Barclays Premier League
Monday 28th December 2015, 3:00pm
The Hawthorns


The game will be the 127th competitive meeting between the two clubs. Albion currently have a very slight edge in terms of victories with 47 compared to United's 46. There have been 18 Premier League encounters with Newcastle winning 10 and the Baggies just three.

Albion's last game on December 28 came last year when a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City ended the reign of Alan Irvine.

United's last game on this date also took place last year, the Magpies beating Everton 3-2 at St James' Park with goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.

Albion have kept just three clean sheets against United in the last 31 matches between the sides.

The Baggies have not won their final Premier League game of the calendar year since they were last promoted in 2010 (L3 D2).

United have failed to score in nine of their last 14 Premier League away games.

The game will see Albion will pay tribute to former player and manager Don Howe who died last Wednesday at the age of 80.

Albion's last six games: Swansea City (A) 0-1; Bournemouth (H) 1-2; Liverpool (A) 2-2; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1-1; West Ham United (A) 1-1; Arsenal (H) 2-1.

Newcastle United's last six games: Everton (H) 0-1; Aston Villa (H) 1-1; Tottenham Hotspur (A) 2-1; Liverpool (H) 2-0; Crystal Palace (A) 1-5; Leicester City (H) 0-3.



Baggies' boss Tony Pulis has promised to rotate his squad over the Christmas and New Year period so may hand recalls to Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon.

James McClean and Salomon Rondon both serve the second game of their three game suspensions whilst Ben Foster is not yet match fit following his long-term knee injury.

Squad: Myhill, Lindegaard, Gamboa, Chester, Dawson, Olsson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, McManaman, Gardner, Gnabry, Morrison, Sessegnon, Berahino, Lambert, Anichebe.

Newcastle United

Papiss Cisse (groin), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee), Tim Krul (knee), Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Mike Williamson (hamstring) are all missing through injury, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic (ankle) is rated as doubtful.

The trio of Rolando Aarons, Jamaal Lascelles and Emmanuel Riviere have resumed training but are unlikely to feature.

Squad: Elliot, Darlow, Janmaat, Dummett, Coloccini, Mbemba, Lascelles, Mbabu, Sterry, Colback, Anita, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Thauvin, De Jong, Gouffran, Mitrovic, Perez, Toney.


Craig Gardner is one booking away from receiving a one match suspension.



Albion Win: 6/5, Newcastle United Win: 12/5, Draw: 11/5.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 5/1, Lambert 11/2, Anichebe 6/1, Sessegnon 13/2, Gnabry 8/1, McManaman 9/1, Gardner 9/1, Morrison 9/1, Brunt 16/1, Dawson 16/1, Fletcher 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Evans 25/1, Chester 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

United: Mitrovic 13/2, Ayoze 7/1, Toney 8/1, Thauvin 9/1, Wijnaldum 9/1, Sissoko 9/1, De Jong 9/1, Aarons 11/1, Gouffran 12/1, Colback 20/1, Tiote 25/1, Mbemba 33/1, Janmaat 33/1, Anita 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 15/2.



Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Jones took charge of three Albion games last season - the 3-0 win at The Hawthorns over champions Chelsea in May, the 0-0 draw at Sunderland in February and the 2-1 defeat at home to West Ham United in December.

The Cheshire official has already taken charge of two Newcastle games so far this season - their 3-0 loss at home to Leicester City in November and the 2-0 defeat at Swansea City in August.

Jones has issued 64 yellow cards and one red in the 17 games he has officiated so far this season.


Tickets for home supporters have now sold out.

The visitors have also completely sold out their 2,700 allocation.


Sunny intervals, 10°C


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 which 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 three out of the last 27 league meetings between the clubs.

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


Albion 0-2 Newcastle United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 9th November 2014, 1:30pm

Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli (Gamboa 45), Brunt, Dorrans (Samaras 76), Mulumbu (Sessegnon 63), Morrison, Anichebe, Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill, McAuley, Baird, Yacob.

Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (Williamson 78), Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Abeid, Colback; Cabella (R Taylor 82), Perez, Ameobi (Gouffran 78). Subs not used: Elliot, Anita, Armstrong, Cisse.

Goalscorers: Perez 45, Coloccini 62

Attendance: 26,476

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Ayoze Perez's moment of magic inspired Newcastle to a comfortable 2-0 win at West Brom, their fifth successive victory in all competitions. The striker brilliantly scored a third goal in as many games with a back-heeled flick into the far corner past the helpless Ben Foster as Alan Pardew's Magpies revival continued at the Hawthorns. Fabricio Coloccini's header added the gloss for Newcastle, who have now won their last four Barclays Premier League games. It was Perez's impudence which gave them the platform though, his back-heel flick reminiscent of Kanu's goal for Arsenal at Middlesbrough in 1999. It helped lift the Magpies up to seventh in the league while the poor Baggies dropped to 13th with Saido Berahino, celebrating his first senior England call-up, anonymous.

Youssouf Mulumbu replaced the suspended Craig Gardner for the hosts while Victor Anichebe came in for Stephane Sessegnon. Once again £10million record signing Brown Ideye failed to make the Baggies squad. Perez was rewarded with a start while Papiss Cisse, who had been struggling with a knee injury, was on the bench. With Gabriel Obertan sidelined with a torn thigh muscle and Steven Taylor injured, in came Remy Cabella and Massadio Haidara.

The game initially lacked punch until Sammy Ameobi's curling effort bounced off the top of Foster's crossbar in the 10th minute after Craig Dawson's poor header. And it took until the 16th minute for the Baggies to conjure their first chance. A slick move involving Chris Brunt and Anichebe saw the former Everton striker set up Berahino but the striker's shot was pushed over by the stumbling Tim Krul. There were signs of a blossoming partnership between Berahino and Anichebe and they combined again in the 27th minute to present Anichebe with chance, only for Paul Dummett to thwart him on the edge of the box. Anichebe was enjoying the physical battle with the Magpies defence but failed to get the better of Coloccini with the game meandering to the break. But Perez ended the monotony when his wonderful finish fired the visitors ahead just before the break. Newcastle's quick play caught the Baggies out and, when the excellent Daryl Janmaat crossed low, Perez met it with an expert back-heel to divert the ball into the corner across Foster from 12 yards. It was a wonderful moment of skill which was so out of keeping with an otherwise scrappy game.

The subdued hosts, with Berahino especially quiet, struggled to respond after the break. While there was plenty of effort the Baggies lacked quality and Newcastle batted Albion's muted attacks away. And the Magpies doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Coloccini crashed in a far-post header after another devastating right-wing cross from Janmaat. The goal put Newcastle in total control but Andre Wisdom wasted a gift with 11 minutes left when he was left with just Krul to beat after Anichebe pushed the ball into his path. The on-loan Liverpool defender, though, opted to take a touch before sending a wretched shot wide from just six yards. With the wasted chance went Albion's final hope, and Foster prevented further misery when he denied Perez a second, superbly tipping over his close-range effort with four minutes left.

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 64 30 19 15 121 84
 Away 62 17 14 31 88 127
 Total 126 47 33 46 209 211


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
Sun 05 Dec 2010 Premier League H 3-1 Tchoyi, Odemwingie 2 - Lovenkrands    23,486


Monday 28th December

3:00pm - Crystal Palace v Swansea City; Everton v Stoke City; Norwich City v Aston Villa; Watford v Tottenham Hotspur.
5:30pm - Arsenal v Bournemouth; Manchester United v Chelsea; West Ham United v Southampton.

Tuesday 29th December

7:45pm - Leicester City v Manchester City.

Wednesday 30th December

7:45pm - Sunderland v Liverpool

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