The final score showed Sunderland 4 Newcastle United 0 but both away fans and visiting young players were winners before it had even kicked off.

For Newcastle supporters it wasn’t so much about the result, it was all about the fact that it is now in the record books, Sunderland’s first team had to play a first team fixture against NUFC’s Under 21s.

Obviously a victory would have been very much the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake…but the bookies odds of 8/1 on the Newcastle kids winning said it all about this kin of fixture.

Especially with the Mackems putting such a strong side out, well as strong as you can when you are in the third tier of English football.

Even Sunderland owner Stewart Donald said before the game kicked off, that with it being a bunch of kids against the Mackem first team, it was a ‘no lose’ situation for Newcastle United.

As for the young Newcastle team, they could also be proud of themselves after an excellent run of victories that had seen them beat four Leagues One and Two clubs.

Tonight it was even a moral victory in the first half, Newcastle more than held their own and arguably were the better team with the better half chances., as it ended goalless at the break.

A goal just after half-time and then two down seven minutes into the second half predictably knocked the stuffing out of such a young side but they stuck at it.

Not conceding a third until 12 minutes to go and the final one just a few minutes before the final whistle.

The 2,780 Newcastle fans amongst the 16,654 crowd, had a great time, giving this spirited young NUFC team great backing as well as torturing the home supporters with some quality chants.

The roll call of honour saw Newcastle United’s 16 man (boy!) squad include six 18 years olds, six 19 year olds, two 20 year olds and two aged 21.

20 Nathan Harker

18 Oliver Walters

21 Liam Gibson

18 Matty Longstaff

19 Owen Bailey

19 Kelland Watts

19 Thomas Allan

20 Mohammed Sangare

21 Callum Roberts

19 Elias Sorensen

18 Adam Wilson


19 Rosaire Longelo

18 Yannick Toure

19 Jesus Nunez Cumbreras

Unused Subs

18 Oisin McEntee

18 Dan Langley

A great occasion and crowd for the young black and whites to play in front of and hopefully something that can help progress at least some of them towards eventual first team football at St James Park, especially on the back of having beaten four league opponents in the earlier Checkatrade matches.

Sunderland 4 Newcastle United 0

Newcastle United Under 21s

Harker, Walters, Gibson, (M) Longstaff, Bailey, Watts, Allan (Longelo 68), Sangare, Roberts, Sorensen (Toure 56), Wilson (Cumbreras 74)

Unused subs:

McEntee, Langley

  • We’ll support you evermore

    If cheesy scores were on the pitch

    • Kev Newcastle England


      • We’ll support you evermore

        If you went to the game, you’ll know what I’m on about. Just banter.

  • Mr_Kinnear

    Only positive is the experience for the young lads.

    • We’ll support you evermore

      Aye seeing proper toon fans, the loyal.

    • MinnesoToon

      Favorite moment of the day:
      “We saw you crying on NetFlix!”

  • Andy Mac

    I’m sure the fans enjoyed baiting the makems. Not too sure the players were happy with a walloping though ? Did any of them stake a claim ?

    • Wor Lass

      Yes, Joe would have been better off telling us something about the game and individual performances.

      • pedrodelgardo

        I saw the first half and thought Sangare looked decent, a strong boy in CM for sure. They couldn’t get a kick in the first 10 mins then started passing it better and did well until the intensity took over in the 2 nd half according to Johnny Johnny Johnny Anderson.

    • Toon Arnie

      Not really other than Longstaff Jnr who looked like a bit of quality for the future. It’s early days though and they put on a decent performance. The early goals in the second half clearly knocked the stuffing out of them.

  • Danimal

    If Ashley gets his way this will be a league match and score next season. Ashley is scum. Ashley out.

  • Wor Lass

    The youngsters have done well and given us something to be upbeat about this season but it is a little embarrassing – and a real sign of the times – that the Mag is struggling so hard to make an emphatic win for the Mackems seem like some sort of victory for us. It puts into perspective all the calls for the youngsters to be promoted to the first team – it`s a big step up and could ruin a kid who isn`t ready. The fact that we always seem to have so few who ARE ready is another matter.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The moment this game was pulled from the hat it was always going to be a strange affair that was never really going to ring true in the scheme of things.

