The Premier League fixtures are out.

Newcastle United getting what looks like a nightmare set of games to start the season.

The first five games include four matches against clubs who finished top six last season.

As per last season, Newcastle kick off at home to Spurs.

As for the first away match that adds to the tough look of the opening matches, Cardiff fans will be bouncing for their first home game when we go there.

Important dates this summer:

Thursday 17 May 2018

Premier League summer transfer window opened.

Friday 1 June 2018

Summer transfer window opened in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

Saturday 9 June 2018

International transfers can be processed as from this date (though transfers between two English clubs can already be processed). So for example, Newcastle could have announced the permanent signing of Martin Dubravka any time beforehand, but the paperwork would then be processed on this day (or after).

Thursday 14 June 2018

Premier League fixtures released at 9am.

Thursday 14 June 2018

Opening matches of World Cup take place in Russia.

Monday 18 June 2018

England v Tunisia (7pm)

Sunday 24 June 

England v Panama (1pm)

Thursday 28 June

England v Belgium (7pm)

Monday 2 July 2018

Newcastle players report back for pre-season training.

Friday 6 July 2018

Premier League say this is the (approximate) date when they will reveal live TV games for August and September.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Newcastle United squad fly off for pre-season training camp in Ireland.

Sunday 15 July 2018

World Cup final takes place.

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Friendly: St Patrick’s Athletic v Newcastle United – 7.45pm kick-off

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Friendly: Hull City v Newcastle United – 7.45pm kick-off

Saturday 28 July 2018

Friendly: Porto v Newcastle United – Kick-off time TBC

Wednesday 1 August

Friendly: Away from home but opposition still to be confirmed.

Saturday 4 August 2018

Friendly: Newcastle United v Augsburg – 3pm kick-off

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Premier League say this is the (approximate) date when they will reveal live TV games for October and November.

Thursday 9 August 2018

Premier League summer transfer window closes at 5pm.

Saturday 11 August (weekend of) 2018

First set of Premier League matches kick-off.

Friday 31 August 2018

Summer transfer window closes in Germany, Spain, Italy, and France (so after 9 August, Premier League clubs can’t buy any players but those in other European countries, and elsewhere, could still buy Premier League players until their windows close).

Sunday 12 May 2019

Final Premier League matches (all 10 games kick-off at same time).



  • Clarko

    There’s always next season.

    • grantham mag

      Yep after relegation. championship here we come. Rafa gone, no decent signings, and the fat man losing the profits in the casino. Could only happen @ NUFC.

  • ghostrider

    They aren’t a nightmare opening set of games. They’re an opening set of games which guarantee nothing just like a supposed easy set of games guarantees nothing.
    You work for your points.

    • Clarko

      It guarantees a difficult start.

      • ghostrider

        A difficult start does not mean anything in terms of points. It’ll only mean anything when it’s all over and we can see what we have or have not….but only then can we assess it.

        • Clarko

          It does mean something in terms of points, it means we are significantly less likely to pick up points compared to if we were scheduled to play the bottom eight from last season in our opening eight games. A hard/poor start can then effect momentum, confidence and team morale which can have a negative effect on the whole season.

          Look at that Cardiff game, the fixtures have only been released a couple of hours and there is already pressure on the team to get a result, it’s June.

          • ghostrider

            It only means something if we lose the points. We haven’t lost any as it stands and it’s down to each individual to speculate if they wish, on the outcome of those initial games.
            Unless unfairness happens in those games then they are there to be played for, for point gains.

            These football teams are not so far ahead that we have to lie down and take a walloping..

          • Clarko

            It’s about probability. We are likely to lose those games and that will likely have a negative effect on future games.

          • ghostrider

            It’s more about possibility not probability.
            But then again it does go for many or all teams.
            Like I said before. It all depends on the want in a team and the set up, plus the biggest major aid….fairness, as well as the genuine rub of the green kind of thing.

            The only probability about the season is, we will play each team twice.

          • Clarko

            I can’t have this conversation with someone who doesn’t know the meaning of the word probability (it’s the same as the word possibility).

            I can’t have this conversation with someone who doesn’t recognise that Newcastle playing against Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal is likely to yield less points than if Newcastle played Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Huddersfield.

