Newcastle fans are looking at no football for three weeks.

The last two weeks of March are taken up by yet another international break, with England and others playing their final friendlies before the end of the season.

However, the FA Cup has also intervened, though not of course due to any Newcastle United involvement.

Hopes were raised when Rochdale took a shock lead on Sunday afternoon, only for Spurs to equalise on 59 minutes and then a late Harry Kane penalty looked to have sealed it.

Only for a dramatic last gasp equaliser for Rochdale.

Newcastle are scheduled to play a Live TV Premier League match at Wembley on Friday 16 March buy that is dependent on Spurs being free on what is also FA Cup sixth round day.

Tottenham host Rochdale in their replay on Wednesday 28 February, though any chance of an upset looks well gone.

If as expected Spurs win, then the Newcastle PL match will surely get called off, leaving NUFC with a three week unwanted rest from football.

The next few fixtures currently scheduled as:

Saturday 24 February Bournemouth v Newcastle

Saturday 3 March Liverpool v Newcastle

Saturday 10 March Newcastle v Southampton

Friday 16 March Spurs v Newcastle

Saturday 31 March Newcastle v Huddersfield

A shocker for Newcastle fans who have bought tickets and made travel arrangements for the Tottenham match, set to get a maximum of only 16 days notice as to when the game will definitely take place.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘A late Rochdale equaliser earned the League One side an Emirates FA Cup replay at Wembley – and means Newcastle’s trip to Tottenham could still be played on Friday, 16th March.

A Spurs victory at the Crown Oil Arena would have meant the Magpies’ Premier League game against Mauricio Pochettino’s men would have been rescheduled for a date to be confirmed, in order to accommodate a quarter-final clash against Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea.

Ian Henderson gave Rochdale the lead just before half time but Lucas Moura equalised for the visitors and Harry Kane’s penalty looked likely to mean another fixture change for the Magpies, whose supporters have already seen the trip to Wembley moved for live television coverage.

Deep into stoppage time, however, Steve Davies made it 2-2 to spark scenes of jubilation from the home crowd.

But while Dale fans can now start to plan their trip to Wembley for the replay, Newcastle supporters will have to wait to find out for certain when their visit to Tottenham will take place.’

  • ghostrider

    Any week without football is unwanted but at least is gives the players a decent rest with no excuses for tiredness by anyone.

  • Leazes.

    …..’Church of England slams Sports Direct over ‘Victorian’ factory working conditions and huge bonuses for Mike Ashley and other top executives…..’

    ….’The Church’s investment arm, which has a minority holding in Sports Direct, made its disapproval clear at the group’s AGM.

    It voted against the re-election of both chairman Mr Hellawell and chief executive Mr Ashley in 2017, as well as the head of the remuneration committee.

    The Church of England declined to comment.

    Church Commissioners also voted against a proposed £11million back payment to Mr Ashley’s brother and former Sports Direct IT director John Ashley, which had caused consternation among investors…..’

    • Cockneytrev

      This doesn’t seem to have been widely reported in the national media,,,

  • robbersdog

    Let’s hope Rafa doesn’t take the lads to Barcelona!

  • Leazes.

    Today’s the Day

    On the 19th February 1890 the Newcastle East End Football Club registered

    • Dillon Tovak

      You were only knee high then Leazes 😉

      • Leazes.

        I’m still looking at this fascinating article.

        Definition of assault-at-arms: a public team contest in which individual boxers, wrestlers, and fencers of various weights and classes are matched

        • Dillon Tovak

          I’m all for some tricycle racing personally.

          • Leazes.

            Yes I can see it now, the Newcastle United Tricycle club.

            You don’t get stuff like this at the Chronicle do you?

          • Peaky Magpie

            “5 Tricycles You Can Now Purchase”

          • Dillon Tovak

            “A tricycle wheelie and other things you may have missed”

          • Peaky Magpie


          • Rich Lawson

            Cycleling Utd Newcastle Teams decide against abbreviation of their name !

    • Cockneytrev

      When we were kids me and some friends tried to find out where the east end pitch was,, the nearest we could work it out to be was beside heaton junction,,,,

      • Leazes.

        Right then according to the book, they started in Jesmond at what is the Northumberland Cricket Ground, Bath Road, in 1877 then moving to Brandling Village to what is now the Royal Grammar School playing field which is still there as well.

        • Cockneytrev

          Yeah I’ve read that,, but is it definite? we went to the old city library and looked at the old news papers they had there? I would really like to know,,

  • Leazes.

    The East Stand cost £505,337. in 1974

  • Leazes.

    The East Stand cost £505,337. in 1974

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The Tottenham tickets are not on sale to Newcastle Supporters yet and anyone thinking Rochdale would beat Spurs is taking a massive gamble. The game will probably be played early May on a Wednesday night giving us three games in eight days hardly ideal.