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Premier League Fantasy Football

Crystal Palace take on Arsenal in the first game of the new Premier League season in less than a month now. This also means a brand new season for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) with new clubs, transfers and prices all to be taken into consideration for punters around the world. Each looking to get the better of one other and compete with their friends in what looks to be one of the best Premier League seasons yet. 


Here’s a quick reminder of the rules surrounding FPL:


  • Once you have signed up, FPL managers have a budget of £100.0m to spend on an initial squad of 15 players.’
  • ‘A squad consists of two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards.’
  • ‘A maximum of three players can be chosen from any one Premier League club.’



So pretty much, you have a “fantasy” budget of 100 million to spend on 15 players that you think will get you the highest amount of points throughout the entire season. Points are earned for goals, assists, saves and clean sheets for each player and obviously the better the player, the more expensive they will be to add to your squad. For example, this year Mohamed Salah will set you back 13 million out of your 100 million budget, whereas a Bruno Guimaraes in midfield will only cost you 6 million and a goalkeeper like Nick Pope only 5 million. 


One of the most entertaining aspects of the game is the league’s system. Users have the opportunity to compete against their friends, family or strangers all over the world each week. This year North East Updates and its partners will have their own league, giving you a chance to become the North East Updates Champion!


So let us have a look at a few of the teams so far from some of the guys. 


Chris’ team:



Hopefully, for Chris, Callum Wilson starts the season with a bang as he has opted for the Toon striker up-front, captaining him as well which means all points are doubled. Harry Kane, Saint-Maximin and Jack Grealish are also notable choices to bring the goal and assist points home. 


Peter’s team:


Peter has decided to go for three attackers in the starting eleven with Haaland as the main point provider. He will also look for those free-kick goals from Trippier in defence as well as the inevitable goals from the Egyptian Mo Salah. 


Connor’s team:


Connor has gone all out with the midfield picking five in his starting eleven. Newly transferred Haaland and Gabriel Jesus up top will certainly provide points for him in the opening few games.


Lewis’ team:


As for myself, I’ve handed Salah the armband for the opening game as Liverpool travel to Craven Cottage. Nick Pope between the sticks will hopefully provide me with clean sheet points and a midfield consisting of Bruno and De Bruyne surely can’t go wrong?


To get involved, you can join the leagues by following the links below or by manually entering the codes yourself. Newcastle Supporters Worldwide and our partners make up the four leagues listed below:






So, let us know who have you decided to go for in your team and why?


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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



North East Updates - Breaking News

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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