            I can’t have this conversation with someone who won’t acknowledge momentum, pressure, team morale and confidence.

          • ghostrider

            No….possibility is not the same word as probability, at all.
            Have a good think about it.

            As for your likely scenario with the teams, I never mentioned anything of the sort so don’t use a strawman argument.

            As for not acknowledging momentum, pressure, team morale and confidence…it’s another strawman argument.

            So I’m not surprised you can’t do much with your conversation.

          • TheFatController

            Straw man argument how, in defence of Clarko?

            You’ve clearly indicated that you see no reason to suggest we’d get less points against the bigger clubs.l – you infer that, whilst Clarko is arguing we’d likely get more points against less well financed sides.

            How is he therefore making up an argument on your behalf that you’ve not proposed ?

          • ghostrider

            Strawman argument in terms of what I just said by using a new set of fixtures from which I didn’t marry up with.

          • Clarko

            Possibility: a thing that may happen or be the case.

            Probability: the quality or state of being probable; the extent to which something is likely to happen or be the case.

            They’re synonyms, they have the same meaning dummy.

            Nothing of what I said was a straw man, not only was my scenario relevant, it was the actual argument, you’re first sentence in your first response was:

            ‘A difficult start does not mean anything in terms of points’

            I’ve just provided a scenario depicting two different starts, one being our actual start and the other being against the lowest ranking teams for last season and suggested that it is more likely that Newcastle would earn yield less points from our, more difficult start. Not a straw in the slightest.

            Acknowledging momentum, pressure, team morale and confidence is again, not a straw man, these are all variables that change with results.

            When you have lost an argument you can’t just say it has all been a straw man and it doesn’t count.

          • Mark Potter

            They are absolutely not synonyms. How can you type out the meanings and still not see the difference?

            There is a possibility that we could sign Bas Dost. He is leaving Sporting, we don’t know where he will go. Until we have more information, there is a possibility that he could go to any other club.

            There is a low probability that Bas Dost will come to Newcastle. Although he has a very impressive record and the club may have been interested in the past, he is not a Rafa style forward. He prefers forwards to press the opposition and to be able to play on the break. It is not very probable that Rafa is interested.

            Possibility is a true/false. Probability is an amount, usually expressed mathematically as a percentage.

            It is possible that the earth is flat. There is more than 99% probability it is not.

          • Clarko

            Someone else ignoring definitions. They’re synonyms, look it up stupid.

            ‘It is possible that the earth is flat. There is more than 99% probability it is not.’

            What a complete f*****g moron.

          • Mark Potter

            I don’t need to look it up, I know precisely what the words mean. But you helpfully quoted their meanings confirming just what I thought anyway.

            Please consider what is meant by the words “the extent to which” in the meaning of probability, and why those words don’t appear in the definition of possibility.

            Why are you so angry about the examples of using the words correctly? Are you a flat earther?

          • Clarko

            ‘They are absolutely not synonyms’

            Possibility:
            a thing that may happen or be the case.

            Synonyms: chance, likelihood, probability, prospect, hope

            Probability:
            the quality or state of being probable; the extent to which something is likely to happen or be the case.

            Synonyms: likelihood, likeliness, prospect, expectation, chance, chances, odds, possibility

            👍

          • Mark Potter

            “A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language”

            They are as like as velocity and speed or mass and weight. Synonyms only to those who don’t understand the difference.

          • Clarko

            Do you see the part where it says that a synonym is a word or phrase that means ‘exactly’ the same as another word? That describes the relationship between the words possibility and probability, talking about velocity, speed, mass and weight doesn’t change that.

            I thought you said that possibility and probability were ‘absolutley not synonyms’?

          • Mark Potter

            You still didn’t explain why one meaning refers to the extent of something, and the other refers to whether something is true or not. And how, given that difference, they mean exactly the same.

            You also didn’t confirm whether you are a flat earther?

            This sentence makes sense:

            ‘It is possible that the earth is flat. There is more than 99% probability it is not.’

            This one doesn’t:

            ‘It is probable that the earth is flat. There is more than 99% possibility it is not.’

            Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure you, and plenty of others, would use them interchangeably, as if they mean exactly the same. It’s possible you know the difference, and are being a troll. But It’s highly probable your English is not that good.

          • Clarko

            What does using the word probability tell you about the extent of the likelihood? It doesn’t tell you anything about the extent of the likelihood, for example:

            -There is a probability that we could sign Bas Dost (no information is given about how likely that scenario is)
            -There is a high probability that we could sign Bas Dost (now we know the the extent of the probability, it’s high)

            The same can be said for the word possibility, the word on it’s own, like probability, gives no indication of just how likely a scenario is.

            Again you don’t have an argument or a way to describe the differences between the words probability and possibility because there are no differences so you have again, resorted to using the words ‘possible’ and ‘probable’ in your argument, they’re different words dummy, probable and possible are different, this is about probability and possibility.

            You talk about my English? You said that probability and possibility were ‘absolutley not synonyms’. You tried to argue that because speed and velocity are different that must mean that possibility and probability are different. You’ve being using the words probable and possible in the entirety of your argument (even after being corrected) because you don’t know the difference between any of the words. Moron.

          • Mark Potter

            Still not answered on flat earth, I see. But let me help you further on understanding the words.

            Possibility: the state or fact of being possible

            Probability: the quality or state of being probable

            Wikipedia: Probability is the measure of the likelihood that an event will occur. See glossary of probability and statistics. Probability is quantified as a number between 0 and 1, where, loosely speaking, 0 indicates impossibility and 1 indicates certainty. The higher the probability of an event, the more likely it is that the event will occur. A simple example is the tossing of a fair (unbiased) coin. Since the coin is fair, the two outcomes (“heads” and “tails”) are both equally probable; the probability of “heads” equals the probability of “tails”; and since no other outcomes are possible, the probability of either “heads” or “tails” is 1/2 (which could also be written as 0.5 or 50%).

            In classical philosophy, the state of being possible is true or not true (false). in more modern forms three states are often recognised – true, false and unknown. There is no concept of an extent of possibility as a value within a range of real numbers or a ratio. Logically an axiom is possible or not possible.

          • Clarko

            The word probability, on it’s own, does not describe the quality or state of something being probable. Probability is the measure of the likelihood that an event will occur. The same can be said for the word possibility.

            You can copy as many paragraphs as you want from wikipedia explaining the individual words but all you are doing is avoiding explaining the differences between the words. I can just substitute the word ‘possibility’ into the paragraph below and it has the same meaning as the one you gave with the word ‘probability’:

            A simple example is the tossing of a fair (unbiased) coin. Since the coin is fair, the two outcomes (“heads” and “tails”) are both equally probable; the possibility of “heads” equals the possibility of “tails”; and since no other outcomes are possible, the possibility of either “heads” or “tails” is 1/2 (which could also be written as 0.5 or 50%).

            Turns out there is a concept of an extent of possibility as a value within a range of real numbers or a ratio.

            I’m bored of this. Have fun responding.

          • Mark Potter

            I’m not bored, really enjoyed seeing someone trying to explain Probability Theory to a mathematician. At least you’ve got some balls Clarko. Though you are classic Dunning-Kruger material.

          • Clarko

            A mathematician who tried to explain the difference between probability and possibility by talking about mass and weight…

            A mathematician who tried to explain the difference between probability and possibility by saying ‘it is possible that the earth is flat. There is more than 99% probability it is not’…

            A mathematician who had to resort to copying and pasting a paragraph from Wikipedia because he couldn’t explain it himself…

            😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

          • Mark Potter

            Weight and mass. I knew you wouldn’t understand the difference ;)

          • ghostrider

            Two things.

            1. You produced the strawman argument by changing a while new set of teams against what I was arguing and making out I was saying stuff I wasn’t.
            I’m not going to sit and argue it because it’ll become teet for tat and worthless.

            2. Your possibility and probability has just shown you the difference in what you said.
            Possibility = there’s a slim chance.
            Probability = There’s a decent chance.
            Two entirely different things.

            I’ll make this easier for you.

            Could I shuffle a pack of cards randomly and pick out 4 aces without cheating?……Possibly……..but most probably not.

