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LIVE: Newcastle United v Everton

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Chief Football Writer Paul Fraser reports live from St James' Park as Newcastle take on Everton.


Staveley makes new bid for Newcastle United - reports

MIKE ASHLEY has edged a step closer to selling Newcastle United after it emerged Amanda Staveley is believed to have made an increased offer for the Premier League club.


NEWCASTLE: Rafael Benitez aims a subtle dig at long-term adversary Sam Allardyce

RAFAEL BENITEZ has aimed a subtle dig at long-term adversary Sam Allardyce by questioning whether Everton’s sudden improvement is down to the former Newcastle United, Sunderland and England boss.

NEWCASTLE: Rafael Benitez calls for clarity over January transfer budget - and warns of risks if current confusion continues

RAFAEL BENITEZ admits Newcastle United’s survival prospects could be seriously damaged if the club’s rulers do not provide some clarity about their January transfer budget in the next few days.


HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Youth team set for Liverpool test

HARTLEPOOL UNITED’S youth team are ready to test themselves against the best in Europe.

Tuesday, Dec 12


NEWCASTLE: Sam Allardyce - 'I don't bear any grudges against Mike Ashley'

EVERTON manager Sam Allardyce insists he bears no grudge against Newcastle United or owner Mike Ashley for the way he was treated during his brief spell in charge at St James' Park.

More than 200 fans attend meeting to discuss future of Darlington Football Club

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MORE than 200 fans took the opportunity to listen to the future ambitions of their football club.


MIDDLESBROUGH: Ben Gibson thinks Boro can still 'go all the way' in promotion race and sets clean sheet targets

MIDDLESBROUGH rediscovered their defensive resilience last weekend, and defender Ben Gibson thinks that is the secret to sparking a promotion-winning run between now and the end of the campaign.

SUNDERLAND: Chris Coleman will need to strike permanent deal to keep Wolves and Villa target Lewis Grabban on Wearside

CHRIS COLEMAN’S hopes of keeping hold of Lewis Grabban beyond the January transfer window will rest on whether a permanent deal can be struck to keep the striker at Sunderland.


NEWCASTLE: Jamaal Lascelles to return for Magpies against Everton - but Paul Dummett set to miss out

JAMAAL LASCELLES will return to Newcastle United’s starting line-up for tomorrow’s Premier League home game with Everton.


HARTLEPOOL: Nicky Deverdics has red card overturned by FA after appeal

HARTLEPOOL UNITED have learned that their appeal to have Nicky Deverdics' red card overturned has been successful.

DARLO DIARY: Avoid relegation, put some wins together and adopt a Scrooge-like approach to defending - Quakers' Christmas wish list

IT’S that time of year where letters are written to the big guy in red and so I thought I would consider what I would ask Jolly Saint Nick while we have this fallow period without any games. First and foremost, I want a football club. I…


MIDDLESBROUGH: Gibson and Assombalonga speak about FIFA 18 and promotion dreams - the full interview

MIDDLESBROUGH stars Ben Gibson and Britt Assombalonga spoke exclusively to EA SPORTS, official partner of the EFL


FA CUP: Middlesbrough v Sunderland - date, time and ticket details

THE FA CUP third-round tie between Middlesbrough and Sunderland will take place on Saturday, January 6 (1pm).


NEWCASTLE: Joselu warns Magpies about the dangers of defeatism

JOSELU has warned his Newcastle United team-mates not to allow a sense of defeatism to take hold at St James’ Park.


MIDDLESBROUGH: Monk on his Boro players handling pressure, hopes for upcoming games and thoughts on his position

GARRY MONK insists he was never concerned about his personal job security as Middlesbrough boss, although he was still delighted to see his players successfully handle the pressure that had built in the lead-up to their weekend win over…

SUNDERLAND: Sam Allardyce wants medical assurances before moving for Lamine Kone

SAM ALLARDYCE will request detailed medical updates on Lamine Kone as he ponders whether to make a January move for the Sunderland defender.

Monday, Dec 11


Teesside duo named in Commonwealth Games team

TEESSIDE duo Jade Jones and Callum Hall have been named in an 18-strong para-athletics squad to represent England at next year’s Commonwealth Games.


NEWCASTLE: More Magpies misery as 125th birthday celebrations turn sour

NEWCASTLE UNITED have one of the greatest modern-day managers leading them and in St James’ Park they have one of the country’s grandest stadiums, packed for every home game – it’s just a shame they don’t have a team to deliver the perfect…


HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Problems are mounting up for Pools

Just how long can this go on for Hartlepool United?


SUNDERLAND: 'Chris Coleman has given us all confidence' says Robbin Ruiter

SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter claims new boss Chris Coleman has taken the fear out of the Black Cats’ relegation fight.


NEWCASTLE: Rafa Benitez seeks improvements on and off the pitch as takeover talk goes on

MIKE ASHLEY hopes fresh interest shown in buying Newcastle United from a couple of interested parties will increase the chances of him striking a deal to sell before the end of the year.

SUNDERLAND: Building blocks laid, now home time again!

AN ICY afternoon at Molineux proved to be another important building block in Chris Coleman’s Sunderland salvage project.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Garry Monk warns his Boro players - 'This cannot be another false dawn'

GARRY MONK watched his Middlesbrough players lift the pressure that had been mounting on his shoulders – but then warned them, ‘This cannot be another false dawn’.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Patrick Bamford's return helps Boro roll back the years

PATRICK BAMFORD knows exactly what it takes to spearhead a promotion push in the Championship. Three seasons ago, the striker scored 19 goals during a loan spell at the Riverside. Bamford was named Championship Player of the Season,…

Bid for a signed Steve Cram Olympic photo - to support Kieran's Legacy

THURSDAY’S Northern Echo Local Heroes Awards helped raise funds for Kieran’s Legacy, the charity set up in memory of one of the awards’ most inspirational former winners, Kieran Maxwell.


DARLINGTON: Board to outline future plans

DARLINGTON’S future direction will be presented to supporters tonight at a club presentation.

Sunday, Dec 10


NORTH-EAST football betting, by Charlie McCann of betvictor

Newcastle have now dropped 11 points in the Premier League from winning positions – more than any other club – after losing 3-2 at home to Leicester on Saturday evening. The Magpies are without a win in their last seven league games (1D 6L…


RUGBY: Mowden Park keep up the pressure at the top

A late Shaun McCartney try handed Darlington Mowden Park a vital 13-10 win at Fylde – keeping them in second place before Saturday’s home game with leaders Coventry.


SUNDERLAND: How did Sunderland's players rate at Molineux against Wolves?

Bookings: Wilson (51, foul), Cattermole (61, foul), Honeyman (63, dissent), Douglas (65, foul), Browning (80, foul). Sent off: Cattermole (62, second bookable offence)