  • Geordiegiants

    Hope this shuts the knackas up about pushing the youngsters into the first team before they are ready.

    • Peaky

      You tell them Geordie….😂🤣

      • Kenny

        Chances are the state of our 1st team they may have well lost last night

        • Geordiegiants

          Howare man, we are at least matching some teams in the prem. we are getting hammered, not just getting beat, hammered from a 3rd division team playing youngsters and some of the experts on here want to play them. It’s just stupid man. Rafa know what he is doing, yeah he might play boring but he knows what he is doing.

    • Kenny

      Yeah, we`ll just keep playing the Hoss.

  • Geordie-7676

    Absolutely hilarious the ones of you that are saying how this should show that the kids aren’t ready to step up – when they step up, it will be one or two at most over the course of a season, playing alongside a stronger and better squad of players, which allows them a whole raft of advantages in comparison to playing alongside a group of untried and untested youth players.

    You cant look at an individual player in a defeated youth team and say that is proof he isn’t ready – he wont be playing alongside the same level in the first team.

    Bunch of Wallops the lot of you!!!!!!

    • MadMag83

      Exactly. Not many make the step up (especially at NUFC) so you can’t judge individuals on one game against experienced professional players.

  • Paul Patterson

    Not sure why Lejeune didn’t play . .

  • Kenny

    Well that should keep the inbred Morons happy for a year or two.

  • Kenny

    In 11 yrs we`ve had 2 players come through the youth scheme,
    Andy Carroll & Paul Dummett a disgraceful state of affairs under the Fat Rat.

    • Themoscow72

      To be fair we have had two players in the England team in Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman. Some clubs have none. Sean Longstaff has come through and his brother is even better. Lewis Gibson was signed by Everton.
      Callum Roberts will make it with some other club so not all doom and gloom.
      The great Chelsea youth team do not even make it into their first team.

    • Billmag


  • Themoscow72

    When Sean Longstaff was not named in the side we were up against it. A crazy decision at best. Criminal at worst. He had played a significant part in earlier rounds.
    Even if he is involved at Chelsea it is four days away. Rafa must after Blacrn at home and last night must be expecting to win that one after sacrificing two cup games.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    I can’t see any positives to be honest. Would rather have avoided them than lose to any Mackem side

  • Amersham Mag

    This whole scenario is a bad joke.
    This is a trophy for the lower leagues and has been hijacked by big clubs including NUFC who after scrapping their reserve leave decided to ruin what was a good competition and an opportunity for lower league clubs to get to wembley and win a trophy….How is any of these going to beat Man City and their £multi Million reserve team?????
    The Mackems where put in an impossible position last night and even as a proud Geordie I was pleased they won a game that should never have been allowed.

    • MadMag83

      Hijacked by NUFC? It’s the decision of the FA to allow Premier League clubs to enter. If you remember, Newcastle abstained last season so it’s hardly like the club themselves are ruining the competition. I think it’s only Man Utd and Liverpool that haven’t entered this time. NUFC were criticised last season for not taking the opportunity to give young players competitive experience.

      I agree that the likes of Man City and their multi million pound youth team isn’t fair, I agree with you there. But it’s up to the FA to sort it out, you can’t blame the clubs for taking advantage, if you don’t keep up with the competition, you can get left behind.

    • Geordie-7676

      Lower league clubs who participate in the FA and Carabao cup (They win a few you know – Newport County for example), potentially playing against Under 21 Squads – this isn’t reserve sides they are playing against, it is youth teams.

  • DeadToiler

    A 4-0 defeat cannot be dressed up as anything but a bad result. The fact is most of these lads will not make the grade. Shearer, Owen, Rooney, Milner et al were playing at the top level at their age. Having said that, going on Saturday’s performance, the first team might not have faired much better.

    • Geordiegiants

      Exactly and half’s the tools on here are shouting on about sticking some of them in the first team. They don’t realise that the yougun’s teams are as depleted as the first team.

  • MadMag83

    Apparently, Sunderland are releasing a DVD of it.

  • Carbine

    Well Mr Geordie Giant l believe Shearer wasn’t able to make the grade at Newcastle at this age and had to go elsewhere. So perhaps a few of the boys will benefit from the experience and possibly improve with chances in the cups.