Barclays Premier League
Saturday 6th February 2016, 3:00pm
St James' Park


The game will be the 128th competitive meeting between the two clubs. Albion currently have a slight edge in terms of victories with 48 compared to United's 46. There have been 19 Premier League encounters with Newcastle winning 10 and the Baggies four.

Albion's last game on February 6 took place in 2010 when a Simon Cox goal gave the Baggies a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in a Championship clash at Home Park. The club's last top-flight game on this date came back in 1982 when goals from Martyn Bennett and Kevin Summerfield gave Albion a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns.

Newcastle's last game on this date took place in 1999 - the Magpies beating Leeds United 1-0 in a Premier League fixture at Elland Road, Nolberto Solano the goalscorer.

Albion and Newcastle have met once previously on February 6 - in 1970 at St James' Park when the hosts won 1-0 with a goal from Keith Dyson.

Only Aston Villa (18) have scored fewer goals than Albion (23) in the Premier League this season.

Albion have kept just four clean sheets against United in the last 32 matches between the sides.

Albion's last six games: Swansea City (H) 1-1; Peterborough United (H, FAC) 2-2; Aston Villa (H) 0-0; Bristol City (A, FAC) 1-0; Southampton (A) 0-3; Chelsea (A) 2-2.

Newcastle United's last six games: Everton (A) 0-3; Watford (A) 1-2; West Ham United (H) 2-1; Manchester United (H) 3-3; Watford (A, FAC) 0-1; Arsenal (A) 0-1.



Baggies' boss Tony Pulis will be without James Morrison and Jonny Evans (both hamstring), Chris Brunt (calf), and Callum McManaman (ankle) for the trip to St James' Park.

Leading scorer Saido Berahino looks likely to once again start on the bench with Pulis deeming the player - who was the subject of bids from United during January - not fit enough.

Recent loan signing from Spurs, Alex Pritchard, will be hoping to make his first appearance for the club having missed out on a debut against Swansea last Tuesday.

Newcastle United

Jack Colback, Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett are all ruled out for the hosts through injury whilst Jamaal Lascelles is suspended

Steven Taylor is expected to make his first start since August and Kevin Mbabu could also feature after returning from his thigh injury.



Albion Win: 11/4, Newcastle United Win: 21/20, Draw: 23/10.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Rondon 7/1, Berahino 8/1, Anichebe 8/1, Lambert 9/1, Pritchard 10/1, Sessegnon 10/1, Gardner 12/1, McClean 12/1, Fletcher 20/1, Sandro 20/1, Dawson 25/1, McAuley 25/1, Yacob 33/1.

United: Doumbia 9/2, Mitrovic 5/1, Ayoze 5/1, Riviere 6/1, Townsend 13/2, Wijnaldum 13/2, Shelvey 8/1, Sissoko 9/1, Aarons 9/1, De Jong 9/1, Gouffran 12/1, Saivet 14/1, Tiote 20/1, Janmaat 25/1, Taylor 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 15/2.



Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Assistant Referees:
Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire) & Harry Lennard (East Sussex)
Fourth Official:
Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

Mason has officiated one Albion game so far this season - the 2-1 win over Stoke City at The Hawthorns last month.

The Lancashire official has refereed two Newcastle games during 2015/16 - their 1-0 defeat at home to Everton in December and the 1-0 win at Bournemouth in November.

He has taken charge of one previous Albion versus Newcastle United game - the Baggies' 1-0 win at The Hawthorns in January 2014.

Mason has issued 62 yellow cards and two red in the 22 games he has officiated so far this season.

A full run-down of Mason's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


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The first ever meeting of the two sides was a friendly game at St James' Park in April 1893 which saw United run out comfortable 7-2  winners, Jock Sorley hitting a hat-trick for the hosts.

Albion first met Newcastle in league action during the 1898/99 season. The first game between the two sides, at St James' Park in December, ended in a 3-0 win for United. Andy Aitken, Jock Peddie and Joe Rogers scoring the home sides' goals. The return game at Stoney Lane in April saw the Baggies gain revenge with a 2-0 victory, Arthur Smith and Billy Bassett the Albion goalscorers in front of a crowd of just 2,304.