            See it now?
            No need to use name calling to try and win an argument for 2 reasons.

            1. It has absolutely no effect on me other than to make me smirk, smile or sometimes laugh, depending on the frenzy that I believe would be behind something like that.

            2. It makes your argument weak and therefore makes you appear weak.

            Just trying to help you out. I’m being constructive.

          • Clarko

            Now you’re ignoring definitions.

            😂

          • ghostrider

            Just accept you got it wrong, it’s no big deal.

          • Clarko

            You’re ignoring definitions.

            ‘A difficult start does not mean anything in terms of points.’

            Newcastle playing against Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal is likely to yield less points than if Newcastle played Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Huddersfield.

            👍 👋

          • ghostrider

            Would that be possible or probable….or both?

            Because here’s the way I see it.
            Newcastle playing against Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal will PROBABLY yield less points than if Newcastle played Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Huddersfield.

            However, it’s POSSIBLE that playing Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal will yield more points than Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Huddersfield.

          • Clarko

            Is this what this has come to? Why don’t you just Google the definitions of probability and possibility dummy, they’re the same, it isn’t a case of ‘here’s that way I see it’, it’s fact, they’re the same. You can use either word, it still makes sense for those that know what the words mean.

            Newcastle playing against Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal will PROBABLY/POSSIBLY yield less points than if Newcastle played Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Huddersfield.

            However, it’s POSSIBLE/PROBABLE that playing Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal will yield more points than Fulham, Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Huddersfield.

          • ghostrider

            Ask around and someone might bring you up to speed. Name calling does not make your argument stronger.

          • Clarko

            Google it.

            Possibility:
            a thing that may happen or be the case.

            Synonyms: chance, likelihood, probability, prospect, hope

            Probability:
            the quality or state of being probable; the extent to which something is likely to happen or be the case.

            Synonyms: likelihood, likeliness, prospect, expectation, chance, chances, odds, possibility

          • ghostrider

            They do not mean the same thing.

          • Clarko

            #FlatEarther

          • ghostrider

            Certainly not a global Earther.

          • CKO

            You might want to check the table.

  • East Durham Mag

    A pointless article they all have to be played anyway.

    • Clarko

      Momentum, look into it.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂
        👽👽

      • East Durham Mag

        Agreed to an extent, beating teams that we should and getting some momentum going is great but it can shudder to a halt against City, Liverpool etc.

        • Clarko

          But we would have beaten teams that we should have, when you start against City and Liverpool that prevents any momentum from building and in its place pressure builds, confidence goes and team morale is negatively effected.

          • East Durham Mag

            Yeah point taken. I see it as getting them over with but you may be right.

          • pedrodelgardo

            Which is why the club employs a top class manager to alleviate that possibility or at least dampen it. Everyone sees a crisis and how it’s all going wrong, it might but i’m goonna wait and see cos i’m not stupid.

          • Clarko

            You are stupid if you don’t recognise that this is a horrendous start to the season, burying your head in the sand doesn’t make you more intelligent than anyone else.

          • pedrodelgardo

            You assume the worst – well done – I don’t live my life like that.

          • Clarko

            I never assumed anything, I am looking at the fixtures right now, we a playing Tottenham, Cardiff, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in our opening five games, that’s four clubs that finished in the top six last season, that’s a difficult start.

          • pedrodelgardo

            It is a difficult start but it might be the best time to play them, we shall see, we might get beat and become demoralised but we might not – note my head is not buried in the sand I accept that is a possibility but equally we get some unexpected wins and ride the crest of a wave – we shall see. You are welcome to focus on the negative while I keep an open mind.

          • Clarko

            I’m not being negative, I’m being real, you’re being delusional.

          • pedrodelgardo

            You aren’t being real , you are assumimg a bad start because we have difficult games and that it will have a negative impact i’m not – you are assuming what will happen, i’m not – you are delusional, I am open to possibilities and i’m willing to accept that you might be right, you are the one calling people names. I hope it makes you feel clever.

          • Clarko

            Quote me where I said that Newcastle would lose their opening games.

          • CKO

            I’m not being real? I’m delusional? You might want to check the table…

          • Mal

            Liverpool?

          • Clarko

            Try reading the whole conversation dude.

