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Predicted Newcastle Starting XI: Following the January Transfer Window



The first transfer window with Newcastle’s newfound wealth is nearly up and as expected there are changes to the team. Early additions to the team saw Kieran Tripper join from Atletico Madrid and Chris Wood from Burnley respectively. The rumours have been circulating for months on the potential signings as Newcastle are ranked now as the richest club in the world.

The January window is notoriously a difficult window to begin with, however the club is still working towards getting deals over the line to help bolsters the Magpies chance of Premier League survival.

Whether or not the deals go through, that is yet to be seen however, we are going to look at how Newcastle could line up if the rumoured signings are made by the end of the window as Eddie Howe looks to rebuild under Newcastle’s Saudi-led regime.

Martin Dúbravka:

The Slovakian joined Newcastle in 2018, making an immediate impact and becoming a favourite amongst fans. Since then, he has been in and out of the team with injuries however under Howe he has established himself as first choice goalkeeper. Dúbravka, has made some crucial saves for Newcastle and will certainly be an important player on the run up to the end of the season.

Kieran Tripper:

The first signing of the new era at Newcastle United, brought in from Atletico Madrid for 12.5 million. The former Tottenham and Burnley defender made the move to Spain in 2019 and won the league title in his tenure there, a player who Diego Simeone changed his formation to accommodate Trippier due to his attacking traits.

Trippiers crossing ability is rated highly as well as his attacking style of play something that Newcastle need desperately as they look to score more goals as they aim for Premier League Survival.

Dan Burn:

The Brighton defender is originally from Blyth, so a homecoming of sorts is potentially on the cards for the 6’4 defender. He’s played left back effectively for Brighton over the last two seasons however his height and ball playing abilities will bolster the Newcastle defence.

James Tarkowski:

The Burnley centre-half is currently in the last 6 months of his deal leaving Burnley is a situation in which they can face losing him for free at the end of the season or they can attempt to cash in on him in the January transfer window. Tarkowski has played in the premier league for several years and will certainly offer Newcastle a different option at the back however the situation is in Burnley’s control.

Mitchel Bakker:

An impressive CV already for the full back already playing for Ajax, PSG and now Bayer Leverkusen which has led to the interest from Eddie Howe to bring in the aggressive attacking full back, something that would help carry the ball further up the pitch for the team. The dutchman could be a starter in Howe’s team for years to come.

Bruno Guimarães:

In a deal that’s been rumoured for a few days now, it all seems eventually close to being complete.  Guimarães, currently plays for Lyon but is seemingly on his way to Tyneside in excess of 33 million and add-ons. The Midfielder is also a Brazilian international and will already have links to Joelinton, who we can see link up in the middle of the park.

On average, Guimarães covers around 13.5km per game, which will add an extra intensity to the midfield and the team overall as Newcastle look to push on in their efforts to survive the drop.


The 40-million-pound man hadn’t had the best first few years of Tyneside under Steve Bruce, failing to score goals and to make an impact. The attributes of Joelintons game such as his physicality have always been there. With Howe’s arrival, Joelinton looks transformed in his new box-to-box role seeing bits of flair, fantastic technique and getting himself in more goal scoring positions. For sure, a fan favourite.

Ryan Fraser:

The Scottish International is no stranger to Eddie Howe, the pair enjoyed success at Bournemouth a few years ago. As the pandemic started, Fraser didn’t sign a short extension and left Bournemouth while they were fighting for Premier League survival. When Howe took the reigns at Newcastle in November, Fraser’s future was immediately cast into doubt. Since then, Fraser has featured in most starting XI’s and has proved to be one of the hardest workers in the team, something Newcastle need in their attempt to fight the drop.

Jonjo Shelvey:

A player who in his time with Newcastle has divided opinions in his time at the club but is one of the most talented players in the current Newcastle squad. Since Eddie Howe’s arrival, Shelvey has looked like a different player, covering more ground, defending more, and providing goals for the team. As it stands, Shelvey has 18 months left on his current deal and will certainly continue to make his mark on his place in the starting XI.

Allan Saint-Maximin:

He is Newcastle’s entertainer, the energetic winger is a fan favourite on Tyneside. Whenever he gets the ball, there is gasp in the stadium as there is excitement amongst the crowd on what they will see. With improvements in the team, it can only boost ASM.

Chris Wood:

Signed from relegation rivals Burnley for 25 million, the New Zealand international has been involved in Newcastle’s last two fixtures against Watford and Leeds, making his presence known up the top of the pitch. With the service off the wide players such as ASM and Fraser, the goals should start coming for Wood.


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Trial confirmed for Sunderland man Aaron Ray charged with murdering Northumbria University student



A trial date has been set for the suspected murder of a 24-year-old Northumbria University scholar at student accommodation Mansion Tyne last week.

Aaron Ray of Mayfield Road, South Hylton has been charged with murder  and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, October 4.

The 21-year-old attended his hearing via video link from custody and spoke only to confirm his name, that he could hear the courtroom and that he understood the judge’s warning that, should he have committed any of the offences put to him, “the sooner you tell the court, the better for you”.

Ray will appear at court again for a pre-trial hearing on Friday, October 28 and a date for a trial has been set for Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – it is expected to last five days. The defendant will be kept in custody deemed to be at “risk of further offences”.

On Thursday, September 29 a Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 4.30 pm on Tuesday [Sep 27] police received a report of concern for the welfare of a man inside an address on Howard Street, Newcastle.

“Police and emergency services attended but sadly a 24-year-old man was confirmed as deceased.

“While enquiries are at an early stage, a murder investigation has been launched and a 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in custody at this time.

“It is believed the two men were known to each other and there is no risk to the wider public, but officers will remain in the area.

“The man’s next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specialist officers.”

Ray, was arrested back in 2020 after he left a pet cockatiel with catastrophic injuries after plunging a knife into the back of its neck during a fit of rage. Police officers found the deceased bird after being called to an address in South Hylton following reports of a disturbance.

He was convicted at South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court on June 11 after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme



Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.

The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.

Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.

Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.

Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.

This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.

The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.

Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.

There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.

This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.

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Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday



Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.


Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.


Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”


In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.


Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.


The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.


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