Albion's biggest league win against United is 7-3, at St James' Park in September 1953 when Johnny Nicholls led the visitors' scoring with a hat-trick, Ronnie Allen (2), Frank Griffin and Reg Ryan scored the other Albion goals. The performance by Vic Buckingham's men earned applause from all supporters present at the game and is generally recognised as one of the club's greatest performances.

Another big win for Albion was a 6-0 mauling of United at The Hawthorns in September 1960, a game that saw Alec Jackson hit a hat-trick. The Baggies have also twice recorded a 6-1 victory against United at The Hawthorns, first in September 1902 and then in May 1967, Tony Brown hitting three goals in the latter game.

Albion's heaviest league defeat against United is 5-1 - a scoreline that has occurred four times - three of which came on Tyneside: November 1931, September 1938 and November 1949. The other victory came at The Hawthorns in November 1989. The 1938 meeting saw Billy Cairns net four of the United goals.

The Baggies have won just four out of the last 28 league meetings between the clubs.

Albion's 3-2 win in December 2011 is their only league victory at St James' Park since a 3-0 triumph in September 1977.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


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Saturday 7 February 2009 - Albion 2-3 Newcastle United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 4 May 1991 - Albion 1-1 Newcastle United - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 27 October 1990 - Newcastle United 1-1 Albion - Second Division - St James' Park
Wednesday 1 November 1989 - Albion 1-5 Newcastle United - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 16 February 1974 - Albion 0-3 Newcastle United - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns

Saturday 20 February 1954 - Albion 3-2 Newcastle United - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 January 1938 - Albion 1-0 Newcastle United - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns


Newcastle United 1-1 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 9th May 2015, 3:00pm

Newcastle United: Krul, Anita (Abeid 90+2), Coloccini, Dummett, Gutierrez, Sissoko, R Taylor, Colback, Perez (Ameobi 85), Riviere (Cisse 68), Cabella. Subs not used: Woodman, Satka, Aarons, Gouffran.

Goalscorer: Perez 41

Booked: Gutierrez 31 (foul), Taylor 79 (foul)

Albion: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Gardner (Berahino 69), Fletcher, Mulumbu (Morrison 55), Yacob, Brunt, Anichebe (McManaman 78). Subs not used: Rose, Wisdom, Baird, Ideye.

Goalscorer: Anichebe 32

Booked: Dawson 52 (foul), Morrison 82 (foul), Yacob 86 (foul)

Attendance: 47,894

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Ayoze Perez ended relegation-haunted Newcastle's eight-game losing streak as they picked up their first Barclays Premier League point since February. However, the former Tenerife forward's seventh goal of the season was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw with West Brom at St James' Park on a day when the battle for survival took a series of twists. The Magpies had briefly slipped into the bottom three when Victor Anichebe headed home Craig Gardner's 32nd-minute free-kick, but Perez levelled four minutes before the break with a sweetly-struck shot to hand head coach John Carver a little respite. The home fans among a crowd of 47,894 left the stadium knowing there is still work to be done if their team is to avoid the drop with a trip to QPR next weekend and a final-day clash with West Ham on Tyneside to come.

Sunderland's surprise win at Everton in the day's early kick-off left the Magpies even more in need of victory, and that was not lost on their supporters, who answered skipper Fabricio Coloccini's plea to get behind their team. The loss of Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat to suspension meant yet another reshuffle which resulted in midfielder Jonas Gutierrez lining up at left-back, and the Magpies' frailty at the back was to haunt them once again.

They started the game in positive fashion with midfielder Moussa Sissoko blasting a long-range drive just over Boaz Myhill's crossbar with four minutes gone. But they enjoyed a major escape four minutes later when Craig Dawson got his head to Gardner's inswinging corner and saw his effort come back off the post with the black and white shirts converging to block Youssouf Mulumbu's follow-up.  Spurred on by their good fortune, Newcastle pushed forward, but were able to create little of note in open play despite the best efforts of Remy Cabella, who saw plenty of the ball, but could do little with it. Indeed, most their best efforts came from Ryan Taylor free-kicks with the midfielder twice finding the head of defender Paul Dummett and going for goal himself, but with no tangible reward. Newcastle went close to the opening goal on the half-hour when Coloccini headed another Taylor free-kick back across goal for Sissoko to rifle in a shot which was blocked on the line by Joleon Lescott. But they fell behind just two minutes later, and in depressingly predictable fashion as Anichebe climbed above Taylor to head Gardner's free-kick past the helpless Tim Krul. Sissoko shot straight at Myhill after running on to Cabella's clever 39th-minute flick, but his side had to wait just two minutes longer to drag themselves back into the game. Taylor picked out Perez on the edge of the box with his free-kick and the Spaniard took a touch before drilling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner to popular acclaim from the Toon Army. Dawson floated a cross just high and wide after Chris Brunt had gone one-on-one with Krul two minutes before the break, but the sides went in level to the unaccustomed, at least in recent times, sound of applause from the locals.

