelles gets a run. Got a feeling he might be first choice anyhow, Mbemba being fairly short for a CB, one thing rafa has always seemed to have is giant centrebacks at all his clubs. Wouldn’t surprise me if Mbemba moved into central midfield or right full back and covered CB. Hes certainly got the technique, pace and engine to do that.

  • G

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    @22, Siem is a game changer when he plays, hopefully the injury woes are behind him, and we see a lot more of him this season. I rate the lad a lot.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    I too think Siem could be a good player in the right system in the championship. It depends on how hes used though, not sure what his stamina is like, looks really susceptible to injury which makes him dangerous to rely on for the first team.
    Its possible Rafa does with him what he did with Kuyt who despite a glaring lack of pace (quite similar to de jong) he played as an inside forward in a 4-2-3-1. Rafa has a history of using strikers in these 2 inverted inside forward positions. My guess is Matt Ritchie will be taking the right side starting spot and possibly Ayoze Perez getting the left spot and Aarons covering both?
    For the central spot surely if Mitro stays both him and Gayle will be in the starting line up? No way does that guy stay without assurances.
    The 2 central midfield slots currently seem over subscribed with currently Gini, Sissoko, Tiote, Shelvey, Colback , anita and saivet although i’d guess at least 3 of those 7 will go?
    With de jong, the only thing we don’t really know about is his stamina once hes fully match fit. If he can work as hard as a Kuyt then i think he can be an asset, Rafas system requires all 10 outfielders to literally run their asses into the ground and real Madrid aside when he had no choice but tolerate Ronaldos lack of work rate defensively (though he did drop goldenboy James because of it) players that don’t work defensively don’t really hang around in rafas sides too long.

  • Jack Root

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    With the available cover for his position he could well be eased into fitness and form. He’s the ideal player to catch sides who overcommit late in games. He promises much.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Interestingly, the sky north east reporter was saying a few days ago that his club sources are indicating unless silly money bids come in, rumoured 25m sissoko, 30m gini, Newcastle are expecting to lose no more than 4 players from their 25 man squad this summer.
    For me we have Taylor, Coloccini, Krul, Janmaat, Tiote, Cisse, Gouffran, Riviere, Gini, Sissoko, deJong ,Doumbia (not sure he’d count mind) saivet , Mitrovic and Townesend from that squad that lets be honest, would all probably like to move given the chance. So for only 4 of those to be going according to his sources, and taylor and townesend already 2 from 4 gone, and Colo not far behind them, I think theres going to be a few forced to see the season out with us next year, be nice to see the club take the power back a bit and enforce a contract or 2!

  • expatmag

    Jul 4, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #29

    The 4 playrs have left already then

    Taylor Obertan Marveaux and Townsend

  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Personally id be quite happy if the window closed now. Keeping what we have is probably more important than adding to it now. We’re a bit short at the back perhaps but then Good, Sterry, Satka, Adu Peprah are all meant to be highly rated and should be of a level to cover?
    A line up of
    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Dummet (Can cover CB too with Haidara at LB)
    Ritchie Sissoko Shelvey Gini
    Gayle Mitrovic
    With rotation of Perez, Colback, Anita, Haidara, Cisse, Riviere, Aarons, dejong, Saivet (can play DM, CM, AM, LW, CF), Darlow, Sterry, Good, Gouffran, Elliott actually gives us a squad of 25 (3 gk) thats probably the strongest squad in championship history! Ideally a few defenders added would be great but if the window closing meant we took gini and sissoko into next season I honestly think we’d walk the league.

  • Jib

    Jul 4, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    The reason Mitro looks so glum is he realises if the team has a brilliant start for the 1st 4 games that he’s missing it will be difficult for Rafa to change things to accommodate him.

  • Spoof

    Jul 4, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #32


    I doubt that Rafa would move Mbemba from CB due to Mbemba’s pace, Rafa likes the defence to play a high line to try and force teams back, to do this you have got to have quick CB’s or you risk being slaughtered by teams playing a ball over the top for a quick striker to run onto, Lascellas is also quite quick which is why we finished last season so well, the two of them allowed Rafa to play a high back line.

  • KevinLee

    Jul 4, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Mitrovic unhappy…

  • giimps

    Jul 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Spoof, we also had a defensive left back and a right back who did as they were told, organisation drilling and work rate are the key , look at Italy and Iceland (prior to last night)
    Both defensively organised and don’t need babysitting by 2 dm as everyone works forward and back as a unit.
    Rafa will organise and dominate


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