          • Mal

            I have.

          • Clarko

            Well I would advise you to attend some evening classes because you not being able to read/understand what you’re reading is a problem, a problem that is consistently shown in your posts.

          • Mal

            I feel really sorry for someone who has such anger management issues and consistently insults people rather than have a discussion or explain something. I was merely questioning your reference to ‘when you start against against City and Liverpool’ when we know our opening fixtures and aren’t playing Liverpool until Boxing Day. Still, we’ll just leave it at that. No more insults thank you.

          • Clarko

            Anger management issues? Where are my anger management issues? Me telling you to learn how to read doesn’t mean that I’m angry, it means that you need to learn how to read. I told you to read the whole conversation and you didn’t or couldn’t.

            You were asking a question that didn’t need asking, if you had just read the comment above the one that you were replying to you would’ve found your answer:

            @eastdurhammag:disqus
            ‘Agreed to an extent, beating teams that we should and getting some momentum going is great but it can shudder to a halt against City, Liverpool etc.’

            Dummy.

          • nufcslf

            Add useless thick greedy fat owner who will not help build a side to compete in every fixture no matter the oposition.

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s alright. The tv companies will butcher that start..

  • TheNutJob

    Doomed

  • TheFatController

    With a tough start, good job we can hit the ground running given we have everything in place early ahead of the pre-season.

    What? The manager hasn’t even committed to the club yet…..? Oh!

    • nufcslf

      Closer to the truth. Not necessarily the fixtures to cause doom and gloom, but a stupid f**king owner that makes sure it is doom and gloom doing f**k all to prepare for it by backing his manager.

  • robbersdog

    History has shown that we’re just as likely to win/lose against a ‘top 5’ side, as we are against, say, Bournemouth or Cardiff.

    It’s good to play the likes of Spurs and Man City before they get into their stride – bring it on!

    • TheNutJob

      they`ll be up and running ok, fully match fit and ready to go after a little rest after the World Cup

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    A lot of the top teams players will be jaded after the world cup and with the exception of Man City can beat them anyway. Add the fact that the new signings will have to adjust to the Premier league it’s a great time to play them. Up to now only mid week game away Everton so best set of fixtures for years. Yes sixteen fixtures will change but let’s hope no Monday nights away. Great to see the F.A. bending the rules for Spurs and letting them play at Wembley for one game pure corruption for the London team.

  • Down Under Mag

    An opening trio of home games that we took 6 points off last season and the Spurs game we were pretty competitive until Kane tried to cripple Lejeune and Shelvey got sent off. Second game against a newly promoted side who will have their first game hype out of the way. It is actually getting a bit monotonous that everything is reported in the most negative way possible. Also, if you think there are any easy games then you have been watching the wrong league. It will once again come down to a top 6 mini-league (maybe top 7) and the rest fighting a season long relegation battle.

    • Mal

      I agree. Looking at our games in August and September we play 7 games. Excluding Cardiff, who obviously we didn’t play, we took 10 points from the other 6 games in last season’s equivalent fixtures. Not necessarily all doom and gloom though obviously much depends on keeping our manager and strengthening the squad. Also in that first game some of the spurs players may be missing due to resting after World Cup duties.

      • Mal

        Oops sorry. I’ve included the Leicester away game by mistake in my above comments where’s we play them at home in September so we only took 7 points from the equivalent fixtures. I still agree with down under though that perhaps we’re overstating the doom and gloom. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Wezza147

    Tough opening set of games!
    As it stands right now we are worse off than last season, minus Kenedy.
    We will probably start off the season in somber mood with loan signings and not getting our targets/blocked by MA.

  • TheFatController

    The only silver lining is there are a couple of advantages to playing them early:-

    – with a smaller squad, the lower likelihood of injuries to both teams means they lose the advantage of having better back ups for rested/ injured players
    – Rafa can devise his ‘defend hot on the break’ tactics over a long period in pre-season and refine them with each match coming one after the other. So theoretically we should be more fine tuned to face them early and close together.

    That of course presumes Rafa is in the dugout.

    • Natturner26

      I can’t figure out how facing them early means we will be more fine tuned.

  • MadMag83

    Spurs first game again!