The Baggies could have been back in front within three minutes of the restart when Anichebe broke and fed skipper Darren Fletcher, who crossed for Gardner to fire just wide first time as he arrived at the back post. Cabella was starting to make an impact and it was his enterprising run which led to the 64th-minute corner from which Perez tested Myhill at his near post. Carver sent on leading scorer Papiss Cisse, fresh from his seven-game ban, as a 68th-minute replacement for Emmanuel Riviere, but it was the visitors who very nearly regained the advantage with 17 minutes remaining when Brunt saw his header blocked on the line by a combination of Dummett and Krul before substitute Saido Berahino stabbed the rebound against the post. Krul palmed away Berahino's 76th-minute shot after he had been played in by Anichebe, but Myhill had to produce an injury-time save to keep out Sissoko's stinging shot in a tense finish.

Sporting Life




Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Stan Allan, John Anderson, Harry Brown, Franz Carr, Harry Clifton, Eddie Connelly, Perry Digweed, Wayne Fereday, Ruel Fox, Andy Hunt, Tom Hutchinson, Dennis Martin, Mick Martin, David Mills, Bob Pailor, George Reilly, Dick Roberts, Mark Robinson, Colin Suggett, John Trewick, Imre Varadi, John Watson, Steve Watson and Kenny Wharton.

Ossie Ardiles managed both clubs during the 1990s; Former Albion boss Gary Megson played for United during the mid 1980s; Sir Bobby Robson played for Albion and managed Newcastle; Former Baggies' boss Keith Burkinshaw had earlier been on the coaching staff at United; Jesse Carver, who managed Albion in 1952, had played for United during the 1930s; Albion hard-man of the 1950s Maurice Setters was later United Chief Scout; Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Eric Steele coached at The Hawthorns; Albion's 1968 FA Cup winning captain Graham Williams later became a scout for United; From 1998-99, former Baggies boss' Steve Clarke was assistant manager at St James' Park during Ruud Gullit's short-lived reign at the club; another former Albion boss - Alan Irvine, was United's academy director between 2001 and 2005; Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was Albion's player / reserve team coach for two years under Brian Talbot from 1989-1991. Dudley-born Allardyce made just one substitute appearance for the club.


 Home 65 31 19 15 122 84
 Away 62 17 14 31 88 127
 Total 127 48 33 46 210 211


Mon 28 Dec 2015 Premier League H 1-0 Fletcher    26,313
Sat 09 May 2015 Premier League A 1-1 Anichebe - Perez    47,894
Sun 09 Nov 2014 Premier League H 0-2 Perez, Coloccini    26,476
Wed 01 Jan 2014 Premier League H 1-0 Berahino (pen)    26,430
Sat 30 Nov 2013 Premier League A 1-2 Brunt - Gouffran, Sissoko    49,298
Sat 20 Apr 2013 Premier League H 1-1 Jones - Gouffran    25,671
Sun 28 Oct 2012 Premier League A 1-2 Lukaku - Ba, Cissι    49,731
Sun 25 Mar 2012 Premier League H 1-3 Long - Cisse 2, Ben Arfa    25,049
Wed 21 Dec 2011 Premier League A 3-2 Odemwingie, McAuley, Scharner - Ba 2    51,060
Sun 22 May 2011 Premier League A 3-3 Tchoyi 3 - S Taylor, Lovenkrands, Olsson (og)    51,678


Saturday 6th February

12:45pm - Manchester City v Leicester City.

3:00pm - Aston Villa v Norwich City; Liverpool v Sunderland; Newcastle United v Albion; Stoke City v Everton; Swansea City v Crystal Palace; Tottenham Hotspur v Watford.

5:30pm - Southampton v West Ham United.

Sunday 7th February

1:30pm - Bournemouth v Arsenal.

4:00pm - Chelsea v Manchester United.

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